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Develop Reading Skill among children Reading is essential for the children as it helps them

Develop Reading Skill among children

Reading

is

essential

for

the

children as it helps them develop initia tive, originality and character, besides providing entertainment instruction and invaluable experiences. Reading also enables the children to see possibilities, alternatives and options that they could not see before. A well read child seeks meaning in his or her day to day life and desires to unfold the mysteries of the wonderful world of nature, science and intricacies

of human relations.

Thirst for reading books should be generated by parents and teachers. Parents should not wait till their children grow up but start familiarizing them with book right from them the young age.

Recommending or providing right kind of books to children is equally important. Thrusting upon

child a book which is of little or no interest to it is a sure way of killing his appetite.

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Capability building can be done through reading camp which will enhance reading skills of a child like - speed reading, information handing and absorbing the material quickly and effectively. interest in the children. Reading habit generates knowledge. Knowledge makes the children great. - Dr Kalam

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great. - Dr Kalam Vol. 3, Issue : 2 Wednesday, February 10, “Innovate to empower agriculture”
great. - Dr Kalam Vol. 3, Issue : 2 Wednesday, February 10, “Innovate to empower agriculture”
great. - Dr Kalam Vol. 3, Issue : 2 Wednesday, February 10, “Innovate to empower agriculture”
great. - Dr Kalam Vol. 3, Issue : 2 Wednesday, February 10, “Innovate to empower agriculture”
great. - Dr Kalam Vol. 3, Issue : 2 Wednesday, February 10, “Innovate to empower agriculture”
great. - Dr Kalam Vol. 3, Issue : 2 Wednesday, February 10, “Innovate to empower agriculture”
great. - Dr Kalam Vol. 3, Issue : 2 Wednesday, February 10, “Innovate to empower agriculture”
great. - Dr Kalam Vol. 3, Issue : 2 Wednesday, February 10, “Innovate to empower agriculture”
great. - Dr Kalam Vol. 3, Issue : 2 Wednesday, February 10, “Innovate to empower agriculture”

“Innovate to empower agriculture”

Jatropha cultivation has seen a ray of hope for India

 

Genetic

Engineering

Doubles

Biomass

Production

and

Protects

Plants

from

Devastating Insects

 
In India, the challenges before the Jatropha cultivation by the farmers are the following: more
In India, the challenges before the
Jatropha cultivation by the farmers
are the following: more than 50% yield
of
Jatropha
oil
from the
seeds hybrid
seeds
which
is
drought
and flood
re-
sistant,
higher
yield
in
less
or
minimum
water con-
dition
in
waste
lands,
pro-
tection from
devastating
insects,
successful
large scale
multipli-
cation
of
hybrid
Jat-
ropha varieties
using
tissue
cul-
ture. Indian R&D
has to work cease-
lessly
to
find
a

viable solution to these challenges to met the fuel crisis. At the same time govern- ment should enact a bio-fuel friendly pub- lic policy which will further the growth of the Jatropha plantation in the country.

In the quest for finding an answer, when Dr Kalam visited University of Central Florida, College of Medi- cine, Orlando, USA recently he held discussions with the researchers and the scholars at the UCF. U.S. govern- ment scientists have estimated that up to 1.3 billion dry tons could be

pro-

duced

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annually in the US by 2030 for bio-energy production. If 90% of the sugars derived from the biomass were utilized by a biological process for ethanol production, 130 billion gallons of cellulosic ethanol could be produced. Estimates of energy pro- duced from biomass worldwide are quite variable. An in depth analysis concluded that world biofuel production could reach 164 Ej, or approximately 35% of world primary energy use. Based on a theoretical yield of 113 gallons of ethanol per ton of dry corn Stover (US DOE), a 5% increase in biomass would deliver an additional 621 million gallons of ethanol annually, which is equal to 10% of 2007 corn ethanol production (Salas- Fernandez et al., 2009). During the green revolu- tion, the major focus was on development of short lodging-tolerant crops that were well adapted to mechanical harvest and high grain yield proportional to ni- trogen input. In con- trast, the main goal for bioenergy crops would be maximal yield of vegetative tissues and biomass. For food crops, increased biomass is an added value.

For food crops, increased biomass is an added value. Sap-sucking insects are among the most devastating

Sap-sucking insects are among the most devastating insect pests worldwide. These insects have piercing and sucking mouth-parts and feed upon sap. They include the aphids, whiteflies and leafhoppers. Many species are serious pests of agricultural and horticultural crops worldwide. Crop damage is caused not only as a direct re- sult of feeding, but also the injury caused by insertion of the mouthparts produces lesions through which a variety of plant pathogens enter. Some of the most serious damage caused by these pests is due to their role as vectors of plant viruses. It is well known that trichomes secrete secondary metabolites that are toxic to insects. Therefore, plants were genetically modified with a single foreign gene (β-glucosidase) to enhance biomass and confer other valuable agronomic traits.

Expression of β-glucosidase in plant chloroplasts doubled the plant biomass (190%) than unmodified plants, increased leaf area (160%), internode length (180%), height (145%) and glandular trichomes in the upper (1033%) and lower leaf surface (765%). In addition, when plants were confined to an insect-proof nylon mesh bag after introduction of newly emerged whiteflies or neonatal nymphs for 25 days, there were 1838% more whiteflies and 1496% more aphids on untransformed plants than genetically modified plants. β-glucosidase is an important enzyme needed for biofuel production but it is commercially sold at $125,000/kg by Novozymes, making cellulosic ethanol industry not commercially feasible. In addition to doubling the biomass and protecting plants from harmful insects, these genetically modified plants produce low cost β-glucosidase, a thousand fold less expensive than currently available technologies.

This project has demonstrated for the first time that it is feasible to double plant biomass using genetic modification of plants with a single enzyme. In addition, GM plants are protected from devastating insects and yield a valuable enzyme for bio- fuel production. These novel concepts make biofuel production from biomass a re- ality. Certainly this work will be a boon for bio-fuel research and Jatropha cultiva- tion in India. Indian Agricultural Universities need to further this effort to ensure that the farmers of Jatropha get the benefits at the earliest.— V. PONRAJ

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SMILE A happy smile is a passport of friendship. A genuine smile is not just

SMILE

A happy smile is a

passport of friendship. A genuine smile is not just a natural gift. It shows on the face ,but it comes from the heart. It reflects the person's view on life and other people. The value of smiling face is great. We know only too well what

depressing effect it

has upon us, when we meet someone who looks sad ,miserable and full of self pity. This mood is infectious. but fortunately so is the spirit of cheerfulness. A popular proverb says:

smile a while, for when you smile another smiles, and soon there are miles and miles of smiles, because you smile! The smile that is really genuine is some- thing that springs from the heart, but all the same there is a value in going through the mo- tions of smiling because of the connection that exists between the

physical and the mental. Frank Bettger, an ameri- can salesman and writer found that a "daily morn-

ing smile practice ses- sion in front of a mirror" was virtually necessary

reshape his personal-

ity in a short time. He smiled and tried to be like that as often as pos-

sible.

The good things are not only in your mind.

They are all around in your home, on your way

work, at school, in

the office or factory. Practice the art of ob- servation, and let pleas- ure bring that smile to your face again, Notice and respond to anything and everything that has the power of giving you pleasure, however flut-

ing. —- See Next Page.

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Next Page . February 10, 2010 3 E-Paper b illion b eats THAT DARK NIGHT! That

THAT DARK NIGHT!

That dark night! The ‘Mother Nature’ alerted, and cautioned the human kind to be on truthful path of life.

She was so kind that the movement she gave birth She had sourced

plentiful of resources for all.

That dark night! The great ‘Mother Nature’, has sensed the human kind that She had sourced resources very selectively, and have to be exchanged quite effectively, only to build human relations across the globe.

One dark night ‘The Mother Nature’ was so thrilled That her children have learned enough to pull resources, from Superficial layers of her body, to satisfy their thirst, and to move with pace.

But her children, started drilling right through her head, and Started reaching in to the depths of her body, causing Continuous stress and strain, and left her with restless nights.

That Dark night! The Helpless Mother Nature wept, and her tears turned in to tsunami, and swept the coasts into the depths of sea.

One Dark Night! The Mother Nature sensed, and warned not to touch for want of, unwanted energies of her superficial body.

But her children sourced, and resourced most powerful energies of her, and Fired her body furiously with unclear energy.

The Mother Nature helplessly shaken for a while, and Only the innocent’s were made shelter less, Shapeless, and were thrown in to ashes for many years.

One dark night! The Mother Nature felt very happy, That her children did built greater economic zones, only to part with the rest who are with thirst and hunger.

But the grater economic zones became better barter zones, and started parting with the rest, by squeezing their sweat, and left the rest only in the dust.

That dark night! The Mother Nature swept again, and Tears of her eye’s turned in to floods, and started flushing the greater economic zones.

I pry ‘The Almighty’ to Give my ‘Mother Nature’ much more patience and strength, to bear with ware and tare, that is causing to her continuously, and Paining her endlessly.

Visakhapatnam, A.R.SREPADA.

Dt.07.12.07.

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SMILE A from you from your heart. it's a way of in- stantly connecting with

SMILE

A

from you from your heart. it's a way of in- stantly connecting with

others and expressing joy,warmth and care. It's

a

thinking. imagine not being able to smile at your parent, friends or

siblings. What would that be like for you how important is your smile

to

only taken away by you. You have the ability to smile at will. Yet, how often do you with hold it because you are walking around with a frown on your face, glaring at people, or just not see- ing people, because you

you now? your smile is

smile is an expression

gift you give without

are so frazzled and busy? How does not smiling affect your interactions

at

work and in life?

Your smile is very important. when you

recognize that it is more than a just simple smile, when you give it away freely because you can,

It

will uplift both you

and the people you are

smiling at. Practice liv-

ing success

the

inside out everyday by appreciating the impor- tance of the smile. with

every smile you freely give, may it take up one step closer to your suc-

cess!!!

from

Remember:

Smile,

and the world smiles

with you. what simpler

or

greater gift is there?

RESHMA BHAT

B.E 1ST YEAR STUDENT D/O A.P.BHAT "SRI LAXMI KRIPA" INDRALI TEMPLE

ROAD,INDRALI

KUNJIBETTU POST,

UDUPI-576102

KARNATAKA

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KARNATAKA February 10, 2010 4 E-Paper b illion b eats A mission to propagate Mathematics Since
A mission to propagate Mathematics

A mission to propagate Mathematics

Since many years people have been engaged in propagating mathematics in many different ways. One

Since many years people have been engaged in propagating mathematics in many different ways. One of the basic problems that a student or a teacher faces is, whom to ask for clearing a doubt? Is my doubt genuine? Here is a forum called IMEN – India Mathematics Edu-

cation Network – a forum for mathematics students, teachers, or any one who is interested

cation Network – a forum for mathematics students, teachers, or any one who is interested in mathematics and mathematics education. Last year some of us had participated in the International Congress on Mathemat- ics Education held at Monterrey, Mexico. We then realized that there is much to be done in improving the mathematics teaching in schools and that the teachers often find it difficult to clear their doubts. Please log on to http://india-men.ning.com. This network has already more than three hundred members, where they blog, chat events, hold discussion, answer questions and connect to all those from any part of the world. Interested students, faculties can make use and contribute towards the growth of mathematical knowledge.

Prof. Ambat Vijayakumar Dept. of Mathematics

Reader, Department of Mathematics Cochin University of Science &Technology Cochin-682 022, INDIA

Tel:0484-2577518(Work),0484-2862464

(work)-0484-2575288(Home):

cell: 09447608851 Email: ambatvijay@rediffmail.com ; vambat@gmail.com HOME PAGE : http://maths.cusat.ac.in/vijay/
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A POEM - SMILE

What a peaceful life this would be!

A little more hope, a little less despair;
A little more love, a little less hatred;

A little more good, a little less evil;

A little more truth, a little less falsehood;

A little more joy, a little less sadness;
A little more gentleness, a little less harshness;

are all that is needed to glorify life.

A little more praising, a little less jeering;

A little more trusting. a little less fearing;

A little more courage, when pathways are rough;
A little more patience in trouble and pain;

A little less willing at times to complain;

And oh! what a peaceful life this would be!!!

- RESHMA BHAT, UDUPI

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Science is a life time mission - an Oath for youth 1. 2. 3. 4.

Science is a life

time mission - an

Oath for youth

1.

2.

3.

4.

5.

6.

7.

Science is a life time mission. I will work, work and work and succeed.

Wherever I am, a thought will always come to my mind. That is what I can innovate, invent or discover.

I will always remem- ber that “Let not my winged days, be spent in vain”.

I realize I have to set a great scientific goal that will lead me to think high, work and persevere to realize the goal.

My greatest friends will be great scientific minds, great teachers and great books.

I firmly believe that no problem can defeat me; I will become the captain of the prob- lem, defeat the prob- lem and succeed.

I will work and work for removing the prob- lems faced by planet earth in the areas of water, energy, habitat, waste management and environment through the applica- tion of science and technology.

8. My National Flag flies in my heart and I will bring glory to my na- tion. - Dr Kalam

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- Dr Kalam February 10, 2010 5 E-Paper b illion b eats Knowledge Management - a

Knowledge Management - a simple approach

Knowledge rules the world. True knowledge leads to wisdom. Right from the birth of a child, knowledge starts. A child first acquires a fundamental knowledge from his/her mother. Then starts learning from Father. Then it

proceeds towards brothers/sisters, relatives, friends etc. After that Teach- ers and the Society contribute the person’s knowledge acquirement. So right from the birth of a child, till the end of life learning process never stops.

Basically we are really confused with skill and knowledge. Driving is a skill whereas how to manufacture a car is a knowledge. Skill can be acquired through a constant practice and concentration. But knowledge is a team work. Skill is an individual effort where as knowledge is a social effort.

Knowledge is the path through which we use our driving skills to reach our destination. So we should have clarity about our destination. If we don’t know where we are going, then our skills are in vain. After acquiring the knowledge about particular thing, we should use our skill to reach our desti-

nation.

Here is a question before us in which field we must gain our knowledge? Due to the Technical advancement and IT revolution, there is an ocean of knowledge waiting in front of us. To apply our knowledge in the particular

field also, we must have a knowledge management skills in us. If we man- age our knowledge properly without deviating to unwanted information, our destination will be easier. For eg. School children have technical skills to browse the internet. But here question arises what they will browse? If

they simply navigate the pages, there is a waste of time. Here their manage- ment skills have to be enhanced on the knowledge oriented topics.

Managing the knowledge is also one of the required skills now days. A vast source of information is available in the net. They must be guided to man- age their knowledge. Here only the role of their Teachers and Parents in-

volve more and more. Instead of browsing on raw information, they must be guided to focus their knowledge skills on the specific topics. If there would be a collaborative projects on specific topics, share their ideas through emails, form a topic oriented projects groups etc will definitely help them to come out with more valuable results on knowledge manage- ment. In this technology era, acquiring knowledge is not limited, but man- aging the knowledge is the big task.

So, I conclude this essay by insisting on knowledge management resources are to be identified and applied properly.

K.Sairam Bangalore. - Contact: 09886991494

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Waste Biomass - a great business opportunity
Today Energy generation is the challenge in many areas of research be it bio-
energy, hydrogen energy, solar energy or nuclear energy. Everywhere, the chal-
lenge is how to increase the energy efficiency, cost and ultimately helps to bring
substantial moderation in climate change pattern. Today million tonnes of bio
waste are dumped into the garbage across the world without using the full poten-
tial. When Dr Kalam got an email that citrus processing plants in Florida annually
yield about 5 million tons of waste, which could yield 200 million gallons of etha-
nol, he decided to visit the facility at University of Central Florida. Dr John C.
Hitt, President of UCF has received Dr Kalam and his delegation and introduced his
faculty members.
During the discussions it came out that the US Congress ‘Energy Independence and
Security Act of 2007’ set the goal for annual production of 16 billion gallons of cel-
lulosic ethanol by 2022 and energy from renewable resources is one among the
highest priorities of the Obama administration. European Union’s requirement that
10% of all transport fuels come from renewable sources makes this a global chal-
lenge. The major biofuel in use today is corn-derived ethanol. In the US, 25-30% of
corn production is currently used for ethanol production, raising prices of corn and
other food/feed sources. Therefore, renewable cellulosic biomass from agricultural
wastes and wood products is a better feedstock for bio-ethanol production. Like-
wise, citrus waste can be hydrolyzed into sugars and fermented into ethanol. Citrus
processing plants in Florida annually yield about 5 million tons of waste, which
could yield 200 million gallons of ethanol.
It seems the cellulosic ethanol is currently not feasible because
of lack of technology and high cost of enzymes. Due to their
complex structure, cellulosic biomass degradation requires dif-
ferent classes of enzymes in large quantities to release ferment-
able sugars. For example, bioethanol process would require 15
kg cellulase per ton of biomass to yield 84 gallons of ethanol
(current cost of cellulase is ~$40,500/kg). Therefore, the first
challenge in cellulosic ethanol technology is to develop an effi-
cient and low cost enzyme production system to yield ferment-
able sugars from waste biomass. Because of the high cost and
limited capacity of producing these enzymes through fermenta-
tion, in planta production of biomass degrading enzymes should
dramatically lower the cost of cellulosic ethanol.

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Low Cost Technology for Ethanol production

Dr Kalam visited Dr. Henry Daniell (Pegasus Professor & University Board of Trustee Chair, University of Central Florida, College of Medicine, Orlando, FL 32816-2364. http://daniell.ucf.edu; daniell@mail.ucf.edu) laboratory, met and interacted with his research team. It came out that they have recently produced several enzymes in tobacco using their patented chloroplast engineering technology and genes from bacteria or fungi. Based on three cuttings of tobacco in one year, 49, 64 and 10,751 million units of three important enzymes can be obtained each year. Based on USDA Economic Research Service, the cost of production of Burley tobacco in 2004 was $3,981 per acre. Because most enzymes for hydrolysis of plant biomass are active at higher temperatures, it is feasible to harvest leaves and sun-dry them, as reported in previous studies. Based on enzyme activity observed in plant crude extracts in this study, it was planned that there is no need for purification, making this process very simple. Therefore, excluding processing cost, enzymes could be produced as low as 0.006-0.008 cents per enzyme unit (as defined in cur- rent commercial sources). This new technology is 925-1,233 fold less expensive for three key enzymes, when compared with current commercial cost.

Majority of enzyme hydrolysis studies on natural substrates like pretreated wood, corn stover or wheat straw have used commercially available enzymes. Equivalent enzyme units based on CMC hydrolysis was used as a basis for comparative studies. Novozyme 188 enzyme cocktail did not yield any detectable glucose from proc- essed wood and 11% more glucose from citrus peel, when compared with our en- zyme cocktail made in plants (equivalent enzyme units based CMC hydrolysis were used). It is not surprising that crude extract cocktails performed equal to or better than purified enzyme cocktails (from Novozymes) because the later are produced by submerged fermentation from selected fungal strains that secrete several en- zymes, simultaneously. According to Novozymes publication, a careful design of a combination of single component enzymes is necessary for rational utilization of these enzyme cocktails.

This project has demonstrated for the first time that plant-derived enzyme cock- tails enhanced hydrolysis of waste biomass, releasing fermentable sugars, equal to or better than commercial cocktails. Several more low-cost enzymes can be made in plants to enhance this process further. This concept offers an inexpensive novel technology to produce ethanol from cellulosic biomass.

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Bio Fuel Policy - clear defined objectives is the need of the hour A Recently

Bio Fuel Policy - clear defined objectives is the need of the hour

A Recently concluded brain- storming session on Biofuel policy organized by the Bharat Biofuel growers association at Madurai under the chairman- ship of Ex-CBI Director Shri D.R Karthikeyan has welcomed the Bio-Fuel policy announced by the Government of India. How- ever, it has brought out certain suggestions as the resolution for its effective implementation and reposed faith and confi- dence that India is capable of becoming the first nation to capitalize on the bio-energy in the world. Hence the resolution urged the Govt. to update the policy with the following such as: giving more focus on R&D in Bio-fuel, defining subsidies for bio-fuel development, double the MSP for Jatropha seeds, announce MPP for biodiesel to be more than the diesel be- cause it carries CDM and at- tract price for Carbon trading, allowing the import of Free fatty acid oils with a rider of biofuel generated should be sold only in india, define the target area for biofuel cultivation, formulating a Biofuel Authority of India and announcing “Agriculture as an industry and making farmers as partners” a singular action which will bring 4 to 6% growth rate in agriculture sector. These are the immediate steps to encourage energy plantation and making agriculture attrac- tive, sustainable and that will ensure sustained GDP growth in the nation. The resolution urged the Govt to give priority for the above missions. Shri. D.R Karthikeyan said Global warming is going to be worse than terrorism, hence India has to work for Energy Independ- ence before 2030 and announce “Agriculture as Industry”

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It gives immense opportunity to do collaborative research between India and US

institutions in the field of bio-energy. We had a discussion with researchers and during our interaction, we found how the Gene Gun technology has been implemented to inject

a particular type of gene into a

plant, a mechanism for trans- porting DNA coated onto appro- priate bullets into living cells.

DNA coated onto appro- priate bullets into living cells. It is efficient and simple to use,

It is efficient and simple to use,

and has proved especially useful in transfecting cell populations or tissues that are difficult to transfect using 'classical' meth- ods. As it can be used both in vitro and in vivo, it has excellent po- tential for various clinical appli- cations, although currently these are limited to DNA immunization and gene ther- apy. Dr Kalam was taken to a dark room and they have demonstrated a plant in which Gelly fish gene has been implanted, when the violet light has been passed on to it, it glows in the dark room and main- tains its green color. At the same time, the other normal plant of same type ex- hibits red in color when exposed to light. We have been then taken to its tissue culture plant laboratory, where the plants and its roots are grown with ge- netically modified character which be- come resistant to pests and exhibit high yielding hybrid varieties. When shall we launch the collaborative R&D Mission for enhance and make our Jatropha cultiva- tion viable. - V PONRAJ. Pl. respond to vponraj@gmail.com

R&D Mission for enhance and make our Jatropha cultiva- tion viable. - V PONRAJ. Pl. respond
R&D Mission for enhance and make our Jatropha cultiva- tion viable. - V PONRAJ. Pl. respond
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Along with photographs and evidence documents if any Can we respect the student prayer? When I

Can we respect the student prayer?

When I was reading the book “Spiritual Intelligence, the Ultimate Intelligence” by Danah Zohar and Ian Marshall, I came across the poem called “the Student Prayer”.

Since you are all teachers as well as parents, I want to share with you the unique thought of a student in the form of a poem called “The Student’s Prayer”. After I read the poem, I would like to seek your views on that.

The Student’s Prayer

Don’t impose on me what you know; I want to explore the unknown And be the source of my own discoveries. Let the known be my liberation, not my slavery.

The world of your truth can be my limitation; Your wisdom my negation. Don’t instruct me; let’s walk together. Let my richness begin where yours ends.

Show me so that I can stand On your shoulders. Reveal yourself so that I can be Something different.

You believe that every human being Can love and create. I understand, then, your fear When I ask you to live according to your wisdom

You will not know who I am By listening to yourself. Don’t instruct me; let me be. Your failure is that I be identical to you.

Dear friends, I respect the thoughts of a student. I want every one of you parents and teachers to think about it and to respond to me with your thoughts by email. My email id is: apj@abdulkalam.com

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