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Person Current Affairs August 2nd Week 2017

1. Aparna appointed as Executive Director of World Bank.

 
The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) has appointed senior IAS officer from Gujarat S. Aparna as Executive Director of the World Bank.

At the World Bank, she will represent the constituency of India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Sri Lanka for three years. She will replace Subhash Garg, who was recently appointed Economic Affairs Secretary, Union Ministry of Finance.

About S. Aparna 

She is 1988-batch IAS officer, currently Principal Secretary to Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. Besides, she also has senior positions in Gujarat such as Economic Affairs, Surat Municipal Commissioner and Joint Secretary, Urban Development at centre.

World Bank is one of five institutions created at the Breton Woods Conference in 1944. It is part of the United Nations system, but its governance structure is different. Its headquarter is situated at Washington DC. World Bank provides loans to developing countries for capital programmes.

World Bank comprises only two institutions viz. the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and International Development Association (IDA). In contrast, World Bank Group comprises three more viz. Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), International Finance Corporation (IFC) and International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID).
 
2. Economist Rajiv Kumar appointed as Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog.
 
 Economist Rajiv Kumar appointed as Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog
 
The Union Government has appointed economist Rajiv Kumar as the new vice-chairman of National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog.

Rajiv Kumar will succeed Arvind Panagariya. As Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog he will hold cabinet minister rank. Prime Minister is ex-officio Chairperson of the Aayog. Government also appointed Vinod Paul, head of the Pediatrics department at AIIMS as a member of the NITI Aayog.

Rajiv Kumar holds a DPhil in economics from Oxford and PhD from Lucknow University. He is a senior fellow at public policy think-tank Centre for Policy and Research (CPR). He has authored several books on the Indian economy and India’s national security.

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Kumar also has served as Secretary General of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). He had also held positions as Director and Chief 

Executive of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and chief economist of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), as well as in positions with the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Indian Ministry of Industries, and Ministry of Finance.

Moreover, he is also member of boards of several international and national institutions, including the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Centre in Riyadh, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and Asia (ERIAA) in Jakarta, State Bank of India (SBI), and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT). He was also member of the Indian Government’s National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) from 2006 and 2008.

NITI Aayog is the premier policy ‘Think Tank’ of the Union Government, providing both directional and policy inputs. It had replaced the 65-year old Planning Commission established in 1950.
 
3. Venkaiah Naidu elected 13th Vice President of India.
 
Venkaiah Naidu elected 13th Vice President of India
 
Former union minister Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu (68) was elected as 13th Vice President of India. He will succeed Hamid Ansari, who held the position for two consecutive terms of 5 years.

With this victory, BJP has occupied top three constitutional posts of India- President, Vice-President and Prime Minister.Over 98% voting was recorded in the 2017 vice-presidential election. 98.21% polling was registered for the election with 771 out of 785 MPs casting their vote, 11 votes were found to be invalid. 381 votes was the quota set to win the polls. M. Venkaiah Naidu emerged victorious by winning 516 votes, whereas opposition nominee Gopalkrishna Gandhi has secured 244 votes.

Venkaiah Naidu was born on July 1, 1949 in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh in farmer’s family. He holds a law degree with a specialisation in international law from the Andhra University College of Law in Vishakhapatnam.

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He had first entered in the mainstream politics with 1972 ‘Jai Andhra Movement’  and later joined BJP in 1980. He won the assembly election twice in 1978 and 1983 from Udayagiri constituency and became the Rajya Sabha MP thrice in 1998, 2004 and 2010. He was elected as the national President of BJP in 2002.

He served as a cabinet minister both NDA governments under the Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1999-2004) and Narendra Modi (2014-present). He was Cabinet Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Minister of Urban Development and also as a Parliamentary Affairs Minister under Modi government.

The Vice-President is selected through a secret ballot by the members of the electoral college consisting of the members of both Houses of Parliament (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha) in accordance with the system of proportional representation by means of the single transferable vote. The nominated Members of Rajya Sabha as well as of Lok Sabha are also eligible to be included in the Eeectoral college and, therefore, are entitled to participate in the election.
 
4. Akshay Kumar is Brand Ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission in Uttar Pradesh.
 
Akshay Kumar is Brand Ambassador for Swachh Bharat Mission in Uttar Pradesh
 
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today announced the appointment of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar as the brand ambassador of the Swachh Bharat Mission in the state and also made his upcoming film "Toilet: Ek Prem Katha" tax free. 

The movie stresses on the importance of building toilets and ending open defecation in the country. "The message which has been given through the film is an inspiration for all... The film will give a new sensitivity to the society and help remove the ills," Adityanath said during a programme attended by the film`s lead stars Akshay and Bhumi Pednekar here. 

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Besides picking up the broom, the Chief Minister and the cast of the film also administered the oath of cleanliness to the children and others present at the event. 

"Everyone needs to do `shramdan` for 100 hours in a year and two hours a week," the CM said, adding that the dream of a healthy society can be realised only by adopting cleanliness  and it is everyone`s social responsibility to promote it. 
 
5. Firoz Merchant, Indian businessman, receives UAE’s community service medal.
 
Firoz Merchant, Indian businessman, receives UAE’s community service medal
 
Firoz Merchant, a Dubai-based Indian businessman and philanthropist, became the first expatriate to receive prestigious community service medal in UAE.

Firoz Merchant, a Dubai-based Indian businessman and philanthropist, became the first expatriate to receive prestigious community service medal in UAE. The 59-year-old businessman is the founder and chairman of Pure Gold Jewellers. Merchant, who has donated 15 million dirhams ($4 million) to pay off the debts of more than 10,000 prisoners in the country, was honoured by UAE government, as per a report by Arab News. Merchant received his award from the UAE’s deputy prime minister and interior minister, Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. Sheikh Saif appreciated Merchant’s philanthropic work and also urged him to continue it. He promised all necessary cooperation from government to Merchant.

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Merchant dedicated the award to his countrymen living in and outside UAE. He was quoted as saying that whatever he had done, which he will continue to do, is for the love of the UAE and India. “I represent my country and the UAE is my second home. I will do whatever I can for this beautiful country and its people,” he said.
As per the report by Arab News, since 2008 Merchant has settled financial obligations of 10,940 people held in UAE jails, often after they had completed their 

sentences, because they could not clear their debts. In the month of May, Merchant signed a memorandum of understanding with the UAE’s Faraj Fund, a charity initiative that seeks to promote the welfare of inmates in the country, PTI reported. His another initiative to provide financial aid to Ajman Police for the medical treatment of a policeman suffering from the neurological disorder is also underway. PTI reported an amount of Dh60,000 shall be allocated for his Chinese acupuncture treatment in Jordan.
 
6. Justice Dipak Misra appointed as 45th Chief Justice of India.
 
Justice Dipak Misra appointed as 45th Chief Justice of India
 
President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Justice Dipak Misra (63), senior-most judge of the Supreme Court as the next Chief Justice of India. He will be 45th CJI and succeeds Justice JS Khehar. 

He will have tenure of over 13 months till October 2018. He will be the third person from Odisha to be appointed the CJI, after Justices Ranganath Misra and G B Pattanaik.

About Justice Dipak Misra.

Justice Dipak Misra was born on 3 October 1953.  He is the nephew of Justice Ranganath Misra who was CJI from September 1990 – November 1991.

He had enrolled as an advocate in 1977 and had practised in constitutional, civil, criminal, revenue, service and sales tax matters in the Orissa High Court and Tribunals before was elevated to the High Court bench. 
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He was appointed Additional Judge of the Orissa High Court in January 1996 and later as the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court in May, 2010. He was elevated as a Judge of the Supreme Court in October 2011. In Supreme Court he has already presided over several key cases and verdicts.

He had led the SC bench which rejected the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon’s appeal to stop his execution. He also had led a three judge SC bench which had upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts of the Nirbhaya rape case in May, 2017.

He also has given significant judgment directing states and Union Territories to upload First Information Reports (FIRs) on websites within 24 hours of their registration for enabling accused and others to file appropriate pleas in the courts for redress.
 
7. Hrithik Roshan inks Rs 100 crore deal with startup Cure.Fit.
Hrithik Roshan inks Rs 100 crore deal with startup Cure.Fit 
Health and wellness startup Cure.fit has signed on actor Hrithik Roshan as brand ambassador in what is touted as one of the largest endorsement deal signed by an Indian startup. 

The five-year association, valued at Rs 100 crore, includes the actor’s equity stake in the company in lieu of cash investment, promotions and royalty from his personal brand HRX’s specialised workout plan. This plan will be introduced across Cult fitness centres operated by Cure.fit. 

HRX Workout offering, available at Cult fitness centres run by Cure.fit and soon to be launched on the mobile app, is expected to rake in Rs 250-crore annual business in the coming years. “The idea behind this workout is to help people move better, faster and feel athletic by progressing gradually. Since its introduction the response to the HRX Workout (at Cult fitness centers) has been welcoming with an ever increasing roster of participants. 

We are delighted with this initial response and it also gives us great confidence to look at reaching out to newer markets and further the HRX vision through this partnership,” said Hrithik Roshan, founder HRX in an emailed response to ET’s queries. 
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Roshan’s deal with Cure.fit is the latest among startups signing on celebrities for brand recall and positioning. Online grocery platform BigBasket signed on Shah Rukh Khan in 2015 while Aamir Khan was signed on in 2015 by Snapdeal for a yearlong contract. Recently, online jewellery brand BlueStone on-boarded Alia Bhatt. 

“His involvement with Cure.fit will be multi-fold and we will soon launch do-it- yourself format for the HRX workout. He will also be promoting Cure.fit’s philosophy of a healthy lifestyle,” said Mukesh Bansal, co-founder of Cure.fit. Flipkart senior executive Ankit Nagori started the fitness platform in 2016. 

8. Sushma Swaraj to attend BIMSTEC Foreign Minister`s meet in Nepal.

Sushma Swaraj to attend BIMSTEC Foreign Minister`s meet in Nepal 
India`s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will visit Nepal next week to participate in the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) Foreign Minister`s meet, scheduled to be held Kathmandu on 10 and 11 of August.

"Sushma Swaraj will be visiting Nepal to attend the BIMSTECH summit.She will depart in morning of 10 August and will return to New Delhi in the evening of 11 August. In addition to this she would be holding bilateral meetings with other leaders," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Gopal Baglay said during his final media briefing on Friday.

"The meeting of the BIMSTEC Foreign Minister`s on August 10-11 would discuss progress on the implementation of the agenda of action agreed at the leaders` retreat and on all other agreed areas of cooperation in the run-up to the 4th BIMSTEC Summit to be hosted by Bimstec chair, Nepal, later this year," he added.

Highlighting that the BIMSTEC is observing its 20th anniversary this year, Baglay said that it has seen a renewed momentum since the leaders` retreat hosted by India in Goa in October last year.

The meeting of the BIMSTEC foreign ministers is likely to finalise the date for the fourth summit and to assess and review progress made by the grouping.
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It will also chart the future course of the organisation whose secretariat is in the Bangladesh capital.

BIMSTEC is an international organisation involving a group of countries in South Asia and South East Asia. These are: Bangladesh, India, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bhutan and Nepal.

The main objective of BIMSTEC is technological and economic co-operation among south Asian and south east Asian countries along the coast of the Bay of Bengal.
 
9. Telangana Chief Minister Initiates Rs. 2,000-cr Sriram Sagar Modernization Project.
Telangana Chief Minister Initiates Rs. 2,000-cr Sriram Sagar Modernization Project
In an effort to modernise the Sriram Sagar project and increase the area served by this lifeline project, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Thursday initiated a ?2,000-crore project that seeks to modernise and revitalise its network.

The project on the Godavari river has the potential to boost water supply to several districts in the State.

The Sriram Sagar project, which has been a key water source for the farming community in several districts, has been neglected over the years, leading to silting. This has brought down its storage capacity from 112 TMC ft to 85 TMC ft and its cultivation ability from 16 lakh acres to about 5 lakh acres.
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The State plans to keep the reservoir full throughout the year by filling it with water from the Kaleshwaram project.

Restoration plan
Under the Sriram Sagar project revival and restoration initiative, water from the Pranahitha river, which joins the Godavari, will be diverted at Medigadda and pumped into the Sriram Sagar project.

Water diversion
Under the Kaleshwaram lift irrigation project, from Medigadda, water will be diverted to Yellampally SRSP flood canals and Mid Manair and Lower Manair.

Flood canals will be converted into reservoirs. The flow capacity of all canals will be increased and the project aims to ensure that water will flow continuously in the canals of SRSP and all lakes will get steady inflow of water.
 
10. Venkaiah Naidu sworn in as 13th Vice President of Inida.
Venkaiah Naidu sworn in as 13th Vice President of Inida
Former Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu was sworn in as 13th Vice President of India. He was administered the oath of office by President Ram Nath Kovind at a special function at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

After the swearing in he took charge as the Chairman of Rajya Sabha. He also chaired the proceedings of the Upper House. He was elected as the Vice President after defeating opposition candidate Gopal Krishna Gandhi.

About M Venkaiah Naidu.

Muppavarapu Venkaiah Naidu was born on 1st July 1949 at Chavatapalem, in Nellore district of Andhra Pradesh. He acquired his bachelor’s degree in law with specialisation in international law from Andhra University, Visakhapatnam.

He was elected as the president of the students union of colleges affiliated to his University and joined RSS and ABVP during his college days. He came into spotlight for his prominent role in the Jai Andhra Movement and for his contribution in Jayaprakash Narayan Chhatra Sangharsh Samiti.

He has held several positions and carried his successful political career during his three decade long public life. He has served as national president of BJP (2002 to 2004). In the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Government he was the Union Cabinet Minister for Rural Development.
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In present Narendra Modi led government he had served as the Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs, Parliamentary Affairs and Information and Broadcasting. Before getting elected as Vice President, he had held several positions and carried his successful political career during his three decades in public life.

About office of Vice President
The officer of Vice-President is second highest public office in India. It is second highest constitutional post of the country after President. Practically, office of Vice President has been created to provide political continuity of the Indian state. His main function is in the form of ex-officio Chairman of Rajya Sabha. He works as acting President when President is not available.

 11. World Health Organisation appointed Milkha Singh as Goodwill Ambassador for physical activity.

 
World Health Organisation appointed Milkha Singh as Goodwill Ambassador for physical 

activity
 
Sprint legend Milkha Singh has been appointed as the World Health Organisation’s goodwill ambassador for physical activity in South-East Asia Region (SEAR), the global health body said on Friday.

As WHO goodwill ambassador, Singh, also known as ‘the Flying Sikh’, will promote WHO SEAR’s non-communicable diseases (NCDs) prevention and control action plan which seeks to reduce the level of insufficient physical activity by 10 per cent and NCDs by 25 per cent by 2025, Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO South-East Asia said.

“Promoting physical activity for health is an important intervention, which is expected to get a significant boost in the region with the support of octogenarian Milkha Singh, a champion for the cause,” she said. According to her, an estimated 8.5 million people die due to non-communicable diseases every year in WHO South-East Asia Region and many of these deaths are premature and nearly all are lifestyle related.
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Regular exercise and physical activity help reduce the risk of non-communicable diseases such as heart diseases, stroke, diabetes and cancer – that are now increasingly afflicting people across the world. An alarming 70 per cent of boys, 80 per cent of girls and nearly 33 per cent adults in the region report insufficient physical activity which is becoming a common feature of modern life, Singh pointed out.

WHO recommends at least 60 minutes of physical activity for children daily and 150 minutes of activity for adults weekly to stave off non-communicable diseases. Physical activity helps those aged 65 years and above to maintain cognitive functioning and reduce the risk of depression, the world health body said. To facilitate this, WHO has also been advocating with governments to create public spaces for recreational and organised sport. It has been advocating for physical activity as a “best buy” intervention for reducing the risk of deaths due to NCDs.

“Whatever be the age group, gender, physical ability, or socio-economic background, being physically active is an effective way to ensure a healthy and productive life,” the regional director said. With the support of Milkha Singh, we expect to promote and scale up physical activity in the region to be able to arrest and reverse the NCD epidemic, she said. Milkha Singh is a Padma Shri awardee and had won medals in athletics in Commonwealth and Asian games. He had missed a bronze medal by a whisker in the 1960 Rome Olympics.
 
12. Oldest man in the World Yisrael Kristal aged 113 died in Israel.
Oldest man in the World Yisrael Kristal aged 113 died in Israel
 
sraeli Holocaust survivor Yisrael Kristal, certified last year by Guinness World Records as the world`s oldest man, died on Friday aged 113, Israeli media reported.

Since he was an observant Jew, his family could not be reached on Friday evening, the onset of the Jewish sabbath.

"Yisrael Kristal... died on Friday a month before his 114th birthday," Haaretz daily reported in its online edition.
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News site Ynet said he was survived by two children, 9 grandchildren and 32 great-grandchildren.Kristal, originally from Zarnow in what is now Poland, was born on September 15, 1903 - three months before the Wright brothers` first successful powered airplane flight.

Guinness World Records recognised him as the world`s oldest man in March 2016. In September he celebrated his Bar Mitzvah after a century-long delay.

Usually marked at 13 for boys and 12 or 13 for girls - a Bat Mitzvah in that case - it marks the transition into someone responsible for his or her actions.

Kristal was unable to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah in 1916 because his mother had died three months earlier and his father was a soldier in the Russian army at the time of World War I.

"My father is religious and has prayed every morning for 100 years, but he has never had his Bar Mitzvah," his daughter Shula Koperstoch told AFP last year.

After World War I, Kristal moved to Lodz where he worked in the family confectionery factory, married and had two children.

But his life was disrupted when the Jewish quarter of the city became a ghetto under Nazi occupation during World War II and Kristal was sent to the infamous Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Around 1.1 million people, most of them European Jews, perished in the camp between 1940 and 1945 before it was liberated by Soviet forces.

His wife and two children died but Kristal survived, weighing just 37 kilos (81 pounds) at the end of the war.

He then moved to Israel, where he remarried and opened a sweet shop.
 
13. Pakistans Mother Teresa Ruth Pfau died in Karachi.
 
Pakistans Mother Teresa Ruth Pfau died in Karachi
 
Dr Ruth Pfau, a German doctor popularly known as Pakistan’s ‘Mother Teresa’ for dedicating her life to eradicate leprosy in the country, died on Thursday at a private hospital in Karachi. She was 87.She died after a prolonged age-related illness.

Dr. Pfau first visited Pakistan in 1960 and was so touched by the plight of leprosy victims that she decided to stay forever in the country to treat them.

The nun founded the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre in Karachi in 1962 and later set up its branches in all provinces of Pakistan, including Gilgit-Baltistan, and treated over 50,000 families.Due to her tireless efforts, the World Health Organisation in 1996 declared Pakistan one of the first countries in Asia to be free of leprosy.

She was born in 1929 in Germany and lived through the horrors of the World War II.Dr. Pfau joined the Society of Daughters of the Heart of Mary and was assigned to go to India but landed in Karachi for a brief stay due to some visa problems.
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Her interaction with leprosy patients in the port city motivated her to change the plan and stay rest of life in Pakistan to help the patients.

She was 29 when landed in Karachi for the first time. She was awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz — Pakistan’s second highest civilian award — in 1979, the Hilal-e-Pakistan in 1989.She was also awarded the Staufer Medal at the German consulate Karachi in 2015.Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi said Pfau “may have been born in Germany, but her heart was always in Pakistan”.

“Dr Ruth came to Pakistan at the dawn of a young nation, looking to make lives better for those afflicted by disease, and in doing so, found herself a home,” Abbasi said, praising her courage and services.

The funeral mass will be held on August 19 at St Patrick’s Cathedral, and thereafter will be laid to rest in the Christian Cemetery (Gora Qabristan).

German embassy said in a statement that German ambassador Martin Kobler expressed his heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the representative of the Maria Adelaide Leprosy Centre.

“With great concern we have got the sad massage of the death of Dr. Ruth Pfau. She was a devoted Christian nun and a member of the society of Daughters of the Heart of Mary. We are losing with her an important symbol of the German Pakistan friendship. Her services will never be forgotten.”
 
14. Prasoon Joshi appointed as new Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification.
 
Prasoon Joshi appointed as new Chairman of Central Board of Film Certification
 
Veteran producer Pahlaj Nihalani was replaced by writer-lyricist-adman Prasoon Joshi as the head of the Central Board of Film Certification on Friday. The ministry of information and broadcasting confirmed the news.

“In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Cinematograph Act, 1952 read with rule 3 of the Cinematograph (Certification) Rules, 1983, the central government is pleased to appoint Sh. Prasoon Joshi as chairperson of the Central Board of Film Certification in an honorary capacity from 11th August, 2017 for a period of three years or until further orders, whichever is earlier,” it said in a statement.

Nihalani and Joshi did not respond to Mint’s queries for comment.
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Nihalani, a filmmaker, was appointed head of CBFC in 2015 and his incomplete tenure has been mired in a number of controversies. Nicknamed ‘Sanskaari Nihalani’ on social media, he has often been criticised for his orthodox approach to censoring, and not necessarily certifying films. These include stands on intimate scenes, cuss words and characters shown smoking or drinking in films. Among many other instances, director Alankrita Shrivastava’s Lipstick Under My Burkha, which made it to theatres last month, had initially been refused certification by the CBFC. The film was ultimately passed by the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal (FCAT).

Nihalani has been a film producer for close to 35 years now and has backed projects like Shola Aur Shabnam (1992) and Aankhen (1993).

Joshi, who is associated with films like Rang De Basanti (2006) and Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013), is chief executive officer at marketing firm McCann World Group India and continues to work on film lyrics and scripts.

 

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