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Death: Maria “Olga” DeSouza

16 Feb: Toronto. MARIA “OLGA” DESOUZA. Aged 78. [Ex Uganda] Beloved wife of Dominic DeSouza. Loving mother of Frank and his wife Nancy, Vivienne, Rodney and his wife Gwen and Calum and his wife Tricia. Forever cherished grandmother of Maria and the twins Gabriel and Isabel. Olga will be sadly missed by her brother Francis Fernandes (Franchu). Visitation will be held at Highland Funeral Home - Scarborough Chapel, 3280 Sheppard Ave. E., west of Warden Ave., on Sunday, February 19, 2017 from 3-5 and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Aidan's Roman Catholic Church, 3501 Finch Ave. E., on Monday, February 20, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Private cremation. As expressions of sympathy, donations may be made to Sunnybrook Hospital. To send online condolences,  For further details click here
Olga and Dominic DeSouza left Uganda in 1971. Frank (1959), Vivienne (1960) and Cal (1964) were born in Kampala. Rod was born in Belgaum (1962). The family started the Mentor Properties empire in Canada. Check out the Goan Voice supplement  For further details click here
For the Mentor Properties website, click here.

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Tiatr Review: Portuguez Passport

19 Feb: Navhind Times. Written by Peter Vaz and directed by Wilson Mazarello (Wilmix), 'Portuguez Passport' narrates the problems faced by Goans who live in England as Portuguese citizens. The story begins with Jack, who used to run a motorcycle taxi in Goa, living in London with his two children … Sara and Jude are into drugs, alcohol and sex and their mother has an affair with her boss, Benny. Jude even had his father arrested for slapping him while Sara was brought home one night on a wheelchair by the British cops after she was found unconscious along the roadside. The tiatr then continues narrating the plight of these Goan families…  For further details click here

Hartman de Souza: ‘Everybody’s used Goa as a whore’

18 Feb: The Hindu. The environment was a big issue in Goa’s recent Assembly election. Hartman de Souza bares the rot eating away its heart … His book, Eat Dust: Greed and Mining in Goa talks of a different side of Goa: of vast open-cast mines belching iron ore and machines eating away at mountains, of rampant environmental destruction and the deafening indifference it has provoked from all quarters… “The next book is like a sequel to Eat Dust, and will provide a narrative of Goa’s coastline, delving into both recorded and oral histories to see, first hand, what transpired by way of development from the 1950s till date,” he says … the book is tentatively titled Goa’s Dirtied Waters — A Thirst for More… 1314 words.  For further details click here
Hartman De Souza, (Ex-Mombasa), is the husband of Ujwala; son of the late Peter and late Dora De Souza; sister of Cheryl …  click here

Editorial: We deserve and demand a terror-free, metered and controlled taxi service

18 Feb: Herald. As the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa and the Goa Chamber of Commerce have decided to file a petition in the High Court of Bombay, for directions to the government to ensure compliance of its own decision to make digital meters in taxis compulsory, they deserve the full-fledged and full-throated support of all right thinking people of Goa who still dream of saving tourism, and more importantly, the image of Goa as a warm friendly state. The taxi owners of Goa have damaged that reputation almost beyond control, by the refusal to fall in line with best practices followed all over the country and the world. Taxi owners are doing everything possible they can to destroy the industry from which they are seeking their livelihoods…  For further details click here

‘First flight from Mopa in May 2020’

19 Feb: Times of India. Union minister for civil aviation Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Saturday said the first flight from the greenfield Mopa airport, that is being built by GMR Airports Ltd, in North Goa, would take off in May 2020. Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar had earlier said that the first phase of the proposed airport at Mopa would be completed by 2019…  For further details click here
19 Feb: Times of India. Raju: No question of shutting Dabolim …  click here

Livelihoods and futures are lying in pieces on Goa’s ‘Highways’

18 Feb: Herald. Herald brings you heartbreaking stories of families whose age-old businesses will shut down with the ban on sale of liquor on highways. Almost every place, even inside congested towns, seems to be on a ‘highway’ … The Supreme Court order to close down liquor outlets within 500 metres of National and State Highways has left the Mala and Santa Cruz liquor traders and Panjim’s Latin Quarter laments that the time has come to say, ‘Last one for the road’ …  For further details click here

Monkey fever detected in Maharashtra after Goa

18 Feb: News Nation. A string of Monkey Fever cases are now being detected from neighbouring Maharashtra after the disease left three dead and hundreds infected in Goa last year, according to state health officials… It is a virus fever, belonging to the family Flaviviridae, which also includes yellow fever and dengue fever. The disease is carried by ticks, rodents, birds, etc and it affects monkeys and human beings. It is a vector-borne disease…  For further details click here

Goa: Bankers to join nationwide strike against demonetisation

16 Feb: Business Standard. Bank employees in Goa would join the nationwide strike on February 28 against demonetisation and other "ill-conceived" reform measures in the banking sector. The costs incurred by banks due to the prolonged demonetisation exercise need to be reimbursed to banks by the central government, A M Pereira, General Secretary of the Goa Bank Employee's Association, said in a statement on Thursday…  For further details click here

The Indian restaurant revolution: Move over, chicken tikka masala

18 Feb: The Telegraph (UK). … The widely lauded Kricket, first opening in Brixton and now in Soho, encapsulates the trend, with its small plates combining British ingredients with authentic Indian flavours: scallops topped with British-made Goan sausage, for example, or crab slicked with garlic butter and served with seaweed poppadoms… At Jikoni, in Marylebone, chef Ravinder Bhogal has diners in ecstasies over dishes that draw on influences from across India, Africa, the Middle East and Britain, such as mutton ­keema Sloppy Joe, and saffron prawn and fish pie… At Vivek Singh’s Cinnamon Bazaar in Covent Garden, his gin julep teams Star of Bombay with mint, amchoor green mango and black cardamom; at Jamavar in Mayfair try a Sam Fire, vodka infused with pink peppercorn, chai tea syrup, lychee purée and Burlesque Bitters… 2166 words.  For further details click here
Britain’s Top Curry Restaurants …  click here



Death: Henry De Souza

15 Feb: Leigh-On-Sea, Essex, UK. HENRY ERASMO DE SOUZA. Ex Tanga, Tanzania. Born 25 November 1928 in Assagao, Goa, Beloved Husband to Vera (deceased), father to Kelvin, Louisa and Amanda. Grandfather to Russell. Gone but not forgotten from our hearts. Funeral to be held at 12 noon on Fri. 17 March at Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic Church at 161 Leigh Rd, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 1NG. Condolences to  email

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NRI Commission takes up OCI issue of Goans in Canada

17 Feb: Herald. The Commission for NRI Affairs, Goa has written to the Indian Mission in Canada raising serious concerns about the denial of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) status to Canadian citizens of Goan origin. … He has pointed out that the Portuguese language documents, translated in English are not accepted by the consulate and subsequently the OCI card is denied. “The Government of Goa would be highly grateful if the Mission would accept these documents for grant of OCI card status,” Kamat (photo) wrote, adding that representations from Goan Overseas Associations in Canada had been received … consequently, persons of Goan origin, settled in Canada are denied the facility of getting OCI status and are left with no alternative but to apply for tourist visa on every occasion they intend to visit the State…  For further details click here

Irom Sharmila to marry Desmond Coutinho

17 Feb: India TV. Manipur’s ‘iron lady’ Irom Sharmila who was on a fast for 16 years plans to get married after the upcoming Assembly elections in Manipur in March… Desmond Coutinho, [ex Zanzibar] originally from Goa, and Sharmila have been in love for a long time. He used to rush to Imphal to be with her … On one occasion, Coutinho was beaten up by the angry women activists on the court campus after he was seen holding Sharmila's hand inside the courtroom. One woman activist said: "In Manipur it is socially not acceptable." Since then Coutinho had stopped coming here. Sharmila on Thursday apologised for Coutinho's rude behaviour… Vitriolic attacks by Coutinho were posted in the social media which are expected to affect the upcoming polls here on March 4 and 8…  For further details click here
17 Feb: India Today. For the Irom Sharmila apology dated 16 Feb. 2017 (giving Desmond Coutinho’s address as 2 Abbey Road, Galway County, Ireland),  click here
17 Feb: NDTV. Irom Sharmila Apologises For Fiancé’s 'Abusive' Behaviour. … She said she had learnt that her fiancé, a Goa-born British national, had been using abusive and unparliamentary language for her supporters and those who had been by her side for years. "I seek apology from them. His tirade also hurt many from the general public and others who are currently looking after my welfare" Sharmila said. But she also broke down, expressing worry over Mr Coutinho's health. "He is nearly 10 years older than me, his health is poor, I wish to marry him once the elections are over," she declared… click here.

Nigel D'Souza endures 8-year nightmare after falling for Mahindra 'free-holiday' scheme

17 Feb: Mid-Day. We've all been tempted by the prospect of a 'free' holiday. For Andheri resident Nigel D'Souza (41), falling for the deal meant the beginning of an eight-year-long nightmare after he signed up for a share-holiday scheme. D'Souza's agony finally ended last week, when a consumer court ruled in his favour. The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum's ruling comes nearly two years after D'Souza, manager with an event management firm, took the holiday company to court after they offered R12,000 as refund for cancellation of membership. D'Souza says he withdrew membership after he was repeatedly denied 'free holidays' that he was promised at the time of signing up for the scheme in 2008.,The forum has directed the firm to refund the entire membership amount of Rs 1,73,559 at the interest rate of nine per cent per annum from the date of filing the complaint (March 4, 2015)…  For further details click here

No cab counter at MPT cruise terminal

17 Feb: Times of India. Even after two years of being commissioned, the cruise terminal at Mormugao port lacks a counter for prepaid taxis and autos… Hiring a taxi from the cruise terminal for a trip to Panaji, Old Goa and any beaches, to be covered within four-five hours, means shelling out nothing less than Rs 3,000 as was witnessed by Team TOI, when the liner MV Costa NeoClassica sailed into port on Thursday. Whether it is Panaji, Old Goa, beaches or anywhere else, the taxi fare ranges between Rs 3,000 to Rs 4,000… President, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), Savio Messias said, "It's been a while we have been requesting authorities to set-up a prepaid taxi counter at the terminal… "  For further details click here
From Eddie Fernandes: When I disembarked the Costa NeoClassica on 21 Dec. 2016 at the cruise ferry terminal, the basic fare quoted by the taxi mafia was $100 or Rs 6,000. The standard excuse given was that the driver “may not be able to get another fare for a week”. Fortunately, Aires Rodrigues met me aboard the ship on arrival and did a deal with a taxi driver…

AAI plans to revamp Goa airport in three years

17 Feb: India Today. The Goa international airport, which is also known as the Dabolim airport, will get a new lease of life as the Airports Authority of India (AAI) plans to upgrade facilities for flight operations and passengers over the next three years at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore… "While the short term measures would be in place within the next two-three months, the long term ones would be executed over the next three years," AAI chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra told reporters in Vasco… As per the AAIs plan, a parallel taxiway would be constructed within the next one and half. The AAI has also planned to construct three more aerobridges, new toilets, escalators and create more space for passengers …  For further details click here
Video: Dabolim airport expansion on cards, including parallel runway17 Feb: Goa 365tv. Dabolim airport is going for a major expansion. A parallel runway, more aero-bridges, three aprons and dedicated parking outside for the vehicles. A total investment of 500 crore rupees… 2m. 07s.  click here

Editorial: No More Questions Over Dual Citizenship

18 Feb: Navhind Times. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) recently withdrew its earlier order by which Caetano Silva, former Benaulim MLA, was declared a Portuguese national. Silva had challenged the MHA order of November 20, 2013 declaring him a Portuguese national. The new order issued by the director, foreigners’ division (citizenship), MHA should give reprieve to not only Silva but also thousands of other Goans who faced allegations of dual citizenship for having registered their birth records with the Portuguese government. The new order establishes that mere registration of birth records does not constitute a surrender of nationality …  For further details click here
17 Feb: Times of India. Caetano ‘Caitu’ Silva’s order likely to set precedent: Experts …  click here
17 Feb: Times of India. Churchill Alemao accuses Manohar Parrikar of exerting pressure on MHA … click here.

Foreigners on ‘ Nitol Goem’ mission!

17 Feb: Herald. With the concerned authorities turning a blind eye to clean the beaches along Pernem’s coastline, this group of foreign tourists have taken initiative and are contributing to Swachh Bharat- Nitol Goem from the start this tourist season. The group members are Rebecca Anbust, Adam Carroll, Rowan Bellal, Simon Hallworth, Ron Kitchen, Kim Eddie and Camboll… Rebecca Anbust said, “ We have started cleaning of the beach from October and will continue to do so till the end of this season. We hand over the garbage to concerned local garbage contractor after the collection…  For further details click here

In Goa, an old bungalow turns into a new hotel

17 Feb: Conde Nast Traveller. You’ve probably passed by the elegant Casa da Graça a dozen times, driving north from Goa’s airport … the beautifully restored red and white Goan home is now a charming boutique hotel. This early 20th-century family home, originally known as Villa Morgado, now has new owners who have thoughtfully restored the building to create a luxurious and expansive four-bedroom oasis with views of either the garden, river or pool… Casa da Graça, 1105 Morgado Vaddo, Siridao Bridge, Goa Velha. Doubles from Rs 12,100 including breakfast… 9 photos.  For further details click here


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Professor Vikram Patel: Crisis of Healthcare

17 Feb: The Navhind Times. The Kala Academy in Goa was spilling over way beyond its capacity, on Thursday as people were getting the opportunity to hear professor Vikram Patel who has made it to the TIME’s Top 100 most influential persons of the year in 2015. He spoke on the topic: ‘People’s Heath in People’s Hands: Reimagining Health Care’… He is a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine… he revealed some startling facts backed by research. While we are all aware that the poor don’t get treated because they can’t afford it, he went on to say that the rich get treated for what they don’t actually need, but do so because they have the money and the doctors prescribe them… The co-founder of the NGO Sangath based in Goa, Patel explained the work and research undertaken by the organisation in mobilising people to take care of their own health through community workers…  For further details click here
17 Feb: times of India. Vikram Patel comes down heavily on India’s pharmaceutical system..  click here

Goa’s Western classical music tradition is witnessing a revival, 500 years after its birth

16 Feb: Centuries after Old Goa’s soaring and spectacular churches from the 16th and 17th century fell silent, amid the city’s decline to near-total abandonment, two ambitious festivals are investing new energy to revitalise India’s oldest and most significant Western classical music tradition, at the exact locations where it first developed. Showcasing deep-rooted collaborations between foreign artistes and burgeoning local talent, the Monte Music Festival and the new Ketevan World Sacred Music Festival feature performances of international calibre, at stunning heritage spots… 1001 words.  For further details click here

Goa: Plea in high court to implement digital meters for tourist taxis

16 Feb: Times of India. Travel and Tourism Association (TTAG) along with Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry (GCCI) and tourism stakeholders have filed a writ petition in the High Court seeking direction to the government to implement its decision to make digital meters compulsory for tourist taxis. In June 2015, the transport department had issued a notification making it mandatory for the 15,000-odd tourist taxis in Goa to install GPS-enabled digital meters. The decision however was subsequently kept on hold due to an agitation by tourist taxi operators… Visitors to Goa, whether tourists or traders, find it difficult to commute unless they use motor cabs/taxis operated in an unprofessional manner and charge exorbitant fees. 349 words.  For further details click here
17 Feb: Herald. TTAG, GCCI go to court seeking digital meters for taxis …  click here

Dubai: Goan Comedy

16 Feb: City Times (Dubai). Page 14 Goan Comedy Konkani-speaking expats are in a for a hilarious time when one of Goa’s top comic stars Prince Jacob, and Supremo Humbert take to the stage in Padri Munis Nhoim (Priests are Not Human) tomorrow at Al Nasr Leisureland. Saby Moraes and his Jolly Boys will provide the music. Call 050-4582968.  For further details click here

Nikolai Kolyada shares his impressions his Goa holiday

16 Feb: (Goa). The playwright Nikolai Kolyada holidaying in North Goa shares his experience in Facebook. This whole world has learned that his tour operator, Anex Tour, put him in a terrible hotel … He stayed in a spooky hotel in Goa … the budget hotels (the level of 2-3 stars) are designed for unpretentious and independent travellers. If tourists prefer a comfortable stay in this mysterious oriental country, we recommend they choose hotels of high or medium category - level 4 star +, 5 stars, claims Anex Tour… Kolyada says, “The old men, old women, children, cows, dogs, cats, crows, pigeons. If you start to feel sorry for all, you will remain with nothing. Reluctantly I say to all: no… Cats, dogs and crows tried to get at my food at meals …  For further details click here
For Nikolai Kolyada’s Facebook page,  click here

Nik Sharma: A North Indian-style scramble

16 Feb: Toronto Star. Page 69. Nik Sharma is gay, brown and a U.S. immigrant on a green card, so news of Donald Trump’s immigration ban in January hit home for the California-based cook, who runs the blog A Brown Table. Sharma grew up in a bicultural household, his father of the Uttar Pradesh state in northern India and his mother from Goa in western India. He “absorbed and enjoyed” the differences in those traditions — the Portuguese influence of Goa’s seafood and meats, and the vegetarian influence of his father’s North Indian family — and the new traditions of the United States, which he now calls home… Sharma, for his part, worked in the pharmaceutical industry for a time before following his American dream of becoming a chef. He works as a pastry cook at a bakery in the San Francisco Bay Area and writes a column for the San Francisco Chronicle … 801 words.  For further details click here
Why This Scientist Gave It All Up to Become a Pastry Chef ...  click here

Goa elections 2017: Election Commission rebukes Manohar Parrikar for ‘bribery remarks’

16 Feb: Financial Express. The Election Commission on Thursday rebuked Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar for his controversial statement on bribery that he made in a campaign speech during the ongoing Goa polls … Parrikar had claimed that his speech which was made in Konkani language and the words were not translated correctly. But the EC letter says that the CD was transcribed by a language expert along with the three-member committee. The relevant portion from Parrikar’s speech is reproduced as: “…Now also someone will give you Rs 1,000… We give Rs 1,500 every month. After five years, 1,500 will become 90,000 and this will also increase. Today, take from anyone Rs 2,000 and vote for them… There is no problem if somebody roams around by taking Rs 500 but just vote for the Lotus.” …  For further details click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sat. 25 Feb: Viva Goa Entertainment UK presents 9th, RED N BLACK, CARNIVAL 2017 at The Old Actonion Sports Club, Gunnersbury Drive, Acton/Ealing, W5 4LL. From 5:00pm to 11:00pm. Music by DJ Richiee & Chico. An event for all. Entrance: Adults £12, Child £5 (6-12yrs), below 6 years free. For tickets contact Francisco 07957206169/02089329375, Charles 07809552654 Norman 07780356407 For the flyer click here

Sun. 26 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 "TREBLE MAKERS" and disco by "FENNY FEVER". For tickets and details, contact Rosy D'Silva (020 7041 6072); John Mendes (07446066162); Robert Fernandes (07753831250) and Rosalind Rebello (020 8767 8652). For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 7 May. The Missionaries of St Francis Xavier, popularly known as the Pilar Fathers complete 25 years of their glorious presence in the UK this year. To celebrate this joyous achievement in a befitting manner, twin functions are planned in the month of May 2017. 1) A concelebrated High Mass will be celebrated at St George's Cathedral (Southwark) on Sunday 7th. May 2017 at 2.45 pm presided by His Excellency The Archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith. All are welcome!

Sun. 14 May. The Missionaries of St Francis Xavier, popularly known as the Pilar Fathers complete 25 years of their glorious presence in the UK this year. To celebrate this joyous achievement in a befitting manner, the second occasion will be a grand Social Event commencing at 1.30 pm, at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road Croydon, with top UK bands in attendance. Entry by Ticket for the second event - proceeds of which will help to raise funds for the Pilar Missions. For ticket prices and contacts watch this space



Death: Maria [Nina] De Souza

11 Feb: Adelaide, Aus. MARIA NINA DE SOUZA. Also known as Nina Aged 96. Ex teacher CPS, Nairobi. Passed away peacefully at Queen Elizabeth Hospital Adelaide. Beloved wife of William(deceased). Adored mother/mother-in-law of Emilia/Reggie(deceased), Zita, Olu/Carol, Savio/Sophia, Joan/Paul, Millie(deceased)/Louis and Andrew/Scarlett. Cherished and loved by her 10 grandchildren and her great grandson. Funeral Mass will be Celebrated in Our Lady of Victories Church, 17 High Street, Glenelg on FRIDAY, February 17, 2017 commencing at 2.00 p. m. followed by a Private Cremation. Condolences to

Death: Jose Fernandes
14 Feb: Toronto. A Chapter Completed, A Page Turned, A Life Well Lived, A Rest Well Earned. JOSE MENINO FERNANDES (ex-Nairobi) passed away peacefully. He was the son of the late Antonio Fernandes and Candolina Joanes. Brother of the late Emerciano Fernandes and Apolonia Da Costa. He is survived by his soulmate and wife of 53 years, Robertina Afonso; Best friend/father/father-in-law and precious papa to Sylvia (Neville) Roman and Ethan; Salvador (Shalini)Shawn; Apolonia (Olwen) Fay and Owen; Grace (Jason) Kaylyn; Mike (Ruby) Aliyah and Cheyenne; Angelina (Ravi) Savanna. Family and friends will be received at The Ogden Funeral Home on Friday, February 17th at 4164 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, Ont. M1S 1T3 from 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm. Funeral mass will be held on Saturday, February 18th, 2017 at 12.00 pm at Prince of Peace Roman Catholic Church, 265 Alton Towers Circle, Scarborough, ON M1V 4E7. Condolences to

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Lasooni scallops with Goan sausage at Kricket, Soho, London

15 Feb: London Evening Standard. Susannah Butter dishes up everything you need to know about Kricket's best new dish … Lasooni scallop with Goan sausage, poha and seaweed at Indian restaurant Kricket’s Soho branch (£4, 12 Denman Street, W1, Lasooni means garlic — seared scallops are coated in a coriander, green chilli and garlic butter then served with poha (flattened rice) and meat… Goan sausage. It’s exclusive to the Soho (the original Brixton branch serves scallops without a topping). Bowlby says: “The addition of home-made Goan sausage is there to bring out the meatiness of the scallop itself.”  For further details click here
For the Trip Advisor reviews of Kricket,  click here
For the Kricket website, click here.

Foreign tourists arriving in India with e-visas to get free SIM cards

15 Feb: Hindustan Times. Foreign tourists availing e-visas will now get pre-activated free SIM cards as they arrive in India, a move hailed by tour operators’ body IATO. Launching the much awaited service, Union tourism minister Mahesh Sharma said the talk time to the tune of Rs 50 will be available on the BSNL SIM card which will also have 50 MB data. Initially, the service will be provided at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi but will be later extended to 15 other airports in the country where e-visa facility is available, he added. The minister said the facility will provide ease to the tourists who have to spend about two hours to get their SIM cards activated after they land in India… Sharma said the SIM card, with 30 days’ validity, will also help the travellers to contact the 24-hour tourist helpline number available in 12 languages, including Russian, German and Japanese… Meanwhile, the minister said there was no impact of demonetisation on tourist arrivals and foreign exchange earnings as these segments recorded a “robust” growth…  For further details click here

Caitu Silva is an Indian, not Portuguese, rules MHA

15 Feb: Times of India. The ministry of home affairs (MHA) of the government of India, in a fresh order has pronounced Benaulim MLA Caetano R Silva to be a citizen of India "and not a Portugal national." … The MHA's earlier order had held that Silva was a Portuguese citizen as his birth was registered in Portugal. The order was challenged by Silva in the high court … Addressing mediapersons on Wednesday, Silva termed the latest MHA order as the "victory of Goans." … Silva's lawyer, Byron Rodrigues, said that a suit for claiming damages for "mental harassment and malicious prosecution" would be filed against Valanka and Fernandes…  For further details click here
Video: Goa 365.  click here

Lufthansa's international budget airline to fly to India, Goa may be first stop

15 Feb: Times of India. Europe will soon be a budget flight away from India. German mega airline Lufthansa's newly-launched low cost international airline is going to begin flights to India. Carsten Spohr, Lufthansa Group's chairman of the executive board and CEO, said here on Wednesday: "Germans love to go to Goa. There is no direct service. So we can look at these kinds of destinations." He, however, did not give any date when this service will start…  For further details click here

NRI commission’s agency has trained 100 workers

15 Feb: Times of India. The Goa NRI Commission's Overseas Employment Agency of Goa has imparted skill training to over 100 workers since January 2007 when it was set up. The agency was registered as a recruitment agency by the Protector General of Immigrants. Meetings were held with embassies in other countries and with companies abroad, but these couldn't be taken forward. "The companies were asking for commission which we said we couldn't give as we were a government recruitment agency," says OSD to NRI Commissioner, U D Kamat (photo)… The NRI commission through its Overseas Employment Agency has also been guiding those looking for jobs abroad.  For further details click here

Drastic fall in Goa’s marine fish haul

16 Feb: Navhind Times. The provisional figures of the marine fish catch, during the first ten months of 2016 – from January to October – informs that a total of 56,128 tonnes of fish of various varieties was caught in the state, as against 1,08,240 tonnes of fish caught during the twelve months of 2015… Furthermore, the haul of sardines (Tarlo) – one of the main staple fish of Goa – has also been reduced considerably. In 2014, a total of 80,849 tonnes of sardines were caught in Goan territorial waters as per the statistics of the department of fisheries, which dropped to 57,270 tonnes in 2015, and between January 2016 and October 2016, the sardine haul went absurdly down to 7,829 tonnes…  For further details click here

Planning for Goa? These are the amazing Airbnb home stays within your budget

15 Feb: Business Insider. “Let’s plan a trip!” We are all familiar of this commonest of phrases in our guy gang. And guess which the most preferred destination is. It ought to be Goa. Be it a bachelor party or a trip with your sweetheart Goa is magical. It has sea, cheap booze and an addiction of its own. And in a few weeks’ time, the much hyped Goa Carnival will start. Have you finalized your stay yet? Don’t stay in hotels if you want to see the real Goa. Stay in an Airbnb homestay and enjoy the essence of an ancient culture. Select from the Homestays below.  For further details click here


DOCUMENTARY: Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Sat. 18th Feb. 19:00 to 20:00. India's Monsoon Railway. Passenger safety isn't high on the agenda in India, as Chris Tarrant discovers on a ride down the Konkan rail line.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Witness. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Sun. 19th Feb. 22:30 to 23:00. Pakistan: No Place Like Home. Sharif, a poor cotton farmer in rural Pakistan, travels to Dubai with dreams to make his fortune but soon discovers there is more to life than money.

DOCUMENTARY: The Secret Millionaire. London Live 8. Mon. 20th Feb. 09:00 to 10:00. Mo Chaudry. Multi-millionaire Mo Chaudry has lost touch with his Pakistani roots so how will he fare undercover in the Harehills district of Leeds, home to the city's largest Asian/ethnic community?

COOKERY: Indian Food Made Easy. Food Network (Freeview 41). Tues. 21st Feb. 18:00 to 18:30. Goan Cuisine. Anjum teaches Londoner Jonathon Readman how to cook fried spicy aubergines, authentic vindaloo and stuffed sea bass in an effort to impress his mother-in-law, who is from Goa. Along the way he also learns the secrets of dry-roasting spices. Repeat.

DRAMA: Drama. BBC Radio 4. Wed. 22nd Feb. 14:15 to 15:00. By Clara Glynn. Rida. A Glasgow Asian teenager, was radicalised and travelled to Syria. Now she has returned and been arrested. How will she deal with the past, and what future can she expect? Directed by David Ian Neville.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Who Do You Think You Are?. BBC 1. Wed. 22nd Feb. 20:00 to 21:00. Sunetra Sarker. Celebrity genealogy series. Actor Sunetra Sarker sets out to explore the Bengali heritage she ignored when she was growing up in Liverpool. Starting in Kolkata, Sunetra learns about her family's involvement in the struggle for independence in India and a connection to Gandhi. Crossing into Bangladesh, she visits her great-grandmother's ancestral home village and discovers the harrowing story of how her family were caught up Bangladesh's 1971 war for independence.

DOCUMENTARY: 101 East: Discussion. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Thurs. 23rd Feb. 22:30 to 23:00. India's Dalit Revolution. 101 East goes inside the Dalit protest movement threatening to end centuries of repression and shake the foundations of India's social structure.



Live Stream 16 Feb: Funeral of Fr Andrew Fernandes

16 Feb: St Mary’s Church, West Croydon. There will be a Requiem held for Fr. Andrew by his family the late Carlota Rodrigues/ Joao Manuel Fernandes: Michael/ Benny Fernandes; late Joeldrine, Joelson Fernandes, Joellan/Loraine Fernandes; Claire, Grace Fernandes at The Our Lady Of Rosary Church Caranzalem on the 16th of February at 8:15 a.m and will have a Live Stream at 12:30 p.m GMT from the UK link under the 'Watch Mass Live' tab  For further details click here

Death: Clara Pereira

10 Feb: Toronto. CLARA DINIZ PEREIRA. Born: 6th March. 1963. Beloved wife of Sherard Pereira. Loving Mother of Charlaine and Seymour. Loving daughter of late Mariano and Sebastiana Diniz. Loving daughter-in-law of Neville and Yvette Pereira. Loving sister/sister-n-law of Bernadette, Constancio and Linda / Anthony Braganza. Sister-in-law of Cornell/Jackie, Cheron/Delina. Loving Aunt of Rochelle, Andre, Chloe, Christine and Rochelle. There will be a Eucharist Celebration for the soul of our beloved Clara on Thursday, the 16th February, 2017 at 4:45 pm at St. Inez Church. St. Inez, Goa.

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Kew Gardens: Orchids with an Indian twist

14 Feb: Garden News (UK). Kew’s Orchid Festival this year is getting a colourful infusion of Indian exoticism. The festival, now in its 22nd year, will transform the garden’s Princess of Wales conservatory with the sights and sounds of the Indian subcontinent, celebrating the official year of cultural exchange between the two nations, presented by the British Council. The visual feast of colour, on until March 5, will feature elaborate floral displays inspired by a typical Indian market … Entrance to the festival is free, included in the daily entrance ticket. There is also a full programme of events, including cookery and music, with special late openings at £15 per ticket.  click here
Video: Kew Gardens Indian Orchid Festival 2017. 2m. 31s.  click here
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Q&A: 58 Questions For Jordan de Souza

13 Feb: Musical Toronto. Jordan de Souza is a fast-rising conductor with an impressive international career. He was recently named one of CBC’s Top 30 Classical Musicians Under 30, and Kapellmeister of the Komische Oper Berlin starting in 2017...
Q: What are three things about Toronto that make you want to live here? A: Friends and Family; Multiculturalism; Food Scene …
Q: Your ancestry? A: My family comes from a beautiful town in India called Goa … 1079 words.  For further details click here
Video: 7 reasons 2016 has been huge for conductor Jordan de Souza - CBC ...  click here
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CBI files closure report in Vasco minor girl rape case

14 Feb: Times of India. After probing into the Vasco minor girl rape case for almost four years, and the accused being untraceable, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has approached the judicial magistrate seeking permission to close the case… On January 14, 2013, a seven-year-old girl was raped in the toilet of the school where she was studying. During the course of investigation, the CBI said it interrogated 391 suspects. Despite having the biological evidence, the CBI was unable to trace the accused…The Goa police and the CBI also released three different sketches (picture) of the accused …  For further details click here
15 Feb: Herald. Father of Vasco minor rape victim hits out at CBI …  click here

[VIDEO] Dinesh D’Souza: ‘America Is A Nation Of Immigrants’ But Not ‘A Nation Of Refugees’

13 Feb: Daily Caller. Dinesh D’Souza detailed the difference between immigrants and refugees — and how that relates to President Trump’s immigration ban — on “Fox & Friends” Sunday morning. The conservative filmmaker of “2016: Obama’s America” and “Hillary’s America” first noted that while America is a nation of immigrants, “it is not a nation of refugees.” …  For further details click here
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Video: Aires Rodrigues files petition against State Government

14 Feb: HCN Goa. After the Goa Pradesh Congress Committee had demanded that the Governor dissolve the state Legislative Assembly and impose President's rule 2 days ago, The High Court in Goa has admitted a petition on Monday challenging the constitutional validity of the state government in this regard 4m. 40s.  For further details click here
High Court to hear plea on Article 174 compliance in Goa. 14 Feb: The Hindu. Social activist Aires Rodrigues on Monday filed a petition in the High Court seeking directions to the Goa government to comply with the mandate of Article 174 of the Constitution by either summoning a session or dissolving the Goa Legislative Assembly…  click here
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Goa redrafted casino laws

14 Feb: Focus Gaming News. Goa officials reported that they finished redrafting some of Goa’s casino laws, and they’re seeking the examination from Saresh Lotlikar, Goa’s Advocate General, before they officially come into effect. If the draft gets approved, Goa residents would be banned from entering casinos in the state, except for the ones that work in local casinos. Last year, it was announced that Goa would copy Macau’s casino legislation to develop its industry…  For further details click here

Bishops of India move to unite estranged flock

14 Feb: The Goan. Advocating special pastoral attention to people estranged from the church and their families, the Bishops of India emphasised the need to show a respectful attitude to those who have not been provided with adequate pastoral care. … Emphasising that the family is God’s precious gift to human society and to the Church, the bishops of India deliberated on various factors confronting these families, which included varied and diverse situations regarding marriage and family across various regions in the country…  For further details click here

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15 Feb: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 36.5 . Min = 21.0 . Humidity = 77%. Rainfall: NIL mm
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Women afraid to file a complaint reflects on the administration

13 Feb: Herald. In the flurry of promises made, how many political parties in their manifestoes thought that it would be advisable to promise the women of Goa security from prowling predators? Just as the Central Bureau of Investigation appealed the acquittal in the Scarlett Keeling case, there came reports of the rape of an American tourist in the northern taluka of Pernem… the fact remains that local women are just as susceptible to sexual harassment and crimes. Last week there came reports of sexual harassment at Goa University… Women in Goa deserve a better deal...  click here
14 Feb: Times of India. Sexual harassment: GU suspends prof. An associate professor of Goa University, Anugraha Mohapatra, has been placed under suspension by the vice-chancellor, following a complaint of alleged sexual harassment made against him by a student… Sources in the varsity informed that this is not the first instance of complaint of alleged sexual harassment against the faculty member…  click here

Goa’s double decker buses caught in bureaucratic logjam

14 Feb: Herald. Almost a month and a half after Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) brought in double decker buses with open roofs, the service is yet to be flagged off as it is still awaiting a green signal from the State Transport Department… Buses had been procured for operating them along the coastal belt routes and Panjim so that tourists get a beautiful view of Goa but almost two months later the buses remain, unused because the registration has been put on hold by the authorities … While GTDC has been launching new and innovative concepts to promote tourism in Goa like hot air balloons, cruises, paragliding, amphibious vehicles and now the hop-in buses, it would do well to first ensure that there are provisions and rules for such activity before going ahead with the projects…  For further details click here

Portuguese and British Rule in India compared

13 Feb: The Goan. The experience of being ruled by European power transformed British India and Portuguese Goa in considerably different ways primarily due to the character and practice of colonial administration of their metropolitan masters. During the eighteenth century, Britain was the leading European power … As against this Portugal had to concede its naval superiority to Dutch and English. Portugal was way behind Britain … However, the more crucial difference in the two colonial administrative approaches was in the way and extent to which the two metropolitan powers engaged themselves with the local society while pursuing their economic interests. While British colonial practice was more need-based and practical, Portuguese attitude towards Goa changed from being evangelical in the beginning to more focused on self-preservation and hence indifferent towards local society… 919 words.  For further details click here

Goa Inc wants new govt to arrest declining ease of doing business

13 Feb: Herald. Goa has recently slipped from 19th rank to 21st among states in India, in ease of doing business. With a new government next month, the industry bodies and captains in the State, feel that Goa needs to pull up its socks from the outset… President of Goa Chambers of Commerce and Industry (GCCI), Narayan Bandekar believes, “We are not much perturbed by the fact that Goa’s rank among the States has gone down from 19 to 21. What is really disturbing us is that Goa’s overall performance under the 340-point Business Reform Action Plan is just 18.15 per cent. The national implementation average stands at 48.93 per cent, significantly higher than last year’s national average of 32 per cent …  For further details click here

HIC! Commercial branding for feni’s cousin urrak soon

13 Feb: Herald. Goa Excise Department on Sunday said Urrak will follow Feni’s footsteps in terms of bottling and commercial branding and that the department is working on preparing a policy for the same. Superintendent of Excise Satyawan Bhivshet said “Since Feni has been given GI status; Urrak will also be following Feni’s footsteps in terms of commercial branding and bottling” … The government said the objective of the amendment is to enable trade in world markets positioning it on an equal footing with single malt whiskeys and tequila.  For further details click here
Video: 12 Feb: Commercial Branding of Urrak … │Prudent Media Goa. 3m. 37s.  click here

Editorial: Questions On Quality Of Taxi Service At Dabolim

14 Feb: The Navhind Times. Though the new Dabolim airport is becoming busier, travelling to and from it is still beset with problems, one of which is absence of parking facilities, coupled with high taxi charges. Passengers are sometimes charged thousands of rupees, more than the airfare some of them might have paid to travel to Goa, as taxi fare. Despite the fact that fuel in Goa is a lot cheaper than in other places! The taxi charges have been revised recently and people are forced to pay a minimum amount of Rs 200 additionally to the fares that were charged some months ago. Night charge has been raised from Rs 200 to Rs 300. The lack of proper parking facilities has plagued the airport for two decades…  For further details click here

Goa has gone commercial, feels Psytrance pioneer Goa Gil

13 Feb: Mid-Day. Goa was in a nostalgic mood as he reminisced about Goa of the '70s and '80s, the evolution of Psytrance, and his brand of dance-healing called 'active meditation.' "I grew up in the 1960s in San Francisco and came to India in 1969," said Gil (born Gilbert Levey) seated in the hotel prior to the gig… Recalling his early friendships formed in Goa, Gil reminisces about the days he, Mushroom Jack, and Eight-Finger Eddie would shack up together in Anjuna… "Goa has gone commercial. No one plays the kind of music I do," he claimed. "I am the cutting edge of the underground." …
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Death: Sharon Fernandes

11 Feb: Gillingham, Kent. UK. SHARON FERNANDES. Passed away peacefully. Daughter of late Joe/Elva, Sister of Levis. For funeral details, watch this space. Condolences to

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10 Feb: We’ve found cheap return flights from London to Goa for 347GBP (407€ – 435USD)! Search for your travel dates in February – June 2017. One cabin bag and one piece of checked in baggage per passenger are included in the price. Here are some example dates for you: Feb 26 – Mar 20; Mar 5 – 20; Apr 30 – May 9 ….  click here
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Goa Travel Deals in the UK Press

12 Feb: The Observer: Fancy some sun, sea and sand? Brexit means it will cost you 15% more … Goa, south India’s prime beach hotspot, is another low-cost option, with 10-day packages for less than £550 a person during peak season in March, according to
Late deals: 12 Feb: Wales on Sunday. Get a taste of Goa on this seven-night holiday staying at the three-star Indismart Woodbourwne Resort. The Price of £711 includes return flights from Manchester Airport on February 23 and seven nights' accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis. Book online at or call on 0208 705 0086.
Deals of the Week. 12 Feb: Sunday Mirror. India from £843pp Leave from Manchester on March 8 for seven nights on all-inclusive at the three-star+ Heritage Village Club hotel in Arossim, Goa, based on two adults sharing. Includes transfers., 0871 200 7799

Dr Jayant Vaidya: Breast Cancer Treatment: Low-cost device to cut radiotherapy sittings to one

13 Feb: Indian Express. An Indian-origin professor at the University College London has developed a low-cost targeted radiation device that can cut 15-20 radiotherapy sittings to just one on the surgery table. Talking about his device, Dr Jayant Vaidya, professor of surgery and oncology, said that idea came during his stint at the Tata Memorial Cancer Hospital in Mumbai … “The device was developed in UCL and is currently being manufactured by Carl Zeiss. I do not make any money from it but it gives me great satisfaction that some 20,000 women across the world have already got treated by it…” The device would cost about Rs 3-4 crore in India, he added while a conventional radiotherapy machine could cost upwards of Rs 10-15 crore… Dr Vaidya is originally from Goa… 513 words.  For further details click here
Video: BBC News Channel: Prof Jayant Vaidya on TARGIT … 3m. 53s.  click here
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Iconic joints like Longuinhos may soon lose their fizz

12 Feb: Herald. Is the Supreme Court order on the closure of all bars and liquor establishments in 500 mtrs proximity of Highways going to affect the iconic joints like Longuinhos in Margao? Margao, with its unique location, is likely to bear the worst impact of the order. The commercial town of Margao, sitting in between two National Highway bypasses and one passing right through it, is also an historic town which has liquor joints like the Longuinhos Restaurant, Dias Wine store and a few age old places on the way to the flyover towards Navelim… Retailers and wholesalers and even the hotel owners in the commercial town have vehemently opposed the abrupt decision and said that if an entertainment sport like Jalikattu can get a review then the livelihoods of thousands can definitely get a more human approach…  For further details click here
13 Feb: Times of India. Govt must act to save livelihood of Goans: Damu …  click here
12 Feb: Navhind Times. Supreme Court order: liquor traders warn to block highways … click here.

Claude Alvares: From Parra, a 'matiecho munis' fights for paradise

12 Feb: Times of India. Fields, mangroves destroyed to make way for monstrous roads, development designs that are uncharacteristic of region, private forests and public beaches bought by corporates at prices that are soaring beyond morality. “Is this Goa…really?” asks Claude Alvares. A drive to Alvares’ home in Parra gives you a glimpse of his idea of Goa. The narrow winding bylanes, green fields, temples sharing walls with colonial houses, clean neighbourhoods, and once you enter his compound — fresh organic gardens, cozy verandahs guarded by the house dog and red cemented floors .. Originally hailing from Mangalore, Alvares grew up in Bombay and he decided to make Goa his home, not before marrying a fellow green warrior, Norma … Alvares recently launched the ‘Goenchi Mati Movement’, aimed at reimbursing Goans with their rightful share of their forgotten stake in the mining industry… 684 words.  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Claude Alvares,  click here

Opinions divided on Goa’s medical tourism potential

12 Feb: Times of India. Experts from the medical fraternity could not find common ground while discussing the potential of Goa being developed as a medical tourism hub. Speaking at a panel discussion at the Difficult Dialogues conference, held in Dona Paula, Orthopedic Dr Deep Bhandari listed out several advantages that the state holds in becoming a prime destination for medical tourism. "We have decent medical infrastructure through private hospitals and there is no language barrier as well," Bhandari said, adding that the state can achieve the status currently enjoyed by Kerala, if it eradicates problems such as vector-borne diseases and substandard public hygiene…  For further details click here
12 Feb: The Hindu. 'Need medical tourism to retain foreign tourists'  click here

Tall, dark and sweet: Pyramids on a plate

12 Feb: Times of India. By Rachel Fernandes. The coconut, be it freshly grated or desiccated or in its milk form, is a vital ingredient of numerous Goan dishes, both traditional and modern, as is the coconut toddy and the feni. Another important ingredient, especially to Goan Catholic cuisine is the coconut jaggery. Made from the sap of the coconut palm, this jaggery, also called madachem godd locally, is easily identified from its shape and colour. Ladies selling basketsful of the pyramid shaped (which is what it derives yet another name, pyramid jaggery) deep brown, verging on black jaggery are a common sight in every market… Coconut jaggery is an essential ingredient for most Goan Catholic sweets such as dodol, pinagr, patoleo and alle-belle…  click here

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