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Bake Off contestants 2021: Crystelle [Pereira] fuses spices and celebrates her heritage in her baking

19 Sep: Get Surrey. … Born in Northwest London to Kenyan-born, Portuguese-Goan parents, Crystelle started her baking journey 3 years ago and developed a further focus for it during lockdown… The 26-year-old lives at home with her parents and was therefore being extra careful during lockdown… Persuaded to apply for this year’s Bake Off series by her two older sisters, Crystelle never expected to be accepted on this year’s bake-off. So when she got that unexpected phone call of approval, her disbelief led her to double check by calling back the producers of the show to check she hadn’t misheard… Well, you can catch up with what desserts Crystelle bakes on Tuesday 21st September on Channel 4 at 8pm.  For further details click here
19 Sep: Mail on Sunday. TV Pick Of The Week: The Great British Bake Off Tuesday, Channel 4, 8pm. How much longer will we have to wait until we see a woman win The Great British Bake Off again? … youthful executive Crystelle is inspired by the baking of her grandmother in Goa…  click here

Swindon Hindu community march in protest against temple raids

19 Sep: BBC. Hundreds of members of a Hindu community have marched in protest at vandalism and theft at their temple. The Swindon Hindu Temple, on Darby Close, was broken into recently for the fifth time since May. The main altar was vandalised during the break-in. Worshippers have started sleeping at the building overnight to prevent further thefts. Some 300 people marched silently through the town earlier in what organisers called a peace march…  For further details click here
19 Sep: Hundreds march in town centre in solidarity with Hindu community after temple break-ins …  click here
Video: 19 Sep: Martin Costello. Swindon Hindu Community Rally for Peace 19/09/2021 … click here.

Goa Turning Into A Sex Hub?

19 Sep: Herald. Goa is one of the major destinations in India for human trafficking related to commercial sexual activities. In the name of massage parlours, girls and women from other States across India and also from abroad have been lured into sexual activities by pimps/traffickers and agents on the pretext of providing jobs in the State. Marcos Gonsalves finds out that forms of commercial sexual activities have changed a lot in the past half-decade. The commercial sexual activities previously limited to hotel and massage parlours, are spreading to residential areas, mostly in big housing complexes … 1695 words.  For further details click here

Fragments of the history of Goa that we didn't learn

19 Sep. Herald. By Cristo Prazeres da Costa. In my school youth, in Panjim, in the 1950s, almost nothing was taught about the history of Goa. Therefore, many important events were practically frozen and reduced to a simple phrase: "the taking of Goa by Afonso de Albuquerque was on November 25, 1510". It was only in the autumn of my life that I began to discover some important facts about our history, which I will summarize with just three examples. 1: The “martyrs of Cuncolim” and the massacre of their caudillos in the fort of Assolná in 1583 … 2: Suppression of 1773 ... The Margao Massacre on September 21, 1890 … 1599 words.  For further details click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here

India wants tourists back despite over 30,000 new Covid cases

19 Sep: Reuters. India on Sunday reported 30,773 new coronavirus infections in the past 24 hours, taking the total to 33.4 million, as it seeks to reopen the country to overseas tourists. The death toll rose by 309 to 444,838, the health ministry said. India, which has so far administered 804.3 million vaccine doses, is looking to protect the population and welcome back tourists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday. “India’s vaccination drive is not just a safety cover for health but is also a protective shield for livelihood,” Modi told health workers in the tourist state of Goa via video…  For further details click here

Rebuilding Goa’s Tourism — a tough task

19 Sep: Herald. Tourism Industry in Goa is taking a beating every year. The government is trying its best to attract high spending tourists, but succeeds in getting only low end spenders. The State which flourished in the early 70’s is coming out with new devices, the latest being the Vision Document to be implemented in a phased manner. Vibha Verma details various factors that trigger negative publicity which the authorities are trying to improve the standard of tourism. Pathetic roads, tar balls and arrogant taxi drivers have increased the State’s tourism problems. In the recent past, the tourism industry has been shattered owing to floods, recession, and latest being COVID-19 pandemic but the Stakeholders, are optimistic that tourism will change for better in view of the proposals government is intending to implement …  For further details click here

What’s the word for...: An East Indian is using quizzes to preserve her language

18 Sep: Hindustan Times. Candida Remedios, 30, an archivist with a pharmaceutical company, spends her free time doing something her toli (tribe) would be proud of. She posts a weekly quiz on Instagram (@can.dee.duh) that’s her own little effort to highlight and preserve the largely undocumented East Indian language. This is the language spoken by the original Catholic inhabitants of Mumbai (as opposed to the later arrivals from Goa, Mangalore etc.). East Indian is a sort of Creole that combines elements of Marathi, Portuguese, Konkani and Hindi. The culture, from language to cuisine, festivals and wedding rituals, is fading in the melting pot of Mumbai, especially as successive generations have migrated to other countries or married into other Catholic communities in Mumbai. Concern over this fading of East Indian culture hit a high a few years ago, and the community got together and set up a museum within an old home in 2013 and, in 2019, brought out an East Indian-to-English dictionary…  For further details click here



Called into Paradise - Rose Bernadine De Almeida – Ex Zanzibar/Arusha.
Ian and his wife Lydia together with sons Quincy and Owen sadly and sorrowfully announce the passing away of his beloved Mother - Rose Bernadine, today September 17, 2021 in Arusha. Rose was the daughter of Late Mr. Lawrence and Late Mrs. Paskina De Almeida. Zanzibar. Sister of Lurdinha (Late Tony 'Nick'), Mary, Late Grace and Late Luis 'Lichu'. Aunt to Angela, Stephanie (Philip), Amanda (Robert), Terence, Sylvia (Marco), Elaine (Michael), Trevor (Eugenia) and Lavinia. Rose before leaving Zanzibar in the late 1970's was a teacher at Tumekuja School (previously St. Joseph Convent School). She was fortunate to have taught many children from our Goan community (now young adults) who to date recognized and addressed her as "Teacher Rose".
Funeral Saturday September 18th, 2021. Funeral rites will be: Bible based talk via Zoom at 2:00pm local time - Tanzania.. Viewing will be about half an hour prior to burial, scheduled to take place at 4:00pm at Njiro Cemetery, Arusha. Live Zoom will be available using ID: 706 557 2298: Password: 223344. [Info: Claude Fernandes] Messages of condolences may be sent to Ian at:

News Summary

UK: Rugby: Davinia Catlin [nee Monteiro]: ‘My boob was full and I thought – how can I play?’

18 Sep: Daily Telegraph (UK). Davinia Catlin has resumed playing for Harlequins after giving birth and hopes sharing her story encourages others … Davinia Catlin’s overriding memory of Harlequins’ Premier 15s season opener a fortnight ago was dealing with the uncertainty of what would happen if she stepped onto the pitch as a second-half substitute. Having given birth to her first child, Caden, in January, a breastfeeding issue threatened to derail her comeback before the match, when she was suddenly unable to pump from her right breast. Catlin is thought to be the first player to have given birth and returned to play in the Premier 15s … Catlin’s message is that women can have a baby and carry on playing rugby. 859 words  For further details click here
Video: 7th September 2018. ITV News. A brief day in the life of The Winning Margin owner and Harlequins Ladies player Davinia Catlin and how she balances her work with her rugby life focusing on equality in sport…  click here
11 Sep. 2018: Goan Voice. Davinia Monteiro is the first player of Goan origin to don the England rugby colours … Her parents, Colin and Delfina [ex Nairobi] are self-employed in the health care industry… click here.

‘Foreign tourists will be allowed in Goa soon’: PM Modi

18 Sep: Hindustan Times. “Tourism can resume in the coming tourism season just like before. We are planning to allow foreign tourists to come here… The central government is taking steps to welcome foreign tourists back. The government has decided to give 5-lakh tourists free visas. Travel and tourism stakeholders will be given loans up to 10-lakh with a 100% guarantee by the government. Tourist guides are being given the facility of taking a loan of up to ₹1-lakh. In the future too, the Central government will be ready to help those to take up the tourism sector forward,” the Prime Minister said….  For further details click here
18 Sep: Goa Lockdown: Casinos, Massage Parlours To Reopen From Monday; State Issues Guidelines …  click here

Covid-19: UK scraps traffic-light system, eases travel restrictions; Indian diaspora to benefit

18 Sep: Financial Express. The United Kingdom on Friday eased travel restrictions for people arriving in the country. The relaxations would help vaccinated people coming to and from England, and could particularly benefit Indians… India, which was placed in the amber list, will benefit from the rules. It will reduce the cost of travellers. However, India is still missing from the UK’s expanded list of countries whose vaccines it recognises, meaning Indians who had taken the Covishield jab would still require to undergo a Covid-19 tests before departure and upon arrival in the UK… The UK also removed Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan from the red list alongside Turkey, Egypt, Kenya, Oman, and the Maldives…  For further details click here

Govt to provide 500,000 free visas to tourists as centre plans to open India's tourism sector

18 Sep; Free Press Journal. The Central government is taking steps to reopen India to foreign tourists, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday, adding that Goa, with its 100 percent coverage of the first Covid-19 vaccine dose, could play a big part in the revival of the country's tourism industry. "The Central government is taking steps to welcome foreign tourists back. The government has taken a decision to give five lakh tourists free visas. Travel and tourism stakeholders will be given loans up to Rs 10 lakh with a 100 percent guarantee by the government… "Goa is a part of a select group of tourist destinations where people are vaccinated," the Prime Minister added…  For further details click here

Goa is playing important role in success of world's largest, fastest vaccination drive: PM Modi

18 Sep: Healthorld. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday congratulated the healthcare workers of Goa for completing 100 per cent of first vaccination dose and said the state is playing important role in the success of the world's largest and fastest vaccination drive…  For further details click here
19 Sep: Navhind Times. Goa can play vital role in reviving tourism: PM. Modi says Goa a state with boundless possibilities …  click here
Video: 18 Sep: India Today. Watch: PM Modi interacts with Goan healthcare workers, asks about vaccine 'side effects' on opposition parties … 27m. 48s. click here.

The Devil’s Flights: What Routes Use Flight Number 666?

17 Sep: Simple Flying (UK). By James Pearson. Many numbers are considered to be lucky, unlucky, superstitious, or somehow unique. It varies regionally, religiously, culturally, or by country. There are also numbers directly associated with a particular event that resonates, whether positively or negatively. But what about flights that use 666, the ‘devil’s number’? … AI666 operates between Goa and Mumbai using the B787-8. The aircraft routes London Heathrow to Goa (as AI146) before changing to AI666 from Goa to Mumbai…  For further details click here

Portugal: Cuca Roseta and tribute concert to Zeca Afonso at “Correntes” in Coimbra

17 Sep: Coimbra News. The festival “Currents of a single river”, dedicated to the song of Coimbra, takes place from October 1st and 10th … The program starts on October 1st, with the show-film “Mondego-Mandovi” (name of the river of Goa, India), which brings together violinists Manuel Rocha, from Coimbra, and Orlando de Noronha, from Goa, in an initiative that counts also with the voices of Cuca Roseta and Catarina Moura …  click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here
Video: Vimeo: Trailer click here.


News Summary

Great British Bake Off dozen. Now tuck into more secrets that will rise to the surface next week

17 Sep: Daily Mail. By Alison Boshoff. … Who is up to her eyes in dough at Goldman Sachs? 3. Banker Princess Who Loves Drama: Crystelle Pereira, 26, client relationship manager. High-achiever Crystelle is quadrilingual, went to UCL and now works for mega-bank Goldman Sachs. She was also nominated for a Women in Investment award. Her family are prominent in the Goan community, and father Derrick is a successful businessman who runs his charity, Help A Poor Child, with the aid of Crystelle and her siblings. She has a theatrical streak … She says she served as chief taster for her mother’s family recipes growing up, and loves to infuse her bakes with spices from the places she’s visited. On her Instagram she describes herself as ‘90 per cent chaos, 10 per cent attempting to bake’, but the results are impressive. She’s posted pictures of a homemade Big Mac and Goan fish curry. Her cake pops are neat, as is her chocolate and peanut butter cake. Crème De La Creme? Everything she does is magic: four out of five …  For further details click here
For Crystelle Pereira’s Instagram page,  click here
For Crystelle Pereira’s Facebook page, click here.

India withdraws e-visa facility for Canada, UK nationals

17 Sep: Eastern Eye (UK). In what seemed to be a reciprocal treatment for citizens of Canada and the UK, the Narendra Modi government has withdrawn the e-visa facility for them, sources said. According to a senior official in the country’s ministry of home affairs, Canada and the UK posed a lot of restrictions over the entry of India nationals in their territory and many of the times, the travellers have to face inconvenience despite making several requests to the concerned embassies to address the matter. “The e-visa facility to UK and Canada citizens has been withdrawn from the first week of August this year. Now, they have to apply for a regular sticker visa at the Indian embassy. Tourist visa is already suspended and people visiting India under other categories of visa now have to apply for regular sticker visas,” the official said, ANI news agency reported…  For further details click here
18 Sep: News NCR. Government of India’s big step amid Corona epidemic, denial of e-visa to citizens of UK, Canada …  click here
17 Sep: The Quint. What NRIs Think of Canada's Flight Ban From India & How It Will Affect Voting. Several Indian Canadians have called the continued suspension of flights from India discriminatory ahead of polls … click here.

£399pp – 5-star Goan hotel in Madeira, 5 day escape w/flights, meals & transfers

16 Sep: Travelzoo Top 20 deals of the week: Quintinha São João is a 5-star retreat. An outstanding 95% of more than 1,400 TripAdvisor reviews rate their stay as very good or excellent. "Friendly service from long-serving staff is one of the hotel’s strengths", says The Daily Telegraph… Five nights at the 5-star Quintinha São João, in a Premium Balcony room, Daily breakfast and dinner, …  click here
For more information and further departure dates, see Deluxe Breaks' website … A highlight of the property is the A Morgadinha restaurant which specialises in cuisine from the former Portuguese colony of Goa where guests on Half Board can take their meals à la carte…  click here
15 Jan. 2021: Goan Voice. From the Irish Times: The Barreto family run a home-from-home for their guests, many of whom return year after year. The A Morgadinha restaurant, serves Goan-influenced food … The proprietors lived for some years in Goa and the matriarch, Dona Dina Barreto, has an authentic, aromatic rather than mouth-numbing, pork "vindalho" … the guest-relations manager Rosie Borges, a UK native has lived in Madeira for 20 years … click here.

Indians among top nations getting Portuguese visas

17 Sep: American Bazaae (USA). With long wait for US green card, many Indians are eyeing Portugal Golden Visa before seeking American permanent status. The Indo-Portuguese connection is many centuries old, stretching way back to the turn of the 15th century when Vasco da Gama would reach the south-western coast of the Indian subcontinent. Many Indians who have visited the scenic destinations of Goa or Daman and Diu will testify to the beautiful Baroque style architecture witnessed in the Catholic churches built by the Portuguese in the 16th and 17th centuries. However, recent years have experienced a new kind of connection being built between these two nations, a reversal of trends where Indian citizens are now investing in properties on Portuguese soil. Portugal grants a Resident Permit for Investment, also known as Autorização de Residência para Investimento (ARI) or Golden Visa, to third country nationals outside the European Union states through different routes, including the purchase of real estate property… Last year saw a whopping 87% increase in the number of Golden Visas issued to Indians by Portugal, from 33 in 2019 to 62 in 2020 … 1076 words.  For further details click here

Video: Roshan D'Silva, and the idea behind Pilgrim Stays

18 Sep: Frederick FN Noronha. After studying telecom engineering at the prestigious IIT-Bombay, Roshan DSilva found his connection the religious to their faith, through travel. Just before the 2020 pandemic, he co-founded Pilgrim Stays, a joint venture between his Tripvillas and the ATC Publishers of Bengaluru (founded 1946, a leading publisher and seller of Christian religious texts across India). Earlier, in 2010, Roshan was behind Tripvillas, "one of the world’s leading holiday home rental companies [which] has a variety of assets including its management software, booking engines, distribution, Property Management tools." This was backed by marquee investors including the Singapore Government (NRF/National Research Foundation). An informal chat with Frederick Noronha (FN).  For further details click here
Pilgrim Stays proides tours to Rome, Holy Land, Kerala, Goa. Bamgalore and Mumbai. For their website,  click here

Portugal: Sérgio Santimano's Photographic Exhibition, “Door To Goa”

17 Sep: Plataforma 9. Castelo de Vide will host, from September 18th to the end of December 2021, the photographic exhibition Porta para Goa, by Mozambican photographer Sérgio Santimano, at the Garcia de Orta Interpretation Center. As part of the opening there will be an exhibition of the great Mozambican photographer Sérgio Santimano about Goa. The exhibition “Porta para Goa” is an invitation to discover the nooks and crannies, landscapes and practices of Goa. Dr. Garcia de Orta (c.1500-1568), the prestigious 16th-century physician from Castelo de Vide, and author of the book Colloquium of simple drugs and medicinal things from India, edited in Goa in 1563… Descendant of Goan families, Sérgio Santimano started, in 2016, an artistic-documental project about his Goan legacy. The photographs presented in the Porta para Goa exhibition are the result of the search for that past and the direct contact with close family members and their reception in Goa… He has exhibited in Africa, Europe and India and his life and photographic work span these three continents.  For further details click here
12 Aug. 2018. The Goan. I want to tell a story of my ancestry, Goa and India: Sergio Santimano. A resident of Sweden, born In Portugal but with his roots in Goa, Sergio Santimano is a photo-journalist par extraordinaire… 1189 words.  click here
For some Goa photographs of Sérgio Santimano click here.

New country, new home, new me

17 Sep: Khaleej Times (UAE). By Anjaly Thomas. What happens when the pull from a foreign terrain makes you pack your bags and start life elsewhere … French contemporary sculptor and visual artist Yahel Chirinian made India her home. Interestingly, it was in her father’s antique store in Paris that she developed what she calls her artistic side which eventually brought her to India… She explains how her new country spurred her on. “By nature, I’m solitary, and yet I enjoy the Indian chaos. It’s a very maternal form of chaos — warm and protective… When I moved to Goa [in 2002], it was still a fishing village … Yahel runs Monsoon Heritage, her studio that furthered her artistic career, in Goa. “Always, I connect with people first — they are the real treasure. In 2016, my new country honoured me with the Goan of the Year Award, a rarity for a foreigner. Today, I am one of them.” Yahel is currently in south of France … “I hope to return to Goa soon and live the rest of my life there.”  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Yahel Chirinian  click here
10 Oct 2017. Video: Monsoon Heritage Studio by Yahel Chirinian … click here.

Australia: Sarah Todd cooks Indian for Breast Cancer Awareness

14 Sep: Illawarra Mercury. World-leading research organisation, Breast Cancer Trials, is spicing things up with a mouth-watering Indian themed Three Course Challenge that will take place from August until November… Renowned for her sumptuous Indian flavours, Todd has curated a fresh, healthy menu that is sure to appeal to every palette. All registered Three Course Challenge dinner party hosts who raise more than $150 can join Sarah for a live-streamed cooking class on Saturday, October 16, giving them tips and tricks to ensure their dinner party will be a delicious success. .. Pork vindaloo: Apart from requiring it to be slow cooked, my version is a toned down one in terms of spice but for those of you who like it spicy, go ahead and add some serious chillies… My Indian Kitchen, by Sarah Todd. Are Media Books, $24.99…  For further details click here
For Google links to Sarah Todd’s Goan connections,  click here



Death: Samson (Sam) D'Souza. Nairobi
13 Sep: Nairobi. SAMSON (SAM) VINCENT D'SOUZA. Born 14th September 1956. It is with the deepest sorrow that we announce the passing of Samson Vincent D'Souza, son of the late Joseph and Ida D'Souza. Husband of the late Roseline Zina D'Souza. Loving father to Theodora and Jermaine D'Souza and grandfather to Malachi D'Souza. Brother to Tony Staussi, Andy Staussi, George Staussi, the late Mona Staussi. Daphne Mwangi, Vera D'Souza, Popsy Getonga and Jackie Bedford. Beloved uncle, cousin and friend to many. [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi]. The service begins at 10am on Friday, 17th September 2021. The funeral service will be streamed live via YouTube For a photo and the link click here.

News Summary

UK: Overhaul of travel traffic light rules tomorrow with green and amber lists expected to be merged

16 Sep: Daily Mail (UK). A major overhaul of the Government's international travel rules is expected to be unveiled tomorrow as Grant Shapps makes changes to the traffic light system. It is thought the green and amber lists could be merged to form one 'simpler' category of low-risk countries for holidaymakers to visit. The Transport Secretary could also significantly reduce the number of destinations on the red list, with some reports suggesting the list could be halved … Along with changes to the traffic light system, there is also speculation that fully vaccinated passengers arriving in the UK will no longer need to take a pre-departure lateral flow test or a post-arrival PCR test. The move could save travellers approximately £100 per trip.  For further details click here
16 Sep: The Scotsman. When is next UK travel update? Expected time of next green, amber and red list countries travel review - and what changed at last update …  click here

Goa: Tourism activities can resume at 50% capacity: expert panel

17 Sep: Navhind Times. "Considering the fact that at the moment, the average COVID test positivity rate is below two per cent and active cases well below 800, the expert committee has told the government that tourism activities like river cruises and music shows where large gatherings are expected can be restarted with half the capacity," said a senior official. He informed that the doctors' panel has also suggested that the government can consider allowing religious gatherings during prominent festivals of the state with 50 per cent capacity of the venues… The official said the state steering committee on COVID-19 management, which is headed by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is likely to meet on Saturday and take the final call on reopening casinos and restarting tourism activities in the state…  For further details click here

Unforgettable Travel Magazine: Goa

30 Sep: By Gemma D’Souza (photo). When it comes to my family roots, I’m a ‘little bit of everything’. My grandparents were both from Goa – the southwestern coast of India. Hugging the coastline of the Arabian Sea, Goan cuisine is mostly dominated by fish and seafood, infused with delicious spices and flavours. My grandparents grew up on the region’s staple food – fish curry and rice. The iconic fish curry has been adapted over decades and today, you’ll taste subtle flavours or coconut and local spices like kokum (a sour fruit related to the mangosteen). … Some of these dishes include the pork vindaloo, the feijoada (a bean and pork stew) and the fish recheado (stuffed saltwater fish). If you’re a fan of flavoursome seafood, Goa is the perfect place to head to…  For further details click here
Gemma D’Souza writes: I have been jetting off around the world for as long as I can remember. With a Kenyan father, a Scottish mother, Indian grandparents, Brazilian ancestors, and a Portuguese surname, I can proudly say I am a little mixture of everything…  click here
For the Linkedin profile of Gemma D’Souza, click here.

Indians shocked at vandalizing of Swindon Temple

16 Sep: India Post (USA). Indians across the world globally are hugely upset over reports of the fifth vandalizing of Swindon Hindu Temple & Cultural Centre since May. Reports suggest that the break-in resulted in desecrating of deities, vandalizing of sacred altar and rooms, stealing of cash worth thousands of pounds and artefacts, damaging of doors, etc.; plunging the Indian community in a state of anguish, which now feels targeted…  For further details click here
14 Sep: Swindon Advertiser. Support and solidarity for Hindu temple's team after shocking vandalism and thefts …  click here
BBC. Swindon Hindu community 'let down' over fifth temple break-in … click here.

Govt set to ease rules to enable NRI, OCI card holders to take their adopted child to country of residence

16 Sep: Times of India. The government is set to notify new regulations to enable NRI and OCI card holders, who adopt under the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act 1956 (HAMA), to get a 'no-objection' certificate to take the child with them to their country of residence… NRI and OCI card holders will be treated at par in line with the home ministry guidelines ... ... Only a Hindu, Buddhist, Jain or Sikh can adopt under HAMA …  For further details click here
16 Sep: The Economic Times. Govt to simplify child adoption rules …  click here

Rising dough: Pao to cost Rs. 5 from Oct 1

16 Sep: Times of India. The price of home delivered traditional bread (pao) will go up by Re 1 and will cost Rs 5 per piece from October 1. The announcement was made by president of the all-Goa bakers and confectioners association, Margao, Peter Fernandes, and the all-Goa bakers’ association, headed by Agapito Menezes. Menezes said that a decision to this effect was taken at the executive committee held on September 5. The price of the traditional pao was last hiked from Rs 3 to Rs 4 back in August 2016 … Menezes said that it is unprofitable for most bakers to make exclusively bread, and around 40% have expanded to confectionery…  For further details click here
16 Sep: The Goan. Goan Bakers and the half-baked Govt scheme …  click here
Video: 16 Sep: HCN. Goan pao to cost Rs.5 … click here.

Horrible Experience at Goa Medical College | No Beds for 6 Patients

14 Sep: Cecille Rodrigues. No Beds for 6 Patients, thus they face inconveniences as they were given stretchers instead of Beds. At night, one patient actually fell off a stretcher while trying to turn over. Vishwajit P RANE our health minister claims that everything is perfect, While the reality is the exact opposite. We Goan Citizens expect better, deserve better and thus demand better.  For further details click here



Live streaming details for the Funeral of Maria Da Silva (Ritin)

In response to requests from relatives and friends in the UK and globally, who need to be part of Mum's funeral on Friday 17th September 2021, a live-stream of the funeral has been arranged. Starting at 11:30am (UK) until 5:00pm via the link
Update: We have reached full capacity and we are unable to accommodate any more people attending in person. Thank you for your understanding.
The Funeral Service commences at 1:00pm (UK) at St John Vianney Catholic Church - West Green Road, London N15 3QL followed by the Burial (3:00pm) at New Southgate Cemetery and Crematorium, Brunswick Park Road, New Southgate N11 1JJ. Following the Burial, the Wake will be held at Ariana Banqueting Hall, Brunswick Park Road, London N11 1GN. Please note face coverings/masks are mandatory in the church.
For the directions from the church to the cemetery and wake, please click here:
For the death notice with full details, links to the tearful farewell from the family and to share your memories and condolence messages, go to

News Summary

UK likely to relax travel rules for Indians, but no clarity on vaccine recognition

15 Sep: India Today. The United Kingdom might relax quarantine rules for Indians as it contemplates an overhaul of its Covid-related travel system soon. From October 1, people travelling to the United Kingdom from India might not need to undergo expensive PCR tests as the UK is contemplating an overhaul of its current system. Under the new rules, the UK might do away with the amber category and keep quarantine restrictions confined to others. With India being part of the amber list, it is likely that PCR tests could be dropped along with relaxations in quarantine rules… The question that remains: Will the UK finally recognise fully vaccinated fliers from India? …  For further details click here
15 Sep: My London. Heathrow & Gatwick: Latest Foreign Office travel advice for India …  click here
15 Sep: Hindustan Times. India may start issuing tourist visas only to vaccinated travellers after 1.5 years of suspension … click here.

OCI cardholders can inherit land in India

14 Sep: Mint. Q: I reside in the UK and am eligible to apply for British citizenship. As a foreign citizen, can I inherit either a small portion of agricultural land or residential property?
A: NRIs are not allowed to acquire agricultural land in India. However, an NRO who is a citizen of India or an overseas citizenship of India cardholder can inherit agricultural land or any immovable property in India from a person resident in India. Do note that in case you decide to sell such agricultural land, it can only be sold to a person resident in India…  For further details click here

Goa’s crime rate against foreigners dips drastically, but with no relief

16 Sep: Herald. Goa has reported over 200 per cent decline in cases against foreign nationals Likewise. Goa also saw reduced rate of crimes against women in 2020 compared to previous 2 years, but what remains a worry is that it is among top five states that registered crime against these tourists. A sharp fall in cases is largely being attributed to restrictions in travel across the globe owing to COVID-19, which was declared a global pandemic in early 2020… Goa witnessed 11 crimes against foreigners from 34 cases recorded back in 2018. It is also around half the number when compared to the 21 cases recorded across 2019… In 2008, the death of British teenager Scarlet Keeling Eden raised questions over the safety of foreigners in Goa. Finnish youth Felix Dahl's death and Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin's rape and murder are among other cases that snowballed into a global outrage…  For further details click here

Video exposes lax Covid norms at Goa’s border

15 Sep: The Goan. The State government on Tuesday said enhanced measures were being undertaken to check lapses in Covid protocols at the Patradevi check-post. Government swung into action after a video went viral showing a bus from Maharashtra entering the border without any checks on the necessary Covid certificates. Admitting to lapses at the check-post, North Goa District Collector Ajit Roy said that monitoring has now been tightened at Patradevi… Thousands of people travelled in over-packed buses during Ganesh Chaturthi leaving the State exposed to the threat of the virus with no proper checks at the borders…  For further details click here
Video: 12 Sep. Cecille Rodrigues. Lapse at the Goa Border | COVID Protocol and SOPs are not been followed | Cases are Rising |Be Alert … a bribe of Rs 250 is collected for those who don’t have any COVID related documents on them so that they don’t waste time at the Border. In the video you’ll see the Driver taking money which was recorded by this passenger who travels regularly from Goa to Pune and back…  click here
15 Sep: Financial Express. Goa orders new quarantine rules for people coming from Kerala … With Covid-19 cases now largely being concentrated in Kerala, the Goa government has ordered for mandatory institutional quarantine for arrivals from the state… click here.

Menace of tar balls raises alarm bells over disposal

15 Sep; The Goan. Even as the State is grappling with the menace of tar balls hitting the coastal belt, the scientists and environmentalists have raised questions over the disposal of the oily substance. There are scientific studies that say the tar balls are carcinogenic in nature and are also dangerous to marine life. On Monday, Tourism Minister Babu Ajgaonkar had said the coastal belt in north and the south would be cleared of the tar balls within two days. Presently the beach cleaning agency employed by the Tourism Department is clearing the beaches of tar balls. However, it is not clear how this oily substance will be disposed…  For further details click here
Video: 15 Sep: Herald HCN. CM to write to Centre over Tar Ball issue, demands strict action …  click here
15 Sep: Free Press Journal. Goa wants Centre to take strict action against those responsible for oil spills … click here.

UK: Football: St Anthony Boys emerge runners-up

14 Sep: Herald.  Goan team St Anthony Boys emerged runners-up in the Young Conservatives Community Cup after losing against International Football Club (IFC) 4-5 in penalty shootout in the final, in England. The teams were tied 2-2 at the end of the regulation time. The Goan squad comprised of Tyson Caiado (goalkeeper), Clyson Pereira (captain), Estevan Mendes, Shawyn Fernandes, Edwin Lucas, Alfex D’souza, Selwyn Rodrigues, Jimmy Gouveia, George Braganza and Carlos Almeida… The tournament was organised by Floyd Dias and Sai Karthik.  For further details click here
14 Sep: Herald. St Anthony Stars prevail Swindon Zion Boys …  click here


COOKERY: James Martin: Yorkshire's Finest. Food Network (Freeview 42). Fri. 17th Sept. 14:00 to 14:30. York Curry. An Indian spice shop in York inspires the chef to prepare a lamb curry and naan bread, along with sweet and sour prawns.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. 4Seven (Freeview 48). Tues. 21st Sept. 15:30 to 16:00. Warwickshire. Admin manager Emma Reddin hosts the third dinner party in Warwickshire, and hopes to secure the £1,000 prize by offering her guests pea and potato samosas and a selection of Indian curries, and organising Bollywood dancing.

COOKERY: The Great British Bake Off. Channel 4. Tues 21st Sept. 20:00 to 21:30. Episode 1. Twelve new contestants start off with cake week, and a signature challenge in which they must produce 12 mini rolls, before working out the recipe for a nostalgic teatime classic in the technical. One of the contestants in Crystelle Pereira, featured at

COOKERY: Ainsley's Food We Love. Food Network (Freeview 42). Tues. 21st Sept. 20:00 to 21:00. Fake-Aways. Ainsley Harriott re-creates his favourite takeaway dishes - Indian, Chinese and Italian. Guests Anita Rani and Jeremy Pang also help the chef prepare dishes.

DOCUMENTARY: Three Pounds in My Pocket. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Tues. 21st Sept. 21:00 to 21:30. Kavita Puri hears what that catch-all term `Asian" really means for British South Asians. Although the Indian subcontinent is a vast place, the main migrant groups from the early `three pound" generation came from a handful of places. Each of these regions has its own distinctive language, food and tradition. All these years on, what matters to them and their children - is it the region they first came from on the Indian subcontinent, or the country?

DOCUMENTARY: Salvage Hunters: Bitesize. Quest (Freeview 12). Thurs. 23rd Sept. 08:30 to 09:00. His hunt for fresh stock takes Drew Pritchard to the Cotswolds, where he finds a giant stash of Indian and Afghan treasures which have come directly from the subcontinent. Starring: Drew Pritchard.

REALITY SHOW: Don't Tell the Bride. 4Music (Freeview 30). Fri. 24th Sept. 15:00 to 16:00. Cameron and Sarah Jane. A 23-year-old car sprayer gets the chance to give his teaching-assistant fiancée the wedding of her dreams. As the big day approaches, the groom's organisation of the event is complicated by his desire to please his Indian mother and Scottish father.


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Crystelle Pereira: Great British Bake Off 2021 contestant

14 Sep: Channel 4 – The Great British Bake Off. Series 12. A dozen amateur bakers are put to work. Crystelle [Pereira] Age 26. Quadrilingual Crystelle is a baker who brings her wonderfully diverse heritage – born in northwest London to Kenyan born, Portuguese-Goan parents – to the flavours in her baking. The youngest of three daughters, she was also the chief-taster as she helped her mother prepare their family meals. When she travels with friends, it’s her job to make a list of the best restaurants and bakeries in the cities they visit. She began baking seriously only three years ago and loves fusing spices from the places she’s visited into her bakes – a fougasse infused with turmeric, curry powder and spring onion is a firm favourite. Crystelle is also an enthusiastic singer, having kept herself busy over lockdown with her online choir. The televised schedule is on Channel 4, Tuesdays, 8 pm. Crystelle’s first appearance will be on 21 Sep.  click here
Crystelle is the daughter of Elaine [nee De Souza, ex Mombasa] and Derrick Pereira [of Help A Poor Child, Dark Star ex Mombasa]; sister of Chanelle and Corelle; grand-daughter of late Gregory & late Sybil De Souza, Julie & late Reggie Pereira]. For Google links to Crystelle Pereira with text, photos and videos,  click here
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The Strange Stories Behind 10 Historical Body Parts

14 Sep: Mental Floss. From Napoleon's penis to Galileo's finger, the body parts of historical figures are steeped in legend. … 4. Francis Xavier's Toe. The Catholic Church remembers 16th-century saint Francis Xavier mainly for his missionary efforts and his help in founding the Jesuit order… Like the remains of certain saints who came before and after him, Xavier’s body was said to be incorrupt. In other words, it hadn’t decayed at all. Worshipers flocked to see it for themselves, and one person got more than just a good look. A Portuguese woman reportedly bent down and bit Xavier’s right pinky toe clean off his foot. It supposedly spurted blood, which was more evidence that the body was still in perfect condition. Well, except for the missing toe. According to Thomas J. Craughwell’s 2011 book Saints Preserved, the toe has been passed down through the woman’s family for the last several centuries…  click here
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India’s Supreme Court to hear plea against curbs on foreign funding

14 Sep: UCAN. Catholic Church is one of the beneficiaries of contributions from foreign sources for its charity works. India’s top court has agreed to examine amendments made to a federal law that regulates foreign funding into the country after non-government organizations (NGOs) argued the changes hampered charity work… the amendments had severely restricted the use of foreign funds to serve the poor and needy. This coupled with an official government diktat to open bank accounts in the designated branch of an Indian multinational public sector bank in New Delhi latest by June 30, 2021, had posed further difficulties for them, the petitioners said… There are around 23,000 NGOs in the country that receive foreign donations. Ordering them to open accounts in the main branch of a particular bank in New Delhi was not only at variance with standard norms applied to other fields but is also cumbersome and discomforting … the amendments had virtually clipped the wings of many NGOs that contributed immensely to social welfare…  For further details click here

Video: Newcomer John Fernandez gears up for Kenya National Rally sixth leg in Ramisi

14 Sep: Kenya Broadcasting Corporation. Newcomer John Fernandes says the mixed fortunes he has experienced in his first two Kenya National Rally Championship (KNRC) events in Voi and Machakos have revealed the challenges he is facing in his rookie season. Fernandes will be tackling his third career contest in Ramisi in South Coast this Saturday. He will be navigated by Nique Rattos in an ex-Daren Miranda 2.5L Subaru Impreza 2WD car… The race is organized by the Mombasa Motor Club (MMC)… Fernandez and Rattos, who are part of Team Goa have been preparing their car at the Pac Express Workshop in Westlands, Nairobi… Rattos has sounded quite enthusiastic about Ramisi …  For further details click here

Siddhi Naik death case back with police for probe

15 Sep: Herald. The medical board of Goa Medical College (GMC), Bambolim, constituted to review the Siddhi Naik death case, submitted its report suggesting that the police must investigate the manner of death. The medical board committee was constituted last week to revisit the medical findings in the girl’s death, following a complaint by the victim’s father suspecting foul play. … After the uproar on not having preserved the viscera, the demand for a second opinion by a panel of senior doctors was made. Also the victim’s father filed a complaint of murder at Calangute police station on September 2. However, the police officials were not available for more details despite frantic efforts…  For further details click here
15 Sep: The Goan. The mystery of the death of Siddhi Naik is getting deeper as there has been no clue regarding the actual ‘reason’ or ‘motive’ that may have led to her death, and so far, only the cause of death has been known, which is drowning… the police officer should investigate the manner of death, whether suicidal, accidental or homicidal a senior doctor said, adding, “We have done our job, let police do theirs.” The report has not ruled out foul play, nor has pointed to it… “Usually, viscera is preserved in case of deaths of foreigners, as they are sexually active at a young age,” informed the source…  click here
15 Sep: Herald. When a father who has lost his daughter decides to fight for justice, no police force can escape from doing its duty … click here.

The “shadow pandemic” of domestic violence

14 Sep: British Medical Journal. Covid restrictions have led to a notable increase in domestic violence worldwide. Mahima Jain reports on the situation in India … Since the pandemic began, reports of domestic violence have soared, prompting the United Nations to call for urgent action against what it calls “the shadow pandemic.” … There is always a long queue of women outside the local government hospital complaining of the same issue: vaginal discharge … A 2005 study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology of 2494 women from Goa noted that those who experienced verbal abuse, sexual violence, and concerns regarding their partner’s extramarital relationships were more likely to present with abnormal vaginal discharge… Grassroots organisations are now paying more attention to domestic violence. Sangath, a Goa based non-profit group and the Mumbai-based Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes are working with patients and local government to ensure provision of healthcare to those experiencing abuse …1669 words.  For further details click here
For the full text of the 2005 Goa study,  click here

Ghana: Making liquor out of cashew fruit juice is a 500-year-old tradition in India - Video

14 Sep: Pulse (Ghana). Feni is a rare liquor made from cashew fruit, and it's produced only in Goa, India. While some brands are pushing to take feni to the mainstream, this family has survived by hand-making small batches and selling locally…9m. 22s.  For further details click here



Death: Miguel Fernandes. Ex Siridao, Goa
11 Sep: Swindon. MIGUEL FERNANDES. Born 1941, ex Siridao. Husband of Late Augusta Rodrigues e Fernandes. Father / Father-in-law of Carmina / Late Caitano, Fermina / Jose Mariano, Berthalina / Mariano, Nazerth / Jennifer, Paulina / Late Edwin, Saina / Romeo, Gorethy / Domnick, Riyo /Santana. Funeral date will be announced later. Photo and full details, click here.

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Antiques Roadshow viewers baffled as unusual painting [by FN Souza] receives £7,000 valuation

19 Sep: Daily Mirror (UK). BBC's Antiques Roadshow returned to screens on Sunday night with an interesting painting by Francis Newton Souza, one of India's most famous 20th-century artists… The painting in question was purchased for a mere £50 in 1970, the guest explained, but little did he know it was said to be worth thousands … The guest explained that the painting was not of him, but that he used to go to school with the artists' daughters, and knew his family very well. It was his mum who bought the piece in 1970 for £50 - which is about £790 today… Souza is known as an Indian artist, but actually, the most formative and probably now the most famous part of his career was when he worked in London for about 20 years. He moved in the late 40s and in the 50s he became friends with Steven Spender [the English poet], he drank at the Colony Club with Francis Bacon, so he really was one of the most Avant-grade artists working in London in the 50s… we would probably put an estimate in the region of £7,000 to £10,000." … 12 Sep: Birmingham Live. BBC Antiques Roadshow viewers floored by expert's rude question to guest …  For further details click here
Video: 12 Sep: BBC iplayer. Recording of the BBC programme …  click here

Revival of Jet Airways expected next year

13 Sep: Mirror Now. Jet Airways has hired over 150 full time employees and is getting ready for flying again in the first quarter of 2022 after being grounded for 2 years. Jet Airways is planning to restart its domestic operations with first flight to fly from Delhi to Mumbai. "International operations to likely start in the second half of 2022." says Jalan Kalrock, the winning bidder for Jet Airways. The company is planning to have more than 100 aircrafts in the next 5 years. In October last year, the consortium comprising UK-headquartered Kalrock Capital and Jalan, a UAE-based entrepreneur, emerged as the winning bidder for Jet Airways, which has not flown since April 17, 2019…  For further details click here
13 Sep: Bloomberg Quint. Jet Airways To Resume Operations In First Quarter Of 2022 …  click here

It’s time to rethink Panaji’s cultural capital

13 Sep: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. … The latest snippet of good news came from the post offices announcement of well-conceived plans to convert the upper floor of their headquarters into a philately museum … the Indian Customs and Excise department maintains its only smuggling museum … Good stuff, but what of art? Where can we experience Goa’s artistic heritage and the foundational figures of Indian modernism: Vasudeo Gaitonde and Francis Newton Souza? In addition, what of Indo-Portuguese furniture, which is elsewhere the centrepiece of grand collections like the V&A? How about the amazing history of photography in Goa, and by Goan photographers? Shouldn’t we have a diaspora museum, tracking our story around the world? What about Goa’s peerless musical legacy, in both Hindustani and Western classical music, with a highlight reel stretching from Bollywood to Jazz to Trance? … 821 words.  For further details click here

Canada: Woman says massage therapist sexually assaulted her by using ‘yoni’ therapy

10 Sep: The Peterborough Examiner (Canada). A former client of Gerard Rodrigues testified the Peterborough massage therapist sexually assaulted her when he allegedly used yoni massage therapy techniques on her without her consent… “I was just laying there not knowing what to do,” the woman said in Peterborough court on Wednesday. The woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, is one of 13 former clients to report being sexually assaulted by Rodrigues during a massage. Wednesday marked the start of three trials anticipated to be held to determine Rodrigues’ innocence or guilt on a total of 13 charges of sexual assault and one charge of assault… 865 words.  For further details click here
10 Sep: MyKawartha. (Canada) 'I didn’t know what to do': Woman says Peterborough massage therapist sexually assaulted her by using yoni therapy … The trial resumes Sept. 28.  click here

Goa University’s Portuguese course goes global as it makes online debut

13 Sep: Times of India. Citizens residing anywhere across the globe will now be able to pursue a certificate programme in Portuguese from the Goa University’s department of Portuguese and Lusophone Studies. Any person can now register and pursue the programme through the online mode. “The course will be conducted online via synchronous sessions held on Google Meet. Students are advised to use a desktop or laptop with a stable internet connection,” the department has said. Any person who has completed Class XII can join the A1 Portuguese certificate course, while those who have A1 level certificate proficiency in Portuguese can pursue the A2 course… The A1 online course will see classes being conducted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 6pm to 8pm. Students will have to pay a fees of Rs 4,800 for the entire course. The course will involve 100 hours of classes…  For further details click here
for the Goa University Department of Portuguese & Lusophone Studies website,  click here

Bacterial infection resurfaces in Goa’s state fish

13 Sep: Times of India. Goa’s state fish, the mullet continues to suffer from an infection called Epizootic Ulcerative syndrome (EUS) as few specimens with the skin disease surface randomly in the catch in some areas. Compounding this is the lack of continuous research that has concealed the problem. This condition affecting mullets and a couple of other estuarine fish species had been reported in the past. “It is purely organic pollutants like sewage which fuel growth of Pseudomonas, a bacteria that infects skin, gills, the mouth and fins of the fish,” Joe D’Souza, a retired professor of Goa University (GU) said…  For further details click here

Goa Houses In The News

13 Sep: Fortune India. High-end villas beat pandemic blues. …With more people willing to pay a premium for open space, there has been a significant rise in real estate prices in places such as Goa … land prices in Goa have gone up by 50% in some areas… prices of villas have gone up by ₹4,000-₹5,000 per sq. ft. in one year. Average villas are priced between ₹12,000 and ₹15,000 per sq. ft…  For further details click here
13 Sep: Financial Express. Improved affordability, rebound in domestic tourism drive demand for second homes. A recent survey carried out by Savills India has revealed that owing to a variety of reasons the second home market in the country is poised to witness high traction in the near term…  click here
13 Sep: Free Press Journal. Around 70% of home owners want to buy second one within two years: Savills India … click here.

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