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Stray animals and the inhumane

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi When people were restricted to their homes on March 24, I thought that it would be an opportunity for everyone to discover the best of themselves : they would read books, cultivate pot plants, play cards with the family, laugh a lot, breathe the better air, play with their children and animals, feed the homeless (animals and …

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In dealing with COVID-19, the crisis of leadership

SHASHI SHEKHAR We are in the midst of a calamity that the world has rarely seen before. Given the helplessness of ordinary people in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, we can only ask if those in authority are doing enough to deal with the crisis, and if they are capable of dealing with it. Disasters such as the coronavirus …

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Of law, order, and safety

Danuska Da Gama | NT NETWORK With Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code imposed in the state during the lockdown, after the Janta Curfew on March 22. Goa Police has been on the highway, at the round-about in villages, at marketplaces, beaches and patrolling – strictly implementing the lockdown. With the goal of flattening the curve, the police have …

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The fight against garbage continues…

In a bid to raise awareness and rope in citizens to tackle the state’s garbage problem at an individual and community level, football club FC Goa through its programme ‘Goa vs Garbage’ hopes the football loving state will see some change Danuska Da Gama | NT NETWORK Garbage has been a huge challenge in Goa, with the state producing more …

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COVID-19: Decoding the low death rate in India

KARAN THAPAR I am not an expert but I am curious. I tend to focus inordinately on the peculiar, the inexplicable or just the odd. They always catch my attention. And at the moment I can’t stop thinking about the small number of deaths in India due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). As of April 18 evening, the health ministry …

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Lockdown and stray animals

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi On March 24, when the lockdown was announced, I immediately gave my phone number across the country for animal volunteers to use if they needed help. I thought only a few organisations would get in touch. Instead, thousands of calls started coming in from people who needed passes for feeding, people being accosted by the street police …

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In times of crisis, the role of the opposition

CHANAKYA At a press conference on April 16, Congress Member of Parliament, and former party president, Rahul Gandhi spoke about the coronavirus pandemic – and India’s efforts to tackle it. Keeping aside the substance of his intervention for now, the most important point that Gandhi made was this was not a moment to fight. He underlined that he had many …

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The vetuvan, the irula, and the kurumbar

TENSING RODRIGUES Last time we said that three other communities seem to be sharing the aborigine character with the vedar: the vetuvan, the irula and the kurumbar. According to Thurston, vetuvan were found mainly in Salem, Coimbatore and Madura districts of erstwhile Madras Presidency; and to a smaller extent also in Malabar and South Kanara. [Thurston, 1909: Castes And Tribes …

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Future of fashion in the wake of COVID-19

Designers discuss the impact of the pandemic on the business of fashion, buying behaviour and consumer categories Manish Mishra The world overcame the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918, which was followed by the arrival of the roaring 20s. In the wake of Covid-19 pandemic of 2020, will we see a return to the exuberance and excess remotely reminiscent of the …

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Shayari goes live in the time of corona

Urdu poets across India are conducting live ‘mushairas’ on Facebook to help cope with the crisis Shara Ashraf Prayag ‘Yun hi besabab na phira karo, koi shaam ghar mein raha karo, Woh ghazal ki sachchi kitab hai, use chupke chukpe parha karo, Koi haath bhi na milayega, jo gale miloge tapaak se, Yeh naye mejaaz ka shahar hai zara faaslon …

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