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Dr Stephen Pereira: Big job, bigger stress? This is the doctor to see

18 Feb: The Times (UK). Dr Stephen Pereira is a quiet, understated man. He sits in a sleeveless Nehru jacket behind a neatly organised desk, beneath award certificates for his work and next to a shrine to various gods. Pereira is the psychiatrist - when the Duchess of Cambridge’s brother, James Middleton, sought help to overcome depression it was to Pereira he turned to … he has a fair claim to the title of psychiatrist to the rich and famous. His practice is at London Bridge, just over the river from the City, hence his bulging caseload of investment bankers and corporate lawyers. They come to him suffering from everything from insomnia, depression, and stress-related and anxiety disorders to irritable bowel syndrome, migraines and sexual dysfunction… Pereira, 57, who is of Portuguese Goan descent, was brought up in Bombay. He began his medical training in India, but moved to England in 1990 … Married for more than 30 years, with two grown-up daughters, he meditates for at least three minutes three times a day… 1907 words.  For further details click here

Suella Braverman considering legal action over story connecting her to Buddhist order with history of sexual abuse claims

18 Feb: The News (Portsmouth, UK). The story in The Observer said Mrs Braverman is a friend within the Triratna order, one of the largest Buddhist groups in the UK. More than 40 members claim they experienced or know of sexual misconduct carried out by senior members or the order's founder, Dennis Lingwood, according to an internal report made public last year… A spokesman from the MP's office confirmed she is a member of the wider Triranta congregation. However, Mrs Braverman declined to comment on whether or not she had met Mr Lingwood, who died in 2018, or if she was aware of the allegations made against him. Now Mrs Braverman is considering legal action against the newspaper, the spokesman said…  For further details click here
18 Feb: The Guardian (UK). For Boris Johnson’s pantomime authoritarians, overt cruelty is a winning hand …  click here
18 Feb: Prospect Magazine. The alarming record of the new attorney general. Suella Braverman’s appointment adds another judicial sceptic to the government ranks … click here.

Labour MP is refused entry to India after landing at New Delhi airport, following her criticism over Kashmir

17 Feb: Daily Mail. A Labour MP was refused entry to India today after landing at New Delhi airport, following her outspoken criticism of the country's dealing with Kashmir. Debbie Abrahams (photo), a Labour Party Member of Parliament who chairs a parliamentary group focused on the disputed region of Kashmir, was unable to clear customs after her valid Indian visa was rejected … immigration officials did not cite any reason for denying Abrahams entry and revoking her visa which is valid until October 2020… Abrahams has been an outspoken critic of the Indian government's move last August stripping Kashmir of its semi-autonomy … Text + Comments  click here
Video: Indian Mission in the United Kingdom has claimed that they have confirmed from the Indian immigration authorities that Debbie Abrahams did not hold a valid visa and there is no provision for visa on arrival for the U.K nationals…  click here
Debbie Abrahams on Twitter: "This is the e-visa I was issued ... click here.

Stray Dogs: Get set for a ‘dog fight’

18 Feb: The Goan. With close to 20,000 instances of dog bites in Goa reported every year, the issue of stray dogs has become quite serious over the years, and efforts to sterilise the dogs are having little to no impact … Roaming in packs marking their territories, stray dogs have today become a serious problem in the state. From chasing vehicles which in turn leads to accidents to venturing into human territory and attacking people, the stray animals have come forth as a serious threat for the society. Reports suggest that there are around 20,000 incidents every year of stray dogs biting people. It is suggested that sterilisation of stray dogs is an effective solution to the problem. However, many NGOs working in this area have stated that sterilisation programmes are facing various hurdles such as lack of funds and in some cases, lack of manpower and other issues. Hence, such programmes have failed to have any meaningful impact…  For further details click here

The coolest things to do in Old Goa if you're visiting in February-March 2020

18 Feb: GQ India. By Vivek Menezes. An enduring mystery abides in Old Goa, the district of 16th-18th century architectural masterpieces spilling down to the Mandovi riverside, including the largest church and convent in Asia. Of the state’s five million annual visitors, only around 10 per cent venture to this UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. But even they tend to restrict themselves to two important churches – the Basilica of Bom Jesus (where the body of St Francis Xavier resides) and the Sé Cathedral. Venture to the other monuments, each one more interesting and beautiful than the next, and you’re quite likely to find yourself alone…  For further details click here

World-Class Goan Cuisine Finally Lands In New York At Intersect By Lexus

18 Feb: Forbes. By Katie Chang. New York’s innovative dining concept has been hosting rotating Restaurants-in-Residence … And with Mumbai’s O Pedro, the latest restaurant to pop up – it’ll be available through June – guests can tuck into imaginative spns on iconic Goan plates like the famed Prawn Balchow… The goal? “To make sure no one in New York has ever eaten these dishes before.” … Goa is a really small state on India’s southwestern coast that distinguishes itself from the rest of the country with its cooking, culture, and colonization by the Portuguese… For Indians, Goa represents a happy state of mind… . Goa is the land of street food, and there’s a particular style of frying called rava, which essentially means semolina. The joke is that Goa can fry anything … It’s interesting to see how different communities co-exist in Goa…  For further details click here
For the Intersect By Lexus Goan menu,  click here

‘Special zones on Goa beaches for drinking alcohol soon’

18 Feb: IANS. More than a year after banning consumption of alcohol on Goa’s beaches, state Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Tuesday said, that special zones would be created on the state’s popular beaches for picnics and liquor drinking. Speaking at a press conference in Panaji on Tuesday, Ajgaonkar also said that those drinking outside the special zones on beaches — which would be created soon — would be fined Rs 5,000…  click here
Video: Goa 365 tv. Goans can drink on beaches, tourists can’t; but Goans can’t enter casinos  click here

A minimum of clothes: Aksenova married her husband again in Goa

15 Feb: WMJ (Russia). Actress Lyubov Aksenova and producer Pavel Aksyonov again played a wedding. Under the hot Indian sun, both the newlyweds and their guests paid a minimum of clothing: the groom posed in front of the cameras in an Indian vest and a flower necklace, the bride in a microtope, and white cloaks were handed out to the guests. “Pasha made me a second offer right after we left the wedding palace many years ago. And now, the time has come for us to go through the rite again. Only now by its own rules, ”the actress explained. The wedding, she said, lasted four days.  For further details click here



Death: Eric Dourado. Ex Nairobi

11 Feb. 2020. Ilford, London. ERIC FRANCIS CARWYN DOURADO. Born 22nd December 1951 in Nairobi Kenya. Passed away at his home in East London. He is survived by his wife Jenny, children Sharon and Terence, Daughter in law Anna and Grandchildren Ayaan, Arthur and Alice. His funeral mass will be held at 11am on Friday 13th March. at St Teresa's Roman Catholic Church, Brook Road IG2 7JA. Burial to follow at Forest Park Cemetery, Forest Road, Hainault IG6 3HP. Please can any flowers be sent to Hawes and Son Funeral Directors 106 Tanner's Lane, Barkingside, Ilford, Essex IG6 IQE, by 9am on 13th March. For catering purposes please email Sharon Dourado at to confirm attendance by 6th March.

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Fly London/Birmingham to India in from £389 return in Mar - Jul & Sep (Air India)

17 Feb: Jack's Flight Club. India finally popping onto our radar again, and with direct flights no less! These deals come from their national carrier who are one of the few airlines still including luggage on routes to India. Lots of dates between now and the summer, when monsoon season really starts ramping up… For added protection, we do recommend using a credit card to book as a precaution. Returns from London (LHR): New Delhi (DEL) - £404; Mumbai (BOM) - £389 … Book by: These fares should last 2-3 days. Here's how to book: 1. Head to Google Flights and use their handy calendar tool to find the best travel dates for your route, by locating the dates with the lowest fares (those highlighted in green). If you prefer to book directly, then follow the link to the airline website and book. 2. To get the lowest possible fares (those listed above), head over to Skyscanner, re-enter your itinerary and book with an online travel agent (OTA). Note: In many cases, TravelUp shows some of the lowest fares on these routes. You can pack their prices down by an additional £25 by going through them directly and using our Premium member perk, by entering "JFCPREMIUM" at check out. As always, we take no kickbacks or commissions here, all of the benefits go to you.  For further details click here

Portugal’s President Marcelo considers that Catholicism "is a very strong bond" in Goa

16 Feb: Jornal de Negocios (Portugal). The President of the Republic went to Mass in Goa this Sunday and on the way out he considered Catholicism to be "a factor of identity" and "a very strong bond" for the Portuguese community in this Indian state. "This presence and this connection to the Catholic Church, which, as you know, is traditional and secular here in Goa, is an important cultural identity factor. It is a very strong bond," said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in the churchyard of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, in Panjim, where Mass is still celebrated in Portuguese.This part of the program was supposedly private, but it was made public and accompanied by a large part of his entourage and the media …  For further details click here

Travelling the world for the best cuisine and street food

15 Feb: Vancouver Sun. … Removed from Goa’s touristy beach resorts, Panaji offers the opportunity of a more authentic culinary experience where you can sample not only local specialties but also feasibly attempt a gastronomic tour of the whole of India, without straying far from your accommodation. From simple hole-in-the-wall eateries to plush air-conditioned restaurants, Panaji is packed with a good range of places to eat, offering everything from traditional Goan dishes to specialties from other Indian states. Popular local dishes to look out for include sorpotel, xacuti and recheiado… Like much of India, Goa’s staple dish eaten twice a day by most of the population is fish curry and rice. In Panaji, to eat it where the locals do, head to the Cafe Ritz just round the corner from the Municipal Gardens …  For further details click here

Why the House always wins in Goa

16 Feb: Mint. By Vivek Menezes. Earlier this week, when I arrived at Goa’s Dabolim airport, the first thing I saw exiting the plane was a huge casino advertisement, showing an Indian man flanked by two enthralled foreign women. The slogan was “Always in The Game"… This past New Year’s Eve, taking it one step further, city residents discovered scantily-clad foreign women posted outside the casinos. Each one was outnumbered by dozens of Indian men, all of them scrambling to grab suggestive selfies… On 30 January, chief minister Pramod Sawant announced Goans would be banned from entering casinos. The declaration met with instant ridicule and there isn’t any ban… The gambling industry itself has no doubt about its hold on Goa politics… the gargantuan, entirely superfluous “second airport" at Mopa is being custom-built for the benefit of massive casinos which aim to become “the next Macau." … 1935 words.  For further details click here
18 Feb: Navhind Times. Operators claim lack of clarity on order banning Goans from visiting casinos …  click here

Goa to get largest super-speciality hospital facility

17 Feb: Deccan Herald. The country’s largest super-speciality medical block under the Pradhan Mantri Swasthya Suraksha Yojana (PMSSY) will be inaugurated within next six months in Goa, state health minister Vishwajit Rane said on Monday. The facility is coming up in Bambolim near the Goa Medical College and Hospital and the state will invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to throw it open for the public, Rane added. I am very pleased to have been able to implement his vision and make this dream project a reality for every Goan at the cost of Rs 450 crores … He said he was looking for to the inauguration of the facility at the hands of the prime minister in the presence of state chief minister Pramod Sawant…  For further details click here

When the virus builds a great wall for Chinese tourists, even to Goa

18 Feb: Herald. The irony couldn’t have been more stark. A little over a month ago, the Travel and Tourism Authority of Goa was getting ready to welcome a Chinese delegation to explore how Goa as a destination could be marketed in China in order to boost tourist arrivals from China. The Corona Virus has totally changed the scenario. Late last week a Chinese person from UK, with a confirmed booking in a starred hotel was turned away. While safety is paramount, will such acts, impact the already hit tourism sector in Goa? Can we maintain a better balance between health protection and excessive panic? … 883 words.  For further details click here
18 Feb: Herald. Goa Govt issues advisory for foreign nationals traveling from China …  click here
Video: 17 Feb: Prudent Media. Fifty Goans aboard Diamond Princess cruise ship – none infected with Coronavirus: NRI Commissioner … click here.

Coronavirus hit Goa Tourism. Hotels reduce prices [A Russian view]

17 Feb: Tourprom (Russia). Menino d'Souza, director of the Goa Tourism Association, told reporters that the outbreak of coronavirus has already significantly affected the tourism industry in this Indian state. At the same time, he emphasized that the government took all necessary precautions to protect local residents and tourists. “Recently, it was decided to cancel all tours from China. We had to do this because we did not want to take risks,” the official explained. D'Souza said that the public administration is taking all precautions and promptly responding to any suspicions in order to stop the coronavirus from entering Goa. All tourists who develop possible symptoms of coronavirus are checked by special services created with the participation of officials from tourism and health departments…  For further details click here

Back to Goa

16 Feb: Politiken (Denmark). Arambol Beach has long been known as the hub for both Indian and foreign tourists visiting northern Goa. It is now 11 years since photographer Lasse Bak Mejlvang first dipped his feet in the sea off the Indian west coast. I remember Arambol as alive and intense. The place you went to for shopping, eating or partying when you wanted an alternative to the quieter beaches of Goa. The small beach village was well-balanced which still smelled a lot of Indian ... The small village was originally a local fishing village, which primarily had its source of income from fishing. The city came on the international map of the world in the beginning of the 70's, when hippies on a journey of discovery through India found this undiscovered gem. With the passage of time is the fishing almost disappeared from Arambol, and tourism has become the primary revenue generator in the area… Now the Russians have taken it over … 5 pages. Part 1:  For further details click here
Part 2  click here
Part 3 click here.


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Mombasa: Catholic Church, Goan community fight over school

16 Feb: The Standard (Kenya). By Joackim Bwana. The Goan Asian Community in Mombasa has moved to the High Court seeking back control and management of a school currently under management of the Catholic Diocese of Mombasa. The Trustees of the Goan Community Mombasa who own all properties and title in the Sacred Heart School have accused the church of mismanaging the school. Ignatius Pereira, one of the trustees of the Goan Community said they wanted Sh16,052,000 (approx. £122,000) as compensation for repairs from the church. Mr Pereira said that the Catholic Church had breached the contract from an agreement signed on January 1, 1991… He said the Goan Community owns the piece of land on Archbishop Makarios Road on which the school stands plus the buildings on it and the Goan community handed to the church, management of the school property, as well as management and sponsorship of the primary and secondary schools… However, “the diocese church has in total disregard breached terms of the agreement and surrendered management of the school to the government,” Pereira said… 321 words + photo. Click here.  For further details click here
15 Oct. 2018. Kenya Law: Fatima Lobo, Ignatius Pereira & The Goa Community Mombasa v Catholic Diocese of Mombasa …  click here

Suella Braverman belongs to controversial Buddhist sect

15 Feb. The Observer (UK). The new attorney general is a member of a controversial religious sect which continues to venerate its founder despite well-documented claims that he was a serial sexual predator, the Observer can reveal. Suella Braverman is a mitra – Sanskrit for “friend” – within the Triratna order, one of Buddhism’s largest sects, which has been rocked by claims of sexual misconduct, abuse and inappropriate behaviour. Her appointment was one of the biggest surprises in a dramatic cabinet reshuffle on Thursday … Braverman declined to comment on her links with the order last night, but she is understood to attend the London Buddhist Centre, one of Triratna’s main hubs, once or twice a month… The order was founded by the late Dennis Lingwood… Lingwood’s abuse of his position down the years has been well documented, with many male followers saying they were coerced into having sex with him… He took the Buddhist name Sangharakshita and died in 2018 aged 93, presided over a sexually licentious culture that influenced others in the sect… 912 words.  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Dennis Lingwood, click here.

These are the 9 best Indian restaurants in Croydon according to Tripadvisor

16 Feb: My London. Croydon is blessed with amazing restaurants selling Indian cuisine, some of which are award winning… 4. Olde Goa on London Road, Norbury. This Norbury joint has been roundly praised for its authenticity and the light and flavoursome dishes on offer. Located on London Road, the home-made food produced at Olde Goa has earned it great reviews. It boasts a five out of five score from 222 reviews. One of those giving the place five stars summed up their experience there saying: “I've been here several times and always loved both the welcome and the food."  For further details click here
For the Olde Goa Trip Advisor reviews.  click here
16 Feb: Forbes. How One London Restaurant Is Celebrating World Cuisine Through Its Portuguese Heritage … click here.

Portuguese President: “We made a contribution to the world, it’s called Goa”

16 Feb: Publico (Portugal). This Sunday, the President of the Republic extolled Portugal's “universal soul” which, in his opinion, is reflected in Portuguese communities around the world and pointed to Goa as “one of the riches that India received from Portugal”… “Goa is different. I said this to the President and Prime Minister of India, and they understood that this is one of the riches that India received from Portugal, it was the wealth of having a community within it that makes a difference. It enriches India because it makes a difference. It is a contribution that we have made to the world, it is called Goa, ” he said…  For further details click here
16 Feb: Radio Renascenca (Portugal). President Marcel went for a midnight swim in Goa, attended Sunday Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, in Panjim and attended a colloquium on urban design …  click here
Video: 16 Feb: SIC Noticias (Portugal). On the last day of the State visit to India, the President of the Republic attended a mass in Portuguese, in Goa. click here.

Portugal granted citizenship to 3000 applicants in Goa in 2019

16 Feb: Publico. The Minister of State of Foreign Affairs said that the Government is aware of the legality of nationality processes in consular representations, referring that in Goa there were about three thousand in 2019… Augusto Santos Silva said that “Portugal does not have objections to applications being made through lawyers but we have a special watch over the process and ensure that documents are not bogus … He said that those born or residing "in the former so-called Portuguese State of India" until 1961, as well as their children and grandchildren, are entitled to Portuguese nationality… As for the current number of citizens with Portuguese nationality in Goa, he said they are in the order of “tens of thousands” … 354 words.  click here

Piyush Goyal, Indian Union Minister, “I propose to convert the state of Goa into a mini Portugal”

15 Feb: Business Line. “It is our priority to apply the combined expertise of both nations to expand the electric mobility business. Yesterday, we signed an agreement with India on mobility. We must quickly create a business for mobility, this is the right time,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the President of Portugal… Talking about the state of Goa having Portuguese roots, Piyush Goyal (photo), Railways and Commerce Minister said that he has suggested to President Marcelo to initiate a government to government partnership in Goa, to enhance tourism and coastal tourist activities with the help of Portugal’s know-how in the field. “I propose to convert the state of Goa into a mini Portugal” he added… Talking about moving from having multilateral to bilateral ties with India Marcelo said: “We like building bridges and look forward to building cultural, economic, educational, scientific and technological bridges with India.” …  For further details click here

Fundacão Oriente: Silver linings in cultural exchanges

16 Feb: Herald. The Fundação Oriente completes 25 years in Goa in promoting Indo-Portuguese cultural exchanges. The chairman of the Board of Directors of the foundation, Carlos Monjardino, was in Goa to mark the occasion. Alexandre Moniz Barbosa spoke to Monjardino on the foundation’s works and its plans for the future … It was in 1995 that the foundation opened its delegation office in Fontainhas Panjim, in a heritage house that was restored especially for the purpose. From then the premises have hosted a variety of programmes – from lectures, to discussions, to book releases, to musical soirees, bringing alive the cultural aspects of the exchanges between Portugal and the east including India. …  For further details click here

Calangute: The myth of Goa. Part 1

2 Feb: Versia (Russia). We explore the "shadow" side of tourism in Asia. When you look at brochures Goa is described as "the promised paradise" - this is not true! … Goa is a the smallest state of India and the most daring! … It’s not surprising that travelers from all over the world come here ”to get a sunbathe on the beaches, swim in the warm waters of the Arabian Sea, gain strength, meditate and have fun at parties for a very small“ price ”… it’s not a secret that North Goa is essentially one big “divine garbage dump”, for terrible dirt, stray cows, busily scurrying dogs, the cries of crows and picturesque slums … but there is absolutely nothing to do except to "wilt" your carcass on the beach, hang out at the hotel and occasionally get out somewhere on organized excursions …  For further details click here
13 Feb: Versia (Russia). Part 2: Goan craft beer and the "soul" of India. The founders of Goa Brewing Co are Dr. Ash who mastered the art of in England and Suraj Shenai his companion, a businessman who has held senior positions in Taj hotel … In the conversation it turned out that craft in India is not cheap! A 0.33 litre bottle sells for 180 rubles … The spirit of Goa has been captured in books like Vasily Karavaev's The Vanquisher of Goa, Olga Karavaev's My Sex-Dealing Goa, Cleo Odzer Freaks of Goa…  click here


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Thousands of EU citizens want to stay in Swindon

15 Feb: Swindon Advertiser. By Connor Mountford. Figures from the Home Office has revealed that more than 15,000 EU citizens in Swindon have applied to live and work in the UK after Brexit. But EU citizens’ rights campaign group “the three million” says even a small percentage of individuals missing out means misery for thousands. In Swindon, Portuguese nationals made the most applications up to the end of December (6,740) … Here’s what you said on our Facebook page and the Advertiser website: … Dave Durston: “Portuguese nationals, in other words Goans. Fair play to them, I work with some, great guys.” … Mafald Junqueira: “I’m assured the majority are nationals from Goa!...” … John Paine: “There is nothing wrong with welcoming hard working Goan’s to settle in Swindon…” … Lynette Cavanagh: “Goan’s have a huge community here in Swindon … ” … Dr Sam: “They’re a massive asset… Economically, they’re model residents… 551 words.  For further details click here
For more Facebook comments,  click here
15 Feb: Swindon Advertiser. Drop-in cafe will offer support and socialising for EU citizens in Swindon … click here.

Activist Asks Centre To Extend Renewal Date Of Overseas Citizen of India Card

15 Feb: NDTV. Due to inconvenience faced by people having Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card in the US, an Indian-American social activist has urged the government to extend the date of its renewal till December 31… In December, the Ministry of Home Affairs' Foreigners Division issued an office memorandum directing the relevant government agencies and airlines that Overseas Citizen Of India (OCI) card holders not between 20 and 50 years of age and who have renewed their passport can travel to India as long as they also have in their possession their old cancelled passport. They were given time till June 30 to renew their OCI card. But now, based on the feedback that he has been receiving from Indian-Americans and the diaspora community, Indian-American Prem Bhandari said that June 30 is not enough as it needs a massive awareness campaign on part of the Indian government…  For further details click here

Portugal to help Goa in water supply, sewerage management

15 Feb: New Indian Express. Portugal and Goa on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on augmenting water supply and sewerage management shortly after President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa's arrival in the western coastal town. The Portuguese President also inaugurated a seminar on urban designs organised by state-run Imagine Panaji Smart City Development Limited. Later, the visiting dignitary will attend a dinner hosted by Goa Governor Satya Pal Malik today evening at the Raj Bhavan…  For further details click here
16 Feb: The Goan. Portuguese President feeling at home in Goa …  click here
15 Feb: eTurbo News. When Visit Portugal meets Incredible India. Portugal sets up shop in India … click here.

Indian Church renews its commitment to dialogue for social harmony

15 Feb: Vatican News. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), the apex body of the Catholic Church in India is currently holding its plenary assembly in Bengaluru on the theme “Dialogue: The Path to Truth and Charity”. The Church in India has reiterated its commitment to promoting dialogue and social harmony, even in the midst of conflicts or social and political crises…  For further details click here
15 Feb: Crux. Jesuit activist urges bishops to act as India faces ‘critical phase’. Father Cedric Prakash SJ is calling on the nation’s bishops to be “prophetic” as the country faces what is “the most critical phase of her history.” …  click here
15 Feb: National Catholic Register. South Asian Americans protest Modi's crackdown from afar … click here.

Goa flip flops on terror alert

15 Feb: Deccan Herald. In a flip flop move, the Goa government on Saturday denied the existence of a terror alert in the coastal state and said that the imposition of prohibitory orders earlier this week, under Section 144 of the CrPC was part of a routine process. The flip flop by the North Goa district administration, which earlier this week imposed section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code for a period of 60 days, comes after severe criticism of the indiscriminate use of the prohibitory provisions by the opposition as well as travel and tourism industry stalwarts …  For further details click here
15 Feb: Times of India. With Sec 144 in force in state, tourists cancel carnival plans. The state’s tourism sector, which has already felt the pinch due to reduction in tourist footfalls, got another jolt with the state administration invoking Section 144 of CrPC from Tuesday for a 60-day period, with regard to tenant verification. Stakeholders have since found themselves dealing with cancellation of stays…  click here

From winter to summer - how to live in Goa for the whole season. A Russian perspective

13 Feb: SM News (Russia). Probably, everyone at least once thought about how to escape from the harsh Russian winter to warm countries. And not for 10 days, as is customary in travel agencies, but for a longer period, ideally - three months. There is such a paradise on earth - the state of Goa, India, which is great for these purposes … What do you need for wintering? Firstly, a visa. Electronic and inexpensive. Secondly, airline tickets. Thirdly, a cozy apartment near the beach. The most popular wintering spots are the beaches of North Goa - Morjim, Ashvem, Mandrem and Arambol. There are more Russians than locals here, the cafe has a Russian menu, and the stores have Russian products… And what is the most important thing for a successful wintering? Right, source of income. There are several options here… there are almost no restrictions for those wishing to work. No need to apply for a special work visa. You can just walk along the beach and offer your services - no one will kick you out for this or fine you…  For further details click here
For the Russian original,  click here

Chief Minister announces third district for Goa by next year

15 Feb: Times of India. Chief minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said Goa could get a third district by next year that would include the Dharbandora taluka. The move, he said, was aimed at speedy development of the region. Sawant, who spoke after inaugurating the administrative building of the Dharbandora taluka, said the state’s population was increasing and that facilities needed to be within the reach of all people. During his tenure as minister, incumbent Congress Ponda MLA Ravi Naik had proposed a third district for the state …  For further details click here



In Loving Memory of Donald Dourado

Donald Dourado (born Nairobi, Kenya) passed away peacefully on Tuesday 11th February 2020 in London, aged 69. A much-loved husband and father, he will be deeply missed by his wife Rita Philomena (née Faria) and daughters Averil and Lorraine. (Contact details:

Death: Selma Coutinho M.D. Ex Goa
6 Feb: Sarasota, Florida. DR SELMA COUTINHO. Ex Mumbai. Born Oct 14, 1955. She moved to the United States in 1980 and was a resident Pediatric physician at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City. She moved to Sarasota in 1986 and opened her medical practice, helping to treat thousands of children in the Sarasota area for 25 years. Selma was an active parishioner of Incarnation Catholic Church. She was a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother who is deeply missed by all. She is pre-deceased by her brother Carl and father Ludgero. She is survived by her husband of 39 years, T.Z. Coutinho M.D.; daughter Lisamarie; son Konrad of Washington, D.C.; daughter Danielle, son-in-law Sergej, grandson Leo, and Sergej's mother Luise of Munich, Germany. She is also survived by her mother Dora and brother Charlie of Mumbai, India; brother Tony, sister-in-law Dr. Lorna and nephew Joshua of Houston, Texas; sister Edna, brother-in-law Eugene, nephew Neal and niece Rochelle of Sydney, Australia; sister-in-law Dr. Evilasia, brother-in-law Loyola, sister-in-law Jennifer, niece Nicole, nephews Joseph and Kenneth, sister-in-law Gracinha, brother-in-law Danny, and niece Dilys of Goa, India; nephew Angelo of Austin, Texas; and nephew Joel of Dubai, UAE. [Daughter of late Bento Graciano D'Souza who wrote a book, “Goan Society in Transformation”]. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Incarnation Catholic School Angel Fund in Sarasota, FL or the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Foundation in St. Petersburg, FL.  For further details click here
Dr. Selma Coutinho and Dr. T.Z. Coutinho, immigrated to the United States from Goa in 1960 … click here.

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Meteoric rise of Suella Braverman: How state-school educated daughter of an immigrant nurse became government’s most-senior law chief aged just 39

14 Feb: Daily Mail (UK). New Attorney General Suella Braverman, the daughter of immigrant parents who built a new life in Britain, has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the Cabinet at the age of just 39. The former barrister has already threatened to 'take back control' from interfering judges in politics amid Boris Johnson's battle with the judiciary, and will no doubt strengthen pro-Brexit voices at the top table… The 39-year-old MP for Fareham was born and raised in north-west London by parents (photo) who came to the UK from Kenya and Mauritius in the 1960s with little money in their pockets …  click here
15 Feb: The Telegraph. Suella Braverman was accused of being “unfit to serve as attorney-general” because she supports the view of the Prime Minister Boris Johnson that Britain’s judges have allegedly become too politicised and need to have their wings clipped… A Guardian columnist insultingly referred to her as a “dimwit”…  click here
14 Feb: The Sun (UK). Suella Braveman vowed to stop ‘trespassing’ judges interfering in politics … click here.

Wendell dared. Wendell delivered

13 Feb: Conde Nast Traveller. By Vivek Menezes. In Goa, the anguish is palpable. There is shock, accompanied by heartbreak that Wendell will never experience his Moda Goa Museum & Research Centre, which is scheduled to open on 28 March. The remarkable chutzpah needed to even think about—let alone pull off—creating this globally significant institution in his somnolent ancestral village of Colvale, perfectly illustrates the first important truth about Wendell Augustine Rodricks. He dared, and almost always delivered … 959 words.  For further details click here
14 Feb: Mail Today. Rumours Rife After Rodricks Death … there are multiple theories doing the rounds on the probable cause of death of the renowned fashion designer…  click here
13 Feb: Cosmopolitan. An Ode to the Legacy of Wendell Rodricks … click here.

Lorna: ‘I’m a completely different person on stage’

13 Feb: The Hindu. The legendary singer Lorna Cordeiro on why she took that long sabbatical, stage fright and singing with Mohammad Rafi. Just before our interview, Konkani singer Lorna Cordeiro announces, “I am very scared of answering questions by reporters. I’m not a very effective speaker, you see.” Reassured that she won’t be allowed to feel nervous, she smiles, displaying a tiny bit of confidence. “I’m a completely different person on stage. I don’t even rehearse before a show. The band keeps practising and I don’t interfere. I just go up and sing,” she says, adding that this wasn’t always the case. “When I was young, I did have a bit of stage fright, but that disappeared,” she recalls. The singer, who goes by the stage name Lorna, has been described as the Nightingale of Goa. She turned 75 last August, and is ready to do as many shows as possible…  For further details click here
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Video: Goa and Corona virus

14 Feb: Goa 365 tv. Is Goa really prepared for the Corona Virus? This is an example how panic can spread. And the government seems to be unaware. Three persons of chinese origin have just returned from China and they are staying at a complex in Taleigao…  For further details click here
15 Feb: The Goan. Chinese family raises a coronavirus scare in Goa. The arrival of a Chinese family from one province in China and their stay in a housing colony in Dona Paula since the last two weeks sparked off panic among other residents, prompting health officials to respond by monitoring their health …  click here
14 Feb: Republic World. Drop In Goa's Tourism Prospects Due To Coronavirus Scare, Says Tourism Official … click here.

Goa’s tiger deaths must be understood through its local politics and anti-conservation history

14 Feb: Scroll. By Pamela D’Mello. On January 5, forest guards in Goa’s Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary were alerted about the presence of a tiger carcass in the dense jungles near Golavali village in Goa … the tiger was suspected to have been poisoned. Forest teams began combing the vicinity and recovered three more dead tigers on January 8 – a tigress and her one-year-old cubs … Forest officers apprehended three male members of the tribal family that owned the buffalo and two more persons were arrested in connection with the suspected poisoning … 2249 words.  For further details click here

Goa lifeguards prevent V-Day tragedy, rescue abandoned UK spouse

14Feb: IANS. In a queasy Valentine’s Day story, a 50-year-old woman tourist from the UK was rescued while attempting suicide at a popular Goa beach after her partner, also a UK national, abandoned her, leaving her without any travel documents… Michelle (full name not known) was rescued using life-support gear by lifeguards after she was spotted running into the sea off Baga beach. The lifeguard on duty attempted to secure her to the rescue tube but she refused and stated that she wanted to end her life but he calmed her down and brought her back to the shore … The rescued woman hails from Newcastle in the UK. She was in Goa on a holiday with her husband bit he had abandoned her, taking all her travel and other documents with him …  For further details click here

Russian brought home more than 350 cosmetic products from Goa without declaration

14 Feb: Rostof (RU). At the Platov airport, customs officers revealed undeclared cosmetic products that were brought from Goa by a resident. He passed customs control along the "green" corridor. Toothpastes, eye drops, liquids, gels and face masks with foreign inscriptions on the packages were in the accompanied baggage of the man. In total, customs officers found 368 products. A citizen did not submit a declaration of transported goods to the customs body, the statement said… An administrative investigation is underway …  For further details click here
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Switzerland dismantles trafficking network of Portuguese passports

14 Feb: Portuguese in Switzerland. The Swiss justice system is investigating trafficking in Portuguese passports issued to Bangladeshi migrants in the Indian state of Goa… many migrants from Bangladesh managed to settle in Switzerland thanks to Portuguese passports and were able to settle, work and receive social benefits in Switzerland. The alleged person responsible for trafficking in Portuguese passports has lived in the Lausanne (DV) region for twenty years. He is accused of selling passports to his countrymen and organizing entry into Switzerland and withholding some wages … the migrants claimed that they were citizens of the former Portuguese colony of Goa … The suspect in the passport trade owns a restaurant where he was detained in September last year… The suspect's lawyer, Ismael Fetahi, disputes the allegations … Meanwhile, the suspect was released before Christmas. The Swiss investigation continues. However, it will be difficult to assess the size of the traffic and whether other countries have also had migrants with false Portuguese passports. 317 words.  click here
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UK Cabinet reshuffle: Suella Braverman among rising females promoted

13 Feb: Daily Express. Boris Johnson is set to promote a string of female Tory rising stars to prominent roles in a sweeping frontbench reshuffle tomorrow… Armed forces minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Suella Braverman, a junior frontbencher at the EU Exit Department, will both get key portfolios in the shake up… He will reward those MPs who have worked hard to deliver on this Government’s priorities to level up the whole country and deliver the change people voted for last year … Mr Johnson is expected to begin the hiring and firing from 8am. He is understood to be aiming to confirm his new Cabinet by late afternoon with junior ministerial appointments completed by this evening…  click here
13 Feb: Suella Braverman: Barrister who told judges to stay out of politics is the new Attorney General …  click here
Wikipedia: Braverman was born to Christie and Uma Fernandes, who had emigrated to Britain in the 1960s from Kenya and Mauritius. Her mother was a nurse and a councillor in Brent and her Goan-origin father worked for a housing association… click here.

Wendell laid to rest in his minimal style

14 Feb: The Goan. Hundreds of people bid adieu to ace fashion designer and Padma Shri Wendell Rodricks as his mortal remains were laid to rest at a simple and minimal ceremony on Thursday evening. The homily lasted for around 10 minutes, the mass ended within 45 minutes and the entire service including the burial lasted a little over two hours. Interestingly, no one was allowed to publicly pay tributes to the departed soul. Rodricks, who passed away after a brief illness at home on Wednesday evening, was laid to rest at his native village of Colvale …  click here
13 Feb: India Today. Goa police on Wendell Rodricks: Cause of death being ascertained …  click here
13 Feb: Business Standard. Close friend of Wendell Rodricks says ace designer died in his sleep … Umar Haider said, “The reason is simple heart failure. He went to sleep in the afternoon, and he didn't get up from there.” click here.

A tactic to lure Karachi Goans back to their roots

14 Feb: Navhind Times. The state government has started making the most of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act by exploring to step up pressure on Pakistani citizens of Goan origin to obtain Indian citizenship. And tool is the properties of these ‘Karachi Goans’, which have been declared as ‘enemy properties’. The office of the South Goa district collector has directed Salcete mamlatdar Prataprao Gaonkar to write to the Foreign Registration Office, seeking details of more Pakistani citizens of Goan origin vis-à-vis their properties in the state… some observers are of the view that the government is trying to put pressure on the Pakistani citizens of Goan origin by using the enemy property issue as a ploy so that they will obtain Indian citizenship under the contentious CAA. Sources said that there are ten enemy properties in Salcete belonging to the Karachi Goans, whose ancestors migrated to Karachi …  For further details click here

Imported poor quality cashew sold as Goan produce

13 Feb: Herald. The Goa State Agricultural Marketing Board (GSAMB) alleged on Wednesday that poor quality cashew nuts are imported from outside the State and sold as Goan produce. Addressing a press conference here, Board Chairman Velip said, “Goan cashews are authentic and one of the best in the world. However, cheap cashews are being labeled as Goan produce and sold in shops especially along the coastal belt.” Therefore, he appealed to the government to intervene and stop traders from “spoiling the name of Goa by selling outside cashew under the brand name of Goan Cashew”. He also urged the government to look into trading of cashew nuts without any record and without paying market fees…  For further details click here

38 arrested for trespassing, damaging casino in Baga

14 Feb: Herald. Calangute police arrested 38 persons including 5 women, 5 transgenders and 28 men for allegedly trespassing and damaging the La Calypso Casino located at Baga, Calangute on Thursday. Casino operator Shrinivas Nair (Atlantis Entertainment) claimed a loss of Rs 17.5 crore due to the attack… Police said the accused also molested 5 female staff of the casino. The complaint claimed a theft of around Rs 10 to 15 crore by way of casino chips and cash of around Rs 2.5 crore. Police said one Kaushal Khanna a businessman is one of the accused in the incident… Meanwhile, sources informed that more than 50 people were involved in the attack…  For further details click here

Sun. 23 Feb. Mungul Union (UK) celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Woodside High School Hall (ex-White Hart Lane School Hall), White Hart Lane, London N22 5QJ. Mass at 12.30pm. followed by a social gathering. Music by "RAINBOW'S END” For tickets and details, contact: Natalie Fernandes (020 8352 8355); Lucas Fernandes (07957148406); Rosy D'Silva (07815835820); and Rosalind Rebello (07962272285). Tickets will not be sold at the door. For the flyer, click here.



Fashion designer, activist Wendell Rodricks passes away at Goa home

12 Feb: Indian Express. Wendell Rodricks, the renowned fashion designer, activist and author, passed away at his Goa home on Wednesday… The funeral will be held at 4 pm on Thursday in Colvale. “He passed away peacefully. His partner Jerome (Marrel) was by his side,” the family member said. According to a family friend, Rodricks’ condition had “weakened” Tuesday evening, but he had decided he didn’t want to be moved to a hospital. The family didn’t want to speak on his condition, though villagers said he had been “visibly ill” for a while. A note on the door late Wednesday evening said: “Let Wendell rest in peace. No visitors allowed.” … Rodricks was hailed as the champion of minimalism on the fashion runway …  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Wendell Rodricks (28 May 1960 – 12 February 2020) was an Indian fashion designer and author based in Goa. He was also an activist for social causes, the environment, and gay rights …  For further details click here
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Amid CAA bickering, Goa CM to meet Archbishop

12 Feb: IANS. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Wednesday said that he had sought an appointment with Goa Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao, amid attacks by BJP MLAs on the religious figure who on February 8 had slammed the CAA, calling it "divisive" and "discriminatory". When asked if he was likely to meet the Archbishop, Sawant told reporters in Panaji on Wednesday: "I will get an appointment with the Archbishop tomorrow or the day after. I have informed him". Sawant, however, dodged direct questions from the media, as to whether he would raise the issue of the Citizenship Amendment Act during his meeting with the religious figure, who wields influence among significant population of Catholics in the coastal state… On February 8, in a media statement, Ferrao had urged the central government to withdraw the CAA and had also slammed the National Register of Citizens and the National Population Register…  For further details click here
12 Feb: Herald. Congress backs Church stand on CAA …  click here
12 Feb: Navhind Times. Filipe Nery, Digambar and Ticlo show solidarity with archbishop … click here.

North Goa On Terror Alert, Large Gatherings Banned For 2 Months

12 Feb: NDTV. Large gatherings have been banned in North Goa after intelligence inputs about possible terror activity along the western coast, the police said… the prohibitory orders will be in effect for 60 days from February 11 to April 10, unless withdrawn earlier. The notification said that the prohibitory orders have been imposed over intelligence inputs regarding possible terror threats along the western coast of India and the possibility of "anti-social elements committing crime." … The district magistrate has ordered that the owners of houses, buildings, hotels, lodgings, private guest houses, and paying guest accommodations of religious bodies strictly verify people before letting out their premises on lease or rent …  For further details click here
12 Feb: Navhind Times. Goa under terror threat? … But North Goa Collector R. Menaka says this is a routine procedure to verify guests and tenants...  click here

Goa government unhappy with ‘Malang’ movie

13 Feb: Navhind Times. ‘Malang’ (Vagrant), the recently released Hindi action thriller has portrayed Goa in bad light, in turn forcing the state government to demand access to the scripts of all the movies to be shot in Goa henceforth. Coming out with this information, the Chief Minister, Pramod Sawant said that the Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG), which is an authority to give permission for film shootings in the state, would be directed to do so. .. “Henceforth, we will not allow anybody to malign the image of Goa through films,” he maintained, stating that when Goa has good law and order situation, culture and so many other positive things, why should anyone portray its bad image through drugs and other such bad things…  click here
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When in Goa, eat cutlet pao at D’Silva Fast Food

11 Feb: Conde Nast Traveller. By Joanna Lobo. Anthony D’Silva opened a small stall attached to his home, selling beef cutlet bread and choriz pav made using his father Sebastian’s recipes. D’Silva Caterers and Fast Food or D’Silva’s soon became popular for the cutlet pao. After his death in 2011, his wife Maria Luiza and son Nazareth took over; Anthony watches benevolently from a framed picture prominently displayed in the shop. Maria Luiza runs the business: she does the cooking and is usually found behind the counter… Beef cutlets are the most popular by far, though fish, sorpotel and chicken versions are also available. D’silva’s clientele includes local stars (footballers and actors) as well as a fair share of tourists. Coming soon we hear, is a seating area adjoining the takeaway counter. Other snacks on offer are croquettes (Rs 144 for 12), Sorpotel and Chilly Fry (both Rs 130)…  For further details click here
Video: Food Adventurers: Cutlet Pao | Miramar Beach …  click here

Survival Battle for Goa Tourism Stakeholders

12 Feb: Times of India – Goa Times. By Flexcia Dsouza. There’s been a lot of talk this season about the falling tourist numbers, fewer charter flights, lower footfall at party venues and other destinations. But numbers only tell half the story. The abysmal state of tourism in Goa — one of the key revenue generators for the state — affects people and their lives in many more ways than what is captured by statistical data. To fully understand the impact, we went out and met stakeholders in the state’s tourism industry. But these are not businessmen or bureaucrats who decide on policy matters. These are smaller cogs in the engine without whom tourism in Goa would fall apart…/ From working extra hours to reducing prices or looking for other job alternatives, they are trying ways of dealing with it. Apart from praying... 1525 words.  For further details click here

Modi's party concedes defeat in Delhi after polarising campaign

11 Feb: The Guardian (UK). India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata party has suffered a major defeat in another key state election, after failing to win over voters in Delhi with a campaign that was one of its most polarising yet. The anti-establishment Aam Aadmi party (AAP), which has governed the capital for the past five years, is on course to win 62 seats in the 70-seat assembly after running on an agenda centred on anti-corruption, healthcare and education, which have hugely improved during its time in power. The BJP, meanwhile, will probably take just eight seats, only a small increase from the three seats it held previously, after a campaign that played heavily on its Hindu nationalist agenda and fearmongering against the Muslim community… Much of AAP’s popularity is centred on its leader, Arvind Kejriwal, once a self-confessed anarchist and anti-corruption activist, who has been highly critical of the BJP government during his time as Delhi chief minister… 888 words.  For further details click here


ENTERTAINMENT: The World's Most Extraordinary Homes. BBC 2. Sat. 15th Feb. 13:00 to 14:00. India. Architect Piers Taylor and property enthusiast Caroline Quentin explore unique homes in India, including a house built in the highlands outside of Mumbai, and another within the mountainous scenery of the Western Ghats. Elsewhere, the pair also visit a riverside bolthole drawing on Indian architectural heritage, before ending with a unusual building named `Collage House".

TRAVEL: Joanna Lumley's India. ITV3. Sun. 16th Feb. 21:00 to 22:00. Joanna meets the Maharaja of Dungarpur who shows her around his lakeside palace, and a Dalit community in Gujarat, considered to be India's lowest caste. Braving the roads of Mumbai, Joanna takes a ride in the city's only all-female taxi company and visits the Times of India, where her uncle was editor of the paper in the 1930s and 40s. She then overcomes her fear of heights to explore the World One Tower, soon to be Mumbai's tallest luxury residential building. Series 1, Episode 2.

DOCUMENTARY: Treasures of the Indus. BBC Four. Tues. 18th Feb. 00:35 to 02:35. Of Gods and Men. Sona Datta travels across the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu to explore the development of the Hindu religion through its art and architecture.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. 4Seven (Freeview 47). Tues. 18th Feb. 10:00 to 11:00. Southampton. Would-be chefs in Southampton put their culinary skills to the test in a series of four dinner parties. First up is Manisha Bollina, who hopes to impress with an evening of authentic Indian cuisine.

DRAMA: Betrayal: The Trial of William Davidson. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Tues. 18th Feb. 21:15 to 22:00. By Tanika Gupta. Political radical William Davidson is persuaded to join a plot to overthrow the British government, but realises he has become the victim of racist manipulation.

DOCUMENTARY: Ross Kemp: In Search of Pirates. Pick (Freeview 11). Tues. 18th Feb. 23:00 to 00:00. India. The actor and his documentary team expose stories of crime and hardship around the world, beginning with sex trafficking in India. Ross visits the notorious red-light district of Mumbai, where secretly filmed footage reveals not only the scale of the industry but how young some of the girls trapped in it are. He also travels across country to West Bengal, meeting families whose daughters have been taken from them, and comes face to face with a sex trafficker who confesses to many shocking acts that leave the presenter and his team stunned.

CHILDRENS: My World Kitchen. CBeebies (Freeview 202). Thurs. 20th Feb. 12:00 to 12:15. Talib's Tanzanian Banana Curry. Children from all over the world demonstrate their favourite recipes, and find out where the ingredients they have used come from.

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