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Bangladesh launches billion dollar ‘model’ mosques to counter radicals

DHAKA: Bangladesh has launched a billion-dollar campaign to build hundreds of "model mosques", partly with Saudi funding, to try to counter radical Islam in the Muslim-majority country, officials said Friday. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who inaugurated work on nine mosques through a video conference on Thursday, is also trying to bolster links with Muslim groups in an election year, according to analysts. A senior official said 560 "model mosques cum cultural centres" would be built in the next 30 months as part of a…

Investigators raid Zakir Naik’s offices in Mumbai, file case

MUMBAI: An investigation agency raided 10 offices of Islamic preacher Dr. Zakir Naik's Islamic Research Foundation (IRF) located across Indian city of Mumbai on Saturday morning. According to Indian media, a First Information Report (FIR) has also been filed against the preacher on charges of “spreading enmity amongst religions”. Indian media reported that the case was filed against the cleric after the authorities examined his speeches aired on a religious television channel. It should be noted that the National…