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Death: Rosemary (Fernandes) Rodrigues Ex Karachi
17 Jul: Toronto. ROSEMARY (FERNANDES) RODRIGUES. Born 1938. Formerly lived in Blue Haven, Mansfield Street, Saddar, Karachi. Predeceased by her husband (Edward Rodrigues, ( Fransrock) ) Survived by her daughter Louise, and her husband Gordon, Grandchildren, Chenelle and Shane, Brothers, Sisters Nieces and Nephews. Viewing on Sunday July 21 evening from 6 pm to 8 pm at Highland funeral home. Mass on Monday July 22 at 11 am St Thomas More Catholic Church Scarborough proceeding to Christ the King Catholic Cemetery Markham then to a reception at Highland funeral home , following burial. [Info: Pompie Goas] Photo and full details, click here.

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Frederick Noronha: The charm of some little books

21 Jul: Navhind Times. Three books came my way in recent days … Visorxeat is the bold, one-word title of a recent publication of the Saligao Association UK. This diaspora network recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, and has kept itself going, sometimes amidst trying circumstances. It has had a long list of presidents like Rufino Cordeiro, the educationist John Carneiro and researcher Stella Mascarenhas (Keyes), among others… In a recent article, the writer and blogger Sonia Gomes penned a piece that was saucily titled Aghô Milagrin, Londokarancheo dhiri chollotai mugo. It could be, and was, interpreted as a spoof on how Goans and their families who migrated to the UK in an earlier wave treat those who migrated there more recently… 1139 words.  click here
8 Jul: Sonia Gomes. Bull Fights in London  click here

Toronto: Richard Pereira who said voice told him to kill girlfriend found guilty of 2nd-degree murder

19 Jul: Toronto Star. A Toronto-area man who claimed an internal voice told him to brutally stab his girlfriend was found guilty of second-degree murder after an Ontario judge found his mental illness did not spur the slaying, nor did it prevent him from knowing what he did was wrong. Richard Pereira’s lawyers had argued he should be found not criminally responsible for stabbing Kathryn Horne, a friend-turned-romantic-partner, more than 30 times in the basement of his Brampton, Ont., home in March 2015 … an Ontario court found that while Pereira had a long history of mental illness, his account — in which he claimed a voice told him Horne, 58, had to die because she was part of a plot against him — lacked in credibility and that it appears more likely that Pereira, who was 36 at the time of the killing, flew into a violent rage when Horne tried to end their relationship… Second-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 10 to 25 years…  For further details click here
31 Mar. 2015. Goan Voice. Richard Pereira, 36, charged in Brampton homicide …  click here

Braz Gonsalves: A Goan music saga

21 Jul: Navhind Times. "If you give people good jazz, they will come and listen," believes Braz Gonsalves, as was evident at the 'Raga Rock' concert. But even so, the demand for it falls short as compared to other genres, says Jarryd. "There are a lot of musicians who are interested in the genre but the thing about jazz is that it doesn't pay," he says. Jarryd himself is forced to go out of Goa for performances. His mother Sharon too agrees. "Goa is more of a tourist destination and so the music is more geared towards catering to such an audience," she says. "In Mumbai you can do ad jingles, recording sessions, film music. The club scene also has picked up a lot with jazz being played in various places. In Goa, while there are a few places which have a lovely crowd, it can be irregular." … 1985 words.  click here
Video: Raga Rock fundraising musical and documentary …  click here

Samson D’Souza’s behaviour showed ‘lasciviousness’, rules court

21 Jul: Times of India. Slamming the accused Samson D’Souza for intoxicating British teenager Scarlet Keeling with the intention of sexually exploiting her, the high court of Bombay at Goa held that D’Souza’s conduct reflected his lasciviousness and  For further details click here
21 Jul: Mid Day. The hero of Scarlett Keeling's tragedy. When a British mother got justice last week after her teenage daughter's killer was convicted in Goa, there was one man she wanted to thank - Vikram Varma (photo)…  click here
21 Jul: Herald. The scar remains on the pristine beaches of Goa. By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa. The State has to now work to ensure the safety of single women holidaying in this tropical paradise … click here.

Hinterland homestays: A slice of the tourism cake for locals

21 Jul: Times of India. By Paul Fernandes. In a cooperative movement, villagers in Goa’s interiors are opening up a part of their homes, or unoccupied houses in their hamlets, as homestays. These offer visitors an experience which goes beyond regular tourism. Villagers from the state’s hinterlands often do not have means of getting their hands on even a piece of Goa’s huge tourism pie, which is largely appropriated by coastal dwellers and others. But, a couple of initiatives have opened a window to stakeholders in sharing their natural assets with visitors and tourists, accessing some benefits for themselves in the bargain… Brahmani self-help group homestays run entirely by women, has been started recently… In the other project, Verlem ecotourism cooperative society’s venture has provided employment and revenue to a few families. Five houses have been turned into homestays with bare facilities… 580 words.  For further details click here

Goa Tourism Development Corporation Bans Plastic

20 Jul: Yahoo News. Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) on Saturday announced the elimination of plastic bottles, cups and straws across the state. The GTDC has banned the use of plastic from its headquarters and its hotels (GTDC Residencies) across the state. Dayanand Sopte, Chairman of GTDC said, "This decision will go a long way in contributing towards environment protection and in reducing plastic waste which has become a bane in the State. Growing plastic waste is a major concern and it is important to keep our environment plastic-free." … GTDC's residencies across the state will phase out the use of plastic bottles, plastic cups and straws in the next three months…  For further details click here

Industry should grab Vibrant Goa opportunity: Kamat

22 Jul: Herald. While Goa awaits one of its biggest business rendezvous during October 17-19 this year, a high-powered delegation from the Middle East is expected to lead the foreign participation at the Vibrant Goa-Global Expo and Summit. According to Vibrant Goa Foundation, organisers of the event, almost 60 delegates from the total of 220 foreign delegates who have confirmed their participation are from the Middle-East. Most of the foreign delegates represent the sectors of information technology, tourism, food and building materials… Commenting on the large number of foreign participation expected at VG-GES 2019, Jagat Shah, chief mentor, Vibrant Goa summit said, “Foreign companies were surprised to note that there is so much being offered by Goa, besides tourism… 926 words.  For further details click here
For the Vibrant Goa website,  click here



Death: Benedita Joanes. Ex Nairobi

13 Jul: London. BENEDITA EMITA JOANES. The death has occurred of our beloved Queen of Hearts. She was the wife to the late Jose Joanes (Tambo), mother to Tony (TJ), Veronica , Sabina , Maria (Kenya) and Conny (Kenya). Mother in law to Roseline, Paulie, Vincent, Piety and Sebby. Grandmother to Lorraine, Daphne, Stephen, Julius, Vanessa, Jose, Priscilla, Mitchell, Celine and Amanda. Great grandmother to Eli, Noah and Moses.
There will be a funeral service on Saturday 27 July 2019 at 11.00 am at St. Paul's RC Church, Bentham Road, Thamesmead, London SE28 8AS. This will be followed by a public viewing of the body and thereafter a wake. Bus 244 from Abbey Wood station is very close to the church. There will be no burial service as the body will be repatriated to Goa, India for burial. Messages of condolences, including any family contacts can be obtained by emailing or 07500778799

Death: Rita Gracias. Ex Nairobi

11 July 2019. Wembley, UK. RITA MARIA GRACIAS (nee Fernandes) Aged 95 years, ex-Nairobi. Teacher at Catholic Parochial School & St Teresa’s School, Nairobi. Beloved wife of the late John Gracias. Loving mother to Melissa/Martin Bailey, Genevieve/Carlton Ellis, and Stan/Nataly Gracias. Grandmother to Lisa Ellis, Lynn/Ashley Shonpal, Nadine Bailey and Sean Bailey. Great grandmother to Marley Reece and Dylan Shonpal. Sister to the late Elias/Vertina, the late Theo, the late Moses/Irene, the late Joe/Teresa, Cresenti/Thelma, Thomas/Rosie and several nieces, nephews and extended family.
Rita passed away peacefully. Her funeral will be held on Monday 22 July at 12 noon at St Joseph's RC Church, 339 High Road, Wembley, HA9 6AG. In lieu of flowers a donation can be made at church for the family's chosen charities. Her burial will take place at St Pancras & Islington Cemetery, 278 High Road, London, N2 9AG followed by a reception at Five Bells, 165-167 East End Road, Finchley, N2 0LZ. Condolences to:

Death: Rose D'Silva. Ex Dar-es-Salaam
17 Jul: Mississauga, Canada. ROSE D’SILVA. Aged 64. Ex Dar-es-Salaam. She was the wife of Joe and cherished mother to Danielle, Jo-Anna and Terence and will be dearly missed by Kobe, the family pup. Rose was sister to Irene/Alwyn Mendes, Mario/Sandra Rocha, Doris/Oscar de Mello, Peter/Colleen Rocha and Suzie/Paul Deorajh. She will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews in Canada. Funeral Details: Visitation at Turner & Porter “Neweduk- Erin Mills Chapel, 1981 Dundas Street West , Mississauga on Friday from 5-9pm. Funeral Mass: will be celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 2473 Thorn Lodge Drive, Mississauga on Saturday, July 20th. 2019 at 10:00am. Celebration of Life will be held at Turner & Porter, 1981 Dundas Street West, Mississauga immediately following the Mass. [Info: Stephen de Souza, Mississauga] Photo, full details and Condolences, click here.

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An obituary of my Goan mother, who sang fado, wrote an international cookbook and spread laughter

20 Jul: Scroll. By Ranjit Teja. My mother Devika Teja died 25 years ago … She began life as Hildaguarda Conceicao Lidia Edwiges Dias in 1924 and elaborate names were the norm among its Catholics. Her father died shortly before she was born… she would recall one by one the indignities borne by her family – the inheritance siphoned off by unnamed relatives, the indifference the nuns reserved for fatherless girls, the diminished circumstances at home… She did have a beautiful voice and was accepted, to study voice at the conservatory of music at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. America liberated my mother … she travelled the world, socialised with the great and the good, wrote a successful book for Time-Life on The Cooking of India and, once, even commissioned a battleship. Yet, for all the good life, and the show she made of her secular credentials, a wistfulness still crept in when casual mention was made of Goa … 876 words.  For further details click here
To buy a copy of Devika Teja’s book from Amazon,  click here

Scarlett case verdict: High Court points to mistakes in trial court judgment

21 Jul: Navhind Times. The High Court which convicted and sentenced Samson D'Souza to 10-year rigorous imprisonment in the British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling death case, has said that it is constrained to observe as to how the trial court erroneously and perversely made the observations in the impugned judgment from which it appears that trial court's approach in analysing the evidence of the prosecution witnesses was "totally improper and uncalled for"… The judgment is based on surmises and conjectures. The trial court has ignored cogent, trustworthy and reliable evidence of the witnesses coupled with medical evidence which corroborates the fact that the victim was under the influence of narcotic drugs and alcohol. The trial court has also ignored the bruises noticed by the medical expert below the knees that is on the shin and other parts of the body. There is indeed a miscarriage of justice." …  click here
20 Jul: Times of India. High Court Directs Samson To Pay Fiona Rs 2.6L Relief …  click here
20 Jul; Times of India. Samson breaks down in court, to appeal in SC … click here.

Release our sailors, India tells Iran

20 Jul: The Hindu. India has reached out to the Iranian government to help release 18 Indian crew members on board the British oil tanker seized by Iranian forces in the Straits of Hormuz, the government said here on Saturday. “We are ascertaining further details on the incident. Our [Embassy] is in touch with the Government of Iran to secure the early release and repatriation of Indian nationals,” said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, a day after the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) soldiers boarded and seized the Stena Impero. The Iranian Embassy in Delhi said it did not have further information on the charges against the Indians arrested, but Iran would protect them. “Based on the goodwill which exists between Iran and India, the two countries protect the nationals of the other side, and this is not a matter of concern,” said a senior embassy official when asked about the fate of the Indians on board the cargo vessel… The ship’s captain and 17 other crew members detained on board are Indians, said an Iranian official …  For further details click here

Race politics whitewashed Canadian history. It’s time to recognize India’s contribution to the First World War

20 Jul: Toronto Star. In the First World War, Canadian soldiers first saw action in the spring 1915 when, fresh out of training, our volunteer and very green army of “farmers and lumberjacks” was assigned to the defence of the Ypres Salient in Belgium. Over four days, 6,000 Canadians would fall as casualties in a “baptism by fire” as our troops valiantly defended, and even countered, an overwhelming German offensive that included chemical weapons… But there is a glaring omission, such as the second half of this story featuring the Indian Army, which has long been edited out by the race politics of the early 20th century. And in multicultural Canada, a century on from the Great War, the full version of the story has become much more relevant than the abridged version from the 20th century… 1922 words.  For further details click here

Editorial: The whiff of formalin does not dissipate

21 Jul: Herald. A little over a year after Goa was rudely jolted by the knowledge that some of the fish it consumes could have been preserved using the chemical formalin, the State is yet to arrive at an acceptable solution to the problem and so the issue remains simmering…  For further details click here
21 Jul: Herald. Fishy business: How safe is your seafood?  click here
21 Jul: Herald. ‘Trucks entering Pernem border through unchecked routes’ … click here.

Where’s the josh, Goans?

21 Jul: Herald. Goans agree, it is we alone who can save Goa, not parties or politicians. ‘We didn’t start the fire, it was always burning’, are the lines from Billy Joel’s immortal song. Put it in a Goa context and it was true. The fire was always burning within Goans when it came to causes for the land and fighting for justice and what is right for individuals. However with incidents of violence against locals and a political betrayal of the highest order due to massive defections, greeted with silence, we ask, has the fire gone from the hearts of Goans? Has it stopped burning …  For further details click here

Goans worried as locals attacking locals

20 Jul: Herald. By Nicole Remedios. Tolerance. Is it something that we have lost in our society today. A day ago, we focused on the numerous foreign deaths violent attacks in Goa but can we ignore what’s happening amongst us Goans? Goa has become violent, and whether we accept it or not there are a lot of cases of people living here who have been subjected to mindless violence. In the most recent incident, a mob of drunkards attacked a journalist who was critically wounded with multiple fractures, in a restaurant near Varca…  For further details click here

Look what’s cooking!

20 Jul: Navhind Times. The third edition of the culinary competition ‘Goan Woman Chef of the Year’ promises to be more exciting and challenging this year … The competition has been designed exclusively for women, and aims to promote a culinary passion and taste for excellence in the participants, besides reviving authentic recipes and dishes. It will test not just the culinary skills but also the creativity and presentation skills of the participants. 87 women contestants from all across the state participated in the second edition of the Goan woman chef contest to showcase their gastronomic talents out of which around 85 per cent of them were housewives… The competition will be held at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Goa in Benaulim, on Saturday, August 17, 10 a.m. onwards. Last date for application is August 5…  For further details click here



Death: Dr Sydney Fernandes. Ex Mumbai

17 Jul: Perrysburg, Ohio. DR. SYDNEY OSWALD FERNANDES. Born December 16, 1936 in Mumbai. He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years Thelma “Nana” (Noronha) Fernandes, his five sons Dr. Karl (Shaila), Deacon Trevor (Tamara), Dr. Ashley (Shruti), Rev. Fr. Earl Fernandes, and Dr. Eustace (Anne), and his 15 devoted grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Liguory and Mary Magdalene Fernandes, and his older siblings, Terrance (Bibian) Fernandes and Sister Mary Hilda Fernandes, SCB, of Mumbai. Dr. Fernandes graduated from Saint Xavier College in Mumbai and Topiwala Medical School in 1965.
Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday, July 21, 2019 at Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 E. South Boundary Street, Perrysburg, Ohio. A sung Latin Requiem High Mass will be offered at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 22, 2019 at All Saints Church in Rossford, Ohio. Burial will follow in Saint Rose Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to designate offerings to the Mercy Saint Charles Foundation, Saint Francis de Sales High School, and the Diocese of Toledo Educational Fund for Seminarians. For full details and Condolences,  For further details click here
Video: Dr. Sydney Fernandes - Above Knee Amputation … click here.

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Beach shack worker who raped and killed Scarlett Keeling in Goa is jailed for just ten years because he is his family's single earner

19 Jul: Daily Mail (UK). The man convicted of raping and murdering a 15-year-old British schoolgirl at an Indian beach resort has today been sentenced to 10 years in prison. Samson D'Souza, 36, was found guilty and was sentenced to serve just 10 years in jail for her murder … The prosecution had been hoping to secure a life sentence for D'Souza, but the defence argued that because he is the lone earning member of his family, and the father of a 12-year-old girl, his term should be reduced… Special prosecutor Eijaz Khan sought the maximum term and also sought compensation for Keeling's mother for the 'severe hardship and pain caused to her in a foreign land'… 2142 words + comments … 18 Jul: The Sun (UK). KILLER CAGED Scarlett Keeling’s killer jailed for ten years for the horrific rape and death of British teen in Goa 11 years ago after mum’s epic battle for justice … 898 words.  For further details click here
20 Jul: Herald. Fiona’s legal team applauds CBI efforts …  click here

Not happy with Mannion, he is a coward, says Fiona

19 Jul. Mid Day. The key eyewitness in the Scarlett Keeling murder case – British national Michael Mannion (photo) – who had seen the girl get sexually abused at the Anjuna beach shack, had refused to testify during the trial of the case. Speaking about it from UK, Fiona Mckeown, Scarlett’s mother said, “I don’t know whether he was having a problem in general or if he was scared. He was right there but he did not stop accused Samson D’Souza from abusing Scarlett. The least he could have done was to testify in the case, as he was a crucial witness for the prosecution. I’m not happy with him. He is a coward.” Mannion, a carpenter by profession, is based in England, UK… Meanwhile, Fiona said that she could not arrange for her travel to India to be in court for the sentencing on Friday. “I want to be there, but I am not being able to get the travel plans in place. If the court proceedings continue till next week then I can make it or else there is no point in going if I miss out on the verdict,” she said.  click here

Ângela Barreto Xavier: Tracing the historic voyages of Portugal

20 Jul: Navhind Times. Researcher at the Institute of Social Sciences of the University of Lisbon (ICS_UL) and a visiting professor of the Cunha Rivara Chair, Goa University, Ângela Barreto Xavier, will deliver a public lecture on ‘From 1498 to Magellan. Memories and archives’ on July 23, 6.30 p.m., at Camões-Centro de Língua Portuguesa, Panaji. In this presentation, Xavier will ask three questions: What was the relevance in the short-term, of the voyages of Vasco da Gama and Fernão de Magalhães? How was their memory and archives constructed? And what was the relevance of nationality when these trips took place? Xavier will mainly concentrate on the period between and 1522…  For further details click here

Mombasa: Echoes from a colonial past at Treasury Square

19 Jul: Daily Nation (Kenya). Treasury Square, which was opened in 1901 stands out for its amazing architecture, which signifies the different influences that have moulded the town over the years… Old Town is a labyrinthine maze of narrow streets and twisting alleyways. The aura of colonial influence pervades its culture and architecture: from British, to Goan, Portuguese and Arab-Swahili… The Africa Hotel, one of the very first hotels at the Coast was owned by Goans Junior and Diaz in 1904 …  For further details click here

Tom Mboya was broke before his death — Jomo Kenyatta's lawyer

19 Jul: Hivisasa (Kenya). It has emerged that former Economic Planning Minister Tom Mboya was a financially limping man during the time of his murder on July 5, 1969. According to Fitz De Souza, then lawyer to President Jomo Kenyatta, Mboya was always short of funds and had grown into a bother to many. He says that Mboya was always ringing people close to him to borrow and beg for money, among them himself (Fitz), who, however, repeatedly turned him down as he was not in a position to lend him money at the time. "It was 1969, and Tom, increasingly short of funds, was begging and borrowing. He would ring me quite often to ask for a loan, but I had nothing to spare," he says in his new book; Forward To Independence. Ironically, this came only three years after the latter was swimming in money, being part of the team that stage-managed elections on behalf of Kenyatta and his allies…  For further details click here

Goa University gets an eternal gift from Quebec

19 Jul: The Goan. At a time when the world is globalising and seems to be becoming homogeneous, culture holds a tremendous value, and it is the soul of the world, says professor Carlos Bergeron from Quebec, Canada, who has brought a unique cultural gift for the department of French, Goa University. He has given to the University a total of around 2000 French books about the culture and literature of Quebec, a French-speaking province of Canada. According to Dr Irene Silveira, in-charge of the department of French at the University, this is perhaps the largest collection of books about Quebec in the whole of Asia, This project was a personal venture of professor Bergeron, and took two years to complete, stated the academic…  For further details click here

Now, you can go bungee jumping over a lake in Goa

15 Jul: Cond Nast Traveller. Add this to the last of the craziest things to do in Goa. Starting next month, you can go bungee jumping over Mayem Lake, our sources at Goa Tourism have confirmed. The Goa Tourism Board has teamed up with Jumpin Heights, the company that runs India’s highest bungee-jumping pad in Rishikesh, for the latest addition to Goa’s list of adventures. The bungee jumping facility at Mayem Lake, North Goa, will open on 28 August. You will leap from a height of 55 metres above the edge of the lake. (That’s a sheer drop of nearly 15 floors!). Jumpin Heights will deploy a crew that’s trained with their team in Australia. The adventure will be open to anyone above the age of 12 and below the age of 40. Those with any significant medical conditions such as epilepsy and osteoporosis will not be permitted. Tickets are priced at Rs 4,850 including taxes…  For further details click here
19 Jul: The Goan. Bungee jumping to begin in Goa soon … The bungee jump in Goa would cost Rs 4,110 including video …  click here



Death: Cliff Dias. Ex Assolna, Goa.

11 Jul. Germany. CLIFF DIAS. Beloved son of late Sebastiao (Seby) Dias (Assolna, Banda/Germany) and late Teofanista Dias. Loving brother of Grace. Savio & Charline. Loving Uncle of Reena & Naveen. His body will be flown to Goa on 19 July 2019. Funeral cortege will leave his residence at 9.30 a.m. on 20 July 2019 to Regina Martyrum Church, Assolna for Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial.

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Goa known worldwide for bad taxi service: Tourism Minister

18 Jul: Business Standard. Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar Thursday said the traditional tourist taxi lobby has created a bad impression about the state across the world. The minister said this during Zero Hour in the state Assembly while responding to NCP member Churchill Alemao's demand that 'Goa Miles' cabs not be allowed to have a taxi stand in the coastal belt… "Goa has been known worldwide for its bad taxi service. Even Goans don't prefer to hire these taxis due to the unaffordable prices that they are charging," he said…  For further details click here

Marry and abandon: The NRI game plays on in absence of strong laws

!8 Jul: Indian Express. According to the National Council of Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma, they have recorded at least 2,490 complaints from women against their NRI husbands in the past several years … The latest NRI amendment bill 2019 that remains to be passed allows compulsory registration of marriage within 30 days in India or abroad… Chennai’s Cynthia, 35, was abandoned by her NRI husband, Raphael, a resident of Singapore in 2013, just after 40 days of marriage… Cynthia said Rapahel, who approached her through a matrimonial website, married her to pay off his debts in Singapore as he had house loans and other loans to pay off… I went to Chennai and found out that he was engaged to another woman without giving me a divorce,” said Cynthia…  For further details click here

Will Form United Opposition While Raising Issues In Assembly: Digambar Kamat

18 Jul: NDTV. Newly-appointed Leader of the Opposition (LoP) in Goa Assembly Mr Digambar Kamat on Thursday said he will take along all opposition MLAs to form a united strategy while raising issues in the House. The All India Congress Committee Wednesday appointed Mr Kamat as leader of the opposition after the party suffered a setback last week when its 10 MLAs, including the then LoP Chandrakant Kavlekar, joined the ruling BJP in the state. The Congress' strength has now been reduced to just five MLAs in the 40-member House…  For further details click here

India relaxes visa rules to ease the entry of foreign nationals

18 Jul: Times Travel. In a bid to simplify the entry of foreign nationals in the country, the Indian Home Ministry has relaxed India’s visa rules, giving visitors flexibility in terms of permitted activities. As per the latest news reports, the major visa categories have now been scaled down from 26 to 21, by clubbing along some categories into common groups. These include combining categories, such as project and employment visas, medical attendant and medical visas, internship and research with student visas, and sports with business visas… the introduction of these changes will enable legitimate tourists to attend business conferences if there is a need, and a single medical visa will also do away with the need for a separate medical attendant visa…  For further details click here

When free spirits live & die in chains: the many Scarlett’s of Goa

19 Jul: Herald. By Nicole Remedios. There’s a whisper on everyone’s lips saying ‘At Last’ for the Conviction in Scarlett’s murder. Like her, many other are seeking for justice. There are many factors that have led to the mysterious deaths in Goa. With each death, there is “drug angle”, almost always the elephant in the room. But to the relatives of many foreigners, whose loved ones have died in mysterious circumstances, drugs is only a fait accompli. The mindless violence has become the DNA of the underbelly of these crimes … Hearing the news, a new hope arose among many, especially the family members of the other victims Denyse Sweeney, Stephen Bennett, and Felix Dahl… All Goa needs is an environment where those who come here are not killed, drugged or die of overdose. It’s the biggest image and PR disaster and a critical downer for a sate which functions on tourism…  For further details click here

‘Cops-drug mafia nexus reason why such cases occur’

18 Jul: Times of India. Some Goa police personnel are hand-in-glove with the drug mafia, which is why drugs are freely available here, said Vikram Varma, the advocate who represented Fiona MacKeown, mother of British teenager Scarlett Keeling who was found mysteriously dead on Anjuna beach in 2008. “The drug mafia are able to sell narcotics only with the connivance of the bad apples in Goa police. And once they are in league with police, it gives them the confidence to commit such heinous crimes, as what happened to Scarlett Keeling,” he told reporters … Varma also blamed the increasing crimes against foreigners in the state and availability of drugs for the dip in overseas footfalls…  For further details click here
18 Jul: Times of India. Judgment does not increase our faith in Goa police, say kin of foreigners killed. Minna Pirhonen, who lives in Finland, represents a group of foreign nationals outside India, all of whom have relatives who have been killed in Goa…  click here


Sat 20 Jul: 4.00pm. Southall: Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations 2019. Eucharistic Celebration at St Anselm Church followed by a Social at The Dominion Centre, Southall. Band: Magic Snow. Contact: Jose Mendes: 07448045388, Wilson Fernandes: 07417434187, Chris Da Costa: 07459262679, Ciana D’Costa: 07860205589. For the flyer, click here.

SOLD OUT! Sun. 21 Jul. Commences at 12:30. Ex Residents Nairobi South Reunion. Venue: Heston Catholic Social Club, Eton Avenue, Heston, TW5 0HB. (Buses 120 from Hounslow Central Station and 111 from Hounslow East Station; in both cases Stations are on Piccadilly Line westbound for Heathrow Airport. Alight at St Leonard's Church and walk 5 mins. to venue. Ample car parking available), Cost: £15 per person to include snacks and a full buffet lunch. Cheques in favour of Mr L. Pereira to be sent 49 Browning Way, Heston, Middlesex TW5 9BG. Contacts: Lambert Pereira, 07305 572 506; Christopher Moniz, 07803 052 618; Alvira Almeida, 0208 300 6154.

Sun. 21 Jul: G.O.A. Annual Trook Tournament will be held at ATC Hall, 192 Merton Road, London, SW19 1EG. Commencing at 11.00 am – SHARP. Nearest tube station – South Wimbledon. To enter your Team of 5 players or require further information contact: Greg Carvalho 01245 261302, 07710657930 or

Fri. 26 July, 6:30 pm: WEMBLEY: Tiatr “Battli Soreachi Ticket Mornnachi”. Promoter: Goan Art & Culture Ltd. (Sara & Carlos) Presents a Punchy, Funny & Fabulous Tiatr based on a true story. Comedian Richard comes to UK to entertain you with his Blockbuster tiatr on 26th July 6.30 pm at Sudbury Primary School Hall, Watford Road, Sudbury HA0 3EY. For tickets please contact Swindon: Agnelo Lobo 07492606360, Carlos 07480402866, Monty 07840135121, Olav 07448334041, Wembley & Southall: Carlos 07480402866, Dominic Bocarro 07466366242, Geldo 07417562989 Inacio 07404327080, John Raia 07405405464901, , Liston 07424765111, Peter De Merces 07930165925, S Caitan 07949366303 (Lucky entrance ticket No). Further details please see the attached flyer, click here.

Sat. 27 Jul. Two shows, 2:30 pm and 6.30 pm: SOUTHALL: Tiatr “Battli Soreachi Ticket Mornnachi”. Promoter: Goan Art & Culture Ltd. (Sara & Carlos) Presents a Punchy, Funny & Fabulous Tiatr based on a true story. Comedian Richard comes to UK to entertain you with his Blockbuster tiatr on 26th July 2.30pm & 6.30 pm at Featherstone High School Hall, 11 Montague Waye, Southall Middlesex UB2 5HF. For tickets please contact Swindon: Agnelo Lobo 07492606360, Carlos 07480402866, Monty 07840135121, Olav 07448334041, Wembley & Southall: Carlos 07480402866, Dominic Bocarro 07466366242, Geldo 07417562989 Inacio 07404327080, John Raia 07405405464901, , Liston 07424765111, Peter De Merces 07930165925, S Caitan 07949366303 (Lucky entrance ticket No) Further details please see the attached flyer, click here.

Sun. 28 Jul. Two shows, 2:30 and 5.30 pm: SWINDON: Tiatr “Battli Soreachi Ticket Mornnachi”. Promoter: Goan Art & Culture Ltd. (Sara & Carlos) Presents a Punchy, Funny & Fabulous Tiatr based on a true story. Comedian Richard comes to UK to entertain you with his Blockbuster tiatr on 28th July 2.30pm & 5.30pm at Wyvern Theatre, Square, Swindon SN1 1QN. For tickets please contact Swindon: Agnelo Lobo 07492606360, Carlos 07480402866, Monty 07840135121, Olav 07448334041, Wembley & Southall: Carlos 07480402866, Dominic Bocarro 07466366242, Geldo 07417562989 Inacio 07404327080, John Raia 07405405464901, , Liston 07424765111, Peter De Merces 07930165925, S Caitan 07949366303 (Lucky entrance ticket No). Further details please see the attached flyer, click here.

Sun. 4 Aug: GOA UK *** Lorna at The Goan Festival - Sunday 4th August 2019 ***. Venue: Cranford Community College Grounds, High Street, Hounslow, TW5 9PD. Commencing will Holy Mass at 11.00a.m. celebrated by His Excellency Bishop Pat Lynch. The Festival will end at 7.45 p.m. Lorna the legendary Goan Nightingale will be performing. She will be accompanied by Norman Cardozo on Keyboards, Nolvert Cota on Trumpet, Mathias Sequeira on Drums and Francis Rodrigues on Bass Guitar. A free shuttle service from Hounslow West underground tube station will be provided for your use. Traditional Goan cuisine, children’s entertainment and cultural performances for all to enjoy. For further details contact please contact: Ravi Vaz +44(0)7909.927539; Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa - +44(0)7958.537314; Bella Fernandes +44(0)7949.233307. For the poster, click here.

Sun 11 Aug: 1.00pm. Croydon: Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations 2019. Eucharistic Celebration at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy followed by a Social. Band: Big Dream. Contact: Nina Pinto: 0208 767 0663, Inacio Joao: 07908409495, Jennifer Da Silva: 07712273024, Cyrila Pereira: 07763208222, Joe Fernandes: 07764659305. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 25th August: GOA UK – Annual Sports Day. Venue: Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, London. SE25 4QL. Commencing at 11.00 a.m. Details from Savio DeSouza on +44(0)7918.636920 or Vince Fernandes on +44(0)7853.132336.

Sat 31st Aug. GOA UK – Pilgrimage to Aylesford. Venue: The Friars, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7BX. Additional information will be added




Death: Augustine Aranjo. Ex Karachi
17 Jul: Toronto. AUGUSTINE ARANJO. Formerly of Old Police Lane Opp GOA Jewellers., off Sommerset St. Saddar, Karachi. Beloved husband of Lily passed away peacefully at the Scarborough Grace Hospital. Father of Karin and Kevin. Brother of Reginald (Iris), Ida /Tony Fernandes, Marie Mansey (Allen), Louis Goveas (Annie), Sylvester (Lucy), Late Anthony (Ann Claire) Goveas. Visitation: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Friday, July 19, 2019. Ogden Funeral Homes, 4164 Sheppard Avenue East Scarborough, Ontario. Service: 11:00 am Saturday, July 20, 2019. Epiphany of Our Lord Parish, 3200 Pharmacy Avenue, Scarborough. Interment: Holy Cross Cemetery, 8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill. [Info: Pompie Gois] click here.

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UK: Event Highlight: Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations 2019

Sat 20 Jul: 4.00pm. Southall: Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations 2019. Eucharistic Celebration at St Anselm Church followed by a Social at The Dominion Centre, Southall. Band: Magic Snow. Contact: Jose Mendes: 07448045388, Wilson Fernandes: 07417434187, Chris Da Costa: 07459262679, Ciana D’Costa: 07860205589. For the flyer,  For further details click here

Mother of murdered Scarlett Keeling says she’ll be ‘opening a bottle of bubbly tonight’

17 Jul: Daily Mail (UK). By Isabella Nikolic and Joel Adams. The mother of a 15-year-old British schoolgirl killed at an Indian beach resort more than a decade ago has spoken of her relief at the conviction of her daughters' killer. Fiona MacKeown has been fighting for justice since her daughter Scarlett Keeling's bruised and half-naked body was found on the shores of Anjuna beach in Goa in February 2008… Samson D'Souza, 36, was convicted today of sexually assaulting the girl, and of 'culpable homicide not amounting to murder'. Ms MacKeown said: 'I'm actually still reeling. I can't quite believe that it's going to be over… Goa is a popular tourist place and is dangerous,' she said… 1845 words + 100’s of comments.  For further details click here
13 Mar. 2008. News 18. Barman admits he raped Scarlett, left her to die …  click here

Agnelo Barretto: Swindon sex worker left 'scared for her life' brutal attack

8 Jul: Swindon Advertiser. A sex worker feared for her life after she was set upon in Broadgreen. The dad-of-one had attacked the woman, claiming she had run off with the £20 he had paid her. She told police the man was so strong and angry she felt “scared for her life”. Magistrates ordered Agnelo Barretto complete 60 hours’ unpaid work and banned him from Broadgreen, after the 33-year-old, of Westmorland Road, admitted attacking the sex worker and her friend, soliciting and possession of a knuckleduster… She didn’t want to do it because he smelled and there were two other people watching her. Feeling unsafe, she went to leave. Barretto grabbed her arm and was said to have shouted: “I’m going to kill you.” He was later found by police with blood on his hands … Defending, Mark Glendenning said his client had made full and frank admissions when interviewed by police. An agency worker, he was the sole breadwinner for his young family … Swindon magistrates sentenced Barretto to an 18-month community order. He must pay £50 compensation to the sex worker. Text + Comments.  For further details click here

12nt Maldives, Sri Lanka & India full board cruise & stay deal from £953pp - flights & 4* hotels

17 Jul: Holiday Pirates. We have another awesome cruise for you up next, this time you will fly from London to the Maldives and spend 2 nights in a hotel there before heading off on a 7 night cruise visiting Sri Lanka, Goa and Mumbai then enjoy another 2 night hotel stay before heading back home on your return flight to London. The cruise is on a full board basis and both 4* hotels include breakfast - this is a great deal to see more than once awesome location in one go with the price working out from just £79 per person per night! Timeframe: 13. Nov. 2019 - 25. Nov. 2019 …  For further details click here

There's no time to complain when it rains

17 Jul: Khaleej Times (UAE). By Anthony F. D'Silva. There is something magical, mystical and lyrical about the monsoon rains that beckon me to Goa at this time of the year. No matter where I am, my soul is transported to that charming land where nature breaks into poetry and song, creating a world of unparalleled beauty. Oh, the rains. Those fortunate enough to be raised in pastoral Goa regard the rains as a benediction sent by the Almighty to revitalise flora, fauna and humans… Anthony F. D'Silva is a Dubai-based writer and PR consultant. 645 words.  For further details click here

Trouble in paradise

17 Jul: India Today. … Ten of the 15 Congress MLAs joined the BJP. Congress now has five MLAs left. In the assembly election, the BJP won just 13 out of 40 seats but still formed the government after roping in nine MLAs … In the four months since the death of the late CM Manohar Parrikar on March 17 and the anointment of Sawant as his successor, the BJP has more than doubled its seat tally to 29 legislators supported by two independents. But the two-thirds majority now came via the backdoor… The mass defections have nearly wiped the Congress off the state's political map, especially in the belt dominated by Catholics… 1018 words.  For further details click here

Goa struggles with spike in desi tourists

17 Jul: Times of India. Last year was a revelation for the tourism sector in Goa. There were quite a few indications that Goa is losing its gleam as an international destination. The state witnessed a consistent increase in domestic arrivals and a drop in foreign ones…
Low budget tourists need facilities. The Calangute, Baga, Candolim beach stretches were favoured spots of foreign tourists but no more … TTAG president Savio Messias said the trend needs to be arrested before it is too late…  For further details click here


ARTS: World Book Club. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Sat. 20th July. 15:00 to 16:00. An Atlas of Impossible Longing. Harriett Gilbert talks to Indian writer Anuradha Roy about her much-loved novel An Atlas of Impossible Longing.

DOCUMENTARY: Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys. 5Select (Freeview 55). Saturday 20th July 17:00 to 18:00 India's Monsoon Railway. Chris takes a trip through India on the Konkan railway, a line that opened in 1998 and runs down the west coast. He starts his journey at dawn in the country's financial capital Mumbai, where the Mandovi Express runs through the states of Maharashtra, Goa and Karnataka.

ARTS: Warsan Shire: Brave Girl Rising. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Sun. 21st July. 16:30 to 17:00. Somali-British poet Warsan Shire reads five poems she has written about a young refugee living in a Kenyan camp and the experience of exile.

DOCUMENTARY: Dispatches. Channel 4. Mon. 22nd July. 20:00 to 20:30. £2 Million Passport - Welcome to Britain. Immigration to Britain is under the spotlight like never before and while many people trying to settle in the UK face personal risks and a hostile reception, this programme reveals an altogether different welcome if you happen to have £2 million to spare. Reporter Antony Barnett investigates the so-called 'golden' visa scheme that offers British residency to wealthy foreign nationals who are willing to invest £2 million into the country.

DOCUMENTARY: India's Street Cricketers: Crossing Boundaries. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Tues. 23rd July. 11:00 to 11:30. Andrea Catherwood meets a group of homeless teenagers from Kolkata, who were chosen to represent North India in the Street Cricket World Cup and play at Lord's in London. Starring: Andrea Catherwood, Rumella Dasgupta.

DOCUMENTARY: Banged Up Abroad. Pick (Freeview 11). Wed. 24th July. 00:00 to 01:00. India/Delhi/Party Girl. The story of Clare Matthews, a traveller in India who found herself short of money and turned to drug smuggling in Goa - a decision that led to her being jailed for five years.

TRAVEL: Cruising with Jane McDonald. 5Select (Freeview 54). Wed. 24th July. 13:00 to 14:00. India (Part 1). The first of a two-part Indian adventure finds Jane amid the colourful chaos of the city of Kolkata and the Ganges, on board a five-star ship. The voyage concludes with the second part of Jane's journey across India. After visiting the home of the Hare Krishna movement, she continues on land to the famous `Pink City" of Jaipur, and then onto the Taj Mahal.



Death: Conrad Lobo. Ex Navelim, Goa

15 Jul: London. CONRAD LOBO. Ex Navelim, Goa. Beloved husband of Susan. Loving dad of Craig. Son of late Cecil / Alda. Brother / brother-in-law of Charlotte / Afonso, Cleopha / Kevin, Clement / Chris. Brother-in-law of Pelina / Mathew (Canada), Edwin / Maisie (UK), Elvina / Mario (UK). Cedric / Julia (Canada), Royce. Died after a brief illness. Funeral will be held in London. Requiem at Our Lady of Rosary Church, Navelim will be announced later.

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Dublin, Ireland to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania for only €376 roundtrip

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Feeling stressed? It’s time to embrace the “susegad” approach to life

15 Jul: Aleteia (Catholic - International). By Cerith Gardiner. Forget the Danish "hygge" lifestyle, try the "quiet life" from this predominantly Catholic country… If you adopt this approach to life you’ll have greater peace of mind while soaking up the beauty of what life has to offer. As Goan journalist Joanna Lobo shared: “It’s a Sunday spent with the family, relaxing after a filling lunch of rice, fish and vegetables … It’s that feeling of relaxation, of feeling content with life, of being loved.” … Now home to 1.5 million inhabitants — 85% Christian, predominantly Catholic, and the remaining 15% Hindu — the flourishing island sees communities bond together, helping each other out, with no sense of one-upmanship. It seems that it’s all part of the susegad experience…  For further details click here

Rochelle D’silva: Poetry in Motion

17 Jul: Herald. Rochelle D’silva poet and spoken word artist brought this interesting format aptly titled Black Box that she has been experimenting with for the first time to Goa. Of Goan origin, Rochelle has lived in Australia and Mumbai before recently making a shift back to her roots. Black Box aims to push the boundaries of what is possible by blurring the lines between different art forms and genres… When Rochelle took centre stage, her energy, her words, her candour and her spunk hit all at once. Her self-deprecating style and humour guided her audience into experiencing each of her poems intensely…  For further details click here
Video: In conversation with Rochelle D'silva at GALF 2017 …  click here
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Canada: Priest enjoying company of four unlikely housemates in church rectory

16 Jul: Cape Breton Post. Seeing a lack of suitable accommodation for the many newcomers who recently arrived in Cape Breton from abroad, Rev. Paul Murphy opened up his home, in this case his rectory, to four 20-somethings from India… All of Murphy’s new housemates are Catholic and grew up in a part of southern India … He has become rather fond of Indian food. Fortunately he doesn’t have to leave the Whitney Pier rectory where he resides. “Up to about six months ago I had never even tried it — now I love it,” says Murphy … The source of his new-found culinary delight is the group of young people that now lives with him in the spacious rectory…  For further details click here

Texas: Step Inside the Colorful Goan-Portuguese Restaurant

15 Jul: Austin Eater. The new restaurant from the Lenoir chefs is now open on East Sixth Street … Todd Duplechan decided to explore Indian food for the flagship restaurant. Inspired by Indian chef and former colleague Floyd Cardoz, Duplechan focused on Goa. He took a two-week trip through Goa with the hotel’s executive chef Greg Zanotti in March to develop the menu, visiting spice farms and eating “like ten meals a day.” … Vixen’s serves pork and beef … 979 words + menu + photos  For further details click here

High Court to pronounce judgement in Scarlett Keeling case

16 Jul: Prudent Media. The High Court on Wednesday will pronounce its judgment in 2008 British teenage Scarlett Keeling suspicious death case. The trial court had acquitted the accused duo Samson D'souza and Placido Carvalho and CBI has challenged the acquittal before the High Court. The body of British teenager Scarlett Killing was found in mysterious circumstances at Anjuna beach on 18th February, 2008. The judgment will be pronounced through video conferencing …  For further details click here

Man Accused Of Raping British Woman Escaped From Court Toilet, Arrested

16 Jul NDTV. A 30-year-old rape accused who escaped from judicial custody last month has been arrested in Bengaluru, Goa Police said on Tuesday. Ramachandra Yellappa is accused of allegedly raping a 48-year-old British tourist near South Goa's Canacona railway station and had fled from custody while he was being shifted to a court for trial on June 28…  For further details click here
Video: 16 Jul: Prudent. Cancona British Woman Rape Accused Arrested …  click here

Dwindling tourist numbers: blame it on govt

16 Jul: Herald. Wondering why tourism footfalls are dwindling in the State? The answer may lie in the fact that in the Tourism Department anyone and anybody can make it to tourism fairs worldwide to promote tourism irrespective of their experience in the industry. A Chief Engineer in GTDC project Cell, Pramod Badami, was sent to London for a five-day trip to promote tourism. Interestingly, he has incurred expenses amounting to Rs 241,040, which comes from the hard-earned money of the tax-payers… the Tourism Department has spent over a crore in travelling allowance for its officials out of the total Rs 1.79 cr by all departments. The tourism contingents have promoted Goa in London, New York, Chicago, Milan, China, Croatia, Bulgaria, Paris, London, Germany, Portugal, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithunia, Paris, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Israel, Jordan, Spain, Netherlands, Hungary, Russia, Dubai, Czech Republic, Romania since 2017…  For further details click here



Death: Joe D'Souza. ex Nairobi

11 Jul: Hounslow, UK. JOE D’SOUZA. Aged 85 yrs. It is with great sadness we announce that Joe D'Souza passed away peacefully in the early hours of 11th July 2019, after a long and brave battle with prostate cancer. He is survived by his ever-loving and faithful wife Cynthia D’Souza (neé De Sa). Eldest son of the late Francis Xavier and Maria D'Souza. Brother to Marcelina D’Souza, Mary Viegas, Philomena Owen, Felicidade Fernandes and Alexander De Souza; Brother-in-law to the late Charles/Dominica De Sa, Steve/Mafalda De Sa, the late Sebastian D’Souza, the late Marcus Fernandes, Osmond Viegas, David Owen and Christine De Souza. Uncle to Lionel, Fiona, Clifton & their families; Uncle to Saviann, Jeffrey & Deborah, Clare-Marie & Richard, Daphne & Desmond, Jonathan & Ramaan, Andrew, Martin & Katie; and proud Great-Uncle to Marcus, Zachary, Aaron, Layla and Leela. Joe will be fondly remembered with love and affection, greatly missed and forever in our hearts. God Bless his soul and let perpetual light shine upon him, may he rest in peace. Funeral details to follow. Condolences to

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Author Margaret Mascarenhas dies

15 Jul: Times of India. Margaret Mascarenhas, who authored the popular 2001 diasporic novel, ‘Skin’, passed away on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. She was in her late 50s. While the precise reason of Mascarenhas’ death has not been confirmed, she was believed to have been suffering from cancer. Born in the US, Mascarenhas was of Goan ethnicity and spent some of her childhood years in Venezuela. She had been living in Goa over the past few years and had earned a prominent place for herself among the state’s writers’ fraternity. “She had acquired fame all over India and among the Indian diaspora. She was very intelligent and quite a sensible writer … It was a pleasure working on her novel,” said publisher Frederick Noronha, who had published an edition of ‘Skin’ with Broadway Books.  For further details click here
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35 per cent of milk sold in Goa is adulterated: Protesting dairy farmers dump 4,000 litres of milk outside Goa Assembly

15 Jul: India Today. Dairy farmers on Monday poured hundreds of litres of milk on the road outside the Goa Assembly complex in a symbolic protest against the rejection of nearly 4,000 litres of milk by the Gujarat-based Surat Milk Union Ltd (SUMUL). Meghashyam Raut who represents the diary farmers claimed that the bigger organised setups are involved in adulteration of milk and nearly 35 per cent of milk sold in Goa, particularly unknown brands are all adulterated with colored water. Even products from Goa Dairy are adulterated by syndicates who buy milk and milk products in bulk and then adulterate it, repackage it and sell it in the market to shops, tea stalls and restaurant owners, Raut alleged…  For further details click here
8 Jul: Goa Today. Cancer cases to increase exponentially in Goa, as fish-Formalin adulteration has been going on for years: Churchill Alemao …  click here

New York: Chef Floyd Cardoz Will Close the Bombay Bread Bar

15 Jul: Grub Street. (USA). The chef Floyd Cardoz will close the Bombay Bread Bar, the Soho restaurant that he first opened, as Paowalla, three years ago. It will close at the end of September, when its lease expires. The news comes only a couple weeks after Cardoz announced he promoted his chef de cuisine Jai Lakhwani, and had stepped aside for a new role with the Estiatorio Milos group. “It’s been on the table since January, since minimum wage went up,” Cardoz tells Grub. The chef had tried alternative means of making money … “I do understand you have to pay people a livable wage; that’s not what I’m disputing,” Cardoz explains. “It’s all the other things the state makes you do.” … The restaurant had its fans, but ultimately it didn’t stick enough for today’s New York…  For further details click here

When every road takes you home

14 Jul: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz. In a bid to showcase Goa in its truest form, various weekend trails are being organised in different parts of Goa, providing information into the history as well as the life of the cities and villages. Goans are showing keen interest in these trails, thereby experiencing Goan history and cultures in a wholesome experience with families … With village and city trails being held in different places of Goa, the weekends are getting more adventurous and informational for families as they get to explore Goa more deeply… Ramchandra Prabhu Salgaonkar founder of the start up Amaze Warriors… A Divar Island Heritage Walk ‘Divadechi Pasoi’ will be curated by Festakar Marius Fernandes … Soul Travelling has been organising trails for the last year and a half … Sawani Shetye’s Bhoomij Heritage Consultancy … Goan Foodomania in collaboration with Soul Travelling and Toffee Doodle … 1281 words.  For further details click here

Achar for a rainy day

14 Jul: Mid Day (Mumbai). By Jane Borges. Sharon Barretto learnt the art of pickling dried bombils and bangda from her mum Helen. They use a special East Indian pickle masala for the preparation… At the many homes in Mumbai where seafood is a staple, monsoon means that fish varieties are in scarce. This is the time when some of the city’s biggest fish markets shut shop, because of the state’s fishing ban— June-July is breeding season and fishing activity is halted to allow babies to hatch. Seafood lovers, thus, mostly have to make-do with the “avoidable and unhealthy” frozen fish or imports from Gujarat… many coastal communities traditionally, developed the art of pickling seafood, even fresh varieties, so that they can dig into fish during rain. Mumbai-based Chinmaya Kamat, a Goan home chef with Authenticook, says that at their home, preparation for the poor catch season begins early on, in summer itself. Kamat makes a piquant bangdyache lonche (mackerel pickle), influenced by Goan-Portuguese cooking, which lasts her at least six months…  For further details click here

15 years on, Baina demolition victims yet to be rehabilitated

!4 Jul: Herald. Goa’s former undeclared ‘red light area’ has come a long way after it witnessed the very controversial demolition of 250-odd cubicles on June 14, 2004. The razing of the illegal structures, where the illegal sex trade thrived, was welcomed by the people as it was a step to cleanse the image of Goa… Not only were the commercial sex victims rendered homeless, several inhabitants and legal business operators in the slum community also faced the wrath of the demolition drive… approximately 5,000 people were displaced … NGO ARZ, working for women and children, has claimed that victims have not been granted relief …  For further details click here
14 Jul: Herald. The victims’ version. A former sex worker trafficked into prostitution in the then notorious red-light area Baina has revealed what life is like for young girls and women working from the cubicles …  click here

Approaching strangers & asking to take their picture is a daunting task, even for a pro

1 Aug: Practical Photography (UK). By Brian Capaloff. A week before taking this photo, I saw a mother and son on a beach in Goa asking for money. I approached and asked if I could take a few photos. The photos were just ok. A week later and I saw her again, but this time with a wall behind her. The space was more confined, so I was closer to her and managed to get much better images. Colour worked well, but a sepiatoned black & white seemed to say so much more…  For further details click here

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411 8677,

OCI Assistance

We provide NRI services including OCI Lifelong Visa to India, Pan Card and other NRI services such as Affidavit drafting, Indian Passport Surrender, Naturalisation certificate, Translation services and Deed Poll. Tel: 0203 105 8162. Email: Website:

Shelton Goes Solo

Shelton is a household name in Goa, as a performer and teacher of music. After
decades of performances around the globe he is now in London, set to get your
party rocking.
Tel. +447 49497 8844

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

Special fares to Goa

Call Joanita Fernandes 0208 202 0944 or Email:

A taste of home!

Nestled in the beautiful village of Moira, '7 Short 1 Long' invites you to abandon
the maddening crowds and enjoy a nostalgic Goan experience. For our Facebook page,
click here For a review of the restaurant, click here

Stallions Air

ATOL 9179

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

Time Travel

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

Tito’s – Where Else?!

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

Villa Calangute

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

This Space Can be Yours!

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