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Dodging Extinction

Berjis Desai’s book that lists the A to Z of the Parsi way of life shows you why the community makes other Indians both glad and mad. Manjula Narayan Miss Contractor’s chalk screeched on the blackboard as she conjugated a French verb in a series of appropriate sentences. Fais, fait, faisons, faites… she wrote with her right hand before launching …

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‘Beat’ing Beethoven

Luis Dias Beethoven fever seems to have gripped the world during his quarter-millennial birth anniversary year. The milestone is being celebrated in all sorts of ways. The most obvious form of celebration is concerts highlighting his music, of course. The Vienna Philharmonic will perform his cycle of nine symphonies and Daniel Barenboim will undertake a pilgrimage of his 32 piano …

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Softcracy: Software-driven governance in the digital age

Nitin Upadhyay During late 17th century Gottfried Leibniz conceived the idea of delegating decision-making and settling arguments by a machine. What we see today is the actualization of Leibniz’s ideas. Human society today is being pervaded, shaped and mediated by intelligent software programs. All credits go to advancements in computational, information, and communicational infrastructures and networks. On a closer look …

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Home-grown platform for Artificial Intelligence to come to India

India will host an AI summit in New Delhi next month. The summit will also feature a Startup Pitchfest to help startups showcase their latest AI innovations Kul Bhushan India may soon get a home-grown platform for Artificial Intelligence (AI). This platform will leverage and compile existing databases that are available with the government such as Aadhaar details, land records …

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Coronavirus in India: Are people safe or should they worry?

Microsoft founder and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair Bill Gates has called the coronavirus a “once-in-a-century pandemic” and urged countries to both “solve the immediate problem and keep it from happening again” Sanchita Sharma Are there undiagnosed novel coronavirus (Covid-19) cases in India? That’s the question everyone is asking as a surge in new cases across the world nudged …

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Bengal’s journey to the Ranji final

Ranji Trophy: Bengal had lost to Mumbai by 132 runs in their last final appearance in 2007 Dhiman Sarkar His right forefinger heavily strapped, Manoj Tiwary was walking out at close of play on Monday when he was asked about Bengal’s chances. “Hoye jaabe (it will happen),” said Tiwary. When drinks were taken for the first time on Tuesday, Bengal …

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Cricket’s us-versus-them mindset

Captain Kohli is excellent at post-match presentations – gracious in victory and defeat – but gets riled if asked uncomfortable questions at a press conference. Even Dhoni was known to drop his guard and snap at journalists Amrit Mathur The Indian team lives in a world of its own, shielded from outside influences by barriers erected to protect any intrusion. …

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Tried and tasted

Across the country, culinary tours are linking culture, cuisine and heritage, bringing down barriers and breaking stereotypes Madhusree Ghosh In India, where every city and town has a different food culture, food walks have become an increasingly popular part of the tourism culture. Opium in tea? The food walk organised by IG Bhopal Photography, combines food, culture, history — and …

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How CGI is bringing back dead actors to the screen

Vanessa Viegas Death, once the definitive end to an actor’s career, is now only a passage to a digital afterlife. As computer-generated imagery (CGI) becomes easier and more sophisticated, film corporations are able to convincingly recreate dead celebrities, or “delebs” as they’re called, and give them extended roles. Departed music icons too, are finding their way back to the stage, …

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No money, no speed! 

Athletics is another sport in Goa that is crying for financial assistance and despite the handicap, the Goa Athletic Association (GAA) is confident about getting some athletes on the podium during the 36th National Games, writes SUSHANT CHIMULKAR of THE NAVHIND TIMES Athletics is one of the 37 sports disciplines that features in the National Games 2020, and like every …

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