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Telecom crisis is bad for the economy and consumers

By DM Deshpande No other sector in India is in such a perennial crisis. Telecom has been in a state of limbo for over two decades. For a sector that was once defined as a shining sector and a show piece of economic reforms, it is hard to fathom how it has slid into deep crisis. The industry has given …

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Job offers shrink in Asia’s financial hubs as coronavirus fallout

Financial firms in Singapore and Hong Kong are delaying hiring as the coronavirus outbreak disrupts their businesses. Both domestic and foreign firms have slowed recruitment, according to headhunters. They’ve been impacted by quarantines, restrictions on travel to and from China, remote working arrangements and decisions not to conduct face-to-face interviews. It’s another aspect of the fallout from the virus, which …

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Shaking up Goa’s fast food market

Desi brand The London Shakes, is earning accolades as the fastest growing restaurant chain in India. The brand recently got included in the Limca World Book of Records for being the fastest growing quick service restaurant (QSR) startup chain in India. In Goa the brand is creating a buzz with the first outlet launched in Ponda by businessman Kapil Sinai Borkar, …

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Bright ideas at Waste Management Hackathon 2020

Students of engineering colleges in the state were at their innovative best at the Waste Management Hackathon 2020, conducted by the Goa State Innovation Council in collaboration with the Goa Waste Management Corporation, Saligao. The two-day event on February 18 and 19 2020, at Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda, aimed at encouraging students to come up with solutions to …

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Bird-based tourism: Solution to state’s tourism problems

Blessed with silvery beaches in the west and titanic Western Ghats on the east, Goa is a land of endless beauty. The state scenic locales are good for nature lovers.  Thanks to lush vegetation it continues to harbor several lesser known species of flora and fauna. Due to the varied habitat, ranging from the beaches, river banks, wetlands, plateaus, to …

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New Aprilia SXR 160 unveiled at Auto Expo 2020

Piaggio India unveiled Aprilia SXR 160 designed for the discerning consumer. The design of the scooter is in crossmax category and embodies Aprilia’s “Designed for Racers, Built for Riders” philosophy. It will be manufactured at Piaggio’s Baramati factory and is slated for commercial launch in third quarter 2020.  Piaggio also showcased the European version of the Vespa Elettrica which is …

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Feeling the poet’s presence

There are fresh discoveries on every page of ‘Out of Syllabus’, Sumana Roy’s debut collection of poetry Kunal Ray I want to begin with a confession. Writing about poetry is terribly difficult or at least I find it so. I read, teach and talk about poetry with great enthusiasm. I often find myself hunting for the right expression in the …

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Into the Wild West

TENSING RODRIGUES Superintendent, Geological Survey of India between 1858 and 1891 in South India, Robert Bruce Foote, was the first to offer a clue to the mystery of Parsuram’s axe, though indirectly. Foote wrote: “The settlement of man on the heavily forested mountains (Sahyadri) was not possible till he had obtained the use of iron axes, wherewith to fell the …

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Find relevant ideologies of secularism

Mark Tully Just before the Delhi election campaign got underway, the president and his predecessor both stressed the importance of debate and discussion in a democracy. Speaking at The Indian Express’ Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism Awards, President Ram Nath Kovind said: “A democracy like ours deeply relies on uncovering facts and the willingness to debate them.” Giving the first …

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Is the print dictionary losing meaning?

Sales of print dictionaries are dipping fast in the digital age Manoj Sharma Vivek Mathur, a freelance copywriter, was quite dejected after deciding to ditch, after a decade, his print dictionary in favour of dictionary apps on his mobile phone. “Until six months ago, I always kept one in my bag, even though I was looking up words on my …

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