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PM opens dot bangla domain


IT Live: The much-awaited dot bangla (.bangla) domain was unlocked for the people today as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated it at a function. The premier opened the dot bangla (.bangla) internet domain at a ceremony at her official Ganabhaban residence in the city this noon.

State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim spoke at the function, while Information Minister Hasanul Haque Inu, Expatriates Welfare and Overseas Employment Minister Nurul Islam BSc, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan, Railways Minister Mazibul Haque and Prime Minister’s Advisers HT Imam and Iqbal Sobhan Chowdhury were present.

PM’s Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury moderated the programme.

State-owned Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL), the assigned organization to handle the domain, has completed preparations to start distribution of dot bangla domain among the users after it has been officially allotted to Bangladesh on October 4 after a long process.

After getting the right, State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim had said that they want to unlock it for the people in the month of victory, as the country attained independence on December 16.

Officials said the BTCL would call for application for the domain. They said customer could complete all procedures for .bangla through online while registration fee would be received using state-owned mobile phone operator Teletalk.

Indian state of West Bengal and Sierra Leone, one of whose official
languages is Bangla, had also applied for the internationalized domain name (IDN) label-dot bangla. Earlier, ICANN-approved another domain label for Bangladesh as dot bd or .bd. From now on, .bangla is Bangladesh’s own Unicode domain label.

Domain names, such as ‘’, were originally designed only to support ASCII characters. In 2003, a specification was released that allows most Unicode characters to be used in domain names. IDNs are supported by all modern browsers and email programmes, so people can use links in their native languages.

Dhaka, 31 Dec. ( // IH

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