On 24 April 2013, Rana Plaza, an eight-story commercial building, collapsed in Savar, a sub-district in the Greater Dhaka Area, the capital of Bangladesh. The search for the dead ended on 13 May with a death toll of 1,129. Approximately 2,515 injured people were rescued from the building alive.
Many powerful photographs have been made in the aftermath of the devastating collapse of a garment factory on the outskirts of Dhaka, Bangladesh. But one photo of couple, by Bangladeshi photographer Taslima Akhter, has emerged as the most heart wrenching, capturing an entire country’s grief in a single image.
It has been tried desperately, but have yet to find any clues about them. I don’t know who they are or what their relationship is with each other.
Many people spent the entire day the building collapsed on the scene, watching as injured garment workers were being rescued from the rubble. The frightened eyes of relatives made exhausted everyone both mentally and physically. Around 2 a.m., a couple was found embracing each other in the rubble. The lower parts of their bodies were buried under the concrete. The blood from the eyes of the man ran like a tear. After seeing whole nation felt very disturbing. This picture reminded everyone how precious life is, how precious love is.
Bangladesh is considered one of the most energy-poor nations, with one of the lowest per capita electricity consumption rates in the world. More than a third of Bangladesh's 166 million people still have no access to electricity, while the country often is able to produce only some of its 11,500-megawatt generation capacity.Power outages blamed on old grid infrastructure and poor management are common in Bangladesh.
Bangladesh has tried to improve its energy situation, extending access to electricity to about 3.45 million more people since 2008. Last year, it started to import electricity from India through the 400-kilovolt transmission line, which runs from Baharampur in the Indian state of West Bengal to the town of Bheramara in southwestern Bangladesh.
Fig: importing electricity from India
Bangladesh suffered a countrywide blackout 1st October 2014,Saturday after a failure at a power station that feeds
electricity imported from neighboring India into the national grid, senior Bangladeshi power officials said.Electricity
failed across the country of 150 million people at about noon local time. As night fell Saturday, power still hadn’t been
Fig: power failure of saturday
After an evening spent in the dark, most of the residents of Dhaka, the capital of more than 10 million people, got
electricity back on by 1 a.m. Sunday, said Mohammad Nasir Uddin, a control room official of the Dhaka Power Distribution
Co. Power was restored in other major cities too, but it was not clear how many people were still without electricity.
Fig: power failure of saturday
People in Dhaka, the capital, rushed to buy candles and queued at gas stations to buy fuel.Dhaka's hospitals and the
international airport continued to operate after the blackout Saturday with emergency generators. But many offices
normally open had to send their employees home.
The last time the country had suffered a similar widespread blackout was when Cyclone Sidr knocked out the power grid,
leaving most of the country in darkness for days.
Fig: cyclone disaster
Fig: cry for food, water
It also has signed agreements with energy companies in Russia, Japan, China and the United States to build power plants
and improve energy infrastructure.
The 9-story building where garment factories were located is no longer seen by any single people. At the moment (2013.5.3), persons killed accounts for over 500in the devastated accident happend in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Here is summarlalized report by a friend of mine, one of journalists from Banglaesh.
Photo: retrieved from cnn.co.jp
the Garment building name is Rana Plaza. 9th floor building. but it had permission till 6th floor from municipal authority . From our view, the guilty is the owner of RANA Plaza since he made 9th floor by violating permission of 9th floor. But our question why then Govt authority did not sue this owner due to his building code violation ? because Govt Authority has been managed by him somehow either politically or financially Rana had sat at the nexus of party politics and the powerful $20 billion garment industry that drives the economy of this deeply impoverished nation.. Whatever the reason, it means Govt authority is also liable besides Mr Rana. That is the first point . 2nd is that day before the accident , already it was seen building broken for which Brac bank withdraw their offices from there one day before the accident completely . But Garments owner did not shift. The owner told there will be no accident . they push all of their employees to come in the factory to attend office . for this all 3 garments owner pushed their workers either attend the office or fire from job. So you know the condition of workers. So they attend the job with life risk in the morning. after the collapse investigation says , there were many heavy machinery in the each floors for which extra load the capacity could not take. For this reasons , building collapse. also others say the land was not solid soil. it was muddy or something like pond area before building . Land filling was not properly for which building foundation was weak . From experts view, the guilty is the Govt Authority since they did not monitor from beginning of building construction and finally during collapse nobody monitor it had 6th floor permission but it is 9th floor. Rana is guilty, garments owner is guilty among all Govt officers & Politicians are guilty since they gave shelter them to build and maintain such building .
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On 4 April 2013 (0700 GMT) all Bengali blogs were gone offline for 92 hours because of the unconditional release of four bloggers who were arrested to write freely about their opinion. A fundamentalist group named Hefajat-e-Islam Bangladesh has started a countrywide campaign to hang freethinking bloggers. In response, the government has started monitoring Bengali blog sites and sending letters to their authorities to provide information about the "anti-religious" blogs and bloggers. Individual bloggers protest with this blackout by changing their profile photos on Facebook and by twitting with the #MuzzleMeNot hash tag. Different international organizations have expressed deep concern about taking freethinking bloggers into custody. After a 92 hours long blackout, blogs returned online by publishing a press release on their central Facebook page.
The 2013 Shahbag protests, began on 5 February 2013 at Dhaka,Bangladesh and later spread to other parts of Bangladesh, as people demanded capital punishment for Abdul Quader Mollah, who had been sentenced to life imprisonment, and for others convicted of war crimes by the International Crimes Tribunal. From the beginning of the shahbag protest, bloggers came out on the streets to demand capital punishment of that war criminal.
During the protests, Ahmed Rajib Haider, a blogger who was critical of Jamaat-e-Islami, was killed by a few Jamaat activists. Afterwards, a Jamaat backed Islamic fundamentalist organisation started a violent protest demanding the death penalty for all "anti-Islamic" bloggers, and they termed all participants of the shahbag movement as atheist. The spokesperson of the shahbag movement Imran H. Sharkar said, Hifazat-e-Islam is desperate to oppose the war crimes trial and the process of Jamaat-e-Islami.
Afterwards, the government of Bangladesh started monitoring the blogs and sent letters to the Bengali blog authorities to terminate the "anti-religious" blogs and to provide information about the "anti-religious" bloggers. On the night of 1 April 2013, three bloggers were arrested by the detective branch (DB) police. Blogger Rasel Pervez, a prominent physicist and blogger and Mashiur Rahman Biplob were arrested on 1 April 2013 from their house. Subrata Adhikari Shuvo, who is a masters student of the Bengali department at the University of Dhaka, was also arrested on the same day from his university dormitory.Another blogger Asif Mohiuddin was called to the police station on 3 April 2013, and when he went there, he was arrested. Earlier, the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission forced the Bengali blog somewhereinblog.net to remove all writings of Asif Mohiuddin. The move was criticized by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Center for Inquiry, Reporters Without Borders, Committee to Protect Journalists, and several other bodies.
Blogs is the sector where any citizen can write about his/her opinion freely. Government,other related parties or any fundamentalist group should not interrupt in their free thinking. This occurence is really ashamed one for our country.
Today I will put my opinion about "beggar (gypsy)" in Bangladesh. Please make sure that this is just what I think and I don't want to persuade people by writing this. It is my pleasure to share this with you.
I think I give beggars money more than others. I have thought that I could gain some sort of energy by thinking of them from bottom of my heart. This energy is more like fuel that I need to work in Bangladesh for long period. Occasionally they make me feel I could have worked more in a way that they often cheer me.