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    Banks with political clout must not plunder public money

    | Updated at 09:58pm on August 11, 2017

    THE performance of the nine new banks which started functioning in 2012, as reviewed by a study of the Bangladesh Institute of Bank Management in its report that was launched on Thursday, seems to be a pathetic tale of banking governance and deplorable failures of the banking regulators, or the government for that matter...

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    Non-communicable diseases major public health concern

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

    DEATH from non-communicable diseases is significantly on the rise and must be recognised as a major public health concern. The Bangladesh Health Watch report, as New Age reported on Friday, revealed that 59 per cent of the deaths a year take place because of non-communicable diseases...

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    Is history repeating itself?

    by Dan Glazebrook | Updated at 12:05am on August 12, 2017

    TWENTY years ago this month, a run on the Thai currency triggered a financial crisis that quickly devastated the economy of the entire region, sinking the currencies of Thailand, Indonesia and South Korea and ultimately spreading as far as Russia and Brazil. Far from ‘lessons being learned’, however, history looks worryingly set to repeat itself...

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    Spreading emergency in Indian Union

    by Garga Chaterjee | Updated at 12:05am on August 12, 2017

    THE Bihar state of the Indian Union has just witnessed the most serious post-election reversal of its people’s electoral will. In its last assembly elections, citizens of Bihar delivered a direct reversal of the electoral mandate of Lok Sabha 2014 that has enabled the Bharatiya Janata Party to do a near-sweep of Bihar’s Lok Sabha seats...

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    Utopian dreams, dystopian nightmares

    by Richard Falk | Updated at 12:05am on August 12, 2017

    WE ARE living amid contradictions whether we like it or not, driving expectations about the future toward opposite extremes. Increasingly plausible are fears that the ‘sixth extinction’ will encompass the human species, or at least, throw human society back to a technology of sticks and stones, with a habitat limited to caves and forests...

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    War without end

    by Sandra Petersmann | Updated at 12:05am on August 12, 2017

    In June 2017, US secretary of defence Jim Mattis summed up the status of the United States’ longest war in one straightforward sentence given to the Senate Armed Services Committee, ‘We are not winning right now in Afghanistan.’ He then vowed to ‘correct this as soon as possible.’ It has been more than a month and this correction has yet to take place...

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    The future of sex in Africa

    | Updated at 12:05am on August 11, 2017

    IN DECEMBER last year I went to see a doctor. I had been feeling tired and wanted to check whether my haemoglobin levels had dropped, given that I am prone to anaemia...

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    Time to stop slow-burning genocide in Myanmar

    by Habib Siddiqui | Updated at 12:05am on August 11, 2017

    EVERYDAY I receive dozens of e-mails. Most of these e-mails, at least 30, are about Myanmar’s inhuman treatment of the minorities...

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    Terrorism and the law: a question of ‘free will’?

    by Paul Bentley | Updated at 12:05am on August 11, 2017

    THE war is not only being fought on the battlefields of Raqqa, Kabul and Chattisigargh; nor only in the classrooms, forests, and financial markets; it is also being fought in the courts...

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    More opportunity than threat

    by James O’Neill | Updated at 12:05am on August 11, 2017

    IN JUNE of this year a new dispute between India and China arose when Indian troops moved into an area where the borders of Bhutan, Tibet and China meet and confronted Chinese workers building a road...