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Front Pagearrow Govt goes back to 'presidential form'
President and Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government Prof Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday reminded everyone that the present form of government has become a "presidential form of government".
 arrow A stunning comment deserving explanation
The President/ the Chief Adviser yesterday addressed the secretaries to the government urging them to perform their duties with diligence to ensure a free and fair election.
 arrow Thousands join march for CEC's removal
The Election Commission (EC) besiege programme called by Jubo Sangram Parishad ended yesterday without any violence but left the traffic system in the capital collapsed as thousands took to the streets.
 arrow Constitution does not back Iajuddin's view
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said it would be a great mistake if President Iajuddin Ahmed considers himself as the chief of a presidential form of government after taking charge of the
 arrow Khaleda asks CG to punish killers of BNP-Jamaat activists
Seeking action against 'anarchists', BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday said people again came to know who patronised 'terrorism' during October 27-28 across the country and which quarter is againthreatening
 arrow 713 officials sacked on political grounds
The immediate past BNP-led four-party alliance government sacked 713 officers and did not promote 2,166 others in civil and police administration, but it awarded promotion to 1,586 officers on political
 arrow Democrats to control US senate
Democrats completed an improbable double-barrelled election sweep of Congress on Wednesday, taking control of the Senate with a victory in Virginia as they padded their day-old majority in the House.
 arrow Iajuddin abusing 2 top posts
The Awami League (AL)-led 14-party combine yesterday accused President and Chief Adviser (CA) to the caretaker government (CG) Iajuddin Ahmed of abusing the two top posts in a move to establish 'dictatorship'
 arrow Traders ask chief adviser to reconstitute EC
Bangladesh Traders Council yesterday urged the President and Chief Adviser of the Caretaker Government Prof Iajuddin Ahmed to reconstitute the Election Commission (EC) by removing the chief election commissioner,
 arrow Nothing called presidential form in constitution
Former Attorney General (AG) Hassan Ariff yesterday said literally there is nothing called presidential form of government in the constitution.
 arrow People left to suffer on city streets
Traffic management system virtually collapsed yesterday in parts of the capital for six hours due to the Election Commission (EC) siege programme enforced by Jubo Sangram Parishad and barricades erected
 arrow Hajj flights likely to be open to other airlines
The government is likely to allow other airlines to carry hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year in addition to designated carriers the Bangladesh Biman and Saudia airlines.
 arrow Bangladesh may miss Trans-Asian train
Bangladesh is about to miss the chance to sign up for the Trans-Asian Railway network in the first round of agreement signing at Busan, South Korea.
 arrow Bangladesh outshines Asian giants in few fields
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) reports that Bangladesh has outshone Asia's emerging giants in a few fields with impressive gains, especially in water and sanitation sectors.
 arrow No public servant above criticism
Former cabinet secretary M Mujibul Haque yesterday said no public servant is above public criticism as the people pay them for their service.
 arrow Don't make 'unwarranted' remarks about president's staff
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday underscored his supreme authority over the state and government affairs, saying any unwarranted remarks about his personal officials are tantamount to interference in
 arrow Mashhud's disclosure silences Aziz
Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) MA Aziz yesterday kept mum on caretaker government Adviser Hasan Mashhud Chowdury's disclosure that he visited the CEC's residence, which the latter denied outright earlier.
 arrow Jatiya Oikya Front demands action against CEC for 'untruthfulness'
Leaders of Jatiya Oikya Front (JOF) met Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday and demanded a Supreme Judicial Council be formed in order to take actions against the chief election commissioner (CEC)for
 arrow Boucher flies in tomorrow
US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard A Boucher, who is due to arrive in Dhaka tomorrow on a two-day visit, will hold meeting with the president, chiefs of majorpolitical
 arrow Baby declared dead hours before it dies
The newborn baby was declared dead just after its birth. A death certificate was issued. With a heavy heart, the bereaved family arranged funeral and was about to bury it.
 arrow Foreign diplomats accord reception to Prof Yunus
Foreign diplomats in Dhaka yesterday celebrated Prof Muhammad Yunus' winning the Nobel Peace Prize for his micro-credit innovation meant for lifting the poor out of the miasma of poverty.
 arrow Moudud against reconstitution of EC for 'time constraints'
The upcoming general elections must be held within the constitutionally set timeframe accepting all positive and negative aspects of the Election Commission (EC) and voter list, former law minister Moudud
 arrow WB to curtail loan as CG can't meet conditions
The World Bank (WB) will curtail 50 percent of its fourth instalment, worth $200 million, of Development Support Credit (DSC) for Bangladesh, as the caretaker government cannot fulfil the conditions required
 arrow BDR-BSF talks postponed again
The biannual meeting between the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) and the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) chiefs, which was set to begin in Dhaka tomorrow, has been postponed once again following India's sudden
 arrow Dhaka to become sixth largest city by 2015
Dhaka will become the sixth largest city in the world and third largest city in Asia in terms of population by 2015 as its dwellers are estimated to reach 22 million.
 arrow Condemned JMB men threaten judge with death
Two Majlish-e-Shura men of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) warned a judge of death yesterday after the judge gave them the gallows in connection with a murder case.
 arrow Enayetullah's first death anniversary today
Today is the first death anniversary of Enayetullah Khan, founding editor of the Daily New Age and editor-in-chief of the Weekly Holiday.
 arrow Americans in Bangladesh alerted over 'security state'
The US State Department has reminded Americans in Bangladesh to remain vigilant because of the deteriorating security situation in the country.
 arrow Huge cache of artefacts seized from city house
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday arrested three members of a gang, who smuggle out precious statues, and recovered touchstones and archaeological artefacts worth about Tk 40 crore during a raidat
 arrow Thai parliament to lift ban on rally
Thailand's junta-appointed parliament yesterday backed a government proposal to lift a ban on political gatherings of more than five people, imposed after the September 19 coup.
Businessarrow Be 'development partners', not aid agencies
Speakers at a seminar in Dhaka yesterday urged donors to become Bangladesh's 'development partners' instead of aid agencies to accelerate the country's development.
 arrow Political unrest won't hamper JC Penney's ties with Bangladesh
The current political unrest in the country will not hamper apparel retailer giant JC Penney's business relation with Bangladesh, a top official of the retailer said here yesterday.
 arrow HSBC introduces awards for young entrepreneurs
The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) Ltd in Bangladesh has formally introduced 'Young Entrepreneurs Awards' to promote creative business ideas.
 arrow Asian export-import banks to jointly issue bonds
The Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) will jointly offer 'exim bonds' with Asian export-import banks as early as next year, a report said here Thursday.
 arrow Russia, China ink trade, energy deals
Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov held talks with top Chinese leaders on Thursday aimed at shoring up bilateral ties and pushing forward a series of large-ticket economic and trade projects.
 arrow Bush's trade agenda in doubt after Democratic win
The Democrats' triumphant return to power in the House of Representatives could spell trouble for US President George W. Bush's campaign to dismantle global trade barriers.
 arrow Vietnam's paddy price hits 30-year record high
Prices of paddy rice in Vietnam's southern Mekong Delta, the country's rice hub, are standing at 3,000-3,200 Vietnamese dong (VND) (19.9-20.
 arrow India to build 240MW reservoir hydropower in Nepal
India has agreed principally to build a 240-megawatt storage type hydropower project in mid-western Nepal on grant basis for Nepal, the local daily Kathmandu Post reported yesterday.
 arrow Prof Yunus leaves for Canada today
Nobel laureate Prof Muhammad Yunus leaves Dhaka today for Halifax, Canada to attend the Microcredit Summit scheduled to be held on November 12-15, says a press release.
 arrow ADB, EBL sign deals for trade finance facilitation
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Eastern Bank Ltd (EBL) signed agreements on revolving credit and issuance of ADB guarantee at a function at the ADB's Dhaka office yesterday.
 arrow Microsoft Vista ready
Microsoft declared its long-awaited new Vista operating system finished on Wednesday.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Mashrafee on fire
Pace bowlers ruled on a low-scoring opening day of the Ispahani Mirzapore Tea 8th National Cricket League at different venues across the country.
 arrow Cricket: Nimbus makes stakes high
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has got a huge financial boost when Nimbus Sports International made a bid of 56.88 million dollars for the board's Worldwide Marketing Agency rights yesterday.
 arrow Hockey: Abahani end on a high
The Green Delta Premier Hockey League match between Abahani and Usha Krira Chakra, abandoned on Wednesday after 58 minutes due to crowd violence and inadequate light, ended yesterday.
 arrow Chess: Narayanganj surprise leaders
Narayanganj Chess Club became surprise leaders in the Dutch-Bangla Bank First Division Chess League after five rounds when they defeated Toyota Motors Chess Club 3.5-0.
 arrow Cricket: Rakib sinks Kurigram
Rakib scalped six wickets as Nilphamari defeated Kurigram by 78 runs in the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Young Tigers under-14 tournament at the Gaibandha Stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Arif inspires Netrokona
Netrokona beat Sherpur by 35 runs in a low-scoring affair in the BCB Young Tigers under-18 cricket tournament at the Shaheed Smriti Muktijoddha Stadium here on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Shoaib slapped Bob?
Cricketer Shoaib Akhtar has denied charges by the Pakistan team's security officer that he slapped coach Bob Woolmer, misbehaved in a disco and banged on Indian coach Greg Chappell's hotel door.
 arrow Cricket: PM predicts Aussie win
Prime Minister John Howard predicted Thursday that Australia would regain the Ashes but welcomed the return of "the old rivalry" to the series in recent years in a BBC interview.
 arrow Cricket: Martyn now apologises
Damien Martyn, the man at the centre of the controversy where he pushed BCCI chief Sharad Pawar off the podium after Australia beat West Indies to win their first Champions Trophy title, has apologised
 arrow Cricket: Bravo warms up with ton
All-rounder Dwayne Bravo hit a brilliant hundred but other key batsmen, including captain Brian Lara, were left short on practice as West Indies drew their two-day match here on Thursday.
 arrow Tennis: Maria, Martina move
Maria Sharapova powered to her second win in two days at the WTA Championships here Wednesday defeating Belgium's Kim Clijsters 6-4, 6-4 in a top-quality encounter.
 arrow Cricket: 'Aussies 'uncivilised'
India's cricket chief branded Australia's behaviour "totally uncivilised" Thursday in his strongest remarks since being manhandled from the presentation stage following the Champions Trophy final.
 arrow Cricket: England open tour today
England will play their first match on tour in Australia when they face the Prime Minister's XI in a one-day game on Friday.
 arrow Cricket: Don't stop me: Akhtar
Pakistan paceman Shoaib Akhtar broke his silence Thursday over his doping ban, saying he had taken nutritional supplements and no banned substances.
 arrow Cricket: Stop Andy: Ricky
Australian captain Ricky Ponting admitted Thursday his England counterpart Andrew Flintoff would be the host nation's main target when the campaign to regain the Ashes begins this month.
 arrow Football: Hannover humiliate Bayern
Bayern Munich were jeered off the pitch by their home fans after falling six points behind Werder Bremen in the German title race following a shock 1-0 home defeat to lowly Hannover on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: France call up Higuain
Teenage striker Gonzalo Higuain was called up by France coach Raymond Domenech on Thursday for a friendly international against Greece next week.
 arrow Football: Domenech still bitter about WC final
Raymond Domenech admitted in an interview with l'Equipe on Thursday that July's World Cup final defeat to Italy still rankles the France coach.
 arrow Football: Biggies avoid United fate
Holders Chelsea, London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham and Liverpool all made it into the last eight of the English League Cup on Wednesday, avoiding the fate of Manchester United in their fourth roundclashes.
 arrow Cricket: Findlay backs Lara in ODIs
Despite Brian Lara's lean form, he was still the spearhead of West Indies' batting in one-day cricket internationals, says former chairman of selectors Mike Findlay.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan eyes Perth return?
Even as Andrew Flintoff and Duncan Fletcher work out various combinations for the Ashes, Michael Vaughan has said he could be back to playing cricket in three weeks' time.
 arrow Cricket: Richie rooting for Pommies
Australian cricket great Richie Benaud believes that England are capable of overcoming the string of injury problems to defend the Ashes.
 arrow Football: Ronaldo to be Portugal captain
Manchester United's Portuguese winger has what it takes to shortly become a captain of Portugal's national team, Portugal coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Much Adu about Freddy
Premiership leaders Manchester United have brushed off reports that they are about to take American prodigy Freddy Adu on a trial.
 arrow Football: Chelsea try out Hedman
Former Sweden goalkeeper Magnus Hedman has come out of retirement to have a trial with Premier League champions Chelsea after Petr Cech's long-term injury.
 arrow Football: Sissoko worry for Liverpool
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez fears Mohamed Sissoko could be out for the rest of the season after the midfielder suffered a suspected dislocated shoulder in the Reds 1-0 League Cup win over Birmingham
 arrow Football: Espanyol crash out
Third division Rayo Vallecano dumped holders Espanyol out of the King's Cup in the fourth round on Wednesday, progressing 2-1 on aggregate.
 arrow Football: Poll in new controversy
Graham Poll, England's top referee, has found himself embroiled in a fresh row over the way he runs matches after issuing his second bitterly-contested red card in the space of three days.
Metropolitanarrow 'Provide support to people with disability'
Speakers at a discussion yesterday underscored the need for a change in mentality for bringing people with disability into the mainstream of the society.
 arrow 6 women rights activists held, then released on bail
Police arrested six activists of Peshajibi Nari Samaj when they were marching towards the Election Commission (EC) to submit a memorandum yesterday but released them on bail three hours later.
 arrow Recast EC, issue voter ID cards with photo
Leaders of Peshajibi Nari Samaj, a platform for women professionals, yesterday urged the caretaker government to maintain neutrality and create an atmosphere conducive to a free and fair election.
 arrow Reforms in education sector demanded
Teachers of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas yesterday placed a five-point education reform proposal and a two-point electoral reform proposal to the President and Chief Adviser to the
 arrow Abbas files 10 criminal cases against media
Former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas yesterday filed ten criminal cases against the editors, publishers and reporters of four national dailies and two weekly magazines for running 'defamatory'
 arrow Cross-examinations of PWs end in Ershad's gold smuggling case
A Dhaka court yesterday completed the cross-examinations of prosecution witnesses (PWs) in connection with the gold smuggling case filed against the former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad.
 arrow Attempt on life of Oli foiled
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) yesterday claimed that an attempt on the life of its executive president Oli Ahmed has been foiled.
 arrow Noor Hossain Day today
Shaheed Noor Hossain Day will be observed across the country today with due respect to his martyrdom in the cause of ousting the then despot.
 arrow Protest rally today
Peshajibi Nari Samaj, a platform for women professionals, will hold a rally in front of National Museum at 2:30pm today to protest against the arrest of its six prominent activists.
 arrow CPB public meeting today
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) will hold a public meeting at Muktangan in the city at 3:00pm today demanding reconstitution of the Election Commission and a thorough purge of the administration,says
 arrow Doa mahfil
A doa mahfil in memory of Hamidullah Kausar (Tanim), a student of Bangladesh University of Engineering & Technology (Buet), will be held on the Buet campus after Asr prayers today, says a press release.
Point-Counterpointarrow On Enayetullah Khan and Holiday
Today is the first anniversary of Enayetullah Khan's death. A year gone already.
 arrow When greed is good
How much vote rigging can the Awami League accept? How confident is Sheikh Hasina that her party commands the majority of the people's support? Do they feel they can obtain at least 45% of the vote, despite
 arrow Gridlock or compromise in Washington?
The Democratic Party that was out of limelight for 12 years did it in a big way on Tuesday, November 7.
 arrow Change for the better
People ask me about the rational for using interdisciplinary approaches to my write-ups. I do appreciate that.
Culturearrow Remembering the mystic bard
The first day of the Bangla month Kartik marks the death anniversary of mystic bard Fakir Lalon Shah (1774-1890).
 arrow Fusion band 'Sonalp' performs at the Swiss Festival
To celebrate 35 years of friendship between Bangladesh and Switzerland and to encourage increase in trade between the two countries, a three-day 'Swiss Festival' is being held at Bangladesh China Friendship
 arrow Giving timeless songs a new sound
Of the current breed of talented musicians, Shayan Chowdhury Arnob is a popular name. Over the years this composer/singer has gained recognition for his contribution to fusion music.
 arrow 'Hanuman' in Thailand
Resplendent attire, superb sets, perfectly synchronised dancing, these are the elements of Khon, a Thai masked dance at Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre in Bangkok.
 arrow Last episode (3rd round) of Closeup1 '06
The avidly watched musical talent hunt show titled Closeup1'06 Tomakei Khujchhe Bangladesh on ntv will be aired tonight at 9:10.
 arrow Bibhas Chakrabarty in 'Ami Tumi R...'
Noted theatre director of West Bengal, India Bibhas Chakrabarty is the guest artiste of today's episode of Ami Tumi R...
 arrow Errata
In an article, titled "New talk show Medhabi Bangaalir Golpo", published on November 9 issue of the Culture page, it should have read the personality featured in the last episode (to be aired on
 arrow Christopher Walken to play Ozzy Osbourne
Christopher Walken (who has a history of affiliating himself with musicians -- he starred in the Spike Jonze-directed video for Fatboy Slim's Weapon of Choice and as Madonna's guardian angel in
Generalarrow 4 Jamaat men sued for forging madrasa books
A case has been filed with a magistrate's court here accusing four Jamaat-e-Islami leaders including a local Ameer for cheating the students by forging madrasa textbooks.
 arrow Jhenidah BNP activist shot dead
Outlawed party cadres shot dead a BNP activist in Jhenidah on Wednesday night.
 arrow Kushtia Jubo Dal secy shot
District Jubo Dal General Secretary Shahidullah Shahid alias VP Sahid was shot by the cadres of outlawed Gono Mukti Fouz (GMF) at Kamlapur area of Kushtia town on Wednesday night.
 arrow Dissident BCL activists form DU unit
Dissident and deprived leaders of Bangladesh Chhatra League yesterday formed a committee for Dhaka University (DU) BCL unit, rejecting the new committee announced by the central BCL leaders on Tuesday
 arrow Jubo Dal protest tomorrow
Jatiyatabadi Jubo Dal, the youth front of BNP, will hold a 'youth rally' at Paltan Maidan in this month and will stage demonstrations in district and divisional headquarters tomorrow to protest anarchy
Editorialarrow Editorial: CEC's public lie
The emphatic claim by the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice MA Aziz that he had not met the caretaker government adviser Lt. Gen.
 arrow Editorial: Democrats take control of US Congress
Democrats are now in control of both the chambers of the US Congress for the first time in twelve years.
 arrow The virtual election campaign
The pre-election season has not seen much debate in terms of the issues on which the up-coming election is likely to be fought.
 arrow A colony for corrupt men
It was a fond wish, but a wish nonetheless, that one day people would lose patience and go after the corrupt men.
 arrow Nothing to be proud of
Bangladesh, rightly or wrongly, takes great pride in having a caretaker government that comes in at the end of one party's, or coalition's, time in government, and stays during the period leading to the
Letters to Editorarrow Saddam's execution?
Lack of knowledge of law and order is shown in Iraq through Saddam being sentenced to death by hanging while the world is under threat.
 arrow Police excesses
Finally, the much talked about police brutality which took place at the National Shooting Complex on October 2 got the nod of a Dhaka court to initiate judicial inquiry into the whole incident.
 arrow Produce our own Zidane
One of the greatest footballers of the recent times visited our country on November 7. Zinedine Zidane, more popularly known as Zizu, was here right inside the national stadium playing with kids.
 arrow The president should assert his authority
The confusion and heated debate that have been created by the visit of two members of the Council of Advisors to Sheikh Hasina's house recently should be put to rest immediately by the Chief Advisorand
 arrow A request to BNP and AL
I should say it is a political crisis. Actually it is a crisis of power hunting. The two parties are trying to get into power. It is all right .
 arrow US Ambassador
I have noted that the US Ambassador has been very busy in attempting to bring peace, understanding and amicable negotiations between the warring political factions in our country, especially at thiscrucial
 arrow Stray calls for removal
As I see thro' your esteemed columns, various calls to the caretaker govt.
 arrow Sensational Habib
Habib Wahid, the sensational music composer & singer, is the recent craze in our music industry.
 arrow Flawed politics
So far I know our constitution is not a doctrinal scripture with sheer conformity. Likewise, its democracy is also not a rigid institution.
 arrow Discourteous traffic police
A few days back my car broke down in the middle of the road at Banani. With hundreds of cars behind me honking, I tried to restart the car but with no result.
Worldarrow South Asia: Nepali PM asks Maoists to respect peace deal
Nepal's prime minister yesterday appealed to Maoist rebels to respect a new historic peace deal and create a "climate without fear" in the impoverished Himalayan nation.
 arrow South Asia: Heavy sea battle in Lanka
Tamil Tiger rebels staged a suicide attack against a naval patrol in northern Sri Lanka yesterday, crippling a gunboat that carried 10 to 15 sailors, military sources said.
 arrow South Asia: 34 Taliban killed in Afghan clashes
Clashes between insurgents and Nato-led and Afghan troops left 34 Taliban and three policemen dead in the latest violence in Afghanistan, officials have said.
 arrow South Asia: India hopeful about Indo-US nuke deal
As the Democrats took control of the US House of Representatives and Senate, a debate is on here how it would have an impact on the dynamics of burgeoning relations between Washington and New Delhi and
 arrow South Asia: Delhi, rebels set for talks on troubled Assam
Indian officials would meet next week with representatives of a separatist group blamed for twin blasts that killed 15 people in the restive northeastern state of Assam, a mediator said yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: India to test longer range ballistic missile in 2007
India's longest-range ballistic missile, which proved to be a dud after a test-flight in July, will be re-tested next year, the country's chief military scientist announced yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Indian airports put on high alert over threat letter
India declared a high security alert at several of its airports yesterday following the discovery of an anonymous letter threatening car bomb attacks by the al-Qaeda terror network, officials said.
 arrow Palestinians for avenging Gaza killing
"Watch out Jews -- the army of Mohammed will return!" thundered mourners as thousands of Palestinians marched Thursday behind the funeral cortege of men, women and children killed by Israeli shellingthe
 arrow Bombing, attacks kill 38 in Iraq
Bomb attacks on markets in predominantly Shia neighbourhoods of Baghdad killed at last 16 people, among 38 Iraqis killed or found dead across the country on Thursday in the latest outbreak of sectarian
 arrow Bush faces hurdles in Democratic Congress
In sweeping both chambers of Congress for the first time in 12 years, Democrats have handed US President George W Bush the biggest defeat of his political career and set the stage for a tumultuous two
 arrow Asian-Americans make handsome gains
Asian-Americans scored critical victories in US legislative elections as they rode on the wave of a Democratic comeback and displayed political clout beyond traditional strongholds in California and Hawaii.
 arrow Mahathir in hospital after heart attack
Malaysia's former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, the architect of the country's modernisation, was hospitalised Thursday after suffering a mild heart attack, hospital officials and a relative said.
 arrow Pelosi's rise heralds women's move to centre of US politics
With Democrat Nancy Pelosi leading her party's resounding takeover of the US House of Representatives, women have finally broken through the "marble ceiling" holding them back in US politics, feminist
 arrow France tests ballistic missile for nuclear deployment
France yesterday successfully carried out a first test on its new M-51 ballistic missile, which is to carry submarine-based nuclear weapons, the defence ministry said.
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