Friday, September 22, 2023

All eyes on HC

Order on Yunus ‘removal’ today; BNP asks govt to scrap decision
The High Court gives its order today on a writ petition of Prof Muhammad Yunus, who challenged his removal from Grameen Bank, amid calls at home and abroad for treating the Nobel laureate gracefully.
Bangladesh Bank sought to remove Yunus from the post of managing director of Grameen Bank for “holding on to the position without prior permission from the regulator.” Yunus’ removal from Grameen Bank set off an uproar in and outside the country.
The HC bench of justices Momtaz Uddin Ahmed and Gobinda Chandra Tagore on Thursday fixed March 6 for giving order on Yunus’ petition after a hearing, Attorney General Mahbubey Alam told The Daily Star yesterday.
Yunus, who founded Grameen Bank three decades ago, went to the court on Thursday, and challenged a directive of the central bank that arbitrarily and unceremoniously removed him from Grameen without serving any show cause notice, said Yunus’ counsels.
The court set Sunday for a verdict on the petition of Yunus, who maintains that he had been appointed to the post in line with the laws that govern the bank — a sharp contrast to the claims of the central bank and the government.
Nine directors of the microfinance institution jointly filed another writ petition with the High Court, challenging the legality of Yunus’ removal.
Meantime, the main opposition BNP demanded withdrawal of the government decision to remove the microcredit pioneer from Grameen.
The government decision has angered Yunus’ well-wishers as well as thousands of Grameen borrowers and depositors, and the international community.
The government on Thursday clarified its stance on Yunus and Grameen Bank to diplomats and representatives of Bangladesh’s development partners, who seemed unconvinced by its arguments.
US Ambassador James F Moriarty did not hold back his country’s concern after his meeting with Finance Minister AMA Muhith on Thursday.
Senator John Kerry, chairman of the United States senate committee on foreign relations, has also expressed concern over Yunus’ removal from Grameen. He said the international community would keep a close eye on the situation.
Friends of Grameen, an international effort to save Yunus and Grameen Bank, has accused the government of plotting to take over the organisation that has 83 lakh borrowers in Bangladesh alone. Former Irish President Mary Robinson leads the effort.
Meanwhile, BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir demanded the government scrap its decision to remove Muhammad Yunus from the post of Grameen Bank managing director.
He termed the government move a blow to the rural people trying hard to change their lot by taking micro-credits from the Bank.
Fakhrul was speaking at a human chain arranged in protest at Yunus’s dismissal as the microfinance institution head. The 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner was relieved of his duties through a Bangladesh Bank letter on Wednesday.
Jatiya Ganotantrik Party (Jagpa) Chhatra League organised the event in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the capital.
Fakhrul Islam said Dr Muhammad Yunus himself is an institution who won Nobel Prize as he pioneered micro-credit, now acclaimed worldwide. He called the dismissal politically motivated.
He alleged the government is destroying all institutions of the country. They [the government] had looted a huge amount of money through share market scam. Even the country’s security system was hit hard by BDR mutiny.
Jagpa President Shafiul Alam Prodhan said Awami League also insulted great leaders like Abdul Hamid Khan Bhasani and Sher-e-Bangla AK Fazlul Haque in its earlier tenure.
He said the government had “removed” Yunus only to establish Indian supremacy over the country.
Speakers at a seminar in Chittagong threatened to go for a massive movement to protest the decision to remove Yunus from Grameen.
Hossain Zillur Rahman, former adviser to a caretaker government, and other speakers accused the government of tarnishing the image of the Nobel laureate and the country.
The whole world came to know about Bangladesh through the achievements of Prof Yunus, Zillur told the audience at Chittagong Zila Parishad auditorium.
“Prof Yunus is being denigrated now. We will not accept it.”
Salauddin Kashem Khan, trustee secretary of AK Khan Foundation, Saifuzzaman Chowdhury Javed, former president of Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), MA Salam, former senior vice-president of CCCI, and SM Abu Taiyab, club president of Chittagong, also spoke.
Chittagong City BNP President Ameer Khasru Mahmud Chowdhury at a roundtable said they would launch a movement to protest Yunus’ removal. Chattagram Unnayan Andolan, a pro-opposition forum, organised the roundtable in the port city.
Grameen staff and borrowers with the masses formed human chains in upazila and district headquarters across the country to protest Yunus’ removal from Grameen.
The human chains and protests were staged peacefully, report our correspondents.
In Lalmonirhat, human chains were formed at Aditmari, Hatibandha and Patgram upazilas as well as along the Lalmonirhat-Burimari highway.
Grameen members, borrowers and staff with people from all walks of life took part in the human chains and demanded the government review its decision, and allow Yunus to run Grameen for the sake of the poor.
Several hundred people formed a human chain and marched in Dinajpur demanding Yunus’ reinstatement in the post of managing director of Grameen. Tasmira Begum, a borrower of Dinajpur Grameen Bank unit, handed over a memorandum to the Dinajpur deputy commissioner.
Grameen employees formed a human-chain at Sapath Chattar in Chandpur and urged the government to cancel its decision.
Grameen borrowers and staff organised human chains also in other districts including Narayanganj, Narsingdi, Narail, Panchagarh, Brahmanbaria, Thakurgaon, Khagrachhari, Rangpur and Sirajganj.


Courtesy of The Daily Star

Related News

10th Asian Tourism Fair begins in Dhaka

News Desk : A three-day regional tourism fair aimed at promoting cross-border connections, improving cultural exchanges and boosting economic growth has begun in the capital. The fair styled ’10th Asian Tourism Fair and Bangladesh Tourism Development Summit 2023′ began at the Bangabandhu International Conference Center on Thursday. Md Mahbub Ali, state minister for civil ... Read more

49 athletes selected for admission with DU Sports Quota

News Desk : Dhaka University has released the list of 49 students initially selected to the 2022-23 undergraduate academic session for the sports quota . The list was published on Sunday (September 17) in a circular from the Dean’s Office of the Faculty of Arts, Social Sciences, and Law. The athletes include Towhid Hridoy, ... Read more

NID server will remain down for maintenance until 2:00 p.m tomorrow

News Desk : The National Identity Card (NID) server of the Election Commission (EC) has been down since this morning due to maintenance reasons, the Election Commission’s Information System Management Officer Aminul Islam said today. “It is to inform everyone that the NID server is undergoing maintenance. Due to this all services will remain ... Read more

Pushed off from moving bus in Gazipur, RMG worker dies

News Desk : A female garment worker died after she was allegedly pushed off a moving bus following an argument with the helper of the bus over fare on Dhaka-Mymensingh highway of Gazipur district on Friday night. The deceased was identified as Champa Begum, 30, wife of Abul Kalam of Mymensingh district. The incident ... Read more

From January to August 2023, 361 students commit suicide

News Desk : At least 361 school, college, madrassah and university students across Bangladesh killed themselves in the last eight months, revealed a study on Saturday. Aachol Foundation, a social organisation initiated by students, conducted the study titled — Students Suicide Rate Increasing: Which Way the Solution?— from January 2023 to August based on ... Read more

SSC exams in 2024 likely to start in February, HSC in June

News Desk : The Secondary School Certificate examinations of 2024 are likely to start from the second week of February, according to a notice issued by different education boards on Tuesday. The Higher Secondary Certificate examinations of 2024 are likely to start from the second week of June, another notice issued by the boards ... Read more

Microbus catches fire on Purbachal Expressway

News Desk : A running microbus caught fire near Kanchan Bridge on Purbachal Expressway in Narayanganj’s Rupganj upazila this afternoon causing temporary tailback on the busy road. However, there were no report of casualties, reports our Narayanganj correspondent. Two firefighting units of Purbachal station brought the fire under control. Station chief of local fire ... Read more

Nine arrested for storming train, robbing belongings in Tongi

News Desk : Robbers boarded the Dhaka-bound Karnaphuli Express train when it was stopped near Gazipur’s Tongi last night and robbed its passengers. Nine people were arrested with sharp weapons and mobile phones in connection with the robbery, Ferdaus Ahmed Biswas, officer-in-charge (OC) of Dhaka Railway Police Station, told our local correspondent today. The ... Read more

Parts of Bangladesh likely to see light to moderate rain

News Desk : Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at most places over Rangpur, Mymensingh and Sylhet divisions, at many places over Dhaka, Barishal and Chattogram divisions and at a few places over Rajshahi and Khulna divisions. Moderately heavy to heavy falls may occur at ... Read more

2 bodies washed ashore in St Martin’s Island

News Desk : Police have recovered the partially decomposed bodies of two unidentified men washed away by the tide on the beach of St Martin’s Island under Teknaf in Cox’s Bazar. The bodies were found on the beach about 4 kilometres south of St. Martin’s Jetty, at about 8:00am on Friday. Police estimated one ... Read more

Another physician dies from dengue in Dhaka

News Desk : A female doctor died of dengue at Dhaka Medical College Hospital early Friday. The victim, Mosammat Sharifa Binte Aziz, 27, died at the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital at about 5:00am while undergoing treatment there. Sharifa is a daughter of Aziz Bhuiyan of Joypara village under Dohar upazila in Dhaka ... Read more

Car accident on Dhaka-Barisal highway kills intern physician

News Desk : An intern physician of a private medical college was killed yesterday after her car collided with a roadside tree at Gourandi on Dhaka-Barishal highway. Gournadi Highway Police Sub Inspector Mamun said the accident took place at 7:00am yesterday. According to the SI, Iqra Binte Hafiz (27), an intern physician of Medical ... Read more

Landslide kills Rohingya woman, her daughter in Ukhiya camp

News Desk : A Rohingya woman and her daughter were killed in a landslide on the foot of a hillock in Balukhali Rohingya camp -9 under Ukhiya upazila in Cox’s Bazar Monday late afternoon. The deceased are Jannat Ara, 28, wife of Anwar Islam, and their two-year old daughter Mahim Akhter. Armed Police Battalion ... Read more

Sundarbans inundated due to rain and tidal wave

News Desk : Heavy rain caused by a a depression in the bay and a tidal wave caused by the full moon have inundated the low-lying areas of Bagerhat. According to the additional district commissioner Hafiz Al Asad, 750 families in the district are currently suffering from the waterlogging disaster. However, locals said the ... Read more

‘Uncle, nephew murdered by colleagues’

Reveals PBI after a 5-year probe into death of two press workers News Desk : Two bodies, two mysteries unsolved. In November 2017, press worker Sohel Mia was beaten unconscious by unidentified assailants. He later succumbed to his injuries in a Dhaka hospital. His distant uncle, Iqbal Hossain, initially faced blame for the murder ... Read more

Two children drown in Habiganj

News Desk : Two children drowned in separate incidents in Habiganj’s Bahubal and Shayestaganj upazilas yesterday. The deceased are Rihan Mia, 3, of Barlaria village in Shayestaganj and Toha Mia, 6, of Bahubal. Nazmul Haque Kamal, OC of Shayestaganj Police Station, said Rihan fell into a puddle near his home in the afternoon. Acting ... Read more

Five killed in road accidents

News Desk : At least five people were killed in road accidents yesterday, according to reports from our correspondents. In Rajshahi, three people were killed on the Rajshahi-Naogaon highway in Rajshahi’s Mohanpur upazila in the morning. The deceased are Abul Hossain, 55, Zahangir Alam, 45, and Azibar Rahman, 35. The accident happened as a ... Read more

Private hospitals, perform unnecessary C-sections

Says health minister News Desk : Health Minister Zahid Maleque yesterday said caesarean sections are being performed at private clinics and hospitals unnecessarily when patients seek childbirth assistance. Due to the negative role of private clinics and hospitals, the C-section rate is not coming down, said the minister while addressing an event marking World ... Read more

Hajj quota 1.27 lakh next year

News Desk : Saudi Arabia has approved a quota of 127,000 hajj pilgrims from Bangladesh for next year. Religious Affairs Secretary Md A Hamid Zamadder said this yesterday at a meeting at the conference room of the religious affairs ministry, said meeting sources. The meeting was held to discuss preparations for 2024 hajj operations. ... Read more

Depression, floods and cyclones likely in August: BMD

News Desk : Bangladesh is likely to witness a range of atmospheric events, including depression, low pressure, heatwaves, and floods in August, according to the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD). In its long-term forecast for August, the BMD predicted the possibility of one to two monsoon low pressures, which may potentially develop into seasonal depressions, ... Read more