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Information minister Hasan Mahmud on Monday said the government has decided to start registering the online news portal from next week, adding steps would be taken against those which will not get registration.

“The home ministry has scrutinised the documents of several hundred online news portals . . . The government will give registration to online news portals from next week after examining the related papers,” he told a press briefing at his secretariat office.

The minister said a total of 3,595 news portals have applied for the registration. “The all applications were sent to the home ministry for investigation. Later, we held a meeting with the home, telecom and ICT ministries and urged the home ministry for expediting investigation,” he added.

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Hasan said online media will be introduced through maintaining proper process in future. None can launch any online news portal without registration, he added.

He also said discipline has been established in the electronic media sector following the government’s different steps. The government will take actions if there is any irregularity in the sector, he added.

The minister said some television channels are airing foreign TV serials dubbed in Bangla which is not acceptable.

“So, the ministry has issued an order for TV channels to take the government’s approval to broadcast the dubbed serials. Many TV channels have already taken approval to run those serials. A preview committee has been formed to oversee the matter,” he added.

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