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    Of a civil service promotion examination

    by Gazi Mizanur Rahman | Updated at 12:05am on September 21, 2018

    BANGLADESH civil service officers now have only one examination to take after they are taken into a service. This examination is known as senior scale examination which is composed of three subjects — Bangladesh and current affairs, rules and laws applicable to all government offices, and rules and laws for respective cadres...

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    The failure of liberalism

    by Deena Stryker | Updated at 12:05am on September 21, 2018

    THE growing interest in and acceptance of socialist ideas in the United States with a hundred year time lag has engendered a desperate attempt to fit the political centre into the new equation in a way that preserves its self-declared superiority....

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    Climate resilience to halt rise in hunger

    José Graziano da Silva | Updated at 12:05am on September 21, 2018

    The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations and UN partner agencies such as IFAD, UNICEF, WFP and WHO, have just published the 2018 edition of The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World....

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    Violence against religious minorities

    Tasmiah Nuhiya Ahmed | Updated at 12:05am on September 21, 2018

    THE situation of minorities in Bangladesh is a human rights issue. The status of minorities all over the world has demonstrated a pattern of discrimination and insecurity. Bangladesh is no exception....

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    Hold the front page: the reporters are missing

    John Pilger | Updated at 12:05am on September 21, 2018

    THE death of Robert Parry earlier this year felt like a farewell to the age of the reporter. Parry was ‘a trailblazer for independent journalism’, wrote Seymour Hersh, with whom he shared much in common...

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    EC must step back on use of electronic voting machines

    | Updated at 12:00am on September 20, 2018

    THE approval of a project on the purchase of 1,50,000 electronic voting machines by the National Economic Council, despite reservations of 87.5 per cent of, or 35 five out of the 40, political parties registered with the Election Commission about the use of the machines in national elections, is worrying on a couple of counts and, is, therefore, unacceptable....

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    When law enforcers have no regard for law

    | Updated at 12:00am on September 20, 2018

    DEATH continue to lurk in roads and highways, questioning the political will to bring about any change in the transport sector....

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    Pakistan, Iran strengthen centre-oriented trends

    Natalya Zamarayeva | Updated at 12:00am on September 20, 2018

    The Iranian minister for foreign affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit to Islamabad in late August 2018 was the first meeting conducted by the new Pakistani leadership headed by the prime minister Imran Khan and high-ranking foreign guests....