Vaihayasi Pande Daniel

Editorial Director Vaihayasi Pande Daniel has reported on news, business, travel and lifestyle for 30 years.
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Sheena Bora case: Doctor in trouble?

Sheena Bora case: Doctor in trouble?

Rediff.com1 days ago

Judge Jagdale halted Dr Gupta's testimony several times because he felt it had neither order nor direction. Tightly controlling his irritation, his lips compressed, the judge explained as patiently as he could: "What he has done in this case should come (out in his testimony) in a lucid manner. You eat chapati and then rice. You cannot eat half a chapati and then have rice and then eat half a chapati..." "He is not a witness of facts. He is an expert witness. Either he is not prepared. Or you are not prepared."

Sheena Bora Case: So was it Sheena's skull?

Sheena Bora Case: So was it Sheena's skull?

Rediff.com10 Jan 2020

The software had, perhaps unknown to Dr Tripathi, tracked the changes he had made. The 'morph track' feature of the software provided a trail of what had been done and also indicated that the doctor had, it seemed, opted to morph Sheena's face with the provided skull, much in the same manner that Fantamorph can turn a woman into a cheetah.

Meet Sachin Tendulkar's English mother-in-law

Meet Sachin Tendulkar's English mother-in-law

Rediff.com8 Jan 2020

Annabel Mehta, Sachin Tendulkar's mother-in-law, has dedicated her life to working with the Beautiful People of the other half of Mumbai without whom the city would neither exist nor thrive. Vaihayasi Pande Daniel met the amazing lady who was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire for her service to underprivileged communities.

Sheena Bora Case: And then Sheena disappeared...

Sheena Bora Case: And then Sheena disappeared...

Rediff.com4 Jan 2020

In just 18 frames, the photograph of the dainty Sheena, with her winsome smile and starry eyes, dissolved, flesh falling off her facial bones, into what the CBI alleged was her corresponding yellowed, morose-looking skull with hollow, haunting eye sockets.

Sheena Bora Trial: A year of tortuous twists and turns

Sheena Bora Trial: A year of tortuous twists and turns

Rediff.com18 Dec 2019

When the hearings resume January 3, you wonder how many things will change and how many things will remain forever the same, as the Sheena Bora trial moves ahead.

Sheena Bora Trial: Why was Indrani overjoyed?

Sheena Bora Trial: Why was Indrani overjoyed?

Rediff.com14 Dec 2019

Indrani was cheering Pasbola on from the back, with little, happy whoops, that she muffled with her chunni. Indrani was in her element on Friday. The defence's cross-examination was clearly going her way and Indrani was delighted.

Sheena Bora Trial: Indrani and the DNA Puzzle

Sheena Bora Trial: Indrani and the DNA Puzzle

Rediff.com13 Dec 2019

What Indrani doesn't know is that even if she is handed down a sentence of not guilty by the judge at the end of the long and meandering Sheena Bora murder trial, for India's legion of armchair judges, she will always be guilty. She won't be able to change that. Ever.

'Tiger populations have boomed'

'Tiger populations have boomed'

Rediff.com3 Dec 2019

'Animal populations are increasing. Human populations are increasing. So there is no way the man-animal conflict going to go away.'

'You are in a crisis. You need to do things quickly'

'You are in a crisis. You need to do things quickly'

Rediff.com25 Nov 2019

'Unless we change and we see a change in the direction we are taking, times can only get worse.'

'Big guys r**e the economy'

'Big guys r**e the economy'

Rediff.com25 Nov 2019

'When you forgive a farmer's loans there is this ideological economists lobby which says: 'That's socialism. And that's bad'.' 'But to forgive the loans of big people, so that they will be interested to invest further is capitalism and is good.'

Sheena Bora Case: Peter celebrates another birthday in jail

Sheena Bora Case: Peter celebrates another birthday in jail

Rediff.com20 Nov 2019

It will be his fifth birthday in jail as an undertrial. He was arrested two days before his birthday in 2015. Tuesday also marked Peter's fourth year in jail.

Ross island: Where history rests

Ross island: Where history rests

Rediff.com31 Oct 2019

Vaihayasi Pande Daniel discovers Ross Island where the clock can never be turned back.

How can India rid itself of malaria?

How can India rid itself of malaria?

Rediff.com25 Oct 2019

India has the fourth highest number of malaria cases in the world.

Sheena Bora Case: How will Peter eat fruit?

Sheena Bora Case: How will Peter eat fruit?

Rediff.com18 Oct 2019

He was getting fruits, but no implement to cut them with. He told the judge, sadly: "I have tried and it is very difficult, your honour." His statement quickly brought up the imagery of Peter trying to cut a pineapple with his teeth or a papaya with a pen or a toothbrush.

'It is a badle ki sarkar'

'It is a badle ki sarkar'

Rediff.com16 Oct 2019

'If somebody in your family listens more to your neighbour than you, then doesn't the fault lie with you also? This is what is happening in Kashmir.'

'This government is playing a very, very, dangerous game'

'This government is playing a very, very, dangerous game'

Rediff.com16 Oct 2019

'Igniting in this country, a false feeding of nationalism combined with religion.' 'They are promoting the religion of the majority people in the country to feed their political agenda.'

Sheena Bora Case: Now divorced, Indrani, Peter meet

Sheena Bora Case: Now divorced, Indrani, Peter meet

Rediff.com11 Oct 2019

This week was the first time Peter and Indrani appeared in court no longer married, footloose and fancy free once again, even if in jail.

Sheena Bora trial: Peter has aged so many years

Sheena Bora trial: Peter has aged so many years

Rediff.com28 Sep 2019

The close-onto four years (since November 2015) Peter has spent in Arthur Road jail, central Mumbai, in judicial custody, have taken their toll, lending him a bit of a melancholy stoop, a laborious gait and a tired face, turning him prematurely into a much older man than his nearly 64 years. Vaihayasi Pande Daniel/Rediff.com reports from the Sheena Bora murder trial.

'Modi sent a clear message to the Pakistanis'

'Modi sent a clear message to the Pakistanis'

Rediff.com27 Sep 2019

'... to Imran Khan, that there's not going to be any mediation of any meaningful sort given his (Modi's) special relationship with Trump.'

'Modi is a master of this kind of political theatre'

'Modi is a master of this kind of political theatre'

Rediff.com27 Sep 2019

'I give Modi full credit, for brilliantly using his personal diplomacy, his personal stature, to accomplish his goals...'

'He was a Google'

'He was a Google'

Rediff.com19 Sep 2019

Remembering journalist extraordinaire Kanti Bhatt.

Sheena Bora Trial: The Day The Skull Was Unveiled

Sheena Bora Trial: The Day The Skull Was Unveiled

Rediff.com1 Sep 2019

Vaihayasi Pande Daniel reports on the Sheena Bora Trial.

Sheena Bora Trial: The glow is back on Indrani!

Sheena Bora Trial: The glow is back on Indrani!

Rediff.com31 Aug 2019

Vaihayasi Pande Daniel reports from the Sheena Bora murder trial.

Sheena Bora Trial: Dog breeder Doglis takes the stand

Sheena Bora Trial: Dog breeder Doglis takes the stand

Rediff.com21 Aug 2019

'Quite the raconteur, much to the dismay of Courtroom 51's CBI Special Judge Jayendra Chandrasen Jagdale, Christopher 'Doglis' Marquis, a Bandra dog-breeder who was Prosecution Witness No 57 and a panch or witness, seemed to move into the witness box with glee, embellishing every answer that he gave to the lawyers' questions with a variety of additional details.' Vaihayasi Pande Daniel reports from the Sheena Bora murder trial.

Art 370: 'Who will suffer more? It's the security forces!'

Art 370: 'Who will suffer more? It's the security forces!'

Rediff.com13 Aug 2019

Dr Behera speaks about how the nationwide positive reaction to the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir indicates that the very idea of India is changing. From a diverse, multicultural entity, could India be becoming a place where assimilation is more important than accommodation?

Art 370: 'Tomorrow it can happen with any state!'

Art 370: 'Tomorrow it can happen with any state!'

Rediff.com10 Aug 2019

'I would say it is not going to be days and weeks. It is going to be months and years, over which we would make an assessment on the decisions taken by the Parliament at this point of time. 'We are in for a long haul is what I would say.' It was a very diverse India, which was coming together, politically, in a very cohesive, democratically-resilient way." Professor Navnita Behera examines the wisdom of the exit of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Have a great photograph of the Indian flag? Share your pictures

Have a great photograph of the Indian flag? Share your pictures

Rediff.com9 Aug 2019

Send us your most interesting tiranga pictures and videos. We'll publish them.

Sheena Bora Trial: And Peter's back!

Sheena Bora Trial: And Peter's back!

Rediff.com24 Jul 2019

The warmest reception came from his soon-to-be ex wife Indrani, who on spying him getting out of the lift, muttered an "Oh dear!" and walked over to him, trailed by her police guards, wreathed in high-wattage smiles.

Shocking! An Honour Killing in Mumbai

Shocking! An Honour Killing in Mumbai

Rediff.com22 Jul 2019

A pregnant woman is murdered in cold blood in the heart of suburban Mumbai. By her father who didn't want her to marry the man she did.

Sheena Bora Trial: 'I suspected murder'

Sheena Bora Trial: 'I suspected murder'

Rediff.com8 Jul 2019

Many pictures showed The Skeleton Named Sheena. For the purpose of the photographs, the skeleton had been re-assembled and looked straight at the camera.

Sheena Bora Trial: Was Sheena strangled or not?

Sheena Bora Trial: Was Sheena strangled or not?

Rediff.com5 Jul 2019

Pasbola had a number of queries about the nails of the corpse found at Gagode Khurd. Did it have nails? Nails, in a case of strangulation, are key because they often have particles and skin beneath them to show the victim had been grasping something as s/he was strangled.

Sheena Bora Trial: Was Sheena strangled or not?

Sheena Bora Trial: Was Sheena strangled or not?

Rediff.com5 Jul 2019

Pasbola had a number of queries about the nails of the corpse found at Gagode Khurd. Did it have nails? Nails, in a case of strangulation, are key because they often have particles and skin beneath them to show the victim had been grasping something as s/he was strangled.

Sheena Bora Trial: Where did Sheena's brain vanish?

Sheena Bora Trial: Where did Sheena's brain vanish?

Rediff.com27 Jun 2019

Shivade: "You didn't find any brain inside the brain cavity?" Dr Thakur nodded. The judge shocked: "Huh?!"

Sheena Bora Trial: Where did Sheena's brain vanish?

Sheena Bora Trial: Where did Sheena's brain vanish?

Rediff.com27 Jun 2019

Shivade: "You didn't find any brain inside the brain cavity?" Dr Thakur nodded. The judge shocked: "Huh?!"

Sheena Bora Trial: And the skeleton surfaces...

Sheena Bora Trial: And the skeleton surfaces...

Rediff.com26 Jun 2019

Shivade then asked if the skeleton finally came out of the ground in many parts. It was difficult not to gasp aloud at that revelation. Bhagat said that was true.

Sheena Bora Trial: And the skeleton surfaces...

Sheena Bora Trial: And the skeleton surfaces...

Rediff.com26 Jun 2019

Shivade then asked if the skeleton finally came out of the ground in many parts. It was difficult not to gasp aloud at that revelation. Bhagat said that was true.

Sheena Bora Trial: The man who discovered the body

Sheena Bora Trial: The man who discovered the body

Rediff.com21 Jun 2019

Ganesh Dhene said there had only been two or three mango trees in the grove, from where he found the skeleton, which he specified had no flesh on it.

Sheena Bora Case: The Panchatantra continues

Sheena Bora Case: The Panchatantra continues

Rediff.com18 Jun 2019

More noticeable than the hue of his shirt was his mast style in the witness box. He seemed to be reinventing the truth every few minutes. He yarned on and on, navigating his testimony further and further away from the facts, but he never lost his aplomb.

Sheena Bora Case: The Panchatantra continues

Sheena Bora Case: The Panchatantra continues

Rediff.com18 Jun 2019

More noticeable than the hue of his shirt was his mast style in the witness box. He seemed to be reinventing the truth every few minutes. He yarned on and on, navigating his testimony further and further away from the facts, but he never lost his aplomb.

Sheena Bora Trial: The man with the pistol

Sheena Bora Trial: The man with the pistol

Rediff.com17 Jun 2019

'He had a carry bag made of plastic. One pistol came out of it. There was also a magazine which had three rounds. And a mobile and a Rs 100 currency note.' No prizes for guessing who that was...

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