Dhaka, Mar 24 (UNB) - US-Bangla Airlines has added a brand new ATR 72-600 aircraft to its fleet.
The aircraft which came straight from the factory in France landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Sunday noon, said Imran Asif, Chief Executive Officer of US-Bangla Airlines.
With this, the number of aircraft to the US-Bangla fleet has risen to eight, he said.
The new ATR 72-600 aircraft which can fly at a speed of 510 kms per hour will begin its operation on domestic routes on March 31, Imran said, adding that three more ATR 72-600 aircraft will be added to the private airline’s fleet within a short time.
With the slogan of ‘Fly fast, fly safe’, US-Bangla airlines started its journey in July 2014 and acquired recognition for timely flight operation, international standard cabin service, good quality catering service, comfortable seat and proper passengers’ service.
Dhaka, Mar 24 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday inaugurated the 8-day Military Hardware Display, 2019 at the National Parade Ground in the city on the eve of Independence Day and National Day.
She opened the display in the afternoon by cutting a ribbon and releasing balloons.
The Prime Minister witnessed an attractive fly past of six war planes of the Air Force.
A 20-member team of Bangladesh Army took part in para-jumping from helicopters.
The Prime Minister went round different stalls set up highlighting contributions and heroic role of the Armed Forces in the Liberation War, projecting development and modernisation of the forces by the present government in the last 10 years.
The role of the country’s Armed Forces in building the country and the nation as well as their contributions at UN peacekeeping missions were also highlighted at the stalls set up by members of the three services.
Sheikh Hasina also enjoyed a cultural programme there.
Earlier on her arrival, the Prime Minister was received by Chief of Army Staff General Aziz Ahmed, Chief of Navy Admiral AMMM Aurangzeb Chowdhury, Chief of Bangladesh Air Force (BAF) Air Marshal Masihuzzaman Serniabat and PSO of the Armed Forces Lt Gen Md Mahfuzur Rahman.
Members of the cabinet, PM’s advisers, parliament members of Dhaka, the chiefs of the three services as well as high civil and military officials were present.
Meanwhile, an ISPR press release said the Hardware Display will remain open for the people of all strata from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm on March26-31.
The exhibition will also remain open on March 30 from 12 noon to 5:30 pm for the students of schools and colleges in Dhaka city alongside other people.
Besides, it will remain open on March 31 from 12 noon to 5:30 pm for the families of the members of the Armed Forces and the students of educational institutions conducted by the Army, Navy and Air Force.
Dhaka, Mar 24 (UNB)-The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is keen to strengthen its bilateral relations with Bangladesh and invest in different sectors of the country.
Saed-Mohaamed Al-Mheiri, Ambassador of the UAE to Bangladesh, on Sunday expressed the interest while speaking at the Business Conference and Networking Session on “UAE-Bangladesh Business Ties: Present Status and Future Opportunities” at a hotel in the capital.
“UAE is enthusiastic to invest in different sectors in Bangladesh and the country would like to extend its hands to businesses of both countries for expanding business size,” he said.
He said that the two-way trade has significantly increased in the recent years and the bilateral trade crossed $1 billion. “We have a room to expand our business and economic ties in various areas including energy and power, RMGs, ports and aviation, leather and jute goods, light engineering’s, jewelry items, flowers, ornamental items and plastics products.”
“Bangladesh has set an example in the world by providing shelter to Rohinyga Muslims in the country and the UAE extended wholehearted support on the humanitarian ground,” he added.
Kazi M. Aminul Islam, Executive Chairman of Bangladesh Investment Development Authority (BIDA) said the relation between the UAE and Bangladesh is excellent.The recent visit of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the UAE has given a new dimension in the brotherly ties, he said.
“Recently the two friendly nations have signed several memorandums of understanding (MoU) on economic cooperation. Bangladesh is now a unique platform for foreign investors, the return on investment is very high rest of the world, we will eagerly accept any type of investment and we will eliminate if there are any barriers in the way of investment,” he also said.
TheEmbassy in association with Intraco Group and Royal Paradise organized the get-together event while AltapHossen, Economic Analyst of UAE Embassy read a keynote paper.
Businessmen from both countries discussed the current trends of trade and investment, success stories, operational problems and challenges of doing business, future growth prospects and prioritized cooperation areas.
They also expressed their opinions and propositions that would mutually benefit both countries.
The Deputy Head of mission of the UAE Embassy in Bangladesh Abdulla Ali AL Hmoudi, Managing Director of Intraco Group Mohammed Riyadh Ali, Emirates Airlines Country Manager Saeed Abdulla AL Miran, Vice President of Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) Imran Ahmed, Chairman and Managing Director of AL Haramain Perfumes and Chairman NRB Bank Mohammed Mahtabur Rahman, Dr SM Akbar, Managing Director of UAE-Bangladesh Investment Company Limited (UBICO) and among others spoke there.
Dhaka, Mar 24 (UNB) - UN Secretary-General’s special adviser on prevention of genocide Adama Dieng on Sunday called on the international community to put pressure on the government of Myanmar to fulfill its commitment for the safe and dignified return of Rohingyas to their place of origin.
“The Myanmar government has signed an agreement with Bangladesh. But to my view, still they’re not fulfilling their commitment,” he said.
Dieng said it needs to be ensured that the conditions for safe and dignified return of Rohingyas are put in place but it is not yet the case.
The UN Special Adviser, who is visiting Bangladesh for the third time, was addressing a seminar titled ‘1971 Genocide in Bangladesh’ organised by Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) at its auditorium.
Foreign Secretary M Shahidul Haque, Director, Centre for Genocide Studies and Liberation War Museum trustee Mofidul Haque, BIISS Chairman Munshi Faiz Ahmad and its Director General Maj Gen AKM Abdur Rahman, among others, spoke at the event.
Dieng remembered all the victims of genocide which took place in 1971 and recognised the pains and the courage of those who survived. “I’m glad that Bangladesh is remaining very committed to the issue of accountability.”
The UN special adviser highly appreciated the generosity of Bangladesh and its people and mentioned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as one of the three women leaders in the world who have demonstrated leadership and kindness.
For so many years, he said, they have been calling on the international community to pay attention in Myanmar in vain. “Here (in Bangladesh) today hopefully we’ve a government which demonstrated a strong commitment to implement the responsibility to protect the population.”
Highlighting his mandate, he said all must be prepared to take action when the alarm is heard and must move from reluctant to “preventive approach” when they see the first signs of concerns.
He reminded all that States have the primary responsibility to protect their populations -- not only to citizens of own state but also each and every human being living boundary of any state’s territory. “That means refugees and migrants population -- they are also beneficiaries of that protection.”
The UN special adviser said all crimes against humanity and war crimes will be determined by their ability to identify and respond to potential risk before they turn into full-fledged atrocity crimes. “We’ve to move with early warning and insist on early action.”
Giving much emphasis on building resilience, the UN official said he is extremely pleased to note that such resilience has been demonstrated by the government of Bangladesh.
Because, he added, after going such terrible events in this country like 1971 Mass Killings and rebuilding the country that is a great achievement.
The UN official laid emphasis on investing in education saying prevention starts with educating themselves. “I always say that dealing with the past is dealing with the present. It’s dealing with the future.”
Sharing the histories of genocides, the UN officials said, “The world cried never again but never again became time and again, time and again."
Dhaka, Mar 24 (UNB) - Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday witnessed the design of the new campus of Jagannath University (JnU) and its Power Management Institute.
The design of the new JnU campus and its Power Management Institute, to be built in Keraniganj, was shown to the Prime Minister through a power-point presentation at her office.
Briefing reporters after the event, PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said the Prime Minister expressed satisfaction over the design of the new campus of the university and its Power Management Institute.
She instructed the authorities concerned of the university to build structures of the university keeping asides adequate spaces for playgrounds and water-bodies.
The Prime Minister asked them for keeping a system to harvest rainwater and give proper attention to the environment.
PM's Energy Adviser DrTowfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, State Minister for Power, Energy and Mineral Resources Nasrul Hamid Bipu, PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Vice-Chancellor of the university Dr Mizanur Rahman, Power Division Secretary Dr Ahmad Kaikaus and Energy and Mineral Resources Division Secretary Abu Hena Md Rahmatul Muneem were present on the occasion.