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Cooperatives swindle funds

AS per a study done by Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB), the government department overseeing cooperatives in the country is a den of corruption. Lack of oversight coupled with political patronage has opened up the Pandora's Box as far as getting easy registration goes, which seldom comes under scrutiny and is based mostly on speed money. With such a state of affairs, we are not surprised to find that cooperatives are involved heavily in micro credit, charging up to 45...

7yr jail for former RHD engineer

7yr jail for former RHD engineer

A Dhaka court today sentenced a former superintendent engineer of Roads and Highways Department (RHD) to seven years rigorous imprisonment for acquiring Tk 3.1 crore illegally beyond of his source of income. Judge Md Jahurul Haque of the Senior Special Judges' Court of Dhaka handed down the sentence in presence of the convict Abdul...

Why this surrender?

RECENTLY, the Secretary General of Awami League and LGRD Minister, Syed Ashraful Islam, stated that the affidavits submitted by candidates with their nomination papers have become instruments of character assassination of politicians. He also disclosed that the government is examining the relevant laws requiring disclosures. We are shocked by Mr. Islam's statement as it clearly represents a surrender to our prevailing corrupt and criminalised political culture. It may be recalled that in Union of India vs ADR [(2002)5ACC294], the Indian...


The monstrous burden of mediocrity

IN Death in Venice Thomas Mann asks: “Do you know what lies at the bottom of the mainstream?” His reply to that question is also the same thing that's the root of all evil in this land. Frankly, it is mediocrity that has been killing us, its inexorable burden crushing us daily. We're going from bad to worse in the manner a lower number drags down the average. Mediocrity is everywhere and it's in everything. It's there in our writings...

Disrespect To Women

Change attitude for development

Change attitude for development

People and society have to change their disrespectful attitudes towards women to ensure the latter's advancement, speakers told the inaugural ceremony of a two-day shadow parliamentary debate competition on prevention of corruption yesterday. Change of perception begins at the family level since the man learns to respect women by identifying with older male family...

Digitisation of Land Records

Huge first step taken

Beginning today, city dwellers can each get a printed copy of a mauza map for Tk 310 from the land office in the capital's Tejgaon in just 15 minutes. In the past, it used to cost at least Tk 1,000 to get a photocopy of the map from the same office and that, too, would take at least 10 days. Already, all the maps have been uploaded on the website (www.dlrs.gov.bd) as part of the government's land digitisation project. The website...


Treat graft cases seriously

WE wholeheartedly welcome the Anti-Corruption Commission's (ACC) probe into the wealth statements submitted and income tax statements declared by seven current and former lawmakers of the ruling party. This paper has in the recent past raised the question as to why the graft body was not undertaking serious investigation into the wealth statement affidavits submitted by aspirant members of parliament prior to the last national parliamentary elections. While ACC has begun looking into the activities of some of these...

No room for militancy: PM

No room for militancy: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said there is no room for terrorism, militancy, money laundering and corruption on the soil of Bangladesh. “We want to establish Bangladesh as a peaceful nation in South Asia,” she said while inaugurating a four-day programme marking the International Mother Language Day at the auditorium of International Mother Language...


Cleaning up the rot in politics and business

WITH the political parties busy in hurling abuses at each other and pre-occupied with just digging up the past, the country's administration is going through a crisis of confidence. Growing corruption is the worst problem facing the government. Majority of the politicians flaunt their wealth, no matter that they owe banks millions of taka as overdue loans with little intention to pay even the interest due. We are ruled not by people who fought for our freedom but who...

Will quit if Jan Lokpal bill not passed: Kejriwal

Will quit if Jan Lokpal bill not passed: Kejriwal

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal further escalated his confrontation with the Centre over the Jan Lokpal bill on Sunday by saying he would resign if it was not passed. With Congress clearly saying it cannot support an "unconstitutional" bill, the AAP government is now on the brink of collapsing, reports Times of India from...

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''Modi sent emissaries to separatist leader''

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Gujarat model a myth

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BJP copied Congress manifesto: Rahul

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