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Civil Aviation Act 2017 approved
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Bangladesh has approved the draft of Civil Aviation Act 2017 incorporating the provision of death penalty for “willingly or recklessly” disrupting flights. The draft law also proposes life in prison and a fine of up to Tk 5 crore, or both imprisonment and fine together for those found guilty of such crime.
The weekly cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sjheikh Hasina in the chair approved the draft on Monday. 
After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told the press briefing that anyone violating the air navigation order, or found guilty of forging certificate or licence, will face up to five years in prison, a Tk1 crore fine or both. 
He said interfering with aircraft navigation in any way, such as by tampering with lights or signals, would be treated as a “dangerous offence.”
About the provision of death penalty, Shafiul explained it was prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
“The government wants to follow the international standards of civil aviation,” he added.
However, sources said the draft act initially did not include the provision of death penalty.
The original draft was formulated and submitted before the Cabinet in 2016, getting approved on February 29.
Then it was sent to the Ministry of Law for vetting before being placed in parliament.
But before it could be sent to parliament, two incidents concerning Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina happened last year.
In November, a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying the prime minister was forced to make an emergency landing in Turkmenistan due to a technical glitch.
The aircraft had gone through all pre-flight checks and two test runs before taking off with the prime minister for Budapest.
Earlier in June, another Biman flight carrying the prime minister was stranded in air for around an hour because of delay in landing clearance at Dhaka airport.
Because of these incidents, the authorities concerned amended the draft and included the provision of death penalty, sources said.
Apart from these, anyone attempting to transport goods that pose a “security threat” will face up to seven years in jail or a Tk50 lakh fine.
“Illegal entry to Bangladeshi airspace is punishable with a jail term between three and seven years and a maximum Tk50 lakh fine,” the cabinet secretary added.
When asked if the Biman officials involved in the prime minister’s flight glitch in November would be tried under the proposed act, Shafiul replied in the negative.
“It is only a draft. It will become a law after parliament approves it. Only then will the law come into force,” he said.

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Bangladesh has approved the draft of Civil Aviation Act 2017 incorporating the provision of death penalty for “willingly or recklessly” disrupting flights. The draft law also proposes life in prison and a fine of up to Tk 5 crore, or both imprisonment and fine together for those found guilty of such crime.
The weekly cabinet meeting with Prime Minister Sjheikh Hasina in the chair approved the draft on Monday. 
After the meeting, Cabinet Secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam told the press briefing that anyone violating the air navigation order, or found guilty of forging certificate or licence, will face up to five years in prison, a Tk1 crore fine or both. 
He said interfering with aircraft navigation in any way, such as by tampering with lights or signals, would be treated as a “dangerous offence.”
About the provision of death penalty, Shafiul explained it was prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the International Civil Aviation Organisation.
“The government wants to follow the international standards of civil aviation,” he added.
However, sources said the draft act initially did not include the provision of death penalty.
The original draft was formulated and submitted before the Cabinet in 2016, getting approved on February 29.
Then it was sent to the Ministry of Law for vetting before being placed in parliament.
But before it could be sent to parliament, two incidents concerning Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina happened last year.
In November, a Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight carrying the prime minister was forced to make an emergency landing in Turkmenistan due to a technical glitch.
The aircraft had gone through all pre-flight checks and two test runs before taking off with the prime minister for Budapest.
Earlier in June, another Biman flight carrying the prime minister was stranded in air for around an hour because of delay in landing clearance at Dhaka airport.
Because of these incidents, the authorities concerned amended the draft and included the provision of death penalty, sources said.
Apart from these, anyone attempting to transport goods that pose a “security threat” will face up to seven years in jail or a Tk50 lakh fine.
“Illegal entry to Bangladeshi airspace is punishable with a jail term between three and seven years and a maximum Tk50 lakh fine,” the cabinet secretary added.
When asked if the Biman officials involved in the prime minister’s flight glitch in November would be tried under the proposed act, Shafiul replied in the negative.
“It is only a draft. It will become a law after parliament approves it. Only then will the law come into force,” he said.

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Menon opens floating restaurant at Pagla
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Sonargaon floating restaurant opens at Pagla.
Bangladesh is a riverine country. Different tourism facilities can be provided centering on rivers. Mary Anderson Restaurant was a reflection of this. Sonargaon floating restaurant has been added in its place.
Rashed Khan Menon, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, said this while inaugurating “Sonargaon Bhasoman Restaurant and Bar” at Pagla in Narayanganj on February 9.
Shajahan Khan, Minister for Shipping, was present on the occasion as special guest. SM Golam Faruque, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Ashok Madhab Roy, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Alhaj Anwar Hossain, Chairman, Narayanganj Zila Parishad, Commodore M Mozammel Haque, Chairman, BIWTA, Engineer Gyan Ranjan Sheel, Ph D, Chairman, BIWTC, were also present.
Aparup Chowdhury, Chairman, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), presided over the function.
Rashed Khan Menon thanked the Minister for Shipping for leasing the vessel to BPC.
Sonargaon Bhasoman Restaurant and Bar replaces Mary Anderson Restaurant and Bar, which was recently gutted by fire.
On  this  occasion,  Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon said the government would create 68 new more tourist spots to cater the needs of the tourists and flourish the tourism industry.
“Nearly 11 people would be involved against each tourist after the implementation of the project,” he added.
Referring to additional allocation of Tk 1.0 billion (100 crore) by the government, Menon said “infrastructural work of each spot would be started by developing separate model.”
Meanwhile, development works in 12 spots have already been begun, he added.
The tourism minister said the government had taken the initiative to refurbish the Merry Andersen after the damage, but later changed the move as it appeared as costly than replacing by the Sonargaon Vashaman Restaurant and Bar.

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Sonargaon floating restaurant opens at Pagla.
Bangladesh is a riverine country. Different tourism facilities can be provided centering on rivers. Mary Anderson Restaurant was a reflection of this. Sonargaon floating restaurant has been added in its place.
Rashed Khan Menon, Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism, said this while inaugurating “Sonargaon Bhasoman Restaurant and Bar” at Pagla in Narayanganj on February 9.
Shajahan Khan, Minister for Shipping, was present on the occasion as special guest. SM Golam Faruque, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Ashok Madhab Roy, Secretary, Ministry of Shipping, Alhaj Anwar Hossain, Chairman, Narayanganj Zila Parishad, Commodore M Mozammel Haque, Chairman, BIWTA, Engineer Gyan Ranjan Sheel, Ph D, Chairman, BIWTC, were also present.
Aparup Chowdhury, Chairman, Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC), presided over the function.
Rashed Khan Menon thanked the Minister for Shipping for leasing the vessel to BPC.
Sonargaon Bhasoman Restaurant and Bar replaces Mary Anderson Restaurant and Bar, which was recently gutted by fire.
On  this  occasion,  Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon said the government would create 68 new more tourist spots to cater the needs of the tourists and flourish the tourism industry.
“Nearly 11 people would be involved against each tourist after the implementation of the project,” he added.
Referring to additional allocation of Tk 1.0 billion (100 crore) by the government, Menon said “infrastructural work of each spot would be started by developing separate model.”
Meanwhile, development works in 12 spots have already been begun, he added.
The tourism minister said the government had taken the initiative to refurbish the Merry Andersen after the damage, but later changed the move as it appeared as costly than replacing by the Sonargaon Vashaman Restaurant and Bar.

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Travel search engine  for  ME and Africa to be launched soon

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Middle East and Africa’s first IATA NDC based travel search engine to be launched
TPConnects – the first dual International Air Transport Association (IATA) New Distribution Capability (NDC) Certified Travel Technology Provider has unveiled that it will be launching ihlah.com – Middle East and Africa’s first Travel Search Engine, by the second quarter of 2017.
ihlah.com is a travel search website accompanied by top ranked mobile apps for travellers living in Middle East & Africa region. Ihlah.com or arihlah.com allows travellers to source the best possible flight and hotel deals from various airlines and Online Travel Agencies around the web in one streamlined, convenient and easy to use search engine. Users will be able to search for flights and hotels according to their preference, compare prices and various offers and once selected ihlah.com will take them directly to the source to make the booking.
“Ihlah.com is Africa & Middle East’s Region’s first Travel Search Site targeting a market of 482 Million Internet Users in the region and 232 Million Passengers who travelled by air. We help travellers with a comprehensive browsing experience to compare flight and hotel options and pricing from various suppliers while keeping shoppers engaged in a single tab. Ihlah.com presents an unbiased comparison of all travel products and prices offered in the marketplace by merchants both local and global and enables shoppers to quickly find the best deal and place to book, whether from airline, hotel direct or with a third party aggregator website. Ihlah.com harnesses powerful yet simple to use technology based on IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) that automates the process of searching and comparing results from hundreds of airline, hotel and online travel agency websites”. said Praveen Kumar chief technology officer of TPConnects
For registered users, to search and compare travel products on ihlah.com will be offered as free of cost, while it works on a Cost Per Acquisition and / or Cost Per Click business model with airlines, hotels and online travel agencies.
Ihlah.com initially will be launched for customers based in Middle East and Africa with worldwide expansion plan towards the first quarter of 2018.

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Aviation Reporter
 
Middle East and Africa’s first IATA NDC based travel search engine to be launched
TPConnects – the first dual International Air Transport Association (IATA) New Distribution Capability (NDC) Certified Travel Technology Provider has unveiled that it will be launching ihlah.com – Middle East and Africa’s first Travel Search Engine, by the second quarter of 2017.
ihlah.com is a travel search website accompanied by top ranked mobile apps for travellers living in Middle East & Africa region. Ihlah.com or arihlah.com allows travellers to source the best possible flight and hotel deals from various airlines and Online Travel Agencies around the web in one streamlined, convenient and easy to use search engine. Users will be able to search for flights and hotels according to their preference, compare prices and various offers and once selected ihlah.com will take them directly to the source to make the booking.
“Ihlah.com is Africa & Middle East’s Region’s first Travel Search Site targeting a market of 482 Million Internet Users in the region and 232 Million Passengers who travelled by air. We help travellers with a comprehensive browsing experience to compare flight and hotel options and pricing from various suppliers while keeping shoppers engaged in a single tab. Ihlah.com presents an unbiased comparison of all travel products and prices offered in the marketplace by merchants both local and global and enables shoppers to quickly find the best deal and place to book, whether from airline, hotel direct or with a third party aggregator website. Ihlah.com harnesses powerful yet simple to use technology based on IATA’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) that automates the process of searching and comparing results from hundreds of airline, hotel and online travel agency websites”. said Praveen Kumar chief technology officer of TPConnects
For registered users, to search and compare travel products on ihlah.com will be offered as free of cost, while it works on a Cost Per Acquisition and / or Cost Per Click business model with airlines, hotels and online travel agencies.
Ihlah.com initially will be launched for customers based in Middle East and Africa with worldwide expansion plan towards the first quarter of 2018.

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Emirates diverts over 60 flights last year for medical emergencies

Aviation Report
 
Emirates Airline handled more than 60 flight diversions due to medical emergencies during 2916. During the period the airline operated more than  194,000 flights.
A single flight diversion can cost Emirates anything from US$50,000 to over US$600,000, depending on the nature of the diversion which include fuel, flight catering, landing and ground handling fees, air navigation cost, passenger rebooking costs and onward connection, as well as other associated costs to care for crew and passengers.
Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said: “We can never hope to recover the costs of a flight diversion, but the wellbeing of our customers is always our number one priority. Airlines handle medical emergencies differently, as there are no international regulations on this front.  At Emirates, like everything else we do, the safety of our passengers comes first. If there is a medical emergency on board, our crew have the training and equipment to help them assess the situation, and deliver the best possible outcome for the affected passengers.” 
“If we have to divert a flight, our aim is to get medical attention for the afflicted passenger as soon as possible. Via our medical advisory consultants and Emirates’ own operations control team, we identify the best location where the passenger may receive appropriate care, and where the airport can adequately support the passengers and aircraft.

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Aviation Report
 
Emirates Airline handled more than 60 flight diversions due to medical emergencies during 2916. During the period the airline operated more than  194,000 flights.
A single flight diversion can cost Emirates anything from US$50,000 to over US$600,000, depending on the nature of the diversion which include fuel, flight catering, landing and ground handling fees, air navigation cost, passenger rebooking costs and onward connection, as well as other associated costs to care for crew and passengers.
Adel Al Redha, Emirates’ Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, said: “We can never hope to recover the costs of a flight diversion, but the wellbeing of our customers is always our number one priority. Airlines handle medical emergencies differently, as there are no international regulations on this front.  At Emirates, like everything else we do, the safety of our passengers comes first. If there is a medical emergency on board, our crew have the training and equipment to help them assess the situation, and deliver the best possible outcome for the affected passengers.” 
“If we have to divert a flight, our aim is to get medical attention for the afflicted passenger as soon as possible. Via our medical advisory consultants and Emirates’ own operations control team, we identify the best location where the passenger may receive appropriate care, and where the airport can adequately support the passengers and aircraft.

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