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Front Pagearrow Workers clash with cops for wage: 1 killed, 80 hurt
Clashes between police and workers agitating for outstanding wages left one labourer killed and at least 80 including 30 cops injured at Amin Jute Mills here yesterday.
 arrow Poor work condition make cops wobble
The draft Police Reform Programme (PRP) holds political influence as a major factor that prevents policemen from performing their duties, but field level policemen who constitute about 99 percent of the
 arrow Diseases spread as floodwaters recede
As floodwaters continue to recede, the number of patients infected with water-borne diseases is growing and the experts say that the situation might take a turn for worse in the coming days.
 arrow EC to go for reform talks with parties despite politics ban
The Election Commission (EC) will start communicating with political parties next month for dialogue on its draft electoral reform proposals regardless of the ban on indoor politics, an election commissioner
 arrow Govt appeals against HC orders on Hasina's bail, ACC notice
The government yesterday filed separate appeals against recent High Court (HC) orders that granted bail to Awami League chief Sheikh Hasina and stayed Anti-Corruption Commission's notice seeking her wealth
 arrow Case against ex-secy Nurul Islam illegal
The High Court (HC) yesterday declared illegal the initiation of a case filed by now-defunct Bureau of Anti-Corruption (Bac) in 2004 against AHM Nurul Islam, a former secretary to prime minister, forleaking
 arrow Donations to CA's relief fund tax-free
Money being donated to Chief Adviser's Relief Fund has been declared tax-free as per a pervious government order, an official announcement said yesterday.
 arrow NBR asks for account info of 26 graft suspects
The National Board of Revenue (NBR) has asked all commercial banks to provide account statements of 26 graft suspects including six BNP and Jamaat leaders and their spouses and children.
 arrow CA for proper coordination among govt, non-govt bodies
Chief Adviser (CA) Fakhruddin Ahmed yesterday called for proper coordination in relief operation among the government and non-government organisations so that no one is deprived.
 arrow Water sharing of Teesta, 7 other rivers held up for JRC meet
India and Bangladesh have exchanged the principles of sharing waters of Teesta and seven other common rivers, which would be put up before the next meeting of the Joint River Commission (JRC).
 arrow Make young generation aware of graft effects
Anti-corruption officials and propagators yesterday stressed the need for the young generation to be made aware of the effects of corruption in society in order to make the ongoing fight against corruption
 arrow Mill closure bankrupts over 2,000 traders
A broad metalled street goes straight in front of the four state-owned jute mills in Khalishpur with rickshaws and motorised vehicles stranded at distance.
 arrow ACC sues Khandaker Mosharraf, Obaidul Karim, Janakantha Editor Atiqullah
The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday filed four cases against eight persons, including former health minister Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain, his wife, Oriental Group Chairman Obaidul Karim and
 arrow International Day of the World's Indigenous...


 arrow Saudi airlines may carry 50pc hajj pilgrims this year
Saudi Arabian Airlines may carry 50 per cent of the Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims this year as the government is going to make an agreement with the Saudi government.
 arrow More job cut in Biman
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd, the newly formed public limited company (PLC), has taken an initiative to downsize its manpower further by 500 employees.
 arrow Reading out of judgment continues
A counsel for condemned prisoner Bazlul Huda completed reading out part the High Court (HC) judgment in the Bangabandhu murder case that concerned Huda and another condemned prisoner --Sultan Shahriar
 arrow AL allowed to observe Aug 15 on conditions
The caretaker government has set 11 conditions for Awami League (AL) to observe August 15 as the 32nd death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
 arrow Non-govt primary teachers face competency test
The government has decided to take competency test of the teachers, recruited for the registered non-government primary schools before July 1, 1992 and have been receiving government part of their salary
 arrow Bangladesh name team for T20 WC
Like the other Test nations, Bangladesh also decided to send a young but competitive team to the ICC Twenty20 World Championship, which will be held in South Africa next month.
 arrow 3 held with 29 'rocket projectiles'
Police recovered 29 "rocket projectiles" from Arambagh in the capital on Wednesday night and arrested three persons.
 arrow Child marriage stopped thru' street protests
An 11-year-old girl was rescued yesterday from an attempted under-age marriage at Gopalpur village in Tala upazila as her fellow students took to the streets in protest.
 arrow ACC seeks help of senior lawyers to fight graft
A group of senior lawyers, including Dr Kamal Hossain, Dr M Zahir and Justice TH Khan, yesterday had a meeting with Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) Chairman Lt Gen (retd) Hasan Mashhud Chowdhury where
 arrow Customs official held for bribery
The joint forces yesterday arrested a customs official while he was taking bribe from a clearing and forwarding agent in Khulna.
 arrow Musharraf against imposing emergency
Embattled President Pervez Musharraf yesterday decided against imposing a state of emergency in Pakistan to cope with growing security and stability concerns, a senior government official told AFP.
 arrow Iran backs Iraqi PM for restoring security
Iran yesterday gave visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki its full support for restoring security in Iraq but told him a pullout of US forces was the only way to end the violence.
 arrow Troops on red alert in India's northeast after rebels kill 15
Federal soldiers in India's restive northeast went on maximum alert Thursday after separatists killed 15 people in a string of attacks ahead of Independence Day, officials said.
Businessarrow NBR makes good start to new fiscal year
Riding on a 58 percent growth in income tax collection, the National Board of Revenue (NBR) has made a good start to the new financial year as it achieved a 13.
 arrow Mirza Aziz sees no quick respite from essentials' price hike
Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam does not see a quick respite from the soaring prices of essentials, but said the government is investing all its efforts to keep the market stable.
 arrow Poverty fight gets harder as Asia modernises
The struggle to lift 600 million Asians out of poverty is becoming harder despite the region's hectic pace of modernisation, experts told a regional conference here Thursday.
 arrow World stocks slide on fresh US credit concerns
Global equities turned sharply lower on Thursday, led by heavy falls to leading European stock markets, as worries resurfaced about a weak US subprime mortgage sector, dealers said.
 arrow Ratan Tata still hopeful of Bangladesh plans
Their three billion dollar proposal for Bangladesh hanging fire notwithstanding, the Tata Group has said it is still keen on the projects. "We have decided to go to Bangladesh.
 arrow Dhaka int'l trade fair in January
The 13th version of Dhaka International Trade Fair (DITF) will begin in January next year at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital.
 arrow StanChart offers depositary participant services
Standard Chartered Bank has recently launched depositary participant services for its retail customers, says a press release.
 arrow Fair of women entrepreneurs' products begins
A two-day fair to exhibit and sell the products made by women entrepreneurs began in the capital yesterday.
 arrow Trust Bank official to get int'l brand leadership award
Aftab Mahmud Khurshid, head of Corporate Brand & Market Communications Department of Trust Bank Ltd, will receive brand leadership award at Asia Brand Congress 2007 to be held in Mumbai, India in September.
 arrow Bush says China's dollar attack would be 'foolhardy'
President George W. Bush on Wednesday said China would be "foolhardy" to attempt to push down the dollar in retaliation for US pressure over Beijing's alleged currency manipulation.
 arrow Novartis urged not to appeal against Indian patent ruling
The humanitarian group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF, Doctors Without Borders) on Wednesday urged Swiss pharmaceutical group Novartis not to challenge an Indian patent law on vital medicines.
 arrow Currency


 arrow Correction
In a news item headlined 'Prescheduled berthing introduced at Ctg port' published on Business Page on Tuesday, the agent's name of Markur Bridge ship was inadvertently mentioned as PIL instead of APL.
Sportsarrow Cricket: Zia only surprise
While the rest of the top cricket teams opted for a mix of experience and youth for the coming Twenty20 World Championship, Bangladesh were no exception.
 arrow Cricket: India make solid start
James Anderson led England's fightback on the opening day of the third and final Test against India at The Oval here Thursday with two important wickets.
 arrow Cricket: Sarwan recalls shock drop
Ramnaresh Sarwan has called the experience of being dropped from Test squad in Pakistan last November one of the most shocking incidents of his life and hit out against the team management of the day,
 arrow Hockey: Hockey team for Asia Cup named
Bangladesh Hockey Federation (BHF) yesterday announced an 18-member squad for the 7th Asia Cup to be held in India.
 arrow Cricket: BCB to give Dipu legal support
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) yesterday confirmed that it would help the arrested Dipu Roy Chowdhury with legal aid.
 arrow Cricket: Giles calls it a day
Ashley Giles became Thursday the first member of England's victorious 2005 Ashes side to announce his retirement from cricket.
 arrow Football: Meril Media Cup football from today
The Meril Media Cup football tournament organised by Bangladesh Sports Journalists Association (BSJA) kicks off today with 24 teams taking part in the seven-a-side competition for journalists.
 arrow Football: Team spirit pleases Jose
Jose Mourinho believes the team spirit he has forged at Chelsea is strong enough to see his side through the injury crisis that threatens to damage their title challenge.
 arrow Football: Pizarro to fight for place
Claudio Pizarro on Thursday warned Didier Drogba to expect a fight for his place in the Chelsea attack.
 arrow Football: Will Bayern strike back?
Whatever else may transpire in the 2007/08 Bundesliga season which kicks-off tonight it will forever be remembered as the swansong of one Oliver Kahn.
 arrow MU confidence sky high
As Manchester United's players strolled onto their Carrington training pitch this week, the confidence currently surging through the club was instantly discernable.
 arrow Tennis: Federer wins on birthday
Roger Federer had little to sing about as he struggled against the treetop serve of Ivo Karlovic before carving out a place in the third round of the ATP Montreal Masters.
 arrow Football: Alves interested in Chelsea
UEFA Cup titleholders Sevilla's left-sided Brazilian defender Daniel Alves on Wednesday demanded the Spanish club consider an offer from English Premiership side Chelsea.
 arrow Football: Ballack doubtful for England
German coach Joachim Loew admitted on Thursday that his captain Michael Ballack is a doubt for Germany's friendly against England at the new Wembley on August 22.
 arrow Football: Real set for Drenthe
Dutch midfielder Royston Drenthe is to join Real Madrid after they came to agreement with Feyenoord, according to reports in the Spanish press on Thursday.
 arrow Football: Domenech's warning
France coach Raymond Domenech has warned his team against focusing too much on their European qualifier against Italy next month.
 arrow Tennis: Sharapova moves into third round
Top-seeded Russian Maria Sharapova reached the third round of the 600,000-dollar hard court tournament here Wednesday when ailing Eleni Daniilidou retired in the second set.
 arrow Catch of the year
Before he celebrates his windfall, the New York Mets fan who emerged from a violent scrum clutching Barry Bonds' record-setting home run ball should probably call his accountant.
 arrow Cricket: Vettori named Kiwi captain
New Zealand selectors on Thursday said they would not send Test skipper Stephen Fleming to the ICC Twenty20 World Championships in order to blood Daniel Vettori as captain.
 arrow Cricket: Manavjit pips Dravid
World champion shooter Manavjit Sandhu on Thursday pipped popular cricket captain Rahul Dravid to win India's highest sporting honour for 2006.
 arrow Cricket: Mahela leads strong side
Mahela Jayawardene will lead a strong Sri Lankan team to the inaugural Twenty20 World Championships to be held in South Africa in September, officials said on Thursday.
 arrow Cricket: Stadium boost for ICL
Even as the BCCI's flip-flop over the Indian Cricket League continues, Railway Minister and Bihar Cricket Association President Laloo Prasad today openly backed the ICL, saying the million-dollar tournament
 arrow Cricket: SLC faces trouble
A depleted selection panel picked Sri Lanka's Twenty-20 World Cham-pionships team Thursday following a spate of no-shows and resignations from the committee, sports minister Gamini Lokuge told AFP.
Metropolitanarrow Country needs 13m tons of coal a yr to generate additional power
Bangladesh would require 13 million tons of coal every year for the next 10 years to generate additional power to meet the growing demand for electricity, as the natural gas supplies would not be able
 arrow Constitutional recognition of indigenous people demanded
Speakers at a discussion at Chapainawabganj yesterday demanded constitutional recognition of the indigenous people, formation of a separate land commission and ministry for them and introduction of primary
 arrow Safeguard indigenous people's right to mother tongue, culture
With a call to safeguarding indigenous people's right to their mother tongue, culture and land and ensuring constitutional recognition, different indigenous people's forum and other social and cultural
 arrow Gender sensitive budget a must for women's empowerment
A gender sensitive budget is a must for women's empowerment, said the speakers at the concluding session of a workshop yesterday.
 arrow Enhance visit programme for mutual benefit
President Iajuddin Ahmed stressed the need for enhancing the visit, training and technical cooperation programmes concerning the armed forces of Bangladesh and China to the mutual benefit.
 arrow More donations for flood victims
Different government, non-government and international organisations continue to donate to the Chief Adviser's Relief and Welfare Fund and distribute relief among the flood victims.
 arrow 'Step up health and safety measures in factories'
Speakers at a dialogue yesterday stressed the need to strengthen health and safety measures in the garment factories to protect the reproductive health rights of workers.
 arrow Road accidents kill 7
At least seven people were killed and over 15 others injured in separate road accidents in Gazipur, Munshiganj and Pabna yesterday.
 arrow Attack on CBA leader, 548 more workers get arrear wages
The general secretary of People's Jute Mills workers' union was injured in an attack by angry workers in front of the main gate of the mill at midday yesterday.
 arrow Ex-Shibir cadre arrested at RU
An employee of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Hall of Rajshahi University (RU), who was also a former cadre of Islamic Chhatra Shibir (ICS), was arrested by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) on Wednesday
 arrow Announce 6th wage board immediately
The Sangbadik Sramik Karmachari Oikya Parishad (SSKOP) yesterday called on the government to announce the Sixth Wage Board Award immediately taking its recommendations into account, a SSKOP press release
 arrow Schoolboy murdered over cricket match
A schoolboy was stabbed to death and three others were injured in a dispute over a cricket match at Shewrapara in the city yesterday.
 arrow Baby food for jute workers' families
Jano Uddog, a civil rights organisation, yesterday distributed baby food among the 300 families of retrenched workers of closed People's Jute Mills.
 arrow Victims' Support Centres to be set up at police stations
The police department will set up Victims' Support Centres (VSC) to enhance the capacity of the law enforcement agency men to better respond to the needs of the victims of crimes and provide securityto
 arrow IBA English debate contest begins today
A three-day national English debate competition organised by the Institute of Business Administration Communication Club (IBACC) of Dhaka University (DU) will begin at the IBA auditorium today.
 arrow UP chairman, his aide get 22 yrs each
A court in Chittagong yesterday sentenced a union parishad chairman and his accomplice to 22 years of imprisonment each in an arms case.
 arrow 20 fall sick from food poisoning in Rajshahi
At least 20 apprentices of Rajshahi Female Cottage Industry and Agriculture Centre fell sick from food poisoning after they had their dinner at its dining hall on Wednesday night.
 arrow New DFID Country Representative due Aug 12
Chris Austin, UK's new Country Representative of the Department for International Development (DFID), will arrive in Dhaka on August 12, says a press release.
 arrow 20 to receive Japanese scholarship
Like previous years, 20 more Bangladeshi citizens will go to Japan for study this year under the Japanese Grant Aid for Human Resource Development Scholarship project.
 arrow Students join street clean-up campaign
A three-day street cleaning campaign titled 'Stand up. Clean up' began at Dhanmondi in the city yesterday, says a press release.
 arrow BC English teaching programmes start Aug 28
The British Council Teaching Centre will organise English language programmes beginning from August 28, says a press release.
 arrow Hand grenade recovered
Police recovered a hand grenade from a mango orchard in Teligati area at Khanjahan Ali upazila in Khulna on Wednesday night. The mango orchard belongs to one Sheikh Omar Ali, a spice trader.
Point-Counterpointarrow Elephant in the room
Admittedly, the task that lay ahead for the CTG in the post 1/11 was not an easy one.
 arrow We have a job in hand
I do not know who coined the phrase --"minus two" -- implying the ouster of Khaleda Zia and Sheikh Hasina from politics, but this is a much talked about issue these days.
 arrow An appeal to all NRBs
As per the request of the prime minister of India, Dr.
 arrow Shaken caretaker government
At last the CTG has realised that though its capability to govern may be better than any government's elected during the last 15 years (1991-2006) its capacity is not extraordinary.
Culturearrow In conversation with Ajit Roy
For singer-composer Ajit Roy, Rabindra Sangeet is a devotion, which he claims has established him as a reputable artiste. His mother introduced him to Tagore songs in his childhood.
 arrow Bandarban birds through Australian eyes
An exhibition of drawings and sketches of birds of Bandarban Hills by the Australian naturalist artist Malcolm Arnold is on at Drik Gallery till 15 August.
 arrow Lending a hand
In aid of Hajong families, affected by the recent flood, theatre troupe Palakar has arranged a fortnightly programme starting from yesterday. The programme will continue till August 24.
 arrow "Bonno": Fuad's latest album lives up to its name
Following smash hits re/Evolution and Variation No. 25, Fuad is back with his latest album Bonno, a G-Series exclusive.
 arrow "Kaalpurush" wins Indian National Award for best film
Internationally acclaimed Bengali filmmaker Buddhadeb Dasgupta's Kaalpurush, set against the backdrop of the Naxalite movement, has been adjudged the best feature film at the Indian National Film
Generalarrow Star Jute Mills workers resume work
Workers of the state-owned Star Jute Mills (SJM) resumed their work from the morning shift yesterday as the authorities agreed to pay their arrear wages of two out of three weeks.
 arrow Dr Shafique files case for seizure of Rentu's property
Prof Dr Shafique Ahmed Siddique of Dhaka University yesterday filed an execution case seeking seizure of all movable and immovable property of Motiur Rahman Rentu, author of 'Amar Fashi Chai'.
 arrow ‘Declare Aug 15 as mourning day’
Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) formed a human chain on the Dhaka University (DU) campus yesterday demanding declaration of August 15 as national mourning day and immediate execution of the verdict of
Editorialarrow Editorial: Warding off epidemic
Appalling statistics are pouring in from different hospitals about the incidence of diarrhoea and cholera.
 arrow Editorial: Ban on unauthorised campuses
A number of unauthorised branches or outer campuses of some private universities will soon be closed down.
 arrow Ten thousand whispering and nobody listening
The flooding that we periodically suffer and are in the midst of right now are a poignant illustration of both the best and the worst in us as a people and as a nation.
 arrow Open guilt and secret shame
I had mixed feelings when I heard the news. My chest swelled after a former prime minister declared her undisclosed income and came forward to pay taxes.
 arrow The complex world of mortgage market
A few years ago, the mortgage market was not at all complicated, at least in principle.
Letters to Editorarrow Relief operations
Sometimes good intentions are not enough, you need people with real leadership quality and guts to take care of things even at the risk of getting blamed because everyone cannot be helped simultaneously
 arrow Prices of essentials
Recently (from 24.07.07 to 04.08.07) I visited Kolkata. To meet my curiosity I visited several kitchen markets of the mega-city and found that prices of some of the items are almost identical with Dhaka.
 arrow Plant more trees
While we need to plant more and more trees in our city, Dhaka University is cutting down the big trees which have been giving us shades for years and making the environment worth living.
 arrow Harassment of commuters
We are literally prisoners in the hands of the CNG auto-rickshaws and cabs.
 arrow Asian Cup
I would like to congratulate the Iraq national football team for winning their first Asian Cup.
 arrow Political vacuum and beneficiaries
History tells us colonial masters used to malign local politicians on a regular basis.
 arrow Trial of collaborators
On the evening of July 30, the ETV interviewed Jamaat leader Ali Ahsan Mujahid, a Pakistani collaborator and commander of the dreaded Al-Badr in 1971.
 arrow DU teachers
Those who are living abroad and criticising the DU teachers' act of wearing black badges have already forgotten that these teachers came on the streets to protest the autocratic rule of General Ershad
 arrow Reform
Political party reform is very important for transparency and accountability. But we watch that the caretaker government wants to break the two big political parties in the name of reform.
 arrow National security council
I live far away from home but I never miss the interesting articles in DS. Honestly speaking, democracy needs time to grow.
 arrow In response...
Ref: "Oops! I forgot the tax"
I am happy that you are writing such news analysis regarding the two 'preferential citizens', still so called 'VVIP', who along with their families not only did notpay

 arrow Accelerate pace of development
It is quite disheartening to learn of the closure of the deep seaport project. As Dr.
 arrow Two women
Some culprits who were benefited by the 'black' democracy in the last fifteen years are now crying for Sheikh Hasina and Khaleda Zia.
 arrow Hasina's comments
It was reported in your newspaper that Sheikh Hasina's estimated wealth might be around Tk 2 crore, including Tk1.19 crore interest from savings.
 arrow Costly medicare!
What on earth was more baffling to reconcile with than Speaker Barrister Jamiruddin Sircar's drawing of Tk 28 lakh as medical bill in the last five years of BNP rule! Bangladesh, to the bewilderment
 arrow The only way out
Reform -- the oft-repeated word these days-- is the need of the time. But general people feel that it should have been done in each and every political party many years ago.
 arrow Pain and pleasure
Whoever he or she may be, a bus driver, a nurse of a hospital, an industrialist or a barrister, a film hero or a heroine, a first class gazetted officer or a millionaire or a beggar, a president or aprime
Environmentarrow Flood havoc and post-flood priorities
About four-fifth of Bangladesh is flood plain. As a result about one fifth to one third of the country is annually flooded by the overflowing rivers during the monsoon when the rainfall is very high.
 arrow New diseases threaten rice yield
It has been reported that there had occurred appearance of mildew on Boro rice perhaps due to severe storm and high temperature in Shibalay (Manikganj).
 arrow Contemplating flood control
So the flood again hits Bangladesh hard like many other previous years and most probably our leadership is getting ready to seek help to overcome it.
 arrow Flood control or controlled flood?
Loss of water holding and carrying capacity of the main rivers filled with silt was the main cause of devastating flood of 1998 in Bangladesh.
Worldarrow Afghanistan, Pakistan can defeat militancy
Afghan President Hamid Karzai told hundreds of Afghan and Pakistan tribal leaders yesterday that both nations could defeat a resurgent al-Qaeda and Taliban if they worked together.
 arrow Pak SC admits Nawaz Sharif's petition
An angry Pakistan Supreme Court yesterday asked the government why its earlier order to permit former premier Nawaz Sharif and his brother Shahbaz to come back home was not implemented as their petition
 arrow No breakthrough likely in summit of Koreas
North Korean leader Kim Jong Il will likely put on his best show for South Korea's visiting president, with thousands of enthusiastic supporters called out to line the streets of the capital to herald
 arrow Shias flood Baghdad for pilgrimage
Hundreds of thousands of Shia pilgrims braved fears of attack yesterday to march into Baghdad to commemorate an eighth century imam, amid a massive security effort aimed at preventing bloodshed.
 arrow US allays fears of divisions in anti-terror drive
The United States moved to allay fears that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's absence from a Washington-brokered anti-terrorism meeting in Afghanistan reflected divisions in the "war on terror.
 arrow Manmohan stands firm against left veto of US nuclear deal
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is standing firm in the face of opposition from his government's communist partners, insisting that a key civilian nuclear deal with Washington will not be renegotiated.
 arrow UN urges Lanka to disarm pro-govt paramilitary group
The United Nations on Thursday urged Sri Lanka to disarm a pro-government paramilitary group operating in the east of the island to ensure safety and security for aid workers and residents.
 arrow Attack on Taslima Nasreen's book Launching function in India
Activists of an Islamic party yesterday attacked a book launching ceremony of exiled Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad.
 arrow Endeavour carries teacher into space
After Endeavour launched into the clear blue sky and reached orbit with teacher-astronaut Barbara Morgan aboard, Mission Control announced that class was in session.
 arrow Pakistanis want Musharraf to quit army
A poll released yesterday by an US think-tank showed most Pakistanis want military ruler President Pervez Musharraf to step down as head of the country's army.
 arrow Moscow's richest 41 times richer than poorest
The richest 10 percent of Muscovites are 41 times richer than the poorest 10 percent, a gap that dwarfs the national divide, Russia's state statistics service said yesterday.
 
   
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