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Carlos Peña: Leading FC Goa’s charge from the backline

Carlos Peña is a man who is as crisp with his words as he is with his play on the field. A man who once donned the blue and red of Barcelona, is now making a real difference in the Orange of FC Goa. The Spaniard speaks on the role of foreign players, professionalism in Indian football and the camaraderie …

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Bad air causing pneumonia-related children’s deaths

Owing to a huge population, India reported the second highest pneumonia-related child mortality 2018 in terms of absolute numbers Anonna Dutt Air pollution is the second biggest risk factor for child deaths from pneumonia in India after wasting, according to a new report released by UNICEF and the non-profit Save the Children. Pneumonia killed an estimated 126, 535 children under …

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Medical melodies

Luis Dias I’ve written in the past of my great admiration for Sweden and its long tradition of singing. The most familiar export that most of us grew up to is of course ABBA. One fringe benefit of our recent trip to Sistema Sweden’s Side by Side summer music camp was a visit to the wonderful, relatively new (what took …

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Ten lessons from ‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’

Frederick Noronha A few days ago, I got the chance to watch Bardroy Barretto’s classic Konkani movie ‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’. Yet again. Meenacshi Martins, the psychiatrist-turned-actress who has appeared in many films, including this one, said online: “In Goa, when someone says, ‘I saw ‘Nachom-ia Kumpasar’’, we usually ask, ‘How many times?’” Over the past fortnight, the film was also screened …

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Make rulers accountable for pollution

Shashi Shekhar The first Sunday of November brought with it an ominous air for Delhi-NCR. In the morning, I found there was no sunlight beyond the window panes of the bedroom. An impenetrable cover of dust was all around. Was it fog? No. The air was laden with poisonous particles which were choking people. This was the morning of the …

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The verdict: Sarasvat indicted

TENSING RODRIGUES Central to our idea of brahman is their ethnicity; not their ‘varn’ (caste), not their ‘karm’ (occupation), nor any other attribute that may be conventionally attached to that term. The ethnicity obviously has a geographical connotation. When we say that a certain group is brahman, it implies that the group derives its origin from a people who migrated …

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It’s time for a new party

Mark Tully The better-than-expected performance of the Congress in Haryana, and of both the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party in Maharashtra, has led commentators to declare that their brand is not beyond its sell-by date. After the disastrous performance of both parties in the general election, it was widely assumed that voters were no longer attracted to the Congress. …

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Dating the diary

Despite the explosion of productivity apps, there are many who still prefer planning on paper with the help of journals Manoj Sharma In the last week of December last year, Archana Singh bought, as she does every year, a new page-a-day format paper planner, one with a pink ribbon as a marker, pop art on the cover, neatly laid out …

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The fatal dose: Poison in Agatha Christie’s works

Agatha Christie’s first novel is almost 100 years old. Poison played a role in it, and in her later works too Paramita Ghosh The 1920s were the right time for quiet murders in the English countryside. These were the Inter-war years. New chemicals and their compounds were being discovered in laboratories, to be used as weapons, and were making their …

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The life and times of Bonaventure D’Pietro

Frederick Noronha Some people promote themselves. Others do a little to make their work visible. There are still others who feel embarrassed about talking of their work. Bonaventure D’Pietro clearly belongs to the last category. A small-built man, a quiet type and a most modest personality, D’Pietro, his preferred nome d’plume though born as Boaventura Pedro Fernandes, was the kind …

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