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    Literature, unplugged

    by Vaibhav Sharma | Updated at 10:26pm on October 15, 2016

    IN 1997, Eric Zorn, a columnist in the Chicago Tribune, advocated for Bob Dylan to be awarded the Nobel prize...

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    High hopes, low expectations

    | Updated at 10:23pm on October 15, 2016

    Palestinians who hoped municipal elections would eventually pave the way to overdue national ones voice criticism about decisions that led to their postponement...

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    Reassessment of holding taxes in capital

    | Updated at 10:22pm on October 15, 2016

    THE city corporations of Dhaka have started reassessing holding taxes in the capital. As New Age reported on Wednesday, although Dhaka’s south mayor said that the step...

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    Reproductive health matters, more for women

    | Updated at 10:20pm on October 15, 2016

    REPRODUCTIVE health, an important component of general health which is crucial in adolescence and adulthood and a requisite for social, economic and human development...

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    In Africa, repeating our past mistakes

    | Updated at 01:52am on October 15, 2016

    THE desert town of Agadez in Niger is currently best known as a stop on the people-smuggling route between West Africa and Europe, but it is about to take its place in the geopolitical stage as the American military has announced it will build a drone base on its outskirts. Reportedly costing US taxpayers as much of $100 million...

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    Applying Tolstoy to today’s rush to war

    | Updated at 01:38am on October 15, 2016

    Rushing to war – justified by half-truths and propaganda – is a story as old as written history and the topic of great novelists like Leo Tolstoy, whose Anna Karenina offers lessons for today’s stampede toward WWIII, writes Gilbert Doctorow...

  • Why Bob Dylan deserves his Nobel literature win

    | Updated at 01:35am on October 15, 2016

    IN THE latest of many distinctions garlanding a career stretching back five-and-a-half decades, Bob Dylan has become the first member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to win the Nobel prize in literature. Some will argue against the award, as they argued against him in the long and infinitely tiresome Dylan v Keats controversy...

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    Thai king’s death foreshadows instability

    by Peter Symonds | Updated at 01:34am on October 15, 2016

    THE death of the Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej Thursday afternoon at the age of 88 has provoked fears in ruling circles in Thailand and internationally that the country’s protracted political crisis will worsen. The king had close ties to the armed forces and was the linchpin of the state apparatus, currently presided over by a military junta...

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    Death threats to Prof Anu Muhammad

    | Updated at 01:33am on October 15, 2016

    THE death threat to Professor Anu Muhammad, member secretary of the national committee to protect oil, gas, mineral resources, power and ports, is alarming. As New Age reported on Friday, he received the death threat in a text message about 1:00am on Thursday...

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    Learning national history is important

    | Updated at 01:31am on October 15, 2016

    HISTORY is important; national history is more so as a people cannot remain a people if they forget what binds them. A national failure on this issue came up glaringly in a sample survey that the Planning Commission conducted interviewing 576 citizens in the 16–60 age group..