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    Govt visibly lacks political will to establish secular society

    | Updated at 09:40pm on January 14, 2017

    AN ALARMING increase in attacks on religious minority groups in Bangladesh raises a question about the ruling party’s much celebrated commitment to establishing a secular society...

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    International community and disintegration of Yugoslavia: 25 years later

    by Jamie Davidson | Updated at 10:25pm on January 13, 2017

    JANUARY 15 will mark the 25th anniversary of the European Economic Community’s recognition of the independence of the Republic of Croatia...

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    System failure in Kashmir

    | Updated at 10:20pm on January 13, 2017

    KASHMIR has seen many heavy snowfalls in the past. In fact, sometimes even three feet of snow has accumulated in a day or so...

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    Injudicious spending versus external debt

    by Gazi Mizanur Rahman | Updated at 10:15pm on January 13, 2017

    THERE is no denying the fact that foreign aid or loan is a sine qua non for development. But we should remember that development does not depend on the availability of loan alone...

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    Yet another pointer to govt apathy to wildlife

    | Updated at 10:10pm on January 13, 2017

    THAT the wildlife rescue and rehabilitation centres in Sylhet, Rajshahi and Khulna have been idle since their establishment for lack of human resources, in particular, yet again betrays the government’s apathy towards conserving wildlife...

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    Dhaka water canal system under threat

    | Updated at 09:55pm on January 13, 2017

    Canals in the capital, which were once part of the city’s natural drainage system, lively with fresh water flow and aquatic biodiversity, are now under threat because of unabated encroachment, unauthorised land filling, mindless dumping of solid waste and utter negligence of their lawful protector including Dhaka Water Supply and Sewerage Authority and Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha...

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    When fear comes

    by Chris Hedges | Updated at 10:30pm on January 12, 2017

    ALEXANDER Solzhenitsyn in The Gulag Archipelago, his profound meditation on the nature of oppression and resistance in the Soviet gulags, tells the story of a man who was among prisoners being moved in the spring of 1947...

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    Taking ‘Cold Start’ out of the freezer?

    | Updated at 10:20pm on January 12, 2017

    IN A wide-ranging interview with India Today, the new chief of army staff, General Bipin Rawat, appeared to drop a bombshell by acknowledging the existence of the army’s Cold Start strategy...

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    To ban or not to ban?

    by Sikander Ahmed Shah | Updated at 10:15pm on January 12, 2017

    MANY in the West view Pakistan as a safe haven for transnational terrorist organisations, and India is attempting very hard to exploit this global opinion...

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    Economic nationalism and breakdown of post-war order

    by Nick Beams | Updated at 10:15pm on January 12, 2017

    IN CONTRAST to 2016, the new year has opened with relative stability in global financial markets. A year ago, markets experienced considerable turbulence in the context of the US Federal Reserve’s decision to lift interest rates by 0.25 percentage points, a sharp downturn in the price of oil, and a plunge in bank shares...