Smita Nair

Articles By Smita Nair

Months after reviving its fields, Goa village reaps harvest

On September 3, 2018, The Indian Express had reported about the initiative, called Illha Verde Farmers Club or the “green village” club: how paddy fields had started flowering in this village, with 50 of the 250 hectares of cultivable land once covered with weed waiting to be harvested.

About a Boy: A school romance that wasn’t turns into a tide of loss

School days were as unremarkable as our benches. Everyone came to school for various reasons. Mine was to beat boredom at home. He was one of the few who came to study.

Cloud over national games as Goa cites upcoming polls

With upcoming polls, the Goa state government has informed central ministries on the problems it will face in hosting the 36th National Games.

One Feni Day: Inside the world’s only feni cellar in Goa that opens this month

The cellar is a visual treat, as it houses 1,200 multicoloured garrafões (large-bellied glass bottles) to rest feni.

Congress tape plays out amid BJP vs BJP noise in Goa

Former Goa CM and state BJP core committee member Laxmikant Parsekar said these were 'difficult and challenging times for the BJP' after the release of the tape. 

Congress plays Goa ‘minister’ tape to claim Manohar Parrikar has Rafale files, both deny it

Office bearers in Goa state BJP said the tape 'is bad news' though they were not sure which direction the politics would now take with 'few of the cabinet details leaked out too'.

Five held for attack on Bible prayer group

On November 23, Bhimsen and Swati Chavan, a couple who call themselves “believers” and “healers”, was targeted when a group of men on eight bikes barged into their homes with beer bottles, swords and iron daggers.

Radical group from Karnataka hit Kolhapur Bible meeting: Police

The last such attack in this region was in 2016, when a house in Karve village in Kolhapur was raided by unidentified men who alleged that the people were converting Dalits to Christianity.

Panjim: Shark jaw to sandstone apsara, Customs museum will now have GST exhibits

The museum, set up in 2009 and spread across two floors, highlights the role of the Customs department on the ground floor, and the Central Excise on the first floor.

In Parrikar defence, Goa government cites Steve Jobs

“Steve Jobs was diagnosed with the same pancreatic cancer. In fact, much of his accomplishments came after his diagnosis. Similarly, just the diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, the same ailment as Steve Jobs, is not enough to ask the Chief Minister to resign from office,” Lawande said.

Remembering Sridevi

“Nobody is as complete as her, my wife Sri,” said filmmaker Boney Kapoor Kapoor.

Goa MGP moves Bombay High Court: Ex-Cong MLAs can’t contest for BJP

In its petition filed before the Panjim bench of Bombay High Court on Monday, the MGP alleged that it amounts to “horse trading by the ruling party”.

Goa: Formalin scare, import ban raise local fish prices

The FDA has earlier found Formalin in fish brought from other states and it is alleged that the chemical used in mortuaries is used as a storage alternative by traders to make fish look fresh despite days of road travel.

Goa: Body of priest-activist waited three years for burial

On November 6, 2015, 52-year-old Dias’s body was found floating in the Mandovi tributary about 20 km away, with the Goa Police initially recording it as an “unnatural death” and later attributing it to “foul play”.

Goa ex-CM Laxmikant Parsekar upset at Congress MLAs’ entry; state chief says more in line

Parsekar appeared more peeved at the induction of Sopte, who had defeated him in last year’s Assembly polls from Mandrem, a seat he had won on three previous occasions.

Blow to Congress in Goa as two MLAs quit, cross over to BJP

In the process, the Congress, which had 16 MLAs in the 40-member House, lost the status of being the single largest party.

Handed bike 7 years later, man burns it to etch ‘common man’s ordeal’

A video that was circulated widely online across Goa shows Anwar reaching the spot at 8 pm with the bike, splashing petrol on it, lighting a matchstick, lighting a cigarette and taking a puff while watching the bike go ablaze.

A sailor and his boat: Abhilash Tomy’s love affair with the sea that brought him to race

Abhilash Tomy’s Golden Globe adventure, though, remained a secret to his parents. “When the boat was built, a Malayalam newspaper printed a small story about it. That’s when we came to know,” the father says.

They are more scared of Hindu writers who oppose their ideas: Damodar Mauzo

Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo on finding his name on a hitlist, life under police protection and why he calls Gulzar every few days.

Voyeur keeps posh Goa apartment on the edge

A 20-year-old woman from a tony apartment complex went to the police on Wednesday, alleging that she had noticed a man watching her sleep.