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Best smartphones up for grabs

Prajyot Mainkar The Amazon Summer Sale has several offers and discounts on products ranging from smartphones and accessories, cameras, headphones, laptops, Speakers, smartwatches, TVs, etc. As far as smartphones are concerned, Amazon is running several deals and here are our best picks: Realme U1 (ambitious black) with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage has been made available starting at `8,999. The …

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Ant behaviour

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi What is the difference between you and an ant? From making war to making slaves, from inventing medicines to farming, they do it much like humans, only better.  In every dense community, human, mammal, or insect, sanitation is a problem. Of all the creatures that inhabit the earth, man is probably the dirtiest, spreading his poisonous …

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The season of summer cyclones

Nandkumar M Kamat The memories of the 1999 Odisha super cyclone with wind speed exceeding 260 kilometres per hour and leaving ten thousand people dead has not been forgotten. Cyclone Ockhi had killed 200 people in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in November-December 2017. Cyclones Gaja and Titli last year had also shown their strange character.The whole world is now monitoring …

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How Indians view their netas

Karan Thapar “Poor you! I simply don’t know how you stand it.” It was an odd way to start a conversation and it took me aback. We were guests at a party but we had never met before. She was puffing on a long cigarette. I had a drink in my hands. “Stand what?” “The politicians you meet and keep …

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An Indian’s take on the EU

Maharajakrishna Rasgotra Bhaswati Mukherjee’s book, India & EU: An Insider’s View, is the first authoritative account of India’s relations with the European Union written from an Indian perspective, by an Indian expert on the subject. During her career in the Indian Foreign Service, Mukherjee spent 12 years in European posts, which gave her ample opportunity to observe the EU’s evolution. …

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Grieving the Loss of Innocents

Patricia Pereira-Sethi The Sri Lanka bombings on Easter Sunday appalled, shocked, disgusted, angered and saddened in turn. Certain images stood out among the destruction and carnage. The young screaming mother cradling her infant baby as she sprinted to safety, the old man bent over a broken church pew weeping inconsolably, a group of mothers protectively hugging young ones to their …

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Examining the Harappan timeline

TENSING RODRIGUES Though we have called it the Harappan Timeline, it concerns the entire Indus-Sarasvati archaeological complex, or what has also been called the Greater Indus Valley, or what the Reich-Narsimhan study has called the Indus Periphery. Going forward, for the sake of brevity, we shall often use the term Harappan to refer to the Greater Indus Valley. The purpose …

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Does Goa really read?

Frederick Noronha   World Book Day took at quiet backseat in Goa this year, thanks to the fact that elections coincided with the date, April 23. The handful of prominent state-run libraries that organise the event in some years, including the otherwise impressive to look at State Central Library, didn’t publicise the day. (Am I alone in believing that government …

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Sadhvis must find a better role

Lalita Panicker After her opening salvo that it was her curse on Hemant Karkare, the police officer who arrested her, that led to his death during the 26/11 terror attack in Mumbai, Pragya Thakur, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Lok Sabha candidate from Bhopal, seems to be on a roll. She spoke with pride about how she was on top …

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Just clowning around

Natasha Rego | Hindustan Times   Sukhmani Kohli says she always struggled to fit in. At the age of 18, she met a clown at a workshop in Chandigarh. “The moment I put on that red nose, it gave me the licence to be anyone I wanted to be,” she says.

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