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Biman Bangladesh Airlines Set to Launch Direct Dhaka-Tokyo Flights from Sept 1

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"Biman Bangladesh Airlines Set to Launch Direct Dhaka-Narita Flights from September 1"

Biman Bangladesh Airlines is set to embark on a new milestone as it inaugurates its direct flight route between Dhaka and Narita (Tokyo) starting from September 1, 2023, as confirmed by Shafiul Azim, the Managing Director and CEO of the national carrier.

The inaugural flight, designated as BG-377, will take off from Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:45 pm local time on September 1. It is scheduled to land at Japan’s Narita International Airport at 9:15 am local time on September 2. The return flight, BG-378, will depart from Narita International Airport to Dhaka on September 2.

Azim detailed the flight schedule, revealing that flights from Dhaka to Narita will operate every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 11:45 pm. Conversely, flights from Narita to Dhaka will be available on every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday, departing at 11 am.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines commenced ticket sales for the Dhaka-Narita direct flights from July 25. The one-way minimum fare on this route is Tk 70,828, with a return ticket price of Tk 1,11,656 per passenger.

To commemorate the launch of this new route, Biman offered a limited-time discount, which was available until August 15. During this promotional period, the minimum one-way fare was set at Tk 49,100, while return tickets were priced at Tk 84,496 per passenger. Remarkably, a significant portion of the inaugural flight tickets has already been sold.

Biman noted that the number of Bangladeshi residents in Japan is relatively modest. It is anticipated that Japanese nationals involved in diverse development projects within Bangladesh will be the primary users of this route.

In a stride towards enhanced service, the CEO announced plans to introduce a 24-hour call center, adhering to international standards. This service will ensure passengers have access to updated flight information round the clock.

Aligned with the objectives of the ‘Smart Bangladesh’ initiative, Biman Bangladesh Airlines will soon introduce an automated baggage system. Commencing from September 1, this system will rigorously enforce baggage weight limits, prohibiting any excess baggage beyond the stipulated allowance.

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Met Predicts Continued Heat Wave Across the Country

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The Bangladesh Meteorological Department has forecasted that the current mild to moderate heat wave will persist in several regions of the country over the next 24 hours, starting from 9 AM today.

The weather bulletin issued this morning indicates that the heat wave is affecting the districts of Dhaka, Tangail, Faridpur, Madaripur, Gopalganj, Narayanganj, Rajshahi, Pabna, Chapainawabganj, Cumilla, Chandpur, Khagrachhari, Khulna, Bagerhat, Satkhira, Jashore, Chuadanga, Kushtia, Magura, Barishal, Patuakhali, and Bhola. This condition is expected to continue.

“Daytime temperatures may see a slight drop, while nighttime temperatures are likely to remain relatively unchanged. The high moisture content will likely maintain the current level of discomfort,” the bulletin noted.

The forecast also includes the possibility of light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty winds in various parts of the country. Specifically, rain is expected in many areas of the Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions; in some areas of the Dhaka and Chattogram divisions; and in isolated locations in the Rajshahi, Khulna, and Barisal divisions. Moderately heavy to heavy rainfall is anticipated in parts of the Rangpur, Mymensingh, and Sylhet divisions.

On Tuesday, the highest temperature recorded in the country was 38.3 degrees Celsius in Bandarban, while the lowest temperature today was 23.5 degrees Celsius, also in Bandarban. Sylhet experienced significant rainfall over the last 24 hours, measuring 131mm as of 6 AM today.

In the capital, sunset is expected at 6:47 PM today, and sunrise is forecasted for 5:11 AM tomorrow.

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Time to Act on Climate & Water Challenges: Enviroment Minister

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Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Saber Hossain Chowdhury has called for a shift from rhetoric to tangible actions in addressing water, climate change, and cryosphere preservation.

“Words, rhetoric, and pledges must transform into delivery and action on water, climate, and the cryosphere,” said Chowdhury during the plenary session of the 3rd High-Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Sustainable Development.’

The conference, held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, on Tuesday, served as a crucial gathering for global leaders and stakeholders to discuss pressing issues related to water and climate. Chowdhury emphasized the urgency of these challenges, stressing the need for global solidarity, political ownership, and decisive leadership to implement the necessary changes.

“Achieving our shared goals and ensuring a sustainable future requires global solidarity, political ownership, and leadership,” the minister stated.

The 3rd High-Level International Conference on the International Decade for Action ‘Water for Sustainable Development’ is a key platform for countries to collaborate on sustainable water management and climate action.

Chowdhury reiterated Bangladesh’s dedication to global initiatives and highlighted the critical role of collective action in addressing environmental challenges.

His call to action underscores the importance of moving beyond promises and taking concrete steps to safeguard our planet’s water resources and climate for future generations.

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PM Sheikh Hasina Distributes 18,566 Houses to Homeless Families Ahead of Eid-ul-Azha

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Hasina PM Sheikh PM to Declare 12 More Districts Landless, Homeless-Free This Wednesday

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has distributed 18,566 houses to homeless and landless families across the country under the Ashrayan-2 project, just five days before Eid-ul-Azha. The distribution ceremony took place on Tuesday, with the Prime Minister inaugurating the process via videoconference from her official residence, Ganabhaban. The event connected to Kaliganj upazila of Lalmonirhat, Eidgaon upazila of Cox’s Bazar, and Char Fashion upazila of Bhola.

During the ceremony, the Prime Minister also declared 70 additional upazilas, including all upazilas from 26 districts, free from landlessness and homelessness. This brings the total number of landless and homeless-free districts to 58 and the number of upazilas to 464 nationwide.

Under the government’s flagship housing initiative, the Ashrayan-2 Project aims to ensure housing for all. On this occasion, 1,282 houses were distributed in Lalmonirhat, 261 in Cox’s Bazar, and 1,234 in Bhola districts.

This initiative builds on previous distributions where the Prime Minister handed over 63,999 houses in the first phase, 53,330 in the second phase, 59,133 in the third phase, and 39,365 in the fourth phase of the Ashrayan-2 Project.

Each beneficiary family receives a semi-pucca house on two decimals of land, with ownership jointly granted to both husband and wife. Each house includes two bedrooms, a kitchen, a toilet, and a veranda.

The rehabilitation program for homeless people was originally introduced by the Father of the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, in 1972. Prime Minister Hasina revived the effort with the Ashrayan project in 1997, aiming to provide homes and land ownership to the homeless and landless.

Since the project’s inception, a total of 771,301 families have been rehabilitated, benefiting approximately 3,856,505 individuals. Across all programs, 4,340,000 people from 867,904 families have received homes, including 2,910,265 people from 582,053 families under the Ashrayan Project.

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