The award to Orhan Pamuk of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature put a smile on my face, but I was utterly delighted, if somewhat surprised, to see Muhammad Yunus and the Grameen Bank announced on Friday as winners of the Nobel Peace Prize.
So often, the Peace Prize is awarded to inappropriate people, UN bureaucracies and so forth - there can have been no more daft award of the Peace Prize than to Le Duc Thi and that great humanitarian Dr Henry Kissinger in 1973. And there are people who genuinely believe that George W Bush would be a worthy winner.
Needless to say, they're rather proud of Yunus' award in Bangladesh. Today's coverage of the Nobel Prize from the Daily Star:
- Yunus makes nation proud
- 'Peace to last only if poverty goes'
- First loan he gave was $27 from his own pocket
- Greatest social reformer of our time
- Grameen Bank helps 38 lakh break out of poverty line
- Nobel Prize was long overdue for Yunus
- President, PM, Hasina greet Yunus
- World leaders, campaigners hail Yunus, Grameen Bank
- Microcredit a tool for lasting peace
- and, of course, the news made the Editorial page too.
The Nobel Foundation's announcement of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize and related information can be found here.