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  • Chawkbazar Fire in Dhaka

    2 Wahed Mansion owners sent to jail

    A Dhaka court sends two owners of the Wahed Mansion, from where the deadly Chawkbazar fire originated, to jail in a case filed over the deaths of 70 people.

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    Chawkbazar tragedy: Wife gets husband's body after 21 days

    Wife of a rickshaw puller gets her husband's body, 21 days after the devastating Chawkbazar fire.

  • Chawkbazar Fire: 11 of the dead identified thru' DNA test

    The CID's Forensic DNA Laboratory has so far identified 11 bodies, burnt beyond recognition in the fatal Chawkbazar fire, through DNA tests.

  • 11 Chawkbazar fire victims identified thru’ DNA tests

    The Criminal Investigation Department’s Forensic Laboratory identify 11 deceased including two students, who were burnt beyond recognition in the recent Chawkbazar fire, through DNA tests.

  • Traders fume at chemical drive

    The authorities on several occasions after 2010 Nimtoli fire urged the traders of Old Dhaka to relocate their chemical factories and warehouses from residential areas. But they did not pay heed to the repeated requests.

  • Fire at Old Dhaka again

    Fire at Old Dhaka again, 3 suffer burns

    Three youths suffer “severe burns” as a fire breaks out at a scrap-metal shop in Old Dhaka’s Chawkbazar area this afternoon.

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    Shift dangerous chemicals from Old Dhaka immediately

    A roundtable organised by The Daily Star titled “Chawkbazar Tragedy: Way Forward” on February 26 brought together experts, chemical importers and traders, and other stakeholders to discuss the imperatives in the aftermath of the Chawkbazar fire.

  • Old Dhaka Chawkbazar chemical warehouses

    Govt may relocate Old Dhaka’s chemicals to Kadamtoli, Tongi

    The chemical substances of Old Dhaka may be relocated to the capital’s Kadamtoli and Gazipur’s Tongi.

  • Preventing manmade disasters

    I'm sure we will soon forget about the Chawkbazar tragedy just like we quickly forgot about the Nimtoli inferno, especially as the media covers one sensational story after the other such as the

  • Old Dhaka Chawkbazar chemical warehouses

    Of mortality and unlearned lessons

    If you Google “Tragedies in Bangladesh,” you will see a multitude of news articles popping up about disastrous mishaps where factories have collapsed, burned, or had a major industrial machinery explode, and claimed the lives of tens to hundreds to thousands of workers and passers-by who were unfortunate enough to be around the area of disaster. And many of these are just the ones in Dhaka city.

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    'Govt to be held responsible for Chawkbazar tragedy'

    Jatiya Oikyafront leaders holds the government responsible for the Chawkbazar fire that claimed 69 lives.

  • Chawkbazar mourns lost loved ones

    The country yesterday observed a day of national mourning for the victims of Chawkbazar fire that claimed at least 67 lives on Wednesday.

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    Chawkbazar Fire: Confusing comments may compromise findings

    According to a report published in this paper on February 24, an industries ministry probe committee has claimed that it found no evidence of a chemical factory or warehouse in the vicinity of the Chawkbazar fire.

  • All hail the local heroes

    Amidst a hail of flaming cans and other flammable objects, courageous locals emerged as first responders to Wednesday's devastating fire which engulfed the four-storey Haji Wahed Mansion in Chawkbazar's Churihatta.

  • Chawkbazar fire victim Anwar Hossain

    Chawkbazar tragedy: Breadwinner loses fight for life

    While 45-year-old Chawkbazar fire victim Anwar Hossain who was battling for his life at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of Dhaka Medical College Hospital’s burn unit, has died.

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    Chawkbazar Tragedy: National mourning today

    The nation is holding a one-day national mourning for the victims of Chawkbazar fire that claimed 67 lives on Wednesday and Thursday.

  • Decades to build, minutes to lose

    After coming to Dhaka from Noakhali when he was only 10 years old, Abdul Mannan engaged himself in many an odd job -- from working at restaurants to construction sites -- to save money for himself. He was able to save Tk 10 lakhs, with which he opened up a stationary shop 16 years ago.

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    Chawkbazar Fire: Writ petition seeks compensation, punishment

    Four separate writ petitions were filed with the High Court yesterday in connection with the Chawkbazar fire, with different prayers including compensation for the victim families and punishment for those responsible for the incident.

  • Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad

    JS adopts condolence motion over Chawkbazar tragedy

    The Jatiya Sangsad unanimously adopts a condolence motion expressing profound grief over the victims of Chawkbazar inferno that claimed 67 lives on Wednesday at Churihatta area of Old Dhaka.

  • Relatives of victims of a fire incident attempt to identify the bodies at Dhaka Medical College Hospital

    Chawkbazar fire: CID prefers DNA samples from parents, children

    The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has requested the parents or children of those still missing following the Chawkbazar fire to provide their DNA samples to swiftly identify the unknown bodies.

  • Chemicals are being shifted from Haji Wahed Mansion in Chawkbazar

    Shifting of chemicals from Wahed Mansion continues

    Chemicals are being shifted from Haji Wahed Mansion in Churihatta of Dhaka’s Chawkbazar for the second consecutive day.

  • First blast took place at Wahed Mansion

    A footage obtained by The Daily Star shows the exact moment when the fire broke out at Chawkbazar in Old Dhaka. As the clock strikes 10:32pm, the fire rips through the premises completely destroying the front portion of the hotel. Bricks and bottles fall inside, and a portion of the wall caves in as mayhem ensues.

  • Blaze takes all of family but one

    Their family was a happy one -- mother and father with their two healthy children. On Wednesday night, the brutal fire that blazed through Chawkbazar reduced their perfect family of four to just one, while the rest looked on from behind a photo frame that managed to survive the hellish flames.

  • No chemical warehouse found nearby

    As the call for relocating the warehouses of chemicals and inflammable goods from Old Dhaka gets louder, an industries ministry probe committee claimed that there was no chemical factory or warehouse at the scene of Wednesday's devastating fire in Chawkbazar.

  • Impunity lies at root

    Fire tragedies are frequent in Bangladesh and often cause high casualties, but no one has ever been punished for their role in any fire incidents.

  • Old Dhaka Chemical Warehouses

    'PM gives directive against Old Dhaka chemical warehouses'

    There is a "standing directive" from the prime minister to remove all chemical establishments from Old Dhaka immediately, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader says.

  • The agonising wait

    With dazed eyes on a blank face, five-year-old Sanin lay nestled in the arms of her father Suman, who was standing just yards off the Dhaka Medical College morgue yesterday.

  • Old Dhaka's ticking TIMEBOMB

    The old town blaze that claimed at least 67 lives could have been even more devastating had the flames came into contact with the huge stockpile of chemicals in the basement of Haji Wahed Mansion.

  • Noakhali mourns

    A pall of gloom has descended on many villages of Noakhali as 13 of the 67 victims in Chawkbazar fire already identified hailed from the district.

  • Collective failure

    The devastating fire in Chawkbazar is the outcome of a collective failure of the authorities concerned.