Sima Bhowmik

World Views
4:30 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

World Views: May 10, 2013

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China hosted back-to-back visits this week with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. More and more detainees are participating in a hunger strike at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.

So far more than 1,000 have died in the April 24 collapse of Rana Plaza in Dhaka. ABC Radio Sima Bhowmik joins Suzette Grillot for a conversation about the lack of government oversight in Bangladesh's garment industry.

World Views
10:00 am
Wed May 8, 2013

With High Rent, No Oversight, Bangladesh Garment Disasters Keep Happening

A crowd gathers around the collapsed Rana Plaza building in Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh - April 25, 2013
Credit Sudipta Das / Wikimedia Commons

Listen to Suzette Grillot's interview with Bangladeshi journalist Sima Bhowmik

Bangladeshi police say the death toll from the collapse of a building housing five garment factories has passed 800 and continues to climb.

Sima Bhowmik, a journalist with ABC Radio in Bangladesh, worked at KGOU for several weeks as part of a U.S. State Department program.

She followed the unfolding events of the building collapse in her country, and told World Views a lack of oversight and high rent contribute to a disturbing trend of tragedies in the garment industry.

“The owners, they want to save money, and they go for a cheap building, which is not really fit for his industry,” Bhowmik says.

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Bangladesh
11:35 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Bangladesh Has History of Fatal Factory Accidents

A woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Credit Peregrino Will Reign / Flickr Creative Commons

KGOU visiting Bangladesh journalist Sima Bhowmik reports on the history of problems in her nation's garment industry, including accountability of business owners.

Police in Bangladesh say the death toll from a building collapse last week has passed 400.

The eight-story Rana Plaza building housing five garment factories and other offices collapsed onto itself April 24. Workers were still pulling bodies from the rubble Wednesday.

Officials at the police control room said 399 bodies had been pulled from the wreckage and three of the injured had died at the hospital. That brought the death toll to 402 in the tragedy that was considered the worst industrial accident in Bangladesh's history.

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Business
7:13 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Foreign Factory Audits, Profitable But Flawed Business

A Bangladeshi soldier walks through rows of burnt sewing machines Nov. 25, after a fire in the nine-story Tazreen factory in Savar, near Dhaka. The fire killed 112 people.
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Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 10:11 am

A factory collapse in Bangladesh last week killed more than 400 people, mostly garment workers. Hundreds more are still missing, making it one of the largest manufacturing disasters in history. It's just the latest horrific accident in the garment industry despite more than a decade of auditing aimed at improving working conditions.

In September 2012, a fire at the Ali Enterprises factory in Pakistan killed nearly 300 workers. Six weeks later, in November, a fire in the Tazreen factory in Bangladesh killed 112 people. Then, last week, there was the Rana Plaza collapse.

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Bangladesh
2:30 pm
Sun April 28, 2013

KGOU Journalist from Bangladesh Provides Insight Into Deadly Building Collapse

Sima Bhowmik with Nora Guthrie, daughter of Woody Guthrie.
Credit KGOU

Listen to details on the building collapse in Bangladesh from Sima Bhowmik, a radio journalist working with KGOU as part of a U.S. State Dept. professional exchange program.

Sima Bhowmik, a journalist with ABC radio in Bangladesh, is working at KGOU for several weeks as part of a U.S. State Dept. program. She is following the unfolding events of the building collapse in her country.

Bhowmik made contact with another reporter in the country, and provides details of the connection between the owner of the building and a political party.