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.

   

Oppostion protest against the decision to whiten black money



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The Opposition Jatiya Party and Independent Members of Parliament have expressed their anger over the proposal to whiten black money or undeclared money by providing 15 percent tax in the budget. They said that ordinary honest tax payers would be offended and would not want to pay tax which will have an adverse effect on the country.

They said this during the general discussion of the 2024-25 budget session of the Jatiyo Sangsad(JS) on Sunday (June 23). The Speaker Dr. Shirin Sharmin Chowdhury presided over the session.

Jatiya Party Member of Parliament Masud Uddin Chowdhury said in the session that there is no new message of hope in the proposed budget. Instead regular tax payers have been discouraged by giving opportunities to whiten black money. And those who did not pay tax were encouraged.

He said, everyone pays 30-35 percent tax legally. And those who have not paid tax for a long time, that black money will be made white with 15 percent tax. So why do ordinary people pay regular taxes? It is unethical; as a result many people will take this opportunity without paying tax.

He said that this black money is of two types, it is earned illegally, it is not even shown for that. Another type of income is earning, they also did not pay tax. He strongly opposed the legalization of most of them black money, illegally earned money and demanded their punishment. He also spoke about the problems of common people due to inflation.

He said, remittance is a major driving force of our economy. About 1 crore people send thousands of crores money of remittances every year. Among them, there is a lot of writing about Malaysia; they send Tk. 4 thousand crores per month, Tk. 51 thousand crores annually. Many people think that there is a conspiracy about why so much money will come. There is also a syndicate with this. As a result they are also having problems sending remittances, creating instability there. Therefore, he demanded to facilitate remittance warriors and stop corruption, money laundering, bank robberies etc. in the banking sector.

AKM Mostafizur Rahman, another Member of Parliament of the Jatiya Party, said that the budget has kept the privileges of the upper classes. And the middle class will be under pressure. Various policies of the budget did not go in favor of the poor.

He said that the government's income will decrease as the price of cigarettes is not increased. It is the government's responsibility to ensure health care, but there is corruption everywhere, even though thousands of crores of rupees are allocated annually, people are not receiving medical care.

He said that the health system should be reformed to restore order in the health sector. Mega project loans are being taken, a large part of which is being taken up by outside contractor engineers. The young society in our country should be skilled in this regard.

Criticizing the decision taken to whiten black money, he said that as a result common taxpayers will not want to pay tax. So you have to move away from that expectation.

Independent Member of Parliament Abul Kalam Azad demanded that the money of the country has been diverted abroad, they should be identified and the money should be returned and they should be brought under punishment.

He criticized how the sovereign allows the parliament to launder black money. He demanded the identification and punishment of those involved in money laundering, corruption, and non-payment of loans from banks.

Another Independent Member of Parliament Sohrab Uddin said that the list of distressed banks has been prepared recently, and Bangladesh Bank has decided to merge these distressed banks with solvent banks. But because no effective measures were taken, these distressed banks suffered, with customers withdrawing all their money. He condemned the hot decision of Bangladesh Bank for this.

Sohrab Uddin said that the Finance Minister said to whiten the 15 percent tax to give an opportunity to show undisclosed money in the budget. That will not serve the purpose. No one will show this undisclosed amount with 15 percent tax, 10 percent in the past also did not get much response.

He said if it can be taxed at 5 percent then it will show the huge amount of undisclosed money in the country, the objective of the Finance Minister will be achieved. So I will request the Finance Minister to levy 5 percent tax to launder huge amount of money.

He said that development in the country is going at a fast pace, but the problem is corruption. Corruption has increased if it is not curbed then the speed of development will slow down. Today there is no place where there is no corruption. A lot of money is being lost in the bank, corruption has increased, the officials and the chairmen of the bank are immersed in corruption today. There was no trial for them.

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Azim's daughter Doreen demanded Mintu's expulsion



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Jhenaidah-4 (Kaliganj) Constituency MP Anwarul Azim's daughter Doreen said, "I came to know through newspapers and magazines that Jhenaidah District Awami League general secretary Saidul Karim Mintu was the main planner of my father's murder." There is no place for a murderer in Awami League. He should be expelled from the team immediately. Along with this, the followers of Mintu in Kaliganj involved in the murder of the father should also be brought under the law.

She said these things in the rally organized to protest the killing of MP Azim and the 75th anniversary of Awami League organized at Kaliganj bus terminal on Sunday (June 23) afternoon.

Doreen burst into tears on stage in the presence of thousands of people.

She said, "Father did not give much time to the family. He used to run for the welfare of the people of the area all day long. He used to go to funerals of dead people. After the murder of my father, I can understand how popular he was by seeing your presence in this protest meeting today. Because of your love, father became MP three times in this constituency. Today, he was to be killed as a victim of political revenge. I demand exemplary punishment by finding the murderers of my father.

Former President of Kaliganj Upazila Awami League and former Upazila Chairman Jahangir Siddiqui also addressed the rally - Upazila Awami League Joint General Secretary UP Chairman Ohiduzzaman Odu, Upazila Jubo League President and Upazila Parishad Chairman Shibli Nomani, Kaliganj Pourashava Mayor Ashraful Islam Ashraf, Upazila Vice Chairman Shafikuzzaman Russell, General Secretary of Upazila Jubo League Jahangir Hossain Sohel and others spoke in the rally.

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It may be embarrassing to comment before 24 hours: Dr. Zahid



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After 24 hours, BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia's personal physician Dr. AZM Zahid Hossain told that it may be embarrassing to comment on the physical condition of the BNP Chief before 24 hours.

He gave this information to reporters at the gate of Evercare Hospital in the capital on Sunday (June 23) night.

Zahid Hossain said Begum Khaleda Zia's latest condition is that, today, a temporary pacemaker has been set first and then a permanent pacemaker will be set. Today, she is currently under close observation in the Critical Care Unit(CCU) under the supervision of doctors. If the next 24 hours are not gone, it may become embarrassing to make any kind of statements and comments about her physical condition. Therefore, I wish prayers to the countrymen on behalf of her family, party and Acting Chairman Tariq Rahman.

He said, 'She was transferred to Evercare Hospital on the advice of his medical board doctors in a very critical condition last Friday. Later (till now) she is under treatment in CCU. By consensus of the doctors, her heart function had reached a point where she had three blocks - you know. I kept saying that anything can happen at any time. That incident was going to happen last Friday night. In that situation, the members of the medical board quickly brought her to the hospital. They started her treatment accordingly.

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‘I will always be committed to the needs of the country and people’: Army Chief



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General Waqar-uz-Zaman took charge as the Chief of Bangladesh Army. After taking charge, he told reporters in his office, "I will always be engaged in the needs of the country and the people." I will fulfill the responsibility given by the government to help the civil administration in various fields including disaster management. Army will also work for world peace.

Regarding the Myanmar border situation, he said, "We are always ready without doing anything provocative."

Outgoing Army Chief General SM Shafiuddin Ahmed handed over responsibility to the new Army Chief Waqar-uz-Zaman in his office on Sunday (June 23) noon. Then in the presence of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina General Waqar-uz-Zaman was given the badge of promotion as General by Chief of Navy Admiral M Nazmul Hasan and Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Hasan Mahmood Khan.

In the afternoon he hold a courtesy meeting with President Md. Sahabuddin at Bangabhaban. On the same day, various farewell ceremonies of the outgoing army chief were completed.

Earlier, General Shafiuddin laid wreath at Shikha Anirban in the morning. He was given a farewell guard of honor at Senakunja. He planted saplings there. Both took part in a photo session after the handover ceremony at the headquarters.

Then, as per custom, the outgoing army chief climbs into an open jeep decorated with flowers. Army officers dragged him with a rope. At this time, officials from both sides of the road started giving flowers. He took them very passionately.

Waqar-uz-Zaman, the new army chief told the journalists, "First of all, I am grateful to Almighty Allah." It is a serious responsibility. Everyone will pray so that I can fulfill that responsibility beautifully.

Expressing gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, he said, 'I have worked with her. My working experience with her is very good. Whenever I asked that decision; She made that decision very quickly. Bangabandhu gave us an independent country. Thank you also to Bangabandhu. Thank you to all the martyrs. My gratitude to the freedom fighters. Because, they dedicated their golden days for us.

He said, 'Army works with the help of civil power. When the government gives us the responsibility to deal with disaster, we will fulfill that responsibility. We are working for world peace. I will always be engaged in the needs of the country and people.

He said, 'I will work to keep the army disciplined at all times. We are doing training all the time. I will see that the training continues. The Army is performing challenging duties in UN peacekeeping missions. Whenever we are tasked with building the country and nation; only then will we fulfill that responsibility.

Regarding the border situation in Myanmar, the new army chief said, 'We are engaged with all countries. We are also engaged with Myanmar. Our Defense Attaché is in the country. They (Myanmar) are in a civil war in their own country. I don't think they will do anything aggressive at this point. However, the army is always ready. Navy has increased patrols. The border guard is also ready.

He also said, "We have no unresolved issues with Myanmar except the Rohingya." We want them to take back the Rohingyas. Besides, I don't see any hatred or any other kind of problem towards them. We are continuing to try to solve the Rohingya issue in a peaceful way. We are never disappointed.'

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