35th Bcs Written English Question Paper

Subject Code-003

Time : 4 Hours

Full Marks-200


Read the following passage and answer question Nos. 1-7 :--
The  Tk. 32.48bn Development Project Proposal (DPP) for Bangabandhu 1. the first satellite of Bangladesh, is ready for being placed before the highest ' economic policy making body, Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC).
The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) has already finalized the proposal from its end and would initiate buying "orbital
, slot" for the satellite once ECNEC gives approval. The BTRC will purchase an orbital slot on 119 degree East from Intersputnik, a renowned Russian company. at a cost of $28m (Tk. 217.7bn) with a single lifetime of 15 years.
Initially, the BTRC applied for a slot on 102 degree East to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). However, nearly 20 countries including the USA, Russia, France and Australia raised objections that their satellite communication would be disrupted if Bangladesh was given that slot. 
Out of the proposed DPP cost of Tk. 32.48bn. the government will bear¬Tk. 15.60bn front its own funds.
Of the Tk. 15.604bn the government allocated Tk. 6.9Ibn in the previous fiscal, Tk. 3.49bn for the ongoing (2013-14) fiscal, and the remaining Tk. 5.02bn for the next (2014-15). The other half of the project cost, that is Tk. 16.883bn, will be funded by a supplier's credit from the Export-Import Bank of USA. Earlier, the Export-Import of USA sent a proposal to the government through the BTRC for funding the project at less than 2% interest. 

The government had decided to launch the satellite under Public-Private Partnership (PPP) scheme in order to ensure impeccable maintenance after the launch. According to documents, the project commenced on July1 this year and will end on June 3-0, 2016.

The telecom regulator has chosen Betbunia of Chittagong and the BTCL Staff 7 4 College in Gazipur for setting up two earth stations for the satellite. There will l also be a maintenance office at the BTRC building.

Sources said after purchasing the orbital slot for the Bangabandhu 1, the government would try to hook two more slots in advance on 102 degree east and 69 degree East for lunching two more satellites in the future.

The government has also reportedly shown interest in purchasing the 135 degree East slot from the ITU, although its location was far away from Bangladesh's coverage.
"A single satellite will never be viable for business. We need to launch at least one more satellite for getting benefitted and making profits," BTRC chairman Sunil Kanti Bose Said.

Figures show that Bangladesh spends around S1 1m annually on satellite rents for running television channels, telephones and radio connectivity.

A successful launching of the satellite is likely to bring $50m annually by renting out the unused portion to neighboring countries like Nepal, Bhutan and Myanmar.
Fifty countries in the world at present have satellites of their own. India and Pakistan are the only countries in the subcontinent with satellites. Sri Lanka is  also in the middle of a process for launching one of its own.