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    Dealing with state involvement requires joint UNP-SLFP solution

    by Jehan Perera | Updated at 11:00pm on January 11, 2017

    THE reality that Sri Lanka is a country in transition was brought to the fore once again when the Consultation Task Force on Reconciliation Mechanisms presented its final report to the government...

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    Rethinking ‘regions’ and Bangladesh in post-SAARC world

    | Updated at 11:00pm on January 11, 2017

    THE demise of SAARC is now almost certain and perhaps it was inevitable. It was not just about a ‘region’ — collected together based on mostly the British colonial past — but also a very unrealistic attempt to put some collective pressure on India, the ‘lord’ of SAARC...

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    The world at a crossroads

    | Updated at 10:50pm on January 11, 2017

    THE policy outlook for 2017 appears not too promising. Geopolitical risks will remain high. No improvement in the present unstable global order appears likely...

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    Russia isn’t bad guy you’ve been led to believe it is

    by Tom Switzer | Updated at 10:50pm on January 11, 2017

    WHAT is it about Russia that winds everyone up so much? Why all the anger, the endless barrage of alarmist rhetoric and ruthless drive to isolate a great power with a vast arsenal of nuclear weapons...

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    Worrying decline in migrant professionals

    | Updated at 10:45pm on January 11, 2017

    A DRASTIC fall in the number of Bangladeshi professionals such as doctors, engineers and teachers working abroad in recent times, as New Age reported on Tuesday, does not augur well for the country’s economy highly dependent on remittances...

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    E-textbook failure limits environment for learning

    | Updated at 10:35pm on January 11, 2017

    THE failure of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board to upload primary and secondary textbooks in electronic format on its web site, not just for this year but also for the past three years after 2013, brings to the fore some issues to think seriously about...

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    The year of the commando

    by Nick Turse | Updated at 09:15pm on January 10, 2017

    THEY could be found on the outskirts of Sirte, Libya, supporting local militia fighters, and in Mukalla, Yemen, backing troops from the United Arab Emirates...

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    Pushing for a new cold war

    | Updated at 09:10pm on January 10, 2017

    AIRSTRIKES by the United States and its allies against two Syrian army positions September 17 killed at least 62 Syrian troops and wounded dozens more...

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    The spectrum of violence

    by Oscar Jarzmik | Updated at 09:10pm on January 10, 2017

    IN APRIL 2015, the Guardian published a powerful piece by novelist Teju Cole on the less visible forms of state violence that have characterised Israel’s occupation of East Jerusalem...

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    Preventable deaths at level crossings unacceptable

    | Updated at 09:05pm on January 10, 2017

    ACCIDENTS on the railway tracks mainly at level crossings have become frequent in the country, causing deaths and injuries to people as well as damages to properties due to illegal level crossings, lack of gatekeepers and public unawareness...

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