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    Follies in following in the footstep of Hindi

    by Abu Jar M Akkas | Updated at 12:05am on March 19, 2018

    A TEXT message that began my morning on Saturday was from the government system. A beep and a GovtInfo message said that the Dhaka South City Corporation — the north city corporation still lags behind — has taken up a programme named ‘Swachchha Dhaka’ on the birth anniversary of great politician Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. The city corporation could clean up the dirtied places in the neighbourhood if requests are made to a number that the message provides...

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    The symphony of our times

    Dr Mizanur Rahman Shelley | Updated at 12:05am on March 19, 2018

    OUR accommodation, the suite in the government hostel in Islamabad, was adequate enough for us. Daily meals were cooked in the small kitchen although from time to time, we used to have our lunch and dinner in the spacious restaurant of the hostel....

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    Kashmir today

    by AG Noorani | Updated at 12:05am on March 19, 2018

    THE sacking of Kashmir’s finance minister, Haseeb Drabu, by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on March 12 will give a severe jolt to the PDP’s coalition with the BJP. He was its architect, in partnership with BJP general secretary Ram Madhav (an RSS official seconded to the BJP). Madhav has declared that there is no Kashmir problem. Drabu said something very similar on March 9....

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    Have we learnt anything from My Lai?

    | Updated at 12:05am on March 19, 2018

    MY LAI. The images of women and children clinging together in their last living moments on that March day, a half century ago, still sear our collective memory. While we harbour no doubts that My Lai was a crime, there has been no accountability for the atrocity, or a national reckoning for the wider holocaust that was Vietnam....

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    UGC needs a shot in the arm for better higher education

    | Updated at 12:05am on March 18, 2018

    THE decline in the standard of higher education, both in public and private universities, is, to a large extent, if not entirely, due to the toothlessness that the University Grants Commission has been left with for years...

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    Govt must take steps to protect endangered species

    | Updated at 12:05am on March 18, 2018

    The ecosystem has been risked and broken in Bangladesh as successive governments have not prioritised it...

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    Is AL and New Delhi distancing from each other?

    by M Serajul Islam | Updated at 12:05am on March 18, 2018

    The prime minister Sheikh Hasina said something unexpected that surprised many in her address in Suhrawardy Maidan to celebrate the historic March 7 made even more special and significant this year by UNESCO’s decision to honour Bangabandhu’s March 7 speech...

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    Israel: the Arabs’ not so secret friend

    by Salman Rafi Sheikh | Updated at 12:05am on March 18, 2018

    APPARENTLY, it is the persistent ISIS threat that is driving Israel and Egypt closer in the great Sinai desert, leading the former to use its air force in support of the former against the extremist elements...