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Switzerland sees “amazing potential” in Bangladesh, eyes deeper economic ties

Switzerland wants to strengthen and widen its ties with Bangladesh to explore “amazing potential” together as Bangladesh is set to celebrate its 50 years of independence next year with Vision 2041 in place, says its envoy in Dhaka. “Our relationship is very strong. My overall priority and overarching goal is to strengthen and widen this relationship, and it’s pursued in ...

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US-Bangla Airlines to inaugurate four more flights

US-Bangla Airlines will inaugurate four more flights to Dubai of UAE, Abu Dhabi of UAE, Colombo of Sri Lanka and Maldives in Male routes from the beginning of next year. Captain Shikder Mejbah Uddin, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of US-Bangla, said US-Bangla Airlines has decided it will inaugurate two brand new ATR 72-600 on Jessore-Chattogram, Saidpur- Cox’s Bazar and Sylhet-Chattogram ...

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Biman to get new Dash 8-Q400 aircraft Tuesday

A Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 aircraft is going to be added to the fleet of Biman Bangladesh Airlines on Tuesday. The 74-seat plane, one of three bought from Canadian Bombardier Inc, is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh on the day. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has named the new aircraft ‘Dhrubotara’, according to a Biman press release. With this, the number of ...

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British Airways returning to Dhaka after 11 years

British Airways, one of the world’s leading airlines, is going to resume operation from Dhaka after 11 years, sources at the Civil Aviation Ministry said. “British Airways once operated flights from here. They have applied for resuming operation on Dhaka-London-Dhaka route and we will give them permission,” Mohibul Haque, senior secretary of Civil Aviation Ministry, told The Daily Star today. ...

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Banks further alerted on cyberattack threat

Bangladesh has alerted banks again about the threat of a cyberattack, asking them to strengthen cyber security and other necessary measures to avoid the risk of being hacked. In view of this, the banks have increased surveillance on online transactions and ATM booths. Some banks have started closing ATM booths at night. Last Thursday, the Financial Institutions Department of the ...

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UK households face £21 rise in energy bills in 2021

UK households may have to pay more for gas and electricity bills from April, energy regulator Ofgem says. It is considering raising the price cap on household bills by £21 per year to help energy companies which have been hit by a rise in unpaid bills. The news was met with dismay from campaigners, who questioned the logic of raising ...

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Govt to expand tea cultivation in CHT: commerce secretary

Commerce Secretary Dr Md Jafor Uddin said the government will provide all sorts of assistance on a priority basis for the expansion of tea cultivation in the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT). “Farmers should come forward more to expand tea cultivation for increasing tea export,” he said while exchanging views with the stakeholders involved in the tea industry to expand small ...

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Strong sales in China drive Maybach to double sales

Carmaker Daimler plans to double sales of its luxury Maybach vehicles, buoyed by strong demand in China. Daimler, which also owns Mercedes-Benz, sold a record 12,000 luxury Maybachs last year. They are used widely as limousines in China, the car’s most popular market, BBC reported. Prices start at $173,000 (£130,000) for the latest model. However, this can rise to more ...

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Boeing’s 737 Max cleared to fly in the US after crashes

US safety regulators have cleared Boeing’s 737 Max plane to fly again, lifting grounding orders put in place in March 2019 after two deadly crashes. It marks a milestone for Boeing which was thrust into crisis by the tragedies and investigations that blamed company failures for the accidents. Its financial woes deepened this year as air travel slowed due to ...

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BARVIDA expelled its Vice President 1 S M Anowar Sadat for his ‘indiscipline’ activities

Bangladesh Reconditioned Vehicles Importers and Dealers Association (BARVIDA) has expelled its Vice President 1 Mr. S M Anowar Sadat for his anti-discipline activities. The Executive Committee of BARVIDA in an emergency meeting held on 15 November 2020 unanimously decided and then expelled Mr. Sadat on 17 November 2020 under the sub clause 10.4 and sub clause 10.6 of article 10 ...

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