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Front Pagearrow WB, ADB pledge $390m
The World Bank (WB) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have pledged $390 million in the first phase of post-flood recovery programme.
 arrow 49 Iraqi troops, US diplomat killed
Rebels ambushed and killed 49 unarmed Iraqi soldiers and, in a separate attack yesterday, killed a US diplomat in a mortar strike near Baghdad airport.
 arrow BB finds suspicious transactions by Al-Haramain
A Bangladesh Bank (BB) probe has found transactions of Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, a Saudi Arabia-based Islamic NGO, to be suspicious and are in breach of regulations.
 arrow Inflated budget of Dhaka Eastern Bypass rejected
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday sent back the project proposal for Dhaka Eastern Bypass to the communications ministry considering the costing to be too inflated
 arrow SC Bar joins CJ's court, boycotts get together
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday started joining the Chief Justice's (CJ) court but boycotted a post-vacation get together of judges and lawyers in protest against the presence of 19
 arrow Mosque stands in link road's way
The Doyaganj-Jurain link road, constructed about two years ago by Rajdhani Unnayan Kartripakkha (Rajuk), is yet to be opened as the authorities are in dilemma over the relocation of a mosque on the road
 arrow 1m to get Saudi citizenship
A ray of hope has sparked in Bangladeshi expatriates living in Saudi Arabia for over10 years as a newly amended naturalisation law offers such long-staying people citizenship of the kingdom as well as
 arrow Poor oblivious of OMS
The government's Open Market Sale (OMS) programme passed its fourth day yesterday with many poor people in Dhaka and other parts of the country expressing their ignorance of any OMS centres in their areas
 arrow US Muslim leaders pull for Kerry
Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry has received the backing of leaders of the estimated seven-million-strong Muslim-American community, but the endorsement was lukewarm at best.
 arrow Project success to deflate propaganda
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday urged her party leaders and workers to deflate the opposition's "propaganda" through a mass campaign projecting successes of the three-year-old government.
 arrow Janajuddho kills two party men for 'spying'
Janajuddho, an outlawed party, killed two of its party men in the early hours yesterday for their alleged involvement with the police and 'class enemy'.
 arrow Traffic congestion....

 arrow 6 die in accident in Bogra
Six people including three women were killed and three more critically injured as a passenger bus hit a |axi and a rickshawvan in Bogra'{ Nandigram upazila yesterday.
 arrow Top Khulna criminal dies in 'crossfire'
A listed top criminal and arms smuggler was killed in crossfire between the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and criminals in Labanchhara yesterday, said a Rab press release.
 arrow Two JCD men nabbed for extortion at Bakshibazar
The Dhaka Metropolitan Magistrate's court yesterday placed Buet unit Joint Secretary of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) Zakir Hossain and his associate Moniruzzaman on one-day remand after their arrest
 arrow Contractor shot dead at daily office
Criminals yesterday gunned down a construction entrepreneur inside a daily office at University Market in Kataban in Ramna.
 arrow Cobra arrestee dies at DMCH
Mohammad Enayet, 25, arrested by Cobra on October 22 from Mirpur succumbed to his injuries allegedly from torture in police custody, at Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) yesterday.
 arrow Karwan Bazar traders take street, ask govt to stop extortion
Extortion has snowballed at Karwan Bazar kitchen market in the city during Ramadan despite special anti-crime drives by the Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) across the country, alleged businesspersons yesterday.
 arrow AL men carry vegetables to protest against price hike
Opposition activists carrying different vegetables took to the city streets yesterday as a gesture of protest against the skyrocketing prices of essentials.
 arrow B Chy, Kamal hold third dialogue in Mymensingh today
Jatiya Oikya Mancha and Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) hold their third Mass Dialogue (Gono Sanglap) under the parties' Gono Ishtehar Karjyokrom at 2:00pm at the conference lounge of Hotel Amir International
 arrow Pak PM with 60-member team arrives November 3
Pakistan Prime Minister and Saarc (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) chairperson Shaukat Aziz arrives in Dhaka on November 3 on a two-day official visit.
 arrow Injured BCL leader dies
A Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader beaten up earlier by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists succumbed to his injuries yesterday evening sparking off tension at Godagari upazila.
 arrow Karzai rival concedes as suicide toll rises
Hamid Karzai's main rival for the Afghan presidency has conceded defeat with less than six percent of the vote count remaining.
 arrow Britain to hold vote in 2006
Britain will have its promised referendum on the European Union's new constitution in early 2006, just weeks after the country ends its six-month presidency of the 25-nation bloc, a newspaper has reported.
 arrow Captors kill 2 failing to get ransom
Two persons abducted on Wednesday for ransom have been slaughtered at Nazirerbagh in Keraniganj.

Police said Nuruzzaman, 28 and Nasir, 30, both tailors, were abducted from Aminpara of Chunkutia.

Businessarrow GP hopes to reach 4m subscribers by next yr
Having reached the two million subscribers' mark in August this year, GrameenPhone (GP), the largest cellphone operator in Bangladesh, contemplates doubling its subscribers base to four million by 2005.
 arrow Dhaka for binding pledge on LDC products
Bangladesh wants a binding commitment from the developed countries on special and differential treatment for the least developed countries (LDCs) products, a meeting of commerce ministry advisory committee
 arrow Ensure product standards to face post-MFA
Businesses need to ensure standards of products through quality management system (QMS) in order to cope with the challenges of post multi-fibre arrangement (MFA) beginning from early next year.
 arrow FDI to SE Asia on rebound
Foreign direct investment is on the rebound in Southeast Asia six years after a financial crisis that devastated the region, but politically troubled countries are missing out, a UN report said.
 arrow Oil at $60 may hurt Asia's confidence: Economists
As oil prices keep setting new record highs, there are growing concerns that Asia's energy-hungry economies can no longer continue absorbing the impact with crude creeping toward 60 dollars a barrel.
 arrow Bonus talk-time to Aktel One pre-paid users
TM International (Bangladesh) Limited, owning company of Aktel mobile phone, has offered its One Pre-paid subscribers special Ramadan talk time bonus.
 arrow Singer service centre relocated
Singer Bangladesh Limited has shifted its service centre to new premises at New Eskaton Road recently.

The Sewing academy of the company has also been shifted to the new premises, says a press release.

 arrow New UN-Escap Business Advisory Council member
International Chamber of Commerce-Bangladesh President Mahbubur Rahman has been made a member of the Asian Business Advisory Council (BAC) of UN-Escap (United Nations Economic and Social Commission for
 arrow ‘China, India to sustain global economy’
Rising oil prices are slowing growth across the world but key emerging economies such as China and India will continue to support the near-term outlook for commodities, the world's largest mining company
 arrow Ctg businesses to take part in Dubai Shopping Festival
Chittagong businessmen and women entrepreneurs will participate in next year's Dubai Shopping Festival to earn consumer confidence on Bangladeshi products in the Middle East market.
 arrow Lankan minister slams WB, IMF as forex reserves tumble
Sri Lanka is accusing international lenders and donor nations of dictating policy as the island's hard currency reserves drop sharply amid a slowdown of foreign aid.

Finance Secretary P. B.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Clubs return to action today
The Bangladesh Cricket Board yesterday relieved opener Shahriar Hossain from the national pool, a day before the inter-club cricketers' transfer gets underway at the Bangabandhu National Stadium.
 arrow Cricket: Toss vital for 2nd Test
Bangladesh certainly had missed a golden opportunity to put pressure on New Zealand despite winning a good toss in the first Test in Dhaka last week.
 arrow Cricket: Herath hastens SL win
Sri Lanka trounced Pakistan by 201 runs in the first Test here on Sunday to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin just wants to play
India's leading batsman Sa-chin Tendulkar conceded on Sunday he was not fully physically fit for Tuesday's third Test against Australia but added he was mentally ready for the battle.
 arrow Cricket: End of road for Moin?
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq signalled the end of the road for wicketkeeper Moin Khan on Sunday after his team lost the first Test to Sri Lanka by 201 runs.
 arrow Cricket: Glenn's 100th Test wish
Australia strike bowler Glenn McGrath aims to celebrate his 100th Test starting against India on Tuesday with a match-winning performance.
 arrow Tennis: Safin sends Agassi packing
Marat Safin ended the hopes of a title repeat for crowd-pleasing Andre Agassi, sending the second seed to his first career defeat at the 2.425-million-dollar Madrid Masters here on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Molik shocks Sharapova
Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova was stunned 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 by unseeded Alicia Molik in the final of the Swisscom Challenge here on Sunday.
 arrow Football: Owen opens account
Michael Owen emphatically confirmed that his barren spell in the Spanish capital is over with his first league goal for Real Madrid in their 1-0 win over Valencia.
 arrow Football: Eidur's terrific treble
Eidur Gudjohnsen's first hattrick in English football put the smile back on the face of Jose Mourinho and fired Chelsea to 4-0 win over struggling Blackburn on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Late Bayern show
An injury-ravaged Bayern Munich needed a brace of late goals to down Hansa Rostock 2-0 in a heated match that saw both sides reduced to ten men.
 arrow Football: An English 'killer' on the loose
England striker Michael Owen didn't have a nickname in Spain until Sunday but he may have now, with sports daily Marca dubbing him 'killer' after he got the only goal of Real Madrid's 1-0 win over Valencia.
 arrow Football: Vintage Del Piero
Juventus striker Alessandro Del Piero believes he is winning his battle against fitness and poor form after steering his side to a 3-0 win over struggling Siena.
 arrow Football: PSG revival continues
Paris Saint Germain resumed domestic duties on Saturday and beat Ajaccio 1-0 at the Parc des Princes just 72 hours after their heroics against European champions FC Porto.
 arrow Hockey: Rana remains in the dark
The withdrawal of Mahbub Ehsan Rana's life ban still hung in the balance as the executive committee of Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) did not discuss the issue in its yesterday's meeting.
 arrow Hockey: Easy wins for Usha, Sonali
Usha Krira Chakra registered their second consecutive victory in the Club Cup hockey tournament when the local giants handed Wari Club a 6-1 defeat at the Maulana Bhasani National Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Football: Rajshahi run goal riot
Sajjadur Rahman scored four goals as Rajshahi recorded an easy 6-1 victory against Jamalpur in the final round of the JFA Cup Under-16 football competition at the Birsh-reshtha Mostafa Kamal Stadium in
 arrow Chess: Men progress, women fail
Bangladesh men's team continued with their impressive run in the 36th Chess Olympiad when they beat Tajikstan 2.5-1.5 in the eighth round at Calvia in Spain on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar brings back business
Sachin Tendulkar's significance to Indian cricket comes not only from the manner in which he plays, but from the interest he arouses in fans.
 arrow Cricket: B'baria cricket
Kakoli Cricket Club defeated Peerbari Cricket Club by 21 runs in the Dana Mia Cup cricket tournament at District Eidgah ground yesterday.
Metropolitanarrow Save education from politicisation
Everybody should come forward to safeguard education and educational institutions from politicisation for greater national interest, said the speakers at a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Journalists threaten to boycott KCC news
Journalists of Khulna yesterday condemned the burning of copies of the Dainik Purbanchal at a protest rally on the press club premises.

The rally was followed by a silent procession in the city.

Nationalarrow Aman yield may be 30pc less in 8 N dists
Production of Aman crop in eight northern districts may be around 30 per cent less than the target this year because of flood and storm, followed by pest attack in different areas, according to DAE (Department
 arrow Unocal's pipeline thru' National Park allowed
Several months' row between the Forest Department and US oil giant Unocal has ended as the government allowed the company to construct a 3.
 arrow Diarrhoea alarming in B'baria
Diarrhoea has taken a serious turn in Brahmanbaria, claiming four lives and afflicting over 300 people in last two days.

The dead are Alamgir, 14, of Ashurail village in Nasir Nagar uapzila, Md.

 arrow Bio-gas changes life in rural Mymensingh
Bio-gas has changed the lifestyle of rural people in the district.
 arrow 'Listed criminal' dies in 'crossfire' with police
A listed criminal and an armed cadre of Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) died in crossfire with police in Prem Kanon area of Khalishpur Thana on Friday.
 arrow Missing business magnate: Three remanded
Three persons arrested by Kotwali police on Friday in connection with mysterious missing of business magnate Md Habibur Rahman were placed on three-day remand by a magistrate court here on Saturday.
 arrow VGF: 200 destitute women return empty handed
Over 200 destitute women returned home disappointed after a day long wait for VGF rice at Udakhali Union Parishad office Fulchari upazila on Thursday.
 arrow Security guards hurt in attack by BNP-backed hoodlums
A security guard at state-owned Sundarban Textile Mills here was injured seriously as a group of BNP backed hoodlums allegedly led by the mill's CBA President Abdullah Sardar and general secretary Gazi
 arrow 6 Bangladeshis handed over to BDR by BSF
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) handed over six Bangladeshi youths to BDR on Saturday.
 arrow IU admission test in January
Tests for admission to first year Honours courses in 2004-'05 session at Islamic University (IU) will begin in the second week of January next year.
 arrow 15 smugglers hurt in shootout with BDR
At least 15 of a gang of smugglers were inured in gunfight with BDR at Munshiganj border in Daulatpur upazila in the district on Saturday, BDR sources said.
Point-Counterpointarrow The charade of democracy in Pakistan
Recently the Lower House of Parliament in Pakistan passed a bill with overwhelming majority authorising President Pervez Musharraf to continue as the Chief of the Army besides being the president of the
 arrow Is Kaptai Dam safe in earthquake?
Is Kaptai dam safe in an impending earthquake? The answer is most likely NO. Kaptai dam is the sole hydro-electric installation in the country.
Culturearrow Maintaining eastern aesthetics

Abdus Satter, head of the Department of Fine Arts, DU, asked to speak about his development of Oriental Art works of minimization and symbolism, sitting in his office (with the steady downpour outside

 arrow 'The modelling scenario needs to be revamped'----Kantam
Eto kashto jibon nashto (life is difficult due to hard work). This punch line of one of her commercials became a household hit in the mid-1990s.
 arrow Recreating Tolstoy on film
Anna Karenina and War and Peace. Mention these great literary classics and one automatically thinks of their author, Leo Tolstoy--the Great Russian novelist, philosopher, and religiousinsurgent.
 arrow Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad opens regional branches
The Nazrul Sangeet Shilpi Parishad (NSSP) has recently begun a series of programmes such as seminars, workshops and soirees of Nazrul Sangeet across the country.
Generalarrow Two to die, one gets life
Two young men were sentenced to death and another to life term for killing a Jubo League leader at Ispahani Bazaar of Bandar thana about two years ago.
 arrow Amend laws to recover occupied land
The district administrations have recommended amendments to the existing laws and adequate fund for accelerating the drive against illegal land occupants.
 arrow Mineral water plant run by the disabled opens tomorrow
In a move for greater welfare of the disabled, the government has set up the country's first disabled-run mineral water plant costing Tk 19.5 crore in Tongi.
 arrow Appeal to rescue Sylhet businessman
Family members of the business magnate, who had been missing for last one week, have appealed to the authorities concerned to rescue him immediately.
 arrow DU Board suggests expulsion of student
The Disciplinary Board of Dhaka University (DU) yesterday recommended the expulsion of a first year student of management for two years for his involvement in assaulting a leader of Bangladesh Medical
 arrow Programmes to observe November 7
The government has taken an elaborate programme to observe the National Revolution and Solidarity Day on November 7 in a befitting manner.
 arrow JP blames govt
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad has blamed the government for its failure to combat the price spiral of essentials.
 arrow PM attends Iftar hosted by home ministry
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday attended Iftar hosted by the Home Ministry.

Ministers, MPs, senior civil and military officials attended the Iftar at Rajarbag Police Lines.

 arrow UN exhibition begins in city
The United Nations celebrated its 30-year partnership with Bangladesh through opening an interactive exhibition at its office here yesterday.
 arrow President, PM greet Kajakh counterparts
President Iajuddin Ahmed and Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday felicitated their counterparts of Kazakhstan on the occasion of the Independence Day of the country to be observed today.
 arrow Committee to formulate nat'l cultural policy
A five-member committee was formed yesterday to formulate the national cultural policy with joint secretary of the Cultural Ministry Mahmudul Masud as convenor.
 arrow 19 ships arrive at Ctg port this week
A total of 19 ships, including a tanker, are expected to arrive at Chittagong Port or anchor at the outer anchorage this week, according to the schedule received by the Chittagong Port Authority (CPA)
Internationalarrow Shocked Japanese sent scrambling
Overturned cars, crumbled homes and shattered roads greeted rescue workers yesterday after Japan's deadliest earthquake in almost a decade stunned residents used to bearing up through the nation's frequent
 arrow Israeli cabinet approves compensation for settlers
The Israeli cabinet approved yesterday a bill to compensate settlers who are to be uprooted from their homes under Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's Gaza pullout plan, public radio reported.
 arrow EU nuclear proposal unbalanced: Iran
Iran yesterday described a European proposal aimed at ending a nuclear standoff as "unbalanced" and rejected its demands that the Islamic republic halt all uranium enrichment activities.
 arrow Norway, Japan move to salvage Lankan talks
Sri Lanka's peacebroker Norway and the country's main financial backer Japan are due to step up diplomatic efforts to salvage a faltering peace process, officials and diplomats said yesterday.
 arrow 'Mutual dependencies' to drive Indo-Pak peace process: Aziz
Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz does not expect any immediate breakthrough in the India-Pakistan peace process but says it can be driven by creating "mutual dependencies" like the gas pipeline project.
 arrow Asians flex muscle in US presidential polls
Asian-American Lillian Fong squints as she concentrates on screen after screen of ballot choices on an electronic voting machine set up in a harshly-lit classroom.
 arrow CIA secretly moved prisoners out of Iraq
US intelligence officials have transferred detainees out of Iraq for interrogation, a move that experts say violates international law, The Washington Post reported in its yesterday's edition.
 arrow US seeks strategy with Japan for N Korea talks
Secretary of State Colin Powell said yesterday there was still time to resolve a nuclear crisis with North Korea through six-party talks despite Pyongyang's refusal to resume the negotiations


 arrow Omar Abdullah escapes assassination
The head of Indian Kashmir's main opposition party, Omar Abdullah, escaped assassination yesterday for the second time in a month when Muslim rebels tried to blow up his vehicle, police said.
 arrow Karzai campaign team claims victory
Hamid Karzai has won the required majority of votes for victory in Afghanistan's presidential election and is awaiting the official announcement of results, a presidential aide and his campaign spokesman
 arrow US-Russia space crew land safely
A Soyuz capsule carrying a US-Russian crew back to Earth following six months at the international space station landed safely and on target in Kazakhstan early yesterday.
 arrow Money remains key ingredients in US polls campaign
Money, and lots of it, remains the essential ingredient in US political campaigns, despite numerous attempts over the years to reform the cash-hungry election system.
 arrow Suicide bomber in Kabul kills 2
An American woman and an Afghan girl were killed in a weekend suicide bombing on a popular shopping strip in Kabul in an attack that also injured three Icelandic peacekeepers and five local people.
 arrow Taiwan hopeful of talks with China in spring
Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian is hopeful of resuming talks with rival China next spring despite its recent rejection of his peace overture, a report said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: One more public health concern
A survey carried out under the Health and Population Survey Programme makes a dismal reading of the state of our public health service.
 arrow Editorial: Is it compensation or insult?
In the event of an industrial worker's death or injury in the line of duty, neither any member of the bereaved family nor the wounded victim himself or herself is recompensed automatically or with any
 arrow Back to business as usual
The nation will take long indeed to recover from the trauma of the tragedy of 21st August last.
 arrow BJP: The Janata is missing
Politicians can survive a great deal -- plague (corruption charges), pestilence (electoral defeat), famine (not made a minister) -- but very few survive a sense of humour.
 arrow Arrest the spiraling price of essentials
I am no longer worried about the enquiry into the bombings of August 21. I am no longer worried about the traffic jam in the capital city.
 arrow Is 'globalisation' a panacea?
The buzzword 'globalisation' has different meanings or connotations to different people. To me, 'globalisation' is a misnomer.
Letters to Editorarrow Cricket in Ramadan
I love cricket and love to see Bangladesh play strong opponents. But playing cricket in Ramadan does not make sense.
 arrow Journalist butchered
I was stunned to read about the exceptional demonstration in Rajshahi by journalist Jahangir Alam Akash who remained standing for two hours, his eyes and mouth fastened with black cloth and his handstied
 arrow Future of Bangladesh
The renowned journalist, columnist and political analyst, Abdul Gaffar Chowdhury, has said that Bangladesh has now become a political colony of Pakistan and economic colony of India.
 arrow US presidential election
I watched the three US presidential debates very intently because I believe the future of everyone on this planet depends on its outcome.
 arrow Education policy
At the launch of the Edexcel 'Bangladesh Studies', the State Minister of Education said that each of the three kinds of education in Bangladesh (English-medium, Bengali-medium and madrassah) had certain
 arrow Lady Curzon's wish
This has reference to the letter from Mr ABM Shafiqul Islam published on 13 October '04. The writer has aptly described Taj as the "most sublime monument of imperial love.
 arrow Friends
There are few words in our everyday vocabulary that carry more weight than others. Like, parents, love, faith, death, hate, and friends. It is a shame if you live your life without having some good friends.
 arrow Coconut cultivation
The government has a commendable plan of planting about ten million coconut saplings in the country.
 arrow RAB and the opposition
Its brings sweet music to my ears when I read that criminals in jail are not willing to risk bail from magistrate and end up dead. All because they are afraid of RAB.
 arrow Hijab
While I definitely do not think that Hijab blocks the minds of women (having seen so many very intelligent, smart and socially active women who wear hijab), I cannot stop myself from politely objecting
 arrow Terrorism
I read with great interest the article on the subject by a good friend, Brig.Gen. Sakhawat (Rtd), in one of the internet editions of Dhaka dailies. The contents of the article are indeed very frightening.
 arrow Non-student politics!
We are hostages to dirty student politics. Student leaders following their political guru's signals call sine die strike to get their so-called demands met.
 arrow Don't question my patriotism!
I would not question people's patriotism whether they write praising or criticising Bangladesh.
 arrow Global politics and Islam
Here I would like to refer to Mr.
 arrow Role of politicians
I deeply appreciate your publishing the article "Development Bangladeshi Style" written by Mr. Chieko Yasuda ( DS 17 October, 2004 ). I thank Mr.
 arrow Rickshaws
It has been proven that the rickshaws are the main cause of unbearable traffic jam in the city .
Star Cityarrow Drivers fear increase in toll collection ahead of Eid
As Eid-ul-Fitr approaches, drivers of all types of automobiles in the city fear a rise in toll collection by a section of dishonest traffic police.
 arrow Cable operators in dispute over distributorship
The Cable Operators Association of Bangladesh (Coab) has urged the government to solve the dispute over the distributorship of nine pay-channels of Star Group by this month as they fear Star channelsmay
 arrow Finish work of Khilgaon Flyover by December 31
The Ministry of LGRD and Cooperatives has given the Local Government Engineering Department (LGED) tougher instructions to complete the construction of the much-awaited Khilgaon Flyover by December 31
 arrow We Must Stay

 arrow Facelift for Central Public Library
Renovation work of the Central Public of Library (CPL) is already on.
 arrow Road woes on the Beribadh
Most roads in old Dhaka are in such a deplorable state that residents fear they will become unusable in near future unless repair work is done immediately.
 arrow Lack of funds restrains education of orphans
Dearth of financiers have deprived the poor and orphaned children at Shakyamuni Bouddha Vihara at Mirpur of primary education, a scenario that has been going on for the last five years.