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The contamination of chickens

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Every now and then I rescue chickens from the illegal roadside khokhas, where they sit in wire cages and watch their brothers being beheaded. (I have stopped all the khokhas in my constituency and so should you as, under the Municipal Act passed by Parliament years ago, these are illegal.). When I take them to a farm, …

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The sheer ignorance

Karan Thapar Frankly, I’m not just baffled but completely perplexed by Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to grant the police permission to prosecute Kanhaiya Kumar for sedition under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code. He has not only contradicted his earlier publicly expressed admiration for Kanhaiya, but he has also revealed he is ignorant of the actual law of sedition, and …

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Benefiting from Hindu benevolence

Frederick Noronha On the weekly train, the daily bus, or flights headed from Goa to Chennai, and vice versa, it’s easy to run into some passenger who is headed to that South Indian city for an unusual purpose. In this case, the purpose is to seek treatment for a complex eye ailment, treatments for which Chennai has come to be …

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Journalism Juxtaposed

Patricia Pereira-Sethi Leila Janah, 37, an admired international entrepreneur and revered advocate for the under-represented, especially women, succumbed recently to a rare form of cancer. She had been diagnosed with soft tissue epithelial sarcoma in April last year and died nine months later. Leila was the founder of several organisations—Samasource, LXMI, Samaschool, Samahope—all sharing a common social mission: to provide …

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Who could the first farmers be?

TENSING RODRIGUES Last time we visualised some possible scenarios of peopling of the Komkan coast. The first was where some anatomically modern humans (AMH) arriving from Africa or evolving from homo species who had arrived earlier, settled on the coast; the second was the same as the first but where the population eventually spread eastwards and merged with the inhabitants …

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Comments on Indian commentary

Amrit Mathur On some days, television delivers a feast of live cricket from sunrise to post dinner, action starting early morning in New Zealand and finishing late night in South Africa. The carpet coverage serves an interesting mix of formats, Tests to T20s, and the passionate viewer is spoilt for choice deciding which channel to watch. If the cricket is …

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Get, set, GOAL!

Dhiman Sarkar A goal somehow and let the celebrations begin! That is what the 17,000 at Kalyani Stadium here wanted. It didn’t come easy. Aizawl FC put Mohun Bagan through the wringer, having the better of exchanges and locking them down with smart defensive organisation. Till Joseba Beitia’s give-go with Nongdamba Naorem after which his outstep found Babacar Diawara who …

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Summer may not help tackle coronavirus

Sanchita Sharma The summer heat may not necessarily kill or significantly weaken Sars-CoV-2, the virus that causes the novel coronavirus disease (Covid-19), say some experts, who have warned against “false hope” following an analysis from China that said the number of cases decreased after average temperatures crossed 8.72 degrees Celsius. Epidemiologists say that while rising temperature and humidity may lead …

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Blockchain Bubble: Crypto utopia, dystopia or protopia

Nitin Upadhyay Would you enter into a (transaction) relationship of value with someone whom you’ve never met, and therefore are unaware of the identity of the person and don’t trust the person? The answer to the question is probably no and, in some cases, certainly no. The cost of setting governance and legal structure is quite high to verify and …

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The strange (violin) case of the fiddling detective

Luis Dias No, it’s not Sherlock Holmes, although he turns up later in this bizarre tale. This is yet another example of how I learn from my students. I recently gave a violin lesson to a young girl who had brought along a book many violin teachers and students will be very familiar with: ‘The Young Violinist’s Tutor and Duet …

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