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    Rajapaksa’s return

    Mahir Ali | Updated at 12:00am on November 15, 2018

    APAIR of prime ministers, an embattled president, and a brewing constitutional crisis: the scenario that has been unfolding in one of Asia’s oldest democracies over the past three weeks occasions a mixture of fascination and alarm....

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    See Sri Lanka’s national crisis for what it is

    Ahilan Kadirgamar  | Updated at 12:00am on November 15, 2018

    OVER the past fortnight, Sri Lanka has witnessed an escalating political crisis, with a standoff between president Maithripala Sirisena and the parliament....

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    Women politicians’ demand cannot be dispensed with

    | Updated at 12:00am on November 15, 2018

    The under-representation of women in the policy-making bodies of political parties — especially the two major parties, the ruling Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party — is a pointer to how patriarchy still dominates the parties....

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    The one-eyed election authorities and a festive violation

    | Updated at 12:00am on November 15, 2018

    THE Election Commission on November 10 issued orders for the law enforcement agencies not to allow political parties and alliances to hold rallies and marches before the next general elections, then scheduled for December 23 and now posted for December 30....

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    What now?

    Andrew Levine | Updated at 12:00am on November 14, 2018

    THE good news is that Democrats will take over the House of Representatives and hold onto or take back governorships in the upper Midwest and elsewhere....

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    Judicial sovereignty needed to safeguard national sovereignty

    Jehan Perera | Updated at 12:00am on November 14, 2018

    SEVERAL political parties and civic groups are to file appeals to the Supreme Court against the dissolution of parliament by president Maithripala Sirisena....

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    Academia and state

    AG Noorani | Updated at 12:00am on November 14, 2018

    ON October 13, Professor KN Panikkar sounded the alarm....

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    Deaths underestimated by 5 to 1

    Nicolas Davies | Updated at 12:00am on November 14, 2018

    AN NGO responsible for reporting on war deaths in Yemen has acknowledged that it has underestimated the casualties in the three-year-old conflict by at least five to one....

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    Child labour in informal sector unprotected

    | Updated at 12:00am on November 14, 2018

    The labour law does not have provisions to protect the rights of child labour in the informal sector. The Bangladesh Shishu Odhikar Forum has observed that the informal sector is neither taxed nor monitored by any government agencies....

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    No scope for wrong resolution of right grievances

    | Updated at 12:00am on November 14, 2018

    BANGLADESH Jatiya Hindu Mahajote leaders, after their meeting with the Bangladesh Nationalist Party leaders on Monday, said that they had campaigned for the reservation of parliamentary seats for them....

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