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Death: Mateus Simao. Ex Cortalim, Goa
16 May: Slough, UK. MATEUS J SIMAO. Born 1960. Ex Cortalim, Goa A Tribute from your loving Wife: Mary Jerly Children: Marissa & Marshlee Simao. Eucharistic celebration will be held on Wednesday 16th June 2021 at St. Ethelbert's Church at 9:30am (GMT) (Slough.: UK). Photo and full details click here.

Death: Francisco Fernandes
27 May: Wandsworth, London, UK. FRANCISCO JOAO FERNANDES. Born 24 June 1953. Final farewell at the grave side on Wednesday, 16th June 2021 at 11:30 a.m. at Wandsworth Cemetery, 32 Magdalen Rd, London SW18 3ER. Photo and full details click here.

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UK: Indian COVID News In Brief

14 Jun: Four maps that show how the Indian variant took over in England in four weeks. Since the Delta variant of coronavirus, first discovered in India, was detected in the UK in April, cases have surged across the country, with the variant now making up 96% of new infections…  For further details click here
14 Jun: BBC. Covid: Lockdown easing in England to be delayed by four weeks …  click here
14 Jun: City AM. Countries crack down on UK travellers amid Indian variant fears. The Netherlands and Abu Dhabi have introduced coronavirus quarantine restrictions for UK travellers, as Italy and Ireland mull new restrictions… EU approves restriction-free travel for vaccinated citizens but UK left out over Delta variant fears … click here.

Goa: COVID News In Brief

15 Jun: Navhind Times. Even as Goa witnessed a significant drop in daily COVID-19 cases on Monday, the positivity rate continued to remain on a higher side. A total of 253 new cases have been registered with the positivity rate of 14.92 per cent. On Monday, only 1,695 samples were drawn for testing … Nine patients have succumbed to the deadly virus in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 2,937…  For further details click here
15 Jun: Times of India. GMC's superspecialty block has turned a lifesaver for Covid patients …  click here
15 Jun: Times of India. 99.6% of those who died weren’t full vaccinated … click here.

New variant fuels fear of cocktail resistance

14 Jun: Times of India. New variant fuels fear of cocktail resistance. The highly infectious Delta variant of Covid-19 that first surfaced in India is feared to have mutated into a more virulent version, called AY.1 or Delta+, that is possibly capable of resisting even the monoclonal antibodies cocktail currently being prescribed as a cure for the virus. According to Public Health England, an executive agency of the UK government's health and social care department, 63 genomes of Delta (B.1.617.2) with the new K417N mutation had been identified so far on the global science initiative GISAID. In its latest report on Covid-19 variants, updated till last Friday, India had reported six cases of Delta+ variant as of June 7…  For further details click here
14 Jun: Times Now. All you need to know about the new Delta+ Covid variant… 1 Delta+ case each has been reported in Canada, Germany, and Russia, 2 in Nepal, 4 in Switzerland, 9 in Poland, 12 in Portugal, 13 in Japan, and 14 in the USA…  click here

A Repository of Recipes

13 Jun: Deccan Herald. Meet the Indian Community Cookbook Project (ICCP), a brainchild of three students from the FLAME University, Pune. For Ananya Pujary, Khushi Gupta, and Muskaan Pal this journey began as a small project for their Introduction to Digital Humanities course. Two years since its inception, the website is slowly turning into a treasure trove of community cookbooks, exciting regional recipes, and an interesting analysis of India’s culinary history… One of the most interesting sections of the website is ‘The Timeline’ section where they explore the region-wise evolution of cookbooks… Cut to 1993 Elsie Antoinette Maciel published the Goan Cookery Book …  For further details click here
For the Community cookbook Project site,  click here
11 Jun: GoaNet: A book on Goan recipes... By Elsie Maciel. Here's to share with you a digital copy of the Goan Cookery Book by the late Elsie Maciel: The 96-page book has recipes for soups, rice, curries, fish, veggies, poultry, beef, lamb, pork, pickles, sauces, bread, sweetmeats, snacks, and a vegetarian section … click here.

Frances D’Souza Now I'm in my seventies, this is what I wish I'd known when I was 50

12 Jun: The Telegraph (UK). Frances D’Souza, Baroness D’Souza, 77 learnt that embracing new things, and new people, is key to lasting happiness … She says, “When I turned 50, I was involved in a number of different things which were new. I travelled in the Karakoram Mountains, I rode with the Mujahadeen, I was in North Uganda during the Lord’s Resistance Army attacks… it was work-related, but it was because my children were grown up or virtually grown up. I was coming to the end of a marriage, which was unbelievably painful. I had never thought that by the time I reached 50 I would still be involved in terrible emotional traumas… it was exciting to be 50, because it meant I could start exploring the world in a different way…  For further details click here
Mysteries of Marriage. The Frances D’Souza marriage to Stanley D’Souza of Bombay …  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Baroness D’Souza click here.

Was the Goa court right in ignoring the rape survivor’s testimony to acquit Tarun Tejpal?

14 Jun: India Legal. By Hardev Sanotra & Vivian Fernandes. On 21 May, in State vs Tarun Tejpal, Goa additional sessions court judge Kshama M. Joshi dismissed five charges of rape, sexual harassment, wrongful restraint and use of criminal force to disrobe a woman and outrage her modesty… The verdict has raised the hackles of women’s rights activists, journalists, lawyers and some leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party… But for the profile of the accused, the case may have evoked little interest. Tehelka has time and again written articles against the BJP government at the Centre and state, largely on Gujarat… The alleged crime happened in less than four minutes… 3431 words.  For further details click here
14 Jun: India Today. Tarun Tejpal case: The trial isn't over …  click here

New fish species in Zuari piques interest of scientists

14 Jun: Times of India. The finding of three uncommon fish species in the Zuari bay recently - two of them new records - has sparked curiosity among scientists and others, as the marine biodiversity hotspot continues to be a rich source for research. An unique spectacled fish, Istigobius diadema, was found by G B Sreekanth, the fisheries scientist at Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), Old Goa, while sampling the fishermen’s catch at Cacra recently. The second one, a peculiar cube-shaped yellow fish, Lactoria cornuta - pet keepers will surely grab it for their aquariums - was netted by a Siridao fisherman Yogesh Santondekar near the Vasco coast. “Both these fish have unique features and are new records for Zuari. The third fish that generated interest on a social media group was the finding of surgeonfish (Acanthurus dussumieri) at Sao Jacinto island…  For further details click here

COVID adversity pushes many into sex trade

14 Jun: Herald. Adversity caused by the uninvited guest COVID-19 pandemic forced a housekeeping staff in South Goa to plunge into the sex trade. Gehna (name changed), husband died around four years ago and the hotel employing her shut indefinitely due to the pandemic last year. A shattered Gehna, now aged 30 years, had only solution to work on the streets as a sex worker… Since I am uneducated, I am sure no other place can offer me a job. I decided to risk my life and get into sex trade during the pandemic last year,” said Gehna…. Many low-paid income groups like Gehna have taken the prostitution path … Many young girls and women from the hospitality and industrial sector have fallen prey to the sex trade, knowing its consequences… Family circumstances forced Yojna to become a sex worker around 12 years back… NGO Anyay Rahit Zindagi, which has been assisting the police in rescue, rehabilitation and repatriation of sex workers, has said there is no economic rehabilitation due to the pandemic…  For further details click here


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British Indian Returnees rant over UK hotel quarantine ‘horrors’

13 Jun: Times of India. After touchdown at Heathrow, British Indian Puneet Dwivedi was taken on a three-hour bus journey to a lodge in Swindon, 106km from the airport and given two single beds and a cot for his total household – and r pizza for dinner. Aside from having to sleep on the ground regardless of having shelled out the obligatory payment of over £3,000 (Rs 3 lakh), Dwivedi was shocked to seek out fungus within the kettle, a blood-stained cover and the one vegetarian possibility within the night to be a dairy-free pizza. Safety guards patrol the corridors outdoors the room the place he, his spouse, his one-and-a-half-year-old and nine-year-old daughters must spend 10 days as a part of Covid protocol since India was added to the UK’s crimson listing. What has stunned Dwivedi probably the most is that the complete UK lodge quarantine system appears to have been outsourced to a name centre in India …  For further details click here
10 Jun: BBC: Covid: Guests criticise Reading quarantine hotel amid closure call …  click here
Video: UK Hotel Quarantine Experience from Red List Country India | Indian Student sharing whole experience … click here.

Will Britain's jab drive beat the Indian variant?

13 Jun: Daily Mail (UK). Study shows 29% of the 42 people who have died after catching the new strain had BOTH vaccinations as cases soar another 40% … New report by Public Health England reveals vaccine efficiency against variant … Out of 42 people who died of Delta variant, 29 per cent had received two jabs. It comes as Dominic Raab warned 'Freedom Day' could be delayed tomorrow … /  For further details click here
13 Jun: The Sun (UK). Jab Beater Fears Almost a third of patients who died after catching Indian ‘delta’ variant had BOTH jabs as fears of third wave grow …  click here
13 Jun: The Mirror (UK). Fears Covid restrictions could be in place until spring 2022 as India variant surges … click here.

Goa: COVID News In Brief

13 Jun: Times of India. Co-Win update for urgent travel abroad likely today. The central government’s Co-Win portal hasn’t been updated yet for people, who want to travel abroad for work and education, to be able to take their second dose after 28 days instead of 84 days. State immunisation officer Dr Rajendra Borkar said that the portal is likely to be updated to permit this shorter gap for these special categories on Sunday. People in these categories will have to get their documents and urgency to travel verified by the deputy prior to registration. The Centre had announced that vaccination certificates for Indian going abroad will be linked to their passports…  For further details click here
14 Jun: Navhind Times. The state of Goa recorded 420 new cases of COVID-19 infections on Sunday, while 14 more patients died due to the virus, taking the death toll to 2,928…  click here
13 Jun: Coronavirus Goa, India - live map tracker from Microsoft Bing. Track COVID-19 local and global coronavirus cases with active, recoveries and death rate on the map, with daily news and video… click here.

YouTube suspends Republican senator's account for promoting Ivermectin as cheaper alternative to treat COVID

13 Jun: Daily Mail (UK). YouTube suspended Republican Sen. Ron Johnson account after he promoted controversial COVID-19 treatments hydroxychloroquine and ivermectin and criticized the current and previous administrations for ignoring... robust research on generic drugs as cheater alternatives. He said the Trump and Biden administrations not only ignored but worked against robust research (on) the use of cheap, generic drugs to be repurposed for early treatment of Covid during a June 3 virtual appearance before the Milwaukee Press Club. Snippets of the Wisconsin senator comments were posted on his YouTube page, which were flagged and removed by the company because they were COVID-19 medical misinformation.… the Indian state of Goa said it would give the drug to all its adult residents as prophylaxis to protect against Covid-19, according to Forbes…  click here
Forbes: Indian State Will Offer Ivermectin To Entire Adult Population — Even As WHO Warns Against Its Use As Covid-19 Treatment …  click here
Video: Dr. John Campbell. Goa, Ivermectin for all adults … click here.

British drug trafficker held in Tamil Nadu

12 Jun: New Indian Express. Sleuths attached to the Q-branch arrested alleged drug trafficker John Thorn alias Jonathan (47) on Friday. The investigation agency suspected him of attempting to illegally move to Sri Lanka by sea… Police privy to the investigation said that Thorn, hailing from Little Hampton in the UK, holds an Overseas Citizenship of India and had settled in Goa with his Indian partner. He is allegedly notorious for drug trafficking and Mumbai police had registered a case against him in this regard in 2018…  For further details click here
17 Jun. 2018. Goan Voice. Two UK nationals arrested in Goa ketamine racket … they paid ₹70K a month to Goa politico …  click here

This luxury proptech startup helps people find their dream homes in dream destinations

13 Jun: Yahoo Finance. When their daughter developed breathing problems in Delhi three years ago, lawyer Prashant Kalra and communications trainer Ayesha Garewal-Kalra, made the difficult decision of relocating to Goa and to market villas in Goa through social media. In just four months they had completed four sales, firmly establishing their new business, The Penthouse Boutique… It presently offers luxury homes in over 150 projects across its network in five countries… Now, they focus solely on new villas with private pools in Goa – properties that are RERA-registered and have been built by reputed developers… The real estate startup charges clients a fee of 2 percent of the final base price plus taxes in Goa and 3 percent of the final base price plus taxes for international listings…  For further details click here
13 Jun: Times of India. Young buyers choose ROI [Return of Investment] over holiday potential in second homes …  click here

Iconic Goa villa Palacio Aguada sold for `80 crore

16 Jun: Economic Times. In the 2000s, 'Palacio Aguada', entrepreneur Jimmy Gazdar’s secluded sea-facing property in North Goa was a hot spot for the A-list party scene. Vijay Mallya, for instance, used to arrive in Goa in his private yacht and head to Gazdar's New Year bash before he finally bought and designed his plush Kingfisher Villa in Candolim. With its lush lawns in full bloom, expansive swimming pools, a cave, three dance floors and tea garden, 'Palacio Aguada' was the equivalent of James Bond cool meeting South of France chic… Reddy plans on converting the 5-bedroom property into a 10-12 bedroom boutique hotel that focuses on health, with a spa and clean eating on the menu. The villa's original architect, Gerard da Cunha, has been roped in to do the renovations and the source reveals he is happy to return to a property that once was his project…  For further details click here
Video. Prudent Media. Jimmy Gazdar's iconic villa in Goa bought by GVK ...  click here

Death: Maria Fernandes. Ex Merces, Goa
29 May: Southall, UK. MARIA ZITA VIEGAS e FERNANDES. Born: 22/09/1940. Ex Merces, Goa. Beloved wife of Late Louis Adrian Fernandes (Lussu). Daughter/daughter-in-law of Late Antonio Joao Viegas & Late Maria Santana Elena Dias & Late Francis X. Fernandes & Late Maria Vespertina Fernandes. Loving Mother/mother-in-law Xavier/Susan, Ignatius, Jenny/Paul, Debbie/John. Loving Grandmother of Kimberly/Javis, Kate, Tasha, Thalia. Loving Great-grandmother of Zion. Funeral will be held on Tuesday 15 June 2021, at 12:30 PM — St. Anslem Church, Southall, UK. Photo. click here.



Death: Mrs Rosada Fernandes. Ex-Fatorda/Mungul & Nairobi

6 June 2021. London, UK. ROSADA MARIA FERNANDES. Aged 92, ex-Fatorda/Mungul & Nairobi. Beloved wife of late Pascoal Raphael Fernandes. Loving Mai/Mother-in-law to John/Late Fatima, Louisa/Paul, Menino/Teresa, Tony/Luiza/late Jenny, Robert/Bernadette, Irene/Cos, Hedwig/Fiona, Teresa/Jose, Joseph/Sylvia, late Cyril, William/Eve, Succour/Michaela. Doting grandmother/great grandmother to 22 grandchildren/15 great grandchildren. The funeral Mass will be held at St Paul's RC Church, Wood Green on Tuesday 15th June 2021 at 10.30am by invite only due to COVID restrictions. Live Streaming: Followed by burial at Edmonton Cemetery, Church Street, London N9 9HP at 12pm.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to: Or floral tributes can be sent to Austin Davis & Son, 71 Bounces Rd, London N9 8JE to arrive on Monday 14th June by 3pm Condolences to

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UK faces 100,000 Covid cases every 24 hours by July - doubling every nine days

12 Jun: Daily Mirror (UK). Around 90% of all Covid cases are the Delta variant which originated in India, with cases doubling every nine days as the Tories are accused of continuing 'a reckless border policy that let the Delta variant reach here and spread' … Boris Johnson today signalled he might delay Freedom Day as scientists warned daily cases could surge to 100,000 next month.. The latest polling from market researcher Opinium showed 54% of the public would be in favour of delay, with 37% against…  For further details click here
Video: 12 Jun: CNN. Covid variant first found in India is running rampant through the UK …  click here
12 Jun: AOL. Twelve double-vaccinated people die with Indian variant. Cases of the Delta variant of coronavirus have more than tripled in a week with 42 people now confirmed to have died after testing positive for the variant, 12 of whom had had both vaccines doses… click here.

Goa: COVID News In Brief

13 Jun: Navhind Times. State sees 472 new cases of COVID-19; 15 more mortalities. The state on Saturday registered 472 fresh cases of COVID-19 with the positivity rate of 14.39 per cent. A day after COVID-19-related deaths plummeted to a single digit, it rose again as 15 new deaths associated with the disease were recorded in the last 24 hours…  For further details click here
12 June: California News Times. Goa extends COVID-19 curfew till 21 June, but allows shops, local markets to stay open till 3 pm-India News … Gore’s Prime Minister Pramod Sawant said up to 50 people would be allowed to attend the wedding event…  click here
13 Jun: Goa: Walk-in registrations for 18-44 group from tomorrow. The Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant has said that all those above the age of 18 would be eligible for walk-in vaccination without any restrictions as the state is set to begin its third phase of "Tika Utsav". .. click here.

How Mascarenhas’s report changed Bangladesh’s Liberation War

13 Jun: Daily Star. On this day 50 years ago (Sunday June 13, 1971), a report by Neville Anthony Mascarenhas, a Pakistani journalist, that appeared in the Sunday Times (London), shocked the world and made global-leaders take notice of the Pakistan Army's genocide in Bangladesh. Pakistan Army had launched the brutal Operation Searchlight in East Pakistan at Zero Hour on March 26, 1971, in which hundreds of thousands of Bengalis were killed and thousands of women were raped… Mascarenhas of The Morning News, Karachi as born in a Goan Roman Catholic family in Belgaum, India in 1928… He found the streets of Dhaka deserted, shops shattered, homes vacant and eerie silence everywhere he went … On May 18, 1971 he left for London and met Harold Evans, the editor of Sunday Times in Thompson House… Evans believed that the Goan Christian was speaking the truth … Mascarenhas worked for The Times (London) for 14 years …  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Anthony Mascarenhas,  click here
Video: Reporter Anthony Mascarenhas on 1971 Genocide … 4m. 03s. click here.

Abducted infant rescued from Saleli-Valpoi

13 Jun: Herald. A marathon search for the abducted infant bore fruit as Goa Police traced the suspected woman kidnapper at her residence in Saleli-Valpoi on Saturday evening. The baby was found safe with no visible injuries on him. The woman, Vishranti Gawas, however, refused to hand over the child to the police claiming she was the biological mother… On Friday, the month-old infant was abducted from the custody of his mother while she was at the coffee shop in the premises of the Goa Medical College and Hospital. Multiple police teams were formed to trace the suspect…  For further details click here
13 Jun: Herald. Woman kidnapped as she had four daughters & wanted a male child: Cops. Vishranti Gawas, the woman who became the most wanted suspect for allegedly kidnapping a month-old baby is in the police net. Police sources said the kidnapper, in her late 30s, has four daughters and committed the crime because she wanted a male child. Amidst a frantic search to find the baby and the kidnapper – who remained unidentified till her arrest – Gawas’ family hosted a naming ceremony for the infant at their Saleli residence… click here.

Meet the women lifeguards on Goa’s beaches

12 Jun: Times of India. It was a sunny day on New Year’s Eve and Pooja Bude who had just completed her training as Goa’s first woman lifesaver, had to jump into the water to pull out an inebriated man… two other women are also employed as lifeguards and stationed at various beaches in the North. Charmaine DeSouza from Caranzalem, and Harsha Naik from Bicholim along with Pooja have completed their training in the Beach Lifeguarding Course including on-field training from the Special Rescue Training Academy (SRTA) in Candolim and Benaulim… A total of 600 lifesavers are employed to man Goa’s coast … From 2008 till date there have been 4,366 rescues and 71 deaths Lifeguards man 16 North Goa beaches, 22 South Goa beaches, a waterfall and a lake, with a team of 40 …  For further details click here

Canada: TV Programme: Wednesday 10 p.m.: Seekers In India

12 Jun: Weekend (Canada). Evasion TV. Three girls with a hectic life go to India in search of truth. Claudine organizes a therapeutic retreat, in India, in Goa, and invites Lucie and Jessie. Yoga, meditation and therapeutic activities destabilize the comfort of girls. A chocolate ceremony changes their relationship with the group and retreat…  For further details click here
For the Evasion website link, click here.

Know about Poee, the legend from Goa's 'breadtime' tales!

12 Jun: Knocksense. Here's a little history about this flour-dusted masterpiece and the places where you can find the best of it… the modern-day Poee is a whole-wheat flatbread, that is slightly puffed and hollow in the middle. Poee starkly resembles pita bread and is the perfect kind of loaf to mop up spicy curries and thick gravies with… As much as Bebinca is a jewel in Goa's epicurean crown, Poee is too! You can find this loaf of delicious carb literally at any bakery in Goa. So once the pandemic recedes, you can come over and check out Florentine Bar & Restaurant, Rita Bakery, The Godinho Bakery and the French Bakery in Majorda, for the best of Poee in Goa… the recipe of Poee is passed on through generations and learnt by heart, by every poder (baker) of the state.  For further details click here

Russia: How do the "thieves" members of the "Star Factory" live?

11 Jun: AIF (Russia). In the once popular "Star Factory" TV program, not only ordinary guys but also descendants of famous people tried their hand… How their fate developed after the project … Nikolai Slichenko, grandson of People's Artist of the USSR Nikolai Slichenko was a participant in the third Star Factory, and when the young man came to the studio, Slichenko Jr. said in that broadcast that he had not found himself … Several years have passed, but nothing has changed in Nikolai's life… his mother Tamilla Slichenko said, "He is a philosopher. He is looking for himself. I envy him very much." But according to a former friend the young man first dropped out of his studies at a prestigious university, and then went to live in India: “He was carried away by all these Buddhist, esoteric trends. Now he has been in Goa for about ten years … he makes a living by massage. I am very sad and sad that such a bright young man has it all worked out that way. He had a golden key in his pocket, he could have had a brilliant career on the screens…  For further details click here
For the Russian original,  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Nikolai Slichenko Senior, click here.



Death: Valentine Fernandes, Ex Mombasa, Kenya

31st May 2021: Miramar, Goa. It is with great sadness we announce the death of JOSE MARIO VALENTINE FERNANDES. Born in Mombasa to Mr & Mrs Antonio Jose Reis Fernandes. Ex Goan High School in Mombasa. He served in the Royal Navy and then resided in London until 1982 before settling in Goa. Beloved husband of Claudina (nee De Souza); loving father of Lorraine/Ossie, Michelle; doting grandfather to Nathan, Jayden, Callum, and Rebecca. Loving brother of Agnelo/Joyce, their children, his sister Hilda, and his Brothers-in-law Xavier/Mary, Billy/Annette and their children. Funeral had taken place on the 1st of June. Val was a fun-loving person and a great entertainer who had a passion for music. Those who knew him and had the pleasure of his company know that any gathering will not be the same without him. Thank you for your prayers & sympathies. Condolences to

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UK: Indian Covid Variant

11 Jun: The Guardian (UK). Delta variant causes more than 90% of new Covid cases in UK. More than 90% of Covid cases in the UK are now down to the coronavirus Delta variant first discovered in India, data has revealed, as the total number of confirmed cases passed 42,000…  For further details click here
11 Jun: Daily Mail. Boris Johnson 'plans to delay June 21 Freedom Day to July 19' after Britain records 8,125 Covid infections in highest daily count since FEBRUARY and hospital admissions rise by another 40% week-on-week. Infections in the UK have been rising steadily, driven by an explosion in cases caused by the Indian variant. A PHE report today revealed confirmed cases of the 'Delta' strain had tripled in a week to more than 42,000. The Prime Minister today said he was determined not to repeat 'mistakes' made earlier in the pandemic …  click here
11 Jun: Local London. Doctors warn of 3 new Covid symptoms linked to Indian variant … click here.

Goa: COVID News In Brief

12 Jun: Navhind Times. Goa registered 423 new COVID-19 cases on Friday with the positivity rate of 11.75 per cent whereas 819 patients have been declared as recovered. With eight more COVID-19 patients losing the battle against the dreaded virus in the last 24 hours, the COVID-19 death count rose to 2,899 in the state. The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa currently stand at 1,61,576, of which 5,201 are active cases while 1,53,476 patients have defeated the deadly disease…  For further details click here
11 Jun: Times of India. Goa: ‘Government stand on Ivermectin contradictory’. Chief minister Pramod Sawant’s claim that Ivermectin tablets were never ordered by the state government for mass distribution completely contradicts the statement given by health minister Vishwajit Rane on May 17 that the tablets would be distributed in 48 hours, said Congress…  click here
12 Jun: Herald. Who erred in reporting of Covid-19 deaths? The death toll due to COVID-19 in the State took a huge leap this week, not because the number of cases suddenly rose, but because over two days 72 deaths that occurred between August 2020 and June 2021 were added to the number… click here.

Massive hunt launched as month-old baby kidnapped from Goa Medical College

12 Jun: Herald. Hundreds of police personnel fanned out across the North Goa District for over 12 hours in a hunt for a woman suspected to have abducted a month-old infant from the buzzing campus of Goa Medical College and Hospital in daylight on Friday… the mother of the baby had visited GMC … The kidnapper greeted the mother and engaged her in conversation … It is learnt that the kidnapper hired a motorcycle pilot to drop her to Panjim bus stand, from where she hired another motorcycle pilot to Porvorim, from where she boarded a Mapusa-bound bus…  For further details click here

Changing tunes for changing times for Goa’s musicians

11 Jun: Herald. The restaurants and clubs are no longer playing hosts to guests. The music has certainly stopped. Musicians who depended on these gigs to sustain themselves have had to be innovative and find new gigs to sustain themselves. Some of the bands have turned online and perform for corporates. Others have uploaded their compositions online and are earning money from these sites. Colin D’cruz cottoned on to the fact that the future was online… He said his music was now being played on the premier jazz radio station which was available in America and Canada. Goa he felt would not be open to live music for a while though the number of online shows would continue to increase. He said a local advertising agency Slip Disc was organising a massive show featuring Goan bands online on June 20th. Many musicians he said had set up home studios and were producing fabulous music…  For further details click here
Facebook: Hope Goa Charity Event on 20th June…  click here

Goa Scientist’s Innovative Plans To Save The Earth Have Won Him 10,000 Euros

11 Jun: Better India. Goa-born scientist Sachin Kochrekar has come up with a solution to combat climate change by turning carbon emissions into fuel, for which he recently won the 10,000 Euro Millennium Pitching Contest. Growing up in the southern coastal state of Goa, Sachin Kochrekar spent his childhood amid lush green hills, pristine beaches, and breathing in the fresh air blowing from the sea. However, over the years, he watched as his city began to choke due to increasing air pollution… In 2017, he came across a Materials Chemistry Research Group at the University of Turku, Finland, where he joined the PhD programme at the university… Since moving to Finland over four years ago, Sachin has been studying the method of electrochemical reduction of carbon dioxide… He plans to come back to India and spread the knowledge that he has learnt…  For further details click here
Video: 15 May. Millennium Prize. Sachin Kochrekar: Carbon dioxide to fuel …  click here

Tourism season months away, ministers mull best way to open Goa up to tourists

11 Jun: Hindustan Times. By Gerard de Souza. While Goa’s tourism season in October is still months away, discussions have already begun as to when the state should open for tourists… “Tourism industry should not open up till Covid-19 cases are in control all over India; When it opens, it should be in a phased manner,” Michael Lobo a minister in the Goa government who represents the Calangute constituency, arguably the epicentre of tourism in the state, said… For his part, tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has suggested that only completely vaccinated should be allowed in the state once it is unlocked. However, the Opposition has questioned the need to reopen and suggested that tourists shouldn’t be welcome until all the residents of the state are vaccinated… Till date, Goa has vaccinated nearly 400,000 persons with at least one dose -- around 25% of its population -- while around 100,000 people have received both the doses…  For further details click here
11 Jun: Times of India. Delay in resuming tourism may deprive Goa of its visitor share’ …  click here

Goa provides aid to only 50% of persons with disabilities: Report

11 Jun: Times of India. Nearly 50% of persons with disabilities in Goa have not received any aid or help from the state government, a report titled, Persons with Disabilities (Divyangjan) in India - A Statistical Profile: 2021 has revealed. Among disabled persons Goa has the second highest literacy rate at 70% the report said. As per the Census of India 2011, Goa’s divyangjan population stands at 33,012 persons making it 2% of the total state population. As per the report, 49% of persons with disabilities received aid or help from the state government while 0.9 per cent received aid or help from organisations other than the government. From the above 49%, 54% is rural and 46% urban…  For further details click here

A Russian View: Summer Stories. Goa. Panjim and Panaji.

11 Jun: Cand Orel Live Journal (Russia). We visit the capital Goa - Panaji. But the locals are persistently correcting – Panjim … It should be noted that there are 365 streets in Panaji, and they are named according to the days of the year. We managed to visit only the streets "January 31" and "June 18" … You know, I'm starting to get used to the fact that the Goans call this architecture Portuguese … there is the hotel "La Maison Fontainhas", the chapel of St. Sebastian, the shop Marcou Artifacts, Mary Immaculate Girls' High School, Hospedaria Abrigo de Botelho hotel (sounds like an exorcist's spell) … the city garden named after Garcia da Orta… Praça Da Igreja … Bombay Bazar … Photos.  For further details click here
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11 Jun: Radio 1 (Russia). Goa does not shine. Russian tourists were advised to forget about flights to India. … the epidemiological situation in Goa is too bad, Vice President of the Russian Union of Travel Industry (PCT) Yuri Barzykin said in an interview with Radio 1 … click here.



Death: George De Sa. Ex Aden

26 May 2021: London. GEORGE JUSTINO DE SA. Ex Aden. It is with great sadness that we wish to announce the passing away of our dear father George Justino De Sa, aged 80. Dad was born in 1941, was the son of the late Lourdina and Eustace De Sa, and is survived by his wife, Carma De Sa and his two sons, Brian and Trevor. He also has 3 grandchildren, Lia, Raeya and Alexander. Dad will be greatly missed by his family and friends and his infectious laugh will always be remembered.
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Death: Hector Fernandes. Ex Zanzibar
31 May: Seattle, USA. HECTOR FERNANDES. Aged 68. Ex Wheeler Road, St Germain High School (1969) and St Joseph's College Zanzibar. Brother of Trevor and Desmond. He was 68 years. His funeral will take place on 11th June 2021 at noon (Seattle time). Photo  For further details click here
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Death: Norman Louis D’Souza. Ex Karachi
8 Hyn: Melbourne. NORMAN LOUIS D’SOUZA. Aged 52. (formerly of FCCHS Block D/12, Karachi). Son of the late Cyriaco and Maria D'Souza. Brother of Bernadette (Lawrence), John (Iona), Maurice (Ruby), Philomena, Kenny (Maria), Tony (Kathy) and Eddie (Aruna). Nephews and Nieces: Cheryl, Terence, Janelle, Jonathan, Faye, Daniel, Renee, Sharlene, Aeron, Nathan, Neha and their spouses and families. Rosary and Viewing at Le Pine Funerals 388 Springvale Road, Glen Waverley on Monday 14 June at 7.00pm. Private Funeral Service at Christ Our Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, East Oakleigh on Tuesday 15 June 2021 at 10.30am.

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UK: Indian COVID Variant

10 Jun: Evening Standard. Delta variant responsible for 91% of new cases, says Matt Hancock as infections double in a week … The Health Secretary, appearing in front of the Science and Technology and Health and Social Care committees, said according to data he saw on Wednesday night the Delta variant now has a strong foothold in the UK….  For further details click here
11 Jun: Global Variant. Covid Indian variant: Map reveals 25 areas in UK where cases are rising fastest …  click here
10 Jun: Mail Online (UK). Indian Covid variant now makes up 91% of all cases in Britain: PHE data reveals outbreaks are spiralling in nine out of ten areas of England with 'Freedom Day' on knife-edge - as Britain's daily cases and hospitalisations shoot up by 40% … click here.

Goa: COVID News In Brief

11 Jun: Navhind Times. 13 more die of COVID-19. Goa recorded 413 new cases of COVID-19, and 13 more deaths associated with the deadly infection in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 2,891. The positivity rate of the total 3,298 samples tested on Thursday stood at 12.52 per cent as against 14.44 per cent, which was recorded on Wednesday when 3,157 samples were tested. The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa currently stand at 161,153, of which 5,605 are active cases while 1,52,657 patients have defeated the deadly disease.  For further details click here
10 Jun: Business Standard. Only tourists with both vax doses must be allowed in Goa: Minister. Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Thursday said that tourism should be opened once everyone in Goa gets a double vaccine dose …  click here
10 Jun: Times of India. Lobo: Deaths may be higher than official nos. Ports minister and Calangute MLA Michael Lobo on Wednesday said the number of people who have died due to Covid-19 is probably much higher than what has been reported … click here.

Why the Portuguese administrators in India tried to stop the handover of Bombay to the British

10 Jun: Scroll. By Luis Dias. From our school days, it is drilled into us Indians that Bombay was gifted by the Portuguese to the British as a wedding present when Charles II of England married Catherine of Braganza. There was, however, much more to the royal union than the one-line summary suggests… Frantic efforts by the Estado da India (State of India) to halt the handover of Bombay to the perfidious English were overruled by Lisbon. In protest, no Goa official went to Bombay to sign the handover agreement on February 18, 1665… Catherine’s story poses many what ifs. What if the Portuguese succeeded in retaining Bombay after the English reneged on the 1661 treaty? What if Bombay hadn’t been included in the treaty at all? What if Catherine hadn’t married Charles and wed another monarch instead? How would the “seven islands” have fared under Portuguese rule, extending into the 20th century? Would Bombay be the City of Dreams, or a constellation of towns and villages of siestas? Something to think about over your next cup of tea… 1254 words.  For further details click here

Model Tenancy Act Brings Cheer to NRIs

10 Jun: Business Sandesh. The Union Cabinet’s approval for the Model Tenancy Act is being hailed as a landmark moment in Indian real estate. In one of the most significant developments for residential real estate investors, no one will henceforth be allowed to enter into a rental situation without a written agreement – and that’s not all. Aimed at increasing confidence of landlords to rent out their vacant properties, this Act will serve as booster for NRI investments. For an NRI investor, it is a great assurance that the tenant of their property is bound by legal terms. Further, the act defines the timeline within which any rental disputes will be resolved. The new law also calls for a digital platform where tenancy agreements need to be submitted to the rent authority in future. Digital infrastructure is more convenient and brings an added level of transparency for NRI landlords. With this Act, there is now a clear demarcation of responsibilities between a tenant and landlord…  For further details click here

Commercial sex workers largely left out of welfare measures amid Covid: NGOs

8 Jun: Hindustan Times. By Gerard de Souza. Commercial sex workers have largely been left out of welfare measures for the vulnerable sections of the society during the pandemic, NGOs working in Goa, Maharashtra, Delhi, and West Bengal have found. The finding is based on consultations NGOs Diksha (Kolkata), SPID Society (New Delhi), Anay Rahit Zindagi (ARZ) in Goa, and Prayas (Mumbai) have conducted. The NGOs found commercial sex workers faced a complete loss of livelihood because of the pandemic and lockdown. The stigma they face also prevented them from approaching the government or well-meaning people for help, they added… Arun Pandey, who runs ARZ and coordinated the consultation in Goa, said most of the sex workers have not benefited from the Supreme Court’s direction…  For further details click here

How to eat nutritious and gourmet while recovering from Covid

10 Jun: India Today. Bored of eating healthy soups, salads and khichdis while you recover from the effects of Covid? Hussain Shahzad, executive chef of Hunger Inc Hospitality, shares recipes of some of the bestsellers at his restaurants The Bombay Canteen and O’ Pedro, to help add a gourmet touch to healthy eating: Cauliflower and bhindi caldeen. The caldeen is a dish of Portuguese origin and essentially means ‘a hearty small dish’. Chef Floyd Cardoz had mentioned that this dish was made in his house whenever someone was unwell. It has the nutrition of cauliflower, which has carbohydrates and sodium, and bhindi, that has protein, fibre, a host of vitamins, manganese and phosphorous, that are essential for good health. The coconut milk, spices and fresh turmeric are warming and comforting and are popularly celebrated for their medicinal properties. It’s a good dish to make while recuperating or even to stay warm on a cold rainy day… Kale and arugula salad with apples, almonds and kokum vinaigrette…  For further details click here

Late chef Floyd Cardoz’s wife carries his legacy forward

10 Jun: Times of India. When popular Indian-American chef Floyd Cardoz died in March last year following Covid-19 complications, his wife Barkha Cardoz decided to carry his legacy forward. "As I tried to recover from the initial shock and grief, I wanted to make sure that he lived on through his legacy of Indian food. We had been married for 30 years and he always loved home-cooked meals. We didn’t use pre-packaged spices at home since he always made masala blends and stored them carefully in small containers," Barkha remembers. She now actively executes legacy projects of Floyd as the managing member of Cardoz Legacy LLC in New York. The project to create and sell a line of Indian spice blends was launched by Floyd Cardoz himself in 2019 with Burlap & Barrel, a company which sources single origin spices directly from small farmers…  For further details click here

Freshwater fish for our plates, palates in ban period

10 Jun: Times of India. With the fishing ban coming into effect from June 1 like every year, the supply of sea fish has gone down drastically and local fishermen and fishing enthusiasts are looking at Goa’s many rivers, backwaters and estuaries for fresh catch. The supply of fish has anyway been on a downward spiral earlier than usual this year because of the lockdown and the effect of cyclone Tauktae… There’s also a dedicated community of fishing enthusiasts that goes out looking for catch… The abundant availability of freshwater fish also gives foodies a chance to experiment in the kitchen…  For further details click here



Death: Marjorie Jane (Wilson) D’souza. Ex Bombay
2 Jun: Beverly, MA, USA. MARJORIE JANE (WILSON) D’SOUZA. Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family at the age of 87 after a battle with lymphoma. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 58 years, Dr. Ayres T. DSouza. Marj was born on January 4, 1934, in Pachmarhi, She met her future husband while completing her nursing training at J.J. Hospital in Mumbai. After completing their education, the pair moved to Saudi Arabia and then Massachusetts. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl DSouza MD and her husband, Mark McKenna; three grandchildren, Ainsley, Andrew and Gavin; four sisters-in-law, Mary Wilson of Stone Mountain, Georgia, Margaret Wilson of Llantwit Major, Wales, Dorothea Wilson of Tifton, Georgia and Diana Demello of Mumbai, India and numerous nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her brothers Leslie Wilson, Henry Wilson and Aubrey Wilson; her brothers-in-law James DSouza and Conrad Demello and her sister-in-law Olga DSouza. Visiting hours will be at Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street, Beverly, on Sunday, June 13th from 2 to 4 p.m. Her funeral mass will be celebrated at the Church of St. Paul, 50 Union Street, Hamilton, on Monday, June 14th at 9 a.m. Burial next to her loving husband will be at the Iron Rail Cemetery, Wenham following the funeral. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Marj may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute or Greenpeace. For photo, more information, directions and condolences click here.

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Covid: London surge testing extended as Delta variant fuels sharp rise in cases

9 Jun: itv. Surge testing will begin in Kingston upon Thames after a sharp rise in Covid cases driven by the Delta variant, first identified in India. Kingston Council said all younger people who live, study and work in the London borough should take a PCR test whether or not they have symptoms… Kingston is the latest London borough to announce extra measures to try and control the spread of the Delta variant. In May, PCR testing was rolled out in postcodes within Harrow, Ealing, Hillingdon and Brent…  For further details click here
9 Jun: Wall Street Journal. Covid-19 Variant First Found in India Is Quickly Spreading Across Globe …  click here

Goa: COVID News In Brief

10 Jun: Herald. COVID case count remains above 400 mark; deaths 16. The daily number of new COVID cases continues to hover around the 400-plus mark with another 456 cases detected on Wednesday. The Directorate of Health Services (DHS) also reported 16 new deaths on Wednesday. The COVID positivity rate is now at 14.44% while 3157 samples were tested within the last 24 hours of Wednesday evening…  For further details click here
10 Jun: Herald. COVID waste dumping at Sonsoddo report flutters locals, unrests MMC, politicians. Chief Officer apparently alerts Sanitary Inspector to follow up with the government-appointed agency; MMC Chairperson assures safety from the infected bio-waste..,  click here
9 Jun: Herald. Sonsoddo sitting on a COVID bomb! Herald visit to the site reveals tonnes of bio-medical waste collected from patients in home isolation in Margao lying unattended for months … click here.

Swindon: New trial date set for man accused of child sex offences

21 May: Swindon Advertiser. A Trial date has been set for a man accused of trying to get a 13-year-old girl to perform a sex act on a dog. Trevor Fernandes, 36, is also said by prosecutors to have pressured the girl, who is based in America, to film herself performing sex acts on herself and a younger child. The allegations are denied. On Thursday, Judge Jason Taylor QC made arrangements for Fernandes’ trial to begin on September 13. The trial is expected to last several days. Fernandes, of Dixon Street, has already pleaded not guilty to seven charges of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, six counts of taking indecent images in category B and three counts of taking indecent images in category C. The offences are said to have been committed in November 2020…  click here

Goa airport extension work takes off

9 Jun: Times of India. Airports Authority of India and Goa International Airport performed the ground breaking ceremony for the Rs 255.7 crore airport terminal building extension project on Monday. Once ready, the project will increase the airport’s passenger handling capacity to 13 million passengers per annum … This is expected to increase the passenger handling capacity to 13 million passengers per annum (MPPA) from the existing 7.65 MPPA. The facility be capable of handling at least 3,250 passengers per hour (PHP). Estimated to cost of Rs. 255.7 crore, the extension will have 32 check-in counters taking total number of check-in counters to 96. The work is expected to completed by the end of 2022.  For further details click here
9 Jun: Knocksense. Extension work begins at Goa Airport … It is expected that the Goa Airport will witness close to 13 million yearly footfalls, once the new building is operational…  click here
9 Jun: Navhind Times,. Work on Rs 255.69-cr worth Dabolim airport building set in motion … click here.

Taxi fares in Goa may be hiked soon, says transport minister

9 Jun: Times of India. The state is likely to soon see taxi fares soar as transport minister Mauvin Godinho on Tuesday hinted that he would accept the recommendations of the state transport authority (STA) to revise the fares… The minister also said that installation of taxi meters has not picked up as expected. He also said that taxi operators are using excuses not to fix meters — no tourists, pandemic, and off-season…
Times View: It is ironical that the government is quick to accept recommendations from the taxi lobby about fare hike and cites the example of other states, but chooses to turn a blind eye to the efficient systems in place in these states that check fare violations…  For further details click here

Pedalling tales from the past and present

9 Jun: The Telegraph. Anoop Babani and Savia Viegas are a couple in their sixties who moved to Goa in 2005 and subsequently discovered their shared passion for cycling. What makes this avid cyclist couple’s story unique is the extent of their efforts to keep alive their love for cycling and their numerous contributions to this blazing community interest. From organising photo exhibitions on global Indian cyclists and hosting a one-of-its-kind film festival showcasing films based on the theme of cycling to now publishing a new book, The Bicycle Diaries, released this year that documents India’s rich cycling history and the journeys of 12 Indian cyclists’ global cycling expeditions between 1923 and 1942, they have done it all… Both Anoop and Savia are active members of Xaxti Riders, a cycling club in South Goa crowd-funded and later released by Belinda Viegas-Mueller, a psychotherapist by profession and a record-holding cyclist mentioned in the Limca Book of Records for being the only Indian woman to have finished the 1,200km cycling brevet, three times in a single year…  For further details click here

Football: Portugal Favourites on paper with a ground reality check ahead of Euro 2020

9 Jun: Herald. Even before the final squads of any teams could be announced for the Euro 2020, defending champions Portugal were termed favourites by world football fans or you may call them pundits…  click here
9 Jun: Herald. Portugal has home support in Goa, gets set to retain the COVID delayed Euro 2020. The European football tournament is almost upon us and Goan football fans are looking forward to the tournament with great anticipation. They spoke about their expectations from the tournament and who they felt would win it… click here.


DRAMA: Drama on 3. Inheritors. BBC Radio 3 (Freeview 703). Sun. 13th June. 19:30 to 21:05. Radio premiere of Susan Glaspell's 1921 play exploring nationalism, the erosion of fundamental American rights and freedom of speech. Madeline, the grandchild of a pioneering American family, faces a moral dilemma when two fellow students are arrested at a college protest against British colonial rule in India and threatened with deportation.

DOCUMENTARY: African Renaissance: When Art Meets Power. BBC Four. Sun. 13th June. 22:30 to 23:30. Kenya. Afua Hirsch explores the cultural history of Kenya, revealing how artists, musicians and writers have responded to its colonial past and asserted a new identity.

DOCUMENTARY: Secrets of Sex. Together TV (Freeview 87). Mon. 14th June. 00:15 to 01:30. Aravani Girl. Two boys. One dangerous desire. Two teenagers dream of becoming ladyboys. Loved as performers but hated as homosexuals, their stories echo the conflicts of India's gender culture.

COOKERY: Bake Off: The Professionals. Channel 4. Tues. 15th June. 20:00 to 21:00. Six new teams (includes Lerrick and Lineker Coelho (photo), the brothers from Goa) enter the kitchen and for their first challenge they must produce two different types of miniature classics, the lemon meringue pie and the tiramisu - 24 perfect examples of each in three and a half hours. After that judges Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden ask them to take the humble fruit crumble and transform it into a fine-dining showpiece, complete with towering, edible sculptures.

FILM: Bombay. Channel 4. Wed. 16th June. 01.55 to 04:15. Hindu journalist Shekhar falls for shy Muslim girl Shaila while visiting his hometown on the coast, but when their fathers find out about the lovers they run away to Mumbai and cut off all ties with their families. But years later, with two young sons of their own, Shekhar and Shaila's relationship is threatened by inter-religious rioting in the city. Indian drama, in Tamil with English subtitles

DRAMA: RK Narayan Stories. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Thurs. 17th June. 10:45 to 11:00 and 15.45 to 16.00 Trail of the Green Blazer. Episode 1. Trail of the Green Blazer. A distinctive jacket seems to beckon pickpocket Raju over the cacophony of a bustling Indian market. Read by Sam Dastor. From 1991.

DOCUMENTARY: Lord Mountbatten: Hero or Villain? 5Select (Freeview 55). Thurs. 17th June. 22:00 to 23:30. When Louis Mountbatten, the Queen's cousin and Prince Philip's uncle, was murdered by the IRA in 1979 he was lauded as a war hero, an elder statesman and a much-loved member of the royal family. But did the public perception disguise the truth? As a military leader he was responsible for significant loss of life, while as a statesman he was responsible for the badly planned and poorly executed partition of India, which still has repercussions today.



Death Malini Camara, Ex Mombasa

9 May: Margao, Goa. MALINI PHILOMENA SOUZA NAZARIO CAMARA. Born Feb. 14, 1954, Mombasa, Kenya. Daughter of late Prof. Xavier de Souza and late Emilia de Souza, beloved wife of Aires Camara, loving mother of Sonia / Herma. Loving sister of Franklin / Lavita, Belinda/Errol, Rabin/Alvina and Pramila. Daughter-in-law of late Acacia Camara and Delia Camara, sister-in-law of Ivette / Carmo, Gina / Tonito and Alan / Ana. Loving aunt to her nieces and nephews

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UK: COVID Indian Variant News In Brief

8 Jun: The Sun (UK). Virus Rages UK. Covid LIVE: Surge tests EXTENDED as Indian variant cases soar in Manchester but vaccines keep coronavirus deaths low. Will the Indian variant cause another lockdown? Does the vaccine protect from the Indian variant? When will we find out if June 21 is delayed? …  For further details click here
8 Jun: Daily Mail (UK). Britain's daily Covid cases rise by 90% in biggest week-on-week jump since BEFORE Christmas amid rapid spread of Indian variant as UK records 6,048 positive tests and 13 deaths. Department of Health bosses registered another 6,048 Covid cases and one further death from the virus. North West is the country's hotspot with outbreaks triggered by Indian 'Delta' variant taking off there. Almost a third of UK's cases yesterday were in the region around Manchester and Liverpool: 1,673 out of 5,683. The Health Secretary said surge testing will be done all over the area and insisted 'We know this can work'  click here
8 Jun: The Sun (UK). Black Death: Deadly Covid-linked black fungus outbreak brings India to its knees with devastating ’50 per cent death rate’ India is battling a plague of black fungus infections linked to the mutant coronavirus variant - with a mortality rate over 50 per cent. Doctors have sounded the alarm after tens of thousands of cases of the flesh-eating disease mucormycosis hit hospitals that are already overwhelmed by Covid patients… India declared it an epidemic in May when at least 11,000 patients had developed mucormycosis after recovering from Covid… Now the figure is estimated at more than 28,000, with hundreds of deaths… click here.

Goa: COVID News In Brief

9 Jun: Navhind Times. 14 more people lose battle to COVID-19. The deadly COVID-19 pandemic claimed 14 more lives in the last 24 hours, taking the COVID-19 death toll to 2,859 in Goa. The state registered 473 fresh cases of COVID-19 pandemic on Tuesday with the positivity rate of 15.18 per cent…  For further details click here
8 Jun: The Tribune. 67 Covid deaths reported late in Goa, Oppn demands probe …  click here
8 Jun: Times of India. Goa: Lockdown snatched their jobs turned them agripreneurs … click here.

Is an 84-year-old priest who has spent a lifetime working among the Adivasis to be treated as a terrorist and thrown in jail?

8 Jun: Herald. By Rajdeep Sardesai. Father Stan Swamy suffers from another form of terrifying demonization in today’s India. He’s a Catholic priest from the Jesuit order. Now in the toxic, divisive universe of name-calling that we live in, a Jesuit priest working among tribals is not just Maoist, he’s also guilty and must be punished for alleged conversion of tribal communities. For the Hindutva ideologues and their stormtroopers, in particular, a Catholic priest today is an enemy … Like many urban educated elite Indians, I too went to a Jesuit school. Some of the finest institutions in this country have been built by Jesuits and I was privileged to be taught by them… Some of India’s finest citizens have come out of Jesuit schools. But none of them will speak up for Father Stan Swamy perhaps because of fear or perhaps because it is inconvenient to speak the truth in the times which we live in…  For further details click here

‘Vaccinated bride seeks vaccinated groom’: Here’s the truth behind this viral matrimonial ad

8 Jun: Indian Express. Savio Figueiredo from Aldona, Goa, has taken social media by storm after many fell for the fake ad he created using a popular online application… Across the world, various incentives are being offered to boost the Covid vaccination drive, such as free meals, vacations, and even dating apps giving users the option to flaunt “vaccinated” badges. In India, however, the incentive seems to have entered a quintessential desi institution — the arranged marriage… As the ad went viral, while many were excited to see the interesting new criterion added to the list for seeking alliances, several people raised doubts over it genuineness. Turns out, the ad was a “harmless” campaign launched by a man from Aldona, Goa, to influence people to get the Covid vaccine shot. Created by Savio Figueiredo, a community pharmacist, the ad had so many falling for it that Figueiredo’s phone has not stopped buzzing since…  For further details click here

Glenn Perry: Dubai Music School brings music that fills the world with love and hope

7 Jun: Gulf News (UAE). Dubai Music School was founded in 1979 by pop star, internationally acclaimed singer, composer and producer Glenn Perry. A firm believer in peace for humanity. Mr. Glenn Perry is not only a music producer, composer, recording artist, singer & songwriter but he is an educator, philanthropist & charity worker… He started Dubai Music School to impart his knowledge with children … The school aspires to provide a contemporary approach to teaching and learning in its purposeful learning environment… The oldest Music School is celebrating 42nd year of its opening in Dubai & plans to organize more events, concerts, and competitions…  For further details click here
Video: Glenn Perry - Hello Dubai (Official Music Video) …  click here
10 May 2019. Herald. Chris Perry’s son takes to the streets to reclaim house. Issues a rallying call to all Goans living abroad to save their properties from being taken away … click here.

Revert to type: how Goa’s last typewriter repair shop defied the digital age

8 Jun: The Guardian (UK). By Chryselle D’Silva Dias. In Goa’s capital, Panaji, on Rua São Tomé, not far from the main post office, is a shop that offers packaging services. For a small fee, they will wrap your parcel in a sheet of muslin sewn with precise stitches to protect its contents from being damaged in the post. It started as a sideline to the main business of the store, but now it is the main earner for Luis Francisco Miguel de Abreu as he struggles to maintain one of the last typewriter repair shops in this Indian state. ‘As long as the main door is open, I will have to do it. I prefer to go till the end,’ says Luis Abreu, the shop’s owner. Abreu, 78, sits in a chair surrounded by paperwork, spare parts and memories… 1038 words.  For further details click here

India’s new Tenancy Law opens doors for NRI property investors

8 Jun: Gulf News (UAE). The Indian Union Cabinet’s approval for the Model Tenancy Act is being hailed as a landmark moment in Indian real estate. In one of the most significant developments for residential real estate investors, no one will be allowed to enter into a rental situation without a written agreement – and that’s not all. Aimed at increasing confidence of landlords to rent out their vacant properties, this Act will serve as booster for NRI investments. For an NRI investor, it is a great assurance that the tenant of their property is bound by legal terms. Further, the act defines the timeline within which any rental disputes will be resolved. The law also calls for a digital platform where tenancy agreements need to be submitted to the rent authority in future…  For further details click here

Mastering the Art of Goan Cuisine

8 June. Times of India. VM Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE), recently hosted an online masterclass on Goan Cuisine with two celebrated Goan chefs - Chef Edia Cotta (photo) and Chef Sandip Madkaikar. The webinar was open not only to students but anyone interested in the craft of Goan cuisine including passionate home cooks. Chef Edia Cotta comes with over 35 years of experience in the art of traditional home-style Goan cuisine, having worked at some of the most reputed hotels chains in Goa. Meanwhile, Chef Sandip, Assistant Professor of Food Production at VMSIIHE is proficient in traditional Goan Saraswat cuisine. Together the duo hosted the masterclass which was well attended…  For further details click here

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Tel: 020 7580 5999 or 0797 9861 455 / 0795 0132 999

Time Travel

Specialising in Flights to GOA and other parts of India. ATOL & IATA Bonded.
Call us 0203 475 3560 or 0208 429 8333

Tito’s – Where Else?!

Tito’s, Baga, Goa – Founded in 1971 by the late Tito & Lucille De Souza (ex-Mombasa & Nairobi)Nightclubs, restaurants, supermarkets, apartments, signature villas and more

Villa Calangute

For Private, Spacious, Self-Catered & Luxury villas in Goa just 2-10 minute's
walk to Calangute Beach.

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A&G Event Experts

Let A&G (Antonio Fernandes ex Uganda; & Gabriel Fernandes ex UAE), Hospitality Professionals, take away the stress of organising Authentic Goan Weddings and Parties within your budget, at your home or in selected venues in London and abroad. For our website with photo gallery, testimonials and contact details, go to

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