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Front Pagearrow Victim sues Khaleda for Aug 21 grenade attacks
Former premier Khaleda Zia, her son Tarique Rahman, Jamaat chief Matiur Rahman Nizami and 25 others were charged with murder yesterday in the August 21 grenade attacks on an Awami League (AL) rally about
 arrow New candidates won't need to wait for 3yrs
The proposed condition that a candidate will require at least three years of affiliation with a registered party to contest parliamentary polls will not be applicable for the next general elections only
 arrow Houses up for grabs
Just like Harris Chowhdury, a convicted fugitive and political secretary to former prime minister Khaleda Zia, some other influential leaders of the immediate past ruling four-party alliance also bought
 arrow Inflation hits 9-year high
Inflation rate on point-to-point basis hit a record 8.28 per cent in April of the current fiscal year after 1998 while the rate of inflation increase in rural areas was higher than in urban areas.
 arrow Cooked up story
The investigators of the August 21 grenade attack now say the four-party government had cooked up the story that the blasts were carried out by a criminal gang, as 'confessed' by a petty criminal JojMiah,
 arrow Tarique knew Khaleda would be sued
Detained BNP Senior Joint Secretary General Tarique Rahman yesterday told his lawyers that he thinks cases may be filed against his mother, former prime minister Khaleda Zia.
 arrow Budget to be announced tomorrow thru' radio-TV
The national budget for 2007-08 fiscal year will be announced over all public and private radio and television channels in the country tomorrow at 3:00pm by Dr AB Mirza Azizul Islam, the finance and planning
 arrow EU Troika due today
A European Union (EU) Troika delegation arrives here today on a four-day visit to evaluate the current political situation, state of human rights, political reforms and progress in the preparations towards
 arrow Special court frames charges against Lobi
The special anti-graft court yesterday framed charges against BNP lawmaker Ali Asgar lobi for dodging tax worth over Tk 17 crore.
 arrow Biman offers its staff voluntary retirement
Biman Bangladesh Airlines yesterday offered its employees Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) as part of the government plan to turn the national flag carrier into a public limited company (PLC).
 arrow 10,000 fear eviction
Over 10,000 Hindus in one of the largest Hindu enclaves in the city at Chakuli, in Mirpur-12 are living in gnawing fear of losing their ancestral homesteads and an age-old temple as the Cantonment Board
 arrow Dhaka-Kolkata train service likely from July
Dhaka-Kolkata direct passenger train service is likely to begin in the third week of next month with preparations completed by the second week.
 arrow 37 local firms submit bid in re-tender
A total of 37 local firms have submitted their tenders to set up ten small power plants (SPPs) across the country as the caretaker government arranged re-tender for quickly addressing the severe power
 arrow Bending The Rules...

 arrow Taxmen asked not to harass taxpayers over amnesty
Officials of the National Board of Revenue (NBR) have been warned against any attempt to harass taxpayers taking advantage of the amnesty offered to the tax dodgers.
 arrow Charges pressed against Dulu, 32 others
Police yesterday pressed charges against former deputy minister for land Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu and 32 others in a case of extortion and patronising militants.
 arrow 12 'militants' held in Kushtia, Barisal
Nine militants of Islamist outfit Allahr Dal were captured by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) from different parts of Kushtia city yesterday.
 arrow Fight for living...

 arrow UN team talks counter-terror measures with govt, lawmen
The visiting UN counter-terrorism team yesterday discussed local counter-terror measures and implementation of UN counter-terror resolutions with top government and law enforcement officials.
 arrow EC happy with ACC handling of graft cases
The European Commission is satisfied with the way the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) is handling the cases against corruption suspects, saying that they will follow the process closely.
 arrow Properties of ex-minister Zia attached
The moveable properties of former state minister Ziaul Haq Zia and five others, who remained fugitive since an extortion case filed against them on April 4, were attached yesterday.
 arrow Dredging mud...

 arrow Lightning kills nine more
Lightning killed nine people in four districts across the country yesterday. Our Chapainawabganj correspondent said five people including a woman were killed in the early hours of yesterday.
 arrow Five held with 7 firearms, ammunition
Police in a raid yesterday seized seven firearms, 263 bullets and arrested five people from an abandoned rubber factory at the city's Nasirabad Industrial Area.
 arrow US suffers setback in Guantanamo rulings
The US government suffered a stunning reversal on the legal front of its "war on terror" Monday as military judges threw out charges against a Canadian-born al-Qaeda fighter and Osama bin Laden's ex-driver.
Businessarrow Sonali Bank becomes public limited company
Sonali Bank, a nationalised commercial bank (NCB), yesterday got licence from the central bank to become a public limited company.
 arrow Savar leather village readies for tannery relocation by end-2008
The leather village at Savar will be ready for relocation of tanneries by the end of the year 2008, two years ahead of the schedule, the industries adviser told reporters yesterday after a meeting with
 arrow Mir Nasir lauds move to disqualify loan defaulters, criminals for FBCCI polls
Welcoming the government bid to disqualify loan defaulters, tax evaders and criminals for the FBCCI polls, the apex trade body yesterday termed the decision a timely move.
 arrow Cut import duty to check price hike of essentials: CCCI
Business leaders in Chittagong yesterday urged the government to immediately reduce import duties on essential commodities to help bring the essentials' prices at a tolerable level during the upcoming
 arrow Exim Bank approves 25pc stock dividend
Export Import (Exim) Bank of Bangladesh Ltd has approved a 25 percent stock dividend for the year 2006.
 arrow AKTEL's new call tariffs for Joy, Power packages
Mobile phone operator AKTEL has offered competitive call rates to its Joy and Power package customers with effect from June 3 until further announcement, says a press release.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Bashar bares his soul
It was not easy for Habibul Bashar to accept the fact that he is no longer captain after his successful three-year stint with the Tigers.
 arrow Cricket: Tigers rock at T20
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and Abdur Razzak bowled splendidly as Africa XI were restricted to 109 for eight in the only Twenty20 international of the second Afro-Asian Cup at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore
 arrow Football: Abul inspires Abahani
Two-goal Abul Hossain helped Abahani cross a major hurdle in the B. League and return to the top of the table yesterday with a 2-1 away win over Chittagong Mohammedan.
 arrow Cricket: NCL to offer more money from next year
First-class cricket could get a refreshing boost next season, according to Bangladesh Cricket Board general secretary Mahbub Anam.
 arrow Cricket: Arjuna could come to help Tigers
Sri Lanka great Arjuna Ranatunga could soon be assigned as a part time batting coach of the Tigers, according to a Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) official.
 arrow Football: BFF keeps mum
Having kept more than 30 journalists waiting over a couple of hours, the Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) officials showed the insolence of not telling the media anything about their emergency meeting
 arrow Cricket: India rule Whatmore out
England's John Emburey joined Graham Ford of South Africa as the two leading contenders in the race for India's next cricket coach, it was announced on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Sri Lanka offer high security
Sri Lanka assured Bangladesh of high security during their upcoming cricket tour this month even as fighting escalated between troops and Tamil Tiger rebels, Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge said on Tuesday.
 arrow Cricket: Ganga to lead WI
Opening batsman Daren Ganga will captain the West Indies for the rest of the series against England taking over from the injured Ramnaresh Sarwan.
 arrow Tennis: Henin, Sharapova in semis
Two-time defending champion Justine Henin and world number two Maria Sharapova stormed into the semifinals of the French Open on Tuesday in straight sets.
 arrow Tennis: Not quite tennis
Maria Sharapova talked bananas, Anna Kourni-kova once discussed her bra while Balkan politics, Shakes-peare, vegetable shopping and the plight of refugees have all been aired at the French Open.
 arrow Tennis: FedExpress rolls on
Roger Federer dropped a Grand Slam set for the first time since the 2006 US Open but still powered into the French Open semifinals on Tuesday with a 7-5, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 win over Spain's Tommy Robredo.
 arrow Football: England's acid test
England, and in particular their manager Steve McClaren, face a make or break test against Estonia in Tallinn on Wednesday.
 arrow Football: Gerrard, Carragher pen new deals
Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher have given manager Rafael Benitez a post-Champions League boost by signing new four-year contracts with the club.
 arrow Football: Klose slams Frings
German striker Miroslav Klose slammed his national and Werder Bremen teammate Torsten Frings on Tuesday over comments he made to the German press that Klose should quit the Bundesliga club.
 arrow Football: Liverpool blame UEFA
Liverpool officials have stepped up their attacks on European governing body UEFA for its claims that the club's fans are the worst behaved in Europe.
 arrow Football: Platini to meet sports minister
UEFA president Michel Platini will meet with British Sports Minister Richard Caborn on Tuesday to discuss the behaviour of Liverpool fans at last month's Champions League final in Athens.
 arrow Football: Thaksin mum on City deal
The lawyer of Thailand's ousted premier Thaksin Shinawatra, who is bidding for Manchester City, remained tight-lipped on Tuesday on a report that a deal was close.
 arrow Football: 'Brazil has WC right'
Brazil has the "right" to host the 2014 World Cup because of its rich footballing heritage and the fact that the last tournament held there was in 1950, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said
 arrow Football: Veteran Roux takes over Lens
Guy Roux, who retired after 43 years as Auxerre coach two years ago, announced on Tuesday that he is to make a comeback in charge of French first division outfit Lens.
 arrow Cricket: 'It's Freddie's fault'
Andrew Flintoff's drunken escapade after England's first World Cup match at St Lucia destroyed the team's morale and set them up for failure, according to Michael Vaughan.
 arrow Cricket: 'Charge the police'
Pakistani players have strongly demanded that the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) take action against the Jamaican investigators probing the death of coach Bob Woolmer, as they think the probe tarnishedtheir
 arrow Football: Improvement satisfactory for Ferguson
British football coach Anthony Ferguson was hopeful about the future of the youth football camp in Bangladesh, which is run by local experts under the auspices of Canary Wharf with support from Emirates.
 arrow Cricket: Arthur backs Ford case
Kent County Cricket Club have given Graham Ford, currently its Director of Coaching, permission to travel to India after the former South African coach emerged as the frontrunner to take over the Indian
Metropolitanarrow Ensure access to land for poor to reduce poverty
Poverty reduction programmes must ensure access of the poor to land and housing, infrastructure and services and to income and assets, said the speakers at a seminar yesterday.
 arrow 'Involve women in policy making for sustainable dev'
Speakers at a seminar yesterday stressed the need to incorporate women in all development issues to ensure sustainable development in the country.
 arrow 15 pathological centres sealed off in Rajshahi
Joint forces sealed off the pathological centres of some 15 private clinics and diagnostic centers in Rajshahi city in the last five days.
 arrow Bangladesh keen to work with Bhutan on hydroelectric project
President Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said that Bangladesh is eager to work with BhutaPresident Iajuddin Ahmed yesterday said that Bangladesh is eager to work with Bhutan on hydroelectricity project under
 arrow Murder case filed against Barisal mayor, 20 others
A murder case was filed against 21 people, including Barisal City Corporation Mayor Majibor Rahman Sarwar and Ward Commissioner Advocate Atiqur Rahman, yesterday.
 arrow Domestic help on 5-day remand
A domestic help, who was arrested in the city on Monday while dumping the body of a housewife, was taken on a 5-day remand for interrogation yesterday.
 arrow Govt urged to set up 'Char Development Fund'
The Char Alliance, a platform of the NGOs, yesterday requested the government to create a fund to improve the living condition of 'char' (shoal) dwellers in the next budget.
 arrow HC validates govt notification promoting judicial officer
The High Court yesterday validated a government notification promoting a judicial officer, Ali Ashraf Khan Lode, to additional secretary at the Ministry of Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs.
 arrow Dhaka offers to host Asian Institute for Poverty Alleviation
Bangladesh has offered to host an Asian Institute for Poverty Alleviation (AIPA) at the 6th Asian Cooperation Dialogue (ACD), a foreign minister-level conference that concluded in Seoul yesterday.
 arrow CPB proposals to check price hike
Communist Party of Bangladesh (CPB) yesterday put forward a 13-point proposal to the caretaker government to bring down the prices of essentials.
 arrow Maritime ports asked to hoist cautionary signal No. 3
Maritime ports of Chittagong, Cox's Bazar and Mongla have been advised to hoist local cautionary signal number three as squally weather under the influence of deep convection over the north Bay may affect
 arrow WFP online quiz contest on food security issue
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has initiated an 'Online Quiz Competition' to improve the general understanding of food security and hunger issues.
 arrow Rab arrests 4 at N'ganj UNO office
Members of Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) yesterday nabbed four people from the office of Narayanganj Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) for their involvement in bribery.
 arrow RDA officer sent to jail
A Rajshahi Development Authority (RDA) officer accused of receiving bribes was sent to jail after he surrendered before a court on Monday.
 arrow BOU HSC results published
Results of the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) programme under the Bangladesh Open University (BOU) were published yesterday, registering the pass percentage of 40.85 percent.
 arrow Oil refinery company fined Tk 1 lakh in Ctg
A mobile court here yesterday fined an oil refinery company Tk 1 lakh for polluting the river Karnaphuli through disposing toxic waste and held one in this connection.
 arrow Tremor jolts country
A mild tremor, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, jolted the country yesterday afternoon.
 arrow 4 bodies win Environment Award 2007
The World Environment Day was observed across the country yesterday as elsewhere in the world.
 arrow Duta demands 50 pc DA for teachers
Against the backdrop of price hike of essentials, Dhaka University Teachers' Association (Duta) has demanded 50 percent dearness allowance for teachers, says a press release.
Nationalarrow Over 1000 workers of five Khulna jute mills sacked
At least 1084 workers of five out of eight state-owned jute mills in Khulna-Jessore industrial belt have been served with termination notices with effect from Monday (June 4).
 arrow Enact tough laws, save CHT ecology
Speakers at a discussion yesterday urged the government to make enact stringent laws to protect the environment and ecology in Chittagong Hill Tracts by stopping indiscriminate plunder of forest resources
 arrow 102 Chuadanga AL leaders, activists chargesheeted
Police yesterday framed charges against 102 Awami League (AL) leaders and activists in Chuadanga for their involvement in attacking and ransacking the district BNP office on October 28 last year.
 arrow None arrested in Shyamnagar
None was arrested till yesterday in the May 28 incident at Mehendi Nagar village in Shyamnagar upazila in which a youth was killed allegedly by land grabbers as he resisted the bid.
 arrow Four staff punished for theft
Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corporation (BCIC) authorities terminated two CBA leaders of Ashuganj Zia Fertilizer Company Limited (ZFCL) and cut yearly increment of two officers for their involvement
 arrow Bird flu detected in Dinajpur
Bird flu (Avian Influenza) has been detected at a village in Chirirbandar upazila in Dinajpur, according to district livestock department officials.
 arrow Ex-BNP MP Monirul Haq sued in Comilla
A case was filed yesterday against former lawmaker from Comilla-9 constituency and BNP leader Monirul Haq Chowdhury.
 arrow BNP leader among 4 arrested in Kushtia
Four people including a BNP leader and Union Parishad (UP) chairman have been arrested.
Point-Counterpointarrow Anti-corruption stance: Prescriptions for the innocent high ups
Corruption is a hydra-headed monster. It has myriad ways of inflicting an individual. Some people are corrupt by decision, some others by default.
 arrow Back to basics
The spirits are high and the hopes are up. Almost all the people are very excited, with great expectations from the new leadership that has taken the reins of the country from January 11.
Culturearrow Dance-drama "Kabor" staged at Jasimuddin Festival
Four dance recitals and the dance-drama Kabor were staged on the second day (June 4) of the ongoing three-day 'Jasimuddin Festival' at the National Theatre Stage.
 arrow The poetry of flowers
"Ikebana", the Japanese art of flower arrangement, has evolved into a global phenomenon. Also known as "Kado" (way of flowers), the art-form is fast gaining popularity among enthusiasts in Bangladesh.
 arrow Poetry on nature, love and melancholy
Cultural organisation Prokash Shahitya Shangskritik Shangathan arranged a programme of recitation titled "Badla Diner Ektana Sur" at the Experimental Theatre Hall of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on June
 arrow Talk Show "Aloye Bhubon Bhora" on Channel-i tonight
Aloye Bhubon Bhora, a talk show hosted by Aly Zaker, will be aired on Channel-i tonight at 9:35pm. Booklover Polan Sarkar is tonight's guest.
 arrow Japan plans 'Nobel Prize of Manga'
Japan will hand out its first "Nobel Prize of Manga" this summer for artists in the comic book genre abroad, the Foreign Ministry said recently another step in its efforts to harness the power of popculture
Generalarrow Three killed in road accidents
Three people were killed and at least 16 were injured in separate road accidents across the country yesterday.
 arrow ‘Release Ruet students held by jt forces’
General students of Rajshahi University of Engineering and Technology (Ruet) yesterday staged demonstration in front of the administrative building and demanded immediate releases of the students arrested
 arrow Housewife killed in nor'wester
A housewife was killed and her husband injured when the CI-sheet roof of their house collapsed on them during a nor'wester, which swept the town yesterday morning.
Internationalarrow Thailand lifts ban on political activities
Thailand's military-backed government yesterday lifted a ban on political activities in the kingdom, paving the way for members of the dissolved Thai Rak Thai party to regroup.
 arrow Musharraf tightens controls on media
Police said yesterday they have filed a preliminary complaint against about 200 journalists for defying a ban on rallies in the capital by protesting curbs on the media, the latest sign of governmentintolerance
 arrow ETA calls off truce
The Basque separatist group ETA called off its ceasefire yesterday, saying the government was not committed to ending the nearly 40-year conflict.
 arrow US-led coalition claims killing of 24 Taliban
Meanwhile more than 30 Taliban militants drowned when a boat sank in southern Afghanistan, the defence ministry said yesterday, as the coalition force said two dozen more were killed elsewhere in fighting.
 arrow Japan moves to restore tattered Lanka truce
A top Japanese envoy arrived in war-torn Sri Lanka yesterday to try and restore a tattered peace process after some of the bloodiest battles between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels this year.
 arrow Don't play with lion's tail, Iran warns UN
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad yesterday warned the UN Security Council against imposing new sanctions against Iran over its nuclear drive, telling the world body it risked playing with a "lion's tail".
 arrow Kashmir risks return to all-out violence
A top separatist in Indian Kashmir accused New Delhi yesterday of only using peace talks with Pakistan to buy time to crush Muslim rebels.
 arrow Pakistan will do all it can against 'terrorism': PM
Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said here yesterday his nation was doing all it could to fight "extremism and terrorism" and would work with Afghanistan to solve these common challenges.
 arrow Maoist attack in India leaves millions without power
An estimated 2.5 million people in central India were left without electricity yesterday following a Maoist guerrilla attack on power lines, police said.
 arrow UN for global action on climate change
All sections of the international community must take urgent action against climate change and the growing risk of natural disasters, two senior UN officials said yesterday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Whitening legal but undisclosed money
The circular issued by the National Board of Revenue relating to a whitening of legally earned but undisclosed money quite naturally has drawn public attention.
 arrow Editorial: Excruciating loss of time
The woes of owners of CNG fuelled vehicles have now taken a nightmarish proportion.
 arrow Beyond the wolves gleams a new dawn
These are uncertain times.
 arrow Tackling resurgent Russia -- the West's new dilemma
When in the early nineties the Soviet Union along with its communist empire in Eastern Europe collapsed, Francis Fukuyama, a Japanese-born American researcher, proclaimed his "end of history" thesis,saying
 arrow Beleaguered Musharraf
Facing massive popular disapproval at home and abroad, General Pervez Musharraf's military regime is trying to find comfort in support from the Bush administration and Pakistan's top military commanders.
Letters to Editorarrow Annihilation of forests
Woods are shrinking at an alarming rate. It is estimated that only 5% of the surface of the country is now covered with forests. In near future all the remaining forests may disappear --a bleak prospect.
 arrow Give us some space
We belong to 50 indigenous communities living in different districts. Garo, Tripura, Chakma, Marma, Mro, Bom, Santal, Khasia, Lusai, Orang, Khumi, Pankhow etc. are some of the communities.
 arrow City transport
Every time one approaches a driver of a CNG autorickshaw or a black or yellow cab, the driver will invariably ask for more than the meter fare. Of course, the distance has to be acceptable to him.
 arrow Our captain
It is extremely frustrating to see the facial expression of the captain of the Bangladesh cricket team on TV. When the team needed some aggressiveness, we saw him hanging in there for no good reason.
 arrow Political issues
The CTG is facing a huge task to defuse the huge political black energy boiling within the society (corrupt practices and black money).
 arrow Secularism
His Excellency Pinak Ranjan Chakravarty, High Commissioner of India the official representative of the largest democracy in the world insinuated that Bangladesh should follow India, as "....
 arrow Practice of hegemony
Hegemony is the dominance of one group over other groups, with or without the threat of force, to the extent that, for instance, the dominant party can dictate the terms of trade to its advantage; more
 arrow Paul Wolfowitz
No man is above the law and everything has a limit that's hazardous to go beyond. The very truth was proved again when Paul Wolfowitz, the president of World Bank, bowed to pressure over a scandal.
 arrow Unstable prices
It is frequently reported in the media that foreign exchange reserve is increasing day by day and it has come to above 4 billion US dollars.
 arrow Writing letters
Recently, I received a personal letter from a reader who heartily appreciated me particularly for my art of writing on a variety of items.
 arrow Commercial establishments in Dhanmondi
I hail the decision taken by the Honourable Adviser for Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives directing the Dhaka City Corporation not to give licence to the commercial enterprises in
 arrow Public library needed
The harmonious development of body, mind, soul, morality and intelligence in a balanced way is regarded as education.
 arrow The CTG
Bangladesh was steeped in profound obscurity and needed a concrete guide who might salvage the country from such murkiness.
 arrow School tuition fees
Some English medium schools are providing quality education to students. But most of the schools are increasing yearly caution money, yearly charges and monthly tuition fees as well.
 arrow A good decision
This is a good decision (holding the 27th BCS viva again). It also implies that there were major irregularities in the last viva voce. The irregularities must be removed at any cost.
 arrow BCS exams
We heard the news of question paper leakage before the preliminary test of the 27th BCS. But nobody protested or wrote any letter to a newspaper till the viva results were published.
 arrow Gruesome murders
The report published in different newspapers on May 23, 2007, police discovering decomposed bodies of six of a family, was so gruesome and macabre that I had to gasp with horror and anguish.
 arrow Top two leaders
I don't think you can force Khaleda Zia & Sheikh Hasina out of politics. It was a tactical error by the people concerned to force them out.
 arrow Bashabo residents' plight
Being a resident of Bashabo I have been experiencing all kinds of problems in the last few days. There are a few lakh residents in this locality.
Star Chittagongarrow Tk 52.66cr fish landing centre fails to attract traders
The most modern fish landing centre of the country at Firingee Bazar in the port city is lying idle round the year.
 arrow Poor policing gives rise to robbery in trains
Crime has increased in an alarming rate in trains on Chittagong routes as Government Railway Police (GRP) here are unable to tackle the menace.
 arrow Pothole on a busy road

Star Cityarrow Rat race for plan approval reveals ill motive
Urban experts apprehend that Dhaka's planned urbanisation is set to face a doom with thousands of building plans approved hurriedly over the last few months without considering vital prerequisites, constraints
 arrow 'Industry' without a guideline
No form of legal structure exists to standardise and regulate the time-honoured trade of lending money through mortgaging of valuable jewelry made of precious metals such as gold despite the fact that
 arrow Caught in a gruelling watery cycle!
Sakina Bibi of Kalshi slum on Baunia embankment was waiting her turn to take a shower. Shower has a very different meaning for Sakina and others living in the slum.
 arrow Coaching centres operate sans official definition
As soon as the HSC exam ends students rush to get admitted to the coaching centres. Often most students get admitted even before the exam is over.
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