The rise of ready-mades led to the collapse of the tailoring business



District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Rajshahi
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The art of tailoring has long been considered an essential part of the livelihood and art of many. In this colorful market, tailoring shops have been offering customers a unique solution for everything from festive wear to everyday wear. However, recently the demand for tailoring garments is decreasing due to changing fashion demands and advancement in technology. This shift is not only changing the course of the fashion industry, but also having a profound impact on the livelihoods of many tailors and the future of their industry.

As a result of the rise of the ready-made garment market, the traditional tailoring industry of Bangladesh is facing a deep crisis. Due to this change, many small and medium size tailoring traders are losing their career and livelihood.

Every year before Eid-ul-Fitr, tailors do not have time to catch their breath due to their busy schedule. But this time the picture is completely different. The ever-familiar busyness is no longer in Darjipara. Even at the end of the Eid market, the tailor traders of Rajshahi could not overcome their pain.

They say that every year from the beginning of Ramadan, there was a rush to make new clothes for Eid-ul-Fitr in Darjipara. As Eid approaches, the busyness of the artisans of the tailors also increases. But with the touch of modernity, the demand for tailoring clothes has decreased.

Traders said that ready-made garments are becoming more attractive to buyers due to availability of good quality fabrics at affordable prices. Besides, the cost of sewing increased due to increase in yarn and wages of employees, which forced traders to raise costs. This has affected the number of buyers. And because of the establishment of tailors everywhere, almost everyone is losing customers. However, excessive load-shedding is causing serious problems for many.

Visiting the tailors of Saheb Bazar, Ganakapara, New Market and Station Market in the city, it was found that the work speed of the employees is slow due to low order pressure. At other times, where you have to cope with the pressure of sewing through the night, this time there is no such pressure. Most of the owners and employees are returning home between 10 and 12 pm. Also, many are waiting for customers despite the scorching heat.

Rafiqul Islam, a tailor of Modern Tailors in Sahebbazar area of the city, said that the busyness is relatively less this time. Earlier it used to be relentless work from morning till dawn the next day. But now, working from 11 am to 12 midnight maximum. A lot of work for tailors has come down a lot in the last two years, not as much as before. Despite all the various tailoring jobs, the demand for pant tailoring has declined tremendously. Almost nil.

Talked to Habibur Rahman, owner of Dresco Tailors in Ganakapara area, he said that earlier, if the 15th fasting passed, new orders were not accepted. However, this time even after the 25th fasting, new orders are being accepted. The price of every ingredient has gone up, the price of yarn and the wages of labor have gone up making many people turn to ready-made garments.

On the other hand, some unscrupulous sellers cheat and offer low-quality fabrics, resulting in substandard stitching. Due to this, many people are losing confidence in tailor-made clothes. However, branded clothing is not a concern for buyers. Due to problems in various aspects, the interest in tailoring clothes is declining.

Lipon Saha, the seller of Dolphin Tailors in New Market, said that this year the sales are almost negligible. As it turns out, every shop is almost empty. Right now, the work speed is average, neither too fast nor too slow. Compared to previous years, orders have fallen by a third. Less than half of our normal target order was received. We have almost no business outside Eid, only some business during winter. Nowadays, tailoring has increased everywhere. Even small markets now have many tailoring shops and markets. Earlier, people used to come from outside the city. But now, with services available everywhere, they don't come from far.

Bithi, who came to make clothes at this Rajshahi tailors, said that Eid is coming, so I came to make clothes for myself and the child. If the clothes are not made in time before Eid, they do not want to take them due to work pressure. Besides, ready-made clothes are not suitable. So I gave it to tailors to make clothes as per my heart. The artisans are working day and night to deliver the clothes on time.

In this regard, Manjur Hossain, General Secretary of New Market Business Owners Association and tailor businessman, said that the price of everything has increased, as a result of which people are not able to buy many things despite their desire. Where they used to buy five items, they are now taking only one, and tailoring products are selling fairly well compared to other clothes. Those who come to the shop are mostly jobbers, and are often picking up two to three orders. However, the sales this time are very low compared to the previous bars.

   

Mujibnagar Day: Vow to build a non-communal Bangladesh



District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Meherpur
Mujibnagar Day: Vow to build a non-communal Bangladesh

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Awami League joint general secretary AFM Bahauddin Nasim pointed to BNP-Jamaat and said that today's Mujibnagar Day vow should be to resist those who want to hand over non-communal Bangladesh to communal forces.

He said this at a discussion meeting on Mujibnagar Day at the historical Mujibnagar Amrakanan in Meherpur on Wednesday (April 17) afternoon.

He said, we observe the day from our consciousness and the values of the liberation war. The oath of this day is to resist those who do not want the anti-independence non-sectarian power of Bangladesh.

Bangladesh Awami League presidium council member Kazi Zafarullah said that Bangladesh was recognized by the international community through the oath of the first government on April 17, 1971.

On the other hand, accusing BNP of anti-national conspiracy, Joint General Secretary Mahbubul Alam Hanif said, BNP and their domestic and foreign allies have distorted the history of the liberation war by creating the situation after 1975.

He also said that after the BNP came to power, the Collaborator Act was abolished and 15,000 war criminals were freed. Banned war criminals have given Jamaat-e-Islami an opportunity to do politics. They are still conspiring against Bangladesh. They do not believe in freedom.

In the speech of the chief guest, Kazi Zafarullah said that Mujibnagar Day is a matter of historical importance. But it is a matter of great regret that there is no nationwide initiative to celebrate the day. Therefore, he drew the attention of the Minister of Liberation War to take measures to observe the day at the district and upazila level of the country from next year.

Bangladesh Awami League organized this meeting to celebrate Mujibnagar Day on April 17, the day of swearing in of the first government in 1971. Besides, the district administration and Ministry of Liberation War organized various grand events around Amrakanan to celebrate the day.

Public Administration Minister Forhad Hossain was the special speaker on the occasion, Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque was the guest of honor. Rajshahi City Corporation Mayor Khairuzzaman Liton, son of the first government's Home, Agriculture and Rehabilitation Minister AHM Kamruzzaman, State Minister for Children and Women Affairs Simin Hossain Rimi, daughter of the first Prime Minister Tajuddin Ahmed, Awami League Organizing Secretary SM Kamal Hossain were special guests. The special speaker was Dr. Abu Saleh Mohammad Nazmul Haque Sagar, Member of Parliament for Meherpur-2 Constituency, District A-League General Secretary MA Khalek, Member of Bangladesh Awami League Syeda Zakia Noor Lipi, Adv. Amirul Alam Milan, Parveen Zaman Kalpana and Nirmal Kumar Chatterjee. Central and local leaders of Awami League were present.

Earlier, ministers, government officials and Awami League leaders laid wreaths at the Mujibnagar memorial at 9:30 am. Awami League leaders hoisted the national and party flags after laying wreaths. This was followed by a guard of honor and parade. Police, BGB, Ansar, BNCC, Girl's Guide and the parade of students from various educational institutions impressed the thousands of people present.

In the second phase, the discussion meeting was held at the Sheikh Hasina stage. At the end of the discussion, the Bangladesh Ansar-VDP orchestra team performed a ballad called "Sonali Sapner Desh" where the development activities of the government are highlighted.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Liberation War and Meherpur district administration jointly organized a grand event. From the previous day, festoons, arcades, colors and lighting were done all over the Mujibnagar complex. In the evening, artists of the country will perform music in a wonderful cultural program. 

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Prime Minister orders to keep an eye on the situation in the Middle East



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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has ordered all the members of the Cabinet and the relevant ministries to keep a close eye on the ongoing tension in the Middle East following Iran's unprecedented attack on Israel.

Cabinet Secretary Md. Mahbub Hossain said this at a press conference organized to announce the decision of the Cabinet meeting at the Secretariat on Wednesday (April 17) afternoon.

Earlier, a Cabinet meeting was held at the Prime Minister's office under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

The Cabinet Secretary said that after the attack, the prime minister asked all sectors to be ready to deal with its response. However, she did not specifically said about trade or economy. Everyone has been asked to prepare and report on this.

Giving an example, Md. Mahbub Hossain said, for example: If the price of oil increases, what will we do to deal with that effect, she asked to prepare.

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CID has found the involvement of Bodi's two brothers in drug smuggling



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Police's Criminal Investigation Department (CID) said that Aminur Rahman and Abdur Sukkur, two brothers of Teknaf's former MP Abdur Rahman Bodi, are associated with Cox's Bazar-based drug trade.

Additional IGP Muhammad Ali Mia said this in response to a question from journalists at a press conference organized at the CID's media center in Malibagh in the capital on Wednesday (April 17) in the afternoon regarding the confiscation of assets of drug lords.

The CID chief said action will be taken against those found involved with drugs, whoever he is. We found the involvement of his (Bodi's) brothers and their followers. We will interrogate Bodi's two brothers and if his (Bodi's) name comes up there we will also arrest him. No one will be exempted in the matter of drugs.

Asked about the role of Bodi's two brothers, the CID chief said that Aminur Rahman and Abdur Sukkur brought Yaba from Myanmar in different ways. After that they are delivered to different places by their assigned associates. Already 6.9 acres of land belonging to Bodi’s brothers has been identified. Besides, the information of 40 percent of the land worth Tk. one crore has been found. Land information has not been digitized yet. As a result, the work of collecting this information is going on at the field level in various ways. We can give more details about this later.

Initially, the CID investigated 35 cases and found various movable and immovable properties including money (kept in bank accounts), purchased land, houses and flats illegally earned from the drug business of the godfathers of drug cases. The amount of illegally earned money in these cases is about Tk. 178.44 crore.

Additional IGP Mohammad Ali Mia said that CID has already frozen 9.14 acres of land and 2 houses worth Tk. 8.11 crore of the godfathers in 3 cases of croc and drug related money laundering and Tk. 1 crore 1 lakh 23 thousand 425 kept in the bank in various cases. Another 35.173 acres of land, 12 houses and 1 car valued at Tk. 36.82 crores are in process of sale.

The CID chief said, you know that at least 80 thousand drug recovery cases are registered in the country every year. Most of those arrested are drug peddlers and users. At times, investigating officers end their investigations within these two categories. As a result, the original godfathers of drugs remained hidden. But since 2021, the CID has taken the initiative of arresting the drug godfathers and collecting the assets and depositing them in the government coffers. This will create a panic among the drug dealers of the country. They will leave the drug trade and do legitimate business. Besides, no one will be encouraged to join this profession. Because you know drug is a capital less business. As a result, many people get involved in illegal business to take advantage of easy income. 

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11 killed in three-way collision between private- truck and auto



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Eleven people were killed in a three-way collision between a truck-private car and an auto-rickshaw on Gabkhan bridge area of Jhalkathi. Several people were injured in this incident.

The accident happened on Wednesday (April 17) at noon.

This was confirmed by Jhalakathi Superintendent of Police Mohammad Afruzul Haque Tutul.

According to eyewitnesses and the police, there were many vehicles including easy bikes and private cars waiting to pay money at the toll Plaza of Gabkhan Bridge. Meanwhile, a cement truck hit all the vehicles in front and broke the barrier and went to the side of the road. This accident happened.

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