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Front Pagearrow BNP, AL under allies' pressure
Both the ruling BNP and main opposition Awami League (AL) seem to be under pressure from their allies over sharing seats for the upcoming parliamentary election slated for early next year.
 arrow EC sounds tough on reluctant field staff
With many assistant officials still remaining absent from the task for updating the voter list, the secretary of the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat yesterday warned of actions against those whoare
 arrow 14-party long march starts today amid attack fear
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine's road march programme starts today in the capital amid mass arrest and apprehensions of subversive attacks on the programme.
 arrow Rice in Lebanon as fierce fighting rages through
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in Beirut yesterday at the start of a high-stakes mission to try to end the devastating conflict in Lebanon, even as Israeli troops were locked in deadly combat
 arrow Dhaka to attend ARF meet first time on July 28
Bangladesh will make her maiden appearance in the Asean Regional Forum (ARF) as its 26th member during ARF's ministerial meeting beginning on July 28 in Kuala Lumpur.
 arrow Open fire on attackers
Commerce Minister Hafizuddin Ahmed yesterday asked the garment owners to open fire in case of attacks on their factories in future. "Sometimes you have to be tough.
 arrow 64 more dengue patients admitted to city hospitals
With another 64 admitted to different government and private hospitals and clinics in the capital yesterday, the number of dengue patients reached 554.
 arrow Steps taken to evacuate Bangladeshis from Lebanon
Foreign Secretary Hemayetuddin yesterday said that the government has made all arrangements including chartering aircraft if necessary to evacuate the willing Bangladeshi nationals from war-torn Lebanon.
 arrow Economic sense, not politics should dictate decision
Pointing to the government's hesitancy about the Tata investment proposal, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Country Director Hua Du said yesterday the government should consider the economic benefits of such
 arrow Prisons break rule to collect fund from visitors
Prison authorities at each jail are collecting money from visitors for a newly constituted "common fund" despite a strong prohibition in this regard from the home ministry and the previous prisons administration.
 arrow Most enlisted city voters not found at addresses
Worried by the overall progress and complexities in updating the voter list in the capital, the Election Commission (EC) is trying to find out a solution as its efforts failed to gear up the task.
 arrow Japanese foreign minister arrives in Dhaka
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso arrived yesterday beginning his two-day goodwill visit to Bangladesh.
 arrow SC asks for details on govt anomalies
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday asked the intervener of the judiciary separation case to submit on Thursday the comparative chart of the anomalies that the government committed in implementing the 12-point
 arrow Finance finds it unusual to spend twice for same purpose
The finance ministry is scrutinising the legal aspects of spending twice for preparing the voter list as the Election Commission (EC) received Tk 45 crore from it last fiscal year and is now demanding
 arrow Govt asked to suspend all activities
Following the filing of a public interest litigation writ, the High Court (HC) yesterday ordered the government to suspend all activities on the pier-based third Karnaphuli bridge for seven days.
 arrow 2 top JMB cadres held
Gafargaon police arrested an Ehsar member of Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from a mosque at Gafargaon upazila Sunday night while a top aide to Siddiqul Islam Bangla Bhai was arrested in Bagmara,
 arrow PM goes to Saudi Arabia next month
Prime Minister Khaleda Zia will pay a three-day official visit to Saudi Arabia from August 12 at the invitation of King Abdullah bin Abdel Aziz.
 arrow Aunt deserts Nigerian boy at ZIA
An eleven-year-old boy, claiming to be Nigerian, was presumably deserted by his aunt at Zia International Airport (ZIA) Sunday.
 arrow Hearing of death reference to start Aug 1
The hearing on the death reference of Jhalakathi judges killing case will begin on August 1 before the High Court (HC).
 arrow Meherpur Govt College closed sine die after violent clash
Meherpur Government College was declared closed sine die yesterday after a clash between students and transport workers that left at least 45 injured. The clash ensued at about 10.
 arrow RU classes not held for student strike
Classes and examinations at Rajshahi University (RU) could not be held yesterday as students of the Department of Marketing observed strike on the campus demanding cancellation of the selection of a 'controversial'
 arrow 20-year-old loses 5 yrs for delayed justice
A 20-year-old lost five years of youth in confinement due to negligence of court staff and finally received release order yesterday.
 arrow PCJSS member killed in Rangamati
Armed activists of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) gunned down a supporter of Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) in remote Longudu upazila of the district on Saturday, said a delayed
 arrow BDR, BSF trade fire on Satkhira border
The Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded gunfire at bordering Ghona in Sadar upazila of the district early yesterday.
 arrow Pakistan in large-scale nuclear expansion
Pakistan is building a reactor that could produce enough plutonium for 40 to 50 nuclear weapons in what would be a major expansion of its nuclear programme and an intensified arms race in South Asia,a
 arrow India, Pakistan officials to hold talks in Dhaka
Indian and Pakistani officials plan to hold discussions in Bangladesh next week, the first meeting between the two sides after New Delhi put off peace talks over the Mumbai bomb blasts, an Indian official
 arrow Nepal scraps spl military guards for royal palace
Nepal's government yesterday scrapped a special military guard for the royal palace in a continued effort to curb King Gyanendra's powers, a minister said.
 arrow Amnesty accuses Jordan of torturing for US
Security agents in Jordan are torturing terrorism suspects on behalf of the United States in hopes of forcing confessions, the human rights watchdog Amnesty International contended in a new report Monday.
 arrow Iran stays defiant on uranium enrichment
Iran reiterated yesterday it will not halt sensitive uranium enrichment work -- which is at the centre of fears the country could acquire nuclear weapons -- to resolve a standoff with the West.
 arrow India tests surface-to-air missiles
India tested two surface-to-air Trishul missiles in the eastern state of Orissa, a day after a similar launch from the site, defence officials said.
Businessarrow Exports from EPZs grow 15.89pc in 11 months
Enterprises in the country's export processing zones (EPZs) exported goods worth around $1,645 million in 11 months of the 2005-06 fiscal year, posting a 15.
 arrow 39 firms join CDS in FY06
Some 39 companies joined the central depository system (CDS) in the last fiscal year for scripless trading and many are in the pipeline to convert their paper shares into electronic ones.
 arrow Bangla-Iran preferential trade pact likely
A draft agreement on preferential trade between Bangladesh and Iran is likely to be finalised at the fourth meeting of the Joint Economic Commission (JEC) that began in Tehran yesterday.
 arrow Oil prices drop amid hopes of ceasefire in Lebanon
Oil prices retreated further on Monday as prospects rose for a ceasefire between Israel and Hezbollah militants in Lebanon, dealers said.
 arrow Energy prices pose inflation threat
Central bankers around the world are worried that high energy and raw materials prices might feed into overall inflation, the head of the French central bank Christian Noyer said on Monday.
 arrow Software fair to begin Nov 21
The five-day mega exposition of "BASIS SOFTEXPO 2006" will begin here from November 21.
 arrow StanChart's global head of Development Organisations arrives today
Mizinga Melu, global head of Development Organisations of Standard Chartered Bank, is arriving in Dhaka today on a 3-day official visit, says a press release.
 arrow Tata to double its non-Indian workforce by 2009
India's top software company Tata Consultancy Services plans to increase its headcount in its facilities in eastern Europe, Latin America and China and double its non-Indian workforce over a period of
 arrow Asean hails partnership deal with US
Southeast Asia's regional grouping on Monday hailed a five-year action plan to boost trade, investment and political ties with the United States.
 arrow Dollar rallies against major rivals
The dollar rebounded against the euro and yen on Monday as dealers prepared for a raft of US economic data later in the week. The euro fell to 1.2616 dollars in early European trade, compared with1.
 arrow Shippers demand solution to port congestion
Country's shippers yesterday demanded immediate resolution of the prevailing congestions of ships and containers at Chittagong Port for smooth running of their business.
 arrow Dhaka Bank posts Tk 21.82cr net profit in 6 months
Dhaka Bank Limited has earned an unaudited post-tax net profit of Tk 21.82 crore ( Tk 218.16 million ) during the first-half of the current year.
 arrow Taiwan June export orders continue higher
Taiwan's export orders in June rose 20.61 percent from a year earlier to 24.
 arrow WTO six fail, Doha Round near collapse
A meeting of world trading powers collapsed on Monday, throwing the World Trade Organisation's five-year search for a free trade deal deeper into crisis and raising the real prospect of complete failure.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Tigers land in Africa
After a long thirty-one hour journey the Bangladesh cricket team landed in Harare yesterday to play five one-day internationals against the southern African nation.
 arrow Football: Services teams fire blank
There were no goals on the opening day of the Services zone qualifiers of the Jubok Phone 23rd National Football Championship in Dhaka yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Bronze will suffice
Hockey makes a comeback to the SA Games after 11 years but the long gap has not changed Bangladesh's position or target.
 arrow Cricket: England alter Ashes plan
England are considering arranging more matches to allow their injured players, and Andrew Flintoff in particular, to get match-fit before the winter's Ashes series.
 arrow Chess: StanChart school chess from today
The Standard Chartered 8th School Chess begins today in Dhaka with more than 200 students from 56 institutes expected to take part in the tournament.
 arrow Chess: Rani, Shamima keep winning
International Women's Master Rani Hamid and Shamima Akhter Liza continued their winning run in the Prime Bank First Women's FIDE Rating Chess Tournament as they won their respective third round boards
 arrow Football: L'pool pip United!
Liverpool pipped Manchester United to top spot in an all-time league table dating back to the start of English League soccer and published by The Times newspaper on Monday.
 arrow Football: Ruud trains with United
Ruud van Nistelrooy, who has been linked with both Real Madrid and Bayern Munich, returned to training with Manchester United Monday but doubts still remain over whether he will be at Old Trafford for
 arrow Tennis: Blake clinches Indy
James Blake was happy to win the RCA Championships and seemed to be just as pleased to see Andy Roddick back on track.
 arrow Hockey: A great German comeback
A late goal let Germany off the hook to draw 3-3 with Pakistan in the men's field hockey tournament here on Sunday after the combative Asians surged back from a 2-0 deficit.
 arrow Football: USA thump Ireland
Cat Whitehill scored two goals and the US Women's national team defeated Ireland 5-0 in an exhibition match Sunday.
 arrow Cycling: Landis impresses Armstrong
Lance Armstrong says the Discovery Channel team has been so impressed by Floyd Landis they want to sign him. With only one rider in the top 20, Landis could be the leader Discovery is looking for.
 arrow Golf: Tiger hails great win
Tiger Woods says some of the best golf of his illustrious career propelled him to a third Open title.
 arrow Football: Friendly football
Mackwa Eleven clinched the title of the Journalist Friendly Football Tournament-2006 held yesterday morning at the Chittagong MA Aziz Stadium amid enthusiasm among the members of the media in the port
 arrow Alonso to 'halt' Shumi
Renault driver Fernando Alonso said he was "very optimistic" of halting title rival Michael Schumacher's run of form at Sunday's German Grand Prix.
 arrow Football: Bergkamp wants Vieira return
Dennis Bergkamp began a new Arsenal era at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday and urged a past master to return to the club.
 arrow Cricket: Sanjay vilified over Sachin article
Former cricketers on Sunday flayed Sanjay Manjrekar for his controversial remarks on Sachin Tendulkar's injuries and said such uncharitable comments could dent the batsman's confidence ahead of the tri-series
 arrow Cricket: WB minister stands by Dalmiya
Dismissing insinuations by Sourav Ganguly that Jagmohan Dalmiya had leaked coach Greg Chappell's controversial e-mail, West Bengal Sports Minister Subhas Chakraborty Monday claimed that those being targeted
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar admits own mistake
Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar says the recurrence of his knee injury, which has forced him out of the early part of the crucial England tour, was a result of his over enthusiasm.
 arrow Cricket: Kevin looks on the bright side
England batsman Kevin Pietersen said the positive side of losing talismanic all-rounder Andrew Flintoff this summer meant other players had a chance to show what they could do.
 arrow Cricket: Pollock boost for Proteas
Injury-hit South Africa have been boosted by the news that Shaun Pollock will arrive in Sri Lanka on Thursday following the birth of his second child.
 arrow Cricket: Micky pleased with draw
South Africa were held to a draw in their three-day tour match against Sri Lanka A on Monday but coach Micky Arthur was pleased with the work-out ahead of a two-Test series.
 arrow Cricket: Waugh latches on Eng misery
Steve Waugh says England have lost their edge after winning the Ashes.
 arrow Football: The great Wayne robbery
Police were Sunday hunting for thieves who broke into the home of Wayne Rooney's parents and stole football memorabilia belonging to their son, the England star.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo, Adriano set for swap?
Real Madrid's Ronaldo could return to Inter Milan in a swap deal for fellow Brazilian striker Adriano, sports daily AS reported on Monday.
 arrow Football: Maldini new H&M model
Italian football legend Paolo Maldini was on Monday confirmed as the latest of a string of celebrities to model for Swedish low-cost fashion retailer Hennes and Mauritz (H&M).
 arrow Football: Thuram to earn huge sum
France international defender Lilian Thuram, who recently signed for Barcelona, will earn a six-million-euro annual salary at his new club, AS newspaper reported on Monday.
 arrow Football: Vieira in Barca link
Juventus midfielder Patrick Vieira could become Barcelona's fourth summer signing, El Mundo Deportivo newspaper reported on Monday.
 arrow Football: Czech players plead innocence
Jiri Homola, Jiri Masek and Zdenek Senkerik, three players involved in a Turkish football federation (TFF) match-fixing investigation, pleaded their innocence to Monday's Czech press.
 arrow Football: Soldado to join Osasuna
Real Madrid reserve team striker Roberto Soldado is set to complete a season-long loan deal with Osasuna.
 arrow Football: Real confirm Calderon's interim position
Real Madrid have said president Ramon Calderon only holds his position on a provisional basis pending the outcome of a legal ruling on the validity of the postal vote from the club's election.
Metropolitanarrow Teachers blame govt for stalemate in edn sector
Teachers on indefinite strike yesterday blamed the government for continuing stalemate at secondary and higher secondary level education as no initiative was taken by those entrusted by the prime minister
 arrow JCD decides not to clash with Shibir
Jagannath University authorities at a meeting yesterday again extended its closure until July 31 in view of the lack of security on the campus.
 arrow 11 killed in road accidents
At least eleven people were killed in separate road accidents in Dhaka, Comilla, Manikganj, Sirajganj and Pabna yesterday.
 arrow ‘People live miserable life’
Around 40 percent of some 230 Urdu-speaking families having seven to 21 members in each family are living roughly in 80 square feet space at Geneva camp in the city's Mohammadpur area, revealed a study
 arrow Govt trying to foil road march
Criticising the government for the wholesale arrest of opposition leaders and activists ahead of their road march, Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the government is trying to foilthe
 arrow Punishment to culprits demanded
Karmojibi Nari (KN), an organisation working to promote women's rights, formed a human chain in the city yesterday protesting the teasing by local hooligans that forced Bijlee Akhter Swapna to commitsuicide.
 arrow Govt to formulate policy on safe disposal of hospital wastes
Health Minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain yesterday said that the government is going to formulate a policy on safe disposal of hospital wastes.
 arrow Punishment to Momin killers demanded
Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) leaders yesterday demanded immediate punishment to the killers of Kamrul Islam Momin, a leader of JSD-backed Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL).
 arrow New drugs have less side-effects
Drugs currently taken by people with high blood pressure should be replaced with newer and more effective medications, experts said.
 arrow Saarc centre to assess state of oil pollution in Indian Ocean region
Saarc Coastal Zone Management Centre in the Maldives has launched a programme to assess the state of oil pollution in the Indian Ocean region.
 arrow Transport strike in Sylhet from tomorrow
A section of transport owners and Workers will enforce an indefinite strike in Sylhet from tomorrow to press their 11-point demand.
 arrow Stevia to meet calorie-free sugar need of diabetic patients
It's a good news for diabetic patients in Bangladesh as a non-government organisation is going to cultivate stevia, a small green plant that could be used as an alternative to sugar, on a commercial basis.
 arrow 4th round of 13th NDI August 6
The fourth round of vaccination campaign of the 13th National Day of Immunisation (NDI) will be held on August 6.
 arrow President unveils covers of two books
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday emphasised the need for creating clear idea of protocol among people.
 arrow 200 receive Fair & Lovely scholarship
The certificate giving ceremony of 'Fair & Lovely Foundation Scholarship Programme 2005' was held in the city on Sunday, says a press release.
Nationalarrow 40 UP leaders demand action against BNP lawmaker
Rajshahi divisional unit of Bangladesh Union Parishad Oikya Jote (BUPOJ) yesterday termed BNP lawmaker from Rajshahi-4 constituency Nadim Mustafa a 'godfather of terrorists' and called for resisting his
 arrow SUST reopens Aug 9, to probe student's death in police firing
Agitation in Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) continued yesterday despite a Senate decision to reopen the university and probe the May 12-14 incidents on the campus.
 arrow Shrimp farmers in Satkhira vow to protect environment
It was a unique event in Satkhira yesterday as shrimp farmers rallied for 'environment friendly and socially responsible shrimp cultivation', urging the government to extend support for this to boostyield
 arrow Mill workers lay siege to power station
Jute Mills Workers and Employees Action Committee here yesterday besieged Daulatpur sub-station of the Western Zone Power Distribution Company Limited demanding uninterrupted power supply to their mills.
 arrow Over 500 join AL in Jamalpur
A total of 314 freedom fighters in Jamalpur led by former lawmaker and district Muktijoddha Sangram Parishad president Shafiqul Islam Khoka and general secretary Abdur Rashid joined Awami League (AL)on
 arrow 5 stripped of Tangail Bar membership
TangaBar Association yesterday cancelled membership of five lawyers including three government prosecutors (GPs) following detection of their fake LLB certificates.
Point-Counterpointarrow A fair selection process?
Elections are no longer about representation, or people's democratic participation. We've left those aspirations behind as we see political parties vying with each other to edge themselves into power.
 arrow Always politics
The complaint of politicisation against the current government is ubiquitous these days.
 arrow Biman passenger ordeal
I used to hear of the low image of Biman in matters of flight operation. There is general observation that flight mostly are delayed and rarely operate on time, putting the passengers to a lot of inconvenience.
 arrow Voices under siege
Since July 12, Israel has been conducting a massive offensive against Lebanon, bombing bridges, airports, power plants, cell phone towers, TV stations and other civilian infrastructure.
Culturearrow Faces aglow with feelings
ABDUS Sattar's exhibition of 68 portraits opened at Saju's Art Gallery on July 22. In every exhibit of his he has had portraits which were popular. He then went into making portraits in a big way.
 arrow Emerging talents of Bengal Bikash perform at old Dhaka
Bengal Foundation continues to be the hub of cultural activity. The Foundation organised a reception for upcoming talents in creative Bangla songs of Bengal Bikash on July 21.
 arrow Remembering Tapas Sen
To pay homage to late Indian light designer Tapas Sen, a discussion session on his life and memory titled Alor Prometheus Tapas Sen- Proshongha Kotha was held recently at Palkar Studio Theatre.
 arrow 'Nari': Successful women in the spotlight on ATN Bangla
Talk show Nari, based on the life of successful women of Bangladesh, will be aired today at 5:10 pm on ATN Bangla..
 arrow Rtv to telecast Raja Bhawal Sannyasi tonight
Based on a sensational case of the 1930s-1940s, drama serial Raja Bhawal Sannyasi will be aired from today at 8:00pm on Rtv.
 arrow 'Ugly Betty' comes to America
Yo Soy Betty La Fea (I Am Betty the Ugly) could have been another one of the Colombian telenovelas -- the nightly soap operas featuring a breathless blend of melodrama and cliffhanger --
Internationalarrow Bush still opposed to ME ceasefire
White House officials said President Bush remains opposed to an immediate ceasefire to stop violence in the Middle East, despite personal pleas from ally Saudi Arabia that he help stop the bloodshed.
 arrow Cyprus pleads for help with Lebanon exodus
Cyprus appealed for urgent international help yesterday as tens of thousands of evacuees from the Israeli offensive in Lebanon threatened to overwhelm the small resort island's infrastructure.
 arrow Maliki insists Iraq will not slide into civil war
Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki insisted yesterday that his country would not slide into civil war despite rising levels of sectarian violence which is killing up to 100 people a day.
 arrow Hundreds of Taliban assault police post
Hundreds of Taliban fighters firing rocket-propelled grenades on yesterday attacked a district headquarters in southwestern Afghanistan, killing three police and wounding seven, amid of a flurry of suicide
 arrow Asean mulls referring Myanmar to UN
Southeast Asian ministers will decide this week whether to abandon their campaign for democratic reforms in Myanmar and ask the United Nations to take over the job, Asean's chief said yesterday.
 arrow Israel targets Gaza weapons facilities
Israel bombed buildings in the Gaza Strip yesterday, which the army said were being used by militants to make rockets for attacks on the Jewish state.
 arrow Hunger-striking Saddam boycotts court hearing
Deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein boycotted the latest hearing in his trial for crimes against humanity yesterday, amid reports that a 17-day-old hunger strike has weakened him.
 arrow Miss Puerto Rico crowned Miss Universe
An 18-year-old from Puerto Rico who hopes to someday star in US and Latin American films was crowned Sunday night as Miss Universe 2006.
 arrow Fish from heavens rain on India
The people of Kerala in India's southwest are famed for turning fish into spicy feasts fit for gods, but last week the heavens turned provider as fish rained down on the village of Manna, a newspaperreported
 arrow Two die in UK as inflatable art takes off
Two women died and 13 people were injured when they fell from a huge inflatable sculpture after it broke its moorings and flew into the air in a park in northeastern England, police said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Private lodge for death row convicts!
The government's irrational actions no longer amuse us. The latest in the list of such actions is the lodging of two death row prisoners in a private building that has been "declared a sub-jail.
 arrow Editorial: Lebanon's destruction continues
UN emergency relief coordinator, Jan Egeland, has termed the Israeli air raids on Beirut a clear breach of humanitarian law.
 arrow Corruption, corruption everywhere
Transparency International, Bangladesh (TIB) in its corruption database 2005 released on July 5, claimed that various ministries of the government embezzled Tk 526.
 arrow Reinvention is the mother of necessity
Governments tend to begin to lose the plot in the third year of their terms. That is predictable and comes with the calendar.
 arrow A deceased Emperor makes a comeback over Yasukuni
In Japan there seems to be no end to the ongoing debate over the rationality of honouring the country's convicted war criminals, along with thousands of innocent citizens who gave their lives in pastwars
Letters to Editorarrow Saving refrigeration power
Large industrial type refrigerators and freezers (cold room) are used by restaurants, hotels, bulk cold storages and in some industrial and pharmaceutical processes.
 arrow BSF atrocities: Indian point of view
Lately BSF use of deadly force and indignant protests from readers have become a regular feature. Your readers seem to believe that the murderous BSF is killing innocent Bangladeshis for sadistic reasons.
 arrow Grand opposition alliance
The 14-party opposition alliance is set to encounter the 4-party coalition in the upcoming general elections. The zero hour is drawing nearer.
 arrow Might is always right!
Even in this new millennium, the tested old adage "Might is right" is as true as it was during Pharaoh or Roman era. "Democracy", "Equality", "Humanity" are just delusional outcry of a Utopian society.
 arrow Railway can help
I went to buy some mangoes at Shaheen Shopping Complex. I asked the shopkeeper about the price. It was a real shock for me when he asked Tk 90 per kilo mango (Fazli).
 arrow UN Secretary General
Bangladesh has proven credibility throughout the international community via its contribution to UN peacekeeping operations around the world.
 arrow Freedom fighters' quota
The freedom fighters are the greatest sons of the soil. But it is a matter of great regret that most of them are passing their days in distress.
 arrow Campus situation
Education, regarded as the backbone of a nation, cannot be achieved without a favourable environment. Unfortunately, this sort of environment doesn't exist in our educational institutions.
 
   
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