Bangladesh's high court on August 5 banned the use of the national anthem as ringtones for mobile phone ring tones or for any other commercial purpose.
'National anthem can't be used as a business tool,' the court said in its ruling, following a petition filed by a lawyer. The high court also fined the three top mobile phone operators 500,000 taka (S$9550) each for using national anthem for business purposes.
The national anthem, Amar Shonar Bangla or My Golden Bengal, is based on the first 10 lines of a 1905 song written by Rabindranath Tagore, the first Asian to win the literature Nobel Prize. The song was adopted as the anthem in 1972.
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