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‘Belt & Road for not only China but also countries along it’

AKM Moinuddin, Back from Xinjiang, China Dhaka, Sept 3 – China has said the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, is not only for the development of China but it is also an answer for the common destination of the human being throug h stronger partnership and broader connectivity among countries along the Belt and ... Read More »

Head-on collision of two busses in Rangpur kills 7

Rangpur, Sept 2 – At least seven people were killed and 50 others injured in a head-on collision between two buses at Seo Bazar in the city on Sunday. The identities of the deceased could not be known yet. The accident took place when a bus of Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) collided head-on with another bus around 12:30 pm, leaving four ... Read More »

5 Hurt as plane skids off runway at Kathmandu Airport

Kathmandu, Sep 3 – A domestic aircraft of a private air service provider skidded off the runway of Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) in Kathmandu, injuring five passengers on board, reports NDTV. The ‘aircraft was carrying 21 passengers from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu. It skidded off the runway at around 8:30 PM (Local Time) on Saturday,’ TIA General Manager Raj Kumar Chettri told ANI. According ... Read More »

Dubai’s RTA to deploy 368 ‘smart’ school buses to increase safety

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced that it will deploy 368 “smart” buses to transport about 8873 students in 17 schools during the new academic year that begins in September. The school service is operated by the RTA’s Dubai Taxi Corporation (DTC). The ‘environmental-friendly’ buses are fitted with safety and security features such as surveillance cameras that are ... Read More »

Air France to deploy A380 on Paris-Dubai route

Air France plans to temporarily deploy an Airbus A380 on its Paris-Dubai route in January 2019, according to aviation website Routesonline. The airline filed operational aircraft changes for the Paris Charles de Gaulle-Dubai service earlier this month, it said. The jumbo jet will be deployed on the route from January 14 to 27 on a daily basis, replacing the existing ... Read More »

South Asia’s transport corridors can lead to prosperity

Martin Melecky This blog is based on the report The Web of Transport Corridors in South Asia — jointly produced with the Asian Development Bank, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency No doubt, South Asia’s prosperity was built along its trade routes. Read More »

Oman says new Duqm airport terminal to open next month

A new passenger terminal at Oman’s Duqm International Airport is set to begin operations next month, Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communications said. In a series of tweets, the ministry said that construction work had been completed along with basic operational tests. “Arrangements are being made to facilitate operations and movement of passengers in the new terminal,” the ministry said ... Read More »

Etihad to continue losses through 2022, says Fitch

Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways is expected to continue making losses through to 2022, according to a report by ratings agency Fitch. The company said there was a “high execution risk” in Etihad’s turnaround plan but affirmed its long-term A rating with a stable outlook due to support from the airline’s owner the Abu Dhabi government, Bloomberg reported. Etihad is currently ... Read More »

$500bn mega zone NEOM appoints Khowala as tourism head

Saudi Arabia’s $500bn mega city project NEOM has appointed Aradhana Khowala as its managing director of tourism. Khowala is CEO and founder of hospitality and tourism consulting practice Aptamind Partners, which advises governments, investors and other organisations. Her appointment was confirmed by the official NEOM Twitter account. Read More »

HC issues contempt rule against Home Secy, IGP

Dhaka, Aug 30 – The High Court Division of the Supreme Court yesterday issued a contempt of court rule against the Home Secretary, Inspector General of Police (IGP) and Chairman of Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) on the charge of not implementing its order over installing speed governor seals in motor vehicles. Read More »

Brexit: The conservative centre cannot hold

The Minister for Exiting the European Union, Dominic Raab, last week published a number of “notifications” on the possibility of the UK’s leaving the European Union without a Withdrawal Agreement (“no deal Brexit”). On the same day, wide publicity was given to a letter from Jacob Rees-Mogg MP, chairman of the European Research Group (ERG), in which he criticised the ... Read More »

Price hike of kerosene more adverse to women than men: Study

Dhaka, Aug 28 – Price increase of kerosene—still a major fuel for lighting in many rural parts of Bangladesh—put more adverse effects on women than men, a study carried out by the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) said. The findings of the study titled “Gender Differentiated Impacts of Kerosene Pricing and Policy Reform in Bangladesh” were revealed during a ... Read More »

Airbus aircraft breaks record with flight to over 62,000 feet

Airbus Perlan Mission II, the world’s first initiative to pilot an engineless aircraft to the edge of space, made history again recently in El Calafate, Argentina, by soaring in the stratosphere to a pressure altitude of over 62,000 feet (60,669 feet GPS altitude). This sets a new gliding altitude world record, pending official validation. Read More »