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Front Pagearrow Polls must be held on time
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia yesterday firmly demanded that the next parliamentary election be held "on time" and blasted the Awami League (AL) led grand alliance for its stance against participating in
 arrow SC stays collection of candidates' personal key information
The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday stayed the High Court (HC) verdict ordering the Election Commission (EC) to collect and make public some vital information including income and wealth statements of the
 arrow Advisers' last ditch bid fails to break stalemate
The last moment efforts of the council of advisers to resolve the electoral deadlock through renegotiating the package proposal finalised 15 days ago failed to yield any positive result yesterday, with
 arrow AL talks seat sharing with allies from today
The Awami League (AL) that has almost finalised its own candidates starts negotiations today with its allies over seat sharing for the election.
 arrow 100 hurt as Shibir, BCL men clash in Rangpur
More than 100 people, including students, police and journalists were injured in a series of clashes between the Islami Chhatra Shibir and the Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) and Jatiya Chhatra Samaj(JCS)
 arrow Banks asked to identify loan defaulters to bar them from polls
The central bank and the finance ministry have asked all banks to identify the loan defaulters and furnish the election officials with relevant information on them so that they could be barred from the
 arrow 12 injured as JCD, Shibir clash in Ctg
A clash erupted between Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) and Islami Chhatra Shibir on Chittagong Medical College (CMC) campus yesterday over recruiting freshmen to dormitories the student wings dominate.
 arrow EC working to hold polls within 90 days
Acting Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Justice Mahfuzur Rahman yesterday said the Election Commission (EC) is working in its own way to hold the next general election within 90 days as per the constitution.
 arrow Don't push country toward civil war
Awami League (AL)-led 14-party coalition yesterday urged the president and chief adviser (CA) to the caretaker government (CG) to stop the process of preparation for an election under the current poll
 arrow Yunus returns home with Nobel prize
Prof Muhammad Yunus returned home yesterday with the world's most prestigious award -- Nobel Peace Prize.
 arrow JCD-BCL clash at RU leaves 35 hurt
Rajshahi University (RU) unit of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) declared an indefinite strike on the campus as at least 35 of their activists were injured yesterday in attacks by Jatiyatabadi Chhatra
 arrow Former ward commissioner dies after arrest by Rab
A former ward commissioner died at General Hospital here on Monday night, 13 hours after his arrest by Rab personnel.
 arrow US, UK, Canada ask parties to resolve impasse
The US, UK and Canada have urged the political parties of Bangladesh to find a solution to the remaining obstacles to participation of all in a free, fair and credible election.
 arrow Maksuda was shot at party
Former housing and public works minister Mirza Abbas yesterday said Maksuda Akram, wife of his brother Mirza Khokon, was shot at a party she attended with her husband on Sunday night.
 arrow 68 tonnes of rotten wheat, sugar seized in Ctg
A mobile court during a drive yesterday seized 68 tonnes of rotten wheat and sugar at a warehouse of Victory Jute Mills at Uttar Kattali in Chittagong's Pahartali area.
 arrow Ershad gets permission to appeal
Jatiya Party (JP) Chairman and former military ruler HM Ershad, a convict in the Japanese boat purchase scam case, yesterday secured permission from the Supreme Court to swear affidavit for filing anapplication
 arrow Police SI stabbed to death in city
Sub-Inspector Mizanur Rahman of Gulshan Police Station was stabbed to death by unknown assailants at Gulshan last night.
 arrow Tk 1cr Saudi currencies seized at ZIA
Customs officials at Zia International Airport seized Saudi currencies worth over Tk 1.12 crore from a Singapore bound passenger's luggage on Monday night.
 arrow 5 killed as gunbattles threaten Gaza truce
Deadly gunbattles raged in Gaza City yesterday, threatening a fragile truce aimed at halting an increasingly violent power struggle between rival Palestinian factions.
 arrow 360 new species discovered in Borneo since 1994: WWF
A new species of insect, animal or plant is discovered every month in Borneo, conservation group WWF said yesterday as it warned that logging and plantations threatened the fragile "Heart of Borneo" ecosystem.
 arrow Iraq on brink of complete disintegration: Think tank
Iraq faces "complete disintegration into failed state chaos" a respected think-tank warned yesterday, urging the United States to adopt a radical change of strategy to end the crisis.
Businessarrow Debt waiver needed to achieve MDGs
A strong voice should be raised by common masses, political leaders and policy makers to put pressure on the donors community so that they waive Bangladesh's loan liability, speakers at a campaign launching
 arrow Infrastructure investment key to high growth
The country director of Asian Development Bank (ADB) yesterday reiterated that Bangladesh is strongly in need of investment for its infrastructure development, which, she described as prerequisite toa
 arrow Global takeover frenzy fuelled by debt
Frenetic global takeover activity this year has been driven partly by an over-reliance on debt and this could cause problems if economic growth slows or interest rates rise, analysts say.
 arrow China, India face financial risks amid global slowdown
Asian powerhouses China and India have to grapple with some critical problems in their financial systems amid a projected slowdown in global economic growth, experts warn.
 arrow Chinese shoe makers give up the fight against EU tariffs
Nearly all of the 1,200 Chinese shoe makers hit by European Union anti-dumping tariffs have decided against taking legal action despite remaining opposed to the measure, state media said Tuesday.
 arrow Indian economy surges 9.1pc in half year
India's economy grew 9.1 percent in the first half of the financial year to September led by strong manufacturing growth, the government said Tuesday.
 arrow Bangladesh-born Siddiqi named MD at Barclays Capital
Bangladesh-born Lutfey Siddiqi has been named managing director at Barclays Capital, the investment banking arm of Barclays Bank.
 arrow Russia urges US to end Cold War-era trade restrictions
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Tuesday on the United States to end Cold War-era trade restrictions, known as the Jackson-Vanik Amendment, Interfax news agency reported.
 arrow Air India changes schedule
Anticipating probable flight disruptions due to fog in New Delhi, Air India will fly from Mumbai to Dhaka instead of New Delhi to Dhaka between December 23, 2006 and February 5, 2007, says a press release.
 arrow Citibank holds workshop on uniform customs and practices
Citibank NA Bangladesh organised a workshop on "UCP 600-What's Waiting" on Tuesday, says a press release.
 arrow Saudi posts $70b budget surplus
Oil powerhouse Saudi Arabia said on Monday it will post a record budget surplus of 70 billion dollars in 2006 on the back of high crude prices and announced a budget plan for 2007 forecasting a much smaller
 arrow Bank Asia opens 24th branch in Khulna
Bank Asia inaugurated its 24th branch at Shib Bari Mor in Khulna on Monday, says a press release.

Vice Chairman of the bank A Rouf Chowdhury inaugurated the first branch of the bank in Khulna region.

 arrow Ogilvy starts journey in Bangladesh
Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide and Marka yesterday signed an agreement to establish a full-service brand communications and advertising agency in Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Twenty20 rolls into action
"Let's see if I can hit the ball hard," said a smiling Habibul Bashar, captain of Bangladesh.
 arrow Football: Abahani getting active
After the first six days of transfers for the B. League drew a blank, Abahani are expected to be among the first teams to register footballers for the inaugural Professional Football League.
 arrow Cricket: Dhaka, Rajshahi reach semis
Dhaka and Rajshahi romped into the semifinals of the National Cricket Championship by winning their respective quarterfinal matches at different venues in the city yesterday.
 arrow Football: BFF names 36 for Olympic qualifiers
Bangladesh Football Federation yesterday named a 36-member squad for home and away Olympic pre-qualifiers against Hong Kong.
 arrow Football: The world Cannavaro's oyster
Italy's World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro was named the FIFA World Player of the Year on Monday, beating playmakers Zinedine Zidane and Ronaldinho to become the first defender to win the award.
 arrow Cricket: Australia go berserk
Australians were revelling in their national cricket side's Ashes victory Tuesday, hailing it as sweet revenge for the shock loss to England last year.
 arrow Cricket: Aussies stay unchanged
Australia named an unchanged 12-man squad on Tuesday for the fourth Ashes Test starting in Melbourne on December 26.
 arrow Cricket: 'Champagne comeback'
India rejoiced unashamedly at its first cricket Test win on South African soil, a success that prompted even parliament to pay a rousing tribute on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: 'No hard feelings'
Australian captain Ricky Ponting says he has buried the hatchet with England coach Duncan Fletcher following his team's crushing Ashes win.
 arrow Cricket: Sree amazes one and all
Indian wins abroad have usually been historic but this one against South Africa will be really special, because a genuine fast bowler has been discovered.
 arrow Tennis: The Federer year ends
Roger Federer rubber-stamped his status as one of the greatest players the world has seen with a year which was exceptional and record-shattering even by his own mighty standards.
 arrow Cricket: Vaughan to be back?
Despite another failure with the bat as he continues his comeback, Michael Vaughan is expected to return to England's one-day squad later this week and may regain the captaincy.
 arrow Football: Fulham compund Boro misery
Fulham eased their relegation worries as goals from Heidar Helguson and Brian McBride secured a 2-1 win against struggling Middlesbrough.
 arrow Football: Inter looking to continue run
Leaders Inter Milan face a potentially awkward fixture away to fifth-placed Lazio on Wednesday as the reigning champions go in search of their 10th straight Serie A win.
 arrow Cricket: Sreesanth punished
India seam bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth has been fined 30 per cent of his match fee after being found guilty of two ICC code of conduct breaches during his side's first Test match against South Africa.
 arrow Cricket: 100K to turn up for Shane
The Ashes series may already be decided but Australian cricket officials believe record crowds will still attend the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) to see Shane Warne snare his 700th Test wicket.
 arrow Handball: Handball meet starts today
The Design Zone First Office Handball League begins today at the outer stadium handball court.
 arrow Tennis: Gulshan Youth tennis kicks-off
The MGH Classic-Gulshan Youth Tennis competition organised by Gulshan Youth Club began yesterday.
 arrow Football: Kahn eyeing retirement
Bayern Munich captain Oliver Kahn re-affirmed his intention to retire at the end of the season if the Bundesliga side win the Champions League, added he would definitely quit in 2008 when his contract
 arrow Football: Matrix accused of provocation
Inter Milan defender Marco Materazzi, who was headbutted in the chest in the World Cup final by Zinedine Zidane, was on Monday accused of provocation by Messina president Pietro Franza.
 arrow Football: Le Monde to publish corrections
Real Madrid said on Monday that French newspaper Le Monde would soon be publishing corrections to a report claiming the club were linked with Dr Eufemiano Fuentes, at the centre of an alleged blood-doping
 arrow Football: Marta is Women's Player of the Year
Brazilian international Marta won the FIFA Women's World Player of the Year award on Monday.
 arrow Football: FA charge Wenger
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was on Monday charged by the Football Association with improper conduct for his behaviour at half-time of their weekend match at home to Portsmouth.
 arrow New Look

 arrow Football: Squad depth worries Jose
Jose Mourinho fears he may have made a rare misjudgement that threatens to undermine Chelsea's attempt to win all four major trophies.
 arrow Football: Nancy face tough task
Defending French League Cup champions Nancy will have a tough task staying in the competition on Wednesday when they face imperious league leaders Lyon in the quarter-finals.
 arrow Football: Brits look forward to flagship year
The year of 2007 looks set to be a fine vintage for British clubs after an unprecedented five qualified for next February's last 16 of the Champions League.
 arrow Football: Everton file Mourinho complaint
Everton have decided to file a formal complaint to the Football Association over what they regard as a defamatory attack on striker Andy Johnson by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho.
 arrow Football: Asian Cup seeds confirmed
Heavyweights Australia, Iran, Japan and South Korea have been seeded for the Asian Cup finals next year, meaning they will avoid each other in the draw here later Tuesday.
 arrow Football: Sanchez leaves Guadalajara
Mexico goalkeeper Oswaldo Sanchez is leaving Guadalajara after seven years at the club and will join Santos Laguna.
 arrow Football: Lyon seek to bolster squad
Olympique Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is backing coach Gerard Houllier's bid to sign a striker in the January transfer window.
Metropolitanarrow Democracy at stake
Country's democracy is now at stake as important institutions including Parliament, Election Commission, Supreme Court and Caretaker Government have been made controversial, said the speakers at a roundtable
 arrow Four killed in road accidents
At least four people were killed in separate road accidents in Chittagong and Brahmanbaria yesterday and on Monday night.
 arrow DU unveils mural of Language Movement
Dhaka University (DU) authorities yesterday unveiled a mural in honour of the martyrs of the 1952 Language Movement.
 arrow Wife seeks justice
The wife of an arrested garments trader yesterday demanded immediate release of her husband, saying that he was falsely charged with possessing illegal firearms.
 arrow JCD leader, 5 others facing non-bailable charge get bail
A Dhaka court yesterday granted bail to a Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD) leader and five of his accomplices accused of possessing contraband medicines, although they face non-bailable charge.
 arrow Perishable goods traders withdraw strike
Dhaka Metropolitan Fish and Perishable Products' Small Business Association withdrew its strike on Monday night following a meeting with the wholesalers.
 arrow President greets new king of Bhutan
President/Chief Advisor Iajuddin Ahmed felicitated the new king of Bhutan.
 arrow 2 juveniles freed from Kishore Kendra for good behaviour
For the first time, the government released two convicted juveniles from a Kishore Unnayan Kendra (KUK) before their full term and handed them over to their parents on December 16.
 arrow Disadvantaged children still deprived of education Speakers say at workshop
Though Bangladesh is said to have made great progress in education sector, there is still much to be done for disadvantaged children who are deprived of educational facilities, said the speakers at aworkshop
 arrow 'Withdraw false cases against eminent lawyers'
Sammilita Ainjibi Samannoy Parishad, a platform of pro-Awami League lawyers, at a meeting yesterday demanded withdrawal of what they called false and baseless cases against eminent lawyers of the country.
 arrow JMB Eshar member arrested in Gazipur
Police arrested an Eshar (full timer) member of outlawed Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from Gazipur yesterday.

He was identified as Talimul Hossain, 30.

 arrow ASK programme on Dec 25
Ain O Salish Kendra (ASK) will hold a commemorative programme at the National Museum Auditorium here at 4:30pm on December 25 marking its 20th founding anniversary.
 arrow 3500 bottles of phensidyl seized
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) members yesterday seized 3500 bottles of Indian smuggled phensidyl and arrested two people from Charghat and Puthia upazilas.
 arrow Afghan returnee among 2 held in Comilla
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) personnel arrested two people, including one who reportedly returned from Afghanistan, along with three sophisticated firearms from South Mangalpur village in Choudda-gram
 arrow Afghan envoy calls on Hasina
Awami League President Sheikh Hasina yesterday said they have formed a grand political alliance for establishing people's right to vote and democracy in the country.
 arrow Regional confce on 'Exploring Masculinities' today
The inaugural ceremony of a three-day regional conference on 'Exploring Masculinities' organised by the Department of Women and Gender Studies, Dhaka University (DU) and AAKAR, India, will be held today
 arrow LDP urges all to make tomorrow's hartal a success
Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Secretary General Major (Rted) Abdul Mannan called upon all to make tomorrow's hartal a success.
 arrow Dhaka Club AGM on Dec 24
The annual general meeting of Dhaka Club Limited scheduled to be held on December 21 will now be held on December 24 due to unavoidable circumstances, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Victory eludes AL in Tangail-6 for long-running party feud
Victory eluded Awami League for long in Tangail-6 (Nagarpur) constituency, once its stronghold, just due to intra-party feud.
 arrow Let all be true to truce in Khagrachhari
At least 5,000 Awami League leaders and activists and several hundred BNP men who were 'not loyal to immediate past lawmaker', have returned to their houses in Khagrachhari, thanks to the initiative by
 arrow Prime accused in B'baria Aug 17 blasts sent to jail
Md. Shah Alam, the prime accused in August 17 bomb blasts in Brahmanbaria town last year, was produced before the court of a First Class Magistrate yesterday. The court sent him to jail custody.
 arrow FFs demand removal of UNO in Satkhira
Leaders of Debhata upazila unit of Muktijoddha Sangsad at a press conference yesterday demanded removal of Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Biswajit Bhattacharya for not inviting freedom fighters to Victory
Point-Counterpointarrow Judiciary faces erosion of credibility
An independent judiciary is a pillar of strength of the country's democracy, but it has often stumbled in the past: it is also a cause of justifiable pride.
 arrow A job to do
Hoax is one of the more cruel four-letter words in the English language. What happens when you double it? You get government -- and parliament -- policy towards Indian Muslims.
 arrow Non-party caretaker government: Is it working?
In mythology, when the ancients were desperate for an answer, they would present themselves to the Sphinx and ask their question. The Sphinx would reply with a riddle.
Culturearrow Art extravaganza with panache
The ongoing Euro-Asian art extra-vaganza, held at Alliance Francaise, and sponsored by the Norwegian Embassy is a pure pleasure.
 arrow Children's drama serial receives international award
A selected episode of children's drama serial Friends of Sindabad was awarded The Dodic Spittal Award recently, says a press release.
 arrow Clowns without borders back in Bangladesh
In March 2004 and March 2005, volunteer artistes from the French organisation 'Clowns without borders', (Clowns sans frontières) came to Bangladesh and staged shows for deprived children and families.
 arrow 'Kabul Express': A departure from Bollywood formula films
From an award-winning documentary maker to feature film and that too under the most sought-after banner of Bollywood is no less a fairy-tale big-screen debut for young director Kabir Khan.
 arrow 'Tushar Rohoshyo': TV play with a supernatural overtone
Ongoing TV serial Tushar Rohoshyo, aired on ATN Bangla, has a supernatural angle. The central character, Tushar moves back from US and aims to dedicate himself to social work.
 arrow A solo soiree by Promod Dutta
Bengal Music Company Limited organised a Rabindra Sangeet soiree Hoimantik at the Biam Auditorium, recently. The evening saw a solo performance by Promod Dutta.
Generalarrow One sustains bomb injuries
A carpenter sustained bomb injuries while trying to catch robbers in the city yesterday.

He was identified as Tapan Sarkar, 35.

 arrow NU examinations rescheduled
The four-year term third year honours examination-2005 and last part LLB examination-2005 under National University scheduled for December 21 and 22 have been shifted due to unavoidable circumstances.
 arrow Bapa confce on energy Dec 22
Bangladesh Paribesh Andolon (Bapa) will hold a conference on the country's energy sector and its development issues in the city on December 22.
 arrow Robbery at city house
A robbery was committed at the house of a former senior assistant secretary in the city on Monday night.
 arrow 'Contact for cards'
Registered graduates, who did not get invitation cards and directories to attend the 43rd convocation of Dhaka University (DU), have been requested to contact room no 207 of Registrar Building tomorrow
Internationalarrow US aims for final Indian nuclear deal in 2007
Backed by American business, the United States aims to complete the remaining approvals for nuclear cooperation with India in roughly six months, but lingering questions could delay action, analysts said.
 arrow US military challenges Bush's troops plan
Top US military officials are questioning a White House plan to send between 15,000 and 30,000 more US troops to Iraq for up to eight months, the Washington Post reported yesterday.
 arrow US, North Korea meet for direct nuke talks
Two senior US delegations held direct talks yesterday with officials from North Korea as a diplomatic drive to persuade the Stalinist regime to give up its nuclear weapons entered a crucial phase.
 arrow Israel to step up Golan settlement building
Israeli Interior Minister Roni Bar-On said yesterday he intended to accelerate housing projects on settlements in the occupied Golan Heights, defying recent Syrian calls for peace talks.
 arrow Fresh discord in Nepal as rebels call strike
Students and labour groups backed by Nepal's Maoist rebels blocked traffic in the capital yesterday in a strike called to protest against the appointment of ambassadors by the interim government without
 arrow Sino-Indian expedition to find sources of two big rivers
A team of Indian and Chinese scientists will embark on a joint expedition in the Himalayas to find out the exact sources of two of Asia's biggest rivers, an official said yesterday.
 arrow Foreign medics sentenced to death in Libya HIV case
A Libyan court sentenced five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor to death on Tuesday for deliberately infecting hundreds of children with the HIV virus that causes AIDS.

"Justice has been done.

 arrow Cartoon legend Barbera dies
Legendary Hollywood animator Joseph Barbera, whose characters Fred and Wilma Flintstone and Scooby-Doo made generations of people laugh, died on Monday at age 95, the Warner Bros.
 arrow Blair has failed to influence US
Prime Minister Tony Blair's foreign policy has failed because of his inability to influence Washington and his successor must carve out a leading role for Britain within Europe instead, a report saidyesterday.
 arrow British police arrest 2nd man in prostitute case
Police arrested a second man yesterday on suspicion of murdering five prostitutes in one of Britain's most dramatic suspected serial killings.

"A second man has now been arrested by detectives ...

Editorialarrow Editorial: The election and a few questions
Regarding the election there are two questions that we would like to put.
 arrow Editorial: Government borrowing
Compared to last year, during the five-month period of this fiscal year, government borrowings from banks have registered an upswing of 32 percent.
 arrow When bureaucrats go for career change . . .
Haider Ali, barrister-at-law and a senior bureaucrat here in Bangladesh, has lately been made an officer on special duty. We have no arguments with that decision.
 arrow Delayed election better than dirty election
By now it is crystal clear that a dirty election had been planned by the Election Commission (EC) to bring the BNP-Jamat alliance to power again.
 arrow Long way to go
The Saarc Charter Day was observed on December 8 with the renewed pledge for taking every possible effort to turn the seven-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) into a really
Letters to Editorarrow Awami League
I agree with Abu Sufiyan's comments in his letter on 11th Dec.
 arrow Dr. Yunus' peace formula and reality
Whereas the two top leaders of two main rival parties in Bangladesh don't see eye to eye, Dr. Yunus' coalition proposal to resolve political impasse seems to be a far cry.
 arrow Change of GP logo
I am a simple observer of things around and not an old timer. But I believe in reality. I want to draw the attention of the GP executive to their new logo.
 arrow Can a CTG Adviser resign?
I think the relevant constitutional provisions read in entirety indicate that the CTG comprising the Chief Adviser and the Advisers (presently 10) have to continue in office till completion of the next
 arrow Small readers' column
We are the small readers of your newspaper. We have a lot of qualities in us. We can write poem, short story and humour in English. But we have no opportunity to bring those out.
 arrow Needed independent judiciary
Thanks to The Daily Star for its strong steps against the corrupt, undemocratic, arrogant, and unpatriotic politicians.
 arrow Serving whose interest?
What has been happening in the political and election situation in Bangladesh is frightening for the future of the country.
 arrow Hajj dilemma
Every year thousands of Bangladeshis perform Hajj and this year is not an exception either.
 arrow Armed forces' help
The President and Chief Adviser to the Caretaker Government Iajuddin Ahmed has done the right thing by deploying the Armed Forces personnel in aid of civil administration to maintain law and order.
 arrow Conscience of the nation
As a very humble citizen whenever I look at my beloved Bangladesh I sincerely feel proud and thank Almighty for making it possible.
Star Chittagongarrow Corals on the decline at Saint Martin¿s
Rampant collection of corals as well as oyster and conch shells for sale as souvenirs by the traders forces the vast stock of marine resources beneath the sea at Saint Martin's Island to decline fast.
 arrow Parents in frenzied race
The parents are anxious when they prepare their wards to face the admission ordeals at different schools in the port city.
Star Cityarrow Delaying tactics?
With only ten days left for the Building Construction Rules 1996 to become defunct, setting up of the One-Window Service Cell (OWSC) under the 2006 laws is now uncertain due to dillydallying of the Department
 arrow Migratory birds on their way...
The destruction of natural habitat, poaching, pollution and disappearance of wetlands are keeping migratory birds away from the city.
 arrow Home away from home
M Laurent Jalicous, deputy director, Alliance Francaise, who has been living in Dhaka for the last one year, shared his feelings with Durdana Ghias of Star City

When I came to Dacca (the French

 arrow Deadly manhole

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