PM for prompt action to launch Bangabandhu Satellite by Mar 2017
(United News of Bangladesh Via Acquire Media NewsEdge)
Dhaka, July 13 (UNB) - Expressing her
dissatisfaction over the slow pace of work regarding the country's first satellite,
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked the officials concerned to take
more prompt actions to launch Bangabandhu Satellite to orbit by March 2017.
also directed the officials of the Posts and Telecommunications and ICT
Ministry to work with utmost sincerity, honesty and efficiency for timely completion
of the ongoing projects, saying she would follow up the activities by herself.
Prime Minister gave the directives while addressing officials of the Posts and
Telecommunications and Information and Communication Technology Ministry at the
her speech, Hasina also unveiled the government's plan of establishing one IT village
and Software Technology Park
in every district of the country.
IT village and Software Technology Park
will be set up in seven divisions, with initiatives taken to set up ICT village
at Mohakhali in Dhaka, Rajshahi, Chittagong and Barisal, she added.
to the recent victory in maritime boundary demarcation case with India, the
Prime Minister said Bangabandhu enacted the 'Maritime Boundary Act 1974' much
ahead of the United Nations.
said that as a result of various prompt actions of her government, including
timely placement of its claim with the International Court, the country achieved
the victory in the maritime boundary demarcation cases both against India and Myanmar.
said that following its reelection in the January-5 parliamentary polls, the
Awami League-led present government has been able to maintain the continuity of
its previous development programmes.
government is now hopeful that it could march ahead with the digital Bangladesh and a technology- based Bangladesh,
she said and mentioned the 96 percentimplementation of the annual
development programme (ADP) by her government.
Prime Minister expressed her belief that Bangladesh could be turned into a
middle-income digital country free from poverty, hunger and illiteracy much
before 2021, "if we work together".
part of the election pledges of building a digital nation, she said that her
government after assuming office in 2009 gave top priority to ICT and
Telecommunication sector to reach the government services to the doorsteps of
said that initially many had described the plan as unrealistic and even made
indecent comments. But after five years, the Digital Bangladesh is now a
reality as the people of even remote areas are also getting its benefit.
mentioned that to achieve the target of reaching the services to the common
people, Union Information and Service
Centers were established
in all the unions of the country. About 40 lakh rural people are now getting
200 types of digital services from these centers every month.
connections with web cameras have been given to upazila and district-level
hospitals which helped the patients have consultations with specialised
physicians, she said.
Prime Minister said that in recognition of the successful use of ICT in
received the 'South South Award'.
said the ITU gave the 'World Summit on Information Society Award-2014' to Bangladesh in
recognition of its success in reaching the government services to the doorsteps
of the people through ICT.
mentioned that the world's biggest web portal, titled 'National Web Portal'
comprising over 25,000 websites was inaugurated in the country last month.
said that 75 percent of the construction works of a High-Tech
Park on 232 acres of land in Kaliakoir
of Gazipur has been completed while the Janata Tower
at Karwan Bazar in the capital is being turned into a software technology park.
are 7,000 information service centres across the country and 104 radio and
television broadcasting centres, she said, adding that the Bangladesh
Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has granted 1,881 licences in
Prime Minister said the government awarded long-awaited 3G licences to five
mobile phone operators and the activities of the 4G will begin soon.
has recently signed an agreement for linking another cable with the existing
submarine cable to make international communication uninterrupted and speedy.
work on setting up of a landing station at Kuakata in Patuakhali has already
begun and as a result, the bandwidth capacity will increase to 1300 gbps., she
the development of Postal services, Hasina said that electronic money order
system has already been introduced in 2,750 post offices while steps have been
taken to transform 8,500 post offices into Post-e-centers.
are now getting various digital services including payment of utility bills,
sending of remittance, mobile banking, purchase of railway tickets, getting
results of public examinations and online admission in the academic
said the work on installing the optical fiber network up to all union parishads
is going on at a fast pace while initiatives have also been taken to produce
smart phones in the country.
Prime Minister referred to the 'Becoming rich sitting at home Project' for
creating employment opportunities for the women and ensuring their empowerment.
this programme, she said training would be imparted to 12,420 women in 276
upazilas across the country.
others Post, Telecommunication, and ICT Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui, State
Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Secretary of Post and Telecommunication
Division, and secretary of ICT division NI khan spoke on the occasion.
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