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Biman asked to submit report on ticket sales earning

Biman asked to submit report on ticket sales earning

The parliamentary watchdog came up with the instruction at a meeting held at Sangsad Bhaban in the city yesterday with Faruk Khan, MP, in the chair. The meeting was attended, among others, by Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Rashed Khan Menon, Professor Md Ali Ashraf, Tanvir Imam, Nazrul Islam Chowdhury, Rowshan Ara Mannan and Secretary to the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry SM Ghulam Farooque. Underscoring the need for resuming Biman’s flights on Dhaka-New York-Dhaka and Dhaka-Rome-Dhaka routes, the committee members said: “Though it was an election pledge made by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in 2008, the national flag carrier has so far failed to resume its flight on the two prestigious routes despite repeated initiatives.” In this regard, chairman of the committee Faruk Khan urged all the members to expedite all the process, so Biman can resume its Dhaka-New York-Dhaka flights quickly. To resume Dhaka-New York-Dhaka flights, Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) will have to achieve Federal Aviation Administration SEC-3 certificate and implement the Civil Aviation Act 2016. In 2006, national flag carrier suspended its Dhaka-New York-Dhaka route due to loss while it was also forced to postpone its Dhaka-Rome-Dhaka flight due to lack of passengers. The meeting also reviewed the development project works of Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong. The project includes a number of boarding bridges, expansion of runway, taxiway, modernisation of radar system and cargo village construction works. A parliamentary sub-committee, which was formed to investigate into the irregularities and miss-management of the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel, also submitted its report at the meeting. The report recommended for establishing a better human resources management system as the committee found different types of mismanagement as less qualified people have been posted to the important positions. Sub-committee also found that the current General Manager of the hotel E J Mac Ewan, who has been holding the position for seven years, is allegedly involved with different irregularities. Besides, the parliamentary committee warned the contractor of taking stern action for the delay in the construction works of Ruposhi Bangla hotel.