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Thane civic body holds workshop to educate women on CM Majhi Ladki Bahin scheme

A workshop for members of women's self-help groups was organised at the Narendra Ballal Auditorium of Thane Municipal Corporation on Thursday. The purpose was to inform attendees about the implementation of the 'Chief Minister Majhi Ladki Bahin' scheme. During the workshop organised by the Thane civic body, participants received instructions on how to fill out information on the Nari Shakti Dut app and how to check and upload documents. Help desks have been set up for this scheme by the TMC. "A workshop was organised for members of women's self-help groups at Narendra Ballal Auditorium of Thane Municipal Corporation on Thursday, July 18, to inform about the implementation of the scheme 'Chief Minister Majhi Ladki Bahin'. Through this workshop, instructions were given on how to fill in information on the Nari Shakti Dut app, and how to check and upload documents," said a communique by the Thane civic body.  Deputy Commissioner of the Social Development Department, Anagha Kadam, encouraged maximum participation from women to benefit from the scheme. "Help desks have been started for this scheme through Thane Municipal Corporation," added the communique. Earlier, the TMC announced that the help desks have been set up on X. "Maharashtra Government's Women & Child Development Dept has launched 'Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin' scheme. Help desks have been set up at all ward committee levels in Thane, as directed by Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao to ensure a maximum number of women can benefit from the scheme," they said in their post.  Maharashtra Government's Women & Child Development Dept. has launched 'Mukhyamantri Mazi Ladki Bahin' scheme. Help desks have been set up at all ward committee levels in Thane, as directed by Municipal Commissioner Saurabh Rao to ensure maximum women can benefit from scheme. pic.twitter.com/slxQneDQy5 — Thane Municipal Corporation - ठाणे महानगरपालिका (@TMCaTweetAway) July 12, 2024 Earlier, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis announced on Wednesday that the first instalment of the Ladki Bahin Yojana will be released during the Rakshabandhan holiday next month. Fadnavis and Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar were in Gadchiroli district for the foundation stone-laying ceremony for Surjagad Ispat Pvt. Ltd, stated a mid-day report.  Under the 'Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin' initiative, married, divorced, and destitute women aged 21-60 will get Rs 1,500 per month, with beneficiaries' annual family income limited to Rs 2.5 lakh.

18 July,2024 06:27 PM IST | Thane | mid-day online correspondent
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Maharashtra: Congress demands action over Vishalgad violence

Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar has demanded a high-level investigation into the violence that occurred during an anti-encroachment drive at Vishalgad Fort in Kolhapur. He also called for action against the local authorities, including the collector and police superintendent. In a letter to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde on Vishalgad violence, Wadettiwar said that anti-social groups targeted a certain community in the name of eliminating encroachments. He alleged that the violence in Gazapur, Vishalgad, was government-sponsored and demanded that the main culprit be identified, reported PTI.  "The violence at Gazapur in Vishalgad was government-sponsored," Wadettiwar alleged and demanded that the main accused should be unmasked.  "The unfortunate incident happened in the presence of the collector and superintendent of police. The collector should be transferred and the superintendent of police should be suspended," he said. According to the report, the anti-encroachment campaign got violent on Vishalgad on Sunday, when a mob threw stones at police officers and damaged property, leading to the arrest of 21 people. The situation worsened when right-wing activists, led by Maratha royal and former MP Sambhajiraje Chhatrapati, were stopped at the fort's base due to prohibitory orders. At a press conference, Wadettiwar said that the Vishalgad violence was politically motivated, spurred by the recent Lok Sabha election victory of a progressive candidate in Kolhapur. He also chastised the police for inaction during the violence, arguing that the encroachment issue could have been resolved through conversation, the PTI report.  "The violence was engineered keeping in mind the upcoming assembly elections. Those indulging in violence cannot be followers of Chhatrapati Shivaji. Hence, the government must find out who are the culprits," Wadettiwar said. According to the report, Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders, including Kolhapur MP Chhatrapati Shahu Maharaj and MLC Satej Patil, paid a visit to Vishalgad on Tuesday. Chhatrapati Shahu requested tranquilly at the place. Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis reaffirmed the government's resolve to legally address encroachment issues at Vishalgad Fort. He urged opposition leaders to clarify their stance on the issue, emphasising the need to protect ancient sites while controlling unlawful developments. Vishalgad Fort is historically significant in Maratha history, as it served as Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's sanctuary in 1660. In 1844, it was the location of a rebellion against the British-installed Brahmin regent. With PTI inputs

18 July,2024 05:32 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Raut criticises Mahayuti government for announcing freebies amid heavy debt

Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut accused the Mahayuti government in Maharashtra of giving giveaways despite the state's Rs 8 lakh billion debt. Raut suggested that this was due to the defeats of the ruling parties in the Lok Sabha elections. His comments came after Chief Minister Eknath Shinde announced a job training and stipend initiative for youth, tentatively dubbed the 'Ladka Bhau' Yojana. This occurred immediately after the government implemented a monthly cash aid program for eligible women, reported PTI.  Married, divorced, and women from low-income backgrounds, aged 21-60, would receive Rs 1,500 per month under the 'Mukhyamantri Majhi Ladki Bahin' scheme, as long as their yearly family income does not exceed Rs 2.5 lakh, the report added.  According to the report, Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut questioned the policy's impartiality, saying, "The government copied Madhya Pradesh's scheme to provide women with Rs 1,500 per month, while under the Ladka Bhau scheme, men who have completed Class 12 will receive Rs 6,000 and unemployed graduates will receive Rs 10,000. Why should women only earn Rs 1,500? Will they be able to run their homes with this amount? We demand that ladki bahin (dear sister) likewise receive Rs 10,000 per month." He underlined the state's massive debt, stating, "The state currently owes Rs 8 lakh crore. This is not a small sum." Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut further said that the ruling Mahayuti alliance predicted the opposition would not win even 10 parliamentary seats in Maharashtra. However, the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) won 31 seats. In the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP's seat tally in Maharashtra fell from 23 in 2019 to nine, while its partner Shiv Sena, led by Chief Minister Shinde, won seven seats. The NCP, led by Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, won only one seat. In contrast, the opposition MVA, which included the Shiv Sena (UBT), NCP (Sharadchandra Pawar), and Congress, won 30 of 48 seats, reported PTI.  According to the report, Raut anticipated that the opposition MVA would win 280 of 288 seats in the next assembly election. He continued, "The MVA formula has yet to be decided. Currently, we are reviewing all 288 assembly constituencies. We will sit together and select who will compete for which seat." When asked about senior NCP politician Chhagan Bhujbal of the Ajit Pawar faction meeting with NCP (SP) chairman Sharad Pawar, Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut stated, "Bhujbal is a big actor. He has been in films and is recognised for creating drama through disguise. However, Sharad Pawar is a 'natsamrat' (emperor of actors) who is prominent in both state and national politics."

18 July,2024 05:19 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Thane: Wall collapses in Mumbra; none injured

A wall adjacent to a drain collapsed in Mumbra's Retibandar area amid heavy rainfall on Thursday in Thane district. No one was injured in the incident, said the Thane Municipal Corporation's Disaster Management Cell in an official release. The wall, 10-15 ft long and 4-5 ft high, collapsed around 1pm near Rana Dada Bungalow behind Datta Mandir in Retibandar. A team from Public Works Department of Mumbra Ward Committee was deployed to clear the area.  In another incident, five rooms collapsed in a chawl in Mumbai's Kurla area last week on Sunday afternoon leaving three women injured. The incident occurred around 2pm at Radha Nagar Chawl on Andheri-Kurla road, the official said. The three women who were injured were identified as Afrin Shaikh (25), Rasika Nadar (35) and Exter Nadar (67). They sustained injuries in the collapse and are undergoing treatment at a hospital, he said. As per the PTI report, the fire brigade, ambulance and other assistance carried out the rescue operation, the official said. Mumbai: Roof collapse at CSMT, rail fracture, erratic services seen on CR Suburban services on Central Railway Mumbai were erratic since morning due to heavy rain and wind. This was followed by a rail fracture near Matunga and, later in the evening, a small portion of the roof of Mumbai's biggest railway station at Mumbai CSMT fell off due to heavy winds. No one was injured in the incident. Sources said there was a 40-minute disruption on the Kalyan-bound slow line between 1 pm and 1.40 pm. Trains were diverted from Byculla to the down-through line, which also caused delays in up services. CSMT-bound trains were delayed by 20-25 minutes. Western Railway services were mostly working fine without any disruption but with a delay of ten minutes. Later in the evening, a portion of the roof between platforms 6-7 near the old bookstall collapsed at Mumbai CSMT. Luckily, no one was injured.  "A portion of chajja broke and fell on the roof between platforms 6 and 7 and no one was injured," a Central Railway spokesperson said. Railway officials said they were inspecting other parts of the structure and consolidating them so that such an incident does not recur. It has been raining heavily with strong winds in south Mumbai since morning. 40 minsTime Central line services were disturbed for

18 July,2024 04:01 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Division bench of Justices MS Sonak and Kamal Khata said unauthorised hawking compromises citizen rights

'Enforce 2016 Hawkers Policy’, demands union

After the Bombay High Court observed that unauthorised hawkers have taken over every street, the BMC has been cleaning up the streets. In response, the hawker’s union has demanded implementation of the Hawkers Policy that has been pending for eight years. The Azad Hawkers Union has written to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde requesting a meeting to discuss the same. The Town Vending Committee (TVC), which decides guidelines and eligibility of the Hawkers Policy awaits elections.  The State Labour Commissioner will conduct elections for a representative of hawkers in the TVC; BMC had forwarded a list of eligible hawkers to the Labour Commissioner in December 2023. An official from state Labour Commissioner confirmed the department had received it. “We are waiting for clarity about candidate reservation,” he said, “We have requested BMC to guide us before May 2024. As soon as we receive information, we will start the election process.” Deputy Municipal Commissioner Kiran Dighavar said, “We are trying to start the process in 15 days.”  Meanwhile, Dayashankar Singh, President, Azad Hawkers Union said, “We wrote to Chief Minister Eknath Shinde last week for a meeting. Our major demand is implementation of the Hawkers Policy.” As per the policy, there must be a central Town Vending Committee and seven zone-wise committees, each comprising 20 members. Of these, 12 are nominated while eight are hawkers’ representatives, elected by vendors— 32,000 hawkers are eligible voters. BMC had initiated formulation of the Hawkers Policy in 2016 in response to the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act passed by Parliament in 2014. According to the official, the TVC will prepare draft guidelines of the policy to be sent to the state government, which will finalise it. BMC will then implement it.

18 July,2024 03:52 PM IST | Mumbai | Sameer Surve
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BJP MLA accuses Sharad Pawar of deceiving Maratha community over quota

Former Maharashtra minister and BJP MLA Babanrao Lonikar has accused NCP (SP) president Sharad Pawar of misleading the Maratha community on reservation. At a party workers' meeting in Partur, Jalna district, on Wednesday, Lonikar referred to Pawar as 'Shakuni mama,' a character from the 'Mahabharata' who is devious and deceptive, reported PTI.  "Sharad Pawar has deceived the Maratha community by not granting reservation to it. In 2018, the BJP government had given reservation to this community, but it could not sustain itself in the Supreme Court. As asked by Sharad Pawar, the Maha Vikas Aghadi government led by Uddhav Thackeray hired senior lawyer Kapil Sibal to fight the case in the apex court. But Sibal's involvement led to the government facing rejection in the case," Lonikar told PTI.  According to the report, in 2021, the Supreme Court overturned Maharashtra's 2018 Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act, which gave reservation to the Maratha community, claiming violations of the 50 per cent reservation ceiling. Manoj Jarange, a Maratha activist, is currently demanding a quota for the community by classifying them as Other Backward Classes (OBCs). Recently, Maharashtra minister Chhagan Bhujbal met Sharad Pawar to discuss the issue of Maratha and OBC quota that has resulted in conflict among the two sections. Chhagan Bhujbal, after meeting Pawar Sr, on Monday said that the alleged clashes between Maratha and OBC people over reservation can be stopped if all parties come together. "NCP-SCP Chief Sharad Pawar understands how individuals from diverse communities live in rural. I informed him of village confrontations over the Maratha reservation. This can be stopped if leaders from all parties work together; otherwise, the situation will worsen. According to ANI, he (Sharad Pawar) stated that he would speak with Chief Minister Shinde and attempt to find a solution. "I can meet PM Modi, HM Amit Shah, or LoP Rahul Gandhi for OBC reservation; I am ready to do anything to solve this issue," he had told ANI. "People from the Maratha and OBC communities have tremendously negative views against one another, and in certain regions of Maharashtra, they are not even visiting each other's homes. Due of an ongoing reservation controversy. According to ANI, Chhagan Bhujbal requested Sharad Pawar Sahib's involvement because he is a Maharashtra leader with a better understanding of the situation.

18 July,2024 03:31 PM IST | Jalna | mid-day online correspondent
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Pune bizman Nikhil Chitale slams A2 ghee makers for 'conning' customers

Nikhil Chitale, one of the young scions of the renowned Chitale Bandhu brand based in Pune, on Thursday, urged people to not "fall for scams" like A2 ghee which is being sold for a higher price than regular cow ghee in the market. Nikhil, who is a fourth-generation dairy industrialist, and partner in the dairy subsidiary of Chitale Bandhu said that ghees are mostly fats and moisture with little protein presence including A2.  Taking to X (formerly Twitter), Nikhil wrote, "I just saw an ad promoting A2 Ghee. A2 GHEE? At five times the usual price? What kind of nonsense is this? A1 and A2 are proteins, but ghee is 99.5 per cent to 99.7 per cent fat and moisture with no protein—neither A1 nor A2. Don’t fall for these scams." I just saw an ad promoting A2 Ghee.A2 GHEE? At five times the usual price?What kind of nonsense is this? A1 and A2 are proteins, but ghee is 99.5% to 99.7% fat and moisture with no protein—neither A1 nor A2.Don’t fall for these scams. — Nikhil Chitale (@nikhilchitale) July 18, 2024 A user raised questions over Chitale's post on the A2 ghee stating, "I think the demand for A2 ghee is hurting dairy industries that’s why this post. The price is higher because machines are not used and the process is simple and traditional. But quality is way better than other packed ghee." However, the young Pune-based businessman was quick to refute the claims and said, "It’s actually not even a fraction of what the entire industry does, so no it doesn’t hurt. But fooling customers is never a great business model." He reiterated his stance when another user thanked him for debunking the misinformation and wrote, "You have these displayed on special racks across all supermarkets in mumbai.. specifically the premium ones." The young scion retorted, "Playing with some Desi cow emotion and conning folks is unacceptable." What is A2 ghee? A2 ghee is a type of clarified butter, which originated in India, and is made from the milk of cows producing A2 beta-casein protein. Many claim that A2 ghee is easier to digest in comparison to regular ghee, especially for those who are lactose intolerant. Claims have been made that it has a high smoking point and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, D, E, and K, and other nutrients. 

18 July,2024 01:27 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai travel influencer dies after falling into 300-foot gorge

Mumbai travel influencer Aanvi Kamdar died after falling into a gorge while shooting an Instagram reel. 27-year-old Mumbai travel influencer Aanvi Kamdar, who was on a monsoon outing with seven friends, fell into the 300-foot-deep gorge near the famous Kumbhe waterfall at Mangaon in adjoining Raigad district while making a video on Wednesday, reported news agency ANI. While taking photographs and videos of the waterfall, the deceased's leg slipped, and she fell straight into the 300-foot-deep gorge. On being alerted by her friends, police and local rescuers reached the spot and rushed her to nearby Mangaon taluka government hospital, where she died during treatment. Superintendent of Police Raigad, Somnath Gharge said that the woman was alive after falling into the gorge and was rescued. However, during the treatment, she passed away, reported ANI. "While descending to rescue the woman from the gorge, there were big stones falling on us. At first, it seemed like the woman was not alive. However, after going closer, she was breathing, which confirmed that she was alive. She was immediately taken to the hospital. However, she died during the treatment," Somnath Gharge told ANI. Also Read: Going on a trek this monsoon? Experts suggest these tips to make the most of the experience Mumbai travel influencer Aanvi Kamdar was a chartered accountant by profession and a social media influencer who was known for making reels.  The rescue operation was started after taking stock of the situation. Earlier, on June 30, at around 12:30 pm, a family of five died after drowning in a waterfall near the Bhushi Dam in Pune's Lonavala. The bodies were recovered by the rescue teams. One of the two children, who were missing after the family drowned, was found dead, a senior district official said. Suhas Diwas, the District Collector of Pune, appealed to the public to be careful of their visiting surroundings and to not go near any water bodies in the rainy weather. He said "I appeal to the public to be responsible and not go near waterfalls or streams. We have issued advisories and the management has asked us to handle any incident. Similar incidents have taken place over the last couple of days. Care needs to be taken and proper planning needs to be done, keeping in mind the weather conditions," reported ANI. (With inputs from ANI)

18 July,2024 12:05 PM IST | Raigad | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai: Lakes that supply water to the city at 38 per cent, says BMC

In Mumbai, the collective lake levels in the seven reservoirs that supply drinking water to the city are now at 38 per cent, as per the BMC data. According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) data, on Thursday, the collective lake levels or water stock in Mumbai lakes is now at 5,56,781 million litres of water or 38.47 per cent. Mumbai draws water from Tulsi, Tansa, Vihar, Bhatsa, Modak Sagar, Upper Vaitarna, and Middle Vaitarna. As per the data shared by the civic body, the water level in Tansa is at 73.49 per cent. At Modak-Sagar, 57.61 per cent of water stock is available. In Middle Vaitarna 35.19 per cent, Upper Vaitarna 8.43 per cent, Bhatsa 37.08 per cent, Vehar 57.38 per cent and Tulsi 85.50 per cent of useful water level is available. Meanwhile, heavy rains lashed Mumbai since early Thursday morning, leading to waterlogging in some parts the city. Residents complained that low-lying areas like Gandhi Market, Dadar, Hindmata, Parel, Andheri subway and Sion were waterlogged, due to which traffic slowed down. However, a spokesperson of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said there was no report of waterlogging. The Western Railway and Central Railway said local trains were running normally. But some commuters claimed the Central Railway services were delayed by 10-15 minutes. A spokesperson of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking said no bus route was diverted anywhere in the city and suburbs due to the rain. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted moderate to heavy rain in Mumbai, the official said. Thee will be a high tide of 3.78 metres in the Arabian Sea at 10.03 am and another one of 3.23 metres at 9.35 pm, he said. After light rainfall over the last two-three days, the intensity picked up since Wednesday evening, with more showers in the island city compared to suburbs. In the 24-hour period ending at 8 am, the island city recorded an average 83 mm rainfall, eastern parts 45 mm and western areas 39 mm downpour, the civic official said. The IMD in its forecast for 24 hours from 8 am on Thursday said, "Moderate to heavy rain in the city and suburbs. Possibility of very heavy rain at isolated places." 

18 July,2024 11:22 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Mumbai weather update: City to see moderate to heavy rainfall today

Heavy rains lashed Mumbai since early Thursday morning, leading to waterlogging in some parts the city. However, a spokesperson of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said there was no report of waterlogging. The Western Railway and Central Railway said local trains were running normally. But some commuters claimed the Central Railway services were delayed by 10-15 minutes. A spokesperson of the Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) undertaking said no bus route was diverted anywhere in the city and suburbs due to the rain. The India Meteorological Department (IMD), in its latest Mumbai weather update, has predicted moderate to heavy rainfall in Mumbai on Thursday. The weather department, in its latest Mumbai weather update, has predicted "moderate to heavy rain in the city and its suburbs. Possibility of very heavy rain at isolated places" in the next 24 hours. The Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC) in Mumbai has issued a yellow alert for heavy rainfall in the city, effective until July 19. Additionally, the weather department has issued an orange alert for heavy to very heavy rains at isolated locations in Thane and Palghar districts today. The maximum temperature in the city is likely to settle at 30 degrees Celsius and the minimum temperature will be recorded at 25 degrees Celsius. A high tide of about 3.78 metres is expected to hit Mumbai at 10.03 am today, stated Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). Another high tide of about 3.23 metres is expected at 9.35 pm. The civic body also said that a low tide of about 2.39 metres is expected at 3.59 pm today. The island city recorded 83 mm of rainfall, eastern Mumbai 45 mm and western Mumbai 39 mm of rainfall in the 24-hour period ending at 8 am. After light rainfall over the last two-three days, the intensity picked up since Wednesday evening, with more showers in the island city compared to suburbs. In Maharashtra, moderate to heavy rainfall is likely to occur at most places over the Konkan-Goa division and thundershowers are very likely to occur at many places in South Madhya Maharashtra, Marathwada and at a few places over North Madhya Maharashtra on Thursday, predicted IMD. The North Konkan division is set to receive widespread rainfall, IMD predicted.

18 July,2024 09:35 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
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Shiv Sena-UBT's Aaditya Thackeray calls 'Ladla Bhai Yojana' a "jumla"

Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Aaditya Thackeray reacting to the Maharashtra government's 'Ladla Bhai Yojana' for boys, called it a "jumla" and demanded the government should give the entire amount of the scheme for the year in one go. Under the scheme, boys benefit from a certain stipend amount based on qualifications. "The government should give the entire amount for the year. The people do not trust the government. This is a 'jumla'. The stipend will be given only to the skill development students...," said Aaditya Thackeray while speaking to reporters on Wednesday. According to the reports, under this Ladla Bhai Yojana, students who have completed their 12th grade will receive Rs 6,000 per month stipend, while Rs 8,000 per month stipend for the students holding a diploma degree and Rs 10,000 per month for graduated boys. Further, when asked about the terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir's Doda district on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of four Indian Army soldiers. "...This is the 6th or 7th attack in last months. We had heard that after demonetization, terrorism would come to an end, did it happen? Now, that the country has a strong leadership, terrorism will come to an end- the strong leader has been in power for 10 years but terrorism has not finished," said Aaditya Thackeray. Maharashtra will undergo assembly polls later this year. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

18 July,2024 08:00 AM IST | Mumbai | ANI
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