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When books make news… out of Goa

Frederick Noronha It’s that time of the year when we need to look at one of Goa’s most successful secret, a conference being held mostly in Goa itself. Publishing Next was held last weekend, over four days, at Miramar, greeted with only a little attention in the media and elsewhere. Yet, for the book publishing fraternity nationwide, this event has …

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Society divided by hate

Shashi Shekhar Have you heard about Saeid Mollaei? The world judo champion is in a crisis today. The Tehran regime asked him to stay away from the World Judo Championship on the grounds that there was a chance of him facing an Israeli judoka during the competition. The logic is that a country which gave the world its first-ever Islamic …

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Sahyadrikhand: The story of the Bramhan

The story of the bramhan is an enigma. As per tradition, they arrived in the ‘graveyard’ of the Sarasvati valley civilisation after being driven out of their Central Asian steppes. What really happened? Let’s trace their footsteps TENSING RODRIGUES The story of the bramhan is an enigma indeed. Going by the best of the traditions, the bramhan chose to arrive …

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Of gender politics

Shaikh Mujibur Rehman The decision by Odisha’s chief minister, Naveen Patnaik of the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), and the West Bengal chief minister, Mamata Banerjee of the Trinamool Congress (TMC) to introduce 33 per cent reservation for women candidates in their respective political parties would go down as a major positive development in the 2019 parliamentary election. By doing this, …

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The never-ending quest for better intonation

Luis Dias I’m so pleased that our Child’s Play India Foundation tenth anniversary concert was so well-attended, and by an unprecedented number of parents and relatives of the children from the project. Building new audiences is also an integral part of our raison d’être, alongside providing music education to the highest possible standard. Those of you who were at the …

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OnePlus 7T vs OnePlus 7

OnePlus announced the launch of OnePlus 7T in India. The smartphone is said to be a big upgrade over the OnePlus 7 which launched in India earlier this year. Here’s a brief comparison between the two smartphones. Design and display: OnePlus 7T comes with an improved matte-frosted glass back panel. The front design has also changed with a smaller notch …

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Alexa digital assistant to get Samuel L Jackson’s voice

Amazon’s voice assistant ‘Alexa’ is getting a ton of new features. But the most exciting feature is that one will soon hear Alexa in Samuel L Jackson’s voice. Amazon will start offering celebrity voices for Alexa starting with the Pulp Fiction star. With the latest integration, Amazon Alexa users will get Samuel L Jackson’s voice, while Google Assistant users enjoy …

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LG Q60 launched in India

Prajyot Mainkar LG has announced Q60, the mid-range Android Smartphone, in India for `13,490. This phone was earlier launched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC). The phone comes with a 6.26-inch HD+ FullVision display that has a screen resolution of 1520 pixel x 720 pixels. The phone runs on 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 12nm processor with IMG PowerVR GE8320 …

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The battle for a disease-free India

HARSH VARDHAN Our people are our greatest strength. India cannot realise its demographic dividend without its citizens being healthy. This government believes in realising the full potential of our people, and, so, has made health a national priority. Despite its economic strength and growing global stature, India continues to face multiple challenges in health. An estimated six crore Indians get …

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Rise in antimicrobial resistance

To meet a growing demand, animal husbandry has been intensified, with among other things, an increased reliance on the use of antimicrobials. Farmers use antimicrobials to treat and prevent infections for animals raised in crowded conditions but these drugs are also used to increase weight gain, and thus improve profitability. This excessive and indiscriminate use of antimicrobials has serious consequences: …

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