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GROUND REALITIES

TIB report and state of denial

NO individual is perfect nor is any organization. By that measure, Transparency International Bangladesh may have its shortcomings. And yet its strengths have consistently outweighed its weaknesses. At this point of time, when politics stagnates and administration remains notorious for sloth, TIB gives us reason to hope that positive change will someday characterize life in this country. By coming forth with a report on the state of the nation's private universities, TIB has once more pointed out to us...

KALEIDOSCOPE

Unwarranted face-off

TRANSPARENCY International Bangladesh's (TIB) June 30 report on alleged irregularities and corruption in the private universities has evidently landed this anti-graft watchdog in a very unpleasant situation. The education minister's reaction to the TIB disclosure has not been limited simply to the report being dismissed by him. He has gone so far as to demand that TIB withdraw its report, or even ask apology for it. Such reaction from the education minister, or from the government, for that matter,...

Anomalies in Pvt Universities

Nahid asks TIB to prove its findings

Nahid asks TIB to prove its findings

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday asked Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) to produce proof to substantiate its recent survey report on private universities, otherwise withdraw it and offer apology to the nation. According to the report titled "Private universities: challenges of good governance and way out", a section of officials at the education ministry, University Grants Commission and private universities are involved in illegal money transactions at different stages -- from getting approval to setting up the universities and appointing vice chancellors, pro-vice chancellors and treasurers to  awarding certificates to students. “If you [TIB] can't prove it [the report], you'll have to withdraw it and apologise to the nation," Nahid said...

TIB denounces money-whitening opportunity

TIB denounces money-whitening opportunity

The Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) has voiced concern over the money whitening opportunity provided in the fiscal 2014-15 budget. In a statement today, TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman said it has now become clear that the government’s policy-structure has been gripped by graft. He said despite the finance minister’s and the MPs’ open stand against the unethical provision, the scope of legalising black money continues, which is “embarrassing and frustrating for us.” “The scope of whitening black money is against the Article 20(2) of the country’s constitution and also contrary to the government’s commitment to bring the...

ACC welcomed to probe TIB operation

ACC welcomed to probe TIB operation

A day after a commissioner of the country's anti-graft watchdog questioned the transparency of Transparency International Bangladesh, a TIB top official today welcomed any move to probe the Bangladesh chapter of the international corruption monitor. "If the ACC wants to unmask any of our activities, they can start probing today. Even they can file cases," said Dr Iftekharuzzaman, executive director of TIB. "But I would like to tell them to think twice if they do it with an intention to harass us," he added. He was addressing a seminar at a hotel in the capital this...

Get rid of money-whitening scope: TIB

Get rid of money-whitening scope: TIB

Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) today called upon the government not to have scope for whitening money in the upcoming budget, terming such privilege unconstitutional, unethical and discriminatory. It also urged the government to ensure more transparency and openness in budgetary allocations, including that of the defence, and create space for greater discussion in and...

Local govt bodies bribe ministry officials to get allocation: TIB

Local govt bodies bribe ministry officials to get allocation: TIB

Local government institutions pay bribes up to 10 percent of an allocated fund to ministry officials to get projects and special allocations, a TIB study finds. Besides, they give bribes and gifts to audit officials in exchange for writing “proper audit reports”, said the study released yesterday by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB). “For example, through...

RANA PLAZA DISASTER

31pc initiatives implemented: TIB

31pc initiatives implemented: TIB

Thirty-one percent initiatives undertaken following the Rana Plaza disaster has been implemented over last one year while another 60 percent have some level of progress, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) said today. The rest nine percent that covers areas like setting up of a separate ministry for the sector, raising compensation significantly, stopping random sacking...

STRATEGICALLY SPEAKING

Indeed, making law is fun!

THANKS to the TIB again for giving us a performance report of the parliament, the focus being on the 9th Parliament, which, as appears from the report, had become sinecure for most MPs. Most of them were having a cushy job doing very little of what their primary job obligated them to do. At least that is the impression one gets from the TIB findings of a study that was presented to the media on Tuesday. The report covered the...

MPs spent very little time on law making

MPs spent very little time on law making

Quorum crisis in the ninth parliament caused the country a waste of more than Tk 104 crore, Transparency International Bangladesh has said. Over 222 hours (9 days) were wasted due to a quorum crisis in the 418 parliament sittings from 2009 to 2013. This means 32 minutes were wasted in each sitting, causing a...

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