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Writing on the border

Rezaul H Laskar What sets Happymon Jacob’s ‘The Line Of Control’ from the countless tomes written about the militaries of arch-rivals India and Pakistan over the decades is the access granted to the author to formations and personnel arrayed on both sides of the 740-kilometres ceasefire line in Jammu and Kashmir. Men and officers, who have spent the last few …

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The shells of Khirsara and the stories they tell

TENSING RODRIGUES The story of the Harappan quartz bead industry could be to a large extent the story of the Harappan marine shell working industry as well, but for some major variations. Perhaps the most significant difference is the location of the manufacturing facilities. While in the case of the beads, the raw material was obtained largely from the banks …

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Fake, phantasmagoric icons

Patricia Pereira-Sethi Recently Kim Kardashian informed her fans that she is en route to becoming a lawyer “to reform the American criminal justice system”. Those who religiously follow her movements gushed and cooed. Others peppered the net with sarcasm. Our dailies wasted precious newspaper space reporting the episode, fascinated as they are with the Kardashian gang’s deeds and doings, even …

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Pockets of privilege: The loss and reclamation of pockets by women

Poulomi Banerjee “I remember this one time when I kept pushing my mobile in my pocket and it kept slipping out… the pocket of my jeans wasn’t big enough,” grumbles 35-year-old graphic designer Mohini Gupta. “I was at a party and I was worried that if I put it in my bag I wouldn’t hear the ring if someone called, …

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Quo vadis the expat Goan association?

Frederick Noronha One part of Goa exists outside Goa. Actually, there are many such tiny parts of Goa which lie outside the region. Like distant limpets connected to us but far away from our shores, the Goan expat groups scattered across the globe are very much part of our place, even if we mostly overlook and ignore the same. Goan …

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Vivo Y12 launched in India for Rs 12,490

Prajyot Mainkar Vivo has launched a new budget Android smartphone: Y12 featuring 6.35-inch HD+ IPS 2.5D curved glass display. It comes with 1544 X 720 pixel of resolution and is priced at `12,490. It is powered by 2GHz Octa-Core MediaTek Helio P22 processor with IMG PowerVR GE8320 GPU. It is a Dual-SIM phone powered by Funtouch OS v9 based on …

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Siri to talk in desi English accent

Users will be able to access content drawn from Indian languages in a seamless conversational style As Apple iOS 13 is set to reach India this fall, the new operating system on iPhones is loaded with India-specific features like desi English accent for virtual assistant Siri that would now speak to you in a more natural and expressive way – …

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Digital biologists – Mind your business

Nandkumar M Kamat Here is a strict warning to pretentious digital biologists- serious biology cannot be done by mere identification of species from the photographs you click and upload. A simple count shows that Goa now has numerous self taught digital ant experts, digital spider biologists, digital ornithologists, digital ichthyologists, digital herpetologists, digital botanists, digital mycologists, digital entomologists and zoologists …

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Topical for 25 years. Meet the Amul boys

Rahul da Cunha, Manish Jhaveri and Jayant Rane have been buttering up India with their iconic ads for a quarter of a century. How do they keep on top of an ever-changing nation? Rachel Lopez Last month, a Facebook notification reminded Rahul da Cunha that he, copywriter Manish Jhaveri, and artist Jayant Rane had been working on the Amul girl …

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Ca-cough-ony in the concert hall

Luis Dias The cough reflex is a sudden, often repetitively occurring protective reflex which helps to clear the large breathing passages from fluids, irritants, foreign particles, and microbes. It has three phases: an inhalation, a forced exhalation against a closed glottis, and a violent release of air from the lungs following opening of the glottis, usually accompanied by a distinctive …

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