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Corruption

Govt alone can't fight corruption

Govt alone can't fight corruption

Civil society organisations of a country need to be mobilised to speak up for better governance as the government alone cannot fight corruption, said Prof Dr Peter Eigen, founder of Transparency International, a Berlin-based civil society group campaigning globally against corruption. "We feel that very often, even if the top of a country -- a president or prime minister -- is extremely strong and committed to fight corruption, they cannot do it alone. They need civil society, media and faith-based organisations to change the culture [of corruption]," he said...

SC removes CBI chief from 2G scam case

SC removes CBI chief from 2G scam case

India's top court ordered the head of the country's federal policing agency to excuse himself from a corruption case on Thursday following allegations of wrongdoing. Central Bureau of Investigation director Ranjit Sinha was ordered off a long-running probe into an alleged scam involving the sale of 2G telecom licences to businesses at throwaway prices. But...

Graft Case

SC continues hearing Khaleda's appeal

The Supreme Court yesterday continued hearing for the second day an appeal filed by BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia regarding the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. The appeal was filed in 2012 against a High Court verdict that rejected a petition of Khaleda challenging a lower court order, which accepted charges against her in the case. The SC fixed today for further hearing on the appeal. It also fixed today for hearing two other appeals filed by the BNP chief over the...

India MP Kunal Ghosh 'tries to take his own life' in jail

India MP Kunal Ghosh 'tries to take his own life' in jail

An Indian MP accused of corruption is in hospital after trying to take his own life in prison, police say. They said Kunal Ghosh, a West Bengal representative for parliament's upper house, took sleeping pills on Friday morning in his Calcutta prison cell.  Ghosh is awaiting trial in a case where thousands of households lost...

Don't train Rab, police

Don't train Rab, police

Accusing police and the Rapid Action Battalion of "corruption and misdeeds", BNP chief Khaleda Zia urged the international community not to provide training or arms and ammunition to the forces. The two-time former premier also reiterated her demand that the Rab, which was created by her government in 2004, be disbanded. "The Rab has turned...

World Cup 2022: Qatar to be cleared of corruption

World Cup 2022: Qatar to be cleared of corruption

Qatar will be cleared of corruption during the 2022 World Cup bidding process when a Fifa report is published on Thursday, BBC Sport has learned. It was alleged that Qatar won the staging rights after Fifa officials were paid £3m to support its bid. However, Fifa's independent ethics adjudicator, Hans Joachim Eckert, is not expected...

SC warns Bodi for threatening ACC

SC warns Bodi for threatening ACC

The Supreme Court today warned ruling Awami League lawmaker Abdur Rahman Bodi for issuing a threat against the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). The apex court can revoke Bodi’s bail in a graft case if he makes such comments in future, said the four-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha. On September 15, Bodi threatened the ACC saying that he would reveal "all secrets" of the Anti-Corruption Commission and its Chairman Mohammad Badiuzzaman if they tried to prove him corrupt. The lawmaker from Cox's Bazar-4 constituency was addressing a discussion organised to mark the National Income Tax Day in Chittagong. On October 27, the High Court granted Bodi a six-month...

Editorial

Corruption-ridden public health sector

PLAGUED with pervasive corruption, the government-run health sector is failing to deliver as it should resulting in the general loss of public trust in its service. As a result, the poor patients, especially, of the rural areas, are at the receiving end, while the better-off people are either turning to private hospitals or going abroad for treatment. This is indeed a sad commentary on the country's public health service which is otherwise credited for its achievements in reducing child...

Apec agrees anti-graft network

Apec agrees anti-graft network

Countries of Asia and the Pacific region have agreed to set up a network to share information on corruption. Apec members said in a statement that the purpose of the agreement, proposed by China, was to deny safe haven to anyone engaged in corruption. It comes amid efforts by Chinese President Xi Jinping to clamp...

Bribe for everything

Bribe for everything

Recruitment, transfer and promotion in public health sector involve bribes up to Tk 10 lakh in each case, says a new report released by the Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday. Ruling party men, officials at the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) and civil surgeon's office and trade union leaders are mostly engaged in...

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