PROFESSOR YUNUS CONDEMNS GOVERNMENT ACTION IN CHANGING GRAMEEN BANK LAW

DHAKA, Nov. 6 (Yunus Center Press Release) — “I condemn the action of the Government of Bangladesh in changing the Grameen Bank law in the strongest language possible. Grameen Bank was created as a bank owned by poor women, and managed by  poor women. Its legal structure did not allow any government interference of any […]

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গ্রামীণ ব্যাংকের আইন পরিবর্তনের প্রতিবাদে প্রফেসর ইউনূসের তীব্র নিন্দা জ্ঞাপন

সরকার কর্তৃক গ্রামীণ ব্যাংকের আইনে পরিবর্তন আনাকে আমি আমার তীব্রতম ভাষায় নিন্দা জানাচ্ছি। গ্রামীণ ব্যাংক সৃষ্টি করাহয়েছিল গরীব মহিলাদের মালিকানায় এবং তাঁদের ব্যবস্থাপনায় একটা স্বশাসিত প্রতিষ্ঠান হিসেবে। এই আইনে গ্রামীণ ব্যাংকেসরকারের হস্তক্ষেপের কোন সুযোগ রাখা হয়নি। এই কারণেই গ্রামীণ ব্যাংক জাতিকে আন্তর্জাতিক সম্মানের সুউচ্চ শিখরে নিয়ে যেতেপেরেছিল। এখন সরকার এই আইন পরিবর্তন করে তাতে এমন সব সুযোগ সৃষ্টি করে দিয়েছে যাতে সরকার এই ব্যাংককে একশতভাগনিজস্ব নিয়ন্ত্রণে নিয়ে নিতে পারে। আইনের এই সংশোধনের ফলে গ্রামীণ ব্যাংকের চরিত্রে একটা মৌলিক পরিবর্তন নিয়ে আসা হলো।এর মাধ্যমে গ্রামীণ ব্যাংকের ধবংস অবধারিত হলো। আমি অত্যন্ত দুঃখিত যে কিছু অপরিনামদর্শী মানুষের বিবেচনাহীতার কারণে জাতির একটা পরম গৌরবের প্রতিষ্ঠানকে এই পরিণতিরদিকে ঠেলে দেয়ার মর্মান্তিক ঘটনাটি জাতিকে প্রত্যক্ষ করতে হলো। জাতি হিসেবে এখন আমাদের দৃঢ় সংকল্প নিতে হবে যাতে গ্রামীণ ব্যাংকের কোন অনিষ্ট হবার আগেই দ্রততম সময়ে আমরা এই আইনেরপরিবর্তনগুলি বর্জন করে ফেলতে পারি। দেশের সকল মানুষ, গ্রামীণ ব্যাংকের সকল ঋণগ্রহীতা-মালিক, তাদের পরিবারের সদস্যবর্গ,ব্যাংকের সকল কর্মচারী-কর্মকর্তা এলক্ষ্যে একযোগে এগিয়ে আসবেন – এই কামনা করছি। Source: Yunus Center Press Release

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India, Bangladesh to meet at border for joint retreat

Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde will meet Bangladeshi counterpart at the Indo-Bangla border’s Petrapole-Benapole post to flag-off the joint retreat ceremony between border forces of the two countries. Shinde along with Bangladesh Home Minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir will be present at the Petrapole-Benapole border on Wednesday, a BSF officer said, adding, that the director […]

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Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin says Bangladesh war crime trial was ‘corrupt’

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Move on to form Bangladesh poll-time cabinet

Dhaka, Nov 5 (IANS) Despite the main opposition alliance’s threat to boycott elections, the Bangladesh ruling coalition has initiated moves to form an all-party poll-time interim cabinet in line with PrimeMinister Sheikh Hasina’s proposal. “We’ll submit our resignation letters to the prime minister in a week,” Xinhua quoted Communications Minister Obaidul Quader, one of the influential members of the […]

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Bangladesh concludes mutiny trial, hundreds sentenced to death, life in prison

By Sharmin Akter DHAKA, Nov. 5 (NsNewsWire) — Hundreds of paramilitary soldiers have been sentenced to death and life in prison  for a two-day horrendous mutiny which left 74 people dead including 57 officers deputed from the Army. The Dhaka court awarded death to 152 personnel of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), previously known as Bangladesh Rifles […]

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Bangladeshi opposition’s hartal sparks violence

DHAKA, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) — A protester was shot dead and a dozen others including cops injured in stray incidents of violence in the early hours of Bangladesh’s opposition enforced countrywide 60- hour non-stop hartal which begins on Monday morning. Nasir Uddin, 24, a leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal, the student wing of ex-Prime Minister […]

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Al-Badar leaders sentenced to death for war crimes

DHAKA, Nov. 3 (nsnewswire) — A tribunal has issued death penalty verdict against two Al-Badar leaders,  who had masterminded the massacre of  intellectuals during the country’s war of independence in 1971.    The International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-2 pronounced the verdict  in absentia Sunday afternoon on a crime against humanity case, awarding death sentences to Chowdhury Moinuddin and Ashrafuzzaman […]

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Bangladesh opposition calls another three-day strike

DHAKA, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) — Bangladesh’s main opposition on Saturday called another round of nationwide non-stop 60-hour strike from Monday morning to press its demand for a non-party caretaker government to oversee the national elections slated for early 2014. Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir, acting secretary general of the main opposition party, in a press briefing […]

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