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Rana Plaza

Rana Plaza Site

More human remains found

After the recovery of human remains on several occasions at the Rana Plaza site late last year, there has been a demand that the government carry out another drive there since many victims of the building collapse still remain unaccounted for. The call went unheeded, but more remains keep coming out from the rubbles, with the latest recovery being made yesterday. As before, street boys came across one human skull and eight bones, and said there were more. Labour rights groups...

Abir at the Zoom Photo Festival Saguenay

Abir at the Zoom Photo Festival Saguenay

Renowned Bangladeshi photographer Abir Abdullah's photographic series “The Deadly Cost of Cheap Clothing” has been selected for the prestigious Zoom Photo Festival Saguenay 2014, an international meeting point of photojournalists. The fifth edition of the festival will be held from October 29-November 3 at Chicoutimi in Canada. Abdullah has been invited to attend...

Made in Bangladesh: Still sells

DURING my recent visit to the United States, I visited several renowned department stores in Connecticut and Maryland. I am very proud to say that all the stores had very large collections of clothes made in Bangladesh. It has always been my pleasure to buy clothes made in Bangladesh. For unknown reasons, many people of Bangladeshi origin avoid buying home made products. Gifts are not often appreciated at home if they are made in Bangladesh.   It may be noted...

Rana Plaza probe at final stage

Investigators have found a total of 42 people responsible for the Rana Plaza collapse that left at least 1,135 people dead and scores maimed in April last year. The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of police has "almost completed" the probe into the country's worst industrial disaster in Savar on the outskirts of the capital, and it is likely to submit two charge sheets to the court within this month. However, Assistant Superintendent of Police Bijoy Krishna Kar, who is leading the...

Eid Bonus, Arrears at RMG Factories

Workers of 6 Savar units demonstrate for payment

Workers of 6 Savar units demonstrate for payment

Workers of six garment factories of Savar demonstrated yesterday for arrears and Eid-ul-Fitr bonus as the factory authorities are yet to pay them even though the festival is just two to three days away. Workers of SMN Sweater (Pvt) Ltd in Mozidpur demonstrated on the factory premises for the fourth consecutive day demanding salaries...

What would Bangladesh want to erase?

WE regret to inform you that we are no longer able to show you the following pages from your website in response to certain searches on European versions of Google,” says Google. In May, a European Union's top court ruled that individuals have a “right to be forgotten.” Right after that order Google has been receiving 1,000 requests per day for the removal of search result links. So far Google has received 70,000 erasure requests for over 250,000 web...

Finally, Rana on ACC charge sheet

Finally, Rana on ACC charge sheet

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has finally included Sohel Rana in the charge sheet of the case filed for erecting Rana Plaza violating building code. The ACC today approved the charge sheet of the case field on June 15 with Savar police station bringing allegation that the accused in league with each other had built Rana Plaza violating Bangladesh National Building Code that collapsed last year killing at least 1,135 people. Rana was not included in the case which was filed against Savar municipal mayor, Rana's parents and 14 others. "During investigation, several of the accused stated that Rana had exercised influence for constructing the faulty building and setting up garment factories illegally...

CID asked to submit Rana Plaza probe reports by Aug 13

CID asked to submit Rana Plaza probe reports by Aug 13

  A Dhaka court today asked Criminal Investigation Department (CID) to submit probe reports before it by August 13 in two cases filed in connection with Rana Plaza building collapse that killed at least 1,135 people and maimed scores. The Guardian picks up on 7 big European governments pushing brands to sign #RanaPlaza Accord #OECDrbc...

'Cry for help' found stitched into Primark £10 dress

'Cry for help' found stitched into Primark £10 dress

Primark, a British-owned Irish clothing retailer, is poised to investigate after a shopper claimed that she found a label stitched inside a dress drawing attention to exploitative work conditions, reports UK daily The Independent. Rebecca Gallagher, 25, claim that a £10 (around Tk 1,317) dress that she purchased from a Primark store in Swansea...

Rana Plaza Building Code Violation

ACC sues Savar mayor, 16 others

The Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday sued the Savar municipal mayor and 16 others for allowing the construction, in violation of the building code, of Rana Plaza that collapsed last year killing at least 1,135 people. It, however, did not bring charges against Sohel Rana, who had been responsible for the building management, since he did not own the piece of land in Savar on the outskirts of the capital and had not made any formal appeal seeking approval for the building,...

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