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Baba Ramdev, Anna Hazare and Ram Jethmalani at an anti-black money rally, 2011

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Congress supporters burn an effigy of Swami Ramdev over his remarks on Rahul Gandhi in Jalandhar.

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People protest against Baba Ramdev's comments related to Dalits at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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A Congress supporter blackens a poster of Baba Ramdev who made controversial statements on Rahul Gandhi, in Bikaner.

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BJP Candidate Kirron Kher seeks blessing from Baba Ram Dev during a press conference in Chandigarh.

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BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi with Baba Ramdev during 'Yoga Mahotsav' at Ramlila Maidan in New Delhi.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi with yoga guru Baba Ramdev during the National Ayurvedic Summit in Gandhinagar.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev displays a banknote as he makes fun of people running after money while addressing supporters in Ahmedabad.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev addresses supporters in Ahmedabad. Earlier in the day, addressing the media, Ramdev said he will launch a nationwide door-to-door campaign in support of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi from March 1 in the run up to the 2014 parliament elections.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and Yog guru Ramdev at the 5th foundation day celebrations of "Bharat Swabhiman" in New Delhi.

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The Pope Francis Citation: Baba Ramdev, for thinking that homosexuality is a disease and offering to cure it with India’s biggest soft power export: yoga.

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Youth Congress activists burning an effigy of Baba Ramdev during a protest against his remarks on the party, in Bhopal.

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BJP leaders Murli Manohar Joshi, Rajnath Singh, Morari Bapu, Yog guru Ramdev, critic Namwar Singh (L) release the book "Dvitiyonasti" written by Hemant Sharma in New Delhi.

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TDP President N Chandrababu Naidu talks to Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev during 4th day of his indefinite fast over Telangana issue at Andhra Bhawan in New Delhi.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narednra Modi with Yoga guru baba Ramdav in Gandhinagar.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev addresses supporters during a rally in New Delhi. Ramdev, who has previously insisted that he did not have a political agenda, announced later his intention to oust the ruling Congress party in the next general election scheduled for 2014. He accuses the Congress, which has been in power since 2004, of corruption and not doing enough to bring back bribe money stashed overseas.

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Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev at a press conference in New Delhi.

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On The Panchakarma Way Baba Ramdev's ashram in Haridwar got a publicity fillip when visited by Manisha Koirala, who fought off the king of maladies and has leant towards yoga to detoxify. Is yagna a part of that?

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Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan during 'Yuva Bharat' Sammelan in Bhopal.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi with Baba Ramdev at a programme at Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar.

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No Land Of Yogi’s Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh may be getting on in age but he’s not afraid of getting into troubled waters. His latest target is bete noire, yoga guru Ramdev, or more specifically a plot of land leased out to him by the earlier BJP government. Sour about all the trouble Ramdev has caused the party in the past, the new Congress government has cancelled the lease. But this has caused heartburn for many BJP leaders too. Many of them had acquired neighbouring plots, convinced they would get sizeable profits once the yoga guru had developed his land. All that’s now gone to dust.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev gestures as he speaks to Hindu devotees at Sangam, the confluence of rivers Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati during the Maha Kumbh festival in Allahabad.

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Youg Guru Baba Ramdev, Swami Chidananda Saraswati and forigen devotees during a clean Ganag programe at Arail Ghat during Maha Kumbh in Allahabad.

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NCP activists protest against Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev for defaming Shahid Bhagat Singh by comparing him with the gunman Kasab in Borivali, Mumbai.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev arrives at Matoshree to see ailing Shiv Sena chief Balasaheb Thackeray in Mumbai.

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Bitter medicine? The entrance to the Divya Yog Trust, Patanjali, Haridwar

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Ramdev, Balkrishna during his Delhi fast, June 3, ’12

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Baba Ramdev speaks during a press conference to announce the start of fresh agitations against the government, in New Delhi.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev is offered fruit juice by children to end his hunger strike in New Delhi.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev stretches during an anti-corruption protest in New Delhi. Ramdev sipped a glass of fruit juice offered by supporters ending his hunger strike but said his battle against endemic corruption will continue.

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Supporters of yoga guru Baba Ramdev gather to join him at his anti-corruption protest in New Delhi. Ramdev sipped a glass of fruit juice offered by supporters ending his hunger strike but says his battle against endemic corruption in India will continue.

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Baba Ramdev sits atop a bus with supporters after being detained by the police in New Delhi.

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Baba Ramdev waves out of the window of a bus after he was detained with his supporters by policemen in New Delhi.

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Baba Ramdev waves to his supporters from the window of a bus after courting arrest during his march to the Parliament in New Delhi.

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Baba Ramdev and former Army chief Gen. V K Singh being presented with a symbolic 'Key' during 4th day of his agitation against black money and corruption at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi.

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Baba Ramdev with former Army chief Gen. V K Singh during 4th day of his agitation against black money and corruption at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev addresses his supporters on the 3rd day of his fast over black money and corruption at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi.

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Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev with Muslims for Iftar during a rally at Ramlila ground in New Delhi.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev holds a mace during the 2nd day of his agitation over corruption and black money at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi.

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Baba Ramdev watches Muslims offer their evening prayers after breaking their fast at the mass anti-corruption protest in New Delhi.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev performs yoga with his supporters during an anti-corruption protest in New Delhi.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev addresses his supporters during the 2nd day of his agitation over corruption and black money at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi.

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Baba Ramdev offers food to Muslims to break their fast at the end of the day in the holy month Ramazan, at his anti-corruption protest in New Delhi.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev waves Tri-colours with supporters on the first day of his three-day fast in the issues of black money and corruption at Ramlila Ground in New Delhi.

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Supporters of yoga guru Baba Ramdev shout slogans during a mass anti-corruption protest, in New Delhi.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev gestures during a mass anti-corruption protest at the Ramlila ground, in New Delhi.

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Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev pays homage at Rajghat, the memorial to late Mahatma Gandhi, before relaunching his anti-corruption protest in New Delhi.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev waves to the media as he leaves after paying homage at Rajghat, the memorial to late Mahatma Gandhi, before relaunching his anti-corruption protest in New Delhi.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev gestures as he arrives to pay homage at Rajghat, the memorial to the late Mahatma Gandhi, before relaunching his anti-corruption protest in New Delhi. Ramdev launched a three-day fast along with his supporters demanding immediate action to enact a strong Lokpal and steps to bring back black money stashed away in foreign banks failing which he will announce his future strategy.

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Baba Ramdev speaks to the media after a function in Ahmedabad. Ramdev will begin his indefinite protest against corruption at the Ramlila Grounds from August 9th, 2012.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, right, greets yoga guru Baba Ramdev after presenting him with an award in Ahmedabad.

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Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi greets Baba Ramdev during an award function in Ahmedabad. Ramdev gave Modi a clean chit to Modi on corruption issues.

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Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev speaks during a press conference in Ahmedabad. Ramdev will begin his indefinite fast against corruption and black money stashed abroad from August 9 at the Ramlila grounds in Delhi, according to reports.

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Yoga guru Swami Ramdev and social activist Anna Hazare hug each other during the third day of Team Anna's agitation against corruption at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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Yoga guru Swami Ramdev's aide Balkrishna being arrested from Patanjali Yogpeeth in Haridwar.

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Anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare with Baba Ramdev arrive for a press conference in Pune. Ahead of their proposed protests in Delhi, Anna Hazare and yoga guru Ramdev launched an attack on the UPA government accusing it of not showing enough resolve in tackling corruption and bringing back blackmoney stashed away abroad.

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Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik greet each other at a meeting in Bhubaneswar.

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Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Swami Ramdev after their meeting in New Delhi.

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Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Swami Ramdev interact with the media after their meeting in New Delhi. Underplaying attacks by Team Anna, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav extended support to yoga guru Ramdev in his campaign on the issue of black money, saying till it is brought back, the poor won't benefit.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev being greeted by TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu during a meeting at the latter's residence in Hyderabad.

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Yog guru Swami Ramdev being greeted by TDP President N. Chandrababu Naidu during a meeting at the latter's residence in Hyderabad.

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Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Yog guru Swami Ramdev at a meeting in Chandigarh.

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Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Yog guru Swami Ramdev at a meeting in Chandigarh.

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RLD chief Ajit Singh and Yog Guru Baba Ramdev after a meeting in New Delhi. RLD backed Ramdev's campaign against black money.

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JD-U chief Sharad Yadav and Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev at a meeting in New Delhi. Yadav promised to help Ramdev in his campaign against black money.

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Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev meeting NCP Chief Sharad Pawar at his residence in New Delhi. Sharad Pawar voiced his support for Ramdev's campaign against black money.

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BJP National President Nitin Gadkari seeks blessings of Yog Guru Baba Ramdev during a meeting at his residence in New Delhi.

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BJP National President Nitin Gadkari with Yog Guru Baba Ramdev interacting with the media after a meeting at his residence in New Delhi.

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A supporter arrives dressed as Krishna as Anna Hazare, and Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev, unseen, hold a day long fast near the parliament house, in New Delhi.

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Hugs, winks and smilesYoga guru Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare during the day long fast called by Ramdev in New Delhi.

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Anna Hazare, right, with Baba Ramdev, arrives for a day long fast near Indian parliament house, in New Delhi.

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A girl waves an Indian flag while sitting in between Anna Hazare, right, and Baba Ramdev, left, during a day long fast near Indian parliament house, in New Delhi, India.

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Anna Hazare, right, talks with Baba Ramdev, left, during a day long fast near Indian parliament house, in New Delhi. The protest is to press the government to act against widespread graft and black money.

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A protestor dressed up as Ravan at a daylong fast called by Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare at the Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

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Anna Hazare, center sitting, with Baba Ramdev, along with supporters offer tributes at the Mahatma Gandhi memorial, before starting their day long fast, in Jantar Mantar.

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Anna Hazare, left, and Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev hold hands as they greet their supporters after paying their tributes at Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi memorial, in New Delhi. Hazare and Ramdev are holding a daylong fast to press the government to act against widespread graft and black money stashed abroad.

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Baba Ramdev A trust he runs has been given land in Solan district to set up an ashram and a firm that was to cultivate and market medicinal herbs. Its output is zero.

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Ram Jethmalani and Yoga guru Baba Ramdev gesture as they address a news conference in New Delhi following the Supreme Court's verdict on midnight violent incident at the Ramlila Maidan last year.

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Opposition Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy speaks to yoga guru Baba Ramdev during an event against corruption in New Delhi. The court dismissed Swamy's petition plea for trial of Home Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G case.

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A worker washes the picture of Congress President Sonia Gandhi outside AICC headquarters in New Delhi. Around a dozen of Ramdev supporters allegedly threw ink on Sonia Gandhi's poster in protest of the incidence which had happened on the Jan 14 where black ink was thrown by a man on Baba Ramdev at a press conference he was addressing on plans to campaign against black money in the coming assembly elections in New Delhi.

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Security personnel take away Kamran Siddiqui who threw black ink on Yoga guru Swami Ramdev after a press conference in New Delhi.

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Yoga guru Swami Ramdev looks on after a man threw black ink on him at a press conference he was addressing on his plans to campaign against black money in the coming assembly elections in New Delhi.

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We believe Mr Sibal is not very happy with such creative photoshopping.

TEARED UP Was it that extra pinch of saffron in Baba Ramdev’s follow-up fast to Anna Hazare’s opening salvo that the authorities found so unpalatable as to merit such an unsubtle bit of crowd control? Hard to tell for sure, but boy, were they seeing red after!

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Yoga guru Swami Ramdev addressing a press conference in New Delhi.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev gestures during a press conference in Allahabad.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev performs yoga with his followers in Allahabad.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev performs yoga with his followers in Allahabad.

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BJP leader Sushma Swaraj (left) and Baba Ramdev (second left) paying their last respects to the body of Rajbala, a supporter of Baba Ramdev during the cremation in Butana village, Sonipat. Rajbala died in GB Pant Hospital after being hospitalised for 114 days.

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File photo of Rajbala, who was seriously injured during police crackdown on Baba Ramdev and his supporters at Ramlila Ground, expired at Delhi's GB Pant Hospital.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev paying tribute at the samadhi of Rani Laxmi Bai in Gwalior. Baba Ramdev will embark on 'a 1,00,000 km long yatra' from Jhansi in Madhya Pradesh 'to awaken people about corruption and black money'.

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Yoga guru Swami Ramdev meeting Uttarakhand CM BC Khanduri in Dehradun.

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Indian yoga guru Baba Ramdev addresses a press conference in New Delhi.

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Swami Ramdev waves to supporters as he arrives at Tihar Jail to meet Anna Hazare in New Delhi.

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Swami Ramdev waves to supporters as he arrives at Tihar Jail to meet Anna Hazare in New Delhi.

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev holds the national flag and stands along with supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare outside Tihar Jail in New Delhi.

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Patanjali Yogpeeth's women perform yagna for speedy recovery of Rajbala at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Raj Bala was severely injured in the police crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev.

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Artist Satish Taru adjusts the attire of a statue of corruption crusader Anna Hazare, right, displayed beside statues of Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, center, Osama bin Laden, left among others at his studio in Pune.The parliament introduced the draft legislation for setting up an anti-corruption watchdog as rights activists continued protests against the exclusion of the prime minister and the judiciary in the purview of the new law.

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