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Dr Yunus conferred honorary citizenship of Bologna

  • Sun Online Desk
  • 10th July, 2015 09:07:19 PM
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Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus was conferred the honorary citizenship of the city of Bologna in Italy on July 8 during his five day visit to Italy.


Virginio Merola, Mayor of Bologna, conferred this honorary citizenship of the City of Bologna, in an elaborate ceremony at the City Hall on Wednesday (July 8) participated by the Speaker of the Italian Parliament Laura Boldrini.


Among others former Prime Minister of Italy Romano Prodi and his wife, President of the City Council Simona Lembi, and over 350 elite of the city were present in the ceremony.


Boldrini was the main speaker in the ceremony who delivered a special speech eulogising the accomplishments of Professor Yunus and their relevance to Italy and the rest of the world.


A Tagore song presented by Bangladeshi community made the ceremony more attractive to the Italian participants.


Earlier in the week, Professor Yunus joined in a special train journey on July 4 from north of Italy to Naples in the south of Italy.


During the train journey Yunus conducted intensive discussion on the role of youth to 50 Italian youth, who joined the journey to participate in the conversation with Yunus.


In Naples Yunus visited Scampia, a nearbourhood of 100,000 people with 70 percent youth unemployment and proliferation drug and violence. Yunus gave an outline to leaders of the community how to overcome their problems.