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By the quays of Akkad

TENSING RODRIGUES According to Lamberg-Karlovsky the Kathiyavad and Mesopotamia trade was not a ‘direct contact trade’, which is kathiyavadi traders did not carry goods all the way to Mesopotamia and vice-versa; it happened through two transshipment points Tepe Yahya and Bahrein [Lamberg-Karlovsky, 1979: Trade Mechanisms In Indus-Mesopotamian Interrelations, in Possehl (ed): Ancient Cities Of The Indus, 130]. But there is …

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The cities built by spices

FREDERICK NORONHA “Only a fool loans a book. Only a greater fool returns it.” So goes a popular saying, which one is often reminded of. This poses a bit of a dilemma. One strongly believes that information is power, and information (like power) needs to be shared equitably to get the best results. At the same time, if one is …

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Tackle domestic abuse

Lalita Panicker On an enforced period of medical leave recently, I watched a disturbing documentary on domestic abuse in England called Behind Closed Doors. It was worrying on many counts – the first being that seemingly loving partners can turn almost overnight into violent monsters. The second is that the victim continues in the abusive relationship till it becomes life-threatening. …

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Do we need ‘hum do, humaare do’?

Karan Thapar Is history repeating itself? I have a horrible feeling it is. What I’m not sure of is whether it will be as tragedy or farce. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament, Rakesh Sinha, tabled The Population Regulation Bill to make two-child families the norm, incentivising those who adhere to it and penalising parents who don’t. …

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Climate change could up the mosquito menace

Maneka Sanjay Gandhi Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals in the world. Their ability to carry and spread disease to humans causes millions of deaths every year. The worldwide incidence of dengue has risen 30-fold in the past 30 years, now infecting as many as 400 million people a year. Zika, dengue, chikungunya, and yellow fever are all transmitted to humans …

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A Goan music saga

Saxophonist Braz Gonsalves is a music powerhouse. And so is the rest of his family. A look at how the family has been instrumental in contributing to Goa’s rich music culture CHRISTINE MACHADO | NT NETWORK There’s still a good 40 minutes to go before the concert begins. But the foyer of Kala Academy, Panaji is already packed. Quite a …

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Turning back the clock

Aditya Iyer For a few heavy minutes in the fourth set of the Roger Federer-Rafa Nadal semi-final in Wimbledon, time did more than just stand still. The hands of the large Rolex clock on Centre Court seemed to be spinning back, spinning fast, back eleven years, back to that final in 2008, and giving 15,000 of us a small taste …

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A team with difference on a mission

Maravir Rawat Jitender KV of Karnataka was just one year old when he was bitten by a black Indian cobra snake. Such was the impact of the poison that he was unconscious for two days. The quacks of the area had suggested that his hand be amputated but his parents waited for a miracle. A local medicine keeper used scissors …

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The Moon Celebration Week-III

Nandkumar M Kamat From Sunday, July 21 humans have entered a new age of post Armstrong-Aldrin moon landing. It is the beginning of another exciting half century. July 20, 2019 would have been more exciting if ISRO had launched the Chandrayaan-2 on July 15 as scheduled. But the launch to be witnessed by President of India and 5000 people was …

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Grab your Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 now

Prajyot Mainkar Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has been on sale in India with yet another price drop at `7999. The phone comes with 5.99-inch full HD+ 2.5D curved glass display with a resolution of 2160 x 1080 pixels. The phone is powered by 1.8GHz octa-core snapdragon 636 mobile platform with adreno 509 GPU. The phone is powered by 3GB …

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