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Death: Mrs Remesia Carvalho. Ex Nairobi

13 October 2020. London UK. REMESIA CARVALHO, Ex Nairobi. Beloved wife of late Antonio Carvalho and mother of Leo, Late Luisa/Cajie and Mathew/Wendy; grandchildren: Terrance/Agnes, Lorraine, Timothy, Callum and great-grandson Loui. Dearly missed by her brothers and sisters Thomas/Philo, Helen/Peter, Sabrina/Angelo, Fatima/Anthony, Francis/Jenny, nephews and nieces.
Funeral service is on Thursday 29 October 2020, 10:00am at St. Vincent De Paul RC Church - live streaming link: Followed by committal at 11.20am at South West Middlesex Crematorium - live streaming link: Username - Pupi5900 Password - 729617 Family and friends worldwide are invited to join in the services via live streaming. Donations in Remesia's memory kindly made to the British Heart Foundation at: The family sincerely thank you for all your thoughts and prayers. Condolences to Mathew

News Summary

Goa: COVID Headlines

24 Oct: Navhind Times. The state on Friday reported 227 fresh cases of the COVID-19 pandemic, With this surge in cases the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa currently stands at 41,813 … There were 4 fatalities in the last 24 hours …  For further details click here
23 Oct: New Indian Express. Plasma therapy and remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment will continue in Goa due to good results: Vishwajit Rane. The move of administering plasma and giving medicines like remdesivir and steroids is leading to good recoveries among the COVID-19 patients at the state-run facilities, he said  click here
23 Oct: Deccan Herald. Goa night clubs not following social distancing is a shame: Health Minister The Health Minister, however, also made a plea for responsible tourism in wake of the pandemic … click here.

Goans across the world gear up to celebrate 20th World Goa Day, to reconnect virtually

23 Oct: Times of India. Goan communities across the globe will reconnect at a virtual celebration on October 24, to mark the 20th anniversary of World Goa Day. The ‘Dawn to Dusk’ virtual will be broadcast on Facebook and YouTube on Saturday… There will be contributions of more than 350 participants … With almost 28 hours of content “we may be pushed to continue the program over the next weekend” … The virtual party will feature Konkani rap, stories of Goans who migrated, Konkani proverbs, cooking shows, festivals of different communities in Goa, songs beside traditional dance and tiatr. Appeals to protect Goa from environmental degradation also feature in the program… the World Goa Day celebration will connect Goans said Bella Fernandes, who was present for the very first World Goa Day celebrations two decades ago. It was Rene Barreto, 85, who reached out to Goan community associations worldwide by organising the day with a handful of passionate Goans on August 20, 2000.  For further details click here
The event begins at 08:30 (UK) – 07:30 (GMT) and can be viewed on the Global Goan Alliance & Network Facebook Page,  click here
and their YouTube Channel click here.

Toronto: Peel restaurant owners hit fiscal ‘breaking point’ amid COVID restrictions

23 Oct: Toronto Star. For sale: Mississauga restaurant and 150-seat event space. Urgent buyer needed. Desmond D’Cunha and his wife, Irine (photo), found the perfect recipe for success during a decade in business. The duo served up their specialty dishes – Mangalorean fish curry, homemade pork sausage, golden pomfret fry seasoned in a Goan recheado masala spice … But the COVID-19 infection rates in Peel has forced the husband-and-wife owners of Mango Mirchi to close their doors for good. “Enough is enough. We cannot pay from our pockets anymore, so I’m just hoping to sell as soon as possible. Having said that, do I want to give this up? No, this is my passion,” D’Cunha said. The Mango Mirchi lounge is located near Britannia and Dixie Roads … The couple laid off their staff one final time and took out a personal line of credit to pay the rent until they find a new owner for the 4,000-square-foot space… 1560 words.  For further details click here
For the Mango Mirchi website,  click here

Air India raises its London game like never before this winter

23 Oct: Money Control. One may not associate the aggressiveness with the state carrier, but Air India has surely taken the lead when it comes to operating on one of the busiest international routes this winter. The airline will fly to London from eight Indian cities including Kochi and Goa… Now the national airline wants to dominate the London route … now the airline is looking to serve tourists (Goa and Kochi) by introducing new routes … The bet on Goa could turn out to be the real winner. The tourist destination is especially popular with the British, who flock to Goa's sunny beaches as winter sets in across the UK. "Goa is buzzing at the moment with tourists coming back. While at present most of them are domestic, international arrivals are expected to get better," says Ajay Prakash of the Mumbai-based Nomad Travels. It also matters that Thomas Cook, which used to operate charters during the season between London and Goa, has folded …  For further details click here

Pope Francis may support same-sex unions, but the Indian church still has some way to go

23 Oct: Mint. For most of his teenage, Savio Mascarenhas who lives in Mumbai and runs the LGBT rights group ‘Color+’ believed that when he dies, he’ll end up in hell. The reason: he identified as a homosexual. And the Catholic Church, of which he is a follower, considered sexual activity between same-sex couples a sin. But Pope Francis’s support for civil union laws for same-sex couples, helped assuage the guilt … Fr. Stephen Fernandes, secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, said though homosexuality was no longer a crime under the Indian Penal Code, it was still a moral one…  For further details click here
23 Oct: News 18. What Pope Francis Said About Gay Marriages and How Indian Church Views it …  click here

Meals Currently Open For Delivery in Goa

23 Oct: Verve. By Joanna Lobo. A positive outcome of the lockdown in Goa has been the rise of a new kind of small business: home chefs. In the months since April, people across the state have opened up their kitchens to strangers, offering a taste of their homes… A glimpse of this trend is visible in the Facebook group Goa Menus, which was started in April by Frederick Noronha. Some of the ventures: Afroz’s Kitchen, Avois! Homebaked, Big Fit Bowl, Chef Seralins, Featured, Feli-cious Food, Goan home bakers, Goan home chefs, Hice Cream, Jimson Caterers, Online Exclusive, Sappadu, The 2 Chef’s Kitchen, The Coastal Rasoi … 1818 words.  For further details click here

Goa anticipates huge losses this year as govt keeps foreign tourists at bay

23 Oct: Hindustan Times. As Covid-19 cases begin to rise again across Europe and Russia dimming hopes that India may reopen its borders for foreign tourists this season, Goa is staring at the first ever season without the arrival of European tourists since the 1960s when the first hippies arrived here. The Indian government on Thursday announced that most visas including for all OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India), PIO (Person of Indian Origin) card holders and foreign nationals were being restored except for tourist visas. Goa Tourism says the restriction on tourism visas will deal a huge blow to the industry… Polly Hoad, a British tourist, said she will have to sit out the harsh winter back home in the UK for the first time in 15 years… “It will be our first Xmas in England for over twenty years but I will make the best of it,” Lili Angel, another regular tourist, said…  For further details click here
23 Oct: Business Line. Tour operators’ body want tourist visa ban relaxed. A day after the government announced that all foreign nationals will be allowed an entry into India except those on tourist visa, the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO) said that this will result in loss of business and jobs in the coming season…  click here

Explained: How does Goa’s beach shack tourist economy work?

22 Oct: Indian Express. There are two kinds of shacks in Goa. One is a temporary, Sep. to May shack. The permanent shacks are those which are not on the beach but at a distance on the land side … Drinking in the open on the beach is also not allowed, and offenders are fined. So holidaymakers must have their beer or other spirits either inside a shack or in the designated area under a beach umbrella… “There is a general misconception which we have been fighting for years — and that is, shacks are designed for Russians or foreign tourists. But our studies show that it is the Indian domestic tourist who helps us to survive…  For further details click here
21 Oct: Financial Express. COVID-19 impact: Goa’s beach shacks face unusual challenges on setting up again; details …  click here
21 Oct: Herald. Will the iconic Goan shack, fade into history? Not yet, feel stakeholders … click here.


News Summary

Goa: COVID Headlines

23 Oct: Navhind Times. As recoveries are exceeding new COVID-19 cases consistently, the active COVID-19 cases in Goa have dropped below the 3000-mark on Thursday. The state registered 247 fresh cases of the contagious virus while 348 COVID positive patients recovered from the disease… Till date, Goa has seen 41,586 confirmed cases of COVID-19 .. The COVID-19 death count rose to 564 in the state on Thursday, as seven more patients succumbed to the deadly virus in the last 24 hours…  For further details click here
22 Oct: Times of India. Stickers on houses of patients in isolation. The Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) has commenced the process of pasting stickers on houses of Covid-19 patients who have opted for home isolation. The civic body has also begun sanitising these houses…  click here
22 Oct: Live Mint. COVID-19 vaccine may be ready by December. Trials to safety — a look at India's vaccine journey … click here.

“Reconnecting Goa” - Virtual Celebration of World Goa Day's 20th Anniversary

22 Oct: Herald. It was two decades ago, when Rene Barretto (85) attempted to reach out to Goan community associations worldwide by organising the “World Goa Day” (WGD …The World Goa Day is intended as a day for Goans worldwide to reflect upon on their identity and take pride in celebrating their unique heritage and culture, language, traditions, music, cuisine, and more. Its primary objective was and is to unite Goans living all over the world, in a day of common union celebrating their oneness in a show of solidarity with their Goan fraternity in Goa… over 30 Goan community organisations and associations from all parts of the world organise the event in their respective local communities with one commonly celebrated ‘”theme”. This year the working group volunteers have collaborated and engaged with diverse individuals and Goan community associations spanning across the wide range of global time zones, to showcase a Virtual Celebration of World Goa Day with “Reconnecting Goa” being this year’s common theme.  For further details click here
23 Oct: Herald. Solidarity. Unity. Comfort: This is what World Goans need to give and receive. Come October 24 it will be time to celebrate World Goa Day… Isabella Fernandes member of the Goa UK Board felt the significance of celebrating the World Goa Day especially in the light of the pandemic was to bring the Goan diaspora together in solidarity… Rene Barreto the man behind the World Goa day said it was time for the Global Goan associations to try and support business communities in Goa … 863 words.  click here
22 Oct: The Goan. The event will be broadcast through a “Dawn to Dusk” watch-party on Facebook as well as on YouTube on Saturday, October 24. Updates on this event will be available on the Global Goan Alliance & Network Facebook Page, ( ) and their YouTube Channel ( ). To read The Goan article in full, click here.

Goa belongs to whom, Goans or Adani: AAP questions

22 Oct: Goa 365 TV. The Aam Admi party has once again come down heavy on the BJP Government especially the Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. AAP has questioned for whom is the coal for Goans or Adani. AAP said that Goans are against the coal then why is the Government going ahead with this project…  For further details click here
Video: Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The dubious dealings of Adani, India's corporate colossus. When Four Corners travelled to India to investigate the activities of the giant Adani group, they soon discovered the power of the company. While attempting to film and gather information about Adani's operations, the Four Corners team had their cameras shut down, their footage deleted and were questioned for hours by police… The programme opens [at 2m. 08s. to 9m: 35s.] with the TV Crew in Goa interviewing the Correia family [photo] who live in Vasco da Gama … Check out the video recording of the ABC programme and the links at the bottom of the page which has the response from Adani and the transcript of the programme …  click here

Reasons to Love Toronto: Because our home chefs are feeding the hungry

20 Oct: Toronto Life. The People’s Pantry started small. They prepped meals and dropped them off to grateful friends and neighbours. Soon, other millennials followed their lead and offered free meals within their communities… Today, nearly 500 volunteers devote their culinary skills, bikes, cars and time to help out. Those Good Samaritans donate meals and groceries, and they can choose to be reimbursed for the cost of their produce purchases. Jade Da Costa (photo) is one of the organization’s co-founders… To date, volunteers have delivered 12,548 meals to 3,295 recipients, as well as 1,530 grocery bundles to feed another 5,562 Torontonians… [Jade has her family roots in Uganda; she is the daughter of Jude and Angela Da Costa; granddaughter of the late Louis and Elma Da Costa. Item alert from Norman Da Costa]  click here
Video: 23 Jun: SIS Seminar #3 / Organizing during a Pandemic: Lessons for the Left. Jade Da Costa, Coordinator/Co-founder of The Peoples’ Pantry in Toronto makes her presentation from 45m:40s to 53m. 30s …  click here
GoFundMe: The People's Pantry: COVID-19 Emergency Meal Fund. Jade Da Costa is organizing this fundraiser. click here.

Congress burns Damu Naik's effigy over comment on Goan diaspora

23 Oct: Navhind Times. The South Goa District Congress Committee on Thursday took to the streets, burning an effigy of BJP leader Damu Naik following his recent comments calling the Goan diaspora 'bebe' or frogs. After being denied permission by the Fatorda police to burn the effigy in front of the BJP's Margao office, the Congress party members led by district president took to the area on the opposite side of the road to burn the effigy of Naik shouting slogans. Speaking to media persons after burning the effigy, South Goa district Congress president Joe Dias condemned the statements. "The statement of Damu Naik calling those working abroad as frogs is wrong. We condemn this statement in its entirety. It is because of these Goan diaspora that the economy of our state is alive. The BJP is out to ruin the country. They are only lying," he said…  For further details click here

India Eases Restrictions On Entry of Foreigners: Who Are Allowed?

22 Oct: The Quint. The Home Ministry on Thursday, 22 October, announced that it decided to permit all Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) and Person of Indian Origin (PIO) card holders and all other foreign nationals intending to visit India for any purpose. The government had restricted entry of international passengers since March this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This decision will enable foreign nationals to come to India for various purposes such as business, conferences, employment, studies, research, medical purposes etc., the MHA said… all such travellers will have to strictly adhere to the guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare… In addition, the Centre in June also allowed the entry of foreign minor children with at least one parent who is an Indian citizen or an OCI card holder. Entry of foreigners who are married to Indian citizens and single foreign parents whose children hold an Indian passport or an OCI card were also allowed… The Home Ministry has also decided to restore with immediate effect all existing visas, except electronic, tourist and medical categories…  For further details click here

Pope re-nominates Cardinal Gracias to Council of Cardinals

22 Oct: The Goan. Pope Francis has re-nominated Cardinal Oswald Gracias, a prelate of Goan origin and Archbishop of Bombay, to the Council of Cardinals advising the Holy Father for the reform of the Roman Curia and governance of the Universal Church. This was announced by the Vatican Office on October 15, 2020. According to the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), Cardinal Gracias has also been re-nominated by the Holy Father as member of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, the highest body in the Church on matters regarding Canon Law… [Alert from Nicole-Ann Lobo]  For further details click here
21 Oct: Vatican News. Cardinal Gracias releases Indian edition of “Fratelli tutti”. India’s Latin-rite bishops collaborated with the Asian Trading Corporation Publishers in bringing out the Indian edition of the latest encyclical of Pope Francis, “Fratelli Tutti”, on fraternity and social friendship…  click here
19 Oct: UCA News. Indian archdiocese launches online employment platform… Cardinal Oswald Gracias inaugurated on Oct. 4 in Mumbai and urged employers and job seekers to register with the portal and take full advantage.. . click here.

UN rights chief says 3 of India's laws stifle minorities, one discriminating against religious minorities

21 Oct: Ecumenical News. UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has appealed to India to safeguard human rights defenders, and NGOs saying three laws stifle their work including one that discriminates against religious minorities including Muslims, the second biggest religious group, and Christians…  For further details click here
21 Oct: Asia News. Tamil Nadu: graves desecrated in Catholic cemetery (VIDEO). In the night between 17 and 18 October, 40 tombstones, crosses and statues of Our Lady were destroyed in the city of Tirunelveli. Catholics have received the solidarity of the population and political parties, except from the BJP, the ruling Hindu nationalist party. ..  click here
21 Oct: RFI (France). Protests erupt in India as octogenarian Catholic priest faces terror trial. Demands to free an ailing Catholic priest have gathered pace in India after 83-year-old Fr Stanislaus Lourduswamy became the oldest person to be accused of terrorism… click here.

Vistara to operate more flights to Goa and London to cater to rising demand

22 Oct: Hindustan Times. Vistara will operate more flights to Goa from Delhi and Mumbai from Sunday as there has been a “positive response and demand” on these sectors, said a senior airline official on Wednesday… Vistara is currently operating 9x weekly flights between Delhi and Goa, and 10x weekly flights between Mumbai and Goa. It plans to increase it to 11x weekly flights between Delhi/Mumbai and Goa in the winter schedule … Goa sees a high number of foreign tourists, including a sizable number from Russia and Britain, during the winter season. The Delhi-London flights have also been re-timed to enable convenient connections to and from several cities across India, including Goa … The airline would operate a daily Delhi-London service  For further details click here
22 Oct: World Airline News. AirAsia India launched new routes connecting Mumbai – Goa; Goa – Chennai …  click here


News Summary

Goa: COVID Headlines

22 Oct: Navhind Times. The state recorded 308 fresh positive cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday With this surge in cases the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa currently stands at 41,339 … 2 fatalities in the last 24 hours …  For further details click here
21 Oct: BBC. India coronavirus: Four Modi claims fact-checked …  click here
21 Oct: Reuters. India has recorded 54,044 new coronavirus infections, taking its tally to 7.65 million, health ministry data showed on Wednesday. The world’s second most populous nation also has the second highest caseload, after the United States, which has a total of 8.2 million. India’s death toll from the virus stood at 115,914, with 717 deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry said. Infections in India have been on the decline since a September peak, but experts have warned there could be a surge as the festival season approaches. click here.

Kamat demands BJP apologises for calling Goan diaspora ‘Bebe’ (frogs)

22 Oct: Herald. Leader of Opposition Digambar Kamat has demanded that the BJP apologises to all Goemkars across the globe, while referring to the statement of the BJP office bearers calling Goan diaspora as 'Bebe' (frogs). Kamat emphasised that Goans living abroad contribute immensely for the betterment and welfare of Goa. "I strongly condemn the insulting remark by BJP office bearers calling Goan Diaspora ‘Bebe’,” said Kamat while reiterating his demand for an immediate apology… Goans abroad have every right to raise concerns on issues concerning Goa he added. “Goans who are working abroad have always kept a connect with their motherland. They have always contributed to boost the economy of the State and in foreign exchange earnings. It is the duty of the Government and each and every political party to recognise their service and contribution,” the former Chief Minister added…  click here
Video: 21 Oct: Goa Forward Party. Insulting Goan diaspora by calling them Londonche Bebe calls for an apology from BJP failing which the diaspora should pledge on World Goa Day on 24th Oct 2020 to help oust anti Goemkar BJP Govt from Goa said Vijai Sardesai …  click here
Video: 21 Oct: Goa News Hub. “BJP must apologise for insulting remarks on Goan diaspora” Digambar Kamat … click here.

Silent walk in London to protest Mollem projects

21 Oct: Times of India. Goans in London staged a silent walk to call for an end to the upcoming projects at the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary and the Mollem National Park. The initiative was led by UK-based social activist Carmen Miranda, adhering to pandemic norms. Belonging to varying backgrounds and different ages, the protesters held placards … “I hope to inform and encourage Goa’s diaspora worldwide to join us in our solidarity and in voicing our deep concerns about the imposition of mega projects …” Miranda told TOI. In a video shared by Miranda, the London-based Goans can be seen wearing their thermals, coats and face masks and walking in a procession maintaining social distance. The protesters commenced the silent walk from Alexandra Palace park in North London in a symbolic gesture of solidarity with Goans in Goa… More protests will be held in areas of London and outside London where there are large concentrations of Goans, she added.  For further details click here

London: Priests protest at Indian High Commission for release of 83-year-old imprisoned Fr Stan Swamy SJ

21 Oct: Independent Catholic News. By Zoe Carruthers. Jesuit Priests and their lay associates demanded the release of Fr Stan Swamy SJ from prison at a protest outside the High Commission of India in central London this afternoon … Fr Damian Howard SJ, the Provincial of the Jesuits in Britain, attempted to hand in a letter to the Indian High Commissioner, Ms Gaitri Issar Kumar, calling upon the Indian government to guarantee Fr Stan Swamy's well-being and to obtain his release him from prison… The High Commission refused to meet anyone from the delegation nor to accept the letter in person. The letter was later posted to the High Commissioner after the protest took place… Jesuit Missions, the international mission and development office of the Jesuits in Britain, is encouraging supporters to write to their MP urging the Foreign Secretary to raise Fr Swamy's imprisonment with the Indian government… Fr Stan Swamy is currently being held in custody in Mumbai awaiting trial… 461 words.  click here
Jesuit Missions UK. Justice for imprisoned Fr Stan Swamy SJ | Act Now. Send a letter to your MP demanding the Foreign Secretary take urgent action. We have created a template of a letter. Please copy and paste it. You can send it to your local MP, online here…  click here
11 Oct: Indian Express. Who is Stan Swamy…+ Video: What Stan Swamy said before his arrest … click here.

India Grants Extension on Re-Issuance of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card

20 Oct: India New England. The government of India has issued new instructions about the re-issuance of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) Card and has granted extension of renewal time. The following OCI guidelines have been in force since 2005: OCI card is required to be re-issued each time a new passport is acquired by the cardholder up to the age of 20 years. OCI card is required to be re-issued once on acquiring a new passport after completing 50 years of age. The Government of India has decided to grant further extension in time till June 30, 2021 to get the OCI cards re-issued in accordance with above guidelines…  For further details click here

Great British Bake Off: Linda from Bexhill is eliminated

21 Oct: The Argus (Brighton). Linda Rayfield from Bexhill was eliminated in week five despite having recently impressed judges in the Channel 4 television show. The 61-year-old became a dark horse in the competition … Her signature bake was a spicy take on the classic Cornish pasty. She opted for a samosa-style design containing spiced chicken, coriander and potato in a recipe inspired by her past trips to Goa in India. The judges praised the design and gushed over Linda’s “fantastic” flavours. But, they were quick to call her out on the lack of crimping, which had been a pre-requisite of the pasty challenge…  For further details click here
For a recording of the programme, [the Goan samosa is featured approx. 9m.05s to 14m:00s]  click here

Pope Francis backs same-sex civil unions

20 Oct: The Guardian. Pope Francis has given his most explicit support to same-sex civil unions in a move that is likely to further enrage his conservative opponents in the Catholic Church. His comments came in an interview in a documentary film, Francesco, which premiered at the Rome film festival on Wednesday. He said: “Homosexual people have a right to be in a family. They are children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable over it. What we have to create is a civil union law. That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that.” The feature-length film, directed by Evgeny Afineevsky, tells the story of Francis’s papacy over the past seven and a half years, covering many of the trips he made before the Covid-19 pandemic and his handling of the sexual abuse scandals that have engulfed the church…  For further details click here

Goa: Recent Architectural Delights

20 Oct: World Architecture. SAV Architecture + Design completes Earth House in Siolim, India. The house is situated alongside a canal lined with coconut trees in the quaint village of Siolim, in North Goa and it creates shaded courtyards around large existing trees and a large water pool around palms reflecting the gentle and rooted nature of our Earth … The living spaces flow into the open plan dining and kitchen with its Goan-Portuguese cement flooring, local granite counters and overlook another courtyard that floods the space with natural light …  For further details click here
21 Oct: Architecture & Design. 4 Goa homes filled with sunlight, greenery and a feeling of ‘susegad’. From luxurious, sprawling penthouses to quiet, reclusive retreats, these four Goa dwellings will show you what dream homes should really look like … A Luxurious Bungalow in Candolim’s Sapiem Hills … A Glass Villa in Nachinola … A Villa With Views of Paddy Fields … A Light-Filled Villa Designed like a Treehouse in Carona Village …  click here

Stuck in India, Russian begs for alms to go home

21 Oct: The Times of India (Mumbai edition). A 29-year-old tourist from Russia, who came to India with five friends in December last year, has been stranded due to the lockdown and lack of funds. Now in Navi Mumbai, Aleksandr used to work as a bartender in St Petersburg. The Navi Mumbai police helped him find food and accommodation, and have contacted the Russian Embassy for his return to Russia… When contacted, he said, “In December, I landed in Delhi. I went to Goa by train, where I stayed till June because of the lockdown… By July, I had exhausted all my money. I was begging on the streets for food every day. When restrictions eased, in August, I left Goa …  For further details click here


ARTS: Let's Talk About Rama and Sita. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Sun. 25th Oct. 11:45 to 12:00. A Good Woman? Award-winning poet and broadcaster Daljit Nagra takes stories from the Hindu epic Ramayana into his own community, and discovers how the ancient tales are alive with contemporary Asian dilemmas. He asks whether Sita is a valuable role model for women today.

ENTERTAINMENT: Coronavirus: Lessons From Asia. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 235). Sun. 25th Oct. 20:00 to 21:00. What lessons can be learned from the different approaches of four Asian nations to the coronavirus pandemic?

CHILDRENS: My World Kitchen. CBeebies (Freeview 202). Tues. 27th Oct. 12:00 to 12:15. Ria and Rohan's Indian Tandoori Chicken. How to cook tandoori chicken in a traditional clay oven.

MOTORING: Top Gear. Dave ja vu (Freeview 79). Tues. 27th Oct. 17:00 to 19:00. Top Gear India Special. Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May set out to boost the British economy by embarking on a trade mission to India. Equipped with three old British cars and a range of uniquely British products, they set off on an epic road trip across one of the world's most fascinating and challenging countries, devotedly promoting Britain - with distinctly mixed results.

FILM: Hamid. Channel 4. Wed. 28th Oct. 02:05 to 03:55. Director Aijaz Khan's story of redemption set against the backdrop of the political unrest and conflict in Kashmir. After eight-year-old Hamid's father goes missing, the young boy is rejected by his grief-stricken mother and finds himself increasingly isolated. Forced to seek answers for himself, he dials `God's number" - 786 - into a phone and finds himself connected to a voice he believes to be the Almighty. But really he is speaking to a hard-nosed soldier fighting insurgents on the frontline in Kashmir. Drama.

FILM: Rafiki. Channel 4. Fri. 30th Oct. 02:50 to 04:15. Kena and Ziki are the daughters of two men who are political rivals in an upcoming Nairobi election, and when they start dating they have to be careful about keeping the relationship a secret. Romantic drama, starring Samantha Mugatsia and Sheila Munyiva,

REALITY SHOW: Four in a Bed. Channel 4. Saturday 31st Oct. Time: 11:25 to 11:50. Mehfil Hotel. The guests head to the Mehfil Hotel in Southall, London, where spiritual host Arun and his sister Rashmi are hoping to bring some Indian hospitality to the competition.



Death: Clarice D’Souza. Ex Mombasa

19 Oct: Tooting, London. CLARICE D’SOUZA. Aged 91, ex Mombasa. Beloved wife of the late Leslie D’Souza and mother of Christopher D’Souza and Stephanie (Dave) Mackay, all of London, England. Also left to mourn her loss are her two sisters Celia (John) Pinto and Cybele (Francis) Noronha, her sisters-in-law Antoinette Carvalho and Lydia Pereira, and several nephews and nieces around the world. Leslie, Clarice and their young son Christopher emigrated to England in the sixties. Soon after their arrival, Stephanie was born. Besides her late husband Leslie, Clarice was predeceased by her parents Bellarmino and Crescentia Carvalho, her sister Clavia and her brothers Benny, Bruno and Bernie. A fuller announcement will be made by the family when the funeral arrangements are known.

Death: Pier Katie Fernandes. Ex Nairobi

18 Oct: Munich, Germany. PIER KATIE FERNANDES. Born April 21, 1957. Ex Nairobi. Beloved wife of Matthias Koehler, Doting mother of Alexander and Shivona. Daughter of late Cajie and Julie Fernandes (UK), sister to Glenn Fernandes (Canada), Elaine Fernandes and her husband Brian (UK) and aunt to Carlos Fernandes (Canada). Funeral Friday 23rd October 2020 at 14:00 CET in Hundheim, Germany. [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi]. Condolence messages can be sent to

Death: Conrad De Souza.

19 Oct: Margao, Goa. CONRAD FRANCIS DE SOUZA. Born 1966. Ex Dar Es Salaam. Beloved Son of late Tony and late Olinda de souza (Dar Es Salaam Tanzania). Husband of Diana de souza (Comba Baixo, Margao). Loving Father of Conchita de souza. Son-in-law of late Anthony Fernandes/ Mary Fernandes (Comba Baixo Margao). Beloved Brother/brother-in-law of Denzil and Dolly (UK), Judith/ Trevor (Divar). Cousin of Sybil and Robert de souza (Pilerne) and Doting Uncle of Dielle and Danielle (UK), Jayden and Joanne (Divar). Funeral Cortege will leave from his residence Comba - Baixo 20/10/2020 at Holy Spirit Church Cemetery. Due to the Current Covid-19 the rituals will be attended by Close Family Members only. click here.

News Summary

Goa: COVID Headlines

21 Oct: Herald. The State recorded 285 new cases and 361 new recoveries bringing down the active cases to 3,201, but the mortalities remain a cause for concern. Shockingly, amongst the six deaths was 2-month-25-day-old infant from Guirim, who had no co-morbidity… the confirmed cases have now crossed 41,031…  For further details click here
20 Oct: BBC. Coronavirus: 'India must cut pollution to avoid Covid disaster' …  click here
20 Oct: The Goan. 14-year-old Indian-American awarded Rs 18 Lakh for discovery that could may be lead to a cure for Covid-19. As the whole world eagerly awaits for a vaccine to offer protection against the novel coronavirus, a discovery by a 14-year-old teen might show a way forward. Anika Chebrolu, an eighth-grader from Texas won the 3M Young Scientist Challenge which is regarded as the US' premier middle school science competition, for her work that could provide a potential therapy to Covid-19 … click here.

British Museum Exhibition: Tantra - Enlightenment to Revolution

17 Oct: Quietus (UK). Review by Nicole-Ann Lobo. A new exhibition at the British Museum on the medieval philosophy of Tantra examines the divine sensual aesthetics of the Hindu and Buddhist philosophy through over 100 objects and artefacts. The show includes various sculptures, paintings, and devotional objects that reveal Tantra's spiritually-oriented approach to sexuality and feminine worship, spanning over 1000 years. But the British Museum's exhibition plays into some of the old orientalising tropes that exoticise India and its culture, and visitors are left with an incomplete answer as to what Tantra really is… 1284 words.  For further details click here
The British Museum Exhibition runs from 24 Sep 2020 to 24 Jan 202. For the website, see  click here
Nicole-Ann Lobo is a Goan-American writer living in London. She recently completed an MPhil in Modern South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge, where she researched and wrote about Catholicism and Lusotropicalism in the Goan artist Francis Newton Souza's work, which won the C.A. Bayly Prize for Best Dissertation. Previously, she worked as a writing fellow at Commonweal Magazine in New York and completed her B.A. in History of Art from Columbia University. Her family lives in San Diego, California. For her Linkedin profile, click here.
For other links to Nicole -Ann Lobo and her varied career, click here.

Remo's writing his own song

20 Oct: Mid-Day. Fans of the Goan singing icon Remo Fernandes can raise a toast to this bit of news. This diarist has learnt that the musician superstar who became a national craze in the 1980s is ready with his memoir. Remo [the working title] will take the reader on a soulful ride, from his growing up years when Goa moved from a Portuguese colony to being part of the Indian Union, his days as an architecture student at Sir JJ School, busking in Europe, his Bollywood adventure, to making his home state the core of his creative pursuits. Hemali Sodhi of A Suitable Agency who represents the author says it is also the story of Goa, as you've never encountered before…  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Remo Fernandes,  click here
For a selection of Remo’s recent video clips, click here.

Air India to Operate Daily Flights to London From Goa

20 Oct: Outlook. National air carrier Air India has started operating direct flights from Goa to London on a weekly basis under an air bubble agreement. The service will turn bi-weekly from November… Goa International Airport took to its Twitter handle to announce the move. "Important day for Goa Intn'l Airport. Today Air India starts its direct flight LHR-GOI-LHR, B787.Initially once a week then twice a week from November under Air Bubble. Goa connects to London directly now," it tweeted…  For further details click here

Why Goans Are Up In Arms Save Their Land, Oppose Move To Turn State Into A Coal Transport Hub

20 Oct: India Times. For some time now, locals and activists have been protesting against three infrastructure projects - the expansion of a highway, railway and a power transmission network. The protests are led by Goencho Ekvott, an umbrella organization of about two dozen rights groups. Alina Saldanha, a BJP MLA alleged that the railway track expansion project would affect thousands of people, “destroy the environment” and “make it impossible to live” … For some time now, locals and activists have been protesting against three infrastructure projects - the expansion of a highway, railway and a power transmission network, according to locals they cut through ecologically sensitive areas…  For further details click here

Christianity's foray into India depicted in statue of missionary killed over monogamy

20 Oct: New Orleans Advocate. Christianity has had a long history in India, dating to the first century of the Common Era… An exhibition of works drawn from the collection of Dr. Siddharth Bhansali, created in and around Goa (the Portuguese administrative headquarters), now on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art includes a sculpture of John de Britto (1647-93), a Portuguese missionary active in Madurai, in southern India. Unlike many Europeans, de Britto advocated for an Indian Catholicism, free from European cultural domination. He learned local languages, adopted Hindu customs and even took on the titles of a Brahman priest. Among his converts was a ruler with several wives, whom de Britto convinced to adopt monogamy. The father of one of the rejected wives took offense and had de Britto beheaded…  For further details click here
Wikipedia: John de Britto, Born 1647 in Lisbon was a Portuguese Jesuit missionary and martyr, often called 'the Portuguese St Francis Xavier' by Indian Catholics… St Britto High School in Goa is named after Britto as he lived there for seven months to complete his theological studies at St Paul's College in Old Goa…  click here

World Bank sanctions Rs 3 crore for Goa to develop India’s first sand dune parks

20 Oct: Times of India. The sand dune ecosystem, so far neglected, is set to get a new lease of life in Goa. World Bank has approved a project proposed by the Goa state biodiversity board that will see India’s first sand dune parks and interpretation centres developed along select stretches. Around Rs 3 crore has been sanctioned to the state under the programme, and will see interventions like interpretation centres to educate locals and tourists on the importance of the sand dune ecosystem. Bridges made of nature-friendly material will also be constructed to reduce trampling on sand dune vegetation. This is not all — even nurseries of sand dune vegetation will be set up, which will enable its replantation on beach stretches where vegetation has gone extinct…  For further details click here



Death: Rose D'Souza, Ex Dar es Salaam
11 Oct: Toronto. ROSALINA (ROSE) D'SOUZA, Born 02-Oct-1930 in Bombay. (now Mumbai), India. Wife of Bonifacio (Bonny) D’Souza RIP 1929- 2019. Married in 1955, Rose and Bonny sailed to Dar es Salaam, and raised a family - Ludovic, Barbara and Genevieve… The family immigrated to Toronto, Canada in 1970. Rose was a highly-trained and skilled cake decorator. She made and decorated cakes, eventually starting her own business and was the birthday cake supplier for many friends, families and customers. She eventually took up work as a claims insurance assessor with Ontario Blue Cross and retired from at the age of 55. She was also an active volunteer with the Catholic Ladies Guild at John XXIII Parish in Flemingdon Park and at Taylor Place for Seniors in Don Mills, where she was an award-winning volunteer, taught sewing and held many craft shows and sales. Rose was a pillar of strength and comfort and instilled patience and calmness in her three children while always forming a strong, motherly bond with them… [Info: Anita Dias via Goans Tanzanite] For photo and full details, click here.

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Goa: COVID Headlines

20 Oct: Navhind Times. The state on Monday registered five new deaths linked to the deadly virus, taking the COVID fatality tally to 549… The daily fresh cases of COVID-19 continued to dip in Goa with the state recording just 159 new cases on Monday. The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state currently stand at 40,746 …  For further details click here
19 Oct: Sip on kadha at restaurants. With COVID-19 cases on a rise, and Goans trying to boost their immunity, a number of restaurants and cafés have now started adding kadha to their menu… The immunity boosting drink has been priced at Rs 20 per glass. The kadha comprises medicinal herbs, including cinnamon, ginger, cloves, cardamom, lemongrass, tulsi leaves and black pepper…  click here
19 Oct: BBC. Has the pandemic really peaked in India? click here.

Goan voices to protect Mollem, echo in Muswell Hill, London

20 Oct: Herald. The Goan diaspora living in London marched in solidarity at the Alexandra Palace in Muswell Hill in North London in support of those fighting to save Goa’s environment which is under threat … The event planned on social media in less than two weeks drew around 50 protestors holding placards walking silently in support of those agitating in the State of Goa … some of those taking part were Januario Po who traces his roots to St. Jacinto Island … Cleto Fernandes originally hailing from Curtorim … Paxio Colaco originally hailing from Benaulim and one of the main organisers of the event, activist Carmen Miranda … 695 words.  For further details click here
For a video clip of the march and more photos, check out Carmen Miranda’s Facebook page,  click here

Direct flight between Goa, London commences under air bubble arrangement

18 Oct: ANI. Direct Air India flight between Goa and London commenced from the Goa International Airport on Sunday. The flight services which has begun on a weekly basis will soon turn into a bi-weekly service from November under the Air Bubble agreement, according to the official Twitter handle of Goa Airport. "Important day for Goa International Airport. Today Air India starts its direct flight LHR-GOI-LHR, B787. Initially once a week then twice a week from November under Air Bubble. Goa connects to London directly now," the tweet by the handle read…  For further details click here
Video: 19 Oct: Goa 365 tv. Goa London Goa flights begin …  click here
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Nairobi: Eve D'Souza finally ties the knot in colourful private wedding

19 Oct: Daily Nation (Kenya). Media personality Eve D'souza, the sassy actress and former radio personality, finally said 'I Do' at the weekend to fiancé Simon Anderson at a private wedding ceremony… She shared a photo on her Instagram page of them in a romantic embrace … In the beginning of 2019, D'Souza introduced Anderson to the world as the love of her life. With only weeks left before the end of the year, Anderson took D'Souza across the globe and proposed to her in Candolim Beach in Goa … During an interview with Nairobi News, she explained that the reason she had never gone public about her relationships is because of the way her family approached relationships ...  For further details click here
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Video: 6 Oct. Eve D’Souza in a recent episode of Auntie Boss: Blood is thicker than water … click here.

Mechanic died while on holiday in Goa

19 Oct: Burton Mail (UK). A 53-year-old mechanic died a natural death while on a dream holiday with his partner in India, an inquest has ruled. David Poulton, of Stirling Rise, Stretton, had spent the day of his death with his partner on the poolside at his hotel, before they headed for an evening meal and later returned to their hotel room that night. He was described as “fit and well” by his partner and there were no concerns. However, later that night she was awoken to hear Mr Poulton making “gargling” sounds and he became unresponsive. After fetching a friend to check on him, the friend took his pulse and sadly told her: “He is gone.” … The inquest heard Mr Poulton suffered with sleep apnea, asthma and type 2 diabetes and smoked between 30 and 40 cigarettes a day… 411 words.  For further details click here

Goan Wikipedians may boost State’s stock on internet

19 Oct: The Goan. It may already be a well-known destination the world over but if what a bunch of young enthusiasts are planning to do goes through, Goa's stock could rise quantitatively and qualitatively as well on the Internet. Some 25 young volunteers from across Goa brainstormed over Saturday-Sunday on best strategies and techniques to add Goa-related content and pages on Wikipedia… UK-based Goan photographer Louis Godinho volunteered to upload many of his pictures of Goa from the 1970s and 1980s on Wikimedia Commons… Over the past couple of weeks, the Wikipedians of Goa User Group has gone into overdrive creating or editing pages on Goa. Frederick Noronha has sought that more people come forward and contribute to pages on Goan villages, so that in a couple of months, every Goan village finds a place on the online Encyclopaedia…  For further details click here

Goa named 11th best world destination

19 Oct: The Goan. In another feather in its cap, Goa has emerged as the 11th best destination in the world, according to Travelers Choice Awards for 2020. The online travel portal examined the data on the sites and came up with a list accordingly. The info was collated based on reviews, ratings and saves from the travellers across the globe… The other most popular destinations across the world include, London, Paris, Crete in Greece, Bali, Rome, Phuket, Sicily in Italy, Majorca, Barcelona, Istanbul, Dubai, Dominican Republic, Bangkok, Hanoi, Prague and Hoi An in Vietnam.  For further details click here
For the Trip Advisor’s Travellers Choice Awards 2020 in full, with a listing of 1004 things to do in Goa,  click here

Have Champagne Breakfast On A Yacht In Goa, Amsterdam-Style!

19 Oct: What’s Hot in Goa. To the point: Dreamy boats, champagne flowing, wine to sip on, some scrumptious breakfast and a mesmerising view of the sea. No, we are not talking about this being experienced in Amsterdam or in San Francisco, you can get this luxurious experience right here in Goa… You can hop on a yacht on Mandovi River, where not only water flows near you but also champagne flows on board. We are talking about Champagne Breakfast Cruise in Goa… A yacht for this private tour needs to be booked for a minimum of two hours and can accommodate 10-30 people (depending on the model you pick). Cost: Rs 28,000 per yacht …  For further details click here
19 Oct: What’s Hot In Goa. Your Ultimate Guide To A Mumbai-Goa Road Trip …  click here



Death: Francis Lobo, Ex Bombay.

9 Oct: Mississauga, Canada. FRANCIS LOBO. Aged 89, (just shy of his 90th birthday next month). Passed away peacefully on October 9, 2020 at Credit Valley Hospital, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Francis was born in India on Nov 23rd 1930 and was the eldest of 7 children. He worked in Bombay in the pharmaceutical industry for several years before immigrating to Canada in the mid 1990s. Francis and Celina were married for 55 years, and loved and cherished each other. They complemented each other and their marriage was one of the most beautiful bonds we had the blessing to witness. They have 3 children Dylan (Vanessa), Vinita (Nigel) and Aneesha (Simon), and are blessed with 7 grandchildren Nicole-Ann, Neal, Joshua, Nadia, Ashley, Kaitlyn and Sean. Francis thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Francis was a devout Catholic, and led a deep and rich spiritual life.
Francis will be remembered for his positivity, his generosity, his sense of humour and wit, his affectionate nature and his kind heartedness. While we will miss Francis, his memory lives on among his friends and family and those who knew him. He will be greatly missed and will always be loved. Condolences can be sent to:

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Goa GOVID Headlines

19 Oct: Navhind Times. The state witnessed drastic decline in the dreaded coronavirus cases on Sunday, and registered lowest 187 fresh COVID-19 positive cases in the last couple of months, taking the tally of confirmed positive cases to the 40,587-mark… Mortality rate has come down drastically and on Sunday, the state reported six more COVID fatalities in the last 24 hours, taking the count of fatalities due to the dreaded virus in the state to 544…  For further details click here
18 Oct: Navhind Times. The mental health perils of a pandemic. … Making mental health a priority is no easy task. It requires efforts from various ends to align. From the stigma that surrounds mental illness to lack of affordable and accessible health care, the obstacles are many. Not given enough importance as physical health care, the neglect is always there…  click here

Video: Ryan Colaço today at the Stand Up to Racism International Conference today

18 Oct: Stand Up To Racism. Closing plenary. Speakers confirmed: … Ryan Colaço, campaigner against racist police stop and search …  For further details click here
The proceedings of the Conference can be viewed on You Tube. The Ryan Colaço segment starts at 14m. 20s. … Diane Abbott MP mentioned Ryan in her speech at 1hr:59m:55s  click here
6 Jul: Goan Voice. Profile of Ryan Colaço, click here.

Creditors back plan to get India’s Jet Airways flying again

18 Oct: Eastern Eye (UK). Creditors on Saturday (18) backed a surprise plan by a consortium to revive Jet Airways 18 months after India’s biggest private airline went bankrupt with $1.2 billion in debt. London investment fund Kalrock Capital and Dubai-based tycoon Murari Lal Jalan proposed the rescue that was “duly approved” by a creditors’ committee, Jet said in a statement to the Bombay Stock Exchange. The statement did not give details of the plan but media reports said they had offered to make a payment of about $115 million to creditors and equity in the new firm which they wanted to concentrate on international routes… Jet was grounded in April 2019…  For further details click here
18 Oct: Simple Flying. What Could The New Jet Airways Look Like? …  click here
Video: 18 Oct: NDTV. Jet Airways Resolution Plan Takes Off … click here.

Do rich tourists make Goa a richer destination?

17 Oct: Herald. … Read this cute remark of the Tourism Minister on the day the tourism policy was announced “We don’t want tourists who come to Goa and do drugs or those who cook in public places”. Now we don’t quite know if this means street cooking is as serious as an offence as selling or consuming drugs or selling drugs is akin to cooking on the streets, but these throwaway remarks don’t bring clarity… This vision is not in the policy at all. The official vision of the government, according to the policy, is to make Goa the “most preferred destination around the year for high-spending tourists in 2024." … It is really up to us and our policymakers to change how Goa is perceived, and this tourism policy has done precious little to achieve that. 1581 words.  For further details click here
18 Oct: India Today. Goa okays new tourism policy to revive Covid-battered economy … Faced with a massive revenue deficit, the state government has approved a policy for holistic development of tourism beyond beaches and heritage sites …  click here

The gin makers of Goa

17 Oct: Moneycontrol. The last few months have seen a burst of new craft gins—Terai, Samsara, Jin Jiji, Pumori, Tickle, and GinGin—and most of them are distilled in Goa. The market for gin in India is minuscule. Gin reportedly accounts for just 1 percent of the annual 300 million case spirits market, and liquor industry experts will tell you that over 98 percent of the gin sold here is of the rot-gut variety… The last seven-odd months have seen a burst of new craft gins — Terai, Samsara, Jin Jiji, Pumori, Tickle, and GinGin—and yet more gins could join them on the shelves by the time this horrendous year draws to a close. Most of these gins are distilled in Goa by, in keeping, perhaps with gin’s popularity among millennials, people under 30… Moneycontrol recently spoke to the men behind GinGin, Jin Jiji, and Samsara to find out more about their gin journeys…  For further details click here

After Visuals of Crowded Goa Night Clubs Flouting Covid-19 Norms Go Viral, Health Minister Promises Action

18 Oct: News 18. Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane on Sunday said strict action will be taken as visuals of jam-packed night clubs in the tourism-heavy state flooded social media amid the coronavirus outbreak. He said he would meet Chief Minister Pramod Sawant later in the day to discuss the issue, adding that district administration would be instructed to cancel the licenses of the clubs which have violated social distancing norms in this manner…  For further details click here
Video: 18 Oct: Prudent. Govt swings into action after videos of packed night clubs go viral …  click here
19 Oct: Herald. Licences of four nightclubs may be suspended. Health Min to approach CM recommending suspension of licences for violating the mandatory norms; Videos of late Saturday night parties go viral on social media, wherein party revellers were found blatantly violating the COVID safety norms … click here.

The Coronavirus Slayers: Meet The Female Leaders On India’s Covid-19 Frontline

18 Oct: Vogue (UK). … Complacency is now the biggest threat… She is wearing a face mask, but you can tell from her sparkly eyes that supermarket cashier Pramila Subash Palyekar always greets her customers with a smile. In March, Goa’s AJ Supermarket [Siolim], where she works, resembled a war zone. “I’ve never seen our stock disappear so fast,” she says, recounting the time of panic buying, when fear was spreading faster than the virus. Like Palyekar, millions of others have been working through the pandemic, despite their modest wages and lack of medical insurance. They are scared of taking the virus home, but, with no alternative, they continue to go to work…  click here
For a more detailed link which appeared earlier in Vogue (India),  click here



Death: Maria Luis, ex Cansaulim/Merces, Goa
10 Oct. Backnang, Germany. MARIA AMELIA LUIS. Most beloved wife of Late Antonio Francisco Fernandes. Caring mother/mother-in-law of Linda/Jeric D'Mello Lusitano and Laurindo. Loving sister, sister-in-law, aunt and grand-aunt. Passed away peacefully on 10th October 2020. Funeral will be held on Wednesday, 21st October 2020 at 01.15 pm at Stadtfriedhof, Backnang-Germany. Photo. click here.

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Goa: COVID Headlines

18 Oct: Navhind Times. Seven more deaths, linked to COVID-19, were registered in the last 24 hours in Goa, taking the state's death toll to 538… The state reported 309 fresh COVID-19 positive cases on Saturday, taking the number of confirmed positive cases has reached 40,400-mark…  For further details click here
17 Oct: New Indian Express. Amid COVID-19 outbreak, Goa doctors threaten strike over room sharing. The administration wants to shift the accommodation of doctors to twin-sharing rooms in Margao Residency, which is being used by the state government amid the outbreak…  click here

Today, Sunday: Goans in London to stage silent protest walk

17 Oct: Times of India. Goans in London are going to stage a symbolic gesture of solidarity with the protest against the upcoming projects at the Mollem sanctuary and national park on Sunday. A silent walk will be held at 1.30pm wherein people will meet at Alexander Palace in North London and extend their solidarity. The initiative is being organised by UK-based social activist Carmen Miranda…. 370 words + photo.  click here
For more info. contact Carmen, 07952 860426 and check Facebook for more photos and updates.  click here
Video: 11 Oct: Save Mollem. Magical Mollem: Goa's Green Heart (English). 8m. 01s click here.

London: Football: Goan United FC won their 1st Football League match.

17 Oct: Goan United started their campaign with a 1-0 win against North London FC Reserves in the English Ninth tier league. Estevan Mendes scored the match-winner in the 30th minute of first half. Goan United were down by a man in the 55th minute as Sneden Rodrigues received marching orders with a direct red card … To watch a video recording of the match, check their Facebook page,  For further details click here
17 Oct: Herald. “Goans United” through the beautiful game. Over the years Goa have lost many young footballers who have left the shores for better prospects with almost half of them migrating to the UK. However it’s after all these years of migration, the Goan base in England finally united to take an initiative to build the football spirit among the Goan community in England by forming a professional football club - Goan United, which will feature in English ninth tier league -Cherry Red Books Middlesex County Football League. Dawson Fernandes, coach cum player of Goan United stated, "The idea was to just make a name for our community in the UK and get all football lovers together to have their own team of players …  click here

CM Pramod Sawant invites US business fraternity to invest in Goa

17 Oct: Business World. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday launched the Goa Chapter of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce (IACC) which aims to synergize business activities from the United States thereby boosting the state economy. Speaking at the occasion Chief Minister Sawant expressed that Goa has a lot of potential to bring in various business activities and invited the business fraternity from the US to engage in the industrial sector of the state… Purnachandra Rao, national president of the IACC, said that the Goa chapter of IACC will play a significant role in boosting industrial activities in the state…  For further details click here
17 Oct: Launch of Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, Goa Chapter. Streamed live …  click here

Goa News In Brief

17 Oct: Times of India. Soon, segregate waste into 16 categories in state capital. In a bid to gain greater control over the solid waste generated in the state capital, the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) has decided to introduce greater segregation and has called for 16-way segregation…  For further details click here
17 Oct: Times of India. Tourism dept. moves to halt child begging. Goa Tourism has liaisoned with not-for-profit organisation, Children’s Rights in Goa (CRG), to adopt a child-friendly code to ensure that children in the sector are not exploited. Using the code, stakeholders will be required to intimate the authorities of any incident of child abuse they notice…  click here
17 Oct: KnockSense. Old Goa Medical College at Ribandar to be refurbished into a 30-bedded PHC. The Government of Goa has decided to convert the old Goa Medical College Building in Ribander to a fully upgraded and equipped Primary Health Centre (PHC). This 30-bed facility will provide excellent treatment and amenities of medical emergencies to the residents of Ribandar, Chimbel, Merces, Divar, Old Goa and surrounding areas… click here.

Making Goa safe the cornerstone of new state tourism policy

17 Oct: BritAsia News. In the backdrop of a perception that tourists, especially foreigners, are unsafe in the coastal state, the Goa Tourism Policy 2020 aims to make it one of the safest destinations in the world … The issue of safety of tourists has assumed prime importance in the state, which has taken the flak for crimes against tourists over the last decade or so… The High Court has passed strictures against the Goa Police for shoddiness in dealing with the deaths of 245 foreigners, most of them tourists, in just over a decade… “Make Goa one of the safest tourist destinations as per world-class standards” has been listed as one of the cornerstone principles of the policy …  For further details click here

CBI quizzes Rajasthan jeweller for 9 hours in Felix Dahl case

17 Oct: Times of India. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) questioned a man from Rajasthan in the Swedish national Felix Dahl death case for nine hours in the state. .. CBI said that the man from Rajasthan had met Dahl … CBI said that Dahl was found dead on January 28, 2015, and the following day the jeweller left Goa. CBI took the person being interrogated to Anjuna to verify where he stayed and with whom he was in business with… The Swedish national had come to Goa on a holiday and was last seen at a restaurant in Patnem. His body was found on a quiet gravel road, 200m from the restaurant, by a local at 5.30am… Goa police had filed a closure report in the case due to lack of evidence to prove murder…  For further details click here
For the What happened to Felix Dahl? Facebook page,  click here

Food News In Brief

16 Oct: Scroll. Goan Caesar Salad. By Hussain Shahzad. I love Caesar Salad... At O Pedro, we wondered what we can do to make it Goan. After some mulling, a dressing was made with cashews instead of eggs, turning the salad vegan, and the sourdough croutons were replaced with poee croutons. An alternative non-vegetarian version was created with Grilled Cafreal Chicken, which is, again, very Goan…  click here
17 Oct: Planet Radio (UK). Recipe: Vindaloo Pulled Pork served with Coconut Dal. Every week on Simon Mayo's Saturday show, we're joined by food and wine expert, Nigel Barden, who talks us through incredible recipes and the wines that go with them… Simon Mayo's show is on from 10am until 1pm every Saturday and you can listen here. On Saturday 17th October we made Vindaloo Pulled Pork and a Coconut Dal…  click here
17 Oct: Bohusläningen (Sweden). Shrimp Curry from Goa … Absolutely superb Indian curry stew with lovely stock of many flavors… recipe: approximately 250 g of shrimp or crayfish tails … click here.

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A family-run safari and travel business specializing in East Africa, managed by Heather-Gail de Souza, daughter of the legendary late Lewis and late Antoinette de Souza. The Company has 36 years' experience of Safaris and Travel in East Africa. For a video link, click here. For the Company website, click here To contact Heather-Gail, email:
Mobile: +254 725860439

Stallions Air

ATOL 9179

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

Time Travel

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

Tito’s – Where Else?!

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

Villa Calangute

For Private, Spacious, Self-Catered & Luxury villas in Goa just 2-10 minute's
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A&G Event Experts

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

Goan Association (UK)

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Goa Holiday Homes

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Acron, Goa's leading edge developers since 1988 presents eco-friendly apartments and villas

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