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NT BUZZ Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG) recently organised the annual All Goa Inter-School Choreographic Dance Competition on recorded Konkani songs on patriotism/national integration/communal harmony. This year, the competition was held in collaboration with Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir, Ponda in two categories ie Class 1 to 4 and Class 5 to 10, at the Rajiv Gandhi Kala Mandir, Ponda. In …

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Leveraging language

Patricia Pereira-Sethi We bandy words about so loosely that they have become bereft of all impact, watered down to the point of total insignificance. One such word is iconic. Just about everyone in the current news headlines has suddenly acquired the tag line iconic, no matter how inconsequential they are to humanity or history. Sociologists contend that only a person …

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Understanding the causes of diseases in India

Sanchita Sharma Infections are common in a country where 1.3 billion people live in close proximity and safe water and sanitation challenges persist, with outbreaks of food borne illnesses and diarrhoea peaking during the monsoons, when flood waters bring faecal contaminants and infecting agents such as bacteria, viruses, protozoa and parasitic worms (helminths) into homes and the food chain. Unsafe …

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Ashmita Chaliha: India’s latest badminton sensation

Sandip Sikdar As Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu battle the best at the World Championships in Basel, the quest is on at home to unearth the next rung of players who can follow in their footsteps. Ashmita Chaliha is one of the promising players who is expected to make the grade at the highest level in the next few years. …

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Is an Indian player’s net worth linked to matches played?

Amrit Mathur When batting legend Sunil Gavaskar said MSK Prasad’s selection committee was being ‘bullied’ because of its inexperience he inadvertently put his finger on a very raw nerve. Indian cricket operates on a system where status is linked to number of matches played. The ideology behind this stat-based informal caste system is captured by the question: kitna khela hai? …

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The meaning of ‘one nation’ push

Chanakya From the ramparts of the Red Fort, this Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that with the end of Article 370 and 35A, every Indian could now be proud of having “One nation, One Constitution”. The underlying logic was straightforward. These provisions had given Jammu and Kashmir a special status, its residents special privileges, and restricted the applicability …

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Humans and other species: more alike than you think

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Are all beings the same? Yes, the human, the hammerhead worm, oyster, chicken, and the shark: all of us have the same emotions, fears, lusts, and intelligence. Yet, the human eats some, kills some for sport, uses some to wear as accessories, and destroys some as pests. The human is the ultimate cannibal: eating his own kind, …

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Become Faith not Faithful

Sadhguru Faith is not something that you can cultivate. If it happens to you, it happens, if it does not happen to you it does not happen, that’s all. Does it mean to say ‘I have to just sit and wait and someday it will fall upon me?’ No, it is just that if you understand the fundamentals of living …

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Empathy: A skill towards sensitive living

Aldina Braganza When we speak about empathy we are talking of a life skill beyond basic survival. A skill refined towards sensitive living. It is our ability to feel for another as if we too were going through a similar situation. The ability to feel the pains and joys of another. It is an important component of relationships and attachments …

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Indian Superfoods Part II

Rohini Diniz In recent years, imported fruits such as acai berry, goji berry and vegetables like kale have captured the attention of the world. India on the other hand has many local fruits and vegetables that are not only cheaper but have high nutritive value and health benefits in comparison to these imported fruits and vegetables. Amla, jambul, jackfruit and …

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