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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Three cases filed against Rana

Three cases were filed on Sunday with a Dhaka court by a victim’s widow over the tragic incident of the building collapse in Savar indicting three persons including Sohel Rana the owner of the building Rana Plaza and two others. Sheuli Akhter widow of New Wave Styles garment factory worker Jahangir Alam who was killed in the building collapse filed the cases with the Chief Judicial

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Retailers rethink their role after Savar tragedy

In the wake of the worst ever building collapse in Savar that killed over 400 hundred garment workers and injured hundreds of others, some Western retailers doing business with Bangladesh moved quickly to address their public concerns about the working conditions in the country, reports the New York Times. In an article published in the digital edition of the

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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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B’desh rejects offers of search, rescue teams: Daily Telegraph

Bangladesh rejected offers of search and rescue teams from Britain and other countries to free people trapped during last week’s catastrophic factory collapse in Savar, The Daily Telegraph, a UK daily newspaper, reported on Sunday. More than 370 people died when the eight-story Rana Plaza building crumbled into a vast pile of rubble on Wednesday. Teams

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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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Where is Sohel Rana?

Even after three days of the collapse of Rana Plaza, law enforcement agencies are still in the dark about the whereabouts of its owner, Sohel Rana. There are rumours that Rana, who is an influential Jubo League leader in the Savar area, has already escaped to India. The Prime Minister, on Thursday, asked the law enforcers to take all-out efforts to nab Rana.

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US journos keen on US cos’ involvement

United States media is interested to know if any American company sourced product from any of the garment factories housed in the ill-fated Rana Plaza that was collapsed on Wednesday morning killing scores of people. During daily press briefings on Thursday and Friday at the US State Department, journalists asked acting deputy spokesperson Patrick Ventrell

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Death toll in Savar tragedy climbs to 314

With every tick of the clock, hope is diminishing for those who have remained trapped under the rubbles of the crumbled eight-storey building in Savar. Though the death count rose to 314 till Friday evening, rescuers said it would go up. Maj. Gen. Chowdhury Hasan Suhrawardi, GOC of the 9th division, who is coordinating the rescue operation, told reporters that

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PM for quick arrest of Savar building owner

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday ordered police to immediately arrest the owner of the collapsed eight-storey Rana Plaza and the proprietors of the garment factories housed in the building in Savar on the outskirts of Dhaka. The PM’s directive followed a similar order by home minister MK Alamgir. The death toll on Friday stood at 314 as rescuers searched for remaining survivors

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