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Pigeons and the city

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi A month ago I received distress calls from people in Mumbai that the municipal commissioner had swooped down on a 20-year-old feeding platform (chabutra) for pigeons, which was on the side of the road in Khar, had covered it with plastic sheets and posted police people so that no one could feed the birds. The pigeons left …

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COVID-19 and online education

If online teaching-learning appears to be the future of education during and post pandemic, it needs to be dealt with great care, sensitivity, open mind, and in a collaborative manner FR ZEFERINO D’SOUZA Coronavirus has affected all the nations in the world, and has changed the lifestyle of all the people in each and every sphere of life, including education. …

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Striking the right note: Goa’s Bands

Frederick Noronha On one summer lockdown-ed morning, Simon Fernandes from Muddavaddi, was racing through a dozen topics, seemingly all at the same time. Suddenly, the topic shifted to the bands that he remembered from his youth, before going to the Gulf. As he kept naming the groups, two things stood out. First, there were so many bands and groups that …

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Understanding the Vokkaliga

Tensing Rodrigues The task of drawing the line between the kunbi and Deccan ksatriya in kannad territory is as daunting as in the marathi territory; and the defining markers in the two regions are fairly different; notwithstanding the fact that at the margin the two are seamless. Today, we attempt that daunting task at the margin and away from it. …

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Tiger lovers silent on wild mushrooms

Nandkumar M Kamat The Uttarakhand Government came to its senses after decades of procrastination and banned the collection of worlds’ most expensive inedible medicinal fungus, the caterpillar fungus, Ophiocordyceps sinensis from the mountain meadows. Used in Tibetan and Chinese medicine it was getting sold for upto `15 lakhs per kilogram. The Uttarakhand government is giving a boost to cultivation of …

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How to become an animal advocate

MANEKA SANJAY GANDHI One of the silliest things on the internet is an international site called change.com. The owners have offices in many countries and the mandate seems to be that anyone who had a grievance, and wants it redressed, can list an issue and get signatures on it. These will be sent to a bureaucrat/politician through email. When change.com …

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Pride and problems

Pride month is observed in June the world over to sensitise the public. However, the LGBTQ community in Goa continues to face several issues which they bear in silence. NT NETWORK gets you real stories … DANUSKA DA GAMA | NT NETWORK Although the world today is familiar with the term LGBTQ, the community continues to face a number of …

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‘Many people are still closeted’

Goa Rainbow Trust works for the welfare of the LGBTQ+ community in Goa. They’ve conducted several sessions at various institutions in Goa, and have also been at a discussion forum at Chowgule College (Margao). The annual Pride march (PRIDE de GOA) in November organised by Trust sees a voluminous response on the streets on the capital city. Recently, on June …

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Shed a tear… for BSNL and for us

Frederick Noronha It started as an innocent query on Facebook.  Basil asked a question: “Anyone in Borda, Margao, facing BSNL broadband issues where every 5 to 10 minutes it comes and goes?  And if it’s working, pages take ages to open.” Some 129 comments later, there was a lot of heat and dust over the issue. Of course, anyone using …

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Pigeons: Man’s best friend in times of crisis

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi I like pigeons. Their voices are soft and rhythmic. I have put up baskets for them in the front verandah and they live there quietly. They don’t ask for food – probably because they are fed at the roundabout near my house by compassionate people who come from far to drop grains for them every day. I …

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