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    Korea crisis exposes Orwellian west

    | Updated at 12:05am on September 06, 2017

    THE western media would have us believe that North Korea and its nuclear arsenal is the world’s number one threat. The continual depiction of a ‘rogue’ state in the western media plays into the US agenda of a pre-emptive attack on North Korea...

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    Rohingya crisis: when economic priorities victimise the vulnerable

    Afsan Chowdhury | Updated at 12:05am on September 06, 2017

    SUDDENLY the brutality of the Rohingya crisis is on everyone’s digital window all over the world. Aung San Suu Kyi’s Nobel reputation lies in tatters but her hard core supporters are still standing by her, both at home and abroad...

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    India: the covenant of freedom and cooperation

    by Garga Chatterjee | Updated at 12:05am on September 06, 2017

    ON AUGUST 24, the Supreme Court of India ruled that privacy was a fundamental right of a citizen. The hearing was triggered by the union government’s mass biometric registration programme of citizens as part of the Aadhaar programme. Through the unanimous 9–0 ruling of its full bench, the Supreme Court basically trashed the BJP-led union government’s argument before the court that privacy was not a fundamental right of a citizen...

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    Politics and talaq

    by AG Noorani | Updated at 12:05am on September 06, 2017

    WHEN India’s chief justice, JS Khehar, set up a constitution bench of five judges to hear petitions on triple talaq during the court’s summer recess, many asked what sense of urgency warranted this unusual course...

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    World needs further action to end Rohingya crisis

    | Updated at 10:04pm on September 04, 2017

    THE UN Security Council’s call for all parties to de-escalate violence amidst an increased violence by Myanmar’s security forces in Rakhine State against Rohingyas forcing them, mostly, to flee homes to Bangladesh is inadequate...

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    Govt must ensure Eid-time traffic safety

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

    ENSURING road safety has become a cumbersome task for the government. It is particularly critical around Eid when thousands travel to celebrate the festival with friends and family in outlying areas. According to the Bangladesh Passengers Welfare Association, at least 311 people were killed and 862 injured during Eid-ul-fitr this year...

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    The great demonetisation botch-up

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

    ON NOVEMBER 8, 2016, when prime minister Narendra Modi announced the scrapping of high denomination notes that sustained 86 per cent of country’s economy, there was disbelief and bewilderment amongst economists and bankers as to why such a decision that defied common sense was taken...

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    Plummeting Washington-Moscow relations

    by Saeed Naqvi | Updated at 12:05am on September 05, 2017

    TWO events will influence attitudes at the 9th BRICS summit at Xiamen, China, in September 3–5 — Doklam and Trump’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan...

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    Long road to gender equality in Southeast Asia

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

    THIS month, Singapore will go to the polls for its next presidential election. According to local reports, it looks likely that the country will elect the lawyer, trade unionist and former speaker in parliament Halimah Yacob. She would be Singapore’s first female president and the first member of the Malay minority, in the Chinese-dominated state, to hold this office since 1970...

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    Thailand’s ousted PM flees abroad

    by Joseph Thomas | Updated at 12:05am on September 05, 2017

    SHORTLY before ousted Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra was to face a court ruling for her failed populist rice subsidy scheme, she reportedly fled the country, joining her likewise fugitive brother Thaksin Shinawatra in hiding abroad. Thaksin Shinawatra was himself ousted from power in 2006 for similar charges of corruption and abuse of power...

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