Current Affairs , 7 November 2019
- November 7, 2019
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Union Cabinet Secretary reviews the Air Pollution Situation
- President of India Graces the 5th Convocation of Sikkim University
- Salient Points of PM’s Address at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Aditya Birla Group in Thailand
- National Research Institute of Unani Medicine for Skin Disorders
- Vice President addresses the Silver Jubilee celebrations of NIOT in Chennai
- KVS EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Parv
- Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to inaugurate the Fifth India International Science Festival
- India- Uzbekistan
- India calls for isolating nations adopting terrorism as state policy
- Pro-Beijing politician wounded in Hong Kong knife attack
- Rafael Nadal secures No 1 spot for eighth time in his career
- Deepak Kumar secures India’s 10th Olympic quota in shooting
- Union Cabinet Secretary reviews the Air Pollution Situation
- Union Cabinet Secretary reviewed the progress made in the arrangements,since Sunday,to control Air Pollution in the National Capital Region.
- It was observed that the cases of crop stubble burning in Punjab and Haryana still continues continued and that there is a need for more focussed action.
- These States have now been directed that more monitoring teams should be deployed on the field to ensure that the violators are taken to task by imposing suitable penalties.
- The situation in the capital where different agencies are coordinating was also discussed and it was felt that there was a need for enhanced efforts to control the situation.
- The states have also been directed to ensure that they are fully prepared for meeting any exigency in the future.
2. President of India Graces the 5th Convocation of Sikkim University
- The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, graced and addressed the 5thconvocation of Sikkim University in Gangtok, Sikkim.
- the President was happy to note that in a short span of about 12 years, Sikkim University has made serious efforts to develop the intellectual and cultural understanding of the people of the Eastern Himalayas. He was also happy to note that to promote local languages and literatures, the university is teaching Limbu, Lepcha and Bhutia in its campus.
- And it has established the Centre for Endangered Languages for conservation of extincting languages. He said that preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of Sikkim will prove to be a visionary initiative in protecting special identity of the State.
- The President said that Sikkim has a strong possibility to become a model of development for other hill states.On the strength of conscious citizens, Sikkim is counted among the 10 leading states in the Human Development Index. Sikkim has set an example in education, health, sanitation and protection of wildlife.
- It has also set an example before rest of the country in organic farming and becoming a clean, pollution-free state. He said that we should resolve that our country would also become a harbinger of organic farming and free of pollution much like Sikkim.
3. Salient Points of PM’s Address at the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Aditya Birla Group in Thailand
- We have gathered here to celebrate the Suvarna Jayanti or Golden Jubilee of the Aditya Birla Group in Suvarna Bhumi , ThailandWe are here in Thailand, with whom India has strong cultural linkages. And, we are marking fifty years of a leading Indian industrial house in this nation. I am eager to give you a picture of some positive changes happening in India today. I say this with full confidence- this is the best time to be in IndiaIndia has seen many success stories in the last five years in various sectors. The reason for this is not only the Governments. India has stopped working in a routine, bureaucratic manner.
- You would be shocked to know that for years, money was spent on the poor which did not really reach the poor. Our Government ended this culture thanks to DBT. DBT stands for direct benefit transfer. DBT has ended the culture of middlemen and inefficiency
- Improving Tax Regime
- In today’s India, the contribution of the hard working tax payer is cherished. One area where we have done significant work is taxation. I am happy that India is one of the most people friendly tax regimes. We are committed to further improving it even more
- India an attractive destination for investment
- All of what I have said just now makes India one of the world’s most attractive economies for investment. India received 286 billion US dollar FDI in the last five years. This is almost half of the total FDI in India in the last twenty years
- In pursuit of the dream of 5 Trillion Dollar Economy
- India is now pursuing another dream- to become a five trillion dollar economy. When my Government took over in 2014, India’s GDP was about 2 trillion dollars. In 65 years, 2 trillion. But in just 5 years, we increased it to nearly 3 trillion dollars
- If there is one thing I am specially proud of, it is India’s talented and skilled human capital. No wonder India is among the world’s largest start-up eco-systems
- When India prospers, the world prospers. Our vision for India’s development is such that it also leads to a better planet
4. National Research Institute of Unani Medicine for Skin Disorders
- Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH Shri Shripad Yesso Naik inaugurated today National Research Institute of Unani Medicine for Skin Disorders (NRIUMSD) upgraded from Central Research Institute of Unani Medicine (CRIUM) at AG Colony Road, Erragadda, Hyderabad. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Shri G. Kishan Reddy was also present on the occasion.
- Shri Naik lauded success of the CRIUM in the treatment of vitiligo and other chronic and stubborn diseases and said that it’s perhaps the only medical institution in the world which has treated more than 1.5 lakh patients of Vitiligo alone.
- Shri G. Kishan Reddy called the researchers to find safe and viable solutions to prevalent health challenges, such as vector borne diseases, non- communicable diseases, cancer and tuberculosis.
- Addressing the audience, Additional Secretary, Ministry of AYUSH Shri Pramod Kumar Pathak highlighted current health challenges and urged all to exploit the potential of Unani Medicine in addressing them through its cost effective remedies.
- Earlier in his welcome address, Prof. Asim Ali Khan, Director General, Central Council for Research in Unani Medicine (CCRUM) said that the NRUMSD has been upgraded from the Central Research Institute of Unani Medicine (CRIUM) to a premier institute under the CCRUM.
5. Vice President addresses the Silver Jubilee celebrations of NIOT in Chennai
- The Vice President Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu today urged scientists to come up with innovative solutions to conserve water resources and tackle problems like climate change and pollution.
- Inaugurating the silver jubilee celebrations of National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT), the Vice President said technology was needed for protection of coastal areas from negative impacts of climate change and for development of blue coastal infrastructure for the benefit of society.
- While lauding NIOT for developing technologies like desalination plant to convert sea water into portable water, he said there was a need to ensure that such technologies were cost effective.
- Talking about the importance of Blue economy in the overall progress of the nation, the Vice President expressed happiness that NIOT was working on six priority pillars of blue economy, including Fisheries and Aquaculture, Renewable Ocean Energy, Seaports and Shipping; Offshore Hydrocarbons, Seabed Minerals, and Marine Biotechnology.
- The Vice President pointed out that blue economy includes intangible economic benefits such as carbon sequestration, coastal protection, cultural values and biodiversity. The Vice President conveyed his best wishes to the Ministry of Earth Sciences (MoES) and NIOT for the success of their upcoming project–Samudrayaan, which envisages sending aquanauts to ocean depths with their manned submersible.
- On the occasion, the Vice President also launched the Coastal Flood Warning System app for Chennai (CFLOWS- CHENNAI) developed by the NIOT. He also released a commemorative postal stamp brought out on the occasion.
- Addressing the gathering, the Union Minister for Science and Technology and Earth Sciences Dr Harsh Vardhan said the Ministry of S&T is in consultation with the NITI Aayog to launch the National Mission on Desalination which can help us solve the growing problem of water that the world is facing today. “I have witnessed several key projects of NIOT especially the desalination project for providing water to the Lakshadweep Island community and the Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion project in Kavaratti for power generation for desalination,” he said.
- The NIOT was established in November 1993 as an autonomous society under the Ministry of Earth Sciences, Government of India by the then Department of Ocean Development. NIOT has established itself as one of the premier institutes in the world, working on various ocean technologies. During this period, NIOT has demonstrated several technologies for societal applications such as Desalination plants, Data and Tsunami Buoy Network in Indian waters for collecting real time oceanicdata, sea cage culturing in open sea, shore protection. NIOT is also working on continuous expansionto take benefits of these technologies to the doorsteps of common citizens of country.
- NIOT has developed niche technologies to mine manganese nodules from deep sea, has developed several deep sea systems like remotely operable vehicles, etc. and is striving hard to bring India on par with developed Nations in the area of Ocean Technology. NIOT has to its credit many technologies which have been transferred to Indian industry as part of “Make in India” programme of Govt. of India, like the floating drifter, robo coastal observer, remotely operable vehicle etc. The infrastructure at NIOT includes hyperbaric chamber for testing of underwater systems and state-of-the-art research ships.
- NIOT will be the nodal institution for implementing the proposed Deep Ocean Mission, which encompasses all the areas of Ocean technology like development of manned submersible, offshore large scale desalination, Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC), extensive survey of the oceans, acquisition of new ships etc.
6. KVS EK Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Parv
- The four day long mega cultural and literary event of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan ‘Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat Parv’ culminated in a grand cultural evening with Prize Distribution to the winners of various events. Secretary (SE&L), MHRD Sh. Amit Khare attended the ceremony as Chief Guest. While Joint Secretary, MHRD Sh. Ram Chandra Meena and Joint Secretary, MHRD Ms. LS Changson also graced the occasion as Guests of Honour. “Swachh Bharat” was adopted as the side theme of Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat on closing day.
- Shri Amit Khare, Secretary, Department of School Education & Literacy, Ministry of Human Resource Development, hailed the efforts of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan for organizing this mega event. He appealed to all students to imbibe the concept of Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat and make it a part of their school and daily life. He asked all Principals to allot special page in their annual school magazine for Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat. Sh. Amit Khare also disclosed before the august audience that he too is an alumnus of Kendriya Vidyalaya in Ranchi.
- Kolkata Region bagged 1st position as the overall winner under Ek Bharat SHreshth Bharat category, while Bengaluru stood first in the category of Language of LitFest and Bhopal Region got first position in the Display of Artefacts or Exhibition. A total number of 28 events were organized during the Parv.
- “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” on its concluding day adopted “Swachh Bharat” as its side theme to promote awareness on clean and green environment. Today’s outstanding exhibition based on the side theme was presented by KVS Gurugram Region. There were four different side themes allotted for all the four days, namely Fit India, Samagra Shiksha & Jal Suraksha, Ban on Single use Plastic and Swachh Bharat.
- KVS Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat Parv on its last day graciously started with the solo classical dance performances of selected participants from 25 KVS regions across the country. They presented gorgeous performances on Bharat Natyam, Kuchipudi and Kathak in Hall 1. In singing, Participants also presented solo classical songs whereas the audience enjoyed quiz competition and musical show presented by KVS teachers in hall no. 3 and 4 respectively.
- Participants from all the 25 KVS regions were paired with a different state and a foreign country. Students from these regions presented their crafted talent to represent the cultures, traditions, dressing style, language of their allotted states and countries.
- This mega event of KVS was inaugurated by Union HRD Minister Sh. Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on 31st October 2019. HRD Minister himself wore the attire of Andhra Pradesh to give a message of Ek Bharat Shreshth Bharat.
7. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi to inaugurate the Fifth India International Science Festival
- The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will inaugurate the Fifth India International Science Festival by addressing the audience at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre, Kolkata through video conference on Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 4:00 PM.
- The four-day science festival is being organized in Kolkata from November 5 to November 8, 2019. The prime objective of the festival is to instill scientific temper among the masses, showcase India’s contribution in the field of S&T over the years and encourage translation of its benefits to people. It aims to build a strategy for inclusive advancement of Science and Technology.
- The Minister for Science and Technology, Earth Sciences and Health and Family Welfare, Dr Harsh Vardhan, along with several other Cabinet Ministers & State S&T Ministers, dignitaries, scientists, academicians and government officials will be part of the 4-day celebration of science.
- India International Science Festival (IISF) 2019, an annual event organised jointly by science and technology related Ministries and Departments of the Government of India and Vijnana Bharati (Vibha), is being held in Kolkata this year. This is the fifth edition since its inception in 2015 and will take place during November 5th – 8th, 2019. IISF-2019 is a festival to celebrate the achievements of India’s scientific and technological advancements with students, innovators, craftsmen, farmers, scientists and technocrats from India and abroad. Thus, the theme for this year’s festival is RISEN India– Research, Innovation, and Science Empowering the Nation.
- IISF is perhaps the biggest platform in the country to bring together students, researchers, innovators, artists, and the general public to celebrate India’s achievements in science and technology. IISF is also an attempt to encourage young minds towards the field of science and to promote networking of stakeholders working towards the propagation of science. IISF-2019 expects to host a gathering of approximately 12,000 participants from India and abroad. Biswa Bangla Convention Centre and Science City in Kolkata will be the prime sites for the events at IISF 2019. Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute, Bose Institute and Indian Institute of Chemical Biology will be sites for a few other events during the festival.
- Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of Myanmar on the margins of the ASEAN-India Summit . Recalling his last visit to Myanmar in September 2017, and the visit of the State Counsellor to India during the ASEAN-India commemorative Summit in January 2018, the leaders expressed satisfaction at the progress of the vital partnership between the two countries.
- Prime Minister emphasized the priority India attaches to Myanmar as a partner at the crossroads of India’s Look East Policy and the Neighbourhood First policies. Towards this end, he emphasized India’s continuing commitment to improve physical connectivity to and through Myanmar to Southeast Asia, including through building road, port and other infrastructure.
- India would also continue to strongly support the expansion of capacity for Myanmar’s police, military and civil servants, as well as its students and citizens. The leaders agreed that people to people connectivity would help expand the base of the partnership, and therefore welcomed the expansion of air connectivity between the two countries, and the growing interest of India’s businesses in Myanmar, including the plans of the Government of India to host a business event for the CLMV countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) in Yangon at the end of November 2019.
- State Counsellor Daw Suu Kyi reaffirmed the importance her Government attached to the partnership with India, and her appreciation of India’s consistent and sustained support for the widening of democracy and deepening of development in Myanmar.
- The two Leaders agreed that a stable and peaceful border was an important anchor for the continued expansion of our partnership. Prime Minister emphasized the value India attaches to Myanmar’s cooperation in ensuring that insurgent groups do not find space to operate across the India-Myanmar border.
- With regard to the situation in Rakhine, following the completion of the first Indian project to build 250 prefabricated houses–which were handed over to the Myanmar Government this July–PM expressed India’s readiness to carry out more socio-economic projects in this State. PM emphasized that the speedy, safe and sustainable return from Bangladesh of displaced people to their homes in Rakhine State was in the interests of the region, the displaced persons, and all three neighbouring States: India, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
- The two Leaders agreed to maintain the tempo of high level interactions in the year ahead, recognizing that strong ties across all pillars of cooperation were in the fundamental interests of both countries.
- Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met the President of Republic of Indonesia H.E. Joko Widodo in Bangkok on the sidelines of ASEAN/EAS related meetings.
- PM Modi congratulated President Widodo on the start of his second term as the President of Indonesia and conveyed that as the world’s two largest democratic and plural societies, India is committed to work with Indonesia to strengthen ties in the areas of defence, security, connectivity, trade and investment and people-to-people exchanges.
- Noting that India and Indonesia are close maritime neighbours, both leaders reiterated their commitment to work together for peace, security and prosperity in order to achieve their shared vision on maritime cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. The two leaders discussed the threat of extremism and terrorism and agreed to work closely bilaterally and globally to tackle this menace.
- Prime Minister Modi had a forward looking discussion on enhancing bilateral trade and highlighted the need for greater market access for Indian commodities including, pharmaceutical, automotive and agricultural products. While noting that Indian companies have made substantial investment in Indonesia, PM Modi invited Indonesian companies to use the opportunities presented in India for investment.
- Prime Minister Modi invited President Widodo to visit India at a mutually convenient time next year.
- India attaches high priority to its bilateral relationship with Indonesia, with which we share a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. This year, India and Indonesia are also commemorating the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations.
- Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met Prime Minister of Thailand Gen(ret.) Prayut Chan-o-Cha on the sidelines of 35th ASEAN Summit, 14th East Asia Summit(EAS) and 16th India-ASEAN Summit.
- During the meeting both leaders reviewed the progress made in bilateral relationship and noted that frequent high level meetings and exchanges at all levels have created positive momentum in the relationship. Noting the enhanced engagement in defence and security fields, both sides agreed to explore opportunities for cooperation in defence industries sector. Welcoming 20% growth in bilateral trade last year, leaders decided to task the trade officials to discuss ways and means to enhance trade and investment.
- The Prime Ministers also discussed ways to enhance connectivity between the two countries including in the areas of physical and digital connectivity. Both leaders welcomed the growing air connectivity between the two countries and start of a direct flight between Bangkok and Guwahati and also finalisation of agreements for cooperation between Ranong Port, Thailand and Indian ports in Kolkata, Chennai and Vishakapatnam.
- The leaders also exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest. PM Modi thanked Thai PM for the invitation extended to him to attend the ASEAN related meetings, and also congratulated him on his leadership as Chair of ASEAN. He positively assessed the contribution of Thailand as the Country Coordinator for India-ASEAN Strategic Partnership for further strengthening this relationship.
- India and Thailand are close maritime neighbours having historical and cultural linkages. In the contemporary context, India’s ‘Act East’ policy is complimented by Thailand’s ‘Look West’ policy which has made the relationship deep, robust and multifaceted.
11. India- Uzbekistan
- Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh held bilateral consultations with Defence Minister of Uzbekistan Major General Bakhodir Nizamovich Kurbanov during his visit to Tashkent in Uzbekistan from November 1-3, 2019. This was the first visit by an Indian Defence Minister to Uzbekistan in about 15 years.
- During the meeting, both sides expressed satisfaction at the enhanced level of defence engagement between India and Uzbekistan since the visit of the then Defence Minister of Uzbekistan to India in September 2018. This enhanced level of engagement is reflected in the first ever meeting of the JWG on Defence Cooperation in February 2019, visit of Defence Secretary of India in March 2019 and the first-ever Defence-Industry Workshop organised in Tashkent in September 2019. India has offered a concessional line of credit of USD 40 million for procurement of goods and services by Uzbekistan from India. The direct exchanges related to training, capacity building and education between the Armed Forces on both sides has also witnessed a significant upswing.
- The defence ministers agreed that the two sides would continue to work together to further raise their level of engagement in the defence sphere in keeping with strategic partnership between India and Uzbekistan. This would be based on higher level of mutual trust and respect between the two countries and on their shared views and approaches on a range of regional and international issues, including promoting regional stability and security and combatting extremism and terrorism.
- Following the meeting, the two sides concluded an MoU on cooperation in the field of Military Medicine between the Armed Forces of the two countries. In the coming days, the sides will continue discussions at the expert level to further enhance their exchanges in this sphere. Two Institution-to-Institution MoUs on training and capacity building between institutes of higher military learning of the two countries were also signed. The MoU is a byproduct of interactions emanating from the MoU on Military Education signed between the two countries in October 2018
- Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister of Uzbekistan Major General Bakhodir Nizamovich Kurbanov jointly presided over the “Curtain Raiser” of the first-ever India-Uzbekistan Joint Exercise “Dustlik 2019” on November 3, 2019. The exercise will be conducted from November 4-13, 2019 at Chirchiq Training Area near Tashkent and will be focused on counter-terrorism, an area in which the two countries share a common concern.
- In the exercise, an Indian Army contingent will train along with Uzbekistan Army. The exercise will enable sharing of best practices and experiences between the Armed Forces of the two countries and would lead to greater operational effectiveness.
- Raksha Mantri invited Maj Gen Kurbanov to visit India to continue this high-level political military dialogue between India & Uzbekistan.
12. India calls for isolating nations adopting terrorism as state policy
- Raksha Mantri Shri Rajnath Singh today called for isolating all nations that have adopted terrorism as their state policy and affect the world in one way or the other. Raksha Mantri was speaking at the ‘Curtain Raiser’ of the first-ever India-Uzbekistan Joint Exercise ‘Dustlik 2019’ at Tashkent in Uzbekistan in the presence of Defence Minister of Uzbekistan Major General Bakhodir Nizamovich Kurbanov.
- “Terrorism is a global problem. There are many examples where some countries have adopted terrorism as their state policy. The need of the hour is to condemn and isolate such countries,” said Shri Rajnath Singh.
- Describing ‘Dustlik 2019’ as an example of the growing defence collaboration between India and Uzbekistan, Raksha Mantri expressed confidence that the soldiers of the two countries will stand shoulder-to-shoulder in the time of need.
- Shri Rajnath Singh termed defence cooperation between the two countries as ‘crucial’ to the overall bilateral relations that have witnessed tremendous growth in the last few years. He assured the Government of Uzbekistan that Indian Armed Forces will provide all possible assistance to their Uzbek counterparts for their modernisation and capacity building. Shri Rajnath Singh promised India’s enhanced support to Uzbekistan in Military Medicine, saying that the MoU signed after his bilateral meeting with the Defence Minister of Uzbekistan is a step in the direction.
- Raksha Mantri affirmed India’s commitment of developing a state-of-the-art IT complex in Armed Forces Academy of Uzbekistan for the benefit of their soldiers. “We will send a team of expert IT professionals and English language instructors to share their expertise with the students of Knowledge Academy,” he added.
- Shri Rajnath Singh expressed hope that ‘Dustlik 2019’ will be a grand success and the Armies of both countries will demonstrate the highest degree of professionalism during the exercise. He invited the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan for the Joint Exercises in 2020 in India.
- Dustlik 2019’ will be conducted from November 4-13, 2019 at Chirchiq Training Area near Tashkent. In the exercise, an Indian Army contingent will train along with Uzbekistan Army. The exercise will enable sharing of best practices and experiences between the Armed Forces of the two countries and would lead to greater operational effectiveness.
13. Pro-Beijing politician wounded in Hong Kong knife attack
- A pro-Beijing politician in Hong Kong was wounded in a knife attack, the latest tit-for-tat political violence to break out in a city engulfed by seething pro-democracy protests.
- According to media reports, a man holding a bouquet approached pro-Beijing lawmaker Junius Ho this morning as the politician was campaigning in his constituency of Tuen Mun, a town on the outskirts of Hong Kong near the border with China.
- The stabbing came as the city’s leader Carrie Lam said her resolve to crack down on the protesters had been bolstered by a recent meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
- The international finance hub has been convulsed by five months of huge and increasingly violent protests calling for greater democratic freedoms and police accountability.
- With Beijing and Lam refusing to offer a political solution to the protesters’ grievances, violence has spiralled on both sides of the ideological divide
14. Rafael Nadal secures No 1 spot for eighth time in his career
- Rafael Nadal is back to the world No. 1 for the eighth time in his career in the ATP rankings released .
- The Spaniard goes up one place to overtake Novak Djokovic even though the Serb sealed his fifth Paris Masters title on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Canadian Denis Shapovalov.
- Nadal, whose last stint at the top ended a year ago on November 4, 2018, withdrew from his semifinal against Shapovalov in Paris. Djokovic slips down the rankings because he loses the points that he won a year ago in London when Nadal was absent.
15. Deepak Kumar secures India’s 10th Olympic quota in shooting
- Birthday boy Deepak Kumar secured India’s 10th Olympic quota in shooting while Manu Bhaker claimed the women’s 10 metres air pistol gold medal in the 14th Asian Championship in Doha.
- Deepak gifted himself a bronze medal in men’s 10 metres air rifle on the opening day of the championship. Deepak shot 227.8 in the eight-man final to finish third on the podium and add to India’s quotas for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
- Later in the day, Bhaker shot 244.3 to win the top prize in her event. The Haryana sensation had already secured an Olympic quota at the Munich World Cup in May.
- Deepak is the second Indian shooter to earn an Olympic quota in the men’s 10 metres air rifle event after Divyansh Singh Panwar, who secured it in April.
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