PM Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat': Want 'Ek Bharat, Shresht Bharat' scheme to encourage unity

PM Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat': Want 'Ek Bharat, Shresht Bharat' scheme to encourage unity

Modi asked people to give suggestions on the portal as to what should be the scheme structure, the logo and how to increase public participation in it.

8,500 letters received by Mahatma Gandhi to be published
8,500 letters received by Mahatma Gandhi to be published

"The Sabarmati Ashram has in its archives over 8,500 letters and other communications to Gandhiji. These letters are mainly in English, Gujarati and Hindi," said Tridip Sharud.

Peter Mukerjea’s polygraph test: Questions mostly personal, few on money

Peter’s counsel was present during the sessions and the doctors asked questions from a questionnaire drafted by the CBI.

Turning 60: Did Defence Minister Parrikar hint at retirement from politics?
Turning 60: Did Defence Minister Parrikar hint at retirement from politics?

"After 60 (years), one has to think about retirement. I turn 60 on December 13, therefore, I had started thinking about retirement two-three years back. I have to intensify that, therefore, I don't feel inclined to take up big responsibilities," said Parrikar, one of the state's tallest politicians.

Interview: Who wants a Haryanvi in Punjab? Kejriwal isn’t going to sell in state, says Capt Amarinder Singh

The Congress on Friday handed over the reins of Punjab Congress to former CM Captain Amarinder Singh.

RSS trains workers how to use social media safely, post in ‘positive direction’

In the training workshops volunteers are being asked to re-tweet the messages of top office-bearers with the RSS hashtag to make the same gain popularity on Twitter.

Madrasa row: Was abused by ustad, says Kerala filmmaker Ali Akbar

After Muslim woman journalist V P Rajeena disclosed about how ustads used to abuse girls and boys in her madrasa days, the social media has witnessed debate on madrasa life.

Express Editorial: Will PM Modi stick to a more inclusive, less partisan politics?

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Express Editorial: Will PM Modi stick to a more inclusive, less partisan politics?

Beti Bachao scheme: Government to bring in women volunteers

Two women workers from the community will be appointed at a minimum honorarium and trained to work at the gram panchayat level in villages and ward level in urban centres in each of the 100 districts.

Gujarat local body polls, Phase II: 60 pc vote amid sporadic violence, poll boycott calls

The results of the local body elections will be declared on December 2.

Forces in Chhattisgarh count more dead Naxals than ever

Until November, 44 security troops have been killed in Naxalism-related incidents, as opposed to 61 in 2014.

Sign language gets status of separate language in Madhya Pradesh

Besides imparting education in sign language to those pursuing diplomas in education (D. Ed) and bachelor of education (B. Ed), the state will bear the fee of hearing and speech impaired students in professional courses.

Ahmednagar temple trust ‘purifies’ shrine after woman offers prayers

An abhishek was performed for the “purification” of the idol dedicated to the shrine’s ruling deity, Shani, on Sunday.

One killed in Haryana police ‘encounter with cattle smugglers’

The deceased was identified as Abid (27), a resident of Napra village in Yamunanagar district. Ashraf (28), a resident of the same area, was injured.

PM leaves for Paris to attend climate summit, reassures commitment to environment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday left for Paris to attend the world conference on climate change amid his emphasis that it is the responsibility of all to work against global warming.

Kalam wanted to quit as President after Bihar Assembly dissolution was quashed: Aide

APJ Abdul Kalam had thought of quitting as the President in 2005 after the Supreme Court quashed the proclamation dissolving Bihar Assembly, according to S M Khan, who was his Press Secretary at that time.

13 unarmed SSB personnel detained by Nepalese border guarding force

The patrol party was detained near Kishanganj district at around 7 am this morning.

SC/ST panel warns Haryana govt over minister-SP spat

Dalit woman IPS officer shunted out, panel threatens case against minister

‘Maha jokepal, treachery’: Bill under attack from Bhushans, BJP

Prashant Bhushan says AAP playing political game; party asks him to join BJP

Competent lawyers should be appointed to represent govt to avoid 'miscarriage of justice': SC

The apex court though acknowledged the right of states to choose counsel of its choice like any other litigants.

DA case: 88-year-old former joint secretary jailed for a year

The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10 lakh on Bahadur and said that the amount of Rs 26,78,900 recovered from his house and lockers.

Rs 22.5-crore heist: Driver’s employer not sure why this money was kept in one van

Home Ministry spokesperson K S Dhatwalia said the ministry would go through records before making any comment.

Gender equality against Islam, says Kerala Sunni leader

Addressing a Sunni students’ camp in Kozhikode, the orthodox Sunni leader said gender equality is impractical.

Entire Army can’t stop terrorism in J&K, says Farooq Abdullah

Farooq Abdullah, former J&K chief minister, said, "So far, we have been unable to take back and rehabilitate our Kashmiri Pandit brethren as they have apprehensions about their safety."

Mumbai: 21-year-old man dies after falling from train, video goes viral

The video, shot by a person inside the train, shows a man loosing grip on the pole and falling from the speeding train.

UP worst offender in transfer of SPs before 2-yr tenure ends

Data collected by the BPR&D for the year 2013 shows that almost 80 per cent of SPs in districts across the country got transferred within two years of their tenure in a district.

Arun Jaitley cites Hitler’s Germany to target Congress over Emergency
Winter Session 2015

Deftly drawing a parallel between Hitler’s actions in the 1930s to the imposition of Emergency in the 1970s, he said during the Emergency even the right to life and liberty was stripped and “dictatorship was at its worst”.

Mumbai: 4 held for ‘gangraping’ minor, circulating video on WhatsApp

A teenage girl was allegedly gangraped by her friend and three other boys. The crime came to light after the video was circulated on WhatsApp.

45 acres ‘encroached’ by Shiv Sena, BJP-run private clubs: Mumbai Congress chief

45 acres have been occupied for over 20 years through private clubs run by the Sena and BJP’s leaders including MPs, MLAs and former MLAs, said Nirupam.

UP Panchayat polls: DPRO suspended for 'negligence of duty'

The state government has suspended DPRO Mahender Kumar on the report of the district authorities when he was found absent during election work.

US citizen held in Kolkata for ‘molesting’ minor boy

Police said the hotel authorities had lodged a complaint accusing Powel of molesting a 14-year-old boy in his room.

No one can ask Aamir to leave India, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee extended support to Bollywood actor Aamir Khan who is at the centre of a controversy over his remarks on 'growing intolerance' in the country.

Japan commits to Rs 4,456 crore loan to Ahmedabad metro project

The fourth phase of Chennai metro will also get a loan of Rs 1,080 crore.

Second time around, no water to drink in Marathwada

The state government is anticipating a record number of water tankers to be pressed into service through the coming months until next year’s monsoon.

Constitution Day Debate: Ambedkar, between the lines

The discussion ‘Commitment to India’s Constitution’, on the day India adopted the statute in 1949, had parties across Treasury and Opposition benches seeing own party positions reflected in the statute.

Opposition attacks BJP govt for doing nothing to stem intolerance
Winter Session 2015

While AIADMK's K Gopal wanted the government to "find solutions to the problems of intolerance and communal violence," Trinamool Congress leader Kalyan Banerjee said secularism had found a pride of place in the Constitution.

Delhi: Cash van driver decamps with Rs 22.5 cr, say Police

Police said the van belonged to SIS, a private security firm. It was later found abandoned near Govindpuri Metro station. However, the nine boxes containing the cash were missing.

Act against Samjhauta, Malegaon attackers: Ghulam Nabi Azad to govt
Winter Session 2015

Azad was replying to a point on terrorism raised by Arun Jaitley during a debate on the Constitution in which the latter had said one should not be seen as soft on terror and the country should speak in one voice.

Puducherry CM N Rangasamy requests PM to release Rs 182.45 cr as flood relief

Normal life, standing crops and lots of physical infrastructures were badly affected due to the rains, Rangasamy said in separate letters to them yesterday.

Delhi BJP MLA OP Sharma suspended for winter session for abusing Alka Lamba

BJP legislator OP Sharma was on Thursday suspended for the entire winter session of the Delhi assembly for making a sexist remark against AAP legislator Alka Lamba.

Women look up to us...we are answerable, says Delhi Assembly Deputy Speaker on O P Sharma's suspension

Delhi Assembly Deputy Speaker Bandana Kumari tells why she decided to join the protest against BJP MLA O P Sharma

Punjab: Captain Amarinder Singh gets his way, state  Congress chief Partap Singh Bajwa quits

Punjab Cong chief resigned at the direction of the high command to enable a reshuffle a year ahead of polls.

In Ajmer, ‘VHP men’ smear grease on officials over death of cows

The activists were protesting in front of the cowshed in Ajmer district against the death of the bovines and alleged that the cattle died due to hunger and lack of fodder.

Hardik’s mother, sister detained during Anandiben’s rally

Hardik's mother and sister were later released, even as Anandiben in an anti-Patidar outburst accused those agitating for quota of “defaming Gujarat across the world” and embarrassing her on discussions of the “Gujarat model”.

The big fat Kerala wedding: 30,000 guests, 8-acre venue

The huge, air-conditioned venue was set up across 40,000 square feet, and modelled after the royal palaces in Rajasthan. Cyril’s team worked for 75 days to give the ground the feel of a palace.

New timepass: Stuck in Bengaluru traffic? Laugh your way out with tweets

The first to make its Twitter debut was the notorious traffic snarl at Silk Board Junction, saying it will provide “timely and detailed traffic updates from India’s largest parking lot”.

Constitution's ideals, principles under threat: Sonia Gandhi

"People who never had faith in the Constitution, nor had they participated in its drafting, are now swearing by it and are laying claim to it," said Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

3 militants, one civilian killed in Kupwara army camp attack

The militants attacked from the rear side of the camp at 6.15 AM, which resulted in few vehicles catching fire, defence sources said.

In India’s poorest district, poverty doesn’t mean hunger
District Zero

Over 95% families in Nabarangpur district get 25 kg rice at Rs 1/kg.

Rajya Sabha adjourns after death of sitting MP Khekiho Zhimomi

Khekiho Zhimomi was admitted at the AIIMS for the past few days and died this morning after suffering a stroke.

Jharkhand: An LWE leader, his two politician wives and a struggling outfit

The change in PLFI tactics is a reflection of the fall in its clout over the past year. “From eight targets last year, we are now left with three PLFI targets,” said Anish Gupta, Khunti’s SP.

Can Muslims in forces sport beard? SC no to urgent hearing

Petitioner says he will approach Centre to seek change in service rules

Kota coaching factory-Panic calls: 14-hr days, morning nightmares

The Indian Express monitored several calls to piece together the nature of stress and the complaints coming in, mostly from students linked to the top five institutes — Allen, Resonance, Bansal, Vibrant and Career Point.

Trade fair attracts 2 lakh visitors; Metro, traffic feel the pressure

The fair closes Friday and the crowd kept getting bigger through the day, as the city observed Gurpurab.

Just one Lok Sabha seat but a victory that lifts Congress across Madhya Pradesh

Bhuria, 65, won back his Lok Sabha seat, Ratlam, in byelection results declared Tuesday.

Housewives, daily wagers add up to a third of urban suicides

The data, collected from 53 cities across the country, examined 19,597 suicides across Indian cities, with housewives accounting for 3,501 while daily wagers for 3,460.

Parliament to go paperless from today

All reports to be uploaded immediately after being tabled. The MPs are entitled to purchase an iPad, whose cost will be reimbursed by Parliament.

Aamir Khan failed to instill patriotism in wife: Mulayam’s daughter-in-law

Aparna, wife of Mulayam’s son Prateek, made updates on her Facebook page and twitter handle saying the actor has let down the people.

Om Puri demands apology from Aamir Khan for 'intolerance' remark

Aamir Khan was at the centre of a raging debate after he expressed 'alarm and despondency' over the 'climate of intolerance' in the country.

Lalu Prasad pulls up MLAs for grabbing official bungalows

Why is there a scramble for the legislators' residences? Everybody will get their house in accordance with the rule, the RJD chief told a party meeting here.

Aamir Khan joins intolerance debate: Kiran asked me if we should move out of India

In conversation with Anant Goenka, at the eighth edition of the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, Khan said a sense of “insecurity” and “fear” had seeped deep within society, even in his family.

Kerala to have price regulatory authority for hotels

When the bill is enacted into a law, the state would have hotel food price regulatory boards at all districts, which would be headed by a district judge or a law officer of similar rank.

BJP loses Ratlam bypoll: No Modi wave this time in traditional Congress stronghold
Beyond the News

The largely tribal constituency spread over Jhabua, Alirajpur and Ratlam districts was won by the BJP for the first time ever in 2014 when the Narendra Modi wave swept through the country.

Padma awards of renowned Kannada poet Kuvempu stolen

Kuvempu is the pet name of Kuppalli Venkatappa Puttappa, a novelist, poet, playwright, critic and thinker. He was conferred with the Padma Bhushan award in 1958 and Padma Vibhushan in 1988.

Hyderabad: Car crash kills grandsons and nephew of Telengana Tourism Corporation chairman Pervaram Ramulu

The Skoda car in which Ramulu’s three grandsons and the nephew were travelling rammed into a milk truck and the car’s bonnet went under the truck.

If Assam Governor has a problem with minorities, he can go to Nepal: Azam Khan

This came a day after Acharya stoked controversy saying Indian Muslims are free to go anywhere, including Pakistan and Bangladesh.

PM Modi urges nations to unite against terror, says delink it from religion

On the sideline of the ASEAN summit in Kuala Lumpur, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the Indian community at Malaysia International Exhibition & Convention Centre.

Telangana Rashtra Samiti wins Warangal LS bypoll with 4.6 lakh votes

The bypoll was necessitated following the resignation of Kadiyam Srihari after he was made Deputy Chief Minister.

Gujarat civic body polls: Highest turnout in a decade

Trends showed turnouts at or above 50 per cent in Ahmedabad areas dominated by minorities, Patidars, OBCs and SCs like Ghatlodiya, Gota, Chandlodiya, Odhav, Dani Limda and Asarwa.

Ram Temple will be true tribute to Ashok Singhal, says RSS chief

At condolence meet attended by top BJP leaders, he calls for ‘serious attempts’ to accomplish task.

Sheena Bora murder: CBI may use Rahul statement to seek Peter’s custody again
Sheena Murder Mystery

Rahul was grilled for over four hours on Sunday by CBI officials. “While Rahul’s statement has already been recorded under section 164 of CrPC and is part of the chargesheet.

FTII student detained for 10 hrs, police cite ‘suspicion’

The Goa police confirmed the incident but refused to elaborate. “It was on the suspicion that he may be involved in disrupting the event that we detained him,” said a police officer.

Assam Governor PB Acharya adds to row, says Muslims free to go to Pakistan, Bangladesh

His remark came a day after he was reported to have said that “Hindustan is for Hindus”.

Two Chennai men deported from Turkey for ‘trying to join IS’

Officials said one of them is a 23-year-old commerce graduate from Royapettah, Chennai. He used to work at a textile shop run by his father.

Sheena murder case: Peter claims innocence, says Indrani used his phone to text Rahul
Sheena Murder Mystery

Peter, husband of key accused Indrani Mukerjea, was on Thursday arrested by CBI, which thereafter filed its chargesheet in the case in a magistrate court here.

Al Qaeda says Kashmiri youth who joined ranks killed in Waziristan

In a video called ‘Memories of Jihad’, produced by al Qaeda’s media arm As-Sahab, the AQIS has shown Dar reciting Jihadi poetry and claimed he was killed in a drone attack in north Waziristan on January 23 this year.

Tamil Nadu fisherman injured in 'attack' by Sri Lankan Navy

The Lankan naval men allegedly attacked a boat carrying four Indian fishermen by pelting stones and bottles.

Bhatkal man detained in Dubai for ‘IS activities’

Adnan Hasan Damudi, allegedly a former SIMI member, moved to Dubai in 2012 for work, and is said to have acted as an online recruiter and propaganda agent for the IS.

2017 Assembly Election: UP Congress against alliance, demands a CM candidate

The senior party leaders from UP who met AICC general secretary Madhusudan Mistry in Delhi Saturday to discuss the strategy for the polls also demanded that a chief ministerial candidate should be named.

Big names missing from Mulayam b’day bash

The bash failed to live up to the hype, with Bollywood stars such as Amitabh Bachchan and Hrithik Roshan and political heavyweights such as RJD chief Lalu Prasad and H D Deve Gowda staying away.

Nitish takes charge, Lalu Junior 1 his deputy, Junior 2 his colleague

JD(U) and RJD take 12 ministries each in 28-member cabinet, 4 for Congress

Censor Board not mouthpiece of government: Rajyavardhan Rathore

"Censor Board is not a government mouthpiece. It needs to provide certification and not censor stuff. We are very firm," said Rathore.

Mulayam arrives in Saifai for birthday celebrations, A R Rahman to perform

In the evening, Mulayam will attend his birthday celebrations with a live performance by music composer A R Rehman at athletics stadium in Saifai.

Out of 1,856 candidates in the fray, 374 independents, many Patidars

Many Patidar candidates in Surat and Vadodara have picked rolling pin and flourboard as their symbol.

Assam: New Lumding-Silchar BG track opened for passenger traffic

While the present newly-constructed broad gauge line runs about 50 per cent along the old metre gauge alignment, the 210-km track has 79 major bridges, 340 minor bridges and 21 tunnels.

Surat: Congress flaunts Hardik masks to woo Patidars
Patidar Protests

Congress took out a rally here with youths wearing his masks on the last day of campaigning for the municipal corporation elections on Friday.

Jamnagar civic polls: Among BJP’s 6 Muslim candidates, a butcher

A candidate from Ward No.12, he owns shop no. 16 in the meat market located behind Darbargadh on Kalavad road. The shop is now run by his son, Babar.

Indian mother won’t let our youth tread IS path, says Irani

The two were speaking at a session of Women in the World, a global summit on women’s concerns, challenges and triumphs.

Janardhan Reddy held in another illegal mining case

Reddy was arrested on Friday in connection with a fresh illegal mining case registered against him for ‘illegal’ export of 3,00,000 metric tonnes of iron ore between 2004 and 2006.

SC asks govt, Navy ‘Why do you resist permanent commission for women’

The bench proceeded to issue an interim order on an appeal filed by the Centre and Navy against a September 4 order of Delhi High Court

Adityanath barred from entering Allahabad

In the wake of the controversy, the authorities Friday declared that the varsity will remain closed for two days.

UP Organisational polls: BJP to do away with ballot paper, elect by ‘mutual consensus’

The decision was taken following directives from the top leadership and the instruction was conveyed during a meeting held at party headquarters in Lucknow on November 16.

Dalit family attacked, threatened in UP for ‘touching idols’ in temple

The accused and his unidentified associates barged into the temple where the Dalit family was performing rituals and beat them up for “touching the goddess’s idol”,

‘No licence for noodles’: FSSAI slaps showcause on Patanjali

Issues notice to manufacturer too, seeks replies in 15 days

Pay panel suggests 23% raise in govt employees' salary, OROP for all in Rs 1 lakh-crore pay revision

The Seventh Pay Commission headed by Justice AK Mathur on Thursday submitted its report to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, suggesting 23.55% hike in pay and allowances of govt employees.

Geeta’s DNA sample did not match with Bihar family: Govt

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to Indore on November 23 to meet Geeta and enquire about her well-being.

Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat denies talking about cow slaughter

Media reports quoted Rawat as having said at an event in Haridwar that those who slaughter cows are the country's "biggest enemies" and that they had "no right to live in the country".

J&K High court directs State govt against appointing relatives as PROs

Justice Tashi Rabstan passed severe strictures against the then Senior Superintendent of Police, Jammu, Atul Goel for providing undue security cover to the forest guard.

Man who threatened Bhagwan held for murder linked to Tipu Sultan row

Bhuvith Shetty (25) and his associate, Achuta (28), who are both affiliated to the Bajrang Dal, were arrested by the police on Thursday for the November 12 attack on two youths.

Chhattisgarh amends surrender policy for Maoists

The state government also increased the scope of application seeking compensation for “surrender with weapons”.

Collegium: Supreme Court gives nod for appointment of new judges

Govt stays away, declines to submit draft on procedure of appointment.

Kiss of love organisers held- Probe into Facebook page exposed online sex racket: Police

The Crime branch of the Kerala police, which was probing the Facebook page, has arrested six people, including the administrator of the page.

Seventh pay commission: Setback for IAS as panel report seeks parity for other services

The report is likely to come as a disappointment for the IAS fraternity which has pushed for retaining its “edge”, not only before the commission but even in the open fora of social media.

Learn, experiment, transform India: PM Modi tells young IAS officers

In a candid interaction with young IAS officers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday underlined that they don't have more than 10 years to learn, do new things and experiment and that whoever makes maximum use of these 10 years will contribute much more for the remaining 20-25 years of service.

Quota misinformation led to Bihar loss, says Ram Vilas Paswan

Paswan also said that following the Dadri incident, the Grand Alliance was successful in convincing the minority community that they would not be safe if the NDA came to power.

AAP, BJP leaders: Rajiv Gandhi should be stripped of his Bharat Ratna

Release video of former PM’s speech on 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

HS Phoolka releases video of Rajiv Gandhi's speech justifying 1984 riots

The BJP and AAP leaders on Thursday released the old video of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in which is justified the anti-Sikh riots following the assassination of Indira Gandhi by saying "when a big tree falls, the earth shakes".

National anthem row: Ansari admits motion against Rajasthan Governor’s removal

The admission has been made as a “No-Day-Yet-Named Motion”, implying that no date has been fixed for taking it up.

Article on Modi: Govt drops Anish Kapoor, dissolves Kala Kendra panel

Noted British sculptor Anish Kapoor, who had made scathing remarks against Narendra Modi government in a UK daily during the Prime Minister's visit there, has been removed from Rajasthan's cultural panel, two days after he was nominated by the BJP-ruled state government.

Panel rejects demand on graded rates for military service pay

According to the report, Chairman A K Mathur felt that “NFU should be extended to the officers of the defence forces and CAPFs (Central Armed Police Forces)”.

Proud Pogarwadi village bids adieu to its battle hero, Santosh Mahadik

Wife of Colonel Santosh Mahadik (37) , who was martyred during a fierce gunbattle with militants in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, says her children will join the Armed Forces .

Rahul and Sonia Gandhi bid to divide India: BJP strikes back

At a press conference, Shahnawaz Hussain sought to drag Rahul and Sonia Gandhi into the row over remarks made by certain Congress leaders against the government.

Nitish Kumar Swearing-in: PM Modi gets invite, Rudy, Venkaiah to attend

JD (U) state president Bashistha Narayan Singh said it was part of protocol to invite the Prime Minister.

22 per cent pay hike for Central staff, could go up to 30: Pay panel proposal

The net increase is likely to be in the range of 22 per cent after subsuming the current 119 per cent dearness allowance in the new basic and grade pay scale.

Murder of BJP leaders: Accused was  in ‘touch with Chhota Shakeel’

The probe has revealed that mastermind of the killings Javed Chikna had introduced one of the accused to Shakeel over phone.

Rajnath visits China's Public Security University, to share counter terrorism strategies

He is due to call on Premier Li Keqiang later today and hold talks with China's Public Security Minister Guo Shengkun, who is also the State Councillor in the CPC, a rank above the Minister.

Two Naxals gunned down in Sukma encounter with police

The operation was based on the information about the location of Maoist commander Hidma, who is the head of 1st military battalion of Naxals, in the region.

Crime tracking network being revamped for quick data transfer

The government also set a March 2017 deadline for implementation of the Rs 2,000-crore project.

BJP spars with AAP over no obituary reference for VHP leader Ashok Singhal

AAP opposed a BJP request for an obituary reference for VHP leader Ashok Singhal who died a day ago.

Govt plan for Samvidhan Divas unsettles Congress

Party sees BJP’s bid to ‘hijack Ambedkar’; Govt wants special discussion in Parliament on Nov 26.

Saradha scam: West Bengal Transport Minister Madan steps down

The resignation came just hours after CBI pleaded before the Calcutta High Court to cancel Mitra's bail citing that he is still functioning as a cabinet minister in the state government.

Climate Talks: India to stay firm on use of coal

More than 190 countries will gather in Paris later this month for a two-week annual climate change conference that is expected to deliver a global agreement this year.

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