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Bail to Pragya Thakur no surprise, says NIA’s ex-prosecutor
Wed, Apr 26, 2017

“After the NIA said they have no objection, what is there to be surprised about? It was to be expected,” said Salian

Rewrite the gender chapter: It’s time to bring sensibility into mainstream education
Wed, Mar 08, 2017

While deep set prejudices and gender biases are a disturbing fact of the society we live in, they become particularly dangerous when they are nurtured and propagated by people who guide and shape young minds.

Not Just a Pretty Face: Reita Faria, the first Asian to win Miss World
Sun, Dec 18, 2016

Before “beauty with a purpose” became the motto of the Miss World contest, a 23-year-old medical student from Bombay became the first Asian to win the pageant. Fifty years after her win, Reita Faria looks back at the night that changed her life, and the love it brought her way.

Hidden in plain sight
Sun, Nov 20, 2016

Home to the largest monk population in the world, Mundgod in Karnataka remains a relatively undiscovered world.

Ring In The Old
Mon, Oct 31, 2016

Doing away with retirement age has social benefits and makes economic sense.

Wife of colonel Santosh Mahadik, who died fighting terrorists in Kashmir, set to join Army
Sat, Sep 03, 2016

Colonel Mahadik’s death not just changed her life but also her professional goals.

Solace and the deep blue sea
Sun, Aug 14, 2016

Goa is not just about fun, food and feni. It also heals those trying to get over a difficult time in their lives.

Coming of Age
Mon, Jul 18, 2016

Actor and co-producer Mohan Agashe recounts the tumultuous journey of his film Astu, which deals with ageing and dementia.

Minders Of The Cinema
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Gajendra Chauhan and Pahlaj Nihalani seem to be acting out a common script

The Sum of All Misery: Holiday homework is the bane of the vacation
Sun, Jun 12, 2016

Who cares about Aurangzeb's sieges, or why Alexander wanted to conquer India - why can't we just live in the present?

Over to the court: Salian, who raised first red flag
Sat, May 14, 2016

In the second supplementary chargesheet, the NIA dropped charges against Sadhvi Pragya Thakur and five other accused.

Malegaon blasts case: Salian speaks up again after NIA’s U-turn
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

Salian was reacting to The Indian Express report on how the NIA did a U-turn on Tuesday to oppose the discharge of the nine Muslim men facing terror charges in the case.

Shani Shingnapur: Meet activist Vidya Bal, who fought the other battle — in court
Mon, Apr 11, 2016

The activist, however, said that she was disappointed by CM Devendra Fadnavis’s “absolute indifference” to her attempts to seek his intervention.

East comes to Osho: Chinese, Koreans, Japanese are new visitors
Sun, Jan 17, 2016

While the ashram was earlier known to attract Americans and Europeans (mostly Germans and Italians), it is now playing host to a significant number of visitors from the East, including China, Japan and Korea.

Out of sight: How the visually impaired in Vangani got caught up in a political rivalry
Sun, Nov 29, 2015

Vangani is a small town in Maharashtra that is home to an unusually large number of visually impaired people who came looking for a new life but had to settle for much less.

Cloud clears, Underworld don Chhota Rajan deported to India on a special plane
Fri, Nov 06, 2015

Bali police spokesman Heri Wiyanto said Nikalje was handed over to officers from India's Central Bureau of Investigation and was flown Thursday to India on a special plane

With deportation delayed, Chhota Rajan has Bali bemused
Wed, Nov 04, 2015

Chhota Rajan appealed to the Indian Government to do justice with him while asserting that all 'cases' against him are false and baseless.

Rohini Salian names NIA officer who told her to ‘go soft’ against Malegaon blasts accused
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

In an affidavit she filed in a matter relating to initiation of contempt proceedings against NIA for “tending to hamper the judicial process,” resulting in “weakening of the prosecution’s case”.

SC seeks response from Centre, Maharashtra govt, NIA on petitions in 2008 Malegaon blasts case
Sat, Sep 12, 2015

Senior advocates Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaising sought an immediate intervention, contending accused were being granted bail either in the absence of the prosecution or with its consent.

The quality of mercy: Restorative justice has started to make its impact in India
Mon, Aug 24, 2015

What does it take to forgive someone who has done a grievous harm? And does it really help one forget? Even though the idea of restorative justice is yet to find a firm foothold in India, those who have experienced it say the act is twice blessed.

No strings attached: Why elderly Indians are getting into live-in relationships
Sun, Aug 02, 2015

What compels elderly to get into live-in relationships and what are the new rules of engagement?

Yakub Memon hanging: For neighbours, a prison that will never look the same again
Fri, Jul 31, 2015

The men are in fact prisoners and the fields part of the open jail that led to the Nagpur jail.

NIA ‘asking’ Salian to go soft: I am a criminal lawyer, not stupid to say this without proof
Fri, Jul 10, 2015

Says she wanted 9 Muslims (in Malegaon 2006) to be freed but NIA silent.

Since this new govt came, I have been told to go soft on accused (Hindu extremists): Special Public Prosecutor Rohini Salian
Thu, Jun 25, 2015

Rohini Salian said she wants the NIA to officially denotify her from the case to which she was appointed in 2008, 'so that I am free to take up other cases, against the NIA, if need be'.

EXCLUSIVE | The meaning very clearly was, don’t get us favourable orders: Malegaon SPP Rohini Salian
Tue, Oct 13, 2015

Rohini Salian, special public prosecutor in the Malegaon 2008 case, talks to Sunanda Mehta about how she got the case from Hemant Karkare, the NIA’s message from higher-ups and her despair.

At Pune’s FTII, one more in a long line of controversies
Tue, Jun 16, 2015

India's top film institute has too many students, too few teachers and, allegedly, too little freedom.

Sun, Sand and Art: Goa is transforming into a hub for contemporary art and culture
Sun, Mar 15, 2015

The metamorphosis from tourist to art hub has come about through a combination of local interest and an influx of creative minds.

German Bakery Blast: Hotel where Headley stayed in 2009 now has 19 CCTV cameras
Wed, Feb 11, 2015

Police still pay weekly visits to check registers.

In Mumbai, Uber bragged: ‘our quality checks most rigorous’
Wed, Dec 10, 2014

But just last month, an Uber spokesman had told a woman customer in Mumbai quite the opposite.

Fast Forward
Fri, Dec 05, 2014

Unfazed by protests against his Marathi film Elizabeth Ekadashi, which opened the Indian Panorama section at IFFI, Paresh Mokashi gets set for the bigger realm of Hindi cinema

New Age filmmakers bring hope to Punjabi cinema
Fri, Nov 28, 2014

After decades of hard-selling its brand of comedy, the Punjabi film industry is coming into its own with New Age filmmakers

Bridge Across Forever
Tue, Nov 25, 2014

Manav Kaul on his desire to be surprised at every turn

Fast Forward
Sun, Nov 23, 2014

Unfazed by protests against his Marathi film Elizabeth Ekadashi, which opened the Indian Panorama section at IFFI, Paresh Mokashi gets set for the bigger realm of Hindi cinema

NFDC’s film Bazaar: Panelists discuss the trend of remakes and its pitfalls
Sat, Nov 22, 2014

At NFDC’s film Bazaar in goa, panelists discuss the trend of remakes and its pitfalls

‘Had Modi pushed Lokpal, he would have been likelier to win’
Thu, Oct 09, 2014

Seated in his little room, Hazare discusses Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal.

The medium is the message: The magic of Tiatr, Goa’s traditional Konkani theatre form
Sun, Oct 05, 2014

A five-member live orchestra near the stage strikes a high-decibel note even as the audience settles in.