Bangladeshi, Indian state-run radios launch broadcast exchange programmes

NEW DELHI Bangladeshi and Indian state-run radios

today launched a broadcast exchange programme enabling audiences to listen to

Bangladesh Betar and Akashvani radio in both the countries.

Information Minister Dr. Hasan Mahmud and his Indian counterpart Prakash

Javadekar jointly launched the broadcasting programme between Prasar Bharati

and Bangladesh Betar.

Bangladesh Betar is now being heard across India while Akashvani, also now

could be heard in Bangladesh, a Bangladesh information ministry statement


It said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the two

state-run radios in April 2018 regarding broadcasting programmes of

Bangladesh Betar, but it was not implemented so long.

Officials familiar with the development said listeners of both the

countries, especially the people in Tripura and West Bengal, would be able

to hear Bangladesh Betar's programmes terrestrially while rest of India

through using DTH (Direct to Home) service.

They said the people of Kolkata could now listen to the Bangladesh Betar

programmes tuning FM 100.1 megahertz through Akashvani Channel while people

of Agartala could hear it tuning FM 101.6 megahertz.

The Betar progarrmes could also be heard in India from 7.30 am to 9.30am

and 5.30 pm to 7.30pm through Akashbani apps and DTH as well.

The audience of Akashvani, also known as All India Radio, in Bangladesh

could hear the Indian radio programmes tuning FM 108 megahertz.

They said listeners from across the globe would also be able to enjoy

Bangladesh Betar's programmes by downloading apps from now


Hasan took the initiative to launch the broadcasting of Betar's programmes

by All India Radio in line with the agreement after he assumed the charge of

the information ministry.

Speaking on the occasion, Hassan recalled India's contribution to

Bangladesh's 1971 Liberation War and said that the relations between the two

friendly countries now reached a newer height during the tenure of Prime

Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

He wished that the existing bilateral relations between the two

neighbouring countries would further deepen in the years to come for mutual


In this connection, he emphasized accelerating media and cultural exchange

programmes to enhance technical, cultural and institutional know-how of the

people of Bangladesh and India.

On India-Bangladesh Joint Venture Programme to produce the biopic of

Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, he hoped that

production of the film would be completed in scheduled time.

In his remarks, Indian Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash

Javadekar said that Bangladesh and India have organic relations and this

bond of friendship would be further strengthened in future as both the

countries have a shared legacy.

He said more programmes have to be produced especially on environment to

create awareness among the people to save lives and nature through joint


He said Bangladesh and India have been enjoining excellent bilateral

relations which also got momentum during the tenure of the two leaders- Prime

Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Bangladesh High Commissioner-in-Charge Rokibul Huq, Director General of

Betar, Managing Director of BFDC and senior mission officials accompanied the

minister in the meeting. The Indian minister was accompanied by senior

officials of the ministry of information and external affairs.

Later, in an open discussion, the delegation members of the two countries

discussed various issues mostly focusing on increasing cooperation between

media of the two countries.

The Bangladesh information minister sought Indian support to develop the

Bangabandhu Film City as per international standard. The Indian side has

agreed to provide all out support to this end.

Later, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Bangladesh

Film Development Corporation (BFDC) and National Film Development Corporation

(NFDC), India on producing the biopic of Bangladesh's Founding Father

Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.

BFDC Managing Director Miz Nuzhat Yashmin and her NFDC counterpart TCA

Kalyani signed the MoU on behalf of their respected organizations.

Dr. Hasan Mahmud, who is now on a 4-day official visit to India, also

attended a roundtable discussion at the invitation of Vivekananda

International Foundation before joining a dinner hosted by Bangladesh mission


He will join a dinner to be hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in

honour of the participants of the prestigious Raisina Dialogue-2020 that

began today. As many as 700 guests including seven former heads of state and

government from across the world have been participating in the two-day


The Bangladesh information minister will visit Ramoji Film City in

Hyderabad on Thursday. He will leave Hyderabad for Singapore on Friday.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)