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SAVE THE SUNDARBANS: STOP RAMPAL POWER PLANT

SAVE THE SUDARBANS

Bangladesh Government is going ahead to set up a coal fired power plant very close vicinity of the Sundarbans, the world’s largest mangrove forest. This is an India-Bangladesh joint venture the 1320 MW Rampal coal fired power plant. Sundarbans is under threat as Rampal power plant will emit huge carbon, toxic gases, smoke and ash which will have devastating environmental impact and may destroy the forest as the project area lies only 10 KM away from the forest.

The Sundarban is the repository of large variety of flora and fauna, rich in biodiversity; it provides sanctuary to nearly 60 verities of bird life, world’s natural wildlife wonder and natural shield against tidal surge.

Join London Demo Against GCM Plc - 20 Dec 12 at 10 AM

Dear Friends,

We are going to hold a protest demo outside the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the GCM. Please come and join us the protest along friends and raise your voice:


  GCM, Hands Off Phulbari
  No Open Pit Mine in Phulbari
  Stop GCM’s Unethical Business

Date: Thursday, 20 December 2012

Time: 10am-12pm

Location:
The Institute of Directors
116-123 Pall Mall
London
SW1Y 5ED

Nearest tube station: Charing cross

Hope to see you there.

Regards,
Dr. Mokhlesur Rahman, Convenor

Join the Demo at GCM's AGM - 15 December '11 at 10:30am

GCM Resources plc is a British company supported by major hedge funds and banks including UBS, Credit Suisse, Barclays Bank, LR Global, and Argos Greater Europe Fund. It is planning an open pit coal mining in Phulbari, Bangladesh bringing massive displacement, loss of livelihood and environmental devastation.

An incarnation of the notorious Asia Energy plc which was thrown out of Bangladesh by people’s movements in 2006, GCM Resources’ mine will:

• Destroy 14,660 acres of highly fertile land crucial to food production.

London Demo Against Asia Energy/GCM and Open-Pit Mining - 6/Dec/10 10:30am

Dear Friends,

As you probably already know that a British company, GCM Resources (formerly known as Asia Energy) is aggressively trying to secure a deal with Bangladesh Government to capture the biggest coal reserve of Bangladesh in Phulbari, Dinajpur. The proposed deal will pay merely 6% of royalty to Bangladesh and 94% of revenue will be taken by GCM! Moreover they will enjoy 9 years of tax holiday to further increase their profit! The project will roughly bring $200 billion to GCM and only $7 billion to Bangladesh in terms of financial benefit.

Seilm says govt. don't care about environment and are determined to use open-pit mining in Phulbari

Dhaka, June 20 (bdnews24.com)– Ruling Awami League MP Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim has spoken out strongly in favour of coal extraction regardless of any environmental damage it may cause.

The senior leader also criticised those protesting coal extraction, especially through open-pit method, and said extraction was necessary to boost power generation.

"There are some quarters, perpetually opposed to coal extraction, who claim that it will lead to environmental destruction," he said in the parliament on Sunday.

Don't Undermine Bangladesh: WDM's Video on Fulbari Movement

A short youtube video by World Development Movement on fulbari movement.

Asia Energy makes new proposal for open-pit coal mining

Written by: 
The Daily New Age Staff Correspondent

This article was published on The Daily New Age

The government is considering ‘positively’ a new proposal of the UK-based Asia Energy which offered the government only 10 per cent stake in the Phulbari coal field for operating an open-pit mine, said sources in the government.

Besides, the government has also engaged the UNDP and German GTZ, which has supported open-pit mining in Bangladesh, for conducting a feasibility study for an open pit coal mine on the north flank of Barapukuria coal field, they said.

High-risk GCM a spicy choice

Written by: 
Edmond Jackson

This article was published on Interactive Investor website.

When should you take notice of a sudden chart movement, as signalling underlying change? One possibility is when the overall context for a company looks more promising than it has in a good while.

Thus, it is interesting to keep an eye on the AIM-listed shares in Bangladesh-oriented coal miner GCM Resources (GCM).

সম্পদ লুন্ঠন ও পাচার

প্রকৌশলী শেখ মুহাম্মদ শহীদুল্লাহ, আহ্বায়ক

আমাদের মত দরিদ্র ও দুর্বল দেশে সাম্রাজ্যবাদ ও বহুজাতিক কোম্পানীগুলি তাদের ঘনিষ্ঠ সহযোগী ধনিক শ্রেনীর বিকাশ ঘটায় ও তাদের সহযোগিতায় দেশের জ্বালানী ও মূল্যবান প্রাকৃতিক সম্পদ লুন্ঠন ও পাচার করে। এভাবে তাদের নিজেদের জ্বালানী নিরাপত্তা ও অর্থনৈতিক অগ্রগতি সাধন করে এবং লুন্ঠিত দেশের জ্বালানী ও অর্থনৈতিক নিরাপত্তা ধ্বংস করে। এই ধনিক শ্রেনীর বিভিন্ন অংশ বিভিন্ন সময়ে দেশের শাসনভার গ্রহন করে এবং সাম্রাজ্যবাদের জন্য দেশের জ্বালানী ও অন্যান্য মূল্যবান প্রাকৃতিক সম্পদ লুন্ঠনের এবং পাচারের দ্বার অবারিত করে দেয়। দেশে ভয়াবহ দুর্নীতি ও অপসংস্কৃতির জন্ম দেয়। যার ফলে দেশপ্রেমিক জাতীয় সম্পদ ও স্বার্থ-রক্ষাকারী শক্তির বিকাশ ও তাদের প্রতিবাদ ও প্রতিরোধ কঠিন করে দেয়। আমাদের দেশেও সাম্রাজ্যবাদ ও দেশীয় ধনিক শ্রেনীর সরকারগণ একই খেলা খেলছে। স্বাধীনতার পর বিভিন্ন সরকারের আমলে বিভিন্ন চুক্তির মাধ্যমে দেশের সম্পদ লুন্ঠন ও পাচার হয়েছে, দরিদ্র জনসাধারণের দুভের্াগ অতিমাত্রায় বেড়েছে, গ্যাস ও বিদু্যৎ এর ভয়াবহ সংকট সৃষ্টি হয়েছে।