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Militancy

Govt's slumber over, finally

After keeping them inactive for 10 months, the government yesterday decided to revitalise its socio-cultural and religion-based campaigns to fight militancy. “We discussed how to tackle militancy without using force. We decided to place more importance on mass awareness against the evil,” said State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan after chairing a meeting of the National Committee on Militancy Resistance and Prevention at his ministry. He said the awareness building drive would be carried out at places like mosques, schools, colleges...

Govt to revive social campaign against militancy

Govt to revive social campaign against militancy

The government today decided to reinvigorate its socio-cultural and religious campaign to fight militancy by involving cross-section of people. “We discussed how to tackle militancy other than using force. We laid more importance on creating mass awareness against the evils of it,” State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan said after chairing a meeting of...

STRAIGHT LINE

Gearing up anti-militancy drive

MEDIA reports are apprehensive about the inadequacy of establishment action with regard to anti-militancy drive. In fact, there is a premonition that nearly 300 militants remain at large and an equal number who were arrested have slipped through legal loopholes. There are credible fears that the fugitive militants have regrouped to strengthen militant outfit and are getting ready to strike at the opportune moment. On ground, there are reasons to worry. The recent daring ambush on a prison van to...

Say no to terrorism and militancy, PM asks children

Say no to terrorism and militancy, PM asks children

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today urged the children to adopt the philosophy and ideals of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and say no to drugs, terrorism and militancy. “Terrorism, militancy and drugs destroy ones life; you’ve to say no to drugs, terrorism and militancy,” the PM said while addressing a children’s...

Small but dangerous

Law enforcers claim they have largely contained militancy through close monitoring and regular drives for the last seven years. Still, small splinter militant groups continue to pop up and carry out criminal activities. Sunday's armed attack on a prison van to snatch three JMB members is the work of such a group, according to sources in law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The murder of blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider in February last year and the six murders in Gopibagh on December 21...

SNATCHING OF 3 JMB MILITANTS

Arms, ammo 'suggest' JMB men's escape route

Arms, ammo 'suggest' JMB men's escape route

Police recovered a plastic bag full of firearms, bullets and bombs from Ghatail upazila of Tangail this morning which they believe were dumped by fleeing JMB militants snatched from police custody in Mymensingh Sunday. Locals found the sack around 11:00am in a bush at Garobazar area of Ghatail, which is 15 kilometres off Trishal...

Tackling Extremism, Militancy

Global fund in offing

Around 70 nations, including Bangladesh, are set to form a “Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund” (GCERF) by mid-2014 in Geneva to strengthen public and private grassroots organisations and tackle violent extremist elements and militancy. GCERF plans to accumulate over the next 10 years more than $200 million, of which Bangladesh is expected to receive around $50 million as grant, stated a four-member Bangladesh delegation led by Foreign Secretary Shahidul Haque. Bangladesh, fulfilling almost all criteria, also indicated an interest in...

al-Qaeda threat: Rasel on 10-day remand

al-Qaeda threat: Rasel on 10-day remand

A Tangail court today placed Rasel Bin Sattar Khan on a ten-day remand few hours after a case was filed against him for spreading” online the audiovisual message purportedly from al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri calling upon Muslims in Bangladesh to wage intifada (popular uprising). Kamal Hossain, a deputy assistant director of Rab-12, filed two cases -- one for sedition and another under Information and Communication Technology Act--Tuesday night for spreading the message. Rab arrested Rasel, 21, a seventh semester student of Tangail Textile Institute, at a student mess at Majhipara area in Tangail town early yesterday on allegation of spreading the message said to be from al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri. Additional Chief...

Youth held for spreading Zawahiri msg

Youth held for spreading Zawahiri msg

Rapid Action Battalion members produce Rasel Bin Sattar Khan, who was arrested in Tangail for sharing on Facebook the audiovisual message said to be from al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, before the media at their headquarters in the capital on Tuesday. Photo: SK Enamul Haq A youth has been arrested in Tangail for sharing on...

THE THIRD VIEW

Politics destroying all our institutions

HABITS die hard, and bad habits die even harder, if at all.  Our self-destructive habit of blurring the vital differences between institutions of state and government and that of the ruling party is not only not dying but growing dangerously and destroying most of our cherished public institutions. The compulsion has become so strong that today it is almost impossible to be a government servant or hold any publicly funded job without establishing one's pedigree as a ruling party...

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