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    High growth of hard-term loans gravely concerning

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 14, 2017

    A HIGH growth of non-concessional loans, having more than 5 per cent interest rate and shorter grace and repayment period as opposed to concessional loans which have less than 1 per cent interest rate, and suppliers’ credit,....

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    The US hand in the Libyan/Syrian tragedies

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 13, 2017

    POLICE investigations and media reports have confirmed that two of the bloodiest terrorist attacks in Western Europe — the coordinated bombings and shootings in Paris in November 2015, which killed 130 people, and the May 2017 bombing of the arena in Manchester, England, which killed 23 — trace back to an Islamic State unit based in Libya known as Katibat al-Battar...

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    Merkel, Macron and the future of the EU

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 13, 2017

    FROM the founding of the European Coal and Steel Community to the creation of the euro, the European Union has been driven by a Franco-German locomotive...

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    Solar tower power is on the rise

    by Paul Brown | Updated at 12:05am on June 13, 2017

    SOLAR generation systems can now produce electricity and store it for hours, using solar tower power without any need for batteries....

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    Saudi Arabia is Destabilising the World

    by Stephen Kinzer | Updated at 12:05am on June 13, 2017

    JUST a few months ago, the governor of Indonesia’s largest city, Jakarta, seemed headed for easy re-election despite the fact that he is a Christian in a mostly Muslim country...

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    Regulation of recruitment brokers is a must

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 13, 2017

    IT IS unfortunate that the government has no ‘immediate plans’ to regulate brokers involved with recruitment of male and female workers from remote rural areas for overseas jobs....

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    ICT act continues to intermediate dissenting voice

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 13, 2017

    THE concern over the abuse of section 57 of the Information and Communication Technology Act 2006 rose to prominence again as the number of cases under the said act has significantly increased in recent times...

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    Bengali tourists in CHT

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 12, 2017

    Tourism in the Hill Tracts has always been uni-directional, it has always played an aggressive role. If we introduce the issue of land, and of bhumiputras (sons of the soil) to the issue of tourism...

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    HWF activists demanding justice for Kalpana Chakma beaten, arrested

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 12, 2017

    Activists of Hill Women’s Federation demanding justice for Kalpana Chakma on the anniversary of her abduction nearly 20 years ago were beaten, their banner snatched, kicked, shoved and lathi-charged by police and BGB on June 8 in Khagrachhari town...

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    The ‘criminal tribe’ stereotype, then and now

    by Farida C Khan | Updated at 12:05am on June 12, 2017

    THE criminalisation of certain peoples in order to legitimise their surveillance, control, imprisonment, and even elimination is a tactic described in detail by Foucault (1966). It is also written about by various post-colonial Indian scholars regarding strategies and maneuvers used by the British Colonial Administration to settle and bring under their control territories that were inhabited by a highly heterogeneous multiplicity of communities, many of whom lived in forests and hills...

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