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Tens of thousands of Muslim devotees attend the the World Congregation of Muslims, or Biswa Ijtema every year in Bangladesh. The gathering is held every year since 1966 and aims to revive the tenets of Islam and promote peace through prayer, discussions of the Quran and sermons by Islamic scholars from around the world.
Up to half a million devotees gather for prayer on the banks of the river Turag just outside Dhaka on the final day of the event.
5 pm
Turkish plane skids off runway metres away from sea

A Pegasus Airlines aircraft is pictured after it skidded off the runway at Trabzon airport by the Black Sea in Trabzon, Turkey on January 14, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

A passenger plane skidded off the runway just metres away from the sea as it landed at an airport in northern Turkey, local media images showed.
The Pegasus Airlines flight had taken off smoothly from the capital Ankara and landed in Trabzon, but skidded off the runway in the northern airport. No one was injured or killed in the landing. Dramatic images from CNN Turk broadcaster showed the plane dangerously hanging off a cliff several metres (feet) from the Black Sea, its wheels stuck in mud.
Other images from Dogan news agency showed smoke emanating from the trapped plane.
Pegasus Airlines confirmed in a statement there were no injuries among the 162 passengers onboard as well as two pilots and four cabin crew after they were evacuated.
4 pm
China prepares to welcome Year of the Dog

Red lanterns are seen on trees ahead of Chinese Lunar New Year at Ditan Park in Beijing on January 14, 2018.   | Photo Credit: Reuters

Chinese New Year begins on a new moon day and the celebrations traditionally culminate on the 15th day with the Lantern festival. The upcoming new year is the “Year of the Dog”.
3 pm
Makar Sankranti at Sagar Island

Devotees converge at the Kapil Muni Temple in Sagar Island, West Bengal on January 14, 2018 on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.   | Photo Credit: PTI

Lakhs of devotees converge every year at Sagar Island, located at the confluence of the Hooghly and the Bay of Bengal in West Bengal’s South 24 Parganas district, on Makar Sankranti. They come from all across the country, particularly from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Rajasthan.

“I love living in India despite the threats,” says Taslima Nasreen

Writer Taslima Nazrin speaks at The Hindu Lit for Life.   | Photo Credit: Twitter/HinduLitforLife
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