Dhaka, Oct 6 (UNB) – “I had never thought or felt that I would do something other than music in my life.” This is how a leading exponent of modern music, Fahmida Nabi, puts her thoughts and love for music and life.
The worthy daughter of prominent singer Mahmudun Nabi, Fahmida Nabi, however, had no idea that music can be a source of income, too.
“You need to create happiness inside you. Life is mixed with full of happiness and sorrows. I would love to put my life in a place which is free from complexity,” she told UNB in an interview.
The National Award winning singer Fahmida Nabi, having a melodious voice, believes, “People will look beautiful if you have the eyes to see beauty. I am not beautiful. You have the eyes to see beauties in me.”
The singer grew up in an extremely inspirational and cultural-minded family where music was deeply-rooted.
“It was my mother who decided to bring a classical music teacher – Ustad Aman Ullah Khan - for us,” Fahmida recalled taking a trip down the memory lane.
Talking about her father, she said her father sang each of the songs with much love from his heart. “These songs are still alive in people’s hearts.”
The prominent singer thinks many youngsters are singing very well now but they need to give proper and continuous concentration on what they are doing.
These days Fahmida is also writing songs, and articles for media outlets. “I can see whole sky through my window. It gives me much happiness when I see rain through my window. A cup of tea having visible vapour and a book in hand - I love this kind of environment which inspires me to think and write.”
Fahmida says she does not have any free time and she, in fact, loves to remain engaged with work, no matter what type of work it is.
“I love to inspire myself. I create enthusiasm inside me. I find my daughter – Anmol - as strength within me,” she said.
Fahmida, the elder sister of the eminent singer Samina Chowdhury and popular musician Pancham, values friendship with people deeply. “I love to interact with people. You can say I talk too much.”
She achieved many prestigious awards including the precious National Film Award as the Best Female Playback Singer (2007) for the song 'Lukochuri Lukochuri Golpo' in the film 'Aha', Channel i Performance Award as the Best Singer (2008), Meril Prothom Alo Award as the Best Singer (2009), Channel i-Citycell Award as the Best Singer (2013), and Channel i Music Award (2016 and 2017).
Bagerhat, Oct 5 (UNB) - Preparations for celebrating Durga Puja, the largest religious festival of the Hindu community, are going on in the district, aiming to hold the country’s biggest puja with 701 idols.
Sculptors have been working day and night to properly shape the idols as the clay-works are almost finished in mandaps of the district.
The religious festival will begin with Mahalaya on October 9 while the ceremonies will take place from October 15 to October 19.
For the past eight years, Liton Sikder, a businessman from Hakimpur village of Khanpur union, has been holding the biggest Durga Puja in Bagerhat and South Asia as well.
The number of idols increases during the festival every year and this year the total number stands at 701.
Bijoy Krishna Bachar, a local sculptor, said 15 sculptors have been working for the last five months to make the idols of deities from four ages depicted in the pantheons of Ramayana and Mahabharata.
The works are at the final stage and the coloring of the idols are going on in the full swing, he added.
Locals are happy that their Hakimpur village has earned fame for ‘Sikder Barir Puja’.
Liton Sarkar, joint general secretary of Bagerhat District Puja Celebration Committee, also lauded the festivity of ‘Sikder Barir Puja’ and said over 600 mandaps have been set up in nine upazilas of the district.
Superintendent of Bagerhat Police Pankaj Chandra Roy said police have taken all the necessary preparations to ensure security during the Durga Puja in the district.
Tapan Kumar Biswas, Deputy Commissioner of Bagerhat district, said security at mandaps of the district will be tighter than previous years.
He also said organisers will have to remain alert so that no unpleasant incident can take place during the festival.
Brahmanbaria, Oct 4 (UNB) – The farming of malta (sweet orange), a juicy citrus fruit enriched with vitamin C, is gaining popularity among farmers in the district as it yields good profit.
The malta farming in the district began in 2013-14 fiscal year under a Citrus Development Project, said sources at the local office of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE).
Since then, over 200 large and 2,000 family orchards of malta have been set up in Bijoynagar, Kasba and Akhaura upazilas of the districts.
Malta was cultivated on 700 bighas of land this season and the number of farmers cultivating this juicy fruit is increasing day by day as they get good yields and profit, the sources said.
The local DAE office expects a production of 135 tonnes of malta in the district in the current season which will save Tk 15 crore in import bill due to lower quantity of its import from foreign sources.
DAE Deputy Director M Abu Naser said farmers are cultivating BARI-1 variety of malta developed by Bangladesh Agricultural Research Institute (BARI).
He said this variety of malta is very tasty and better than the imported one.
“Farmers get good yields within 2-3 years from sowing the plant,” he said, adding that they were providing training and technical support to farmers in this regard.
Farmers said it will be possible to export the citrus food after meeting local demand if there is necessary government assistance.
Faridpur, Oct 3 (UNB) – While his fellow-villagers are engaged in traditional farming, Bachchu Mollah, a farmer of Sadar upazila, has come up with a unique idea – farming spinach in summer. His idea has ultimately paid off.
A resident of Bilmamudpur village under Aliabad union, Bachchu Mollah, in his mid-30s, is now the hero in his neigbourhood. Spinach, a leafy green vegetable, is usually grown in winter, but Mollah did it in a different manner in summer and thus changed his life by making a good profit.
Inspired by his idea, his fellow-villagers followed suit and started farming spinach in the off season.
While visiting Mollah’s cropland in Bilmamudpur village, this UNB correspondent found most of his high plainland covered with polythene-sheet made shadow. “It only takes only 20-25 days to go for harvest after sowing the seeds in the shadowed land,” Bachchu told UNB.
“In winter, spinach is sold at Tk 10-15 per kg, but in the off season, I sell spinach at Tk 100-120 per kg, a very encouraging price!” he said.
Bachchu Mollah said he invested some Tk 20,000 in his summer spinach venture.
“So far, I’ve earned around Tk 80-90 thousand. I’ve also started farming gourd and summer tomato this year,” Mollah said adding that he does not use any chemical fertilizer or pesticide other than using the organic ones in his farmland.
Another farmer of the village, Jewel Mallik, said summer spinach has brought much profit to Bachchu and they have also started farming summer vegetables inspired by him.
Kartik Chandra Chakrawarty, deputy director of Agriculture Extension Department in Faridpur, said, “Bachchu stunned everyone by growing spinach in summer.”
He said some 11,000 hectares of land have been brought under vegetable cultivation here this time. “We’re providing training and technical support to the local farmers as well as visiting the fields regularly to help them grow healthy and chemical-free vegetables,” Kartik added.
Dhaka, Oct 3 (UNB) – State-run Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) is in the risk of incurring Tk 6,000 crore to Tk 8000 crore loss in the current fiscal due to rising import prices of the petroleum fuel.
BPC officials told UNB that they had to import crude oil at $81.51 per barrel in August this year comparing to just $43.17 per barrel in April this year.
Similarly, the diesel, as refined oil, was imported at $91.70 per barrel which was $50 per barrel in April this year.
"As a result, currently the government has to incur a loss of Tk 8.90 per litre in diesel and Tk 12.33 per litre in furnace oil", said a top official at the marketing department of BPC, the state-owned import and marketing entity under Energy Division.
State Minister for Power and Energy Nasrul Hamid said rise in petroleum fuel prices in the world market would create a big burden on the government as more money would be spent on fuel subsidy.
He said this will also create a spillover effect on different sectors including the electricity generation as a huge quantity of petroleum fuel is being imported for power plants.
At present, about 25 percent of 11,000 MW power generations is dependent on petroleum fuel.
"If upward trend in global fuel market continues, it will affect both power and petroleum sectors. There may be some impact on LNG price as well since its price is linked with petroleum price," he told UNB.
The country has to annually import over 5.5 million tons of petroleum fuel while LNG import began recently.
They said currently the BPC has to count a loss of over Tk 20 crore in selling of diesel and furnace oil at below the import cost.
"This loss will go up if rising trend continues in the global market", said a BPC official preferring anonymity.
He said there is a global prediction that the petroleum price may again cross $100 per barrel.
He also noted that the organisation has to incur loss for dollar rate fluctuation as well since the exchange rate of dollar is on the rising trend.
"Few months back we had to pay Tk 83.50 against each dollar (USD) which now stands at Tk 83.75", he said.
BPC officials said that in last few years they hadn’t counted any loss in fuel marketing. Rather, in last two to three fiscals, BPC made profits in its fuel business, they said.