Govt provides medicine and financial help to injured garment workers: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said her government has taken all possible measures for treatment of the garment workers who suffered serious injury in the collapse of Rana Plaza in Savar. “So far, a total of 1,596 people have received treatment at different hospitals in the city. Of them, 21 seriously injured workers lost their limbs while 190 people require

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Long wait for relatives a month after disaster

Relatives said Friday they were still waiting for news of their missing loved ones, as many gathered to mark one month since the country’s worst industrial tragedy.
A government official said on Friday that more than 300 people were still formally unaccounted for after the collapse of the garment factory complex on

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Bangladesh worker deaths may change US buying habit: Harris Poll

About 70 per cent of Americans have heard of the Rana Plaza collapse in Savar that killed over a 1,000 people, and for some it means they will probably buy fewer goods made in Bangladesh, according to a US poll report. Among those who learned of the deaths, 39 per cent said they would probably buy fewer products produced in Bangladesh, said a survey conducted by

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Rana Plaza fenced off: Army ends drive

A milad mehfil was held on Dhaka-Aricha Highway in Savar, seeking the eternal peace of the killed and early recovery of the injured in Rana Plaza collapse, on Tuesday. Some 2,000 people attended the milad jointly arranged by the Bangldesh Army and the Dhaka District Administration was held in an area stretching over one and a half kilometers. Apart from victims’ family members,

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From West, long road seen on Bangladesh safety

Bangladesh’s massive building collapse has horrified Western nations that buy its garments, but industry players expect incremental progress at best in encouraging better factory conditions.
Initiatives by governments, corporations and unions to impose more stringent safety rules in Bangladesh have made little headway for years, although activists are hoping

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Savar death toll crosses 700

Rescuers on Tuesday found more bodies from the debris of the collapsed Rana Plaza, taking the death toll to 715. According to sources, 552 bodies have already been handed over to victims’ families, while 42 have been kept in the Savar Adhar Chandra Model High School playground. Some of the bodies are now at the morgues of Dhaka Medical College Hospital and Salimmullah

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Kaikobad to be buried with state honour

The mortal remains of Mohammad Ejajuddin Chowdhury Kaikobad, a volunteer who suffered serious burn injuries during the rescue operation at the collapsed Rana Plaza in Savar would be laid to rest with state honour on Tuesday (today). Kaikobad, 35, passed away at a Singapore hospital around 10:55pm (Bangladesh time) on Saturday, struggling for life for six days.

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Apparel units will be closed if any more disaster takes place

Warns LGRD minister Syed Ashraful Islam
The LGRD and cooperatives minister, Syed Ashraful Islam, on Sunday said that all apparel units would be closed if any incidents such as the Rana Plaza collapse or fire in Tazreen Fashions Ltd took place again. ‘We may absorb the shock of the Rana Plaza collapse. But the apparel sector will be ruined if one more incident such as the Rana Plaza collapse or r Tazreen Fashions fire takes place,’

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Offers of adoption for Shahina’s son pour in

Even as the story of Shahina in the aftermath of the Savar tragedy evoked nationwide anguish, more such tragic tales are unfolding in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse. Twenty-five-year-old Rehena Akter, and her husband Monsur Ali, 30, both perished in the Savar disaster. Rehena was the daughter of Ibrahim Ali, a footpath vegetable vendor, and hailed from

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Two more bodies found, death toll reaches 389

Two more bodies were recovered from the debris of the collapsed eight-storey Rana Plaza building in Savar on Tuesday morning. With this, the death toll rose to 389, Dhaka district deputy commissioner Md Yusuf Harun said. Nearly 111 hours after the Rana Plaza had collapsed, the second phase of the rescue operation using heavy equipment started at 12:10 am on Monday.

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Who owns the Rana Plaza land?

The inquiry committee, set up in the aftermath of the Savar building collapse, is trying to determine the actual ownership of the land where Rana Plaza stood.
Rabindra Nath Sarker, a resident of the area, said the land belonged to him, but was forcibly taken away by Sohel Rana who built Rana Plaza. Local people too stood by Sarker.

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Savar death toll touches 397, four rescued on 5th day

Rescue operations in Rana Plaza at Savar continued for the fifth day on Sunday as rescuers found some survivors inside the nine-storey building that collapsed on Wednesday morning. The death toll in the tragedy rose to 397 on Sunday evening. In total, 2,437 people were rescued so far from the building, including the four, who managed to survive battling death for

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PM visits Savar victims in hospitals

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina visited the Orthopedic Hospital here today (Sunday) to enquire about the condition of the Rana Plaza building collapse victims undergoing treatment at the hospital. She talked to the injured persons and the doctors of the hospital. Hasina directed the doctors and others concerned to ensure complete treatment of the 48 victims of the

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Demo in front of BGMEA for trial of culprits of Savar tragedy

Members of different professional groups, including teachers and students staged a demonstration in front of the Bangladesh Garments Manufacturing and Exporters Association (BGMEA) building pressing demands for the trial of the Rana Plaza owner and the owners of the factories in the building that collapsed in Savar on Wednesday killing over 300 workers. They also demanded

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Savar death toll crosses 350; many still trapped

After the passage of 80 hours since the tragic collapse of the 8-storey Savar building that housed nearly 5,000 workers of five garment factories, rescuers, on Saturday, were able to rescue 26 people, thus negating the perception that no one would be able to survive for 72 hours inside the debris. Besides, some of those rescued on Saturday said that there were still

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Irate RMG workers clash in Dhaka, Chittagong

Thousands of irate readymade garments (RMG) workers went berserk and clashed with law enforcement personnel in the capital, Savar, and in the port city of Chittagong, on Saturday.
Five people sustained bullet injuries and some 20 others were wounded, when police fired shots on agitating garment workers, near Rana Plaza at Savar,

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BNP sees govt plot to save Savar accused

BNP, on Saturday, accused the government of plotting to help Sohel Rana, owner of the collapsed building at Savar, to flee the country. “The government is hatching a plan to save Rana. Awami League is trying to shift the people’s attention on this, by holding the opposition party responsible for the tragedy that claimed over 300 lives,” BNP standing committee

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Hopes fade for finding alive the missing

As the rescue operation continues for more trapped victims of Savar tragedy from the rubble of infamous Rana Plaza, hopes fade for finding them still alive.
Till Saturday – the fourth day since the eight-storey Rana Plaza on the outskirts of Savar collapsed – over 1,000 people were still missing, according to several

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