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    No more delay in signing Teesta water sharing treaty

    | Updated at 10:28pm on February 09, 2017

    IT IS disappointing that the government has put on hold negotiations on the sharing of water of six transboundary rivers — the Manu, Muhuri, Khowai, Gumti, Dharla and the Dudhkumar — as there is no possibility of signing an agreement on sharing water of the Teesta and the Feni...

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    Amici curiae could come from other professions, too

    | Updated at 10:27pm on February 09, 2017

    THE appointment of 12 senior lawyers by the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court as amici curiae, or friends of the court, to assist the court by giving information and opinion that bear on a government appeal against a High Court verdict of May 5, 2016, which declared illegal and contradictory to the constitution the 16th amendment to the constitution is welcome...

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    Dear honourable environment minister!

    by Farida Akhter | Updated at 12:05am on February 10, 2017

    WHAT is the role of the ministry of environment and forestry in giving approval to a government project? I wanted to ask the very question to the minister directly in a TV show in which he featured recently. I couldn’t get through. So here I am asking the question for his kind attention...

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    India: union govt no superior to state govts

    by Garga Chatterjee | Updated at 12:05am on February 10, 2017

    THE 2017 union budget presented by Indian Union government’s finance minister Arun Jaitley has many aspects. His speech touched upon some of them. I will not discuss all of them as there is nothing transformative or game-changing there...

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    Human extinction 2026

    by Robert Hunziker | Updated at 12:10am on February 10, 2017

    HUMAN extinction by 2026, a controversial/questionable idea, is examined in some detail on the web site: arctic-news.blogspot.com. Within the posted article, a bright red box highlights the hypothesis: ‘Will humans be extinct by 2026?’ Of course, simply posing the question is tantamount to endorsing the conclusion in the affirmative...

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    A continent of hope

    by António Guterres | Updated at 10:30pm on February 09, 2017

    FAR too often, the world views Africa through the prism of problems. When I look to Africa, I see a continent of hope, promise and vast potential...

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    A preview of the Trump era crimes to come

    | Updated at 10:30pm on February 09, 2017

    IT STARTED in June 2015 with that Trump Tower escalator ride into the presidential race to the tune of Neil Young’s ‘Rockin’ in the Free World.’..

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    Why whistleblowers are essential to democracy

    by Rebecca Sentance | Updated at 10:25pm on February 09, 2017

    On January 17, 2017, whistleblower Chelsea Manning’s 35-year prison sentence was commuted to seven years from her date of arrest, in one of president Obama’s last acts before leaving office...

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    US is playing with fire on Iran

    by Scott Ritter | Updated at 10:15pm on February 09, 2017

    LAST Wednesday, national security adviser Michael Flynn appeared in the White House briefing room to issue a statement...

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    Withdrawal of police officials not enough

    | Updated at 10:10pm on February 09, 2017

    THE High Court order for the government to immediately withdraw the police superintendent of Gaibandha, along with the entire police force deployed on November 6, 2016 at Chambari Beel at Gobindaganj when Santal houses were burnt after clashes between the Santals and the police is welcome...