Wednesday , 19 December 2018


Emotions conjured by football left many happy souls

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES The last FC Goa home game would have left me yawning and waiting to come back to office had it not been for one observation and I sat brooding about it right into the night and days later and it is that thought that has got me to get pen into paper for this edition of Zero Angle. ... Read More »

‘Life of a bureaucrat is full of challenges’

The commissioner of College Education & Special Secretary, Higher Education, Government of Rajasthan is Goa’s son of the soil Ashutosh Apa Teli Pednekar. The only Goan to make it to the much sought after IAS since 2001 and through his sixteen years of service in Rajasthan, not only has he held numerous posts, but has also been an agent of ... Read More »

Adoption: Here’s why earlier is better

Sanchita Sharma India has proposed changing the law that governs adoption in order to fast track court clearances, which often delays the process by more than two years. The proposed amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act of 2015 empowers district courts to declare children legally free for adoption, moving away from the busy courts of civil magistrates, which struggle with ... Read More »

Fanning caste fires can’t be justified

Shashi Shekhar The way the flames of violence recently engulfed more than half of Maharashtra is bound to cause fear and anxiety. During this period the frenzied mobs didn’t even spare the buses of children returning from school and pelted them with stones. Shaking with fear, the children had to seek shelter along with their classmates even as their parents ... Read More »

An elderly person dies, a library is lost

Frederick Noronha They say, when a knowledgeable elderly person dies, a whole library is lost.  In the past week, I ended up feeling much this way, though strangely, I didn’t feel too much regret either. Goa, as almost everyone would agree, is a place rich in history.  We have a varied and colourful past, even if it is one which ... Read More »

Nostalgic Nuggets

Patricia Pereira-Sethi When I first moved to New York on a full scholarship to do graduate work at the Jesuit-run University of Fordham, I felt all alone. But not for long. A group of nuns from the order of St Francis de Sales (headquartered in Wisconsin) befriended me and I was never lonely again. I met them by chance. They ... Read More »

Beginning of the Kali Yuga

Tensing Rodrigues Yuga Purana speaks of a divine retribution for the ‘evil world-order’ that set in at the end of the Dvapara Yuga, which is said to coincide with Krishna’s departure, which is dated around 3,000 BCE. Kali Yuga means age of vice, strife or discord; the evil world order refers to the significant changes that came about in the ... Read More »

Everyday struggles take centre stage in these poems

Kankana Basu Poetry is that magical land most writers dream of visiting at some time or the other, and then there are those for whom poetry is a permanent country of residence. Ajay Kumar Singh ‘Musafir’, author of the spiritual book, The Donkey Chronicles, makes the expected crossover in his two new books, Poems from Lakhisarai: A Journey from a ... Read More »

Lara Saldanha: Passionate about using music for social causes

Luis Dias Lara Saldanha is a young Goan-origin Indian-American pianist who has performed in the USA, Switzerland, France, Germany, China and India. She is currently pursuing a Master of Music at Mannes College of Music in New York City, studying with Vladimir Valjarevic. She has also studied with Alan Chow at Northwestern University and Serguei Milstein at Geneva Conservatory. Music-lovers ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy A8+ launched in India

Prajyot Mainkar Samsung has launched Galaxy A8+ (2018 edition) in India for `32,990 and will be available exclusively on Amazon India from January 20. The phone is available in black and gold colour options. The phone has a 6-inch full-HD Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 pixels x 2220 pixels. The phone is powered by Octa-Core Exynos 7885 ... Read More »