Apr 042014
 
US warns China not to attempt Crimea-style action in Asia

Click for detailed story WASHINGTON  – China should not doubt the US commitment to defend its Asian allies and the prospect of economic retaliation should also discourage Beijing from using force to pursue territorial claims in Asia in the way Russia has in Crimea, a senior US official said. Daniel Russel, President Barack Obama’s diplomatic point man for East Asia, said it was difficult to determine what …

Apr 042014
 
Fakhr-e-Asia book distributed at Garhi Khuda Bux

Click for detailed story GARHI KHUDA BUX- The special edition titled “Fakhr-e-Asia” (Pride of Asia) which had been released by the Directorate of publication of Sindh information department on the occasion of 35th anniversary of Quaid-e Awam Zulfiquar Ali Bhutto, had been distributed at Garhi Khuda Bux Bhutto on the directives of Minister Information Sharjeel Innam Memon. The Fakhr-e Asia contains exclusive write-ups of …

Mar 222014
 
Exhibition to mark Pakistan Day

Sunday, March 23, 2014
From Print Edition

Karachi The National Museum of Pakistan will hold a special exhibition to mark Pakistan Day on March 23. Historical documents, letters and pamphlets related to the struggle for the freedom movement of the Muslims of South Asia and photographs of the freedom fighters will be put on display. The exhibition would remain open for public daily from March 23 till March 31 from 9am to 5pm except Wednesday. —APP

 

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Mar 082014
 
Asia Cup final: Live updates


DHAKA: Defending Asia Cup champions Pakistan meet Sri Lanka on Saturday for the final clash in Mirpur.

Confident about retaining their Asia Cup title, Pakistan set a target of 261 runs for the Islanders who remain unbeatable in the tournament so far.

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4:57pm

Star player of the first innings Fawad says Pakistan made a good total.

“Misbah and I wanted to stay on the pitch and reach 230/240-run goal,” says Fawad.

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5oth over – Pakistan 260-5

Malinga bowls the concluding over of the innings.

Umar caught out! Fawad hits a boundary as Afridi comes in to bat.

Sri Lanka need 261 runs to take away Asia Cup title from Pakistan.

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49th over – Pakistan 251-4

Dot ball after a long pause!

Over ends with a boundary.

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48th over – Pakistan 243-4

Fawad scores his maiden century with a six!

Umar-Fawad partnership: 95 runs on 66 balls.

Umar hits a boundary, completes his half-century. Hits another four!

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47th over – Pakistan 226-4

Umar hits three boundaries in the over.

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46th over – Pakistan 210-4

Fawad and Umar face Mathews in his seventh over.

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45th over – Pakistan 202-4

Malinga is here to bowl his eighth over.

With this over, Pakistan cross the 200-run mark.

No boundary in three overs.

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44th over – Pakistan 196-4

Perera is back with the ball.

Expected score for Pakistan now is 257 runs.

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43rd over – Pakistan 190-4

Fawad and Umar face the destroyer – Malinga.

Luckily for Pakistan, no wicket in the last 15 balls.

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42nd over – Pakistan 184-4

Lakmal takes the crease, delivers a wide as well.

Fawad scores a huge six (72m) as well as a four for Pakistan, making his highest ODI score ever!

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41st over – Pakistan 170-4

Umar Akmal scores two fours increasing the pace of Pakistan’s batting!

Perera is bowling on Sri Lanka’s behalf, delivers a wide as well.

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40th over – Pakistan 159-4

Lakmal bowls to Umar and Fawad. The current run rate is 3.97.

Score card: Umar – 10 runs from 12 balls, Fawad – 66 runs off 104 balls.

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39th over – Pakistan 154-4

Malinga returns to the field. Only four runs off the over.

The projected score at a run rate of 2.91 is 196.

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38th over – Pakistan 150-4

Fawad scores a four on the first ball of the over.

Expected score is 250.

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37th over – Pakistan 141-4

Malinga is back and strikes again, Misbah is OUT! Perera caught the ball.

Umar Akmal replaces Misbah.

Malinga Single Handedly securing #AsiaCupFinal for Srilanka !!

— ShahraM (@Shahram54n) March 8, 2014

it has to be malinga.. ;) #AsiaCupFinal #SLvsPak

— Mohan Bastiampillai (@GMBastiampillai) March 8, 2014

Typical Misbah.. Typical Pakistani approach.. Don’t you have anyone else to hit except Malinga!! #PakvSL #AsiaCupFinal

— Syed Jawwad Haqqi (@Jawwad_Haqqi) March 8, 2014

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36th over – Pakistan 138-3

Senanayake returns to bowl again.

Excellent over for Pakistan as Fawad scores a four and Misbah scores a massive six increasing Pakistan’s pace!

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Misbahul Haq celebrates after scoring a half century against Sri Lanka during their 2014 Asia Cup final match in Dhaka March 8, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS

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35th over – Pakistan 125-3

The run rate at the start of the over was 3.64.

Misbah and Fawad have a stable partnership that has crossed the 100-run milestone.

There was a strong appeal by Lakmal on the first ball of the over against Misbah but the Umpire gave a not out.

Five consecutive dot balls off the over while the last ball was a single.

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34th over – Pakistan 124-3

Fawad scores the second six of the match on the first ball of the over, making his 6th One Day International fifty.

Pakistan makes 10 runs from the over.

What a way to complete half century….. Go Fawad Go… :) WIN IT FOR PAK….. #AsiaCupFinal

— Waqas Ahmed Jawed (@waqasahmedjawed) March 8, 2014

Fawad Alam completes his 6th ODI fifty. #AsiaCupFinal

— Muhammad Hani (@muhd_hani) March 8, 2014

Yes Fawad that’s what we want #AsiaCupFinal #PakvSL

— Ghumro (@AdilGhumro) March 8, 2014

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33rd over – Pakistan 114-3

Lakmal takes the crease, bowling his sixth over. Three runs off the over.

Partnership: 96 runs off 28.3 overs.

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32nd over – Pakistan 111-3

Senanayake bowls his seventh over. Five singles off the over.

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31st over – Pakistan 106-3

Misbah scores a four on the first ball. Pakistan finally reaches a score of 100.

De Silva bowls to the Pakistani cricketers. Pakistan scores another 4 on the fifth ball of the over, taking Misbah’s score to 50.

50 for Mr. Consistent. Mr. Dependant and Dr. Of collapse disease :D #AsiaCUP #PAKvSL

— Farrukh Baig (@IamFarrukhBaig) March 8, 2014

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30th over – Pakistan 96-3

Senanayake takes the crease.

Pressure building on Sri Lanka as they have not able to take any wicket in the past one and a half hour. Pakistan playing it slow and steady.

Misbah and Fawad need to get a move on here, as Malinga has 6 overs left and I don’t think we can make many runs with him.
#AsiaCup

— Riz007 (@riz007_007) March 8, 2014

Fawad Alam’s first-class ave of 55.87 is the best by a Pakistani batsman, while his List-A ave of 47.05 is the 4th best!
#PakvSL
#AsiaCup

— Irfan Siddiqui (@IrfanSiddiqui12) March 8, 2014

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29th over – Pakistan 93-3

It’s De Silva bowling again.

Sri Lanka giving no boundary to Pakistan.

Partnership: 75 runs off 147 balls.

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Fawad Alam (L) plays a shot as Sri Lankan wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara (R) and fielder Ashan Priy (2R) look on. PHOTO: AFP

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28th over – Pakistan 90-3

Misbah and Fawad face Senanayake.

Pakistan’s expected score is 241.

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27th over – Pakistan 88-3

De Silva comes for his second over.

Pakistan score four runs taking singles.

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26th over – Pakistan 84-3

This is Senanayake’s fourth over, gives only three runs.

Scorecard:

Misbahul Haq: 34 (62)

Fawad Alam: 32 (68)

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25th over – Pakistan 81-3

De Silva replaces Mathews.

Only two runs made from the over.

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24th over – Pakistan 79-3

Senanayake comes back for his third over.

Pakistan’s projected score is 159 at the current runrate of 3.17.

Partnership: 61 runs off 19.3 overs.

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23rd over – Pakistan 73-3

Misbah scores a four on the first ball of the over by Mathews.

Pakistan seem to be picking up pace.

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22nd over – Pakistan 67-3

T Perera bowls his sixth over to Misbah and Fawad.

Misbah picks up pace, scores the first sixer of the match.

MISBAH UL HAQ <3 CHAKKA :D #PakvSL #AsiaCup

— Tuba Shah (@ShahTuba) March 8, 2014

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21st over – Pakistan 58-3

Sri Lanka appeal strongly on Mathews’ third ball of the over against Misbah. Umpire says not out, Misbah takes a sigh of relief.

Pakistan’s projected score is 139 as per the current runrate of 2.78.

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20th over – Pakistan 56-3

Only three runs given by Mathews in this over.

Pakistan’s runrate is now 2.77.

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19th over – Pakistan 53-3

Mathews bowls his fourth over.

Another slow over by Pakistan with no boundaries.

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18th over – Pakistan 51-3

T Perera comes back for his fourth over, gives one wide.

Six total runs from the over.

Pakistan playing it slow after a loss of three early wickets, only taking singles and doubles.

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17th over – Pakistan 45-3

Mathews bowls, giving only two runs during the over.

Pakistan haven’t hit a boundary since the 11th over.

One thing i like abt fawad most is that at least he always luks for runs unlike misbah. #PakvSL #AsiaCup #AsiaCupFinal

— JayDee (@Stoodup4Change) March 8, 2014

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16th over – Pakistan 43-3

T Perera bowls to Misbah and Fawad.

Sri Lanka give another slow over to Pakistan.

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15th over – Pakistan 40-3

Pakistan’s expected score is 219 runs.

Fawad and Misbah face Mathews.

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14th over – Pakistan 38-3

Perera bowls to slow-yet-steady Fawad and Misbah.

Eighteen balls since the last boundary.

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13th over – Pakistan 37-3

Mathews is the new bowler for the over.

Misbah and Fawad partnership: 19 runs on 51 balls.

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12th over – Pakistan 37-3

Perera bowls his first over.

Maiden over!

Bad start #Pakistan I hope they can pull it together! #AsiaCup #Final #PakvSL

— Aqib (@aqibmushtaq) March 8, 2014

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11th over – Pakistan 37-3

Fawad smashes a boundary on the second ball. Misbah hits a four too on the last ball.

Senanayake bowls to Pakistan.

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Tenth over – Pakistan 28-3

Fawad and Misbah face Lakmal in the over.

Good running between the wickets.

The better team deserves to win, and if TeamGreen continue to play like this, then the trophy would just be a dream!
#PakvSL #AsiaCup

— Muhammad Umer (@MUmer90) March 8, 2014

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Ninth over – Pakistan 24-3

Senanayake bowls to Fawad and Misbah.

Fawad hits his first boundary of the innings.

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Eighth over – Pakistan 20-3

The run rate at the start of the over was 2.85.

Sri Lanka wins 74% of the matches when Malinga takes 3 or more wickets.

Maiden over by Lakmal.

AND THEY BLAME LALA. Just saying. Hawa mei matt urro, zameen per aao #PakvSL

— Farieha Aziz (@FariehaAziz) March 8, 2014

The world setting everything up for Fawad to stake his claim as the greatest ever

— Nadir Hassan (@Nadir_Hassan) March 8, 2014

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Seventh over – Pakistan 20-3

Danger man Malinga is back!

One run for the over again.

Don’t panic guys. In sha Allah pakistan will win. Never give up on your team #PakvSL #AsiaCup #teampakistan

— J Gatsby (@_aladd1n) March 8, 2014

GO GREENS GO!!
Still have 7 wickets!!
Stay calm!
#asiacup#pakvssri http://t.co/cPt6i7ajm5

— Muhammad Munib Khan (@TeraPiiyoo) March 8, 2014

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Sixth over – Pakistan 19-3

Lakmal bowls to the Pakistani side. Only one run for the over.

Run rate drops to 3.35.

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Fifth over – Pakistan 18-3

The run rate at the start of the over was 4.25.

Malinga is on fire! Claims Hafeez.

Fawad Alam comes in to support Misbah.

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Fourth over – Pakistan 17-2

Misbahul Haq is on the pitch to bring stability to the shaky top order.

Lakmal bowls to Pakistani captain and Hafeez.

And this was a maiden over!

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Third over – Pakistan 17-2

Malinga bowls to Shehzad and Hafeez.

Two dot balls open the over.

Shehzad bowled out!

Malinga has now taken 15 wickets in first overs after claiming Sharjeel.

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Second over – Pakistan 14-1

Early loss of Sharjeel shakes Pakistan a little. Muhammad Hafeez is the new batsman.

Lakmal is bowling this over.

The first two balls of the over were dot, while Shehzad hits a four on the third ball.

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First over – Pakistan 8-1

Sharjeel hits two boundaries in the opening over.

When batting first and scoring 300+, Pakistan have won all matches against Sri Lanka.

Sharjeel caught out!

Dramatic 1st over! Sharjeel punches Malinga for 2 screaming boundaries , goes for a 3rd and is caught at midon!this is not a T-20! #AsiaCup

— salman ahmad (@sufisal) March 8, 2014

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1:00pm

Ahmed Shehzad and Sharjeel Khan are the opening batsmen from Pakistan, about to face Lasith Malinga.

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12:55pm

The teams have lined up in the field as the national anthems play in the stadium.


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12:37pm

Pakistan makes two changes to the team by replacing Sohaib Maqsood and Abdur Rehman with Sharjeel Khan and Junaid Khan. Sri Lanka makes a change as well. Lasith Malinga will be playing instead of Ajantha Mendis.

Surprised to see SL dropping Ajantha Mendis for final. All build-up Ajmal V Mendis wasted #AsiaCup #PakvsSL

— APRAMEYA .C (@APRAMEYAC) March 8, 2014

Unanimous decision on my TL that Sohaib shd be playing instead of Sharjil. Maybe the reverse jinx will cause Sharjeel to hit a 100 #AsiaCup

— Farhan Saya (@farhan_saya) March 8, 2014

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12:35pm

Pakistan: Sharjeel Khan, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Misbahul Haq, Umar Akmal, Fawad Alam, Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Talha, Umar Gul, Saeed Ajmal, Junaid Khan

Sri Lanka: MDKJ Perera, HDRL Thirimanne, KC Sangakkara, DPMD Jayawardene, SMA Priyanjan, AD Mathews, PC de Silva, NLTC Perera, SMSM Senanayake, RAS Lakmal, SL Malinga

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12:30pm

Pakistan win toss and elect to bat.

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12:20pm

Shahid Afridi clears fitness test and will be playing the final match.

Stat: Shahid Afridi is the only player to have won both Asia Cups for Pakistan. Today he will vying for the third.

— Imran Asghar (@PakCricket_Imy) March 8, 2014

Good luck #Pakistan for the #AsiaCup Finals !

— Sufi (@Sufi_Wajood) March 8, 2014

aaj sirf #lala ka balla nh puri team ka balla chalna chaye …#final #pakvsri #Asiacup

— libra princess (@libraprincess2) March 8, 2014

@SAfridiOfficial has been declared FIT to play the final of #AsiaCup #PakvSL Good Luck #Teamgreen

— Jawad Hussain (@Im_MJH) March 8, 2014

Mar 072014
 
Disabled athletes shine at youth festival


LAHORE: 

Competitions among disabled athletes were the highlight of the Punjab Youth Festival at the Punjab Stadium on Friday.

Punjab Sports Board Deputy Director Hafeez Bhatti distributed prizes among the winners.

Shahzad Akram from Sahiwal won the 100-metres race among blind athletes.

Umer Fayyaz of Faisalabad and Muhammad Danish Bhatti of Rawalpindi grabbed the second and third positions respectively.

The title of 50 metre race for blind girls went to Lahore’s Huma Ashraf. Attiyya Allah Bakhsh of Sargodha and Wajeeha Shafiq of Rawalpindi stood second and third respectively.

In the 100-metres race for deaf boys, Fakhar Iqbal of Rawalpindi was the winner, Sargodha’s Muhammad Zahid was second and Rashid Ali of Faisalabad stood third.

Among girls, Sahiwal’s Neelum Mukhtar was the winner. Amna Batool of Multan was second and Sobia Hayat of Sargodha took the third position.

Multan’s Ahmed Yar won the disabled persons’ wheelchair race. Lahore’s Muhammad Ishaq was second and Rawalpindi’s Qaiser Mehmood was third.

The 100-metres boys’ race for special persons was won by Gujranwala’s Sultan Ahmed. Shahzad Maqbool of Lahore took the second position and Sargodha’s Rizwan finished third.

Sumaira Batool was the winner of the girls’ race in the category. Zobia Rani of Gujranwala took the second slot and Multan’s Nusrat was third.

Sajjad Masih clinched the best power-lifter award. Tahir Baloch of Sargodha Division won the 62-kg category. Azam Mukhtar from Multan was second and Naveed from DG Khan was third.

Sajjad Masih of Lahore won the first position in 77kg weight category, Nabeel from Faisalabad was second and Muhammad Luqman was third. Qaiser Mehmood from Rawalpindi was the winner in 94kg weight category.

Former MPA Sohail Zia Butt was the chief guest and was accompanied by Sports Board DG Usman Anwar.

The cricket teams of Lahore, Sahiwal, Bahawalpur and Gujranwala defeated their respective opponents in the semi finals of the Punjab Youth Festival (PYF) Blind Cricket Tournament played at the UET cricket ground on Friday.

Bahawalpur chased Faisalabad’s target of 48 runs in the first match and confirmed their place in the semi finals. Sahiwal beat DG Khan by 10 wickets in the second encounter.

Lahore beat Multan by nine wickets. Lahore batsmen chased the 71 runs target in the fifth over of the innings.

In the fourth and last match of the day, Gujranwala scripted a 10-wicket victory against Sargodha.

Sargodha managed 68 runs against Gujranwala.

The semi finals will be played on Saturday (today).

Bodybuilders from various countries will compete for the title of Mr South Asia and Junior Mr South Asia on Saturday.

Published in The Express Tribune, March 8th, 2014.

Mar 062014
 
Pakistan fans pray for Afridi


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan superstar Shahid Afridi’s match-winning performances in the Asia Cup this week have prompted fans on social media to pray for him to be rewarded – with a son.

The 34-year-old, married and father to four daughters, delivered Pakistan a cherished victory over India on Sunday with consecutive sixes in the last over, sparking jubilant celebrations.

But the adoration of millions and a prime plot of land were not enough for some overzealous fans, who see a male child as the ultimate validation of Afridi’s accomplishments.

“We should all pray that God rewards the person who has provided all Pakistanis jubilation and smiles in such terrible times with a son,” one fan commented on the “Meri jaan Pakistan” (My love Pakistan) Facebook page. The post, which appeared on Wednesday, has received more than 5,000 likes, 1,000 shares, and hundreds of comments saying “Ameen (Amen)”. “God will now give him a son, God willing,” said another fan on the forum.

After beating India and Bangladesh, Pakistan face Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup final on Saturday. 

Published in The Express Tribune, March 7th, 2014.

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