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Front Pagearrow Battle for Ctg city father today
Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) goes to polls today amid tight security, as voters choose a city father in a fierce battle between incumbent mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury and his main challenger Mir
 arrow Unqualified polling officers withdrawn
A number of polling officers were withdrawn yesterday after the Election Commission (EC) the same day blasted the Returning Officer (RO) for appointing the officers 'unfit to discharge election duties'
 arrow Factory owner surrenders, sent to jail
A Dhaka court yesterday sent the managing director of the collapsed sweater factory at Savar, Shahriar, alias Sayeed Hossain, and a director of the factory, Abul Hashem Fakir, to jail after they surrendered
 arrow Govt, Tata see Nov as signing deadline
The government has agreed to sign a $2.5 billion investment deal with the Indian industrial giant Tata group by November 30 this year.
 arrow Cops crack down on Mohiuddin's supporters
The police last night clamped down on Awami League and Nagorik Committee strongholds in the port city, hours before today's city corporation elections.
 arrow Profiles of top two aspirants
Mir Nasir
The four-party alliance nominated mayoral candidate for the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) elections 2005 Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin was born in 1951 in village Mirerkheel of Hathazari

 arrow 70,000 brought in to rig polls, alleges Nagorik Committee
About 60,000 to 70,000 outsiders and criminals have been brought to Chittagong to rig the mayoral election in favour of ruling alliance-backed candidate Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin, alleged the Nagorik Committee
 arrow Mir Nasir sure of winning
The BNP-led four-party alliance nominated candidate Mir Mohammad Nasir Uddin at a press briefing yesterday afternoon expressed his confidence in winning the Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) elections
 arrow A few ministers violated election code
Gono Forum President Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday lodged a complaint with Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Syed against 'a few ministers' for violating the electoral code of conduct in Chittagong City
 arrow Top two rivals ready to accept people's verdict
Both the incumbent city father of Chittagong and his principal challenger yesterday said they would accept without question the voters' verdict today, with Mayor Mohiuddin putting in the condition ofa
 arrow Tk 5 lakh robbed from DU deputy director's house
Robbers last night looted Tk 5 lakh in cash and kind from the Kafrul house of a deputy director of Dhaka University Teacher-Student Centre (TSC).
 arrow CPB leaders meet Hasina, agrees on caretaker govt, EC reforms
Central leaders of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) held a meeting with Awami League President Sheikh Hasina at her Sudha Sadan residence last night.
 arrow EU grants 480m euro this year
European Union yesterday announced a grant of euro 480 million to Bangladesh this year to help alleviate poverty, promote good governance and human rights, and achieve the millennium development goals.
 arrow $300m WB aid for health by July
The World Bank (WB) will hand out a credit of $300 million to Bangladesh by July for its Health, Nutrition and Population Sector Programme (HNPSP).
 arrow Labour MPs ask Blair to quit
Tony Blair has been urged to quit as prime minister early into his third term, days after Labour's election win.
 arrow Wasa to restart canal clean-up next week
The Dhaka Water and Sewerage Authority (Dhaka Wasa), citing recent improvements in its canal cleaning drive, will conduct a new drive next week in three other selected canals as part of its effort toprotect
 arrow Shibir man 'Azrail' Delwar killed in Rab 'crossfire'
Listed criminal and a cadre of Islami Chhatra Shibir Delwar Hossain alias Azrail Delwar was killed in a 'crossfire' during a gunfight between his cohorts and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) at Hathajariin
 arrow Black flag protest tomorrow if Faizee goes to court
The Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) yesterday announced another black flag procession programme on the Supreme Court premises tomorrow if High Court (HC) Additional Judge Faisal Mahmud Faizee continued
 arrow Probe body to submit report in a week
Narayanganj district administration yesterday formed a committee to investigate the incident of toxic fume emission from a fertiliser factory that left 25 people sick in Maddhya Dharmaganj of Fatullah
 arrow Narsingdi by-polls June 22
The by-election in Narsingdi-1 constituency of parliament will be held on June 22.
The Election Commission announced the schedule of the by-election through a gazette notification yesterday.

Businessarrow EU sees indications of problems
European Union yesterday said Bangladesh may face competition in the medium term from regional competitors in the post-MFA period for its textile products.
 arrow SEC to modify IPO rule
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will modify the IPO allotment rule-7 for giving preferences to institutional investors to check further fall of share index in capital market.
 arrow China urges Japan, ROK to expedite study
China called on Japan and South Korea on Saturday to expedite a trilateral study on a possible three-way free trade agreement, Japanese officials said.
 arrow Slowdown filters down to street level in Malaysia
"Do you feel the economy is growing?" asks Michael Tan, a consultant engineer, who said he had read of economic growth in the newspapers, but has not felt it himself.
 arrow Inflation rise anticipated
Indian Central Bank Governor Y V Reddy said on Saturday the rise in wholesale price inflation in April was anticipated and the Reserve Bank of India's (RBI) inflation projection of 5.0-5.
 arrow ICB representative inducted into Rupali Bank board
The Board of Rupali Bank Ltd has approved induction of a representative from the Investment Corporation of Bangladesh into its board.
The decision was taken at a board meeting held on Saturday.

 arrow Bangladeshi cos get $22m orders from Europe seafood fair
Bangladeshi companies received spot orders worth US$22 million for export of seafood when they took part at the three-day European Seafood Exposition 2005 in Brussels on April 26-28.
 arrow 3-day mega show opens
A three-day Mega Expo'2005 began here yesterday to popularise export-oriented products such as construction materials and electronic equipment.
 arrow DHL to manage Ford Motor Indonesia distribution
DHL, a leading global express and logistics company, has been awarded a contract by Ford Motor Indonesia to manage the auto manufacturer's nationwide warehousing and distribution of automotive spare parts
 arrow New MD of Union Capital
SA Chowdhury took over as the managing director of Union Capital Ltd, a financial institution and merchant bank, with effect from May 2, 2005.
 arrow New office bearers of ICAB Dhaka committee
Md Raghib Ahsan and Harun-or-Rashid were elected chairman and secretary of the Dhaka Regional Committee (DRC) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) for the year 2005.
 arrow Asian states subsidising fuel
Higher oil prices are creating major problems for Asian countries which subsidise fuel costs, threatening economic growth if the subsidies are kept in place and consumer outrage if they are not.
 arrow Asia's low-cost airlines now facing challenges
Asia's low-cost carriers are facing big challenges despite a tremendous year of growth as their established premium rivals sharply lower their fares in response to the competition, industry analysts said.
 arrow GM, Ford face bumpy road
Auto giants General Motors and Ford face a bumpy road to recovery with their credit rating slashed to "junk bond" status, a sign of the growing woes facing the Detroit giants.
Sportsarrow Football: East Bengal arrive today
The bottom team in AFC Cup's Group A India's East Bengal arrive today in Dhaka to take on Mukti-joddha Sangsad.
 arrow Cricket: Skipper Smith steers SA
South Africa captain Graeme Smith hit his fourth one-day international hundred to lead his side to a comfortable eight-wicket victory in the first match of their series against West Indies on Saturday.
 arrow Football: Abahani in last four
Abahani set up a semifinal clash against Muktijoddha Sangsad when they came from a goal down to thrash Farashganj Sporting Club 4-2 in the Independence Day football tournament at the Rajshahi Stadiumhere
 arrow Cricket: Arjuna fears for SL sport
Power-hungry administrators and a lack of bench strength has left Sri Lanka's cricketing future in a mess, according to the country's celebrated former captain Arjuna Ranatunga.
 arrow Cricket: Akram asks Inzy, Shoaib to sort out differences
Pakistan captain Inzamamul Haq and pacer Shoaib Akhtar must sort out their differences for the betterment of cricket in the country, former skipper Wasim Akram said Sunday.
 arrow Football: The best of Real
Real Madrid kept up the pressure on leaders Barcelona by notching up their seventh win in a row with a crushing 5-0 victory at home to lowly Racing Santander on Saturday.
 arrow Cricket: Challenging target for Dhaka
Rajshahi set up a challenging target for Dhaka at the end of the second day of their three-day Phase-II Under-17 Age-group cricket development tournament final at the Dhanmondi Cricket Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Table Tennis: Bappi clinches boys' title
Bappi of Narail clinched the boys' (under-12) singles title in the Meril 27th National Table Tennis Championships yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: WC 2007 strikes insurance deal
World Cup organisers are celebrating after securing an insurance package worth 53 million pounds for the 2007 event to be staged in the Caribbean.
 arrow Cricket: Amarnath & Patil also on list with Chappell, Moody
World Cup winning hero Mohinder Amarnath and former Test player Sandeep Patil emerged as the latest contenders as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Sunday shortlisted four candidates
 arrow Football: Mom worry for Brazilians
Several Brazilian players plying their trade in the Bundesliga want their family members to come and live in Germany as kidnapping fears grow back in their homeland.
 arrow Tennis: Henin on course
Justine Henin-Hardenne moved to within one victory of concluding her French Open build-up by winning three clay court titles in a row here on Saturday at the WTA German Open.
 arrow Football: Abramovich breaks silence
Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich on Saturday broke his self-imposed silence to hail his club's first Premiership title in 50 years.
 arrow Football: Focus shifts to bottom
The battle for Premiership survival will go to the final day of the season after Norwich climbed out of the bottom three with a 1-0 win at home to 10-man Birmingham at Carrow Road on Saturday.
 arrow Tennis: Coria, Nadal face-off
Teen sensation Rafael Nadal reached the final of the Rome Masters on Saturday after battling back from a set down to beat Spanish compatriot David Ferrer 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.
 arrow Cricket: Windies 44/4
West Indies were 44 for 4 in 17 overs after being sent in to bat in the second one-day international against South Africa at Kingston in Jamaica on Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: India, Sri Lanka to play 8 ODIs in August?
India and Sri Lanka will clash in at least eight one-day internationals in August, according to a proposal drawn up by Sri Lanka's government-run cricket board.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova still eyeing No 1 spot
Maria Sharapova insists her dream of becoming world number one for the first time is still very much on course as she heads into the Rome Masters, which starts on Monday, as the top seed.
 arrow Football: Japan happy with venue change
Japan's football chief said Sunday he had no objections to moving their away World Cup qualifier against North Korea to the neutral venue of Bangkok following crowd trouble at previous matches in Pyongyang.
 arrow Football: Kluivert wants out
Dutch international striker Patrick Kluivert is set to return to Spain and end his disappointing spell at Premiership outfit Newcastle he told the News of the World on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Federer back in action
World number one Roger Federer returns to action after a three-week break to defend his title at the Masters Series ATP event which begins here on Monday.
Metropolitanarrow Thai experts to visit Dhaka in June for discussion with govt
A technical expert delegation from Thailand will visit Dhaka next month to discuss in detail the proposed elevated express highway, part of a comprehensive plan for modernising traffic system in the capital.
 arrow AL threatens vigorous agitation
Awami League (AL) yesterday threatened to launch vigorous agitation if the government fails to bring the killers of its leader Mofizul Islam alias Dudh Mian to justice, and tries to rig the Chittagong
 arrow Crisis for Pakistan began with Sheikh Mujib's election victory
Former US president Richard Nixon sent the US warship Enterprise into the Indian Ocean during the 1971 India-Pakistan war because he feared India would not only free Bangladesh but also Pakistani Kashmir,
 arrow Hasina blasts PM for attack on freedom fighters
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina deeply condemned the police attack on the war-maimed freedom fighters, launching a verbal attack on Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia for the incident.
 arrow Rich tributes paid to Aurora
Speakers at a memorial meeting yesterday paid rich tributes to Lt Gen Jagjit Singh Aurora for his contributions to the country's liberation movement.
 arrow Cop assault on war-maimed FFs condemned
Different organisations yesterday condemned the assault on war-maimed freedom fighters by the police in the city on Saturday.
 arrow DMCH assures new recruits of salary
Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH) authorities yesterday assured the class four employees of paying their salaries by June 30.
 arrow Prof Anisuzzaman gets honorary D. Lit degree
Rabindra Bharati University of Kolkata has awarded an honorary Doctorate of Literature (D. Lit) degree to Prof Anisuzzaman of Bangla department of Dhaka University for his contribution to Bengali literature.
 arrow Successful VRS operation at Sikder Cardiac Centre
Highly complicated open-heart surgeries have been performed at Z H Sikder Cardiac Care and Research Centre for the first time among the private hospitals in the city.
 arrow 2 tax officials get promotion
The government yesterday promoted two tax officials and made fresh posting, sources said.
 arrow Cop assault on war-maimed FFs condemned
Different organisations yesterday condemned the assault on war-maimed freedom fighters by the police in the city on Saturday.
 arrow Missing
A domestic help has been missing from Mirpur in the city since Thursday.
Rupa,9,left the House-7,Road-1,Block B, Section 6 in the morning and did not return.

 arrow 3 killed in city road accidents
Three people were killed in separate road accidents in the city yesterday.
 arrow 1,301 more held
Police arrested 1,301 people on various charges from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours as of 6:00 am yesterday.
Nationalarrow Mouth-watering litchis will be dear this year
Litchi, the season's most mouthwatering fruit has started appearing in the markets, but agriculturists here forecast at least 35 per cent fall in production because of storm and worm.
 arrow Nothing tames rising crimes in Kushtia
The law and order has deteriorated in the district with the rise in various crimes including murder, clash and abduction.
 arrow Erosion leaves hundreds homeless in Netrakona
Erosion has taken a serious turn along the western bank of the hilly river of Someshwary in Durgapur upazila because of sudden swelling of the river.
 arrow Poppy cultivated on 100 acres in Bandarban destroyed
Bangladesh Army and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) in joint raids recently destroyed poppy grown illegally on 100 acres of land in inaccessible hilly areas of Thanchi close to border with Myanmar.
 arrow 2 brothers to die in Dinajpur for murder
Two brothers were sentenced to death by a court here on Saturday for killing their niece over a land dispute sometime in June, 2002.
 arrow Import, export thru' Hilli resume after 18-day strike
Normal import-export activities resumed at Hilli Land Port (HLP) after the longest-ever strike came to an end yesterday.
 arrow Fire damages poultry farm
About 18,000 hens worth Tk 1.6 crore belonging to the North Bengal Poultry Farm of Kazi Group of Tentulia in Panchgarh district burnt alive on Friday, according to fire brigade sources.
 arrow MPOs of seven schools, one madrasa cancelled
The Monthly Pay Order (MPO) of eight educational institutions of the district have been cancelled because of poor performance in public examinations in last two years, according to the district education
 arrow Reception to agriculturist
A reception was accorded to a national agriculture award winner, Md Abdul Karim by Nabonita Sangskritik Parishad, a cultural organisation at Adampur in Kamalganj upazila recently.
 arrow Robbers gun down youth in Comilla
A young man was shot dead allegedly by robbers at Rajapur village under Burichang upazila of the district in the early hours of yesterday.
Point-Counterpointarrow Celebrating centenary of Einstein's miracles
If one were asked to name a famous equation in Physics, the answer would most probably be E = m c2. The proponent of that famous equation is of course Albert Einstein.
 arrow Tribute to a great soldier
As part of the Liberation War Museum's 2nd anniversary celebration, when Mofidul Hoque suggested to invite Lt. Gen.
Culturearrow Che-r Cycle: A moving performance
Aranyak Theater Group of Dhaka staged Che-r Cycle at Rangpur town hall on Friday night, to the delight of a huge audience.
 arrow Mohsin's solo art exhibition
Usually painters and poets depict the flora and fauna, trees, birds, human forms, seashore and other natural beauties in their works.
 arrow Music fans get a taste of Ruchi Baishakhi Hoi Choi
For music lovers, the concert at the Sultana Kamal Women's Complex recently, was a treat. People in the queues were seen devouring Ruchi chips, as one had to purchase a pack of the chips to get in.
 arrow When mother dearest is not so perfect...
Yesterday was Mother's Day and once a year we take the time out to thank our mothers for sticking with us through thick and thin, being sweet to us when we are down and disciplining us when we badly need
 arrow Rafiqul Bari Chowdhury passes away
National Award winner cinematographer Rafiqul Bari Chowdhury (75) died of cardiac arrest at the Central Hospital yesterday at noon.
Generalarrow Recruiting agency ready to bring back victims free of cost
Golden View International, a recruiting company blamed for the recent deportation of Bangladeshi expatriates from Jordan, yesterday said it was ready to bring the victims back free of cost.
 arrow Strike paralyses urban economy of Bangladesh
The International Herald Tribune (IHT) in an article yesterday pointed out the triumph of individual and local group initiative over the many institutional difficulties as cause for the persistent five
 arrow 4 injured in water tank collapse
Four persons, including two women, were wounded when part of a brick-made water tank from the rooftop of a six-storey building collapsed on an adjacent two-storey tin-shaded house at Mirpur in the city
 arrow Hearing of bail petition of Quayum not held
Hearing of the bail petition of AKM Abdul Quayum, the main accused in former finance minister Shah AMS Kibria and four others' killing case was not held on yesterday.
 arrow Pak Rangers arrive tomorrow
Director General of Pakistani border security force, Pakistan Rangers (Sindh) Major General Javed Zia will arrive here tomorrow on a five-day official tour.
 arrow BDB founding anniversary today
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) will observe it's first founding anniversary today.
 arrow Bangladeshis in UK university student union
Four Bangladeshi students have been elected to the prestigious Student Union at the London Metropolitan University recently, says a press release.
Internationalarrow Nepali parties demand limit on king's power
More than three months after Nepal's king declared himself the absolute ruler of this Himalayan nation, the country's seven political parties announced a common platform that demands a return to democracy
 arrow Sharon freezes more prisoner release
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon delivered a new blow to the troubled Middle East peace process yesterday by deciding to place an agreement for the release of 400 Palestinian prisoners on hold.
 arrow Indo-Pak officials talk dam dispute
India said yesterday it would change the design of a dam it is building in disputed Kashmir if it is unable to address Pakistan's objections to it under a decades-old water sharing treaty.
 arrow Iran moves to ratify nuclear protocol
Iran said yesterday it was preparing a bill to ratify a key nuclear protocol but also stood firm on its intention to resume sensitive nuclear fuel work despite intense international pressure.
 arrow Iraq parliament okays 'national unity' govt
Iraq's parliament yesterday finally approved a "national unity" cabinet, ending months of bitter haggling that created a political vacuum filled by a dramatic escalation in bloody insurgent attacks.
 arrow Myanmar scraps mass rally amid bomb fears
Authorities in military-ruled Myanmar yesterday scrapped a mass rally against an outlawed ethnic minority group for fear of a repeat of deadly bomb blasts that killed at least 11 people in Yangon, anofficial
 arrow Myanmar UN worker among 3 killed in Afghan bombing
A Myanmar engineer working for the United Nations was among three people killed in a suspected suicide bombing at an Internet cafe in Kabul, the interior ministry and UN said yesterday.
 arrow Bush pays tribute to slain WWII soldiers
President Bush seeks to promote democracy around the globe, he paused yesterday to pay homage to the "terrible price" paid by World War II soldiers who never came home but helped win the fight against
Editorialarrow Editorial: For credible CCC polls
Over the last several days the eyes of the nation have been focused on today's Chittagong city corporation election.
 arrow Editorial: Why the hamhanded treatment?
We were horrified at the high-handed behaviour of the police on a group of war-maimed freedom fighters and family members of martyrs, who simply wanted to submit a memorandum with some demands to theprime
 arrow Blair's third term: What is it due to?
Few doubted that UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, one of the contemporary world's most accomplished and successful leaders, would go a long way.
 arrow What's free isn't always fair
If we do not ask people what they think, why should we expect them to take a stake in policies? After fourteen years of democratic rule, the political leaders are as far away from the people as theycould
 arrow Indo-US relations gaining further ground
Apparently India has scored points over Pakistan not in the cricket field, but diplomatically with regard to supply of F-16 fighter planes when India's External Affairs Minister Kunwar Natwar Singh was
 arrow Coal not for export
Let us have a quick look at our energy resources. In the year 2004, the National Energy Policy estimated the country's total coal deposits to be at 2527 million tonnes.
Letters to Editorarrow Combating Islamic fundamentalism
This refers to the front-page article "Attacks on Ahmadiyyas" published in The Daily Star on April 24, 2005.
 arrow Noise pollution
This has the reference of a news item in The Daily Star dated 9 April 2005 saying "Enact Laws to check noise pollution" with a picture of a human chain demanding "effective measures to check noise pollution".
 arrow Local Rock stars
What Mahmudul Haque (DS, 22.4.
 arrow Who should be our next leader?
The Almighty has kept Bangladesh in a good condition. So far the country is in a stable condition, except for a few problems.
 arrow Grameen service
The people of Bangladesh had one thing to be proud of, and that is a local company, Grameen Phone . It made the people of this country proud of something "made in Bangladesh".
 arrow Smoking in public places
I wholeheartedly agree with Mollah Mohammad Shaheen's comment on the mockery of law as far as the ban on smoking is concerned.
 arrow US war on terror and Bangladesh
Can a Bangladesh government representative ever think of meeting the US Secretary of State in Washington, talk with her for an hour and convey the message "The people of Bangladesh are shocked due to
 arrow 'Djuice dunia'
Grameen Phone, the biggest and leading cell phone company in Bangladesh, has recently introduced a new package 'djuice'.
 arrow High sounding ads
It is observed as a common phenomenon that most business companies, firms or organisations are floating ads with lucrative offers through media for drawing customers' attention to boost sale of their
 arrow R&D lacking in cottage industries
As a consumer and householder, I get the impression that the small and cottage enterprises (SCEs, as different from SNEs) do not have adequate R&D facilities.
 arrow Can't handle power!
When you cannot handle power, you reluctantly give away a part of it!
Latest local example: the government, at long last, have reluctantly decided to allow generation of electricity in the private

 arrow Load-shedding in Baitul Aman Housing Society
I take this opportunity through your daily to draw the attention of DESA Chairman and the officials concerned who plan and control load-shedding in different zones in Dhaka city.
 arrow Turning a car into scrap
A picture was printed in your paper on 26 April showing one of the two Mercedes Benz cars being turned into scrap as those were reportedly imported under false declaration for tax evasion.
 arrow Electrical day at BUET
The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (BUET), organised a colourful ceremony under the banner of "Electrical Day" last April 1.
 arrow Our universities
I have read, 'Dreaming of a world class university' (18.04.05) by Prof. Mawdudur Rahman , and have to admit that he is aware of the core problem of our country.
 arrow Tele anomaly
The most glaring example of over-charge by the mobile phone companies in Bangladesh is that the T&T is now billing as low as Tk.7.
 arrow COAB's business
On 26th April, COAB took a harsh decision to keep cable service off in entire Bangladesh from 27th April evening to 28th April evening.
 arrow An appeal
I am an inhabitant of Dhanmondi Road no 3/A and these days it has become impossible to go to your own veranda due to the presence of some uncivilised people.
 arrow Raise funds for Savar victims
The factory collapse at Savar will remain as a black chapter in the country's history. 'Safety First' should be the prime consideration for all factories.
Star Cityarrow Yellow cabs charge fare for AC, but do not provide the service
Commuters of the city are paying extra charges for the air-conditioning facility in yellow cabs but most of these cabs do not provide this facility.
 arrow Forgotten Dhaka University Day
The Dhaka University Day has not been celebrated for the last 16 years due to a combination of reasons like lack of effort on part of the authorities and reluctance and absence of awareness among student
 arrow Wrong location hinders prompt service
The location of the Dhan-mondi Police Station (PS) at Nilkhet, the South-East end of its area of jurisdiction is causing inconvenience to both people and the officers of the PS in getting and providing
 arrow 120-years old mosque at risk...

 arrow Lack of public awareness hinders waste management
Waste management in the city is being hampered seriously due to lack of awareness of most residents who do not properly use the concrete dustbins for waste disposal.
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