• Palestine live news:

    Thousands of far-right Israelis have stormed Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem to mark the so-called flag march in the old city.
    The march is held to mark what Israelis call the day of unifying Jerusalem, in reference to Israel’s occupation of the city in 1967 and subsequent annexation which is not internationally recognised.
    Israeli ultra-nationalist groups have chanted racist slogans such as “Death to Arabs”, as they marched through the streets of the old city.
    Israeli forces have dispersed Palestinian protesters after a splinter group of Jewish nationalists started waving flagd inside Al-Aqsa Mosque.
    Palestine live news: Thousands of far-right Israelis have stormed Damascus Gate in occupied East Jerusalem to mark the so-called flag march in the old city. The march is held to mark what Israelis call the day of unifying Jerusalem, in reference to Israel’s occupation of the city in 1967 and subsequent annexation which is not internationally recognised. Israeli ultra-nationalist groups have chanted racist slogans such as “Death to Arabs”, as they marched through the streets of the old city. Israeli forces have dispersed Palestinian protesters after a splinter group of Jewish nationalists started waving flagd inside Al-Aqsa Mosque.
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    Chaos as far-right Israelis march in occupied East Jerusalem
    Tensions high in East Jerusalem where thousands of ultra-nationalist Jewish groups march chanting ‘Death to Arabs’.
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  • Turkey Refuses to Lift Veto on Finland’s, Sweden’s, NATO Bids:

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday warned that Turkey will continue to block NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, citing security concerns.

    “We told related friends that we will say no to Finnish and Swedish entry to NATO. We will continue in our path,” Erdogan said.

    Erdogan added that NATO is a security alliance, and Ankara cannot accept countries which support “terrorist” groups referring to Nordic countries’ support for Kurdish groups.
    Turkey Refuses to Lift Veto on Finland’s, Sweden’s, NATO Bids: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday warned that Turkey will continue to block NATO membership for Finland and Sweden, citing security concerns. “We told related friends that we will say no to Finnish and Swedish entry to NATO. We will continue in our path,” Erdogan said. Erdogan added that NATO is a security alliance, and Ankara cannot accept countries which support “terrorist” groups referring to Nordic countries’ support for Kurdish groups.
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    Turkey Refuses to Lift Veto on Finland's, Sweden's, NATO Bids
    Despite diplomatic efforts to persuade Turkey to back down, Ankara has restated its opposition to Finland and Sweden obtaining NATO membership, citing security concerns.
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  • IPL 2022:

    Here’s The Full Lineup Of The Play-Offs: As Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals within the penultimate league match of IPL 2022 on Saturday, the play-off spots had been determined. DC have now been knocked out, with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) managing to carry on to the fourth spot. A 3-wicket haul from Jasprit Bumrah first helped Mumbai prohibit Delhi to 159/7 in 20 overs after Rohit Sharma received the toss and opted to bowl. Rovman Powell top-scored for DC together with his knock of 43. Ishan Kishan‘s 48 and Tim David‘s sensible 11-ball 34 then helped MI win an exciting chase.

    A dropped catch and a call to not take a assessment in opposition to Tim David when he was but to get off the mark value the Delhi dearly as they fell brief of their must-win tie.

    The 4 groups to qualify for the play-offs are Gujarat Titans, Rajasthan Royals, Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
    IPL 2022: Here’s The Full Lineup Of The Play-Offs: As Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals within the penultimate league match of IPL 2022 on Saturday, the play-off spots had been determined. DC have now been knocked out, with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) managing to carry on to the fourth spot. A 3-wicket haul from Jasprit Bumrah first helped Mumbai prohibit Delhi to 159/7 in 20 overs after Rohit Sharma received the toss and opted to bowl. Rovman Powell top-scored for DC together with his knock of 43. Ishan Kishan‘s 48 and Tim David‘s sensible 11-ball 34 then helped MI win an exciting chase. A dropped catch and a call to not take a assessment in opposition to Tim David when he was but to get off the mark value the Delhi dearly as they fell brief of their must-win tie. The 4 groups to qualify for the play-offs are Gujarat Titans, Rajasthan Royals, Lucknow Super Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
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    IPL 2022: Here's The Full Lineup Of The Play-Offs | Cricket News
    The 4 groups to play the IPL 2022 play-offs have been determined.© BCCI/IPL As Mumbai Indians beat Delhi Capitals within
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  • Czech Republic has been approved to replace Russia on the UN Human Rights Council:

    Following Russia’s suspension due to allegations of horrendous rights violations by Russian military in Ukraine, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously opted for the Czech Republic to replace it on the world organization’s primary human rights council.The Czech Republic was the only contender for a seat on the Human Rights Council, which has 47 members. A successor for Russia has to come from an East European country because seats on the Geneva-based council are divided among regional groups.
    Czech Republic has been approved to replace Russia on the UN Human Rights Council: Following Russia’s suspension due to allegations of horrendous rights violations by Russian military in Ukraine, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously opted for the Czech Republic to replace it on the world organization’s primary human rights council.The Czech Republic was the only contender for a seat on the Human Rights Council, which has 47 members. A successor for Russia has to come from an East European country because seats on the Geneva-based council are divided among regional groups.
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    Czech Republic has been approved to replace Russia on the UN Human Rights Council
    Following Russia's suspension due to allegations of horrendous rights violations by Russian military in Ukraine, the United Nations General Assembly...
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  • Ukraine says Russia is holding back units as Ukrainian counterattack near Kharkiv unfolds:

    The Ukrainian military says that Russia is holding back some of its forces within its borders to prevent a Ukrainian counterattack that has made some headway east of Kharkiv.
    In its latest operational update, the armed forces' general staff says that "in order to prevent the advance of units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the enemy has concentrated up to nineteen battalion tactical groups in the Belgorod region" of Russia.
    The Russians are holding back units as Ukrainian units get closer to the Russian border, analysts say.
    Inside Ukraine, the general staff says the most intense activity is in Donetsk region, where Russian forces are trying to advance towards the town of Lyman, a major transport hub.
    Ukraine says Russia is holding back units as Ukrainian counterattack near Kharkiv unfolds: The Ukrainian military says that Russia is holding back some of its forces within its borders to prevent a Ukrainian counterattack that has made some headway east of Kharkiv. In its latest operational update, the armed forces' general staff says that "in order to prevent the advance of units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the enemy has concentrated up to nineteen battalion tactical groups in the Belgorod region" of Russia. The Russians are holding back units as Ukrainian units get closer to the Russian border, analysts say. Inside Ukraine, the general staff says the most intense activity is in Donetsk region, where Russian forces are trying to advance towards the town of Lyman, a major transport hub.
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  • World Tuna Day 2022:

    In a bid to spread awareness about Tuna fish and its importance to humans and planet earth, May 2 is observed as World Tuna Day. The day also promotes the importance of sustainable fishing practices and educates the world on how tuna have become endangered species due to the high demand for their meat. For those who don’t know, tuna is extremely crucial for both developed and developing nations, not only for being a significant food source but also because they carry amazing nutritional value.

    World Tuna Day 2022 Theme:

    The fish is rich in Omega 3, Vitamin B12, proteins, and other minerals. Therefore, to avoid overfishing of tuna, World Tuna Day is very significant, and this year it is being celebrated under the theme “Our Tuna, Our Heritage”. Presently, around 96 countries are involved in the conservation and management of Tuna which has an annual value of around 10 billion USD.

    In the past few years, the population of Tuna has declined by more than 97 per cent. Witnessing the concerning number, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other environmental groups have warned the fisheries and now tuna falls under the endangered species category.
    World Tuna Day 2022: In a bid to spread awareness about Tuna fish and its importance to humans and planet earth, May 2 is observed as World Tuna Day. The day also promotes the importance of sustainable fishing practices and educates the world on how tuna have become endangered species due to the high demand for their meat. For those who don’t know, tuna is extremely crucial for both developed and developing nations, not only for being a significant food source but also because they carry amazing nutritional value. World Tuna Day 2022 Theme: The fish is rich in Omega 3, Vitamin B12, proteins, and other minerals. Therefore, to avoid overfishing of tuna, World Tuna Day is very significant, and this year it is being celebrated under the theme “Our Tuna, Our Heritage”. Presently, around 96 countries are involved in the conservation and management of Tuna which has an annual value of around 10 billion USD. In the past few years, the population of Tuna has declined by more than 97 per cent. Witnessing the concerning number, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and other environmental groups have warned the fisheries and now tuna falls under the endangered species category.
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    World Tuna Day 2022: Theme, History and Significance
    WORLD TUNA DAY 2022: In a bid to spread awareness about Tuna fish and its importance to humans and planet earth, May 2 is observed as World Tuna Day. The day also promotes the importance of sustainable fishing practices and educates the world on how tuna have become endangered species due to the high demand for their meat. For those who don’t know, tuna is extremely crucial for both developed and developing nations, not only for being a significant food source but also because they carry amazing nutritional value.
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  • Four hurt in Patiala clash, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann orders inquiry:

    Four persons, including two police personnel, were injured when members of two groups clashed over a protest here this afternoon. The administration imposed a night curfew in the district.
    Following the incident, CM Bhagwant Mann ordered an inquiry into the clash and directed the police top brass to ensure the culprits behind the incident were punished.
    A week ago, Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) state working president Harish Singla had announced an “anti-Khalistan march” in the city, which was opposed by some Sikh hardliners. The police had asked both sides not to carry out any march.
    Amid rumours, some Sikh hardliners today reached Kali Mata Mandir and both groups pelted each other with stones. Some protesters were seen brandishing swords. In the melee, some Sikh hardliners tried to enter the temple premises, where an unidentified person opened fire, injuring one of the protesters.
    Four hurt in Patiala clash, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann orders inquiry: Four persons, including two police personnel, were injured when members of two groups clashed over a protest here this afternoon. The administration imposed a night curfew in the district. Following the incident, CM Bhagwant Mann ordered an inquiry into the clash and directed the police top brass to ensure the culprits behind the incident were punished. A week ago, Shiv Sena (Bal Thackeray) state working president Harish Singla had announced an “anti-Khalistan march” in the city, which was opposed by some Sikh hardliners. The police had asked both sides not to carry out any march. Amid rumours, some Sikh hardliners today reached Kali Mata Mandir and both groups pelted each other with stones. Some protesters were seen brandishing swords. In the melee, some Sikh hardliners tried to enter the temple premises, where an unidentified person opened fire, injuring one of the protesters.
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    Four hurt in Patiala clash, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann orders inquiry
    Four persons, including two police personnel, were injured when members of two groups clashed over a protest here this afternoon. The administration imposed a night curfew in the district.
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  • British MP Tan Dhesi meets Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, raises blacklist issue:

    British Labour MP Tan Dhesi, who is on a trip to India, has met Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann at his official residence in Chandigarh.
    Earlier, the Slough MP hit out after a letter was written by BJYM state vice president Ashok Hick accusing him of being associated with Khalistani groups in the UK that are funded and controlled by Pakistan and ISI. Dhesi branded the letter, which called for his OCI card to be revoked, "lies and misinformation."
    British MP Tan Dhesi meets Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, raises blacklist issue: British Labour MP Tan Dhesi, who is on a trip to India, has met Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann at his official residence in Chandigarh. Earlier, the Slough MP hit out after a letter was written by BJYM state vice president Ashok Hick accusing him of being associated with Khalistani groups in the UK that are funded and controlled by Pakistan and ISI. Dhesi branded the letter, which called for his OCI card to be revoked, "lies and misinformation."
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    British MP Tan Dhesi meets Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann, raises blacklist issue | Chandigarh News - Times of India
    British Labour MP Tan Dhesi, who is on a trip to India, has met Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann at his official residence in Chandigarh.
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  • Punjab: Excise policy extended for 3 months; licensees to give 10% more revenue:

    Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today cleared the Excise Policy for 2022-23 from April 1 to June 30, 2022. Under the new licence policy, licensees will give 10 per cent more revenue as compared to the corresponding period of FY 2021-22 by way of additional quota.
    Policy fixes MGR of groups or zones in the state stands at ₹1,440.96 crore for three months. The revenue target of the short term excise policy is pegged at ₹1,910 crores for this period. “Track and trace system will be implemented to increase transparency," the Punjab CM office said in a statement.
    Punjab: Excise policy extended for 3 months; licensees to give 10% more revenue: Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann today cleared the Excise Policy for 2022-23 from April 1 to June 30, 2022. Under the new licence policy, licensees will give 10 per cent more revenue as compared to the corresponding period of FY 2021-22 by way of additional quota. Policy fixes MGR of groups or zones in the state stands at ₹1,440.96 crore for three months. The revenue target of the short term excise policy is pegged at ₹1,910 crores for this period. “Track and trace system will be implemented to increase transparency," the Punjab CM office said in a statement.
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    Punjab: Excise policy extended for 3 months; licensees to give 10% more revenue 
    Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann cleared the new excise policy; licensees to give 10 per cent more revenue as compared to the corresponding period of FY 2021-22 by way of additional quota
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  • Sikh Policy:

    The Sikh Empire was idiosyncratic in that it allowed men from religions other than their own to rise to commanding positions of authority.

    The Fakir brothers were trusted personal advisors and assistants as well as close friends to Ranjit Singh, particularly Fakir Azizuddin, who would serve in the positions of foreign minister of the empire and translator for the maharaja, and played important roles in such important events as the negotiations with the British, during which he convinced Ranjit Singh to maintain diplomatic ties with the British and not to go to war with them in 1808, as British troops were moved along the Sutlej in pursuance of the British policy of confining Ranjit Singh to the north of the river, and setting the Sutlej as the dividing boundary between the Sikh and British empires; negotiating with Dost Muhammad Khan during his unsuccessful attempt to retake Peshawar, and ensuring the succession of the throne during the maharaja's last days in addition to caretaking after a stroke, as well as occasional military assignments throughout his career. The Fakir brothers were introduced to the maharaja when their father, Ghulam Muhiuddin, a physician, was summoned by him to treat an eye ailment soon after his capture of Lahore.

    The other Fakir brothers were Imamuddin, one of his principal administration officers, and Nuruddin, who served as home minister and personal physician, were also granted jagirs by the Maharaja.

    Every year, while at Amritsar, Ranjit Singh visited shrines of holy people of other faiths, including several Muslim saints, which did not offend even the most religious Sikhs of his administration. As relayed by Fakir Nuruddin, orders were issued to treat people of all faith groups, occupations,and social levels equally and in accordance with the doctrines of their faith, per the Shastras and the Quran, as well as local authorities like judges and panches (local elder councils), as well as banning forcible possession of others' land or of inhabited houses to be demolished. There were special courts for Muslims which ruled in accordance to Muslim law in personal matters, and common courts preceded over by judicial officers which administered justice under the customary law of the districts and socio-ethnic groups, and were open to all who wanted to be governed by customary religious law, whether Hindu, Sikh, or Muslim.

    One of Ranjit Singh's first acts after the 1799 capture of Lahore was to revive the offices of the hereditary Qazis and Muftis which had been prevalent in Mughal times. Kazi Nizamuddin was appointed to decide marital issues among Muslims, while Muftis Mohammad Shahpuri and Sadulla Chishti were entrusted with powers to draw up title-deeds relating to transfers of immovable property. The old mohalladari[definition needed] system was reintroduced with each mahallah, or neighborhood subdivision, placed under the charge of one of its members. The office of Kotwal, or prefect of police, was conferred upon a Muslim, Imam Bakhsh.

    Generals were also drawn from a variety of communities, along with prominent Sikh generals like Hari Singh Nalwa, Fateh Singh Dullewalia, Nihal Singh Atariwala, Chattar Singh Attariwalla, and Fateh Singh Kalianwala; Hindu generals included Dewan Mokham Chand Nayyar, his son, and his grandson, and Misr Diwan Chand Nayyar; and Muslim generals included Ilahi Bakhsh and Mian Ghaus Khan; one general, Balbhadra Kunwar, was a Nepalese Gurkha, and European generals included Jean-Francois Allard, Jean-Baptiste Ventura, and Paolo Avitabile. other notable generals of the Sikh Khalsa Army were Veer Singh Dhillon, Sham Singh Attariwala, Mahan Singh Mirpuri, and Zorawar Singh Kahluria, among others.

    The appointment of key posts in public offices was based on merit and loyalty, regardless of the social group or religion of the appointees, both in and around the court, and in higher as well as lower posts. Key posts in the civil and military administration were held by members of communities from all over the empire and beyond, including Sikhs, Muslims, Khatris, Brahmins, Dogras, Rajputs, Pashtuns, Europeans, and Americans, among others, and worked their way up the hierarchy to attain merit. Dhian Singh, the prime minister, was a Dogra, whose brothers Gulab Singh and Suchet Singh served in the high-ranking administrative and military posts, respectively. Brahmins like finance minister Raja Dina Nath, Sahib Dyal, and others also served in financial capacities.

    Muslims in prominent positions included the Fakir brothers, Kazi Nizamuddin, and Mufti Muhammad Shah, among others. Among the top-ranking Muslim officers there were two ministers, one governor and several district officers; there were 41 high-ranking Muslim officers in the army, including two generals and several colonels, and 92 Muslims were senior officers in the police, judiciary, legal department and supply and store departments. In artillery Muslims represented over 50% of the numbers while the cavalry had some 10% Muslims from among the troopers.

    Thus, the government was run by an elite corps drawn from many communities, giving the empire the character of a secular system of government, even when built on theocratic foundations.

    A ban on cow slaughter, which can be related to Hindu sentiments, was universally imposed in the Sarkar Khalsaji. Ranjit Singh also donated large amounts of gold for the plating of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple's dome.
    Sikh Policy: The Sikh Empire was idiosyncratic in that it allowed men from religions other than their own to rise to commanding positions of authority. The Fakir brothers were trusted personal advisors and assistants as well as close friends to Ranjit Singh, particularly Fakir Azizuddin, who would serve in the positions of foreign minister of the empire and translator for the maharaja, and played important roles in such important events as the negotiations with the British, during which he convinced Ranjit Singh to maintain diplomatic ties with the British and not to go to war with them in 1808, as British troops were moved along the Sutlej in pursuance of the British policy of confining Ranjit Singh to the north of the river, and setting the Sutlej as the dividing boundary between the Sikh and British empires; negotiating with Dost Muhammad Khan during his unsuccessful attempt to retake Peshawar, and ensuring the succession of the throne during the maharaja's last days in addition to caretaking after a stroke, as well as occasional military assignments throughout his career. The Fakir brothers were introduced to the maharaja when their father, Ghulam Muhiuddin, a physician, was summoned by him to treat an eye ailment soon after his capture of Lahore. The other Fakir brothers were Imamuddin, one of his principal administration officers, and Nuruddin, who served as home minister and personal physician, were also granted jagirs by the Maharaja. Every year, while at Amritsar, Ranjit Singh visited shrines of holy people of other faiths, including several Muslim saints, which did not offend even the most religious Sikhs of his administration. As relayed by Fakir Nuruddin, orders were issued to treat people of all faith groups, occupations,and social levels equally and in accordance with the doctrines of their faith, per the Shastras and the Quran, as well as local authorities like judges and panches (local elder councils), as well as banning forcible possession of others' land or of inhabited houses to be demolished. There were special courts for Muslims which ruled in accordance to Muslim law in personal matters, and common courts preceded over by judicial officers which administered justice under the customary law of the districts and socio-ethnic groups, and were open to all who wanted to be governed by customary religious law, whether Hindu, Sikh, or Muslim. One of Ranjit Singh's first acts after the 1799 capture of Lahore was to revive the offices of the hereditary Qazis and Muftis which had been prevalent in Mughal times. Kazi Nizamuddin was appointed to decide marital issues among Muslims, while Muftis Mohammad Shahpuri and Sadulla Chishti were entrusted with powers to draw up title-deeds relating to transfers of immovable property. The old mohalladari[definition needed] system was reintroduced with each mahallah, or neighborhood subdivision, placed under the charge of one of its members. The office of Kotwal, or prefect of police, was conferred upon a Muslim, Imam Bakhsh. Generals were also drawn from a variety of communities, along with prominent Sikh generals like Hari Singh Nalwa, Fateh Singh Dullewalia, Nihal Singh Atariwala, Chattar Singh Attariwalla, and Fateh Singh Kalianwala; Hindu generals included Dewan Mokham Chand Nayyar, his son, and his grandson, and Misr Diwan Chand Nayyar; and Muslim generals included Ilahi Bakhsh and Mian Ghaus Khan; one general, Balbhadra Kunwar, was a Nepalese Gurkha, and European generals included Jean-Francois Allard, Jean-Baptiste Ventura, and Paolo Avitabile. other notable generals of the Sikh Khalsa Army were Veer Singh Dhillon, Sham Singh Attariwala, Mahan Singh Mirpuri, and Zorawar Singh Kahluria, among others. The appointment of key posts in public offices was based on merit and loyalty, regardless of the social group or religion of the appointees, both in and around the court, and in higher as well as lower posts. Key posts in the civil and military administration were held by members of communities from all over the empire and beyond, including Sikhs, Muslims, Khatris, Brahmins, Dogras, Rajputs, Pashtuns, Europeans, and Americans, among others, and worked their way up the hierarchy to attain merit. Dhian Singh, the prime minister, was a Dogra, whose brothers Gulab Singh and Suchet Singh served in the high-ranking administrative and military posts, respectively. Brahmins like finance minister Raja Dina Nath, Sahib Dyal, and others also served in financial capacities. Muslims in prominent positions included the Fakir brothers, Kazi Nizamuddin, and Mufti Muhammad Shah, among others. Among the top-ranking Muslim officers there were two ministers, one governor and several district officers; there were 41 high-ranking Muslim officers in the army, including two generals and several colonels, and 92 Muslims were senior officers in the police, judiciary, legal department and supply and store departments. In artillery Muslims represented over 50% of the numbers while the cavalry had some 10% Muslims from among the troopers. Thus, the government was run by an elite corps drawn from many communities, giving the empire the character of a secular system of government, even when built on theocratic foundations. A ban on cow slaughter, which can be related to Hindu sentiments, was universally imposed in the Sarkar Khalsaji. Ranjit Singh also donated large amounts of gold for the plating of the Kashi Vishwanath Temple's dome.
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