Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Dr Dipu Moni said on Sunday that Voice of America (VOA) Bangla service has been helping reach Bangla language to the doorsteps of the people of different
languages of the world.
Lauding the VOA's role in people-to-people connectivity across the world irrespective of caste, creed and religion, she said quality and effectiveness of the news service have improved a lot by adopting modern technology.
The Foreign Minister was speaking as the chief guest at a function, organized by Mitali, a VOA Fan Clubs newsletter, marking VOA Bangla Service's 52nd anniversary, at Jatiya Press Club here this afternoon.
Coordinator of VOA Fan Clubs and VOA stringer in Dhaka SM Zahurul Alam chaired the function while chief of VOA Bangla Service Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury spoke as special guest.
Dr Dipu Moni hoped that the VOA's involvement in the country's socio-economic development would, without any doubt, supplement the government efforts in bringing socio-economic change in all spheres of life.
The VOA Bangla Service, since its inception in 1958, has been coming close to the people of all walks of life in the country, Iqbal Bahar Chowdhury said. He described the VOA Bangla service as a representative of young generation and said young members of VOA Fan Clubs kept themselves away from any activities subversive to the society.
Later, Dr Dipu Moni was given a crest for her outstanding contribution to brighten the country's image both at home and abroad.
Besides, VOA Bangla Chief IqbaL Bahar Chowdhury and VOA Fan Clubs coordinator SM Zahurul Alam were given crests for their contribution to journalism.
It may be mentioned here that a few months ago Dr Dipu Moni visited VOA Bangla Service in Washington DC.