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Govt. to announce scheme for disables, widows soon: CM

Imphal, October 10: Around 500 people including civil society organisation leaders, village authority executives and village chiefs of hill areas brought 191 complaints to the notice of Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh on the 6th Hill Leaders’ Day today.
The Chief Minister interacted with this huge number of visitors from 9 am to 1 pm.
Briefing media persons, Shri N. Biren Singh informed that apart from several individual matters, problems like absence of Government officials and poor infrastructure in hill areas were mainly brought to his notice on the Hill Leaders’ Day today.
Stating that many differently-abled persons and widows lamented their woes on the day, the Chief Minister informed that the State Government would announce a special scheme for them within this month.
However, the scheme would be implemented with effect from this year’s International Day of Disabled Persons i.e. December 3, 2017, he added.

Stating that many people, who came on Hill Leaders’ Day, pleaded him to help them in the construction of their houses, the Chief Minister said that the entitled benefits of different schemes are seemingly not reaching the targeted population.
As such, he had convened a review meeting of PMAY scheme, the Chief Minister informed. Shri N. Biren further said that he had directed the authority concerned to serve explanation call to the officials who do not attend office regularly.
Regarding infrastructure requirements which could not be reflected in the last State budget, the Chief Minister contended that he had instructed the DCs concerned to send a proposal each to the State Planning Department.
It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister announced during his maiden visit to Ukhrul district on April 11 this year that the 10th day of every month would be reserved for meeting with the leaders of civil society organisations and village chiefs of hill areas. The first ever Hill Leaders’ Day was held on May 10.

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Redefining ‘Manipuri’

In what can only be described as an incidental albeit positive outcome, the recently intensifying social turmoil has brought out various issues and agenda plaguing the state for as long as one would care to remember. While the situation at present has been perceived as precarious and even threatening to the peaceful and continued coexistence of the myriad communities and ethnic groups in the state, the fact remains that such social churnings is required at times to separate fact from fiction- to segregate and isolate genuine concerns that should be resolved for the society to progress as a collective and harmonious unit from those concocted by a few vested interests and projected as genuine and non-negotiable, often utilizing the caste and communal card to stir up misled emotions. Also one can only conjecture on the much touted claim of a ‘unique history’ that has been the pivot of every demand and contention. Is there degrees to uniqueness? Or, has the term been confused with ‘mysterious’ all these while? A confounding contention which fortunately will never arise in the state since our forefathers chronicled the history of the land and its people more than a thousand years before the birth of Jesus Christ in the Puya scripture.

Whatever the past- written or conceived, holding back progress and modernization, not only of oneself but for those in the vicinity lends precious little to pragmatism. In this day and age, would it be possible to shed our modern clothes and shelter and return to our hunting-gathering ways in the wild? Or more important- is anyone amongst us claiming to be the upholder of tradition and customs be really prepared to live out their claim? The only plausible explanation for the present contentions and convoluted issue is that customs, traditions, beliefs or culture is within us. It is our way of thinking and therefore our outlook of life. All these are attributes and tying them down to the land we exist on would very well spell doom in the practical world. If one who regards himself or herself so steeped in tradition that any other way of life is impossible have to be relocated somewhere else, will he or she cease to belong to their community or group? Or will she/he cease to exist because of the relocation? Or stranger still, should he/she demand the place to where he/she is relocated be merged with her/his native place just to make him/her be themselves? And where does such an attitude leave the room for ‘peaceful coexistence’ with the rest of the communities? Is such an outlook even permissible in today’s world? Debate, dialogue, deliberate or differ as much as one like. The integrity of Manipur is sacrosanct for the Manipuris contributing and assimilating their different customs, outlooks, faiths, practices and cultures to create this beautiful kaleidoscope which is the envy of the world. Understanding, accepting and respecting this concept would prove more fruitful for everyone involved rather than to try and play spoilsport.    

Moreh PWD complex controlled by militants; Govt. takes no action

By: John Kuki
In a shocking revelation and sordid affair, the land belonging to Public Works Department, Manipur, and previously PWD Moreh complex is now in the hands of a militant and cult leader, Mr PS Haokip, self-styled president of the Kuki National Organisation (KNO).
Originally a Myanmar-based Kuki insurgent group with an objective to set up Kuki state (Zalengam) in Myanmar’s Sagaing division or an independent Kuki nation with an amalgamation of Kuki ancestral land in India, Myanmar and Bangladesh, KNA/KNO had abandoned their original movement and shifted to India’s Manipur as they became increasingly actively involved in Manipur MLA elections. They also realised the futility of pursuing a movement in the name of Kuki as the term ‘Kuki’ is not recognised as a native people in Myanmar, but listed under ‘Other’ code just like the Rohingyas. Although the KNO under PS Haokip was the first Kuki underground group to have signed an agreement (under SoO) with Central and State governments in 2008 not to disturb the territorial integrity of Manipur, that compelled other groups to follow suit, it still claims its political demand is a separate Kuki state, which is to be carved out of Manipur.
What is even more shocking is that PS Haokip had reportedly sold two plots of the said PWD land to a former MLA and minister for Rs.40 lakhs about two years back. The PWD office land was divided into six plots and a portion of the remaining land is occupied by a student organisation. In the absence of a PWD office at Moreh, public are suffering as they have to go to Chandel district headquarter. It has also been reported that the land belonging to Transport Department at Moreh is now used as a private Tata Sumo parking.
Mention may be made that a large number of government quarters at Churachandpur district headquarters at Tuibong, adjacent to the mini secretariat complex, have been occupied by unauthorised persons and that some individuals even claim ownership of the land and the buildings. One Onkholun Haokip allegedly claims that a large proportion of the government quarters belong to him and he has been selling them for lakhs of rupees per unit along with the land.
One Thongsei Haokip, son-in-law of Onkholun and self-styled chief commander of an armed wing of the KNO, a signatory group to the Suspension of Operation (SoO) with the Government of Manipur and Government of India, is allegedly involved in this land scam. It is an open secret that Thongsei occupies a significant area of government land at Tuibong Market area, including his 4-storeyed residential building and the Tuibong Market complex. While the government has not taken care of the government quarters, some KNO leaders or their agents have been collecting monthly house rents from the occupants.
It is unknown what the government has done about this, but the new Deputy Commissioner of Churachandpur, Shyam Lal Poonia, has issued an order for verification of occupants of the said quarters. Mr Poonia has also recently issued an eviction order against unauthorised occupants of government land at Tuibong and some other places in Churachandpur town.
Some KNO leaders have been involved in  land scams and illicit drug and arms smuggling in collusion with some unscrupulous government officials of the departments concerned. A lot of government lands and properties in the state have been privately owned, but the question is whether proper channels and processes have been followed in such cases of land and property transfer or acquisition. And what has the government done about it?  
PWD minister Biswajit Singh on September 1 instructed officials of the Department to submit land details of all institutional buildings of the Department within seven days. It is unknown whether necessary action has been taken in regards to the Moreh PWD complex and government lands and properties at Tuibong in Churachandpur district. Who is PS Haokip and why are his activities seriously dangerous? A former bank clerk and a Nagaland native, born and bred, who fled to Manipur following the loss of his job in the early 1990s, PS Haokip is the supreme leader of the KNO and his expensive and sleazy international cult movement (the unpopular but controversial Manasseh/Manmasi movement). He became KNO president in a bloody coup, in which late Khaimang @ Vipin Haokip, a close relative of him and then commander of KNA, and him successfully plotted the assassination of then president Sokholun Haokip @ Hanglen and many other Kachin-trained KNA/KNO senior and top functionaries to keep the organization under the clutch of his family and to ensure victory of certain MLA and MP candidates of their choice.
His Myanmar’s Khampat banyan tree-based dubious or false prophecies, belief, vision and practice, and his ideologies, doctrines and actions guided or influenced by Churachandpur residents dodgy self-proclaimed prophets like Ms Parchi and Ms Mawi and now Mr Chomlhun, a Myanmarese national, are real danger for everyone, including his own blind followers among Kuki people. His notorious and perpetual involvement in MP, MLA and even MDC and village elections, land and property scams and extortion of money and jumping from one movement and ideology to another as he sees fit to serve his own personal interests and confused mind has confused and sickened his own people. He has amassed a plethora of wealth to meet his expensive pompous lifestyles and frequent leisure foreign trips. People are fed up with all these but would not speak out for fear of retribution.
Also known as a mafia ringleader, a murderer and a hate preacher for vigorously campaigning for and sowing the seeds of hate and enmity between different clans and tribes among the Kuki people, double-minded and money-minded PS Haokip is largely seen as a curse and a betrayer who has shattered Kuki national movement and dreams of the Kuki people to the point of no return.
While the borders of Manipur are heavily guarded in the wake of Rohingya refugees fleeing trouble-torn Myanmar’s Rakhine state, and the state witnessing a continuing intense movement for an Inner Line Permit (ILP) system to check the unregulated influx of outsiders into the state, a large chunk of government development funds in KNA-dominated Kuki-inhabited areas have been siphoned off for the ambitious and seedy Manasseh movement activities.
The Manasseh movement has faced trouble and people’s wrath in relation to monetary demands made to churches to fund its extension abroad. An aim of this unscrupulous movement as claimed by its proponents is to bring together non-native Manasseh people from different parts of South and South-East Asian countries and establish the lost but once glorious Manasseh kingdom in the present day Manipur.
Congregations of so-called Manasseh-Kuki people from over 70 different groups of people settled in various Asian countries during PS Haokip-initiated Kut celebrations at Tuibong and Moreh is a classic example of how his activities and agendas can be exploited by non-native people from outside to sneak into and settle in Manipur, where its indigenous people are already at high risk of being soon outnumbered and overpowered by non-indigenous outsider populations.
But this kind of scandalous activity would not be possible without the blessings of people in positions of authority. Exceptionally manipulative PS Haokip is infamously known for his powerful connections with influential government officials, corrupt religious figures, top ranking police officers, mafias, politicians and legislators such as the sitting MLAs from Tengnoupal, Saikot and Saitu Assembly constituencies, Chandel ADC Chairman, and the armed church leader and KCC supremo, amongst others.
Whatever his nativity, connections, influences, or movements, one question the Central and State governments have to answer and act on is why PS Haokip, who operates from his Churachandpur’s B Vengnom lavish home near the sitting Saikot MLA and MPCC president’s residence, and his associates are allowed to perpetuate his criminal, anti-social, anti-people and anti-Manipur activities, that too with government money.
If the government has enough courage to assert and establish rule of law and its authority over some criminals or anti-social elements, then it will arrest and bring PS Haokip and his accomplices to justice in the land scams. The new government of Manipur surely has the guts to effectively act and right the wrong in the best interest of the people and the state.

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PREPAK (Pro) celebrates 41st Raising Day of Red Army

Imphal, Oct 10: Armed rebel group PREPAK (PRO) celebrated 41st Raising Day of its Red Army on October 9. A statement of the rebel group said that the Raising Day was held at CHQ, STF, NCTF,B1, B2, B3 and B4 of the party and many places around the WESEA region.
At the function held at CHQ, the Chairman of the party who presided over the celebration talked about the various problems of the Manipuri society and aspects of the liberation struggle.
The statement further said that the celebration held at Base Area 2(B2) was attended by leaders of 10 revolutionary organisations of WESEA region. The function was hosted by the Chief of Army Staff of Red Army N.Rakesh Meetei.The Commander in Chief of Naga Army, General Th.Khumchok of NSCN (K) was the Chief Guest. KLO Chairman Jibol Singh Koch, PDCK Chairman J K Lijang, NDFB General Secretary B Ferenga, ULFA(I) Assistant General Secretary Jibol Asom, NLFT Organisation Secretary Sachin Borok, RPF/PLA‘s Assistant Chief of Staff Anganba, UNLF/MPA’s CO Wakheiba, KYKL/MYL’s CO Raghunat and KCP/MFL’s CO Kabongakpa attended the ceremony as guests of honour.
Speaking at the occasion, the Chief Guest General Th.Khumchok elaborated the need for the formation of a united front of the WESEA region which was espoused by late Baba Khaplang and expressed the need for nurturing the strength of the Mongoloid people of the region as well. KLO Chairman also spoke about the dangers faced by the people of the region as a result of India’s colonial policies and added that a united struggle of the various organisations of the region can only save ourselves from these dangers.
Assistant General Secretary of ULFA(I) stressed the need to fight together to mitigate the deteriorating condition of the socio economy and other aspects of the WESEA region during these 70 years of Indian occupation.
Various leaders spoke of the ways of strengthening the liberation struggle as well.

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One-day Regional Consultation on ‘Child Rights – Gaps & Challenges in NE States’ held

Imphal, October 10: A One day Regional Consultation on ‘Child Rights – Gaps & Challenges in North Eastern States’ was held today at Imperial Hall, The Classic Grande with focus on Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act, 2015, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 and The Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Act, 2016.
The inaugural session of the consultation was graced by Hon’ble Acting Chief Justice of Manipur High Court, Shri N. Kotiswar Singh, Social Welfare and Cooperation Minister Smt. Nemcha Kipgen, Chairperson, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), Smt. Stuti Kacker, Member, NSPCR, Shri Yashwant Jain, Chairperson, Manipur Commission for Protection of Child Rights (MCPCR), Smt. Sumatibala Ningthoujam, Commissioner of Social Welfare, Government of Manipur, Shri H. Deleep Singh, IAS as Chief Guest, President and Guests of Honour respectively. Delegates from the Eight (8) States of North East India, participants from various departments of Manipur Government, Civil Societies, NGOs were also part of this consultation.
Addressing the gatherings, Hon’ble Acting Chief Justice N. Kotiswar said that the law relating to children are evolving slowly and gradually and is taking shape in which various organizations and stakeholder are involved. Various areas and development are taking place related to this. Quoting the poem – ‘On the Seashore’ by the great poet Rabindranath Tagore, he draws the attention of all present to preserve the innocence of the children at all cost. It is the sole purpose of all the stakeholders to retain their innocence.
“Members of the Juvenile Justice Board (JJBs) and CWCs need to acquaint themselves with the evolving and developing role relating to child and should developed child friendly nature to work for the welfare of them,” he asserted. He also appealed for co-concerted efforts to various institutions working for the welfare of the children as far as it is related with the issues of the children. “Child Rights – Gaps and Challenges in North Eastern States of India’ is indeed a very relevant topic at present” stated Social Welfare Minister Nemcha Kipgen while delivering a Presidential speech. Minister draws the attention of the gatherings to pledge for the protection of our children today as without the welfare of the children, there will be no future for the society at large. Our future will be doomed without the welfare of our children because they are the happiness and strength of the society and of home, as well as of the future of the country, she added.
Minister Nemcha opined that every child has the right to information, the right to express his or her views and has the right to be involved in decision making affecting him or her. So, she urged all the parents and concerned people that children have the right to participate in the family, in schools, at child welfare institutions, orphanages, in the community and at National & International levels, as their active participation in the society has a profound impact on all.
Chairperson, NCPCR, Smt. Stuti Kacker lauded Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh for his distinctive knowledge of the problem where children are targeted and expressed that children of Manipur are in safe hands under the dynamic leader like him.

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Deputy Chief Minister inaugurates two days national symposium on plant diseases

Imphal, Oct 10:Deputy Chief Minister Yumnam Joykumar Singh today inaugurated two days National Symposium on “ Emerging and Re-Emerging Plant Diseases in North East India: Challenges and Strategies” at Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Research Complex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Imphal .
Speaking at the inaugural session, Deputy Chief Minister said, proper interface between farmers and scientists would be more helpful in controlling pests and other plant diseases hampering productivity in North Eastern region. He said, most of the States in the region have predominantly depend upon agriculture and allied activities as a means of livelihood and therefore issues pertaining to these activities should be addressed properly. Planting crops in right time would be the best way to control most of the diseases as there would be a little chance to pests and disease causing agents to affect the crops. He further said, with the advancement of research works, High Yielding Varieties (HYVs) have been developed and cultivating these varieties in large scale has been increased considerably but at the same time indigenous varieties around us for years should be taken care of.
Joykumar Singh said, people are in good habit of consuming organic foods, which are supposed to be considered as best to our health. Using chemicals to control pests and diseases should be taken care of as it can cause health hazards to us. He said, instead of using various chemicals to control plant diseases, we should try to introduce methods which are less harmful to human consumption. Efforts should be made in this direction to bring a phenomenal change so that agriculture and allied activities can be developed to meet the growing demand of food in the country, he added. Vice Chancellor of Central Agricultural University (CAU), Imphal, Professor M. Premjit Singh while speaking on the occasion strongly advocated the need to introduce crop rotation in large scale to control pests and other plant diseases in North Eastern Region. He said, minor plant diseases have become serious due to the factors of climate change. ICAR have been doing tremendous work in rice research and cultivation of HYVs.He urged the Scientists to initiate research to control disappearance of local varieties in the region.
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister distributed certificates to the trainees who have successfully concluded one month training on Gardeners Training Programme conducted at Krishi Vigyan Kendra (KVK) Churachandpur from 11th September -10th October this year.Agricultural inputs were also distributed in the inaugural session. Dr. N. Prakash, Joint Director, ICAR also spoke in the session. Scientists, Researchers and Students including from outside NE Region have been participating in the two days deliberation jointly organised by Indian Phytopathological Society (NEZ) and ICAR, Research Comlex for NEH Region, Manipur Centre, Imphal.

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3,000 Rohingya killed in Myanmar since Aug 25: BD Foreign minister

By: Siam Sarower Jamil
IT Correspondent
Dhaka, Oct 10: A total of 3,000 Rohingya Muslims were killed following the army operation in the Rakhine State of Myanmar since August 25, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said tuesday.
Tension had been brewing in the Rakhine state a month before the operation when the Myanmar government started increasing army deployment at many points of the state, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali said while addressing a programme in Dhaka this morning.
According to UN agencies, 5,20,000 of the forcibly displaced people crossed over into Bangladesh since August 25; nearly 40,000 of them arrived in the last 10 days, said a foreign ministry press release issued yesterday.
The foreign minister today alleged that Myanmar is trying to defuse the mounting international pressure by proposing to take back Rohingyas from Bangladesh. The international pressure against Myanmar should be increased, he said at the programme in Bangladesh Institute of Strategic Studies (BISS) auditorium.
Terming the Rohingya issue “a problem of Myanmar”, the minister said the country has to solve it.
One week after a meeting with a senior minister from Myanmar, Foreign Minister AH Mahmood Ali yesterday said Dhaka has not agreed to Naypyidaw’s proposal of following the principle and criteria of the 1992 deal to take back the forcibly displaced Myanmar national’s population.
On October 2, Myanmar formally proposed taking back the Rohingyas sheltered in Bangladesh but offered no specifics on how the repatriation of such a massive refugee population should take place.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, proposed a bilateral agreement to facilitate the repatriation process and handed over a draft of the proposed deal to Kyaw Tint Swe, union minister for the Office of the State Counsellor of the neighbouring country.

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AR seizes WY tablets

Imphal, Oct 10: 12 Assam Rifles of 26 Sect Assam Rifles under the aegis of HQ IGAR (South) apprehended four individuals with WY tablets at Permanent Vehicle Check Post (PVCP), Khudengthabi of Tengnoupal District on 09 Oct 2017.
At around 0930 hours, one blue colour ‘Maruti A Star’ vehicle bearing registration No. DL 8C P 3710 moving from Moreh to Imphal was stopped for checking. Three individuals travelling in the vehicle requested passage, citing poor health of one of the individual’s father in Imphal. On checking their vehicle, 3000 WY tablets worth Rs. 15 lakhs(approx) were recovered. The apprehendees are Mr Ayub Shah(27) s/o Md Ramijuddin r/o Lilong, Heinoumakhong, Thoubal dist, Mr Yusuf Ali(25) s/o Md Alimuddin r/o Lilong Khunou, Thoubal dist and Md Akhtar(34) s/o Md Alimuddin r/o Lilong Tairen Makhong, Thoubal dist. All the apprehendees were handed over to Moreh PS along with the recovered WY tablets.
At around 1330 hours, a silver colour Maruti Van bearing registration No. AS 01 AH 6821 moving from Moreh to Imphal was stopped at check post Khudengthabi for checking. The movement of the driver appeared suspicious. After thorough search of the vehicle, 9125 WY tablets worth Rs. 45.62 lakhs(approx) were recovered.
Apprehendee was identified as Mr Abdul Samad(36) S/O Md Khalik r/o Sora Mamang Leikai, Thoubal District. The recovered drugs along with apprehendee was handed over to Moreh PS.

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RFYS debuts in city, OM Roy School win first match

Shillong, Oct 10: The highly successful Reliance Foundation Youth Sports national football tournament made its debut in Shillong on Tuesday, with OM Memorial Higher Secondary School registering the first victory.
As many as 55 schools and colleges have fielded 72 teams in the four categories this year. The Junior Boys section with 40 entries has seen the most number of registrations while Senior Boys has also attracted 19 teams. Six teams will be seen in action in the College Boys and 7 in the School Girls categories to make it an impressive lineup.
The winners in each category will represent Shillong in the national championship to be held later this year.
In the inaugural match at the JN Stadium, OM Memorial rode on a late strike for their 1-0 victory over Brookside Adventist Higher Secondary School in a Junior Boys’ qualifying match. Sumarbha Bareh fired the winner in the 64th minute to win the man of the match award.
The RFYS tournament was launched last year in the eight cities of Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Kochi, Guwahati, Pune and Goa. It has extended to eight more cities this year, with Jamshedpur, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Shillong, Aizwal, Imphal and Hyderabad competing for their respective city titles. The RFYS, with Mrs Nita Ambani as the power and force behind it, is steadfastly working towards making Indian football a major force with the Indian Super League initiative at the senior level and the Reliance Foundation Young Champs at hte grassroots level.
Over 60,000 kids will be seen in action in 30 centres across the country. By December this year, a staggering 6 million children are expected to be touched with this grassroots initiative.
RESULT (qualifier):
Junior Boys: OM Roy Memorial Higher Secondary School bt Brookside Adventist Higher Secondary School 1-0.

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Hastkala Sahyog Shivir camp launched

Imphal, Oct 10: Hastkala Sahyog Shivir camp initiated by Ministry of Textiles was launch in the state today at MFDS Auditorium, Palace Compound.
The launch of the camp was jointly organise by Development Commissioner, Ministry of Textiles, Council of Handicraft Development Corporation and Manipur Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation Limited.
Speaking as the chief guest of the event, Dr Thokchom Meina, Lok Sabha MP said that weavers in the state need to make serious effort to promote the handloom products as they contribute to economic development of the state.
Meina also said that the main aim of the camp is to encourage the Handloom and handicraft sector in the country.
Various numbers of services including distribution of credit facilities through Mudra Scheme, assisting for technological upgradation and access to common service centre facilities will be facilitated during the camp, he added. Meina urged the weavers to get accustoms to GST as weaving also comes under the amid of GST.
S Rajen Singh, Chairman of Manipur Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation Limited; Th. Satyabarta, MLA Yaiskul Assembly Constituency; L Rameshwor, MLA Keirao Assembly Constituency graced the event as the President and Guest of Honour respectively.
Officers of Manipur Handloom and Handicraft Development Corporation Limited and many women weavers of the State also attended the event.
Meanwhile, Ministry of Textiles is organising ten days PAN India Handloom and Handicraft Camp in 201 handloom and 220 handicraft cluster from October 7 to October 17, 2017.

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