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Rahul, Priyanka, Scindia roll out Mission UP with mega roadshow in Lucknow

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday made her formal debut in active politics with a massive road show in Lucknow, accompanied by Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia, enthusing party workers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi and General Secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia waving to the crowds that lined up the streets during their roadshow in Lucknow on February 11, 2019.
Congress President Rahul Gandhi and General Secretaries Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia waving to the crowds that lined up the streets during their roadshow in Lucknow on February 11, 2019.
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra made her formal debut in active politics with a massive road show in Lucknow, accompanied by her brother and Congress President Rahul Gandhi and fellow General Secretary Jyotiraditya Scindia, enthusing party workers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
 
The Congress President had, on January 23, appointed Ms. Vadra as the party's General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh East and Mr. Scindia as the General Secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh West. The two young leaders will oversee the party's efforts in the coming Lok Sabha elections in their respective areas, and will, therefore, be each responsible for roughly half of the 80 seats from the state.
 
The Gandhi siblings and Scindia were accompanied on the roadshow by UP Congress chief Raj Babbar and other senior party leaders. They were greeted all along the four-hour, 25 km drive from the airport to the party's office in Lucknow with rose petals, garlands, bouquets, banners and so on by huge cheering crowds on both sides of the road.
 
Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi and Scindia waved and smiled at the people throughout.
 
Congress volunteers distributed food packets, tea and water to people and patriotic songs were played on loudspeakers.
 
For Priyanka, on whom much of the hopes of the Congress workers in Uttar Pradesh now rests, this was the first time that she was campaigning outside the Lok Sabha constituencies of Amethi and Rae Bareli, held by Rahul Gandhi and their mother and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, respectively.
 
Speaking at the end of the roadshow, the Congress President said his party was committed to playing on the front foot, without any hesitation and without fear, in Uttar Pradesh and the rest of the country in the coming Lok Sabha elections, expected to be held in April-May.
 
He said Ms Vadra and Mr. Scindia would work to better the party's performance in the Lok Sabha polls, but, more importantly, they had been entrusted with the task of ensuring that the party was voted to power in the next Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.
 
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"We will not rest until we establish a Congress government in Uttar Pradesh," he declared.
 
"This is an ideological battle. On the one  hand,  there is the Congress ideology of brotherhood, love and harmony. On the other, there is the ideology of the BJP, the RSS and of (Prime Minister) Narendra Modi of dividing the people, speading hatred and weakening the nation," he said.
 
He said the people had seen the record of Modi in the past four and a half years. He said the Modi government had failed to provide jobs to the youth as promised, had written off loans worth lakhs of crores of rupees of industrialists but had refused to waive farm loans, and had worked for the benefit of a few industrialists. "This is the reality of the man who had said he wanted to be the nation's 'chowkidar' and not Prime Minister," he said.
 
Mr. Gandhi said he had decided to send Ms. Vadra and Ms. Scindia to help revive the party in the Uttar Pradesh. "The Congress began in Uttar Pradesh and cannot remain weak in this state," he said.
 
He told Ms. Vadra, Mr. Scindia, Mr. Babbar and the several other state Congress leaders present that it was their collective responsibility to work for the revival of the party in Uttar Pradesh. The party had managed to win only two of the 80 seats from the state in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
 
He said the party would work for the youth, women, farmers, workers and the poor. According to him, the people had tried all other parties and now wanted a progressive government. He said the people realised that the Congress was their only option now.
 
He said the party must make every effort to bring to the fore leadership from the grassroots, making it clear that leaders who parachuted into the state could not produce the desired results.
 
Mr. Gandhi spoke briefly about the latest revelations about the Rafale fighter jets deal which, according to him, strengthened the allegations about corruption at the highest levels.
 
About the BSP-SP alliance in UP, which had kept the Congress out, Mr. Gandhi said he had the greatest respect for BSP supremo Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav. "But the Congress will fight with all its might for its ideology and for bringing about change in Uttar Pradesh," he added.
 
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Four held for Bulandshahr violence, police mum on killers' links

Four people have been arrested in connection with the killing of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a young man in violence in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh after cow vigilantes went on a rampage, police said on Tuesday.
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh who was attacked and shot dead by a mob protesting against alleged cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr on December 3, 2018. (File Photo: IANS)
Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh who was attacked and shot dead by a mob protesting against alleged cow slaughter in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr on December 3, 2018. (File Photo: IANS)
Four people have been arrested in connection with the killing of Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a young man in violence in Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh after cow vigilantes went on a rampage, police said on Tuesday.
 
The police, however, maintained it would be too early to conclude about the involvement of any organisation in the violence although local officials linked the mayhem to right-wing Hindu groups.
 
The police said the main conspirator behind Monday's mob violence was Yogesh Raj, who is on the run and is said to be a Bajrang Dal activist. 
 
Additional Director General (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said those arrested were Chaman, Devendra, Ashish Chouhan and Satish, who have been named in the FIR, while the prime suspect was Yogesh Raj.
 
"Those arrested have been found to be leading the crowd after being identified in a video. About 40-50 others who are unidentified were involved in the incident and police is confident of identifying them with the video evidence," he said.
 
The official parried questions about the political links of the three key accused who are also said to include an activist each from the BJP and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad.
 
"Yes, Yogesh Raj is the main conspirator," he said, adding that he was yet to be arrested. 
 
He said six teams have been formed to probe the incident and an SIT has been constituted to investigate the matter.
 
On allegations that policemen fled the spot leaving the slain Inspector alone, Kumar said the circumstances in which police personnel left the place would be analysed and till then no action would be taken against anyone.
 
He said the Inspector was first injured by a stone.
 
"He fell unconscious and was taken in a vehicle which was attacked by a mob with stones and gunfire," he added. Videos which went viral showed the Inspector dead with a bullet wound near the vehicle and several activists running around in circles.
 
A .32 bore bullet was found lodged in the head of Subodh Kumar Singh.
 
Earlier reports said the Inspector was killed when he tried to reason with the Hindutva activists blocking a busy road with carcasses of animals they claimed were of cows.
 
About the death of the youth, Sumeet, only a probe can reveal whether he was killed in cross-firing or police firing, Kumar said.
 
A view of vehicles that were damaged after violence erupted on Monday in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr in violence by a mob protesting against alleged cow slaughter, on December 3, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
A view of vehicles that were damaged after violence erupted on Monday in Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr in violence by a mob protesting against alleged cow slaughter, on December 3, 2018. (Photo: IANS)
He said a bullet had been recovered from the body of Sumit. 
 
The officer said the dead officer was being treated as a "martyr" and full state honour was given to him in Meerut in the presence of the police brass.
 
The body was taken to his village in Etah where he would be cremated with full honours.
 
In his village, his family broke down on seeing the mortal remains. His wife rued that he had sought leave but it was not granted. If he had been given leave, he would have been alive, she said.
 
His two teenage sons paid glowing tributes to their father, saying he never discriminated people on the basis of religion.
 
The officer's elder son Shreya is studying MBA while his younger son Abhishek is a student of engineering.
 
The uncle of the dead Inspector said the family won't accept the compensation of Rs 40 lakh announced by the government and instead wanted the presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the village. 
 
The government has formed a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the violence, the circumstances leading to it and to identify the people and groups involved. 
 
Meanwhile, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati blamed the state government for the violence in Bulandshahr, saying the "lawlessness" in the state was a result of its "faulty and wrong policies".
 
In a statement, the four-time Chief Minister said that government was now faced with the same mobocracy it inculcated to make political gains over the past many years.
 
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Dust storm on Sunday night leaves 23 dead in Uttar Pradesh

Dust storms, hail and lightning have claimed as many as 23 lives in the last 12 hours in Uttar Pradesh, an official said on Monday.
A dust storm lashing Mathura in Uttar Pradesh on May 13, 2018.(Photo: IANS)
A dust storm lashing Mathura in Uttar Pradesh on May 13, 2018.(Photo: IANS)
Dust storms, hail and lightning have claimed as many as 23 lives in the last 12 hours in Uttar Pradesh, an official said on Monday.
 
The storm hit Etawah, Banda, Auriyya, Meerut, Kanpur rural, Kannauj, Farukkhabad and Orai districts.
 
Late on Sunday, gusty winds, followed by dust storm, had brought life to a standstill in many parts of the state. Many houses were razed to the ground, hoardings and trees uprooted and power outages reported from various cities and towns.
 
The relief commissioner's office, although, has confirmed only 18 deaths besides two dozen injuries in Sunday's dust storm. 
 
District officials have been asked by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to ensure prompt relief, a government spokesman said. 
 
Due to the uprooting of trees, vehicular traffic on the busy G.T. road near Orai was disrupted for more than four hours. 
 
A woman standing under a tree in Kannauj was killed as it fell on her while two persons have been reported dead from Barabanki. 
 
Three deaths, including a child have been reported from Bulandshahr due to a wall collapse.
 
Five persons have been reported dead in Kasganj and one in the temple town of Vrindavan. Two persons died in Saharanpur after being struck with lightning. 
 
One person died in Muzaffarnagar as he was hit by a tree branch when he was driving a bike. 
 
One person was killed in Ghaziabad's Lalkuan area after a tree fell on a car and a six-year-old died in Hapur after falling in a tube well tank due to the squall. 
 
A passerby was hit by a hoarding brought down by winds near the Stellar Jeevan Society in Noida and died while one woman was killed in Aligarh.
 
While one died in Sambhal, two persons were killed in Banjariya village when two minarets of a mosque were ripped off by high velocity winds and they fell on a house. One person was killed in Budayun.
 
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Modi says Defence Industrial Corridor will be set up in UP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday that one of the two Defence Industrial Corridors announced in this year's Budget would be established in Uttar Pradesh with likely investments of up to Rs. 20,000 crore which would help in the development of the state, especially the Bundelkhand region.
 
Modi praises Yogi for bringing positivity in Uttar Pradesh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said one of the two Defence Industrial Corridors announced in this year's Budget would be established in Uttar Pradesh with likely investments of up to Rs. 20,000 crore which would help in the development of the state, especially the Bundelkhand region.
 
Delivering the inaugural address at the Uttar Pradesh Investors' Summit 2018 here, he said the corridor -- which will cover Agra, Aligarh, Lucknow, Kanpur, Jhansi and Chitrakoot -- would provide jobs to nearly 2.5 lakh people.
 
Mr. Modi said that the organisation of such a major event in Uttar Pradesh, with the participation of so many investors, was indicative of the change that has come about in the state. He congratulated the State and its Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for establishing itself on the path of development and prosperity in such a short timeframe.
 
He said the State is blessed with an abundance of resources and capabilities. He noted its strengths in agriculture. He complimented Yogi Adityanath for changing the negative atmosphere in the State, to one of positivity and hope. He said the State is making appropriate policies for various sectors. He said the State Government is serious about fulfilling the promises made to farmers, women and youth.
 
He said the State is working on a “One District, One Product” scheme. He said the Union Government’s schemes such as Skill India Mission, Stand Up India, Start Up India and Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana, will prove useful in implementing the “One District, One Product” scheme.
 
He said the Union Government’s Pradhan Mantri Kisan Sampada Scheme would help reduce wastage in the agriculture sector. He said the State had immense potential in ethanol production, due to large sugarcane cultivation.
 
The Prime Minister said that the Kumbh Mela to be organized next year at Prayag, would be the largest such event of its kind in the world.
 
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Mr. Modi referred to the many strengths and attractions of Uttar Pradesh -- the chikan work of Lucknow, jari and zardosi of Varanasi, brassware of Moradabad, glassware of Firozabad, pethas of Agra and the perfumes of Kannauj; its places of tourist importance such as Agra, Ayodhya, Mathura; its mighty rivers Ganga and Yamuna; and its educational institutions like IIT Kanpur, IIM Lucknow and Banaras Hindu University (BHU).
 
He pointed out that it was the number one state in production of foodgrains, sugarcane, milk and potatoes; number two in vegetables and number three in fruits; and among the top states in the small scale industries sector.
 
He stressed the need for the state to develop a better work culture and a business culture and introduce investment-friendly policies to take full advantage of its enormous potential.
 
Mr. Modi referred to the many projects under implementation, including plans for two new international airports at Khushinagar and Jhevar in the state, new airports at Agra, Kanpur, Allahabad, Bareily, Jhansi, Chitrakoot, Moradabad, Aligarh and Azamgarh, and so on.
 
He said that when the Eastern and Western Dedicated Freight Corridors as well as the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and the Amritsar-Delhi-Kolkata Industrial corridor, all of which will pass through Uttar Pradesh, are completed, they will give a major boost to the state's economy.
 
Similarly, work was on on the Haldia-Varanasi national waterway and for metro rail projects in Meerut, Kanpur and Varanasi, and all these projects would help create a world class transport infrastructure in the state, he said.
 
Stating that Gujarat was the first state to host investor summits, a trend that has now spread to all the states, he stressed the importance of setting up a monitoring mechanism to ensure that MoUs are translated into projects on the ground.
 
Finland, the Netherlands, Japan, Czech Republic, Thailand, Slovakia and Mauritius are the partner countries at the two-day summit.
 
President Ram Nath Kovind will address the valedictory session of the summit tomorrow.
 
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UP exchequer pays CM's income tax, parties in shock

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The revelation that the Uttar Pradesh exchequer has been paying the income tax of Chief Ministers and their Ministers since 1981 has left all political parties in shock.
 
A report published in a daily on Friday stated that the Chief Minister and his Ministers were deemed to be "poor" and "cannot pay income tax from their own meagre earnings".
 
The law, Uttar Pradesh Ministers' Salaries, Allowances and Miscellaneous Act, 1981, was enacted when Vishwanath Pratap Singh was the state's Chief Minister.
 
Since then, 19 chief ministers, including Yogi Adityanath, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati, Kalyan Singh, Ram Prakash Gupta, Rajnath Singh, Sripati Misra, Veer Bahadur Singh and Narain Dutt Tiwari have availed the benefits of the law.
 
When contacted, none of the spokespersons of various political parties were ready to comment on the issue.
 
"Let us discuss and then we will comment on this," said a Samajwadi Party leader.
 
A veteran Congress leader said that though the V.P. Singh government had enacted the law, the maximum beneficiaries were the non-Congress governments.
 
"Besides, in the early 80s, political leaders came from poor backgrounds and their salaries were also meagre. The non-Congress governments that came later and raised the salaries of Chief Ministers and Ministers should have repealed the Act," he added.
 
A Bharatiya Janata Party Minister however, said that he was not even aware of this perk until now.
 
"I do not have the time to check my accounts but we will see what is to be done now,"
 
A section of the Act says that "the salary referred to in sub-sections (1) and (2) shall be exclusive of the tax payable in respect of such salary (including perquisites) under any law relating to income tax for the time being in force, and such tax shall be borne by the state".
 
While getting the Act passed by the state Assembly then, V.P .Singh had told the House that the state government should bear the income tax burden as most ministers were from poor backgrounds and had meagre incomes.
 
The Uttar Pradesh Treasury has paid income tax dues of nearly 1,000 Chief Ministers and ministers since 1981.
 
Even members of the Yogi government have had their income tax deposited from the Treasury in the last two financial years. This financial year, the income tax bill of Adityanath and his Council of Ministers was around Rs 86 lakh and was paid from the state Treasury.
 
Interestingly, majority of ministers, according to the affidavits filed by them during elections, own movable and immovable assets worth crores of rupees.
 
Uttar Pradesh Principal Secretary (Finance) Sanjiv Mittal has confirmed that income tax bills of the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers were paid by the state government as mandated under the 1981 Act.
 
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Ex-UP CM Kalyan Singh rejoins BJP

Kalyan Singh
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Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh, who recently ended his term as Governor of Rajasthan, rejoined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) here on Monday.
 
He was granted membership of the party by UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh, marking his re-entry into active politics at the age of 87.
 
On his return to Lucknow, Kalyan Singh was given a rousing welcome by his supporters as he went straight to the party headquarters. He will also address party workers at the Mall Avenue residence of his grandson and state minister Sandip Singh.
 
Another BJP veteran Kalraj Mishra has replaced Kalyan Singh as Rajasthan Governor.
 
A chief strategist of the BJP for a long time, Kalyan Singh has started mapping his future political role after being out of politics for the past five years.
 
He could play a key role with the Ayodhya issue back in the news and the Assembly polls in 2022. His son Rajvir Singh is an MP from Etah while grandson Sandip Singh is a minister in the Yogi Adityanath government.
 
Kalyan Singh's return could also prove beneficial for the BJP with the Supreme Court verdict in the Ayodhya case expected in the next three months.
 
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20 UP IAS officers shifted in midnight reshuffle

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The Yogi Adityanath government transferred 20 senior IAS officers in a midnight reshuffle on Monday night.
 
The Chief Minister has appointed Alok Kumar-III and Sanjay Prasad as his secretaries.
 
Among the other IAS officers, who were transferred, are Additional Chief Secretary for Science and Technology Kumar Kamlesh, who has been moved to Planning and Programme Implementation in the same capacity.
 
Manish Chauhan, Commissioner, Sugarcane, has been posted as Commissioner, Food and Logistics and his charge has been handed over to Sanjay Bhoosreddy, Principal Secretary of Sugarcane Development and Excise.
 
Anil Garg, Commissioner,  Lucknow, has been transferred as CEO of Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC). He has been replaced by Mukesh Meshram, who was Secretary, Health Education.
 
Rupesh Kumar has been appointed as Special Secretary, Health Education, and Sanjay Kumar Khatri, Special Secretary, Home and Prison Administration, was appointed Joint MD of UP Jal Nigam along with Ramesh Ranjan.
 
Among other senior officers who have been transferred, Special Secretary, Basic Education, Chandra Shekhar, has been moved and posted as Commissioner of Chitrakoot division. Rajesh Kumar-II has been given the charge of Special Secretary, Sports, while Surendra Prasad Singh has been appointed as Special Secretary, Information. Surendra Ram will be the new Special Secretary, PWD.
 
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Mob lynching: Slap NSA against rumour mongers, UP DGP tells SPs

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In a bid to contain widespread rumours of child lifting which have led to several incidents of mob lynching in Uttar Pradesh, the state government has instructed all district police chiefs to slap the National Security Act (NSA) against those found inciting mobs or spreading rumours on social media.
 
More than 20 incidents of mob attacks relating to alleged child lifting, reported in UP in the past two weeks, have become a major law and order problem in India's most populous state.
 
Uttar Pradesh Director General of Police(DGP) O. P. Singh told IANS that NSA will be slapped against culprits found involved in such brutal acts. 
 
"If found involved (in such acts), we will arrest them and send them to jail. NSA will be invoked against such culprits so that they are jailed at least for a period of one year," said Singh, known for knocking down several dreaded gangsters in fierce police encounters. 
 
The DGP said he has instructed all Superintendents of Police (SPs) in the state to take tough measures against rumour-mongers who are inciting mobs to lynch innocent people. "The law enforcing agency cannot be lenient with such people who pose a grave threat to peace. Such people cannot be pardoned," said Singh.
 
When asked about any pre-planned conspiracy behind incidents of lynching, the state police chief said that investigation reveals that most such incidents are a result of rumour-mongering. Most of the incidents have happened in the newly established residential areas of different cities. 
 
"We are sensitising the residents to spike such rumours. The most effective strategy to counter such rumours is to take strict action against those found spreading false news about child lifting gangs," the DGP said.
 
In over 20 such incidents in the state, around 45 people have been arrested so far. Most of the victims are either mentally challenged or rag pickers. In Etah district, a woman hailing from Himachal Pradesh was beaten to death by a frenzied mob on suspicion of being a child lifter. In a similar incident in Gonda, a mob tied a woman to a tree on suspicion of abducting a child. While the woman was severely beaten, no evidence was later found of her involvement in any case of child abduction. 
 
Such incidents have happened in Meerut, Mathura, Agra, Bareilly, Ghaziabad and other districts of the state.
 
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Set ablaze by jilted lover, minor dies in Lucknow hospital

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A 17-year old girl, who was allegedly set ablaze by her jilted lover in Sitapur district, succumbed to her burn injuries at the Civil Hospital in Lucknow, police said on Friday.
 
The girl, Sandhya, was admitted to the Lucknow hospital with 75 per cent burns and she died on Thursday night. The accused, Golu, 22, has been arrested.
 
The incident took place on Wednesday, when Golu allegedly barged into Sandhya's house in Hajipur village while her parents were away, poured kerosene on her and set her ablaze. 
 
Sandhya's younger sister, who was in another room, rushed on hearing her cries and tried to douse the flames. Her father Ramesh later informed the police.
 
In her dying declaration, Sandhya said that she had complained to the police about Golu stalking her, but the police did not act on her complaint.
 
She told reporters in hospital that she was watching TV when Golu came, poured kerosene on her and set her afire. She said her parents had also complained to the police on Tuesday, when Golu had tried to abduct her, but cops did not take it seriously.
 
Police have registered a case and ADG (Lucknow Zone) has ordered a probe into the incident and the sequence of events. 
 
Kotwali Station House Officer Amber Singh said: "On the basis of Sandhya's statement, a case of attempt to murder, trespassing, causing injury by weapons and voluntarily causing hurt was registered against Golu of the same village."
 
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Unnao rape survivor still critical, lawyer unconscious

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The Unnao rape survivor, who is undergoing treatment at the AIIMS trauma centre here, continues to be critical and on advanced life support systems, a hospital official said on Wednesday.
 
"Her lawyer continues to be critical, unconscious and on advanced life support system. The patients are undergoing treatment under a multidisciplinary team of doctors from critical care, orthopaedics, trauma surgery and pulmonary medicine," said Dr (Prof) Aarti Vij, Chairperson, Media and Protocol Division.
 
The woman and her lawyer were air-lifted here from Lucknow this week on the directions of the Supreme Court.
 
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Unnao rape survivor reaches Delhi, admitted to AIIMS

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The Unnao rape survivor was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) trauma centre here on Monday after being air-lifted from Lucknow.
 
The woman, who was critically injured in a road accident on July 28 in which two of her aunts were killed and her lawyer injured, was flown here by an air ambulance, following a Supreme Court order.
 
"The injured patient was flown from Lucknow to be admitted in AIIMS trauma care. On the advice of the doctors of AIIMS, the journey of the ambulance carrying the injured person was facilitated by providing free passage. The ambulance left T-1 airport at 9 p.m. and reached AIIMS trauma care at 9.18 pm," a Delhi Police official said.
 
The woman was undergoing treatment at the trauma centre at the King George Medical University in Lucknow after her accident.
 
Uttar Pradesh Police had also ensured a nearly 15-km-long 'green corridor' to transport her from the hospital to the airport where the air ambulance was ready to take her to the national capital.
 
The woman has accused then BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar of raping her at his residence in 2017. He was recently expelled from the party after the Supreme Court took up the case.
 
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Kuldeep Sengar says he prayed for rape survivor's recovery

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Uttar Pradesh MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, an accused in the Unnao rape case, said that he has prayed for the recovery of the survivor and her lawyer who were seriously injured in a road accident last week.
 
Talking to reporters outside the Sitapur jail from where he was taken to Delhi by the CBI on Sunday, Sengar said he was being framed as part of a "political conspiracy".
 
"There should be a thorough probe to ascertain whether the accident on July 28 was just an accident or a conspiracy. All the angles must be probed. All this is a political conspiracy aimed against me.
 
"All the allegations, which have been levelled against me, are political in nature. If helping someone is a crime, then what will we people in politics do? Some people have become weak and have resorted to political conspiracy against me," he said and demanded an impartial probe into the rape as well as the accident charges.
 
The rape survivor and the advocate were injured on July 28 when a truck hit their car in Rae Bareli. Her two aunts were killed in the accident.
 
Sengar and nine others have been booked for the murder by the CBI after the rape survivor's family alleged foul play.
 
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Rape-accused MLA being taken to Delhi

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The CBI is bringing rape-accused Uttar Pradesh MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar to Delhi where he is to be produced in Tis Hazari court on Monday.
 
A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team had reached the Sitapur jail to take Sengar, who has been expelled from the BJP, to Delhi by road.
 
The case relates to the rape of a minor girl allegedly by Sengar at his residence in Unnao on June 4, 2017 when she had gone to seek a job.
 
Taking strong note of the matter in the wake of the road accident in which the rape survivor and her lawyer were seriously injured and two of her aunts killed, the Supreme Court last week ordered transfer of all cases relating to the Unnao rape to Delhi.
 
The CBI, which had questioned Sengar in the rape case on Saturday, said on Sunday that it searched at least 17 places in four districts in Uttar Pradesh, including his residences.
 
A senior agency official in Delhi told IANS that searches were conducted in Lucknow, Unnao, Banda and Fatehpur, at some locations in the premises of the accused and others. The residential premises of Sengar in Lucknow's upscale Gomti Nagar was searched.
 
According to CBI sources in Lucknow, the agency also collected details of the people the MLA has been meeting in the prison.
 
Following the outrage over the July 28 road accident that has left the Unnao rape victim and her lawyer battling for life and which killed two of her family members, the BJP expelled Sengar from the party.
 
Senior CBI officers also questioned the owner of the truck which hit the car in which the victim and others were travelling.
 
Before appearing before the CBI officers in Lucknow, truck owner D. K. Pal said there was no conspiracy in the road accident as he was not in contact with anyone, including the expelled BJP MLA.
 
He said the driver was driving his truck for last four to five months while the cleaner was employed for over three years.
 
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CBI searches over dozen places in UP, including Sengar's residences

A day after the CBI questioned expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the Unnao rape case, the agency on Sunday said it searched over a dozen places in four districts in Uttar Pradesh, including the residences of Sengar.
Kuldip Sengar (File photo: IANS)
Kuldip Sengar (File photo: IANS)
A day after the CBI questioned expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the Unnao rape case, the agency on Sunday said it searched over a dozen places in four districts in Uttar Pradesh, including the residences of Sengar.
 
A senior Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official in Delhi told IANS that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted the searches in Lucknow, Unnao, Banda and Fatehpur, at some locations in the premises of the accused and others.
 
The residential premises of Sengar in Lucknow's upscale Gomti Nagar were searched.
 
A CBI team on Saturday questioned Sengar at Sitapur jail, where he has been lodged for over a year.
 
According to CBI sources in Lucknow, the agency had collected the details of people who met the MLA in the prison.
 
Following the outrage over the July 28 road accident that has left the Unnao rape victim and her lawyer battling for life and which killed two of her family members, the BJP expelled Sengar from the party.
 
Senior CBI officers also questioned the owner of the truck which hit the car in which the victim and others were travelling.
 
Before appearing before the CBI officers in Lucknow, truck owner D. K. Pal said there was no conspiracy in the road accident as he was not in contact with anyone, including the expelled BJP MLA.
 
He said the driver was driving his truck for last four to five months while the cleaner was employed for over three years.
 
The case relates to the rape of a minor girl allegedly by Sengar at his residence in Unnao on June 4, 2017 when she had gone to seek a job.
 
The Supreme Court last week ordered transfer of all cases relating to the Unnao rape to Delhi.
 
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Unnao rape survivor still critical, develops pneumonia

The Unnao rape victim, who was seriously injured in a car accident, has developed pneumonia and remains in a critical condition, doctors treating her at a hospital in Lucknow said on Saturday.
The truck that rammed into a car carrying the Unnao rape survivor and her relatives in Rae Bareli on July 28, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
The truck that rammed into a car carrying the Unnao rape survivor and her relatives in Rae Bareli on July 28, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
The Unnao rape survivor, who was seriously injured in a car accident, has developed pneumonia and remains in a critical condition, doctors treating her at a hospital in Lucknow said on Saturday.
 
King George's Medical University (KGMU) Trauma Centre in-charge Dr Sandeep Tiwari said that the 19-year-old girl is on ventilator or life support system since the last six days and has now developed pneumonia. A team of doctors is keeping her under continuous observation.
 
"Any patient who is kept on ventilator for several days starts showing symptoms of pneumonia. This is why she developed pneumonia. Her condition remains the same as before," Dr Tiwari said.
 
He said the victim has several broken bones and wounds in her chest. There has been minor improvement in her condition but it cannot be considered as satisfactory, he added.
 
"Due to the accident, the victim lost about one-and-a-half litres of blood. After being brought to hospital, she had to be administered 10 units of blood. The biggest challenge for the doctors now is to take her off the ventilator. Blood has also been drained out of her lungs."
 
The KGMU spokesperson said the victim has several fractures. Her state of unconsciousness could be due to excessive bleeding and a possible internal injury to her head. Doctors of the neuro department are also treating her.
 
The right side of her body has been affected as she has sustained fractures in her jaw, ribs and thigh. Her broken thighbone has been plastered, he said.
 
Doctors said her lawyer Mahendra Singh's condition has shown some improvement and he has been taken off the ventilator completely.
 
The victim and her lawyer are admitted in the ICU of the neuro trauma ward on the fourth floor of the KGMU Trauma Centre.
 
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CBI to quiz truck driver, cleaner in Unnao rape survivor's accident

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A court here on Saturday remanded to three days CBI custody the driver and the cleaner of the truck that hit the car carrying the Unnao rape survivor, two relatives and her lawyer on July 28.
 
The CBI will quiz driver Ashish Kumar Pal and cleaner Mohan for three days to unearth the conspiracy behind the accident. Based on their statements, the investigating agency will decide its next move. 
 
The CBI is also likely to approach the court seeking permission for the custodial interrogation of expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and others in the case.
 
On July 28, the rape survivor, who had accused Sengar of raping her in 2017, was travelling to Rae Bareli with her lawyer Mahendra Singh and two aunts when a truck being driven on the wrong side hit them.
 
While the girl and her lawyer were critically injured, her two aunts -- one of whom was a witness to the crime -- were killed in the accident.
 
Earlier today, the Unnao District Magistrate ordered cancellation of Sengar's arms licenses. Sengar owned a single-barrel gun, a rifle and a revolver. Licences for all three have been cancelled.
 
The CBI had on Friday urged the top court not to transfer the accident case related to the Unnao rape to Delhi as an arrested accused had to be presented before a Judicial Magistrate in Lucknow. 
 
Accepting the agency's submission, the top court postponed transferring of the accident case to Delhi for 15 days.
 
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Three police guards of Unnao rape survivor suspended

The truck that rammed into the car carrying the Unnao rape survivor and her relatives in Rae Bareli on July 28, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
The truck that rammed into the car carrying the Unnao rape survivor and her relatives in Rae Bareli on July 28, 2019. (Photo: IANS)
Three Uttar Pradesh Police personnel tasked with protecting the rape survivor from Unnao, were suspended on Thursday on charges of dereliction of duty, an official said.
 
Inspector General of Police, Law and Order, Pravin Kumar told reporters here that the suspended police personnel are Sudesh Kumar, and women constables Sunita Devi and Ruby Patel. All three were in the personal security of the rape survivor but did not accompany her to Rae Bareli on the day the survivor met with an accident.
 
The young woman, who has accused BJP lawmaker Kuldeep Sengar of raping her at his residence in 2017 when she was a minor, her family and her lawyer were hit by a truck in Rae Bareli on Sunday. Her two aunts were killed and she and the advocate have been critically injured.
 
Ajendra Awasthi, another advocate for the woman, said he has been provided with adequate security by the district administration on his request.
 
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Unnao rape survivor still in critical condition

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The Unnao rape survivor was still on a ventilator on Thursday -- the fifth day after Sunday's road accident which had left two of her aunts dead and her and her lawyer injured -- and her condition continued to be critical, doctors said.
 
There was no appreciable improvement in her condition, which is still grave, said King George Medical College spokesperson Sandeep Tiwari, though the condition of her lawyer Mahendra Singh had improved marginally.
 
Singh, who was on oxygen for 10 hours, was then shifted to a ventilator and this change had been done several times, he said.
 
Tiwari said that the CT scan report of the woman was roughly normal, and her blood samples have been drawn for various checks. 
 
He said that in such a condition as hers, no patient is off ventilator support, which is provided for some brief periods in order to support the internal organs.
 
The rape survivor and her lawyer were severely injured and both her aunts killed as a truck collided with their vehicle on Sunday afternoon as they were on their way to the Rae Bareli jail to visit her uncle.
 
Meanwhile, the Unnao Superintendent of Police has suspended three of the six police personnel deployed with the rape survivor for her protection. 
 
According to the district police chief's spokesman, three police personnel -- Sudesh Kumar, Ruby Patel and Anita -- faced action for not fulfilling their responsibilities. Of the six police guards, three were deployed at her home while three were tasked with accompanying her when she travelled outside. 
 
When the accident occurred on Sunday, none of the police personnel was with her. While police have said that it is possible that the security personnel were left behind as there was no space in the vehicle, however, it was argued that there were only four people in the car, including the rape survivor.
 
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CBI files FIR, another UP Minister's kin named in Unnao case

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The CBI has filed an FIR against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, his brother and nine others, including the kin of an Uttar Pradesh Minister, over the road accident that left an Unnao girl who had accused the MLA of rape in a critical condition.
 
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has also registered a FIR against 20 other unknown persons.
 
The FIR against all of them has been filed under various sections of the Indian Penal Code including murder (302), attempt to murder (307), criminal intimidation (506) and criminal conspiracy (120B).
 
The MLA's brother is Manoj Singh Sengar.
 
The others accused in the FIR are Vinod Misra, Hari Pal Singh, Navin Singh, Komal Singh, Arun Singh, Gyanendra Singh and Rinku Singh and advocate Awadhesh Singh. They are all residents of Unnao, where the rape victim hailed from.
 
Accused Arun Singh is the son-in-law of another Minister of State in Uttar Pradesh, Ranvendra Pratap Singh aka Dhunni Bhaiyya.
 
He is the Minister of State for Agriculture, Agriculture Education and Research in the Yogi Adityanath government and a BJP MLA from Husainganj in Fatehpur. Arun Singh, close to Kuldeep Sengar, is a block president from Nawabganj in Unnao.
 
Ram Singh, CBI's Additional Superintendent of Police in Lucknow, has been asked to carry out the investigation.
 
The CBI move comes after the Centre on Tuesday handed over the probe into the truck-car collision to the CBI. The accident has also left the rape victim's lawyer battling for life.
 
On Sunday, the rape victim, who had accused Kuldeep Sengar of raping her in 2017, was travelling to Rae Bareli with her lawyer and two relatives when a truck being driven on the wrong side hit them. 
 
One of the dead woman was a witness to the crime.
 
The truck that crashed into the car in Rae Bareli belonged to a Samajwadi Party leader from Fatehpur.
 
The CBI team has already collected the relevant case documents and other details from the Uttar Pradesh Police and will start investigations by visiting the crime scene.
 
An order from the Department of Personnel and Training said the case was being handed over to the agency to probe "abetment and conspiracies" in the accident.
 
Kuldeep Sengar has been in jail since an FIR was filed against him. 
 
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UP government transfers 26 IAS officers in UP

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The Uttar Pradesh government has transferred 26 IAS officers, including Principal Secretary (Home) Arvind Kumar.
 
Late on Tuesday, Arvind Kumar was transferred to the Transport Department and Additional Chief Secretary (Information) Awanish Awasthi was given additional charge of the Home Department.
 
Awasthi is now the Additional Chief Secretary of Information, Religious Works, Home, Intelligence, Visa, Passport, Jail Administration and Reforms and Vigilance Department. He also continues to hold the post of Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Uttar Pradesh Expressways Industrial Development Authority (UPEIDA) and Uttar Pradesh State Highways Authority (UPSHA) .
 
However, he has been relieved from the posts of Additional Chief Secretary, Tourism Department and the Managing Director (MD) of Uttar Pradesh Tourism.
 
Navneet Sehgal, who is the Principal Secretary Khadi and Village Industries Department, has been given the additional charge of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises and Export Promotion.
 
Deepak Trivedi is the new Chairman of Board of Revenue, and he succeeds Praveer Kumar who retires on July 31.
 
Sudhir Bobde has been made the new Labour Commissioner.
 
Jitendra Kumar who is the Principal Secretary (General Administration) has been given the additional charge of Principal Secretary, Tourism Department and MD of Uttar Pradesh Tourism.
 
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Unnao rape survivor's accident: Akhilesh, Congress for CBI probe

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Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav has demanded a CBI inquiry into the accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and her two female relatives were killed.
 
Akhilesh said that the rape survivor had been provided security but not a single security personnel was present with her at the time of the accident.
 
A CBI inquiry was needed to probe whether it was a conspiracy to eliminate the family or just an accident, he said.
 
The Congress has also sought a Central Bureau of Investigation probe into the incident.
 
The court had ordered security cover to the rape survivor's family last year, but there was no security guard accompanying the family.
 
The Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer, Mahendra Singh, were critically injured when a truck crashed into their car on National Highway-31 on Sunday evening.
 
Her aunt and another woman relative, who were in the car, were killed in the accident. They were returning from Rae Bareli prison after meeting the rape survivor's uncle, who is jailed in a forgery case.
 
The sedan in which the four occupants were travelling was hit by a truck at Sultanpurkheda crossing.
 
The lawyer is battling for his life with head injuries and multiple fractures in KGMU Trauma Centre, Lucknow. 
 
The truck owner, Devendra Singh, and the driver, Ashish Pal, have been arrested.
 
The accident was so severe that the front portion of the car has been completely smashed. While two women relatives of the rape survivor died on the spot, the latter and her lawyer have been admitted to the Trauma Centre in Lucknow in a critical condition.
 
The rape case had shot into prominence when the survivor attempted self-immolation in front of the Chief Minister's residence on April 8, 2018, alleging that BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar had abducted and sexually assaulted her.
 
The following day, the survivor's father died in police custody, allegedly due to torture in prison.
 
The government transferred the case to CBI, which lodged three FIRs on April 13, and arrested Sengar and his 10 aides.
 
A subordinate of the Unnao rape survivor's lawyer, Vimal Kumar Yadav, said the survivor along with her kin returned from Delhi on Saturday without any security guards.
 
Relatives of the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer claimed it was not a mere accident, but a conspiracy. Mahen Bahadur Singh, father of lawyer Mahendra Singh Chauhan said: "The nature of the accident is suspicious."
 
Inspector General of Police, Lucknow Range, S.K. Bhagat, said that the matter would be investigated.
 
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Unnao rape victim injured as truck hits car, mother dead

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The woman from Unnao who had accused BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of raping her in 2017 was severely injured while her mother and aunt were killed after their car collided with a truck near Raebareli in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday.
 
Police said the car's front portion was badly damaged due to the impact of the crash. There were four occupants in the car at the time of the accident-- the rape victim, her mother, aunt, and her lawyer Mahendra Singh.
 
Police are investigating the case while treating it as both an accident and a conspiracy to murder.
 
The incident took place when the victim was travelling to Raebareli. The truck driver has been arrested and is being questioned.
 
While her mother and aunt succumbed to their injuries, the victim and her lawyer were admitted to hospital in a critical condition.
 
The truck's number plate also bears signs of tampering in an attempt to conceal the registration number.
 
The Unnao rape case hit the headlines in 2017 after the then 16-year-old girl alleged that she was raped by BJP MLA Sengar.
 
Sengar has been in jail since the past several months while the case is being probed by the CBI. Sengar's brother has also been accused of beating up the victim's father after tying him to a tree. Her father was then arrested and later died in police custody.
 
The victim's uncle is also in jail in a separate case. The victim and her family members were on their way to meet her uncle in jail when the collision occurred.
 
The case came to light after a year when the girl held a protest outside Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's residence demanding justice. She had also tried to immolate herself in front of Adityanath's residence in Lucknow.
 
The case had led to protests across the country.
 
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PepsiCo to set up snacks plant in UP with Rs 514 crore investment

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Beverage major PepsiCo India on Sunday announced it will set up a greenfield snacks manufacturing plant in Uttar Pradesh with a total investment of around Rs 514 crore over the next three years.
 
The company signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) here with representatives of the Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday.
 
"The new investment plan is in line with PepsiCo's goal to double its snacks business in the country by 2022 and is expected to help create over 1,500 jobs (direct and indirect)," the company said in a statement.
 
"As part of this project, PepsiCo India would expand its backward integration with local farmers and help bring agricultural best practices to enable socio-economic growth for potato farmers in Uttar Pradesh. 
 
"To enable the supply chain, the company will set up a cold storage facility and this would also give an impetus to the development of ancillary and other support industries in the state," it added.
 
The beverage major said that its snacks manufacturing operation in Uttar Pradesh would also expand the company's footprint in the state of collaborative farming of potato. 
 
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35 die in UP after being struck by lightning

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Thirty-five persons have been killed due to lightning in various parts of Uttar Pradesh as heavy rains lashed across the state.
 
Thirteen others were also injured due to lightning in the state till late on Sunday evening.
 
According to official reports, seven persons each were killed in Kanpur and Fatehpur, five in Jhansi, four in Jalaun, three in Hamirpur, two in Ghazipur and one each in Jaunpur, Pratapgarh, Kanpur Dehat and Chitrakoot.
 
Three persons were reported dead due to snake bites in Deoria, Ambedkar Nagar and Kushinagar.
 
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed sorrow over the loss of lives in the state and has issued orders to the respective district magistrates to give a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to each of the families of victims.
 
He also directed officials to ensure that the injured persons get adequate treatment, and that there should be no laxity in execution of relief works.
 
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First trial shipment of north Indian mangoes to Italy flagged off

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For the first time, a trial shipment of 10 tonnes of mangoes (North Indian “Chausa” mango variety) was sent by sea to Italy on July 15 from the Uttar Pradesh Mandi Parishad Pack House, Malihabad, Lucknow.
 
The shipment was financially supported by Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA). It was flagged off by Director, UP Mandi Parishad, R K Pandey, and AGM APEDA, Dr C B Singh in the presence of officers from different departments.
 
The shipment is the result of the first international Reverse Buyer-Seller Meet (RBSM) organized in Lucknow on June 26-27 by APEDA, an official press release said.
 
The consignment, sent from Lucknow to Pipavav Port, Gujarat, by road through the reefer container, will reach Italy via Spain. The total voyage time will be approximately 20-22 days from Lucknow to Italy.
 
Generally, mangoes are exported from Uttar Pradesh by air and costs are high for goods to be transported from Lucknow to Europe. Due to this problem, although Uttar Pradesh has good quality mangoes but due to limited flights available from Lucknow and high rates of air freight it was not viable to export mangoes by air. Exporting mangoes to Europe by sea costs Rs 28 per kilogram, while airfreight costs Rs 120 per kilogram.
 
India’s agricultural exports from hinterland areas is limited due to structural challenges in cold chain logistics. To overcome this problem, new scientific techniques are being used by exporters to improve the shelf life of mangoes.
 
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