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Cultural minister skeptic on Indian channels

Update : 06 May 2014, 12:50 PM

Cultural Affairs Minister Asaduzzaman Noor has raised questions on the necessity of broadcasting Indian television channels in Bangladesh.

“Is there any necessity to broadcast all the Indian channels in Bangladesh?” he said while attending a press conference on Tuesday.

Programmes aired in those television channels did not represent the social culture of this country, he said at the presser in the port city of Chittagong.

The Indian government was not the reason behind barriers to access of Bangladeshi television channels in India, he said in response to a relevant query.

“Indian cable operators charge high rates for airing Bangladeshi channels. Most of the television channels of our country cannot afford that.”

Bangladesh is trying to lower the rate by discussing the issue with Indian cable operators, he said.

“Our government is working to increase cultural practices as well as development of many infrastructures for cultural activities,” Noor added.

Everyone should come forward to develop the cultural sector of the country to construct an evil and violence free society, he added.

“Cultural practices should be increased in counter to political evil,” he added. The minister said he will propose a fund in the next budget for the port city’s cultural venues.

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