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    The 1955 Bandung conference and its present significance

    by Yayan GH Mulyana | Updated at 12:05am on April 13, 2017

    FIFTY-SIX years ago, on April 18–24, 1955, a conference that involved five sponsoring countries (Burma, Ceylon, India, Indonesia and Pakistan) and 24 participating countries from Asia and Africa convened in Bandung. The Bandung conference turned out to be a historic watershed in the international relations of those countries...

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    Myanmar’s unique challenges

    | Updated at 12:05am on April 13, 2017

    ONE year ago, a new chapter opened in Myanmar’s history. In April 2016, Aung Sang Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy took office following its sweeping election victory the previous November. This peaceful transition to democratic government was the culmination of a remarkable and largely unpredicted opening-up by the entrenched military regime that had ruled the country for five decades...

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    National myths

    | Updated at 12:05am on April 13, 2017

    NATIONAL myths glorify nations, create a false sense of superiority and impunity among members towards others and cause abuse. Myths harm myth creators too as they abandon reality. Writers must bust myths to protect both. The two-nation theory is such a myth. Opposing it doesn’t mean opposing Pakistan. Liberal ideals better justify its creation...

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    Collateral damage of delaying transitional justice process

    by Jehan Perera | Updated at 01:05am on April 12, 2017

    THE International Women of Courage award to Sandya Ekneligoda by the US government, and presented to her by first lady Melina Trump, was a symbolic affirmation that the fate of victims of enforced disappearances is an international priority that will not be negated by either time or official denials...

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    The scary temptation of war in Syria

    | Updated at 09:56pm on April 11, 2017

    AFTER the Soviet Union launched a full-scale invasion of Afghanistan in December 1979, president Jimmy Carter remarked to a television interviewer that this event had ‘made a more dramatic change in my opinion of what the Soviets’ ultimate goals are than anything they have done in the previous time I have been in office...

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    Babri Masjid-Ramjanmbhoomi: need for justice

    by Ram Puniyani | Updated at 01:05am on April 12, 2017

    AFTER the long wait, the Supreme Court chief justice JS Khehar opined that long pending dispute of Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid should be settled out of court...

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    Can old South Asia survive?

    | Updated at 01:05am on April 12, 2017

    THE key state now influencing the changing face of South Asia is not even from South Asian geography — it’s China...

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    The uses of Chinese philosophy

    | Updated at 01:05am on April 12, 2017

    IN HIS great overview of the high imperial era of Chinese history, the late FW Mote wrote of how, with the clash between Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism, the Chinese world was one which necessarily had to have hybrid values...

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    Teachers must not suffer for govt indolence

    | Updated at 01:05am on April 12, 2017

    THE call of the Bangladesh Government Primary School Teachers’ Association for the finance minister to end discrepancy in their salary structure, as New Age reported on Tuesday, is concerning in that the discrepancy that the teachers are seeking to be redressed exists because of the inaction of the government...

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    Time for govt to root out police corruption

    | Updated at 01:05am on April 12, 2017

    CORRUPTION in the law enforcement agencies has reached such a state that the police headquarters have expressed deep concern...

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