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Dilemma in Dhudike
Firing by girls in city
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Dhudike (Jagraon), June 8
Residents of Dhudike village, the birthplace of Lala Lajpat Rai, are facing a dilemma these days as they are finding it difficult to come to terms with the fact that the village is also the native place of two of the four girls who had shook the Punjab Police and the socio-cultural fabric of the state by firing in air at Sarabha Nagar market in Ludhiana on May 27.

Still at large, the girls are the talking point in the village after teams of Ludhiana Police conducted raids at the village and at their house.

While the raids yielded no result as the girls once again succeeded in outsmarting the police, the residents are in a fix over whether to boast about the ‘daring’ girls or feel ashamed about their act.

In fact the parents of one of the girls are quite respected in the village thanks to their illustrious educational background and achievements in sports as well. But no one wants to comment about the lifestyle of the girls in question.

Wishing not to be quoted, a number of residents told Ludhiana Tribune that they were too dumbstruck over the incident but they were willing to give the benefit of doubt to the girls, ‘‘So far only the police version of the incident has been revealed. This version paints the girls as some rowdy elements but you never know what the truth is exactly, maybe the girls had opened fire in self defence.’’

‘‘The girls would be our heroes if they had opened fire to protect their honour or to teach some eve teaser a lesson,’’ said another person.

While many doubted whether the police had identified the right girls, others said the police must have some substantial proof against the girls because of which it had obtained warrants and had publicised their names.

The police, meanwhile, has found that Sukhi, one of the girls involved in the incident, basically belonged to Kotkapura but used to live in Dhudike. She had mentioned this address in various places, records of which were with the police.

The sources said the girls seem to have been hiding at one place to escape being caught.



Public waits in vain for ‘busy’ babus 
Kanchan Vasdev
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
The impromptu meeting of officials of different departments at mini secretariat today left public high and dry as visitors, especially the elderly, waited for the officials for hours together in hot and sultry weather.

The worst sufferers were the visitors to the Deputy Commissioner's office and the Revenue Department as these officials were not available for many hours during the day. The subordinates of these officials also had a field day as in the absence of their seniors, they did not mind missing office.

To cap it all, there were only a few chairs to accommodate around 150-200 persons waiting in a queue. The June heat worsened the situation and the commoners alleged that many fans were not in working condition.

‘‘I was waiting since 9 am. They came at 11:30 and when my turn was about to come, they went for lunch. They did not even sit for two hours. There was a lot of hue and cry. If they have to spend their day in the meetings, they should put a board outside the offices announcing this, so that public members are not harassed, ’’ said Jai Singh, a villager.

He added that people had come from various parts of the district and were disappointed to find that the officials were in a meeting. ‘‘There is no value for public's time in the corridors of bureaucracy. They can at least organise the meetings after lunch or fix some day in advance, ’’ said Sant Singh, who had come for a solution to the drainage problem in his village in view of the ensuing monsoon.

A Revenue official on condition of anonymity said the Deputy Commissioner had called the monthly review meeting of the revenue officials today. He admitted that it went on for a long time and when they returned to their seats, a number of people were waiting angrily for them. 



I am not a comedian, says Rajpal Yadav
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
Film actor Rajpal Yadav, who made his Bollywood debut with film ‘‘Shool’’ and became a more known face after working in movies like ‘‘Jungle’’ and the recent ‘‘Main Meri Patni Aur Woh’’, gets irked if he is referred to as a comedian. ‘‘I must clarify I am not a comedian. I play roles that are close to real life, it would be wrong to say that I am a comedian,’’ said Yadav, who was in the city late last evening to launch Araldite Karpenter, a new white synthetic resin adhesive by Huntsman Advanced Materials.

Talking about latest trends in Bollywood, he said it was a positive trend that directors were focussing more on storyline these days. ‘‘Subject is the hero now, all actors are characters, which gives everyone a lot of opportunity to showcase their talent,’’ he said.

Yadav said the industry had become more sensitive towards themes related to real life characters. ‘‘A story that is more close to the life of common man is bound to find audience. I am happy that the number of films based on such themes has increased as 70 per cent of the population falls in that category. Representing this 70 per cent is far more satisfying than if I were to do to roles representating the remaining 30 per cent only.’’

Rajpal Yadav, whose films ‘‘Phir Hera Pheri’’ and ‘‘Chhup Chhup Ke’’ are due for release next week, said he was busy with at least six more films in which he is playing a major roles.

When asked about the growing inclination of youngsters towards joining acting as a profession, he said: ‘‘Failure rate is quite high, anyone who wants to be a part of this industry must know there is much more than glamour to it. It requires real hard work.’’



Mother-in-law, husband denied bail
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana June 8
The Additional Sessions Judge, Mr Gurbir Singh, has dismissed the anticipatory bail applications filed by Sanjeev Sharma (husband) and his mother- Kamla Rani on the charge of attempt to kill-Ms Vaneeta with the help of poisonous substance, which allegdly led to her abortion.

However, the court granted bail to Raj Kumari, a sister-in-law of the complainant. The brother-in-law, Kewal Krishan, who is also facing charges of subjecting the complainant to sexual harassment had withdrawn his anticipatory bail application.

The accused were booked under Sections 307, 376, 506 and 149 of the IPC on May 16.

The complainant had alleged that she was married a year ago. Her brother-in-law started telling her that he was having her obscene photographs and by threatening he established illicit relations with her.

It was further alleged that on May 14 when she refused to accompany him he started quarelling with her. She told this her to in-laws but without any response. The next day Kewal Krishan administered poisonous substance to her , while other accused caught hold of her. 



Health staff take food samples
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 8
In a drive against adulteration of food stuff in the city, a team of health officials, comprising of food inspectors, Manoj Khosla and Ravinder Garg, conducted raids at several places in the city and took 10 food samples.

According to civil surgeon Dr S.P. Sharma, samples of rice, mustard oil, cheese, gram, aerated drinks, lassi, biscuits and edible oil were taken from eateries and provision stores in Mandi Kesar Ganj, Partap Bazar, Mali Ganj, Chowk Div No 3, Chauri Sarak, Madhopuri and Noorwal Road.

The samples were sent to the Government Laboratory for analysis and depending on the reports, action under Prevention of Food Adulteration Act would be taken against the defaulters.

Dr Sharma said the campaign to check food adulteration would continue and those guilty would be brought to book.



Income Tax officers shuffled
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 8
Ms Aarti Sahni will be the new Chief Commissioner of Ludhiana Commissionerate of Income Tax. She will relieve Mr R.S. Mathoda, Chief Commissioner of Shimla of the additional charge.

According to new posting orders issued by the Central Board of Direct Taxes, Mr VDS Balhara, on promotion, will take over as Director General of Investigation in the Income Tax Department at Chandigarh.

Mr Mohinder Singh, Director of Investigation here will go to Ahmedabad and be replaced by Mr Roshan Sahay, Commissioner Ludhiana II. Mr R.K. Rai will be the new Commissioner Ludhiana II.

Mr MNA Choudhry, Commissioner Ludhiana I, goes to Mumbai and Mr A.P. Srivastava from New Jalpiaguri will take over in his place. Mr A.K.Mahrish, Commissioner Ludhiana III and Mr Vijay Kumar from Mumbai will swap places.

Commissioners of Income Tax Appeals I Mr Raminder Kaushal and Appeals II Mr Kiran Babu have been posted to Pune and Mumbai ,respectively, and they will be replaced by Mr Subhash Mehra and Mr Ajay Kumar.



Cong confident of winning elections, says Birmi 
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
Chief Parliamentary Secretary (CPS) Malkit Singh Birmi asserted that the Congress would win the coming elections on the issues of the development, economic growth and huge investments. Mr Birmi was addressing a well attended meeting of workers at Sahnewal, 15 km from here, today.

He also presented a cheque of Rs 4 lakh to the Gram Panchayat, Mangli Ucchi, for the construction of a Community Centre.

He said the government of Capt Amarinder Singh had put the state on the fast track of development and during the current financial year, funds amounting to more than Rs 5000 crore were being spent on various developmental projects.

The CPS claimed that with investments of more than Rs 11000 crore made by Reliance in agriculture processing and marketing sector, the agricultural scenario of the state would be changed and the farming community would be shifted from the stagnated wheat-paddy crop pattern to cash crops like vegetables, fruits, flowers, which would enhance their income manifold.

He said a flow of big investments had been recorded in the state and the government had approved 203 mega projects with an investment of Rs 73000 crore and an employment potentialof 16 lakh.

The government had also decided to develop Ludhiana as a modern city of North India and Capt. Amarinder Singh had cleared the comprehensive development plan costing Rs 3995 crore for building infrastructure in the city.

He also claimed that after June 10, an eight hour regular power supply daily would be ensured for the tube wells of farmers of the paddy crop. In order to meet the higher consumption, power worth Rs 3000 crore would be purchased from the other states.

Mr Birmi said during its four years in power, the government had spent more than Rs 2000 crore on the purchase of power for paddy irrigation. It was for the first time that bonus of Rs 50 per quintal on wheat was given to the farmers by the Union Government which benefited the farmers to the tune of Rs 550 crore.

He said the Congress had also waved power bills of the farmers to the tune of Rs 439 crore. He claimed that the government had procured all the eight crops of the farmers without any harassment, where as during the SAD-BJP government , it was an open secret that farmers had been looted in mandis.

A corpus fund of Rs 450 crore had been created for releasing regular pensions. And amount for shagun under the Ashirwad scheme had also been enhanced from Rs 6100 to Rs 15000. Besides, toilets were being constructed in the houses of schedule caste families.

Capt Amarinder Singh had also launched a special development drive under the Punjab Nirman Program and funds amounting to Rs 700 crore were being spent on various development projects in urban and rural areas of the state.

He said the Chief Minister had empowered all the MLAs to disburse grants worth Rs 7 crore in their constituencies under this program.

Others who addressed the meeting included Mr Ramesh Pappu, President, Nagar Panchayat, Sahnewal; Mr Jaswinder Singh Sandhu, Chairman, Market Committee, Sahnewal; Mr Sher Singh Sandhu, President, Truck union, Sahnewal; Mr Jeewan Kapila; Mr Kuldeep Singh, President, Tempu Union, Sahnewal. 



Review ongoing projects, DC tells SDMs
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
The Deputy Commissioner, Mr Ashok Kumar Gupta, has directed the SDMs to pay at least two visits to review the progress of the on-going development projects under the Punjab Nirman Programme.

He was presiding over a meeting of officers to review the progress of development works held at Bachat Bhawan under his chairmanship today.

He also asked the SDMs to check the work of progress of the distribution of pensions, anganwaris, sarb sikhya abhiyan, midday meal programme, aashirwad scheme, construction of toilets in the houses of SC families, etc, during their visits.

Reviewing the progress of the distribution of pensions, he directed the DDPO to got prepare a duty rosters for the panchayat secretaries for the distribution of pension in each village from 7th and 10th every month and directed the BDPOs to strictly adhere to the roster and positively ensure the payment of pensions to the beneficiaries on the fixed dates.

He warned that action would be taken against the employee concerned in case of delay in the distribution of pension in any village.

Taking a note of the delay in the submission of utilisation certificates of the grants, the Deputy Commissioner directed the BDPOs to submit all pending certificates at the earliest and to also ensure the utilisation of grants within the fixed period.

At the meeting, the General Manager, DIC, informed that under the GMRY scheme loans worth Rs 611 lakh had been disbursed among 940 beneficiaries.

Mr Gupta asked the General Manager to direct the block-level officers of his department to fix a day in every week with the beneficiaries to complete their cases under the GMRY scheme in the respective banks so that the cases could be got cleared efficiently.

Reviewing the problem of encroachments on lands along the link roads in the villages, Mr Gupta asked the BDPOs to select any five roads in each block in the first phase and make the plantation on both sides of roads after clearing the encroachment.

He asked the SDMs to depute the required revenue officials to provide demarcation for this purpose on the request of the BDPOs.

Earlier presiding over a meeting of revenue officers, Mr Gupta asked the SDMs to complete all pending probes and submit the reports to him. He asked the tehsildars/naib tehsildars to clear all pending mutations within a period of 15 days and submit the action-taken report to him.

He said strict monitoring would be exercised to improve the efficiency of all departments and strict action would be taken against the government officials, who found creating unnecessary delay in implementing the projects/schemes of the government.

The Deputy Commissioner asked the District Revenue Officer to write to the officers of all departments to submit the lists of properties belonging to their department in the district so that in future in case of any encroachment on the government property, the officer concerned could be held responsible.

Reviewing the progress of demarcations, he asked the tehsildars to get the case register with the police against the person who obstruct the revenue officials in giving demarcation on their directions.

He asked the SDMs to submit a contingent plan regarding their requirements in connection with flood-fighting measures in their subdivisions keeping in view the coming rainy season.

Among others who attended the meeting were Mr Ajmer Singh (ADC), Mr S R Kaler, DDLG, Mr Inderpreet Singh Kahlon, DRO, Ms Anupam Kaler, AC (G), and SDMs of all subdivisions.



Pollution board’s decision to close units draws flak
Shveta Pathak
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
Small industrial units today termed the closure order of 150 units for untreated waste water and hazardous chemicals by Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB) as unilateral and arbitrary. Representatives of industry alleged that the PPCB chairman did not even give them a personal hearing before passing an order for closure.

The PPCB ordered the closure of 150 industrial units in Ludhiana and Jalandhar on grounds of untreated waste water and hazardous chemicals in rivers.

‘‘The PPCB chairman, Mr Tripat Rajinder Singh Bajwa, did not even bother to give us a personal hearing. Even on February 15 when we were called to Chandigarh, he did not meet us. The closure of 150 units on pollution grounds is highly unjust as for over 13 years, these units have been demanding land for shifting but the government has not bothered to provide them with the same,’’ said Mr Joginder Kumar, president, Federation of Tiny and Small Industries of India (FOTSII).

He said even as Rs 5 lakh had been given to the Science and Technology Department, Punjab, to conduct a detailed study, and the department recommended that these units need not shift and discharge of polluting water can be arrested by making alternative arrangements, no steps had been taken to implement any measures that could control pollution.

Representatives of the units said land should be allotted to them for shifting. ‘‘We are willing to install a treatment plant as well, but there are no initiatives from the government's side,’’ said Mr Kumar.

Industrialists alleged that the pollution control board was not serious in controlling pollution. ‘‘Certificates are given without even checking the reality,’’ they alleged, adding,‘‘in most cases officials concerned are only interested in making money.’’

Industry representatives also pointed out that industrial units in the city were suffering because of poor infrastructure and basic amenities. ‘‘The government has approved a development plan of Rs 3,995.02 crore for Ludhiana under the Jawaharlal Nehru Renewable Mission. We strongly urge the authorities to pay attention to sewerage and stormy water systems as industry is suffering badly due to the lack of these amenities.’’



Govt staff stage dharna 
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 8
Led by activists of the Punjab Raj Mulazam Dal, state government employees staged a dharna at Mini Secretariat here yesterday to press for the acceptance of their demands, as also to flay the anti-employees policies, particularly those related to privatisation of educational and health institutions.

Addressing the protesters, Mr Dal Singh Sandhu, president of the body, alleged that the Congress government in Punjab had failed to concede the genuine demands of the employees. Not only this, several concessions and facilities, granted by the erstwhile SAD-BJP government stood withdrawn which had led to widespread resentment and frustration among the employees.

Other speakers, including Mr Inderjit Sharma, chairman of Mulazam Dal, Mr Surjit Mohinder Singh, Mr Gurbaksh Singh Tiwana, Mr Piare Lal and Mr Amarjit Singh Bhattian, demanded the regularisation of services of daily-wage earners and ad hoc employees, scrapping of policies of privatisation, grant time scale promotion of 4-9-14 years and the implementation of all other demands which had been accepted in principle by the previous government.

Mr Gurdip Singh Hans, district president and Mr Rajinder Pal Singh, president, MC Mulazam Dal cautioned the government to take up the issue of pending demands in a positive manner without delay failing which the employees' unions would be left with no other choice but to intensify the agitation.



25-year-old losing battle for life to poverty
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 8
Samuel Masih (25) from Ferozepore was brought to Christian Medical College and Hospital (CMCH) here four months ago and was diagnosed as having extensive skull fractures and brain injury. He also had fractures of the face and the upper limb.

He underwent several procedures for a month and was discharged, but was readmitted after some time following leakage of brain fluid through nose. This complication led to brain fever and blood infection.

The patient, in the meantime, also developed kidney failure which required repeated dialysis. He had to undergo another operation to repair the brain fluid leakage and still continued to be on treatment.

According to doctors at CMC, the patient required expensive antibiotics for a long time. Samuel's father is a daily wage earner and the sole bread earner in his family, in addition to taking care of Samuel's family, who is married with three children.

The parents of the patient, with meagre resources, have spent a huge amount of money and are now under debt. A few good Samaritans and the CMCH authorities have been helping the family so far. That the family of Samuel is not in a position to afford the treatment is evident as even two square meals are not assured to them. In such a situation, only a helping hand of the kind hearted people can alleviate the sufferings of Samuel and his family members.

All those who wish to help Samuel and his family can contact the Medical Superintendent’s office. All donations should be made in favour of Christian Medical College and 'Treatment for Samuel' written at the back of the cheque, bank draft or on the covering letter.



Transporters to hold protest on June 13
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, June 8
In protest against the hike in petroleum and diesel rates, the All India Motor Transport Congress will observe a 24-hour off on June 13.
Condemning the hike, chairman, Punjab State Goods Transport Association, Mr Charan Singh Lohara, said:‘‘Despite aggressive protests, the government has gone ahead with the hike, which is very disappointing.’’

He said prior to the increase diesel price in the retail market was Rs 30-45 per litre in Delhi of which Rs 9.134 per litre accounted for taxes. ‘‘Thus if the price of crude oil has gone up, tax element should have been reduced by Rs 2 per litre to create a balance.’’

To mark its protest the association would observe a 24-hour off on June 13 on a call given by the All India Motor Transport Congress. The association also demanded an immediate rollback of hike.



Police starts Suvidha camps
Our Correspondent

Samrala, June 8
To solve the problems of peace-loving citizens, the police has started Suvidha camps on the instructions of Prag Jain, DIG, Ludhiana, said SSP of Khanna, M. Farooki, today at the local Shahi Palace.

Talking to mediapersons, Mr Farookhi said when he joined at Khanna as police chief, there were 555 complaints pending. Till June 5, 822 more complaints (minor) were received. But after launching fortnightly camps, more than 50 per cent complaints had been solved. Mr Farooki also said there were 40 complaints from the Samrala sub division, out of which 30 were from Machhiwara police station. As a result of these camps, the load of Khanna police had reduced.

Responding to a question, Mr Farooki said the main culprit, Baljit Singh, in the double murder case at Mutton village had been arrested by the Samrala police last evening.

Earlier, he was welcomed by SHO Dilbag Singh Samrala and SHO Inspector G.P. Singh. SP (D) Dilbagh Singh also accompanied Mr Farooki. 



Naib Tehsildar felicitated
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 8
Acknowledging the outstanding service of Mr Manmohan Kaushik, Naib Tehsildar, who had been transferred to Nabha town, leaders of various social and educational organisations organised a farewell party at the Officer's Club here on Wednesday. The felicitation function was presided over by Mr Sukhjinder Singh Gill, SDM, Jagraon.

Appreciating Mr Kaushik's role in implementing the government policies through innovative methods, Mr Gill said he tried to involve residents of the area in the restructuring process undertaken by the civil administration. Mr Daljit Singh Chheena Tehsildar, Mr Surinder Kumar and Mr Jagsir Singh (naib tehsildar) said Mr Kaushik had set an example for his successors.

Officer bearers of Book Bank Society, Zenith Welfare Club, J C Club, Lok Seva Society, Guru Nanak Sahara Society, Spring Dew Public Senior Secondary School, Shivalik Model School, Senior Citizen's Welfare Forum, Photographers Association and All India Human Rights Association felicitated Mr Kaushik on behalf of their respective organizations. 



Driving away ‘baby blues’
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 8
Many new mothers sometimes experience mild depression which is also referred to as ‘‘baby blues’’. It is a very common phenomenon, affecting an estimated 50 to 75 percent of all new mothers. Baby blues usually appear in the first few days after delivery and may last only a few days or for a few weeks in some cases.

According to Dr Paramajit Singh Khurana, consultant neuro-psychiatrist at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital here, new mothers with baby blues often feel frustrated, unworthy, angry or lonely. They may often cry or be irritable.

Frequent mood changes and difficulty in sleeping were often associated with other symptoms like constant fatigue, lack of joy in life, a sense of emotional numbness or feeling trapped, withdrawal from family and friends, lack of concern for herself or her baby, excessive concern for the baby, loss of sexual interest or responsiveness, a strong sense of failure and inadequacy, severe mood swings and high expectations, along with an over-demanding attitude.

He opined that hormonal changes could be one of the causes of baby blues. ‘‘After delivery, the levels of oestrogen and progesterone drop. The mother experiences a similar change during PMS (premenstrual syndrome). This condition could be caused due to a variety of other reasons such as exhaustion from strenuous labour, too little sleep, painful stitches, sore nipples, an apprehension of not being able to cope with motherhood and the responsibilities that come with it, unhappiness over her looks, a sense of loss about her past life that was carefree and career-oriented.’’

In certain cases baby blues could be worsened by pain after labour, exhaustion and the overwhelming responsibility of a new baby.

Focusing on the ways to cope with depressive episodes, Dr Khurana says that in addition to accepting mild depression as a normal part of childbirth, the mother needs to take special care of herself. She ought to take adequate rest, eat a nutritious diet, perform exercises in moderation and should seek assistance from social support system. ‘‘Taking a nap during the day when the baby is asleep also helps. Adequate rest has a major impact on the emotional and physical well-being. The babies also need well-rested parents to care for them.’’

Discussing treatment and management modalities, Dr Khurana observed that it was advisable not to struggle all alone. Once the condition was suspected, the mother must talk to someone whom she could trust.

‘‘Medical help and guidance can be reassuring that there are many others in the same situation. Depending on the nature and severity of the problem, medication by the doctor may help. Early intervention can lead to a more rapid recovery. Treatment varies according to individual needs, which may include counselling, anti-depressant medication and hormone therapy’’, he added.



Chabeels organised on Nirjala Ekadashi
Our Correspondent

Jagraon, June 8
Various social, educational and business organisations here organised chabeels on Nirjala Ekadashi yesterday.Sweetened water and langar was served at these chabeels.

Chabeels were also organised at various places on roads joining local town with Ludhiana, Malerkotla, Raikot and surrounding villages. Volunteers of Ram Mandi Dharamshala Committee, Kalgidhar Federation, Punjab and Sind Bank and Sanatan Mandir Vidya Mandir Senior Secondary School organised chabeels near their respective  organisations. 



Office-bearers elected
Our Correspondent

Samrala, June 8
Mr Baldev Singh Sub Divisional Magistrate-cum-President of the Community Centre Club, Samrala, hasnominated Mr Harpal Singh Dhillon, Chairman Market Committee, Samrala, as vice president, social worker Rakesh Khullar as secretary and A K Gupta as treasurer while Mr Uttam Chand , Mr Shakti Anand, Mr K S Dhaliwal, Mr R K Gupta, Mr Sohan Lal Sherpuri, Dr Gurmeet Singh Gill, Mr Vipin Khullar and Amarjeet Singh Dhillon as the Executive committee members.



Airtel, Eurokids organise summer camp
Our Correspondent

Ludhiana, June 8
The Airtel kids summer camp started at Eurokids with over 30 children participating in the 15-day camp has been organised jointly by Eurokids and Airtel.
Over the coming days, children would be taken through a series of activities, including pool splash, story reading, dance, art and craft, outdoor visits, magic show etc.

Today, children of the senior wing of the camp involved themselves in an art and craft session where they made flower caps while the junior wing made their fathers feel special with self-made Father's Day card. Tiny-tots danced to the tunes of Salaam Namaste.

Mr Rajiv Jaitly, CEO (Mobility), Bharti Airtel, Punjab Circle, said,"Our esteemed customers are part of one proud 'Airtel Family' and such summer camps are an ideal platform to bring cheers to the tiny-tots of the family."



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