7 From 2017

7 From 2017

2017, as a literary year, gave us many reasons to celebrate. For fiction, in general, it has been a great year, but for homegrown fiction in particular, it has been an exceptional one. Home Fire  :is the seventh novel by  Kamilia Shamsi, It has been longlisted for the Booker Prize۔  ...

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Nadal withdraws from Brisbane International

Nadal withdraws from Brisbane International

BRISBANE: Top-ranked Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Brisbane International due to his “late start of preparation” for the new season. Brisbane International tournament director Cameron Pearson said Thursday that “we received word of his withdrawal this morning.” The joint ATP and WTA tournament begins Sunday at Pat Rafter Arena....

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Pollard skips NZ Twenty20s for personal reasons

Pollard skips NZ Twenty20s for personal reasons

NELSON: The West Indies have suffered a further setback on their New Zealand tour on Thursday with team officials confirming premier all-rounder Kieron Pollard had pulled out of the Twenty20 matches for ‘personal reasons’. It is the second change for the tourists, who have already had to replace the injured...

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Khursheed Shah raises questions over Sharif brothers’ visits to Saudi Arabia

Khursheed Shah raises questions over Sharif brothers’ visits to Saudi Arabia

Leader of the Opposition Khursheed Shah, while holding a press conference in Lahore on Friday, raised questions over Nawaz Sharif’s impending visit to Saudi Arabia. “Today, the nation is watching. The people are interested in knowing why Shahbaz Sharif is in Saudi Arabia and why Nawaz may be visiting soon.” According to...

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Worst fire in New York fire in decades kills 12 in the Bronx

Worst fire in New York fire in decades kills 12 in the Bronx

A fire tore through a Bronx apartment building on Thursday, killing at least 12 people, including a toddler, and leaving four others fighting for their lives in New York’s deadliest blaze in decades. The fire broke out around 6:51pm (2351 GMT) in a 25-apartment building near the Bronx Zoo, one...

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Imran Farooq murder: Interior Ministry approves FIA’s request for red warrants of suspects

Imran Farooq murder: Interior Ministry approves FIA’s request for red warrants of suspects

The Interior Ministry on Friday approved a request by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for red warrants of three suspects in the murder of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Imran Farooq. Following the approval, FIA will contact the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) to send out red warrants for three...

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At least 15 dead, building destroyed by fire in Mumbai

At least 15 dead, building destroyed by fire in Mumbai

Fire tore through a Mumbai building where a rooftop party was being held early on Friday, killing at least 15 people and leaving many injured, police said. The blaze started just after midnight in a top floor restaurant in the centre of the city and quickly spread to two adjacent...

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US city elects first-ever Sikh woman mayor

US city elects first-ever Sikh woman mayor

NEW YORK: A woman of the Sikh community has become the first-ever mayor of Northern California’s Yuba city. Preet Didbal’s rise to mayor was celebrated as a long-awaited affirmation of the Sikh community’s contributions in California, the Los Angeles Times said on Thursday. Yuba City’s annual Sikh parade attracts upward of 100,000...

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Two Saudi princes released from detention

Two Saudi princes released from detention

DUBAI: Two sons of Saudi Arabia’s late King Abdullah have been released from detention at Riyadh’s Ritz-Carlton hotel, days after nearly 20 other detainees in the two-month-old anti-corruption campaign were also freed. Saudi Arabia’s attorney general approved the release of Prince Meshaal bin Abdullah and Prince Faisal bin Abdullah after...

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Nawaz’s ‘Saudi visit plan’ talk of the town

Nawaz’s ‘Saudi visit plan’ talk of the town

LAHORE: Ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif will leave for Saudi Arabia to meet dignitaries there, a media report suggests. It was informed that ruling PML-N head Mr Sharif is likely to depart for the Gulf kingdom within 48 hours, the report said quoting family sources. A party source said Nawaz...

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Apple apologies after outcry over slowed IPhones

Apple apologies after outcry over slowed IPhones

Apple CEO Tim Cook stands in front of a screen displaying the IPhone 6 during a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California October 16, 2014. PHOTO: REUTERS Facing lawsuits and consumer outrage after it said it slowed older iPhones with flagging batteries, Apple is slashing prices for battery replacements...

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A Review of 2017’s Prominent Stories From Across The Globe

A Review of 2017’s Prominent Stories From Across The Globe

From N. Korea’s atomic tests to the disruption in the Mideast, Rava.pk takes a gander at the greatest stories over the globe. 2017 has been a turbulent year in more routes than one, beginning from Donald Trump being confirmed as the leader of the United States to the worldwide retribution on inappropriate...

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17 of 2017’s Most Visual Stories From Around The World

17 of 2017’s Most Visual Stories From Around The World

2017 has been the year of the unrelenting news cycle. Not all the news in 2017 was bad news, though. Some of it was inspiring, gratifying, touching, amusing or mystifying. That being said, a lot of it was bad. From deadly protests against a foreign policy change to the resignation of...

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Jamaat victory in Dir LG by-polls stayed over disenfranchisement

Jamaat victory in Dir LG by-polls stayed over disenfranchisement

PESHAWAR: A single-member Peshawar High Court bench has issued a stay order temporarily stopping the Election Commission of Pakistan from notifying the Jamaat-i-Islami candidate’s victory in the recent by-elections for a tehsil council seat from Shahikhel area in Lower Dir district over the alleged disenfranchisement of women. Justice Arshad Ali...

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Bollywood Best Scenes 2017: Tiger Zinda Hai, Toilet Ek Prem Katha to Trapped, films that had memorable sequence

Bollywood Best Scenes 2017: Tiger Zinda Hai, Toilet Ek Prem Katha to Trapped, films that had memorable sequence

Bollywood 2017 was content driven with memorable scenes. While some sequences in films like Tiger Zinda Hai, Trapped and Toilet Ek Prem Katha relied on performance, others were well written and executed. 2017 has been yet another year of hits and misses at the box office. But at several instances,...

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Mohalla Assi makers move court: Contempt petition against CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi

Mohalla Assi makers move court: Contempt petition against CBFC chief Prasoon Joshi

The petition was filed on December 22 after the CBFC failed to comply with a Delhi High Court order to certify the film. Makers of the movie Mohalla Assi have filed a contempt petition against the Central Bureau of Film Certification’s (CBFC) chairperson Prasoon Joshi. The petition was filed on...

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Shahid Kapoor, wife Mira Rajput and daughter Misha’s perfect family selfie

Shahid Kapoor, wife Mira Rajput and daughter Misha’s perfect family selfie

On Tuesday, Shahid Kapoor took to Twitter and posted a very cute picture in which we just cannot take our eyes off the actor’s daughter Misha who is all smiles. The actor wrote, “Happy Holiday.” Talk about good-looking families in Bollywood and Shahid Kapoor’ family will surely find a place in...

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Birthday special: How Stan Lee fashioned his superheroes as a counterpoint to DC’s ‘gods’

Birthday special: How Stan Lee fashioned his superheroes as a counterpoint to DC’s ‘gods’

Stan Lee, who turns 95 today, is responsible for creating some of the most iconic superheroes like Spider-man, Iron Man, Hulk and many others. Stan Lee, who turns 95 today, is a comic-book legend who has seemingly been around forever. This man is responsible for creating some of the most...

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This musical series is making TV history with USA’s largest transgender cast yet

This musical series is making TV history with USA’s largest transgender cast yet

Cable channel FX said on Wednesday it had green-lit Glee creator Ryan Murphy’s Pose, a dance-musical series featuring the largest transgender regular cast in US television history.The series will star Evan Peters (American Horror Story) and Kate Mara (The Martian, House of Cards) as a New Jersey couple who get sucked into the...

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Shahbaz Sharif off to Saudi Arabia for ‘important’ meetings

Shahbaz Sharif off to Saudi Arabia for ‘important’ meetings

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif left for Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. According to an official press release, the chief minister will hold ‘important’ meetings in the kingdom, besides performing Umra. No word was given about the nature of the meetings.The departure, however, set many tongues wagging as Mr Sharif...

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White House year-ender highlights Pakistan mission and Afghan strategy

White House year-ender highlights Pakistan mission and Afghan strategy

WASHINGTON: The official White House year-ender has highlighted the joint US-Pakistan operation to rescue a North American couple from Taliban custody as one of its major achievements. It also talks about the new US strategy for Afghanistan, launched in August this year, as a demonstration of the Trump administration’s resolve to win...

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GB govt agrees to withdraw taxes as protesters end long march

GB govt agrees to withdraw taxes as protesters end long march

GILGIT: Protesters agreed on Wednesday to end their march on Gilgit after reaching an agreement with the Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) government. After a seven-day-long shutter-down and wheel-jam strike across GB against imposition of taxes, the GB government bowed down before the protesters and agreed to withdraw all taxes being imposed in the...

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Zardari will meet Qadri before MPC: Khursheed Shah

Zardari will meet Qadri before MPC: Khursheed Shah

SUKKUR / LAHORE: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Wednesday said a meeting would be held between Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) chief Dr Tahirul Qadri ahead of the multiparty conference (MPC) being organised by the...

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Bilawal pledges to continue struggle for ‘free judiciary’

Bilawal pledges to continue struggle for ‘free judiciary’

GARHI KHUDA BAKHSH: Recounting all the times it had ‘victimised’ the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) — from the execution of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto to the acquittal of Benazir’s killers — Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari on Wednesday vowed to continue his mother’s struggle for an independent judiciary. Addressing the multitudes that had gathered...

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PM Abbasi says PML-N will form next government

PM Abbasi says PML-N will form next government

HARIPUR / HASSAN ABDAL: Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has said that his government will complete its constitutional term and the people will vote the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz into power again. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony of 37km Burhan-Shah Maqsood section of Hazara Motorway here on Wednesday, he said the...

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Fans set up art gallery to honour late painter Bashir Ahmed Kanwar

Fans set up art gallery to honour late painter Bashir Ahmed Kanwar

The fans of painter and calligrapher, the late Bashir Ahmed Kanwar, have opened the Bashir Kanwar Art Gallery in the Sialkot city without any government help. Gujranwala Arts Council Director Dr Abdul Halim Khan inaugurated the gallery for the public at a ceremony on Wednesday. Author and poet Ashfaq Niaz,...

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Anushka Sharma named PETA’s Person of the Year

Anushka Sharma named PETA’s Person of the Year

Anushka Sharma has been named PETA’s Person of the Year by animal rights organisation People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Newlywed actor Anushka Sharma has been named PETA’s Person of the Year by animal rights organisation People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Known for movies like PK, Jab...

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Actor Surveen Chawla shares photo of her husband

Actor Surveen Chawla shares photo of her husband

Surveen Chawla shared a picture where she is seen dancing with her husband romantically. But as per reports, it has been over two years since Surveen Chawla tied the knot. Here are the details. Surveen Chawla, who has entertained us with her roles in many TV shows and films, shared a...

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One person arrested after Parvathy files police complaint against cyberbullying

One person arrested after Parvathy files police complaint against cyberbullying

A person has been arrested in connection with actor Parvathy’s complaint against cyberbullying. The actor has been the target of trolls ever since she termed certain dialogues in Mammootty’s Kasaba as misogynistic. One person has been arrested by the Ernakulam police after Malayalam actor Parvathy filed a complaint against the...

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CJP Nisar summons Punjab governor’s son to court in medical colleges’ fee case

CJP Nisar summons Punjab governor’s son to court in medical colleges’ fee case

Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Saqib Nisar on Tuesday summoned Punjab Governor Muhammad Rafiq Rajwana’s son to the Lahore registry of the Supreme Court (SC) to answer questions regarding a telephonic call to a female lawyer involved in a case regarding the inflated fee structure of private medical and dental colleges....

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Delimitation bill becomes law with president’s approval, paving way for timely elections

Delimitation bill becomes law with president’s approval, paving way for timely elections

President Mamnoon Hussain signed off on the 24th Constitutional Amendment Bill 2017, passing it into law on Dec 22, DawnNewsreported on Wednesday, citing sources in the presidency. The Senate had passed the crucial delimitation bill with 84 voting in favour of the motion and one against earlier in December, whereas the National Assembly had...

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Was unsuccessful in reforming provincial education sector, says Sindh education minister

Was unsuccessful in reforming provincial education sector, says Sindh education minister

Sindh Education Minister Jam Mehtab on Wednesday confessed that the provincial government was unsuccessful in achieving the goals that it had set for itself in the education sector. “I’ll be honest: I could not bring about the reforms I wanted to introduce in the province’s education sector,” Mehtab said in...

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New Zealand clean sweep West Indies in ODI series

New Zealand clean sweep West Indies in ODI series

Mitchell Santner and Trent Boult shared six wickets as New Zealand beat the West Indies by 66 runs in the rain-affected third One Day International Tuesday to complete a clean sweep of the three-match series. New Zealand made 131-4, batting first after winning the toss in a match reduced to...

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Pakistan reserves the right to pull out of Asia Cup next year, Sethi warns BCCI

Pakistan reserves the right to pull out of Asia Cup next year, Sethi warns BCCI

LAHORE: India’s objection over Pakistan hosting the 2018 Emerging Teams Asia Cup might force the latter to exercise its ‘right’ to pull out of the Asia Cup which will be staged in India in September next year, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi warned on Tuesday. Representatives from India...

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Mutko steps down as Russia Football Union chief

Mutko steps down as Russia Football Union chief

MOSCOW: Russia Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko, who has been dogged by allegations of involvement in doping and was banned for life from the Olympics this month, said on Monday he would temporarily step down as president of the Russian Football Union while he contests the ban in the Court...

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Power consumers to get real-time billing, supply info via mobile app

Power consumers to get real-time billing, supply info via mobile app

ISLAMABAD: With a continuously shrinking demand-supply gap, the government launched on Tuesday a mobile phone application to let consumers know real-time electricity billing and supply situation of any public-sector distribution company (Disco). Speaking at the launch of Roshan Pakistan, an Android-based mobile app, Minister for Power Awais Ahmad Khan Leghari...

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Saudi Arabia, Egypt outperform in weak region

Saudi Arabia, Egypt outperform in weak region

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s stock market rose in a mostly weak Gulf region on Tuesday after data showed deflationary pressure on the economy easing, while Egypt also gained but trading volume remained very low because of the end-of-year holiday period. The Saudi index rose 0.4 per cent as real estate developer...

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‘Foreign loans compromise sovereignty,’ says Rabbani

‘Foreign loans compromise sovereignty,’ says Rabbani

KARACHI: Senate Chairman Mian Raza Rabbani said on Tuesday foreign loans come with strings as lenders’ conditions infringe upon national sovereignty. If a nation has a choice, then it should opt for increasing exports by promoting the indigenous industry and making it competitive, he said while addressing the 41st Export...

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8 looks we loved on the red carpet in 2017

8 looks we loved on the red carpet in 2017

That being said, before we dive headfirst into 2018, let’s look back and reflect on the past year in the sartorial department. 2017 was the year of fast trends, red carpet fails and ramp musings. We saw everything from the demise of the off-shoulder to the rise of the power...

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Karachi descended into its present state when Kamal became mayor, says Murad

Karachi descended into its present state when Kamal became mayor, says Murad

DADU/HYDERABAD: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah on Tuesday described Pak Sarzameen Party (PSP) leader Syed Mus­tafa Kamal’s desire of ruling over Sindh as his wishful thinking, saying that the party had not yet grown big enough. He was responding to similar questions posed by media personnel at Sehwan...

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Sindh police await funds from federal govt for protection of Chinese nationals

Sindh police await funds from federal govt for protection of Chinese nationals

KARACHI: As China warns its citizens in Pakistan to be on the alert after receiving intelligence reports of possible attacks on their lives, the Sindh police are still waiting to receive promised funds from the federal government to complete its security plan for the nationals of the neighbouring country who...

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Contempt notices issued to top police officers over non-ejectment of Islamia College building

Contempt notices issued to top police officers over non-ejectment of Islamia College building

KARACHI: A court put on Tuesday the provincial police officer and others on notice for not complying with its order to vacate the Islamia College building complex. The Islamic Education Trust, which owns the complex, through the official assignee moved a contempt of court application against the police and the...

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The Worst Fashion Trends of 2017

The Worst Fashion Trends of 2017

Every year, there are too many ideas that are presented in the world of fashion to renew what we wear. Some of the new fashion ideas that are presented to us by fashion designers last for a long time to be called trends while there are other fashion ideas that...

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Blind Mystic Who ‘Predicted 9/11, ISIS and Brexit also Forecast China’s Emergence As Superpower In 2018

Blind Mystic Who ‘Predicted 9/11, ISIS and Brexit also Forecast China’s Emergence As Superpower In 2018

The mystic, who was dubbed the ‘Nostradamus from the Balkans’, reportedly foresaw that in 2018 China will overtake the US to become the world’s next ‘super power’.

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Civil society takes up Shahrukh Jatoi’s release

Civil society takes up Shahrukh Jatoi’s release

KARACHI: After the conviction of Shahrukh Jatoi under the Anti-Terrorism Act was set aside, civil society moved the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday challenging the Sindh High Court order. The high court had ruled that Shahzeb Khan’s murder did not fall within the Act’s ambit and therefore set aside the conviction...

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Ex-parte proceedings against Ishaq Dar hang in the balance

Ex-parte proceedings against Ishaq Dar hang in the balance

ISLAMABAD: The ex-parte proceedings against defunct finance minister Ishaq Dar hang in the balance as the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has raised certain questions related to his trial.Subsequently, NAB has to respond to the queries of the IHC by January 17 when the court will resume hearing of a petition...

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PPP loses the Bhutto touch

PPP loses the Bhutto touch

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) commemorates the 10th death anniversary of its former chairperson and two times prime minister of the country, Benazir Bhutto, on Wednesday (today). Her tragic assassination was a great loss to the PPP and Pakistan alike. In her assassination, the country lost a courageous and moderate...

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Health facilities: 500-bed Cantonment Hospital being renovated in Pindi

Health facilities: 500-bed Cantonment Hospital being renovated in Pindi

ISLAMABAD: A 500-bed hospital in the cantonment areas of Rawalpindi is being renovated to better serve the residents of surrounding areas — whether they live within in or outside the cantonment.This was detailed in a briefing on revamping the Cantonment Hospital in Rawalpindi to Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi at the...

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Fresh ideas: HEC wants help from students to beat smog

Fresh ideas: HEC wants help from students to beat smog

ISLAMABAD: With the smog earlier this year once again perplexing civic administrators and planners, the Higher Education Commission has turned to varsity students for some out-of-the-box ideas to beat it.This was disclosed as a two-day National Business Plan Competition kicked off at NUML on Tuesday. Organised by the Business Incubation Centre...

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Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ‘UN must take note of India’s terror activity’

Kulbhushan Jadhav case: ‘UN must take note of India’s terror activity’

LAHORE: The treasury benches demanded that the United Nations (UN) take notice of the “terror activities” of the Indian government. They said the neighbouring country was using terrorists like Kulbhushan Jadhav and others to further its ulterior motives. The demand was put forward by Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) MPA Hina Pervez...

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