Dhaka, June 1 (UNB)- The holy Lailatul Qadr or Shab-e-Qadr, the holiest and most blessed nights for Muslims, will be observed across the country tonight with due solemnity and religious fervor.
Muslim devotees will spend the night seeking divine blessings for peace and progress of the country as well as the Muslim Ummah.
According to the holy Quran, this is superior to a thousand nights as the Quran was revealed to the greatest Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) in this glorified night to show mankind the path of worldly and eternal emancipation.
The devout Muslims usually pass the night offering special prayers, recitation from the holy Quran, holding milad mahfil, zikr, and other religious rituals at mosques and in their houses.
They will also visit graveyards to seek divine blessings for the departed souls of their near and dear ones.
Dhaka, May 31 (UNB) - Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday emphasised the importance of taking the Bangladesh-India ties to a new level as ‘it remains the highest priority to India’.
He said that this should be done as part of joint efforts to suitably commemorate the centenary of the birth of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in 2020 and the 50th anniversary of Bangladesh’s Liberation in 2021.
Modi noted that the bilateral relationship between the two countries, forged in Bangladesh’s War of Liberation, remained of the highest priority to India.
In the past five years, he said, the two countries had demonstrated great maturity and patience in resolving a number of complex pending issues, such as the demarcation of the Land Boundary.
The Indian Prime Minister met Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid at noon at Hyderabad House in New Delhi and discussed the issues of mutual interests.
During the meeting, they expressed great satisfaction at the excellent state of bilateral relations, according to Indian Ministry of External Affairs.
The President conveyed felicitations of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, now in Saudi Arabia, who was unable to travel in person because of a prior commitment.
He conveyed the invitation of the government of Bangladesh to the Indian Prime Minister to visit Bangladesh, which was accepted with pleasure.
The leaders agreed that dates would be decided through diplomatic channels.
The President of Bangladesh was in India to attend the swearing-in event of the new government of India on Thursday.
Hamid earlier paid a State Visit to India in December 2014, as well as an official visit in March 2018, for the first meeting of the International Solar Alliance.
Dhaka, May 31 (UNB) – Dhaka is gradually getting quieter as Eid holidaymakers continued to leave the capital in their thousands on Friday to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their families in villages.
Officials said the journeys this year are relatively hassle-free than previous times despite a growing pressure on roads, railways and waterways.
According to the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP), around five to six million people are expected to leave the city to celebrate Eid at their village homes.
Eid-ul-Fitr, one of the biggest religious festivals of Muslims, will be celebrated either on June 5 or 6 depending on moon sighting.
Family members of government and private job holders started leaving Dhaka on Thursday morning, though the official holidays will begin on Tuesday next.
Many holidaymakers chose to leave the city with their families a little bit early after availing of additional leave on Monday to avoid the mad rush ahead of Eid.
Meanwhile, homebound people had to wait for hours at Kamalapur Railway Station in the morning as trains failed to maintain their schedules, but there was no report of traffic congestion on highways so far.
Sources at Kamalapur Railway Station said the train schedule disruption, particularly on northern routes since morning, caused immense sufferings to the travellers.
Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan visited the railway station in the morning and apologised for the delay of four trains.
“Eighteen trains left Dhaka till 10am while the schedules of four trains were disrupted. I’m really sorry for this and it won’t happen tomorrow,” he said while briefing reporters at the station.
However, vehicles moved smoothly on Dhaka-Tangail, Dhaka-Sylhet and Dhaka-Chittagong roads from Friday morning to evening, said Shafiqul Islam, chief of Gazipur highway police.
The possibility of tailbacks on the highways is slim, thanks to the improved condition, he added.
Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said the condition of roads and highways is far better compared to the past.
“This year, Eid journeys will be comfortable and there’ll be no traffic jam. There won’t be any accident if drivers abide by traffic rules and refrain from talking on phones while driving,” he said while visiting Gabtoli area in the capital.
Goalanda, May 31 (UNB)— A mother went missing and another woman drowned in Padma River after saving two children on Friday afternoon in Goalanda upazila’s Daulatdia.
The missing woman was identified as Rebecca Khatun, 22, wife of Sujat Sheikh of the area. The deceased was named as Swapna Begum, 32, wife of Chandu Mondol of Daulatdia Natun Para area.
Eyewitnesses said two children – Nirob and Lamia – went missing while bathing in Padma. Nirob’s mother Rebecca jumped into the river and saved the children but was swept away by the current.
Swapna jumped to save Rebecca but she, too, went missing.
Locals later rescued Swapna and took her to Goalanda Upazila Health Complex where doctors pronounced her dead.
Md Ezaz Shafi, officer-in-charge of Goalanda Ghat Thana, said that Rebecca was still missing.
Goalanda Fire Service Station officer Abdur Rahman said they had to suspend the rescue operation at 8pm due to strong current and hostile weather.
The operation will resume on Saturday, he added.
Dhaka, May 31 (UNB) – Al-Quds Committee Bangladesh arranged a seminar on the occasion of the Al-Quds Day on Friday afternoon.
The seminar titled ‘Towards the Emancipation of Al-Quds’ was held at Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) auditorium at 3:30pm.
Liberation War Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haque was present as the chief guest.
Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Reza Nafar, Palestinian Ambassador Yousef SY Ramadan, former City University vice-chancellor Prof Dr Borhan Uddin were present as special guests.
Jamal Uddin Bari, assistant editor of The Daily Inqilab, presented the keynote paper. Advocate AKM Badruddoza delivered the inaugural speech.
President of Al-Quds Committee Bangladesh and Dhaka university philosophy department Prof Dr Shah Kawther Mustafa Abululae presided over the seminar.