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How gold connects humans to cosmos

Nandkumar Kamat Is it not an exciting thought that the gold that people use is 4600 million years old and had its origin somewhere else in the galaxy? If we run the clock of our solar system back then we can see that 5000 million years ago it was just a spinning disc of gas and dust bombarded by radiation. …

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When archery provides another shot at life

Ajai Masand Sitting upright in a wheel chair, wearing a blue blazer that fit snugly across his broad shoulders, Rakesh Kumar smiles reticently as he shows his bronze medal, won in the mixed team event at the Fazza Para Archery World Rankings International in Dubai in April. It was the only medal India got at the event, and Kumar, 34, …

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Gearing up for victory

The 2018-19 Geno First Division League though delayed for various reasons, has finally gained momentum. Sesa Football Academy with 34 points has topped the table after winning all their matches. Displaying great performance and skills they have re-entered Goa Football Associations professional league. As part of the preparations for the upcoming football season, the academy is gearing up to upgrade …

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The progressive desertification of Goa

Nandkumar M Kamat First Goa will be tormented by water supply crisis lasting till middle of June. And when the rains arrive there will be unprecedented stagnation of water and heavy flooding. For the next one month there will be very severe drinking water supply crisis mainly on account of a deficient monsoon, inadequate post monsoon rains, and negligible pre …

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Photography, videos as ‘history’

FREDERICK NORONHA There must be tens of thousands of denizens of Goa who are active in cyberspace, if not a few lakhs of them. Most of them have cameras attached to their smart phones. They use these to regularly click selfies, images of places they visit, or recordings of events they go for. Yet, what strikes one is the fact …

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Wave election or silent voters’ election?

Barkha Dutt It took a young student of mass communication in Lucknow to point out what is missing in the opposition campaign in these elections. “Phir ek baar Modi sarkar”(Once more, Modi government), she told me, “is a message with easy and immediate recall”. By contrast, she argued, making it a point to underline that she is not a fan …

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The emperor is a violist

Luis Dias I suppose I could call myself an accidental violist, and I am sure this is true for most musicians who play the viola in Goa and the rest of India. My formal introduction to music learning was at the violin. All my major music achievements have been on this instrument. So why is it that, half a lifetime …

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The happily insane city

Rezaul H Laskar For many growing up in eastern India over the past five decades, Kolkata (or Calcutta as it was earlier known) embodied the high life more than Delhi or Mumbai. It was a city steeped in history but wasn’t caught in a time warp, thanks to its cosmopolitan character, exciting night life and other diversions. Delhi seemed too …

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Patriots in deeds

Ramachandra Guha In the India we live in, all sorts of people are proclaiming their undying attachment to the motherland. Claims of rashtravad (nationalism), deshbhakti (patriotism), etc, are made loudly on social media, television, and, especially, at election rallies. The swiftest way to conclude — if not win — an argument is for one to insist that one loves Bharat …

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A look at the Mehrgadh farmers

TENSING RODRIGUES The most prominent among the archaeological sites in the Kachi-Bolan plain in Balochistan is Mehrgadh. The settlement was located on one of the major communication corridors between the Iranian Plateau, Central Asia and the Indus Valley; what is now the National Highway 65 (Pakistan) connecting Quetta in Balochistan to Kandahar in Afghanistan. Around 7,000 BCE, Mehrgadh was a …

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