Last updated 03/12/2010
Dhaka Jamaat Ameer held after release on bail
The detectives on Friday arrested Dhaka city chief of Jamaat-e-Islami in the Dhaka Central Jail area soon after he had walked out of the prison.
Jamaat’s acting secretary general ATM Azharul Islam condemned and protested the arrest of the city unit Jamaat chief and announced countrywide demonstration programme at all the district headquarters for Saturday [The Daily Star] FULL STORY
Yunus made Tk7bn kill: TV report
Dhaka, Dec 1 (bdnews24.com)—Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus siphoned off nearly Tk 7 billion (100 million dollars) in aid from Grameen Bank to his own company back in 1996, the Norwegian TV says in startling revelation.
An investigative foreign TV documentary "Fanget i Mikrogjeld" or "Caught in Micro debt" aired on Tuesday on the National Norwegian Television, NRK shows 'the banker to the poor' transferred the money, meant for poor, to Grameen Kalyan, which was in no way involved with micro-credit operations.
The film, premiered on Tuesday, quotes Professor Jonathan Morduch from New York University saying that Grameen Bank, which also won the Nobel Peace prize alongside Yunus, received $ 175 million dollars in subsidies to give tiny loans to mini entrepreneurs.
The numerous secret documents, which have never been published before and some of which are available on the bdnews24.com website, reveal Yunus breached the agreement on housing loans. And when the Norway Embassy, Norwegian aid agency Norad and the Economic Relations Division in Bangladesh pressured him to return the money to Grameen Bank, he gave back less than some Tk 2 billion ($ 30 million). [bdnews24.com] FULL STORY
'Stop serving foreign interests'
Dhaka, Nov 30 (bdnews24.com) -- The National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports has threatened to sue those who are serving interests of foreign countries at the cost of nation's coal resources.
A statement, signed by its convenor Sheikh Mohammed Shahidullah and secretary general Anu Mohammad, carried the threat on Tuesday.
The statement said that from the news published in the mass media, the committee had been informed that the recommendation made by the parliamentary standing committee on energy and power had gone in favour of open-pit mining in Barapukuria and Phulbari.
The national committee said the recommendation is part of a greater conspiracy against national interest and to execute agenda of other countries.
All conspirators will be brought to justice if any such attempts are made by destroying water resources and arable land, the statement added.
It further said that the suggestion was made after UK-based Asia Energy and Germany-based RWE AG companies had arranged a trip for the committee members to visit an open-pit coal mine in Germany.[bdnews24.com] FULL STORY
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