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Death: Michael Pereira. Ex Mombasa

20 February 2019: London. MICHAEL PEREIRA. Ex Mombasa. Born 26 December 1932. Beloved husband of Maria and dear father to Loraine and Lyndon. Big brother to late Franky (together again), Phila/Stan and Bernadette/Robert and a much loved uncle. For funeral details watch this space. [Info: Tony Luis] Condolences to

Death: Assucena Rodrigues. Ex Nairobi

21 Feb: Brampton, Canada. ASSUCENA RODRIGUES. Born: 08/09/1922 Pajifond, Goa. Beloved wife of late Francis Rodrigues (ex Alsopps Brewery, Nairobi) loving mother/mother-in-law of Laura / Julio Martins (Canada), Josephine/late Joe Fernandes (Mungul-Goa), Patsy/Pascal Mascarenhas (U.S.A) Sybil/Manuel Paul (Canada). Caring grandmother to her grandchildren & great grandchildren. Passed away peacefully in Canada. Funeral will be held on 26th February 2019 in Canada

Death: Maria (Fernandes) Kingson Ex Karachi
20 Feb: Toronto. MARIA (FERNANDES) KINGSON. formerly of Sopariwalla blocks, Karachi. Survived by her devoted husband Mark, beloved daughter Stephanie, brothers and sisters, mother in law, brother in laws, sister in laws, nieces and nephews. Visitation: Sunday February 24th from 4pm-8pm Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave East, Agincourt, ON M1S 1T3. Funeral Mass: Monday February 25th at 10am St. Barnabas Church 10 Washburn Way Scarborough, ON M1B 1H3. In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society in Maria's memory would be appreciated [Info: Pompie Gois] Photo click here.

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Sorpotel Runs in the Blood of Every Goan

20 Feb: Taste Cooking (UK). By Jonathan Nunn (photo). Sorpotel, the bracingly acidic Goan curry of pork offal punctures big occasions and announces sacraments … No part of the animal would go to waste … Savio Azaredo, the owner of Olde Goa, a Goan restaurant in south London will prepare some with liver on request for members of the Goan diaspora who miss it… “This is soul food,” he says. … My mother, who like many Goans was brought up in Kenya and came over to London in the ’70s, has an early memory of her own mother in Mombasa returning from the market, arms comically full of whole pig’s heads, to scrape out the fatty head meat and dice cartilaginous ears to make sorpotel for a wedding… It is a dish built on the blood and toil of women… It is also a dish that reflects the particularity of the Goan identity and the centuries of colonial rule that shaped it… For me, my identity as a mixed-race Goan was strongest when I was eating sorpotel at family gatherings held at anonymous church halls across north London… To employ a Cartesian variation, I eat sorpotel, therefore I am Goan… Sorpotel recipe … 2030 words  click here
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California: South Bay's Goan Community Enjoys Special Screening Of 'O La La'

22 Feb: Patch (USA). By Susan C. Schena. A close-knit and growing South Bay community of Goans, individuals with ties to the state of Goa on the western coast of India, had the pleasure this week to view the 2018 film "O La La" at the Towne 3 Cinemas in San Jose. The Konkani-language comedy, with English subtitles, centers around three middle-aged men who form an event company named O La La. A rival company, named Events de Goa, begins to suffer, and adding to the owner's woes, his daughter Ruby gets entangled with Mac of O La La. "The circumstances and situations portrayed in the movie lead to some funny and emotional moments where the audience gets to have a good laugh," said one moviegoer, Bella Comelo …  For further details click here

Dr Teotonio de Souza was persistent in chasing knowledge

22 Feb: Navhind Times. The death of Indo-Portuguese historian Dr Teotonio R de Souza is a great loss to the academic community of Goa as well as to Indo-Portuguese historians worldwide, said director of Xavier Centre of Historical Research (XCHR), Fr Anthony da Silva SJ. Dr Teotonio, the founder of XCHR which is based at Alto-Porvorim, passed away in Lisbon on Wednesday. A resident of Moira, Dr de Souza completed his primary education in Portuguese language. He went on to join the seminary of the Archdiocese of Goa. He later joined the Jesuits and was eventually ordained a priest… In Lisbon, Dr de Souza headed the Department of History in the Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias… His principal focus of research and publications was the Indo-Portuguese colonial period…  For further details click here
Video: Goa 365 tv. Goa loses son as historian Teotonio breathes his last in Lisbon …  click here

India Catholic Church defends Cardinal Gracias over 'failed abuse victims'

22 Feb: BBC. The Indian Catholic Church has defended itself over how it handled allegations of sexual abuse reported by the BBC. On Thursday, a senior cardinal admitted he could have better handled the allegations that were brought to him. The BBC reported two cases where Cardinal Oswald Gracias was claimed to have failed to respond quickly or offer support to the victims. Cardinal Gracias, who is the Archbishop of Mumbai, is tipped by some as the next possible Pope… The Archdiocese of Mumbai sent the BBC a statement saying that, in the 2015 case of the alleged rape of a young boy by a parish priest in Mumbai, the cardinal had met the boy and his family when an appointment had been requested… Cardinal Gracias is one of four men organising a major Vatican conference on child abuse this week…  For further details click here
22 Feb: Crux. Cardinal Oswald Gracias insists clerical abuse not just a ‘Western’ problem …  click here

In an age of hashtags, true Goan products to get a tag

Goan Sweets

22 Feb: Herald. Goa is known for its vast culture and rich heritage, with a multiple traditionally based products sold efficiently in Goa. However, these products do not carry the tag and brand identity ‘Made in Goa’. The GTDC has declared that soon Goan items will acquire a brand identity; But will the brands that matter get the tag and identity. From jaggery, to moleo to dudsheri to sannas, from Kunbi saris, wooden toys, to Azulejos, and pottery, from Boca De Vaca to Fonte Phoenix, these pristine ambassadors of true to kind Goan products and places may finally get a tag “Made in Goa”. This will give them the stamp of authenticity to the outside world, and potentially increase their value, with possible benefits to those who create and market them… A few products are identified with the geographical locative tags like the goan sausage, caju Feni, caju nuts, and bebinca, yet they deserve to be branded as ‘Made in Goa’. Since the GTDC has planned to name only a few items with the ‘Made in Goa’ brand, Goans argue on couple of items that deserve to be out there…  For further details click here

Best things to see and do on a cruise holiday to India and Sri Lanka

22 Feb: Daily Mirror (UK). By Fran Goodman. I was thrilled when Fred Olsen, that British-based and most reliable of cruise lines, launched its Incredible India itinerary – a voyage down the west coast of the sub-continent, from Mumbai to Sri Lanka … Our next port was Mormagao in Goa where we visited the 1605 Bom Jesus Basilica, a Unesco site… We also took a walk around the state capital Panjim, where the Portuguese colonial influence lives on in its vividly painted houses… Only in the Caribbean have I seen such a rainbow of decor. Scarlet, ochre and indigo blare out from elegant villas with red-tiled roofs, ornate balconies and discreet clues to their original owners’ political loyalties. Little statues of roosters or policemen show support for the Portuguese invaders, while a plaster lion face marks the home of freedom fighters…  For further details click here

Meet Hollywood's most pampered pets

22 Feb: The Telegraph (UK). Nobody uses the phrase ‘It’s a dog’s life’ in Los Angeles any more. It’s easy to see why… ‘People here treat their dogs like they are the most important creature on the planet,’ says Sian Gordon, owner of the cult Love Yoga studios in Venice and Silver Lake. She is almost always accompanied by her nine-year-old mongrel, Isa… Gordon found Isa covered in fleas when she was living in Goa. He was four weeks old. Friends have remarked that they are not dissimilar. ‘I’ve never met another dog like him. You have to coax him into being cuddled. My husband and I have to beg him to let us give him attention.’ …  For further details click here

High visa fees: Russians choosing other destinations over Goa

22 Feb: The Goan. Tour operators have said that Russian tourists are choosing other destinations over Goa because visa fees they have to pay to come to Goa is really high… Over the last 15 years, Russians have accounted for the largest share of foreign tourists arrivals in Goa. However, due to visa related issues now, it seems that the number of Russian tourists is going to decline at a fast rate. Batyr Agibaev, manager, Pegas Touristik, said, “A Russian tourist has to pay $100 per person visa fees for a 2-month visa to visit India. Even for a Russian infant, the visa fee is $100. This is really high considering that Russians have to pay no visa fees when they travel to a number of other countries like Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey and etc.” …  For further details click here



Death: Custodio Dias

19 Feb: Nairobi. CUSTODIO ROSARIO SOCORO DIAS. Beloved husband of Pauline Dias. Father of Mikey Dias. For funeral details, watch this space. [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi]. Condolence messages to or

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6500 Goans Will Be Jobless As Honda Decides To Close Its Only Factory In Europe

21 Feb: Trak. By Mohul Ghosh. Honda, the Japanese car major has decided to shut down its only factory in the UK. More than 3500 job cuts have been officially announced due to this shutdown, but in reality, more than 6500 Goans will lose their jobs… More than 20,000 Goans are currently residing in Swindon, where the factory is located, and once the shutdown happens, then there will be no job left in this English town. Majority of these Goans had immigrated to Swindon using their Portuguese visa, decades back. Now, they have no-where to go…  For further details click here

36 Hours in Goa

21 Feb: New York Times. By Sarah A. Khan. 1) 2 p.m. Church crawl: Old Goa … 2) 6 p.m. Fashion finds: Sacha Mendes was a fashion editor in Mumbai before she returned home to Goa, where she opened Sacha’s Shop in Panaji… 3) 7:30 p.m. Local eats: Kokni Kanteen 4) 10 p.m. Classy cocktails Black Sheep Bistro 5) 9 a.m. Bohemian breakfast Baba au Rhum in Anjuna 6) 10:30 a.m. Beach-hopping Arambol beach has a hippie vibe 7) 2:30 p.m. Burmese bites Bomra’s in Candolim 8) 5 p.m. An artsy affair Sunaparanta Goa Centre for the Arts 9) 7 p.m. Home cooking Mum’s Kitchen serves fiery Goan fare. 10) 9:30 a.m. Bistro brunch Assagao’s Villa Blanche11) 11 a.m. Indian design Project Cafe. 12) 1:30 p.m. South Indian lunch. Gunpowder in Assagao … Lodging: Mateus Fontainhas … 1835 Words.  For further details click here

Christianity Crackdown: Frightening 'extreme' persecution increase in India

21 Feb: Daily Express (UK). Senior Policy Officer of the Christian Persecution charity Open Doors, Dr Matthew Rees revealed that India now ranks in the top 10 of nations where Christians are persecuted for their faith. In an exclusive interview with Dr Rees revealed that the Christians are deemed second class citizens in India and added that the escalation in persecution has been exponential over the last five years. He said: “If we look at the top 10, in 2014 so again five years ago only one country was ranked as extremely persecuting Christians and that was North Korea… Five years ago the OpenDoors Christian charity would have been extremely surprised where India would become a country like that… The top five countries for Christian Persecution according to the charity was North Korea, Afghanistan, Somalia, Libya, and Pakistan… India stood tenth on the list, just over the war-torn nation, Syria…  For further details click here

The Saligao Blues: Goa’s global village

22 Feb: Live Mint. By Vivek Menezes. Saligaokars are fighting to preserve this beautiful village’s cultural fabric from drowning in tourism and trash. Official statistics show Souza’s village now has less than 10,000 residents, but there are undoubtedly at least twice as many Saligaokars scattered in diaspora … above all it is waves of migration that defines the contemporary cultural history of Goa’s villages. Then and now, the unshakable bedrock of Goan identity remains the international passport. Most people here are born with the right to at least two: Portuguese (thus European Union) and Indian passports… there’s no denying the impact of demographic displacement over the past two decades, as native Goans have become a decided minority in their homeland… The village is on sale. Money and vote bank politics are now playing a big role in giving house numbers to the illegal constructions… first time I dialled up to the Internet in 1995, there was Saligao, in the presence of Herman Carneiro and Frederick Noronha, who created Goanet on the World Wide Web long before the rest of India caught up to the potential of the new medium… 2010 words.  For further details click here

Canada: SOTI Certified as Great Place to Work® for Third Consecutive Year

21 Feb: Globe Newswire. SOTI Inc., the world's most trusted provider of mobile and IoT management solutions, is proud to announce that it has been awarded as a Great Place to Work® for the third time after a thorough and independent analysis by Great Place to Work® Institute Canada. This certification is based on direct feedback from employees, provided as part of an extensive and anonymous survey about the workplace experience. Known as a worldwide technology leader, SOTI, headquartered in Mississauga, has grown from a basement-based start-up to a global scale-up with close to 1000 employees across 10 offices worldwide… “It is a true honour to be recognized by our employees as a great place to work,” says Carl Rodrigues (photo), SOTI’s President and CEO…  For further details click here
14 Jul, 2017: BBC. The man who built a $1bn firm in his basement … Born in Pakistan to a Roman Catholic family that had its roots in the former Portuguese colony of Goa on India's west coast, Mr Rodrigues emigrated to Canada with his parents and four siblings when he was 11…  click here

India Catholic Cardinal Oswald Gracias ‘failed abuse victims’

21 Feb: BBC. One of the Catholic Church's most senior cardinals has admitted that he could have better handled sexual abuse allegations that were brought to him. We found two separate cases where the cardinal, who is tipped by some to possibly become the next Pope, is claimed to have failed to respond quickly or offer support to the victims… Cardinal Gracias will open the second day of the summit with a conversation about accountability in the Church. This vital role given to him during this crucial conference has made some in India unhappy. They say his track record in protecting children and women from abusers is questionable. Those we have spoken to who have taken cases to him say they received little support from him… We found an instance dating back almost a decade, brought to his attention just a couple of years after becoming archbishop of Mumbai… 1590 words.  For further details click here
Video: 21 Feb: BBC. India Catholic Cardinal Oswald Gracias ‘failed abuse victims’ (BBC Duniya with Sarika) …  click here
21 Feb: The Canadian Press. Pope demands action … click here.

Four More Shots Please: When Style Is The Villain

21 Feb: Film Companion. Episode 7 of Four More Shots Please! the Amazon Prime Video series, is about a birthday weekend organized by four girls in Goa … Where else do the SoBo (South Bombay) elite rush to escape the heat and dust of their coiled emotions, uncoiled sexualities, urban existentialist dilemmas? At this drunken beach party in Goa then, where libidos and liberties run high, they guzzle alcohol by the shot and the lot and mouth profanities with orgasmic delight… Sometimes it is okay not to wear your hair in a perfectly messy bun while in the midst of a career-threatening power battle at work. It is equally okay not to have the trendiest bag or pair of sandals, tinted sunglasses or beach dress—Goa or Bandra…  For further details click here
Video: Four More Shots Please | Official Trailer | RATED 18+ … 2m. 42s.  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sunday, 3 March 2019 - Mungul Union (UK) celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Woodside High School Hall (ex-White Hart Lane School Hall), White Hart Lane, London N22 5QJ. Mass at 12.30pm followed by a social gathering. Music by "RAINBOW'S END” For tickets and details, contact: Natalie Fernandes (020 8352 8355); Lucas Fernandes (07957148406); Rosy D'Silva (07815835820); and Rosalind Rebello (020 8767 8652). Tickets will not be sold at the door. For the flyer, click here

Sun. 21 Apr. A&G Event Experts, the Premier Events Management Company With Ria Money Transfer Specialists to India are organising a Goan Easter Dine and Dance on 21st April 2019 from 1830hrs to 2300hrs at Pope John Centre Hall, behind Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Heston Road- TW5 0RL.Simple Minds will perform on the day Tickets are at reasonable rates £15.00 per head including Goan snacks and Goan buffet dinner. To book please contact Gabriel 07424318717/ Antonio 07780797967/ Brian: 074050227575 , Franco: 07578371960. Dress: Formal. Rights of Admission reserved. A&G have complete Goan Party/Wedding Special Packages with great venues including a super yacht, an island, plush hotels all with authentic Goan and other cuisines, entertainment and tailor-made packages you require. For the flyer, click here.



Death: Dr Teotonio R de Souza

20 Feb: Lisbon. Dr TEOTONIO R DE SOUZA. Born 18 February 1947, Moira, Goa. Prominent Indo-Portuguese historian, author of many books and scores of academic papers, earlier director of the XCHR, professor and guide of PhD students in Lisbon and Goa, and Moderator of the Goa Research. Funeral is to be held in Lisbon on this Saturday (Feb 23, 2019). Details are awaited. [Info: Frederick Noronha via GoaNet].
For the Wikipedia profile of Teotónio de Souza,  For further details click here

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Christians targeted in 29 cases of mob violence in 2019, says NGO

20 Feb: New Indian Express. As many as 29 incidents of mob violence have taken place against Christians in the first month of this year, an NGO has claimed, seeking special laws against mob violence. According to the Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF)-India, 13 states witnessed incidents of violence against Christians with Uttar Pradesh leading at nine cases. The NGO has also questioned the police’s role in such incidents saying not a single FIR has been registered in these cases. According to the NGO’s report, 26 women and 25 children have been injured in these incidents but no reactions have come from the political community… Incidents cited by the NGO included one from Goa, where a woman was allegedly threatened with dire consequences if she hung a star outside her house…  For further details click here

Indian Professor Who Compared Modi to Hitler Is Waiting to Be Jailed

20 Feb: New York Times. Prof. Anand Teltumbde, a prominent scholar and writer on Indian social issues was locked in an iron-grilled cell in the nearby city of Pune. For eight hours, he sat behind bars on a dirty mat until a court intervened, ruling that the arrest was illegal… Mr. Teltumbde was an obvious target, activists say. He is an unrelenting critic of Mr. Modi. At a literary festival in 2017, Mr. Teltumbde called the prime minister a “narcissist par excellence” who could prove to be more dangerous than Hitler… Julio Ribeiro, a former police commissioner in Mumbai, said the most extreme accusations against the scholars, including the supposed plot to assassinate Mr. Modi, sounded like a “political gimmick.” … Mr. Teltumbde said he had to step away from a teaching job in Goa that he loved because he could no longer concentrate … 1375 words.  For further details click here
20 Feb: Washington Post. He is a prominent anti-Modi intellectual. The Indian government wants him behind bars… In August, police officers raided Teltumbde’s house in Goa...1062 words.  click here
Video: 12 Jul. 2017: Indian Writers Forum. Anand Teltumbde - Hitler's Germany and Modi's India … click here.

Tender coconut will be marketed in tourism sector

20 Feb: Herald. Even as Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardessai (photo) disclosed that tender coconut would be marketed in the tourism sector, the Coconut Development Board Kochi agreed to provide 10,000 saplings of a hybrid variety of coconut to be cultivated in Goa… Chairman of Coconut Development Board Dr Raju Narayan Swamy said the CDB is in the process of developing a coconut tree climbing robot as there is a paucity of pluckers and also said they have development a system using regular and infra-red photography to caution of any plant likely to develop a disease and the warning will come 10 days before the disease strikes. Besides he announced that coconut ice cream vending machines would be available shortly… While disclosing plans to promote retail selling of coconut products at airports, railway stations and the metros he appealed to the government to give them some place to set up such a retail outlet in Goa where all coconut products could be sold under one roof…  For further details click here
Video: Goas 365. Vijai to implement ‘profitable’ tender coconut policy …  click here

An insider’s guide to the best of Goa

20 Feb: The Week. (UK). India’s so-called first lady of boutique hotels Priya Paul offers her tips on what to see and do in Goa… Goa is a unique place, which offers something for everybody… For all first time visitors to Goa I recommend three must-visit restaurants: Bhatti Village for superb Goan food, Bomras’ for outstanding Burmese, and the Lazy Goose by the River Nerul for an elegant evening out… If shopping is your thing, there are always new boutique shops opening. I love Studio Josmo and Arpora Studio by Shireen Mody. Or for something a bit more unusual, Ecoposro is India’s first zero waste store. Rangeela is an older, more famous destination, but has recently relocated to a bigger place in Assagaon, so definitely worth rediscovering…  For further details click here

Portuguese youth robbed in Goa

20 Feb: Times of India. Portuguese national Diago Alexander, and has been given shelter by Azad Maidan cops after some people in Goa stole all his belongings, his money, and his passport. Diago was found lying outside Churchgate station on February 8. He had lost all his belongings and passport and had no money to eat. Consulate officials said they were making arrangements to send emergency travel documents so Diago could be deported. Diago told TOI he was a native of Madeira Island and had come to India on December 18 on a tourist visa… “In February, some people in Goa robbed me of my belongings, including my passport and $4,000,” he said… When Diago complained to Goa police on February 7, they put him in a luxury bus and sent him to Mumbai, thinking the Portuguese consulate in Mumbai would help him. They were unaware there is a full-fledged office of the Portuguese consulate in Goa.” …  click here

Russia: Holidays to Goa are sold for a pittance

19 Feb: Tourdom (Russia). Tour packages for two in the most affordable North Goa accommodation facilities can be purchased for the nearest dates at the price of one air ticket. For example, in the booking systems of tour operators on February 19 there are tours with departure from Moscow this coming Sunday for nine days to hotels of category 1 * for 31 thousand rubles [£360]. Air travel for two will cost twice as much. Interestingly, the prices for rest are falling lower, despite the reduction of the flight program to India. Recall from January 12, "Pegas Touristik" abandoned its own charter chain Moscow - Dabolim. Tourists in Goa are delivered on board the airline Royal Flight, controlled by the tour operator Coral Travel… Observers pay attention to the fact that the sale of tours in 5 * hotels in India is still profitable for tour operators. For example, a week-long vacation in five star of South Goa will cost from 106 thousand rubles [£1240] for two… Obviously, the rise in price of Indian visas turned out to be critical for budget tourists - electronic permits have risen in price by $ 30, and now cost $ 100…  For further details click here
For the Russian original,  click here

Passengers filmed a drunken fight on the Russia – Goa flight

20 Feb: Five TV (Russia). On February 19 drunken passengers made a scandal on board the aircraft, which was supposed to fly from Samara to Goa. On the frames made by eyewitnesses, you can see how two men are fighting for seats on the plane… A woman who does not want to see such a neighbor next to her child immediately interferes with the scandal. When the crew commander realized that his team could not solve the problem, he called the police officers on board. As a result, the rowdy, along with his wife and two small children, were removed from the voyage…  For further details click here
For the Russian original,  click here


DOCUMENTARY: Our World. BBC News (Freeview 231). Sat. 23rd Feb. 21:30 to 22:00. India's Cow Vigilantes. Critics say the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, has not done enough to stop hate crimes against India's Muslim minority, with a rise in 'cow vigilantism'.

COOKERY: Parveen's Indian Kitchen. itv Thames Valley (North) (Freeview 3). Sun. 24th Feb. 09:30 to 10:30. Parveen makes some mouth-watering spicy marinated lamb chops, and shows us what spices goes into her garam masala mix.

FILM: Black Narcissus. BBC 2. Sun. 24th Feb. 13:35 to 15:10. Anglican nun Sister Clodagh sets up a remote convent in the Himalayas. But the hostility of the conditions and the locals begins to affect the nuns' sanity. Starring: Deborah Kerr, Flora Robson, Jean Simmons, David Farrar, Sabu, Esmond Knight

DOCUMENTARY: Forbidden History. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Mon. 25th Feb. 16:00 to 17:00. The Dark Truths of the Templars. Hear about the Templars in a very different light. Jamie Theakston disputes the orthodox beliefs about the Catholic order that angered much of Europe.

TRAVEL: Globe Trekker. Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Thurs. 28th Feb. 16:00 to 17:00. Delhi and Rajasthan. Holly Morris travels across the cradle of Indian history, Delhi and Rajasthan.

GAME SHOW: Bargain Hunt. Home (Freeview 25). Thurs. 28th Feb. 23:00 to 00:00. Ardingly. Charles Hanson and Richard Madley lead two teams competing at Ardingly Antiques Fair in West Sussex, and Eric Knowles takes time out to view a 19th-century antique from India.

TRAVEL: Globe Trekker. Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Fri. 1st Mar. 16:00 to 17:00. Mumbai City Guide. Zay Harding explores one of India's most diverse and exciting cities.



Funeral Details: Dr. Joseph (Joe) D’Souza. Ex. Dar-es-Salaam, Manchester & London/UK, Toronto/Canada, New Jersey/USA, Brussels/Belgium

16 Feb: Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Dr. JOSEPH (JOE) D’SOUZA. Born November 6, 1953. It is with a heavy heart that we share the loss of our dynamic and charismatic Joe, peacefully at his home with the family by his side. Survived by his loving wife Sarah; devoted sons Dr. Adam, Eric, Shawn; caring parents late Lawrence & Emilia; proud siblings Cellie (Tony) Gonsalves, late Cassy (Olive), Leo (Irene); adoring in-laws, Alaric & Rosalind Pires, Arlene (late Brian) D’Silva, Austin (Angela), Jackie (Mo) Gujarati, Jude (Paulina) and Gavin; doting nephews & nieces Mark (Ayesha), Charmaine (Wendell), Melissa, Andrea, Alyssa, Lionel, Brendon, Rebecca, Andrew, Alanna, Kristin, Aaron, and Michael. Joe graduated at the University of Essex (UK), and obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemical Pharmacology at the University of London (UK).
Visitation: Lakeside Funeral Home, 121 Claremore Drive, Woodstock, GA 30188, on Thu. Feb. 21. Rosary: 5:30 pm, Visitation: 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Memorial mass at: The Catholic Church of the Transfiguration, 1815 Blackwell Rd. Marietta, GA 30066. on Fri. Feb. 22 at 11:30 am. Interment following Mass at: Rolling Hills Memory Gardens, 4355 Highway 92, Acworth, GA 30102. In lieu of flowers, if desired, donations in memory of Joseph D'Souza may be made to the Kidney Cancer Association [Info: Cellie Gonsalves]. Condolence messages to

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Thousands of Goans to lose jobs as Honda shuts shop in Swindon

20 Feb: Times of India. Several thousand Indians, the majority of whom are Goans, are set to lose their jobs after car manufacturer Honda, on Tuesday, announced the closure of its Swindon car plant… This will lead to 3,500 job losses, affecting at least 900 persons of Indian-origin (PIOs), the majority of which are Goan... “More than 10,000 people are employed in Honda’s supply chain in Swindon, 65% of whom are of Indian-origin,” a Honda general associate and a Goan said. “These guys are not part of the 3,500 figure … Approximately 20,000 Goans live in Swindon where Honda is the main employer… “It’s a sad time for everyone affected,” said Swindon’s first councillor of Goan-origin, Labour’s Imtiyaz Shaikh… “People are in shock. I have a child and my parents live with me, plus my wife. This will have a huge impact on our household income,” said a Goan, who has been employed as a Honda associate. He moved to the UK in 2005 as a dependant on his father’s Portuguese passport… “We will have to change trades or work in a warehouse.” … President, Goan Swindon Association, Nelson Carvalho said, “This is going to have a devastating effect on Goans in Swindon … I don’t think any of them are planning on returning to Goa yet, but as 2021 gets closer, they might do…  For further details click here
Video: Parliament reacts to Honda Swindon factory closure … click here.

Nuns fight sexual abuse in India's Catholic Church

19 Feb: Deutsche Welle (Germany). Last year, a group of India's Catholic nuns accused an influential bishop of raping a colleague multiple times. DW spoke with the group's leader about how the church has stonewalled their attempts at getting justice… Last year, Catholic nun Sister Anupama, and four of her companions from the Missionaries of Jesus congregation in Kerala, led protests demanding the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, 54, a senior member of the Roman Catholic clergy and head of its Jalandhar diocese. Last month, Anupama and her companions were supposed to have been transferred from their convent in Kuravilangad, but the transfer order was revoked after a couple of weeks… 1152 words + videos + audios  For further details click here
19 Feb: The Guardian. Credibility of Catholic church at stake in sexual abuse summit …  click here
19 Feb: Nairobi News. Night of long knives as Pope set to host child sex summit … click here.

'Free pass for mobs': India urged to stem vigilante violence against minorities

19 Feb: The Guardian. Complicity by local officials and police inertia mean dozens of vigilante murders of religious minorities in India have gone unpunished over the last four years, according to a report by Human Rights Watch. The report urges the government to prosecute mob violence by so-called “cow protection groups” that have targeted Muslims, Dalits and other minorities in the five years since the Hindu nationalist BJP came to power. The report quoted studies showing that between May 2015 and December 2018 at least 44 people, including 36 Muslims, were killed in attacks over beef consumption and the cattle trade … “According to a survey by New Delhi Television, there was a nearly 500% increase in the use of communally divisive language in speeches by elected leaders – 90% of them from the BJP – between 2014 and 2018, as compared to the five years before the BJP came to power,” the report, released on Tuesday, said… 697 words.  For further details click here

Oman Finalists for Gulf Voice of Goa

18 Feb: Indians in Oman. Velriza Pereira (Female Category) and Maricio Xavier Rosario (Male Category) will represent Oman in the First ever GULF VOICE OF GOA Konkani singing competition. The mega event organized by Goan Cultural Centre is scheduled to take place Friday 22nd February 2019 at Khaldiya University Auditorium, Kuwait… Still a teenager and youngest among all the shortlisted contestants, Velriza has been imbibed with love for Konkani and Goan music ever since she was a little girl… Hailing from Taleigao, Maurice is an Electronic Engineer by profession working for the National bank of Oman (NBO) in the IT department.,,  For further details click here
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5 women caught for theft in Nuvem, Goa

20 Feb: The Goan. The Murda-Grande locality of Nuvem village witnessed an uproar as alert residents nabbed women allegedly involved in targeting closed houses to commit burglaries. Around five women and a minor boy were caught by the villagers as they made an attempt to burgle a house. Inquiries by the locals later revealed that the gang of women was also involved in committing burglaries in 3-4 other closed houses in the locality… the five women were all natives of Karnataka…  For further details click here
Video: Goa 365 TV. Nuvem locals catch a gang of women thieves …  click here

Urban Goa’s eating habits are getting app-etising

20 Feb: Herald. Eating out can now be eating in. Many no longer go to restaurants, the restaurants come to them, often multiple ones for the same meal. App based food delivery platforms are a reflection of how Goans and those who live here have adapted to a new way of life. It’s also great business for restaurants who can now go to customers … As it often happens in Goa, a large number of family and friends have dropped in on a Sunday morning expecting to stay for lunch. And unlike the old times, large Goan homes neither have the staff or the women folk in the family who spent hours in the kitchen cooking up a storm … Steve Dias is Business partner at Antojitos a Gourmet Food Truck Taleigao … Namit Chimulkar is founder of Done Delivery, a newly launched delivery app in Panjim … Adib Jasani is City Head of Zomato Goa, which is currently very aggressive in the Goa market, with deliveries, mainly limited to urban Panjim and surrounding areas … And Swiggy claims that it has 350 restaurants on the platform … 1030 words  For further details click here

Games of yore are here again

19 Feb: The Goan. At a time when mobile and computers are dominating the indoors and sports such as football and cricket are preferred sports outdoors, Games of Goa is an event that seeks to revive and popularise traditional Goan games … The event is set to be held on February 23-24 on SAG ground at Campal, Panaji. “In the age of mobile and PUBG, we think it is important that people experience the games that we played in childhood,” says Varun Hegde, founder of Soul Travelling. In order to explain these games to the new generation in the language that it understands, the organisers have developed a series of printed displays as well as videos explaining the rules of the game, and has also undertaken video documentation of these traditional games…  For further details click here

Tale of the bona fide Goan thali

19 Feb: Herald. When Indian royalty and Goan traditions come together, you can expect the best experience. Well, that’s how I felt at Goan Stories at Vivanta Panaji. Goan Stories is an exceptional affair in town, where the best Goan dishes are served with nobility… Served on an ornate silver thali, the Goan Fish Thali (served only for lunch) comprises prawn curry, Goan rice, a fried fillet of kingfish, clam sukhem, crab xecxec, dry prawn kismoor, a vegetable preparation (in my case, drumstick), salad and kokum and coconut milk based sol kadhi. There’s also a serving of dodol and bebinca to sweeten the deal some more. We learn that while kingfish is part of the set thali menu, you can request your choice of fish, of course, depending on availability. Also, you can swap your rice for some Goan bread or sannas…  For further details click here



Death: Bonny D'Souza Ex Mumbai, Dar es Salaam

10 Feb: Toronto. BONNIFACIO (BONNY) MARSHALL D'SOUZA. Born in Mumbai 1929 to Louis Anton and Martha D’Souza of Assagao, Goa. He is survived by his beloved wife Rosalina D’Souza, son Ludovic (Angela), daughters Genevieve and Barbara (Len). He was particularly fond of all of his grandchildren, Luke, Alicia, Jordan, Janine, Ava and Andre. He also leaves behind his beloved youngest brother Walter (Theresa), sons Terry, Leonard and family, Rosalina’s nephew Lorenzo (Nylda) and family. Bonny’s older brothers Francis (Sophie) and son/nephew Geraldo (deceased), brother Adrien (deceased), sister Anne (Salu) and nephew James (deceased) and survived by daughter/niece Henrietta and all their families. He had studied at St. Xavier’s College in Mumbai, and excelled in the sport of Soccer. Emigrated to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and was an accountant at Tanesco (Hydro Tanzania). Moved to Toronto in 1971 and worked for Nabisco Canada/Peak Freans. Funeral Mass was at Precious Blood Parish, 1737 Lawrence Avenue East, Toronto ON M1R 2X7 on 2/13/2019 at 02:30 PM - 03:30 PM [Info: Stephen de Souza, Mississauga]  For further details click here

Death: Dr. Blanche Juliet Cordeiro Ex Karachi

Toronto. DR. BLANCHE JULIET CORDEIRO [nee Coelho] (ex Civil Surgeon Karachi & ex- Physican of PIDC Medical Center Depot Lines Karachi) relict of Engr. Edward Cordeiro, mother of Alan/Lorraine, Joan/late Rodney Rehman (Duncan, Andrea & Marcus), Jackie/Osmund D'Souza, (Laura, Simon & Michelle), Eva & Andrew Mendes and Sandra/Neil Donpaul, sister of late Jean/late Dr. Peter Quadros, Late Marie/late Dr. Peter Quadros, Dr. Joe/Carmen Coelho & Celine/Conrad da Silva ex-parishoner of Our Lady of Fatima Parish. Funeral Mass at St. Leonard's, 187 Conestoga Dr., Brampton, Saturday 23rd February at 11 am. Followed by a gathering at Assumption Cemetery, 6933 Tomen Rod, Mississauga [Info: Zelia de Sa Miranda]

News Summary

How Goa’s food scene is going from susegad to sexy

19 Feb: Conde Nast Traveller. By Joanna Lobo. You wake up in the morning in an old Portuguese home in Goa. But instead of heading to the nearest shack, you set out on a fishing trip to catch your lunch. Morning activities done, the day stretches out in front of you. The options are varied and compelling: a Portuguese feast in a heritage home, a tasting of craft beer, feni or whiskey, a poee- making class, learning how to grow your own produce and much more. Welcome to Goa 2.0. Nothing is different, yet everything has changed. While tourists still flock to the beaches, there’s a new wave of travellers seeking deeper, truly Goan culinary experiences—beyond fish curry and King’s beer—and a new wave of people willing to provide these… 2029 words.  For further details click here

Video: Man enters women’s loo in Goa in burkha, held

18 Feb: Times of India. Goa police arrested a government servant for allegedly impersonating himself as a Muslim woman by wearing a burkha and entering the woman’s toilet at the Kadamba bus stand at Panaji on Saturday. The accused person, Virgil Fernandes, a resident of Merces, Tiswadi, was subsequently released on bail. Police subinspector Vivek Halarnkar said, “Some vigilant members of the public noticed Fernandes walking in an unusual manner and caught hold of him. During questioning by the public, it was discovered that it was a man wearing a burkha,” …  For further details click here
Video: InGoaNews. Burqa-clad man creates tension at Panjim bus stand … 4m. 56s.  click here

Slack tourism season, formalin issue hurt fish business in Goa

18 Feb: Herald. Hotels in Goa purchase a substantial percentage of the fish every day. Now with the industry experiencing a dramatic slump has it affected business for the fishing community… For the trawler owners, all the fish caught on one trip is picked up by wholesale agents. Today the rate for sardine is Rs 1400 for 14 kgs which according to the trade is an excellent rate. Big mackerels are selling at Rs 150 per kilo and this is not even the peak season which is usually August, September, October, November and December…  For further details click here

With beef courting controversy...Govt pushing for mutton to tickle palate of Goans

18 Feb: The Goan. With the going tough to manage the demand-supply imbalances of beef in the market amid objections due to religious taboos and cow vigilantism, the State government is looking at mutton to satisfy the palate of Goans. Up to 75 per cent of costs is being offered to farmers in a new scheme floated by the Goa government’s animal husbandry department for goat rearing… Farmers resident in Goa for at least five years and formally trained in goat management are eligible for the subsidy under the scheme … One-time subsidy of Rs 50,000 for purchase of ten female goats plus one male, assistance of around Rs 25,000 for construction of shed and annual subsidy of approximately Rs 7,000 per animal for the feed…  For further details click here
Goa is going ga-ga over goat-breeding, here's why …  click here

Citizenship & politics of protest

18 Feb: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. … the tiny population of Goa has won big many times since decolonisation in 1961. The Opinion Poll in 1967, the only referendum ever held in independent India, where the narrow majority resisted immense pressure and coercion. Then, the prolonged and painful language agitation, culminating in Konkani’s inclusion in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution. Just over a decade ago, much the same crew of politicians in office today conspired with GIDC to allocate 38.4 lakh sqm of public land to dubious parties for alleged special economic zones, before massive protests forced retreat… 600 words.  For further details click here

Thomas Cook enlists three banks to prepare airline sale – source

18 Feb: RTE (Ireland). Thomas Cook has enlisted Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America Merrill Lynch to explore the possible sale of its airline business, a source familiar with the discussions said. The holiday company this month said it was willing to sell its profitable airline business to fund its fightback from losses racked up in 2018. Thomas Cook's airline, which fared much better last year than the tour operator business, consists of Germany's Condor and British, Scandinavian and Spanish divisions.  For further details click here
City AM. Ryanair admits interest in buying Thomas Cook's airport slots …  click here
Thomas Cook. Affordable one-way flights to Goa … click here.

All Garbage Talk

17 Feb: Herald. The dream of being a garbage free state has been long standing but has not been achieved thanks to the manner in which decisions have been taken and more importantly a marked reluctance to get the people of Goa on board. This has resulted in a general sense of irritation leading to opposition whenever a project is announced … Herald Investigates the status of the two major treatment plants in Goa and the reasons for the failure of these plants in making Goa a garbage-free State … 1: Saligao Treatment Plant. According to the Goa Waste Management Corporation the capacity of Saligao Solid Waste Management Facility is 100 tons per day…In December 2017, Parrikar had announced that the capacity of the plant will be increased to 250 tons per day… The GMWC Director Ganesh Kandaswami had even requested the government to restrict the dispatch of segregated garbage to 125 tons per day for the proper functioning of the plant… 2: Sonsodo Treatment Plant. … It is the biggest failure of the Goa government in the domain of garbage treatment… Presently, no one is allowed to go inside the Sonsodo treatment plant to observe the operations. None of the stakeholders involved releasing any information about the amount of waste that arrives at the site or is processed by the plant…  For further details click here

Real estate market struggling under mining ban

17 Feb: Herald. After more than 6 years of Goa’s Mining Ban, the lack of free flow of cash in the Real estate market has taken its toll on the construction companies in Margao. While three major constructions companies have virtually shut down, others are struggling with finding buyers for their inventory. Lower end employees such are drivers who were working for the last ten years have been the pink slip. In South Goa, an industry observer and raw material supplier said there are around 800 to 900 new flats up for sale but there are no customers. Some companies dropped their prices from Rs 56,000 per sq mt to Rs 45,000 per sq mt. … Today no builder wants to install a swimming pool because people don’t want to purchase flats with high maintenance cost. Some builders have moved over to construct budget apartments worth Rs 35,000 …  For further details click here



Death: Antonio X. Fernandes ex Nairobi

12 Feb: York, PA, USA. ANTONIO XAVIER FERNANDES, 75. He was the loving spouse to his late wife Marjorie of 54 years. He is survived by his son, Anthony Fernandes and daughter-in-law Allison Valentine Fernandes of Jupiter, FL, and grandchildren Laurel and Elliott Fernandes of Bloomfield Hills, MI; son, Eric Fernandes and daughter-in-law, Susan Etherington Fernandes, and grandchildren, Jacob, Connor and Courtney Fernandes of Franklin, WI Antonio came to the United States after receiving a scholarship to Georgetown University in 1961. Antonio blazed a trail for himself, his brothers and friends as a foreign student with roots from the state of Goa. He was born in Nairobi, Kenya on October 11, 1943, the son of Antonio Manuel Fernandes and Afra Margarida Cardozo. Antonio is also survived by his brother Francis Fernandes and sister-in-law Mary Fernandes, nephews Russell and Wesley Fernandes of Crawley, England; brother Joseph Fernandes and sister-in-law Sharon Fernandes of Austin, TX and nephew Paul Fernandes of Centreville, VA, nephew Gabriel Fernandes and niece Meghan Fernandes Wyse of Austin, TX, and nephew Zachary Fernandes of Garmisch, Germany, brother Herman Fernandes and sister-in-law Margaret Fernandes and niece Christine Fernandes and nephew Joseph Fernandes of Alexandria, VA. A Mass honoring the passing of Antonio Xavier Fernandes will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019 at Immaculate Conception-St. Mary's Church 309 S George Street, York, PA. The John W. Keffer Funeral Homes & Crematory, Inc. is assisting with arrangements. click here.

Death: Lawrence Gonsalves - ex Zanzibar, Dar es salaam

16 Feb: Chicago. LAWRENCE FRANSQUINO GONSALVES. ex Zanzibar, Daressalaam, Chicago. Beloved Husband of Annette Fernandes. Loving Father of Stanislaus/Shona Vas, Samuel/Young Lee, Jacqueline, Savio/Carolyn Bracken. Loving Grandfather of Johnny, Anthony and Emily, Isabella, and Nihal and Riya. Beloved Brother of Joanita Birkmeyer / Robert, Jane Collins /James. Leslie Gonsalves/Maureen Higgins. Beloved Uncle and Cousin to many, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Funeral arrangements have not been finalized. [Info: Claude Fernandes]. Cards and letters to: Annette Gonsalves. 2852 N. Neva, Chicago, Illinois 60634. Emails to: Jackie Gonsalves,

Death: Anthony Dias Ex San Francisco

13 Feb: Pol Vaddo, Santa Estevam, Goa. ANTHONY LAZARUS DIAS Ex San Francisco U.S.A. Beloved Son of Late Jose Dias/Late Luceta Menezes e Dias. Husband of Hilary Edith Dias. Father of Rubina & Nestor Dias (USA), Brother/Brother-in-law of Sarina/ Late Teofilo D'Mello (Mapusa), Mafaldina/Alfredo Dias (St. Estevem), Simon/Laura Dias (St. Estevem), Elfrida/Late Sosthenes Mendes (Panjim), Nina/George Gomes (Bombay). Son-in-law of Late Salvador/Late Luiza D'Souza. Brother-in-law of late Tony/Bridget D'Souza, Assis/Late Evelyn Fernandes. Late Maurice/Angela D'Costa, Late Jimy/Olinda Menezes, Late Ricardo/Felicia Francis, Joe/Ascension Gracias, Peter/Pamela Gomes, Late Joe/Anita Cardozo, Joe/Renee D'Souza and Nephews and Nieces. Funeral Cortege will leave his residence Pol Vaddo, Santa Estevam on Monday, 18/02/2019 at 3.30 p.m. to St. Estevan Church, SL Estevam for Eucharistic celebration followed by burial. click here.

Death: Aurora Dias. Ex Karachi

15 Feb: Montreal. AURORA RICARDINA DIAS. Born 1932. Aurora (formerly of F.C.C.H.S, Karachi) was born in Moira, Goa to the late Assis and Maria D’Cunha. She was the wife of the late Peter Dias (of S.M. Dias and Co., Karachi). She was a woman of great faith in God and found much comfort in prayer. Her family was her world. She was preceded in death by her late brother Sebastian (late Virginia). She will be lovingly remembered by her children Jennifer Sales (Anthony), Vancouver; Bosco, Santa Clara; and Carol D’Souza (Xavier), Montreal. She will be dearly missed by her grandchildren Alex, Francis (Tomina), Penny (Toby), and Marina (Martin); her great grandchildren Eva, Sam and Jude and her nieces and nephew Clara, Tanya and Vincent. A funeral mass will be held on Monday, February 18th at 11.00 a.m. at Good Shepard Church, 7900 Avenue Naples, Brossard, QC. Interment will follow at LaPrairie Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Canadian Arthritis Society. [Info: Pompie Gois] click here.

Death: Dr. Joseph (Joe) D'Souza Ex Dar-es-salaam, Brussels, Toronto
16 Feb: Atlanta, Georgia, USA. DR. JOSEPH (JOE) D'SOUZA (ex-Dar-es-salaam/Tanzania, Brussels/Belgium, Toronto) passed away peacefully with his family by his side after a battling a long illness. Joe was a loving husband to Sarah and their three sons Adam, Eric and Sean. He was the son of the late Lawrence/Emilia D’Souza formerly of Dar-es-Salaam/Tanzania now in Toronto, and brother to, Cellie/Tony Gonsalves, late Cassie/Olivia and Leo/Irene D’Souza. He will be greatly missed by his in-laws, Alarick/Rosalind Pires, Arlene/late Brian D’Silva, Austin/Angela Pires, Jackie/Mo Gujarati, Jude/Paulina Pires and Gavin. His kindness, warmth, love and his bubbly disposition will be keenly missed by his nieces and nephews in the USA and Canada. Funeral details to follow.[Info: Stephen de Souza] Condolences to:

News Summary

Goa’s Nude Hippies Give Way to India’s Yuppies

17 Feb: New York Times. Page A6. When hippies traveled overland from Europe to India decades ago, Goa was often the final stop on the trail, welcoming to its beaches Westerners who wanted to drop out in a place where living was cheap, drugs plentiful and swimming nude the norm… Today, Goa’s renegade lifestyle attracts an entirely new type of traveler — young Indians who are flocking here not to find themselves, as the hippies once did, but to celebrate their bachelorette parties or dance atop bars… “Goa is not Goa,” said David D’Souza, the owner of Tito’s, which started as a beach hut restaurant built by his father in 1971, and is now a throbbing open-air nightclub. “It’s India now.” … Today, there are tensions between the Goan merchants and those who have come from across India to capitalize on the tourist rush… 1753 words.  For further details click here

Chess: 12-year-old Leon Mendonca creates history by scoring three IM norms in 17 days!

17 Feb: ChessBase. From 31st January to 16th February 12-year-old Leon Mendonca played three events in Serbia and scored three IM norms, pumping his rating to 2446 and becoming India's latest International Master at the age of 12 years, 11 months and 3 days! … Goa's youngster Leon Mendonca had always shown great promise and talent…  For further details click here
21 Oct 2014: Herald. Leon is the son of Lyndon Listz Mendonca and Anita Sandhya Estibeiro of Saligao …  click here

EastEnders star Tamzin Outhwaite and daughter 10 refused entry into India for yoga holiday

17 Feb: The Sun (UK). Eastenders Star Tamzin Outhwaite has been left devastated after being refused entry to India with her 10-year-old daughter Florence. The actress - who plays Mel Owen in the BBC soap - has her yoga retreat holiday in Goa ruined by immigration officials who turned them away. She tweeted: "My 10 yr old and I have just been refused entry into India due to my visa, which was still valid, but apparently a passport stamp in Mumbai to get a connecting flight to London at new year, counts as entry… Tamzin also revealed how kind strangers had helped them in the airport by handing them tissues as they were returned to the UK. 368 words.  For further details click here
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The return of an IT Man

17 Feb: Herald. Nothing draws one more than one’s own homeland. Whether it was a lucrative career in the IT industry with Tata Infotech or in Infosys, Goa has its own charm and magnetic fervour which drags back Goans. Vikant Sahay met with Vincent Toscano the Managing Partner of Uzoorba and understood from him how nostalgia bit him and made him come back to his village not only to pursue his business from Chorao Island but also create and provide jobs for the Goans. Born in 1973, Vincent along with his partner Anil Bernard DSouza, founded Uzoorba, which is ‘uzo’ and ‘urba’ (i.e. fire and energy in Konkani) fused together. It was the manifestation of the founders’ long cherished dream while traversing the globe in their careers. Uzoorba began operations providing professional IT and affiliated services to local and global clients creating technology-enabled livelihoods in Goan villages. Services provided include Websites, SEO, Web applications, Mobile apps, Computer Aided Design (CAD), Creative Studio and Raspberry Pi … 863 words  click here

A German, and the sounds of Goa

17 Feb: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. Sometimes, good things happen by accident. German tourist Sigrid Pfeffer romance with the Konkani ‘cantaram’ has come a long way and has been a winding story. She was then a sound recordist at the Hessischer Rundfunk, a radio station in Germany … she searched for old Konkani records at places like Chor Bazaar (in then Bombay), sought permission in Kolkata for creating an album for sale in Germany, and sought to understand more about the field from every written source available in languages like English. Her own understanding of Goan Konkani musicians and their global influences is impressive … In the Festival 2015 in Berlin, Konkani music came on stage for the very first time to an audience not exclusively for Goans … 906 words  For further details click here

Excuse me, we Goans are smart and savvy too!

17 Feb: Navhind Times. By Patricia Pereira-Sethi (photo). What disturbs me is when visitors to Goa condescendingly inform us how much they “love the Goan people because they are so laid back and casual.” As if they are paying us a supreme compliment… I probably work just as hard in Goa as I did in New York. And most of the Goans I know do too… This perception of Goans by the outsider is unfortunately a reflection of the manner in which we have promoted ourselves… the highly talented and lovely Malaika Vaz represents the supreme-best of Goan youth. Other Goans have climbed historic ladders as well, in all walks of life. Technology, architecture, art, business, medicine, music etc. Names like Raghunath Mashelkar, Damodar Mauzo, Francisco D’Souza, Tony Fernandes, Wendell Rodricks, Subodh Kerkar, Patricia Rozario, Nandkumar Kamat spin forth in a roll-call of brilliance… 919 words.  For further details click here

Goa: Charter flights hit turbulence

17 Feb: Herald. The Britishers and Russians were amongst the highest number of arrivals in Goa, mostly those through Charters. Conventionally, the UK arrivals were high, but eventually Russians has been dominating the scene, with the travelers from Moscow thronging to the beaches… The hike in the fees collected by AAI from Chartered Flight Operators has been considered as one of the reasons why the response dwindled … Chartered Companies are being wooed by other destinations providing better options and incentives… 55 charter flights landed at Dabolim international airport in October 2018 while the following month saw 232 charters whereas in the previous year, the landings were 105 and 318 in October and November 2017 respectively… December 2018 saw only 293 flights compared to 357 in the previous December … 1513 words.  For further details click here
17 Feb: Herald. The ills plaguing tourism in Goa …  click here

Robert S Newman: Defining Goa’s essence

16 Feb: Navhind Times. American anthropologist Robert S Newman’s new books ‘Goan Anthropology: Mothers, Miracles and Mythology’ and ‘Goan Anthropology: Festivals, Films and Fish’ strive to define Goan culture, and also showcase how Goa is in fact much more rooted in Indian culture than is acknowledged…. He says, “I have been studying and visiting Goa for over 40 years now. I started publishing articles about Goa in the early 80s … In 2000, I published a book ‘Of Umbrellas, Goddesses and Dreams’ which combined many of these articles but It completely sold out by 2011. These two new books combine 11 out of the 13 chapters in that book with six new chapters… I first came to Goa as a tourist in 1965 when I was a Peace Corps Volunteer …  For further details click here
To order a copy of the books,  click here
Video: 1 Feb: Literally Goa- Robert S. Newman Interviewed by Frederick Noronha … click here.


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I dream of a world without caste, discrimination: Irom Sharmila

16 Feb: The Quint. Manipur's legendary human rights activist Irom Sharmila, who continued a fast-unto-death protest for 16 years demanding repeal of an Act, on Friday said she dreams of a world without caste, discrimination and dictatorship. "I want to leave for my children a world without caste, discrimination, and dictatorship, and where all people would have equal status," Sharmila told media persons here at the trailer launch of the docu-feature "The Turning Point" based on her life. The docu-feature is being made primarily for some foreign television channels … The Iron Lady had continued her fast-unto-death for 16 years … She then married Desmond Coutinho and faded from the limelight. Sharmila is now in the family way …  For further details click here
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Camões’ love affairs and the untold story of Vasco da Gama

16 Feb: Sunday Nation (Kenya). Maria Joao Lopo Carvalho, a Portuguese author, during a discussion of her recent book, Until I Die of Love: The Women Who Camões Loved. Ms Carvalho delved into the life and times of Luis Vaz de Camões at the University of Nairobi … Camoes’ lyrical poem, "Os Lusiadas" connection with Kenya in the poem, is his visit to the coastal towns then, is Vasco da Gama’s lamentations at his troubles in Mombasa, followed by the warm invitation from the King of Malindi to be the guests at his palace… Ms Carvalho spoke about her book … Camoes was serving Portugal in Goa as a soldier and a sailor. So, his turbulent life had given him inspiration to write this marvellous master piece about Vasco da Gama’s trip around the world and about the Portuguese history…  For further details click here

In memory of Manuel dos Reis Grilo

14 Feb: Reconquista (Portugal). Alain Manuel dos Reis Grilo passed away recently. he was born in Portugal in 1940 … Military service was in Goa in 1960 with about three thousand Portuguese soldiers … After six months, following the orders of Nehru, the Indians took over Goa … With this capitulation, they were divided into three prison camps, soldiers, sergeants, and officers. The food was terrible, in the first months they ate only grain infested with weevil … One day, comrades tried unsuccessfully to escape in garbage trucks … Indian officials ordered them to be shot but the Military Chaplain - Father Santos offered his life in exchange for clemency for all Portuguese soldiers. This attitude sensitized the Indian military superior and the lives were spared … After six months of captivity, through the International Red Cross, they left Goa on airplanes bound for Karachi and from there by ship to Portugal … 1262 words.  For further details click here
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Amnesty India staff complain of harassment and discrimination

15 Feb: The Guardian (UK). Prominent Indian rights activists have withdrawn their support for Amnesty India amid allegations of caste discrimination and harassment within the organisation, the Guardian has learned. The allegations include claims that staff were humiliated, ill-treated and discriminated against because of their caste, a system of social hierarchy among Hindus. A further 32 Indian lawyers and civil rights campaigners have written to Amnesty International’s secretary general in London to demand an independent investigation into the claims from staff members… Amnesty India (AI) said it is “deeply troubled” about the claims made by two senior campaigners and has launched an investigation, chaired by an independent expert…  For further details click here

Goan girl’s guide to Goan food in Mumbai

16 Feb: The Asian Age. By Joanna Lobo. It is the new flavour of the season and is an experience that is now possible to avail with a few city restaurants doing their bit to provide a feel and a taste of Goan cuisine: 1: Gables … four-seater restaurant … Glamour Building, Colaba. 2: Snowflake … The day’s specials, a stock list of about 10 dishes, can be found scrawled on a whiteboard in the corner… 1st Dhobitalao Lane … 3: Soul Fry … also serves as good matchmaking venues! Festivities apart, Meldan D’Cunha, the affable owner the place, loves experimenting with food…. Silver Craft, Bandra (W) … 4: Sushegad Gomantak … everyone comes here for the fish – eaten fried or in a curry… crab thali featuring one huge crab in a spicy red curry. 5: Shiv Sagar Coperative Housing Society, Mahim (W) … 6: New Martin Hotel … Their specialty is beef steak, cooked until tender and served with generous helpings of onions and potatoes. 11, Glamour House, Apollo Bandar, Colaba … 7: Fresh Catch … Best known for its butter garlic crab … 144/C, Diamond Court Chawl, Mahim (w), 8: Mangoes … hearty Goan fare, Malad (W) 9: Porto & Poie … poee, brought in from Goa every day… Juhu. 8: O Pedro … kalchi koddi … Unit No 2, BKC … 1312 words  For further details click here

Savia Viegas: Vignettes from Goa

16 Feb: Navhind Times. Song Sung Blue’, a novel by Savia Viegas, is interspersed with love and tragedy, sexuality and caste. Set in her village of Carmona, it has 100 graphic illustrations that make you contemplate about Goa at the time of the Portuguese leaving the state… Viegas’ speciality has always been that of using social undercurrents and issues that are generally hidden, to form the basis of a story in Goa, a Goa which has undergone change and continues to be changing – showing the impact of change through modernisation, of the mindset et al. In 2011, after her book ‘Let me tell you about Quinta’ was published she had nothing to work on. Being the 50th year of Goa’s liberation, she toyed briefly with the idea of working on a life sketch of a woman who was as old as the liberated state.  For further details click here

"The girl does not have half of the face” Russian couple get into a motorcycle accident in Goa

16 Feb: UFA1 (Russia). A young man named Rais was riding a bike in Goa and crashed into a truck. The girl received the worst injuries, now she is in a coma. Rais came to his senses after the accident… Next week I'll fly to him in Goa,” said Denis, a friend of the victim. “I'll tell you briefly how Rais crashed. He was riding a bike with his girlfriend. The girl is still in a coma, she does not have half a face. Rais barely got out of the coma. But he does not remember who he is…” Both have clavicle fractures, the girl, according to a friend, is literally “without half of her face”. Relatives say that Rais lived in Goa for a while. Shortly before the tragedy, a young man wrote in his Instagram: “It feels like a whole, traveling on a bike in India for such distances is not particularly stressful, refueling, ATMs, services, shops are every 10–20 km. The traffic is not so dense, and the Hindu driving style is predictable, beep and drive where necessary”  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

Goan Association (UK)

Tel no. +44 (0) 0794 9233307
Website at:

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

AeroSafaris - Group Tours

2014: Jan/Feb Annual Winter Escape to Goa. Feb: Spectacular South Africa. Mar: Kenya - Tanzania Safari. Sep/Oct Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Visit for more details


Specialists in Safaris to East & South Africa, Tours to India & Sri Lanka: Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Golden Triangle Tours in India, Kerala Backwaters Tours/Cruises. Contact Nick de Mello / Tel: 905-567-0880 / Toll Free: 1-855-567-0880. Email Website:

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.

Ed's Bar Services

We cater for all occasions, large or small. Edward Alvares. Personal Licence holder.
Full Licenced Bar. We provide proper glasses every time. For all your requirements contact Edward Alvares. Mob: 07507595603

Go Quick Travel Agents

Package Holidays & Flights Worldwide, including Goa. Excellent rates. Contact
Tony Dantas. 0208 238 9600 / 0208 204 6699
ABTA K9019 ATOL 9347

Homes & Estates Consultancy Services

With a choice of over 15000 properties, we assist you to make an informed decision.
to realize your dream. Be it buying, selling, valuation, registration, company
formation, or any other legal assistance. Call 08322472115 or whatsapp 9923726168.

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

HoneyBbuzz Music

Music for your occasion. Duo Trio Band Disco. Anniversaries Birthdays Weddings.
English Latin American Konkani Swahili. Contact: James mobile: 07546 999 677 Remos
mobile: 07448 160 917. Email:

International Flights & Holiday Specialist.

Charter Flights to Goa. UK Contact:
Savio Viegas: 020 8432 3266 OR 07926191069, email

London: Olde Goa Restaurant & Food Products

For the Restaurant, visit For food products - Goan Fish Curry, Vindaloo Paste, Rechado Masala, Pickles, Prawn Mole, Goan Vinegar etc. visit Contact Savio Azaredo, 07956206056

Mango Travel by Bobby DeSouza

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

Mervs Mobile Bar

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

Muthoot Group UK: Unchanging Values…in Changing Times

For Travel Services, Online Money Transfer ( Foreign Exchange, Gold Loans, contact Muthoot Group (,
established in India since 1887 and IN UK since 2007 with offices in Croydon,
Southall, Wembley and East Ham. Contact Clive Vaz on 020 3130 1774.

Nuage Travel

We offer the full range of travel services, specialising in Goa Flights and Worldwide
Holidays. Special rates for the Exposition. ATOL/IATA. Contact Carl Paes on 0203
411 8677,

OCI Assistance

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

Shelton Goes Solo

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

South East England: Da Gama Cars

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

Special fares to Goa

Call Joanita Fernandes 0208 202 0944 or Email:

A taste of home!

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

Stallions Air

ATOL 9179

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

Time Travel

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

Polystar – Southampton: Job Vacancies

Electrical and Mechanical Engineers required for a fast growing Company in Southampton. Training provided. Choice of shifts. Good prospects. Tel: 023 8023 2153 (extn. 3), Savio Rodrigues. Email:

Tito’s – Where Else?!

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

Villa Calangute

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

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