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    Lanka needs joint decision-making to overcome sense of drift

    by Jehan Perera | Updated at 12:15am on April 05, 2017

    IN THE public perception there is a sense of drift in the constructive activities of the government on all fronts. President Maithripala Sirisena has been attempting to overcome this sense of drift by political means. He has been having public programmes that enhance his own visibility...

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    Is Facebook becoming an inclusive substitute for field-level politics?

    Afsan Chowdhury | Updated at 12:15am on April 05, 2017

    ARE we more into politics on Facebook than the field level because it allows many to participate safely? We have no control over traditional politics, never sure which way it will flow but Facebook is under many kinds of control, our control. It’s more reliable and authentic; our opinions matter and if we want we can check and see which opinions are poplar and which aren’t. Nobody beats you up, and everyone has friends and followers...

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    The national question in India – II

    by Salimullah Khan | Updated at 12:10am on April 05, 2017

    ‘THERE was no basis for the emergence of nationalities before the British conquests,’ Irfan Habib, the well-known Aligarh historian, once argued, ‘because there was no trace of any emerging bourgeoisie.’ Habib’s is a stance that may be taken as typical of what goes by the moniker Marxism in South Asia, our part of the world...

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    No military pact with India

    by KBM Mahmoud | Updated at 12:05am on April 05, 2017

    THERE are widespread speculations on the prospects of India inviting Sheikh Hasina to sign a ‘defence alliance’ between Bangladesh and India during the upcoming prime minister-level meet in New Delhi...

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    African horizons of the New Silk Road

    by Dmitry Bokarev | Updated at 01:05am on April 04, 2017

    THE New Silk Road project mapped out by China in 2013 envisaged the development of a network of land transport routes originating in China and interconnecting Eurasian countries, thus creating a single Eurasian economic space...

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    The national question in India — Part I

    by Salimullah Khan | Updated at 01:05am on April 04, 2017

    SOUTH Asia, to use a neologism for a subcontinent containing many nations and nationalities, contains more ‘competing nationalist sensitivities’ today and without any clear vision for an imminent resolution...

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    The five poverties of inequality

    by Carlos March | Updated at 01:05am on April 04, 2017

    DESPITE billions spent in official aid to fight poverty, the number of poor people in the world is not diminishing. And Latin America remains the most unequal region in the world...

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    Travel Paranoia

    by Habib Siddiqui | Updated at 01:05am on April 04, 2017

    HOW paranoid can one become? Consider the latest laptop ban...

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    Time for sustained public protest against dowry

    | Updated at 01:05am on April 04, 2017

    IT IS although disquieting but not surprising at all that at least 28 women were killed for dowry, 11 women were killed after rape and 100 women committed suicide in the first three months of this year...

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    Suspension of elected official is autocratic

    | Updated at 01:05am on April 04, 2017

    IN THE parochial way the government is using an unjust law to prevent elected mayors of Rajshahi and Sylhet from taking over their mayoral responsibilities sets a negative precedent for governance in Bangladesh...

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