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16 die as 6-storey building collapses in Tejgaon
Many, mostly construction workers, feared trapped
At least 16 people were crushed to death and many others, mostly construction workers, were feared either trapped or buried alive under debris as a six-storey building at Tejgaon completely collapsedyesterday
Power shortfall nags city despite plants' restart
The frequent power outage continues to persist despite restoration of some power plants that tripped on Friday, plunging the capital and some other parts of the country into darkness for a few hours.
Farmers block Khulna highway for fertiliser
Buffer stocks run dry in different districts
Fertiliser crisis continued to haunt farmers in different districts in peak boro season with the buffer stocks exhausting fast, dealers refusing to lift date-expired urea and growers barricading roads
Ctg Fire Tragedy
13 injured critical
Owners sued; workers damage garment factories, vehicles
A team of burn-specialists from the burn units of Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) and Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) yesterday identified the condition of 13 injured workers of KTS Composite
Darkness and dusts, hopes and despair
Harrowing tales of survivors
Eighteen-year-old Shamim, a plumber, was one of the few survivors of the building collapse in Mohakhali who were trapped under the rubble for about half an hour.
Rescue to run for 5-7 days
It will take at least five to seven days for the rescuers to clear the debris from the Tejgaon building collapse. "We'll need the time as we can't work from all the four sides.
Adding extra floors without plan may be responsible
Construction of extra three floors on top of a building with a foundation for only three storeys and unplanned renovation works could be the reasons for the collapse of the factory building of Phoenix
Loan default shrinks in '05
Banking reforms show results
The ongoing banking sector reform programme had pared down the amount of loan defaults by 4.08 percentage points over the last calendar year to 13.
Helpless voices, endless wait
Mozammel could still talk by mobile to Mosharraf, one of his two brothers trapped in the collapsed building at Mohakhali yesterday, but he was facing an uphill battle to pull the brothers free from the
Sit-in to protest fuel, fertiliser crises
Hasina reiterates demand for electoral reforms at 14-party rally
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated the 14-party opposition combine's demand for implementation of the proposed reforms in the caretaker government system and the Election Commission
Aftermath of a disaster

BGMEA to inspect all RMG plants
The BGMEA (Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association) has decided to inspect all the garments factories across the country within next one month to find out whether the units are following
PMO monitoring rescue operation
Hasina shocked at Tejgaon collapse
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday directed the authorities concerned to expedite in a well-coordinated way the rescue operation at Phoenix building that collapsed in the city's Tejgaon industrial area,
41 workers hurt in Ctg RMG factory stampede
At least 41 garment workers were injured, four of them critically, in a stampede following blast of an electric transformer at Sagorika Road in the city's Pahartali area yesterday morning.
Int'l workers' body warning went unheeded
The International Textile, Garment and Leather Workers' Federation's (ITGLWF) apprehension of massive disasters in the country's garments factories came true with the devastating fire in the KTS Composite
Sangakkara slays Tigers as Lanka win series
Sri Lanka brought Bangladesh down to earth with a huge 78-run victory in the third and final one-day international and lifted the series 2-1 at the Chittagong Divisional Stadium yesterday.
Iraq govt warns of 'civil war'
35 people killed in attacks despite curfew
A car bomb in a Shia holy city and bloody battles around Sunni mosques in Baghdad that breached a second day's curfew on the capital heightened fears yesterday that Iraq was heading for civil war.
India reports 2nd bird flu outbreak, expands cull zone
Human samples test negative
Animal health officials have expanded the zone for slaughtering chickens in western India after the discovery of a second outbreak of bird flu, government officials said yesterday.
2 bills to be placed in JS today
Two important bills, one to check corruption in public procurement and the other to expedite separate the judiciary from the executive, will be placed in parliament today as the session resumes aftera
Benapole land port standstill
No truck with Bangladeshi goods moved to India through Benapole land port yesterday, as Indian C&F agents and transport workers at Petrapole enforced an indefinite strike.
Criminal killed in Rab 'encounter'
A criminal was killed in an encounter between his cohorts and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in Eastern Housing Project area under Pallabi Police Station in the capital early yesterday.
CPB calls hartal for Mar 2
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) has called a countrywide half-day hartal for March 2 protesting the negligence of owners of RMG factory in Chittagong that caused deaths of 54 workers in a fire.
Dalai Lama envoys report better ties with China
Envoys for the Dalai Lama said yesterday that recent talks with China had revealed an improved understanding between the two despite differences over the issue of autonomy for Tibet.
Pirates kill 4 Boatmen, loot cargo
Pirates killed all four people aboard a cargo vessel loaded with 1,100 maunds of rice and looted the consignment at the estuary of Paira river in Taltali upazila.

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