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    Universities must spend more on research

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

    RESEARCH makes universities. And basic research, generally referred to as a public good and designed to advance basic scientific ideas rather than to develop specific products, has always been important the world over in the development of ideas, products and applications...

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    What Romans did for us: on age-old art of propaganda

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

    THE EU’s police agency, Europol, recently revealed evidence that ISIS is creating its own social media platform for the purpose of disseminating propaganda...

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    Trump dashes hopes for Afghan peace

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

    THE comment of Georges Clemenceau, premier of France during World War I, that war is too important to be left to the generals was a sage observation even amid the total war in which his nation was then engaged....

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    A gap between what Lanka govt promises and delivers

    by Jehan Perera | Updated at 12:05am on June 20, 2017

    THE two main factors that caused a change of government in Sri Lanka in 2015 are reappearing now...

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    Saudi-Qatari diplomatic crisis explained

    by Abdus Sattar Ghazali | Updated at 12:05am on June 20, 2017

    THE British newspaper Times reported on Saturday (June 17) that in a dramatic move Saudi Arabia and Israel are in talks to establish economic ties that perhaps explains why Saudi Arabia and its allies have imposed a sweeping blockade on Qatar, in an effort to force the Gulf state to drop its support for Hamas, who control Gaza....

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    The costs of traffic congestion

    by Nabila Zaman | Updated at 12:00am on June 20, 2017

    WITH more than 18 million people, Dhaka is one of the most densely populated cities in the world....

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    Vendors must be rehabilitated before being evicted

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

    IT IS not surprising that vendors evicted from city roads and footpaths six months ago have returned before Eid-ul-Fitr....

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    Physicians continue to compromise medical ethics

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

    PATIENTS from all over the country suffered immensely as physicians abstained from their private practice on Sunday...

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    The vital role of organised labour

    by David Macaray | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2017

    QUESTION: What do the most ‘successful’ countries in the world — ie, the ‘happiest’, fairest, most enlightened, most optimistic, and most generous — have in common? Answer: The majority of them have quasi-socialist governments/economies, and their labour forces are highly unionised...

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    From pseudo-democracy to real participation

    by Graham Peebles | Updated at 12:05am on June 19, 2017

    IMAGINE a country run along truly democratic lines. In such a mythical land, what would be the role of the politician, and the nature of his or her relationship with that amorphous group paraded under the banner: ‘the people’?...

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