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Transparency International Bangladesh

It goes against charter, RTI

Some sections of the newly formulated National Broadcast Policy conflict with the constitution, democratic norms, human rights and the Right to Information Act, Transparency International Bangladesh said yesterday.   Alleging that the policy has some provisions intended to control the electronic media through curbing its freedom of expression, the anti-graft watchdog also demanded that the policy be amended to address the concerns of stakeholders and media people. It called for the formation of an independent and neutral broadcasting commission of international...

No govt can afford to curb media freedom

Terming the National Broadcast Policy 2014 “a unilateral exercise”, the Transparency International Bangladesh yesterday said unilateral imposition of policies and action to control the media can only be counterproductive. “….what could be a good example of government's engagement with stakeholders has turned into little more than eyewash and eventually a unilateral exercise,” TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman told              UNB. The TIB official, who was at the forefront of civil society leaders invited to participate in the process behind formulating the policy, said...

Pvt University

UGC official suspended for bribery

The University Grants Commission yesterday suspended its Additional Director Ferdous Zaman on charge of taking bribe from a private university. The decision came following an allegation that Ferdous took Tk 5 lakh in bribe from Britannia University in Comilla, said the UGC in a press release. The university filed the allegation against Ferdous after the UGC requested all the universities to inform the commission about irregularities in those, the statement added. Ferdous took the money promising help in getting permission from the...


Traders forced to pay Tk 64.7 lakh bribe a day: TIB

Traders forced to pay Tk 64.7 lakh bribe a day: TIB

Exporters and importers have to pay Tk 47.5 lakh in bribe at the Chittagong customs house a day to complete customs-related formalities, according to a study of Transparency International Bangladesh. In addition, the importers have to bribe officials and employees Tk 17.2 lakh to clear their goods from the port even despite having valid...


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...


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,...

Only 1.8pc JS time spent for lawmaking: TIB

Only 1.8pc JS time spent for lawmaking: TIB

Only 1.8 percent of the total working hours was spent for making laws in the first session of the 10th Jatiya Sangsad, a research report of Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) revealed today. On the contrary, the first session of India’s 15th Lok Sabha spent 8 percent of its total duration. The report also found that...

Int'l CHT Commission

Members come under attack

Members come under attack

Two officials of the International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission and a police officer were injured in Rangamati yesterday when their vehicles came under attack allegedly from Bangalee settlers opposing their visit to the hill region. Commission member Dr Iftekharuzzaman, who is executive director of Transparency International Bangladesh, and its research officer Ilira Dewan were...


Prove it or apologise, Nahid tells TIB

Prove it or apologise, Nahid tells TIB

Terming the Transparency International Bangladesh’s recent report on corruption at private universities baseless, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid today asked the watchdog to place evidence in support of their allegations. Otherwise, TIB will have to withdraw their survey or offer apology to the nation, Nahid said at the parliament today. On June 30, the TIB...

TIB condemns black money amnesty

Transparency International Bangladesh yesterday expressed deep concern over the government's recent move to allow unquestioned legalisation of black money in real estate. The anti-corruption watchdog in a statement stressed the need for scrapping the rule from the national budget for 2014-15. The unethical whitening provision in the budget indicates that policymaking is overpowered by corruption, said TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman. “Although the finance minister opposed the rule both in and outside parliament, continuing such unethical option without any logical explanation is frustrating...

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