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Front Pagearrow Downpour deluges Dhaka
Torrential rain pounded the capital intermittently throughout the day yesterday as many parts of the city went under knee- to waist-deep water, throwing life and trade in a terrible mess.
 arrow Protest the govt 'injustice'
Accusing the military backed caretaker government of breaching the emergency act, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia urged expatriate Bangladeshis to protest the 'injustice' since 'the government is not treating
 arrow Hasina asks all not to allow 'injustice'
Detained Awami League (AL) President Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked people to be united against 'injustice' and hoped that she will be freed if due and transparent processes of law are followed in conducting
 arrow Wadud Bhuiyan jailed for 20 yrs in graft case
The Chittagong Divisional Court yesterday sentenced former BNP lawmaker Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan to 20 years in jail and fined Tk 10 thousand for concealing information about Tk 6.
 arrow Vast areas flooded as rain-fed rivers swell
Several districts across the country have been hit by floods in the wake of intermittent rain for two consecutive days crippling normal life while the flood situation in two hilly districts has improved.
 arrow DU teachers skip classes
Dhaka University (DU) teachers yesterday observed a half-day work abstention as part of their two-day programme protesting the arrest of Awami League (AL) chief Sheikh Hasina and harassment of BNP Chairperson
 arrow 2nd ODI today
Smarting from a disappointing defeat in the first game Bangladesh go into the second one-dayer of the three-match series against Sri Lanka at the R Premadasa Stadium here today.
 arrow From nobody to tycoon
The way Abdul Wadud Bhuiyan, the son of a small bamboo trader, turned the virtual king of the hill districts beats the pace of a meteor.
 arrow Govt to lose Tk 4.5cr as lowest bidder ignored
Ignoring the recommendation of National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB), the Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) has initiated steps to award the second lowest bidder the contract of purchasing
 arrow Bangladesh's school of peace in Ivory Coast
If you walk pass a remote village of Ivory Coast cut off from the rest of the world, rings of a bell and a clamour of schoolchildren will suddenly wake you up.
 arrow Graft charges pressed against 3 BNP leaders
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday pressed charges against detained former deputy minister for land Ruhul Kuddus Talukder Dulu, ex-BNP lawmaker Salahuddin Ahmed and former political secretary
 arrow BB official shot dead in Dhamrai
Armed robbers gunned down a Bangladesh Bank (BB) official during a robbery inside his residence in Dhamrai municipal area of Dhaka early yesterday.
 arrow Dropouts remain high at SSC, HSC levels
Dropout rates at secondary and higher secondary levels of education remain alarmingly high despite government efforts to reduce the rates, a survey report of the Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information
 arrow Aminul Haque, 3 other graft suspects submit wealth report
Four more high-profile graft suspects including former telecommunications minister Aminul Haque and BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's nephew Shahrin Islam Tuhin submitted wealth statements to the Anti-Corruption
 arrow Delhi pushes for transit facilities, investment deals
Dhaka needs to grant New Delhi transit facilities and agree with the large scale investment proposals by the Indian companies to reduce massive trade gap and up bilateral trade between the two countries
 arrow Downpour...

 arrow HC rule on PSC why viva voce was cancelled
The High Court yesterday issued a rule upon the Public Service Commission to explain why its decision canceling the viva voce results of the 27th Bangladesh Civil Service examination should not be declared
 arrow Banks asked not to harass importers of essential items
Bangladesh Bank yesterday instructed the commercial banks not to harass importers of essential items by way of asking the source of money the clients pay to open letters of credit (L/Cs).
 arrow Japan likes to see early election
Japanese Ambassador Massayuki Inoue yesterday said an early election and a new elected government in Bangladesh are an imperative to attract foreign investment, alongside keeping the ongoing reforms and
 arrow Deadline for implementation now Aug 31
The government yesterday extended the deadline for implementation of minimum wages for the workers of readymade garment industry till August 31 this year.
 arrow Hannan Shah, son freed on bail
BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia's adviser Brig Gen (retd) ASM Hannan Shah and his son were freed from Kashimpur jail yesterday as the High Court granted them ad interim bails for two months in two cases.
 arrow Retrenched jute mill workers to get their dues by August
Industries Adviser Geeteara Safiya Choudhury yesterday said the government will pay off the retrenched workers of the closed jute mills by this or next month.
 arrow Charge framing in extortion case against Naser deferred again
The District and Sessions Judge of Sylhet yesterday again deferred the charge framing in the Tk 2 crore extortion case against former BNP lawmaker Naser Rahman, Sylhet city BNP chief Ariful Haque Chowdhury
 arrow BSF kills 1
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) gunned down a Bangladeshi citizen on Lohakuchi border of Aditmari upazila in Lalmonirhat yesterday, BDR and police sources said.
 arrow Chinese missiles smuggled through Iran into Iraq: US
The US military yesterday said its troops had found Chinese-made missiles which they believe were smuggled into Iraq by groups in Iran in order to arm groups fighting US-led forces.
 arrow EC prepares to start voter listing in Rajshahi
The Election Commission (EC) expects to start collecting voter details in the Rajshahi City Corporation (RCC) area from the first week of August as hectic preparations got underway.
Businessarrow Chinese sign deals to buy $53m goods from Bangladesh
The visiting high profile Chinese business delegation hoped that Bangladesh-China bilateral trade would reach US$ 5 billion within 2010, if the current pace of trade continues.
 arrow Exploit scope for enhancing trade, commerce
President Professor Dr Iajuddin Ahmed asked all business chambers to aggressively exploit every unfolding scope for boosting trade and commerce to bolster country's economic environment for greater welfare
 arrow Despite outcry, many Americans can't live without China goods
Even as protests grow about US imports from China, many Americans may find it hard to manage without the range of products that dominate or in some cases monopolize the marketplace.
 arrow CPD undertakes policy study on jute sector
The Centre for Policy Dialogue (CPD) has decided to undertake a policy study in view of the current debate and discussion with regard to the jute sector of the country.
 arrow China to control its blazing economy
China is expected to take more steps to slow its galloping economy, a key engine of global growth, after hiking borrowing costs in a bid to stop the boom giving way to a bust.
 arrow China to give $9m to build exhibition centre
China will provide Bangladesh with a grant assistance of about US$ 9 million to construct Bangladesh-China Friendship Exhibition Centre (BCFEC) beside Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre atSher-e-Bangla
 arrow Thailand's baht pressured again a decade after crisis
The Thai baht, which was battered by massive flight of capital in the 1997 Asian financial crisis, is again facing mounting pressure -- this time from large money inflows into the kingdom.
 arrow One in seven Chinese tyre tubes fail safety tests
One in seven Chinese-made truck tyre tubes is prone to exploding, state media reported Sunday, citing the results of safety tests that also found dodgy liquors and juice drinks.
 arrow Shell ordered to suspend Arctic drilling
A federal appeals court has ordered Shell Oil to stop its exploratory drilling program off the north coast of Alaska at least until a hearing in August. The order, issued Thursday by the 9th U.S.
 arrow Largest US port workers may go for strike today
Clerical workers presented their final offer to shipping companies Saturday after all-night contract talks aimed at preventing a strike at the nation's largest port complex.
 arrow 4-day textile machinery expo starts in Dhaka Thursday
A four-day international exhibition on textile and garment machineries, accessories, fabrics and related services will start at the Bangladesh-China Friendship Conference Centre in the capital on Thursday.
 arrow Chinese inflation may infect world economy
A recent spurt in Chinese consumer prices has sparked concern that the trend could trigger a world-wide inflationary surge at a time of rising oil and food costs and upward wage pressures.
 arrow US to raise minimum wage tomorrow
Fast-food waitress Fawn Townsend of Raleigh, N.C.
 arrow Currency

Sportsarrow Cricket: Mahela cautions Bangladesh
Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene issued a warning for Bangladesh ahead of the second one-day match that the home side will not make the same mistakes they had done in the first game.
 arrow Cricket: Steep challenge for Tigers
To be brutally honest, the Bangladesh team management have looked utterly clueless as to how they would solve their never-ending top order batting failures ahead of the second one-dayer of the three-match
 arrow Football: Abahani's match deferred
Inclement weather took its toll on the B. League for the second time as yesterday's match between league leaders Abahani and Arambagh was postponed following heavy showers in the capital.
 arrow Handball: Familiar finalists
Defending champions BJMC set a repeat final against Bangladesh Ansar and VDP after both teams comfortably routed their semifinal opponents in the BASIC Bank 18th Women's Handball Championship yesterday.
 arrow Cricket: KP puts England on top
Kevin Pietersen's first Test hundred against India put England in a strong position on the fourth day here at Lord's and left the tourists needing to rewrite the record books if they were to claim anunlikely
 arrow Cricket: Pulling their punches
If there's one thing India have done with a single-minded focus from the start of this Test, it's the huddle.
 arrow Cricket: Crowe's no to India
Former New Zealand captain Martin Crowe has laughed off suggestions that he could be one of the candidates to succeed Greg Chappell as the next cricket coach of India.
 arrow Football: Korea edge an epic
South Korea won a gruelling and fluctuating epic 4-2 on penalties against Iran here Sunday to set up an Asian Cup semi-final with Iraq.
 arrow Football: Celebrating with gunfire
The sun sinks behind the palm trees and dusty streets of west Baghdad, blue sky dissolving into twilight, and gunfire erupts out across the city -- Iraq's football team has defeated Vietnam 2-0.
 arrow Football: Tevez affair left to FIFA
It is Carlos Tevez or bust as far as Sir Alex Ferguson is concerned, but it could yet be neither.
 arrow Football: Bayern thrash Bremen
French midfielder Franck Ribery struck either side of half-time to book Bayern Munich's place in the German League Cup semifinals with a 4-1 defeat of Werder Bremen on Saturday.
 arrow Alonso win European GP
Double world champion Fernando Alonso brilliantly won the European Grand Prix here on Sunday as confusion reigned at the Nurburgring.
 arrow Football: Kawaguchi's dream comes true
Japan's Asian Cup win over Australia was a foregone conclusion in the psyche of Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi, whose goalkeeping heroics helped his country into the last four.
 arrow Football: Podolski vows fight for place
Injured Bayern Munich striker Lukas Podolski, voted the best young player at last year's World Cup, has vowed on Sunday to win back his place with the German giants.
 arrow Tennis: Anna outlasts Sania
Top seed Anna Chakvetadze outlasted India's Sania Mirza 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 Saturday to reach the final of the 175,000-dollar WTA hardcourt tournament here.
 arrow Football: Saudi squeeze into semis
The woodwork and a linesman's flag helped Saudi Arabia beat Uzbekistan 2-1 in the Asian Cup here on Sunday and sneak into the semifinals.
 arrow Football: Australia's harsh lesson
Australia and its highly paid European-based stars were hotly tipped to waltz through the Asian Cup on their debut appearance, but they learnt a hard lesson.
 arrow Cricket: Justice for some
When the subject of third-umpire referrals was first raised in the 1990s, my initial concern was that it would result in a system of justice for some but not for all.
 arrow Cricket: Like old times
Nothing illustrates the unforgiving nature of sport more than a peek at the bottom third of England's scorecard for this Test match.
 arrow Cricket: Harvey to wait a week
Australian all-rounder Ian Harvey will find out next week if he can play again for Derbyshire this season.
 arrow Cricket: 40 years of Lord's PA
"Good morning and welcome to Lord's," announced the public address system on the first morning of play between England and India.
 arrow Football: Osim's 'near death'
Ivica Osim says he had a brush with death when Japan beat Australia at the Asian Cup, a joke that perked up his first anniversary as coach of a side fighting back from a World Cup disaster.
 arrow Football: Chelsea down Galaxy
David Beckham kicked off his US football career in low-key fashion here Saturday, making a 12-minute cameo appearance for Los Angeles Galaxy in a 1-0 defeat by English giants Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Wiltord moves to Rennes
Following a troubled final season at French champions Lyon, former Arsenal striker Sylvain Wiltord wants to put his career back on track at Rennes, the club where his professional career began ten years
Metropolitanarrow Officials main obstacle to strengthening local govt
Unwillingness of government officials is the key obstacle to strengthening local government (LG) institutions, said the experts at a convention yesterday.
 arrow Rain Paralyses City

 arrow 'Protect rights of health service clients'
Speakers at a workshop yesterday underscored the need to protect the rights of the clients of health services with a view to ensuring access to healthcare for the poor and vulnerable segments of society.
 arrow Court orders fresh probe
A Dhaka court yesterday directed the detective branch (DB) of police to reinvestigate the College student Kamrul Islam Momin murder.
 arrow Global AIDS forum kicks off in Sydney
The world's largest conference on HIV/AIDS began in Sydney yesterday with a call to ensure universal access to HIV prevention and treatment, expand research and strengthen the global response to HIV.
 arrow UZ education staff held while taking bribe
Members of Rab arrested an office assistant of the upazila education office while taking bribe from a retired teacher at Digholia upazila here yesterday, says a Rab press release.
 arrow Tajuddin's 82nd anniversary of birth today
Today is the 82nd birth anniversary of Tajuddin Ahmad, the first prime minister of Bangladesh, says a press release.
 arrow Khulna power plant shut since Saturday
The 110-megawatt power plant of Khulna Power Station (KPS) has been shut down since 7:30pm of Saturday due to major technical faults.
 arrow Road crash kills GP salesman
A sales representative of Grameenphone was killed in a road accident on Mymensingh-Kishoreganj road at Chandipasha in Nandail upazila here yesterday.
 arrow Release of Hasina demanded
Leaders of Saudi Arab chapter of Awami League (AL) yesterday urged the caretaker government to release AL President Sheikh Hasina immediately and unconditionally.
 arrow BSF, BDR trade gunfire
Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) traded heavy gunfire on Kakdanga border at Kalaroa upazila of the district yesterday.
 arrow Next hearing on August 1
Four prosecution witnesses of a graft case against former president and Jatiya Party Chairman HM Ershad gave their statements at a Dhaka court yesterday.
 arrow Iajuddin greets Pratibha Patil
President Iajuddin Ahmed congratulated Pratibha Patil on her election as the president of India, who became first female head of state of that country.
 arrow 5th anniversary of police atrocities at DU hall today
Today is 5th anniversary of police atrocities on women students at Shamsunnahar Hall of Dhaka University, but no student organisations have taken up any programmes to mark the day because of emergency.
Nationalarrow Verdict of case against Aminul, Shish, 26 others Thursday
Verdict in the case against BNP leader and former minister Barrister Aminul Haque, Rajshahi district BNP secretary Shish Muhammad and 25 others for allegedly financing and abetting JMB militants will
 arrow Father cradles boy in court for facing extortion case
Panicked primary school student Nazmul Hoq, cradled in arms of his father, appeared before a court in Kishoreganj yesterday in an extortion case.
 arrow Flood Grips Several Districts in Grim Rainy Season

 arrow Trial of SCC kitchen market case shifted to Aug 26
Trial in the much talked about kitchen market corruption case of Sylhet City corporation (SCC) has been deferred.
 arrow 300 trees felled at CMCH as 'illegal' nursery removed
Authorities of Chittagong Medical College Hospital (CMCH) felled around 300 flower trees of a nursery on the hospital compound in last two days in the name of cleansing the environment.
 arrow 10 'gunrunners' arrested in Bandarban
Ten indigenous people were arrested and a foreign made revolver including 10 rounds of bullets recovered from their possession at Baktlai Tripura Para in Ruma upazila.
 arrow Acid, formalin seized in Pabna
Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) in a drive on Saturday seized huge quantities of acid, formalin and government medicines form some medicine stores in Pabna town and arrested three persons.
Point-Counterpointarrow Contemplating loss of a gas field: Tengratila case study
It now appears that the Chattak (also known as Tengratila) gas field has embraced a premature death. It did so at the hands of a wicked gang comprising foreign and local associates.
 arrow Are we ready for democracy?
The second half of the last century has witnessed democracy sweeping across the world. Autocratic governments, dictatorships and kingships have slowly given way to democratic rule.
Culturearrow Diversity and beauty of the Bandarban hills
A press conference was recently held on "The Culture of the Bandarban Hill People" at Alliance Francaise.
 arrow Chittagong Divisional Theatre Festival begins today
Grameenphone Chittagong Divisional Theatre Festival '07 begins today at the Shaheed Zahir Raihan Auditorium in Feni. Eminent playwright Selim Al Deen will inaugurate the festival.
 arrow "Nakshikanthar Math" to be staged today
Featuring the tragic love story between Shaju and Rupai, portrayal of rural Bangladesh -- traditions, struggles and way of living as a whole -- is presented eloquently in Nakshikanthar Math.
 arrow Mustafa Monwar honoured by Geetanjali Lalitkala Academy
Geetanjali Lalitkala Academy recently honoured veteran artiste Mustafa Monwar with the "Geetanjali Shommanona Podok '07".
 arrow "Tushagni": Loko Natyadal's new production
Tushagni, the 22nd production of theatre group Loko Natyadal, was premiered at Dr. Neelima Ibrahim Auditorium, Mahila Samiti on July 21.
 arrow Shilpa Shetty receives honorary doctorate
For an actress who started her career in Bollywood doing a supporting role just 14 years ago, this is no mean achievement.
Internationalarrow Lankan president rules out snap election
Sri Lanka's president has ruled out a snap parliamentary election to increase his slender majority, after battlefield success against the Tamil Tiger rebels boosted his government.
 arrow Pakistani troops kill 19 militants
Pakistani troops killed 19 militants in clashes near the Afghan border, officials said Sunday, a day after the US president fully backed Islamabad's efforts to combat extremism.
 arrow Delhi, Naga rebels to decide on ceasefire on July 30-31
The government and NSCN-IM are expected to decide on extending the 10-year-old ceasefire in Nagaland in their talks to be held in Dimapur on July 30-31 amid indications that the rebels have hardened their
 arrow 4 militants killed in Gaza clashes
At least two activists of militant Palestinian group Islamic Jihad were killed on Sunday in an Israeli air raid in the north of the Gaza Strip, medical sources said.
 arrow Troops surround Taliban hideouts
Troops surrounded Taliban hideouts in Afghanistan yesterday in preparation for a possible rescue mission after militants threatened to kill 23 South Korean hostages by sunset.
 arrow al-Qaeda gaining power, sophistication in Iraq
al-Qaeda in Iraq already has its hands full, but US intelligence officials say the militant group's mentors in Pakistan now want to use its formidable resources for attacks on the United States.
 arrow 26 Polish pilgrims killed in French bus crash
At least 26 people were killed Sunday when a coach carrying Polish pilgrims skidded and fell down a ravine near Grenoble in the French Alps, emergency services said.
 arrow US offers next generation F-35 fighters to India
In a major move, the United States has sent feelers that it is now ready for transfer of hi-technology weaponry to India, including its 5th generation Joint Strike Fighter F-35.
 arrow Manila, Moro rebels prepare for war
Muslim separatist rebels in the Philippines said yesterday they were prepared for all-out war with the military, and pledged not to surrender those responsible for last week's deadly ambush of 14 Marines.
 arrow No talks with CM: Mamata
Trinamul Congress chief Mamata Banerjee on Saturday ruled out talks with chief minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee saying that he lacked "credibility".
 arrow Blair to meet Abbas, Olmert tomorrow
Tony Blair, the new special envoy for the Middle East peace Quartet, will meet Palestinian and Israeli leaders tomorrow during his first visit to the region in his new role, officials said.
 arrow Turks cast ballots for new parliament
Turks voted for a new Parliament on Sunday in a contest viewed as pivotal in determining the balance between Islam and secularism in this nation of more than 70 million.
 arrow No secret arms deal with Syria: Iran
Iran's foreign ministry spokesman yesterday dismissed as a "media game" recent reports of a secret arms deal with Syria allegedly made in return for an agreement that Damascus would not hold peace talks
 arrow Extreme weather hits southeast Europe
Extreme weather hit Europe Saturday as the death toll from a heat wave in Romania, Austria and Bulgaria rose to 18 and hundreds faced another night of misery in flood-drenched England.
 arrow China floods claim 74 more lives
Another 74 people have died in floods across China bringing the death toll for the week to at least 156 in one of the deadliest rainy seasons in years, state media reported yesterday.
 arrow Japan agrees to UN inspection of quake-hit nuke plant
Japan has agreed to let UN experts inspect its largest nuclear power plant, which leaked radiation after a powerful earthquake, causing a scare, a report said.
 arrow 11 Iranian guards killed in clashes
An armed group killed 11 members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard in clashes in the country's lawless southeast, state-run television reported Saturday.
Editorialarrow Editorial: Textbook Board rewrites history of Bangladesh
The government decision to give Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman his rightful place in the nation's history has been duly reflected in the National Curriculum and Textbook Board's initiative to incorporate
 arrow Editorial: Depositors being questioned?
Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam has hit the nail on the head.
 arrow Growing US-India relationship
This week marks the second anniversary of the US-India summit, at which President Bush and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared "their resolve to transform the relationship between their countries and
 arrow Can Pakistan embrace moderation?
After the violent events at Lal Masjid, Pakistan seems compelled to continue its self-avowed battle against jehadi extremism.
 arrow Sheikh Hasina's arrest
In January 1972 Bangladesh stood on the brink of a singular opportunity, rarely, if ever, offered to any nation.
Letters to Editorarrow Lord Buddha's hair
The Bangla daily Prothom Alo of 13 July carried a news item stating that a 19-member Sri Lankan delegation including five cabinet ministers headed by their foreign minister was coming to Bangladesh on
 arrow Power generation
The Finance Adviser, Mirza Azizul Islam, said in his speech that the government had set a target to generate sufficient electricity by the year 2010.
 arrow Sheikh Hasina's arrest
I am not a fan of Sheikh Hasina or her brand of politics. But I cannot help maintain that the CTG's move is ill advised and erroneous. By no means should Sheikh Hasina be above the law.
 arrow Lal Masjid tragedy
There is no doubt that the present political situation in Pakistan is critical.
 arrow A good doctor
My daughter had to go through an eye surgery when she was two years old in 2005. After discussing with the child ophthalmologist, Dr. Sorot Wutthiphan, we scheduled the surgery date.
 arrow Paradigm shift
In a comment titled "Paradigm shift" published on July 15, 2007, the author Professor Zaman makes some useful and pertinent points.
 arrow Hasina and Khaleda
Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia should leave their posts for the sake of their party. If they leave voluntarily their party might avoid a split.
 arrow Some questions
Today (16/7/07) on the last page, a picture caught our sight: The Hon'ble adviser or the Health and Family Welfare Ministry examining a child in a Dhaka Medical College Hospital bed with deep sympathy
 arrow Disappointing editorial
I have been extremely disappointed with the editorial published in DS on Sheikh Hasina's arrest. It seems your newspaper is very sympathetic to the AL chief and has forgotten all about her past activities.
 arrow Your commentary
I have mixed feelings about your 17 July commentary ("This is no way to strengthen democracy").
 arrow Speaker's medical bill
Thanks for the commentary on the Speaker's medical bill. There is no need for me to elaborate on this issue any more when we have heard the Hon. Speaker, the former CAG and also seen your commentary.
 arrow Disabled children
According to an estimate, there are about 42 lakh children with either mental or physical or both disabilities.
 arrow Tigers in trouble
Not a good time for the BD cricket fans! What we have seen from the Tigers recently is an instance of perfect nightmare.
Star Cityarrow Rain brings downpour of suffering on commuters
Heavy downpour on the first workday of the week yesterday brought untold distress to the general city commuters, but an occasion of windfall for public transporters.
 arrow Urban poverty robs Sumon of his childhood
Trading the classroom and playground for the grim interior of a metal scrap shop, ten-year old Sumon now toils from dawn to dusk to bear family burdens.
 arrow DCC move threatens thousands with livelihoods
The government has decided to build a mega wholesale kitchen market on a five-acre plot near Jatrabari intersection demolishing an existing market where thousands of traders have been running their business
 arrow Land dispute between two ministries brings bane to plot allottees
Hundreds of plot allottees at Rupnagar housing project at Pallabi are caught in the middle of a decade-old land dispute between two ministries.
 arrow An open manhole...

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