Smita Nair

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Manohar Parrikar hint: Prefer Goan food
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

With 17 political parties and 251 candidates, including 58 Independents, in fray for the 40-seat Assembly, this is the toughest political fight Goa has seen.

Pink teddies, pens for first-timers: Identity, issues talk of Goa youth
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

Goa had 32,354 first-time voters this time, including 18,172 women, and the electoral office had mapped details of 327 of the latter who were to cast their votes in 40 model booths

Puducherry record beaten, Goa on a high
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

Officials in the electoral office gave credit to programmes they undertook before the polls - and also said that social media helped raise voter awareness.

As Goa votes today, teddies for first-time female voters in model booths
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

One booth in every constituency, attended by women staffers, has been marked as “model booth” and it will hand out a pink teddy bear to every first-time female voter who votes there.

New alliances, rebels and AAP throw Goa contest wide open
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

In a state familiar with hung assemblies and President’s rule, Saturday's assembly election looks close to call with traditional allies now split, and new players on the field.

Scams to vikas to fish: Goans have to choose their final 40 on Feb 4
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

With traditional allies splitting to present a different scenario this time, the state’s 11,10,884 voters will pick the final 40 from the 251 candidates in the fray.

Need Manohar Parrikar in Delhi but can consider: Amit Shah
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

So far, the entire BJP campaign had sought to project Parrikar as someone who would oversee functioning of the Goa government.

In Delhi I am defence minister, in Goa I am leader of the state: Manohar Parrikar
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Amid speculation whether a BJP victory might bring the former chief minister back to Goa, the defence minister has missed Delhi events.

We won’t give Goa a dictator: Rahul Gandhi
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

While Rahul took a dig at the BJP’s style of functioning, and “lies” woven by Prime Minister Modi, not once was AAP mentioned.

Goa poll office readies for polls, armed with big data on voters
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

Goa, a small state with only two Lok Sabha seats and 40 assembly seats, has been very aggressive with its electoral systems

Give majority, will give comfortable Goa: PM Modi
Mon, Jan 30, 2017

At 31 minutes, this was perhaps Prime Minister Modi’s shortest election speech this season —- he asked the crowd to vote for stability, for good governance, and appealed them to give the BJP a “comfortable” majority.

Guided by trained doctors, BJP and Congress diagnose Goa: Go micro, win macro
Sat, Jan 28, 2017

The BJP is contesting 36 seats, but the booth management covers entire Goa.

Thank you for giving us Manohar Parrikar, Smriti Irani tells Goa
Fri, Jan 27, 2017

I am proud I am standing in his karmabhoomi today. Manohar Parrikar’s Goa. He came from Goa to Delhi. In Delhi, he ensured that when a neighbouring country like Pakistan attacks, we are in a position to reply,” Smriti Irani said.

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
Fri, Jan 27, 2017

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
Fri, Jan 27, 2017

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.