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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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    This is the most dangerous time for our planet

    | Updated at 09:50pm on December 08, 2016

    AS A theoretical physicist based in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centered around one of the world’s great universities...

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    Unreality politics

    | Updated at 09:45pm on December 08, 2016

    BUT I don’t want to go among mad people,’ Alice remarked. ‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the Cat. ‘We’re all mad here. I’m mad. You’re mad.’ ‘How do you know I’m mad?’ said Alice....

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    President’s welcome move for political dialogue

    | Updated at 09:45pm on December 08, 2016

    THE president’s plan to hold dialogue with all registered political parties on the formation of new election commission is, indeed, welcome...

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    Directors’ borrowing from other banks worrisome

    | Updated at 09:40pm on December 08, 2016

    DIRECTORS of 46 banks holding about Tk 888 billion in loans from banks of each other’s, as of September 2016, through mutual understanding comes to be worrying for the health of the banking sector...

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    Should ICC abolish toss in Test cricket?

    | Updated at 10:40pm on December 07, 2016

    IN DECEMBER 2006, two Australian television channels, Seven and Ten, flipped a coin to decide who would get the chance to broadcast the Australian Football League’s Grand Final next year in September...

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    China expands its presence in Europe

    by Vladimir Terehov | Updated at 10:35pm on December 07, 2016

    AS New Eastern Outlook has repeatedly noted in the past, the development of Sino-European relations has emerged as one of central issues boggling the minds of the key players involved in a new global political game...

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    How Buddhism connects SAARC

    by Jawed Naqvi | Updated at 10:35pm on December 07, 2016

    AT A South Asian summit in the Maldives during the Zardari era, Pakistan decided to acknowledge its past assertively, not as it imagined its history through the familiar neo-religious prism as, say, Ziaul Haq would see it, but as it actually transpired...