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Retailers Work on Plan to Prevent Industrial Disasters

By SHELLY BANJO   Wal-Mart Stores Inc., WMT -0.85% Gap Inc., GPS +1.28% and Hennes & Mauritz ABHM-B.SK +0.22% met with about 30 Western retailers, labor groups and nongovernmental organizations to work on a plan to prevent industrial disasters like last week’s deadly building collapse in Bangladesh. The discussions included creating a clearinghouse of factory-inspection results, so companies can see where other retailers stopped production over safety concerns, […]

Choosing higher-paid jobs, Dhaka workers accept risks, we’re told. That argument confuses cost of living with the cost of a life In the wake of last week’s factory collapse in Dhaka, a dangerous argument has been making the rounds of the blogosphere. The argument, voiced by outlets as diverse as Slate and the Spectator, is […]

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Some of the Savar collapse survivors admitted to the National Institute of Traumatology & Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor) yesterday. Rikta Moni suddenly attempts to sit up on her bed, forgetting that a fracture in her spinal cord and several wounds in her body will not let her do so. Groaning in acute pain, she starts screaming, […]

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BGMEA investigation always comes to a zero A woman along with her son and relatives cries her heart out in front of collapsed Rana Plaza in Savar yesterday. Shariful Islam, her husband, is one of those ill-fated workers who were in the building when it caved on April 24. The BGMEA’s initiatives to ensure safety […]

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Relatives see no hope of getting back their dear ones alive; 4 more bodies found With unnumbered decomposed bodies remaining stuck in concrete slabs of the collapsed Rana Plaza in Savar, rescuers yesterday recovered four more bodies while removing the building debris. With this, the number of bodies recovered rose to 388 on the seventh […]

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Newly elected Speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury has called upon the opposition to join the budget session. She made the call in Speaker’s office after she was sworn into office on being elected unopposed on Tuesday. “The next session is very important. To play a role in the socio-economic development of the country, I hope they […]

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Bangladesh has defended its decision to turn down foreign help following Wednesday’s collapse of a building near Dhaka that killed at least 382 people.   Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir told the BBC authorities were confident they could deal with the crisis and emergency services did “a good job”. Hundreds are thought to be trapped […]

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President Abdul Hamid administers oath to newly elected Speaker of the Jatiya Sangsad Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury at the parliament in the capital on Tuesday. Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was sworn in as the country’s first female Speaker Tuesday evening. President Abdul Hamid administered to the oath to Sharmin, who was the state minister for women and […]

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BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia has said she hopes the Prime Minister will meet her demand for a non-party poll-time government just the way she responded to Sheikh Hasina’s request by postponing an opposition’s general strike. Khaleda’s expectation from Hasina was expressed on Tuesday in a statement in which she also declared to postpone the nationwide […]

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Maj Gen Chowdhury Hasan Suhrawardy of the 9th Infantry Division addressing a press briefing near collapsed Rana Plaza in Savar Tuesday. Photo: TV grab Relatives of Rana Plaza victims who are still missing said on Tuesday that some bodies of dead victims were concealed, an allegation the rescuers rejected outright. Saying that it is their […]

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By FAZLE HASAN ABED BANGLADESH, my country, is again in tears. Last week in Savar, a suburb of Dhaka, the capital, a poorly constructed building that housed garment factories and other businesses collapsed. More than 300 have been confirmed dead, and the final death toll could well exceed 700. Bangladesh is no stranger to disasters, […]

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The death sentences of Dafadar Marfat Ali Shah and Dafadar Abul Hashem Mridha in the 1975 Jail Killing Case have been upheld by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, though the two were acquitted by the High Court. The full appellate bench headed by the Chief Justice accepted the prosecution’s appeal on the two […]

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