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Illegal advertisements
MC to act against violators
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has decided to act against political, social and religious organisations installing illegal advertising boards in the city, The MC has convened a meeting of all district chiefs of political parties, social and religious organisations tomorrow to warn them against the illegal practice.

Ever since the contract of advertising companies expired in June, the unipoles are blatantly being used by political parties. Not only the unipoles, but some political parties have installed hoardings on the direction boards.

The MC has failed to take action against the violators. Politicians often install illegal hoardings on unipoles on the eve of a function. Though the MC removes the advertisement the next day, the purpose of installing the hoarding is achieved.

This was observed when Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal’s wife Harsimrat Kaur Badal and his brother-in-law Bikram Singh Majithia visited the city recently. The advertisements were seen on every road of the city. The MC officials not only failed to take any action against the politicians, but the unipoles bearing advertisements remained on the roads for several days.

Former cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria had installed several boards in the city ahead of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s visit to the city yesterday.

An MC official said: “We cannot remove political hoardings due to political pressure.”

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia said the MC would take action against the violators. “Illegal advertising alongside roads will not be tolerated. We will issue challans and lodge an FIR against the violators,” she said. 

Ever since the contract of advertising companies expired in June, the unipoles are blatantly being used by political parties. Not only the unipoles, but some political parties have installed hoardings on the direction boards.

Former cabinet minister Hira Singh Gabria had installed several boards in the city ahead of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s visit to the city.


Two die of dengue at CMCH 
Anupam Bhagria
Tribune News Service

Cases in district 733  Other districts 
Other states 

fogging schedule 

Ludhiana, November 5
Two persons died of dengue at Christian Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana. District epidemiologist Dr Anil Verma said: “The patients were admitted to Christian Medical College and Hospital. They died before Diwali, but we received the confirmation report from the hospital today.”

The deceased include a 12-year-old girl from Gyaspura and a 30-year-old man from Kori village near Khanna. With this, the number of dengue deaths reported in the city has reached four.

Meanwhile, 16 more patients tested positive for dengue at hospitals across the district today.

Out of these, eight are from Ludhiana — two from Dana Mandi, one each from Daad, Bharti Colony, Field Gunj, Kochar Market and Haibowal Kalan.

Two patients are from Jalandhar, two from Hoshiarpur, one each from Mansa, Mukatsar and Sangrur. One patients belongs to Jammu and Kashmir.

The number of dengue patients reported in the district has reached 733.



Gambling joint raided, 40 held
Mohit Khanna
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
The city police busted a gambling racket operating from a godown at the Vivek Nagar area of the city with the arrest of 40 persons. The arrested include Surinder Kumar, organiser of the gambling joint, and his relatives — Mohinder Pal, Harinder Kumar, Gulshan Kumar and Partik Kumar. The police said the accused claimed that they had a licence to run a casino.

The police has also recovered Rs 3,12,245 from the possession of the accused. The raid was conducted last night following a tip-off.

It was learnt that liquor and snacks were also served to customers at the gambling joint.

The accused also included businessmen and students. Relatives of some of the accused reached the Division Number 4 police station at midnight and demanded their release.

The police did not divulge details. The SHO of the Division Number 4 police station said they were investigating the case. 



Two arrested for raping minors 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
The police has booked Suraj Kumar, a resident of Gobindpura in the Division Number 7 area of the city, for allegedly raping his 14-year-old foster daughter.

The victim’s mother said she married the accused seven years ago after leaving her first husband. She reported the matter to the police after the victim told her about the incident yesterday.

The police has launched a hunt to nab the accused.

In another incident, a 55-year-old man, who was allegedly raping a five-year-old girl in a park at BRS Nagar, was overpower by residents. He was later handed over to the police.

The accused has been identified as Tulsi Ram, a resident of Phoolanwal. He has been has been booked and arrested under Section 376 of the IPC.

The complainant, Ramandeep Singh, said he was walking in the park when he heard the girl screaming for help.

Ramandeep told his friend and they apprehended Tulsi Ram. The police was informed.



SDO held for graft 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
Kuldeep Singh, sub-divisional officer (SDO) at the Punjab Pollution Control Board, was nabbed red-handed while accepting a bribe of Rs 40,000.

The vigilance team also arrested his aide, Mahesh Tyagi , who acted as a middleman. The official had allegedly demanded the bribe to issue a no-objection certificate to the complainant. The vigilance team laid a trap and nabbed him red-handed. The vigilance team also conducted raids at the SDO's and Mahesh Tyagi's residences.

The accused have been booked under various sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.



Factory was located in residential area, says MC
 Civic body orders probe, adjoining buildings develop cracks; fire controlled 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

A building that collapsed in the Sekhewal area; and (right) cracks develop in a house in Ludhiana.
A building that collapsed in the Sekhewal area; and (right) cracks develop in a house in Ludhiana. Photos: Inderjeet Verma

Ludhiana, November 5
The factory that was gutted in the Sekhewal area of the city is in the residential area, reveals the town planning scheme of the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. The MC has ordered an inquiry as the factory was running illegally from the residential area.

Goods worth crores were gutted when a fire broke out at the five-storeyed building of Vardhman Knitwears located in Sekhewal area of the city. It took the fire-fighters more than 36 hours to douse the flames.

MC Additional Commissioner Isha Kalia said confirmed that the building was in the residential area. “A number of factories are running from residential areas of Shivpuri, Sekhewal, Shimlapuri and Sunder Nagar. I have asked the building branch as well as the PWD officials to visit the spot. An inquiry has also been ordered to find out how and when the building was constructed,” said Kalia.

The buildings adjoining the factory also developed cracks.

A resident of Sekhewal said: “Fearing a collapse, residents living in the adjoining buildings vacated their houses.”

Assistant divisional fire officer Bhupinder Singh Sandhu said they were inquiring whether the factory owner had taken the fire safety certificate. “The flames were doused this afternoon, but still we have stationed a fire tender at the spot as a precautionary measure,” he said. 



Teenager goes on a rampage, damages vehicles

Ludhiana, November 5
A teenager went on a vehicle smashing spree on Sat Paul Mittal Road near the Sarabha Nagar market this evening. The police, however, did not register any case against him.
Damaged vehicles at an accident site in Ludhiana.
Damaged vehicles at an accident site in Ludhiana. Tribune photo: Himanshu Mahajan

Station house officer (SHO) of the Sarabha Nagar police station Harpal Singh Grewal said the youth, identified as 19-year-old Abhishek Gupta, a resident of the Sham Nagar area, was driving a Chevrolet Cruze at a high speed. He lost control over the car and rammed it into a cycle-rickshaw. The teenager accelerated in order to flee. In this process, he hit a Mahindra Bolero and a motorcycle before ramming his car into a wall. A motorcyclist and a woman, who was standing outside her house, had a miraculous escape.

The rickshaw puller, identified as Kala, suffered a head injury and was rushed to a hospital. Abhishek also sustained minor injuries.

The police reached the spot and Abhishek’s parents were summoned to the police station. Abhishek was set free after the rickshaw puller entered into a compromise with his parents. — TNS



Dharmendra nostalgic on visiting Dangon
 Spends a lot of time at his aunt Preetam Kaur’s house in his native village, also visits other localities
Our Correspondent

Dangon, November 5
Residents of this nondescript village, Dangon, the native village of Bollywood actor Dharmendra Deol, were overwhelmed to receive actors on Monday afternoon. The team was here in connection with the shooting of a serial “Har Ghar Kuch Kehta Hai”.

More emotional were the moments when Dharmendra rubbed soil of his native land on his forehead and hugged his aunt Preetam Kaur for a long time. Keeping everybody waiting, Dharmendra spent a lot of time at his aunt's house.

He blamed his busy schedule for not being able to visit his native village, earlier. Dharmendra said that many people mistook Sahnewal to be his native village as his father Kewal Krishan was posted there for a long time. "Though the whole country and Punjab is my motherland, I cannot forget that the roots of my family are in this village," said Dharmendra adding that efforts would be made to develop the locality as a cultural centre. Dharmendra declined to answer any question over the ownership of properties that once belonged to his family. During his stay at the village, Dharmendra visited almost all parts of the localities and the fields too. He shared his experiences and invited the village residents to come to Mumbai in his usual style.

Though organisers tried to keep Dharmendra 's schedule a secret, his fans from other villagers had started converging here today to take a glimpse of their hero. The Sudhar police had made required security arrangements for the actor’s visit. The organisers had earlier denied reports about his visit.



Farm varsity to commercialise technologies

Ludhiana, November 5
Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) has inked MoUs with AB Engineers, Ludhiana, and GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Ltd (GSKCH), R and D Centre, Gurgaon, for the licensing of a fruit and vegetable washing machine and a honey heating-cum-filtration machine. Dr Baldev Singh Dhillon, PAU Vice-Chancellor, lauded the efforts of the PAU scientists in the development of innovative farm technologies.

Dr SS Gosal said, "The university has decided to commercialise its agri-products and technologies," he said. The PAU has established a food industry centre (FIC) under the aegis of Ohio State University, the USA, to transfer food technologies from laboratory to the industry and to develop forward-backward linkages with food industry and farmers. Dr JK Sangha, additional director of research (food science, nutrition and engineering), said the machines would wash fruits and vegetables. "The development of instant cereal-based porridge will be an effective intervention for reducing malnutrition," she said. Dr Ashok Kumar, head, processing and food engineering, said the machines had been developed under the all-India coordinated research project on post-harvest technology. Dr Amarjit Kaur, head, food science and technology, said the MoU with the GSKCH would be valid for six months. Under the signed agreement, the GSKCH scientists will with the PAU experts for the refinement of existing food technologies. Dr PK Khanna, PAU Registrar, Dr PS Chahal, associate director of research, and Dr JS Mahal, additional director of research (farm mechanisation and bio-energy), were present.


A two-member delegation from The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), New Delhi, visited Punjab Agricultural University (PAU) to deliberate upon organic farming, sustainable farm practices and other different aspects of agriculture. The delegation comprised Dr Shilpanjali Deshpande Sharma, fellow, green growth and development division, TERI, and Dr Manjushree Banerjee, associate fellow, social transformation, TERI. The Ministry of Agriculture (Department of Agriculture and Cooperation) is implementing organic farming through various schemes, including national project on organic farming. TERI, New Delhi, and the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies have been entrusted with a study on 'Policy and Institutional Support for Organic Agriculture: Enabling Pathways for Inclusive and Sustainable Development'. The delegation visited Punjab. Dr JS Dhiman, additional director of research (Natural Resource and Plant Health Management), said the PAU had made vital contributions to agriculture and allied sectors. Dr AS Dhatt, senior adviser agriculture, Sir Ratan Tata Trust, told the delegation about various research projects. Dr US Sadana, head, soil science, Dr RK Gumber, head, department of plant breeding and genetics, Dr MS Dhaliwal, head, department of vegetable science, Dr CS Aulakh, agronomist, and scientists from various departments of the university interacted with the delegation.— TNS



Civic body jacks up revenue
 Earns over Rs 32 crore from regularisation of plots, houses and buildings 
Puneet Pal Singh Gill
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
The Ludhiana Municipal Corporation has managed to generate a revenue of more than Rs 32 crore as regularisation and composition fee from the regularisation of plots, houses and buildings falling in unapproved or illegal colonies located within the municipal limits.

On October 25, the last date for getting properties regularised was extended till November 5 and since then the MC has managed to generate only Rs 2 crore. Today being the last date, the MC generated a revenue of Rs 1.13 crore.

"Earlier, a large number of residents were getting their properties regularised but when the state government extended the last date twice, it definitely slowed down the momentum," said an MC official.

Plot holders and developers can get their properties regularised till November 15. "They will have to pay a 20 per cent fine while the developers will pay 50 per cent extra if they want to get their properties regularised. We will lodge an FIR against violators after November 15," said a senior building branch official.

Ever since the drive for 'approving' plots/houses/buildings or colonies falling in illegal colonies started on August 28, the Ludhiana MC has managed to 'regularise' 18,000 such properties.

During a survey on property tax, around 3.8 lakh units (residential, commercial and industrial) have been identified by the Ludhiana Municipal Corporation. As per rough estimates, there are 50,000 properties that are located in unapproved or illegal colonies. But after the state government provided relaxation to colonies developed before 1995, the number of such properties came down to around 25,000.

Earlier, the last date for getting the plots and colonies regularised was October 7. It was extended till October 25 and then till November 5.



Training in dairy farming
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
The department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), Ludhiana, organised a week-long specialised training programmes on dairy farming in collaboration with the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Eighteen farmers attended the programme. RK Sharma, DGM State Bank of Patiala, Punjab, was the chief guest.

He said the state was contributing more than 9 per cent of milk towards national milk grid but still there was tremendous potential in Punjab to enhance further productivity of animals through genetic improvement and adoption of scientific practices.

Dr JS Bhatti, head, department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension education, said the department kept organising training programmes on all livestock species. Dr RS Sahota, director, extension education, said dairy was the best viable option for self-employment. 



dummy admissions
Pvt schools defying CBSE’s orders
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
Despite the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) discouraging dummy admissions in schools, many private schools and tuition centres are encouraging the practice.

Not caring much about the career of students, dummy admissions are being promoted by certain private school managements in order to get extra benefits both in terms of money and reputation. Director of Sahodya School Complex Harmit Kaur Waraich said the CBSE had acted tough against the dummy admissions. "There should be a ban on such admissions because 60 per cent weightage (in admission to all the engineering, medical and other colleges) will be given to the Class XII result of the students. The students, who will not attend regular classes, cannot compete with other students and the schools must not promote the practice as this will be like playing with the career of students," said Waraich. As per information, the CBSE is taking strict measures to curb dummy admissions in schools. "The coaching centres are tying up with certain schools. If students will not go to school, coaching centres remain the only option for them. To get good results, certain schools assure the students that they will be given the required attendance and that they can prepare at home or at the coaching centres," said Waraich. Director of Greenland Schools Rajesh Rudra said he was against such admissions. 



16 hone skills in radiology at vet varsity
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
The department of surgery and radiology in collaboration with the department of veterinary and animal husbandry extension education, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU), organised a week-long in-service training programme on 'Hands on Training in Radiology' for surgical specialists of the animal husbandry department, Punjab.

Dr NS Saini, head of the surgery and radiology department, said 16 participants were imparted training in diagnosing anomalies.



Parasailing becomes a hit at NCC camp

Ludhiana, November 5
Parasailing was the latest addition to a slew of training activities already underway at the Air Squadron NCC Camp being held at JNV, Dhanansu. Selected cadets were on cloud nine when they were informed that they would be undertaking parasailing launch later in the day. The cadets had reasons to be very excited.

Camp Commandant Wg Cdr SS Kaila said “The parasailing activity is being carried out after a gap of four to five years. A dedicated and diligent effort has been made by my team, Sgt RN Chowdhury, Cpl Rewat Singh and the civilian drivers Avtar Singh and Danna Singh. Despite a few constraints, the team overcame them and could start the activity this Diwali. So far, we have been able to give launches to 32 cadets.''

The cadets felt that it was not an easy task. — TNS



Ethical hackers in city helping plug security loopholes
Gurvinder Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
The number of ethical hackers is on the rise in city to combat hackers in the online world. Ethical hackers hack into the systems, websites and software to help plug into the security loopholes and protect the software by plugging into the security loopholes.

A city-based hacker, Trishneet Arora, runs his own software firm and conducts ethical-hacking workshops in schools and colleges too. He has been working with the police and cyber crime branches to spread awareness on checking cyber crime and also conducing workshops with the police personnel in Punjab, Gujarat etc, says Arora. He said that hacking was on the rise, but mechanisms were being developed to counter it as well. Soon, online patrolling to control cyber crime will start, he added.

Another ethical hacker from the city has helped make the latest Nokia phones more secure. Manjot Singh, a BTech Computer Science and Technology student, while using the phones found that the information sent from the phones was not encrypted and the cookers were prone to stealing, he then informed Nokia about the security glitches, which were fixed by the mobile giant. So the latest phones now come with the software 'patch' that has fixed the vulnerability.

He has also written about such information to several online websites including Yahoo, Odesk etc in addition to helping online transaction websites like PayPal, Flipkart, Olx etc, he claims. He has also helped mobile phone giants like Blackberry and websites like Twitter too.

He said that government websites were so vulnerable, yet the government didn't pay much attention towards the issue. He has even written to the departments concerned but they don't respond, he said. On the other hand, governments of countries like China and the US are very proactive regarding protection of their websites, he added.He said that the cases of card hacking and duplication were abound in the black-hat hacking. "What many people do not know is that the hackers don't withdraw a large amount from the people’s account. They keep on withdrawing small amounts on a regular basis without people getting to know about this. So people need be careful about using the right channels and educate themselves about safer transactions online," he added. 



mid-day meal
Government cooks rue giving of contract to private counterparts
 To take out protest rally in Patiala on November 9 
Shivani Bhakoo
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
Cooks working under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme have expressed anguish over the state government's decision to give the contract of cooking of mid-day meals to their private counterparts at schools in Bathinda district from October1.

Perturbed over the decision taken by the government, the cooks here said that the contractual system had already brought disrepute to the mid-day meal scheme as "sub-standard" food was provided to the students in government schools. Due to regular complaints and lower quality of meals being served to the students by the contractors, the contract in many districts was scrapped by the government in the recent past and an assurance was given that meals will be cooked by the workers (cooks) working under the scheme.

The district president of the Democratic Mid Day Meal Cook Front, Punjab, Praveen Kumari Bhaura said that certain political leaders, for their vested interests, were eager to give the contract of mid-day meals to private players, which would never be accepted by the cooks.

"The state government is not bothered about the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. The Central Government was putting its 75 per cent share in the scheme but the state government was always reluctant in putting its 25 per cent share. The grant by the Central Government, being sent for the mid-day meals, is also not being properly utilised by the state government in a proper manner. Tall claims of the state government fall flat as no money has been released by the Punjab Government for the scheme in this financial year (since April 2013)", said the president.

The cooks rued that if the state government did not withdraw its decision of providing the contracts to private persons, then a protest rally will be held at Patiala on November 9. "We will gherao the DC office on November 9 and struggle for our rights", said another cook. 



Students of Ryan school felicitated
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
Students of Ryan International School, Jamalpur, were felicitated during a special assembly on Tuesday. Dr Gurcharan Kaur Kochar, state and national awardee, and Dr Manu Sharma, writer and poetess, were the guests.

Diwali celebrations

Diwali was celebrated at Green Land Convent School, Civil City, with fervour. Charts and banners were put up across the school requesting children to celebrate an eco-friendly Diwali. Diya and candle decoration and card making competitions were organised for students of primary section. 



Ludhiana Scan

Devotees partake of langar in Ludhiana actor Mangal Dhillon interacts with mediapersons in Doraha
Devotees partake of langar in Ludhiana; and (right) actor Mangal Dhillon interacts with mediapersons in Doraha. Tribune photographs 

Vishwakarma Day

The maintenance department of the DMCH celebrated Vishwakarma Day by organising a langar on Tuesday. Workers offered prayers to Lord Vishwakarma. Secretary of the DMCH managing society Prem Kumar Gupta served the langar to the employees. Chief engineer RK Goyal, principal Dr Daljit Singh, Dean, academics,

Dr Rajoo Singh Chhina and Medical Superintendent Dr Sandeep Puri were also present.

Power shutdown

On account of the maintenance of 11 KV Ghumar Mandi feeder which runs from 66 KV Sub-station at the DC Complex, the power supply will remain suspended Ghumar mandi, Krishna Nagar and Dyal Nagar from 10 am to 2 pm on November 6.

App launched

The Ministry of External Affairs launched mPassport Seva mobile app on Android platform on March 21. On receiving an overwhelming response, the ministry has now launched the app on Windows and Apple iOS platforms as well. The app provides passport-related information on smartphones. This is an extended service of the Passport Seva Project.

Winners announced

Justklick.in, a free classified ad portal, announced winners for the seventh race course survey poll. Dhara Patel of Ahmedabad and Abhijeet Chatterjee of Kolkata are the winners, They will be given
Duke T-shirts. The online survey poll was conducted by Justklick.in and Duke India.


Kamal Chopra has been nominated as the expert for the scrutiny committee of the All-India Council for Technical Education (AICTE) constituted for the evaluation of applications for SKP/institutes under the NVEQF scheme for 2013-14.

Death mourned

Prof Mohan Singh Memorial Foundation has mourned the death of Pakistani singer Reshma. A condolence meeting was held here under the leadership of Jagdev Singh Jassowal. Members observed a two-minute silence. Among others present included president of the foundation Pargat Singh Grewal, Nirmal Jaura, Hardial Singh Aman and Gurnam Singh Dhaliwal.

BPL cards

BPL cards are being prepared under the Rashtriya Swasthhya Bima Yojana at the Primary Health Centre in Sahnewal. Senior Medical Officer Parvinderpal Singh Sidhu said the cards would be prepared till November 7.

New Islamic year

President of the Roohate Hilal Committee and Shahi Imam, Punjab, Maulana Habib-ur-Rehman Sani Ludhianvi said the new Islamic year 1435 Hijri started on Tuesday.

BKU raises demands

The Bharti Kisan Union, Punjab, has asked the government to announce an increased MSP for wheat. President of the union Ajmer Singh Lakhowal said the input cost on agriculture was increased up to 25 per cent. An MSP of Rs 1,400 per quintal was not acceptable, said Lakhowal.

CD released

Doraha: Actor and filmmaker Mangal Dhillon released a CD of his film 'Gurbani De Kautak' at Doraha today. The movie was shown to the public. Mangal Dhillon thanked the secretary of the Ramgarhia Vishwkarma Front, Barjinder Singh Jandu, who made arrangements for the screening of the movie at Doraha. He said for the promotion of 'Gurbani De Kautak Part-II', 'Shahaadat', 'A Western Tribute to Sikhism', 'Tosha Khana Sri Darbar Sahib', 'Sikh Ate Dastaar', 'Sunehan' and 'Sikhi Mahaan', he needed the support of the Sikh community. "My Docu-Drama film 'Sarvnash' sensitised the youth against the ills of drug-addiction," he said. "Our religious history cannot be fictionalised for its commercialisation," he stated. "The films, 'Khalsa', 'A day at the Golden Temple', 'Prakash Sri Guru Granth Sahib', 'The Inseparables-A Sikh & his Turban' have been inspirational," he said. — Tribune Reporters



Murder case registered against 20 persons
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, November 5
A day after two migrants were electrocuted at Chaudhary Colony near Sua Road, the police registered a case against 20 persons for murdering the youths by throwing them on live wires. The case has been registered on the complaint of Shatrugan, who owns the migrant quarters at Chaudhary Colony.The accused have been identified as Guddu, Ashish, Jay Chand, Vinod Kumar, Ravi Sharma and his 15 unidentified accomplices.The police has booked them for murder and house trespassing and started the investigation.

Shatrugan stated to the police that victims Sharwan Kumar (25) and Manoj Kumar (26), residents of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, were thrown on live wires following a spat.

Man sets self afire

A 55- year- old man set himself afire after being insulted by his neighbours at Field Gunj here today. The man has been identified as Krishan Kumar, who suffered nearly 80 per cent of burns and is currently undergoing treatment at a multi-speciality hospital. According to the available information, Krishan Kumar was a chronic alcoholic and his neighbours made fun of his drinking habits. Krishan's neighbours made fun of him following which he bought keresone and set himself afire. 



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