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Death Bartholomew D’Souza

15 Dec: Bastora, Goa. BARTHOLOMEW LUIS D'SOUZA. Ex Eldoret, Kenya. Beloved Son of late Cypriano & Lily, Loving husband of Maria (Parra). Doting father of Bertrand/Marchita, Blaise / Naomi. Affectionate grandfather of Eloise. Funeral details to follow.  For further details click here

Death: Anthony Pereira

London. ANTHONY WILFRED PEREIRA. Ex Assolna, Goa; Mombasa, Kenya. Ex Chief Accountant, Customs, Kenya. Most Cherished & Beloved Husband of Late Maria ldinha Godinho Pereira. Devoted Father/Father in law to Elsa, Amanda, Astrid/Savio. Most Adored Granddad to Lauren, Hayley & Ryan. Brother/Brother in Law of Late Olga / late Arthur Lobo, Angela/Late Peter Claver Fernandes. Late Dr Tamaturgo Godinho, late Efigenia/late JoaoViegas, late Fr Nazario Godinho, Tony/Tina Godinho, Garcia/Mariazinha Godinho, Hilda/lateWilliamVaz, Late Sr Gemma Galgania Godinho, Late Fatima/Wilson Alemao, Ninette/ late Erasmo Carvalho & Sofia Godinho.  For further details click here

Death: Joaquim Braganza

11 Dec: Toronto. JOAQUIM BRAGANZA. Retired Lt Commander Pakistan Navy Passed away after a short illness at the age of 67. He was a very devoted educator, husband and extremely proud father and grandfather. Joe is survived by his wife, Bibiana; his children, Fiona and Sherman; his grandchildren Noah Braganza and Ella Dmello; his sister Lucinda Fernandes; his son-in-law Abdon R. Dmello and his daughter-in-law Lika Targan. He was preceded in death by his parents Maria Louisa and Joseph Braganza. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, December 16th, with visitation from 9 a.m. at Paul O'Connor Funeral Home in Scarborough, followed by Mass at 11 a.m. in Our Lady of the Rosary in Scarborough. Burial will occur at Christ the King Cemetery in Markham. The family would like to express their deep appreciation of the staff at Sunnybrook Hospital for their excellent care and support during this difficult time.  For further details click here

Death: Alice Pinto
14 Dec: Toronto. ALICE PINTO. Ex Karachi. Wife of Jovit Pinto and mother of Kevin and Albert and sister of Norbert Pinto. Viewing will be held at Turner and Porter Funeral home on Tuesday, December 19th, 2017 from 2 – 4 P.M. and 7 - 9 P.M. in the Peel Chapel 2180 Hurontario Street Mississauga, ON L5B 1M8. Funeral Mass will be held at Sts. Martha and Mary’s Church at 11 am on Wed Dec 20th, 1870 Burnhamthorpe East, Mississauga, ON, L4X 2S5. Photo  For further details click here

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New Event Announcement: Traditional Christmas Dine and Dance on 26 Dec.

Tue. 26 Dec. Grace Promoters presents their Traditional Christmas Dine and Dance from 6pm till 11:50 at Oakington Manor Primary School,   Oakington Manor Drive, Wembley HA9 6NF. Entry Passes: Adults £15 and Children under 10 years £10/- inclusive of Welcome Soup, Goan Buffet and shared table. Also in attendance Live Bands 'INDIANA' and surprise "REUNION". Dress Code: Strictly Formal. Entry Right reserved by the management." Authentic Goan Cuisine by Grace Caterers. Fully licences bar serving drinks and snacks at very reasonable rates. For tickets Celeste 07834 813340 Valeriano 074385 73178 Suil 07466 410444 Domnic 07440 485347 Email For the flyer,  For further details click here

Jacqueline Fernandez: Scintillating jewel of Sri Lanka

16 Dec: Daily FT (Sri Lanka). Jacqueline Fernandez is Sri Lanka’s most charming unofficial ambassador to India in recent times and the lovely lady has proved to be a credit to the island nation by winning the hearts and minds of millions there… She has also acted in an English film made in Britain and an English film shot in Sri Lanka … Jacqueline’s father Elroy Fernandez is a Sri Lankan whose great grandparents had come to this Island from the Konkan coast in India more than a century ago when Goa was a colony of Portugal. His ancestors settled on the Western coast and inter-married with others thereby evolving into the community known as Burghers…  For further details click here
13 Dec: Architectural Digest. Jacqueline Fernandez is serving it hot in Sri Lanka with Kaema Sutra, her new restaurant…  click here

The Politics of Belonging: Relief for Goans as British PM & European Commission reach agreement over crucial Brexit clauses

14 Dec: Times of India. Huge relief this week in thousands of homes in Goa, and across the state’s far-flung global diaspora, as the beleaguered British prime minister Theresa May shook hands with the European Commission president Jean Claude-Junker, in agreement over three crucial issues involved in ‘Brexit’ … Over the past year, May has found herself hounded mercilessly by her own party’s “hard Brexiteers” including the influential European Research Group led by the rising Goan-origin star of the Conservative party, Suella Fernandes… The March 2019 deadline will most likely trigger a small but measurable migration avalanche from Goa to the UK. Since the new millennium, perhaps as many as 40,000 people of Goan ancestry have successfully petitioned to acquire Portuguese …  For further details click here

Court rejects pre-arrest bail to Aires Rodrigues

16 Dec: Times of India… Sessions judge, Panaji, Irshad Agha, on Friday rejected Aires Rodrigues' anticipatory bail application and said that if the investigating officer intends to register a non-bailable offence against him in the case then he "shall issue 48 hours written notice to the applicant". Rodrigues had moved anticipatory bail in the case registered against him at the Anjuna police station by a woman alleging that he had posted her photograph on social media linking her to a politician.  For further details click here
Video: Goa 365 tv. Aires cries innocence, blames Vijai & Palyekar for dragging him …  click here

Travelling to Goa on a Shoestring Budget? The State Will Make It Cheaper for You!

15 Dec: The Better India. Most of us have made a plan to visit Goa with our friends at least once, and it is entirely possible that the plan never saw the light of the day! Although there is no shortage of hotels and homestay facilities in the coastal state, not everyone has a budget to afford these and more often than not; these trips end up just being a dream. But fret not, you could actually plan a trip soon to Goa without burning a hole in your pocket. The state government has considered setting up a facility to cater to low budget travellers, where they can cook, camp and avail of sanitary provisions… So, don’t give up on that Goa trip and start saving! …  For further details click here

Goa BJP minister Mauvin Godinho says 'no shortage of beef' in state though slaughterhouses not running at full capacity

15 Dec: First Post. There is no shortage of beef in Goa, Minister for Animal Husbandry Mauvin Godinho said on Friday. However, he admitted that the state's only legal abattoir was not running to its full capacity. Godinho was replying to a question from Congress MLA Francisco Silveira in the state legislative Assembly…  For further details click here

Fake employers snare unsuspecting Goans in complex online job racket

16 Dec: Times of India. Cases of duping with the promise of providing employment abroad is nothing new for Goa police. But in recent incidents, a new modus operandi has been observed, which makes it nearly impossible to track the accused. Here, the accused, after sending victims huge salary offers, ask them to deposit money in a bank account as visa fees or work permit fees. These accounts are mostly based in northeastern states. The money is later found to be withdrawn from ATMs in a different state in India, before the fraud is discovered… In a recent case, a Goan man was duped of around Rs 34 lakh with a promise of employment abroad…  For further details click here

Lloyd Rayney wins defamation case against Western Australian government

15 Dec: The Guardian (UK). Barrister Lloyd Rayney may receive the biggest defamation payout in Australian history after winning his lawsuit against the Western Australia government over being named by police as the “prime” and “only” suspect in his wife’s 2007 murder. Supreme court justice John Chaney found a series of press conferences by Detective Jack Lee in 2007 that named Rayney “bore an imputation” and “gave rise to a reasonable suspicion” he had murdered his wife, Corryn Rayney… Police charged Rayney with murder in December 2010 and he was acquitted in a judge-alone trial on 1 November 2012 … The amount will be calculated before next Wednesday and will be less than the $10m he claimed, but could be more than the $5m that the state estimated his losses were…  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Corryn Veronica Ann Rayney, née Da Silva, (born 1963) migrated to Australia with her family in 1973 as refugees from Idi Amin's Uganda …  click here


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Britain's Swindon, hub of expat Goans 'highly polluted', says Parrikar

15 Dec: Business Standard. Britain is the most polluted country in Europe and its Swindon town, which has a sizeable population of Goan expats, is also "highly polluted", Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Friday.mHe was speaking during a discussion in the assembly on a private members' resolution moved by former Congress Chief Minister Ravi Naik, seeking action against those responsible for coal pollution emanating from excessive coal handling at Mormugao, the state's only major port. "Lots of Goans stay in UK Swindon. It is a highly polluted town with high PM (particulate matter) 2.5," said Parrikar, who had earlier this week had warned NRIs and expats against advising him about Goa-related affairs, especially related to the coal pollution controversy. The Chief Minister also termed UK highly polluted, with pollution levels four times that of India…  click here
Wikipedia: List of most polluted cities by particulate matter concentration …  click here

Lloyd McMullan of St Ives died in Goa hotel but no-one knows how, inquests reveals

15 Dec: Cornwall Live. A British expat with a history of heroin abuse who led 'an hectic life in Goa' was found dead in the toilet of his hotel room but nobody could say how he died, an inquest has revealed. Lloyd McMullan was discovered lifeless in the toilets of his room at the Shanti Hotel in Mapusa, Goa in August 2014. However an inquest into his death has revealed the difficulties of international cooperation when UK nationals die abroad after two British and Indian postmortem and toxicology reports - which took more than three years to complete - proved inconclusive. Mr McMullan, from St Ives, had a chequered past and was known to police here and in India for a strings of crimes ranging from robbery to drug use here in the UK and thefts in various states in India… the original postmortem and toxicology showed traces of alcohol but no drugs while the postmortem examination carried out on his partially decomposed body when it was returned to the UK in 2015, showed traces not only of ethanol but also of morphine, anti psychotic drugs and various pain killers… He was arrested over a string of thefts in the Anjuna and Calangute areas of Goa six months before he was found dead in his hotel room where he had been bailed to stay following his arrest…  For further details click here

Felix Dahl’s mother suspects money behind son’s murder

15 Dec: Times of India. Minna Pirhonen, mother of the murdered Swedish national Felix Dahl, submitted through her representative before the high court that "money transaction" could be possible reason for the murder. Her advocate, Shikha Sethia, told the court on Thursday that despite Pirhonen asking the police to probe a property angle, they were yet to do so. She also handed over submissions made by the foreigner regarding the case and list of witnesses to the high court. In her submission, Pirhonen states that the phone records of one of the main suspects hasn't been obtained and his relationship with other suspects not yet established. She believes that this suspect was paid to bring Felix to Patnem. The bank statements of Felix too have not been investigated into wherein money transactions could be the possible reason for the murder, she states. A vicera report may suggest the forceful consumption of drugs by Felix but this hadn't been provided by the police, she adds…  For further details click here

Rosalyn D’Mello: #MeToo: When a hashtag becomes war cry against sexual abuse

17 Oct. Vogue India. … I woke up on Monday morning to find my Facebook timeline flooded by status updates by my female friends with the hashtag “Me too”… By the time I’d looked at my computer it was 10.30am, and my timeline was inundated by women testifying to their personal experiences of molestation, abuse, rape, catcalling, and sexual harassment… I had been preyed upon by a male writer who was the moderator of the writing group I had joined when I was temporarily living in Goa. I was lucky, however, that when I was in that writing group, I was surrounded by 30-somethings with a low tolerance for misogyny… but the group was dissolved so that the email archive could be deleted so no trace would exist of our rebellion. Our characters were besmirched, and, eventually, unable to face the hostility, one by one we exited even the new-old group…  For further details click here

Paul Lobo: The ‘Unsinkable’ Takes A 34 Km Ride

15 Dec: Herald. A three-member team of Paul Lobo, Ashok Kamath and Sudeep Dalvi took a boat trip from St Estevam to Bodeim in the small boat ‘Bismarque the Unsinkable’. Sudeep shares their experience through the mangroves and crocodile-infested waters. On May 23, 2017, a boat, called Bismarque the Unsinkable, was launched in memory of late Fr Bismarque Dias on his birth anniversary. The aim of creating this boat was to protect the environment and the ecosystem of River Mandovi, a river that Fr Bismarque worked for tirelessly… “It all started when Paul Lobo from the UK, who was in Goa on vacation, asked me whether it was possible to travel from St Estevam to his village Bodeim, Tivim in this boat. I could not resist taking on the challenge…  For further details click here

Video: Ahead of Christmas, markets in Goa wear festive look

15 Dec: Times of India. As the festival of Christmas is round the corner, markets across Goa are flooded with Christmas trees … Growing demand for trees decorated with cotton to give a snow effect …  For further details click here

Indian carol singers arrested after 'conversion' complaint

15 Dec: BBC. Six carol singers have been arrested in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh after a man accused them of trying to convert him to Christianity. The state has some of the strictest anti-conversion laws in India. One of those arrested was a professor at a Catholic theological college. The group said it was only visiting villages to sing songs. A car used by the carol singers was also set on fire, allegedly by right-wing activists…  For further details click here



Death: Aloysius (Alu) Fernandes

9 Dec. Nairobi, Kenya. ALOYSIUS JOSEPH CAJETAN FERNANDES. Son of the late John Baptist and late Maria Benjamina Fernandes, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 74 years. Beloved brother to late sister Agnes, brother John Baptist and sisters, Joanita and Teresa. The funeral will be held on Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 11:00 am at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, South B. Thereafter burial at Langata Cemetery. Viewing of the body from 10:30am in the Church.
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Femnet Christmas Issue 64

Dec 2017: FEMNET. Hello Readers! Its that time of the year when love is in the air; reunions, homecomings, meet and greets. May the good tidings this festive season brings, stay with you and yours forever. This issue it's all about Christmas! Views and perspectives from across the world, Christmas Menus, Décor...tuck in, enjoy! From us to you, Feliz Navidad! Christmas blessings and a Bright New Year! Stay Blessed! [br} Femnet Editorial Team: Joan, Renuka & Betty  click here

Swindon: Carillion pull out of GWH after NHS contract sold to rivals Serco

14 Dec: Swindon Advertiser. Hospital chiefs have welcomed news that trouble-hit Carillion will quit GWH. The company, which has in the past been accused of failing to meet hygiene standards and “bullying” staff, managed GWH's facilities - including cleaning and catering contracts… Andy Newman, Wiltshire and Swindon branch secretary of the GMB union, said: "Carillion has had a very poor record at Great Western Hospital, marked by conflict with trade unions and staff, and underperformance of the services In 2012, GMB union members went on strike for 21 days over accusations of discrimination and bullying at the hospital…  For further details click here
Employment Cases Update: De Souza & Ors v Carillon Services Ltd UKEAT/0258/13/DM  click here
Video: BBC. Carillion Staff Dispute on Sunday Politics West (Great Western Hospital Swindon, GMB Union) click here.

Over Rs 2 crore spent in 2016-18 on junkets to promote tourism

14 Dec: Times of India. The state government has spent over Rs 2 crore during the 2016-17 and 2017-18 financial years on participating in international travel marts and road shows to promote tourism in the state. While tourism minister Manohar Azgaonkar attended events in Paris and Moscow, GTDC chairman Nilesh Cabral was part of an event in Moscow, and GTDC managing director Nikhil Dessai attended shows in US, Canada and London…  For further details click here

Tender issued for GIS mapping of Goa

14 Dec: The Goan. Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar on Wednesday informed the State Legislative Assembly that the State Government is in the process of conducting GIS mapping of the entire State and the tender for the same has been issued… He also informed that for safety and security, CCTVs would be set up on beaches in addition to free wi-fi facilities… The projects include development of an area of 13,600 square metres at Anjuna Beach which includes facility of parking for 150 cars and 26 buses. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 18.66 crore and sixty per cent of the work has been completed…  For further details click here

On Arambol beach, a market by the Russians

14 Dec: Times of India. The last rays of the sun are yet to set over Arambol beach but a steady stream of tourists-cum-vendors have already taken up their place—wares, mattresses and electronic lanterns in tow. It is 4.45pm and the 'Drum Circle', an empty stretch of shore a few steps from the beach shacks, has come alive with a make-shift 'bazaar'. It is run neither by Goans nor Indian migrants, but by Russian and Ukrainian tourists who have flouted all laws of the land to set up this market. From paintings to books and imitation jewellery to clothes and food and even a soothsayer, you name it and you will get. Most items have prices displayed in Russian but payment is accepted in rupees… The 'bazaar' winds up at around 8pm …  For further details click here

Forthcoming Events

UK: Sun. 31 Dec: GOAN WELFARE SOCIETY (GWS) New Year's Eve Fund-Raising Ball at Wandsworth Town Hall from 7 p.m. till late. Full details to follow and a table seating plan will apply. Offers of help, raffle prizes and sponsorship would be most welcome. Please contact any of the Trustees: Paul De Mendonca on 07956 584531 (email:, Norma Menezes-Rahim on 020 8771 4457 (email:, Alfred Rebello on 020 8337 8022 (email:, Rosy De Souza on 020 8677 0390 (email:, Flavio Gracias on 07753 309781 or 020 8723 1322 (email: For the ticket application form go to For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 6 Jan: G.O.A Extravaganza 2018. Venue: Wandsworth Town Hall, Civic Suite, Wandsworth, London. SW18 4LD. Time: 18.30 to 1.00 a.m. Theme: James Bond 007 – Dress to Kill. Music will be provided by Maz & Co, featuring Julien Desmier, formerly from Black Velvet and PressPlay Disco. Licenced Bar and Caterers will be available. Fantastic raffle prizes - Tables will be reserved for groups of ten where tickets have been paid for in advance. Don't miss Shirley Bassey, our special James Bond tribute impersonator who will be with us for the evening. A prize for the best dressed Bond Lady and Gentleman. The Board would like to welcome all members and their guests to this event and have ensured the tickets are at a most competitive rate. Ticket prices for Members: Adults - £13.50, Children 5 aged 16 years: £11.00, under five years: £5.00. (Adults may purchase one guest ticket at the Member’s rate). Ticket prices for guests: Adults - £15.50, Children aged 5-16 years £13.00 and under five years £5.00. Entrance tickets will include a welcome drink and a plate of snacks. We encourage all members to purchase their tickets before 23rd December 2017. After this date, all tickets will be sold at guest prices. For tickets please contact: Bosco Saldanha 0208 684 4474 /07815 547513 / Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa - 07958 537314 / Vince Fernandes: 0208 764 7686/07853 132336 / Sandra Fernandes: 07768 080537 / Richard Fernandes 07711 401157. For the flyer and further details, click here



Death: John Correia

25 Nov: Goa. JOHN CORREIA. Born 1938. Ex Caunsaulim, Goa; Eastleigh, Nairobi and Hounslow, London. Devoted husband to Mena. Loving father to Amanda, Simone and James. Beloved brother of Lina, Reggie, Agnelo (late) and Olympia. He will be dearly missed. Funeral to take place at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, 15 The Green, Heston, TW5 0RL on Tuesday 19th Dec 2017 at 10am followed by burial at Hounslow Cemetery 631 Hanworth Road, Hounslow, TW4 5NH. Condolences:

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Cheap last minute flights from UK to Goa for just £229 (€260)

12 Dec: Flynous. Fans of some last-minute and exotic holidays may consider this deal of charter provider TUI Airways UK (Thomson Airways). They are currently offering very cheap last minute flights from UK (Manchester or Birmingham) to Goa, beachside in India. The cheapest non-stop round trip flights are now available already for £229. (€298). Once you are in India you may find many really cheap accomodation around Goa as well as eat tasty Indian food for a budget price at some local restaurants… Thomson Airways policy allows to book only hand luggage up to 5kgs. In case of you would need checked-in luggage up to 20kgs you would have to pay additional £60 per package. You would also experience to fly with Boeing 787 Dreamliner. We have managed to find the cheapest charter flights between UK and India in December 2017. Booking samples Manchester – Goa for £229. Birmingham – Goa for £279. UK – India from £278 (Air France / KLM). London – India from £360 (Britsih Airways non-stop flights …  click here

How To Avail An Aadhaar Card If You Are An NRI

13 Dec: NDTV. Are you an NRI (non-resident Indian) looking to get an Aadhaar card? Well, you need not worry. The government has now made a provision to issue Aadhaar card to NRIs. Yes, the Aadhaar card can also be availed by non-resident Indians. According to the Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act, 2016, an NRI having resided in India for a period of 182 days or more in 12 months immediately preceding the date of application for enrolment and having an Indian address can apply for Aadhaar. The process to register for an Aadhaar card for NRIs is similar to the process followed by residents. A NRI can fix an appointment in either of two modes: online and offline…  For further details click here
13 Dec: Economic Times. How NRIs, expats can re-verify their Indian mobile numbers with and without Aadhaar card from Jan. 1 …  click here
12 Dec: Gulf News. NRIs don't need to link Aadhaar to PAN … click here.

Aires fails to show up at crime branch

13 Dec: Times of India. Social activist Aires Rodrigues did not appear before the crime branch after he was issued summons to be present before it for questioning on Tuesday… Rodrigues said he had not received the summons. "The notice has remained unserved as his official residential address is locked. He was also informed over the phone by police. His office was locked," Dattaguru Sawant, investigating officer said. Police said that Rodrigues has been issued fresh summons to appear before them on Thursday…  For further details click here

BITS professor working to help retain feni’s flavour

13 Dec: Times of India. Feni — Goa's traditional cashew brew — may have its own fan following and a geographical indication (GI) tag, but given its indigenous preparation methods, no two batches of the drink taste the same. The oddity persists irrespective of whether the brew is sourced from the village distilleries or from the few modernised processing units. Concerned that this may make it difficult to retain feni's original flavour in future, Prof S D Manjare of BITS Pilani KK Birla Goa Campus has taken on the task of studying feni-making processes in Goa. He aims to standardize the methods and work out a procedure to improve the output for small-scale distilleries. "Standardization will improve the quantity, purity and composition of the drink," said Manjare…  For further details click here

The original love songs of Goa

13 Dec: Herald. Goa Cultural and Social Centre will be organising the All Goa State Level Mando Festival on December 13 and 14, 2017. The melody of the Mando is a sound that can be picked up by any Goan no matter how far they are from Goa. The melodious voices accompanied by the violin and ghumott create a work of art, right from the lyrics to the composition to the emotions with which they are sung. The Goa Cultural and Social Centre has been encouraging young talent to shine by presenting them with a grand stage at the All Goa State Level Mando Festival. With the much needed boost, the groups have travelled the world, carrying the love and legacy forward…  For further details click here

Crackdown on nomads, hawkers on Goa beaches

13 Dec: IANS. The movement of nomads, vagabonds and hawkers will be restricted on Goa's beaches so that tourists are not disturbed, the government said on Wednesday. Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar told the Assembly that Lamanis, members of a nomadic tribe, harass tourists who frequent coastal regions. "Any person who disturbs the tourists and hampers tourism will not be allowed to do so," said Ajgaonkar…  For further details click here

2 Germans nabbed with drugs worth Rs 64 lakh at Arambol

13 Dec: The Goan. Pernem police arrested two German nationals after they were allegedly found in possession of 64 gms of the psychedelic drug LSD worth Rs 64 lakh during a raid at a guest house in Arambol. According to Pernem PI Sandesh Chodankar, the police received a tip-off four days ago that the accused, Sergius Manka (31) and Steinmuller Sebastian (35), had narcotics in their possession… a team of Pernem police laid a trap at the guest house in Arambol and found Manka and Sebastian in a room. Police also found 64 gms of liquid LSD worth Rs 64 lakh. Police seized the drugs, two smartphones and cash amounting to Rs 27,500 …  For further details click here
Video: HCN. 2 German nationals arrested with 64 gms LSD worth 64 Lakhs …  click here


DOCUMENTARY: Celebrating Life at 117. BBC News (Freeview 231). Sat. 16th Dec. 00:30 to 01:00. Journalist Priscilla Ng'ethe celebrates her great grandmother Elizabeth's 117th birthday in Kenya, and a life spanning both British colonial rule and the Mau Mau uprising.

FILM: Triads, Yardies and Onion Bhajees! London Live (Freeview 8). Tues. 19th Dec. 03:00 to 05:00. Based on the novel The Stone Shiva by Manish Patel, the film centres on the Holy Smokes crime syndicate and the real-life $6 million Heathrow Airport robbery. (2003). Starring: Manish Patel, Dave Courtney, Jass Bassi, Jonathan Reason, Peter Rnic, Jamille Riverol

COOKERY: Food Unwrapped. more4 (Freeview 14). Wed. 20th Dec. 08:55 to 09:35. Jimmy Doherty, Kate Quilton and Matt Tebbutt uncover more unusual, intriguing and surprising secrets behind the food we eat. What makes some tea more expensive than other tea? At one of Kenya's largest tea plantations, Jimmy discovers that tea comes in multiple grades and flavours, and every batch can be subtly different. So how can the big tea bag manufacturers produce a brew that tastes the same each time?

DOCUMENTARY: Citizens. BBC Radio Ulster MW. Wed. 20th Dec. 11:55 to 12:00. 4. Ashok: Funny, moving and powerful stories from people who call Northern Ireland home. After an arranged marriage in India, Ashok moved to Portadown in the 70s to join his in-laws, who settled there after the Second World War. (Series 1, Episode 4)

TRAVEL: Sacred Rivers with Simon Reeve. BBC 2. Wed. 20th Dec. 18:00 to 19:00. The Ganges. Episode 2. Series in which adventurer Simon Reeve explores the influence three rivers have on the countries they flow through. He follows the sacred waters of the Ganges from source to sea. Along the way he meets westerners in Rishikesh seeking spiritual enlightenment, takes a holy dip in the fast-flowing waters at Haridwar and discovers how the river is being severely polluted in Kanpur. While there, Simon hears allegations that holy cows are secretly being slaughtered to fuel a booming leather trade. Finally, at Sagar Island in the Indian Ocean, Simon wonders how long India's age-old sacred river can survive its economic boom.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE: In Business. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Thurs. 21st Dec. 20:30 to 21:00. Series about the world of work, from vast corporations to the modest volunteer. Uganda's Refugee Entrepreneurs: Imagine you are a refugee in Uganda, with no money - how on earth do you start a business? John Murphy finds out.

DOCUMENTARY: Citizens. BBC Radio Ulster (Freeview 719). Fri. 22nd Dec. 23:50 to 23:55. 6. Nabeela: Funny, moving and powerful stories from people who call Northern Ireland home. Nabeela's parents arrived in Northern Ireland from Pakistan in the 50s. It's harder to be a Muslim today than it was when she was growing up but Nabeela's roots are firmly planted here.


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Singer Hema Sardesai to make American debut

11 Dec: Times of India. Renowned singer of Goan origin, Hema Sardesai is making her American debut with her latest single, Power of Love… The versatile Indian singer has more than 100 Bollywood songs to her credit … Sardesai is also touted as the only Indian Singer to win the Grand Prix in Germany competing with 21 countries besides singing live at the International Unicef Concert in Europe, among other achievements… For this project, she was discovered and invested in by the Grammy award winning American Producer, Tony Mercedes. Power of Love, by Sardesai featuring Raheja will be released at Manhattan, New York, USA on December 11.  For further details click here
11 Dec: Video: Power of Love performed by Hema Sardesai. 4m. 15s.  click here

Aires’ bail petition posted for December 15

12 Dec: Times of India. The North Goa sessions and district court on Monday heard arguments in the anticipatory bail plea filed by activist and advocate Aires Rodrigues. After hearing Rodrigues and arguments by the crime branch officials, the matter has been posted for December 15… Rodrigues said there was pressure from a political leader in the case, fearing which he had applied for anticipatory bail. The case has been transferred to the crime branch without any strong reason, he said…  For further details click here

Wiz Khalifa Heading For Huge Festival In Goa

11 Dec: Hip Hop (UK). Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rapper Wiz Khalifa is heading to India as the headliner of a huge three-day festival. Wiz is among a variety of worldwide stars appearing at the TIMEOUT72 music festival in Goa. Artists like Jason Derulo, Martin Garrix, Don Diablo, Lost Stories, Shaan, Justin Mylo and Varun Khullar are among the acts slated for the annual concert, which is dubbed one of India's largest and most diverse events. The TIMEOUT72 festival will take place from December 27th-29th…  For further details click here

Tender on taxi meters in 3 weeks, Govt tells High Court

12 Dec: Times of India. The state government has informed the High Court that it would require three weeks' time to issue a tender notice in connection with the decision to install digital meters for tourist taxis in the state. Recently, the transport department had submitted to the court a file containing the technical details - specifications of digital meters and GPS for tourist taxis. The specifications are decided by the Goa Electronic Corporation… Tourist taxi operators have also demanded for government subsidy to install meters.  For further details click here

Football: Coro – the Hero of Goa

12 Dec: Diario La Grada (Spain) The Spaniard has scored two ‘hat-tricks’ in consecutive days … In the ranks of the Goa, a group that is active in the exotic Super League India, Ferran Corominas is giving lessons in scoring and already has seven goals, rising to the top of the list of filmmakers in the championship with these records in just four games. And what is more remarkable is that it has been achieved thanks to two hat-tricks in a row, which has led him to be one of the stars of Indian football …  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Ferran Corominas Telechea, commonly known as Coro, is a Spanish footballer who plays as a forward for Indian club FC Goa …  click here

High Court reserves order on Tejpal’s plea seeking quashing of rape, other charges

12 Dec: PTI. The High Court today reserved its order on a petition by former Tehelka editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, seeking quashing of rape and other charges against him. Justice Nutan Sardesai reserved the order without specifying the date. Tejpal, who is accused of raping a former colleague during an event in Goa in 2013, on Tuesday presented before the high court the CCTV footage outside the lift of a five-star hotel, where he is alleged to have sexually assaulted her… “The CCTV footage shows that the petitioner and the prosecutrix (victim) were out of the lift walking leisurely not indicating any sign of distress or outrage…  For further details click here

In-line x-ray baggage system at Dabolim soon

12 Dec: Herald. Queuing up to scan their bags before check in at Dabolim Airport would soon be a thing of past as Airport Authority of India (AAI) officials at Dabolim Airport have decided to introduce in-line x-ray baggage system. Purchase orders for the same have already been issued and the new system is planned to be put into operation by mid-2018. According to Airport Authority of India officials, the in-line x-ray baggage system will significantly reduce passenger processing time and congestion during departure.  For further details click here


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HD Video clips of 7 Dec. Xmas event at the Indian High Commission hosted by GOA (UK)

Lighting of the Christmas tree.  click here
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Festive Celebration in Gandhi Hall. India House. London. click here.

W&M professor’s exhibition celebrates the complexity of Goan identity

11 Dec: William & Mary (USA). As students begin departing for their winter holiday break, R. Benedito Ferrão (photo) will spend his new year in Goa, employing the power of art and remembrance to actualize a modified understanding of the region’s cultural identity… He explains the significance of one octogenarian artist — Vamona Navelcar — who represents the complexity of a hidden culture and serves as the subject of Ferrão’s research initiative. Ferrão, an assistant professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American studies at William & Mary, will be presenting an exhibition in Goa from Dec. 12, 2017, to Jan. 12, 2018. Titled “Goa/Portugal/Mozambique: The Many Lives of Vamona Navelcar,” the event will feature and celebrate Navelcar’s artistic work, complex story and cultural legacy…  For further details click here

Ben Gomes: Google will start serving more answers, as smartphone users don’t want blue links

11 Dec: Indian Express. Ben Gomes, Google’s Vice President for Engineering and Search, explains how the depth of universal search and the context from Knowledge Graphs have helped to provide answers to people’s queries… Gomes, who has been with Google for 19 years, before “even people in California knew the name”, says Knowledge Graph was created to answer questions the way people are expecting them to be answered and also give answers to all the different kinds of things they might ask…  For further details click here
10 Sep. 2013. BBC. Ben Gomes is Google's Tanzania-born, [Dar es Salaam] India-bred, US-educated vice-president of search ... 1216 words + Video 2m. 2s. with photos of his family and his school in Dar es Salaam…. Text + Video  click here

Video: Aunty Maggy survives the return of the Goan girl from USA

10 Dec: ROZZcity. Aunty Maggy is happy that some Goans are returning to Goa and not leaving to go abroad. But have they forgotten their roots? This Goan girl know no Konkani or how to make ambotik ...but her love is intact. Danielle Peres (played the role of the US return Goan girl). Mohit Khabar (played the US return Goan Boy). Aunty Maggy played by Rozzlin Pereira  For further details click here
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Here’s How You Can Get Your Mobile Mobile Verified With or Without Aadhaar Card

10 Dec: Economic Times. The foreign nationals who don’t have an Aadhar number do not have the option to get their mobile numbers verified can do so by visiting their telecom company’s outlets. Such people have to submit their passport details, the department of telecom (DoT) told. A representative from the respective telecom company can also visit the subscriber for mobile number verification… For example, telecos will need to create an online portal or webpage, especially for the NRI customers. DoT has also listened to the demand of telcos to extend the implementation of the mandatory process for four to six weeks…  For further details click here

Québec keen on maritime tie-up, port-led development in Goa

11 Dec: Times of India. With Quebec looking for opportunities to partner with India, in the areas of trade, investment and maritime collaboration, the consul and director of the Quebec government office in Mumbai, Dominic Marcotte held wide ranging discussions with several stakeholders in Goa… Quebec is keen on increasing the bilateral trade between Goa and the Canadian independent region… Canadian company Optel Vision India Pvt Ltd recently set up a manufacturing facility in Verna Industrial Estate… Marcotte expressed his keen interest in the fishing trade developments in coastal Goa and explored the prospects of possible trade relations with fisheries exports …  For further details click here

Know how Christmas is celebrated in India

11 Dec: NewsTrack. One of the largest Indian Christian Communities in a city is in Mumbai. A lot of the Christians in Mumbai who are Roman Catholics. And in India's smallest state, Goa which is on the west of India, about 26% of people are Christians. Many of the Christians in Mumbai came from or have roots in Goa… Christians in Goa very much found to celebrate Christmas! Goa has lots of 'western' customs as part of their Christmas as Goa has historical links with Portugal. Many Christians in Goa are Catholics. People like to go carol chanting around their neighbors for about a week before Christmas. Christmas Trees are also very famous as is a 'traditional' rich fruit Christmas Cake! …  For further details click here

Marrying couples take vow to curb expenses

11 Dec: Times of India. The pressure to keep up with the Joneses and splurge on weddings often leaves couples in debt. A few weeks ago, when a young couple with not such a large bank balance abandoned their dreams of having a wedding reception, requesting instead for a 'simple nuptial on any convenient day', a large number of parishioners from St Jude Church, Mumbai pooled their resources and talent to give them a celebration they wouldn't forget … Treasurer of the Catholic Association of Goa, Jose Carminho Joao from Merces believes the Church should use catechism classes to inculcate habits of simple living. People feel obligated to host parties after Church ceremonies, he says referring to Christening and the first Holy Communion, where celebrations are only getting bigger…  For further details click here

A short stay in Goa

2 Dec: La Provincia (Spain). By Mario Hernández Bueno. Review of the kitchens of the old Portuguese city; dishes of the metropolis, products of other colonies and fusion after 400 years of occupation … The Portuguese left their mark not only in the kitchen of Goa but in the Indian culinary map. They introduced marmalade to the English … In Goa they made feni from cashews and coconut and baked bread … After 400 years of influences they would leave the Catholic kitchen with specialties such as Vindaho, Cafreal, Balchao and Sorpotel and leitao … But the daily diet is fried fish and rice bathed with a creamy and sweet curry sauce because it is linked with grated coconut… 853 words.  For further details click here



Death: Nelson Monteiro

2 Dec. London UK. NELSON MONTEIRO, (ex-Mombasa) son of the late Manoel & late Ana Rita Monteiro, passed away peacefully at the age of 77 years. Beloved husband of Bertha, loving father of Malcolm (Laura), dearly beloved grandfather of Noah. Brother of: Tarsila (late Cajetan), late Theo (Genny), late Marcello (Cathy), Theodora (Polly) and Clare. The funeral will be held on Monday 18 December 2017 at 11.00am at St Margaret Clitherow Catholic Church, Everglade Strand, Grahame Park, London, NW9 5PX (By road: turn into Great Strand, opposite the RAF Museum, and Everglade is the at the end of the road on the left. Closest Tube Station is Colindale). Private cremation for immediate family only to follow funeral service. Thereafter, the wake will be at Kingsbury Services Club, 247 Stag Lane, Kingsbury, London NW9 0EF (entrance gate next to the Kingsbury Fitness & Wellbeing Centre). A coach will leave Colindale Station at 10.30am for the Church and from there to the hall after the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Marie Currie Hospice, 11 Lyndhurst Gardens, Hampstead, London NW3 5NS, Condolences to:

Death: Julieta D’Sa

16 Nov: London. JULIETA VILIA D'SA (ex Mangor Hill, Goa). Born: 6.09.1962. Beloved wife of Salvador D'Sa (U.K). Mother/ mother-in-law of Zenaida / Jamie Grant (U.K.), Dr. Adelina D'Sa (U.K.). Daughter of Zenaida/ late Francisco Viegas. Sister/ sister-in-law of Nelsey/ Constancio Godinho, Sima/ Newton Gomes (U.K.), Liberata/ late Paschal Alvares, Funeral will held in London on 11.12.2017. There will be Eucharistic Celebration for the departed soul on 11.12.2017 at 8.15am at St. Andrew, Church, Vasco da Gama.

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Portuguese Nationality Fraud: Accused have been convicted

7 Dec: RTP (Portugal). All the defendants tried under the so-called Magic Book Operation were sentenced to effective prison terms between three and six years… At stake is a network of Portuguese, Indian and Mozambican citizens who "instructed and processed Portuguese nationality procedures for Indian citizens using false documents … customers in India were willing to pay up to € 30,000 per person to obtain Portuguese nationality … Operation Magic Book was launched in 2013 by the SEF following an alert from the United States authorities … The searches carried out in December 2015 by the English authorities in Leicester proved to be decisive in tracking the criminals … 476 words  click here
12 Aug. 2016. RTP. Operation Magic Book …  click here
12 Aug. 2016. RTP. Brexit to the Portuguese of Indian origin. There are about 80,000 Portuguese in the United Kingdom of Indian origin. Many have obtained Portuguese nationality using fake documents… It is also known that many live in precarious conditions … click here.

Goa: from tourist paradise to coal port?

8 Dec: Diário de Notícias (Portugal). For some time now, Goa has been a nerve center for the construction of dwellings, offices and, above all, hotels, in a disorderly way, with a high density of construction. It is the answer to the huge demand for second-floor flats for people from all over India who want to spend their vacations and rest periods there; or to the growing tourism, which already numbers four times the population of the tiny state. Equally anarchic and voluminous has been mining … Despite the vigorous protests of environmentalists, little has been achieved …  For further details click here

Iron Ore From Paradise Wins No Takers as China Upends Market

8 Dec: Bloomberg. A China-led flight to quality in the global iron ore market is punishing producers of the lower-grade material, with miners in India facing an increasing battle to find buyers for their cargoes as demand dwindles. In Goa, exporters are struggling to sell even a quarter of what they shipped last year, according to Glenn Kalavampara, secretary at the Goa Mineral Ore Exporters’ Association. “There’s absolutely no market,” he said by phone from Panaji, capital of the western state that’s better known for its sparkling beach resorts. “The preference for higher-grade ore is a major concern.” he said…  For further details click here

British national, wanted in child abuse case, arrested in Goa, challenges extradition proceedings

10 Dec: Zee News. A 73-year-old British national, wanted in a child abuse and trafficking case in the Philippines, has moved the Delhi High Court challenging the proceedings in a trial court to extradite him to that country… Lennox James Ellis was arrested from Goa on June 9 last year on the basis of a Red Corner Notice issued by Interpol at the behest of the Philippines government. Ellis has been lodged in Tihar Jail since July 11 last year where he was sent after being incarcerated in a Goa jail for over a month…  For further details click here

Hot property Weekend homes in Goa!

8 Dec: Mid Day (Mumbai). Weekend homes or second-homes is a new market for the high-flying Indian who wants a home away from home. Goa is one of the favourite destinations … The decision of buying a second home in Goa is made easier as the real-estate prices are comparatively lower than those in large Indian metropolises. Improved mobility from the Indian metros to Goa, be it in terms of faster highways, train connections, and cheaper air connections have made this place into a weekend ‘getaway’ for the urban Indian elites. locales like Bambolim, Tuem, Amthane, Penha De Franca, Siridao, Ribandar and Merces. From studio apartments to villas to palatial Portuguese houses, the options are limitless… villas are priced at R65 lakh to R5 crores, depending on how close they are to beaches and other preferred micro-locations within Goa. Plots are also available at prices between R30 lakh to R3 crore…  click here
7 Dec: Mid Day (Mumbai). Shraddha Kapoor to buy two luxurious villas in Goa? …  click here

Import paradise: Vintage cars in Goa

10 Dec: Autocar. In the period is from 1947 to December 1961 a Goan could import any car from anywhere in the world… Affordable cars like the Austin Cambridge, Volkswagen Beetle, Ford Consul, Mercedes 180 and Morris Oxford made up the bulk of the sales numbers. Their prices ranged from Rs 8,000 to 15,000. The elite, on the other hand, preferred larger brands like Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac, Chrysler, Oldsmobile and Lincoln, whose prices ranged from Rs 20,000 to Rs 25,000… The Governor-General of Goa was chauffeured around in a black Cadillac Fleetwood Series 75… Interestingly, some of cars that were imported in the 1947-1961 period are in the unique position of being the foremost examples of their kind in India today… A majority of Goans, however, relied on public transportation. This comprised of the Camião, Carrera, locally assembled people carriers and buses…1499 words.  For further details click here

Goa exported 840 tonnes of shrimp in 2016

10 Dec: Times of India. India is the leader in prawn production and is also the largest exporter of prawns in the world said union minister for agriculture, farmers' welfare and fisheries, Radha Mohan Singh… "The country earned more than 5.78 billion US dollars foreign exchange equating to Rs 37,871 crore in the financial year 2016-17 through the exports of fish and fishery products," he said. Goa exported 38209 tonnes of seafood in 2016 … The frozen shrimp exports from Goa, including prawns, stood at 840 tonnes as of 2016…  For further details click here
10 Dec: Navhind Times. Deep sea fishing will soon become reality for Goa’s traditional fishermen …  click here

How Anglo-Indians spice up Christmas

9 Dec: The Times (UK). For India’s dwindling Christian Anglo-Indian community there is one thing that is still key to its identity: food… Bridget White-Kumar’s Christmas Day menu will include rounds of ginger wine, roast turkey and duck vindaloo, preceded by church services and carol singing. In the 18th century the British East India Company, in the pattern of Dutch, French and Portuguese settlers, encouraged its employees to marry Indian women… Later, as British attitudes hardened and more European women arrived by boat, such unions were frowned upon… Many feared being marginalised after independence in 1947 and migrated to the UK and Canada in search of better prospects …  For further details click here

Auction: 2 Goa coins

12 Dec: Dix Noonan Webb, London. Lot 2065: Portuguese India, Goa, Pedro V, Rupia, 1860 (KM. 279). Good very fine or better for issue [slabbed PCGS AU 55] Auctioneer's estimate: 150 GBP - 180 GBP.  For further details click here
12 Dec: Dix Noonan Webb, London. Lot 2066: Portuguese India, Goa, Louis I, Rupia, 1881 (Gomes 14.01; KM. 312). About extremely fine £80-100.  click here

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