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The path of terrorism and suicide bombing is not the right one for a true Muslim', says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed a on November 26 said that the path of terrorism and suicide bombing is not the right one for a true Muslim. She said, "Terrorism and suicide [bombing] is not the path of a real Muslim... killing people inside a mosque is not the way of a genuine Muslim. Those who commit such crimes are of perverted mentality. If it happens, there'll be attacks on the Muslims and their lives would get tormented. So, all will have to stay alert about such offences." The Daily Star, November 27, 2015.

Nation had started getting rid of stigma of impunity through completion of trial and execution of war criminals, says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on November 23 said that the nation had started getting rid of the stigma of impunity through the completion of trial and execution of war criminals. She said, "Ziaur Rahman did not try the war criminals. We tried and executed the war criminals. I think through the trial and execution of the war criminals the victims' family members will at least get some consolation. If we cannot end the trial of war criminals, the nation will never be freed from curse." Dhaka Tribune, November 25, 2015.

Two war criminals hanged in Bangladesh: The Government on November 22 executed two war criminals, former Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee member Salauddin Quader Chowdhury and Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) Secretary General Ali Ahsan Mohammad Mujahid, after completing all legal procedures, in line with the International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) verdicts. Chowdhury and Mujahid were the third and fourth high-profile political leaders to be executed for the crimes against humanity they had committed during the 1971 Liberation War. The other two were JeI leaders Abdul Quader Molla and Muhammad Kamaruzzaman. Dhaka Tribune, November 22, 2015.

IS warns of fresh attack in Bangladesh: The Islamic State (IS) has warned that the terror group is preparing for fresh attacks in Bangladesh. In the latest edition of its online propaganda magazine 'Dabiq,' the extremist groups strategic expansion to countries like Bangladesh is discussed at length. The extremist group dedicated an entire article titled "The Revival of Jihad in Bengal" to their activities in Bangladesh or Bengal as it refers to the country. Dhaka Tribune, November 21, 2015.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed urges people to help Government efforts in eliminating militancy and raising awareness against the menace: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed on November 18 urged people to help the Government efforts in eliminating militancy and raising awareness against the menace. "It's my fervent call to you all that your support is needed in curbing terrorism and militancy as well as supplement our anti-terrorism and anti-militancy steps. Besides, you'll also have to help capture those involved in terrorism and militant acts, put them behind bars and finally ensuring their due punishment," she said. The Daily Star, November 19, 2015.

People will not allow conspirators to make the country a terrorist state, says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed: Renewing her allegation that Khaleda Zia wants to tarnish Bangladesh's image by killing foreigners, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed on November 12 said people will not allow conspirators to make the country a terrorist state. She said "Staying abroad [UK], she [Khaleda] wants to taint the country's image through killing foreigners in Bangladesh in a planned way. They (BNP-Jamaat) want to turn Bangladesh into a terrorist country through unleashing terrorism, militancy and creating Bangla Bhai as they did in the past. People believe in peace, no matter how much conspiracy Khaleda hatches…Bangladesh will become as a peaceful country in South Asia. New Age, November 13, 2015.

Bangladesh has no place for bigotry and militancy, says President Abdul Hamid: President Abdul Hamid on November 5 said that Bangladesh has no place for bigotry and militancy and people here have always been non-communal and respectful to other religions. He said that Universities should play a pivotal role in promoting the decades-old tradition of communal harmony. His remarks came against the backdrop of the killing of secular bloggers in 2015 and the recent murder of publisher Faisal Arefin Dipan. Daily Star, November 6, 2015.

Begum Khaleda Zia launched a secret killing mission staying abroad to save War criminals from ongoing trial, says Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed while addressing an Awami League (AL) rally at Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka city on November 2 said that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia launched a secret killing mission staying abroad to save War Criminals from the ongoing trial. Hasina also said, 'Awami League leaders, writers, publishers and foreigners are amongst the target of secret killings and they are being killed accordingly.' New Age, November 3, 2015.

27 journalists and freelancers have been killed in Bangladesh since 1992, says CPJ: According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a New York-based independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, 27 journalists and freelancers have been killed in Bangladesh since 1992. It said that the motive behind the killings of 19 have been confirmed while eight others remained unconfirmed. New Age, November 2, 2015.

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