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HC asks govt to use Bangla in ads, signboards

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The High Court today directed the government to take necessary steps in one month on using state language Bangla in all the advertisements of electronic media, vehicles registration plates and signboards of the country.

The HC also issued a rule on the government to explain in two weeks why it should not be directed to use Bangla mandatorily in all sectors including offices and courts of the country as per Bangla Bhasha Procholon Ain (Bangla Language Introduction Law-1987).

The court came up with the order and rule in response to a writ petition filed by a Supreme Court lawyer.

The petition which was filed yesterday sought the HC directive on the government to take steps on using Bangla in all courts and offices of the country.

Petitioner Eunus Ali Akond submitted the petition praying to the HC to order the government to issue a circular asking the officials concerned to use Bangla as official language.

The court also ordered the government to submit a report before it by April 1 after complying with the order.

Cabinet secretary, home secretary, law secretary and cultural affairs secretary have been made respondent to the rule.

An HC bench of Justice Quazi Reza-Ul Hoque and Justice ABM Altaf Hossain came up with the rule after holding hearing on the writ petition.

Published: 3:09 pm Monday, February 17, 2014

Last modified: 8:14 pm Monday, February 17, 2014

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