Bangladesh has urged the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to expedite the root zone delegation process for using dot bangla (.bangla) domain, the Internationalized Domain Name (IDM).
State Minister for Posts and Telecommunications Tarana Halim has sent a letter to the ICANN to complete the necessary process of .bangla in its board meeting immediately.
Talking to BSS yesterday, Tarana Halim said: "We've completed all the
procedures from our side and submitted necessary documents as per their (ICANN) requirement. Now, ICANN Board will complete the procedures through meeting."
But, the ICANN is yet to hold the meeting of its board, she added.
In the letter, Tarana wrote that "We take pride as "Bangla" speaking nation because we are the only nation who sacrificed lives on 21 February, 1952, for mother languages. Now, it is the International Mother's Language Day as declared by UNESCO."
"The nation's emotion and sentiment are mingled with this language and also earnestly desire to express it through the cyberspace as well," read the letter.
"I do appreciate if you kindly cooperate to complete root zone delegation process for .bangla IDNccTLD as early as possible," she wrote in the letter.
The ICANN issued two domains for Bangladesh which are- dot bangla (.bangla) and dot bd (.bd). However, the dot Bd (.bd) is still active, but the country failed to make it effective in three years after obtaining the permission in 2012.
The domains work as an international identity for a country in the internet world. As an example, if someone enters to a website with the domain name dot US (.US) means the website is from the United States of America (USA). Dot bangla (.bangla) also such Bangladeshi domain recognized by Unicode.
According to the Wikipedia dot bangla (.bangla) is a second country code top-level domain (ccTLD). This domain is meant for web addresses in the Bengali language. It is administered by the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology of Bangladesh.
Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Limited (BTCL) controls the use of the domain on behalf of the ministry.
Apart from Bangladesh, Indian government applied for the dot bangle (.bangla) domain on behalf of the West Bengal government in 2012. The ICANN issued the domain to Bangladesh after verifying every aspect.