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    The symphony of our times

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 17, 2019

    IN MAY 1976, when I joined as director of social welfare, I found that the directorate had a very promising programme for development of women and population activities. It was curiously called Rural Social Service, which tended to remind...

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    Ayodhya dispute

    AG Noorani | Updated at 12:05am on June 17, 2019

    THE Indian supreme court’s order appointing three members as a mediatory panel to resolve the 70-year-old Babri Masjid dispute flouts every established rule on the process of mediation. Mediation must be...

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    A short history of a controversial idea

    | Updated at 12:05am on June 17, 2019

    THE politics of economic growth are complex and contested as never before. In rich countries, rates of GDP growth have declined, decade after decade since the 1960s. The 2008 crash was...

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    Proposed budget, not its criticism, is sickening

    | Updated at 12:00am on June 16, 2019

    THE ‘national budget’ for the 2019–2020 financial year, proposed on Thursday by the controversially ‘elected’ government of the Awami League, has been exposed to multidimensional criticism by the...

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    Kalshi murder perpetrators must be brought to justice

    | Updated at 12:00am on June 16, 2019

    IT IS not surprising that the investigation of the arson attack on the camp of the Urdu-speaking people at Kalshi, Mirpur in the capital on June 14, 2014, which left at least 10 Urdu-speaking people dead, has slowed...

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    Is US on a major about-turn on Iran?

    Salman Rafi Sheikh | Updated at 12:00am on June 16, 2019

    IN MAY 2018, more than a year ago, when the US threw the hard-negotiated nuclear deal with Iran out of the window of the Oval office, it did not come as a surprise, for Donald Trump was only fulfilling the promise he had made to his voters during his presidential election campaign the year before. When the deal was...

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    Notes from days when cricket wasn’t war

    Saeed Naqvi | Updated at 12:00am on June 16, 2019

    THIS Sunday, I look forward to being seated with friends in an arc around the TV set, ready to exult at the outcome of the Indo-Pak ODI at the Old Trafford in Manchester. But two friends who have surprised me...

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    Missing masses amidst clientelism

    Unnayan Onneshan | Updated at 12:00am on June 16, 2019

    THE 48th national budget of the 2019–20 financial year is placed when macroeconomic instability looms large with creeping imbalances while the situation of common people is also in distress. Though common people are...

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