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    Welfare fund should remain for migrant workers

    | Updated at 09:50pm on February 16, 2017

    THE government decision to allow benefits of the Wage Earners’ Welfare Fund even for well-to-do Bangladeshi diaspora has raised questions about its commitment to the welfare of the poor migrant workers who have been the only contributors of the welfare fund since its inception in 1990...

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    A deplorable DAP review committee action

    | Updated at 09:45pm on February 16, 2017

    THE cabinet committee on the review of the detailed area plan of the capital Dhaka, notified in 2010, leaving more than 3,000 complaints unattended, as New Age reported on Wednesday, even after it has, so far, met eight times is both unjustified and deplorable...

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    Amnesty International stokes Syrian war

    by Rick Sterling | Updated at 10:45pm on February 15, 2017

    AMNESTY International has done some good investigations and reports over the years, which has won the group widespread support...

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    Going back to an alliance that can win elections

    | Updated at 10:45pm on February 15, 2017

    THE government has been dogged by negative public opinion on its failure to tackle what it promised during its election campaigns of two years ago...

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    Refugees are losing hope

    by Dima Zayat | Updated at 10:40pm on February 15, 2017

    IMET Mohammad in a camp called cold river. ‘This isn’t us’, he told me. I looked around at his home, a dilapidated shed in the half-century old refugee camp...

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    Problem with TI’s Corruption Perceptions Index

    | Updated at 10:40pm on February 15, 2017

    TRANSPARENCY International puts out what it calls the ‘Corruption Perceptions Index.’ It is an annual index it claims ‘has been widely credited with putting the issue of corruption on the international policy agenda.’..

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    Early steps needed to check defaulted loans

    | Updated at 10:35pm on February 15, 2017

    ECONOMISTS and financial experts expressed concern on several occasions about the huge rise in defaulted loans in the banking sector...

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    Govt must come to aid of patients in its own interest

    | Updated at 10:35pm on February 15, 2017

    THE helplessness of patients about paying the unregulated cost of physician office visit, in the absence of any registration setting out the fees of physicians in private medical practice, and spending on marked-up medicine prices, set by the pharmaceutical companies, again in the absence of any regulation efforts, is bad for both the citizens and the national healthcare system...

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    EU and IMF demand more austerity measures from Greece

    by Robert Stevens | Updated at 10:00pm on February 14, 2017

    OFFICIALS from the European Union and International Monetary Fund agreed Friday to take a unified hard line against Greece, as the country’s debt crisis worsens...

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    Trump administration lies again

    by Habib Siddiqui | Updated at 10:00pm on February 14, 2017

    IT SEEMS that US president Donald Trump has been misspeaking — to put it mildly — more often than not — since at least the presidential election times. Many political analysts assumed that once elected he would modify his positions and behave more responsibly as a president...