Smita Nair


Mining deadline: Goa ministers’ panel seeks revision plea in SC
Thu, Mar 15, 2018

The committee has advised the government to look into two situations, either an extension in way of relief from the Supreme Court, or a complete process where MLAs of each constituency could tabulate the loss and nature of loss.

Goa stares at loss of revenue, jobs; MLAs ask ‘where is govt’
Mon, Mar 12, 2018

It is learnt that when a delegation of ministers and MLAs met Union Minister for Shipping Nitin Gadkari and Union Minister for Railways and Coal Piyush Goyal, they too asked why the cabinet hadn’t met yet to discuss the matter.

In Goa, fight over two statues: Shivaji at traffic junction vs Shivaji in garden
Sun, Mar 11, 2018

It all began a year ago, when a “Hindu crowd” gathered in Hathwada, a Muslim neighbourhood in Valpoi, North Goa district, on the night of February 18, 2017, and started shouting slogans hailing Shivaji.

Two firms move High Court to get coal cargo moving at Goa port
Wed, Feb 14, 2018

Vedanta says 8 ships with its cargo stranded, court points out ships sailed 10 days after pollution control board's resolution, 'when they could have been stopped'.

Fresh licences needed, says SC, stops iron-ore mining in Goa from March 15
Thu, Feb 08, 2018

The bench said the “primary beneficiary” is “the mining lease holder, a private entity” while the average Goan pays the price for the “polluted environment” and “damage to the state’s ecology”.

Goa minister uses expletive, says river water being diverted
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

“Karnataka is trying to destroy Goa’s identity by diverting Mahadeyi water. We will not let them succeed,” Palienkar said

In unquiet waters of the Mahadayi, a new political churn
Fri, Jan 12, 2018

The Indian Express recalls an old Karnataka-Goa dispute, which is hotting again as a key state election nears

Gross breach, so ending JSW coal ops at Goa port: Pollution control board
Tue, Jan 09, 2018

Goa State Pollution Control Board also pulled up the Mormugao Port Trust for importing coal through mooring dolphins without consent to operate and with no pollution control measures at sea.

Goa meat traders on strike from today, demands a check on vigilantism
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

Given that consumption of meat is higher in the winter months when large number of tourists descend on Goa, meat supplies are expected to be badly hit.

Political row erupts as Goa CM Parrikar writes to Karnataka BJP chief: Can give Mahadayi water for drinking needs
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

Parrikar’s letter, widely seen as a gambit to help BJP in Karnataka Assembly elections next year, has sparked a political row.

Bombay High Court dismisses Tarun Tejpal plea to quash rape charge, discard trial
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Tarun Tejpal’s lawyer had also shown the footage to the judge for the first time, stating that the trial court had ignored to record this detail before and while framing charges against him.

Coal burying Goa: State House resolves to crack down on coal dust pollution
Sat, Dec 16, 2017

Coal burying Goa: Manohar Parrikar assured his government will “conduct an independent health study” and that no proposals for expansion of existing berths or new berths will be allowed.

Was given apology draft, asked to sign, claims Tarun Tejpal
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

Tejpal was charged by a district court in Mapusa under IPC sections 354-A (sexual harassment), 376 (rape), 376(2)(k) (rape of a woman by a person being in position of control or dominance over the woman).

Manohar Parrikar backs MoU with Centre as Opposition, citizens protest river ‘nationalisation’
Tue, Dec 12, 2017

Parrikar had called for an interaction of both ruling and opposition legislators and representatives of NGOs to discuss the future of Goa’s rivers once the memorandum is passed

Cyclone Ockhi’s gone but not the fear as boats wait in huddle
Fri, Dec 08, 2017

For over 4,000 fishermen taking refuge at Devgad’s natural harbour in coastal Maharashtra, December 2017 will forever be the month when a chillingly familiar eastern cyclone crossed over to the western shore, hundreds of miles from their villages in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

Coal burying Goa: Pollution watchdog asks JSW why it had distorted facts, issues stern warning
Sun, Dec 03, 2017

In a seven-part investigation into the transport of coal by rail, road and water across Goa, The Indian Express had found that JSW Group has been exceeding its import capacity since 2012, getting 10.11 million tonnes in 2016-2017 alone.

International Film Festival of India 2017: Still in the Queue
Thu, Nov 23, 2017

Sanal Sasidharan, the director of S Durga, writes to IFFI requesting a screening date for his film

IFFI row: Artists face adverse situation, can’t stop work, says Majid Majidi
Tue, Nov 21, 2017

Majidi said, “Artists face these kind of situations because of the talent and desire they have. That extends to filmmakers too. They should not stop innovation in their work because of adverse conditions.”

Goa govt against coal berth plans at port, says CM Manohar Parrikar
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

Parrikar told reporters that readings from two air pollution monitors around Vasco city, near the port, show that they are between “good” and “moderately polluted”.

Coal burying Goa: Green committee cites pollution fears to stall JSW’s Goa port plan
Sat, Nov 11, 2017

In its meeting, the EAC noted that air quality monitoring reports of the Goa State Pollution Control Board indicate that “particulate matter is exceeding the prescribed limits for the present handling capacities” at the port.