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JANUARY 13 TO JANUARY 19, 2014

POSTAL REGD. MP/BHOPAL/4-323/2013-15

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Published simultaneously from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh

Vol-02. Issue-16. Bhopal. Monday Page-12. Price-5/Online edition available at wethestate.com and wethestate.blogspot.in

Impending defeat for Cong; AAP ready to provide the alternative

"Leave Huma Qureshi alone, my problem is with Anurag: Kalki Koechlin"

Kejriwal’s former associates

moving towards BJP
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fter Team Anna member and former IPS officer Kiran Bedi openly declared to extend her support for the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, various speculations have been triggered on whether the anti-corruption crusader and her associates are moving towards the BJP. Bedi recently endorsed Modi saying, "India needs a strong leader, who is tested and experienced. Yes it can be Modi.” Kiran Bedi has also hinted that AAP is going soft on Sheila Dikshit after forming government. The BJP also welcomed her statement. Bedi has a position of her own. There is support pouring in for Modi from across the nation because people want good governance, said a BJP spokesperson. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy said former Army chief General VK Singh and Anna Hazare's aide Kiran Bedi should be invited to join the party . Bedi has been critical of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on many issues. Earlier, the former IPS officer slammed AAP for offering Congress what she said was a backdoor route to power. Anna Hazare has also given his blessings to Bedi to contest elections if she wanted, in what appears to be support for her attack on Kejriwal ahead of Lok Sabha polls. Another Anna' close aide and former Army Chief Gen VK Singh, who joined Anna Hazare after he had split from Kejriwal and his group in September 2012, has also been speaking against the AAP leadership, terming it as their attempt to weaken the anti-corruption movement by breaking away for political gains. Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj also gave the credit for the passage of the Lokpal Bill to social activist Anna Hazare and the people for keeping up the pressure on the government. "People of this country and the old man who has undertaken fast several times deserve the credit for the Lokpal Bill," said the BJP leader. However, there is a growing speculation that Bedi and Singh have given sufficient indications of siding with the BJP. Meanwhile not many in Delhi bureaucracy are happy with the way Aam Aadmi Party prefers to function. Young Delhi minister Rakhi Birla recently ran into trouble after she termed everyone in the system as corrupt. The remarks left the officials visibly perturbed. One of the officials called it as a slap on his face and said that no one has ever spoken to us in this manner before. Many questioned her style of working and said that the minister is clueless about the way in which the department functions. One officer alleged that the minister is unaware of many things told to her. She refers them to her secretary, with whom she would sit back and discuss to understand the system.

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Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh January 13 to January 19, 2014 Chhattisgarh Explore

WE THE STATE

Chhattisgarh jails overcrowded, new facility at Naya Raipur planned
Nayak said the proposed prison at Naya Raipur would be ultramodern with phone jammers, X-ray machines, solar lighting and fencing and space for having rehabilitation programmes in small-scale industries and agriculture. A proposal to the effect was submitted by the Prisons Department to the Union Government about six months ago and an approval is awaited. Since the new prison, proposed to be set up on an area of 80 acres, is likely to cost the over Rs 97 crores, the state government has asked the Centre for funds under the 12thplan. However, even after the new prison, which incidentally may take over two years for completion after the necessary approvals, the problem of overcrowding plaguing the state's jails is unlikely to be over. The present capacity of jails in Chhattisgarh is 6022 but over 15835 prisoners are lodged there. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Chhattisgarh jails are the worst in the country in terms of overcrowding. The second on the list is Delhi with overcrowding of 193.8%. Even the women jail in Chhattisgarh is overcrowded with 1.5 times (150%) its capacity . The 31 jails in the state include 5 Central, 10 District and 16 Sub jails. The situation is equally bad in the Raipur jail, which houses 2863 prisoners against a capacity of 1190. Of these prisoners 1664 are convicts and the remaining are under-trial.

RAJIV TIWARI Email: rajeevtiwariwts@gmail.com RAIPUR

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hhattisgarh prisons have become overcrowded due to the presence of the large number of undertrials. Of the 15,000 odd prisoners lodged in various jails, over 9000 are un-

dertrials with many not able to seek bails. There are over 250% excess prisoners in Chhattisgarh jails. Director General Prisons, Girdhari Nayak, said the state government is the state government is planning to set up a new facility in Naya Raipur with a capacity of 1500 prisoners and they are expecting a nod for the new prison from the Centre

soon. He said besides the proposal, the state government is also in the process of augmenting the capacity of the existing jails. He claimed that by the end of this year, the capacity of all the jails in combine would be increased by 4620, making them capable of accommodating over 10,600 prisoners.

Chhattisgarh slashes fee Dilip Judeo’s son continues father’s anti-conversion movement for recruitment tests
RAIPUR

RAIPUR Chhattisgarh government has decided to cut down examination fee for all recruitment tests conducted by the Chhattisgarh Professional Examination Board (CGPEB). Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh said the decision will benefit all categories of applicants. He said the government has in fact done more than what it had promised, as it has reduced fee for all category of applicants instead of backward classes, as was promised in the manifesto. The CM said, as a result of this decision, youth of the state will get better employment opportunities in civil services as per their qualifications. With increased participation of applicants in these exams, state government will also get better employees for its various departments, he said. The chief minister announced that in 2014-15, applicants will be provided

concession of 33% to 56% in the examination fee of entrance exams held by board. Similarly, concession of 31% to 54% will be provided in the examination fee for recruitment exams held by the board. The present fee for competitive CGPEB exams is Rs 450 for applicants of general and OBC category and Rs 300 for those of SC/ST category. After reduction, it will be Rs 300 for general category, Rs 250 for OBC and Rs 200 for SC/ST category . For recruitment exams, the present fee structure of Rs 650 for general and OBC categories and Rs 450 for SC/ST category will be reduced to Rs 450 (general), Rs 300 (OBC) and Rs 300 (SC/ST). The decision would cost the board Rs 8.65 crores annually. But despite this, the CGPEB will be drawing a net income of 20%.

Vanvasi Kalyan Ashram, with which the late BJP leader Dilip Singh Judeo was closely associated, runs a chain of schools and hospitals among tribals. To a great extent, Judeo has been successful in encouraging tribals to identify themselves as part of the majority community through his aggressive anti-conversion movements. As Dilip Singh Judeo led the campaign, the BJP government in 2006 enacted a legislation —Chhattisgarh Freedom of Religion (Amendment) Act, 2006 — that provides anyone who converts a person to his faith will need to seek permission from the local district magistrate at least 30 days in advance. The district collector is to allow conversion only if threats or allurements have not been offered. However, the law doesn't apply to those who come back to their original religion, obviously referring to Hinduism. The then law minister Brijmohan Agrawal had defended the provision saying if somebody comes back to his religion or to the religion of his ancestors, it can't be called conversion. Anybody found guilty of contravening the DM's decision is liable to imprisonment for up to three years and a fine of up to Rs 20,000. Violation of the provision is a nonbailable offence. Chhattisgarh has more than 1.93% Christians. After the death of Dilip Singh Judeo, his

son Prabal Pratap Singh Judeo is following in the footsteps of his father by organising drive to re-convert Christians to Hinduism in tribal areas of North Chhattisgarh. We are trying to motivate and convince people from different parts of Jashpur to return to Hinduism, said Prabal Pratap Singh Judeo. The idea is to carry forward the good work done by my father who championed the Hindu cause among tribals, he added. Dilip Singh Judeo had organised many operations to re-convert tribal Christians. The campaign, which began more than two decades ago during undivided Madhya Pradesh, had often sparked controversies as organisers claimed to bring Christians "back to" Hinduism which they said had been their original religion. However, critics dubbed the programme as a stunt for political gains.

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Bhopal

WE THE STATE

BMC submits action plan for protection of Shahpura lake
BHOPAL he Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC) has informed the National Green Tribunal (NGT) that it has submitted a proposal involving expenditure of about Rs 42 crores for improving the condition of the Shahpura Lake, improving the sewage system and quality of water in the lake for which a consultant firm from Gurgaon had been engaged. The said consultant is expected to give the project report (DPR) in the second week of March 2014. The BMC submitted its action plan for cleaning, conservation and protection of the Shahpura Lake. The BMC has said the Capital Project Administration (CPA) has agreed to provide necessary assistance for cleaning and transportation of the solid waste accumulated in the nullah at Ekant Park near Chuna Bhatti Road to ensure cleanliness of Shahpura Lake. The National Green Tribunal (NGT) had come down heavily on BMC for failing to clean up the

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Shahpura Lake, especially the solid waste lying on the side of the Panchseel nullah. The NGT has asked BMC to prepare similar action plans for all major lakes in Bhopal and proceed with the task of implementing the action plan in respect of the Shahpura Lake as per the action plan already submitted. The Tribunal stressed that for maintaining the quality of the water of lakes solid waste and the waste generated domestically shouldn’t be allowed to enter into the lakes through nullahs. A monitoring committee will ensure that the work of cleaning of lake is proceeding smooth-

ly. The committee will have five members. The NGT has asked BMC to submit a list of five responsible prominent citizens, with their consent to act as members of the monitoring committee, to ensure that the work of removal of solid waste from the nullahs as well as at the mouth of the lake where nullah is entering the lake is done effectively and to the satisfaction.

Ajita Pandey given relatively lighter charge

BHOPAL: The state government has shifted Ajita Vajpayee Pandey, additional chief secretary of Technical Education and Skill Development Department and posted her as member- secretary in state planning board, even after the Lokayukta’s special police establishment has filed a supplementary charge- sheet against her in Jabalpur in a case related with corruption. Her husband Amit Pandey’s role in PEB scam is also under investigation. Ajita Pande's transfer to the relatively lighter charge seems to be outcome of the Lokayukta claiming that it had received permission for prosecuting her in a corruption case involving the purchase of meters when she was member, finance, MPEB in the early 2000s. Her husband's name also cropped up in the ongoing investigation by the special task force of the state police in the recruitment scams that rocked the MP Professional Examination Board. Amit, a contractor, has been booked by the Special Task Force for his role as tout in the PEB fraud case; along with former minister Laxmikant Sharma and BJP state education cell chief Sudhir Sharma. The Opposition Congress had recently raked up the issue, pointing fingers at the state government for keeping Ajita’s posted in the department controlling PEB.

Govt agrees to incinerate Carbide waste at Pithampur, activists oppose
BHOPAL The state government, that was opposing the move by the Centre for incineration of the Unin Carbide’s toxic waste at Pithampur, has agreed to conduct trial run to dispose of the wastes. Union government has presented a schedule in the Supreme Court and the state government will submit a timeline about it. This was informed by Commissioner, Bhopal gas tragedy relief and rehabilitation (GRCC), R A Khandelwal. Trial run of 10 ton toxic waste at TSDF facility in Pithampur would be conducted by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The entire process is likely to be completed within ten weeks after a go ahead from the apex court. However, activists in Pithampur have expressed serious concern over state government's move to incinerate toxic waste from Union Carbide factory, Bhopal, at the Pithampur-based TSDF facility of Ramky Enviro group. They have threatened to intensify their stir against the government decision. Lok Maitri, a local NGO, that had been opposing the move for quite some time, termed the decision as unfortunate. Co-ordinator of Lok Maitri, Gautam Kothari, said, "We are planning to meet affected villagers shortly to decide further course of action." He said the proposed incineration will make life hell for all Indore residents. Except Narmada river, there are three sources from where water is supplied to the city which include Yeshwant Sagar, Sirpur and Bilawali and all the three sources will get polluted in case the incineration is undertaken at the venue. The NGO has sought an audience from the environ-

ment minister, Kailash Vijayvargiya, but have failed. The activists are worried about the impact the incineration was likely to have on the people living in the villages, located at a radius of 250 metre from the Ramky's facility . About 800 villagers are likely to be affected by the move. Another activist, Prof R D Prasad, said, "Until the affected villagers are made aware of the hazard and impact of the move on health, it's difficult to oppose government's move. Hence, we are planning to create awareness among the affected villagers" Activists believe that the state government has taken the decision keeping in view the utilisation of fund of Rs 100 crore, which has been set aside by the Centre for the purpose.

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Raipur Trail

WE THE STATE

AAP effect visible in governance of Chhattisgarh
RAIPUR The Aam Aadmi Party effect could be seen in the governance of Chhattisgarh. The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP)-run state government has set up a helpline number to complain against issues of corruption and has also issued strict instructions to its legislators to live a life of simplicity . The state government has asked the Urban Administration Department to set up two helpline numbers for the convenience of the people. If any government official or employee asks for any bribe while performing his official duties, the victim can ring up at 0771-4053739 and 0771-2222410 to file his complaints. This is the first time that a helpline number has been issued in Chhattisgarh to combat corruption. Dr Raman Singh looking after the Urban Administration Department issued the helpline number before the Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, could set up the helpline number which he had promised prior to the elections. A ‘Helpline Desk’ has also been created in Chhattisgarh, though the facility of using it has been commenced only in the Urban Administration Department. A recent BJP meet under the leadership of Senior Party Office Bearer, Saudan Singh, has warned the legislators to take guard of their actions and to present themselves with simplicity and act in compliance with the needs of the people. He warned the legislators to refrain themselves from being engaged in show-offs and acts which may anger the people of the state. The legislators were also warned against various TV channels conducting sting operations to check for corruption and bribery in the state.

People tired of UPA, want change: Raman Singh
RAIPUR: Chief Minister Raman Singh has said the people of the country were tired of Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and the UPA. Addressing party workers here recently, he said that people want a change. Singh said his Government would not backtrack from the promises of providing Rs 300 as bonus amount on per quintal of paddy , it made during the elections. Singh said he had already announced that the government will make necessary provision in the budget to keep the promise. He said the Government had been procuring paddy with all efficiency . Responding to the allegations made by the opposition about the alleged irregularities in paddy procurement and piling of stock at procurement centres, the chief minister admitted that there were some difficulties. We have directed the officials to take corrective measures and asked them to ensure timely payment so that no farmer faces any trouble, he added. Singh said the government had provided the poor people in the State who were earlier surviving on wild roots, to live in selfrespect and dignity . He asked the party workers to view the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections as a major challenge and urged them to create an atmosphere that would pave way for Narendra Modi to become the next Prime Minister. Dr Singh said everyone should shun the complacency arising from the recent victories and once again start working with renewed vigour for bringing about the change. He said that the target should be to win all the 11 seats in the state. He said the party's women wing should in particular start focusing their energies on making a favourable atmosphere for the victory of all the 11 party candidates. Dr Singh said national issues would dominate polling patterns in Lok Sabha, unlike the local issues that were in focus during the assembly elections. The biggest issue was providing an effective and decisive leadership to the country .

12 candidates fail to submit poll expenditure details

RAIPUR A total of 12 candidates of Chhattisgarh's Raipur district haven’t submitted their election expenditure accounts within the stipulated 30 days from the announcement of results of the recent assembly polls. The last date of submitting poll expenditure was January 7. Padmini Bhoi, deputy district electoral officer, Raipur, said that of

the total 108 candidates in seven constituencies in Raipur district of which 96 have submitted poll expenditure and the remaining have defaulted. "Notices had been issued to the candidates and action will be taken against those who fail to give satisfactory reasons for their delay/failure to submit accounts. Poll observers will send the recommendations to chief electoral

officer and Election Commission for further action against them," Bhoi said. DD Singh, joint chief electoral officer, said the erring candidates could be barred from standing in any election conducted by the EC for three years from the date of their disqualification order. In the last elections, the EC had disqualified around 250 candidates for non-submission of poll expenditure.

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Madhya Pradesh

WE THE STATE

New cases of silicosis identified in MP
BHOPAL Eighty-two new cases of silicosis have been identified in Panna in a recent survey conducted by Environics Trust (Occupation Health and Safety Centre). According to reports, about a dozen of people are in serious condition and two have been admitted in the hospital. In another recent survey by a group of doctors in 21 villages of Jhabua, 158 people were found dead of silicosis. All of the victims had gone across the border to work in the quartz crushing units of Gujarat as unregistered daily wagers. In these factories, quartz stones are first broken by hammer into smaller ones, then crushed and powdered to be used to make glass. Large quantity of dust is generated in the process that the labourers inhale as they breathe deep due to the physically heavy workload involved. Initially, the crushing units hired tribals from Gujarat, but when deaths began to hit the tribal region there, the contractors came to Madhya Pradesh. Young men and women, jobless in the summers, began to go across the border for what sounded an attracthe country . The disease may not be curable but it is preventable. The factories should be held responsible for exposing the labourers to silica dust, says Magan. Menwhile, the Union Rural Development Ministry has approved an additional 410 houses under the Indira Awas Yojana for those BPL families which are suffering from silicosis. Union minister Jairam Ramesh has said that when he had visited Jhabua in March 2013, he observed that a number of people were affected by silicosis. On inquiring into the matter, he was informed by the district collector that separate housing units that can be given under the Indira Awas Yojana would help the patients of silicosis to deal with the disease. The minister said he had ordered that support should be provided to families suffering from silicosis not only in Jhabua but in neighbouring areas as well. Consequently, an additional 410 units have been approved for BPL families suffering from silicosis in Jhabua, Dhar, Alirajpur and Mandsaur districts. The allotment has been made in compliance with the proposal received from the state government.

tive proposition — Rs 50-60 as daily wages for three to four of the worst months of the year," says Magan, a member of the Khedut Mazdoor Chetna Sangathan, a local NGO which helped

the doctors carry out the extensive survey . But when they returned from work, many died with similar symptoms. The National Human Rights Commission is also hearing silicosis cases from across

Sim cards issued under false identities used to extort money, harass girls
RAJIV TIWARI Email: rajeevtiwariwts@gmail.com
GWALIOR

he Crime Branch of Gwalior has successfully nabbed a gang involved in preparing fake documents to enable purchasing of sim cards under false identities. These sim cards were available in the market at rates from Rs. 50 to Rs. 100. Of the arrested 14 people involved in the racket, the manager of Reliance Telecom Company was also found involved. Investigations revealed that 1, 000 pre-activated sim cards were avail-

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able with the gang. The gang involved in the sale of sim cards under false identities was accidentally revealed. The Crime Branch was, in fact, searching for an unidentified person who had been threatening a businessman in the capital. When the police tried to solve the crime, the police came to know about the members of the gang. Police said two people were involved in procuring names, addresses, and photographs for making false documents. The marketing manager of Reliance Company along with his accomplice collected documents along with the

photographs and sent them to retailers. Also they used these documents to arrange pre-activated sim cards. The retailers used to sell sim cards on the basis of fake documents; in doing so they earned a profit of an amount ranging between Rs. 20 to Rs. 30. These sim cards were obtained to harass girls on the phone and threaten businessmen to earn money . Around 50 complaints of harassment and extortion were received by the police. A detailed probe into the complaints revealed that all these calls were made from sim cards issued under false identities.

Police dept to deploy First Response Vehicles in all dists
BHOPAL Director General of police Nandan Dube has informed that 1000 'First Response Vehicles' would be deployed in all 51 districts of the state. These vehicles would be connected with GPS system. The police personnel, who would be deployed on these vehicles, would be given special training to deal the emergency situations. Under the scheme, an officer would be assigned termed as communication officer. The communication officers would be posted at every police station as well as at the offices of CSP, SDOP, SP, IG and DIG across the state. These communication officers would investigate the criminal cases and constantly monitor the development in the cases from the state-level police control room. The government has also initiated measures to set up a state-level police control room. DGP Dube said that Madhya Pradesh is all se to have an integrated police control room. It is being developed at cost of Rs 257 crore and is expected to be completed in next four years. The state-level control room, which will be named Dial-100, will help in streamlining the police operations in different districts of the state and ensure better coordination. Existing emergency services like 108, 101, 1090 and 1098 would also be integrated with the control room. Besides the state government is taking action to bring down crime rate in the state and in this direction CCTVs cameras are being installed at 2000 places of 64 cities and towns of 43 districts at cost of Rs 429 crore. Dial-100 and CCTVs unit will work together.

Training in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence

Bhopal : Gyan Raksha Society organized a seminar in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, sponsored by Madhya Pradesh Council of Science and Technology with the aim to promote the popularization of science and the spread of a scientific temper and attitude amongst the students. The seminar program provided theoretical and conceptual grounding in intelligent systems and robotics to the participating students . Students gained hands on experience in wheeled robotic platforms.

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Editorial

WE THE STATE

ASTROLOGY
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Impending defeat for Cong; AAP ready to provide the alternative
he key message coming from Congress is one of impending defeat. Therefore many of its disillusioned leaders are quitting the party . But the revamped BJP under Narendra Modi is cautious. It is difficult now to join the BJP and hog the limelight. Therefore many are moving towards Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Admi Party . The strategy of AAP is to be the mother ship of numerous citizens’ pressure groups and mass movements across the country . It plans to broaden its mission beyond fighting political corruption and endear itself to those who want to cast a vote against a variety of government policies. The nation is fascinated by Kejriwal. Never before in modern India have the elite and the poor agreed on a political matter, but now there is a consensus that Kejriwal is a hero of these times. A large section of media has projected AAP as the alternative to Congress. The oldest national party is also not doing justice either to its reputation or its considerable strength even after depletion. Buoyed by the success in Delhi assembly polls, AAP has announced that it would attempt to contest as many seats as possible for the Lok Sabha elections this year, and a final list of candidates would be released by 15 February . It’s difficult to predict what impact AAP would

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make at the national level. AAP leader Sanjay Singh has said that the decision to enter the Lok Sabha battle had nothing to do with other political parties. Sanjay Singh added that it made no difference whether the AAP decision harmed or benefited BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi or Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi. We are not fighting elections to harm or benefit anyone, he said. Still AAP’s decision to contest has unnerved both national parties---Congress and BJP--- for the time being. Meanwhile in Maha-

rashtra as the main political players, the Congress-NCP alliance and BJP-Shiv Sena combine, brace for the Lok Sabha and subsequent state assembly polls this year, they would have to contend with a new opponent, the Aam Aadmi Party, which has decided to take the electoral plunge in a big way . AAP, which made an electrifying electoral debut in the Delhi polls forming its government in the very first outing, has set up its units in all 35 districts of Maharashtra and is trying to penetrate deeper to taluka level and beyond.

Why Uttarakhand govt pushes for
hydropower despite its negative impacts?
wo hydropower projects are in progress in the mountains below Kedarnath. These are PhataByung and Singoli-Bhatwari. About 15 kilometres of tunnelling is being carried out in each of these projects. For this purpose, dynamites are being used. This blasting has had two effects. One, it has weakened the mountains. Consequently, the water flowing after the cloudburst has been bringing down more mud and boulders. Secondly , it has created cracks in the mountains. The water stored in the aquifers has leaked out through the tunnels. Springs have dried up. Trees have been deprived of moisture and become weak. They are not able to hold and slow down the downpour as much as they did before. This has resulted in more boulders and trees flowing down and has led to disaster. The Ganga is considered holy because its water carries the spiritual charge from the shrines of Kedarnath and Badrinath. This spiritual charge gets destroyed when the water hits the turbine blades. Research by Masaru Emoto of Japan has shown that molecular clusters of H2O form beautiful six-cornered shapes in free flowing rivers, while they are disor-

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VASTU TIPS FOR GARDEN
• A borewell should be located in the north-east part of the garden. The southern and western parts of a garden should be higher than the other parts. The center of the garden should not be elevated. A garden should not be odd shaped. It is believed that sandalwood wards off enemies. Planting a sandalwood tree in the garden is said to bring prosperity, happiness and long life for the residents too.

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ganised in stagnant and polluted waters. There exists, therefore, a direct conflict between our holy shrines and spiritual powers of our rivers on the one hand, and hydropower on the other. The question is why are the Congress and the BJP both pushing hydropower? Because it is good for their business and the same goes for officials. According to some sources a bribe of Rs 1 crore per megawatt is being handed out for signing the MoU for generation of hydropower. This is a huge amount, considering the hydropower potential of Uttarakhand of about 40k megawatts. The state government gets 12 per cent free power from these projects. It sells this power. Onehalf of the revenue earned is used to pay ever-increasing salaries, pensions and perks to government employees. A share of the remaining goes towards administrative expenses. The remainder is spent for public works. Of this, the going rate for bribes is 20 to 50 per cent. On the whole, a mere 20 per cent of the revenue reaches the people, as once famously stated by Rajiv Gandhi. But they bear a 100 per cent of the negative impact. They lose the sand and fish that they previously got from the river. Mosquitoes breed in hy-

dropower dams. People die of malaria, dengue and other diseases. And, of course, the very same people further bear the brunt of disasters such as the one that took place recently . The electricity generated, however, is mostly enjoyed by the rich. The benefits from illegal mining too, similarly accrue mostly to the rich, who use the minerals. Cloudbursts mean a bonanza for politicians and officials. First they make bribes from hydropower projects, inviting cloudbursts. Officials get higher salaries and perks from the revenues generated by the sale of free power. Then there is the business of distributing relief. The rich in Dehradun get cheap electricity for running their air-conditioners, cheap minerals for their lavish houses and cheap land from encroachments. It is the aam janata which suffers the devastation from cloudbursts. They suffer the environmental costs of hydropower. They suffer from an incensed nature as mountains give way and the forests disappear. The present cloudburst is a natural phenomenon, but the devastation is mainly manmade to supply benefits to the rich and benefit them in the process. In the process, huge costs are imposed on the poor.

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Politics

WE THE STATE

BJP to organise various programmes to mobilise people’s support
BHOPAL The state BJP has announced various programmes in the state to mobilise people’s support in view of forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. BJP will run a programme 'Modi for PM' from January 23 to February 11 across the state under its 100 day action plan. During this period, the senior leaders and BJP workers will carry out a massive public relation across the state. BJP will hold dharna against central government at each district headquarters on February 1. A state level convention of BJYM will be held on January 30 either at Bhopal or Indore. The party’s plans to establish Statue of Unity are in full swing. Iron would be collected for the statue that is being established at Sardar Sarovar Dam. From February 15 to 18, BJP will hold gathering in parliamentary constituencies. The party wants full support of new and first time voters and in this direction meets will be organised with focus on new voters. Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan would visit various districts of the state. He would visit two districts in a day and will address the public meetings. Chouhan will also thank the people for their support to BJP in recently conducted state assembly polls. BJP state president Narendra Singh Tomar said the meeting of district BJP units would be held at each district headquarters, wherein the post bearers of district BJP working committee, booth in-charge and other post bearers of district BJP will participate. On Samarpan Diwas a campaign to collect life time assistance fund would be finished in a day on February (the exact date will soon be finalised). A total of 26,000-27, 000 fibre kalash (pitchers) would be put at the programmes to collect the money. BJP workers will put the money into these pitchers. Later, empty pitchers would be taken by BJP workers and they will plant tulsi sapling in these pitchers.

Ananth says BJP must win maximum number of seats in LS polls
get busy in preparations for the general elections. He said we must get the maximum number of seats. He said Congress is already defeated and has turned irrelevant in today's political context. BJP state president Narendra Singh Tomar has also geared up the state leadership for the ultimate challenge. He said so far we contested Lok Sabha elections as part of the NDA alliance. But this time it is a different situation. Our leaders too have dreamt of a BJP government so that all hindrances and challenges faced by our party can be addressed to build the nation we want to. Tomar set the target for the state BJP to win all 29 Lok Sabha seats in MP . To achieve majority in Lok Sabha would not be easy . Hence, the party claims it will fight for every seat in every state. And in BJP-ruled states, the target set is 100% victory . In Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Rajasthan, we can get all seats if we work hard enough. In Karnataka, we may have lost the assembly polls but will sweep the Lok Sabha elections along with Maharashtra, Punjab, Uttarakhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and even Kerala and Andhra Pradesh, Ananth Kumar said. Ananth Kumar put Modi on the same pedestal as Atal Behari Vajpayee. For 12 years, Gujarat has seen him work for development and governance of the state. And the whole nation watched him too. The need of the hour is a majority government at the Centre. This is a huge country with a population of 121 crore citizens. Such a country needs a party in majority to rule for its progress and well-being, Ananth said.

AAP should explicitly reject Bhushan’s position on Kashmir

BHOPAL BJP has set an ambitious target of 272plus seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections to form a government on its own at the Centre. Party leaders have said they are looking much beyond a target of 180-200 seats in the Lok Sabha. The goal this time was to get a majority government led by Modi. BJP national general secretary Ananth Kumar issued a clarion call to parliamentarians, legislators, other public representatives and workers to

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enior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan is a leading member of the Aam Aadmi Party . Therefore, what he says cannot be dismissed as irrelevant. And his public and published views on the Indian position in Kashmir are so controversial that they border on the anti-national. Bhushan has often said that the army has no business to be there in Kashmir, even if it is meant to defend the local people against foreign terrorists. He has rooted for a referendum on the need to keep the army in the Valley. He has also supported the Pakistani position of a plebiscite in Kashmir to determine if it should stay with India or secede to join Pakistan. Modern states impose certain limits on the freedoms of their citizens. Respecting the sanctity of their borders is one of them. What Bhushan advocates is a direct challenge to the sovereignty and integrity of the country’s borders. Since he aired his questionable views, the AAP has clarified that these were his personal views. However, given the very high position he holds in the party, it does not inspire confidence in the AAP’s public policy. The party should explicitly reject Bhushan’s position on Kashmir and repose faith in the sanctity of the country’s borders.

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Healthy Teeth Healthy You

DR. HEMANT GUPTA Email: macrocyte@gmail.com ral health is not only important to your appearance and sense of well-being, but also to your overall health. Cavities and gum disease may contribute to many serious conditions, such as diabetes and heart diseases. Untreated cavities can also be painful and lead to serious infections. Maintaining good oral health includes keeping teeth free from cavities and preventing gum disease. Poor oral health can affect your appearance and self-esteem, and has been linked to sleeping problems, as well as behavioral and developmental problems in children. Poor oral health can also affect your ability to chew and digest food properly . Good nutrition is important to helping build strong teeth and gums that can resist disease and promote healing. Experts say that ignorance is a huge cause for the wide prevalence of practices that are detrimental to oral health in India. A consumer attitudes survey conducted recently by the Indian Market Research Bureau (IMRB) revealed that only 47 percent of total treatments received are

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by dentists. More than half those with dental problems prefer to take advice from chemists and general practitioners, or use home remedies. The survey also reveals that nearly half of Indians do not use toothbrush and toothpaste. Only 51 percent of people in the survey brushed their teeth with toothpaste and a toothbrush. Only 28 percent brushed their teeth twice a day . Nearly 34 percent believed that brushing once a day was more than enough. Moreover, 65 percent of the respondents had no clue that eating habits could cause dental problems. Gum disease could also be a sign of diabetes. Diabetics are prone to have periodontal disease, if their condition is not under control. Seeing a dentist regularly helps to keep your mouth in top shape and allows your dentist to watch for developments that may point to other health issues. A dental exam can also detect poor nutrition and hygiene, growth and development problems and improper jaw alignment. Provide your dentist with a complete medical history and inform him or her of any recent health developments, even if they seem unrelated to your oral health.

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Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can't reach. Eat a healthy diet and fibrous diet to provide the nutrients necessary (vitamins A and C, in particular) to prevent gum disease. Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, which may contribute to gum disease and oral cancer. Exercise preventive care and schedule regular dental checkups — the surest way to detect early signs of periodontal disease. If you can’t clean your teeth, chew sugarless gum after meals. Drink plenty of tap water. Avoid sweet or fizzy drinks. If consumed, have them with meals rather than between meals.

I don’t make friends to get Leave Huma Qureshi films, says Kangana Ranaut alone, my problem is with
Anurag: Kalki Koechlin
Mumbai: Kalki Koechlin has quashed rumours that Huma Qureshi had any role to play in her split with director Anurag Kashyap. "Jesus Christ can we please leave Huma alone?! My problems with Anurag have nothing to do with her!," Kalki tweeted today . Kalki, 30, and Anurag, 41, revealed in November last year that they were taking time apart from their over two-year-old marriage. There were speculations that Anurag's growing proximity with his 'Gangs of Wasseypur' actress caused the split. The 'Dev D' star recently hinted that there was no misunderstanding between her and Huma by attending the premiere of Dedh Ishqiya. Anurag has kept mum on the issue and Huma, 27, too has refused to get drawn into the controversy . When asked about the recent focus on her personal life, Huma told PTI, "I don't respond. People can speculate whatever they want. I am fine with it as far as I know what I am doing."

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Mumbai: Actress Kangana Ranaut, who neither parties too much nor belongs to any camp, says she doesn't depend upon friends to get work. In eight years, the actress has carved a niche for herself with her work in films like Gangster - A Love Story, Woh Lamhe and Tanu Weds Manu. She even won a National Award for her role in Fashion. "It's not that I am not friends with any one, but I never think that if I am with them, I will get more films. I don't make friends to get films. I just can't think that way," said Kangana. "I am not dumb to do these things. I am quite mature and I think people who are not confident about themselves get into such things," she added. She is also known for choosing unconventional roles. "My choice has always been different because ever since my first film, I was tagged as a strong girl. Whenever people feel nobody can pull of this role, they come to me with the script," the 27-year-old said. Putting behind the failure of Rajjo, Kangana is currently busy promoting Queen. "The kind of response I am getting for the film I have not got for any of my films. I have been receiving positive response for my performance. I am extremely happy," said the actress who won appreciation for her work in "Krrish 3" and "Shootout At Wadala". Directed by Vikas Bahl, Queen will come out Feb 20 and it will see Kangana teaming up with Rajkummar Rao. It's the unique story of a girl who goes for her honeymoon without her spouse.

FIFA, Interpol to enlighten Indian football on corruption
New Delhi : World's largest police organisation Interpol and football's governing body FIFA have joined hands to enlighten the stake holders in Indian football on tackling corruption and match-fixing that has plagued the game. A two-day FIFA-Interpol Workshop on 'Tackling Match Fixing and Corruption in Football' will be held from Jan 15. In 2011, Interpol had inked a 10-year agreement, worth $20 million, with FIFA to put in place an anti-corruption mechanism. The workshop is part of the FIFAInterpol Training, Education and Prevention initiative and is being partnered by India's premier investigating agency the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Besides representatives from FIFA, Interpol and CBI, the workshop would also be attended by representatives from Delhi Police and Mumbai police. Representatives from All India Football Federation (AIFF), International Cricket Council (ICC), and football club owners would also be present along with representatives from the sports ministry . Shaji Prabhakaran, FIFA Development Officer for South and Central Asia who is coordinating the two-day meet said the priority is to "educate all stakeholders". "FIFA has a partnership with Interpol since 2011 and the focus is to put into place the preventive measures and educate all the stakeholders and key players about the menace of match manipulations. We intend to engage all the law enforcing agencies in the act," Prabhakaran said. "I need to compliment All India Football Federation for being proactive and coming on board for bringing this initiative to India," he added. "A partnership development meeting involving the key stakeholders of football and law enforcement agencies would also be held at the end of the workshop," Prabhakaran said. "This group will be taking the discussion forward and put in place the framework and continue the process of educating all about the manipulation and related issues." As part of the programme, the two-day workshop will throw light on various match-fixing scenarios and the links involved in it. A separate session will be devoted to Interpol demonstrating how to combat 'match-fixing'. It will involve methods to fight corruption in sports including identifying key stakeholders, importance of information collection and sharing, training and education and how to overcome barriers and motivate key factors.

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Retaining doctors in govt
hospitals an uphill task for govt
BHOPAL The state government's ambitious plan to become the first state to guarantee health services may not succeed. Retaining doctors in government hospital proving a tough task for the health department. A senior health official, on condition of anonymity, said monetary benefits in the state are yet to match with others. "We are still going ahead with advertisement for filing another 1,217 doctors," he added. Madhya Pradesh Medical Doctors Association (MPMOA) has alleged the health department failed to deliver on many of its promises in 4 years and given its unrelenting stand, things might not improve in near future. MPMOA claimed that 300 primary health centres (PHCs) are without a doctor and 70 community health centres (CHC) are being manned by a single doctor. The state government had embarked on selection drive with a much fanfare last year. The ground reality threatens the state government's ambitious plan to become the first state to guarantee health services. If cancellation order of doctors selected through Public Service Commission (PSC) is any indication, months after joining 134 doctors have resigned. Besides, 211 never joined and 40 doctors did not even come for counselling. The frightening state of affairs stares the state hard despite advertising for filling up 1,320 vacancies of doctors through PSC. The health department recently issued cancellation notice to 385 of the 825 selected doctors and terminated their services. "Just about 450 doctors could be retained. Despite promises of Rs 1 lakh salary for working in rural areas, the health department failed to get doctors," said Madhya Pradesh Medical Doctors Association president Dr Ajay Khare.

BJP Govt hiked power tariff by over 60%: Cong
RAIPUR: The Opposition Congress has accused the BJP Government of increasing the power tariff in the State by 60 to 100 per cent over the past one year. The State Congress spokesperson Sushil Anand Shukla said the Government must slash the tariff as it was the

right of the people to get the electricity at lower rate. He alleged that people have been charged additional 15 paise per unit every quarter towards variable cost in additional to the cost of the electricity. The electricity companies have collected over Rs 250 crore towards this additional cost last year. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) had objected to such charges and described them as illegal, he pointed out. Shukla said the States which do not produce any electricity have been providing relief to the farmers by cutting the tariff. However, people in Chhattisgarh have been forced pay more although it is a power producing State, he said. He expressed surprise over why Chief Minister Raman Singh and the BJP Government have not been taking any initiatives in this regard. Citing the example of Delhi where the Government has been providing subsidy on power tariff, he said there was no reason why people should not get cheaper electricity in power surplus State of Chhattisgarh. He said the State has not only been generating more power, but also the cost of generation was also low because power plants are located close to the coal mines.

Katare’s appointment triggers fresh infighting in Congress
MLAs in the party who are not happy with his appointment. On the very first day of his appointment he got cold shoulders from his fellow MLAs. What surprised many in the ruling party was that none of the Congress MLAs rose from their seats to congratulate Katare. Urban administration minister Kailash Vijayvargiya expressed his surprise over the conduct of the Congress MLAs in the House. Katare does not have good rapport with MLA from Bhind, Govind Singh. Senior MLAs like KP Singh and Arif Aqueel are also not happy . Former leader of opposition Ajay Singh, in order to block Kalukheda’s way, may have given his consent on Katare’s name but the decision of high command has not gone down well with him. Meanwhile Satyadev Katare has declared that a shadow cabinet would be formed to grill the government. He said the details of the shadow cabinet would be intimated to the House. Katare demanded the government to ensure minimum 75 meetings of the House in a year and also asked to continue the session till January 17. He said the opposition would not resort to walk outs and won’t enter the Well of the House. Katare was first elected to the state assembly in 1985. In his very first tenure at its fag end he was appointed as deputy minister for transport and jail. He was elected to the state assembly for the second time in 1993 and became minister of state for home. Later, he held the portfolio of food and civil supplies. He was elected to assembly third time in 2003 but lost the election in 2008. He contested Lok Sabha election twice, though unsuccessfully .

BHOPAL The appointment of Satyadev Katare

as leader of opposition has triggered a fresh round of infighting within the Congress party . There are several

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Lose Your Cool, Be Loud,

Live Life, Love Life!
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eeping your cool at all times, good and bad, is something many people think a matter of maturity, but what I feel is sometimes losing your cool is also essential. If someone always remains calm and cool, there can be something wrong with them. In that a necessity to know what is the reason behind such coolness and innate maturity . It might be the result of loss of coolness, ironically . It might be a sign of overt maturity and the process of disappearing of that child in you. A person who says he never gets angry, never overreacts, never speaks loudly and never laughs insanely is a wonder, at least in my eyes. How can it be true that someone is living but not alive, eating but not feeling? How can it be true that someone loves one person so much and at the same time hates someone as much? It has always bothered me that love and hate live together in the same person's heart and mind. It hurts to hate too! It's not easy to hate someone, it even takes courage to not dislike people, more courage than it takes to love. To hate someone and still be cool about it is not possi-

ble, in the same way as it is not possible to remain cool when you fall in love. Love and hate. I’m talking about these two as the two feelings are exceedingly intense and extreme. And how can extreme things in life be felt any lesser than they mean to us? The thing is that one cannot possibly be feeling lesser than what they have in their heart. And if they do, they are missing out on something. Missing out on things is okay, missing out on people is okay, missing out on anything is okay, but missing out on feelings, that’s not okay . Feelings are what we’re all made of ! We cannot compromise on something that is as important as our existence. The reality is, anything can be forgotten, feelings can’t. Even forgetfulness is a feeling, and for that matter, even “numbness” is a feeling! Whatever you do,

wherever you go, you feel something. Good, bad, pretty, ugly, happy, sad and not. So if we know we’re going to feel something or the other, why always control the feelings? Why try to be subtle? Why not let the feelings burst out of our hearts? Let it shine out bright in the sunlight. If you’re happy, smile as if you’re a child, party all night, laugh, play, shout and jump, sing, dance. If you’re sad, cry it out, be sad. Keep nothing inside you. For you’re not a storage tank, and if your argument is “yes may be I am”, what about a storage tank bursting of overflow? Even that storage tank is made to be filled and emptied for usage, then why keep your feelings inside you? Whatever it is, speak up, scream and shout, empty it all out. For there must be space for new feelings to go inside, and if you’ll hold on to the old ones, how will you ever experience the new ones? Do whatever is needed to take your feelings out, live it out large, loud and screamingly obvious. Why be subtle? Be loud, for loud is what is heard, and low voices are never heard, if you know what I mean. Shout, laugh, sing, lose your mind, be mad, say what you want, be who you are, scream, dance, jump, love, smile, be loud (just not on that office desk) :wink: Happy Monday!

AAP inspires citizens; party shouldn’t get sucked into power system

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S. MANI Email: sastrymani@hotmail.com he success of AAP has inspired a number of concerned citizens all over the country to seek association with the party . In Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune and other places, a number of notables have joined the party . Whether this will lead to a meaningful intervention in the political sphere remains to be seen, especially given that the ground for AAP in the national capital was prepared by the

Anna Hazare-led Lokayukta movement three years earlier. AAP’s success has caused the older political parties to sit up and take note. Simplicity and honesty seem to have become the new buzzwords in Indian politics. The entire grammar of politics is sought to be rewritten by keeping the aam aadmi at its centre. Thanks to AAP , the Congress leaders too have begun to talk of fighting corruption. Unfortunately, that is not displayed by their actions. Still AAP’s emphasis on honesty has forced the older political players to be mindful of moral

scruples, but the danger lies in AAP itself being sucked into the permissive power system. Kejriwal will lose his relevance should he lower his guard. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal no longer threatens to send his predecessor Shiela Dikshit to jail for alleged corruption during her 15-year stint as Delhi chief minister. He no longer talks of investigating the Commonwealth Games and other scams of the Delhi Government. He too knows that it is bad politics to bite the hand that feeds him. Will Kejriwal succeed in rooting out the

endemic corruption in the transport department of the Delhi Government? The point is that governance is a constant process and it involves unglamourous tasks such as enforcing discipline on wayward citizens as well as government servants. Let us see if AAP will succeed in inculcating a sense of honesty in the citizenry where everyone else seems to have failed. For, it is not that only Kejriwal and Co. should be honest, the important thing is that every citizen should feel obliged to obey the law.

Political parties gear up for LS polls in Maharashtra
MUMBAI The outcome of the Lok Sabha elections is crucial for Maharashtra, since the state is also going to hold assembly polls in the latter part of 2014 and whoever wins Delhi is going to be a trendsetter for the heels of this setback comes Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi’s proactive intervention in the are out and in case the UPA fails to make it to power in Delhi, it may contest coming assembly elections on its own. The NCP chief has also asked his followers not to worry about the AAP victory in other states, including Maharashtra, as there is no political vacuum which needs to be filled. Adarsh housing scam and Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan’s low profile. Without waiting for the Congress green signal, the NCP held a meeting of probable candidates for the coming Lok Sabha Delhi, saying that it cannot replicate this feat in the state elections. In view of this all the major poAadmi Party (AAP), are gearing up for the most gress Party president and union minister Sharad litical parties in Maharashtra, including the Aam crucial battle of the ballot. The Nationalist ConPawar has announced that he is not going to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections and rather, will concentrate on consolidating parties’ organisational set-up in the state for the Lok Sabha, as well as the state legislative assembly elections. elections, making clear its intentions to contest 22 of the 48 Lok Sabha seats in the state. The Congress leaders have been making noises against the more seats this time, since the NCP could only win NCP, suggesting that they would like to contest 8 of the 22 seats it contested last time. The Conleaving it to the state leaders to discuss the swapping of a few seats if the Congress is ready . Pawar cisive leaders rather than those who keep on pondering over issues. He had blamed weak political has reiterated his stand that the people prefer dePawar has pushed his agenda to retain 22 seats,

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last 15 years since the NCP was formed in 1999 just before the assembly elections and it has been a partner in the UPA government in Delhi. The NCP made it clear in its electoral preparato-

leadership of the Congress for debacle in the recent assembly elections and had cast doubts over The state Congress is worried about the fall-out of Rahul’s leadership qualities without naming him. the Adarsh scam, in which many bureaucrats, as well as former chief ministers are allegedly indicted former chief ministers, the government has volved. Though the inquiry commission has indecided to take action only against the bureaucrats

and not against the former chief ministers against whom no criminality was established. The AAP is upbeat over the response it is getting

Pawar has given clear-cut hints and stopped his followers from passing a resolution asking him to contest the coming Lok Sabha elections, saying generation to contest these elections. that he is now a senior and would like the younger The Congress Party’s morale is down. Close on

ry meeting that while it would continue to have an alliance with the Congress in the state, it would fight on its own in other states like Goa, Gujarat and other states. It however, does not seem to be averse to readjustment, once the election results

for new membership after its Delhi victory and the steps taken by Arvind Kejriwal. It has announced its desire to contest all seats in the state, like Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party, which has been elections. contesting all the seats in the state for the last two

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