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Sun 21 Aug. Goan Cultural Fest: Goa Day London at Cranford Community College

Tickets: Adults £15. Aged 09 To 16 Years £5.00. Please buy soon as tickets selling fast. Thank You. Special Thanks to Clayton Hotel London.

Goan Cultural Fest Goa Day London are delighted to assist Anthony Nolan Organisation. We are excited that we can help this charity achieve their goal at our event.

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News Summary

Sun 21 Aug: Goa Day London | Ultrasonic Impact Events

Video: 19 Aug: Impact Ultrasonic Events. Somesh, director of Impact Events speaks of the Goa Day in London. Melody Queen Lorna will be in attendance at the Cranford Community College on August 21… Bunty Vaz … Ciana D’Costa … Jonathan Barreto … Comedy King Agostinho and others … 1m.25s. We need your support and help in order to go live on Goa Day. We need 1000 subscribers so please click and subscribe. Thank you  click here
19 Aug: Transport for London. Sunday 21 August: Cranford Community College, Hounslow. The Goan Cultural Event will take place... Large crowds are expected.  click here

World Goa Day Sat. 20 Aug

19 Aug: Gomantak Times. Goans abroad ready to keep date with World Goa Day celebrations. By Frank Gracias. The idea of WGD was initiated by Rene Barreto (photo)… The Goan Institute, Dabul, Mumbai, where a large number of Goans reside, is celebrating WGD for the very first time … Meanwhile, the Californian Goans celebrated WGD on August 8, much in advance…  click here
World Goa Day 2022 | Californian Goans | 4 video clips  click here
20 Aug: Goa News from Melbourne. Konkani News. Hosted by Frankey Fernandes click here.

Goans across the world come together to celebrate their identity and culture as part of the World Goa Day

20 Aug: The Goan. The Global Goenkar presents a special coverage on various events and perspectives by Goenkars around the world to celebrate World Goa Day … Rene Barreto, Founder and Overall Coordinator of World Goa Day … Uniting Goans in Quebec … Californian Goans hold picnic to mark WGD … GOAn culture on display at WGD in Karachi … WGD with Patoiachem Fest in Madkai … Events: Jazz Goa … St Michael’s Sharjah Goan Community ‘Virtual Celebrations’ … London: Hounslow Market Place … Melbourne: Menzies Hall, Dandenong North, Victoria … SYDNEY: All Saints Parish Hall, Liverpool, NSW … QUEBEC: Potluck Picnic … MUMBAI: St Francis Xavier Church, Dabul-Girgaum … SIOLIM: Festival of Plants & Flowers … 2522 words.  click here
20 Aug: The Goan. Goan Chaplaincy marks Our Lady feast, I-Day in London … How Minguel Rod set the stage for tiatrs in Canada … Goans in Karachi: Goan Musicians and Bands … Globe Trotting …  click here

Video: Police says politicians involved in land grabbing; refuse to disclose names

Aug 19: Herald TV The Special Investigation Team has said a total of 91 cases have come to them for investigation and in four more cases the recipients are not known. Omvir Singh, IGP Goa who heads the SIT admitted that politicians are involved in land grabbing, but refused to name them till there is solid evidence and they are arrested. SIT has so far arrested 15 of whom some have been released on bail. Same people are involved in many cases and they will be re-arrested even if they are released on bail, Singh told media on Friday…  For further details click here
19 Aug: The Print. Goa: Accused revealed involvement of politicians in land grabbing cases, says senior cop… The SIT arrested Sandric Fernandes and Rajkumar Maithi on Friday, while Royson Rodrigues was arrested outside the airport in Mumbai on Thursday. Royson, who is a seaman, had earlier fled abroad and had taken asylum in Dubai (UAE), while Maithi was a mastermind, who had illegally converted 95 different properties …  click here
20 Aug: Times of India. Land grab accused name netas, probe on, says Police Chief… click here.

National Geographic to launch ‘Goa’s Wildest’ new season on August 20

19 Aug: Net Indian. The National Geographic television channel will launch the new season of "Snakes SOS: Goa’s Wildest" on the snake rescue efforts of the Indian duo Benhail Antao and Louise Remedios across Goa… The duo will be seen battling the Goan heat and racing across the city to rescue some of the wildest reptiles that are seen crawling in the city. The 10-part series will give viewers an up-close and personal experience of the techniques used by the duo in action… This season, viewers will get to experience one of the longest rescues that Ben and Louise have ever attempted - a python stuck in a well that needed 25 days of waiting… "Snakes SOS: Goa’s Wildest" will air every Monday-Tuesday at 8.00 pm starting August 20 on National Geographic in India…  For further details click here
Video: 12 Aug. National Geographic. Keep The Children Safe | Snakes SOS Goa’s Wildest | Season 1 Episode 3 | 22m. 37s.  click here
For Google Links, videos, articles to Benhail Antao and Louise Remedios. click here.

News In Brief

18 Aug: ItsGoa. Simplifying Goan Law for the Layman. Upon joining practice, Vasco-based Advocate Bhargav Khandeparkar sensed a general lack of awareness among litigants regarding basic concepts of Goan laws. He strongly believed that if the public were apprised of these basic legal concepts, most of the disputes could be easily obviated… He started making a series of YouTube videos for creating public awareness about Goan laws. The series was called ‘Goan Law For The Layman’. It comprised 15 concise videos covering the basic laws of marriage and succession in Goa… Bhargav started ‘Legal Talk for the Layman’, to cover other important legal topics …  For further details click here
19 Aug: Hindustan Times. Goan NRI Looted At Gunpoint In Bihar. A non-resident Indian (NRI) was allegedly robbed of cash, mobile phone, and other belongings at gunpoint in Bihar’s Sasaram district Wednesday night, police said. According to police, the victim, identified as Sevi Disilva, is a resident of Goa and was working with a Belgian company as a software engineer and held temporary citizenship of the country. “On Wednesday miscreants posing as hotel agents robbed him at an abandoned place and decamped with his belongings,” police said…  click here
19 Aug: Navhind Times. Game On. With children glued to their digital devices and television now, what better way to get them out than with games that we played in the not too recent past… Logorio/Seven Tiles … Langdi/Hopscotch … Baranim/Gilli danda … Marbles … Bovro/Spinning Top … Kho … Kabaddi … Hide and Seek … Catch and Cook … click here.

Indian Catholic News

18 Aug: Indian Catholic Matters. What to make of conflicts within the Church in India. There are a series of conflicts in the Catholic Church in India these days. For one, Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias and Archbishop Peter Machado had to step in to issue clarifications about a perceived matter with Latin-rite Bishop William of Mysore… There is another serious issue raging within the Syro-Malabar church about a certain diocese not following the instruction of the Holy Father in letter and spirit… Issues of land deals to uniform Mass code have raised conflicts in Kerala’s Syro-Malabar Church… All these does not augur well for the church and for the Catholic community in India in general and Kerala in particular…  For further details click here
18 Aug: Matters India. Catholic group goes to Supreme Court to curtail bishops’ powers.  click here
18 Aug: The Hindu. Velankanni: Where Catholic faith blends with Hindu rituals. Velankanni harbours numerous churches, each with a unique significance but bound by a deep common faith in Mother Mary… click here.

Covid News In Brief

19 Aug: Navhind Times. Don’t be complacent over COVID-19, Goans warned. Stating that the fight against the dreaded COVID-19 infection is far from over, state epidemiologist, Dr Prashant Suryawanshi cautioned Goans against being complacent and urged them to follow appropriate COVID-19 behaviour particularly during the upcoming festival of Ganesh Chaturthi… “On an average, we see 100 new infections every day,” he said…  For further details click here
19 Aug: Times of India… People between 18 to 59 years of age are being offered the anti-Covid vaccine free of cost, but response has remained low … Booster dose coverage appears to be better in the 60-plus age group…  click here
18 Aug: Goemkarponn. State Immunization officer, Dr Rajendra Borkar today informed that 56% of the COVID deaths in Goa have been among fully unvaccinated… click here.

News Headlines

18 Aug: National Geographic. Rabies is still a threat-but experts say it doesn't have to be that way. Click here.
19 Aug: Herald. Game of Goans: The Angelitos versus the Banditos. Click here.
19 Aug: National Post (Canada). India's broken dream. By Fr Raymond J. de Souza. Click here.
18 Aug: NDTV. Goa Government Says Piped Water Coverage Universal; Opposition Disputes It. Click here.
18 Aug: Free Press Journal. Goa: High Court pulls up Mines director for failure to act against illegal quarrying in Collem. Click here.
18 Aug: The Goan. Importance of companionship for senior citizens. Click here.
18 Aug: Times of India. Out on bail, Goa police hired Achari 'murderer' to train its commandos. Click here.


News Summary

Lorna Arrives for the Goan Cultural Fest, London

Lorna arrived today, Thursday for the Goan Cultural Fest: Goa Day London to be held on Sunday 21 Aug. at Cranford Community College, TW5 9PD. Ultrasonic Events and flypop Airline Presents Goan Cultural Fest: Goa Day London. Gates open 11.30am. Event from 12pm to 8pm. Live Music Bands, DJs, Bar, Authentic Food. With the one and only LORNA, Special Guest Oliver Sean … Great News: Win 2 Return Tickets London - Goa as Raffle Prize courtesy flypop Airlines. For Enquiries. Please email or call Calvin: 07904661598. For Tickets: Somesh 07424000775; Jonathan 07448072867. Swindon: contact Cedric 07851356694. Coaches from Swindon Bus Station leaving every 20 minutes from 10am. Adults £15; Aged 09 To 16 Years £5.00. 0 to 8 years free. Car parking £5. Tickets from Delights Café Cavendish Parade Hounslow TW47DJ. Online tickets now on sale at For the revised flyer,  click here
For the map of the venue and stalls  click here
For the Weather forecast for Hounslow on Sunday, click here.

Mumbai/London in £350s-£420s return in January - June (SWISS/Lufthansa)

18 Aug: Jack's Flight Club. Returns to Mumbai (BOM): Birmingham (BHX) - £413; London Heathrow (LHR) - £356; Manchester (MAN) - £389. Travel Dates: January – June; Airline: SWISS/Lufthansa. Checked bag upgrade is £94 rtn. Seat selection starts at £70 rtn. These fares should last at least a few days. Essential travel info: SWISS/Lufthansa charge a fee for changes to these bookings. India is open if you are fully vaccinated or have a recent negative PCR test. How to book it: Step1. We recommend Google Flights to find this deal because it has an easy-to-use calendar tool to browse dates and fares. See an example itinerary by pressing the blue button below. Select one of the date boxes to expand the calendar view and see fares for each departure date. The fares shown will update if you pick a longer or shorter trip - trying different lengths can reveal more options. You can find the cheapest fares with an Online Travel Agent in step two, or book with the airline once you select both flights on Google Flights. For the Google Flights link,  For further details click here
For an example, LHR/BOM Dep 3 Mar; Rtn 22 Mar. is currently £376 Lufthansa and £391 Swiss. click here.

Never Cook Naked - Crystelle Pereira

17 Aug: Friends With Benefits. Season 1, Ep. 6. Sophie Hermann and Fredrik Ferrier open up and have hilarious, candid conversations ... Sophie reveals her ambitions of being a contestant on The Great British Bake Off, and digs for the inside scoop on how to earn her place on the show. Crystelle reveals the joys and pressures of being on the show, and whether it was more or less stressful than her job at Goldman Sachs! They compare differences in sleeping arrangements on Bake Off and Celebs Go Dating. Sophie tells the hilarious story about the time she cooked for her boyfriend naked and why she still has the scars, and Crystelle talks about the qualities she looks for in a man … 49m.  click here
Alternative Podcast link:  click here
Crystelle is the daughter of Elaine [nee De Souza, ex Mombasa] and Derrick Pereira [of Help A Poor Child, Dark Star ex Mombasa]; sister of Chanelle and Corelle; grand-daughter of late Gregory & late Sybil De Souza, Julie & late Reggie Pereira]. For Google links to Crystelle Pereira with text, photos and videos, click here.

A red card that could change Indian football

18 Aug: Gomantak Times. By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa. FIFA, the world football governing body, banning the All India Football Federation is akin to a player getting sent off the field by being shown a red card for a foul. The embarrassment in the global football community could not have been more and the setback to the sport in India could be even worse… What this means for Goa, in particular, which had been selected as one of the hosts, is that there will be no Women’s U-17 WC matches in the state and the country. FIFA’s ban doesn’t stop there and neither India nor any clubs affiliated to the AIFF will be able to participate in international competitions… The FIFA ban on the AIFF is a reflection of what is going wrong in Indian sports and not just football…  For further details click here
18 Aug: Herald. Supreme Court steps in again: Engage with FIFA to get AIFF suspension lifted. The highest court asks the govt to save the country from the shame of the ban; says 'make sure that the country gets to host the U-17 Women's Football World Cup' …  click here
Video: 16 Aug: Sports Today. BREAKING: FIFA bans AIFF, what does this mean for Indian football? 9m.52s. click here.

PM urged to drop Irani for fair probe into Silly Souls family run business in Goa

17 Aug: The Goan. Mormugao MLA and Dy CLP Leader Sankalp Amonkar has appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately sack Union Minister Smriti Irani for a free and fair investigation into her family run business in Goa, wherein various irregularities have been conducted while granting licences to Silly Souls Cafe and Bar at Assagao, which is run by Irani's family… “The illegalities in the matter include illegal issuance of liquor license and illegal construction of the restaurant in violation of various laws. It is also suspected that this entire business has been run on benami style and there is a high possibility that the property is also occupied/held as benami,” he said… “How can we expect the State government employees to be upright when their bosses have surrendered before Irani?” Amonkar posed.  For further details click here
4 Aug: Times of India. Irani’s family has major stake in co that operates Silly Souls: Congress  click here
1 Aug: Indian Express. Silly Souls Café not controversial: Goa minister Rane click here.

News In Brief

17 Aug: Free Press Journal. Govt intending to privatise wealth of Goa: MLA Vijai Sardesai. Chiding the State government for starting a movement that Goa does not have wealth, Goa Forward president and Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai said that it is intended to privatise the wealth of Goa… “Our government says that Portuguese looted our wealth when they do not realise that Goa's wealth is its strategic location. Further, the government has started a movement stating that Goa does not have wealth as they are selling our ports, rivers, hills to corporates. They want to privatise wealth of Goa and convince people that we do not have wealth anymore which is false,” Sardesai informed…  For further details click here
17 Aug: Gomantak Times. Recounting the legacy of Dr Bernardo Peres Da Silva (BPS). In order to educate people about the achievements and works of Goa’s lone Governor during the colonial rule, Dr Bernardo Peres Da Silva, the Heritage Connect Trust in association with MLA Vijai Sardesai and Aldrin Coutinho installed an information board at the Government Primary School in Neura (where Da Silva hailed from) in his memory… "He was the governor for only 17 days. During that period, he decided to protect the interests of Goans rather than the Portuguese. Therefore, they dismissed him from the post within 17 days," said  click here
18 Aug: CanIndia. Switch back to organic farming: Goa CM. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Thursday said that organic farming is the need of the hour and there is a requirement to switch back to it so as to produce pure and healthy food… He said that the government will help farmers in all aspects to boost organic farming… Sawant said that in some parts of the state, people were still undertaking organic farming and cited the example of ‘boiled rice’ from Chorao being exported to the US… click here.

Tourism News

17 Aug: The Goan. 4 domain experts inducted into Goa Tourism Board … Ernest Dias who has been in the industry with expertise in charters, tours and travel, Parag Rangnekar from the eco-tourism and wildlife field, Heritage and Culture expert Sanjiv Sardesai and Mark Anthony Mendes who has expertise in the cruise liners marketing field have been inducted in the all-important board… A 'tourism board' will be the administrative and policy decision-making nucleus under the plan responsible for strategizing the promotion of Goa globally…  For further details click here
18 Aug: Times of India. Goa: 4 empowered panels formed to help execute 25-year vision plan for tourism. The tourism department constituted four empowered committees under the Goa Tourism Board which is an apex body for planning, policy-making, strategizing and overseeing the implementation of various tourist programmes… The empowered committees will have various functions that will help the board to execute a 25-year vision plan for development of the tourism sector…  click here
17 Aug: Femina. Magical In The Rain: Explore The Wonders Of Tambdi Surla, Goa. The monsoon makes Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in Tambdi Surla, Goa, even more beautiful than usual… This wildlife haven is different from most others of its kind in the country, where the wild creatures are generous with sightings… There are a few well-defined trails through the sanctuary. Ask for the one that is a two-hour trek to a stunning waterfall… click here.

New Headlines

18 Aug: The Goan. Airlines directed to comply with mask protocol for flyers. Click here.
17 Aug: The Sun (UK). ABSOLUTELY RIBBITING You have the eyes of a hawk if you can spot the frog hiding in the leaves in Goa Click here.
17 Aug: News Drum. Goa reports 200 new COVID-19 cases, zero death; active tally at 877. Click here.
18 Aug: Navhind Times. Goa becomes first state to provide 100% tap water connections. Click here.
18 Aug: The Print. More than 1,500 people killed in accidents on Mumbai-Goa highway in 10 years: Maha minister. Click here.
17 Aug: Times of India. Teenage girl allegedly kidnapped and raped in Goa; family driver among four held. Click here.
18 Aug: Herald. Goa Police are in connivance with the accused: Siddhi's dad. Click here.
18 Aug: The Goan. Intervenors left in dark as Old Goa structure case adjourned at 11th hour. Click here.



Months Mind: Maria Theresa D’Costa. Mississauga. Ex Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

Saturday Sept 3, 2022. MARIA THERESA D'COSTA Month's Mind on at Merciful Redeemer Parish- 2775 Erin Centre Blvd, Mississauga @ followed by a Celebration of her life at Erin Meadows Community Centre Multipurpose Rm B-2800 Erin Centre Blvd Right across from the Church. For the Goan Voice Death Notice please click here.

News Summary

Suella Braverman and her mother on the pressures of politics

16 Aug: The Sunday Times. By Caroline Scott. The attorney general and her mother, Uma Fernandes, on childhood canvassing and running for party leadership… “First and foremost, my mum is a nurse... When she came to Britain from Mauritius at 18 to do her training, she thought she’d won the lottery, she grabbed life by both horns. Both my parents grew up under the Empire. My dad arrived in 1968 from Kenya with no connections, no money. I was raised in an environment where there were no limits on what you can strive to do… Mum was a local councillor for 16 years. And she stood for parliament twice [as Conservative candidate for Tottenham in the 2001 general election and the 2003 Brent East by-election], so politics became part of our family and part of my identity … 1290 words.  For further details click here
For the 2003 Goan Voice Uma Fernandes supplement,  click here
For Google links with videos and articles regarding Suella Braverman click here.

Toronto: Stephanie Braganza: Celebration of vegetarianism coming to Burlington Park Saturday

15 Aug: Insauga (Canada). By Jeffrey Allen. The inaugural Vegfest is being held Saturday, Aug. 20 … Entertainment will be provided by Stephanie Braganza, a powerhouse vocalist whose performances helped her win a Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Live Artist… She has performed in a wide array of settings throughout her career, including a private event at the Art Gallery of Ontario which was attended by former president George W. Bush, and at the MuchMusic Video Awards… An outspoken animal rights activist, her latest music video Chains of Silence has won Global Music awards for Best Female Vocalist and Best Music Video, and has received support from Tony Kanal (No Doubt) and PETA…  For further details click here
For Google links with social media, videos and articles on Stephanie Braganza, click here.

Swindon: Trevor Fernandes: Judge reduces paedophile’s sentence after admitting ‘mistake in law’

17 Aug: Swindon Advertiser (UK). By Ryan Evans. Trevor Fernandes was jailed for 14 years, with an extended licence period of five years, on Thursday after he blackmailed a teenager to act as his sex slave. Judge Jason Taylor QC quickly realised he “made a mistake in law in the constitution of my sentence” … It means Fernandes would not become entitled to be released two-thirds of the way through the custodial element… The judge announced he would reconstitute the sentence so the maximum sentence was not exceeded… It means that the overall effect of the sentence remains the same; Fernandes was given a 14-year custodial sentence and a five-year extended licence… Whenever he is released from prison, he will spend the remainder of the 19-year sentence on licence, and is liable to recall and monitoring…  For further details click here

Goa: Tourism sector hopes Centre will include UK among countries eligible for e-visas

17 Aug: Times of India. The tourism trade in the state is keeping its fingers crossed over issuing e-visas to UK travellers with just two months to go before the start of the charter season… If e-visas are not issued to Britishers in the coming tourist season, the trade fears fewer British visitors will visit Goa. The UK has been excluded from the list of nations that are eligible for e-visas… Tourism stakeholders said that the quantum of business will depend on the response of the Indian government in issuing e-visas to Britishers… After Russia, UK has been the biggest market for the state. British tourists to Goa are generally repeat guests…  For further details click here
15 Jun: The Hans India. Include UK, Canada in e-visa for tourism growth: Goa Tourism Association  click here

News In Brief

17 Aug: The Goan. The Special Investigation Team on Tuesday arrested three persons, including two senior citizens, on charges of preparing a fake sale deed of 1951 in their name… The accused, Mariano Teles Gonsalves (87) and Palmira Gonsalves (76) from Cuncolim and Rony Rodrigues from Marna-Siolim, were later released by the Mapusa JMFC … It is alleged that accused had prepared a fake sale deed of the year 1951 and succession deed dated August 6, 2021 … After the formation of SIT, this is the first time that a senior citizen couple has been arrested in the case.  For further details click here
17 Aug: The Wire. Goa Remained a Portuguese Colony when India Became Independent. By Sushila Sawant Mendes… Goa was liberated from the over 450 years of Portuguese rule only on December 19, 1961… In March 1961, Nehru met a delegation of the Goan Political Convention in Delhi. This delegation included Advocate Louis Mendes as the representative of the Goan Clubs Federation. Some other members were Lambert Mascarenhas, Bertha Menezes Bragança, George Vaz, Vishwanath Lawande and Fr H. Mascarenhas…  click here
17 Aug: UCAN. Indian govt denies persecution of Christians. Seeks dismissal of a petition for urgent intervention of Supreme Court to end attacks on Christians and their institutions click here.

Tourism News

16 Aug: News18. Goa Airport Bus at Rs 200: How to Book Electric AC Goa Airport Bus Tickets Online. The Goa government has started an electric bus service from the airport and you can also take the bus from popular parts of Goa to the airport as well…This ticketing service is provided by RedBus and there is an extra charge of Rs 10…  For further details click here
16 Aug: Times of India. Bookmark these offbeat Goan islands for unique holiday experiences. By Precious Rongmei… Ilha Grand … Divar Island … Chorao Island … Butterfly Island … Sao Jacinto Island …  click here
Video: On Instagram. Free Fish Pedicure in Goa at Arambol Dam click here.

News Headlines

17 Aug: Herald. Jacqueline Shinde from Siolim was recently crowned Mrs India Queen of Substance 2022 at a function in Delhi. Click here.
17 Aug: Herald. Gifting music to Goa through the symphony of their orchestra. Click here.
16 Aug: the Weekend Leader. Use 'Swachh Bharat Mission' funds to establish toilets for women: Goa Forward. Click here.
16 Aug: Digital Goa. 8 more rickshaws added to Rotary-Pink Auto fleet. Click here.
16 Aug: Club of Mozambique. (Mozambique). Mozambique: Old Cathedral of Quelimane to reopen as a Cultural Centre. Click here.
17 Aug: National Catholic Register. St. Francis Xavier and the Divine Wind That Brought Christ to Japan. Click here.
17 Aug: Times of India. Historical events have to be handled objectively: Vijai Sardesai on CM Pramod Sawant's 'loot' remark. Click here.
17 Aug: Navhind Times. NIO to undertake study on tar balls on Goan shores. Click here.
17 Aug: Navhind Times. Goa: Advocates demand digitisation of sub-registry records. Click here.
17 Aug: Herald. Siddhi Naik Case: Don't close the case, Family demands CBI inquiry. Click here.
17 Aug: The Goan. Goa: Oceanarium proposed for State: Union Minister. Click here.

UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS by Lira Fernandes
FILM: A Time to Kill. BBC 1. Sat. 20th Aug. 23:50 to 02:15. A lawyer in Mississippi agrees to defend a black man charged with killing the two racist thugs who raped his 10-year-old daughter - but he is ill-prepared for the racial tension and violence that erupts during the course of the trial. Courtroom drama, based on a novel by John Grisham and starring Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Samuel L Jackson, Donald Sutherland and Kevin Spacey. Director: Joel Schumacher

CHILDRENS: My World Kitchen. CBeebies (Freeview 202). Mon. 22nd Aug. 12:00 to 12:10. Ria and Rohan's Indian Tandoori Chicken. How to cook tandoori chicken in a traditional clay oven.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Torn. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Mon. 22nd Aug. 13:45 to 14:00. Calico Cotton. Gus Caseley-Hayford tells a human-centred history of fashion, beginning with how calico cotton first grown in India gave rise to the global trade of a fabric that is both contentious and revolutionary. The programme examines how the globalisation of fashion has its roots in colonisation and the industrial revolution it spurred.

DOCUMENTARY: Time Shift. BBC Four. Thurs. 25th Aug. 00:00 to 01:00. Babita Sharma explores the growing and shifting fortunes of corner shops to discover why this unsung hero has been at the centre of ordinary lives for more than 70 years. Featuring contributions by comedian Sanjeev Singh Kholi and actor Nitin Ganatra, Babita uses the shop as a way to explore the social fabric of Britain - from economic change to immigration. Director: Linda Sands.

FILM: Exorcist: The Beginning. Legend (Freeview 41). Thurs. 25th Aug. 21:00 to 23:10. Prequel to the 1973 horror classic. A priest-turned-archaeologist, who lost his faith after witnessing the horrors of World War II, is sent to investigate the finding of a perfectly preserved church buried in Kenya.

DOCUMENTARY: Donovan & the Beatles In India. Sky Arts (Freeview 11). Fri. 26th Aug. 21:00 to 22:00. In 1968 the Beatles visited India, where they discovered meditation and wrote over two dozen songs that were included in the White Album, Abbey Road and later solo albums. In this documentary, folk singer Donovan - who was the ringleader of the trip - retraces the journey he and the Fab Four took to shine a light on a world of peace, love and incredible creativity.


News Summary

Goans in UK celebrate the feast of The Assumption of Mother Mary

16 Aug: Eastern Eye. (UK). On the auspicious day of 15th August 2022, the Goan Chaplaincy along with the Goan diaspora in the UK celebrated the solemnity of The Assumption of Mother Mary at the St Joseph’s RC Church in Wembley London… The feast mass was celebrated by Fr. Feroz Fernandes and Fr. Patrick D’Souza at 6:30 pm… Mr. Floyd Dias Do Rosario (Director of United Goans Affiliation UK Ltd and Local Activist from Wembley) along with Sr.Clayton Antonio Barreto (Officer to Indian High Commissioner) and Mr. Ravi Vaz (Director of UK Goan Association) … The event was a great success around 1000 people participated and was followed by serving of some Goan snacks and tea. This was the first event of this kind organised by Goa Chaplaincy along with Goans in the UK…  click here
Video: 16 Aug: InGoaNews. Goans in UK celebrate the feast of The Assumption of Mother Mary. Also celebrate Independence day… 7m. 49s + Comments.  click here
United Goans Affiliation UK Ltd is an active company incorporated on 2 August 2022 with the registered office located in Hounslow … There are currently 7 active directors according to the latest confirmation statement submitted on 2nd August 2022. For full details, click here.

FIFA shatters Goa's dream of hosting U-17 Women's World Cup matches

16 Aug: Gomantak Times. FIFA bans the All India Football Federation with immediate effect for violation of its statute … The ban comes as a major jolt to Indian football… The Supreme Court of India had disbanded the AIFF in May and appointed a three-member committee to govern the sport, amend the AIFF’s constitution and conduct elections that have been pending for 18 months… Alberto Colaco from Goa was the first Indian to have been banned by the FIFA Ethics Committee in 2014 for “accepting a payment in the context of the elections” … Arjuna awardee and Director of coaching with Sports Authority of Goa, Bruno Coutinho, said. “People managing football in India need to realize that the sport needs to be governed in a transparent manner. AIFF was at fault for the way it was running football. We have to move along with the world that is run transparently. That was not happening in India and that is why the players and the sport have to now suffer because of the FIFA suspension” …  For further details click here
16 Aug: ESPN (Australia). Why did FIFA ban India? What does it imply and how can it be lifted? …  click here
Video: Mirror Now. FIFA Suspends IAFF; Will The Under-17 Women's World Cup Be Held In India? | Beyond The Headline … click here.

Goa’s Tracy De Sa [Portugal, Spain & France] traces fulfilment of good through her music

16 Aug: Gomantak Times. By Augusto Rodrigues. Tracy De Sa left Goa with her mother and elder brother when she was two. She returned to visit her family when she was 11 and her successful tryst with Hip Hop music has made her a regular visitor to her motherland, where she recently held her concert at a famed restaurant in North Goa… Tracy is the daughter of Saozinha Pinto (photo) from Calangute and in her music, the daughter sings the story of her mother and mothers world over … “I do not rule out the possibility of coming down to settle in Goa later on in my life. I may have not lived in Goa, but Goa has never left me…” says Tracy… At 30, Tracy’s voice is heard and followed all over Europe, Asia and parts of South America…  For further details click here
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Bishop unmasked for taping Cardinal Oswald Gracias’ call

15 Aug: Church Militant. By Jules Gomes. The president of the Indian Catholic Forum is accusing Mysore's bishop K. A. William of a "total breach of etiquette, confidentiality and morality" for recording a confidential phone call with Cardinal Oswald Gracias… In the audio, the voice of William is much louder than that of [the] cardinal's, indicating that it was recorded at William's end," Noronha observes, describing how the bishop's "audacious" recording had set the stage for a "Greek tragedy" in the Indian church… Two years ago, the Vatican ordered William to take a DNA test after the bishop was accused of fathering illegitimate children with multiple mistresses, murdering four priests, rape, kidnapping and embezzlement … William has yet to comply with the directive… 1130 words  For further details click here
10 Aug: Matters India. By Sarah Mac Donald. Cardinal Gracias denies reports he intervened in accused bishop’s case  click here
11 June: UCA News. By Saji Thomas. Indian bishop denies 'baseless' murder, fraud claims. click here.

Diageo invests in new Goa innovation hub

16 Aug: Just Drinks (UK). By James Beeson. Diageo’s India arm is to fund the creation of a new INR450m (US$5.7m) “craft and innovation” hub in the state of Goa. The facility, located in the city of Ponda, will contain the infrastructure to produce 20,000 cases of spirits a month, with in-house distillation for malt, gin and rum. It will also house blending and maturation for spirits, an automated bottling and packaging line and a warehouse for incoming and finished products. The hub will employ 250 people locally, and act as an incubator for craft and premium spirits brands in India, Diageo is Johnnie Walker brand owner … “Goa is a hotbed for craft, demand for which is growing rapidly both in India and globally, among consumers who are keen to further discover and enjoy fine spirits” … [The CEO of Diageo is Ivan Menezes]  For further details click here
Video: 16 Aug: Diageo India: Craft & innovation hub to support alco-bev startups, generate local employment in Goa…  click here
Wikipedia. Ivan Menezes: (born July 1959) is an Indian-American business executive. He has been the chief executive officer (CEO) of Diageo, a FTSE 100 British multinational alcoholic beverages company, since 1 July 2013 … Ivan Manuel Menezes was born in Pune and is the son of Manuel Menezes, who was the chairman of the Indian Railway Board. click here.

Document of Dissent: Goan authors Damodar Mauzo, Vivek Menezes contribute to Pen America’s collection of essays on India

16 Aug: Herald. To mark India at 75, international organisation Pen America invited authors from India and the Indian diaspora to write short texts candidly expressing their disillusionment about the state of affairs in India, that will be compiled into a ‘document of dissent’… Among names like Salman Rushdie, Jhumpa Lahiri and dozens of other celebrated authors, noted Konkani writer Damodar Mauzo and Goa-based journalist Vivek Menezes, have also contributed to the collection of essays that has been published on Pen America’s website, under a hard-hitting introduction to the project … Margao-based Mauzo has penned a profound short story called ‘Sprout’, originally written in Konkani… Vivek Menezes on the other hand brings up independence from Goa’s point of view … 700 words  For further details click here
Sprout – short story by Damodar Mauzo.  click here
Article by Vivek Menezes. click here.

F&B News

15 Aug: Traveldine. Living la Vida local. By Joanna Lobo… At Vida, Margao’s new restaurant, they offer a kanji with the works. A small, deep bowl of kanji made with local rice sits in the centre … There is dried shrimp, salty and crisp; crunchy pappad kismur (dry salad with coconut and onion), dried shrimp kismur; tor (raw mango pickle), crisped garlic and mango bits; and a boiled egg…  For further details click here
15 Aug: Money Control. By Mini Ribeiro… To ‘create a better tomorrow’, Wakao Foods, Goa’s first sustainable food brand, offers a, “no-preservative,” plant-based meat alternative, using the superfood - Jackfruit… Focusing on no-waste, Prachet Sancheti, Founder, Brown Koji Boy, a Goa-based entrepreneur, is wowing palates through chefs, with his unusual ferments…  click here
15 Aug: Seattle Met (UK). At Kricket Club, Nostalgic Indian Food Gets Fancy. By Allecia Vermillion... Kricket Club magpie recipes from different regions of India, from Goan mussels to the kathi rolls of Kolkata. But Agarwal’s follow-up restaurant takes cues from the finer dining of India’s elite social clubs… click here.

Tourism News In Brief

15 Aug: News18. You Must Visit These Nightclubs in Goa If You Are A True-Blue Party Animal! Antares, Vagator Beach … Hilltop, Vagator beach, North Goa … Sin Q Night Club, Candolim … Shiva Valley … Club Cabana, Arpora Hills … Silent Noise Club …  For further details click here
15 Aug: Telegraph (UK). How to explore India's alternative treasures – beyond the temples and cities … Venture off the beaten track in the Sunshine State… With 100 miles of coastline and numerous rivers, Goa provides unlimited scope for things to do on the water. Bolder travellers can head to North Goa’s Calangute Beach or Chapora River to try hydroflying… For a gentler experience, kayak through Chapora River’s mangrove channels…  click here
15 Aug: Afar (USA). 10 Beautiful Beach Destinations That Offer a Side of Culture … Goa, India- This stretch of India’s western coast and the resorts of North Goa attract plenty of overseas revellers along with India’s own booming middle class. (South Goa’s beaches tend to be quieter and more secluded) … Along with lazy days on sandy stretches like Palolem beach, there’s plenty of culture to take in, thanks in part to the intermingling of Portuguese and Indian traditions … click here.

News Headlines

16 Aug: New Indian Express. Street dog population declined in a majority of states but increases in 17 states - Goa has also an increased number of street dogs from 16,325 to 27,864.  For further details click here
15 Aug: Daily Mail (UK). Mooooove out the way! Herd of brazen COWS invade a Yorkshire beach Jackie Holden, 47, witnessed the 24 cows stretched out along the beach… The cows were spotted at Gadding Dam, West Yorkshire, on Saturday August 13 … The microbiologist said sunbathers were forced to lie on the edge of the beach … ‘It’s like something you'd expect to see in Goa', she said … Photos.  click here
15 Aug: UCA News. 75 years of Indian independence and the outlook's bleak. click here.


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Independence Day Views

15 Aug: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). India @75, a nation building its future. By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa. India celebrates 75 years of independence today, August 15th, and it was either a long 75 years or a short seven and a half decades, depending on how you look at a nation's history, but when viewed on a global stage, it's pertinent to note that India today plays a much more important role in world politics than one could have imagined in 1947 … India's economic growth has been recognized by the global community and the country was recently invited to join the G7 countries during their summit. This could not have been imagined in 1947, but India has changed… The battle for freedom gave the world the weapon of non-violence that was proposed by Mahatma Gandhi, who became the leader of the struggle for independence. His philosophy of non-violence and non-cooperation worked, with the British being forced out after a civil disobedience movement rather than any armed revolution… However, today its politics and its democracy are being watched closely and India will also have to look inward… 1748 words.  For further details click here
15 Aug: Times of India. India’s Independence gave push to Goa’s Liberation … when India achieved freedom from British rule on August 15, 1947, even the nationalist Goans couldn’t summon enough courage to organise any type of celebration to express their joy… The only positive reaction of India’s independence of Congress gave a clear message to those championing Goa’s cause to go ahead full steam for Goa’s Liberation…  click here
15 Aug: Herald. Is Our India truly Independent? By Aires Rodrigues. Today on August 15, we are observing 75 years of India’s Independence. But truly there is nothing to celebrate or cheer about. There is a lot to ponder and worry about while our nation is ebbing away from democracy. We are far from being truly free, and we may never be, unless we are unchained from this current failing and faltering political system that is corroded… click here.

Cyber crooks target NRIs with Whatsapp bait

12 Aug: Telangana Today. By C. Romeo. Cyber fraudsters are now hacking WhatsApp mobile numbers of Non- Resident Indians (NRIs) and sending requests for money to people on their contact lists in the guise of medical emergencies and other needs… Though local complaints too were coming in, the fraudsters appeared to be targeting mobile numbers of those in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the United States and then communicating with their friends and family in India… According to the police, these cyber fraudsters send messages from a new number, which has the profile picture of the victim’s friend or relative… Thinking the message to be genuine, people end up transferring huge money into bank accounts sent by the crooks… Before responding to messages or calls from unknown persons, verify who they are,” officials said.  For further details click here
Video: 13 Aug. Hyderabad Routines. Cyber Crooks Target NRI with Watsapp Bait...Be Careful !!!! 0.58s  click here
31 May: INC42. By Chetan Thathoo. India Home To Fourth-Highest Number Of Cybercrime Victims In The World: FBI click here.

We The People: Singing Truth To Power

15 Aug: Outlook India. By Ornella D’souza. When 10 out of 15 Congress MLAs joined the BJP after the 2022 Goa Assembly elections, one of the strongest voices condemning the move was of singer and self-styled ‘Political Queen’, Olga Vaz. The 40-year-old is Goa’s only woman political singer, known for mincing no words in her songs on corruption … In retaliation, she released a video, titled BJP-che Flight Chuklem (BJP missed the flight) on her eponymous YouTube channel… Vaz is among Goa’s few political tiatrists, such as M. Boyer, Willimix Mazarello, Tomazinho Cardozo and Francis de Tuem. She has performed the world over and is booked for seven shows in the UK and France next year… “I don’t hide behind hints, but name the person I am criticising. This way, even my aged or illiterate fans can vote for the right candidate,” she said…  For further details click here
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Sports News

15 Aug: News 18. Arjun Tendulkar Starts Training in Goa Amid Reports of Change in Domestic Team ... Arjun’s training video in Goa has indicated that he’s getting ready to represent Goa in the upcoming season however an official confirmation is yet to come… He has recently been a part of Mumbai Indians’ developmental squad that played a lot of T20 games in England… A senior Goa Cricket Association (GCA) did acknowledge that Tendulkar junior is expected to be considered among the state’s pre-season probable…  For further details click here
14 Aug: NewsRoom Odisha. In what will be a repeat of last edition’s final, defending champions FC Goa clash with local giants Mohammedan Sporting Club in the opening Group A game of the 131st edition of the Indian Oil Durand Cup…  click here
14 Aug: Gomantak Times. Ironman Bolton UK: Overcoming physical and mental barriers … I visited Queens Park on New Chorley Street in Bolton which happens to be a part of the run course. The weather was wonderful and I prayed it remained the same on race day… Shanbag, a hotelier from Belgaum, always keeps his date with Goa for his sea swim practice. He completed the first Goa Ironman 70.3 in Nov 2019 and is all set to make it again on Nov 13, 2022 for the second edition. He has also completed Ironman 70.3 Thailand in Nov 2018 and Colombo in Feb 2019) … click here.

Tourism News

Video: 15 Aug. Herald. All-night parties till 9 am return to haunt local residents. While people enjoyed and relaxed on the long weekend, Noise pollution on account of loud nerve-racking music played unabated during the weekend continues to cause great trauma, harassment and disturbance to the residents of Anjuna and nearby coastal areas…3m., 35s.  For further details click here
14 Aug: ZeeNews. Indian Railways to add more vistadome coaches on Mumbai-Goa route. The Central Railway (CR) plans to expand the popularity of the wider view vistadome train coaches in the picturesque Mumbai-Goa Konkan belt… CR is planning to attach one more vistadome coach to the CST (CSMT)-Madgaon Tejas Express, one of the premium trains on the Mumbai-Goa route, before this year's end…  click here
14 Aug: The Goan. Expos on partition, freedom struggle at Panaji. The Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd (KTCL) played host to three exhibitions at the Panaji bus stand, on Sunday, as part of the celebration of Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsav… The first exhibition was that of the Partition Horrors Remembrance Day which was organised in association with Department of Archives and Archaeology. The second one was on India's and Goa's freedom struggle which was organised in association with Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and the third one was organised by Central Bureau of Communication-Goa, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India and KTCL. click here.

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Freida Pinto on surviving Slumdog Millionaire and championing diversity on screen

13 Aug: Marie Claire (UK). By Emily Cronin. If Freida Pinto’s life were a rom-com, she’d be the beautiful but relatable heroine relaxing into her happily ever after. But she’s just getting to the fun part… Pinto’s latest project is Mr. Malcolm’s List is a Regency-era romance… While there were actresses of Indian descent working in Hollywood and internationally, Pinto says, “There were so few parts for us that we were made to feel we were competing with each other…” Now, she hopes that Mr. Malcolm’s List will add to the momentum behind fully diverse projects … “[I want to tell] stories about courageous, intrepid women all over the world…. my hope is that the projects I produce, and even act in, contribute in some way, shape or form to changing mindsets” … 1644 words  For further details click here
28 Jun: JoBlo Movie Clips. Mr. Malcolm's List Clip - "What Are You Wearing" (2022). 3m.58s.  click here
Wikipedia: Pinto was born on 18 October 1984 in Mumbai to Mangalorean Catholic parents from Mangalore… Pinto was engaged to Rohan Antao [of Goa] before dating her Slumdog Millionaire co-star Dev Patel … click here.

Goan Tribune: A forgotten voice from Bombay

14 Aug. Navhind Times. By Sushila Sawant Mendes… The need, by a migrated Goan community that settled in Mumbai, to bring the questions of Goa under foreign rule on the table for discussion and debate gave birth to the ‘Goan Tribune’… It makes this news magazine an authentic source of historical information about the freedom struggle in Goa… ‘Goan Tribune’ played an institutional role of opposition to the Portuguese government in Goa… ‘Goan Tribune’, a fortnightly newspaper, identified itself as “the voice and expression of Goan people”. Aloysius Soares, the founding Editor, worked since the first issue was published on July 15, 1956, till June 29, 1958. Thereafter, his work was taken forward by another Goan L. J. de Souza, from July 13, 1958, till December 13, 1959… The next Editor Lambert Mascarenhas came in from January 10, 1960, and worked till December 1961… 1408 words  For further details click here
19 Dec.2021: Herald. By Sushila Sawant Mendes. From Independence to Liberation: A historical narrative Two mass rallies were addressed by Nehru in Bombay on October 2, 1955 and June 4, 1956 only on the Goa issue. The Goan Tribune, newspaper printed the entire speech verbatim…  click here

Janumani’ walks away to freedom

14 Aug: Herald. By Norma Alvares and Alok Hisarwala Gupta… An elephant named Janumani tasted its freedom on August 11 from captivity for nearly 20 years, a day prior to World Elephant Day … The Goa forest-department officer, who released the elephant was acting on the basis of a High Court order passed earlier which required him to ensure the animal reached its destination – the Karnataka State Forest Department’s Elephant Care Facility (ECF) … Janumani, a wild elephant, was captured from the Assam Forest ended up first at the infamous Sonepur animal fair in Bihar. From here, she was transported to Goa in 2005, all of 21 years… Janumani survived 17 years in Goa, mostly tied to a tree under a tarpaulin sheet for a roof, just outside the spice farm, as entertainment for visitors … 1732 words  For further details click here
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Restarting mining in Goa: A myth or reality?

14 Aug: Herald. Sujay Gupta in Herald TV weekly debate… Haresh Melwani, Member Managing Committee Federation of Indian Mineral Industries (FIMI) said, “Question is now iron ore mining is blocked. But it can be legally mined. I think it is about time we look at the options available to us …” Priyesh Kamat, shipyard and barge owner said there is a scheme in place. But the efficacy of this scheme is more important… Claude Alvares, Director, Goa Foundation said that the government says something in the parliament and does something else… “For restarting the mining, the whole exercise needs a proper road map. Now last time in 2014 the Supreme Court said the government should have a policy in place before giving fresh mining leases… As of today, there is no policy,” Alvares said… 1478 words  For further details click here
Video: 12 Aug: Herald TV. Goa Mining Restart: Myth or Reality? 1hr.6m.48s.  click here
30 Jul. 2019: India Today. The Goa mining debate: How and why mining has come to a standstill in Goa click here.

News In Brief

14 Aug: Herald. Bungling the jungle. By Vivek Menezes. As if the last surviving remnants of Goa’s green cover were not already under extreme duress, the State Forest Minister Vishwajit Rane set alarm bells ringing when he tweeted on August 11: “In a fruitful meeting with Shri Chandra Prakash Goyal, DG Forests & Special Secretary to the @moefc, he assured to assist us in transforming the Forests of Goa. With several proposals in the pipeline, we will lead the way in making Goa a wildlife destination.” The forest minister intends on intervening in India’s smallest state’s final intact stretches of the Western Ghats, which are part of one of just 12 remaining “biodiversity hotspots” in the world (there are only two in India) …  For further details click here
14 Aug: Herald. RTI shocker: Over 50% of SP posts in Goa Police vacant. In a startling revelation, the office of Director General of Police (DGP) in a response to a Right to Information (RTI) application by a lawyer has informed that of the 17 sanctioned posts of Superintendents of Police (SP), as many as nine are currently vacant… The office of Director General of Police (DGP) has furnished the information to Adv Aires Rodrigues under the Right to Information (RTI) Act… As per the information furnished to him of the current eight SPs, seven of them hold multiple charges…  click here
14 Aug. Times of India. On August 15, a 175-year family tradition comes alive in 18th century mansion. By Marcus Mergulhao. For over 175 years, between August 1 and 15, the Colacos at Ribandar have kept the family tradition of having public prayers to Our Lady of Rosary inside the private chapel at Solar dos Colacos … There are no written records of when the feast started. But going by oral legends and documents perused by the family members over a period, the statute of Our Lady of Rosary, may have been brought home between 1832 and 1844… The prayers – rosary and ladainha or litany – start every year on August 1 and the feast is celebrated on August 15, a fortnight when the doors of Solar dos Colacos are opened to the villagers… click here.

F&B News

14 Aug: Liverpool Echo. Alvino Cardozo is from Kalash Divine Indian in Southport… Since 2019 Kalash, an intimate two-roomed restaurant, has been serving the people of Southport food from the Indian subcontinent unfamiliar with the majority of the British public… "Food is a spiritual experience," says owner and proprietor Ranjeet Singh who runs the restaurant with friend and business partner Alvino Cardozo (photo)…  For further details click here
14 Aug: Slurrp. Independence Day: How Women-Led Pop Ups Are Shaping New India’s Palate? Foodies are also becoming increasingly enthusiastic about food ‘pop-ups', a lot of them which are being hosted by women…  click here
From Goan to Malvani: 3 Indian-Style Crab Curry Recipe 13 Aug: Slurrp. By Nikita Toppo. Eating crab is an art, the skill of digging, scooping, and breaking crabmeat comes with an experience and it is loaded with various nutrients and vitamins which help in muscle building… Browse through four Indian-style crab curry recipes in this article including Goan crab curry … Malvani crab curry … Kerala crab curry … click here.

News Headlines

14 Aug: Herald. Let us recover the loot that has happened after the Portuguese left, first Click here.
14 Aug: Indian Express. Four literary figures felicitated in Goa; among them, a wheelchair-bound writer who has MS. Click here.
14 Aug: Herald. Want to retire from politics, but people urge me to make a comeback: Churchill. Click here.
13 Aug: Morning Star (UK). India's republic descends into authoritarianism at 75. Click here.
14 Aug. The Hindu. Explained | Have coastal ecosystem norms been violated? Click here.
14 Aug: Deccan Herald. Has IFFI helped Goa's Konkani film culture? Click here.
14 Aug: Herald. 75 years of independence - plight of women in India. Click here.


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Swindon: Charity condemns pervert who blackmailed 'sex slave' teen

12 Aug: Yahoo Sport (UK). By Ryan Evans. A Charity has condemned a Swindon man after he blackmailed a teenager into performing lewd sex acts… The NSPCC said that the case of Trevor Fernandes, who used social media to force an American teen to sexually abuse herself and her baby sister, was “very distressing” … The National Crime Agency, who led the investigation, paid tribute to the victim for showing “immense courage” by coming forward… He was jailed for 14 years at Swindon Crown Court on Thursday (August 11), and will be monitored closely for the next 19 years…  For further details click here
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The Karachi connection: 75 Years of being Goan in Pakistan

13 Aug: Herald. By Vivek Menezes… Goa’s connections to Pakistan track back 180 years … In her useful 2019 paper, Profiling Karachi Goanness (1840s – 1970s): Monuments to Goan Emigration and Identity, the historian Dr Celsa Pinto, describes how ambitious Goans piloted dhows up the Arabian Sea coastline… As the community historian Menin Rodrigues puts it in his recent Footprints on the Sands of Time: Goans of Pakistan 1820-2020 … The lore of the Karachi Goans is almost beyond belief, considering the tiny numbers involved … Dr Celsa Pinto grew up near St Patrick’s, before leaving in 1964 at the age of 13… She points to a shop in Karachi called ‘Amchem Goa’ that posts often on social media about its thriving business selling bebinca, sorpotel and other delicacies originally from the Konkan… 1138 words  For further details click here
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‘Don’t book your UK air tickets till you get your visa’

13 Aug. Herald. Alex Ellis, the British High Commissioner to India, has addressed the issue of delay in visa approvals. The UK envoy has shared a video message on Twitter in this regard… Citing the reasons behind the delay, the British High Commissioner to India said there has been an ‘unprecedented surge in demand for UK visas post-covid” and “because of global events, particularly the Russian invasion of Ukraine.” … what are we doing about it? We are putting more resources into this. We are training more people and we are keeping open the priority visa service… And my advice is don’t commit to your air tickets until you have got your visa to be on the safe side… We want to see an unprecedented number of Indian students coming to the UK this year …”  For further details click here
15 Jul: Times of India. By Ishani Duttagupta. Delays in getting UK visas hit Indian visitors and students click here.

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11 Aug: Conde Nast Traveller. The best alcohol to bring back from Goa. … Satiwa Gin (photo) … Trading Tides and Spice Trade … Pistola … Doja … Vinho Fontainhas … Earth Rum … Tamras … Greater than No Sleep Gin … Samsara … Gin Gin & Clearly Good Gin … Desmondji’s Mahua and Agave … Aani Ek Feni Infusions … Cazulo Feni … Nilgris Indian Dry Gin … Segredo Aldeia Rum … Matinee Gin … Makazai Rum … Jin Jiji Gin …  click here
12 Aug: Conde Nast Traveller. Sat: Where to eat in Goa over the long weekend …Breakfast at Rare Republic, Siolim … Lunch at Tamil Table, Assagao … Dinner and drinks at Jardin d'ulysse, Morjim … Sun: … Breakfast at Padaria Prazeres, Panaji …Brunch/Lunch at Verandah, Mandrem … Coffee stop at Grind Bar, Anjuna … Drinks and dinner at Hideaway, Vagator … Mon: …Lunch at Bhatti Village, Nerul … Drinks at António at 31, Panaji … Dinner at Vedro, Panaji … Tue: … Breakfast at Mrs Morgans, Anjuna … Lunch at Larder & Folk, Panaji … Dinner at Makutsu, Panaji … South Goa: Cota Cozinho, Betalbatim … Star Light Riverside Family Restaurant & Bar, Assolna…  click here
12 Aug: Slurrp. The History of Eating Frog Legs In India And Why It Had To Be Banned. Found in wetlands of South and Southeast Asia, Indian Bullfrogs are the largest frog species in the country… In Goa, the hind legs of the Indian Bullfrog are called 'jumping chicken' and it is often sourced from surrounding states … Click here.
13 Aug: Wirally. 7 Must-Eat Delicious Food Items In Goa & Where To Eat Them. By Sumanth… Ros-Omelette … Fish Thali … Fish Recheado … Vindaloo … Prawns Balchao … Bebinca … Chicken Cafreal … Click here.
12 Aug. Chicago Food (USA). Bar Goa Celebrates One Year Anniversary with Expanded Menu. Bar Goa, River North's Indian gastropub and cocktail bar, is offering new menu items. Guests can taste Indian and Goan dishes on the refreshed menu with options ranging from Pork Vindaloo and Butter Chicken Croquettes … Click here.

Tourism News

12 Aug: The Times (UK). 15 of the best new tours to India. By Sally Howard… A burgeoning Indian middle class and two years of closed borders have led to a boom in domestic tourism, with leading destinations such beachy Goa which is seeing brisk bookings…In Goa, at the rice paddy-fringed Alila Diwa boutique resort (photo), you’ll have a full five days to enjoy golden sands and coconut liqueur cocktails before flying back direct to the UK…  For further details click here
12 Aug: The Telegraph (UK) Get a fresh take on India …Goa provides unlimited scope for things to do on the water. Bolder travellers can head to North Goa's Calangute Beach or Chapora River to try hydroflying… For a gentler experience, kayak through Chapora River's mangrove channels, past the many birds that thrive there, including egrets, cormorants and herons.  click here
13 Aug: Conde Nast Traveller. How to avoid everyone in Goa during the long weekend. By Arundhati Ail… Explore prehistoric art in Pansaimol, South Goa … Kayak down the Chapora river … Cycle through Divar island … Enjoy a monsoon trek in Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary … Jump off a cliff into a natural pool … Have a private meal at Bate Papo, Saligao … Go fishing with the locals in Assolna, South Goa … Gig out at a concert in a heritage home … Click here.
12 Aug: Fortune India. Mopa, the new airport redefining Goa. By Anjuli Bhargava. Two decades after it was first conceived, Goa's new and much contested Mopa international airport is all set to change the axis of this tiny state, when the first flight takes off in December 2022… Click here.
13 Aug: Hindustan Times. Hacking the homestay. Fernandeswadi is a beautiful homestay - A Charles Correa house with a red-tiled roof … The Goa homestay is a place where the hosts have taken a 110-hundredyear-old Portuguese villa in Calangute and filled it with the most charming art and design details. But what really takes your breath away is the food… Click here.

News Headlines

13 Aug: Herald. Football: Souza Boys (photo) emerge champs in Swindon. Click here.
13 Aug: Knock Sense. FC Goa prepares to defend their title; launches 2022 Durand Cup campaign. Click here.
13 Aug: Herald. Covid-19 Surge: Centre advises against large gatherings at Independence Day celebrations. Click here.
13 Aug: CanIndia. Afrojack, Dimitri Vegas Like Mike are first headliners at Sunburn Goa 2022. Click here.
12 Aug: UCA News. India's dream of Hindu nation leaves minorities sleepless. Click here.
13 Aug: Outlook India. We The People: Goa's Pad Woman Who Made A Splash Before Akshay Kumar's Pad Man. Click here.

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

Stallions Air

ATOL 9179

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

Time Travel

Specialising in Flights to GOA and other parts of India. ATOL & IATA Bonded.
Call us 0203 475 3560 or 0208 429 8333

Tito’s – Where Else?!

Tito’s, Baga, Goa – Founded in 1971 by the late Tito & Lucille De Souza (ex-Mombasa & Nairobi)Nightclubs, restaurants, supermarkets, apartments, signature villas and more

Villa Calangute

For Private, Spacious, Self-Catered & Luxury villas in Goa just 2-10 minute's
walk to Calangute Beach.

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A&G Event Experts

Let A&G (Antonio Fernandes ex Uganda; & Gabriel Fernandes ex UAE), Hospitality Professionals, take away the stress of organising Authentic Goan Weddings and Parties within your budget, at your home or in selected venues in London and abroad. For our website with photo gallery, testimonials and contact details, go to

Goa Holiday Homes

Do you want comprehensive information on Goa, properties for sale, rent, hotels, flights, Goan music, videos, recipes , beaches and a lot more? Visit


Acron, Goa's leading edge developers since 1988 presents eco-friendly apartments and villas

Department of NRI Affairs, Govt. of Goa

You need to register to access the site. Some of the links: Press Releases; Indian Embassies; Handbook for Non Resident Goans; Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children, Eminent Goans, Konkani Dictionary etc.… Go to

Divine Retreat Centre - Ramsgate, Kent, UK

The famed Potta Centre now has a UK base. Phone: 01843586904 Email: Visit, with Programme of Events, Retreats, healing services, photos, videos and more.

Goan for Hotel bookings

Choose your Hotel on our website
Competitive rates and allocations for Hotels even during Festive Seasons..!! Book
Early…. You won't be disappointed!! Contact Glenn Rodrigues, Call 07584081756
or email

HoneyBbuzz Music

Music for your occasion. Duo Trio Band Disco. Anniversaries Birthdays Weddings.
English Latin American Konkani Swahili. Contact: James mobile: 07546 999 677 Remos
mobile: 07448 160 917. Email:

International Flights & Holiday Specialist.

Charter Flights to Goa. UK. Contact Savio/Astrid Viegas on 02083619198 / 07732994274 / +919545599178 (whatsapp)

London: Olde Goa Restaurant & Food Products

For the Restaurant, visit For food products - Goan Fish Curry, Vindaloo Paste, Rechado Masala, Pickles, Prawn Mole, Goan Vinegar etc. visit Contact Savio Azaredo, 07956206056

Mango Travel by Bobby DeSouza

Goa: Specialist in flights, packages, Cruises & Worldwide destinations. Allow us to make your Flights & Holidays a magical experience. Retail Agents For Atol Holders. Email Tel. 020 3289 5909 Mob 07956816799

Mervs Mobile Bar

We are a Mobile Bar Service to cater for your special events and functions. Visit
us at
Personal Licence Holder. Contact: Mervin Pereira. Mobile: 07940 705714

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