Sonargaon litchi growers expecting bumper yield
Litchi growers in Sonargaon upazila of Narayanganj district are expecting a return to hefty profits this year, following two years of depressed business due to COVID-19, plus Ramadan coinciding with the very short window during which the seasonal fruit is harvested in the country. Litchi grown in Sonargaon litchi is highly coveted for its sweet and delicious taste. Also read:Early harvesting of mangoes puts Satkhira farmers in trouble The upazila agriculture officials said this year some 100 acres of land have been brought under litchi production, shared between some 200 orchards. Visiting some of these orchards, UNB witnessed trees full of green litchis. However, the litchi traders said there would be a delay in bringing the litchi to market, due to drought. Every year, the litchi season starts at the end of winter and the farmers have a busy time nurturing their orchards by pouring organic fertilizer and water to ensure a good yield. Litchi buds start to sprout in the first month of March and within one month they start turning red. Some rain helps at that point to get a good yield. The first litchis start hitting the local market in April. Three types of litchi—Chaina-3, Kodomi and Pati litchi-- are being grown in Sonargaon. Alamgir, a litchi grower of Hamsadi village in Badderbazar union, said “This year, a massive yield of litchi is expected due to the dry season and each orchard expects to to generate revenues of Tk 2 lakh.” Also read:Low price dims the joy of watermelon growers in Khulna despite bumper harvest Traders from different districts have come to Sonargaon and purchased litchi from the upazila. Manira Akter, Sonargaon Upazila Agriculture officer, said “This year, the production of litchi is better than the previous year. We are working to boost the production of litchi. We are also providing advice to the litchi growers to increase their production commercially.” Three deputy assistant agriculture officers visited each union of the upazila and provided necessary advice to the farmers, including on spraying pesticides, watering on time and nurturing the trees, she said.
'Once There Were Rivers’ premieres online and at Sonargaon
As part of the Goethe-Institut Bangladesh’s 60th anniversary project 'Goethe Pop Up Festival' and to address the deteriorating conditions of the rivers in climate-vulnerable Bangladesh, a short documentary film ‘Once There Were Rivers’ was screened at Sonargaon in Narayanganj district on Thursday, November 18. Broqué, the first upcycled high-end streetwear fashion lab in Bangladesh, premiered the short documentary film created and directed by Dhaka-based Mahenaz Chowdhury, founder and zero-waste designer of Broqué, in collaboration with Berlin-based Simone Simonato, founder of SICA Upcycling Design. Read:Korea Film and Tourism Festival 2021 starts in Dhaka on Nov 24 Together with the people interviewed for the documentary film, their families and neighbours, the first screening took place at Sonargaon, Narayanganj district which was hosted by Mahenaz Chowdhury at Rajon Miah’s jamdani atelier. Miah is the owner of Sonia Jamdani, who was one of the interviewees for the documentary. The film captures the lives of the jamdani weaving community and their connection to the river and how over the years, growing river pollution impacted the value of their revered craft. “As time passes, we fade into dust, but films like this, tells our story for the new generations to realize the importance of caring about our lives, our rivers and value our craft. I appreciate the initiative taken by Mahenaz in making such a beautiful film,” says Rajon Miah.
Baro Sardar Bari shines again after magical touch
Baro Sardar Bari, one of the most significant heritage sites in Sonargaon, is a shining example of restoration of heritage site in Bangladesh in the truest sense, not just renovation, says architect and architectural conservation specialist Prof Dr Abu Sayeed Mostaque Ahmed. It is rare to get an entire one year or more purely to do research before the start of restoration work in Bangladesh. “I’m lucky as I was given the time to do required research first,” said Prof Sayeed, Project Director of the Baro Sardar Bari restoration. Also read: Jamdani brings Sonargaon in the limelight again South Korea-based global conglomerate Youngone Corporation restored Baro Sardar Bari in Sonargaon which is the first attempt to preserve a cultural heritage site in Bangladesh. “Kihak Sung had a dream to restore a building in Bangladesh and he chose Baro Sardar Bari after visiting many places across Bangladesh,” said the architect. Youngone Corporation Chairman and CEO Kihak Sung restored his own village home and he has a personal interest in restoration. Read Bangladesh’s first floating Mosque and the story of an Imam of Satkhira
Sonargaon Hefazat president, 3 others held from Dhaka
Local unit president of Hefazat-e-Islam and three other leaders were arrested from Dhaka’s Jurain in a case filed over vandalism at the Royal Resort in Sonargaon on April 3. The arrestees were identified as Hefazat president of Sonargaon unit Mawlana Mohiuddin Khan, General Secretary of the unit Mawlana Shahjahan Shibli, Vice-President Mawlana Moazzem Hossain and the key accused Mawlana Iqbal Hossain, President of Khelafat Majlish. Also Read: Hathazari Hefazat-police clash: 2,500 accused in 7 cases Rapid Action Battalion (Rab)-11 Captain Lieutenant Colonel Khandakar Saiful Alam confirmed the matter in a press release. On April 3, supporters of Hefazat Joint Secretary General Mamunul Haque went on a rampage in Narayanganj and vandalised the Royal Resort, where he was kept in police custody after locals found him with a woman, who the leader claimed to be his 2nd wife. Mahanagar Hefazat Secretary Ferdausur Rahman on April 3 said Mamunul went to the resort with his second wife where the local Chhatra League and Jubo League leaders confined and harassed him before calling in the police. Also Read: Hefazat leader Azizul Haque Islamabadi held in Chattogram Later, in the evening, madrasa teachers and students gathered in front of the resort and started chanting slogans demanding the release of Mamunul. At one point they tore down the main gate of the resort and ran riot after entering the property. As the situation was getting out of control, police released Mamunul to the protesters. Yet they continued the vandalism at the resort until the law enforcement let Mamunul's claimed wife go too.
Eviction drive recovers 14 bighas occupied by Haji Selim in Sonargaon
Local administration on Sunday recovered 14 bighas of land that was occupied by the Awami League leader and Dhaka-7 lawmaker Haji Salim in Sonargaon of Narayanganj.
Historic charm of Panam Nagar gets lost in tangle of wires
Panam Nagar, an ancient historic city of what used to be Sonargaon and now lies in Narayanganj, is being robbed of its appeal and charm in the face of the authorities' stubborn negligence.
Day Trips from Dhaka: 5 Affordable Tourist Spots near Dhaka
“What is our life full of caring, no time for standing and staring”. This childhood rhyme has sadly become the reality in our lives. Vacations relieve stress and relax our mind. But our busy schedule hardly allows us to go for long vacations. However, we can still plan day trips on the weekend. Many of us avoid visiting tourist resorts due to their exorbitant prices. Don’t worry! Still there are some inexpensive tourist places near Dhaka. In this article, we are going to introduce you with 5 affordable tourist spots for day trips from Dhaka.
Jamdani brings Sonargaon in the limelight again
Narayanganj, Oct 13 (UNB) – Sonargaon, one of the old capitals of the historic region of Bengal, has been recognised as the ‘World Craft City’ for being the birthplace of Jamdani, opening the door of creative tourism. In a landmark decision, the World Craft Council (WCC) gave the recognition through a letter on Friday, said Upazila Nirbahi Officer of Sonargaon Anjan Kumar Sarkar. “The recognition will widen the door of creativity, talents and experiences,” he said. The recognition came after the Bangladesh Folk Art and Crafts Foundation and Bengal Foundation, which organises Jamdani Festival, jointly appealed to the WCC seeking recognition of the city, located near the old course of the Brahmaputra River, as a world craft city for Jamdani and Weaving.