Bangladeshi smartphone keyboard sparks political controversy

DHAKA – Bangladesh’s telecom regulator has made it mandatory to install a proprietary Bengali keyboard on all Android smartphones sold in the country, a controversial move given that the company that produces the keyboard is owned by the acting telecom minister.

The keyboard software in question is called Bijoy, which means “victory.” It is made by Ananda Computers, a company formed more than three decades ago and owned by Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Mustafa Jabbar.

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