Smita Nair

Articles By Smita Nair

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.

After bat, the bucket: Narayan Rane’s Congress MLA-son assaults official

Nitesh Rane has been arrested by the Maharashtra Police under several sections of IPC and CrPC for rioting, assaulting a public official, and also under sections of Maharashtra Damage to Public Property Act, 1955. He will be produced in the Kankavli court tomorrow morning.

Meet BallGai, the four-legged star ‘holding midfielder’ of Goa’s Mardol village

“She was donated to the temple a few years ago and strays across the village. I see this as a sign. Maybe she is trying to tell the boys to stop playing with their mobile phones and come to the ground and play."

The village of Kurdi in Goa: Now you see it, now you don’t

Once a year, a Goan village, submerged by a dam in the 1980s, resurfaces. For Kurdi’s people, that is the time to return home.

Goa garbage dump fire rages on, CM Pramod Sawant calls for more coordination

At the dump, officials continued to grapple with the best ways to fight the fire even as it spread to a new slope of the almost 10-metre heap spread over 2 lakh sq metres.

Goa: Congress’s Atanasio Monserrate wins Panaji assembly seat, says BJP cannot win without Parrikar

The BJP —which hoped Kuncalienkar would win, was decimated in all three rounds, with Monserrate leading from round one itself. “It just shows that without (Manohar)Parrikar they cannot win in the most important seat,” Monserrate told reporters soon after the figures were announced.

After 25 years, BJP loses Manohar Parrikar’s seat to Congress in Goa

Congress Candidate Atanasio Monserrate won by a narrow margin of 1,758 votes. Monserrate polled 8,748 votes against BJP candidate Sidharth Kuncalienkar’s 6,990 votes.

In Panaji, Subhash Velingkar aims to ‘finish BJP’

While the fight for Panaji is a four-cornered one — between the BJP, Congress, AAP and him — Velingkar believes it has boiled down to a face-off between two candidates — him and Congress’s Atanasio Monserrate.

‘The girl in the sky blue dress? She is dead’

On Sept 29, 2008, Farheen stepped out to buy tikkis. Minutes later, a blast went off at Malegaon’s Bhikku Chowk, killing seven people, among them the 10-year-old. The story of the girl who loved taking strolls with her father, wearing bangles and dupattas and who “flew away like a bird”

Karkare’s daughter breaks silence: ‘Don’t want to dignify her (Pragya’s) remark … my father taught us terror has no religion’

In October 2008, a month before the Mumbai attacks, the Maharashtra ATS under Karkare had arrested 11 people, including Thakur, in the Malegaon case.

‘He taught us terror has no religion… the ideology has to be defeated… I just want all to remember that’

Days after BJP Bhopal candidate Pragya Thakur’s comments about her father, JUI NAVARE talks to SMITA NAIR about coming to terms with the killing, still listening to Karkare’s conversation with the control room that night to try make sense of what happened, why she chose to stay silent, and why Mumbai isn’t the same for her.

At debate of candidates, sitting BJP legislator missing and Congress pick leaves midway

The debate, titled Decision Time 2019, was organised by the South Goa Advocates’ Association and sitting BJP MP Narendra Sawaikar, Elvis Gomes from the AAP and Francisco Sardinha from the Congress were invited.

The world in a grain of rice

Lush-green paddy fields turning into villas, uncertain rains and struggling farmers — a film about an unusual Goa story travels to Paris.