Wednesday , 25 April 2018


‘Cleopatra not most beautiful, but capable woman ruler’: Historian Lucy Hughes-Hallet

British historian and author of Cleopatra: Histories, Dreams and Distortions, Lucy Hughes-Hallet separates facts from legends about the enigmatic and charming queen of ancient Egypt. Indo Asian News Service In popular memory, she seems synonymous with Elizabeth Taylor or Monica Belluci (for the present generation), both of whom have portrayed her in popular Hollywood films. But was Cleopatra, possibly the ... Read More »

Michiel Sweerts in Goa

Luis Dias Last December I was reminded that I’ve completed four years writing this column, with over 200 articles, and (touch wood!) not missing a single Sunday. It’s always good to get feedback from readers. I get this from my circle of friends, family and acquaintances, but it’s gratifying when you hear from a reader far beyond this circle. Sometimes ... Read More »

Reviewing Moto X4

Kul Bhushan Motorola last week launched a repackaged Moto X4 smartphone with RAM capacity increased from 4GB of RAM to 6GB RAM. Apart from increase in RAM size, the smartphone comes with Android Oreo out-of-the-box and IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. This new variant is priced at `24,999. Note that the top-end model of the original variant of ... Read More »

Panasonic launches P100 in India

Prajyot Mainkar Panasonic has launched P100 in India at a starting of `5,299. This phone is the company’s latest entry in budget smartphone range in India. It has a 5-inch 2.5D curved glass screen with Corning Gorilla Glass protection. The phone runs on Android v7.0 Nougat, has a resolution of 1280 pixels x 720 pixels and is powered by 1.25GHz ... Read More »

Countdown to the launch of Chandrayaan-2

Nandkumar Kamat I still remember screening of the film in December 1969 at Institute Menezes Braganza hall for school students in Panaji by American Information Centre, Mumbai, on NASA astronauts landing on Moon on July 20, 1969. The event changed my life and I decided to become a scientist. If things go as per schedule, then in last week of ... Read More »

Rowlin needs a roar from football fans in Goa

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES The Indian Super league (ISL) for me is not just about FC Goa but about the steps being taken by football players from Goa in India. One team cannot change a game but many players can and many players from a state can change the path of a game in Goa. From many players, to a few now. ... Read More »

A hospice for peace without pain – Shanti Avedna

For more than 30 years, Shanti Avedna Sadan in Loutolim has been taking care of advanced terminally ill cancer patients for free of cost. The Sadan is somewhere between a home nor a hospital in fact it offers specialised care of the hospital together with love of a home for those patients who have less chances of recovery. In conversation ... Read More »

States must preserve freedom of expression

Karan Thapar I wonder if the six state governments (all BJP ones) that decided to ban ‘Padmaavat’ are feeling chastened after the Supreme Court struck down their decisions. They had either announced or proposed a total ban. The Supreme Court deemed this unconstitutional and ordered them to show the film. The Court also warned any other state government from attempting ... Read More »

Milk and meat – bane to masculinity

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi In today’s newspapers I read that doctors in the US have advised that men who want children should freeze their sperm before they are 25, as one in 6 men become infertile very quickly. I have previously discussed that studies have proved that animal fats are related to decline in semen quantity and quality. While this may ... Read More »

Bollywood, and not just the political class, has let down Padmaavat

Barkha Dutt Much has already been said on the sins of omission and commission by the state governments of Haryana, Rajasthan and Gujarat that made it possible for mobs to assault a bus carrying school children and openly instigate violence against the actors of Padmaavat. Nor has the Opposition been unequivocal in criticising the frenzied bigotry of the self-appointed Karni ... Read More »