The opening of the Padma Bridge promises an economic boon, but for the sex workers of the country’s largest brothel, right next to Daulatdia ferry terminal, it spells doom.
The century-old boat market in Bhanga upazila of Faridpur is abuzz with buyers and sellers thanks to rising water levels in the Kumar river amid recent rains, but customer turnout is far less than before.
Rafiqul Islam and Shiuli Aktar, a couple who live in Ikor Char village under Baliakandi upazila of Rajbari, once found it difficult to ensure proper nutrition for their two children.
The demand for day labourers is considerably high in Faridpur as farms in the major crop producing region require the assistance of seasonal workers whenever the harvest period comes around.
Though the monsoon is just two months in, there has been lesser rainfall than usual this year, leading to apprehensions among jute growers in Faridpur and Rajbari over finding water sources for retting.
Onion seed farmers in Faridpur, a major growing district in southern Bangladesh, are enjoying bumper yields this year as the weather was favourable during cultivation, according to market players.
The 16-year-old schoolboy from Faridpur Sadar upazila now earns at least Tk 80,000 per month through fish farming.
The families of four Faridpur youths, who, according to a human trafficker, were on the recently capsized boat in the Mediterranean Sea, are worried sick as they are yet to get any news about the youths