A symbol of self-esteem is 'a house'!

Ruhul Amin, Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com
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A 'house' of the Ukhiyar Asrayan project in Cox's Bazar has become a symbol of self-esteem in the lives of the very low-income neglected people; what emerged in the eyes of the residents of the Asrayan project!

All of them are residents of the Cox's Bazar Asryan Project received by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as a gift for 'Mujib Barsha'. One such person is Kamal Hossain.

Earlier, he somehow got a place to live in exchange for dependent in other's land, but now he himself owns a house. He now owns one of the 88 houses of the T&T Hazem Road Shelter Project in Rajapalang Union of Ukhia Upazila of Cox's Bazar.

In 2022 Kamal Hossain was allotted this house along with land. When he asked about the house, an unprecedented picture of self-esteem and gratitude emerged in his eyes and face. The gratitude of his self-esteem to the country's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina!

Kamal Hossain told Barta24.com, "I never imagined that I would have my own place, my own house." Today I am happy with my wife and children as a gift given by the Prime Minister! I will be grateful to the Prime Minister for the rest of my life! I pray to Allah, may He keep our Prime Minister well, keep him healthy!

On Monday (June 10), one of the beneficiaries of this Asrayan, Razzak Joardar, told Barta24.com, "There is no land of my own!" I used to live in people's place! I would work in exchange still had to listen to many harsh words. But after getting this house, I am happy with the boys and girls. Now ferries to sell bones! Sell nuts! He is having a good time with his wife and five children.

Rahima Begum, another resident of the same project, said, 'Husband Nurul Kabir used to have a lot of trouble renting the house with the income he earned. Somehow, despite being able to eat with difficulty, there was no income. I could not even educate my children. Life was going very hard!

But now times have changed for Rahima Begum. Apart from the education of his sons and daughters, he is also saving money keeping in mind the future. All this is possible by getting the gift house given by the Prime Minister.

Rahima Begum said, 'Now I don't have to pay house rent anymore. Have your own house! With what my husband earns, I am also saving some money for my children's education!

Gultaj Begum used to live in a rented house in Ukhia Sikdar's Bill Barabazar with her Jhalmuri seller husband. Having received a house as a gift from the Prime Minister, she has now come to the house of this Asrayan project. Her eldest son Rabiul Hasan (12) studies in class VI. Daughter Jannatul Bakea (8) studies in class two and Mohammad Hasan is three years old.

Gultaj Begum said, 'I never thought that I would build a house myself. At that time it was difficult to live and eat! How to do home! Now the son is studying; goes to school Earnings have increased since before. After learning education, boys and girls will grow up, that's the dream now!

Prime Minister's Asharyan scheme is giving dreams to the homeless

About 266 thousand 12 other landless people like Kamal, Joardar, Rahima and Gultaj Begum have been built houses with land on the occasion of Mujib centenary. Out of this, 4 thousand 925 houses have been constructed in 9 upazilas of Cox's Bazar district, in the last phase of which the government is going to declare the district as a 'homeless-free district' by handing over 261 houses.

Not only the land and house, but also their overall development has been looked at by the government. As part of that, the government is providing loans for men at low interest and easy terms. Training is also being arranged. Training for various types of jobs including electronics, car driving, mobile phone servicing is being provided free of cost.

Also, women are being taught different types of income-generating work including poultry farming, farming, sewing, and boutique work.

Tanveer Hossain, UNO of Ukhia, told Barta24.com that small entrepreneurship is being developed by giving deep tube wells, provision of going to school, self-employment, mobile phone servicing, agriculture, animal husbandry training and loans for the residents here. We have also formed 'Bangabandhu Cooperative Society' here. Through this we are making the beneficiaries here self-reliant.

Tanveer Hossain also said that there is a plan to build a Sheikh Russell stadium next to it for children's sports. Swings are provided. Clubs are organized for training and workshops. Stairs are provided for sitting. A budget has also been budgeted for construction of mosques and temples.

The neighborhood life is changing

Not only had those who got houses and land but also has the life of people around it changed through this project. Due to the shelter of so many families here, the permanent residents of the neighborhood are also benefiting through various shops and exchange of goods.

One such Mehera Khatun. This middle-aged woman has never done anything outside of housework. However, since this shelter project is next to his house, he gave a grocery store. Besides housework, he is also earning extra income by sitting in the shop. The family has financial stability.

Mehera Khatun said, I used to do housework. Now after the completion of this project, I have given the shop. Good income from this shop. We have benefited because of this project. I can shop! is sold. It's been good for everyone!

Mehera Khatun's husband Syed Alam is a day laborer. This couple has four daughters, one son. The boy is studying in class V. Now drives a rental car. Eldest daughter Tanisa Akter also studies in class V. Come from school and sit in mother's shop. Now she has a big dream in her eyes! Dream to be a doctor!

Tanisa said, 'I will become a doctor when I grow up. Become a doctor and serve people, I want to go there where no people had gone before. I'm fine now. The shop opens at 7 o'clock. It is open until 10 pm!


Oppostion protest against the decision to whiten black money

Staff Correspondent, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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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.


Azim's daughter Doreen demanded Mintu's expulsion

District Correspondent, Barta24.com, Jhenaidah
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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.


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.


‘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.'