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Video: #SaveMollem: Why There Is Public Anger In Goa Against Increasing Coal Imports

30 Nov: NDTV. On this episode of Reality Check: Rising public anger in Goa against increasing coal imports, as activists and residents believe 3 seemingly disconnected projects -- expanding railway tracks, highway and power line - together will harm the state's pristine forests and clean air… Duration: 26 min, 04 sec.  For further details click here
Video: 30 Nov: NDTV. #SaveMollem: Public Anger Prompted Goa Government's U-Turn? "Everyone is concerned, so are we. We will reduce coal imports by 50%," says Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, speaking exclusively to NDTV's Reality Check… Duration: 3 min, 58 sec.  click here
30 Nov: Money control. Maka naka. Go! Here’s why Goa’s youth are protesting a ‘development’ project … 1787 words. click here.

Jesuits, activists say democracy facing unprecedented crisis

30 Nov: The Goan. Jesuits, human rights and environmental activists observed a ‘National Vigil’ on Constitution Day at the Our Lady of Immaculate Church square in Panaji recently. The event was organised by SWADES, a social unit of the Goa Jesuit Province, along with the Goa Shapers (Panjim hub), a youth organisation and other civil society groups. In his address, SWADES Director Fr Simon Fernandes lamented that India’s democracy and Constitution are facing an unprecedented crisis today, with the independence of democratic institutions, judiciary and media coming under a serious cloud … Citing the example of the three linear projects proposed in Mollem, Fr Fernandes said they were decided unilaterally in an undemocratic manner by the Government without consulting local communities, which would lead to the destruction of the rich biodiversity…  For further details click here

Air India Prepares To Launch Its 9th Route To London

30 Nov: Simple Flying (UK). Air India will begin flying a nonstop service from Chennai to London Heathrow in the New Year, with this becoming its ninth destination to the UK airport … Air India is already flying to London from Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi, Ahmadabad, Bengaluru, Goa, Kolkata and Amritsar. Scheduled international flights remain suspended and look to stay that way until at least the New Year. However, flights are able to operate internationally under the Vande Bharat repatriation scheme or through bilateral travel bubbles with certain countries… Some of the stations like Goa have seen quite a heavy demand (for London flights) …  For further details click here

Goa: COVID Headlines

1 Dec: Navhind Times. Goa recorded 159 fresh COVID-19 cases and one death associated with the deadly disease on Monday. Till date, 688 people have succumbed to the virus. The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa currently stand at 47,963 of which 1,335 are active cases while 45,940 patients have recovered from the disease…  For further details click here
30 Nov: India TV. Goa: Tourists without masks to be photographed, fined. Cracking the whip on tourists who refuse to wear face masks and argue against civic authorities, Panaji Mayor Uday Madkaikar said on Monday that police will henceforth accompany officials enforcing the norm and that errant tourists will be photographed and fined…  click here
Video: 30 Nov: HCN. No need for lockdown in Goa, everyone needs to take precautions themselves: CM Dr. Pramod Sawant … click here.

Biblical Year in Goa, impetus for Christian proclamation and mission

30 Nov: Fides (Vatican). The Catholic community of Goa will experience a special "Biblical Year", dedicated to the deepening and proclamation of the Word of God: this is what Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao said in a solemn Eucharist, celebrated on the occasion of the 49th anniversary of the death of Blessed James Alberione, on November 26. As Agenzia Fides learns, the Biblical Year - organized by the Pauline Family (made up of religious, nuns and laity), in collaboration with the Diocesan Center of Biblical Apostolate - is centered on the theme "That the Lord’s Message May Spread Quickly", and has an essentially missionary purpose. The Archbishop remarked, "the faithful are called to share the message of Christ in our time without fear"…  For further details click here

Football News From Goa

Video: Highlights: 30 Nov. FC Goa 1-1 NorthEast United FC - Match 12 | Hero ISL 2020-21. It was an end-to-end contest between FC Goa and Northeast United FC as both sides settled for a point. Idrissa Sylla put the Highlanders in front from the spot but Igor Angulo netted his third of the season just before the break to equalise and earn a point for Juan Ferrando's side…  For further details click here
30 Nov: Times of India. Nicholas Pereira: A man for all seasons. … To bracket Nicholas, now 70, as just scorer of important goals would be unfair. Here is a man who defended, stylishly, like his life depended on it, whether it was at right-back, left --- once with national team --- and centre… From 1970 till the late eighties, Nicholas was an automatic choice in the state team for the National Football Championship for the Santosh Trophy…  click here
30 Nov: Sunderland Echo (UK). Life in isn't a beach in Goa for defender Steven Taylor as he leads Odisha FC in the Indian Super League… click here.

Agricultural activity in Goa dropped 34% since liberation: Report

30 Nov: IANS. Agriculture as a rural economic activity has dropped from 60 per cent at the time of Goa's liberation in 1961 to a mere 16.6 per cent of the state's population, according to a government study... "Though agriculture is one of the major economic activities of the rural population in Goa, only 16.6 per cent of them are engaged in agricultural activities, as compared to the 60 per cent at the time of Goa's liberation and approximately 50 per cent at the time of Goa's statehood in 1987," the report said…  For further details click here

UK-based historian explores India's tryst with firearms

29 Nov: Mid Day. For the longest time, the Rajputs showed absolute contempt for firearms. In contrast, the Mughals were totally enamoured by the new war weaponry… A new book by UK-based historical arms expert Robert Elgood takes a closer look at the Indian subcontinent's tryst with firearms … Akbar a huge collector himself, owned among other things, a multishot gun, which is likely to have come from the Portuguese. "The Portuguese in Goa tried to impress the Mughals by giving them guns. It was a way of winning diplomatic favours," says Elgood. This also explains why many of the earlier firearms owned by the Mughals were of Goan make…  For further details click here



Death: Rosario Dias. Ex Cansaulim, Goa
25 Nov: UK. ROSARIO DIAS. Born 3 Nov 1966. Ex Bazar Waddo, Cansaulim. Most beloved son of late Alexio Dias, Francisca Fernandes, beloved son-in-law of late Jose Francisco Fernandes / late Dulcina Pereira, caring husband of Natalina (Natty), loving father of Royden, brother/brother-in-law of Caitan/Marie Fernandes, Maria/Agnelo de Costa, brother-in-law of late Manuel, late Agnelo, late Agostinho / Leandrinha, late Sebastian, Especiosa (Lisa)/Chris, Joao Baptist, Annie, late Assis and Cruzinho/Caetana, caring uncle of Samson/ Sybal, Jennifer; Joaquim, Jaison, Priscila; Santania/Savio, Cruz; Alexander; Lisa, Daisy, Jonathan. Expired peacefully after a brief illness on 25th Nov. 2020. Funeral services will be held in England, United Kingdom. There will be a Memorial Eucharistic Celebration at St. Thomas Church, Cansaulim, on 30th November 2020 at 7.30 am. photo click here.

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Goa leader calls international cultural community for help to save UNESCO Heritage Site at Old Goa

29 Nov: ANI. Goa Forward Party (GFP) chief Vijai Sardesai on Sunday called for help from the international cultural community like United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to save the "future of Old Goa from the destructive policies of present the state government led by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant". He asked the Govt. to immediately and effectively withdraw their decision to place Ella village of Old Goa, a UNESCO-inscribed World Heritage Site, under the Greater Panaji Planning and Development Authority (GPPDA) before December 3, the feast day of St Francis…  For further details click here
Video: Goa 365 tv. Scrap proposal to increase Ella planning area: Goa Forward …  click here
29 Nov: Times of India. Goa Forward writes to UNESCO to stop high rise development around Old Goa … click here.

Goenkars will seek the Goencho Saib wherever they may be

30 Nov: Herald. By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa. For the first time in 400 years there will be no people who will flock to the Basilica of Bom Jesus at Old Goa. Instead, all arrangements have been made to bring the saint to the homes of the people … There is a certain aura surrounding St Francis Xavier that brings thousands to his mausoleum in Old Goa every year… Saint Francis Xavier is the Saint for all Goans, no matter where they may be resident. One only has to only cursorily glance through the pages of overseas Goan associations on the social media to discover how many of them, from the United State of America to Canada to the United Kingdom to the Arabian Gulf region to Australia and New Zealand, arrange special masses and programmes that are held on the Sunday that comes closest to December 3… somebody sitting in their living room in Old Goa, and another in their home in London, California, Sydney, Lisbon or elsewhere will be participating in the same mass…  For further details click here

The battle to save a biodiversity hotspot in India

29 Nov: BBC. Goa, a lush, popular tourist spot on India's western coast, has seen weeks of protests against three infrastructure projects. Locals fear the works will damage the state's biodiversity and turn it into a coal hub, reports freelance journalist Dielle D'Souza… When the government announced three new projects - expansion of a highway, double-tracking of an existing railway line and setting up of a transmission power line - environmentalists said it was to make coal transportation easier. Goa's government has denied this, saying the projects have nothing to do with coal. It says the new power line will provide the state much-needed electricity, the highway will meet the demands of growing traffic and the extra railway line will allow more goods and passenger trains to run. But environmentalists are concerned, especially since all three projects cut through a protected wildlife reserve in south Goa, threatening forests that they say are older than the Himalayas… 1156 words  For further details click here
Video: 29 Nov: Goa 365. Protests against ongoing projects agenda driven, very imp, says CM…  click here
29 Nov: Herald. As Goa plans a year-long bash to celebrate the 60th year of Goa’s Liberation, Alexandre Moniz Barbosa suggests that this period would also be the perfect time to restructure the plans for the State and the people and take a decision to save Goa for the future generations … click here.

Goa: COVID Headlines

29 Nov: Outlook. Goa’s coronavirus caseload went up by 115 and reached 47,804 on Sunday, while one death took the toll to 687, an official said… Goa’s COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 47,804, new cases 115, death toll 687, discharged 45,790, active cases 1,327, samples tested till date 347,199…  For further details click here
30 Nov: Herald. Wedding destination Goa loses charm post COVID-19. Destination weddings have always been a big contributor to the Goan economy. This year however, the pandemic has thrown a spanner in the works. Planned weddings are being cancelled or postponed and the ever changing SPOs from various governments have crushed the enthusiasm  click here
24 Nov: Viva Goa. By Dr Oscar Rebello. The second wave is on the horizon. As I need to float around Panjim city (also now more aptly called Sodom and Gomorrah), when I attend my night calls in hospitals in town, my jaw just drops resignedly as I witness the sheer mayhem and madness playing out on Panjim streets in the dead of night. It looks like the dam has well and truly burst… click here.

Food News In Brief

29 Nov: Hindustan Times. Rude Food by Vir Sanghvi: Meat the pickle. India’s non-vegetarian pickle tradition is wondrous and delicious … The one non-vegetarian pickle most of us have usually come across is the Goan Prawn Balchao…  For further details click here
27 Nov: NDTV Food. Indian Cooking Tips: How To Make 28 Nov: NDTV Food. Khatkhate, A Konkani Curry Made Without A Drop Of Oil. A bowl full of nutritious goodness of dal and a bunch of veggies, Khatkhate is a must-try in this winter season! …  click here
28 Nov: The Guardian (UK). Mushrooms and hearty coconut greens By Nik Sharma [whose mother is a Goan] … Braised cabbage, cauliflower and carrot with coconut. This dish is inspired by foogath, a Goan dish in which cabbage and sometimes other vegetables are braised and cooked with spices, then topped with fresh coconut… click here.

Goa's Joseph Bar, understanding the charm of this old-school tavern

29 Nov: Times of India. Joseph Bar is a very unassuming place in Panjim. Those from the metros might miss this place for it comes with no-frills, a very ordinary-looking place, with a few tables inside and a few stools by the roadside, arranged in a mostly unarranged manner. This is where the locals of Goa are, this is also where those who have made Goa their home from all over the country and the world also gather. Most evening at Joseph Bar are not what nightlife magazines rave about, but they are exactly what you need for a simple drink and, of course, some hobnobbing. Here, you will see an old woman poring over the day's newspaper, groups of locals discussing almost everything under the sun and the like. This is also where you would understand the meaning of Susegad, a term that's closely related to the state…  For further details click here

Goa: Parties & Picnics

29 Nov: Herald. Nothing is secret about parties in Goa. Even 'secret' parties. The underground party scene is red hot with parties happening all over the place. The venues are kept secret and revealed via whatsapp messages at the last minute. Café spoke to people to ask them how they felt about these parties being held at a time when the virus was still running wild…  For further details click here
29 Nov: Navhind Times. Where have all the picnics gone? By Frederick Noronha. Maybe I’m just imagining it, or maybe it’s how you feel when the years add up. But, in recent times, we seem to be having few, if not none, of the picnics of the yesteryears. Not too long back, in the 1970s mostly, there were so many picnics happening in our part of the world. We were not more affluent then, far from it; maybe we had a bit more time to spend and more community spirit…  click here

Pebbles of a dead sea

29 Nov: The Pioneer. Nestled between the Western Ghats and Sahayadri Hills, and watered by two beautiful rivers named Mandovi and Zuari, this land was long isolated from the Indians. It was isolated not because of any physical feature or inaccessibility, but for its distinctive history and heritage that was seemingly “foreign” for British-ruled Indians. Goa, the coastal territory of Konkan heartland, was always a hidden pearl and a priced colonial nest for Portugal, a country that traded and ruled at many parts of the globe for several centuries… Portuguese touch is palpable in every corner of old Goa, especially in its massive churches and cathedrals.,, Goa’s emergence as one of the holiest place in the Christian world is largely because of its association with a holy relic of St Francis Xavier …  For further details click here



Death: Nathalina Pereira
27 Nov. 2020: Nairobi. NATHALINA PEREIRA Born 1942. She was the loving wife of the late Antonio Francisco Pereira. (Please see the attached notice). Mother of Josephine and Lucas Fernandes (UK), Agnes and Tony Gomes, Theresa Pereira, and Betty and Ian Rebello. Funeral service which will be held at the St.Francis Xavier's Catholic Church (Parklands) on 2nd December 2020 at 10.00 [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi] Condolences can be sent to

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Melwyn Fernandes, Terror in Aldona!

27 Nov: Goan Observer. By Rajan Narayan. Melwyn Fernandes, allegedly a notorious goonda with several cases against him is converting peaceful Aldona village into a hell. He leased out La Bonita to Mudit Sibal threw him out of the property when it started doing well … Sally (Judy) Gomes (photo) a young Goan woman returned to Goa after working in the UK. She and her husband invested in an animal husbandry business in partnership with Melwyn Fernandes … the young couple invested over Rs 50 lakh importing prime stock such as Yorkshire pigs; she also hired four employees to help her run her venture … she ended up getting only 20% of the profits while Melwyn took away 50% without making any investment! … He then took over her animal husbandry venture lock, stock and barrel and given her, her husband and little daughter marching orders… A feisty and fighting-spirited Neela Venkatraman recounts how she and her husband who were running Café Dona in Aldona peacefully (and legally) were ordered by Melwyn Fernandes to vacate in a brutal fashion… Join our campaign #JailGoondaMelywnFernandes. 2871 words  For further details click here
23 Oct. Goan Observer. Gutsiest young woman in Goa: Sally (Judy) Gomes! 1719 words + 8 photos  click here
For Google links to Melwyn Fernandes of Aldona, click here.

Attorney General Suella Braverman, 40, is 'very excited' to announce she is expecting a baby next year

28 Nov: The Daily Mail (UK). Attorney General Suella Braverman, 40, has announced she is expecting her second child early next year. The Conservative MP for Fareham, who is set to be one of the most senior MPs to have a baby while in office, announced she is 'very excited about the new addition to our family' on Twitter. Ms Braverman said: 'Delighted to let you know that I am expecting a baby early next year. My husband (Rael, pictured together, left, and with her parents, right) and I are very excited about the new addition to our family' … Mrs Braverman and her husband Rael welcomed their first child George Jeffrey on July 10, 2019. She continued vote in Parliament by proxy while on maternity leave, which she finished in December last year.
Meteoric rise of Suella Braverman: Attorney General Suella Braverman, the daughter of immigrant parents who built a new life in Britain, enjoyed a meteoric rise to the Cabinet at the age of just 39… She was born and raised in north-west London by parents who came to the UK from Kenya and Mauritius in the 1960s with little money in their pockets… 1283 words.  click here click here.

Goa: COVID Headlines

29 Nov: Navhind Times. Goa on Saturday registered 198 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of active cases to 1,348. However, no COVID-related death was reported. Around 163 COVID positive patients have recovered from the disease on Saturday. With these new cases and recoveries, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa currently stand at 47,689 of which 45,655 patients have defeated the deadly virus. Till date, 686 patients have succumbed to the virus in the state…  For further details click here
28 Nov: Times of India. ‘Goa among 1st states to do random testing’. Niti Aayog has said that Goa was one of the first states in the country to put in place random resting protocols to check people for Covid-19 symptoms Testing kiosks were set up in various places, including borders and in industrial estates … Goa had made it compulsory for all travellers to either come with a Covid-negative report, or get a test done by the state on payment of Rs 2,000…  click here
28 Nov: Republic World. COVID-19: Curbs On Cinema Halls, Pools, Events Relaxed In Goa. The order issued by South Goa collector Ajit Roy lays down that swimming pools can function for training and sports purposes, while cinema halls and other events will take place with attendance capped at 50 per cent of capacity of venue… click here.

Goan Fadista participates at international fado competition

28 Nov: Times of India. Nadia Rebelo, Goa’s aspiring fadista is all set to make her presence felt in an international fado competition which will be in in Portugal. “The best part of this is that I am the only Goan and Indian who is participating in the competition and the only non-Portuguese national. This makes me want to win the competition even more,” says Nadia. She sang the Ave Maria Fadista – a song evoking the blessing of Mother Mary on fadistas and the musicians. She started singing at the age of 11 in small competitions in Goa, and since then she has gained a love for Portuguese music and especially for fado…  For further details click here
Video: You Tube. Nadia Rebelo  click here

Goa: Due to the Pandemic, Salesians provide nutritional support for more than 50,000 people

21 Nov: SIR New Agency (Italy). Nutritional support for more than 50,000 people: the Salesians of the "Don Bosco Konkan Development Society" (Dbkds), the Planning and Development Office of the Salesian Province of India-Panjim (INP), provided it in times of pandemic. Goa state. The initiative, relaunches the Salesian agency Ans, was made possible thanks to several benefactors, including those motivated and encouraged by “Salesian Missions”, the Salesian Mission Office based in New Rochelle, in the United States. The work of procuring, selecting, storing, packing and then delivering the food was intense and complex. DBKDS members unloaded the trucks, packed the take-away kits, and distributed the kits in Goa in small personal vehicles… And at the same time another Salesian body, “Don Bosco Childline South Goa”, distributed rations and water at the railway stations…  For further details click here
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Tourism policy exhibits bankruptcy in thought: Church body slams govt

28 Nov: The Goan. Denouncing the Goa Tourism Policy 2020 as a mirage which will not benefit the State and its people, the church body Centre for Responsible Tourism (CRT) has slammed the State government’s tourism policy as an attempt to corporatise and privatise public resources. In a strongly worded response to the Goa Tourism Policy 2020, a statement released by CRT Executive Secretary Fr Freddy Braganca said the much-awaited tourism policy notified by the State government had displayed “complete disconnect and ignorance about the present status of tourism in the State and challenges faced by stakeholders and local communities involved in tourism-related activities.” …  For further details click here
29 Nov: Herald. Stuck in red-tapism: Goa’s Tourism Policy leaves unaddressed problems unsolved. While other States and tourist destinations across the world have evolved and are developing at great pace, there is no brisk movement in Goa as far as taking the State’s tourism to the next level. Vibha Verma speaks to key industry associations who share their concerns about the much-hyped Tourism Policy 2020 and how it has simply flattered to deceive, instead of meeting their long-standing expectations …  click here

Weekend Homes away from Homes on the rise

28 Nov: Mid Day. GOA - Beauty and the beaches. The high-flying Indians who love to travel within the shores of India are betting big on weekend homes. And Goa has been among the favourites with many scouting their second homes in the Goan suburbs. Goa, is every traveller's paradise! … Since many decades, Goa has been considered as the most popular destination for owning a holiday home – both by Indians and foreigners alike… In terms of property prices too, North Goa gives the investor better returns on his investments. Property prices too have seen a marked surge in the last decade or so. Home to expats, NRIs and Indians, North Goa has potential in abundance and there are many options to invest in…. Goa’s rather unique market primarily offers villas for ready property buyers. These units are priced at Rs 65 lakh—Rs. 5 crores, depending on how close they are to beaches and other preferred micro-locations within Goa. 1396 words.  For further details click here
28 Nov: The Statesman. Demand for holiday home rise during pandemic: Report. As per the report, Axis Ecorp has witnessed a rise in demand from NRIs and has around Rs 50 crore worth of stock at its project ‘Axis Blues’ in Goa, since lockdown was announced in India…  click here

Death: Dougie James, father of the Thomas brothers

28 Nov: The Sun (UK). THE Thomas brothers' dad Dougie James has died aged 72. Tributes to the 70s soul singer flooded in after his death was sadly announced on Saturday, 28 November. Photo: Adam, Scott and Ryan Thomas appear with their dad Dougie James in Absolutely India: Mancs in Mumbai. Dougie was also a much-loved 70s soul singer, and was well-known in Manchester for working as a promoter. His band Dougie James and the Soul Train toured throughout the 1960s and 1970s, once even supporting The Jackson Five band. It is not yet known how Dougie died… In 2020, the six-part series Absolutely India: Mancs in Mumbai with Dougie and his sons was released. In the show, they family went to Goa to meet up with another branch of their family tree…  For further details click here
Video: itv. The Thomas family head to Goa, where they track down another branch of their growing family tree…  click here



Death: Norbert Francis Godin. Ex Peshawar, Pakistan
27 Nov: Dawn (Pakistan). Noted Peshawarite with British roots dies in Canada. Norbert Francis Godin, a prominent personality of Peshawar Cantonment, died in Canada on Wednesday, sources close to the family said. Mr Godin’s ancestors had migrated from Goa towards the end of 18th century and set up their gramophone and musical records shops in different cities of present day Pakistan… He was known as Cherry in family circles… A couple of years ago, Mr Godin shifted to Canada where he died on Tuesday in Mississauga. He is survived by his wife, a son and grandchildren.  For further details click here
26 Nov: The Star (Toronto). GODIN, Norbert Francis 1935 - 2020. Beloved husband of Patricia Godin, father of Cecilia Xavier and Robert Godin, father-in-law of Karen Godin and loving Papa of Ash, Amanda, Alissa and Alexandra. Visitation and a Funeral Service will be held on Friday, November 27th … Photo, condolences,  For further details click here

Death: Michael Horowitz. Ex Israel
27 Nov: The Times of Israel. By Steven Gutkin. Michael Horowitz, Israeli prosecutor of Nazi guard Demjanjuk, dies aged 69. Michael Horowitz’s biggest claim to fame was his work as a top prosecutor in the famed Israeli war crimes trial against John Demjanjuk, the one-time Ohio auto worker who spent years trying to prove he wasn’t the monstrous “Ivan the Terrible” camp guard at Treblinka… We buried Michael this week in Goa, India – where he and his wife Roley settled a few years back after many decades in Jerusalem. He drowned in the pool of his gated community while swimming his daily laps. It’s not clear how it happened. Maybe a blackout, maybe a heart attack. In recent years he had been battling multiple sclerosis. He was 69… Organizing a Jewish funeral in Goa, India was not simple. Chabad rustled up a “minyan” – the required 10 Jewish men – by essentially combing the hippie beaches of Goa for Jews. The burial ground is a church cemetery that bills itself as “interfaith.” But the truth is we only saw crosses… Roley herself has earned an excellent reputation as a kind of “tour guide to the stars”... She converted to Judaism before meeting Michael 30 years ago. She hails from an illustrious Indian family whose members include the author Arundhati Roy, Pranoy Roy (founder of NDTV, essentially India’s CNN) and the movie director Shonali Bose of “The Sky is Pink” fame…  For further details click here

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Latest weekly Covid-19 rates for local authority areas in England

27 Nov: Asian Image (UK), Here is Friday’s update of the rolling seven-day rate of new cases of Covid-19 for every local authority area in England. The figures, for the seven days to November 23, are based on tests carried out in laboratories. The rate is expressed as the number of new cases per 100,000 people… From left to right, it reads: name of local authority; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 23; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 23; rate of new cases in the seven days to November 16; number (in brackets) of new cases recorded in the seven days to November 16:
Leicester, 359.9, (1275), 490.9, (1739)
Slough, 321.0, (480), 357.1, (534)
Ealing, 190.2, (650), 259.5, (887)
Brent, 180.1, (594), 215.9, (712)
Hounslow, 180.1, (489), 201.5, (547)
Croydon, 147.7, (571), 167.1, (646)
Swindon, 136.4, (303), 189.9, (422)
 For further details click here
25 Nov: Eastern Eye (UK). Coronavirus cases surge in Asian families’… cases are rising in areas with high Asian populations as local authorities voiced concerns about infections increasing within multi-generation households … London boroughs including Redbridge, Brent, Hounslow and Harrow have all also reported a rise in Covid-19 cases… 1079 words.  click here
27 Nov: Hindustan Times. Covid-19: Death toll of UK Indians crosses 1,000 … click here.

Goa: COVD Headlines

28 Nov: Navhind Times. Goa recorded 150 fresh COVID-19 cases and one death associated with the deadly disease on Friday. The patient, who succumbed to the virus, is a 70-year-old man from Chicalim, Vasco. Till date, 686 people have succumbed to the virus...  For further details click here
27 Nov: New Indian Express. Pandemic effect: Goa's tourism industry struggles despite rising footfalls since Diwali. Due to the pandemic, most tourists visiting Goa from the neighbouring states prefer to spend only a day and return home by evening instead of staying at hotels, its stakeholders say…  click here

Goa to host year-long activities to mark 60 years of liberation

28 Nov: Navhind Times. Addressing the media on Friday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant (photo) said that the state government has decided to celebrate 60 years of Goa's liberation from December 19, 2020 to December 19, 2021 wherein number of programmes would be organised across the state as well as in the capital cities of all other states of the country. Sawant informed that Goa government has sought Rs 100 crore funding from the Centre to host year-long activities, adding, the government will also invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other central leaders during the year-long celebration… the year-long activity will showcase the art, culture and the journey of the state in the last 60 years…  For further details click here

Goa to crack down on illegal hotels, guesthouses

27 Nov: Times of India. Tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said that in a few days, his ministry would begin cracking down on hotels, guesthouses and accommodations that have been taking bookings illegally. The tourism department had recently drafted rules after amending the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Act, mandating that all tourist trades need to register with the department. Also, the fee structure for various trades have been rationalised… Since the pandemic, registered hotels and accommodations are required to take permissions from the tourism department and agree to comply with standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued it… A tourism stakeholder said the culprits are the small operators that have mushroomed in the coastal belt over the years and who rent their flats, villas and houses to tourists without permission…  For further details click here

Vistara to start Mumbai-London from January 16; BA doubles check-in baggage for economy flyers

27 Nov: Times of India. With England relaxing quarantine norms for overseas visitors from some countries, including India, from December 15, Vistara will starting flights thrice-weekly on Mumbai-London Heathrow (LHR) route from January 16, 2021. In all, Vistara will at that time have six weekly flight to LHR — thee each from Delhi and Mumbai. While, British Airways has announced that it is doubling check-in baggage for economy class passengers on India-UK flights this winter, in a bid to attract more travellers … The new combined allowance is 46 kg (two bags weighing up to 23 kg each)…  For further details click here
To book Vistara LHR/MUM/GOA  click here

Cover Story: Goa: Sun, sand and the scent of success

7 Dec: India Today. Goa has managed to retain the flow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) despite its revenue taking a hit because of the March 2017 ban on iron ore mining. In 2019-20, the state received $64.5 billion in FDI, 0.04 per cent more than the previous year, the highest among small states. The state’s economic survey of 2019-20 shows that it registered 12.14 per cent growth in the gross state domestic product (GSDP) in 2017-18 over the previous fiscal. The signs of prosperity were visible across Goa before Covid-19 struck in March. The showrooms of luxury cars and bikes at Miramar in Panaji would receive an average of 10 customers every day. Locals and tourists alike thronged the shopping malls, eateries and entertainment centres. Even in terms of infrastructure, Goa was leading the way. ..  For further details click here
7 Dec: India Today. India's top states … Goa has been the best performing state overall for three years in a row …  click here

How Goa became an attractive destination for those who don't want to stay back in cities

27 Nov: Economic Times. The resumption of flights, lifting of curbs in inter-state movement by road and easing of institutional quarantine norms have made it easier for working professionals to move to other scenic cities… Mumbai-based actor and voice-over artiste Tamara D’Souza landed in Goa on June 22 and cancelled her return ticket, deciding instead to stay back at her family home in Goa… Neha Gupta came to Goa from Navi Mumbai with her son for a two-week holiday and does not intend to return now… Kovid Kapoor, co-founder of Holidify is seeing a rise in enquiries about long-term leases for properties in Goa though bookings are slow, he says… Rishi Modi, an Airbnb host in Goa said all his 12 properties are full and most guests are from the metros… 660 words.  For further details click here

A neat sensation

27 Nov: Mid Day. A distillery in Goa is offering viewers not just a peek into its whisky-making process, but also a taste of it — all virtually. Tipplers who not only enjoy their drink but are also enthusiastic about where it’s brewed, what process is involved and who crafts it are in for a distilled experience. The Soul Company, a platform for customised lifestyle experiences, and single malt-makers Paul John Whisky are hosting a sensory tour of their distillery in Cuncolim, Goa that one can join from the living room, followed by a guided tasting session… A tasting kit is delivered home and their taster takes you through their popular blends, what to look for in a whisky, etc.” Price Rs 500 …  For further details click here
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Death: Cynthia D’Cunha Ex Nuvem, Goa
25 Nov. UK. CYNTHIA D'CUNHA. Born 5-01-1990. Wife of Royston Barreto, Daughter of Cruz/ Rosy, Daughter-in-law of Thomas/ Linda, Sister of Ciana/ Franklin, Crishell/ Penny, Sister-in-law Remina/ Henry, Godma / Masi of Caden/Cleavon and Aunty of Shawn. Photo.  For further details click here

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Thanksgiving Day: How an ‘Indian bird’ made its way to the American dinner table

26 Nov: Scroll. By Vivek Menezes. Of all the epic nomenclature failures in the history of “the New World” no case has been more bizarrely bungled than the turkey… no creature has ever been so mistakenly named in every language of the world … Our quest centres on this simple question: why do so many languages and cultures identify these North American natives as “the birds from India” (oiseaux d’Inde, or simply dinde in French)… All the best dinner table mysteries come supplied with visual clues, and ours is most beautifully furnished with an exquisite 1612 miniature painting from the court of Jahangir… it depicted this ‘strange and wonderful’ bird, ‘such as I had never seen’ [photo] … Was a descendent of Jahangir’s prize passed on to Isfahan and Istanbul, sparking the belief of an Indian origin? Did copies of the painting wing from court to court like 17th-century Instagram? Could it be that other specimens passed through Goa into the European trade, possibly via Kerala (the Portuguese controlled Kochi from 1503-1663)? … 2100 words.  For further details click here
26 Nov: Times of India. From Goan spices to Kerala flavours: The Thanksgiving platter gets a desi twist… click here.

Goa: COVID Headlines

27 Nov: Navhind Times. Goa on Thursday recorded 148 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of active cases to 1,316. Around 111 COVID positive patients recovered from the disease on Thursday. With these new cases and recoveries, the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa currently stand at 47,341 of which 45,340 patients have defeated the deadly virus. Till date, 685 patients have succumbed to the virus in the state …  click here
26 Nov: Hindustan Times. Goa tourism stakeholders fume at Maharashtra’s Covid-19 SOPs. Tourism stakeholders in Goa say the Maharashtra government’s insistence on RT-PCR tests for those entering the state from Goa will mean that Maharashtrian tourists will keep away because of time constraints…  click here
26 Nov: Times of India. 10 railway passengers test positive at Mumbai stations; stampede fears at Bandra. A total of 10 passengers tested Covid positive of the 9,779 screened at the outstation railway stations within BMC limits on day one of the implementation of the state government directive imposing restrictions on travellers coming from Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Goa… click here.

India extends ban on international flights till December 31

26 Nov: Scroll. The Director General of Civil Aviation on Thursday extended the ban on international flights till December 31 in view of the outbreak of the coronavirus. On October 28, the DGCA had extended the suspension of flights till November 30… India has established air bubbles with about 18 countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, France, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and the Maldives, Kenya and Bhutan. This pact allows the operation of special flights between the countries. India instituted a lockdown in the end of March, which also included grounding both domestic and international flights. However, since June, the government allowed limited operations of Air India flights under the “Vande Bharat” mission for certain categories such as Overseas Citizenship of India, Persons of Indian Origin card-holders and other Indians who were stuck abroad due to the pandemic. The Centre has also allowed domestic flight services to resume on May 25, but at only one-third capacity. The cap was later increased to 45% and then to 60%...  For further details click here

Why are Goans complaining about their fish?

24 Nov: Times of India. Fish is an irreplaceable part of most Goans’ diet. Its importance is manifested in the thriving fishing industry, which contributes about 2.5% to the state’s GDP. Yet, Goans find that their beloved staple is becoming increasingly unaffordable. “When fish is a natural resource, why is it being sold at an exorbitant price, which the aam aadmi cannot afford?” asks a 60-year-old, who can no longer afford the better fish varieties… The state spends around Rs 60 crore annually on subsidies for the fisheries sector. What irks locals is that despite owners of these vessels being heavily backed by subsidies, fish is nowhere close to being affordable…  For further details click here

Guide to interfaith marriages to be drawn up in India

25 Nov: UCAN. Cardinal George Alencherry has formed a commission to frame guidelines for interfaith marriages following a controversy over a retired bishop solemnizing such a marriage between a Christian bride and a Muslim groom in a church in India’s Kerala state… He “wants to clear the confusion among the faithful over interreligious marriages and constituted a commission of canon law experts to prepare the guidelines to be followed in interreligious marriages in churches,” said Father Alax Onampally, secretary of the church’s media commission… On Nov. 9, Bishop Mathew Vaniyakizhakkel of Satna in the central state of Madhya Pradesh, blessed the marriage between the Catholic bride and Muslim groom at Kadavanthra St. Joseph Church in Ernakulam-Angamali Archdiocese. When a photograph of the couple with the bishop was published in a local newspaper, the Christian community was divided, with one group hailing the prelate for his bold approach and the other deploring the church for promoting interreligious marriage. Some described the marriage as a sort of “love jihad,” a term used for Muslims feigning love to convert girls from other religions to Islam for marriage…  For further details click here

Is this the dream job for a passionate motorcyclist?

26 Nov: Adventure Bike Rider. For a select few travelling by motorcycle is more than just a hobby, it’s a profession, their life and their livelihood. We caught up with Founder of Nomadic Knights, Alex Pirie, to find out how and why he got into the business of running tours in India and, most crucially of all, if he really is living the dream… He says, “I came here [to India] as a customer with another tour company back in 2006 & 2007 and loved the place. I met my now Indian wife not long after that and what better reason to stay? I should also add that it has some of the best biking routes and roads anywhere in the world. It’s a truly mind-blowing country! Just ask anyone that’s been here … I live by the beach in Goa where the sun shines for most of time and the average temperature is 32C. I love swimming in the sea and eating great seafood, who wouldn’t want that? … Right now, I don’t want to do anything else. I’m fortunate, I love what I do…  For further details click here
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Frizzell D’Souza’s début single is as new as freshly brewed coffee

25 Nov: The Hindu. Bengaluru-based singer-songwriter Frizzell D’Souza’s début single is about a relationship on the cusp of feeling jaded … success as a singer-songwriter was something she stumbled upon by accident. “Growing up, my sister and I were encouraged to learn music,” says 21-year-old Frizzell D’Souza, over phone from Mangaluru. “She had piano lessons, while I learnt the violin for eight years. However, I took to the guitar and ukulele a few years ago, on my own… Apart from online classes for her semester, Frizzell says she has been working on her music and is set to release another single. “When I’m not drawing or drafting for class or working on my music, I do a lot of painting.” Her next track ‘Drown Away’ is about her childhood memories of Goa and will be released shortly…  For further details click here
Video: You Tube. Frizzell D'Souza - New (Official Lyric Video)  click here



Death: Constancio (Costa Marie) Fernandes. Ex Nairobi

13 Nov. 2020: London. CONSTANCIO MARIAN (Costa Marie) FERNANDES. Aged 82. With heartfelt sadness that we share the news of the sudden passing of Costa Marie, son of the late Mr. & Mrs. C & A Fernandes. Devoted husband to Romaldina and loving to father to Maurice and Cookie (Joe). Doting Grand-dad to Jonelle and Jordan also a loving brother, brother-in-law and uncle. A very proud Benaulkar who loved his beautiful heritage, also being part of the Nairobi Goan Tailors Society, Crusaders FC, Goan Institute, Simba FC, North London Goans and a keen Trook player.

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Thus always to tyrants. By Selma Carvalho.

26 Nov: Herald. Selma Carvalho examines how three courageous women have been instrumental in fighting the good cause. Kamala Harris’s victory, the first woman, the first Black woman, and the first Asian woman to become the vice-president elect of the United States ... Emma Gama Pinto arrived in Nairobi in 1953. Five months into their marriage, Pio was arrested for his involvement with the Mau Mau resistance movement ... Edila Gaitonde (photo) the first Catholic Portuguese woman to marry a Hindu Goan man. Pundalik was arrested in 1954, and deported to Portugal... 931 words.  For further details click here

Goa: COVID Headlines

26 Nov: Navhind Times. Goa on Wednesday registered 125 new cases of COVID-19 pandemic, taking the tally of active cases to 1,281. At the same time, 61 patients recovered from the disease on Wednesday. As per the DHS, of the total 47,193 confirmed COVID cases that Goa has recorded so far, 45,229 patients have defeated the disease and as per the analysis, the current recovery rate in Goa is 95.84 per cent…  For further details click here
26 Nov: PTI. Goa makes screening of air, rail passengers mandatory amid Covid-19. In a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Goa government on Wednesday made it mandatory for the passengers arriving at the state's airport and railway stations to undergo thermal screening…  click here
25 Nov: Hindustan Times. Now a modified nursery rhyme helps school students learn social distancing in Goa. Even as society struggles with the demands of and the need to maintain social distancing, a modified nursery rhyme set to the tune of the popular ‘Ringa-Ringa-Roses’ is helping young students in schools to understand the need and the importance of social etiquette and the need to maintain social distancing… click here.

Edwin Pinto: International Men’s Day celebrations

25 Nov: Navhind Times. Udant commemorated International Men’s Day by celebrating the achievements of men in society. The host for the evening, emcee Maria introduced the awardees and invited them to provide insight into their respective fields and passions. Fashion designer and social worker, Edwin Pinto spoke of his passion for tailoring and about his label ‘Janota’ that offers handmade shoes made by shoemakers of Goa. He also spoke about his commitment towards working with people addicted to drugs and his plans to open his own rehabilitation centre in Goa…  For further details click here
Edwin Pinto was born in Singida, Tanzania, the son of Dr Luino and Aurea Pinto and moved to Goa in 1968. For his Facebook site  click here
Video by Frederick Noronha. The story of an unusual life: Janota's Edwin Pinto … click here.

Fitness Fashion & Glamour Tour 2021 to be launched in Dubai in Feb 2021

24 Nov: APN News. The launch event of the Fitness, Bodybuilding, Fashion & Glamour International Tour 2021 will be held in Dubai in February 2021, while the sub-events will start from December 2020 in Goa … Goan ace designer Verma D’Mello (photo), UK-based Goan-origin Raymond Fernandez, Philu Martins, Monty Sally are among 160 others will showcase their creations at the Goa Global Fashion week. `The 4-day fashion event will be held at a 5-star beach-side property in North Goa near Vagator…  For further details click here
Raymond Fernandez was born in Goa but his family migrated to Canada about 30 years ago. He grew up in Canada and then his father shifted to the UK where he completed his education and did an advanced diploma in fabrics, garments and fashion designing. He now shuttles between Mumbai, Goa and the UK where his elderly parents reside…  click here

BJP’s Cabral & AAP’s Naik lock horns in ‘Power’ debate

26 Nov: Herald. The State Power Minister Nilesh Cabral on Wednesday publicly ruled out replicating the Delhi Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) model of “free electricity” to consumers in Goa, as he elaborated about how the Arvind Kejriwal led-government is providing “no cost” power through public exchequers. Defending the AAP model, its Goa leader Valmiki Naik alleged that the “inefficiency” and “corrupt” practices of the BJP-led government has made power supply in Goa most expensive and unreliable. The much-hyped power debate between Cabral and Naik held on Wednesday was however a disappointment for the public, who were expecting a fiery fight between the duo, on the electricity model across two States…  For further details click here
Video: HCN. AAP v/s Cabral - The Power Debate (part 1)  click here
Video: HCN. AAP v/s Cabral - The Power Debate (part 2) click here.

Wakao Foods launches Jackfruit Meat, hygienically processed & packaged

25 Nov: F & B News. Wakao Foods launches its very first jackfruit meat offering with a vision of benefiting the planet… The Ready to Cook varieties include the Raw Jack, which can be used as a meat substitute and the Jack Burger Patty, which makes cheat meals healthy. The Ready to Eat varieties include the Teriyaki Jack, the BBQ Jack and the Butter Jack … Spearheaded by founder and CEO, Sairaj Dhond, the company is committed to supporting indigenous agricultural practices … “Jackfruit is something that is grown right here in our backyard in Goa and we want to take this nutritional fruit and make optimal use of its versatility,” said Sairaj…  For further details click here
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New support network launched for Indian nurses in the UK

25 Nov: Nursing Times. A new network has been launched to support Indian nurses joining the NHS to settle into the UK and “thrive” in their roles in the healthcare system. Anu Thomas, a nurse who moved from India to the UK around 17 years ago has helped to set up the British Indian Nurses Association (BINA) and told Nursing Times how important it was that nurses like her were supported in their “new way of life”. “They just need that reassurance, someone who is supporting them and makes them feel homely and welcome” The UK-wide group, which officially launched last week, was developed with the support and insight of NHS England, NHS Improvement and Health Education England (HEE). It aims to provide pastoral support to Indian nurses joining the NHS and help connect them with people of a similar background. Latest figures from the Nursing and Midwifery Council showed there were more than 24,000 professionals on the register who trained in India…  For further details click here


COOKERY: Nadia's Family Feasts. ITV. Sat. 28th Nov. 03:00 to 03:50. India. Nadia Sawalha joins forces with Queen of curries Nisha Katona for a family feast from India. The duo serve up tea-steeped chickpeas with black cardamom rice for breakfast, tardka dhal for lunch and Nisha's gingerbread lamb raan for dinner - with Nadia's carrot halwa for dessert.

DOCUMENTARY: Royal Murder Mysteries. Yesterday (Freeview 26). Mon. 30th Nov. 08:00 to 09:00. The Earl of Erroll - Death in the Valley. Crimes involving members of royal families from around the globe, beginning with an earl shot dead in a hedonistic hideaway for colonial aristocrats in Kenya.

DOCUMENTARY: UK Border Force. Pick (Freeview 35). Tues. 1st Dec. 03:00 to 04:00. A man from Pakistan claiming to be a student is refused entry into Britain after two days of questioning. The enforcement team at Beckett House in London raids a cleaning company and arrests a couple of suspected illegal immigrants.

COOKERY: Corner Shop Cook-Off. BBC Scotland HD (Freeview 108). Wed. 2nd Dec. Time: 20:00 to 21:00 Scotland's National Chef and MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean goes up against other acclaimed chefs as they compete to make the best three-course meal for £15 with food from a corner shop. In the second episode, Gary goes up against Indian street food specialist Rachna Dheer.

SITCOM: Goodness Gracious Me. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Wed. 2nd Dec. 22:30 to 23:00. A dizzy Indian ad agency, a lovesick lament to Lahore - and the blundering Bhangra Muffins. Stars Meera Syal. Originally broadcast in August 1997.

DOCUMENTARY: Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railway Journeys. Channel 5. Thurs. 3rd Dec. 20:00 to 21:00. Tarrant on the African Express. Chris arrives in Mombasa to follow what was surely the greatest railway endeavour of the entire colonial era - the so-called Lunatic Line. His plan is to follow the now-crumbling line right across Kenya to the shores of Lake Victoria, discovering how the constructors overcame obstacles in their bid to make East Africa part of the British Empire.

COMEDY: Paul Sinha's History Revision. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Sun. 6th Dec. 22:00 to 22:30. Food. The comedian and quizzer tells the stories that lie behind everyday things and fact, continuing with food. He takes his own south London high street as his starting point and investigates how it ended up being culinarily dominated by Chinese and Indian restaurants. The story begins in 1600 and takes in trade, invasion, opium, a bloody civil war that left 30million people dead, giant greenhouses and the cultivation of saffron.



Death: Conceicao Braganca. Ex Verna, Goa
1 Nov: UK. CONCEICAO BRAGANCA . Ex Cumborda, Verna, Goa. Born 1956. Wife of late Lourenco Piedade Braganca. Loving mother / mother-in-law of Florio / Algretta, Frida / Aggie & Flemy. Dearest grandmother of Amber & Floella, Autumn & Alazne. Sister / sister-in-law of Salvador / Monica, Anthony / Rosa, Annamaria / Xavier. Passed away peacefully in the U.K. There will be prayers at the Verna residence at 4.00 p.m. on 27 Nov. The Funeral Service in the U.K. will be live streamed at 5.00 p.m. on YouTube on Friday, 27th November 2020. Photo. click here.

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Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz shortlisted for Special 2020 Covid Award

19 Nov: Press Room. The Men and Boys Coalition have shortlisted Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz, dubbed the ‘Man Whisperer’ by Newsweek, for their Special 2020 Covid Award… Kenny says, “My colleague told me he had the Covid symptoms, so I self-isolated. I soon started having flashbacks of the military on the streets of Kampala, gunfire, curfew and the secret service stalking my family. We were on Idi Amin’s death list and escaped to the UK as refugees… “ … From his own pain Kenny instinctively filled an unmet need for a safe space for men to voice their problems and issues online, amongst peers. His MenSpeak Men’s Groups have met online every weekday since lockdown in March, in response to the alarming increase of mental health issues in men… His book, Online Men’s Group Success: A step-by-step guide to facilitating personal development groups for men” is available from Amazon  For further details click here
Kenny D'Cruz is the son of Dorothy (Tecla) D'Cruz, nee Dias, (ex-Uganda) and Joe D’Cruz (ex Mombasa & Uganda and UK’s first Goan Mayor). The book is dedicated (page 4) to his father and the photo selected appears there. To buy the book or to read the first few pages for free,  click here
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Jesuits take stand for imprisoned Indian priest

22 Nov: The Catholic Register (Toronto). Canada’s Jesuit provincial superior Fr. Erik Oland has asked the Canadian government to intervene in the case of Fr. Stan Swamy, an 83-year-old Jesuit priest with Parkinson’s imprisoned in an Indian prison where he faces bizarre and vague charges under a new national security law … Swamy is accused of ties to Maoist guerillas and was rounded up along with 15 others in connection with violence at an annual celebration of the Battle of Koregaon-Bhima in 2018. The priest denies ever having visited Koregaon-Bhima in the state of Pune and any connection with Maoist forces…  For further details click here
23 Nov: Mill Hill Missionaries (UK). India: Jailed Elderly Jesuit Priest -Finding Happiness in Listening to Stories of Inmates. Father Stan Swamy, 84, has been in Taloja Central Jail in Mumbai, capital of Maharashtra in western India, since Oct. 9 following his arrest on charges of sedition and links with outlawed Maoist rebels…  click here

Goa: COVID Headlines

25 Nov: Navhind Times. Goa on Tuesday registered 167 new cases of COVID-19 pandemic, taking the tally of confirmed cases above the 47,000-mark… As per the DHS, of the total 47,068 confirmed COVID cases that Goa has recorded so far, 1,221 are active while 45,168 patients have defeated the disease. As per the analysis, the current recovery rate in Goa is 95.96 per cent…  For further details click here
24 Nov: Covaxin’s phase-3 trials on in state, 100 get anti-Covid jab. The phase-3 trials of Covaxin, India’s first indigenously-manufactured Covid-19 vaccine candidate, have seen around a hundred persons in Goa get the jab. The trials also include the placebo group, which gets a shot without antigens…  click here
24 Nov: Financial Express. Travelers pay attention! No free COVID-19 tests for travel purpose, says Goa minister click here.

It’s important to create awareness and involve more Goans in the fight

24 Nov: Times of India. By Cecille Rodrigues. Not being able to save our land is one of the biggest issues Goa is facing right now… Every time we protest, we get arrested. But this is just the start, we have a storm to face going ahead … Social media has played a key role in creating awareness and highlighting issues, of late. My social media picked up after Dance India Dance (DID) and now I use it to post videos creating awareness and putting out facts. I go live during protests. I bring out issues that the media doesn’t focus on. I want true voices to be heard. It’s important to create awareness and get more people involved in issues surrounding Goa and Goans. We need to stand up for Goa without fearing anyone.  For further details click here
Video: SuperMom : Cecille Rodrigues …  click here

The Goan spirit will get dampened if the ‘Feni’ line is crossed

25 Nov: Herald. The excise department has decided to tweak the rules and regulations to do away with the process of auctioning cashew zones have caught the local industry by surprise. Café spoke to the major players in the market for their view. A move mooted by the Excise department to tweak rules and regulations to do away with auctioning cashew zones has prompted the feni distilling local industry to rise in protest fearing disruption this upcoming 2020-21 season. This has to be taken note of since feni is not just another drink. It’s a part of Goan ethos… 838 words  For further details click here
24 Nov: Hindustan Times. Goa: Feni distillers protest against govt decision to do away with auctioning of cashew groves. They say it will lead to corporatisation of feni production that is currently operated by traditional distillers known as cazcars …  click here

Unruly tourists thronging casinos as if it's carnival time: Goa BJP MLA

24 Nov: IANS. A ruling BJP MLA on Tuesday likened the crowds thronging Goa's offshore casinos to merry mobs in Goa's famed Carnival parade, while bemoaning the lack of social distancing norms and non-observance of SOPs by the casino industry. Speaking to reporters here, BJP MLA Atanasio Monserrate also expressed concern about increasing number of Covid-19 cases traced to Goa's offshore casinos, while urging Health Minister Vishwajit Rane to direct his officials to conduct an inspection to see whether SOPs are being followed in the offshore casinos of Goa. "They (tourists) come here to have fun, but Goans should not be infected by Covid-19 because of this," Monseratte said, commenting on the large unruly crowds outside the six offshore casinos operating in the Mandovi river off Panaji…  For further details click here

Reused teak and earthy stone make up a luxury Goan home with canal views

24 Nov: InHabitat (California). By Lucy Wang. In the village of Siolim in North Goa, international architecture practice SAV Architecture + Design has completed the Earth House, a luxury home of 700 square meters that makes the most of its lush, tropical surroundings. Set next to a canal lined with coconut trees, the expansive home has allowed the outdoors to shape its design, from the massing that’s built to preserve existing mature trees to the natural materials palette. Internal courtyards, louvered semi-open spaces and an open-plan layout help achieve an indoor/outdoor living experience that makes the tropical landscape the focus…  For further details click here
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DJ Ryan Nogar keeps the Goan party culture alive and kicking

24 Nov: Hindustan Times. Remember the last time you walked into a large nightclub at Goa? The crowd was swirling, people smiling, dancing – all thanks to that one person controlling the mood in the room – DJ Ryan Nogar. One of the pioneers from Goa’s Night-life Scene, no one knows the party crowd like him… Regarded as one of the most popular and versatile DJs in Goa, he has a rich experience of more than 15 incredible years of filling dance floors across Goa. He is a versatile DJ in all kinds of music style. Whether it be Commercial, Hip Hop, RnB, varied versions of House, Progressive, EDM and Retro & Bollywood , DJ Ryan always comes up with a fresh angle on modern dance music. DJ Ryan Nogar has performed at multiple venues throughout the country as well as internationally in Dubai, Sri Lanka, and the UK… DJ Ryan now holds it down at Hammerzz, Goa’s first luxury night club with state of art, light and sound … 590 words  For further details click here

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Southall, Wembley and East Ham. Contact Clive Vaz on 020 3130 1774.

Nuage Travel

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

OCI Assistance

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

Shelton Goes Solo

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

South East England: Da Gama Cars

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

Special fares to Goa

Call Joanita Fernandes 0208 202 0944 or Email:

A taste of home!

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

Visit Africa Safaris

A family-run safari and travel business specializing in East Africa, managed by Heather-Gail de Souza, daughter of the legendary late Lewis and late Antoinette de Souza. The Company has 36 years' experience of Safaris and Travel in East Africa. For a video link, click here. For the Company website, click here To contact Heather-Gail, email:
Mobile: +254 725860439

Stallions Air

ATOL 9179

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

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