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Citizenship Conundrum

10 Dec. Times of India. By Murari Shetty. Thousands of Goans have registered their births in Portugal in their pursuit of a better life for themselves and their children. As their families settle in Europe and elsewhere, what is the situation regarding their citizenship buck home? … As per state government data. over 50,000 Goans have registered their births in Portugal but hold neither a Portuguese passport nor a bilhete de identidade (ID card) … This issue has hotly been debated over the past decade as many of those who registered their births in Portugal are politicians, police personnel, and bureaucrats… 1214 words.  click here
10 Dec: The Goan . Aleixo Sequeira: Portuguese citizenship row comes back to haunt BJP. Mickky Pacheco said if the Passport Officer has revoked the Indian Passports of 70 Goans just because they had registered their births in Portugal, the same law should apply to everyone, including ministers and MLAs… 570 words  click here
Video: 9 Dec: Prudent Media Goa. 'Portuguese' Minister In Goa Govt Cabinet? … Aceitação no on the registration paper is an indication that the birth registration if confirmed in Portugal… This is indicative that Alexio is a Portuguese national… If he has cancelled it, let him prove it… 3m.02s click here.

New Zealand: ‘In Goa we are all Catholic so we eat everything, except the chairs and tables’

10 Dec 2023: Sunday Star-Times (New Zealand) Doreena and Jose Fernandes of Go Goa Eatery. Doreena Fernandes is in no doubt about what she’d want to eat if she were instantly transported back to her home city of Goa, the sausages! … For the past four years, Doreena and her family run Go Goa Eatery in the heart of Devonport, on Auckland’s North Shore… … Doreena is front of house and helps with the serving – and more – while husband Jose is a pastry chef… Their older son, Blake, does the accounts, and his younger brother Brike, 15, makes palpitation-inducing long blacks… Doreena and Jose bought the café towards the end of 2019 … “In Goa we are all Catholic so we eat everything, except the chairs and tables,” Doreena says… To the esteemed sausages, we can add fish and coconut, two other staples of Goanese cuisine. These are abundant and prepared and enjoyed in multiple ways… “When I went back to Goa last time, I went straight to the fish market and grabbed big batches of fish for my freezer… We do eat chicken, pork, mutton, goat and so on, but this is basically kept for a weekend when family and kids get together…” she says … 1066 words  For further details click here
For the Go Goa Eatery website,  click here

Suella Come Home?

10 Dec: Herald. By Vivek Menezes… All this past week, Rishi Sunak’s government was under severe attack from the recently sacked home minister Suella (Fernandes) Braverman, who kept on hammering this point: “It’s now or never” to institute policies that “reflect public fury” about the “existential challenge” posed by “mass, uncontrolled” immigration… All this has complex resonance in India’s smallest state, and amongst the broadly transnational Goans… "Is there any solution to be found in and for places like Assagao, the once-sylvan “village of flowers” turned horrifying cautionary tale of what can happen when the locals lose control? What would Suella Braverman do and say about the ongoing social, cultural and environmental catastrophe in the ancestral village of her forefathers?" … The one incoming group that sticks in the Goan craw is Dilliwallahs who are seen as loud and coarse moneybags, with little regard for local sensibilities… Europe at least has a migration control mechanism (visa), Goa doesn't.” Padma Shri award winner – Norma Alvares (daughter of Assagao) says, “Braverman's rhetoric is indeed heartless, distasteful, anti-human and hypocritical because she herself is from a family that has a migration history… she is not the kind of politician the world requires right now. But it is not her alone. This is a collective failure of those in power, all over the world.” 1407 words  For further details click here

A ‘Paradise’ Violated: Goa's domestic violence explosion hits hard

10 Dec: Herald. Herald TV Debate Point-counterpoint. On the Panel are host Sujay Gupta (Group Editor, Herald), Sabina Martins (Convenor, Bailancho Saad), Adv Caroline Collasso, (Human Rights Lawyer) and Arun Pandey, Director of ARZ (Anyay Rahit Zindagi)… If the issue of sexual abuse of women in Goa wasn’t enough, there is another social evil harming our women, which is domestic violence. According to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS-5), around 20 per cent of the surveyed women (aged 18-49 years) had experienced either physical or sexual violence, and three per cent had experienced both… Sabina Martins, Convenor, Bailancho Saad said that domestic violence is very much prevalent in Goan society… “There is also mental torture inflicted through constant abuses, not allowing the woman to go to her parent’s house, then depriving children of food,” Martins said… “Adv Caroline Collasso said, “A woman does go to the police station only after a series of really unbearable violence. …” Arun Pandey, Director of ARZ (Anyay Rahit Zindagi), said, “Goa is one place where we have one of the best legislations, like the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act… Unfortunately, the problem lies in implementation…” 1274 words  For further details click here
Video: 9 Dec: OHeraldo Goa. A 'paradise' violated: Goa's domestic violence explosion. 57m.30s click here.


9 Dec: Scroll. This holiday season, who’s ‘Uninvited’ from Goa? By Deborah Al-Najjar… With the aptly-named exhibition The Uninvited, artist Angela Ferrão hopes to highlight the sentiment of Goans, pressed in from all sides and forced to witness an endless, loud party in their homes that they haven’t been invited to… “It is Goa’s fishing communities, farmers and the bulk of Goan society who maintain the land and sustain Goan culture,” says Ferrão… Angela Ferrão and R Benedito Ferrão (curator) idea is to challenge misrepresentations of Goans themselves… Goans as well as the state are often represented or perceived as more “liberal” where anything goes… The exhibition is also a way to push back against the perception of “sussegad” or laidback, by drawing attention to the activism and people’s movements to save Goa’s environment… 2127 words.  For further details click here
Video: 9 Dec: BW Hotelier. Luxury in the Sun: Goa's Opulent Hospitality. Episode 25 of Diversey BW HOTELIER The GM Show (Season 2) “Luxury in the Sun: Goa's Opulent Hospitality” hosted and moderated by Bhuvanesh Raj Khanna, CEO, BW Communities, BW Businessworld. Eminent Speakers: Tanveer Kwatra, GM, W Goa Hotel; Amandeep Singh Grover, GM, Hilton Goa Resort; Neha Chhabra, GM, JW Marriott Goa; Sanjay Pagi, GM, Mercure Goa Devaaya Resort Presenting Partner: Diversey. 1:01:09  click here
8 Dec: CNBCTV18. Goa is now the go to holiday destination for tourists from this central Asian country. Goa is now the go to destination for Uzbeks, as the sunny state welcomed the inaugural charter flight from Uzbekistan at the Manohar International Airport… click here.

News in Brief:

10 Dec: Times of India. India gets Lion’s share of UK visas, says British High Commission… Vikram Singh, the strategic head for investment at the DBT, who was in Goa recently, said that the UK wants to attract the best and brightest talent from India, particularly in the technology and research spaces… “India actually gets the lion’s share of all the work visas that the UK issues all over the world…” he said… the key objective of the event was to support the ambitions of Goan entrepreneurs who plan to expand operations in the UK…  For further details click here
10 Dec: Herald. Where is the opposition in Goa? Its elements are cosying up to the BJP… While Goa has only two MPs there are visible signs that the Congress, barring its lip-service about taking on the BJP, is totally in the clutches of people who have not served the party but dealt with it…  click here
10 Dec: Hindustan Times. Meghna shifts to Goa: Had I been single, I would have moved to Mumbai… Actor Meghna Naidu has shifted bas to Goa with husband, Portuguese Tennis Player, Luis Miguel Reis , while leaving her Dubai life… “Had I been single I would have moved to Mumbai,” she says… It took us five years to come to this decision … click here.


9 Dec: OHeraldo Goa. LIVE- Day 1: Festa do Povo, A Festival of the People. 50m:40s  For further details click here
Video: 10 Dec: Scroll. Eco India: Could ‘adopting a coral’ support marine conservation in Goa? Coastal Impact, an organisation that focuses on restoring Goa’s coral reefs, engages in coral conservation work through its ‘adopt a coral’ programme…14m.52s  click here
9 Dec: Architect and Interiors India. Design Debate Goa: In the centre of the Old Portugal Vibes. The 22nd edition of the Design Debate Event was exceptionally applauded and appreciated… This year, it was – Aesthetics Vs Economics… 3:20:39 click here.

F&B News

10 Dec: Financial Express. Pizza 10/10… UK-based Italian Chef Michele Pascarella, who was recently awarded the ‘best pizza chef in the world’ at the World Top 50 Pizza Awards, decided to conduct a pop-up at JW Marriott Goa as part of the ‘Masters of Marriott Bonvoy and Culinary Culture’ partnership  For further details click here
9 Dec: Times Now News. Pub Crawl: Must visit cocktail bars in Goa. Antonio’s@31 … Escobar … The Mango Tree … Joseph Bar … Ida …  click here
10 Dec: Herald. Singing solo is now a reality. Bands are no longer in much demand in restaurants with many outlets preferring solo acts due to the lower cost. This has been a trend that started off during the Covid crisis and had now become a reality in the industry… click here.

News Headlines:

10 Dec: Times of India. F N Souza’s painting may fetch Rs 6cr as works of Indian art greats go on auction

10 Dec: Herald. Feast of St Francis Xavier celebrated for first time at Heathrow Airport, UK.

10 Dec: The Goan. Goa: Dabolim Fuel Leak.  A ticking time bomb in Mormugao

10 Dec: The Goan. Drone survey: Over 6.72 lakh property cards issued in Goa

10 Dec: Times of India. Covid-19 led to reduction of microplastics in Goa's Mandovi, Zuari estuaries: Research paper

10 Dec: Herald. Goa: Sand Erosion and vanishing Sand Dunes

10 Dec: Navhind Times. The ancient ports of Goa – A panoramic view



21 Dec: Funeral arrangements for Ramona Nazareth. Bishop's Stortford UK, ex Liverpool, Mwanza, Tabora, Tanzania & Oxel, Goa.

RAMONA SEBASTIANA NAZARETH, born 4 Aug. 1931 died peacefully on 30th November 2023, aged 92 years, at home surrounded by her family. Beloved daughter of the late Maurice & Ophelia Fernandes. Devoted and much-loved wife of the late Alves Nazareth. Loving sister/sister-in-law of the late Bonny/Rufa & late Donald/Alzira. Loving mother/mother-in-law of Terrence/Tessa, Ilona/Richard, Lionel/Anna & Vincent/Heather. Cherished grandmother of Jason/Jenene, Christopher, Jade/Brian, Monique, Alesha, Dylan, Samuel and Jordan. Great grandmother of Raphael.
A Requiem Mass to celebrate the life of Ramona Nazareth will be held at 11 am on Thursday 21st December, at St Joseph & the English Martyrs Church, 3 Windhill Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 2ND. Followed by the cremation at 1 pm at Cam Valley Crematorium, Field Farm Drive, Great Chesterford, CB10 1FE. The family warmly invite you for refreshments & to share memories at St Michael’s Mead Community Centre, Turners Crescent, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 4FZ  (next to Busy Bees Nursery, hall will be open from 12:30 pm, wake will start at 2 pm.) 
The Church to the Crematorium is a 90-minute round-trip, coaches will be provided & the Crematorium ceremony will last 20 minutes. For catering & coach purposes kindly RSVP by 8 pm on Tuesday 12th December, to or message Terrence on 07973320887 or message Lionel on 07889027237. If you are unable to attend, you are welcome to join online by clicking on this link,
Instead of flowers, for all donations & inquiries, please contact Daniel Robinson & Sons, South Street, Bishops Stortford, CM23 3AL. Tel: 01279655477.  

News Summary

UK invites Goan IT firms to set up offices

8 Dec: Navhind Times.. British High Commission Vikram Singh said that it is not expensive for small-sized companies and even startups to have an office in UK… Singh said that obtaining British visas is also not difficult … UK is looking for wide-ranging IT investments from India and the British High Commission provides a gamut of facilitating services such as market intelligence, demand forecasts, advisory on the location, industry reports etc… UK is seeking investments in cyber security and artificial intelligence (AI)… The United Kingdom has opened its door for business, with the office of the British High Commission in New Delhi urging the Goan software companies, startups and IT professionals to set up offices in that country… Singh explained that undertaking business in UK will lead to opening up of other global markets for the Goan companies…  For further details click here


9 Dec: Mirror (UK). Day 4: Sheldon Rodrigues Old Bailey trial for the murder of Stephanie Hansen. Obsessive flatmate 'killed ex partner' after he thought he heard her having sex… Jealous Sheldon Rodrigues became so convinced he could hear her moaning as she had sex with her new lover that he planted bugs in their home in Hayes and listened in on her with Mr Cabillan, while he was visiting his relatives in Goa, India… A few weeks after he returned from Goa, Rodrigues spent an entire nightshift listening to the bug in the living room when he was supposed to be working as a cargo agent for Swissport at Heathrow airport… 1042 words  For further details click here
9 Dec: Herald. Goan couple booked for forging documents, cheating man of Rs 2.2 cr in land scam. In yet another land scam registered by the Maina-Curtorim police, a couple has been booked for allegedly cheating complainant Jeet Jain of Rs 2.20 crore by selling him a property in 2017 using forged documents… The accused in the case are Agnelo D’Souza and Macklin Pereira e D’Souza, both residents of Nagwado, Betalbatim…  click here

The Goan: Global Goenkar: 9 Dec 2023.  Part 1:

 Southamption association raises funds for Margao orphanage. By Lui Godinho. the Golden Goa Association (GGA) in Southampton, UK, raised £700 for an orphanage in Margao at the feast celebrations of St Francis Xavier in Southampton… The GGA organised its 13th Feast of St Francis Xavier at Holy Family Catholic Church Hall, Millbrook, Southampton, in the south of England on December 2 …
New York Goans reach out to charities in Goa, Maharashtra. By Avril D’Costa. Reaching out to needy kids in New York and charities in Goa and Maharashtra was one of the focus areas for the Goan Association of New York, as it celebrated the Feast of St Francis Xavier at St Luke’s Church hall in Whitestone, New York on December 3…
Goans raise funds for the less fortunate in Nairobi. By Querobino Lopez. The Feast of St Francis Xavier, Goencho Saib was celebrated at the Goan Institute in Nairobi-Kenya on December 3, with a bulk of the funds collected to be used to support the less fortunate… The Goans in Nairobi have celebrated this feast for over 100 years with the Mass being celebrated at the Minor Basilica and a gathering thereafter at the church hall. From then on, it moved to various other churches in Nairobi…
Goans come together to celebrate Feast in Quebec. By Amber Da Costa. In a celebration that drew a large attendance at the St John Fisher Catholic Church, Summerhill, Pointe-Claire, Quebec-Canada on December 2, the air resonated with the harmonious voices of the ‘Melodic Stars’ choir … Particularly noteworthy was a performance of the Konkani song "Ami Soglim Ek," skilfully infused with a unique Quebec twist …
 Goan priest recalls Goencho Saib’s impact in his life at Wembley. By Lui Godinho. A Goan Jesuit priest, Fr Jovito D Souza SJ, added a personal connect to the St Francis Xavier’s Feast celebrations in Wembley on December 3 by recalling his journey to priesthood and impact of the ‘Goencho Saib’ in his life… “I got this sign when Fr Savio Barreto SJ, the then rector at the Bom Jesus Basilica in Old Goa, requested me for help to lower the casket of St Francis Xavier...”

The Goan: Global Goenkar: 9 Dec 2023.  Part 2:

Goans celebrate Feast at West London hospital.    By Lui Godinho.  The Feast of St Francis Xavier was celebrated by Goan employees in the Northwick Park hospital at Sudbury, Borough of Brent, West London, on December 1 for the second successive year…
Feast celebrations take off at Heathrow Airport. By Leister Martins. First-ever Mass celebrated by Goans at St George Chapel in Terminal 2 of Heathrow airport… The Goan community under the banner of ‘United Friends Heathrow, London’ decided to celebrate the Feast Mass in honour of the Saint for the first time in the airport itself on December 3…
North London Goans host 41st anniversary of Feast. By Lui Godinho. The North London Goans (NLG) hosted their annual celebration of St Francis Xavier’s Feast in Wood Green, North London on December 3… This is the 41st anniversary celebration of the North London Goans which was started by African Goans who migrated to the UK…
 Goans in Pune have special affection for ‘Goencho Saib’. By Alphie Monteiro… The Goans have had a presence in Pune city since 1785 and it is no wonder all Konkani-speaking people here celebrate this feast fervently… The oldest Church built since 1792 celebrated the Feast Mass in Konkani. Another significance of this year’s celebration was the 99th anniversary celebration of the Goan Tailors Association (Alfiad Bhavanchi Sosiedad)…
 ‘Exposition’ of St Francis Xavier recreated at Sharjah… Goans in Sharjah recreated an “exposition” of an unusual sort which drew widespread praise and appreciation from the over 1,000 people present at the St Michael's Church, Sharjah… In recent times, they added a unique touch to their celebrations by designing replicas of different aspects pertaining to the saint… “This year, the community celebrated the Feast on December 2 and designed a replica of the Sacred Relics of St Francis Xavier in a glass casket, keeping in mind the Exposition of the Sacred Relics scheduled in Old Goa next year,” said Xavier Azavedo, President and Coordinator of SMSGC... kar/%E2%80%98exposition%E2%80%99-of-st-francis-xavier-recreated-at-sharjah/106936.html


8 Dec: The Telegraph (UK). Bake Off star Crystelle Pereira’s potato, carrot and chickpea curry tart… It’s become a staple for my family because we would traditionally eat various Goan curries on Boxing Day, and this slightly modern take on that family classic has the added bonus of looking like a bit of a showstopper with minimal effort…  For further details click here
8 Dec: Conde Nast Traveller. A food lover’s guide to the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa… This edition’s culinary programme, a brainchild of Chef Thomas Zacharias’ is among the highlights of the festival… Learn why ghee tastes different everywhere (Dec 15) … Geek out on paneer’s origins (Dec 15) … Learn how to make the one secret ingredient used in Goan food (Dec 17) … Attend a coastal food cooking workshop (Dec 16) … Learn about 2.7 billion-year history of Goan chicken curry (Dec 21) … Attend a zine-making workshop (Dec 17)… Discover age-old familial recipes (Dec 15-23) … Sample a variety of tea (Dec 15) … Attend a zero-waste cooking workshop (Dec 17) … Learn to archive family food traditions and recipes (Dec 20)…  click here
6 Dec: Herald. Not an easy time for them. The restaurateurs in the state are facing a tough time due to the absence of international tourists due to the war in Ukraine and other factors in Goa click here.

News In Brief:

9 Dec: Times of India. State’s current dengue count overshoots last year’s tally. Goa has seen a rise in dengue cases in November with 70 confirmed cases as compared to 40 last year… the increase is attributed to erratic rainfall this year… Mosquito breeding is also a concern …43 cases were detected in North Goa – mostly Mapusa, Siolim and Porvorim and the rest in south Goa… The high-risk areas are Cortalim, Vasco, Margao and Verna Industrial estate… Additionally, two chikungunya cases were reported in Mapusa is November…  For further details click here
7 Dec: The Guardian (UK). ‘Everything is in jeopardy’: how new UK visa rules will tear families apart. Rebecca, 28, a full-time PhD student in biosciences from Liverpool, and her partner, an Australian national working in higher education, are among thousands of couples facing separation and financial uncertainty because of the government’s decision to overhaul immigration rules... Among those affected will be skilled workers, international students, health and care workers from overseas and their family members… For families already residing in the UK, the entire household income will be taken into consideration to determine whether the new threshold is met…  click here
9 Dec: Navhind Times. A rewind to 60 years ago when Goa voted for the 1st assembly. Exactly 60 years ago, on December 9, 1963, the citizens of liberated Goa participated in the first democratic election after 450 years of being a Portuguese colony and two years after Liberation… Former IAS officer Aarvind Bhatikar explains the scene at that the time. “My friends and I were very excited to be part of the elections … we would skip meals, start early in the morning, use loud speakers and what-not in the run up to the elections”… Navhind times was the only local English paper to capture the emotions and aspirations of the people… In Goa, Congress didn’t win even one seat… Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru is said to have remarked, “Ajeeb hai yeh Goa ke log’… click here.


9 Dec: Scroll. ‘Raavan & Eddie’: Remembering Kiran Nagarkar’s funny, incisive novel of how Bombay became Mumbai. By Jerry Pinto. My first copy of Raavan & Eddie by Kiran Nagarkar went the way of all paper… I fell in love with the story of a Roman Catholic boy who joins the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (the RSS) and the Hindu boy called Raavan … To begin with, it was funny and there wasn’t that much funny stuff around…  For further details click here
9 Dec: Navhind Times. Author and history professor Dr Rohit Phalgaonkar takes us through his journey of uncovering bronze masterpieces in the state, in his new book titled ‘Goan divinities in a Metal – A Study of Goan Bronzes’…  click here
9 Dec: Gomantak Times. Book Review: From Mario Coelho’s pen, Goa noir if you please. 'Moonlight and Shadow', his first book is a collection of short stories that unsettles the reader with a picture of Goa often hidden… Moonlight and Shadow has characters that throw light on the psyche of Goa, the rural and urban, and does cast a shadow on how deep the human mind can penetrate for the feel of sex in English, that is well defined and logical to the end… click here.


9 Dec: Herald. Goa: Second four-lane of signature Zuari bridge to be opened on Dec 22

9 Dec: The Goan. CM: Fuel leakage at Dabolim identified

9 Dec: The Goan. Goa, Mumbai has ‘abundance’ of mircoplastics in sea: Study

9 Dec: Herald. Goa: St Inez creek still choked, contaminated with raw sewage

8 Dec: Indulge Express. Nikasha Goa’s first Spring Summer collection is an ode to romanticism

9 Dec: The Goan. Goa: New dept for Disabled Persons to start functioning from next financial year: CM


News Summary

Reconsider revoking Indian passports of Goans with birth registration in Portugal: Tanavade urges Ministry of External Affairs

9 Dec: Herald. Goa Rajya Sabha MP Sadanand Shet Tanavade on Friday urged the Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar to reconsider the decision of revoking Indian passports emphasising that revoking Indian passports solely based on birth registration in Portugal was unwarranted. Raising the matter during zero hour in the Upper House, Tanavade stated that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) should allow the renewal of Indian passports for such individuals until they acquire the official citizenship document from the Portuguese government … He also proposed that the MEA expedite the process, enabling individuals to promptly obtain OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India) cards upon acquiring Portuguese citizenship…  For further details click here
9 Dec: Navhind Times. Tanavade urges Centre for relief on citizenship issue …  click here
9 Dec: The Goan. Passport revocation issue echoes in Rajya Sabha … click here.


8 Dec: Daily Mail (UK). Day 3: Sheldon Rodrigues Old Bailey trial for the murder of Stephanie Hansen. 8 Sep. Daily Mail (UK). Stephanie Hansen, 39, met her latest boyfriend Celcso Cabillan at work at Heathrow airport and they were having sex in her car and on her lunchbreaks, the Old Bailey heard. But she was still living with former sexual partner Sheldon Rodrigues, 30, who was becoming increasingly possessive and jealous. They had more than one sexual encounter several years before, but Ms Hansen wanted no romantic involvement again - despite the fact she went on holiday with Rodrigues and would still allow him to see her naked at the house… 1570 words  For further details click here
8 Dec: Herald. Acquittal of Tanuja Naik murder accused exposes Goa Police’s shoddy handling of serious offences. The acquittal of Atish Naik, accused of murdering his wife Tanuja Naik in 2017, by the North Goa Sessions Court on Wednesday, has totally exposed the irresponsible manner in which heinous cases are being handled forensically and procedurally by the Goa Police… The Judgement of the Additional Sessions Court has exposed how the ‘pillow’, which was the most important piece of evidence was misplaced resulting in acquittal of the accused …  click here
9 Dec: The Goan. Sexual Offenses Against Children 11 cases in 3 yrs, but none convicted in Goa. In what could be a disappointing revelation, Goa is the only State in the country that has failed to secure a single conviction in cases of sexual offenses against children spanning three years from 2020 to 2022… click here.


Video: 7 Dec: GB News (UK). Nick Robinson blasts Suella Braverman a 'headline grabber' who 'spreads poison' as she hits back 'I'm honest!' in fiery clash… Following her no-holds-barred speech in the House of Commons during PMQs on Wednesday, Braverman joined the BBC's Robinson to explain why she felt more needed to be done when it came to immigration and stopping boats crossing the Channel… But Robinson appeared to take issue with the language Braverman has previously used to outline her stance … “Isn’t the truth you’re a headline grabber who does it by spreading poison even within your own Party?" Braverman took a moment before she replied: "The truth is when I sat as Home Secretary, I sought to be honest…  click here
8 Dec: Family Tree (UK). The long and sad life of Amelia Dolding. By Stuart Valentine. My initial reaction was to believe that the Goa birthplace was a family myth … My first port of call was the 1881 Census and the first surprise: Amelia is listed as a pauper, with the occupation ‘millhand – paper’, but the major shock was her place of birth – Goa. What on earth is a woman born in Goa doing in the Bromley workhouse? Furthermore, she gives Goa as her birthplace on the three subsequent censuses… The India Office records show that an Amelia Bastian was born on 7 July 1839, the daughter of an apothecary, Andrew Bastian, and his wife Mary…  click here
8 Dec: Navhind Times. A guide to achieving your dreams. Author Roque Quadros' new book, 'The Day I Lost', delves into the world of event management and uncovers the real meaning of success… If you're dreaming of a career in event management, this book is like a backstage pass, giving you insights and advice from someone who's been there, done that… The book goes beyond just talking about professional success. It delves into the details of life lessons learned through events… In 1997, when I started my entertainment business in Dubai, "event management" wasn't well-known; we were party planners …” he says… Roque Quadros has been in the entertainment and events industry for over three decades... He also leads the Rockys Martial Arts Academy where he teaches Japanese karate and fitness… click here.

Catholic News:

7 Dec: Free Press Journal. Goa: Fr Bolmax Pereira Bags Karmaveer Chakra Award For Outstanding Contribution To Social Service…The award was presented to Fr Pereira during the Rex Karmaveer Global Fellowship conclave for Karmaveer Chakra Awards 2023-2024 instituted by iCONGO in partnership with the UN at Shiv Nadar School, Faridabad, from November 25 to 27…  click here
6 Dec: UCAN. Pilgrims progress on the road to India's Old Goa… This year, over 700 Catholics from three dioceses — Sindhudurg and Poona in western Maharashtra and Belgaum in southern Karnataka — undertook the marathon walk to join thousands of pilgrims for the feast of the missionary saint in Old Goa on Dec. 4…  click here
6 Dec: The Goan. Book on life of St Ignatius of Loyola released. Kalljidar Zhuzari” (The Courageous Soldier), a book on the life of St Ignatius of Loyola, was released at the hands of Fr Patricio Fernandes sj, Rector of the Basilica of Bom Jesus-Old Goa on the occasion of the feast of St Francis Xavier … Michael Jude Gracias, journalist and renowned writer having penned 16 books in English and Konkani in Roman script, has authored this book … click here.


8 Dec: Malaysia Sun (Malaysia). Goa welcomes first charter flight from Uzbekistan… The historic Centrum Air Q6 5545, operated by Elaine Avia in Uzbekistan landed at Mopa Airport on December 7, 2023, at 12:30 pm… This historic journey sets the stage for weekly charter flights connecting Taskent, Uzbekistan, to Goa until March 21, 2024…  click here
8 Dec: Tourprom (Russia). A Russian tourist in Goa was surprised to learn that taxis are half the price and gasoline is twice as expensive as in the Russian Federation… “During my holiday in the Indian state of Goa, I twice used the services of a local taxi driver. A modest Toyota, most importantly, with air conditioning, quite comfortable for movement,” he added…  click here
6 Dec: TTR Weekly. Goa is a rising star for Elite Havens. Elite Havens, Asia’s premier luxury villa rental company, has expanded its curated selection of more than 300 private luxury villas and chalets across Asia’s most awe-inspiring locations by introducing 32 new properties in Goa, India… click here.

F&B News:

8 Dec: The Better India. Goa to Rajasthan: 5 holiday getaways with unique cooking Masterclasses… Goa: Rita’s Gourmet – whether you have five hours or five days, Rita Shinde has a workshop for you. She takes people on a Culinary Excursion… Go on a local farmer’s market tour, learn how to make local Goan cuisine, even feni production … Learn to make chicken cafreal, Goan prawn curry , rechado, caldine…  click here
8 Dec: Times of India. Superfood revolution that’s sweeping state reaches GMC… The Aarogyum menu, introduced at the Goa Medical College (GMC) is a shining example. Under this initiative, healthy and nutritious meals integrating the goodness of millets have been introduced for patients, staff and visitors…  click here
8 Dec: Times of India. With GI status not yet implemented, khaje makers flounder. Goa’s iconic khaje, struggles to command the premium price it deserves despite having a geographical indication (GI)… A delay in receiving the GI certificate has added to the conundrum… click here.

News in Brief:

8 Dec: Times of India. Goa’s hugely successful rabies control model set to be replicated in Mumbai… Mumbai is set to adopt the successful Goa model of becoming 100% rabies-free. Mission Rabies has inked an MoU with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) … In 2021 Goa became the first Indian state to be declared a rabies-controlled area… There have been zero human rabies deaths in the state since 2018…  click here
8 Dec: Herald. Dalgado Puroskar 2023 announced… ‘Dalgado Puroskar 2023’ will be presented on December 16 at 3.30 pm at Ravindra Bhavan Hall, Margao… Anthony Menezes from Curchorem… Pedro Caetano D’Silva is also known as C D’Silva from Seraulim… Anthony Miranda from Cortalim … Marcos Gonsalves from Raia … Agostinho da Cruz… Cialini Judith Fernandes from Bandfoll-Chinchinim… Annie Arcanja Fernandes is also known as Annie de Colvale…  click here
6 Dec: Investing (UK). This Indian Province Is Embracing Web3: How Digital Nomads, Remote Workers Benefit. The Indian province of Goa could be the first in the country to be fully powered by blockchain and Web3 technology… NEMO Me, a community-building application, has been chosen as the official communications app for this project…. click here.

Sports Desk:

1 Dec: Sporting News. Who is Suyash Prabhudessai? Meet the batting sensation from Goa… Born on 6 December 1997, Suyash Prabhudessai is a batting all-rounder who represents Goa in domestic cricket… He would go on to represent Goa in the Ranji Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as well, debuting in November 2018 and February 2019 respectively … Prabhudessai made an impact on his IPL debut (2022) scoring 34 off 18 balls from number six against Chennai Super Kings…  click here
8 Dec: The Independent (UK). Ironman organisers booked after 26-year-old man dies during triathlon endurance race. Kamakhya Siddharth Shrivastava, who worked in the technology strategy sector, participated in a triathlon endurance race called Ironman 70.3 in the Indian tourist state of Goa in October. The endurance race involved a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile cycling ride and a 13.1-mile run…  click here
8 Dec: The Goan. World Table Tennis Star Contender to commencein Goa from January 23. Franchise table tennis tournament WTT Star Contender will be held in Goa from January 23 to 28, 2024… click here.

News Headlines:

7 Dec: SCMP (Hongkong). AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes says he took Singapore Airlines because his flights were full

8 Dec: The Goan. Goa: Smart City works at a snail’s pace, just 57% ready

8 Dec: Herald. Goa: Enough is enough, says HC: Stop big ticket events if noise violations noticed

8 Dec: Indian Express. Illegal sand mining: Goa HC pulls up DGP, chief secretary for failing to act

8 Dec: Herald. Goa: Panjim’s lungs pierced, dying a slow death

8 Dec: Herald. Goa to host Bulbul Children’s International Film Festival for the first time



Death: George V Pinto. Toronto. Ex Goa, Tanzania, Bahrain
29 Nov: 2023. Toronto. GEORGE V. PINTO. Born in St. Mathias, Divar, Goa on April 19, 1931. His banking career took him to Tanzania and then to Bahrain in the Middle East before he retired to Richmond Hill, Canada. Parkinson's disease gradually diminished his physical abilities for the last ten years of his life, but he remained an optimist to the end. Beloved husband of 62 years to Ana. Caring and devoted father to Brian (Becky), Connie (Januario), Roque (Lisa) and Ginny (Edward). Proud Grampy/Grandpa to Edward, Laura, Nicholas, Sophia, William and Gianluca. Visitation December 9, 2023. Funeral Mass Saturday December 9, 2023 at 1:30 p.m. Chapel of St. Joseph- Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home Interment Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. Photo and full details at

News Summary

Guardians of Goa

7 Dec: National Geographic Traveller (UK). Pages 56-67. By Joanna Lobo. Photographs by Daniel D’Souza. Complex and varied, with a focus on fresh fish and preservation techniques, Goan cuisine has always found its fullest expression in local homes. Now a handful of chefs and cooks are opening up their kitchens and farms and offering a taste of tradition … I’ll be learning about Goa’s Hindu Saraswat cuisine, courtesy of Shubhra Shankhwalker, who runs a catering company, Aai’s and hosts sit-down meals for groups of up to seven people … Crescy Baptista and Oliver Fernandes, who run a restaurant in Margao called The Goan Kitchen (TGK). They also put on lunch experiences for groups of up to 12 people at Crescy’s home in the neighbouring village of Loutolim … “Our lunches are meant to give diners a taste of what we don’t have in restaurants,” says Oliver… It took the lockdown in 2020 for chef Avinash Martins (Cavatina at Benaulim) to realise his dream of introducing his version of Goan food… Beyond Cavatina, he offers a special chef’s table — a venture called C’est L’avi (also known as Table in the Hills) — at his family farm … 2181 words.  For further details click here


7 Dec: Daily Mail (UK). Day 2: Sheldon Rodrigues Old Bailey trial for the murder of Stephanie Hansen. [Details of some of the evidence revealed on the first day] Obsessive ex-boyfriend 'planted bugs at his ex's house and checked them 302 times as she enjoyed passionate date with new man … It was claimed that Rodrigues spent 24 hours with Ms Hansen's lifeless body … On 10 December 2022, less than three weeks before Ms Hansen was killed, Rodrigues was stopped by police for following her boyfriend Celcso Cabillan in a friend’s car… He allegedly returned home from work at 6:49am to attack Ms Hansen, who was found naked from the waist down in her bloodstained pyjamas… The trial continues. 877 words.  For further details click here
7 Dec: Herald. Beti bachao? 73 women were raped in Goa in 2022, of which 57 were minor girls. Goa has gained a dubious distinction of having the highest rate of rape cases against minors in 2022… NCRB data shows Goa had the highest rate of rape against minors in the country in 2022; the accused was known to the victim in 93.2 per cent of the total rape cases… Shockingly there has also been a steady rise in crime against women…  click here
7 Dec: Navhind Times. Eighty percent of the rape cases reported in Goa are the result of love affairs, and only 20 percent of the cases are genuine click here.

From UK with love: Troupe to stage tiatr in Goa for first time

7 Dec: Times of India. By Marcus Mergulhao… Directed by popular comedian Agostinho Themudo, ‘Past is Past’, tiatr has been making news in Europe with shows even staged in Ireland for the first time… There were also shows in a “professional theatre’ in Paris for the first time… But the troupe of actors who have moved to the UK for work is most excited abouts its visit to Goa later this month (December 30) … “We have about 16 shows booked so far from December 30 till January 17. The Kala Academy has not yet started accepting bookings… If the hall in Panaji is available, we will certainly have more shows,” said Agostinho… The group will return to the UK on January 18… ‘Past is Past’ has a stellar cast with Agostinho himself joined by Luis Bachan and Janet…  For further details click here
Comedian Agostinho Themdo biography and filmography  click here
Video: May: Konkani Non Stop. Trailer New Konkani Tiatr "Past Is Past " || konkani Tiatr by comedian Agostinho 2023. 2m.09s click here.


Video: 7 Dec: Conservative Home. Watch Suella Braverman’s resignation speech in full… we have achieved a great deal in the last twelve months … I want to talk about the crises – mass uncontrolled illegal immigration … Tens of thousands of mostly young men, with social values at odds with our own, pouring into our country, day after day, month after month and year after year … Many come from safe countries … Many are not refugees, but are economic migrants … All have paid thousands of pounds to migrate … All have come from a safe country – France … The PM should be commended for his efforts to stop the boats … We have made some progress during my tenure … Who governs Britian? Where does ultimate authority for the UK lie? … 11m.26s  For further details click here
6 Dec: Vogue. Model Lakshmi Menon and designer Savio Jon discuss their long-standing friendship and the importance of building a community in fashion. Between the runways of Milan and blissful Siolim in Goa, confidants and collaborators, the model and designer unpack their string of collaborations over the years, as well as a new one with photographer Ashish Shah… “ I think we owe it to our dynamic as friends. While we do have similar tastes in music, food and fashion …  click here
3 Dec: Toronto Star. Fixing the primary care crisis is underway. Now we need action. By Andrew Pinto and Danielle Martin… One in five Canadians do not have access to primary care … Andrew Pinto is a family doctor, public health specialist and founder and director of the Upstream Lab at St. Michael’s Hospital, a site of Unity Health Toronto… click here.


6 Dec: The Sun (UK). S-HELL YEAH Leave the gloomy UK weather behind with these discounted winter sun holidays… The biggest bargain we've found is in Goa, India, from £584pp - where temperatures are currently hitting up to 33C… The water temperature is also around 28C, so it's considered one of the best times of the year to swim and explore the sea… It usually takes more than 10 hours to reach the Indian destination from the UK, but it's one of Brits' favourite destinations in the country… It was even included in National Geographic's 'top ten nightlife cities' list… Here, you'll stay at Resort Lagoa Azul, which has two pools, a poolside bar and a restaurant, while the beach is just 10 minutes away…  For further details click here
6 Dec: Independent (UK). Where’s hot in February? Best holiday destinations for some final winter sun… Goa- Goa’s pocket-friendly nature extends from the opulent shoreside hotels to its deliciously diverse coconut-laced cuisine, with miles of golden beaches to stroll. Inland, the birth country of yoga welcomes Westerners to study the discipline, or tour UNESCO-listed churches and the colourful chaos of Panaji if a parasailing adventure isn’t on the agenda.  click here
6 Dec: Conde Nast Traveller. How to improve your villa experience in Goa… Have a drink … Savour a feast … Get your hands dirty … Consult the cards… Attend a concert … Get some guidance … click here.

F&B News:

6 Dec: Gomantak Times. Food that's love at first bite at these restaurants in Panjim… At Panjim Inn, we savoured the traditional 'Rechaddo Bangddo,' a dish of stuffed with spicy 'rechaddo' masala… Viva Panjim, another culinary gem renowned for its Goan-Portuguese cuisine. There, we relished the delectable 'cafreal…  For further details click here
6 Dec: Gomantak Times. Fish heist in Goan waters knocks ramponkars harshly… Goa does not allow trawlers from outside into its sea from May 31 to August 31 every year… The last few years have seen colour-coded mechanised fishing boats from other states regularly swarming Goa’s territorial waters to allegedly scoop up huge illegal catch… Mostly from Karnataka and Gujarat… Around 300 boats annually descend on the Goan waters to haul up a catch in 15 days that is equivalent to small fishermen’s yearly catch…  click here
6 Dec: Slurrp. Feni: How Soil Erosion Give Birth To Goa’s Most Popular Drink… The Portuguese brought along with them into the country the cashew plant, that weren’t meant for consumption – but as a way of experimentation where they were planted on slopes that would endure soil erosion … When Goan locals figured out that the cashew apples can be fermented to make liquor, three kinds of drinks were derived as a result… The first distillation is urak …The second drink, a slightly stronger one known as cazulo is followed by a third distillation– that we all know as feni… click here.


7 Dec: Herald TV. Panjim's St. Tome & Fontainhas to Host Inaugural 'Festa do Povo' Festival … The historic Latin quarters of St Tome and Fontainhas in the capital city are set to come alive with a vibrant cultural celebration as they gear up to host the first edition of 'Festa do Povo' (People's Festival) on December 9 from 7 pm to 10 pm and at the Sao Tome ward on December 10 from 6 pm to 10 pm… 1m. 24s.  For further details click here
7 Dec: Aiz Goa News. Serendipity Out and About’ Brings Magic of Theatre into Goan Homes. In a first, the magic of live theatre took a detour from the formal, conventional stage to Goan homes and other intimate spaces through the multidisciplinary Serendipity Arts Festival’s (SAF) ‘Serendipity Out and About’ programme this year… Curated by Indian theatre veteran Quasar Thakore Padamsee, the pre-festival event took place recently, enabling audiences to experience a distinct form of theatre infused with warmth and informality.  click here
7 Dec: Radio and Music. Experience the Goa Sunsplash reggae festival exclusively through Zomato Live…Kicking-off on 13th January 2024, the festival will showcase the magic of reggae, featuring a blend of acclaimed international artists and local talent. The stellar lineup includes names such as, Anthony B & House of Riddim, Queen Omega, Iration Steppas, Prem Joshua & Band… Phase 1 tickets are now live on the Zomato App - click here.


7 Dec: DNA India. 5 Dangerous snakes found in Goa

6 Dec: The Goan. Goa: Will the Dec 31 show go on? Govt says no, Sunburn says yes

6 Dec: Free Press Journal. Goa: Fishermen Pin Hope On CM For 5,000 Sq Mtr Land At Benaulim Hatchery

7 Dec: Hindustan Times. What does Goa have that Bengaluru doesn’t?

7 Dec: NDTV. UK's Family Visa Crackdown To Impact Many Indian Family Plans


News Summary

London: Sheldon Rodrigues, 30, denies the murder of 39-year-old Stephanie Hansen

5 Dec; Daily Mail (UK). An obsessed ex-boyfriend rigged up 'secret surveillance devices' to spy on his housemate before stabbing and bludgeoning her to death, a court has been told. Sheldon Rodrigues, 30, was allegedly angry that Stephanie Hansen was seeing a married work colleague and embarked on a campaign to disrupt the relationship, the Old Bailey heard… He allegedly bugged the home he shared with Ms Hansen, 39 and bludgeoned her to death, it is claimed… both worked as cargo agents at Heathrow Airport and briefly been in a relationship in 2014. Rodrigues, who was born in India but has lived in the UK for many years, sent her countless messages saying he wanted her to be in a relationship with him… In April 2021, the pair moved into a house in Willenhall Drive, Hayes, to share bills… He spent 158 hours listening in on Ms Hansen while he was at work or visiting India … He stayed in the house with Ms Hansen's dead body for over 24 hours before calling emergency services … It was alleged the defendant's DNA, most likely from semen, was found on her stomach… The evidence of the injuries shows that this was a vicious attack, the knife wounds numbering 20 in total … Rodrigues, of Willenhall Drive, Hayes, west London, denies murder. The trial continues. 2043 words.  For further details click here
5 Jan. 2023. Goan Voice. Sheldon Rodrigues of Hayes, London, charged with the murder of Stephanie Hansen on New Year's Eve. Facebook: Sheldon Rodrigues, born 28.11.93 ... 18 May 2021: Sheldon Rodrigues is watching SAW with Stephanie Hansen at Vue (Harrow)… 9 June 2018: Video: Sheldon Rodrigues is attending Colour Obstacle Rush with Stephanie Hansen at Kempton Park Racecourse… 26 Sep. 2014: Never make women cry…  click here

Stephen Bennett: How Did He Die? Who Killed Him?

4 Dec: The Cinemaholic. By Sunak Sengupta. Embarking on a holiday at the golden beaches of Goa, 40-year-old Stephen Bennett’s journey took an unexpected turn… His family asserts that he was abducted in Goa … Investigation Discovery’s ‘Death on the Beach: India: The Body in the Tree’ depicts how the events surrounding Stephen’s disappearance remain enigmatic for nearly two decades… Stephen flew to Goa on December 3, 2006… His family received a call on December 6, expressing Stephen’s fear for his life… Tragically, four days later, on December 11, Stephen’s lifeless body was discovered hanging from a tree with a saree in the remote jungle village of Malsai, 70 miles from Mumbai… Stephen’s sister, Amanda, alleged in 2013 that her brother’s friends — John Cronin and Gabriel Hannon — owed Rs 35 lacs to a drug dealer, [named] who killed Stephen in revenge… 1146 words  For further details click here
6 Jan.2007: The Guardian (UK). Mysterious last journey of Briton found dead in mango tree  click here
For Google links to the Stephen Bennett case click here.

British National Arrested with LSD Haul Worth Rs. 15 Lakhs in Vagator

5 Dec: Herald. British National Arrested with LSD Haul Worth Rs. 15 Lakhs in Vagator… The Crime Branch successfully apprehended a 52-year-old British national, John Parkinson of Camberwell, London in Vagator, Goa… The operation took place near the back gate of the Vagator football ground, close to Levels Club in Ozran, Vagator. Parkinson, residing near Our Lady of Miracles Church Baddem, Anjuna… The seized items included 190 LSD perforated papers …  For further details click here

F&B News:

5 Dec: Architect and Interiors India. Sip sea views under the golden shadows of Goa’s exotic new restaurant… Blooming along the banks of the Chapora River, Kiki – By The Sea lays bare Goa’s countryside, where sun, sand, and water converge in a poetic tapestry designed by Shreeya Singh of Sangra…  For further details click here
5 Dec: Outlook Traveller. Into The Culinary Realm: Recollections Of Restaurateur Arati Naik. Isabella's Tapas Bar in Panjim is famous for its Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, particularly its homemade Vermouth… Arati Naik, the founder of the bar, is a Goan herself and is proficient in cooking Goan food …  click here
6 Dec: Curly Tales. 15 Mins From Mopa Airport In Goa, Polish Off This Ravan Thali With 20+ Items At ₹1575 Only click here.

Christmas Is In The Air:

5 Dec: Gomantak Times. Homegrown entrepreneurs plunge into the festive spirit… Tatting Around The Christmas Tree … It was on a starry night … Using online taught skills … Deck my hair with boughs of holly … Joy to the world …  For further details click here
6 Dec: Her Campus (USA). A Culinary Christmas Journey … India: Kulkuls – Crispy Confections from the Festive Corners of Goa… Christmas in Goa brings forth the delectable Kulkuls. These bite-sized, curl-shaped confections are made by deep-frying sweetened dough, resulting in a crispy exterior that contrasts with a soft, flavorful inside. Infused with coconut and cardamom, Kulkuls embody the rich cultural tapestry of Christmas in India, a celebration of diversity and harmony…  click here
6 Dec: Gomantak Times. Experience these Christmas traditions in Goa like a local… Feel the magic in the air … Sparkle and shine … Carolling all the way … Christmas Eve … Shake a leg … sweet treats … Asleep on the hay … click here.

News In Brief:

5 Dec: St John’s University (New York). St. John’s Lecture Shines Light on Environmental Justice Issues in India… Part of the Chair’s 2023–24 lecture series, the online discussion “Abuse of Creation and Its Effects upon the Marginalized in Asia,” brought together members of the University’s administration and faculty, and students, religious leaders, and educators from Goa, India… Goa is considered one of the most biologically diverse regions in Asia and government attempts at development have been met with resistance from environmentalists, students, and farmers’ groups…  For further details click here
6 Dec: Business News this Week. NEMO Me Named Official Communications App of ‘Web3 On The Sea’ in Goa, Leading the State toward a Fully Integrated Web3 Ecosystem. NEMO Me (, the ultimate community building tool that helps users curate and consolidate real-life social interactions, today announced a partnership with Web3 On The Sea, backed by the IT Ministry of Goa, India, to become the official communications app for “Web3 on the Sea,” an initiative that aims to attract digital nomads, remote workers, and Web3 builders to make Goa…” NEMO Me, available on iOS and Google Play, will help power communications for the initiative by seamlessly and securely enabling Goa Web3 community members who connect in real life to quickly and securely share and receive contact information …  click here
5 Dec: Times of India. 'It's all dust and ashes' wins prestigious Fundação Oriente award. In the realm of public art, a thought-provoking project has been unfolding since January 2022 … One striking creation is ‘It’s all dust and ashes’ an artwork that captures the essence of Indian democracy and the fusion of seasons… The creation by Diptej Vernekar has won the prestigious Fundacao Oriente Visual Arts Award… Vernekar will get an opportunity to visit Portugal in 2024 as part of this award… click here.


3 Dec: Money Control. A new photo book celebrates the Jesuit art of Goa. Veteran photographer David de Souza's photo book ‘The Jesuits, Goa and the Arts’, edited by Rinald D’Souza, SJ, and Anthony da Silva, SJ, and published by Goa-based Xavier Centre for Historical Research, highlights the ‘Modo Goano’ style found in the Jesuit-inspired art and architecture that continue to dot the Goan landscape today…  For further details click here
26 Nov: Navhind Times. Another mirror to Goa… an ex-Bombayite’s view. By Frederick Noronha… With a kilometre-long title – ‘Imaculada de Bomba Cabral’s Mango Tree and other nonsense tales’ – and a Mario sketch on the cover, depicting a matriarchal Catholic Goa, the book (published in May 2016) gives a hint of what to expect… Its author, Cedric Serpes, is an ex-Mumbai “song writer/singer and published Indo-Anglian poet”… This slender book of 136 pages contains 30 short essays, dealing with various aspects of Goa. It has essays with titles like ‘Falya’, ‘Poi [Poyee]: The Secret Ingredient’, ‘Monkey Talk’, ‘Henrieta’s Daughter’, ‘Goan Elixir’, ‘Rushin’ Off To Morjim’, ‘The Taste of Goa’, and such themes…  click here
3 Dec: Navhind Times. Village competitions…books on a locality. By Frederick Noronha. Fifty years back, we were thrilled that Saligão had got its first book dedicated entirely to the village… Today, Saligão must be one of the rare villages with 8+ books written about it… In 1973, at the centenary, came ‘Saligão: focus on a picturesque Goan village’… ‘Land of the Sal Tree’ (2012, Goa1556) by Fr. Nascimento J. Mascarenhas…. Mel D’Souza’s ‘Feasts, Feni and Firecrackers: Life of a Village Schoolboy in Portuguese Goa’… click here.

News Headlines:

6 Dec: Herald. Goa: Dabolim wells are bubbling with petrol ‘treasure’ which is a time bomb

6 Dec: Herald. Goa: 11 days passed: Tension escalates in Dabolim as authorities take no action on water contamination issue

6 Dec: Navhind Times. ‘Delay in document registration affecting homebuyers in Goa’

5 Dec: Herald. UK Unveils Bold Immigration Overhaul: Record Highs Prompt Government Action

5 Dec: social News XYZ. Belgian national arrested for carrying tracker device at Goa airport

5 Dec: Herald. Coping with Unexpected December Heat in Goa: A Survival Guide for Locals and Visitors

6 Dec: Herald. Goa: Three minor girls allegedly kidnapped from Protection Home

6 Dec: Navhind Times. In 2022, crime rate against senior citizens was 21.4% in Goa

4 Dec: Inside Asian Gaming (Macau). Delta Corp defers Goa integrated resort project to invest in real estate joint venture instead

MUSIC: Bollywood Disco Knights with Anita Rani. BBC Radio 2 (Freeview 702). Sun. 10th Dec. 00:00 to 01:00. Anita celebrates the influence of Disco on Bollywood music through some of the era's best-loved songs, composers and singers. She shares her favourite disco songs from Bollywood greats, including 'the Disco King of India' Bappi Lahiri, Asha Bhosle, Nazia Hassan, Lata Mangeshkar and many more.
COOKERY: Taste of Tides  Foodxp (Sky 712)    Date: Sunday 10th Dec. 18:30 to 19:00.  Catholic Goan. Series 1, episode 14. Time: 19:00 to 19:30 (30 minutes long). Hindu Goan. Series 1, episode 15.

DOCUMENTARY: Sunday Feature. BBC Radio 3 (Freeview 703). Sun. 10th Dec. 18:45 to 19:30. Recording on the Nomads' Trail. Musician Paul Purgas explores the life of Deben Bhattacharya, the uncelebrated godfather of Indian field recording, whose work shaped how the west listened to the sounds of South Asia and beyond. He produced more than 100 records, 23 films and published more than a dozen books during his lifetime, and also left over 400 hours of tape recordings. Who was the man behind it all? And what are we to make of his legacy today?

SPECIAL INTEREST: The Conversation. BBC World Service (Freeview 710). Mon. 11th Dec. 23:30 to 00:00. Women Building Schools. Kim Chakanetsa speaks to two women who have established their own schools. Education is a lifelong mission for Dr Kakenya Ntaiya, who founded the Kakenya Center for Excellence boarding school for girls in south-west Kenya. Shukla Bose was fuelled by a desire to alleviate social injustice when she founded Parikrma Humanity Foundation, a non-profit organisation that runs English-medium schools for under-privileged children in Bangalore.

COOKERY: Nadiya's Simple Spices. BBC 2. Wed. 13th Dec. 08:00 to 08:30. Moreish Moneysavers. Nadiya Hussain proves that cooking frugally does not mean scrimping on flavour. She begins by transforming leftover vegetables into pakoras, with a hunt of turmeric and coated in chickpea batter, then serves up a biryani with basmati rice infused with heady whole spices and a masala, all topped with more crispy fried leeks.

DOCUMENTARY: Wedding Valley. W (Freeview 25). Fri. 15th Dec. 07:00 to 08:00. Your Wedding Your Way. From an Indian-British fusion ceremony to a doughnut tower instead of a wedding cake, traditions can be given a personal spin.

RELIGIOUS: Heart and Soul. BBC World Service (Freeview 710). Fri. 15th Dec. 23:30 to 00:00. Queer and Christian in Kenya. Esther Ogola meets the LGBTQ+ Christians who have formed Kenya's first queer-affirming Church, which grew from a group who would meet to practice their faith free from homophobia.



Death: Reeda D’Souza, London UK, ex-Nairobi Kenya
We are deeply saddened to inform you that Reeda D'Souza passed away peacefully at home on Saturday 2nd December 2023, aged 81. Beloved mother to Charmaine Wise and Savio D'Souza, and grandmother to Katie Wise. Reeda was the daughter of the late Vito and Lucia deSouza, and loving and devoted sister to Philip and Rosita deSouza, Melitha deSouza, Angela Furtado, Ivy Pinto, Mary and Caji DeMenezes, and Maria Fernandez. She will also be greatly missed by her nieces and nephews, Karyn Paes and family, Lorraine deSouza and family, Melanie Cook and family, Cheryl Vaz and family, Conrad Furtado, Jozanne Pricca and family, Jacqui Mervyn and family, Wesley Fernandez and family, Kerry Fernandez and family, Celena Fernandez and family, Carlos deMenezes and family, Anita and John Heary, and Ricardo deMenezes. Always in our hearts, sadly missed but never forgotten. May she rest in peace. For a photograph, funeral details and to send condolences, please go to:

News Summary

Goans Who Registered Birth In Lisbon, Lose Indian Passport!

1 Dec: Goan Observer. By Rajan Narayan. Goans who registered their birth in Lisbon in Portugal are in a state of shock… The registration is a passport to all European countries in UK. The EEC does not require individual visas to travel and work anywhere in Europe. Till recently, the UK was also part of the EEC. This was taken advantage of by thousands if not several lakh Goans… Most of them are in the UK are particularly in London which has a large number of Goans… Till recently the External Affairs Ministry only revoked the Indian citizenship of those who had acquired Portuguese citizenship … However, now the External Affairs of Ministry has made the registration of birth in Portugal as an act of acquiring Portugal citizenship, and thousands if not several lakh Goans will lose their right to stay in Goa… Interestingly, most of those who registered the birth and that of their children are now senior citizens in their 70s and 80s… It is not just the ordinary residents of Goa but also Goan politicians like Churchill Alemao and senior police officers, who have reportedly registered their birth in Portugal… When we visited London twice in the 90s, I was shocked to discover several Goans sweeping the airport and refreshment rooms and toilets of the airport. Jobs they would never do back home in Goa, but then the money was good in the UK even for menial labour … I recall a former photographer of OHeraldo, Lui Godinho, migrating to London and flourishing there. He himself was an employee of Sesa Goa and good at electronics. His wife Elly was a trained nurse working at the GMC. Both of them managed to get jobs at the UK. They were able to well educate their children… 1541 words  For further details click here

Ahmedabad woman Gitaben apprehended with ‘her’ Portuguese passport in the name of Rita Menezes

5 Dec: Herald. Gitaben Maheshkumar Patel (51), from Kadi, Mahesana district was apprehended at Ahmedabad airport, two days ago (on December 2) for possessing a duplicate Portuguese passport under the name Rita Menezes… Gitaben was flying into India using her original Indian passport… Gitaben had previously departed India in 2015 and returned in 2023 using her Indian passport. However, in 2021, she entered India through Delhi… Gitaben had used the fake passport to secure India’s e-tourist visa and entered the country via Delhi in November 2021. During immigration, Gitaben was found to have fraudulently obtained the Portuguese passport using another Indian’s identity… This incident parallels a previous case involving Tushal Menezes, handed over to SVPI police station on February 16, 2023…  For further details click here
5 Dec: Herald. After land grab, Goans face an identity grab. By Pratik Parab… Rackets facilitating mass identity thefts have been facilitating the grabbing of identities of Goans to get a Portuguese passport has come to light after a woman from Ahmedabad was intercepted and detained with a fake Portuguese passport… Passports are being sold to people from across India for Rs 5 or 6 lakh by agents…  click here
21 Jul. 2022: Hindustan Times. Goa brings bill to crack down on name changes. By Gerard de Souza click here.


4 Dec: Gomantak Times. LaLaLand festival celebrates diversity. LaLaLand founder, Noreen Van Holstein, says the family-friendly, sustainable festival to be held on Dec 9 and 10 has grown since 2018… All roads lead to Don Joao in Nagoa, Bardez … Since its first edition in Goa in March 2018, LaLaLand has grown into a festival with over 2,000 visitors, three stages and myriads of performances…  For further details click here
4 Dec: Curly Tales. 9 Must-Attend Food Festivals Across India ... Goan Food Festival At Fairfield By Marriott at Mumbai International Airport is set to bring the Goan vibe to you at the Goan Food Festival, happening from December 8th to 17th… Chef Saldana from Goa will curate the entire food festival…  click here
4 Dec: IANS. No Sunburn Festival if people don’t want it: Goa CM click here.

Catholic News:

4 Dec: Herald. Goa's Archbishop Announces Exposition of St. Francis Xavier's Relics from Nov 21, 2024, to Jan 5, 2025, Inviting Spiritual Preparations and Pilgrimages. Goa's Archbishop, Filipe Neri Cardinal Ferrao, has announced that the Exposition of the Relics of St. Francis Xavier is scheduled to take place from November 21, 2024, to January 5, 2025…  For further details click here
5 Dec: The Goan. Bishop of Baroda describes St Xavier as Goa’s heritage. Describing St Francis Xavier, fondly hailed as ‘Goencho Saib’ as the heritage of Goa, Bishop of Baroda Sebastião Mascarenhas on Monday exhorted the Catholic community to take this heritage forward to bring peace, unity, to reach to the poor and to be forgiving in families and communities…  click here
4 Dec: Times of India. ‘Prepare master plan for Old Goa heritage site or face protest’. The Save Old Goa Action Committee( SOGAC) said it wants the government to ensure that this UNESCO site is preserved … It alleged that various illegal projects such as a bungalow, a resort, a helipad and jetties have been allowed by the government to mushroom around Basilica of Bom Jesus and Se Cathedral… click here.


4 Dec: Herald. Heated argument erupts between residents & tourists over photography in Fontainhas, Panjim…  a resident, took action by splashing water on the visitors… "It's not a backdrop for professional photographers," emphasized Alu Gomes Pereira, resident of Fontainhas, expressing concern over the invasion of privacy and the frequent disturbance caused by tourists. "These are our private heritage houses, not monuments open for public photography," Pereira added, emphasizing the sanctity of these residential spaces…

4 Dec: Pro Iqra. The Number Of Foreign Tourists Is Less, But Goa Is Not Shrinking;   Increase In Footprint Of Domestic Tourists Pi News The Number Of Foreign Tourists Is Less, But Goa Is Not Shrinking; Increase In Footprint Of Domestic Tourists… Domestic tourists are catching the hand of Goa, which has seen a decline in the number of foreign tourists… Tourism department is working on: A new strategy to win back foreign tourists to Goa… Practice attracting digital nomads … Goa needs more hotels …

4 Dec: Draft World Blogspot. Walking through Goa’s heritage

5 Dec: Gomantak Times.  Explore the 50s and 60s with Art Deco in Panjim

4 Dec: Gomantak Times. Vagator’s Dream Beach is a nightmare in peaceful Goa

4 Dec: Hospitality Net. Elite Havens expands its presence in India with 32 stunning handpicked properties in Goa

4 Dec: Conde Nast Traveller. The new antiSOCIAL Goa brings great music and parties to Morjim beach

News in Brief:

5 Dec: Herald. Goan talent flowering on the international stage. Bands are now playing in destinations as diverse as the Arab world and the Americas… Goan bands and musicians are now travelling the world entertaining the masses. This has increasingly become a trend and it is expected to increase in the New Year… For veteran musician Colin D’cruz of Jazz Junction, it has been a busy year with shows in Russia, Macau, USA and Canada. Plans are afoot for more shows In Canada in July 2024… Lester the lead vocalist and band manager of A26 said there were plans for a show in Canada in July … The band he said charged around Rs 5.5 lakhs per show….  For further details click here
5 Dec: Herald. ARZ appeals Member Secretary, GSLSA for Full Time Protection Officer & OSCC in each Taluka of Goa. In Goa, 20 percent of women age 18-49 have ever experienced physical violence, and 4 percent have ever experienced sexual violence… Arz (anyay rahit zindagi) has appealed the Member Secretary, Goa State Legal Services Authority, for “Full Time Protection Officer”, & “One Stop Crisis Centre (OSCC)” in each Taluka of Goa to provide services and relief to the victims of domestic violence in Goa…  click here
5 Dec: Gulte. Yash19: Lady Director & Goa Drugs Mafia… Yash (who achieved Pan India stardom with the KGF films) will be collaborating with female director Geethu Mohan Das, for KVN Productions. The untitled film will revolve around Goa Drugs Mafia. It is billed to be a semi-periodical action drama… click here.


3 Dec: The Citizen (Tanzania). Catherinerose Barretto: We shouldn’t be gatekeepers, but door openers. A pioneer and co-founder of one of the first innovation hubs in Tanzania, Kinu Hub, Catherinerose Barretto has been privileged to witness the growth of many careers and start-ups in the technology space and has played key roles in different organisations, both public and private, that work to advance the growth of technology and inclusion in Tanzania… “My grandmother ran a successful fire equipment business here in Tanzania,” she narrates… [Catherine Rose is the daughter of Tony and Pearl Barretto; Link Tanzanite Goans]…  For further details click here
3 Dec: Firstpost. Goan girl who harnesses wind: Story of Katya Ida Coelho, first Indian to win IQFoil medal… Goan girl Katya Ida Coelho, India’s only woman IQFoiler and the first Indian to win an IQFoil medal at the International Windsurfing Cup in 2022 is all about the growth mindset… She switched to IQFoil in 2021, which saw her compete in 2022 for the first international IQFoil Championship, winning a silver for India…  click here
5 Dec: The Goan… 22-year-old village girl, Vinita Shirodkar, walked the ramp in another continent, at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in Africa at ‘Miss & Mister Deaf International’ contest held from November 19-27… There she bagged the fourth runner-up position … She is the eldest of three siblings, living with her widowed mother… click here.

News Headlines:

5 Dec: Times of India. Goa has highest rate of minors being raped in country, shows NCRB data

5 Dec: Times of India. Goa: Maximum number of Pocso (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act) Cases. 22 registered daily

5 Dec: Times of India. Goa: ‘Appoint officers in talukas to handle domestic abuse cases’

5 Dec: Times of India. Goa: Second four-lane section of Zuari bridge may open by Christmas

5 Dec: Times of India. Goa: Centre funds upgradation of state libraries


News Summary

‘Operation Influencer’: Portugal’s PM undone by wiretaps, lavish dinners and pile of cash

3 Dec. Financial Times (UK). Reprinted by Irish Times. The scandal that toppled Portugal’s Socialist prime minister involved lavish business dinners with foreign investors, accusations of “influence peddling” and a mystery stash of cash. At the centre of the probe that triggered António Costa’s resignation is a €3.5bn ($3.8bn) data centre project called Sines 4.0, which the premier and his cabinet had been eager to promote and celebrate. Powered only by renewable energy, it was supposed to be Portugal’s biggest foreign investment in 30 years and showcase the EU’s ambition to “green” the economy and tackle climate change. But Portugal’s public prosecutor’s office is alleging that Start Campus, the company running the project, sought to secure favourable decisions from public officials via influence peddling, a criminal offence… 1294 words.  For further details click here
1 Dec: Financial Times (UK). How Portugal’s departing PM Costa hopes to clear his name. Phoenix from the ashes. Portugal’s departing Prime Minister António Costa has said his time in frontline national politics is over, but he is determined to clear his name over the corruption scandal that felled him. Doing so quickly might put him back in contention for a European job… Costa’s allies said the entire case began to look weak when a judge dismissed accusations of corruption and malfeasance, leaving only allegations of influence peddling in place… 502 words click here.

Citizenship imbroglio: Foreigners in their own land!

3 Dec: Navhind Times. By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho… Can one become a foreigner in his own land? That’s the spectre of a large section of Goans, mostly from the Catholic community… Goans who have registered their birth in Portugal and obtained ‘Assento de Nascimento’ are on the verge of becoming foreigners in Goa. They would not be entitled to take part in the electoral process in Goa and thus loose the very essence of citizenship, besides not being entitled to take up any government job… The Portuguese government in terms of a decree promulgated on June 24, 1975 provided for retention of nationality by those born in the former state of India who may declare that they wish to retain Portuguese nationality… The question is whether Goans who register their birth in Portugal has taken a ‘voluntary step’ of renouncing Indian Citizenship?  For further details click here

Catholic News

4 Dec: Herald. St. Francis Xavier's Feast Draws Multitudes to Old Goa. Amidst the ancient walls of Old Goa, devotees of varied ages and backgrounds converged to partake in the time-honored celebration of St. Francis Xavier's feast. This enduring tradition, ingrained for generations, witnessed an outpouring of faith and reverence from pilgrims spanning different walks of life…  For further details click here
2 Dec: The Hindu. Christian group seeks end to ‘illegal’ sale of church property… The online petition has garnered nearly 1,500 signatures after it was launched three days ago, said Mr. Dara, who wants to reach out to Christians in other parts of India such as Goa, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, and Delhi for support… He said church leaders had been known to sell off property in places such as Mumbai and Goa…  click here
1 Dec: Outlook India. The Magic Of Magis. The Society of Jesus is one of the foremost contributors to education in the world… The most pathbreaking contribution of the Jesuits in India is their contribution to management education. XLRI, as India’s first B-School, stands as a proud testimony to this fact… St. Francis Xavier opened the first Jesuit institution in Goa in 1543, St. Paul’s College… click here.


4 Dec: Herald. Arossim’s young potter Simonie Rego crafts clay Christmas décor… Simonie Rego, a young artist from Arossim is on a mission to revive the fading tradition of pottery in Goa… Simonie is fully committed to the art of pottery, creating designer and cutwork articles entirely by hand, without the use of moulds. Her creations are made from terracotta… She emphasises the importance of maintaining and promoting this heritage, offering unique clay Christmas decorations to add a touch of tradition to the festive season…  For further details click here
4 Dec: Navhind Times. Goan scholar scores in Brics. Representing India for the fourth time at the International School of Brics, Moscow, Piyush Hemant Gauns Dessai (27) from Ponda is among the young Goans who want to place the state on the world map … Dessai is a research scholar in urban reforms at the Chief Minister’s Fellowship Programme… “I had the opportunity to collaborate with international NGOs and organizations to further talks on developmental initiatives on a global scale,” said Dessai... He has also written his first book, Youth Niti…  click here
4 Dec: Herald. Stella Jacob: An architect of change in Goa’s educational landscape… In 1991, Stella took voluntary retirement to devote her time entirely to the Indian Student Education Aid Foundation (ISEAF), Goa… What started with four students blossomed into a registered foundation in 1995 under the leadership of Tomazinho Cardozo, with Stella as the founding secretary… When the first batch of Home Nursing students completed training, a Home Nursing Bureau was established in 2005… In 2014, a third institute, Holy Cross Indo-German Techno Centre, was established at Marna and Stella served as honorary Principal cum manager. click here.

Mumbai: Shaking off the shackles

3 Dec: Mid-day. ... “This house may be small but the one where I lived with the D’souzas felt no different from a prison. I was always watched, not allowed to speak to outsiders…” Pooja was on her way home from school when she was kidnapped by Harry D’souza, 50, and his wife Soni, 38, who lured her to their house by tempting her with chocolates and ice cream. When she started insisting that they drop her home because it was getting late, they threatened to throw her off a hill… “They took me to Goa and from there to Raichur in Karnataka … Pooja, who was rechristened as Annie by the D’souzas, was brought back to Mumbai in 2014 and put to work… I was made to do all the housework in their house as well, and would often be on my feet for 12 to 14 hours. I was never allowed to use a phone and would be punished if found talking to anyone other than the D’souzas.” From 2014 to 2017, the D’souzas lived in a rented house in Vile Parle, before shifting to Dhangar Wadi in Andheri…  For further details click here

F&B News:

3 Dec: Gomantak Times. At Low & Slow [BBQ] restaurant in Goa Velha, the secret's in the smoke  For further details click here
4 Dec: Herald. Assagao’s Kamat Dairy & Farm: A third-generation legacy thriving with innovation… What began in 1952 as a modest dairy farm by Vitthal Vishnu Kamat has transformed into a multifaceted venture, incorporating vermicomposting and agricultural cultivation of vegetables and flowers…  click here
Video: 2 Dec: Gomantak Times. Sneak Peek: Food Trail - Part 2 | Cafreal, Bebinca & Feni |Goan Appetit with Alroy Fernandes… Our journey with Make It Happen continues through Goa's vibrant Latin Quarters at Fontainhas where we indulged in local specialties: the famed Cafreal, spicy Rechado Bangdo and the queen of desserts, Bebinca… 0:23 click here.

Tourism News:

3 Dec: Mint. Domestic tourism surges in Goa; focus shifts to recovery in overseas arrivals… Rohan Khaunte, state tourism and IT minister, said Goa has welcomed 10 million visitors since March, surpassing the pre-pandemic levels…  For further details click here
4 Dec: Visiting Goa for peace of mind? Steet clear of these places!  click here
4 Dec: Travel Daily Media. Agoda partners with Government of Goa and GSTC to promote more sustainable tourism in India. Digital travel platform Agoda collaborated with the Government of Goa and the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC) to organize a Hotel Sustainability Training for industry professionals from November 28 to 29, 2023, at Park Regis, Goa… click here.

News Headlines:

4 Dec: Gomantak Times. Goa: SAWE is just a call away to rescue a snake from your home  For further details click here
4 Dec: The Goan: Goa: Now, traces of fuel found in Dabolim streams & nullahs  click here
3 Dec: Bhaskar Live. Goa child rights body moots measures to stop sexual assaults in schools click here.

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