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    Rethinking poverty

    by Anis Chowdhury | Updated at 12:05am on September 17, 2017

    AS THE United Nations Second Decade for the Eradication of Poverty (2008–2017) comes to an end and the world celebrates International Day for the Eradication of Poverty today, there will be many self-celebratory remarks and pats on the back....

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    Railway modernisation must have passengers in focus

    | Updated at 12:05am on September 17, 2017

    BEARING marks of negligence in every service area, with railway stations, railway and locomotives being in a state of dereliction, the authorities have revised the master plan for Bangladesh Railway only four years after its formulation...

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    Yet another BASIC Bank scam on wings of past govt failures

    | Updated at 12:05am on September 17, 2017

    YET another financial scam has hit BASIC Bank. The bank paid Tk 760 million for 51,500-foot space spanning 12 floors of a yet-to-be-completed 22-storey building in 2010 when Sheikh Abdul Hye Bachchu headed the bank’s board...

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    Security Council’s Rohingya observation misleading

    | Updated at 12:05am on September 16, 2017

    THE United Nations Security Council coming to put out a call for early steps to end violence in Myanmar — which has since August 25 till now forced about 4,00,000 Arakan Rohingyas to flee violence and repression at home to Bangladesh, where 4,00,000 more of them have already been living,..

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    Govt must immediately solve after-Eid ferry crisis

    | Updated at 12:05am on September 16, 2017

    THE government’s failure to make Eid travel smooth and safe seems to have long-term consequences than it was expected. Because of the shortage of ferries, tailback spanning seven kilometres was as New Age reported on Friday, seen on both side of the Patruria and Daulatdia ferry terminals on Thursday..

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    Big oil, failed democracy and false prophets

    by Ramzy Baroud | Updated at 12:05am on September 16, 2017

    TO A certain extent, Aung San Suu Kyi is a false prophet. Glorified by the west for many years, she was made a ‘democracy icon’ because she opposed the same forces in her country, Burma, at the time that the US-led western coalition isolated Rangoon for its alliance with China...

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    Under US radar: BRICS

    by Deena Stryker | Updated at 12:05am on September 16, 2017

    AS THE ninth annual BRICS gathering, held this year in China, comes to an end, it’s time to point out that these five nations representing some 23 per cent of the world’s economy and 43 per cent of its population, is almost totally absent from the western media. Yet the very fact that 43 per cent of the world’s population only accounts for 23 per cent of its wealth should make the ‘developed world’ take notice...

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    Gold oil dollars Russia and China

    by F William Engdahl | Updated at 12:05am on September 16, 2017

    THE 1944 Bretton Woods international monetary system as it has developed to the present has become, honestly said, the greatest hindrance to world peace and prosperity. Now China, increasingly backed by Russia — the two great Eurasian nations — are taking decisive steps to create a very viable alternative to the tyranny of the US dollar over the world trade and finance. Wall Street and Washington are not amused, but they are powerless to stop it...

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    Common sense and North Korea

    by Winslow Myers | Updated at 12:05am on September 16, 2017

    THE phrase ‘common sense’ implies practical and prudent good judgement, with a further implication that the obviousness of common sense is ‘common’ because it is shared by many or even all. For example, 122 nations just signed a treaty on nuclear prohibition...

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    2 new eastern districts flooded

    Md Owasim Uddin Bhuyan | Updated at 12:05am on September 15, 2017

    The flood in eastern districts aggravated since Wednesday inundating two more districts, Habiganj and Brahmanbaria. Sylhet and Sunamganj got no respite from floods since June...

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