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How to make the transition from running home kitchens to running commercial kitchens. Six Goan ladies who showed the way

17 Jun: Finely Chopped … “What is it with the women in Goa? Where do they get their spunk in the kitchen from?” I wondered … The stereotype of Goans as portrayed in popular media is that of easy going folks who love the slow life, with not much drive or ambition or even respect for punctuality featuring in their lives. It is all about fish and feni for them' some would say. Well, if the ladies that I referred to in this post, chefs Sarita, Jyacinta, mama Carrafina and Celia, Nerissa Braganza, and Senora Margarida, were to meet you, they would have told you that it is actually otherwise… These women mean business and are shining examples for anyone who wants to enter the food business, regardless of their gender, on how to succeed … 3300 words + 4 videos  For further details click here

A good omen for the elderly

15 Jun: The Goan. The government of Bihar recently made it a non-bailable offense to abandon one’s elderly parents. TG Life asked Goans across all walks of life what they thought of the step, and how it affects the society … According to 2011 census, elderly people, numbering around 103.9 million, constitute around 8.5% of total Indian population. By 2050, the number is projected to reach around 325 million, making around 20% of the total national population…  For further details click here

Goans should stop eating fish, it's formalin-laced: Ex-CM

17 Jun: Business Standard. Adding to the raging controversy over formalin-laced fish being sold in Goa, Nationalist Congress Party MLA and former Chief Minister Churchill Alemao on Monday urged Goans to boycott eating fish during the monsoon months, claiming the fish imported into the state from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh were laced with formalin…  For further details click here
18 Jun: PTI. Proper test conducted on fish, no need to panic: Rane …  click here
18 Jun: Navhind Times. Quality Council of India’s fish testing raises eyebrows … click here.

Goan comic Daniel Fernandes brings Shadows home one last time

17 Jun: Its Goa. The last few years have been a roller coaster journey for Daniel Fernandes. The Goan comic who has settled in Mumbai started his career in 2011, and since then has made a name for himself on the local and international stage. With performances in over 10 countries, including major festivals like the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, TV appearances on Comedy Central Asia and ABC TV Australia, and even a stint at the prestigious Soho Theatre London, Daniel Fernandes is a force to be reckoned with in India’s comedy circuit. His latest special, Shadows, has already been performed across India, including Goa, and in 5 countries internationally – and this Sunday, June 23, he’s bringing the show home to Goa one last time… Shadows by Daniel Fernandes is happening this Sunday, June 23, at LVC Comedy & Music Cafe, Panjim, at 8pm. Tickets are available on Book My Show…  For further details click here
Video: Marital Rape - Daniel Fernandes Stand-Up Comedy …  click here
For the Daniel Fernandes video channel, click here.

In historic shift, Vatican to consider married priests for Amazon region

17 Jun: NBC News (USA). A Vatican document on Monday said the Church should consider ordaining older married men as priests in remote areas of the Amazon, a historic shift which some say could pave the way for their use in other areas where clergy are scarce. The recommendation, contained in a working document prepared by the Vatican for a synod of bishops from the Amazon scheduled for October, also called for some kind of "official ministry" for women in the area, although it did not elaborate. It was the most direct mention ever in a Vatican document of the possibility of a married priesthood, albeit limited, and a greater ministerial role for women in one area of the world…  For further details click here
Video: Reuters. Vatican to consider married priests in Amazon …  click here

Expats, tourists lend a helping hand to clear Canacona garbage

17 Jun: Herald. It is nothing new to witness foreign tourists wearing gloves to clean the roadsides in Palolem and Agonda of plastic and other waste. But what has surprised everyone is the role of a few expats residing in Canacona and other tourists lending a helping hand be it money, time and experience to rid tonnes of garbage dumped at the lone treatment plant at Dumane, Canacona. Leading the way to clear the dump is Saskia Gall, a British national, staying at one of the exotic alluring beaches of Canacona and Alex Carpenter, the founder of ‘The Tribe’ together with their expat friends decided that one day they would take the lead to clear the garbage dumped at Dumane for the last few years…  For further details click here

Video: Goa Miles & yellow-black taxi drivers clash at Madgao rly station

17 Jun: Navhind Times. Clashes between Goa Miles taxi operator and other taxi operators are continuing. This time, on Monday, it was a clash between Goa Miles drivers and yellow and black taxi drivers, at the Madgao railway station. In response to the counter complaints made against each other, Madgao Police has arrested two taxi drivers of Goa Miles and four drivers of yellow and black taxis. There are two different stories of the clash...  For further details click here

‘Felt like heaven’: How India became home for WWII Polish refugees is the story of a new documentary

15 Jun: Scroll. Emotion pours out as impassioned declarations in the documentary My Home India, which is being screened at the upcoming The Bagri Foundation London Indian Film Festival. As Polish people from around the world relive a childhood spent on Indian soil, the memories flow thick and fast, and the gratitude is unmistakable… Anjali Bhushan’s documentary, based on research by Malgorzata Czausow, recalls India’s contribution in easing the Polish refugee crisis that exploded in the late 1930s and swelled through World War II. After the Soviet Union occupied Poland in 1939, millions of Polish people were scattered across the globe. From 1942, India was one of their destinations… Though many Jewish people from Europe took refuge in wartime India, fleeing Nazi persecution, the Poles who came to India were Catholic…
Info about the London Indian Film Festival’s screening and trailer,  click here


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Chasing dreams with his winning cocktails!

16 Jun: Herald. Across Goa, Rohan Barbosa, the boy from Moira, is famous for his flair and ability to use the right ingredients to make you a perfect cocktail. Not only has he mastered the art of mixology, his prowess is also such, that he is among the top ten in the national finals of a prestigious global bartending competition. If he wins, this Goan bartender will represent India at the Diageo World Class 2019 finals in Glasgow … Hailing from a farmer’s family from Moira, Rohan, used jackfruit as the only ingredient, to make a cocktail that paved the way to the nationals of the Diageo World Class 2019 cocktail competition. From its skin to its seed, he made an amazing tropical style ‘Tiki’ drink… Jackfruit Sour, made with Blended Scotch Whisky, jackfruit jam, citron (local lime), lime juice, egg whites and aromatic bitters… 1242 words.  For further details click here

Viable solutions to save Goa’s tourism industry

16 Jun: Herald. With the concerns being raised over dwindling number of tourism arrivals every year, the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has submitted a White Paper on the issue where they have has offered workable short-term and longer-term solutions to the government for consideration. TTAG says their recommendations are sourced directly from industry stakeholders to address the dip in quality tourism and drop in foreign tourist arrivals, which will be the key in bringing about a much needed and urgent change to Goa’s tourism story… 2511 words.  For further details click here

Beecham House — ‘the Delhi Downton Abbey’ covers a racy part of Indian history

16 Jun: Sunday Times (UK). On the face of it, ITV’s new Sunday sofa snuggle-up is a straightforward sell: you take the channel’s biggest recent hit, Downton Abbey, combine it with an acknowledged classic from its past, The Jewel in the Crown, and, faster than you can say perspiring punkawallah, you’ve got Beecham House, the “Delhi Downton”. Its creator, the film-maker Gurinder Chadha is perfectly happy with the tag… Set in early-19th-century Delhi, it tells the story of John Beecham a former soldier who has purchased a magnificent mansion … John Beecham is, Chadha confirms, an invention, but he typifies several characters from the era who went to India with the East India Company and ended up falling in love with the country. “They wore Indian clothes, they were marrying Indian women, they had children, they loved the land. It’s much like you see today with people in Goa and other places.” … Beecham House is on ITV on June 23 and 24 at 9pm … 1239 words.  For further details click here

Goa move to promote casinos for tourism opposed

16 Jun: The Hindu. The Aam Aurat Admi Against Gambling (AAAAG), an umbrella body of women’s collectives and other groups fighting casinos have opposed the decision of the Goa government to promote gambling for tourism, which it said was “against public policy.” … “Gambling is against public policy and is prohibited by law. The objective of the Goa Gambling Prevention Act was to stop it and has several provisions to prevent gambling and its advertisement,” said Sabina Martins, convenor of AAAAG in a statement here on Saturday… Goa has six floating casinos on river Mandovi off Panaji and 10 onshore casinos in hotels of five star and above category.  For further details click here

Dublin Restaurant Review: Konkan

16 Jun: Sunday Times (UK). … Konkan, an old-style, family-run Indian restaurant by the canal bridge… Konkan’s menu is liberally studded with chilli symbols. The jalfrezi gets one; the dhansak, two; the Kerala lamb, three; and the vindaloo, a pyrotechnic seven … The meal cost €105, including a decent red wine from the Lebanese Chteau Musar stable (€31). Thanks Konkan, and the amiable maître d’, Neil D’Souza. You rescued the night a treat. I’ll be back before you know it for my vindaloo fix… 966 words.  For further details click here
For the Konkan Restaurant website,  click here
For the Linkedin profile of Neil D’souza, click here.

Fish imports tested for formalin at Goa border

16 Jun: Mid-Day. Five out of thirteen fish-laden trucks checked for formalin were sent back from the border by Goa authorities for lack of proper documentation, an official said on Sunday. The trucks were checked at Patradevi and Pollem borders in the north and south of the state late Saturday night, officials said… Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said the checks were being conducted by the Quality Council of India assisted by state departments including Food and Drugs Administration…  For further details click here

RERA gains trust but one in five home buyers still prefer a refund: Magicbricks Poll

17 Jun: Navhind Times. "In the last two years, RERA has successfully regulated the possession of on-going under-construction projects and the builders as well. As a result, RERA has restored buyers' confidence in the real estate sector. RERA regulators across states should ensure that the orders passed by them are enacted on the ground," says E Jayashree Kurup, head editorial and advisory, Magicbricks… Thanks to RERA, the number of registration of projects and agents are picking up across states and this is leading to a transparent ecosystem for real estate stakeholders. Today, buyers are able to access crucial information online on any real estate project, which was not available previously…  For further details click here



Death: Filu Dias Ex Mombasa

14 Jun: Pequeno Pulvaddo, Benaulirn, Goa. ROMANA FILOMENA CAITANA DIAS (FILU). Born: 09/03/1940. (Ex-Mombasa, Kenya). Daughter of late Menino M. S. Dias & late Maria Augusta Da Costa, Sister/sister in law of late Philip / late Lucy, late Cirilo / late Rita. The funeral cortege will leave her residence at Caranda, Pequeno Pulvaddo, Benaulim on Sunday. 16th June 2019 at 3:30 pm to St. John the Baptist Church, Benaulim, for Eucharistic celebration at 3:45 pm followed by burial. 7 days Mass will be held on 27 Juneat St. John the Baptist Church at 7:45am

Death: Felicia Nazareth, ex-Bombay and Nairobi
14 May 2019, Surbiton Surrey, UK: Felicia Nazareth. Aged 96. Passed away very peacefully. Wife of Calisto Nazareth (deceased) and devoted mother to Francis and Charles and family. Previously Vice-principal at High Ridge Teachers training college (Nairobi), Felicia joined the University of London in the late 60’s and worked till she was 70. She loved people especially young ones, and was a hugely independent, intelligent, generous, warm and an affectionate person. Felicia was always there to listen and to help. She will be greatly missed. Funeral has taken place. Donations can be made to the St Vincent de Paul Society.  For further details click here

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Shirley Gonsalves: Trailing the stethoscope

16 Jun: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. Quite some time back, I encountered Shirley Gonsalves, who at first looked like any one of those expatriate Goans coming our way… they have used their locational advantage, to dig up intriguing details about the 'Goa story'… Shirley Gonsalves' research finally ended up as 'The Luso-Indian Stethoscope' (2018). It basically looks at how many 'Luso-Indians' (including Goans, but also East Indians) took part in the "medical profession in nineteenth century Bombay". Gonsalves has been a Masters of Philosophy student of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London… Gonsalves' book tells us that the 'Luso-Indian' medical doctors, many from Goa, indeed played an important role in 19th century Bombay… Scouring archival and other records, Shirley Gonsalves has put together a rather interesting story, which one found insightful. She looks at the links between race, religion, and medicine…  For further details click here
To buy the book from Amazon,  click here

Toronto: Father's Day at GOA Indian Farm Kitchen

15 Jun: Daily Hive. We believe that on Father’s Day, dad deserves more than just the average meal. With dishes inspired by the coastal region of Goa, our menu is perfect for those looking to celebrate dad and indulge in traditional authentic recipes and rich flavours in a great atmosphere. In honour of Father’s Day, our team of chefs have worked to curate a menu and on Sunday, June 17, we will be offering two Thali platters which will feature a selection of our most loved dishes. GOA Indian Farm Kitchen | 2901 Bayview Ave, North York, ON M2K 1E6. Jun 16, 2019 11:30 am to 9:30 pm. How much? $25.00 to $29.00 …  For further details click here
Reserve your table at OpenTable and for more information,  click here
16 Jun: Herald. It’s daddy’s day today! … Some well known Goan dads share with us their thoughts on Father’s Day … click here.

From Roti to Biryani

15 Jun: Navhind Times. When a British chain sells a vegan wrap and calls it a biryani! Understanding the mislabelling of Indian food abroad … dramatic new biryani-related developments are taking place in the UK. Marks & Spencer is generally respected around the world for its food division. Unfortunately, Marks & Spencer either does not want to or is not allowed to sell food in India. In the UK, however, the food is respected for its consistent quality… last month when Marks & Spencer began selling "Sweet Potato Biriyani" for £2.80 a serving. This was not a biryani that any Indian would recognise. It was a wrap stuffed with buckwheat, red peppers, sweet potatoes, a small amount of rice and curry powder… Marks & Spencer which has a reputation for spending money on research and pays good salaries to its food experts, should have known better…  For further details click here

Lisbon: Jesus é Goês: What's Goan On

15 Jun: Culinary Backstreets. By Ansel Mullins. Vinha d’alhos may have sailed off to Goa in the 15th century, but when it returned to Lisbon with Goan migrants in the 1960s and 70s, something had changed. It had gone Goan. So what is Goan? Jesus is Goan, or so says the sign on the door of a tiny 12-seat restaurant in Central Lisbon… “Goan is not Indian!” Jesus says, wagging a finger. “And it’s not Portuguese. It’s a synthesis.” … he’s probably the only Goan chef in Lisbon creatively defying the old standard format of what an “ethnic” restaurant should be… he turns out samosas, chapati and shrimp and okra curry that draw a crowd of approving Goan families for weekend lunch… Just ask your Portuguese friend licking the sauce off his fingers; he’ll probably admit that Jesus is exactly what Lisbon has been waiting for…  For further details click here
For the restaurant website,  click here
For the Trip Advisor reviews, click here.

Street food hubs in the offing in four cities

15 Jun: Navhind Times. The state government has proposed to set up 'street food hub' in four cities in the state. Secretary Health J Ashok Kumar on Friday said that the said hubs have been proposed in Panaji, Mapusa, Margao, and Vasco for which the locations have already been identified by the government. "Everybody loves street food because of its taste. For the street food hub, we will create a basic minimum facility for food safety," said Kumar while addressing a gathering at a function organised in Panaji to commemorate the World Food Safety Day…  For further details click here

Around 30,000 tourist taxi operators to hold silent protest in Panjim next week

16 Jun: Herald. Around 30,000 tourist taxi operators including the yellow and black taxi owners will hold a silent protest in Panjim next week pressing for their demand to scrap the GoaMiles app-based taxi service. The taxi operators, backed by political leaders, have urged auto rickshaw operators, pilots and private bus owners to be part of their protest against government’s high-ended attitude of enforcing App based taxi service … Urging public and government not to call them ‘mafia’, the taxi operators questioned that if the tourist and government have no issue with fluctuating flight prices or hotel rates, then why only issue with taxis… “The silent protest is going to be the first thing. If despite that, government fails to listen to our grievance...fails to call us for the discussion then we would intensify our protest,” he said adding ‘this will include major rallies and public meetings’…  For further details click here
16 Jun: Herald. For cabbies it’s our way or the highway …  click here
16 Jun: Herald. Busting the taxi mafia’s myths … click here.

Style bible

15 Jun: The Daily Telegraph Magazine. Page 5: Sarongs, kaftans, skirts or shorts? It’s time to plot your ideal beach look – with a little help from these six new labels … The Maxi-Robe: Anjuna’s tie-front robes offer the ultimate poolside glamour. Whether you’re posing at a posh beach club, taking some Instagram-perfect pictures in the breeze, or just hoping to look effortlessly elegant as you flop on a lounger with a book, the robe is a silhouette worth investing in. Anjuna’s eclectic-print patchworks are inspired by the seaside village of the same name near Goa. From £293, …  For further details click here

New Zealand: Long Haul

16 Jun: Herald on Sunday (NZ). Page 50. To truly celebrate yoga, it’s apt to visit India, the birthplace of the ancient practice. There are many excellent retreats, including Goa’s Purple Valley (although best to visit Southern India from October to March). Goa, India. Eating: Burmese-influenced dishes at Bomra’s, an open-air restaurant once described by Vogue India as Goa’s “best kept secret”. Drinking: Organic single-estate Indian coffee at one of Bombay Coffee Roasters’ three Goan cafes. Staying: At the Arco Iris …  For further details click here



Death: Jack Mendes. Ex Nairobi

4 June 2019: Wallington, Surrey, UK. JACK ROSARIO MENDES. Aged 65. Born on 30 October 1953. Beloved husband of Juanita. Dearest dad to Jasmine and Jermaine. Brother/in law to Jerome/Anastasia (London), Dominic/Mila (Toronto), Late Stephen (London), Manuel/Agnes (London), Sanu/Filu (London). Requiem Mass at 12.10pm on Monday 24 June 2019 at St Mary’s Catholic Church (Our Lady of Reparation), 70 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR0 2AR. Private crematorium service. The wake will be announced at the Church. Condolences to Please RSVP for catering purposes by Thursday 20 June by clicking on this link or call/text Juanita on +44 7581 325 418.
No flowers please. If you would like to donate, please donate via the RSVP link to the British Lung Foundation.

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The second Goa Renaissance: How luxury hospitality is rewriting the Goan experience

14 Jun: CNBC TV. In the first of a two-part series on Goa, we look at how sharp-witted hoteliers are redefining the stay experience for discerning travellers. If The Postcard Hotel offer a ‘transformative’ stay experience, La Maroma Estate by Vianaar Homes blend ‘villa living’ with carefully curated local experiences, and W Goa revives the state’s reputation as India’s party capital. The second Goa Renaissance: How luxury hospitality is rewriting the Goan experience …  For further details click here

Vicious cycle: Sewage released into rivers affects the very water we drink

14 Jun: Times of India. As several parts of Goa suffered a shortage of drinking water this summer, a major threat to raw water and groundwater sources — e-coli contamination — has largely gone unaddressed by the authorities. This is despite consecutive studies since 2014 by the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) and the central authority confirming sewage contamination of stretches in all major rivers of Goa, including the Mandovi and the Zuari… Goa’s rising population means that several septic tanks need clearing each day, but there are far too few facilities to deal with the thousands of litres of waste being generated each day. Also, Goa is not yet open defecation-free and in many areas, waterbodies continue to be used as toilets…  For further details click here

30% govt employees involved in other business: Minister

15 Jun: Herald. Government servants directly or indirectly involved in other business have come under the radar of the BJP-led coalition with Labour & Employment Minister Rohan Khaunte (photo) claiming that at least 30 per cent of the employees fall in this category. In view of this revelation based on his inquiry, the minister has proposed that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant form a task force to crack down on these employees paving way for ‘fresh blood’ to get into the government sector…  For further details click here
14 Jun: Video: 30% Govt Employees Run Parallel Businesses: Rohan Khaunte …  click here

Party capital' tag not helping Goa tourism: White Paper

14 Jun: Business Standard. Brand Goa needs reinvention and the tag 'party capital' is simply not a good enough calling card, says a white paper prepared by local tourism and travel industry stakeholders, which cites harassment by traffic police, taxi operators, touts and lack of infrastructure, public transport and garbage management as problem areas for promotion of quality tourism. The white paper "Reinvent Goa", drafted after numerous consultative sessions by the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, one of the oldest industry bodies, also says that the recent imbalance of domestic tourists far outnumbering foreign tourist arrivals, an unfair tax regime, delay in permissions and high visa fees need to be looked into by the state and central governments…  For further details click here

Tragic holiday death 'like a murder scene'

14 Jun: Bolton News (UK). A man died on holiday in Goa after suffering an undetected stomach ulcer. Andrew Gilchrist, 52, was on a family trip to Goa in January with his partner, mother and sister. The family were celebrating a birthday in the tropical destination, where they had frequented over the years and enjoyed returning to. Disaster struck during the holiday when Mr Gilchrist, of Spa Road, fell ill suddenly… He was sent to hospital twice in Goa for his lungs to be treated, but his complaints of a "tummy ache" throughout the week were not investigated further… Mr Gilchrist, who is originally from Glasgow but was living in Bolton, did not have travel insurance for his holiday to Goa, meaning the family had to raise the £2,500 cost to get his body The family is hosting a pub crawl on Sunday from 7pm around 16 pubs in Bolton…  For further details click here

‘Action plan to tackle abuse of senior citizens required’

14 Jun: The Goan. On the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to be held on June 15, the Goa Civic and Consumer Action Network (GOACAN) has called for the preparation of an action plan to tackle abuse of senior citizens in Goa. In a letter to Venancio Furtado, Director of Social Welfare, GOACAN pointed out that an action plan is needed, keeping in mind that the population of senior citizens in Goa is on the rise. There are more senior citizens who are living alone, thus more cases of abuse of elders being reported now in Goa… 15 Jun: Herald. The sunset years are full of long nights. June 15 is observed as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by the UN to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, elder abuse. With this in mind, we are tapping on the trend of how families are migrating abroad, leaving behind parents in their old age with no support. This constitutes as abuse … 1057 words.  For further details click here

Christians, Muslims will be able to change name in marriage certificate

14 Jun: Times of India. Christian and Muslim brides, who were not permitted to change their names in the marriage certificate issued by the civil registrar, will soon be given the option to do it, former law minister Nilesh Cabral (photo) said on Thursday. The system existing from pre-Liberation days only gave Hindu brides the option of adopting their husband’s name in their marriage certificate … Another flaw in the system will be corrected where the child born would automatically take the mother’s name with the father’s surname even if she hadn’t incorporated the husband’s surname into her own, he said. For example if Rita Fernandes married Savio Sequeira, the child’s birth certificate would state child of “Rita Savio Sequeira’, though she may not have taken her husband’s surname.”  For further details click here

India and Pakistan in social media dogfight before cricket clash

14 Jun: The Guardian. India and Pakistan have had tempestuous relations since their birth as independent states. There have been wars, skirmishes, bad-natured exchanges, and prolonged diplomatic standoffs. Before their clash this weekend at the Cricket World Cup, this simmering neighbourly conflict has spilled into social media and TV advertising… Indian newspapers and websites have reported extensively on the row…  For further details click here
14 Jun: Manchester Evening News. India v Pakistan at Old Trafford: Tickets are going for £2,500 online as police gear up for major security operation …
14 Jun: The Telegraph (UK). What time does the match start, what TV channel is it on? Play is due to start at 10.30am, on Sunday … What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket from 9.30am… Test Match Special will also broadcast live ball-by-ball commentary, which will feature on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra, Radio 4 Long Wave and the BBC Sport website… click here.



Death: Diego Louis Pereira. Ex Mombasa

1 May: Hayes, Kent, UK. DIEGO LOUIS PEREIRA. Ex Mombasa. Aged 81. Mourned by his loving wife, Dr Diana and sons, Oliver and Julian. Brother of Raynor/late Elesbao Pereira (Vasco), Lavinia/Cyril de Souza (Melbourne), Norma/Dr. Agnelo Caeiro (Bicholim), Fatima/Camillo Menezes (Mapusa), late Mervyn, Dr Bonny/Jenny Pereira (Mapusa). Half brother to Blossom/Savio Messias (Vasco), Branca/Elwyn Carvalho (Kuwait), Dr Alex/Avita Fernandes (Dubai). Diego Louis was a grandson of Diogo Louis (Bwana Khubwa) Pereira,an early Goan pioneer in Mombasa. and a successful ship's chandler. In 1901 he opened a Reading Room where occasional Mass would be held. He was involved in the creation of the first Goan club in Mombasa. Recently Deceased Diego Louis came to the UK in 1971 and was employed in a Greek bank in the City of London. He was a member of Hayes Tennis Club and committed to the local Catholic Church, where he was one of the first appointed Ministers of the Eucharist. He stood out for his use of bow ties. Funeral has taken place. Condolences to

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The Swindon criminals whose cases were referred under the Unduly Lenient Sentences scheme

13 Jun: Swindon Advertiser. These are some of the Swindon cases referred to the Attorney General's Office under the Unduly Lenient Sentences scheme since the start of 2019. However, none of these cases were taken on to the Court of Appeal. Valentino Fernandes, cruel husband who showed no remorse: Fernandes made his wife live upstairs, denied her food, abused her in the street and suggested she sell her body for £3. She was so scared of her husband that she refused to leave her room to use the toilet, so fearful was she of the man’s violence. The 54-year-old was found guilty by a jury in April of controlling behaviour. The Goan, who arrived in the UK in 2016, was told his behaviour had been abhorrent. He was jailed for two years, suspended for 24 months. …  For further details click here
15 Apr: Swindon Advertiser. Jealous Swindon man who 'tortured' wife with cruelty spared jail  click here

Vijai, Babush spotted together in London, fuel speculation

14 Jun: Herald. The joint visit of Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai and Panjim Congress MLA Babush Monserrate to London fuelled speculations of some political development. However, Vijai clarified that they are in London just to cheer the Indian cricket team against Pakistan at the World Cup match. Photos of Vijai Sardesai and Monserrate exiting the London’s Heathrow airport went viral on social media with many speculating some political developments. Taking to twitter, Vijai clarified, “In Goa, you might find us on opposing sides, trying our best to bowl each other out politically but when #India takes on #Pakistan in Manchester on the 16th, we’ll both be together on the side of our great nation, rooting for our boys from the stands! …  click here
13 Jun: IANS. Politics Divides, But Cricket Unites Goa Rival Netas At India-Pak WC Match. The picture of Goa Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai at London's Heathrow airport with newly elected Congress MLA Atanasio Monserrate went viral on Thursday…  click here

Hot!! Xmas: Non-stop from Goa, India to London, UK for only $129 USD one-way

13 Jun: Secret Flying. Super cheap, non-stop, Christmas flights from Goa, India to London, UK for only $129 USD one-way. We have also categorised this deal in the Europe section as it may also be useful for UK residents. Limited availability in December 2019. Example dates: 12th, 13th, 16th, 19th, 20th Dec possibly more…Thomas Cook Airlines …  For further details click here
The Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) website has the same flights available for £99.99 one way …  click here
10 Jun: The Independent. Thomas Cook confirms it is in talks with China's Fosun over sale of tour operator business … any sale to Fosun would not include Thomas Cook's airline arm, due to EU rules… click here.

Many IT companies express desire to open shop in Goa

13 Jun: Navhind Times. Contrary to fears of the state receiving cold shoulder from investors, a senior government official on Wednesday said that several potential investors are ready to invest in the information technology (IT) industry. Speaking to this daily, managing director of Infotech Corporation of Goa (ITG) Pravin Volvotkar said that many companies are interested in setting up offices in the proposed Chimbel IT Park. “Investors are approaching us and the government is in talks with them,” he said when asked about the project being on the radar…  For further details click here

Goan delegation on visit to boost trade ties with Bahrain

13 Jun: Bahrain Daily Tribune. The growth potential for investment and trade relations between Bahrain and the Indian state of Goa is huge, according to delegates from Goa who are on a visit to Bahrain. This came as the Embassy of India in Bahrain in association with Vibrant Goa Foundation organised a roadshow on the embassy premises yesterday. The delegations are in Bahrain to invite Bahraini businesses and officials to Vibrant Goa Global Expo and Summit 2019, which will be held from 17 to 19 October in Goa… they are in talks with Bahraini businesses and government entities to further Bahrain’s collaboration efforts with Goa. There are many areas that Bahrain and Goa can collaborate such as construction, shipbuilding, renewal energy industry and more… There are many similarities between Goa and Bahrain. For example, both places are big on tourism…  For further details click here

‘Penalise migrants adopting Goan names for crimes’

13 Jun: Times of India. Usgao villagers have demanded that the state government initiate action against criminals fraudulently using Goan names when caught. The demand comes in light of a recent case in which a Karnataka native, Iranna Kavadimatti, accused of stealing liquor bottles from the Mollem godown of the excise department, told police his name was Sameer Kavlekar. The villagers said criminals resorting to using Goan names to hide their identity was bringing disrespect not only to Usgao, but the entire state… Villagers questioned as to how these non-Goans had changed their names on their documents given that this is not allowed under the law…  For further details click here

Fragrant Goan fish curry recipe

13 Jun: The Telegraph (UK). This delicious fish curry is a traditional recipe from the coastal state of Goa, India. Use white fish in this curry for best results – I like to use haddock or hake. Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes. Recipe from Spice for Life by Anjula Devi (Clearview Books, £25).  For further details click here

UK Forthcoming Events

SOLD OUT! Sun 16 Jun. Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate their 39th anniversary Feast of St Anthony of Padua at Shirley Parish Hall, 81 Wickham Road, Shirley, Croydon CR0 8TB. Holy Mass at 12 noon prompt followed by dancing to the fabulous music of Maz & Co. Catering by Maggie's Kitchen. Members and Guests tickets £15 includes snacks and a Goan meal. Children under 12 free admission. Children's snacks and meal tickets £5. Licensed Bar Available. Strictly no food or drink allowed on the premises. SOLD OUT!

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

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

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

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

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

Fri. 26 July, 6:30 pm: WEMBLEY: Tiatr “Battli Soreachi Ticket Mornnachi”. Promoter: Goan Art & Culture Ltd. (Sara & Carlos) Presents a Punchy, Funny & Fabulous Tiatr based on a true story. Comedian Richard comes to UK to entertain you with his Blockbuster tiatr on 26th July 6.30 pm at Sudbury Primary School Hall, Watford Road, Sudbury HA0 3EY. For tickets please contact Swindon: Agnelo Lobo 07492606360, Carlos 07480402866, Monty 07840135121, Olav 07448334041, Wembley & Southall: Carlos 07480402866, Dominic Bocarro 07466366242, Geldo 07417562989 Inacio 07404327080, John Raia 07405405464901, , Liston 07424765111, Peter De Merces 07930165925, S Caitan 07949366303 (Lucky entrance ticket No). Further details please see the attached flyer, click here.

Sat. 27 Jul. Two shows, 2:30 pm and 6.30 pm: SOUTHALL: Tiatr “Battli Soreachi Ticket Mornnachi”. Promoter: Goan Art & Culture Ltd. (Sara & Carlos) Presents a Punchy, Funny & Fabulous Tiatr based on a true story. Comedian Richard comes to UK to entertain you with his Blockbuster tiatr on 26th July 2.30pm & 6.30 pm at Featherstone High School Hall, 11 Montague Waye, Southall Middlesex UB2 5HF. For tickets please contact Swindon: Agnelo Lobo 07492606360, Carlos 07480402866, Monty 07840135121, Olav 07448334041, Wembley & Southall: Carlos 07480402866, Dominic Bocarro 07466366242, Geldo 07417562989 Inacio 07404327080, John Raia 07405405464901, , Liston 07424765111, Peter De Merces 07930165925, S Caitan 07949366303 (Lucky entrance ticket No) Further details please see the attached flyer, click here.

Sun. 28 Jul. Two shows, 2:30 and 5.30 pm: SWINDON: Tiatr “Battli Soreachi Ticket Mornnachi”. Promoter: Goan Art & Culture Ltd. (Sara & Carlos) Presents a Punchy, Funny & Fabulous Tiatr based on a true story. Comedian Richard comes to UK to entertain you with his Blockbuster tiatr on 28th July 2.30pm & 5.30pm at Wyvern Theatre, Square, Swindon SN1 1QN. For tickets please contact Swindon: Agnelo Lobo 07492606360, Carlos 07480402866, Monty 07840135121, Olav 07448334041, Wembley & Southall: Carlos 07480402866, Dominic Bocarro 07466366242, Geldo 07417562989 Inacio 07404327080, John Raia 07405405464901, , Liston 07424765111, Peter De Merces 07930165925, S Caitan 07949366303 (Lucky entrance ticket No). Further details please see the attached flyer, click here.

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




Death: Cecil De Araujo (formerly of Aden and Nairobi)

7 Jun. 2019: Crawley, West Sussex, England. CECIL JULIUS SABINUS DE ARAUJO (formerly of Aden and Nairobi). Passed away at home following a battle with complications as a result of diabetes. Cecil was the second born and much loved son of Flora Campos and Charles de Araujo (both deceased), husband to Sushila (deceased), and brother to Albert and Alfred (both deceased). He is survived by: his long-time partner and best friend Maria; children Fiona (Keith), Annabelle (Trevor) and Charles (Deepti); grandsons Jacob, Reece and Reuben; siblings Carmen (Alfred), Ivan (Debbie), and Cynthia (Mike) as well as a host of adoring nieces and nephews, including Lesley and John who were especially close to him.
Funeral will be on Thursday June 27th 1:00 pm at the Friary Church of St Francis and St Anthony, Haslett Avenue West, Crawley RH10 1HR, West Sussex. After the burial, there will be a celebration of his life back at the Friary Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the East Surrey Hospital Capel Annex or Diabetes UK Condolences to

Death: Sybil Saldanha. Ex Karachi
June 2019. Toronto. SYBIL SALDANHA, Aged 87. Ex Cinncinnatus Town, Karachi. Passed away at St. Michael's Hospital, surrounded by family and friends. Sybil was the daughter of Clement and Lily Saldanha of Cinncinnatus Town. Sybil was trained by Madam Montessori and was a gifted teacher. She delighted in all the achievements of her students especially when she moved to Special Education. Sybil was a delightful, warm person and myriad number of friends and family benefitted from her love and care. We remember a warm loving lady, a good cook, a gracious hostess, an avid gardener, a discerning woman of taste and refinement. She guided and helped so many people. She will be greatly missed. Visitation at Paul O'Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E. (between Pharmacy and Warden) on Thursday June 13, 2019 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Funeral Mass on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. in St. Boniface Catholic Church (Markham Rd. south of Eglinton). Interment Pine Hills Cemetery. [Info: Pompie Gois] Photo.  For further details click here

News Summary

Interest rate cut in India sends mixed signals to NRIs

12 Jun: International Advisor. The recent interest rate cut by India’s central bank Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to the lowest in nine years has a given a mixed bag to NRIs. The RBI cut its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 5.75% from 6% to boost economic growth, changing its monetary policy stance to ‘accommodative’ after the Indian economy grew at its slowest in over four years… mortgage borrowers can expect a windfall … The flip side is that banks and other financial institutions will reduce their deposit rates correspondingly, which will result in reduced interest on savings and fixed deposits. Statistics show that there are more depositors than borrowers among NRIs. So, in effect NRIs do not benefit that much by this rate cut. However, indirectly, the benefits are derived in the form of a strong rupee and accelerated economic growth…  click here
12 Jun: Navhind Times. Let’s Not Go Gaga Over The Rate Cut …  click here

Editorial: Goans In Drug Trade

12 Jun: Navhind Times. Although drug trade in Goa is an illicit business in which Indians as well as foreigners have been involved, it is the growing involvement of a considerable number of Goans that is causing concern. The data released by the Goa police for the first five months of 2019 has revealed that 23 per cent of the people arrested in drug-related cases were Goans. ... The data reveals that over 50 per cent of those arrested in drug cases came from other parts of the country. Foreigners accounted for 25 per cent. Out of the 93 accused in drug cases, 22 are Goans, 47 from other states and 24 foreigners, including 14 Russians. The number of Goans held in drug cases has been hovering between 22 and 28 per cent in the last few years…  For further details click here

Group of 10 Cong MLAs offered to join BJP: Tendulkar

13 Jun: Herald. Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday said that a group of 10 Congress MLAs had offered to merge the party in the BJP but the saffron party leadership rejected the move. Reacting to queries at a press conference on speculation of Congress MLA Francis Silveira wanting to join BJP, Tendulkar said there is news everyday that Congress MLAs are joining BJP. “The Congress must stop blaming BJP and instead the party president must have some control over his MLAs, who want to join BJP,” he stated. On charges made by GPCC president Girish Chodankar that the BJP is shopping for his MLAs, Tendulkar said the government was very stable with 23 MLAs…  For further details click here

TTAG presents ‘Reinvent Goa’ to improve coastal tourism

13 Jun: Herald. Against the backdrop of a decline in tourism, the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) presented a document to Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar addressing the issues faced by the tourism industry and the improvements required for the same. The document titled ‘Reinvent Goa’ has been prepared by taking all the concerned from government officials, stakeholders and prominent businessmen. “The white paper is a road map painstakingly done to find a solution in the tourism-related problems and to ensure that the industry flourishes once again,” said TTAG President Savio Messias, who led the delegation on Wednesday…  For further details click here

Negligence led’ to declaration of land at Benaulim as enemy property

12 Jun. Herald. It was sheer negligence and failure to follow the procedure that has resulted in the property under Survey No 416/4 in Mazilwado of Benaulim being declared as “Enemy Property” and is presently in the possession of the Custodian of Enemy Property. Carmela de Sa Fernandes who inherited the property was born in Goa and following her marriage she migrated to Karachi in Pakistan where her husband was employed just like many Goans who were working there then. Subsequently in the late 60s she returned to Goa along with her husband and three children and lived in Goa … It was only in 2011 they realized that the property was declared to be Enemy property … 537 words  For further details click here

Budapest to Goa, India for only €346 roundtrip

12 Jun: Secret Flying. Cheap flights from Budapest, Hungary to Goa, India for only €346 roundtrip with Qatar Airways…. DATES: Availability from September to October 2019. Example dates … Allow the search to complete, then click an OTA to view the advertised price. Use Google Chrome to translate the booking site if needed:  For further details click here
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Here’s how Goa is involved in the origin & naming of Alphonso Mangoes!

12 Jun: Knock Sense. Mango variants are a household name during this season every year but the one that has always been hailed as a king, is the majestic Alphonso! The Alphonso mango, popularly known in Western India as ‘Hapus’, is a national obsession spreading its wings outside the borders too and there are no qualms about why is it best-loved. Non-fibrous, pulpy and saccharine are the keywords when we define our beloved hapus and we’ve plucked a new information from it’s histree! Here’s how Goa is involved in the origin & naming of Alphonso Mangoes! The name of the fruit was christened after a Portuguese Viceroy known widely as Alfonso De Albuquerque, who was also a military genius of his time. He established the Portuguese colonies in India in the 15th century, starting with Goa and during his rule, he administered the ‘Colombian Food Exchange’. This was a practice which introduced new varieties of fruits and vegetables in our country, such as red chilies, maize, tomatoes and so on! … Today, Alphonso mangoes are still very popular and exported around the world …  For further details click here


DOCUMENTARY: It Was Alright in the 1970's. more4 (Freeview 14). Sat. 15th June. 23:00 to 00:00. Episode 2. With attitudes to feminism, foreigners and family values - and just about everything else - being a bit different 40 years ago, this second episode focuses on good old-fashioned Britishness on TV in the 70s. From blacking-up in popular pre-watershed programmes, through to rampant homophobia and shameless xenophobia, the 70s seem to have had a different set of manners and morals, and took a casual approach to sexism and racism.

DOCUMENTARY: Ross Kemp: In Search of Pirates. Pick (Freeview 11). Tues. 18th June. 22:00 to 23:00. India. Series 3, episode 1. The compelling documentary series returns as Ross Kemp visits India to investigate a devastating human trafficking industry. Contains distressing scenes.

ARTS: Shorts. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Wed. 19th June. 21:00 to 21:15. Namaste. Three specially commissioned stories in which writers new to radio contemplate what it means to be a tourist. In Namaste, Deepti Kapoor considers the Western tourists who have long headed to Goa for a dose of healing spirituality - and an Indian woman tries to find a solution to her own troubles by offering the visitors what they seek. Read by Tania Rodrigues (photo). [Tania traces her Goan roots to Curtorim. Her grandfather, Francis Rodrigues was news editor of the Indian Express and Times of India. Gen. (Retd.) S. F Rodrigues, is an uncle].To listen to a recording after the broadcast, go to

DOCUMENTARY: Who Should Get to Stay in the UK? BBC 2. Thurs. 20th June. 21:00 to 22:00' The stories of immigrants desperate to stay in the UK and the lawyers tasked with helping them. 29-year-old Shankea, came to the UK 17 years ago to live with her Jamaican father, only for her visa application to be refused. Now she lives as an illegal immigrant, knowing she could be detained or removed at any time.

DOCUMENTARY: Journeys- Stories of Immigration. Together TV (Freeview 63). Fri. 21st June. 00:15 to 01:00. Stories of migration to South West London 1948-71, from stories from Windrush era onwards. A beautiful insight and some moving stories to be told.

DRAMA: Mrs Sidhu's Deadly Highland Game. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Fri. 21st June. 11:30 to 12:00. Loch, Meat Stock and Two Smoking Kippers. Series 1, episode 2. Murder mystery, written by Suk Pannu and starring Meera Syal. As the Indian chef probes deeper into the death of Willie Kendrick and the secrets of the troubled hunting lodge, she faces a difficult choice between her heart and her head for crime.

DOCUMENTARY: Battle to Save the Tiger. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Fri. 21st June. 14:00 to 15:00. Startling film narrated by David Attenborough investigating why the Indian Tiger is slipping towards extinction, despite efforts to save it.


News Summary

India gives confidence that structural growth story exists: Aisha de Sequeira, Morgan Stanley India

11 Jun: The Economic Times. Interview with Aisha de Sequeira, Head of Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley India. The pool of private capital has expanded for Indian entrepreneurs as the structural growth of the economy on a strong demographic profile put India among the top place of the investment agenda for many long-term institutional investors, Morgan Stanley said on Monday. “India has steadily maintained this 6-7.5% GDP growth. When one looks at India over a medium-term horizon, people can confident that structural growth story exists in India. And that is not happening in many other markets,” Aisha de Sequeira, co-country head and head of investment banking at Morgan Stanley India said … 990 words  For further details click here
Video: Mentorship, sponsorship critical for aspiring women leaders: Morgan Stanley's Aisha De Sequeira …  click here
Aisha is the daughter of Erasmo de Sequeira and granddaughter of the legendary Dr Jack de Sequeira; brother of Anil de Sequeira and wife of Roy de Souza

Top 5 Stocks in the Fight Against Cancer

6 Jun: Yahoo. "Cancer" ranks as one of the most dreaded words in the English language… There's good news, though. Significant progress is being made in cancer therapy, from developing drugs to treat various types of cancer to detecting it at earlier stages. Investors who buy the stocks of these companies gain an opportunity for tremendous returns over the long term … The top picks to invest in the fight against cancer include big pharma, diagnostics, gene sequencing, and biotech stocks… Five top stocks in the fight against cancer are: … Illumina. You might not think of Illumina as a stock related to the fight against cancer. But the company is a pioneer of gene sequencing and a dominant leader in the gene sequencing market… CEO Francis deSouza stated in early 2019 that "the ubiquity and impact of genomics will dwarf everything we've seen to date" in the future… deSouza's prediction seems likely to become reality. The key metric to watch to see if deSouza was right will be Illumina's revenue growth over the next few years…  For further details click here
Video: CNBC: Illumina CEO Francis DeSouza: Seeing Big Growth In Genomic Testing …  click here
For the Goan Voice Francis deSouza supplement, click here.

Jason Keith Fernandes: Islam and the Indo-Portuguese

12 Jun: The Goan. Museum of Goa will be hosting a talk by Jason K Fernandes on the topic Islam and the Indo – Portuguese this Sunday, June 16 from 11:30am – 12:30pm. The term Indo-Portuguese often acts as a code for Hindu-Christian. In his presentation, Jason Keith Fernandes will highlight the Islamic influences in Indo-Portuguese culture … Jason is a researcher at the Centre for Research in Anthropology at the University Institute of Lisbon (CRIA-IUL). He has a doctorate in anthropology for his dissertation “The Citizenship Experiences of Goan Catholics”… Jason has regularly contributed op-ed columns in a number of newspapers in Goa and his popular writings are archived at MOG Sundays are free of charges and open to all.  For further details click here
For the Portuguese and English summaries of Citizenship experiences of the Goan Catholics,  click here

Watch: Goa Chief Minister Censures Man For Dumping Waste In River

11 Jun: NDTV. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant today stopped his convoy at a North Goa bridge and censured a scooterist for throwing 'nirmalya' (flowers offered to God) into a river, and urged him to act as a responsible citizen and not pollute rivers. In his tweet Pramod Sawant, also uploaded a photograph of him, advising the two-wheeler rider against throwing garbage into the Cumbharjua river. "At least don't do it again," Mr Sawant is heard telling the man in the brief video.  For further details click here

Casinos important for Goa tourism, says CM Pramod Sawant

11 Jun: Financial Express. Casinos are important for the tourism profile of Goa and cannot be written off, chief minister Pramod Sawant said Tuesday. He was speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of the state Tourism department. “There are a few tourists who come to Goa to play in the casinos. They are important from the tourism point of view. You cannot write them off. We need to do whatever activities are required to attract tourists to Goa,” he said. He also said his government never spoke of removing casinos from the state. The coastal state has six off-shore casinos and 12 operating from land. He said the state government was planning a video campaign to boost tourism as foreign footfalls had decreased by 20 per cent in the season that just ended this week…  For further details click here

5 fine-dine restaurants in Goa that’ll woo your bae better than your flirting game!

11 Jun: Knock Sense. Goa is the ultimate fun capital of India- agreed to the core! But whoever said that Goa is known only for its beaches and party places, hasn’t clearly explored the romantic side of it… 1: Tuscany Gardens … Near Kingfisher Villa, Candolim … 2: The Fisherman’s Wharf … Mobor, Cavelossim … 3: Go With The Flow … 614, Calangute, Baga … 4: Waterfront Terrace And Bar, Marriott Resort And Spa, Miramar Beach, Panaji … 5: Thalassa … Vaddy, Siolim …  For further details click here
11 June: Herald. Italian Flavours find a home in Goa …  click here

Anglo-Indian community meet in Goa

12 Jun: Navhind Times. The Goa branch of the All-India Anglo-Indian Association held their annual general meeting at Clube Tennis De Gaspar Dias, Miramar. The meeting was followed by housie, music and lunch enjoyed by all the members, guests and their families. The Goa branch just celebrated 10 fruitful years in Goa in January. The objectives of the association are charitable, educational and cultural. It protects and promotes the welfare of the Anglo-Indians in India. Membership has been constantly on the rise with 180 plus members.  For further details click here

Goa wants to use abandoned mining pits for rain water harvesting

11 Jun: Sify. Facing a severe drop in reservoir water levels, with the water in two reservoirs in the state down to less than 20 days of consumption, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that he would write to the Union Mines Ministry seeking permission to convert some of the unused mining pits for rainwater harvesting purposes… "Water is not a problem at present. But in the long run, we believe that mining pits should be used for rainwater harvesting, for which we will have to seek some amendments in the Central laws," the Chief Minister said. …  For further details click here

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