Editorial or Newspaper Article

  •  Are 90% of our buildings unsafe?-The Daily Star

THE Savar disaster on April 24 has engulfed the people of this country with both grief and panic. We are very much together with those who have lost their beloved ones in the disaster. We are panicked that this is not the end. There may be more forthcoming, and might be with more severity. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on April 25 that 90% of our buildings have been constructed without following the building code.

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 Are 90% of our buildings unsafe?-The Daily Star

  •  Building collapse: Accountability in question

We, who are involved in the disaster management programme, often feel proud to be a global leader in disaster preparedness. However, when incidents like Rana Plaza take place, we ask how ready is our country to face natural and manmade disasters?

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 Building collapse: Accountability in question

  •  The darker side-The Daily Star

EXACTLY one day before the Rana Plaza on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital crumbled last Wednesday, press reports in Britain noted that Primark, a leading retailer of cut-price attire, had recorded a 24 per cent increase in sales in the six months to March, its revenue jumping to 2 billion pounds (US$3.11 billion) and operating profits leaping by 56 per cent to 238 million pounds.  Not a bad result, particularly amid an economic downturn. In the same period, Primark opened 15 new stores across Western Europe. Fantabulous. How does it do it?

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 The darker side-The Daily Star

  • Accidents or murders?-The Daily Star

Today is May Day, International Workers Day. This year May Day is being observed in Bangladesh at a very crucial, vulnerable and emotional time. More than 300 of our labourer brothers and sisters died when a garments factory collapsed in Savar on April 24.

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Accidents or murders?-The Daily Star

  • Holocaust in Savar-The Daily Star

The sheer scale of the disaster in Savar makes it the culminating point of the multiple tragedies that have occurred over the quarter-century since Bangladesh rose to prominence in the global apparel industry. The sheer waste of human life, whether by building collapse, fires or explosions, is a damning indictment of a “development” that has brought so much avoidable misery to the innocent, those who ask only for a secure livelihood. It also shows up the indifference to the workers of those responsible for overseeing basic safety and security. It illuminates the single-minded greed of those who ordered people to continue working in a structure already known to be on the point of collapse.

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Holocaust in Savar-The Daily Star

  • Death plazas – the Daily Star

WHAT Shahbagh Chattar could not do in sixty days, Rana Plaza accomplished in sixty seconds: put Bangladesh on the front page of every newspaper of the world. Tragedies startle us and make us pause, and Rana Plaza might just make us pause for a long time.

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 Death plazas – the Daily Star

 

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