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Egg-celent no more

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Over the years we have been conditioned to like certain things and dislike others. Sometimes these likes come in waves called fashion and die out, others are ingrained in us over decades. We, in India, still haven’t in the 70 years of Independence, got over the belief that a fair complexion is better than a dark one. …

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The threat of community transmission of coronavirus looms large

Community transmission is said to occur when Covid-19 is diagnosed in someone who has not travelled to a country with an ongoing outbreak and has not been near a confirmed case or their close contacts Sanchita Sharma “If community transmission doesn’t happen in the next 30 days, we may be on a good wicket,” said director general of the Indian …

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The corona impact on sports channels

But this is a world in lockdown, with all live sporting events suspended. That leaves sports broadcasters with little option but to endlessly beam re-runs, archival programming, and documentary features Rasesh Mandani It’s 2011 again, and India is rampaging through to the World Cup. Yuvraj Singh, unaware that he has cancer, is driving Brett Lee through the covers in flamboyant …

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Fighting the good fight

Chakar village, near Ludhiana, was once notorious for murders, gang wars and family feuds. Then, a boxing academy came up. Now, Simranjit Kaur is set to become the first Olympian from the village, and there are many more girls waiting to follow in her footsteps Saurabh Duggal and Rudraneil Sengupta Family rivalries that led to murder; gang wars and drug …

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SC too harsh with Harsh

Karan Thapar The Oxford English dictionary says one of the meanings of justice is fairness. It’s a quality we instinctively understand. Even children can sense when someone has not been fair. And, above all else, it’s what we expect from our Supreme Court (SC). Few can fathom complex jurisprudential arguments, but all of us automatically recognise fairness – or unfairness …

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Of fish and more…

Frederick Noronha For a state which lives so close to the sea, Goa has a strange equation with its waters. Many of us might not know how to swim. We love eating fish but are largely ignorant about all its many varieties. Often, you’d find someone in Goa who knows the Konkani name of a fish, but not the English …

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Stopping Covid-19 in India

Chanakya India must get three things right to stop new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) from overwhelming its health system: rapid testing, enforcing home-quarantine, and protecting health workers. The only thing it has got right so far is protecting health workers. No medical worker has developed the disease, including the ones working in isolation wards and those who have …

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Finding gamvkari across the ghats

TENSING RODRIGUES Veluthat provides us a far stronger evidence of existence of gamvkari like institutions in the Deccan and the adjoining Tamil country, in his ‘Landed Magnates As State Agents: The Gavudas Under The Hoysalas In Karnataka’ (1989) The words ‘gaud’, ‘gavud’, and ‘gavumd’ figure in several inscriptions in ancient and early medieval Karnataka. Epigraphists and historians have taken these …

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Listen to the economists

Mark Tully I heard a story about a minor impact of the coronavirus threat on India’s trade, which illustrates a major obstacle to the growth of the Indian economy. A garment exporter told me that the government has banned the export of masks for fear that the virus will spread in India. The exporter has a consignment of eye masks …

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Knuckling down during coronavirus lockdown

Luis Dias I feel like I’m living through one of the medical thriller novels of Robin Cook. Remember him? His bestsellers were all the rage not too long ago, with many of his ‘hits’ turned into successful films. I particularly remember ‘Coma’, but there were also ‘Brain’, ‘Fever’, ‘Outbreak’, ‘Vital Sings’, and so many others. Perhaps someone with real clairvoyance …

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