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UK Travel Update: India moves from Red to Amber from 8 Aug

4 Aug. at 22:00 Gov.UK. Red list of countries and territories. Read the rules for red list countries and territories. You should not travel to red list countries or territories … India: Will move to the amber list 4am, Sunday 8 August. If you arrive in England before then, you must follow the red list rules…  click here
Gov.UK. Amber List Rules …  click here
4 Aug: at 22:01: Metro (London). India removed from red travel list … click here.

New Zealand: Grandfather visiting from India faced with $64,000 medical debt after heart attack

4 Aug: New Zealand Herald. A West Auckland couple fear they would lose their home after a crowdfunding drive on Givealittle raised just a fraction of the $64,000 they need to pay their father's medical bill. John Lobo, 68, was visiting from Goa India when he suffered a heart attack on December 30 last year and required hospitalisation and quadruple bypass surgery. With no insurance, he was slapped with a bill of $23,473 from the Waitemata District Health Board for services at Waitakere Hospital, and $40,725 from Auckland DHB for the surgery and related services. Lobo's daughter, Karen Barco and her husband Daryl, both 38, have been making small weekly payments - but with a combined after-tax income of $1500 and with a mortgage of $650, they are really struggling to make ends meet… He arrived in New Zealand last March, about a week before borders were closed …. 722 words  For further details click here
To make a donation towards John Lobo’s medical bill,  click here
4 Aug: New Zealand Herald. Epsom double stabbing: Murder accused out of mental health clinic, court told … click here.

1991: Dispossessions – A 30th Anniversary Remembrance of the Gulf War

Autumn 2021: Joao Roque Literary Journal. Dr R. Benedito Ferrao and Dr Deborah Al-Najjar have edited an extraordinary issue of the JRLJ, titled '1991: Dispossessions – A 30th Anniversary Remembrance of the Gulf War.' Contributors to the issue use varied mediums including canvas, short film, documentary, memoir, prose poem, graphic comic book and narrative essay to recall how the war shaped their lives and the lives of those dear to them, how it formed muscle memory and birthed trauma passed down the generations. This unique issue looks at war from various perspectives, at once erasing national boundaries while acknowledging the personhood of those affected…  For further details click here

New online platform provides an avenue for young Goan artistes

4 Aug: Times of India. While many artistes focused on virtual concerts and Instagram live sessions in 2020 during the lockdown, this year has provided them with a new platform on Clubhouse. The audio-only app that suddenly became a rage among youngsters in India, in the last couple of months has seen various Goan artistes use the platform to connect with others in the community, find an audience and jam with other artistes… A Club Dedicated to Goan Artistes. Anup Painginkar, along with Aniket Daddikar and Himanshu Mishra have started his own music club called ‘The Musical Hub’, where they bring together artistes, stage performers, music enthusiasts, content creators and bathroom singers. They started their journey on World Music Day by hosting a two-hour room. “We host late night jams, and encourage more Goans to participate,” he says…  click here

Video: Taxi permits to be cancelled for not installing digital meter, TTAG welcomes this decision

4 Aug: Herald HCN. On Wednesday, State Transport Minister said nearly 2,934 taxi permits will be cancelled for not installing digital meter. The Government has increased taxi fare by Rs 3 per kilometer, digital meter booking centres have been increased from 4 to 8 centers…  For further details click here
4 Aug: Times of India. In a bid to urge taxi operators in the state to install digital meters on their respective vehicles, transport minister Mauvin Godinho announced that, in the upcoming series, the operators would get 50% relief on the device. Earlier, the operators whose vehicles were in the 0 to 1 series were given a deadline of July 24 to install the device. “When the operators install the digital meters, they get 50% of the cost within three weeks. We give them the remaining 50% by the end of the year. We want to now do it in such a manner that when operators go to install the meters, they may not have to pay the 50%, but the remaining 50% they will get at the end of the year,” Godinho said…  click here
5 Aug: Herald. Close to 3000 taxi permits to be cancelled … click here.

Dark underbelly of Bollywood with sex assaults, suicides and women ‘lured into making Pornhub films’

4 Aug: The Sun (UK). BOLLYWOOD is often known for its bright colours and joyous musical numbers - but behind this is a dark underbelly of sex assaults and suicides. Harrowing reports have emerged detailing the sinister side of the billion pound business which has women exploited into making porn and abused as they promised fame and fortune. Police have been investigating Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty's husband who is accused of making and distributing illegal X-rated films … the temptation of fame and money can lead aspiring artists to the most tragic and horrific of circumstances. Some young actresses can find themselves thrown into the world of adult entertainment through false promises of a career in Bollywood… Cops are investigating a case involving Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty's husband, who is accused of making and distributing illegal X-rated films… 1300 words  For further details click here



TRAVEL: The Travel Show. BBC News (Freeview 231). Sat. 7th Aug. 10:30 to 11:00. India: Another chance to enjoy the first part of Rajan Datar's epic journey across India.

TRAVEL: The Tropic of Cancer. BBC Two. Sun 8th Aug. 18:00 to 19:00. Stage four of Simon Reeve's journey takes him across the areas of India rarely visited by tourists, including the unique desert environment of `Little Rahn", home to the threatened wild ass, and Gandhi's home city of Ahmedabad, Bhopal and Kolkata

COMEDY: Scrambled Egg. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Sun. 8th Aug. 19:15 to 19:45. Stand-up special with Anna Leong Brophy and Emily Lloyd-Saini, in which they explore their experiences of being mixed race - with a little help from their mothers.

COOKERY: Food Unwrapped. Channel 4. Tues. 10th Aug. 05:25 to 05:50. Jimmy Doherty visits India on the trail of turmeric and finds himself at a wedding ceremony where guests are showered with the exotic spice

COOKERY: Celebrity MasterChef. BBC 1. Tues. 10th Aug. 21:00 to 22:00. The four remaining contenders face more culinary challenges as they battle for a place in the quarter-final. In previous years they have been sent to work with a professional chef - but this year the chef is coming to the studio, starting with Nisha Katona, who challenges the celebrities to cook an Indian dish from her restaurant menu. In addition the hopefuls must identify different types of cheese and make a classic pasta carbonara.

COOKERY: Rick Stein's Seafood Odyssey. BBC Two. Wed. 11th Aug. 15:45 to 16:15. Rick Stein travels to Goa, where he prepares prawn caldine and spicy Goan lobster. To view a recording of the programme, go to

DOCUMENTARY: Inside Ikea: Flatpack Empire. Together TV (Freeview 87). Fri. 13th Aug. 18:45 to 20:00. The third and final episode follows Mia Lundstrom as she takes on the company's biggest challenge - pushing into the market in India.

DOCUMENTARY: Queen: The Band That Rocked the World. 5Select (Freeview 55) Fri. 13th Aug. 20:00 to 22:00. The classic rock band's career highlights, from Freddie Bulsara's early days in Zanzibar, to his life-changing days as Freddie Mercury with the band Smile and eventually Queen. There are also contributions from biographers, superfans, actors, celebrities, music experts and journalists. Director: Mark Turnbull



Death: Agapito Afonso. Ex Agasaim, Goa
2 Aug: Swindon. AGAPITO LOURENCO AFONSO. Born 1952. Ex Mercurim, Agasaim, Goa. Son/Son-in-Law of Late Francisco/ Late Amalia Afonso & Late Anthony /Late Lucia Palha. Beloved husband of Hesta Afonso. Loving Father/ Father-in-Law of Serina/ Francis, Rolan / Immaculate & Trecy/ Manuel. Doting Grandfather of Sidonie, Skyla, Sidroy, Ezra & Kaylan. Photo click here.

News Summary

Video: Adv. Carlos Alvares Ferreira. "Bhumiputra Bill is an attempt to finish off Goa"

3 Aug: InGoaNews. Tenants will be given ownership status … This Law is unheard of anywhere in the world … Courts will strike it down … This is a fraud, nothing will become of it …  For further details click here
3 Aug: Indian Express. Explained: Who is a Bhumiputra in Goa, and why is Opposition objecting to new law? …  click here
Editorial: 4 Aug: Herald. Victory it is, but how long will govt backtrack? The late night announcement made by Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant that the Bill will be reintroduced in the Assembly in a subsequent session, is a major victory for the media … click here.

Swindon community event for minorities enjoyed by all

3 Aug: Swindon Advertiser. Football and family time were the focus over the weekend for Swindon’s minority communities. Coun. Bazil Solomon, Coun. Lourneco Fernandes and Coun. Oladapo Ibitoye organised an event to foster community spirit in Swindon. It that took place on Saturday 31st July at Mannington Recreation Ground. On one half there was a 7-a-side football tournament for British Goans, and on the other half there was a BBQ and activities for East Africans…  For further details click here

India: applications open for UK Chevening Scholarships

3 Aug: British High Commission. The application window for the UK Government’s prestigious Chevening Scholarship programme for 2022 to 2023 is now open. Chevening Scholarships offer full financial support for one year to candidates applying for a master’s degree at any UK university … The scholarship will cover tuition fees for the selected course, travel expenses and visa fees and a monthly stipend. Chevening Scholarships offer a unique opportunity for the future leaders of India to study at some of the world’s best universities in the UK… Candidates can apply for any course of their choice. Further details, including on how to apply, can be found on the Chevening website….  For further details click here

Portugal 'refusing to recognise' Indian

AstraZeneca vaccine in blow to jabbed Brits 3 Aug: The Mirror (UK). Portugal is one of 13 European countries who will not recognise the Indian-made AstraZeneca vaccine given to millions of Brits as part of a quarantine waiver, it has been reported. According to reports tourists heading to the country for a summer getaway will face two weeks in quarantine after the government failed to secure any change to the rules. Up to five millions Brits were given the Indian dose made by the Serum Institute of India - known as Covishield. Despite it being the same as other AstraZeneca doses, it has not been authorised by Europe's regulator and is therefore not recognised by the EU…  For further details click here

Goa’s ecological balance needs community-based governance

2 Aug: Times of India. By Madav Gadgil (photo) … Goa retained its green mantle till the end of Portuguese rule in 1961. On being integrated into the Indian Union the new regime has consistently attempted to take power away from people and dismantle comunidades triggering an erosion of Goa’s natural heritage … Mollem National Park is threatened by a railway line cutting a swathe through it. It is the people who are protesting and going to court to save Mollem while the foresters are standing by mutely. We must therefore hand back the charge of safeguarding nature to the people of Goa, a responsibility they had discharged so well till 1961. However while reviving community governance, we must reform the institutions to rid them of the inequities of India’s caste society… 758 words. The author is an eminent ecologist and headed the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel of 2010.  For further details click here

Wendell’s dream project places N Goa on Time’s best places list

2 Aug: Times of India. Goa’s north district has been featured in Time magazine’s third annual list of the world’s greatest places, describing North Goa as not only a “laid-back beach destination” but also for those looking for a sartorial journey during the Covid-19 pandemic. The magazine mentions the late Wendell Rodricks’ long time passion project, the Moda Goa museum and research center, as a must-visit for those looking to trace one of India’s most famous fashion designer’s life. Moda Goa is due to open in October in Rodricks’ historic Colvale home, where 18 galleries housing more than 800 pieces … The museum will also display the swimsuit worn by 1966 Miss World Reita Faria and gold jewellery dating to the 1600s…  For further details click here
For the Moda Museum website, click here.

Aguada jail not for weddings: Goa minister

3 Aug: Times of India. Ports minister Michael Lobo has said that he will oppose attempts to turn the renovated Fort Aguada jail complex into an ‘entertainment zone’. He said that he has learnt of some proposals to give the former central jail premises to private entities who want to convert it into a ‘wedding’ venue. “It’s a historic place. I will not allow its commercialisation. It should not be given to some hotel. I’m against anybody trying to open an entertainment zone in the jail,” he said. Lobo pointed out that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has expressed an interest in inaugurating the Aguada jail which has been renovated at a cost of Rs 25 crore … He said the jail premises were renovated with a plan to turn it into a museum dedicated to the freedom movement.  For further details click here



First Death Anniversary: Braz Goes, Sydney ex Nairobi

7 Aug: 1st Death Anniversary of BRAZ MARTINHO WALTER GOES, Sydney, Australia. Sadly, missed and lovingly remembered husband to Glafy, devoted father and father-in-law to Mark and Pam, Ian and Anne-Marie and Gary, Grandfather to Chloe, Shawn and Claire. Brother and brother-in-law to Blasco & Milla, Uncle to Melissa, Blasco Junior, Krystle and Laurence. Always remembering you as love and faith with our Lord Jesus is stronger than death. The family would like to thank all our relatives and friends for your companionship, thoughtfulness, and support during the past year which has been truly comforting. For the death announcement click here.

News Summary

In UK quarantine, Indians pariahs even though they give hotels boost By Kishwar Desai

2 Aug: Deccan Chronicle. … Because of the Delta variant we are locked in and not allowed to even step out of one tiny room for 10 days… Quite cleverly, the designers of this quarantine obviously decided that people of colour needed to see more of their own ethnicity — so no one could complain the British were treating the ethnics badly by locking them into rooms. Everyone, right from the porter to those delivering food to our “guards” — were all either from Asian or African descent, and some of them seemed pretty fresh arrivals… But more troublesome were the food providers. .. One unforgettable meal (a personal highlight) comprised of potato chips, potato salad, broccoli with potato mash and a very buttery chicken pie. Butter and potatoes were the dominant theme. And loads of salt … to be imprisoned in a hotel in London for 10 days, when you have a home to go to — is a rather bizarre option… 1017 words.  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Kishwar Desai is an Indian author and columnist. She is married to economist Lord Meghnad Desaiand and lives between London, Delhi and Goa…  click here

Supreme Court declines ex-Catholic priest’s plea for interim bail to marry minor he raped

2 Aug: Indian Express. The Supreme Court Monday declined to entertain a plea by ex-Catholic priest Robin Vadakkumcherry for an interim bail to marry the minor girl he had raped and impregnated… The rape survivor from Kerala had on Saturday moved the Supreme Court seeking permission to marry Robin, who was sentenced to 20 years of rigorous imprisonment after a court in February 2019 … The girl belonged to a Catholic family in a parish where Vadakkumchery worked as a priest…  For further details click here

Global NRI conference in Mumbai on September 1, 2

2 Aug: The Hindu. The Indo-Arab Confederation Council is organising a Global NRI Conference and Global Excellence Award presentation event at Metropolitan Hotel, Andheri, Mumbai, on September 1 and 2. Goa Governor P.S. Sreedharan Pillai will inaugurate the public meeting on September 2 while Union Minister of State for Social Justice, Ramdas Athawale, will preside over the event… The conference would discuss topics such as problems faced by NRIs across the globe, rehabilitation of those who returned to India and utilising NRIs for economic development of the country …  For further details click here

13-year-old Goa boy is manager of millions of dollars cryptocurrency

2 Aug: Times of India. … Bambolim-based school student Gajesh Naik is the creator of PolyGaj, a cryptocurrency money managing ecosystem… PolyGaj is a DeFi protocol built on the Polygon blockchain, which has now managed $7 million in cryptocurrency, including a recent investment in Polygon blockchain by the US billionaire Mark Cuban… “Since the last one year, when physical classes were discontinued due to the pandemic, I decided to take and completed some online certificate courses, including from University at Buffalo, State University of New York,” said Gajesh, the son of Goa civil service officer Siddhivinayak and PWD official Pranita… He has also recorded explanatory videos about crypto for his YouTube channel, which now has over 12,000 subscribers from across the globe…  For further details click here
For the Gajesh Naik You Tube channel,  click here

Ethan Vaz clinches team gold medal for India at Asian Schools Chess C’ship

2 Aug: Herald. Ethan Vaz has made Goa proud once again by bringing home the Team gold medal for India in the U-11 Open category at the Asian Schools Chess Championships 2021, organized online by National Chess Federation of the Philippines (NCFP) under the auspices of the Asian Chess Federation (ACF) and the International Chess Federation (FIDE), recently. Ethan was selected to represent India at the Asian Schools Chess Championships after having secured the third runner-up position at the National Schools Chess Championship earlier in July …  For further details click here
For the Ethan Vaz Facebook page,  click here

How AAP plans free electricity in Goa

1 Aug: If voted to power in the Goa Assembly elections 2022, the Aam Aadmi Party will rectify meter defects and power theft at first followed by reducing lobbying in Discoms, a senior official in the Power Department of the Delhi government said. Earlier in the week, Delhi Power Minister Satyendra Jain and his Goa counterpart Nilesh Cabral engaged in a discussion on AAP's promise of free electricity up to 300 units if it emerges victorious in the 2022 Assembly polls there…  For further details click here

Lot of Goan kids go abroad to study: CM Pramod Sawant

2 Aug: Times of India. Increasing number of Goan students are going abroad to pursue even their graduate studies, which is a “heartening” trend, chief minister Pramod Sawant said on Sunday, addressing Class XII pass outs at a state organised webinar… “When I made enquiries recently, I learnt that many of our students go abroad to pursue their graduate studies and I felt happy. I felt proud that our Goan students are going to pursue various courses not just in other parts of India but abroad, too,” said Sawant. “Discuss it with your parents and teachers and then decide on your career options. Besides job, you also have entrepreneurship options available,” said Sawant..,.  For further details click here



Death: Cirila (Filsu) Fernandes. Ex Assagao, Goa and Nairobi, Kenya
30 July 2021: Mississauga. CIRILA (FILSU) FERNANDES. Born February 16, 1923. Cirila, affectionately known as Filsu, passed away at the age of 98. Cirila was born in 1923 in Assagao, Goa, India and then lived in Nairobi, Kenya & Mississauga, Canada. Devoted wife of the late Menino Paul Fernandes. Loving mother of Tony (Vivien) and Rose (Roque). Cherished grandmother of Philip (Gail), Percy (Lily), Charlotte, Marlene (Lawrence), Errol (late Felicia), and Tania (Peter). Most loved and proud great-grandmother of Michaela (Brady), Meghan, Bianca, Nicole, Chloe, Keira, Chantal, Sienna, McKenzie, Madelynn, Peyton, Sophia and Jaxon. Amazing chef, devoted fan of the Toronto Blue Jays, an expert at crochet, and mother to all affectionately known as Mai. Cirila will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. The funeral Mass will be held at 10 am on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021 at St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Mississauga. Due to ongoing COVID restrictions, funeral attendance is limited to close family and friends, but the service will be live streamed.  For further details click here
A memorial donation in lieu of flowers can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. For photo and full details, click here.

News Summary

Tokyo Olympics: 100m Preview: Seraphino Antao remembered

1 Aug: The Standard (Kenya). National record holder in Men’s 100m Ferdinand Omanyala has lit up living rooms in Kenya after qualifying for the Olympic semi-finals of the event here in Tokyo… While Kenyans will be cheering on Omanyala, his exploits will not be the first of a kind since Kenya took part at the Summer Olympics in 1956. Seraphino Antao made the semi-final in 100m, but did not advance to finals at the 1960 Olympics in Rome, Italy, when he clocked 10.72. Antao was from Mombasa and made history as the first Kenya to win a gold medal at an international level during the 1962 Commonwealth Games. He died on September 6, 2011…  For further details click here
1 Aug: Standard (Kenys). Ferdinand Omanyala breaks national record, but fails to make finals …  click here
30 Jul: Larazon (Spain). Can you beat the Africans in depth? "They don't even need a pair of shoes to develop running" … Seraphino Antao's triumphs in the 110 and 220-yard speed events at the Commonwealth Games in Perth in 1962, but with independence, the following year, the coaches and tests left. Techniques disappear. The idea of the Harambee is installed , which in Swahili means 'pulling all together'. In other words, we have all parted company with the imperialists … click here.

Heavy police force in Goa as Congress tries to take out march against CM over rape remarks

2 Aug: New Indian Express. Heavy police deployment was witnessed at Sankhali in Goa on Sunday as Congress tried to take out a protest march against state Chief Minister Pramod Sawant over his recent remarks about rape victims, while workers of the ruling BJP gathered outside the CM's residence in the town in his support …  For further details click here
1 Aug: The Quint. 'Why Should Parents Keep Their Girls Hidden?': Goans Slam CM Rape Comments …  click here
31 Jul: Goa 365 tv. Goa 365 in its programme Face to Face spoke to women's activist Auda Viegas on the recent rape cases, behaviour of the men in khaki, and the effect of covid on women … 28m.20s click here.

Goa: A thriving holiday home destination amid the pandemic

31 Jul: Times of India. The popular holiday home destination, Goa, is witnessing a boom in the second home market since the onset of the pandemic. There is a surge in demand of both rentals and sales for mid-to-upper range villas, apartments and exclusive homes in the picturesque state in western India. For many professionals who aren’t tethered to their desks because they are working remotely, Goa offers good quality of life, sea/ riverside views, and some much-needed outdoor space… there are also no restrictions for Indian nationals for buying homes in Goa. It is also easy for Overseas Citizen Of India (OCI) cardholders to also invest in Goan properties. For all the right reasons, this emerald land on the west coast of India is a booming real estate market. For those working remotely, a second home in Goa also offers a chance to test a future retirement location…  For further details click here

Ensure no sale deeds for enemy properties: Govt

1 Aug: Times of India. In a bid to protect enemy properties in Goa, the state government has directed the collectors of both districts to ensure that no sale deed or conveyance deed is registered for such holdings. Spread over five talukas, the estimated value of the 229 enemy properties in Goa is Rs 100 crore… Enemy properties are those whose survey numbers are registered in the names of Goans who migrated to Pakistan decades ago. After these Goans accepted Pakistani citizenship and India declared Pakistan an enemy state around 1965, their properties were declared enemy properties… Legal experts say there should be a mechanism in place for citizens who have changed their nationality in order to claim their property…  For further details click here

Pakistan Exhibition: All in the Family

1 Aug: Dawn (Pakistan). The latest exhibition at the VM Art Gallery features Zoila Solomon. Her approach is through the Goan community celebrating their lifestyle and culture in Pakistan. Her paintings such as ‘Staple Fruit’ show two women sharing a fruit as a gesture of togetherness. In the top section there is a border of vivid scenery of old and new stitched together, showing other aspects of regular, ordinary moments in the life of a Goan community. For a non-Goan, there is a separateness in the imagery that sets the community apart from others, and yet there is the warm familiarity of familial love in her work…  For further details click here

The Story of Graham & Green

Aug. 2021. House Beautiful (UK). 1974: The first Graham & Green shop opens in Notting Hill, London … 2005: The family buy and renovate Casa Tota, a traditional Portuguese-style house in Goa …  For further details click here
24 Oct. 2012. The Guardian (UK). At Casa Tota there's more to Goa than beaches and sunsets. This restored Portuguese villa in the village of Assagao epitomises the new Goa – a stylish mix of contemporary and colonial, with an Ayurvedic centre and great restaurants nearby …  click here
Graham & Green: Stay at our Goa Villa. Furnished with the help of our local Indian suppliers, you'll find the villa filled with old treasures and vintage pieces from Graham & Green collections … click here.

The Hippy’s Discovery of India

9 Aug: India Today. A new documentary shows how poet Allen Ginsberg kickstarted the backpacker revolution … The director of Ginsberg’s Karma, Ram Devineni, calls Ginsberg ‘America’s first hippy’, which would likely make the poet the world’s first hippy. Thanks to Ginsberg and his Indian experience, four somewhat posher hippies followed him to India a few years later. By the time the Beatles arrived in 1968, the Hippy Trail had already coalesced across the midriff of the planet, from Marrakesh to Rishikesh, from Goa to Pattaya… For a properly detailed and insightful account of that Ginsberg trip, one needs to read A Blue Hand: The Beats in India by Deborah Baker, who is also interviewed in the film…  For further details click here
Video: Ginsberg's Karma Q&A - The 23rd UK Asian Film Festival …  click here



Death: Dr Noyel DeSouza. (Ex-Dar-es-Salaam, Bangalore, India)
28 Jul: Buffalo, New York. DR NOYEL DE SOUZA. (Ex-Dar-es-Salaam, Bangalore, India). Passed away peacefully at the age of 76. Noyel is survived by his adoring wife, Aurea and a loving dad to his four daughters, Nisha DeSouza, JD, Priya (Jeremy) Abidiwan-Lupo, JD, Amita (Josue) DeLaRosa-DeSouza MD, and Lalita DeSouza (David) Rieth). He was a doting grandfather to Avani, Felix, Zuari and Dev who he loved dearly. He was brother to Angelo (Kamala) DeSouza, Ludy (Raymond) Pinto, Agnel (Mabel) D’Souza, late Percival (Omirla) D’Souza, and late Hernes. In 1971, Noyel graduated from Saint John’s Medical School in Bangalore as a pediatrician and went on to practice radiology and Nuclear medicine until his retirement in 2014. He will be remembered for his hearty laughs, big smiles, and endless hospitality toward everyone who crossed his path. Funeral Services: Visitation Sunday, August 1, 2021 from 2-4 PM followed by a Celebration of Dr. De Souza’s Life from 4-5 PM at the Perna, Dengler, Roberts Funeral Home, 1671 Maple Rd. Williamsville, NY 14221. Funeral Mass at St. Gregory the Great Church, in 200 St Gregory Ct, Buffalo, NY 14221 on Monday, at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in Dr. DeSouza's name may be made to the American Diabetes Association or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. His family is thankful to his dedicated healthcare team. [Info: Stephen de Souza].
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Death: Mildred Colaco
30 Jul: Nairobi. MILDRED VAZ COLACO. Passed away suddenly. Wife to the late Francis Colaco and beloved mother to Natasha and Jessica Colaco. Daughter of the late Frederico and Antonetta Vaz, sister to Messias, late Marcus, Marcellus, Maxy, Mauricio and late Martyres Vaz. Funeral arrangements will be announced later. As guided by the Covid protocols kindly send condolences by phone to a family member or Email:
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News Summary

Sonia Faleiro: Coronavirus: how India’s catastrophic failure in tackling its second wave doomed the country …

31 Jul: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). Ashley Delaney wrote a whistle-blowing Facebook post that he shared with his 2,700 friends, tagging Goa’s chief minister, Pramod Sawant: “Ward 142 in GMC has run out of oxygen as of 7:00pm 4th May. If you do not act immediately people will die.” The post went viral. The very next day, Sawant appeared at the hospital to meet staff and brief the press… But the crisis was not an unavoidable tragedy… Vivek Menezes, a Goan journalist, says the state’s reputation as “the place to be” had not faded during the pandemic. He says. The pandemic had kept foreign tourists from visiting, but domestic holidaymakers poured in… As it turned out, the Kumbh Mela was not just any superspreader event – with a reported 9.1 million people there, it was the world’s largest superspreader event… On May 23, Delaney’s father-in-law died of Covid-19… 3845 words.  click here

Julio Ribeiro: Rakesh Asthana’s new job shows how Modi and Shah are out to destroy our institutions

31 Jul: Scroll. … Rakesh Asthana, an IPS officer of the Gujarat cadre, was appointed Police Commissioner of Delhi on July 27, a few days before he was slated to retire from service… The administration headed by Modi and Shah, appears to be bent on destroying old established institutions of governance and replacing them with new ones built in their likeness. A police force that does not attempt to provide service to the people but treats the people as zombies who bow and scrape before the rulers is not an ideal to strive for. But that is obviously what they have decided must be their contribution to our country’s glory. They will certainly be remembered by police historians for their out-of-the-box thinking, snap decisions and also, alas, morale-crushing use (or is it misuse?) of the power of appointments.  For further details click here

Goa: Concerns about commercial sexual acts moving to residential areas

31 Jul: The Goan. On International Day against Human Trafficking, women activists have expressed concern over commercial sexual activities taking place in apartments and residential areas, even as an appeal was made to the people of Margao in particular and South Goa in general not to allow the immoral business to make its base down South… women activists expressed concern that Goa was now being projected as a sex destination along with sun & sand… statistics have revealed that girls are being trafficked into Goa from as many as 24 states, besides the neighbouring countries of Bangladesh and Nepal...Talking about Margao, the state’s commercial capital, Juliana said people do find movement of someone on the streets, with the clients taking the customers into low cost lodges. She, however, said the phenomenon of massage parlours and the proximity of Margao close to the coast make the town prone to commercial sexual activity…  For further details click here
30 Jul: The Goan. The menace of human trafficking - Lessons for Goa. By Sr Lisa Pires  click here

CBI arrests man in Goa for sexual abuse of children

31 July: The Hindu. A coordinated effort by investigative agencies worldwide recently resulted in the arrest of one person in Goa by the Central Bureau of Investigation for the alleged sexual abuse of children. The CBI has so far identified 27 young victims. The images and videos, through which the offender and the victims were identified, were originally uncovered in Belgium and uploaded to Interpol’s International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) database by Europol. It also enabled the Australian officials to provide additional intelligence. As it turned out, the accused was involved in the sexual abuse of children in Goa and Maharashtra. He would record the acts on his mobile phones, digital camera and other electronic devices. The photographs and video clips were shared with others through the Internet and sold via the dark web. The accused is an Indian national…  For further details click here

Felicitating five innovators of the culinary industry in Goa for this year

31 Jul: Times of India. 1: Ambrosia Organic Farm, Parra. Initially established by a British national, David Gower in 1993, on a two-acre plot, was handed down to John D’Mello, who has sought to expand it even further to about 135 acres of land. Ambrosia Farms are now venturing into fruit flavoured peanut butter … 2: Thalassa Panjim: Iconic Premium Mediterranean Restaurant. With two branches, Siolim and Panjim. This unique restaurant blends the Greek hospitality and warmth … 3: Martin’s Place, Navelim: Iconic Authentic Goan & Seafood Restaurant Established by Martin D’ Costa in 2010 … 4: Biryani By Kilo: Iconic Biryani Brand… 5: Turmeric Kitchen & Bar. Porvorim: Iconic Premium Multicuisine Restaurant. Food ranging from Goan specialties to authentic Indian dishes … 2280 words  For further details click here

Goa: A magnet that draws musicians from far and wide

31 Jul: Herald. Goa is emerging as a destination for musicians from all over the world to come over. Many perform for a couple of months and leave and make plans to return and others just stay back… many musicians from all over the world choose to make Goa their second home, some of them even setting up home permanently in Goa. Alexis from Zimbabwe who has Goan roots said the atmosphere was just great in Goa… Another long-time resident in Goa is Jan Graveson from England. Having performed in Broadway, Westend and acted in serials like Eastenders, she was trained to sing in a certain fashion. She said “When I came to Goa, I could sing the way I always wanted to. The freedom opened my soul… I just love it here.” Bob Tinker is another regular visitor … Anyone interested in jazz in Goa has certainly heard of Julia Krachler who calls herself a singer, model and yoga teacher …  For further details click here

Goa House passes bill to restart mining amid Oppn’s walkout

31 Jul: Hindustan Times. By Gerard de Souza. The Goa Legislative Assembly on Friday passed the Goa Mineral Development Corporation Bill, 2021, for the formation of a state-run corporation “to carry out mining operations in an orderly, scientific and ecological sustainable manner” in a bid to restart the industry that has been halted since 2018 when the Supreme Court cancelled the renewals of 88 mining leases. The Bill was passed sans any discussion amid a walkout by the opposition parties. “We were not allowed to put forth our views and discuss issues of importance to Goa. We do not wish to be part of this illegal act and hence, walked out of the house,” Goa Forward Party MLA Vijai Sardesai said...  For further details click here
31 Jul: Herald. The mining corporation is a people’s corporation. So don’t play …  click here
31 Jul: Herald. First undo damage caused by illegal mining, says NGO. Goa Foundation says no fresh extraction be allowed unless lands, fields and rivers desilted and rehabilitated; Objects to CM as chairperson … click here.

The ‘Ishq’ with films never ends for this Goan thespian

30 Jul: Herald. A new offering featuring a series of short movies on Netflix called ‘Feels like Ishq’ is now catching the attention of viewers. A Goan thespian, Meenacshi Martins essays a part in Netflix’s latest collection of short films, which are trending. Martins plays a part in the first film shot entirely in Goa. Centered around the theme of love, this is the first post-pandemic big platform national release that features a Goan actor… She will be flying to Mumbai in August to shoot for another serial… From Nachoim-ia-Kumpasar where she played the mother of Dona Pereira (Palomi Ghosh) to Vidhya, the ageless Meenachi Martins continues to fly the flag of Goa in Goan and Indian cinema…  For further details click here
1 Aug: Herald. Leena Dias, Goa’s first heroine passes away. Leena Dias (nee Fernandes) the heroine of the first Konkani film Mogacho Aunddo (Love’s crazing) is no more. She expired in Mumbai on 30th July 2021 after she was bedridden. Mogacho Aunddo was released on 24th April 1950 simultaneously in Mumbai and Goa. Leena Fernandes was the heroine of the film…  click here



Death: Alvaro Pereira. (Freedom Fighter, Farm Products Panjim)

28 Jul. 2021. Panjim. ALVARO PRECIOSO ANTONIO PEREIRA (Freedom Fighter, Farm Products Panjim). Born 1925. Son of late Eduardo and late Helena Maria Pereira. Husband of Flavia Dourado e Pereira. Father/ Father-in-law of Tania/ Leclerc De Souza. Grandfather of Siobhan, Corran and Dalilah. Brother/Brother-in-law of late Lidia/ late Prof. Eduardo Souza. Brother-in-law of late Michael/ Rita, late Andre/ Daisy, Crescent/ Hilda. Expired peacefully at his home. Funeral service and cremation to be held as a private service with close family due to Covid-19 restrictions.  For further details click here
29 Jul: Herald. Álvaro Pereira belongs to the Ages. By Vivek Menezes. Álvaro Pereira never failed to stand up for what was right when it counted the most… 1001 words.  For further details click here

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Video: Faye D'Souza: Goa Gang rape Case: CM Sawant Blames Victims And Parents

29 Jul: Faye D'Souza. …To discuss it, we have the following guests: 1. Brinda Adige, Activist. 2. Ranjana Kumari, Director of Centre for Social Research and Chairperson of Women Power Connect. 3. Shruti Chaturvedi, Founder, Chaaipani. 4. Suman Bhat, Entrepreneur …  For further details click here
30 Jul: First Post. You talkin' to me? How Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant topped teenagers' gangrape at Benaulim with two shocking self-goals. Goa needs to attack and clean up its dark underbelly before another Scarlett Keeling murder or Benaulim gang rape hits its stunning shores  click here
30 Jul: Outlook. There can''t be police personnel to protect every girl: Goa minister … click here.

Canada: Debut music from Kampala Social Club

30 Jul: Casbox Canada. The beautiful single "COT2ON". Kampala Social Club is an experiment in journeys … The architect, Steven Fernandez, is a Canadian artist … The Kampala Social Club was a gathering place for the Goan middle class in early 20th century Uganda… The club was a central site in Fernandez’s own family - his parents - both immigrants to Canada in the late 60s. “My parents were born in East Africa and traced their ancestors back to Goa,” he explains. “Growing up in Stoney Creek, Ontario with parents who spoke Swahili, had a Portuguese last name and were Catholic with the appearance of an Indian - life was not easy to understand. I was too brown to be black, too brown to be white, too Anglo Indian to be Indian, yet I could identify very strongly with all cultures. I’ve spent my whole life trying to understand who I am." … Fernandez has found direct utility for the music within his own sound meditation business Pause + Expand which began for the purpose of supporting the mindfulness community…  For further details click here
Recording: Kampala Social Club · Steven Mark Fernandez. Released on: 2021-07-22  click here
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In U-turn, Goa health minister says no deaths due to oxygen shortage in state

31 Jul: Times of India. In a major U-turn on the floor of the assembly, Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane, who was the first to announce that many Covid-19 patients were dying in the state due to oxygen interruption at the state’s premier hospital Goa Medical College (GMC) during the second wave, on Friday denied any oxygen shortage-related deaths. In a written response in the assembly, Rane said: “At no point in time (did) the oxygen supplies at GMC run out of stock, and thus, no death has been reported to have (been) caused due to the non-supply of oxygen.” … On May 11, at the peak of Covid second wave, Rane had made an announcement that 26 Covid patients had died between 2am and 6am due to oxygen shortage at GMC and asked the Bombay high court to probe the goings-on at GMC…  For further details click here
14 May: Panel formed to probe into oxygen supply issue at Goa Medical College and Hospital …  click here
19 May: Goan Voice. Goa: COVID: Diaspora Online Fundraising Campaigns … click here.

Football: Colourising the 1966 World Cup has brought new life to the glorious game

30 Jul: The Telegraph (UK). As we mark, today, the 55th anniversary of English soccer’s finest hour, the first-ever full-length colour version of 1966 World Cup Final is being released in the hope of setting our patriotic pulses racing. It uses the original black and white footage shot in the old Wembley Stadium as Germany were beaten 4-2 after extra time … the black and white recording has now been resurrected in full and glorious technicolour. An eight-month, £300,000 has seen them lovingly infused with colour … The work of adding the colour, frame by painstaking frame, was done by a team of 50 experts working in a studio in Goa … 1657 words.  For further details click here
The first broadcast of the restored full-colour version was shown on Channel 4 earlier this month… To view the colour version on the Channel 4 website,  click here

Goa eases home ownership for ‘sons of the soil’

31 Jul: Indian Express. Goa assembly on Friday passed the Goa Bhumiputra Adhikarini Bill, 2021, granting [son of the soil]” status to a person residing in Goa at least for 30 years. It was passed along with a host of other Bills, even as opposition MLAs staged a walkout demanding that they be referred to a select committee and not passed “in haste”… The Bill, introduced by Revenue Minister Jennifer Monserrate on Thursday, says in its statement of objects and reasons, “The Bill provides for a mechanism to give ownership right to the self-occupied dweller of a small housing unit to enable him to live with dignity and self-respect and exercise his right to life.” …  For further details click here

Celebrating Jesuit service to society through education

30 Jul: The Telegraph. Rev Fr Dominic Savio SJ (photo), the principal of St Xavier’s College (Autonomous), writes on St Ignatius of Loyola and the service rendered by the Society of Jesus, which he had founded. The feast of St Ignatius is celebrated on July 31 and 2021 is the 500th year of the Cannonball Moment in his life… Ignatius formed The Society of Jesus (S.J.) or the Jesuits in 1540. He transformed many others who in turn brought immense spiritual transformation throughout Europe and Asia of that time. One of them was Francis Xavier. He came to India in 1542 and preached the message to love and serve God in our brothers and sisters. At great personal risk, he also zealously carried this message to South-east Asia and Japan. His sacred body is now preserved in the Church of Bom Jesus in Goa…  For further details click here

We were conned, admits Australia as it hands back looted Indian art

29 Jul: The Times. The National Gallery of Australia will return 17 artworks to India and other countries in a purge of pieces suspected of being acquired through a global smuggling network. The works bought from Subhash Kapoor have been a source of embarrassment to the gallery in Canberra… Kapoor, 72, was arrested in Frankfurt in 2011 after Interpol was alerted that Indian investigators had evidence connecting him to looted antiquities. He is behind bars, awaiting trial on allegations of running a smuggling ring in Asian antiquities…  For further details click here
16 Nov. 2013. Goan Voice. … Between 2002 and 2011 Australia spent more than $10m acquiring antiquities from Kapoor… By the Australian gallery's own description there is an ``exceptionally large'' 18th-century ivory crucified Christ (photo) from Goa, India, bought in 2007. How did Kapoor convince experienced NGA to part with it for $US337,500 …  click here



Death: John Nazareth. Ex Nairobi, Kenya and Pilerne, Goa

20 July 2021, London, UK. João José Lourenço Nazareth (known as "John"), passed away aged 85 years. Born in Nairobi, Kenya and then lived in Pilerne, Goa and London. John leaves behind his devoted wife of 63 years, Dulcie; loving children Philomena, Rita and Jude; son-in-law Kevin; Anthea; six grandchildren Sarah, Kathryn, James, Deanna, Adam and Laura; great grandsons Ryan and Zach and many other close family and friends across the world. His funeral mass will be on Monday 9th August at 12.30 p.m. at English Martyrs Church, Streatham, London, followed by a private burial. A memorial donation in lieu of flowers can be made to St Christopher's Hospice at:
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Video: The Urban Debate: Goa gang rape case

29 Jul: Times Now TV. On The Urban Debate, with Tanvi Shukla, we discuss how minors girls get gang-raped at Benaulim beach. Goa Chief minister Pramod Sawant said, “When 14-year-olds stay on the beach the whole night, the parents need to introspect. Just because children don't listen, we cannot put the responsibility on the government and police.” Later, Goa CM blames their parents for girls being out late at night and asks, why were girls hanging out so late? For now, Sawant told in assembly, All the four accused were arrested Sunday night. Can we say that the state government can't assure us of our security? … 26m. 24s.  For further details click here
29 Jul: Womens Web. ‘Girls Shouldn’t Be On Beaches At Night’ Goa CM Blames Parents & Survivors Of Gang Rape …  click here
30 Jul: Herald. Editorial: Has there been political interference in the Benaulim rape case? … click here.

Video: Goa gang rape case: Statement taken out of context, says CM Pramod Sawant

30 Jul: Indian Express. Early on Friday morning, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant said that his earlier statement that parents should also take responsibility while sending their children out, following the rape of two minors in Goa on July 25, was taken out of context. “My statement about the unfortunate incident was taken out of context. Both as head of a responsible Government and as a father of a 14 year old daughter, I was deeply pained and disturbed,” Sawant said in a statement issued past 1:30 am on Friday… Contains video clip of Goa assembly discussion …  For further details click here

Goa reports third rape case in a week

30 Jul: India Today. Another rape case has come to light in Goa amid outrage over Chief Minister Pramod Sawant's statement in the Assembly on the gang rape of two girls in the state on Sunday. In the case that has come to the fore on Thursday, a girl, who was brought to Goa on the pretext of job, was allegedly locked up and raped for three days in Quepem area. This is the third rape case reported by the Goa Police in a week. Two people have been arrested by the Goa Police in South Goa's Quepem in connection with the matter, a police official said. The accused, identified as Shambhunath Singh (32), a resident of Delhi, and Sudhakar Naik (63), who resides in South Goa, have been remanded to five days' police custody by the first class judicial magistrate in South Goa. The woman, who the police said is from the North East, was called to Goa by Singh on pretext of a job. She arrived in the state on July 26…  For further details click here
29 Jul: Herald. Police on Wednesday arrested two truck drivers from Postawada Honda Sattari namely Usman (26) and Saiju s/o Joy Vargis (28), originally from Tamil Nadu for allegedly raping a 19-year-old girl inside a car at Usgao-Ponda …  click here
27 Jul: Herald. Four arrested in Minor girls Gang rape at Benaulim… click here.

Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho, army officer who led Portugal's 'Carnation Revolution,' dies at 84

28 Jul: Washington Post. Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho was a 37-year-old leftist Portuguese army captain when he led the "Carnation Revolution" on April 25, 1974 — in reality an almost bloodless military coup that restored democracy to Portugal after almost half a century of right-wing dictatorship… The uprising effectively ended Portugal's colonial rule … Four decades later, an NBC News report from Portugal described the revolution as "the world's coolest coup." … Otelo Nuno Romão Saraiva de Carvalho was born Aug. 31, 1936, in Lourenço Marques. His father was an official in the colonial postal and telecommunications service CTT. His mother, from what was the Portuguese colony of Goa in western India, was a railway clerk and theater-lover who named the child after the Shakespearean character Othello… 1336 words.  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Otelo Saraiva de Carvalho was born of some Goan (Portuguese India) ancestry …  click here

State starts process to get GI tag for 3 Goan mango types

28 Jul: Times of India. The Goa state council for science and technology has filed an application for the registration of Geographical Indication (GI) for the Goa Mankur (Mankurad) mango variant and is presently working on obtaining similar status for the Mangelar and Mussarat mango varieties. A GI tag protects the produce from being illegally used and ensures benefits to the community of local growers. The department is also in the process of forming an association of mango producers and local sellers…  For further details click here

Goa: Students risking lives for internet: Kamat

29 Jul: Times of India. The opposition on Wednesday urged the state government to improve the infrastructure in the state, right from telecom infrastructure to road connectivity. The opposition also expressed concern over the recent floods that led to immense loss of property, livestock and homes in the state. Opposition leader Digambar Kamat said that students across Goa are unable to attend online classes due to poor infrastructure for internet connectivity. Kamat questioned the delay resolving the connectivity issue. “It is important to note that the lives of student community are at risk as they are attending online classes sitting in forest areas and roadsides in search of internet connectivity in rural and urban areas,” said Kamat…  For further details click here

Chicago: A Tropical River North Bar Takes Inspiration From India’s White Sand Beaches

28 Jul: Eater (Chicago). About four years ago, Rooh co-owners Rina and Manish Mallick visited Goa and they marveled at the views, foods, and the energy coming from bars and restaurants… The Mallicks want to bring a taste of Goa to Chicago… Bar Goa, should debut in late August inside the former Slurping Turtle in River North… Rina Mallick wants Chicagoans to feel like they’re on vacation with tropical vibes. Expect tons of plants, floral wall paper, surf boards, and teal shutters… Bar Goa will serve the ChicaGoan Handshake: A shot of Feni with a can of Spiteful Brewing’s tangerine radler … There’s also a pork vindaloo poi-wich, and green pea & chorizo hummus... Bar Goa will also have chicken wings and peri peri fries…  For further details click here
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The Venice model for Goa

29 Jul: Herald. By Plastino D’Costa. The few Venetians that have taken the courage to stay in Venice are jumping with joy these days, because come next month, August 1, 2021, to be precise, the monstrous cruise ships that would visit Venice mostly for a day or two, have been banned from sailing through the city centre of Venice… The Venice authorities were alleged to have connived to sell properties for tourism at the cost of driving out the locals, thus making Venice a dying city… Nobody is against tourism but if is not sustainable and drives the local community out of the equation, than we really have to think hard on such a type of tourism model. Venice and Goa have many things common and although Goa is not as fragile as Venice, we better read the signs and take action before it’s too late…  For further details click here

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