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Govt wants WB to review decision

The government hopes that the World Bank will reconsider its decision to cancel the funding of the Padma bridge project, Finance Minister AMA Muhith said yesterday.

Govt now focuses on alternatives

A day after the World Bank scrapped the loan agreement for the Padma bridge construction, the government said it had “alternative sources” to finance the largest infrastructure project of the country.

Muhith responds to WB

* WB statement insulting, undesirable, mysterious

Full text of govt statement on Padma

Dear journalist friends of the print and electronic media :
The World Bank in a statement yesterday announced that it had cancelled the loan agreement signed with Bangladesh for the Padma Bridge financing. In the statement, the WB alleges that Bangladesh did not take appropriate steps to prevent a corruption-related conspiracy. It also claims it had sought the Bangladesh government's consent on three issues but did not get it.

WB suggested freezing Abul's bank accounts

Anti-Corruption Commission Chairman Ghulam Rahman yesterday said the World Bank had earlier this year suggested that the commission seize the bank accounts and travel documents of former communications minister Syed Abul Hossain and high officials of his family-owned company SAHCO.

WB asked for removal of minister

The government yesterday released a set of letters it had earlier sent to the World Bank on the Padma bridge issue.

Charge sheet to be challenged

A Narsingdi court yesterday accepted the charge sheet that was submitted clearing 11 of the 14 accused in the killing case of Narsingdi mayor Lokman Hossain.

Padma bridge graft culprits to be tried

BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said if her party was elected to power in future, the people involved in the Padma bridge corruption would be brought to justice.

Spain crush Italy to retain title

Defending champions Spain secured an unprecedented third successive major trophy as they beat Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final here Sunday.

Gun attack at Jubo League office, 3 hurt

Three leaders and activists of pro-Awami League youth body Jubo League were injured as unidentified miscreants opened fire on them inside their party office in the capital's Mohakhali yesterday.

Ghulam Azam, others aided Pak army

Historian Muntassir Mamoon yesterday told International Crimes Tribunal-1 how some political parties and their leaders, including Jamaat-e-Islami and its former ameer Ghulam Azam, aided the Pakistani occupation forces to commit genocide during the Liberation War.

Refugees to be taken back

Myanmar yesterday reiterated its decision to take back its citizens staying both in and outside two refugee camps and also in prisons in Bangladesh after verification of their nationality.

Myanmar president's visit deferred

Myanmar President Thein Sein's visit to Bangladesh has been deferred to a later date after Ramadan due to sectarian violence in the northern Rakhine state.

Assam floods toll rises to 77

With the current spell of floods and landslides claiming 77 lives in Assam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi are scheduled to visit the affected areas today.

3 sensational murder cases on priority list

The government yesterday added three murder cases, including that of journalist couple Sagar and Runi, on the list of sensational cases under the home ministry's monitoring cell.

Flood victims face food, water crises

The flood situation worsened further in Sirajganj, Bogra and Gaibandha districts but remained static in Kurigram yesterday.

Tremor jolts country

A moderate earthquake, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, jolted some parts of the country including Dhaka and its adjoining areas yesterday.

Rangpur turns city corporation

The Rangpur municipality, located in north-western part of the country, has been turned into a city corporation.

Govt to try killers of journalists

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said she asked the home ministry for taking measures for holding the trial of the killers of journalists as the government wanted to ensure justice.

Court order on Aug 5

A Dhaka court yesterday fixed August 5 for delivering an order on whether it would accept charges against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia and three others in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.

Voting opens in Senegal

Senegal began voting in a legislative election yesterday with President Macky Sall seeking a majority to put his policies into action after ousting the veteran former leader from office in a March poll.

PLO calls for UN Security Council meet on settlements

The Palestine Liberation Organisation called on Saturday for an emergency UN Security Council meeting on Israel's policy of building Jewish settlements on Palestinian land.

Editorial

Extra-judicial killings

The number of extra-judicial killings in the first half of the year, according to a report of Ain Shalish Kendro, a dynamic human rights organisation, stands at 63. Neither numerically, or breakup-wise in terms of the agencies killing them off the situation is any better than in the corresponding period of last year.

Relocating tanneries

The continuing delay in relocating Hazaribagh tanneries to Savar is inexcusable. One of the reasons for Buriganga's extremely bad state is the effluents that run off into this river which is the lifeline of the capital. All the leather factories should have been moved to the new location with an ETP set up in the new leather estate by February 2010, according to a Supreme Court order.

Sports

Spain rewrite history in style

Spain confirmed their status as one of the greatest national teams in football history by overwhelming Italy 4-0 in Sunday's Euro 2012 final in Kiev to retain their European crown.

Sublime Iniesta

'The Greatest' Muhammad Ali once said he "floats like a butterfly and stings like a bee" and now he seems to have found a worthy successor, although not in the ring.

120 to get BCB contract

One hundred and twenty cricketers will be brought under central contracts by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), it was announced at the end of an emergency meeting yesterday.

MSC arrest Police

Star-studded Mohammedan SC kept their winning spree intact in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League when they thrashed Bangladesh Police AC 8-0 in their third match at the Maulana Bhasani Hockey Stadium yesterday.

Phelps beats Ryan again

Michael Phelps has regained his title as the world's best swimmer; for now. The Olympic legend defeated Ryan Lochte in their third duel in a U.S trials final on Saturday night, narrowly out touching him by .09 seconds in the 200 IM.

Eng tour over for Cummins

Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins was ruled out of the remainder of the one-day series against England on Sunday after suffering a side strain in the opening match at Lord's on Friday.

Andy bade bye?

As Andy Roddick walked off Wimbledon's Centre Court after his third-round defeat by David Ferrer on Saturday, he blew a kiss and waved to the crowd in a manner which suggested the three-time runner-up might not be returning.

Sk Russel beat BJMC

Sheikh Russel KC ended their Grameenphone Bangladesh Premier League their campaign on a winning note when they handed a 3-2 defeat to newcomers Team BJMC at the Bangabandhu National Stadium yesterday.

Murray beats curfew

Andy Murray reached the Wimbledon fourth round on Saturday with a 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1 win over Marcos Baghdatis in a match which finished just past the 11:00pm Centre Court curfew.

Pakistan pegged back by rain

Azhar Ali smashed 157 and Mohammad Hafeez narrowly missed a double century but wet weather dampened Pakistan's hopes of forcing a result over hosts Sri Lanka in the second Test on Sunday.

England take 2-0 lead

Ravi Bopara starred with both bat and ball as England coasted to a six-wicket win over Australia with 26 balls to spare in the second one-day international (ODI) at The Oval here on Sunday.

U-19 Asia Cup title shared

For the second time in two matches, there was very little separating India and Pakistan's under-19 teams, as they tied the final of the Asia Cup in Kuala Lumpur in dramatic fashion on Sunday.

WI thump Black Caps

West Indies crushed New Zealand by 56 runs in the first Twenty20 international on Saturday with Kieron Pollard and Chris Gayle hitting impressive half-centuries.

Casillas reflective

Ahead of Sunday's Euro 2012 final against Italy, Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas admitted he still had difficulty taking in the scale of his achievements with the national team over the last four years.

Villa, Puyol in attendance

David Villa and Carles Puyol will attend Spain's European Championship final against Italy as spectators after missing the tournament because of injury.

Blanc, France part ways

Laurent Blanc will not be staying on as France coach after his contract expires on Saturday, the French federation said, with Dider Deschamps tipped as the favourite to take the job.

Buffon lauds mentality

Italy have a special ability to achieve beyond their means in times of difficulty, according to captain and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.

Academies of joy

The success of the Spanish national team is mainly down to the efficiency of its clubs' soccer academies and the high quality of coaching staff, coach Vicente del Bosque said.

Bale set to miss Olympics

Tottenham Hotspur's Welsh winger Gareth Bale is set to miss out on a place in the Great Britain Olympic football team after suffering a back injury in training.

Keep your head Balo, says Cassano

Antonio Cassano has urged his Italy strike partner Mario Balotelli to control his aggression during the Euro 2012 final against Spain.

Awards don't motivate Iniesta

Andres Iniesta will head into Sunday's Euro 2012 final with little thought for personal honours, despite many tipping the Spaniard to win the Player of the Tournament award.

Kanoute next to head to China

China's growing popularity as the preferred destination for ageing former English Premier League players shows no sign of slowing with striker Frederic Kanoute completing a move to Beijing Guoan, the Chinese Super League side said.

Business

RanksTel stages a comeback

Leading private land-phone operator RanksTel yesterday relaunched its operations after a lull of more than two years.

Half-baked steps keep RMG sector restive

The government-backed crisis management committees can hardly contribute to reining in violence in the garment sector due to a lack of cooperation among the local lawmakers, garment owners and administrations.

NBR's income tax receipts grow 23pc

Income tax receipts soared 23 percent in the immediate past fiscal year, exceeding the collection target, thanks to taxmen's intensive vigilance and efforts to net more taxpayers.

Govt directs limiting Ramadan profit to 10pc

The commerce ministry yesterday directed commodity retailers to limit profits on Ramadan sales to 10 percent with an immediate effect.

Ruposhi Bangla owner takes over Bangabandhu conference centre

Bangladesh Services Ltd (BSL), the owning company of Ruposhi Bangla Hotel, took over the management and operations of Bangabandhu International Conference Centre yesterday.

Demutualisation of bourses soon: officials

Officials of bourses yesterday vowed to demutualise their stock exchanges within six months after enactment of a law on demutualisation.

Indian PM raises hopes of fresh economic reforms

Investors are hoping Premier Manmohan Singh, who unleashed radical reforms that turned around India's economy two decades ago, can work some similar magic after assuming the finance portfolio once again.

Airtel launches 'name tunes'

Airtel yesterday announced “name tunes” for its mobile customers in Bangladesh, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Indian gold imports could pick up in July-Dec

India's gold imports could pick up in the second half of 2012 if record prices ease but annual volumes will still fall about 30 percent after a tax hike, which could crimp demand until 2014, the head of Mumbai's gold trade association said.

Asia Insurance re-elects chairman

Yussuf Abdullah Harun, has recently been re-elected as chairman of Asia Insurance, the company said in a statement yesterday.

Merkel seen as big loser in euro zone showdown

Angela Merkel was portrayed across Europe as the big loser of a euro zone showdown in Brussels after the German chancellor was forced to accept the crisis-fighting measures championed by countries struggling with their debts.

Road to nowhere: Longest expressway India never had

In a wheat field near the mighty Ganges river stands a cracked foundation stone surrounded by nibbling goats and farmers driving their cattle in the baking sun.

'Strikingly' few women in Asia's top jobs

Companies in Asia's leading economies have "strikingly" few women in senior jobs, missing out on a vital pool of talent to fuel the region's growth, consultancy firm McKinsey & Company said Sunday.

Haier aims for Europe and 'Made in China' upgrade

Chinese appliance and electronics giant Haier is aiming to expand into Europe with higher-end products, helping to upgrade China's reputation for churning out mostly cheap, low-quality goods.

Investors warm to Facebook after IPO flop

After a dire stock market debut, Facebook has clawed back a large chunk of its losses as investors look past the flubbed initial public offering and gradually warm to the leading social network.

Creativity speaks for itself at Cannes

Cannes. More often than not, people associate the city in the French Riviera with the world's oldest, prestigious and the most influential of film festivals, the Cannes International Film Festival. But the city, every year, not long after the film festival ends, flocks in another bunch of artistic minds for the Cannes Lion International Festival of Creativity.

Budget too weak to combat poverty

The budget for the year 2012-13 seems to be based on a bureaucratic mindset. The outlay is fat with a deficit of Tk 52,000 crore and the glimpses are to impress the common people.

Early detection is cost-effective

A leading healthcare expert yesterday called for early detection of diabetes and primary intervention as improving diabetic care is more cost-effective than treating its complications.

Metropolitan

Prof Yunus becomes chancellor

Nobel Laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus has been chosen as chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University, a public university in Glasgow, Scotland.

Professional skills, Liberation War spirit among top criteria: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the senior army officials to consider professional efficiency, the spirit of the Liberation War, leadership, discipline, honesty, trust worthiness and loyalty as the criteria for promotion.

DSCC fixes meat prices for Ramadan

The Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) yesterday fixed the prices of beef and mutton for the upcoming month of Ramadan.

Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal has no case

The Sylhet Divisional Speedy Trial Tribunal is running without any case as no case was referred to the special court in recent months.

Arrest warrants against 14 officials

Following two cases filed in two courts in Chittagong, arrest warrants were issued yesterday against 14 Unipay2u officials including its chairman and managing director on charge of misappropriating Tk 5.12 crore.

24 BNP activists hurt in BCL attack

At least 24 activists of opposition BNP and its front organisations were injured in an attack launched by ruling Awami League backed Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) activists at Gournadi upazila town in Barisal district yesterday afternoon.

Poba demands national hill management policy

Leaders of Poribesh Bachao Andolon (Poba) yesterday formed a human chain demanding formulation of a national hill management policy to stop hill cutting, deforestation, and unplanned human settlements, which are causing landslides in Chittagong.

VC rebukes errant doctors

Vice Chancellor of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) Dr Pran Gopal Datta warned a number of doctors who were either absent in their duties or were late in attending office at the hospital yesterday.

Giant Amazon Water Lily wows visitors

A murmur of appreciation rose from a crowd peering at a water tub housing a curious looking lily having leaves broad enough for a man to sit on.

8 killed, 10 injured in road crashes

Eight people were killed and 10 others injured in separate road accidents in Mymensingh, Chittagong, Rangpur, Lalmonirhat and Meherpur on Saturday and yesterday.

Journos protest ban on access to ACC

Leaders of different journalist organisations in a joint statement yesterday protested the ban on journalists' access to Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) office and the restriction on providing information regarding corruption to the media.

DU's founding anniversary celebrated

Dhaka University students, teachers and staff celebrated the university's 91st anniversary amid fanfair and festivity yesterday.

14 Shibir men arrested

Seven Islami Chhatra Shibir activists were arrested yesterday after they clashed with Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) men in the vicinity of Bara Aulia Degree College in Lohagara upazila in Chittagong.

2 schoolgirls drown

Two schoolgirls drowned in Begunbari Jheel in the capital's Tejgaon Industrial area yesterday.

Judgment on Amin, Ahsanul July 8

Judgment of a Yaba haul case filed against businessman Amin Huda, nephew of businessman Aziz Mohammad Bhai, and his close aide Ahsanul Haque Hasan, will be delivered on July 8.

CDs, cassettes stolen from ATN Bangla

Some compact discs and cassettes containing important information were stolen from the archive of ATN Bangla's Karwan Bazar office, reported the private TV channel.

Abul Hossain terms it unexpected

Information and Communication Technology Minister Syed Abul Hossain yesterday said the way World Bank cancelled its $ 1.2 billion credit for the Padma bridge project and blamed Bangladesh for it was unexpected and regrettable.

Koko's charge framing hearing deferred again

A Dhaka court yesterday deferred till August 5 the hearing on charge framing against Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, in a tax evasion case.

AL to pay high price for graft

Former president Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said Awami League will have to pay a high price for corruption in the Padma bridge project if the next election is held under a neutral government.

Steel mill in Ctg fined

Department of Environment (DoE) fined a steel mill Tk 25 lakh on charges of polluting the environment and running its activities without the approval of the DoE in Chittagong city yesterday.

Bangladesh Tourism Board opens official website

Bangladesh Tourism Board yesterday launched its official website to make the country's tourism related information available for tourists.

IDLC, ABC Radio become partners

IDLC Finance Limited, the largest multi-product non-banking financial institution in Bangladesh, has become a partner of ABC Radio, one of Bangladesh's leading FM radio stations, in sponsoring various initiatives regarding environmental and social responsibilities.

47 BNP activists get bail in Ctg

A Chittagong court yesterday granted bail to 47 activists of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) in two cases over attacking police and vandalising and torching vehicles on Chittagong-Dhaka highway at Sitakunda upazila on June 24.

Fema elects its new committee

The annual general meeting of Free Election Movement Association (Fema) elected its new committee for next three years on Friday.

JU VC hands over Tk 2 lakh cheque to Zubair's father

Jahangirnagar University (JU) Vice Chancellor Prof Anwar Hossain handed over a cheque of Tk 2 lakh to Zubair Ahmed's father at the former's office on the campus yesterday.

Obituary

Dr Md Muzibur Rahman Shamim, senior registrar of Internal Medicine Department of Apollo Hospitals Dhaka, died of cardiac arrest at the hospital yesterday at the age of 39.

National

Passengers suffer as buses go off roads in 6 districts

Bus owners and workers enforced an indefinite strike in six southern districts yesterday, demanding ban on plying of shallow engine-driven vehicles on highways.

98 brick kilns in Barisal continue operation defying DoE notices

Ninety-eight brick fields across the district have continued their illegal operation, despite several notices from the Department of Environment (DoE).

Bipul's 'main killer' still at large

Hajee Danesh Science and Technology University (HSTU) of Dinajpur, which was closed on June 11 following the death of a student, reopened yesterday.

BCL men foil freshers' reception in Ishwardi

A freshers' reception programme at Pakshey Railway Degree College in Ishwardi upazila was yesterday foiled allegedly by BCL men.

Jubo League activists held on extortion charge

Police arrested three Jubo league activists in an extortion case filed with Baufal police station yesterday.

Trader stabbed to death

A rice trader was stabbed to death at Khaskhamar village of Atrai upazila in Naogaon on Saturday night. The deceased was identified as Golam Mostofa, 48, son of late Enayetullah of Khaskhamar village under Bisha union in the upazila. Abdul Latif, officer in-charge (OC) of Atrai police station, said criminals stabbed Golam Mostofa indiscriminately at around 9:30pm when he was returning home from the embankment of Nagor River, near his house. The criminals fled the scene after he died on the spot. Police suspected that Mostafa was killed over previous enmity. Police arrested one suspected killer Abdul Jabbar, son of Madari Sardar, of Khaskhamar village yesterday.

Child marriage bid foiled

Trishal upazila administration with the help of local journalists yesterday foiled a bid for child marriage at village Chakrampur. According to sources, Moyna Khatun, 11, daughter of Nizamuddin Nizu, also a Class Seven student of Rampur High School was set to be married with one Emdadul Haque, son of Abdul Gafur of the same village today. Moyna, daughter of a betel-leaf vendor, refused the proposal but her step-mother pressed repeatedly for the marriage, locals said. On information, a team led by upazila nirbahi officer (UNO) of Trishal Md. Mizanur Rahman, rushed to the spot and stopped the marriage.

Arms recovered

Police recovered one foreign made pistol, one gun and three bullets at Baralia village in Sadar upazila on Saturday. On secret information that some youngsters were moving suspiciously in the Mesturibari area of the village, a team of police of Dattapara investigation centre raided the area in the afternoon. Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, the gang fled the scene, leaving the arms and ammunition behind.

Man, son murdered

A man and his son were killed and three others injured in a clash over a piece of disputed land at Polashgora village in Durgapur upazila on Saturday morning. The deceased were identified as Billal Mia, 45, and his son Al-Amin, 22, of the village. Police and local sources said there had been a conflict between Billal and one Sekander Mia of the same village over the land for last few days. The supporters of the rivals attacked each other with lethal weapons, leaving the duo dead on the spot following an altercation over the issue at around 9:00am.

International

Powers agree Syria deal

World powers struck an agreement that a transitional government should be set up in Syria to end the conflict there but they remained at odds over what part President Bashar al-Assad might play in the process.

Main Points Of Geneva Deal

TRANSITION GOVERNMENT: Could include members of the present government and the opposition and shall be formed on the basis of mutual consent.

Egypt military cede power to new leader

After being sworn in as the country's first freely elected civilian president on Saturday, Morsi formally received a transfer of power and pledge of support from the military.

Hong Kong elects new leader amid protests

Tens of thousands of protestors took to the streets of Hong Kong yesterday, adamant there was nothing to cheer as the former British colony marked 15 years of Chinese rule and swore in a new leader.

Oil sanctions on Iran comes into effect

A European Union embargo on Iranian oil went into effect yesterday, provoking anger in Tehran which says the measure will hurt talks with world powers over its sensitive nuclear activities.

Drone kills 8 in Pakistan

A US drone aircraft killed eight suspected Islamist militants in northwest Pakistan yesterday, security officials said.

16 killed in Kenya church attacks

Gunmen killed 16 people and wounded dozens when they opened fire and hurled grenades into two churches in the eastern Kenyan town of Garissa yesterday, officials said, in the latest in a string of attacks.

Iceland leader wins fifth term

Iceland's President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson is set for a record fifth term in office after facing down a challenge from a well-known television reporter who had a new baby on the campaign trail.

Mexico set to elect new president

Mexicans were voting in an election to elect a new president amid a weak economy and raging war on drugs.

Australia introduces carbon tax

Australia yesterday introduced a controversial carbon tax in a bid to tackle climate change, with Prime Minister Julia Gillard hailing the move amid opposition warnings it will stifle industry.

Israel's ex-PM Shamir dies

Ex-prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, a former soldier, spy and statesman, has died at the age of 96, Israeli officials announced on Saturday.

Suu Kyi delays parliament debut

Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has decided not to attend a new session of parliament this week to give herself time to recover from a gruelling European tour, her party said yesterday.

Tribal clashes kill 47 in Libya

Renewed tribal clashes in the Libyan city of Kufra have claimed at least 47 lives and left more than 100 others wounded in three days, local leaders and a medic told AFP on Saturday.

Arts & Entertainment

Madhusudan's 139th death anniversary observed in Sagordari

The 139th death anniversary of the pioneer of Bengali sonnets, Michael Madhusudan Dutta, was observed at Madhu Mancho premises in Sagardari village under Keshob purupazila of Jessore district with great enthusiasm on June 29. The event was organised by Madhusudan Academy.

Monsoon melodies and Bangla classics at Srotar Ashor

Renowned singer Khairul Anam Shakil performed in an hour-long solo musical soiree at Ramesh Chandra Datta Smriti Milonkendra of Chhayanaut Shangskriti Bhaban in Dhaka on June 30. Panchabhaskar arranged the soiree titled, “Srotar Ashor”. The artiste rendered an array of music including raga based monsoon melodies along with several golden oldies, ghazal and many more.

Khulna divisional Rabindra theatre festival ends

A six- day Khulna divisional Rabindra theatre festival ended in Kushtia on Saturday night amidst festivity.

100th show of “Ekti Obastob Golpo” in Chittagong

The 100th staging of the play “Ekti Obastob Golpo” was held at the Theatre Institute Chittagong last Friday evening much to the delight of local theatre enthusiasts.

An evening of Nazrul Sangeet in Manikganj

'Nazrul Sandhya', an evening of songs and poems of the National Poet Kazi Nazrul Islam, was held at District Sports Association auditorium in Manikganj recently.

I want to make a ‘great movie’-- Woody Allen

Approaching 80 with a handful of Oscars under his belt, American film veteran Woody Allen says what drives him still is the desire to make a great movie.

Theatre festival featuring 100 plays on Liberation War begins today

A two weeklong theatre festival, featuring over 100 plays based on the Liberation War, begins today at the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, as chief guest, is expected to inaugurate the grand festival. The inaugural ceremony will take place this afternoon at 4pm at the National Theatre Hall of the academy in Dhaka.

Rahman and Boyle working together on Olympics track

After their Oscar-winning association in “Slumdog Millionaire”, Indian composer A.R. Rahman and British film director Danny Boyle are coming together again -- this time for the inaugural programme of the London Olympics.

OP-ED

Padma Bridge: From challenge to opportunity?

In the wake of the World Bank's (WB) cancellation of its contract with the Government of Bangladesh for $1.2 billion credit for the Padma Bridge, the government faces an acid-test which like any challenge in life can be converted into opportunity. This can, however, happen only if the government shuns the apparent denial syndrome and generates the courage and commitment to ensure a fully independent, credible investigation into the allegations of corruption and deliver exemplary punishment, if found guilty.

A bridge too far

I have deliberately "misappro-priated" the title of an epic movie for this piece. And I must confess that there couldn't have been a more appropriate title for this article that deals with, what I like to call, the Padma Bridge disaster. Those who are conversant with military history will find a parallel between the botched Allied operations to capture, among other bridges, the most important bridge in Arnhem in occupied Holland. The episode has been captured in an epic 1977 movie titled, "A Bridge Too Far."

Melancholic reflections on the Padma Bridge fiasco

The World Bank has finally cancelled the assistance agreement for construction of the Padma Bridge. Our worst apprehension has come true. What has happened is really very unfortunate. It is doubly embarrassing because of the alleged reason for cancellation of the agreement.

This Day In History

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1555
The Ottoman Admiral Turgut Reis sacks the Italian city of Paola.

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WB scraps Padma loan



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