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 With the controversy regarding the medium of instruction boiling recently, many opinions, counter views were raised on the issue. The Navhind Times caught up with socio-linguist, Dr Leif Hockerstedt, writer and former teacher of Swedish in the University of Helsinki, and spoke to him to get his views.

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‘Palaki Utsav’ held with fanfare

BICHOLIM: A palanquin procession of Shri Shantadurga, the deity of Math mandir situated at Antil Peth- Bicholim was organised recently by the community of the Bicholim Brahma Vrund, to mark the occasion of the ‘Palaki Utsav’.

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Rooted in Rhythm


The voice behind the famous songs ‘Mann Mohana’ from the movie ‘Jodha Akbar’ composed by A R Rahmaan, ‘Koi Jaane Na’ composed by Sohail Sen in the film ‘What’s Your Rashee’ and ‘Sun Le Dua Yeh Aasman’ from the movie, ‘We Are Family’, composed by Shankar Mahadevan belongs to none other than the Maharastrian-based playback singer, Bela Shende.

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A mellifluous welcome to New Year

“If the New Year begins with music, the rest of it, no doubt will be mellifluous.” So had said the noted Marathi litterateur, playwright, actor, musician and humorist P L Deshpande, some decades ago, when he inaugurated a music conference in Mumbai on the Gudi Padwa Day.

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Medical Skills of Animals

By Shekher Phadnis

In rural India, the legends state, if a mongoose gets bitten during a fight with a snake it runs away immediately to eat an herb, which only they know about, to save itself from instant death. According to Chinese pharmacopia many centuries ago a farmer in the Yunnan district found a snake near his hut.

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Goa’s colourful nightlife

If you thought Goan villages host only zaatras then think again for our rich cultural heritage has a lot to offer. The paintings of Maria Bernadette Lia Gomes take us to these places, which we miss even in broad day light

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A Financial Astrologer…

By Ranjana Kakodkar

Technically speaking the job of an actuary is to assess the financial impact of an uncertain future event… roughly speaking they look at the financial aspect of disasters…well they can be called financial astrologer.

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