Archive for April, 2013

Chances of more survivors slim

Rescuers on Monday pressed into service heavy equipment to remove the huge piles of rubble from the collapsed Rana Plaza as they believed chances of finding survivors still trapped under the debris were very slim. Search was halted on Sunday night by a fire which broke out in a hole cut in the north-west of the building. The rescuers believe […]

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Rana on 15-day remand, father arrested

A Dhaka court on Monday remanded Sohel Rana in custody for 15 days for interrogation in connection with the collapse of his building Rana Plaza at Savar that left 381 killed, while the Detective Branch arrested his father. The Detective Branch arrested Ranaaa’s father Abdul Khalek on Arong lane at Maghbazar on Monday afternoon. Dhaka range additional deputy inspector general […]

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Shirin Sharmin named as first woman speaker

The Awami League parliamentary party on Monday nominated state minister for women and children affairs Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury for the office of parliament speaker, which fell vacant when Abdul Hamid took over as the country’s 20th president. Retired colonel Shawkat Ali, now given the charge of acting speaker, will continue as the deputy speaker. A meeting of the AL parliamentary […]

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Shahnaj loses battle for life after 106hrs

Shahnaj Parveen, a woman garment worker who had been alive for more than 100 hours inside the rubbles, finally lost the battle for her life on Sunday night, triggering further waves of shock across the country. All the frantic efforts of the rescuers to salvage her went in vain as she and several others believed to be alive were caught […]

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Rana Plaza Collapse: Police hunting Spanish national, 2 more RMG unit owners

The police are hunting the owners, including a Spanish national, of three garment factories that were housed in Rana Plaza that collapsed on Wednesday at Savar. Additional superintendent of police of Dhaka ABM Masud Hossain said they were out to hunt Spanish citizen David Mayor Raco, managing director of Phantom Tac Limited. He said they were also hunting Ether Tex […]

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Push Menon, Inu, Khandaker off boat: Hefajat

Leaders of Hefajat-e-Islam on Monday urged the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, to drive away ‘atheists’ Rashed Khan Menon, Hasanul Haq Inu and AK Khandaker from her boat, or else, they said it would capsize. They also described Shahriar Kabir, Muntasir Mamun, Nasir Uddin Yusuf Bachchu and Imran H Sarker as atheists and demanded that they should be arrested. The demand […]

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RMG safety standards: Cabinet forms another body

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday ordered the cabinet division for constituting a state minister-led committee to look into the safety standards at garment factories in the wake of the deadly building collapse at Savar. Presiding over the weekly cabinet meeting at the secretariat, she said the proposed committee would visit all RMG units in Dhaka and other places across […]

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UP chairmen warned against building approvals

The government on Monday warned all union parishad chairmen not to give approval for the construction of any building. The Local Government (Union Parishad) Act 2009 has not given no authority to the union parishads to give approval for the construction of any building, said a circular issued by the local government division. ‘Stern action will be taken against the […]

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Govt finds little headway in imported coal-fired power plants installation

A little headway has been made in the last three years in the installation of imported coal-fired power plants by public-private investors, officials concerned said. A meeting of power division and Power Development Board officials on Thursday was told that the government’s projection of 10,000MW power to be generated by coal-fired plants by 2020 is unlikely to be achieved. The […]

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Relatives set up checkpoint looking for bodies

Relatives of missing garment workers set up a ‘checkpoint’ near the Rana Plaza collapse site after rumours spread that the authorities might try to ‘hide’ bodies to be recovered from the ruins as heavy equipment started removing the huge piles of rubble. Talking with New Age near Rana Plaza and Savar Adhar Chandra Model High School, relatives expressed concern about […]

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UN offered expert rescue team within hours after building collapse

Three hours after the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Savar, a senior official of the United Nations spoke to the director general of the national fire service reminding him that the government could ask for specialist search and rescue teams to come to Dhaka. ‘Three to four hours after the disaster I phoned the director general of the […]

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BNP, allies may withdraw May 2 hartal

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led alliance may withdraw its countrywide daylong general strike for May 2 following the prime minister’s request. BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia had a meeting with some senior leaders of the party at her Gulshan office on Monday night and discussed the matter, party insiders said. A member of BNP standing committee told New Age that the question […]

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dismantling 321 risky buildings: RAJUK, DNCC blame each other

The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha and the Dhaka North City Corporation blamed each other over demolishing the listed 321 risky buildings in Dhaka city. The RAJUK last year sent a letter to the DNCC to take moves to demolish the risky buildings, but the DNCC has not yet taken any action, blaming that RAJUK did not provide adequate information about the […]

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Withdraw hartal on humanitarian ground: PM

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, has urged the opposition to withdraw its scheduled May 2 countrywide hartal on the humanitarian ground considering the Savar building collapse tragedy. ‘I would like to request the opposition to withdraw May 2 hartal on the humanitarian ground and please spend the money you would use for the shutdown for families of the victims Rana […]

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Workers’ demo in Savar, Gazipur demands Sohel be hanged

Thousands of apparel workers on Monday staged violent demonstrations at Savar and Ashulia demanding capital punishment of Juba League leader and Rana Plaza owner Sohel Rana and other persons, including local lawmaker Murad Jong and upazila nirbahi officer Kabir Hosen Sarder, responsible for Wednesday’s deadly building collapse. The agitated readymade garment workers blocked the Dhaka-Tangail highway at Jamgora and Jirabo […]

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High-profile ILO team arrives tomorrow

A four-member high-profile delegation of the International Labour Organisation, led by its deputy director general for Field Operations and Partnerships, Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo, arrives in Dhaka on Wednesday to discuss labour issues with the authorities concerned. The delegation will visit Savar building collapse site and hold talks with the government officials and the owners of the factories during their four-day […]

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Qoumi education policy proposed

A commission the government set up in April 2012 has for the first time proposed the adoption of qoumi education policy and recommended that the government should recognise qoumi certificates and set up a university for quomi education. The qoumi madarassah education commission, composed of Islamic scholars, in the proposed education policy recommended a six-stage qoumi education, from primary to […]

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Fire at Dhanmondi substation disrupts power supply to different areas

Electricity supply to at least eight areas including the secretariat and the parliament building areas in the capital was snapped for several hours on Monday morning due to fire at a power substation at Dhanmondi. Dhaka Power Distribution Company, owner of the substation, formed a committee headed by its director operations Md Mizanur Rahman to investigate the matter. Voltage regulators […]

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Juba League activist shot dead in Jessore

An activist of Awami Juba League was shot dead allegedly by fellow activists in presence of his mother at his house in police lines area on Monday morning. The police arrested Raju and Chinese Swapan of the area on suspicion of their involvement in the killing of Sarwar Hossain Tulu, 27, son of Abdul Khaleq. Locals said that a number […]

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SQC was present when Pak army committed killings: witness

A prosecution witness against detained BNP lawmaker Salahuddin Quader Chowdhury on Monday told the International Crimes Tribunal-1 that Salahuddin was present when the Pakistani occupation army committed killings at his village Unasattarpara under Raujan in Chittagong on April 13, 1971. The 31st prosecution witness, Sujit Mahajan, now 53, told the tribunal that a number of Pakistani army and some Bangalees […]

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