Smita Nair

Articles By Smita Nair

The first Indian to sail across the world solo offers a taste of adventure on the high seas

‘There is a thrill in going away from land, to stop in the middle of nowhere and measure perspective’

In Goa, villagers plan anti-migrant gram sabha, public meet

It all began in December when a man from Lamani community, Vasu Malgimani, got a taxi permit to ply his vehicle at Benaulim.

Artist Shireen Mody allegedly killed by gardener at her Goa residence

Shireen Mody, who was originally from South Mumbai, had lived and worked in Goa for over three decades.

Thomas Cook collapse gives Goa tourism operators sleepless nights

Around 50 high-end hotels in Goa were always booked to charter to Thomas Cook, which flew down an average of 270 European travellers each day, with bookings done for a minimum week and extending to 21 days.

Sexual harassment cloud over Goa University gender studies staffer

The victim has now written to Goa Governor Mridula Sinha, who is the university's Chancellor, pointing to more "complaints from within the State Resource Centre on the continuance of inappropriate behaviour" by As'ad Shah.

In Goa, an eclair to remember

A bakery in Goa serves up ‘melting moments’ — from creamy eclairs and double-baked biscuits to plum cakes.

Explained: From American Wild West to Europe war theatres, evolution of razor wire

Concertina wire fences are used along territorial borders and in theatres of conflict around the world, to keep out combatants, terrorists, or refugees.

Goa readies law to stop outsiders from changing names for benefits

On Friday, the state Assembly passed the Goa Change of Name and Surname (Amendment) Bill, 2019, making such changes a criminal offence. The Bill is yet to get the Governor’s consent, and the rules have not been framed and notified.

What does freedom mean to young Indians?

A new generation, aged between 12 and 18, from across the country, tell us what the ideas of freedom and patriotism mean to them.

From Kulbhushan Jadhav family: Sushma Swaraj was one of us

Swaraj was the architect of a sustained diplomatic campaign that led last month to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) granting India consular access to Jadhav, the retired Navy officer who has been in Pakistan’s custody since March 2016.

Explained: Travelling to Goa? Taxis are on strike; here’s what you should know

The Association of Tourist Taxi Owners of Goa (ATTOG), an umbrella union of taxi drivers with 30,000 affiliated private taxis, called a flash strike on Friday.

Justice league: An attempt to institutionalise juvenile reform and rehabilitation

In Sangli, a novel project involving police, a correctional facility and trading community, seeks to rehabilitate juveniles on the wrong side of law

Scarlett death case: One sentenced to 10 years in jail

D’Souza broke down after the sentencing and applied for time to surrender and to appeal before the Supreme Court, which was objected to by the prosecution and rejected by the court.

Goa session starts with altered alignments

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant told the House that he will answer questions on departments earlier held by the four ministers who have been dropped.

Goa crisis: MGP chief wants law against defection amended

Dhavalikar pointed out that the number of MLAs keeping ideology aside and jumping ship has only increased over the years. “If you sit with a sheet, only Pratap Sing Rane (Congress MLA) and I am left,” he said.

In rejig, Goa CM gets three ex-Cong MLAs in ministry

Goa Forward leaders dropped from Cabinet, party quits NDA

Goa: Congress MLA who defected to BJP to be new Dy CM

“I have asked Goa Forward ministers and independent Rohan Khaunte to resign. Newly inducted Chandrakant Kavlekar will be the new Deputy Chief Minister,” Sawant told The Indian Express.

No longer about BJP vs Cong, this is about democracy: Goa Congress head Chellakumar

The Congress has announced to file a petition before the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and also move the court seeking disqualification of the 10 MLAs who resigned from the party on Wednesday and crossed over to the BJP.

Goa congress crisis: Future uncertain, NDA ally says Parrikar used to keep his word

The recent development has taken the BJP strength in the 40-member Assembly to 27, while the Congress is reduced to 5.

Meanwhile, a Goa meltdown: 10 of 15 Congress MLAs join BJP

With this, the ruling BJP ‘s strength in the Assembly swells to 27, and the strength of the Congress which won 17 seats in 2017, stands reduced to five. Two Congress MLAs had joined the BJP earlier.