Yunus Urges Fashion World to Rally Around Garment Workers

yunus unNobel Laureate Professor Yunus was the keynote speaker at the UN event for first ladies. Fashion for Development, an NGO devoted to promoting and supporting fashion industry to support development issues, honoured famous founder and editor of "The Beast", Tina Brown on this occasion for her life-long devotion to standing up for women causes. Professor Yunus handed over the Award on behalf of the "Fashion for Development". Both Tina Brown and Anna Wintour, Chief Editor of the Vogue magazine and the Guru of fashion world, spoke highly of Professor Yunus's contribution for improving the life of the poor women around the world. Professor Yunus in his keynote speech highlighted the pitiable condition of garment workers and urged the fashion leaders, and fashion designers to stand up in solidarity with the garment workers all over the world. He elaborated his proposal of International Minimum wage and Happy workers Tag for improving the lives of garment workers.

Professor Muhammad Yunus, Chancellor of Glasow Caledonian University, launched the new GCU campus in NY. This event was organized by  GCU vice chancellor Pamela Gillies, UK minister, and representatives from the fashion industry, and over 200 dignitaries.

Professor Yunus also attended the Grameen America event, which has now crossed more than US$ 100 million in disbursements to 19,000 loanees through 12 branches operating in 5 states of the US. He also attended the board meeting of Grameen Prima Care which is a newly formed organization providing affordable health insurance to the microcredit borrowers of Grameen America.

Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus at United Nations and Clinton Global Initiative Events

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On Tuesday, 24th September Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus took part in a stimulating discussion  with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the MDG Innovation Forum in New York at United Nations Secretariat Building.

UN Secretary General invited leaders from the private and public sectors and demonstrate ways to accelerate progress on the MDGs.

The goal of the MDG Advocate-led Innovation Forum is to catalyze connections to accelerate progress on the MDGs. The MDG advocates are a special group of eminent persons who have each shown outstanding leadership in promoting and working toward MDG achievement. In June 2010, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the MDG Advocacy Group  to support him in building political will, rallying additional support, and spurring collective action to achieve the MDGs by 2015. The MDG advocacy group has currently a total of 17   members under the chairmanship of Paul Kagame, President of Rwanda including Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus, HHS Sheikha Moza, First Lady of Qatar,  Mukesh Ambani,Chairman of Reliance Industries (India), Graça Machel, Former First Lady of South Africa and Ted Turner, founder of CNN.

Social Business Design Lab at Yunus Centre

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The 8th Social Business Design Lab took place on 14 September 2013 at Yunus Centre. About 250 participants from different organizations including representatives from numerous national and international NGOs, business leaders, academics and specialists attended the event. Among them Mr. Kazi Zahedul Hasan, Founder and Managing Director Kazi Farms Group, Professor Dr Shafique Ahmed Siddique, Chairman, Board of Trustees of Bangladesh University of Business and Technology (BUBT); Dr Muhammad Abdus Sabur, Board Member of Sajida Foundation.

The Social Business Design Lab is chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus and is a platform for the presentation and launch of social business ventures.  As before, the program was divided in three parts - update of past social business projects, new project presentation and group discussion suggesting improvements on those projects.

Grameen Bank Son Going for Ph. D in Malaysia

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Aslam Mia was born in a rural poor family where poverty was a common phenomenon and education never touched their lives. They have been illiterate for all generations.

Aslam’s father was a poor farmer who used to work on other people’s land to sustain his family and his mother was a housewife. His mother became the member of Grameen Bank in early 1990’s when he was a small kid. She is currently one of the Centre-chiefs of Grameen Bank Khamarkandi Gabtali Branch in Bogra Sadar.

Aslam was a meritorios student and therefore got very good result throughout his student life. He achieved GPA 5 in Secondary School Certificate examination in 2006 and and it was the first time his school got the best result in its entire history. He obtained GPA 5 in his Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exam too.

Yunus Centre response to the various articles published in daily newspapers with the headline “The government will take action against Dr. Yunus’

fr018-tdsOn 9 September  2013 various national dailies and online news media  published reports stating that it was decided at a government cabinet meeting that legal action would be taken against Dr. Muhammad Yunus for issues relating to his foreign earnings and for alleged tax evasion.

The NBR has not stated that the Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus has ‘evaded’ tax. It mentions that he asked for an income-tax exemption,  which the NBR in turn had granted him under the provision of the existing laws. There was therefore no legal violation in this regard.

The NBR in their statement mentions that according to the Supreme Court verdict Professor Yunus is a public servant. As such, he needs to inform the government of any earnings, awards and travels to foreign countries. They state that he has not done so, and has therefore broken the law.

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