Gulistan is like a meeting place for pigeon lovers



Khondoker Asifuzzaman, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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In the scorching heat, amidst the intensity of the sun's rays, attention is diverted to the colorful pigeons nestled in cages along the road. The pigeon market, nestled beneath the Gulistan Hanif flyover, is akin to a gathering of devoted pigeon enthusiasts. Every Friday, starting from 8 am, this bustling market unfolds along both sides of the road in the Kaptan Bazar area under the Hanif flyover.

Pigeon enthusiasts from various corners of the capital city, Dhaka, flock here to showcase and trade their diverse pet pigeon species.

This vibrant marketplace, teeming with the hustle and bustle of buyers and sellers, continues its lively activity until 5 pm.

Renowned as the oldest and largest pigeon market in the city, it draws visitors from near and far, eager to acquire their preferred pigeons.

Along the streets of Kaptan Bazar, individuals can be observed seated with cages brimming with pigeons, while others stand beside bicycles, motorcycles, and vans adorned with their feathered companions. Buyers traverse great distances to partake in this unique avian exchange.


Upon conversing with both buyers and sellers at the Gulistan pigeon market, it becomes evident that the market's allure lies in its diverse offerings of pigeons at varying price points and qualities. Priced from as low as Tk. 400 per pair to as high as Tk. 20,000 per pair, the market caters to a wide range of budgets, ensuring its bustling atmosphere.

Enthusiasts flock to this market for its assortment of pigeon breeds, including Milli Racer, Siraji, Bombay, Sabuj Gol, Laksha, Grizzle, Bogdadi, Sabzi Racer, Army, Giribaz, Potter (white, black, and yellow), Jaga Pin, and other domestic breeds.

For instance, Milli Racer pigeons fetch prices ranging from Tk. 1200 to Tk. 1500, Lahori Sirazi from Tk. 500 to Tk. 3000, Bombay from Tk. 500 to Tk. 700, Laksha from Tk. 1000 to Tk. 1500, Grizel Racer at Tk. 1500, and Bogdadi Homa from Tk. 800 to Tk. 1500 per pair. Additionally, prices vary based on factors such as breed, size, shape, and color.


Green round pigeons, for example, can be acquired for prices between Tk. 500 and Tk. 5000 per pair, while army racers command prices ranging from Tk. 4000 to Tk. 20,000 per pair, as revealed by sellers at the Gulistan Pigeon Haat. Currently, pigeon prices have plummeted, according to traders who remark that what was once a high-value commodity now holds little worth in the market.

Gopal Ghosh, a pigeon enthusiast from Jatrabari with 36 years of experience, reflects on the drastic change. Initially, he pursued pigeon keeping as a hobby but found himself deeply invested over time. However, he laments the lack of respect for the birds in today's market. Ghosh recalls selling a pair of Kala Beauty pigeons for Tk. 50,000 to Tk. 65,000 just two years ago, whereas today they fetch a mere Tk. 2000 to Tk. 3000. He attributes this price decline to the sudden drop following an increase in pigeon food costs, possibly exacerbated by the war in Ukraine.

Similarly, Monir Hossain, a resident of Sanarpar, shares his experience. Since 1996, alongside his profession as a job holder, he has been passionately raising pigeons. For him, pigeon breeding evolved from a hobby to a livelihood, enabling him to build a home and acquire assets like motorcycles.

Despite the challenges, Monir finds fulfillment in pigeon rearing, dedicating his time and effort to the craft, which has proven lucrative enough to fund his ventures.


Abir Rahman, a student from Khilgaon, traveled to Rajasthan to explore pigeon acquisitions. He reveals that his current collection boasts 150 pairs of pigeons, valued between Tk. 2,50,000 to Tk. 3,00,000 in the market. Despite his sizable collection, Abir expresses a desire to venture into acquiring more expensive pigeons, hence his visit to the market. The pigeon he holds, an Army Racer, was acquired for Tk. 5,500, exemplifying his evolving interest and dedication to pigeon breeding. Abir admits that his passion for pigeons has become akin to an addiction, consuming much of his time, replacing former interests like chatting with friends.
While traders at the Haat remained tight-lipped on the matter, some anonymously shared concerns regarding the Haat system. These undisclosed businessmen confided in Barta24.com, highlighting the financial burden imposed on traders. Allegedly, regardless of sales, traders are obligated to pay Tk. 100 to Tk. 150 per cage to the lessee for market space, causing undue strain. Additionally, buyers are purportedly required to pay a 10% commission to the lessee based on the pigeon's price, as divulged by traders.

Traders present at the market lamented to Barta24.com that due to ongoing mismanagement, the number of buyers and sellers at the capital's oldest and largest pigeon market is dwindling day by day. However, attempts to address these issues directly with the lessee proved unsuccessful, as they could not be reached for comment. Similarly, the toll collector, acting on behalf of the lessee, declined to provide any insight into the matter when approached for an interview.

   

Benazir Ahmed resigned from the ‘Boat Club’



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com Dhaka:
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Former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Benazir Ahmed has resigned from the post of Savar Boat Club President. On June 13, he left this post by sending a letter to the club's advisor, Rubel Aziz.

Boat Club executive committee member businessman Nasir U Mahmood confirmed the matter to the media.

Nasir said that Benazir Ahmed, who is in charge of the president of the boat club, wrote to the advisor of the club, Rubel Aziz, that he is out of the country with his family on urgent work. Due to which he is not able to perform the duties of the president of the club.

Nasir said that after the resignation of Benazir Ahmed, Rubel Aziz has been given the responsibility of acting president.

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) was probing the assets of former IGP Benazir Ahmed and his family. Meanwhile, he and his family left the country on May 4. Benazir was IGP from April 2020 to September 2022 and Director General of RAB from January 2015 to April 2020. He also served as Commissioner of Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) for a long time.

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4 dead, 1 missing in Rangamati lightning strike



District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Rangamati:
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At least three people were killed when a domestic passenger boat was hit by lightning along with a sudden storm while traveling in Kaptai Lake in Longdu in Rangamati. The boat driver is still missing in this incident. At the same time, another housewife was killed by lightning in Chairman Tila of Karlyachhari under Langadu Upazila.

Longadu police station OC Harunur Rashid confirmed the matter and said that they died due to lightning while returning home from Maini Bazar to Bhamanyadam on Saturday. An unnatural death case will be filed in this regard.

On Saturday (June 15) on the way home after work at Qurbani haat, an engine driven boat was struck by lightning at a place called Mina Bazar in Longadu Upazila. Four people including the boat driver were killed on the spot. All four are residents of Bhasanyadam area of Bhasanyadam union.

The deceased are Ziaul Haque (50), Akkas Ali (45), Obaidullah (30), Bachchu Mia (30).

Three people have been found in the incident, but the boat driver Akkas Ali has not been found yet. The search for missing Akkas Ali is ongoing.

On the other hand, a housewife named Rina Begum (35) was killed by lightning in the Chairman Ghat area of Longdu Karlyachari.

On Saturday (June 15) at 3:00 p.m., the wife of Ibrahim, Karlyachi Chairman of Attarchhara Union, Tila No. 1 Ward, died due to lightning while standing on the balcony of her living room.

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Savar leather industrial city ready, target 1 crore 10 lakh pieces



Md. Kamruzzaman, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com Savar(Dhaka):
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Last-minute preparations are underway in Savar leather industry centering on Eid-ul-Azha. Cleaning is going on in the factories. Preparations have been completed by BSCIC and Central Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) authorities. Bangladesh Tanners Association has said that the target of collecting 1 crore 10 lakh pieces of leather has been taken this year.

On Saturday (June 15) in Harindhara area of Savar's Tentuljhora union, BSCIC leather industry town was seen, intensive preparations are going on in the factories. Salt is being brought to a factory. Chemicals are being brought somewhere. Somewhere else the machineries are being checked as waste is being removed from factories and roadsides. Similarly, the drains are also being cleaned.

On the other hand, the authorities said that the maintenance work of the machinery of CETP has been done. BSCIC authorities have already fixed a volunteer team of 50 people to collect skins.

Bangladesh Tanners Association (BTA) General Secretary Shakhawat Ullah said, we have set a target of collecting 1 crore to 1 crore 10 lakh pieces of leather from cows, goats, buffaloes and sheep this year. This year the price of salt is also very stable. The concern this year is the heat. Since the season of sacrifice is hot and this year it is hotter, so those who collect skins all over the country will store the skins according to proper rules, then they will get a fair price for the skins. Besides, the condition of CETP is better than ever before.

Regarding the preparation of the leather industrial city, the Executive Engineer of Savar's BSCIC leather industrial city Mahfuzur Rahman Rizoan said, in this year's Eid-ul-Azha, we have set a target of collecting 6 lakh skins in the industrial city. Besides, we have come to know that the target of collection of 6 lakh pieces has been taken in the area around our leather industry. We have formed a team of more than 50 volunteers for the smooth entry of leather into the leather industry city. It will start working from 3 pm on the day of Eid. Hopefully by this time our leather harvesting and leather processing will be done smoothly.

Managing Director of Dhaka Tannery Industrial Estate Weight Treatment Plant Company Limited Golam Shahnewaz said, we have prepared extensively for the Eid-ul-Azha. Besides, we have preparations throughout the year. Our Common Chrome Recovery Unit (CCRU) was closed for the last one year. But last February we introduced 50% of its chrome separation section. The remaining 50% will be operational within the next month.

He said, the overhauling that we do every year, during Qurbani, it is being done more extensively this year. From our EPS 1, 2 and 3 to Equation, Effluent Pumping Station and Thickening Tank we have prepared everything to increase our efficiency.

Dhaka Deputy Commissioner and District Magistrate Anisur Rahman said, Dhaka district administration has taken an exceptional initiative in preserving leather this year. Its main function is to make people aware. The district administration is distributing leaflets through the stalls of the two cities of Dhaka in coordination with BSCIC on 20 cow market. Rover Scouts, including our staff, are campaigning how to skin, how to salt.

He said that arrangements have also been made for the transportation of leather. In every hour the quality of the leather decreases. As a result, special measures have been taken at Posta so that the leather transporting vehicles do not have to be affected by traffic jams on the road, and the leather can reach the warehouse quickly. And in the leather industry city of Savar, in coordination with OCs and UNOs, measures have been taken to ensure that there is no traffic jam there.

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Irrigation pumps will run on solar power: Prime Minister



Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said that the government wants to bring the country's irrigation system completely under solar power.

She said, I want to make the irrigation system completely dependent on solar power. This may require some investment initially, but will reduce costs in the long run.

The Prime Minister said this at the inauguration of the tree plantation program organized by the Bangladesh Krishak League at Ganabhaban on Saturday (June 15) and the prize distribution ceremony.

Stating that the government is subsidizing the power sector, the Prime Minister said that an excellent system has been invented. An umbrella equipped with solar panels will be placed over a well where rainwater will be stored. Irrigation will be done with solar energy.

She mentioned that a huge amount of land will not be wasted for introducing this system. She further said that currently solar panels are being manufactured and we can install solar panels in nearby villages for irrigation.

Sheikh Hasina said that the government will take the country towards industrialization by developing an agriculture-based economy. The Prime Minister called upon the leaders and workers of his party to play an important role in making Bangladesh green.

She called for planting saplings along river embankments, coastal areas, roadsides, rooftops and houses to strengthen the green movement.

Krishak League President Sameer Chand and Acting General Secretary Biswanath Sarkar also spoke on the occasion. Shamima Shahriar, joint general secretary of Krishak League, moderated the program.

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