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Bangladesh President Stresses ICT Links to Rural Areas
Source: thedailystar.net
Source Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, Internet Governance
Country: Bangladesh
Created: May 24, 2010

President Zillur Rahman said yesterday villages across the country need access to the information highway to bridge the gap between rural backwaters and the rest of the world. Inaugurating a programme marking World Telecommunications and Information Society Day at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka, the president also said the rural people would become one and an inseparable entity of the global population, if they enter the information technology highway. “Without confining information technology to the well-off alone, it should be expanded to all,” he said. Admiring this year's slogan, Better City, Better Life with ICT, Rahman said extraordinary development of information technology has brought the people of the world much closer. The president expressed contentment over the expansion of ICT at different spheres of national life, which benefits people of different segments, including students, teachers, professionals, businessmen and researchers. Telecom Minister Rajiuddin Ahmed Raju said Bangladesh will install its own satellite in the next five years and plans are underway to make low-cost laptops and mobile handsets.
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