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India will never back those who had opposed Bangladesh’s War of Independence in 1971, its Acting High Commissioner in Dhaka said on Wednesday. Sandeep Chakraborty also said at a discussion in Dhaka that this position was from the highest level of the country. “It is not only my word but also the statements of the […]

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The Anti-Corruption Commission on Wednesday ordered its enquiry team to arrest four Bangladeshi nationals who were sued along with three others for their alleged roles in graft conspiracy in Padma bridge project. The four Bangladeshis are: former secretary of the Bridges Division Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, Superintendent Engineer of Bangladesh Bridge Authority Kazi Mohammad Ferdous, Executive […]

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The government on Tuesday made former Bridges Division Secretary Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan an Officer on Special Duty (OSD), barely a day after the Anti-Corruption Commission sued him and six others for alleged ‘conspiracy to exchange bribes’ on the Padma bridge project. Mosharaff Hossain Bhuiyan was declared prime accused in the graft case that centered round […]

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Japan to provide 76pc cost of Tk 21,985cr project aimed to improve Dhaka’s public transport Staff Correspondent In a major breakthrough following a nearly three-year hiatus, the government yesterday approved a project to set up the country’s first metro rail system in Dhaka at a cost of Tk 21,985 crore. A 20.1 kilometre elevated railway […]

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Law bars Home boss from holding top post in new bank MK Alamgir Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir may lose the chairmanship of the proposed Farmers’ Bank, as law does allow a minister to hold a position in a profit-making venture. Present and former officials of the central bank gave examples of some past incidents […]

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Finance Minister AMA Muhith Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Tuesday said the government is expecting a response from the World Bank about its next step on the Padma bridge project funding following the recent action taken by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC). “We hope to get a reaction from them (WB) clearing their position on the […]

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World Bank Country Director Ellen Goldstein on Tuesday said the decisions by the global lender regarding future project financing in Bangladesh depend on the outcome of its external panel’s assessment. “World Bank’s panel of internationally-recognised anti-corruption experts will issue a report assessing the adequacy of the Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigation once they have had an opportunity […]

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Commuters suffer due to thin presence of public transports; Rangpur City Corporation areas remain out of purview of shutdown Pro-hartal activists along with banners and placards gather at Purana Paltan in the city Tuesday morning demanding a ban on communal politics including that of Jamaat-e-Islami and ensuring quick trial of the war criminals. The countrywide […]

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Parents live on their nerves as schools go to lottery for admission December is the cruellest month for many a parent. It takes away their peace and serenity, as they shuttle between schools to get their children admitted. They wait for hours at school gates in shivering cold, spend their savings and do whatever is […]

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Abul spared, for now

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ACC finally sues 7, says role of ex-communications boss to be examined during case investigation Staff Correspondent After a year-long inquiry into the allegation over Padma bridge project, the Anti-Corruption Commission yesterday sued seven people for conspiring to commit bribery. The accused include former secretary of the Bridges Division Mosharraf Hossain Bhuiyan, but the anti-graft […]

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Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Monday stressed that the obstacles to begin Padma bridge’s construction work were removed through suing seven people for their alleged involvement in the graft conspiracy in the project. “The case has been filed. Work on the Padma bridge work will begin now,” he told reporters after a function […]

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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the people to speak up against the ongoing ‘conspiracy’ to hinder the political process. “There is a class that cannot face the people, but they wish to go to power. They do not have the courage to form a party and face the people,” she said. “They have […]

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