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You’ve (still) got mail

World Post Day was recently observed on October 9. And although there are faster and more convenient modes of communication today, the humble postcard, which costs only 50 paisa, continues to be a preferred mode of communication Manoj Sharma In the past two months, Paras Tyagi, 30, has sent about 800 postcards to different authorities in Delhi, raising a host …

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One tweet and NBA faces unprecedented crisis!

Mahavir Rawat One tweet. Seven words — that were deleted shortly after. But by then, the world’s most popular basketball league, NBA had been thrown into a crisis that no one could ever imagine or anticipate how to get out of. It has been more than a week now, and the problem is getting worse day by day, and no …

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Forget Ludo: Board games are tackling power and politics

Aishwarya Iyer How would you contest an election? What would be at the top of your manifesto? Could you really negotiate a corrupt nexus and manage to get things done, and stay clean yourself? A bunch of new political board games offer to let you try your hand at being the neta – with space for debates, strategising, even campaigning …

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Looking forward to another pulsating Goa Pro League

Derrick Pereira The Goa Pro League is back and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am. As someone who is always on the look-out for the next big Goan superstar, the state league is the perfect platform for budding talent to shine and perform. As head of youth development at FC Goa, a major chunk of my …

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Time to revisit our Pledge

Luis Dias The 1970s were plagued by a spate of cyclones that wrought havoc in various parts of our country. I particularly remember learning of the devastation caused by the 1977 Andhra Pradesh cyclone that killed at least 10,000 people. Our Don Bosco Rector Fr John Samala spoke of it at morning assembly in school. He described the gale-force winds, …

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You’re being watched!

In a promotional video, Amazon.com Inc says its Cloud Cam home security camera provides “everything you need to monitor your home, day or night.” In fact, the artificially intelligent device requires help from a squad of invisible employees. Dozens of Amazon workers based in India and Romania review select clips captured by Cloud Cam, according to five people who have …

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What led to the banishment of Parsuram ?

TENSING RODRIGUES The genealogical details help us understand better the character of Parsuram in Sahyadrikhand and what drove him to create the Parsuramksetra. But Parsuram’s genealogy and the story of his feats are not original to SHK (Sahyadrikhand); they are largely drawn from itihas, mainly Mahabharat; though Ramayan too has a few references to him [Roy, 1884: The Mahabharat, 313]. …

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Do you need that multivitamin dose?

SANCHITA SHARMA Nutraceuticals and dietary supplements are not a substitute for a healthy diet, but they serve a purpose for older adults, vegetarians, and people with erratic eating patterns who are often deficit in one or more micronutrients needed to stay healthy. Vegetarians and people who have too much alcohol or caffeine have a slightly higher risk of iron and …

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Voices of dissent

Karan Thapar Was the Prime Minister’s visit to the United States of America and the United Nations an “outstanding” success, or has Kashmir been internationalised to India’s disadvantage? It’s an intriguing question, and the answer is neither clear-cut nor uncontested. However, most analysts would agree the Bharatiya Janata Party’s hyperbole is unwarranted. I would answer by separating two issues: India’s …

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Goa’s forgotten tongue

Frederick Noronha A few days ago, the postman brought in what seemed like a packed book that had travelled quite some distance. This took me a bit by surprise. Normally, when a book shows up, you’ve been already informed that it’s on the way. So, from whom was this unexpected, small packet? On opening it, the first thing to strike …

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