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    Injudicious spending versus external debt

    by Gazi Mizanur Rahman | Updated at 10:15pm on January 13, 2017

    THERE is no denying the fact that foreign aid or loan is a sine qua non for development. But we should remember that development does not depend on the availability of loan alone...

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    Yet another pointer to govt apathy to wildlife

    | Updated at 10:10pm on January 13, 2017

    THAT the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centres in Sylhet, Rajshahi and Khulna have been idle since their establishment for lack of human resources, in particular, yet again betrays the government’s apathy towards conserving wildlife...

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    Dhaka water canal system under threat

    | Updated at 09:55pm on January 13, 2017

    Canals in the capital, which were once part of the city’s natural drainage system, lively with fresh water flow and aquatic biodiversity, are now under threat because of unabated encroachment, unauthorised land filling, mindless dumping of solid waste and utter negligence of their lawful protector including Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority and Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha...

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    When fear comes

    by Chris Hedges | Updated at 10:30pm on January 12, 2017

    ALEXANDER Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago, his profound meditation on the nature of oppression and resistance in the Soviet gulags, tells the story of a man who was among prisoners being moved in the spring of 1947...

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    Taking ‘Cold Start’ out of the freezer?

    | Updated at 10:20pm on January 12, 2017

    IN A wide-ranging interview with India Today, the new chief of army staff, General Bipin Rawat, appeared to drop a bombshell by acknowledging the existence of the army’s Cold Start strategy...

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    To ban or not to ban?

    by Sikander Ahmed Shah | Updated at 10:15pm on January 12, 2017

    MANY in the West view Pakistan as a safe haven for transnational terrorist organisations, and India is attempting very hard to exploit this global opinion...

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    Economic nationalism and breakdown of post-war order

    by Nick Beams | Updated at 10:15pm on January 12, 2017

    IN CONTRAST to 2016, the new year has opened with relative stability in global financial markets. A year ago, markets experienced considerable turbulence in the context of the US Federal Reserve’s decision to lift interest rates by 0.25 percentage points, a sharp downturn in the price of oil, and a plunge in bank shares...

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    Mosquitoes menace life as city authorities lack action

    | Updated at 10:10pm on January 12, 2017

    MOSQUITO menace continues to dog people’s lives, as it did in the past years, in Dhaka in the peak breeding season spanning from November to March...

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    Package solution to cross-border water problem needed

    | Updated at 09:50pm on January 12, 2017

    THE government initiative for an official Indian recognition of 16 rivers, newly categorised as transboundary, and brings them under the purview of the Joint Rivers Commission, responsible for dealing with rivers shared by the two countries, is welcome...

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    3 realities you aren’t being told about Afghanistan

    by Ulson Gunnar | Updated at 11:05pm on January 11, 2017

    US COMMANDER of US Forces Afghanistan General John Nicholson’s December 2016 briefing was paradoxical and perhaps indicative of the bankrupted foreign policy that defines America’s occupation in Afghanistan...