Poverty paper eyes 5 goals- Targets Tk 3,457 crore spending

30 12 2009

With a target of spending Tk 3457 billion the National Economic Council (NEC) yesterday approved the revised second Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) for three fiscal years (FY2009-11).

The revised second PRSP has projected a spending of Tk 425 billion for interest payment, Tk 217 billion for defence expenditure, Tk 536 billion for infrastructure development including power, energy and communications, Tk 207 billion for health sector, and Tk 319 billion for social safety network programmes.

The NEC meeting was held with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.

Full story: The Daily Star


Inaugural Flight Dhaka to London starting from Sylhet

1 12 2009

United Airways (BD) Ltd. a leading private sector airline founded by non-resident Bangladeshis, is starting its maiden Dhaka-London passenger flight on 21st November 2009. The first Dhaka-London flight of the airline is scheduled to take off from Dhaka for London with a 155-seat MD-83 and this flight starts from Sylhet and shall operate as domestic flight up to Dhaka. This aircraft is built in the USA and is equipped with state of the art technologies and navigational equipment.

United Airways has been designated to operate international flights to various countries by the government of Bangladesh. It is currently operating from Dhaka to Dubai, Kolkata, Chittagong, Jessore, Sylhet, and Cox’s Bazar and also from Chittagong to Kolkata.

Capt. Tasbirul Ahmed Choudhury, Chairman and Managing Director of United Airways (BD) Ltd. informed, “It will initially operate two passenger flights in a week on Dhaka-London route. On the other hand, we are scheduled to start Dhaka-Kuala Lumpur, Dhaka-Katmandu and Dhaka-Bangkok route by December 2009. By first quarter of 2010 we will start Dhaka-Jeddah route by state of the art Boeing 767-300ER”.

Capt. Tasbir also said, “United has one 155 seated MD-83 aircraft and two 37 seated Dash-8-100 aircraft. Another 155 seated MD-83 aircraft will join the fleet with-in November 2009. United Airways is also planning to procure another Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft by mid 2010.”

The one way special fare for Dhaka-London is Tk. 33683 (inclusive of all taxes) and return fare is $ 695 (exclusive of all taxes). Weekly two flights to London will be operated on Tuesday and Saturday and depart from Dhaka at 1200hrs.

“This operation is undoubtedly an achievement for the Bangladesh Aviation Industry, as United Airways is the first private airline to have planned this prestigious route in Europe” Capt. Choudhury added.

On 10 July 2007, United Airways first took to the skies with a slogan “Fly Your Own Airline” and has been providing committed services ever since. Since its inception, United received positive market response and presently holds a major share of the domestic and regional market. In a span of just two and half years of operation, United Airways has established its brand reputation for its maintenance of schedule, service and safety with the employment of latest technologies.

Hussain Muhammad Ershad, MP, Former President of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh at M A G Osmani International Airport, Sylhet and G M Quader, MP, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism at Zia International Airport formally inaugurated the first European flight operation as chief guests respectively. Among other guests who attended both the programs Mr. Muhammad Faruk Khan MP, Minister for Commerce, Mr. Shafiqur Rahman, MP, Diplomats of the foreign Mission, Govt. officials, High official of the travel agents, journalists of print and electronic media and high officials of United Airways were also present there. (source)