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    Part CXXXVII: The symphony of our times

    Dr Mizanur Rahman Shelley | Updated at 12:10am on November 21, 2016

    LIFE went on at a familiar pace. There was, however, an unexpected happening which led to my second face-to-face meeting with president Ayub Khan in Rawalpindi in the hot summer of 1967...

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    Delhi: capital of rape, capital of stalking

    by Garga Chatterjee | Updated at 12:10am on November 21, 2016

    IN THE great ‘cosmopolitan’ national capital region of Delhi, certain kinds of people find their total freedom to be themselves...

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    City officials must protect public spaces

    | Updated at 12:15am on November 21, 2016

    THE capital city of Dhaka losing its parks, playgrounds and other public spaces to people having political and economic leverage or because of the negligence and corruption that city corporations, which manage them, are reported to have been infested with is alarming...

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    Controversy over draft citizenship law

    | Updated at 12:20am on November 21, 2016

    THE draft Citizenship Act 2016, indeed, has reasons to raise concern...

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    WORLD CUP 2022 AND QATARI REFORMS : So much hot air

    | Updated at 11:18pm on November 19, 2016

    THE controversial awarding of the hosting rights has certainly contributed to more open discussion in Qatar of previously taboo subjects, such as the rights of workers who constitute the vast majority of the population of the tiny, energy-rich Gulf state; the definition of Qatari identity; what rights, if any, non-Qataris should have in obtaining Qatari citizenship; and the rights and social position of women and gays...

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    ‘Marco Polo’ Xi Jinping jockeying in post-Obama world

    by Pepe Escobar | Updated at 11:12pm on November 19, 2016

    BEIJING and Moscow have arrived at the conclusion that president-elect Donald Trump is not an ideologue in the neocon sense of the term; he’s a pragmatist. Therefore, resets are inevitable, as well as surprises...

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    Not all to resolve standing water issue

    | Updated at 11:08pm on November 19, 2016

    THE restoration of canals, rivers and wetlands in and around Dhaka could be a major leap forward in government efforts to rid the capital city of water stagnation problem, which has almost become a perennial problem...

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    BNP’s electoral reform proposals

    | Updated at 11:01pm on November 19, 2016

    THE Bangladesh Nationalist Party chairperson, Khaleda Zia, on Friday came up with a set of proposals for the formation and strengthening of a new Election Commission to ensure ‘free, fair and credible elections’ in coming days...

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    An atrocious claim of Pakistan for asset payback

    | Updated at 11:14pm on November 18, 2016

    THE federal government of Pakistan, as reported by the country’s Express Tribune newspaper on November 15, to claim Rs 9.21 billion from Dhaka that Islamabad thinks Bangladesh, as East Pakistan, owes Pakistan by June 30, 2016 ‘in respect of transactions between government offices...

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    No more misuse of antibiotics

    | Updated at 11:12pm on November 18, 2016

    EXCESSIVE use of antibiotics continues unabated posing an increased threat to public life. We have earlier discussed in this column on several occasions that people, especially those unaware of the use of life-saving drugs, randomly take the medicine..