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    The light of the world

    by Winslow Myers | Updated at 10:35pm on January 18, 2017

    THERE are two things that too many of us seem to be reluctant to take in about present conditions on our planet—the first is the threat of mass death, either suddenly by nuclear war, or gradually by changes in climate...

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    Law enforcers must have their hands clean

    | Updated at 10:30pm on January 18, 2017

    THE trial court verdicts sentencing 26 people — 16 then-employed-in-RAB personnel along with police personnel deputed to the battalion and a local ruling party leader and his associates — to death penalty and nine other law enforcers, then working with the battalion,...

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    AL’s no-talk stance over poll-time govt unreasonable

    | Updated at 10:15pm on January 18, 2017

    THE rejection by the ruling Awami League’s general secretary of the possibility of talks between the government and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party over the form of an election-time government does not, indeed, augur well for political stability that has remained uncertain since the controversial January 5, 2014 national elections...

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    Lankan govt needs to take on challenge

    by Jehan Perera | Updated at 09:25pm on January 17, 2017

    THE disquiet about the government’s commitment to deliver on its promises is now extending itself to those sections of the international community that gave their support to the government on the basis of its commitment to human rights and reconciliation...

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    Reflections on my recent visit to Bangladesh

    by Habib Siddiqui | Updated at 09:20pm on January 17, 2017

    I WAS in Bangladesh around the Christmas time. During this time of the year, many couples get married, which allowed me to attend a few of such events, almost every night I was in either Chittagong or Dhaka...

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    Kashmir forsaken

    by AG Noorani | Updated at 09:10pm on January 17, 2017

    OVER 30 years ago, prime minister Indira Gandhi called off talks with Pakistan on a no-war pact because Pakistan’s representative to the UN Human Rights Commission, Agha Hilaly, had compared Indian Kashmir with Palestine...

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    Rising inequality threatens ‘market capitalism’

    by Nick Beams | Updated at 09:10pm on January 17, 2017

    THE year 2016 was characterised politically by the emergence of deep hostility to the official political and economic establishment as a result of rising social inequality...

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    No end in sight to stalking

    | Updated at 09:05pm on January 17, 2017

    THE stabbing of a college girl on Sunday at the hand of a young man at Zakiganj in Sylhet provides yet another pointer to the lack of seriousness of the government about dealing with sexual harassment of women and girls...

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    Railway framed with bamboos and wood

    | Updated at 09:05pm on January 17, 2017

    THE use of bamboo and wood in supporting sleepers and railway lines, instead of iron bars and hooks, at some stretches in Kurigram and Moulvibazar, as New Age reported on Monday, is dangerous...

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    Bourgeois democracy faces threat from within

    by Farooque Chowdhury | Updated at 10:10pm on January 16, 2017

    Bourgeois democracy is facing threat from within. It is the perception of the world elite...

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