Smita Nair


No govt role in FIR against Dalit poet: Goa CM Manohar Parrikar
Sat, Oct 21, 2017

On Friday, Parrikar accused a section of the media of trying to give the issue a “different colour”.

In picture-postcard Goa, Wagh’s Dalit poetry challenges upper-castes
Thu, Oct 19, 2017

Wagh’s poetry, written with all the angst of a class oppressed in his “chosen” dialect of Konkani, calls for the restitution of an older order, a culture where nature and not stone idols was worshipped, before the forced appropriation of land, natural resources and culture took place

Awarded, then trashed: Goa poet hounded for questioning Brahmins
Wed, Oct 18, 2017

The Goa Police will now approach “several experts” and the office of the Directorate of Official Language to “probe” the etymology of the “abuses and explicit language” used in the poems.

In incessant strife and discord, Goa a mostly liberal land, kind and gentle
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

Thus wrote Justice Gautam Patel scrapping the Centre’s move to shift NGT’s bench from Pune to Delhi.

Musings on the Mahatma
Tue, Oct 10, 2017

An exhibition explores Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas in order to understand their relevance today

Tarun Tejpal charged with rape by Goa trial court
Fri, Sep 29, 2017

This is also the first case in Goa where a person has been booked on rape charges, where the accused is a person in position of trust and held official authority over the victim.

Bombay HC refuses to stay framing of charges against Tarun Tejpal
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

Aman Lekhi, senior counsel from New Delhi appearing for Tejpal, argued that the fight is “asymmetrical”, and made a case that the “state has aligned with the victim, while the reputation of the accused is being systematically destroyed”.

Goa HC allows framing of charges in Tarun Tejpal rape case on Sep 28
Tue, Sep 26, 2017

With Tejpal having exhausted probably his last remedy, the stage is now set for the formal framing of charges on September 28.

Gauri Lankesh killing: 4 murders, 2 suspected firearms and a forensic effort to join the dots
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

As Karnataka police investigate if Gauri Lankesh murder has any connection to three previous murders, The Indian Express explains the science behind the study of bullets fired, cartridges left behind, and wounds

Its beaches under watch, Goa pores over world laws on drinking
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

“The maximum deaths in the past few years were not after sunset, but between 12 and 3 in the afternoon,” says a senior official at the Goa Secretariat, now tasked with helping the government form rules for drinking in public places.

Can’t have single solution for all of India: Goa CM Manohar Parrikar
Sat, Sep 16, 2017

Parrikar pointed to the Supreme Court order banning sale of liquor with 500 metres of national highways as an example of a law made with good intention but which had to be tweaked given the ground situation in different states.

‘Drug mafia threat’: Goa ministe Vinod Palienkar seeks frisking of tourists
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Parrikar also said that calling the minister’s fears as speculation would be wrong, and that the people trailing Palienkar “may have wanted to talk to him, or maybe they were a threat, since the minister thinks he raised the (drugs) issue”.

Panaji bypoll results: Manohar Parrikar has won, but the story lies in the margin of defeat
Mon, Aug 28, 2017

Goa bypoll results: But if election math is to be seen – Congress has never secured over 5000 votes against Parrikar – and certainly not this margin in any of its previous five elections.

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.