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Death: Louisa (Louise) Rodrigues
16 Aug: Calgary, Canada. LOUISA (LOUISE) VERONICA RODRIGUES. Born July 9, 1934. It is with great sadness that the family announces her passing after a brave battle with multiple illnesses. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers at St. Luke's Catholic Church on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated St. Luke's Catholic Church on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in memory of Louise be made to Diabetes Canada ( or the Kidney Foundation of Canada ( For photos, memories and condolences click here.

News Summary

World Goa Day: Let’s celebrate Goa

20 Aug: Navhind Times. By Venita Gomes. World Goa Day is celebrated by over 40 organisations, across the globe including Goa. Socio-cultural activist, Marius Fernandes also mentions that way back in 2000 he had organised WGD in Goa … the Goan Diaspora around the world came together to celebrate a day dedicated to Goa which they called the “World Goa day”. People across the globe celebrate this day with great pomp and festive… Associations and various clubs across the world like United States, African region, the Middle East, the UK, Spain, Germany and Pakistan, get together for WGD and celebrate in their own unique festive way… Savio Riberio of Young Goans club mentions that he along with founder of WGD Rene Barreto and others members across the world are working to promote the culture of Goa… 790 words.  For further details click here

Far-right politician wants to offer Indians money to leave UK

19 Aug: Economic Times. A leadership candidate for the UK's anti-immigrant far-right party has come up with a radical plan to cut "unnecessary population" in the UK by "incentivising" some migrants, including from India, to return to the country of their origin. John Rees-Evans, a candidate to lead the UK Independence Party (UKIP), made a specific reference to Indians and Tanzanians in relation to a so-called "fast-track export- import scheme" of offering up to £9,000 to certain Commonwealth migrants to leave the UK…  For further details click here

Goa a natural connect between India and Portugal: India’s ambassador to Portugal

19 Aug: Herald. Vikant Sahay met with the Indian ambassador to Portugal, K Nandini Singla (photo) on the sidelines of the inauguration of the Goa desk of Portugal India Business, to understand what measures are being taken to enhance business relationship between the two nations… She says, “The establishment of PIB Hub in Goa is a dream come true… The PIB Hub is a forum between India and Portugal. There is one in Lisbon and now we have the Goa desk. So, in India as of now it is only in Goa and this should explain in itself why Goa? Because Goa in many ways is a natural connect between India and Portugal and we already see a lot of common identities what can be leveraged in the future. Tourism and hospitality industry has so much synergy between Goa and Portugal…  For further details click here

DJs grooving without Visa Power

20 Aug: Herald. By Vibha Verma. Most foreign DJs are performing at clubs without valid work permits. It has also come to the fore that most of these DJs are not only drug consumers but also drug carriers, transporting a cocktail of synthetic drugs through the porous borders. “A large number of foreign DJs don’t have work permits. They are here on a tourist visa but manage to get employed illegally. The dance-and-music clubs hire them for a certain period despite knowing that it attracts penal action,” said a local party addict on the condition of anonymity. Herald’s probe also revealed that most of these foreign DJs hail from East European countries and Russia … 730 words.  click here

Drugs: Anjuna locals want to get rid of its Hash Tag

20 Aug: Herald. By Basuri Desai. Despite stiff resistance from the local residents, who want a cleaner and better Anjuna, the Dirty Business is being conducted in utter violation of the laws for several decades now… The panchayat alleged all these places, including Curlies shack, Banyan Tree, Nyex Beach Club, Waters Beach Club and Hilltop are operating ‘illegally’. Savio Almeida, Sarpanch of Anjuna-Caisua village panchayat has said that none of these places have the panchayat licence to carry out commercial activities … All these party venues are within a km from the Anjuna Police Station… 955 words.  click here
20 Aug: Herald. We have to fight drugs unitedly: Lobo. Suraj Nandrekar finds out what MLA Michael Lobo has to say on this menace …  click here
20 Aug: Herald. ‘We are consistent in our battle against drug menace’. Vibha Verma met Director-General of Police, Muktesh Chander who has declared ‘war on drugs’ … click here.

Tiatr: “Aao Ja-o Goa Tumhara” by Prince Jacob highlights the migrant issue in Goa

20 Aug: Navhind Times. As the title of the tiatr suggests, the tiatr is based on migrants settled in Goa who avail jobs and other facilities that Goa offers. “Many people visit Goa as tourists and love this place for its quality of life, so much so that they decide to settle down in Goa… The tiatr is set in a small housing area in Goa having four families residing there. Each family have their own stories… 1091 words.  For further details click here

Work at Raheja’s mega project site sets off alarm bells

19 Aug: Herald. Carmona village is back in news as work has reportedly begun at the long opposed Raheja project site… concern of people over the constant Holiday Home conversion of Goa and Goan villages and is happening at an alarming rate… there is mass conversion of lands into gated communities and societies and also into bungalows and villas which are sold for crores of rupees. All this sounds very attractive for a buyer and a seller but not for the villager …  For further details click here

Netherlands Jazz Quintet starring Goan youth to perform in Benaulim

19 Aug: The Goan. Quintiz is a Jazz/Jazz-Fusion quintet from Maastricht, Netherlands formed in September 2016 ... Tizaan Alphonso is the main man … he hails from Goa and is looking forward to playing at his home state. He led a European band in his first year at Conservatorium Maastricht, Netherlands where he stood first in Jazz Piano and Jazz vocals. He is the composer and song writer of the band. Tizaan who holds a bachelor degree in business management from Wolverhampton University London, created and launched his own music album ‘Take a chance', at the age of 19 (year 2013), with his band Groove Gully, a pop - funk - jazz band…  click here
For video clips of some Quintiz performances  click here



Death: Lionel D'Souza
17 Aug: Scarborough, Ont. Canada. LIONEL D'SOUZA. Loving husband, father, brother and grandfather, died peacefully in the loving arms of his wife, Gemma at their home in Scarborough. Visitation is at Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Avenue. East in Scarborough on Friday, August 18, 2017 from 5-9pm. Funeral Mass will take place on Saturday, August 19th, 2017 at 10am at St. Barnabas Catholic Church, 10 Washburn Way, Scarborough. Gemma D'Souza, Jeremy (Darshni) D'Souza, Bianca (Kevin) D'Souza, Tristan (Marissa) D'Souza and loving grandchildren Samira, Reid and Sophie [Info: Pompie Gois]. For photo click here.

News Summary

World Goa Day: Celebrating Goa, across the world

18 Aug: The Hindu. By Joanna Lobo. Goans across the globe celebrate their heritage on August 20 with sorpotel and sannas, bingo and football matches, and mandos and kunbi dances … the World Goa Day (WGD) festival, was started by UK-based Rene Barretto, the founder of the WGD celebrations… Today, Goans in the United States, African region, the Middle East, the UK, Spain, Germany and Pakistan, get together for WGD. Each association has their own unique festivities, which may or may not happen on August 20 — in Melbourne and Toronto, it was on July 29; London, on August 6, and in Bahrain, it will be marked on September 8… 852 words.  For further details click here
For more information on World Goa Day check the Facebook site,  click here

Goa Church magazine likens BJP rule to Nazis

18 Aug: Hindustan Times. An article a Goa Church-run magazine has likened the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government to Nazi Germany and called for the party’s defeat in a bypoll next week, signalling likely trouble for chief minister Manohar Parrikar who is in the fray. The article – written by Panaji-based lawyer FE Noronha – has appeared in the pastoral periodical of the Archdiocese of Goa and Daman- Renewal Novsornni Renovocao. Catholics form more than a fourth of the state and will likely shape the August 23 Panaji bypoll, where Parrikar is fighting. “Increasingly everyday what we are witnessing in India, is nothing but a constitutional holocaust. Corruption is very bad, communalism is worse, but Nazism is worse than both,” the article states, Goa Church magazine likens contemporary India to Nazi Germany..  For further details click here
18 Aug: CanIndia News (Canada). Church article is ‘hyperbole’, will quit NDA if fascism crops up: Goa Minister …  click here
19 Aug: Herald. Church bulletin sees ‘constitutional holocaust’ in India… click here.

Germany: Fr Norman D’Souza:

18 Aug: Augsburger Allgemeine. (Germany). The parishes of Nordendorf and Westendorf will be amalgamated in September as a large community. Norman D'Souza, the pastor of Nordend, will lead the new parish community. We asked him to explain what that means for the faithful … He says, “In India, I spent many years as a priest in different areas and I had to adjust each time to a different language, grammar and culture. During this time, I have learned to keep up with new things. The new does not always have to be dangerous…” 995 words.  click here
Fr Norman D'Souza’s passions: cooking and football. 18 Aug: Augsburger Allgemeine. (Germany). Pastor Norman D'souza is 52 years old and originates from the Indian state of Goa. The chaplain has been in Germany since 1995 …  click here

Ground report from Calangute: Where drugs are sold 24x7 & drug addicts dope and scream

18 Aug: Herald. In a house by the beach, under the full glare of the world and the police, there is one home which literally functions as a supermarket of drugs. While the police claim no evidence has been found of the possession of drugs there, Herald arrived there, after being tipped off by neighbours and locals, sick of the uncontrolled drug menace. Syringes, yes syringes, tell tale empty packets, the kind used to package drugs, are a trailer of the full picture which should emerge if this house in Umtavaddo is ever raided and the family members of the couple in jail for drug related activities, are grilled. The drug racket is allegedly run by a D’Souza family, from their house next to Pinto’s Guest House, Umtavaddo, which is metres away from the main Calangute beach…  For further details click here
18 Aug: Financial Express. People informing on drug mafia need protection: Goa minister Vijai Sardesai… click here.

Care services for the elderly in India rising

17 Aug: Gulf News (UAE). Many Indian professionals living overseas are hiring helpers to care for their aged parents and grandparents back home … Archana Sharma, founder and managing director of Samvedna Senior Care, says the initial objective of her organisation was to provide emotional care to senior citizens. But it has gradually added dementia care to its portfolio… Samvedna Senior Care’s staff of seven care specialists is a mix of clinical psychologists and trained social workers. All of them are young and paid employees unlike Maya CARE, a network in Mumbai and Pune whose caregiver volunteers are a motley mix of college students, homemakers, working professionals and active citizens… Founded by Vidya Gokhale, a retired professor of pharmacology, Maya CARE has 50 volunteers registered in Mumbai. to senior citizens is also rising… Prasad Bhide is founder of Aaji Care, a company providing home care services in Mumbai …  For further details click here

Auction: Indo Portuguese inlaid table top cabinet

24 Aug: Charterhouse Auctioneers & Valuers, Sherborne, Dorset, UK. Lot 908. An Indo Portuguese coromandel wood bone inlaid table top cabinet on chest, with stylised foliate inlaid decoration, all feet detached, other losses, 29 cm wide. Auctioneer's estimate: 200 GBP - 400 GBP.  For further details click here



Death: Maria Moniz

11 August 2017: London, UK. MARIA ELIZA MONIZ. Aged 95. ex Nairobi, Kenya. Beloved wife of Edward Moniz (deceased) and loving mother of Ella, Roger, Thomas, Jenny, Enid and Leslie. She will be sadly missed not only by her children and their spouses, but by her grandchildren and her twelve great grandchildren. A Requiem Mass will be held on Friday 1st September at 10.30 am at St Peter's Catholic Church, 63 Somerset Road, New Barnet, Herts, EN5 1RF followed by the burial at 12.00 pm at New Southgate Cemetery, Brunswick Park Road, London, N11 1JJ and afterwards a Celebration of Life at St Peter's Hall (next to the church). Travel: New Barnet National Rail (NR) station is walking distance from both the church and hall. Convenient tube to NR interconnecting stations are Highbury & Islington (Victoria line) and Finsbury Park (Piccadilly line). A coach will be provided from the church to the cemetery and back to the hall. Please send your condolences and messages to

News Summary

Event Highlight: Sunday Hop

Sun. 17 Sep. Sunday Hop - Afternoon Lunch Time Get-together. Meet old friends, and make new friends. Masti Club, 572-582 High Road, Wembley, HAD 2AA from 12.00 midday to 5.30pm. Pay for Unlimited 3 course Indian/Goan Buffet Only - Limited Seats £11.00 per Adult Person Children 3 - 9 years old £9.00; Children Under 3 years Free. Menu on Website. Licensed Bar. Live Band in Attendance "High Level". Added Attraction Special Dance Performance by Jason & Sylvia plus Guest Artistes. Compere: Jose Fernandes. Grab your partners for the big "Jive Contest" see if you can win one of our trophies, Couples 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. To avoid disappointment please book in advance for catering purpose. For any further information please contact Mr Gregory DeMello Tel no. 07886230433 or 07988380677 or on WhatsApp. For the menu & more details visit For the flyer,  click here

Laila Rouass is ‘hiding in a restaurant freezer’ as guns shots are fired around her after getting caught up in Barcelona terror attack

17 Aug: Daily Mail (UK). Actress Laila Rouass, 46, has dramatically live tweeted her experience ‘hiding in a restaurant freezer' after being caught up in the horrific terrorist attack in Barcelona … Tweeting directly in the middle of the attack, the former Holby City star added: 'Happened so fast. Praying for the safety of everyone here x.' … And in a later tweet, the star posted: 'Gunshots just heard. Armed police running down the street looking for someone.'  For further details click here
21 Nov. 2009. Daily Mail. “My mum, who comes from Goa, wanted us to develop our minds when we were kids …”  click here
For the 2005 Goan Voice Laila Rouass supplement, click here.

Video: Irom Sharmila ties knot with British partner Desmond Coutinho

17 Aug: Times of India. Manipur’s rights activist Irom Sharmila tied the knot with her long-time partner, British citizen Desmond Coutinho, in Tamil Nadu’s Kodaikanal in the presence of a few friends. No family members of either the bride or the groom were present when they signed the official documents at the registrar’s office. Sharmila, 45, ended a 16-year-long fast in 2016 … 1m. 08s.  For further details click here
Desmond Coutinho was born in Zanzibar and then moved to Ealing, London and now lives in Galway County, Ireland. He is the son of the late Yolanda and Jerry and nephew of the late Wolfango Dourado and Belinda Coutinho. For an account of the Desmond – Irom romance,  click here

Independence notes: Different experiences in Portuguese Goa

I 17 Aug: Indian Express. … Luis de Assis Correia (89), currently a resident of Benaulim in Goa, grew up in a strict Catholic family and recounts his days of sloganeering for India’s independence and then later for organising an overseas movement for Goa’s liberation from the Portuguese… In 1958 I moved to Kenya to work for a Uganda based company. There I would often go about spreading awareness about the Goan liberation movement. When Goa attained Independence in 1961 I was still in Kenya. We rejoiced there but I could not come home since I still held a Portuguese passport. However, the liberation of Goa did not make me happy. The people who came to power, the so called freedom fighters, forced out all educated Goans…”  click here
Video interview of Luis de Assis Correia by Frederick Noronha,  click here

Libia Lobo Sardesai: India: 70 years of independence

14 Aug: The National (Dubai). India has undoubtedly achieved much since breaking free of the British. But it has still not fulfilled its essential duty of uniting its citizens… Libia Lobo Sardesai, 91, now lives in Goa, but in 1947, she was at university in Bombay. Her father was away working in Kenya … “In Bombay, we lived in Dhobi Talao … There were three days of grand celebrations for independence… Our family always thought we belonged in Goa, not in Bombay… I became a freedom-fighter. On the day Goa was liberated I was the one who made the announcement on radio. That very day also, I moved back to Goa… In retrospect, I feel that Goa was more beautiful when it was undeveloped. I’m quite disillusioned with what has happened since then…  For further details click here
Video: BBC. Libia Lobo Sardesai, who ran the Voice of Freedom radio station in Goa, was part of the political struggle to win independence. She tells of the "intoxicating" feeling of winning freedom at last… 4m. 11s.  click here

EU citizens will not need visas to visit UK after Brexit, say sources

17 Aug: The Guardian (UK). EU citizens will be free to visit the UK after Brexit without having to obtain visas, it has emerged… But that does not mean EU citizens will have the automatic right to stay indefinitely, the sources said on Thursday. If they want to work in the UK, they will need to comply with new migration restrictions… sources denied a claim in a report in the Times saying that the new system would involve a set number of work permits being issued for EU workers coming to the UK to work in particular employment sectors…  For further details click here
17 Aug: The Times (UK). EU migrants can come to live in Britain after Brexit … 1077 words + hundreds of comments  click here

Christians in Pakistan and India mark 70 years of independence facing hardships

15 Aug: Ecumenical News (USA). From the beginning of their independence from Britain, both Pakistan and India have promised to respect the rights of religious minorities, and recognize the equal citizenship of the believers of all faiths. The Catholic publication Crux says that after 70 years, both countries have struggled to fulfil that promise, but Christians living on the subcontinent take pride in their contributions to their societies. Nirmala Carvalho writes in Crux, notes that after independence, both countries had significant religious minorities …  For further details click here

Forthcoming Events

Sat. 19 Aug. Goan Association (UK) Football Tournament. CANCELLED. The GOA have cancelled this event due to lack of players.

Sun. 27 Aug: G.O.A. Sports Day. Venue: Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, South Norwood SE25 4QL, Free Car Park Space for the first 150 cars, Doors 11.00 a.m. Entrance by programme £2.00 per adult and children £1.00. Under 10 years free. Opening of the Games by Goan Chaplain, Fr. Patrick DeSouza who will also be taking part in the 1500m race. Food stalls and soft drinks will be available for sale. Alcohol can only be consumed in the Clubhouse and is not permitted on the grounds. Pets are not permitted except for guide dogs. Please come and support this annual event and take home a trophy. For further details please call Vince Fernandes on 07853 132336 | Jason D’Costa on 07507 472288 or for the flyer, for the flyer, click here.

Canada: 9 Sep: Toronto. The President of the 2017 Toronto Dr Ribeiro Goan School Ex-Students Reunion announces the Dr. Ribiero Goan School Gala to be held on September 9, 2017. For enquiries email For the flyer click here.

UK: Sun. 10 Sep: Ex Students St Teresa's Boys and Girls and Catholic Parochial Schools Reunion at the Archibishop Lancfranc Academy (New Hall) Mitcham Road Croydon CR9 3AS. For further details click here.

Sun: 17 Sep. G.O.A. Badminton Tournament - Egham Leisure Centre, Vicarage Road, Surrey TW20 8NL. Men's Singles, Men's Doubles, Ladies Singles, Ladies Doubles, Mixed Doubles. Entry fee £10.00 Per person. Closing date for Entries 13/9/2017. Players are requested to be prompt for 10.30am, warm up and draw. Prompt start at 11.00 am sharp. For further details, please contact Viju DeSouza on 01784 430547 / Mb 07873 277028, Conny Mascarenhas on Tel no. 01784 259110 / Mb 07899 893553 and Vince Fernandes 020-8764-8780 or 07853132336. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 17 Sep. Sunday Hop - Afternoon Lunch Time Get-together. Meet old friends, and make new friends. Masti Club, 572-582 High Road, Wembley, HAD 2AA from 12.00 midday to 5.30pm. Pay for Unlimited 3 course Indian/Goan Buffet Only - Limited Seats £11.00 per Adult Person Children 3 - 9 years old £9.00; Children Under 3 years Free. Menu on Website. Licensed Bar. Live Band in Attendance "High Level". Added Attraction Special Dance Performance by Jason & Sylvia plus Guest Artistes. Compere: Jose Fernandes. Grab your partners for the big "Jive Contest" see if you can win one of our trophies, Couples 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. To avoid disappointment please book in advance for catering purpose. For any further information please contact Mr Gregory DeMello Tel no. 07886230433 or 07988380677 or on WhatsApp. For the menu & more details visit For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 24th Sept. 2017, St Jacinto Feast at Cranford Community College Hall High Street, Hounslow, TW5 9PD, Middlesex, Celebration of Mass at 1.00 pm Sharp, followed by an afternoon of celebration and dancing to the Live sound By "SHADES" And One of Our Very Own Youngster "DJ RYAN TELLIS" Snacks and Lunch will be served. Tickets Adult £12.00 Children 6 to 11 years £5.00, Children under 5 years Old Free. To avoid disappointment please book before 15th September 2017, After the 15th September 2017 Adult tickets at £15.00 for details and tickets please contact Agnelo: 07958504545, Maria:02089315185, Clare: 02085782288/Marisa: 07568185022, Francis Vaz 07980987529 (Leicester). For flyer with further details, click here

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Death: Bruna D'Souza

2 Aug: Bracknell, UK. BRUNA ROSITA D'SOUZA. Ex Nairobi. Dearly beloved wife of Clarence and loving mother of Christopher and Monica. Daughter of Late Constancio & Adelina De Cunha. Daughter in Law of the late Theo D'Souza and Caroline D'Souza. Sister of Felicia/Peter, Patty/Ben, Danny/Philomena, Mary/Graham, Suco/Lourdes and Christina/Paul, sister in law to Maria/Patrick, as well as aunt to nieces and nephews. Bruna's funeral will take place on Thursday, 24 August 2017 starting with the Requiem Mass at 12 noon at St. Joseph and St Margaret of Clitherow Roman Catholic Church, Stanley Walk, Bracknell, RG12 1HA then burial at Easthampstead Park Cemetery, South Road, Bracknell RG40 3DW. In lieu of flowers, donations to the St. Vincent de Paul Society would be appreciated by the family. Boxes for such donations will be available at the Wake (details to follow). Condolences may be sent to:

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Event Highlight: G.O.A. Sports Day

Sun. 27 Aug: G.O.A. Sports Day. Venue: Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, South Norwood SE25 4QL, Free Car Park Space for the first 150 cars, Doors 11.00 a.m. Entrance by programme £2.00 per adult and children £1.00. Under 10 years free. Opening of the Games by Goan Chaplain, Fr. Patrick DeSouza who will also be taking part in the 1500m race. Food stalls and soft drinks will be available for sale. Alcohol can only be consumed in the Clubhouse and is not permitted on the grounds. Pets are not permitted except for guide dogs. Please come and support this annual event and take home a trophy. For further details please call Vince Fernandes on 07853 132336 | Jason D’Costa on 07507 472288 or for the flyer with the programme, click here.

Golf: Savio Nazareth joins PGA Championship — for a day

13 Aug: Winston-Salem Journal (USA). By Ed Hardin. Savio Nazareth got a phone call Saturday evening. “Would you like to play in the PGA Championship?” … he’s been living something of a dream for a while now, a dream that began as a nightmare … Nazareth is the Carolinas PGA player of the year and the Carolinas PGA Sectional champion. … Sunday was a day Nazareth and Westmoreland will never forget… Some 18 months after he’d tragically lost his mother and then his brother five months to the day later, Nazareth was playing out a bad dream that caused him to question everything… Savio Nazareth has played in the PGA Championship after all. And once again, he’s coming home… 857 words. [Alert by Mervyn Lobo via GoanTanzanite]  For further details click here
Savio Nazareth was born in Moshi, Tanzania, son of Romeo and Sabina Nazareth … [Info: GoaNet]  click here

Nebraska City hosts British MP Suella Fernandes

4 Aug: Nebraska City News Press. This week Suella Fernandes returns home to London after a week-long visit to Washington, D.C., and a weekend visit to Nebraska City as well as the capitol building and the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. Fernandes, a conservative Member of Parliament in the UK was at a special breakfast event attended by a group of Nebraska City community leaders … The assemblage discussed topics of common interest between residents here and the citizens represented by Fernandes… “My weekend in Nebraska is a real treat.” … 1209 words.  For further details click here

UK sex gangs grooming Asian girls

16 Aug: Eastern Eye (UK), Asian girls are being exploited by grooming gangs across Britain, but victims are afraid to report it to authorities and seek justice because they fear for their safety and concerns over bringing shame to their families, MP Preet Gill has said… The MP’s comments come following last week’s convictions of a sex ring operating in Newcastle, consisting of 17 men from the Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Indian, Iranian, Iraqi and Turkish communities… The MP said she had known for years that girls from Asian backgrounds are being targeted, but alleged that it is being under-reported due to fear of the possible impact on their future and their families…1521 words.  For further details click here

Goa stands to gain from Portugal India business hub

17 Aug: Navhind Times. Goa could gain from tie-ups with Portugal in areas such as drone technology, robotics, cargo planes and water management, as the European country is keen to use the state as a conduit for investment into India because of the historical connect, according to diplomat officials of both the countries… Portugal-India trade is presently estimated at $800 million and most of the increase has taken place in the last one year due to concerted push by governments of both the countries… The PIB hub located at the Mathias Plaza on 18th June Road in Panaji is set up by the Reira Group…  For further details click here

High Court slams Goa airport for Amit Shah (BJP) meeting

17 Aug: The Hindu. The High Court came down heavily on the Airports Authority of India (AAI) on Wednesday for allowing BJP national president Amit Shah’s public meeting at Goa’s Dabolim Airport on July 1. The court said it would pass appropriate orders on August 21, while observing that there should never ever be such a repeat violation of the law at the airport. The petitioner, Advocate Aires Rodrigues, has sought that the rule of law should be upheld by holding an inquiry to fix the responsibility and take action against the organisers and those responsible for the public meeting within the high security premises of the airport…  For further details click here
17 Aug: Navhind Times. High Court questions Amit Shah’s meet at Dabolim airport …  click here

Pattoleanchem Fest unites Goa

16 Aug: Herald. The village of Socorro played host to a day of celebration, fun and festivities as the Socorro Socio-Art and Cultural Association, Porvorim celebrated its 5th annual Pattoleanchem Fest with traditional music, dance and food … The festival was special this year as it combined the Independence Day, Pattoleanchem Fest, World Goa Day, Konkani Day and Ghumtachem Fest… Renowned cartoonist Alexyz was present at the festival to talk about World Goa Day and the ghumott…  For further details click here
For some Patoleo video recipes,  click here


ENTERTAINMENT: Midnight's Children. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Sun. 20th Aug. 15:00 to 16:00. 1: The Perforated Sheet. Dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's dazzling novel of love, history and magic to mark the 70th anniversary of the Partition of India. Adapted by Ayeesha Menon. Dr Aadam Aziz falls in love with a woman concealed behind a perforated sheet. With Nikesh Patel, Abhin Galeya, Meera Syal. All episodes available on BBC iPlayer:

ARTS: Bookclub. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Mon. 21st Aug. 18:30 to 19:00. 4 Extra Debut. Sir Salman Rushdie talks to James Naughtie and a group of readers about his Booker Prize-winner Midnight's Children. From February 2003.

ENTERTAINMENT: The Big Family Cooking Showdown. BBC 2. Tues. 22nd Aug. 20:00 to 21:00. Competitive food show celebrating the families who make ordinary food extraordinary, presented by Zoe Ball and Nadiya Hussain. The Karim family from west London with their simple Indian recipes go up against the Dawes from Hampshire.

DOCUMENTARY: India's Partition: The Forgotten Story. BBC 2. Tues. 22nd Aug. 21.00 to 22.00 & Wed. 23rd Aug. 23:15 to 00:15. British film-maker Gurinder Chadha, director of Bend it like Beckham and Viceroy's House, travels from Southall to Delhi to find out about the Partition of India - why and how it happened. Along the way, she discovers that Partition was caused by politicians who were more interested in their own power than in Indian unity, and finds out that the British also played a major role in the Partition.

DOCUMENTARY: Our Guy in India. more4 (Freeview 14). Tues. 22nd Aug. 22:00 to 23:05. Guy Martin makes a two-week, 1000-mile trip across India, heading to one of the world's wildest bike races: Rider Mania, the largest gathering of Royal Enfield motorbikes on the planet. In the second episode, Guy visits the boom city of Mumbai, to the top of India's tallest building and a slum where a million people are packed into one square mile. Heading out of Mumbai on his Royal Enfield, Guy experiences a refreshing downpour with the arrival of the monsoons. To avoid the slow-moving and dangerous roads, Guy makes the final leg of his journey by sea, on a traditional Goan trawler.

DOCUMENTARY: Superfoods: The Real Story. 4Seven (Freeview 47). Wed. 23rd Aug. 20:30 to 21:00. Kate Quilton returns for a new series investigating the alleged health benefits of superfoods. In this episode, Kate travels to India to find out if a daily grind of pepper could be one of the most significant medical breakthroughs of the century. Part 1 of 8.

DOCUMENTARY: The World's Most Photographed. BBC 2. Thurs. 24th Aug. 06:00 to 06:30. Mahatma Gandhi. Series 1, episode 8. How Mahatma Gandhi used photography to help bring the British Empire to its knees. For a non-violent campaigner, the photograph was one of the mightiest weapons in the fight to liberate India.



Death: Zita Braganza

8 Aug. 2017: Wimbledon, London. ZITA BRAGANZA (Ex Mombasa) passed away peacefully in her sleep after being unwell for some time. She was the beloved wife of Rui Braganza, mother to Jeanette and Karen-Marie (husband Josh) and devoted grandmother to Rocky and Woody. The funeral will be held at 10 am on Fri. 25 August 2017 at Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, SW19 4LU. For catering purposes, please email family if attending. Condolences and messages to

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Sat. 19 Aug. Goan Association (UK) Football Tournament. The GOA have cancelled this event due to lack of players.  click here

Dr Agnelo Fernandes: How Croydon is fighting the fat

15 Aug: The Guardian. In the borough of Croydon there are 424 fast food shops, which predominantly sell calorific and unhealthy food such as fried chicken and burgers … Obesity is a problem in Croydon… Agnelo Fernandes, a GP in Thornton Heath in Croydon and the clinical chair of Croydon clinical commissioning group says, “We need to harness what’s going on and learn from what is working well so these things can be spread …”  For further details click here
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Getting the bacon home

14 Aug: Navhind Times. … Even the fastidious of the tourist has the hankering for quintessential Goan pork dishes such as the sorpotel and the vindaloo. The pork roast is sought after by visiting sightseers along with the spicy Goan pork curry. Controversy over beef has taken the limelight away from pork… The increase in pork demand has resulted in robust downstream processed pork products units. Unfortunately in Goa where pork is a part of the staple diet commercial pig rearing is at low level… Local sausages sold in the market sell at around Rs 300 for 100 pieces. The price earlier was Rs 200 for 100 pieces…  For further details click here

Video: Drug bust: Owner of popular Goa shack 'Curlies' arrested

15 Aug: Times Now. The owner of Curlies, a well-known shack in Goa, has been arrested after the waiters serving at the restaurant were found with drugs in their pockets. Three people from Bangalore were also arrested from the premises after drugs were found on them. The shack reportedly was on the radar after multiple suspected deaths due to drug overdose over the years… 2m. 48s.  For further details click here
9 Feb: 2009. Scarlett Keeling’s mother harassing me, claims Edwin Nunes, Curlies shack owner …  click here
9 Sep. 2012: The Goan. No one touches Curlie's in the republic of Anjuna … click here.

Goa minister concedes nexus between drug traffickers and cops

14 Aug: Hindustan Times. The death of two men due to suspected drug overdose in Goa has reopened a debate over the illicit narcotics trade “flourishing” in the country’s beach capital frequented by domestic as well as foreign tourists. Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai conceded the existence of a “police-drug paddler nexus”, saying the “drug trafficking cannot happen without collusion of some people at the top.” …  For further details click here
Herald. 14 Aug: The neta-local cop combo, is a stakeholder in the drug menace in North Goa…  click here
Navhind Times. 16 Aug: Goans As Delivery Boys Of Drugs … click here.

Meet the MasterChef contestant who decided to open a restaurant in Goa

14 Aug: Radio Times (UK). Lots of MasterChef contestants open restaurants, but not many of them do so on the other side of the world. My Restaurant in India follows Australian Sarah Todd as she attempts to set up a 400-seat beach club and restaurant in Goa… She reveals her favourite Goan dishes… “What I firstly sensed about Goa is that it is quite similar to Queensland in terms of the climate and also the culture … the Goans' love throwing coconut and vinegar into their dishes, and the end result is delicious! … The Goan prawn curry, the pork vindaloo and the crab xacuti are my current favourites… My Restaurant in India features on Mondays on W at 8.30pm  For further details click here
Video: My Restaurant In India - Sarah Todd.  click here
Sarah Todd runs the Antares restaurant in Goa. Goan pizza is on the menu. For the restaurant website, click here.

The 10 best trips for exploring India

15 Aug: The Daily Telegraph (UK). By Gill Charlton. … 4. Take tea for two, taste seafood in Goa: … Wind down from the Mumbai’s hectic pace in South Goa, where fresh seafood is cooked up in beach shacks and bicycles can be hired to pedal through rice paddies to Portuguese churches.  Audley Travel (01993 838330; has an 10-day City and Beach tour from £2,395 based on two sharing, including flights, chauffeured car and guided excursions…  For further details click here

India Is The 5th Most Sexually Active Country In The World

11 Aug: NDTV. India is a conservative country and sex is still considered a taboo. So, buying sex toys is a difficult task. '''', an online store conducted a survey recently about the sale of sex toys and sexual wellness products… Among the cities Mumbai tops the list, followed by Delhi… Panjim, in Goa, buys massage oils the most … Mangalore is the biggest spender on sex products. It racks up an average bill of Rs. 3,612… Indians are the 5th most sexually active country in the world after Greece, Brazil, Russia and Poland.  click here
For the ThatsPersonal Survey,  click here



Death: John Carvalho

9 Aug: Tooting, London. JOHN CARVALHO. Born 8 November 1928 (ex Nairobi, Kenya and Siolim, Goa). Devoted husband of the late Mila, loving father of Valerie, Sandra (deceased) and Maria. Adored grandfather of Amy, Arianna and Hugo and great-grandfather of Ava. Deeply missed by sons-in-law Alan, Jonathan and Brendan, sisters Ballie, Phila and Sr Miriam, nieces, nephews and many friends.
Visitation: Gillman Funeral Home, 971 Garratt Lane, Tooting, SW17 0LW, 11am-7pm on 15 August. Removal to St Anselm’s Church, Tooting Bec Road, SW17 8BS at 9pm on 15 August. Funeral at 10am on 16 August followed by burial at London Road Cemetery, Figges Marsh, Mitcham. CR4 3LA Condolences to

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UK Goan Festival: The Official Video

6 Aug: Armchair Goa (Luis Fernandes). The official video recording of the Festival in High Definition. Part 1/11 - Solemn High Mass. Part 2/11 - Victor de Verem / Bab Andrew / Jose Mendes. Part 3/11 - Jose Babit / Vrushab Dessai / Anthony Marques. Part 4/11 - Rusaria de Douza / Seby Fernandes / Angelica Dsouza. Part 5/11 - Lanisha & Delisha Vaz / Anthony de Betalbatim. Part 6/11 - Grina Pereira / Twinkle Stars of Goa / Veena Pegado. Part 7/11 - Goans R Us / Ester. Part 8/11 - Menino Mario / Simply. Part 9/11 - Jason & Sylvia. Part 10/11 – DnT. Part 11/11 - Bad Blood – Finale.  For further details click here

Keith Vaz re-elected onto Labour´s National Executive Committee

14 Aug: Daily Mail (UK). Labour MP Keith Vaz has been re-elected onto the party’s influential National Executive Committee (NEC). The former chairman of the Home Affairs select committee won the race to be the black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) representative on the NEC, party sources confirmed. The election was seen as part of a wider struggle for control of the party between far-left Jeremy Corbyn supporters and more established figures in the Labour hierarchy… Grassroots pro-Corbyn campaign group Momentum made a video supporting Asghar Khan, a Labour councillor in Leeds …  For further details click here

Disrobing of women on funeral pyre violates human rights

14 Aug: Millennium Post. The Goa State Human Rights Commission on Monday said that disrobing of deceased women a human rights violation and asked all panchayat and municipal agencies should ensure that the practice is prevented. "Disrobing the deceased woman in the crematorium certainly amounts to violation of basic human rights of the women which is required to be prevented by the concerned authorities by taking appropriate steps," the order states. The order, which was issued following a petition by Goa-based women's group Bailancho Saad … Disrobing of female corpses on the funeral pyre is a common practice among Goa's Hindu community.  For further details click here
Video: 14 Aug: Prudent Medias. Human Rights Commission has decided to stop the ritual of disrobing a female dead body before last rites… 1m. 44s.  click here

Goa party over: No loud music after 10 pm

14 Aug: The Statesman. No music events or rave parties will be allowed in North Goa’s popular beach-belt after 10 p.m., police said on Monday, claiming drugs are being sold at late night music events in the state. Speaking to reporters after a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Superintendent of Police (North Goa) Chandan Choudhury said a large number of young domestic tourists were visiting the coastal state on account of the long weekend holiday and some of them carried party drugs. “In the coming days, no party will be allowed in open places and after the 10 p.m. deadline. Where there is music, there is possibility of drugs and over-consumption of liquor. We will make sure that we adhere to this time limit of ten,” Choudhury said…  For further details click here

Danielle McLaughlin: Fundraiser to 'uncover truth' into her tragic death

14 Aug: Irish Mirror. An event is being organised to raise funds for the family of Danielle McLaughlin's ongoing efforts to uncover the truth about her death. The 28-year-old was killed in Goa, India, on March 13… “the goal is for Danielle to still have a voice even though hers was cruelly taken away from her.” … On August 19, a fundraiser will take place at the Landsowne Hotel in Belfast… Entry for the night is £10 and all proceeds will be given to the family…  For further details click here
For the Truth for Danielle website,  click here
For the Danielle McLaughlin Crowdfunding page, click here.

Independence: Do Indians care about the British anymore?

13 Aug: BBC. By Justin Rowlatt. As India celebrates 70 years of independence, it has got me thinking about India's complex and often contradictory attitudes to Britain… Shashi Tharoor is perhaps the most vocal and potent critic of Britain's imperial legacy around today… the truth is few Indians appear to bear grudges against the British today… here have been articles and television discussions reflecting on the state of the nation 70 years on, but nothing like the torrent of coverage the event is receiving in the UK… But there is a special place in Indian hearts for Britain and the British…  click here
Audio: Justin Rowlatt talks about the legacy of his great-grandfather Sidney Rowlatt on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Monday 14 August at 07:40 am.[Advance counter to 1h. 29m. ]  click here

Goa great getaway for gamblers

13 Aug: Times of India. Come Janmashtami, and there is free flow of money and gold in gambling. It often gains momentum around Saatam and Aatham holidays. Over the past five to seven years, travelling to out-of-state destinations such as Goa or even Hong Kong and Macau - known for their casinos, has become a popular trend for Gujarati gamblers. "Goa is an all-time hit! Airfares to Goa usually skyrocket during this season and yet, customers don't mind paying a premium to book tickets even in the last fortnight or week to go to Goa," said Manish Sharma, managing director of a travel company… Usually 24 carat gold bars along with coins are purchased by people who're specifically up for gambling, said jewellers…  For further details click here



Death: Rufus D’Costa

12 Aug: Nairobi. Derek, Desmond, Douglas and Ginny regret to announce the passing of their beloved father Rufus D’Costa. Rufus was the husband of the late Ena D’Costa and loving grandfather to Chelsea, Vanessa, Michelle and Catherina. He was a much loved friend to Johannes, Cynthia, Sabine, Charles & Cher.
The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Dr Nurani and the HD Unit – Aga Khan Nurses George, Peninah, Elkana, Winnie, Cornelius, James & Naomi for their infinite support and care for Rufus and the rest of us over these past months. In God’s hands you now rest peacefully and you will remain in our hearts eternally.

Death: Leo Lobo

10 Aug: Toronto. LEO CYRIL LOBO. Ex Uganda. Passed away peacefully at home in the company of his immediate family. Beloved husband of the late Rita (nee Valadares). Loving father of Louella and Lynette (Casey). Predeceased by parents Lencastre and Lourencinha, sister Lyra D’Souza (late Paul), and brother Francis. Dear brother of Joseph (Nina) and Louis (Janet). Fondly remembered by his nieces and nephews, many relatives and friends.
Leo’s education in physics and mathematics, and his fascination with electronics, led him into a career in broadcast engineering at Radio Uganda and later in Canada at CJRT-FM, from which he retired. He had a keen interest in current events, carpentry, gardening and music, which included playing the harmonica. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Leo was a gentleman, devoted to his family, with steadfast faith and trust in God.
Visitation: R.S. Kane Funeral Home, 6150 Yonge St., Toronto, on Thursday, August 17th from 2-4 & 7-9 p.m. Funeral Mass: St. Timothy Roman Catholic Church, 21 Leith Hill Road, Toronto, on Friday, August 18th at 10:30 a.m. Interment: Immediately following the funeral Mass, at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 8361 Yonge St, Thornhill. Condolences to click here.

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Video: Suresh Amonkar: We have to encourage youngsters to read

12 Aug: Goa 365 tv. Educationist and writer Suresh Amonkar says civilization progresses only because knowledge progresses. He said we have to encourage youngsters to read so as to gain knowledge. Suresh was the chief guest at a function organised to celebrate World Library Day at Krishnadas Shama Goa State Central Library in Panaji on Saturday…  For further details click here
Video: Suresh Amonkar .. 2m. 56s.  click here
From Eddie Fernandes: Suresh Amonkar was a teacher at the Goan School, Mombasa from 1956 to 1960. He was to leave for the UK in 1961 to attend University but had to return to Goa to take charge of his father’s school there. I replaced him as a teacher on a temporary basis. For an account of his family’s connection with the Sacred Heart of Jesus High School, Parra and New Goa High School Mapusa. click here.

Two die of suspected drug overdose at Goa rave parties

13 Aug: Times Now. Two youngsters died early on Sunday at two separate rave parties at the popular beach village of Anjuna in north Goa, possibly due to a drug overdose, police said. Goa Water Resources Minister Vinod Palienkar said he favoured a thorough probe into the deaths of Pravin Surendran from Tamil Nadu and Nidam Abdulla from Kerala, who died at a private hospital in Anjuna … In a statement issued from St. Petersburg in Russia, the Minister said he spoke to north Goa district Superintendent of Police to demand a ban on rave parties and other late-night events… the post-mortem, expected to be conducted on Monday, will reveal the exact cause of death.  For further details click here
Video: 13 Aug: Prudent Media. Private Hospital sources confirm drug overdose, Police reg. FIR, post mortem report awaited … 3m. 16s.  click here

24,000 Overseas Indians Have Registered As Voters

13 Aug: NDTV. A little over 24,000 overseas Indians, who are entitled to cast their ballot in India, have registered themselves as voters. Now, in a bid to attract more such Indian citizens living abroad to become voters here, the Election Commission has launched a portal which allows them to register online. The portal also has a long list of frequently asked questions to help people understand the procedure… Out of these, 23,556 are from Kerala, 364 from Punjab and 14 from Gujarat, according to the data provided by the Commission. According to the 'Overseas Indian Voters' portal, an overseas elector is a person who is a citizen of India and who has not acquired citizenship of any other country…  For further details click here
For the Election Commission of India, Overseas Voter’s Portal,  click here

Zurich, Switzerland to Goa, India for only Euros 355 roundtrip

13 Aug: Secret Flying. Limited availability from September to December 2017. Example dates: 13th-24th Sep; 18th-29th Oct; 29th Oct – 9th Nov; 8th-19th Nov; 16th-27th Nov; 29th Nov – 10th Dec. possibly more… Stops: Muscat. Airline: Oman Air. Allow the Momondo search to complete, then proceed to book with the OTA of your choice. Use Google Chrome to translate the booking site if needed.  For further details click here

Cruise tourism cruising, but MPT terminal isn't: stakeholders

13 Aug: The Goan. At a time when a British cruise line company has raised concerns about Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) being a lot more expensive than developed ports, tourism stakeholders in Goa have said that the infrastructure at the port's new cruise terminal needs significant improvement to really tap the lucrative segment of foreign tourists arriving on cruise liners. The new cruise terminal was built at a cost of Rs 8.7 crore, but it appears that it is not at par with developed cruise terminals around the world. The government had even said that the new terminal provides facilities like immigration, customs, restaurant, Forex booth and taxi booth… Only smaller cruise vessels can dock at the new cruise terminal of MPT. The larger vessels have to dock somewhere else...  For further details click here

Goans love affair with Pao and breads

13 Aug: Times of India. Forget about snazzy alarms, for most Goans, it is the incessant honking of the bread vendor (poder as he is locally called) that is the much-needed early morning wake-up call… it was Goans who set up the first bakeries in then Bombay and introduced bread to the rest of India. Goa still has the largest variety of bread as compared to the rest of the country… The most commonly available are pao, unddo, katro pao, kankonn and the polli, also pronounced as poyi/poiee. The poyi itself has two varieties, kunddeachi poyi (husk poyi) and the godd poyi (sweet poyi)…  For further details click here

Goa Tourism packing its bags for 11 foreign tours

13 Aug: Herald. Goa Tourism is flying high. taking off from where the previous government left off, it has planned at least 11 international tours from September 2017 to March 2018 for its Tourism Department… four core events and trade fairs are scheduled in September, followed by ITB Asia in Singapore in October and the World Travel Mart in London, in November. The shows in September include in Moscow, Macau, Paris and Japan. In October Goa will participate in the travel mart in Singapore, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. Three more shows in Spain, Moscow and Berlin, Germany will be held in January and March 2018 … Meanwhile, 14 domestic events are scheduled …  For further details click here
14 Aug: Editorial. Tourism marketing has to be based on research…  click here

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