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B’desh Govt. blocks Twitter, Skype, IMO

A Hindu monk holds a Bangladesh national flag as they block a street during a protest in Dhaka September 10, 2013. Hundreds of Hindu devotees from across the country blocked a street protesting the move to pass the Debottor (endowment) Property Management Act, 2013. The cabinet approved the draft Debottor (endowment) Property Management Act, 2013 for regulating management, development and transfer of ‘Debottor’ (endowed) properties donated to Hindu places of worship on June 3. The protestors claimed the proposed law was against the rules and culture of Hindu religion, local media reported. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH - Tags: POLITICS RELIGION CIVIL UNREST) - RTX13FQ7

Dhaka, Dec. 14 : The Government of Bangladesh has blocked social networking sites Twitter, Skype and Imo, three days after a 22-day ban on Facebook was lifted.

According to The Daily Star, Facebook, Viber and WhatsApp were blocked on November 18, soon after prominent opposition leaders, Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mojaheed, were executed for war crimes committed during the Liberation War of 1971.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) asked all mobile phone operators and telecom service providers, in a letter, to suspend the services immediately, said a top official of a mobile phone operator.

BTRC Chairman Shahjahan Mahmood said, explaining the actions, that they only followed the instructions of the government. (ANI)