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    Govt must afford more people access to higher education

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 11, 2017

    ENROLMENT in higher education, which has increased over the past years to now reach 15 per cent, falling far behind the Asian average of 30 per cent certainly rings the bell for the government to think over it and iron out the issue in a well-thought-out way...

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    Creation of jobs should be in government focus

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 10, 2017

    MANY young Bangladeshis trying to get on overseas jobs even for the lowest wages among what young people from other South and East nations receive from such job is worrying in that they do so because employment opportunities have become scarce amid sluggish private investments...

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    So much for protection of canals, rivers

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 10, 2017

    IT IS unfortunate that encroachment on canals and the dumping of waste into them in Chittagong goes unabated, causing stagnation of rainwater and halting normal life of city dwellers. According to the Chittagong City Corporation, as New Age reported on Friday, there were 34 canals in the city in 1967–69 and only 19 of them now exist. Several canals were grabbed...

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    The latest scapegoat

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 10, 2017

    Against a background of long-simmering conflicts regarding Iran and political Islam, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and their allies have abruptly severed relations with Qatar. Thanks to the USA’s new stance in the Gulf region, both nations now feel free to drastically step up pressure on Qatar, writes Matthias Sailer..

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    Evil and the Paris accords

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 10, 2017

    When it comes to climate, we cannot avoid the reality that we as individuals play just as determinative a role in shaping our future as the supposed leader of the free world, writes Winslow Myers...

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    Retrieving ground in Afghanistan

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 10, 2017

    The legitimacy of its institutions, including the unity government and the security forces, must be enhanced, writes Rakesh Sood...

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    Say it with diamonds?

    by Zeenat Khan | Updated at 12:05am on June 10, 2017

    TWO weekends ago, on way to our summer timeshare rental place by the ocean, I noticed on the side of the road a billboard advertisement for a jewellery store. It read: ‘Diamonds make a woman weep and a man weak in the knees.’...

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    Universities must do what they need to create knowledge

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 09, 2017

    REUTERS’ second annual ranking of the Asia Pacific region’s Most Innovative Universities, a list that identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science and invent new technologies, has been published. But no universities...

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    Farmland must be protected from brick kilns

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 09, 2017

    A call to protect agricultural land from being polluted and destroyed by the hazardous impact of brick kilns is, indeed, a matter to be taken into consideration. Green activists at a seminar in Dhaka on Wednesday...

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    Significance of Rouhani’s win

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 09, 2017

    What lies ahead for Iran? Two personal views on the Iranian elections, one hopeful and one pessimistic from two people who supported Rouhani in the elections, one more reluctantly than the other, write Moujan Mirdamadi and Ali Seyedrazaghi..

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