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Tackle smartphone stress and practice digital detox

We cannot do away with gadgets entirely, but we can lessen the anxiety it creates by adopting a few measures Sneha Mahale A smartphone today is more than just a status symbol. In the past decade or so, it has become an indispensable part of our everyday existence. We use it to connect with the world via texts, emails, apps …

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Placenta changes result in heart problems

Placenta changes could mean male offspring of older mums more likely to develop heart problems in later life. Changes occur in the placenta in older pregnant mothers leading to a greater likelihood of poor health in their male offspring, a study in rats has shown. Both male and female foetuses do not grow as large in older mothers, but there …

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Princeton Rebello has the potential to be a future star

Derrick Pereira Princeton Rebello is a name we need to look out for in the future. He has already started making appearances from the bench for FC Goa this season. And if he keeps his feet firmly grounded along with some good coaching, he is sure to make heads turn in the days to come. He can truly be special. …

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Red flags in the ‘pink’ game

Mahavir Rawat There has long been reluctance on India’s part – as has been the case with any new aspect of internationals, from Twenty20s to the Decision Review System – to embrace Test cricket under lights. Newly-elected BCCI president, Sourav Ganguly took the onus of fast-tracking the entire process of the day-night Test and brings both the Indian team and …

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Time for some bald decisions

You can worry about your receding hairline like Ayushmann Khurrana in the recently-released ‘Bala’. Or you can show the courage he finally did, to own your clean pate Poulomi Banerjee And as the spot extends to a patch – till he becomes more bald than not – so grows the obsession with it. A small comb is fished out before …

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The quiz gets a quirky makeover

Cherylann Mollan New quizzing events are swapping the question-answer format for puzzles, clue hunts and extrapolation, in an attempt to make the geeky activity more like a party game. Some questions even have multiple right answers. If you can defend your response, you win a point. (Prizes tend to be vouchers for books, brunches or drinks.) Among those organising these …

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Learning from Maharashtra

Shashi Shekhar There is an old saying: “A photograph is worth more than a thousand words”. I would like to draw your attention to some pertinent photographs – Sharad Pawar sitting in a chair and Shiv Sena chief, Uddhav Thackeray, bowing to him in respect; Supriya Sule welcoming Maharashtra’s newly-elected legislators, and hugging Aditya Thackeray and Ajit Pawar in the …

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‘The fault lies with vegans…’

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Veganism must become a political movement. At the moment it is nowhere near that. And the fault lies with vegans themselves. What is the current state? Capitalism has made it easy for every human to literally eat up the world. Every animal species, every forest, every ore in the ground, every fish in the sea, has been …

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Thakur fails on every count

Barkha Dutt One of the many shifts the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has brought to contemporary politics is the primacy of nationalism. The party has rooted itself in a strident, machismo-fuelled, with-us-or-against-us nationalism. And this self-proclaimed distinction has worked for them electorally. I have often disagreed with my liberal compatriots on this issue. The failure of progressives to understand the …

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Getting taken in by fake news

Frederick Noronha We hear so much about it. Donald Trump is constantly screaming against the press he doesn’t like, and dismisses it as “fake news”. But when it strikes home and appears uncannily believably, that’s when it turns scary. I’ve been fooled too. We feel sheepish once we realise that. But fake news can strike anytime, and at anyone. It …

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