Children refresh Dhaka-Beijing friendship with heavenly smiles

  'Take my song to your home; please you leave your smiles for us'   An unending stream of joy spreads around when children smile. And that is what happened when Bangladeshi youths spent a heavenly morning with Chinese school kids at Yunnan Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel swept home to a fourth term, but a historic surge for nationalists in federal elections leant a distinctly ‘hollow’ tone to her victory. Her conservative CDU/CSU bloc has seen its worst result in almost 70 years Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

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The Prime Minister’s Office was forced to dismiss Indian media reports claiming there was a plot to assassinate Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on August 24. “The reports are confusing, motivated and baseless,” said a press release signed by Mohammad Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Expectations mismatch

There are graduates galore in the job market but businesses complain of shortage of technically-sound manpower   In a country, which has been blessed with demographic dividend, it is surprising to see that employers are struggling to hire manpower with required skills Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Starchy potential

  How potatoes can be used to create recycled starch for textile industry   Out of the crore tonnes worth of potato that is produced annually, 35 lakh tonnes is meant for consumption and 10 lakh tonnes for seed plantation. Institutional buyers such Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

SAARC Tourism

  A silk route for social bonding, economic growth   There is no doubt about potential of tourism industry in South Asia, one of the most diverse regions in the world in all respect. Recognising tourism as one of various sectors of cooperation, Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Saints in politics: Aung San Suu Kyi and the dilemmas of political desire

  The recent escalation of violence against the Rohingya in Myanmar and their subsequent mass flight from the country has triggered a wave of opinion pieces demanding that the head of government, Aung San Suu Kyi, speak out to denounce the Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

When all roads lead to Turtle Bay

  The UN’s annual shindig in its Turtle Bay headquarters in New York is the UEFA Champions League of geopolitics. For about ten days, although leaders attend for mainly their own address, the atmosphere around the UNGA - always on the Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Head buried in the sand

  Rohingya refugees who fled violence in Myanmar have dismissed leader Aung San Suu Kyi's stated concern over their plight, as activists accused her government of "burying their heads in the sand" over violence tearing through Rakhine state.   In a sprawling and Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Rohingya Muslims are being wiped off Myanmar’s map

  For generations, Rohingya Muslims have called Myanmar home. Now, in what appears to be a systematic purge, they are, quite literally, being wiped off the map.   After a series of attacks by Muslim militants last month, security forces and allied mobs Thursday, September 21st, 2017
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