DHAKA, Dec 19, 2020 (BSS) – Information Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud
today unveiled ‘Bangladesh Betar’, an apps for mobile phones, which
creates an opportunity to broadcast and to hear the programmes of
Bangladesh Betar on mobile phones all over the world.
The minister inaugurated the apps marking the 81st founding
anniversary of the Betar (radio) which began its journey on December
16 in 1939.
State Minister for Information Dr Murad Hasan, Information Secretary
Khaja Mia, Bangladesh Satellite Company Limited Chairman Dr Shahjahan
Mahmud, among others, were present in the function with Bangladesh
Betar director general Hosne Ara Talukder in the chair.
Before addressing the function, Hasan inaugurated the ‘Bangladesh
Betar Apps’ and airing of Betar Chattogram center programmes in all
over the country through Bangabandhu Satellite.
Speaking on the occasion, the information minister said it is now
the era of social media and people are using mobile phones. Like
earlier, people don’t listen radio at indoors or outdoors as they have
mobiles, he added.
“After taking the charges of the ministry, I thought the wireless
radio must be taken into mobile otherwise it will be difficult to
popularize the Betar. For this, I urged the concerned authority of
Betar of take steps so that people can hear the programmes of Betar
from mobile phones through apps. Now, people of all over the world can
hear the programmes of six centers through mobile phones,” he said.
The minister put emphasis on popularizing the apps as people would
not get the facilities if they have no the apps. For this, it is
important to carry out publicity in mass media to popularize the apps,
said Hasan, also Awami League joint general secretary.
He said Chattogram is the second largest city in the country and
steps has been taken to air the programmes of Chattogram center at all
The minister also gave directives to take steps to bring other
centers in this initiative.
Replying to comments of BNP, Hasan said Bangladesh, surprising the
world, is one of the best in 22 countries in the world by holding a
phonetic GDP in the midst of this Corona epidemic under the dynamic
leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
But, BNP couldn’t see the development. They are becoming isolated
through spreading hatred and creating confusion among the people.
Earlier, the minister and the state minister inaugurated disability
facility lift of the Betar.