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I am a Guwahati, Assam based journalist with more than 18 years of experience in all form of media i.e Print, Broadcast and Digital included.


Though it’s beautiful spring outside, Trishnali Neog narrates how Coronavirus lockdown has affected the lives of every person living in USA.


As much awaited Spring has come, Magnolia, Cherry Blossoms are blooming all around. But due to current pandemic situation we all are lockeddown within our houses, not able to go outside. As a result we are deprived of this beautiful spring time. Most of the time we keep staring  the flowers budding on the trees from our balcony and pray God to end this crisis. As  eveyone knows, Covid-19 is spreaded in all over the globe and USA is also hugely impacted, we have  been staying in lockdown from more then a month.

Now let me share my experience when Mayor has declared a state of emergency all over the state on 12th March and on the very next day National Emergency was declared by the President . When we learnt about the emergency, we immediately rushed to the Indian store to buy groceries and essential products, because availability of food products for longer time was unpredictable and no certainity of next supply of goods from India.When we reached the Indian store, we were surprised to see the crowd that was never seen before. There was no car parking available, no cart and even no space to stand in the store. As there was no certainity, when the lockdown would be over, people were trying to buy foods as much as possible to stock it for long time.

The empty shelves

Understanding the contingency, I immediately alerted some of my friends about the situation in the stores and suggested them to plan accordingly. It was a situation when stores would have got consumed in a single day. There was multiple queues in the store, some are for picking the products and some are heading to the billing counters and we didn’t understand where to start from. And more precisely, this situation wasn’t happening in Indian stores only, we came to know from other friends that same situation is happening in American grocery stores also like Walmart, Costco, Price Chopper etc.

After Indian store, we immedately rushed to Walmart but to our surprise, most of the shelves of essential products like flu medicine, eggs, milk, hand sanitizers, Liquid hand soap, Paper towel, toilet paper are almost empty. A time when everyone was panicked and uncertain about what’s coming next in the ensuing days.

After the Governor and the President’s announcement about lockdown, all the resturants, gyms, library and other public gathering places were temporarily shut down and people were informed to start maitaining social distancing to avoid human to human transfer of Corona Virus. The work places, Companies and offices were immediately closed and most of the companies have asked there employees to work from home through remote access if the nature of work permits.

Parks are closed

Now, the situation is even more worst. Uncertainties everywhere. Work from home is still being continued. Universities and schools are giving online classes. Social distancing and stay at home are being stricly followed by peoples. People goes out of their houses only in case of emergency.Outside home,  people are wearing mask and keeping hand sanitizer all the time and this is the only way to stay away from this deadly virus. We hope that after lockdown, things will return to normal and we will start living as we were doing before. And we wish Assamese new year will bring good news as we stand together to destroy this evil virus forever. Waiting for a postive time , stay at home ; stay healthy.

(Trishnali Neog, former Content Editor at ETV Bharat Assam, is a young journalist and writer. She is presently living in Overland Park, Kansas, USA. She is active with unique content in her YouTube Channel Luitor Pora Mississippi Loi. Here is the link

Know the most important ingredient of success

A small, four letter word, but a decisive one in one’s journey of success. Dr. Gitanjali Devi elaborates it’s importance in our life.

Why on this earth only a few people become successful? What makes a man successful in his lifetime while many of his contemporaries keep struggling for survival? Where is the difference? If we seek to find the reason behind success, we get a small, simple four letter word i.e. Goal; this word might be apparently simple, but it’s influence in the field of success and achievement is so great. Those people who truly succeed in life have clear cut goals. To be specific they have written goals. They know the destination. They know where they are heading. And those who don’t succeed have no goals at all, forget about written goals.

Various studies have proved that 97 percent people of the world don’t have any written goal. Only 3 percent people have the written goals. Those 3 percent people who have written goals, are the successful people in our societies while others are not.

Once a group of highly achiever men got together in Chicago to talk about the experiences of their lives. All of them were millionaires. Each of them had started from zero many years before. But they were both humble and grateful like most successful people. As the discussion on the reason how they had managed to achieve so much in life started, the wisest man among them spoke up and said,” success is goals, and all else is commentary”. After a few minutes of silence, each of the others nodded and agreed.

World famous author, management trainer, international motivational speaker Brian Tracy who addresses more than 250,000 people worldwide each year and authored 50 books says in his another best selling book GOALS,” After countless talks on various themes, if I was given only five minutes to speak to you and I could convey only one thought that would help you to be more successful, I would tell you this:”Write down your goals, make plans to achieve them, and work on your plans every single day”. This advice, if you followed it, would be more help to you than almost anything else you could ever learn”. He further explains,”Many university graduates have told me that this simple concept has been more valuable to them than four years of study. This idea has changed my life and the lives of millions of other people”.

Our time and life are precious. Therefore we shouldn’t waste our time and life by spending years accomplishing something that we could achieve in only a few months time. By following certain proven process of goal setting and goal achieving we can accomplish vastly more in a shorter period of time than ever before. We can move quickly from rags to riches. It is proved over and over again, that a person of average intelligence with clear goals will run circles around a genius who is not sure what he or she really wants.

Till 1954, medical fraternity was of the opinion that no human can run one mile distance in under 4 minutes time. This was humanly impossible, according to the medical science of that time. Roger Bannister, a British athlete, dreamt an impossible deeam. He declared that he would run one mile distance in under 4 minutes time. People laughed at him. But, he was determined. He believed that he could achieve that fit, considered impossible even by the medical science. He worked hard, practiced hard. Ultimately, on 19th May,1954, Roger Bannister became the first man in human history to run one mile distance in under 4 minutes, covering the distance in 3:59:04 timing. Beholding him, other 35 athletes ran one mile distance in less than 4 minutes time in that year. Next year 200+. And as of now, more than 5000 runner had achieved that fit.

But how to set goals

Goal setting in a proper way, like Roger Banmister, can make impossible things possible. We can follow following 12 steps for goal setting.

  • To develop a burning desire.
  • To develop believe that I can achieve that.
  • To write down the goal.
  • To make a list of benefits after achieving the goal.
  • To analyze the starting point.
  • To set a deadline.
  • To make a list of challenges or obstacles.
  • To identify the information needed.
  • To make a list of people who may help in achieving the goal.
  • To make an action plan.
  • To use the visualization technique.
  • To never give up in any circumstances.

What is SMART?

In simple words, when we put date on our dream or desire it becomes a goal. And goals should be SMART (S = Specific, M= Measurable, A= Achievable, R= Realistic, T= Time bound). We can divide goals in three categories, viz. 1) short term, 2) mid term, & 3) long term.

Besides the above mentioned steps, we should also use some exercise like visualisation, affirmation, acting the role, feeding our mind with relevant or correct information and teachings, associating with right people as well as teaching others about these exercises.

Someone very rightly said. Life without goals is like a boat without oars. Though goals are so important, but due to lack of proper guidance or correct knowledge or laziness, we at times give up our goals and fall victim to the circumstances. We start talking, success is just luck. In reality there is nothing like ‘luck’. Luck is actually ‘Labour Under Correct Knowledge’. Majority of people suffers from fear in pursuing their dreams and goals. What other people will say,big they fail! But we must have firm believe on ourselves and ignore the negative people. We should surround ourselves with people who believe us and encourage us. The Bible says, ” Belief moves the mountains”. There are a lot of evidences in this world which teach us to believe in ourselves and to move on. Therefore, with firm believe and following the scientific process of goal setting and goal achieving, we can get the life we dreamt about.

(Dr. Gitanjali Devi, MA, B Ed, M Phil, PhD, is a teacher as well as an entrepreneur with flair for writing . She can be reached at

Watch Sudesh Bhosale’s amazing act!

Apart from imitating the voices of Bollywood greats, including Amitabh Bachchan, this master mimic can also sing in their voices. But this time, veteran singer and a very talented mimicry artist, Sudesh Bhosale teamed up with Superstar Akshay Kumar for a noble cause.

Best known as the voice of Amitabh Bachchan, Sudesh Bhosale recently took part at an online concert to support the PMCares Funds. Hosted by another Bollywood great Akshay Kumar, in the said online concert Sudesh Bhosale mesmerized everyone and at the same time disseminate a heartfelt message to fellow countrymen to follow the guidelines in the #fight_against_coronavirus. Enjoy the video.

(With inputs from Naarad)


The World Economic Outlook, April,2020 painted a gloomy picture of the world economy. The noval coronavirus is making life even more tougher.

By Nirmal Jyoti Kapil

The novel coronavirus is not only a global health crisis anymore. It is causing a global financial crisis of unprecedented magnitude. Releasing the World Economic Outlook-April’2020 today, Gita Gopinath, Chief Economist, International Monetary Fund, cautioned,” We face tremendous uncertainty around what comes next”.

Ever since, the world has been put in a “Great Lockdown” to break the chain of infection of novel coronavirus, with in a very short span of time the economic activity across the globe had collapsed to a great magnitude. Presenting the World Economic Outlook on the backdrop of this Great Lockdown, Gita Gopinath opined,” There is substantial uncertainty about its impact on lives and livelihoods”.

Alerting that more severe days are coming, Chief Economist, Gita Gopinath declared that the Great Lockdown is the worst recession since the Great Depression of 1929-33 and far worse then the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-08. ” For the first time since the Great Depression both advanced economies and emerging market and developing economies are in recession”, she informed.

9 trillion dollars global GDP loss

According to the World Economic Outlook released today, the global growth will fall to -3 percent in 2020. This is a downgrade of 6.3 percentage points from January’2020. Terming this as a major revision over a very short period, Gita Gopinath warned of a worst recession since the Great Depression.

“The courageous actions of doctors and nurses need to be matched by policymakers all over the world so we can jointly overcome this crisis”

Estimating the cumulative loss to global GDP over 2020 and 2021 could be around 9 trillion dollars, greater then the economies of Japan and Germany combined, Gita Gopinath also brought to the attention that income per capita is projected to shrink for over 170 countries.

In this crucial hour, the IMF Chief Economist urged the policy makers of the world to be more proactive. Reiterating that the improvement of health sectors must be taken on priority basis, she emphasised that simultaneous efforts must also be there from policymakers to safeguard the economy. From protecting the interest of daily wage earners and small and medium enterprises to decisions on more complicated financial parameters, the policymakers of the world must show resilience. ” The courageous actions of doctors and nurses need to be matched by policymakers all over the world so we can jointly overcome this crisis”, a powerful statement by the IMF Chief Economist intended towards the world political leadership.


With numbers of novel coronavirus infected people increasing, Indians in Oman are coming together to support one another. A report


The Indians in Oman have come together to establish a COVID19 Help Desk to support one another in this time of crisis. With full co-operation from Indian Embassy, Muscat, a multi-lingual Muscat Seva Team is formed under this initiative. Indians living in the Gulf country can take assistance from this help desk in case of any emergency due to COVID-19 outbreak.

It may be mentioned here that the numbers of novel coronavirus infected people in the Sultanate of Oman are increasing. On Tuesday, Omani Health Ministry announced 86 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total numbers of infected people to 813. Till date 4 persons had lost their lifes because of this global epidemic in the country. 6 more patients have recovered from this virus infection, raising the numbers of total recovered patients to 130.

It may be noted that the Indians constitute almost 20 percent of total population of Oman. Indians are the largest expatriate community in the country. Accordingly, the COVID19 Help Desk is also constituted to facilitate people from different linguistic backgrounds. Hindi, English, Malayalam, Tamil, Marathi etc. in different languages one can ask for support.

(With inputs from Philip Punnan)


The celebration of Rongali Bihu, the spring festival of North East Indian state of Assam, has started. But this time, the celebration is altogether different. Amidst novel coronavirus scare, the spirit of people of Assam is still undeterred. Upasana Das, while reminiscing her childhood days, gives an account of celebration of the spring festival in Assam in this testing time.

Photo credit: Pubali Bhagowati


…ব’হাগ মাথোঁ এটি ঋতু নহয়!… নহয় ব’হাগ এটি মাহ… অসমীয়া জাতিৰ ই আয়ুস-ৰেখা, গণজীৱনৰ ই সাহ…(Bohag is not just a season, Bohag is also not just a month, it is the lifeline of Assamese community, the courage of the Assamese mass)

Yes, the Bard of Brahmaputra, Dr. Bhupen Hazarika was aptly right, when he described the spring festival of Assam, the Bohag or the Rongali Bihu as the lifeline as well as the courage or strength of the Assamese community. The Bohag Bihu, or the Rongali Bihu is not just a festival which marks the beginning of the Assamese new year, but it is an emotion that binds together the greater Assamese community at large…

The fondest memories of Bohag Bihu go in those days when as a child, I would accompany my aunt to the Kharghuli Bihutoli (Bihu field) and sang the Bihu anthem, “Sreemoi Axomi.….”, after the flag was hoisted. I would also very sportingly participate in different sports and games, besides taking part in the drawing and fancy dress competitions. Evenings during the Bihu, meant, going to the Bihutoli donning the new dresses to watch popular singers of the state belting out thier popular numbers one after the other till midnight.There were also other traditional cultural programmes and the Bihu Husori competitions which attracted lots of crowd.

Being born and brought up in the Guwahati city, I was not lucky enough to witness the different traditions associated with the Bohag Bihu which were performed by the people living in the countryside. Yet whatever little we could do, we did it with full fervour, may it be putting paste of “haldi and lentils” before taking a bath or offering Gamusa to the elder male relatives. Of course the money which I used to get from relatives as bihu gift, was something I really looked forward to as a child.

Photo credit: Pradesh Rabha

With time, Bihu celebrations also took its own course. With the advent of Satellite Television, most bihu functions across the state were telecasted live by the local channels. Thronging the Bihutolis for most people like me became a thing of the past. We would rather prefer to watch it from the comfort of our home. However nothing could match the feel of going to Bihutolis and eating nicknacks from the foodstalls. Inspite of all these changes, if one thing that has remained constant, is a visit to Latasil Bihultoli to watch the Bihu Samraggee Competition, which is considered to be one of the most prestigious event for any female bihu dancer of the state and winning the title means a real big thing.

Like the previous years, though the cuckoo bird sang, plants got their new leaves and nature bloomed at it’s best, yet this time Bohag Bihu had seen no celebration at all in the state. All because of the ongoing lockdown situation due to COVID-19 pandemic. And this is unprecedented for a community which is so obsessed with it’s cultural identity. As one senior journalist rightly said in a social media post that probably for the first time after Burmese invasion, Assamese people are not celebrating bihu. And by the year count, Burmese invasion of Assm took place almost 194 years ago.

However, the lockdown couldn’t completely dampen the spirit of Bihuboliya Axomiya Raij (Bihu obsessed Assamese people). People from all over the state took to social media to wish each other Bihu and Assamese new year greetings and tried to give a feel of Bihu by uploading images of thier Bihu performances at home. The Assam Police, which is trying hard to impose lockdown in letter and spirit in the state, came up with a novel idea of educating the masses on danger of COVID-19 and precautions to be taken for it, by a video of Bihu song and dance performed by it’s cadres.

Video credit: Assam Police

Bohag Bihu in the state is not only meant just celebrations and merry making. It also brings along with it, a huge market and reasons for source of income for many. Right from the weavers who weave Gamusas and the makers of traditional food items which have got very high demand during this time to the shopkeepers who sell those, from the persons who are involved in the making of the Bihu stages, to the artists and the performers, all look forward to the “Bihu season” to earn a few to hefty bucks. But this time, it’s all together a different story and this is because of the challenge entire humanity is facing now in the form of novel coronavirus disease.

Pockets may be empty. Challenges may be enormous. But, when it is Bohag, the hearts of every Assamese is always full. That my mom is humming the Bihu songs while cooking food in the kitchen or the Assam Police doing a Bihu video to inform the people about the precautions to be taken for Covid-19, itself speaks out loud and clear, আমি অসমীয়া বিহুতে বলিয়া (We the people of Assam obsessed with Bihu).

( Ms. Upasana Das, an alumni of Department of Mass Communication, Tezpur University, Assam, is a young journalist and writer. She can be reached at

Antibodies to fight COVID-19

A Delhi University Professor with his team is busy in his lab to produce a ‘lethal weapon’ to combat the novel coronavirus. If matrrialised, this research may become game changer in the global fight against COVID-19.

Image: Representative only
  • Efforts underway to produce therapeutic antibodies against COVID-19.
  • Isolating genes encoding antibodies for neutralising the SARS-CoV-2.

Guwahati, April 12:

Indian scientists are researching on an important lead to find out a cure for COVID-19. It’s a proven fact that the virus invasion can be controlled by the antibodies produced in a body in response to the infection. This same principle is guiding an University of Delhi research team to find out a definite cure for novel coronavirus infection too.

COVID-19 is caused by the novel SARS coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) and it is resulting in many deaths all around the world. Already the global death toll has crossed 100,000 mark. No other pandemic in recent history had caused such devastation. However, a large number of infected people are also recovering despite not having any specific treatment for COVID-19. This is because of antibodies produced within the body in response to the virus invasion.

Over the years, passive transfer of antibodies obtained from the plasma of convalescent patients cured of infection has been used for treatment of numerous disease conditions such as Diphtheria, Tetanus, Rabies, and  Ebola. Today such therapeutic antibodies can be produced in the laboratory by DNA-based recombinant technologies. Efforts are in full swing globally to produce therapeutic antibodies against SARS-CoV-2.

According to a press release from PIB, in India also one such effort is under way. This effort is being led by Professor Vijay Chaudhary at the University of Delhi South Campus-Centre for Innovation in Infectious Disease Research, Education and Training (UDSC-CIIDRET), with the support of the Department of Biotechnology in the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.  

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Professor Chaudhary’s group is isolating genes encoding antibodies, which can neutralise the SARS-CoV-2, using a large antibody library already available in-house as well as a library made from cells of patients who have recovered from COVID-19 infection, the release stated.

These antibody genes will be used to produce recombinant antibodies in the laboratory, which, if successful in neutralising the virus, will become a perennial source of antibodies against this virus, both for prophylactic and therapeutic purposes.

This work is being undertaken as part of an Anti-COVID consortium under the leadership of Prof. Chaudhary and involving Dr. Amulya Panda at National Institute of Immunology and Dr. Sanjay Singh at Gennova Biopharmaceutical Limited, Pune (GBL).

Largest animal discovered, mesmerizing video

Larger than a Blue Whale, a giant siphonophore recorded on the Ningaloo Canyons expedition. It seems this specimen is the largest ever recorded.

Guwahati, April 10, 2020

Video credit: Twitter/Schmidt Ocean Institute

What could be the largest animal ever recorded, a giant siphonophore surfaced in the Indian Ocean, giving a breathtaking view. The scientists at the Schmidt Ocean Institute recorded the footage of this colossal Apolemia, a kind of siphonophore or string jelly fish like sea animal, during the Ningaloo Canyons expedition in Western Australia. According to the scientists involved with the expedition, this siphonophore’s outer ring measured in at 15 m (49ft) diameter, so just that ring alone seems to be approximately 47m (154ft).

The largest animal on earth, the Blue Whale, can grow up to 29.9m (98ft). So, one can imagine how gigantic this Apolemia is!

It may be noted that the Ningaloo Canyons expedition in the Indian Ocean is part of Schmidt Ocean Institute’s year long initiative in Australia and Pacific to conduct number of scientific expeditions to explore the deep sea world. Using underwater robot SuBastian and other sophisticated devices and methods, the scientists have already explored out many amazing facts from the deep inside the ocean. During month long scientific expedition exploring the sub marine canyons near Ningaloo, Western Australia, this beautiful giant siphonophore was recorded.

In an earlier Instagram post from the Schmidt Ocean Institute, details of siphonophore is described very well. There are over 180 species of siphonophores and some can grow over 130 feet. However, even the biggest siphonophore’s body isn’t much bigger than a broomstick. Actually, tiny individual siphonophores or zooids clone themselves thousands of times over into different types of specialized bodies. These bodies string together to work as one unit. In simple words, it’s a colony of genetically identical individual bodies. In marine biologist Stefan Siebert’s words, these specialized bodies function as different organs. Accordingly, some bodies move the colony, some feed for the colony while some take care of reproduction. “The whole thing looks like one animal, but it’s many thousands of individuals which form an entity on a higher level”, informed Siebert.

Video credit: Instagram/Schmidt Ocean Institute(file)

The video of the giant Apolemia siphonophore has created storm in social media. Never before such a huge creature was seen or recorded. Scientific community is now busy to find out more about this beautiful creation.

COVID-19 lockdown: Digital Learning sees big upsurge in India

50-65 percent of students in higher education institutions are participating in some form of e-learning in India. The various e-learning platforms of the HRD Ministry have seen an unprecedented combined access of over 1.4 crore.

Guwahati, April 10:

E-learning in the country has witnessed an appreciable upsurge during the past two weeks. As all forms of educational institutions are closed due to COVID-19 lockdown across the country, students and teachers are moving towards various e-learning platforms in a big way. Giving this insights, a Press Information Bureau release states that Union HRD Minister Shri Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has been in regular touch with heads of institutions through video conferencing, giving necessary guidance and directions, and receiving feedback in this regard.

Booming time for telecommunication apps

Both schools and higher education institutions have started various modes of online classes and sharing of study material depending on the resources available with them and with the students. These range from structured online classes through platforms like Skype, Zoom, Google Classroom, Google Hangout, Piazza to teachers uploading lectures and class notes through YouTube, WhatsApp, sharing links of digital learning resources like SWAYAM, NPTEL, providing access to online journals.

50-65 percent upsurge in digital learning

According to the PIB communique, about 50-65 percent of students in higher education institutions like Central Universities, IITs, IIITs, NITs, IISERs are participating in some form of e-learning. Off course the lack of internet connectivity and other required digital infrastructure with students is proving to be an impediment to e-learning in many cases. To overcome this problem to some extent, teachers are also sharing slides or hand written notes apart from recorded lectures and live sessions so that students with uncertain network access can also get at least some material. Recorded lectures ensure that a short term problem with network access does not block out a student. Faculty members are doing online chat sessions with students to answer any queries that they may have.

1.4 crores hits since lockdown

The various e-learning platforms of the HRD Ministry have also seen an unprecedented combined access of over 1.4 crore since 23rd March 2020. The National Online Education Platform SWAYAM has been accessed nearly 2.5 lakh times till 8th April 2020, which is about a five time increase over the figure of 50,000 strikes in the last week of March. This is in addition to about 26 lakh learners already enrolled in the 574 courses available on the SWAYAM platform. Likewise, nearly 59000 people are viewing the videos of the SWAYAM Prabha DTH TV channels every day, and more than 6.8 lakh people have watched these since the lockdown began.

Similar is the case with the other digital initiatives of the Ministry and organizations under it.The National Digital Library was accessed about 1,60,804 times in just one day on Wednesday, and about 14,51,886 times during the lockdown period, as against about 22000 daily strikes earlier. The Education portals of NCERT like DIKSHA, e-pathasala, National Repository of Open Educational Resources, Senior Secondary Courses of NIOS, NPTEL, NEAT, AICTE Student-College helpline web portal, AICTE Training and Learning(ATAL), IGNOU Courses, UGC MOOCS courses and the other ICT initiatives like Robotics education (e-Yantra), Open Source Software for Education (FOSSEE), Virtual experiments (Virtual Labs) and Learning programming (Spoken tutorial) are also experiencing very large access rates.

Shri Pokhriyal said that for a large number of students who do not have access to computer and internet, the Ministry is promoting learning through the television. The Minister urged students to also make optimum use of this to supplement their learning.

It may be noted that besides government and autonomous institutions, private universities and institutions are also taking the digital path to keep the continuity of learning during lockdown period. As mentioned earlier, the various video conferencing platforms have seen increased access during the past two weeks.

(With PIB inputs)

Assam registers first COVID-19 death

One Faijul Hoque Barbhuyan, hailing from Hailakandi district of Assam, died due to the complications of COVID-19 infections, in the wee hours of Friday night. With the death of 65 years old Barbhuyan, Assam registered it’s first COVID-19 death. This was informed by the state Health Minister Dr. Himanata Biswa Sarma. The Minister tweeted at around 2.16 am, Friday night, to inform the death of Mr. Faijul Hoque Barbhuyan.

Dr. Sarma’s tweet

It may be mentioned here that yesterday afternoon Mr. Barbhuyan’s health conditioned deteriorate. Though his other health parameters were functioning normal, but his oxygen saturation was decreasing. He was immediately shifted to Silchar Medical College Hospital’s ICU. But, almost after 12 hours of shifting him to ICU, Minister Dr. Sarma informed about his death. He was the 28th case of COVID-19 in the state and also had Nizamuddin Markaj connection.