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Jute genome decoded

Bangladeshi researchers have successfully decoded the jute plant genome opening up a new vista in the development of variety of the world's most adorned biodegradable natural fibre.

Ctg goes to polls today

Chittagong City Corporation goes to the polls today amid tight security with all eyes on the battle for the mayoral post.

SQ Chy held, freed

BNP leader Salauddin Quader Chowdhury was released after the police arrested him last night in a case filed against him for making false statement on the voter list before the media.

Swiss shock favourites Spain

World Cup favourites Spain crashed to a shock 1-0 defeat to unfancied Switzerland in their opening game of the tournament here on Wednesday.

Power crisis intensifies

Just when the World Cup games are heating up, the country's energy crisis worsened with the shutdown of two gas fields and a major power plant in Ashuganj.

50,000 still at landslide risk

Around 50,000 people living on the slopes of hills in Chittagong are at great risk of landslide in the rainy season.

Stalkers kill one girl, throw acid on other

A schoolgirl was killed and another suffered severe burn injuries in two separate stalking incidents in Satkhira and Noakhali districts on Tuesday and yesterday.

Govt discloses another list

The government yesterday came up with a new list of 1,612 non-government educational institutions for monthly payment order (MPO) facilities.

Govt trying hard for road, rail links to Asean nations

Dhaka has proposed a tri-nation committee involving China and Myanmar for implementation of the proposed road and rail links between Bangladesh and China, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday in parliament.

Dev work to reap dividend

Awami League-backed Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) mayoral candidate ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury is optimistic about winning the June 17 polls by a margin double that of his last win as the CCC mayor.

People anxious for change

Chittagong Unnayan Andolon nominated mayoral candidate M Manjur Alam said he is confident about his win in today's city corporation poll as people are eagerly waiting to see a change in city administration.

Landslide death toll rises to 56

The bodies of the missing army person and three others were recovered yesterday after they were crushed under landslides in different areas in Cox's Bazar on Tuesday.

Mahmudur remanded in sedition case

A Dhaka court yesterday directed Detective Branch (DB) of police to take Mahmudur Rahman on a four-day remand, subject to his recovery from illness, in connection with a sedition case.

8 killed as bus plunges into ditch

Eight people, including three of a family, were killed and 20 others injured as a bus plunged into a roadside ditch at Manikganj yesterday.

Girl acid-burnt by stalker

A teenager girl suffered severe burn injuries as local criminals had thrown acid at her at Motipur village under Noakhali Sadar upazila.

OCs to be held responsible

The officers-in-charge of 41 police stations under Dhaka Metropolitan Police will be held responsible from now on if any incident of land or house grabbing takes place in the capital, Home Minister Sahara Khatun said yesterday.

Detained BDR man dies

A Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) jawan, an accused in the BDR mutiny case, died at BSMMU in the capital yesterday.

Sony shows off PlayStation

Sony has lifted the lid on the games it hopes to release over the next 12 months, with 3D a key aspect of the new range.


Deaths in landslide

THE death of some 52 people as hundreds of tons of mud and rock fell on their houses in Cox's Bazar and Bandarban districts reminds us of similar deaths of hill dwellers in the past. We condole the deaths in the landslides and express our deepest sympathy to the bereaved families.

Government offices steeped in default culture

THANKS to the parliamentary question-answer hour that can spill the beans from the closet of the high and mighty. Bravo, the post and telecommunications ministry and the questioner who asked to know about it, this has served a useful public purpose! It is now revealed that functionaries of all top government institutions, including president's and prime minister's offices, ministries, constitutional bodies and divisions -- 43 to be precise -- have all figured as telephone bill defaulters! They have appeared in a list furnished before the parliament, not excluding the postal and telecommunication ministry as well, the bill maker and collector itself. So pervasive and ingrained indeed has the government's culture of non-payment become, although allowances are generously provided for the purpose! The total defaulted amount involved is Taka 58.86 crore.


Forlan fires Uruguay

Uruguay's Diego Forlan blasted a stunning 25-metre goal in the 24th minute and added a penalty kick as the two-time world champions beat host nation South Africa 3-0 Wednesday in a World Cup match.

Betting on wrong horse?

Brazil have gambled on Kaka to stage a revival in South Africa but his stuttering performance against North Korea on Tuesday suggested that they might have put their apples in the wrong basket.

It's sticking to type

A World Cup that threatens to crush all stereotypes continued in vein as Brazil's myth of beautiful football withered under the regimented defending of a DPR Korea side, who endeared themselves to the watching public by going down to only a narrow defeat against the record world-champions.

Tigers caught in Sehwag maze

Batting star Virender Sehwag turned an unlikely bowling hero as India whipped Bangladesh by six wickets in the Asia Cup on Wednesday.

Chile's first win in 48 years

Chile secured a first World Cup win in 48 years by edging Honduras 1-0 on Wednesday through a late first-half goal from striker Jean Beausejour.

Dunga not satisfied

Brazil coach Dunga said there was room for improvement after his side's 2-1 win over North Korea, but was pleased to take three points with the Ivory Coast and Portugal yet to come.

Sabina wins the fridge

Sabina, a housewife from capital Dhaka's Motijheel area, won the first prize of The Daily Star-Rangs Toshiba World Cup Quiz Round 3 when the draw was held at the Rajshahi Medical College auditorium here yesterday.

Buffon out of WC

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has suffered a recurrence of a herniated disc, it was revealed on Wednesday, with the injury looking virtually certain to end his World Cup hopes.

Media hails Korean character

North Korea's official media Wednesday praised its team for a "fierce" fight in their first World Cup match for 44 years, complimenting the players for their dogged performance against Brazil.

TT camp on

In a quest to building up second a string national side, an Under-18 and an Under-15 team, the Bangladesh Table Tennis Federation with financial assistance from AB Bank, has started a month-long training camp for the potential players at the newly built Wooden Floor Gymnasium yesterday.

Sr Div football

Badda Jagarani Sangsad tasted first victory in the Bashundhara Senior Division Football League with a lone-goal win over T&T Club at the Birshreshtha Shaheed Mostafa Kamal Stadium in Kamalapur yesterday.

Premier Div hockey

Shadharan Bima KS came from behind to hold Ajax SC to a 1-1 draw in the Green Delta Insurance Premier Division Hockey League at the Maulana Bhasani National Hockey Stadium yesterday.

National chess

Three players shared the lead in the preliminary phase of the 36th National Chess Championship at the end of the fourth round games at the Bangladesh Chess Federation Hall Room yesterday.

Ronaldo starts tweeting

Portugal Captain Cristiano Ronaldo has joined the growing number of players signing up to social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. "Hello Facebook, welcome to my official site!" wrote the Real Madrid star on He also published various photographs of his new Armani advertising campaign on Twitter ( attracting 45,000 followers in less than 24 hours.

Koreans eye the big fish

Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung insists his South Korean side are capable of defeating Argentina when the unbeaten Group B rivals clash on Thursday at the World Cup.

Tevez wants the Cup only

Carlos Tevez said on Tuesday that he and his Argentine teammates were solely interested in winning the World Cup, rather than just putting in a solid showing in South Africa.

Meeting again after 24 years

Argentina coach Diego Maradona will see a familiar foe in the opposing dugout when his side face South Korea in their second Group B match at Soccer City Thursday.

Drogba to start against Brazil

A goalless draw against Portugal has given Ivory Coast the confidence it needs to tackle top ranked Brazil on Sunday, especially with talismanic captain and striker Didier Drogba likely to be in the starting lineup.

Veron rested

Argentina midfielder Juan Sebastian Veron will not play in the team's second World Cup match against South Korea because of an injury and will be replaced by Maxi Rodriguez.

Kiwi success hijacked

First there was pavlova, then Phar Lap. Then Crowded House and even Russell Crowe joined the list of New Zealand creations claimed by Australia.

English wilt under pressure: Ballack

German footballers can cope with the successes of their predecessors better than their English counterparts claimed former German captain Michael Ballack in his column in The Times newspaper on Wednesday.

Mexicans wary of the wounded

After ruining South Africa's opening party plans, Mexico take on an unsteady France side on Thursday eager to highlight their growing reputation as World Cup gatecrashers.

Battle for survival

Nigeria are keeping everyone guessing about their plans for the World Cup Group B match with Greece on Thursday, training in seclusion on the Indian Ocean coast since their defeat by Argentina.

World Cup One Twos

Never mind the vuvuzelas, Brazilian World Cup fans are giving rivals Argentina the needle with some voodoo 'fun.'


Regulatory steps hurt stocks

Dhaka stocks fell more than 1 percent yesterday after the central bank and the market regulator took measures on liquidity.

In love with Iraqi real estate

Iraq may sound like an unlikely place for real estate business. It is not so for Ishraf Ahmad, a 23-year-old Bangladeshi. He is not on the move in the war-torn country, though. Far from the dangers still lurking on the ground, Ishraf lives in the US and does his job out of his Minnesota home over the internet.

Beximco invests Tk 160cr in Westin

Beximco Group, one of the largest business conglomerates, has entered the hospital sector by investing around Tk 160 crore in the Westin hotel.

BDBL to open 11 branches

Bangladesh Development Bank Ltd (BDBL) has decided to open 11 new branches in commercially important places.

CFL bulb distribution starts Saturday

The countrywide free distribution of 2.80 crore pieces of compact florescent lamps kicks off Saturday. This drive will save at least 300-400 megawatt (MW) of electricity a day, Power Secretary M Abul Kalam Azad has said.

Dhaka eyes $400m RMG exports to Latin America

Bangladesh can fetch US$400 million from apparel exports to three Latin American countries in the next three years.

Lehman administrators seek to hurry asset returns

Administrators of collapsed US investment bank Lehman Brothers said yesterday that they would seek to fast-track the return of assets to the group's creditors.

Mobile content development contest launched

Grameenphone Ltd and Microsoft Bangladesh Ltd jointly launched a mobile application development contest for content developers, in a bid to promote the local content industry.

Spanish government set to approve labour market overhaul

The Spanish government is to approve yesterday a labour market overhaul deemed crucial for reviving the economy and fending off a Greek-style debt crisis despite union calls for a general strike.

VW raises 2010 sales

Europe's biggest carmaker, Volkswagen, raised its 2010 sales and operating profit target yesterday after a better-than-expected first half.

Water, water everywhere

Students of English Literature can never forget the haunting story of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. As the story goes, the mariner recklessly "with my cross-bow, I shot the albatross", the albatross having appeared and led their errant, lost ship back on course.

What's behind China's recent labour unrest?

A string of strikes at foreign-owned factories in southern China, especially Honda vehicle plants and parts suppliers, has highlighted the rising demands of young Chinese workers from the countryside.


The bank said it had credited the stock dividend for 2002 to 2006 to the respective shareholders' BO accounts.

Oil higher

Oil climbed higher in Asian trade yesterday, drawing support from investors' positive outlook on the global economy, analysts said.

Britain's Osborne to shake up financial regulation

Britain's new finance minister George Osborne was expected to hand the Bank of England main responsibility yesterday for ensuring the country's financial stability as part of a regulatory shake-up.

EU rubbishes report of 250b euro Spanish credit line

The European Commission dismissed as "rubbish" reports yesterday that the EU, the IMF and the US were planning a credit line of up to 250 billion euros for Spain.

British lender RBS agrees to sell Pakistan unit

State-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland said on Wednesday that it had agreed to sell its Pakistan division to Faysal Bank for around 41 million euros ($50 million).

Toyota to agree steel price hike

Toyota Motor has agreed to a large hike in the price it pays for steel in a deal that could lead to a substantial increase in purchasing costs for Japanese companies, a report said yesterday.


PM asks SSF not to annoy people while on duty

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday asked the Special Security Force (SSF) to ensure that they do not annoy the mass people while performing their security tasks.

Acute transport crisis in Ctg

Commuters in the port city are facing an acute crisis for transport as more than three fourths of the public transport has been requisitioned while others are remaining off the roads fearing requisition.

High casualties, devastation if 7.05 magnitude quake strikes Dhaka city: Study

Dhaka city may witness high civilian casualties and devastation if a 7.0 to 7.05-magnitude earthquake strikes the capital, according to a study.

IT equipment to be provided for physically challenged persons

State Minister for Science and ICT Yeafesh Osman yesterday said his ministry would provide computer and other necessary equipment for the persons with disabilities for developing their skills in order to turn them into human resources.

'Sweden to provide long-term assistance'

Sweden will provide long-term financial and technical assistances to Bangladesh to support its development initiatives, outgoing Swedish Ambassador Britt Hagstrom said yesterday.

Graft eating into dev funds

Corruption has become so endemic in the country that hardly 20 percent of the allocation for development can be utilised for the same purpose, Planning Minister AK Khandaker said at a seminar yesterday.

President leaves for London June 19 for check-up

President Zillur Rahman will leave Dhaka for London on June 19 for medical check-up at Bupa Cromwell Hospital.

Saudi Arabia denies British newspapers' allegations

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has categorically denied allegations circulated in the British newspapers that the Kingdom has given permission to Israeli aircraft to fly over its territories to attack Iran, a reliable Saudi source said.

Matiur, Khairul re-elected president, secy

Md Matiur Rahaman Talukdar of the Daily Ittefaq and Md Khairul Alam of the Daily Sangram were re-elected president and general secretary of Bangladesh Newspaper Employees Federation yesterday, says a press release.

Approve DAP to keep city liveable

Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP) yesterday stressed the need for approval of Detailed Area Plan (DAP) immediately to keep the city liveable.

Holcim awards 8 green projects

Holcim Bangladesh yesterday honoured eight innovative, future-focused and sustainable green construction projects.

Bangladesh to open embassy in Brazil

Bangladesh will open an embassy in Brazil soon to facilitate bilateral relations and trade between the two countries.

Shitalakhya clean-up continues

The Narayanganj district administration and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) jointly demolished a large illegal segment of a factory yesterday as they continue the ongoing eviction drive to save River Shitalakhya.

Minister warns of stern action against land grabbers

Food and Disaster Management Minister Dr Abdur Razzaque yesterday categorically said stringent actions would be taken against the land grabbers, who illegally occupied the government lands, causing immense sufferings to the people.

BSF refuses to hold flag meet

An uneasy calm prevailed in border areas in Sylhet yesterday, a day after the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles traded fires at different points of the 20-km border from Jaintapur to Bichhnakandi.

Nirmul body int'l confce June 20

Ekattorer Ghatak Dalal Nirmul Committee will hold an international conference on June 20 to rally international support for the trial of war criminals.

'Increase budgetary funds for health sector'

Members of Swasthya Andolon at a press conference yesterday urged the government to increase budgetary allocation in health sector.

Akikunnessa's 28th anniversary of death today

Today is the 28th death anniversary of Akikunnessa Ahmad, a noted writer and pioneer in progressive women's movement in late 40's, says a press release.


Another PCJSS man shot dead in Rangamati

A supporter of Parbattya Chattagram Jana Sangahti Samity (PCJSS) was killed and another injured in a gun attack allegedly by the activists of United People's Democratic Front (UPDF) at Modanpur village, about 10kms off Rajasthali upazila headquarters yesterday morning.

Struggle on to come into light

Schooling among children from backward Harijan community in the district sees gradual rise, thanks to initiative by a few non-governmental organisations and growing awareness of the guardians.

Lightning kills 5, injures 16

Five people were killed and 16 others injured by lightning in four districts yesterday.

Mohiuddin still mayor on CCC website

The Chittagong City Corporation (CCC) website still features ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury as the incumbent mayor with his signed message to the investors and business community.

3 govt docs sued for violating poll code

Three government physicians were sued yesterday on charge of seeking vote for Awami League (AL)-backed Nagorik Committee mayoral candidate ABM Mohiuddin Chowdhury at a view exchange meeting.

Roadblock to protest load shedding during WC tie

Chandpur-Comilla Road was blocked at several points by locals in three upazilas yesterday morning protesting load shedding during Tuesday night's Brazil-North Korea match of the World Cup (WC).

Stalkers stab protester to death in Kushtia

A man, stabbed by a gang of stalkers for protesting their evil act in Damurhuda upazila of Chuadanga district on June 10, succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday evening.

BNP meeting, houses of party activists attacked in 2 dists

At least 25 leaders and activists of Patuakhali BNP were injured as a gang attacked their meeting at the residence of central BNP Vice- Chairman former minister Altaf Hossain Cowdhury at Sher-e-Bangla Girls' School road in the district town yesterday noon.

2 to die for killing wives in Narail, Bogra

Two people to die for killing wives in Narail and Bogra while another person has been held for same offence in Tangail.

Six NGO men held on charge of cheating

A court here on Tuesday sent six employees of Foyjul Quran Foundation, a pro-Islamic NGO, to jail hajat.

5 BCL men handed over to police by leaders, later freed

Chhatra League (BCL) leaders at the university early yesterday handed over five of their Madar Bux Hall unit activists to police following an intra-party clash at the hall.

Jubo League man attacked

An activist of Jubo League was injured in an attack by rivals over submission of tender in the town yesterday.


Obama vows to ‘make BP pay' for oil spill

President Barack Obama has vowed to "make BP pay" for damage caused by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, in his first national address from the Oval Office.

Heavy arms fire rings out in Kyrgyz south

Ethnic Uzbeks in the south Kyrgyz conflict zone are threatening to blow up an oil depot if the interim government tries to take it by force.

Israel weighs easing Gaza blockade

Israel's security cabinet is meeting to discuss a possible easing of the blockade of the Gaza Strip.

Flash floods kill 15 in France

Flash floods caused by torrential rain killed 15 people and left 12 missing near France's Mediterranean coast, local officials said yesterday.

Japan's PM survives no-confidence motion

Japan's new centre-left Prime Minister Naoto Kan easily survived a no-confidence motion Yesterday and dismissed opposition calls for snap elections for the powerful lower house of parliament.

Turkish 'coup plot' trial begins

Thirty-three people have gone on trial over alleged plans to attack Turkey's non-Muslim minorities in a plot aimed at causing chaos and the toppling of the government.

UN warship hearing angers N Korea

North Korea says its military will respond if the UN Security Council rebukes it over an alleged torpedo attack on a Southern warship in March.

Questions on Afghan strategy touch nerve in Pentagon

Downbeat news reports and second-guessing in Congress about the course of the war in Afghanistan have touched a nerve in the Pentagon, where some worry the negativity is undercutting public sentiment before President Barack Obama's strategy even has a chance to work.

Heavy rain, floods kill 25 in Myanmar

Heavy rain in Myanmar has triggered floods and landslides, washing away bridges, blocking roads and killing at least 25 people, local officials and an aid worker said yesterday.

Afghans doubtful over US mineral wealth aim

Many Afghans are reportedly suspicious about American designs after the Pentagon reported that Afghanistan has untapped mineral deposits worth a trillion dollars.

US seeks details on China-Pak N-deal

The United States was seeking clarification from China on its deal earlier this year to build two new civilian nuclear reactors for Pakistan, the State Department said on Tuesday.

Manipur blockade continues in India

A two-month road blockade by tribal groups in the north-eastern state of Manipur has not ended despite the leading group calling it off.

Pakistan bans political meeting in Karachi

Authorities have banned public political meetings in the Pakistani city of Karachi after fresh violence this month has left 12 people dead.

White House officials meet Rajapakse

Two White House officials met Sri Lanka's president on Tuesday, part of a series of diplomatic visits this week amid renewed heat on the island nation to probe possible rights violations at the end of its civil war last year.

Afghan Taliban rejects LSE report

The Afghan Taliban has rejected the London School of Economics (LSE) report, which claimed that it receives funding and training from the Inter Services Intelligence (ISI), terming it as a part of false propaganda.

Doctor examines bin Laden's hunter

An American construction worker detained in Pakistan on what authorities said was an armed solo mission to kill Osama bin Laden has been examined by a doctor, Pakistani officials said yesterday, after his relatives warned he had kidney problems and needed dialysis.

Arts & Entertainment

“Rooted Creativity-3”

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts has planned a yearlong programme that includes a series of 10 group art exhibitions. The third exhibition of this series, titled “Rooted Creativity-3,” is now being held at Bengal Gallery of Fine Arts, Dhanmondi in Dhaka.

Only superlatives would do

Exquisite, lyrical, captivating. None of these superlatives would be out of place, after seeing the film “Spartacus”, performed by the famous Russian Bolshoi Ballet.

New talk show “Kick Off” on BTV

“Kick Off” is a provisional talk show, which went on air on BTV from June 11 on the occasion of the FIFA World Cup 2010. The new programme focuses on football, the teams, respective players, in-depth match analysis, personal opinions and everything else linked with World Cup 2010. The show is aired prior to every match.

Celebrities on World Cup 2010

Since childhood, I have been a football enthusiast. This year as I watched the inaugural match of the World Cup, I got really interested in the South African team. But my favourite team has to be Brazil. I want Brazil and Spain to be in the finals. I like the Brazilians because of their rhythmic style of play, which has always captivated me -- it is after all the land of Pelé. I think Brazil is the strongest team in this year's World Cup. They have also won the cup several times. I hope Brazil will get to the final and win the cup.

Taking up Badal Rahman’s unfinished projects

Filmmaker, teacher and film activist Manzare Hasin Murad has been selected as the acting president of the Federation of Film Societies of Bangladesh (FFSB). Noted filmmaker Badal Rahman was the president of FFSB. Rahman passed away last Friday. Murad has vowed to carry on the unfinished tasks left by Rahman.

‘Borsha Boron Utshab’ at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy

Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy (BSA) organised a 'Borsha Boron Utshab' (welcoming monsoon) at the National Theatre Hall, BSA on June 15. The programme featured songs, dance performances and recitations on monsoon.

In China, an attempt at a Hollywood-style epic

The movie has ancient Greek warriors, pirates, underwater kingdoms, a villain called the Demon Mage and mermaids that kill men during lovemaking. There is a sultry Bond girl, too, playing the mermaid queen. Most of the actors are American, and the cameras use 3-D technology.

Rashid Khan concert postponed

Hindustani classical vocalist Ustad Rashid Khan's recital scheduled for today, June 17, 2010, has been cancelled due to unavoidable reasons, says a press release from the organisers, Web Entertainment. Tickets will be refunded at 'Shadhona': House 5, Road 27, Block J, Banani, Dhaka.

“Bikeler Alo” on ATN Bangla tonight

On the occasion of Father's Day ATN Bangla will air the single episode TV play “Bikeler Alo” tonight at 11:00 pm. Written by Arun Chowdhury, the play has been directed by Choyonika Chowdhury.


Developers should not go unchallenged

BANGLADESH Environment Network (BEN), the global network of non-resident Bangladeshis and their international friends, takes strong exception to and deplores strongly the way some real estate developers attacked the State Minister for Works, Mr. Abdul Mannan and Prof. Jamilur Chowdhury, the expert who was given the responsibility to review the Detail Area Plan (DAP) necessary for implementation of the Dhaka city Master Plan.

Mix and match

IN his budget speech for 2010/11, the finance minister duly drove home his government's thoughts on agricultural development, especially food security. The last fiscal year saw some sea-changes in incentives for raising crop production (especially paddy). Special mention may be made of subsidy assistance cards for about 20 million farmers and distribution of Tk.720 crores as subsidy on diesel channeled through these cards.

Putting the myth to bed

YOU have heard it all before. The Brazilians play joga bonito, more samba dance than football; the Italians are defensively solid, cateneccio reigns supreme; the Dutch are cavalier, they play with élan and imagination; the Germans are mechanistic and clinical, they take every chance that comes their way. African teams are tactically naïve, and their goalkeepers are very poor.

Vacancy: Foreign degrees only

I love my country and the people of this country, I fight for those who love this nation and embrace the name Bangladesh. But surely some of us have an attitude and mentality problem when it has anything to do with Bangladesh.

Obituary of the Observer

THE obit of the Bangladesh Observer is certainly sad news for the media world and many will mourn it. The news of the Observer's closure appeared at a time when the country's media is already shadowed by closures of a TV channel and a vernacular daily, although the Observer wound down for a different reason.

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