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Front Pagearrow IMF insists on power, gas, oil price hike
The IMF yesterday once again insisted, but more incisively than ever, on raising the prices of all fuels including petroleum products and gas as well as power.
 arrow Terrorism, trafficking bracketed for talks
Home secretaries of Saarc countries yesterday underscored the need to strengthen cooperation and make effective the regional mechanism to fight cross-border terrorism and drug trafficking.
 arrow Run-down rails offer rocky to fatal rides
More than half of the country's 2,792-km railway network has become run-down, causing over 700 accidents a year that makes travelling by train a high-risk venture indeed.
 arrow Tension runs high at Shanir Akhra
Tension continues to run high at Shanir Akhra as supporters of local BNP lawmaker Salahuddin Ahmed yesterday declared counter programmes against people agitating for supply of water, power in Demra areas.
 arrow IFIC shares go to Jubok, Mosaddek
Two representatives from Jubo Karmasangsthan Society (Jubok) and one on behalf of ruling party lawmaker Mosaddek Ali have joined as directors of IFIC Bank after two concerns of Jubok and the lawmakerpurchased
 arrow Dhaka elected member of UN Human Rights Council
Bangladesh was elected one of the 47 members of the newly formed Human Rights Council of the United Nations by a large margin of votes in the council's first election held at the UN General Assembly in
 arrow Thousands denounce 'fake' voter list
Several thousand demonstrators under the banner of the 14-party opposition line-up yesterday took to the streets in the capital and elsewhere in the country protesting what they termed the newly prepared
 arrow More food produced, still half of households food insecure
Bangladesh now produces much more food compared to two decades ago but still about half of the households are far from being food secure, Food and Disaster Management Minister Chowdhury Kamal Ibne Yusuf
 arrow Container congestion at Ctg port yet to ease
Customs officials rejected the idea of customs clearance outside the port yard at the country's premier Chittagong seaport, saying that customs procedure is not responsible for creating delay in clearance
 arrow Another legal notice served on govt
The government has received yet another legal notice demanding cancellation of the decision to rent power from skid mount plants and an end to 'illegal' activities of the committee headed by the principal
 arrow JMB's former Shura man now a cop in Dhaka
Police Sub-Inspector (SI) Alamgir Jahan Rana was one of the Shura members of the first JMB working committee that was formed in Dhaka in December 1998.
 arrow Defence disputes convict's statement
The counsellor for four convicts yesterday said the credibility of the statement convict Hasan made about grabbing Shazneen is questionable as her parents were informed about the matter a month afterthe
 arrow Nasreen was killed, alleges BSEHR probe
Nasreen Parveen Huq, the late ActionAid Bangladesh country director, was deliberately killed, investigators of a rights watchdog alleged yesterday.
 arrow Another case filed against Kushtia journos
Following ruling BNP lawmaker Prof Shahidul Islam's extortion case against three journalists on Tuesday, a local leader of the same party filed another case against them with Kushtia Sadar Police Station
 arrow 5 sentenced to death for rape, murder
A court in Bogra yesterday sentenced five people to death in the sensational Shumi rape and murder case.
 arrow Sagir murder accused killed in 'crossfire'
An accused in Juba Dal leader Sagir murder case was killed in an encounter between his cohorts and police in the city's Shyampur area early yesterday.
 arrow BTTB union leader escapes gun attack
Unidentified criminals opened fire on the president of Bangladesh Telejogajog Sramik Karmochari Union, a platform of the BTTB employees, at city's Moghbazar yesterday morning, triggering huge protest.
 arrow PDB office besieged in Satkhira
Several hundred people laid siege to the Satkhira Power Development Board (PDB) office, put up a two hour-long barricade on the Satkhira-Asasuni road in front of the PDB office and held a rally in the
 arrow The Daily Star, Prothom Alo Baishakhi Festival held in Chittagong
Agami, a cultural organisation of Chittagong University (CU), organised a Baishakhi Festival on Sholoshahar Railway Station premises in the port city yesterday amid fanfare and festivity.
 arrow Teletalk's Tk 1,200 VAT illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the collection of additional Tk 1,200 as VAT by Teletalk Bangladesh Limited from its cellphone lottery winners last year.
 arrow Buddha Purnima today
Buddha Purnima, the biggest religious festival of the Buddhist Community, will be celebrated in the country today, marking the advent, nirvana (enlightenment) and departure of Lord Gautam Buddha.
 arrow One killed in wall collapse
One pedestrian died and two others were injured as a wall collapsed on them at Niketan in Gulshan during a storm in the city last night.
 arrow 4-party wins, JP alleges rigging
Four-party alliance candidate Shameem Kaiser Lincoln of BNP won the Gaibandha-4 by-election held on Tuesday, according to unofficial results.
 arrow Over 1,000 stranded Pakistanis on voter roll
More than 1,000 stranded Pakistanis in Bogra have been enrolled in the recently published draft voter list, some of them claiming to be Bangladeshi nationals by birth.
 arrow Ex-communist named as new Italy president
The Italian Parliament elected an 80-year-old former Communist to be president on Wednesday, paving the way for a government headed by centre-left leader Romano Prodi to be formed within days.
 arrow Thai court asks govt to set election date
A Thai court yesterday ordered the government and election authorities to set the date for a new general election, as outgoing prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra remained coy about whether he would run
Businessarrow SEC moves to introduce fund diversion rules
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has initiated a move to introduce fund diversion rules for the listed companies in a bid to limit their authority to extend interest-free loan to their non-listed
 arrow BGMEA seeks garment village in Ctg
The country's apparel industry leaders yesterday urged the government to allocate a land for developing a 'garment village' in Chittagong.
 arrow Cut tax on SIM cards, get more revenue
As the mobile phone industry is one of the largest contributors to the government exchequer, cellphone operators yesterday urged the government to cut tax on new subscription and handsets, saying it (government)
 arrow Sri Lanka to offer oil, gas exploration block to India
Sri Lanka will offer an oil and gas exploration block to India's state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) on a preferential basis, the island-nation's Foreign Minister Mangala Samaraweera has
 arrow CCCI for keeping customs house open on Saturdays
Chittagong Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) has urged the Chittagong Customs authorities to keep the customs house open on Saturdays to ease the severe container congestion at Chittagong Port.
 arrow IDCOL to install 36,450 domestic biogas plants
Infrastructure Development Company Limited (IDCOL) will install 36,450 domestic biogas plants in 19 districts by December 2009.
 arrow Chairman, vice chairman of Jamuna Bank
Md Fazlur Rahman and Shaheen Mahmud have been elected chairman and vice chairman of Jamuna Bank Ltd.
 arrow World Bank asks China to appreciate yuan faster
The World Bank urged China Wednesday to allow its currency to appreciate faster, saying a stronger yuan would help rebalance the nation's trade surplus and ease domestic economic problems.
 arrow Oil prices fall on hopes of a build in petrol stocks
Oil prices retreated in Asian trading Wednesday on expectations of a rise in gasoline stocks in the United States, dealers said.
 arrow WB raises 2006 China growth forecast to 9.5pc
The World Bank on Wednesday upgraded its 2006 economic growth forecast for China to 9.5 percent as it cautioned that more measures needed to be taken to cool and rebalance the economy.
 arrow Labour rights, investment dominate US-UAE trade talks
Free trade talks between the United Arab Emirates and the United States continued Wednesday amid leaked reports of disagreements over labour rights and investment, a newspaper said.
 arrow WTO membership not a bargaining chip: Putin
President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that Russia's drive to join the World Trade Organization should not be used as a tool of bargaining on other issues.
 arrow United Leasing Co declares dividend
United Leasing Company Ltd has declared dividend of Tk 32 per share and one bonus share for every two shares for the year 2005.
 arrow Seminar on improvement of productive maintenance
Padma Group of Converters in collaboration with TPM Club India, Confederation of Indian Industry and Japan Institute of Plant Maintenance organised a two-day seminar on 'Improvement of Total Productive
 arrow Spending on Chinese airports to soar
China is set to spend on airport development in the next five years more than it did in the last 15, opening up huge investment opportunities for overseas and domestic investors.
Sportsarrow Hockey: Hockey time in Dhaka
The Jamuna Bank Asian Games Hockey qualifying meet commences at the revamped Maulana Bhasani National Stadium today with a changed format following the late withdrawal of Indonesia.
 arrow Cricket: Whatmore sees bright future
Coach Dav Whatmore echoed the sentiment of captain Habibul Bashar relating that the long layoff from Test cricket was a real concern for Bangladesh.
 arrow Football: BFF announces primary squad
Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) announced a 27-member preliminary squad to prepare for the 10th South Asian Games to be held in Colombo in August.
 arrow Cricket: Rafique and Shahadat in Asia Eleven
Ace left-arm spinner Mohammad Rafique and fast bowler Shahadat Hossain will represent a Rest of Asia team that play two friendly matches against Pakistan at Jeddah on May 18 and 19.
 arrow Football: Sirajganj school qualify for final
Gaberpara Senior Madrasa of Sirajganj moved into the final round of the banglalink tiger trophy National School Football Championship as they became zonal champions beating Rashidpur Ijjatunnesa HighSchool
 arrow Cricket: Mukles ton goes awry
Seven matches were held across the country on the opening day of the Dhaka Bank Under-19 National Youth cricket tournament yesterday.
 arrow Football: Heartbreak For Hosts
The carnivals had been planned, the victory spee-ches written, and the newspaper front pages declaring 'Brazil: Champions of the World' already printed.
 arrow Football: Bits and Bobs
Yes to beer!
Afp, Frankfurt


German organisers confirmed Wednesday that football fans would be allowed to consume alcohol at next month's World Cup finals.

 arrow Football: French look to consolidate
France coach Raymond Domenech believes playing with style is more important than winning matches at the World Cup.
 arrow Football: Party tricks beckon for C'Ron
Cristiano Ronaldo shot to international soccer stardom after his transfer from Sporting Lisbon to Manchester United three years ago, when he was still a teenager.
 arrow Football: Fearless Crespo
Even though Argentina have been drawn in one of the trickiest groups for next month's World Cup, striker Hernan Crespo is confident they will avoid a repeat of their first-round elimination four years
 arrow Football: Lagerback pulls some surprises
Juventus's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Barcelona's Henrik Larsson among six strikers named in Sweden's World Cup squad on Tuesday while right back Alexander Ostlund was dropped in a defensive shake-up.
 arrow Football: Ecuador name squad
Ecuador included temperamental Argentina-based striker Ivan Kaviedes in their 23-man World Cup squad on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: France squad on Sunday
France coach Raymond Domenech will name his 23-man World Cup squad on Sunday, a day before the deadline set by world ruling body FIFA, the French Football Federation (FFF) said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Sachin back to batting
India's star batsman Sachin Tendulkar resumed training on Wednesday following shoulder surgery, but officials are unsure if he will be fit for the Test series in the West Indies in June.
 arrow Football: Cahill selection sparks row
Australia included injured Everton midfielder Tim Cahill in their World Cup squad on Wednesday, heightening the threat of another club versus country row.
 arrow Tennis: Nadal keeps moving
Second seed Rafael Nadal began the defence of his Rome Masters title with a hard-fought 6-1, 2-6, 6-2 first round win over fellow Spaniard and practice partner Carlos Moya here on Tuesday.
 arrow Tennis: Hingis starts pretty
Martina Hingis began her preparation for the clay court Grand Slam later this month with a notable revenge at the German Open here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Inter seek Cup solace
Inter Milan head into the Italian Cup final second leg against AS Roma on Thursday as slight favourites although even winning the trophy will do little to compensate for another disappointing season.
 arrow Football: Ruud booted by Fergie
Ruud van Nistelrooy said it was "painful" for him to be missing former Manchester United teammate Roy Keane's testimonial at Old Trafford on Tuesday after reports suggested the Dutch striker had beenbooted
 arrow Football: Kahn to carry on
German international goalkeeper Oliver Kahn said Wednesday it was by no means certain that he would quit the national team after next month's World Cup finals in his homeland.
 arrow Football: United's testimony to Keane
Roy Keane's iconic status among Manchester United fans despite his rancorous departure late last year was confirmed here on Tuesday as 69,951 fans turned out for his testimonial match between the RedDevils
 arrow Cricket: Giles eyes June return
England spinner Ashley Giles hopes to return to cricket next month and put his injury misery behind him.
 arrow Cricket: Sanath set for Test return
Sanath Jayasuriya met with Ashantha de Mel, Sri Lanka's new chairman of selectors, on Wednesday morning to discuss his possible return to Test cricket during the current tour of England which starts on
 arrow Cricket: Young England at Lord's
England head into the first Test against Sri Lanka without the injured quintet of skipper Michael Vaughan, left-arm spinner Ashley Giles and pace bowlers Stephen Harmison, Simon Jones and James Anderson.
 arrow Cricket: BCCI denies Sehwag gag
India's cricket board has denied giving opening batsman Virender Sehwag a rap across the knuckles for making public comments about the team.
 arrow Cricket: Pathan not interested in ranking
Irfan Pathan on Wednesday said if he had reached the top of all-rounders' rankings it was because he never bothered to be there. "I am the number three all-rounder in the world now.
 arrow Cricket: Murali plots Freddie fall
Sri Lanka's Muttiah Muralidaran plans to spoil close friend Andrew Flintoff's first home Test as England captain.
 arrow Football: Ajax sack Blind
Ajax Amsterdam sacked coach Danny Blind on Wednesday, 13 months after he took over from Ronald Koeman.
 arrow Football: Spurs demand replay
Tottenham asked to replay its season-ending loss in the Premier League because 10 of its players were sick with suspected food poisoning.
 arrow Football: Roeder cleared for Magpies job
The English Premier League has cleared the way for Newcastle to appoint Glenn Roeder as their new manager despite his lack of coaching qualifications.
 arrow Football: Larsson receives royal honour
Veteran Swedish international striker Henrik Larsson received the Member of the British Empire awarded to him by Queen Elizabeth II in the New Year Day's Honours List here on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Scholl extends Bayern contract
Veteran former German international midfielder Mehmet Scholl extended his contract with German champions Bayern Munich for a year on Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Sanz considers Real return
Former Real Madrid president Lorenzo Sanz is considering standing in the club's presidential election which is due to be held after the end of the Primera Liga season.
 arrow Cricket: Harmison's comeback delayed
England pace bowler Steve Harmison's comeback has been postponed after his wife went into labour.
 arrow Cricket: Langer trashes retirement talk
A day after his purported retirement plans were widely reported by the media, Justin Langer said he had no intentions yet of hanging his boots as he had not lost his motivation to keep playing.
Metropolitanarrow Ensure quality education
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday called on the university authorities to take appropriate measures for meeting the growing demand of quality education so that the students can prove their worth anywhere
 arrow Top officials' preparatory meet ends
Senior officials from the D-8 group yesterday wrapped up their two-day talks in the Indonesian tourist city of Bali on laying the groundwork for the D-8 summit beginning on Saturday over there.
 arrow No dialogue with war criminals: Joy
Sajib Wajed Joy, son of Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina, said dialogue between the AL and the ruling BNP over reforms in caretaker system of government and the Election Commission (EC) should
 arrow Authorities seem indifferent to problem
As frequent road accidents occur on and around Dhaka University campus causing deaths and injuries to students every year, the authorities concerned seem to be indifferent in taking steps to prevent the
 arrow Professionals not performing duties to achieve MDGs
Bangladesh possesses adequate infrastructure to achieve millennium development goals (MDGs) in maternal and child health sector, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow UP secretaries demand nationalisation of jobs
Union Parishad secretaries at a press conference demanded nationalisation of their jobs, granting them second class gazetted officer status and specification of their duties within the purview of theunion
 arrow Terrorism more or less a problem in all Saarc countries
Pakistani Minister for Interior Affairs Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao has appreciated Bangladesh's success in tackling terrorism under the leadership of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow Khaleda's India visit to enhance cooperation
Indian Home Minister Shivraj Patil yesterday termed the recent visit of Prime Minister Khaleda Zia to his country very useful for both the countries to expand cooperation in all areas of mutual benefit.
 arrow Hearing on govt petition for withdrawal of case held
A Dhaka court yesterday heard the government petition for withdrawal of the arms case against three low-profile criminals of infamous Six Star Group.
 arrow Schoolteacher killed in road accident in city
A schoolteacher was killed in a road accident at Tejgaon in the city yesterday. The deceased was identified as Shamsuddin Khan, 58, a teacher of Nakhalpara Hossain Ali High School.
 arrow Row over fund to allocate room for former DU VC
To allocate a room to a former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University (DU), anthropology department has requested the authorities concerned for a space and over Tk 6 lakh giving rise to controversy among
 arrow Rickshaw-pullers, owners to lay siege to DCC on June 1
Bangladesh Rickshaw and Van Pullers-Owners' Sangram Parishad will lay siege to Dhaka City Corporation (DCC) on June 1 to press its seven-point demand, including new license for rickshaw.
 arrow Goods worth Tk 10 lakh looted from city house
A gang of miscreants swooped on the residents of a house leaving them injured and looted their valuables in the city yesterday.
 arrow Workshop for mental health service providers ends
An advanced training workshop for the mental health service providers for the women and children victims of trafficking and violation concluded in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow UP chairman's elephant tramples one to death
A member of the indigenous Khasia community was trampled to death and another seriously wounded by a mad elephant owned by a local Union Parishad chairman in Juri upazila of Moulvibazar on Tuesday night.
 arrow 4 DU students expelled
Dhaka University (DU) authorities temporarily expelled four DU students, also activists of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), yesterday for their involvement in an intra-party clash between Ziaur RahmanHall
 arrow Contrabands worth Tk 30 lakh seized
A truckload of contrabands, including Indian sarees, drugs, electronic goods and motor parts, was seized at the toll plaza of Jamuna Bridge yesterday.
 arrow Norwegian envoy calls on Hasina
Outgoing Norwegian ambassador to Bangladesh Aud Lise Norheim yesterday made a farewell call on the Leader of the Opposition in Parliament Sheikh Hasina at her 'Sudha Sadan' residence.
 arrow CPB leader Selim's condition stable
Health condition of Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) General Secretary Mujahidul Islam Selim remained stable yesterday at coronary care unit of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University Hospital.
 arrow Pak minister meets Babar
Pakistan's Interior Minister Aftab Ahmad Khan Sherpao called on State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfozzaman Babar in the city yesterday.
Nationalarrow 40 hurt in Muladi BNP factional clashes
At least 40 people including a police man were injured, three of them critically, when rival factions of ruling BNP clashed for several hours at Muladi upazila headquarters yesterday, centring wall writings
 arrow 8-men syndicate smuggles fuel thruí S-W borders
An eight-member syndicate is allegedly involved in smuggling fuel through different borders in south-western region of the country.
 arrow Fresh lists of terrorists, smugglers being made
Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP) and district police are preparing fresh lists of 'terrorists' as directed by the ministry of home affairs.
 arrow Ukhiya TV relay station opens this month
The Ukhiya relay station of Bangladesh Television (BTV) is likely to begin transmission this month, fulfilling a long cherished desire of the people coastal areas and off shore islands.
 arrow Woman drug peddler flees custody
An under-trial woman prisoner fled from police custody in the balcony of court building in Kishoreganj yesterday.
 arrow Tk 3.5 cr venom, touchstone statues seized
Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) seized two pounds of venom and two black touchstone idols of Hindu goddesses worth Tk 3.50 crore from Natore on Tuesday.
 arrow Udichi blast case hearing on May 25
Argument in the sensational Udichi bomb blast case was not held in the court of District Sessions and Special Judge yesterday as two of the accused did not appear before the court.
Point-Counterpointarrow Election 2007: What role for the donors?
What happened to Bangladesh's north and south over the last few months could not have been anticipated even six months ago.
 arrow The Muslims America loves
Being a Muslim today -- in the middle of America's "war against global terrorism" -- carries some new hazards.
 arrow Government price control is wrong
People have historically agitated for food but frenzied demand for electricity, water, and fuel, is new in modern times, and reveals the truth that government price controls do not work and never will.
 arrow The message of peace and happiness
Today is the full moon day of Vesakha blessed by the Birth (624 BC), Enlightenment (589 BC) and Mahaparinibbana (S44B) of the Buddha. It is very sacred and significant day to the Buddhist world.
Culturearrow Impact of Bangladesh on Tagore's creativity
Rabindranath Tagore spent the prime of his life at Patishar of Rajshahi, Shilaidah of Kustia and Shahjadpur of Pabna in Bangladesh.
 arrow BAFA celebrates Tagore's 145th birth anniversary
Bulbul Lalitakala Academy (BAFA) celebrated Nobel Laureate poet Rabindranath Tagore's 145th birth anniversary by organising a cultural programme.
 arrow Reflections of an artist
Titled The Blue Mood, an oil on canvas painting enchants the viewer. Here is a eye-catching depiction of the Jamuna bridge and the river by moonlight.
 arrow "King Kong" comes to Dhaka
Peter Jackson's remake of King Kong, one of the blockbusters of last year, is being released in Dhaka on the big screen.
Internationalarrow Choose war or peace
A top Japanese envoy yesterday warned that the international community cannot restore Sri Lanka's faltering ceasefire and urged the government and Tamil rebels to decide for themselves on war or peace.
 arrow New Nepal govt eases media curbs
Nepal's new multi-party cabinet scrapped several royal decrees on Tuesday, including easing media curbs that were imposed by King Gyanendra after he sacked the government and seized absolute power last
 arrow Israel gives Hamas talks deadline
Israel will give the Palestinians until the end of the year to prove they are willing to negotiate a final peace deal, and will unilaterally set its final borders by 2008 if they don't, Israel's justice
 arrow Arms brokers fuelling human rights abuses
Amnesty International in a report released Wednesday demanded the toughening of arms controls to stop a growing band of brokers from fuelling killings, rape and torture around the world.
 arrow Over 1,000 killed in April sectarian violence in Baghdad
At least 1,091 people were killed in Baghdad alone last month in ongoing sectarian violence, President Jalal Talabani said in a statement Wednesday.
 arrow Mobile phone saves 3 drifting in sea for 22 days
Two men and a teenager have been rescued after 22 days adrift in a dinghy, eating raw squid and drinking rainwater to survive in the seas off northern Australia, officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: We condemn violence in the street
That a genuine public cause can be marred by deliberate acts of unbridled street violence was proved to the hilt by Kendrio Juba Sangram Parishad activists on Tuesday.
 arrow Editorial: Saarcpol is a good idea
It is a development clearly worthy of felicitation. The Saarc police chiefs at their conference in Dhaka have taken a set of forward-looking decisions.
 arrow Managing our borders
It would be no exaggeration to say that the Indo-Bangladesh border has remained tension-ridden for some years.
 arrow The "second" cold war
The fall of the Berlin wall marked the end of the "first" cold war, heralding the demise of the Soviet Union and the collapse of the "iron curtain" the communist colossus had thrown around East Europe.
Letters to Editorarrow Deforestation and ecological imbalance
Random felling of trees by people is wiping the green off the landscape in Bangladesh.
 arrow Adulterated ghee
I am dismayed at the sight of adulterated ghee being dumped into a manhole in Dhaka (DS front page, May 4, 2006).
 arrow Biman "staffs"?
Your staff reporter in his report on the subject (DS: 4 May) has used "staffs" wrongly as a plural noun.
 arrow Causes of poverty in Bangladesh
In reference to a recent letter to the editor on poverty, I want to make one point.
 arrow Voter list
Living in an independent house of my own in a decent residential area, if I could be excluded from the voter list I can imagine what has happened to the fates of millions of others.
 arrow Kansat and after
Abdul Bayes' observation (DS: May 9) presents a more or less factual reflection of events at Kansat and Demra; all the reactions to acute power and hence water paucity! Power supply would stumble on for,
 arrow Power crisis: Dhaka v Delhi
Report on May 6 says, the Delhi government has drafted new guidelines to save electricity.
 
   
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