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When APJ Abdul Kalam ‘came to life’ in chocolate form

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It has been installed by Puducherry’s chocolate boutique “Zuka” at its premises here and has been attracting a large number of people.

Model of Kalam made in chocolate

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Displaying the skill of sculpting delicate images, a chocolate boutique here has made a five feet 11 inches model of former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam in edible chocolate.The chocolate model of the missile man, weighing about 400 kg, is not for sale. It has been installed by Puducherry’s chocolate boutique “Zuka” at its premises here and has been attracting a large number of people.Srinath Balachandran, owner of the chocolate shop, said, “It took about 180 hours for him and chef Rajendran Thankarasu to make the chocolate image in a phased manner taking into account the various fine aspects and using edible chocolate materials. It would be on display till the first week of January.””It is our tribute to the former President. It was a virtual challenge for making the image in standing posture. However, the joy of doing the work was immense and thrilling”, he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Srinath said Zuka created the life size statue of Kalam to celebrate the annual festival of the shop after conducting a survey to enlist the suggestion from various sections through Facebook. He said that most of the respondents voted that the shop make a chocolate statue of Abdul Kalam and this expectation had been translated into reality now.He said that on earlier occasions, chocolate images of Mahatma Gandhi, the statue of Liberty, Mickey Mouse, a vintage train and musical instruments were made. “Through such works we want to showcase Puducherry to outside the Union Territory and also to the world at large”, he said.Asserting that these images were not meant for sale, Srinath said managements of a number of schools have started fixing up times to bring their children to the shop to enable the kids to see the chocolate image of Kalam.Asked whether there was any plan to set up any museum to preserve the unique products, Srinath said that “it is indeed a dream and all logistical features would have to be considered”.

AAP v/s Jaitley: Here’s what Arun Jaitley has to say about Arvind Kejriwal’s allegations

Free speech is unquestionably a pre-eminent Fundamental Right, but does free speech include the right to speak only falsehood? The Delhi Chief Minister, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, seems to believe in untruth and defamation, delivered in a language that borders on hysteria.

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Replying to Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi party’s allegations, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley wrote a blog post titled Falsehood as Free Speech on Facebook bashing Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal and rejected charges of corruption. In the post, he claimed that the allegations of corruption were wrong while it was wrong to use the free speech argument to speak falsehoods. He also claimed that the CBI didn’t raid Arvind Kejriwal’s office, that he’d left cricket administration in 2013 and questioned Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar’s support for Arvind Kejriwal. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Full Text of Arun Jaitley’s Facebook post: FALSEHOOD AS FREE SPEECHFree speech is unquestionably a pre-eminent Fundamental Right, but does free speech include the right to speak only falsehood? The Delhi Chief Minister, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal, seems to believe in untruth and defamation, delivered in a language that borders on hysteria. A few days ago, a Secretary of the Delhi Government was searched and arrested after being caught red handed for allegedly accepting a bribe. The CBI had conducted the operation. The Delhi Government welcomed the move.Four days later, another official close to the Chief Minister was searched for an alleged offence which related to the pre-Kejriwal period. The Chief Minister raised two pleas. First, that it violates the federal structure of the Constitution. In addition, the Chief Minister used unacceptable adjectives against the Prime Minister and, second, he questioned the purpose of the search and tried to divert attention by linking it to the Delhi Cricket body rather than alleged corruption of this official.FederalismFederalism is not a one way stream. It is not always that the Union Government challenges the spirit of federalism. A State or a Union Territory, by its unacceptable conduct, can also be a threat to federalism. During the UPA Government, the Delhi Government, with no police or investigative powers, registered an FIR against two Union Cabinet Ministers of the UPA Government for voluntarily implementing a decision of the Cabinet. If State Governments start investigating decisions of the Union Cabinet there can be no greater threat to federalism. Delhi is a Union Territory with no Police powers. I had, on 12th February, 2013, written a blog and, as Leader of Opposition, condemned this violation of federalism by the Union Territory of Delhi.If the Union Government were to consider using against the Delhi Chief Minister the adjectives that Mr. Kejriwal used against the Prime Minister, it would be legitimate to contend that this is not in consonance with the federal spirit. When two Chief Ministers, Mamata Banerjee Ji and Nitish Kumar Babu, supported Mr. Kejriwal, notwithstanding the use of highly objectionable words against the Prime Minister, can it be in consonance with the federal spirit? The two Chief Ministers need to redeem themselves by publicly distancing themselves from Mr. Kejriwal’s vocabulary.Now that the heat and dust of the search of an IAS officer’s room has settled down, it is clear that the search had nothing to do with either the Chief Minister or his room. An official was being searched for an alleged offence in his earlier capacities. The CBI has adequately clarified that. Notwithstanding that, an actually false propaganda is being repeated continuously. Why should the Chief Minister place himself as a shield in front of an official who is facing investigation? Why should two eminent Chief Ministers lend themselves to support the blatant falsehood of Delhi’s Chief Minister?The DDCAIt is a part of propaganda technique to deflect attention when you yourselves are in the dock. Finding himself acting as a shield to cover an officer under investigation, the Delhi Chief Minister has attempted to focus attention on me. He repeats endlessly that I misled the Parliament on the Delhi raid and that he has a series of allegations to make against me in relation to my tenure as President of the DDCA – Delhi’s cricket body. The Congress transiently joined Mr. Kejriwal’s company for the reason that its own leaders are in the dock for more than one reason.Even though I am not concerned with cricket administration since 2013, a Member of Parliament has been writing to various governmental bodies with regard to Delhi’s cricket affairs. The UPA Government seized upon the opportunity and referred the complaints to the SFIO which investigated all his complaints over a period of time and submitted a detailed Report on 21st March 2013. The Report concluded in relation to the DDCA being registered under the Companies Act, that:- “thus, in a nutshell, there are certain irregularities / non-compliance or technical violations, but no fraud (was) noticed as alleged”.These technical and procedural violations were all compoundable and were compounded by Members against whom they were alleged. The SFIO, under the UPA regime, investigated and could not find a shred of evidence against me. No personal allegation was ever made against me nor did I ever feel the need of contradicting it. There are fake allegations such as escalation of cost of construction of a stadium. When work expands, cost escalations are integral. A brand new 42,000 capacity world class stadium was constructed by the EPIL, a public sector body at a total cost of around Rs.114 crores. At the same time, the UPA Government renovated two stadiums. The Jawahar Lal Nehru stadium was renovated at a cost of over Rs.900 crores and Dhyan Chand stadium was renovated at a cost of over Rs. 600 crores. I have felt the need for stating the above in order to counter any unsubstantiated, non-specific allegations. I have left cricket administration in 2013. By referring to some facts of 2014 and 2015, he can’t drag me in.FALSEHOOD AS FREE SPEECHFree speech is unquestionably a pre-eminent Fundamental Right, but does free speech include…
Posted by Arun Jaitley on Thursday, 17 December 2015

Congress leader explains why he was holding slippers for Rahul Gandhi

On Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi toured flood-hit regions of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu.

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After videos and images of him holding slippers to enable Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi wear them went viral, former Union Minister V Narayanasamy on Wednesday said he did that out of courtesy to help his party top leader wade through a flooded street in Puducherry.On Tuesday, Rahul Gandhi toured flood-hit regions of Puducherry and Tamil Nadu. During his visit to the Union Territory, regional Congress leaders, including Narayanasamy had accompanied him. Among Rahul’s tour pictures and videos was one showing Narayanasamy — slightly bent — and holding a pair of slippers for his leader to wear and it went viral.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A section of the media claimed that the former Union Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office during UPA-II was holding Rahul Gandhi’s slippers. Asked about it, Narayanasamy said,”it was not Rahul Gandhi’s slippers, it was mine and I was holding it for him to wear out of courtesy so that he could walk through a flooded neighbourhood.””Rahulji was wearing shoes and he had to remove it as the street was flooded. As he got ready to walk barefoot, I offered mine as the flooded street had thorns and rough stones,” he told PTI. “I followed Rahulji by wearing another pair of slippers given to me by a party worker,” he said.A former Member of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Narayanasamy is a prominent Congress leader in Puducherry.

Acceptance, assimilation defines Indian civilisation: President Pranab Mukherjee

“This ethos of acceptance and assimilation has defined the Indian civilization and made it a melting pot of the world. We must nurture and preserve this spirit which has made our country a rich amalgam of rainbow emotions,” Pranab Mukherjee said.
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President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that the Indian civilization has been known worldwide for its “ethos of acceptance and assimilation”, urging people to preserve the “richness and diversity” of its culture.Inaugurating beach festival ‘Festa De Diu’ in Diu, he said India is known world over for the richness and diversity of its culture and each part of India has a district cultural milieu which has evolved over centuries.”Historically, Diu holds a special significance for the Parsi community as it was this part of India where they first landed. Even today, the Agyari (Parsi fire temple) and Dakhma (Parsi funeray tower) bear testimony to the historical journey of the Parsi Community in India.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This ethos of acceptance and assimilation has defined the Indian civilization and made it a melting pot of the world. We must nurture and preserve this spirit which has made our country a rich amalgam of rainbow emotions,” Mukherjee said.Various cultural programmes, including tribal ‘Siddi Dhamal’ dance, performance by renowned classical singer Shubha Mudgal, laser show and firework were the main attraction during the function. The President, who is on his first visit to Diu, said the Union Territory holds immense possibilities to draw tourists from all parts of India and the world.The journey of the people of Daman & Diu in the last five decades has seen progress and development. It’s advancement in the infrastructure and industrialization is noteworthy, he said.”Being a small island territory which is blessed with such enrapturing beauty, tourism has to be a key driver of the economy and a source of livelihood. I am happy to note the concrete measures taken by the administration to give a boost the tourism,” he said.”The enhanced air connectivity with Air India commencing operations will give a major boost to tourism opportunities in the territory. I feel that Diu can become the tourism gateway for southern Gujarat and Diu-Somnath-Gir are a natural tourism circuit. Better connectivity and collaboration with Gujarat tourism will provide a greater fillip to the immense opportunities in this sector,” Mukherjee said.Nearly 17 lakh tourists had visited Diu and the figure for this year is likely to go up to 25 lakh.

Tamil Nadu rains: Normalcy returns as monsoon fury abates

The death toll in rain-related incidents across Tamil Nadu stands at 79.

Heavy rains had water-logged many areas of Tamil Nadu

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Much to the relief of people in Tamil Nadu, the fury of the North East monsoon has subsided with only a few districts experiencing rains and life was gradually limping back to normal here. The death toll in rain-related incidents across Tamil Nadu stands at 79.Tiruvallur district along with some areas around Madurai had experienced moderate showers even as the severely affected Kancheepuram was inching back to normalcy.In Chennai, civic authorities were pumping out water from inundated localities in south suburban Velachery, one of the worst affected, with boats being used to transport people to safer places. Boats had also been deployed at Velachery, Perumbakkam, Saidapet, Thoraipakkam and Nandambakkam to rescue people. Meanwhile, areas in Korattur in the city were still in knee-deep water and according to authorities it could take a couple of days for the water to dry up completely. Suburban areas in the city were still inundated.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In Kancheepuram district, the Army and Air Force were deployed since yesterday to rescue stranded citizens as torrential rains left residents marooned. Respite from rains for the last two days enabled denizens to venture out to buy essential commodities. The Navy and Coast Guard had also joined rescue operations.Chief Minister Jayalalithaa has announced the allocation of Rs 500 crore towards relief and rehabilitation besides solatium for the next of kin of the dead.According to the Met office, there could be rain in the neighbouring Union Territory of Puducherry besides moderate rain in some areas of Chennai, during the day, today.The state has largely been spared of any outbreak of diseases due to incessant rain following precautionary measures launched by authorities.Vegetable prices, especially in the affected areas, have skyrocketed following the poor arrival of the produce from other states.Yesterday, Southern Railway had cancelled over 15 trains bound for various destinations due to water-logging of tracks. A few trains were also cancelled today. Most of the schools and colleges in Chennai and suburbs remained closed today.

Heavy rains lash Puducherry, but no threat of cyclone in Tamil Nadu

“We expect the landfall to be between Puducherry and Cuddalore.We’ve ensured enough stock of food grains and medicine too. Eight task forces are monitoring on the ground,” said Puducherry Collector D Manikandan.

A fisherman on a Chennai beach on Sunday

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Normal life was hit in Puducherry with incessant rains pounding the Union Territory since Sunday, reports PTI.Official sources said to PTI that Puducherry and its suburbs recorded 13.3 cm rainfall in the 24 hours ending 8:30 am on Monday. Low lying areas were inundated.As Tamil Nadu is set to receive heavy rain throughout the day, schools and colleges will be shut in Puducherry, Chennai and adjoining districts Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur as well, reports NDTV. However, there is no longer a threat of cyclone.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The cyclonic depression is moving across the Bay of Bengal. It is expected to cross between Puducherry and Karaikal this noon.Thus, rainfall is expected in most parts of Tamil Nadu with heavy to very heavy rainfall over north coastal Tamil Nadu and Puducherry in the next 24 hours.”We expect the landfall to be between Puducherry and Cuddalore. We’ve ensured enough stock of food grains and medicine too. Eight task forces are monitoring on the ground,” said Puducherry Collector D Manikandan to NDTV.There will also be heavy showers in coastal Andhra Pradesh, south interior Karnataka and Kerala over the next 48 hours, reports NDTV.Fishermen in Tamil Nadu have been advised by the government not to venture out to sea in the next 24 to 48 hours.

Delhi govt threatens inquiry against ACB chief MK Meena

In a memorandum issued to Meena, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked him to submit his reply within 10 days on the allegations against him.
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His naming for the post a bone of contention, LG-appointed Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) chief MK Meena has been threatened with an inquiry by Delhi government over allegations of negligence in performing his duty and “intimidating” his juniors.In a memorandum issued to Meena, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has asked him to submit his reply within 10 days on the allegations against him.”Mukesh Kumar Meena is directed to submit within 10 days of the receipt of this memorandum, a written statement in his defence and also to state whether he desires to be heard in person. (He) is informed that an inquiry will be held only in respect of those articles of charge as are not admitted. He should, therefore, specifically admit or deny each article of charge,” Kejriwal said in his memorandum to Meena.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>One of the allegations against the ACB chief is that he deployed paramilitary forces on the ACB premises purportedly to intimidate his subordinates. There is also an allegation that Meena tried to take away the FIR book from the police station of ACB and did “illegal acts with malafide intention” of screening “corrupt officials” and saving them from legal proceedings by interfering with the process of law.The ACB chief could not be reached for comment over this matter.”The Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi proposes to take action against Meena (IPS AGMUT:1989), Joint Commissioner of Police (ACB) under rule of the All India Services (Discipline and Appeal) Rules, 1969,” the memo said.Meena is also alleged to have made a “false” statement that the Anti-Corruption Helpline number 1031 launched by GNCTD had been “scrapped” as it was not receiving complaints.

Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex to get world heritage status by 2016?

Union Territory administration of Chandigarh gave a powerpoint presentation to the members of UNESCO’s International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on the management plan of the Chandigarh dossier, prepared in the year 2008.

Palace of Assembly Chandigarh

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Union Territory administration of Chandigarh gave a powerpoint presentation to the members of UNESCO’s International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) on the management plan of the Chandigarh dossier, prepared in the year 2008.According to The Indian Express, the team was here to assess the structure of city’s Capitol Complex for the bid to get world heritage status. The team is expected to give an assessment on the areas that need improvement. The reports will then be submitted to ICOMOS and, finally, to the World Heritage Committee. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to the UT Home Secretary Anurag Aggarwal, the approval to the dossier is expected by June 2016. The dossier concerns the policy decisions regarding the alterations and additions to the Capitol Complex, risk preparedness and firefighting arrangements in several buildings.Chandigarh has been bidding for the honour since 2006, but has not been able to make it due to either a no-clearance from the Ministry of Culture or UNESCO. The Chandigarh report focused on its capital complex, apart from buildings designed by Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, and Sukhna Lake and Leisure Valley.

Arvind Kejriwal seeks Narendra Modi’s help to resolve the war between Centre and AAP govt

In his letter, Kejriwal said issues between the Delhi and central government must be resolved and that he is ‘willing to walk an extra mile’ to achieve it.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking his help in resolving the ongoing war between the AAP government and the Centre.The letter was written in the backdrop of a PIL filed in the apex court between the Central and the Delhi government. While the PIL was dismissed by the Supreme Court, the bench had also taken cognisance of the differences between both the governments.In his letter, Kejriwal said issues between the Delhi and central government must be resolved and that he is ‘willing to walk an extra mile’ to achieve it.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I don’t believe there is any issue which can’t be resolved by two well meaning governments in the interest of Delhi. All that is required is a little open mindedness and primacy for the welfare of the people of Delhi,” the letter stated.”There are so many things which have happened during the past seven months that have never happened in 23 years of democratic tradition in the National Capital Territory in Delhi,” Kejriwal wrote, citing instances such as the Centre’s decision to take over the Delhi government’s anti-corruption branch and the LG’s recent memo issued to officers not to follow Delhi Government’s orders, as examples.On Monday, the Delhi Cabinet had decided to seek advice from the MHA on rules allowed Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung to declare the orders of the elected city government illegal and if the LG can issue such memos to the government.Last week, Kejriwal had written to Modi, stating that the fight between the Centre and Delhi government can wait for two months, and that they should collectively focus on fighting Dengue in Delhi first.On the other hand, Jung on Tuesday, said he will conduct surprise visits to various places in Delhi to check the preparedness for prevention of dengue.He will also visit Delhi Metro construction sites to see the preparedness in checking breeding of mosquito larvae.

Oulgaret municipality in Puducherry selected under Smart Cities Mission

Oulgaret municipality has a population of a little more than three lakh.

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Oulgaret Municipality in the Union Territory of Puducherry has been included in the Urban Development Ministry’s list of 98 select cities and towns for development as Smart Cities, a release from Town and Country Planning Department said on Thursday.It said the administration had nominated the municipality for development as smart city under the Centre’s flagship programme of Smart Cities Mission launched on June 25 this year. The selected city should prepare a ‘city level smart city plan’ which would be evaluated in the second stage of competition, the release said, adding that the administration had already appointed a consultant from the panel provided by the Urban Development Ministry to prepare the smart city plan.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Oulgaret municipality has a population of a little more than three lakh.

Najeeb Jung declares Swati Maliwal’s appointment as DCW Chief as ‘null and void’

Two days after 30-year-old Maliwal took charge of DCW, Jung’s office shot off a letter to the Chief Minister’s office saying the notification appointing her was “ultra vires and infructuous” as it does not have his approval.

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The appointment of Swati Maliwal as Chief of Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has become yet another flashpoint between AAP government and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung who declared her nomination null and void, saying it did not have legal sanctity and was in violation of constitutional provisions.Two days after 30-year-old Maliwal took charge of DCW, Jung’s office shot off a letter to the Chief Minister’s office saying the notification appointing her was “ultra vires and infructuous” as it does not have his approval.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Referring to a Home Ministry order, the LG’s office insisted that ”Government” meant the “Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi” appointed by the President, insisting that he was sole authority in deciding on major issues including appointment to top positions.”The constitutionally valid consistent definition of Government is the Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi appointed by the President under Article 239 and designated as such under article 239 AA of the Constitution,” the LG’s office said.The LG, who has been locked in a tussle with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal over appointment and transfer of senior bureaucrats, declared that he does not recognise Maliwal’s appointment.Maliwal had on Monday sought an urgent appointment with the Lt Governor to discuss the Anand Prabat murder case in with a 19-year-old girl was stabbed to death by two youths.The AAP government has targeted the Delhi Police and the Centre over the incident, blaming them for the “ramshackle” law and order situation in the city.On her part Maliwal on Wednesday said she respects the “constitutionality” of LG’s office and hoped the “minor” issue will be resolved.”I think this is a minor technical glitch because what is being said is that the file (my appointment) was not sent to LG’s office. I think it will get resolved. It is not a very major issue,” she told reporters.Maliwal is wife of Aam Aadmi Party leader Navin Jaihind and has been an advisor to Kejriwal on public grievances and handles his Janta Samwad. She has been associated with the AAP chief since India Against Corruption (IAC) days.”I have not received any communication from the LG’s office or the Delhi government on the issue. I am doing my work. I will continue doing my work whether I remain in the post or not,” she said.Referring to reports claiming that Jaihind and Kejriwal were relatives, BJP’s Delhi unit president Satish Upadhyay had questioned whether the Delhi CM was carrying forward the “Jai Hind jijaji (hail brother-in-law) tradition of Congress” by considering Maliwal for the job.The Congress had also said AAP, which used to criticise nepotism and favouritism, is now following the same path to promote few members of the party.

Taxi For Sure not authorised to operate, says Delhi govt

The government will take strict action, which is currently being finalised by the department of transport.
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Delhi government on Wednesday said the operation of ‘Taxi For Sure’ was illegal and strict action will be taken against it, days after a woman alleged that a driver of the app-based company indulged in an obscene act while driving her to Faridabad from South Delhi.The government said that it was not against app-based taxi services in the national capital but it will not compromise on women safety. Delhi government said that it has taken a serious view of the reported incident.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The government is not against App-based taxi services in the national capital but it will not compromise on women safety, which is its top priority,” it said.The woman detailed her ordeal of last week on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter on July 3.”Taxi For Sure has not been authorised by the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi and hence its operations are illegal,” government said in its statement.The government will take strict action, which is currently being finalised by the department of transport.”Delhi government is committed towards safety of women and no act which brings shame to the entire national capital will be allowed to go unpunished,” it said.Meanwhile, Delhi High Court on Wednesday set aside an order of the city government, by which Uber’s application for licence to ply in the national capital was rejected, and asked the transport department to impose conditions on the company to operate.Reacting to it Delhi government said it will respond to the order of the High Court about App-based taxi services after studying the details of the order.”Department of transport will prepare its response after receiving the details from the government’s legal team,” senior official said.

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