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Editorial

Extending indemnity for quick rental deals

WE are surprised that the Energy Fast Supply Enhancement (Special Provisions Act 2010) has been extended by another four years. Any arrangement even if it has legislative sanctions, which circumvents the rules of business, is bound to be exploited and misused to the detriment of the country's interest. The case in point is the indemnity, given in 2010 to all power generation deals that were put into effect without bidding. This provision has been misused to hide the inefficiencies of...

10 BASIC Bank officials fired

10 BASIC Bank officials fired

Scam-hit Basic Bank today fired 10 officials, including three senior executives, for irregularities in their appointment and using fake certificates. The board of the state-run lender made the decision a few days ago. However, the bank issued an order to this effect today, said Ruhul Alam, a deputy managing director of the bank.  Of the 10, three were senior officials and employed on a contractual basis. Their contracts were cancelled because of anomalies in their appointment. The rest seven were employed at different branches as assistant cash officer. They were fired for getting the job on fake certificates. The central bank inspection in 2012 detected scams involving over Tk 4,000 crore in some...

ICC cracks down on live betting

ICC cracks down on live betting

The International Cricket Council vowed Friday to clamp down on live betting to try to ensure a corruption-free World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Anyone caught breaking the rules will be barred from the whole tournament, which starts on February 14. Live betting or "pitch-siding" involves gamblers at sports events gaining an upper hand...

Khaleda mourning, skips court hearing

Khaleda mourning, skips court hearing

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia today skipped a Dhaka court's hearing on the Zia Charitable Trust and Zia Orphanage Trust graft cases citing her mental state following the death of her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko. After accepting two adjournment petitions filed by the defence, Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of the Special Judge Court-3 fixed...

Democracy protects rights of political minorities

Democracy protects rights of political minorities

A national dialogue of politicians and civil society representatives must begin to help resolve the ongoing violent political deadlock in Bangladesh, Frederic Grare, director of a Washington-based global think tank, told a discussion in the capital yesterday.   “Democracy is much more than elections. It is respect to the rights of the political minority,” added...

Editorial

Delinquent drug administration

TIB's report on the state of the country's drug administration presents a dismal picture of the way the Director General Drug Administration (DGDA) is being run. We are not prepared to believe that the pervading corruption in the organisation has occured overnight. May we ask why the DG has not taken measures to stop the malpractices knowing that some DGDA staff members have been engaged in all manners of malpractices? Part of blame devolves on the ministry of health too...

Illegal money transaction rampant at Drug Administration: TIB

Illegal money transaction rampant at Drug Administration: TIB

Drug Administration Department sees illegal transaction of money all through -- from issuing licence to drug registration, according to study of Transparency International Bangladesh. Around Tk 500 to Tk 15 lakh are exchanged for the issuance of new licences for pharmaceutical companies, its renewal, project handover, drugs registration etc, the report said. Drug companies have...

Mir Nasir, 21 other BNP men gets HC bail

Mir Nasir, 21 other BNP men gets HC bail

The High Court today granted anticipatory bail to 22 BNP leaders and activists including Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin and Taimur Alam Khandker for four weeks in two separate cases. The court granted them bail after hearing separate bail petitions filed by the accused. Nasir got bail in a defamation suit filed by freedom fighter Shawkat Ali Khan alias Sundar Khan from Gopalganj, because the BNP leader was present at the programme where BNP Senior Vice-Chairman Tarique Rahman termed Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman “a top Razakar” on December 16 last year. The case was filed with the court of chief judicial magistrate in Gopalganj on December 22, AKM Ehsanur Rahman, a lawyer for...

GRAFT CASES

Khaleda exempted from court appearance for today

Khaleda exempted from court appearance for today

A Dhaka court today exempted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia from appearing before the court today in the proceedings of the two graft cases against her. However, the court rejected her two other pleas seeking adjournment of recording statements in the Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases. Judge Abu Ahmed Jamadar of special Judge...

New IGP vows to disown dirty cops

New IGP vows to disown dirty cops

The new inspector general of police (IGP), AKM Shahidul Hoque, today said he will follow a standard of zero tolerance to criminal offence conducted by any policeman. Wrongdoers in the force will be made to face consequences, the police boss asserted while speaking at a press conference on his first day at police headquarters...

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