Smita Nair


Excise: battle against chloral laced toddy and a new interface
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

While the “input” is still being worked on— with the department hunting for the factory— the raid is being now viewed as a success of two initiatives.

Meet Mandakini Khamkar, Mumbai police’s shooting star 
Tue, Dec 20, 2016

Her male colleagues call it an ‘irony’ — having a woman represent the force in a sport involving bullets and trigger.

Prevention of Atrocities Act: No chargesheets in 165 cases, including rape and murder
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

A total of 694 cases as of December 2016 stands pending at various stages.

Currency pullback: Deal talks go quieter as cash dries up
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

The first month of demonitisation announcement saw a common theme running across the country, so far, as the real estate sector is concerned.

Maharashtra: 39 per cent decline in stamp duty revenue from Mumbai
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

The decline has been very pronounced in Mumbai — one of the top realty markets in the country — at 39 per cent for registration of properties compared to 29.9 per cent across the state in eight registration circles.

According to Maharashtra police report only 6 per cent cases false, with malice
Fri, Dec 09, 2016

Of the total 889 acquittals between 2014 and 2016, at least one in every four acquittals reflects a hostile complainant.

Maharashtra police report challenges Maratha claim: Hostile witnesses behind most acquittals under SC/ST Act
Tue, Dec 06, 2016

Of the total 889 acquittals statewide between 2014 and 2016, at least one of every four acquittals reflects a hostile complainant.

Maharashtra home department goes in for new plan to manage its assets
Wed, Nov 23, 2016

‘First-of-its-kind’ exercise in country involves open interface across 45 police units that will assemble all their resources in a centrally managed live database under ‘land’, ‘assets’, ‘human resources’ heads.

Flashback 1978: The transition to new notes was less painful
Tue, Nov 15, 2016

All this was quickly drowned out on the morning of Tuesday, January 17, with news reports screaming “High Currency Demonetised”.

The Un-real Estate: The sector that is going to take the biggest hit
Sun, Nov 13, 2016

The real-estate sector, much of it built on wads of unaccounted cash, will be hit the hardest by the government’s decision to demonetise Rs 500, Rs 1,000 notes. Will the move shake up the sector or shape it?

Demonetisation effect On realty sector: Lower prices, more transparent financing likely
Thu, Nov 10, 2016

Most builders feel land price correction might not happen

Rewind: Who killed Cuffe Parade kids? No clue yet
Tue, Nov 08, 2016

The case is that of two minors who were raped and killed in 2011-12; a third kid was found dead close to Sassoon Docks.

Law & order still problem area but convictions a bright spot
Mon, Oct 31, 2016

Maharashtra’s Opposition parties have over the course of the year slammed Fadnavis for his handling of law and order in different cases.

At police control room wary of ‘Mushkil’, complaints about husbands, series of beeps and a sales offer
Sat, Oct 29, 2016

Outside, first day, first show had begun at 9:30. “Ae Dil Hai Mushkil deployment is in place,” said Patil said, 35 years in the force.

Pansare murder: SIT finds invoices for mental illness drugs at Sanatan Sanstha
Thu, Sep 15, 2016

Most of the invoices found were of drugs from a stock dated April 2016 and August 2016 and include that of over 14,000 tablets.

Bombay HC panel scraps applications for beef monitors
Sat, Sep 03, 2016

Maharashtra: The applications were received under the “special drive” launched in May for honorary animal welfare officers “to serve as eyes to monitor the beef ban” enforced last year.

Maharashtra distances itself from beef-ban monitors, facts don’t
Tue, Aug 30, 2016

The Indian Express had reported on August 22 that following this call, 2,371 applications were awaiting scrutiny by the High Court-appointed committee to Monitor Animal Welfare Laws.

Maharashtra security law: First draft had checks that were junked
Mon, Aug 29, 2016

In the new draft, all responsibilities of all departments and stakeholders — barring the role of the police — have been removed.

For Muslim applicants, animal welfare cards do not mean gau raksha alone
Wed, Aug 24, 2016

Asked about gau rakshaks applying for the card, applicant Mujahid B Shaikh of Satara says, “It’s wrong. This honorary card is to help every animal... not to distinguish between cows and other animals.”

Refrain in Sangh turf: Cards will give us power
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

The Indian Express interviewed applications, found that each applicant has been involved in “gau raksha” and now look at the government-issued card as key to a more muscular implementation of the beef ban.

Look who all are signing up to track ban on beef in Maharashtra
Tue, Aug 23, 2016

Over 2,300 apply in Maharashtra, many linked to Hindutva groups.

Night Shift: At night, Mumbai photographer waits for stars of a different sort
Sat, Jul 30, 2016

It’s the frame of a celebrity — often in comfortable clothes, walking on the airport promenade — that makes a ‘night shift’ successful, says photographer Varinder Chawla

Maharashtra: Over 1,900 line up to become govt ‘eyes’ to monitor beef ban
Fri, Jul 29, 2016

The “unprecedented response” followed a drive to appoint special animal welfare officers to help police and the animal husbandry department in implementing the amended Maharashtra Protection of Animals Act ,1995.

Over 1,900 people line up to become ‘eyes’ for Maharashtra’s Animal Husbandry dept to monitor beef ban
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

Voluntary post at the Animal Husbandry department gives the person authority to make police accountable to act on a complaint.

Mumbai emergency room: New online system to track family planning finds encouraging results
Thu, Jul 28, 2016

A three-month review done at the corporation’s health department recently found out that the new automated system has removed a lot of problems associated with the earlier coordinating systems, including nuisance callers.

Up in the Air: How the 1991 reforms changed the way Indians travelled
Mon, Jul 25, 2016

Liberalisation of the aviation sector transformed the way a whole generation travelled, even if it meant giving up watching the world go by on a bus or train.

Maharashtra: A closed dhaba, a body, and a pair of slippers as only clue — how cops cracked mystery using WhatsApp
Fri, Jul 22, 2016

A first in rural policing, different subdivisions get together to first establish identity of the deceased and then nab the five suspects

Life on Mumbai local: ‘Please write… I want women to stop taking phone calls standing by train doors’
Wed, Jul 20, 2016

Transgender Kajal sings Lata songs on women’s compartments in local trains, earning money — and love; she says she loves to see beautifully dressed women.

Rare pages of a city’s history, from a port’s perspective
Sun, Jul 17, 2016

Port magazines from 30s and 40s offer rare glimpse of life in Mumbai and its once thriving port

Malegaon 2008 blasts case: On bike trail, NIA relied on parts, rejected parts of statements to ATS
Thu, Jun 30, 2016

On May 13 this year, when the NIA filed its supplementary chargesheet, it told the court that the ATS’s investigation regarding the owner was accurate.

2008 Malegaon blasts: How NIA concluded ‘ATS planted evidence’
Wed, Jun 29, 2016

Subedar said he saw ATS officer ‘doing something’ in house of accused; he had told ATS his office had keys.

2008 Malegaon blasts case: When five witnesses became two and gave new versions
Mon, Jun 27, 2016

ATS relied on five witnesses to put Sadhvi Pragya at centre of conspiracy; one now dead, one missing and one retracts statements, NIA discards their original statements and re-examines the other two.

The real man behind Raman Raghav 2.0: Mumbai’s first big-ticket serial killer
Sun, Jun 26, 2016

With the rains, came the tide of bloody deaths. The streets of Bombay had never seen such fear. He was a messy killer, but he was still one step ahead of the police. But Raman Raghav finally made a false move — he stepped out carrying a wet umbrella.

Police Diary: 106 years after it was introduced, Annual Mumbai Police Notice finally goes digital
Tue, Jun 21, 2016

The system of delivering paper reports was actually adopted from a procedure followed in London

The Homecoming
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

A long summer journey led to an ancestral house in Kerala, a patch of woods and the embrace of a grandmother.

Happy Birthday Shirish Kunder: Here is when he talked about his angry tweets and trolls that explode in fury
Tue, May 24, 2016

Shirish Kunder has turned 43 today. He is one of the few people in the film industry to talk politics and take a stand, he says he has nothing to lose.