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Sofura tells her harrowing ordeal of 27 hours It was not pain but fear that was killing her during the time she was stuck in the mangled wreckage of the nine-storey Rana Plaza in Savar. At the time of the collapse on Wednesday, Sofura Begum was working at Phantom Apparel on the third floor. All […]

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First came “God has taken back his creation”, and then “We are looking for shotroos [enemies].” A few years later, the nation heard another home minister say, “Lock your doors to ensure safety.” But Home Minister MK Alamgir has beaten all his predecessors with his latest comment on how the nine-storey Rana Plaza in Savar […]

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Concrete pillars are dangling from a collapsed building when frantic search for lives continues in Savar on Thursday. At least 178 people were killed until Thursday afternoon and unknown numbers of people remained trapped inside the debris. While there are many survivors hurt or squeezed between wrecks of the nine-storey Rana Plaza in Savar, rescuers […]

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 BNP standing committee member MK Anwar on Thursday castigated Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir as he said Rana Plaza might have collapsed due to jerking of its vulnerable pillars by opposition activists. “A highly educated minister like him has said this. How low will you stoop? Don’t stoop so low. People are putting shame on […]

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 Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday informed Parliament that the government will find out the garment factory owners who had forced the workers to enter into the Rana Plaza knowing that the building was in grave danger. “It was most unfortunate that the owners forcibly put the garment workers in the factories knowing that the […]

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Bangladeshi workers stay at their temporary accommodation at Haji Camp in Ashkona yesterday while waiting to leave for Malaysia today for plantation jobs under state arrangements. The first batch of Bangladeshi workers will leave Dhaka today to join plantation jobs in Malaysia, for the first time under state arrangements at one-eighth the earlier migration costs. […]

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Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir on Thursday categorically said those responsible for the Savar tragedy will be brought to justice. “Those responsible will be put on trial, no matter which party they belong to or whose relatives they are. He may be Rana or any party member and anyone’s relatives, stern legal action will be […]

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Representatives from governments in Asia, including Bangladesh and Africa, have formed a network to support their efforts to include climate change into their development plans. The group developed its plans at the 7th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change, which ended here on Thursday, said a press release. The Government Group Network on […]

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Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Thursday suspended the membership of five companies located in Rana Plaza that collapsed Wednesday. Suspension or cancellation of a membership means a garment factory would not do any kind of apparel export and import of raw materials, as the BGMEA would not provide any utilisation declaration (UD) […]

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BNP Acting Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir was admitted to a Dhaka hospital on Thursday. From Dhaka Central Jail Mirza Fahrul was taken to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Medical University (BSMMU) in the afternoon following some health problems, jailor Mahbubul Islam told bdnews24.com. He however did not specify Fakhrul’s illness. Fakhrul was sent to the […]

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Hundreds of rescuers, some crawling through the maze of rubble in search of survivors and victims, worked through the night and into Thursday. Deep cracks visible in the walls of a Bangladesh garment building had compelled police to order it evacuated a day before it collapsed, officials said Thursday. More than 200 people were killed […]

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Members of Bangladesh Army with the help of others carry a female survivor off the collapsed building sight in Savar on Thursday. The death toll from Savar building collapse reached to 243 Thursday as the rescuers continued their frantic effort to save those trapped inside the rubble of the building. Wali Ashraf Khan, an inspector […]

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