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Death: Maggie Mendes

17 Oct: Melbourne. MAGGIE (MARGARITA) MENDES. Ex Mombasa. Wife of the late Eugene Mendes. Mother and mother in law of Rita and David; Tony and Virginia; James and Philomena; Cornelious and Eleanor. Grandmother to Andrea, Sharon, Rachael, Vanessa, Fabian, Alison and Natasha.The funeral service will be on Tuesday 24 October 2017 at 10.30am at St Peter's Church, Keilor East. Melbourne, Victoria. [Info: Alcino Rodrigues]. Condolences to

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Video: Women2Win Spotlight: Suella Fernandes MP

16 Oct: Suella Fernandes, MP for Farnham shares her journey of standing for election and what it means to be a Member of Parliament. She was a Barrister for 10 years, specialising in Public Law, before entering Politics. She was inspired by her mother who was involved in local elections in Wembley who roped her as well as her father into politics … 4m. 29s.  click here
Suella Fernandes is the daughter of Uma Fernandes a local Councillor and Christie Fernandes, (ex- Nairobi - Dr Ribeiro School - Class of '63 and Assagao, Goa) a local activist. An uncle, Fr Ayres Fernandes, is the Executive Secretary of the Liturgy Commission at the Conference of Catholic Bishops of all India. August 2017 photo shows them at the UK Goan Festival. For Suella Fernandes’ Wikipedia profile,  click here
For the Suella Fernandes website, click here.

EU migrants coming to UK over next 18 months can stay for good after Brexit

18 Oct: The Daily Telegraph (UK). EU migrants who arrive in the UK over the next 18 months will be entitled to stay in Britain permanently after Brexit… The Prime Minister previously suggested that she could make the cut-off date for EU migrants March of this year, when she triggered Article 50 … The UK has now dropped that threat. British officials also believe that they have persuaded Brussels to give up a demand for EU citizens to be given the right to bring spouses and other relatives to the UK after Brexit. They will instead be subject to a minimum income test, which is currently required for all British citizens who want to bring family members from outside the EU to the UK… 742 words.  For further details click here
19 Oct: The Guardian (UK). EU citizens' rights groups dismiss May letter as meaningless. Letter assuring EU citizens in the UK that they will be allowed to stay is a PR exercise aimed at other leaders, campaigners say … click here.

Travel and Tourism Association of Goa continues to hold out hope for weekday Charters

20 Oct: The Goan. Savio Messias, president, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has said that he is hopeful that charter flights will be allowed to land at Dabolim Airport at 8:30 am and take off at 12:30 pm on weekdays… Messias said, "We are yet to get a confirmation from the AAI that charter flights will be allowed to land at 8:30 am and take off at 12:30 pm from Dabolim Airport on weekdays. But, we are hopeful that this permission will be granted soon." … So far AAI has not given this permission to charter flights for this season …  For further details click here

Goa: Children Reform Home seems a Dickensian house of horrors

20 Oct: Herald. Boy who ran away from reform home because he didn’t get medicines when sick, narrates to police experiences in the home … A girl who was admitted to reform her ways learnt the tricks of theft. A couple of girls were taught how to earn through the sex trade. These are just three instances of what goes on at Apna Ghar – the institution that is mean to be the home for reform of juveniles and women in the State… A detailed investigation by Herald into what occurs behind the walls of this facility can make a perfect Dickensian plot …  For further details click here

Pope’s India visit to be delayed, Centre yet to give nod

19 Oct: Kochi: The visit of Pope Francis to India is likely to be delayed further with the Central Government failing to respond to the requests by Catholic bodies to invite him to the country. The Pope will visit Myanmar and Bangladesh by the end of this month, but will not come to India since the government is yet to give its consent. Earlier, the Pope had expressed his desire to visit India during his scheduled visit to the South East Asian nations … We have been trying to get sanction from the Centre for the past two years …We are hopeful that the government will do the needful, CBCI spokesperson Father Joseph Chinnayyan said…  For further details click here

Exploring Kochi through a Goan lens

19 Oct: New Indian Express. Today Kochi is a multi-coloured tapestry of different cultures and languages woven over the centuries attracting visitors like Nalini Elvino De Sousa. A Portuguese national of Goan origin, Nalini is a language teacher, an award-winning documentary-short filmmaker and an activist … “This place is amazing,” she says, “Any Portuguese national will be happy when they set foot here and realise the Portuguese cultural imprint is not just limited to Goa, but to Kochi as well. Being a Goan, I’m also thrilled to learn about the people from my land who settled here ages ago.”  For further details click here

Education, a social equaliser for Goa’s Christian Gaudas

20 Oct: Navhind Times. Education has been a great social equaliser for the Goan Christian Gauda community, which was once the mainstay of the labour force in the state. The present-day generation of Christian tribals is educated. They shy away from taking menial jobs, seeking greener pastures abroad… The void in the labour force occurred due the upward social mobility of the community has now been completely filled by migrant labourers. Thousands of migrants come to Goa, as menial jobs fetch them wages of up to Rs 600 a day, while outsiders specialised in jobs like carpentry and masonry earn up to Rs 800 a day…  For further details click here

Forthcoming Events

Sat. 11 Nov. G.O.A. Mass for the Deceased members commencing at 12.30 hrs. followed by a three course meal. Venue: St. Peter & Paul’s Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, CR4 4LD. Mass will be celebrated for the souls of the deceased members of the Association and the Goan community. Further details from : Nina Pinto: 0208 767 0663 | Ravi Vaz on 07909 927539 E: /

Sun 19 Nov: Union of Navelim (UK). Our Fiesta celebrations commences with Mass at 12:00noon sharp, followed by dancing to the music of Rainbow's End and Disco by DnA. Tickets include snack and meal. Back by popular demand is the Children's Fancy Dress and the theme this year is "Super Heroes". All Children wanting to participate please come dressed as the Competition starts at 1.45pm sharp, come early to avoid disappointment. For the flyer with full details, click here

Sun 26 Nov. 1.30pm. Fr. Agnelo’s Day 90th Commemoration Mass at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS

Sun. 3 Dec. G.O.A. Feast of St. Francis Xavier. Commencing at 13.00 hrs followed by a social. Venue: St. Peter & Paul’s Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, Surrey. CR4 4LD. Further details from : /

Sun. 3 Dec. 12.30 pm. North London Goans will celebrate their 37th anniversary feast of St. Francis Xavier at Woodside High School hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green London N22 5QJ. Holy Mass at 12.30 pm Prompt. Followed by a social gathering with excellent well know live band Shade. Ticket includes snacks & meal. Adults £10 Children 9 to 16 years £6 and below 8 years free. Tickets please contact: Tony Gomes 07932019194 Frank Mendes 0208 8881400 Seby D’Silva 0208 2455463 John Fernandes 0208 8814579 Bernadette Dias 0208 3619417 or Tony Rebello 0208 8077324. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 3 Dec: From Raymond Carvalho. (President): East London And Essex Goans welcome members and their guests to celebrate the feast of St Francis Xavier on Sunday 3rd December 2017. For more information please click here

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UK Event Highlight

Sun. 3 Dec. 12.30 pm. North London Goans will celebrate their 37th anniversary feast of St. Francis Xavier at Woodside High School hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green London N22 5QJ. Holy Mass at 12.30 pm Prompt. Followed by a social gathering with excellent well know live band Shade. Ticket includes snacks & meal. Adults £10 Children 9 to 16 years £6 and below 8 years free. Tickets please contact: Tony Gomes 07932019194 Frank Mendes 0208 8881400 Seby D’Silva 0208 2455463 John Fernandes 0208 8814579 Bernadette Dias 0208 3619417 or Tony Rebello 0208 8077324. For the flyer,  For further details click here
For other 3 Dec SFX London events,  click here

Valerie Vaz recognised at Women of the Year awards

18 Oct: Express & Star (UK). Valerie Vaz joined more than 400 women from all walks of life at the 2017 Women of the Year lunch, where she was recognised as a 'woman of achievement'. She was honoured for her work as the Labour MP for Walsall South and Shadow Leader of the House of Commons. Ms Vaz has represented her constituency since 2010 and was re-elected this year with an increased majority. She was appointed to Jeremy Corbyn's Shadow Cabinet in October 2016… She said: “My mother inspired me to try and make a difference in life and these awards show women are making a big contribution to national life.” …  click here
For the Valerie Vaz Wikipedia profile,  click here
For the Valerie Vaz Web page, click here.

Scotch Malt Whisky Society releases Goan whiskies

18th Oct: The Spirits Business. The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS) has moved into Indian whisky for the first time with the release of two bottlings from a distillery in Goa… It has named them the ‘Exotic rainforest fruits’ and ‘Lip-smacking and cockle-warming’. The whiskies are both six-years-old... The 342 bottles produced are priced at £145 each and will be available to UK and EU society members via a ballot from 19 October. Other key branches in countries such as Australia and the US will launch bottles later this year…  For further details click here
For the Scotch Malt Whisky Society website, /  click here

EU set to ban Indian Basmati rice

14 Oct: Sunday Telegraph (UK). The EU Commission has ordered basmati manufacturers to slash levels of the pesticide Tricyclazole to a hundredth of its current legal level, despite being told it is impossible to do so sustainably in less than three years. The compound has been used by Indian farmers, who produce roughly 60 per cent of the world’s basmati, to protect against rice blast disease for the last 30 years. Current EU restrictions limiting traces to 1 mg/kg were already considered conservative compared to Japanese and US import limits of 3 mg/kg. But in June the Commission ruled traces must be all but eradicated from December… A letter from India’s Ambassador in Belgium, seen by The Sunday Telegraph, said the Commission took its decision on the basis of a “precautionary principle” without knowing the carcinogenic effect of Tricyclazole, a fungicide…  For further details click here
20 Oct: Eastern Eye (UK). EU set to ban Indian Basmati …  click here

Awarded, then trashed: Goa poet hounded for questioning Brahmins

18 Oct: Indian Express. Four years after it was first released, Sudirsukt – Hymns of a Shudra, an anthology of poems in colloquial Konkani by writer, poet and former BJP MLA Vishnu Surya Wagh, has stirred the highly volatile caste divide between the state’s dominant Gaud Saraswat Brahmins and the majority Bahujan Goans. Soon after a jury member disclosed, on August 15, that the book had been selected as the winner of the Goa Konkani Academy Award in the poetry category, a campaign on social media saw some of its verses being lifted and shared “out of context”. Then, earlier this week, the Manohar Parrikar-led state government cancelled all the 32 undeclared literature and culture awards, including one for Wagh. On Tuesday, the state went a step further, with the Goa Police lodging an FIR against Wagh, and the publishing house based on a complaint filed by a women’s rights activist, Auda Viegas… 1316 words.  For further details click here
18 Oct: Herald. Editorial: Enough. Please don’t drag the critically ailing Vishnu Wagh to the police station and courts …  click here
18 Oct: Times of India. Speakers defend Wagh’s anthology of poems … click here.

No home for artworks of Goa’s greatest

18 Oct: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. Francis Newton Souza, the greatest Indian painter of the 20th century was born in Saligao but was ignored. When he tried to donate some masterpieces to his beloved homeland, he was rejected and humiliated. Now many of those same ignorant people call him "my favourite artist." Souza isn't an isolated case. Goa has produced an extraordinary string of amazing artists, but they have always remained almost entirely unknown amongst their own people… There are three exceptions to this depressing rule. Subodh Kerkar's bravura Museum of Goa … Lisbon-headquartered Fundacao Oriente and the Museum of Christian Art in Old Goa … Both national and state governments have been unstintingly generous in their support. When then-chief minister Manohar Parrikar came to its inaugural in Old Goa 15 years ago, he immediately pledged state support to cover all security costs. That promise has been kept, right into the present… 705 words.  For further details click here

Football: US to face England in Under-17 World Cup quarterfinals in Goa

17 Oct: Associated Press. The United States will play England on Saturday at Goa, India, in the quarterfinals of the Under-17 World Cup. England advanced Tuesday by defeating Japan 5-3 on penalty kicks after a 0-0 tie. Nya Kirby, who left Tottenham's youth system this year for Crystal Palace, scored the decisive spot kick…  For further details click here
Video: 18 Oct: Prudent Media. England arrive in Goa for Fifa U-17 World Cup Quarters Finals …  click here
18 Oct: Sky News. England Under-17s not getting carried away … click here.


DOCUMENTARY: Why Don't You Speak English? London Live (Freeview 8). Sat. 21st Oct. 19:00 to 20:00. First-generation immigrants are taught English by an ordinary British family for one week, and in the family's own home. (Series 1, Episode 2)

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. more4 (Freeview 14). Sun. 22nd Oct.18:55 to 19:30. Trainee teacher, club DJ and experimental cook Josh Jones wants to broaden his guests' palettes in Dumfries and Galloway with some Indian food, including lamb passanda and tandoori monkfish. But Tommy Jardine doesn't like fish or spice. Director: Rupert Verrinder.

TALK SHOW: Talk to Al Jazeera. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Sun. 22nd Oct. 20:30 to 21:00. Nairobi's Urban Transformation. We talk to Kenyans who have witnessed their capital's evolution and discuss where it might be going.

REALITY SHOW: My Week as a Muslim. Channel 4. Mon. 23rd Oct. 21:00 to 22:00. Katie, from a predominantly white town in the North West, gets to know Saima, a British born Muslim with Pakistani heritage who lives just a short drive away in Manchester. Saima wants to challenge Katie's commonly-held views about Muslim people and invites Katie to spend a week living in the heart of Manchester's Pakistani Muslim community.

FILM: The Dirty Picture. Channel 4. Tues. 24th Oct. 01:50 to 04:15. Channel 4's Indian Film Season continues. Vidya Balan stars in director Milan Luthria's biographical drama, loosely based on the life of South Indian actress Silk Smitha, which explores the exploitation of young women in the Indian film industry.
DOCUMENTARY: True Lives. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Wed. 25th Oct. 07:00 to 07:30. The Price of Love. Documentary which looks at how the 2012 UK Spouse Immigration Rules have dramatically affected three British families. (Part 1)

COMEDY: Mrs Sidhu Investigates: Murder with Masala. BBC Radio 4. Wed. 25th Oct. 11:30 to 12:00. Episode 4: She Sleeps with the Carp. Mrs Sidhu finally unravels the mystery at the dark heart of Lapsley Hall. With Justin Edwards, Amy Morgan, Vincent Ebrahim.



Death: Assis Dourado

16 Oct: Belloy, Nuvem, Goa. ASSIS FRANCISCO SILVIO CECILIO DOURADO. Born 1931. Ex – Lindi, Tanzania. Beloved husband of Cleta Da Costa e Dourado; Loving Father/ Father-in-law of Pausilipo (Ex-Sarpanch Nuvem)/Selma, Volusiano/Rashmi, Julius/Natasha, Aura/Edwin Fernandes; Grandfather of Dillon, Darwin, Darren, Disha, Dawson, Delicia, Druella, Aryan &Aarush; Brother/Brother-in-law of Antonetta/Late Antonio Colaco; Brother-in-law of Late Jose Mario/Late Feliciana, Philomena, Roque/Ana Severina, Manuel D'Costa/Annie; Uncle of Raymond/Lucy, Xavier/Marilia, Olivia/Jose D'Souza, Angela, Timothy/Zina. Passed away peacefully. Funeral Cortege will leave his residence Wednesday, 18th October 2017 at 10:30 am to Jesus-Maria-Jose Church, Nuvem for Eucharistic celebration followed by burial.  For further details click here

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18 Oct: Navhind Times. Diwali to be celebrated in Goa today. Diwali, the festival of lights, was ushered in the state following burning of effigies of the demon king, Narkasur in the wee hours on Wednesday. Laxmi pujan, the event paying obeisance to the goddess of wealth, will be performed on October 19, while Bhaubij, an integral part of Diwali and an occasion strengthening the bond of brother-sister relationship, will be observed on October 21.  For further details click here
18 Oct: Herald. Governor, CM, Archbishop greet Goans on Diwali …  click here
18 Oct: Navhind Times. Diwali going the modern way? Are our traditions disappearing with the advent of new trends coming into the Goan market? click here.

Goa Human Rights Commission directs final rites for Bismarque Dias

18 Oct: Herald. Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) on Tuesday directed the North Goa Collector to issue suitable directions in accordance with the law to dispose the body of social activist Bismarque Dias which has been preserved in the morgue at Goa Medical College since November 7, 2015. GHRC said that the body cannot be kept in the morgue for an indefinite period… Advocate Aires Rodrigues in his complaint to the GHRC in March this year had pointed out that since November 2015, Dias’ body, which was found at St Estevam has been kept in the morgue. Rodrigues had pointed out that even in death a person has dignity … Dias’ family has not taken possession of the body and has been demanding a thorough probe into the death case stating it was a murder.  For further details click here

Bardez Bazaar to set a shopping mall of seven floors in Mapusa

17 Oct: Navhind Times. The management of Bardez Bazaar is on their toes to achieve their dream of setting of India’s first cooperative mall worth Rs 35 crore in Mapusa and its construction work is expected to commence by year end… The proposed mall would be ground plus six floor structure and would be developed in phases. The first phase of mall project would comprise of basement and two floors. Two floors will house Bardez Bazaar while basement will have parking facility…  click here

Cardinal Gracias says “hedonistic culture” and “atheistic ideologies” threaten families

17 Oct: Crux. By Nirmala Carvalho. … “Unfortunately, today there is a growing cultural, ideological, social and spiritual crisis faced by many families due to the negative influence of the mass media, the hedonistic culture, relativism, materialism, individualism, secularism, atheistic ideologies and an excessive and selfish liberalization of morals,” Cardinal Oswald Gracias said… He points to a “spiralling” rate of atrocities and violence against women in India, including so-called honor killings, murders over dowry disputes, acid attacks, gender-specific abortion, and human trafficking…  For further details click here
17 Oct: The Hindu. Stating that there was a sense of anxiousness among the minorities today in India, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay and a member of the nine-member Council of Cardinals that assists the Pope in governance, said that the rights of the minorities should not be in any way frittered away…  click here

Goa's first private ferry service to begin airport service in November

17 Oct: Mumbai Mirror. The new ferry service will get underway next month… two 40-seater catamarans will ferry commuters between Panaji, Old Goa, beaches like Baga, Aguada and Sinquerim and Dabolim airport. The Airport Ferry Terminal (AFT) is located at Baina beach, Vasco da Gama,.. A free shuttle service will be available between the ferry terminal and the airport … Fares range from Rs 100 for a ride between Old Goa and Panaji to Rs 800 for a trip between from the airport to Panaji …  For further details click here

Editorial: Growing Muscle Of Drug Mafias In Goa

17 Oct: Navhind Times. The shock over the attack on the members of a NCB (Narcotics Control Bureau) team by a mob at a shack on Arambol beach still lingers. Never before had a NCB, or state police, team raiding a spot on information of drug peddling been attacked by a mob… The NCB team had to fire in air to disperse the mob. The attack is a clear sign that the drug business is assuming mafia characteristics and is no more a game of lone peddlers.  For further details click here

Green ministry gives nod to golf course at Tiracol

17 Oct: Times of India. In a major relief to Leading Hotels Limited, its 18-hole golf course and eco-tourism resort project at Tiracol has been granted environmental clearance (EC) by the ministry of environment, forest and climate change… In 2013, the State Environment Impact Assessment Authority had granted the 18-hole golf course clearance, which was later kept in abeyance by the National Green Tribunal (NGT). The project proponent had then approached the Union environment ministry as per the direction of the NGT, sources said… .  For further details click here
2 Oct: Herald. Editorial: No brick on Tiracol project can be laid without tenancy issue judicially settled …  click here

The Figueiredo House

17 Oct: The Telegraph (UK). By Chryselle D'Silva Dias. Spend a night in one of Goa’s oldest homes. Built in 1590, a mere 80 years after the Portuguese colonised Goa in 1510, the Figueiredo House in Loutolim village pre-dates even the Taj Mahal. Rooms from £ 48 per night … The Figueiredo House is a landmark in the still-quiet village of Loutolim in South Goa, about 12 miles from Dabolim International Airport. The house overlooks long stretches of paddy fields with cows and egrets for company. If you’re looking for a true slice of village life in Goa, this is it. Forget the crowds and the noise. Expect plenty of quiet time, walks in the village, siestas and birds on your windowsill. Heritage homes in Goa don’t get much grander than this…  For further details click here



Death: Antonio Coelho
10 Oct: Castro Valley, California, U.S.A. ANTONIO DIOGO FRANCISCO COELHO. Ex Solva De Raia, Goa Born 02.04.1937. Most beloved husband of Tess. Loving father / father-in-law of Anabelle / Shawn, Laura Ann. Doting grandfather of Ben. Loving brother / brother-in-law of late Lucia / Angelo, late Laura, Sr. Ubaldina. Rosario / Alina, Peter / Imelda, Raul / Estefania. Anselmo / Sandra. Funeral took place on 13th October 2017 at Transfiguration Church, Castro Valley California U.S.A.

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The secret to booking last-minute flights

16 Oct: iNews (UK). There are plenty of reasons to book a last-minute flight or holiday. However, the days of turning up to the airport with your passport in hand and scoring a standby ticket are largely behind us. You can almost always count on airlines to raise their fares significantly within 10 to 14 days of travel … The exception to the rule fortunately for us, there’s one travel company that bucks this trend and actually sells its last remaining vacant seats at a substantial discount, in an effort to sell out its flights completely. Thomson (soon to be TUI) typically begin to drop heavily in the month leading up to departure, usually even lower 1 to 2 weeks prior, and will often drop further within 3 to 4 days of take-off. On any particular day, a search on can land you incredible deals such as direct return flights Goa at £269 return...  click here
Thomson currently has London/Goa return depart 21 Oct. Return 5 Nov for £332 each …  click here

Tony Fernandes weds S. Korean sweetheart in Cote d'Azur

16 Oct: Straits Times (Singapore). AirAsia's chief executive, Mr Tony Fernandes, yesterday tied the knot with his South Korean girlfriend of more than two years, Chloe, an actress in her early 30s, at a ceremony attended by family and close friends… Pictures of the beaming couple showed Mr Fernandes, 53, looking dapper in a three-piece suit, and his bride resplendent in an off-shoulder, white gown. Chloe is an actress in her early 30s … The couple were said to have been dating for more than two years before tying the knot yesterday… The wedding was attended by 150 people…  click here
16 Oct: New Straits Times (Malaysia). Video of Tony Fernandes' lavish wedding party leaked online … 1m. 37s.  click here
Mystery surrounds Tony Fernandes’ history of married life. He is reported as having two children and recently attended the graduation of his daughter at Durham University, UK, click here.

Fr Bismarque Dias murder case: Court says no to lie detector test

15 Oct: Times of India. In the Bismarque Dias murder case, the district and sessions court has rejected the crime branch of Goa police application seeking permission to conduct a polygraph (lie detector) test on the two boys who were the last to see the social activist alive. This is the second time the crime branch application has been rejected. The earlier application in this regard was rejected by the court on the grounds that one of the boys was a minor while the other was differently-abled. The crime branch has recorded the statements of over 20 witnesses with more likely to be recorded. In April 2017, the crime branch registered Dias' death as a murder on the directive of the high court…  For further details click here

Macau: Chef Marlon presents his take on Lusophone cuisine

16 Nov: Macau Times. The 20th Lusofonia Festival is offering its usual diverse range of activities as part of the Cultural Week of China and Portuguese-Speaking Countries… this year’s festival has invited a group of chefs to present various culinary delicacies in Macau. From October 14 to 18, chefs from several countries and regions will present the best of their respective homelands’ cuisine … Chef Marlon Lobo – who hails from Goa – will prepare beef olives with a special twist: traditional Goan gravy prepared with cumin, black pepper and other “secret” spices. He talked to the Times about the importance of showcasing Goan cuisine and the food he has brought to Macau; besides traditional dishes and desserts, he will also present a few modern Goan delicacies…  For further details click here

John Spence: Karma Group Planning to Launch New Properties in India

16 Oct: Business World. It was in the year 1993 when John Spence, Founder and Chairman of Karma Group, visited India and fell in love with the country. Viewing India as an emerging destination, Spence decided to buy a property in Goa and develop it. “At the time of its inception, the company was called Royal Resorts which 11 years later was changed to the Karma Group…. Karma Group has grown to 27 resorts across Europe, Australia and Asia, but India still remains an extremely crucial market according to Spence. “We have four properties in Goa … When I began my career in hospitality, land in India was affordable and was easily marketable to Europeans. Today the tables have turned and it is cheaper to buy land in Europe and the Caribbean, which can be marketed to Indians and South East Asians,” Spence added… the flagship resort and the one which ranks the highest revenue is the Karma Royal Haathi Mahal, South Goa, according to Spence. Speaking about his expansion plans, Spence said, “We want to do more in Goa as we think it’s a tremendous space with enormous potential. We are being viewed as Goa-centric, but that is where we have done most our business within India for the last 20 years…  For further details click here
For the Karma Group website,  click here

Indian youth struggles with identity, jobs and sex

16 Oct: Financial Times (UK). By Snigdha Poonam. How do young Indians feel about themselves and their country, 70 years after independence? As part of the research for a book about young Indians, I have spent the past five years trawling the internet forums where they reveal their hopes and insecurities. Young Indians have taken the debate about their country’s identity online… Most of the question-and-answer interactions reveal a generation that is anxious for evidence of India’s pre-eminence in a globalised world. From the brands they buy to the universities they attend, young Indians are more exposed to the west than their parents and grandparents were… Teenagers console each other about the ruthlessly high expectations of their families … Snigdha Poonam’s book, ‘Dreamers: How Young Indians are Changing Their World and Yours’, will be published in January…  click here

Five experiences in Goa that you can't miss

16 Oct: Sify. As a tourist in Goa, most of the visitors end up indulging in the same experiences – lounging about in the beautiful resorts or hotels of Goa, visiting beaches, drinking the local Goan Feni, lazing at shacks or partying at Curlies or Tito’s. But if one steps out of this textbook Goan guide, there’s a whole range of unforgettable adventures awaiting the Goan traveller. If one wants to experience Goa beyond the guidebooks, here are five Goan experiences that you shouldn’t miss at any cost: Catching up with the wild … Soaking up history … Indulging in adventurous activities … Exploring Goan culture … Revel in luxury … Whatever Goan activity you wish to indulge in, your hotel is sure to have relevant information and guides. Make sure to talk to the staff before setting out to explore the coastal jewel that is Goa …  For further details click here



Death: Tom Alter

Wikipedia: Thomas Beach Alter (22 June 1950 – 29 September 2017) was an Indian actor. He is best known for his work in Hindi cinema … Alter married Carol Evans in 1977. They have two children together: son Jamie and daughter Afshaan … In September 2017, Alter was diagnosed with Stage IV skin … He died on 29 September in his residence in Mumbai…  For further details click here
Tom Alter played the part of Casimiro Monteiro, the notorious figure in Portuguese Goa who is alleged to have tortured and killed suspected freedom sympathisers in Portuguese Goa. For the Wikipedia profile of Casimiro Monteiro,  For further details click here
Video: Clip from the film, “Sood” aka “The Revenge2 showing Tom Alter playing the part of Casimiro Monteiro… 2m. 42s. click here.

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UK: Goan Welfare Society Appeal: Repatriation of Gregorio Rodrigues r.i.p.

15 Oct: From Flavio Gracias, Chairman, GWS (UK). The GWS in conjunction with the Goan Chaplaincy & Goans in Wembley & Ealing. are trying to raise funds to repatriate the body of Gregorio Fernandes back to his wife, Russel, in Navelim, Goa. Gregorio passed away suddenly on 17 September 2017 at home, in Southall. Our target is to raise £2,100.00. As with our previous appeals, we are hoping for a good response from members of the community and are appealing particularly to villagers from Navelim to help us reach our afore-mentioned target.… May I convey my sincere thanks in advance for your help and support in assisting us to carry out welfare work within the Goan Community. You can now make donations via "PayPal" through our website and you will find other payment options at  click here

Debate over proxy voting for NRIs gains steam

15 Oct: The Hindu. While the Central government is gearing up to amend the Representation of People Act to provide proxy voting right to Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), it will have to tackle a series of challenges in States with a relatively significant NRI population. The debate on proxy voting for NRIs was set rolling yet again after a brief lull by Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who said in Ahmedabad on Saturday that NRIs could cast their votes by issuing an authorisation letter to their kin. Her statement at a BJP meeting assumes significance as it preludes a series of Assembly elections as well as the Lok Sabha elections in 2019…  For further details click here

Mead makers of Goa: Filling the cup with homemade magic

15 Oct: Times of India. The conventional grape wine may be found on many store shelves in Goa, but there are a number of Goan families across the state who are involved in making specialty wines from different local fruits and vegetables. Venturing beyond the confines of the grape, hobby vintners in Goa have been making small batch of drinks from fruits like mango, jamun (black plum) and kokum. Secretary, Botanical society of Goa, Miguel Braganza said that there are several recipes for fruit-based wines, which are not documented, but are the domain of different families in Goa with some treating them as family secrets. The only book that has some information is Edwin Saldanha's 'Successful Goan homemade wines'…  For further details click here
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In India, schoolkids say Virgin Mary appeared amid scent of jasmine

15 Oct: Catholic News Agency (USA). Both Hindu and Catholic schoolchildren in India claim to have witnessed an apparition of Christ and several appearances of the Virgin Mary accompanied by the scent of jasmine, the gift of contrition, and the healing of a girl’s ear problem. The site of the alleged apparitions is St. Ambrose Church and Lower Primary School in Edavanakkad, in the far southwestern state of Kerala, 16 miles northwest of Kochi. The parish and adjacent school are under the Archdiocese of Verapoly. The Marian apparitions are said to have happened on at least two separate dates. The church’s assistant pastor Father Merton D’Silva said archdiocesan authorities have taken a “wait-and-see” approach before intervening … A priest asked the children to point out the exact spot. The congregation saw a bright light and the priest said he felt someone patting his head…  For further details click here

24 Passengers Fall Ill After Consuming Food On Goa – Mumbai Luxury Train

15 Oct: NDTV. At least 24 passengers of the Goa-Mumbai Tejas Express have fallen ill after consuming food served by on-board pantry car. The passengers have been admitted to hospital … Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation or IRCTC which manages the catering of Tejas Express tweeted that all the passengers who are hospitalised are "out of danger". IRCTC said it is also investigating what caused the food poisoning. The incident came to light at around 3:30 pm after 40 passengers complained of nausea… Tejas Express, the country's first high-speed, boasting of Wi-Fi, LCD screens, and automatic doors …  For further details click here

UK: Observer Newspaper Best New Cookbook Award: Fresh India by Meera Sodha

15 Oct: The Guardian (UK). Meera Sodha’s dazzling take on the food of her heritage is voted Best New Cookbook by readers… Meera Sodha has made turmeric lattes and a type of mithai (Indian sweet … Sodha, 35, isn’t keen on people who get uptight about authenticity... She was born in Scunthorpe, the daughter of immigrants expelled from Uganda by Idi Amin in 1972… Sodha is a former vegetarian,.. She wanted to shine a light not only on Gujarati food, but on the rich variety of Indian cooking … Fresh India: 130 Quick, Easy and Delicious Vegetarian Recipes for Every Day by Meera Sodha (Penguin, £20)…  For further details click here
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Enabling the Great Goan Land Grab

14 Oct: Economic & Political Weekly. By Kenneth Bo Nielsen, University of Oslo, Norway. Heather P Bedi, Dickinson College, Pennsylvania and Solano Da Silva, BITS-Pilani, Goa. The Goa government has an arsenal of legal tools to facilitate acquisition and conversion of land within the state, while insulating itself from any consequence of “environmental justice.” … August 2017 has seen two new bills intended to ease the acquisition of land for “public purposes.” … They are the Goa Requisition and Acquisition of Property Bill, 2017, and the Goa Compensation to the Project Affected Persons and Vesting of Land in the Government Bill, 2017. The former seeks to provide for the speedy acquisition of immovable property for certain public purposes, while the latter purports to provide the right of compensation to persons affected by land acquisition, and to ensure that they are adequately compensated … the great Goan land grab that has now played out for many years has, unfortunately, received another boost… 2970 words.  For further details click here

Auction: 17th / 18th Century Indo Portuguese coromandel

17 – 19 Oct. Lawrences, Bletchingley, Surrey, UK. Lot 1968: 17th / 18th Century Indo Portuguese coromandel and ivory inlaid casket decorated with scrolling flowers, the hinged lid enclosing a partially fitted interior raised on turned ivory bun feet with gilt mask head mounted sides (possibly later mounted, slight damages and losses), 11.75ins wide. Auctioneer's estimate: 750 GBP - 1,000 GBP...  For further details click here



Death: Arnaldo Fernandes

9 Oct: Walton-On-Thames, UK. ARNALDO IVO FERNANDES. Passed away peacefully in his Surrey home surrounded by his cherished family. Born Jinja, Uganda. Beloved husband of Carmen; loving father of Ashley, Susane, Cynthia and Derek; son of late Valeriano Fernandes and late Luiza Fernandes and brother of Frank, late Ceasar, late Prisca, late Serapiao, late Ponciano, late Robert. Funeral Mass at 11:00am on Wednesday 25th October 2017 at St Erconwald's Catholic Church, 22 Esher Avenue, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 2TA, followed by Cremation: South West Middlesex Crematorium, Hounslow Road, Hanworth, Feltham, Middlesex, TW13 5JH. Wake: St Erconwald's Parish Hall, KT12 2TA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund (PCRF). Envelopes addressed to PCRF, will be available at the church on the day of the funeral. You may also make a donation directly to Pancreatic Cancer Research Fund Condolences or enquires to:

Death: Mary Faleiro Swope

5 Oct: Turlock, California. MARY EMMA GERTRUDE FALEIRO SWOPE. Born Nov 15, 1930 in Goa. As a young nun and teacher Mary Emma immigrated to the USA. In her mid-fifties she made a life changing decision and left her convent life. She then married Nevin Swope. She is survived by her sister Telma Quadros, 23 nieces and nephews, and many more great nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband Nevin Swope, her parents Camilo & Artimisia Faleiro, brothers Roque and Norbert Faleiro; as well as her sisters Lucilia Soares, Filomena Rodrigues, and Zamira Faleiro. A visitation will be held on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 2-8PM at Whitehurst-Norton-Dias Funeral Service: 286 W. Main Street Turlock, CA 95380. Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 6PM. Funeral Mass will be held 11:30AM on Monday, October 16, 2017 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church: 1200 Lyons Avenue Turlock, CA 95380. Mary Emma will be laid to rest privately. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to be made in Mary Emma’s name to the United Samaritan’s Foundation …  For further details click here

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Ireland: Aloisa Dias: Tolerant Teenagers?

14 Oct: Irish Times – Weekend Review, Page 4. Under-18s have a reputation for tolerance, but they are far from perfect – especially if you’re different. Four teenagers talk about their experiences … We spoke to four of the people involved with Youth Work Ireland, and asked about their views on diversity in Ireland today… Aloisa Dias is 14. Five years ago her family moved from Goa in India to Leitrim. She is a practising Catholic, but she rejects many aspects of the church’s teaching, including on abortion and LGBT rights. She has two younger siblings… She says, “Back home we were poor and everyone emigrated. My dad had already worked here for 10 years so the idea of Ireland wasn’t completely alien to me, although when I stepped off the plane from India I was instantly freezing. And for all I’d heard about Ireland, I was the only brown face in the class and didn’t know how to act… People expect that I am Muslim or Hindu and can be surprised to learn I’m a Mass-going Catholic. In some ways my religion has helped me to fit in better in Ireland. I used to try and hide that I was Indian, and I’d ask my mum not to make me Indian food for my school lunches because people teased me about the smell …  For further details click here

Do NRIs Need To Link Aadhaar Card With PAN, Bank Account, Mobile Number (SIM)?

13 Oct: NDTV. Aadhaar card or Unique Identification Number (UID) - the 12-digit identity number based on biometrics data - is to be compulsorily linked with your bank account by December 31, 2017. But do NRIs or non-resident Indians also need to link their Aadhaar card with their bank accounts? The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the issuer of the biometrics-based Aadhaar card and UID, has clarified on this. NRIs (Non-Resident Indians) and OCIs (Overseas Citizens of India) need not link their Aadhaar card with bank account, SIM or Permanent Account Number (PAN), the UIDAI has said…  For further details click here
Aadhaar card not needed for NRIs, says India Govt. The Indian government has exempted Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) from the requirement of quoting Aadhaar (Indian biometric ID card) number ...  click here

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One week on, no dual citizenship objections

14 Oct: Times of India. A week after calling for applications and objections regarding dual citizenships, the North Goa collectorate hasn't received a single application from the public. The state government last week invited people to come forward with their applications and objections accompanied by supporting documents within a period of three months of the notification. Ten months ago the ministry of home affairs empowered district collectors in Goa to inquire into cases of acquisition of dual citizenship. Much confusion surrounds the entire notification which states that the inquiry shall be conducted in a fair and transparent manner, keeping in mind provisions contained in the Act and the Citizenship Rules 2009… There are expected to be thousands of residents who have registered their births in Portugal but have neither obtained a Bilhete de Identidade (ID card) nor a Portuguese passport just to pave the way for their children to obtain a Portuguese passport…  For further details click here

Desire In Goa

12 Oct: Stern (Germany). By Hans-Hermann Klare. In the late 60s, especially hippies from Europe traveled to Goa. What has become of their heritage? The beaches are still the biggest draw… The hippies ceased to come after the Afghanistan war of 1978 which terminated the overland route from Europe. Now a few tanned specimens are left selling esoteric jewellry or offer lessons in didgeridoo playing… Portuguese culture has shaped the lives of the people of Goa. One in four residents is Catholic. Many have names such as Antonio and Fernanda surnames like Coutinho or Braganza…But the bigger deal is to do today anyway with tourism and triggered the economic boom in Goa … Whether from weakness of the state or out of Christian tolerance, Goa has a flourishing beach life. From the loose morals of Goa are produced two Goas over time: In the south, the peace-seekers. The north is the destination of partygoers… [Feature article of 2286 words to be found in the magazine but I could not find it online. Look out for the print edition].

Soiled Notes need urgent action

11 Oct: MoneyLife. Another negative fallout of demonetisation is the proliferation of soiled and tattered notes in smaller denominations such as Rs10, 20 and Rs50. … From Goa: I visited the bank to withdraw Rs 5,000 but most of the Rs10 notes were soiled, torn and even burnt, while others had dark marks. I had to physically sit and remove plenty of soiled, burnt and spoilt notes and get them exchanged from the Bank… We in Ponda, Goa fall short of Rs10 and Rs20 rupees notes. Whatever we arrange from banks and petrol pumps are 80% soiled ones … Not only the notes are dirty and worn out but some torn stuck with cello tape; also some printed prior to 2005 supposed to be withdrawn from circulation… Coins of Rs10 is a real problem. Nobody is accepting these coins here in Goa… 1472 words.  For further details click here

Duo from Goa wants to shake up Indie music scene in Mumbai

14 Oct: Two months ago, a quaint restaurant called Watson's in Goa played host to an artiste who goes by the name Dot… That gig was put together by a two-man team from Goa called Songs from the Attic, and was attended by over 200 people. Why is that unusual, you ask? Because a few years ago, nobody in Goa cared about singer-songwriters; the likes of Dot. Tomorrow, the duo comes to Mumbai with Well Kept Secret, the line-up of which will be kept completely hush-hush until the day… Sheldon Abranches and Nathaniel D'Costa, both in their late twenties, are the duo behind the initiative. Having grown up in the idyllic state, they moved to Mumbai a few years ago…  For further details click here

Auction: Works by Francis Newton Souza & Raza

17 Oct: Mullocks, Ludlow, Shropshire, UK. Lot 705 (photo). Original Artwork - Francis Newton Souza. Still life with empty wine bottle, bowl of fruit and two wooden spoons, oil on canvas approx 36x25mm, matted for framing. Signed ‘Souza 52’ to top right hand corner. ‘Be it the sluts or the suits, the seamy side of life or the steamy, the gnomish, pox-scarred boy from Goa who went on to become one of the first Indian artists to be feted in the salons of Europe, laid it bare’ made Souza perhaps the first modern Indian artist to attract major attention in the west. Guide Price: £300.00 - £500.00  For further details click here
Lot 706: Original Artwork - Francis Newton Souza, figure of a nude shown three quarter length arms folded and looking to her right, executed in pen and ink on paper, signed ‘Souza 1959’ to bottom left hand corner, matted for framing approx 32x23cm Guide Price: £300.00 - £400.00  click here
Lot 707: India - Original Artwork - Syed Haider Raza (born 22 February 1922) chalk study of a street scene at night with two cars, and street lights, signed ‘Raza ‘51’ to bottom left hand corner. Matted for framing approx 38x27cms, plus another Raza chalk study of trees in a dark landscape, signed ‘S H Raza 51’ to bottom right hand corner, matted for framing approx 38x27cms. Guide Price: £300.00 - £500.00 click here.



Death: Tony D'Silva
6 Oct: Wood Green, London, UK. TONY SANTANA D'SILVA. Born 1939. Ex Nairobi. Passed away in hospital. Beloved husband of late Rose. He leaves behind his three sons, Kevin, Leslie and Ivan along with their families. Funeral: Tuesday 24th October 2017 at 11am. St Paul The Apostle Church, Station Road, Wood Green, London, N22 7SZ. Condolences to

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Canada: Video: Julian Menezes: Police Ethics Committee rules against Stefanie Trudeau

10 Oct: CTV (Canada). The Montreal police ethics commission has ruled Stefanie Trudeau broke five ethical guidelines in dealing with Julian Menezes … The Committee dismissed four other citations including that she acted in a racist manner and used racial slurs… Menezes testified that Trudeau and her partner called him a "fucking Indian" and threatened to put him in jail, saying he was a "skinny bitch" and would be raped… In January, the Quebec Human Rights Commission determined Menezes was the victim of racial profiling and awarded him a $40,000 judgment… Menezes and CRARR plan to pursue the case with the Quebec Human Rights Tribunal… Text + video (2m. 42s.)  For further details click here
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18 Oct. 2012: Video: Goan Voice. Professor Julian Menezes from McGill University, Montreal speaks out … click here.

Seraphino Antao put Kenya on the map

12 Oct: The Star (Kenya). Defending champion Hosea Macharinyang will defend the Madoka Half Marathon slated for October 21… Madoka said Coast region has been lagging behind in terms of Athletic development. “Apart from Seraphino Antao, we have not had anyone from the region putting Kenya on the map. I believe very strongly there that there is talent in the county that can to compete with the best in the country and do wonders abroad,” added Madoka…  For further details click here

FIFA U-17 World Cup: Goa feels like home, says Brazil coach

13 Oct: SportsStar Live. In a nice coincidence of sorts, the South Americans trained at the Utorda ground in Goa on Thursday in front of a house painted in the colours of Portugal and embellished with the crest of Portuguese Football Federation. Brazil and Goa have a lot in common. As the country's U-17 World Cup Coach Carlos Amadeu put it, “Portuguese language, Vasco da Gama and other stuff. Its a pleasure to be in Goa. This feels like home.”  click here
14 Oct: Indian Express. Brazil-born ‘Goan’ soccer moms keen to pass on joy of beautiful game…  click here
14 Oct: Navhind Times. Brazil leaves Goa, having a ball. Brazilian food is tasty; it has a beautiful coastline; their women are pretty and man handsome. Yet, Brazil is known for its football… click here.

More than 100 FEMA cases disposed

11 Oct: The Goan. The State Registrar and Head of Notary Services has launched a blitzkrieg on the pendency of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) cases disposing off more than 100 cases within a month. State Registrar Ashutosh Apte saiod, “Cases which were pending for processing under the FEMA Act have now been cleared. More than 100 have been cleared." Apte said that many cases didn't involve foreigners in the true sense, but those locals who have relinquished their Indian citizenship and now wish to dispose of immovable property. ED cases took ages to process with the entire exercise taking months to complete.  click here

Not ‘Vanishing’ Is Bindra’s Wildlife Passion

13 Oct: Herald. Prerna Singh Bindra was recently in Goa for the release of her book ‘The Vanishing – India’s Wildlife Crisis’, where she was in conversation with Vivek Menezes, cofounder/ curator of Goa Arts and Literature Festival. Her new book looks at India’s wildlife, which is at the edge of extinction. Prerna Singh Bindra is fascinated by wildlife, right from the Asiatic elephant to the dragonfly… A passionate wildlife author and activist, Prerna has dedicated decades of her life to the conservation and preservation of wildlife and the environment. She has authored ‘King and I: Travels in Tigerland’ and edited ‘Voices in the Wilderness: Contemporary Wildlife Writings’. Her latest book, ‘The Vanishing - India’s Wildlife Crisis’, comprises a lifetime’s work … She will be back in Goa in December for the Goa Arts and Literature Festival…  For further details click here

Justice Patel wins Goans' hearts in short but eventful stint that comes to an end

13 Oct: The Goan. In a brief but eventful stint, Judge of the Bombay High Court G S Patel has won the hearts of Goans with the eloquent judge delivering several significant judgements which left a mark not only for their clarity of thought and magniloquence of prose but also for the genuineness with which he has expressed his love for the land "where, perhaps more than anywhere else, sky, sea and earth meet." Justice Patel took the place of Justice F M Reis to preside over the Division bench of the Bombay High Court at Goa along with Justice Nutan Sardesai. But it was the order issued in the wake of the grounding of the casino vessel M V Lucky Seven that made most stand up and take notice of Justice G S Patel…  For further details click here

Goa Govt plans to take internet to every household

13 Oct: The Goan. Nuvem village on Thursday got an IT Knowledge Centre with a provision for free computer courses for the ST population, even as IT Minister Rohan Khaunte said the government is working on an idea to take broadband internet facility to every household like water pipeline. He also announced that the IT department would soon unveil a similar scheme via the IT Knowledge Centre for housewives and senior citizens. The IT Knowledge Centre is the second such centre to be set up in Salcete, with the first centre located at Margao…  For further details click here

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