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PM Sheikh Hasina Wajed urges all to come forward to protect the country and its people from militants: While addressing a function at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in Dhaka city on March 25, Prime Minister (PM) Sheikh Hasina Wajed urged all to come forward to protect the country and its people from militants. She said, "We don't want destruction, but development we don't want militant acts, but peace. We want Bangladesh to become a peaceful nation in the world and continue to move ahead as a peaceful country in South Asia and that's our goal." Daily Star, March 26, 2015.

Government to go tough on funding militancy, says State Minister for Finance M Abdul Mannan: Bangladesh Government will take stern action against any bank found guilty of funding militancy, said State Minister for Finance M Abdul Mannan on March 24. "If we get specific allegation against any bank, we will take action against it following an investigation," Mannan told Parliament. "The CSR [Corporate Social Responsibilities] activities have been suspended as Bangladesh Bank has been working to formulate a specific guideline to bring transparency in CSR activities," he said. Daily Star, March 25, 2015.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina urges people from all walks of life to resist BNP-JeI's political programmes: Terming the alliance of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) and Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) a platform for terrorists and militants, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at a discussion in Dhaka city's Bangabandhu International Conference Centre on March 18 urged people from all walks of life to resist BNP-JeI's political programmes which are killing innocent people. She also called BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia the queen of militancy and said there was no place for BNP-JeI's terrorist and militant activities in Bangladesh. Dhaka Tribune, March 19, 2015.

Government is planning to form a separate force to combat terrorism in the country, says State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal: State Minister for Home Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal told Parliament on March 12 that the Government is planning to form a separate force to combat terrorism in the country. He said “Counter-terrorism battalion will be formed soon. There are counter terrorism forces in different countries in the world. We are planning to do so.” He said this replying to questions from treasury bench members Tarana Halim and Fazilatunnesa Bappi. Daily Star, March 13, 2015.

We believe in talks and compromise to resolve country's political crisis, says BNP Joint Secretary General Sallauddin Ahmed: A press release signed by Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Joint Secretary General Sallauddin Ahmed on March 6 said, "We believe in talks and compromise to resolve country's political crisis. But if it is otherwise, the Government has to shoulder the responsibility for any untoward situation." DhakaTribune, March 7, 2015.

Over the past five years Bangladeshi security agencies have arrested 17 top leaders of insurgent groups banned in India, says MHA official: A senior official of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that over the past five years Bangladeshi security agencies have arrested 17 top leaders of the insurgent groups banned in India, especially those active in the Northeast. The official said "Several top leaders, including those from Meghalaya, Tripura and Assam, had taken shelter in Bangladesh. Through proactive action, the Bangladesh Government has been extending full cooperation to us in the fight against such groups. During 2009-14, at least 17 top leaders of various groups were arrested, and eight suspects surrendered." The Hindu, March 6, 2015.

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