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Shashi Tharoor Egregious (adj), flagrantly bad, outrageously offensive Usage: In threatening India with retaliation if we didn’t sell him our stocks of hydroxychloroquine, President Trump behaved egregiously, in a manner unworthy of a Head of State. The word egregious actually began as a term of praise, meaning exceptional, distinguished, eminent, or excellent, since it descended from the Latin word egregius …

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Remember, the migrants are human too

Mark Tully A friend of mine was in a group which was driven on official business from Delhi to Lucknow. As I have not seen a single report of a long drive and I am locked down in a containment area, I asked him to take notes on what he saw. He was not allowed to stop and interview anyone. …

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Goa has high viral diversity

Nandkumar M Kamat Viruses are not novelties in the tropics. The entire western Ghats and Arabian sea ecosystems are teeming with wild viruses many of which are still locked up in their natural quarantines like the bats. The present scare on SARS like new coronavirus – COVID-19 needs to be contrasted with several deaths classified wrongly in the reports of …

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In pursuit of victory

To pep up the mood of Goans and give hope during this time of despair, a video song ‘Jait’ (victory), directed by Aniket Naik and featuring several Goans, has been released on social media. NT BUZZ gets you the details Danuska Da Gama | NT BUZZ The coronavirus pandemic forced the world to come to a standstill. Indeed, no one …

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A virtual choir competition for youth

With the aim of giving youngsters a chance to showcase their talent and also create a sense of unity, the St Inez Parish Youth Movement is organising a virtual choir competition for the youth across Goa CHRISTINE MACHADO | NT BUZZ The pandemic situation and subsequent lockdown has had people confined indoors, unable to meet each other or participate together …

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Unleash the artist in you: Benefits of being creative

Aldina Braganza Do you consider yourself creative? Well if you don’t then you should. You see buried deep within the core of your being, there is an artist hidden. You need to go there and unleash that being, for it is told that creative flow is the closest you can get to a gratified life. It is that essence in …

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Better Brewing

Zubin D’souza Tragedy has the capacity to make heroes of us all! I was lolling about, doing nothing while simultaneouslypretending that I had too much on my plate. It is okay when you are in the thick of things; orders flying about, frying pans being tossed at people and raging fires burning people and meals. A lockdown deflates the rhythm; …

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Wheat a minute!

Gluten may not be your friend, so it’s best to treat it with some level of watchfulness Vir Sanghvi Have you ever tried eating from a hotel’s room service menu between meals? Assume that it is 4p.m. and you have missed lunch. Assume also that you are travelling alone and don’t really want to go down to the coffee shop. …

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COVID tales for the future kids

2020 will go down in history as the year of the virus crisis. Youngsters share what they will tell their kids in the future about the pandemic RAMANDEEP KAUR | NT KURIOCITY There are some events in life that we remember for decades. And this year, 2020, will be especially remembered for the coronavirus pandemic, a crisis situation, that the …

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Surge in social media activity during lockdown, finds study

A study was conducted recently by professors Divya Singhal and Padhmanbhan Vijayaraghavan from Goa Institute of Management (GIM), to examine the reactions of Indians towards the COVID-19 outbreak by gauging the psychological response in terms of anxiety and their coping behaviour. The study found that most individuals are more worried over the health of their loved ones than their own …

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