Buyers commit to help prevent Savar-like incidents

The Retail Council of Canada (RCC), a Canadian association representing more than 40,000 stores of all retail formats, has expressed its commitment to working with its members and the international community to drive change in Bangladesh to help prevent incidents like the Savar tragedy. Offering sincere condolences to the victims of the Savar tragedy and their families,

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Savar tragedy overshadows Int’l Dance Day

Savar tragedy overshadows Int’l Dance DayThis year’s International Dance Day celebrations programme was short and not much coulourful like the previous years. The Savar tragedy that took life of about 400 apparel workers and injured thousands affected the charm of this year’s programme and the organisers modified the schedule.
Perhaps this is for the first time that dance organisations observed the dance day without any dance presentation

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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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HC orders seizure of Rana’s property

The High Court (HC) on Tuesday directed the government to confiscate all the movable and immovable properties of the owners of Rana Plaza and proprietors of five readymade garment factories housed in the ill-fated Rana Plaza at Savar. Sohel Rana is the owner of Rana Plaza, while the other four garment factory owners are Aminul Islam, owner of Phantom Apparels Ltd

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Savar official likely to lose job for negligence of duties

Kabir Hossain Sarder, upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Savar upazila under Dhaka district, is likely to lose his job on charges of gross negligence of his duties as he failed to prevent the collapse of Rana Plaza, which claimed the lives of over 390 workers and injured at least 2,500 others on April 24. The UNO had provided a ‘risk-free certificate’ to the owner of the building,

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US keen to help Savar victims

Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Barrister Shafique Ahmed on Tuesday said, the US government has expressed their interest to help rehabilitate the victims of Savar building collapse. “We are yet to discuss about the foreign assistance regarding the Savar tragedy. We will receive foreign aid after the government’s decision,” he told reporters after a meeting with US

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Suranjit wants speedy trial for Sohel Rana

Ruling Awami League leader and minister without portfolio Suranjit Sengupta on Tuesday urged the government to complete the trial of Sohel Rana, owner of collapsed Rana Plaza, under the Speedy Trial Tribunal Act instead of taking him on remand. “The government stance has been clear with the prompt arrest of Rana. Now it should complete his trial within 120 days

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Cranes used in 2nd phase Savar rescue operations

The second phase of the rescue operations in Savar began on Sunday morning. This phase involves the use of heavy equipment to dislodge the rubble of Rana Plaza, the eight-storey building which collapsed on Wednesday. The deployment of heavy equipment created a furore among the relatives of missing workers as they felt this would crush their last

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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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All efforts for Shahina go in vain

Despite the rescuers’ zeal and tireless efforts and prayers of millions of people, Shahina Akter could not be rescued from the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar. The lifeless body of the garment worker, who was a widow from Pakhimara Village of Khepupara upazila under Patuakhali district, was finally retrieved from a burnt tunnel at 4:15 pm on Monday afternoon.

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None should be spared for Savar tragedy: BNP

BNP standing committee member Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain on Monday asked the government to ensure punitive measures against those responsible for the building collapse in Savar. He said the ruling party should not opt for a “political hogwash” by arresting only the owner of the building. He was addressing a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office,

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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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