Wednesday , 23 January 2019


Food, fashion, tech: Popularity pays for India’s young micro-influencers

They’re people like us, but with 10k followers or more. They’re making a living by posting about brands. And special agencies are now popping up to help them extend their reach Anesha George Samidha Singh quit her job as a financial analyst to become a fashion influencer on Instagram. You’d think the work would be easier, she says, but it’s ... Read More »

STAARi 11 and iVOOMi iPro launched in India

Prajyot Mainkar Intex has launched STAARi 11, the company’s latest budget Android smartphone featuring dual front-facing cameras. The phone comes with a 5-inch HD display, runs on the 1.3GHz Quad-core processor and has a resolution of 1280 pixels x 720 pixels. Powered by 1GB RAM and 16GB internal memory, the phone packs Android v7.1 Nougat edition onboard. This dual-SIM capable ... Read More »

Why Goa needs desalination plants

Nandkumar M. Kamat An unprecedented water supply crisis is developing. The environment department needs to immediately begin work to identify 20 hectares plots one each in north and south Goa and call for global tenders to build two ultramodern mega desalination plants. A provision of `1000 crores need to be made in the budget estimates, 2019-20 for two plants costing ... Read More »

ISL teams shave cost as season gets longer

DHIMAN SARKAR Five years, according to Erica Jong in her novel ‘Fear of Flying’, is a good time to take stock of a marriage. It is, she says, when you decide whether you would live with each other’s lunacy or give up the ghost. Going into the fifth season, the relationship between the Indian Super League (ISL) and the country’s ... Read More »

Football results will start to come, steadily

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES Thirty years ago , or even longer,  football was one of the sports that attracted hundreds of people. With football were other sports like volleyball, table tennis, boxing and even hockey. Football was a sport that saw a surge – new stadium, foreign coaches and foreign players. At that time, few people who got involved in sports got ... Read More »

Personal past

Family or community-run museums are important because they preserve a range of micro historical, cultural and political identities KumKum Dasgupta Ajaz Hussain Munshi is a consummate storyteller. In the one-horse town of Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir, he is the go-to guy if you want to know about the border town’s rich history, its unremarkable present, and the fiercely fought war ... Read More »

Are omega 3 supplements really beneficial?

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Every few years a company’s marketing strategy becomes a hit and a new “superfood” is born. Currently, it is Macha tea which solves all problems including weight, diabetes, rheumatism. It comes on the heels of quinoa, chia seeds, Leh berries, Brazil nuts, blueberries, turmeric, spirulina, goji berries, dark chocolate, red wine, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil ... Read More »

Mayawati sets her sights on the top slot: she still holds the cards for 2019

Barkha Dutt A politician who drew a blank in 2014 could make or break the outcome of the elections in 2019. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati – whose political obituary has been prematurely written several times over by the media – has shown that she can still set the terms in national politics and no one dare protest. In ... Read More »

The spook’s look at Goa

Frederick Noronha Don’t ask me why or how, but in the past few days I reached the online CIA site that offers access to its declassified documents. The internet works in such ways; before you know it, you reach someplace you didn’t expect to, and the next few hours vanish while trying to learn more about it. So, the CIA, ... Read More »

Each MP should adopt a poor player

Shashi Shekhar “Sir if you want to invite us, it’ll cost money. Nobody offers us anything. Athletes put in a lot of hard work and money to win medals.” One of my senior colleagues was shocked to hear this from the coach of a woman athlete who had returned home after winning a medal. We wanted to invite her to ... Read More »