Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Md Mahbub Ali has disclosed a plan to launch direct air connectivity between Sylhet and Chattogram (CTG), extending to tourism hotspot Cox’s Bazar (CXB), by June.
“Sylhet is a tourism-rich area. The government is taking various steps to develop the tourism industry here. An initiative is being taken to operate flights on the Sylhet-Chattogram-Cox’s Bazar route by June this year,” he said at a views-exchange programme at a city hotel here on Wednesday.
He also revealed that steps were being taken to upgrade the Saidpur Airport to an international one. Besides, five more aircraft would be inducted into the fleet of national flag carrier Biman by June.
Sylhet Chamber of Commerce and Industry organised the programme where Sylhet City Corporation Mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury and Sadar Upazila Chairman Ashfaq Ahmed, among others, were present.
Five journalists were physically assaulted by goons when they went to investigate reports of irregularities in road construction on Wednesday.
The injured journalists are – Rahmat Ali, Sirajganj correspondent of SA TV, Shoriful Islam Enna, Sirajganj correspondent of NTV, Nazrul Islam of The Independent, Swapan Chandra Das of banglanews24.com and Mokaddes Ali of Jay Jay Din.
Reporters went to take pictures and videos of an under-construction road beside the Paikosha village in Sirajganj sadar upazila while investigating allegations of corruption.
It is being constructed by Dolly Constructions.
Some goons, including the local union parishad member, attacked the reporters and took away their cameras, the journalists said.
Journalist Swapan Chandra Das lodged a police complaint naming five individuals.
Hafizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Sirajganj Sadar Police Station, said they are investigating the incident and will take legal action.
Leaders of Sirajganj Press Club condemned the assault.