Residents of 40 villages in Chandpur district will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitre on Sunday amid much enthusiasm and religious fervour .
The villagers of Hajiganj, Faridganj, Matlab North, Kachua and Sharasti upazilas will celebrate Eid on Sunday like Saudi Arabia and other Middle East countries.
The main congregation of Eid-ul-Fitr will be held at 10am at Peer Mawlana Isahak Saheber Darbar Sharif Jame Mosque in Shadra village of Hajiganj upazila following government directives, said Mawlana Jakaria Chowdhury of the darbar sharif.
The Eid congregation will be led by Dr Hafez Khaza Baki Billah Mishkat Chowdhury, he added.
Late Maulana Ishaque introduced the practice of Eid celebration in Chandpur in line with the celebration in Saudi Arabia in 1931.
Devotees of these villages began fasting on the same date with the people of Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia announced the Kingdom will celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr on Sunday as the Shawwal moon was not sighted there on Friday night, reports AP.
Meanwhile, Eid-ul-Fitr will be celebrated in the country on Monday as the Shawwal moon was not sighted in Bangladesh sky on Saturday.
The government urged Muslim devotees to avoid Eidgah or other open places for Eid congregations and offer prayers at mosques maintaining recommended health advice.
Eighteen people including a policeman and an official of Palli Bidyut Samity were infected with coronavirus in the last 24 hours till Saturday, raising the total number of cases to 295 in Sylhet district.
Himangshu Lal Roy, deputy director of Sylhet Osmani Medical College Hospital, said they found 18 people infected after testing 180 samples.
Among the newly infected people, five are from Gopalganj upazila, six from Sadar upazila, three from Jakiganj, two from Bishwanat, and one each from Jaintaipur and Dakkhin Surma upazilas, he added.
The total number of coronavirus cases in Sylhet division is now 626. Off them, 295 are from Sylhet, 92 from Sunamganj, 156 from Habiganj and 83 from Moulvibazar.
Among the total infection, 159 people made full recovery in Sylhet division.
The division has so far reported 12 coronavirus deaths.
The number of coronavirus cases in the country has been rising alarmingly as the health authorities reported the highest new coronavirus cases- 1,873 in the last 24hours until Saturday morning.
Bangladesh has so far reported 32,078 coronavirus cases and 452 deaths.
A college student drowned while fishing in Bhadraboti canal of Tarash upazila on Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Raju, son of Abdul Hannan and student of Jahir Uddin Science and Technology College.
Saguna UP chairman Abdullah Baki said Raju along with his friends were fishing in the canal.
He fell into the river while fetching the fishing net and drowned, he said.
Later, his body was recovered from the canal, he added.
A man who had been suffering from cold and respiratory problem died at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital on Saturday morning.
The deceased, hailing from Krishnapur union in Sadar upazila, was taken to Sadar hospital on Thursday with respiratory problem and then shifted to the isolation ward of the hospital, said Dr Lutfur Rahman, health and family planning officer of the hospital.
Later, the hospital authorities took his samples and sent to lab for test.
As the condition of the patient deteriorated, the hospital authorities referred him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital on Friday night where he breathed his last early Saturday.
Iqbal Hossain, Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO), said the house of the victim and his neighbours were put under lockdown.
A total of 68 people have so far found diagnosed with coronavirus in the district while 22 people recovered from the disease.
A schoolgirl went missing while taking bath in the Kirtankhola River in the city on Saturday.
The deceased was identified as Nipu, 10, a class V student and daughter of Nizam Hawladar of the city.
Nipu came to her maternal uncle’s house in Mollabari area of the city.
Quoting relatives of the victim, fire service sources said the girl went to the river beside Shaheed Abdur Rab Serniabat Bridge for taking bath and went missing around 2 pm.
On information, a firefighting unit went to the spot conducted rescue operation.