Wednesday, November 30, 2011

'US rancor & revenge fired up by Iran embassy attack'

46th BSF Raising Day Press conference _Sagar31news

46th BSF Raising Day

BSF of 169 Battalions, which has its own Air and Water Wings, Artillery Regiments and can rightly boast of its Training Institutes.  The force which grew from 25 Battalions in the year 1965 is presently the largest Border Guarding force of the world.BSF has played a key role in nation's security.  The rich & valiant contribution of BSF during the Indo-Pak war of 1971, in fighting insurgency & militancy in Punjab, J & K and North- East and recently in the areas affected by Left Wing Extremism not only highlights the glorious past but encourages us to strive for greater heights in future.  Anti-Naxal operations are set to be intensified in affected states with the induction of 2,000 newly trained BSF personnel and seven new helicopters. Border Security Force (BSF) to deploy its two new battalions in Chhattisgarh and Orissa, official sources said. The force has already ten battalions in operation in these two states. With this, the total strength of central forces involved in the anti-Maoist drive will go up to about 93,000 personnel. They include 76 battalions of CRPF and five of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP). A battalion has approximately 1,000 personnel. Six new MI-17 choppers and a 'Dhruv' Advanced Light Helicopter will be deployed in these areas. They will be operated by the BSF air-wing. "We are adding a considerable number of aircraft to our air-wing," BSF Director General U K Bansal said during the forces' annual press conference here today. "The two new battalions have already finished their training and will be deployed in Chhattisgarh and Orissa including at the borders of these two states," sources said, adding the move to induct the fresh contingents and the choppers was taken sometime back.Media agencies

Monday, November 28, 2011

Kanimozhi get bail



Delhi High Court has granted bail to DMK MP Kanimozhi and four others in the 2G spectrum allocation case. Court has reserved its order on ex-Telecom Secretary Siddharth Behura's bail plea.Her father Karunanidhi  expressed happiness over his daughter Kanimozhi getting bail in the 2G case and said the party would organise a big welcome for her, when she comes home. 
Senior advocates appearing for Kanimozhi and Morani have submitted that the situation of their clients was akin to that of the five corporate executives, who were granted bail by the Supreme Court.Kanimozhi was arrested in May-20th  for her alleged role in the 2G spectrum scam case.
"I am happy that Kanimozhi has been granted bail. She spoke to me soon after the court gave her bail and both of us shared the happiness," Karunanidhi, did met his daughter
thrice in Tihar Jail, where she was lodged after her arrest on May 20, told media-persons.

 Kanimozhi and five other accused granted bail are Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar, Bollywood filmmaker Karim Morani, Rajiv Aggarwal and Asif Balwa.The court, however, reserved its order on the bail plea of sixth accused and former Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura, saying it will pronounce its judgement later as his plea has been opposed by the CBI.

Russia’s PM,Vladimir Putin, candidate for presidential elections 2012

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin who accepted on Sunday his ruling United Party nomination as its candidate in next year's election pledged to solve the problem of social inequality and seek justice.
"It is not the first time that Russia has set noble goals and achieved successes, uniting around particular values. These values are the truth, dignity and justice," Putin said at the United Party congress in the Luzhniki sports arena after accepting his nomination as the party's candidate in the presidential elections next year.
The presidential election campaign officially started in Russia on Saturday, with the polls scheduled to take place on March 4, 2012.
In mid-October, Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev announced their plans to swap jobs after the presidential elections. Medvedev, who will lead United Russia in parliamentary polls on December 4, is expected to become Russia's new prime minister after his presidential term expires.
Putin said it was necessary to respect the dignity of any person, seek the truth and do away with any injustice.
"Today it is obvious that Russian citizens and society want the authorities to ensure justice. Every decision and every step must meet the interests of the absolute majority," he said.
At a pompous event at Moscow's Luzhniki Arena on Sunday, the pro-Kremlin United Russia party officially named its leader Vladimir Putin, Russia's powerful prime minister, as its candidate for the March 2012 presidential elections. All 614 delegates from United Russia and Putin’s All-Russia People’s Front movement who took part in the vote during a party congress at Luzhniki unanimously backed Putin’s candidacy.
Some 11,000 Putin supporters gathered at the congress, held a week before December 4 parliamentary elections, to witness the official start of what is likely to become their leader's triumphant return to the Kremlin after four years as prime minister.A storm of standing ovation welcomed the announcement of the vote result as Putin made his way to the dais to thank his supporters.“My all life, without exaggeration, was devoted to serving our Fatherland,” he said in his speech, broadcast live by Russian state television channels.
“Our motto is ‘Never look back!’ Thank you… We will win together,” he added as President Dmitry Medvedev joined him on stage.
Tricolor national flags and dark-blue banners with a picture of a white bear, United Russia’s symbol, waved over Luzhniki Arena’s crowded grandstands as the prime minister’s supporters chanted “Putin” and “Russia” in an outburst of patriotic sentiment.Putin and Medvedev unveiled their plans to swap jobs after the March 2012 elections during United Russia congress in late September. The announcement ended months of speculation about Putin's possible return to the presidency.
The presidential election campaign officially kicked off in Russia on Saturday. The vote is scheduled for March 4.Russia’s prime minister, Vladimir Putin, has warned Western powers against meddling in Russia’s forthcoming elections after agreeing to stand for president in March 2012.
Addressing a glitzy congress of the ruling United Russia party on Sunday, Putin said any attempts by “foreign states” to influence Russia’s political process would be "futile."
Russia will hold a crucial parliamentary vote next week, followed by presidential elections in March next year.
“Representatives of some foreign states” were paying politically-active NGOs in Russia to “influence the course of the election campaign in our country,” Putin said to a roar of approval and applause.
Such defiant rhetoric has come to dominate Russian political discourse since liberal revolutions in neighboring Ukraine and Georgia in the early 2000s forced pro-Kremlin leaders from power there.
“It would be better if they used this money to pay off their national debt and stop conducting an ineffective and costly foreign policy,” he said in a clear reference to the debt-ridden United States.
"It's a wasted effort, like throwing money to the wind," he added.
Lilia Shibanova, the head of Russia’s main independent observer group Golos, said Putin’s stinging warning reveals his “total misunderstanding” of the current climate in Russia.
“They have cornered themselves by creating the only governing party, by impeding normal political competition and turning the political process into a monopoly,” Shibanova said. “This has nothing to do with monitoring.” “What they’ll get is even fiercer protests of the liberal opposition,” she added.Media agencies_ria.ru.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

U.S. vows full probe into Pak border incident

Obama administration on Saturday pledged a full investigation into a NATO attack that allegedly killed 24 Pakistani troops. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta in a joint statement offered their “deepest condolences” for the loss of life in the cross-border incident in Pakistan.Clinton and Panetta also said they “support fully NATO’s intention to investigate immediately.”
Secretary Clinton, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. John Allen, commander of the NATO-led coalition forces in Afghanistan, each called their Pakistani counterparts as well, the statement said.
U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter also met with Pakistani government officials in Islamabad. “In their contacts, these US diplomatic and military leaders each stressed -- in addition to their sympathies and a commitment to review the circumstances of the incident -- the importance of the U.S.-Pakistani partnership, which serves the mutual interests of our people,” the statement said.
“All these leaders pledged to remain in close contact with their Pakistani counterparts going forward as we work through this challenging time,” the statement concluded.
The incident was a major blow to American efforts to rebuild an already tattered alliance vital to winding down the 10-year-old Afghan war.
It was the latest in a series of setbacks to the alliance, often caused by border incidents.
Islamabad called the bloodshed in one of its tribal areas a “grave infringement” of the country’s sovereignty.
If confirmed, it would be the deadliest friendly fire incident by NATO against Pakistani troops since the Afghan war began a decade ago.
A NATO spokesman said it was likely that coalition airstrikes caused Pakistani casualties, but an investigation was being conducted to determine the details.
The relationship between Pakistan and the U.S. has severely deteriorated over the last year, especially following the covert American raid that killed Osama bin Laden in a Pakistani garrison town in May. Islamabad was outraged it wasn’t told about the operation beforehand.
The border issue is a major source of tension between Islamabad and Washington, which is committed to withdrawing its combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
Much of the violence in Afghanistan is carried out by insurgents who are based just across the border in Pakistan.
Coalition forces are not allowed to cross the frontier to attack the militants. However, the militants sometimes fire artillery and rockets across the line, reportedly from locations close to Pakistani army posts.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Agitation against Atomic Plants with Foreign Assistance


The project at Kudankulam in Tamilnadu is being set up in technical cooperation with the Russtan Federation. The project construction started in 2002 and has reached the commissioning stage. While there was no opposition to the project all along, during the “hotrun” and testing of systems, noise from steam discharge appear to have created fears amongst the local people. This was compounded by the emergency preparedness drill at the site and neighbouring areas to meet regulatory requirement before commissioning. These fears were heightened in view of the Fukushima(Japan) incident. The fears were fuelled further by misinformation spread by anti nuke activists. At Jaitapur in Maharashtra land has been acquired, environmental clearance obtained and site infrastructure works are in progress and project construction is yet to start . The opposition to nuclear power projects at Jaitapur in Maharashtra is largely due to issue related to rehabilitation, apart from apprehensions about safety of nuclear power and effect on livelihood. Pre-project works are underway at Haripur in West Bengal.

The Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s office Sh V Narayanasamy gave this information in a written reply to a question by Shri Mohan Singh in Lok Sabha today.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Draft Report of India to the UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women

National Consultation with Civil Society Organizations on the Draft Report of India to the UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women Government of India had signed the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 30 September 1980 and ratified the same on 9 July 1993. The Convention obligates the State Parties to undertake appropriate legislative and other measures to eliminate discrimination against women.

Ministry of Women and Child Development, the nodal Ministry on the issues of women and children has prepared a draft Combined Fourth and Fifth Periodic Reports of India under article 18 of the Convention in consultation with different stakeholders including civil society organizations working in the field of women’s rights. This Report covers developments in implementation of the Convention in India from 2006 to 2011.

The report was shared widely with the members of civil society through a National Consultation held here today at Vigyan Bhawan. The Consultation was chaired by Shri D. K. Sikri, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development. In his opening speech he talked about

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Medvedev Goes Ballistic: Russian missiles in West's backyard?

Parliamentary polls begin on November 28.

Egypt, fresh clashes took place between the police and the protestors today in Cairo. One person was killed in violence in Alexandria taking the death toll in the four day long violence to 31. The protestors at the Tahrir Square have rejected the military rulers’ appeal to vacate the square and end the protests. They have said their sit-in protests at Tahrir Square will continue till the army cedes power to a civilian transitional authority.

Thousands of protestors gathered at Tahrir Square in response to a million march call by the political parties.
In a televised address last night, Egypt’s Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi promised the nation that the army was ready to hand over powers and return to barracks. He said if required, a referendum can be held on the immediate transfer of power to a civilian administration.

The military leader also promised that the Presidential polls would be held in June next year and parliamentary polls would begin as scheduled on November 28.Meanwhile, efforts are on to form a National Salvation Government in the country after the resignation of Prime Minister Essam Sharaf led cabinet on Monday.

The Supreme Council of Armed Forces held crisis talks with the political parties including Muslim Brotherhood on the formation of a new Government.

The meeting was attended by three contenders for the President's post. Another Presidential hopeful Ibrahim El Bardeyii was not present.After the meeting, the former Arab League Chief and a potential Presidential contender Amre Moosa said that a national salvation Government will be formed.media agencies

SC grants bail to 5 corporate honchos

SC grants bail to 5 corporate honchos

In the first bail in 2G case, the Supreme Court ordered the release of five top corporate executives from Tihar Jail, raising hopes of other accused in the case including former Telecom Minister A Raja and DMK MP Kanimozhi who have been in prison for over six months.
A bench comprising justices G S Singhvi and H L Dattu directed the release of the five corporate honchos -- Unitech Limited MD Sanjay Chandra, Swan Telecom Director Vinod Goenka and Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani group executives Hari Nair, Gautam Doshi and Surrendra Pipara.

They were asked to furnish two sureties of Rs 5 lakh each to the satisfactiion of the special judge holding the trial of the case as bail condition.

The operative part of the judgement was read out by Justice Dattu. The accused had moved the apex court challenging Delhi High Court and trial court orders turning down their bail pleas.
CBI had opposed their release on bail saying they could approach the trial court for relief.
The accused, who have been charged with various offences under the Indian Penal Code and the Prevention of Corruption Act, had contended they should be granted bail as charges have already been framed in the case and there is no chance of them tampering with evidence.

The bail plea of Kanimozhi and four others is due to come up for hearing before the Delhi High Court on December one.

This is the first time that any of the accused in the 2G scam has been granted bail. Other accused in the case include Raja's Private Secretary R K Chandolia, who is a suspended IRS officer, and former Telecom Secretary Siddhartha Behura.

Others arrested in the case include Swan Telecom promoter Shahid Usman Balwa, his cousin Asif Balwa and their colleague Rajeev Agarwal, besides DMK-run Kalaignar TV MD Sharad Kumar and Mumbai filmmaker Karim Morani.

Three telecom firms Reliance Telecom Ltd, Swan Telecom and Unitech (Tamil Nadu) Wireless Ltd too have been listed as accused in the CBI chargesheet in the case.

The CBI had chargesheeted 14 persons in the scam, with Raja being the first to be arrested on February 2, along with his former Private Secretary Chandolia and former Telecom Secretary Behura.
The five executives, who were granted bail, were arrested on April 20.
Besides Kanimozhi, the four others who have moved the High Court against the special court's order on bail are Kalaignar TV MD Kumar, Kusegaon Fruits and Vegetables Pvt. Ltd. Directors Balwa and Rajeev Agarwal and film producer Morani. Media agencies

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Soyuz Landing Highlights from Kazakhstan

Egypt cabinet resigns; Protests continue at Tahrir Square

Egypt, the military rulers, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) has accepted the resignation of the civilian Government led by the Prime Minister Essam Sharaf.

The entire cabinet resigned yesterday amidst mounting violent protests across the country in which 26 persons have lost their lives over the past three days. The Coalition of Revolution Youth and the April 6 movement have demanded the formation of a national salvation government , holding preesidential elections by April 2012 and a complete overhaul of the interior ministry.

Our correspondent reports that in a late night development, the Egyptian Government led by Prime Minister Essam Sharaf submitted its resignation to the Supreme Council Of Armed Forces, SCAF. The military rulers accepted the resignation of the civilian Government.

The move comes in the wake of mounting protests at Tehrir Square and violent clashes between the police and protestors. 26 persons have been killed and over 1,750 have been injured in violent clashes over the past three days. Protesters say they won’t vacate Tahrir Square till the military handover power to a civilian Government.

Political forces behind the uprising have called for a mass rally today to demand that the army hand over power to civilian rule. The army says it will hand over power after the presidential elections which may be held in early 2013.

Self-regulation for media :Ambika Soni


Maintaining that media should be accountable, Government has said self-regulation was the best way forward until the issue of regulating it is debated by the people and the opinion of the majority is heard.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni said everyone understands that any kind of control on media, be it electronic or print, is going to be resisted not only by media but by all free-thinkers of the country.
"We have learnt from past mistakes. We would not take any decision that would harm, hurt or (that would be) dangerous to our country," she said addressing a seminar on the National Press Day in New Delhi on Wednesday.
"We all know that if government is accountable, there is no section or entity or institution that will not be held accountable by the educated, literate and young citizens of the country," she said.
Noting that people expect media, which is an important institution, should be held responsible when it makes a pivot around which everyone interacts, Soni said media cannot runaway from that accountability.
“We can put in various mechanisms, regulatory body or self-regulation or whatever other forms. But basically it depends upon the credibility of the media itself.”
The Minister said media in future may not like the self-regulatory mechanism because they are aware of the agitation for a hard Lokpal in the country which was appreciated by the leadership of the country.
"The News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) and Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC) have come into existence and they have eminent judges and other people on their panel," she said, adding that there has been no consensus on the issue of regulatory mechanism for the media.
"There has been no consensus. Various attempts have been made by the I&B Ministry but they have not found any resolution. After a debate, the majority point of view should take a formal shape," Soni said.
"I know it (self-regulatory) is an utopian system. But that is the best way forward until a comprehensive prune-up is done by the people of the country and the issue is debated across the length and breadth of the country," she said.
Congratulating Press Council Chairman Markandey Katju for reopening the debate on the need for a regulatory mechanism for media, she said in a democracy nothing is healthier than having a public debate and let the majority point of view take a formal shape.
Noting that the "paid news syndrome" is being recognised by the people of the country now, Soni said the government has constituted a Group of Ministers to look into the recommendations made by the PCI on the issue.
"The GoM is looking into the reports submitted by the PCI with all seriousness that has to be," she said.
Referring to a suggestion made by her ministerial colleague Rajeev Shukla that contents on websites should also be regulated and controlled, Soni said: "I don't know when that is possible but self-regulation was the best way until then."
Shukla also advocated the need for regulating content on websites and television channels.Council member and BJP MP Prakash Javadekar said the Press Council of India (PCI) has suggested in its reports that the electronic media should also be brought under the purview of the council and that it was best instrumentality.Media agencies

Monday, November 21, 2011

Buyer-Seller Meet with Hong Kong Companies

Buyer-Seller Meet with Hong Kong Companies 

24 Nov 2011, Le Meridien New Delhi-

Buyer-Seller Meet with Hong Kong Companies
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5 pm, 24 November 2011, Le Meridien New Delhi ***
 
Hong Kong Trade Development Council sincerely invites you to attend the “Buyer-Seller Meet-cum-Networking Dinner” on 24 November 2011 to meet with the Hong Kong Business Mission to India.

The Hong Kong companies visiting India will showcase their product samples in this occasion, and you will have a chance to meet and have business discussion with them on a one-to-one basis. The business discussion will be followed by a networking dinner.

The 12 Hong Kong companies will showcase a wide range of products e.g. electrical home appliances, kitchenware, tableware, gift & premium, baby products, fashion accessories etc. REGISTER now to secure your place!
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UP Assembly passes 'Proposal for State Split' by voice vote.

Nksagar-Sagar Media Inc;Maya played her triumph card well.Mayawati Chief Minister of UP tabled and got through her resolution passed by voice vote in UP Assembly the 'Proposal for splitting the state in four parts".
.Maya CM of UP thus ends the session after getting the vote on account the fiscal bill for the year passed.
Speaker asked to table the resolution and Maya herself came out and  tabled the resolution for PROPOSAL UP Assembly its  proposal for splitting the state in four parts by voice vote,namely are Harit Pradesh,Central UP,Poorvanchal,and Bundelkhand..

Briefing the media Mayawati said,"As the house begin today at 11.AM the opposition disrupted the proceeding and  UP assembly passed the Vote on account and  proposal for splitting the state for which the minute of the assembly resolution will be sent to the centre.".She has blamed the opposition for not running the house and her split the state is not a political gimmick.Maya adjourned the house sine-a die within ten minutes.Our government is not a minority government and the opposition is sabotaging the proposal of split UP and is responsible for the adjournment of the house and they are collectively working for their political mileage.

Both Houses of the Uttar Pradesh legislature were adjourned on Monday amidst noisy scenes by the Opposition members, even as the SP moved a no-confidence motion against the state govt.

 In the Legislative Assembly, BJP members jumped into the well, while SP MLAs raised slogans and displayed placards demanding dismissal of the BSP government immediately after the proceedings of the house started at 11 am following which Speaker Sukdeo Rajbhar adjourned the house till 12.30 pm.

Deputy leader of SP Legislative Party Ambika Chaudhary said the party has moved no-confidence motion against the government.He said that it was unfortunate that the Chief Minister was not present in the House on the first day of the winter session.

CLP leader Pramod Tiwari said the party would support no-confidence motion if given by any party other than BJP. He said the Congress would have brought the motion if it would have adequate number.
Parliamentary affairs minister Lalji Verma, however, said the government was very well in majority.
Proceedings were adjourned in the Legislative Council also amidst pandemonium by the opposition members, who were demanding presence of former cabinet minister Babu Singh Kushwaha in the House.

Kushwaha, a BSP member of the Legislative Council, had sparked controversy by writing a letter to Chief Minister Mayawati alleging threat to his life from his party colleagues and some bureaucrats.

Clashes at Cairo's Tahrir Square

Clashes at Cairo's Tahrir Square

At least 11 people were killed as security forces tried to clear protesters from Cairo's Tahrir Square, casting a dark shadow over Egypt's first elections since Hosni Mubarak's downfall.
Police and military forces used batons, tear gas and birdshot to clear the central square of thousands of protesters demanding that the ruling military cede power to a civilian authority.
It was the second day of violence in the Egyptian capital, following a peaceful anti-military mass rally on Friday.
A news reporter said 11 people died on Sunday and two people on Saturday, kicking off a violent countdown to the country's first elections since the end of Mubarak's 30-year-rule.
At least four had been shot dead on Sunday, he said.
Earlier Dr Mohammed Fatuh, who heads a field hospital in the square, confirmed that three more bodies had been brought in bearing bullet wounds. Medics earlier reported four deaths, one from live fire and three from asphyxiation after tear gas was fired.
Police and troops seized the square only to be beaten back by protesters who retook it later, as had also happened on Saturday.
The situation remained fluid with ongoing clashes around Tahrir -- the symbolic heart of protests that toppled Mubarak in February.

Spaniards on Sunday voted in rain-sodden elections

Spain's right heads for crushing election win

Spaniards on Sunday voted in rain-sodden elections that were all but certain to hand a thundering victory to the right and topple yet another debt-laden eurozone government.
Bowed by a 21.5 percent jobless rate, economic stagnation and deep spending cuts, the first voters of the 36 million-strong Spanish electorate headed to polls ready to punish the ruling Socialists.
"Spain chooses a government to confront the crisis storm," blared the front page of the leading centre-left daily El Pais.
"Spain stakes its future," headlined the conservative daily ABC.
Opposition Popular Party leader Mariano Rajoy has a lead of about 15 percentage points over the Socialists, the latest polls showed, enough for an absolute majority in parliament and a free hand to reform.
Voters vented anger with the ruling Socialists over the economic crisis that has pushed the number of unemployed close to five million, but some were also wary of Rajoy, who has promised even deeper spending cuts.
Octavio Arginano, a retired 67-year-old factory worker, said he voted for the right for the first time in his life."My son has been unemployed for over a year, my daughter earns just 600 euros ($800) a month looking after young children," he said as he left a polling station in the Madrid neighbourhood of Lavapies."There has to be a change although I am not sure anyone knows what to do to get us out of this situation."If the polls are right, Spain would become the last of the so-called periphery eurozone nations to ditch its government this year, after the debt crisis toppled rulers of Ireland, Portugal, Greece and Italy.The ruling party's candidate, Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, 60, cast his vote in Madrid shortly after the polls opened and urged Spaniards not to shun the polls.
"Spain is at a historic crossroads," he told reporters."The next four years are very important for our future and in these conditions it is even more important that people vote."
media agencies

35th Meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies (Honlea), Asia and the Pacific

35th Meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies (Honlea), Asia and the Pacific to Assist in Combating Illicit Drug Production and Trafficking More Effectively and to Improve Coordination of their Action at the Sub Regional and Regional Levels
35th Meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA), Asia and Pacific Region would assist the Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies in the region in their efforts to combat illicit drug production and trafficking more effectively and to improve coordination of their action at the sub regional and regional levels. This Meeting will be held at Agra from 22-25th November, 2011. It will be inaugurated by the Finance Secretary Shri R.S.Gujral on 22nd Noember,200. About 100 participants from member countries of Asia Pacific Region, member or associate members of Economic and Social Commission of Asia and Pacific (ESCAP), UN member and the governmental organizations will be attending this event. This meeting is being hosted by Central Bureau of Narcotics (CBN) Gwalior on behalf of Government of India in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

The meeting of HONLEA takes place annually in a country of the region, from among states which are members of the HONLEA Asia and Pacific, to enhance cooperation in drug law enforcement activities at the regional level. 35th Meeting of Heads of National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies (HONLEA), Asia and Pacific Region is a prestigious event which is going to be held in India. This is the second HONLEA meeting which is being hosted by India. The previous meeting was held at New Delhi in the year 1983.

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in the year 1974 established the HONLEA as subsidiary bodies of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs to further cooperation in drug law enforcement activities at the regional level, The regions covered include Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific and Africa. The meetings usually take place annually to identify salient policy and enforcement issues in their regions, establish working groups to analyze the issues, and then bring their reports and recommendations to the attention of the Commission.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Rajpal left out of FIH Men's Champions Challenge I



Rajpal left out of FIH Men's Champions Challenge I
Former captain Rajpal Singh and veteran midfielder Ignace Tirkey were the notable omissions from an 18-member Indian hockey team announced on Friday for the FIH Men's Champions Challenge I from 26th November to 4th December  in Johannesburg.

Tirkey was vice-captain of the team during the recent tour of Australia and has been replaced by forward Tushar Khandekar in the position.
Other notable omissions were forwards Bharat Chikara, Ravipal and Gurvinder Singh Chandi.
Striker Shivendra Singh also returns to the team after remaining on the sidelines for a few months with a freak collarbone injury that he suffered during a national camp in B Bangalore in July this year.
India have been drawn in Pool A of the Championship along with Belgium, Poland and host South Africa.
Birendra Lakra and Chinglensana Singh Kangujam were the new entrants in the team.
The team will be captained by goalkeeper Bharat Chetri who has 116 international caps.
The team: Bharat Kumar Chetri (GK and Captain), Sreejesh Parattu Raveendran (GK), Manjeet Kullu, Rupinder Pal Singh, VR Raghunath, Sandeep Singh, Gurbaj Singh, Sardar Singh, Arjun Halappa, Manpreet Singh, Birendra Lakra, Sarvanjit Singh, Yuvraj Walmiki, SV Sunil, Danish Mujtaba, Tushar Khandker (Vice Captain), Chinglensana Singh Kangujam, Shivendra Singh.
India Matches Schedule:
26 Nov India v Belgium Pool 'A' 1500 hrs.
27 Nov India v South Africa Pool 'A' 1700 hrs.
29 Nov India v Poland Pool 'A' 1500 hrs.
1 Dec Quarter Finals
2 Dec Play Off Teams (5/8)
3 Dec Semifinals
4 Dec Play off for positions (3/4, 5/6, 7/8) and
Final.

Egypt protesters ask for civilian government.


Thousands of Islamist and secular protesters gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday for a mass rally to press the ruling military to hand over power to a civilian government.

As legislative elections draw near the first polls since a popular uprising toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February protesters are demanding more control over the constitution the new parliament is set to draft.
They want the withdrawal of a government document that proposes supra constitutional principles, which could see the ruling military's budget shielded from public scrutiny.
While Friday's protests will group varying political stripes under different banners, the unifying call is for the military to transfer power to a civilian government as soon as possible.
The protest is due to start officially after the noon Muslim prayers, but early morning crowds pointed to a large turnout.
Several secular groups are set to march from the Mohandesseen neighbourhood to Tahrir Square under the banner "We want a president," calling on the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to hand power to a civilian president by April 2012 at the latest.
The powerful Muslim Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party have led the call for the Tahrir protest.
Liberal, leftist and other Islamist parties said they would participate in the rally, as did pro-democracy movements that launched the January 25 uprising.
The contested government document, presented by Deputy Prime Minister Ali Silmi, drew fire from most quarters for including clauses that removed the military's budget from parliamentary oversight and allowed the SCAF a final say on military-related matters.
The government revised the draft, but Islamists, who organised a mass protest in July against such a charter, have rejected the very idea of a document that would limit parliament's authority to draft the constitution, branding the articles undemocratic.
The Brotherhood, through its Freedom and Justice Party, may emerge as the largest bloc in the election, the first since the fall of Mubarak.
The SCAF, which took charge after Mubarak's ouster and suspended the constitution and parliament, says it will hand over power once a new president is elected.
Parliamentary elections will start on November 28 and are expected to end in March.
Friday's demonstration comes a day after 25 people were injured when a Coptic Christian march came under attack by assailants throwing stones and bottles.Media agencies

Philippines issues arrest warrant for Arroyo


Philippines issues arrest warrant for Arroyo

A Philippine court issued an arrest warrant on Friday for former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo on electoral fraud charges as part a high-profile tug of war to prevent any chance of her turning fugitive.

Arroyo denies any wrongdoing and accuses the government of violating her rights by stopping her from leaving the Philippines for foreign medical treatment for a bone ailment.
Her lawyer, Ferdinand Topacio, said the government had filed charges with "indecent haste" in what he called an "emerging pattern of persecution."
The Supreme Court earlier today upheld her right to travel, but a lower court, where the formal charges were filed, later issued a warrant of arrest that effectively bars her from leaving.
Arroyo was recovering in the hospital since her failed attempt to leave the country Tuesday, and it was doubtful she would be immediately hauled to jail given her medical condition.
"The order for the warrant of arrest has been given to law enforcers," said clerk of court Joel Pelicano.
"The lawyers have all legal options. Hospital arrest is possible. The arresting officers will look at her health if that is needed."
In a drama that has galvanised the Philippines, Arroyo, sitting in a wheelchair and wearing a head and neck brace, was turned back Tuesday night from boarding a flight out of Manila.
Authorities said she was still under investigation and might become a fugitive.
Her successor and staunch critic, President Benigno Aquino III, was overwhelmingly elected on promises to rid the Philippines of corruption and has said he wants to start with Arroyo.
The former president sought help from the Supreme Court, which issued a temporary clearance for her to travel and again reaffirmed it today.
The government ignored it, saying national interest and uncovering the truth was more important than an individual's right to travel.Media agencies

Thursday, November 17, 2011

9th Meeting of UNEP’s International Resources Panel

Event:




A joint press conference on Resource Management and Environmental Sustainability during 9th Meeting of UNEP’s International Resources Panel/Steering Committee.
Time:
12.15 P M
Date:
21.11.2011 (Monday)

Venue:
Hotel The Royal Plaza, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110003

BRAI Bill 2011

Public Consultation on the Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) Bill 2011
Hosted by: Delhi Alliance for Safe Food and Greenpeace Delhi
Date: 16th November
Venue: Constitution Club, Delhi
Time: 10:30am to 3:30pm
Genetically Modified (GM) or Genetically Engineered (GE) crops are created unnaturally by inserting genes, taken usually from alien organisms. This kind of insertion does not happen in Nature.
There is growing scientific evidence on the lack of safety of GM crops and the majority of countries have shunned this so-called gene revolution path for agricultural development. It has been 15 years since the first GM crop was introduced for commercial cultivation and today 75% of GM crop cultivation happens in just 3 countries; USA, Brasil and Argentina.
Last year, India witnessed a loud and intense debate on Bt brinjal, which was the first GM food crop to be commercialized in the country. Due to the negative public sentiment and the lack of evidence on the safety of the product, the Minister of Environment and Forest declared an indefinite moratorium on Bt brinjal.
In India, unlike in many other countries, there is no express statutory regulatory regime governing the regulation of transgenics. The regulatory bodies are also infamous for their lack of independence and scientificity, and generally lack credibility in the eyes of the public as the Bt brinjal debate has shown.
Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India – Threat to our Food, health and Environment
Despite the moratorium, there have been many such efforts in the past to overlook the legitimate concerns over GM crops and the proposed regulatory system, Biotechnology Regulatory Authority of India (BRAI) bill is one such effort. On August 17th 2011, the Lok Sabha’s list of business had BRAI Bill’s introduction on that day’s business. However, for various reasons, this Bill did not get introduced then but is now available in the public domain and can be introduced in the upcoming winter session of Parliament.
The BRAI Bill 2011 proposals are very weak- protecting India’s health and environment from the risks of modern biotechnology should be the primary mandate which is missing in this Bill.
The bill has been termed unconstitutional by many as it proposes to override the decision making power of the state government on matters of agriculture and Health. More over it also envisages to override the Right to Information act, 2005, which is a major pillar of public's right to know, when it comes to matters on GM crops and other products of modern biotechnology.
The BRAI Bill is a threat to our food, health and environment. As citizens of India, we should be concerned about the introduction of this Bill in the winter session of Parliament.
Need for a public consultation on the BRAI Bill 2011
The BRAI Bill is a piece of legislation which will impact every citizen from different sectors of this society as it involves the safety of our food, health and environment. The Bill was drafted in a secretive fashion with no opportunity for the public to comment on the legislation which deals with something as important as the safety of food. It was in this context that the Delhi Alliance for Safe Food has decided to take up on it the responsibility of creating a forum where public and experts can put forth their views on the legislation. We see this as an essential democratic process that the government has forgotten or ignored and sincerely hope that the outcomes from it would be taken up seriously by all relevant policy makers.
We would really like to have your presence at the consultation to make the discussion more valuable.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Kind Regards
jaya

Monday, November 14, 2011

Contempt proceedings to secure respect for judiciary: SC


The power to punish for contempt is necessary to secure public respect and confidence in the judicial process but it should be used with greater responsibility, the Supreme Court has said.

While quashing a High Court order, a bench of justices H L Dattu and C K Prasad, observed that fair comments on legal issues do not amount to contempt.
"In our opinion, it is criminal contempt to voice opinion on a case pending in court as that would seem to influence the outcome of the matter and to prejudice the parties therein".
"However, we hasten to add that fair reporting of court proceedings and fair comments on the legal issues do not amount to contempt."

‘Liberalise visa regime for businessmen to travel freely’

‘Liberalise visa regime for businessmen to travel freely’ Dr Rajiv Kumar Secretary General – FICCI The Asian Age, New Delhi, November 6, 2011-Interview by PAWAN BALI Upbeat about the potential benefits of Pakistan granting India Most Favoured Nation trading status, FICCI secretary-general Rajiv Kumar tells Pawan Bali that trust will grow with trade, and after that ‘everything is possible’ in India-Pakistan ties How significant will be the prospects of Pakistan extending the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) trading status to India, 15 years after India offered Pakistan that treatment? Which sectors in particular will be impacted in the two-way exchange of goods, and what is the overall outlook likely to be? The answer is in two parts. One is what is already happening. The second is that a lot of opportunity will open up once the bilateral trade is normalised. There is a lot of trade happening via Dubai at the moment. And our products that go there — mind you, this is not allowed — are tyres, auto component, pharmaceuticals, engineering products, pan masala, even pans, chemicals and some textiles. So these are the sectors which will benefit from our side. From their side it is cement which is already coming, fruits and vegetables, cotton, some specialised textiles, and may be sports items. Pakistan has a very developed sports industry around Sialkot. These are the existing sectors. What I expect is that once your trade is freely allowed, a lot of MNCs will set up their plants to serve both markets. This is an example of what is called intra-industry trade. One other thing that will happen is the export of petroleum products from India to Pakistan. A new refinery of Lakshmi Mittal is coming up in Bhatinda in association with Hindustan Petroleum Corporation. They will be able to supply a large amount of petroleum products to northern Pakistan, their Punjab. These commodities then need not make their way up from faraway Karachi. I see that there will be a huge expansion of new opportunity. You didn’t mention the movies! Everyone see Bollywood films in Pakistan — all smuggled, of course. They are not allowed even to exhibit our movies. Pakistan has very good TV plays. Media and entertainment will be a major area of expansion.
There is some concern in Pakistan that their local industry will be hit by a surge in exports from India? Their fears are justified, just as there have been fears in our case. Remember the time when we were signing the free trade agreement (FTA) with the Asean. Many worried that our edible oil industry will be finished, that our rubber industry will be finished. With MFN status on, you can always have a negative list — they may not allow imports of some particular products to begin with until the impact becomes clear. Thus, their fears can be easily taken care of. What are the likely ripple effects of an easier trading regime for both economies? There will be tremendous impact. What the Pakistan Cabinet has cleared is a normalisation of economic relationship with India. Pakistan commerce secretary, Zafar Mehmood. said that they have cleared the idea of liberalising both trade and investment. If this materialises, we for our part can take the necessary steps. What are these steps? One is to liberalise the visa regime so that business people can travel freely. Second, to remove our non-tariff barrier. For example, they have got wonderful mangoes which they want to export. But if you put it through all the testing and the labs, the mangoes will rot before they arrive. If we take the required helpful steps, then I am convinced that we have a huge multiplier effect. Our investors will go there, theirs will come here. That is one part. The second part — for which there exists potential — is that we will get connected to Central Asia. If our goods are permitted to transit through Pakis-tan, then all of Punjab gains. Right now it suffers from being landlocked. Our Punjab is several thousand kilometres away from sea ports, but our Punjab and Haryana farmers will be able to send goods to Central Asia if these are allowed through Pakistan. Our Ludhiana textiles can also go to Central Asia. So there are large implications worth looking at, that will favourably impact Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and north Rajasthan. India gave MFN status to Pakistan in 1996. What was the effect of that? Nothing. In effect, MFN was not in operation as both side had not granted it reciprocally. You have written that this MFN status will help in the implementation of the Turkme-nistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline. What about the Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) pipeline? The IPI pipeline seems more difficult. This is because the Iranians are very tough negotiators and they have been negotiating for a long time. Also, there might be a problem with the Americans. But for TAPI, the right environment has been created. This will bring the much-needed gas to Pakistan and India. What should India now do to facilitate trade with Pakistan? More than infrastructure, we should now liberalise the visa regime, especially for business people. Pakistan businessmen should get multiple-entry and free visas. In the case of India and Pakistan — and this happens nowhere else in the world — people only get city-specific visas. So if you give a visa only for Delhi, a business individual can’t go to Gurgaon or Noida. On the physical infrastructure side, the Wagah border-control facilities have to be greatly expanded. Basically get big and sophisticated X-ray machines through which trucks can pass. Warehousing is needed at Attari. There should be several train stations. On the Line of Control (LoC) in J&K also, they should enhance the infrastructure. If the visa regime is liberalised, is there potential for increase in religious tourism? From our side, I am sure at least 20-30 million Sikhs would like to go to Pakistan. I have been to Nankana Sahib, and it is amazing. From their side people would like to come to Ajmer and other places. The potential is huge. Do you see the potential for Indian companies to invest in Pakistan, say set up a steel plant? Much later. I see that the biggest thing that will happen because of the two-way MFN is the growing of trust as trade gets going. After that everything is possible.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

India beat New Zealand placed third U-21 Eve's hockey tournament

India beat New Zealand  placed  third U-21 Eve's hockey tournament
22nd Lal Bahadur Shastri Under-21 Women's hockey tournament, India defeated Australia 3-2 in the third-fourth place classification match in New Delhi today. Eve India Hockey , the hosts ended third in the tournament.

India had crashed out of the title race, producing a lackluster display and losing to Germany 1-2 in their last round-robin match yesterday.

The final match of the tournament between Germany and New Zealand..

Germany beat India : Shastri U-21 Four Nation Eve Hockey

Germany beat India : Shastri U-21 Four Nation Eve Hockey



12.11.2011 07:45:51 - Nksagar-Sagar Media Inc:India go down fighting spirited game lost to Germany 2-1 thus ended its race to play for the title in the 22nd Lal Bahadur Shastri Under-21 Four Nation Hockey Tournament at Major Dhyanchand Stadium,New Delhi on Friday.Germany enters final take-on New Zealand in the title clash on Saturday as New Zealand beat Australia 3-1 in League match.

(live-PR.com) - India played aggressive first half scoring in 12 th minute through Jasjeet Kaur. Later Indian attack made valiant efforts but luck eluded Team India , Germany encountered their first penalty corner in the nineteenth minute. and save by Indian goalkeeper Sukhmani Virk kept Indian fans hope alive.

At the 35th minute,Germany converted short corner scoring a goal
through Laura Saenger just before the last minute of half time equalized for the Germans Team . India needed a draw to make the summit clash. Germans team thus kept their aggression just after three minutes propel another penalty corner though Laura Saebger score a goal thus giving lead to German a 2-1.

India with lady luck not favouring got chances but failed to gain their efforts in vain, in last 15 mintues with India got three penalty corners missed goalpost.

Indian coach BK Subramani said, “Equalizer goal was important . In 2nd half we missed open chances. We missed penalty corners as well. As compared to Germany, we are weak on penalty corner. We were playing very defensive because we were trying to keep the points. Tomorrow we will play with better game plan . We will be prepared mentally and motivate the girls for tomorrow’s match.

”German coach Herbert Marc said, “Indians were playing very safe game with defense as their forte but we were able to put pressure on them. After the 2-1 lead in 38th minute we were trying to get more and more goals. He further added Indian girls are technically very strong. He said tomorrow’s match we will play aggressive hockey.
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Tourist Visa on arrival scheme in October 2011

During the month of October 2011, 

Total of 1234 Visa on Arrival (VoAs) were issued to foreign tourists . 

The number of VoAs issued during the month of September 2011 were 991. 

During the period January-October 2011, a total number of 9739 VoAs were issued. 

The number of VoAs issued under this scheme, during October, 2011 were New Zealand (274), Japan (224), Indonesia (205), Phillippines (186), Singapore (140), Finland (134), Cambodia (27), Vietnam (15), Luxemburg (14) Laos (10) and Myanmar (5). 


The number of VoAs issued under this scheme during January-October 2011 were New Zealand (1950), Japan (1899), Indonesia (1652), Phillipines (1576), Singapore (1448), Finland (886), Cambodia (123), Vietnam (100), Myanmar (56), Luxemburg (63) and Laos (13). 


During the period January-October 2011, the maximum number of VoAs were issued at Delhi airport ( 5622), followed by Mumbai (2062), Chennai (1561) and Kolkata (494).  


As a facilitative measure to attract more foreign tourists to India, The Government launched a Scheme of “Visa on Arrival” (VoA) in January,2010 for citizens of five countries, viz Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore, visiting India for tourism purposes. 
This scheme was further extended for the citizens of six more countries, namely, Combodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos and Myanmar from January, 2011.

New Notification for Movies, TV Programmes

New Notification for Movies, TV Programmes, Displaying Tobacco Products Comes into Effect from 14.11.2011-The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has notified the rules for Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) [second amendment rules] 2011. These rules will be implemented from 14th November, 2011. The rules have been notified after consultation and taking into account the views of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to make is more practical and implementable

As per the Rules all the old movies and TV programmes i.e. produced before the 14th November displaying tobacco products or its use shall have to mandatorily display:-
(a) anti-tobacco health spots or messages of minimum thirty seconds duration each at the beginning and middle of the film or the television programme.
(b) anti-tobacco health warning as a prominent scroll at the bottom of the screen during the period of such display.
And such programmes will be telecasted at such timings that are likely to have least viewership of minors.
For new films and TV programme a strong editorial justification for display of tobacco products or their use shall be given to Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC)  along with UA certification, and it will be accompanied by the following:
a)      a disclaimer, of minimum twenty seconds duration, by the concerned actor regarding the ill effects of the use of such products, in the beginning and middle of the film or television programme;
b)      anti-tobacco health spots or messages, of minimum thirty-second duration each at the beginning and middle of the film or the television programme;
c)      anti-tobacco health warning as a prominent scroll at the bottom of the screen during the period of such display:
There will be a representative of MoHFW in the CBFC.
In order to restrict blatant display of tobacco brands in old films  and TV programmes  these rules  make it mandatory to crop /mask display of brands of cigarettes or any other tobacco product or any forms of product placement, closeups  and for new films and TV programmes  such scenes shall be edited/blurred by the producer prior to screening. The ban on display of tobacco product or its usage also extends to promotional materials and posters as well.

India has the largest film producing industry and films have played a key role in process of social change and  in  influencing the Indian culture. Thus, for the tobacco industry, films provide an opportunity to convert a deadly product into a status symbol or token of independence. The role of movies as vehicles for promoting tobacco use has become even more important as other forms of tobacco promotion are constrained. This investment is part of a wider and more complex marketing strategy to support pro-tobacco social norms, including product placement in mass media, sponsorship and other modalities.

There are experimental and observational studies to show that tobacco use  in films influences young people’s beliefs about social norms for smoking, as well as their beliefs about the function and consequences of smoking and their personal intention to use tobacco. Consistent with the findings of these epidemiological studies, a number of experimental studies have confirmed that seeing tobacco usage in  film shifts attitude in favour of tobacco use , and that an anti-tobacco  advertisement shown prior to a film with tobacco use blunts the effect of smoking imagery.

The Government of India had enacted the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, in 2003 with the objective to protect the present and future generation from the adverse harm effects of tobacco usage and second hand smoke, through imposing progressive restriction.

As per Section - 5 of the Act, all forms of advertisement (direct, indirect/surrogate) promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products is prohibited. However, it was observed that when the advertising, promotion and sponsorship ban went into force, tobacco companies developed new marketing strategies to circumvent the law through depiction of tobacco use scenes and brand placement of tobacco products in movies.

In 2003, WHO conducted a study on the portrayal of tobacco in Indian cinema and its impact on youth audience before the passage of the COTPA. Further in 2004 (post COTPA ), a second study titled on “Tobacco In Movies and Impact on Youth” documented changes in Bollywood’s tobacco imagery. This research found the following:

Key Findings
WHO study (2003)
Study by Burning Brain Society supported by WHO/MoH (2005)
Total tobacco containing movies
76%
89% .
Lead character smoking
40.9%
75.5%
Tobacco brands/product  placement and visibility
15.7%
41.0%

More details _: http://pib.nic.in/archieve/others/2011/nov/d2011111102.pdf



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Friday, November 11, 2011

Celebration on 150th anniversary unification of Italy : Embassy of Italy in India

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Celebration on 150th anniversary unification of Italy : Embassy of Italy in India

 Celebration on 150 th anniversary unification of Itlay in India organized by Embassy of Italy in India  find right time for Fusion of Indian -Italian young musicians and artistes from India are collaborating with Italian musicians for the opera that is part of celebrations of the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy organissed by the Embassy of Italy along with the Indian Council of Cultural Relations."It is a big opportunity for Italy and India to allow their artistes to get acquainted with both the cultures and this will bring people together through art," Ambassador of Italy to India, Giacomo Sanfelice di Monteforte told official media .

A forceful libretto and enhralling musical score ,make Cavalleria Rusticana an unforgettable operatic experience for the Indian audience, as one of the classis of ''verismo'' (realism) in opera style, the story Cavalleria Rusticano by Pietro when first performed in Rome in 1890, was an immediate success.

This show is based on a play by Giovanni Verga, the opera potrays love and jealousy in Sicily at the end of the 19th century and is  grand Italian opera with participation from Indian artistes is set to regale audiences here..

The orchestra conducted by Indian Maestro Vijay Upadhyaya includes 70 musicians and a choir of 50 artistes from the Neemrana Music Foundation.

Opera is scheduled to be performed on November 15 at Siri Fort Auditorium here as part of the closing gala for the fifth Delhi International Arts Festival (DIAF).


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