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    Squeezing civil society hurts India

    by Mandeep S Tiwana | Updated at 12:05am on August 26, 2017

    THIS August, India celebrates 70 years of the culmination of its freedom struggle which inspired the world...

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    Korea, Afghanistan and never-ending war trap

    by Pepe Escobar | Updated at 12:05am on August 26, 2017

    THERE are more parallels between an unfinished 1950s war in Northeast Asia and an ongoing 16-year-old war in the crossroads between Central and South Asia than meet the eye. Let’s start with North Korea...

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    Payment of festival allowance before Eid is a must

    | Updated at 12:05am on August 26, 2017

    IT IS, indeed, disappointing that workers of most of the apparel factories are yet to get their festival allowance although the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters’ Association promised, earlier on August 16, that allowances would be paid by August 24...

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    Govt must caulk gaps in laws to protect Sunderbans

    | Updated at 12:05am on August 26, 2017

    THE ban that High Court has ordered on the establishment of industries within 10 kilometres of the Sunderbans, the world’s largest contiguous stretch of mangrove forest, is heartening...

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    Joys of the occasional detour

    by Jawed Naqvi | Updated at 12:05am on August 25, 2017

    AS A journalist, one has travelled to remote places across India that have intractable pot-holed roads or have no roads at all to connect them to the rest of the country...

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    Flirting with neo-Nazi fascism is dangerous

    by Habib Siddiqui | Updated at 12:05am on August 25, 2017

    AMERICA is imploding, or so it seems. In the last couple of weeks, we saw a wave of top-level hirings, firings, resignations and feuds...

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    How relevant is Marx today?

    | Updated at 12:05am on August 25, 2017

    IT IS quite amazing that Karl Marx’s Capital has survived and been continuously in print for the past century and a half...

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    A simple amendment un-simplified

    by M Jashim Ali Chowdhury | Updated at 12:05am on August 25, 2017

    The 16th amendment to the constitution has been at the centre of public discourse for some couple of months. People opposed to the amendment are accusing the proponents for being too much academic and ignorant of the ‘reality’...

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    WDB climate projects need to be investigated

    | Updated at 12:05am on August 25, 2017

    IT IS disparaging that climate change projects implemented by the Bangladesh Water Development Board were mired in irregularities, including ‘unethical influence’ in approval and illegal implementation of the projects by politically influential sub-contractors...

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    Flood-hit farmers mustn’t be menaced for loan repayment

    | Updated at 12:05am on August 25, 2017

    MICROCREDIT lenders reportedly pressuring farmers in Sunamganj — who are as yet financially unstable and unable to manage daily meals after their crops had been damaged by flooding in March — to repay the instalment of the loans that they took after the flood in their efforts to get on a stable footing is concerning...

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