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Front Pagearrow Sudden slash in tariff rates
In an unprecedented step, the government yesterday reduced two of the three tiers of the tariff rates --7.
 arrow Bid to deface Kahn's work again
The authorities yesterday foiled a Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) bid to construct a fountain beside the south plaza of the parliament complex without any approval and also defying the master plan, made
 arrow Nixon and Kissinger know everything, said Mustaque
"One thinks of Henry Kissinger as being a traditional 19th century diplomat.," Morris continued. "His mentors, models and heroes are all 19th century.
 arrow ACC asked to revive 5,050 graft cases
The government yesterday asked the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) to revive the 5,050 on trial corruption cases using public prosecutors (PPs) as an interim measure.
 arrow PM flies to China today, to sign deals
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia leaves Dhaka this morning on a 5-day official visit to China when a number of agreements covering tourism, energy, culture and education will be signed between the two countries.
 arrow Move for 'opposition day' in JS rejected
A parliamentary body yesterday turned down a proposal for introduction of 'opposition day' in parliament intended to give adequate time to opposition lawmakers to discuss various issues as the rulingBNP
 arrow 4 outlaws killed in 'crossfire'
Four outlawed political operatives were killed in three incidents of "shootout" and "crossfire" between their cadres and law enforcers in Pabna, Kushtia and Rajbari early yesterday.
 arrow Still waiting for his father's return
Three-year-old Al-Amin still believes his father, Abul Kalam Azad, one of the 22 killed in the August 21 carnage, is undergoing treatment at a hospital.
 arrow Traders term it part of extortion master plan
Extortionists gunned down Mirpur businessman Kazi Shahidullah last Friday as part of a master plan to wrest crores of taka from local traders and factory owners by capitalising on the murder, allegedlocal
 arrow High-powered body to probe Niko deal
In a dramatic move, the government has formed a three-member high-powered committee to probe the deal with Canadian Niko Resources Limited for developing the "so-called" abandoned gas fields.
 arrow Rab not ready yet to nab MP Nizam
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) cannot detain or quiz BNP lawmaker Sarwar Jamal Nizam, his brother Maruf Nizam or any other person implicated by Shahid Chairman's initial confessions in the sensational abduction
 arrow 2-day weekly holiday may be considered
Finance Minister M Saifur Rahman believes the government can consider the two-day weekly holiday proposal of the Bangladesh Employers' Federation (BEF).
 arrow Rotten fish at home ministry canteen
The Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) mobile court in its drive against unhygienic food yesterday raided four canteens and a confectionery shop at the secretariat and the officers' canteen of the home ministry
 arrow Khaleda warns against graft in dev projects
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia yesterday cautioned bureaucrats and policymakers against irregularities, wastage and corruption in projects that slow down development activities.
 arrow PRSP finalised with 7 priorities
The Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP) was yesterday finalised with seven priorities designated for national development.
 arrow 5 orphans tell court of sexual molestation by Anjuman staff
Five orphans of Anjuman-e-Mofidul Islam Orphanage yesterday told a Dhaka court horrifying stories of being sexually molested by the orphanage officials.
 arrow Prime accused in 3 foreigners' abduction case held at Ctg
Avilash Chakma, the prime accused in the sensational three foreigners abduction case, was produced before the court here yesterday, two days after he was arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Sunday
 arrow Rejoinder
Twelve-year-old domestic help Aklima Akter's employer Syed Abdullah Nasir has protested a report of The Daily Star published on August 3 headlined "Minor girl jailed after torture for crime she claims
 arrow 160 killed in plane crash in Venezuela
A Colombian plane with 160 people on board crashed yesterday in the mountains of western Venezuela leaving no survivors.
 arrow Pac terms probe body report 'incomplete'
Culprits in the disappearance of a ship with 12,000 metric tons of rice have yet to be identified even after seven years into the incident as a parliamentary body formed to probe the incident submitted
 arrow PSC with Cairn Energy extended till 2008
Cairn Energy yesterday signed an amendment agreement with Petrobangla to extend its production sharing contract (PSC) until May 2008 to conduct three more drillings at block 16.
 arrow Japan quake causes small tsunami waves
A powerful earthquake off Japan's Pacific coast yesterday injured at least 56 people, set off small tsunami waves and swayed towering buildings in the heart of Tokyo.
 arrow Musician Subal Das passes away
Leading music director Subal Das died of a cardiac arrest at a hospital in Kolkata yesterday. He was 78.
 arrow 2 injured were carrying bombs, say investigators
The authorities suspect that two persons injured in Friday's bombing spree at Kharampur shrine in Akhaura were carrying bombs.
 arrow Wounded woman shifted to Dhaka
The lone victim of Monday's bomb attack on Ahmadiyya neighbourhood in the district's Bhadughar area was shifted to Dhaka yesterday as her condition worsened.
Businessarrow 24 FBCCI directors elected unopposed
All the 24 candidates from the chamber and the association groups yesterday were elected directors unopposed to the executive committee of the country's apex trade body.
 arrow S'pore keen to recruit manpower from Bangladesh
Singapore is eager to recruit skilled professionals and trained housekeepers as well as import more agro-products from Bangladesh.
 arrow Forex market likely to stabilise by next week
The forex market is likely to get stabilised by next week with the dollar pegged to Tk 66 within a set limit as Bangladesh Foreign Exchange Dealers Association (Bafeda) indicated yesterday.
 arrow Furniture makers demand industrial park
Local furniture makers demand a separate industrial park to boost the country's furniture industry.
They also demanded industrial recognition of the furniture sector.

 arrow Banglalink launches new product
After the launch of upper class, Banglalink has come up with another new product named "call & control".
The new product has the value of post-paid and the convenience of pre-paid.

 arrow India proposes HEC for Saarc economic integration
India has proposed High Economic Council (HEC) comprising the ministers of finance, planning and commerce of Saarc countries to work towards regional economic integration.
 arrow BBA students hold daylong fair on RAK Ceramics
The students of BBA department of East West University (EWU) yesterday held a daylong fair and presentation on RAK Ceramics in Dhaka.
 arrow Nomination submission date for micro entrepreneurship awards extended
Deadline for sending nominations for Global Microentrepreneurship Awards (GMA) has now been extended to September 7, 2005 from August 23, 2005.
 arrow TCB plans to import pulses, onion ahead of Ramadan
Trading Corporation of Bangladesh (TCB) is planning to import 5,000 tons of pulse and onion through state-level negotiation in a bid to cool the overheated market of essential commodities ahead of the
 arrow JPMorgan to pay $350m in Enron case
JPMorgan Chase & Co on Tuesday said it will pay $350 million in cash to resolve claims it helped Enron Corp. commit accounting fraud, leading to the energy trader's 2001 bankruptcy.
 arrow StanChart starts integration of Amex accounts
The Standard Chartered Bank (SCB), which has taken over the ownership of the American Express Bank Ltd (Amex), Bangladesh, on August 1, started its integration process of all the clients' accounts with
 arrow EU on stand-by mode over China textiles held up in customs
The European Union's executive commission was in stand-by mode Monday over the thorny issue of Chinese textile shipments held-up in EU customs while further statistics come in and talks continue.
 arrow Transcom launches G series Transtec refrigerators
Transcom Electronics Limited (TEL) has recently launched a new line of refrigerators of its own brand, Transtec.
 arrow Thai Airways posts loss
Thai Airways International said Tuesday it lost 4.78 billion baht (117 million dollars) in the third quarter, after being hammered by skyrocketing jet fuel costs and increased personnel expenses.
Sportsarrow Cricket: GP makes BCB richer
While other sports bodies of the country are struggling for survival, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) continues to grow as the single-most money-spinning organisation.
 arrow Football: Premier League returns to action today
The Premier Division Foot-ball League will resume today after a four-day break with second placed Mohammedan Sporting Club taking on Farashganj Sporting Club in the first match of the 15th round at the
 arrow Cricket: McGrath, the No. 1 No. 11
Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath proved his worth with the bat at Old Trafford where his match-saving effort in the third Ashes Test made him the greatest No.11 in history.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket kicks soccer out
England is going crazy for cricket, with newspapers pushing football coverage off the celebrated back pages Tuesday to agonise over the country's dramatic draw against Australia in the third Ashes Test.
 arrow Cricket: Pacers hit back for BD A
Bangladesh A new-ball pair Shahadat Hossain and Syed Russel hit back against Kent on the opening day of their final three-day match in the tour of England yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Tension continues
The pro-establishment panel was yet to calm the rebels down last night for the coming Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) election to be held on August 27.
 arrow Football: Three-member body to probe fixed-games
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) yesterday formed a three-member committee to probe match fixing allegations against Brothers Union and four other Premiership clubs but the football governing body
 arrow Cricket: Astle ambushes Zim
Nathan Astle struck an unbeaten 116 to put New Zealand in command against Zimbabwe after the second day of the second Test at Queens Sports Club on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Afro-Asia Cup starts today
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara is predicting a great spectacle when Asia take on Africa in the inaugural Afro-Asia Cup this week.
 arrow National karate from Sept 28
The three-day 19th National Karate Championship begins on September 28 at the Shaheed Shurawardi National Indoor Stadium in Mirpur.
 arrow Handball: Orient Bread Cup handball
Bangladesh Police and Rajshahi City Corporation won their respective matches in the Orient Bread Cup handball tournament at the Outer Stadium handball court yesterday.
 arrow Football: Union of the greatest
Rival soccer legends Diego Mara-dona and Pele left bitterness behind on Monday night in a unique televised encounter that had them chatting, hugging and singing off-key.
 arrow Football: Essien's dream realised
Ghana midfielder Michael Essien is leaving Olympique Lyon to join Chelsea, the French champions confirmed on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Ponting happy, relieved
Australia captain Ricky Ponting was both happy and relieved after his man-of-the-match winning 156 helped guide his side to a third Test draw against England.
 arrow Cricket: 'No limits for England'
England captain Michael Vaughan insisted his side could "go as far as it wants to " after seeing them come agonisingly close to taking a 2-1 Ashes series lead.
 arrow Cricket: India will tour Eng early '06
England will play three Tests and seven one-dayers during their tour of India early next year, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Monday.
 arrow Football: Lyon join Owen hunt
Lyon may bid for Real Madrid striker Michael Owen - with the money they are set to receive for Michael Essien.
 arrow Chess: BCF polls on Sept 7
The election of the Bangladesh Chess Federation will be held at the National Sports Council (NSC) conference room on September 7.
Metropolitanarrow '90pc garments workers victims of occupational health hazards'
About 90 percent of garments workers in the country often suffer from respiratory problems, abdominal pain and runny nose and cough, according to a recent survey.
 arrow Expand road networks to ease city traffic jam
Speakers at a survey presentation yesterday called for building alternative bypass, circular and link roads to ease traffic jam in Dhaka metropolitan areas.
 arrow BDR on high alert as BSF gathers strength
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) troops have been put on high alert on Gilabari border of Chapai-nawabganj district, as Indian Border Security Force (BSF) took position with heavy weapons in bunkers on the other
 arrow 'One baby in every 500 may develop cancer in Bangladesh'
One baby in every five hundred may develop cancer in the country, said a leading child cancer specialist at a press conference at the National Press Club in the city yesterday.
 arrow Children express hatred towards killers through paintings
Sadia, a ten-year-old girl, does not know much about Bangabandhu and his assassination but her hatred towards the killers was evident in her painting.
 arrow Photo exhibition to raise fund for acid survivors
A series of photo exhibition begins in the city on August 25 with a view to raising funds for the survivors of acid violence and creating awareness about acid attacks.
 arrow Cops decline to record it as murder case
Mohammadpur police yesterday declined to record a case that the father of slain Jagannath University student Iqbal Hossain Masum wanted to file for the killing.
 arrow 120 structures demolished on bank of river Turag
The Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) yesterday demolished 120 illegal structures including three pucca and 13 semi-pucca houses and 104 thatches on the bank of the river Turag.
 arrow Drilling of data well suspended
Drilling of the data well at Tengratila gas field that witnessed a blowout a couple of months ago was suspended yesterday, said an official of the Canadian company Niko.
 arrow Huda blamed for foiling AL programme
The main opposition Awami League (AL) yesterday accused the communications minister of directing the ruling BNP cadres to attack and foil AL's programme on National Mourning Day in Dohar on Monday.
 arrow Huda denies involvement
Communications Minister Nazmul Huda yesterday categorically denied his involvement in attacking a rally of the main opposition Awami League at his constituency in Dohar on Monday.
 arrow Schoolteacher arrested for tampering with answer script
Police detained a schoolteacher of Kachua in Comilla for allegedly tampering with an answer script of a meritorious SSC candidate to favour another SSC student for monetary benefit, education ministry
 arrow Cops decline to record it as murder case
Mohammadpur police yesterday declined to record a case that the father of slain Jagannath University student Iqbal Hossain Masum wanted to file for the killing.
 arrow Hasina calls for unity to oust govt
Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday urged people to oust the alliance government, accusing it of killing, terrorism and corruption.
 arrow Police briefly detain two BCL leaders
The police yesterday briefly detained two leaders of the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) as they were found exchanging hot words in front of the New Market Police Station.
 arrow More donation for cancer hospital
Tamizuddin Khan Trust yesterday donated Tk 5 lakh for the construction of Ahsania Mission Cancer Hospital (AMCH), says a press release.
 arrow 'Opposition always vocal for press freedom'
Both press freedom and responsible journalism are needed to establish the people's right to know, said the speakers at a roundtable yesterday.
 arrow JSD protests price hike of essentials
Leaders of the Jatiya Samajtantric Dal (JSD) yesterday said the government failed to control the price hike of essentials, so they have no right to stay in power.
 arrow Body recovered from Shitalakhya
Police yesterday recovered a body of an unidentified youth, aged around 22, from the river Shitalakhya at Barafkol area of sadar thana.
The hands and legs of the youth were tied with rope.

Nationalarrow Rampant theft of spares makes train movement risky
Pilferage of vital spares from railway tracks and bridges in Sylhet-Akhaura section has increased in recent months, making movement of trains risky.
 arrow 102 MT urea seized while being smuggled out
Coastguard on Sunday seized 102 tonnes of urea worth Tk 6 lakh from the Karnaphuli river near Chittagong Urea Fertilizer Limited (CUFL) jetty after those were loaded in a cargo allegedly for smuggling.
 arrow Costly border pins seized in Satkhira: 5 held
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) arrested five persons and recovered four costly magnetic border demarcation pins from them.
 arrow Fresh flood grips Sirajganj as Jamuna swells
Two women drowned in Kazipur and Raiganj in Sirajganj district as rains and onrush of water from the upstream swelled the Jamuna and its tributaries, flooding vast areas in five upazilas.
 arrow Tk 35 lakh gold looted from market in Comilla
Armed robbers looted over Tk 35 lakh gold armaments from Eastern Plaza Shopping Market in Racecource area in Comilla town Monday night.
 arrow BADC yet to pay Tk 1cr bills to seed farmers
BADC (Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation contract growers in five northern districts are facing setback in producing Aman seeds this year as it failed to pay their outstanding bills amounting
 arrow Khulna Hardboard Mill won't resume commercial production
Khulna Hardboard Mill will not be able to go for commercial production due to non-availability of raw materials.
 arrow Student abducted for ransom in Meherpur
Criminals abducted a student from Jhaubaria village in Sadar upazila in Meherpur district early yesterday and demanded Tk 5 lakh ransom.
 arrow Army nabs 3 'gunrunners' in Bandarban
Bangladesh Army nabbed three indigenous people and seized a foreign made pistol, 5 bullets in Town Hall Para in Bandarban municipality Sunday midnight.
 arrow One killed in Sirajganj bus mishap
One person was killed and four others were injured, two of them seriously, when a Sirajganj-bound bus from Kazipur rammed into a roadside grocery shop at Dublai bazaar on Sirajganj-Kazipur road in Kazipur
 arrow BSF arrests 3 more Satkhira fishermen
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) men on Sunday arrested three more Bangladeshi fishermen while catching fish in the Ichhamoti in Debhata upazila.
Point-Counterpointarrow Extra-judicial killing and accountability
I was procrastinating on the pages of The Guardian. Looking at the news related to the recent bombing in London.
 arrow Someone tell the President the war is over
Like the Japanese soldier marooned on an island for years after V-J Day, President Bush may be the last person in the country to learn that for Americans, if not Iraqis, the war in Iraq is over.
Culturearrow Inspired by nature
KMA Quayyum in his ongoing exhibition at Saju Art Gallery lures you into gazing for hours at details of nature. He is of the opinion that we owe a lot to nature.
 arrow Classic based compositions are her forte
The songs of yesteryears have a unique appeal because of their timeless lyrics and compositions.
 arrow Solo musical evening at Biswa Shahitya Kendra
Veteran Tagore exponent and economist, Professor Anisur Rahman performed Rabindra Sangeet in a solo recital at the Isfendiar Zahed Hassan auditorium of Biswa Shahitya Kendra recently.
 arrow Covering 55 years on canvas
Murtaja Baseer's fortnight long exhibition on works of 55 years at the Bengal Gallery opens today.
The exhibit includes his pen-and-ink drawing of the '50s.

 arrow Kronos Quartet goes to Bollywood
David Harrington of the Grammy-winning string ensemble Kronos Quartet says his group jumped at the chance to work with legendary Indian singer Asha Bhonsle and take its eclectic chamber music to Bollywood.
Internationalarrow 17 Spanish troops die in Afghan chopper crash
Two helicopters carrying Nato-led forces to prepare for next month's elections crashed yesterday in the desert in western Afghanistan, killing at least 17 Spanish troops, officials said.
 arrow Lanka to extend emergency
Sri Lanka's president called yesterday for a month's extension of a state of emergency to give police and troops greater powers to hunt down the assassins of the country's foreign minister.
 arrow Clashes erupt in Gaza
Israeli settlers wept tears of rage and defiance yesterday as they clashed with security forces poised to evict them from their Gaza Strip homes after a midnight deadline.
 arrow Don't demonise Islam
Thirty-eight Muslim groups issued a joint protest yesterday against anti-terrorist measures set out by Prime Minister Tony Blair in the wake of the London bombings, saying they risked demonising Islam.
 arrow Israel hopes pullout will end bashing at UN
Israel hopes its disengagement from Gaza and parts of the West Bank will end "Israel bashing" at the United Nations and lead to peace with the Palestinians, Israel's UN ambassador said.
 arrow US scrambles to keep Iraq on track
US officials scrambled to keep Iraq's political process on track, hailing "substantial progress" in drafting a new constitution despite a deadlock that forced negotiators to miss Monday's deadline.
 arrow 30 Taliban killed
Some 30 suspected Taliban militants have been killed and 28 were captured in renewed violence in southern Afghanistan, officials and the defence ministry said Monday.
 arrow Australia seeks 20,000 skilled immigrants
Australia is seeking 20,000 skilled immigrants to fill job vacancies in its biggest global recruitment drive since the 1950s, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Military, rebels greet Aceh pact with caution
Indonesia's military and Acehnese rebels on Tuesday cautiously welcomed a peace pact but each expressed doubts the other would stick to the deal.
 arrow Police post bombed near Kathmandu
Suspected Maoist rebels shot and wounded a policeman and bombed a police post in separate incidents yesterday on the outskirts of Nepal's capital Kathmandu, police said.
 arrow US to deport Pak imam seized in terrorism probe
A Muslim cleric in California believed by US officials to be a contact man for a Pakistani-American who trained at an al-Qaeda camp agreed on Monday to be deported.
 arrow Guatemalan prison riots kill 31
Near-simultaneous attacks and riots at seven Guatemalan prisons that left 31 inmates dead show the organisational power of Central America's gangs, whose members communicate between prisons through cell
Editorialarrow Editorial: Error ridden voter list
WE must thank the National Democratic Institute (NDI) of Washington for pointing out the level of inaccuracies in our voter list, something that the election commission should have detected by now.
 arrow Editorial: Even mourning is muzzled!
AUGUST 15 has been the victim of ravages of political fortunes in the ugliest and thoroughly reprehensible of forms.
 arrow UNSC reform doomed?
There is a saying among UN diplomats that the UN has a "heart of gold" but "feet of clay.
 arrow Don't shield communal killers
The charred and hacked remains of the dead eloquently described a horrible and heart-rending tragedy... Women, children and a handful of [men], hiding under dead bodies...were rescued by reporters...
 arrow The nation's disgrace
It's a disgrace that this nation which was carved out of Pakistan as an independent sovereign Bangladesh through 9-month long liberation war, waged and fought against the Pakistani occupation forces in
Letters to Editorarrow World tribunal on Iraq
I extend my heartiest congratulations to the great minds, intellectuals and writers of international repute for holding the tribunal on Iraq, a unique gesture towards humanity by the people that are
 arrow Ban student politics
Does our government really want the best for us? If so, why are students in public universities still affiliated with political parties? If we are to follow the ones who have been able to attain success
 arrow Current world affairs
As I am a housewife I have enough time to read papers daily, watch TV programmes which interest me most.
I am disturbed by current world affairs.

 arrow Amartya Sen in BBC
It was very interesting listening to Amartya Sen in BBC Hardtalk this evening (2nd August).
 arrow A dangerous world
The world seems far more dangerous these days. Blush (Bush and Blair) community and their selfish cum hostile policy towards the rest of the world are fully responsible for it.
 arrow SSC results
I was as usual reading the newspaper the other day, the day after SSC results of this year were published. It was full of news and reports on the topic. One article caught my attention.
 arrow Friendship
The mystery and beauty of friendship has been the subject of songs and verses, as well as the more structured explorations of philosophers, since ancient times.
 arrow A disease of our own making
I agree with what Azad Miah, Oldham, UK had expressed but I don't agree it is too late. A silent evolution is unfolding and the erudite have a crucial role to play.
 arrow Past and future
Dr. Condoleezza Rice, the Secretary of State of the United States, can be considered as one of the most successful and celebrated politicians of this decade.
 arrow Unhygienic food at DU canteens
Reading a letter published in your daily on last Friday, I became so shocked that if I had the authority then I would have swooped down on the unscrupulous individual who deliberately pushed a student
 arrow Correction
The Oxford English Dictionary defines these two words like this.
booty (1) valuable stolen goods. booty (2) Plural (booties) North American informal a person's bottom.

 arrow Saarc and Pakistan
Now and then I hear about this Saarc group and lately some writers have even suggested that Saarc countries do away with the visa requirement.
 arrow Two wrongs do not make a right!
I would like to express my outrage and dismay at the terrorist attacks in London. I would also urge Muslims to wake up to the reality of extremism.
 arrow Arsenic-free potable water
It is well known that arsenic ions are toxic pollutants and carcinogens. It is a great problem for our country, as well as, some other countries like Mexico.
 arrow "Life after Blasts"
Whether it is a mere coincidence or my own firm stand against religious fanaticism, all my letters published in this daily have dealt with the disharmony created in the society, local and global
Star Chittagongarrow Noise pollution crosses all tolerable levels in port city
It is 5:30 in the morning. The place is Bahodderhat bus station.
 arrow CDA wakes up to fight unplanned urbanisation
The Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has fined influential owners Tk 1.
Star Cityarrow Private operators claim violation of committee rules by BRTC
Private bus service operators are alleging that the Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC) is violating all the rules and regulations enacted by the Regional Transport Committee (RTC) which is
 arrow TSC loses its glory for dearth of facilities
The 39-year-old Teachers-Students Centre (TSC) of Dhaka University has lost its glory as a centre of cultural and recreational activities due to inadequate facilities.
 arrow Fish fair at Shilpakala premise attracts huge enthusiasts
The weeklong Fish Fair 2005, organized by The Directorate of Fisheries attracted a large number of people of all ages and professions.
 arrow Bangla SMS a reality
A group of computer science students have developed the first ever short messaging service (SMS) in Bangla.
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