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    Primary education must be in urgent government focus

    | Updated at 12:00am on February 25, 2020

    THE education system is still unequal nearly five decades after Bangladesh’s independence. Successive governments have promised equal access to quality education for all but have failed to make...

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    The breakdown of Palestinian politics

    Ramzy Baroud | Updated at 12:00am on February 24, 2020

    A PRECIOUS moment has been squandered, as Palestinian Authority president, Mahmoud Abbas, had the chance to right a historical wrong, by reinstating Palestinian national priorities at the United Nations Security Council on...

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    Forging a new India-US modus vivendi

    | Updated at 10:06pm on February 23, 2020

    IT IS easy to be contrarian about US president Donald Trump’s visit to India early next week, given his idiosyncrasies, his often-unpredictable, rambunctious ways and the roughshod manner in...

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    Social media curbs

    Waqas Younas | Updated at 12:00am on February 24, 2020

    MOST of you reading these lines are strangers to me. What impression would I leave if, on our first meeting, I asked you questions about your salary, home address and family? It would not be...

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    Afghan peace: Taliban’s victory, west’s failure

    | Updated at 12:00am on February 24, 2020

    THE US and the Taliban have agreed that they would like to hold a seven-day ceasefire. The chances of it actually happening varies by the day, and it’s not clear whether Donald Trump and those...

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    World Bank, IMF, and their iron-clad secrecy

    Bill Willers | Updated at 12:00am on February 24, 2020

    The genius of the World Bank was to recognise that it’s not necessary to occupy a country in order to impose tribute, or to take over its industry, agriculture and land. Instead of bullets, it uses...

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    Unstable market keeps impacting economic growth

    | Updated at 12:00am on February 24, 2020

    GOODS price instability has left a negative impact on the economy, financial resources and income distribution that may lead to an increase in poverty instead of alleviation. In October 2019, the World Bank poverty...

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    A commission that may pull banking sector out of crisis

    | Updated at 12:00am on February 24, 2020

    THE banking sector heading for a fragile state because of a few individuals and entities that have largely held it hostage, as the Centre for Policy dialogue says, comes with worries. The amount of loans in default, as...

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    Insects, pesticide and a public health crisis

    Colin Todhunter | Updated at 10:53pm on February 22, 2020

    IN 2017, UN special rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, and UN special rapporteur on Toxics, Baskut Tuncak, produced a report that called for a comprehensive new global treaty to regulate and phase out the use of dangerous pesticides...

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    Right to assemble

    AG Noorani | Updated at 12:00am on February 23, 2020

    THE agitations which have swept India against the Citizenship Amendment Act have created precedents none imagined earlier. Women predominate, some with babies in arms. So, do students. The ‘right to assemble peaceably...

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