Thursday , 21 March 2019


Zero-Sum Game?

Patricia Pereira-Sethi Jeff Bezos of Amazon was recently named the richest man in modern history with reports that he is worth $150 billion. Concurrently, he was soundly criticised for not indulging in philanthropy to the same degree as many other billionaires: he is the only American in Bloomberg’s ranking of the world’s top five richest people who has not joined ... Read More »

The Writing on The Rock

There seems to be a strange coincidence between the sites where evidence of pre-historic human habitation has been found in Goa and the core areas of habitation of the kumlbi (kullmbi or kunnbi); by core I mean where this primeval community is still found in its natural habitat. The two known sites of primitive rock engravings in Goa are Panasaimol ... Read More »

Grim reality of India

Avantika Mehta The day Gauri Lankesh was assassinated was the first time I heard of her. A child when she reported for Times of India, I did not mourn her individual death. Instead it felt like the death of an idea, or ideals. How did India become so debased that its citizens are gunned down for disagreeing with the majority? ... Read More »

Nowhere’s child

A year after the Sherin Mathews case, are Indian adoptees in foreign countries any safer? We find out that inter-country adoption is still a work in progress Danish Raza| Hindustan Times In January 2018, a 13-year-old girl got a new identity, and was looking at a future very different from what life would have been like in India. But six ... Read More »

A den of thieves

Luis Dias One of my favourite passages in the Bible is the episode popularly known as the ‘Cleansing of the Temple’. It is mentioned in all four canonical gospels (Matthew 21:12-13; Mark 11:15-17; Luke 19:45-46; and John 2:13-16) of the New Testament. Jesus and his disciples travel for the feast of the Passover to Jerusalem, where Jesus expels the merchants ... Read More »

Apple iPhone XR: An upgrade over iPhone 8

Apple iPhone XR looks just like the expensive iPhone XS and iPhone XS. And it comes with lesser price tag. But, there’s more. With price starting at `76,900, Apple’s iPhone XR is not a cheap phone, but is cheaper than the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max. The smartphone will hit shelves on October 26 while pre-orders for the phone ... Read More »

Panasonic launches Eluga Ray 530 In India

Prajyot Mainkar Alcatel has launched the company’s latest tablet in India – 3T(8) for a price of  `9,999. It features an 8-inch display with a resolution of 1280 pixels x 800 pixels. It is powered by 1.5 GHz Quad-core MediaTek (MT 8765) processor with multi-touch display. The tablet runs on Android v8.1 Oreo edition and comes with an 8-megapixel rear ... Read More »

Goa’s vanishing insect diversity

Nandkumar Kamat Goa is currently facing twin problems- the vanishing of local species including endemic ones, and the invasion of foreign species like the Giant African Land Snails (GALS). Except for the troublemaking mosquitoes, the voracious termites and the highly adaptable ants, the rest of the local insects are vanishing from Goa. One reason for this is the rise in ... Read More »

Beauty shall try to find its place in football, next Sunday

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES The Goa Football Association (GFA) will have its new president, next Sunday. End of a term for Elvis Gomes and the beginning of a new life for GFA.  Four years can be a long time or a short one, depending on how one sees it. It is normally short when the going is good and long when it ... Read More »

Soccer players’ arrests help divert attention from Putin’s problems

Two soccer players arrested over violent attacks in Moscow are not the first rich and famous Russians to get into trouble after mixing alcohol and strippers. But their harsh treatment and public shaming after an outcry over the attacks is highly unusual and some critics of the Kremlin say it is using the case of Alexander Kokorin and Pavel Mamayev ... Read More »