The Lanka Academic

 
AUGUST 13, 2001 EST, USA
 
A NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED BY LACNET
 
VOL. 2, NO. 129

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JVP holds the key to Lanka political crisis
Gulf-News, August 13. The Marxist JVP (People's Liberation Front) has drawn the central attraction of the political crisis in Sri Lanka with the two main parties heavily focussing on them as backstage talks, political manoeuvring , and bargaining continued leaving the country in uncertainty.The JVP with 10 seats in Parliament and holding the power to break or make the government were keeping both, the ruling People's Alliance (PA) and the main opposition United National Party (UNP) in hope and continued their talks with both sides last week and are due to have more discussions in the coming week. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 21:49:04 EDT 2001


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Ex-Lankan cricket chief fears arrest
Gulf-News, August 12. Former Sri Lankan Cricket Board president Thilanga Sumathipala has asked courts here for anticipatory bail fearing government moves to have him arrested on grounds of criminal misappropriation of funds. Sumathipala, whose family are well-known bookmakers here also run a local language (Sinhala)newspaper. His lawyers fear that the government is preparing to have him arrested because of his links to former sports minister S. B. Dissanayake who is a front-line politician of the ruling party, but presently having sharp differences with President Chandrika Kumaratunga.Political observers have monitored secret talks between Dissanayake and main opposition United National Party leaders, and speculation is rife that Dissanayake may cross-over with some of his allies. Such a move would undoubtedly bring the Kumaratunga administration, already crippled, to the ground. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 21:46:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Chandrika under pressure to resign
123India.com, Aug 13 2001 18:00 IST. Colombo, Aug 13 (UNI) Pressure is mounting on Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga to resign and pave the way for an interim government even as she reiterated that Parliament would be reconvened on September seven as scheduled. The United Nationalist Party (UNP) and other opposition parties are demanding the resignation of the minority government to pave way for an interim government to establish the five independent commissions, including police, election and judiciary. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 09:36:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Canberra names terror risks on Web
The Age, August 13. A Federal Government website has identified the leaders of India and Sri Lanka as being at risk of terrorist attacks during the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Brisbane.The Indian Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, and the Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, are among 46 of the 52 eligible Commonwealth leaders who have so far indicated they intend to attend CHOGM in early October. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 20:46:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Lanka braces for economic crunch, post Tiger attack
The Pioneer, August 14. Sri Lanka is bracing itself for an economic crunch after a "high war-risk" branding by insurers forced hotels to close, export commodity prices to drop, aircraft and ships to detour and put thousands out of work. When Tamil Tiger suicide bombers struck at Colombo airport last month, they showed just how easily they could infiltrate a high-security military facility, cripple a national airline and drive away droves of holidaymakers. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 14:14:08 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Police detain 146 around Colombo Intl airport
South Nexus, COLOMBO, Aug 14. Police have detained 146 people, mostly minority ethnic Tamils, from the vicinity of Colombo's international airport that was attacked by Tamil rebels last month, a police officer said on Monday. Eleven women were among those detained in the Negombo area, said Daya Jayasundara, the area police chief. Special police units, aided by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department, searched nearly 800 homes and questioned 250 people. During screening, 146 of them couldn't explain why they were staying in the district, Jayasundara said. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 14:11:16 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Anti-Govt. demonstrations in 70 towns
TamilNet, August 14. Demonstrations were held in seventy towns throughout the island Monday demanding the resignation of the People's Alliance government and "the installation of an interim government to bring in democratic reforms." The People's Movement for Democracy organized these demonstrations at Galle, Kandy, Ratnapura, Matale, Polonnaruwa, Kurunagala, Kadawatte, and other important towns. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 18:29:18 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Air travel in Lanka faces rough weather
TOI, August 14. Getting a flight out of Colombo is like winning the last price in a lottery – your chances are minimal and even if you are lucky enough what you get is not the best.After Tamil Tiger rebels bombed Sri Lanka's only international airport on July 24, travelling out of the country has become a little bit of a nightmare, not because people are traumatised by fear but more due to the ordeal of getting a ticket. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 18:20:45 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Many tourist hotels face closure in Sri Lanka
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.00 p.m Monday 13 August. Tourists Association of Sri Lanka says that if the current situation in the island continues about 25 of the 140 hotels under the Association might have to close, unless the government come forward to help them out. Swanee hotel in Beruwela, Sea Sands hotel, Bentota, Coral Gardens hotel, Hikkaduwa and Habarana Village in Habarana of the giant John Keells group, are currently on the verge of closure. Number of small hotels too are facing difficulties and have already closed down. Hotel industry sources reveal that almost 70% of tourist reservations have been cancelled resulting in a loss of over 1.5 billion rupees for the tourism industry. Political uncertainty and the postponed referendum has created a great setback for the Sri Lankan tourist industry despite the industry's efforts to get back on track after the LTTE attack in Katunayake.
Published: Mon Aug 13 09:03:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Aid call for Sri Lanka drought
BBC South Asia, Monday, 13 August, 2001, 11:01 GMT 12:01 UK . The Red Cross said 300,000 people were facing shortages and ill-health in the worst drought in the region in fifty years. It plans to provide enough food for more than six thousand families to survive for six months. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 09:37:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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CID hands over report on airport attack to IGP
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 12.20 p.m. SLT Monday August 13. The Head of the Criminal Investigations Department, Punya de Silva, this morning handed over a special report on the attack on the Bandaranaike International Airport and Sri Lanka Air Force Base at Katunayake to Police Chief, Lucky Kodituwakku.

The CID report, police sources said, holds valuable information on the investigation the police sleuths conducted after the devastating attack on the airport and air force base on July 24, last month. The investigation was concluded on Friday August 10, 2001.
Published: Mon Aug 13 07:15:52 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Sri Lankan human traffickers to face sentence in Australia
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 6.00 p.m. Monday 13 August. Nine Sri Lankan crew members of a boat, used to take twenty four Sri Lankans to Australia illegally in April this year, have pleaded guilty to the charge and have been found guilty of trafficking in illegal immigrants to the country. The Lanka Academic sources reveal that they will be sentenced on the 24th of August this year. It is the first time that Sri Lankans are to be sentenced for this offence in Australia. The Australian Migration Act provides for a penalty of "imprisonment for 20 years, or an Australian $220,000 fine, or both" for anyone found guilty of trafficking in illegal immigrants to the country. On July 29 this year another boat carrying an estimated 54 illegal immigrants to Australia had to turn back after experiencing rough weather few miles off the coast of Negambo. Reports said that the Negambo police arrested two persons from Kalmunai who were trying to get on the boat and also took into custody the owner/captain of the boat. The other passengers had managed to escape.

The Lanka Academic sources reveal that most of the illegal immigrants are lied to by the human traffickers =96 that they can find employment in Australia and the Australian government would provide them with aid and other facilities. In Sri Lanka, most people who try to go illegally to Australia and other countries either pawn all their valuables or mortgage their homes and get into debt to find the exorbitant fees charged by these human traffickers. They are lied to about their chances of finding employment. These people are left on dangerous reefs, small isolated islands, as the human traffickers do not like to go close to the respective countries due to the fear that they may be found and arrested. Our sources reveal that Patrols off the Australian coast have been increased and illegal immigrants are more likely to be caught than before. Human traffickers use boats that are not seaworthy with bad engines to smuggle people in rough seas. Many have died when these boats have capsized in rough seas.
Published: Mon Aug 13 07:57:58 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Army says SLAF destroyes Tiger bases
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 5.20 p.m. SLT Monday August 13. The Army said that an LTTE base at Sorampattu in the Jaffna Peninsula was destroyed today at around 1.45 p.m. by Sri Lanka Air Force fighter crafts. The jets are reported to have bombed the Tiger base at Sorampattu, which is situated about 7 Kms. North West of Elephant Pass.

According to the SLAF, the LTTE base had been completely destroyed together with stores of bullets. The SLAF is not sure if there were any Tiger casualties.

Meanwhile, another LTTE base close to the Jim Kelly training base in Thoppigala, about 35 Kms west of Batticaloa also came under aerial bombardment on Saturday, Aug. 11 around 1.30 p. m.

A news release by the Sri Lanka Army today said that Sri Lanka Air Force Kfir jets took on these targets but that casualties among the terrorists are not yet known.
Published: Mon Aug 13 07:15:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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Tigers steal fishing equipment
Frederica Jansz in Colombo, 1.10 p.m. SLT Monday August 13. Radio reports today said that the LTTE had stolen fishing equipment valued at over Rs. 700,000 and belonging to a Chinese businessman in northern Eravur.

The stolen equipment included two boats, two engines and other fishing tackle.

A tractor belonging to a farmer was also reportedly stolen by the Tigers in the area of Muttur.
Published: Mon Aug 13 07:15:53 EDT 2001 Back to the top


Ousted BCCSL chief plans a comeback
Yahoo India, 14 August 2001. Ousted president Thilanga Sumathipala is plotting to stage a comeback as the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) chief. Jayanta Dharmadasa, too, is working overtime to ensure he gets the post once occupied by elder brother Upali. Both these ambitious men, though, have to wait. After all, one of them can only get the presidency after the government decides to hold elections. At the moment, the BCCSL is being run by a five-member Interim Committee appointed by Sri Lankan sports (and tourism) minister Lakshman Kiriella. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 19:14:31 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Chandrika set to stave off opposition threat
The Hindustan Times, august 13. THANKS TO two master strokes last week, the beleaguered Sri Lankan President, Chandrika Kumaratunga, now seems well set to stave off the very serious threat to her from the opposition led by the United National Party (UNP). The first master stroke was to publicise an imminent possibility of a deal with the Maoist Jan-atha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP). With the JVP's 10 votes in parliament, she could defeat the no-trust and impeachment motio-ns to be moved by the opposition. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 17:00:35 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lanka's aboriginals give up hunting
123India.com, Aug 13 2001 12:10 IST. COLOMBO, Aug 13 (AFP) - Sri Lanka's indigenous aboriginal community, the Veddhas, have decided to stop hunting and instead rear cattle, a press report said Monday. The Veddha community, led by Uruvarige Wanniela Atto, agreed last week to stop their traditional practice of hunting boar, deer and other wild animals to become livestock farmers instead, the Sinhalese language Divaina newspaper said. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 04:08:43 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Rare greentop for first Test makes rivals see red
Yahoo India, 13 August 2001. The unusual sight of a grassy, hard wicket left rivals India and Sri Lanka biting their nails ahead of the first cricket Test starting here on Tuesday. In the Indian sub-continent where the slow, barren tracks have usually had fast bowlers fuming, the greentop at the Galle international stadium provided a pleasant surprise. The batsmen, however, were far from amused. "I have never seen so much grass on this wicket," said Sanath Jayasuriya, the Sri Lankan captain and opening batsman. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 08:11:38 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Tamil rebels admit attack on Sri Lanka's international airport
ABC News, 08/12/2001 8:09 am ET . Tamil Tiger rebels claimed responsibility Sunday for a devastating attack last month on Sri Lanka's only international airport and an adjoining air base that destroyed 12 planes. The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam often wait weeks before acknowledging their operations, and this was their first confirmation that they had conducted the July 24 assault, the fiercest in their 18-year-old campaign for a homeland for the country's minority Tamils. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 14:05:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sri Lankan hi-tech exam cheat arrested
123India.com, Aug 13 2001 12:45 IST. A Sri Lankan student who used a mobile phone strapped to his body to cheat in an exam has been arrested, police said Monday. The high-school student was handed over to the police after examiners found a mobile phone under bandages on his arm, with a hands-free microphone pinned under his shirt collar and an earphone in his hand. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 04:57:09 EDT 2001 Back to the top

JVP demands a halt to peace process with LTTE
Indiainfo, August 12. In a new twist to the political imbroglio in Sri Lanka the Leftist Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna (JVP), which recently struck a deal with the minority People’s Alliance (PA) government, has demanded that the peace process with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) be suspended. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 14:11:50 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Corr: Pakistan Keen to Sign Trade Agreement With Sri Lanka
Yahoo India, 13 August 2001. The Pakistani government has been negotiating a preferential trade agreement with Sri Lanka since a similar agreement was signed between Sri Lanka and India in 1998. The agreement would benefit Pakistan more than Sri Lanka as its exports to the country are almost three times the imports. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 05:09:32 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-ICC target Sharjah in battle against match-fixing
Yahoo India, 13 August 2001. Officials from the International Cricket Council's (ICC) anti-corruption unit will meet organisers of the Sharjah tournament to combat potential match-fixing at this year's tournament. The ICC said they would hold talks with officials from the Cricketers Benefit Fund Series, which organises the one-day event, this week. They will discuss how to improve security and protect players and umpires from illegal bookmakers trying to rig results. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 08:12:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

France denies barring six Sri Lankan Tamil rebels
Yahoo India, 13 August 2001. France on Monday denied a claim by the Sri Lankan government that six members of the Tamil Tiger guerrilla movement had been prohibited from entering French territory. A Sri Lankan government statement said last week that Paris had banned six "hard-core cadres" of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), including Anton Balasingham, the rebels' main theoretician and negotiator. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 05:01:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

ADB PROCUREMENT - SRI LANKA, SKILLS DEVELOPMENT
Nothern Light, Monday, August 13, 2001 5:42 AM EST . The Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka has received a loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) toward the cost of the Skills Development Project, it is intended that part of the loan proceeds be applied to eligible payments under the contract for which this invitation of bids is issued. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 08:10:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

2 killed, 5 hurt by LTTE in Lankan temple
Indiainfo, August 12. Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels shot dead two men and wounded five more during a Hindu religious service in Eastern Sri Lanka on August 12, the Defence Ministry said.Three gunmen of the separatist Liberation Tigers Of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) entered the Karumari Amman Temple in the town of Eravur at an overnight religious service and carried out the attack, the ministry said. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 14:14:22 EDT 2001 Back to the top

"Two civilians killed in LTTE attack"
The Hindu NUS, Colombo, Aug. 12. (DPA). Tamil rebels allegedly opened fire at a group of civilians attending a religious ceremony in eastern Sri Lanka, killing two civilians and wounding five others, the military claimed today. The military said the rebels attacked a group of civilians attending ceremonies inside a temple at Eravur, about 300 km east of the capital, late last night. Two men were killed and five other persons, including a 14-year old girl, were wounded in the attack, the military said. The reasons for the attack were not immediately known, military said. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 14:06:21 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Fire at the Census and statistic department
Bandula Jayasekara in Colombo, SLT 7.20 p.m Sunday August 12=20. There was a minor fire at the Census and Statistic department in Colombo today. The fire which took place at a computer room of the department damaged few computers . A spokesman for the department said that the damage to the computers amounts to million of rupees but, the fire had not affected the data collected during the recent census of population and housing in the country. He said the data relating to the census are stored some where else and ruled out any sabotage.
Published: Sun Aug 12 09:21:47 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Caring for the big babies
Yahoo India, 13 August 2001. M.J. Krishna takes a detour to an unusual place in Sri Lanka - an orphanage for pachyderms - the Elephant Care Centre at Pinnawala. In Colombo, at the sea-side suburb of Dehiwala, the neat beach affords a splendid view of the curving sandline fringed with leaning palms. The weekend is a time for fun and frolic, and the beach promised just that. One local resident pointed southwards to the Dehiwala Zoo, a model one in Asia, that would be worth a visit. When the talk went to Nature conservation and animal protection, his eyes lit up and he mentioned the Elephant Care Centre of Pinnawala. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 19:31:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

No talks with LTTE, JVP tells Govt.
Sunday Times, 12 August 2001. The JVP, which struck a new understanding with the minority PA government on Friday, has demanded that the peace process with the LTTE be suspended, opening a new dimension to the country's on-going political crisis. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 02:48:02 EDT 2001 Back to the top

LANKAN DREAMS - A LANKA ACADEMIC EXCLUSIVE
The Lanka Academic, august 12. Living in Sri Lanka these days is like living permanently in Enid Blyton's Land Of Dreams - there is the same sense of unreality, of rapid change, of bewilderment. Except that Sri Lankan dreams are mostly nightmares. Take some of the more memorable events in the month gone by - a deadly pre-dawn attack on the country's main Air Force Base and the only International Air Port, an anti-government demonstration in which two participants were shot to death with live bullets, a crumbling economy, a prorogued parliament, an out of the blue referendum, a mutually destructive contestation between the government and the opposition. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 01:28:19 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-India, Sri Lanka look to pacemen in Galle test
Yahoo India, 14 August 2001. India and Sri Lanka hope their fast bowlers will set the tone on a grassy pitch for the first game of a three-test series which starts on Tuesday. "We haven't seen one like this in Sri Lanka. It looks like a decision pitch," Sri Lankan skipper Sanath Jayasuriya told reporters after inspecting the playing surface. More...
Published: Mon Aug 13 11:06:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top
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Cricket unites guns and roses
Yahoo India, 13 August 2001. Artistically engraved above the brass plaque announcing the Board of Control for Cricket in Sri Lanka (BCCSL) office, at the verdant Maitland Place, is this inscription: “Behind every successful team is a Nation.” Well, many here would add: “It’s a successful team which gives the Nation an identity.” Clearly, cricket isn’t only a sport in these parts and the islanders look to cricket to help them overcome the trauma of being a nation which has seen continuous bloodshed for two decades. This, to a large extent, explains the frenzied celebrations at the Premadasa Stadium (and elsewhere) when Sri Lanka thrashed India in last Sunday’s tri-series final. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 19:34:28 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Sri Lankan players need more focus in tests - coach
Yahoo India, august 12. The Sri Lankan cricket team can emerge as a strong test side if the players show the same kind of intensity they display in the one-day games in five-day matches, team coach Dave Whatmore said. The 1996 World Cup winners take on India in a three-test series starting in Galle on Tuesday hoping to reverse their poor run of test results at home, having lost two of the last three series against Pakistan and England. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 04:36:44 EDT 2001 Back to the top

‘Hidden hand’ behind axe
Yahoo India, 13 August 2001. An injury is keeping top gun Sachin Tendulkar out of the three-Test series beginning Tuesday, but in senior pro Aravinda De Silva’s case, a ‘hidden hand’ seems to be responsible. A veteran of 89 Tests (5,952 runs at an average of 41-plus with 19 centuries), Aravinda was named in the pre-season probables’ pool but ignored during the recent tri-series and, now, doesn’t figure in the 16-man squad for the first Test, in Galle. The Sri Lankan selectors (chairman T.B.Kehalgamuwa, Brendon Kuruppu, Amal Silva, K.M. Nelson and Kapila Wijegunawardene) have, of course, recalled left-handed Hashan Tillekaratne after a long lay-off but obviously thought little of Aravinda’s experience (and performances against India). More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 19:33:34 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Ban on GM foods effective from Sept. 1
SundayObserver, 12 August 2001. The ban on the importation of Genetically Modified Foods (GMFs), which was deferred till September 30, will now be re-imposed from September 1, since the World Trade Organisation (WTO) is not against it. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 01:01:10 EDT 2001 Back to the top

India feel the heat as statistics leave Lanka cold
HT, August 13. It was a bitterly cold January day in 1994 that saw Roshan Mahanama sitting all by himself outside the dressing room at the KD Singh Babu Stadium in Lucknow. Things were not looking good for Sri Lanka in the first Test of the 1993-94 series and Mahanama reflected the mood in the visitors' camp. "Do your reports also go to Sri Lanka?" he asked one of the two reporters who approached him. From his tone, it was evident that it would be better if they didn't. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 17:03:39 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Army new website popular
The Island, august 12. Sri Lanka Army announced that its newly launched Website, within just eight months of its inception, has fetched well over 600 surfers daily on average. The figure fluctuates and is always on the increase. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 02:06:11 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Sports Minister to remove AAA chief?
Sunday observer, 12 August 2001. The President of the Amateur Athletic Association (AAA) of Sri Lanka, Sunil Gunawardene, should never have returned to Sri Lanka, but stayed on in Edmonton, Canada and sorted things out. This is like a captain abandoning ship when it is sinking. I want to remove him from office in the next couple of weeks," Minister of Tourism and Sports, Lakshman Kiriella, said on the latest episode of shop lifting by two Sri Lankan athletes in Edmonton where the World Athletic Championships are in progress. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 01:02:54 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Mr Ganguly, you are being watched!
Yahoo India, august 12. With Indian captain Saurav Ganguly on the International Cricket Council (ICC) watch list for dissent and bad behaviour, the Indian think tank has to to be careful of its next move. Reliable sources have revealed that the ICC wants to make an example out of Ganguly and ICC match referees have been told not to be lenient with him at all. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 14:37:26 EDT 2001 Back to the top

Cricket-Young Indian batsmen face stern Sri Lankan challenge
Yahoo India, august 12. India's young batsmen go into their three-test series against Sri Lanka under pressure to perform in the absence through injury of key players Sachin Tendulkar and Vangipurappu Laxman. The tourists will face a sharp pace attack and the world-class off-spin of Muttiah Muralitharan in this southern fort town in the first match of a series expected to be closely fought in heat and humidity. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 14:36:29 EDT 2001 Back to the top

I am innocent of misdeeds, says Warne
ThatsCricket, August 12. Shane Warne, praised as a cricket superstar but slammed as a yobbo, says he is not to blame for all the scrapes he has been involved in on and off the field. The brash blond, undoubtedly the greatest leg spinner in the history of Test cricket, attracts controversy like a moth to a flame. More...
Published: Sun Aug 12 14:16:51 EDT 2001 Back to the top

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