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Turning Point

Institute of Media & Creative Skills

Turning Point is a state-of-the-art media institute offering both short and long term programmes to students who aim to equip themselves with necessary skills before they plunge headlong into the highly competitive world of television and digital media. The institute is an initiative of Vision Northeast Foundation, a Public Charitable Trust registered in Guwahati, Assam.

The driving forces behind the institute are media professionals with about 20-30 years of experience in both print and television media, holding senior editorial positions in leading national and regional satellite television channels, besides featuring as commentators in leading newspapers and journals.

The institute aims to provide cutting edge education, hands-on training and mentorship through a variety of short and long term programs with its dedicated team of full-time and visiting faculties from within the Northeast and outside.

Vision Statement

The Institute aspires to set employable professional standards in the field of media and design skills, training the students with cutting-edge technology to build a skill-driven community that can contribute to the development of media and design in Northeast India and outside. The idea is to train students and make them ready for a career in the industry straight away.

What makes Turning Point a unique and the first of its kind venture in the Northeast is the association of top professionals who are working in the field of Broadcast Journalism and design. Leading names like anchor and writer Wasbir Hussain, Syed Zarir Hussain, the Chief Managing Editor of News Live, the Number 1 channel in the region, are among those associated with Turning Point.

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Meet the Mentors

A band of highly experienced professionals ready to mentor you with a hand-holding approach.

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<h2>Syed Zarir Hussain</h2>

Syed Zarir Hussain

Chief Adviser

A journalist with more than 26 years of experience, Syed Zarir Hussain is presently the Chief Managing Editor of News Live, the largest 24×7 satellite television news channel in the Northeast. Hussain did his Post Graduation in Radio & Television Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom. As a part of his course, he trained at the BBC World Service Radio in London.

Awards & Recognitions

Awarded the Sarojini Naidu Prize for Best Reporting in English on Panchayati Raj and Women in 2006 awarded by the Hunger Project, Hussain had worked for various organizations like the All India Radio, Press Trust of India, ANI TV, Star Plus TV, India TV, and foreign agencies like AFP and Reuters. He also authored a coffee table book “The Undying Maestro: Bhupen Hazarika”. He also anchors a highly popular show ‘Prekhapot’ on News Live.

<h2>Wasbir Hussain</h2>

Wasbir Hussain

Director

A well-known name in the field of journalism, Wasbir Hussain has been associated with the print and broadcast media for the past 33 years. Hussain hosts a popular weekly English talk show on News Live channel called ‘Talk Time with Wasbir Hussain’’ He was earlier Consulting Editor of Times Now TV.

He is also the Executive Director of the Centre for Development and Peace Studies, a Guwahati-based research think-tank, and was a two-time former Member of the National Security Advisory Board, Government of India.

Awards & Recognitions

He bagged the 1996 Sanskriti Foundation National Award for excellence in journalism. In 2005, he bagged the coveted Kunjabala Devi Memorial Award, instituted by the leading Assam Tribune Group of newspapers. In 2008, he bagged the Rotary Award for Excellence in Journalism.

<h2>Pranjal Kumar Hazarika</h2>

Pranjal Kumar Hazarika

Head-Operations

A Civil Engineer by training, Pranjal Kumar Hazarika is a name synonymous with the Out-of-home Media Advertising (OOH) community in Northeast India.

A successful entrepreneur, he heads the Hazarika Group along with a host of other competent professionals. Activities of the Group dates back to the early nineties and have since been dominating the market given his dynamic vision. The Group’s clientele in construction, beautification and the maintenance industry, apart from advertising, mainly comprise Government and Private entities.

Hazarika is also, a keen social activist.

<h2>Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury</h2>

Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury

Honorary Visiting Mentor

Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury, former Dean, Symbiosis, Pune, and currently Head, Academics, Ramoji Krian Universe of Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad.

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<h2>Syed Zarir Hussain</h2>

Syed Zarir Hussain

Chief Adviser

A journalist with more than 26 years of experience, Syed Zarir Hussain is presently the Chief Managing Editor of News Live, the largest 24×7 satellite television news channel in the Northeast. Hussain did his Post Graduation in Radio & Television Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom. As a part of his course, he trained at the BBC World Service Radio in London.

Awards & Recognitions

Awarded the Sarojini Naidu Prize for Best Reporting in English on Panchayati Raj and Women in 2006 awarded by the Hunger Project, Hussain had worked for various organizations like the All India Radio, Press Trust of India, ANI TV, Star Plus TV, India TV, and foreign agencies like AFP and Reuters. He also authored a coffee table book “The Undying Maestro: Bhupen Hazarika”. He also anchors a highly popular show ‘Prekhapot’ on News Live.

<h2>Wasbir Hussain</h2>

Wasbir Hussain

Director

A well-known name in the field of journalism, Wasbir Hussain has been associated with the print and broadcast media for the past 33 years. Hussain hosts a popular weekly English talk show on News Live channel called ‘Talk Time with Wasbir Hussain’’ He was earlier Consulting Editor of Times Now TV.

He is also the Executive Director of the Centre for Development and Peace Studies, a Guwahati-based research think-tank, and was a two-time former Member of the National Security Advisory Board, Government of India.

Awards & Recognitions

He bagged the 1996 Sanskriti Foundation National Award for excellence in journalism. In 2005, he bagged the coveted Kunjabala Devi Memorial Award, instituted by the leading Assam Tribune Group of newspapers. In 2008, he bagged the Rotary Award for Excellence in Journalism.

<h2>Pranjal Kumar Hazarika</h2>

Pranjal Kumar Hazarika

Head-Operations

A Civil Engineer by training, Pranjal Kumar Hazarika is a name synonymous with the Out-of-home Media Advertising (OOH) community in Northeast India.

A successful entrepreneur, he heads the Hazarika Group along with a host of other competent professionals. Activities of the Group dates back to the early nineties and have since been dominating the market given his dynamic vision. The Group’s clientele in construction, beautification and the maintenance industry, apart from advertising, mainly comprise Government and Private entities.

Hazarika is also, a keen social activist.

<h2>Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury</h2>

Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury

Honorary Visiting Mentor

Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury, former Dean, Symbiosis, Pune, and currently Head, Academics, Ramoji Krian Universe of Ramoji Film City, Hyderabad.

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Faculty

<h2>Hridayananda Sharma</h2>

Hridayananda Sharma

Coordinator Academics

A well-known media academic, Hridayananda Sharma holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from Gauhati University. He is also trained in Photography, Videography and Video Editing at the Entrepreneurship Development Cell, Cotton College, Guwahati.

Hridayananda has been teaching Mass Communication for more than eight years at different institutes in Guwahati and is an Instuctor-cum-Examiner for various Government initiatives like National Council for Vocational Training, Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana, National Urban Livelihoods Mission, and Indian Technical Institute- Guwahati among others.

Sharma edits DIX, an Assamese magazine and is actively involved in social work as the Secretary of Vande, a popular social organization of the state.

He is also a passionate writer and lyricist.

<h2>Airin Sultana Barbhuiya</h2>

Airin Sultana Barbhuiya

Student Counselor & Administrative Officer

An MBA (HR) from Assam Down Town University, Airin has experience in guiding and grooming students to bring out their best personality traits. She has also trained students on business outsourcing, group discussions and job interviews.

She has held senior HR positions, and also handled certain government projects such as PMKVY and NULM.

<h2>Kishore Kumar Sarma</h2>

Kishore Kumar Sarma

Guest Faculty Videography & Filmmaking (H)

Working as a faculty of Motion Picture Photography since 2000 in Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film & Television Institute (formerly Jyoti Chitraban Film and Television Institute). He has been teaching in most of the premier institutions offering media courses in this region as guest faculty.

 

He has worked as director in 6 documentaries, 10 short films, 3 add films and 4 music video. He has also worked as technical director in 15 documentaries for the department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Agriculture Govt. of Assam.

He is also associated with various developmental activities like state film award festival organized by Govt. of Assam & Assam State Film Finance Development Corporation (ASFFDC). He is a founder member of Film and Cultural Society of North East and LOVITA.

<h2>Hiranya Kalita</h2>

Hiranya Kalita

Guest Faculty Film &Video Editing (H)

An alumnus and currently a faculty of Film & Video Editing department of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and

Television Institute (DBHRGFTI). He has edited numbers of Feature Films, Documentaries,

Tele-series, Ad films, Music Videos and has also produced and directed Tele-series and

Documentaries for Doordarshan. He was felicitated Doordarshan for the Video project ‘A Dream’ and also in the 13th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2014 for the feature film ‘Adhyay’. Moreover, he has received ‘Best

Editing’ award at 6th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival-2016, New Delhi for the

documentary ‘The Dhemaji Tragedy : An Undefined Chapter’. He is also the President of ‘Rongghar’ (NGO) and Joint Secretary of ‘Gauhati

<h2>Pranab Kumar Haloi</h2>

Pranab Kumar Haloi

Guest Faculty Videography & Filmmaking

Formerly graduated with Diploma in Motion picture photography from Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and

Television Institute, Mr Pranab Haloi is an independent cinematographer who has worked for various non-fiction, fictions and docu-features for Doordarshan as well as other electronic media channels. He has also worked as cinematographer for award winning film “Dhemaji Tragedy” and a Manipuri film “Loktak Queen”.

Apart from working as cinematographer, He also teaches Photography and cinematography at various institutes and workshop

<h2>Ratul Deka</h2>

Ratul Deka

Guest Faculty Film & Video Editing

Ratul deka is a film editor currently active in Assam. After passing out from Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and

Television Institute, he started his career as a video editor in News Live. He worked in department of design, IIT Guwahati from 2011 to 2016. He edited a number of feature film, documentary, short film, TV serials, music videos, commercials etc which includes “jaang faai joonak” , “Adomya”, “anuradha”, and “sonar baran pakhi” as a freelance editor. He was adjudged best editor at assam state film award in the year 2013

<h2>Dhiraj Mazumdar</h2>

Dhiraj Mazumdar

Guest Faculty Video Editing & Film making (H)

Dhiraj Mazumdar, an alumnus of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and

Television Institute. He has contributed as Editor in films like (feature) Shakira Ahibo Bokul Tolor Bihuloi,Chaaknoia, Kor Pora Koloi, documentary film Clipped Wings, Chequred Land, Lakshinath etc.

He worked in department of design, IIT guwahati from 2010 to 2016. Beside Editing Dhiraj is also a theatre enthusiast, and has acted in various theatre shows.

<h2>Debajit Gayan</h2>

Debajit Gayan

Guest Faculty Sound Designing

Working as a sound designer in the North-East film industry after completing diploma in the field of audiography and sound engineering from Jyoti Chitraban Film and Television Institute. He also holds Post-graduate degree in Communication & Journalism from Gauhati University. He has contributed in more than twenty feature films as a production sound mixer, sound designer and mixer. “Adomya”, “Antardhan”, “Jeeya Jurir Xubax”, “Orong”, “Onaatah”, “Grief on a Sunday Morning” , “Mriganabhi”, “Ishu”, “Sonar Boran Pakhi”,”Dikshou Bonot Palax”,”Xoixobote Dhemalite” “Calendar”,“Haanduk” are some films under his belt.

<h2>Himangshu Barman</h2>

Himangshu Barman

Guest Faculty, Videography & Film making

An alumnus of Dr Bhupen Hazarika Regional Govt. Film & Television Institute.

worked at so many short and feature film, documentary and music video as cinemetographer. Popular Assamese films Shakira Ahibo Bokul Tolor Bihuloi, Chaknoiya etc are some significant works.

Engaged in academic field as faculty of videography at different institutes.

<h2>Jhulan Krishna  Mahanta</h2>

Jhulan Krishna Mahanta

Guest Faculty Digital Filmaking & Editing (H)

Independent Filmmaker, Editor with 10 Years of Experience in Film and Video for You Tube Channels, Websites, Doordarshan and Other TV channels, Corporate Groups, International Film Festivals etc. He completed the three year diploma course from Dr.Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute with first class first position and the diploma in mass communication from IDOL, GU. He worked with many well known personalities and for many award winning or well acclaimed projects.

He has directed many short films and worked as assistant/ associate director or as the editor at many feature films like Calendar, Sonar Boron pakhi, Ishu, Xoixobote Dhemalit etc. >Nodi Mathu Boi, protégé.

<h2>Sarwar Islam</h2>

Sarwar Islam

Guest Faculty VFX Compositor // Visual Designer

Graduated from Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, Canada in Classical Animation, 3D Animation and Visual Effects. Sarwar has worked as a visual designer as well as a Visual Effects Artist with many companies over a span of 7 years.

He has been part of many Hollywood motion picture projects namely Godzilla, Batman vs Superman, Dawn of Justice etc. and tele series like Supernatural and The Strain. His add on skills consist of Autodesk tools, Adobe Suite and The Foundry packages.

<h2>Laisom Menoka Singha</h2>

Laisom Menoka Singha

Faculty Media Studies

An MSc in Electronic Media graduate from Garden City College under Bangalore University, Menoka actively participated in-house media production such as photography, videography , photo & video editing, content writing, research work, as well as organizing media event, inter-college film festivals for the institute.

She has actively participated as photojournalist Working Journalist Workshop organized by international organization ICIMOD & HICAPClimate Changes issues in 2013, and also worked closely with progressive farmer on farmer suicide awareness documentary film project for her Master Degree.

She has also worked with Eastern Chronicle newspaper as Freelance photojournalist, and as family photographer at Meriyaadien photo studio in Bangalore. Prior to that she also interned in NETV news channel.

<h2>Irshad Ali Hazarika</h2>

Irshad Ali Hazarika

PCR/MCR Faculty

He has been working in the PCR department at News Live since its beginning (2007). He is the head of department of PCR & Online Editing. He got the best online editor award for 2017- 18 of Pride East Entertainment Ltd award. He has a long experience in working as editor at various major AV projects, Doordarshan Program.

<h2>Manab Jyoti Baruah</h2>

Manab Jyoti Baruah

Videography Instructor

He is a BSc (Botany) and also completed Diploma courses in Still Photography and Motion Picture Photography from PVTI Institute of Photography. He attended various workshops on film making under some noted film makers like Prakash Jha, Imtiaz Ali, Reema Kagti etc. He has been working as freelance photographer and videographer. He has worked as assistant Editor in Calender (Assamese Film), different music videos. He is working as videographer in some documentary under myGov. Assam.

<h2>Biswajit Nath</h2>

Biswajit Nath

Video Editor Instructor

He had completed 6 months diploma in Video Editing from EDC, Cotton College. He also completed a 6 months internship at News Time Assam. Then he worked as a video editor at Prag News for one and half year. He is working as freelance video editor at various video studios. He worked for different music videos of popular singers of Assam and some popular Assamese Films.

<h2>Hridayananda Sharma</h2>

Hridayananda Sharma

Coordinator Academics

A well-known media academic, Hridayananda Sharma holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from Gauhati University. He is also trained in Photography, Videography and Video Editing at the Entrepreneurship Development Cell, Cotton College, Guwahati.

Hridayananda has been teaching Mass Communication for more than eight years at different institutes in Guwahati and is an Instuctor-cum-Examiner for various Government initiatives like National Council for Vocational Training, Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana, National Urban Livelihoods Mission, and Indian Technical Institute- Guwahati among others.

Sharma edits DIX, an Assamese magazine and is actively involved in social work as the Secretary of Vande, a popular social organization of the state.

He is also a passionate writer and lyricist.

<h2>Airin Sultana Barbhuiya</h2>

Airin Sultana Barbhuiya

Student Counselor & Administrative Officer

An MBA (HR) from Assam Down Town University, Airin has experience in guiding and grooming students to bring out their best personality traits. She has also trained students on business outsourcing, group discussions and job interviews.

She has held senior HR positions, and also handled certain government projects such as PMKVY and NULM.

<h2>Kishore Kumar Sarma</h2>

Kishore Kumar Sarma

Guest Faculty Videography & Filmmaking (H)

Working as a faculty of Motion Picture Photography since 2000 in Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film & Television Institute (formerly Jyoti Chitraban Film and Television Institute). He has been teaching in most of the premier institutions offering media courses in this region as guest faculty.

 

He has worked as director in 6 documentaries, 10 short films, 3 add films and 4 music video. He has also worked as technical director in 15 documentaries for the department of Cultural Affairs and Department of Agriculture Govt. of Assam.

He is also associated with various developmental activities like state film award festival organized by Govt. of Assam & Assam State Film Finance Development Corporation (ASFFDC). He is a founder member of Film and Cultural Society of North East and LOVITA.

<h2>Hiranya Kalita</h2>

Hiranya Kalita

Guest Faculty Film &Video Editing (H)

An alumnus and currently a faculty of Film & Video Editing department of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and

Television Institute (DBHRGFTI). He has edited numbers of Feature Films, Documentaries,

Tele-series, Ad films, Music Videos and has also produced and directed Tele-series and

Documentaries for Doordarshan. He was felicitated Doordarshan for the Video project ‘A Dream’ and also in the 13th Dhaka International Film Festival, 2014 for the feature film ‘Adhyay’. Moreover, he has received ‘Best

Editing’ award at 6th Dada Saheb Phalke Film Festival-2016, New Delhi for the

documentary ‘The Dhemaji Tragedy : An Undefined Chapter’. He is also the President of ‘Rongghar’ (NGO) and Joint Secretary of ‘Gauhati

<h2>Pranab Kumar Haloi</h2>

Pranab Kumar Haloi

Guest Faculty Videography & Filmmaking

Formerly graduated with Diploma in Motion picture photography from Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and

Television Institute, Mr Pranab Haloi is an independent cinematographer who has worked for various non-fiction, fictions and docu-features for Doordarshan as well as other electronic media channels. He has also worked as cinematographer for award winning film “Dhemaji Tragedy” and a Manipuri film “Loktak Queen”.

Apart from working as cinematographer, He also teaches Photography and cinematography at various institutes and workshop

<h2>Ratul Deka</h2>

Ratul Deka

Guest Faculty Film & Video Editing

Ratul deka is a film editor currently active in Assam. After passing out from Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and

Television Institute, he started his career as a video editor in News Live. He worked in department of design, IIT Guwahati from 2011 to 2016. He edited a number of feature film, documentary, short film, TV serials, music videos, commercials etc which includes “jaang faai joonak” , “Adomya”, “anuradha”, and “sonar baran pakhi” as a freelance editor. He was adjudged best editor at assam state film award in the year 2013

<h2>Dhiraj Mazumdar</h2>

Dhiraj Mazumdar

Guest Faculty Video Editing & Film making (H)

Dhiraj Mazumdar, an alumnus of Dr. Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and

Television Institute. He has contributed as Editor in films like (feature) Shakira Ahibo Bokul Tolor Bihuloi,Chaaknoia, Kor Pora Koloi, documentary film Clipped Wings, Chequred Land, Lakshinath etc.

He worked in department of design, IIT guwahati from 2010 to 2016. Beside Editing Dhiraj is also a theatre enthusiast, and has acted in various theatre shows.

<h2>Debajit Gayan</h2>

Debajit Gayan

Guest Faculty Sound Designing

Working as a sound designer in the North-East film industry after completing diploma in the field of audiography and sound engineering from Jyoti Chitraban Film and Television Institute. He also holds Post-graduate degree in Communication & Journalism from Gauhati University. He has contributed in more than twenty feature films as a production sound mixer, sound designer and mixer. “Adomya”, “Antardhan”, “Jeeya Jurir Xubax”, “Orong”, “Onaatah”, “Grief on a Sunday Morning” , “Mriganabhi”, “Ishu”, “Sonar Boran Pakhi”,”Dikshou Bonot Palax”,”Xoixobote Dhemalite” “Calendar”,“Haanduk” are some films under his belt.

<h2>Himangshu Barman</h2>

Himangshu Barman

Guest Faculty, Videography & Film making

An alumnus of Dr Bhupen Hazarika Regional Govt. Film & Television Institute.

worked at so many short and feature film, documentary and music video as cinemetographer. Popular Assamese films Shakira Ahibo Bokul Tolor Bihuloi, Chaknoiya etc are some significant works.

Engaged in academic field as faculty of videography at different institutes.

<h2>Jhulan Krishna  Mahanta</h2>

Jhulan Krishna Mahanta

Guest Faculty Digital Filmaking & Editing (H)

Independent Filmmaker, Editor with 10 Years of Experience in Film and Video for You Tube Channels, Websites, Doordarshan and Other TV channels, Corporate Groups, International Film Festivals etc. He completed the three year diploma course from Dr.Bhupen Hazarika Regional Government Film and Television Institute with first class first position and the diploma in mass communication from IDOL, GU. He worked with many well known personalities and for many award winning or well acclaimed projects.

He has directed many short films and worked as assistant/ associate director or as the editor at many feature films like Calendar, Sonar Boron pakhi, Ishu, Xoixobote Dhemalit etc. >Nodi Mathu Boi, protégé.

<h2>Sarwar Islam</h2>

Sarwar Islam

Guest Faculty VFX Compositor // Visual Designer

Graduated from Vancouver Film School, Vancouver, Canada in Classical Animation, 3D Animation and Visual Effects. Sarwar has worked as a visual designer as well as a Visual Effects Artist with many companies over a span of 7 years.

He has been part of many Hollywood motion picture projects namely Godzilla, Batman vs Superman, Dawn of Justice etc. and tele series like Supernatural and The Strain. His add on skills consist of Autodesk tools, Adobe Suite and The Foundry packages.

<h2>Laisom Menoka Singha</h2>

Laisom Menoka Singha

Faculty Media Studies

An MSc in Electronic Media graduate from Garden City College under Bangalore University, Menoka actively participated in-house media production such as photography, videography , photo & video editing, content writing, research work, as well as organizing media event, inter-college film festivals for the institute.

She has actively participated as photojournalist Working Journalist Workshop organized by international organization ICIMOD & HICAPClimate Changes issues in 2013, and also worked closely with progressive farmer on farmer suicide awareness documentary film project for her Master Degree.

She has also worked with Eastern Chronicle newspaper as Freelance photojournalist, and as family photographer at Meriyaadien photo studio in Bangalore. Prior to that she also interned in NETV news channel.

<h2>Irshad Ali Hazarika</h2>

Irshad Ali Hazarika

PCR/MCR Faculty

He has been working in the PCR department at News Live since its beginning (2007). He is the head of department of PCR & Online Editing. He got the best online editor award for 2017- 18 of Pride East Entertainment Ltd award. He has a long experience in working as editor at various major AV projects, Doordarshan Program.

<h2>Manab Jyoti Baruah</h2>

Manab Jyoti Baruah

Videography Instructor

He is a BSc (Botany) and also completed Diploma courses in Still Photography and Motion Picture Photography from PVTI Institute of Photography. He attended various workshops on film making under some noted film makers like Prakash Jha, Imtiaz Ali, Reema Kagti etc. He has been working as freelance photographer and videographer. He has worked as assistant Editor in Calender (Assamese Film), different music videos. He is working as videographer in some documentary under myGov. Assam.

<h2>Biswajit Nath</h2>

Biswajit Nath

Video Editor Instructor

He had completed 6 months diploma in Video Editing from EDC, Cotton College. He also completed a 6 months internship at News Time Assam. Then he worked as a video editor at Prag News for one and half year. He is working as freelance video editor at various video studios. He worked for different music videos of popular singers of Assam and some popular Assamese Films.

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