Posts Tagged ‘ Padma Bridge ’

The guns of Bretton Woods

October 15, 2012
Rumi Ahmed
The guns of Bretton Woods

Joseph Kony is the leader of Uganda’s Lord’s Resistance Army and is the person responsible for creating the 100,000 strong army of enslaved child soldiers, many of whose parents Kony killed to force the children work for him.
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7 lessons learnt from the Padma bridge affair

September 23, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
7 lessons learnt from the Padma bridge affair

Now that the Padma bridge has returned, one also hopes that the lessons will be learnt as well. We were not sure what led to the World Bank rethink but it did and we are all happy.
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Posted in Corruption, Democracy | 25 Comments »

Fair enough, but release the World Bank letter Madame Prime Minister!

July 31, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
Fair enough, but release the World Bank letter Madame Prime Minister!

“They suddenly raised the issue. I asked them myself give me proof and they could not give any substantial proof”. That was the response of the Bangladesh Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina to the reporter from BBC programme “HARDtalk” during an interview on Monday, July 30, 2012.
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Posted in Corruption, Development, Politics | 23 Comments »

Padma: Not just the bridge we tend to think

July 25, 2012
Wasi Ahmed
Padma: Not just the bridge we tend to think

Talking about Padma the other day a colleague of mine, an elderly and an erudite one, came up with an utterly new piece of analysis. Try as I did to disagree, I must thank him for the ingenuity with which he was able to firm up his analysis.
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Posted in Development | 25 Comments »

The World Bank’s cancellation is a blessing in disguise

July 12, 2012
Nofel Wahid
The World Bank’s cancellation is a blessing in disguise

Moses has reached the mountain, finally! It took a $3 billion political crisis to make it happen, but it has happened nonetheless.
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Posted in Development | 28 Comments »

Yes we are corrupt; live with it!

July 9, 2012
Kayes Ahmed
Yes we are corrupt; live with it!

The Padma River Bridge funding debacle has taken place… and… um… to no one’s great surprise! OK, the ministers and the officialdom are surprised, shocked and dismayed! The bellyaching has begun in earnest.
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Posted in Corruption | 23 Comments »

Dear Madam Prime Minister…

Dear Madam Prime Minister…

I have often written about my fantasy of having a hotline to your Prime Minister, and being able to give my opinion any time I choose.
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Posted in Corruption, Democracy, Development, Politics, Technology | 19 Comments »

The Blame Bank

July 4, 2012
Rubana Huq
The Blame Bank

Adam started the blame agenda. In fact, he started the double-inclusive blame game when he responded to God: “The woman whom Thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
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Padma credit line gone: Not the end of the world

July 4, 2012
Wasi Ahmed
Padma credit line gone: Not the end of the world

The World Bank’s (WB) scrapping of its credit line for the Padma multipurpose bridge — the country’s largest infrastructure project is bad news, though it was not totally unexpected as some people tend to make others believe so.
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No ‘Bridge’ over troubled waters?

July 2, 2012
Afsan Chowdhury
No ‘Bridge’ over troubled waters?

The World Bank’s refusal to fund the Padma Bridge construction on grounds of corruption is the proverbial shit hitting the fan. The World Bank says that it had asked for action on ‘corruption’ relating to this case
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Posted in Corruption | 16 Comments »

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