National Address Registration has begun | MoI urges the citizens, expatriates, and legal persons in the country to register before 26 July 2020

National Address Registration has begun | MoI urges the citizens, expatriates, and legal persons in the country to register before 26 July 2020

The Ministry of Interior (MoI) has confirmed on its social media channels that Citizens, Expatriates, and legal person in Qatar in accordance with the National Address Law No. 24 of 2017 to register their National Addresses within six months. The Ministry of Interior has begun the National Address Registration from the 27th of January 2020 and registration closes on 26th July 2020.

National Address Registration can be done through Metrash 2 mobile app (Andriod / iOS) or MOI website or directly at Unified Services Centres of the Ministry of Interior. (Click here to access the form for individuals)

In accordance with the National Address Law, the Ministry of Interior urges the citizens, resident expatriates and legal…

Posted by Ministry of Interior – Qatar on Saturday, January 25, 2020

The National Address Law (Law No 24 of 2017) obligates all residents of Qatar (locals and expatriates) to register their data in a simple form. The National Address is defined as a set of data that every natural or legal person possesses, whether a citizen, an expatriate, or a person acting as such, to perform transactions with government and non-government entities and receive various services from the country easily.

The Ministry of Interior (MOI) has called on citizens, expatriates, and legal persons in the country, in accordance with the National Address Law No. 24 of 2017 to register their National Addresses within six months starting today and up till Sunday, July 26, 2020, otherwise, violators will be subject to legal actions, including a fine of QR 10,000 maximum (source: portal.www.gov.qa

National Address Registration form asks for the below details.

  • Residential address
  • Land phone number
  • Mobile number
  • E-mail
  • Employer’s address for government and private sector employees
  • Permanent address abroad and any other information specified by the relevant authority.
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Republic Day 2020 – Indians celebrate 71st Republic Day with gaiety and gusto

Indians celebrate 71st Republic Day with gaiety and gusto

George Julius Williams | Consulting Editor

DOHA: Hundreds of Indian residents gathered at their embassy premises to witness Ambassador HE P. Kumaran hoist the tri-colour in celebration of the 71st Republic Day of India, on Sunday 26th at 8 am.

The celebrations started with the hoisting of the Indian flag by HE P. Kumaran followed by the singing of the National Anthem by the choir and the assembled audience.

The Ambassador then read out excerpts from the speech by the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind who had addressed the nation on the eve of 71st Republic Day stating: “Our constitution has given some rights to all of us as citizens of an independent democracy. But within the Constitution itself, we have also taken the responsibility that we should always be committed to the fundamental democratic ideals of justice, liberty and equality and brotherhood.”

The Indian Ambassador also welcomed Inspector General Anwar Khan -Tatraksha Medal, who commands the Indian Coast Guard Ship (ICGS) Samudra Paheredar which is visiting Hamad Port in conjunction with the  Republic Day celebrations.

HE P. Kumaran stated that the visit of ICGS Samudra Paheredar during the celebrations of India’s 71st Republic Day will further strengthen the time-tested friendship between India and Qatar, and enhance maritime co-operation between the two countries.

Also, present on the occasion was Subordinate Officer (SO) S K Singh, who on 12 August, in the face of unknown danger saved precious lives in a successful operation whilst dealing with fire and salvage of OSV Coastal Jaguar thus averting incomprehensible maritime distress, off the coast of Visakhapatnam.

SO S K Singh was felicitated by the ambassador for his courageous and valiant act of bravery.

Several embassy officials including First Secretary – Hemant Kumar Dwivedi, Defence Attache – Capt. Kapil Kaushik, office bearers from various bodies connected with Indian Cultural Centre, Indian school faculty members, prominent local businessmen and other distinguished guests attended the two-hour function.

The programme ended with school children singing various patriotic songs that had the audience joining in and cheering the youngsters.

In a special message to readers of QatarIndians.com, the Indian Ambassador HE P. Kumaran said, “I sincerely wish you all a very happy 71st Republic Day and am proud of the immense contribution our community has made and are making to this nation of Qatar. I also thank the Qatari government for their continued support and appreciation of the Indians living and working in Qatar.”

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Sonu Nigam – all set to thrill music lovers today (23 Jan 2020)

Sonu Nigam – all set to thrill music lovers today (23 Jan 2020)

A musical journey Doha audiences will remember

George Julius Williams | Consulting Editor

The Ras Laffan hall of Concorde Hotel yesterday evening was abuzz with a melodious ring as Bollywood’s highly popular singer par-excellence Sonu Nigam spoke to the media, at a packed press conference, ahead of his much-awaited concert today.

The multi-talented singer/composer/actor/performer/anchor/celebrity judge will perform tonight in the Asian Town Amphitheatre at 7 pm.

Nigam has sung in practically every Indian language as well as English and his 3-year journey in the music industry has witnessed a repertoire of over 10,000 songs and an amazing record of over 40 mainstream awards, including the prestigious National Film Award. 

Answering the first question of the evening put forth by this writer on whether Nigam would like to sing in Arabic, the singer replied, “I would definitely want to if the opportunity came across. In fact, I started last year with a devotional song and ended with an English song with Polish singer Natalia Lesz which became immensely popular and that was the time I started thinking about singing in Arabic, Russian and Chinese also.”

Replying to QatarIndians next question about his career as an actor, Nigam stated that there is much more involved in achieving success than just the craft itself, one should make sure that it is also part of a great project.

“For example, it not enough to just sing a great song but also to ensure it is part of a credible project so that it reaches out to a larger audience,’ he pointed out.

“I am a firm believer in destiny and don’t take credit for right or wrong choices but rather just work hard and leave results to the Almighty. After I acted in a couple of movies, I realized that I was not enjoying being part of the project. So I made a pact with myself that only, and only if, I am convinced that is a credible project, I will invest my time and effort into it. A movie takes about 100 days to shoot and that is followed by promotions, premiers, etc and I have probably been one of the most busiest human beings on the planet for a very long time. I have worked hard and God has made me work hard. I am thankful to the Almighty that at a time when people are finding it difficult to find work, I have been extremely busy. So there is no point in wasting time over projects I don’t believe in. If things have to happen, it will. Like last year I did a short film that won the best actor’s award also.  You can probably watch it if you want.”

(My research shows that the short film is Saurabh Pandey’s 2019 award-winning movie Spotless which also stars Shweta Rohira). 

Answering another question on whether he will do a similar video to the one where he appeared incognito as an old beggar, Nigam replied he has no such plans at the moment. But if he does plan one than it has to come naturally from within.

“I used to do stuff when I was in my 20s as I was young and aggressive and wanted to try everything. Then I realized that I will not enjoy my life if I pre-calculate my every move. Now I act impromptu if something interests me then I will do it and if I do, you will know about it.”

Nigam further went to elaborate that in the last couple of years he has completely stopped taking singing assignments, as he has “found himself.”

“Some people can’t even claim that they have found something like this, in their entire lifetime. I have been leading a very peaceful, blissful and blessed life. I have not accepted offers for singing in films but prefer to do live performances. Having said that, I have no problems taking singing assignments, if I think it’s credible. After achieving a standard of success due to God’s grace I do not want to lower it my taking on below-average songs,” Nigam added.

Answering another query about remixes, Sonu said, “I have no problems singing re-mixes. Good and bad songs have always existed in films, the only difference is earlier the composers, lyrists, singers would give it their personal touch. Nowadays, it’s much more commercialized with everyone more interested in doing the “launch song” of the movie. But even today there are good songs and good singers.”

Nigam added that he has nothing against re-mixes as he has done it before when “I did not know how to say no.”

The current society seems to enjoy remixes but he personally does not ‘feel it is the right thing’ to do. However, in case a credible remix project comes along, he would definitely think about it.

Dr. Tejinder Singh, CEO, and founder of Q-Tickets who are the organisers, earlier welcomed Sonu Nigam and said, “I love Sonu’s song, his voice and his passion for the playback singing. So when Shop Qatar organisers requested us for a concert, the only name I could think of was Sonu Nigam who has been entertaining us for the past 27 years with memorable songs. We are looking forward to an exciting evening of entertaining songs at tomorrow’s concert.”

Dr. Singh also thanked his team members for all the time and effort put in to organize the event. Abhinav Upadhyay spoke on behalf of Sonu Nigam’s team and thanked the press for turning up and promoting the event.

The press conference was hosted by popular local MC Anshu Jain who also mentioned the tremendous behind-the-scenes efforts of Aarti Mahajan, co-founder of Q-Tickets in organizing the gigantic task of bringing in Sonu Nigam and his crew of 32 members which includes musicians, dancers and top visual, light and sound engineers to ensure that Doha is treated to a concert of a lifetime.

Tickets are starting from as low as QR 30 and the Sonu Nigam concert is bound to be a musical journey to remember. Click here to book your tickets now!

Tickets are available on Q-Tickets and selling fast. QatarIndians are media partners of the event.

Image Credit: q-tickets

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Sonu Nigam all set to regale music lovers | 23 Jan 2020, Asian Town Amphitheater

Sonu Nigam all set to regale music lovers – A musical journey to remember

DOHA: Sonu Nigam the popularly versatile Indian playback singerlive performercomposer, TV reality host and actor is all set to entertain music lovers on Thursday, 23rd January 2020 at the Asian Town Amphitheater from 7.30 pm onwards. 

He sings predominantly in Hindi and Kannada language films. He has also sung in EnglishBengaliManipuriGujaratiTamilTeluguMarathiTuluAssameseOdiaNepaliMaithiliMalayalam and various other Indian languages. 

He is often referred to as a “Modern Rafi” and considered as one of the most versatile and greatest singers of the Hindi film industry of all times – apart from being one of the highest-paid Indian singers.  

Nigam who has also acted in a number of films, released Indian pop albums is regarded as the “Lord of Chords” 

Nigam’s crew of 32 members which includes musicians, dancers and top visual, light and sound engineers will ensure Doha audiences are treated to a concert of a lifetime 

Q-Tickets is bringing this super talented singer as part of Shop Qatar and tickets are starting from as low as QR 30/- with early bird price till 13 Dec 2019. (VVIP QR 1000 (Early Bird Price QR800)  

The Sonu Nigam Live show is a musical journey to remember and not to be missed! 

Image Credit: q-tickets

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Mrs IWA 2019 | IWA holds spectacular beauty pageant

Mrs IWA 2019 | IWA holds spectacular beauty pageant

Mrs. Roshan Sukheja crowned Mrs. IWA 2019

DOHA: 25 glamorous Indian women recently participated in a spectacular beauty pageant that also showcased a variety of Indian textiles and climaxed with the crowning of Mrs IWA 2019.

The pageant was part of The Indian Women Association’s  (IWA) annual mega-event entitled “Mrs. IWA, 2019” that was held on the 7th of December at Grand Hyatt hotel.

The contestants fashionably displayed colouful Indian sarees along with the richness of Arabic gowns as a tribute to the India-Qatar Year of Culture.

The shimmering showcasing of evening gowns and the interesting Q&A session added a tinge of brilliance to the evening.

Roshan Sukheja won the coveted title “Mrs. IWA  2019” with Abhilasha Singh Panwar bagging the First Runner-up and Tulika Mehta Agarwal the Second Runner-up.

The winners were judged by a panel of experienced judges consisting of IWA Patron Ritu Kumaran, IWA Advisor Sophia Bukhari, NIA Chairman Harish Kanjani and Dean of Institute di moda Burgo Qatar -Meenu Prasad, based on the contestants’ performances in various rounds.

Other attractions like a classical dance by Rahul Gupta, a humorous speech on weight loss by Anupama Kashibhatla and timeless anchoring by Shweta Bharadwaj enthralled the audience.

The event ended with IWA expressing their thanks and gratitude to all the sponsors, members and guests who attended the memorable evening.

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Color Run 2020 returns to Doha next year | 25 January 2020

Color Run 2020 returns to Doha next year | 25 January 2020

DOHA: The internationally popular Color Run, which since its inception since 2012 has been experienced by over 6 million people worldwide in 35 plus countries and has donated a staggering $5 million to charity globally is all set to return to locally to Doha in 2020.

The Color Run is a unique event that celebrates health, happiness, and individuality by empowering and encouraging participants of all ages and abilities to focus on their health and well-being.

The event has become a globally famous phenomenon and last year’s Doha Color Run 2019 witnessed thousands of participants.

The 2020 Color Run also popularly known as the ‘Happiest 5k on the Planet’ has a new theme “Love Tour” and the event comes with the grooviest packs for participants, encouraging everyone to let their love shine and take part in one of the most memorable family activities of the year.

This year’s Color Run presented by Sahtak Awalan: Your Health First – the flagship public health campaign of Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar (WCM-Q) will return to Qatar National Convention Centre on Saturday, 25 January 2020 with a much bigger expected turnout.

As in previous years, The Color Run 2020 runners will wear white and be doused from head to toe in brightly different colored powders at 1km intervals as they make their way around the 5km course, before celebrating completion with friends and family at the

Once the 5k is over, the fun continues at the Finish Festival, a larger-than-life celebration with music, photo ops, activity booths, vendors and more massive color throws creating millions of vivid color combinations.

The excitement and hype witnessed towards this wonderful event demonstrate once again Qatar’s vision to empower and inspire all to lead healthier and happier lifestyles. And people from every part of the community in Qatar have shown their enthusiasm for living a healthy lifestyle by taking part in The Color Run.

For more details and purchasing tickets please visit www.thecolorrun.qa.

Image Credit: thecolorrun.qa

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Indian film stars to play maiden T20 cricket match in Qatar next year

Indian film stars to play maiden T20 cricket match in Qatar next year

Sports Correspondent

DOHA: Crescent Cricket Club (CCC) – an India-based sports club is all set to bring in film stars’ for the first time in Qatar for a T20 cricket match to be held in March next year.

This was announced recently at a press conference in the Raddison Blu Hotel attended by well-known Indian film actors Tushar Kapoor, Rajpal Yadav, Rahul Dev, Bala Kumar, Vivek Gopan, John Kappallil, and Rajeev Pillai along with well-known Indian community members and representatives of different Doha-based cricket organizations.

Shakeel Shafi, chairman of CCC, said that the club has been organising Indian film celebrities’ cricket matches since 2011 for different charity causes but this is going to the club’s first match at an international venue.

However, the intention of holding a cricket match here was not for charity purposes but to entertain the residents of Qatar. Shafi explained, “Through these matches, we have been trying to promote the diversity of India as actors from different states come together and play cricket. We are excited about organising a star-studded cricket match, first time outside India and it is going to be in Qatar.

“Our research has shown that Doha is the right place to organise a cricket match due to the great importance Qatar is giving to sports. Once we get permission, we will announce the date and venue for the match.”

“Our team from North India will be captained by ace actor Suniel Shetty and the other team will be headed by actor Bala Kumar from Kerala,” he added.

Shafi thanked the sponsors and local cricket associations for their support and added that people from all corners of India live and work in Qatar and they will get a unique opportunity to watch their favorite film celebrities play cricket.

Addressing the press conference, popular Bollywood actor Tushar Kapoor said: “The match is sure to attract more spectators promoting both sport and culture. I am very excited to go be part of a match where film stars from all over India will be represented. We are here to figure out how the rules and regulations will work out for the planned match and I urge Doha residents to make the event a great success. This is my first trip to Qatar and hope to come back soon.”

Expressing his views, character actor Rajpal said: “This is my second visit to Qatar and I have received same kind of love and affection here, as before. I have been a part of all CCC cricket matches since 2011. It has actually brought different film industries in India together and has been instrumental in promoting south Indian movies in north of the country. I am thankful to the organisers for inviting me here. Qatar seems like home to me and I hope the celebrity match in March is going to be a big success.”

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IWA Qatar | Mrs. IWA contest gets pretty good response

IWA Qatar | Mrs. IWA contest gets pretty good response

DOHA: The Indian Women’s Association is holding a Mrs. IWA QATAR contest on 7th December 2019 at Hotel Grand Hyatt @ 6 pm.

The contest submission entries which closed on 31st October witnessed an overwhelming response from married Indian ladies. This is the second year of the contest and according to the organisers the response has been really commendable.

The Mrs. IWA 2019 is an event tagged lined “Come, Conquer, Cherish” and aims to provide a platform to all married Indian women to showcase their talents in different fields.

Contestants are being specially groomed by Mrs. Preeti Trivedi (Mrs. India UK 2018 – Community Queen, London).

Tickets for the event available on Q-tickets (https://www.q-tickets.com/Events/EventDetails/7516). Tickets are priced QR 105, including service charges for members and QR 183.75, including service charges. The age restriction is above 18 years and bachelors are strictly not allowed.

Radio Olive and Radio Suno are supporters of the event.

IWA has sent out a message to all Indian ladies – “Dress up in your best evening gowns. Buckle your stilettos and get ready for our signature event – MRS IWA 2019”

QatarIndians.com requests all its Indian lady followers to attend this glittering memorable event!

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Qatar and India cultures meet in pictorial encounter | Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture

Qatar and India cultures meet in pictorial encounter | Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture

Qatar and India cultures meet in pictorial encounter | Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture

Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture

* Qatar Museums inaugurates “Where Cultures Meet: A Photographic Encounter Between Qatar and India” exhibition

George Julius Williams | Consulting Editor

Doha: A photographic encounter between Qatar and India entitled “Where Cultures Meet” was inaugurated yesterday evening by Qatar Museums (QM) at Gallery Number 18 of Katara Cultural Village, as part of its annual Year of Culture programme.

Under the leadership of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, Chairperson of QM, the initiative – “Year of Culture” was developed as an annual international cultural exchange programme designed to deepen understanding between different nations and their people.

Previous years of culture include Qatar-Japan 2012, Qatar-UK 2013, Qatar-Brazil 2014, Qatar-Turkey 2015, Qatar-China 2016, Qatar-Germany 2017 and Qatar-Russia 2018.

As part of Qatar-India 2019 Year of Culture – two talented Qatari photographers Hamad Al Shamari and Aisha Al Sadah travelled to the Himalayan Region of Ladakh, India for two weeks to snap brilliant pictures. While two Qatar based Indian lensmen Ajeesh Puthiyadath and Salim Abdulla were selected from a locally held photographic competition to participate in the exhibition.


The aim of the pictorial display of images of Qatar and India under one roof was to create an inspiring portfolio to help foster mutual understanding and cultural relations between the two countries.

According to a QM press release – The exhibition presents common themes like architecture, landscape, portraits and street life both in Ladakh – a remote land tucked in the valleys among barren mountains and where communities known for their tolerant and generous manner live in peace – and in Doha, a bustling metropolis made up of century-old markets and futuristic buildings that line its waterfront.

Aisha Al Attiya, Head of Years of Culture at QM said: “The annual photography exhibition is an important milestone in the Years of Culture programme. It promotes an appreciation for our similarities with partner countries and celebrates the differences between our two cultures and perspectives. We hope that the trip to Ladakh will continue to inspire Hamad Al Shamari and Aisha Al Sadah for many years to come.”

Present at the opening of the exhibition was India’s ambassador to Qatar His Excellency, P. Kumaran along with embassy officials and other distinguished community members.

Speaking at the opening, P. Kumaran thanked Qatar Museums, Katara Village, Years of Culture department and all other stakeholders who helped making the event a success.

The Indian ambassador congratulated the four photographers for their stunning images and stated it was commendable that the two Qatari photographers had braved extreme cold weather conditions in the high altitude of Ladakh and still managed to take brilliant pictures.

QatarIndians spoke to the four photographers –

Hamad Al Shamari, one of the Qatari photographers said he was completely mesmerized by the breath-taking scenery of Ladakh and inspite of hazardous weather conditions was eager to go back to the region for another amazing experience.

Qatari photographer Aisha Al Sadah, the only lady in the foursome said although she did have breathing problems at the high altitudes of Ladakh, it was indeed an awesome experience to witness first hand the colourful culture, traditions and language of the predominately Buddhist region.

Indian lensman Ajeesh Puthiyadath who has been in Qatar for three years said he was fortunate that as an IT professional his straight shift work timings provided him the liberty to go around taking pictures after office hours. Most of his photographs are centered around Souq Wafiq where the light is just right to take spectacular pictures, especially on Friday mornings.

The other artist Salim Abdulla is a professional photographer and a passionate award-winning painter. Although, he concentrates now more on clicking pictures than on painting –  his uncanny eye for world of colour and images stands him in good stead while using his camera.

The exhibition entry is free and opened for the public until the 31st of December 2019.

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ICC Qatar unveils plans for new cultural programmes

ICC Qatar unveils plans for new cultural programmes

The prestigious Indian Cultural Center (ICC) working under the aegis of the Embassy of India in Qatar has been organising different cultural activities coupled with welfare services for their larger community.

The ICC Qatar office bearers recently organised a press conference at its Mumbai hall and according to the Gulf Times, office-bearers who addressed the press were Manikantan A P, President; Vinod V Nair, Vice President; Bhumeshwar Padala, Head of Consular Services & External Events: Jaffarkhan M, Head of Premises, HR & Sports: Rajesh Singh, Head of Finance & Sponsorship; Mohsin P, Head of Affiliation & Membership; and Nirmala Shanmugapadian, Cultural Coordinator.

The GT report further stated that all expatriate communities always like to enjoy and engage themselves in cultural activities in Qatar. The Indian community – the largest expatriate community here, is no exception to that.

The ICC Qatar office-bearers highlighted various new programmes their team wants to introduce for welfare and cultural activities. They talked in detail about cultural programmes, welfare projects, and educational activities.

Talking to the media, Manikantan said: “First of all, we are having [already started] cultural programems on every Wednesday – from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The weekly programmes are about dance, music, and art of India. These events will be organised by 19 different organisations, affiliated with ICC.

We are providing a chance to the affiliated organisations to present their cultural programmes. There are many Indian schools and they can also come and perform in ICC Qatar on every Wednesday. There are many institutes that are also interested in carrying out cultural programmes. They will first get registered with ICC and then they will offer their performances. We are allotting them slots accordingly.

“Last two weeks, we have had our programmes. We will have a one-month summer break – from July 3 to the first week of August. We have already booked 15 Wednesdays. We have done our work to spread the news about performance opportunities. Every week, we will be sending press releases on Monday highlighting what cultural programme is going to take place on Wednesday making sure that the news reaches maximum number of Indians. We will prioritise cultural programmes according to their quality. We are trying to inform more and more people to come and enjoy the shows. Mostly cultural programems in Doha take place on Thursday, Friday or Saturday. We have arranged it on Wednesday, giving people a chance to enjoy cultural activities during weekdays.”

The president added that the ICC had already been conducting different classes for dance, karate, chess and music. “This summer we plan to have some crash courses for Indian expatriates.” Manikantan also talked about privileged insurance cards for the ICC members. “We have around 4,000 members. With different associated organisations, we have over 100, 000 members. Now, we are planning to give privilege to some members. First of all we are going to announce a group insurance facility. This will be helpful for all the community members. We have observed that if someone dies here, his or her family finds it hard to deal with the situation.

We are planning to the insurance plan with minimum premium. We are in negotiation with different Qatar based insurance companies. We are trying to keep the premium up to QR100. The insurance will be valid for two years and can be extended. We are planning to launch this scheme in August.

“Further, we are also reaching out to different businesses in Qatar seeking concessions for the ICC members holding privileged cards.”

He added: “We are also going to upgrade the website of ICC and the new website will be launched on June 25. Indian expatriates will be able to apply for ICC membership online. We are also creating a job portal in the website.
Indians living in Qatar or visiting the country will be able to upload their CVs on ICC website. We have been in talks with managers of the different businesses and companies to give preference to these CVs. The job applicants must have Qatari identity card or visit visa number.”

The ICC president also shared that they were going to set up different clubs such as science club, drama club, photography club etc. “We want to get our children to interact with known and professional people visiting Qatar from India.”

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