Rashidul Hasan

Biman Recruitment: Eight involved in question leak still in committees

At least eight Biman officials, who were involved in question paper leak of recruitment test last year, are still members of its examination and recruitment committees, said insiders of the national flag carrier.

2d ago

Hackers want $5m for Biman data

Hackers are demanding $5 million in ransom for restoring Biman’s access to its server.

3d ago

Bangladesh plans to buy aircraft from Airbus

Bangladesh plans to purchase new commercial aircraft from Airbus, a Netherlands-based multinational aerospace company, in order to bolster the fleet of Biman Bangladesh Airlines and thereby tap into the growing aviation industry.

4d ago

Verify pilots’ academic certificates

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh on Sunday asked all airlines, helicopter operators, and flying schools in the country to verify the academic certificates of their pilots and student pilots by May 31.

5d ago

Quota not met after 4 deadline extensions

Even after extending the registration deadline four times, the quota for sending 1.27 lakh Bangladeshis for hajj is still to be met, prompting hajj agencies to fear losses.

6d ago

Hajj Package: Slash airfare to Tk 1.5 lakh

Criticising Biman for fixing high airfare for hajj pilgrims this year, a parliamentary body yesterday asked the national flag carrier to cut it down to Tk 1.5 lakh from Tk 1.98 lakh.

1w ago

Emirates to resume cargo flights if airports upgraded

Emirates SkyCargo, a concern of Emirates Group, plans to resume dedicated flights from Bangladesh if problems related to the infrastructure and facilities available at airports in Dhaka and Chattogram are resolved.

1w ago

Hajj Registration deadline: Poor response leads to ‘final’ extension

Even after extending the registration deadline two times, the government is still not getting the expected response for performing hajj, making hajj agencies concerned about not fulfilling the quota of sending 1.27 lakh Bangladeshis for the pilgrimage this year.

2w ago

A new avenue for aspiring pilots

Emirates Flight Training Academy (EFTA) has created an opportunity for Bangladeshi students to train to be pilots there.

3w ago

Hajj Expense This Year: Biman blamed for costliest package ever

This year’s hajj package is the most expensive in Bangladesh’s history, thanks mainly to what travel agents and hajj agents say is Biman’s unusually high fare.

3w ago

JP timid inside JS, critical of govt outside

Jatiya Party in parliament criticises the government lightly for its mistakes. But outside, the party is highly critical of the government.

3w ago

Did Biman hike hajj airfare to cover its losses?

The cost of hajj package under the government and private hajj management is about Tk 7 lakh. But the actual cost will exceed Tk 8 to Tk 8.5 lakh when the cost of sacrificial animal, food and other miscellaneous costs are included.

3w ago

Life lost amid irregularities

The captain of a Biman flight was napping in the crew rest area, leaving the cockpit of a Boeing 777-300ER technically unmanned, when a passenger had a heart attack

3w ago

Talks needed, open minds too

In recent days, several media reports have focused on the possibility of talks between the ruling Awami League and the opposition BNP over holding an inclusive national election.

3w ago

Biman makes changes in key posts

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has brought changes in two major posts, a move that will benefit passengers and make the national flag carrier more efficient, according to insiders.

3w ago

Biman paying for hiring unqualified Boeing 777 pilots

In February last year, Biman recruited a batch of contractual pilots to fly its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, claiming that it needed pilots immediately due to a shortage.

3w ago

High cost leads to poor response

Only 32,000 Bangladeshis have registered to perform hajj this year so far, against the country’s quota of 1.27 lakh.

3w ago

Ensure anyone can file case to save environment

A parliamentary body yesterday recommended bringing an amendment to the “Environment Court Act” so that any citizen of the country can file a case over environmental damage, pollution, and different forms of irregularities.

3w ago

Open sky policy a must for Dhaka airport to be a regional hub

Bangladesh should make proper investment and adopt an open sky policy to build a sophisticated airport in Dhaka and turn it into a regional aviation hub, said Ahmed Hashim Khoori, senior vice president of Emirates for West Asia and Indian Ocean.

4w ago

Hajj Registration: Poor response compels govt to extend deadline

Rashidul HasanOnly 18,140 Bangladeshis have completed registration till date to perform hajj this year against the country’s quota of 1.27 lakh.

Rohingya Camps: Arsa, 9 other armed groups found active

Ten terrorist and dacoit gangs, including the militant outfit Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa), are active at Rohingya camps, according to a report placed before the parliamentary standing committee on the defence ministry.

AL allies welcome the nomination

Leaders of the ruling Awami League and its alliance have expressed satisfaction over the nomination of Md Shahabuddin as the next president of the country while the BNP termed the election process “illegal”.

Shahabuddin next president

Md Shahabuddin, a retired district judge and a former commissioner of Anti-Corruption Commission, is set to become the next president unopposed, putting an end to weeks of intense speculation over the post of the head of the state.

Presidential Polls: AL to reveal name of its candidate today

The Awami League is going to announce its presidential candidate today, the deadline for submitting the nomination papers for the post.

Biman’s 7 Domestic Flights Last Year: Pilots’ blunder, cover-up put 500 lives at risk

Did you take any of these seven Biman flights on February 1 and February 2 last year?

Bangladesh Jute Corp: 64pc of its land grabbed

Sixty-four percent of the total land of Bangladesh Jute Corporation (BJC) remains grabbed by different individuals and organisations, a parliamentary body was informed yesterday.

Hajj package cost rises by over a quarter

A Bangladeshi pilgrim will have to spend Tk 6.83 lakh to perform hajj this year under government management, up by around Tk 1.61 lakh on the previous year.

Dhaka airport runway to be closed 5hrs a night for next 2 months

The runway of Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) in Dhaka will remain closed for five hours each night for the next two months starting tomorrow for renovation of the runway lighting system..Kamrul Islam, executive director, HSIA told The Daily Star that flight operations in the

Biman promotes 58 pilots

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has promoted 58 pilots. The decision came amid the shortage of pilots in the airline, as Biman’s fleet of 21 aircraft were not being used optimally, according to top officials of the organisation.

Biman to use its own aircraft this year too

Biman Bangladesh Airlines has decided to operate hajj flights with its own aircraft this year as well, instead of taking planes on lease.

Local airlines look to rebound from pandemic losses

The year 2022 had been a good year for Bangladesh’s two local airlines thanks to increased flow of travellers after the authorities lifted pandemic-related restrictions.

Airline a difficult venture in Bangladesh

Bangladesh has an ill-defined policy regime, infrastructure limitations, high cost of business and sky-high fuel cost which makes it difficult to sustain airline ventures here, said Novoair Managing Director Mofizur Rahman.

Biman failing to tap into its sleek fleet

Despite having a fleet of 21 modern aeroplanes, the largest in its history, Biman has spread its wings to just three new destinations in the last five years.

Will United Airways fly again?

Authorities of the now-defunct United Airways yesterday reiterated their commitment to revive the airline.

Jp founding anniversary: Shadow cast on celebrations

As rifts persist between Jatiya Party Chairman GM Quader and the chief patron Raushan Ershad, the party is going to mark its 37th founding anniversary today.

Jamaat aims to rear its head again

Jamaat-e-Islami sees the simultaneous movement with  BNP and other like-minded political parties as a chance to revive itself and return to politics at a time when many want it banned for opposing the country’s independence in 1971.

‘Advance passenger info’ to bolster air travel security

To bolster security for air travel, Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB) is going to set up Advance Passenger Information (API) system, which can catch unauthorised travel and use of fraudulent documents.

Metro dream rolls into reality

At precisely 1:38pm came the glorious moment. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina waved the green flag and the country’s first-ever metro began to roll, marking a major leap in the Bangladesh’s transport sector.

Goals: good governance, accountability, transparency

Ensuring good governance, accountability and transparency from the topmost to the lowest level of Biman will be the main focus of the newly-appointed Managing Director and CEO of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Shafiul Azim.

By-polls to 6 seats: AL likely to give JP ‘walkover’

With the BNP out of the equation, the competition was supposed to be between the ruling Awami League and main opposition Jatiya Party.

Biman operated with 23pc vacant seats in 6 months

Biman Bangladesh Airlines operated with 23 percent vacant seats on various international routes in the last six months.

Int'l routes: Biman operated with 23% vacant seats in 6 months

Biman Bangladesh Airlines operated with 23 percent vacant seats on various internationals destinations in the last six months.

Environment accounting in the works

Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics and UNDP are jointly working on Environmental-Economic Accounting (EEA) across the country, according to the contents of a parliamentary body session yesterday.

‘Help us stay afloat’

Top officials of the country’s three private airlines yesterday placed a five-point demand before a parliamentary watchdog to keep the air operators afloat.

An effort to revive United Airways

As part of its move to revive the private airline, the board of directors of now defunct United Airways is going to hold a meeting after seven years.

JP conflict far from over

Just four days after denying that there was any conflict in Jatiya Party leadership before Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, fresh friction between Raushan Ershad and GM Quader was on display.

Small loan defaulters repay more than large ones

The recovery of loans from small defaulters is higher than those owing large loans, according to the findings of a probe by a parliamentary standing committee.

Hefajat rearing its head again

After a long hiatus, Hefajat-e Islam, the Qawmi madrasa-based organisation is becoming active to strengthen the organisation once again and press home its 13-point demand, including scrapping “anti-Islam” women and education policies.

December 14, 2022
December 14, 2022

Stay united

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon the Jatiya Party to patch up differences, be united and prepare to take part in the next general election independently.

December 13, 2022
December 13, 2022

Rice Price Hike: JS body for action against those responsible

Expressing resentment over the hike in rice prices despite high yields of paddy, the parliamentary standing committee on agriculture ministry yesterday asked senior officials of the agriculture ministry to identify and take action against those responsible.

December 11, 2022
December 11, 2022

Quitting JS won’t help BNP much

The BNP at its Dhaka rally yesterday announced all its seven MPs will resign from parliament.

December 5, 2022
December 5, 2022

Biometric data needed for Umrah e-visa

Pilgrims from Bangladesh and four other countries have to provide their biometric data, including “fingerprints”, to the Saudi authorities to get Umrah e-visas.

December 2, 2022
December 2, 2022

CAAB issues new policy for entry passes

The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh will scrap around 10,000 entry passes to Dhaka airport given to top officials of different ministries, departments and other dignitaries, alleging that many of the passes were misused

November 30, 2022
November 30, 2022

Is an olive branch offered?

The rift between two Jatiya Party factions, led by Raushan Ershad and GM Quader, could melt away as the two leaders held a meeting at a city hotel yesterday and discussed ways to overcome their differences.

November 29, 2022
November 29, 2022

Sonali Bank’s bad loan situation frightening

Sonali Bank’s defaulted loans are very alarming, said a parliamentary sub-committee in a report.

November 27, 2022
November 27, 2022

Dec 10 Dhaka rally: Govt nod for Suhrawardy Udyan a ploy

While the government insists the BNP would be given permission to hold its December 10 rally at no other place but the capital’s Suhrawardy Udyan, BNP leaders think it’s a ploy to prevent their activists from joining the rally.

November 26, 2022
November 26, 2022

Biman recruitment test: High officials linked to question leak

On 21 October 2022, Biman Bangladesh was to hold a recruitment exam for 10 posts for electricians, mechanics, welders, painters, operators and tailors. Around two hours before the exam, the recruitment process was suspended -- the question paper had been leaked.

November 25, 2022
November 25, 2022

JP braced for a flare-up

When Leader of the Opposition Raushan Ershad returns home on November 27, the tension between the two factions of Jatiya Party is likely to grow.