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Front Pagearrow Axe to fall on a few BNP bigwigs
Some members of the BNP Standing Committee and a few important leaders of the party's Dhaka city unit might be fired after withdrawal of ban on indoor politics, sources said.
 arrow Polls as early as possible: CA
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday said the caretaker government is determined to hold election as early as possible and also to reform the electoral process.
 arrow EC differs on army experts' timeline
The Election Commission (EC) yesterday strongly disagreed with the army assessment that simultaneous preparation of a voter list and national identity cards should not take more than six months.
 arrow Four die at RMCH without treatment
Four patients died without treatment at Rajshahi Medical College Hospital (RMCH) yesterday as interns refused to attend patients after they clashed with attendants of patients and beat one up severely over accusations of neglect.
 arrow Hasina finds nation in suffocating situation
Awami League (AL) President and former prime minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said the nation is now in a 'suffocating situation' as people do not have the right to express their opinion, and political
 arrow 5 importers' cartel controls prices
A cartel of five importers, who control eight most essential commodities, have the ability to control the retail prices of these commodities, said a study conducted by the Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD).
 arrow Bangladesh, India first Test from today
All-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is all set to make his Test debut when Bangladesh resume their five-day campaign after a thirteen-month long break as they take on India in the first game of the two-matchseries
 arrow Kamal Siddiqui sued for extortion, looting
Kamal Siddiqui, principal secretary to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, has been sued for extortion, plundering and looting.
 arrow Charge pressed against Huda in theft case
Police yesterday pressed charges against detained former communications minister Nazmul Huda and two others in connection with a theft case filed with Dohar Police Station.
 arrow UN to assess Dhaka's anti-terror progress
An 11-member high-powered UN delegation on counter-terrorism will visit Bangladesh between June 3 and 10 to follow up on Bangladesh's progress in implementing a series of counter-terror policies.
 arrow Banks asked to provide account details of 8 more graft suspects
The central bank yesterday asked all commercial banks for account details of eight more corruption suspects, including former BNP state minister Iqbal Hassan Mahmood and ex-MP Naser Rahman, the son of
 arrow No more trade licence in residential areas
An inter-ministerial meeting yesterday decided that the government will not issue any new trade licences against addresses in Dhaka's residential areas.
 arrow ACC reacts as Crowley pulls for Sobhan of Bashundhara
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has strongly reacted to a letter by US Congressman Joseph Crowley, also founder co-chairman of Congressional Bangladeshi Caucus, who advocated for special treatment
 arrow Police asked to place probe report by June 17
A Dhaka court yesterday directed Gulshan police to submit by June 17 the probe report of the extortion case filed against Arafat Rahman Koko, younger son of BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia.
 arrow 4 JMB men held with jihad books
Detective Branch (DB) police of Rangpur arrested four members of the banned Jama'atul Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) from a remote char of the Teesta under Pirgachha upazila in the district early hours yesterday.
 arrow EC to place recommendations to strengthen its secretariat
The Election Commission (EC) will soon submit a set of recommendations to the caretaker government to strengthen its secretariat, EC Secretary Humayun Kabir said yesterday.
 arrow Shahriar Kabir, 6 others relieved of sedition charges
Criminal Investigation Department (CID) yesterday submitted probe report discharging writer-columnist Shahriar Kabir, two journalists of British Channel 4 television and four others from sedition charges
 arrow Mohiuddin gets 3-month bail on health ground
The High Court (HC) yesterday granted bail for three months to Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) Mayor ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury on health grounds.
 arrow DGFI chief transferred
The government yesterday transferred some top-level officials, including the DGFI chief.
 arrow Agrani Bank gets licence to operate as PLC
Agrani Bank, a nationalised commercial bank, yesterday received a licence from the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms (RJSCF) to operate as a public limited company.
 arrow Wolfowitz seeks deal for WB exit
Embattled World Bank president Paul Wolfowitz sought a resignation deal ahead of a new bank meeting yesterday to discuss the scandal over his girlfriend's pay package.
Businessarrow Private sector-based economic growth in SA has unique strength
Private sector-based South Asian economic growth has a unique strength and efficiency in its self-acceleration and reasonable stability in the long run, observed Yaga Venugopal Reddy, governor of Reserve
 arrow Yunus pleads for Dhaka's duty-free access to US market
Nobel laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus participated Wednesday in a public hearing in the American capital city Washington to elicit opinions on allowing duty and quota-free market access of productsfrom
 arrow Bahrain, Qatari investment teams due in June, July
Two separate state minister-led delegations from Bahrain and Qatar will visit Bangladesh in June and July to explore investment potentials in numerous sectors including energy and real estate.
 arrow Govt wants cellphone operators to be listed on bourses by year-end
The government wants to get all the leading private mobile phone operators listed on the stock market by the end of this year, said Chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC)
 arrow Fraud in lifting imported edible oil detected at Ctg port
Customs authorities on Wednesday spotted a massive fraud in withdrawing around 20,000 tonnes of edible oil worth Tk 135 crore that evaded a Tk 22 crore tax.
 arrow Four power,12 other uplift projects okayed
The Executive Committee of National Economic Council (Ecnec) yesterday approved 16 development projects involving Tk 4,932, including Tk 2,638 crore as project aid.
 arrow British Airways offers flat bed service to local customers
British Airways (BA) is now offering its Bangladeshi customers the award-winning flat bed at a special fare of $1999 for the Dhaka-London-Dhaka route, says a press release.
 arrow DHL wins Asia platinum award
DHL, one of the world's leading express and logistics companies, has won the Asia Platinum Award for the third consecutive year in the Airfreight/Courier Service category, says a press release.
 arrow Amendment to draft financial reporting act demanded
The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Bangladesh (ICAB) has demanded amendment to the draft Financial Reporting Act-2007, which the government is reportedly going to enact as law to establish a Financial
 arrow Capital surge in Asia triggers concern: IMF
Asian nations are grappling with a surge in capital inflows that may lead to overvalued currencies or asset price bubbles in the rapidly-growing region, the IMF warned Wednesday.
 arrow CSE broker opens office for women investors
Meenhar Securities Ltd, a broker of Chittagong Stock Exchange, has opened a branch office for women investors on CDA Avenue in the port city recently.
 arrow United Ins declares 30pc stock dividend
United Insurance Company Ltd has declared a 30 percent stock dividend for the year 2006.
 arrow US, UAE deepen business ties
The United States and the United Arab Emirates launched a new bilateral business coalition Wednesday as US firms seek openings in the desert country which has fast become America's biggest trade partner
 arrow Currency


Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar's game now
There are three things -- hot and humid condition, sudden attack of seasonal fever and last but not least the long absence -- Bangladesh have to overcome when they return to Test cricket after a gap of
 arrow Cricket: 'No special plan for Ashraful'
The history, record and strength all speak in favour of his side but India captain Rahul Dravid was not ready to take all those things as guarantee of his team's success in the Test series against Bangladesh.
 arrow Cricket: A new start for Enamul
He is the only member in the Bangladesh side to be labelled as a Test player and that was the reason left-arm spinner Enamul Haque is going to play international cricket after a thirteen months breaklike
 arrow Cricket: 'Dav still our man'
Bangladesh's outgoing coach Dav Whatmore has no doubt where his loyalties lie ahead of the Test series against potential future employers India, captain Habibul Bashar said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: World Cup was fair
No player tested positive for drugs at the recent World Cup, the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Cook steers England
Alastair Cook's unbeaten 82 helped steer England to 158 for two against West Indies when bad light forced an early tea on the first day of the first Test at Lord's here Thursday.
 arrow Football: Sevilla retain cup
Sevilla won a penalty shoot-out to lift the UEFA Cup for the second succ-essive season on a heartbreaking night for Espa-nyol.
 arrow Football: From Pele to Becks
Pele arrived on American soil in 1975 to give North American soccer life. David Beckham's arrival three decades later is meant to give it a lift.
 arrow Football: Ticket fever grips Athens
A week before Liverpool and AC Milan meet in the Champions League final in Athens on May 23 to decide continental supremacy, a battle is already raging on the Internet among fans desperate for tickets
 arrow Football: Take it as it comes
Jose Mourinho insists nothing in football will ever bother him again after the trauma of being arrested for trying to protect his family's dog.
 arrow Football: Bradley status now official
Bob Bradley, interim coach of the US national football team for the past five months, was officially given the job through the 2010 World Cup here Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Gremio shocked, Cucuta win
Blas Perez scored in the final minute to put Colombia's Cucuta Deportivo ahead of Nacional of Uruguay 2-0 on Tuesday and in a strong position for a Copa Libertadores semifinals berth.
 arrow Football: Maldini gearing up for grand finale
AC Milan captain Paolo Maldini said Wednesday he expected to be fit to face Liverpool in next week's Champions League final in Athens.
 arrow Cricket: Lara wishes WI well
Former West Indies captain Brian Lara believes the side will now have a chance to rebuild their ailing fortunes without being overshadowed by his presence even though he bowed out of the game as Testcricket's
 arrow Local Snippets
Reazul Smriti Sangha, Combined Sports Club, Sports World won their respective matches by straight sets in the AB Bank Dhaka Metropolitan Table Tennis League at the Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.
 arrow Football: BKSP, Noakhali fight for wins
Sabbir struck a hattrick as BKSP beat Narsingdi 4-2 in the final round of Western Union National Youth Football Championship at the Satkhira stadium yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: Inzamam at fault
An inquiry into Pakistan's shock first-round exit from the cricket World Cup has blamed the arrogant attitude of captain Inzamamul Haq, accusing him of acting like a dictator.
 arrow Cricket: Moody still dreams
Tom Moody says he still harbours ambitions to become Australia's national cricket coach even though he pulled out of the running to replace outgoing John Buchanan earlier this year.
 arrow Cricket: 'Australia fund terrorism'
Zimbabwe's government, furious over the cancellation of a key Australian cricket tour, on Thursday accused Canberra of funding "terrorist activities" in the troubled African nation.
 arrow Cricket: Bond best in New Zealand
Fast bowler Shane Bond has been named as New Zealand's cricket player of the year after returning to dominating form for the recent World Cup.
 arrow Football: Ramos wants a treble
Sevilla coach Juande Ramos celebrated his side's second straight UEFA Cup triumph by declaring that it had increased the chances of them going on to complete a treble before the end of this season.
 arrow Football: Kewell makes Riise happy
John Arne Riise has welcomed the timely return of Harry Kewell ahead of Liverpool's Champions League final but believes the Australian might have to settle for a bit-part role in Athens.
 arrow Football: Giggs to make it bigger
Ryan Giggs is poised to extend his record breaking season by becoming the first player of the modern era to collect five FA Cup winners medals.
 arrow Football: Sheffield in legal battle over Tevez issue
Sheffield United on Wednesday launched a legal challenge against the Premier League in a bid to overturn the decision not to deduct points from West Ham over the signing of Carlos Tevez.
 arrow Football: Brazil, England in same group
Favourites Brazil were pitted with England and North Korea Thursday when the draw for the U-17 World Cup finals was made here.
 arrow Football: Barcelona to tour Japan
Spanish giants Barcelona, spearheaded by Ronaldinho, will play a pre-season match against the Yokohama F. Marinos, an official at the Japanese side said Thursday.
 arrow Football: Fruity goalie!
An Argentine second division match in Buenos Aires was held up for several minutes so a goalkeeper could take a comfort break.
 arrow Football: Chinese coach under fire
Chinese national men's soccer coach Zhu Guanghu came under renewed pressure on Thursday after his team lost to Thailand for the first time in 14 years in a friendly tune-up for the Asian Cup.
Metropolitanarrow 'Govt support needed to promote DNA technology'
As the DNA technology has become an all-important tool in criminal investigation in many countries, the head of the National Forensic DNA Profiling Laboratory yesterday stressed the need for the government's
 arrow Public awareness at grassroots level a must to achieve target
Speakers at two workshops have called for strengthening public awareness campaign at the grassroots level in order to achieve hundred percent sanitation across the country by 2010.
 arrow 4 cops closed to Munshiganj Police Line
Four policemen, who were captured by local villagers, were closed to Munshiganj Police Line yesterday for allegedly providing assistance to a robbery.
 arrow Road accidents kill seven
At least seven people were killed and 30 others injured in separate road accidents in Comilla, Chittagong, Patuakhali and Netrakona yesterday.
 arrow 46 cars, bikes stolen in two months
A total of 46 cars and motorcycles were stolen in the last two months in the city while the law enforcing agencies have recovered 29 vehicles during this period.
 arrow Tk 553.26cr UK grants for poverty cut
Bangladesh will receive 40 million pounds, equivalent to US$ 77 million or Tk 553.
 arrow Aga Khan council team calls on CA
A delegation of Prince Aga Khan Shia Imami Ismaili Council for Bangladesh yesterday called on Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed and apprised him of their socioeconomic activities in the country.
 arrow Increasing damage to forests a threat to ethnic people
Increasing damage to natural forests poses a threat to the survival of indigenous people in the country, speakers at a book launching ceremony said yesterday.
 arrow Change attitude towards people with disability
People with disability face immense difficulties in availing transport facilities, which is one of the main obstacles to their involvement in the country's mainstream development, said the speakers at
 arrow Journalism deptt emerges champion
Mass communication and journalism department became champion of the TIB-CUDS Inter-Department Debate Competition that ended at Chittagong University yesterday.
 arrow One crushed under wheel of train
One person was crushed under the wheel of a Mymensingh-bound passenger train at about 11:00pm on Wednesday at Thakurakona Rail station under Netrakona Sadar upazila.
 arrow Debate festival begins in Kushtia today
A two-day national debate competition titled '3rd National NDF-BRB Cables Debate Festival 07' begins in Kushtia today.
 arrow Reforms in OIC stressed
Foreign Affairs Adviser Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury had a meeting with OIC secretary general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in Islamabad yesterday.
 arrow Valuables, cash looted in Gazipur
Robbers looted valuables and Tk 20000 in cash from a house in Vitipara in Sripur in Gazipur.
 arrow Taslima's art exhibition begins today
A four-day exhibition of paintings by Taslima Akhter, a student of Vishwabharati University, India, begins in Dhaka today.
 arrow Fenchuganj power plant starts operation in September
The first unit of 105MW power plant at Fenchuganj will go into operation next September.
 arrow 200 shanties gutted in city fire
About 200 shanties, including 15 shops, were gutted in a fire that engulfed the whole Jurain Balurmath Bholar slum in Shyampur in the city yesterday afternoon.
 arrow RMG factory pays salary after protest
Amid stern agitations by the workers, owners of Jamuna Denim in Gazipur yesterday paid their last month's salary.
 arrow 'Bangladesh still faces challenges in disaster preparedness'
Bangladesh is still facing some challenges in disaster management although the country has been impressive recently in this sector, says a press release of the office of the United Nations Resident Coordination
 arrow President to visit BIRDEM hospital for eye treatment
President Iajuddin Ahmed will visit BIRDEM hospital today for treatment of his eyes, says a press release issued from the Bangabhaban.
Point-Counterpointarrow Leadership will not grow from trees
Political development in the West was the result of a long evolutionary process. It involved developing institutions, which could exercise checks and balance to prevent abuse of power by the chief executive.
 arrow ACC: One man's plight
These days, we notice billboards and newspaper advertisements on ACC touting the slogan "Akhon-e-Shomoy (Now is the Time)" Based on these strong words of the commission, the general public like myself
Culturearrow Museums: Universal Heritage
Museums are non-profit institu-tions in the service of society and its development and are open to public, through acquiring, conserving and studying objects that explains evolution of a civilisation.
 arrow Shawkat Osman's death anniversary observed
On the occasion of the ninth death anniversary of acclaimed writer Shawkat Osman, a memorial programme was held at Bishwa Sahitya Kendra on May 16. Shawkat Osman Smriti Parishad arranged the programme.
 arrow Discussion on Tagore at Public Library
To mark Tagore's 146th birth anniversary Bangladesh Shangskritikormi Shongho held a cultural programme and a discussion on May 16 at Shawkat Osman Memorial Auditorium, Central Public Library.
 arrow 'Aiching': A puppet theatre on Jhum cultivation
Jhum, the slash and burn method of cultivation is very popular amongst the ethnic minorities living at the Chittagong Hill Tracts.
 arrow 'Thakey Shudhu Onadhokar' on Channel-i today
In its slot of 'Savlon Birotiheen Binodon', Channel-i will telecast the single episode play Thakey Shudhu Ondhokar today at 3:05pm.
 arrow 'Amra Korbo Jai' on ATN Bangla reaches 208th episode
ATN Bangla will air the 208th episode of Amra Korbo Jai, a programme featuring a group of energetic youngsters engaged in journalistic adventures.
 arrow A compilation of Hasina Momtaz's songs
Seasoned artiste Hasina Momtaz has been a familiar name in our music arena since the '60s.
Generalarrow 3 die in train-truck collision
A train rammed a truck at an allegedly unattended level crossing in Boura of Patgram upazila in Lalmonirhat yesterday leaving three dead and injuring 11 others, two of them critically.
 arrow One gets life for kidnapping, raping girl
A Netrakona court yesterday sentenced one person to life term imprisonment for kidnapping and raping a girl.
 arrow 3 die in train-truck collision
A train rammed a truck at an allegedly unattended level crossing in Boura of Patgram upazila in Lalmonirhat yesterday leaving three dead and injuring 11 others, two of them critically.
 arrow 3 die in train-truck collision
A train rammed a truck at an allegedly unattended level crossing in Boura of Patgram upazila in Lalmonirhat yesterday leaving three dead and injuring 11 others, two of them critically.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Letter from 15 US senators
The letter from 15 American senators to Chief Adviser Fakhruddin Ahmed calling for a polls roadmap in two months has naturally drawn our attention.
 arrow Editorial: Experts speak on voter list
The army's assertion that they would be able to complete the voter list with ID card project between five and six months from the commencement of work is heartening indeed.
 arrow Minority opinion
I have often in this column argued for greater regional integration and for greater connectivity for Bangladesh. I am on record as being a supporter of our entry into the trans-Asian rail and highwaynetworks.
 arrow Times in the world
There was a time in this world when people who challenged conventional ideas were called heretics and burned at the stake.
 arrow Ensuring service from our police
Of late there has been considerable discussion about making our police service-oriented.
Letters to Editorarrow Plight of garment workers
Droves of garment workers emaciated, battered and wraith-like coming out of their sweatshops: a common sight of the busy intersections of the city.
 arrow Sarkozy's triumph
The change augurs well for France's relation with the USA, but not so well with Russia.
 arrow Iraq conundrum
A number of civilians and US or British soldiers were killed and many others wounded. Yes, this is the regular news from Iraq. At present, the Iraq situation is very delicate.
 arrow Democracy in the political parties
With politics going into a state of suspension as a result of the emergency, there are a good number of questions which have arisen about such issues as general elections.
 arrow Dispelling cultural imperialism
Education, universally considered the backbone of a nation, can play a quintessentially significant role in dispelling cultural imperialism.
 arrow CTG's moral authority
I am fully aware of the fact that presently Bangladesh is one of the most corrupt countries in the world.
 arrow Matin's comments
The International Forum for Trial of War Criminals of Bangladesh, a Sydney based think tank and advocacy group, is greatly surprised by the comment made by Adviser Mr. M.A.
 arrow Interference
The Law Adviser once said that foreign powers interfere too much in national politics of other countries.
 arrow Jamuna erosion
The Jamuna, the mighty river, is flowing through Sirajganj district. On its way to the south, it has been eroding the western bank over the years.
 arrow Introduce Saarc award
Very recently the 14th Saarc Summit ended in New Delhi with some pragmatic declarations.
 arrow Reforming police
The Chief adviser's call for police reform is a timely one. Yet, lots of problems will have to be faced in reshaping our police into a truly people-friendly and professional force.
 arrow Bashar's poor show
Bashar should quit now. He is the captain, but his contribution is zero.
 arrow Hasina's role
It is the responsibility of the Awami League to move the nation forward. There should be alternative leaders who might take over after Hasina retires.
 arrow "The top two"...
I would like to thank Mr. Shantoo for such a beautiful letter (May 16). Shantoo's short letter manages to say more than what many long editorials and articles fail to say. Simple and straight to thepoint.
 arrow Voter list and national ID
Voter List and National ID Card (NIC) will not be enough to solve the problems that we are facing.
 arrow Advance tax on credit card
It has been a while that this caretaker government has come to power. The government has done some good things so far.
 arrow It's their turn now
We, the people, have lived under the sixteen-year tyranny of two "ladies": we, the people, have endured the oppression of their musclemen, the loss of our livelihood, the loss of lives of our brothers....
 arrow Allotment of 897 plots
The above news item, published in the front page of Prothom Alo on 20-02-2007 instilled hope in my mind. My plot measuring 5 katha (8.14 decimal) had been acquired by Rajuk in 2001.
 arrow Buet and holidays
The most respected and well known institution for higher studies in our country is Buet. Its name and fame is not confined to our territory alone.
 arrow Ban on campus politics
I want to convey my heartiest congratulations to the interim govt. for taking the initiative to ban students' and teachers' politics on the campus. It is a timely decision.
 arrow Black money holders and bank defaulters
Black money holders living in the shelter of political parties and bank defaulters occupying public offices rub each other's back. The CTG should not show any leniency in dealing with them.
 arrow Voter ID and national ID
I am following with great interest the current discussions on Voter Identity Card, Voter List, and National Identity Card.
 arrow Our democracy, their concern!
It is interesting to observe how the US and EU react to the political developments in our country. They tried to pursue the two major parties to remain on the democratic path, but failed miserably.
Environmentarrow Mineral exploration: Preventing environmental and social impact
Mineral exploration and development are considered engines of economic growth in the many developing countries.
 arrow Bracing for an environmental apocalypse
Environmentalists have sounded their gravest and the most distressing alarm yet.
 arrow Tornadoes: Can we reduce vulnerability?
In Bangladesh, tornadoes are often headlines on newspapers during the late spring and early summer months as they kill a number of people in short time and without any notice.
Worldarrow 'Iraq risks collapse'
Iraq, its government already largely irrelevant, is on the "verge of becoming a failed state" that risks collapse and fragmentation, a leading think tank warned yesterday.
 arrow South Asia: Pak, Afghan troops trade mortar fire
Pakistani and Afghan troops exchanged mortar and gun fire on their disputed border yesterday, days after clashes on the frontier claimed more than a dozen lives.
 arrow Trains cross border dividing Koreas
The divided Koreas sent trains lumbering through their heavily armed border for the first time in more than half a century yesterday, reaching another symbolic milestone in a reconciliation process often
 arrow South Asia: Twin blasts kill 10 Afghan policemen
Two bomb blasts 15 minutes apart killed 10 police yesterday, an official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the coordinated attacks.
 arrow Israeli airstrikes pound Hamas targets
An Israeli aircraft attacked a Palestinian car carrying Hamas militants in Gaza City yesterday, killing one militant and wounding another, Hamas said.
 arrow Blair makes farewell visit to White House
Prime Minister Tony Blair is making the final White House visit of his tenure to mark a friendship with President Bush that many believe tarnished the legacy of the once popular British leader.
 arrow Russian church reunites, ending 80-year split
The domestic and exiled branches of the Russian Orthodox Church reunited in a ceremony here yesterday in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin, ending an 80-year split over communism.
 arrow Dog nurses tiger triplets
It's a dog's life for three newborn tiger triplets in eastern China.
 arrow Malaysia moves to end air dispute with India
Malaysia yesterday said it is prepared to hold talks with India in a bid to resolve an air dispute over flights to Malaysia by Indian carriers.
 arrow Targets to tackle cancer by 2020
By 2020 two-thirds of people diagnosed with cancer should still be alive after five years, says Cancer Research UK.
 arrow Malaysia police detain Indian woman over "hijack" threat
Malaysian police said yesterday they had detained a 35-year-old Indian woman who threatened to "hijack" a Malaysian Airlines aircraft after her children were refused access to see the cockpit.
 
   
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