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A tower of violations; 22-storey Banani building had permission for 18 floors, no fire-protected staircases

The Daily Star  March 29, 2019 A tower of violations 22-storey Banani building had permission for 18 floors, no fire-protected staircases Two arms reach out for help from inside the shattered glass of a room in FR Tower in Banani. Photo: Rashed Shumon Mohammad Al-Masum Molla The FR Tower had no permission for its top […]

Bangladesh’s family Planning program falters while population booms Shafiq Rahman, March 26, 2019 Bangladesh burgeoning population is bogging down the overall economy, but there is no sign of any aggressive activism in the family planning sector. From 2011 to 2014, the Total Fertility Rate (TFR) was 2.3 per cent, according to the Bangladesh Demographic and […]

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Do we really need more vehicles? Mahmudur Rahman Dhaka Tribune March 28th, 2019 No solution in sight SYED ZAKIR HOSSAIN Why we may be misusing the Indian Line of Credit Given that there are some 3.8 million vehicles on Bangladesh roads and some 43,000 registered trucks and buses, many of which clog up the Dhaka […]

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Dr Kamal: We will investigate if FR Tower followed regulations Arifur Rahman Rabbi Dhaka Tribune March 29th, 2019 File photo of Gono Forum President and Jatiya Oikya Front leader Dr Kamal Hossain Mehedi Hasan/ Dhaka Tribune The Gono Forum president stated this after inspecting FR Tower on Friday A committee led by Gono Forum President […]

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The Daily Star March 29, 2019 Govt acting like a puppet: Fakhrul File photo of BNP Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir UNB, Dhaka Describing the Awami League-led government as a ‘puppet-one’, BNP today alleged that bureaucrats are now ruling the country. “We all know who did what in the (December-30) election. Now, the state […]

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The Daily Star March 29, 2019 ‘Emergency exits were locked’ Says a fire service official The death toll in the deadly fire that ripped through 22-storey FR Tower in Dhaka’s Banani area on Thursday, March 28, 2019, reaches 25. Photo: STAR Rafiul Islam The people, who were trapped inside the FR Tower in Dhaka’s Banani […]

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Old issues frustrate people’s aspirations Khawaza Main Uddin | Prothom Alo  Mar 29, 2019             What is acclaimed as Bangladesh’s economic development is being dampened by widening disparity and lack of democratic governance – the issues that, economists recall, once prompted the nation’s independence struggle. Rather, they observe, the country’s […]

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Government denies approving industries around Sundarbans Iftekhar Mahmud . Dhaka |  Mar 29, 2019 The Bangladesh government has denied that it issued approval for any heavy industry close to the Sundarbans, country’s only, and the world’s largest, mangrove forest. However, the records show thatr so far 320 new industrial projects have been approved by the […]

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Housing minister terms Banani fire murder Prothom Alo English Desk | Mar 29, 2019 Housing and public works minister SM Rezaul Karim on Friday termed the Banani fire a killing incident and promised to take stern action against those responsible for it, no matter how influential they may be, reports UNB. “This is not an […]

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Bangladesh’s election wasn’t fair: US State Dept SAM Staff, March 28, 2019 South Asian Monitor United States’ Department of State stands by its claim that the last parliamentary election of Bangladesh was not held in a fair manner. Robert Palladino, a spokesperson of the department, reiterated the stand at a regular press briefing in Washington on […]

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