World Radio Day Today

DHAKA : The World Radio Day 2018 will be observed in the country as elsewhere across the world today highlighting the importance of the radio to the people, reports BSS.
The United Nations Organisation for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) in its 36 general conference on November 3, 2011 approved a proposal to celebrate the day on February 13 across the world as the World Radio Day.
The objective of the day is to raise awareness about the importance of radio, facilitate access to information through radio and enhance networking among broadcasters.
With the slogan ‘Radio and Sports’, Bangladesh Betar has chalked out a-daylong programmes at the Jatiya Betar Bhaban in the city’s Agargaon area today, said an official release here today.
Marking the day, a colourful procession will be brought from Jatiya Betar Bhaban in the morning.
Apart from this, a discussion will be held at the auditorium of Jatiya Betar Bhaban.
Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu is expected to lead the rally and address the inaugural function as the chief guest while State Minister of the ministry Tarana Halim will also address the event.
On the eve of the day, President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages greeting all concerned, including officers, employees, technicians and audience of the Bangladesh Betar and wishing all programmes of the day a success.
They also termed the theme of this year ‘Radio and Sports’ as time befitting.
Since its inception in 1939, Bangladesh Betar has been playing an important role as a strongest medium, President Abdul Hamid said, adding that “It also played important role during our War of Liberation in 1971”.
Pre-calamities warning news of the Betar give direction to the people, he said, adding that it is also playing an effective role in the sports field recently along with broadcasting agricultural, educational, population and health related issues.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, in her message, termed the Bangladesh Betar
as the country’s largest and
strongest medium and said it has been playing vital role in developing the country and boosting culture since its inception.
“Our government has ensured free flow of information to accelerate the national development. We reach the information services to the doorsteps of the people through launching Jatiya Tattha Batayan and Union Information and Service Centers,” the premier said.
“We enacted the Right to Information (RTI) Act-2009 and established Information Commission, including formulating National Broadcast Policy, for the first time,” she said, adding that a total of 44 private television channels, 22 FM radios and 32 community radios got approval and they are enjoying full freedom now.
Sheikh Hasina also hopped that Bangladesh Betar would play a pivotal role in building hunger and poverty free, happy and prosperous ‘Sonar Bangla’ dreamt by Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.