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Advertisement: House for Sale
GOA: 2 Bedroom spacious new flat for Sale for Rs.59 lacs. With 2 toilets, bathroom and lift. Completion end of November 2014. Good view of St. Francis Xavier Exposition. Kadamba Road, near Old Goa, 15 minutes drive to Panaji City. Contact: 07786182464 (UK).

Schreiber Pereira found dead near his Mississauga home

23 Jul: Mississauga News. Schreiber Pereira, 29, who was last seen leaving his residence around 5 p.m. Sunday, was found dead in a park not far from his home … "… at this point there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances," police said … Pereira's LinkedIn profile described him as a University of Toronto legal research assistant who was "conducting comprehensive research on the current state of the pharmacogenomic industry " … Anyone with information is asked to call the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-453–2121, ext. 1133.  click here
From Schreiber Pereira’s Linked in profile “Languages: Konkani - Elementary proficiency”  click here

Electronic visa software for airports almost ready
24 Jul: Business Standard. …The National Informatics Centre is giving the finishing touch to the software to make the visa process available online… It would enable a foreign traveller to get an e-visa online within five days of applying, according to the plan. The document will have to be produced at Indian airports for entry into the country…. Under the scheme, tourists will only have to a fill a form and pay the prescribed fee, after which they will be issued ETA within three days. Upon arrival in India, a simple biometric identification will be done at the airport. To extend the stay beyond 30 days, tourists will have to get another visa from the embassy… The tourism sector feels the next step should be to reduce the visa fee to $20, improve air connectivity and open the Indian skies.  click here

An interview with Goa’s top criminal lawyer, Peter D’Souza

24 Jul: Bar & Bench. Peter D’Souza says, “People used to come, smoke their chillums here and then go to Titos for their food and then back here again. It was wonderful.” This is not how interviews are supposed to go, especially not with a lawyer. Most lawyers, one can safely presume, are not supposed to have opened India’s most popular “milk bar” in the seventies; a place where people could loll about all day and listen to music… Growing up in central Bombay, D’Souza’s language is every bit the catholic stereotype, his words peppered with “that bugger” and “Don’t be crazy men!”… D’Souza came in touch with two addictions that would drastically shape his life in the years that followed. “I became a full-blown alcoholic. I used to mix charas and booze. In the end it became crazy.” …  click here

Digitization to preserve treasures of Konkani literature
23 Jul: Daijiworld. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed recently between World Konkani Centre (WKC), Mangalore and Xavier Centre of Historical Research in Goa (XCHR) run by Jesuits, to digitize historical Konkani scriptures and manuscripts, assumes greater significance. The MoU is expected to accelerate the process of digitizing over 80,000 documents housed at XCHR and making them available online for free access to the general public. It also means that researchers don’t have to travel all the way to Goa to get information for their research and would help them save time and money …  click here

Adam D'Sylva: Auckland’s Restaurant Month

23 Jul: New Zealand Herald. Adam D'Sylva grew up eating Italian and Indian - often during the same meal. "Dad's Indian and Mum's side of the family is Italian so I'd often have curry followed by pasta. I grew up thinking every family did the same." … He still loves combining Asian and European flavours at his popular restaurants, A Taste of Coda and Tonka … He's employs around 40 chefs and spends much of his day walking the 100m between the two. And although he says there have been few speed-bumps during his tenure at the top, he's humble about his success. Cooking is just "something I've always done"… we'd head down the road to D'Sylva's other restaurant, Tonka, for Goan curry with barramundi, Spring Bay mussels, Mooloolaba prawns and kashmiri chilli ... 1324 words.  click here
Indian food has a bright future overseas, says chef Adam D'Sylva.  click here

Alcometers outside Goa's bars, pubs soon: CM Manohar Parrikar
23 Jul: Mid-Day. Stepping out of a bar, tavern or pub drunk and driving home could soon be an expensive proposition in Goa as Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday promised the stationing of policemen with alcometers outside key alcohol vends.  click here

Parulekar & Co’s country hopping cost Goa Rs 13.5 crores

23 Jul: Herald. Page 1: Almost thirteen and a half crores and counting. That’s the amount the government of Goa has spent on the tourism minister, power minister, GTDC chairman and other BJP MLA’s for their globe hop in two years …  click here
Video: 23 Jul. Goa 365. Dailies asked to apologise for publishing reply not tabled in House The Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly on Wednesday asked the newspapers that carried the news item about the expenditure incurred by state ministers and officials on foreign trips to carry an apology in their Thursday's editions …  click here
24 Jul: Question on foreign trips withdrawn. The Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that government has withdrawn the question on foreign trips of ministers and MLAs for tourism promotion as the answer had mistakes in it… click here.

22 Russians booked for working as illegal guides
24 Jul: IANS. Twenty seven foreigners, including 22 Russians, were booked in the past one-and-a-half-years for working illegally as guides in Goa's tourism-oriented coastal belt, according to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Two independent flying squads, comprising police, traffic, tourism and transport department officials had also been set up to crack down on foreigners on tourist visas who were either working or conducting businesses illegally, according to documents tabled by the home ministry in the assembly Wednesday…  click here

Auction: Goan hardwood coffer on stand

26 Jul: Taylors Auction Rooms, Angus, Scotland. 685G – Goan hardwood coffer on stand with 4 drawers on turned supports … Estimate: £200 - £300.  click here


COOKERY: Jamie's 30 Minute Meals. more4 (Freeview 14). Friday 25th July, 10:30 to 11:05. Jamie Oliver prepares steak Indian-style, with spinach and paneer salad, naan breads and a mango dessert.

COOKERY: Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds. BBC 2. Sunday 27th July, 11:35 to 12:05. Paul Hollywood reveals more of his favourite pies and puddings, including spiced biryani pies from Indian chef Manju Mali.

COOKERY: Rick Stein's India. BBC 2. Sunday 27th July. 12:05 to 13:05. Rick Stein explores the melting pot that is Mumbai in search of the bombil, the fish that immortalised Bombay Duck. In the coastal town of Mamallapuram he discovers what could possibly be the best fish curry he's ever had!

DOCUMENTARY: A Bombay Symphony. BBC Radio 4. Sunday 27th July, 13:30 to 14:00. India is falling in love with Western classical music. In his home city, Mumbai, Zareer Masani finds keen audiences, surprises - a choir of sex workers' children - and controversy.

DOCUMENTARY: Ross Kemp on Gangs. Pick (Freeview 11). Sunday 27th July, 21:00 to 22:00. Kenya. Special. In a gripping special Ross visits Kenya to investigate the Mungiki, said to be Africa's most deadly organisation. Strong language, violent scenes.

RELIGIOUS: Heart and Soul. BBC World Service Radio. Monday 28th July, 15:32 to 16:01. Driving Out the Devil.
Mark Dowd joins priests on an Exorcism course and finds out why exorcism is a growing part of the Catholic Church's concern.

FILM: Josh. Bollywood 4U (Sky). Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014, 12:00 to 15:30. A Goan reworking of the Romeo and Juliet story, with senseless violence and rival gang warfare making sure the path of true love is less than smooth. Cast Aishwarya Rai; Chandrachur Singh; Shahrukh Khan. 2000.



Death: Casmirio Noronha

21 Jul: Toronto. CASMIRIO NORONHA. Born 1923. [ex Nairobi] Passed away peacefully at Humber River Regional Hospital with his family at his side. Beloved Husband of Molly. Loving Father of Diana Walker (Robert). Darryl (Agnes), Denzil (Debra), and Desmond (Patricia). Proud and Cherished Grandfather/Papa of Brian, Meagan, Melissa, Aaron, Robin, Brendan, Calen, and Steven. Much loved brother of Irenius, Bonnie and the late Peter, Rosie and Leo. He will be greatly missed by his friends and extended family. Visitation: Turner & Porter - Butler Chapel. Wed, 23 Jul 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Funeral: Nativity of Our Lord Church, 480 Rathburn Rd., Toronto, Thu, 24 Jul 11:00 AM. Reception to follow interment at Assumption Cemetery at the Church Hall. For full details and condolences, click here.

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50 Years Ago: Goa Blasts - 2 men from Portugal responsible

22 July 1964. Asian Age. The Goa police investigating the bomb outrages in Goa on June 20 last have gathered enough evidence to the effect that Casimiro Monteiro (photo), the notorious Portuguese police official who was a terror to the nationalists, and Ismail Dias, a Goan settled in Portugal, were the main perpetrators of the crime, it is reliably learnt. It is believed that Monteiro was in Goa for about three weeks prior to the explosions and was masquerading under a false name. While it was not known as to how exactly Monteiro and Dias smuggled themselves into the country and fled after the explosions, it is suspected that they stowed away in a foreign ship from Mormagoa harbour or managed to reach Bombay before escaping from the country.  click here
Monteiro was born in Goa, fought in the Spanish Civil War and later moved to the UK, where he worked for a butcher whose daughter he married. He then returned to Goa working in the Secret Service and was known for brutal torture/ interrogations. In 1965, he assassinated General Humberto Delgado and strangled his secretary in Spain. He later went to Tanzania and assassinated Eduardo Mondlane, the founder Leader of FRELIMO. He died in poverty in 1993 in South Africa. For a Wikipedia profile of him,  click here

Jet Air to operate Goa to Abu Dhabi flights
23 Jul: Business Line. Jet Airways Chairman, Naresh Goyal, today said the airline will look to operate non-stop flights to Europe, China and Australia. It will also roll out new non-stop flights to Middle East, Saarc countries and the south East. Asia… Jet will add flights to Abu Dhabi from Goa, Ahmedabad and Pune by the year end…  click here

Video: Dr Daniel Mascarenhas (Pennsylvania) Says Expired Medical Devices Can Save Lives

22 Jul: Fox News. Doctor Daniel Neville Mascarenhas a cardiologist sends recently expired hospital equipment, supplies, even some medicine to foreign places in desperate need. "I don't think the expiration date really matters," he said. He’s been at this for decades, but sending these used devices to his homeland has raised eyebrows, along with plenty of donations, praise, and criticism… Donations are made through a non-profit cardiac clinic Mascarenhas set up in his father's name in Goa … they are transported in the suitcases of people traveling to India… 4m. 05s.  click here
Dr Mascarenhas is responsible for setting up the Goa America Heart Foundation Trust which functions at the CMM Hospital, Altinho, Panaji and provides complete Cardiac care.  click here

Goa Spa and Salon Association distances itself from prostitution 'spas'
22 Jul: Spa Business (UK). The Goa Salon and Spa Association (GSSA) has decided to submit a white paper to the Goan state government of India to make sure legitimate salon and spa owners don’t face closure due to the bad reputation the wellness industry is getting from the increase of illegal ‘spas’ being used for prostitution… 400 words.  click here

The day David Cameron, Freida Pinto came together to fight female genital mutilation

23 Jul: The Daily Telegraph (UK). … Freida Pinto, who speaks at the close of the conference … she said: "There are some girls who don't have this opportunity. Some girls are told that speaking up doesn't exist as an option." … "I'm a dad with three children," says David Cameron. "I want my girls to grow up with every opportunity that my son has, with the chance for my girls to make everything they can with their lives…  click here
Freida Pinto: The graphic truth about female genital mutilation will live with me forever 23 Jul: The Daily Telegraph (UK). Freida Pinto shares her thoughts about the fight to end FGM and forced marriage, ahead of her speech today at the UK's first Girl Summit …  click here
22 Jul: Video. click here.

Two Russian Travel articles
22 Jul: Nezavisimaya Gazeta (Russia). Where the sun splashes on blue waves By Anna Brazhnikova. Goa seems to have imbued an atmosphere of peace and freedom…Indians are very friendly and peaceful people. They always stretch their hand in greeting and farewell. Everyone tries to hug "white friend", if not ask to take a picture with you, as if you are a superstar…you can see men and boys holding handsbut this is normal … People come to for inspiration, to find the meaning of life… More and more I understand the people who left Moscow and went to Goa … 1375 words.  click here
22 Jul: Progorod (Russia). Cows in Goa are everywhere like stray dogs Alexandra Zaboeva was lucky enough to visit exotic India. She spent two weeks in the sunny state of Goa and says … the local cosmetics: is cheap the quality is very good. Goa is so cheap, you can save on accommodation. Two-star hotels do not differ from the four star… Best to move around on a scooter: it's cheaper and faster. It can be rented anywhere … In restaurants try the seafood, it is always fresh…  click here

Going Back To Goa

1 Aug: DestinAsian (Hong Kong) Pages 56 – 59. By Claire Scobie. A return visit to North Goa reveals a place ripe for rediscovery, even if the roads are as challenging as ever to navigate…Assagao’s palatial Indo-Portuguese villas are set back in trim gardens with sprays of hot-pink bougainvillea climbing whitewashed walls… It’s been a decade since I was last in North Goa, and long gone are the days of speeding around on mopeds to all-night beach parties … pockets of the alternative scene survive I’m here with my husband and mother, who is 75 years old … Freewheeling Russian tourists dominate Goa’s northern beach scene… Goa has a long history of attracting foreigners…  click here

Highlights from the Goa Assembly Session on 22 July
Prudent Media video of the opening of the Assembly session. Click here.
Herald. Deportation of foreigners is not so easy: Parrikar. Click here.
Deccan Herald. Anti-bikini minister wants Goans to wear dhotis. Click here.
PTI. Goa govt to pursue special status issue with Centre. Click here.
India Today. Goa legislator calls Manohar Parrikar a 'parallel PM'. Click here.
IANS. Goa CM assures crackdown on foreigners selling drugs. Click here.
PTI. Blacklisting the visas could act as a deterrent against the illegal activities of foreign nationals staying in the coastal state. Click here.
Times of India. Guest is God, Parrikar tells Goa tourist taxi owners. Click here.

Video: Goa ministers went on foreign trips at state expense, spent Rs 13 cr in two years

22 Jul: IBNLive. Three Goa ministers and four legislators have spent a whooping Rs 13.24 crore in two years on foreign trips. The travels were made in the name of promoting tourism. The information has been cited in a report tabled in the state Assembly which also mentions that Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar spent most out of the list of ministers and legislators who went on overseas trips from March 2012-14… 15m. 20s.  click here
23 Jul: IANS. Goa government faces flak over tourism junkets.  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
23 Jul: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 29.4. Min = 23.4. Humidity = 89%. Rainfall: 42.9mm
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 102.45; $ = 60.11; $Can = 56.07; Euro = 80.95; $Aus= 56.79.


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Asian Lite: UK Goans Supplement

Issue dated July 21 - 27: Front Cover: Goa Fest to Rock UK
Page 17: Goan Festival 2014. Stage Set for Goan Fest.
Page 18: Eminent Goans: Keith Vaz, Wendell Rodricks, Reita Faria Powell.
Page 19: Goa Businesses: Milroc, Highland, Dempo.
Page 20: UK Goan Festival 2014 Entertainers: Jan Graveson, Longinus Fernandes, Varun Carvalho, Steam, DJ Kim, Shine.
Page 21: Messages from Ravi Vaz and U D Kamat.
Page 22: Goa - Perfect Holiday Destination
Page 23: Goans in the UK.
Page 24: New book on Goan migrants launched. More eminent Goans: Patricia Rozario, Tony Fernandes, Ivan Menezes, Francesca Cordeiro, Valerie Vaz, Rebecca Mascarenhas, Jayant Vaidya.
This Collectors issue of Asian Lite is on sale, £2, but will be available, free, to visitors at the UK Goan Festival, 27 July. For the online version of the supplement,  click here

Goa: Farmers rush for greenhouses to meet exotic vegetable demand
21 Jul: Fresh Plaza (Holland). Over 28,000sqm of farmland in Goa will be covered with exotic vegetables like lettuce and broccoli and non-traditional greens like capsicum during 2014-15. The number of proposals put forward to the agriculture department to construct greenhouses with state assistance for growing of such exotic vegetables has shot up from an average of seven over the last couple of years to over 40 this year… Under the scheme for protected cultivation of flowers and vegetables, the state agriculture department provides up to 90% assistance to set up the polyhouses or greenhouses, of which 50% assistance comes through the central government … !I grow them organically and when the vegetable is sold as organic you can get a very good price," Candido Dias, a farmer from Taleigao, said…  click here

Visa On Arrival: Big Boost

28 Jul: India Today. TVoA scheme, to be implemented by October 2014, will increase tourist arrivals. How does it work? Applicants pay a $60 visa fee at the Bureau of Immigration’s website. They get an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) via email from MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) within three days. Tourists fly into any of the nine designated airports—Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Goa, Kochi and Trivandrum—present their ETA and receive tourist visas…  click here

Indian scientists develop seedless mangoes
22 Jul: Business Standard. First came seedless grapes. Now, Indian scientists have developed what could be the ultimate delicacy - a seedless mango which is finely textured and juicy, with a rich, sweet and distinctive flavour when mature… Trials of the new variety, named Sindhu, are under way at different locations in the country but the result of the one at BAU suggests it could be suitable for both integrated horticulture and kitchen gardening… an average fruit weighs 200 grams and its pulp, which is yellowish in colour, has less fibre than other mango varieties… there are many who will lament being denied the pleasure of licking the seed clean of the fruit…  click here

Goa Assembly session begins; business to be online

22 Jul: PTI. The Goa Legislative Assembly session, which began here today, will mostly be a paperless affair with the business being uploaded online… The state Legislature department has received 2,600 questions, including 1,200 starred questions, which would be tabled during the session…  click here
Goa Monsoon Session likely to be stormy 22 Jul: Gomantak Times. …. The Congress chalked out their strategy to attack the government on various issues including law and order, rising crimes including spate of thefts, unemployment, failure of resume mining operations, delay in notifying Regional Plan 2021, power crisis, price rise, Special Marriage Act, etc…  click here
Video. Prudent Media Question Hour Part 1. 14m. 23s. click here.

Finally, a tourism master plan
22 Jul: Times of India. The tourism department has appointed a consortium of KPMG Advisory services Pvt Ltd, and Tourism and Leisure Advisory Sl (T &L) to prepare a 25-year tourism master plan for Goa. The core of the master plan strategy is to develop an integrated tourism product that is capable of attracting a low-volume, high-yield segment of the international tourism market to spend their entire holiday in Goa. The preparation of tourism master plan will cost the government roughly 9 crore… The consultants will also develop a tourism policy and institutional framework. It is expected to be developed within 38 weeks from commencement…  click here

Jayesh Shah who spammed half a million from Goa, fined £7K

22 Jul: Pune Mirror. A Pune-based businessman, Jayesh Shah, who made a fortune bombarding five lakh Britons with spam texts every day, has been asked by a UK court to pay £7,000 within a month or face arrest. The Willesden Magistrate Court last week found Shah guilty of breaching the UK's Data Protection Act for selling phone numbers of the UK residents to insurance companies… Shah used servers in America to send text messages through his firm's Goa office to people in the UK. The messages to unsuspecting Britons would indicate that they are entitled to huge compensation as the Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) was misused by banks…  click here
Jayesh Shah is convicted - but he is fined just £4,000. 20 Jul: Daily Mail (UK). A foreign businessman who bombarded Britons with 500,000 spam text messages a day has been convicted after being exposed by a Mail on Sunday undercover investigation… Text + photos + comments.  click here

Yoga's best-kept secrets
21 Jul: Metro (UK). Agonda, Goa. North Goa has long drawn the crowds. But head to the quieter beaches in the south of the region and you'll find a different world. It's here the well-established yoga teacher-training school Sampoorna Yoga has opened its Yoga Village. From October, it will be offering retreats from about £60 per night during high season, including accommodation, unlimited yoga, meals and airport transfers.

Boko Haram and Dawood Ibrahim involved in dangerous liaison against India?

21 Jul: A report of Dawood and Boko Haram coming together to sell drugs in India is frightening development for India. The latest buzz is that the dreaded underworld don has entered into an agreement with Boko Haram to sell drugs in India. It is reportedly believed that Boko Haram, which funds its acts of brutal terror through its involvement in the drug trade, has now entered India with the help of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim. This sensational disclosure came recently when many Nigerians were held in Goa last year. As many as 1, 500 Nigerians are actively involved in drug dealings …  click here

Goa tourism dept. increases tourist safety and security
21 Jul: Financial Express. In order to boost tourist safety throughout the year in Goa, a sensitisation workshop was held for the department of tourism officials and the tourist police force, at the Tourism Bhavan, Patto, Panaji. Around 97 IRB personnel were present at the workshop. The aim of the workshop was to brief the tourist police officers on management of duties on field, tacking situations and redressal of complaints… Strict laws will be followed to ‘Keep Goa green and clean’. Drinking on beaches is prohibited and declared as nuisance, anyone found doing so will be charged a fine of INR5000. The tourist police force has been asked to intervene if they notice incidents such as harassment/troubling women especially foreign tourists…  click here

Decks cleared for sale of Kingfisher House

21 Jul: In the battle between Kingfisher Airlines and lenders over the prize real estate asset – Kingfisher House in Mumbai, the debt-ridden airliner has withdrawn its petition from the Supreme Court (SC) to restrain lenders from the taking possession of the building … The lenders’ consortium is also eyeing the Kingfisher Villa after the High Court granted its nod for the lenders to begin steps for taking possession…  click here
Video.  click here

Goa to host worlds longest & biggest fashion show in August
22 Jul: Daily Times (Pakistan). The worlds longest and biggest fashion show – the FMN Fashion Pageant spread over four days continuously or for about 100 hours at a stretch will be held in North Goa in August and September this year… Ninety-five fashion designers, about 500 male and female models and about 25 choreographers are expected to participate in the event to create a new world record …  click here



Death: Remy Noronha

18 Jul: Chelmsford, Essex, UK. REMY NORONHA. Born 1929 in Nairobi. Ex East African Airways. Son of Mr and Mrs C.J.A. Noronha. Beloved husband to Flora, loving father to Evelyn Mitcham, Brian and Trevor Noronha (who preceded him in death). Grandfather to Lewis and Amber. Dear brother to the late Cajetan and Nazar Noronha, Ida Desouza, Esther Lobo, Belinda Ransley and favourite uncle to several nieces and nephews. He was an all-round sportsman. For funeral details, watch this space. To send condolences and for further details about him, click here.

Death: Alwyn Menezes
18 Jul: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. ALWYN MENEZES. Beloved husband of Esme Menezes (nee Mendonca), father of Beverly (Sherman) and Ryan and grandfather of Hailey and Michael De Souza. He will be dearly missed by his siblings and their respective families - Blossom (Sathiya) Nair, Francis (Dianne) Menezes, Marie (Johnny) Coutinho, nieces Cynthia (Orlando) D'Costa, Samantha (Saras) Seth, Kelly (John), nephews Sedrick (Valerie) Nair, Trevor Menezes and their children as well as his in-laws, Nap, Alvaro and Armindo Mendonca and their families as well as the families of the late Linda Fernandes and Zemira Sequeira. May his Soul Rest in Peace. Condolences may be sent to  email

News Summary

Commonwealth Games: Andrew D'Souza is paying for honour to represent Canada

20 Jul: Metro News (Canada). Before D'Souza could represent Canada at the Commonwealth Games, the badminton player had to harness his inner entrepreneur. The 20-year-old from Ottawa is Canada's No. 2-ranked men's player, but based on his Commonwealth ranking, is one of 47 "pay to play" athletes on the Canadian team bound for Glasgow who had to pay their own way to the Games. So D'Souza organized a badminton exhibition in Ottawa to raise the $3,000 it's costing him to compete at the Games… D'Souza, who's never competed in an international multi-sport event, is used to footing the bill for his badminton endeavours. The human kinetics student at the University of Ottawa said it's been a joint effort between him and his parents to pay for trips such as the Pan American and Pan American junior championships and the world junior championships… D'Souza's goal is to reach the podium in Glasgow… 861 words.  click here
For the Andrew D’Souza Facebook page,  click here
Video. Andrew D’Souza interview. click here.

Commonwealth Games: Seraphino Antao
20 Jul: Daily Express (UK). Brendan Foster, (Gold for England in 10,000 metres at Edmonton in 1978) asks: In which race did Kenya win its first Commonwealth Gold?
Answer at the foot of article: "Seraphino Antao won the 100 yards at Perth in 1962 and then won the 200 yards too. I'd be surprised many of you got that!"  click here

Video: Interview with Katja de Bragança, Human Biologist

21 Jul: Deutsche Welle. Video – in English. Katja de Bragança was born in Germany in 1959. She lives with her husband and their family of eight children and six grandchildren in Bonn. 16 years ago, Katja de Bragança founded "Ohrenkuss," a magazine made entirely by people with Down's syndrome. For that, the 55-year-old biologist was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany… She spent the first 12 years of her life in Goa. After her parents separated, her mother returned with her and her brother to Germany in the early1970s. Photos of her family and she talks about life in Goa at 19m. 45s.  click here

Alfred de Tavares: Operation ‘Clean- up’
20 Jul: Herald. The 1967 Opinion Poll divided Goa with some wanting an Independent State and other supporting the MGP for merging with Maharashtra. The MGP goons had planned to attach the opposition but were foiled when the late night Mandovi ferry they were travelling in, was cast adrift … :  click here

Book Review: Bomoicars by Reena Martins

20 Jul: DNA. The Goan community shares a special relationship with Bombay… In her latest book, Bomoicar, journalist Reena Martins encapsulates some of these stories. Reena’s idea was to tell the story of the common people using the oral history method. Bomoicar, whose cover features two famous Goans – Lata Mangeshkar and Anthony Gonsalves - tells the stories of Goan immigrants and their lives in Bombay … Back then the city had a lot of space for mavericks… Every story in Bomoicar will find resonance among the Goan community who may have heard similar stories from their parents and grandparents. The book does its best to evoke a nostalgia of a simpler time, of a simpler life. 740 words.  click here
To order the book,  click here

Stop the chaos at the place of worship
19 Jul: The Goan. Old Goa is steeped in history and must see place for the visiting tourists. But many times the tourists who visit the church of Bom Jesus create a lot of ruckus especially when the service is on thereby disturbing the sanctity of the place … 1073 words.  click here

Combating Rabies

20 Jul: Herald. In Goa, the Mission Rabies plan launched on April 1, 2014 is simple and scientific: Sterilise and vaccinate 70 per cent of the dogs in Goa within the first year. Thereafter, re- vaccinate all dogs every year, for the next two years to ensure that there are no rabies carrying canines left in the state of Goa. Simultaneously, a “ rabies hotline,” active surveillance teams and an intense community support and education programmes have been set up. … Luke Gamble ( centre) of Worldwide Veterinary Services UK with a team of helpers of the Mission Rabies programme Goa has been selected as the first state in India to implement the three-year anti-rabies programme that proposes to make the dreaded disease a distant memory in India.  click here

Holiday Deals of the week
19 Jul: The Irish Independent. Normally I wouldn't dub anything costing €1,527pp a bargain, but when the price includes return flights and 14 nights in a four-star hotel in Goa, I'm tempted to change my mind. Private car transfers are also provided …  click here

Auction: An early Goanese ivory figure of the Madonna and child

23 Jul: Burstow & Hewett, Battle, East Sussex. UK. Lot 127: An early Goanese ivory figure of the Madonna and child, on wooden plinth, height 6" overall. Estimate: £80 - £120.  click here

Lusofonia Games scam: Congress seeks CBI probe
20 Jul: Business Standard. The Congress has alleged a Delhi Commonwealth Games-style scam and demanded a CBI probe into corruption in the organisation of the Portuguese Commonwealth Games, also known as the Lusofonia Games, in Goa. Congress spokesman Durgadas Kamat said the pricing of the Games' medals, grand opening and closing ceremonies, hiring of taxis, as well as laying out infrastructure for the third Lusfonia Games was excessive, and suggested that the scam was worth Rs.100 crore approximately. "Three quotations from companies in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore for Games' medals for Rs.500, Rs.400 and Rs.600 (respectively) were turned down and instead the government paid Rs.6,500 for each medal," Kamat said…  click here



Death: Sr. Philomena Rodrigues
Death: Sr. Philomena Rodrigues 19 Jul: Arusha, Tanzania. SR. PHILOMENA ISABELLA RODRIGUES (Order of the Precious Blood Sisters). Ex Pemba, Tanzania. Sister of Fernando, Antonio, William and other siblings. Passed away at the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Nairobi. Daughter of late Minguel Francisco Rodrigues and late Mrs. Maria Caitana Po. Sister to Lilia/late Antonio Cabral (Portugal), Fernando/Felicidade (London), William/late Wahida (Abu Dhabi), Sr. Mary Gemma Cps (Zanzibar), Anton Pemba/Philomena(Goa), Late Alzira/Catejan Fernandes (Goa), Joseph/Graca(Scotland), Bella/Joseph Miranda(Goa) and Goretti/Late Jeffrey Gomes (Goa). The funeral service will be held on Wed. 23rd of July 2014 at Precious Blood School Riruta at 10 am followed by the burial at St.Austins Cemetery. Condolences to  email

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UK: Police fear groper Basilio Vaz attacked many more women

19 Jul: Daily Echo (UK). A Southampton hospital cleaner who embarked on a “campaign of sexual assaults” against women both at work and on city buses has been jailed for four years. Basilio Vaz pleaded guilty to 11 counts of sexual assault within just a two-month period, targeting women at Southampton General Hospital where he worked, and strangers on buses, including teenagers. Southampton Crown Court heard how his victims were left feeling frightened, scared and some in need of counselling after the 43-year-old groped and stroked them without warning… In mitigation, Andy Houston told the court that Vaz, who had arrived in the UK last June from Goa, was sexually inexperienced and had touched his victims over their clothing… 615 words.  click here

Britisher held for overstaying
20 Jul: Times of India. A British national, Lloyd McDouglas, was arrested by the Calangute police on Friday for overstaying in the country without a valid visa… McDouglas had also been arrested earlier by the Calangute police for a similar offence…  click here
[Could this be Lloyd Christian McMullan (43) who has a history of theft and drug peddling charges?]. For a photograph and article about McMullan,  click here

Raymond Varley: India to press for extradition of alleged paedophile

20 Jul: PTI. CBI has sought the help of MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) to take up the matter at the highest level with the British government for issuing instructions to its legal services to present a strong case in connection with the extradition of Raymond Andrew Varley, who allegedly molested hundreds of orphan children in Goa in 1995 at a shelter home run by foreigners. The extradition has been rejected by Westminster court and appeal has been filed at the High Court of England and Wales which will be heard tomorrow when CBI will file a crucial statement on the need for an independent medical opinion on the mental health of the accused…667 words.  click here
20 Jul: “Herald Review Exclusive” India appeals but paedophile could walk free …  click here

Black Dog: Vaz that got the cream
20 Jul: Mail on Sunday (UK). Thrusting Labour MP Keith Vaz has tasted many a victory at Westminster but none sweeter than last week’s triumph of restoring strawberries and cream to Commons’ menus. Vaz declared: ‘It was outrageous that the very epitome of an English summer was denied to MPs – it’s my favourite dessert.’  click here

Africa's Most Photographed House Is in Danger

19 Jul: Huffington Post. Widely considered one of Africa’s greatest art collectors, Joseph Murumbi spent his life collecting a vast collection of art and books. Born the son of a Goan father and Maasai mother, Murumbi rose to become one of the leaders in the Kenya African Union. When he died he left behind more than 50,000 books and letters of correspondence, which included 8,000 rare books. Before his death, Murumbi and his American-Kenyan friend, Alan Donovan, co-founded The African Heritage House (often called ‘Africa’s most photographed house.’)../. However, this priceless piece of cultural history is now under threat. The Standard Gauge Railway seeks to demolish the house to use the land for construction … What you can do: Sign this petition to the President of Kenya…  click here

Toronto: Reports of Little Portugal's death have been greatly exaggerated
19 Jul: Toronto Star. Unlike many of Toronto’s old ethnic neighbourhoods, this one has kept its native flavour, and population, despite an influx of young professionals… … The arrival of hipsters in a neighbourhood often sweeps out the original inhabitants, whether through prohibitive rent spikes or voluntary flight to the suburbs. Little Portugal has not followed that path. Fado music, portraits of the Virgin Mary, and posters of Cristiano Ronaldo abound. About one-third of the area’s population remains Portuguese and a quarter of its residents speak Portuguese as their mother tongue… Robert Murdie, a geography professor at York University and co-author of a 2009 study on gentrification in Little Portugal says, “They’re not inclined to move to Mississauga.”  click here


20 Jul: Herald. … A recent report by Arz which works on issues of human trafficking and CSE says though 76.7 percent of the victims are Indians, the number of foreigners being trafficked into Goa for sex tourism has been on the rise. Nepal tops the list with a total of 47per cent foreign victims, followed by Thailand at 14 per cent and Bangladesh at 13 per cent. Sex tourism in Goa has also seen a supply of women from Uzbekistan, Kyrgystan, Ukraine, Russia and Turkmenistan… Regardless of their nationality, the Arz study also says most victims come from rural areas… the last two years has seen a dramatic spike in the number of women trafficked into Goa to work in massage parlours and dance bars … A glaring figure in sex tourism that has raised the hackles of its residents is that 45.6 per cent of sex exploitation cases registered in Goa cropped up in Calangute…  click here

Police complaint against Swamy for anti-Church comments
18 Jul: CNN-IBN. A police complaint was filed on Friday accusing BJP leader Subramanian Swamy of "attempting to create and promote enmity against the Catholic Church" by posting on his Facebook page that the Church in Goa does not love HIV positive children. The complaint was filed by Congress spokesperson Durgadas Kamat … The conflict between the Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) and the management of the Fatima High School in Rivona village, over admissions to 13 HIV+ve children and 23 suspected HIV+ve children has grabbed the attention of the state…  click here
20 Jul: Times of India. 'Swamy must apologize to church, Goa' …  click here
20 Jul: Herald. Church, society rebukes Swamy’s statement … click here.

Savio Messias withdraws from elections for the post of the Goa Football

Association (GFA) President 20 Jul: Goal. By Anselm Noronha. Savio Messias [ex-Mombasa] had filed his nomination for the post of the Goa Football Association (GFA) President but decided to withdraw his nomination on the grounds of political interventions, thus leaving Elvis Gomes as the sole candidate to replace Shrinivas Dempo at the top post. Gomes had filed his nomination after the state government cleared him to run for the GFA top post… "I withdrew for the sake of unity of Goan football, because the panel elections were becoming a bit complicated and nasty with politicians entering the fray. It would be fought on political lines, it seemed like," Messias explained …  click here

Goa still in shock over Brazil's defeat in the World Cup
19 Jul: Daily News & Analysis. Cynics in the bar in Goa recognise that Brazil being trounced by Germany is the real "Hand of God" saying it is fitting that the beautiful game was cremated in the land of the favelas… There are other old-timers of course, already on their third, who weep, saying the tragedy is far greater — that football itself has died… It is only those who stare into their glasses before ordering their second who discover the truth: namely, that Brazil 2014 finally heralds FIFA rising out of the ashes into its new avatar — a global corporate behemoth …  click here

Goa to invite Amitabh Bachchan for IFFI inauguration

19 Jul: Financial Express. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today said that the state government will formally invite Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan to inaugurate the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) scheduled to take place in Goa this November. "Amitabh Bachchan's name is at the top of the list for being invited for the upcoming IFFI. I have informally spoken to him. Once we get approval from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, we will send a formal invitation to him," he said…  click here
Video: 19 Jul. Prudent Media.  click here

English is Indian: Kindly adjust
20 Jul: Navhind Times. Hindi is great, but is English really a foreign language any longer? And can the two coexist, like chowmein-stuffed samosas or biryani-filled pizza? The idea of language as a badge of national pride is not limited to India … If we can rush to embrace Indian writers when they sweep the Booker and other awards, shouldn’t we also pause to claim English as an Indian language … The tendency to brush off English as foreign comes most often from those politicians who have no problem sending their kids to ‘elite’ institutions… We need to stop apologising and start acknowledging that English is now our language, adding to a rich profusion of the languages we already own…  click here


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Gemma Fernandes: No child’s play

19 Jul: The Goan. Thirteen years ago, when the UK-born Gemma Fernandes first set foot on Goan soil to learn Konkani and get a taste of Goa’s heritage and culture, little did she know that she was unconsciously entering into a lifelong relationship with the state, which would go on to give birth to a career in acting. A true-blue Goan today, she is the first ever tiatrist to be honing her acting skills at the prestigious University Of West London, where she’s pursuing a bachelors degree in acting for the stage and media … “I was born in Leicester, UK. In 2001, my dad Mario who is Goan, and mum Sheela who is Gujarati, decided to move to Goa as they had a great affinity with Goa and always wanted my brother and I to learn the local language… 1377 words.  click here
Video: A message from Gemma Fernandes. JoeGoaUk. 3m. 38s.  click here

California: Mandovi Indian Cuisine has opened
17 Jul: The Orange County Register (California). Mandovi Indian Cuisine has opened on Sepulveda just south of El Segundo Boulevard, and they're doing something out of the ordinary; they're one of the few restaurants in California serving the cuisine of Goa. The Portuguese ruled that city for hundreds of years, and there are Mediterranean/ Indian fusions that developed over the centuries. If you'd like to try southern-style coconut-scented seafood curries, real vindaloo, or stewed goat, this is the place to go…  click here
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Seraphino Antao was a renowned sporting figure

18 Jul: Coastweek (Mombasa, Kenya). No doubt that Seraphino Antao was a renowned sporting figure… The Goan Community spokesman was none other than that the volatile Franklyn Pereira - Chairman of the Goan Institute and patron of the Coast Hockey Association. He has written to the Hon. Sheikh Balala and also the Hon. Governor, Hassan Ali Joho. We now beg the Hon. Governor to ensure that we get the road that we have requested… [2004 photo of the late Seraphino Antao with Franklyn Pereira]  click here

Why is there a Ketamine drought?
18 Jul: MixMag (UK). Ketamine prices have soared from £15 per gram to £40 – with the drug vanishing from some cities almost entirely. What's happened? A huge seizure of ketamine and a law change in India, the major supplier globally of the drug, are being blamed for a 'ketamine drought'… The drug first appeared in the UK in the early 1990s, as ravers from India’s Goa party scene smuggled back bottles of the drug in liquid form, disguised as rosewater…  click here

Canada: AFIMAC Appoints Craig D'Souza as Senior Director of Corporate Investigations

17 Jul: Canada NewsWire. AFIMAC Global has appointed Craig D'Souza, a seasoned corporate security leader and forensics investigator, as its Senior Director of Corporate Investigations… Prior to AFIMAC, he spent eight years with the Toronto Police Services in an undercover capacity dealing with major, large-scale investigations. He also led an elite team of investigators at Target to successfully resolve many internal and external provincial and national threats, including organized crime, significant fraud and counterfeit incidents…  click here
Craig D'Souza was born in Mumbai. He moved to Canada in 1989 from Saudi Arabia. For a Linkedin profile of him,  click here

Goa’s Tourism Minister “I support pubs, bikinis on the beach. Our mindsets need to change”
19 Jul: The Goan. A couple of weeks back senior MGP leader and PWD Minister, Sudin Dhavlikar stoked controversy when he said that bikinis and pub culture must be banned in Goa. He appeared to receive tacit support from Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar and North Goa MP and Union Minister of State for Tourism, Shripad Naik. In a tête-à-tête with The Goan the State Tourism Minister, Dilip Parulekar said Dhavlikar’s statement has had no effect on tourism as such but wanted leaders to think twice before making such comments. Goa is a tourist state and therefore bikinis, pubs and nightlife are bound to happen and need to be accepted, he added…  click here

Lisbon: 37,000 people have seen Antique Jewellery of Goa Exhibition

19 Jul: Diario do Noticias. The exhibition "Splendors of the Orient. Gold jewelry of ancient Goa" was seen by 37075 visitors until day 13 July discloses the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (MNAA), in Lisbon. The exhibition was inaugurated on 16 April and brings together a collection of jewellery objects which were locked in the vaults of the Banco Nacional Ultramarino … "Splendors of the Orient" can be seen until September …  click here

Of Goa and literature: Unexpected growth and dividends
19 Jul: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. "Goa is such a literary place," said Amitav Ghosh … One of the world's most distinguished novelists and writers, he had begun to spend some months each year in the state. His endorsement immediately had a perceptible ripple effect on other writers and artists who seemed to wake up en masse to the potential of living and working part-time in Goa. Today there is a sizable contingent of India's best creative talent quietly sheltering in villages across the landscape … Meena Kandasamy … Eunice de Souza … Teju Cole, Himanshu Suri, Bilal Tanweer, Amruta Patil, Ranjit Hoskote, Jerry Pinto, Naresh Fernandes, dozens more …  click here

Ileana’s navel treat in a two-piece dress

18 Jul: Times of India. To all the fans of Ileana D'Cruz out there, who are missing her dearly, here is the sneak peek of the petite beauty. She had have reservations in skin show when she was in T-town. But those days are gone. Thanks to competition in Bollywood, the Goan diva is now eyeing to position herself as glam queen in B-town. She was recently spotted in a two-piece dress which set the tongues wagging in tinsel town. Her curvaceous body, waist and navel treat have become hot topic in Mumbai. Without a doubt, Ileana is scorching with her skimpy clothes. But the question is will this help her much? …  click here
For a Wikipedia profile of Ileana D'Cruz,  click here

Traffic police ‘target’ed with challan diktat
19 Jul: The Goan. Traffic policemen in Goa seem to be more worried about issuing challans than ensuring proper traffic on roads across the state. As per sources, each police officer from ASI to PSI level rank has to book at least 20 cases per day and 600 cases in a month. No matter if they have to work for extra hours …  click here

Tourists on Goa beaches to be under CCTV surveillance

18 Jul: India Today. Tourists visiting Goa will have a CCTV camera monitoring their movements once they venture on to major beaches in the state, a senior Tourism Department official said in Panaji on Friday. The Tourism department which is in the process of reviewing the entire security arrangement on the beaches have decided to continue posting India Reserve Battalion (IRB) on the beaches, which will patrol the areas.  click here

Taxi owners say govt has not kept promises
19 Jul: Times of India. The North Goa tourist taxi owners association (NGTTOA) has threatened a protest against the government if Olacabs is given permission to operate in the state. The entry of Olacabs, a private enterprise offering taxi service, was stalled after the taxi association representing 2,000-odd tourist taxi owners had a violent agitation last year … The government had agreed to meet demands of the agitating taxi owners on the sidelines of the agitation … NGTTOA claimed those running taxis illegally or non-Goans who want to establish their foothold in Goa are joining forces with Olacabs…  click here
Video: 19 Jul. InGoaNews. Now taxi turf wars shift to Mapusa. 4m. 39s.  click here



Death: Annie Fernandes

29 Jun: Brampton, Ont. Canada. ANNIE FERNANDES. Born 1942. (Ex Mumbai). Wife of: Andrew. Mother of: Amber/Arun, Anora /Gilson & Grand Children... Sister of: Marie/Milton, Augusta/Manuel, Clara /Johnny, Remedios/Anita, Seby/Noella.  For further details click here

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Swindon: Robert Buckland MP: These enjoyable events serve as the glue to bind us all together

17 Jul: Swindon Advertiser. Robert Buckland MP for South Swindon: On Saturday I was at the Goan Summer Festival … Around 2,000 people attended, with music, dance, food and plenty of colour. I have worked closely with the Goan community over the years on a number of initiatives … As I told the festival’s organisers, I am looking forward to continuing this work and highlighting the community’s valuable place in our town… They have integrated fully into British culture and are a real asset to Swindon… It was an extremely successful day, organised very well by the community, and I was delighted to have been invited…  click here
Videos: John Soares. 9 video clips of the Swindon Goan Summer Festival 2014.  click here

Swindon: Holy Family pupils enjoy a day of fun to mark 50th anniversary
17 Jul: Swindon Advertiser (UK). A Jubilee party was thrown for staff, pupils and parents at Holy Family Catholic Primary School yesterday to mark the school’s 50th anniversary… Acting headteacher Louise Brown, who has been at the school for three years, said the party was the perfect way to end such an important year… David Dawson, chair of governors at the school, said, “We’ve got over 20 languages being spoken here now, and the school often celebrates the different cultures. There’s strong Goan and Filipino communities …  click here
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Britons need most consular help in India

17 Jul: Hindustan Times. India is among countries where British nationals need the most consular help according to the Foreign Office. The travel advice for India continues to caution British women travelling in India. The new figures state that there were six cases of sexual assault. The ‘British Behaviour Abroad 2014’ report states that there were 842,000 British visitors to India, besides 80,000 British citizens who reside in the country. There were 89 deaths of British citizens in India during the year, 67 cases of hospitalisation, and 59 arrests… It notes that British women had been the victims of sexual assault in Goa, Delhi, Bangalore and Rajasthan …  click here
For the British Behaviour Abroad report 2014,  click here

India six-year-old 'raped in Bangalore school by staff members'
17 Jul: BBC. A six-year-old schoolgirl has allegedly been raped by two staff members at a prominent school in the southern Indian city of Bangalore, police say. The alleged assault happened on 2 July but her parents discovered it only a few days ago after she complained of stomach ache and was taken to hospital… The girl was allegedly raped by a security guard and a gym teacher …  click here

Mumbai: Your Sunday feast, with love from Goa

17 Jul: MidDay. Car dealer by day. Passionate chef by night. Sounds like the plot to a superhero film? Guess again! Vikhroli resident Roger D’Souza provides a unique service — a Goan food delivery service born out of passion and run with a lot of heart. D’Souza is a self-taught cook and offers an ever-dynamic evolving menu of quintessential Goan grub… Orders are taken through the week, and meals are delivered on the weekend.  click here

India announces new visa measures for Nigerians
15 Jul: Premium Times. (Nigeria). The new Indian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Ghanashyam Rangaiah, on Tuesday, announced new measures that would enable Nigerians obtain visas to India with ease… “We now want such applicants to personally, after applying through our website, come directly to the High Commission, without having to use agents or touts. We no longer want Nigerians to wait for any facilitator or pay heavily to agents before getting visas to India,’’ he said… The High Commissioner said that the aim was to detect some young Nigerians who use such falsified admission letters to get into India for “different things…  click here

Sister who founded order in India is declared Venerable

17 July: Catholic Herald (UK). The Pontiff formally declared that Mother Mary Veronica of the Passion, a Carmelite nun, lived a life of heroic virtue … The Holy Father’s decree opens the way for the search for two miracles first to declare her Blessed and finally to canonise her. Mother Mary Veronica founded the Sisters of the Apostolic Carmel, a religious congregation of Carmelite nuns based in India. She was born Sophie Leeves in 1823 in Constantinople to the Rev Henry Daniel Leeves, an Anglican chaplain to the British Embassy there, and Marina Haultain, the daughter of a colonel in British Army. But when she was a teenager she felt drawn to the Catholic Church...  click here

Govt to crack down on tourists cooking by roadsides
18 Jul: Times of India. The tourism department has decided to pass an order prohibiting anyone including tourists from cooking along the roadside. This was revealed during a sensitization workshop organized by the tourism department and tourist police force at the Tourism Bhavan, Patto, Panaji on Thursday… The department of tourism has constituted a flying squad which will further take the responsibility in "controlling escalated matters"… The tourist police force has been asked to intervene if they notice incidents such as harassment/troubling women especially foreign tourists.  click here
Goa Tourism takes measures to strengthen state’s safety. Travel Trends Today.  click here

Sushma exhorts NRIs to assist in India's progress

17 Jul: IANS. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (photo) Thursday called upon NRIs to work for the reconstruction of the country, and said Indians living abroad endorse the NDA government as their "own"… We want the NRIs to work with us for the progress of our nation," Sushma Swaraj said … She said the government was giving final shape to a Rs.94-crore NRI building project… She said her ministry was contemplating an immigration bill which would take all such people to task who lure other people with false promises of jobs abroad and issue fake visas…  click here

Calangute appalled at 'sex destination' tag
17 Jul: Times of India. Recent revelations by an NGO that 45% of women rescued from various prostitution rackets in the state were found around Calangute-Candolim area have alarmed the locality, but sources claim that these statistics could only be the tip of the iceberg. Reports revealed that Calangute police rescued 76 women last year. Majority of the sex rackets were being operated over the internet or the phone ...  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

> Sat 26 Jul: Aldona Association (London) invites you to celebrate the feast of St Thomas at Our Lady Queen of Apostles, Houslow TW5 0RL. Mass will start promptly at 3pm in the church followed by a social in the church hall. Music provided by Danda Cousins. Tickets, which include snacks and a meal, cost £12 for members, £14 for guests, children (6-10) £6. Please book early as tickets sold on the door will be more expensive. For further details email or to check the flyer, click here.

Sun. 27 Jul: UK GOAN FESTIVAL 2014 at Cranford Community College, Cranford High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW5 9PD. Starting with Mass @ 11 a.m. Entrance to the Festival is charged at £5.00 per person. Children under 16 free. There is ample parking for cars and coaches on the premises. Cars will be charged at £5.00. A "free" shuttle service will operate from/to Hounslow West Underground Station (Piccadilly Line). For further details and updates go to

1st -14th Aug. Fr. Lawrence Mascarenhas Intercessory and Healing Services 1st: Swindon ~ Holyrood Church. Contact Peter: 07417 435056 (Konkani)
2nd: Swindon ~ Counselling. Contact Florian 07828 447366
3rd: Swindon ~ Holy Family. Contact Florian 07828 447366~Elias: 07833 746001(Konkani)
5th: Tooting Broadway ~ St Boniface. Contact Aires Fernandes 020 8488 0194 or Bosco 020 8672 1422 (English)
6th St Mary's Church ~West Croydon. Contact Paulina Fernandes 07944 748759 or Zita Vaz 020 8654 6261
7th: Wembley Park ~ English Martyrs. Contact Edna 07590 419942(Konkani/English)
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10th: Neasden ~ St Patricks Church. Contact Anthony 07877 795536
11th: Southall ~ St Anselms. Contact Nazareth de Souza 07737 166254 Konkani/English)
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14th Feltham ~ St. Lawrences Church ~ Contact Marinha 07976070852
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