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TIB to mark International Anti-Corruption Day

The local chapter of the Germany-based anti corruption watchdog, Transparency International, Bangladesh, well known as TIB, would hold several programmes to mark the international anti-corruption day on December 9.

The programmes include: human chain, awards distribution among youths, cartoon, art and photo competitions, essay contest, speech competition, discussion, photo exhibition, information fair, cultural function, video programmes and civic oaths against corruption, said a press release here today.

The human chain would be held at 10.30am tomorrow at Central Shaheed Minar premises, where Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Professor AAMS Arefic Siddique, TIB Executive Director Dr Iftekharuzzaman and representatives from youth groups are scheduled to join.

Swedish Ambassador to Bangladesh Johan Frisell would attend a separate meeting which is scheduled at 4pm on Thursday at Drik gallery in city's Dhanmondi area. Awards would be given to the successful cartoonists and photographers.

Six dedicated buses would carry anti-corruption messages on their bodies for three months in capital Dhaka since December 11 as part of communicating key messages against corruption in society.

According to the United Nations (UN), corruption is a serious crime that can undermine social and economic development in all societies-where no country, region or community is immune. This year UNODC and UNDP have developed a global campaign focusing on how corruption affects education, health, justice, democracy, prosperity and development.

The 2016 joint international campaign focuses on corruption as one of the biggest impediments to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Every year $1 trillion is paid in bribes while an estimated $2.6 trillion are stolen annually through corruption - a sum equivalent to more than 5 per cent of the global gross domestic product.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)