Thousands of Muslims gathered at the banks of Turag River in Gazipur’s Tongi to join the three days Muslims congregation name Bishwa Ijtema, the second largest Muslim congregation after the Hajj. Devotees from home and abroad were seen streaming towards the gathering site on the banks of the river Turag at Tongi on the outskirts of Bangladesh capital Dhaka for the Bishwa Ijtema on 15-17 January 2017. Around three million people have taken part in the final prayers, according to organizers.
The congregation was first organized at the Kakrail mosque in 1946.Two years later, it was held at Chittagong’s Haji camp followed by one at Narayanganj’s Siddhirganj in 1958.As the number of participants increased, the congregation was eventually moved to the banks of Turag in Gazipur.Later, 160 acres of land was acquired and developed as a permanent Ijtema ground.
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January 14, 2017 – Dhaka, Bangladesh – A woman spits fire on the last day of Bengali month Paush. This traditional festival is locally known as Sankranti. People of the old Dhaka celebrate Shakhrine with colorful kite flying during the day and fire eating and performances after dark.
Bangladeshi activists attend a protest to stop making coal power plant in Sundarban area in Dhaka, Bangladesh on January 07, 2016. The Sundarbans is the largest single tract mangrove forest and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bangladesh is planning to build the Rampal coal-fired power plant there. It will be built by the Indian company NTPC Ltd. To operate, 4.72 million tons of coal per year which emitting huge GHG and as a result threatens the unique biodiversity and ecosystem of the Sundarbans as well as the livelihoods of million local people. In this context, UNESCO has recently asked Bangladesh to abandon the project. People in Bangladesh have organised and are tirelessly opposing this project.