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    Road sector administration needs to be shored up

    | Updated at 12:05am on May 03, 2018

    AT LEAST 2,123 people coming to be killed and 5,558 others injured in 1,871 traffic accidents, as the Passenger Welfare Association of Bangladesh says, in the first four months of the year paints bleak picture...

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    Whither China under president Xi?

    by Muhammad Azizul Haque | Updated at 12:05am on May 03, 2018

    WITH most powerful positions combined in him — head of the Communist Party of China, head of the state, and chairman of the Central Military Commission, Xi Jinping has been, from his very first year in office as president, the most powerful of all the leaders in the world vis-à-vis their respective nations....

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    Can France end up becoming a permanent member?

    by Deena Stryker | Updated at 12:05am on May 03, 2018

    WHETHER or not one likes former Rothschild banker Emanuel Macron’s neo-liberal domestic policies — which most French find abhorrent — you have to give France’s youngest president credit for emulating Vladimir Putin’s way of all but forcing recalcitrant players to negotiate — including President Trump....

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    Rebels of the past meet the rebels of today

    | Updated at 12:05am on May 03, 2018

    YOUTH makes revolutions. Thomas Jefferson was 33 in 1776 at the start of the American independence movement. Elizabeth Cady Stanton was the same age at the Seneca Falls Convention that launched the women’s rights movement in the US in 1848. Che was 31 when the Cuban guerrillas seized power in Havana....

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    Community struggles in Tunisia, South Africa

    | Updated at 12:05am on May 03, 2018

    EMPLOYMENT and income generated by industrial mining activities are fields of tensions. Mining companies, government representatives or so-called development agencies argue with employment opportunities; surrounding communities are often disrupted and opponents criticise low numbers of new work possibilities. Case studies from South Africa and Tunisia reflect the issue and illustrate the role of community organising...

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    Comprehensive constitutional change is a better option

    | Updated at 12:05am on May 01, 2018

    THE political debate about the proposed 20th amendment needs to be considered in the national perspective....

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    May Day in a neoliberal society

    by Jon Kofas | Updated at 12:05am on May 01, 2018

    A FORBES article entitled, ‘On May Day, Communism Is A Much-Closeted Joke’ proclaimed the triumph of neoliberalism and the end of celebrating workers as follows: ‘Once its biggest self-celebration, May Day now signals Mayday for global communism....

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    Meeting in Panmunjom

    by Binoy Kampmark | Updated at 12:05am on May 01, 2018

    It seems, and certainly feels, like a distant number of months since a panel of experts noshed and chatted over how best to overcome the nuclear impasse that pitted North Korea against its southern neighbour and allies...

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    Bangladesh Bank and credit card

    by M Serajul Islam | Updated at 12:05am on May 01, 2018

    NOTHING is a surprise in the country any more when in an election year, the ruling party is in full swing into seeking the votes for a third consecutive term in office while the Bangladesh Nationalist Party that could come to power through a fair election is being denied....

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    Foot-dragging over dedicated bus lanes must end

    | Updated at 12:05am on May 01, 2018

    IT IS concerning that dedicated lanes for bus in the capital, as proposed in government plans, still remain just a plan....

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