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No early favourites in 2019 polls

Karan Thapar Is the opposition reviving or is that just exaggeration and wishful thinking? Polls around Republic Day point towards three outcomes: first, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will fall substantially below 272; second, even the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) will fall short of a majority; and, third, the Congress will cross a 100 but the BJP will be the …

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Reach out to boys for gender parity

Lalita Panicker I have often heard people saying that the origins of toxic masculinity are to be found in the sense of entitlement or misogynistic notions inculcated in men when they are boys. No doubt, they are influenced by their surroundings, the discourse they are privy to, the relationship between the genders within the family. But, for the most part, …

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A mystery in corporate India: The curious case of the vanishing secretary

You’d think that apps, tech, and WhatsApp groups would have killed the secretary. Instead, employers say there’s more demand than supply, and no one’s willing to just bring you your coffee Rachel Lopez | Hindustan Times These days, it’s harder to hire a secretary than an engineer. Prasad Deshmukh found this out the hard way. As director at a tech …

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Deriding madness

Touching on stalking, physical danger and sexuality, Eating Wasps shows how society often drives women to madness for expressing their desires Avantika Mehta ‘Clear’, ‘concise’ and ‘insightful’ are perfect descriptors of Anita Nair’s latest novel, Eating Wasps. The book starts with 30-year-old Sreelakshmi’s suicide on a “Monday. A working day.” A Sahtiya Akademi winner, she is still considered damaged goods …

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Practically perfect in (almost) every way

Luis Dias Sequels can sometimes be such a letdown, and although I was aware that ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ had come to our big screen, I took my time to actually go and see it. I went to a morning show and was thrilled to find just about eight of us in the whole cinema hall, so it was a much …

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Beware of this malware

Indo Asian News Service Global cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks has discovered a malware that is capable of stealing saved usernames and passwords in Google Chrome, saved credit card credentials in Chrome and iPhones text messages if backed up to a Mac. The malware named CookieMiner is capable of stealing browser cookies associated with mainstream cryptocurrency exchanges and wallet service …

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Climate change and silk cotton trees

Nandkumar M Kamat Known from ancient time as ‘Shalmali’ in Sanskrit, Sanvar in Konkani, silk cotton trees are scientifically known as Bombax ceiba. The best location to study the ecology, phenology, biology and microbiology of these trees is Goa University campus where only 10 per cent of the trees have survived the bulldozers of development. These trees are key stone …

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This republic has four fault lines

Ramachandra Guha If India was a start-up in 1947, not even the most venturesome of venture capitalists would have invested in this audacious experiment. In the first years of our life as an independent nation, predictions that we would fall apart came thick and fast. Representative here are these words of Claude Auchinleck, former commander-in-chief of the British Indian Army, …

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The war among ants

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi We are lucky that the 13,000 ant species, discovered till now, are small. Even if they were the size of cats, they would be the rulers of the universe by now, would have discovered ways to reach Mars, and colonise the moon, would have solved any mathematical or gravitational problems, would have built weapons without metal etc. …

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Politicians must evolve with the times

Karan Thapar “Would you accept our politicians are a rum lot?” That’s how Pertie began the conversation. He was exercised by the response of Maharashtra politicians to the recent Supreme Court ruling relaxing the stringent conditions imposed by the state government on dance bars in Mumbai. Now that’s not a subject at my old fingertips but a little digging around …

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