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  • WHO Has Classified Gaming Addiction as a Mental Disorder

    Those who feel the compulsive desire to play video games for longer periods of time, it’s not good news for them. World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognized gaming addiction as a classified disorder of mental health condition.

    In a draft consisting of 11th International Classification of Diseases (ICD) guidelines, that is set to be published in 2018, gaming disorder is recognised as a “pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour”, whether it’s on or offline.

    Notably, the traits of this disorder involve patients putting gaming as a priority activity than other “life interests and daily activities and continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences”.




    While some nations have already declared it as a huge public health issue, others, including United Kingdom (UK), have set up private addiction clinics to provide the treatment of the condition.

    With different codes, symptoms and signs of different diseases, the guide contains all the information which will help the researchers and doctors to determine and diagnose the disease. It will track the abnormality in gaming behaviour over a period of at least 12 months.

    The symptoms may include the following mentioned patterns:

    • Diminished control over gaming when it comes to duration, intensity and frequency.
    • Increased priority given to playing video games.
    • Perpetuation of escalation of playing video games despite negative undesirable consequences.

    A lead technology addiction specialist at the Nightingale Hospital of London, Dr Richard Graham have validated the decision to recognise the mental health condition. He said, “It is significant because it creates the opportunity for more specialised services. It puts it on the map as something to take seriously.” However, he added that he sympathizes with the people who are against medicalising this condition.

    He further said, “It could lead to confused parents whose children are just enthusiastic gamers.”




    According to Dr Graham, he has witnessed 50 new digital addiction cases every year and his condition is on the grounds of the activity that affects the basic things like sleep, socialising, eating and education.

    He elaborated that he asked himself a question that, “Is the addiction taking up neurological real-estate, dominating thinking and preoccupation?”

    In the research on children aged between 8 to 18 years, researchers have found that boys spend more time in playing video games than girls.

  • 7 Important Facts That You Didn’t Know About Makar Sankranti

    Until now, all that we knew about Makar Sankranti was to gather in groups on the terraces of our houses, flying kites, and eating Tilguls (Sesame seed laddoos). It is a festival that is celebrated on 14th January every year, a day that is dedicated to the God of Sun and also marks the harvest season. But before thinking that you know everything and start bragging about it, just take a look at some more facts related to Makar Sankranti.




    1. What significance does Makar Sankranti hold?

    The literal connotation of the word ‘Makar’ is derived from a Sanskrit word ‘Makara’, also known as the sun-sign Capricorn and represents crocodile, and ‘Sankranti’ denotes the movement of the Sun. On Makar Sankranti, the Sun transits from one Zodiac sign on its celestial path to another called Makar. Therefore, the name of the festival in its literal sense signifies the movement of the Sun into Capricorn.

    1. Falls on the same day every year

    It is the only festival that falls on 14th January every year. Why? While the rest of the festivals follow the lunar calendar, based on the position of the moon – Makar Sankranti, on the other hand, follows the solar calendar. This cycle gets interrupted only once in eight years, when day is postponed by one day. However, it is forecasted that from the year 2050 the festival will start falling on 15th January and occasionally on 16th January.

    1. Day becomes equal to Night (DAY = NIGHT)

    The day is known as one of the oldest solstice festivals. The length of day and night is falls on the equinox, which means that the length of the day and the night on this day are equal. Scientifically, the days officially start getting longer than the nights, that denotes the onset of the summer season. In layman language, days become longer, and nights become shorter. Or, we can say that the end of the winter is the beginning of a fresh harvest season.




    1. One festival, various names

    The festival is popular all over India, but people know it by different names in different parts of the country, from north to south and east to west. As we know, the day is predominantly known for the commencement of a harvest season, celebrated differently in diverse customs. It is acknowledged as Pongal in South India, Uttarayan in West India (mainly in Gujarat), Bhogali Bihu in East India (mainly in Assam), and Maghi and Khichdi in Punjab and Uttar Pradesh (both in North India) respectively.

    1. Why do we fly kites on this day?

    Flying kites on this day is linked to health benefits in multiple ways. In olden days, the kite-flying was done in the early mornings, that exposes a human body to beneficial sunlight (good for skin), during the time when its rays are not bright and harsh. These rays of early morning are a good source of Vitamin D. It helps in fighting in several infections and other illnesses caused due to chilly winter winds. Celebrating it in the form of a festival is a fun way of reaping such health advantages.

    1. Denotes the commencement of pilgrimages

    The day also symbolizes the beginning of pilgrimages. Kumbh Mela starts on this day in Uttar Pradesh. However, it is known as the last day of Shabrimala in Kerala. While people in other parts of the country consider it to be an auspicious day to take a dip in the holy rivers flowing through different states in India to cleanse themselves of their sins.




    1. Why do we eat Tilguls or Sesame Seeds Laddoos?

    Jaggery and sesame seeds are warm foods and beneficial for health. There is a saying in Maharashtrian culture “Tilgul ghya ani goad goad bola”, which simply means “eat jaggery and sesame seeds and speak sweet words”. It signifies the importance of spreading sweetness by forgetting ill past and propagating good bond with others.

  • Mukesh Ambani’s Industrial City in Navi Mumbai Gets Clearance From CIDCO

    A long stalled industrial city project in Navi Mumbai was cleared by CIDCO on Friday. This project is set to be jointly constructed by Mukesh Ambani’s personal entities, Jai Corp, SKIL Infrastructure and CIDCO. Earlier, a project worth Rs 5,300-acre was allocated for developing a Special Economic Zone (SEZ), but could not be kick off due to policy changes.




    Now with the change in end use of the land has gone to an industrial city from SEZ, the project has land in State Cabinet’s kitty for final clearance. Ambani and Jai Corp’s personal entities have 48 percent, while CIDCO and SKIL Infrastructure have 26 percent each in the project, that was long awaiting to be operational for 14 long years. A source close to the department stated that, “With the JNPT port nearby and the new international airport coming up, the industrial city can cater to both local as well as export-oriented units.” 4,200-acres out of the 5,300-acres is already in possession of the three-way venture company.

    Ambani will lead the setting up of infrastructure for the industrial city in Navi Mumbai. Ambani, who has good project implementation skills, will be taking the lead in setting up the infrastructure for the industrial city. However, this is not Ambani’s first investment in his personal capacity. In fact, the port and power projects in Jamnagar and East-West gas pipeline are his personal investments too.




    Moreover, Jai Corp and Ambani had also decided to develop another SEZ, Mahamumbai, in Raigarh district. Though, the project could not be started due to firm resistance from the residents, who showed their displeasure against the state government acquiring the land. Land acquisition was done for the Project in Pen, Uran and Panvel, but was abandoned afterwards.

  • Fireworks to be Replaced by Laser Show at Burj Khalifa

    Burj Khalifa on 26 December posted a teaser video on Twitter of the famous New Year’s Eve show that traditionally takes place every year. Only this time it will be a laser light show instead of the usual fire crackers.

    In an official announcement, Burj Khalifa confirmed that this New Year they will ditch the fireworks and replace it with a light show. Emaar, a Dubai-based master developer, that also owns and operates the Dubai Mall and the Burj Khalifa, will present a special light show to welcome the year 2018.

    In a brief video clip, the tallest tower of the world can be witnessed lighting up in a neon blue color light – flashing the number of days remaining for the epic and most-awaited show!






    Previously, this month, a ‘behind-the-scenes’ video was released by Emaar showing the ongoing preparations for the ‘Light Up 2018’ spectacle in Downtown Dubai, which is all braced up to be an official Guinness World Records title attempt.

    The celebrations of New Year Eve called ‘Light up 2018’ will begin at 5pm. Kick starting with The Dubai Foundation shows and live DJ the show will continue till 1 am. The event will be broadcasted LIVE on TV internationally and displayed on big screens in Downtown Dubai.

  • Brother of Missing API Accuses Police Chief of Shielding Accused

    Anand Bidre, brother of the missing Assistant Police Inspector Ashwini Bidre has accused the police commissioner of Navi Mumbai Hemant Nagrale of defending convicts allegedly involved in the case. He even claimed that when the allegations against the accused, Abhay Kurundkar, were mounting the currently suspended senior inspector of police, neither arrested him, nor begin probing his alleged involvement in the case until the intervention of courts.

    As per Anand Bidre, “He should have given the case to a senior DCP level officer. However, he delegated the task to an inspector. The actual investigation began only when we knocked the court’s doors and the court asked for a report from the police.”




    Anand said that when the investigation was in its initial stage, the officer investigating the case was transferred. Later the investigation was given to the ACP Nilewad by the court. Apparently, Nilwad is not the investigation officer.

    He also said that Nagrale is backing the accused, Kurundkar. Despite providing proof against the accused, the police took no action. The accused was booked for abduction and the police was aware about his whereabouts, but he wasn’t detained until recently. It is probable that Kurundkar would have ruined evidence when he was not in police custody.




    However, Nagrale has refused the allegations made on him by Anand saying, “I would like to clarify that the investigating officer of the case is not me, but ACP Nilewad of Panvel Division. The day-to-day supervision of investigation is being conducted by DCP Rajendra Mane. The investigation reports of the case have been submitted to the Honourable trial court and Honourable High Court from time to time by the Investigation Officer. There is no question of either me or any other officer casually handling the case. However, it is true that we could not trace the missing API.”

    As per Nagrale, the investigation is going in the right direction and that they are awaiting DNA tests which may reveal more facts regarding the case.  He said, “The matter is sub judice at this stage and it will not be appropriate to disclose much details of investigation of the case.”

  • Top 10 Blockbusters That Made Salman Bhai a Superstar

    Salman Khan is undeniably one of the most successful and most precious gems of Bollywood. From the day stepped in the industry, he set another milestone with his irresistible charm and good looks. Known for his Hatke roles and action-packed entertainers. His six pack abs, his dialogue delivery, his style – everything he does becomes admirable.

    Salman’s Bollywood career spanning 2 decades gave him the status of a superstar, or we can say the ‘Bhai of Bollywood’. As he celebrated his 52nd birthday on 27th December, let us take a look at his biggest blockbuster of all times of our very own ‘Salman Bhai’.



    1. Maine Pyar Kiya (1989)
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    A debut movie for both the actor (Salman Khan) and the director (Sooraj Barjatya), Maine Pyar Kiya is considered as one of the top 10 most successful films of all times in India. Contrary to his current ‘Dabang’ image, Salman Khan was introduced to audience as their ‘ideal’ boy as ‘Prem’ in this flick. His character got so successful, that it led him sign a series of movies in which he played characters named ‘Prem’.

    The boyish charm of Salman and the soundtrack turned out to be the major driving force in this film becoming a mega blockbuster.

    1. Andaz Apna Apna (1994)
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    It’s hard to believe that such a classic comedy movie performed average at the box office. Despite that, the brilliant comic timing of both Salman Khan and Amir Khan was unmatchable. The audience saw a different side of the usual romantic ‘Prem’ in Salman Khan for the very first time and the movie attained a cult like status, leaving everyone in splits with its rib tickling comedy.

    1. Hum Aapke Hai Kaun (1994)
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    Right after Andaz Apna Apna, Salman Khan was seen in an ideal ‘dewar’ role in a National Award-winning flick called Hum Apke Hai Kaun. The movie broke records and turned out to be one of the biggest blockbusters in the history of Bollywood. Gyrating moves on ‘Joote Do Paise Lo’ or Thumkas on ‘Di Di Tera Devar Deewana’ with his amazing co-star Madhuri Dixit, made the music of the film spellbinding to watch and hear. This movie added new heights in his superstardom.

    1. Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998)
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    Apart from winning a Filmfare Award for the Best Actor for his role in Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya, Salman brought a trend of being in shape. In fact, his bare-chested look became quite a style statement amongst youngsters. He became a Rockstar with his heart throbbing performance on the song ‘Oh Oh Jaane Jana’ which was an instant hit.

    1. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam (1999)
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    Unquestionably one of the best pieces of work by Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam, woven into an epic love triangle starring Salman Khan Aishwarya Rai and Ajay Devgn. The sizzling chemistry between Salman Khan and Aishwarya Rai, created an encapsulating and intensifying magic on-screen.

    1. Tere Naam (2003)
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    Critically acclaimed ‘Tere Naam’ displayed how versatile can Salman Khan be. He did full justice to his role as ‘Radhe Mohan’, who loses his mental sanity after falling in love. Moreover, his iconic “Radhe Mohan’ hairstyle kicked off a craze amongst Indian boys.

    1. Wanted (2009)
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    After a myriad of unsuccessful movies, Salman made a bang on comeback with Wanted, that turned out to be his second highest grossing movies of 2009 in Bollywood.


    1. Dabangg (2010)
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    Audience went bananas when they saw the new avatar of Salman as ‘Chulbul Pandey’ playing the role of a Dabang cop in Dabangg. The days of ‘Prem’ had become the thing of the past now and ‘Pandey’ rolled the game with his iconic moustache, Kala Chasma hanging at the back of his collar and unique belt shaking dance move. Film stood out to be a smash hit, which also became an inspiration of its sequel – Dabangg 2.



    1. Ek Tha Tiger (2012)
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    Salman’s first film under Yash Raj Films banner, Ek Tha Tiger bagged Rs 100 crore within 5 days of its release. Under the direction of Kabir Khan, The Dabang had now become the ‘Tiger’ of the film industry with this commercial hit!

    1. Bajrangi Bhaijaan (2014)
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    A long journey from ‘Prem’ to ‘Radhe Mohan’ to ‘Dabang’ to ‘Tiger’, Salman’s on-screen characters became known as his own personality in real life. This time Bhai became the Jaan of so many after he emotionally connected with the audience in Bajrangi Bhaijaan by showcasing his heartfelt relationship with the angelic Munni played by Harshali Malhotra. The role earned him a lot of appreciation and raised his superstardom even more and movie received an epic success at the box office. The movie was the highest grossing flick in the history of Bollywood.

     

  • CR Declares Another 48-Hour Megablock, Service Gets Affected in Navi Mumbai

    Passengers travelling between Nerul and Panvel were inconvenienced for the second time in a row after the Christmas Eve megablock. The rail services were hampered during the morning peak hours due to the pantograph of a Wadala-Panvel train, which entwined with the overhead wire and snapped near Belapur station. On Tuesday, Central Railway declared another 48-hour megablock at Belapur, that is a part of the Seawoods-Uran line, beginning from 2am. However, rail services will not take a huge hit because of the work taking place along Belapur’s platform number 2, as stated by CR sources.




    Apart from the 48-hour megablock, the journey of passengers travelling along harbour line will get hampered for a total of 7 days. However, train services along trans-harbour and others, which includes Vashi, Panvel, Chembur Mankhurd, Andheri and Bandra will continue running as per schedule on Wednesday and Thursday.

    According to harish Shinde, who is a regular commuter said that, “Work on the Seawoods-Uran line had led to a traffic block for four days, including a 13-hour megablock on Monday wh-en services between Nerul and Panvel were suspended. On Tuesday, too, there was problem with a train pantograph being entangled with the overhead wire at Belapur, resulting in suspension of services between Nerul and Panvel for more than three hours.”

    Going by the statements of the sources, rail services on the Vashi-CSMT route were delayed, 14 were cancelled and 16 partly cancelled, while 100 trains towards Panvel were also obstructed.




    As per a Railway Official, “Tuesday’s incident took place at 9.40am and services were suspended for some time. While CSMT-bound trains resumed services at 9.55am, traffic towards Panvel was restored at 1.02pm.”

    Another female commuter from Nerul shared her experience on the day of megablock saying, “I jumped off the train and walked along the tracks along with other commuters from CBD till Nerul station as trains were running from there towards CSMT.”

  • Busy Mumbai-Pune Expressway Comes to a Halt on Christmas Eve

    Always bustling Mumbai-Pune Expressway came to a standstill on a long weekend of Christmas Eve after a major accident. The mishap led to the overheating of small vehicles, thereby causing a day-long traffic on Saturday.

    Motorists, who were rushing towards their desired destination were left stranded for hours on the stretch. A motorist stated, “My family and I started for Pune from Sion at 12pm and reached at 5.30pm. We usually cover the distance in two and half hours but it took us more than an hour to travel from Vashi toll naka to Panvel itself.”




    Social media platforms like Twitter was also abuzz with warnings asking people to refrain from venturing out on Mumbai Pune Expressway.

    It all started when a trailer overturned on the Mumbai-bound carriageway in the wee hours. Even Pune-bound carriageway saw heavy traffic at Adoshi tunnel and Amrutanjan Bridge. There were many vehicles which were observed plying along the wrong route near Khandala Ghat.

    According to the Pune superintendent of police of state highway traffic police, Amol Tambe, “We are deploying a fresh team in the Ghat section from our Urse team for tonight and Sunday.”

    “As it is night and there are few cranes in the Ghat, we sought help from the (Apghatgrastanchya Madatisathi Samajik Sanstha, Khopoli) team for stranded families,” added Tambe. Apart from arranging for emergency vehicles on the Ghat, AMSS offered water and milk to the people who were stuck in this agonizing traffic halt.

    Vijay Patil, the state highway traffic patrol headquarter superintendent of police, “Around 5.30am, ahead of Amrutanjan bridge, a trailer loaded with machinery and spares turtle on the Mumbai carriageway. Two lanes were shut and one lane was open. The traffic jam extended up to 7km in the Ghat section till 1.30pm.” The driver of the trailer was badly injured.




    He added, “The golden hour was enforced by stopping multi-axle vehicles. However, the situation worsened as vehicles turned up on the Pune carriageway on a large scale. We deputed 20 additional traffic personnel but it was of no help. We took help from Apghatgrastanchya Madatisathi Samajik Sanstha to provide food and water to our staff.”

  • Citizens’ Service Centre Opening Soon at Kharghar

    With upcoming Citizen’s Service Centre at Kharghar, the residents of the neighbouring areas around Kharghar (including Taloja) will no longer be required to travel up to Panvel tehsil office and stand in long queues to process their official and legal documents like income certificates or affidavits, caste, and domicile.

    Known as the biggest node in PCMC area, Kharghar resident’s will get a citizens’ service center in their own district, that will fall under the ambit of the district revenue department within a months’ time.

    Dealt by a private agency thoughtful the week, its premises will also have a Maha e-Seva Kendra.




    The Panvel tehsil is also considering about starting 12 such Maha e-Seva Kendras sprawled across Panvel taluka covering Cidco developed nodes.

    Currently, PCMC commissioner is under the discussion with the Panvel tehsildar to open these centres in a month, basis the demand of the residents for several years. This will save the residents from all the troubles of travelling till Panvel while applying for certificates.

    Residents demand for extension counter of Panvel tehsil office was earlier rejected due to a technical reason. However, a centre with the presence of a nayab tehsildar level officer once in a week seemed like more feasible option.

    According to PCMC Commissioner Sudhakar Shinde, a grampanchayat office will be a New Year’s gift for the local residents, as the tehsildar will soon open a centre at Kharghar.

    As per the head of Swachh Kharghar Manch, Mangal Kamble, “Kharghar is the eduction hub of Navi Mumbai and students are upset about the uphill task of obtainitng various certificates during admissions from Panvel office. This prompted us to write to the PCMC civic chief.”




    “We will soon set up a citizens’ service centre in Kharghar where one of our officers from Panvel main tehsil office can be stationed for one day a week to accept the affidavits and other documents and interact with the applicants,” said Panvel tehsildar Deepak Akade.

  • Top 5 Indian Churches That You Must Visit

    In a country that has around thousand dialects, Christianity is the 3rd largest religion in India introduced by Thomas the Apostle, whose glorious history and edifices dates back to 52 AD. With around 28 million followers, Christianity has influenced the traditions, culture and architecture of the country. Colonization in India has left an indelible mark on its architecture as the Portuguese, Dutch, French and British brought their own styles in the country.




    1. Mount Mary Church, Mumbai
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    Comfortably perched on the hillock at 262 feet above sea level, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Mount is a Roman Catholic church in Mumbai. Overlooking the Arabian Sea from its mighty stance in Bandstand (West Bandra), this oldest church in the city draws lakhs of pilgrims and devotees every year. People from all faiths, come to visit the 100-year-old church to seek blessings.

    Located in the area, which is now known as Mount Mary, the church has been a witness of many people testifying about the miraculous powers of the Virgin Mary. The original statue of this church is from Portugal.

    1. Basilica of Bom Jesus, Goa
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    Known to be one of the oldest churches in India, the Basilica of Bom Jesus is nestled in Old Goa, which is a former capital of the Portugese dominion. Drawing visitors from around the globe, the basilica or “Borea Jezuchi Bajilika” is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of the famous tourist spots in the state, it retains the mummified remains of St. Francis Xavier, who was one of the co-founders of the Jesuits or the Society of Jesus. The Jesuits is believed to possess inexplicable healing powers.

    The construction of the church began from 1594 onwards and was consecrated in 1605. The church has been a witness to thousands of visitors annually. With breath-taking interiors, the structure signifies an authentic Baroque style architecture.




    3. Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica, Kerala

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    Originally established by Francisco de Almeida (Portugese) in 1505, Santa Cruz Cathedral Basilica also lists amongst one of the oldest churches in the country. Located in Kochi, the church was given the status of a cathedral back in 1558 by Pope Paul IV and declared as a basilica by the then Pope John Paul II in 1984. It accounts for one of the few edifices in Kerala, that were spared during the Dutch invasion, as they wrecked other catholic buildings in the country back then.

    Known as the prominent landmarks in Kochi, the Cathedral is one of the 8th Basilicas Churches of Kerala. Gaining the status of a heritage edifice in the state, its stunning and Gothic architecture beholds the sight of the visitors.

    4. St. Paul Cathedral, West Bengal

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    Holding prominence for its Gothic Revival Style, St. Paul Cathedral accounts for one of the most beautiful and breath-taking churches in India. Built in 1847, it is the first Episcopal Church in Asia. Resting on the “island of attractions” or the Cathedral Road, it beholds a stunning sight when the sun shine falls on its high rising arched glass windows. Adding to its marvelous sight, the frescoes and paintings plays a huge role. It is a largest Cathedral in Kolkata. Best time considered to visit here is during Christmas Eve for midnight mass, as the entire cathedral is lit up making it an amazing feast to people’s eyes.




    5. Velankanni Church, Tamil Nadu

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    Located on the coast of Bay of Bengal, Velankanni Church is renowned for its Basilica, dedicated to ‘Lady of Health’ and is called Our Lady of Good Health or Our Lady of Velankanni. Also, popularly known as “Lourdes of the East”, this the most-visited church and is said to have become a reason for curing people’s sickness. The phenomenon of people getting cured after their visit to this church has been proven right, time and again for centuries.

    Built in Gothic style in 16th century, the church is a biggest Catholic pilgrimage sites in the country and was declared as basilica in the year 1962 by Pope John XXII. Worshippers who pay their visit to the church offer their prayers to the mother by lighting candles to get rid of their illnesses. It is a Christian shrine is symbolic for religious, international and multicultural harmony.

    (Source: transindiatravels.com, walkthroughindia.com, tourmyindia.com)

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