Saturday , 23 February 2019


Links that can connect

Frederick Noronha Every once in a while, someone will send you a mail, SMS or message, repeating that very same question: do you know so-and-so’s phone number or email address? It’s understandable that someone will need some help at some time or the other. But when this becomes a routine feature, it turns irritating. Blame it on the BSNL, which ... Read More »

Sport is vital for women’s empowerment

Namita Bhandare When I first met them two years ago, the girls of the Saksham Sports Club were playing cricket in Shahbad Dairy, on the outskirts of Delhi, where they live. Some were barefoot, others in faded salwar kameez but all wore an unmistakable fierceness. When a boy involved in an adjoining match caught the 14-year-old Champa, she yelled at ... Read More »

The Konkani Domain

Tensing Rodrigues Let us today look at the land inhabited by the native speakers of Konkani language over a wider canvas. This is partly by way of a recapitulation of what we have discussed earlier and partly by way of filling in what we failed to discuss; and to lay the groundwork for what we are going to discuss ahead.  ... Read More »

A translation of Krishan Chander’s Ghaddaar that is timely, moving, vital

Lamat R Hasan In today’s conflicted world where language has become an index of one’s identity, Krishan Chander’s works speak volumes for the subcontinent’s glorious and secular past even when his writings are about the bloody Partition of it. Counted among the best writers of the Urdu language, Chander stole everyone’s heart through the medium of the short story. One ... Read More »

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin (1942-2018)

Luis Dias What does one do when the King of the High Cs of Opera is suddenly indisposed, almost literally at the last minute before a major performance? Getting the Queen of Soul to step in might not seem the most likely resort, but it worked, and how! In 1998, Luciano Pavarotti abruptly had to cancel a performance at that ... Read More »

New phone on the block

Marcia Sekhose Huawei’s e-brand Honor has launched its cheapest smartphone in India for `6,999. Honor 7S comes with 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard storage. Here are the first impressions of the Honor 7S. Honor 7S is a very compact and handy smartphone, the perfect size for those who don’t like large screens. Honor has also managed to squeeze in a ... Read More »

Xiaomi unveils Redmi 6 and 6A

Prajyot Mainkar Xiaomi has unveiled Redmi 6 and 6A in India. Redmi 6 comes with a 5.45-inch HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with a resolution of 1440 pixels x 720 pixels. The phone is powered by Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 processor with IMG PowerVR GPU. The phone has 3GB RAM and 32GB storage while its variant has 64GB storage. The ... Read More »

Tribute To “Luca” Cavalli-Sforza

Nandkumar Kamat What Newton is to Newtonian Physics, Einstein to theory of relativity, Darwin to theory of natural selection, Edward O. Wilson to biodiversity studies, Luigi Luca Cavalli-Sforza, Italian population geneticist is to study of molecular geography and anthropology of genes. Among generations of population geneticists he was fondly called as “Luca”. He died in Belluno, Italy on August 31 ... Read More »

‘Nothing grows under a banyan tree’

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES India came out of its shadow during the Asian Games in Indonesia and through it could be seen the silhouette of Goa. Along with the haul of medals was a basket of adjectives and as Team India reached home a chord of discontent began to buzz in Goa. The Asian Games had a different hue for Goa due ... Read More »

Learn astrobiology at Goa University

Nandkumar Kamat My generation grew up with NASA (National Aeronautics And Space Administration) which is celebrating 60 years of its foundation and witnessed revolutionary discoveries. One question which fascinated my generation was whether we are the only intelligent civilisation in this whole universe or there could be several? Is organic life an unique phenomena on Earth? Noted astronomer Carl Sagan ... Read More »