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    China, India torn between silk roads and cocked guns

    | Updated at 12:05am on July 28, 2017

    SO, ONCE again it’s down to a face-off in the Himalayas. Beijing builds a road in the disputed territory of Doklam (if you’re Indian) or Donglang (if you’re Chinese), in the tri-junction of Sikkim, Tibet and Bhutan, and all hell breaks loose...

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    Press in the dock

    by Can Dundar | Updated at 12:05am on July 28, 2017

    THE police came in the early hours. Everyone was asleep… It was twilight…. Thirteen journalists’ homes were raided in the early hours of October 31, 2016. The editor-in-chief of the newspaper lived in one...

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    A humanist for all seasons

    by Lamia Karim | Updated at 12:05am on July 28, 2017

    IHAD the good fortune to meet poet Ahmed Sofa in 1998 in Dhaka. My friendship began with a comment he made when he first met me...

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    The lasting legacy of 1987

    | Updated at 12:05am on July 28, 2017

    THIRTY years have passed, not so quietly, since president JR Jayewardene of Sri Lanka and prime minister Rajiv Gandhi of India signed the Indo-Sri Lanka Accord in July 1987...

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    Govt must step up to plate in pesticide regulation

    | Updated at 12:05am on July 27, 2017

    RESEARCH holding controversial insecticide endosulfan, already banned by more than 80 countries, responsible for the death of 13 children in Dinajpur and Thakurgaon that occurred between May 31 and June 30, 2012, as New Age reported on Wednesday, brings to the fore the sorry state of pesticide regulation in Bangladesh...

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    Bhabadaha crisis warrants a permanent solution

    | Updated at 12:05am on July 27, 2017

    WATER stagnation at Bhabadaha caused by heavy rainfall which has continued for a week has, unfortunately, left several thousand people marooned at Abhaynagar, Manirampur, Keshabpur and the district headquarters of Jessore...

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    Borrowers and curtailment of their rights

    by Tasmiah Numiya Ahmed | Updated at 12:05am on July 27, 2017

    The constitution, which is the supreme law of the country, in its preamble states that it will be a fundamental aim of the state to realise through the democratic process a socialist society free from exploitation — a society in which the rule of law, fundamental human rights and freedom, equality and justice, political, economic and social, will be secured for all citizens...

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    Social catastrophe in South Sudan

    by Eddie Haywood | Updated at 12:05am on July 27, 2017

    THE catastrophe that has stricken South Sudan, plunging the country into civil war, and in turn brought about a dire refugee crisis, with millions forced to flee the brutal violence, and coinciding with a devastating famine that threatens that lives of millions, has its roots in Washington...

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