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[UPSC MAINS 2014] Insights Secure-2014: Questions on Current Events, July 09

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09 July 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1) What are the objectives and  uses of estimation of poverty line? Do you think these estimations have helped to meet those objectives effectively? Critically comment.

Business Standard

2) Critically analyse the reasons behind crises in the power sector in India.

Business Standard

3) ‘India’s economic future and prosperity are best served by leading the shift from fossil fuels to renewable and clean energy’. In the light of threat to ecology and livelihood as a result of climate change, critically comment on the statement.

Business Standard

4) Discuss how his life in South Africa transformed Mahatma Gandhi and helped him fight the British in India.

The Hindu

5) Critically discuss the grounds on which Hitler and his administration carried out the ruthless persecution of the Jews in Europe.

The Hindu

6) What measures are needed to be taken to increase the forest cover in the country? Explain.

The Hindu

7) Examine the sources of revenue for the Indian Railways to implement various reforms to ensure safety and efficiency in its operations.

The Hindu

8) Critically comment on the existence of Sharia courts in the country and the opinion of the Supreme Court on their rulings.

The Hindu

 

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[UPSC MAINS - 2014] Insights Secure -2014: Questions on Current Events, July 2

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1 July 2014

02 July 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1.What do you understand by ‘water security’? Examine what steps are necessary to be taken to ensure water security in the country.

Business Standard

2.Examine the problems faced by insurance sector in India. In your opinion, what reforms should government introduce to boost the sector? Explain.

Business Standard

3.Critically examine the linkage between resource allocation for the judiciary by the government and the pendency of cases in India.

Business Standard

4.Critically comment on the findings of International Energy Agency’s recent report (2014) on energy security in the world and the implications of these findings on India.

Business Standard

5.Comment on the maritime boundary and sovereignty over islands issue between India and Sri Lanka.

The Hindu

6.Examine why India imports, instead of manufacturing at home, electronic goods into the country?

The Hindu

7.Examine how the collegium system to choose new judges works in India. In the light of recent controversy over the appointment of a judge to the Supreme Court, critically comment on the political, constitutional and moral issues arising out of the controversy.

The Hindu

8.Critically comment on India’s Nuclear weapons use policy. Do you think it’s pragmatic? Substantiate.

The Hindu

9.Does India need Uniform Civil Code? Critically comment.

The Hindu

 

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events and General Studies

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06 June 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1.Do you think Food Corporation of India needs revamping and restructuring? If you agree, examine how it can be done and why it should be done.

Business Standard

2.”Government must realise a strong defence is structured, not bought.” Critically comment.

Business Standard

3.Critically examine the various problems that a small and marginal farmer faces in India despite good monsoon and implementation of myriad farm related schemes.

Business Standard

4.What are the  functions and responsibilities of the Ministry of Statistics, government of India? Examine.

The Hindu

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5.Critically comment on the reasons behind raising levels of cyber crime in India and the government response to these crimes.

The Hindu

6.What is carbon footprint? How is it calculated? Examine India’s carbon footprint record.

The Hindu

7.Comment on India’s policy towards Bhutan since 1947.

The Hindu

8.”Enforcement of statutory minimum wages across different economic sectors would be critical to strengthening the workforce as well as to raising overall productivity.” Critically comment on India’s policy on minimum wages and its impact on employment and labour productivity.

The Hindu

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

9.Write a note on Digital Addressable cable TV System (DAS)

The Hindu

TRAI

10.What are nanodots? What are their applications? Explain.

The Hindu

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events and General Studies

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02 June 2014

Answer ALL the questions in about 200 words

1.Critically comment on the Constitutional provisions that enable the Parliament to create new states.

The Hindu

2.Critically examine the obstacle to urban solid waste management in India. Explain the role of institutions and private sector in this regard.

The Hindu

3.What do you understand by resource mobilization? How does government mobilize resources for financing its various expenditures? Examine.

The Hindu

4.Why there are special provisions for some states in the Constitution? Comment with suitable examples.

The Hindu

5.How glaciers are formed? What threats do they face around the world? Examine the consequences.

The Hindu

6.Discuss various challenges involved in cleaning polluted rivers. Critically comment on strategies adopted so far to clean river Ganga and Yamuna.

The Hindu

7.Bring out the relation between ethical conduct of a public servant and the concept of Dharma.

The Hindu

8.In the light of India’s regulatory mechanism and university system, critically comment on major problems faced by higher education system.

The Hindu

9.Critically comment on the relevance of Article 370 of the Constitution of India.

The Hindu

10.Does India need a ‘Look Middle-East Policy’? Explain why.

The Indian Express

11.Critically analyse various committee reports on energy security and policy in India.

The Indian Express

GENERAL STUDIES

12. How did contemporary world events influence Nehru’s thinking. Examine how he reflected them in his books.

The Hindu

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

13. Examine which technologies can be used to address drinking water problem in various parts of India based on local geographical conditions.

The Hindu

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events and General Studies

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31 May 2014

Answer ALL the following questions in about 200 words

  1. “When it comes to economic matters, the government is an enabler and facilitator. Its primary job is to develop and maintain a system in which people – the rich and the poor – can take steps by themselves to better their lives. ” In the light of the statement, critically examine the nature of poverty removal programmes in India.

Business Standard

  1. Write a note on the proposed diamond quadrilateral railway project. Do you think such a project is feasible in the current economic conditions? Comment.

Business Standard

  1. In your opinion, what are the big problems that agriculture in India is facing at present. Do you think myriad schemes and programmes are able to effectively address these problems? Critically evaluate.

The Hindu

  1. Comment why many bird species in India are becoming extinct in recent years.

The Hindu

  1. Critically examine the changing role of military in Pakistan’s domestic and foreign affairs in recent years.

The Hindu

  1. Do you agree with the proposal that privatisation of public sector banks is need of the hour to reform banking sector in India? Critically comment.

The Hindu

GENERAL STUDIES

  1. Critically comment on Jawaharlal Nehru’s contribution to strengthening democracy in India post-Independence.

Business Standard

SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

  1. Write a note on the involvement of private sector in recent years in space exploration.

The Hindu

  1. Write a note on the McLanahan Nutrient Separation System and its applications.

The Hindu

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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25, January 2014

1. Critically comment on the role of family in the Indian society in producing socially responsible individuals. (200 Words)

The Hindu

2. Discuss the various threats faced by wildlife in India.  Do you think conservation efforts are defeated by the vested interests in and around the wildlife habitats? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

3. Write a note on the contribution of ICRISAT to the Indian agriculture. (200 Words)

The Hindu

4. “The India-Japan partnership is yet to move beyond the economic to the strategic.” Analyze. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

The Hindu

5. India’s manufacturing’s share in the GDP has remained stationary at 15-16 per cent for more than three decades now, far lower than the 25-35 per cent that characterises the East Asian economies. In the light of India’s 2011 ambitious National Manufacturing Policy (NMP), critically analyze the constraints it is facing in the manufacturing sector and how they can be overcome. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

6. “Social attitudes need to change, reflecting liberal and humane values, if the country is to ensure gender equality and protection for all its women.” Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

7. What is bond yield? Do they reflect the health of an economy? Explain. (200 Words)

The Hindu

8. “Recent recommendations by the RBI’s Urgit Patel committee  set up to revise and strengthen the monetary policy framework in India might not go well with the Finance ministry.” Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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18 January 2014

J1,J2

Explain the role of technology in boosting agricultural income for the farmers. Write a note on TN-IAMWARM (Irrigated Agricultural Management and Water Resources Management) project. (200 Words)

The Hindu

J3,J4

What measures has government of India taken to meet the increasing demand for LPG in the country? Analyze. (200 Words)

The Hindu

J5,J6

“To achieve modernisation, China needs to secure a peaceful international environment to develop itself, and safeguard and promote world peace with its development.” Comment. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

J7,J8 – LEADERS

“The quality and volume of public goods and services supplied by the government as well as the effectiveness and efficiency of welfare transfers determine the voter behaviour in India.” Analyze. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

J9,J10

Critically analyze the role of the Istanbul process in bringing about stability and development to the Heart of Asia region.  (200 Words)

The Hindu

K1,K2

Write a critical note on  the Transplantation of Human Organs (Amendment) Act, 2011 . (200 Words)

The Hindu

K3,K4

Write a not on the important recommednations of the Mihir Shah Task Force Committee on Comprehensive National Social Assistance Programme (Pension). (200 Words)

The Hindu

K5,K6

Critically comment on the Japan’s ‘the Arc of Freedom and Prosperity’ strategy and its implications on India-Japan relations. (200 Words)

The Indian Express

K7,K8

“With a proactive role based on the power of judicial review, the higher judiciary in India has attained an unprecedented significance. However, in the areas of judicial management and appointments, there is little scope for euphoria.” Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

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Insights Secure-2014- Questions On Current Events

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14, January 2014

C3,C4

“Aadhaar is the biggest anti-corruption platform.” Do you agree with this view? Substantiate. (200 Words)

The Hindu

C5,C6 

What are the advantages and disadvantages of allowing FDI in retail sector in India? Do you think arguments made against it are justified? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

C7,C8 LEADERS

Discuss the causes of river pollution in India and highlight with examples the threats posed by polluted rivers to environment and people . (200 Words)

The Hindu

C9,C10

What were the circumstances that led to the 1962 Indo-China war? Write a critical note on India’s preparedness in its borders to avoid 1962 like situation. (200 Words)

The Hindu

D1,D2

Write a note on the beginning of India’s peaceful nuclear program? What are the challenges India is facing in setting up more reactors to meet the increasing demand for electricity? Discuss. (200 Words)

The Hindu

D3,D4

Write a note on the objectives and components of National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) (200 Words)

The Hindu

D5,D6

” Pluralism is the keystone of India’s civilisation and culture.” Comment.

The Hindu

D7,D8

“It is misleading to cast environmental safeguards and development as conflicting imperatives when they are vitally interlinked.” Do you agree with the statement? Elaborate. (200 Words)

The Hindu

D9,D10

Bring out the differences between Carnatic  and Hindustani classical music. Examine why classical music in India is not a popular career choice. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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07, January 2014

A1,A2

What is social audit? How effective is social audit in effective implementation of many government schemes? Explain with examples. (200 Words)

The Hindu

A3,A4 LEADERS

What measures has government of India taken to protect wildlife from illegal trade and poaching. Give examples. (200 Words)

The Hindu

A5,A6

Do you support abolition of the capital punishment? Explain why. (200 Words)

The Hindu

A7,A8

What is Environment Impact Assessment? Do you think India’s EIA process is free from weaknesses? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

A9,A10

Examine how India managed to eradicate polio in the country. (200 Words)

The Hindu

B1,B2

Critically comment on the influence of economic liberalization on the nature of social movements in India in the last two decades.

The Hindu

B3,B4

Why is the success of GSLV mission so important for India? Explain. (200 Words)

The Hindu

B5,B6

Write a note on the defence cooperation between India and japan. Do you think it is in India’s interest to forge stronger strategic ties with Japan? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

B7,B8

What were the important findings and recommendations of Sachar committee report? (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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28, December 2013

1. Differentiate between economic growth and development. Why do you think India lags behind in development despite good economic growth? Comment (200 Words)

The Hindu

2. Explain the importance of ports to the Indian economy and throw light on the problems being faced by them.

The Hindu

3. In your opinion why is it important to save Western Ghats? What measures would you propose to bring a balance between ecology and livelihood in these ecologically sensitive regions? (200 Words)

The Hindu

4. What is the difference between Geo-synchronous and geostationary orbit? What are the applications of Geo-synchronous satellites? (200 Words)

The Hindu

5. Write a note on the contribution of Parsi community to the industrial sector in India. (200 Words)

The Hindu

6. With suitable examples provide a broad outline of the impact of ethnic conflicts on the African polity. (200 Words)

The Hindu

7.  Beidou satellite network (50 Words)

The Hindu

8. Examine how India can use its space technology to forge strategic relationships with its neighboring countries.  (200 Words)

The Hindu

9. ” Focus on expanding the higher education sector to provide access has led to a situation where research and scholarship have been neglected.” Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

10. What is mutual fund? (100 Words)

The Hindu

11. What are the limitations of National Pension Scheme? How these limitations can be addressed? (200 Words)

The Hindu

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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11, December 2013

1. What are the highlights of strategic partnership agreement between India and Afghanistan? Do you think it is prudent for India to have a deep military ties with Afghanistan? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

2. Do you think the Women’s Reservation Bill which is pending in the Parliament would benefit poor and rural women from non political backgrounds? Why is there an opposition to the passing of the bill from certain political parties? Comment. (200 Words)

The Hindu

3. Write a short note on the recent crisis in the Central African Republic. How was the international reaction to this crisis? (200 Words)

The Hindu

4. Recently there was lot of concern regarding treatment meted out to South Asian Laborers by the Qatari contractors and the inaction by the Qatar government in safeguarding immigrants rights. What measures has India taken in this regard? Examine by highlighting the plight of immigrants in Qatar. (200 Words)

The Hindu

5. What are the concerns of the Gulf Cooperation Council on the issue of recent Geneva agreement between Iran and P5+1 countries? (150 Words)

Indian Express

5. Do you agree with the view that rapid urbanization in India would dilute casteism and caste a major factor in elections? Justify. (200 Words)

Indian Express

6. “The domestic origins of India’s economic problems lie in the clash between democracy and capitalism.” Comment. (200 Words)

Indian Express

 

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events

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06, December 2013

1. The Tropical Butterfly Park, Srirangam (50 Words)

The Hindu

2. Write a note on India’s nano Mission (100 Words)

The Hindu

Business Standard

3. Write a critical note on the causes and consequences of the Suez Crisis of  1956. (200 Words)

The Hindu

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4. Comment on the nature of trade relations between India and Pakistan since Kargil War. (200 Words)

The Hindu

5. Explain how Election Commission can play a role in increasing voter participation in elections, especially women voters. (200 Words)

The Hindu

6. The Pakistan Army’s Green Book (100 Words)

The Hindu

7.  Is Article 370 a source of gender bias in disqualifying women from the State of property rights?  (150 Words)

The Hindu

8. Write a critical note on India’s efforts at conservation of its wild tigers. Has India succeeded in its mission? Examine. (200 Words)

The Hindu

 

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Insights Secure – 2014: Questions On Current Events Day – 20

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Questions From The Hindu 21/10/2013

1. Why did India enact a nuclear liability law? What are the concerns of nuclear suppliers regarding this law? Do you think this law adversely affects India’s energy security? Analyze (250 Words)

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2. Bnei Menashe tribe (50 Words)

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3.  Write a critical note on the origin of cross border terrorism in India (150 Words)

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4. Do you think  the Clinical Establishments (Registration and Regulation) Act, 2010 (CEA) is patient friendly? Examine and suggest how this act can be implemented for the benefit of the patients. (200 Words)

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5. “The crisis in Syria is more the result of external factors than internal ones.” Critically comment. (200 Words)

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6. Do we need  stricter internet governance? Do you thin regulation of  World Wide Web restricts personal freedom? Comment. (200 Words)

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7. “Poverty is a threat to biodiversity.” Elaborate. (200 Words)

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8. Explain with examples how wildfires threaten biodiversity across the globe. What causes wildfire and how can it be prevented? (200 Words)

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9. “Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), compliance with Environment Clearance (EC) conditions and the adequacy of the Environmental Management Plans (EMP) are the tools in our armoury to ensure that none of our developmental interventions has unacceptably large or avoidable negative impacts, that the most desirable alternatives are selected and the projects managed efficiently.” Do you think these ‘tools’ are adequately used to meet the expectation expressed in the sentence? What are the shortcomings and what remedial measures would you suggest for their proper implementation? (250 Words)

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10. Evaluate the performance of India’s space missions vis-a-vis China’s. (250 Words)

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11. “The loss to India’s soft power in South Asia by the alienation of Sri Lanka will neither be negligible nor ephemeral.” Comment. (200 Words)

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12. “Nothing can make for a more powerful case to abolish the retributive practice of death sentences than the reformation of individuals convicted of heinous crimes.” Critically evaluate. (250 Words)

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events Day-18

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Questions From The Hindu (18 October, 2013)

1. “Key to sustaining economic growth and promoting development is good governance and quality decision-making.” Examine the factors that affect good governance and ethical decision making in the higher echelons of government. (200 Words)

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2. Sarojini Varadappan (50 Words)

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3. How can India allay the fears of nuclear suppliers about India’s nuclear liability  law without amending it? (150 Words)

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4. Critically comment on the recent assertive and independent foreign policy stance of Russia in its sphere of influence. (200 Words)

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5. Marange diamond field (50 Words)

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6. What feasible strategies would you suggest for our cities to reduce air pollution? Examine why Indian cities have failed to tackle air pollution effectively. (200 Words)

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7. Sein Win (50 Words)

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8. Do you think India can afford universal health coverage  system? What are the constraints in its implementation? Suggest solutions for its effective implementation. (250 Words)

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9. Should Indian press, both print and electronic,  be regulated by the government? Analyze the merits and demerits of such a measure. Suggest alternative measures to bring ethics and objectivity in media coverage of events. (250 Words)

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10. “As towns grow into cities and cities morph into metropolises, urban ecology seems to be losing ground to urgent demands for improved infrastructure.” Critically evaluate in  the Indian context. (250 Words)

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11. Write a critical note on the National Green Tribunal as an effective grievances redressal forum. (200 Words)

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Insights Secure-2014: Questions On Current Events Day – 5

Questions From The Hindu – 04/10/2013

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1. Critically examine the various factors that have led the creation of new states in last 25 years. Explain if the creation of new states has met its objectives. (250 Words)

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2. Explain the recent measures taken by the RBI to ensure consumer protection, transparency and accounting integrity in the banking practices in commercial banks. (200 Words)

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3. ” A relatively modest investment with appropriate policy changes in the coastal shipping industry could bring substantial dividends.” Analyze. (200 Words)

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4. Check yesterday’s question on Iran -USA relations, here

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5. Examine how India without compromising its independent foreign policy, can utilize international fora and groupings to secure its cyber space from external threats.  (250 Words)

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6.  “Remittances to developing countries have a positive impact on the global and their own economies.” Explain. (200 Words)

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