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    Bangladesh government continues repression against garment workers

    by Sarath Kumara | Updated at 01:15am on March 07, 2017

    LAST week, the Bangladesh government released some of the labour activists arrested on trumped-up charges after a strike of garment workers demanding higher pay in Ashulia industrial district near Dhaka...

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    Squirrel control and the sorry case of frog export

    by Md Ashraful Haque | Updated at 01:10am on March 07, 2017

    SQUIRRELS have always fascinated me. I’m not sure if that has anything to do with our national poet Kazi Nazrul Islam’s popular rhyme on the subject that we recited so many times in our childhood, but the fun of watching the animal certainly does...

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    Nepotism and impunity in Rajuk

    | Updated at 01:05am on March 07, 2017

    THE corruption at Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha has been making headlines for quite some time now...

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    AG now should stand against Rampal project

    | Updated at 01:05am on March 07, 2017

    Against the political clout and the leverage the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association allegedly enjoys, the Appellate Division’s verdict on Sunday rejecting their petition for a review of an earlier verdict ordering the demolition of the illegally constructed building is welcome and promising...

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    Further delay may toll the knell of student politics

    | Updated at 12:00am on March 06, 2017

    THE remnant that is left of student politics on university campuses — of the University of Dhaka and other public universities — is hardly conducive to creating leadership as it is now centred more on partisan gains, along with associated rent-seeking, of a few ruling-class political parties and is almost not concerned about the quality of education, rights and welfare of the students...

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    A major public health threat in country

    | Updated at 09:54pm on March 05, 2017

    With a total of 121,000 people being affected by cancer every year in the country and 91,000 dying of the deadly disease, one has indeed reasons to treat cancer a major public health threat for the country. Regrettably, the government is anything but serious about successfully fighting the menace as the country is yet to have adequate arrangement for cancer treatment...

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    EU’s post-Brexit plans foresee growing conflict

    by Alex Lantier | Updated at 12:05am on March 06, 2017

    THE March 1 White Paper on Europe issued by European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker was billed as the most significant global policy response by the executive of the European Union to Britain’s unprecedented vote to leave the EU last year...

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    The symphony of our times

    Dr Mizanur Rahman Shelley | Updated at 12:05am on March 06, 2017

    WE WERE all fashioned into stronger men with demanding lessons in horse riding, game of tennis and rifle shooting. On the other hand, uncreative often uninformed and frequently boring lectures by part-time lecturers made us reassert the understanding that knowledge and learning do not come from books and lectures alone...

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    War, state and martyrdom

    | Updated at 12:00am on March 06, 2017

    In a democracy, national security functions cannot be shielded from critical public scrutiny, writes Happymon Jacob..

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    Another hatchet job on Snowden

    by Ray McGovern | Updated at 12:05am on March 06, 2017

    IN DEPICTING National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden as a Russian spy, author Edward Jay Epstein acknowledges his debt to the CIA’s famously paranoid counterintelligence chief James Jesus Angleton, who specialised in counterintuitive thinking that surely smeared more honest CIA officers than it snared actual spies...

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