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Abide with India

Luis Dias Five years ago, I wrote a column titled ‘Music and Illness: A ‘romantic disease’ and ‘Abide with Me’’. The column was timed to appear around the time of World Tuberculosis Day, as its composer Scottish Anglican pastor Henry Francis Lyte (1793-1847) had written it while in the final stage of his suffering from the ‘romantic disease’, as tuberculosis …

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Russian hackers targeted Ukrainian company

Energy company Burisma was at the centre of attempts by President Trump last July to pressure Ukrainian authorities into announcing an investigation into the Bidens. Area 1 Security identified the hacking of Burisma and linked it to Russia’s Main Directorate of Military Intelligence Russian military hackers tried to steal emails from the Ukrainian energy firm where Hunter Biden, the son …

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New features on WhatsApp

WhatsApp is planning to roll out three new features to its Android beta app, which includes Animated Stickers, Delete Messages, Account Transfer features WhatsApp rolled out Dark Theme on its Android beta app. Now, the word is that the company is planning to bring a bunch of other features to its Android app soon. According to a report by WABetaInfo, …

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Why Deepika’s crusade to end mental health stigma matters

Sanchita Sharma It’s been a busy month for actor and mental-health crusader Deepika Padukone, who was one among four global cultural leaders to receive a Crystal Award recently at the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos, the Swiss ski resort that hosts 3,000 heads of state, industrialists, philanthropists, civil society and celebrities for the world’s most exclusive annual networking …

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Archery could do with a little more attention

Goa has made progress in archery with archers from the state winning at the international and national level despite the hurdles the sport faces in terms of government assistance and help from the media, writes SUSHANT CHIMULKAR Archery is one of the oldest sports in India and one of the oldest methods to hunt for food. Ancient as it is, …

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Archery makes me extraordinary: Snehal Divakar

“Archery has become a part of my life. I am known because of archery. If I leave archery, I will be very normal. And if I have the title of archery with me then it will make me extraordinary,” says top Goa archer, Snehal Divakar as she prepares for her third Olympics trials. Speaking further she says: “I am preparing …

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The age of crowdsourced archives

Half-remembered anecdotes, photos from fading family albums, treasured tales and half-preserved keepsakes. In India, personal memory is finally becoming part of public record with crowd sourced archives, oral-history projects, and online initiatives Danish Raza A collage of faded pictures shows an Anglo-Indian girl, Margurite Mumford, happily posing for the camera. In the only black-and-white image among them, she is seen …

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The other Bronte

Overshadowed by her sisters’ literary fame, Anne Bronte is now regarded as a feminist writer by many Poulomi Banerjee Anne Bronte wanted to write the truth, about people and society. It was a risky thing to do in the 1840s, especially for a woman, when Victorian-era respectability established a strict code of social conduct. Anything which challenged the morality and …

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Future lies in young India’s hands

Karan Thapar I was 13 when “In the year 2525” was top of the pops. It was 1969. At the time, 2525 felt light years away. The lyrics “if man is still alive, if woman can survive, they may find – ain’t gonna need to tell the truth” seemed like clever words. I did not realise they might also carry …

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How milk could be carcinogenic

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Some years ago a Not-for profit Government Organisation (NGO) was asked by the state government to run a ‘gaushala’ in Patiala. They did, on condition that the food would be supplied to the cows by the municipality. The municipality gave the contract for ‘chara’ (green fodder) to a person. He bought it from farmers and gave it …

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