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Death: Constantine Correia. Alberta, Canada. Ex Mombasa

17 Jan. 2022. Taber, Alberta, Canada. CONSTANTINE VALENTINE CORREIA. Con or Custa as he was also known, was born in Mombasa in 1931. Predeceased by his wife Antonieta Correia (nee Ferros); infant daughter Constance; grandson Benjamin Correia-Webb; parents Benjamin and Louisa (nee Saldanha); sisters Ruby (Francis) D'Souza, Placida (Santan) Fernandes and Carmen Correia. He is survived by his daughters Joy Correia (Kerry Webb) of Edmonton and Louise Correia (Richard Sobsey) of Edmonton; grandchildren Constance Sobsey (Tom Peters), Philip Correia-Webb and David Sobsey; great granddaughter Amalia Sobsey-Peters as well as by numerous nieces and nephews.
He graduated from Karnatak University and University of Illinois and then returned to Mombasa to get married and to continue his teaching career at the Goan High School there. In 1965, Con made the move to Canada where he taught in Montreal and Alberta.
A private Prayer Service will be held at Southland Funeral Chapel, Taber on Friday, January 21, 2022 at 7:00 P.M. Livestream link from 6:45 P.M. (01.45 GMT) at
A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Augustine's Catholic Church, Taber on Sat. Jan. 22 11:00 A.M. Burial to follow at the Taber Memorial Garden. Livestream from 10:45 A.M. (17:45 GMT) at
If friends so desire, memorial tributes in Con's name may be made directly to the Taber and District Health Foundation, 4326 - 50 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1N9 or to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, 5009 - 48 Avenue, Taber, Alberta T1G 1T4. [Alert from Francis Noronha] Condolences to
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News Summary

Experts call on India to delay major elections as third Covid wave sweeps nation

20 Jan: The Independent (UK). It is nine months after India experienced one of the world’s worst Covid crises, and infections are sweeping across the country again in a third wave. Yet despite the urgings of public health experts, plans are in full swing for five states to go to the polls in key elections next month. The jarring scene of mass political rallies being staged amid a backdrop of soaring cases is alarmingly reminiscent of the situation in April last year, when daily infections ultimately peaked at 400,000 and the healthcare system was brought to its knees. Conservative official figures state that some 240,000 people died…  For further details click here
20 Jan: Evening Standard (UK): India saw its Covid-19 infections reach an eight-month high on Wednesday amid warnings it will take weeks before its Omicron peak is reached… India recorded a further 282,970 new infections in the latest 24-hour period, its highest levels of Covid cases in eight months…  click here
20 Jan: Republic World. Goa reported 3,390 new coronavirus infections and nine deaths on Thursday, the health department said, while the state's positivity rate shot up to 40.86 per cent… click here.

Facebook stalling report on human rights impact in India, allege whistle-blowers

20 Jan: The Guardian (UK). Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen and other prominent whistle-blowers have renewed calls for Facebook to release a long-awaited report on its impact in India, alleging the company is purposely obscuring human rights concerns. More than 20 organizations on Wednesday joined whistle-blowers Frances Haugen and Sophie Zhang, as well as former Facebook vice-president Brian Boland, to demand the company, now called Meta, release its findings… Meta had commissioned law firm Foley Hoag in 2020 to carry out an independent review of its impact in India – the company’s largest market at 340 million users – but its release has repeatedly been delayed, activists allege… The papers revealed in particular how users in India were inundated with fake news, hate speech including anti-Muslim posts and bots interfering with elections… 581 words.  For further details click here

Kerala Feni to come up this year; liquor to be produced from cashew on Goan model

20 Jan: Kerala Kaumudi. The Kerala Cashew Development Corporation's initiative to produce liquor (feni) from cashews on the Goan model has reached the final phase … Officials are hoping they get permission from the government this month… The factory will be located in Vadakara considering the fact that there are large number of cashew farmers in Kannur and kasargod… Cashew is an inexpensive crop that can grow on barren land. It does not require water or manure… The price of cashew will go up if feni production is started … the project will be of great benefit to farmers and entrepreneurs…. About 60% of the cashew nuts produced in Kerala are in Kannur and Kasargod districts. The cashew nuts cultivated here are the highest grade in the world…  For further details click here
16 Nov. 2020. Business Line. Kerala eyes production of its own Feni brand from cashew apple …  click here

Riddles are integral part of Goa heritage

20 Jan: Herald: … ‘Parkhonnim’ (Riddles) are an integral part of Goan heritage, which should be preserved and promoted, said Human Rights activist Cyril Aleixo Fernandes. He was speaking as the keynote speaker at an event organised by Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA) … Fernandes delivered a talk on ‘Parkhonnim: Gõychem ek daiz' (Riddles: A Goan heritage) … While speaking on the occasion, he focused on the history of Goa and explained how riddles came into existence. “Riddles are a part of our heritage and that we find them in every sphere of our life,” he said and put forth some examples to prove his point. Informing that there are different types of riddles and that Inacio Gama introduced him to this new found love, Cyril said that he went ahead with organising the All Goa Riddles Competition. This competition had a great response and reached out to Goans the world over…  For further details click here
Video: 4 Dec: Herald TV. Goan woman working in Kuwait declared winner of Parkonnem Contest. Four participants –Cyril Fernandes, Raisa Fernandes, Ashley Afonso and Aquila Rodrigues correctly answers all the 50 Parkonnem or riddles, as part of the unique competition. But they offered the first place to Aquila Rodrigues since she participated from Kuwait… 2m. 22s.  click here

In India, Maggi noodles finds its way into pakoras, parathas and milkshakes

20 Jan: South China Morning Post. By Kalpana Sunder: The Maggi brand of instant noodles has changed the dynamics of Indian cooking … Food historian Kurush Dalal described Maggi noodles as "one of the best and worst things that has happened to Indian food … Controversies aside, today Maggi noodles have been reimagined in many ways according to local flavours as the country's street food scene evolved … Hawkers - who usually served noodles with vegetables, butter and eggs - now add tomato, onions and green chillies to make tandoori paneer Maggi and cheese and butter to create chilli garlic cheese Maggi… Other improvisations include Maggi pakoras (chickpea flour fritters with noodles), Maggi parathas (flatbreads stuffed with cooked noodles) and Maggi bhel puri (puffed rice with chutneys, onions, potatoes and noodles)… The noodles have also been used in culinary experiments, including being cooked with milk and chocolate sauce… 743 words.  For further details click here

Mining on the shifty sands of Goan politics

20 Jan: Mongabay. By Meera Mohanty. After a decade of uncertainty, mining features less prominently in the electoral rhetoric of Goa’s politicians, reflecting perhaps the waning influence of the sector… The Goa government has repeatedly erred on the mining issue, according to the Supreme Court… Goa has banked on its natural and logistical advantages to build an iron ore industry that was its economy’s mainstay until it discovered tourism, and more recently casinos and real estate. The mining lobby has played a significant role in deciding the political fate of Goa, from before its liberation from Portuguese rule and since … Civil society activists say they believe this is reflective of a deeper problem. “Why should mining be an issue for voters when the fact that their elected candidate is here today, there tomorrow and somewhere else the day after? ... 2122 words.  For further details click here

India: Daughters To Inherit Fathers' Self-Acquired, Inherited Properties: Supreme Court

21 Jan: Herald. In a significant verdict, the Supreme Court on Thursday said the daughters of a male Hindu, dying intestate, would be entitled to inherit the self-acquired and other properties obtained in the partition by the father and get preference over other collateral members of the family. The judgement, which came on an appeal against the Madras High Court verdict, dealt with the property rights of Hindu women and widows under the Hindu Succession Act…. 636 words.  click here



Funeral Notification: (Clara) Joanitta Ramos. Croydon, ex Mombasa and Dar es Salaam

28 Dec. Croydon, UK. (CLARA) JOANITTA RAMOS. Born 25 October 1937. Beloved wife of Alvito Ramos. Mother of Anthea Haidee Ramos and Reuben Elroy Ramos. Teacher at Coast Girls High School, Mombasa; Secondary School English teacher in London, UK. Theatrical producer at Goan Institute and Schools. Sadly passed away on 28 December 2021 after long term Kidney failure, Diabetes and subsequently COVID 19.
Cremation Funeral service: Tuesday 25th January at 15:45. Croydon Cemetery, East Chapel, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AT. For the Livestream service go to: Username: game8620. Password: 301455
Memorial Mass to be held at St Mary's Church, West Croydon - date to be arranged.
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Any queries please contact Reuben or Anthea Ramos on above email addresses.

Death: Dr Nelson J. D'Silva. Ohio. Ex Tanzania
14 Jan. 2022. Cleveland, Ohio. NELSON J. D'SILVA, M.D., age 69. Beloved husband of 34 years to Marietta (nee Rodriques); father of Malcolm, Andrea and Tracey Pore (Ratnesh); grandfather of Arnav and Aaliyah; brother of Joseph, Orlando and Vanessa Oliveiro (Chris); uncle and friend of many. Funeral Mass Saturday, January 22, Church of St. Clarence (30106 Lorain Rd.) at 10:00 A.M. (Mass will be livestreamed on the Chambers Funeral Homes Facebook page.) Please Meet At Church. Interment St. Joseph Cemetery. Friends may call at Chambers Funeral Home of North Olmsted, 29150 Lorain Rd. At Stearns, Friday 4-8 P.M. In lieu of flowers contributions to The City Mission, 5310 Carnegie Ave. Cleveland, OH 44103 or to the Cleveland APL, 1729 Willey Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113. The Funeral Mass will be live streamed on the Chambers Funeral Homes Facebook page (link to our Facebook page below): Photo and full details,  For further details click here
20 Jan: Navhind Times. Death Notice click here.

Death: Joseph (Josie) Fernandez. Toronto. Ex Karachi
15 Jan: Toronto. JOSEPH FERNANDES. Ex Illaco House, Saddar, Karachi. Born in Karachi on February 26,1932 to the late Richard and the late Annie Appolonia he leaves behind his wife Amy and his six children Cliff (Janice), Michael (Stephany) Corinna (Derald), Mark (Doralynn) Sabrina and Katrina . Beloved Grandfather of Candice (Moshe) Kristen (Yazan), James, Matthew, Derek, Kaitlynn, Carly and Ava and great grandfather to Benjamin and Zayad. Cherished by his Siblings Tessie, Charles (Late Dorothy), Douglas (the late Rose), the late Sylvie (Aelred Pecus)), the late Annette (Late Bobby Borges), Noel (Gloria) and Bosco (Alba). Fondly remembered by his In-laws, the late Sonny(Poma),Mathilda(Denis) the late Carmel(Pat), Dr.Michael(Lucia),Anthony(Lynn),Monica(Joe), Valley(Sandra) and Marie(Henry) Due to Covid restrictions Visitation and Funeral Service on Thursday January 20th will be private. The funeral service will be at 12.00 Noon and livestreamed from 11.40A.M. Photo and livestream link, click here.

News Summary

Goa sees massive jump in COVID-19 infections: 3,936 cases and 7 deaths

20 Jan: Navhind Times. Goa recorded 3,936 COVID-19 positive cases on Wednesday, the highest single-day spike in the ongoing third wave, while a 15-year-old girl from Sanguem was among the seven deaths linked to the dreaded infection that were registered in the last 24 hours in the state… Goa recorded a positivity rate of 38.76% on Wednesday…  For further details click here
19 Jan: Herald. 16 out of 20 COVID deceased patients unvaccinated …  click here
18 Jan: Times of India: 95 per cent jobs in Goa health dept going to minister's constituents is national scandal: Shashi Tharoor The Goa health minister filling up 95 per cent of vacancies in the health department with persons from his own taluka is shameful and a national scandal, said Congress MP and AIPC chairman Shashi Tharoor … click here.

British Startup flypop Hints It Might Announce Routes In April

18 Jan: Simple Flying (UK). New entrant flypop has moved closer to launching scheduled passenger flights by saying on social media that it’ll announce its first routes in April… Despite Air India offering low-frequency services from Heathrow to ten cities across the country – including Goa, there is little doubt most Indian cities are very underserved from London ... flypop initially mentioned that ten destinations might be served across India from Stansted … However, this has changed to seven and Goa stays on the list … booking data shows that India is less about traffic volume and more about average fares … Highest volume is London-Ahmedabad: about 185,000 round-trip passengers in 2019, with an average one-way fare from Heathrow of approximately $189. London-Goa (and strong tourism): is next with 180,000 passengers and $187 fare …  For further details click here
flypop had initially claimed that UK to India fares would start from £200 return. For their website,  click here

Canada: Glenda Fernandez: Following in the footsteps of a pioneering woman in science

17 Jan: The Globe & Mail. Global pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk was founded in 1923 in Denmark … It’s been a century since Marie Krogh’s pioneering efforts in science, but barriers still exist for women in science today… Ms. Glenda Fernandez (senior manager of quality assurance and product safety) has worked at Novo Nordisk Canada for 40 years … She points out that the company strives to be a leader in the diversity, equity and inclusion space… As a woman and an immigrant who moved to Canada from Pakistan when she was a child, Ms. Fernandez says she’s experienced both racism and sexism throughout her life. “I’ve seen it all. As a person, I want to be seen as an individual...” … 1218 words.  For further details click here
For the Linkedin profile of Glenda Fernandez,  click here

Catholic News In Brief

18 Jan: India Today: Why Bishop Mulakkal was acquitted of rape. … First was that the prosecution was unable to present a ‘sterling witness’ in the case … Second, the defence challenged the victim’s credibility … A third, related issue involved an accusation that the victim had earlier had sexual relation with the husband of her relative … A fourth issue related to a lack of concrete evidence… A final issue related to a medical report…  For further details click here
18 Jan: New Frame: Hindu extremists target India’s Christians…  click here
18 Jan: UCAN. Mother Teresa nuns seek protection from arrest in India … click here.

Govt of Goa delegation visits Expo 2020 Dubai

19 Jan: Khaleej Times (Dubai): A Government of Goa delegation is in Dubai as part of the ongoing Expo 2020 Dubai … The delegation hosted a dinner for the business community of Dubai and interacted with various investors to further strengthen the ties between the two communities… The major focus sectors of Goa are IT, agro and food processing, tourism and other R&D based industry. The event was a great success and various investors have expressed their interest to visit Goa to further the dialogue, once safe travel resumes …  For further details click here
18 Jan: Eastern Herald … the Goa week was inaugurated on 15th January … As part of the Goa week, the state is making a strong pitch to the global investors by showcasing its business capabilities along with its tradition and culture through a series of events exhibiting opportunities across key focus sectors … 734 words  click here
Video: Gulf News: Expo 2020 Dubai: Inside India Pavilion … 1m.01s click here.

World’s first pro-Mixed Martial Arts fight organized on the beach on New Year’s Eve in Goa

18 Jan: The Print. Organized by the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) Mandrem Beach, the Goa Beach Fight event took place on 31st December at Riva Beach Resort… The women’s category, one of the main events, had an international fighter from Brazil … The launch of Goa Beach Fight took place earlier at a press conference organised on a private yacht in Panjim which was graced by a mix of national as well as international guests… The event started with the BJJ rolling and exhibition match between Richard Mearns (Pro MMA fighter from the UK and a brown belt in BJJ) and two of the best students of BJJ in India. Later Oswaldo Rego Junior, 5th degree BJJ blackbelt professor from Brazil also joined the rolling and they put on to show various pro-level techniques and submissions moves… 637 words.  For further details click here
Video: 19 Jan: Lautaro Medina vs Alex Ortiz - MMA Goa … 7m. 25s.  click here


FILM: West of Zanzibar. Talking Pictures Freeview 81. Saturday 22nd Jan. 13:45 to 15:40 An African tribe is forced to look for a new homeland, only to become involved in an ivory-smuggling ring. Jungle adventure, starring Anthony Steel, Sheila Sim, Edric Connor and William Simons. Director: Harry Watt Starring: Anthony Steel, Sheila Sim, Edric Connor, William Simons (Many scenes of Mombasa in 1954.)

TRAVEL: Around the World in Eighty Days. BBC Four. Saturday 22nd Jan. 20:10 to 21:00. Blazing a trail right across Arabia Michael Palin finally reaches Dubai to hitch a lift to Bombay on a primitive boat. A sea voyage of six days with nothing more than a sack to sleep.

DRAMA: The Good Karma Hospital. ITV. Sun. 23rd Jan. 12:00 to 13:00. New series. Return of the medical drama set in a hospital in southern India, starring Amanda Redman and Amrita Acharia. Lydia is forced to admit a patient who has the highly contagious Nipah virus when Ruby and new British-Asian doctor Samir Hasan break protocol in the fight to save the girl's life. Series 4, Episode 1.

TRAVEL: Joanna Lumley's India. ITV3. Sun. 23rd Jan. 13:00 to 14:00. Joanna meets the Maharaja of Dungarpur who shows her around his lakeside palace, and a Dalit community in Gujarat, considered to be India's lowest caste. Braving the roads of Mumbai, Joanna takes a ride in the city's only all-female taxi company and visits the Times of India, where her uncle was editor of the paper in the 1930s and 40s. She then overcomes her fear of heights to explore the World One Tower, soon to be Mumbai's tallest luxury residential building.

FILM: Eye in the Sky Channel: Film4. Sunday 23rd Jan. 19:00 to 21:00. Colonel Katherine Powell's mission to wipe out a terrorist cell in Kenya is complicated when a girl enters the blast radius of the intended drone strike. Powell has to decide between sacrificing the girl's life or letting the terrorists flee to carry out more atrocities. Thriller, starring Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman and Aaron Paul. 2015.

ENTERTAINMENT: India: Nature's Wonderland. BBC Four. Tues. 25th Jan. 15:50 to 17:50. Wildlife expert Liz Bonnin, Slumdog Millionaire actress Freida Pinto and mountaineer Jon Gupta explore the hidden wonders of the natural world in India, a land where tigers dance and lions roam.

COOKERY: Rick Stein's Fruits of the Sea. Food Network (Freeview 42). Wed. 26th Jan.13:00 to 13:30. The chef experiments with prawns and rustles up a hot and spicy Goan curry for all his staff. Thurs. 27th Jan. 13:00 to 13:30. India and Cornwall. The chef reproduces popular local fish dishes in Goa, and there is a visit to the kitchen of a Cornish restaurant.



Death: ROQUE DIAS. London. Ex Kampala, Uganda

5th January 2022, London. ROQUE PIEDADE DIAS – ex Kampala, Uganda. Born 28/01/1940. Son of late Vincent & Piedade Dias. Loving husband of 55 years to Ludovina Dias, beloved Dad to Vincent (Maree), Richard (Dawn) & Chantal (Ben). Adored Grandad to Francis & Therese Dias & Oliver & Aoife Torpy. Brother/Brother-in-law to late Anna & Vincent Rodrigues, Joachim (Philomena), late Joseph (Bernadette), late Seby (Ludy). Adoring uncle to many nephews and nieces. Funeral: 27th January 12:30pm at St William of York Church, 1 DuCros Drive, Stanmore, HA7 4TJ. Cemetery: 2pm Hendon Cemetery and Crematorium, Holders Hill Rd, London NW7 1NB. Followed by refreshments at the St William of York Church Hall. (Due to Covid restrictions we advise anyone wishing to attend to please take a lateral flow test and only attend if negative)
Condolences and RSVP for catering purposes by the 23rd January to Chantal Torpy ( )
All welcome to join in the live stream service at:
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Dementia UK or British Heart Foundation via or

News Summary

Photo Essay: The twilight home: Art of the everyday on Divar Island

18 Jan: Himal. By Sagar Shiriskar. Lar Santa Margarida is run by the Society of the Poor Sisters of Our Lady. It is located on the island of Divar in Goa which is reachable only by ferry … Nestled amidst a grove of trees on this island, the Portuguese-style house originally belonged to a Goan couple, the Gomes-Pereiras, who decided to give away their home to the Society so that elderly people like them would not have to spend their days alone. .. On Divar Island, life has brought many joys and sorrows to the elderly community at Lar Santa Margarida. .. Sister Monica Rodrigues is the backbone of Lar Santa Margarida, taking care of the residents, conducting daily mass, among many other tasks… 584 words.  click here
The house was given to the Society by Lily Gomes Pereira (photo) , former teacher at Star of the Sea School, Mombasa, who lives in the Divar house.  click here

These podcasters are carrying African Languages into the new audio world

18 Jan; Global Voices. Amidst the prevalence of English podcasts, a community of podcasters is emerging who are decidedly uninterested in the Western gaze… Stoneface Bombaa, a Kenyan community organizer, and April Zhu, a journalist, created the podcast “Until Everyone is Free” about Pio Gama Pinto, a socialist Goan-Kenyan freedom fighter who was assassinated by the Kenyan government in 1965, two years after the country became independent… 1544 words.  click here
For the video, 2m. 58s with English sub-titles,  click here

F & B News in Brief

18 Jan: Elle. New Home-grown Alcohol Labels to Add to Your At-Home Bar. 1: Smoke Lab Vodka … 2. No Sleep By Sleepy Owl & Greater Than … 3. Maka Zai … 4. No Label Original Mead … 5: Pistola Tequila … 755 words.  For further details click here
18 Jan: Gomantak Times: By Evelyn Siqueira (slides): Think rice is strictly for main courses? Think rice is strictly for main courses? These 12 flavourful Goan dishes will change your mind…Peas Pulao; Chourico Pulao (sausage pulao); Arroz com coco (coconut pulao); Kanji/pez; Merenda; Koiloreo/koiloyo; Shirvoyo/shevyo; Sanna; Goddachem Sanna/Godd sanna (sweet sanna); Patoyo/patoleo; Fov (beaten/flattened rice); Ukadiche modak …  click here
17 Jan: Gomantak Times: By Venita Gomes: Goa’s famed Xacuti is much more than just a delicious dish; it’s what’s keeping Goa together… ‘Xacuti,’ the dish is a prepared across Goa by various communities. And that is the one binding factor which connects communities together … Each community in Goa has its own unique way and style of preparing this curry … 690 words click here.

Yoga in Goa with The Trip of Your Life

18 Jan: Merca (Spain) … Why take a yoga course in Goa? In India, yoga goes beyond a customary practice, it is a lifestyle that occupies a fundamental place in the lives of inhabitants and visitors of this territory, within which Goa has positioned itself as one of the main cities… it has stood out for being the epicenter of yoga because it offers numerous course options for this practice in Spanish at varied prices and in an environment described as charming. Among the main characteristics, this place has stood out for having a favorable climate, accompanied by the human quality of the people who facilitate adaptation during their stay… 418 words  For further details click here
11 Jan: Gomantak Times. Evelyn Siqueira. 9 Best yoga retreats in Goa …  click here
Trip Advisor: Top Yoga Retreats in Goa, click here.

The Incredible Journey of Maria Aurora Couto

18 Jan: Indian Express: By Vivek Menezes: In the 1980s, the writer was the champion of Indian writing in some of the most hallowed literary publications of the Anglophone west… The late author, who passed away at 84 on January 14, is being widely — and justifiably — eulogised as the grande dame who reigned over the cultural affairs of Goa after retiring to her husband’s ancestral home some 20 years ago … Couto’s culminating avatar as the cultural eminence of Goa will be remembered for two fine memoirs, Goa — A Daughter’s Story (2004) and Filomena’s Journeys: A portrait of a marriage, a family & a culture (2013) … 968 words  For further details click here
16 Jan: Scroll: By Peter Ronald de Souza. Why Maria Aurora Couto (1937-2022) was the grand dame of letters and culture of Goa. She lived between three concentric circles (her own words) of the Indian, the Goan, the Catholic… She has given us the material we need. Dev Borem Korum Aurorabai … 1035 words.  click here

Goa Polls & Anti-Christian attack: Is the BJP-Church understanding over?

17 Jan: The Quint: By Fredrick Noronha: As Goa gears up for the 2022 Assembly elections, is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-Goa Church honeymoon already over, and well past its sell-by date? … This uneasy alliance was in place just prior to the 2012 Assembly elections in Goa. Without it, the BJP wouldn't have got its slender 21-seat majority … So will the spate of anti-Christian hate attacks, and other controversies, including anti-conversion laws, have its impact on the BJP's relationship with the Goa Church? … Given its own concerns and limitations, the Church itself tries to take more subtle stands in the elections… It is these differences of caste and class that, in 2012, were skilfully made use of by Manohar Parrikar … As of now, there are no signs that the Church would want to keep the BJP more than an arm's distance away… 1457 words  For further details click here

Goa Elections News in Brief

Video: Jan 17: Republic World. Arnab Goswami. Opinion Poll. No clear majority in Goa: … waters muddied by entry of TMC and AAP… Prediction BJP has 16-20 seats, Congress 9-13 seat, AAP 4-8 seats and TMC 1-5… 3m.17s…  For further details click here
Video: 18 Jan: India Today: Ricardo D’Souza, the co-owner of Tito’s, among the most prominent night clubs in Goa since 1971, has decided to contest in Goa elections this time from the Calangute constituency. In an exclusive interview, Ricardo D’Souza spoke on his agenda for the upcoming polls ‘My objective,” he says “is a more fair -sharing of the wealth that Goa has to give us…” 3m.41s.  click here
Video: 18 Jan: NDTV. Goa’s Political Merry Go-Round. 0m.54s… click here.



Death: Maria Ilda Sofia De Sousa, nee DaCosta. Nairobi. Ex Mombasa

16 Jan: Nairobi. MARIA ILDA SOFIA DE SOUSA nee Da Costa. Born 30 October 1933. Ex Star of the Sea School. Mombasa teacher. Passed away after a long illness bravely borne. Beloved wife of the Late Dr. Peter de Sousa. Daughter of the Late Cipriano and Hortencia da Costa. Much loved sister of the late Victor/Netty da Costa, the late Felix and Joan da Costa and Reina and the late Anthony Vaz Cherished Mother of Lacty/Ameeta, Mary/Randolph Baptista, John/Heather and Nigel/Beth. Adored Grandmother of Peter, Alistair, Simon, Sinead, Chantal, Shannon, Ashe and Fynn. Affectionate Aunt of Vanessa, Coralie, Gavin, Charmaine, Marion and Melvin. Due to the current Covid restrictions the Family have held a private cremation. A Church service in her memory will be held at a later date. The Family would like to specially thank the Management and Staff of Arama Lifestyle Ltd for the exceptional and loving care and attention given to our beloved Mother during the last years of her life. [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi] Condolence messages can be sent to , , , and

Funeral Update: Rosarinho (Ross)Desouza, London, ex Nairobi & Goa

A Requiem Funeral service for ROSARINHO MANUEL BASILIO DESOUZA, ex Nairobi, Goa will take place at the Holy Cross Catholic Church, 46 North Street, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 2JD, on Tuesday 25th January at 12:30pm followed by the Burial at Bandon Hill Cemetery, Plough Lane, Wallington SM6 8JQ at 2pm. Live stream:
Rosarinho(Ross) was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called CADASIL (Cerebral Autosomal Dominant Arteriopathy with Subcortical Infarcts and Leukoencephalopathy) and in order to facilitate further research and increase understanding into this rare generic condition a fundraising page has been created for donations at in lieu of flowers/wreaths.
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News Summary

Goa adds 2,174 COVID cases to tally; 6 die; positivity rate crosses 41 per cent

17 Jan: New Indian Express. A total of 2,174 COVID-19 cases were detected from 5,236 tests in Goa on Monday at a positivity rate of 41.52 per cent, an official said. The tally in the coastal state was 2, 12,649 and six deaths took the toll to 3,563, he said…  For further details click here
17 Jan: Times of India. GMC grapples with outbreak as over 200 staff test positive for Covid …  click here
17 Jan: Goa Raj Bhavan To Remain Closed For Visitors Till January 23 Amid Covid Cases… click here.

Over 40 illegal ladies dance bars shut down

17 Jan: Indya TV. After the Goa Congress raised a hue and cry on Sunday about the existence of illegal dance bars and massage parlours in the North Goa coastal belt, Calangute police inspector Laxi Amonkar claimed he shut down all the 15 dance bars and 28 massage parlours, which were operating without the panchayat trade licence in his jurisdiction… In the Morjim belt, ladies dance bars are operating from bungalows and villas and the dance performances take place for groups of men from other states on weekends … Besides the ladies dance bars, the massage parlours also double up as flesh trade joints…  For further details click here
17 Jan: Herald: Illegal massage parlours outnumber legal ones in North Goa’s coastal belt. By Basuri Desai: Police enquiry reveal 23 possess valid licences while 41 others are illegally operating in Calangute, Candolim, Baga, Arpora, Anjuna and Vagator…  click here
17 Jan: The Navhind Times. Calangute’s illegal dance bars, massage parlours shut. click here.

Fear grips commuters in South Goa after spate of fatal accidents

18 Jan: Herald. A sense of fear has gripped the commuters in South Goa after nine fatal accidents recorded in past eight days, raising serious questions pertaining to the status of road safety in Goa… A day before police constable Shailesh Gaonkar and Indian Reserve Battalion Vishwas Deykar died in road accident at Seraulim while doing patrolling. Later a couple named Kennedy D'Costa and his wife Noella D'Costa [photo] died on the spot at Gandhi road, Maina-Curtorim, which was also during the wee hours… It has been revealed that almost all the fatal accidents were due to rash driving and drunken driving...  For further details click here
17 Jan: Herald: I Speeding car kills two constable on sentry point duty at Seraulim. In a tragic accident, two police constables, who were on nakabandi duty, were killed after they were knocked down by a speeding car… The victims have been identified as Shailesh Gaonkar (30), and Vishwas Deykar (32).  click here
17 Jan: Times of India. Fatal Accident at Maina-Curtorim; Speeding Car Rams Into 2 Wheeler; Couple Dies On Spot click here.

I had no Konkani books to read. It was the language in which one laughed’: Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo (Part 1)

9 Jan: Scroll: By Jerry Pinto: … Mauzo says,”I remember my mother telling me stories when I was a child. They were drawn from the epics, there were folktales... She was my primary story teller” … He further adds, “There were no Konkani books to read… Until then Konkani had seemed to be the language in which one laughed, the language of children and comics, street plays and tiatr.” … “The strong women in my novels are no accident, I think. Most of them are based on my mother or drawn from her…” … 3829 words.  For further details click here
16 Jan: Scroll: ‘I see sexuality as an essential part of life, not as a separate compartment’: Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo. (Part 2). By Jerry Pinto: … “It (Karmelina) was well received when it came out … Then came a couple of scenes which explored the sexual relationship between Karmelin and her boss and there was an outcry. Letters poured in condemning me, saying that I had no right to spoil the name of the Catholics, that kind of thing,” says Mauzo… But then there were also Hindu readers, some of whom are connoisseurs of literature, who say, “At his age, Bhai is writing such stuff!” … I don’t see sexuality as a separate compartment of life, to be left to the pornographers. I see sexuality as an essential part of life… 2800 words.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Damodar Mauzo, click here.

A photo book chronicles Goa’s hidden heritage

16 Jan: Mint. By Arti Das. … ‘Outdoor Museums of Goa’ by Pantaleao Fernandes looks at lesser-known heritage of the state, from neolithic burial sites to sculptures of local guardian deities…it reveals such hidden sites of the state, comprising stone circles, dolmens, menhirs (prehistoric burial sites), sculptures of local deities stone inscriptions, old temples, and dovornim … implements and tools of the past. All these are out in the open, exposed to the elements, and yet not much is known about them… The book opens with the fascinating petroglyphs found in Pansaimal at Sanguem in south Goa, which could be some thousands of years old … This is Fernandes’ seventh photo book… 719 words.  For further details click here
For a listing of some other books by Pantaleao Fernandes,  click here

Goa, Bombay and the Portuguese links

16 Jan: The Navhind Times: By Fredrick Noronha: Goa has moved from one extreme to another in recent years. In the 1960s and 1970s, we were suffused with an overload of pro-Portuguese versions of everything … In this context, the writing of the late Bombay-based historian Teresa Albuquerque is interesting. She was the sister of the legendary ex-editor Frank Moraes … She was also connected to the Bombay suburb of Santacruz, and the Goa villages of Santa Cruz (by ancestry) and Anjuna (by marriage). She wrote books on all these diverse spots in her life… Albuquerque book ‘The Portuguese Impress’ (2017) examines the Portuguese influence, not just in Goa… The chapter on the Goans of Bombay looks at bakeries, tailors, cooks, and chefs in the city… Some of her writings on Goan emigration in East Africa touch on names that have been heard of a lot in cyberspace and more recent writing on the topic … 1017 words.  For further details click here
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For a Wikipedia profile of Teresa Albuquerque with a list of her books, click here.

India’s main tourist destination Goa fears collapse of tourism

17 Jan: Kauppalehti (Finland): By Pia Heikkila. In the beach resort of Goa which is familiar to Finns, there are fears that tourism will collapse with a new wave of viruses. Although the Christmas season was brisk compared to last year thanks to Indian tourists, the lack of foreign tourists worries the industry’s recovery … “Although a lot of Indian tourists arrived, the absence of foreign tourists has been felt here for the past two seasons,” says Menino D’Souza, Goa’s Director of Tourism. The number of international tourists fell by more than 80 percent… India resumed issuing tourist visas in November last year, but international flights are still at least partially at a standstill, allowing flight prices to remain higher than normal… 710 words.  For further details click here


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Goa records over 3000 COVID-19 cases, seven deaths on Sunday

17 Jan: Herald. Goa recorded 3232 new cases of novel Coronavirus and seven deaths during the past 24 hours, the directorate of health services said on Sunday… Of the seven deaths reported on Sunday, six patients were not vaccinated while a 71-year-old man from Mapusa was vaccinated with both doses…Positivity rate is 46% …  For further details click here
17 Jan: RFI (France). In Goa, the Omicron variant shatters hopes of tourism recovery. The Indian government had launched free visas to boost tourism, but health restrictions such as curfews have hampered the arrival of international travelers… Felix Medioni aged 33 and his girlfriend expected to meet a lot of people and party …  click here

Canada: Derek Mascarenhas: ode to family and the magic of childhood

16 Jan: By Paul-Francois Sylvestre. In its original version, Coconut Dreams was called "a dazzling first book" by Quill & Quire magazine. It was selected by the Globe & Mail among the best fiction published by an independent publisher… the author immerses us in the adventures of Aiden and Ally Pinto, two children of Goan origin living in the suburbs of Toronto. The children discover that they live in a place full of opportunities, and want the rest of their family in Goa to join them there… The book has been translated into French … Derek Mascarenhas, La neige des cocotiers, short stories translated by Paul Ruban, Ottawa, Éditions L'Interligne, coll. Vertigo, 2021, 320 pages, $32.95… 544 words.  For further details click here
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Workation: Urbanites in India flock to holiday spot Goa for better work-life balance

17 Jan: Straits Times (Singapore). Well-to-do Indian professionals have found a workation to be a great strategy, especially when they began working from home during the Covid-19 pandemic… The pandemic has led to many professional Indians using remote working as an opportunity to take long vacations at picturesque riverside villages, cool hill stations or beach holiday destinations like Goa that have a culture of catering to long-stay European tourists, with luxury long-rentals, easygoing cafes, and cars and bikes for hire. Many cafes and beach shacks in Goa have also become co-working spaces in the past year… 595 words.  For further details click here

Goa: politicians and parties

16 Jan: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa, Editor Herald. Goa will elect a new government on February 14, 2022, and a question arises that perhaps needs to be asked: does it make sense for elections to be held along party lines? While this may sound a bit extreme, given that India's democracy is based on partisan politics, what has happened in the last five years and especially in the last few weeks and days justifies asking this question... 824 words.  For further details click here
16 Jan: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). By Fr Victor Ferrão, Vicar and Philosopher. Divert, Divide and Rule. Legislative elections in 5 Indian states including Goa are fast approaching and voices blaming the past and promising a golden future are becoming more vocal. We are destined to see an increase in these voices that promise everything to attract voters who will bring them to power… Our executive, the judiciary and the media let us down… 917 words.  click here

On a smartphone near you: Erotica by women, and for women

16 Jan: Times of India. Nandini Desai is a writer of steamy romances in her native Marathi… There are other female erotica writers — Bengali writer Sangeeta Bandopadhya and Rosalyn D’Mello’s passionate memoir A Handbook for my Lover and several others. But now digital publishing seems to have opened new floodgates of lust. Far from coy, this new wave of erotica articulates women’s desires and shows her in command of her sexual agency… 884 words.  For further details click here
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Litter on Goa beaches, a cause for concern

16 Jan: Herald: Goa has been a world-renowned tourism destination since the 1960s … the beaches offer a variety of entertainment for tourists including beach parties, marine sports, etc. All these activities subsequently lead to the generation of a vast amount of waste that is ultimately discharged into the sea which is disastrous for marine aquatic life and the ecosystem with irreversible damages… PhD scholar Ritwik Nigam at SEOAS, took COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity to monitor and assess beach litter by surveying eight different Goa’s beaches, four each in the north (Calangute, Morjim, Miramar, and Siridao) and south districts (Baina, Velsao, Colva, Palolem) which are frequently visited by tourists … Two spells for the survey were selected: one during May 2020, when the tourism-related activities came to a standstill due to COVID-19 lockdown, and the other during unlock period (January 2021)… 939 words.  For further details click here

UK: Indo-Portuguese cuisine in Peterborough – you should give it a Goa!

15 Jan: Peterborough Telegraph (UK): By Brad Barnes: When it opened two months ago, 1498 The Spice Affair promised to share the exotic Indo-Portuguese flavours of Goa with Peterborough diners and on the basis of what I have seen so far, it is certainly delivering on that…The food celebrates the flavours of Goa, on India’s west coast (the name refers to the year when Portuguese seafaring explorers first arrived) and reflects the combination of Arabian, Portuguese and native cultures…here is quite an inviting traditional selection of Goan dishes as you might imagine - their own take on curries with fish, prawns, pork, crab or squid… I ordered Chourico de Goa - “a true Goan delicacy” according to the menu. And it wasn’t wrong… Bebinka… It’s a delicious Goan layered cake that is moist and sweet… Owner Loyd Luis is looking to work with local good causes or charities to put on some fundraising evenings…554 words  For further details click here

On Opinion Poll Day, its identity that matters

16 Jan: Herald: By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa: The victory for the proponents of retaining Goa as a Union Territory in the Opinion Poll guaranteed that Goa retained its identity … Now after 55 years it is too late to change the course that Goa has taken, but never too late to stop it from altering further… Now clinging on to an identity that has been severely eroded, Goa has to preserve what is left so that it does not further crumble … 1034 words.  For further details click here
16 Jan: Gomantak Times: By Evelyn Siqueira. Read on to learn about Dr Jack de Sequeira, widely known as the ‘Father of the Opinion Poll” …  click here
16 Jan: Herald: By Sthrigdhara Naik: Are Goans losing their identity in the state? Goans are slowly losing their identity in the State with many educated youth preferring the Western world for their jobs, resulting in migrants occupying our land, properties … 1870 words. click here.



Death: Dr. POLICARPO SILVA ROSA. Perth, Australia. Ex Colva, Goa & Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
14 Jan: Perth, WA. DR. POLICARPO ANTONIO SALVADOR DA COSTA SILVA ROSA, Born, Colva, 9 May 1929. Beloved husband of Maria Elisa Pompeia Gomes da Costa. Father of Rita/Ehrlich Desa and Raymond/late Catherine Fayd'herbe. Brother of late Chiquito/Clara Cotta. Grandfather of Sachit, Anouck, Sneha and Luca. Brother-in-law of Julieta Gomes da Costa/late Ivo Andrade, Joviano Gomes da Costa and Marina Gomes da Costa/late Maurilo Furtado. Uncle of late Christopher and Maria de Lourdes Silva Rosa; Airito and Blasco Andrade, and Lia Maria Lobo; Oswald, Cesar and Vernon Furtado and Ismalia Soares.
Dr. Silva Rosa was the Medical Officer of Health (MOH) in the Singida area, Tanzania for many years. Then MOH in Papua, New Guinea, eventually moving to Perth, Australia. Those who lived in Changombe may remember his brother Chiquito/sister in law Clara. [Info: Anita Dias]. Photo. click here.

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Tito’s co-owner to contest upcoming polls

16 Jan: The Goan. Ricardo D’Souza, co-owner of the iconic club Tito’s, has decided to contest the upcoming polls from Calangute constituency. Following former Calangute MLA Michael Lobo’s resignation from the BJP, D’Souza will seek the BJP party ticket and if denied to him, plans to contest as an independent candidate… “I will take up the burning issues of local taxi drivers and problem of properties being grabbed by outsiders,” said D’Souza. He has promised one apartment for each family in his constituency, adding that builders would be made to pay for these apartments. D’Souza had initially said he would not contest assembly elections, but recently changed his mind after Lobo left the BJP and joined the Congress, prompting a number …  For further details click here
Video: 27 Jul. 2021. Prudent Media Goa. Titos owner Ricardo D'Souza has expressed his desire to contest the upcoming Goa Assembly elections from Calangute constituency on BJP ticket … 8m. 17s.  click here

COVID-19: Goa positivity rate at 38%; logs 3,274 cases

16 Jan: PTI. Goa’s COVID-19 case positivity rate rose sharply to 38.16 per cent on Saturday as the coastal state reported 3,274 new infections, taking the tally to 207,243, the state health department said. Four persons died due to COVID-19, which raised the toll in Goa to 3,550…  For further details click here
15 Jan: IANS. Re-open Covid care centres in Goa amid increasing numbers, Opposition demands. The Congress in Goa on Saturday demanded the re-opening of Covid care centres in Goa, even as the infection positivity rate over the last few days in Goa has hovered just below 40 per cent…  click here
14 Jan: Gomantak Times: Can’t impose night curfew just for namesake: Health Minister. Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Thursday ruled out the imposition of night curfew in Goa, saying that imposing a night curfew just for the name’s sake has no point … He said …”It’s not like people are mixing in a big way…” He further said the tourist footfall in Goa has dwindled over the last few days… click here.

IMA Goa takes initiative to build support system for senior citizens

15 Jan: Times of India. The Indian Medical Association (IMA) Goa has decided to build a support system for senior citizens, mostly those who have been living in old age homes, in the state … The newly-appointed IMA Goa president Dr Rufino Monteiro told TOI, “We have several people living in old age homes as also we have a good number of elderly, living alone at home as their children are abroad. When they fall sick, there is nobody to take care of them. Children call from abroad. They have money, but none to look after them,” Monteiro said… He said that presently they do not have an exact number of people living in old age homes, but the data will be collected…  For further details click here
14 April, 2020: Mint. Senior citizens living alone in Goa hit hard by lockdown …  click here
For the Goa Senior Citizens Website, click here.

Video: Expo 2020 Dubai | India Pavilion | Goa State Floor Inauguration

14 Jan: India at Expo 2020. Watch the inauguration ceremony of #Goa State Floor at the #IndiaPavilion of #Expo2020Dub … 9m. 54s.  For further details click here
London Daily: Spectacular Goa set to allure visitors at EXPO2020 DUBAI …  click here
15 Jan: Gulf Today (Dubai). The state of Goa is ready to showcase its tourism prowess and business opportunities available in the state to global investors during its participation at India Pavilion in EXPO2020 Dubai… click here.

Goa’s newest restaurants are bringing city favourites to the beach town

15 Jan: Vogue. Even before The New York Times deemed a new tribe called the “pandemic deserters”, people from Indian metros had set afoot the great Goa renaissance, trading their manic city lives for some pastoral peace … here are the new openings adding to the state’s credible flow of delights in its culinary scene: Bo-Tai, Vagator … Izumi, Assagao … Saz on the beach, Morjim … Uno Más Tapas Bar Kitchen, Vagator … Amuz by Hemant Oberoi, Anjuna … Mamagoto, Panjim … 2084 words.  For further details click here
11 Jan: Hotelier India: The creative food company, Azure Hospitality, brings its innovative brands Mamagoto and Sly Granny to the shores of Goa… 528 words  click here
Trip Advisor. Top Restaurants in Goa, 2022 … click here.

Goa: BJP may not contest from two Christian-dominated seats

14 Jan: Hindustan Times: The ruling BJP is likely to field its candidates in 38 of the 40 assembly seats in Goa for the February 14 election…the saffron party will not contest from two Christian-dominated constituencies, namely Benaulim and Nuvem … At present, Benaulim is represented by Churchill Alemao…Nuvem constituency is represented by Wilfred D’Sa …  For further details click here
15 Jan: Money Control. What does Goa’s new voter want? As Goa goes to polls on February 14, first-time voters talk about their expectations from the new state government…  click here
15 Jan: India Today. Go Goa Gone: 24 of 40 MLAs in Goa Assembly switched parties over last 5 years. In what political analysts are calling a record of sorts, 60 per cent of Goa’s 40 Members of Legislative Assembly (MLAs) have switched parties during the current five-year term… click here.

Goa Elections: TMC’s Goa candidate Mahua Moitra is from abroad

15 Jan: Study International Staff… The upcoming elections for the State Legislative Assembly aren’t short of candidates who had an overseas education … Mahua Moitra will be running as candidate for the All India Trinamool Congress party at the coastal state of Goa when voting commences on Feb. 14, 2022. Prior to her involvement in politics, Moitra was an investment banker at the American multinational JPMorgan Chase. She has worked in London and New York and is now one of the most recognisable faces in Indian politics...  For further details click here
Video: 14 Jan: India Today: In Goa the TMC once again tried reaching out to the Congress for a poll alliance to fight the BJP… “Congress alone cannot defeat the BJP. All anti-BJP forces must ally…”TMC Goa-in-charge Mahua Moitra said… (1m.13s)  click here
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Death: Rosarinho Desouza, London, ex Nairobi & Goa

10 Jan. 2022: London. ROSARINHO MANUEL BASILIO DESOUZA, ex Nairobi.& Goa Born 14.06.1959. Son of the late Joao Menino Desouza and late Maria Magdalena Desouza. Son-in-law of the late Felix Fernandes and late Aurita Fernandes. Beloved husband of Maria Eugenia Desouza (Gemma), father of Chantalle and Charlton Desouza. Brother of Francis Desouza and uncle to Charlene and Ethan Desouza (London). Brother-in-law of Silvia Fernandes (London), Doris Rebello, Olav Fernandes ((Abu Dhabi) , Euclid Fernandes, Sushila Dias & Late Sanjay Fernandes (Goa). Died peacefully on 10th January 2022 in hospital after a brief illness and surrounded by his beloved ones. The funeral date will be announced later. For condolences messages kindly email

Death: Maria Aurora Couto (1935-January 14, 2022). Aldona, Goa

14 Jan: The Wire. By Raghu Karnad. Remembering Maria Aurora Couto, an Exemplary Trustee of Goan Heritage. Maria was the grande dame of Goan arts and letters. Her work as a memoirist, translator, and educator was more than testament to this… She died before from a pneumonia infection… She married Alban Couto. They had three children, Veena, Vinay and Vivek… They lived for a time in London where Alban had a position at the Commonwealth Secretariat and moved back to Goa in 2000 … 1608 words.  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Maria Aurora Couto,  For further details click here
27 April, 2021: Video: CCR TV: Literally Goa – Maria Aurora Couto interviewed by Fredrick Noronha. 54m.58s. click here.

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“Donkey Babush” António Costa, seeks re-election as Prime Minister of Portugal

13 Jan: SIC Notícias (Portugal). Aged 60, a socialist since he was 12, António Costa seeks to be re-elected prime minister, a position he has held since 2015. “Babush” to the family – which means boy in Konkani dialect, from Goa – António Costa has been Prime Minister since 2015 and seeks to be re-elected on 30 January 2022… “A race between a donkey and a Ferrari” was used to describe his entry into politics in 1993 … António Costa was born in Lisbon on July 17, 1961. Son of publicist, writer and Communist Party activist Orlando da Costa and Maria Antónia Palla a journalist … he is a descendant of families converted to Catholicism from the highest caste in India… 1616 words.  For further details click here
14 Jan: Jornal i (Portugal). Skin color, “never limited me” he said in 2014: “I, personally, never felt it. I may have heard them call me 'monkey' once or twice, but it's episodic”… 1837 words.  click here
Video: 18 Jan. 2017. Herald TV. Portugal PM visits his ancestral house in Goa … 3m. 36s. click here.

Video: Goa could hit its Covid peak around 20th January with about 10-15,000 cases daily, Dr Shekar Salkar

13 Jan: Goa 365tv. … Dr Salkar also said that even though hospitalization rates are well under control, we should be cautious… Dr Salkar has warned that hospitals may get put under pressure as doctors and nurses are testing positive for the virus. In the last couple of days around 100 doctors and workers in government hospitals are down with Covid… South Goa hospital, Hospicio is now being designated as a Covid hospital … 7m. 31s.  For further details click here
14 Jan: Herald: By Ajit John: Goans cope with cold and Covid The chill is in the air, resulting in everyone either sniffing or coughing. Then there is the variant which is still infecting people in large numbers. How do people of Goa handle these two headaches… 910 words.  click here
14 Jan: Herald: 28 GMC doctors test COVID Positive. The President of Goa Association of Resident Doctors (GARD) Dr Pratik Sawant said that there are around 28 doctors at Goa Medical College (GMC) who have tested COVID positive… click here.

Clear the way for Ola and Uber in Goa: TTAG

14 Jan: The Navhind Times: The Travel & Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) on Thursday reiterated its demand to bring in taxi aggregators Ola and Uber to the state, maintaining that digital meters installed so far in taxis have yet to start functioning … TTAG president Nilesh Shah said that tourists who visited Goa in the months of November and December 2021 were fleeced by the taximen…  For further details click here
14 Jan: Herald: The fitment of digital taxi meters picked up pace in the last five months as 8,792 tourist cabs were fitted with the meters from September 2021 till January 10, 2022…  click here
13 Jan: Times of India. With around 3000 taxis yet to fit digital meters, the High Court has granted further time for compliance of its order … click here.

Indian Bishop Is Acquitted on Charges of Raping a Nun

14 Jun: New York Times. A Catholic bishop who was accused of repeatedly raping a nun in southern India over a two-year period was acquitted on Friday, bringing an end for now to what appeared to be the country’s first case of its kind. The bishop, Franco Mulakkal, who had been on trial since 2020, had consistently said he was innocent. “Praise the Lord,” he said after the verdict. The judge said prosecutors had failed to prove their case. Investigating officers in Kerala said the ruling would be appealed to a higher court. The case, believed to be the first in India in which a bishop was charged with raping a nun, highlighted deep divisions within the Catholic Church in the country… 466 words…  For further details click here
14 Jan: BBC. Franco Mulakkal: Kerala court clears bishop in nun's rape  click here
Video: 14 Jan: NDTV. Bishop Franco Mulakkal, Accused Of Nun's Rape In Kerala, Acquitted … 5m. 40s. click here.

When Portuguese Soldiers Surrounded the Grave of ‘The Greatest of all Goans’

13 Jan: Better India. A pioneer of the anti-colonial struggle against the Portuguese in Goa, Luis de Menezes Braganza sacrificed his great wealth for the cause… many consider him as Goa’s fiercest proponent of independence from the Portuguese. He was born on 15 January 1878 in Chandor … He was one of the few among Goa’s elites who resented colonial rule and wanted to bring drastic changes to conservative Goan Catholic and Hindu society… Barely 22, Luis got together with Goan writer Professor Messias Gomes to establish Goa’s first Portuguese language daily called O Heraldo in 1900 … Following his death, the colonial administration stationed Portuguese troops around his grave to prevent any attempt by the Goans to pay their final respects and stir up nationalistic protests… 1405 words  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of him,  click here

Sardinha: Bullfights do not amount to animal cruelty

13 Jan: Times of India: Pitching for lifting the ban on dhirios (bullfights), South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha argued that the animal sport didn’t amount to cruelty towards animals. He said…”If humans can fight, why can’t animals be made to fight to establish the champions among them? If dhirio is cruelty towards animals, then ban ploughing of fields by oxen too. That’s also cruelty”… Dhirio has been banned in the state as per Supreme Court judgement 1998…Promising to legalise dhirio, Sardinha had moved a private member’s bill in the Parliament in that regard during his earlier term in office, but it could not be passed … 190 Words.  For further details click here
12 Oct, 2021: The Free Press Journal… Former Chief Minister Churchill Alemao calls for legalising dhirio on lines of Tamil Nadu’s jallikattu…  click here
Video: 23 Dec: Susegad Goenkar. Dhirio Sport … 2m. 28s. click here.

A new disaster has come to Goa: tourists began to cut their feet on the beaches

14 Jan: Tourprom (Russia). Along with the return of vacationers to the beaches of Goa, a new disaster came: tourists began to cut their feet on the beaches. The reason is a huge amount of rubbish, according to Indian media. The incredible amount of glass and plastic bottles, bags and other debris left over from drunken New Year's parties not only deprives the resort's beaches of the latest aesthetics - it becomes seriously dangerous. “Palolem leads the way with a 3103% increase in glass waste. In Calangute, the garbage has increased by 559%, "- such a monstrous estimate was presented by researchers from the University of Goa. They surveyed eight beaches in total. Everywhere there is a clear increase in litter, in some cases - simply monstrous…  For further details click here

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Let A&G (Antonio Fernandes ex Uganda; & Gabriel Fernandes ex UAE), Hospitality Professionals, take away the stress of organising Authentic Goan Weddings and Parties within your budget, at your home or in selected venues in London and abroad. For our website with photo gallery, testimonials and contact details, go to

Goa Holiday Homes

Do you want comprehensive information on Goa, properties for sale, rent, hotels, flights, Goan music, videos, recipes , beaches and a lot more? Visit


Acron, Goa's leading edge developers since 1988 presents eco-friendly apartments and villas

Department of NRI Affairs, Govt. of Goa

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

Divine Retreat Centre - Ramsgate, Kent, UK

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

Goan for Hotel bookings

Choose your Hotel on our website
Competitive rates and allocations for Hotels even during Festive Seasons..!! Book
Early…. You won't be disappointed!! Contact Glenn Rodrigues, Call 07584081756
or email

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