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The politics of (mis)-pronunciation

Luis Dias If a word is written down, how should it be pronounced? As the writer intended, you might say. But what if the writer is long dead, and it is in a language the writer may or may not have been very familiar with? I’ve often wondered this when reading the works of Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936). Having been born …

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Sophia the robot visits India

The delicate looking woman robot with doe-brown eyes and long fluttering eyelashes, who mesmerised the world when she was activated in 2016, is getting smarter by the day She is fashioned after Audrey Hepburn, can walk, talk and emote too. And now, Sophia, the world’s first robot citizen who came calling here this week, can also draw sketches, contextualise a …

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The green bang theory

SANCHITA SHARMA Green crackers are less polluting and cheaper than the standard ones, but will the firework display be as bright and beautiful as the real thing? That’s a question every fireworks enthusiast is asking after the eco-friendly e-crackers failed spectacularly last year because they seemed like a bad recording of fireworks going off. The minister for health, science and …

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Finding Maradona in Naples

Maradona’s growing fame coincided with football becoming flush with riches. It has got richer, but generations after him have built mighty walls and fortresses to insulate themselves. Footballers live in a bubble today. Maradona came to Naples in search of peace but lived in full public glare Dhiman Sarkar One consequence of revisiting the life of someone who has left …

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Bizarre new rules to reform T20

Amrit Mathur Cricket is never short of off-field excitement but even by its high standards the present churn is quite extraordinary. Among the developments what grabs attention is news from Bangladesh about new rules in their revamped T20 league. In a major repair job, the IPL model is junked and private owners shown the door over serious administrative, financial or …

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You’ve (still) got mail

World Post Day was recently observed on October 9. And although there are faster and more convenient modes of communication today, the humble postcard, which costs only 50 paisa, continues to be a preferred mode of communication Manoj Sharma In the past two months, Paras Tyagi, 30, has sent about 800 postcards to different authorities in Delhi, raising a host …

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One tweet and NBA faces unprecedented crisis!

Mahavir Rawat One tweet. Seven words — that were deleted shortly after. But by then, the world’s most popular basketball league, NBA had been thrown into a crisis that no one could ever imagine or anticipate how to get out of. It has been more than a week now, and the problem is getting worse day by day, and no …

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Forget Ludo: Board games are tackling power and politics

Aishwarya Iyer How would you contest an election? What would be at the top of your manifesto? Could you really negotiate a corrupt nexus and manage to get things done, and stay clean yourself? A bunch of new political board games offer to let you try your hand at being the neta – with space for debates, strategising, even campaigning …

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Looking forward to another pulsating Goa Pro League

Derrick Pereira The Goa Pro League is back and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am. As someone who is always on the look-out for the next big Goan superstar, the state league is the perfect platform for budding talent to shine and perform. As head of youth development at FC Goa, a major chunk of my …

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Time to revisit our Pledge

Luis Dias The 1970s were plagued by a spate of cyclones that wrought havoc in various parts of our country. I particularly remember learning of the devastation caused by the 1977 Andhra Pradesh cyclone that killed at least 10,000 people. Our Don Bosco Rector Fr John Samala spoke of it at morning assembly in school. He described the gale-force winds, …

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