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Front Pagearrow Interrogators tight-lipped, seek some more time
A day after the cowed surrender of Abdur Rahman, a taskforce of combined intelligence officials continued interrogating him yesterday at the Uttara headquarters of Rapid Action Battalion expecting leads
 arrow No move yet to disclose wealth of ministers, MPs
The BNP-led coalition government has taken no move in the last four years of its rule to come out with wealth statements of all the public representatives including the prime minister and ministers in
 arrow Hunt down JMB patrons in Rajshahi, Naogaon
Locals in Bagmara of Rajshahi and Atrai, Raninagar of Naogaon demand the government trace and hunt down those who aided and abetted militant kingpins Abdur Rahman and Bangla Bhai in killing at least 22
 arrow Going for more urea plants would have been wiser
Bangladesh could fully meet its requirement of urea fertiliser from domestic production if two more factories were set up with the money the government spent on subsidising imported urea in the last six
 arrow Poor planning, theft and demurrage blamed
Lack of government vision to expand capacity and upgrade loading and unloading operations of crude oil, and improper planning by Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) have pushed the nation towards a
 arrow Govt created militants and using them as pawns: Hasina
The 14-party opposition yesterday said the government has stage-managed the arrest of Shaekh Abdur Rahman to distract public attention from the opposition's reforms agenda, crises of power and fuel, and
 arrow US State Dept praises JMB chief's capture
A US State Department official has said Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) chief Shaekh Abdur Rahman's arrest is a sign of the fruits of cooperation between the United States and Bangladesh in thefight
 arrow Police seize more items from Shaplabagh house in Sylhet
In another search, police yesterday collected some more items including vouchers, schoolbooks, and a blood stained shirt from the Shaplabag house Surya Dighal Bari, from where outlawed JMB chief Shaekh
 arrow Dr Kamal for independent body to probe Shaekh's case
Eminent jurist Dr Kamal Hossain yesterday suggested formation of an independent national commission comprising retired chief justices and experts to make a comprehensive, credible and transparent inquiry
 arrow 26 arrested in Gaibandha linked to Allahr Dal
Most of the 26 arrested militants of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen of Bangladesh (JMB) have links with Allahr Dal, police interrogating the arrestees said yesterday.
 arrow Two more KTS fire victims die
Two more workers of KTS Textile and Garments factory succumbed to their burn injuries at intensive care unit (ICU) of Chittagong Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) yesterday and on Thursday night, raising
 arrow Silting up of the river Gorai...

 arrow Easy sailing for Lanka
Sri Lanka maintained their hundred per cent winning record against Bangladesh when the visitors stormed to an eight-wicket victory before lunch on the fourth day of the first Test here at the Chittagong
 arrow Witnesses dispute police account of 2 youths' death
Residents of Shutirkhalpar of Dhalpur area in Demra contradicted the police version of what happened on Thursday that left Monir, 22 and Mujibur, 24 dead.
 arrow 43 hurt as BNP men swoop on AL press confce
At least 30 Awami League (AL) workers and 13 newsmen were injured in an attack allegedly by BNP activists during a press conference at Sarishabari Press Club yesterday.
 arrow 28 public polytechnics out of 38 have no principal
A large number of faculty posts remain vacant in the state-run polytechnic institutes across the country for long due mainly to irregular recruitment and promotion, causing widespread resentment among
 arrow Muslims protest as Bush tours southern India
US President George W. Bush yesterday met farmers and weavers in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, as Muslim protesters clashed with police and brought the business centre to a standstill.
 arrow Bush to talk 'war on terror' with Musharraf
US President George W. Bush said Friday he would discuss the "war on terror" and ways to lessen the appeal of radical Islam when he meets Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf at the weekend.
 arrow Domestic help found dead
Mystery shrouds the death of a domestic help in the city's Gulshan area yesterday. Locals found the body of 20-year-old Marjina beside the wall of a house on Road no 96 of Gulshan-2 at about 12:30pm.
 arrow DMCH steps to stop infant theft
Dhaka Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) authorities have taken tough security measures to prevent incidents of infant theft at the maternity ward.
 arrow Duta unhappy as Pro-VC made probe convener
Teachers of Dhaka University expressed their dissatisfactions over the appointment of Pro-vice-chancellor Prof AFM Yusuf Haider as the convener of the investigation committee formed by the authorities
 arrow Power crisis in north worsens
Crisis of electricity in North Bengal worsened yesterday as the authorities had to shed 430 MW of load against the daily demand of 630 MW after the 45 MW West Mount power unit at Baghabari tripped and
 arrow Criminal killed in 'shootout' with Rab
A top criminal of Munshiganj was killed during a 'shootout' between his cohorts and members of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) at Sreedharpur in Sreenagar upazila early yesterday, Rab sources said.
 arrow One killed as forest guards, timber thieves trade fire
One person was killed and 12 others were injured in a gunfight between forest guards and timber thieves in the remote Kalenga Reserve Forest in Chunarughat upazila of Habiganj district yesterday.
 arrow 2 JMB suspects arrested
Police arrested two suspected members of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) in chaurangi area of Sadar upazila on Thursday night.
 arrow Bikkhubdha Deshbashi...

 arrow Train blaze that sparked Gujarat riot was accident
A judicial panel probing a 2002 train fire blamed for sparking an anti-Muslim massacre in western India said the blaze was an accident, rejecting claims by right wing Hindus that it was deliberately set.
 arrow Five hurt in bomb attack at Jhenidah
At least five people were injured in a bomb attack on Sher-e-Bangla road in the district town last night.
 arrow Baghdad slaps daytime ban on private vehicles
Gunmen stormed an electricity substation and slaughtered Shia factory workers in separate attacks during a night of carnage that killed at least 19 people in Baghdad's southeastern suburbs, police said
 arrow 4 abducted girls rescued in Patuakhali
Police rescued four girls, abducted by human traffickers, from the local launch terminal yesterday.
 arrow Signs of panic as bird flu takes wing in Europe
A French mayor banning chicken from school canteens, Germans abandoning cats by the hundreds, Greeks and Italians virtually axing poultry from their diets are all signs that a worried Europe is inching
 arrow Families of five victims get TK 79,000 each
Bangladesh Garment Manufac-turers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) yesterday distributed cheques for Tk 79 thousand each to the five families of the burnt dead workers of KTS Textile and Garments where
 arrow Another tiger fitted with radio-collar in Sundabans
A tigress was fitted with a radio-collar in the Sundarbans yesterday making it the second such tiger in the country.
Businessarrow Dhaka-Islamabad likely to start FTA talks
Dhaka and Islamabad are likely to start negotiation on bilateral free trade agreement (FTA) soon as Pakistan Commerce Minister Humayun Akhtar Khan visits Bangladesh by the end of this month.
 arrow Tata to submit revised investment proposal this month
The Indian industrial giant Tata Group will submit its revised proposal, including the price of gas, within this month, sources at the Tata office here said.
 arrow BGMEA to take footage of noncompliant factories
Stung by the Chittagong factory fire, Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) has decided to shoot video footages of the noncompliant garment units across the country to take
 arrow Corporate governance to ensure more profitability
Speakers at a conference said corporate governance will ensure more profitability for business houses.
 arrow Single country knit expo in Germany in May
A single country exposition of Bangladeshi knitwear products will be held in Germany in May, aiming to make the knitwear export base in the European country wider.
 arrow Two panels to contest BKMEA polls
The 'Knit Aikka Parishad' and the 'Shammilita Knit Forum' Thursday submitted their nomination papers for the Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BKMEA) polls scheduled for April
 arrow India, US to double trade in three years
India and US will double bilateral trade in three years by reducing trade and investment barriers and expand cooperation in agriculture.
 arrow US won't hesitate to take China trade disputes to WTO
The United States will not hesitate to take China to the World Trade Organization (WTO), a US envoy said Friday, warning the Asian giant can no longer expect to evade global trade rules.
 arrow Joint venture RMG firm to invest $9.4 lakh in CEPZ
Britain, France and Bangladesh will set up a joint venture garments manufacturing plant in Chittagong Export Processing Zone (CEPZ). The company, M/s Thianis Apparels Ltd, will invest US$ 9.
 arrow Int'l confce on innovative sources of financing ends in Paris
A two-day international ministerial conference on innovative sources of financing (ISF) for development ended in Paris Wednesday with a call for a need for such innovative mechanisms, says a French embassy
 arrow Emerging nations to overtake G7 by 2050
China and other emerging economies will soon catch up or even overtake the leading western industrialised nations as the world's biggest economies by 2050, a study showed on Friday.
 arrow Dhaka-KL business forum held
Malaysia-Bangladesh (Construction Sector) business forum was held in Dhaka on Wednesday.
 arrow Australian trade deficit surges 135pc in Jan
Australia's monthly trade deficit surged 135 percent in January as exports slumped and imports continued to grow, according to data released Friday.
 arrow Weekly Currency Roundup
Feb 26-Mar 02, 2006
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Demand for US dollar was high in this week and USD remained bullish against Bangladeshi taka.

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar promises to be more competitive
Despite yet another defeat to Sri Lanka in the opening Test by the fourth day, Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar was not ready to compare the Tigers' performance with previous contests as he found a lot
 arrow Cricket: Akram Inswinger
It was expected that Sri Lanka would win the match convincingly on the fourth day. They scored 130 odd runs inside one session to complete the job and take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
 arrow Cricket: Leaders under pressure
Table-toppers Sylhet suffered a setback on the opening day of the seventh-round four-day match of the Ispahani Seventh National Cricket League when centuries by Tamim Iqbal and Gazi Salahuddin helpedChittagong
 arrow Cricket: Ks the rescuers
Mohammad Kaif made a career-best 91 to pull India out of the mire on the third day of the opening Test against England on Friday after Matthew Hoggard had skittled out their top-order.
 arrow Cricket: Mushfiq may be considered for 2nd Test
Young wicketkeeper-cum-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim's name will be discussed when the national selectors meet to pick up the final eleven for the second Test against Sri Lanka that begins on Wednesday at Bogra.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan out of Test series
England captain Michael Vaughan has been ruled out of the current Test series in India with a longstanding knee problem and is 'not anticipated' to play in the subsequent one-day campaign, according to
 arrow Cricket: NZ aim for clean sweep
New Zealand are aiming to wrap up their one-day cricket series 5-0 against the West Indies here Saturday but already have one eye on the Test series starting next week.
 arrow Football: Cole wants longer reign
Joe Cole is hoping his match-winning performance for England in midweek impressed Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho as much as it did Sven Goran Eriksson.
 arrow Football: Real stars must perform
Real Madrid's players fall under intense scrutiny in the Bernabeu on Saturday when they take on in-form neighbours Atletico Madrid in the city derby.
 arrow Football: Roma raring to go
AS Roma turn their attention to the fierce competition for Champions League places when they host Inter Milan on Sunday as the dust settles on their record 11th consecutive Serie A win.
 arrow Football: Italy won't repeat '74 mistakes: Riva
Former Italy striker Luigi Riva believes the Azzurri's team spirit will prevent them repeating one of their most infamous World Cup failures when they contest this year's finals in Germany.
 arrow Tennis: Federer in Dubai Open final
World number one Roger Federer reached his ninth successive final and extended his Open era record-winning streak on hard courts to 56 when he beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2 in the Dubai Open.
 arrow Football: The Ballack sweepstakes
He's supposed to be the biggest prize in the Bosman sweepstakes. Michael Ballack, at 29 years of age, is arguably one of the top five attacking midfielders in the world.
 arrow Cricket: Proteas 289-7
Some lusty hitting in the slog overs by Justin Kemp and Shaun Pollock helped South Africa set a stiff 290-run victory target for Australia in the second one-day international at Newlands, Cape Town yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Pak cricketers to watch match with Bush!
Senior Pakistani players have been asked to attend a children's cricket match that US President George W Bush will watch in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, a cricket official said on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Warne wants Harwood for SA Tests
Shane Warne urged Australian selectors Friday to pick his Victorian teammate Shane Harwood for this month's Test series in South Africa.
 arrow Football: Zaragoza mayor invites Eto'o
The mayor of Zaragoza has invited Barcelona's Samuel Eto'o to visit the Spanish city with his family in order to prove that the citizens there are not racist.
 arrow Tennis: Borg's Wimbledon trophies on sale
Bjorn Borg, the Swedish tennis player who became the first man to win five consecutive singles titles at Wimbledon, is to auction the trophies and the wooden-headed racket from his most famous match.
Metropolitanarrow Harrowing tales of a victim
When Ariful Islam Arif, a youth from Madaripur, began his journey towards Spain three years ago, little did he know that he would end up in the Saharan desert without food and water.
 arrow Drug abuse in S Asia continue to be serious: UN report
Lapses in the control of pharmaceutical preparations containing narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances have led to widespread abuse among all segments of the population in South Asian countries, including
 arrow Sex workers place 11-point demand to resolve their problems
Sex workers at a rally yesterday placed an 11-point demand to resolve their various problems.
 arrow 3D edn software to be launched soon
A 3D Multimedia Education Software (MES), prepared in line with the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB), is going to be introduced soon in the country for the first time to help raise the teaching
 arrow Form ministerial body to ensure workers' security: Bapa
Environmentalists at a rally yesterday demanded of the government to form a joint committee comprising the ministries of industries, health and environment to take measures for ensuring health and security
 arrow JU authorities file case
The authorities of Jahangirnagar University (JU) filed a case accusing some unidentified miscreants who set fire to the room of JU correspondent of the daily Prothom Alo at Al Beruni hall on Wednesday
 arrow Govt fails to run country, says BDB
Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) President Prof AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury yesterday said BNP- Jamaat-led coalition government has failed to run the country.
 arrow Govt decides to stop printing Tk 1, 2, 5 notes
The government has decided to stop printing currency notes of Tk 1, Tk 2 and Tk 5 denominations because of their shorter durability and high production cost associated with continuous printing of thenotes.
 arrow Over 50 Jubo League men injured in police action
More than fifty leaders and activists of the Jubo League (JL) were injured as police attacked its rally at Balua Choumuhani of Ramganj yesterday.
 arrow Reinvestigation demanded
Speakers at a discussion yesterday demanded reinvestigation of the murder case of journalist Shaikh Harun-ar-Rashid as all the chargesheeted accused were acquitted by the court due to lack of evidence.
 arrow Former outlaw slaughtered in Pabna
An alleged extremist Raja Sarder was slaughtered at Sujanagar upazila of Pabna early yesterday. Miscreants called him out of his father-in-law's house before they killed him, sources said.
 arrow Road mishap kills one in Rajbari
A man was killed and two others sustained injuries when a microbus rammed their motorcycle at Gariana Kalibari in Pangsha upazila yesterday morning.
 arrow Asian art show begins tomorrow
The month-long 12th Biennale Asian Art Exhibition organised by Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy begins in the capital tomorrow.
Nationalarrow 90 RU teachers demand VC's resignation
Ninety teachers of Rajshahi University in a joint statement have demanded resignation of Vice-chancellor Prof Altaf Hossain for what they said the 'damage' caused to the university's image by the administration's
 arrow Manmade disaster looms in B'baria town
Land grabbers have turned the once wide Titas Khal running through Brahmanbaria town into a narrow canal, clogging the drainage system in the town and creating floods on eastern areas of the districtin
 arrow Take up livelihood schemes for people in remote hills
Deputy Minister for Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Affairs Moniswapon Dewan urged officials of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Asian Development Bank (ADB) and NGOs to take up livelihood support
 arrow Capital punishment for JMB chief demanded
Wives of slain judges Shahid Sohel Ahmed and Jagannath Pandy have demanded speedy trial and capital punishment of JMB chief Shaekh Abdur Rahman.
 arrow 150 MT hoarded sugar siezed in Thakurgaon, 6 godowns sealed
A mobile court in Thakurgaon seized 150 tonnes of sugar allegedly hoarded by traders and sealed six godowns yesterday.
 arrow Accused in AL leader Boral murder case held
Bagerhat police on Wednesday arrested Maruf Hossain alias Chhoto,30, an absconding accused in Bagerhat Awami League (AL) leader Advocate Kalidas Boral Murder Case.
 arrow Two illegal brick fields closed in Khagrachhari
A mobile court yesterday closed two brick fields in Mohalchhari in the district for operating without licence and using firewood in stead of coal, violating environmental laws.
 arrow Somo Adhiker presses 7-point demand
Leaders of Somo Adhiker Andolon, an organisation of Bangalees in the hills, yesterday demanded cancellation of the Chittagong Hill Tracts peace agreement signed by in 1997 by the then Awami League government
 arrow Khulna DB takes up case for bomb attack on AL leader
The case recorded under the Explosives Act for bomb attack on Awami League leader Shaikh yunus Ali has been transferred to the Detective Branch of Khulna metropolitan Police (KMP) from Khanjahan Ali thana
Point-Counterpointarrow Why buildings collapse?
Building collapse has become almost a regular phenomenon in Dhaka metropolis. The last incidence occurred the other day when at least 20 people were crushed to death and many more critically injured.
 arrow Prof. Shamsul Huq
There are some people who attract respect and admiration across spectrum. From 1975 to 81 when Prof. Huq was Bangladesh's Foreign Minister, I was a middle ranking officer of that Ministry.
 arrow Improving secondary education
Secondary Education prepares the students for higher education. In most countries the students receive one or more certificates on successful completion of certain sub-stage of the secondary education.
 arrow Bird flu: Who's next?
Avian influenza is an infection caused by avian (bird) influenza (flu) viruses. H5N1 is an avian influenza virus subtype.
Culturearrow "Niruddesh", a moving social film
Niruddesh" or "Lost Keys" that had its premiere recently at the Alliance Francaise is based on an actual incident. The film has been made by Cine Octagon, a group of eight directors.
 arrow Street theatre festival arranged by BPNP
Bangladesh Patha Natok Parishod (BPNP) has arranged a seven-day street theatre festival at the Central Shaheed Minar premises to observe March, the month of our Independence.
 arrow Regional selection round wraps up today
Bengal Bikash, the talent-hunt by Bengal Foundation is drawing attention nationwide. 4,071 tapes containing performances by aspiring singers were turned in during the initial stage of the contest.
 arrow New TV serial Bhara Hobey Seat Khali
A drama serial titled Bhara Hobey Seat Khali is being telecast on Channel 1 at 8:30 pm every Wednesday and Thursday.
 arrow 'Da Vinci' author 'stole plot'
Author Dan Brown appeared in court on last Monday at the start of a trial in which two historians say he copied their work to write The Da Vinci Code best-seller and are suing his British publisher.
 arrow Erratum
In yesterday's issue of the Culture page, in the news titled "Theatre for a cause" it should have read 'Department of Theatre and Music, Dhaka University'. We regret the inadvertent error.
Generalarrow Nuri's dream crushed
Fate did not allow Nuri Begum, 45, to see the wedding of her beloved daughter as Saturday's Phoenix building collapse in Tejgaon put an end to her struggling life.
 arrow AGM of Habiganj Assoc held
The Annual general meeting and a get-together of Habiganj Association, Dhaka was held yesterday amid festivity.
 arrow Rajshahi PN School wins first prize
Interschool creativity contest titled Surf excel 'Protibhar Lorai' organised by Unilever Bangladesh Limited was held at Rajshahi stadium yesterday.
Internationalarrow Bush faces tough task to get Congress nod
US President George W. Bush faces an uphill fight to win passage of the US-India nuclear pact in the US Congress, which has given a decidedly wary election-year welcome to the agreement.
 arrow US to sell advanced arms to India
The United States said on the heels of a landmark civilian nuclear cooperation pact with India on Thursday that it was prepared to sell advanced warplanes and other high-tech arms to the south Asia nation.
 arrow Anti-Bush protests rock Pakistan ahead of visit
Pakistani police fired teargas and baton charged protesters calling for the head of US President George W. Bush as anti-US demonstrations erupted hours before he was due to visit the country.
 arrow Asia cautiously optimistic
The nuclear deal between the United States and India received a mostly positive response in the Asia Pacific, with Japan and Australia yesterday leading the upbeat assessments but China voicing caution.
 arrow Hamas leader, Russian officials begin talks
Hamas leaders met senior Russian officials yesterday in their first talks with a major foreign power since winning a January 25 Palestinian election, but flatly rejected international demands to recognise
 arrow Tribal militants occupy Pak govt buildings
Pakistani tribal militants brandishing assault rifles briefly took control of government offices in protest at the killing of 40 rebels in an army raid on a training camp, officials said yesterday.
 arrow Manmohan teases Bush for not taking Laura to Taj
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh could not resist teasing US President George W. Bush on Thursday for not taking his wife, Laura, to the Taj Mahal on his brief trip to India.
 arrow Iraq violence may hinder pullout
President Bush is expected to meet with top US military commanders next week, just as the escalating violence in Iraq threatens to complicate the administration's goal of withdrawing more troops thisyear.
 arrow Arroyo lifts emergency
After being assured by her advisers that the coup threat has eased, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo lifted the state of emergency exactly a week after she issued the controversial declaration to quell
Editorialarrow Editorial: Cut off political and financial links to militancy
Government in the past had ordered its law-enforcing agencies to investigate and find out the sources of finance of the JMB and other forms of support being provided to them.
 arrow Editorial: Tannery relocation stuttering
Civil society environmentalists, some activist groups and the media have, in an unwritten advocacy partnership bonding, been articulating environmental concerns of the people from time to time.
 arrow Reforms within the democratic process
The national scene has been lively over the last few weeks.
 arrow Geo-political security meltdown?
All movements that start with religious connotations tend to end up far removed from their original aims and objectives.
Letters to Editorarrow Vehicle luxury
We are aware of thousands of missing vehicles, which till now remain mostly unaccounted for in spite of media reports and ACC investigation.
 arrow Wanton acts
As I started for my workplace early in the morning the other day I, to my utter helplessness, came to learn that a transport strike by the owners was called for.
 arrow 'Why the US is hesitant to take on Iran?'
Meaning US is slow and indecisive in taking action? To my mind and corroborated by your op/ed analytical writing in 'Perspective' on 27 February 2006 US is taking time to make the move and in the mean
 arrow Double standard of Israel and the West
It is strange that Israel is refusing to accept the government led by Hamas which won the majority seats in the last parliamentary election.
 arrow US Presidential visit
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StarTecharrow A war on the DVD
'War on Terror' is now quite a popular topic of discussion anywhere in the world. But another war destined to take the centre stage in conversations soon is the DVD (Digital Versatile/Video Disc) war.
 arrow An alternate to CNG!
The repeated price hikes of fuel have forced quite a number of city motorists to opt for CNG conversion.
 arrow Philips introduces top-of-the-line phones
Philips launched five new GSM mobile phones in the Bangladesh market on February 28, introducing a new entry-level version, a music phone combining an MP3 player, digital camera and video recorder and
 arrow NANO challenger

 arrow ET-121

Literaturearrow All That Glitters Is Not Gold
The afternoon sky had been suddenly obliterated by enormous clouds of sands, instantly turning the day into night.
 arrow In the Land of No Worries
Pelican Parade/Philip Island
In my first visit to Australia in July 1996 I saw the pelicans of Philip Island, a popular tourist spot only two hours by car from Melbourne.

 arrow Here Speak the Standard-bearers
Although the press in Bangladesh shares the same childhood with its neighbouring lands, unlike their Indian counterparts journalists here seldom talk about their profession or vocation, whichever waythey
 arrow More Bangladeshi writers and academics on The Daily Star Book of Bangladeshi Writing
I'm thrilled that The Daily Star has published this new collection of Bangladeshi writing, bringing together poems and stories from both new and well-known writers. I look forward to reading it.
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