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BGMEA to set up a database of garment workers

Garment industry leaders sit with editors of newspapers   The garment sector’s apex trade body plans to prepare a central database of garment workers for ease of verification during crises. “People always question the casualty numbers quoted during any tragedy in the garment sector, as the trade body does not have any central database of […]

The United States believes Israel has conducted an airstrike into Syria, CNN reported on Friday, citing two unnamed US officials. CNN quoted the officials as saying Israel most likely conducted the strike “in the Thursday-Friday time frame” and that Israel’s warplanes did not enter Syrian airspace. It said the officials did not believe Israel had […]

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   BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday gave a 48-hour ultimatum to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to come up with a clear announcement of accepting opposition’s demand for restoring caretaker government system. “Otherwise we will declare such programmes that you [PM] will have to flee away or quit power,” Khaleda warned while addressing a rally, called […]

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 The death toll from the disastrous Rana Plaza collapse reached 553 on Saturday night with the recovery of 20 more bodies from the debris of the collapsed eight-storey building. Rescuers retrieved 20 bodies from the wreckage of the collapsed building from 12 am to 9pm today (Saturday), said officer-in-charge of Dhaka district Detective Branch of […]

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Leader of the opposition Khaleda Zia has castigated Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir for his recent remark on the collapse of Rana Plaza and urged Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to remove him from Cabinet. Talking to BBC Bangla recently, Alamgir claimed the multi-storey commercial building at Savar might have collapsed due to jerking of its […]

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 The much-hyped ‘Dhaka Siege’ programme of Hefajat-e-Islam Bangladesh begins after Fajar prayers on Sunday without any finishing timeline for it. “The Dhaka Siege will begin after Fajar prayers on Sunday and there has been no instruction from the top leader so far when it will end,” Maulana Ahlullah Wasel, chief of Hefajat’s media wing, told […]

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I know, I’m sorry, I keep writing about Bangladesh at the moment. But the list of silly responses to the recent disaster and tragedy seems to keep growing. Now we’ve news that the European Union itself might restrict access to the European market for clothes made in Bangladesh. Which is the worst thing anyone could […]

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Awami League Presidium member Mohammed Nasim on Saturday ruled out a return to the caretaker system and suggested working for an ‘interim government’ to conduct parliament polls. “If the Opposition starts a dialogue, we can work on a formula for an interim government to conduct the parliament elections,” Nasim told a rally at Rabindra Sarani […]

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Anjana cries with the photo of her missing mother Nasima, a Rana Plaza victim. She has been waiting at Adhar Chandra High School playground in Savar since April 24 when the building collapsed. She has searched for her mother in all the hospitals and morgues in vain. The agonising wait at Adhar Chandra High School […]

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 Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir on Saturday said it is the jurisdiction of the court to grant bail to the detained BNP leaders being tried on charges of criminal acts. “BNP is demanding unconditional release of its detained leaders. But it’s only the court which will take decision about their trial or bail,” he said […]

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 President Abdul Hamid on Saturday left here for Singapore on Saturday night for medical checkup at Mount Elizabeth Hospital. A regular flight of Singapore Airlines carrying the President took off Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 10:15pm. Agriculture Minister Begum Matia Chowdhury, Textiles and Jute Minister Abdul Latif Siddiqui, the chiefs of the three services and […]

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Eleven days into the country’s deadliest building collapse in Savar, the official rescuers are clueless about how many bodies are still locked in the mammoth concrete wreckage and how long it may take to remove the piles. Just one-fifth of the rubble has been removed over the past one week, officials say. Some ground workers […]

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