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Traders to get ad hoc licences soon: MCD
Councillors to meet LG over auction of land by DDA
New Delhi, June 7
The ad hoc licences of Delhi traders which were kept in abeyance due to the sealing and demolition drive will be renewed in a day or two, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi today said.

US state opens chapter in Gurgaon
Gurgaon, June 7
The Maryland state of USA and Haryana announced here last night the opening up of Gurgaon chapter of “Maryland-India Business Round Table Inc” in Gurgaon to facilitate understanding and flow of trade and commerce for the benefit of the entrepreneurs of two states.

Wanted: A ‘chief guest’ to inaugurate hospital 
New Delhi, June 7
Even as the construction work of Lala Bulaki Das Civil Hospital at Chota Bazar, Shahdara, has been completed for more than five months, it is yet to be opened for general public because the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, is yet to decide on a “suitable chief guest”.

Capital headed for power crisis, says discom
New Delhi, June 7
The peak power demand in the Capital touched the figure of 3,725 MW in the month of May itself.



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A view of a traffic jam due to a ‘chakka jam’ campaign by Bharatiya Janata Party
A view of a traffic jam due to a ‘chakka jam’ campaign by Bharatiya Janata Party activists in protest against the recent hike in petrol and diesel prices, near Moti Nagar crossing in the Capital. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi

Falling water table augurs bad days for Noida
Noida, June 7
The ground water table in Noida is falling at an alarming rate. While in 1984-85 drinking water could be pumped out at a depth of five metres, now even digging and sinking pumps up to 20 metres’ depth fails to bring up water.

BJP demands CM’s resignation over water shortage
New Delhi, June 7
Scores of BJP workers today held a sit-in outside the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) headquarters here to protest “discrimination” in supply of drinking water in the city and demanded Chief Minister Ms Sheila Dikshit’s resignation over the issue.

Abattoir work to be finished on turnkey basis
New Delhi, June 7
The MCD Standing Committee today gave the go-ahead to a proposal for setting up a negotiating committee to complete the remaining work of the Ghazipur abattoir on a turnkey basis.

Students filling their admission forms at Delhi University in the Capital
Students filling their admission forms at Delhi University in the Capital on Wednesday. — Tribune photo by Mukesh Aggarwal

Belying forecasts, it’s hot and humid again
New Delhi, June 7
The mercury continued its upwards movement in the national Capital today as the temperature rose further to 40.4 degrees Celsius. Though the maximum temperature was one degrees below normal, bright sunlight, coupled with high humidity, led to acute perspiration keeping most people indoors.

Hotel, ITDC held responsible for theft
New Delhi, June 7
Nearly 10 years after the theft of a laptop from a room of an ITDC owned five star hotel here, a city consumer court has awarded Rs 25,000 compensation to a consultant from Singapore who lost the computer on his brief business visit to India.

Illegal structures razed in Gurgaon village
Gurgaon, June 7
The district administration today wielded the long handle and demolished illegal structures which were being set up on prime 10 acres of land in Garhi Harsaru village.

Workers injured in clash in Gurgaon
Gurgaon, June 7
More than 12 workers of a private firm based in IMT Manesar, about 20 km from here, were injured in a clash with two of them suffering serious injuries.

Milkman killed as truck overturns
Greater Noida, June 7
One person was killed while six milkmen were injured seriously when a Tata-407 mini truck turned turtle while trying to avoid a collision with a car near Honda Siel factory under Kasna police station area yesterday. The mini truck was returning after delivering milk in Delhi.

Married woman burnt to death
Noida, June 7
A married woman in Bambawar village under Dadri police station was reportedly burnt to death in suspicious circumstances. Instead of informing the police, the family members hurriedly cremated her.

Dadri Nagar Parishad hit by Rs 80-lakh scam 
Noida, June 7
The probe against the former Dadri Municipal Committee Chairman has been completed in which a fraud amounting to Rs 80 lakh has come to light. The ADM (Finance) has completed the enquiry and submitted his report to the District Magistrate.

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Traders to get ad hoc licences soon: MCD
Councillors to meet LG over auction of land by DDA

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 7
The ad hoc licences of Delhi traders which were kept in abeyance due to the sealing and demolition drive will be renewed in a day or two, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) today said.

A statement in this regard was made by MCD Commissioner Mr A K Nigam in a meeting of the MCD Standing Committee.

The statement came after several members including Leader of the House Mr Jitender Kochar, Congress member Mr Sanjay Puri and others demanded to know why the ad-hoc licences of the traders had not been renewed even though the sealing and demolition drive had been put on hold for one year.

Mr Puri said the non-renewal of the licences of the traders was leading to their unnecessary “challaning” by inspectors and adding to corruption.

On this, the standing Committee chairman Mr Jai Kishen Sharma asked the commissioner to make a statement on the issue.

The commissioner stated that the licences of the traders would be renewed in a day or two.

Earlier, on Saturday, the commissioner, during a meeting convened by Union Urban Development Minister Mr Jaipal Reddy, had assured traders that the ad hoc licences would be renewed soon.

Meanwhile, MCD councillors have decided to meet Lt. Governor B L Joshi to seek his intervention on the issue of the Delhi Development Authority auctioning the nearly 32- acre land allocated by it to the MCD for relocation of JJ clusters.

A decision in this regard was taken at a meeting of the Standing Committee of the MCD after a report by the MCD commissioner on the issue refuted claims by the DDA that in lieu of the land at Tehkhand, the MCD had been allotted land in Molarband and Rohini.

The commissioner’s report also submitted that DDA owed an amount of Rs 4287.69 crore to the MCD’s Slum and JJ Department for utilising 807.69 acres of the land belonging to it.

The issues was raised in the meeting by BJP’s Vijender Gupta, who stated that the issue was important and required immediate attention of the MCD.

Mr Gupta’s views were endorsed by several members cutting across party lines. It was decided that a delegation of councillors, led by Standing Committee chairman Mr Jai Kishen Sharma and including Leader of the House Mr Jitender Kochar, Leader of the Opposition in the MCD Mr Subhash Arya, Mr Vijender Gupta among others would soon meet the Lt. Governor on the issue and urge him to intervene in the matter.

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US state opens chapter in Gurgaon
Ravi S.Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 7
The Maryland state of USA and Haryana announced here last night the opening up of Gurgaon chapter of “Maryland-India Business Round Table Inc” (MIBRT) in Gurgaon to facilitate understanding and flow of trade and commerce for the benefit of the entrepreneurs of two states.

The Gurgaon chapter is in collaboration with the Gurgaon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI). Its chairperson will be the founder president of GCCI and former chief of the PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PHDCCI), Mr P.K. Jain.

The announcement was made in the presence of Senator of Maryland Senate, John.A.Gianetti (Jr) and the Governor of Haryana, Dr A.R. Kidwai and the state Chief Minister, Mr Bhupinder Singh Hooda.

The development is a sequel to the recent Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Haryana and the state of Maryland. Significantly, the state of Maryland has signed an MoU with the state of Karnataka and Banglore chapter of MIBRT will be opened.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr Kidwai said that the understanding between the two states which has been institutionalised will help them expand their business for the benefit of people at ground level on both the sides. While the entrepreneurs of India can learn and take advantage of new business techniques and tools from the USA, the people from other side could benefit out of a large pool of skilled manpower, cheap labour and the big market of the country.

Stressing that the USA finds India its natural ally, he saw immense possibility on account of the understanding between the two states.

Laying stress on Gurgaon, he said that it has become a role model not only in Haryana, but in the entire country. He gave credit to this to the entrepreneurs. Haryana was providing support to strengthen infrastructure, he added.

He said that many foreign investors are planning to invest in Haryana, especially in Gurgaon. He cited the name of the Japanese who want to make more investments here.

He also said that the agriculture university of the state of Maryland has signed an MoU with the Agriculture University of Hisar (Haryana) to bolster research work and academics in the two institutions.

He said both the states are agricultural states. Hence, there was additional factor for mutual attraction between them. According to him, the two states could collaborate in a big way in the areas of agriculture, nano-technology, bio-technology and IT Gurgaon would be the ideal destination for IT and related services.

Speaking on the occasion, Senator John. A. Gianetti, who is the overall Chairperson of MIBRT, said that the state of Maryland has chosen Haryana as it is in the forefront of the economy of India. Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda wished well to the joint venture and said that there was a lot of similarity between the two states. As Maryland was horseshoe to Washington, Gurgaon was also horseshoe to Delhi. Besides, both have predominant agriculture economy.

In his keynote address, Mr P.K. Jain said that Haryana is in the forefront of sectors like IT, Education, bio-technology, automobiles and services and the two states could take advantage in mutual interest.

Referring to Gurgaon, he said that it has emerged as a role model for others in dynamism and modernism.

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Wanted: A ‘chief guest’ to inaugurate hospital 
Nalini Ranjan

New Delhi, June 7
Even as the construction work of Lala Bulaki Das Civil Hospital at Chota Bazar, Shahdara, has been completed for more than five months, it is yet to be opened for general public because the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), is yet to decide on a “suitable chief guest”.

Meanwhile, the residents of the nearby areas are being deprived of better health care facilities. It may be pointed out that the hospital was constructed by the MCD at cost of Rs 4 crore provided by the Trans-Yamuna Development Board. At the time of the release of the fund, it had been decided to finish all construction works of the hospital by the end of September 2003. However, the MCD failed to meet the deadline even by the end of 2003. To make matters worse, the roof of old building, which was operating as a small polyclinic, collapsed in December 2003.

Later, the staff of the polyclinic were shifted to a six-room structure. Since then the construction work of the hospital slowed down.

“Due to these reasons, the hospital could not be finished on time,” said a local resident.

An employee of this polyclinic said that at least 800 – 1000 patients, mostly from East and North – East districts apart from some adjoining areas of East Utter Pradesh, come to the Out Patient Department (OPD) every day.

The patients are eagerly awaiting the start of this district civil hospital.

“Apart from the delay in finishing the remaining works of the hospital, even important equipment like ECG, Ultra Sound and X-ray machines etc are yet to be installed in the hospital,” the employee said.

When contacted, the Chairman of the Trans-Yamuna Development Board, Dr Narendra Nath, said that it is the sole responsibility of the MCD to arrange equipment and staff for the hospital.

“Some beds and lab have been installed for emergency purpose. The hospital administration is also planning to start twelve-hour emergency service in the hospital for the convenience of local patients,” he said.

“As far as the inauguration of the hospital is concerned, it will be done very shortly. Earlier, it had been decided to ask the CM to inaugurate the hospital but had to be deferred due to some unavoidable reasons,” he added. 

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Capital headed for power crisis, says discom
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 7
The peak power demand in the Capital touched the figure of 3,725 MW in the month of May itself. The demand in the coming weeks is expected to easily cross the figure of 3,900 MW. And there may not be enough power in the Northern Grid to meet the demand, according to the discom, BSES.

The issue is further compounded by over-drawing of electricity by some neighboring states, which leads to a dip in frequency levels.

In such a situation, the frequency levels fall to dangerous levels – a point where loadshedding is necessary to stabilise the frequency.

BSES resorts to load-shedding on advice of the Delhi State Load Dispatch Centre, who in turn is advised by Northern Region Load Dispatch Centre (NRLDC).

In view of the grim power situation, BSES has also appealed to customers to conserve electricity and adopt the habit of switching off unneeded electrical equipment in order to overcome the crisis.

Based on customer feedback and convenience, BSES today released its four months (June-September) load shedding schedule. Prepared in a customer-friendly format, the schedule is in form of a 12-page handy booklet (separate for BYPL and BRPL). The schedule also gives customers handy energy-saving tips.

According to BSES, the loadshedding schedule may, however, vary depending upon the availability of power for distribution.

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Falling water table augurs bad days for Noida
Parmindar Singh

Noida, June 7
The ground water table in Noida is falling at an alarming rate. While in 1984-85 drinking water could be pumped out at a depth of five metres, now even digging and sinking pumps up to 20 metres’ depth fails to bring up water.

According to present indications, after a decade or so the ground water table may become impossible to reach.

This alarming picture becomes clear from the data made available by Central Ground Water Board’s report.

The board has envisaged that unless some big projects to recharge ground water in Noida are undertaken, the present trend of sinking ground water level indicates that in another two decades the area may become totally devoid of ground water.

The town is consuming 232 million litres of water daily while potable water is available at a depth of 30 to 40 metres. With growth in population, the consumption of water has also gone up over the years.

The Noida Jal Nigam supplies water from three sources – ground water, Ganga jal and Rainywell. The population here is on an upswing. In 2001, GB Nagar district population was at 12 lakh with seven lakh in the towns.

The Chief Engineer of Jal Nigam, Mr H. S. Yadav, said some 232 million litres of water was being pumped out from the ground for supply to Noida per day. Earlier, this quantity used to be two-thirds. These are of course official figures. But a large number of people are also using submersible pumps from which water is being pumped out rapidly with the result that subsoil water reservoirs are being emptied at a fast rate.

Although the Supreme Court has ordered that all government buildings with a covered area of 300 sq metres and above must install rain harvesting systems, it has not been implemented in government buildings here so far.

A plan has been prepared to stem the depleting ground water sources under which all multiplexes, government buildings etc must install rain harvesting systems. The district development officer says all schools have also been asked to put in place water harvesting system to create awareness among children of its importance.

But if the authorities and people do not become serious on this issue Noida will soon be heading towards a situation like Delhi. It is high time the administration became serious about implementing water recharge systems without further delay.

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BJP demands CM’s resignation over water shortage
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 7
Scores of BJP workers today held a sit-in outside the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) headquarters here to protest “discrimination” in supply of drinking water in the city and demanded Chief Minister Ms Sheila Dikshit’s resignation over the issue.

BJP leaders claimed that localities in East Delhi, the Parliamentary constituency of the Chief Minister’s son Mr Sandeep Dikshit, are getting uninterrupted supply of water, while there is shortage in other areas.

“In contrast, people living in South Delhi and Outer Delhi Villages especially Sangam Vihar, Devli, Khanpur, Badarpur, Tughlakabad, Mehrauli and Vasant Kunj areas are deprived of their minimum average of drinking water supply by DJB,” BJP MLA from Saket Mr Vijay Jolly said.

“The Chief Minister had promised uninterrupted water supply during her poll campaign. But that promise has remained unfulfilled. She should take the responsibility for this and tender her resignation,” he added.

A symbolic public court, ‘Paani Ki Adaalat’ was held on the occasion which held the Chief Minister and Chairman of the DJB responsible for the acute water shortage in the Capital and mismanagement and corruption in the Jal Board.

Mr Jolly appeared as ‘peoples’ counsel’ and stated that 5 lakh people living in Sangam Vihar and Devli Road have been meted step-motherly treatment for the past 25 years.

Mr Jolly stated that in Delhi 58 per cent water is lost due to water thefts. Against the peak demand of 1030 MGD water, DJB barely manages to supply 670 MGD water to the citizens of Delhi. Due to mismanagement and corruption, DJB annually incurs crores of rupees as revenue losses, he said.

He announced sanctioning Rs 50 lakh out of his MLA’s discretionary fund during the year 2006-07 for Sonia Vihar to Sangam Vihar

Water Project if the Government agreed to provide drinking water to the poor residents of the biggest unauthorized and backward colony inhabited by migrant population from Bihar, UP, Uttaranchal, Haryana, Rajasthan and MP by laying fresh water pipelines in the area.

BJP is against privatization of water supply in the Capital, reiterated BJP leader Mr Jolly. He accused the Congress for the back door entry of multinationals in the water distribution system in the Capital.

Mr Jolly later on led a delegation of local RWAs of Sangam Vihar area to meet DJB chief Mr Arun Mathur.

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Abattoir work to be finished on turnkey basis

New Delhi, June 7
The MCD Standing Committee today gave the go-ahead to a proposal for setting up a negotiating committee to complete the remaining work of the Ghazipur abattoir on a turnkey basis.

A proposal to this effect was placed by Additional Municipal Commissioner M K Parida after senior MCD officials concluded that it was not possible to complete the remaining work of the project on item-wise basis.

Under turnkey basis, the contractor will be fully responsible for handing over a “functional slaughter house” in-toto to the MCD at a total cost of Rs 65 crore.

Construction of the Ghazipur abattoir began in 2004 after the Supreme Court ordered relocation of the Idgah slaughter house to a new location.

The project is, however, all set to miss its June 30 deadline for completion.

The initial cost of the project was finalised at Rs 65 crore but with the addition of new features and expansion of the project, the cost has been now raised to a whopping Rs 185 crore.

The decision comes in the wake of a report given by a nine-member committee set up by the civic body to inspect the machinery procured for the slaughter house. —TNS

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Belying forecasts, it’s hot and humid again
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 7
The mercury continued its upwards movement in the national Capital today as the temperature rose further to 40.4 degrees Celsius.
Though the maximum temperature was one degrees below normal, bright sunlight, coupled with high humidity, led to acute perspiration keeping most people indoors.

It is the third consecutive day that the mercury has witnessed a rising trend.

After three days of pleasant weather over the weekend, which saw cool South Easterly winds and a heavily overcast sky plummet the mercury to eight to 10 degrees below normal, the mercury rose to 38.3 degrees Celsius on Monday, and subsequently to 40 degrees Celsius yesterday.

Weathermen say the rise in mercury is largely an offshoot of the decreasing influence of the upper air cyclonic movement which lead to a heavy overcast sky and light rains over the weekend.

The coming days are likely to witness a further rise in mercury.

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Hotel, ITDC held responsible for theft
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, June 7
Nearly 10 years after the theft of a laptop from a room of an ITDC owned five star hotel here, a city consumer court has awarded Rs 25,000 compensation to a consultant from Singapore who lost the computer on his brief business visit to India.

The Delhi State Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission, presided over by Justice J D Kapoor and Member Rumnita Mittal, held the Indian Tourism Development Corporation Limited and Delhi’s Kanishka hotel, where Richard Loh Lai Kim had stayed, guilty for the deficient service.

Rejecting the contention of the ITDC that it was not mentioned in Kim’s passport that he was carrying a laptop and hence his complaint was misconceived, the Commission said, “No person that too a foreigner would lodge a complaint with the police for nothing”.

Setting aside the District Consumer Forum verdict which had dismissed Kim’s complaint, the Commission said, “District Forum was only concerned with the fact whether any property of the consumer was stolen or not”.

As per Kim’s complaint, filed through his Delhi-based business partner Subodh Kher, he checked in to the hotel on November 10, 1997 and was allotted a room.

Two days later, he left the hotel for dinner and deposited the room keys at the reception.

However, on his return he found that his laptop was missing and his briefcase was lying open.

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Illegal structures razed in Gurgaon village
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 7
The district administration today wielded the long handle and demolished illegal structures which were being set up on prime 10 acres of land in Garhi Harsaru village.

The miscreants had set up 19 boundary walls and also laid down road networks.

All the structures, including the roads, were dismantled by a demolition squad of the District Town and Planning (Enforcement).

According to the office of the Deputy Commissioner, Gurgaon, Mr R.P. Bhardwaj, the names of the miscreants were being ascertained.

Inquiries reveal that the area was plotted and a majority of them have already been sold to the public.

Garhi Harsaru is now an integral part of the Gurgaon urban estate.

It may be mentioned here that the proposed world’s largest Special Economic Zone (SEZ) will touch the area and further appreciate the value of land.

Although the authorities have taken action, a good number of people have already been cheated. The reason being that the land on which the illegal colony was being set up is not in the name of the miscreants. The villagers, as per the revenue record, are the owners and title-holders of the land.

In the given scenario, criminal cases can be registered only against the villagers as per the record. Going by the vote bank politics, the government machinery appears to be hesitant in taking action against the villagers.

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Workers injured in clash in Gurgaon
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, June 7
More than 12 workers of a private firm based in IMT Manesar, about 20 km from here, were injured in a clash with two of them suffering serious injuries.

All of them have been admitted to the local Government Civil Hospital.

The president of the workers’ union of the firm, Mr Virender, who is also among the injured, alleged they were attacked by “goons” of the management.

He said the workers were attacked on the firm’s premises while they were on duty.

However, the management’s version was not available.

Although the police are investigating the matter, many see this as related to the labour problem in the firm. A few days back, there was unrest among the workers as two of their colleagues were transferred. The labour department had intervened and sorted out the matter.

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Milkman killed as truck overturns
Our Correspondent

Greater Noida, June 7
One person was killed while six milkmen were injured seriously when a Tata-407 mini truck turned turtle while trying to avoid a collision with a car near Honda Siel factory under Kasna police station area yesterday. The mini truck was returning after delivering milk in Delhi.

All the injured were rushed to Kailash Hospital in Greater Noida where one of them succumbed to his injuries. Two of other injured are reportedly in serious condition.

According to report, dairymen from Dankore and Greater Noida villages daily go to Delhi to sell milk. On Tuesday while returning, a car suddenly appeared from the opposite direction near Honda Siel factory. While trying to avoid a collision, the Tata-407 took an abrupt turn and overturned as it was being driven at a fast speed. The driver had lost control of the vehicle.

Some passers-by had pulled out the injured and informed the police. Veer Singh of Chausi village was declared dead at Kailash Hospital. Jagat Singh, Khichu, Karmveer, Harish Chander and Mukesh were seriously injured. Jagat Singh and Mukesh are in a critical condition. 

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Married woman burnt to death  
Our Correspondent

Noida, June 7
A married woman in Bambawar village under Dadri police station was reportedly burnt to death in suspicious circumstances. Instead of informing the police, the family members hurriedly cremated her.

The police who belatedly reached the village have arrested the mother-in-law of the deceased. According to police, Naresh, son of Ram Gopal of Bambawar village, had married Vinesh of village Bathala Kathwala of Meerut seven years ago. Two days ago as Vinesh was cooking meals for the family, the stove burst and her garments caught fire. When she shouted for help, she had already been badly charred.

None in the family rushed her to a hospital although she had been almost burnt. She had reportedly breathed her last soon. The family simply said she had been mentally disturbed for sometime.

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Dadri Nagar Parishad hit by Rs 80-lakh scam 

Noida, June 7
The probe against the former Dadri Municipal Committee Chairman has been completed in which a fraud amounting to Rs 80 lakh has come to light. The ADM (Finance) has completed the enquiry and submitted his report to the District Magistrate.

The Nagar Parishad chief is accused of having awarded the contract for widening the streets and building thin edges and drains to his favourite contractor without calling any tenders. Payments in many cases had also been released on the Chairman’s orders although the work was far from complete.

Even the officials had pointed out deficiency in the quality of work. Some 42 tasks worth Rs 80 lakh were reportedly done in files only. Payments for Rs 50 lakh have reportedly been made while the balance payments of Rs 30 lakh have been stopped by the District Magistrate. — OC

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