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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

Bangladesh Biman suspected as 'alien' at New York

Dhaka, 20 May, (INS + State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Fakhrul Islam Alamgir Thursday said the US Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) did not allow the Bangladesh Biman flight in New York as they suspected it as an alien flight similar to that like the evil-fated 9/11.

At a press briefing held at the PID auditorium, the state minister said they were discussing with the US lawyers for demanding compensation from the FAA. But the assessment in this regard was yet to be completed.

Replying to different quires, the State Minister said that the government decided to stop Dhaka-New York flight of Bangladesh Biman as it has to incur loss of nearly TK 11 million per flight.

Minister, however, admitted the allegations of corruption and money misapplication in the Bangladesh Biman and said, "We are investigating into the matter and if anybody is found guilty, he would be punished."

In another reply, the state minister said that the government has no plan to hand over the Biman to the private sector, but the government has plans to offload its 61 per cent share.

The Biman also is looking for strategic partners for its maintenance purposes.

While talking to newsmen at a briefing on 'SAARC Tourism Ministers Meeting' scheduled to be held on May 20-21 in Cox's Bazar, Minister said that the Biman is passing through a critical period.

- Asian Tribune -

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