Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina has asked the officials and technical experts of Bangladesh Betar to modernise its transmission saying that her government would provide them with all kinds of support in this regard.
The PM said this on Monday after inaugurating the four-day Diamond Jubilee (75 years) celebration programmes of Betar in the city's Agargaon. State-owned Betar started its journey on December 16 in 1939 as 'Dhani Bistar Kendra, Dhaka'.
Sheikh Hasina mentioned that Bangladesh Betar is playing very important role in broadcasting various programmes and news on development activities, education, agriculture, women empowerment as well as on flourishing culture and tradition of the country.
She also recalled the great role of Betar in all crucial moments of the country's independence. The PM also narrated her personal memories on Bangladesh Betar saying she listened to news and programmes during the war of liberation and said, it was the only source of inspiration to survive for her like millions of confined Bangalees.
It is Bangladesh Betar that aired news in details which could not be seen on TV Channels, she said. Sheikh Hasina also mentioned various national and international awards received by Bangladesh Betar in recognition to its contribution and Election of Vice-President of Asia-Pacific Institute for Broadcasting Development (AIBD).
With Information Secretary Martuza Ahmed in the chair, the function was also addressed by Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu, Prime Minister's Media Adviser and Editor of The Daily Observer Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury and Chairman of the Standing Committee on the Ministry of Information Advocate Rahmat Ullah while Director General of Bangladesh Betar Kazi Aktar Uddin Ahmed gave the welcome address.
The PM also unveiled a first day commemorative postal stamp and an envelope marking the diamond jubilee of Bangladesh Betar.