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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...


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...

Checking erosion of image

CORRUPTION affects image badly and is a burning topic of discussion among people of various strata of the society -- intellectuals, enlightened citizens, honest civil servants or anybody else. This menace has spread to every nook and corner of the country and to every service rendering outlet -- government offices, educational institutions, private organisations or business houses. In some cases it has also been institutionalised. It seems it is just the order of the day and the victims are...


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...

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