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Front Pagearrow SC judges start work abstention for culprits' punishment
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday witnessed another unprecedented incident as its judges started refraining from carrying out court proceedings.
 arrow Voter list correction starts Friday
The Election Commission (EC) at last decided yesterday to correct the mistakes in the updated voter list in just eight days by sending its 1.4 lakh staffs on door-to-door visits from next Friday.
 arrow Tough to find anyone to sit at controversial EC, Akbar says
The team of advisers to the caretaker government, which has been negotiating with the rival political alliances, is set to initiate further discussions with them for rearranging the election scheduleand
 arrow Indefinite sit-ins involving '20 lakh people' on cards
Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition is planning to stage indefinite sit-ins around Bangabhaban and the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat within a couple of days by bringing '20,00,000 people'from
 arrow 14-party starts sit-in around EC Secretariat
The sit-in around the Election Commission (EC) Secretariat by the 14-party combine and allies passed off peacefully yesterday with the demonstrators resolving to continue the programme until the commission
 arrow Advisers acting as AL underlings
Leaders of the BNP-led four-party alliance once again blasted the caretaker government (CG) advisers yesterday for their latest move to resolve the political crisis, saying they are acting as underlings
 arrow Freight charge hike to take costly toll
Ship owners' unilateral raising of container freight by $200 per TEUs (twenty equivalent units) from December 1 will adversely affect export-import trade, particularly making imported items including
 arrow Fair polls not possible without correction of voter list
The Awami League (AL) yesterday told visiting US Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs John Gastright that holding a free and fair election would be impossible unless the existing
 arrow Court asks 36 former MPs why action won't be taken against them
A Dhaka court yesterday asked 36 former BNP, Awami League (AL) and Jatiya Party (JP) lawmakers to explain why actions should not be taken against them to realise telephone bills totalling Tk 83 lakh from
 arrow Coming polls will be most monitored, says Gastright
US Deputy Assistant Secretary John Gastright yesterday expressed his optimism that Bangladesh is going to have an election, overcoming the crisis, and it will be the most monitored polls ever in the country.
 arrow Stress on better data, tailored policies
A three-day conference on extreme poverty concluded yesterday with participants urging for greater emphasis on gathering better data and tailoring public policies, political structures and market mechanisms
 arrow Safety ignorance...

 arrow BNP starts interviewing aspirants
The BNP parliamentary board yesterday started interviewing nomination seekers from Sylhet and Chittagong divisions except two districts to contest the next general election.
 arrow No need to call in army
Power and Energy Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury said he does not think the prevailing situation warrants calling in the army.
 arrow Acting CEC not interested to talk voter list correction
Acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Mahfuzur Rahman yesterday showed disinterest in talking about correction of the updated voter list and rewriting of the election schedule but defended his continuing
 arrow Tigers clinch ODI series
As expected Bangladesh secured the five-match series against visiting Zimbabwe when left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak's career best 5-wicket haul steered the home team to a 26-run victory in the third one-dayer
 arrow Liberalisation, not FTA to yield benefits: WB
Liberalisation of bilateral trade between Bangladesh and India will yield larger economic benefits for both the countries rather than signing a free trade agreement (FTA), said World Bank (WB).
 arrow Jatiya Oikyo Front demands delaying of poll schedule
Jatiya Oikyo Front (National Unity Front) yesterday demanded shifting of the announced poll schedule to a later date at least five weeks apart.
 arrow Militant Galib made RU professor
Detained suspected militant kingpin and chief of Ahle Hadith Andolan, Bangladesh Asadullah Al Galib was made a permanent professor at the Department of Arabic in Rajshahi University (RU).
 arrow Cop, outlaw killed in shootout
A police constable and a member of outlawed New Biplobi Communist Party (NBCP) were killed during a shootout between police and the members of the underground outfit in Sadar upazila of Rajbari district
 arrow DU JCD men burn Prothom Alo copies
The Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) activists yesterday burnt copies of leading Bangla daily Prothom Alo at Muhsin Hall of Dhaka University (DU) and also banned the daily at Salimullah Hall following a
 arrow 12 Rab men sued for death of BCL man in 'crossfire'
Twelve Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel were sued at a local court in Rajshahi yesterday for murdering a Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) leader Ahsan Habib Babu in crossfire on Friday.
 arrow BDR man killed in gunfight with smugglers
A Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) member was killed in a gunfight between the border guards and a gang of smugglers at Saint Martin's in Cox's Bazar yesterday.
 arrow Mild tremor in Chittagong
A mild earthquake, measuring 3.7 on the Richter scale, jolted the port city and its adjoining areas yesterday morning. The quake shook the city at around 10.38.04am and lasted for 15 seconds.
 arrow 13 firearms seized from Sundarbans
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) recovered 13 firearms and ammunition from a den of pirates in the Sundarbans yesterday evening.
 arrow 44 slain in anti-Shia attacks in Iraq
At least 44 people were killed in a wave of mainly anti-Shia attacks in Baghdad yesterday after a Shia leader asked US President George W Bush for more arms and authority to combat "terrorism".
 arrow Pakistan would give up claim to Kashmir if India allows autonomy
Pakistan would give up its claim to Kashmir if India agreed to give the disputed Himalayan territory autonomy under the joint supervision of both countries, President Pervez Musharraf has said.
 arrow Fiji military stages coup
Fiji's military chief said yesterday the army had taken over running the country, plunging the South Pacific island nation into its fourth coup in 20 years.
 arrow World failing to protect civilians, says UN
The global community has failed to live up to a pledge made last year to protect civilians caught in armed conflicts, the UN humanitarian chief said yesterday in his final briefing to the Security Council
Businessarrow Bangladesh sees scope to send workers to Australia
Bangladesh can avail of the tremendous scope for exporting skilled and semi-skilled manpower to Australia because that country now allows entry of such workers under its General Skilled Migration (GSM)
 arrow SEC approves 3 suggestions to boost trading
Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the watchdog of the country's capital market, at a meeting yesterday approved three recommendations of the Consultative Committee to boost trading in stock markets.
 arrow New ICC rules on L/C come into effect from next July
Banking Commission of the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has approved revised rules on letters of credit (L/C), which come into force from July 1, 2007, says a press release of ICC Bangladesh
 arrow Remittance jumps to $598 m in Nov
The country's remittance attained a record highest mark in a single month as it reached US$ 598 million in November.
 arrow Korean firm to invest $ 7.4m in EPZ
A Korean company, Sungnam Mills Limited, Monday signed an agreement with the Bangladesh Export Processing Zone Authority to invest US$ 7.426 million in Bangladesh.
 arrow RDRS wins European microfinance award
RDRS (Rangpur Dinajpur Rural Service) Bangladesh has won the European Microfinance Runner-up Award 2006.
 arrow EU, US want China to go by rules
As China's five-year WTO honeymoon draws to a close, the United States and Europe are intensifying pressure for the emerging giant to play fair by the rules of global trade.
 arrow India urged to open economy to foreign investment
A top US trade envoy leading the biggest ever business delegation in American history appealed to India Tuesday to go the extra mile in opening up its booming economy to foreign investment.
 arrow HSBC sees 'modest' rise in bad debt charges
Global banking giant HSBC said Tuesday that its bad debt charges rose modestly in its third quarter but noted that its overall financial performance was better than in the same period a year earlier.
 arrow China considers fairer wealth distribution
China's top leaders gathered Tuesday to decide economic policies for 2007, a "crucial" year that will see a renewed focus on a fairer distribution of the country's growing wealth, state media and officials
 arrow Russia warns against oil 'euphoria'
Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin warned on Tuesday against using oil and gas revenues to boost budget spending and said lower global energy prices could spark "social protest" in Russia.
 arrow Indian shares hit all-time high
Indian share prices closed at another record high Tuesday and crossed 14,000 points intraday as funds led buying in blue-chip companies, dealers said.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bowlers join the party
The early departure of in-form Shahriar Nafees saw Bangladesh batting in tatters in the third match of the five-match series after strong displays in the first two games, but still Habibul Bashar's men
 arrow Cricket: Shahjada hits Barisal
Fast bowler Mohammad Shahjada again pummeled the Barisal top-order to give Rajshahi a huge one innings and 207-run win at home with one day to spare in their fifth round clash of the Ispahani Mirzapore
 arrow Kabaddi hopes alive
Asiad silver me-dallist Bangla-desh kabaddi team kept their hopes alive for a bronze medal in the 15th Asian Games in Doha when they came back from behind to beat Japan 34-27 yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Mirpur gets ICC nod as intl venue
The Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur will make its international debut on Friday with the fourth one-day international between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe after the so-called home of cricket in the
 arrow Cricket: Abahani slam transfer delay
Abahani criticised the decision of Cricket Committee of Dhaka Metropolis (CCDM) to postpone the Premier Cricket League transfer, which was scheduled to start yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies rise from ashes
Australia dealt England a potentially fatal Ashes blow with an astonishing come-from-behind last day victory in the second cricket Test at the Adelaide Oval Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Akhtar, Asif win appeal
Pakistan fast bowlers Shoaib Akhtar and Mohammad Asif Tuesday won their appeals against doping bans, paving the way for their return to international cricket.
 arrow More gold for China
An invincible China added seven more gold medals to its bulging bag of Asian Games titles Tuesday, with more in store when its world class gymnasts and badminton players spring into action.
 arrow Cricket: 'Glad you made it'
At 10 past eleven on a hot and dry day at Sedgars Park in Potchefstroom, a Mercedes minivan pulls up a few feet away from the outdoor nets.
 arrow Football: Pressure on the English
As far as football reputations go, a world of difference exists between Man-chester United and French side Lille.
 arrow Football: Gunners walk the line
Porto and Arse-nal can guarantee a place in the Champions League knockout phase with a draw in Wednesday's Group G decider at the Dragao Stadium.
 arrow Football: Liverpool takeover on the cards
Premiership giants Liverpool are moving closer to a takeover which could propel them back in among English football's financial heavyweights.
 arrow Football: Beckham Italy-bound?
Faced with spending the second half of the season as he has largely done the first - on the bench - Real Madrid's David Beckham may opt to play in Italy, an agent has said.
 arrow Football: Precious point for Hornets
Richard Lee's goalkeeping heroics helped struggling Watford earn a precious point at Manchester City.
 arrow Cricket: First ODI rained off
The first of five one-day internationals between Pakistan and the West Indies was abandoned here on Tuesday due to heavy rain.
 arrow Cricket: Cricket could be included in Asiad
Cricket has a chance of being included in future Asian Games, said the President of the Olympic Council of Asia here on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzy serves out Oval ban
Captain Inzamamul Haq returned to Pakistan's 15-man squad for the second of five one-day internationals against the West Indies after serving out a ban, selectors said Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Blatter wants summer football
FIFA boss Joseph Blatter called for the European football calendar to be overhauled allowing clubs to play championship matches in the warmer summer months.
 arrow Football: Mittal buys CSKA Sofia
Indian steel magnate Pramod Mittal was confirmed on Tuesday as Bulgarian premier league club CSKA Sofia's new owner.
 arrow Football: Shoulder op for Nesta
AC Milan and Italy defender Alessandro Nesta faces several weeks on the sidelines after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder on Monday.
 arrow Football: One Euro a ticket
AC Milan have slashed the price of tickets for Wednesday's Champions League game with Lille to just one euro ($1.33) in a bid to avoid a low turnout at the 80,000 capacity San Siro.
 arrow Football: Quest to change destiny
Hernan Crespo believes in destiny.
 arrow Football: United have it all to do
After a blazing start Manchester United find themselves trying to crawl across the finish line and secure a place in the last 16 of the Champions League at the expense of Benfica on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Patriotic Mourinho
Benfica can eliminate Manchester United from the Champions League during their Group F clash on Wednesday, Chelsea's Portuguese coach Jose Mourinho has said.
 arrow Football: Real travel with second-string
Real Madrid will take a second string squad including eight reserve team players to their final Champions League group match at Dynamo Kiev on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Four match ban for VDV
Hamburg SV captain Rafael van der Vaart has been banned for the next four matches as punishment for his tackle on Tommy Bechmann in Saturday's 2-1 defeat by VfL Bochum.
Metropolitanarrow 6 killed in road crashes
At least six people were killed and 17 others injured in separate road accidents in Cox's Bazar, Mymensingh and Barguna yesterday.
 arrow Ensure people's right to vote: CPB
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) President Manzurul Ahsan Khan yesterday said democracy in the country cannot be ensured by only keeping the riches' interest in the name of creating 'level playingfield'.
 arrow FBCCI postpones today's protest for 5 days
The Federation of Bangladesh Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FBCCI) has postponed its token demonstration programme, scheduled to be held today, for five days.
 arrow Judicial probe against AL secretary begins Jan 18
The judicial probe into the defamation suit filed by BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman against Awami League (AL) General Secretary Abdul Jajil will begin on January 18 while the case against
 arrow Avoid violence during political programmes
Speakers at a human chain yesterday called upon the political parties to keep in mind the human rights issues while enforcing political programmes.
 arrow JP (Ershad) won't contest polls with fake voters
Jatiya Party (Ershad) will not participate in the upcoming general election without exclusion of 1.22 crore fake voters, reforms in the election commission and creating a congenial atmosphere.
 arrow BNP men vandalise business house in Khagrachhari
A group of local BNP cadres yesterday vandalised the business house of a journalist in the district town damaging valuables worth Tk 2 lakh and injuring two people on the spot.
 arrow Democracy Day today
The main political parties, including BNP and Awami League, will observe 'Democracy Day' today.
 arrow Begum Rokeya Day Dec 9
Citibank, NA Bangladesh will observe "Begum Rokeya Day" on December 9, says a press release.
 arrow 2 die in Ctg
Two people including a one-year-old boy died in two separate incidents here yesterday.
 arrow Three commit suicide in city
Three people, including a domestic help, allegedly committed suicide in separate incidents in the city in the last two days. All the three victims hanged themselves from ceiling fan, said policesources.
 arrow Appeal for help
A helpless father has appealed for financial assistance to save the life of his minor child. Towshik Raian Khan, a one-year-old boy, has been suffering from Acute Myeloblastic Leukemia (Blood Cancer).
Nationalarrow BJP leader's joining flares feud in BNP
The intra-party feud in BNP in Brahmanbaria-5 (Nabinagar upazila) constituency has widened following former BJP lawmaker Kazi Anwar Hussain's joining the party and his submission of nomination paper.
 arrow They did little, paid only lip service in last 4 years
Twenty year-old Shaheen, with two lags amputated, makes view cards to scratch a living for four dependents-- his mother, a younger brother and two minor sisters.
 arrow 270 BNP, JP men join AL in Satkhira
About 270 leaders and activists of Jatiya Party (JP-Ershad), its labour front Shramik Party and BNP's labour front Jatiyatabadi Shramik Dal joined Awami League in Kalaroa yesterday and the day before.
 arrow Hartal called in Rangamati, Khagrachhari for today
Somo Odhikar Andolon, an organisation of Bengalee settlers in Chittagong Hill Tracts, yesterday called a dawn to dusk hartal for today in Rangamati and Khagra-chhari district.
 arrow Police camps demanded in Patuakhali shoals
Several hundred farmers from Baufal and Dashmina brought out a procession in Mirzagonj upazila headquarters yesterday demanding setting up of police camps in remote shoals and other steps to save their
 arrow Prime accused in Pangsa cop murder held
Jhenidah police have arrested the prime accused in the murder of Sun-inspector Mizanur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Pangsha thana in Rajbari district.
Point-Counterpointarrow Justice detained!
We attained independence, brought back democracy and we claim to have made arrangements for ensuring equitable justice.
 arrow A tale of four discourses
Four discourses -- a discourse on peace, discourse on dialogue, discourse on a timely election, and discourse on the chief adviser's resignation -- are now at play for dominance in our political field.
 arrow Gamble with people's trust
Lust for power is considered to be almost a chronic malady with every human being who had tasted it at least once in life.
Culturearrow Music to combat HIV and drug abuse
Each and every day many around the world are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS -- most of them young and more than half young women and children.
 arrow Taking 'Chandalika' to the West
East met West recently when dancer Sharmila Bandopadhyay winged her way to New Jersey. She went at the invitation of Bengali expatriates to choreograph Chandalika, a dance-drama by Tagore.
 arrow Talk show 'Ekhoni Shomoy' on Channel i
Ekhoni Shomoy, a talk show featuring renowned personalities from the cultural, sport and journalistic worlds, is currently running on Channel i.
 arrow Bush administration to be cartoon
Comedy Central has ordered Lil' Bush: Resident of the United States, a cartoon satire that re-imagines President Bush and key executives in his administration as elementary school misfits.
Generalarrow Traders demand security of life
Traders of Madina Shopping Complex at Rampura in the city yesterday urged the caretaker government to save their lives and property and compensation for alleged forcible closure of the market by its owner
 arrow Two convicts flee from cop in Ctg
Two convicted criminals, arrested from Chakaria under Satkania upazila, fled away while police were taking them to custody last night, police said.
 arrow 'Ensure access to ICT for people with disability'
Speakers at a conference have called for ensuring access of people with disability to information communication technology (ICT) to help bring them to mainstream of the society.
 arrow Cooperate with advisers
Bangladesh Civil Service Coordination Committee yesterday urged all the employees of Bangladesh Civil Service to cooperate with the council of advisers in ruling the country, says a press release.
 arrow Saarc Charter Day on Dec 8
Saarc Charter Day-2006 will be observed on December 8, marking the signing of the charter by seven South Asian heads of state in Dhaka 21 years ago.
 arrow Nrityanchal to perform at Nobel Peace Prize giving ceremony in Oslo
Nrityanchal, a leading dance group, has been invited to perform in the cultural session of Nobel Peace Prize Awarding Ceremony 2006 in Oslo, Norway where Prof Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank willreceive
 arrow Killing of BCL leader protested
Chhatra Sangram Parishad (CSP) led by Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL), of Rajshahi University unit, yesterday staged a demonstration on the campus protesting killing of BCL leader Ahsan Habib Babu.
 arrow Tree felling protested in Rajshahi
Hundreds of students of Rajshahi Government College yesterday staged a demonstration in protest against felling of trees of rare species on the campus.
 arrow Kiron's exhibition opens tomorrow
A week-long solo sculpture and painting exhibition of artist Hasibur Rahman Kiron begins in the city tomorrow. The inaugural function will be held in La Galerie of Alliance Francaise de Dhaka at 6:00pm.
Internationalarrow Musharraf U-turn on independence bewilders Kashmiri separatists
Muslim separatists in Indian Kashmir yesterday said they were dismayed at an interview by Pakistan's president in which he said independence for the region was not an option in peace talks with New Delhi.
 arrow Fresh fighting kills 19 in Lanka
At least 19 people have been killed in fresh violence in Sri Lanka as peace broker Norway cancelled a meeting with Tamil Tiger rebels, defence officials said yesterday.
 arrow US Congress preparing final legislation
The US Congress on Monday began preparing final legislation to give India access to civilian nuclear technology amid concerns that inclusion of sensitive provisions may break the landmark deal.
 arrow Pakistan to ban forced marriages: Musharraf
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf yesterday said the government would shortly push through new legislation aimed at empowering women and outlawing forced marriages.
 arrow Kolkata bans hand-pulled rickshaws
The Wst Bengal capital Kolkata has banned hand-pulled rickshaws after a debate that raged for more than a year and ended in a vote boycotted by the opposition.
 arrow Iran warns EU against nuclear sanctions
Iran's president warned Washington's European allies yesterday that Iran would reconsider its relations with them if they insist on punishing Tehran for its nuclear programme, saying that would amount
 arrow C'wealth 'likely' to suspend Fiji
The Commonwealth is likely to suspend Fiji's membership later this week after its latest coup, the grouping's secretary general Don McKinnon said yesterday, condemning the military takeover.
 arrow Coup 'rapes constitution'
Fiji's deposed Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase said yesterday's military coup had "raped the constitution" and made Fiji a laughing stock.
 arrow US plans to colonise moon n 2020
The United States plans to set up a colony on the south pole of the moon around 2020 as a base for further manned exploration of the solar system, Nasa announced Monday.
 arrow 'World's richest 2pc own half of global wealth'
The world's richest two percent of adults own more than half of global household wealth, while half the world's population own only one percent, a UN report published yesterday showed.
 arrow Typhoon kills 50 in Vietnam
Typhoon Durian swept southern Vietnam with strong winds and heavy rains on Tuesday, killing at least 50 people, sinking hundreds of fishing boats and damaging houses, days after it battered the Philippines.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Silver lining in the dark clouds
WE can perhaps now express our optimism with some delight about a positive outcome of the exercise that the advisers had been untiringly carrying out to see a peaceful denouement to the current political
 arrow Editorial: Politics takes its toll
WE express our deep concern at the news of fierce gunfight in Moheshkhali between two rival groups belonging to the Awami League and the BNP that left three people dead and 50 injured.
 arrow Bangabhaban across the years
On the morning following the afternoon when the Pakistan army surrendered to the Indo-Bangladesh Joint Command in 1971, a huge crowd of exulting Bengalis chanted Joi Bangla as it tried to make its way
 arrow Sri Lankan situation nosedives
The South Asian island state of Sri Lanka seems to be inexorably returning to all-out civil war as the Tamil rebels have announced scrapping of the peace process and demanded full independence for the
 arrow How fares the War on Terror?
Thanks to the complexities of the Middle East, and America's choice of starting with Afghanistan and Iraq, the war on terror is not going the way it was expected.
Letters to Editorarrow Chittagong port
Apart from the consequential effect of the recent political unrest, the container terminal at Chittagong port has almost come to a standstill due to the alleged dispute regarding handling of the gantry-cranes
 arrow On a cup of tea, please
As a former fellow resident of Tennessee and a fellow graduate of Vanderbilt University and as having lived in Bangladesh for the past six years, I too shared in the pride of the whole country at therecent
 arrow Pope stresses respect for Muslims
Pope Benedict XVI who was just on a friendship mission in Turkey said Christians and Muslims should reject violence and expressed "total and profound respect" for Muslims, as he attempts to defuse a row
 arrow Caretaker of democracy
Bangladesh has had three successful elections till now.
 arrow Yunus formula
We have just heard on the BBC Bengali service the outline of Prof Yunus' "New Formula" for peace, election and prosperity in Bangladesh.
 arrow Admission forms in the net
Every year students and their guardians face enormous difficulties in collecting admission forms for schools, colleges and universities. Authorities concerned are not paying heed to this perennial problem.
 arrow 10 questions to the politicians
I am an expatriate Bangladeshi, working in Kuwait as a graphic designer. We are very much concerned about our country's recent political unrest.
Star Chittagongarrow Delay in implementation costs Tk 69 cr more
The government is to count extra Tk 69 crore as construction work of New Mooring Container Terminal (NCT) has been delayed for one year.
 arrow AL remains sluggish while BNP rivals fight for party ticket
While eight rival BNP aspirants fight for party ticket for the upcoming election, Awami League (AL) activities remain sluggish at Mirersarai (Chittagong-1) constituency.
Star Cityarrow BNP's last-minute plundering of flood retention basin
Violating the city's master plan, the immediate past BNP government had officially leased out three large plots in the Bugunbari canal area, a designated flood flow zone, to three influential trade organisations.
 arrow Policing the city with dogs
The Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) dog squad has become a token of trust as its members continue to play an integral role in the city's security management, challenging the wits of drug vendors and illegal
 arrow Creating through lenses
A single picture can speak a million words. A photography exhibition 'Focus' at Drik Gallery speaks of the spirited young minds through 40 pictures depicting different angles of human life and heritage.
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