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KU marks 15th Convocation

isms | 23 October, 2009 13:08

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Kathmandu University observed its 15th Convocation Ceremony on the date October 23, 2009 in Central campus, Dhulikhel. On the occasion, Chancellor Prime Minister Mr. Madav Kumar Nepal and Chief Guest Professor S.S.M.K. Kshanika Hirimburegama vice-chancellor of Colombo University from Sri Lanka, Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Suresh Raj Sharma, Prof. Dr. Bhadra Man Tuladhar Registrar, Deans, students and other distinguished guest observe the ceremony.


Hundreds of students received their convocation oath and certificate of completion on the occasion. Along with certificate some outstanding students Miss Prachiya Pokharel received Chancellor Medal and Joda Bahadur Shrestha Medal, similarly Mr. Hemanta Manali received Vice-Chancellor Medal, and Mr. Subhash Kadel received a RanaBahadur Shah Award.


Chief Guest of the Ceremony

Professor S.S.M.K. Kshanika Hirimburegama, B.Sc.(Col); M.Phil. (Pdn); Ph.D. (Belgium); was appointed the Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo with effect from 2nd January 2008 by His Excellency, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka. Prior to taking this office she was Head of the Department of Plant Sciences and a Member of the University Grants Commission of Sri Lanka. She has received many prestigious awards such as “Woman of Achievement-2006” by Zonta Club-1 of Colombo and has authored 40 research publications/Communications.


She is the first lady chief guest to attend the convocation in Nepal.


Here is the detail of 15th Convocation of KU in various National Daily.


1.       Nagrik

2.       Kantipur

3.       Kathmandu Post

4.       Samachar Patra

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Press Release about 15th Convocation

isms | 23 October, 2009 13:02

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"KU towards progress" from Anapurana Post National Daily

isms | 13 October, 2009 13:59

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Prof. Dr. Sharma participated in the First University President's Forum

isms | 24 August, 2009 09:43

The Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma has participated in the First University Presidents’ Forum on Climate Change & Sustainable Development in Asia & Africa held on 17 August 2009 at Korea University, Seoul, South Korea. The chief guest of the forum UN General Secretary his Excellency Ban Ki-moon has delivered a special keynote speech which was very timely and remarkable on climate change issues and urges to unite for pushing up various issues from bottom-up from the University President’ side and he will try from top-bottom approach to fight with negative impacts of various climate change issues. The Presidents also signed the Seoul Declaration on Climate Change and Sustainable Development in Asia and Africa during the First University President Forum. They also agreed to form a network for education and research on climate change and sustainable development called Asia-Africa Education and Research Network (AA-ERNet). Dr. Rijan Bhakta Kayastha from the Department of Environmental Science and Engineering also participated in the forum.


Dr. Bibuti Ranjan Jha publish a book

isms | 06 August, 2009 11:47

Dr. Bibuti Ranjan Jha publish a book in title of “Fish Ecological Studies in Assessing Ecological Integrity of Rivers: Application in Rivers of Nepal (Paperback)

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Department of Mechanical Engineering is hosting Fulbright Professor

isms | 04 August, 2009 14:08

The Department meeting held on August 3rd 2009 has welcomed Prof. Yogendra Jonchhe as Fulbright scholar. The meeting was attended by Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Dean at School of Engineering, Dr. Bim Prasad Shrestha, HOD, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Mr. Binod Raj Siwakoti, UG Coordinator and other faculty members. 

Prof. Jonchhe has signatory contribution in the promotion of Mechanical Engineering Technology in New York State for last 30 years of academic involvement as a faculty member in State University of New York (SUNY) Alfred State College.

Prof. Jonchhe is recipient of the Outstanding Research Activities Award from SUNY, Colleges of Technology, and Research Council. It was based on his applied research activities such as involvement in Gleasman Stepless Geared Transmission research, development & testing, Electric Car Research Project, Diesel fuel additives research, Ethanol blended fuels research, Biodiesel fuel analytical study, automotive emission research and investigation of hydraulic turbines.

Prof. Jonchhe has been very active with New York State Engineering Technology Association (NYSETA) for the last 25 years. He has hosted NYSETA meeting at Alfred State College in the year of 2007 with the key responsible of making keynote speech, technical sessions, vendors and industrial tours.

Besides his involvement in New York state, Prof. Jonchhe has landmark contribution of international educational activities, he has undertaken similar assignments in 1996-97 as  Professor/Consultant Institute of Technology Tun Hussein Onn(ITTHO) Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, Batu Pahat, Johor, Malaysia through Alfred State College under contract from MUCIA (Midwestern Universities Consortium In America) led by Purdue University with World Bank funding. The assignment involved teaching, laboratory and curriculum development which also proved to be a great professional development and scholarly activity.

Currently, Prof. Jonchhe is directly involved in teaching and research work at Department of Mechanical Engineering at Kathmandu University where he is teaching Engineering Mechanics for undergraduate students and Internal Combustion Engine for graduate students. He has strong enthusiasm to develop applied research in the field of bio based energy such as Bio fuel at Kathmandu University during his stay in Nepal.

The department of Mechanical Engineering at Kathmandu University feels greatly privileged and honored to host such distinguished personalities from US academia.

Last year, Prof. Rama S. Gorla from Cleveland State University made significant contribution to this department under same program, which eventually brought fruitful collaboration between Kathmandu University and Cleveland State University through Memorandum of understanding signed by both the Universities.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering highly appreciates the support and trust extended to this department by US Government, Fulbright commission and the citizen of United States of America.

51st Senate Meeting held

isms | 03 August, 2009 15:55

"51st Senate Meeting" of Kathmandu University was held on August 2, 2009, at Office of the Prime Minister, Singh-durbar, Kathmandu, under the chairmanship of Honorable Prime Minister & Chancellor of the University, Shri Madhav Kumar Nepal. The Meeting was attended by almost all of its members. During the meeting, following proposal submitted by Prof.  Bhadra Man Tuladhar, Registrar, was discussed and approved:

1. Audit report of fiscal year 2064/2065.

Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, gave a welcome speech and University's progress review.  Vote of Thanks by Prof. Janga Bahadur Chauhan, School of Arts. 

Final Year Mechanical Engineering students are back after completion of their internship in Thailand

isms | 03 August, 2009 13:52

Industrial Training introduced at Kathmandu University refers to professional experience that is relevant to professional development prior to their graduation. It has been a great opportunity for the students to learn about the industry, to establish important contacts and most importantly, to seed the beginnings for their career in chosen profession.


Department of Mechanical Engineering of Kathmandu University initiated a completely new fashion of exposing its students to an international arena through its credit-course industrial training program from this year. As per the regular course of the Undergraduate Final year, five students representing Department of Mechanical engineering were provided an opportunity to work as an internee at Asian Institute of Technology and CP Group of Companies, in Thailand.

Sushil Tandukar and Nishant Gautam of B.E. in Mechanical Engineering Final year worked as an internee Engineer at AIT from 1st July- 31st July, 2009 focusing on the topic “Performance Analysis of AIT Model Gasifier Stove-A case study in context of Nepal” under the direct supervision of Prof. Shivappan Kumar, the Dean of School of Environment, Resources and Development (SERD), AIT. The students had done their final year project on the similar topic at KU.

Three of the Final Year Mechanical Engineering students (Abhinav Pradhan, Prabij Joshi and Dipen Manadhar) also completed their 1 month internship in the leading Multinational Industry of Thailand Charoen Pokphand Group of Companies. There they had an oppurtunity to work with Thai Engineers for the construction of Asias’ largest Rice Mill factory that is being erected in Industrial State of Thailand near Bangkok. The students were directly involved in the Civil, Mechanical andElectrical component of the industry.

An experience of students:

Abhinav Pradhan “We find this internship as the most important and the perfect step for our career development. We would like to thank Our Prof. Bim P. Shrestha for initiating this step and for his fabulous co-ordination; Dr. Panamas for helping us in each and every time in Thailand, all the staff of the Charoen Pokphand Engineering Co. Ltd. for the helpful and co-operative nature during our stay in Thailand and lastly Prof. Surin Phongsupramit Head of the Solid Mechanics at Mechaincal Engineering Department in Chulalongkorn University for the lecture about the life after the studies.We were given a great opportunity to work in the construction of Asia’s’ the biggest Rice Mill Factory. There we learned about their working style, Machines, Plant Layout and the life style of Thai Engineers. At last I would like to say that Kathmandu University has started the perfect direction for the student future.”


Special lecture by Prof. Surin phongsupramit, Mechanical Engineering Department at Chulalongkorn University.



Students with Prof. Shivappan Kumar, the Dean of SERD, AIT and Dr. Bim Shrestha Head Of Mechanical Engineering Department, KU.



Kathmandu University Final Year Mechanical Engineering students doing internship in AIT


Kathmandu University Student in Chaing meng Rice Polishing Factory.


Eleventh UNESCO Workshop on Active Learning in Optics and Photonics held

isms | 03 August, 2009 13:41

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Eleventh UNESCO Workshop on Active Learning in Optics and Photonics (ALOP) Nepal was conducted successfully during July 12-16 2009,  at the Kathmandu University International Centre (KUIC), Dhulikhel, Kavre, Nepal.


The workshop was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Kathmandu University. Prof. Dr. Panna Thapa, Dean of School of Science delivered the welcome speech and Dr. Alex Mazzolini introduced the participants about the program. The opening ceremony was conducted by Dr. Raju Khanal from the central department of Physics, TU.


In all there were 31 participants (3 from India, 3 from Pakistan, 1 from Thailand and 24 from Nepal). There was a very strong demand for places in the workshop. The participants were roughly 60% university academics and 40% high school teachers.


In all, the workshop was run very efficiently and effectively with a major grant from UNESCO, minor grants from EPS-IGPD and Essilor Paris, OSA, and some additional support (financial and in kind) from Kathmandu University and Lekali Trading Concern in Nepal.


The team of resource persons was as follows:


Alex  Mazzolini,              Faculty of Engineering & Industrial Sciences         

                                                Swinburne University of Technology         Australia


Vengu Lakshminarayanan           University  of Waterloo Canada



Souad   CHEKIR LAHMAR            Institut Préparatoire aux Etudes TUNISIE   

                                                Scientifiques et Techniques (IPEST)        


Joseph Niemela              The Abdus Salam ICTP  

                                                Strada Costiera 11, 34014 Italy                                      


Boonchoat Paosawatyanyong  Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn

 University, Bangkok Thailand

Pornrat Wattanakasiwich Chulalongkorn  University, Bangkok Thailand

In addition to this, Alex Mazzolini presented an active learning seminar on optics to high school students from a local school (Sanjiwani H.S. School). The seminar covered the topics of optics “magic tricks”, colour & colour perception, and optical communications, and again this AL seminar was well received.

In the closing ceremony, Prof. Dr. Bhadraman Tuladhar, Registrar, KU congratulated the participants for the successful completion of the training program and Dr. Deepak Subedi, convenor of the workshop, delivered the vote of thanks. Prof. Suresh Raj  Sharma, Vice Chancellor of KU distributed the certificates to all the participants and also the mementos to the resource persons. In the mean time, the Nepalese participants facilitated the resource persons with typical Nepali gifts.




KU participation in "Red List Training Workshop"

isms | 29 July, 2009 09:31

Four participants (Prof. Dr. Subodh Sharma, Dr. Bibhuti Ranjan Jha, Dr.Chhatra Mani Sharma, and Hasko Nesseman) participated in “Eastern Himalayas Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment Red List Training Workshop” organized by IUCN in Kathmandu, Nepal from 22-26 July 2009. The workshop was attended by professionals from different parts of the world. The main objective of the workshop was to assess the status of different species from fish, odonata and mollusca from eastern Himalayas and assign them a category in Red Data List. Different working groups were formed for fish, odonata and mollusca assessment and put the data on the IUCN Species Information Service (SIS).

Mr. Sanat Kumar Bista received best research paper award

isms | 28 July, 2009 13:49

Sanat Kumar Bista, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, KU has been awarded the BEST RESEARCH PAPER AWARD for his contribution entitled “Evolution of Cooperativeness in a Business Game Relying on Acquaintance Based Trustworthiness Assessment” in the 11th IEEE Conference on Commerce and Enterprise Computing (CEC09) held during July 20 – 23 in Vienna, Austria. The research Paper was co-authored by Dr. K.P Dahal, Professor Peter Cowling and Professor Bhadra Man Tuladhar.  

Some of his other publications of Interest are:

S.K.Bista, K.P.Dahal, P.I.Cowling, B.M. Tuladhar (2008), Evolution of Cooperation in an Incentive Based Business Game Environment, In the proceedings of ICADAM 2008- Sanya, China, Published by Springer London

S.K.Bista, K.P.Dahal, P.I.Cowling, B.M. Tuladhar (2008) Unraveling the Evolution of Defectors in Online Business Games, In the proceedings of SKIMA 2008, Kathmandu, Nepal

S.K. Bista, K.P. Dahal, P.I Cowling, B.M. Tuladhar. Metrics for computing trust in multi-agent environment, 8th Informatics Workshop, Bradford, UK, 2007.

S.K.Bista, K.P. Dahal, P.I.Cowling, B.M. Tuladhar. TruMet: An approach towards Computing Trust in Multi-Agent Environment, Proceedings of International conference on Software Knowledge Information Management and Applications, Chiangmai, Thailand 2006

S.K. Bista, K.P. Dahal, B.M. Tuladhar. Agent Oriented Peer-Peer Supply Chain for Collaborative Planning Forecasting and Replenishment, 7th Informatics Workshop, Bradford, UK, 2006.

Shrestha N., Hall Patrick A.V., Bista S. K. “Resources for Nepali Word Sense Disambiguation”, IEEE International conference on Natural Language Processing and Knowledge Engineering (IEEE NLP-KE’08), Beijing, China, 2008

Shrestha N., Hall Patrick A.V., Bista S. K. “Dictionary containing Example based Nepali WSD”, ICON 2008, Pune, India, 2008.

Shrestha N., Hall Patrick A.V., Bista S. K. “Word Sense Disambiguation; a Brief Survey with Application to Nepali”, 29th Annual Conference of Linguistic Society of Nepal, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2008.

Y.P. Yadava, G R Bhattarai, S. K. Bista,  B. Keshari and  J. Bhatta, Envisioning Machine Translation for the New Millennium: Outlines of Preliminary Steps in Nepal. Contemporary Issues in Nepalese Linguistics, ed. by Yogendra P. Yadava et al., pages 429-439, Kathmandu: Linguistics Society of Nepal, 2005. 

B. Keshari, J. Bhatta and S.K. Bista. Nepali Part-of-Speech Guesser and Its Application in Lexicon Building. Proceedings of International Conference On Natural Language Processing, ICON-2005, IIT Kanpur, India, 2005.

B. Keshari, J. Bhatta and S.K. Bista. Handling Honorification in Dobahse: Online English-to-Nepali Machine Translation System. Proceedings of Third Asian Applied Computing Conference (AACC - 2005), Kathmandu, Nepal, 2005.

B. Keshari and S.K. Bista, UNL Nepali Deconverter. International-CALIBER 2005, Kochi, India, 2005.

Recent news of Geomatics Engineering Program

isms | 27 July, 2009 14:35

Geomatics Engineering Program News

  1. Kathmandu University(KU), School of Engineering in collaboration with Land Management Training Center(LMTC) and International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC) of The Netherlands had organized a program for short course on “ADOPTING GEO-ICT FOR LAND ADMINISTRATION” in Kathmandu University, Nepal from 15th – 19th June 2009. The course was attended by participants from Nepal (16), Bhutan (1), India (2), Sri Lanka (1) and Iran (1).

Apart from the Country Presentations by the respective participants the Dr. Arbind Tuladhar (ITC), Mr. Narayan Bhattarai (KU), Mr. Nab Raj Subedi (Survey Department), Anish Joshi (Genesis) and Reshma Shrestha (Genesis) gave lectures in the following
• Latest Geo-Information Technologies (Geo-ICT)
• Land administration: policy targets and Geo-ICT
• Sensors and applications to Land administration
• Land Information Systems: Adopting Geo-ICT
• Transparency in Land Administration
• Research on transparency in Land Acquisition
• Strategic planning for adopting Geo-ICT for Land administration

A practical application of Ilwis Software in the field of Geo-ICT was also demonstrated in the Nepalese context by Mr. Nab Raj Subedi.

  1. Immediately after the short course a team of experts from ITC, Mr. Chris Paresi and Dr. Arbind Tuladhar met Kathmandu University Vice Chancellor, Registrar, Deans of School of Engineering, School of Natural Science, School of Art and School of Management for promoting Academic Partnership in Land Administration between UNU-ITC School of Land Administration Studies and Kathmandu University in the near future.
    The team of experts also had meetings/ discussions with the government stakeholders such as Minister, Secretary, and Joint Secretary of Ministry of Land Reform and Management and Secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers about the support and possible help for the partnership.

    Director Generals of Department of Surveys, Department of Land Reform and Management and Department of Land Information and Archive were also consulted for the partnership out come.

    Non-governmental organizations such as International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and Lumanti were also visited and discussed about the possible support and cooperation required for the partnership.


  1. Mr. Chris Paresi and Dr. Arbind Tuladhar also gave lectures on the aspects Land Governance to the combined class of 1st and 2nd year students of Geomatics Engineering.

Vice-chancellor Prof. Sharma's book launched

isms | 27 July, 2009 13:41

Senior cultural specialist Satya Mohan Joshi launched the book Kathmandu bishwabidhyalaya: Kathin Yatra Ka Pailaharu (Kathmandu University: Strides of Difficult Journey) written by Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma, vice-chancellor of Kathmandu University, on 25 July in Russian Center for Science and Culture. Speaking at the program, Mr. Joshi called the book an autobiography of the University and added that it depicts Prof. Sharma and his team’s endeavor to materialize their mission and vision. Dr. Kamal Krishna Joshi, Chairperson of University Grants Commission (UGC), also praised the book for its depiction of reality but wished that the book, in another edition, would mention the contribution of UGC also. Another speaker Kamal Mani Dixit described the book as a true representation of Prof. Sharma’s venture into almost impossible task. Prof. Sharma, he added, is a swallow that makes a very beautiful nest with its mere beak. Neils, the chief architect of the University, explained the philosophy behind every design. Number 3, he added, is a guiding principle in the entire design.  The book, senior litterateur Jagadish Ghimire stated, is a fascinating account of hardship and success of a man who has vision. Recalling his first encounter with the book, he said, it drew his attention until the end. He hoped the book would spread the message of optimism when the whole nation is sick with skeptics and pessimists.  Prof. Sharma concluded the program recalling the history of the University since its inception. At a time there was no trust among the possible stakeholders, he recalled, the task to initiate a university seemed almost impossible. But, it is due to the faith that the University could generate, the task has reached this stage, he said. 

Overview of the book:

Title: Kathmandu bishwabidhyalaya: Kathin Yatra Ka Pailaharu

Author: Prof. Suresh Raj Sharma

Publisher: Urmila Sharma Dhungel

Number of pages: 18+150

Price: Rs. 200

NORAD support to establish Turbine Lab at Kathmandu University

isms | 21 July, 2009 14:40

There is a great need and scope of hydropower development in Nepal. Government of Nepal has announced ambitious plan to exploit hydropower. The rate of development of micro and small hydropower projects are also increasing in the recent years. Micro and mini hydro projects are equally important for rural electrification. Energy Sector Assistance Program (ESAP) is concerned about performance and efficiency of locally manufactured turbines. Alternative Energy Promotion Center (AEPC) has now subsidy policy up to 1 MW under the Mini-Grid program and for this there is a need of improvement in competence of local turbine manufacturer up to that capacity.

Nepalese companies are capable of design, manufacture, install and operate such micro hydro systems. With the increase in project developers, manufacturers and independent power producers, there is increasing demand for the quality, performance and reliability. The competence to exploit water resource for hydropower not only depends on financing, design and management of the project, but also depends on knowledge generation and local adaptability of technology. There is a lack of institution to carryout research and development of hydro-mechanical components in Nepal. Kathmandu University is establishing the Turbine Lab for academic and development activities.

The Turbine Lab will be used for:

          Test laboratory for

         Certification of mini- and micro-turbines sold on the Nepali market

         Supporting Nepali industry for product development

         Private testing from local manufacturer

         Independent lab for performance testing of turbine model on behalf of owners

          Build competence and knowledge within the hydropower sector in Nepal in developing professional on highest level (PhD, Master in Engineering etc.)

         Teaching/learning facility

         Industrial courses

         Staff training for the industry

          Motivation for research

    The laboratory can be used for development of turbine that can be most efficient and can withstand the most severe operating conditions. One of such problem is sand erosion, which is a major problem in Himalayan regions. Nepal can be centre of excellence in this field of research in such area.

         Development of turbine and pump technology

         Maintenance of turbines

          Meeting place for the industry and university

         Research and student projects for the industry

         This will open the door for collaborative research with national and international universities and research institutions

Until now, model testing of turbines purchased by Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) are carried out by foreign laboratories. Nepal Hydro Electric Pvt. Ltd. (NHE) used Indian lab for testing their turbine for certification of their product for Indian market.

Norway has long history of Turbine Lab. Water Power laboratory at Norwegian University of Science and Technology was established in 1917. This lab was instrumental in development of hydropower in Norway. This laboratory is refurbished and modernized in 2001. The facility at this laboratory is often rented by turbine companies like GE and Rainpower for testing their turbine. The concepts developed in this laboratory have already created 2 successful spin-off turbine companies. KU has close collaboration with this laboratory for lab development, human resource training and utilization of laboratory for contract research.

The Turbine Lab consists of upper and lower water storages with capacity to collect 400 cubic meter rainwater, piping system, instrumentation and control units, pumps and measurement system. The topography of lab location facilitates to re-circulated water up to 30 m natural head. With the maximum flow of 0.5 cum/sec, this lab can test the turbines up to 300 kW in full size and can also test turbines of larger size in scaled models.

The estimated cost for development of the laboratory is about 85 million Nepalese rupees. NORAD is providing 60% of the project cost Norwegian Kroner 4.4 million as grant. KU is putting 20% and remaining 20% is expected from Nepalese industries to contribute for the development of the laboratory. KU has already requested major hydropower companies, developers, turbine manufacturers and related stake holders to contribute for this lab. The lab will be operated on business model under the direction of board representing KU and other stakeholders. This lab will be the asset for the nation for sustainable development of hydropower and to become centre of excellence for the problems like Sand Erosion of Turbines.

H.E. Mr Thor Gislesen, Ambassador, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Kathmandu and Prof Suresh Raj Sharma, Vice Chancellor, Kathmandu University signed the agreement on 21st July 17, 2009, for NORAD support to establish Turbine Lab at Kathmandu University. The project will be completed in two years time.

21st July 17, 2009


KUSOE and IT@Himalaya Signed MOU for the Scholarship Program

isms | 19 July, 2009 12:10

Prof. Dr. Bhola Thapa, Dean School of Engineering, KU and Navin Siddhi, Regional Manager, Dipak Gurung, Country Director of IT @ Himalya Private Limited signed Memorandum of Understanding for a Scholarship Program on the date 17th July 2009. The Scholarship will awarded for a student of Computer Engineering each year.

KUSOE, Department of Computer Science and Engineering would like to thank corporation for awarding the scholarship and believed that both of the parties will hold the strong relationship in future as well.

During the occasion Asst. Prof. Purusottam Kharel, Undergraduate Coordinator of Department of Computer Science and Engineering was also present.  

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