Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) – A Qatar Airways flight made an emergency landing with about three hundred passengers on board at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) here on Monday night after one of its landing gear failed.
No one was hurt in the incident as all the passengers came out of it safely after it made an emergency landing around 9:40 pm, HSIA director Group Captain Adullah-al-Faruq told UNB.
The aircraft took off for Doha around 7:40 pm, said Fire Service and Civil Defence Director Major AKM Shakil Newaj.
Just after the takeoff, the pilot of the aircraft informed the HSIA control tower that there was some malfunction with one of its landing gear as it was not closing, he said.
Forced to turn back, the aircraft roamed in the air for around two hours to burn fuel, in doing so making itself suitably light for the emergency landing.
Later, the pilot executed the emergency landing once clearance was received from airport authorities.
Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) - At least five Bangladeshi workers among nine people were killed in a landslide in Malaysian state of Penang, according to Malaysia’s state-run news agency Bernama.
The deceased were identified as Mohammad Uzzal, Nur Alam, Mustak Hossain, Mithu Hossain and Attirul.
Further details of the victims could not be known immediately, according to the news agency.
Nine bodies were found, four injured and another still missing four days after a landslide took place at the Jalan Bukit Kukus paired road project site in Paya Terubong.
The landslide incident at the Bukit Kukus paired road project site occurred on Friday.
So far nine people, namely, three Indonesian men, five Bangladeshi men and a Burmese woman were killed.
Penang Fire and Rescue Department deputy director Mohamad Shoki Hamzah said the body of the ninth victim aged 33-year-old Bangladeshi man Mohamad Uzzal - was found buried on Monday under around five metres heap of the earth near a container.
“The last container found was badly crushed and we do not rule out the possibility of finding several more bodies in the area around the container,” he said.
Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) - The United Sates (US) has said they continue to call on the government of Bangladesh to protect the fundamental civil liberties, especially the freedom of speech and press.
“We support freedom of expression and freedom of media everywhere, including Bangladesh,” US principal deputy assistant secretary for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells told a press conference at a city hotel on Monday evening.
Sharing US’ concern over recently enacted Digital Security Act (DSA), Wells said obviously the digital security surrounding social media and internet is a very serious issue around the world in terms of how to establish reasonable safeguard.
She hoped that there will be a dialogue between the government and civil society on how to improve the legislation.
The US also urged the government of Bangladesh to fulfill its commitment to hold “free, fair, credible and participatory” elections that reflect the will of the Bangladeshi people.
“With a dynamic and fast-growing economy, Bangladesh’s future success will be fueled by strengthening of its democratic institutions and governing structures,” she said mentioning that is why she conveyed this during her meetings in Dhaka.
Wells said they encourage the government of Bangladesh and the Election Commission to take all necessary steps and mentioned that it is deeply in Bangladesh’s interest to have free and fair elections.
Asked about the impression that the US government is backing Dr Kamal Hossain-led initiative, Wells said they support the democratic process but not a particular party or alliance over another party.
She also laid emphasis on stronger democratic institutions.
The US principal deputy assistant secretary said they will continue their call on Myanmar to create necessary conditions for Rohingyas to return voluntarily to their former places in safety and with dignity.
“Towards that end, we continue to urge the Myanmar government to fully implement the Anan Commission recommendations, including recommendations related to access to citizenship and freedom of movement and,” said Wells offering their help in doing so.
She said they also continue to call for accountability for those responsible for the violence in the Myanmar security forces. “So, those are some of the key themes and messages of my visit.”
Alice Wells, who came to visit Bangladesh on Saturday, said the US is committed to assisting Bangladesh in responding to this crisis and the US has provided more than $345 million in humanitarian assistance specifically in Bangladesh since August 2017.
She thanked the government and the people of Bangladesh for their continuous generosity in responding to this humanitarian crisis and for their efforts to ensure assistance reaches the affected population.
The principal deputy assistant secretary also met senior officials from the government of Bangladesh and discussed strengthening the US-Bangladesh partnership and collaboration on building a prosperous, secure, and interconnected Indo-Pacific region.
Wells met officials from UN organizations, NGOs and local government and discussed their efforts to ensure assistance reaches to the affected Rohingya populations.
Throughout her trip, she expressed appreciation for Bangladesh’s continued generosity in responding to the refugee crisis and support for the upcoming elections.
Wells said Bangladesh, located at the crossroads of South and Southeast Asia, is also central to the US administration’s Indo-Pacific strategy.
“It was evident in my meetings with government officials that the United States and Bangladesh are very much aligned in our visions for a free, open, rules-based, and interconnected region.”
With its impressive growth and focus on development, she said, “Bangladesh has made tremendous strides in reducing poverty from over half of the population to less than a third. “
Wells also said the US has supported Bangladesh’s steady progress towards its goal of graduating from LDC status by 2024.
“Bangladesh also has potential to serve as a regional hub for trade and commerce between South and Southeast Asia and as an anchor for stability and prosperity in the Bay of Bengal region,” she said.
In recognition of Bangladesh’s valuable role in supporting Indo-Pacific strategy, the US recently announced that they will be providing Bangladesh with $40 million in Foreign Military Financing to enhance its coastal radar system, modernize and enhance its patrol boat fleet, and provide training in support of expanded maritime interdiction - all part of US’ Bay of Bengal Initiative.
US Ambassador in Dhaka Marcia Bernicat was also present.
Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) - The government has appointed Md Nazmul Quaunine, currently serving as Bangladesh High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, as Bangladesh’s new Ambassador to Thailand.
Quaunine is a career foreign service officer belonging to the 1985 batch of Bangladesh Civil Service (BCS) Foreign Affairs cadre.
In his diplomatic career, Quaunine earlier served as Bangladesh Ambassador to Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates and also in various capacities in Bangladesh Missions in London, Islamabad, Washington, Kolkata and Geneva.
He served as Director General in charge of Europe and External Publicity wings, said the Foreign Ministry on Monday.
Quaunine graduated from Dhaka Medical College. After joining the service, he also undertook postgraduate training on diplomatic studies at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland as well as Executive Training Course at the South Asian Center for Strategic Studies, Washington D.C.
Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) - The government has appointed Saida Muna Tasneem, currently serving as Bangladesh Ambassador to Thailand, as Bangladesh’s new High Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
A career diplomat, Tasneem belongs to BCS (Foreign Affairs) Cadre, said the Foreign Ministry on Monday.
In her diplomatic career, Tasneem served in Bangladesh Permanent Mission to the UN in New York and Bangladesh High Commission in London in various capacities.
She served as Director General for United Nations and External Publicity wings of the Foreign Ministry.
Tasneem obtained her BSc (Engineering) degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (Buet), Dhaka in 1988.
She also did her MSc in Public Policy and Management from School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.