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    A plea for irrelevant education

    by Sam Ben-Meir | Updated at 10:54pm on November 13, 2016

    DUE to the pressures of popular demand for relevance in education, we have lost sight of the purpose for which true education exists. I would like to make a plea for irrelevant education...

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    Ring roads less likely to take pressure off city roads

    | Updated at 11:29pm on November 12, 2016

    THE scheme to lay ring roads — the outer to a length of 129 kilometres, the middle to 108 kilometres and the inner to 73 kilometres — around the capital by 2035 to ease traffic congestion and carbon pollution in the city appears to be a tricky proposition...

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    BSEC apathy to stock market investors continues

    | Updated at 11:28pm on November 12, 2016

    THAT a number of complaints from capital market investors of fraudulent activities, including embezzlement of investors’ fund, are yet to be resolved, even though some of them are two to six years old, does not bode well for the sector...

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    Climate change follows the law of physics

    by AKM Saiful Islam | Updated at 11:24pm on November 12, 2016

    THIS week representatives from 197 parties who signed the Paris Agreement are meeting at Marrakesh for the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22). As of November 5, 103 parties have ratified, accepted and approved the Paris Agreement which now becomes an internal..

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    Shrinking democratic spaces in Asia

    by John Samuel | Updated at 11:22pm on November 12, 2016

    THE real sign of development and democracy is how a country respects, protects and promotes freedom and human rights. The biggest challenge of our times is the increasing gap between the promises and performance of the states and the governments in relation to the protection of freedom and human rights of the people...

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    The night watch

    by Mohammad Khabir Uddin | Updated at 11:16pm on November 12, 2016

    LA RONDE de nuit, another novelette with the same epigraphic style as adopted in the novel ‘La place de l’étoile’ by Jean Patrick Modiano born in a Sephardic family of Jewish origin in France at the close of the Second World War, begins taking Scott Fitzgerald’s ominous cry...

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    Court ruling that can end wrongs the state does to citizens

    | Updated at 10:55pm on November 11, 2016

    THE appeals court rulings, with 10 directives for law enforcers and nine for judicial magistrates and judges, which, among other issues, set out that people arrested on mere suspicion cannot be detained in custody, police or jail..

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    Tampaco victims deserve justice, early damages

    | Updated at 10:53pm on November 11, 2016

    THE Tampaco Foils fire of September 10 killed 39 workers and passers-by and injured dozens more. But, as New Age reported on Friday, no families of the deceased have so far received any compensation. The factory authorities gave Tk 20,000 to each injured worker and 10 days’ wage to each worker who became jobless after escaping the fire unhurt...

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    Myanmar’s fascist tactics are deplorable

    | Updated at 10:50pm on November 11, 2016

    The Myanmar government is trying to stonewall the press as it has also tried to avoid launching an independent probe, hoping that its latest pogrom will be forgotten. It should know that as much as the crimes of the SS, which was most responsible for the genocidal killing of millions of Jews in the Holocaust, were neither forgotten nor forgiven, writes Habib Siddiqui..

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    The view from a New York loft: the devil’s own choice

    by Saeed Naqvi | Updated at 10:48pm on November 11, 2016

    THE certainty of a Hilary Clinton victory had given way to anxiety as soon as the TV anchors began to concede that Donald Trump had taken Florida...