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Lawyer: Bangladesh garment factory owners played no role in fire

DHAKA, Bangladesh - The lawyer for a garment-factory owner charged with culpable homicide over a 2012 fire that killed 112 workers said Monday that his client shouldn't be held liable for the disaster and that other workers could end up losing their jobs if he is. Delwar Hossain, managing director of Tazreen Fashions Ltd., and his wife, Mahmuda Akter, the company's chairman, surrendered to authorities Sunday. The case is the first of its kind against an owner in Bangladesh's powerful garment industry, which has huge influence in the country's affairs from politics to sports.

Bangladesh issues warrant for fire disaster factory owner

By Ruma Paul DHAKA (Reuters) - A Bangladesh court on Tuesday issued an arrest warrant for a fugitive garment factory owner on homicide charges for the deaths of 112 workers in a fire last year, police said. Police last week laid charges against Delwar Hossain, his wife and 11 employees of Tazreen Fashions, a rare step in a country where critics complain that powerful garment industry bosses often go unpunished for factory accidents.

Bangladesh orders arrest of factory owners for deadly fire

A Bangladesh court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of the owners and four others over the country's worst-ever garment factory fire that killed 111 workers, after police laid charges. The court in Dhaka issued the warrants for Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter over the blaze in 2012 at the Tazreen factory, where workers stitched clothes for Western retailers.

Bangladesh orders arrest of factory owners for deadly fire

A Bangladesh court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of the owners of a garment factory and four others over a fire last year that killed 111 workers, after police laid charges. "Dhaka's senior judicial magistrate Wasim Sheikh issued the warrants of arrest against the two fugitive owners, Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter, and four other company officials for the Tazreen factory fire," prosecutor Anwarul Kabir told AFP. sa/tha/mtp

Bangladesh orders arrest of factory owners for deadly fire

A Bangladesh court on Tuesday ordered the arrest of the owners of a garment factory and four others over a fire last year that killed 111 workers, after police laid charges. "Dhaka's senior judicial magistrate Wasim Sheikh issued the warrants of arrest against the two fugitive owners, Delwar Hossain and his wife Mahmuda Akter, and four other company officials for the Tazreen factory fire," prosecutor Anwarul Kabir told AFP. sa/tha/mtp

Bangladesh garment factory workers detain boss until he pays bonus

DHAKA (Reuters) - Workers at a Bangladeshi garment factory on Monday freed a garment factory boss they had held captive in his office for more than 18 hours after he paid a promised bonus. The incident was the first involving the forced confinement of a factory boss in months of confrontation between management and workers earning minimum wages equivalent to $38 a month, half what Cambodian garment workers earn. A trade union leader said the incident was a "positive development" as workers had achieved their aim "peacefully".

7 bodies found in charred ruins of Bangladesh factory

Rescue workers recovered seven bodies Wednesday from the charred ruins of a garment factory on the outskirts of Bangladesh's capital after firefighters brought the massive blaze under control, police said. Revising an earlier death toll which put the number of dead at nine, local police chief Amir Hossain said most of the victims had been so badly burned that they could not be identified. "The death toll is seven. Previously we over counted the toll," Hossain told AFP at the scene of the fire in Sripur which broke out on Tuesday evening.

Bangladesh High Court bars garment factory owner from leaving country

DHAKA, Bangladesh - A lawyer says the High Court in Bangladesh's capital has asked authorities to prevent the owner of a garment factory where 112 people died in a fire last year from leaving the country. The High Court made the request Sunday in response to a petition seeking the arrest of Delwar Hossain, the owner of Tazreen Fashions Ltd. It also asked authorities to bring Hossain before the court on May 30. No criminal charges have been brought against Hossain, although an inquiry into the fire accused him of negligence.

Bangladesh building collapse death toll passes 650

The death toll from Bangladesh's worst industrial disaster surpassed 650 Monday after dozens of bodies were pulled from the wreckage of a nine-storey building housing garment factories, the army said. Major Manzur Elahi of the army control room, which was set up to coordinate the rescue operation following the disaster last month, told AFP that recovery efforts had gathered pace and the "death toll now stands at 654". "The toll is expected to rise further," he said.

Baira to stop providing manpower export services from Monday

Bangladesh Association of International Recruiting Agency (Baira) on Sunday said they would stop providing all sorts of service regarding manpower export from Monday, accusing the government of making the market stagnant.“We’ve decided to stop providing all sorts of service on manpower export from Monday.
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