Daily Archive: January 3, 2019

“JAI JAWAN, JAI KISAN, JAI VIGYAN, JAI ANUSANDHAN”- SLOGANOF NEW INDIA-PM NARENDRA MODI


Indian Scientists Comparable to the Global best: Dr. Harsh Vardhan

Indian Science Congress (ISC) 2019 was today inaugurated by Prime Minister ShriNarendraModi.While delivering the inaugural address, the Prime Minister recalled the great Indian scientists of the past, including Acharya J.C. Bose, C.V. Raman, MeghnadSaha, and S.N. Bose, and said that they served the people through “minimum resources” and “maximum struggle.” A four-day 106th Session of Indian Science Congress, 2019 is being held from 3rd to 7th January, 2019 at Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar, and Punjab.

During his inaugural address while recalling former Prime Ministers ShriLalBahadurShastriji and ShriAtalBihari Vajpayee ji, he said that Shastriji gave us the slogan: “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan,” while Atalji added “Jai Vigyan” to it. He said that now the time has come to take a step further, by adding “Jai Anusandhan.”

The Prime Minister urged that “Our Scientists must commit themselves to addressing problems of affordable healthcare, housing, clean air, water and energy, agricultural productivity and food processing. While Science is universal, technology must be local for providing solutions relevant to local needs and conditions.”

ShriNarendraModi urged the scientists to work towards ease of living for the people. In this context, he mentioned issues such as drought management in low rainfall areas; early disaster warning systems; tackling malnutrition; tackling diseases among children such as encephalitis; clean energy; clean drinking water; and cyber security. He called for time-bound solutions through research, in these areas. He also called for research, which is a fusion of Arts and Humanities, Social Science, Science and Technology.

Noting that our strengths in research and development are built on the backbone of our national laboratories, central universities, IITs, IISC, TIFR and IISERs, the Prime Minister said that a strong research ecosystem must be developed in the State Universities and Colleges, as well.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister for Science & Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan thanked the scientific community of India, for taking India amongst the top ten in the world in the field of Science and Technology.

He expressed his thanks to Prime Minster Narendra Modi, for his leadership, not only to India but to whole world and said that the leadership of the PM has been acknowledged by UN Secretary General who came to India to felicitate PM with the highest international environment award “Champions of the Earth”.

He urged the scientific community to focus themselves in ensuring that we are able to use our scientific knowledge for transforming the life of the poorest of the poor; to create cheap technologies for rural, solving issues pertaining to water pollution, providing new vaccines, drugs and innovate in the area of clean energy.

While invoking ISC 2019, the General President, Indian Science Congress Association Dr. Manoj Kr. Chakrabarti said that more innovative and out-of-the-box measures have to be undertaken to come up with smaller, smarter and cheaper technology that will be able to reach every Indian.

During the four- day congress, host of activities are being scheduled at the ISC to showcase for what is being done, what can be done and what would define the future of Science and Technology in India.The events include Women’s Science Congress, Children Science Congress, and Science Exhibition exhibiting various scientific innovations. About 20000 delegates from nearly 60 countries are participating in this mega science Congress.

 

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Chabahar Port

The India Ports Global Chabahar Free Zone (IPGCFZ) an SPV of Indian Ports Global Ltd. in Iran has taken over interim operation of the Chabahar Port w.e.f. 24.12.2018.

The details of the funds allocated, released and utilized for the purpose during the last two years are as follows:-

Financial Year Funds Allocated Funds Released Funds Utilized
2016-17 Rs 100 crore Rs 100 crore 0.0025 crore
2017-18 NIL NA 4.11 crore
2018-19 Rs 150 crore NIL 1.36 crore (till 30.09.2018

An MoU between IRCON and Construction, Development of Transport and Infrastructure Company [CDTIC] of Iran for construction of Chabahar-Zahedan rail project was signed during PM’s visit to Iran on 23 May 2016. As per the Joint Statement released by MEA dated 17 February 2018 during Iranian President’s visit to India (15-17 February 2018), India conveyed its readiness to support the development of Chabahar- Zahedan Rail line.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Shipping Shri PonRadhakrishnan gave this information in reply to a question in Lok Sabha today.

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Standardisation of Handicrafts Industry

To organize and standardize the Indian Handicrafts, Government has registered approximately 22.85 lakhs artisans under Pahchan initiative. Moreover, 35 crafts have been identified as endangered crafts and 92 crafts have been registered under Geographical Indication Act.

Handicraft isanunorganizedand diversified sector with an estimated 70 lakh artisans practicing 32 broad crafts categories throughout the country.

For standardization of carpet, carpet rating scheme has been formulated, but handicraft items are mainly made by hands.  Beauty of handicrafts lies in the artistic hands of the artisans and each handicraft product is different from other even if it is made by same artisan using same raw material. Government has taken initiatives to establish authenticity of handmade products.  For this purpose, scheme of handicraft mark has been conceptualized and handicraft mark for wood craft is being formulated on pilot basis.

Further to create awareness and celebrate success of GI registered crafts, commemorative postage-stamp on five crafts namely Kutch Embroidery, Karnataka Bronzeware, Maddalam of Palkkad, Sikki Grass Product of Bihar and Blue Pottery of Jaipur was released on 31.12.2018.

Direct marketing portal for handicraft artisans has been launched to provide direct market access facility to genuine handicraft artisans including tribal artisans working in the far flung areas. Any handicraft artisan registered under Pachchan can utilize this portal for marketing their products. Till date 302 artisans have been registered on the portal.India Handmade Bazaar portal has been established by the Department itself.Digital market place is also in place.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Textiles, Ajay Tamta, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

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Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme

As per the guidelines, Comprehensive Handloom Cluster Development Scheme (CHCDS) is implemented for development of mega handloom clusters, having atleast 15000 looms per cluster with Government of India share upto Rs.40 crore in a period of 5 years.

The scheme is under implementation in eight mega handloom Clusters i.e. Varanasi (Uttar Pradesh), Sivasagar (Assam), Virudhanagar (Tamil Nadu), Murshidabad (West Bengal), Prakasam & Guntur districts (Andhra Pradesh), Godda & neighbouring districts (Jharkhand), Bhagalpur (Bihar) and Trichy (Tamil Nadu).

The number of green and brown field projects that have been taken up under the scheme are:

Sl. No. Name  of the  State/UT Name of the Mega Cluster  Number of green field projects Number of brown field projects
1. Assam Sivasagar 6
2. Uttar Pradesh Varanasi 2
3. West Bengal Murshidabad 4
4. Tamil Nadu Trichy & Virudhunagar 14 14
5. Bihar Bhagalpur 3
6. Jharkhand Godda & Neighbouring districts 5

 

Under the CHCDS, need based funding is provided for various interventions like technology upgradation, product development, setting up of Value Addition Centre, Common Facility Centre (CFC), Marketing Complex, Dye House and Corpus Fund for Yarn Depot

Under the scheme, various projects like setting up of Common Facility Centre, Dye House, Garmenting Unit, Silk Spinning Unit, Automatic Silk Reeling Unit etc. have been taken up in Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode, which are functional.

This information was given by the Minister of State of Textiles, Ajay Tamta, in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today.

 

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Cleaning of Ganga River Under Namami Gange Mission

Government of India is supplementing the efforts of the state governments in addressing the pollution of river Ganga by providing financial assistance to the states. Namami Gange Programme is an umbrella programme which integrates previous and currently ongoing initiatives by enhancing efficiency, extracting synergies and supplementing them with more comprehensive & better coordinated interventions.

Till 30th Nov 2018, 254 projects of sewerage infrastructure, bioremediation, modular Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), rural sanitation, industrial pollution abatement, river front development, construction of ghats and crematoria development, ghat cleaning, river surface cleaning, biodiversity and afforestation, composite ecological task force and capacity building have been sanctioned at a cost of approx.  Rs.24,672 crore.

Under sewerage infrastructure, till, 30th Nov 2018, 131 projects (105 on Ganga & 26 on tributaries) of sewerage infrastructure at sanctioned cost of Rs.19,742 crore have been sanctioned for creation of 3083 Million Litres per Day (MLD) new Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) capacity, rehabilitation of 886 MLD STP capacity and laying of approx. 4871 KM sewerage networks. Till date, 31 projects of pollution abatement have been completed which has resulted in laying of 2268 Km sewer networks and creation of 560 MLD of sewage treatment plant capacity in Ganga basin.

An amount of Rs. Rs.4,994.10 crore has been spent against the total released amount of Rs.6,131.22 crore from 2014-15 to 2018 (till 30th November 2018).

Under the Namami Gange programme, Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is carrying out the water quality monitoring of river Ganga. Comparison of recent observed water quality indicates that Dissolved Oxygen which is an indicator of river health has been found to be within acceptable limits of notified primary bathing water quality criteria and satisfactory to support the ecosystem of river across all seasons and also for almost entire stretch of river Ganga.

Due to various pollution abatement initiatives taken by the Government, under the Namami Gange programme, the river Ganga water quality assessment in 2018 has shown trend of improved water quality as compared to 2017.  The Dissolved Oxygen levels have improved at 39 locations, Biological Oxygen Demand (BOD) levels and Faecal Coliforms have decreased at 42 and 47 locations, respectively.

Some stretches, where the improvement has been observed are:

 

  1. Down stream (D/s) Rishikesh
  2. Har-Ki- Pauri Ghat
  3. Kanpur Up stream (U/s) (Ranighat)
  4. Tarighat (Ghazipur)
  5. Narora (Bulandsahar)
  6. Kachhla Ghat, Aligarh
  7. Buxar
  8. Mokama (D/S)
  9. U/S Munger
  10. Uluberia
  11. Dakshineshwar
  12. Diamond Harbour

 

Cleaning of the river is a continuous process and efforts are being made to complete the projects by the year 2020 for creating adequate Sewage Treatment Capacity.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Dr. Satya Pal Singh in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Action against Industries Polluting Ganga River  

Government of India has launched the Namami Gange Programme in May 2015, with the total budgetary outlay of Rs.20,000 crore for the period from 2014-15 till 31 December 2020 to accomplish the twin objectives of effective abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of National River Ganga and its tributaries.

An amount of Rs.5,448.99 crore has been spent against the total released amount of Rs.6,819.27 crore from 2011-12 to 2018-19 (till 30th November 2018).

Government of India is supplementing the efforts of the state governments in addressing the pollution of river Ganga by providing financial assistance to the states. Namami Gange Programme is an umbrella programme which integrates previous and currently ongoing initiatives by enhancing efficiency, extracting synergies and supplementing them with more comprehensive & better coordinated interventions.

For pollution abatement in river Ganga, till, 30th Nov 2018, 131 sewerage projects (105 on Ganga & 26 in tributaries) at sanctioned cost of Rs.19742 crore have been sanctioned for creation of 3083 MLD new STP capacity, 886 MLD rehabilitated STP capacity and laying of approx. 4871 KM sewerage networks. Till date, 31 projects of pollution abatement have been completed which has resulted in laying of 2268 Km sewer networks and of 560 MLD of sewage treatment plant capacity in Ganga basin.

961 Grossly Polluting Industries (GPIs) have been identified on main stem of river Ganga.  In 2018, 12 Technical institutes of repute have completed inspection of 961 GPIs including 9 units by Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) during April – July, 2018 along with concerned State Pollution Control Boards (SPCBs) and State Mission for Clean Ganga (SMCGs) / District Ganga Committee (DGC). As on 26thDecember, 2018, out of 961 GPIs inspected, 472 were found complying with respect to stipulated norms, 211 were found non-complying, 256 were found temporarily closed and 22 were found permanently closed.

Action has been taken against 211 Non-Complying units wherein 98 units have been issued Show Cause Notices / Compliance directions and 113 units have been issued closure directions.

Cleaning of the river is a continuous process and efforts are being made to complete the projects by the year 2020 for creating adequate Sewage Treatment Capacity.

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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NOC for Ground Water Extraction  

Central Ground Water Authority has notified revised guidelines to regulate and control ground water extraction in India, which will be effective from 01.06.2019. The entire process of grant of NOC will be done online through a web based application system.

As per the revised guidelines, Water Conservation Fee (WCF) would be levied for use of ground water depending on the category of area, type of industry and quantum of ground water withdrawal. The details in this connection are given at Annexure – I.

Central Ground Water Board along with State Ground Water Organizations carry out periodic assessment of ground water resources. The assessment units viz. Blocks/ Talukas/ Mandals etc. are categorized as safe, semi critical, critical and over exploited depending on the stage of ground water development and significant decline of ground water levels. State/UT wise categorisation of Blocks/ Talukas/ Mandals (as on 2013) is given at Annexure – II.

 

ANNEXURE – I

  1. DRINKING AND DOMESTIC USE

All domestic users (having more than one inch dia delivery pipeline or, seeking second connection) and other proponents covered under infrastructure projects (except Government infrastructure projects and Government water supply agencies) would pay W.C.F. as per rates given below:

Quantum of Groundwater withdrawal (m3/month) Rate of W.C.F

(Rs. Per m3/month)

0-25 Exempted
25-50 Re 1/-
>50 Rs 2/-

 

 

 

Government water supply agencies and Government infrastructure projects shall pay W.C.F. at the rate of Rs. 0.50/- per m3/month

 

  1. Packaged drinking water (drawing more than 50m3/day)/ soft drinks/ breweries/distilleries

 

S.No. Category

 of area

 

 

Ground water use

 Rate of Water Conservation Fee (Rs. per m3/day) 
< 200 m3/day 200 to <1000 m3/day 1000 to

<5000 m3/day

5000 m3/day and above
1. Safe 3.00 5.00 8.00 10.00
2. Semi-critical 5.00 10.00 15.00 20.00
3. Critical 10.00 20.00 40.00 60.00
4. Over-exploited 20.00 40.00 60.00 100.00

 

 

  1. Packaged Drinking Water units (drawing less than 50m3/day) and other industries

 

S.No. Category

 of area

 

 

Ground water use

Rate of Water Conservation Fee(Rs. per m3/day) based on quantum of ground water withdrawal
< 200 m3/day 200 to <1000 m3/day 1000 to

<5000 m3/day

5000 m3/day and above
1. Safe 1.00 2.00 3.00 5.00
2. Semi-critical 2.00 3.00 5.00 8.00
3. Critical 4.00 6.00 8.00 10.00
4. Over-exploited 6.00          10.00 16.00 20.00

 

4.         Mining/ infrastructure dewatering projects

 

S.No. Category

of area

 

Ground water use

 Rate of Water Conservation Fee (Rs. per m3/day)
< 200 m3/day 200 to <1000 m3/day 1000 to

<5000 m3/day

5000 m3/day and above
1. Safe 1.00 2.00 2.50 3.00
2. Semi-critical 2.00 2.50 3.00 4.00
3. Critical 3.00 4.00 5.00 6.00
4. Over-exploited 4.00 5.00 6.00 7.00

 

ANNEXURE – II

CATEGORIZATION OF BLOCKS/ MANDALS/ TALUKS IN INDIA (2013)

 

Sl.No. States / Union Territories Total No. of Assessed Units Safe Semi-critical Critical Over-exploited
Nos. Nos. Nos. Nos.
States
1 Andhra Pradesh 670 497 54 17 61
2 Arunachal Pradesh 11 11 0 0 0
3 Assam 27 27 0 0 0
4 Bihar 534 520 14 0 0
5 Chhattisgarh 146 125 18 2 1
6 Delhi 27 5 7 0 15
7 Goa 12 12 0 0 0
8 Gujarat 223 175 9 6 23
9 Haryana 119 30 11 14 64
10 Himachal Pradesh 8 6 0 1 1
11 Jammu & Kashmir 22 22 0 0 0
12 Jharkhand 260 244 10 2 4
13 Karnataka 176 98 21 14 43
14 Kerala 152 131 18 2 1
15 Madhya Pradesh 313 228 58 2 25
16 Maharashtra 353 324 19 1 9
17 Manipur 9 9 0 0 0
18 Meghalaya 11 11 0 0 0
19 Mizoram 22 22 0 0 0
20 Nagaland 11 11 0 0 0
21 Odisha 314 308 0 0 0
22 Punjab 138 26 3 4 105
23 Rajasthan 248 44 28 9 164
24 Sikkim
25 Tamil Nadu 1139 429 212 105 358
26 Telangana 443 311 74 12 46
27 Tripura 39 39 0 0 0
28 Uttar Pradesh 820 603 45 59 113
29 Uttarakhand 18 16 1 1 0
30 West Bengal 268 191 76 1 0
Total (States) 6533 4475 678 252 1033
Union Territories
1 Andaman & Nicobar 34 34 0 0 0
2 Chandigarh 1 1 0 0 0
3 Dadra & Nagar Haveli 1 1 0 0 0
4 Daman & Diu 2 1 0 1 0
5 Lakshadweep 9 6 3 0 0
6 Puducherry 4 2 0 0 1
Total (UTs) 51 45 3 1 1
Grand Total 6584 4520 681 253 1034

 

 

This information was given by Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Shri Arjun Ram Meghwal in a written reply in Lok Sabha today.

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Promotion of Sports  

‘Sports’ is a State subject and promotion of sports in the country, including promotion of Sports among rural youth and promotion of rural sports in rural areas is primarily the responsibility of the State Government concerned. The Central Government complements/supplements the efforts of the State Governments and the National Sports Federations (NSFs).

Sports Authority of India (SAI), an autonomous organization under the aegis of the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, is running several sports promotional schemes across the country to identify talented sports persons in the age group of 8-25 years and nurture them to excel at national and international competitions. Many of the sports persons identified under SAI Sports Promotional Schemes belong to the rural, tribal, backward, coastal and inaccessible hilly areas of the country and are provided with training facilities in the form of expert sports coaches, requisite playing facilities, boarding & lodging, sports kit, competition exposure, educational expenses, medical/insurance and stipend as per the approved norms.

The Khelo India Scheme implemented by this Ministry provides for promotion of sports in the entire population including among youth of rural & hilly areas. Also, the scheme has a dedicated vertical, viz., Promotion of rural and indigenous/tribal games which provides for financial assistance to NSFs / Non Government Organizations (NGOs) etc. for promotion of sports in the country including rural and hilly areas. Under this vertical various NSFs have been provided financial assistance to hold competitions in various parts of the country including those in rural areas. During 2018, a total number of 36 such competitions / exhibition events had been held. It is a demand driven scheme and State/UT-wise allocation is not made.

Government jobs are provided to the medal winners as per the orders of Department of Personnel & Training (DoPT).

Meritorious sportspersons are recruited by various Ministries / Departments / Public Sector Undertakings / autonomous organizations under Government of India in accordance with the prevailing rules on the subject. This Ministry does not maintain any statistics on the number of sportspersons so recruited.

This information was given by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd.) in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.

 

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Sports Stadiums under SAI

The following five stadia in Delhi are maintained by Sports Authority of India (SAI) on behalf of Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYA&S):

 

(i)        Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

(ii)        Indira Gandhi Stadium

(iii)       Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium

(iv)       Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Swimming Pool Complex

(v)        Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range

 

Under the revised tariff, no fee is being charged for the use of these stadia from Below Poverty Line (BPL) category as well as the Girls and Government schools students below 18 years. The fee has been increased in the disciplines like Swimming & Shooting.

 

To supplement the efforts of State/ UT Governments, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports through Sports Authority of India (SAI) is implementing sports promotional schemes across the country.

 

Presently under SAI Schemes, 14143 talented sports persons (9843 boys and 4300 girls) are provided with regular sports training in 27 sports disciplines on Residential and Non-Residential basis in 281 SAI sports centres.

 

This information was given by Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports Col. Rajyavardhan Rathore (Retd.) in a written reply to the Lok Sabha today.

 

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Combined Defence Services Examination (ii)-2018 Declaration of written result   

On the basis of the results of the COMBINED DEFENCE SERVICES EXAMINATION (II), 2018 held by the Union Public Service Commission on 18th   November, 2018, 7650   candidates with the following Roll Numbers have qualified for being interviewed by the Service Selection Board of the Ministry of Defence, for admission to (i) Indian Military Academy, Dehradun 147th Course commencing in July, 2019 (ii) Indian Naval Academy, Ezhimala, Kerala, Course commencing in July, 2019 (iii) Air Force Academy, Hyderabad (Pre-Flying) Training Course (206 F(P)) commencing in July, 2019 (iv) Officers Training Academy, Chennai  110th SSC Course (NT)(for Men) commencing in October, 2019 and (v) Officers Training Academy, Chennai, 24th SSC Women (Non-Technical) Course commencing in October, 2019.

The candidature of all the candidates, whose Roll Numbers are shown in the lists below, is provisional.  In accordance with the conditions of the admission to the examination, they are required to submit the original certificates in support of age (Date of Birth), educational qualifications, NCC (C) (Army Wing/Senior Division Air Wing/Naval Wing) etc. claimed by them along with attested copies thereof, to ArmyHeadquarters, A.G.’s Branch/Rtg./CDSE Entry Section for males and SSC Women Entry Section for women candidates, West Block-III, Ground Floor, Wing 1, R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110066 in case of IMA/SSC as their first choice and to IHQ of MoD (Navy), DMPR (OI & R Section), Room No. 204, ‘C’-Wing, Sena Bhawan, New Delhi-110011 in case of Navy as their first choice, and to PO 3 (A) Air Headquarters, ‘J’ Block, Room No. 17, Opp. Vayu Bhawan, Motilal Nehru Marg, New Delhi-110011 in case of Air Force as their first choice.  The original Certificates are to be submitted within two weeks of completion of the SSB Interview and not later than 13th  May, 2019 for AFA and not later than 01st July, 2019 for IMA and not later than 01st July, 2019 for admission to NA (1st October, 2019 in case of SSC only).  The candidates must not send the original Certificates to the Union Public Service Commission.

All the candidates who have successfully qualified in the written exam are required to register themselves online on the Indian Army Recruiting website joinindianarmy.nic.in within two weeks of announcement of written result. The successful candidates would then be allotted Selection Centres and dates, of SSB interview which shall be communicated on the registered e-mail ID. Any candidate who has already registered earlier on the site will not be required to do so. In case of any query/Login problem, e-mail be forwarded to dir-recruiting6-mod@nic.in.

In case, there is any change of address, the candidates are advised to promptly intimate directly to the Army Headquarters/Naval Headquarters/Air Headquarters as the case may be.

The Union Public Service Commission have a Facilitation Counter near Examination Hall Building in its Campus. Candidates may obtain any information/clarification regarding this examination on working days between 10.00 AM to 5.00 PM, in person or over telephone No.011-23385271, 011-23381125 and 011-23098543 from this Facilitation Counter.  Candidates can also obtain information regarding their result by accessing UPSC website http://www.upsc.gov.in

The marks-sheet of candidates who have not qualified, will be put on the Commission’s website within 15 days from the date of publication of the final result of OTA (after conducting SSB Interview) and will remain available on the website for a period of 30 days.

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