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In search of Berber

TENSING RODRIGUES Joshi’s hypothesis about Greek origin of the citpavan is based on two premises; we have seen the first: a flourishing trade between the ports on the west coast of India and the island of Socotra. The second premise is a region called Berber or Berbera in North Africa and a region with the same or a similar name …

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A father’s guilt

In Mirza Waheed’s new novel a physician grapples with dark memories and the guilt that overwhelms him In Mirza Waheed’s delicately layered new novel, a retired doctor recounts his life’s circumstances and choices, presenting a desperate portrait of unrelenting guilt. “You know, Urdu has perhaps the finest word for autobiography. Two words, as a matter of fact. Savanah-e-Umri – the …

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The Little Drummer Boy

Luis Dias A few columns ago, I wrote about the Toy Symphony we performed at our Child’s Play tenth anniversary Christmas concert on December 7. The work calls for an assortment of instruments and sounds not ordinarily used in a chamber ensemble: a rattle, bird call whistle, triangle, toy drum, toy trumpet. We got together as many of them as …

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Battle of under Rs 10,000 smartphones

Nokia 2.3 will go on sale in India on December 27. Here’s a specifications comparison with Redmi Note 8 and Realme 5. HMD Global’s Nokia 2.3 has come to India. Priced at `8,199, Nokia 2.3 is scheduled to go on sale starting December 27. The smartphone will be competing against a range of under `10,000 smartphones in India, especially the …

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Ericsson and Microsoft to build next-gen connected cars

Ericsson is building its Connected Vehicle Cloud on top of the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform that is running on the Azure Cloud platform Swedish telecom gear maker Ericsson has teamed up with Microsoft to build the next generation of connected cars. Ericsson is building its Connected Vehicle Cloud on top of the Microsoft Connected Vehicle Platform that is running on …

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Microsoft ends support for Windows 10 Mobile OS

Prajyot Mainkar Microsoft has confirmed that it will end support for Windows 10 Mobile this month. However, the Office apps will reach the end of the support on January 21, 2021. Users will no longer be able to install Office apps on the phones that run on Windows 10 Mobile. Users can use these apps on iOS or Android smartphones. …

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Bone bandage accelerates repair

In a proof-of-principle study with mice, the bandage helped to accelerate callus formation and vascularisation to achieve better bone repair by three weeks. The research points toward a general method for improving bone repair after damage that could be applied to medical products such as biodegradable bandages, implant coatings or bone grafts for critical defects. The results appear in the …

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Anxious parents raise kidults with poor coping skills

SANCHITA SHARMA The frequent and dramatic discussions on rape, sexual violence and assaults are fuelling fear and social anxiety that has made people feel threatened and unsafe, making some overly aggressive about protecting their friends, family and the social fabric. The specific biomarkers for anxiety disorders have not been identified, which makes it difficult to identify persons at risk. But …

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Taekwondo is a game of legs and Goans are fast: Raju Mangeshkar

Taekwondo is a sport that has been obscured in Goa despite the laurels won by sportspeople, thinks SUSHANT CHIMULKAR Taekwondo, a Korean martial art, is a martial arts that has found a place in the Olympics and is very popular world over especially in South Asian countries, Europe and US but is yet to find its footing in cricket-crazy India. …

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P Anand, the story of just awards!

In sports, it is often said that if you are talented and hard-working, you are bound to get your dues, sooner or later. It could be true for many fortunate ones, but there are few less fortunate as well who are waiting for ‘ages’ to see the saying come true. Goa’s senior taekwondo player P Anand is one such unfortunate …

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