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Front Pagearrow Buet closed indefinitely
Authorities of the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) in an urgent notice yesterday announced the university closed sine die following a violent student movement demanding deferment
 arrow Builder's faults cost PDB Tk 43cr in a yr
The Power Development Board (PDB) had to swallow a loss of Tk 43 crore between May last year and June this year due to frequent shutdowns of the 80 megawatt Tongi Power Plant triggered by technical glitches
 arrow Lingering stay order saves Sayedee's JS membership
Jamaat-e-Islami leader Delwar Hossain Sayedee, whose membership of the parliament was cancelled by a High Court judgement in 2003 on grounds of election fraud, is continuing as a lawmaker while the tenure
 arrow Israel resumes air strikes after brief lull
Israeli warplanes carried out airstrikes in southern Lebanon yesterday, hours after agreeing to temporarily halt raids while investigating a bombing that killed nearly 60 Lebanese civilians, mostly women
 arrow It's not possible to drop cases against Ershad
Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Moudud Ahmed yesterday ruled out the possibility of withdrawing corruption cases against the deposed dictator HM Ershad by saying "The judiciary would follow
 arrow 73 more back home from Lebanon
Seventy-three more Bangladeshis, who got stranded following the Israeli attacks in Lebanon, returned home yesterday morning with the financial assistance of International Organisation for Migration (IOM).
 arrow Ershad warns rebel voices in party
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman HM Ershad yesterday said he will not tolerate anyone in the party ranks defying his decision on whether to join the ruling coalition.
 arrow Energy subsidy, political uncertainty, power crisis main challenges
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has identified a huge subsidy on energy products, unrest in garment industry, power crisis and possible political instability centring the next general elections as major
 arrow 14-party convention this month to set strategy
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party opposition combine yesterday decided to hold a national convention in the capital this month to give strategic directives to the district and upazila leaders.
 arrow Typhoid spreads evoking fear of bad water system
Along with dengue and viral fever, typhoid is spreading fast in different parts of the capital while the city's government and private hospitals are witnessing an increase of typhoid-affected patients.
 arrow Striking teachers to barricade roads today
National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE), who are on indefinite strike, will barricade roads and waterways in all districts today to force the government meet their demands.
 arrow Saarc Council of Ministers meet begins today
The 27th Saarc Council of Ministers meeting begins in Dhaka today to approve the guidelines concerning the association's observers and guests, new observers and other recommendations of the standing committee.
 arrow Saran accuses Pakistan of violating Safta agreement
Indian External Affairs Secretary Shyam Saran yesterday accused Pakistan of violating the South Asian Free Trade Area (Safta) agreement.
 arrow 60 lakh apply for voter enrolment
About 60 lakh people applied for registering as voters after beginning of the task for updating the voter list, the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat said yesterday.
 arrow Govt signs Feni gas sale deal with Niko
Niko Resources yesterday entered into an initial deal with the government on the sale of its gas from Feni gas field.
 arrow Dhaka shocked at Lebanon carnage
Bangladesh has expressed deep shock at the death of 54 innocent Lebanese, including 37 children, in an Israeli air strike on the village of Qana on Sunday.
 arrow 49 more end up with dengue
Forty-nine more dengue patients admitted to city hospitals and clinics yesterday, raising the number of infected people to 866, according to sources at the Dhaka City Corporation (DCC).
 arrow HC rules on age edge for admission to colleges
The High Court (HC) yesterday issued a rule on the government and education boards to explain in one week why they should not be directed to allow admission of students at colleges on the basis of marks
 arrow Hasina questions uncompromising image of Khaleda
Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the prime minister who is known as an uncompromising leader within her party (BNP) is now compromising with 'her husband's killer' ousted autocratic
 arrow Skop strike passes off peacefully
The countrywide 24-hour strike called by Bangladesh Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (Skop) was observed peacefully yesterday.
 arrow RMG workers demonstrate for minimum wages
At least a dozen garments factories on Rokeya Sarani stopped production as hundreds of their workers came out to the street demanding a minimum wage of Tk 3,000 a month and other facilities.
 arrow Bashar blow for Tigers
Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar has been ruled out of the rest of the African tour that included three one-dayers against Zimbabwe and as many in Kenya due to a hand injury.
 arrow SC bar denied appointment with president
A Bangabhaban official yesterday informed the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) that their appointment with President Iajuddin Ahmed is not possible now as the president has not completely recovered
 arrow 2 outlaws found dead in Khulna
Two cadres of outlawed Purbo Banglar Communist Party (PBCP-Janajuddho) were found dead here yesterday. They are Sumon, 23, and Shahidul, 30.
 arrow 3 pvt hospitals fined for using date-expired medicines
Three private hospitals were fined Tk 50,000 by a mobile court in the city yesterday for using expired medicines and reagents and for not maintaining hygiene in pathological laboratories.
 arrow Why appointment of inspectors not illegal
The High Court (HC) issued a rule yesterday on the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) to explain why the appointment of 52 inspectors as the deputy assistant director should not be declared illegal.
 arrow 44 killed in fierce Lankan fighting
Sri Lankan troops and Tiger rebels were locked yesterday in the bloodiest ground battle since their 2002 truce went into effect with at least 44 combatants killed, the military said.
 arrow UN asks Iran to halt nuke work by Aug 31
The UN Security Council yesterday passed a resolution ordering Iran to halt its controversial nuclear work by August 31 or face possible sanctions.
 arrow Students confine teachers, ask them to call off strike
Hundreds of students of Rajshahi University School and College, administered by Rajshahi University (RU) authorities, yesterday confined all their teachers and staff for six hours in the teachers' lounge
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi youth on Raumari border yesterday morning.
Businessarrow New export policy in a month: Hafiz
Government may announce the new export policy for 2006-09 in a month, said Commerce Minister Hafizuddin Ahmed yesterday.
 arrow Bangladesh, UAE for joint business council
Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates (UAE) will consider setting up a joint commission and a joint business council to promote bilateral trade and investment.
 arrow Energy watchdog an ineffective body
Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (Berc), formed more than three years ago, has become an ineffective watchdog like other regulatory bodies in the country, speakers told a discussion yesterday.
 arrow Trade complacency in China a growing concern: US official
China risks moving backwards on trade liberalization as growing complacency could slow down reform in key sectors, a top US commerce official warned Monday.
 arrow GroupM India CEO due today
Vikram Sakhuja, chief executive officer for India and chief operating officer for South Asia of GroupM, arrives in Dhaka today, says a press release.
 arrow Oil prices fall below $73
Oil prices slipped below $73 a barrel on Monday as hopes grew for a ceasefire in the Middle East and Nigerian output looked set to improve after attackers vacated a flow station.
 arrow Singer launches promotional campaign today
Singer Bangladesh Ltd launches a month-long promotional campaign titled 'Barshai Singer Bumper Offer' from today, says a press release.
 arrow S'pore healthcare providers to take part in Ctg fair
Leading healthcare providers from Singapore -- Singapore Health Services including KK Women's and Children's Hospital, National Healthcare Group, Parkway Group Healthcare and the Raffles Medical Group
 arrow DSE fines nine firms for failure to submit financial reports
The Dhaka Stock Exchange has fined nine listed companies for their failure to submit half-yearly financial reports. The companies have to pay Tk 500 for each day until they submit their reports.
 arrow SEDF launches banking survey report on SME market in Bangladesh
With a view to offering insights into the characteristics and behaviours of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Bangladesh, SouthAsia Enterprise Development Facility (SEDF) launched a publication on
 arrow Blair, Bush to make 'one final effort' on trade talks
US President George W. Bush and Tony Blair have agreed to "make one final effort" to kick start the stalled World Trade Organisation talks, the British Prime Minister will say Sunday.
 arrow Berger Paints' half-yearly net profit up 65pc
The half-yearly net profit of Berger Paints Bangladesh Limited in 2006 registered a robust 65 per cent growth compared to the corresponding period of the previous year.
Sportsarrow Cricket: A worthy debutant
All-rounder Forhad Reza might only have heard of his selection to the playing eleven on the morning of the second one-day international against Zimbabwe on Sunday at the Harare Sports Club ground, but
 arrow Football: An expected conclusion
As expected, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) accepted the resignation letters of Kazi Salahuddin and Ashrafuddin Ahmed Chunnu in its emergency meeting at the BFF Bhaban yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Murali puts the final touch
Sri Lanka's spin wizard Muttiah Muralidaran put on another master-class display to send South Africa crashing to an innings and 153-run defeat in the first Test here on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Dalmiya retains presidency
Having lost control of the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI), veteran sports administrator Jagmohan Dalmiya on Sunday night received a much-needed fillip when he retained the post of President of Cricket Association
 arrow Olympics: BOA chief endorses SA Games squad
Bangladesh Olympic Association (BOA) president Lt. Gen.
 arrow Football: Tangail reach final round
Tangail edged past Gazipur 2-1 in a tiebreaker to reach the final round of the Jubok Phone National Football Championship at Tangail Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Sandipan, Pallabi regain lead
Sandipan Chatterjee of Kolkata retained the solo lead in the Class VI-X group of the eighth Standard Chartered School Chess competition on seven points after the 7th round matches at the NSC conference
 arrow Cricket: Malaysia, S'pore to host tri-series
World champions Australia will clash with India and the West Indies in a limited-overs tri-series in Singapore and Malaysia in September, the Indian board said on Monday.
 arrow Cricket: Boucher picked as ODI captain
South Africa's cricket selectors on Monday named wicket-keeper Mark Boucher as captain for the limited-overs tri-series against India and hosts Sri Lanka next month.
 arrow Cricket: Geraint gets the axe
England wicket-keeper Geraint Jones was dropped Monday and replaced by longstanding rival Chris Read for the third Test against Pakistan starting at Headingley on Friday.
 arrow Tennis: Haas fights to clinch title
Tommy Haas' 10 tour victories don't include any Grand Slams, something the 28-year-old German hopes to change as heads toward next month's U.S. Open on a roll.
 arrow Football: Toilets on fire!
Rioting Gremio supporters set fire to portable toilets, twice forcing their team's match away to arch-rivals Internacional to be interrupted on Sunday.
 arrow Tennis: Clijsters wins at 'home'
Kim Clijsters' favourite time of the tennis year always begins with hardcourts and West Coast breezes.
 arrow Football: Inter, Roma & Liverpool lose
Spurs 2-1 Inter
Inter were beaten 2-1 by Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane this afternoon thanks to a Teemu Tainio brace.

 arrow Football: Balla and Lamps will click: Elliot
Former Chelsea skipper Paul Elliott is convinced Michael Ballack and Frank Lampard can forge a deadly midfield partnership.
 arrow Football: Lyon edge PSG
Champions Lyon snatched a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory over cup-winners Paris St Germain at the Stade Gerland here on Sunday to claim the French Champions Trophy.
 arrow Football: Juve put high price on Zlatan
Juventus have slapped a prohibitive price tag on want-away striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, saying prospective buyers will have to stump up 40 million euros (26 million pounds) for the Swedish international.
 arrow Football: UEFA clamps down on racism & diving
UEFA on Monday announced a range of tougher sanctions for European football, including a five-match ban for racist or insulting conduct and a two-match ban for players who simulate being fouled.
 arrow Football: Donadoni's debut dilemma
Italy boss Roberto Donadoni has admitted he will have to face his debut on August 16 without most of the Azzurri's World Cup winners.
 arrow Hockey: Dutch triumphs in Spain
Netherlands won the men's field hockey Champions Trophy defeating Germany 2-1 here Sunday.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela hails the magician
Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene on Monday hailed Muttiah Muralidaran as the greatest-ever spinner after another match-winning performance in the first Test against South Africa.
 arrow Football: Terry dreams of European glory
Chelsea captain John Terry hopes new signings Andriy Shevchenko and Michael Ballack will finally bring the Champions League trophy to Stamford Bridge.
 arrow Cricket: More inside leaks from Wright
A high-voltage behind the scenes drama was sparked off in the Indian dressing room by Rahul Dravid's abrupt declaration in the Multan Test which left Sachin Tendulkar stranded only six runs short of a
 arrow Cricket: Monty has merit: Bob
Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer says England spinner Monty Panesar is destined for greatness after seeing him take 8-93 in the second Test at Old Trafford.
 arrow Cricket: Duncan still trusts Ashley
England coach Duncan Fletcher has told Monty Panesar he must develop the other areas of his game before he can be assured of being the team's premier spinner.
 arrow Football: Cole may make Real u-turn
Arsenal's England defender Ashley Cole could yet move to Real Madrid despite the Gunners admitting to talks with Chelsea over the 25-year-old, Marca sports daily reported Sunday.
 arrow Football: Becks keeping fingers crossed
David Beckham has said he hopes to recover from his knee and tendon injuries in time for Real Madrid's pre-season tour of the United States next month.
 arrow Football: Aimar flattered at Zaragoza interest
Argentina midfielder Pablo Aimar has said he was flattered by the interest shown by Real Zaragoza in coming to sign him from Valencia.
 arrow Football: Odonkor wants guarantees
David Odonkor has arrived back at Dortmund after his World Cup adventure with his sights firmly set on cementing a place in the Dortmund starting eleven.
 arrow Football: A friendly brawl
Four players were sent off and a brawl in the tunnel delayed play for eight minutes during a match in Argentina's so-called Friendship Cup at the weekend.
 arrow Football: Ribery back with OM
France midfielder Franck Ribery resumed training with Olympique Marseille on Monday, his club said.
 arrow Football: Simao's Valencia move stalls
Benfica striker Simao Sabrosa will not be signing for top Spanish side Valencia after an apparent disagreement over the financial details of a move, Spanish media reported Sunday.
 arrow Football: Danone wants Zidane on board
French football star Zinedine Zidane could one day be scoring from the boardroom of French food industry giant Danone, company chief executive Franck Riboud has suggested in an interview with the Financial
 arrow Cricket: Shah rejects Wright claims
The Indian cricket board has dismissed former coach John Wright's criticism of its selection process.
 arrow Football: Carlos stays at Real
Brazilian defender Roberto Carlos has said he wants to continue with Real Madrid after speaking to new coach Fabio Capello. "I want to stay at the club.
 arrow Football: kick-off delay?
Reports in Italy suggest that it is very unlikely that the Serie A and Serie B championships will start on August 27 as scheduled.
 arrow Football: Bayern invite Robbie Williams
Robbie Williams has been invited to train with Bayern Munich while he is in the Bavarian capital for a series of concerts this week, the club's sporting director Uli Hoeness was quoted saying on Monday.
 arrow Football: Shearer snubbed McClaren offer
Former England captain Alan Shearer said on Sunday he had declined an offer to become part of new national team manager Steve McClaren's backroom staff.
Metropolitanarrow Saarc to make South Asia poverty-free region
Both Bangladesh and Japan yesterday expressed their overwhelming hope that Saarc can play a catalytic role in making South Asia a poverty-free region and contribute to the development of whole Asia through
 arrow Mayor's move an undesirable disturbance: Noman
Fisheries and Livestock Minister Abdullah Al Noman yesterday alleged that the move by Chittagong city mayor for a suspension bridge is nothing but an "undesirable disturbance" to make the implementation
 arrow 'Adopt effective policy for tobacco control'
With a view to enforcing effective tobacco control measures in South and South East Asian countries, a four-day regional meeting on 'Implementation of WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)'
 arrow Security to be tightened at secretariat
The home ministry yesterday decided to strengthen the security system at the Bangladesh secretariat, installing some modern equipment and taking strict measures in issuing passes to the visitors.
 arrow Call for united efforts to prevent HIV/AIDS
Speakers at a workshop yesterday stressed the need for united efforts of all to prevent spread of the deadly HIV/AIDS disease in the country.
 arrow 'No logic to finance anti-Ahmadiyyas'
Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat yesterday protested a news item published in a Bangla daily on July 28 that blamed the minority sect for financing the anti-Ahmadiyyas to carry out movements against them.
 arrow Death reference case of 7 JMB leaders likely to begin today
The death reference case of seven Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) leaders, including militant kingpin Abdur Rahman and Siddiqul Islam alias Bangla Bhai, is likely to begin in the High Court (HC)
 arrow DCCI to publish commercial history of Dhaka city
Dhaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) will publish a book compiling 600 years of commercial history and business and trade evolution in the city of Dhaka.
 arrow Khulna tense as BNP factions firm to hold rally at same venue same time
Ruling party lawmaker M Nurul Islam yesterday said he will hold a rally at the Maharaj square tomorrow despite cancellation of permission earlier given by the Khulna City Corporation (KCC).
 arrow Trader shot, robbed of Tk 55,000
A group of unknown muggers shot a businessman and snatched Tk 55,000 from him in the city's Kotowali area yesterday.
 arrow CU classes resume today
Academic activities of Chittagong University (CU) will resume today after a month-long monsoon vacation.
 arrow Students beat JCD leader for assaulting teacher
Students of Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University yesterday beat up a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader after he had allegedly beat up a teacher for supporting students' movement.
 arrow Hearing deferred
Hearing in the sensational Chittagong business magnet and BNP leader Jamal Uddin Ahmed Abduction and Murder Case was deferred yesterday as the Chittagong Metropolitan Magistrate Akram Hossain was on leave.
 arrow Killing of children in Lebanon condemned
Expressing grave concern over the killing of children in Lebanon, Bangladesh National Women Lawyers' Association (BNWLA) urged the authorities concerned to refrain from child killing, says a press release
 arrow Bomb a boomerang
A robber was critically injured as one of the bombs he was carrying exploded while trying to rob a house at the city's Kafrul area on Sunday.
 arrow Death of Prof Habibur Rahman condoled
Teachers, students and staffs of Social Work department of Rajshahi University yesterday brought out a mourning procession on the campus following the death of Prof Habibur Rahman, a former teacher of
 arrow Trader beaten to death in Gazipur
A trader was beaten to death at Bariaboho village under Kaliakoir upazila on Sunday night.
 arrow Obituary
Shamsun Nahar Begum, wife of Late Abu Talib of Khoksha, Kushtia and former Labour Commissioner, India, passed away due to old age complications at the age of 84 at Apollo Hospitals in the city at 10:00
 arrow Firearms seized in Ctg slum
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered three firearms from a slum house of South Kattali in Pahartali area early yesterday.
 arrow SAEC Bangladesh formed
A professional association titled "Society of Agricultural and Environmental Chemists (SAEC), Bangladesh" was formed with the leading educationists and scientists as its members to promote and diffuse
Nationalarrow Frequent power outage protested in Gaibandha
People from all walks of life formed a two-kilometer long human chain and held a rally at Dariyapur on the outskirt of Gaibandha town protesting frequent power outage in six upazilas of the district.
 arrow Only 8pc work done in Rangpur
People in Rangpur town are doubtful about getting enrolled in the new voter list as most of the houses are yet to be visited by enumerators to update the voter list while only 10 days are left for the
 arrow Ratan Sen murder case still limps as documents missing
Documents of communist leader Ratan Sen murder case is missing from Khulna thana and Detective Branch of Khulna Metropolitan Police (KMP).
 arrow Indigenous people resist community afforestation bid
A case has been filed against 31 indigenous people for allegedly 'foiling an afforestation programme' in government forests in Dakatia union in Bhaluka upazila of Mymensingh district.
 arrow Intensify agitation to realise reforms
Awami League (AL) leaders yesterday called upon the people to intensify agitation for the opposition-proposed reforms of the caretaker system and the Election Commission to ensure a free and fair election.
 arrow UPDF activists kill son of PCJSS man
Armed activists of the United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) Sunday night shot dead son of an activist of rival Parbatya Chattagram Jana Sanghati Samity (PCJSS) at a remote village in Chaillatali Donga
 arrow Dinajpur Medical College closed
Dinajpur Medical College was closed sine die Sunday following JCD-Shibir clashes in which about 60 students were injured. The students were leaving their dormitories till filing of this report yesterday.
 arrow Woman's body exhumed
Body of a widow was exhumed yesterday after 55 days of burial at Khordo Kasundi village in Magura Sadar upazila as her eldest son Hafizur Rahman Badshah filed a petition with a court alleging that her
Culturearrow The life and times of Ila Majumdar
Classical singer Ila Majumdar has a soft melodious voice as she speaks about her past; a sad yet complacent smile illuminates her face as she talks about the man of her life, late Barin Majumdar.
 arrow Natyoshobha celebrates 31st anniversary
Cultural organisation Natyoshobha organised a well attended cultural event titled Kichu kotha kichu gaan to celebrate its 31st anniversary.
 arrow Shongbrita: Showcasing the art of recitation
Shongbrita, a recital organisation of Dhaka celebrated its first anniversary at TSC Auditorium of Dhaka University on July 30. At the recital ceremony, the best of Bangla poetry was presented.
 arrow Purush: Spotlight on men
A magazine programme titled Purush, featuring men is being aired on Rtv from July 24.
Internationalarrow Asian nations slam Israel for Qana carnage
Muslim nations around Asia led furious regional condemnation yesterday of the bloody Israeli attack on the southern Lebanese town of Qana, with unified calls for an immediate ceasefire.
 arrow UN fails to censure Israel for killings
The UN Security Council expressed Sunday "extreme shock and distress" at an Israeli air strike that killed 57 people, mostly children, and called for an end to the violence.
 arrow Afghan governor survives mosque blast: 8 killed
A provincial governor survived a bomb blast that ripped through a parked car near a mosque in eastern Afghanistan yesterday, killing five policemen and three passers-by.
 arrow 29 kidnapped in Iraq
Gunmen kidnapped 29 people in Baghdad yesterday, while Iraq's latest wave of violence killed 19 people, including four Iraqi soldiers in a suicide bombing.
 arrow Iran should 'prepare' to fight Israel, US
The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards called on his troops Sunday to "prepare themselves to get even" with Israel and the United States, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.
 arrow UN urges Maoists, Nepal govt to agree on arms monitoring
A senior UN official yesterday urged Maoist rebels and the Nepal government to agree on a formula for arms management to ensure the success of peace talks to end a decade-old insurgency.
 arrow Naga rebels extend truce by one year
A powerful separatist group in Nagaland agreed yesterday to extend a ceasefire with the government by one year and continue with peace talks, a senior rebel leader said.
 arrow N-plants target of militants
India has stepped up security at its nuclear installations fearing an attack by a Pakistan-based militant group, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the defence minister told parliament yesterday.
 arrow Coalmine blast kills 11 in China
A blast at a coalmine in south China killed 11workers, the official Xinhua News Agency said yesterday. The blast occurred on Saturday at the Bailongshan Colliery in Yunnan province, Xinhua said.
Editorialarrow Editorial: The road march
The road march organised by the 14-party opposition combine ended on an upbeat note, with the demonstrators walking along the streets of the city and seeking support for the opposition in the forthcoming
 arrow Editorial: Returnees from Lebanon
Following the incursions and blatant atrocities carried out through Israeli bombings of civilian targets in Lebanon, as many as 132 expatriate Bangladeshi workers have returned home courtesy joint efforts
 arrow Khulna needs attention
I recall that once upon a time Khulna assumed an astoundingly high profile in terms of economic and political parameters in Bangladesh.
 arrow Massacre of the innocents in Qana
Even after the death of over 700 Lebanese and over 100 Palestinians under Israeli bombardment during the last 19 days of Israel's war, finally 54 more Lebanese, 37 of them children and majority of the
 arrow Getting tough on ODA fraud
Japan's spectacular metamorphosis from an aid recipient to one of the leading donor countries of the world in less than four decades is one of the most significant development initiatives of the latetwentieth
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