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Another Rana Plaza victim dies

Another Rana Plaza victim dies

Each day after last year's Rana Plaza tragedy was nothing short of a battle for him. Apart from going through an unbearable pain, he also saw his family starving for days. Kohidur Islam Kajol could barely walk on his own as he had broken his right hip-joint after being smashed under the rubbles. He had also suffered a severe injury to the back of his head and hand. Even after that, the only bread-winner of his family of five had made desperate bids to return to work. But the bed-ridden 47-year-old garment staff...

Rana Plaza Survivor

At peace, finally

At peace, finally

She finally lost her protracted battle against death. After suffering acutely for over 18 months, she died yesterday from crippling injuries caused by the collapse of Rana Plaza. Zaheda Begum, 25, was a sewing machine helper at New Wave Bottoms Ltd., a garment factory housed on the third floor of Rana Plaza. Although she was rescued from under the rubble four days later, the injuries she received to her head and backbone proved to be debilitating. She has remained bed-ridden ever since. Her death was precipitated by a lack of proper treatment that her family could not afford with the compensation money alone, her siblings said. Zaheda received Tk 95,000 as compensation...

Bangladesh on track after Rana Plaza: EU

Bangladesh has made significant improvement in safety standards and workers' rights in the aftermath of Rana Plaza building collapse, a top official of the European Union said yesterday. “Things are moving in the right direction. Some are going fast and some are going slow, but we are glad to note that everything is going in the right direction,” he told The Daily Star, asking not to be named. Following the Rana Plaza tragedy, the government signed the Sustainability Compact with the...

Post-Rana Plaza disaster

Securing positive dynamics in RMG sector

Securing positive dynamics in RMG sector

READYMADE Garment (RMG) industry is one of the major contributors to Bangladesh economy in terms of employment, production, export and foreign exchange earnings. RMG contributes 13% of GDP, adds value to 78% of total exports and employs around 4 million workers, mostly women. Moreover, it has also created employment in related services. Bangladesh...

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...

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