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HD Video clips of 7 Dec. Xmas event at the Indian High Commission hosted by GOA (UK)

Lighting of the Christmas tree.  click here
Christmas Carol Singing.  click here
Festive Celebration in Gandhi Hall. India House. London. click here.

W&M professor’s exhibition celebrates the complexity of Goan identity

11 Dec: William & Mary (USA). As students begin departing for their winter holiday break, R. Benedito Ferrão (photo) will spend his new year in Goa, employing the power of art and remembrance to actualize a modified understanding of the region’s cultural identity… He explains the significance of one octogenarian artist — Vamona Navelcar — who represents the complexity of a hidden culture and serves as the subject of Ferrão’s research initiative. Ferrão, an assistant professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American studies at William & Mary, will be presenting an exhibition in Goa from Dec. 12, 2017, to Jan. 12, 2018. Titled “Goa/Portugal/Mozambique: The Many Lives of Vamona Navelcar,” the event will feature and celebrate Navelcar’s artistic work, complex story and cultural legacy…  For further details click here

Ben Gomes: Google will start serving more answers, as smartphone users don’t want blue links

11 Dec: Indian Express. Ben Gomes, Google’s Vice President for Engineering and Search, explains how the depth of universal search and the context from Knowledge Graphs have helped to provide answers to people’s queries… Gomes, who has been with Google for 19 years, before “even people in California knew the name”, says Knowledge Graph was created to answer questions the way people are expecting them to be answered and also give answers to all the different kinds of things they might ask…  For further details click here
10 Sep. 2013. BBC. Ben Gomes is Google's Tanzania-born, [Dar es Salaam] India-bred, US-educated vice-president of search ... 1216 words + Video 2m. 2s. with photos of his family and his school in Dar es Salaam…. Text + Video  click here

Video: Aunty Maggy survives the return of the Goan girl from USA

10 Dec: ROZZcity. Aunty Maggy is happy that some Goans are returning to Goa and not leaving to go abroad. But have they forgotten their roots? This Goan girl know no Konkani or how to make ambotik ...but her love is intact. Danielle Peres (played the role of the US return Goan girl). Mohit Khabar (played the US return Goan Boy). Aunty Maggy played by Rozzlin Pereira  For further details click here
For other Aunty Maggy video clips,  click here

Here’s How You Can Get Your Mobile Mobile Verified With or Without Aadhaar Card

10 Dec: Economic Times. The foreign nationals who don’t have an Aadhar number do not have the option to get their mobile numbers verified can do so by visiting their telecom company’s outlets. Such people have to submit their passport details, the department of telecom (DoT) told. A representative from the respective telecom company can also visit the subscriber for mobile number verification… For example, telecos will need to create an online portal or webpage, especially for the NRI customers. DoT has also listened to the demand of telcos to extend the implementation of the mandatory process for four to six weeks…  For further details click here

Québec keen on maritime tie-up, port-led development in Goa

11 Dec: Times of India. With Quebec looking for opportunities to partner with India, in the areas of trade, investment and maritime collaboration, the consul and director of the Quebec government office in Mumbai, Dominic Marcotte held wide ranging discussions with several stakeholders in Goa… Quebec is keen on increasing the bilateral trade between Goa and the Canadian independent region… Canadian company Optel Vision India Pvt Ltd recently set up a manufacturing facility in Verna Industrial Estate… Marcotte expressed his keen interest in the fishing trade developments in coastal Goa and explored the prospects of possible trade relations with fisheries exports …  For further details click here

Know how Christmas is celebrated in India

11 Dec: NewsTrack. One of the largest Indian Christian Communities in a city is in Mumbai. A lot of the Christians in Mumbai who are Roman Catholics. And in India's smallest state, Goa which is on the west of India, about 26% of people are Christians. Many of the Christians in Mumbai came from or have roots in Goa… Christians in Goa very much found to celebrate Christmas! Goa has lots of 'western' customs as part of their Christmas as Goa has historical links with Portugal. Many Christians in Goa are Catholics. People like to go carol chanting around their neighbors for about a week before Christmas. Christmas Trees are also very famous as is a 'traditional' rich fruit Christmas Cake! …  For further details click here

Marrying couples take vow to curb expenses

11 Dec: Times of India. The pressure to keep up with the Joneses and splurge on weddings often leaves couples in debt. A few weeks ago, when a young couple with not such a large bank balance abandoned their dreams of having a wedding reception, requesting instead for a 'simple nuptial on any convenient day', a large number of parishioners from St Jude Church, Mumbai pooled their resources and talent to give them a celebration they wouldn't forget … Treasurer of the Catholic Association of Goa, Jose Carminho Joao from Merces believes the Church should use catechism classes to inculcate habits of simple living. People feel obligated to host parties after Church ceremonies, he says referring to Christening and the first Holy Communion, where celebrations are only getting bigger…  For further details click here

A short stay in Goa

2 Dec: La Provincia (Spain). By Mario Hernández Bueno. Review of the kitchens of the old Portuguese city; dishes of the metropolis, products of other colonies and fusion after 400 years of occupation … The Portuguese left their mark not only in the kitchen of Goa but in the Indian culinary map. They introduced marmalade to the English … In Goa they made feni from cashews and coconut and baked bread … After 400 years of influences they would leave the Catholic kitchen with specialties such as Vindaho, Cafreal, Balchao and Sorpotel and leitao … But the daily diet is fried fish and rice bathed with a creamy and sweet curry sauce because it is linked with grated coconut… 853 words.  For further details click here



Death: Nelson Monteiro

2 Dec. London UK. NELSON MONTEIRO, (ex-Mombasa) son of the late Manoel & late Ana Rita Monteiro, passed away peacefully at the age of 77 years. Beloved husband of Bertha, loving father of Malcolm (Laura), dearly beloved grandfather of Noah. Brother of: Tarsila (late Cajetan), late Theo (Genny), late Marcello (Cathy), Theodora (Polly) and Clare. The funeral will be held on Monday 18 December 2017 at 11.00am at St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Church, Everglade Strand, Grahame Park, London, NW9 5PX (By road: turn into Great Strand, opposite the RAF Museum, and Everglade is the at the end of the road on the left. Closest Tube Station is Colindale). Private cremation for immediate family only to follow funeral service. Thereafter, the wake will be at Kingsbury Services Club, 247 Stag Lane, Kingsbury, London NW9 0EF (entrance gate next to the Kingsbury Fitness & Wellbeing Centre). A coach will leave Colindale Station at 10.30am for the Church and from there to the hall after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marie Currie Hospice, 11 Lyndhurst Gardens, Hampstead, London NW3 5NS, Condolences to:

Death: Julieta D’Sa

16 Nov: London. JULIETA VILIA D'SA (ex Mangor Hill, Goa). Born: 6.09.1962. Beloved wife of Salvador D'Sa (U.K). Mother/ mother-in-law of Zenaida / Jamie Grant (U.K.), Dr. Adelina D'Sa (U.K.). Daughter of Zenaida/ late Francisco Viegas. Sister/ sister-in-law of Nelsey/ Constancio Godinho, Sima/ Newton Gomes (U.K.), Liberata/ late Paschal Alvares, Funeral will held in London on 11.12.2017. There will be Eucharistic Celebration for the departed soul on 11.12.2017 at 8.15am at St. Andrew, Church, Vasco da Gama.

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Portuguese Nationality Fraud: Accused have been convicted

7 Dec: RTP (Portugal). All the defendants tried under the so-called Magic Book Operation were sentenced to effective prison terms between three and six years… At stake is a network of Portuguese, Indian and Mozambican citizens who "instructed and processed Portuguese nationality procedures for Indian citizens using false documents … customers in India were willing to pay up to € 30,000 per person to obtain Portuguese nationality … Operation Magic Book was launched in 2013 by the SEF following an alert from the United States authorities … The searches carried out in December 2015 by the English authorities in Leicester proved to be decisive in tracking the criminals … 476 words  click here
12 Aug. 2016. RTP. Operation Magic Book …  click here
12 Aug. 2016. RTP. Brexit to the Portuguese of Indian origin. There are about 80,000 Portuguese in the United Kingdom of Indian origin. Many have obtained Portuguese nationality using fake documents… It is also known that many live in precarious conditions … click here.

Goa: from tourist paradise to coal port?

8 Dec: Diário de Notícias (Portugal). For some time now, Goa has been a nerve center for the construction of dwellings, offices and, above all, hotels, in a disorderly way, with a high density of construction. It is the answer to the huge demand for second-floor flats for people from all over India who want to spend their vacations and rest periods there; or to the growing tourism, which already numbers four times the population of the tiny state. Equally anarchic and voluminous has been mining … Despite the vigorous protests of environmentalists, little has been achieved …  For further details click here

Iron Ore From Paradise Wins No Takers as China Upends Market

8 Dec: Bloomberg. A China-led flight to quality in the global iron ore market is punishing producers of the lower-grade material, with miners in India facing an increasing battle to find buyers for their cargoes as demand dwindles. In Goa, exporters are struggling to sell even a quarter of what they shipped last year, according to Glenn Kalavampara, secretary at the Goa Mineral Ore Exporters’ Association. “There’s absolutely no market,” he said by phone from Panaji, capital of the western state that’s better known for its sparkling beach resorts. “The preference for higher-grade ore is a major concern.” he said…  For further details click here

British national, wanted in child abuse case, arrested in Goa, challenges extradition proceedings

10 Dec: Zee News. A 73-year-old British national, wanted in a child abuse and trafficking case in the Philippines, has moved the Delhi High Court challenging the proceedings in a trial court to extradite him to that country… Lennox James Ellis was arrested from Goa on June 9 last year on the basis of a Red Corner Notice issued by Interpol at the behest of the Philippines government. Ellis has been lodged in Tihar Jail since July 11 last year where he was sent after being incarcerated in a Goa jail for over a month…  For further details click here

Hot property Weekend homes in Goa!

8 Dec: Mid Day (Mumbai). Weekend homes or second-homes is a new market for the high-flying Indian who wants a home away from home. Goa is one of the favourite destinations … The decision of buying a second home in Goa is made easier as the real-estate prices are comparatively lower than those in large Indian metropolises. Improved mobility from the Indian metros to Goa, be it in terms of faster highways, train connections, and cheaper air connections have made this place into a weekend ‘getaway’ for the urban Indian elites. locales like Bambolim, Tuem, Amthane, Penha De Franca, Siridao, Ribandar and Merces. From studio apartments to villas to palatial Portuguese houses, the options are limitless… villas are priced at R65 lakh to R5 crores, depending on how close they are to beaches and other preferred micro-locations within Goa. Plots are also available at prices between R30 lakh to R3 crore…  click here
7 Dec: Mid Day (Mumbai). Shraddha Kapoor to buy two luxurious villas in Goa? …  click here

Import paradise: Vintage cars in Goa

10 Dec: Autocar. In the period is from 1947 to December 1961 a Goan could import any car from anywhere in the world… Affordable cars like the Austin Cambridge, Volkswagen Beetle, Ford Consul, Mercedes 180 and Morris Oxford made up the bulk of the sales numbers. Their prices ranged from Rs 8,000 to 15,000. The elite, on the other hand, preferred larger brands like Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Chrysler, Oldsmobile and Lincoln, whose prices ranged from Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000… The Governor-General of Goa was chauffeured around in a black Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75… Interestingly, some of cars that were imported in the 1947-1961 period are in the unique position of being the foremost examples of their kind in India today… A majority of Goans, however, relied on public transportation. This comprised of the Camião, Carrera, locally assembled people carriers and buses…1499 words.  For further details click here

Goa exported 840 tonnes of shrimp in 2016

10 Dec: Times of India. India is the leader in prawn production and is also the largest exporter of prawns in the world said union minister for agriculture, farmers' welfare and fisheries, Radha Mohan Singh… "The country earned more than 5.78 billion US dollars foreign exchange equating to Rs 37,871 crore in the financial year 2016-17 through the exports of fish and fishery products," he said. Goa exported 38209 tonnes of seafood in 2016 … The frozen shrimp exports from Goa, including prawns, stood at 840 tonnes as of 2016…  For further details click here
10 Dec: Navhind Times. Deep sea fishing will soon become reality for Goa’s traditional fishermen …  click here

How Anglo-Indians spice up Christmas

9 Dec: The Times (UK). For India’s dwindling Christian Anglo-Indian community there is one thing that is still key to its identity: food… Bridget White-Kumar’s Christmas Day menu will include rounds of ginger wine, roast turkey and duck vindaloo, preceded by church services and carol singing. In the 18th century the British East India Company, in the pattern of Dutch, French and Portuguese settlers, encouraged its employees to marry Indian women… Later, as British attitudes hardened and more European women arrived by boat, such unions were frowned upon… Many feared being marginalised after independence in 1947 and migrated to the UK and Canada in search of better prospects …  For further details click here

Auction: 2 Goa coins

12 Dec: Dix Noonan Webb, London. Lot 2065: Portuguese India, Goa, Pedro V, Rupia, 1860 (KM. 279). Good very fine or better for issue [slabbed PCGS AU 55] Auctioneer's estimate: 150 GBP - 180 GBP.  For further details click here
12 Dec: Dix Noonan Webb, London. Lot 2066: Portuguese India, Goa, Louis I, Rupia, 1881 (Gomes 14.01; KM. 312). About extremely fine £80-100.  click here


News Summary

Indian High Commission London and Goan Association (UK) Christmas Tree Lighting 7th Nov 2017

8 Dec: Raymond Carvalho. Party at the Indian High Commission London. Presented by Ravi Vaz and coinciding with the birthday of Valerie Vaz. 55m. 07s.  For further details click here

Reprieve for Theresa May as UK and EU agree principles of Brexit

8 Dec: Hindustan Times. Pinned with the caveat that “nothing is agreed until everything is agreed”, Britain and the European Union on Friday finalised a set of principles on three key areas of Brexit, providing a reprieve for Prime Minister Theresa May, who has been under pressure to deliver… The agreement claims “sufficient progress” has now been made, and sets out that EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in the rest of the 28-nation bloc have the right to stay. Rights of their children and those of partners in existing “durable relationships” are also guaranteed. This assurance is crucial to the future of thousands of Goan citizens who moved to the UK after acquiring Portuguese passports. The cut-off date for EU citizens guaranteed the right to remain in the UK will be the actual date of Britain’s withdrawal from the EU, likely to be March 2019…  For further details click here

Father Chico Monteiro, Portuguese patriot of Goa

9 Dec: Diário de Notícias (Portugal). Fr Chico Monteiro, a native of Candolim, Goa, born on February 1, 1918 and died on October 29, 1990 … today the Portugal-India relationship is excellent, thanks to the diplomatic efforts of the countries and the visit of António Costa to India. But it has not always been so and the facts cannot be forgotten. Goa was invaded and conquered by the Indian Union, 18 of December of 1961, and annexed. Father Chico Monteiro said that he intended to maintain Portuguese citizenship, he was given a period to continue to reside in Goa. After the date, he refused to ask for the extension of the authorization. Having ignored the order to leave India within a fortnight, he was arrested and after trial, convicted…  For further details click here
23 Nov. 2013. Times of India. The case of Fr Chico Monteiro …  click here

Video: Crime Branch opposes Anticipatory Bail application of Aires Rodrigues in outraging modesty case

9 Dec: Prudent Media. Crime Branch opposes Anticipatory Bail plea filed by Adv. Aires Rodrigues in outraging modesty case, contends that his application is not maintainable & is not cooperating with investigation, next hearing on Monday … 1m. 12s.  For further details click here

Uplifting the expressions of desire

9 Dec: Navhind Times. A clinical psychologist and Homi Bhabha Fellow based in Goa, author, Amrita Narayanan took up the offer of compiling an anthology of erotic writings of India. It was an opportunity to bring together various expressions of literature on sexuality and interpreting erotica through various concepts and giving modern readers an insight of erotica written by Indians over 3000 years. Her book ‘The Parrots of Desire: 3000 years of Erotica in India’ was launched yesterday at the Goa Arts and Literary Festival. Amrita discusses erotica …  For further details click here

Setback for tourism as 17 projects rejected

9 Dec: Navhind Times. In a setback for tourism, Goa Investment Promotion and Facilitation Board (Goa-IPB) has decided to withdraw all the in-principle approvals granted to 17 projects including development of passenger ropeway and allied tourism activities from Panaji to Reis Magos. However, in-principle approval was also given to seven new projects which include five industrial units and two hospitals with total investment of Rs 122 crore and probable employment for 825… The proposals of which the board has decided to withdraw in-principle approval include setting up of luxury hotel consisting of rooms and villas at Carmona-Varca, setting up of a high-end eco-friendly five-star hotel at Morjim-Pernem, setting up of highly tourism-oriented development of ‘Marina’ project in Zuari river at Sancoale, Mormugao by Yacht Heaven (Goa) Pvt Ltd …  For further details click here

Catholics stage protest against Goa Archbishop over relocation of saint's feast

9 Dec: IANS. Nearly 200 protesters staged a dharna outside the Goa Archbishop's official residence in Panaji on Saturday, protesting against the Church's decision to relocate of the feast venue of recently anointed saint Joseph Vaz. The Church decided to relocate the venue from a sanctuary dedicated to the saint in Sancoale village, to the larger precincts of the Our Lady of Health Church, located a short distance away. The parishioners from Sancoale village located around 25 km from Panaji, have now threatened to boycott Christmas donations to the Church during the upcoming festive season… Born in Goa in the 1600s, Vaz was canonised in 2015 by Pope Francis in Sri Lanka for propagation of the Catholic religion in the island nation…  For further details click here
Video: 9 Dec: HCN. Sancole parishioners protest against moving St. Joseph Vaz feast outside Bishop House … 2m. 30s.  click here

5 robbers loot Rs 13 lakh from bank at gunpoint in Goa, 2 held

9 Dec: Deccan Herald. A gang of five armed men stormed into a bank in Mapusa and held its staff and customers hostage at gunpoint before decamping with Rs 13 lakh cash on Friday. People managed to catch two robbers, who were handed over to the police… The robbers were armed with pistols and knives and fired in the air before robbing the bank, he said… two robbers were caught 150 metres away from the bank and were badly beaten up by the people …  For further details click here
Video: HCN. Armed gang rob Indian Overseas Bank Verla-Canca of 15 lakh. Brave locals overpower 2 robbers …  click here


COOKERY: Food Junkies. London Live (Freeview 8). Sun. 10th Dec. 06:00 to 06:30. Food Busker John Quilter knocks up a tuna taco tartare, DJ BBQ eats some of the city's finest steaks, and Angus Denoon takes his Indian street food to Wembley.

FILM: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Channel 4. Sun. 10th Dec. 21:00 to 23:30. John Madden's sequel to the hit comedy-drama about ageing Brits seeking low-cost luxury retirement in India.

MOTORING: Wheeler Dealers: Trading Up. Quest (Freeview 37). Tues 12th Dec. 00:00 to 01:00. India. Mike Brewer is on a worldwide mission, to turn a cheap runabout into a supercar, in as few trades as possible. First he heads to India, but can he get the best deals in town? Series 1, Episode 1.

SITCOM: Fresh Off the Boat. 5* (Freeview 30) Wednesday 13th Dec. 14:00 to 14:30. Pilot. Series 1, episode 1. Sitcom following an Asian-American family in Florida. As father Louis takes over a failing cowboy-themed steakhouse in Orlando, mum Jessica is confused by the rituals and habits of her new neighbours - like the fact that you don't haggle over price at JC Penny.

DOCUMENTARY: Extreme Wives with Kate Humble. BBC 2. Thursday 14th Dec. 01:15 to 02:15. Kate Humble explores a community in India to reveal the complex dynamics between men and women. She is in Shillong, the capital of Meghalaya state in north-east India, in search of one of the world's last remaining matrilineal societies where women hold the wealth, family name and many of the top jobs.

DOCUMENTARY: 101 East: Discussion. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Thurs. 14th Dec. 22:30 to 23:0. The New Maharajahs. From lavish parties to luxury yachts, India's billionaires love to splurge. 101 East goes inside a world where money is no object.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. Channel 4. Sat. 16th Dec. 14:25 to 14:55 Christmas. The festive celebrity special of the culinary competition continues, with former Hollyoaks and Emmerdale actor Alex Carter taking the hosting reigns. And his Indian-themed Curry menu receives mixed results.


News Summary

Disney Board Elects Illumina’s Francis A. deSouza as Director

7 Dec: Business Wire The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) Board of Directors announced the election of two new directors: Safra Catz, Chief Executive Officer of Oracle Corp., and Francis A. deSouza, President and Chief Executive Officer of biotechnology firm Illumina Inc. The elections of Ms. Catz and Mr. deSouza are effective February 1, 2018… Mr. deSouza was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Illumina in 2016 and is responsible for directing all aspects of the company’s strategy, planning and operations. He initially joined the company as President in 2013, and led Illumina’s business units and core functions responsible for envisioning, developing and producing the company’s products… [alert From Rudy Fernandes, Toronto].  For further details click here
For the Goan Voice Francis DeSouza supplement,  click here

Australia: TextaQueen's entry into the world of Ned Kelly

8 Dec: ABC News. Colourful felt pens are often associated with children's drawings, but an Australian artist is using fibre-tipped markers to playfully tackle complex issues of race, gender, and sexuality. The Victoria-based TextaQueen uses a comic-like style to reinterpret the salon nude and recreate cultural and historical identities naked in natural landscapes… Her current exhibition Between You and Me is being showcased throughout Australian galleries TextaQueen was born in Australia to Goan-Indian parents and having experienced racism as a child now uses some of that hurt in her artwork…  For further details click here
Arlene, aka TextQueen, was born and raised in Perth. Her parents, Ivan de Souza and Anne de Souza (nee D’Souza) immigrated to Australia from Frankfurt in 1973 having emigrated there from Mumbai. An aunt on her mother’s side is Mary D’Souza, India’s first Female Olympian. For the TextaQueen website,  click here

ECO Rent A Car launches self-drive, chauffeur-driven services in Goa

8 Dec: ANI. ECO Rent A Car, a professional car rental and ground transport company launched its services in Goa with an office in Panjim, thus enabling its self and chauffeur-driven transportation services to commuters in India's premium tourist spot. Through this, choicest luxury vehicles such as Mercedes and Jaguar will be made available to ECO Rent A Car users in Goa, in addition to nine seater and 14-seater minivans like Toyota Commuter, sedans such as Maruti Suzuki Dzire, SUVs/MUVs such as Toyota Innova, and ISUZU buses…  For further details click here
For the Eco Rent A Car website,  click here

Aires fails to appear; issued fresh summons

8 Dec: Herald. After having failed to appear before the Crime Branch (CB) sleuths in connection with probe into sexual harassment case on Thursday, activist Advocate Aires Rodrigues has been issued fresh summons to appear on Friday. Rodrigues moved the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) on Thursday seeking that the court monitor the investigation and replace the investigation officer. However, the CB has termed it as an irrelevant reason for refraining from deposing in the case…  For further details click here
Video: Aires Rodrigues declines to appear before crime branch in sexual harassment case …  click here
8 Dec: The Neutral View. Advocate deposes before crime branch in sex scandal case … click here.

Editorial. Goan artists feted outside, but little respect at home

8 Dec: Herald. Mario Miranda’s paintings will soon be back hanging on the walls of the Reis Magos Fort, and so too his diary and a film on him be displayed. A day after Herald had reported that his paintings had been taken down from the gallery in the fort that he had worked hard to get restored, Archives and Archaeology Minister Vijai Sardesai inspected the fort and the gallery, and directed that the works of art of the famed cartoonist be placed back on display… There had been considerable outrage on the social media when it came to light that Miranda’s paintings had been taken down from the gallery and been replaced by works of other artists, younger ones that the committee in charge of the fort felt needed to be promoted…  For further details click here

Goa CM to unveil country's 'first' mobile food testing lab

8Dec: Economic Times. Goa CM to unveil country's 'first' mobile food testing lab India’s 'first' mobile food testing laboratory, which will enable on-the-spot food safety tests to be conducted in Goa, would be launched by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Sunday… The vehicle is equipped to conduct on-the-spot tests to check the food quality. It will also check the hygiene level of water and the results can be received within 15 minutes…  For further details click here

Pune’s Goans rejoice as its first church marks 225 years

8 Dec: Times of India. Pune's first church, which was earlier under the purview of the Archdiocese of Goa, will mark the 225th anniversary of its inception on Friday. What will make the occasion even more special is the felicitation of two seventh generation descendants of the Peshwas. Considered to be the equivalent of modern-day prime ministers in the Maratha empire, the Peshwas had donated four acres of land for the religious needs of Pune's Goan Catholic community two centuries ago, a gesture the parish continues to be grateful for…  For further details click here

Forthcoming Events

UK: Sun. 31 Dec: GOAN WELFARE SOCIETY (GWS) New Year's Eve Fund-Raising Ball at Wandsworth Town Hall from 7 p.m. till late. Full details to follow and a table seating plan will apply. Offers of help, raffle prizes and sponsorship would be most welcome. Please contact any of the Trustees: Paul De Mendonca on 07956 584531 (email:, Norma Menezes-Rahim on 020 8771 4457 (email:, Alfred Rebello on 020 8337 8022 (email:, Rosy De Souza on 020 8677 0390 (email:, Flavio Gracias on 07753 309781 or 020 8723 1322 (email: For the ticket application form go to For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 6 Jan: G.O.A Extravaganza 2018. Venue: Wandsworth Town Hall, Civic Suite, Wandsworth, London. SW18 4LD. Time: 18.30 to 1.00 a.m. Theme: James Bond 007 – Dress to Kill. Music will be provided by Maz & Co, featuring Julien Desmier, formerly from Black Velvet and PressPlay Disco. Licenced Bar and Caterers will be available. Fantastic raffle prizes - Tables will be reserved for groups of ten where tickets have been paid for in advance. Don't miss Shirley Bassey, our special James Bond tribute impersonator who will be with us for the evening. A prize for the best dressed Bond Lady and Gentleman. The Board would like to welcome all members and their guests to this event and have ensured the tickets are at a most competitive rate. Ticket prices for Members: Adults - £13.50, Children 5 aged 16 years: £11.00, under five years: £5.00. (Adults may purchase one guest ticket at the Member’s rate). Ticket prices for guests: Adults - £15.50, Children aged 5-16 years £13.00 and under five years £5.00. Entrance tickets will include a welcome drink and a plate of snacks. We encourage all members to purchase their tickets before 23rd December 2017. After this date, all tickets will be sold at guest prices. For tickets please contact: Bosco Saldanha 0208 684 4474 /07815 547513 / Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa - 07958 537314 / Vince Fernandes: 0208 764 7686/07853 132336 / Sandra Fernandes: 07768 080537 / Richard Fernandes 07711 401157. For the flyer and further details, click here


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Auntie Flo in The Lab LDN

7 Dec: MixMag (London). This Friday we welcome a true purveyor of euphoria in the form of Auntie Flo. With releases across labels such as Huntleys + Palmers, Mule Musiq and Permanent Vacation, Goa-hailing/London-based Auntie Flo is revered for the manner in which he stitches together disparate influences into infectious records… An artist truly inspired by music around the globe, he's released music made in Uganda, Cuba and Brazil and now holds down a monthly slot on Gilles Peterson's Worldwide FM. This weeks Lab kicks off at 5pm GMT this Friday December 8, you can tune in live over on our Facebook page and re-watch on MixmagTV from 6pm GMT…  For further details click here
Brian D’Souza wrote: “My Mum was born in Kisumu, Kenya … My Mum's family are all from Goa, a place near Mapusa. For a profile of Brian D’Souza,  click here

Deadlines for linking Aadhaar with bank a/c, PAN, SIM valid'

' 7 Dec: Times of India. UIDAI, the authority which issues Aadhaar, said today that the deadlines for verifying bank accounts, PAN cards and mobile SIM cards with the biometric ID stand "valid and lawful", and there is no change in them. While the deadline for verifying bank accounts and income tax Permanent Account Number (PAN) by providing Aadhaar is December 31, for SIM cards it is February 6…  For further details click here
7 Dec: Business Today. Aadhaar linking deadline approaches: Here are all the myths and facts … The UIDAI has also made it clear that NRIs and those holding the Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card are not eligible to obtain Aadhaar they had said on Twitter way back in October, and followed it up with a circular in mid-November…  click here
7 Dec: Times of India. Saligao villagers protest 'coercion'. Villagers recently vented their ire against the staff of Bank of India's Saligao branch, after its officials "coerced and frightened" them over the last few weeks to link their Aadhaar cards to their accounts… click here.

The storm’s gone, but shack owners all at sea

7 Dec: The Goan. Four days after the rising sea water caused severe damage to many shacks on Salcete's coastal belt, the beleaguered owners have started work on rebuilding their respective structures, even as the peak tourism season lies ahead of them…  For further details click here
7 Dec: The Goan. Hoteliers stare at vacant rooms, cancellations. Cyclone Ockhi seems to have spoilt the December party of hoteliers, as a number of tourists have cancelled their bookings fearing their safety and also that of their family members… click here.

Goa sex scam: notices sent to police agencies

7 Dec: The Hindu. The Judicial Magistrate First Class issued notices to the Goa Crime Branch and Old Goa Police on Wednesday in connection with the alleged sex scandal involving Fisheries Minister Vinod Paliencar. Magisterate Vaishali Lotlikar asked the two agencies to submit by December 12 their replies to a petition filed by activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues seeking that the court monitor the investigation into FIRs registered against Mr. Paliencar. The petition also demanded that case against Mr. Rodrigues be probed by an officer other than police inspector Dattaguru Sawant.  For further details click here

Goa Jazz Festival 2017: From the tribute to Karan Joseph to Jojo Mayer, gigs you should not miss

7 Dec: First Post. The place where musicians from France, India and Luxemburg get together this year is the charming fantasy land that is Goa. Over the years, the Goa Jazz Festival has brought the best touring musicians of the international and the Indian scene, who sprinkle their music like magic dust which lights up the sea state in December, making it groove to the rhythm of jazz, funk, hip-hop and bebop. Stone Water Eco Resort, close to Bogmalo Beach, was the home of to the Goa Jazz Festival produced by Teamworks Arts this year as well…  For further details click here

Some Incredible Hotels in Goa which will make your Christmas and New Year more colourful

7 Dec: Goa is very popular and global tourist destination around the globe. Many globe trotters visit this every year. Let me tell you that Goa has lot of European influence; Goa is one of India’s best places to celebrate Christmas and New Year. So naturally thousands of people Vivanta By Taj – Fort Aguada … Goa Marriott Resort & Spa … Lalit Golf & Spa Resort …  For further details click here

Jerry Pinto: ‘Life is the raw material for fiction and non-fiction’

7 Dec: The Goan. In Goa currently to participate in the Goa Arts and Literature Festival 2017 that opens on December 7, writer Jerry Pinto speaks to #TGLife about the birth of his award winning book ‘Em and the Big Hoom’ and what is it that compels him to write and express on a day-to-day basis…  For further details click here

Indians love Goa, Italy for gastronomic holidays, says survey

7 Dec: Herald. Goa and Italy are on top of the mind for Indians when they plan gastronomic holidays, reveals a survey. The finding is part of travel site TripAdvisor’s second edition of its annual 2017 India Gastronomy Survey. The survey was conducted with an aim to uncover key habits and preferences of Indians with respect to dining out, and how much food influences holiday planning. One of the results of the survey – conducted online in the third week of November among TripAdvisor’s India survey panel – indicates that three out of five Indians are set to undertake a gastronomic getaway in 2018…  For further details click here


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Video: Spotlight: Cognizant CEO Francisco D'Souza

5 Dec: Cognizant CEO Francisco D'Souza sits down with Reuters’ Andrew Wilson to discuss the challenges of running a global technology company, his early interest in computers, solving the talent shortage in local markets and his thoughts on Trump’s US visa and immigration policies… 24m. 40s.  click here
Francisco D'Souza was born in Nairobi, the son of Placido and late Sushila; brother of Jacinta Sequeira, Lucia D'Souza and Maria D'Souza (Walters).  click here

Aires Rodrigues case moved to crime branch

6 Dec: Times of India. The Anjuna police on Tuesday transferred the case of alleged sexual harassment involving advocate Aires Rodrigues, to the crime branch. Anjuna police inspector (PI) C L Patil, told TOI the case was move upon orders from his superiors. The case is allegedly being linked to a minister from the Bardez taluka, and the sarpanch of the Verla-Canca village panchayat. Anjuna police had on Monday summoned Verla-Canca sarpanch Milton Marques, in connection with the matter. They said Marques had sought more time to be present before the police to record his statement…  For further details click here

Charter flights on track: tourism dept

6 Dec: Navhind Times. Taking a dim view of the shack owners’’ complaints, officials from the tourism department and stakeholders on Tuesday said that they are upbeat about tourism for 2017-18. Speaking to ‘‘The Navhind Times,’’ Director of Tourism Menino D’Souza said that every year the department witnesses a good growth in arrivals and this year too, it expects the growth to increase. He said that the number of foreigners visiting the state will be good, as the charter flights are on track and there is “no indication from the hotels of any decline in the number of foreign individual travellers (FIT) visiting the state.” …  For further details click here

“Poor business as no foreigners”, complain shack owners

6 Dec: Navhind Times. In the middle of a busy spell, Goa’s shack owners are alleging an unexciting tourist season, thanks to poor business. According to them, the season so far has turned out to be a damp squib with less number of Indian and foreign visitors spotted on the beaches. The extended weekends and high volume of domestic arrivals during Saturdays and Sundays in the month of October did nothing for their business and it was followed by a dull November, said shack owners…  For further details click here

Supermoon, Not Cyclone Ockhi, Responsible For Damage, Says Goa Chief Minister

6 Dec: NDTV. Sunday night's Supermoon, and not cyclone Ockhi, was responsible for the rise in seawater levels, which damaged the state's coastline and beach shacks, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday. Mr Parrikar also said that the state had no standard operating procedures in place for managing such crises and natural disasters, adding that the required SOPs were being worked out… As many as 12 beaches in the tourism-friendly state were affected by the rise in seawater level on Sunday night when Cyclone Ockhi skimmed the Goa coastline…  For further details click here

GALF – Goa’s own home-grown festival

6 Dec: Navhind Times. By Janice Savina Rodrigues. Way back in 2000’s a group of like-minded people felt a void in the literature space in Goa. Though they knew that the state had some really good writers in the past and the present, they still felt that somehow this treasure trove of literature was barely accessible to the general public. So, they invested their time and efforts and with guidance from Victor Rangel Ribeiro, the Goa Writers’ Group was formed somewhere in the middle of the decade… That idea was then christened the ‘Goa Arts and Literature Festival’ which took flight at the turn of the decade in 2010…  For further details click here

Supreme Court directs High Court to examine witnesses in rape case against Tarun Tejpal

6 Dec: Tribune. The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed the Bombay High Court to conduct a trial and examination of the witnesses in the rape case against former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal. The court has also asked the state high court to decide on Tarun Tejpal's plea seeking discharge. Earlier on September 28, a Goa court charged Tejpal with rape, sexual harassment and outraging the modesty of a woman… Tejpal is indicted for sexually assaulting a junior woman colleague inside a lift at Hotel Grand Hyatt during an event organised by the Tehelka magazine in Goa in November …  For further details click here


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SIM Re-Verification Procedure Outlined By Department of Telecom For Foreigners, NRIs

5 Dec: World Herald. A procedure has been outlined by the telecom department for the Telcos to carry out mobile re-verification of NRIs and foreign nationals. They also directed the players to operationalize the procedure by January 1, 2018, for these subscribers. The process meant for mobile connection re-verification of NRI and foreign national subscribers who do not have Aadhaar or their phone number is not cataloged with the UIDAI. Also, a re-verification process is been outlined by the DoT (Department of Telecom) for senior citizens who are aged above 70. This process basically applies to who do not have Aadhaar, are physically challenged, or not capable of doing biometric authentication...  For further details click here

Another Ocean Warning

5 Dec: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. The only surprise is that anyone is surprised. Last weekend’s tidal surge due to the cyclonic storm Ockhi trashed at least 100 beach shacks up and down Goa’s coastline … Tamil Nadu, Kerala and the tiny Lakshadweep island archipelago were all considerably less lucky. At least 30 people have been killed … The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has long warned of Goa’ extreme vulnerability to rising sea levels… Goa got away almost unbelievably cheaply from Cyclone Ockhi. But instead of breathing easy and going back to business as usual, the tourism sector should count its blessings and prepare for much worse next time… This cavalier irresponsibility is nothing short of suicidal.  click here
5 Dec: Navhind Times. Editorial: Goa’s Ignoring Natural Calamities To Its Peril …  click here
5 Dec: NDTV. Goa Assesses Damage From Cyclone Ockhi; Shack Owners To Seek Compensation … click here.

Aires Rodrigues case: Verla-Canca sarpanch seeks time to appear before police

5 Dec: Navhind Times. After recording the statements of Aires Rodrigues in connection with the alleged sexual harassment case, Anjuna police had on Monday summoned Verla-Canca sarpanch and Goa Forward leader Milton Marques to appear before it. However, the sarpanch sought two days time to appear before police…  For further details click here
Marques assures statement in two days: Police. 5 Dec: Times of India. Anjuna police on Monday summoned Verla-Canca sarpanch Milton Marques in connection with the alleged sexual harassment case involving advocate Aires Rodrigues. Police said that Marques personally went to the police station seeking more time to be present before the police to record his statements … Marques was summoned because his name surfaced in the video attached to the sexual harassment case. Anjuna police has already summoned and recorded statements of Rodrigues.  click here

Portuguese fado: Songs of love, longing and the sea are making a comeback in Goa

5 Dec: Scroll. By Pamela D’Mello. … A 19th century genre of melancholic, contemplative song with a distinctive style and cadence, fado was once prevalent among the Portuguese language speakers in Goa. But with the liberation from the Portuguese in 1961, the language underwent a slow decline, and fado got stuck with a ubiquitous descriptor – a dying folk tradition in Goa. Thanks to private efforts, though, it is undergoing is a kind of revival, drawing new audiences and a younger demographic of singers. Among the fado contestants this year were 14-year-old Chinmai Parab, who also sings Hindustani classical, and 10-year-old Saaachi Tamba… Already a proficient singer, Shirsat, who was raised in the temple town of Ponda by a Roman Catholic mother and Hindu physician father, trained in Portugal, imbibed the traditions and experience of the Fado bars of Lisbon and Coimbra (the two famed fado styles) and by 2008, held her first solo fado concert in Lisbon… Text, Photos + videos  For further details click here

Film Brings Name And Fame For Goa World Wide

5 Dec: Voyagers World. Goa and its connection with films is something that goes back a long way. Whether it is the scenery in movies or even the majestic Dudhsagar falls, Goa has always treasured a special place among film makers. It is not just the Indian film industry that’s smitten by Goa, Hollywood too hasn’t escaped the charms of this state. The second of the Bourne series - 'The Bourne Supremacy' was shot in a number of locations, one of them being the picturesque beach state of India, Goa…  For further details click here
Juze' a bold step in Goan filmmaking The Navhind Times-15 hours agoThe lone Goan Konkani film 'Juze' selected at the recently concluded 48th International Film Festival of Goa (IFFI) in the Indian Panorama section has put the ...  click here

Christmas dinner 2017: The best London restaurants open on Christmas Day

5 Dec: Evening Standard (London). There are only so many years in a row you can spend dawn on 25 December with your arm up a turkey’s nether regions. If you’re on strike for 2017, there are plenty of chefs around London willing to sort out the giblets for you… At Darbaar, your Christmas roast dinner comes with a touch of spice. Goan spiced goose breast will be served at the Indian restaurant, accompanied with roasted winter vegetables and gravy, as well spiced soups, black lentils, butter chicken, tandoori grills and a dessert of spiced fruit and nut pudding with a rose custard. All of this comes in at £85 a head, including a winter berry cocktail to start…  For further details click here
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