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Bangladesh Cabinet passes right to information law

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The advisory council of Bangladesh has given final approval to a new Right to Information Law 2008 to increase accountability of government institutions and establish good governance in the country.

As per the ordinance the related officials supply primary information on issues including arrests and releases within 24 hours. The ordinance keeps a provision for fines up to Tk 5,000 if the concerned official does not provide the proper information. The cabinet on June 18 approved the ordinance provisionally. The ordinance is meant to ensure people's right to information and to increase accountability of government institutions and curb corruption and establish good governance.

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