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The Acheulian Evidence

Tensing Rodrigues Now that we have framed our search for our ancestors in the context of the three relevant timelines – timeline of human evolution (Homo erectus – Homo heidelbergensis – Homo sapiens), the archaeological timeline (Paleolithic – Mesolithic – Neolithic) and the geological timeline (Pleistocene – Holocene), we know where to look for our distant roots. However, there is …

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Of ‘the internets’ and the digitalisation

Sachi Mohanty One big-picture realisation that dawns upon the reader after reading Smart: The Digital Century by Frederic Martel is that national boundaries are not going to become irrelevant anytime soon. There are many benefits from everyone having access to smartphones and the author goes to great lengths to do a ‘field survey’ by travelling to countries across five continents …

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Things I learned from my daddy

Luis Dias This column is overdue by little over a week. My father, Manuel Dias (November 27, 1928 – August 21, 2000) would have been ninety this year. Although it is almost two decades since he left, all too soon, all too suddenly, it still seems like it transpired much more recently. Time has managed to dull the pain from …

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Google bids farewell to Allo

Prajyot Mainkar Google has announced that the company has given up on Allo after several efforts to keep it in existence against the growing IM messaging competition. The company has also made it clear that the app will become non-functional in March 2019. This move will also ensure that Google’s primary focus would be on upgrading users to Hangout Chat …

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Experience technology at Home

Nandkumar Kamat Are you prepared for the age of domestic robots, artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet Of Things (IOT)? This article is about my experience with the Wi-Fi based Internet dependent intelligent device speaker –Google Home. Indians should thank the company for selling this state-of-the-art futuristic product in India because only 19 countries have been selected for marketing it. These …

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Football through the feet of Jessel Carneiro

AUGUSTO RODRIGUES In football there are players who know how to be at the right place, at the right time. Jessel Carneiro of Dempo Sports Club is one of them except that he is not playing in the right league. At 28 , he is clearly one of the best players in the Goa Football Association (GFA) Professional league – …

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A toast to cricket nostalgia on a quilted winter morning

KUNAL PRADHAN If you grew up in India in the ’80s or the early ’90s, you might not remember your first brush with cricket because it was, well, all around. But it’s unlikely that you’ve forgotten the specifics of your first 5.30 am interaction with Test cricket from Australia on a quilted winter morning. There was no social media then …

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The early human movement

Our road to the discovery of our roots mostly meanders through the mountain passes in the Sahyadri. But we do not have much archaeological material to trace the movements of our ancestors – not because such material does not exist; but not much effort has been made to unearth it. As for Goa, we have remained preoccupied with just one …

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Of an enigmatic world

Anam Zakaria’s book on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir provides the reader with a sense of a people desperate for normality Pramit Pal Chaudhuri The one-third of Kashmir held by Pakistan is largely a mystery to Indians and much of the world. India may claim Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK) but its interest is rhetorical. Curiously, the people of what Islamabad dubs Azad Kashmir …

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Who wants to Live Forever: The extraordinary musicianship of Freddie Mercury

Luis Dias I don’t how long Inox Porvorim has been around, but I was never tempted to visit until a few days ago, to see the much-anticipated ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, the 2018 biographical film about the British rock band Queen, whose flamboyant poster-boy was, of course, Freddie Mercury (1946-1991). I wasn’t surprised to find so many familiar faces, young and old,in …

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