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    Don’t kick the can

    Paban Raj Pandey | Updated at 12:00am on January 15, 2019

    NEVER let a good crisis go to waste’ is a famous saying in English. In December, amidst a jump in interest rates on commercial-bank deposits and the consequent reaction by authorities and the Nepal Bankers Association, an opportunity to right the wrong probably got wasted....

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    No freedom without equality at Sabarimala

    Ananya Vajpeyi | Updated at 12:00am on January 15, 2019

    WHEN Bindu Ammini and Kanakadurga’s entry into the Ayyappa Temple at Sabarimala on January 2 elicited a ‘purification ritual’ from the shrine’s priests (picture), one was reminded of the purification of the Chavdar Tank at Mahad in 1927, following B R Ambedkar’s satyagraha for ‘Untouchables’ to drink water there....

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    Support without Stigma

    Eliza King | Updated at 12:00am on January 15, 2019

    SPEAKING on the BBC’s Today programme just before the turn of the new year, actor and humanitarian, Angelina Jolie, seemed unperturbed by the trappings of the slow news season in her bid to shed light on the plight of sexual violence survivors....

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    The partisan politics of the Integrity Initiative

    Binoy Kampmark | Updated at 12:00am on January 15, 2019

    IS THERE such a plane of blissful, balanced information, deliberated and debated upon? No. Governments mangle; corporations distort....

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    Idiocy and violence of immigration

    Reza Aziz | Updated at 12:00am on January 14, 2019

    A TERM ‘unperson’, from George Orwell’s newspeak, refers to an individual or a member of a group who is systematically stripped of social and political rights, including basic human rights....

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    Saudi Arabia declares war on free speech, civil liberties

    Catherine Shakdam | Updated at 12:00am on January 14, 2019

    SAUDI Arabia has done it again… that is to land itself in the middle of a controversy that exposes not just the dictatorial devolution of its system of governance but the ineptitude of its governing dogma to self-sustain against the pushes of technology....

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    The symphony of our times

    | Updated at 12:00am on January 14, 2019

    WHEN I met Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the Gana Bhaban during July 1975, he asked me what the subject of my doctoral research was in the University of London....

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    Peace in Afghanistan will come at a price

    Zubeida Mustafa | Updated at 12:00am on January 14, 2019

    The US is now trying desperately to pull its forces from Afghanistan. Seventeen years of war is long enough....

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    An alarming increase in cervical cancer

    | Updated at 12:00am on January 14, 2019

    REPRODUCTIVE health care for women is largely focused on pre- and post-natal care and public health programmes do not attend to women’s sexual health in itself....

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    Problems keep dogging efforts to end corporal punishment

    | Updated at 12:00am on January 14, 2019

    INITIATIVES to end corporal punishment appear to have so far been mired in problems....

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