Archive for May 3rd, 2013

Hasina urges Khaleda to sit for dialogue

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Thursday urged the Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, also the leader of the opposition, to sit for a dialogue at anytime and anywhere to break the ongoing political stalemate. ‘Let us sit and discuss. We can sit anywhere at any time, although I think parliament is the best and the most neutral place […]

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Savar building collapse: Govt conceals bodies, claims Khaleda

The BNP chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Wednesday alleged that the government was hiding bodies of the people killed in the Rana Plaza collapse at night to reduce the number of death figure. She asked the government to give the genuine figure of death caused by the collapse of the multi-storey Rana Plaza that took place at Savar on April 24. […]

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Death toll reaches 448

The death toll from the Rana Plaza building collapse at Savar reached 448 on Thursday night, the ninth day of rescue job, as rescuers in the past two days recovered 56 bodies from the rubble. Seven of them died in hospital after being rescued alive, the control room the government set up for the rescue job said. Heavy equipment continue […]

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Pope condemns Bangladesh working conditions as ‘slave labour’

Pope Francis on Wednesday condemned the conditions of workers who died in the Bangladesh factory collapse as ‘slave labour,’ saying unjust salaries and the unbridled quest for profits were ‘against God’. His words were his toughest yet on workers’ rights since his election on March 13, and another indication that the former archbishop of Buenos Aires was intent on making […]

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Army brushes aside body concealment allegations

The army engaged in the rescue operation of the Rana Plaza collapse brushed aside allegations on Thursday that authorities were ‘concealing’ bodies of the victims and said that such claims were ‘unfortunate’ and ‘unwarranted.’ Asking families that have lost their members and their members going missing in the building collapse not to heed ‘baseless rumours of bodies being concealed,’ the […]

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BNP seeks formal offer for dialogue

The Bangladesh Nationalist Party on Thursday said that it was ready to sit for a dialogue if the prime minister made a formal invitation in writing to discuss the election-time non-party government. BNP chairperson’s advisory council member, Shamsuzzaman Dudu, now acting as the party spokesperson, said this at a briefing in response to the prime minister’s offer for the talks. […]

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May Day observed

Workers celebrated historic May Day on Wednesday with heavy hearts renewing the pledge to realise trade union rights and workplace safety. Remembrance of hundreds of apparel workers killed in collapse of factories at Rana Plaza at Savar overshadowed the celebrations this year. Trade unions said that they would also realize other just rights of the deprived workers. To celebrate the […]

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Draft labour law amendment bill draws flak

The government’s draft labour law amendment bill drew widespread criticism from trade union leaders as well as the industry owners. On April 22, the cabinet approved the draft labour law amendment bill. Trade union leaders said that the draft bill was an attempt to enact a ‘black law’ on the part of the Awami League government forgetting its 2008 election […]

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SC pulls up AG, other govt law officers

The Appellate Division on Thursday pulled up the attorney general and other law officers of the government as they took no steps to cancel the bail given by a lower court to Hallmark Group chairperson Jesmine Islam in 11 cases relating to embezzlement of Tk 1,568 crore from state owned Sonali Bank. The law officers of the government were pulled […]

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Figure mismatch triggers confusion

Mismatched figures of death, missing people and survivors in the Rana Plaza collapse that government and non-government agencies are giving even about 10 days after the incident are confusing. Thousands of people, meanwhile, were crowding the collapse site and hospitals in Dhaka and at Savar, on the outskirts of the capital, holding photographs and other identification documents, looking for members […]

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All for love for others

She went there alone in the afternoon on April 24, climbed up the concrete slabs lying tangled that was once the eight-storey Rana Plaza, jumped through a hole rescuers had cut borrowing a helmet and a shovel from fire fighters, went down to fifth floor digging the debris and rescued 17 apparel workers trapped inside one after another. She cannot […]

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6 BNP leaders get bail

Six senior Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders on Thursday secured interim bail for six months from the High Court in different cases relating to violence in the capital in December 2012 and in March 2013. The bench of Justice Salma Masud Chowdhury and Justice Md Jahangir Hossain granted bail to BNP vice-chairman Abdullah Al Noman and standing committee member Goyeshwar Chandra […]

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1971 NTELLECTUAL KILLINGS: Charges against Mueen, Ashraf accepted

The International Crimes Tribunal 2 on Wednesday took cognisance of charges of killing intellectuals in 1971 against Al-Badr operation in-charge Chowdhury Mueeniddin and chief executor Md Ashrafuzzaman Khan. The tribunal issued warrants for their arrest and asked the police to report it by May 12 about the execution of the warrants. The three-judge tribunal led by Justice Obaidul Hasan also […]

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flouting approved designs: Rajuk to serve notices upon 9,500 building owners

The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha will serve notices to 9,500 building owners who constructed their buildings flouting approved designs to collect ‘no risk’ certificate from RAJUK. The building owners will have to collect the certificates from RAJUK or engineers of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology endorsed by the city development authority, RAJUK officials told New Age on Tuesday. The building […]

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2 PCJSS men shot dead in CHT

Two young Chakmas have been shot dead by armed miscreants in Lakshmichari upazila of Khagrachari in Chittagong Hill Tracts. Those killed were believed to be supporters of the Santu Larma faction of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Shanghati Samiti. The Santu Larma group blamed the murders on the United Peoples Democratic Front, a rival faction opposed to the PCJSS that fought a […]

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Jamalpur storm kills 1

One person was killed and at least 30 others were injured when a nor’wester lashed Bakshiganj upazila of Jamalpur late on Wednesday. More than four hundred houses were damaged in Bakshiganj. Bakshiganj upazila nirbahi officer Debashish Nag said the storm ravaged Meruchar, Nilakkhia, Bagarchar, Sadhurpara and Dhanua areas around 8:00pm on Wednesday. Those injured were hit by trees uprooted or […]

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Sunderbans Tiger census Saturday

A trial tiger population census, using camera trapping method, begins on Saturday. The census was set to begin on April 4. The census was delayed by a month due to some unavoidable reasons, said Tapan Kumar Dey, Conservator of Forests, Wildlife and Nature Conservation Circle, Department of Forest. He said that the experimental tiger census would continue as long as […]

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Sexual harassment in India: ADB delegates advised to dress modestly

Delegates to the annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank near New Delhi have been advised to ‘dress modestly’ in deference to local culture. The ADB also linked to a travel web site that said such caution not only makes a good impression but ‘reduces sexual harassment too’. India has been locked in a vociferous debate about its high level […]

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Rana Plaza collapse: Citizens demand publication of lists of decease, survivors, missing

Writers, teachers, researchers, journalists, right activists, film-makers and politicians on Thursday urged the BGMEA to publish the complete list of workers employed in five clothing factories housed in Rana Plaza, which collapsed on April 24, and rejected the statement of rescue coordinator on the number of people missing. They also demanded the correct list of the people who became injured […]

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Rana Plaza collapse: Ganajagaran Mancha wants punishment of RMG owners

Ganajagaran Mancha has censured the Hefajat-e-Islam for terming the Savar tragedy a ‘curse of Allah for working men and women together.’ Addressing a citizen rally at Shahbagh to mourn the Savar building collapse that killed more than 400 on April 24, the spokesman of the platform of the Shahbagh protesters, Imran H Sarkar, said, ‘We condemn those who have termed […]

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