The second phase of the three-day Biswa Ijtema, the second largest congregation of Muslims after Hajj, ended on the banks of the Turag River in Tongi on Sunday through the ‘Akheri Munajat’ (final prayers).
Maulana Mohammad Jamshed of India’s Delhi conducted the final prayers, said Maulana Syed Wasiful Islam. It concluded shortly after 12pm.
The 55th edition of the Biswa Ijtema began on Friday with general sermons after Fazr prayers with the participation of followers of Indian Islamic preacher Maulana Muhammad Saad Al Kandhalvi.
Devotees from home and abroad thronged the banks of Turag to take part in Ijtema.
Indian Islamic scholar Maulana Mohammad Mursalin conducted sermon after Fazr prayers that were translated in Bangla by Mufti Azimuddin on Saturday.
Meanwhile, five devotees died at the Ijtema venue during the second phase of Biswa Ijtema.
Md Anwar Hossain, commissioner of Gazipur Metropolitan Police, said they arranged extra buses and special train services for smooth movements of devotees.
The first phase of three-day Biswa Ijtema ended on January 12 where followers of Maulana Zubair Hassan, the imam of Kakrail mosque, took part.
Tabligh Jamaat has been organising the congregation at the venue since 1967.
Students in Chattogram will soon be able to travel to any destination within the city for only Tk 5.
The young students will have to pay the fare in the bus’ ‘honesty box’, which means, no-one will pester them for fair and they can travel even if they do not have money.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday gifted 10 double decker buses to the students which will start plying after Monday.
Chattogram Deputy Commissioner Mohammad Ilias Hossain said the Prime Minister will soon inaugurate the buses through a video conference.
Students of government and private schools, colleges and madrasas can go to any destination with the minimum fare Tk 5, said the DC adding that there will be two ‘honesty boxes’ in every bus, where student will put the bus fare willingly.
One of the routes will be Bohddarhat to New Market through Badurtala, Chawkbazar, Gani Bakery, Jamalkhan, Cheragi Pahar, Andarkilla and Kotowali.
Buses will also run from Oxyzen Intersection to Agrabad, Muradpur, GEC and Wasa intersections and Tigerpass areas.
According to Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), the buses will run from 6:15am to 12:45pm in the morning shift while students will enjoy it from 4pm to 5pm in the afternoon shift every day except government holidays.
Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka ranked third worst in the Air Quality Index (AQI) on Sunday morning.
It had an AQI score of 260 around 8:19am and the air was classified as ‘very unhealthy’.
Pakistan’s Lahore and Mongolia’s Ulaanbaatar were on top two positions on the list of cities with the worst air with scores of 458 and 269 respectively.
Everyone may experience more serious health effects when the AQI score is between 201 and 300.
When the value is more than 300, the air quality is considered hazardous and the entire population is more likely to be affected.
The AQI, an index for reporting daily air quality, informs people how clean or polluted the air of a certain city is, and what associated health effects might be a concern for them.
In Bangladesh, the AQI is based on five criteria pollutants - Particulate Matter (PM10 and PM2.5), NO2, CO, SO2 and Ozone (O3). The Department of Environment has also set national ambient air quality standards for these pollutants. These standards aim to protect against adverse human health impacts.
Dhaka, an overcrowded megacity, has long been grappling with air pollution. The air quality usually improves during monsoon.
A sports fan and Awami League leader died of stroke while bowling in a friendly cricket match on Saturday.
The deceased Awami League leader Selim Mia is the son of late Salauddin Mia of Modonganj Lokhharchar paira area of ward number 19 under Bondor thana.
Local residents said, Modonganj Welfare Association officials hosted a friendly cricket match on Saturday between District XI and Modonganj XI. participated in the match. Selim Mia was bowling for Modonganj when he suddenly fell. It was later determined he suffered a heart attack.
People tried to take him to hospital in critical condition, but the life in him gave away before they could make it. .
Selim Mia’s namaj-e-janaza was held after Maghrib prayers at the welfare association ground and later he was buried at Modonganj city graveyard.
Earlier, hearing the news of his death, Narayanganj City Mayor Dr Selina Hayat Ivy went to his residence and expressed sympathy to the bereaved family members.