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Friday, December 18, 1998
DSP suspended for
HUDA nets 4.2 cr on final day
PANCHKULA, Dec 17 The Haryana Urban Development Authority netted Rs 4.23 crore through an auction of 27 sites on the concluding day of the two-day auction of commercial sites here today.
against use of polythene bags
DSP suspended for
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 Three police officials, including a DSP, were placed under suspension here tonight while the Station House Officer (SHO) of Sector 3 police station, Jaswant Singh, was transferred to police lines.
DSP (Central Division), Surjit Singh, SI, Ved Prakash incharge of Sector 22 police post and ASI Azad Singh were suspended today for allegedly misrepresenting facts and for misconduct with three British nationals two weeks ago.
An inquiry by SDM, (south), Ashish Kundra found out that they had concocted the story about the arrest of the British nationals from three different places in the city. However, they were nabbed together for possessing charas and a knife. The police records showed that they had been nabbed from different places.
It was later found that the cops had allegedly taken their money running into several thousand pounds and other valuables. The British Embassy sent its representative, who complained to the Chandigarh Administration that the British men had been looted by the police. The Administration has handed over the inquiry to the Vigilance Department. Mr Daya Nand , DSP, Crime, Division, was asked to supervise the investigations of the cases against the three Britons. The first inquiry was ordered by the police and was conducted by the SP, City, Mr Baldev Singh. This inquiry had absolved the police men. Following the inquiry, the SSP, Mr C.S.R. Reddy, had issued a statement that none of their personnel were involved in taking any money or valuables from the Britons.
Senior officials of the Chandigarh Administration have reportedly taken a serious view of this and may even take some kind of departmental action against some officials, highly placed sources have confirmed.
Meanwhile, sources have said SHO Jaswant Singh, was involved in a brawl with some youths outside a hotel in Sector 10 on Saturday. Mr Ashish Kundra will conduct a fresh inquiry into the matter.
Panel on tax exemption
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 The Chandigarh Administration has constituted a six-member committee to streamline the procedure for grant of exemption from payment of entertainment duty under the Punjab Entertainment Duty Act. The Excise and Taxation Commissioner will head the committee. The other members would be the Joint Secretary Finance; Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner; Assistant Excise and Taxation Commissioner and Directors of Public Relations and Health.
State Executive: The Administration has also constituted the state executive committee for equal opportunities, protection of rights and full participation under the Disabilities Act with the Finance Secretary, Dr G. Vajralingam, as its Chairman. The other members of the Committee are the Chief Architect and Secretary, Urban Development; Commissioner of Chandigarh Municipal Corporation; Deputy Commissioner-cum-Estate Officer; Joint Secretary Finance; Joint/Deputy Secretary of Personnel; Under Secretary of Education; Director of Labour and Employment; CEO of the Chandigarh Housing Board and Director of Health Services.
The non-official members
of the committee are Maj-Gen Rajinder Nath, Mrs Amarjit
Kaur Pasricha, Dr VJS Vohra, Mr Vineet Khanna, Mr Akhil
Gautam and Mr M.S. Sidhu. The Director of Social Welfare
will be its member-secretary.
HUDA nets 4.2 cr on final day
PANCHKULA, Dec 17 The Haryana Urban Development Authority (HUDA) netted Rs 4.23 crore through an auction of 27 sites on the concluding day of the two-day auction of commercial sites here today.
During the two day auction, HUDA earned a total of over Rs 6.10 crore by auctioning 34 of the 131 sites.
As compared to yesterday's auction when only seven of the 64 sites could be sold, HUDA today successfully sold 27 of the 67 sites, including booth sites, built-up booths, kiosks and SCOs.
The main feature of today's auction was built-up booths in Sector 14. A booth was sold for Rs 22.25 lakh against a reserve price of Rs 4.31 lakh. Another booth was sold for Rs 20 lakh against a reserve price of Rs 4.31 lakh. HUDA was able to sell all 15 such booths.
A kiosk at Commodity Centre, Sector 16, was auctioned for Rs 9.15 lakh against a reserved price of Rs 9.02 lakh. Another kiosk was sold for Rs 5.18 lakh against a reserved price of Rs 4.10 lakh. A shop-cum-office site in Sector 5 of Mata Mansa Devi Complex was auctioned for Rs 56.50 lakh against a reserve price of Rs 56 lakh.
On the second day, a majority of the booths put up for auction were sold. A booth site in Sector 12-A was sold for Rs 9.55 lakh against a reserve price of Rs 8.40 lakh. All six booth sites in the Sector put under the hammer were sold.
Besides, booth sites in Sectors 15 and 21 were withdrawn as there were few takers for them.
City-Dehra Dun rail link survey
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 The Railways is actively considering a proposal for a rail link between Chandigarh and Dehra Dun.
This information has been given by the Union Minister for Railways, Mr Nitish Kumar, to the Governor of U.P., Mr Suraj Bhan, who had earlier written a letter to the Minister regarding the need for construction of railway lines between Kalka to Ropar and Dehra Dun to Chandigarh.
In a letter written to Mr Suraj Bhan, Mr Nitish Kumar said the Railways was already conducting a survey for the construction of a railway line between Chandigarh to Dehra Dun via Naraingarh, Jagadhari and Paonta Sahib. He said further consideration of the project would be possible only after the survey report was available.
Mr Suraj Bhan, who had been representing the Ambala Lok Sabha constituency for several terms, had written to Mr Nitish Kumar in October last that the Chandigarh-Dehra Dun rail link via Naraingarh, Jagadhari and Paonta Sahib would not only give a fillip to the economic development of the area but would also cater to the needs of pilgrims visiting Paonta Sahib, where Guru Gobind Singh stayed for a long time, and Hardwar.
Mr Nitish Kumar wrote to Mr Suraj Bhan that the Railways was shortly taking up the construction work of a new BG line from Chandigarh to Ludhiana via Morinda. He said with the completion of this line, the people of Kalka would be able to travel by rail to Ropar via Chandigarh and Morinda.
Meanwhile, it is learnt that the Prime Minister, Mr Atal Behari Vajpayee, is likely to lay the foundation stone of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana rail link near Mohali in February next. The new rail line would connect Chandigarh to Ludhiana via Morinda and Chawa Payal.
The death of a sambhar
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 A female sambhar (hind) died a slow death while being tied and transported to a safe forest area by men of the UT Wildlife Department here today.
The gory handling of the sambhar tool place in front of the Haryana Chief Minister's residence. The animal had obviously strayed into the city from the lower Shivaliks. When our cameraman Gautam Singh reached the spot, he saw the hind struggling to free itself as the wildlife employees tied its legs and dragged the animal.
Fear was writ large on the female sambhar's eyes. Twice it freed its legs and twice it was tied in a still tighter knot. The struggling animal gasped for breath as one of the employees held on to the neck and put it in a net. Our cameraman, seeing the condition of the animal, asked the wildlife officials why they were not using a tranquilliser gun. The reply was, "tranquilliser shots are not used for such animals."
But a Tribune team was witness to a monkey being tranquillised at Punjab Raj Bhavan about a couple of years ago.
As the sambhar was lifted and dumped into a trailer, it lay motionless. After some time, it raised its neck suddenly and then slumped, its eyes frozen. It lay like that as the jeep pulling the trailer made its journey to the Kansal forest area, our cameraman in pursuit.
The team suddenly decided
to head for the Nepli forest area, another 12 km away.
The animal was unloaded and declared dead. The
post-mortem examination said the death was caused due to
heart attack. The animal had "multiple superficial
injuries", said the report.
Women get tips on baking
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 The Food Craft Institute, Sector 42, organised free baking classes for the public at the institute today as part of its silver jubilee celebrations.
Girls and women of all age groups, who had got their names registered at the institute earlier, came in large numbers to attend the workshop, which will be spread over two days with two sessions daily.
The inaugural session began with tips on good baking techniques, the common ingredients involved and the strategies required for success in the kitchen. Mr Mohammad Shahid, gave a demonstration of various baking recipes.
The session was inaugurated by Mr Jasbir Singh Bir, Deputy Commissioner, Patiala. He said that such classes promoted healthy food habits and requested the institute to organise more cookery sessions. The Principal of the institute, Mr Alok Shivapuri, was also present.
Earlier, the students presented a song to welcome the chief guest.
A faculty member, Mrs Indu Verma, said the classes were aimed at creating an awareness about baking techniques and popularising wholesome, healthy food products.
Rally against use of polythene
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 To create awareness about the ill effects of the use of polythene bags, students of DAV Public School, SAS Nagar organised a street play, a rally and lectures in, Sector 17 here today.
About 120 students participated in the rally, carrying placards and banners with slogans against the use of polythene. Disguised as prominent personalities from all walks of life, the students dwelled on the harmful effects of polythene and pledged to shun these.
Delivering lectures on the occasion, Mr Ravinder Talwar, president of Indian Council for Environmental Education emphasised the need for cut the use of polythene bags as they were serious health hazards. Mr Vikas Kohli, general secretary , explained the harmful effects of non-biodegradable products and advised to use better alternatives.
This demonstration organised by the Indian Council for Environmental Education in association with the Traders Association, Sector 17, entered its fourth day.
Elected: The following have been elected office-bearers of the Parent-Teacher Association of Government Model Senior Secondary School, Sector 16: president Mrs S. Ricky, vice presidents Dr B.B.Goel and Mr Sukhwinder Singh; general secretary Mr Kanwaljit Singh; auditor Mr R.K. Aggarwal; joint secretary Mrs Ravi Raj; and treasurer Mrs Shashi Dutta
PU Syndicate poll: names
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 With the elections for the 15 seats of the Panjab University Syndicate less than 12 hours away, the two warring groups in the Syndicate have partially announced their candidates for seats in the arts, science and combined faculties.
According to sources, both groups were busy finalising the names of their candidates and were able to come with the names of few candidates only till 11 p.m. While the Deepak Manmohan Singh group has announced the candidature of seven candidates, the rival group has finalised the names of three candidates so far for the three faculties having three seats each.
According to information, at a meeting held here tonight, the group headed by Deepak Manmohan Singh has decided to field Mr Deepak Manmohan Singh and Mr Kehar Singh in the arts faculty. The name of the third candidate was yet to be decided. On the other hand, the rival GK Chatrath group has decided to field Mr V.K. Bansal, Mr. Raj Garg and Mr Joginder Singh in the same faculty. The group, however, was not able to decide about its candidates for other faculties till late in the night.
The Deepak Mohan group is said to have fielded Dr. Rabinder Nath and Dr. I.M.Govil in the science faculty and Mr Randip Singh Surjewala, Mr A.S Bedi and Mr S.S Hundal in the combined faculties. The remaining two candidates would be decided in the morning, the sources said.
Trains on schedule from today
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 Trains running northwards from Delhi will run as per old schedule and on their original routes from tomorrow. Speeds of all trains, including the Shatabdi, have been restored, sources at the Divisional Railway Headquarters, Ambala, said today.
All trains which had been diverted from the Delhi-Ambala section following track damage will run on the section from tomorrow. However, the Flying Mail and the Unchar express will continue to terminate at Delhi.
The timings of the Pashcim
Express between Mumbai and Amritsar have been changed.
The Train on its upward journey will depart from Delhi at
12.10 p.m., reach Ambala at 3.55 p.m., Khanna at 4.55
p.m., Ludhiana at 5.55 p.m. and finally reach Amritsar at
9 p.m., according to sources. A stoppage at Doraha has
been added to facilitate passengers.
Villagers air grievances
PANCHKULA, Dec 17 Residents of Grinda Jattan and Khokhara villages in Pinjore block aired their grievances at an open darbar organised by the district administration at Grinda Jattan village, near here, today.
The sarpanch of Grinda Jattan, Mr Tulsa Singh, said that a tubewell installed for irrigation in the village was lying inoperational for want of a power connection. The Deputy Commissioner assured the sarpanch that a connection for the tubewell would be sanctioned before January 15 next year.
Construction of the Khokhara-Dhapar Jihda road was sought by the sarpanch of Khokhara village, Mr Raghu Bir Singh. Strengthening of the drinking water supply for the village was also demanded.
NDA motor rally flagged off
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 The National Defence Academy (NDA) Motor rally was flagged off by the Punjab Governor, Lieut- Gen B.K.N Chhibber (retd), for its next leg to Dehra Dun from the Raj Bhavan here today. The month-long rally, which is being organised to mark the golden jubilee of the NDA, will conclude on December 31.
The rally, aimed at spreading the message "Seva Parmo Dharma" will visit about 250 educational institutions, social organisations, Rotary Clubs, Lion Clubs and NCC units in the country, during its northern and southern legs. As many as 10 officers from the Army, Air Force and Navy, 20 NCC cadets and four Non-Commissioned Officers are participating in the rally which was flagged off on November 30 from Mumbai by the Maharashtra Governor, Dr P.C Alexander.
During the visits to various educational institutions, the team will highlight the achievements of the NDA during the past 50 years.
The rally will cover a distance of over 12,000 km through 14 states and union territories.
Decision on land acquisition sought
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 The local MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, has urged the UT Administration to take a decision about acquisition of land and payment of compensation to land owners at the earliest.
Mr Jain had taken up this issue at a meeting with the Administrator, Lieut-Gen BKN Chhibber (retd), and his Adviser, Mr Jagdish Sagar, a few days ago.
In a statement issued here today, Mr Jain said he was told by officials that land prices had witnessed an abnormal hike during the past few years but the benefit of this escalation was not being passed on the farmers whose land was being acquired.
Mr Jain also discussed various problems being faced by villagers of the union territory and demanded immediate elections to gram panchayats, panchayat samiti and zila parishad.
Unscheduled power cuts
PANCHKULA, Dec 17 Different parts of the township have been facing unscheduled power cuts for the past four days putting the residents to a lot of hardship.
Officials of the HVPN say
that the power cuts have been imposed as the electrical
poles supporting the transmission lines are being painted
afresh as the Chief Minister, Mr Bansi Lal, will visit
the township to inaugurate a new housing complex at the
66 KV substation in Industrial Area, Phase-II, on
Pensioners Day celebrated
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 The Coordination Committee of Central Government Pensioners Associations celebrated the seventh all-India Pensioners Day at the Sector 10 Government Museum here today.
The MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, was the chief guest. A number of pensioners from Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir participated in the function.
The associations demanded that a dispensary should be set up here under the Central Government health scheme and the fixed medical allowance enhanced from Rs 100 to Rs 250 per month.
Mani Majra being 'neglected'
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 Mr Satpal, President, of the Chandigarh District (Rural) Congress(S) Committee, today accused the Chandigarh Municipal Corporation being 'indifferent' towards upkeep and maintenance of Mani Majra.
In a statement issued here, Mr Satpal alleged that no attention was being paid towards sanitation as heaps of garbage were everywhere in the town. Water was continuously flowing out from leaking pipelines. Several manholes and sewers were without covers. The repair of roads was yet to be taken up in the town, he further alleged.
He urged the corporation to take immediate steps to improve basic civic amenities in Mani Majra.
Lawyers go on strike
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 Lawyers of the local District Courts today went on a two-day strike to protest against registration of a case against a lawyer, Mr AK Malari, and Standard Construction Company's proprietor Shanti Amrit.
According to the police, while the construction company stood barred by court orders to do a certain kind of construction work, it produced fake status of quo of this verdict. The case had been registered under Sections 420, 467, 468, 471 and 120-B, IPC.
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17The results of the supplementary examinations for BA and BSc (III) held in October were declared here today. The Joint Controller of Examinations, Mr Ashok Raj Bhandari, said the gazette would be available at the enquiry counter, Panjab University.
Meeting held : At a meeting held at Guest House, Panjab University, the Panjab and Chandigarh College Teachers union flayed the attitude of the Punjab Government for non-implementation of their demands.
The union has decided to organise a rally at Banur in the constituency of the Punjab Finance Minister on January 19 next year. Teachers from all seven districts have decided to go on mass casual leave to attend the rally. Another meeting in the Chief Minister's constituency has been fixed for February.
It has been further decided to hold dharnas on January 7, 11 and 15 in Guru Nanak Dev University, Panjab University and Punjabi University.
The main demands include Cabinet clearance and implementation of the pension-gratuity scheme, up to date review of grant-in-aid posts, release of salary and grant of arrears.
Home Guards rob ASI, wife
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 Two Home Guard Jawans accompanied by their friend, allegedly waylaid, attacked and robbed an Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) and his wife, who were returning home on their two-wheeler last night.
The accused Kamaljeet Singh and Ravinder were arrested this morning while their accomplice is absconding. All three are sons of Chandigarh Police personnel.
The ASI, Mr Surinder Kumar, posted in the Intelligence Bureau, was coming back from Kishengarh village around 8 pm when the incident occurred. The couple were stopped by the accused, two of whom were wearing Home Guard uniforms and jackets over it, and asked to hand over cash. The couple were carrying Rs 750 collected as rent. The youths allegedly slapped the cop and his wife before escaping with the money on their motor cycle (HR-03-A-2824), the areas SHO, Mr Kultar Singh said.
A case under Sections 382, 34 and 323, IPC, has been registered against them.
Assaulted: Mr Vikas Sharma, a mechanical engineer, was injured with a sharp-edged weapon in the stomach and a sum of Rs 16,500 that he was carrying with him was reportedly snatched by two motor cycle-borne youths in Sector 29 on Thursday.
Mr Sharma of Sector 35, had alighted from a rickshaw when the youths attacked him. As he lay bleeding on the road, the accused took away the cash from him.
Scooters stolen: Two scooters have been stolen in separate incidents in the city. Ms Anita Dutta of Sector 28 in a complaint to the police, said her servant, Naresh, was going to Mauli Jagran village when the scooter (CH-01-V-4589) he was riding on skidded in the Industrial Area (Phase 1). As he lay unconscious, someone stole the scooter.
Meanwhile, Mr SL Sharma of Sector 45 said his scooter (UP-78-K-6083) was stolen from his residence.
Machine damaged: A punching machine installed to maintain punctually in the Haryana Secretariat in Sector 1 was allegedly damaged by some employees.
A complaint has been lodged with the police in this regard.
contest likely for Mayor
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 With candidates from both the BJP factions and the Congress filing their nomination papers, a triangular contest is likely for the post of Mayor in the elections scheduled for December 23.
On the last day of filing of nomination papers today, three candidates each filed their papers for the posts of the Mayor and Senior Deputy Mayor.
While Mr Rajinder Kumar of the Gian Chand Gupta group filed his papers as the official BJP candidate for the post of the Mayor, the group owing allegiance to the local MP, Mr Satya Pal Jain, fielded Mr Kewal Krishan for the post. The Congress fielded Ms Kamlesh for the post.
The Gupta group has left the post of Senior Deputy Mayor for the SAD nominee, Mr Mohinder Singh. The current Senior Deputy Mayor, Mr Kanhaiya Lal, is the nominee of the Jain group. The Congress candidate, Mr Gurcharan Dass Kala, is also in the fray.
The election for the post of the Deputy Mayor is likely to see a direct contest between Mr Bachan Singh (Jain group) and Mr Des Raj Tandon (Gupta group).
The filing of nominations by members of the two factions has once again shown that the differences in the BJP have reached a point of no return. Though the leaders of the two group claimed that an amicable solution would be found by 11 a.m. on December 23, the time for the withdrawal of nominations, today's development has underscored the need for drastic action by the party high command.The central party leadership has apparently been sleeping over the matter even after the visit of the "trouble-shooter", Mr KL Sharma,to resolve the issue on December 6 .
The party president, Mr Dharam Pal Gupta, claimed that the decision to field Mr Rajinder Kumar had been taken after taking the central leadership into confidence. Mr Gupta had reportedly called on the party President, Mr Kushabhau Thakre, in New Delhi yesterday.
With a likelyhood of triangular contests, the nine nominated councillors are likely to play a crucial role in the election.
Encroachments removed: The enforcement wing of the the Municipal Corporation of Chandigarh (MCC) today removed encroachments from Sector 10-D
Over 70 encroachments from the the public land which had virtually reached at the road berms were removed . Fences, iron angles and hedges were among the encroachments to be removed the operation in the operation which began at 10 a.m. and ended at about 1.30 p.m.
Therapeutic power of painting
CHANDIGARH: Painting like music is said to have enormous healing powers. It has helped many people come out of the low tides in life. Art has also helped people in giving expression to their innermost thoughts by venting their hurt and disappointments. This medium has enabled artists to improve upon their conditions and face the world with confidence.
Like many others, playing with colours has proved therapeutic for Harpartap too. Suffering from learning disability due to a stroke of bad luck in childhood, he took a long time to develop and start his schooling. But after joining a special school in Delhi, he turned out to be a bright student, showing an interest in painting. Joining Triveni Kala Sangam, Delhi, assisted him to a great extent. He has won many painting contests.
Harpartap has been taking classes in art at Bama Academy of Art, Panchkula for the past one year. He likes to work with water colours and oils. There is a maturity and simplicity in his works, with a remarkable use of bright and lively colours. Human hands seem to fascinate him for he has done a series on them in grey and black showing different meanings in different movements. Abstract forms come easily to him as exerting his mind is difficult for Harpartap. Visuals and illustrations in a book attract him more. Nature seems to inspire him greatly for there are many pieces associated with it like "Purple Dawn", "Spring", "Autumn", "Sunset". He also created a few frames on the sun and moon.
Five small Ganeshas with his companion rat, in water colours, depict the artist's interpretation of this 'drawingroom God.' Harpartap's vivid conception of the subject comes through "Angel", wherein he has shown a soul on one side and two human bodies on the other. In this, the soul is entering the human body and becoming as one. Another work, "Fusion" has nature, man and woman all merging together.
This 24-year-old youth is launching his career with his first solo show, "Expressions". This exhibition is being held at Government Museum and Art Gallery till December 23. Priti Verma
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 A Division Bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court comprising Mr Justice H.S. Brar and Mr Justice K.S. Kumaran today stopped Mr Joginder Singh Shangari and Mr Jatinder Kumar Shangari, partners of Messers Shangari Builders, and Mr Anil Bhasin and Ms Shalini Bhasin, partners of Messrs Bhasin Property Dealers, from further constructing the building at plot no 585, Sector 16, Chandigarh.
The court issued these orders on a petition filed by Mr Tilak Raj Malhotra, owner of House No 584, Sector 16. The court issued notice of motion to the respondents for January 7.
The petitioner contended that the private respondents were constructing the building in violation of the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Act, 1952, and the Capital of Punjab (Development and Regulation) Building Rules, 1952, as well as in violation of the easement rights of the petitioner.
He said the Civil Judge (Junior Division), Chandigarh, had restrained the private respondents from demolishing the common boundary wall and from raising construction of the first floor on the boundary wall after converting it into a load-bearing wall. But they paid no heed to the court orders. The SDO (Building ) also gave them a notice on November 18 last to demolish the unauthorised construction.
The petitioner alleged that the unauthorised construction had not been demolished and official respondents had not taken any action to demolish the same. The Civil Judge had held in his order of December 3 that the sanctioning of zoning plan/site plan was entirely illegal and invalid.
However, he said, the
private respondents laid the roof of the first floor on
directive to DGP (HG)
CHANDIGARH, Dec 17 Mr Justice THB Chalapathi today directed the DGP(Home Guard) to place before the court the file giving the steps taken against the Assistant Controller, Finance and Accounts, by January 18. Depending upon the action the DGP's responsibility has to be fixed for issuing a letter. The DGP was, however, directed to place the entire file before the court.
The Judge had yesterday directed the DGP to be present before the court today to show cause as to why contempt to court proceedings should not be initiated against him.
The DGP in a letter to the petitioner, Mr Kulwant Singh, had allegedly asked him to withdraw the writ petition and also give an undertaking against carrying on judicial proceedings for getting retirement benefits.
Pronouncing the order the Judge observed: "This, in my view, prima facie amounts to interference with the administration of justice.
Mr Kulwant Singh had
earlier filed an application for withdrawing the writ
petition "since he had been asked to submit an
affidavit that he had withdrawn the case regarding
compulsory retirement pending in court."
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