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WB, ACC talk fails to reach consensus on action against Abul; anti-graft body to reinvestigate corruption allegation; expert team departs Gloom reappeared over the Padma bridge project as the World Bank team yesterday headed for the WB headquarters in Washington last night seemingly unhappy over the omission of ex-minister Syed Abul Hossain as a top […]

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Bangladesh ranked 13th from bottom in TI’s corruption index remains static ranking 13th from the bottom in terms of curbing corruption, according to Transparency International’s annual corruption perceptions index (CPI) released on Wednesday. In 2011, the country was also ranked 13th from the bottom. The country however slipped by 24 steps to 144th place out […]

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External panel appreciates open discussion with ACC; after the meeting the panel left for airport In this December 1 photo, a World Bank team arrives at Anti-Corruption Commission’s head office in the capital to hold a meeting on the anti-graft body’s progress in investigations into the Padma bridge project corruption. The meeting between the visiting […]

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The government is set to begin negotiation with donors to secure funding for the metro rail and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects from the next week. Funding for construction of three new bridges will also be finalised by the end of this month. The bridges are: Kanchpur, Meghna and Meghna-Gumti. “Negotiation for Jica’s Tk 16,594 […]

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HC also asks to remove bridge over Dwaki river in 15 days The High Court on Wednesday directed the government to declare Dwaki river at Jaflong in Sylhet as ecologically critical area within a month to protect its environment. Delivering a verdict on a writ petition, the HC directed the authorities to remove within 15 […]

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Bangladesh has long been a byword for calamity in the rest of the world, a punch line, a metonymy for doom and disaster. It is only when something catastrophic occurs that the world pays attention to our small delta nation on the Bay of Bengal. A quick search for “Bangladesh” on the New York Times […]

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Abul stumbling block

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WB team not happy; ACC’s draft probe report excludes him from the list of people to be sued; meeting again today The meeting between the World Bank’s external panel and the Anti-Corruption Commission ended inconclusively yesterday, as the panel was unhappy at the commission’s bid to drop the name of ex-communications minister Syed Abul Hossain […]

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Patterns for sweatshirts and tank tops emblazoned with US Marine Corps logos at fire-ravaged Tazreen factory. Order forms and design specs for sweatshirts and tank tops emblazoned with US Marine Corps insignia and logos have been found inside the smouldering wreckage of the Tazreen Fashions factory, activists in Bangladesh have told ABC News. Worker rights […]

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PM hands over Tk 6 lakh for each dead, vows to find out ‘arson instigators’ Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina consoles a wailing relative of a victim of Tazreen Fashions blaze. She handed over cheques to the relatives of the fire victims at her office in the capital yesterday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday handed over […]

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In this December 1 photo, a World Bank team arrives at Anti-Corruption Commission’s head office in the capital to hold a meeting on the anti-graft body’s progress in investigations into the Padma bridge project corruption. The Anti-Corruption Commission and the World Bank external panel could not reach a consensus on Tuesday regarding inclusion and exclusion […]

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The ICT -2 on Tuesday asked a Bangladesh Protidin reporter to appear before it with a written statement explaining why contempt of court charges should not be brought against him for his report making a prediction on the verdict of war crimes trial. Reporter Ahmed Al Ameen will have to appear before the International Crimes […]

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India wants to export goods to northeast through Bangladeshi territory India is diverting Tista River total flow at Gazaldoba Barrage. (Google Earth 22.02.2011). UNB, Dhaka Foreign Minister Dipu Moni on Tuesday pushed India for the conclusion of an agreement for Teesta water sharing and ratification of the Land Boundary Agreement 1974 and its Protocol signed […]

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