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    Banning books

    Zahid Hussain | Updated at 12:00am on January 17, 2020

    BANNING and burning books is a manifestation of a culture that is afraid to face the truth. It is ignorance of the book’s message or the fear of the latter that is often the reason for someone trying to ban a book. We have...

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    Russia: a groundbreaking power shift

    Peter Koenig | Updated at 12:00am on January 17, 2020

    IN GROUNDBREAKING news president Putin announced on January 15, in his annual address to the nation, major changes in his government. First, he announced that prime minister Dmitry Medvedev...

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    Time to walk the talk, not talk the talk

    | Updated at 12:00am on January 17, 2020

    LOW-LYING Bangladesh with a large coastal area accounting for 20 per cent of the total land mass stands at the forefront of the emerging climate crisis. The adverse climate change impact is, as studies show, likely to...

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    Students must be unburdened of high-stake testing

    | Updated at 12:00am on January 17, 2020

    THE Directorate of Primary Education coming to have done away with provisions for the expulsion of examinees for breaching discipline and adopting unfair means in the Primary Education Completion and equivalent ibtedayi...

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    World must end illegal US economic war

    Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers | Updated at 10:59pm on January 15, 2020

    THE United States is relying more heavily on illegal unilateral coercive measures, also known as economic sanctions, in place of war or as part of its build-up to war. In fact, economic sanctions are an act of...

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    Lanka: peril of undermining rule of law

    Jehan Perera | Updated at 12:00am on January 16, 2020

    THE seizing of taped conversations that former minister Ranjan Ramanayake had with an assortment of persons on a variety of subjects, including personal foibles, was one of the outcomes of a police...

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    Call for ban on human gene editing

    F William Engdahl | Updated at 12:00am on January 16, 2020

    JAPAN has banned gene-edited human embryos and international scientists are increasing the call to ban the highly uncertain and risky practice of gene-editing of human DNA. The growing opposition comes as...

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    Sparkling people, a spiritless opposition

    | Updated at 10:08pm on January 15, 2020

    THE long wall along the Jamia Millia Islamia University in Delhi is plastered with posters affirming Hindu-Muslim unity, portraits of Bhagat Singh and Bhim Rao Ambedkar and — no surprises here — charcoal scrawls against...

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    Financial mismanagement in plain sight of PDB

    | Updated at 12:00am on January 16, 2020

    STATE-OWNED power distribution companies have not been able to build reputation of being consumer-friendly. There have been allegations of arbitrary power price increase. There have also been allegations of corruption against...

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    A plea to cover up momentous governance failure

    | Updated at 12:00am on January 16, 2020

    THE number of rape is reported to have doubled in a year, with 1,370 incidents having been reported in 2019, as Bangladesh Mahila Parishad said early January, compared with 697 incidents having been...

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