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Afghanistan's crisis of governance

THE critical feature of the London conference of leaders of the Western powers with Afghanistan's new President, Ashraf Ghani, is the assurance of continued international support, couched in the caveat that the new regime in Kabul will be required to take action to end corruption and demonstrate to the world that home-grown institutions are accountable. That caveat mirrors the crisis of governance in a fractious land. As they pack their bags for the pullout later this month, the domestic...

TIB welcomes Saarc pledge to ensure good governance

Transparency International Bangladesh yesterday welcomed Saarc leaders' pledge to ensure good governance for sustainable development by promoting accountability, transparency and the rule of law. The TIB in a statement called upon the Bangladesh government to take specific steps to genuinely promote accountable and transparent governance. It hoped the other Saarc governments will also follow up on this commitment. The pledge forms part of the Kathmandu Declaration issued at the end of the 18th Saarc Summit on November 26-27. The South Asian...

Twitter sues US govt over data-request disclosures

Twitter sues US govt over data-request disclosures

Twitter wants you to know that it is serious about data request transparency, and that is a darn fine good thing. The social company is suing the government for the right to share, in more granular detail, the requests for user data that state makes. The United States government would like such data to...

PM To Address UNGA on Sept 27

Focus on global peace, climate

Focus on global peace, climate

In her speech at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will highlight international peace and security, democracy and good governance, empowerment of women, poverty alleviation and climate change. Hasina, who left Dhaka for the United States last night to attend the 69th session of the UNGA with a 185-member delegation,...

Growth and governance: Making the transition

ONE striking feature of the results of the last Secondary School Certificate examinations may have escaped our attention. Nearly 10% of more than a million successful candidates secured the highest grades, leaving no way of identifying the top 1% or even the top 5%. Evidently, a deliberate policy of grade inflation in public examinations is undermining the merit system. This phenomenon is perhaps symptomatic of a decline in meritocracy, with a concomitant rise of mediocrity, in all aspects of...

Governance at stake

Governance at stake

AFTER the January 5 Parliamentary election in which the Al won a massive majority, anxious citizens were hoping that peace would prevail. But belying people's expectation, the country is witnessing a steady a worsening of law and order. However, despite all the odds, the people are optimistic about democratic governance. The agenda for this...

Present predicaments and the way out ...

For some inexplicable reasons, there appears to be a strange sense of complacency in the government. It could be because the government-party leaders do not quite know as to what to do, and how to act. They know that they have managed to land in a situation, and it is in their selfish interest to try and continue to be there, by hook or by crook, for as long as they can. And they perhaps know that under such...


LGRD bodies' 10 percent

THE TIB report portrays a very dark picture of the local government bodies. But it only reconfirms what is already public knowledge. The said report shows that bribery, which is employed to grease the palms of various officials, nepotism and political influence, determine the approval of local government projects. This picture is fairly representative of the state of affairs in almost all the government ministries and departments. What is perhaps news is the percentage of the project funds, 10...

Ex-CJ Khairul frustrated at weak governance

Ex-CJ Khairul frustrated at weak governance

Expressing frustration over weak governance of the country today, former chief justice ABM Khairul Haque termed the law enforcement in Bangladesh as the “poorest of the poor”. “In our country there are so many laws that it outnumbers even that of England. In a civilised world, laws are enforced, but here it is so poor,” he said. Haque, who is now the chairman of Bangladesh Law Commission, added that the conviction rate in Bangladesh is only 10 to 12 percent. His comments came at a discussion organised by Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba) on “Marine resources of Bangladesh and environmental conservation” at the city’s Cirdap auditorium. Haque was the chief guest. “Governance is the...

Governance goes down further

Governance in the country has deteriorated further though the government adopted a National Integrity Strategy to improve the situation in 2012, according to Transparency International Bangladesh. “A dysfunctional parliament, an all-powerful executive, an exploited judiciary, and an increasingly politicised bureaucracy and police force have essentially eroded the check and balances that are pivotal to good governance,” the TIB said in a study report released at a press conference in the capital yesterday. The anti-graft watchdog assessed the performance of 15 institutions,...

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