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A Bangladesh government report into the collapse of a multi-storey factory building, which killed more than 1,100, has uncovered a series of violations.
Rice imports in Bangladesh hit the lowest in 16 years, thanks to increased domestic production that helped the country become nearly self-sufficient. Bangladesh imported only 27,700 tonnes of rice since the beginning of fiscal 2012-13, down 94 per cent from 515,000 tonnes in the same period a year earlier, according to the food ministry.
The head of an official inquiry into the deadly collapse of a Bangladesh factory complex said Wednesday the building's owner was the "main culprit" for the disaster because he violated construction codes.
By Sahana Ghosh, Dhaka, May 22 : Directed at channeling the "patriotic spirit" of youngsters in Bangladesh to create a "secular youth force", the Shahbag movement, that peaked in February and March with tens of thousands of protesters and torchlight processions, is "not dead" and "lives on" sans the noise and the fury, its leaders and participating ... (more)
Survivors who suffered amputations while being rescued receive medical treatment at the Enam Medical College.
Too often, economic globalization has amounted to an idiotic and short-sighted race to the bottom, under which multinational corporations maximize their already hefty profits and the pay of their already wealthy top executives by moving manufacturing operations to Third World countries, where employees can be paid as little as possible.
The local arm of IndustriALL, a global union federation, yesterday appealed to Wal-Mart and Gap to join a legally binding accord immediately to ensure safety in Bangladesh's garment factories.
"This is not the first time girls have been burned alive in the city. Every week I must learn of the untimely death of one of my sister workers.
The proposed amendment to Sri Lanka's labour law, expected to be finalised in June, claims to bring changes for workers--for the better.
A Bangladesh court on Sunday banned the owner of a garment factory that was destroyed in a fire in November from leaving the country as anger builds up over a string of deadly incidents in which thousands have died.
The air was filled with the smell of decomposing corpses," recalled Nasima, a 24-year-old factory worker who spent four days buried under the rubble of an eight-storey building that collapsed in a suburb of Bangladesh's capital Dhaka last month.
Bangladeshis watch the rescue operations at the site of a building housing garment factories that collapsed in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The April 24 collapse of the eight-story Rana Plaza, a building hosting numerous garment factories on the outskirts of the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, has now claimed more than 1,100 lives.
The rat-a-tat of a hundred green sewing machines. The hypnotic hum of spools spinning brightly colored threads.