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Cynisca and the Heraean Games: The Female Athletes of Ancient Greece

The first recorded instances of the Olympics – inscriptions listing the winners of a foot race held every four years – date the games to 776 BC. According to ancient Greek legend, after Hercules completed his 12 labours, he built a stadium at Olympia to honour Zeus, the king of the gods of ancient Greece and established the custom of holding the games. Held every four years at the sanctuary of Zeus in Olympia, the Ancient Olympics were mega athletic events as well as religious festivals held in
These Football Times

Maverick, Maoist and great pretender: the life and times of Paul Breitner

The date is 7 July 1974 in a packed Olympiastadion in Munich. With the scoreboard showing 1-0 in favour of the dominant Total Footballers from the Netherlands, Bernd Hölzenbein latches onto the ball at around the 23rd minute and goes on a weaving run deep into the Dutch half. Hölzenbein skips past three defenders and is about to shoot when he is brought down and referee Jack Taylor awards a penalty to West Germany. 
The HIndu

Justice sought for Chhattisgarh woman

Activists staged a demonstration in front of the Chhattisgarh Tourism Board office in Kolkata on Monday demanding justice for Madkam Hidme, a 22-year old Gond tribal woman from Sukma district, who was raped and killed and branded as Maoist allegedly by the security forces. The protesters demanded a fair investigation into the issue and punishment for the guilty. “Dhananjoy Chatterjee was hanged for raping a minor but what will the government do with the State forces which inflict the same viol
The HIndu

DRDO and Jadavpur varsity establish research centre

On Tuesday, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Jadavpur University jointly established the Jagadish Chandra Bose Centre for Advanced Technology. The centre will be housed on the main campus of Jadavpur University. Dr. S. Christopher, Secretary of the DRDO, laid the foundation stone of the centre in the presence of Prof. Suranjan Das, Vice-Chancellor of the university, and M. Rehman, DRDO’s Chief Controller of Research and Development. The collaboration is the result of
The HIndu

Army’s Eastern Command on Twitter

The Army’s Eastern Command launched its official Twitter handle, “@EasternCommand_IA”, on Tuesday. The launch is part of an initiative towards using social media for greater interaction between the armed forces and the citizens. “Eastern Command on Twitter is a welcome step for constructive interaction with citizens of our country,” Lt. Gen. Praveen Bakshi, the Army Commander, said in the first tweet. General S. Roy Choudhary, former Chief of Army Staff, commended the move, and said the Twitt
The HIndu

India-Bangladesh waterways transit inaugurated in Dhaka

The India-Bangladesh waterways transit, carrying goods from Kolkata, was inaugurated on Thursday in Dhaka. In a first for New Delhi-Dhaka relations, the vessel carrying Indian goods consigned for Tripura marked the official transit to India’s north-east via the inland waterways of Bangladesh. The vessel from Kolkata, carrying a thousand tonnes of iron rods, was received at Ashuganj port in Bangladesh by Shahjahan Khan, the Bangladeshi Shipping Minister, and Dr. Mashiur Rahman, Adviser to the P
The HIndu

Bengal to form education monitoring committee

West Bengal Minister of Education Partha Chatterjee announced plans to form a monitoring committee for private higher educational institutes and varsities. He also confirmed that the Ministry is working on a Vision document. Speaking at the inauguration of an education fair for engineering and technology colleges, Mr. Chatterjee said: “We are implementing plans to form the panel to inspect private institutes.” The committee will lay special emphasis on inspecting quality of education and infra
The HIndu

Kolkata Metro to increase services

With effect from August 1, 2016, Metro services will be increased to 300. The 22 new services will be inducted during the evening peak hours. At present there are 278 services between Dum Dum and Mahanayak Uttam Kumar (Tollygunge) stations. The frequency of trains, which is 8 minutes during peak hours in the evenings, is expected to come down to 6 minutes. The services between Dum Dum and Noapara have also been increased from 86 to 98 from Monday to Friday. Senior PRO, Indrani Banerjee, adde
Kindle Magazine

The Classist Elitism of “Good Football”

A day before the quarter finals of the 2014 World Cup, Forbes ran an article by Agustino Fontevecchia titled “The End of the Beautiful Game: World Cup 2014 is Killing Attacking Soccer”. In a near-apocalyptic tone backed up by statistics, the author showed how in 2014, unlike in the 2010 World Cup, teams which tend to play good old possession football, like Germany and Argentina, were finding it increasingly difficult to convert their possession into goals, whereas the deadliest teams so far had
The Wire

Eighty Years Later, A Homage to Catalonia: Indians and the Spanish Civil War

Eighty years ago on July 17, 1936, members of the Spanish military and right-wing conservative groups led a coup against the elected leftist government of Spain. As a wave of republican fervor in defence of their elected government swept through Spain, the country witnessed a bloody civil war between the fascist and conservative forces on one side, and an alliance of parliamentarian, communist, socialist and anarchist factions on the other. While Nazi Germany and Italy openly supported the fasc
Kindle Magazine

Noisy Neighbours

Like art and literature, cinema is a reflection of life and society. It’s little wonder, then, that Bollywood films over the years have reflected the state of our politics. The Indian view of Pakistan has changed over the years since independence, a fact that is apparent in the country’s portrayal in Bollywood. Post-independence Bollywood films, while promoting national unity, maintained a strict silence on the question of Partition. This was possibly due to the fact that many in the film ind
Kindle Magazine

Ce n'est pas football

“At Wembley, shouts from the 1966 World Cup, which England won, still resound, and if you listen very closely you can hear groans from 1953, when England fell to the Hungarians. Montevideo’s Centenario Stadium sighs with nostalgia for the glory days of Uruguayan soccer. The Maracanã is still crying over Brazil’s 1950 World Cup defeat. At the Bombonera in Buenos Aires, drums boom from half a century ago. From the depths of the Azteca Stadium, you can hear the ceremonial chants of the ancient Mexi