President Md Zillur Rahman, an out-and-out politician revered across the broad political spectrum, died on Wednesday in Singapore, closing the curtains on a colorful career lasting more than six decades.
The 84-year-old statesman breathed his last at the Mount Elizabeth Hospital at 4:47pm Bangladesh time, Mohammad Shafiul Alam
His is a legacy few in Bangladesh can match, for the sheer weight of his achievement and the vast canvass of his life lived with steady compassion and resolute courage.
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Bangladesh’s parliament has amended a law allowing the state to appeal against the life sentence given to an opposition leader for his role in mass killings and rape during the 1971 war for independence. Tens of thousands of demonstrators in central Shahbag Square cheered as the assembly approved the changes on Sunday.
Protesters have gathered in central Dhaka for the past 13 days demanding the death penalty for Abdul Quader Mollah, an assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, for war crimes.
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Chittagong, Nov 25 —Death toll reaches 14 as rescue teams until Sunday morning recovered more bodies from under the debris of three girders of the under-construction Bahaddarhat flyover, police said.
The girders collapsed on Saturday evening.
Over 50 others sustained varying degrees of injuries with the condition of many of them was stated critical.
Chandgaon Police Station Officer-in-Charge Babul Chandra Bhowmik on Sunday told bdnew24.com: “Two more bodies were recovered from the pond near the under-construction flyover in the early hours. Two had died on their way to hospital. We are confirmed about 11 deaths.”
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The death toll from a fire at a Bangladeshi factory soared to at least 121 as rescue workers recovered 112 bodies Sunday, the national fire chief told AFP.
“We’ve found 112 dead bodies this morning,” fire brigade director general Brigadier General Abu Nayeem Mohammad Shahidullah told AFP.
“We resumed our search this morning and found the bodies lying on different floors of the factory building,” he said.
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