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INLD to set up unit in UP
Gurgaon, October 24
Spurred by taunting observations of the Union Agriculture Minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal supremo, Mr Ajit Singh, the ruling INLD in Haryana has decided to set up its organisational structure in Uttar Pradesh, which will go for the crucial Assembly polls by November-end.

HPCC prepares for Nov 2 bandh
Gurgaon, October 24
The Congress today intensified its campaign to galvanise support in South Haryana for its November 2 bandh call in the state.

Rathore seeks pre-arrest bail
Ambala, October 24
Mr S.P.S. Rathore, former DGP, Haryana, today filed an anticipatory bail application in the court of District and Sessions Judge, Ambala, following the allowing of Ms Madhu Prakash’s application by the Special Magistrate of the CBI, Mr J.S. Dhanjal, yesterday.

Malik’s appointment as DGP challenged
Chandigarh, October 24
The appointment of Mr M.S. Malik as Director-General of Haryana Police has been challenged by another officer holding the rank of DGP, Mr Nirmal Singh.

IN FOCUS
A church razed by Pak bombs
Ambala
The ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral in Ambala Cantonment are a grim reminder of the havoc caused during the 1965 Indo-Pak war.

AMBALA DIARY
A school for destitute children
Ambala
Nand Lal Geeta Vidya Mandir was set up at Tepla a few years ago to give education to poor and destitute children. Today it has 400 students some of whom come from places as far as Ladakh and Tripura.



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Shopkeepers protest against demolition
Sonepat, October 24
Officials of the demolition squad of the district and civic administration faced resistance from irate shopkeepers when they started demolishing unauthorised structures and removing encroachments from the railway road here yesterday.

3 booked for planning mahant’s murder
Fatehabad, October 24
Three of the four youths who had come to Dharsool Kalan village in this district allegedly to kill mahant of Baba Shampuri Dera were nabbed by villagers and handed over to the police. One of their accomplices, however, escaped. The police has booked them under Sections 458, 506 and 120-B of the IPC.

Woman shot
Fatehabad, October 24
Two assailants shot a woman at Dhanger village, near here, in the early hours today. A dispute over a piece of agricultural land is said to be the motive behind the murder.

Logistics, drug store set up
Bhiwani, October 24
A district logistics store and hostel has been set up here to store drugs, equipment and material for the District Hospital, besides providing hostel facilities to trainees.
Stating this here yesterday a spokesperson for the Haryana Health Department said the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, would inaugurate the centre on October 26.

Cops to launch Operation Sadbhavana
Chandigarh, October 24
The Haryana police will launch a month-long Operation Sadbhavana from November 1 to improve its professional standards and police-public relations.
While stating this here yesterday, the Director-General of Police, Mr M.S. Malik, said that special emphasis would be laid on clearing the pending public complaints.

Villagers seek more water, hold protest
Rohtak, October 24
Several villagers of various villages in the Sampla block today took out a procession in protest against the acute scarcity of potable and irrigation water.
The demonstrators, led by Prof Virender, president of the District Congress Committee (Rural), raised anti-government slogans and submitted a memorandum to the Governor through the District Revenue Officer.

B.Ed entrance exam on Oct 28
Rohtak, October 24
The entrance examination for admission to B.Ed (distance education) course of Maharshi Dayanand University will be held on October 28. Stating this here today, a university spokesperson said the MDU had made necessary arrangements for the smooth conduct of the examination.

Ban on sale of crackers
Ambala, October 24
District Magistrate D.D. Gautam today imposed a ban on the sale of crackers in congested markets and within residential colonies to prevent any untoward incident. This order will be effective till November 16.

Three nabbed for illegal tree felling
Ambala, October 24
The Ambala Range police has nabbed three persons for illegal felling of trees. Jagdish Lal, Amrit Lal and Ramesh Kumar used to put the same number on several trees and in the register only one tree was shown with that number. 





 

INLD to set up unit in UP
Ravi S. Singh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 24
Spurred by taunting observations of the Union Agriculture Minister and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) supremo, Mr Ajit Singh, the ruling INLD in Haryana has decided to set up its organisational structure in Uttar Pradesh, which will go for the crucial Assembly polls by November-end.

Mr Ajay Singh, INLD MP and son of Haryana Chief Minister Om Prakash Chautala, disclosed here yesterday that his party would set up units in 22 districts of UP. These districts fall in western UP. Significantly, while Mr Ajit Singh’s RLD has launched a campaign for the formation of “Harit Pradesh” by carving these districts from the present UP, the INLD has demanded the formation of “Kissan Pradesh” consisting of these areas.

Mr Ajit Singh, son of former premier late Charan Singh, is the bete noire of Mr Chautala and both of them are presently locked in a bitter struggle for supremacy among the farmers, especially the Jat community of the country.

Mr Ajit Singh, who was here a few days ago, remarked in response to a question that the INLD had no organisation and no leader in UP. He quipped: “Who does one talk to for a possible inclusion of the INLD in the BJP-RLD alliance for the UP election?” Rubbing the INLD leadership the wrong way, he said by “hiring mercenaries” one could not claim to be a mass leader. This he said in reference to the public meetings addressed by the Haryana Chief Minister in UP.

Mr Ajay Singh had come here to address the state executive meeting of the youth wing of the INLD. He is the national president of the youth wing of his party.

Addressing the leaders of the youth wing, Mr Ajay Singh urged them to fan in the villages and counter the malacious propaganda unleashed by the opponents of the INLD on the steps taken by its government in Haryana. He said the critics of the INLD were caviling at the government move to replace electricity meters by electronic ones and restructuring house taxes. The opponents were also not happy at the government decision to demolish unauthorised structures in Gurgaon and other parts of the state. He emphasised that the restructuring of the house tax and replacement of the meters would hit the highheeled sections of the society and it was this class which was spreading canards about the motives of the government, he added.

Referring to his opponents’ statements that the statues of former Deputy Prime Minister Devi Lal installed at a number of places in the state would be removed after the INLD went out of power, he cautioned them saying the people of the state would give them a befitting reply. In any case, they would never come to power, he added.
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HPCC prepares for Nov 2 bandh
Tribune News Service

Gurgaon, October 24
The Congress today intensified its campaign to galvanise support in South Haryana for its November 2 bandh call in the state.

The bandh has been called by the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) is in protest against the state government’s decision to restructure house tax and to impose professional tax. The party has included the ongoing demolitions and replacement of electricity meters as issues for the bandh.

The party convened a meeting of office-bearers and leaders of its Gurgaon, Mewat, Mahendergarh and Faridabad units to discuss the strategy for the success of the bandh. Rao Dharam Pal Vice-President, HPCC, and also an MLA from Sohna, Mr Dharamveer Gauba, a former minister and Rao Dan Singh and Mr Zakir Hussain (both MLAs), Mr Khazan Singh, a member of the HPCC were among those who attended the meeting, presided over by Mr Khursheed Ahmed, Vice-President of the HPCC. Incidentally, Mr Khursheed Ahmed is also the president of the Gurgaon unit of the party. Mrs Kartar Devi, General Secretary of the HPCC, was the main speaker.

Mrs Kartar Devi urged Congress leaders to fan out in the villages to highlight the failures of the present government.
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Rathore seeks pre-arrest bail
Our Correspondent

Ambala, October 24
Mr S.P.S. Rathore, former DGP, Haryana, today filed an anticipatory bail application in the court of District and Sessions Judge, Ambala, following the allowing of Ms Madhu Prakash’s application by the Special Magistrate of the CBI, Mr J.S. Dhanjal, yesterday. The CBI had filed a charge sheet against Mr Rathore in the Ruchika molestation case about a year ago, under Section 354 in this court.

The court has issued a notice to the CBI for October 29 in this regard. Earlier, Mr Dhanjal had committed the case to the sessions court for November 5.

Mr Rathore, through his counsels, stated in the application that a private party, Ms Madhu Prakash, had moved a “false and frivolous application” seeking the addition of a charge under Section 306 of the IPC to the aforesaid charge sheet filed by the CBI. The CBI had stated that it had thoroughly investigated the matter and no case under Section 306 could be made against the applicant-accused, the application said.

The application stated that the material forming the basis of the application filed by Ms Prakash has already been examined and was scrutinised twice by the High Court and also by the Supreme Court. Significantly no prayer was ever made for the registration of offence under Section 306, nor did the courts consider it a fit case for inviting that provision, it stated.

The application further read that a most crucial evidence belying the allegations against the accused applicant is the police inquest report and the statements of the father, stepmother and other relatives of Ruchika. All of them clearly stating that they had no suspicion against anyone at all, had said that the reason for the death of Ruchika was an overdose of certain medicine which she was taking. Now after more than eight years, a private party unrelated to Ruchika has moved an application seeking prosecution of the accused under Section 306.

In the application, the counsels said the accused applicant now apprehended arrest on these charges. The applicant was already on bail is regularly appearing before the trial court and had cooperated with the investigating agency and the court. The applicant was already facing trial under Section 354 of the IPC and there was no likelihood of either absconding or tampering with evidence in any manner it read. The arrest of the applicant would cause great suffering to him and his family and result in miscarriage of justice, the application said.

The counsels prayed the court to grant anticipatory bail to Mr Rathore and direct that he be enlarged on bail in the event of arrest.
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Malik’s appointment as DGP challenged
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 24
The appointment of Mr M.S. Malik as Director-General of Haryana Police(DGP) has been challenged by another officer holding the rank of DGP, Mr Nirmal Singh.

The Chandigarh Bench of the Central Administrative Tribunal has issued the notice of motion to the state government and other respondents for November 7.

Mr Nirmal Singh has contended in his petition that the state government’s decision to give additional charge of the post of DGP to Mr Malik was violative of Supreme Court judgements in a number of cases like Vineet Narain and others versus Union of India and the Government of Karnataka versus C. Dinkar and others.

The OA (original application) of Mr Nirmal Singh says the state government’s order was also violative of the IPS Recruitment Rules, 1954, read with the IPS(Pay) Rules, 1954. It also sought directions to the official respondents to consider the claim of all officers in the rank of DGP for posting as DGP-cum-Inspector-General of Police, Haryana.

The applicant officer also prayed to the CAT to issue directions to the Union of India and the state government to restrict the cadre in the rank of DGP in accordance with the Fixation of Cadre Strength Regulations, 1955, read with the IPS (Pay) Rules, and to post officers against those posts which could be legally retained in terms of the rules and to revert officers in excess.

Earlier, Mr Nirmal Singh, who is senior to Mr Malik, had challenged his appointment as Officer-on-Special Duty (Rules) on the ground that this post was redundant and was not covered under the rules being beyond the permissible limit. His OA is pending before the CAT.
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IN FOCUS
A church razed by Pak bombs
Rahul Das

Ambala
The ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral in Ambala Cantonment are a grim reminder of the havoc caused during the 1965 Indo-Pak war.

The cathedral, which was consecrated in 1857 and was considered one of the finest churches in India, was razed to the ground when two bombs hit the building during an early morning air raid by Pakistan on September 20, 1965.

The damage caused to the cathedral can be seen even now, 35 years after the bombing. Its grandeur can be imagined from the remains of the building.

After the bombing, a number of dignitaries including Mrs Indira Gandhi visited the ruins. A report in a newspaper in its issue of September 20, 1965 said: “The St Paul’s Cathedral in Ambala Cantonment, the premier historic Anglican Church of the Diocese of Amritsar, was razed when two 1000 lb bombs dropped by Pakistani aircraft at 3.35 this morning hit its vast hall. The Bishop of the Diocese of Amritsar, the Rev WC Anand, said ‘I am completely heartbroken at this wanton destruction of the house of God. The loss is irreparable’.”

The then Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Ram Kishan, in a message to Rev Anand, expressing his shock at the bombing of the Cathedral said: “I am greatly shocked to hear of the destruction caused to St Paul’s Cathedral, Ambala, by Pakistani bombing. I fail to understand why the enemy should have attacked this house of God. It reminders me of the destruction of the Coventry Cathedral in England by German bombing in World War II. I do hope that this cathedral will be rebuilt as the one at Coventry has been.”

The log book of the church records: “Then came 20th of Sept, 1965, which made all the difference. The church was destroyed and with it many valuable articles and records. We were compelled to withdraw into a humbler place for worship. In fact, for a while, we had to worship outside.”

Murray’s Handbook, published in 1919, says: “St Paul’s Cathedral is one of the finest churches in India, if not the finest”. It was consecrated in 1857, a few months after the rebellion broke out.

The church finds mention in a report of 1857 by Mr Barnes, Commissioner of Punjab. “The station of Amballah was left with four weak companies (about 250 men) of the 2nd Bengal Fusiliers, the 5th Regiment, Native Infantry, and some six pounder guns, to man which we had only native artillerymen. A redoubt was erected with the church in the centre, and the remaining residents were concentrated in the houses around. A militia was formed of uncovenanted officers and the magazine, the treasure and the commissariat stores were all lodged in the redoubt, which was garrisoned by a company of the Fusiliers.”
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AMBALA DIARY
A school for destitute children
Tribune News Service

Ambala
Nand Lal Geeta Vidya Mandir was set up at Tepla a few years ago to give education to poor and destitute children. Today it has 400 students some of whom come from places as far as Ladakh and Tripura. Besides education, these children are also provided with boarding and lodging free of cost.

Recently the school held its annual prize distribution ceremony at which Mr L.M. Goel, Chief Secretary of Haryana, was the chief guest.

Mr Goyal said that a new education policy had been initiated to make education employment-oriented. It had been decided to introduce English in government schools from Class I and computer training from Class VI. About 1500 JBT teachers were being trained to teach English from Class I.

The students presented a cultural programme and a display of physical exercises and yoga.

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A computer hardware and networking institute has been added to the number of software institutes in Ambala. Ms Veena Chhibber, MLA, inaugurated Mass Infotech near Jagadhri Gate in Ambala City. It will provide knowledge of computer hardware and cyber technology. Directors of the institute, Mr Sumit Mehra and Mr Amit Dua, said that Mass Infotech would be run on the principle of earn while you learn. Tests, seminars and educational tours would be held every month. It would also provide three months’ practical field training.

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The newly appointed regional media in charge of the Haryana Pradesh Congress Committee, Mr Dilip Chawla, better known as Bittoo, has started working on making the party’s call for a Haryana Bandh on November 2 a success.

Local party leaders, he said, were reaching out to the people regarding the proposed bandh. He said that among the leaders active in this regard were the district Congress President, Mr Balwant Gupta, the district Congress Women’s Cell president, Mrs Amarjit Kaur Sodhi, the leader of the Congress municipal party in Ambala City, Mr Dharampal Chadha, and the leader of the Congress municipal party in Ambala Cantonment, Mr Hira Lal Yadav.

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The Department of Posts has issued a set of four commemorative postage stamps on stories from Panchtantra.

According to the Chief Post Master General, Haryana Circle, Mr T.R. Sharma, the first stamp tells the story of the friendship between a monkey and a crocodile which turns sour when the crocodile falls prey to the evil influence of his greedy wife. The second stamp tells the story of the downfall of a vain but stupid lion brought about by a crafty little rabbit.

The third stamp illustrates how two crows who were helpless before a snake which preyed on their baby crows got rid of the menace by using their intelligence.

The fourth stamp depicts the story of a tortoise whose ambition to fly was fulfilled by two geese were his friends.
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Shopkeepers protest against demolition
Our Correspondent

Sonepat, October 24
Officials of the demolition squad of the district and civic administration faced resistance from irate shopkeepers when they started demolishing unauthorised structures and removing encroachments from the railway road here yesterday.

According to a report, a large number of shopkeepers assembled at the site and held up traffic on the road to protest against the alleged discrimination in the demolition process. Many of them stood in front of bulldozers interrupting the work. They also raised slogans against the authorities.

The shopkeepers insisted on demolition of a building which, they said, had been built on the public land. But the authorities did not yield. This caused resentment among the shopkeepers.

The police arrived on the spot following which the blockade was lifted.
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3 booked for planning mahant’s murder
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, October 24
Three of the four youths who had come to Dharsool Kalan village in this district allegedly to kill mahant of Baba Shampuri Dera were nabbed by villagers and handed over to the police. One of their accomplices, however, escaped. The police has booked them under Sections 458, 506 and 120-B of the IPC.

According to reports, Amrik, Mithu and Surja were going some-where last night when four unidentified youths under the influence of liquor entered into a verbal duel with them. As the altercation turned violent, other villagers came and overpowered three of them. When the sarpanch asked them about the motive of their visit to the village, they allegedly stated that they had come from Bosti village to kill the mahant of the village dera.

The dera has about 35 acres of land in the village and three persons, including two mahants of this dera, have been murdered in this connection during the past 10 years.

A police party from Tohana took away the accused for interrogation.
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Woman shot
Our Correspondent

Fatehabad, October 24
Two assailants shot a woman at Dhanger village, near here, in the early hours today. A dispute over a piece of agricultural land is said to be the motive behind the murder.

According to sources, the victim, Mrs Bimla, resided in a “dhani” near Dhanger with her 11-year-old son Rang Lal. Two unidentified persons with firearms came to her residence at about 3 a.m. and knocked at the door. As she opened the door, they fired at her from close range. Hearing her cries, her son woke up and rushed to the neighbours for help. Before she could be provided with medical help, she succumbed to her injuries.

The sources said her husband had disappeared about 10 years ago and she reportedly had a dispute with her husband’s brothers over her husband’s share in the ancestral land.

The police has booked her brother-in-law and Prithvi Singh under Sections 302 and 34 of the IPC and Sections 54 and 59 of the Arms Act.
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Logistics, drug store set up
Our Correspondent

Bhiwani, October 24
A district logistics store and hostel has been set up here to store drugs, equipment and material for the District Hospital, besides providing hostel facilities to trainees.

Stating this here yesterday a spokesperson for the Haryana Health Department said the Chief Minister, Mr Om Prakash Chautala, would inaugurate the centre on October 26.

He said under the Reproductive Child Health project, Rs 1.03 crore had been released to district SCOVA, Bhiwani, for the repair of four community health centres, seven primary health centres and 128 sub-centres.
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Cops to launch Operation Sadbhavana
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 24
The Haryana police will launch a month-long Operation Sadbhavana from November 1 to improve its professional standards and police-public relations.

While stating this here yesterday, the Director-General of Police, Mr M.S. Malik, said that special emphasis would be laid on clearing the pending public complaints. Police helplines would also be introduced at each district headquarters so as to reduce the police response time to the minimum.

He said that during the operation, public awareness would be created for extending help to the police to prevent and detect crime and maintenance of law and order. 
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Villagers seek more water, hold protest
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 24
Several villagers of various villages in the Sampla block today took out a procession in protest against the acute scarcity of potable and irrigation water.

The demonstrators, led by Prof Virender, president of the District Congress Committee (Rural), raised anti-government slogans and submitted a memorandum to the Governor through the District Revenue Officer.

The villagers stated in the memorandum that water was supplied to people in Sampla once a week. They said they were getting irrigation water only for four days in one-and-a-half month.
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B.Ed entrance exam on Oct 28
Our Correspondent

Rohtak, October 24
The entrance examination for admission to B.Ed (distance education) course of Maharshi Dayanand University (MDU) will be held on October 28. Stating this here today, a university spokesperson said the MDU had made necessary arrangements for the smooth conduct of the examination.

He said admit cards and roll numbers had been despatched to candidates and those who had not received admit cards should contact the Directorate of Distance Education on any working day for duplicate roll numbers or admit cards.
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Ban on sale of crackers
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 24
District Magistrate D.D. Gautam today imposed a ban on the sale of crackers in congested markets and within residential colonies to prevent any untoward incident. This order will be effective till November 16. The crackers will be sold only by the licence holders in places earmarked by the district administration.

The crackers will be sold in Ambala city at the DAV College ground, Jain High School and the Police Lines ground and in Ambala Sadar, the crackers will be sold at Gandhi Ground, Dasehra ground on Ram Bagh Road. A ban has also been imposed on bursting of crackers within 500 metres of petroleum depots.
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Three nabbed for illegal tree felling
Tribune News Service

Ambala, October 24
The Ambala Range police has nabbed three persons for illegal felling of trees.

Jagdish Lal, Amrit Lal and Ramesh Kumar used to put the same number on several trees and in the register only one tree was shown with that number. The trio used to sell off the trees in the open market. Wood worth Rs 60,000 was recovered from Amrit Lal, a release issued by the police said.
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Cong threatens civil disobedience
Our Correspondent

Hisar, October 24
A member of the central election committee of the Congress Mr Birender Singh, today said the Congress would not hesitate to give a call for civil disobedience in Haryana if the Chautala government did not withdraw its alleged anti-people policies soon.

Addressing mediapersons here, he said the Congress had already given a call for Haryana bandh on November 2 against the house tax policy.
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Haryana Assembly to meet from Nov 8
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 24
The Haryana Cabinet today decided to recommend to the Governor, Babu Parmanand, to convene the next session of the Vidhan Sabha from November 8. The Cabinet also mourned the death of Mr Dharam Pal, father of Mr Ram Kishan, HVP MLA from Bawani Khera. Mr Dharam Pal died in a road accident today.
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Shiv Sena Haryana unit formed
Our Correspondent

Chandigarh, October 24
The Shiv Sena at a meeting held here announced the formation of its Haryana unit. Following are the members of the executive committee of the body: Working president Rajnish Aari, executive member Kuldeep Rayal, executive member Rohit Sharma, executive member Umesh Kaushal, executive member Rishi Kaushal. The president of the women wing, Punjab, Dr Manju Sharma, and office-bearers — Hema Joshi, Kuldeep Kaur, Suman Kumari and Suman Bhatti — attended the meeting. The president of the Shiv Sena (Punjab), Mr Vijay Kapoor, said the Shiv Sena unit was formed in 1980 when terrorist movement in Punjab was at its peak. Now terrorism has spreed throughout the world, and for this a strong organisation is required to combat such activities.
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TA recruitment
Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, October 24
The Territory Army (TA) will organise a recruitment drive at Kalka on November 12.

According to a statement issued here, the recruitment is open to candidates in the age group of 18 to 42 years belonging to Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Delhi and Chandigarh.
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