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Gold Smuggling Through Biman

He used every trick in the book

Even though officially a nobody in Biman or the airport, Mahmudul Haque Palash was the top dog of the gold smuggling ring and he used the names of Biman high-ups to get shipments through. He even used the name of the Biman chairman to influence high officials who were reportedly blessed by the chairman. He picked up the officials and staff of Biman for his racket, winning them over with bribes, liquor and women, Biman insiders said. Palash, arrested on Tuesday...

Biman men in gold smuggling racket

Biman men in gold smuggling racket

  Detectives have found involvement of more than 60 officials and staff of Biman, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh and customs with a gold smuggling racket at Shahjalal International Airport. Biman Bangladesh Airlines staff -- from captain to cabin crew -- and Caab security officials have links with the syndicate, according to officials of DB...

Biman may resume domestic flights in January

Biman may resume domestic flights in January

Biman Bangladesh Airlines plans to resume its domestic flights in January in a bid to grab a share of the growing aviation market. It will run on the domestic routes using a pair of Dash 8-Q400s that it is sourcing from Egypt's Smart Aviation. “We are in the final phase of acquiring the two aircraft on a five-year dry-lease contract. The agreement has not been signed yet, but hopefully it will be inked soon,” said AM Mosaddique Ahmed, acting managing director of the airline. A dry lease is an arrangement whereby an aircraft financing entity (lessor) provides an aircraft without insurance, crew, ground staff, supporting equipment and maintenance. These aircraft will be used...

Luggage Handling

Biman to team up with foreign companies

The management of Biman Bangladesh Airlines has finally taken an effective move to modernise ground-handling services at Shahjalal International Airport by teaming up with an international company. “Biman is preparing a request for proposal [RFP] to invite international companies to team up with it for modernisation of the ground-handling services,” said a top official at the civil aviation ministry. The RFP would soon be published in newspapers and the Biman website, said the official asking not to be named. The move comes...

Biman employees lay siege chairman’s office for over 1hr

Biman employees lay siege chairman’s office for over 1hr

A section of Biman Bangladesh Airlines employees today laid siege to the office of its chairman at Balaka headquarters in the capital for one and a half hours today over a 14-point charter of demands relating to their job and benefits. The employees of the national flag carrier began to gather in front of...

3 held with 101 gold bars at Dhaka Airport

3 held with 101 gold bars at Dhaka Airport

Customs officials at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital seized 101 gold bars weighing about 12.6 kilogramme and arrested three young men in this connection this morning. The arrested were identified as Sabuj Miah, 35, Joynal, 35, and Roman,22. Ishrat Jahan Rumi, assistant commissioner (Customs), said the trio, domestic passengers, landed at the airport...

BITTER TRUTH

Dark shadow of corruption

THE Al-led government, people expect, will walk out like heroes in the cause of the people and never like one betrayed, not by the people but by its partners and sycophants. If the people brought them to power, as they say,  there was a groundswell of faith and it was up to the AL government to turn the that popular faith into performance. The last five years of Al-led alliance in power saw only instances of hope abandoned and trust...

Haab demands 3rd carrier for hajj pilgrims

Haab demands 3rd carrier for hajj pilgrims

Hajj Agencies Association of Bangladesh (Haab) today demanded a third carrier apart from Biman Bangladesh Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines for smooth flying of hajj pilgrims this year. Haab President Mohammad Ibrahim Bahar at a press conference in the capital’s Officers’ Club said that the government should allow all airlines from Middle-Eastern countries to...

Biman to resume NY flight in June

Biman to resume NY flight in June

After a suspension of over seven years, Biman Bangladesh Airlines is all set to resume its Dhaka-New York flight in June this year, according to officials of the national flag carrier

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