B`desh TV channels may soon be viewed in India
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 00:03
Dhaka: Bangladeshi satellite TV channels may soon be able to telecast their programmes in India, Bangladesh's Information Minister said on Tuesday.

"The chief ministers (of four Indian states) assured me of taking steps so our private television channels can easily be downlinked in India," Information Minister Abul Kalam Azad told newsmen emerging from a meeting along with eight other Bangladesh ministers on the sidelines of the talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with his counterpart Sheikh Hasina.

Azad added: "this will create an opportunity for building people-to-people cooperation being wanted by both the neighbours."

Bangladesh TV channels currently require permission from Indian authorities for telecasting their programmes.

Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith moderated the meeting held at Sonargaon Hotel on the sidelines of the official talks between Hasina and Singh.

Chief minister of Mizoram PU Lalthanhawla, Chief Minister of Tripura Manik Sarkar, Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma and Chief Minister of Assam Tarun Gogoi attended the meeting.

After the meeting, State Minister for Forests and Environment Hasan Mahmud told BSS that the finance minister while moderating the discussion observed that Bangladesh would get the benefit of India's economic strength by enhancing regional connectivity.

India, the fourth largest economy in the world, is the second largest business partner of Bangladesh.

Manik Sarkar gave a statistic showing that Bangladesh would be more beneficial than India from transit.

Talking to journalists, State Minister for Home Affairs of Bangladesh Shamsul Haq Tuku said he drew attention of the chief ministers to killing of innocent people in cross-border areas and requested them to take steps to stop such activities.


First Published: Wednesday, September 07, 2011, 00:03

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