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    Dreams of ‘winning’ nuclear war on Russia

    | Updated at 01:00am on March 12, 2017

    IN 1961, senior Pentagon consultants drafted a 33-page blueprint for initiating — and winning — a nuclear war against the Soviet Union. It was based on top-secret intelligence that Soviet nuclear forces were few in number and poorly defended — making them an easy target for a US preemptive strike...

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    Is election observing in Central Asia a lost cause?

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

    TO VARYING degrees, the post-Soviet states of Central Asia are governed by autocrats...

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    Wikileaks highlights importance of tech self-sufficiency

    by Ulson Gunnar | Updated at 01:05am on March 12, 2017

    LEAKED document clearinghouse Wikileaks has recently released an immense collection of documents detailing the US Central Intelligence Agency’s vast and literally Orwellian surveillance and spying capabilities...

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    Politics of statistics in Jammu and Kashmir

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

    THE wall of special status accorded to the state of Jammu and Kashmir is being demolished brick by brick...

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    Alarming increase of bad loans

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

    The increase of bad loans by about 21 per cent in the country’s banking sector is alarming...

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    Episodic drives can’t keep rickety buses off roads

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

    THE ongoing drive against old, rickety and, illegally, modified buses — which the Dhaka South City Corporation, along with other relevant agencies, began on March 5 will end on March 23 — is highly unlikely to bring about any changes in the chaotic road traffic situation...

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    Arsoning of Santal houses and majoritarian growth of the state

    | Updated at 01:35am on March 11, 2017

    THE Rangpur police have finally submitted its investigation report to the High Court on Thursday, identifying at least two policemen — Gaibandha Detective Branch subinspector Mahbubur Rahman and Gaibandha Police Lines constable Sazzad Hossain ..

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    The govt must destroy pseudoephedrine stock

    | Updated at 01:32am on March 11, 2017

    THE Directorate General of Drug Administration’s not lifting a finger to destroy the 15 tonnes of pseudoephedrine — a drug of the phenethylamine and amphetamine chemical classes which are legally imported but used in the illicit production of methamphetamine..

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    CIA’s climate change studies can lead to no good

    by Jean Périer | Updated at 01:30am on March 11, 2017

    AT THE end of 2015, Britain’s Prince Charles made a sensational statement that might sound delusional at first. He stated that climate change is one of the main causes of the war in Syria, terrorism and the mass exodus of refugees to Europe...

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    Challenges of providing water in Africa

    by Cesar Chelala | Updated at 01:25am on March 11, 2017

    ONE of the most notable changes in modern times is the rapid urbanisation of our planet, which began in the 19th century. While in 1950, 29 per cent of the global population lived in cities, that figure is estimated now at 50 per cent and by 2030 it will reach 61 per cent...

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