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“PM Modi is scared of my next speech exposing Adani links”, says Rahul Gandhi

“Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is scared of my next speech which would have been suicidal for them as I would have exposed the Adani-Modi relationship… I shall expose this nexus anyway…”, were the words of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who held a Press conference short while ago. Entire media was waiting for a Press briefing since Friday (yesterday), when the news of termination of MP ship came into light.

On Thursday, Rahul Gandhi was sentenced to two years in prison in a 2019 criminal defamation case over his remarks about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surname by a court in Gujarat’s Surat. Let’s first understand the entire incident. RaGa who is the MP from Wayanad in Karnataka made the remarks while addressing a rally in the state ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. The allegation that had created furore among the Saffron supporters was targeting PM Modi over his last name which he shares with fugitive businessmen Nirav Modi and Lalit Modi. BJP MLA and former Gujarat minister Purnesh Modi had filed the case for saying “How come all thieves have the common surname Modi?” However, the court granted RaGa bail and his sentence was suspended for 30 days to let him appeal the decision.

Before talking about the Press briefing and what RaGa said, let’s have a quick recap of the sequence of events since Friday:

  1. Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as Lok Sabha MP in the Parliament.
  2. The Lok Sabha Secretariat in a notification informed that the disqualification was effective from March 23, the day of his conviction.
  3. Lok Sabha Secretariat further informed the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat falls vacant.
  4. Rahul Gandhi would have to vacate the official bungalow within a stipulated time period.

On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi held a Press meet and faced the media that was bustling with question. RaGa replied all the questions with calm and ease. Some of the excerpts from the Press meet:

  1. RaGa alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi of allegedly backing Adani. “For this government, country is Adani and Adani is country,” said Rahul said this entire episode was to silence the voice of Congress. RaGa demanded a reply from Pm Modi, “Who’s Rs 20,000 crore went to Adani’s shell companies?”
  2. Replying to Wayand, Rahul said, “I have decided to write a letter to the people of my constituency and explain why I am not able to serve them as a MP after this but will also tell them that my crusade will be on against exposing the corrupt in the system”.
  3. RaGa said he is not bothered over the disqualification as to reach out to people with truth he doesn’t require to a MP, he shall reach out to people in his own way.
  4. When asked on Other Backward Class (OBC) issue during his Bharat Jodo Yatra, he claimed that allegations were totally false and he never insulted OBC.
  5. “My job is to defend the democratic nature of the country which means defending the institutions of the country, defending the voice of the poor people of the country and telling people the truth about people like Adani who are exploiting the relationship they have with the PM”, said Rahul.
  6. RaGa also accused the media of not focusing the issues of opposition as they used to do in the past.

Rahul Gandhi came down heavily on some of the reporters who asked question with a BJP angle. “Why don’t you put the party badge on your shirt. I shall reply to you but please don’t pretend to be a Pressman. Did the BJP tell you to do so”. Reacting to the questions of a popular television journalist, RaGa said, “Allow me to speak unless you decide to reply on my behalf, I know you do this too”.

When asked on the support of Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance), Rahul Gandhi thanked the opposition parties and said togather they would oust the BJP. However, RaGa and Congress should now be more careful in choosing friends especially before going with alliances like Trinamool.

Today’s Press conference will definitely have a strong reaction from the BJP which I am sure is gearing up to give a Press briefing any moment. Opposition will have to do a good homework as Rahul’s conviction “I shall expose the Adani-Modi relationship in coming days and will prove what ever I said was not concocted but on facts”.  “I will keep asking questions on Adani issue, I won’t stop as it’s my conviction towards my countrymen”, said Rahul Gandhi.

The Congress plans to hold nationwide agitations demanding a reply on Adani issue from PM Modi. Security has been beefed up across the country especially at strategic locations.

Nagaland CM Rio alongwith council of ministers take oath in presence of PM Modi; list of ministers & portfolios

On Tuesday, Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader Neiphiu Rio was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Nagaland for the fifth term. The 12- member cabinet including deputy chief ministers T R Zeliang and Y Patton, also took the oath as ministers. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Governor La Ganesan, and other BJP leaders attended the ceremony that took place in the Kohima city.

This election was historical in many ways but most significant development was getting first female legislators in 60-years of statehood. The two women lawmakers – Hekhani Jakhalu and Salhoutuonuo Kruse of the ruling NDPP defeated the sitting MLAs in Western Angami and Dimapur-III seats.

Council of Ministers and portfolios

  1. Neiphiu Rio Chief Minister Finance and also in-charge of Department of Personnel & Administrative Reforms; and all-important policy issues; and all other portfolios not allocated to any Minister.
  2. Mr. Taditui Rangkau Zeliang Deputy Chief Minister Planning and Transformation Department, National Highway
  3. Mr. Yanthungo Patton Deputy Chief Minister Home, Border Affairs
  4. Mr. G. Kaito Aye Minister Roads & Bridges
  5. Mr. Jacob Zhimomi Minister Public Health Engineering, Cooperation
  6. Mr. K.G. Kenye Minister Power, Parliamentary Affairs
  7. Mr. P. Paiwang Konyak Minister Health & Family Welfare
  8. Mr. Metsubo Jamir Minister Rural Development, SIRD
  9. Mr. Temjen Imna Along Minister Tourism, Higher Education
  10. Mr. C.L. John Minister Forest, Environment & Climate Change, Village Guard
  11. Ms. Salhoutuonuo Kruse Minister Women Resource Development & Horticulture
  12. Mr. P. Bashangmongba Chang Minister Housing & Mechanical Engineering

Advisors and Portfolios

Sl. No Name Designation Portfolio

  1. Mr. Noke Wangnao Advisor Social Welfare
  2. Mr. Imkong L. Imchen Advisor Information & Public Relations, Soil & Water Conservation
  3. Mr. K. Konngam Konyak Advisor Treasuries & Accounts, Art & Culture
  4. Mr. Zhaleo Rio Advisor Urban Development. Municipal Affairs
  5. Mr. H. Tovihoto Ayemi Advisor Tribal Affairs
  6. Mr.Tongpang Ozukum Advisor Water Resources
  7. Mr. K. Tokugha Sukhalu Advisor Food & Civil Supply, Legal Metrology
  8. Mr. Kazheto Advisor Animal Husbandry & Veterinary Services
  9. Mr. Mhathung Yanthan Advisor Agriculture
  10. Mr. S. Keoshu Yimchunger Advisor Youth Resources & Sports
  11. Mr. Kropol Vitsu Advisor Prison, Printing & Stationery
  12. Mr. Moatoshi Longkumer Advisor Labour, Employment & Skill Development, Excise
  13. Mr. T.N. Mannen Advisor Law & Justice, Land Revenue
  14. Mr. A. Pangjung Jamir Advisor Fishery & Aquatic Resources
  15. Dr. Kekhrielhoulie Yhome Advisor School Education, SCERT
  16. Mr. Kudecho Khamo Advisor Civil Administration Works Division , Taxes
  17. Mr. Z. Nyusietho Nyuthe Advisor New and Renewable Energy, Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority
  18. Ms. Hekani Jakhalu Kense Advisor Industries & Commerce
  19. Mr. Imkongmar Advisor Minority Affairs, Sericulture
  20. Mr. Temjenmenba Advisor Transport, Technical Education
  21. Mr. G. Ikuto Zhimomi Advisor Land Resources
  22. Mr. W. Chingang Konyak Advisor Geology & Mining, Department of Under Developed Areas
  23. Mr. S. Kiusumew Yimchunger Advisor Fire & Emergency Services, Home Guard and Civil Defence
  24. Mr. Sethrongkyu Advisor Information Technology & Communication, Economics & Statistics, Evaluation

Assembly Polls 2023: Tripura & Nagaland goes to BJP; NPP bags Meghalaya

Tripura and Nagaland with alliances have voted for Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), in the Assembly Polls 2023. BJP has secured respectable majority in Nagaland with its ally Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP). However, in Meghalaya, Saffron performed very poor and hovered around five to six seats. So did Congress (6) and Trinamool (5) that had tall claims and convictions before the polls. Trinamool Supremo Mamata Banerjee and nephew turned General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee had air dashed umpteen times to North East. The results are enough to show their reach and acceptance among the locals.

In case of Tripura, entrusting with poll duties to Rajib Banerjee who had left Trinamool to join BJP just before the Assembly Polls in West Bengal and after his defeat again re-joined Trinamool. Mamata Banerjee and Abhishek Banerjee who had reprimanded him from public meetings and even called him by various names – ‘beiman’ , ‘mirzafar’ etc, inducted him when he staged a comeback. Trinamool may be fine by allowing so-called ‘mirzafars’ but it sends a wrong picture and message to the people as they fail to understand why should they trust someone like Rajib Banerjee.

Chief Minister in Tripura, Nagaland and Meghalya won their seats an jid are all set to form the government.

For BJP, Meghalaya will be a challenge as people in the state have refused to accept the Saffron inspite of Prime Minister Narendra Modi holding numerous rallies and roadshows prior to the elections. The party will do a detailed introspection as per the protocol of any political party especially those being cadre based parties also called regimented parties like the BJP, Left Front etc .

The Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP)’s Hekani Jakhalu became the first ever woman to be elected to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly. The 48- year old received 45.16 per cent of the 31,874 votes in the constituency, just ahead of the Lok Jansakthi Party (Ram Vilas Paswan)’s Azheto Zhimomi, who received 40.34 per cent of the votes.

However, it’s very sad story for the Congress that have been totally wiped out in Tripura and Nagaland with 0 seats. There was a time when Congress was one of the important political parties across the North East. In Nagaland, Congress had a good reach and bagged considerable votes in the Assembly polls. Once again, it’s for the Congress to decide if it wants to continue like this or will gear up as being one of the oldest political parties, it has lost its face value. Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Bharat Joro Yatra’ or suggested ‘Haat se Haat Joro Yatra’ have no value unless it plans to revamp the party and make changes. I myself was talking to a Congress member and he accepted such Yatras are useless unless Congress changes for good. RaGa should realise that he carries a responcibility, the legacy of his grandmother Indira Gandhi, his father Rajiv Gandhi, people have some expectations from him.

The Tipra Motha party deserves a big compliment for performing so well and bagging 13 seats. The party which is a new born baby has proved it has a good reach among the locals. There are speculations that the BJP leadership may approach the Tipra and offer an alliance. However, earlier it was said that the BJP was in talks with the National People’s Party (NPP) for an alliance in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi as per his style had visited the BJP headquarters in Delhi in the evening on Thursday, and met the members of the party. He had also interacted with the leadership and candidates in the winning states and complimented them over their performance. Also, talks were held within the party leadership about seat sharing, and the dates when swearing-in ceremonies will take place. Meghalaya too was discussed and PM Modi assured the state that his party will do everything to develop the state and reach out to the people in the state.

PM Modi requested children to observe ‘digital fasting’ in a week, read for more on ‘Pariksha Par Charcha’

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held the ‘6th pariksha pe charcha’ at the Talkatora Gardens in Delhi. On this occasion, the Prime Minister interacted with over 38 lakh students who had registered and joing both physically and on line across the country and abroad. The winners of PPC 2023 contest got an opportunity to interact with the Prime Minister.

The event was broadcasted live across social media platforms – Twitter, Facebook, YouTube by Education Ministry, the Prime Minister’s office and others. Apart from these, the event was also telecasted on the official website of Education Ministry – education.gov.in

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made various suggestions during the interactive event which saw the participation of around 80 winners of Kala Utsav competition and 102 students and teachers from across the country will also attend the event.

During the programme, the Prime Minister spoke on various topics –

1) Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked the students not to become a victim of digital or technical era. He said like a weekly off in every sphere, there should be a digital fasting that will enable children to think positive on that day totally away from digital booming. The Prime Minister also stressed on the need to read and keeping abreast with outside books and developments. He said, “There is nothing wrong in being technically sound or staying with digital booming but at the same time don’t allow the digital booming or gadgets to take upon you. I request you all to allow your natural self and intellect to be the first in deciding things”.

2) PM Modi said, “Observe one day in a week when you shall be totally away from digital or technical booming as gadget’s have become an alternative, don’t let this happen. Let gadgets become your friend and work as a support but not drive you. I therefore would request you all to observe a ‘digital fasting’ in a week.”

3) While talking to parents, PM Modi requested them to always support the children as they have so much to give but if they are not allowed to speak up their minds then they would not be able to delve.

4) While talking to the teachers, PM Modi requested them not to stop them from asking questions. He said no matter what the question is, they should be replied and if the teachers don’t have the sufficient knowledge over the subject then they should seek some time and get back to the children. “You should always encourage their inquisitiveness. How would they learn if they don’t ask questions?”

5) PM Modi also asked the children to learn another language apart from the mother tongue. It would not only help to interact better but also open bigger horizon and connect them to larger audience.

Prime Minister touched many other issues that would be helpful for children appearing for the Boards. Children were excited to interact with the Prime Minister as the interaction has boosted their spirits and enthusiasm.

74th Republic Day marks many firsts including Indian guns

India celebrates 74th Republic Day. As per ritual President Draupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh alongwith other council of ministers payed their tributes to martyrs at the National War Memorial at India Gate.

The parade rolled down the Rajpath renamed as Kartavya Path. Apart from this there were a few firsts in this year’s Republic Day.

1) First Republic Day parade for President Draupadi Murmu who took over a few month back.

2) For the first time 21 gun salute were given by guns made in India under the Make In India project. Earlier, the guns used were made in Britain and outside.

3) The women camel contingent of Border Security Force (BSF) – ‘Mahila Prahari’, walked past the Rajpath or Kartavya Path.

4) This year Egyptian President was the chief guest on the Republic Day. The Egyptian Army participated in the Republic Day parade. This was for the first time a foreign army contingent walked past the Rajpath or Kartavya Path.

A total of 23 tableaux – 17 from states and Union territories and six from various ministries and departments – depicting India’s vibrant cultural heritage, and economic and social progress were part of the parade on the Kartavya Path.

Like always, this year too the tablues would be parked at the Red Fort till January 31, 2023. However, this year there is some changes in this ritual. Tourism has been merged and a festival has been organised. The Delhi Traffic Police has issued an advisory as it said being a tourism event, many politicians – MPs, ministers may visit the venue. This means traffic will be hampered and commuters may face traffic snarls.

The traffic advisory: Commuters have been asked to avoid the roads in and around Red Fort. Daryaganj or Netaji Subhash Road, Lothian Road (GPO and Kashmere Gate side), Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Road, Hanuman Mandir, Yamuna Bazar.

However, if you are to catch trains at the Old Delhi Station or busses at Inter State Bus Terminus (ISBT) then plan accordingly as the roads in and around these places may be largely affected by traffic snarls. To avoid these jams, set out early or else you may miss the train.

PM Modi unveils model of National Memorial dedicated to Netaji Bose, read more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 23, 2023 (Monday) today, paid his tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, on 126th birth anniversary. PM Modi tweeted…

“Today, on Parakram Diwas, I pay homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and recall his unparalleled contribution to India’s history,” PM Modi tweeted.

On this occasion, Prime Minister virtually inaugurated a model of a proposed memorial dedicated to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

It may not be out of context to recall that PM Modi had renamed the Ross Island as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Island on December 30, 2018.

Netaji Zindabad! Azad Hind Zindabad!

Entire world today is paying tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 126th birth anniversary. The main function was held at the Netaji Bhawan, Elgin Road in Kolkata, West Bengal. The day has been named as ‘Parakram Diwas’ by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last year. Each year apart from regular programmes, a Netaji Memorial Lecture is organised at the Netaji Bhawan which is addressed by eminent people from all walks of life. It is from this house Netaji Bose had escaped in the car in the disguise of a Maulana (Muslim teacher), his nephew Dr Sishir Kumar Bose had driven him to Gomoh, Bihar. Netaji Bose took to Kabul, rest is history.

Once again, the long controversy over his death or where about came up today as some love to believe that Netaji Bose died in the Taihoku plane crash the rest have divided opinion – they believe the Gumnami Baba theory. However, there are numerous instances where the Taihoku crash has been totally ruled out as it is believed no plane took off on that day from Japan’s Tokyo. While some also believe that this entire crash theory could be a planned propaganda scripted by Netaji Bose himself.

Four probe commissions were set up but none reached the conclusion. The Modi government did declassify a few files but till date no expose on where Netaji Bose went or if he was murdered then who was behind his murder. Almost all the government had issued a probe and set up commissions in Netaji Bose’s disappearance mystery. When Purabai Mukherjee commission was close to disclose, the commission was scraped. We have written a lot on the assumptions and presumptions of what may had happen to Netaji. Whether it had something to do with the INA trial or he was killed in Siberia but one thing is certain that Netaji Bose did not die in the plane crash that took place in Taihoku as there are enough evidence that it was General Shidea. Hence, it’s immaterial that the ashes kept at Renkoji Temple does not belong to Netaji Bose.

Some alleged the declassification of the Netaji’s files by the Modi government and subsequently by Mamata Banerjee government were nothing but a political posturing as it was done when elections were knocking at the door in West Bengal.


In late 80’s then Information and Broadcasting minister Ajit Panja in Rajiv Gandhi cabinet had pulled up the Doordarshan for pronouncing ‘dead’ for Netaji Bose during a reportage on DD News on January 23. Though, BJP after coming to power tried its best to super impose the ‘death’ theory of Netaji Bose. Rajnath Singh had tweeted as ‘Shahid’ (martyr) which ran into controversy but it was the beginning of a bigger ‘conspiracy’ which came to light on Wednesday when the RTI tried to establish Netaji Bose died in the crash.

It’s indeed a national shame that even after 75 years of independence, India till date could not know what happened to Netaji Bose. No matter whatever is said or whoever says, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose neither died in the crash nor the ashes kept at Renkoji Temple belong to Netaji Bose…Netaji Zindabad! Azad Hind Zindabad!

Nepal Plane Crash: 70 dead, rescued passengers critical

On Sunday, an ill-fated 9N-ANC, ATR-72 500 of Yeti Airlines, crashed while landing at Pokhara International Airport. The plane which was on its way from Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International, Kathmandu to Pokhara. 70 passengers are dead. Two passengers (Nepali national) were rescued from the debris. Both are fighting for Life at a hospital in Nepal.

There were 68 passengers and four crew members. All the five Indian passengers are dead. According to an advisory issued by Yeti Airlines – Four crew members in the aircraft. Among the 68 passengers, 53 from Nepal, five Indians, four Russians, two Koreans, one Argentine, one Australian, one Irish, and one French.

Nepalese Prime Minister Prachand first took stock of the situation at control room, subsequently went to accident site. One day state mourning has been declared across Nepal in the respect of the dead.

Helpline numbers were issued –

However, actual reason behind the accident will be ascertain only after the Black Box is found.

This accident has once again raised a big question mark on the safety and security of the passengers who travel by airlines in Nepal. The ill-fated plane 15 years old.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “Pained by the tragic air crash in Nepal in which precious lives have been lost, including Indian nationals. In this hour of grief, my thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved families.”

Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia has called the Nepal plane crash a “tragic incident” and offered sympathies to the families of the victims. Scindia said, “It is a tragic incident and my sympathy is with family members of all the passengers. I also sympathise with the passengers who survived the plane crash.”

The ATR72 is a widely used twin engine turboprop plane manufactured by a joint venture of Airbus and Italy’s Leonardo. Yeti Airlines has a fleet of six ATR72-500 planes, according to its website.

The real reason of accident will be clear only after Black Box is recovered.

PM Modi shows immense endurance by attending programmes in Bengal inspite of his mother’s death

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set an example of extreme  ‘kartavya’ (responsibility). He lost his mother, Heeraba on Friday early morning. She had been ailing for sometime and was admitted in  UN Mehta Institute of Cardiology & Research Centre. Death came around 3:30 am. Heeraba or Heeraben turned 100 recently. Though, Prime Minister could not be in Kolkata physically to attend the programmes, but he did attend the programmes via video conferencing.

PM Modi was scheduled to visit West Bengal to launch a slew of developmental projects –  flagging off the Vande Bharat train, attend Namami Gange programme apart from attending a few party related programmes. Prime Minister had to cancel his visit owing to the unprecedented development and rush to Gujarat for the last rites.

PM Modi reached Gujarat and attended the last rites at Hindu Crematorium, Gandhi Nagar in Gujarat alongwith his family members. Immediately, after the ‘mukhagni’ (last rites ritual), he attended the scheduled programmes in Kolkata via video conferencing. He just once said, “Due to personal reason, I could not visit West Bengal…I apologize for not being able to keep my word…”. He did not for once did any rhetoric or squeezed emotions. He launched the Vande Bharat train that will ply between Howrah and New Jalpaiguri (NJP). Also, the metro rail connectivity between Howrah and Joka. The Prime Minister also attended a programme on Namami Gange.

Well, it’s not easy to be nerve strong especially when someone loses their parents with whom they share a close bonding. During post Godhra riots, then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee told him, “first go and follow the raj dharam”. Today, Narendra Modi who is first a son, followed his responcibility that he owes towards the country as a Prime Minister. It’s not so easy to be this nerve strong as one needs immense endurance and penance… It’s not so easy … Commendable indeed! 

This is an old story I did in 2019 when PM Modi took oath as Prime Minister of India. The photograph showing Heeraba watching her son taking oath went viral on social media platforms. 

Indeed, a proud moment for any mother and rare moment for any mother also as all sons doesn’t become prime minister of a country. The frame in itself speak volumes which have emotions, sentiments and endless happiness.

Don’t scare but follow COVID protocols and be safe, says Union Health Ministry

On Wednesday Union Health Minister, Mansukh Mandaviya convened a high level meeting to review the COVID situation in India and what are the precautions in wake of the pandemic gradually spreading its uncanny paws. However, the minister maintained that the situation is grave in China but in India its not even scary and people need not to worry as government is keeping a vigil on all the developments. It is just a precautionary measure to adhere to the COVID protocols and switch to masks, sanitizers, and maintain social distancing.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus also held a meeting to review the situation across China and said that WHO will keep a strict vigil on the development across the world. It said the situation in other parts of the world is not scary but there is a need to keep a vigil as precaution is better than cure.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high level meeting to review the COVID situation ion the country and what are the preparations. The virtual meeting was attended by Mandaviya, Home Minister, Amit Shah, alongwith respective secretaries and senior officials.

The outcome of all these meetings are same and the government has reiterated that the situation is not grave and there is nothing to be scared. There is no plan to lockdown or announce a partial lockdown but the time is to be on alert and stay safe. Mandaviya earlier replied in the Parliament on the question raised by opposition asking what preparations have been done to face the situation if it turns grave. Replying to this the health minister said, government is taking all precautions, and have taken all preparation to face any adverse situation.

Earlier, Mandaviya tweeted stating there is nothing to be scared and situation is under control.

According to doctors the new variant BF.7 is serious than the previous one. The symptoms for this virus are – fever, fatigued, and loose motion or diarrhea. However, doctors reiterated that fever is not essential but if someone have fever alongwith these symptoms then its advisable to get checked.

Well, there is nothing to worry or get scared but its always advisable to follow the COVID protocols – wearing mask, using hand sanitizers, and maintain social distancing (thought this not possible at an individual level as one has to board on crowded public convivences or visit crowded places especially markets and roads for day to day activities).