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Death: Edwin Fernandes

25 May: Belloy, Nuvem, Goa. EDWIN JOSEPH FERNANDES. Born 9 Jan. 1938. (Ex- Zanzibar / U.K / USA) Beloved son of late Gonsalino / late Dumelina Fernandes. Loving brother of Clara/late Tony (U.K), late Selina, Joseph (Acu) (U.K), Oliver/Clara (Belloy, Nuvem). Uncle of Cynthia / Denzil (Pune), Valerie / late Chris (U.K), Rodney (U K). Joseph (U.K), Savio / Daniela (U.K), Nelson (U.K) & Charmaine / Raj (Bogmalo). Funeral cortege will leave his residence on 26th May 2018 at 10:30 am to Jesus Mary Joseph Church, Nuvem for the Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial. click here.

News Summary

‘Passport promise lured Kerala woman’

25 May: Times of India. The Margao police suspect the existence of a racket that cons people on the pretext of acquiring Portuguese passports for them. They stumbled upon the clue while interrogating Vinod Kumar, a native of Kerala, who was recently arrested for molesting a 37-year-old woman, also from Kerala, at a hotel in Margao … Kumar and the victim woman had come to Goa after the former promised her assistance to obtain a Portuguese passport… The police have underscored the need for people to check the credentials of those offering to assist one in making Portuguese passports before trusting them…  For further details click here

Cardinal Oswald Gracias meets India’s Home Minister

25 May: Free Press Journal. Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India president Cardinal Oswald Gracias on Thursday met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and discussed with him various issues concerning the Christians in the country. A home ministry official described the 20-minute meeting as a “courtesy call” by Gracias, who has recently took over as the president of the CBCI, the apex decision-making body of the Indian Catholic Church … The meeting came in the wake of Gracias’ reported comments that there was “growing anxiety” among minority communities “because the government is not acting enough” to protect them…  For further details click here

Woman raped, friend beaten up on Betalbatim beach

26 May: Navhind Times. Three young persons allegedly raped a 20-year-old woman from Salcete at Betalbatim beach where the woman and her male friend had gone for an outing. The miscreants also beat up the 22-year-old male friend of the woman and stole money from their scooter dickey on late Thursday night… at around 11 pm three youngsters came to the beach and started asking money from them. The couple told them that they did not have money on their person… When the miscreants realised that more money was not forthcoming they started molesting the woman The police said the woman lodged a complaint alleging that she was raped and robbed, adding that that woman’s friend was beaten up and was asked to undress by the accused. The three youngsters threatened the couple saying that they would circulate their photographs which the youngsters had allegedly taken on mobile phones… It is understood that the Colva police have zeroed in on the accused.  For further details click here

Vigilantes trying to disrupt beef supply in Goa: Traders

25 May: The Quint. Beef traders in Goa on Friday accused cow vigilante groups of trying to disrupt supply of beef in Goa by pressurising authorities to crack down on legitimate slaughter of cattle imported from neighbouring states… This is the second time in the last eight months that beef traders have complained of interference in the supply of beef by cow vigilantes, who the traders claim, are targeting supply of beef in the coastal state, where nearly one third of the resident population consumes beef…  For further details click here
Video: 25 May: HCN. Meat traders counter allegations that Goa Meat Complex running illegally …  click here
25 May: Outlook. Goa abattoir fails to restart as stunning gun develops snags … click here.

Migrants leaving Goans behind in business

25 May: Herald. … migrants are one step ahead as far as hard work and taking up any trade is concerned, is the opinion of few Goan businessmen. In Goa there is no shortage of jobs or self employment but due to shyness or inferiority complex, Goans feel those jobs are of low status, says sources. However, few of those Goans say the market is become a haven for migrants. According to a councillor Goans are “after government jobs or blue collar jobs.” …  For further details click here

Editorial: How Azgaonkar Family Sells God’s Own Abode

25 May: Navhind Times. Members of Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar’s family accompanying him on his official tour of US cities to promote Goa as a tourist destination is a scandal that calls for a probe. The state government has sanctioned money for the expenses of the three-member official delegation. How did Azgaonkar’s wife, daughter, brother and sister-in-law attach themselves as the delegation’s tail? Who is collecting their flight, hotel and transport bills? As a public servant, Azgaonkar is duty bound to publicly disclose how the expenses of the members of his family were met…  For further details click here
25 May: Times Now. Goa Tourism Minister on a State funded family trip to US …  click here
25 May: Video. click here.

Cricket: A rookie’s day out at Lord’s

25 May: The Guardian (UK). Neehan Khaunte is into the final few hours of a family holiday in London and the best has unquestionably been saved till last. This 13-year-old from Goa cannot believe where he is and what he is watching. Wearing an England shirt, he is sitting in the lower tier of the Edrich Stand at Lord’s, his face fixed in a beatific daze. Back home Neehan is the captain of his state under-14 cricket team… Being part of the crowd watching England v Pakistan renders him virtually speechless. “We only have a few hours before the flight back to Goa but we will spend every last minute we can here at the cricket,” his father says…  For further details click here

Number of Goan students wanting to study abroad trending upwards

26 May Herald. The search for that competitive edge in these times is but normal. The number of young students going abroad to study has always been a normal course of action in the country. Now in Goa , the numbers are increasing and companies that advise students are setting up operations. Samrat Kataktalware of Joyversity Overseas Education answered questions about Goan students interested in studying abroad…  For further details click here


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Cllr Rabi Martins becomes Watford Borough Council chairman

24 May: Watford Observer. The new chairman of Watford Borough Council is a mental health champion who has vowed to do all he can to raise awareness. Rabi Martins was given the honour at a council meeting on Tuesday, and replaces Cllr Jagtar Singh Dhindsa. The Liberal Democrat representative is responsible for Central ward in the town… Cllr Martins said: “I want to raise the profile of mental health and well-being within the town. I want to make Watford more inclusive for people who suffer from mental health issues… Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said: “I’m delighted that Cllr Rabi Martins has been appointed our Chairman for the next year. He’ll make a great ambassador for our town and I look forward to working with him.” 305 words.  For further details click here
For the Rabi Martins Goan Voice supplement,  click here

Vatican game seen in Indian archbishop's prayer campaign

24 May: UCAN. Archbishop Anil Couto, pictured here with Pope Francis at the Vatican in June 2013, has upset India's government. He has sparked a political controversy after Hindu groups accused him of undermining Indian interests and working with the Vatican to tarnish the government's image. The prelate launched a year-long prayer campaign May 13 saying India faces a "turbulent political future" that threatens the country's democracy. He asked Catholics in the capital to have special prayers and fast on all Fridays until national elections due in April next year. Hindu groups reacted angrily and said the archbishop's statement was politically motivated…  For further details click here
24 May: Times of India. Office of Goa archbishop backs Couto …  click here

Currency crunch hits foreign exchange market

24 May: Times of India. The foreign exchange market is currently facing a currency crunch, causing a lot inconvenience to residents planning international travel this season. Presently, the British pound and Canadian Dollar are in short supply in multiple currency exchange organisations across the city. People planning to visit the UK or Canada are bearing the brunt of the situation… The currency generation market relies heavily on UK and Canadian NRIs and April, May, and July are the off-season for the NRIs because of the hot weather which makes the availability shortage of the currency rather obvious…  For further details click here

India's first cruise service starts from Mumbai to Goa

24 May: Business Today. India's first ever passenger cruise ship service was launched in Mumbai on Wednesday evening. The cruise ship named Angria, which departed on trial from the Mumbai port's newly constructed domestic terminal, reached Goa on Thursday morning… the price for this premium sailing service starts at Rs 7,000, which in comparison to other modes of transportation, including air travel and train, is expensive. The company looks to target people willing to spend extra bucks for their luxurious cruise sailing. For a Volvo bus service between Mumbai to Goa, one has to pay around Rs 1,000-Rs 2,500, while if you travel by air, most airlines charge around Rs 3,500-Rs 7,000. Even the ticket price for most premium train service Tejas costs Rs 2,600 only… The ship can accommodate around 350 passengers.,,  For further details click here
Video: 24 May: HCN. Goa-Mumbai Cruise ship arrives in the State for trials. Service to start in September … 2m. 27s.  click here

India plans long-term visas to help double tourist inflows

23 May: Economic Times. The tourism ministry is proposing long-term visas as a measure to boost foreign tourist arrivals in the country. Tourism Minister KJ Alphons said that his ministry is mooting introduction of long-term visas, easing of travel restrictions in some regions, and more flights to popular tourist destinations as measures to help double foreign tourist arrivals in three years. “We already have multiple-entry visas. Now we want long-term visas like in the US and other countries, like 5- and 10-year visas, for which we will write to various ministries,” Alphons said. “Currently, the duration is 60 days. All these things add up to our target of doubling tourist inflow in three years.” …  For further details click here

Six leading causes of tourist deaths, and how to avoid trouble in paradise

24 May: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). Travelling the globe can be a dangerous business, or so it seems … here are some of the most common ways tourists kick the bucket while checking off their bucket lists… 2 Drugs. Goa is a magnet for backpackers in search of drugs. But actually dying from these nasty scenarios is rare, so let’s head to Goa, where 245 tourists have met their maker in the past 12 years. Backpackers have long gravitated to the laid-back Indian state, drawn in part by the easy availability of recreational drugs. Determined to protect the lucrative tourist industry, police classify most deaths as unsuspicious but pressure from families of the deceased has led to cases being reopened, revealing a murky world of premeditated murders, sexual assaults and travellers who got too involved in the local drug scene…  For further details click here

A Russian woman has been stuck in Goa for 18 months - if she tries to leave she will receive 15 years imprisonment

24 May: Gubernia Daily News (Russia). Elena Pletneva has violation the visa rules - she opened a business on paper without a work permit. Elena did not conduct any business - she was framed by a friend … In Moscow her 13-year-old daughter waits for her return … She says, “I am still under trial, without money, without relatives. It's terrible, it seems I'm going crazy” … After she arrived she met the Goan millionaire - Ajit Suray, the owner of a large hotel complex and a dear kind man … She planned to buy an apartment in Goa but since only foreigners with businesses can do so, she was advised to open a company … 1537 words + video 3m. 59s.  click here
For the Elena Pletneva You Tube channel,  click here

Coconut Cove, Aldona, Goa

June 2018: ELLE Decoration (Spain). Built entirely of coconut tree wood, the serene sanctuary of the architect Ini Chatterji, in Goa, is nothing less than a miracle of construction with zero waste…  For further details click here
June 2018: ELLE Decoration (Spain). This serene home blends in with the greenery that envelops it. From the walls to the furniture, Ini Chatterji uses coconut tree wood to make Coconut Cove a zero-waste architectural miracle… The house is built on a plot next to an ice factory. The design seems to emerge from the greenery that surrounds it, but although the materials are in its most natural do not come from the forest. The main structural element is the wood of coconut, a wood that comes from cultivated plants … the trees are burnt at the end of their productive life increasing the pollution. Ini Chatterji has used the wood of coconut … The coconut palm has long been special in Goa … The unique open plan house reduces the need for electricity (no air conditioning) …  click here
The article is featured in pages 163 to 175 of ELLE Decoration (Spain) June 2018 issue with many photographs and is not currently available online… click here.

UK Forthcoming Events

Sat. 2nd Jun. Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, SN1 1QN at 2.30 & 6.30pm. Samhen Production Presents Samuel Carvalho's new play “NHOIM MOGACHE PUN ROGTACHE” with starry casts and fresh faces alike with enjoyable evening of laughter & tears combined that you won’t regret booking for. Sound by Waterfront (Carlos) and Lights Greg Carvalho Wembley contacts Luiza 07949366303, S Caitan 07440384326, Martin 07438470500, Asis 07459458363, Felix Gonsalves 07800570081. Swindon contacts Monty 07417388762, Alvaro 07440720334, Bala Peter 07438779468, Vital 07459237802, Olavo 07448334041, Augustin 07405696091/Southall contacts Liston 07424765111, Inacio Sequeira 07542039323, Sebastian Pinheiro 07401870858, Peter De Souza 07448331204, Geldo 07448177490. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 10 Jun: 1.30 pm. Goan Folklore Productions presents a Bardroy Barretto film "NACHOM-IA KUMPASAR". With English subtitles. A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa, The much talked about Multiple Award winning Goan movie, will be screened in UK, Safari Cinema, 2 Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2TU, on Sunday, 10th June, 2018 at 1.30pm. ONE SHOW ONLY so book your tickets without delay. For tickets, £10 each, HOUNSLOW - Freddy~07438 284636, # WEMBLEY - Seby~07405107613, HAYES - Fredy~07929 369188, # SOUTHALL-Theodor~07811 113119 HARROW - Gregg~07931 753653. For a trailer of the film, 6m. 19s. click here.
For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 17 Jun: Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate their 38th Anniversary of the Feast of St Anthony of Padua to be held at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Mass at 12 noon prompt, followed by dancing to the fabulous music of 'MAZ & CO'. Tickets: Members £14, Guests £15 include snacks and a Goan meal. Children under 12 years free admission. Licensed Bar available. Dress - Formal (strictly no jeans or trainers). No table reservations allowed. The Managing Committee reserve the right of admission. For tickets please contact: Tony Fernandes 020 85403566, Eugene Fernandes 020 86654773, Loretta Fernandes 020 83309307 or Wendy Fernandes 020 87680545. For the flyer, click here

Sun 24 Jun. Benaulim Association UK invites you to celebrate the feast of their Patron St John the Baptist at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12.30pm, followed by dancing to the sounds of 'SHADES'. Tickets which include delicious snacks and a meal costs £12 for members and £14 for guests. Children 6 TO 15 years £7 and FREE for 5 and under. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. For further details and tickets please call Jack on 0208 903 9017, Mary 0208 803 9752, Filu 020 7625 4728 Josephine 0208 352 8355/07957148406. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 1 July. Aldona Association (London) would like to invite you to celebrate our 42nd Feast of Saint Thomas at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Holy Mass starting promptly at 12pm, followed by Social with ‘Live’ Music from the UK’s No.1 Goan Band ‘Shades’ plus our very own DJ Richiee. Tickets (include Snacks & Meal): Members £13, Guests £15, Children (6-11 years) £6, Children (Under 5) Free. Book early to avoid disappointment – Tickets will not be sold at the door. For tickets and further details, please email: or call Gary Coutinho: 07958 435147 or Michelle DeSouza: 07713 449906; For the flyer, click here.

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Goan man pleads not guilty to sexual offences in UK

23 May: Times of India. A Goan man accused of trying to meet two 12-year-old girls who he had ‘sexually groomed’ has pleaded not guilty to the offence. Francisco Pereira, 30, who lives in Southall and works as a warehouse operative at Heathrow, made his first appearance at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. He was accompanied by his uncle and another Indian man and woman. The latter, the court was told, was a “family friend” who would translate for him as he “spoke Portuguese”. Pereira, who hails from Panaji, told the court his nationality was Portuguese, and confirmed his address and date of birth… Deputy district judge Shlomo Kreiman said the matter was “too serious to be dealt with” at magistrates’ court, and sent it to crown court for a jury trial. Pereira was given unconditional bail and will reappear at Islewoth Crown Court on June 19…  For further details click here
For the video recording of his 2017 confrontation with the vigilante group,  click here

Holy Cross Found Desecrated in South Goa, Case Registered

23 May: The Wire. A holy cross was found desecrated near a chapel in Raia village in South Goa, police said today. The Christian religious symbol was found crushed to pieces last night and a case was registered against an unidentified person in this connection today, police said. “The complaint about the desecration was lodged by the chapel committee of Raia, after it found that the cross next to St Cajetan Chapel was crushed to pieces,” a senior police officer attached to Maina-Curtorim police station stated… Goa had witnessed a number of desecrations of holy crosses in July last year, following which 50-year-old Francis Pereira was arrested …  For further details click here
23 May: The Hindu. Goa police rule out foul play in desecration of cross…  click here
Video: 23 May: Prudent Media. click here.

Second Indian state reports suspected cases of rare Nipah virus, fanning fears of spread

23 May: CBC (Canada). Indian health officials were checking on Wednesday if a rare, brain-damaging virus had spread to a second state after two suspected cases reported in southern Karnataka, as the death toll in adjacent Kerala, where the outbreak began, rose to 11… There is no vaccine for the Nipah virus, carried by fruit bats and spread through contact with bodily fluids, the World Health Organization (WHO) says…  For further details click here
Video: 23 May: HCN. Goa taking measures to prevent Nipah virus. Nothing to worry says Vishwajit Rane …  click here
Video: 23 May: WION. Nipah virus: Goa & Maharashtra put on high alert … click here.

Sex racket busted at Siolim; 2 Russian pimps held, 3 Russian girls rescued

24 May: Herald. Anjuna police on Tuesday busted a sex racket at Siolim by arresting two Russian nationals and rescuing three foreign tourists. According to PI C L Patil, they received information from reliable sources that two persons are supplying girls for prostitution purpose… During the raid, police arrested two Russian nationals namely Visiliy Karavar (34) and Aonstanpin Morozli (36) and rescued three girls… The girls have been sent to Apna Ghar…  For further details click here
27 Aug. 2013: Times of India. Russian mafia running flesh trade in Goa …  click here

Desperate to escape the rain and cold? Then why not give it a Goa!

23 May: Daily Mail (UK). … We have finally arrived in Goa. The hairdryer heat blasts us. Mr Cruz from the Vivenda Dos Palhacos, a boutique hotel on Majorda beach, is waiting. He threads us through a swarm of tuk-tuks, buses, scooters and children going to school, all the while honking on his horn and answering his mobile… Majorda beach is a 20-minute walk away. A glorious 18-mile stretch of white sand and green surf dotted with a succession of Mad Max beach shacks flying pennants, hawking fish curries, mango lassis, Kingfisher beer… the Taj Exotica has a golf course, a cricket pitch, tennis and a fish restaurant – and we had a sumptuous modern suite. … for me, it’s the start of a mid-life love affair with a sub-continent that I glimpsed but barely met…  For further details click here

First Indian garden at Chelsea Flower Show wins silver gilt medal

23 May: Times of India. The first Indian garden to be shown at Chelsea Flower Show has been awarded a silver gilt medal, the second highest award. Eberle planted her garden with multi-coloured flowers to reflect “the vibrancy of India" … the British Council which commissioned the garden as a legacy project … Other gardens on display at this year’s show include a garden reflecting the journey of a person living with HIV, one that highlights the impact of plastic on the oceans, one inspired by a refugee camp in Iraq, and a garden made up of the natural ingredients used in a bottle of gin…  For further details click here
For more photographs of the Indian Garden,  click here

That's how the hippies live today

22 May: BILD (Germany). What do the old hippies do about Rainer Langhans (77)? Igniting incense sticks in Goa, Tantra, exploring Indian love art? What else? BILD met Langhans' hippie companion Gisela Getty (69) in Munich. Read with BILDplus how the '68 revolvers live today… 312 words.  For further details click here
Gisela Getty and Rainer Langhans became famous as the founders of the '68 sexual revolution movement in Germany … she married to John Paul Getty III in 1974 and the couple separated in 1980 … She and her twin sister Jutta Winkelmann founded in 1976 with Rainer Langhans, the photographer Anna Werner and the fashion model Brigitte Streubel in Munich the "Harem ", a predominantly spiritually aligned community of five women to serve Rainer Langhans …  click here


NATURE: Ramblings. BBC Radio 4 Longwave. Sat. 26th May. 06:07 to 06:30. 2: Reigate, Surrey. Clare Balding talks and walks with guests in the countryside. Clare is walking in Surrey with former detainees of the Gatwick Immigration Removal Centres. series 39.

MOTORING: Top Gear. Dave (Freeview 12). Mon. 28th May. 16:00 to 18:00. India Special. Patriotic petrolheads Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May head on a trade mission to India, equipped with three old British cars and a range of uniquely British products.

CHILDRENS: Horrible Histories. CBBC (Freeview 201). Mon. 28th May. 19:00 to 19:30. Wily Winston Churchill Special. This episode follows Winston Churchill from a young soldier in India during the time of Queen Victoria, through the First World War, to victory in World War II and finally to his retirement in the Swinging Sixties. Meanwhile, across the world learn about Gandhi's more eccentric side.

DOCUMENTARY: Behind the Scenes. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Tues. 29th May. 11:30 to 12:00. Akram Khan. Arts series. As leading dancer-choreographer Akram Khan prepares for his final full-length solo show, Xenos, about Indian soldiers in World War I, Beaty Rubens follows the creative process.

MOTORING: Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up. Quest Plus 1 (Freeview 92). Tues. 29th May. 16:00 to 17:00. India. Mike Brewer is on a worldwide mission, to turn a cheap runabout into a supercar, in as few trades as possible. First he heads to India, but can he get the best deals in town? Series 1, Episode 1.

DOCUMENTARY: Indian Hill Railways. BBC 4. Wed. 30th May. 23:00 to 00:00. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. Episode 1 of 3.Three-part series looking at the little trains that have climbed through the Indian clouds for a hundred years, from the Himalayas in the north to the Nilgiris in the south. The Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a line so close to the people that it flows like a river through their lives. But the relationship between the train and the people is changing as a new generation of Gurkhas populates these hills, demanding an independent state and fighting for a new identity.

DRAMA: Drama. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Fri. 1st June. 14:15 to 15:00. County Lines. New play by actress and playwright Amelia Bullmore. A middle-aged white woman sits across the table from a young black woman on a train. Neither of them is quite what they seem. With Brid Brennan, Tamara Lawrance, Sean Murray. Director: Mary Peate


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UK Event: Bardroy Barretto film “NACHOM-IA KUMPASAR”

Sun. 10 Jun: 1.30 pm. Goan Folklore Productions presents a Bardroy Barretto film "NACHOM-IA KUMPASAR". With English subtitles. A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa, The much talked about Multiple Award winning Goan movie, will be screened in UK, Safari Cinema, 2 Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2TU, on Sunday, 10th June, 2018 at 1.30pm. ONE SHOW ONLY so book your tickets without delay. For tickets, £10 each, HOUNSLOW - Freddy~07438 284636, # WEMBLEY - Seby~07405107613, HAYES - Fredy~07929 369188, # SOUTHALL-Theodor~07811 113119 HARROW - Gregg~07931 753653. For a trailer of the film, 6m. 19s. click here.

For the flyer,  click here

Indian archbishop urges Catholics to pray for democracy

22 May: National Post (Canada). The archbishop of New Delhi has waded into Indian politics, urging Catholics to pray for democracy and marginalized people ahead of national elections next year, bringing a quick rebuke from the ruling party. India is “witnessing a turbulent political atmosphere which poses a threat to the democratic principles enshrined in our constitution and the secular fabric of our nation,” Archbishop Anil Couto wrote in his May 8 letter, which was sent to all the city’s churches. He included a prayer to be read during Masses that asked “May the ethos of true democracy envelope our elections with dignity.” … Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Tuesday that he had not seen the letter, but that “India is one of those countries where minorities are safe,” NDTV television reported…  For further details click here
Video: 22 May: NDTV. "Turbulent Atmosphere": Delhi Archbishop's Letter Stirs A Controversy …  click here
Editorial: 23 May: Herald. Why so much animosity? … click here.

Morel D'Souza: Service for life of town's first ethnic Mayor

22 May: Kent Online. Around 260 people attended a service of thanksgiving for the life of Morel D'Souza at St Francis RC Church in Week Street, Maidstone, this morning. Mr D'Souza died in Maidstone Hospital on Tuesday, April 24. He was 72. He had served as a Labour borough councillor from 1996 to 2008, first for Bridge Ward and then for Fant. Born in Kenya of Goan heritage, and married to Karin, a Finn, he was the founder of the Maidstone Mela which sought to bring the town's diverse ethnics groups together to share our common values. He became Maidstone’s first ethnic minority Mayor in 2003… Former council leader Fran Wilson recently described Mr D'Souza as "a truly kind man, who never said an ill word against anyone."  For further details click here
22 May: Kent Online. Funeral of an "inspiration" …  click here
For the Goan Voice Morel D’Souza supplement, click here.

Death toll from bat-borne Nipah virus in India jumps to 10

22 May: Daily Telegraph (UK). The death toll from an outbreak of the rare Nipah virus in southern India has risen to at least 10, officials said Tuesday, with another 90 people quarantined to try to stem the spread of the disease. Authorities in Kerala state have ordered emergency measures to control the virus, which is spread by fruit bats… The WHO has named Nipah as one of the eight priority diseases that could cause a global epidemic, alongside Ebola and Zika… Authorities from Goa and Tamil Nadu states, neighbouring Kerala, said they were monitoring the spread of the outbreak…  For further details click here
22 May: Outlook. Nipah virus: No need to panic in Goa, says govt … The Goa government today said there was nothing to worry about in the state, but measures were still being taken to prevent its possible spread…  click here
23 May: Herald. Health Minister to chair meet today on Nipah virus … click here.

NRI exposes ‘looting’ of passengers by new tourist taxi counter at airport

23 May: Herald. In a high voltage drama outside Dabolim International Airport on Tuesday morning, an NRI exposed the alleged looting of passengers by the recently opened tourist taxi counter (Maxicab) for using its service. According to information, an NRI namely Saturnino Rodrigues, who frequently travels to Goa, arrived at Dabolim international airport at around 4 am on Tuesday. As he exited he was offered a cheap taxi service (Maxicab) from the airport to his destination in Colva. But when he booked the service, he was shocked to receive a receipt of Rs 1,870 for travelling a distance of approximately 12 to 16 kms… Finally, I later booked a black and yellow taxi for Rs 790 for the same distance,” he claimed…  For further details click here

Greens in Goa fight plunder by moneybags

22 May: Asian Age. In the past 40 years, environmentalist Claude Alvares (photo) has seen Goa gradually slip into decay in the name of economic development and job creation. The uncontrolled influx of land sharks and their greedy political mentors have undone the Goans’ famous way of maintaining a balance between ecology and economy that has been practised for over 500 years. Pained by the changing skyline of Goa and the shrinking green cover, Mr Alvares tells this newspaper how he is trying to raise a voice to sensitise the locals and bind them into a pressure group to save the idea called Goa… 969 words.  For further details click here

Editorial: Provide A Wide Range Of Recreations For Tourists

22 May: Navhind Times. While the number of Russian tourists has increased manifold, that of British visitors, who used to dominate the number of foreign tourists in Goa, has come down considerably, falling below a lakh for the first time in over a decade… word-of-mouth publicity has played a role in Goa becoming a popular economical tourist destination… Goa needs to woo more British and German tourists. They must find out the reasons for the drop in their arrivals. Are British tourists ‘avoiding’ Goa because in the past there have been cases of deaths of visitors from that country, cases which have not been taken to a satisfactory conclusion by the police? Even though Goa is a peaceful destination the Britons cannot be faulted for seeing it as an unsafe place. Or have the British and the Germans found another destination which offers far greater value in recreation than Goa? …  For further details click here

Ireland: Newlywed reveals how she had the honeymoon from hell when her plane crashed on take off

22 May: tv3 (Ireland). A newlywed couple recalled the terrifying moment when their honeymoon in paradise became a “scene from hell,” as their plane bound for marital bliss crashed on take-off. Louise and Charly Wargnier had tied the knot at a stunning countryside property just days before boarding the Jet Airways flight at Goa Airport … But Louise, 43, who claims she has post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as a result of her ordeal, says the plane seemed to spin round 360 degrees before juddering as it veered off the runway, with the engine catching fire, saying: “It was like something out of a really terrifying film.” … She recalled: “We left the UK on December 17 and had four glorious days in Goa before the wedding. When we said, ‘I do,’ it was in a gorgeous Portuguese-style house, with a beautiful garden… the family took a flight back to London via Germany, with a different airline… “It’s been nearly 18 months since the accident and Louise deserves answers. So far, she has received no explanation whatsoever from Jet Airways.” …  For further details click here


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In a first, government plans unique database of Goan NRIs

22 May: The Goan. The State government hopes to unite Goans across the world, at least, in the form of a unique database. The State government’s NRI commission will embark on an ambitious database to compile details of Goan NRIs located all over the world, with an aim to render assistance to them in times of crisis and emergency … “This database will be first of its kind,” Anthony D’Souza, Director for NRI Affairs said. At present, the State government and the NRI commission has little information regarding the number of Goan NRIs settled abroad and has had to work with rough and sketchy estimates about these Goan NRIs from various Goan associations located abroad … It is estimated that there are about 500,000 Goan NRIs residing across the world, especially in the UK, Portugal, other EU countries, Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand, the Gulf and parts of Africa… “A small amount will be charged as fee while gathering information and every Goan NRI will have a special identity number. However, this is purely a voluntarily exercise,” said D’Souza.  click here
22 May: Navhind Times. Database on overseas Goans to be prepared …  click here

FemNet Apr/May 2018, Issue 66: Highlights

We are pleased to bring you this new issue of Femnet just a little bit after we celebrated International Women's Day. In this issue, Veronica Paul shares her inspiring life story in a candid interview. Dr Elaine Charles celebrates the strength and resilience of women and Prof Jaya Dantas highlights the challenges faced by refugee women. Poets have long seized on Spring to symbolize rebirth and reawakening and Marinella Proenca's poem captures the energy of a world infused once again with colour, warmth and light. For centuries, Persia, or Iran as it is now called, has entranced, mystified and beguiled the world. Betty Pires writes about her recent travels through Iran and Kornelia Santoro is reminded of a delicious Iranian omelette she tasted whilst hiking in the Parvati Valley. And, as always, the delightful Betsy Pinto-Nunes has "issues" which she has no hesitation in talking about!
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Deadly Nipah virus claims victims in India

21 May: BBC. Health officials in the south Indian state of Kerala say nine people have died in confirmed and suspected cases of the deadly Nipah virus… Twenty-five others have been hospitalised … Nipah is an infection which can be transmitted to humans from animals. There is no vaccination for the virus which has a mortality rate of 70%... Fruit bats (photo) are considered to be the natural host of the virus…  For further details click here
22 May: Herald. No Nipah virus advisory issued in Goa. Even as Kerala is on alert in the wake of deaths due to Nipah virus (NiV), Goa is yet to issue an advisory…  click here
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Pope elevates Goan-origin bishop as Cardinal

21 May: The Goan. Pope Francis has announced that he would create Goan origin Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi as Cardinal. Speaking to pilgrims and visitors gathered in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, the Pope announced he would create 14 new cardinals at a Consistory on June 29 … Archbishop Joseph Coutts (72), who traces his roots to Aldona, will be the fifth cardinal of Goan origin, after Cardinal Valerian Gracias (Dramapur), Cardinal Joseph Cordeiro (Salvador do Mundo), Cardinal Ivan Dias (Velsao) and Cardinal Oswald Gracias (Orlim). Born on July 21, 1945, Archbishop Coutts was ordained priest in Pakistan on January 9, 1971 …  For further details click here
Video: Interview with Bishop Joseph Coutts, President of Caritas Pakistan …  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Archbishop Joseph Coutts, click here.

The art and ‘craft’ of buying foreign passports

19 May: Economic Times. Fleeing India has never been so easy. Specialised firms, with offices in Dubai and other financial centres, are in regular touch with many Indian wealth managers, tax practitioners, and lawyers — fishing for rich clients who are ready to surrender their Indian passports and take citizenship of countries like Dominica, St Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, St Kitts, Malta, or Cyprus… Leading firms process and facilitate the programmes that offer citizenship between 3 to 4 months for investment ranging between $50,000 and $2.4 million … 1163 words.  For further details click here

All-women Indian Navy crew returns to Goa after historic circumnavigation

21 May Times of India. An all-woman crew commanding the INSV Tarini on Monday returned to Goa after successfully circumnavigating the globe in a 55-foot sailboat in more than eight months, the first-ever Indian expedition steered by women sailors. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba welcomed the crew at INS Mandovi boat pool in Panaji… The crew covered 21,600 nautical miles in the Indian-built sailing vessel INSV Tarini that visited five countries and crossed the Equator twice. It sailed across four continents and three oceans, and passed south of the three Great Capes - Leeuwin, Horn and Good Hope …  For further details click here
Video: 21 May. Goa 365 TV. INSV Tarini Globe circumnavigating heroes land back in Goa after 194 days … 3m. 11s.  click here

‘Official’ tour of Goa Tourism officials to US raises eyebrows

21 May: Herald. The recent ‘official’ tour of Goa Tourism officials to United States of America (USA) has been caught in a controversy with the Opposition suspecting irregularity like many other international trips. The Congress party has sought clarity from the government about the tour and recovery of expenditure from every member of the delegation… The party has raised strong doubts that the delegation led by Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar also comprises of junior officials, two officials from ESI and Excise; and family members of some others; all of whom are not concerned with the official tour…  For further details click here

Last stand for Strand club where India’s past has stood still

20 May: The Observer (UK). To enter the India Club on the Strand in London is to encounter an authentic version of post-colonial India. Everything is much as it was when the club – whose founding members included Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, and Countess Mountbatten, wife of the last viceroy – moved to the premises a few years after independence in 1947… But this piece of living history is under threat. The freeholders, Marston Properties, plan to refurbish the six-storey building, part of the Strand Continental Hotel, to create modern tourist accommodation. The owners, Yadgar Marker and his daughter Phiroza, had hoped that Historic England would protect the building with listed status, but this month the decision went against them… So far 22,000 people have signed a petition supporting the India Club …  For further details click here
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Two British nationals held for creating ruckus at Goa Medical College

20 May: Times of India. Goa police on Friday arrested two British nationals for allegedly creating a ruckus at Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital over the issuance of death certificates. They arrested Sultan Autvan, 31, and Anil Sandhu, 28, both residents of London. They were subsequently produced before a magistrate and secured bail. Police said that one of the accused’s father expired at GMC’s intensive care unit (ICU) on Friday, and that the family decided to conduct his last rites on Saturday. When the family demanded the death certificate of the deceased person, GMC staff said that it would take 15 days as per procedure. When the GMC refused the instant issuance of the death certificate, Autvan and Sandhu started using foul language. GMC staff tried to explain the procedure, but it was all in vain. The two accused began screaming and shouting at GMC staff, and this scene went on for at least an hour …  For further details click here
Video: 19 May: Prudent Media Goa. Sultan Autban and Anil Sandhu had arguments with CMO over death certificate …  click here

London diaries for Tejal Shah

20 May: Mid Day. Goa-based artist Tejal Shah will be exhibiting her works in London next month, at Mimosa House, in the heart of Mayfair. She will be showing a selection of her new works on paper alongside her five-channel video installation, Between The Waves, that the artist created back in 2012. Titled As It Is, this new show is anchored on queer, Buddhist and feminist thought. In fact, the name itself, says the artist, is inspired from a collection of teachings by renowned Buddhist scholar Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. "The title of the show sounds matter-of-fact, but there's more to it. In Buddhist non-dualist parlance, reality is often referred to as, 'as it is'," she says. As part of the tour, Shah has also invited two Danish artists for a 10-day art residency. Shah says, "We want to explore the narratives of queer and post-queer resistance and human and more-than-human relationships. What happens when we look at questions relating to climate and ecological transition through the figure of the [queer] drag?" …  click here
For the Tejal Shah website,  click here

Full Monty in Montreal

20 May. Pune Mirror. By R Raj Rao. Montreal is one of the world’s naughtiest cities. It is a city of striptease bars and bathhouses and nude beaches… Do we have nude beaches in India? Well, Goa is the obvious place for Indian nude beaches. But the few nude beaches that exist in Goa are difficult to reach… One such beach is at Ozran. The terrain surrounding the beach is inhospitable. Besides, it is only white foreigners that inhabit Goa’s nude beaches. They are suspicious of Indians and do not encourage them to get anywhere close, for they are afraid of being ogled at… There is a sign at Ozran beach that warns people that they may encounter nude bathers if they trespass beyond that point…  For further details click here

Stay kool with kokum

20 May: The Goan. Kokum, known by various names in different regions, such as lookiya, thekera, ratamba, panarpuli, bhiranda, bindin, Malabar tamarind and aamsul; plays a significant role as a key ingredient in many interesting dishes and drinks. One of the most popular preparations is that of Solkadi, a Goan speciality in which coconut milk and kokum are used. It can be had as a drink after meals to aid digestion or along with rice and vegetables. Here are some interesting preparations by chefs using kokum as the key ingredient: Kokum Kulfi … Bhindi Amsol … Solkadi … Kokum Chicken Tikka ...  For further details click here
17 May: Scroll. Wonder fruit kokum is finding new fans, thanks to some restaurants and skincare companies …  click here
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Tigress captured on camera trap in Mhadei sanctuary

20 May: Times of India. In Nagargao village panchayat, a tigress was recently captured on camera inside the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary. This proves once again, that Mhadei could be a favoured habitat for the big cats… Last year, camera traps captured images of five individual tigers. This year, after the tiger census, there was hope of securing photographic evidence of these five tigers. However, camera traps that were installed by forest officials were stolen for a second time, and it was not possible to get further evidence…  For further details click here

The silent, praying sisterhood

20 May: Times of India. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Vasco’s Chicalim is a powerful hub generating the much-needed positive energy. The hub is a convent housing the Cloistered Carmel, an order of Roman Catholic nuns, who have chosen to live in voluntary seclusion, spending most of their days in contemplative meditation and prayers. Their existence is the very antithesis of the hustle and bustle associated with everyday life as they reside mostly in silence, frequently praying… The nuns are not permitted to communicate with one another except through sign language or written notes …  For further details click here

Waste Corporation hires private agency to map garbage

20 May: Times of India. While the unruly littering and dumping of waste continues to be a festering problem, the Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) has hired a private agency to conduct a state-wide study on garbage. The findings of the study will be used to frame a comprehensive policy for the scientific management of waste. The setting up of a waste treatment plant was expected to make a difference to Goa’s existing garbage woes. However, the state continues to be haunted by ugly sights of piles of litter, waste being set on fire and plastic bags on roadsides and floating in water bodies…  For further details click here
20 May: Herald. Students show the way in garbage management … Dry, segregated garbage amounting to 17 tonnes collected from schools every month …  click here

Chef Lloyd Braganza and family give a tour of their Goa-inspired menu for Mumbai

20 May: Mid Day (Mumbai). Eat with your hands, please," Lloyd Braganza who runs one of Goa's most popular restaurants, tells us, rolling up the sleeves of his floral shirt, revealing a koi fish tattoo. We are at Copper Leaf, one of the best fish thali destinations at Porvorim, and for company we have chef and restauranteur Braganza, his wife Nerissa and their seven-year-old son Naethan… Six years after enticing Goans with delicious meals at his eatery, House of Lloyd, the family is set to open shop in Mumbai and ahead of its launch, the Braganzas are happy to give us a tour of their Goa-inspired menu… Fish Market: at Malim jetty … Poie at a nameless bakery… Rassa Omelette at an unnamed snack stall … House of Lloyd …  For further details click here


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Goa dissolves committee issuing No-objection Certificates for property purchase by OCIs

19 May: Business Standard. The Goa government has dissolved a committee set up to issue No-objection certificates to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) intending to buy property in the state under Foreign Exchange Management Authority (FEMA) provisions. The state Law and Judiciary department took the decision to withdraw the circular after the Aam Admi Party (AAP) submitted a memorandum, against the committee, to minister Francis DSouza… the committee had hardly met and had left behind several hundred files pertaining to NOCs… The order, however, stated that civil registrars cum sub registrars would scrutinise documents for the purpose from now onwards…  click here

Upbeat Cong calls for BJP to quit in Goa

20 May: Herald. An upbeat Congress party, following the resignation of BS Yeddyurappa in Karnataka, said BJP has got a taste of its own political fruit, the tree of which was planted by them in Goa, and that if BJP in Goa has any shame, it would quit. Congress State president Girish Chodankar said that it is the victory of India, victory of the Constitution and victory of democracy. “Truth has prevailed against those who were out to destroy our institution,” Chodankar said…  For further details click here
20 May: The Goan. AAP hails move to withdraw FEMA NOC …  click here

Tourism waste poses challenges to treatment plant

19 May: Herald. Goa’s state-of-the-art waste treatment plant located at Saligao is facing a challenge from unconventional garbage that is generated through tourism activities. Broken beach deck beds, worn out furniture, wood, mattresses, pillows, sofas, suitcases, all of which come from hotels, coupled with tender coconuts, pose a challenge to Hindustan Waste Treatment Private Limited (HWTPL), which is currently operating the waste treatment plant. This is tourism related bulk garbage,” Goa Waste Management Corporation’s (GWMC) Managing Director Sanjith Rodrigues said. “We don’t mind collecting bulk waste but it has to be put up properly at one place,” he added. This waste, collected as part of beach cleanliness, travels to the plant at Saligao. “You can’t treat this garbage so it is shredded and sent for incineration,” he said. The tourism industry should properly galvanise itself more sincerely towards the waste collection, he added.  For further details click here

Delhi Archdiocese launches prayer and fast campaign for India’

19 May: Vatican News. The Catholic archdiocese of the Indian capital has launched a year-long campaign of prayer and fasting in view of next year general elections, saying India faces a turbulent political future that threatens the country's democracy. In a pastoral letter read out in all the parishes of Delhi Archdiocese on Sunday, May 13, Archbishop Anil Couto called on Catholics to start a campaign of prayer and fasting on Friday ahead of elections in April or May 2019. "As we look forward towards 2019 when we will have a new government, let us begin a prayer campaign for our country" from May 13, on the anniversary of the Apparition of the Blessed Mother at Fatima in Portugal, the pastoral letter said…  For further details click here

Vivek Menezes: Letter from Mussoorie, with lessons for Goa

19 May: Times of India. What has happened to the Mussoorie of the colonial era, when the ‘Queen of the Hills’ glittered with British Raj celebrities, attended by maharajahs and nawabs? In the last 25 years, much of what was memorable and unique has been lost under the double-edged onslaught of tourism and willy-nilly real estate expansion. The fallout of these kinds of numbers of budget Indian tourists is exactly what you would expect. There is an explosion of garbage, which is not only scattered in piles alongside every road, but also dumped in cascades straight down the hillsides. Foods native to Garhwal—even the Anglo-Indian variant that flourished here for generations—have become almost impossible to find, while chow mein and Punjabi fast food predominate…  For further details click here

Verma D'Mello stuns audiences at Festival de Cannes with her collection

19 May: Net India. Internationally acclaimed Goan fashion designer Verma D'Mello once again stunned audiences at the prestigious Festival de Cannes in Paris with her collection titled 'Lift the lid off child sex trade' to send a strong message about young women in India and around the globe forced into prostitution. According to a statement here on Saturday, unveiling her collection at the Cannes Fashion and Film for the third straight third time in a row, the Goan designer highlighted the plight of young women who were held hostage and forced into commercial sexual activities. To make a symbolic point, Free a Girl Ambassador model Mallika Sherawat posed inside a caged dress, depicting the illicit brothels that enslave young girls against their will…  For further details click here

A Mumbai Restaurant Celebrating the Flavors of Goa

19 May: New York Times. Despite the legacy of four centuries of Portuguese rule colliding deliciously with Indian flavors and ingredients, restaurants featuring the cuisine of the state of Goa have been scarce in the city. So the team behind Mumbai’s cult favorite Bombay Canteen ( including the celebrated New York City-based chef Floyd Cardoz) planned an ode to Goa. Unveiled last October as “O Pedro”, the group went with a fusion approach, incorporating Portuguese fare as well. “It does feel like Goa, but not really,” Mr. Cardoz said. “And that was a goal that we had. We want the food to be authentic and also be playful.” … 596 words.  click here
20 May: New Indian Express. A return to Portuguese Goa. With a unique, highly-researched menu of Goan cuisine, peppered with Portuguese influences, Mumbai’s O Pedro is a definite must-visit for those who love to taste the treasures of indigenous culinary …  click here
For the O Pedro website and menu, click here.

Tributes paid to naval veteran whose football skills saved his life during the Second World War

18 May: Northern Echo (UK). Tributes have been paid to a naval veteran whose football skills saved his life during the Second World War. Henry Cockerill of Peterlee, County Durham died two weeks short of his 101st birthday… It was during a voyage from South Africa to India, that his ship stopped over in Goa for a football match… He had said, “I was told to get back on the ship as it was leaving, but an officer ordered me and two other players to stay to take part in a football tournament. We later heard the ship had been captured by the Japanese. So football saved my life.” … Mr Cockerill’s funeral service will be held at St Cuthbert’s Church in Manor Way, Peterlee, at 11am on Wednesday, May 30 …  For further details click here

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