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Enterprise Sri Lanka Programme, The inaugural loan counter was launched at People's Bank

Under the “Enterprise Sri Lanka” Programme, The inaugural loan counter was launched at People’s bank headquarters branch at Colombo 02, with the auspices of Hon. Minister of Finance and Mass Media Mangala Samaraweera, Hon. Minister of Public Enterprise & Kandy City Development Lakshman Kiriella, Hon. State Minister of Finance Eran Wickramaratne; Hon. Member of Parliament Wijepala Hettiarachchi, Secretary, Ministry of Finance Dr. R. H. S Samaratunga, Chairman of People’s Bank - Hemasiri Fernando, Member of Director Board of People’s Bank Chandra Ekanayaka, Chief Executive Officer/ General Manager N. Vasantha  Kumar and Members  of the Corporate and Executive Management of People’s Bank.

Image Caption - Hon. Minister of Finance and Mass Media -  Mangala Samaraweera handing over loans to entrepreneurs and Hon. Minister of Public Enterprise & Kandy City Development Lakshman Kiriella signing the guest book.

People’s Bank opens Self-Banking Unit at the NuwaraEliya Branch Premises

People’s Bank recently inaugurated a Self-Banking Unit (CDM/ ATM/ Kiosk) at the premises of People’s Bank NuwaraEliya branch, in conjunction with the spring festival in NuwaraEliya.

Equipped with Two Automatic Teller Machines (ATM), Cash Deposit Machine (CDM) and a Kiosk for payment of utility bills, the new Self-Banking Unit will bring the convenience of a hassle free and streamlined banking experience 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year.

Mr. Hemasiri Fernando – Chairman of the People’s Bank, Mr. N. Vasantha Kumar – CEO/ General Manager, Mr. Chandana Lal Karunaratne – Mayor of NuwaraEliya, Mr. Rasitha Gunawardena – Senior Deputy General Manager (Business Banking), Mr. K.B. Rajapakse – Senior Deputy General Manager (Retail Banking), Mr. Bonniface Silva – Senior Deputy General Manager (Banking Operations), Mr. Krishantha Gunaratne – Assistant General Manager (Channel Management & ATM Opearations), Mr. O.K.R.D. Wasantha– Nuwara Eliya Regional Bank Manager, Assistant Regional Managers including Mr. Manjula Dissanayake and Mr. K. Chandrakumar, as well as Mr. H.M.A. Wijetunga – NuwaraEliya Branch Manager, the staff of People’s Bank and the customers graced the inauguration ceremony.

The Bank of the People 12th consecutive year of winning SLIM Nielson People's Awards 2018

People's Bank clinched the 'People’s Service Brand of the Year” and ‘People’s Banking Service provider of the Year” awards at the recently concluded SLIM-Nielson People's Awards 2018. Organized by the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing (SLIM) and the Nielsen - a leading global information and measurement company, People's Bank was crowned once again with the People’s Award for the 12th consecutive time.

Rasitha Gunawardana- Senior Deputy General Manager (Business Banking), People’s Bank, K.B Rajapakse- Senior Deputy General Manager (Retail Banking), Bonniface Silva- Senior Deputy General Manager (Banking Operations), Lionel Galagedara- Deputy General Manager(Retail Banking), Azzam A Ahamat - Head of Finance , A.U.L.A Anzar- Assistant General Manager(Marketing), T.M.W Chandrakumara-Galle Regional Manager, R.Ravikaran- Trincomalee Regional Manager and Naleen Pathiranage - Matale Regional Manager were present at the awards ceremony to accept the awards.

Serving the Sri Lankan’s over 55 years, People's Bank is one of the largest financial institutions in the country claiming assets worth over Trillion Rupees. Spanning across the country with well-connected network of over 735 branches, People's Bank facilitates more than 4000 Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) in collaboration with the Lanka Pay service to provide round the clock service. The bank's dedicated staff counting nearly 10,000, serves a massive customer-base of over 10 million customers island-wide.

Taking steps to introduce a host of diversified banking solutions to customers ranging from all walks of life, People's Bank has also introduced a number of loan schemes such as Personal Loans, Housing Loans, Professional loans, Educational Loans and Vehicle Loans to name a few in order to uplift the living standards of its customers, in addition to supporting their enterprise development. Furthermore, the bank has offered various loan schemes to support the farming and fishing communities in addition to Small and Medium Entrepreneurs. More information could be obtained via our official website: www.peoplesbank.lk or Facebook page: peoplesbanksrilanka.

People's Bank's Corporate Banking Division not only serves corporate clients but also connects with over 900 agents from 103 countries across the world to provide financial and consultation services for clients engaged in international trade.

Moreover, with the introduction of Mobile Banking, People's Net and People's Palmtop services, the customers of People's Bank now enjoy state-of-the-art banking experience. Collaborating with the country's leading telecommunication service providers People's Bank's Mobile Banking service allows the customers to conveniently perform various banking transactions and pay utility bills via their mobile phones. In addition, the People's Net website facilitates internet banking services in a highly secure environment.

Taking digital banking to its next level while introducing green banking to youth, People’s Bank has established Self Banking units equipped with the most modern ATM, CDM and Kiosks. The centres are open 24/7 allowing customers to conduct hassle free transactions including withdrawal, deposits and payment of their utility bills. The latest addition to the People’s Bank – the People’s Bank Digital Centre at York Street, Colombo 1 has brought an unprecedented banking experience to its discerning customers.

Portraying its competencies in the discipline of IT security, the bank has recently won the highest international accreditation for information protection and security - theISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification. It’s also significant thatPeople’s Bank is the first and only bank in Sri Lanka to win this prestigious accreditation.

As an institution committed towards social responsibility and sustainability, People's Bank is paving the way towards a green future through their sustainable environment policy - 'People's Green Pulse'. With the objective of providing innovative and convenient banking solutions with complete reliability, People's Bank proceeds forward as a bank of the masses while adding value to their lives.

  • People’s Bank receiving the "People’s Service Brand of the Year"
  • People’s Bank receiving the "People’s Banking Service provider of the Year" award
People’s Bank’s Unveils New Corporate Logo to Reflect Evolving Aspirations of the Bank and its Stakeholders
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Friday, December16th, 2016, Colombo:People’s Bank proudly launched its new logo recently to reflect the Bank’s evolution to keep pace with new global banking trends and to cater to fast-changing aspirations of customers. Reflecting trust, sophistication and efficiency, the symbolic hands in the new logo represent good governance and the peoples’ co-operation and unity. This initiative reflects People’s Bank’s dynamic digitalization drive in addition to its impactful sustainability agenda that is leading the national bank to break new ground in offering revolutionary banking solutions. The launch of the new logo mirrors this forward momentum of the bank into the future.

 

Speaking on the occasion of the logo launch, Minister of Public Enterprise Development, Hon. Kabir Hashim ‘expressed these sentiments: “It gives me great pride to witness the symbolic unveiling of People’s Bank new logo, which reflects the Bank’s new aspirations that are mirrored by the citizens of Sri Lanka as well. Now that People’s Bank has set out on the path of digitalization, it will usher in a new era of positive change and value addition by delivering its signature warm and friendly services. The revamped logo is an iconic symbol of how much the bank has achieved in empowering its customers over the decades. People’s Bank has truly been instrumental in sustaining and empowering the Sri Lankan economy. Digitalization is the next big step that will enhance experiences for their loyal account holders.”

 

Commenting on the unveiling of the new logo, Chairman of People’s Bank, Mr. Hemasiri Fernando said, “We are delighted to unveil a new logo and a new identity for People’s Bank. This new corporate logo defines our ambition and the pioneering journey ahead. Our evolution into digital banking and our sustainability initiatives are transforming banking in the nation. While we may be embarking on a new path, our modern and sophisticated logo reflects our respect for tradition with familiarity and trust - values that People’s Bank embodies and upholds. As we journey ahead, People’s Bank will always remain in sync with the pulse of the people, incorporating convenient banking solutions that transform the lives of our customers by delivering convenience, value addition, reliability and confidence. As a bank of the people, we are pioneers in the sector and are confident of sustaining our leadership in the digital era too.”

 

In order to symbolize the purpose of People's Bank, the initial logo of the Bank was an emblem with two stalks of grain (to symbolize agriculture), industrial wheel (to symbolize industries) and two hands (to symbolize providing support to people). Since then the Bank logo went through many stages of enhancement and the present logo was introduced in the year 2000. Preserving the originality and its promise, the Bank logo will go through a further enhancement as a result of a recent survey conducted, improving only the colour palette and People‘s Bank lettering to better convey people’s expectations in the areas identified by the survey; and trust, efficiency and sophistication and to win more clarity and visibility.

 

The Bank has always championed change as a trendsetter and it is also setting industry benchmarks in its digitalization drive. By becoming the Most Digitalized Bank in Sri Lanka, People’s Bank will have the bandwidth to ensure universal access for all thereby achieving total financial inclusion. The bank’s ambitious digitalization drive will empower it to deliver a seamless digital experience to customers and elevate Sri Lanka’s banking and financial services to an international digital platform.

 

The Bank recently pioneered Sri Lanka’s first-ever People’s Bank Voice App, which empowers customers to check their account balance via their mobile phones by a simple voice command.

 

Furthermore, the Green Banking Concept – YES - is yet another demonstration of the Bank’s vision to digitize and become a paperless bank, reduce its carbon footprint, preserve the environment and use energy more efficiently to secure a more sustainable future. This eco-friendly savings product - the ‘Young Executive Saver’ or YES account has grown in popularity and is attracting youth in numbers, encouraged by the ‘young vibe’ of the product, to save and enjoy the benefits of paperless banking. Under the theme ‘Go Green with YES’, the account delivers banking services electronically via e-statements, mobile and internet banking and paperless communications.

 

Since its inception 55 years ago, People’s Bank has opened its doors to customers across the country, from all walks of life, providing them with banking services that meet their unique needs and uplift their lives. People’s Bank currently serves over 16 million customers through 740 branches and its connected network of Over 3000 ATMs is linked to the Lanka Pay gateway. The bank also continues to play a important role in encouraging various industries including agriculture, real estate, commercial development, small and medium enterprises and exports and this in turn has helped support communities across the country. People’s Bank has always been a driver of financial inclusivity and was also the first bank in the country to commence bilingual operations in Sinhala and Tamil, and thereafter also introduced Sri Lanka’s first trilingual cheque book.

 

Caption - The new logo was unveiled by Hon. Kabir Hashim - Minister of Public Enterprise Development, Hemasiri Fernando - Chairman of People’s Bank and N. Vasantha Kumar – Chief Executive officer/ General Manager look on.

People’s Bank clinches Slim-Nielson People’s awards for the 11 th consecutive time
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People's Bank won the 'People’s Service Brand of the Year' and 'People’s Banking Service Provider of the Year' awards for the 11th consecutive time at SLIM-Nielson People's Awards 2017 recently. People's Awards ceremony was hosted by the leading global information and measurement company Nielson and the Sri Lanka Institute of Marketing.

 

Head of Marketing at People's Bank Mr. Deepal Abeysekara is pictured accepting the award for "Service Brand of the Year', at People's Awards ceremony held at Battaramulla Water's Edge. Deputy General Manager (Process Management and Quality Assurance) Mrs. Renuka Jayasinghe, Head of Treasury and Investment Banking Mr. Clive Fonseka, and Assistant General Manager (Marketing and Public Affairs) Mrs. Yugani Mendis were also present at this occasion.

 

People's Bank is the second largest financial institution in the country, claiming to an asset base exceeding Rs. 1 trillion. The bank also holds the highest clientele claimed by a commercial bank in Sri Lanka, amounting to over 14 million customers served by its 735 plus branches island- wide. People’s Bank also delivers optimal security measures for the customer savings, maintaining security levels on par with a state bank.

 

Taking digital banking to its next level and introducing green banking to youth, People’s Bank has established Self Banking Centres equipped with the most modern ATM, CDM and Kiosks. The centres are open 24/7 allowing customers to conduct hassle free transactions including withdrawal, deposits and payment of their utility bills. The bank also offers a total of 3125 ATMs linked with Lanka Pay service, serving the customers round the clock. Further details on its services can be obtained via People’s Bank website -www.peoplesbank.lk or Facebook page - peoplesbanksrilanka.

 

As an institution committed towards social responsibility and sustainability, People's Bank is paving the way towards a green future through their sustainable environment policy - 'People's Green Pulse'. People’s Bank aims to provide innovative and convenient banking solutions, consolidate reliability and proceed forward as a bank of the masses while adding value to the lives of its discerning customers.

People's Bank Marandagahamula Branch relocates
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The new two-storey building and Self Banking Unit of People's Bank Marandagahamula Branch was declared open by Chief Executive Officer / General Manager of People's Bank Mr. N.Vasantha Kumar recently.

 

The new branch - complemented with all banking services, various loan facilities in addition to safe deposit boxes - was established with the aim of offering modern banking facilities and an efficient service to Marandagahamula residents. Customers can enjoy the benefit of banking 7 days a week and 24 hours a day via the Self Banking Unit established at the new branch. The Self Banking Unit is equipped with the most modern ATM, CDM (Cash Deposit Machine) as well as a Kiosk to perform withdrawal, deposit and make utility payments respectively.

 

The inauguration ceremony was held in the presence of a large gathering comprising dignitaries, well wishers, bank employees and the bank’s discerning customers. Deputy General Manager of People's Bank (Channel Management) Mr. Bonifus Silva, Deputy General Manager (Bank Support Services) Mr. Mahinda Premanath, Gampaha Regional Manager Mr. Vasantha Rathnayake as well as Branch Manager Ms. Manjula Damayanthi were also among the distinguished participants.

 

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Chief Executive Officer / General Manager of People's Bank Mr. N. Vasantha Kumar cutting the ribbon to declare open the new branch.

People's Bank launches 'Swashakthi' Loan in tandem with one million jobs program
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People’s Bank has proactively joined the Swashakthi Loan scheme initiated by the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs and the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, disbursing loans via its extensive branch network of more than 730 branches island-wide. The inaugural program for awarding Swashakthi loans was recently held at People’s Bank Nuwara Eliya branch under the patronage of People's Bank Chairman Mr. Hemasiri Fernando.

 

Swashakthi Loan scheme offers loans and financial aids to new and existing entrepreneurs engaged in businesses related to agriculture, animal husbandry, industrial and service sectors at grass-root level. The program was implemented by People’s Bank with the objective of joining the government’s initiative for generating one million jobs by establishing micro, small and medium scale enterprises island-wide. The bank also expects to boost rural economy via inclusion of new technologies in addition to utilization of rural resources by fostering skills of rural youth.

 

The Swashakthi Loan Scheme will also see to the empowerment of micro entrepreneurs, new entrants with innovative business ideas, graduates, women as well as differently-abled youths from the rural communities.

 

Accordingly, the bank will disburse a business loan of up to Rs. 250,000 to at 5.5% concessionary interest rate to small and medium scale entrepreneurs. In addition, the new entrants will benefit from a grant of up to Rs. 50,000. The beneficiaries will also receive a period of five years to repay the loan, which includes a maximum grace period of 12 months.

People’s Bank Self banking Unit for Kandy
People’s Bank Self banking Unit for Kandy

The latest Self Banking Unit of the People’s Bank (CDM/ATM/Kiosk) was declared open recently by Mr.N.Vasantha Kumar, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager of the People’s Bank, at the People’s Bank Branch at Dalada Veediya, Kandy

 

The Self Banking Unit, which was installed under People's Bank digital banking conversion process, is complemented with an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM), Cash Deposit Machine(CDM) and and Bill Payment Machine (Kiosk). This unit will be opened round the clock on all seven days, offering customers a convenient and highly efficient banking service throughout the year.

 

The opening ceremony was held with the participation of Mr. Boniface Silva, Deputy General Manager(Channel Management), Mr. Lional Galagedara, Deputy General Manager (retail banking), Regional Manager(Kandy) Mr. Emil Mendis, Kandy Branch Manager Mr. Nalin Poththawela and the People's Bank staff as well as clients were among the participants.

People’s Bank Achievers Awards 2016
People’s Bank Achievers Awards

People’s Bank Achievers Awards 2016 was eminently held recently in the Eagle Lakeside Hotel at Aththidiya.

 

An awards ceremony hold to appreciate and motivate People’s Bank internal staff members attached to Regions, Branches, SME Centers and all the strategic business units. Accordingly, the individual officers and group of employees who have reported significant achievement having attached to the Corporate Banking Division, Treasury Unit and the Departments of Information Technology, Human Resources, Banking Support Services, Marketing and Research, Finance and Management Accounts, Retail Banking, and Enterprise Banking which contributed for the progress of the People’s Bank and promotion of the business through branch network of the bank were acclaimed.

 

Of the Service Centers, the Service Centers which had collected the highest low cost deposits and the highest personal loans were respectively awarded with bronze, silver and gold awards. Among the whole set of branches, the branches that have effected the highest number of Western Union transactions, secured highest balance of the demand deposits, increased the highest number of low cost deposits, issued the highest number of credit cards and the branches that have issued the highest number of personal loans, the branches that have issued the highest number of commercial loans, highest increase in development loans, highest increase in SME loans, recovered the highest number of non performing loans were awarded with bronze, silver and gold awards. The gold award for the branch that has opened the highest number of letters of credit was achieved by the Kurunegala branch. The bronze silver and gold awards for the highest per employee based business performance were respectively achieved by the Wariyapola, Battaramulla and Delgoda branches.

 

Mr. N. Vasantha Kumar, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager, Corporate and Executive Management and a large number of bank staff participated at this awards night and Mr. Hemasiri Fernando, Chairman of the People’s Bank was the chief guest.

 

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Mr.Hemasiri Fernando, Chairman, People’s Bank offered the gold award to Delgoda branch which achieved the Gold award for highest per employee based business performance. Mr. N. Vasantha Kumar, Chief Executive Officer/General Manager, Mr.Bonifuse Silva, Deputy General Manager( Channel Management) are also seen in the picture.

People’s Bank Group posts remarkable LKR 25.4 Bn Pre-Tax Profit
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  • All time high of LKR 144.7 Bn in gross income; 19.2% incline in PAT
  • Two LKR 1 Tn Achievements – first for any Sri Lankan bank in one year

The Bank that has always maintained its central ethos of being the pulse of the people, People’s Bank declared an impressive financial performance for the FY 2016, with all Key Performance Indicators showcasing a striking upward trajectory in the Group’s performance. With the Group posting a PBT of LKR 25.4 Bn, which incline of 5.4% examples the Group’s unwavering commitment to continue its spearheading stance as one of vision, action and impact, the 19.2% growth seen in the PAT of LKR 18 Bn, inclining from LKR 15.1 Bn further reiterates this promise.

 

Etching one of the many milestone it has this year, total gross income reached all-time record performance notched at LKR 144.7 Bn, a 16.9% growth compared to LKR 123.8 Bn at end 2015. Net surpluses were well evident across all aspects of investment operations with revaluation and available for sale reserves posted at LKR 11.9 Bn and LKR 0.3 Bn respectively. The Group’s Return on Average Equity was 22.7% compared to last year’s 22%, while the total contribution via taxation, special levies and dividends reflect the integral role the Group plays in national economic development, with its LKR 22.9 Bn contribution, once again considerably higher than last year’s LKR 19.5 Bn.

 

Chairman of People’s Bank Group Hemasiri Fernando commented that the Group’s results exampled the Group’s astute journey within the fast-evolving financial services industry, maintaining an insistent focus on every stakeholder. “Our results are self-attesting to an unrelenting pursuit to add consistent value for the benefit of all our stakeholders. Needless be said, market circumstances in 2016 were challenging and from a macro-economic stand-point, these included, inflationary pressures and a tightening monetary policy which led to a rise in interest rates and high earnings pressure.”

 

The multi-award winning bank locally and globally now with a prestigious ranking of being the 387th largest bank in Asia as per the Asian Banker magazine, People’s Bank’s Return on Equity stands among the top 20 in the region, while a benchmark it further etched this year was the 27.5% Return on Average Equity, which in 2015 was 27.1%. As Fernando opines, “Our successes are ultimately owed to our customers for their trust and confidence in our efforts, our regulators for their support and wise counsel and importantly our employees who consciously and very diligently push the boundaries of success and performance even amidst challenging circumstances.” This customer loyalty is well reflected in the LKR 1.1 Tn in customer deposits representing a 20% growth over the end 2015 LKR 932.9 Bn, certainly one of the highest in the country. Similarly, customer advances too touched the LKR 1 Tn mark, with a 16.6% growth over last year’s LKR 869.8 Bn, at group level

 

Opining that 2016 has been a year of new highs for the bank, CEO/General Manager Vasantha Kumar says, “It’s been one of continuous positive improvement across several aspects of business operations both quantitative and qualitative. It was a year that witnessed two LKR 1 Tn feats in a single year - the first for any Bank, a gross income generating capability cross the LKR 140 billion mark, a loan book composition further improved and a gross non-performing loan ratio reaching a ten year low - the latter evidencing a further improved risk management framework and collection & recovery process.” This is well evidenced in the ten year low Gross NPL ratio of 1.9% (which in 2015 was 2.4%) highlighting the hallmark consistency that People’s Bank has continued to espouse and also a total asset base of LKR 1.4 Tn, which is an 11.6% growth over LKR 1.3 Tn at end 2015.

 

In analyzing the Group’s Capital Adequacy Ratio of 13% with a Tier I ratio or 11.1% and the Bank’s CAR of 12.1% and 9.8% respectively, Fernando clarifies that, “In terms of near-term goals, bolstering our regulatory capital levels remains a priority and a work in process. Ongoing discussions with the Ministry of Public Enterprise Development and the recent cabinet approval received to amend the People’s Bank act are viewed very positively in this connection.” Vasantha Kumar adds that the corporate plan of 2016-2020 forms an integral facet to this success with several new initiatives propelling the Bank towards a new era of performance and delivery capabilities. “Core to them all is Digitization,” he says, of the digitization process that began in 2015 and is well on target to be fully operational by end 2017. “Backed by technology of global repute, and a team unlike any other, this will put us on par with international counter parts in terms of our customer convenience offerings. Not complacent with our successes and conscious of the challenges that may lie ahead, we look to the future with a great degree of optimism”

 

Congratulations to the Shining stars of the new generation
 Shining stars of the new generation

The top performers in the 2016 Grade 5 Scholarship Exam and GCE A/Level exam were awarded valuable prizes by People’s Bank in the Presence of His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena – President of Sri Lanka, Hon Ranil Wickramasinghe – Prime minister of Sri Lanka, Hon Akila Viraj Kariyawasam – Minister of Education, Mr W.M.N.J Pushpakumara – Commissioner General of Examination and N. Vasantha Kumar –CEO/GM of People’s Bank at the Presidential Secretariat.

People’s Bank holds customary ‘Avurudu Ganu-Denu’
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People’s Bank joined the Nation to celebrate the Sinhala and Hindu New Year in true Sri Lankan style when it held one of the most important Avurudu customs – ‘Avurudu Ganu-Denu’ under the People’s Bank Chairman Hemasiri Fernando at its Nuwara Eliya branch.

People’s Bank Initiates to Help the Flood Victims across Sri Lanka
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As torrential rains recently wreak havoc across fifteen districts of the Island, People’s Bank expeditiously contributed to aid those who are victimized.

Food and dry rations donated by People’s Bank staff loaded a number of Lorries as relief aid, and reached affected people in Galle, Matara, Rathnapura and Kaluthara districts as well as some other affected areas in the Island.

This community service activity was championed by People’s Bank Chairman Mr. Hemasiri Fernando and Chief Executive Officer/General Manager Mr. N. Vasantha Kumar with kind contribution staff of People’s Bank branches island wide.

 

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