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>Bangladesh flushes out toilet corruption

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BANGLADESH’s anti-graft body has flushed out extensive corruption in government departments, including one case where 122 workers were paid to fix a single toilet, Reuters reports quoting the anti-graft body.

Colonel Hanif Iqbal, director general of the Anti-Corruption Commission, said the body had discovered more than 335 million taka ($4.8 million) had been misappropriated between 2000 and 2007 in nine regional offices of the state-run Bangladesh Telecommunications Company in Khulna.

Iqbal said the telecoms department showed a claim for 100 workers’ wages for repairs of electricity lines even though no work had been carried out.

Bangladesh’s army-backed interim government, which took over in January last year, has made fighting widespread corruption a top priority.

The global corruption watchdog Transparency International rated Bangladesh the world’s number one corrupt nation for five years until 2005.

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