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School teachers' recruitment

TO end irregularities, corruption and nepotism in recruitment of non-government school teachers, deputy commissioners (DC) at a recent meeting with the ministry of primary and mass education suggested ending the involvement of School Management Committees (SMCs). They recommended introduction of regional and district level recruitment system. The DCs' suggestion is not without merit. That's because the committees are mostly comprised of members having little or no professional background, but often linked to local power elites including politicians. They lack...


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,...

SC scrubs acquital of Mir Nasir, son

SC scrubs acquital of Mir Nasir, son

The Supreme Court today scrapped two High Court verdicts that acquitted former state minister Mir Mohammad Nasiruddin and his son Mir Helal Uddin in two separate corruption cases. A trial court in 2007 had sentenced Nasiruddin to 13 years’ imprisonment and Helal to three years’ imprisonment in the cases filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission. The Appellate Division of the SC also asked the HC to hold further hearing and dispose of the appeals filed by Nasiruddin and Helal challenging the lower court judgments against them. A five-member bench of the Appellate Division headed by Chief Justice Md Muzammel Hossain passed the order after hearing two separate leave-to-appeal petitions by the ACC. The ground...

Corruption all the way

Corruption all the way

Private universities are involved in transactions of "illegal money" at different stages -- from taking approvals for setting up a university to awarding certificates to students, says a study of Transparency International Bangladesh. Around Tk 1 crore to Tk 3 crore are exchanged for the approval for launching a private university and Tk 50,000...

Khaleda's plea hearing deferred till Jun 18

Khaleda's plea hearing deferred till Jun 18

The High Court today deferred until Wednesday (June 18) hearing two writ petitions that challenged the appointment of a trial court judge who indicted BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in two corruption cases. The petitions were filed against the appointment of the judge of Special Judge's Court-3 of Dhaka, Bashudev Roy, who on March 19...


Khaleda’s pleas sent to another HC bench

Khaleda’s pleas sent to another HC bench

The chief justice today sent two writ petitions challenging the appointment of a trial court judge, who indicted BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia in two corruption cases, to a High Court bench. The move follows dissenting orders on the petitions by another division bench of the higher court.  After receiving the petition, the bench of Justice...

Dispel confusion over black money, TIB urges govt

The Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday urged the government to clarify its stance on black money in the next fiscal year. TIB demanded the government erase any direct or indirect scope for whitening black money. TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman has appreciated Finance Minister AMA Muhith for not bowing to the “pressure of an influential quarter” for giving amnesty to black money.  “But the speech of the NBR chairman at the same press conference has created scope for confusion,” Iftekharuzzaman said....

ACC commissioner raises questions about TIB activities

Referring to a recent report by Transparency International deeming the Anti-Corruption Commission ineffective, an ACC commissioner yesterday expressed doubts about transparency of the international corruption watchdog's Bangladesh chapter. "They [TIB] work with foreign fund. How much of it they spend on research?" ACC Commissioner Md Shahabuddin said while speaking at a function organised at Shilpakala Academy in the capital to award the best metropolitan, district and upazila-level corruption prevention committees. "A time will come when we will not hesitate to unmask...

ACC asked to probe graft allegation against Iajuddin’s son

The High Court today directed the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to investigate allegations against former president Iajuddin Ahmed’s son Imtiaz Ahmed of committing corruption in taking lease of Rajuk’s land near Kuril flyover in Dhaka. The court also asked the ACC to investigate the irregularities allegedly committed by the then Estate officer of the east zone of Bangladesh Railway who gave the lease to Imtiaz in 2010. The Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha has brought the allegation against them before the HC during hearing...

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