Wednesday March 21, 2018 11:38 AM

  • Rescued alive endure lifelong suffering

    Rescued alive endure lifelong suffering

    A tale on physically disabled victims in Rana Plaza collapse in Savar

    Misfortune remains the tag on many of the “fortunate” Rana Plaza victims, who narrowly escaped death under the rubble after the eight-storey building collapsed in Savar on April 24. Many of the Savar survivors are now disabled—physically or mentally. For some, these disabilities mean they are unlikely to ever be able to earn a living again.

  • Rana’s father placed on 13-day remand

    Rana’s father placed on 13-day remand

    One held in capital for helping Rana to flee

    A Dhaka Court yesterday placed the father of Sohel Rana on 13 days’ remand in connection with the two cases filed against him by the police and Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk).

    Sohel Rana’s father Abdul Khalek Bepary alias Kulu Khalek, 65, was alleged to have had involvement with the collapse of Rana Plaza, the eight-storey building that housed five garments factories at Savar in the capital’s outskirts, an incident which killed around 400 people and injured more than 2,000.

  • Bill seeks special courts for children

    Bill seeks special courts for children

    Section 16 of the bill will allow the government to set up at least one children’s court in every district headquarter and metropolitan city

  • Descendants of slain national leaders demand execution of the verdict

    The descendants of the four national leaders who were killed in jail custody in 1975 expressed satisfaction over the Appellate Division ruling yesterday that upheld a trial court verdict sentencing their killers to death.

    The sons and daughters of the slain leaders, however, felt frustrated that the “real” conspirators behind the killings were never convicted.

    The four leaders, Syed Nazrul Islam, Tajuddin Ahmed, M Mansur Ali and AHM Qamruzzaman, were killed by a group of army personnel inside Dhaka Central Jail on November 3, 1975.

  • Primark, Loblaw to compensate Savar victims

    Primark, Loblaw to compensate Savar victims

    Compensation will include the provision of long-term aid for children who have lost parents, financial aid for those injured and payments to the families of the deceased

    Two western retailers – Primark of the UK and Loblaw of Canada – have pledged to compensate the families of garment workers who were killed while making their clothes in factories located in Rana Plaza that collapsed on April 24.

    Primark, which was first to make the promise, said on Monday that it was working with a local NGO to help the victims of the disaster, according to Banglanews24.

  • Humanity shines through adversity

    Humanity shines through adversity

    Locals of Savar and some organisations also came forward to give the people, who came to Savar to look for their loved ones, food, water and everyday essentials

    As the time to count deaths nears an end, the moment is opportune for taking stock of what happened in the past seven days of the Savar tragedy, recognising the achievements in minimising damage and cherishing the good things achieved. Perhaps the greatest accomplishment was the way people helped others without having been asked to do so.

  • Six held for killing BCL leader in city

    Placed under five days' remand

    The Detective Branch of Police, in an overnight drive, arrested six persons in connection with the killing of a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader Fazlul Haque Patowari in the city’s Kazipara area on April 21.

    Among those arrested were Kamruzzaman Ahmed, 38, Golam Mohsin Titu, 30, his brother Golam Kader, 26, Sahriar Kabir Saimon, 27, Mizanur Rahman Swadhin, 41, and Sohrab Hossain Swapan, 42.

    Earlier, police arrested one Jahangir Alam for his alleged involvement with the incident.

  • What’s the hurry?

    The recent move to start demolition activities at the site of the Savar tragedy is a continuation of poor decision-making by the authorities.While the move is certainly not unexpected, it is definitely premature. The past few days have made it clear that the manual rescue operation, which is geared towards pulling survivors out alive, should be continued – every delay that we have seen so far in the use of heavy machinery has seen more survivors being pulled out from the rubble.

  • Put the blame where it lies

    Put the blame where it lies

    Sohel Rana has been apprehended before he could flee the country, which is a very good thing; he is being held accountable for his part in the Savar tragedy. However, let us not forget about the four garment factory owners, who are equally, if not more, responsible for the death and injury caused to the hundreds of RMG workers.

  • Frustration boils over for waiting relatives

    Frustration boils over for waiting relatives

    Death toll hits 388, 2,436 people rescued alive

    Despair and frustration among relatives waiting is growing, as second phase of the rescue operation using heavy equipment is yet to find the hundreds of people still missing in the Savar tragedy.

    Today, a week into the building collapse, rescuers pulled three more bodies from the rubble and a worker being treated at a hospital died, bringing the total number of deaths to 388 at 8:30pm, when this report was filed.

    But for many relatives still awaiting news of loved ones, the operation was running at a worryingly slow pace.

  • Zimbabwe cricket’s money troubles

    Zimbabwe cricket president explains why the Future Tour Program has not been much help

    Zimbabwe cricket chairman Peter Chingoka was the first black Zimbabwean to make a name for himself in cricket, thanks largely to a privileged upbringing that enabled him to be one of the few non-whites to gain an education at multiracial private schools, Hartmann House and St George’s College in Harare, during the apartheid years in Rhodesia.
    The 59-year old is the longest serving cricket president in the world and the pioneer of modern cricket in Zimbabwe. How does he feel about the work he does?

  • Arambagh keep their hopes alive

    The bottom-table outfit prevail in the battle of existence

    Hopes of surviving in the top-flight are well alive for bottom placed Arambagh Krira Sangha as they secured a hard-fought 1-0 win over Brothers Union in their penultimate Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League match yesterday.

  • Robiul the workhorse

    Robiul the workhorse

    Robiul bowl 110 overs in the series, the third most bowled by any pace bowler in a two-match series in the last decade

    “When I am out in the field, I only think of taking the opposition down. No matter how long I have to bowl. I will bowl 50 overs if I need to.” These exact words came from the mouth of the country’s latest pace sensation, Robiul Islam, after he had claimed his second five-wicket haul in the recently concluded Test series against Zimbabwe.
    The 110 overs that Robiul bowled in the series are the third most bowled by any pace bowler in a two-match series in the last decade.

  • Sheikh Russell in touching distance of treble

    Russell needs just one point to confirm BPL title

    Sheikh Russell coach Maruful Haque believes his team has what it takes to beat Sheikh Jamal to secure their maiden title Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League title in the virtual title decider at the Bangabandhu National Stadium at 5:00pm today.

  • Dhaka Premier League still uncertain

    Cricketers' ten-day ultimatum expires

    The ten day ultimatum made on April 20 by Cricketers Welfare Association of Bangladesh (CWAB) as well as the nation’s cricketers regarding starting the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) expired today.
    Outstanding payment issues from this year’s already concluded Bangladesh Premier League was another issue that the cricketing community had raised 10 days ago.
    Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) President NazmulHasan had assured the protesters that the matter would addressed within 10 days.

  • The view from the outside

    The view from the outside

    How the recent tragedy in Savar resonates with Bangladeshis living abroad
    As closet narcissists, we feel the world revolves around us. My world does too, with a slight twist. Call it a Canadian tendency for self-inflicted guilt, I find myself indirectly responsible for lost species; invasive new ones; for sweatshops in dingy buildings in the developing world; and, somehow the obesity epidemic too.

  • Hockey team rewarded with Tk 500,000

    Hockey team receives acknowledgement for World League performance

    Bangladesh national hockey team at last received the acknowledgement of the government for their notable performances in the Hockey World League yesterday.

  • Authorities should have authority

    Authorities should have authority

    The helms of the top two parties that have ruled the country most of the years since independence have been occupied by single persons and/or their families.

    Despite being governed in line with a pro-people constitution focusing on mainly those who are poor and marginalised, the successive governments since the birth of Bangladesh have been failing to establish a nation where the driving force [elements] of the state system are sensible about the people in general, and serve them with their highest efforts – due to the job responsibilities and obligations of standing for office.

  • Empire to ashes

    Empire to ashes

    Where progress remains to be made

    Oh, Bangladeshis. We’re everywhere. There are 160m of us: living, working, studying, raising families and building intricate networks. We are teachers, activists, health care workers, artists, scientists, writers, politicians, business owners, doctors, drivers, sellers of wares.

  • Hockey team rewarded with Tk 500,000

    Hockey team receives acknowledgement of World League performance

    Bangladesh national hockey team at last received the acknowledgement of the government for their notable performances in the Hockey World League yesterday.

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