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STOP PRESS: Video: Indian Parliament, Debate on BBC Documentary on Delhi Gang-rape
4 Mar: NDTV. The screening of "India's Daughter," a documentary based on the 2012 Delhi gang-rape, was debated in Parliament today. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that a restraining order had been obtained against the screening, but many members questioned the move. 9m. 26s. Click here.

Video: 'I Myself Have Been Raped,' Says Maker of the Documentary
3 Mar: NDTV. 1m. 57. Click here.



Death: Allan Pinto

1 Mar: Hamilton, Ont. Canada. ALLAN O. PINTO. Born Uganda, 1931. Loving husband of Imelda for 53 years. Devoted father of Brian (Elizabeth), Christopher and Henriette. Cherished grandpa of Lesley and Zachary. Beloved brother of Mario (Deirdre), Sheila (Eustace) and Donald (Anita) Allan is predeceased by his parents Nicholas and Beatriz and his brother Basil. Dear uncle of Louis, Polly (Joe) and Rowena Pinto, David and Kenneth (Tara) De Souza, Mirjam (Marcus), Sheila (Philipp) and Raoul Pinto. Allan will also be missed by extended family, neighbours and many friends. He was an extremely generous man, he devoted his time to his family. Allan loved traveling and large family gatherings. Visitation at Bay Gardens Funeral Home 'William J. Markey Chapel' 947 Rymal Road East, Hamilton on Friday, March 6, from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 9pm. Vigil prayers will be said at 8:30pm. A funeral mass will be celebrated at Annunciation of our Lord Parish, 280 Limeridge Road West, Hamilton on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 2pm. Cremation to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. click here.

Death: Maria Nunes

28 Feb: Toronto. MARIA LINA NUNES. Passed away peacefully at Markham Stouffville hospital in her 95th year. Beloved wife of the late Francis Remedios (1988) and the late Stanley Nunes (2006). Caring and devoted mother of Bel (Melba) and Iris (Bernard). Loved by her grandchildren; William, Maya (Valentine), Nolan, and Millicent (Kevyn) and great-grandchildren; Amaryce, Miles, and Brandyn. The family will receive friends at Highland Funeral Home; 10 Cachet Woods Court Markham, ON at 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 9:00 pm on Thursday, March 5th and 3:00 to 7:00 pm. on Friday, March 6th. A Mass of Catholic burial will take place at Prince of Peace Church; 265 Alton Towers Circle, Scarborough, ON at 11:15 am on Saturday, March 7th followed by internment at Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery & Mausoleum; 33 Memory Gardens Lane, Toronto, ON. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to ShareLife. Condolences to click here.

News Summary

Delhi gang rapist interview: Court blocks BBC film

3 Mar: BBC. Police in India have secured a court injunction blocking the broadcast of an interview with Mukesh Singh (photo) one of the Delhi gang rapists on death row. The Delhi court order also prevents publication of the interview, which has angered many in India… Click here.
3 Mar: BBC. "A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy". In 16 hours of interviews, Mukesh Singh showed no remorse and kept expressing bewilderment that such a fuss was being made about this rape, when everyone was at it. "A decent girl won't roam around at nine o'clock at night. A girl is far more responsible for rape than a boy … Housework and housekeeping is for girls, not roaming in discos and bars at night doing wrong things, wearing wrong clothes … People had a right to teach them a lesson" he suggested .. "When being raped, she shouldn't fight back. She should just be silent and allow the rape"… India's Daughter will be broadcast on BBC Four on Sunday 8 March at 22:00 GMT. It will be shown in India on NDTV at 21:00 local time… [It will also be broadcast in Canada, Denmark, Norway Sweden and SwitzerlandClick here.
3 Mar: India Today. Home Minister is upset with the interview of the gang rape accused. 2m. 07s. Click here.
3 Mar: IBN. BBC filmmaker Leslee Udwin talks about the procedure to get the interview. 4m. 53s. Click here.
3 Mar: IBN. Video: Should the documentary's broadcast be stopped? Discussion. 19m. 12s. Click here.

Indianizing food in a foreign land
3 Mar: Times of India. On moving abroad, most of us Indians need Indian food to really feel at home… But if atta was scarce, we turned to packets of Mexican tortillas … buy unsalted butter and heat it for a long enough time over a low flame until it yielded 'ghee' … Greek yoghurt could magically transform into 'shrikhand' by just adding castor sugar, saffron and nuts… ricotta cheese to make Indian mithai, like 'barfi'. 'Pedha' could be made with condensed milk, milk powder and butter in a microwave. Pav bhaaji with ‘baps' … Brussels sprouts when chopped fine could be turned into a 'sabzi' … 'natural bio yoghurt' which is like our very own dahi…  click here

Beef banned in Maharashtra, 5 years jail for possession or sale

3 Mar: Indian Express. India's President Pranab Mukherjee has given his assent to the Maharashtra Animal Preservation (Amendment) Bill, 1995, after nearly 19 years … The slaughter of cows was previously prohibited in the state but the new Act will ban the slaughter of bulls as well as bullocks, which was previously allowed … Glyston Gracias, brand chef at Smoke House Deli, Mumbai, said, "This is extremely sad to hear. I will have to go to another country… Text and 920+ comments. click here.
Beef shortage hits Goa's markets. 3 Mar: Times of India. Inadequate stocks of beef supplied to markets due to stoppage of meat-laden trucks in ghat areas by activists recently … the cost of beef is 200 per kg, while mutton is 400 … The shortage may be tolerable for now, as Catholics avoid consumption of beef during Lent… Click here.
How Different States In India Treat Beef Eating. 3 Mar: Huffington Post. .. India remains the world's second-largest producer of beef (after Brazil). India's beef shipments in the last year to October rose to 1.95 million tonnes …Click here.

Goa tourism: Beyond the sun, sand and sea, it is sleaze and sex
3 Mar: First Post. It is two hours past midnight, but along the narrow, dusty road from Calangute to Baga beach, it's business as usual; especially if you are cruising for sex or other allied kinks. By night this stretch of road could well be called Goa’s cruising capital, whether it’s for women, men or transgenders… Naina is one of the several dozen transgenders who have made the popular north Goa beach stretch their home base, flitting between soliciting publicly, to lap-dancing in shady beach shacks and illegally operating dance bars …  click here
Calangute cops crack whip on sex racket, drugs. 4 Mar: Times of India. In a fresh crackdown on the flesh trade and drugs menace in Calangute, two pimps were arrested, five women, including two foreigners, rescued and an African national arrested with cocaine at Calangute on Monday…  click here

Toronto: Nine months in jail for crash that left Natassia Vaz with ‘catastrophic’ brain injuries

3 Mar: Brampton Guardian. An Etobicoke man has been sentenced to nine months in jail, and banned from driving for three years, for an intersection collision that left a young Brampton woman with “catastrophic” brain injuries. A jury found Ally guilty of dangerous driving causing bodily harm in the Oct. 4, 2011 crash in Brampton that left 23-year-old Humber College student Natassia Vaz in a coma for a week. She survived despite initial fears by doctors that she would not, but she still undergoes daily therapies, and for her own safety cannot be left alone, court heard… Court heard Vas has lost her short-term memory, and had to re-learn how to eat, speak and walk. She may never fully recover…  click here
Ryan Vaz moved his wife and three daughters from India to Brampton 14 years ago and he says their success was all that mattered to him…  click here
For the Linkedin profile of Natassia Vaz, click here.

Namaste Tourism represents Portugal-based Osiris
3 Mar: With an aim to increase awareness about Portugal as a tourism destination in the India market, Namaste Tourism is now representing Osiris- a Portugal-based DMC that covers Iberian Peninsula-Spain and Portugal. Osiris is also tied up with Vila Gale, one of the largest chains of hotels in Portugal with over 18 properties…  click here

No lull for India's Christians from Hindu extremists despite Modi's reassurance

3 Mar: Ecumenical News. Christian leaders recorded at least three incidents of violence against their community a week after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke out against religious intolerance in the country and pledged to act on the issue. Some 20 individuals were arrested in Jaipur City for distributing Christian literature, while a group of vandals threw stones at a prayer hall in Karnataka state, destroying a glass pane of a Marian image. Added to this, a cemetery at the Mar Thoma Church in Kerala state had been vandalized for two days, authorities said, reported on Feb. 26. Modi's words seemed to have failed to strike fear into the hearts of Hindu fundamentalists, who are being accused of perpetrating the attacks, a Catholic Church official said…  click here

Brit immerses mom’s ashes in Hampi, goes missing in Goa
4 Mar: Mumbai Mirror. A 30-year-old Britisher, who came to Goa after immersing his mother's ashes at Hampi in Karnataka, has gone missing, and his sister and friends have launched a social media campaign to trace him. While initially it was believed that the police may have picked him up for aggressive public behaviour, the local cops have denied any involvement. James Durkin and his friends came to India to immerse his mother's ashes at Hampi, "The mother and son duo had earlier visited Hampi and fallen in love with it. It was her desire that Durkin immerse her ashes there," Alexis Raphael, a London-based musician and Durkin's friend, who has stayed back to look for him in Goa, told Mirror…  click here
For the Help Find James Durkin Facebook page,  click here

Mumbai: Students share tiffin with teacher, Diana Fernandes, denied entry by school

3 Mar: Afternoon. It was a heart rendering moment at Carmelite Convent English School in Vasai, when young students thronged the main gates during recess time to share their tiffin boxes with a teacher who was denied entry into the school on Monday. The teacher Diana Fernandes (52) was stopped at the main gates by the security personnel on Monday morning after orders from the school management. Fernandes who teaches Maths and Science was taken to task for her alleged interaction at the recently held Parents Teachers Association (PTA) meet… The teary eyed students also shouted slogans: “We Want Our Miss”… Photo.  click here
3 Mar: Times of India. Teacher prevented from entering her Vasai school.  click here

Hotel Leela at Mobor up for sale
4 Mar: Navhind Times. Top-end shake-up in Goa’s hotel industry is on the cards with news of five-star, Hotel Leela in Mobor coming up for sale. The 206-room, luxury, beach-side property is on the block as the Leela Group which owns the hotel has decided to sell its properties to pay off its debts. The group has put out invitation of expression of interest and appointed Mumbai-based consultant, JM Financial to manage the sale…  click here


News Summary

Goan migration: untold tales

3 Mar: The Hindu. By K. Subramanian. … The experience of Goan migrants has been unique in many ways… Selma Carvalho wrote her book based on video and tape recordings of those who had spent their lives in the countries in East Africa. It opened the door to further research. It is into this uncharted territory that Margret Frenz steps in. The author draws on rarely consulted archives and mixes them with the records of her interviews with nearly 300 people of Goan origin now settled in the U.K., Canada or back home in Goa … As she says, “Goan migration denotes a separate phenomenon, arguably best characterised as ‘subaltern elite migration.’ … Frenz narrates the new lives of Goans in the U.K., and Canada and how they have come to terms with the new environment… In her words, “Goans have long been a mobile community, and helped to shape the contours of empires and the modern world. But the story of their migration and the significance of their contributions to several empires have not been told until now.” The book fills this void admirably. What Dr. Frenz fails to admit is that they were creatures of the empire and found a niche for their survival. There was neither justice nor fairness in what they secured. She fails to take note of this historical injustice… 1207 words.  click here

UK: Biometric data for Visas delayed till further notice
26 Feb: High Commission of India Press Note 195 … Biometric data collection will begin as and when introduced, after the technical facilities are put in place. The beginning of mandatory biometric data collection will be announced in advance…  click here
27 Feb: VFS. Visas News & Notices.  click here

Book review: Goa and alcohol(ism), it's complicated

2 Mar: Hindustan Times. Goa and alcohol have a complex equation, but there could be a lot of misunderstanding over this, a new book published on the subject suggests. In Goa, alcohol plays a significant role as a "social lubricant" and is considered essential for hospitality, says the book, "One For The Road" (Goa 1556, pp 320, Rs.350), authored by Biula V Cruz e Pereira, associate professor of sociology Fr Agnel's College in Pilar … She asks in her book: Why is alcohol consumption at bars frowned upon even though it is permitted at occasions and parties? Why do only men visit Goan bars? How did the labelling of deviants and addicts - the term used in the local Konkani language is 'bebde' - come about? …  click here

Goa Tourism a major presence at Berlin expo
2 Mar: The Statesman. Goa will be present in a big way at the ITB (Internationale Tourismus-Börse) in Berlin from March 4-8, the biggest travel tourism event in the world. Goa Tourism Development Corp (GTDC) General Manager Sanjay Chodnekar told IANS that apart from Berlin, the team will also halt in Milan in Italy. "Participating at ITB-Berlin festival will help Goa to market and promote it(self) as a tourist destination and to increase the flow of high spending tourist to Goa," Chodnekar said. "We will be also conducting a Road Show at Milan. It will be a travel meet with the tour operators, media and the embassy persons," he said. Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar will be a part of the Goan delegation. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, who was also reported to be part of the delegation, said that he was staying put in Goa. Meanwhile, the tourism department has taken on an activist for terming the trip the "latest summer junket to Europe".  click here

Albany, New York State: Annie George lost appeal

2 Mar: Times Union. A woman convicted in 2013 of harboring an illegal immigrant for more than five years, including three at the Llenroc mansion, has lost an appeal to overturn her conviction. That's where Annie George, widow of a former Indian actor and businessman, held an illegal immigrant as a domestic servant for 66 months. The victim, Valsamma Mathai, was forced to do housework and child care seven days a week from dawn until night. Mathai should have been paid a salary of $317,144, but George only paid her $21,000. Much of that money was sent back to her family in India. Annie George must forfeit Llenroc to the federal government … George was convicted in March 2013 of harboring an illegal immigrant from India. 10 photos.  click here

‘Virgin coconut oil good for health, wealth’
3 Mar: Times of India. Coconut oil may have been grandma's remedy for pain, healing wounds, stronger muscles and other ills, but she may have hardly known about benefits of its virgin oil for cholesterol, Alzheimer disease and other ailments… The pure and colourless liquid, extracted after boiling milk of mature coconuts for a couple of hours, looks like water, but just a spoonful of it daily can keep the doctor away… Goa is just beginning to show interest in VCO, even as a few traders buy stocks from Kerala and retail it here… 518 words.  click here

Being A White Girl In India: My Response To RoseChasm

2 Mar: Clapway. By Jess Harris. In 2013 a woman called RoseChasm wrote about her three-month college trip to India and that her treatment at the hands of Indian men contributed to her developing post-traumatic stress disorder… I had already booked my flights and packed my bags: had I made a terrible mistake? … Even now, when I tell people about the fact I travelled alone in India, their faces crease. They tell me how brave I am and ask how I dealt with ‘it’. And my response is always the same. I dealt with it well, because I was treated well… to be perfectly honest, Indian men want the contents of your wallet a lot more than the contents of your clothes. 1575 words.  click here
For the RoseChasm article,  click here

'Buy A Bag To Help A Poor Child’
2 Mar: Community Channel. A fundraiser is encouraging shoppers to buy handbags to help support girls in some of the world's poorest communities. Laura Catley-Bennett, 34, has already raised more than £3,700 by selling donated second-hand handbags online and at her monthly stall in Farnham. Laura, from Godalming, Surrey, uses the money raised to sponsor adolescent girls through global children's charity Plan UK. Private tutor Laura, who began fundraising after a visit to Goa, India, in 2004, said: "I was just on holiday there and I met a woman who invited me to come and see her school and I was really moved by what I saw… Laura's next stall will be taking place on March 7 at Farnham Maltings between 9.30am and 4.30pm…  click here
For more information or to buy a bag, visit  click here

Fearing threat to security, govt limits use of 'open' Wi-Fi

3 Mar: Navhind Times. The general division of the department of Home has imposed in the South Goa district restrictions on the use of Wi-Fi facility, which is open to all and unprotected persons, as available with some of the hotels/ guest houses and other establishments, quoting the intelligence inputs, which indicate a threat perception from terrorists and anti-social elements in the state, who may use the same for nefarious purpose. Authorities believe that 'open' Wi-Fi connections can be misused by criminal elements in pursuance of crimes including terror activities…  click here

Mumbai-Goa national highway is a 'death trap': Gadkari
2 Mar: Business Standard. Describing the Mumbai-Goa national highway as "death trap", Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today said it will be soon converted into a four-lane concrete road at the cost of Rs 4,500-5,000 crore… he said though there were some problems regarding land acquisition, it would be sorted out in the next three months… it would require Rs 4,500-5,000 ..  click here

The cannibal monks of Varanasi: Indian tribe feasts on human flesh

2 Mar: Daily Mail (UK). Feared across India, the exiled Aghori monks of Varanasi feast on human flesh and reside near cremation sites in search of spiritual enlightenment. The mysterious tribe members live in cemeteries and feast on human flesh as part of their rituals, as well as drinking from human skulls, chewing the heads off live animals and meditating on top of cadavers in search of spiritual enlightenment… The monks use a combination of marijuana, alcohol and meditation to help them reach a disconnected state of heightened awareness and bring themselves closer to revered Hindu god Lord Shiva…  click here

The war against drugs in Goa has to be a people’s war
3 Mar: Herald. … The Goa government is not serious about the war on drugs … The way forward is to make this a huge issue and a campaign led by people who will take electoral decisions based on the government’s war on drugs. In a democracy you cannot get an alien system to cleanse when the basic DNA of governance is corrupted. There is no substitute to people’s anger which is still not visible on the streets of coastal North Goa because we suspect very strongly that many are beneficiaries of the current system. People must understand that unless the war on drugs is won, there will nothing left to fight for, or live for…  click here



Death: John Hicks

27 Feb: International Animal Rescue. We were very sorry to learn that John Hicks, Chairman of International Animal Rescue Goa, passed away this morning. We understand that he died in hospital with wife Jo at his side. John was a passionate advocate for animals and campaigned on countless animal welfare issues during his life. [Info: Rob Lyon]  For further details click here

News Summary

Video: Fareham Tories pick Suella Fernandes to represent them in the General Election

1 Mar: Portsmouth News. Dynamic Suella Fernandes will represent Fareham at the next general election after she was chosen by the Conservative party as parliamentary candidate. The 34-year-old will stand for election in May when current Fareham MP Mark Hoban steps down… Ms Fernandes, a barrister from London, said she was looking forward to standing in Fareham. Ms Fernandes said: ‘I am thrilled, delighted and excited, if a little bit nervous…” 2m. 25s.  click here
Suella Fernandes inherits a majority of 17,092 votes and is virtually certain to win the safe Tory seat. She took on Labour's Keith Vaz for the Leicester East seat in parliament in 2005. She is the daughter of Uma Fernandes and Christie Fernandes, (ex- Nairobi - Dr Ribeiro School - Class of '63 & Assagao, Goa); niece of Fr Ayres Fernandes - Exec. Secretary of CCBI Commission for Liturgy. For a Goan Voice profile of Suella Fernandes,  click here

Road named after tiatrist De Sa in Cuncolim
2 Mar: Herald. The department of Posts on Sunday released a special postal cover as part of the birth centenary celebrations of the stalwart of Konkani tiatr stage Anthony De Sa at his native village Cuncolim. The road leading to Anthony De Sa’s house at Dandora-Cuncolim was named as Anthony De Sa Road at a simple function in the morning. Born on March 1, 1915 at Dandora-Cuncolim, Anthony De Sa has written 17 tiatrs and directed 24 tiatrs. He had acted in two Konkani films, Amchem Noxib and Nirmonn…  click here

Jerome Mendes: Breaking business barriers in Kenya, UK and Goa

2 Mar: Navhind Times. Jerome Mendes employs more than 100 people – 60 in India and 40 in the UK… He grew up in Nairobi and when he was 16 his dad told him he couldn’t afford to educate him and asked him to look for a job… He rose to become the PA for Sir Collam Campbell… In 1964, at the age of 24, he married Anastasia (photo). They later migrated to UK were he went into business, marketing pharmaceutical and cosmetic products… In 1985, he bought the rights of all Konkani movies. In 1995 he opened Leonoras Restaurant in Goa and invested in a retirement home there… his next project is to build a beach resort in Benaulim. The business in UK is managed by his son William Spencer and daughter … 938 words.  click here
For the Goan Voice Jerome Mendes supplement,  click here

Russian consul blames taxi drivers for drop in tourists
2 Mar: Times of India. It's not the devalued rouble, but Goa's unruly taxi drivers who are to blame for the decline in Russian charter tourist arrivals, according to Russian consul in Goa, Vikram Verma. There has been a drop of over 50% in Russian charter arrivals in the ongoing tourist season…  click here

‘I made a film on rape in India. Men’s brutal attitudes truly shocked me’

1 Mar: The Observer (UK). Leslee Udwin spent two years making a documentary on the horrific rape and killing of young medical student Jyoti Singh (photo). And it asks, has the attack really spurred a sea change for gender equality in India? India’s Daughter is broadcast on BBC4 next Sunday, International Women’s Day, and simultaneously shown in seven other countries including India, Switzerland, Norway and Canada. On Monday 9 March, actresses Freida Pinto and Meryl Streep will attend a screening in New York, launching a worldwide India’s Daughter campaign against gender inequality and sexual violence against women and girls… Storyville – India’s Daughter, BBC4, Sunday 8 March, 10pm. … Text 1471 words + photos +video.  click here
1 Mar: The Observer. UK director gets star backing for ‘daughters of India’ campaign. 595 words.  click here

VHP belittles Mother Teresa again
2 Mar: Herald. Close on the heels of RSS chief Mohan Bhawgat’s strong criticism of Mother Teresa’s work, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) congregation at Fatorda on Sunday went a step further and belittled the work of the “Saint of the Gutters” while also giving a clarion call to bring those who have been converted, back into the Hindu fold…  click here
Modi Or No Modi, Ghar Wapsi Continues. 1 Mar: Navhind Times. … For the RSS, the Christians, more than the Muslims, remain a more sinister influence in some ways. The reason for that is simple. The Christians have made deeper inroads into two areas that worry the RSS the most - religion and education… 958 words.  click here

Standing together for Mother Teresa

1 Mar: Herald. By Diana Fernandes. RSS leader Mohan Bhagwat’s comments about Mother Teresa have created yet another storm with many condemning his calling the mission work as a conversion. Goans in the state react to his statement… Actress Dia Mirza took to Twitter to express her rage … Goa’s politicians took no time in condemning the statement … Panjim based advocate Thalmann Pradeep Pereira says the comment stems from the government’s ulterior motive. Fr. Victor Ferrao says, “The RSS are cutting the tree that they are sitting on.” … Author Damodar Mauzo says, “I can call myself a Mother Teresian.”  click here

Celebrity traveller David Gower
28 Feb: The Daily Express (UK). Sky broadcaster and former England cricket captain David Gower, 57, lives in Hampshire with his wife, Thorunn, and their daughters Alex, 20, and Sammi, 18. His worst holiday? “My family joined me on a tour of India about eight years ago and we took a break to Goa. One evening my wife had a cup of tea and my daughters had milkshakes. Unfortunately there was something in the milk and they were all laid low for three days which was a real shame as it was such a beautiful location…

Jazz notes from Bombay and Karachi

1 Mar: News on Sunday (Pakistan). The early 1930s were a fertile time in jazz, not only because there was such an extensive pool of exceptional talent, but also because artists were taking the music in so many directions. Bombay, in its eclectic open-mindedness, was the benchmark for much of this activity… the very first jazz band came into limelight in Bombay in 1926, giving way to ‘Taj Mahal Foxtrot’. However, Karachi got the first jazz band in 1930... 1465 words + 3 photos.  click here

Auction: FN Souza’s: Head of a Man
2 Mar: Grand Auctions. Lot 245 - Souza, Francis Newton 1924-2002. Head of a Man. 12.75 x 8 ins., (32.5 x 20.5 cms.), Pencil, Signed and Dated 1957, Very well framed. Estimate: 5,000 GBP - 7,000 GBP …  click here



Acknowledgement Re Peter Mendes

The family of Peter Mendes would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all, for your genuine love, friendship and support expressed in so many ways during the last year and upon Peter’s sad demise. SPECIAL thanks to those who attended Peter’s funeral and MOST ESPECIALLY TO Fr. Tony Fernandes and all those who so graciously volunteered to help with the preparation and on the day, to make it a very memorable farewell to Peter. We shall remain eternally grateful. Also, ON BEHALF OF PETER, abundance of thanks to everybody who communicated with him during his illness. Peter was deeply touched and appreciative of all the prayers, numerous personal visits, telephone calls and get well cards that he received from local and worldwide family and friends. We believe your kindness gave Peter the determination to fight his illness and as a consequence he survived much longer than ever anticipated. It was Peter's sincere intention that, following his recovery, he would thank everybody personally in writing, but sadly this was not to be. May God bless you all. R.I.P. Peter
For the death and funeral announcement, click here.

News Summary

Catholic Association of Goa rally condemns anti-conversion bill

1 Mar: Herald. A Catholic solidarity rally called by the Catholic Association of Goa on Saturday demanded protection to all Christian institutions and religious people, even as it opposed any move by any government to interfere or change the basic principle of freedom to believe, practice and propagate as provided for in the Constitution of India. At an impressive candlelight rally held in the town here Saturday evening, starting from the Holy Spirit Church and culminating at the Lohia Maidan it was resolved to demand immediate action against the culprits involved in the desecration and vandalism of places of worship. The rally was attended amongst others by priests and nuns…  click here

New Attacks on Christian Targets Creates Climate of Fear

28 Feb: Breitbart (USA). A spate of new episodes of violence against Christians in India is stoking fears that the Hindu nationalist Modi government is ushering in an area of heightened persecution. The violence has not been localized to one specific area, but has occurred throughout the country. In Goa this week, unidentified marauders profaned a statue of Our Lady of Lourdes in a village parish, striking and damaging it. In Kerala a Christian cemetery was vandalized … In Mangalore assailants hurled a volley of stones at a Catholic prayer hall … According to a forum of Christian NGOs, “the attacks and the frequent acts of vandalism against Christian targets in different parts of the country are worrisome.” …  click here
20 pastors claim they were 'lashed with belts' by Jaipur Police. 28 Feb: Daily Mail India. Twenty pastors claim they were illegally detained by Jaipur Police and 'subjected to third-degree torture' … the VHP on Friday said that it wants to take its 'ghar wapsi' to Goa …  click here

The Second Partition of India. By Fr Victor Ferrao

1 Mar: Navhind Times. The secular fabric of our country appears to be threatened. Voices that desire to convert India into a monolithic Hindu Rashtra are growing by the day. The advertisement released by the Government on the day of Republic Day followed by the rash statement by its ally Shiv Sena has increased anxieties of several peoples particularly the minorities in our country. The fact that both the advertisement and rant of the Shiv Sena is unconstitutional and by that token is anti-national seems to disturb a few. Hence, it is vital that we stand up for the ideals and values enshrined into our constitution. That is why, it might be interesting to ask. Is secularism a limitation to our religion? Does it in any way limit our nationhood? Does our country stand to lose anything substantive if it remains secular? How a condition of mutual autonomy of religion and the state morally degrading? ,,, 1135 words.  click here

Swindon: Unholy row over a plan to split school

27 Feb: Swindon Advertiser. An unholy row has broken out at Holy Cross Primary School, with governors, teaching staff and some parents angry at plans to split the school over two sites. A new school is being built on Queen’s Drive, which will initially house only the reception and Year 1 students, while older pupils will remain at the Upham Road building… Chair of Governors Margaret Hryb has written to all parents to say she and the senior management team are disappointed all pupils will not stay together … More than 100 parents from the Goan community have also written to the diocese saying they have only recently found out about the plans because everything had been communicated in English….  click here

Adrian Duggan: Convicted Goa killer worked at a UK holiday park for years

28 Feb: Sunday Mirror (UK). Adrian Duggan, 46, who stabbed his girlfriend to death with a pair of scissors while on holiday in Goa, landed a job as a gardener in Dorset,.. Bosses were unaware of his chilling past because he failed to disclose it when he applied… The horrific killing took place at Christmas 2003 when Duggan was staying with his girlfriend, mother-of-four Catherine Campbell, 43, on what was planned as a three-month dream holiday in Goa, India… He was found guilty of first-degree murder and jailed for life by a court in Panaji in 2005. But after a year in a grim and overcrowded jail, he successfully appealed. His murder conviction was reduced to manslaughter and the sentence cut to ten years… He was freed early from jail after a lengthy ­campaign by his family…  click here
For links to the Goa murder details,  click here

Enchanting Chaos!

28 Feb: De Telegraaf. (The Netherlands). Goa is an hour's flight from Mumbai. Old Goa is full of huge churches such as the Basilica of Bom Jesus but most people come here to tan, eat and party. It is extremely touristy but there is an oasis of peace: in the village of Nerul … Rent a scooter and discover Goa … The first discovery is the Reis Magos Fort which the English philanthropist Lady Hamlyn had restored to its former glory … More local color you can find in Elsewhere. The location is secret. A driver comes to pick you up and drive to a small village where you find Denzel Sequeira’s Goa as it was before the tourists came … 1206 words. Go to the link, select PressDisplay and then select Translate.  click here
For the secret location of Elsewhere, go to the website,  click here

Paddy fields, temples and quiet beaches: the other side of Goa

28 Feb: The Times (UK). Avoid the package-holiday hordes in the north of the state and head south to find charming villages, forgotten temples and uncrowded beaches, says Louise Roddon … Real Goa, I'm quickly discovering, has not disappeared. Though I am just 13km from Colva, one of Goa's most popular package-tourist beaches, I find that the south of the state is an easy-paced, less-travelled gem — particularly inland, in higgledy-piggledy places like Chandor… In Quepem I find a sinuous amalgam of Portuguese and Hindu styles in the Palacio do Deao, built for the town's 18th-century founder. … 12 years ago, engineer Ruben Vasco da Gama restored it … Fado music plays as Ruben's wife serves an Indo-Portuguese lunch — curls of minced prawn, spice-stuffed squid, followed by chicken curry and pumpkin pie… 1325 words.  click here

Syanna Fernandes and Chernoll Mendonca: On the Commonwealth stage

28 Feb: Herald. Investing their creative energies as violin teacher and concert master respectively at the Child’s Play (India) Foundation (CPIF), Syanna Fernandes and Chernoll Mendonca hardly envisaged an inclusion in the Commonwealth Youth Orchestra. Yet today, these two young Goan musicians have been selected to represent India at the tri-concert series in London from March 9 to 11, 2015 at St James Palace, Marlborough House and Lancaster House… “I am sure this will be a harbinger for better things to come,” enthuses Dr Luis Dias, Project Director of Child’s Play (India) Foundation. To be attended by Heads of State, Commonwealth High Commission, British Ministers of State and Captains of Industry, the trip which is sponsored by the Commonwealth Music Partnership has her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as its Diamond Jubilee Patron and Maestro Zubin Mehta as its Music Patron…  click here

Budget: Visa on arrival to be increased from 43 to 150 countries

28 Feb: Money Control. Meeting some of the expectations of the hospitality industry, Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley in his full year Union Budget 2015-16 announced visa on arrival to 150 countries from the current 43 countries in stages. … Click here.
Budget: Old Goa among heritage sites to get infrastructure fund… 1 Mar: Times of India. Click here.
Budget: No relief for Goa mining industry. 28 Feb: Daily News & Analysis. Mine owners of Goa on Friday said they are disappointed with the Budget as their demand of scrapping export duty on iron ore has not been addressed…. Click here.
Budget highlights. 28 Feb: BBC. Click here.

Zubin D'Souza: A day in the life of a chef

28 Feb: Navhind Times. “With the sudden explosion of chefs on the mass media scenes, people have approached me for advice about putting their children through culinary school and when I ask them the reason for the career choice, they feel that it gives them a better platform to break into TV! … I am 41 years old and I have spent more than half my life standing in front of hot stoves or peeling scores of onions… I hold an extremely good position with enviable perks but I did not reach here solely riding on my good looks and personality… I joined the profession because I enjoy being a chef and not because I wanted a shot at TV.  click here
For Zubin D’Souza’s website,  click here

David Rocco: The culinary Roccostar

28 Feb: The Goan. He came, he saw, he cooked… He’s living the dolce vita life in Goa, literally to some extent. Celebrity chef, TV star, owner of wines and all round fun guy, David Rocco charmed Goa, where he was down to shoot four episodes for season two of his hit Fox Life show, Dolce India … According to many ladies who watch the show, he brings a huge dose of sex appeal too. Well, who wouldn’t want a good looking chef dishing out awesome food… As for his takeaways from Goa, he has learned to make vindalho, “the toddy vinegar is so amazing, the masalas are spicy but they have a kind of mellowness to it, not just heat. I made a chicken cafreal and it was good. The Goan sausage with some pao. It was awesome! I look back at how rich my life has become since I came here to India ...  click here

Auction: 39 Indo-Portuguese lots

2 Mar: Leiloes, Lisbon. Religious ivory carvings, gold and silver jewellery. Furniture. Estimates from €80 to €45,000. Photo shows Lot 628. Dim. - 107 x 114 x 53 cm. Exemplar semelhante, proveniente do Paço Episcopal de Coimbra, integra a Colecção do Museu Nacional Machado de Castro, Coimbra, nº inv. 1222; M226. Outro exemplar semelhante, com pernas diversas, integra a Colecção do Museu de Arte Sacra do Convento de Santa Mónica de Velha Goa, encontrando-se representado em DIAS, Pedro - "Mobiliário Indo-Português". Moreira de Cónegos: Imaginalis, 2013, pp. 234-235. Est: € 30,000 - 45,000.  click here



Death: Burt Forsythe

18 Feb: London. BURT FORSYTHE. Greatly missed by his wife Lucy, (J. X. Fernandes family, Kampala). Funeral will be held on Wednesday 4th March 2015 at 12.15pm at Sacred Heart Church, Quex Road, Kilburn NW6 4PS. followed by burial at St Mary's Cemetery Harrow Road,NW10 5NU. Parking available at Church and Cemetery. No flowers please. Donations to Alzheimer's Association Condolences to

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Obituary: Meera Kosambi: End of a spectacular intellectual dynasty

27 Feb: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. Sad news of the death of prominent sociologist, writer, and translator Meera Kosambi, in Pune on February 26, was received as a double blow in her ancestral Goa. Many friends and admirers did not know she was ailing. There was also immediate recognition that an era had passed—76-year-old Meera Kosambi was the last living link to the prodigious intellectual legacy of her father, D D Kosambi, and her grandfather, Dharmanand Kosambi, who set out on foot from Sancoale in Goa in 1899 to found one of the greatest intellectual dynasties of the 20th century… Meera was a strikingly distinctive feminist thinker and writer, as well as one of the most meticulous scholars and translators of her generation… Meera loved Goa, and also loved Konkani which she delighted in speaking on trips to Goa. … 787 words.  For further details click here
Video: Dec. 2012. Book Release: Dharmanand Kosambi's selected writing.  For further details click here
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Pakistan is Home

27 Feb: Goa Streets. Selma Carvalho examines the Goan diaspora settled in Karachi which is much older than the settlement in East Africa, although it has startling parallels. She writes, ' The Karachi diaspora predates that of East Africa by a good fifty years. By 1858, when Goans were just venturing into Zanzibar, the J. C Misquita bakery was already thriving at Saddar. The importance of Catholic bakeries and butcheries cannot be underestimated; they acted as general contractors for flour, bread, beef, vegetables and provisions to English settlements and cantonments. In a very real sense, they were the vanguard of Goan migration. Eventually, every venture in the diaspora, be it the Goan club or the Goan business, was intimately linked to the Catholic Church thus creating an overlapping history.' … 949 words.  click here
Celebrating differences: Karachi’s strength lies in its diversity. 27 Feb: The Express Tribune (Karachi). Rumana Husain speaks her mind…. In her book, Karachiwala: A Subcontinent Within a City, Husain talked at length about the different communities residing in the city and their differences in terms of language, customs and lifestyle... Accounting mesmerising tales of Zoroastrians, Goan Catholics, Sindhi and Memons, Husain emphasised the need for people to recognise one another as different…  click here

Airports and the ‘civilising effect comment’
27 Feb: Herald. By Radharao F. Gracias … I realise there is something intriguing about airports in India. An airport seems to have a “civilising effect” on anyone who enters it. Everyone is well- dressed neat and clean. No one dares throw anything around. People speak in low tones. There is none of the hustle and bustle of the railway platform or bus station. The walls do not drip red with paan. Even little children seem to behave differently. In short an airport seems to impose discipline and order. The atmosphere inside looks distinctly, European. Queues form in an orderly manner and everyone waits for his turn. The poor and the rich, all seem to be aware of the rules and the need to follow them. The chaos of India is a distant nightmare…  click here

Israel-Indian ties Goa-ing forward

26 Feb: Jerusalem Post. Israeli tourism matures on the beaches of Palolem, Anjuna and Arambol … Goa is known to be kind to Israelis – and their wallets. … Pagi who is a Goan and his Israeli partner Sharon Salman run the popular Café Inn … An affinity for Israel is also felt a few storefronts down at the Spicy Bella restaurant, which is adorned with a sign in Hebrew … In the 1990s Goa became an attractive destination for Israelis right out of the army… Palolem has now became a destination for clean-cut, young Israeli professionals, as well as young families seeking a cheap, relaxing, low-maintenance vacation… “India is passé,” remarked one Israeli woman as her kids ran around naked on the sand during one of Palolem’s beautiful sunsets… Inbal “Big Mama” Asher, a 27-year-old Israeli and her Nepali boyfriend run the Big Mama Café and Inn on the Arambol shores… the Crystal Goa is run by a 36-year-old British Jew named David Tomkins, who retired early from a career in finance so he could travel… He works 60 hours a week … 1613 words.  click here

Chief Minister Parulekar to lead team to promote Goa in Berlin
28 Feb: Times of India. A delegation led by tourism minister Dilip Parulekar will leave on a 10-day tour of Europe shortly to participate in Internationale Tourismus-Borse (ITB), Berlin, a leading travel trade show. Officials of the tourism department said Goa will make its presence felt in a big way from March 4 to 8 at the trade show. Apart from promoting Goa as a tourist destination on an international platform, participation in this event has another purpose…  click here

Femnet Issue 35 out now

Feb. 2015. From the new Editor, Chryselle D'Silva Dias (photo). Love is a many-splendored thing. In February, we are bombarded with one aspect of it – romantic love. The shops are taken over with teddy bears and red hearts, while movie channels bring out the classics and get us all teary-eyed. This might be a good time, though, to remind ourselves of how much other members of our family mean to us. Coincidentally, this issue has several touching stories about families. Brenda Vaz Menezes tells us about her father, the Olympian Maxie Vaz; Selma Carvalho’s lyrical memories of her grandparents reminds us of our own grandparents far away and Tania Fernandes shares the story of her life and how much her parents have meant to her. A February issue cannot be complete without a Valentine’s Day story, and we are glad to have one by Valerie Rodrigues. The year has also just begun, so we gather steam with a motivational article on ‘New You Resolutions’ by Diahann Caroll and take a ‘Journey to France’ with Louisa Fernandes. Enjoy!  click here

Goa police to launch mobile app
28 Feb: Times of India. Visiting police stations to lodge a complaint could soon be a thing of the past. In an ambitious move, the Goa police are preparing to launch a mobile-based public safety application that will allow users to report offences and communicate effectively with the police. Expected to be out next month, the free-of-cost app will be available across all operating systems… it will allow citizens to log into the system and apprise the police of an offence by way of pictures, voice recordings, or text messages…  click here

Soul Tree exceeds crowdfunding target to boost its Indian wine business

27 Feb: Harpers UK. Indian wine producer Soul Tree has raised more than £388,000 through crowdfunding, which it says will help it put Indian wines on the map. … Founded in Birmingham by Alok Mathur and Melvin D’Souza in 2011, Soul Tree works with small producers in the Nasik Valley near the West Coast of India, 100 miles north east of Mumbai. It produces six wines - three red (a Cabernet, a Shiaz and a Cabernet Shiraz blend), a Sauvignon Blanc, a rosé, and a sparkling wine, which are bottled at origin and then shipped to international markets …  click here
For a profile of Melvin D’Souza,  click here

Dual citizenship of people of Goa to be resolved soon: Govt
27 Feb: Business Standard. The dual-citizenship issue that has been haunting thousands of people of Goa for some time now may be resolved "very soon" with the Centre today saying that the matter would be sorted out without further ado…  click here
28 Feb: Herald. Shantaram pulls out citizenship Bill on ‘promise’. Rajya Sabha Congress MP Shantaram Naik on Friday withdrew his private member’s Bill to help Goans caught in the dual citizenship tangle on an express assurance from the government in the Rajya Sabha that it was equally concerned to find a solution to the problem…  click here

VHP Will Arrange Reconversions in Goa If People Want

27 Feb: New Indian Express. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today said it would "facilitate" reconversions in Goa if the local people wanted it. "Thousands of years ago, Hindus in Goa were converted to Christianity. If they want to come back and if they contact VHP, we will facilitate their return to Hinduism," said Dada Vedak, VHP's convenor for Goa and Maharashtra. Alleging that the Catholic Church converted people "aggressively", Vedak said VHP would not use force, but reconvert the people with "mamata (compassion), samata (equality) and prem (love)". "If they want to come (back to Hinduism) how can we stop them?" he said…  click here
28 Feb: Times of India. VHP should not have made such a statement: CM  click here
28 Feb: Herald. A much stronger response to the VHP is needed, Mr CM… click here.

Gettin’ Hitched in Goa?
27 Feb: Goa Streets. Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, Alila Diwa Goa, Grand Hyatt Goa, Vivanta by Taj – Holiday Village/Fort Aguada, Grand Mercure Goa Shrem Resort, Dreamy Horizons, Resort Rio, Park Calangute, Destination One, Wedding Cakes at Butter Fingers, Jimson Caterers, Chandni Chowk Weddings … 1539 words.  click here

Birthday girl Alina Saldanha has a teary showdown

28 Feb: Herald. All that remained sweet at the end of the meeting of BJP MLAs and senior office bearers was the birthday cake that the CM offered to Cortalim MLA and Environment Minister Alina Saldanha. The meeting ended with a teary-eyed Alina storming out, furious at the party allotting the Sancoale Zilla Panchayat seat in her area of influence to the MGP. She left saying she felt humiliated and insulted … She began to leave, crying, her birthday clearly spoilt… She left in rage threatening to go to the press, and also field her own candidate from Sancoale …  click here



Death: Filipinha Dias

21 Feb: London. FILIPINHA DIAS. (Ex Goa/Nairobi). Leaves behind beloved husband Caetano; daughters Rosy and family; Lourdes and family; late Sylvia and family; Virginia and family; sons Martin and family; Jack and family; and extended family. The funeral service will be held on Thursday 5th March, at 1pm, at St Anthony's Church, 56 St Anthony's Road, London E7 9QB. This will be followed by a burial service at 2.30pm at City Of London Cemetery, Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park, London E12 5DQ. Thereafter a reception will be held at One Love, The Upton Centre, 1 Bishops Avenue, Plaistow, London E13 0RB until 6pm. Condolences to

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Hindu leader's comment on Mother Teresa fuels tensions in India

26 Feb: Deutsche Welle. Nearly a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to India's Christian community to assure them of his government's commitment to "complete freedom of faith," the chief of the country's most prominent Hindu group Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh's (RSS), Mohan Bhagwat, stirred a controversy by claiming that Mother Teresa's work was motivated by a desire to convert Indians to Christianity. The RSS, which presents itself as a non-political cultural organization, is the ideological parent of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and is widely believed to exercise significant influence over the affairs of the BJP…  click here
26 Feb: Reuters. India's parliament disrupted over Mother Teresa remarks …  click here

Goa: Catholic body seeks action against church attackers
27 Feb: Navhind Times. In protest against hatred and vengeance perpetrated against Christians by way of attack on churches, Catholic Association of Goa will organise a Catholic solidarity rally in Margao on February 28. Protesters will gather at the Holy Spirit Church square at 6.30 p.m. and hold a rally to the Lohia Maidan. The association has called upon the Union and state governments to take strict action against the perpetuators of violence and prevent further harassment to members of the minority community …  click here
27 Feb: Times of India. Margao Rally to protest atrocities against minorities on Feb 28…  click here

Sir Cliff Richard police inquiry 'significantly expanded'

26 Feb: BBC. A historical sex offence inquiry into singer Sir Cliff Richard has "increased significantly in size" and involves "more than one allegation", police say… In a letter dated 10 February to Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, Chief Constable David Crompton said his force was in regular contact with Sir Cliff's lawyers…  click here
Sir Cliff Richard: the Goan Connection. 1 Nov. 2011: The Daily Mail (UK). Sir Cliff Richard announced in a recent BBC radio interview that his grandfather, William (photo) was a bigamist… his greatgreat grandmother, Emeline Josephine Rebeiro, was the daughter of an Indian man from Goa, Vitriaus Rebeiro.1496 words + photos. For full text and photos click on the small square box below the words “Daily Mail 1 Nov 2011” and then select PressDisplay  click here

Changes to Indian visa applications
26 Feb: Wanderlust (UK), The application process for Indian visas for UK nationals is to change from 14 March 2015. While travellers were previously able to send applications off via post, they will now be required to visit one of 14 UK visa centres in person, by appointment only, to submit biometric data – fingerprints and facial imagery… many visa services are closing Indian visa applications via post a number of days before 14 March to ensure all paperwork can be completed ahead of the change. Appointments can be booked online from 16 March 2015, and separate appointments are required for groups of travellers – including families…  click here

Swine flu: Goa Health Department lists precautions to be taken

27 Feb: Navhind Times. In the backdrop of rising cases of death due to swine flu and the number of people affected with the H1N1 virus across the country crossing 17,000, Dr Utkarsh Betodkar, state epidemiologist and SSO, nodal officer (EVD), IDSP-Directorate of Health Service, has issued a press release on precautions to be taken to prevent swine flu…  click here
Video: 25 Feb: BBC. Swine flu: India health minister urges calm … 1m. 17s.  click here
26 Feb: Catholic Online. Modern day plague: Swine flu deaths pass 800 in India … click here.

UK: Cosmos Holidays keeps Goa despite axing flights
26 Feb: Travel & Trade Gazette (UK). Cosmos Holidays has confirmed its Goa programme for next winter, despite sister brand Monarch quitting long-haul flying. The operator will offer the destination from Gatwick and Manchester in a partnership with Thomas Cook Airlines, which is offering an undisclosed number of seats on its flights. Monarch Airlines is planning to exit long-haul flying at the end of this winter season … The Cosmos Goa programme would operate from Gatwick on Fridays and Manchester on Tuesdays. The addition of a premium cabin on Cook’s newly revamped Airbus A330 would offer “a greatly improved customer experience … Goa packages lead in at £639pp with a £75 deposit offer.  click here

How colonial Goa used photography to create images of a democratic India

26 Feb: The history of photography dovetails intriguingly with the rise of Panjim, and the concurrent making of an entirely new kind of Indian identity… From its inception, photography was recognised for its suitability in the colonial projects and self-image of the British Raj. The Bombay Photographic Society already had 200 members when it was formed in 1854 – most notably the brilliant 24-year-old Dr Narayan Daji Lad who grew up in Goa … Goan planners and administrators studied in Europe, travelled the world, and returned home to implement contemporary best practices in urban planning, city layout, drains and sewage, and public hygiene in Panjim… Demand for photography exploded in mid-19th century Europe and in Goa where countless families sought to commemorate their own gentrification and independence… In Zanzibar, AC Gomez opened a branch of his Goa-based studio in 1868 … Panjim’s renowned Souza & Paul photography studio opened for business in 1884 … 1773 words.  click here

Oman Air Adds Goa Service from late-March 2015
26 Feb: Routes Online (UK). Subject to Government Approval, Oman Air from 29MAR15 introduces Muscat – Goa route, its 11th route to India. The airline plans to operate this route 4 times a week with Boeing 737-800 aircraft…  click here

Video: Mahatma Gandhi memorial to be unveiled in Parliament Square

22 Feb: BBC. A statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be unveiled in Parliament Square next month. It will be revealed on 14 March after donations to the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust passed £1 million. The sculpture is inspired by photographs of the civil rights leader outside 10 Downing Street in 1931. Gandhi will be the first Indian, and the only person never to have been in public office, to be honoured with a statue in the square. His memorial will stand alongside those of Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela opposite the Houses of Parliament…  click here
21 Feb: Eastcoast. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first official visit in Britain has not yet materialized and the United Kingdom is keen on the unveiling of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the parliament square in London in March. They are eager that Modi unveil the statue next month. But according to the sources in the government instead of the PM, India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley will be in UK for the unveiling…  click here

Action will be taken against dance bars: Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar
26 Feb: Daily News & Analysis. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Thursday said appropriate action will be taken against those involved in running dance bars and alleged prostitution in the coastal belt. "I have received reports about what has been happening in the coastal belt. I have initiated appropriate action in the matter," Parsekar, said …  click here

Indian railways given $137bn boost in budget

26 Feb: BBC. India's government has announced plans to invest $137bn (£88bn) in its ageing railway network over the next five years. Unveiling the annual railway budget, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said the cash boost will help modernise existing tracks and introduce faster trains … the heavily subsidised passenger fares is unchanged. The state-run railways operate more than 12,000 trains, carrying some 23 million passengers daily…  click here



Death: Agnes Almeida (neé Pinto)

21 Feb: London. AGNES ALMEIDA Ex. Mombasa. Greatly missed by her husband Tim, sister Rita, brother Elias, sisters-in-law Elita and Melina, and all their families. Funeral will be held on Friday 13th March 2015 at 11.30am at Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, London SW19 4LU. Burial to follow at Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery, Garth Road, Morden SM4 4NW. It was Agnes' wish that in place of floral tributes, donations be made to Great Ormond Street Hospital. If you do this, please make cheques payable to 'Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity' and send them to The Co-operative Funeralcare, 2 Lambton Road, Raynes Park, London SW20 0LR. Condolences to  email

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Catholics demand apology from RSS' Mohan Bhagwat for his comments on Mother Teresa

Cardinal Gracias

25 Feb: Daily News & Analysis. The Catholic community in the Mumbai demanded an apology from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for his remarks about the late Mother Teresa ... "I met Mother Teresa many times, and I sensed the great joy she felt when she reached out to the poorest of the poor, the sick, the abandoned and the dying," said Cardinal Oswald Gracias (photo), Archbishop Of Bombay…  click here
Security tightened at New Delhi churches after attacks 25 Feb: Reuters. The Indian government said on Wednesday it had boosted security around hundreds of churches in New Delhi after a spate of attacks on religious institutions unnerved minority Christians. Junior home minister Haribhai Chaudhary told lawmakers that extra police had been deployed to protect 240 churches in the capital, and that surveillance cameras had been installed in and around all religious centres…  click here
25 Feb: Outlook. Archbishop of Kolkata Demands Apology From Bhagwat Over Teresa Remarks … click here.

As Goa gets hotter, so do the air fares
25 Feb: Times of India. Air fares into and out of Goa are priced at an all-time low for the upcoming summer months. Flight fares connecting Goa to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata cost at least 1,000 to 2,000 lower than the previous seasons. The return journey to Goa from Bengaluru now costs less than 5,000 from March to May. A return trip from Mumbai costs 4,500 during the summer months. A one-way journey from Chennai to Goa by air is priced nearly as much as a bus ticket at 3,200…  click here

Canada: Interview with Stephanie Braganza

25 Feb: Steelo Magazine (Canada). “Music has always been a big part of my life. I don’t remember a day growing up that I wasn’t listening to music, whether it was my mom playing oldies on her record player or me listening to different genres of music on my own… I have been on TV shows in Toronto, throughout Ontario and Rogers OMNI TV. I have started expanding into the US and had my recent video When We Last Kissed placed on Pepsi’s MTV Indies… I really dig the video and think you will too…”  click here
Stephanie Braganza was born in Kingston, Ont. Her father Edmund was born in Nairobi and her mother, Bella Miranda in Kampala. For the Stephanie Braganza website,  click here

Threatened by land sharks
25 Feb: Times of India. The tranquil and serene village of Socorro in Bardez, is fast seeing its pristine countryside vanishing and being replaced by ugly chunks of concrete; huge apartment complexes that stick out like sore thumbs in quaint neighbourhoods… The threat to Socorro comes from the real estate lobby which has caused encroachments on comunidade land, felling of trees, erection of slums in private forests and land grabbing, either by filing false cases against villagers or blatantly taking over unoccupied houses, whose residents are abroad… A year ago, Socorro was in the news when a property of the former captain of India's woman hockey team, Otilia Mascarenhas, was grabbed by land sharks… 1580 words.  click here

Video: Michael Lobo: Goa BJP MLA on 'vandalism drive'

25 Feb: Times Now TV. A Goa BJP legislator was caught on camera allegedly leading a group of people that demolished two structures in Calangute-Baga coastal belt, claiming they housed dance bars and sex workers. Bar and restaurant owners operating in the popular tourist belt today released CCTV footage that purportedly shows the local MLA, Michael Lobo, leading the group that razed the structures last week… 1m. 51s.  click here
Video: 25 Feb: HCN. Michael Lobo Interviewed. 25m. 10s.  click here
26 Feb: Herald. Lobo owns an illegal building, alleges NCP … click here.

Floyd Cardoz’s restaurant, Bombay Canteen opens in Mumbai
25 Feb: Indian Express. Lower Parel’s The Bombay Canteen has been one of the most-awaited openings this year. Aided by Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz helming the kitchen, it serves contemporary Indian food… the chef’s version of tacos is Goan pulled pork vindaloo (Rs 250) served on theplas. Opt for the well-spiced, juicy pork served with fryums… From the badas (large plates), we picked tava beef kheema kothu roti (Rs 550) and banana leaf wrapped roasted fish… If The Bombay Canteen successfully continues its experiments with regional cuisine, it could emerge as an oasis in the city’s otherwise dull food scene…  click here
For the Bombay Canteen Facebook page,  click here

Tastes of New Zealand: Francky Godinho

25 Feb: Toronto Sun. Fun times at two annual Food And Wine Classic festivals near New Zealand's fabulous Hawke's Bay are no secret… Born in Goa, Francky Godinho, 36, owner of St. George's Restaurant in Hawke's Bay since 2012, told me: "My mom was an excellent cook ... My family were excellent farmers and I had green fingertips." Before preparing chicken with mushroom sauce and a grilled-vegetable salad, New Zealand's 2007 and 2009 chef-of-the-year warned with a grin: "You guys are going to help ... otherwise you're going to starve." …  click here
For Francky Godinho’s Facebook site,  click here
For the St. George’s website, click here.

20% of Goa shacks seen shutting down
25 Feb. Mint. If Goa is on your mind for the next long weekend, you may get a good hotel deal with the meals complimentary. Grab the deal and thank Russia for it. Also, your favourite shack in Goa may be shut—thank Russia for that too… Cruz Cardozo, president of the Shack Owners Welfare Society. Cardozo expects about 20% of the 369 shacks in Goa to shut down in early March…  click here

Ileana D’Cruz Is Replaced By Waluscha De Sousa

25 Feb: Gulte. Dreams of hip siren Ileana D'Cruz are smothered further as she loses the big chance of featuring with King Khan. As Shahrukh gets ready for the next schedule of his 'Fan', being directed by Maneesh Sharma, the heroine gets changed… Goan seductress Ileana's name sounded loud as the lead actress but her back to back flops with movies pushed the team into rethinking. Shahrukh has finally decided to go with a hot super model of 2000s, who returned to ramp recently after divorce. Her name is Waluscha De Sousa and she featured with SRK in Pepsi ads earlier … A report from Bombay states that Walsucha is signed and the married-divorced model has already started shooting for her big debut on silver screen…  click here
For a profile of Waluscha De Sousa  click here
Genelia D’Souza: I would love to be back in Bollywood … 25 Feb: click here.

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Rental: Luxury Holiday Villa in Panjim, Goa

A short walk to the beach, surrounded by coconut trees and fields, come and enjoy the Goa you have always been proud of ... in a home away from home!! For full details, click here. Text, whatsapp, call Angelo Monteiro (Canada) +17053451257 or email

Royal Food Caterer

Delicious Goan Food for your Special Events like Weddings, Birthdays, Christenings,
Conferences, Parties, etc. For the Facebook page, click here. For more information visit

Divine Retreat Centre - Ramsgate, Kent, UK

The famed Potta Centre now has a UK base. Phone: 01843586904 Email: Visit, with Programme of Events, Retreats, healing services, photos, videos and more.

Special fares for the Goa Exposition, Dec. 2014

Call Joanita Fernandes 0208 202 0944 or Email:

Mervs Mobile Bar

We are a Mobile Bar Service to cater for your special events and functions. Visit
us at
Personal Licence Holder. Contact: Mervin Pereira. Mobile: 07940 705714

South East England: Da Gama Cars

We offer convenient, reliable and luxurious transport for Weddings. For the website,
click here. For the Facebook page, click
. Please feel free to email or call me: Ashley Da Gama,
Mobile: 0745 328 0420

Villa Calangute

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

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A Railway Runs Through - Goans of British East Africa, 1865 - 1980. By Selma Carvalho.
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Mango Travel by Bobby DeSouza

Goa: Specialist in flights, packages, Cruises & Worldwide destinations. Allow us to make your Flights & Holidays a magical experience. Retail Agents For Atol Holders. Email Tel. 020 3289 5909 Mob 07956816799

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Malta Easter 2015 Pilgrimage – From only £799 pp

Contact:- Sally Intercontinental Travel: (Sally on 0208 451 0777) or Exploratours: (Gabby on 0208 202 0944) or Nuage Travel: (Carl on 07425 622461). Appointed agents for ATOL holders. For details, click

Goan Association (UK)

76 Middleton Avenue,
Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 8BS
Tel: 020 8723 1322
Website at

Department of NRI Affairs, Govt. of Goa

You need to register to access the site. Some of the links: Press Releases; Indian Embassies; Handbook for Non Resident Goans; Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children, Eminent Goans, Konkani Dictionary etc.… Go to

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