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BANGLADESH: Bring CHT under cell phone network, journalists demand

Journalists push for cell phone network connection in Rangamati

The Daily Star
Thursday, March 16, 2006

Rangamati — Journalists in Rangamati have demanded cell phone network to connect Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) with rest of the country.

The demand was made at a view exchange meeting between local journalists and officials of Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST), held at the latter’s Bonorupa office in the town on Tuesday.

The journalists urged BLAST to file a writ petition with the High Court against the government decision not to provide CHT with cell phone network. The meeting was organised by BLAST to review the human rights situation in the CHT.

The journalists told the meeting that cell phone is now a basic necessity to promote development. Journalists need the facility more than any other professional, they said.

The government decision to keep the CHT out of cell phone network is discriminatory and self-contradictory as it says it is eager for development of the hill districts, they said.

Local coordinator of BLAST Jewel Dewan said that he would convey the proposal to its officials in Dhaka.

Among others, the meeting was addressed by Rangamati Press Club President Sunil Kanti Dey and Editor of local daily Giridarpan AKM Moksud Ahmad.

Date Posted: 3/16/2006

Source: http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article-southasia.asp?parentid=41030

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