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Far from the beach Two books on the Goan diaspora

22 Nov: Mint. By Vivek Menezes. Fifty years ago, on 12 December 1964, the Republic of Kenya was proclaimed and centrestage were several anti-colonial freedom fighters of Goan origin, Fitz de Souza, Pio Gama Pinto and Joseph Murumbi Zuzarte … How did they find themselves embroiled deep in the most significant moment of Kenya’s modern history? The answer is richly detailed in Selma Carvalho’s A Railway Runs Through: Goans Of British East Africa, 1865-1980, first compiled as part of the “Oral Histories of British-Goans from Colonial East Africa Project” to “record and archive the fast-fading voices of East African Goans who had migrated to Britain in the wake of Africanisation policies and expulsions”…. Bomoicar: Stories Of Bombay Goans, 1920-1980: By Reena Martins, Goa 1556, 154 pages, Rs.200 presents a cultural history that usually falls outside the margins of mainstream narrative…  click here

India to offer online visas to 45 countries
22 Nov: Times of India. India will offer online visa facilities for 45 countries including US, Australia, Germany, Israel, Japan, UAE, Palestine, Jordan, Thailand, Singapore and Russia. The facility will be announced on November 27 by the ministries of home affairs and tourism… Countries that already have visa on arrival and will be able to apply under the electronic travel authorization scheme include Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand, Singapore, Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Philippines, Laos and South Korea… The government plans to establish a separate website to extend the facility to foreigners intending to visit India as tourists… The countries that are unlikely to be on the list include Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria and Afghanistan…  click here

Selma Carvalho: A fragment of Autobiography

22 Nov: The Goan. By Selma Carvalho. On April 12, 1924, a smallish house on the hillocks between Arrarim and Sonarbhat of Saligao, groaned with the misery of Lilia-Maria’s birth pangs, and peeking his head into the world was Francis Newton Souza. Lilia-Maria Cecilia Antunes came from a family hovering between poverty and aspiration … Thanks to Souza’s biography, we remember his father’s family only as ‘chronic drunkards.’ Drunk or not, his grandfather Antonio de Souza was a man of considerable merit … Souza only hints at the abundance of women in childhood… The story goes that in childhood, a bout of smallpox nearly killed Souza, and his mother having propitiated St. Francis Xavier’s goodwill in saving her child, added Francis to his name… To his credit, Souza tried to set the record straight in a 1994 interview admitting that Francis was always on his birth certificate, but by then the public had become so enamoured with the almost biblical image of a desperate child, clinging to his mother, saved by divine intervention, that this clarification gained little traction…  click here

Video: EDM mania hits India
22 Nov: The Guardian (UK). … Many in the Indian music industry attribute the rise of EDM to the success of Goa’s Sunburn festival … Goa, of course, has a long association with dance music, dating back to the trance scene in the late 80s. Sunburn festival boss Shailendra Singh is adamant that EDM will ultimately prove to be a force for good for the Indian music scene. He says, “Just wait for the day when that one Indian DJ creates a global impact. I think the world will freak out.” … Video clip of Sunburn in Goa. 6m. 36s.  click here

R. Benedito Ferrao: Gaitonde between Goa and Guggenheim

22 Nov: The Goan. By R. Benedito Ferrao (photo). Face to face with his work for the first time, I realised that nothing had prepared me for the profound simplicity of the art of Goan painter Vasudeo Santu Gaitonde (1924-2001). Curated by Sandhini Poddar, this first major retrospective of Gaitonde’s oeuvre brings him to world attention, just as one of his pieces sold for the highest amount ever paid for a work of art in India at a Christie’s auction last year. Titled “V. S. Gaitonde: Painting as Process, Painting as Life,” the exhibition at New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened in October and will run till February 2015… While little may be known of Gaitonde due to the limited recognition he received in his lifetime and having died in near-obscurity, the exhibition further obfuscates the painter’s origins… It notes his birthplace as Nagpur, Maharashtra, but it also states that he spent part of his childhood in Goa, where his parents were from… Certainly, Gaitonde may have spent most of his lifetime outside Goa and a brief stint in New York, but one wonders how Goa may have influenced his art…  click here

Calvert Gonsalves booked on complaint from ex-governor’s wife
22 Nov: Times of India. Controversies don't seem to leave Colva panchayat member Calvert Gonsalves. Barely 10 days after his house was raided by the anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the vigilance department, the Colva police on Friday booked an offence against him on charges of intending to outrage the modesty of a woman. Gonsalves was booked based on a complaint lodged by the widow of former governor of Goa and Maharashtra, Mohammed Fazal… the incident occurred on October 29. It all began with Gonsalves, who resides next to the complainant's house, allegedly picking a dispute with her over a seemingly petty reason that her dog's loud barking disturbs his peace. Not stopping at that, Gonsalves allegedly abused the complainant with vulgar expletives and obscene gestures, and even threatened her in a language that had sexual overtones, police sources informed…  click here

Video: Kezaia Caldeira: Miss Goa 2014

21 Nov: InGoaNews. 1h.00m.26s.  click here
For the Kezaia Caldeira Facebook site,  click here
For a Planet Goa profile of Kezaia Caldeira, click here.

Don't want Ebola patients in Goa, send them somewhere else: former CM
22 Nov: First Post. Ebola patients should not be allowed to enter Goa and those who succumb to the disease should not be buried in the state, demanded Congressman and former Goa chief minister Ravi Naik… He specifically expressed his opposition to a state government order identifying the Infectious Diseases Hospital in Ponda as a quarantine facility should a person in the state be diagnosed with Ebola…  click here

The man who’s Goan to Portugal

21 Nov: Herald. Bringing to light the trials and tribulations faced by people with the European dream, Aftab Khan Farooqui and his skilled crew have put together a short film that touches upon many things ‘truly Goan’. At this year’s edition of IFFI, a sum total of three films from Goa have been selected to be screened, Farooqui’s creation, ‘Paklo’, ‘Niragas’ by Ashish Nagvenkar, as well as a feature film titled ‘In Search of Mother’ by Ramprasad Adpaikar. Through Paklo’s narrative, the filmmaker has beautifully depicted the ‘issue’ of Portuguese citizenship and Goans asking to have the right to keep dual passports… The short film recounts the travails of a young man raised in a village, whose wish is to leave India and immigrate to Europe…  click here
For the Paklo Facebook page,  click here

KTC launches airport bus service
22 Nov: Times of India. Kadamba transport corporation (KTC) has started an AC bus service exclusively for airport passengers on Friday afternoon. The service is on a trial basis for now. KTC chairman and MLA Carlos Almeida said that the bus will leave the airport at 2.15pm every day. Plans are also there to launch a trip from Panaji to the airport. The AC bus can accommodate 44 passengers and Rs 100 will be charged per seat…  click here
Coach from airport to Panjim launched. 22 Nov: Herald. South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar on Friday flagged off the first KTC airconditioned bus service from Dabolim airport to Panjim KTC bus stand…  click here

Video: Lorna

19 Nov: Prudent Media. The Nightingale of Goa: Lorna. Part 1. 13m. 56s.  click here
Part 2: 10m 44s.  click here

A new wave of chef-entrepreneurs throws off the seasonal shackles of dining in Goa
22 Nov: Mint. … Not only does the new wave of chef-entrepreneurs have the confidence of being able to draw in diners round the year, the menus speak of myriad experiences, independent visions and an appreciation of local flavours that goes beyond kingfish rava-fry. Ruta’s, for instance, serves everything from Bangkok Street Style Stir-Fried Chicken to Shepherd’s Pie, and from Hyderabadi Slow-Roasted Beef to Vegetable Thai Curry … The Black Sheep Bistro, locally referred to as BSB—a resto-bar as much known for its creative cocktails as for fine food … One of the hits on the BSB menu has a fish called Diana (or Dayana) encrusted with peanuts and served with an orange butter sauce…  click here


News Summary

Corruption in property- linked Golden Visa scheme hits Portugal

20 Nov: Portugal’s Golden Visa scheme is in the news again, but for wrong reasons this time. Several Portuguese immigration officials are being investigated on suspicion of corrupt sale of visas to wealthy foreigners. Interior minister Miguel Macedo has also resigned, after being reportedly linked to a company identified in the probe. The police have also arrested the head of Portugal’s immigration and border service, Manuel Palos, and have detained 10 other people… The scheme was launched in Portugal in August, 2012. In Spain and Portugal, the minimum investment is €500,000 ($670,000), while it is €300,000 in Cyprus…  click here

It's not just Christians celebrating in India
20 Nov: Dover Express (UK). … The best place in India to enjoy Christmas festivities is Goa. The beaches of Goa are famous for their Christmas carnivals. People across the continents come to Goa for Christmas Eve and welcome the New Year. People are lively and love wining and dining on the beach. The rapturous music in the night can definitely tingle your limbs and get you shaking a leg with your friends in the middle of the street…

Two Kerala-born Indian Catholics to be declared as saints in Vatican

20 Nov: Indian Express. Two Kerala-born Indian Catholics will be declared as Saints in Vatican on November 23. Fr Kuriakose Elias Chavara and Sister Euphrasia, both now in the category of Blessed which is a stage closer to sainthood, would be canonized into the league of saints by Pope Francis in a function at St Peter’s Basilica in Rome. Clergy and laity from Kerala would join in Vatican to witness the event. Chavara, who lived in the 19th century in Kerala, is reckoned as a social reformer and visionary priest. Chavara was declared as a blessed in 1986 along with sister Alphonsa, who was made a saint in 2008…  click here

4G to flood Goa shortly
21 Nov: Herald. There is good news for smart phone buffs, as slow downloads could be a thing of the past, with 4G services set to soon become a reality in the State. The Goa State Pollution Control Board ( GSPCB) has received nearly 200 applications for installing 4G technology mobile towers of which 30 have already been issued Consent to Operate. The remaining 170 applications are still under consideration. The State already has 750 mobile towers with 1G, 2G and 3G technology…  click here

Fans Mob Amitabh Bachchan, Rajinikanth at Chaotic IFFI Opening

21 Nov: India West. The inaugural function of the 45th International Film Festival of India Nov. 20 was marked by chaos with megastars Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth getting mobbed by fans even as some foreign delegates were seen “scurrying about” to locate their seats…  click here
21 Nov: Navhind Times. Confusion rules at the 45th IFFI inaugural … it turned out to be one of the most badly managed inaugural ceremony in the 10 years that this prestigious film festival is being organised here in Goa…  click here

PIO cards: Lifetime validity to help Goans
21 Nov: Times of India. The Union government has revised the person of Indian origin (PIO) card scheme, which will allow PIO cardholders to stay in India as long as they wish to stay without registration with Foreigners' Regional Registration Offices (FRRO). Ministry of home affairs (MHA), in a letter to the FRRO, Goa, said that PIO cards issued to applicants shall be valid for their lifetime from the date of its issue provided that such applicants have a valid passport…  click here

Indian evisa facility for Russians to be launched next week

20 Nov: Russia & India Report. Russian citizens visiting India for tourism will no longer have to go to an Indian diplomatic mission to get a visa. The evisa initiative promoted by the Indian Government will be launched on November 27, according a PTI report. The facility will be launched by Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma at a function in Delhi, the news agency cited a senior Tourism Ministry official as saying.The list of 28 countries also includes, the US, Brazil, Germany, Thailand, UAE, Ukraine, Jordan, Norway and Israel… …  click here
21 Nov: Khaleej Times (UAE). Indian expats want visa on arrival move reciprocated  click here

WTM 2014: The India Pavilion Perks Up
21 Nov: Travel Biz Monitor. Better quality of visitors made this year’s edition of World Travel Market (WTM) in London worthwhile for Indian participants who exhibited their newfound gusto…In spite of its popularity, Goa Tourism has to work to erase the impression of an unsafe destination in the wake of some sorry incidents in the state. While visitors to the Goa stand were clearly not worried and called the incidents ‘aberrations’, there was a conscious effort by the officials to clear the air. “Questions related to safety do come up,” said Ameya Abhyankar, IAS, Director - Tourism, Government of Goa, adding, "We strive to give a clear picture to the world that safety in Goa is not compromised.” The thrust was to market Goa as a 365-day destination and a place that has much more, besides sun and sea…  click here

8 Shocking Foods Indians Eat

21 Nov: NDTV. Indian cuisine is a beautiful blend of our culture and customs. It boasts of curries and spices, robust flavours and a mind blowing variety. You may have not have known but it is also full of surprises. This time around, I decided to take the road less traveled and venture into the unexplored… Frog Legs in Sikkim & Goa. This French delicacy has been pleasing the Indian palate for long. In many parts of India, there is nothing more exotic than battered and fried frog legs. The Lepchas community in Sikkim swears by their medicinal quality to cure various stomach ailments. The Indian bullfrog is also a monsoon delicacy in Goa and is famously known as the 'jumping chicken'. Although, it is recognized as a threatened species by the government of India yet you may find some restaurants serving it.  click here

Recipe: Chicken Vindaloo
20 Nov: Express Tribune (Pakistan). The pride of the Indian city of Goa, this spicy potato and chicken curry will leave you wanting more!... The word ‘Vindaloo’ is derived from the Portuguese word ‘Vinha De Alhos’ which combines the two chief ingredients of the curry: (Vinha) vinegar and (Alhos) garlic. Vindaloo was originally a vinegar and garlic-based water stew concocted by the Portuguese who cooked it with beef or pork…  click here

Kim Kardashian India trip cancelled 'over visa issues'

21 Nov: BBC. Reality TV star Kim Kardashian's India trip has been cancelled over visa issues, according to reports. Kardashian was set to make an appearance on Bigg Boss, the Indian version of Big Brother, on Saturday. The organisers of her visit confirmed to the BBC that Kardashian would not come to India, but refused to disclose the exact reason behind cancellation. Kardashian is a household name in the UK and the US, best known for reality shows and a leaked sex tape…  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sun 23 Nov. Fr. Agnelo's Day commencing with Mass at 1.30pm. at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon.

Sun. 30 Nov. GOA Celebration of the Feast of St Francis Xavier at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Mass at 12.30pm followed by social. Tickets: Members £3.50, Non-members £7. Price includes a three-course meal. Contact: Chloe De Mendonca 020 8384 0272, Nina Pinto 020 8767 0663, Flavio Gracias 020 8723 1322. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 7 Dec: East London & Essex Goans. St Francis Xavier's Feast. Mass at 12:30pm followed by Social until 8pm. Fords Sports Club (entrance between houses 170-172) Aldborough Road South, Newbury Park, Essex IG3 8HG. Music by Maz & Co. Live Band. Licensed Bar at reduced prices (No outside drinks permitted). Tickets: Members - £11; Guests - £13; Children (Aged 5-16) - £6. Includes: Buffet meal & snacks by Maggie's Kitchen. All tickets £15 after 15th Nov. Dress Code: Formal/Smart Casual (Jeans or trainers not permitted). Music by Maz & Co Live Band. Licensed Bar at reduced rates. No outside drinks permitted. Send cheques payable to 'East London & Essex Goans' and SAE to: Joyce Travasso, 22 Meath Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1JA or Raymond Carvalho, 170 South Park Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 2XR. For more information contact: Raymond Carvalho (President) 020 7998 6794; Gerry Ferrao (Treasurer) 020 8220 6956; Joyce Travasso (Social Secretary) 020 8478 8815; Committee members: Audrey Lewis: 020 8514 2784; Louisa Travasso 020 8252 6063; Joe Travasso: 020 8252 6063; Paul Travasso: 020 8478 8815; Savio D'Souza: 07918693920. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 13 Dec from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Saligao Association and St. Diogo's Association Joint Children's Christmas Tree Party to be held at the Sacred Heart Hall, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London SW 19 4LU. Join us with your family and friends to share in the spirit of Christmas. Tea party, carol singing, fancy dress competition, so hurry and get your tickets. Tickets for children £10.00 (up to 11 years) which will include a gift. Parents, Grandparents, family and friends £7.00. Includes snacks, a meal and tea/coffee. No bar, so please bring your own drinks. For tickets please contact Marlene Vaz on 0208 669 5838 and Jane Gracias on 0208 543 5454.

Wed. 31 Dec: HAPC NEW YEAR'S EVE Gala Ball - Park Inn Hotel, Bath Road, Heathrow, Middlesex UB7 0DU. 7.00pm to 2.00am. Hall 1 with full-size dance floor - Live Music by Maz & Co. Hall 2 - DJ Deevine. Licensed Bar and Catering by Royal Food. Tickets: Adults - £30, Children (under 10) - £20. Table & Seat Allocation. Dress Code: Formal. FREE Car Park. Special Discounted Hotel Room Rates for Ticket Holders. For tickets and other information, email or call Chanelle Pereira on 020-8952 8899. For Flyer please click here.

31 Dec: The Goan Loop (UK) presents New Year's Eve Ball, at St George's Church Hall, Corner Woodford Avenue East Bound & Gants Hill Crescent, Gants Hill, Ilford Essex IG4 5EZ. 15 mins drive on the A406 from Edmonton/Southgate/Enfield/Walthamstow Gant Hill Tube. Doors open from 7.15pm till late. Keeping you dancing, singing and partying into the New Year will be Nite Life. All Tickets Booked B4 15th Dec 2014 are £15.00. Children under 10 years free. All tickets after this date are £20.00. No Tickets sold at door - Book early to avoid disappointment! For Tickets & further info call: East London -Louie 0795 633 5864, Janet 0795 073 9788 Cassy 0798 627 8422. North London-Maria 0750 795 0455. Food & Snacks on sale! No rip off bar prices…Bring your own drinks & enjoy responsibly- if possible avoid glass bottles. Lots of Spot and Novelty prizes to be won on the night…Plus raffles without long music break. Dress to Impress...Glitzy and Glamorous...Strictly No jeans or trainers. For the flyer, click here

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Death: Robert Dias

15 Nov: Toronto. ROBERT SANTANA PIO DIAS. Ex- Dar es Salaam. Passed away peacefully at Mackenzie Health with his family by his side. Beloved husband of the late Zita Dias. Devoted father to Jeanette Dias D'Souza, Micheline (Robert) Barta and Nicole (Edward) Kosczyszyn. Loving grandfather to Michael, Stephanie, Deklan and Haydon. Cherished brother to Abilio, Armindo and Benilde (deceased) and their families. The family will receive friends at the Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home 211 Langstaff Road East (west of Bayview Ave.) from 2-4 and 6-8pm on Friday November 21, 2014. A Mass of Christian burial will take place within the funeral home in the Chapel of St. Joseph on Saturday November 22, 2014 at 10am. The final rite of committal will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery 8361 Yonge St. Thornhill, ON. If desired, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. Online condolences & directions may be found at  For further details click here

Egbert Fernandes: Acknowledgement
The family of the late EGBERT FERNANDES (Australia) wish to thank all who attended Egbert’s Requiem Mass and funeral on November 6 in Canberra. We would especially like to thank those who travelled from Sydney and around the country to attend the service. We would also like to thank Egbert’s former international hockey colleagues, East Africans from around the globe, and all our relatives and friends who telephoned or sent condolences. We were comforted by your kind words, your prayers and your thoughts. A special thanks also to all those who sent mass cards, sympathy cards, e-mails. We will always remember your kindness and generosity. – Bertha, Vincent (Miriam), Wallace, Joanne (Kevin), Edgar (Rose), Edna (Renato), Ellen (Geoff) and our extended families. For the original Death and Funeral notice, click here.

News Summary

Velda Abreu resigns as President of the Goan Overseas Association (Toronto)

18 Nov: From Velda Abreu (photo): “ I have resigned my position as President of the Goan Overseas Association effective immediately … because of the inability to effect change I have decided to resign my position… You should also be aware that the Executive Team has resigned their position and the association is currently in the hands of the Board of Trustees… I want to say Thank You to all that supported me and the Executive Team. I know we will continue to support the association in the future. I have enjoyed my time as President and it has been a real pleasure to lead this organization”. For the full text of the resignation letter,  click here
For the Linkedin profile of Velda Abreu,  click here

Bird-hits: Is govt waiting for deaths, asks Mauvin
20 Nov: Times of India. The bird-hit incident at Dabolim airport on Tuesday was a wake-up alarm for authorities and needs to be tackled on a priority basis. Dabolim MLA Mauvin Godinho, whose constituency the Dabolim international airport is in, will be submitting a letter to chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar and urban development minister Francis D'Souza reminding them of the assurance of former chief minister Manohar Parrikar of solving this issue on a priority basis…  click here
Editorial: Show some seriousness in clearing garbage from airport vicinity. 20 Nov. Herald.  click here

Video: Ben Gomes: Culture Digitally: Examining Contemporary Cultural Production

19 Nov: Culture Digitally. For millions of people around the world, social media systems now represent a central, material-semiotic mode of relation … In a corporate video describing the evolution of search, Google Fellow Ben Gomes states that, ‘Our goal is actually to make improvements to search that just answer the user’s informational needs, get them to their answer faster and faster, so that there’s almost a seamless connection between their thoughts and informational needs and the search results they find’ …  click here
For a profile of Ben Gomes,  click here

Now, youths rob tourists under cover of darkness
20 Nov: Navhind Times. Robbers are coming up with newer ways to stick up people especially tourists. The thieves often turn to dramatic tactics and rob tourists under the cover of darkness… two youths allegedly robbed a tourist couple in filmy style have been arrested by the Porvorim police. They are Pio Fernandes (26) of Canacona and his accomplice Anup Govenkar (19), a resident of Pilerne…  click here
Burglars strike at Seraulim. 20 Nov: Herald. Less than three days after the daring Cavelossim burglary in the apartment of a 77-year-old UK woman, burglars have struck again … This time round, a Russian national became the victim of the burglars as unknown miscreants burgled the first floor apartment at Seraulim Tuesday night… Meanwhile, district police chief Shekar Prabhudessai has told the Colva police to have a sensitization programme for the apartments owners who have leased out their premises to foreigners…  click here

Millions expected to venerate remains of Saint Francis Xavier

19 Nov: UCA News. Some five million people are expected to venerate the remains of the 16th century Spanish missionary Francis Xavier when they are exhibited for 40 days beginning this weekend in Goa. For the once-a-decade event, the government of Goa has allotted some US$1.6 million to renovate and build infrastructure such as roads, bridges, and accommodation facilities… Archeological experts, stationed in Goa to oversee painting and maintenance of the buildings, said they want to make sure that temporary structures being put up on the vast campus do not harm the old buildings… Critics like Jose Mario, a Catholic who lives close to the cathedral compound, said the Church is "running a business" with the exposition of the remains of the saint. "It is no more faith. It is a business of donations and no one tells how much they collect." …  click here

A Very Goan Kind of Monsoon
20 Nov: Indian Express. As me and my husband embarked on a journey to see Goa in her lovely rain-washed splendour, we were not quite sure what to expect… Our delightful last supper at Ferdinand’s Nostalgia… it was very easily one of the most charming places I had been to in my life… We felt old fashioned, romantic, like we had discovered our very own hideaway for a special date… Sauteed ox tongue in Goan spices, a meaty, spicy sorpotel, a pomfret ambotik wiped up with fluffy sannas, formed the highlights. We ate, we ran to the airport and boarded our flight. As we were taking off, we burped nearly in unison …  click here

Tony Fernandes plans new strategy for trouble-hit AirAsia X

19 Nov: Malaysian Reserve. AirAsia X Bhd, the long-haul brand of no-frill airline AirAsia, is facing a tough cashflow problem following its rapid expansion amid keen competition among regional airlines … CEO Azran Osman said the airline was in a tough position but that it was not in danger of closing down. “We are in a tough position. No two ways about it but we are fixing it. Tony is coming up with a new strategy for the airline…”  click here
AirAsia X has trouble paying salaries: Report. 19 Nov: Human Resources.  click here
Embattled AirAsia X cuts flights to Australia. 20 Nov: Sydney Morning Herald. click here.

Australia: Cheap flights to Goa and Nagpur with Air India
19 Nov: Bendigo Advertiser (Aus). Australian discount travel site, Direct Flights, is offering low-cost airfares with Air India on direct flights to Goa and Nagpur in India. The fares are on sale until November 30 and are for departures from November 19 to January 16. The return fares to Goa are from $1043 ex Sydney and $1056 ex Melbourne. The return fares to Nagpur are $1072 ex Sydney and $1085 ex Melbourne…  click here

Best value winter sun breaks revealed

19 Nov: Daily Mail (UK). The islands of Fuerteventura and Tenerife have the cheapest in-resort costs for Britons while Caribbean hotspots, Turks and Caicos and Barbados rank among the priciest destinations, a study says … The TripAdvisor survey analysed the cost of rented accommodation, car hire, dinner at a restaurant and basic groceries at 29 destinations… Other good-value destinations include Goa in India (where the costs were £606) … According to the study, Goa has the cheapest restaurant food, with a dinner for four costing just £21, compared with as much as £86 in the Cayman Islands.  click here


DOCUMENTARY: It Was Alright in the 1970's. Channel 4. Saturday 22nd Nov. 21:00 to 22:00. TV in the 70s. From blacking-up in popular pre-watershed programmes, through to rampant homophobia and shameless xenophobia, the 70s seems to have had a different set of manners and morals, and took a casual approach to sexism and racism.

FILM: Journey Bombay to Goa. Zee Cinema (Sky 790). Sunday 23rd Nov. 11:45 to 14:15. Film about the bus journey from Bombay to Goa filled with incidents that will have you in splits of laughter. (2007, 15) To watch it online, click here.

DRAMA: The Indian Doctor. Drama. (Freeview 20). Sunday 23rd Nov. 19:00 to 20:00. The Arrival. Series 1, episode 1. Sanjeev Bhaskar stars in the period comedy drama set in 1963. The residents of a sleepy Welsh mining village are surprised by the identity of their new doctor.

DOCUMENTARY: Monsoon Railway. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Monday 24th Nov. 17:00 to 18:00. Fascinating film that paints an affectionate portrait of Indian railway culture. Find out how the workers keep the stormy weather at bay and their trains running.

DOCUMENTARY: Dispatches. Channel 4. Monday 24th Nov. 20:00 to 20:30. How to Break Into Britain. Going deep inside the Calais camps where desperate migrants gather before attempting to cross the Channel, Dispatches investigates the gangs that are making big money by smuggling illegal immigrants into Britain.

FILM: The Square Circle. Channel 4. Tuesday 25th Nov. 01:20 to 03:15. Set on the north-eastern coast of India, this drama tells the story of a transvestite who rescues an abducted girl from terrible violence at the hands of a group of men she encounters. (Premiere, Subtitles, 1996, 12, 4 Star)

SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTARY: Extreme Engineering. Discovery Science (UK: Sky 525; India: Videocon d2h Channel 607) Tuesday 25th Nov. 14:00 to 15:00. Building Mumbai's Modern Airport. Danny heads to India to see one of the country's most ambitious undertakings ever, the $2 billion expansion of Mumbai Airport. To watch live (UK), click here.



Death: Andrew D'Souza

17 Nov: Mombasa, Kenya. ANDREW EDWARD D'SOUZA. Husband to Martina D'Souza. Father of Sharon D'Souza Holi, Eve D'Souza and Jason D'Souza. Father-in-law to Philip Holi. Brother to Cecilia Goes, Charlie D'Souza, Christopher D'Souza and Tony D'Souza. The funeral service will be held at the Holy Ghost Cathedral Mombasa on Thursday, 20th 2014 at 3pm. Followed by the burial at Mbaraki Cemetery at 4pm.

News Summary

UK: Joe de Souza: Why carers like me need more support

17 Nov: Macmillan. By Joe de Souza. … My wife Melita was diagnosed with a tumour in her lung, and I am her primary carer. I know that without being there for my wife she would have had great difficulty getting to hospital for treatment, and collecting her medication… Over a million people in England help care for a friend or family member with cancer. For people affected by cancer, support from family and friends is vital so they don't have to face cancer alone. But looking after a loved one with cancer can be tough, and while support is available, many carers are not getting the support they need… I was fortunate that I had met Benny Millier the Macmillan Cancer Information and Support Manager based at Croydon Healthcare NHS Trust who guided me and assisted me in coping…  click here

The original Voice of Goa
19 Nov: Herald. On his annual holiday in Goa, Eddie Fernandes, Editor of Goan Voice UK, is quite engrossed in keeping up with the ongoing events in and around Goa so that the same can be uploaded to his website. For the past 15 years, the website has played a key role in connecting Goa to its diaspora across the world …  click here

Canada: Remy Fernandes vs Mississauga Private School

12 Nov: Canadian Legal Information Institute. Mr. Fernandes started teaching at what is known as Mississauga Private School on January 28, 1999. Until the spring of 2008, all evidence shows that he was a good and dedicated teacher. Differences then started to appear between him and his superiors and he was dismissed on April 17, 2009… He sued for wrongful dismissal… The trial took place over ten days… Mr. Fernandes claimed $51,918 for wrongful dismissal, $300,000 for intentional infliction of mental distress, and $226,000 for long-term disability benefits. He was awarded: Damages for wrongful dismissal in the amount of $51,918; miscellaneous income loss claims totalling $5717.14; damages for the loss of long-term disability benefits to be calculated on consent or after further submissions… For the full report.  click here
18 Nov: Mondaq Business Briefing. Cause For Termination Of Employment: Can The Pendulum Swing Any Further? … 849 words.  click here

Migrants need to change to survive and thrive in Canada
17 Nov: Times of India. Immigration to Canada is on many NRIs mind who are working in oil-rich gulf nations. It is not Indians alone who desire to migrate to Canada. Many South East Asian workers in gulf countries too intend to emigrate to Canada, Australia or New Zealand for the continuity of better life. Canada is a dream destination because of the ease with which one can get legally into vast job market of the US. However, many immigrants, if not all, miss the point that nowhere it is said that educational degrees held by them are valid in Canada or the experience held by them will help them in obtaining similar jobs here. They come under a false belief and hope that educational qualification/experience used to see their eligibility is enough to get jobs here… 896 words.  click here

Curtains for Konkani at IFFI

19 Nov: Herald. This year, Goan film lovers will have to live with the fact that not a single film made in the state language Konkani has made it to the final list of the Indian Panorama section. Out of 26 films in the feature film section of the Indian Panorama, Marathi and Malayalam are leading in numbers with 7 films each. The reason is quite surprising and disappointing. According to A K Bir, head of jury of the feature film section of the Indian Panorama, not a single Konkani film participated even in the selection process…  click here

Service tax on NRI remittance fee fails to see total picture
19 Nov: Gulf Times (Qatar). The Bharatiya Janata Party-led federal government of India has quietly decided to impose a service tax on foreign remittance fees to India at the rate of 12.36%, which would weigh on the $71bn annual inflows to the largest receiving nation. But even more than one month after the circular was issued by India’s Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBES), there is no dearth of confusion and uncertainty on how the move will affect an estimated 30mn Indians currently working abroad… India also backtracked in 2012 on a proposal in the Direct Tax Code Bill requiring NRIs to pay taxes on their global income if they stay in their home country for more than 60 days in a financial year… NRIs deserve better treatment.  click here

Angela Trindade’s Oriental point of view

19 Nov: Herald. Emulating her famous father A X Trindade, Angela Trindade nevertheless forged her own ‘Trindadism’ style to make an impact in the international art world. Her Indianised Christian art, which is an important aspect of her diverse oeuvre of paintings, is on display for the very first time in Goa at the Fundacao Oriente … The first Indian woman artist to be granted a Fellowship by the Sir J J School of Art and gold medallist at the All India Women’s Artists Exhibition, Angela’s highest honour came from Pope Pius XII, who awarded her the papal decoration Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice, for her contributions to religious art…  click here

Goa’s new paedophile—desi tourist visiting alone?
19 Nov: Times of India. … NGOs working for the welfare of children in Goa say the abusers are no longer just foreigners … Susana de Souza, centre coordinator for Caritas-Goa's Childline, says abuses still occur and don't always reach NGOs… Pointing out that a lot of single men visit Goa, Nishtha Desai, director, Children's Rights in Goa (CRG), says, "The problem (paedophilia) is very much around, except that it is not as visible as before and is now difficult to trace and crack." …  click here
Visiting pedophiles beat cops. 19 Nov: Times of India. UK citizen Paul Meekin holidayed in Goa with a child with learning disabilities … Australian Paul Allen fled from police custody when he was being investigated on charges … CBI continues to fight an uphill legal battle to have Raymond Varley extradited to India… London-based Christine Beddoe, former director of ECPAT UK (End Child Prostitution, Pornography and Trafficking), said there was a distinct pattern…  click here
Paedophiles look for targets in places with lowest risk’. 19 Nov: Times of India. Christine Beddoe who was in Goa to attend a consultation, shared her observations on the problems of prosecuting travelling sex offenders, focusing on cases of British sex offenders travelling to India… click here.

ED to quiz Timblo co’s MD Chetan Timblo

19 Nov: Navhind Times. The Enforcement Directorate probing money laundering case in the multi-crore Goa illegal mining scam has decided to interrogate managing director of a Timblo mining firm Chetan Timblo and four other executives after Radha Timblo, former managing director of the firm, was questioned for around seven hours on Tuesday… Radha Timblo appeared before the investigating officer at the ED office in Patto, Panaji on Tuesday at around 11 a.m. and was allowed to go after being questioned past 6.30 p.m. She, however, did not respond to media queries while leaving the ED office…  click here

Billionaire Businessman Nicolas Berggruen
Owned Keys Hotels Plans To Sell Assets 18 Nov: Deal Curry. Keys Hotels, the mid market hotel chain owned by German-American businessman and investor Nicolas Berggruen, is planning to hive off prime properties located in Goa, Raipur, Lucknow and Kerala. The sale is being sought as Berggruen is tweaking the strategy to focus on managing properties rather than owning the real estate…  click here
The Keys Group owns Ronil Beach Resort in Calangute  click here

Air India flight hit by bird before takeoff at Dabolim airport

19 Nov: Navhind Times. The Delhi-bound Air India flight encountered a bird hit when it was about to take off from the Dabolim airport early Tuesday. The alert pilots aborted the takeoff and took the plane to the apron safely… Although assessment of the damage caused to the plane has not yet been made, but the damage could run into crores of rupees. The AI had put up the stranded passengers in nearby hotels after the incident. However, they were flown to Mumbai and other destinations from the Dabolim airport after 3.30 p.m. in another AI flight.  click here
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19 Nov: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 34.0. Min = 22.0. Humidity = 78%. Rainfall: NIL
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Australia: Attorney-General appeals against the release of secret diplomatic information on East Timor

17 Nov: Sydney Morning Herald. Attorney-General George Brandis has issued a "public interest certificate" that excludes Dr Clinton Fernandes and his legal representative from hearing evidence presented by government witnesses…The case arises from a decision in April that the National Archives was right to deny University of NSW Associate Professor Clinton Fernandes access to parts of two Department of Foreign Affairs files dealing with an Indonesian military offensive across East Timor in 1981. The operation involved the Indonesian army using East Timorese civilians as human shields and ended with a massacre of hundreds of people. A former Australian military intelligence officer turned academic, Dr Fernandes has been engaged in a six-year legal struggle to secure declassification of archives relating to Indonesia's invasion and occupation of East Timor…  click here
Dealing fairly with East Timor is not charity, but justice. By Clinton Fernandes. 3 Dec. 2013. The Guardian (UK) …  click here
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Karachi: From Beyond The Border, Their Eyes Are On Xavier
18 Nov: Times of India. There's a buzz in the air at St Anthony's church in Karachi. It's the epicenter of a formidable operation — getting around 300 Catholics from in and around the parish and archdiocese past the vagaries of the visa process and into Goa for the two events most cherished by any Goan expat — the Exposition of the Sacred Relics of Goencho Saib, and Christmas… Karachi has over 12,000 Goans. They are a fairly close-knit community, and every year, between 100 and 150 of them make the trip 'home' in December, a number that shoots up sharply during the decennial Expositions… 1076 words.  click here

Canadian Goan Christian Group: Symposium: Courageous or Coward Christian

9 Nov: CGCG. Submitted by Vince Fernandes, CGCG member. On Sunday, November 9th, 2014, over 300 individuals discovered how to become courageous Christians despite shifting realities they face in their daily lives. The Canadian Goan Christian Group (CGCG), provided a captive audience with personal faith encounters from keynote speakers Paul Nazareth, Pauline Dantas and Michelle Coutinho. After opening remarks by Dr. Colin Saldanha, Eric De Souza led the assembly in prayer, followed by a moment of silence and by Rudy and Nelson Fernandes leading in the singing of our national anthem. Ivan Araujo was an effective moderator … 868 words.  click here

14 Canadian producers to participate in film bazaar
18 Nov: Times of India. A delegation of 14 Canadian producers will participate in the 8th film bazaar scheduled to be held in Panaji from November 20 to 24, during the international film festival of india (Iffi) 2014. This will be part of the coproduction treaty between Canada and India, which came into effect on July 1, official sources said…  click here

Canada: Rose D’souza: Taboos about organ donation

17 Nov: Toronto Star. Shilpa Raju is only 29 and has survived two types of cancer and a double lung transplant. She is being profiled in a documentary video used to broach the taboo subject of organ transplants and donations within the Southeast Asian community… The film is directed by Rose D’Souza (photo) and produced by Pam Sethi, friends of Raju’s who witnessed her experiencing one complication after another. “This is a story Pam and I felt is important to share, especially for ethnic communities in Toronto where transplant awareness is low and many myths persist,” D’Souza says…  click here
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Devotees throng Pilar hillock
16 Nov: Times of India. With the novena under way to commemorate the 87th death anniversary of Venerable Agnelo de Souza, devotees from different walks of life have been flocking to the Pilar hillock to express gratitude for favours received or intercede for a miracle. The anniversary is being observed with the theme 'Venerable Agnelo: A model to live and proclaim faith in today's society'. Daily reflections are being conducted during masses which commence at 5.30am and conclude at 6.15pm… Father Theodore Mascarenhas, who has now been raised to the position of a bishop, was closely following the cause of Venerable Agnelo for sainthood in Rome until recently. The Society of Pilar has sent Fr Tony Fernandes to Rome to undergo a course on the canonization of saints.  click here

BMX Toronto donates to alumni

18 Nov: Herald. BMX Toronto (Alumni of St Britto, St Mary and St Xavier College in Goa) presented a cheque for Rs 1 lakh as bursaries for 10 meritorious students from St Mary Convent and St Britto HS who have enrolled at St Xavier's HSS this year. The cheque was presented to Dr Elvis Gonsalves - Principal of St Xavier HSS, by Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza, also a BMX alumni, in the company of Joe Nunes - President of BMX- Toronto, Lucindo Faria - member BMX- Goa and Rolfe Fernandes- member BMX- Toronto and others…  click here

Video: Australia: Narendra Modi on Visa on Arrival and merger of OCI & PIO
18 Nov: The Guardian (UK). Indian prime minister Narendra Modi was welcomed to Sydney by a crowd of more than 20,000 people for an address on Monday. In the speech, the prime minister urged Indian expatriates to invest back home and announced that Australians travelling to India would be able to now apply for a visa on arrival…  click here

Choreographer Longinus Fernandes set to work with Matrix crew

17 Nov: Times of India. Choreographer Longinus Fernandes, popular for choreographing Jai Ho from Slumdog Millionaire, is back with another Hollywood venture. Longinus got roped in by the well-known Hollywood film director duo Lana and Andy Wachowski for their new Netflix series Sense 8.The Wachowski siblings are busy shooting the series at various locations in Mumbai … Longinus has also been invited to attend the premiere of the Indo-Chinese film The Amazing Trip to India. Photo: (L-R) Assistant director James McTeigue, Andy Wachowski, Longinus Fernandes and Lana Wachowski on the sets of the series in Mumbai  click here
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Football: ISL: Mumbai FC Play Out Goalless Draw vs FC Goa
17 Nov: NDTV. Mumbai City FC and FC Goa played out an action-packed goalless draw in the Indian Super League clash after both teams failed to score on many occasions. The two teams had also been locked in a goalless stalemate in the first-leg encounter in Goa on November 9… Video: IBN. Highlights. 4m. 47s.


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British widow gassed in her room in horrific holiday robbery

Cavelossim House

16 Nov: Daily Express (UK). A British widow was gassed by armed men who broke into her apartment while she slept and stole £25,000 of cash and jewellery in Goa… Patricia Hughes, 77, fell in love with the paradise destination 20 years ago … She has returned every year since, staying for around six months in the same apartment in the town of Cavelossim for the last five years. But on Saturday night raiders sprayed her with a chemical that knocked her out… Mrs Hughes, from Swansea, who was presented with an MBE by Prince Charles in 2005 for services to tourism, said: “I’m not going to run away just because of this…” Thankfully Mrs Hughes, an actress and former council worker who once fenced for Great Britain, wasn’t injured …Last night Goa police did not respond to requests for comment on the case. .. 524 words.  click here
17 Nov: Daily Mail (UK). British widow at her holiday home in Goa 'knocked out by thieves using chemicals before they stole £25,000 in cash and jewellery'  click here
The Goa media not carried this crime report so far. For Patricia Hughes’ LinkedIn profile, click here.

GTDC plans to slash women taxi service prices
17 Nov: Times of India. Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) is currently in talks with transport department to reduce charges of the women-driven tourist taxis. The current charge is 33 per kilometer, but it wishes to slash the rates to 21 per kilometer… The GTDC would also like to support any woman who aspires to begin her own taxi service… GTDC currently charge Rs 200 to 500 per day during normal season time but some operators charge exorbitant rates which are tantamount to fleecing tourists…  click here

Bringing the dead back home

16 Nov: Herald. The Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs recently announced an online system for transporting mortal remains from ECR countries … Gabriel Grasto, a Goan employed in Bahrain says though Goans may not have as much trouble, other Indians especially the labor communities tend to have difficult times… Under normal circumstances, the human remains are to be transported by the employer to his homeland… In most cases, Goa’s close knit community in countries like Kuwait, Bahrain and Dubai, the Goan help Goan mentality holds strong with little help from the Indian Embassies … But with the coming of a new service by the Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs, the need to fly to a country to collect the remains may be unnecessary; the ministry hopes to take the online route to help ease the trouble… The system will only be made available for emigrants in Emigration Check Required (ECR) countries including Malaysia, Kuwait, Jordan, Iraq, UAE, Bahrain, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Sudan, Afghanistan, Qatar, Indonesia, Oman, Syria, Libya and Thailand…  click here

Slump in market catches new builders off guard
17 Nov: Herald. The realty market in the state has slowed down and some projects by the smaller builders in the state are being delayed. However projects by the more established builders are moving ahead on schedule. The state of the market has also resulted in several flats lying empty unsold in various parts of the state, however all of them believe that their fortunes will change in the next six or eight months…  click here

Jaime Mateus Tique: A soldier’s predicament

16 Nov: Times of India. Joao, a sensitive young Portuguese soldier is sent to Goa to protect his country's interest from Indian forces… Either he has to fight for his country or stand for humanity of his fellows. Which will he choose? This in a nutshell tells the story of French director Jaime Mateus Tique's film, Goa. The script has been selected by the NFDC Film Bazaar … Tique, a first timer to the Bazaar, feels it is the 'perfect place to speak about Goa'… If all goes well the film will be made in three languages, Portuguese, Konkani and English and expects to start shoot by October 2015… 815 words.  click here
For a professional profile of Jaime Mateus Tique  click here
Video: Don Juan. Short film (2011). Directed by Jaime Mateus-Tique. 4m. 56s. click here.

Canada: Fr. Joe Pereira certifies Maithili Koparkar in Yoga
16 Nov: Kripa Foundation. Kripa Canada is most pleased to introduce Maithili Koparkar, Mississauga, Canada, to teach Kripa Foundation Yoga Meditation. Maithili also practices meditation with a group of Christian Meditators. This felicitation took place at Kripa Foundation Iyengar Yoga Centre, Oakville. Canada. Photo: Maithili Koparkar receives a certificate to teach KFYM as an instructor at the hands of Jim P, signed by Fr Joe Pereira Founder Managing Trustee of kripa Foundation. Photo.  click here
For the Kripa Foundation website,  click here

Where Blessed Joseph Vaz once lived, a spiritual renewal centre opens today

17 Nov: Herald. … The Archdiocese, in recent times, felt the need to have a Spiritual Renewal Centre … the site of Cruz dos Milagres located at Monte de Boa Vista, Old Goa, and associated with the apparition of the Lord in 1619, was deemed fit to achieve the goal. Furthermore, this site was and is very dear to the hearts of Goans as it was closely connected with our patron Blessed Joseph Vaz, who drank of the springs of grace that flowed from this holy site and through his ministry, energized so many with the experience of the Divine… On November 17, 2014, the Spiritual Renewal Centre will be inaugurated…  click here

Jet Airways launches new daily direct service from Goa to Abu Dhabi
16 Nov: IBNS. Airline major Jet Airways has commenced a new daily direct international flight linking India’s famed tourist destination - Goa, with the national capital of the United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi. Guests travelling from Goa will now be able to seamlessly connect to Abu Dhabi and to multiple international destinations in Europe, North America, Africa, Middle East and the Gulf, ensuring enhanced global connectivity from India’s growing cities.  click here

Gandys Flip Flops: How the funky footwear brand was created

16 Nov: The Independent on Sunday (UK). Rob Forkan, who runs Gandys Flip Flops with his brother Paul and his four siblings were orphaned in the Boxing Day tsunami in the Indian Ocean 10 years ago next month… Their parents had made a surprise decision to sell up in Croydon and move to Goa after a two-week holiday there in December 1999… The brothers started Gandys from their shared bedroom in a Brixton flat in 2011… Gandys will sell around 150,000 pairs this year, up from 50,000 last year, and 10,000 from their bedroom that first summer … 'Tsunami Kids: Our Journey from Survival to Success' (£16.99, Michael O'Mara), by Paul and Rob Forkan, is out now. 2060 words. Photo shows the Forkans on a family train journey from Mumbai to Goa in 2003 …  click here

Auction: An ivory figurine
19 Nov: Tajan, Paris. Lot 125 – An ivory figurine, Goa, late 17th century. Height. 3 47/64 IN. Estimate: €400 - €600.  click here

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