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HC sets aside promotion of AIIMS employee
'Judiciary should not encroach on executive domain'
New Delhi, January 29

The Delhi High Court has ruled that appointments, promotions, regularisation, creation of posts, etc. are executive functions with which the judiciary should not interfere.

Rs 8,000-cr plan for infrastructure in NCR towns
Noida, January 29
The NCR Planning Board has approved a plan of Rs 8000 crore for the development of the National Capital Region (NCR). Four major programmes have been approved in the plan, including the development of national highways and roads in areas adjoining Delhi, establishment of seven metros and 11 regional centres to reduce the ever- increasing pressure on the national Capital.

BJP leader Vijay Goel and MLA Vijay Jolly at ‘Gramin Vikas Panchayat’, at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Sunday BJP leader Vijay Goel and MLA Vijay Jolly at ‘Gramin Vikas Panchayat’, at Jantar Mantar in the Capital on Sunday. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi


 

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Director to invigorate metro operations 
New Delhi, January 29
To strengthen its operational and maintenance activities, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has created a post of Director (Operations) to head the operational activities. The Director of Operations will be assisted by three general managers.

Children with their mother browsing around in the 17th New Delhi World Book Fair in the Capital on Sunday. About 1300 publishers from 17 countries are participating in the fair
Children with their mother browsing around in the 17th New Delhi World Book Fair in the Capital on Sunday. About 1300 publishers from 17 countries are participating in the fair. — Tribune photo by Rajeev Tyagi

UP Govt’s largesse for employees
Ghaziabad, January 29
In a far-reaching decision, the UP Cabinet has decided to provide relief to state government employees and women in the State. The decision approves that fifty per cent dearness allowance of state government employees will be merged with their basic pay with effect from April 1, 2004. The decision, which has been taken to match Central government’s decision already extant, will benefit over 17.50 lakh State government employees, it is learnt. In another landmark decision, women have been given a concession of 2 per cent in stamp duty in agreements of sale and purchase of their property worth up to Rs 10 lakh.

Warm days and pleasant mornings forecast
New Delhi, January 29
It was another sunny day today in the Capital as a further rise in the mercury heralded the beginning of ‘warm days and pleasant mornings’ that have characterised the weather over the last two days.

964 unauthorised buildings razed so far
New Delhi, January 29
As part of its ongoing demolition drive to remove more than 18,000 unauthorised structures in the Capital, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has so far demolished 964 buildings.

CGHS scam: Judicial custody of 5 extended
New Delhi, January 29
A city court has extended the judicial custody of five accused, who were arrested by the CBI in connection with the Rs 4000-crore Co-operative Group Housing Scheme (CGHS) scam, till February 10.

Couple sentenced to life for murder
New Delhi, January 29
A youth and his wife were sentenced to life imprisonment by a sessions court yesterday for murdering their family friend for allegedly raping her. Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Suresh Chandra Rajan today sentenced Vishwanath Rai and Sapna Rai finding them guilty of offences under Sections 302 (murder), 380 (theft in dwelling house) and 34 (acts done by several persons with common intention) of the IPC.

‘India can increase its revenue through medical tourism’
Noida, January 29
Neurological problems have become rampant in most of the developing and developed countries due to urban lifestyles, high incidence of accidents and degenerative problems. However, the average waiting period for a neuro procedure in western countries is nearly 4 to 5 months.

Five held in raid on illegal bar
Noida, January 29
Five persons were arrested in a raid on an illegal bar in Sector-18 on January 26, which is a dry day. The excise department had organized a raid on Sipon Restaurant in Sector-18 where liquor was being served on Republic Day – declared by the government as a dry day. Besides, the restaurant did not have valid licence for serving liquor otherwise too.

Artscape
Diversity of Australian culture on display

New Delhi, January 29
Friday last saw the launch of Aus Arts at the residence of the High Commissioner of Australia with the city’s glitterati in full attendance. Aus Arts aims at celebrating Australian art and culture during 2006- 2007. The two-year cultural promotion programme supported by the Australian Government through the Australian International Cultural Council (AICC), will showcase the diversity of Australian culture through its participation in film festivals, book fairs and other art and cultural events.

New barracks for RPF personnel
New Delhi, January 29
The Northern Railway yesterday laid the foundation stone for the construction of barracks with a capacity of 30 beds at the Railway Protection Force (RPF) outpost in Palwal.

Metro institute to treat retired defence personnel
Faridabad, January 29
The Metro Heart Institute in sector- 16- A here has been approved by the Union Ministry of Defence for the treatment of the patients belonging to the retired defence personnel and their dependent category, in the state. These personnel would be eligible for free treatment registered under the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) launched by the union government under the Ministry of Defence.

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HC sets aside promotion of AIIMS employee
'Judiciary should not encroach on executive domain'
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
The Delhi High Court has ruled that appointments, promotions, regularisation, creation of posts, etc. are executive functions with which the judiciary should not interfere.

Setting aside the decision of a single judge who had directed the AIIMS to promote an employee, a division Bench of Justice Markandeya Katju and Justice Madan B Lokur said it was not proper for the judiciary to encroach on what is essentially a domain of the executive.

The appellant AIIMS, through its counsel Mukul Gupta, had challenged the decision of the single judge who ordered the promotion of one R K Upadhyay as Medical Social Worker, Grade-I.

Upadhyay’s complaint was that the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) overlooked his claim for promotion to Grade-1 from Grade-11 due to the adverse remarks entered against his annual confidential reports (ACRs).

The employee alleged the adverse remarks were motivated and the AIIMS’s decision to overlook his promotion even while granting the same to his juniors was arbitrary and illegal.

He also claimed that the principles of natural justice were not observed in his case by the AIIMS as it did not give him any opportunity to be heard before entering the adverse remarks on his ACR.

The Bench, however, citing an apex court ruling maintained that even uncommunicated adverse entries can be taken into consideration while deciding the promotion of an employee, though in the present case the AIIMS did give the employee an opportunity as was evident from the observations made by the single judge during his ruling. 

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Rs 8,000-cr plan for infrastructure in NCR towns
Our Correspondent

Noida, January 29
The NCR Planning Board has approved a plan of Rs 8000 crore for the development of the National Capital Region (NCR). Four major programmes have been approved in the plan, including the development of national highways and roads in areas adjoining Delhi, establishment of seven metros and 11 regional centres to reduce the ever- increasing pressure on the national Capital.

It may be pointed out that experts have been emphasising the need to develop the towns and cities around the national Capital in a planned manner so as to reduce the migratory population on the national Capital.

Affordable, effective and improved mode of transport between Delhi and NCR is necessary for this purpose. Thus, the maximum focus has been placed on improving the transport systems under the scheme. The development of effective public transport system has also received adequate emphasis in this plan.

Besides, the cities, towns and villages in the NCR area will be developed in a planned way. Under this plan, towns adjacent to Delhi will have infrastructure and facilities on par with the national Capital. The important cities and towns will be linked with Delhi through highway corridors and highways, including highway no.1, 2, 8, 10, 24, 58 and 59. Besides, improvement of power, potable water and sewerage systems have also been kept on the agenda.

A regional plan 2021 and a framework for a balanced development of the region has been prepared by the Planning Board of NCR.

The Board has approved a plan outlay of Rs 8047.65 crore, out of which a loan component of Rs 4253.72 has been sanctioned.

It is understood that the Union Government will provide these loan amounts to the State government and the concerned agencies. It is learnt that the first installment of Rs 2060 crore has already been released by the Union Finance Ministry. 

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Director to invigorate metro operations 
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
To strengthen its operational and maintenance activities, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has created a post of Director (Operations) to head the operational activities. The Director of Operations will be assisted by three general managers.

This move has been instituted by the DMRC keeping in view the need to revamp the structure of the organisation as passenger interface, 24-hour operations and all-night maintenance would require full-fledged attention of a senior officer, a spokesperson of the DMRC said.

Following the completion of its Phase I connecting the areas of North Delhi and West Delhi, the Delhi Metro has commenced work on its phase II which will connect the areas of East Delhi with Jahangirpuri and the IIT.

Under its Phase II, the Metro will be extended by 53 km to connect Mundka, Anand Vihar, ISBT, New Ashok Nagar, Dilshad Garden, Jahangirpuri and the IIT, he said. Technical investigation, soil survey, land acquisition and construction have commenced in some areas while tenders have been prepared and floated for other locations, he said.

The construction wing of the Delhi Metro is now concentrating on completion of the Phase I extension of 9.31 kms entering Dwarka subcity and Indraprastha by March and June respectively.

Meanwhile, the DMRC is in the process of preparing a Detailed Project Report (DPR) of the proposed direct metro link between New Delhi Railway Station and Delhi Airport through Connaught Place, after having completed detailed surveying of the route.

The route was being considered at the behest of the Civil Aviation Ministry but the Home Ministry had raised objections as the line would pass beneath very high security area in Central Delhi, an official of the DMRC said.

The DPR was carried out only after things were sorted out. It would be submitted to the government soon for its approval. The proposed 2-km underground link would reach passengers from New Delhi Railway Station (CP) to the airport within 15 minutes.

The line, with trains moving at a very high speed, would only have five to six stations en route.

The airport station would have passengers getting security clearance and boarding passes for flights at the metro station itself.

The train would have two luggage coaches and run at a frequency of one-and-a-half-hours. Its tickets would be slightly higher than those of the normal metro train services. This line would be integrated with the modernisation plan of the Delhi Airport and would be completed before the 2010 Commonwealth Games. But it has not been decided who would fund this Rs 6,000-crore project.

Questions have been raised over the financial viability of the line as also that CP is not considered the central point for Delhi by many people any more.

The airport could also be connected with the city’s hub through the present Barakhamba Road, CP, to Dwarka line.

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UP Govt’s largesse for employees
Our Correspondent

Ghaziabad, January 29
In a far-reaching decision, the UP Cabinet has decided to provide relief to state government employees and women in the State. The decision approves that fifty per cent dearness allowance of state government employees will be merged with their basic pay with effect from April 1, 2004.

The decision, which has been taken to match Central government’s decision already extant, will benefit over 17.50 lakh State government employees, it is learnt.

In another landmark decision, women have been given a concession of 2 per cent in stamp duty in agreements of sale and purchase of their property worth up to Rs 10 lakh.

Besides, the recommendations of a high- level committee for reorganizing co-operative societies have been approved. Sick industrial units, which had since been closed down, have been exempted from stamp duty.

According to sources, the government has taken a decision to fulfill the long- pending demand of its employees. It may be recalled that the government had agreed to the merger of 50 per cent of DA with basic pay of government employees from April 1, 2005, on September 6, 2005.

Employees had gone on three-day strike also in support of their demand to implement the decision with effect from April 2004. Even the IAS officers annual meeting had passed a resolution that the association will go to court if the state government failed to give the benefit of DA merger to the employees from April 2004. The decision will benefit 7.50 lakh government employees, 5.50 lakh teachers, 4 lakh pensioners and 50,000 employees of different institution and organizations. The Chief Minister had been empowered to take a final decision in this matter in the Cabinet meeting held on 5 October 2005.

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Warm days and pleasant mornings forecast
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
It was another sunny day today in the Capital as a further rise in the mercury heralded the beginning of ‘warm days and pleasant mornings’ that have characterised the weather over the last two days.

Continuing its rising trend, the minimum temperature in Delhi today rose to 7 degree Celsius, much above the 4.7 degree Celsius recorded last week, while the maximum temperature maintained its earlier level of 23.0 degree Celsius.

Though ‘chilly’ winds continue during late nights and early mornings, the days have remained warm over the last three days, bringing relief to the people of Delhi from the ‘chilly winds’ which resurfaced in the Capital last week due to the influence of the North Westerlies.

Last week saw the minimum temperature plumetting to 6-7 degree Celsius by the ‘severe chill in the air’, a development weathermen attributed to the influence of North Westerly winds caused by fresh snowfall in parts of North India.

The chill brought back memories of the ‘shivery’ weather conditions in the first week of this month, when the mercury touched a 70-year low of 0.2 degree Celsius on January 8.

However, with the waning of the influence of the North westerlies, weathermen expect the conditions to improve in the coming days.

In fact, the BBC has forecast a rise in minimum temperature in Delhi to as high as 10 degree Celsius in the coming week. The day temperature was also likely to remain steady at around 23 degree Celsius.

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964 unauthorised buildings razed so far
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
As part of its ongoing demolition drive to remove more than 18,000 unauthorised structures in the Capital, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi has so far demolished 964 buildings.

The Delhi High Court directed the civic body to demolish such structures on December 14 last year.

About 15 structures were demolished yesterday by the MCD under the drive, 10 of which were residential and five commercial structures.

The demolished structures included two each from Central, Karol Bagh, Najafgarh, Shahdara (South) and West Zone, while one property each was demolished in the city, civil lines, Rohini, South and Shahdara (N) zone.

Of the 964 properties on which the MCD has taken action till now, 365 are residential properties while 599 commercial constructions.

No violations were detected yesterday in the corporation’s drive to take action against farmhouses.

On December 7, the High Court directed the MCD to clear encroachments in the entire city within six weeks. The deadline for the MCD to submit a report on the demolitions to the court was fixed on January 18.

In the January 18 hearing, the High Court, setting a cut-off date of December 31, 2000, asked the MCD to remove all illegal constructions that had come thereafter and asked it to file a status report by February 16.

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CGHS scam: Judicial custody of 5 extended
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
A city court has extended the judicial custody of five accused, who were arrested by the CBI in connection with the Rs 4000-crore Co-operative Group Housing Scheme (CGHS) scam, till February 10.

Patiala House Court Special Judge Indermit Kaur kochhar, extended the judicial custody of Sunil Kumar Sharma, Gokul Chand Agarwal, Faiz Mohammad, U S Bhatnagar who was an inspector in Registrar of Co-operative Societies (RCS) and Ram Nath till February 10, 2006.

According to CBI, apart from these five persons other persons who were arrested by the investigating agency and were already in custody were Vinod Kumar Verma, Srichand, Ashwani Sahrma, Ashutosh Panth (all builders) and suspended DDA employee Anna Wankhede. CBI is now looking into the matter for their alleged involvement in a criminal conspiracy to fraudelently revive defunct societies on the basis of forged documents.

All the accused allegedly conspired with some RCS officials to recommend these fake societies to DDA for allotment of land. There are a total of 135 fake societies that the CBI suspects.

They were all booked under sections 120-B (Criminal conspiracy), 419 (Cheating by impersonation), 420 (Cheating), 467 (Forgery of valuable security), 468 (Forgery for the purpose of cheating), 471 (Using forged documents as genuine) and 13 (2), 13 (1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption (PC) Act, 1988.

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Couple sentenced to life for murder
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
A youth and his wife were sentenced to life imprisonment by a sessions court yesterday for murdering their family friend for allegedly raping her.
Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Suresh Chandra Rajan today sentenced Vishwanath Rai and Sapna Rai finding them guilty of offences under Sections 302 (murder), 380 (theft in dwelling house) and 34 (acts done by several persons with common intention) of the IPC.

Vishwanath, an unemployed person, and Sapna had got married two years ago and shared a room with Manjay Yadav in his rented house in Sadar Bazaar area of the city. The husband had gone hunting for a job to Gurgaon and stayed over at a friend’s house leaving Sapna alone in the house. The next day, when he returned home, Sapna told him that Manjay had raped her last night.

Vishwanath then confronted Manjay with this and stormed out of the house after threatening him of dire consequences.

A week later, on January 11, 2004, the couple visited Manjay in the guise of making up with him and plied him with liquor.

When Manjay was sozzled, Vishwanath again confronted him and drew an apology from him for the crime. Later he suddenly pulled out a paper-cutter from his pocket and slit the throat of his friend who died on the spot. 

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‘India can increase its revenue through medical tourism’
Our Correspondent

Noida, January 29
Neurological problems have become rampant in most of the developing and developed countries due to urban lifestyles, high incidence of accidents and degenerative problems.
However, the average waiting period for a neuro procedure in western countries is nearly 4 to 5 months.

Besides, the cost of one procedure in India is nearly one-tenth the cost of these in developed countries. All these factors will together add to the increased inflow of neuro patients in India. Experts feel that with increased patient faith in complex medical specialties, India can witness a potential increase in revenue from medical tourism.

It opens up a new market of elective surgeries for Indian hospitals in the medical tourism business. Some of the most common procedures that medical travellers undergo are for cardiac, neurology, ophthalmology, dentistry, cosmetic and orthopedics.

The expertise of the common procedures in these specialties is fairly established in India.

“I had never believed the kind of medical expertise India has developed in the complex medical fields like neurosciences until I came to Fortis for my treatment,” says Mr Charles Keiser, the 62-year-old Sociology professor from New Mexico, US, who was recently operated upon for lumbar and cervical spondylosis at Fortis Hospital, Noida.

The operation of Charles Keiser is just a testimony to the enhanced patient confidence in the complex medical procedures in India.

Dr A.K. Singh operated Charles Keiser for decompression of cervical spine (cervical spondylosis-neck) and fixation of the lumbar spine (for lumbar spondylosis– back).

“Procedures in Neuro sciences are extremely sensitive and require close to perfect expertise. The inflow of patients for neuro surgeries so far has been quite limited as a small damage to one important nerve can cause side effects, ranging from a lifelong paralysis to a potential life loss. But the changing perception of foreign patients towards the medical expertise in India will drive increase patient inflow for neurological procedures in India”.

Mr Daljit Singh, CEO, Operations, Fortis Healthcare, said, “Fortis has already been recognized by medical visitors for cardiac care, neuro sciences, orthopedics, cosmetology and dentistry, and we hope to leverage this expertise in other emerging areas for the benefit of the overseas patients. Recent initiatives like issuance of medical visas will give a big boost to the sector which has a very promising future”.

According to CII Mckinsey report, the Indian hospitals can add an income of US $ 2.2 billion by 2012.

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Five held in raid on illegal bar
Parmindar Singh

Noida, January 29
Five persons were arrested in a raid on an illegal bar in Sector-18 on January 26, which is a dry day.
The excise department had organized a raid on Sipon Restaurant in Sector-18 where liquor was being served on Republic Day – declared by the government as a dry day. Besides, the restaurant did not have valid licence for serving liquor otherwise too.

According to Asstt Commissioner Excise Amarjit Singh, apart from 40 bottles of foreign liquor, Indian liquor and beer in huge quantity were also seized from the premises. The excuse authorities had received an information of liquor beings served in this restaurant against a ban on serving liquor due to Republic Day.

Excise Inspector Sanjay Yadav, Police SI Sanjay Vajpai and police team from Sector-20 police station had raided some restaurants in the town. The son of owner of Sipon restaurant, Jatin Kathuria, manager Punjwal Majumdar, Ritesh, Deepak and Gufran were arrested. Forty bottles of imported liquor including scotch, 30 bottles of Indian liquor and 180 bottles of beer were seized.

Mr. Amarjit Singh said five persons including son of restaurant’s owner have been sent to jail for serving liquor without licence and on a national dry day under the excise act. It may be recalled, another restaurant in Sector-18 was sealed for serving liquor without licence sometime ago.

This raid and arrest of five persons had a salutatory effect on other restaurants in the town. 

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Artscape
Diversity of Australian culture on display
Ravi Bhatia
Tribune News Service

A painting exhibited at Palette Art Gallery
A painting exhibited at Palette Art Gallery.

New Delhi, January 29
Friday last saw the launch of Aus Arts at the residence of the High Commissioner of Australia with the city’s glitterati in full attendance.
Aus Arts aims at celebrating Australian art and culture during 2006- 2007. The two-year cultural promotion programme supported by the Australian Government through the Australian International Cultural Council (AICC), will showcase the diversity of Australian culture through its participation in film festivals, book fairs and other art and cultural events.

At the launch, Australia’s three well- known authors, Larissa Behrendt, Isobelle Carmody and Luke Davies were in conversation with the noted Indian poet and critic, Ashok Vajpeyi.

Street theatre at IHC: A two-day cultural festival, Shehar.Com is being held at the India Habitat Centre here on February 4 and February 5. Organised by the Hazards centre, an organization, which helps develop alternative frameworks on issues of urban planning and practice, the festival is scheduled to be inaugurated by the famous Bollywood star and theatre personality, Naseeruddin Shah.

The festival will bring together street theatre, music performances and art exhibitions put together largely by groups from slums and resettlement colonies of Delhi, non government organisations, independents groups and students groups from the JNU and Delhi University.

‘Basant Bahar’: The well-known artist, Meera Goyal, is holding an exhibition of her water colours, entitled ‘Basant Bahar- The Festival of Flowers” at the Lalit Kala Akademi here from February 1 to February 7.

In search of colour: “In Search of Colour”, a documentary on the famous painter Sidharth will be screened at the Gulmohar Hall, India Habitat Centre, here on January 30 at 6.30 p.m. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the artist and his works. The documentary has been directed by K. Bikram Singh and has been produced by PSBT.

‘Cave in the Metropolis’: Palette Art Gallery in Golf Links here is holding an exhibition of paintings of Gopi Krishna entitled the “Cave in the Metropolis”. The exhibition is curated by Gayatri Sinha.

Exhibition of French films: Alliance Francaise De Delhi and Embassy of France are organising a retrospective of the famous French actress, Isabelle Huppert, by screening ten of her outstanding films at the Alliance auditorium here from February 6 to February 11.

The famous films, the ‘Lace Maker’ and ‘Madame Bovary’, are among the ten to be screened for the benefit of the viewers.

Tributes to the masters: A two-day exhibition of the recent works of the well-known artist, Sanjay Bhattacharayya, was held at the Kamal Mahal, Maurya Sheraton, on January 27 and 28. The exhibition was inaugurated by Mr Satish Gujral and was specially held to pay tributes to the masters.

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New barracks for RPF personnel
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 29
The Northern Railway yesterday laid the foundation stone for the construction of barracks with a capacity of 30 beds at the Railway Protection Force (RPF) outpost in Palwal.

As per a press note issued by NR Chief Public Relations Officer Rajiv Saxena, the construction of the barracks was in keeping with an ear-marked objective to provide facilities to the RPF staff at the interchange point in the zone.

The facility would also facilitate staff posted on duty at adjacent stations like Fardiabad and Ballabhgarh.

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Metro institute to treat retired defence personnel
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 29
The Metro Heart Institute in sector- 16- A here has been approved by the Union Ministry of Defence for the treatment of the patients belonging to the retired defence personnel and their dependent category, in the state. These personnel would be eligible for free treatment registered under the Ex-Servicemen Contributory Health Scheme (ECHS) launched by the union government under the Ministry of Defence.

Under the scheme the ECHS beneficiaries and their dependants could get the treatment from the ECHS-approved hospitals on cashless basis after obtaining a proper authorization letter from there area polyclinic. 

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