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    Govt must step forward to look into police torture allegation

    | Updated at 12:05am on October 21, 2017

    A GROUP of unnamed attackers vandalised the house of a man, Shahjalal, said to have been tortured earlier in police custody at Khalishpur in the Khulna city, and beat up his family on Wednesday...

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    So much for protection of rivers, canals

    | Updated at 12:05am on October 21, 2017

    IT IS disconcerting that a judicial inquiry committee set up to identify illegal structures on the River Turag found 30 illegal structures built by 30 individuals and companies on the river. Gazipur chief judicial magistrate, as New Age reported on Friday, carried out the investigation as directed by the High Court and submitted the report on October 11...

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    ‘The agreement of the century’

    by Paul Larudee | Updated at 12:05am on October 21, 2017

    ACCORDING to a report circulating unofficially in Arabic, the latest in a sixty-nine year history of proposals to resolve the western Zionist invasion of Palestine (AKA the Israeli-Palestinian ‘conflict’) is about to see the light of day. It claims Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu originated the proposal and that secret deliberations have been underway for more than five months...

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    Tank tracks and train tracks

    by Joseph Thomas | Updated at 12:05am on October 21, 2017

    WHILE Thailand undergoes a sensitive transition with the October funeral for its head of state, the widely respected and revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the Southeast Asia constitutional monarchy, home to 70 million and one of the strongest regional economies, continues forward with solid footing in its, and the region’s realignment with its neighbours and East Asia, particularly China...

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    Socialism, land and banking

    | Updated at 12:05am on October 21, 2017

    SOCIALISM a century ago seemed to be the wave of the future. There were various schools of socialism, but the common ideal was to guarantee support for basic needs, and for state ownership to free society from landlords, predatory banking and monopolies...

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    ISIS, a global franchise

    | Updated at 12:05am on October 21, 2017

    THE war against ISIS in Raqqa is nearing its end. But in all likelihood, the group will transform itself into an insurgent force, thus reclaiming the status it had until 2013...

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    Polls and politics

    by AG Noorani | Updated at 12:05am on October 20, 2017

    ELECTION commissioner OP Rawat is the latest victim of flattery...

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    Obesity: treating now, avoiding consequences later

    by Akhtarun Nahar Alo | Updated at 12:05am on October 20, 2017

    SINCE 1998, October 11 started being observed as Obesity Awareness Day in Latin America and was finally established by the World Obesity Federation as World Obesity Day in 2015...

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    The thwarted dreams of Kurdistan

    | Updated at 12:05am on October 20, 2017

    IT WAS in 1916, in the midst of World War I, that Britain and France (pitted against the Germans, Austrians and Ottoman Turks) made their infamous Sykes-Picot agreement...

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    A look into inner workings of local government

    by Akbar Ali Khan | Updated at 12:05am on October 20, 2017

    THE first edition of Local Government in Bangladesh was published in 1984. The fifth edition was published in 2016....

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