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Importance of Panchayat

By Antonio V Francisco Fernandes
“True democracy cannot be worked by twenty men sitting in the centre. It has to be worked from below by the people of every village”
Whatever the context in which Mahatma Gandhi wrote the above words, they capture the essence of democracy, which has to start at the grassroots to attain vibrancy.

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The Hand That Rocks the Cradle

By Marilia Priyanka Fernandes
She’s there when a bad dream won’t let you sleep in the middle of the night. She’s there when you skin your knees, and break your heart. No medicine is as soothing as her touch when you are sick. No one else would tolerate all that madness you do.

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Prez and Number Two

By Khushwant Singh
Journalists who claim to be Sabjantawalas (know-all) have pronounced on men and women who will be in running for the posts of President and Vice-President. In a recent issue ‘Outlook Weekly’ has a picture of Vice-President Hamid Ansari with the caption “from Pranab Mukherjee to Meira Kumar, from Badal to Kalam, the list of contenders is long and luminous. But the Vice-President is the top bet.”

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God’s Own Number – Seven

By J M Ovelil
“We could also assume that, Moses, who grew up like a prince in the palace of Pharaoh of Egypt, a great civilized nation, highly advanced in astronomy and other sciences, was familiar with the 7 day week, which originated from the names of 7 visible planets and luminaries like the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. A week completes its cycle with seven days and then the days are repeated.

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The Indian Louvre at Aundh

By Dhananjaya Bhat
The famous Shri Bhavani Museum and Library located on the Yamai Hill in Satara district recently had a metamorphosis with an extension to the existing gallery and renovation of the museum.

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On the Tiatr Stage

When did your stage life begin?
When I was in the Std 9, I took part in a non professional village tiatr. That got me thinking that I could make a career in tiatrs. I continued acting, but around five year’s ago I got an opportunity to act in William de Curtorim’s tiatr. From then on I got other offers and here I am now.

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Wonderful Coastal Cliffs of Goa

By Nandkumar M Kamat
We are a hundred years behind the type of awareness created by magazines like ‘National Geographic’. Geography is a very popular topic in the USA and the government also promotes its’ education vigorously.

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Keeping the old stuff

By Derek Almeida
There are a lot of old things I would like to throw out of the house, but my wife she comes from a time when they kept everything on the hunch that it would come of use at some later date.

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