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

Read more

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,

Read more

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

Read more

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

Read more

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.

Read more

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

Read more

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

Read more

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

Read more

Sohel Rana, 5 others responsible for Savar ‘killing’: Probe body

The chief of an inquiry committee and additional secretary of the home ministry, Mainuddin Khandokar, stated that the owner of Rana Plaza, Sohel Rana, and the owners of five garment factories are fully responsible for the Savar tragedy that claimed the lives of over 300 workers and injured more than 2,000. After conducting an inquiry into the matter in Savar on Friday,

Read more

Nation prays for Savar victims

Muslim devotees across the country on Friday prayed for the salvation of the departed souls of the ill-fated people, who were crashed under collapsed building at Savar and sought early recovery of the hundreds of survivors. The Savar tragic incident that left at least three hundred garments workers killed and about 2,500 injured descended a pal of gloom throughout

Read more

Tale of survivors of their worst ordeal

Shilpi, a young apparel worker who was trapped for 36 hours under a huge pile of concrete chunks of what was once Rana Plaza in Savar never thought she would ever survive. “Since the collapse of the building on Wednesday morning, I suddenly found myself stuck among the pieces of heavy concrete all around. I heard wailing of my co-workers and kept

Read more

Nation prays for ill-fated Savar victims on Friday

Muslim devotees across the country on Friday prayed for the salvation of the departed souls of the ill-fated people, who were crashed under collapsed building at Savar and sought early recovery of the hundreds of survivors. The Savar tragic incident that left at least three hundred garments workers killed and about 2,500 injured descended a pal of gloom throughout

Read more

Nasim rebukes MKA for ‘ridiculous remarks

A senior leader of the ruling Awami League (AL), Mohammad Nasim, censured home minister MK Alamgir on Friday for making what he said were “irresponsible” remarks on the Savar tragedy, observing that such comments by a responsible minister damage the government’s image. “Please, Mr. Alamgir, don’t make such ridiculous comments for the sake

Read more

Ershad demands resignation of MK Alamgir

Chairman of Jatiya Party (JP) HM Ershad on Friday demanded the resignation of Minister for Home Affairs Mohiuddin Khan Alamgir for his “irresponsible statements” over the tragic accident of Savar building collapse that crushed at least 300 garment workers and injured another 2,500. “The statement of the Home Minister that the building collapsed as

Read more

Savar tragedy politically motivated: MK Anwar

The main opposition BNP has described the Savar high-rise collapse as a politically motivated incident, in which people were killed in a planned way. “A good number of people, including readymade garment workers, were killed in a planned way in the Rana Plaza collapse incident,” BNP leader MK Anwar said on Friday. The BNP standing committee

Read more

Culprits responsible for Rana Plaza collapse must be punished: PM

Prime Minister and Leader of the House Sheikh Hasina on Thursday unequivocally said those who are responsible for the Rana Plaza collapse in Savar would be given exemplary punishment as such games with the life of the people cannot be tolerated in anyway. “Those who are responsible for the tragic incident must be punished. None would be spared. Whoever might

Read more

Death toll rises to 243

The death toll in the collapse of the eight-storey Rana Plaza at Savar rose to 265 on Thursday, and the figure was climbing with every passing hour. Bodies were being recovered from under the rubble of the ill-fated building that caved in on Wednesday. The tragedy was deepened by the fact that many people, who were sandwiched between the concrete floors for the last 36 hours

Read more

Khaleda visits collapsed Rana plaza site

BNP chairperson and opposition leader Khaleda Zia went to Savar on Thursday afternoon and extended her condolence to the people who lost their dear and near ones and who got injured in the building collapse incident that took place on Wednesday morning. The former premier witnessed the trail of devastations caused by the eight-storey building collapse near

Read more