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Front Pagearrow 22 BJMC mills closed on jute crisis
The struggling jute sector faces a serious threat as almost half the state-run jute mills have closed down production because of a jute crisis.
 arrow Petrobangla running out of manpower
Amid sheer negligence of the government, around 60 percent of posts in Petrobangla have remained vacant for several years, making it very difficult for the organisation to monitor and coordinate the country's
 arrow Rare pangolin rescued in city
Police last night recovered a pangolin, locally known as Bon Rui, which was captured from the bank of the Turag river near Beribandh in Mirpur on Monday.
 arrow Security beefed up as Narsingdi goes to by-polls today
Tight security measures have been taken to ensure free and fair voting in the Narsingdi-1 by-elections today, in which the ruling four-party alliance will face an independent candidate in the race inabsence
 arrow Saifur snubs mobile operators' plea
Finance and Planning Minister M Saifur Rahman yesterday turned down the private cell phone operators' plea to withdraw the newly imposed tax of Tk 1,200 on every mobile SIM (subscriber identificationmodule)
 arrow 7 Asia-Pacific nations support US bill for free RMG import
Leading apparel exporters' associations of seven Asia Pacific countries including Bangladesh yesterday extended their full support to a proposed US legislation that will provide duty-free access to the
 arrow Bidisha to be quizzed at prison cell
A Dhaka court yesterday granted the investigation officer (IO) permission to interrogate Bidisha at the prison cell of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital (BSMMUH) in the money laundering
 arrow $1.9b health plan fails in goals
The seven-year Health and Population Sector Programme (HPSP) that expired on June 30 last year failed to accomplish most of its goals despite making progress in some fields, a recent evaluation report
 arrow Two BNP cadres killed in 'crossfire'
Two BNP cadres were killed in an 'encounter' between Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) and a gang led by the two that also left two Rab men injured at Hajiganj here in the early hours yesterday.
 arrow Hasina urges north for more trade concessions
Opposition leader Sheikh Hasina has urged the developed world to grant more trade concessions, adequate aid and debt relief to help the developing countries reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
 arrow European HR meet asks govt to stop extra-judicial killings
A European human rights conference on Bangladesh recently has called on the government to act immediately to stop 'extra judicial killings and custodial tortures', and bring to book the persons responsible
 arrow 'Hasina should be quizzed for Aug 21 attack'
Ruling BNP lawmaker Nasiruddin Ahmed Pintu yesterday in parliament asked the government to interrogate Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina, alleging that she is involved in all criminal activitiesin
 arrow Hearing against Galib adjourned
A Bogra court yesterday adjourned the hearing of bomb blast case filed against Dr Asadullah Al Galib till June 25.
 arrow Ashraful shines again
Mohammad Ashraful blasted the 8th quickest one-day half century as Bangladesh, chasing a world record 392-run target, reached 104-2 after 16 overs against England in the fourth match of the NatWest series
 arrow US under secy to focus on political climate
US Under-Secretary of State for Political Affairs R Nicholas Burns will arrive in Dhaka on June 26 for discussion on the political climate and bilateral issues with government and opposition leaders.
 arrow Foreign secys review top issues
Foreign Secretaries of India and Bangladesh met in New Delhi yesterday to review the issues to strengthen mutually beneficial and friendly relations, official sources said.
 arrow Brutal crime
A three and a half years old girl was allegedly raped by a 16-year-old boy in city's West Bhashantek area last Friday.
 arrow India to issue maximum visas for Bangladeshis
India is willing to issue maximum number of visas to Bangladeshi nationals as part of efforts to further improve people-to-people contacts with the neighbouring country, Minister of State for External
 arrow Rab nabs top criminal, finds arms factory
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday unearthed a criminal group-run arms factory at Rangunia in the district and recovered arms, ammunition and arms making instruments following arrest of the gang linchpin.
 arrow Why VAT on Teletalk SIM not illegal
The High Court yesterday ordered the government and the Teletalk authorities to reply as to why the levying of Tk 1,200 as VAT on Teletalk SIM cards would not be declared illegal.
Businessarrow SEC suspends trading of 2 cos
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has suspended the trading of two listed companies and warned two brokerage houses.
A meeting of the SEC took the decisions yesterday.

 arrow Training for SME sector to be developed
Katalyst, a development project under the Ministry of Commerce and funded by DFID, SDC and SIDA, yesterday signed an agreement with Continuing Education Centre (CEC) and Skills Plus to develop accounting,
 arrow Govt urged to correct 'faulty' interest process of HBFC loans
Borrowers of House Building Finance Corporation (HBFC) yesterday urged the government to immediately withdraw a legal notice threatening seizure of property or filing case in case of failing to repayloan
 arrow Smooth freight forwarding key to boosting RMG export
Smooth freight forwarding system is needed for the country's apparel exports in the quota-free era, said Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury, president of Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB).
 arrow Banglalink cellphone fair ends
The five-day Banglalink cellphone fair in Dhaka concluded yesterday.
Organisers said SIM card sale was not satisfactory in the fair, although it attracted a huge number of people.

 arrow US may explore FTA with S Korea
The United States and South Korea could soon begin exploratory talks on a bilateral free trade agreement, a top US official said Monday.
 arrow AKTEL opens new customer care centre at Gulshan
AKTEL opened a new customer care centre at Gulshan-1 in Dhaka on Monday.
 arrow Fareast Islami Life Ins okays 30pc dividend
Fareast Islami Life Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 30 percent dividend for its shareholders for the year 2004.
 arrow Janata Bank gets int'l award
Janata Bank has been selected as the runner-up of Asian Banking Award and Asia-Pacific Bankers Congress (APBC) in micro-credit category.
 arrow South American trade bloc to start anti-poverty fund
Leaders of the four-nation South American free trade bloc, Mercosur, started a summit here Monday to discuss the battle against poverty and also the group's struggle to agree on admitting other countries.
 arrow China introduces textile quotas to soothe Europe, America fears
China has introduced new rules forcing textile exporters to apply for quotas in a bid to address European and American worries about its cheap products, state media said Tuesday.
 arrow Oil prices ease below $59
Oil prices eased back below 59 dollars a barrel in Asian trade Tuesday after hitting record highs in New York as the market paused for breath ahead of another likely push towards 60 dollars, dealers said.
 arrow Saudi Aramco raises stake in Japan's Showa Shell
State-owned oil producer Saudi Aramco has raised its stake in Japan's sixth largest oil refiner Showa Shell Sekiyu KK to 14.96 percent, a statement said Tuesday, amid global uncertainty about oil supplies.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Drama with Nafeeses
If the statistics provided by the scorer at the Trent Bridge media box gives any indication of how productive Bangladesh is in giving debuts to young cricketers, then Shahriar Nafees is the latest inclusion
 arrow Football: Battle for top spot today
Brothers Union will have the edge when the defending champions make an attempt to regain top spot in the Premier Football League table today in their first big match against table-toppers Mohammedan Sporting
 arrow Football: Farashganj move to 2nd spot
Farashganj Sporting Club's impressive run in the Premier Bank Premier Football League continued when they joined Brothers Union and Muktijoddha Sangsad in second place with their fourth win at the end
 arrow Cricket: Greg awaits his wards
Top Indian cricketers will have their first opportunity to interact with new coach Greg Chappell when pre-season training camps begin at the National Cricket Academy here next week.
 arrow Cricket: Hollioake turns up heat
Former Surrey favourite Adam Hollioake returned to his old county ground The Oval here on Monday and inspired the International XI to a six wicket victory over an Asian XI in the tsunami appeal Twenty20
 arrow Football: BRTC open account
Two first-half goals helped BRTC Sporting Club register their maiden win in the First Division Football League with a 2-1 victory over second-placed Mohakhali XI at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal
 arrow Volleyball: Nat'l v'ball qtrs today
The men's quarterfinal line-up of the Pepsi National Volleyball Competition was completed at the Mirpur Shaheed Suhrawardy Indoor Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: BCB invites a meeting
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has called a meeting of the Dhaka Metro and Dhaka Division School representatives to discuss the formation of different age-groups for the Standard Chartered Young Tigers
 arrow Cricket: Tendulkar opens 'India Room' at The Oval
Sachin Tendulkar on Monday inaugurated the 'India Room' in the new stand at The Oval cricket stadium here.
Tendulkar was thrilled to open the new room at the refurbished stand.
"It is greathonour.

 arrow Chess: Majumdar clinches U-10 chess crown
Aniruddah Majumdar became unbeaten champion in the under-10 boy's chess tournament when he drew his last round game against Moinuddin Ahmed Asif at the Bangladesh Chess Federation's hall-room yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Strategist Harmison
Fast bowler Steve Harmison, a key player in England's attempts to win back the Ashes this summer, said he was not expecting to be used sparingly in the run-up to Test battles with the Australians forstrategic
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova's rusty sail
Her 18 carat gold shoes sparkled in Wimbledon sunshine on Tuesday as Maria Sharapova opened her title defence, but despite a one-sided scoreline her tennis was of a lesser lustre on Centre Court.
 arrow Football: MSC jersey gets a sponsor
Weekly magazine Khaborer Antarale will sponsor the jersey of the popular Mohammedan Sporting Club football team in the Premier Division Football League.
 arrow Football: Parreira to gamble
Carlos Alberto Parreira will take a calculated risk by naming a much-changed Brazil team to play for their Confederations Cup future against Japan on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: A chance for solace
Greece surprised everyone by lifting the Euro 2004 title in Portugal but the European champions are merely playing for pride in the Confederations Cup match here in Frankfurt Wednesday, when they face
 arrow Cricket: Pay rise for Aussies
Australia's contracted cricketers will receive pay rises and improved welfare support under a new agreement announced here Tuesday between Cricket Australia (CA) and the players' union.
 arrow Football: Cicarelli denies earning from separation
The ex-fiancee of Real Madrid's Brazilian striker Ronaldo hit back at accusations that she had reaped millions following her split with the World Cup winner.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin past his prime: Kapil
Joining the debate whether Sachin Tendulkar was past his prime, legendary cricketer and former captain Kapil Dev Tuesday said the best days of the batting maestro were behind him.
 arrow Football: Go to grave in club colours
Fans of English soccer club Reading can now take their allegiance to the grave as a local funeral director is offering coffins in the club's colours.
 arrow Cricket: 'It is Warne's private affair'
Cricket Australia said Tuesday it would take no disciplinary action against champion leg-spin bowler Shane Warne over new sex allegations.
 arrow Cricket: ICC's Lord's swansong
The world's top cricket administrators will meet at Lord's at the end of this week for a series of meetings culminating in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) annual conference next Tuesday.
 arrow Football: No Collina at 2006 finals
Italian referee Pierluigi Collina, widely considered the world's top match official, will definitely not be allowed to officiate in the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.
 arrow Cricket: England to have secutiry check in Pakistan
The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will send a high-level security delegation to Pakistan next week to assess security arrangements ahead of this October's England tour.
Metropolitanarrow Govt trying to divert course of investigation: AL
Awami League leaders yesterday accused the government of trying to divert the course of investigation into the August 21 grenade attack by cooking up a false probe report with an ulterior motive.
 arrow Expats send $3517.6m till May
Expatriate Bangladeshis sent home 3517.60 million US dollar till May in the outgoing fiscal year.
This is 453.37 million US dollar or 14.

 arrow JCD has no link with hijackers
LGRD and Cooperatives Minister Abdul Mannan Bhuiyan yesterday rejected the allegations that three students of Dhaka College, arrested for hijacking, are members of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD).
 arrow US experts blame it on Farakka, Teesta barrages
Two US environment experts in an article blamed groundwater arsenic poisoning in Bangladesh on Farakka, Teesta and other dams and barrages.
 arrow AL won't join polls without reforms in EC, CG: Jalil
Awami League General Secretary Abdul Jalil yesterday said they would not join any elections without reforms in the Election Commission and the caretaker government system.
 arrow Tokyo meet on MDG in health begins
A high level meeting to discuss ways of achieving the target of the health related indicators of the millenium development goals (MDGs) in Asia-Pacific region began in Tokyo yesterday.
 arrow PM for expansion of ties with Cuba in health sector
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday said there is an ample scope to expand bilateral relations between Bangladesh and Cuba in various fields, particularly the health sector.
 arrow AL team leaves for China today
A six-member delegation of Bangladesh Awami League leaves for Beijing today on a 13-day visit to China.
 arrow SC cancels bail of former BNP MP Dr Rawshan
The Supreme Court yesterday cancelled a High Court order granting ad-interim bail to Dr Rawshan Alam, a former lawmaker of ruling BNP, who was convicted for life imprisonment in Shahjahan Hawladar Sujan
 arrow 'Make report public'
Journalist leaders yesterday demanded immediate publication of the probe report on police atrocities on journalists at the National Press Club in the city on June 21, 1992.
 arrow Niko again denies bribing Mosharraf
The chief executive of Calgary-based Niko Resources Ltd on Monday denied reports that his company bribed former state minister for energy AKM Mosharraf Hossain of Bangladesh, where Niko is developingnatural
 arrow Hajj agreement signed with Saudi Arabia
Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia have signed bilateral Hajj agreement 2006.
 arrow 3 schoolboys killed, 50 hurt as picnic bus skids off road
Three schoolboys died and 50 others were injured when a picnic bus skidded off the Joypurhat-Hili highway and fell into a ditch at Nakargachhi in Panchbibi upazila early yesterday.
 arrow Kalurghat Rail Bridge opens today
Kalurghat Rail Bridge with road facilities will be opened for the movement of heavy vehicles on today while Shah Amanat Bridge on the Karnaphuli river will be reopened in January after renovation work.
 arrow Two brothers get life for killing minor boy
A court in Sylhet yesterday sentenced two brothers to life imprisonment for murdering a minor boy.
They are Nuruddin and his brother Maniruddin of village Dokharpar under Golapganj upazila.

 arrow AL programmes to celebrate founding anniversary
Awami League has drawn up an elaborate programme to celebrate its 56th founding anniversary tomorrow.
 arrow Aids awareness campaign to be launched in Ctg today
An awareness campaign against HIV and Aids styled as 'Express 2005 Chittagong' will be launched in the port city today.
 arrow Repression on indigenous woman condemned
Bangladesh Mahila Parishad yesterday condemned the repression on an indigenous woman by a union parishad (UP) member in Thakurgaon on June 16.
 arrow Robbery in city house
Robbers looted valuables worth at least Tk 2.5 lakh from a house at Uttar Badda in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow Rehabilitation project on cremation ground
A project has been taken up to rehabilitate the landless on land of a 300 year-old cremation ground at Banshtala in Kaliganj upazila in the district.
 arrow A band of brothers heals the poor
They are seven, working together and moving from place to place to reach medicare to the doorsteps of poor people in villages.
 arrow PDB goods auctioned at ‘throwaway’ prices
A high-powered team of Power Development Board (PDB) is investigating alleged irregularities in an auction in which goods and accessories reportedly worth about Tk 50 lakh were sold at only about Tk two
 arrow Moulvibazar flood costs Tk 30 cr
Flood losses in the district in May have been estimated at Tk 30 crore in various sectors.
 arrow Nor'wester hits 7 Gaibandha villages
A severe nor'wester lashed seven villages in Sunderganj upazila Monday night, injuring 15 people. At least 300 houses were raged to the ground.
 arrow KCC exempts insolvent Ffs from taxes
The Khulna City Corporation (KCC) has taken a decision to exempt insolvent freedom fighters and families of martyred freedom fighters from paying holding tax and other municipal dues.
 arrow Timber ‘smuggler’ shot dead by forest guards
An alleged timber smuggler was shot dead by forest guards in Chaowtoli Forest in Srimangal upazila on Sunday evening.
The victim is Abdur Rouf, 35, son of Somon Miah of Lamua in Sadar upazila.

Point-Counterpointarrow Musharraf's visit to Australia: Turnaround of political fortune
President Musharraf visited Australia in mid June for two days. This is the first visit of any head of state or government of Pakistan to pay an official visit since its independence in 1947.
 arrow The 'Moderate Muslim Democracy'
Through the courtesy of President Bill Clinton, Bangladesh is known in the West as a Moderate Muslim Democracy (MMD).
 arrow Defenders on the bank of the Jamuna
Gobindapur is an old village on the bank of the river Jamuna. Its people are fighting from time immemorial against two giant adversaries river erosion and poverty.
Culturearrow "Our folk songs have a universal appeal" --Meena Barua
Folksongs, our true musical tradition, retain a popular appeal for their moving tunes and uncomplicated lyrics.
 arrow Generating awareness: Lets Speak about AIDS
It is time that the scourge of AIDS came out of the closet.
 arrow Promoting aspiring dancers
Ruposhi Talukdar came all the way from Khagrachhari to participate in the three-day dance show organised by the Music and Dance Department of Shilpakala Academy.
 arrow Big B strikes again
Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan returns to the small screen this year for the second run of the super-hit television serial Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) which had brought a turnaround in his
Generalarrow Unabated cross-border drug smuggling in Feni
An unabated rise of cross-border drug smuggling has been posing a serious threat to other potential businesses in Feni.
 arrow Make budget pro-people
Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad yesterday urged the government to revise the proposed budget to make it a pro-people one.
"A budget presented before the parliament cannot be rejected.

 arrow One gets death for killing wife, daughter
A court here yesterday sentenced one person to death for killing his wife and four-month-old daughter three years ago.
 arrow 1,750 more held
Police arrested 1,750 people on various charges during their countrywide drive in the last 24 hours as of 6:00am yesterday.
Internationalarrow India readies roadmap to demilitarise Siachen
The Indian army said yesterday it has prepared a roadmap for the withdrawal of troops from the world's highest battlefield, the Siachen Glacier, which overlooks Pakistan and China.
 arrow Pakistan govt violated Kashmir bus accord
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accused Pakistan yesterday of violating a bilateral travel agreement on the newly launched trans-Kashmir bus service.
 arrow Israel targets militants before summit
Israeli forces rounded up dozens of suspected West Bank militants in a sign of impatience with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas just hours before a summit on Tuesday with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel
 arrow Bomb kills anti-Syrian politician in Beirut
An anti-Syrian politician was killed in Lebanon yesterday when a bomb ripped through his car, two days after parliamentary elections brought victory for an alliance opposed to Damascus' role in the country.
 arrow Kabul urges Pakistan to contain militants
Afghanistan urged neighbouring Pakistan yesterday to clamp down on militants hiding on its side of the border, a day after Kabul said it had arrested three Pakistanis for plotting to assassinate the US
 arrow Bush acknowledges tough going in Iraq
President Bush acknowledged on Monday the Iraq war was "tough" going but refused to back down from assertions that progress was being made despite Republican complaints about the administration's rosy
 arrow 'Saddam misses Reagan'
Saddam Hussein likes Doritos, washes his hands compulsively and thinks fondly of the late US President Ronald Reagan, according to American soldiers who guarded him and tell their story in the July issue
 arrow Left wins Kolkata civic polls after 5 years
West Bengal's ruling Left Front on Tuesday returned to power in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) after five long years, ousting the Trinamool Congress-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alliance.
 arrow Roh, Koizumi fail to mend history row
South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun and Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi laid out their positions on Japan's history reinterpretation but failed to narrow differences in summit talks in Seoul
 arrow Schroeder blasts British vision of Europe
Days after a stormy EU summit collapsed in discord, German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder launched a frontal attack on Britain's vision of Europe and its economic model.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The grabbers' extended pasture
Illegal occupation of state property has become an invasive phenomenon, so much so that the scowling eagle is not even prepared to spare the wetlands and marshy swathes that benignly ring the city around.
 arrow Editorial: Khilgaon flyover or a criminal den?
When the Khilgaon flyover was built, the local residents had heaved a sigh of relief hoping that the ubiquitous traffic jam in the surrounding area would finally be a thing of the past.
 arrow Combating food adulteration
For a week or so, the newspa-pers have been publishing reports on widespread adulteration of different categories of food. The people of Bangladesh are the victims of food adulteration.
 arrow Swirl of diplomacy around North Korea
The US has spent years trying to isolate North Korea. Bush had included it in his Axis of Evil.
 arrow Hon'ble Prime Minister, you can do it
By asking the State Minister for Energy to resign, the Hon'ble Prime Minister has provided excellent evidence that commitment and will at the highest political level is the key to fighting corruption.
Letters to Editorarrow Well done, Bangladesh!
Hearty congratulations to the Bangladesh cricket team, especially to Mohammad Ashraful, captain Bashar and coach Whatmore, for the first ever win against Australia.
 arrow No more hartals
Since Independence, Bangladesh have observed hartals on numerous occasions. Our politicians say it is their democratic right to call hartals and they are doing these for the sake of the common people.
 arrow Is OIC a dead organisation?
The Holy Quran was revealed not only for the Muslims but also for the guidance of the entire mankind. No one has the right to dishonour it, which some US soldiers did at Guantanamo Bay.
 arrow Supporting Pakistani cricketers
This letter is in response to 'About supporting Pakistani cricketers' (April 18) by Kh. Asef Kabir Upal.
 arrow Bangabandhu to Khaleda Zia
I was very young during the first Awami League rule from 1972 to 1975.
 arrow Homosexuality
I just went through both Nagorik and Rubayyat's mails concerning homosexuality, which is a very sensitive issue in the context of Bangladesh.
The first time I read Nagorik's mail, I was very surprised.

 arrow When will the dirty politics end?
At the end of one English play, an actor dressed in a complete black suit, gently nods and smiles and says, 'This is the end of the Story'.
 arrow BAF plane crash
I was really shaken by the news of the air force trainer plane crash. It left 6 people injured including 2 babies.
 arrow Drama and politics
Can any one tell me the similarity between drama and politics? I think that under the present condition in Bangladesh both are full of falsehood! Drama is a combination of fictitious attitude of actors
 arrow Accident at DU campus
The incident in DU campus is surely an unexpected event. As we know, the students became agitated due to the accident, which occurred at Shahbag traffic signal.
 arrow Hasina urges engineers to rid the country of misrule
I find your news article under the above caption perplexing.
 arrow Felicitation to the Kuwaiti women
From the beginning of history women are being neglected by men, although they play very important roles in every sphere in which men are involved. Regrettably, women are not treated like men.
 arrow A closer looks at our political culture
Our politics looks vigorous. How about its vitality or health? High system loss is not a sign of genuine vitality. Hate campaign fall into this category. Noisemakers waste energy.
Star Chittagongarrow At last Wasa gets a move on
As the plight of the city dwellers persists with less than one third of the demand for water met, Water and Sewerage Authority (Wasa), Chittagong has taken three projects to produce an additional 27 crore
 arrow Heart patients get hurt as CMCH dept limps
The patients with heart diseases of greater Chittagong endure immense sufferings as the cardiology department of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) limps due to technical and instrumental drawbacks.
Star Cityarrow Expensive campaign raises question
For some people this is a race for status in society. But some others consider it as a means of securing power that would bring them a lot of money.
 arrow Gulistan-Jatrabari flyover to ease traffic congestion
The proposed 7.
 arrow Mobile phone subscribers paying double tax
New subscribers of cell phones are now paying double tax as the newly imposed duty on connections is already in effect while the proposed tax reduction on handsets is not.
 arrow Death traps on Panthapath
Pedestrians and vehicles are exposed to risk of accident, as the cover of a sewerage line on Panthapath, one of the busy roads in the city, remained open for almost one month.
 arrow Water Kingdom, your watery getaway
Dhaka residents now have a great opportunity of getting rid of the monotony of city life by visiting the Water Kingdom at Ashulia, the first themed water park in the country.
 
   
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