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    Worrying absenteeism of teachers

    | Updated at 09:50pm on December 10, 2016

    Schoolteacher’s absenteeism in the underserved and geographically isolated areas such as Char Patilbar in Gaibandha paints to a worrying picture of primary education in Bangladesh...

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    Lack of medical device oversight could be disastrous

    | Updated at 09:45pm on December 10, 2016

    THE demand of importers and producers of medical devices for an exemption from registration and supervision of the life-saving devices — which could mean anything from simple wooden tongue depressors to haemodialysis machines — is unjust and, therefore, unacceptable...

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    Chosen leaders, proven failures, and political debacles

    by James Petras | Updated at 10:25pm on December 09, 2016

    WITH a few notable exceptions, political leaders are chosen by political leaders, and not by electorates or community-based organisations or popular assemblies...

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    Deposing of a dictator: Revisiting a magnificent mass uprising – II

    by Nurul Kabir | Updated at 10:20pm on December 09, 2016

    NEVERTHELESS, the death of the Gordon College student in police firing provoked ‘solidarity demonstrations’ in different cities of West Pakistan, including Multan, Karachi, Jhelum, Lahore, Peshawar, Hyderabad and Gujar Khan...

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    Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter become gatekeepers

    by Phil Butler | Updated at 10:20pm on December 09, 2016

    NEWS that Google, Microsoft, and Facebook will collaborate to censor their definition of terrorism on their collective networks signals Orwellian times to come...

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    Military force and drone warfare: Post-truth victims

    | Updated at 10:10pm on December 09, 2016

    THE fact that the Obama era is being assessed above all on the basis of the elegance of the president can be seen as an indication of the advancing depoliticisation of news coverage...

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    No more tannery waste-based poultry feed

    | Updated at 10:10pm on December 09, 2016

    IN A welcome verdict on Wednesday, the Appellate Division upheld the High Court verdict on the use of tannery wastes as fish and poultry feed...

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    Govt must limit schoolchildren’s backpack weight

    | Updated at 10:05pm on December 09, 2016

    THE High Court order of Wednesday on the government to limit the weight of children’s school-bags up to a tenth of their body weight is welcome in view of the negative consequences that overweight school-bags could have on health...

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    Italy’s voters slap down the elites

    by Andrew Spannaus | Updated at 10:00pm on December 08, 2016

    ITALIAN voters sent a strong message to their own government and to all of Europe, declaring through their rejection of a constitutional reform referendum that democracy is more important than efficiency and that the population won’t be bullied by threats from the political and financial elite...

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    Deposing of a dictator: Revisiting a magnificent mass uprising – I

    by Nurul Kabir | Updated at 09:55pm on December 08, 2016

    THE history of a people does pass through such phases at times, particularly with a dictatorial regime — civilian or military — being in place, when putting up organised political resistance appears to be an impossible proposition and, therefore, most people start believing that such a regime is there to stay eternally and consequently, they begin to accept the regime as a fait accompli...

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