Sunday , 20 January 2019


If it’s Russia, it must be Tchaikovsky

Luis Dias Most of you will have watched the live coverage of the opening ceremony of the FIFA 2018 World Cup in Moscow. As the camera swooped down upon the stadium, passing by a volley of footballs, what did we see and hear? With the magic of digital technology, we saw pianist Denis Matsuev and a Yamaha concert grand suspended ... Read More »

Vivo launches latest mid-range smartphone

Prajyot Mainkar Vivo has launched the company’s latest mid-range smartphone called the Y81. The device comes with a 6.22-inch HD+ IPS 2.5D curved glass display that has a screen resolution of 1520 pixels x 720 pixels. It is powered by 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 processor with PowerVR GE8320 GPU. The phone comes with 3GB RAM and 32GB internal memory ... Read More »

Ecology of three creeks of Panaji

Nandkumar Kamat Panaji’s ecological future is tied to lentic and lotic hydrography of Tiswadi. Three critically endangered creeks – estuary of Calapur-Fontainhas (originating at Alto de Calapur-St Cruz, behind present Kenkre Estate) wrongly known as Ourem creek; Merces-Chimbel creek (originating at forested Merces hill) and the Nagali river system (originating as a fountain near Santeri temple, Nagali, Taleigao) ending as ... Read More »

Neymar’s insistence on taking centre stage is not good for Brazil

IAN LADYMAN The lasting image of Neymar here will be that of Brazilian’s golden child sobbing on the field at full-time. It was – according to his wonderfully garrulous coach Tite – a release of pressure, symbolic of a three-and-a-half-month battle with injury that had finally ended with a victory and a goal. It seemed a totally understandable explanation. But ... Read More »

Football makes heroes of people who work tirelessly

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES Everyone wants to win. We are all in it to win and when one wins the other has to lose. Elections are a platform where the spoils cannot be shared unless it is done by rotation. But, that normally happens in politics. A sport is supposed to be away from politics and that is the time it is ... Read More »

The king’s guard: People who live in mango trees so they can protect the fruit

  What is it like to spend all day in or under a mango tree, alone, in a foreign country many many miles from home? Every year, thousands of Nepalis flood the Konkan region of Maharashtra, home to the world-famous Alphonso mango, to earn a living, keeping monkeys, birds and thieves away Please like & share: Read More »

Will the Karnataka governor resign now?

Karan Thapar This weekend I would hate to be Vajubhai Vala, the Governor of Karnataka. Not only did he make a wilful and terrible mistake by swearing in B S Yeddyurappa as chief minister, when the latter clearly did not have a majority behind him but, additionally, Yeddyurappa could not even face a vote of confidence in the assembly. So ... Read More »

Licensed to kill?

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi   When you buy German cars you have given your consent to kill and maim monkeys and humans. It has now been discovered that German automakers funded studies that had humans and monkeys inhaling diesel fumes. Please like & share: Read More »

Opposition vs Modi: Why fighting the BJP locally is a good strategy

Barkha Dutt In the many autopsies and post-mortems that political coroners will conduct on the body politic of Karnataka, there is one conclusion that is obvious: as the opposition parties recover their will to fight, in the race to 2019, Please like & share: Read More »

The loneliness plague

Frederick Noronha   The pain came through in his words. My former colleague, a journalist located at another extreme end of the country who lost his spouse some time back in a deadly gas-cylinder accident at his home, wrote recently: “What do lonely old men do when it is raining outside? Drink? Watch TV? Read? Clean the house? No companion. ... Read More »