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Corruption

Ashraful's ban reduced by 3 yrs

Ashraful's ban reduced by 3 yrs

Former captain Mohammad Ashraful has had his eight-year ban for involvement in corruption reduced to a five-year penalty, with two years suspended, by the BCB's disciplinary panel chairman. Ashraful had appealed to the disciplinary panel chief, Justice Mohammad Abdur Rashid, in July, asking that the ban he received a month earlier, for his involvement...

BITTER TRUTH

Surging crime and rule of corruption

VIOLENCE, crime and corruption of all types are searing the land. Coming up with increasing frequency, grisly incidents of killing, abduction, rape, ransom have put a blot on the image of the country. On the other hand our political leaders are parading themselves before the media saying little relevant but much incendiary. A Bangla daily editorialised on September 3 last that in the first six months in the current year, 2,263 murders were committed in the country. Let me cite...

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha jailed for 4 years

Tamil Nadu CM Jayalalitha jailed for 4 years

One of India's most colourful and controversial politicians, Jayaram Jayalalitha, has been sentenced to jail for four years on corruption charges in a case that has lasted for 18 years. The chief minister of the southern state of Tamil Nadu was found guilty of amassing wealth of more than $10m (£6.1m) which was unaccounted for. She has to pay a multi-million dollar fine and resign as chief minister. A former actress, her life has been marked by a series of high and lows. The verdict was delivered by a special court in Bangalore amid tight security. The prosecution argued that Jayalalitha and three others committed an offence against society, the Indian Express reported. The court...

MULTI-STOREY PARKING LOT GRAFT

ACC okays charge sheet against Khoka, 4 others

ACC okays charge sheet against Khoka, 4 others

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has approved the charge sheet against former Dhaka City Corporation mayor Sadeque Hossain Khoka and four other in a case filed for corruption in a multi-storey car park project. A deputy director of the anti-graft body, Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya, confirmed it to The Daily Star today. ACC Deputy Director Harun-ur-Rashid filed the case with Shahbagh Police Station on March 29, 2012. According to the case statement, the corruption took place between 2007 and 2009 and caused a Tk-827 crore loss to the national exchequer. In the case, the complainant said an ACC investigation had found that Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation (BJMC) gave DCC a 27-katha land in Dilkusha through...

ZIA ORPHANAGE, CHARITABLE TRUST GRAFT CASES

Trial begins in Khaleda’s absence

Trial begins in Khaleda’s absence

Trial in two corruption cases against Khaleda Zia -- Zia Orphanage and Zia Charitable Trust graft cases -- began today through the recording of the deposition of a witness in the BNP Chairperson's absence. Partial deposition of plaintiff Harun-ur-Rashid, deputy director of the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), was recorded at Judge Bashudeb Roy of Special...

It was a plot against govt

Terming the allegation of corruption in the Padma bridge project a conspiracy against her government, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday reiterated that the construction of the bridge will be completed by 2018. She was addressing a Shudhi Samabesh (civic rally) after inaugurating a number of projects for Tungipara and Kotalipara upazilas in the district. Bangladesh has already entered a deal with China Major Bridge Engineering Company Ltd for the construction of the 6.15-km bridge. Without naming any individual or organisation, Hasina...

Fix Dhaka first to help our life and growth

NOW Dhaka is the second worst city in the world in the global livability index just after Damascus.  We must ignore the case of Damascus since it is a war zone.  Then we are the 'proud owner' of the worst capital in the planet.  This adds another feather to our crown already overloaded with similar laurels for judicial tardiness, bureaucratic inefficiency, and corruption.  We Bengalis love to arrange numerous conferences on investment and growth, but we often forget that...

Recruited, 1,647 docs 'lobby to be OSDs'!

Being made an officer on special duty or OSD, as it is commonly known, is not something a newly-appointed government official should be happy about. The post is usually given to someone either as a punishment for corruption or irregularities or on political grounds. An OSD is an officer with no specific task assigned to him. However, it's different in the case of the doctors appointed last month through the 33rd BCS exams. Of the total 6,151 recruitments, 1,647 physicians were made...

Corruption 'impoverishes and kills millions'

Corruption 'impoverishes and kills millions'

An estimated $1tn a year is being taken out of poor countries and millions of lives are lost because of corruption, according to campaigners. A report by the US-based anti-poverty organisation One says much of the progress made over the past two decades in tackling extreme poverty has been put at risk by corruption...

Local government: Corruption-criminalisation nexus

LOCAL Government (LG) has been hitting headlines for a couple of months. Headlines in most cases are mere hints, not the whole stories that deserved to be told and analysed. What the stories disclose are obviously important but the missing links of the stories not revealed are more revealing. For instance, let us pick up the stories of Narayaganj and Feni, and the people either killed or accused as killers. The most striking fact is that they are all...

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