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Prasanna Kumar on Arabian Sea cyclones

Nandkumar M Kamat The recent cyclone from the Arabian Sea – ‘Nisarga’ took scientists by surprise. But for experts on ocean-atmosphere interactions like ex-NIO (National Institute of Oceanography) director and oceanographer Prasanna Kumar it was a testimony of his theoretical prediction based on global warming and consequent climate change. Ten years ago he had sent me a research paper on …

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The long journey home in COVID times

DANUSKA DA GAMA | NT NETWORK The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has created ripples of fear all over the world while causing large scale loss of lives and livelihoods. In Goa, among other problems during this time, was the issue of getting back stranded seafarers, Goans working abroad, and those stuck outside Goa. Goans stranded outside the state breathed a sigh …

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Stories of friendship during COVID-19

Karan Thapar Quite often it’s the little things we say or do that make a difference. The cheering smile, the comforting pat on the shoulder, the collusive wink, the carefully-chosen word of praise. Each of them speaks more than words can. Whether you’re friends or strangers, separated by language and culture, adult or adolescent, we grasp their meaning immediately. And …

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MAKE THE OCI REGIME MORE LIBERAL

Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) are being slowly allowed to return to their country of origin. Following the pandemic-induced entry ban placed on OCI holders, there should be some introspection on the future of OCIs. “Overseas citizen” was always a misnomer as a holder did not have a status anything close to citizenship. They did not carry Indian passports, had …

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Of hens and happiness

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Did you know that hens sing when they are happy? In the entire lockdown period when I was completely alone for almost two months, I made friends with a crow. The secret is persistence and exact timing. I would come out from a wretched day of solving problems and rescuing animals at 5.30 in the evening and …

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Reflections in Isolation: A Lock-down Log

Patricia Pereira-Sethi  As I sit in my sanctuary overlooking the sea, locked-down and locked-in, herewith some thoughts to share with my readers.   The pandemic has levelled the playing field. It has made us all equal no matter our caste, creed, occupation, or financial situation. If an apocalyptic phenomenon, which has the world trembling in its lethal grip, can treat …

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Will the locust swarms from north invade Goa?

Nandkumar M Kamat We never thought of the second plague in India after COVID-19 but it is already there in the form of giant, voracious insect swarms – the dreaded locusts. This time our enemy is a grasshopper – the notorious migratory desert locust named schistocerca gregaria. One would not like millions of desert locusts landing in Goa and entering …

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Tackling schizophrenia

May 24 is observed as World Schizophrenia Day. This year’s theme, ‘Do what you can do’, focuses on fighting the stigmas associated with the disorder. NT NETWORK sheds light on this condition DANUSKA DA GAMA | NT NETWORK In the simplest words, schizophrenia is a mental condition that makes it difficult to tell the difference between real and unreal experiences. …

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Protect the Gymkhana Club

Karan Thapar In India, the walls of government offices carry framed photographs of the president and prime minister. In Britain, it’s the Queen. I’d like to suggest an important addition: Caesar’s wife. It doesn’t matter that he had three. Anyone of them will do. For the saying she needs to be above suspicion applies to all of them. And her …

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Why you should avoid dairy when ill

MANEKA SANJAY GANDHI One of the effects of this corona pandemic is to make you think about your lungs and respiratory system. Can you breathe easily? It is vitally important to protect your lungs. There are things you cannot control individually (like air pollution, unless you have a factory that is creating it. Don’t add to it by bursting firecrackers …

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