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Missing Mapusa

Frederick Noronha The other day, by some chance, one reached Mapusa at around eleven in the morning. All of a sudden, while going past the road near the old Asilo Hospital, feelings of nostalgia overtook me. It reminded me of schooldays almost exactly four decades ago. Actually, school and the lessons taught there, were eminently forgetful. One cannot remember much …

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Budget must revive demand

Chanakya The National Democratic Alliance’s seventh Union Budget will be presented against the macro-economic backdrop of the slowest growth in nominal GDP in at least four decades and the sharpest increase in retail inflation in five-and-half years. There are some preliminary signs that the economy has bottomed out. This includes purchasing manager indices for both manufacturing and services, even factory …

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The uncharted past of the Gamvkaris

TENSING RODRIGUES There are almost no studies of the village governance systems before the coming of the ksatriya and the bramhan in Komkan, except for some very broad discussions like Maine’s ‘Village Communities in the East and West’ or Baden-Powell’s ‘Indian Village Community’ [Maine, 1871; Baden-Powell, 1896]. Almost all studies of the gamvkaris in Goa begin with the Portuguese codification …

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Inner musings

Simar Bhasin Neel Mullick’s debut has all the staples needed for a slick thriller loosely on the lines of a Gillian Flynn bestseller – a female protagonist slowly coming to terms with an abusive past relationship, a troubled mother-daughter dynamic and a freak accident shrouded in mystery that works to bring the two lead characters together. What it lacks, though, …

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In search of meaning

Saudamini Jain At the Jaipur literature festival, publisher Arpita Das called Tova Reich’s Mother India “the lesbian Shantaram.” There’s even a hat tip to Gregory David Roberts, the “celebrated writer of a doorstop novel about the Bombay underworld… a former murderer and hoodlum who had reportedly escaped life imprisonment in Australia to become a bestselling author with a cult following …

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Abide with India

Luis Dias Five years ago, I wrote a column titled ‘Music and Illness: A ‘romantic disease’ and ‘Abide with Me’’. The column was timed to appear around the time of World Tuberculosis Day, as its composer Scottish Anglican pastor Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) had written it while in the final stage of his suffering from the ‘romantic disease’, as tuberculosis …

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Russian hackers targeted Ukrainian company

Energy company Burisma was at the centre of attempts by President Trump last July to pressure Ukrainian authorities into announcing an investigation into the Bidens. Area 1 Security identified the hacking of Burisma and linked it to Russia’s Main Directorate of Military Intelligence Russian military hackers tried to steal emails from the Ukrainian energy firm where Hunter Biden, the son …

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New features on WhatsApp

WhatsApp is planning to roll out three new features to its Android beta app, which includes Animated Stickers, Delete Messages, Account Transfer features WhatsApp rolled out Dark Theme on its Android beta app. Now, the word is that the company is planning to bring a bunch of other features to its Android app soon. According to a report by WABetaInfo, …

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Why Deepika’s crusade to end mental health stigma matters

Sanchita Sharma It’s been a busy month for actor and mental-health crusader Deepika Padukone, who was one among four global cultural leaders to receive a Crystal Award recently at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, the Swiss ski resort that hosts 3,000 heads of state, industrialists, philanthropists, civil society and celebrities for the world’s most exclusive annual networking …

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Archery could do with a little more attention

Goa has made progress in archery with archers from the state winning at the international and national level despite the hurdles the sport faces in terms of government assistance and help from the media, writes SUSHANT CHIMULKAR Archery is one of the oldest sports in India and one of the oldest methods to hunt for food. Ancient as it is, …

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