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Twin tragedy

It is as if misfortunes will not let go of them. Abdus Sobhan and Lal Mia have had enough already, losing Tahura Begum, the former’s daughter and the latter’s wife, to the Rana Plaza disaster in Savar. After Tahura’s body was recovered from the rubble on Saturday, the two along with some relatives were carrying […]

Victim families still hope to see missing dear ones alive As a few hundred pairs of eyes, weary of the long wait, were glued to the narrow tunnel leading out of the now-flattened Rana Plaza, an announcement sounded the most pleasing intimation of all: “A man has been rescued alive.” It worked like magic, especially […]

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The stench of decaying bodies filled the air around the ruins of Rana Plaza with the death toll reaching 381 yesterday, the fifth day into the building’s collapse. Rescuers refrained from employing heavy equipment to remove the debris after confirming that four people — three men and a woman named Shahana — were still alive […]

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The fire came as rescuers were trying to free a woman they found trapped in the wreckage of the building that collapsed Wednesday.  A fire broke out late Sunday in the wreckage of the garment factory that collapsed last week in Bangladesh, with smoke pouring from the piles of shattered concrete and some of the […]

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Rescuers have started using heavy equipment to remove the ruins of Rana Plaza as no more traces of life were noticed under the concrete ruins 110 hours on. The move effectively signals the end of the search for survivors under the blocks of concrete and steel of the nine-storey building. Two hydraulic cranes started to […]

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A judge can now award life imprisonment to Sohel Rana, owner of the Rana Plaza in Savar, if he is found guilty of allowing garment owners to run their factories even after a crack developed in the building. The factory owners will also face similar punishment if charges of forcing workers to join the work […]

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Mentioning that political violence is not acceptable, US Ambassador Dan W Mozena on Sunday urged the government and the opposition to sit for a constructive dialogue to find out a solution to resolve the ongoing political crisis. “The United States doesn’t want to see any political violence in Bangladesh. The first thing is to stop […]

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There is that old adage, don’t kill the golden goose. The garment sector in Bangladesh has been giving for many years now. Along with the remittances of overseas workers, the earnings by the RMG sector, Bangladesh has significant foreign exchange reserves of almost $14b. But it has come at a cost. Bangladeshi’s have received bad […]

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Results of the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equal examinations will be published on May 9, subject to approval from the Prime Minister, officials say. Inter-Board Coordination Sub-Committee chief Prof Taslima Begum told bdnews24.com on Sunday they sent a proposal to Sheikh Hasina to this effect. It is a norm to seek the Prime Minister’s […]

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World leaders have mourned the loss of lives in Wednesday’s Savar building collapse. A media release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday said Russian President Vladimir Putin, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, European Commission President José Manuel Durão Barroso and Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se expressed their deepest condolence issuing separate messages. It added […]

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Law Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed on Sunday told parliament that Jamaat-e-Islami leader Mir Kashem Ali paid US$ 25 million to an American lobbyist firm to make the trial of the International Crimes Tribunal questionable and controversial. “The government has the proof of that. The copy of the agreement with the lobbyist and money receipt is […]

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The third Malaysia trade show will be held in Dhaka next month. According to the Bangladesh-Malaysia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, this year’s show – May 23 to May 25 – will focus on Malaysian healthcare and tourism. The Chamber has been organising the show since 2008 in the two countries. Its President Syed Nurul […]

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