Archive for: April 2013

7 killed in US cargo plane crash at Afghan base

Ref: A US civilian cargo plane has crashed at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, killing its seven crew, officials say.
The plane came down shortly after take-off and crashed within the boundaries of the huge US-run airbase, said a Nato spokesperson at the base. Read more →

JAIL KILLING CASE: 2 more to walk gallows

Ref: The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death penalty of three former army personnel and life term imprisonment of eight others in the historic Jail killing case.
The three convicts who were awarded the death penalty are: Risalder (retd) Muslemuddin, Dafadar (dismissed) Marfat Ali Shah and Dafadar (dismissed) Abdul Hashem Mridha. Read more →

Prime Minister at Savar

REF: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday visited the Enam Medical Hospital in Savar to meet some of those who were admitted there following the collapse of Rana Plaza.


 She later visited the site where the nine-storied Rana Plaza collapsed leaving at least 377 dead and many others unaccounted for.

Dhaka building collapse: Hopes for rescue fade

REF: Rescue work on a collapsed building in Bangladesh has entered a sixth day, but officials say they no longer expect to find any survivors.

Oh Allah! How am I going to feed and raise my daughters?”Victim’s widow


Heavy lifting gear is now being used to raise slabs of concrete at the Rana Plaza garment factory, where at least 380 died after Wednesday’s collapse.

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Savar Tragedy Rana Plaza owner Rana arrested

REF: After several raids in different areas of some districts, members Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested Sohel Rana, owner of the collapsed building–Rana Plaza–from Benapole in Jessore on Sunday afternoon.

Soon after the arrest, RAB brought him to Dhaka by a helicopter and Director General of RAB Mokhlesur Rahman briefed journalists over the drives after producing him before media at 5:45pm.


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Unsafe units will lose membership: BGMEA


Source: In the wake of the worst-ever disaster in the suburban township of Savar, the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) on Saturday took some firm decisions to check rec


The authorities of all readymade garment factories have been asked to submit their structural design assessment and load management reports to the BGMEA and Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) within a month so as to improve safety measures.

The apex organisation of the country’s export-oriented apparel business also asked the owners of all garment units to shift generators to the ground floor from other floors. Read more →

BNP claims govt helped Rana escape


Source: The BNP on Saturday alleged that the government was helping Sohel Rana, the owner of the nine-storied building that collapsed on Wednesday, in evading arrest.
Rana is a leader of the Savar unit of the youth wing of the ruling Awami League.
As the clamour for his arrest grew louder, Rana gave police a slip and went underground. A hunt is on to nab him.

But the main opposition party accused the government of allowing Rana a long rope.

“Due to the government’s reluctance police have failed to arrest Sohel Rana even three days after the tragic incident. The government helped him escape,” BNP Standing Committee member Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain said on Saturday. Read more →

31 people rescued 3 days after collapse

Source:  1Heavy machinery and equipment have not been used yet as the rescuers are hopeful of finding more survivors.

The death toll reached 355 by Saturday night, and almost a thousand people were still missing, officials said at the temporary information centre set up on the Adhar Chandra High School premises.

Rescue efforts continued amidst rain at noon. Again, around 9:35pm, it halted for a while and then resumed as a wave of seasonal storm and rain lashed the area.

“Rain can’t stop our work,” Fire Service Director Major Mohammad Mahbub, one of the rescuers, had told at noon.

However, those taking part in the rescue said they would need tarpaulin and other relevant materials to carry on their work in case it rained heavily again.

Relatives of the deceased also claimed that they faced lots of trouble while receiving bodies at the school grounds as there was not sufficient tarpaulin to protect the bodies from the rain. Read more →

Dhaka building collapse: Factory owners arrested

REF: Two owners of garment factories in the building that collapsed on the outskirts of Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka have surrendered to police.

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Mahbubur Rahman Tapas and Balzul Samad Adnan are suspected of forcing their staff to work in the building, ignoring warnings about cracks.


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Rana’s wife, 3 relatives detained

REF:  Police arrested Sumi, wife of Sohel Rana, owner of collapsed Rana Plaza, and his three other relatives to know his whereabouts.

Detective Branch Police held Sumi, 22, from her father’s house and Rana’s Cousin Jahangir was held from Savar early Saturday.


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