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Goa’s citizenship woes

Frederick Noronha Goa’s BJP unit was quick to reassure the “Christian community” in the state that the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) would not have any adverse impact on them; they criticised the Congress for “misleading” people on this issue. Likewise, NRI Commissioner and former MP Narendra Sawaikar held out a similar assurance, regarding the CAA. Both the CAA and the …

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Implications of the CAA-NRC issue

Chanakya The Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) has led to a fierce political contest. While the government has staunchly defended its passage, the Opposition – as well as a wider set of civil society organisations, university students, minority groups, and citizens in the Northeast – have taken to the streets to oppose the Act. This has made the CAA – and …

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The contested authenticity

TENSING RODRIGUES The Berber that we need to look for in North Africa is perhaps not the Berber Coast, but the port of Berbera, located on the northwestern Somali coast directly south from Yemen across the Gulf of Aden; it was called Malao by ancient Greek. Periplus (60 Common Era) confirms that it served as a transshipment point for trade …

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No twists in these tales

Bombay Brides strings together the stories of some of the people who pass through a fictional Bene Israel enclave in Ahmedabad Kushalrani Gulab Because life is like this only, I started reading Flora, the 13th story in Esther David’s collection Bombay Brides, immediately after I returned from my first consultation with a dietician to whom my sister had hauled me …

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‘Knives Out’ for Immigrants and ‘Others’

Luis Dias I first heard about ‘Knives Out’, the just-released American ‘whodunit’ murder-mystery film via social media. Musician friends in the UK were raving about the fabulous string-quartet playing and the delectable plot-line. We were in the midst of preparations for our Christmas concert, and although the film had come to Goa, it was, inconveniently for me, showing at Porvorim, …

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Vision 2020: If imagination were everything

Flying cars, androids you can’t tell apart from humans, colonised planets… here are things we should have had by now It’s nearly 2020, and by now, we should have had cars that levitate and drive themselves, androids that can march and make basic decisions, at least one or two colonised planets, and some mind-reading capability. It’s not like we’ve failed …

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Unboxing your new Amazon Echo

So you have finally decided to take the plunge and get yourself a smart speaker? If it is an Amazon Echo, here’s what you should do next If you have finally decided to get yourself an Amazon Echo, here’s a list of steps you need to keep in mind before you unbox it, plug it in and download the Alexa app. The …

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All you need to know about Reliance Jio postpaid plans

Reliance Industries Limited’s Jio has one main plan for its postpaid users along with a bunch of add-ons. The plan, which is priced at `199, offers 25 GB data and unlimited on-net calls. Charges of 100 text messages per day are also included in this plan along with a complimentary subscription of Jio apps. If you just take the basic `199 plan, …

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Ganga’s riverbed unfit for sustaining aquatic life

A team of scientists found such hypoxic conditions at two stretches on the path of Ganga – down stream of Assi drain in Varanasi and downstream of Wazidpur drain in Kanpur Joydeep Thakur It’s not just the surface, River Ganga is polluted from deep inside, a new research has found. The research by a team of scientists from Banaras Hindu …

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New feats, same old superstars

The Federer-Nadal-Djokovic trio-poly, the Bolt and Phelps monopolies, and the Messi-Ronaldo duopoly continued to thrive as an age of deep analysis gave us glorious certainties instead of fresh sporting narratives Kunal Pradhan In 2004, Billy Crystal returned to host the Academy Awards. In his opening monologue, the actor reflected, in a grand burst of nostalgia, on the state of world …

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