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Front Pagearrow Rab kills criminal, baby girl dies in city crossfire
A five-year-old girl died in crossfire during a firefight between an alleged illegal arms dealer and the anticrime Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) that also killed the arms peddler in Sabujbagh yesterday,
 arrow Attack on AL rally part of plot to mar BNP's image
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said the August 21 grenade attack on an Awami League meeting was part of a conspiracy to mar her administration's image, impede the post-flood rehabilitation and scare
 arrow More FBI agents may fly in, evidence sent to US
Some more experts and officials of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) may soon fly in Dhaka to investigate the August 21 carnage, while FBI Special Agent Gibson Wilson yesterday sent the evidence
 arrow Govt on alert as more bomb attacks feared
The government yesterday worked out counter-terror moves after intelligence agents said an unknown terrorist outfit may have been planning to explode potent bombs in public places in Dhaka.
 arrow ADB ups annual lending to $495m
The Asian Development Bank will bump its annual lending to Bangladesh up by $93 million, to $495 million in 2005-06 from $402 million scheduled in its last Country Strategy and Programme (CSP) update,
 arrow Malaysia's Anwar freed from jail
Malaysia's highest court has freed rebel politician Anwar Ibrahim from almost six years in jail, overturning his conviction for sodomy in a shock ruling expected to win support for the new prime minister.
 arrow WB to assess flood damage from September 12
A 27-member World Bank mission will start a two-week flood damage assessment from September 12 to work out an assistance strategy for the post-flood rehabilitation programme.
 arrow Air travel cost rises on back of fuel hike
Air travelling is getting costlier with most carriers raising fuel surcharge on back of jet fuel price hike on the international market.
 arrow Janata MD sent back to BB, Agrani chief asked to retire
The government yesterday cancelled the deputation of the Janata Bank managing director (MD) and sent him back to Bangladesh Bank while the MD of Agrani Bank has applied for voluntary retirement on being
 arrow Political volatility delays VGF launch
The government has failed to launch a three-month-long food assistance programme under its vulnerable group feeding (VGF) scheme for the flood-affected ultra poor people in 42 districts as scheduled mainly
 arrow 32 Russian school hostages freed
Armed attackers have freed a number of women and children from a school in south Russia, where they are still holding more than 300 people hostage.
 arrow Probe body enlists 17 as witnesses
The judicial enquiry commission formed to probe the August 21 carnage recorded 17 people as witnesses to the blasts until yesterday, the last day for enlisting names.
 arrow 32 Russian school hostages freed
Armed attackers have freed a number of women and children from a school in south Russia, where they are still holding more than 300 people hostage.
 arrow Costly trees in a precarious condition...

 arrow Bigots plan a new to capture Ahmadiyya mosques
Religious extremists under the banner of Aamra Dhakabashi yesterday announced renewed plans to capture three Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat complexes, two in Dhaka and one in Narayanganj.
 arrow BNP leader shot dead in city
Unknown assailants yesterday gunned down a ruling BNP leader and businessman at his office in Shyampur and three youths stabbed an electrician to death in Cantonment Wednesday night.
 arrow 2,500-acre land spotted for 5 satellite towns
The district administrations of Dhaka, Narayanganj and Gazipur yesterday submitted to a parliamentary body a list of over 2,500-acre government land for setting up five satellite towns in the districts
 arrow Coastguard joins Rab in combing for criminals
The Bangladesh Coastguard has joined the police and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) to comb the Sundarbans and the surrounding area for huge arms believed be with the armed cadres of the slain terroristAsaduzzaman
 arrow ANN Young Leaders Forum calls for tapping youth energy
Finding ways to fire up today's youth and tap their energies to make societies progress is one of the greatest challenges before governments, Singaporean minister Vivian Balakrishnan told a forum here
 arrow Razzak, Qader out of danger in Delhi
Former Bangladesh ministers Abdur Razzak and Obadiul Qader, injured in the August 21 carnage and admitted to a hospital here, are out of danger, a hospital spokeswoman said yesterday.
 arrow Monsoon rain lashed Dhaka

 arrow US airstrike kills 17 in Fallujah
A US airstrike targeting an alleged militant safehouse in the western city of Fallujah killed some 17 people including three children, according to doctors and witnesses, and angry crowds gathered tomourn
 arrow CU goes jittery after bomb threat
Panic gripped teachers, students and officials of Chittagong University (CU) following a bomb threat yesterday.
 arrow S Korea says it enriched uranium
South Korea has told the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that government scientists carried out nuclear experiments to enrich uranium four years ago.
 arrow 10 journos hurt in attack at hanged Sattar's house
Ten reporters of different national dailies and electronic media were hurt yesterday as they came under attack at the house of former constable Abdus Sattar, hanged early yesterday as convict of Yasmeen
 arrow PM updates president on flood tackling
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia called on President Iajuddin Ahmed at Bangabhaban yesterday evening and apprised him about tackling of the recent flood, distribution of relief materials and post-flood rehabilitation
 arrow PIB training director Nasim passes away
Rafiqul Islam Khondker Nasim, training director of Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB), died of kidney failure at his Rayer Bazar home last night. He was 52.
Businessarrow Stock market unscathed by volatile politics
The country's premier bourse remains immune to the current political instability stemming from the deadly grenade attacks on a rally of the main opposition party, with the market showing an upward trend
 arrow Foreign trade instt limping
Established more than a year ago, Bangladesh Foreign Trade Institute (BFTI) is yet to start its activities in full swing, thanks to dearth of manpower and funds.
 arrow Indian textile units plan jt ventures with China
A section of Indian textile industry is considering either setting up joint venture with Chinese firms or outsourcing from China to face the tough competition in the post-quota regime.
 arrow Indian central bank worried about oil price impact
India's central bank has sounded a note of caution on the prospects of the country's economic growth and inflation due to uncertain monsoon and high international oil prices.
 arrow Malaysia seeks to become top outsourcing centre in Asia
Malaysia will seek to lower the cost of business to remain competitive as one of the region's top outsourcing centres and bolster growth in its eight-year-old high-tech zone, Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad
 arrow Asean ministers begin talks on economic integration
Southeast Asian economic ministers began talks here Thursday to discuss ways to speed up economic integration and free trade in an effort to move closer to establishing a regional economic community.
 arrow GMG Airlines to start maiden international flight Sept 8
Private carrier GMG Airlines will launch air service on the Chittagong-Kolkata route from September 8, spreading the wings of the private airliner abroad.
 arrow JOBS training on coconut shell button production
Job Opportunities and Business Support (JOBS) has recently started training on coconut shell button production at Mohammadpur in Dhaka in association with Button Hole Limited, an export-oriented coconut
 arrow OneTel gets licence to operate fixed line phones
OneTel Communications Limited has got licence as a private fixed line telephone operator.
 arrow Midas Financing approves 10pc stock dividend
Midas Financing Limited has approved the recommendation of 10 percent stock dividend for the financial year 2003-04.
 arrow Beijing, Manila see hope for China-Asean free trade zone
Philippine President Gloria Arroyo and Chinese President Hu Jintao expressed hope on Wednesday for the early establishment of a planned free trade zone linking China and 10 Southeast Asian countries.
 arrow Pakistan's reforms may slow down, targets slip
Shaukat Aziz is hailed as the driving force behind Pakistan's economic recovery, but the reform process that put the country back on track may slow now he has become prime minister, analysts said Wednesday.
 arrow Oil threatens US recovery, says Stiglitz
The US economy is in a "fragile" recovery which is threatened by rising oil prices, 2001 Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz said Wednesday.
 arrow Japan threatens sanction against US in WTO trade dispute
Japan Wednesday threatened sanctions against the United States before the year's end after getting the green light from the WTO unless Washington repeals a controversial anti-dumping law.
 arrow Thai state bank under fire over Myanmar loan
A Thai Senate panel has criticised a state bank for lending $15 million to military-ruled Myanmar for a project to be run by a firm founded by Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawtra, its chairman saidThursday.
 arrow Nissan sees higher US, Asia sales in '05
Japan's Nissan Motor said Thursday it was sticking to its year to September 2005 sales target of 3.6 million vehicles, with its overseas business helping offset the sluggish domestic market.
 arrow FDI in Asean rises 48pc in 2003
Foreign direct investment in Southeast Asia rose by 48 percent in 2003, demonstrating the region's resilience in the face of setbacks, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) said Thursday.
Sportsarrow Football: Russel hang on
Sheikh Russel Krira Chakra disposed off Chittagong Moha-mmedan Sporting Club 3-1 in their 4th Nitol-Tata National Football League match at the Sher-e-Bangla Mirpur National Stadium but the comeback might
 arrow Cricket: Tigers tuning up well
Bangladesh continued their warm-up for the ICC Champions Trophy with a five-wicket victory over Scotland in the first of two one-day challenge matches in Edinburgh.
 arrow Football: U-17s fly to Japan
A 27-member Bangladesh football team including seven officials left Dhaka yesterday to participate in the final round of the Asian Youth (Under-17) Football Championship in Japan.
 arrow Table Tennis: Abahani break Biman mould
Abahani continued to celebrate their return to the table tennis circuit after a gap of 25 years when they stamped a sweeping success in the ladies event of the Global Insurance Open Table Tennis Championship
 arrow Tennis: Big guns blaze away
Roger Federer teased, Lleyton Hewitt shone and Serena Williams dazz-led at the US Open on Wednesday, although the bronze medallists at the Athens Olympics were both upset.
 arrow Cricket: Captaincy put to test
India captain Sourav Ganguly said he expected his leadership skills to be tested as never before after the team's seven-wicket defeat against England in the NatWest Challenge opener here at Trent Bridge
 arrow Cricket: Waugh rates India highly
Former Australian skipper Steve Waugh on Thursday played down India's recent dismal form, saying the team was capable of putting up a stiff fight against the formidable Aussies in the upcoming home Test
 arrow Cricket: Simons to carry on
South Africa flew home from Sri Lanka on Wednesday, with coach Eric Simons saying he had no thoughts of stepping down.
 arrow Football: Ferreira's final Slam
South Africa's Wayne Ferreira played the final ATP Tour singles match of his 15-year career, losing in the first-round of the US Open to former world No 1 Lleyton Hewitt.
 arrow Cricket: Bashar off to Melbourne
Bangladesh cricket captain Habibul Bashar was due to leave Dhaka last night for Melbourne to have surgery on his injured right thumb.
 arrow Football: Ganga-Padma Cup soccer in March
The much-talked about football tournament featuring top clubs of Bangladesh and India is expected to be launched in March next year.
 arrow Handball: Asian Youth H'ball U-21s go to India today
A 22-member Bangladesh under-21 handball team is scheduled to leave for India this morning to take part in the ninth Asian Youth Handball Championship.
 arrow Chess: Rakib, Rajib jointly lead
International Masters Abdullah Al Rakib and Enamul Haque Rajib shared the lead in the Destiny-2000 Open FIDE Rating chess tournament at the end of the fifth round at the Bangladesh Chess Federation auditorium
 arrow Cricket: Rhodes keen on India job
South Africa's legendary former fielder Jonty Rhodes said on Thursday he would like to coach the Indian cricket team if given the chance.
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka agree to revise Pak schedule
Sri Lanka has agreed to revise the schedule of its two-Test cricket series against Pakistan to enable the host country to tour India early next year, cricket managers said Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Cairns ready for Aussies
New Zealand veteran Chris Cairns believes his team has a great chance of lifting the ICC Champions Trophy -- if they can get past Australia first.
 arrow Cricket: Flintoff fine
England's Andrew Flintoff has been given the all-clear after hurting his right thumb during Wednesday's win over India at Trent Bridge.
 arrow Tennis: US OPEN DIARY
A first-round match between Jiri Novak and Radek Stepanek was interrupted on Monday when a young ballboy fainted in humid conditions due to hydration, the New York Times reported.
 arrow Football: Welcome to United!
Alex Ferguson has moved quickly to put a protective shield around teenage striker Wayne Rooney - and Manchester United's new record signing insists he is mature enough to evade the pitfalls that could
 arrow Football: Something's missing
France has said farewell to Zinedine Zidane and Marcel Desailly, while England is missing injured teenage star Wayne Rooney.
 arrow Football: Barthez available for World Cup
France's talismanic 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winning goalkeeper Fabien Barthez has pledged himself to his country till after the 2006 World Cup finals he revealed on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Solano's theory, Bielsa's rage
Peru captain Nolberto Solano said on Wednesday that World Cup qualifying opponents Argentina were not unbeatable.
 arrow Football: Santa Cruz revolts!
Bayern Munich striker Roque Santa Cruz on Wednesday accused his club coach Felix Magath of stifling creativity.
 arrow Football: Owen has been warned
England striker Michael Owen will have to play out of his skin if he is to oust Real Madrid captain Raul from the starting line-up, according to team mate Guti.
 arrow Football: Mourinho reveals death threat
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has given new details of the death threats which he says he received on the eve of his former club FC Porto's Champions League final win against Monaco in May.
Culturearrow Abdullah Al-Mamun : Versatility in theatre
The name of Abdullah Al-Mamun is associated with quality theatre.
 arrow The horrors of World War II come to life at a photography exhibition
Sixty five years have past since the World War II began with the German attack on May 9, 1939. And it has been 59 years after the end of that devastating War.
 arrow Classical recital by Sarathi Chatterjee
The High Commission of India organises a show today at the auditorium of the High Commission's Cultural Centre. The concert will feature Sarathi Chatterjee's classical vocal recital.
 arrow Soha : A new face in Bollywood
Acting, if one may say so, is in the blood of newcomer Soha Ali Khan.
Generalarrow US concerned over political situation
US Ambassador Harry K Thomas yesterday aired American government's concern over Bangladesh's political situation stemming from the August 21 grenade attack on an opposition party rally.
 arrow NGOs against immunity to WB
Allowing the World Bank to enjoy organisational immunity from any judicial proceedings would mean infringement of people's constitutional rights, said an NGO alliance at a press conference at Dhaka Reporters'
 arrow Govt to enact law to check power pilferage
The government is going to enact a law to check power pilferage that is causing a huge loss to the power sector.
 arrow ROK envoy condemns attack on Hasina
South Korean Ambassador in Dhaka Kyu-Hyung Lee yesterday called on Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Dhanmondi residence and expressed sorrow for the
 arrow rule nisi on govt
The High Court on Wednesday issued a rule nisi on the government asking it to show cause why it would not be directed to protect the landless people living in char lands declared as shrimp mohal
 arrow Call for united movement to oust govt
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), student wing of the opposition Awami League, yesterday urged the progressive student organisations to forge a united movement to oust the BNP-led coalition government.
 arrow Myanmar keen to take back its citizens
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Christopher BC Lee yesterday called on Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yousuf at his office here.
 arrow EC for proposals for poverty reduction in developing states
The European Commission has launched a call for proposals for operations aimed at poverty reduction in developing countries to be co-financed with European development NGOs.
 arrow HR, women bodies for arrest of culprits
Different human rights and women's organisations yesterday demanded arrest of and punishment to those who raped and tried to kill a housewife in Savar on August 29.
 arrow $100 SEVIS fee for US visa
Applicants for student (F and M) and exchange programme (J) visas for the United States will have to pay a new $100 processing fee each to its Department of Homeland Security.
 arrow Inte'l probe demanded
Bangabandhu Jubo Parishad has demanded international investigation into the deadly grenade attack on Awami League rally on August 21, says a press release.
 arrow Rly inspector to probe Aug 21 fire incident in Subarna Express
The government has appointed an inspector to investigate into the fire incident in the Dhaka-bound Subarna Express coming from Chittagong at the Bhairab outer station on August 21.
 arrow Fake Insecticide factory unearthed in Faridpur
A clandestine insecticide factory with a huge quantity of spurious insecticides was unearthed by Kotwali police at Kamdia village under Saltha thana of the district on Wednesday night.
 arrow Poets call on Hasina
A group of poets and distinguished personalities met Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence on Wednesday evening.
 arrow Muggers explode bomb near Scholastica School
Panic gripped guardians and students of Scholastica School at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday after muggers exploded a homemade bomb on the road in front of the school.
 arrow US embassy closed on Sept 5, 6
All offices of the United States Embassy in Dhaka will remain closed on September 5 on the occasion of American Labour Day, a US national holiday, and on September 6 on the occasion of Janmastami, a Bangladeshi
 arrow President, PM greet Qatar Emir
President. Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia have felicitated Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad-bin- Khalifa Al-Thani on the occasion of National Day of that country to be celebrated today.
 arrow 1,119 more held
Police arrested some 1,119 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours ending at 6.00am yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: FBI investigators
Now that the FBI operatives are in the city to help us get to the bottom of the monstrous August 21 attack on an AL rally, there is reason to believe that the investigation will gather the much needed
 arrow Editorial: Suicide by female school teacher
The news of any young person taking his or her own life is sad and tragic by itself, but it takes a different dimension when one learns the reason for such an untimely demise.
 arrow Never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity
One thing you can say about the AL and the BNP. They never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity.
 arrow The leprechaun
She returned from the graveyard after burying her husband of fifty years, when the rain stopped and the ground was still soaked in water.
 arrow Let there be light among the Muslims
Democracy has been denied in the Muslim Belt starting from the Atlantic to the shores of the Arabian Sea on one pretext or the other. People do not really matter.
Letters to Editorarrow Political turmoil
Apart from recurring natural calamities, hard line activities of the political parties have seriously hampered our economy.
 arrow Bush's future
It is a response to the letter of Nurjahan Islam published on July 21, 2004 in The Daily Star.
 arrow Embarrassing indeed
It was most probably 19 August when my friend and I were moving past the Dhaka Mayor Bhaban, we saw three foreigners singing a song for making Dhaka a clean city.
 arrow Ahmadiyya issue
There are some disturbing news about Bangladesh. May Allah protect the people and the country from evil.
 arrow Our image abroad: What image?
At a moment when the nation is going through a very serious political crisis, we have been provided comic relief from unexpected quarters.
 arrow Where is unity?
The whole country is grief-stricken by the incident of August 21,2004. It is a known fact that grief brings people closer, make them united, but alas, it is not so in our country.
 arrow Good editorial
This is to express my appreciation of The Daily Star's editorial on 30 August. It was explicit, clearly focused and had a very definite objective. The issue was clearly analysed and properly put forward.
 arrow A legitimate question
The BNP thinks that the Awami League does not want an enquiry into the bombing incident of Aug 21 in which 20 lives were lost and scores of others injured.
 arrow Dialogue needed
At this moment a section of the print media, editor-cum columnists and ruling alliance politicians are very eager to see commencement of dialogue sessions between two top level politicians of the two
 arrow Not the last...
I could not but write something as my conscience is killing me. What will be the fate of our motherland? The 21 August grenade attack made me speechless for a few minutes.
 arrow 'Bomb culture' must be uprooted
Bomb throwing must be stopped to save democracy. The AL is the worst victim of the bomb attacks.
 arrow The rooster will return...
These days all the letters to the editors in almost all newspapers are about the 21 August attack on Sheikh Hasina's life. All the writers, whether they live in Bangladesh or abroad, condemned this attack.
 arrow No school for children
Current continuous hartals have caused a great amount of loss to the school going students, especially those, who had their school reopened after a long vacation.
 arrow Enforcement of law
The recent bomb blast incident at an AL meeting is very unfortunate. But it is better to give the government a chance to investigate the case rather than creating an anarchy.
 arrow Poor show
After the dismal show in the recent Asia cup, Bangladesh are not playing in a manner that will raise hopes.
 arrow Politicians think alike!
On August 26, India's Parliament passed the national budget without the main opposition party (BJP). BJP boycotted the parliament accusing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of insulting them.
 arrow Please stop it!
I applaud Khleda Zia for her bold attempt to meet the leader of the opposition Sheikh Hasina. She has done the right thing. That's what we needed in a crisis situation like this.
 arrow Sound pollution
First I would like to express my deep concern and grief over the brutal killing of our national leader Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, 29 years ago Obviously the day 15 August is charged with emotion
 arrow Speechless
This is in response to the letter 'Don't read only for pleasure' by Dr. Shafquat Waheed (Aug 21). Dr.
Worldarrow Nepal in mourning as protests spread
Nepal observed a day of mourning yesterday for 12 workers murdered in Iraq as protests spread to the west of the Hindu kingdom following two deaths during riots in the capital.
 arrow Taiwan won't sacrifice sovereignty to improve ties with China: Chen
Taiwan will not sacrifice its sovereignty, safety and dignity to improve relations with rival China, President Chen Shui-bian said yesterday.
 arrow Nepali Maoists want to talk only with king
Maoist rebels fighting to overthrow Nepal's monarchy say they will only accept peace talks directly with King Gyanendra and under international oversight.
 arrow Indo-Pak FMs to talk Kashmir peace
Months of steady rapprochement between India and Pakistan leading to renewed transport, diplomatic and transport ties culminate this weekend in the first ministerial-level talks in three years between
 arrow Israel threatens to attack Syria
Israel threatened to launch a military attack against Syria yesterday, accusing Damascus of being directly implicated in a double Hamas suicide attack which killed 16 people.
 arrow US for sanctions on Iran
Secretary of State Colin Powell says the United States plans to press for a range of possible UN Security Council sanctions against Iran in response to what he describes as a concerted effort by thatcountry
 arrow US asks Sadr fighters to hand in heavy weapons
US troops patrolling the streets of the Shia rebel bastion of Sadr City called on fighters from Moqtada Sadr's Mehdi Army to turn in their heavy weapons yesterday after the firebrand cleric called for
 arrow Cheney accepts nomination
US Vice President Dick Cheney on Wednesday savaged John Kerry, portraying the Democratic presidential contender as confused and unfit to govern America as it faces a historic threat to its security.
 arrow Hostage relatives cling to hope in agonising vigil
They waited all night just metres from where their children are held hostage, grasping at any piece of information. And still there is no end in sight to the agony of the parents and relations.
 arrow Headscarf law goes into effect
France's academic year got off to a quiet start yesterday as a controversial law banning the Islamic headscarf in state schools went into effect, with the hostage crisis in Iraq taking the heat out of
 arrow Hurricane batters Bahamas
Hurricane Frances lashed the Bahamas yesterday as it barreled toward the US East Coast, prompting authorities in Florida to declare a state of emergency, order evacuations and close schools.
 arrow Anwar snips Supporters' pigtails to mark freedom
Freed Malaysian ex-deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim yesterday chopped off the pigtails of three ardent supporters who had not cut their hair for six years in protest at his imprisonment.
 arrow Koizumi presses claim to Kurils
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi is taking a boat trip to view a group of Russian-held islands that Japan claims as its own.
 arrow Norway mounts move to salvage Lankan peace
Sri Lanka's peacebroker Norway has mounted a fresh bid to salvage the island's faltering peace process that has been further undermined by brinkmanship by the two antagonists, sources said Wednesday.
 arrow US condemns in 'Strongest terms' slaying of Nepali hostages
The United States condemned "in the strongest terms" the killing of 12 Nepalese by their abductors in Iraq, saying the murders showed the contempt armed groups in Iraq had for their own people.
 arrow Indian hostages Await joyful welcome
Biwi Jaspal Kaur bustled around in her kitchen yesterday planning a grand meal for her son Sukhdev Singh, one of three Indian hostages set free by Iraqi insurgents after a six-week ordeal.
 arrow Sudan failing on Darfur
A new United Nations report says Sudan has not disarmed Arab militias or stopped attacks against civilians in the strife-torn Darfur region.
 arrow Protesters attack news media from anti-Bush rally
Opponents of President George W. Bush railed at the US media on Wednesday, particularly television news, which they accuse of giving the Republican administration an easy time.