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Certificate, please!

Luis Dias My ten-year-old is obsessed with Calvin and Hobbes, the comic strip by American cartoonist Bill Watterson. He reads and re-reads them, chuckling quietly (or not so quietly) to himself, and finds it so funny that he reads it aloud to anyone within earshot, taking on the roles of Calvin, Hobbes, Calvin’s long-suffering parents, and anyone else in the …

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Could the elections be affected by Balakot?

Karan Thapar With the election dates announced I would reckon there’s one question that’s probably on everyone’s lips: have the Pulwama terror attack and the Balakot airstrike that followed it changed the political landscape and altered electoral calculations or is that just a passing impression which will fade with time? My initial answer was to agree with the first half …

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Mysteries of Benares

A short story collection that contemplates the inevitable with an unwavering gaze Manjula Narayan K Madavane’s stories are unlike anything you’ve read in a long time. They recall the supernatural horror of Poe and Angela Carter, the revulsion that rises at the end of The Visitor from Roald Dahl’s Switch Bitch, the sickening sudden lurch towards death in RK Narayan’s …

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It’s election time again

Frederick Noronha Election time is around the corner again, and for sceptics like me, there’s plenty about this season which leaves me disappointed and upset, even angry and entirely dissatisfied. To start with, this is such a one-sided seller’s market. In our democracy, in a state which promises the rule of the people, everything is actually stacked in favour of …

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Vivo V15 launches in India

Prajyot Mainkar Vivo has launched V15 smartphone featuring a 6.53-inch full HD+ display with a resolution of 2340 pixels x 1080 pixels. The device comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection and is powered by Octa Core MediaTek Helio P70 12nm processor coupled with Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. It has 6GB RAM and 64GB storage which can be expandable up to …

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Slogans trump progress in India

Shashi Shekhar India has seen 16 general elections in 72 years of Independence. Despite this, the question still remains as to whether our democracy is moving in the right direction? When the first general election after Independence took place in 1951-52, India was different. Although Jawaharlal Nehru considered himself the head of Indian democracy, the reality is that minor kings, …

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Goa’s vanishing seasonal fruits

Nandkumar M Kamat Seasonal fruits are natural medicines to prevent cancer. We need to preserve and conserve those which grow in the wild and promote the cultivated ones. Cancer is now a major killer in the state. The chief minister of this state died due to the dreaded pancreatic cancer. His death served a lesson to all those susceptible to …

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Once upon a time

TENSING RODRIGUES To know the early history of the kur people is probably next to impossible. All that one may find are myths and speculative historical accounts. But often these myths and accounts throw up contextual evidence that can lead to little more reliable inferences. Today we make one such attempt. In his Manual of the North Arcot District, dated …

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Too much brouhaha about India’s No 4 at 2019 World Cup

AYAZ MEMON The No 1 topic in Indian cricket currently is about who will fill the No 4 slot in the country’s World Cup campaign. Anybody who is somebody is weighing in on the matter, which was spiced up further by the surprising choices of former captains Dilip Vengsarkar and Sourav Ganguly. While debate has largely revolved around the claims …

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How cow dung can make you money

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Lakhs of people die in India every day. The Muslims bury their dead. The Hindus burn theirs. Conventionally, firewood, electricity or LG gas is used to burn human bodies all over the world. But there is no more ‘waste’ wood left toA burn. In Delhi they have found a unique solution. The government gardeners pretend they are …

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