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Death: Manu Rodrigues. Ex-Tanga, Moshi, Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania

23 May: Toronto. MANUEL FRANCISCO RODRIGUES. (Ex-Tanga, Moshi, Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania) passed away peacefully at his home with his family by his side at the age of 91. Manuel was the loving husband of Melita Rodrigues and father to Randolph, Natalie/Jason Fernandes, John/Sarah and his adorable grandchildren, Alyssia Fernandes, Lucia/Gabriel Rodrigues. Manuel will be missed by his devoted in-laws late Joe/Ann de Souza (England), Sylvester/Loretta de Souza and Julio de Souza (Toronto). He will be missed by his nephews, Neil/Stephen and niece, Arlette. Manuel will be fondly remembered for his love of music as an excellent violinist and his caring ways reaching out to play at weddings, socials and dances. Funeral details: Viewing: Monday, May 27th. 2019 from 1-4:00 pm 6-9:00 pm at Ward Funeral Home, 52 Main Street South, Brampton, Ontario L6W 2C5. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on May 28th. 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Anne's Roman Catholic Church, 115 Vodden Street East, Brampton, Ontario L6V 1M4 followed by the Catholic Burial at Assumption Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Road, Brampton, Ontario L5T 1N4. [Info: Stephen de Souza] Condolences to:
For the Ward Funeral Home Death notice, click here.

Death: Henry De Souza. Ex Nairobi.
14 May: Bastora, Goa. HENRY ANTHONY DE SOUZA. Ex Nairobi Kenya. Born: 24/04/1943. Died :14/05/2019 Beloved husband of Antoinette (Annette) De Souza, Son of late Cicinata De Souza / late Mariano De Souza, Father of late Kennedy / Shanti (Goa), Christopher/Angela (UK), Brother of late Hilary/Julie (Canada), Liz/Laz (England). Norbert/Ursula (Canada), Diana/late Romeo (Canada), Violet/Mario (Bastora), Freddy/Gloria (Porvorim), Fr. Mario MSFS (Belgaum), Maria/Amaro (Canada), Doting Grandfather of Kyle and Kiera. Funeral cortege will leave his residence at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, 26 May 2019 to St. Cajetan's Church, Bastora, for Eucharistic Celebration at 4:00 p.m. followed by burial. Photo click here.

Death: Maria Fernandes. Ex Zanzibar
24 May: Sirvodem, Navelim, Goa. MARIA FELICIA FERNANDES. Ex- Zanzibar Born: 22/12/1932 - Died 21/05/2019. Wife Of: late Domingos Santana Gomes. Beloved Mother/ mother-in-law of late Rosario/ Lauriana Jose Inas, Antoneta/ Ambrose, Peter/ Luciana, Zeta / George , late Rafael/ Agnes, Xavier/ Leena, late Anthony (Babush). Grand children & Great Grandchild. Funeral Cortege will leave her residence at 4.30 p.m 25.05.2019 to Our Lady of Rosary Church, Navelim for mass & burial. Photo. click here.

Death: Francisco Xavier Gonsalves. Ex Goa-Velha
16 May: UK. FRANCISCO XAVIER GONSALVES. Ex Goa-Velha (Dando/St. Anton Waddo). Born: 20.12.1923. Beloved husband of Maria Santana Gonsalves, Father/Father-in-law of Antonio/Merciana, Grandfather of Frazer/Floyd & Maria. Passed away peacefully in U.K. Funeral cortege will leave his residence behind Kadesh Gas Service, St. Anton Waddo, Goa-Velha on Sunday, 26.05.2019 at 3.30 p.m. to St. Andrew Church, Goa-Velha followed by burial. Photo. click here.

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Video: Goan origin hip-hop artist Tracy De Sa releases debut album ‘Commotion’

15 May: It’s Goa. Tracy De Sa has moved around quite a bit. She left India for Portugal when she was just a child, and after spending a few years there, moved to Spain before establishing herself in France. This isn’t to say that De Sa hasn’t spent her fair share of time travelling the world. Lisbon, Malaga, Montpellier, Lyon, and her hometown of Goa are all places that have contributed to her colourful life experiences… Fast forward to 2019, and the name Tracy De Sa is finally set for global domination. With the release of her debut album ‘Commotion’ on May 17, De Sa has set her self up for massive success. Her latest release ‘Rickshaw’ the fifth (and last) track on the album saw its video filmed in Mumbai and her hometown of Goa… Check out the video for ‘Rickshaw’ and download the full album …  For further details click here

Venita Coelho: ‘All of Me’ for children’s literature

25 May: Herald. Noted author Venita Coelho is set to release her new book ‘All of Me’ for young adults. The book features the famed jewel, the Kohinoor. Based in Moira, Venita Coelho’s work revolves around a hectic schedule that contradicts her peaceful surroundings. Her latest book to hit bookstores is ‘All of Me’, published by Tina Narang at Harper Collins. Based in London in 1854, Castor is imprisoned and his multiple personalities are trying to solve the mystery of why Castor was imprisoned. The clues lead them to the Koh-i-noor. What inspired Venita to take the young readers on this journey? “Inspiration never lasts. Anger does. When David Cameron, the Prime Minister of England, was visiting India some years ago, he was asked if his country would return the Koh-i-noor. His reply was, ‘I don’t believe in returnism.’ The colonial arrogance of that made me so mad it powered an entire book! …  click here
To buy the book from Amazon,  click here
26 May: Navhind Times. Writing off darkness. Writer Venita Coelho tells how an arrogant statement by a former UK prime minister was the genesis for her new book 'All of Me' … click here.

How a single taluka halted BJP’s march in S Goa

25 May: Times of India. The Salcete jinx came to haunt the BJP this time as well. With a cumulative lead of nearly 50,000 votes in the eight Catholic-dominated constituencies of Salcete, Congress romped home with relative ease in the 2019 polls. Significantly, Congress secured leads in all eight of these assembly segments, belying hopes of the BJP that at least Fatorda and Margao would provide a tinge of saffron to the Congress citadel. While in 2014, the highest lead secured by Congress in Salcete was 8,105 in Velim, this time Sardinha’s leads crossed the threshold of 10,000 in three assembly segments – 12,115 in Nuvem, followed by 10,706 in Benaulim and 10,260 in Velim. He also got sizeable leads in Curtorim (8,346) and Navelim (4,599)…  For further details click here

Hindu Nationalist Party’s Victory Renews Religious Minorities’ Fears in India

24 May: National Catholic Register (USA). Caution has become the watchword among Christians and secular groups in India in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist party’s victory in the country’s 17th national election. When the votes for the protracted election were counted May 23, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) improved its majority — winning 303 seats along with BJP allies securing another 46 seats in the 542-member Indian Parliament, the “Lok Sabha” (People’s House). Although the Hindu nationalist party’s resounding victory raised apprehensions among minority Christians and secular-minded citizens, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the archbishop of Mumbai, the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India and key adviser to Pope Francis, remained optimistic. “We pray that everything goes well. We are encouraged by what the prime minister has assured,” Cardinal Gracias told the Register May 24. Part of that assurance comes from Modi’s emphasis during his victory speech on maintaining the rule of law in India, as the first principle of governance…  For further details click here

Billy Joel, Beatles & more as Goa goes ‘Classic’

25 May: Herald. Goa has a new venue to enjoy the beats of music that belong to the classic era of Lionel Richie, Billy Joel, and The Beatles among other great performers at Classic Circus at Favela. But it doesn’t end here, with more singers lined up to take you back to the good ole days. Café learns more about how this music will come alive by speaking to Raul D’Mello of the band Raul and Friends … Favela in Baga will have a different vibe this Sunday, May 26, 2019 from 9pm onwards. The music will take you back in time at ‘Classic Circus’ which is looking at the age group of 40 plus crowd who are looking forward to a relaxed and chilled out Sunday. The band, Raul and Friends, will be performing live at the Favela … “The audience can expect to hear different connotations of their most loved songs from yesteryears with a twist of my soul. Just to give you a taste of the music we will be covering songs by artistes like Lionel Richie, Stevie wonder, Luther Vandross, Billy Joel, Beatles, Englebert Humperdinck etc and many more,” concludes Raul…  For further details click here



Death: Sophia de Sa, Ex Nairobi

22 May: Texas. SOPHIA DE SA (born 10 Jul 1933) Formerly of Nairobi passed away peacefully in Texas with her family at her side. Preceded by her husbands (1) Manuel Couto & (2) Carlos Pinto Lobo; survived by her daughters Carol Inamdar (nee Couto)/Gaurang Imandar (Amie Schutetz, Natasha Wencl & Ojass ) and(2) (Lynette/John Andrew Carter (Julian & Shane) and (3) Ingrid/Tom Ridgeway. She was the sister to late Jose/Sylvia, Late Rosario/Mavis, Late Melitta/late Felix d’Souza, Christie/Muriel and Cacilda/Melvin D’Souza Funeral details to be announced later. [Info: Zelia de Sa Miranda]

Death: Joan Hopkin nee D’Costa. ex Dar es Salaam

18 Mar: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. JOAN GRACE ANNA HOPKIN (63) nee D'Costa formally from Dar es Salaam, passed away on Saturday, May 18th, 2019 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She will be truly missed by: Her Loving Husband Charles Hopkin; Loving mother Josephine D’Costa, and Sister Millie D’Costa. Including her loving mother-in-law-Rose, Aunt Helena and family. Funeral service: Friday, May 24th, 2019 at 2:00pm at: Thompson In the Park Funeral Home and Cemetery, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3T 5Y4 followed by a reception. In lieu of flowers, please forward donations to plant a tree in Israel in her memory at Messages of condolences may be posted at:Thomson In the Park Funeral Home and Cemetery | Funeral, Cremation & Cemetery. Info: Claude Fernandes click here.

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Brendan Fernandes: Ballet Kink at the Guggenheim

20 May: New Yorker. Page 26. “I’m thinking about the dynamics of power,” Brendan Fernandes, an artist, said the other day, on the Upper East Side. He is thirty-nine, with a shaved head, a trimmed beard, and an industrial earring that runs across the top of his left ear like a curtain rod. He wore a sweatshirt that read “Reigning Champ.” Fernandes, a former dancer, was about to headline the Young Collectors Party, at the Guggenheim, and had been given license to put on “performative interventions” with the theme “ballet kink.” The casting call was for “authoritative bodies.” Dancers would also have to be trained in ballet and O.K. with rope bondage. Tickets were selling for two hundred and fifty dollars… Fernandes was born in Nairobi. His family emigrated when he was nine settling in the suburbs of Toronto… 782 words.  For further details click here
10 May: Whitewall Art. Brendan Fernandes Talks “Ballet Kink” at The Guggenheim and Beyond …  click here
For the Brendan Fernandes website, click here.

Do our children know Goa well?

24 May: Herald. We have grown up in Goa unaware of so many things. On the occasion of International Museum Day in Goa, 35 young teens and children from El Shaddai Charitable Trust, Assagao explored the real meaning of Goa at Goa Chitra Museum. The visit included a fun tour and interaction with unique Goan artefacts. The children were also taken on a visualisation journey of traditional Goan landscapes through a beautifully crafted story and went on to draw what they had imagined, resulting in creative work. The entire event was planned and coordinated by art historian, curator and IFA Fellow, Lina Vincent. She wanted to introduce students to Goan culture and Goa Chitra was happy to support this wonderful initiative…  For further details click here

Jobs for Goan youth? But where are the takers?

25 May: Herald. Jobs has been the buzzword in Goa’s and India’s socio political space. But Goa is in a piquant situation where outside of lure of Government jobs, the young don’t quite want to take up jobs and prefer the private sector in Goa. Reason- Salaries offered fall short of rising aspirations. We examine this trend in our weekend special … The youth of today are very clear as to what they want to do and are willing to wait for the right opportunity… The prospect of low salaries in junior positions is quite off putting for youngsters … The general perception is that Goans are keen on working in the government sector. Job assured and an increment guaranteed every year… Harpreet Singh of Goa Jobs Junction said “I have ten jobs waiting for candidates but no one is willing to take them up. It is very difficult to recruit Goans. The really talented go getters are not available. They all want to work abroad. They want very good salaries in the very first assignment. They ask for salaries in excess of Rs, 20,000 for the first job…1420 words.  For further details click here

India election 2019: Five reasons why Narendra Modi won

24 May: BBC. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won a second five-year term in office after his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) stormed to a resounding election victory. The party is likely to build on the commanding majority it secured in 2014. So how did Mr Modi manage to exceed expectations and win by a landslide? Here are five key reasons behind his success…  For further details click here

Curried crab gratin — a Rowley Leigh recipe

23 May: Financial Times. In 30 years of publishing recipes, I have made about three stabs at “Indian” food, two of which made some attempt at authenticity. My pork cheek vindaloo was a pretty decent crack at the task and I was pleased with my rendition of a Goan fish curry: both were published in these pages and then in book form. The vindaloo has escaped criticism — as far as I am aware — but when a young Goan waiter glanced at the fish recipe and accompanying picture, his saddened demeanour was difficult for me to translate as mere nostalgia… Curried crab gratin: This is a dish using the excellent crabmeat that is now available …  For further details click here
For the Rowley Leigh Goan Fish Curry recipe,  click here
Recipe: pork cheek vindaloo … click here.

7 Ways To Celebrate Goa’s Portuguese Legacy

23 May: Cox & Kings. Goa is still synonymous with the cult-favourite Bollywood film ‘Dil Chahta Hai’, and the famous scene was shot in Chapora Fort, built in 1510. It has been a colony under the rule of Hindu, Muslim and Portuguese conquerors. Goa is the state of India that people from all age groups look forward to visiting at least once in their lifetime (and most prefer once in a year), and it beautifully reflects the Portuguese culture and extravaganza … Known as ‘Lisbon of the East’ in the early days, Goa charms its visitors with beaches, water sports, seafood and several fantastic places to visit. The Portuguese influence on Goa’s architecture and lifestyle is today famous across the length and breadth of India. One of the finest examples includes the Old Goa Church, also known as the Basilica of Bom Jesus, which houses the remains of St. Francis Xavier. Forts such as the Aguada Fort, add to the might and power of an era gone by… Chamucas: This dish is a testimony to the fusion of the Portuguese and Hindu culture. It is stuffed with chicken/lamb/pork filling and deep fried to perfection…  For further details click here


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Swindon: Fly-tipping letter 'hurts Goan feelings'

23 May: Swindon Advertiser. A letter warning residents about fly-tipping has caused upset among the Goan community. Swindon Borough Council sent standard letters to householders in the Broadgreen area – where illegal dumping of rubbish is a serious problem – warning them about fly-tipping and the prospect of fines for perpetrators. It went all round the area, with the English letter on one side, and a translation into Konkani on the other. But it wasn’t translated into any other languages, and Swindonians from Goa, or with Goan heritage, feel they’ve been singled out – as if the council thinks they are causing the problems. Nelson Carvalho, chairman of the Swindon Goan Association, said: “People have said to me that they feel as if the council is saying they are the problem… the majority of the community speak English and we are integrated into the community, so a letter in English would have been fine…” The letter was rendered into Konkani by councillor Imtiyaz Shaikh, himself of Goan origin… Adorabelle Shaikh, the newly-elected Labour councillor for Central ward, which includes Broadgreen, is also Goan. She said: “The council’s action to only include the Konkani language has backfired and we are asking it to apologise for hurting feelings… The Conservative administration’s cabinet member for place and economy Oliver Donachie defended the letter, saying: “We make no apologies for sending out the letter or its content…” 646 words.  For further details click here
For a copy of the Konkani letter,  click here
For the English version of the letter, click here.

In Goa, BJP wins 4-2 but loses Parrikar’s FORTRESS

24 May: Herald. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept the bypolls in four constituencies with a 3-1 scoreline and drew 1-1 in the Lok Sabha elections, but more importantly failed to win in Panjim, their stronghold for 25 years… In South Goa, Congress candidate Francisco Sardinha, as expected, won by a margin of around 9,391 votes… In North Goa four-time sitting MP and AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik was leading by over 80247 votes. For BJP the day begun with some bad news as Sidharth Kuncalienker went down to Congress’ Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate (photo) by 1,758 votes… The first bit of good news for BJP came from Shiroda where their candidate Subhash Shirodkar, who had defected from the Congress, won by a slender margin of 76 votes… Though the margin of victory was less, former deputy chief minister late Francis D’Souza’s son Joshua continued his father’s legacy by defeating his rival Congress candidate Sudhir Kandolkar by 1,151 votes… In Mandrem, another defector, BJP candidate Dayanand Sopte defeated Independent Jit Arolkar by 3,943 votes…  For further details click here

India election results 2019: Narendra Modi secures landslide win

23 May: BBC. Indian PM Narendra Modi has secured another five-year term after winning a landslide general election victory. His Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) looks set to win about 300 of the 543 seats in parliament, in what Mr Modi hailed as "a historic mandate". The main opposition alliance, which is headed by Rahul Gandhi's Congress party, has admitted defeat. The vote had been widely viewed as a referendum on the prime minister's Hindu nationalist politics. "We all want a new India. I want to bow down my head and say thank you," Mr Modi said in a victory address to BJP supporters on Thursday evening…  For further details click here
23 May: The Guardian. Editorial: The Guardian view on Narendra Modi’s landslide: bad for India’s soul. The world does not need another national populist leader who pursues a pro-business agenda while trading in fake news and treating minorities as second-class citizens …  click here
23 May: New York Times. How Narendra Modi Seduced India With Envy and Hate. The prime minister has won re-election on a tide of violence, fake news and resentment… click here.

The Maidenhead Beach at Norden Farm

24 July to 25 Aug. Grand Opening: Wednesday 24 July 10.30am. Our ever popular Beach is back - inspired by the laid back tropical paradise that is Goa. The Beach has been designed and handmade by Norden Farm with the help of the community. It's free to play on every day with beachside tables available for snacks and lunch from our Cafe Bar, where you can also find fun activity sheets. Peel yourself off the beach and get creative with your little ones in our daily Beach Craft session:.. With so much on offer the Goan Beach is the perfect place to pitch up this Summer!  For further details click here
The Nordern Farm is at, Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF, UK

STAAH, with Goa Partner RUBIQ, Kickstart

'The Big Connect' - A Multi-city Mega Networking Event for Hospitality Industry 23 May: Hotel News Resource (Canada). The leading names in the hospitality industry gathered at The Fern, Kadamba – Goa, for an evening of meet-and-greet with industry peers. The Big Connect event, brought together the ‘who’s who’ of the industry and was very effective in helping guests establish new connections and share knowledge whilst celebrating mutual successes and embracing further growth… With evening progressing and dinner and drinks flowing, STAAH & RUBIQ together hosted a perfect mix of Hoteliers, leading OTA’s and PMS companies, Media and also the Goa Tourism Board. Representatives from Airbnb, Go-MMT, Yatra, OTA Insights, Nat Geo Traveller, along with many other leading hotel chains made an appearance… STAAH Ltd is a New Zealand-based technology company that specialises in cloud-based channel management and booking engine for accommodation providers to maximise online revenue.  For further details click here

Birth of a European Town

23 May: Discover India. A charming testimony to Goa’s erstwhile Portuguese occupation, Fontainhas in the relaxed state capital of Panjim, is an offbeat escape from the serene but crowded beaches of the riverine state. Originally a mangrove swamp, Fontainhas was turned into a coconut plantation by a Goan expat, Antonio Joao de Sequeira, and was later bequeathed by him to the Carmelite nuns… Though Fontainhas grew in a haphazard manner, over the years, with tiny lanes sprouting out of nowhere, it still retains the charm of a quaint European town.  For further details click here
23 May: Discover India. The term Fontainhas was derived from Fonte Phoenix or Fountain Phoenix, a reservoir built by the Portuguese in the nearby Mala area. The 31st January Road was so named to mark Portugal’s independence from Spain in 1640…  click here
23 May: Discover India. Fontainhas by foot … click here.

Goan-style vegetable curry with kitchari

23 May: BBC Good Food (UK). This coconut and tamarind-based curry is served with brown rice cooked with lentils. This makes enough for two meals. Serves 4 Prep Cook 40 mins … For the kitchari: 225g brown basmati rice, 1 tsp rapeseed oil, 1 tsp ground coriander, 390g can green lentils, drained … heat the oil in a non-stick pan and add the ground coriander. Warm briefly, then tip in the rice and drained lentils. Warm through for 1 min, then stir through the remaining fresh coriander. Serve half the curry and rice now, then chill the rest to eat another night (cool the rice quickly on a wide tray, then chill immediately). Reheat the rice and curry in the microwave or on the hob. You may need to add a drop of water to the rice to stop it sticking…  For further details click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sat 1st Jun: The Divine Retreat Centre UK - 5th Anniversary Convention. We cordially invite you to join us as we celebrate this wonderful gift of Divine UK at The Halley Centre, Blackheath, London SE3 8EP on Saturday, 1st June 2019 from 9:00am-4:30pm. It will be led by Most Reverend Archbishop Peter Smith (Bishop of The Archdiocese of Southwark), Fr Augustine Vallooran VC (Director of Divine Retreat Centre, Muringoor), Fr George Panackal VC, Fr Antony Parankimalil VC, Fr Jose Palliyil VC and Fr Joseph Edattu VC. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Car parking is also available at the venue. Coaches to the venue have been arranged from different areas of UK- please refer to the poster at our website, and for the list of coaches for the day, click here.

Sun 9th Jun. Margao Union UK invites you to celebrate the Feast of the Holy Spirit at The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AR. Holy Mass at 1.45 noon prompt followed by dancing to the melodious sounds Outbreak. Catering by Suntop Caterers. Tickets £13 for Adults and £8 for children 6-13. Ticket includes snacks and a meal. Children under 5 are free. Licensed Bar Available. Strictly no food or drink allowed on the premises. For tickets please contact Bella Fernandes 07949233307/ 0208 3721253, Rosalind 0208 767 8652, Xavy 02088035146/07507950455, Lucas 07957148406 and Camilo 02088013637. For further details please see the attached flyer. Click here.

Sun 16 Jun. Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate their 39th anniversary Feast of St Anthony of Padua at Shirley Parish Hall, 81 Wickham Road, Shirley, Croydon CR0 8TB. Holy Mass at 12 noon prompt followed by dancing to the fabulous music of Maz & Co. Catering by Maggie's Kitchen. Members and Guests tickets £15 includes snacks and a Goan meal. Children under 12 free admission. Children's snacks and meal tickets £5. Licensed Bar Available. Strictly no food or drink allowed on the premises. For tickets please contact Eugene Fernandes 0208 6654773, Tony Fernandes 0208 5403566, Loretta Fernandes 0208 3309307. For further details please see the attached flyer - click here.

Sun 23 Jun: Benaulim Association UK: invites you to celebrate the feast of their Patron St John the Baptist at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12.30pm, followed by dancing to the sounds of Rainbows End. Catering by Suntop Caterer. Tickets which include delicious snacks and a meal costs £12 for members and £14 for guests. Children 6 to 15 years £7 and free for 5 and under. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. *** No tickets will be sold at the door *** For further details and tickets please call Jack on 0208 903 9017, Mary 0208 803 9752, Filu 020 7625 4728 Josephine 0208 352 8355 / 07957148406. For the flyer, click here.

Thu 27 Jun: GOA UK – Senior Citizens Get-Together. Venue : HSBC Sports & Social Club (Sterling Suite), Lennard Road, Beckenham, BR3 1QW – nearest railway – New Beckenham Station, Lennard Road, Beckenham, BR3 1QN (two minutes walk) commencing at 11.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Music by Chico. There will be prizes for bingo and a quiz. Bar at subsidised rates. Food available at the bar. Tickets £6.00. Ample parking available. For tickets please contact Bella Fernandes on 07949 233307 | Sandra Fernandes-Allen on 07768 080537 | Richard Fernandes – 07711 401157 | Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa on 07958 537314. For the flyer, click here

Sun 7 Jul: The Aldona Association invites you to celebrate the Feast of St Thomas on the 7th July 2019 at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Tickets will be sale from 20 May 2019. Mass to start at 12.15pm followed by a social gathering. Music by "Outbreak" and "DJ Richie". Bar by Coscon Bar Services and Catering by 'Trinity Caterers'. Ticket includes Meal and Snacks. Contact: Tome D'Souza 07975947692, Michelle D'Souza 07713449906, Nigel Moniz 07940708615, Lily Lobo 07442229258 Thank you. Please see Flyer for more details. Click here.

Sun 7 Jul: GOA UK – Golf. Venue: The Oaks Golf Centre, Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 4AN. Further details : Sandra Fernandes Allen on 07768 080537 or Savio DeSouzaon 07918 693290

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

Sun. 4 Aug: GOA UK *** Lorna at The Goan Festival - Sunday 4th August 2019 ***. Venue: Cranford Community College Grounds, High Street, Hounslow, TW5 9PD. Commencing will Holy Mass at 11.00 a.m. Ends and 19.00 hrs. Lorna Cordeiro the legendary Goan Nightingale will be performing. She will be accompanied by Norman Cardozo on Keyboards, Nolvert Cota on Trumpet, Mathias Sequeira on Drums and Francis Rodrigues on Bass Guitar. For further details contact please contact: Ravi Vaz +44(0)7909.927539; Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa - +44(0)7958.537314; Bella Fernandes +44(0)7949.233307 FOR LATER EVENTS go to


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UK: New Event Announcement

Sun 23 Jun: Benaulim Association UK: invites you to celebrate the feast of their Patron St John the Baptist at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12.30pm, followed by dancing to the sounds of Rainbows End. Catering by Suntop Caterer. Tickets which include delicious snacks and a meal costs £12 for members and £14 for guests. Children 6 to 15 years £7 and free for 5 and under. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. *** No tickets will be sold at the door *** For further details and tickets please call Jack on 0208 903 9017, Mary 0208 803 9752, Filu 020 7625 4728 Josephine 0208 352 8355 / 07957148406. For the flyer,  click here

Court in India Orders Investigation of Cardinal Oswald Gracias After Cover-Up Accusation

22 May: The Tablet (New York). Mumbai police have been ordered to investigate accusations that Cardinal Oswald Gracias and two auxiliary bishops covered up an accusation of clerical sexual abuse in 2015… Father Lawrence Johnson was arrested in 2016 on allegations of the sexual abuse of a child, but the family of a boy abused by the priest met briefly with Cardinal Gracias on November 30, 2015, shortly before he was scheduled to leave for Rome. The victim’s father told the court that Bishop John Rodrigues conducted an internal inquiry into the allegation but refused to share the details with the parents and didn’t report the allegation to the police. According to the 2012 law, all allegations of sexual abuse should be reported to the police… Another auxiliary bishop, Savio Dominic Fernandes, is named in the complaint, even though he was outside the city at the time. Cardinal Gracias serves as the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India and was part of the organizing committee for the Vatican’s anti-abuse summit in February…  For further details click here

Watch live streaming of Lok Sabha election results 2019 of Goa

22 May: Zee News. The fate of 50 candidates in the fray from six Lok Sabha constituencies in Goa, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Dadar and Nagar Haveli, Lakshadweep and Daman and Diu combined along with 536 other constituencies, will be decided when the results of the same are declared on Thursday, May 23. The counting of votes will begin at 8 am and is likely to continue till today evening. Watch Live Streaming of Lok Sabha Election 2019 results for these six seats …  For further details click here
22 May: BBC. Indian election 2019 on the BBC: How to follow the results …  click here
22 May: Herald. Long wait: Election results expected to be out only late at night on May 23. The wait is going to be really long for the people of Goa. The results of Lok Sabha elections and the four by-polls are expected to be out by midnight of May 23 or wee hours of May 24… One can visit the official page results to check the results. click here.

Claude and Norma Alvares: The Couple Standing Against Ecological Damage in Goa

22 May: Better India. Without the efforts of Norma Alvares, an environmental lawyer and her husband Claude, Goa would have most likely failed to retain its natural charm and a significant aspect of its ecological heritage. For more than three decades, the couple has fought hundreds of legal battles and campaigned extensively with their non-profit Goa Foundation. They live in the north Goa village of Parra open to those seeking guidance in their battles to protect the State’s pristine environment. The efforts of the Foundation eventually resulted in the Supreme Court of India (SC) issuing a historic ban on the rampant illegal mining in the State, which had devastated vast swathes of Goa’s ecosystem. The couple had met in Mumbai, sometime in the 1970s, while working in the education sector. “When we got married, we decided to get out of Bombay. We wanted to work in the rural development sector,” says Norma … 3121 words  For further details click here

11 great breakfasts to start your day with in Goa

22 May: By Nolan Lewis. Conde Nast Traveller. Christians usually have a ros omelette, a resourceful recipe that dunks eggs into whatever curry was leftover at dinner from the night before, but the mainly pesco-vegetarian Goan Hindus prefer their puri bhaji … Oysters for breakfast?! Across the Mapusa bus stand, Ajit Tea Stall serves a greasy teesrio (clam) Xacuti, for breakfast… Café Real, MG Road, Near Azad Maidan, Panaji has a humongous choice of puri bhaji … Mr. Baker 1922, Opposite Municipal Garden, Panaji has prawn recois and velvety bebinca… Café Xavier, Shop 141, Market Road, Municipal Market, Mapusa has so many choices of pattice, chops, pies and cutlets … Walke’s, Stall no 2, Mun Market, Subyard, Mapusa for creamy lassi or a refreshing chachh, bhajjiyas, samosas and bata vadas … Godinho Bar and Restaurant, Near Cine National, Ormuz Road, the staple here is the beef onion steak with eggs and chips … Baba au Rhum, Sim Vaddo, Anjuna for Vietnamese coffee, apple cider mead, a cheese and chile plum sauce croissant and the homemade ham and bacon crostini… Natti’s Naturals, Gaunwadi, Anjuna, the health food café … Sai Anant Restaurant, Sateri Nagar Colony, Parra for the oyster Xacuti…. Bodega’s Courtyard Café, Altinho with choice of bagels like the smoked salmon or cream cheese … Ruta’s MicroCafé & Deli, Moira for sticky buns, an assortment of empanadas, vegan muffins … Black Vanilla, Landscape Excelsior Building, DB Road, Opposite Kala Academy Campal for a selection of crepes, open sandwiches, quiches and apple strudel …  For further details click here

Video: Goa Not Safe For Foreign Tourists? Girl Slapped For Not Sitting On The Bike!

21 Mar: In Goa News. 4m. 11s.  click here
22 Mar: Hindustan Times. A Russian woman tourist has alleged she was stalked and slapped by an unidentified two-wheeler rider in the Arpora village in Goa after she refused his offer for a lift. The tourist has alleged that the police have “done nothing” since registering her complaint leaving her frustrated and her attacker on the loose. She said she was followed by a man on a two-wheeler in a white T-shirt and dark blue jeans who offered to drop her home at around noon on May 15 as she was walking home after visiting an ATM at Arpora… She accused the police of “doing absolutely nothing” since she lodged a complaint. “They didn’t even ask me about video pictures or the whole story or anything. They didn’t need it. It has been five days,” she said… Attacks on foreign tourists in Goa have got international attention and sought to put the spotlight on the darker side of the state otherwise famous for being a beach paradise. Over the last decade, hundreds of tourists have been molested and raped and 245 foreign tourists have lost their lives in Goa many of them in mysterious circumstances…  click here
23 May: Herald. Russian woman alleges inaction by cops on assault complaint. A Russian woman tourist residing in Goa for two years has alleged that she was slapped and humiliated by someone who is either from Karnataka or Nigeria at Arpora on May 15… click here.

Testing the waters with Jalesh Cruises’ maiden ship, Karnika

22 May: The Hindu. On its first sail from Mumbai to Goa, the vessel is docked at Mormugao Port … There’s ample on offer: a lavish two-floor spa, high-calorie Indian meals served all day, multi-level decks for selfies, two (miniature) pools, amphitheatre with repeat and late night shows, several (costly) bars, a casino, karaoke with Hindi song options, and Punjabi and Bollywood tunes blaring on the top deck till late night… their goal is to provide Indians, who don’t have a passport or are unable to travel abroad for a cruise, an international cruising experience …  For further details click here


MUSIC: Pump up the Bhangra. BBC 4. Sat. 25th May. 02:40 to 03:40. The Sound of Asian Britain. BBC Asian Network DJ Bobby Friction presents a celebration of the way young British Asians have found their voice and their identity through Bhangra music over the past thirty years. The film tells the story of how a simple folk tradition from the wheat fields of North India was transformed in the 1980s to become a unique British club music - outselling many mainstream UK acts.

COOKERY: Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives. Food Network (Freeview 41). Wed. 26th June. 08:30 to 09:00. Sammies and Stew. Series 18, episode 6. Guy Fieri digs into super sandwiches and stew! On his travels he visits a café with a native Kenyan cooking up fresh fish and Caribbean goat stew.

DOCUMENTARY: Border Interceptors. Dave (Freeview 12). Sun. 26th May. 20:00 to 20:30. An Indian man and his daughter without the required paperwork risk being refused entry to Ireland, while a woman is caught with several suspicious items in the boot of her vehicle.

DOCUMENTARY: Bhangra and Beyond: The History of Asian Music in Britain. BBC 6 Music (Freeview 707). Tues. 28th May 02:00 to 02:30. Sheila Chandra charts the story of Asian music in Britain, following the lively Punjabi folk dance called bhangra to its fusion with Western pop sounds. First broadcast in 2003.

DOCUMENTARY: Rhythms of India. BBC 4. Tues. 28th May. 21:00 to 22:00. Music of the People. Series 1, episode 2. Soumik Datta continues his journey around India by exploring traditional music. From folk singers to brass bands, he looks at how musicians are responding to a modernising country. Starring: Soumik Datta, Richard Bright, Ben Harding.

DOCUMENTARY: Cake Hunters. Food Network (Freeview 41). Sat. 29th June. 19:00 to 19:30. Elephant in the Room. Series 1, episode 3. Brothers Sumit and Swithin are both recently engaged. Their mum has her heart set on a traditional Indian show-stopper cake for their dual engagement party.

DOCUMENTARY: People and Power. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Wed. 29th May. 23:30 to 00:00. Delhi's Deadly Air. People and Power investigates the shocking levels of air pollution making it deadly to breathe in India's capital city.


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Judge Who Received Ksh2.6 Million to Condemn Kenyatta to Prison

21 May: Kenyans. The presiding judge, during the sensational trial of Kapenguria six in 1952, Ransley Thacker, was reportedly heavily compromised to ensure Mzee Jomo Kenyatta spent the rest of his life behind bars. Mzee Jomo and his comrades had been arrested after the State of Emergency was declared on October 20, 1952, due to the Mafia-style execution of colonial Senior Chief Waruhiu in Kiambu by muhimu, a unit in the Mau high command. Reports disclosed that the new Kenyan Governor, Sir Evelyn Baring, forced Thacker to come out of retirement by dangling a huge paycheck of Ksh2.6 million. The money was meant to ensure that the final ruling would be in favour of the colonial masters, who wanted Mzee Jomo and his Mau rebels dead or imprisoned for life… Mzee Jomo defence was led by Dennis Nowell Pritt and aided by a team comprised of Fitz De Souza, Achhroo Ram Kapila, and Jaswant Singh…  For further details click here

Coconut Dreams stories relate to the Pinto family who met in Goa and their own children as they grow up in Canada

21 May: The Globe and Mail (Canada). * Title: Coconut Dreams * Author: Derek Mascarenhas * Genre: Fiction * Publisher: Book*hug * Pages: 264 … Each of Mascarenhas’s stories relate in some way to the Pinto family: Felix and Clara, who met as children in Goa, and their own children, Aiden and Ally, as they grow up in Burlington, Ont. The stories also follow a largely chronological order, tagged by year… In Mascarenhas’s stories, there is no real sense that home life is isolated from the outside world: Felix is a caring father who makes friends at work and Carla is an outgoing mother who in Canada trains to recertify as a teacher. The Pintos are Catholic … Some of the most poignant scenes in the book are their moments of concern for Southern Ontario flora and wildlife… 970 words.  For further details click here
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Carnegie Mellon adds Shrinivas Dempo to Board of Trustees

21 May: Pittsburgh Business Times. Carnegie Mellon University announced Monday two new additions to its Board of Trustees… Shrinivas Dempo is the chairman and managing director of Dempo Group, a family-owned mining operation in Goa, India that has diversified into industries such as software and professional sports. Dempo has hosted events for the school in Mumbai and has served on panel discussions as a representative for the university…  For further details click here
22 May: Navhind Times. Shrinivas has admirable role at US varsity …  click here

Travel question: Why can’t I buy a UK-India charter flight to Goa?

22 May: The Independent (UK). Q: I want to fly to visit family in India with a charter flight but I have been told that because I have an Indian passport I am not allowed to buy a ticket. Would you agree this looks like a case of downright discrimination? Can’t the government outlaw such behaviour?
A, By Simon Calder: Don’t blame the airline. It is bound by an annoying rule from the government in Delhi that prevents it selling UK-India charter flights to Indian nationals. The same sort of stipulation applies for some other destinations, including Kenya, Morocco and – when services are operating – Sri Lanka. The Indian restriction has its roots in the days when scheduled flights between Britain and India were very expensive  For further details click here

Five more years of Narendra Modi will take India to a dark place

21 May: The Guardian (UK). In 2019, the world’s biggest election was much more than a ritual of democracy. It was the most consequential vote in the lifetime of a majority of Indians alive today. India under Narendra Modi has undergone the most total transformation since 1991. This election has, in effect, been a referendum on whether the republic retains its founding ideals or, if Modi wins another term – and exit polls released on Sunday show him winning with a comfortable majority – it leaps to a place of sectarianism from which return may be close to impossible… 1496 words  For further details click here
21 May: The Telegraph (UK), How the 'Modi factor', security focus and Facebook (probably) won the Indian election …  click here

Going Solo in Goa

21 May: Self … To the solo traveler, Goa is heaven! Goa is hosting more and more solo travelers in recent times. The solitary traveler in Goa can indulge in the many activities this tiny green land has to offer, moreover, the solo traveller gets to decide all that they want to do and enjoy their own company! A good Goan retreat can begin with sightseeing and doing a Goa tour by the day, wandering about Old Goa and visiting the churches in the city… For the nature enthusiasts, Goa offers unparalleled experiences with its mountains, green forests, waterfalls and spice plantations… Solo travelers in Goa can have a ball, as many restaurants and shacks here, offer one-person portions so as to be able to devour many delicacies one can … Although Goa is considered safe for solo travelers, one should ensure to keep belongings safe, carry electronic money and beware of people around…  For further details click here

How Clinton Vaz Is Tackling The Mounting Garbage Problem In Goa

21 May: Verve. He’s been working hard for two decades to instil a sense of civic responsibility in the community, having caught the attention of the local government when he was in his early twenties. Verve converses with the hands-on eco-warrior, who is changing Goa’s system of waste management. On the surface, Clinton Vaz, 37, seems like an ordinary man. He lives with his wife, Emma, in Colva…Vaz’s journey began by accident. When he was a young student of 19, his family moved from the bustling city of Margao to the quieter coastal Benaulim. He soon found that the village had no waste management system. “There were no bins or trucks for the disposal of garbage. Neighbours just told us to chuck it into the fields or river, so I realised that I had to handle things myself,” he says...  For further details click here

Whatever you throw into the sea comes back to you on your plate

21 May: Echo Net Daily (Australia). Close to a hundred volunteers donned gloves, picked up rubbish bags and walked onto Anjuna beach to participate in a beach clean up as part of Earth Day in Anjuna on Sunday. The participants, including young families with babies and little children, senior citizens and volunteers from the local community and foreign tourists residing in hostels met at Guru Bar, another Anjuna icon, before they set out for the beach clean… Dr Manoj Borkar, associate professor, Biodiversity Research Cell, Carmel College for Women, Goa, said whatever you throw in the sea, the sea throws it back at you. ‘The dynamics of the sea is such that it will consolidate the waste and return it back, with tax… 1108 words.  For further details click here


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Sun 16 Jun. Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate their 39th anniversary Feast of St Anthony of Padua at Shirley Parish Hall, 81 Wickham Road, Shirley, Croydon CR0 8TB. Holy Mass at 12 noon prompt followed by dancing to the fabulous music of Maz & Co. Catering by Maggie's Kitchen. Members and Guests tickets £15 includes snacks and a Goan meal. Children under 12 free admission. Children's snacks and meal tickets £5. Licensed Bar Available. Strictly no food or drink allowed on the premises. For tickets please contact Eugene Fernandes 0208 6654773, Tony Fernandes 0208 5403566, Loretta Fernandes 0208 3309307. For further details please see the attached flyer  For further details click here

Police trace missing alleged rape survivor after 10 days

21 May: Herald. The Goa police finally succeeded in tracing the missing girl who had disappeared from the protective home after a massive manhunt of around 10 days. SP South Arvind Gawas said the girl was traced in Mapusa and was brought back to Verna police station for further inquiry… SP Arvind Gawas said the missing girl was staying with one of her female close friend after she went missing. For the past two weeks around 50 police personnel were deployed in the massive search operations and police were investigating the matter… It may be recalled that the girl who staying in the convent and was pursuing Fashion designing course had gone missing in the last week of April and a missing complaint was registered by Verna police. The minor girl was involved in an alleged rape case by the Panjim Congress candidate (photo) for the Assembly by-polls…  For further details click here
21 May: The Goan. Missing rape victim finally traced in Mapusa flat… Sources disclosed that the girl apparently had rifts with the staff and warden at the rehabilitation centre and could be the likely reason for her running away…  click here

‘Vibrant Goa targets to bring min `1K cr investment to State’

20 May: The Goan. This year, from October 17 to 19, 250 companies from foreign countries and 2,000 companies from all over India will come to the State as delegates of a huge networking event called ‘Vibrant Goa’. The event may still be a few months from now, but the preparations are happening in full swing. One man, who is making tireless efforts for the success of the event, is Dr Jagat Shah (photo), chief mentor, Vibrant Goa Foundation. The Goan caught up with him in an exclusive interview … Q: During your road-shows in the US, Canada and Middle-East, which sectors were people very keen on? JS: People were keen on getting into trade and partnership with Goan companies in wide ranging industries like food-processing, pharma, IT, skill-development, healthcare, education, electronics, shipbuilding, minerals and light engineering products. In fact, there was a lot of interest in IT. In San Francisco, we met some companies, which have proposed to organize a ‘Goa Technology Summit’ in San Francisco in July, where they will invite investors and IT companies and we will discuss how to make Goa Silicon Valley of India … JS: Maximum response will come from the US and Canada. We have kept a target to invite 250 companies from foreign countries. Just from the US and Canada, we have 97 delegates already registered to be a part of ‘Vibrant Goa’. From Middle East, another 35 delegates are registered… 1060 words.  For further details click here

Insult to Jomo Kenyatta That Resulted in Pio Gama Pinto’s Death

20 May: Kenyans. New details surrounding the death of Pio Gama Pinto have emerged in the new book by independent Kenya's first deputy speaker Fitz De Souza who doubled up as Kenyatta's lawyer at the Kapengura trials. In the book titled, Foward to Independence, De Souza reveals that founding President Jomo Kenyatta and Pio Pinto had a very tense relationship. At one point, Pio even called Kenyatta a "land grabber". He believed that if the matter was brought at the floor of parliament, there would be a vote-of-no-confidence… In February 1965, Kenyatta and Pio had a verbal exchange at parliament buildings … It was here that Pinto allegedly called Kenyatta a bastard… Tom Mboya called Pinto and told him to get out of Nairobi. Pio escaped to Mombasa for a few days and only came back when he was given the all clear by his close friend, Murumbi. He was killed two days later…To date, Pio Gama Pinto's death remains to be one of the most mysterious deaths in the Kenyan political scene … 509 words.  For further details click here
20 May: Pulse TV (Kenya). How MP was murdered a few days after calling President Jomo Kenyatta “bastard” …  click here

Catholic leaders to come together to end HIV in Goa

21 May: The Hindu. Father Paul Alvares, head of the Conference of Religions of India – Goa Chapter, on Sunday said he would bring heads of various religious congregations together in an attempt to end the scourge of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the State by 2030. Leaders of the Catholic faith got together to discuss the response from the community to HIV in Goa on the sidelines of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial on Sunday, organised by Human Touch Foundation (HTF) at Margao. Explaining the HTF's plans, Sr. Crina Cardozo said programmes would be aimed at reducing stigma and promoting HIV testing in Goa through the involvement of faith leaders in line with the campaign of World Council of Churches…  For further details click here

Goa government to spend Rs 1,000 crore to upgrade power network

20 May: Business Line. The Goa government has decided to upgrade the electricity transmission and distribution network across the coastal state at a cost of Rs 1,000 crore, a senior official said on Monday. An administrative approval has been already granted for the works and the tendering process will start once the model code of conduct enforced for the Lok Sabha elections is withdrawn, the official from the power department told PTI. “The work for transforming, upgrading and strengthening the power infrastructure, costing around Rs 1,000 crore, will be completed within two years,” he said… The state, which does not have its own power generating plant, depends on the western and southern grids for the supply, which reaches around 550 to 575 Mega Watts during peak hours…  For further details click here



Death: Rachel Jones

4 May: Orlando, FL. RACHEL ANN JONES, age 29, traveler, writer, photographer, and creator of the popular travel blog Hippie in Heels, tragically passed away following an apparent asthma attack while in Orlando, FL for her bachelorette party surrounded by her dearest friends … she lived in Goa for 5 years … she created a very successful business. Inspiring more than a million readers each month, her website Hippie in Heels is top-ranked for female travel blogs worldwide… Rachel is survived by her fiancé Ben Sullivan of Kent, England; parents Jeff & Carla Jones of Lexington; brother and sister-in-law Travis & Breanne Jones of Delaware … Although no public service will be held in Rachel's memory, her family hopes that you will remember her in your own special way. A private memorial service will be held at the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home. To post memories of Rachel, leave a message for her family, and watch her tribute video,  For further details click here
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An Insider’s Guide to Goa by Rachel Jones click here.

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Modi poised to return to power in India with bigger majority, exit polls show

19 May: CBC (Canada). Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to return to power with an even bigger majority in parliament after a mammoth general election that ended on Sunday, exit polls showed, a far better showing than expected in recent weeks. Modi faced criticism early on in the campaign for failing to create jobs and for weak farm prices, and analysts as well as politicians said the election race was tightening with the main opposition Congress party gaining ground. But he rallied his Hindu nationalist base and turned the campaign into a fight for national security after tensions rose with Pakistan, attacking his main rival for being soft on the country's arch foe. Modi's National Democratic Alliance (NDA) is projected to win between 339-365 seats in the 545-member lower house of parliament with the Congress party-led opposition alliance at a distant 77 to 108, India Today Axis exit poll showed. To rule, a party needs to win 272 seats. Modi's alliance won 336 seats in the 2014 election... Vote counting begins Thursday and results are expected by noon…  For further details click here
10 May: Times Now. Goa Exit Poll Results: Congress, BJP projected to win a seat each in the state … According to Times Now-VMR Exit Poll, the grand old party is likely to witness a sharp spike in its vote share while the saffron party's vote share is expected to decline slightly from 2014…  click here
19 May: The Print. 4 health warnings you need to know before watching exit poll results 2019 … click here.

Weaving tales of women empowerment

19 May: Navhind Times. Internationally acclaimed fashion designer Verma D'Mello is at the Cannes Fashion and Film Festival in France for the fourth year. This time around she has chosen women empowerment as the theme for her collection. She is not new to the international fashion circuit. Having carved her own niche, this sought after bridal designer in Goa, is at the Cannes Fashion and Film Festival produced by Bakana Events and Production, for the fourth time… Her last year's collection titled 'Lift the lid off child sex trade' highlighted upon how young girls are forced into commercial sex trade. And this year is no different as her collection is themed on women empowerment… Verma then partnered with Goa Sudharop, a California-based sustainable development non-profit organisation to teach them skills for their transformation…  For further details click here

Are Thomas Cook flatbeds worth the cost?

19 May: Sunday Times (UK). Would you pay a £200 premium for an economy-class flatbed? Chris Haslam, who’s first to test the new Thomas Cook offering, is a bit up in the air … There are available in the last four centre rows on the airline’s Airbus A330s. Prices start at £200 each way, plus the cost of your ticket. That ensures you have three seats to yourself… what about an 11-hour overnight flight from Goa? A return flight in economy in November starts at £450 with Thomas Cook Airlines. The sleeper seat is £400, taking the total up to £850. A return premium-economy seat on the same flight starts at £800; and, while the latter gives you better food and entertainment, wider seats and a bigger luggage allowance, it doesn’t allow you to go horizontal over Central Asia. It’s a tough choice, but, if I had the cash to spare, I’d probably go for the Sleeper Seat...  For further details click here

Fr Edwin, a polygot of 11 languages

19 May: Herald. A Goan Carmelite priest Fr Edwin of St Anthony, originally from Merces, passed away after a brief illness and was laid to rest at the Carmelite monastery Aquem, Margao. A polyglot, he was highly proficient in Italian, German, Latin, Greek, Hebrew, Sanksrit, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Konkani and worked in Rome for 46 years… How fortunate was the little boy born on Easter of 1944, a third son to a Goan couple from Merces - Filipe and Escolastica Diniz and so spontaneously named Alleluia. Little did the parents know that their lad would remain worthy of his name through his formative life, his ordination and even his death… he was ordained a priest in Rome on April 9, 1972 with no family member present and remained there for 46 years… When he came down to Goa, his hometown, he appeared as the same boy who had left the Rome of East many years ago…  For further details click here

Stigma in India around women’s underwear is creating a ‘petri-dish’ for disease

19 May: The Independent (UK). Having lingerie on show is seen as a serious disgrace and source of shame in India, but medical professionals are warning that by covering up newly washed underwear – instead of properly drying it out in the open – women are being exposed to different diseases from the bacteria growing inside garments. Across the country, mothers can be seen rebuking their daughters if they hang their panties to dry outdoors in the open, be it in villages or in the capital city of the country. The shame is, however, limited to female undergarments, and a glance at neighbourhood balconies will reveal men’s polka dot boxers, cotton briefs and trunks drying freely…  For further details click here

Dy CM, Cabinet Ministers to attend farming prog in Israel

20 May: Herald. Goa Forward Party MLAs and State Ministers, led by Dy CM Vijai Sardesai (photo) would be introduced to most advanced high tech and comprehensive farming programme on potentially world access platform on Tuesday, May 21 in Israel. The ministers, including Sardesai, Vinod Paliencar and Jayesh Salgaoncar, who are on a private visit to Israel, are being hosted by various high level agencies including Israel’s External Affairs Ministry to explore the possibility of tie-up between Goa and that country. World renowned leading agronomist in Israel Bluben will be hosting this programme on May 21 which will showcase the most advanced high tech and comprehensive farming programme on potentially world access platform…  For further details click here

Indian Visa online: Categories, eligibility, documents and other details

19 May: Times Now. India's Visa regime has been overhauled over the last two years and it has been made simpler to understand and administer. According to official data, India had issued over 25 lakh e-Visa last year. e-Visa is admissible only under 5 categories. It may be noted that e-Visa has 5 sub-categories viz. e-Tourist Visa, e-Business Visa, e-Medical Visa, e-Medical Attendant Visa and e-Conference Visa. The Indian government makes no provision of charging of any emergency fees or additional fees for grant of any emergency /express e-visa. Only those international travellers are granted e-visa whose sole objective for visiting India is recreation, sightseeing, casual visit to visit friends and relatives, attending a short term yoga programme, medical treatment including treatment under Indian systems of medicine, business purpose, as attendant to e-Medical visa holder, attending a conference/ seminar/ workshop …  For further details click here

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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

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