Saturday , October 19 2019


Global requests for SSR for airline passengers nearly double

• Little-known SSR code, DPNA 1, can be used to alert airlines when a traveler has an intellectual or developmental disability and needs assistance • Many airlines offer support to meet passengers’ individual needs once alerted via the SSR code • Use of the code on flights booked through Travelport has increased 89% since the launch of its Travel Unified ... Read More »

Cleaning Dhaka’s air: Brick kilns blamed for 58pc pollution

Dhaka, Sept 2 (UNB) – The government has taken a series of measures to tackle air pollution in the capital and protect the environment, said Environment, Forests and Climate Change Minister Md Shahab Uddin. In an interview with UNB, he blamed various development projects in general and brick kilns in particular for the unhealthy air quality of Dhaka. “Brick kilns ... Read More »

Our poisonous air is harming our children’s brains: HRW

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says almost 700,000 children under five die each year as a result of air pollution. Millions more are being condemned to a life of ill health because of the damage it does to their developing brains and bodies. Which is hardly surprising when you realise nine out of ten of us are breathing polluted air. ... Read More »

MH 17: Charging Individuals based on flawed Investigation

The International Movement for a Just World (JUST) and the Perdana Global Peace Foundation (PGPF) share Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s skepticism about Russia’s culpability in the shooting down of MH17 on the 17th of July 2014. The Dutch-led joint investigation team (JIT) has not produced any solid evidence to show that the four suspects it has named are ... Read More »

Saudi airline changes flight routes to avoid Iran’s airspace

Riyadh, Jun 23 (AP/UNB) — Saudi Arabia’s state airline Saudia says it is rerouting flight paths to some Asian destinations in order to avoid Iranian airspace amid heightened tensions in the Persian Gulf. The statement Saturday evening follows the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s decision to bar U.S.-registered aircraft from operating over parts of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of ... Read More »

What to expect from the Bonn climate talks this month

Bonn, 17 June, 2019 (Meena Raman) – As students, youth and environmental activists around the world staged recent protests and continue to do so demanding for urgent and greater climate action on the part of governments in combatting climate change, Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol (KP) and the Paris Agreement (PA) ... Read More »

Standing up for the clean air we deserve!

By Mahamadou Tounkara Jun 5 2019 – (GGGI) – Air pollution has become the number one environmental problem affecting people’s health, impacting 300 million children worldwide and contributing to the premature death of 600 thousand children every year. Indoor air pollution from cooking on an open fire using firewood or charcoal is a major problem in many developing countries. In ... Read More »

A premature death every five seconds for air pollution: UN

Dhaka, June 3 (UNB) – Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment David Boyd on Monday urged governments to take bold action to beat air pollution, improve health, address climate change and fulfill their human rights obligations. “Air pollution is a silent, invisible and prolific killer that is responsible for the premature death of 7 million people each year, ... Read More »

Bangladesh Biman flight makes emergency landing in Dhaka

Dhaka, June 3 (UNB)-A domestic flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines made an emergency landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here on Monday morning. General Manager (PR) of Biman Shakil Meraj told UNB that the domestic flight of Biman BG-1433 made an emergency landing at 8am shortly after it had taken off from Shahajalal Airport for Cox’s Bazar via Chattogram. The ... Read More »

Bangladesh Biman suspends 3 flights for aircraft shortage

Dhaka, May 10 (UNB)– The shortage of aircrafts has forced Biman Bangladesh Airlines  to suspended three flights on domestic routes until Monday. One flight on Saidpur, and two on Sylhet routes will remain suspend for now, said Shakil Meraj, Biman’s general manager (public relations). The national flag carrier has been facing aircraft shortage since one of its flights crash-landed at ... Read More »

30 injured as Biman aircraft skids off runway in Yangon

Dhaka, May 8 (UNB) – A Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from Dhaka to Yangon skidded off the runway while landing at Yangon Airport in Myanmar on Wednesday evening due to inclement weather, leaving around 30 people injured. “Unfortunately, a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight from Dhaka to Yangon skidded off the runway while landing this evening. Weather was not good at ... Read More »

HC notice to combat air pollution by 2 City Corpns of Dhaka

Dhaka, May 5- The High Court yesterday summoned the chief executive officers of two Dhaka City Corporations to explain their positions over their reports submitted before the court relating to prevent air pollution in the capital. The HC bench comprising Justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and Justice KM Kamrul Kader asked them to appear physically before it on May 15. Deputy ... Read More »

India’s Jet Airways suspending operations, no money to fly

New Delhi, Apr 18 (AP/UNB) — Jet Airways, once India’s largest airline, announced on Wednesday that it is suspending all operations after failing to raise enough money to run its services. The company said it has been informed by its lenders, led by state-run State Bank of India, that they are unable to consider its request for funding to keep ... Read More »

Rainfall sharply improves Dhaka’s air quality

Dhaka, Apr 9 (UNB) –Violent storms hit capital Dhaka on Tuesday evening helping its air quality to post a marked improvement. Dhaka climbed down to 22nd position in the Air Quality Index (AQI) as it had a score of 82 at 7:02pm, indicating that the air quality was moderate. Delhi topped the list of cities with worst air quality with ... Read More »

Paris, Milan, C’hagen laud London’s ultra-low emission zone

Mayor of Paris and Chair of C40 Cities, Anne Hidalgo. “Bravo Sadiq Khan, for implementing one of the largest and most comprehensive Low Emission Zones of any city in the world. The ULEZ will undoubtedly bring long-lasting benefits to London, improving public health, boosting local economies and protecting all Londoners and in particular children from the effects of toxic air ... Read More »

Bangladesh airliner makes emergency landing in Chittagong

Dhaka, Apr 8 (UNB) – A Dhaka-bound flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines from Singapore with 84 passengers on board made an emergency landing at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chattogram on Monday evening following a technical glitch. General Manager (Public Relations) of the national flag carrier Shakil Meraj told UNB that Boeing 737 BG085 flight made the emergency landing around ... Read More »

Boeing cutting production rate of troubled 737 Max jet

Washington, Apr 6 (AP/UNB) -Boeing will cut production of its troubled 737 Max airliner this month, underscoring the growing financial risk it faces the longer that its best-selling plane remains grounded after two deadly crashes. The company said Friday that starting in mid-April it will cut production of the plane to 42 from 52 planes per month so it can ... Read More »

Air pollution killed 123 thousand in BD in 2017: Report

Dhaka, April 4 (UNB) – At least 1.23 lakh people were killed in Bangladesh in 2017 due to indoor and outdoor air pollution, said a new study on global air pollution. Two US based institutes Health Effects Institute (HEI) and Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) on Wednesday released a detailed report on quality of the global air with ... Read More »

Dhaka ranks world’s worst in Air Quality Index Wednesday

Dhaka, Mar 20 – Bangladesh capital Dhaka was ranked worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Wednesday. Dhaka had a score of 179 at 10:50 am, indicating that the air quality was unhealthy. A numerical value between 151 and 200 indicates that everyone may begin to experience health effects. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health effects. ... Read More »

Dhaka ranked 2nd worst city in Sunday Air Quality Index

Dhaka, Mar – Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka was ranked second worst city in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Sunday. Dhaka had a score of 208 at 8:47pm, indicating that the air quality was very unhealthy. A numerical value between 151 and 200 indicates that everyone may begin to experience health effects. Members of sensitive groups may experience more serious health ... Read More »

Turbulence injures 30 on flight from Istanbul to New York

New York, Mar 10 (AP/UNB) — Severe turbulence injured 30 people aboard a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul that landed safely at New York’s Kennedy International Airport on Saturday afternoon, officials said. Spokesman Steve Coleman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told The Associated Press that 28 people were taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center after ... Read More »

Damaged tyre forces Biman plane emergency landing

Dhaka, Mar 1 (UNB) – A domestic flight of Biman Bangladesh Airlines made an emergency landing at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport here on Friday afternoon after one of its front tyres got damaged. Biman General Manager (Public Relations) Shakil Meraj said the pilot of the Dhaka-bound flight, carrying 61 passengers, noticed that one of its front tyres got damaged soon ... Read More »