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Prof. Anu Muhammad

Wrong Prof. Anu Muhammad?

Professor of Economics

Local Address: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Jahangirnagar University
39 Giles Avenue.
Jersey City , New Jersey 07306
United States

Company Description: Jahangirnagar University was founded on August 20, 1970 and formally began the academic activities as a residential university on January 12, 1971 with four...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • General Secretary
    National Committee
  • Member Secretary
    National Committee
200 Total References
Web References
The ALRC has interviewed: Mr. ..., 12 Sept 2014 [cached]
The ALRC has interviewed: Mr. Nurul Kabir, editor of New Age; Mr. Anu Muhammad, Professor of Economics, Jahangirnagar University; Mr. Akmal Hossain, Professor of International Relations, University of Dhaka; Mr. M. Shahiduzzaman, Professor of International Relations, University of Dhaka; Mr. Nur Khan and Mr. Shahed Kayes, human rights defenders; and Mr. Saiful Haque, General Secretary, Revolutionary Workers' Party of Bangladesh.
arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh/India [cached]
A rash decision like this is going to complicate things than solve them,' says Anu Mohammad, Professor, Department of Economics, Jahangirnagar University, to Xtra when asked about the crisis. 'By things,' he continues, 'I am talking about the overall price mechanism. Most fish traders are very likely going to hoard fishes for the next six months, until the ban is lifted.' According to recent reports and fishmongers, the trend has already began as supply from Khulna and Barisal has decreased drastically.
He goes on to explain that the ban will also encourage smugglers to smuggle Hilsas to neighboring countries at a higher price. 'The move has, therefore, also increased their chances of higher profit,' he says.
Anu, on the other hand, wants the government to delve into the broader aspect of the country's 'food security'. 'If past governments were a bit more careful, we would not have had to be hostages in the hands of these countries in such a way.
arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh/India [cached]
He also observed that, "Bangladeshi consultants hired to carry out such surveys (and also project appraisals) were aware that 'happiness reports' were more likely to ensure their future business than strictly objective reports on their findings (Prof.Anu Muhammad ,Jahangirnagar University,27 July, 2004).
Professor Anu Muhammad said the proposed measure would increase the cost of living of the masses, particularly the low-income group. He said the World Bank desires the expansion of VAT as it wants to make the country's economy entirely an import-dependent one.
'The very concept of VAT is to lessen the earnings from import duties and pave the way for unfettered access of cheap foreign goods to destroy the local economy,' said Anu, who teaches economics at Jahangirnagar University.
The so-called economic reforms made during the last two decades opened the floodgate of imports of foreign goods and ended up in raising the expenditures of the people. He called upon the government to come out from the mire of the multilateral lending agencies and stop thinking of extending VAT's reach to small businesses, which will affect the life of poor consumers and small traders (New Age, October 8, 2007).
Kistaiah reached for a packet of phorate, a pesticide used in despite its being listed as unsafe by the Food and Agriculture Organisation. He mixed a little with water and drank it.
Anu Muhammad, a professor of economics of Jahangirnagar University, in a paper titled 'Jute, Jute Industry and Jute Land: An Artificially Created Crisis,' pinpointed 11 specific reasons for chronic losses in the state-owned jute mills and doldrums in the industry.
'Building national capacity should be the central point of development philosophy to tap immense potentials of jute industry and formulate required policies to create strong base of industries and strengthen the country's position in the global economy,' said Anu, also a member of People's Commission on jute sector.
Still, he mentioned Bangladesh's eight comparative advantages in growing jute and manufacturing jute goods: suitable soil and environment, manpower of decades of experience, increasing demand of jute in global market, environment-friendly character of jute goods, 100 per cent value addition for jute exports, its complementarities to agriculture and industrial sectors, huge employment opportunities and a jute culture among the people.
Meanwhile, Professor Anu ..., 17 Dec 2014 [cached]
Meanwhile, Professor Anu Muhammad, general secretary, National Committee to protect oil, gas and mineral resources, power and port on Monday said, "How a minister can refuse the proposal of shutting the riverine route (Shela River) after an oil-tanker sank there spilling 350,000 litres of furnace oil causing a great threat to the ecology of the country". "Although Ministry of Environment and Forests closed the route temporarily after the accident, Shipping Minister Shajahan Khan refused the recommendation recommend by environment ministry to shut down Sundarbans Shela River route permanently", he added. "Khan fears, the Mongla Port will become ineffective if the Shela route is shut down", Anu referred while marking the Khan's quotation as farcical. The comments came up while Anu was addressing a press conference on Monday noon at paltan to protect Sundarban. While terming the recent incident in Sundarban as great threat for the ecological sight of the country, he said "Many trees and animals with aquatic in Sundarbans are in disasters and risk. Besides, the locals have been passing days with livelihood problem as well as an indirect threat to lives". Anu said, "Some ill-minded people who are in opposition to the recommendation, want to use the forest land, river route, aiming to build a power plant". "The government must expand the helping hand to the distressed by providing compensation from the government" he demanded.
ShahidulNews, 1 June 2011 [cached]
Professor Anu Muhammad in police van. Photo: Bangladesh First
July 3rd 2011. 7:50 am.
In an exclusive interview with ShahidulNews, secretary of the National Committee to Protect Oil-Gas-Minerals-Power-Ports, Anu Muhammad, professor of economics of Jahangirnagar University, speaking outside the Communist Party of Bangladesh office in New Paltan in Dhaka, talked of over 50 activists having been arrested by the police in the early hours of the hartal.
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) picked up Professor Anu Muhammad, the member secretary of National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports in front of CPB office today moring during the 6 hour hartal called by the committee.
Professor Muhammad was amongst those arrested but was later released.
Anu Muhammad, professor of economics of Jahangirnagar University and member secretary of National Committee to  protect oil-gas-mineral resources, power and port is arrested from Paltan today (3 July) at 6:53 a.m.. While he was walking towards the office of Communist Party of Bangladesh to join the other activists of National Committee for strike campaign, at least 40 anti riot police came forward, grabbed him and took him away in a prisoner’s van. During the arrest he was silent. Anha F Khan, Mehedi Hassan and I were accompanying him today morning while he was walking from his residence. Mehedi Hasan was also arrested.
Earlier interviews with Anu Muhammad
Professor Anu Muhammad, speaking from Paltan Thana (Police Station) in Motijheel reported that except for a handful of activists, the rest of the people arrested were still in the police station.
DHAKA: Renowned writer, researcher and activist Rahnuma Ahmed asks who is a ‘foreign agent’, Anu Muhammad, member-secretary of the National Committee to Protect Oil, Gas, Mineral Resources, Power and Ports, or Dr. Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury, advisor to the Prime Minister on energy affairs?
Dr Hasan Mahmud told lawmakers, Anu Muhammad is a ‘foreign agent,’ and that the Oil and gas Committee was formed by `tokais` (street urchins) after the committee called a half-day hartal on July 3 in protest against the deal inked between the government and the US-based company ConocoPhillips for offshore oil and gas exploration.
Did the WikiLeaked cables revealed from Dhaka`s US embassy last December name Anu Muhammad, or did it name the prime minister`s energy adviser Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury? Who did the US ambassador James Moriarty tell to award offshore gas blocks to ConocoPhillips, to Anu Muhammad, or to Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury?
Who obliged accordingly, Anu Muhammad, or Tawfiq-e-Elahi Chowdhury?
The only document that we, members of the public, have access to, is the production sharing contract (PSC model 2008), which Anu Muhammad, member secretary, National Committee, is quick to point out, was designed during the caretaker government and was uploaded on the net to facilitate international bidding. Not to elicit comments or suggestions from members of the public. Does secrecy over contracts not lend credence to B D Rahmatullah's accusation that the power crisis has been manufactured, has been `artificially created' to push through anti-people power projects like rental power plants? There is reason to take his word for it, he was former director-general of the Power Cell. `Our engineers,' he says, `are willing to sell their country just for a ticket abroad' (Budhbar, August 18, 2010).
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