Etisalat auction: How much for 050-7777777 VIP number?

Properties, cars and vanity number plates have been auctioned before in the UAE, but now its VIP mobile numbers.

Etisalat, a telecommunication services and technology company, has put 70 numbers on the Emirates Auction website with only seven of them (050-7777777, 050-7777770, etc) listed in the diamond plus category.

“The prices may be disclosed a week before the auction on our website and if not then it will be revealed only at the venue,” a call center executive of Emirates Auction.

“You will have to bring a signed cheque and hand it over to the person at the auction. If you bid and win, you will have to put the amount on the cheque handed over.”
The auction will be held on March 8 at Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi and Armani Hotel, Dubai.

Etisalat has said that part of the auction revenue will be used to support Khalifa Foundation programmes, while another part will be used to support Etisalat’s CSR projects.

The auction is part of the company’s continuous efforts to support social responsibility programmes and was announced during the signing of an agreement with the Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Foundation and Emirates Auction at Etisalat’s headquarters in Abu Dhabi.

According to Emirates Auction website, there are seven diamond plus numbers, 25 diamond numbers, 18 platinum numbers and 20 gold numbers.

The above categories include different packages, with the buyer of the Diamond Plus number getting 22,500 local minutes per month for 2 years, 2,250 international minutes per month for 2 years, 100GB data per month for 2 years, 22,500 local SMS per month for 2 years, 300 incoming roaming minutes per month for 2 years, the latest smartphone and a dedicated customer care.

The package for Diamond numbers includes 7,500 local minutes per month for 2 years, 750 international minutes per month for 2 years, 20GB data per month for 2 years, 7,500 local SMS per month for 2 years, 100 incoming roaming minutes per month for 2 years, a smartphone and a dedicated customer care.

Buyers of Platinum number will get 2,500 local minutes per month for 2 years, 100 international minutes per month for 2 years, 10GB Data per month for 2 years and 2,500 Local SMS per month for 2 years, a smartphone and a dedicated customer care, while Gold number buyers get 850 local minutes per month for 2 years, 50 international minutes per month for 2 years, 5GB data per month for 2 years and 850 local SMS per month for 2 years, a smartphone and a dedicated customer care.

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Google To Track Global De-forestation In Real-Time

Google has launched a new website that allows users to watch and track deforestation all over the world in near real time.

The new website called Global Forest Watch is leveraged with deforestation data and outfitted with curated maps and in-depth reporting.
Scientists have been studying forests for centuries, chronicling the vital importance of these ecosystems for human society, Google said in a blog post.
But they still lack timely and reliable information about where, when, and why forests are disappearing.
This is about to change with the launch of Global Forest Watch – an online forest monitoring system created by the World Resources Institute, Google and a group of more than 40 partners.
Global Forest Watch uses technologies including Google Earth Engine and Google Maps Engine to map the world’s forests with satellite imagery, detect changes in forest cover in near-real-time, and make this information freely available to anyone with Internet access.


By accessing the most current and reliable information, everyone can learn what’s happening in forests around the world.
According to data from the University of Maryland and Google, the world lost more than 500 million acres of forest between 2000 and 2012, a report in the blog said.
That’s the equivalent of losing 50 soccer fields’ worth of forests every minute of every day for the past 13 years.
By contrast, only 0.8 million square km have regrown, been planted, or restored during the same period, according to the blog.

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Names of the Continents and Their Origin #Asia #Africa #Artica #Antartica #Australia #Europe #America

First on this list is Africa. There are many different theories as to the origin of Africa’s name. After the Romans defeated Carthage (which is in modern-day Tunisia in Northern Africa) in the third Punic War, they called their new province “Africa.” The most popular theory as to the origin of the name is that it was named for a native tribe there—the Afri, with “Africa” then being the feminine form of “Africus”, literally meaning “land of the Afri”.

An alternate theory, which has a hole in it due to when the name was first used, is that it comes from the Phoenician word “afar” which means “dust.” Put together with the Latin suffix –ica, sometimes used to denote “land”, the name could mean “a land of dust.” Given Africa’s hot, desert-like climate in the north, which is where the Romans claimed their province, the Phoenician root is considered by many to be a plausible alternative to the “Afri tribe” theory, for the origin of Africa’s name.

Whatever the case, as Europeans continued exploring and discovered the breadth of the continent, the name that the Romans had originally used for their small province stuck, and the entire continent became known as Africa.

Antarctica comes from the Greek word “antarktike,” which literally means “opposite to the north.” The continent is, of course, home to the southernmost point on Earth. John George Bartholomew, a Scottish cartographer, is believed to be the first person to use “Antartica” to refer to the continent. However, the name was used for a different place by the French before this. In the 1500s, they held a colony in Brazil below the equator which they named France Antartique.

Asia derives from the Ancient Greek “Ἀσία”, which was used as early as 440 B.C. by Herodotus in his Histories. However, it is likely that the name was in use long before then, though not referring to a whole continent, but rather originally just the name for the land on the east bank of the Aegean Sea, and then later the Anatolia (part of modern Turkey).

Romans referred to two provinces when talking about Asia: Asia Minor and Asia Major. A common theory is that the Greek name ultimately derived from the Phoenician word asu, which means “east”, and the Akkadian word asu which means “to go out, to rise.” In reference to the sun, Asia would then mean “the land of the sunrise.”

Terra Australis Incognita means “the unknown land in the south” in Latin, and rumours of the continent’s existence dated back to Ancient Roman times. Of course, Romans did not have the maritime technology to reach Australia and did not have any direct evidence that it existed, as far as we know. When Europeans finally discovered the continent, the name “Terra Australis” stuck. The continent was referred to the shortened “Australia” by a number of early explorers, but it was Matthew Flinders who pushed for its use from 1804. Though “Australia” was used unofficially for several years, Governor Lachlan Macquarie petitioned for its official adoption in 1817. It wasn’t until 1824 that the name was officially given to the continent.

Europe was likely named after Europa, one of Zeus’ many lovers in Greek mythology. Legend has it that he abducted her after taking on the form of a white bull and took her to Crete.  It is difficult to determine the etymology of the name, but one theory is that it comes from the Akkadian word erebu which means “to go down, set” or the Phoenician ereb which means “evening, west.” The western directional meaning would mean it had similar origins to Asia. Alternatively, the name Eurpoa may have derived from the Greek “eurys”, meaning “wide”, and “ops”, meaning “face”, so “wide face”.

As in many of the other names of the continents, “Europe” originally didn’t refer to anything close to what we think of as Europe today.  Rather, it was just a small region, like “Asia”, referring to a portion of present day Turkey, part of Thrace.

Like most, I’ve known that the Americas (North and South) were named after Amerigo Vespucci since my early education. However, the story behind why this is the case is somewhat more interesting and quite a bit less well known. Vespucci was a navigator that traveled to “the new world” in 1499 and 1502. Being a well educated man, he realized that this new world was not part of Asia, as some had initially thought. Vespucci chose to write about his travels and his books were published in 1502 and 1504. Being both entertaining and educational, his accounts of the new world were reprinted in almost every European language.

In 1507, a German cartographer, Martin Waldseemüller, chose to make a new map that included the new world. He and two scholarly partners were aware of Vespucci’s writings and were ignorant of Columbus’s expeditions. As such, they decided to name the new land after Vespucci, stating:

But now these parts (Europe, Asia and Africa, the three continents of the Ptolemaic geography) have been extensively explored and a fourth part has been discovered by Americus Vespuccius (the Latin form of Vespucci’s name), I do not see what right any one would have to object to calling this part after Americus, who discovered it and who is a man of intelligence, and so to name it Amerige, that is, the Land of Americus, or America: since both Europa and Asia got their names from women.

When the large new map, approximately 8 feet by 4 feet, was unveiled by Waldseemüller, it had the large title “AMERICA” across what is now present day Brazil. Waldseemüller used Vespucci’s travelogues as a reference for his drawing and so his map had South America as the only part of this new western hemisphere. When North America was later added, the mapmakers of the time retained the original name. In 1538, the famous geographer Gerard Mercator chose to name the entire north and south parts of America as one large “America” for the entire western hemisphere

Bonus Facts

  • Part of Antartica has been named “Queen Elizabeth Land” in honour of Queen Elizabeth II. The area is about twice the size of the United Kingdom.
  • Captain James Cook was sent to find Terra Australis Incognita in 1772. Returning with charts of the eastern coastline of Australia—large enough to be considered a continent—he was turned down by officials who believed that the real Terra Australis Incognita was located farther south. Cook set out again and was the first person to sail into the Antarctic Circle. However, he turned away to resupply his ship before seeing land. If he had succeeded in his voyage, it is likely that Antarctica would have been named Australia after Terra Australis instead. (The first person to see the Antarctic Continent was Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen in 1820).
  • Europa is also the name of one of Jupiter’s moons.
  • An alternate theory as to how America got its name, not backed up by a whole lot of documented evidence, you may sometimes hear is that a tribe of Native Americans named the Amerrique may have existed, and both Columbus and Vespucci may have visited them. The word is said to originate from the Mayan word for “exceptionally strong wind.”
  • Another “America” theory that you may sometimes here, again, not backed up by nearly the evidence as the above in the main article, is that it was named after a Bristol merchant named Richard Amerike. Amerike and other merchants had been trading items and fishing off the coast of Newfoundland for many years before Christopher Columbus and John Cabot made their voyages to America. The theory is that the fishermen who worked for him named the area in which they lived after their employer. It is also believed that Amerike sponsored John Cabot on his successful trip to America’s eastern shore, and that Cabot named the land after his sponsor.
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Most Expensive Streets To Reside

Over the years, with the increase in the number of potential buyers the real estate market is witnessing healthy property investments, especially in luxury property sector. A study conducted by the research firm Wealth-X on the most expensive residential streets in the globe came up with their report. Read on to know more about it as compiled by ibtimes.

#10 Avenue Montaigne, Paris

12121 With the most rich and famous flocked together, Avenue Montaigne in Paris makes it to the list of the most expensive street to live in the country. The avenue has a history that goes back to 350 years and is located in the 8th arrondissement in the Champs-Elysees quarter. The street also holds a great cultural treasure; and no wonder that it attracts the wealthy. The street is as expensive as $26,000 per square meter.

#9 Fifth Avenue, New York


Fifth Avenue in New York attracts the upper class of the society for its central location. Being placed at the heart of the city, the street has been attracting the rich way behind from 1900. The advantage of the ease of access in the Gotham city comes at a whooping price of $28,000 per square meter.

#8. Ostozhenka, Moscow


Standing as a witness to the Russian resolution once upon a time, the Ostozhenka street in Moscow is now occupied with luxury hotels, museums and cathedrals. Owning a space in the street is considered as a jewel in the crown as one has to shell out some serious money. The most luxurious residential area of Russia may cost you $29,000 per square meter.

#7. Romazzino Hill, Sardinia


Costing a hefty amount of $32,900 per square meter, Romazzino Hill makes it to the list of most expensive streets to reside. The residential area set on the island is home to the most influential including the royal family of Qatar and other Russian billionaires. The location is owned autonomously by Italy and is expected to attract more wealth as moving on.

#6. Chemin de Ruth, Geneva


Chemin de Ruth is most adorned for its location and picturesque landscape that attracts the creamy class of the society. Set in the midst of snow capped hills, the most expensive residential area of Switzerland can cost you as much as $37,000 for just a square meter of a land. Facing the water front of the Lake of Geneva, Chemin de Ruth always attracts the club class.

#5. Paterson Hill, Singapore


The street with a dead end gained its title “Billionaire’s Row” for the wealthiest of the country owning a property in the lane. A square meter piece of the Paterson hill may cost you $42,500 with its shopping belt, designer stores and restaurants. What’s more than a serine residential area amidst the luxuries of life can tempt the most wealthy and influential?

#4. Boulevard du General de Gaulle, Cap Ferrat, France


With an array of beachfront villas, Boulevard du General de Gaulle is the world’s most expensive non urban housing location. Located in a vast vicinity of 15 kilometers this beautiful hotspot is enough to lure wealthy population. Boulevard du General de Gaulle is nestled in the lap of the Mediterranean Sea and costs $79,000 per square meter.

#3. Avenue Princess Grace, Monaco


The palm tree-lined streets of Avenue Princess Grace may look enchanting and breathtaking, however may get you deprived of $86,000 for each square meter that you buy. The residential area in the principality of Monaco is home for the elite class of the society with its location facing the Mediterranean Sea.

#2. Kensington Palace Gardens, London


Have you ever thought of owning a house next to Duke and Duchess of Cambridge or Lakshmi Mittal? Well, then be ready to shift to Kensington Palace Gardens, but owning a piece of land may demand $107,000 for each meter square. The second most expensive residential area in the globe also contains French, Russian, and Japanese embassies.

#1. Pollock’s Path, The Peak, Hong Kong

What’s more can give you pride than owning the most expensive piece of land on earth! Well, Pollock’s Path in Hong Kong can fulfill your dream, but the price may be a bit huge of $120,000 per meter square. The street is set atop a hill and the winding paths move close by the most influential, rich and famous of the country. The world’s most high priced street provides a spectacular view of the skyscrapers lining the harbor.


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The 50 Most Romantic Movies Ever Made

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

Ah, Valentine’s Day: flowers, candy, gifts, overpriced dinners, and wildly outsized expectations. And we can blame the movies for most of those expectations; few genres are as unfairly fantasy-based as the romance, and as prone to send jaded viewers like us into fits of gagging. But we’re also not made of wood; there are a good number of romantic movies that get us right in the old ticker. As a matter of fact, there are about 50 of them.

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Few Longest Train Routes of India

Which is your preferred mode of transport for long distance travel- flight or train? Flight saves time, but there’s the inconvenience of cramped space and security checks. Besides a flight journey falls short of emanating that romantic charm despite the presence of those charming flight attendants. This is where a train journey fits in. Imagine yourself inside a train rushing past the towns and villages of India- giving you glimpses of fascinating landscapes, the weather changing every few hours and the food presenting distinctive changes in aroma in each of your meal. Then, there’s the exciting prospect of meeting perfect strangers, getting into conversation with them and discovering ways of life so different from your own. So, hurry up! Dust off that travel bag and choose one route from the below mentioned list of 1o longest routes.

Kerala Sampark Kranti Express
Train Number: 12218
Starting Point: Chandigarh (Punjab)
Ending Point: Thiruvananthpuram (Kerala)

Running at an average speed of 57killo meters per hour, it covers a distance of 3415kms in 57 hours and 35 minutes. It takes 21 halts. It traverses through Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala. This train runs once in a week.

Guwahati- Ernakulam Express
Train Number: 12508
Starting Point: Guwahati (Assam)
Ending Point: Ernakulam (Kerala)

It runs at an average speed of 55killo meters per hour. It travels 3337kms in 59 hours and 45 minutes. It takes halts in 43 places. It’s a weekly train service. It passes through the states of Assam, West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and finally reaches Kerala.

Dehradun- Kochuveli Weekly Superfast Express
Train Number: 12288
Starting Point: Dehradun (Uttarakhand)
End Point: thiruvananthpuram (Kerala)

It covers a distance of 3459kms in 61hours and 10 minutes. It traverses through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharastra, Karnataka and Kerala. It halts at 25 places. It runs once a week.

Raptisagar Express
Train Number: 12522
Starting Point: Ernakulam (Kerala)
Ending Point: Barauni (Bihar)

Raptisagar is a super fast express running at an average speed of 55km per hour. It covers a distance of 3441kms in 62 hours. It takes 61 halts. It’s a weekly train service. The train passes through Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Dehradun- Kochuveli Weekly Superfast Express
Train Number: 12288
Starting Point: Dehradun (Uttarakhand)
End Point: thiruvananthpuram (Kerala)

It covers a distance of 3459kms in 61hours and 10 minutes. It traverses through Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharastra, Karnataka and Kerala. It halts at 25 places. It runs once a week.

Ten Jammu Express
Train Number: 16787
Starting Point: Tirunelveli (Tamil Nadu)
Ending Point: Jammu Tawi (Jammu & Kashmir)

It passes through Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and Jammu & Kashmir. It covers a total distance of 3561kms in 70 hours. It halts at 70 stops and crosses 518 intermediate stations. This is a biweekly train service.

Guwahati Express
Train Number: 12515
Starting Point: Thiruvanathapuram (Kerala)
Ending Point: Guwahati (Assam)

This is a super fast train running at an average speed of 54km per hour. It traverses through Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Assam. It covers 3552kms in 65 hours. It takes a total 50 halts. It runs once in a week.

Navyug Express
Train number: 166
Starting point: Mangalore (Karnataka)
End Point: Jammu Tawi (Jammu & Kashmir)

NavYug Express runs through 12 Indian states: Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka. It covers a distance of 3609kms in 67 hours. It takes 61 halts. It runs once a week.

Dibrugarh Express
Train Number: 15901
Starting Point: Bangalore (Karnataka)
Ending Point: Dibrugarh (Assam)

Dibrugarh Express started running from 4th January 2010. It’s an express train running at the speed of 51km per hour. It covers a total distance of 3547kms in 68 hours. It takes 33 halts and runs through Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, West Bengal and Assam. It’™s a weekly train.

Vivek Express (Dibrugarh-Kanyakumari)
Train Number: 15905/15906
Starting Point: Dibrugarh (Assam)
Ending Point: Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)

It owes its name to Swami Vivekananda as it started running to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Swamiji. It is an express train, covering a total 4272kms in 82 hours. It travels through the states of Assam, West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It takes 54 halts. This is the longest train route in India and the 9th longest in the world.

Himsagar Express
Train Number: 16317/16318
Starting Point: Jammu Tawi (Jammu & Kashmir)
Ending Point: Kanyakumari (Tamil Nadu)

This express train runs at the speed of 53km per hour and traverses a total distance of 3714kms in 70 hours. It passes through 9 Indian states: Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It halts at 71 stations. It runs once a week. It starts at 11.45PM on Monday from Jammu and reaches Kanyakumari at 10.45 PM on Thursday.

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Countries which say a Big No to #Valentinesday

Valentine’s Day is widely celebrated all over the world as a day when no powerful force on earth can stop any lovers from expressing their feelings and love. Unfortunately, there are some places where celebrating this day is considered as something against the culture and hence banned it by terming it as a crime. In case, you were on a look out for the right destination to celebrate Valentine’s Day, don’t visit to the following places, reports PolicyMic.


In a country like Malaysia where Muslims account for over 60 percent of the population, celebrating Valentine’s Day is totally banned since 2005. The idea of not encouraging such day is firmly based on culture and religion followed by the dominating population in Malaysia.  As per the BBC reports, over 80 young Muslims were arrested in budget hotels and public parks and charged with being in “close proximity,” which is a punishable offense of upto two years imprisonment. Though Malaysia prides itself on being a diverse and tolerant nation, the authorities tends to make and enforce regulations over its Muslims masses.


In an attempt to cast out Western influence from the budding minds of Iranian youth, this Islamic country has banned Valentine’s Day since 2011. The country’s lawmaker prohibits the production of Valentine’s Day gifts and also any promotion of the day celebrating romantic love and affections between a man and a woman.  The new Valentine’s Day guidelines strictly warn Iranians that legal action will be taken against the violators. According to the latest instructions, “Printing and producing any products related to Valentine’s Day, including posters, brochures, advertising cards, boxes with the symbols of hearts, half-hearts, red roses and any activities promoting this day are banned,” reports TIME. With the popularity of V-day on the rise in Iran within its 70 percent of the younger population, the ban apparently was imposed to curb it.

Saudi Arabia

‘Nothing Reds on this day!’ says moral police in Saudi Arabia. In this Islamic nation, not just V-day is banned, even selling or wearing anything red on this day is totally a big ‘No.’ Every year on February 14th brings about the same procedure; flower shops and gift shops are prohibited from selling red roses, anything heart-shaped or red for that matter on that day by the “Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice” (CPVPV) also known as the Religious Police. The penalty for violating the rules would lead to bringing the store shut down permanently. Not just that, all the schoolgirls are also prohibited from wearing anything red –not even a red scarf on this very day. The real motive behind banning anything red on this day is to discourage people from celebrating the day of love as it is a non-Islamic occasion and it may lead people to go “astray”; and also restricting people from dating or having any opposite sex attraction before marriage.


The lawmakers of Belgorod, a small city in western Russia has banned Valentine’s Day since 2011. The local authorities stated that Valentine’s Day, like Halloween, is inauspicious for the soul and not at all a Russian tradition. Therefore, it should not be celebrated. Grigory Bolotnov, a consultant to the local government on social and religious issues said “The very atmosphere of these holidays does not foster the formation of spiritual and moral values in youth,” reports the Global post. On this day, schools and clubs have been urged to cancel any Valentine’s Day related events.



Indonesia, another country in the list dominated by Muslim population,  banned with the world’s most populous Muslim country is also one such country where the celebrations of the V-Day is completely banned by the Islamic authorities, clerics and residents. The Head of the hardline Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), Habib Idrus Al Gadhri exclaimed “It’s Western culture and immoral so it’s ironic Muslims celebrate it,” reports CAPITAL NEWS. In some Indonesian cities such as Balikpapan on Borneo authorities would monitor cheap hotels and conduct raids on unmarried young couples.


According to Ayurveda, the Vedic science of medicine, all food is classified according to the three modes of maya, sattva, rajas and tamas. Each quality has a profound influence not only on our physical health, but also on our state of mind.

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  • Sattvic food promotes clarity and serenity of mind and is conducive for spiritual growth. It is fresh, sweet, juicy, light, nourishing, lightly cooked with minimal spices and includes most fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables, particularly green leafy vegetables, whole grains, honey, pure water and milk.
  • Rajasic food feeds the body, but promotes activity and therefore induces restlessness in the mind. Rajasic food is bitter, sour, salty, pungent, hot and dry. It includes most spicy foods, stimulants like coffee and tea, eggs, garlic, onion, meat, fish and chocolate, as well as most processed food. Eating too fast or with a disturbed mind is also considered rajasic. These foods create sensuality, sexuality, greed, jealousy, anger, delusion, fantasies, egotism and irreligious feelings.
  • Tamasic food induces heaviness of the body and dullness of the mind, and ultimately benefits neither. It increases pessimism, ignorance, lack of common sense, greed, laziness, criminal tendencies and doubt. Tamasic food is dry, bad smelling, distasteful or unpalatable. It includes alcohol, meat, and food that is stale or overripe. Foods that have been processed, canned or frozen are tamasic. Overeating is also tamasic.

Types of Vegetarians

 If you practice yoga, meditation it is best to become vegetarian and adhere to a sattvik diet as much as possible. If your diet only partially includes sattvik food, you receive only partial benefit. It’s like rowing a boat while it is still tied to the dock. You can do something more to speed up your journey — untie the boat! Become vegetarian.



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