Since you saw it here ...

If you use any of the information on this site by forwarding it to friends, newsgroups, media or websites, please acknowledge that you saw it on Thank you.

Edited by Eddie Fernandes

1 Onslow Gardens, London N10 3JT

Home Forthcoming Events Forthcoming Funerals UK Goan Organisations Contact Us Subscribe to Newsletter

GoanVoice UK Your Home Page Make GoanVoice UK Your Home Page


Goa Budget 2017: Highlights
Goa Budget 2017: Highlights
24 Mar: 13.55 IST. Times of India. Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar presented his budgettoday. Here are some highlights: … * Goa government will lift the moratorium on rent a bike registrations… * 30% reservation for Goans in all housing projects… * Will formulate policy to discourage cash transactions in Goa … * Rs 150 crores allotted for improving public transport, especially to tourist destination… * Will make Goa first beggar-free state of India … * Rs 50 crore set aside for laptops for children… Click here.



Death: Diego Pinto

14 Mar: London. Diego Pinto (ex Sangolda, Nairobi & Dar-es-salaam EAR&H,) passed away peacefully. Survived by his wife Nina and loving children Donovan/Karen & Dwayne and grandchildren Joshua, Joseph & Rebecca. Son of the Late Camilo Pinto ex EAR&H & the Late Mary Goes Pinto of Sangolda. Brother/Brother-in-law of Pascoal & Flory Pinto (London), Phila/Late Luis Rodrigues (Tivim), M.C./Antonette Pinto (Guirim), Emy/Late Salvador Antao (Sangolda), Ubaldo/Eve Pinto (Mapusa) and Vicky/Tony Alfonso (Coventry, UK) and Brothers-in-law Peter, David/Monica, Zender & late Christy Lobo. Missed by his several nieces & nephews. Funeral Service will take place at 10.30 am on Thursday 30th March 2017 at St Boniface Church, Tooting, 185 Mitcham Road, London SW17 9PG followed by burial service at 12.30 pm at Morden Cemetery, Lower Morden Lane, Morden, Surrey SM4 4NU. Details of reception to follow - watch this space. No flowers please - a donation box will be provided in the church for Diego's favourite charities: St Vincent De Paul Society [@St Boniface Church, Tooting] and the Goan Welfare Society. Condolences to

Death: Yvonne Fernandes (nee De Souza)

21 Mar: Toronto. YVONNE FERNANDES (nee De Souza). It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Yvonne after a long battle with cancer. She passed peacefully, surrounded by her family. Yvonne was a loving mother to Melvin and Brandon (Mia) and grandmother to Sierra-Jasmine and Sean. Daughter of the late Julius and Dylia De Souza. Sister to Mabel, late Irene (late Adrian Pereira), Doris, Edwin (Georgina De Souza) and Tessie (late Leopold Gracias). Aunt to late Stanley, Silvie, Charmaine (Eric St-Jean), Elsa, Genevieve and Lauren. Grand Aunt to Shaun, Zachary and Christopher. She will be missed by her in-laws in Toronto and Dar es Salaam. Special thanks to Dr. Daryl Roitman and the staff at North York General Hospital. Funeral Details Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home, 211 Langstaff Road East (Bayview and Langstaff) Visitation will be held on March 24 from 3PM to 8PM. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on March 25 at 1:30PM, followed by the burial at Holy Cross Cemetery. Condolences to:

Death: Ramberto Braganza

22 Mar: Mapusa, Goa. RAMBERTO BRAGANZA. Ex Tanzania / Dubai. Born 4 Feb.1929. Husband of Late Teresa. Loving father/father-in-law of Late Johnny & Loraine/Clive. Brother-in-law of Late Vera (Dolarosa) / Late Arturo Zuzarte, Late Melwin/Late Olga Braganza, Lancerio/Jean, Late Jose Maria/Celia. Funeral cortege will leave his ancestral house at Khorlim, Mapusa on 24th March, 2017 (Friday) at 3:30 p.m. to St. Jerome's Church, Mapusa for Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial

News Summary

Half-day bandh in Canacona to condemn Danielle murder

24 Mar: The Goan: All business activities in Canacona taluka are expected to be shut down for half-day on March 31, as part of a bandh in the taluka to condemn the rape and murder of a 28-year-old British-Irish woman Danielle Mclaughlin… Social activist Sandesh Telekar said, “On February 28, concerned Canacona residents had mentioned to the Collector (South) about increasing anti-social activities and had clearly mentioned the name of the accused, prior to the rape and murder of the British-Irish woman. We had even demanded action, but barely two weeks later, he was accused in such a heinous crime.” “We suspect someone is directly involved in protecting the accused and we ask the government to investigate this serious issue,” Telekar demanded…  click here

NGO wants govt to budget for enforcing Goa Children’s Act

24 Mr: Times of India. With the incidence of child abuse on the rise and an average of 20 cases of child abuse reported every month, Children's Rights in Goa has called for the government to make budgetary allocation for the implementation of the Goa Children's Act (2003) that was passed in 2003 by the Manohar Parrikar-led government. The legislation is praised at national and international forums as a law that is unique and forward looking, but till date, most of the provisions of the legislation are yet to be implemented as successive governments have failed to make any budgetary allocation for the same, CRG pointed out. Between April 2014 and July 2015, 324 cases of child abuse were reported in the state…  For further details click here

NRIs queue up at RBI to exchange currency

23 Mar: National Herald. Four and a half months after the Prime Minister’s dramatic announcement on notebandi, long queues of Non-Resident Indians and others who were abroad continue to wait stoically at the Reserve Bank of India to exchange their demonetised currency even as the deadline is set to end a week later on March 31. Many NRIs complained on Thursday that they had been queuing up at the RBI office in the national capital for the last three days. Their patience running thin, some of them grimly pointed out that while they felt helpless, no representative of either the central government or the RBI has bothered to meet them, hear their grievances or take steps for redressal… 585 words.  For further details click here

Goa witnessed over 19 per cent growth in tourism last year: Survey

23 Mar: News Nation. Goa has witnessed 19.5 per cent growth in the tourism footfalls during last year with 63.31 lakh tourists visiting the coastal state comprising 56.50 lakh domestic and 06.81 lakh foreigners compared to total 52.98 lakh visitors during 2015,” it added… However, it also states that the growth is less compared to the year earlier. During 2015, there was a growth of 30.55 per cent tourist in the state compared to the year earlier (2014)… The survey has also mentioned that during tourist season 2016-17 upto February, 743 chartered flights had arrived in the state bringing in 1.83 lakh tourists.  For further details click here

Lloyd Rayney taped wife’s threats to harm him, hearing told

24 Mar: The Australian. Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney made an urgent request to see family lawyer William Carr the day before his wife Corryn disappeared, arriving with recordings of the Supreme Court registrar allegedly threatening him. More details of the end of the Rayneys’ marriage are forming part of the state of Western Australia’s defence as Mr Rayney sues for defamation… The case continues.  For further details click here
24 Mar: Perth Now. Money trail dead-end in hit-man probe. Policew have revealed they delved into Lloyd Rayney’s financial records to try to find big sums of cash which might have been a payment to a hit man hired to kill his wife — but found nothing…  click here

Goa government to eliminate open defecation; ensure housing for all

23 Mar: Financial Express. Goa Governor Mridula Sinha in her address to the Legislative Assembly, today outlined the future plans of the Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government which includes housing for all and a open defecation-free state by October 2, 2019. “Poor sanitation further weakens the economic wherewithal of a poor household,” Governor said in her address at the budget session amid protests by Congress legislators in the House… Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will present the State Budget tomorrow.  For further details click here
21 Mar: The Goan. Need to pee? Go to a restaurant? … In Goa, this announcement was met with mixed reactions among the restaurateur community and the public. Goa has a vast shoreline, we see tourists, domestic and foreign, spending hours on the beaches, or travelling through the state. But there are hardly any places to relieve yourself apart from the mostly filthy Sulabh Toilets in certain areas…  click here

Forthcoming Events: UK & Canada

UK: Sun. 26 Mar: ALL GOA (UK) BADMINTON TOURNAMENT. . Venue: Oasis Leisure Centre, N Star Ave, Swindon, SN2 1EP. Men’s Singles | Men’s Doubles | Ladies Singles | Mixed Doubles. For doubles, a minimum of 4 pairs required for each event. The event will be commencing at 11.30am sharp. Players to be prompt and arrive by 11.00am for warm up and draw. Entry fee £10 pp. For further details contact: Domingos Dias 07544 060266 | Kevin Neves 07886 384599 | Vince Fernandes 07853 132336 | For the flyer, click here.

UK: Sat. 1 Apr: Time: 4.30pm. Colva Union UK: AGM. Venue: Pope John Centre. Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, 15 The Green, Heston Road, Heston, Middx TW5 0RL. Colva Union UK: Notice of Annual General Meeting 2017. We look forward to villagers of Colva Goa in attending this AGM.
Agenda: 1. Adoption of the minutes of the last AGM. 2. Presentation and Adoption of feast Accounts for 2016. 3. Update on Christ the King Statue Colva Village repairs. 4. Election of new managing committee for 2017. 5. Discuss plans for celebrating the 44th feast celebrations and dance. 6. Any other business. To confirm your attendance and also for membership details please contact our Secretary, Deborah Fernandes on e mail: Please also visit our Facebook website:

UK: Sun 16 Apr: Wembley. Grace Promoters is organizing their Annual Easter Dine & Dance on Easter Sunday 16th April 2017 starting from 05:00 pm till 11:00 pm at Oakington Manor Primary School, Manor Drive, Wembley, HA9 6NF. In attendance Live Bands - Jus'Leo N Zie - all the way from Goa, and The One and only One - Shelton Goes Solo. Lots of fun, games and prizes to be won. Mouthwatering Goan Cuisine by Grace Caterers and fully Licensed Bar to quench your thirst. Event not to be missed. Entry Pass £15/- for Adults and £10/- Children under 12 years (inclusive of Goan Cusine Buffet). Dress Code Strictly Formal. Management reserves right of entry. [Please note for any further booking of Jus Leo with Zie, between 4th April 2017 to 18th April 2017 (excluding 16th April 2017) contact Jeffrey 07440020610 or Valeriano 07803368484] For the flyer with further details, click here.

UK: Sun. 30 Apr: Cortalim Union (UK) proudly celebrate their 39th Anniversary Ball and feast of St Philip & St James at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 1.15 pm followed by social with music by the dynamic live band 'Outbreak' and 'DJ Richiee'. Catering by 'Bernie's Kitchen'. Tickets (including snacks & meal) - Adults £13.00 up to 9th April 2017, thereafter £15.00, Children £7.00 (4-10 years). For tickets and details, please contact:- Chris D'Cruz - Tel no: 07739 876718, Ligor D'Mello - Tel no: 07821 645317, Tino Goes - Tel no: 07821 900490, Georgina Gomes - Tel no: 07974 289640, Francis Gomes - Tel no: 07701 334279. For the flyer, click here.

Canada: Sun. 30 April 2017: 11:00 am: Assolna Velim Cuncolim (AVC) Union presents a Social event at Payal Banquet Hall, 3410 Semenyk Court, Mississauga ON. Adults $30.00, Children (2-12) $15.00. Dance to the music of the popular "Bigfoot" band. Enjoy hot appetizers, followed by a delicious veg/non veg buffet complemented by Goan fish curry, sannas and homemade sorpotel. Grand raffle and many other prizes to be won including return tickets Toronto-Mumbai -Goa for 2 persons. Call or email our committee members: Mario: 647-886-6274, Henry:416-835-2221-, Mabel: 416-779-3355, Vivy: 416-300-5461-, Edwin: 905-608-1005-, Valens:905-615-8143- For the flyer, click here.

For Later Events See



Death: Dr Apollo Vaz

17 Mar: Fallon, Nevada, USA. DR APOLLO HANNIBAL VAZ. Born June 23, 1958 in Bombay to Leandro and Vera Vaz. He came to Reno, Nevada in 1985 and moved with his wife to Fallon in 2003, and worked as a physician at Banner Hospital. Preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Francis and Fermino; father-in-law, Marcelino. Apollo is survived by his wife, Prima; daughter, Vera; sisters, Pelgy, Stella, Jacqueline (Thomas), Olivia (Vinoy); sister-in-law, Louella; mother-in-law, Linda; brothers in-law, Cajetan (Sarah), Ryan Zico (Aloma); nieces and nephews, Sheldon, Sasha, Clinton, Sinead, Shane, Joshua, Cassandra; and many friends. A Mass of the Resurrection will be said on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior to Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 850 West 4th Street, Fallon, NV. Interment will follow at Our Mothers of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery, 2700 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV.

News Summary

Valerie Vaz: London terror attack

22 Mar: The Independent (UK). The House of Commons has been suspended following reports of a terrorist attack outside Parliament… David Lidington, leader of the House of Commons, told MPs: "The alleged assailant was shot by armed police. An air ambulance is currently attending the scene to remove the casualties… Shadow leader of the house Valerie Vaz added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the police officer. [I want] to thank the police and all security services, and all the staff for looking after us so well." …  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Valerie Vaz,  click here

Murdered backpacker Danielle McLaughlin's body is flown home to be reunited with her family

22 May: 09:11 GMT. Daily Mail (UK). By Helen Roberts in Goa and Jay Akbar In London. The body of murdered British backpacker Danielle McLaughlin is being flown back to her mother in Ireland. There will be another autopsy before her body is transported to County Donegal… a campaign to bring her home raised over £26,000… Shakeel Komarpant, who was drinking with Ms McLaughlin the evening before she was found dead, claims prime suspect Bhagat had a crush on the victim … Mr Verma claims that the failure of the Scarlett Keeling case has given courage to criminals that they have a chance to get away with crimes like this of rape and murder… Text + photos. Click here.  For further details click here
22 Mar: Daily Mirror (UK). Goan police 'dragging heels' over body release. Colin Bell of The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust said yesterday: "Unfortunately the police in Goa are dragging their heels and have not released her body as we had hoped. "The Department of Foreign Affairs and the UK Foreign Office are working very hard to get her released but the Goan police are not signing the release papers."
22 Mar: Times of India. Post-mortem report confirms McLaughlin was raped before being murdered but whether it was a gang rape or not can be only proven conclusively by a DNA test, said a forensic expert. DNA and viscera examination reports are awaited. President of the NGO Goankar, Jack Fernandes, who was in the forefront in demanding action against Bhagat's alleged excesses, said, "We have our reasons to believe that Bhagat was not alone when he murdered the Irish woman." … click here.

Crackdown on drugs, late parties is priority: Goa CM Parrikar

22 Mar: New Indian Express. Goa Police has been told to crack down on drugs and late night parties where drugs are sold, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday. Parrikar added that there would be no tolerance to crime against women. "I have given clear instruction vis-a-vis law and order to the police that number one drugs, number two no late parties where drugs are (sold)," he said, a day after meeting top police officials in the state. "About crimes against women, no tolerance in that matter." …  For further details click here

Sabrina De Sousa: Ex-CIA Officer's Case Shows How to Get Things Done in D.C.

16 Mar: Investigative Project. Former CIA agent Sabrina DeSousa faced imminent deportation from Portugal where she lives to Italy where she faced a four-year prison sentence… DeSousa spent more than eight years trying to clear her name. Her country had left her behind… Her back was up against the wall. She seriously believed she was headed to prison. She decided to use the power of Twitter to contact Investigative Project on Terrorism Senior Analyst John Rossomando unsolicited. He sensed her desperation and the wrong that was being committed and connected her with former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra. Hoekstra and Rossomando acted quickly to keep her from being extradited before President Trump took office on Jan. 20… Trump's inauguration dramatically changed the dynamic… However, work still remains… 1073 words.  For further details click here

Fr Bismarque Dias death case: Goa Human Rights Commission seeks reports from Goa Chief Secy, DGP

22 Mar: India Today. The Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) today sought reports from the State Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police over the body of a Catholic priest still languishing in the morgue of a government-run hospital even 16 months after his death. In its order, the GHRC directed the Chief Secretary, the DGP as well as the dean of Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) to submit reports by April 3 in response to the petition filed by social activist Aires Rodrigues today … In the petition, Rodrigues claimed that since all the forensic tests have been conducted and the viscera report has been received, the mortal remains are not required for any further detailed medical examination…  For further details click here

Indo-Kenyan Chef Kiran Jethwa takes TV viewers on spirited journey through India

22 Mar: IANS. He's quite a citizen of the world, what with being born in Kenya to an English mother and Indian father, whose roots are in Gujarat, and whose grandmother was from Daman and Diu. Just the right genes for Chef Kiran Jethwa to transport television viewers across the country with his "Spirited Traveller" show that highlights Indian culture through its local drinks and food. "It's a first-of-its-kind show that aims to explore the most authentic, exotic beverages across India. I was approached to do it and then we just went on with it and it's done," Jethwa told IANS of the show that premiered on Fox Life on Monday and will air every Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m. And what a voyage across India it's been, taking in Kerala, Goa, Mumbai … one can learn and discover a sporadic drinks menu from around the country, which includes the oldest, unknown, unheard of beverages such Cabo from Goa…701 words.  For further details click here
For some Kiran Jethwa videos,  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Kiran Jethwa, click here.

Catholics in India are raising an unprecedented demand: Let nuns hear women's confessions

21 Mar: First Post. If you ask many Catholics, you will hear that confession is an important part of their culture ... when women are confessing anything sexual, priests demand the “minute details of the scene”. Women worry about the possibility of priests using a confession like an extra-marital affair for blackmail… A Bangalore-based nun, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she thought it was a good idea, particularly because women and young girls might be hesitant to talk to priests, even though the priests aren’t supposed to tell anyone else about the confessions…  For further details click here


FILM: The Reluctant Fundamentalist. BBC 2. Sat. 25th Mar. 23:15 to 02:15. Tension and alienation are fed by fear and mistrust in director Mira Nair's adaptation of the bestselling novel by Mohsin Hamid. Starring: Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi

DRAMA: Drama. BBC Radio 4. Mon. 27th Mar. 14:15 to 15:00. My Name Is.... Sudha Bhuchar's play about a mixed-race family breakdown, inspired by 2006 reports that a young Scottish girl had been abducted by her father and taken to Pakistan. With Karen Bartke, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Umar Ahmed. Directed by Philip Osment.

RELIGIOUS: Beyond Belief. BBC Radio 4. Mon. 27th Mar. 16:30 to 17:00. 5/6 Confession. The Seal of the Confessional - is there a moral duty for Catholic priests to disclose what they have learnt if they discover that a crime has been committed? Discussion programme in which guests from different faith and non-faith perspectives debate the challenges of today's world.

EDUCATION: The Free Thinking Essay. BBC Radio Three. Mon. 27th Mar. 22:45 to 23:00. Series of talks given at Sage Gateshead by New Generation Thinkers as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival 2017. Catherine Fletcher tells the story of her grandfather, Donald Hudson, who was a missionary in India in the turbulent years between 1941 and 1968. Catherine reflects on the way British people with family history in India understand that past, in the anniversary year of the end of colonial India.

ARTS: Imagine... BBC 2. Mon. 27th Mar. 23:15 to 00:10. A Picture of the Painter Howard Hodgkin. A profile of painter Howard Hodgkin who died recently. In this programme made in 2006, as Tate Britain was about to mount a major retrospective, he travels with Alan Yentob to India, which has been described as his emotional lifeline. They seek out some of the great monuments of the Mogul empire, visit Hodgkin's huge mural in New Delhi, and go in search of the perfect Bombay sunset.

DOCUMENTARY: The Best of British Takeaways. BBC 2. Tues. 28th Mar. 19:00 to 20:00. Indian. Tom Kerridge and Cherry Healey celebrate our favourite takeaways. This week, Tom travels the country to find out what makes the best Indian curry and uncovers the trade secrets behind our takeaways, while Cherry explores the fascinating stories that helped shape our communities as well as our palates, and learns how Queen Victoria put curry on the British menu. Then three of the nation's award-winning Indian takeaway chefs are invited to compete in a contest in the curry capital of Britain - Bradford.

DOCUMENTARY: India's Ladycops. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Thurs. 30th Mar. 21:00 to 22:00. Exclusive access to a police station in India run by women for women reveals a unique perspective on a changing society.



Death: Yvonne Fernandes
21 Mar: Toronto. YVONNE FERNANDES (ex-Mtwara, Tanzania; ex-Nairobi, Kenya). Died after a brief illness surrounded by her family. Yvonne was a loving Mother to Melvin, Brandon(Miriam) and grandmother to Sierra-Jasmine and Sean. Sister to late Irene/late Adrian Pereira, Mabel and Doris De Souza, Edwin/Georgina De Souza, and Tessie/late Leopold Gracias. She will be missed by her nephews and nieces; Silvie, late Stanley Pereira, Charmaine (Eric St-Jean), Elsa, Genevieve and Lauren. Grand Aunt to Shaun, Zachary and Christopher. Funeral Details to be announced. [Info Stephen De Souza]

News Summary

UK Event Highlight

Sun. 30 Apr: Cortalim Union (UK) proudly celebrate their 39th Anniversary Ball and feast of St Philip & St James at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 1.15 pm followed by social with music by the dynamic live band 'Outbreak' and 'DJ Richiee'. Catering by 'Bernie's Kitchen'. Tickets (including snacks & meal) - Adults £13.00 up to 9th April 2017, thereafter £15.00, Children £7.00 (4-10 years). For tickets and details, please contact:- Chris D'Cruz - Tel no: 07739 876718, Ligor D'Mello - Tel no: 07821 645317, Tino Goes - Tel no: 07821 900490, Georgina Gomes - Tel no: 07974 289640, Francis Gomes - Tel no: 07701 334279. For the flyer,  For further details click here

Kin of foreign nationals who died mysteriously in Goa seek justice

21 Mar: Mid-Day. The death of foreign tourists in Goa has once again come into focus after the murder of Irish-British national Danielle McLaughlin (28) last week… Photo of Maureen Sweeney, Fiona MacKeown, Amanda Bennett, Sanna Pirhonen-Cutter and Minna Pirhonen at their first meeting at a coffee shop in Cheltenham, UK … Recently, the Bennetts hosted the families of four other victims in their hometown, Cheltenham in UK, where they held their first meeting at a coffee shop. Minna Pirhonen, the mother of Felix Dahl (murdered at Patnem in 2015) flew down from Finland for the meeting… The families will soon launch a group page on Facebook and start writing to the authorities to demand action. “We intend to write to UK Prime Minister Theresa May and Indian PM Narendra Modi,” Amanda told Mid-Day… Minna and Sanna also met Sara Neighbour, the sister of Martin Neighbour (2008), and James Durkin, father of Jimmy Durkin, who was killed just weeks after the murder of Felix in 2015… Goa Deputy Inspector General of Police (Crime and Range) Vimal Gupta said, “Danielle McLaughlin was not on our police radar as she was not registered with us. Also, she was loitering with a person who was stranger and we found that he was a historysheeter with police cases against him… the onus is also on the tourists to follow the guidelines.” … 781 words.  For further details click here

Murdered backpacker Danielle McLaughlin 'was attacked in hotel room by four men'

21 Mar: Daily Mail (UK). By Nick Fagge. Murdered backpacker Danielle McLaughlin may have been taken to a hotel room where she was attacked by four men before she was strangled and dumped on the beach, it emerged today… Danielle was attacked while she was taking shower respected legal representative Vikram Varma believes… Rape and murder suspect Vikat Bhagat cut a pathetic figure as he appeared in court today. He complained to Judge Sarika Fal Dessai that he had been abused in police custody … The prolific criminal – who has 20 separate criminal cases pending – lifted his hood to show facial injuries and his t-shirt to show marks on his back which he told Judge Dessai were the result of police beatings … However Judge Dessai dismissed his allegations of mistreatment and he was remanded back into police custody until Monday [27 March]… Lawyer Mr Varma is leading his own inquiry into Danielle's final movements …  For further details click here

Ireland: Sisters' tribute and tears at candlelit vigil for tragic Danielle McLaughlin

22 Mar: Irish Mirror. Hundreds of people gathered in the Co Donegal seaside town of Buncrana for a candlelit vigil in memory of tragic Danielle McLaughlin… The family said that the only small way in which they will find any comfort is if a full and open investigation into Danielle’s death is carried out… 938 words. Photo shows her sister, Jolene.  click here
Danielle McLaughlin’s friends speak out at Goa solidarity meet. 21 Mar: Herald. The friends of Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin spoke their heart out at the solidarity meet held in memory of the deceased. Two of Danielle’s friends came from Australia and but couldn't get required permissions from the Collectors office to hold the solidarity meet but the tourists staying in and around Canacona made sure that this solidarity meeting by Danielle’s friends turned into a reality at Chaudi, Canacona. Danielle’s friend Sheridan Smith, 25, from Melbourne, Australia and Nicole Farren, 26, from Buncrana, Donegal- Ireland spoke at the meet …  click here
21 Mar: International Business Times. 'Complete truth' on Danielle McLaughlin rape and murder must be uncovered in India … Sammy Tavares, a senior police officer who is leading the probe, told IBTimes UK that the police do not suspect more people but insisted the "investigation is continuing." Regarding the misgivings raised by the victim's lawyer, the seasoned police official quipped: "Lawyers have their own investigation, right." … click here.

Ashley De Souza: Traffic concerns in Ontario - Investments in roads is the solution

21 Mar: Montreal Gazette. A new survey released today by a broad consortium of both public and private sector transportation organizations found that more than nine in ten Ontarians (96%) support government investment in transportation infrastructure, and among those surveyed, ranked investments in roads and bridges as number two on their list of top infrastructure spending priorities… Ashley De Souza, Director of Government Relations, Ontario Road Builders' Association (ORBA), "… Ontarians feel strongly that government spending priorities should include investments in highways, roads and bridges at the top of the list."  click here
10 Feb: ORBA releases advocacy paper on early tender calls …  click here
Ashley De Souza was born and raised in Toronto. His father was born in Mapusa. For his Linkedin profile, click here.

Suella Fernandes joins others to accuse BBC of Brexit bias

21 Mar: Times of India. Suella Fernandes, who traces her roots to Goa, is among the majority Tory party signatories of a letter to the BBC director-general Lord Hall calling on the public broadcaster to correct its anti-Brexit stance. "It particularly pains us to see how so much of the economic good news we've had since June [2016] has been skewed by BBC coverage which seems unable to break out of pre-referendum pessimism and accept new facts," the letter reads…384 words.  For further details click here
For the 2005 Goan Voice profile of Suella Fernandes,  click here
21 Mar: The Sun (UK), What will happen to EU citizens in the UK after Brexit … click here.

Why police suspected Lloyd Rayney of murder

21 Mar: PerthNow (Aus). A WA detective who investigated Corryn Rayney’s murder has told her husband’s defamation trial that physical evidence and his behaviour made the barrister a suspect. Detective Sergeant Ian Moore said when Mr Rayney was named the only suspect by Det Sen Sgt Jack Lee in September 2007, there were “lots of other persons of interest” and he was automatically included. … “Lloyd Rayney’s actions and behaviour, the evidence of witnesses and physical material elevated my level of suspicion against Lloyd Rayney.” … He also noted the “acrimonious, toxic” state of the couple’s relationship amid claims of infidelity and gambling… Det Sgt Moore later learned two people saw Mr Rayney mowing his front verge days after his wife died in August 2007. It was significant because they had not seen him do it before and the family’s gardener had done the job the day after Ms Rayney was murdered. “The only logical explanation I could come to from his actions was that he was trying to destroy, conceal or remove potential evidence relating to the murder of his wife from the front verge.” … 493 words.  click here
21 Mar: ABC. Detective who named Lloyd Rayney prime murder suspect just 'stating the obvious', colleague says …  click here


News Summary

EXCLUSIVE: Danielle McLaughlin was GANG RAPED before being murdered claims family lawyer

20 Mar: Daily Mail (UK) By Nick Fagge in Goa. Murdered British backpacker Danielle McLaughlin was gang-raped before she was murdered with a broken beer bottle, according to her family's lawyer. In a dramatic development, Vikram Varma today insisted that prime suspect Vikat Bhagat could not have acted alone… ‘I believe Danielle’s attackers took her to another place other than the place where the body was found”. The lawyer is now urging Goa Police to keep searching for the other attackers… Today Bhagat appeared in court on 20 separate charges of theft against tourists … 875 words + photos.  For further details click here
The missing 10 hours that could hold clue to solving 'gang-rape killing' of Danielle McLaughlin. 20 Mar: Daily Mirror (UK). … Mr Varma said: "We don't know what happened between 9.30pm and 7.30am. At this moment in time, nothing can be ruled out." … Danielle was wearing traditional, colourful facepaints when she vanished. But there was no paint on her body when it was found the next day… She may have gone to have a shower at some place. We need to know where she went…” 689 words.  click here
Danielle McLaughlin’s heartbroken dad reveals he only met daughter three times before she was murdered … 19 Dec: The Sun (UK). 1032 Words, click here.

Editorial: Making Tourists feel safe in Goa

20 Mar: Navhind Times. The rape and murder of the 28-year-old Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin highlights once again the issue of lack of safety of tourists across Goa. According to police records, as many as 260 foreign tourists died of 'unnatural causes' in the state between 2005 and 2015. Among them were 76 British nationals, including 18 women, 48 Russians, 18 Nepalese, 13 Ukrainians and 5 Germans… The two accused in the Scarlet case were acquitted by the children's court for lack of evidence despite the Central Bureau of Investigation handling it, causing disbelief and disappointment among members of her family and foreign tourists at large… Goa attracts tourists from different states of India and foreign countries and it is the duty of the state administration to ensure their safety…  For further details click here
20 Mar: The Goan. Goa’s dark side …  click here
20 Mar: The Goan. Danielle murder: Goa’s image takes a severe beating abroad click here.

Mumbai: Anne Crasto deported 13 years after she flew to Canada on fake passport

20 Mar: Indian Express. Anne Flavia Crasto from Mangalore was deported to India on Friday, 13 years after she travelled to Canada using a fake passport… According to the police, in September 2004, Crasto, now 52 years old, used a passport registered in another person’s name to travel to Montreal via Mumbai. While the forgery was not detected in India, she was held by immigration authorities at the airport in Montreal. Immediately, she applied to be granted asylum, but her request was rejected. Over the next decade however, Crasto continued to live in Montreal, working as a house help and sending money to her family in Mangalore. She got married to an Indian-origin American citizen in Canada. But they got divorced in 2012 … Crasto, comes from a very poor family in Mangalore, of which no member has been able to come to Mumbai to be with her… Crasto was not very well educated and must have been duped by her agent …  For further details click here

Canada: Road to priesthood started with a simple question

14 Mar: The Catholic Register… In Canada 11 men this spring will be ordained into the Catholic priesthood… This graduating class from St. Augustine’s Seminary and the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Toronto represent the largest class since 2009… brothers Favin and Ryan Alemao, 29 and 32 respectively will be ordained May 13 at St. Michael’s Cathedral… [Favin and Ryan are the sons of Felix and late Alice Alemao (Ex Sinquerim, Goa]  For further details click here
9 Mar. 2012: The Catholic Register. Brothers Ryan and Favin Alemao are in formation for the priesthood at Toronto’s St. Augustine’s Seminary. And though both come from the same family, have had similar experiences and look incredibly alike — some even mistake them for twins — both reached the same point in very different ways. The Alemao family moved to Ajax, Ont., from the United Arab Emirates in 2001 … When the Alemaos moved to Canada, the whole family got involved in its new parish community… 992 words. [Item alert from John Nazareth].  click here

Manohar Parrikar’s Cabinet

21 Mar: Navhind Times. The new Tourism Minister, Manohar 'Babu' Azgaonkar, emphasised on developing tourism sector and protecting Goan culture … He also said that his priority would be to promote ecotourism by creating proper infrastructure so that tourists would get an opportunity to experience real culture and tradition of the state… Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude … TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai … Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte … Francis D'Souza: urban development … Pandurang Madkaikar: power portfolio… Govind Gaude has been made the Minister for Art and Culture, whereas GFP's Vinod Paliecar and Jayesh Salgaonkar have been allotted water resources and housing portfolios respectively…  For further details click here

Man, 72, charged with stabbing Indian Catholic priest in Melbourne

20 Mar: Daily Mail. A priest was stabbed in the neck in front of horrified worshipers during a Sunday morning church service in Melbourne. Reverend Tomy Kalathoor Mathew, 48, was just about to start the 11am Italian mass at St Matthew’s church in Fawkner North when a man approached him. The man allegedly yelled 'you are Indian, a Hindu or Muslim, you cannot say mass... I will kill you.' … Later on Sunday evening, a 72-year-old man was arrested in connection with the stabbing, police announced around 9pm. Rev Mathew was not seriously injured in the brazen attack but was rushed to hospital after his flock gave him first aid inside the church…  For further details click here

India to emerge as new hub for cruises

20 Mar: Travel Biz Monitor. According to a report in The Asian Age, a policy is in the works to make India a global destination for cruise shipping and efforts are on to identify such circuits … Europe’s key player Costa Cruises launched Costa neo Classica in India recently, which has confirmed seven voyages. A task force to promote cruise tourism in the country has been constituted under the chairmanship of tourism secretary, with shipping secretary as co-chairman… Of the 12 major ports, only five — Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, New Mangalore and Chennai — have facilities to berth international cruise ships …  For further details click here

Auction: Planters Chair

22 Mar: De Zwann, Amsterdam. Lot 8013. Hardwood planters chair with cane seat and back. Auctioneer's estimate; 80 EUR - 120 EUR  For further details click here
Lot 2398: Colonial, probably Goa, fully tortoiseshell lined art cabinet, 17th century, with finely crafted silver lines, handles and feet with floral motifs. Behind the two doors five drawers, the inside of the doors with painted decoration of characters (turtle with cracks). 40 cm x 24 cm x 29 cm. Auctioneer's estimate 800 EUR - 1,500 EUR  click here


News Summary

Video: Meet King Tommy, the Goan rescue dog who is now a UK award winner

16 Mar: Plymouth Herald (UK). One canine who has gone from being a battered street dog in India to become a finalist at one of the biggest dog shows in the world – Scrufts - the very first Indian dog to make it to the final … When he was a puppy he was scalded with boiling water and nearly starved to death before he was rescued by his now-owner Monique Golda Nerman… King Tommy trains as a therapy dog in Plymouth for those with learning difficulties. The Pariah cross-breed's claim to fame comes in the form of a Channel 4 documentary covering how he made the final six out of 1,700 entries … Monique and King Tommy first locked eyes in Goa when the 50-year-old artist and writer Monique was visiting for a six-month painting trip… Channel 4 snapped up the chance to interview him and he will be featuring in the hour-long documentary at 8pm on Friday… King Tommy's fame does not stop at Scrufts, he has a book coming out on March 23, available to buy on Amazon, called "King Tommy - a small dog with a big heart"… 806 words.  click here
To watch the Channel 4 TV Programme online,  click here

Danielle McLaughlin’s murder puts Goa in focus again in Britain

19 Mar: Hindustan Times. Goa is one of the most common subjects for lyrical travel pieces in the British news media, but last week’s murder of Irish-British dual national Danielle McLaughlin has brought the popular tourist resort in the headlines for less than gushing reasons… The British news media have been closely covering the McLaughlin case. McLaughlin’s murder is also the subject of animated discussion among people of Goa origin based in Britain and elsewhere… “It is so sad. You can’t trust the police and politicians in Goa. It is not only the British who are questioning police’s role; even we Goans don’t have much trust in them. Every Goan family here I know is talking about it,” London-based Jaime Barreto of Goa origin said … 507 words.  For further details click here

Vikat Bhagat’s family speak of their 'shock and devastation'

19 Mar: Daily Mail (UK). By Helen Roberts. The hardworking family of the man accused of raping and murdering a British woman in the holiday resort of Goa are 'devastated and confused he could do such a thing'. Vikat Bhagat, 23, is the youngest brother of two sisters and nurses at hospitals in Southern Goa. Geeta Bhagat, 25, cannot comprehend that her little brother who liked watching comedy films has committed such a crime… 'He never liked to study,' she said. 'He's the only one in the family who didn't finish school…” Mother Surekha Bhagat, 52, who works as a teacher in the local school up the road from their house, has not slept since her only son was arrested on Tuesday morning … There is surprise that Bhagat was free despite having a long criminal record … The sister added, “He used to take mum to the temple on a Monday and a Tuesday. And he was a fine brother.” … Father Surender Bhagat, 57, works in the gulf as a labourer and found out about his only son's arrest on Thursday… 1343 words.  click here
19 Mar: The Goan. Tourism players worried after Canacona incident.  click here

Facebook helped us crack Irish woman’s murder case: Goa Police

20 Mar: Indian Express. Goa police have said that Facebook helped them get the first break in the case of the Irish woman’s rape and murder as the social networking site helped them identify the victim. “We have to say Facebook helped,” said police inspector Filomeno I Costa of Canacona Police station. The case, which was cracked in two hours and 40 minutes, came to the police on the morning of March 14… Bhagat has cases of thefts, robbery, house break-ins and drug peddling against him… He confessed that when he tried to impose himself on her in an isolated spot off the highway leading to Agonda, she tried to escape… 640 words.  For further details click here

Goa Governor pressurised to go against her wish: Congress leader

19 Mar: Business Standard. Congress Secretary Girish Chodankar on Sunday said he had the feeling that Goa Governor Mridula Sinha was pressurised to act against her wish. "She seems to be a very innocent lady, a renowned writer… I am feeling she has been pressurised to do something against her own wish," Chodankar told the media here. He said: "She will resign of her own volition, because she is grappling with her conscience over her decision on March 12 to invite the Bharatiya Janata Party to form the new government in Goa, which was against her wish." "When our delegation met her (this week), we observed her body language. She made no eye contact with any of our leaders. I felt she is now talking to her conscience. I was feeling very sorry for her," he said….  For further details click here

Sneha Mandir A haven for Senior Citizens!

19 Mar: Herald. Margao based chartered accountant and one-time, culture czar, Ramakrishna Naik (89) laid the foundation stone for Sneha Mandir, the popular senior citizens’ home on a hillock in Bandora near Ponda in 1982. He garnered funds to build the first of the 12 cottages and two geriatric blocks in 1989. The last 28 years has seen Sneha Mandir be home to over hundreds of senior citizens… Most of these seniors need 24-hour nursing support… Married couples always share a room… Senior citizens pay a modest fee of Rs 3,500 per head every month to Sneha Mandir in return for the care and attention. Four doctors visit the centre in rotation through the week. There is an in- house ambulance which can shift seniors to the nearest hospital in case of emergencies. A delicious, vegetarian meal supplemented with fish three times a week is served in the main dining hall. The infirm and ailing are served by their bedside… 891 words.  For further details click here

Mumbai-Goa business-class train could be ready by April

19 Mar: Times of India. Railway minister Suresh Prabhu has said that the Tejas train will be flagged off in the first week of April. Tejas is targeted at the business traveller, who is willing to pay more for better service and more comfort. The Tejas will run on routes such as Mumbai-Goa... According to sources, the Mumbai-Goa train could be the first ever Tejas train…  For further details click here

Slicing, salting, sunning: All about the bimbli berry

19 Mar: Times of India. By Valencia Mascarenhas. Goan cuisine can never fall short of natural souring agents. With every passing season, the ingredients change and so does the cooking method. Depending on the time of the year, the average Goan household is known to pick, preserve and utilize these tart fruits. One such versatile berry is the bimbli. Commonly known as cucumber tree or tree sorrel, Averrhoa bilimbi is a fruit-bearing tree found in almost everyone's backyard. These beautiful bimbli trees with almost florescent coloured leaves are lush and green, bearing fruits throughout the year. With one of these trees to your name, you almost never have to shell out on tamarind or any souring agent for your cooking… It is usually added to lentils, vegetable gravies, but most famously to prawn curry… the bimbli has a very unique flavour which lends curries a special taste much different from tamarind … Goans use a lot of other souring agents in their food. Similar preservation methods are inflicted on mango seeds (padde), raw mango slices, kokum, and of course tamarind. Salted and laid out in the sun, these natural wonders go a long way in preserving taste and tradition. 438 words.  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of the Bimbli,  click here


News Summary

This is not the Goa we were brought up in

19 Mar: Herald. By Neshwin Almeida who logs in to find out how the social media is reacting to Danielle McLaughlin's murder … Goans globally are only talking about the murder and how safe is Goa. “This not the Goa that I was brought up in,” was a quick reaction by Condrad Barreto, a Goan techie who lives in Bangalore. While Goans in the UK on have completely ignored the new Brexit laws and everybody is only discussing this gruesome murder… 622 words. [Ed: I have written to Neshwin Almeida pointing out that there have been 66 references to Brexit in Goan Voice…]  click here
19 Mar: Herald. The scar lets us down. By Basuri Desai who tracks the crimes against foreign tourists which have earned Goa a bad name … 661 words.  click here
19 Mar: Herald. Murder numbs Canconkars. By Abel Barreto who spoke to several persons from Canacona who are shocked and sad that Goa is getting a bad name … click here.

REVEALED: Man seen holding hands with Danielle McLaughlin is a local taxi driver

18 Mar: Daily Mail (UK) By Nick Fagge In Goa. The man seen holding hands with murdered Danielle McLaughlin an hour before she disappeared with her alleged killer has been revealed to be a local taxi driver who told his wife he had not spent the evening with the tragic Briton. Rajesh Sarokomart Pant is one of six men brought in for questioning by police investigating the 28-year-old backpacker’s rape and murder at an idyllic Indian beach resort in Goa. Pant, who is known as ‘Kanar’, spent hours drinking with adventurer Danielle in various bars in Palolem before she mounted on the back of the scooter of Vikat Bhagat who has allegedly admitted murdering her. Today Pant protested his innocence … 1329 words + photos  For further details click here

Vikat Bhagat denies rape, claims an 'on-off relationship for over a year' with Danielle McLaughlin

18 Mar: Daily Mail. The man accused of murdering, raping and strangling British backpacker Danielle McLaughlin told Indian detectives that the pair had enjoyed an on-off relationship for over a year … Police say Bhagat has admitted killing the adventurer after she spurned his sexual advances following the Holi festival party at a Palolem beach resort, near Canacona. But Inspector Filomeno Costa, Officer in Charge of Canacona Police Station, told MailOnline that twisted Bhagat had rejected the allegation of rape because he said the pair had been in a relationship dating back to her last trip to Goa 12 months ago. ‘Vikat claims he has enjoyed relations with Miss McLaughlin since last year. This is his defence – that he was in relationship with her.’ … But Goan attorney Vikram Varma said the nature of their relationship remained unknown…  For further details click here
18 Mar: Belfast Telegraph. Fund to bring tragic Danielle McLaughlin's body home from Goa hits £37k … The body of Buncrana woman Danielle McLaughlin is expected to arrive back in Ireland early next week after a repatriation fund raised more than €36,000 in just two days.  click here
For Danielle McLaughlin's Go Fund Me page, click here.

Confession ‘useless in murdered tourist trial’

18 Mar: The Times (UK). By Catherine Sanz, Hugh Tomlinson New Delhi. Vikram Varma, a lawyer for the family of Danielle McLaughlin has said that the suspect’s confession will be of little to no value in a trial. He said he believed that Danielle McLaughlin, 28, was the victim of more than one attacker… “Indian police often extract a confession but it has to be given in the presence of a magistrate to ensure there was no coercion,” Mr Varma said. Vikat could have confessed that he did it alone so friends were free to move around and destroy evidence.” ... 602 words  For further details click here

‘Nothing has changed in Goa in nine years’

18 Mar: Mumbai Mirror. Fiona MacKeown, the mother of Scarlett Keeling, has said that there are striking parallels between the gruesome tragedy that befell her daughter and the murder of Irish national Danielle McLaughlin… MacKeown said that she had spent a fortune trying to get justice for her daughter, and was getting tired after nine years of relentless struggle. “I don’t think anything has changed in Goa except the government, but they don’t seem to care. If they did, the CBI would be made to probe the police, ministers, Julio (Lobo, a local tour guide) and all the drug dealers that were there the night Scarlett died. All broke the law.” … MacKeown told Mirror that she had started a crowd funding project to raise money that would be given to people who could give me new leads into the case. “I have no credit left on my credit cards. I will come back to India when I need to.” 628 words.  For further details click here
For the Fiona MacKeown crowdfunding project, site,  click here

Edinburgh: Hermann Rodrigues, Restaurant owner jailed over VAT

18 Mar: Herald (Scotland). An Indian restaurant owner has been jailed for 21 months after he repeatedly changed the names of the premises to evade £86,000 worth of VAT payments. HM Revenue and Customs took action after discovering 55-year-old Hermann Rodrigues’ scam at his Suruchi restaurant on Nicolson Street and Suruchi Too on Constitution Street in Edinburgh. Rodrigues of Kilmaurs Terrace, Edinburgh changed the names of the controlling companies and used the identity of others to conceal his involvement. Both restaurants charged their customers VAT on meals, but he failed to pass this on to HMRC…  For further details click here
For the Hermann Rodrigues Facebook page,  click here

Vishwajit Rane, wife summoned in Aires Rodrigues Threat to Kill case

18 Mar: Herald. Judicial Magistrate First Class Panjim has summoned former Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane and his wife Divya Rane to appear in the court on Monday March 20 in connection with the 2007 threat to kill case of advocate Aires Rodrigues. Supreme Court of India on January 10 this year had directed that the case filed against Vishwajeet Rane be revived… Advocate Rodrigues in his petition before the SC had challenged that decision of the High Court … The 73 page charge sheet was filed by the Old Goa Police against Rane under Sec 506 of Indian Penal Code for allegedly threatening advocate Rodrigues, but the sudden decision of the government had made the section non-cognizable… Click here.  click here

Minister Vijai faces protest meet #1

19 Mar: Herald. A large crowd gathered at Lohia Maidan, Margao to protest the government formation, unanimously adopted resolutions asking the elected representatives who have betrayed the mandate to resign and seek a fresh mandate and also sought the dismissal of the Governor for not honouring time-bound traditions with regards to government formation…. Some of the speakers were: Former Union Minister Ramakant Khalap, Tennyson Fernandes, Activist Swati Kerkar, Nationalist Congress Party General Secretary Avinash Bhonsle, Rahul Basu of Goenchi Mati Movement, Jose Mario Miranda, Dr Francisco Colaco, All India Congress Committee Secretary Girish Chodankar, Advocate Aires Rodrigues and Datta Naik …  For further details click here
19 Mar: Navhind Times. Vijai draws severe criticism over support to BJP … Photo.  click here

Inside story of how the Congress snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in Goa

18 Mar: India Today. … The ignominy of being pipped to the post despite emerging as the single largest party on March 11 could have been avoided but for the vaulting ambition of its state leaders particularly, Pradesh Congress Committee chief Eduardo Faleiro. Congress won 17 seats in Goa's 40-seat Assembly. The BJP came in a distant second with 13 seats, leaving Congress clear to claim majority if the latter could get the support of four other MLAs. However, Eduardo Faleiro's pathological dislike for the Vijai Sardesai-led Goa Forward Party, which won three seats, and repeated attempts on his part to scupper a pre-poll alliance between the two parties from taking place was the single biggest factor that cost Congress the chance of forming the government in Goa…  For further details click here
Video: Times Now. Congress MLA Savio Rodrigues From Goa Quits Party… 2m. 58s.  click here
18 Mar: Political & Economic Weekly. Carrying On a Dubious Game in Goa? By Frederick Noronha… 3278 words. click here.



Death: Lourdita Dias

15 March 2017. Calgary, Alberta, Canada. LOURDITA MANUELINA DIAS. Aged 98. Ex St. Jacinto, Goa and Nairobi, Kenya and Toronto. Beloved wife of the late Caitano Dias. Cherished mother of Jenny (Jane) (Salus), Bertha (Domnick), Cecilia (Cajitan), Liz (Tony), Late John (Maria), Estella (Late William), Jeff (Maimie) and Teresa. Loving Grandma of 15 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren. Will be fondly remembered by her siblings, all of her nieces, nephews and other extended family members and friends. Lourdita was born on March 26, 1918 in St. Jacinto, Goa, India spending her childhood there before marrying and moving to Nairobi, Kenya in 1938. She eventually moved to Canada, first living in Toronto and later in Calgary. The family wishes to extend our sincere thank you to the staff at Bow View Manor for their care of our dear Lourdita. For funeral details and to send condolences, click here.

Death: Cyril Rodrigues

17 Mar: Caskar Vaddo, Porvorim, Goa. CYRIL CAMILO RODRIGUES. Born 09-02-1925. ex-Dar-es-Salaam. Husband of late Perpetua. Father of Maria. Grandfather of Attalia & Rosario. Great Grandfather of Raisa, Rachel and Alroy. Funeral cortege will leave his residence on 19th March, 2017 at 3.30 p.m., to Our Lady of Candalaria Chapel, Porvorim followed by burial at Our Lady of Succor Church Cemetery.

News Summary

Shocked pals of murdered British backpacker reveal 30 men took SELFIES with the naked body

17 Mar: Daily Star. Shocked friends of the 28-year-old, who was found dead in a field in Goa on Tuesday, have told how about 30 men stood next to her naked body as they took sick selfies. Local man Vikat Bhagat later confessed to killing Danielle but told police he had not acted alone. Saskia Gall, one of the friends asked to identify the body, questioned the behaviour of the police investigators. “We went out to the field and there were 30 or more men standing next to the body taking photos and watching” … 277 words.  For further details click here
Last photos of murdered British backpacker, 28, taken ONE HOUR before she left party in Goa on 'killer's' scooter show her holding hands with local man. 17 Mar: Daily Mail (UK).  click here
17 Mar: The Sun (UK). ‘THEY WERE GLUED TO HER’ Friends reveal Brit backpacker Danielle McLaughlin was ‘surrounded’ by Indian men at Goa Holi party before she was raped and murdered … 880 words, click here.

Goa murder: Vikat has claimed that he had not carried out the attack alone

17 Mar: Daily Star (UK). Dep Supt Tavares said suspect Vikat Bhagat, 23, had injury on his groin area and thighs. “He has been maintaining that he killed her with a broken beer bottle but not speaking up further. He is not telling the reason for the murder … Vikat has told us that they knew each other as Danielle had visited Goa last year and became friends with him. But she used to call him ‘brother’… Vikat claimed he had not carried out the attack alone...” Police are now quizzing three other suspects…  For further details click here
17 Mar: The Goan. Danielle murder accused had 2 externment reports against him. Canacona police had recommended the externment of Bhagat from Canacona taluka on grounds of being a danger to society on two occasions, once in July 2016 and then, five months later. He had as many as 20 cases against him, including 7 chapter cases, ever since he was 15 years. Canacona police had submitted two reports to the District Magistrate (South) seeking his ‘externment’ from the locality, for being a danger to society. However, no action was taken by authorities in the matter, enabling Bhagat to move freely in Canacona taluka…  click here

Goa murder: 245 tourists died in four local districts in past 12 years

17 Mar: The Guardian (UK). An Irish-British dual national whom police believe was murdered in Goa was one of more than 245 foreigners to die in four districts of the Indian state in the past 12 years, according to police records obtained by the Guardian… Records from the Goa police, obtained under India’s freedom of information laws, show that six other foreigners’ deaths were classified as murders in the Anjuna, Pernem, Mapusa and Canacona districts in the decade leading to August 2015. Another 157 foreigner deaths were classified as natural or accidental, but a group of relatives of some of the tourists who died in the western Indian state say authorities have overlooked crucial clues in some cases that could point to foul play… There were 20 suicides in Pernem district. About 23 people drowned, while the cause of death for another 39 people is listed as “not known or pending”. Foreign men aged between 30 and 49 are most at risk of dying in the districts, the records show… Goa police have been contacted for comment…  For further details click here
17 Mar: Irish Independent. Dangers for women travelling to Goa are well known … By Luke Byrne.  click here

The dark side of Goa: Tropical India paradise where violence stalks young British women

17 Mar: The Mirror (UK). It's a beautiful part of the world for those seeking picturesque beaches and delicious food in warm sunshine. But this week a side of Goa which doesn't feature in tourist brochures and in Instagram posts from travellers reared its head… when the Mirror visited the resort locals said that while by day the resort is safe and carefree, at night it takes on a more sinister tone… “In India the culture is much different, women don’t show their bodies so many men can’t control themselves…” … “the biggest problem here is that British girls are too polite and too friendly with them. Indian and Russian women will usually ignore them or be rude to them…” 1305 words.  For further details click here
17 Mar: News (Aus.) One a week: the scary statistics behind this fun-loving paradise … Goa is a calm coastal oasis that’s a magnet for fun-seeking backpackers. It’s not hard to see why. It is abundant with beaches, all-night parties, architectural marvels and places of worship — many of them Catholic, a legacy of Portuguese rule in this unique part of the country…  click here
17 Mar. Independent (Ireland). Sun, sea and spices seem suddenly stupid, as brutal murder brings a chill to Goa. Goa can madden with tourist hustle, shock with poverty and is festooned with litter… Suddenly, sexual attacks on female visitors to India are under the microscope… click here.

Mystery surrounds death of Steven Perfect, aged 36 in Goa

16 Mar: Eastern Daily Press (UK). Steven Perfect, 36, of Maple Close, Wymondham, flew out to Goa on December 5, 2013 to attend a friend’s wedding and do some travelling. He was due to fly home on December 28. However, the police were called in after he was reported missing on December 22 and he was discovered at the Cap’s Corner hotel (photo) in Calangute, Goa after hotel owner Capistrano Gomes called the police .. police officers Mr Manog and Mr Gautam, visited Mr Perfect’s hotel room and found him dead in bed. An autopsy carried out at the Goa Medical College on January 3, 2014, did not find a clear cause of death. It was believed a toxicology report was carried out in India, but the family has been unable to obtain it … Another postmortem took place in the UK on January 16, with a toxicology report. It was found Mr Perfect had fatty liver disease and had codeine, a drug used for pain relief, and diazepam, which is used to treat anxiety, in his system. Mrs Perfect said her son would take diazepam as he was a nervous flyer… The coroner recorded an open verdict. 410 words.  For further details click here

Editorial: On the shores of Goa, tourism is suffering the pain of death

17 Mar: Herald. In a little under a decade, yet another woman - a foreigner - lay killed - not far from the shores of the sea. The death of Danielle McLaughlin, a lively 28- year- old from the small town on Buncarna in Donegal County brings back haunting images of the death of Scarlett Keeling on the waters of the Arabian sea in Anjuna, in the extreme other end, from where Danielle McLaughlin was killed. Scarlett Keeling would also have been 28, Danielle’s age, if she was with us today. The circumstances in which she was killed, the events which led up to it, had an uncanny parallel, with the events of February 2008, which led to the death of Scarlett Keeling…  For further details click here

Architect Raya Shankhwalker’s guide to restoring Indo-Portuguese homes

17 Mar: The Hindu. … Working with architect Sarto Almeida, to restore the façades of the Custom House and the Police headquarters — two prominent public buildings of historical importance — instilled a liking for conservation. I worked on several similar urban conservation initiatives before I took up my first residential project at Siolim village — converting a 150-year-old residence into a guest house… The blueprint for Indo-Portuguese homes was borrowed from homes in North Portugal, where they had harsh winters… Travel is a strong inspiration for me. My earlier trips to Portugal helped develop my approach to conservation… Heritage conservation holds immense tourism potential. The restoration of Indo-Portuguese homes has given the city character — not just the built environment, but in terms of natural beauty, too… 973 words.  For further details click here

Live the Villa Life in Goa

17 Mar: Khaleej Times (UAE). Goa, at times, seems to have been overtaken by its own legend — as the ultimate sun, fun and beach destination. Just when we thought that the former Portuguese colony was on the verge of becoming a tourism cliché, we discovered that Goa still hugs to itself a secret, an inner core, pure and inviolate, which she refuses to share with the casual tourist. Only the genuine wayfarer, who wants to burrow into its leafy interior, will discover that in this tiny state, bright with Indian sunshine, life still goes on at the pace of a softly flowing river every day. And Goa offers the traveller a unique gift: the ability to find fresh wonder in doing nothing… We stayed at the award-winning Summertime, secluded on a hill, with easy access to Calangute and Candolim beaches … It was created by Sucheta Potnis and her husband Hans Tuinman as a utopia for themselves and with typical generosity of spirit decided that they needed to share it with the world at large… 1142 words.  For further details click here

Goan Voice UK is funded by donations, events advertising and sponsorship from the world-wide Goan Community.

PayPal for secure credit card transactions

For details click here


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

Goans Down Under - Sydney, Australia

Please visit/contact us:
For Facebook, click
. Tel: Tony Colaco - 0411 131 891. Email:

a little help gives a lot of hope

Sponsor A Child. Make A Donation. Be A Volunteer

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


Multi-cuisine Family Restaurant with Pub in Goa. A Jerome Mendes (UK) Enterprise. Also offering Rooms and Konkani Video CDs.

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

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:

Rental: Luxury Holiday Villa in Panjim, Goa

A short walk to the beach, surrounded by coconut trees and fields, come and enjoy the Goa you have always been proud of ... in a home away from home!! For full details, click here. Text, whatsapp, call Angelo Monteiro (Canada) +17053451257 or email

OCI Assistance

We provide a range of NRI services including OCI, Pan Card and other NRI services such as Affidavit drafting, Indian Passport Surrender, Naturalisation certificate, Translation services and Deed Poll. 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:

Spice of Goa Restaurant and Takeaway, Hounslow, London

Open 7 days, 11.00 am to 10.30 pm. Family run restaurant by Peter & Alina Fernandes ex Saligao. Only Goan food served, including Goan Fish Thali. 324 Bath Road, Hounslow, TW4 7HW. Call 07440 184632. For the Facebook page, click

Stallions Air

ATOL 9179

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

Time Travel

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

Tito’s – Where Else?!

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


Celebrate Life!! Anchor your silver years to “Magical Goa”. Enjoy world class comfort and security.

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.

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

Looking for a Gift idea?

A Railway Runs Through - Goans of British East Africa, 1865 - 1980. By Selma Carvalho.
Order a signed copy delivered to anywhere in the world safely and securely. Buy
using PayPal or debit/credit card.

Villa Calangute

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

This Space Can be Yours!

Become a Goan Voice UK Sponsor

Goan Association (UK)

76 Middleton Avenue,
Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 8BS
Tel: 020 8723 1322
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:

Bringing The Good Times Closer…

Direct Charter Flights - Special rates on schedule services - Exclusive hotel packages
T:020 8460 0379 / 020 8313 9683.

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

Goan Voice UK designed by VCOMPLETE
and funded by donations and sponsorship from the world-wide Goan Community and friends of Goa.