Smita Nair


South Goa cemetery vandalised, police say it’s an attempt to disrupt social harmony
Mon, Jul 10, 2017

Goa police said 16 niches, 20 granite crosses on the graves, nine grave tombstone, seven granite name plates were vandalised by a heavy object. An electric light pole was also ripped out. The police are expected to finish their probe report by evening before it’s tabled to the government.

In Goa, 3 places of worship vandalised; Manohar Parrikar says ‘bid to create tension’
Wed, Jul 05, 2017

After reviewing the situation and chairing a meeting with the top police brass, Parrikar said at a hurriedly held press meet, "Whoever is doing this is doing it deliberately, with proper planning. I have no doubts about it."

Amit Shah in Goa: ‘More lynchings took place in 2011-13’
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

To a question on the “growing apprehension” across the country over the government’s apparent lack of effective action against the perpetrators of lynching, Amit Shah asked, “Do you know of any such incident where arrests have not been made?"

A Feni Kind of Love: A clutch of new feni-makers wants Goa (and you) to rediscover the drink
Sun, Jul 02, 2017

The central food and drug administration has scrubbed the drink clean of the “country liquor” tag and classified it as “heritage liquor”. That makes it possible for feni now to be sold at neighbourhood liquor shops and marts across the country.

Facing CBI probe, IIT Goa director says move was motivated and scares academics like him
Wed, Jun 28, 2017

The FIR accuses Mishra of amassing movable and immovable assets, and that he was worth only Rs 3.79 lakh in 2005, the year he joined the IMMT. According to him, he has been facing harassment since he took disciplinary measures against certain colleagues.

All India Hindu Conclave: At Goa event, gaumutra drives purification ride
Sun, Jun 18, 2017

At the inaugural session on Day One, the Sadhvi had asked Hindus to stock weapons, lynch “vidharmis” who eat beef, and even hang ministers who consumed beef at iftar and considered it a “status symbol”.

Goa court nod for in-camera trial in rape case against Tarun Tejpal
Sat, Jun 17, 2017

Tejpal was booked under IPC Sections 376, 376(2)(f) and 376(2) (k). Goa Police’s Crime Branch presented the chargesheet on February 17, 2014.

Govt should hang people who eat beef: Sadhvi in Goa
Thu, Jun 15, 2017

Stating that Hindus need to save their daughters from “love-jihad”, Saraswati said, “Agar hum shastra nahi rakhenge toh aanewale samay mein hamara vinaash hoga (if we do not stock arms, we will be destroyed in future).”

In Goa, Church and Muslim groups come together to fight anti-slaughter order
Tue, Jun 13, 2017

Anwar Bepari, representing the Qureshi Meat Traders Association, said one of the important points raised in the petition is the ban on purchase of animals for religious sacrifice.

Change in people’s mindset BJP govt’s biggest achievement, says Manohar Parrikar
Sun, Jun 04, 2017

Manohar Parrikar has said that the BJP government's biggest achievement so far is a change in people's mindset.

In BJP’s Goa, cattle order is big worry for traders, tourists
Sat, Jun 03, 2017

Inter-state meat trade stops; minister Sardesai says Central order will hit us

Riding The Weaves: Meet one of the last remaining kunbi weavers in Goa
Sun, May 28, 2017

Ranganath Kamat, who will celebrate his 90th birthday in June, has been a master weaver of what is popularly called the Goan Kunbi sari — a handloom that has defined his life and livelihood for decades.

Kerala leads protest against new cattle rules, explores legal side
Sat, May 27, 2017

Justifying the Centre’s decision, BJP state president Kummanam Rajasekharan said it had only restricted the sale for slaughter of animals that were used for agricultural purposes.

Goa bridge collapse: 3 bodies fished out, govt says all bridges will be reviewed
Sat, May 20, 2017

The alleged suicide on Thursday led to the collapse of a 25-year-old rusted iron foot overbridge, and the death of two curious onlookers.

Goa raises voice against coal pollution in public hearing
Mon, May 08, 2017

Mormugao Port Trust in Vasco is planning to push for expansion of four berths and capital dredging as it envisages a four-fold expansion at over 50 million tons of coal import by 2030.

Challenge SC’s basic structure ruling: Goa Congress MP to Centre
Fri, May 05, 2017

He wrote to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asking the BJP to act against what he calls judicial encroachments to parliamentarian rights

Party in denial over Sonia Gandhi’s failing health: Goa Congress leader
Thu, May 04, 2017

He implied that Sonia’s illness had become the key reason helping Modi achieve his ambition of a “Congress-mukt Bharat

Goa wonders how to explain law that permits 24 bottles
Wed, May 03, 2017

Ahead of review petition in SC against highway liquor ban, govt faces a poser in1972 notification allowing transport of beer, IMFL

Goa AAP leader criticises Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘Modi obsession’, says party should have welcomed demonetisation
Sat, Apr 29, 2017

Rebelo said that AAP should have “welcomed” demonetisation and “warned the BJP to ensure they follow the raids and follow-up exercises first with their own lot”.

Caught in heat and dust of Goa mining zone, a school empties
Thu, Apr 20, 2017

The school sits on the edge of a road between Sonshi and Honda villages, which is used by the 900-odd trucks plying between mining dump yard on their final journey to the port at Vasco.

For one Mr Rahul Gandhi not interested in politics, can’t sacrifice my career: Breakaway Goa MLA
Wed, Apr 19, 2017

A wildlife enthusiast, Rane describes a chance meeting with actor Will Smith when they shared a camp in a range in Tanzania for a week before counting day.

“We are protesting against dust. Have you ever heard something like this?” ask agitating villagers of Sonshi
Tue, Apr 18, 2017

With most of the homes now locked, Sonshi village is now at the police station on all hours protesting.

There was lot of pressure on me in Delhi, says Parrikar
Sat, Apr 15, 2017

Parrikar said discussing issues in the media never led to solutions, but derailed execution.

Rebel Congress leaders join Goa Cabinet
Thu, Apr 13, 2017

Rane, son of veteran Congress leader Pratapsinh Rane, had walked off the Assembly during the crucial floor test on March 16, helping BJP coast to a 22-16 win over Congress following an election in which the latter had emerged the single-largest party.

Man-Animal conflict: Goa village, foresters hunt ‘killer bison’
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

A bison is not known to attack unprovoked but Yenu’s neighbour Ankush Solienkar believes the bison was “in a mood for revenge, having waited it out”.

Like Vijay Mallya, buyer of his villa a man of spirits
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

Joshi admitted having some similarity in business interests with Mallya

Amit Shah wanted Goa govt formation at any cost: Nitin Gadkari
Mon, Apr 10, 2017

BJP’s two national leaders Nitin Gadkari and Amit Shah reiterated that there was nothing unconstitutional in the party’s conduct in the state.

Former Congress MLA Vishwajit Rane joins BJP in Goa
Fri, Apr 07, 2017

Rane said he would campaign against his father, Pratapsinh, and “ensure that the lotus (BJP’s poll symbol) blooms in Sattari”.

We are Goans, we can hold our drink: Tavern town
Wed, Apr 05, 2017

Except, from this week taverns like his, selling liquor for as low as Rs 20 a glass, have no customers.

To skirt Supreme Court’s liquor ban, some state highways give way
Wed, Apr 05, 2017

Some govts denotify state highways, make them ‘urban roads’ to escape the 500-metre cap, a few others work around the issue. A look at measures on ground

Facebook helped us crack Irish woman’s murder case: Goa Police
Mon, Mar 20, 2017

“The British national then recalled some common friends and started hunting for her photograph on Facebook, and finally after a few attempts zeroed in on her profile.”

Back in Panaji, party leaders blame delay by Digvijaya Singh
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

“Our general secretary (Singh) said there was no need to give a letter, because, as the single largest party, the Governor would call us.” Faleiro said

Goa Assembly: Parrikar govt wins floor test, one Cong MLA goes missing, later quits 
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

At the Chief Minister’s office, Parrikar was far more relaxed as he referred to a local dish, which uses all kinds of vegetables, to say that his government will be like the “Khandthi, only richer”.

Lethargy of Digvijaya Singh, central observers was shocking, says Goa MLA who quit Congress
Fri, Mar 17, 2017

Naming AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh was the reason for the “disgusting failure of the Congress in Goa”, said Rane.

How Goa Forward scored with back pass
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

Hours after the results were announced, Sardesai, 47, whose party won three of four constituencies it contested, became the state’s most talked-about man.

Manohar Parrikar back in Goa saddle, ordered to prove majority in House Thursday
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

The Congress, which won 17 seats in the 40-member Assembly, had approached the Supreme Court to stall the swearing-in but got no reprieve.