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RAB launches centralized database system: The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) while inaugurating the database management system at the RAB headquarters in Dhaka city on November 27 launched a centralized database system along with detailed information about 40,000 criminals who have been in 64 jails across the country since 2011. RAB sources said that it can generate 150 types of information, including Auto Biometric Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS), about a criminal of the country. The Independent, November 28, 2014.

Bangladesh hands over list of 51 militants and criminals believed to be hiding in India: Bangladesh on November 18 handed over to the visiting team of India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) a list of 51 including 10 militants and 41 top criminals who are believed to be hiding in India. The NIA team, on the other hand, gave the intelligence agencies in Dhaka a list of 11 suspected militants thought to be behind the October 2 Burdwan blast in West Bengal (India). Dhaka's list includes Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Sohel Mahfuz, Anwarul Islam Faruque alias Jamai Faruque, Bomaru Mizan, Salehin, Tariqul Islam, Maulana Taj and Maulana Yahiya. On the other hand, NIA''s list includes Kawser, Mawlana Yousuf Sheikh, Talha Sheikh, Rezaul Karim, Amjad Ali Sheikh, Abul Kalam, Shah Noor, Borhan Sheikh, Habibur Rahman Sheikh, Jahirul Islam Sheikh and Nasirullah. Daily Star, November 19, 2014.

Bangladesh is among 13 countries vulnerable to high terror risk, says Global Terrorism Index 2014: The Global Terrorism Index 2014, compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), a Sydney-based non-profit research organization, in a report published on November 18, calculating various political, social and violence factors to determine the risk said that Bangladesh is among the 13 countries vulnerable to high terror risk. Though not in conflict, Bangladesh is at risk of higher levels of terrorism, according to the Global Terrorism Index report. Bangladesh ranks 23 rd among 162 nations in the Global Terrorism Index. Daily Star, November 18, 2014.

The trend towards using female operatives in the Islamist militant outfit in the country is alarmingly growing, say Police: Detective Branch (DB) of Police on November 13 said that the trend towards using female operatives in the Islamist militant outfit in the country is alarmingly growing. The militant outfits are using their female members as a distraction technique to pull the wool over the eyes of law enforcers. Such tendency is largely adopted by the banned organization Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). The technique is known amongst the militant outfits as couple module. The JMB planned to set up their den in West Bengal (India) by using this technique. Dhaka Tribune, November 14, 2014.

Government is waiting for copy of SC verdict to decide over execution of Mohammed Kamaruzzaman, Law Minister Anisul Huq: Law Minister Anisul Huq while taking to reporters at his office in Dhaka city on November 11 said that the Government is waiting for the copy of the Supreme Court (SC) verdict to decide over the execution of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) Senior Assistant Secretary General Mohammed Kamaruzzaman. The Law Minister further told the media that the jail authorities were asked to take preparations for the execution." The Indpendent, November 12, 2014.

Government must take over businesses controlled by JeI, says President of National Awami Party Pankaj Bhattacharya: Pankaj Bhattacharya, President of National Awami Party, on November 6 said, "In order to root out militancy in the country, the Government must take over the businesses controlled by Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI)." He further said that there were 125 businesses, which had strengthened the economic base of JeI and facilitated the party to "spread militancy". Daily Star, November 7, 2014.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed vows to complete War Crimes trial and execute all verdicts to free the nation from stigma: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed on November 3 once again vowed to complete the War Crimes trial and execute all the verdicts to free the nation from stigma. She said, "The Awami League (AL)-led Government had committed itself to trying War Criminals. We did it, despite threats from several quarters." Daily Star, November 4, 2014.

India needs to take actions to destroy Bangladeshi militants operating from India much in the same way Indian militants have been obliterated from Bangladesh's soil, says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed in an interview with Kolkata-based Anandabazar Patrika on October 31 said, "India needs to take actions to destroy Bangladeshi militants operating from India much in the same way Indian militants have been obliterated from Bangladesh's soil." Hasina's statement came after Indian intelligence claimed that the two people killed in a recent explosion in a house at Burdwan in West Bengal (India) were Bangladeshis and members of outlawed militant outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB). The Independent, November 1, 2014.

JeI ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami sentenced to death for war crimes during Liberation War: Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) ameer (chief) Motiur Rahman Nizami (71) was sentenced to death, on October 29, by the International Crimes Tribunal-1 (ICT-1) for mass murder, rape and looting during 1971 Liberation War. Nizami was found guilty on eight of the 16 charges brought against him. Four charges brought him death: he was involved in the killings of intellectuals murders of 450 civilians and rape in Bausgari and Demra killings of 52 people in Dhulaura killings of 10 people and rape of three women in Karamja. Daily Star, October 30, 2014.

ICT-2 sentenced JeI central executive committee member Mir Quasem Ali to death for abduction, torture and murder during Liberation War: The International Crimes Tribunal-2 (ICT-2) on November 2 sentenced Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) central executive committee member Mir Quasem Ali (62) to death for abduction, torture and murder during the Liberation War of 1971. The tribunal found him guilty on 10 of the 14 charges. The tribunal awarded Quasem the capital punishment on two charges, one for abduction, torture and killing of 15-year-old freedom fighter Jasim of Sandwip sub-District in Chittagong District; another for abducting, torturing and killing Ranjit Das alias Lathu and Tuntu Sen alias Raju of Chittagong town in Chittagong District. Daily Star, November 3, 2014.

NIA uncovers JMB plot to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed and carry out coup: National Investigation Agency (NIA) of India on October 28 uncovered a suspected plot by banned militant group Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) to assassinate Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed and carry out a coup. The outlawed JMB also planned to assassinate Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia, said the Indian officials requesting anonymity. They did not explain how the militants planned to carry out the assassinations. Daily Star, October 29, 2014.

'I don't see any reason to be afraid of', says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed: Asserting that the Government has the capability to face any challenge, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed at her official residence Gono Bhaban (People's House) on October 7 (today) said "I don't see any reason to be afraid of, had I been afraid of such conspiracies I wouldn't have come to politics". Mentioning the report on a conspiracy hatched to topple the Government through unfair means, she said it was the responsibility of the Government to make sure such conspiracy cannot take place and affect the mass people. Daily Star, October 7, 2014.

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