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US bans electronic devices on flights

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The United States warned Tuesday that extremists plan to target planes with bombs hidden in electronic devices, and banned carrying them on flights from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.
Senior US officials told reporters that nine airlines from eight countries had been given 96 hours, beginning at 3:00am (0700 GMT), to ban any device bigger than a cellphone or smartphone from the cabin.
Laptops, tablets and portable game consoles are affected by the ban – which applies to direct flights to the United States – but they may still be stowed in the hold in checked baggage.
Passengers on approximately 50 flights per day from some of the busiest hubs in the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa will be obliged to follow the new emergency ruling. 
‘The restrictions are in place due to evaluated intelligence and we think it’s the right thing to do and the right places to do it to secure the safety of the traveling public,’ one US official said.
The officials refused to discuss the ‘intelligence information’ that led the Transportation Security Administration to issue the order.
But one said that concerns had been ‘heightened by several successful events and attacks on passenger lanes and airports over the last years.’
The official would not go into detail about which attacks had raised fears, but did cite an incident from February of last year in which suspected Somali Islamists blew a hole in the side of Daallo Airlines passenger jet with a small device. Only the bomber was killed and the plane landed safely.
CNN quoted a US official as saying the ban was believed to be related to a threat posed by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, known as AQAP.
‘Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,’ an official said.
The airports touched by the ban are Queen Alia International in Amman, Jordan, Cairo International in Egypt, Ataturk in Istanbul, Turkey, King Abdulaziz International in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, King Khalid International in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait International, Mohammed V International in Casablanca, Morocco, Hamad International in Doha, Qatar; and the Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports in the United Arab Emirates.
No US carriers make direct flights from these airports, so they are unaffected by the ban, which will hit Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.
The airlines and their host governments have already been informed of the order by US officials, and some of them have begun informing passengers about the restriction.
Airlines will be responsible for policing the cabin ban, and if they fail to do so could lose their rights to operate US routes. 
No end date has been put on the order, and officials would not say whether the restriction might spread to other airports.
Turkish Airlines put out a statement confirming the ban. 
‘At Turkish Airlines we kindly inform our passengers that any electronic or electrical devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone (except medical devices) must not be transported on board in our flights arriving to the US destinations,’ it said.

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The United States warned Tuesday that extremists plan to target planes with bombs hidden in electronic devices, and banned carrying them on flights from 10 airports in Turkey, the Middle East and North Africa.
Senior US officials told reporters that nine airlines from eight countries had been given 96 hours, beginning at 3:00am (0700 GMT), to ban any device bigger than a cellphone or smartphone from the cabin.
Laptops, tablets and portable game consoles are affected by the ban – which applies to direct flights to the United States – but they may still be stowed in the hold in checked baggage.
Passengers on approximately 50 flights per day from some of the busiest hubs in the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa will be obliged to follow the new emergency ruling. 
‘The restrictions are in place due to evaluated intelligence and we think it’s the right thing to do and the right places to do it to secure the safety of the traveling public,’ one US official said.
The officials refused to discuss the ‘intelligence information’ that led the Transportation Security Administration to issue the order.
But one said that concerns had been ‘heightened by several successful events and attacks on passenger lanes and airports over the last years.’
The official would not go into detail about which attacks had raised fears, but did cite an incident from February of last year in which suspected Somali Islamists blew a hole in the side of Daallo Airlines passenger jet with a small device. Only the bomber was killed and the plane landed safely.
CNN quoted a US official as saying the ban was believed to be related to a threat posed by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, known as AQAP.
‘Evaluated intelligence indicates that terrorist groups continue to target commercial aviation and are aggressively pursuing innovative methods to undertake their attacks, to include smuggling explosive devices in various consumer items,’ an official said.
The airports touched by the ban are Queen Alia International in Amman, Jordan, Cairo International in Egypt, Ataturk in Istanbul, Turkey, King Abdulaziz International in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, King Khalid International in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait International, Mohammed V International in Casablanca, Morocco, Hamad International in Doha, Qatar; and the Dubai and Abu Dhabi airports in the United Arab Emirates.
No US carriers make direct flights from these airports, so they are unaffected by the ban, which will hit Royal Jordanian, EgyptAir, Turkish Airlines, Saudi Airlines, Kuwait Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Qatar Airways, Emirates and Etihad Airways.
The airlines and their host governments have already been informed of the order by US officials, and some of them have begun informing passengers about the restriction.
Airlines will be responsible for policing the cabin ban, and if they fail to do so could lose their rights to operate US routes. 
No end date has been put on the order, and officials would not say whether the restriction might spread to other airports.
Turkish Airlines put out a statement confirming the ban. 
‘At Turkish Airlines we kindly inform our passengers that any electronic or electrical devices larger than a cell phone or smart phone (except medical devices) must not be transported on board in our flights arriving to the US destinations,’ it said.

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Biman to procure three aircraft from Canada

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BBA) has constituted a high-powered committee aiming to purchase three Bombardier Dash 8 Q400NG aircraft on US$ 70 million credit from Canada, officials said.
The committee will negotiate and finalise agreements with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), Export Development Canada (EDC) and Bombardier Inc., Canada’s largest aerospace company, for purchasing and financing of three aircraft, they added.
The procurement mechanism would be implemented under government-to-government (G2G) arrangements.
The three aircraft would be released at the end of 2018. The price of the three aircraft is about US$ 70 million.
The board of directors of Biman Bangladesh Airlines in its meeting took the decision to procure the three aircraft from Canada.
Bombardier, the world’s third largest plane maker, is headquartered in Montréal, Canada.
The management of the national flag carrier took decision to obtain French-Italian-based ATR 72 and Dash 8 Q400 aircraft.
Later, the management chose to procure Dash 8 Q400 aircraft instead of ATR 72, Shakil Meraj, General Manager (Public Relations) and focal point of BBA, told the FE on Wednesday.
A committee has already been formed for negotiation and finalisation of the deal to purchase three Canadian aircraft. Sovereign guarantee would be taken if necessary, he said.
With new aircraft, the flight operation on local and regional routes will be smoother. The frequency of flight cancellation will be reduced significantly if the three Bombardier Dash 8 Q400NG aircraft join the fleet, a source concerned said.

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Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BBA) has constituted a high-powered committee aiming to purchase three Bombardier Dash 8 Q400NG aircraft on US$ 70 million credit from Canada, officials said.
The committee will negotiate and finalise agreements with the Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC), Export Development Canada (EDC) and Bombardier Inc., Canada’s largest aerospace company, for purchasing and financing of three aircraft, they added.
The procurement mechanism would be implemented under government-to-government (G2G) arrangements.
The three aircraft would be released at the end of 2018. The price of the three aircraft is about US$ 70 million.
The board of directors of Biman Bangladesh Airlines in its meeting took the decision to procure the three aircraft from Canada.
Bombardier, the world’s third largest plane maker, is headquartered in Montréal, Canada.
The management of the national flag carrier took decision to obtain French-Italian-based ATR 72 and Dash 8 Q400 aircraft.
Later, the management chose to procure Dash 8 Q400 aircraft instead of ATR 72, Shakil Meraj, General Manager (Public Relations) and focal point of BBA, told the FE on Wednesday.
A committee has already been formed for negotiation and finalisation of the deal to purchase three Canadian aircraft. Sovereign guarantee would be taken if necessary, he said.
With new aircraft, the flight operation on local and regional routes will be smoother. The frequency of flight cancellation will be reduced significantly if the three Bombardier Dash 8 Q400NG aircraft join the fleet, a source concerned said.

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Radisson Blu Dhaka inaugurates Australian Food Festival

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“Taste of Australia” has been launched on March 17 at the city’s Water Garden Brasserie Restaurant, Radisson Blue. The Australian Executive Chef Jed Archdeacon has meticulously planned the event in order to give the guest a completely unique dining experience through “taste sight and smell.”
Jed, being a proud Australian himself, intends to WOW each and every guest who joins this festival through his culinary skills. The festival is designed to give guests a true taste of Australian Cuisines and a Sense of Place.
The event started by welcoming the Chief Guest H E Ms. Julia Niblett, Australian High Commissioner and the special guest, Mr. Satit, General Manager of Thai Airways International. H E Dr. Thomas Prinz, the German Ambassador was also present among other esteemed guests. Among other activities, there was an indigenous didgeridoo show and raffle draw for Radisson Blu Dhaka’s facebook site (www.facebook.com/ RadissonBluDhaka). Then for the finale the festival officially begun by a ribbon cutting ceremony by the honorable guest. 
Chef Jed then presented the honorable invited guests with a huge Australian Flag Designed Cake.
Christoph Voegeli, General Manager of Radisson Blu Water Garden, says, “In line with our 2017’s mission to be the number one hotel in the country in terms of food offerings, our team meticulously prepared for this festival to make a difference in the market. I hope, food lovers of this city will try out to find that difference”
For the opening night there were already rave reviews received from the VIP’s, Honorable guests and members of the media which attended the opening nights dinner buffet. Guest commented on the interactive live stations, quality of Australian produce and high standard of culinary technique. 
For this Australian Food Festival, the airline partner is Thai Airways, the hospitality partners are Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney and Radisson Blu Chittagong Bay View. Supported by Australian High Commission and Austrade, the platinum sponsor is the Pepsi co., the beverage partner. J.B Trading Co. is the gold sponsor and Northend Coffee, Expolink Resources Ltd., Noor Trade house, Foodex International and Fair Distribution Ltd are the silver sponsors. Radio Today, Dhaka Tribune and Harriken are the media partners for this festival. This food festival comes to an end l end on March 26.

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“Taste of Australia” has been launched on March 17 at the city’s Water Garden Brasserie Restaurant, Radisson Blue. The Australian Executive Chef Jed Archdeacon has meticulously planned the event in order to give the guest a completely unique dining experience through “taste sight and smell.”
Jed, being a proud Australian himself, intends to WOW each and every guest who joins this festival through his culinary skills. The festival is designed to give guests a true taste of Australian Cuisines and a Sense of Place.
The event started by welcoming the Chief Guest H E Ms. Julia Niblett, Australian High Commissioner and the special guest, Mr. Satit, General Manager of Thai Airways International. H E Dr. Thomas Prinz, the German Ambassador was also present among other esteemed guests. Among other activities, there was an indigenous didgeridoo show and raffle draw for Radisson Blu Dhaka’s facebook site (www.facebook.com/ RadissonBluDhaka). Then for the finale the festival officially begun by a ribbon cutting ceremony by the honorable guest. 
Chef Jed then presented the honorable invited guests with a huge Australian Flag Designed Cake.
Christoph Voegeli, General Manager of Radisson Blu Water Garden, says, “In line with our 2017’s mission to be the number one hotel in the country in terms of food offerings, our team meticulously prepared for this festival to make a difference in the market. I hope, food lovers of this city will try out to find that difference”
For the opening night there were already rave reviews received from the VIP’s, Honorable guests and members of the media which attended the opening nights dinner buffet. Guest commented on the interactive live stations, quality of Australian produce and high standard of culinary technique. 
For this Australian Food Festival, the airline partner is Thai Airways, the hospitality partners are Radisson Blu Hotel Sydney and Radisson Blu Chittagong Bay View. Supported by Australian High Commission and Austrade, the platinum sponsor is the Pepsi co., the beverage partner. J.B Trading Co. is the gold sponsor and Northend Coffee, Expolink Resources Ltd., Noor Trade house, Foodex International and Fair Distribution Ltd are the silver sponsors. Radio Today, Dhaka Tribune and Harriken are the media partners for this festival. This food festival comes to an end l end on March 26.

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Emirates kicks off International Day of Happiness with simple surprises

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Emirates marked International Day of Happiness on  March 20 with small surprises for its customers and employees to spread a little extra joy to their daily lives. Across its boarding gates at Terminal 3 in the morning, Emirates delighted unsuspecting passengers travelling from and transiting in Dubai with Business Class upgrades, a simple gesture to make their journey extra special. 
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group said: “Happiness means different things to different people. Many find happiness in constantly challenging themselves to achieve new goals, learning new skills, or nurturing strong relationships in their personal and professional lives. Most times, all it really takes is to simply share a smile.”

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Emirates marked International Day of Happiness on  March 20 with small surprises for its customers and employees to spread a little extra joy to their daily lives. Across its boarding gates at Terminal 3 in the morning, Emirates delighted unsuspecting passengers travelling from and transiting in Dubai with Business Class upgrades, a simple gesture to make their journey extra special. 
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline & Group said: “Happiness means different things to different people. Many find happiness in constantly challenging themselves to achieve new goals, learning new skills, or nurturing strong relationships in their personal and professional lives. Most times, all it really takes is to simply share a smile.”

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