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Death: Armando Campos, Ex Nairobi

7 Jan. 2019: London, UK. ARMANDO JANIN MARIO MAXMILLIAN CAMPOS. Born 2 October 1925, ex-Nairobi, Kenya. Beloved son of (late) Julio and Elvina Campos and husband of (late) Dolly Pinto, father to Charlotte/Patrick and Lola. Grandfather to Beatrice, Marcus, Eleanor and Luke. Brother to Sarita and to (late) Flora/ Julius/Lucas. Requiem Mass on 8 February 2019 at 11.00am, St Edmund's Church, Beckenham BR3 3NP and thereafter to Beckenham Crematorium, BR3 4TD. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to WaterAid, a cause close to Armando. Condolences to

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Goa's footprint... in Poona

20 Jan. Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. … Pune Cantonment, a.k.a. the Camp, is a military cantonment set up in 1817 for British Indian Army troops… This was where Goan migration was once centred. The Pune Goan Institute website says: "In 1904 a handful of Goans conceived the idea of having an institution where they could meet … Roland Francis, an ex-Bomoicar now in Canada, has given some useful insights into Goan migration to Poona, in the … Poona has been an educational centre for Goa, and still has prominent schools and higher educational institutions. It has given rise to some high-achievers among the Goan community worldwide … 1095 words.  For further details click here
31 Mar. 2013. Goan Voice. The Goans of Poona - Stray Thoughts of a Toronto Goan By Roland Francis…  click here

Montego Bay Beach Village, the beach resort in Morjim-Goa, is the best place to unwind!

21 Jan: Knocksense. When the winter chill tries to freeze your bones and the sun doesn’t seem to shine ever, head to Montego Bay Beach Village Resort in Morjim, Goa and enjoy a summery winter. If you are planning a trip to the sunny Goa, make sure to stay at the sprawling Montego Bay Beach Resort because, it is the kind of place that makes you forget about everything and fills your soul with calm… This resort is located right by the ocean, and when you step outside on the property, the entire Morjim beach feels like a courtyard… 2m. 15s.  click here

Supreme Court stops construction work of airport project at Mopa

20 Jan: Times of India. In a setback to the Mopa international airport project, the Supreme Court on Friday ordered the Goa government and GMR (Goa International Airport Limited) (GGIAL) to maintain a status quo on the construction of the airport. The apex court issued the interim order while hearing arguments on admission of two appeals filed by Hanumant Aroskar and Federation of Rainbow Warriors challenging the order of National Green Tribunal (NGT), Pune… the court directed that status quo be maintained on the project until further orders. In response to the contention of the GMR that it is a national project and that work is underway at a fast pace, the court said they can file a detailed reply on the project status…  For further details click here

Editorial: Have we killed the tourist golden goose too soon?

21 Jan: Herald. The moment one alights out of a flight or a train in Goa, a tourist meets the first ambassador of the state – the taxi driver. The excitement of reaching Goa with family members, doused the moment the demand comes from a taxi driver on the tariff which could be greater than the amount spent on tickets while travelling in to Goa… Indian tourists are now looking at visiting foreign countries where they find their holiday as value destinations and much cheaper than Goa… Since there are no Ola or Uber services in Goa, the Tourism Department did come out with a solution by launch of Goa Miles app in August last year which never had any rates/tariff mentioned after booking of Goa Miles taxi… 604 words  For further details click here
21 Jan: Goa 365 tv. Video: Illegal tourism operating in Goa: Small hoteliers … Watch the news to know the modus operandi of illegal tourism… 3m. 33s.  click here
21 Jan: Herald. Restore the beautiful beaches of Goa. By Michael Dobson. I have been a regular visitor to Goa for the last 15 years. However the state of the beaches on the CCB (Candolim-Calangute-Baga) belt and Baga Creek is now the worst I have ever seen… click here.

Memories of the return of the ship India to Portugal after the invasion of Goa

20 Jan: Jornal de Leiria (Portugal). More than 58 years after the invasion of Goa, we recall, by the voice of Armando dos Santos, a former official of the merchant navy resident in Leiria, the return of India to Portugal, with hundreds of civilians. It has been over 58 years, but the memories of those days come to mind, "as if it had been yesterday". So present, that at certain moments he has to interrupt the story, seized by emotion. In 1961 he was a young engineer of the Merchant Navy. He was on another trip in India, which, in the first days of December, docked at the port of Mormugao in Goa… In the afternoon of that day, he was invited by a friendly couple to a beach trip and saw at the entrance to the port of Mormugao an Indian navy made up of several warships… Machine translation  For further details click here
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Culinary tourism: Must-try dishes different countries

21 Jan: London Free Press (Toronto). Eating is a significant part of any travel experience and whether it’s tucking into burger and fries in New York or spicy jerk chicken in Montego Bay, there’s nothing better than savouring a meal synonymous with its country or place of origin, plus it’s a great way to meet the locals. Here is our must-try dishes of the world… 6. THALI – Panaji, India: From simple hole-in-the-wall eateries to plush air-conditioned restaurants, Goa’s capital, Panaji is packed with a great range of places to eat, and situated within its narrow streets is the Anandashram (31st January Road) which has been serving its Goan fish thali for over a century. The thali is the ubiquitous Indian lunch which just happens to be one of the whole sub-continent’s best food deals. For a handful of rupee, you get a stainless steel platter with small, fitted bowls usually containing a piece of fried fish, dry and wet vegetable dishes, roti, rice, pickle, and dahl (lentil curry). Thalis provide a great opportunity to taste many Indian dishes at one sitting.  For further details click here

The Twelve Knights of England, in São Tomé vaddó!

20 Jan: Navhind Times. By Luis Dias. It's funny how there can be fascinating stories right there, under your very nose. I remember as a little boy being led by the hand by my father through the vaddó, and on one of those walks he told me the story behind the name of one of its streets: Travessa do Magriço… Thanks to the labour of love by Panaji's resident historian Vasco Pinho, and his painstaking documentation of the city's history in four volumes 'Snapshots of Indo-Portuguese history' and his most recent 'Meu Pangim Inesquecível' (My Unforgettable Panjim), I have been able to learn more, which inevitably tempts me to probe even further…  For further details click here

India Just Staged The Biggest Strike In History As 200 Million Workers Took To The Streets

19 Jan: Prepare For Change. In what may be the largest worker strike in history, last week India came to a halt for two days when at least 200 million workers – about 16% of India’s 1.25 billion population – in the country’s public, services, communications and agriculture sectors staged a strike across the country organized by ten labor unions against what they called the anti-national and anti-worker policies of the BJP-led government, and against a new labor law that would undermine the rights of workers and unions. The strike is a protest against new legislation that passed on 2 January, and is a de facto verdict on Prime Minister Narendra Modi providing an opportunity for millions of workers to protest against high prices and high levels of unemployment … 1135 words.  For further details click here


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150th Birth Anniversary of Venerable Agnelo D'Souza

20 Jan: Herald. The 150th birth anniversary of the much loved Venerable Agnelo D'Souza, fondly revered as Padre Agnel, will be celebrated on Monday, January 21, 2019. Café looks back at the life he lived … Venerable Fr Agnelo D’Souza (1869-1927), a priest son of Goa Archdiocese, a candidate for Sainthood, whose process is going on in Rome, was born in Anjuna on January 21, 1869. Hence, Monday, January 21, 2019, will mark the one and a half centenary of his birth. Young Agnelo grew up with Christian virtues inculcated by his parents and siblings, humble in his demeanour, weak in health and yet endowed with high intelligence. His life is a model and his dedicated service has been an inspiration to all. Fr Agnelo lived a life of detachment. Throughout his life, in word and deed, he strived to bear witness to Christian values. Burning in the love of Jesus from a young age, he imbibed this same love and mercy of God in himself and enkindled it in everyone he came across…  For further details click here

Crisis in the Church

20 Jan: Navhind Times. By Patricia Pereira-Sethi. The Catholic Church is currently facing a watershed moment, its most serious since the Reformation - when Martin Luther prompted the schism which split Christians into Catholics and Protestants. The disturbing revelations of clerical sexual abuse have left the Faithful and the world at large reeling, in a state of shock… in early January this year, the Associated Press published a blistering report on the rape of nuns in India and the enveloping silence of church elders… The monumental tragedy has cleaved the Church into those who would prefer to sweep such transgressions under the rug, and those who would rather divulge them completely so that they can be expunged viscerally from the Church's womb… 1006 words. [Patricia Pereira Sethi is the former Newsweek United Nations Bureau Chief].  For further details click here
18 Jan: Crux. By Nirmala Carvalho. Leading jurist in India says Vatican abuse summit must address ‘moral perspective’ Justice Kurian Joseph, retired judge of the Supreme Court of India spoke to Crux in Mumbai on Jan. 17 …  click here
17 Jan: Business Insider. The Catholic Church’s credibility is at stake in India … click here.

Goa where the watchword is relaxation

20 Jan: La Stampa (Italy). In Margao, the main town of South Goa, the watchword is susegad, a local expression that derives from the Portuguese sossegado, relaxed. Far from the clamour of the legendary rave party of Vagator and from the now old stereotype of the hippy paradise typical of Anjuna, the stretch of coast that descends to the border with the Karnataka guarantees a low profile winter. More nature and less lively, the towns of Agonda and Palolem are the ideal starting point for discovering the wild side of the smallest Indian state. If the wide sandbanks of Colva, Benaulim, Varca, Cavelossim and Mobor host, among the many options, also luxurious resorts and elegant little restaurants of fresh fish, the simple straw huts of the more distant Cola Beach and Khancola wink to who is in look for an almost solitary alternative… 797 words.  click here
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Tastes like Home: A Goan on the lookout for the Portuguese footprints in Macau

20 Jan: Indian Express. By Fabiola Monteiro. Like Goa Macau used to be a Portuguese colony. It was only in 1999 that Macau became autonomous. And, much like Hong Kong, the area is now a special administrative region in China… It is, however, Macau’s Portuguese heritage that was a bigger draw for me, as a Goan, to hop over — to explore the similarities in the architecture and food. The egg tarts, to start with, are a slight variant of the Portuguese ones… I spend the afternoon walking around Macau’s Unesco-listed Historic Centre … I’ve grown up eating a Goan minced meat preparation — which also comes with little pieces of potato — that is not very different from Macau’s minchi … Here I was in Macau, a speck on China’s coast, miles away from home, tucking into flavours I felt so comfortable with…  For further details click here

Football: Macwil gifted training scholarship in UK

20 Jan: Herald. Macwil Fernandes from Curtorim, a young footballer from Goa has been chosen for a unique football scholarship which is part of an initiative aimed at forging closing links between India and the UK. The 19 years old was named player-of-the-tournament at the annual Martin Cup football tournament which has been played for 30 years at the Betalbatim sports ground. Fernandes will travel to England and participate in a week long training involving Premier League clubs in September 2019… Goan Indian origin British MP Keith Vaz from Leicester is the patron of the initiative … Further details of the training programme will be announced in April.  For further details click here

Artist FN Souza’s early works reveal his intimate connection with Goa and its people

20 Jan: Scroll. The sky is bathed in hues of yellow and brown. Widespread paddy fields are fringed by coconut trees. The hills of the Western Ghats are visible in the distance. The entire atmosphere is one of serenity. Titled Rice paddy in Goa, this painting by the acclaimed artist Francis Newton Souza harks back to the Goa of the 1940s, a time when the state’s landscape was yet to be ravaged by deforestation. The painting is one among the 60 that are currently on display at Sunaparanta, Goa Centre for the Arts in Panaji. Titled Souza in the ’40s, the exhibition, in collaboration with London’s Grosvenor Gallery and Saffronart, focuses on the early works of the Goa-born artist. Also featured is an illustrated catalogue with information about the little-known but significant period of Souza’s early artistic career… 7 illus. + 1340 words  For further details click here

Judicial custody of British woman rape accused extended

20 Jan: Herald. Canacona police investigating the British national rape case produced the accused Ramchandran Y before Judicial Magistrate First Class, who extended his judicial custody (JC) by another 14 days, on Thursday. Ramchandran Y, a native of Tamil Nadu, who is the only accused in the rape of a British national in Canacona on December 20, has been in judicial custody since January 2. Ramchandran was arrested on the same day of the alleged rape from a hotel in Margao. Subsequently, Director General of Police Dr Muktesh Chander, on Monday this week had felicitated the Pernem and Canacona police teams with certificates and cash prizes for achieving a breakthrough in the rape of the British tourist within hours of its occurrence…  For further details click here

Kate Hudson's hot & smoky vindaloo

20 Jan: Jamie Oliver. “I rustled up this proper vindaloo for Kate, who’s always loved her mum’s home-cooked version. With soft pork belly, sweet caramelized onions and a gorgeous gravy, this Goan curry is spicy, sour and a little bit sweet – it’s all about rich and subtle flavours, not blow-your-head-off heat! Trust me, you’ll love it.” … 621 words. .  For further details click here
Video: Channel 4. Hollywood star Kate Hudson cooks up an authentic Goan vindaloo, that reminds her of mum, Goldie Hawn  click here



Death: Addy Pinto. Ex Nairobi

17 Jan. Toronto. ADDY PINTO. Born March 30, 1925. Ex Nairobi. Died peacefully at Providence Health Care Centre surrounded by family. Beloved wife of the late Timothy Pinto. Loving mother to the late Edgar (late Susan), Wallace (Connie), Charles (Melanie), Tyronne (Arleen). Cherished grandmother of Timmy, Neil, Adrian, and Ralston, and great-grandmother of Maximus. Survived by her brother Peter. In lieu of flowers, donations to CNIB. Visitation at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Avenue Markham, Ontario L3R 5G1 on January 22 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Funeral mass at St. Aidan's Church, 3501 Finch Ave E Scarborough, Ontario M1W 2S2 on January 23 at 10 a.m followed by burial at Christ the King Cemetery and reception thereafter at St. Aidan's parish hall. Condolences and more details at click here.

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Dubai: Church: For expats with legal issues, amnesty opened many doors

19 Jan: Gulf News. Banks, hospitals and institutions had earlier closed their doors on the possibility of letting these illegally staying debtors and foreigners go. But help came unexpectedly and opened doors, several in fact, Fr. Lennie Connully, parish priest of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, shared with Gulf News more than two weeks after the five-month amnesty in the UAE ended. More than 100,000 illegal foreigners in Dubai were granted amnesty so they could legalise their stay or go back to their home countries without fines or a ban between August 1 and December 31. But for those illegally staying with complicated situations due to police or other cases, the chances of availing the amnesty before the deadline were slim… It is these ‘complicated or special cases’ that St Mary’s Church through the Samaritan Ministry focused on so they too could avail of the amnesty.  For further details click here

From Mumbai to Goa to Kerala, this book of quirky illustrations captures life on India’s western coast

18 Jan: Conde Nast Traveller, CoastLine is described as ‘An amuseum of Mumbai musings (with a quick trip down the coast for good measure)’. Through short stories by Chicku Jayadeva and Paul Fernandes’ slice-of-life art leavened with humour, the book traces a path from Mumbai’s buzzing streets to Goa’s villages, to Mangalorean weddings to Kerala’s backwaters and beaches. The stories in the book are all borrowed from Paul’s journey. He lived in an apartment in Colaba, Mumbai, and worked a job in advertising in town. Along the way, he picked up the rhythms of the city… “Goa is not just colourful and sunny, and utterly beautiful for a holiday. There is so much more to the place, steeped in culture and religion,” says Paul Fernandes ... 669 words + 9 illustrations  For further details click here
To buy CoastLine from Amazon India,  click here

Sunburn Festival to return to Goa in February at Anjuna beach

18 Jan: Indian Express. Goa's most popular music festival Sunburn is set to return after a three-year hiatus. The electronic dance music festival will return in a different avatar in February, unlike usually held in December. The festival, owned by Percept Live has found a new partner with Goa-based collaboration. has announced a collaboration with Goa-based Klassique to co-promote all Sunburn events in the state. Under this alliance, the first two-day event -- Sunburn Klassique -- will be held at Vagator beach from February 23, read a statement…  For further details click here
18 Jan: Business World. Percept Live Collaborates With Klassique To Co-Promote Sunburn Events In Goa …  click here
18 Jan: Herald. Govt gives in-principle nod to Sunburn EDM … click here.

New CRZ rules clear coast for realtors, may trigger disaster

18 Jan: Down To Earth. The real estate industry and the new Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) 2018 notification are all set to eat up India’s western coast, particularly the Konkan coastline. This means Goa and Mumbai might succumb to the intentions of this profit-driven industry… While the happiness among Goa’s CRZ norm offenders is palpable, the going remains tough for those in violation of the norms for more than two decades now. The High Court had come down heavily on the state’s coastal village panchayats for structures built in violation of CRZ notification 1991… the CRZ notification now exposes the fishing and other coastal communities living along the 7,500-km long Indian coastline to the hugely undocumented impacts of climate change-related coastal damages… The only hope: the HC of Bombay at Goa should strike down the notification on constitutional grounds and save the city and the zone from the havoc the notification can wreak.  For further details click here

Fiction: Lovers from a lost village

18 Jan: Business Line. By Jane Borges (photo). Ann Maria Ferreira was 11 and I, 13, when we first kissed.The year was 1962. In Bombay, life was slow … Ann Maria and I lived in the same neighbourhood: A Christian wadi that was once a thriving farmland of the converted natives, the East Indians. In the early 1900s, this village opened itself to Goan Catholics who had migrated to Bombay in search of a new home. Life was peaceful here. All of us went to the same church, attended the same school, and had the same friends. In those days, we children spent our evenings outdoors — running and chasing each other in the narrow alleys, while our mothers came out, dressed in their Sunday best (even on weekdays) — hot teacups in hand, chatting away from across the balconies of their two-storey villas, on the pretext of watching over us… And then I had to leave. My father landed a plush posting at an architectural firm in London. 1625 words.
Jane Borges is a writer-editor at Sunday Mid-day. Her debut novel Bombay Balchao is forthcoming from Westland  For further details click here

Goa Carnival: A Festival For Those Who Love Food And Culture

17 Jan: In case you missed the New Year celebrations in Goa this winter, there’s more coming right up. Goa Carnival is an annual affair where the culture and cuisine of Goa is celebrated on a grand scale. This year it’s happening from March 2 – 5, and make sure you’re a part of it. Goa Carnival or the Mardi Gras revelry is a tradition that dates back to the arrival of Portuguese in Goa way back in 1510. This four day razzmatazz is observed with great gusto and zeal all through out the state. Goa Carnival features a frenzy of activities, and you can easily be a part of them…  For further details click here

Will Investment Promotion Board’s single window portal attract investment?

19 Jan: Herald. The single window portal of the Goa Investment Promotion and Facilitation Board (IPB) was inaugurated earlier in the week. It is expected to ease the experience of those interested in investing in the State and generate jobs for the youth, important in a State that witnessed mass migration of the youth to other States for several years. This single window is expected change the face of the State, if one were to believe the government. But will it? In Goa, no one is ever short of an opinion, it is freely offered and on this subject over a period of time much has been said. Goa needs a push to reinvigorate its economy and the jobs desperately. Vishal Prakash, CEO of . IPB since his induction in the organisation is working very hard to attract investment. He felt this development was good but just one of many that was being planned …  For further details click here
20 Jan: Times of India, Ease of doing business: Goa government has just 40 days to implement 80 reforms …  click here

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Editorial: Brexit deal as important for Goa as for Britain

18 Jan: Herald. Brexit has gotten utterly messy… India too needs to consider the post-Brexit scenario… With a large number of Goans in Britain on Portuguese citizenship, the Brexit deal is of crucial interest here as it assures that EU citizens living in the UK, will retain their residency and social security rights after the exit, and that citizens who take up residency in another EU country during the transition period (including the UK) will be allowed to stay in that country after the transition. If there is no deal, these assurances will not be legally tenable. A deal is as much of interest for Goa as it is for Britain.  For further details click here

Brexit: Portuguese who speak the language poorly will have specific monitoring

18 Jan: Macau News Agency. Portuguese nationals living in the United Kingdom but poorly spoken Portuguese, notably of Indian or Timorese origin, will have a specific follow-up to Brexit, the Portuguese Govt. promised… the consuls of Manchester and London how have translators and intermediaries... The Secretary of State admitted that there are “very specific communities that are completely unaware of the Portuguese language because of their national origins” … It is estimated that they reside in the consular area of Manchester about 20 thousand Portuguese born outside Portugal … In the consulate of London, only the number of natural inscriptions of India exceeds the 21 thousand Portuguese … the consular stays have been important in reaching the 12,000 Goans living in the Leicester region … In 2019, there will be 35 “consular stays” throughout the United Kingdom, equivalent to 93 days, with premieres in Aberdeen, Scotland, St. Helier, Jersey, Isle of Man and Hamilton, Bermuda. 13 per cent compared to 31st of 2018… The Portuguese Govt has launched a dedicated telephone line ‘Brexit +’, with a service center in Lisbon… In the absence of a Brexit agreement, European citizens, including Portuguese citizens, will have less than six months to apply for resident status until December 31 … 765 words.  For further details click here

Priest in northeast Calgary charged with sexual assault

15 Jan: Calgary Herald (Canada). Calgary police have charged a Catholic priest with sexually assaulting a woman more than six years ago. Investigators say the woman told them last October about assaults at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church in Marlborough between September and October 2012. The woman said she was touched on “several occasions” by the church’s pastor. Malcolm Joe D’Souza, 62, of Calgary was arrested on Friday and has been charged with one count of sexual assault. Last fall, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Calgary put D’Souza on administrative leave after receiving allegations of sexual misconduct. The diocese said the allegations involved two minors and several adults, adding the incidents are said to have taken place between 2010 and 2016. He had previously been assigned to multiple Calgary and southern Alberta parishes between 2002 and 2018… D’Souza will appear in court Feb. 21…  For further details click here
31 Oct. 2018. Goan Voice. Video: Calgary Catholic pastor placed on leave over alleged sexual misconduct …  click here

India-born innovator Frederic Friedel gives chess a new buzzword — Woosh

16 Jan: Indian Express. Frederic Friedel was at the centre of chess’ first brush with machines when he helped Garry Kasparov collate a computerised database of his games, setting up Chess Base in the mid-80s. He is now going toe-to-toe with a bunch of tech giants to build his own chess-playing Artificial Intelligence at his home in Hamburg. Processing close to a lakh games, the AI constantly makes a wooshing ambient noise… Born to a German father – a snake expert – and a Goan Portuguese mother, he lived on a large estate in Lonavla. As a child, he was taken to the doctor for not eating for days. “The doctor told my mum I was absolutely healthy and eating alright. I would actually play with the maali’s kids and eat their hot spicy curries which started a lifelong romance with Indian food even after we left for Germany when I was 15,” he recalls …  For further details click here

ISO Lisboa: the restaurant where everything is elegant

16 Jan: NiT (Portugal). Newly arrived at Calçada do Livramento, in November 2018, ISO Lisboa has natural light on all sides… The restaurant is housed in the Casa de Goa complex - next to the viewpoint of the Necessidades - and was the first restoration project of Brand New Life. … Nuno Marques Ribeiro is one of the owners of the place. Contemporary international cuisine is run by chef Joana Dinis. In the main dishes, there are options such as fillet of fish with curry sauce and vegetables massala (€ 17.50) … If you prefer to visit the space during the week, you can opt for one of the executive menus of ISO Lisboa. There are different gastronomic creations for each day. The menus "entrance + dish" or "plate + dessert" cost € 13. If you want to taste everything (entrance, dish, dessert and drink) you pay € 19…  For further details click here
For the Facebook page of ISO Lisboa,  click here

Portuguese Bread That Delights Indians

16 Jan: SAPO (Portugal). We all know that it was the Portuguese, under the command of Vasco da Gama, who discovered the sea route to India in 1498. What we may not know yet is that one of the most popular street foods in Mumbai is made with Portuguese bread… Pressed by the enormous desire of the Portuguese to eat the bread they were accustomed to, Indian bakers discovered a way of fermenting bread from the sap of the palm tree, and that is how the pav was born … Nowadays, the pav is already one of the foods present in Indian meals assiduously a bit throughout the country, especially in the streets of Mumbai. Incidentally, visiting Mumbai and not eating pav is left with an incomplete experience. There are several versions of this delicacy The Pav bhaji … Kheema Pav … Vada Pav … Bhurji … Dabeli … 458 words  For further details click here

Texas: Lenoir Chefs to Bring Portuguese-Goan Cuisine to East Austin

17 Jan: Austin Eater (Texas). Lenoir chefs and co-owners Todd Duplechan and Jessica Maher are developing the restaurant and bar of the forthcoming boutique hotel Arrive East Austin on 1813 East 6th Street. Now the chefs are revealing further details about their new projects, aiming to open in May. First, Arrive’s restaurant Vixen’s Wedding will be inspired by Goa and Portugal, which means an emphasis on spices, seafood, and pork dishes (The Indian state of Goa was a former colony of the European country.) … Duplechan and Maher are developing everything from the menus to the drinks, as well as training the staff. They’re looking for a chef de cuisine who has experience cooking Southern Indian, Thai, Filipino, Vietnamese, and/or Cajun food…  For further details click here
Vacancy: Chef de Cuisine at Vixen's Wedding …  click here

Manohar Parrikar less popular, but still Goa's favourite

18 Jan: India Today. Goa's ailing Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is less popular than before but remains the voters' most preferred choice as the state's next CM, the latest Political Stock Exchange (PSE) poll shows. Forty-six percent of the respondents in the survey, conducted by Axis My-India for India Today TV, believe he is in good shape -- at least in the BJP's eyes. Another 40 percent said the state government would collapse if Parrikar stepped down. Twelve percent feared the BJP would lose its allies in the event of the chief minister resigning. Voters in Goa are almost equally divided over PM Narendra Modi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi as the next prime minister. Parrikar's popularity as Goa's next CM has come down from 36 percent in September-October to 32 percent now. But he still remains at the top, with Congress leaders Digambar Kamat trailing at 21 percent and Pratapsingh Rane at 9…  For further details click here



Funeral Announcement: Mrs Alzira (Aju) Almeida

13 January 2019: London. MRS ALZIRA (Aju) LAVINA ALMEIDA ex-Bandra (Nevilla) & Aden. Born 8 October 1944, Mumbai. Beloved daughter of the late Diogo and Waltruda Menezes. Sister to the late Neville (Bulu) Menezes, the late Mrs Mariola (Shamus) Fernandes and Mrs Reckha Pereira. Devoted wife to Nelson Almeida and loving mother to Nigel (Audrey) and grandmother to Michael, Lauren and Elliott. Her love of all animals, especially dogs was legendary! She will be sorely and immensely missed.
Her funeral mass will be at 10am on Monday 28 Jan. at St Luke's, 28 Love Lane, Pinner, HA5 3EX followed by a cremation at Breakspear Crematorium, Breakspear Rd, Ruislip, HA4 7SJ and a wake at The Pinner Village Hall, Chapel Lane, Pinner, HA5 1AA. Instead of flowers, the family has requested donations in her memory to Battersea Dog Home. To do this, ckick here Condolences to

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Goa Festivals of Goa Around The Year – A Travel Guide

14 Jan: Inditales. Goa is a land of festivals. While festivals like Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali and Christmas are common to most of India, Goa is home to some very unique festivals. Think of a mud festival in the middle of heavy monsoon season or a festival where cucumbers rule. Imagine celebrations with live music on the streets that will invite you to join the dance. Yes, you get all of that and much more in Goa. Come with us for a year-long round up of Goan festivals. Traditional & the modern Festivals of Goa, all the festival times to explore in Goa… 2155 words  For further details click here

Blue Elephant to India: From Berlin to Goa on two Vespa scooters

10 Jan: Bike India. Pages 72 – 76. Ferdinand is a small elephant. about a metre tall and distinctly blue. His companions are Claudia, Christian and Wolfgang … This small team was on a mission. They had to take Ferdinand from the marvellous city of Berlin and introduce him to the sandy beaches and palm trees of Goa. a combination of expensive flight tickets and something about Ferdinand having to travel in the luggage compartment made them dismiss aeroplanes as an option. it was settled then: 20,000-plus kilometres would be covered by road using a couple of bright red Vespa GTs super 300s. …  For further details click here

What is Goa’s ‘Opinion Poll Day’?

18 Jan: Indian Express. Goa celebrated its 52nd ‘Asmitai Dis’ (Identity Day) or Opinion Poll Day on January 16. It was on this date in 1967 that Goans voted against merging with Maharashtra … Soon after Goa’s liberation from colonial Portuguese rule in 1961, murmurs began of a merger with Maharashtra on grounds of cultural similarity … Jawaharlal Nehru had promised that Goa would get to decide its own future, but he had passed away in May 1964… In December 1966, Parliament passed the Goa Opinion Poll Act “to provide for the taking of an opinion poll to ascertain the wishes of the electors with regard to the future status … On voting day, voters were asked to vote if they were in favour of a merger. Eighty-two per cent (3,17,633) voters cast their vote. Results were counted over three days. For the first two days, the pro-merger group led by a significant margin. But on the third day, after ballots from the Salcette taluka were opened, the vote went against the merger. The pro-merger group received 1,38,170 votes, while 1,72,191 people voted against…  For further details click here

Inside the world’s first Feni distillery in Goa

16 Jan: Conde Nast Traveller. By Nolan Lewis. Take a seat at the table in a newly-minted tasting room ‘Beco das Garrafas,’ – that translates from Portuguese as ‘the alley of bottles.’ Beco das Garrafas is the world’s first feni cellar, tucked away from Goa’s tourist-y beaches in the Cansaulim foothills, with a Kunbi tribal village for company. The tasting room itself is cosily nestled in the middle of a fragrant spice plantation, and the air is scented with the piquant aromas of cashews, perhaps from the Feni that’s being poured generously or the cashew orchard outside. You can hear strains of the Spanish Guitar being played by a live band on the lawn, but it doesn’t distract you from listening to Hansel Vaz, a charismatic orator with a baritone voice who engages you with anecdotes. Hansel comes from Goa’s ‘first family of Feni,’ y/eat-way-amazing-brisbane/#s-cust0  For further details click here
A tour around the cellar can be booked by appointment only. Rs2,000 per person, inclusive of food and alcohol. For details,.  click here

Goa since 1967, through the eyes of a Goan

16 Jan: Herald. On the occasion of Goa Opinion Poll Day, Café spoke to a number of senior citizens who were youngsters in Goa during that momentous time in 1967, asking them whether they visualised the changes that would happen fifty years later. Here is one such conversation. “The unplanned development that Goa has seen has destroyed the purpose of winning the Opinion Poll way back in the ‘60s,” opines Antonio Piedade Morais, a retired Goa Civil Service officer and staunch lover and supporter of Konkani. Morais is well known for the decades of passionate work for his mother tongue ‘Konkani’… Morais reveals that the aim of the Opinion Poll was to safeguard and preserve Konkani language and culture for future generations…  For further details click here

Goa Tourism News

17 Jan: Herald. Top brass reshuffle jolts Tourism Department. At a time when the State tourism industry is going through a tough phase, the State government has transferred or relieved the three top officials in the department, bringing its functioning almost to a standstill…  For further details click here
17 Jan: Herald. MLAs tear into draft tourism master plan … Four MLAs of the ruling bloc found flaws in the Tourism Master Plan and Policy at a meeting called by Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar to discuss the proposed policy document on Wednesday…  click here
17 Jan: Herald, Tourists throw caution to the wind, create nuisance right under the nose of the authorities … Cook and drink in the middle of parking lot and authorities don’t initiate action … click here.

‘Ghatis’ can’t come, Goans to be preferred for work: Goa tourism minister

‘Ghatis’ can’t come, Goans to be preferred for work: Goa tourism minister 16 Jan: Indian Express. Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has stoked a controversy by saying “ghatis” need not come to the state for work and that Goans would be given preference in jobs. In the coastal state, “ghati” is typically used in Marathi and Konkani languages to address migrant blue-collar workers, especially those from neighbouring Maharashtra…  For further details click here
16 Jan: IANS. Some tourists think any girl on Goa beach is 'available': BJP MLA. Some Indian tourists who visit the Goa beaches think every girl on the beach is "available" and the influx of such tourists has led to a decline in the coastal state's tourism fortunes, Deputy Speaker and BJP MLA Michael Lobo said...  click here

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Sunday, 3 March 2019 - Mungul Union (UK) celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Woodside High School Hall (ex-White Hart Lane School Hall), White Hart Lane, London N22 5QJ. Mass at 12.30pm followed by a social gathering. Music by "RAINBOW'S END” For tickets and details, contact: Natalie Fernandes (020 8352 8355); Lucas Fernandes (07957148406); Rosy D'Silva (07815835820); and Rosalind Rebello (020 8767 8652). Tickets will not be sold at the door. For the flyer, click here



Death: Grace D'Mello, Ex Mombasa

6 Jan: Wallington, Surrey, GRACE D'MELLO. Born 5/1/1930. Ex Mombasa, Kenya and Streatham, London. Passed away in hospital aged 89. Beloved wife of the late Lino D'Mello. Mother of Martin (Lydia), Marilyn (David) Growns. Sisters Olga & Maria. Brothers Hilary, Basil and Walter. Grandmother to Nadia & Craig D'Mello & Jason, (Mona) & Daniel Growns.
Funeral mass at 10:00 am on Thursday 31 January 2019 at St Elpheges Church, Wallington, 120 Stafford Road, SM6 9AY (ample parking within church ground during se rvice only). Cremation at Croydon Crematorium, Thornton Road,CR7 6BB. The wake will be held at St Patrick's Church Hall, 47 Park Hill Road, Wallington, SM6 0RU. In lieu of flowers, donations to Dementia UK via Rowland Brothers, Funeral Directors, 44 High Street, Purley, CR8 2AA. For Condolences, enquiries and RSVP by 24th January 2019, for catering purposes. please e mail

Death: Victor D'Mello. Ex Entebbe

10 January 2019: London. VICTOR D'MELLO (ex- Entebbe-Uganda). Husband of the deceased Anna Lucille and father of Tanya and Tamara. Grandfather to Natasha, James, Annalise, Hannah and Aidan. Brother to Eulalia, Marcus, Nicky, Rose, Mario and deceased Felix, Arthur and Peter. Funeral Mass will take place on Thursday 31st January 2019 at 11:00am at St Thomas More Catholic Church, Long Lane Bexleyheath, DA7 5JW. A private cremation will follow for close family only. To make a donation in lieu of flowers please visit Condolences to

Death: Hector D'Souza
14 Jan: Toronto. HECTOR D'SOUZA. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at home comforted by his wife Iva Lloyd. Lovingly remembered by his brother Russell (Nancy) D'Souza and sisters Eileen (Dave) Grainger and Diana (Ralph) Ratsep and their extended families. A Celebration of Life will be held at Adega Restaurant, 33 Elm Street, Toronto, on Thursday, January 17th at 6:30 p.m. Photo click here.

Death: Molly Braggs-Rego. Ex Mangalore
11 Jan. Lake Charles, USA. MOLLY MARY BRAGGS-REGO Aged 101. Molly was born in Mangalore, India. She was the beloved wife of (late) Charles Mathew Rego, who served the Allies in Italy as Captain in the Indian Medical Service, during World War II. Molly lived most of her life in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) India, before moving to the U.S.A, and lived in Atlanta, Ga., and Irvine, Calif., before becoming a resident of Lake Charles in 2013. She was widely known in the land of her birth for her unstinting generosity; both to those with means and to those who had nothing … Mother of Noella (Lake Charles) and late husband, Victor Mascarenhas; Maude Rego (California), ex-spouse Allan Robertson; Fabiola and spouse, Kenneth Rodericks (Lake Charles); Bernadette Rego (California); and, to her sons, Allan and spouse, Jenny (Mumbai, India); Desmond (U.K.) and late wife, Elaine; Ivan and spouse, Janice (U.K); Joseph and spouse, Olive (California) and late William. Fourteen grandchildren, seventeen great grandchildren; and, one great great grandchild were also blessed to be Molly's descendants. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Rego; son, Bobby Rego and brother, Bertram Braggs. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Home, 4321 Lake Street. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 17, 2019, 11:00 am at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, 3939 Lake Street. Visitation will resume on the Thursday from 9 a.m. until leaving for the church at 10:30 a.m. Photo and more details,  For further details click here

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Bold model turned actress Elena Fernandes will be seen in ‘Why Cheat India’

15 Jan: Daily Hunt. Model-turned-actress Elena Fernandes, who has worked with actor Emraan Hashmi in the forthcoming film “Why Cheat India”, says he is talented and helped her learn a lot. In an e-mail interview with leading English news agency, Elena, who had in the past worked on a magazine shoot with Emraan, said: “It was a joy to reconnect with Emraan. He is such a talented actor and a sweet person” … In the film, Elena essays Emraan’s family member. “Why Cheat India” is Elena’s second film in Bollywood. She made her debut in Indian cinema with a cameo in the 2016 film “Kapoor and Sons”. While talking about her journey in Bollywood so far, the Goan-South American model-actress said that she has “been fortunate enough to be part of such incredible industry”. Apart from “Why Cheat India”, Elena is currently preparing for two other films alongside some British projects.  For further details click here

Fareham MP announces pregnancy – with tongue-in-cheek Brexit joke

15 Jan: Portsmouth News. Suella Braverman [nee Fernandes] has announced that she will be giving birth to a baby later this year – but threw a little joke about Brexit into her reveal. Posting on social media, Mrs Braverman – who was Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Exiting the European Union until she resigned in November – told the world that she is expecting a baby. She tweeted: ‘My husband and I are delighted to announce that I am expecting a baby in July! ‘We’re looking forward to welcoming Baby Braverman soon.’ Mrs Braverman also joked: ‘The last month has been nauseating, and not because of Brexit.’  For further details click here

Holidays to reboot your life

15 Jan: The Observer (UK). … Anahata Retreat, Goa, India…If signing up for a full-blown yoga or wellness retreat feels a bit daunting (or expensive), Goa has no shortage of affordable, low-key places where daily yoga classes and ayurvedic treatments are available, but you’ll still have most of the day free for lounging on the beach, learning to surf or sightseeing. One such place is the charming Anahata, a rustic collection of thatched beach cottages set in a palm grove just behind Mandrem beach… 15 Jan: Verve. Why You Need To Reboot Your Body … The Beach House Goa is uniquely curated to detox, destress and rejuvenate. Massage and scrub treatments that cleanse, relax and restore the body, a dietary purge that cleanses the build-up inside, yoga and physical therapies that boost the blood circulation to the internal organs and, finally, meditation and psychotherapy or hypnotherapy to help the mind shed its excess baggage…  For further details click here

Where to find the Indian street food stall in London

15 Jan: Evening Standard (London). London’s street food stalls proved their mettle once again in the BBC’s My Million Pound Menu this week, with Indian burger masters Baba G’s triumphing in the second episode of the series… Did Baba G’s Bhangra Burgers have you salivating in front of the telly? This is everything you need to know about the street food stall, including where to try its food in London… Baba G’s is an Indian fast food stall that started more than a decade ago in 2008. It is run by Birmingham-born Alec Owen and his partner Liz Selway. Owen was inspired to open Baba G’s by his well-travelled mother’s love of cooking with international flavours. Owen and Selway, who owned a bar in Goa for four years, teamed up while both were working at Owen’s own street food market Brixton Bazaar… Top of the list on Baba G’s menu is the signature Bhangra Burgers. The spiced burgers top patties of either lamb or chicken with a crispy bhaji, and dress it all with mint raita, tamarind sauce and a coriander and tomato salad …  For further details click here

Neither taxis nor GST, foreigners blame stringent visa rules for drop in arrivals

16 Jan. Herald. As mudslinging has begun over the drop in tourist arrivals with every association blaming the other and pointing fingers at the State government, there seems to be another secret ‘villain’ in the story - the visa rules. There are a number of foreign tourists who have had a sour experience and many of them have called off the trip to Goa during the Christmas to New Year week due to complicated visa formalities… A major reason for Russian, Ukrainian and other Eastern and Central European tourists not visiting is Indian consulates making it difficult to grant visas. Women under-25 are presumed to be suspicious and almost always refused visas, they say….  For further details click here
16 Jan: Herald. Lobo blames CM for nuisance on beaches, low-grade tourist arrivals …  click here
16 Feb: Outlook. Goa Converts Sub-Jail into Detention Centre For Foreigners … An old sub-jail in Mapusa town near Panaji has been turned into a detention centre for foreign nationals who violate visa norms by the Goa government, a senior police official said Wednesday. click here.

UAE ‘swaps’ British arms consultant for runaway princess

13 Jan: The Sunday Telegraph (UK). A British arms consultant at the centre of a bribery scandal over a helicopter deal in India was exchanged for a runaway Dubai princess in an extraordinary extradition, sources have disclosed. Christian Michel, 57, described as a “smooth” business dealer by detectives from India’s Central Bureau of Intelligence (CBI), was extradited from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) last month to face police over a deal that has sent shock waves across New Delhi’s political and military establishment. He was handed to India in an exchange for Princess Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed al-Maktoum, the daughter of Dubai’s ruler, who was intercepted by the India Navy during her attempt to flee the UAE last year. The princess’s capture off the coast of Goa drew global attention for her dramatic escape from Dubai …  For further details click here

A storyteller with a camera

15 Jan: Herald. A lecture on photography was recently held at Club Harmonia De Margao, where renowned photographer Assavri Kulkarni enlightened listeners with her experience in this field. She spoke about the journey so far. She was also pleased to give an insight on her book, ‘Markets of Goa’, documentary work that was published in 2015 as well as her latest book, published on December 1, 2018, titled ‘Light to Photography’. Assavri studied Advertising Photography at Goa College of Art, University of Goa, and has also specialised in food and fashion photography for the past 14 years. During the making of the book ‘Markets of Goa’, she contributes an experience of market that was settled in a courtyard. After a few years, the market was modernised and no longer existed in the same manner; which brought to Assavri’s realisation that moments like these need to be captured. Even after it vanishes, these moments remain pictured and remembered as a historic event or place…  For further details click here


DOCUMENTARY: Immigration: Rivers of Blood. London Live (Freeview 8). Sat. 19th Jan. 12:00 to 13:00. 0. Has Brexit unleashed a new wave of intolerance in the UK? 50 years after Enoch Powell gave his incendiary 'Rivers of Blood' anti-immigration speech, journalist Mihir Bose explores if much has changed. (Episode 1)

COOKERY: Parveen's Indian Kitchen. itv London Plus 1 (Freeview 33). Sun. 20th Jan. 10:30 to 11:30. Parveen Ashraf throws open the doors to her kitchen showcasing a special recipe, and one of her family favourites: lamb bhuna with raita and rice. Quick and easy Indian cooking at the home is Parveen's goal. Parveen opens her pantry to divulge her top tips on how to make Indian cooking simple by sharing her thoughts on which basic spices to have at home and how to keep them fresh.

DOCUMENTARY: The Romanian Wave.: BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Tues. 22nd Jan. 11:00 to 11:30. Nigel Farage once announced he "would not like to live next door to Romanians." They've since become Britain's second largest foreign nationality, working in the NHS, in banks, in industry, on our farms and they wash our cars. Yet they have been denigrated with sensational headlines decrying "criminal gangs" and "begging Roma."

DOCUMENTARY: Kate Humble: Living with Nomads. BBC 4. Tues. 22nd Jan. 21:00 to 22:00. Nepal. Documentary series. Kate Humble travels to Nepal in search of the country's last community of nomads, the Raute people. Almost all of the Raute population has already settled in Nepal and India - just one group of 140 people remain living as nomads. These hunter-gatherers move camp every few weeks through the steeply wooded hills and mountains, but they face pressure to settle from Nepal's government and hostility from the farmers on whose land they camp.

COOKERY: Reza, Spice Prince of India. Food Network (Freeview 41). Wed. 23rd Jan.: 21:00 to 21:30. Lake Palace. Reza Mahammad sets sail at the exquisite Lake Palace. On a royal barge surrounded by sailors, the palace chef prepares an authentic lamb dish of the region that is cooked in a pit. 21:30 to 22:00. Bijay Niwas Palace. Reza Mahammad travels to Ajmer, the poultry capital of Rajasthan, to discover the perfect chicken curry! At Bijay Niwas Palace, he gathers all the ingredients needed for an indulgent chicken curry to be served to royal guests!

DRAMA: Drama. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Fri. 25th Jan. 21:00 to 22:00. The Chosen One. A thriller set in India and inspired by real events. A young woman, Prithi, attempts to join a secretive religious commune and tries to win the trust of the group's leader - the charismatic motorbike-loving Ravi Baba. But, as her freedoms are gradually stripped away, it becomes clear that she is not a genuine convert. Is she a police informer trying to gather evidence against the group, a journalist trying to get a scoop or does she have some other agenda? The Chosen One is inspired by writer Avi Garvi's own experiences. When still a child, Avi's mother became a follower of a charismatic music producer, singer-songwriter, filmmaker and self-styled guru. She left the family home with her five children to become his disciple.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Great Lives. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Fri. 25th Jan. 23:00 to 23:30. Matt Lucas on Freddie Mercury. Matt Lucas chooses Freddie Mercury of Queen. The author of Bohemian Rhapsody, Lesley-Ann Jones, joins him to dissect a legend. To what extent can a troubled childhood contribute to an adult's need to perform? Farrokh Bulsara was born in Zanzibar, sent to school in India, and fled revolution in Zanzibar to Feltham, Middlesex, aged 18.



Death: Iona Mascarenhas
10 Jan: Toronto. IONA MARY MASCARENHAS, Born July 12, 1954. Iona passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving family, after an eight-year battle with breast cancer. She was born in Karachi, Pakistan to the late Oscar Cabral and Rose Cabral (Lobo). She is survived by her children Sharon, Michelle, Christopher and Adrian, as well as her former husband John. She will be missed by her brother Arthur (Terry), many nieces and nephews, extended family, dear friends and colleagues. Iona will be remembered for being a kind, sweet and selfless person, and a passionate elementary school teacher (40 years). Her love for cooking, flowers and music will be fondly cherished. She will be sadly missed. Visitation will be held on Friday January 18th 2019 from 2pm to 4pm and from 6pm to 9pm at Chapel Ridge Funeral Home (Markham). Mass will be celebrated on Saturday January 19th 2019 at 10am at St Patrick’s Parish in Markham followed by a burial at Christ the King Cemetery (7770 Steeles Avenue East, Markham). [Info: Pompie Gois]. For Photo and full info  For further details click here

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Exactly where does the buck stop in Goa?

14 Jan: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. At their packed press conference last week, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) protested vociferously about the shockingly rapid decline of Destination Goa. “This season has been the last straw” said its president Savio Messias, pointing to areas requiring urgent state intervention: relief from GST, waste management, “indiscipline of the taxi operators and drivers”, police harassment, the proliferation of unregistered hotels. All these are valid and important points, but conspicuously lacking any sense of responsibility for the industry’s own bad decisions. We know the government is an irretrievable mess, but where is the accountability for tourism stakeholders contributions to the disaster? …  For further details click here

Taximen irked over rent-a-cab’s prepaid sign at Dabolim Airport

15 Jan: The Goan. The United Taximen Union (UTU), a body of around 350 black yellow taxis, on Monday complained about a “Prepaid Taxi Service” board outside a rent-a-cab counter at the Dabolim Airport. The UTU has criticised the contractor for using a prepaid taxi service board and has appealed to the transport department and airport authority to intervene in the matter and take strict action on the contractor for violations. UTU has also demanded that authorities get the board removed from the counter which operates as rent-a-cab counter and have also decided to approach the high court and submit their objections …  For further details click here

Cruise line passengers get caught up in traffic

15 Jan: Herald. From passengers of cruise liners getting caught up in traffic jams to alleged fleecing by taxis, luxury passengers coming in from the seas come and return with nothing being offered to these tourists for a better Goan experience. MV Aegean Odyssey arrived on January 9, 2019 with 277 foreign guests and 169 crew members. This is the 12th luxury cruise liner to visit Mormugao Port during the current cruise liner season … The cruise liner tourists, have maximum 5 to 6 hours for site-seeing, but have to waste time at Vasco itself for documents checking and further face huge traffic jams… It is also been informed that many of these tourists have been fleeced by the taxi drivers and this has set a wrong impression among these visitors…  For further details click here

Are the Russians coming in 2019?

13 Jan: Herald. By Marian Pinheiro. … Russians with the kind of political patronage they enjoy have established themselves in business (mostly illegal) on the Goan shores and the 2019 elections will be a golden opportunity for them to further their business interests. If the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could state that the U.S. Intelligence Community was confident that the Russian Government directed hacking of emails with the intention of interfering with the U.S. election process and according to the ODNI's report on January 6, 2017, the Russian military intelligence service (GRU) had hacked the servers of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the personal Google email account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. One can imagine how and to what extend our politicians will hire and use the services of these Russian hackers to malign and discredit their opposition…  For further details click here

Goa compared with the criminal cesspool life-threatening tourists

14 Jan: RIA News (Russia). "The real reason for the decline in tourist flow in Goa is the constant rape and murder of tourists," said Minna Pirhonen, the mother of 22-year-old Finnish tourist Felix Dahl (photo), who was found dead on the beach of Goa in 2015. The mother’s petition in the Bombay High Court was rejected. The case was filed as an accident. The murdered tourist's mother compared Goa with a criminal cesspool, where corrupt authorities dismiss foreign tourists from murder and rape, and now many are thinking about whether to visit this place, according to Indian media…  For further details click here

Sri Lanka Catholics prepare to celebrate Saint Joseph Vaz

13 Jan: Asia News. Everything is ready for the great celebration, starting with vespers, to honour Saint Joseph Vaz, the Indian priest considered the Apostle of Sri Lanka and the country’s first saint, canonised by Pope Francis during his pastoral visit it 2015. Like every yea r, the ceremony is held in Maha-Galgamuwa, the village in central-western Sri Lanka that houses a church dedicated to the saint and where the first national shrine in his honour is under construction… Born in 1651 into a Portuguese family in India, he landed on the island of Ceylon in 1687 to support local Catholics during the persecution by Dutch Calvinists. Pope John Paul II described him as the greatest missionary Asia has ever had…  For further details click here

10 Off Beat, But Fun Things To Do In Goa As Recommended By A Local

14 Jan: MSN, By Denise Thompson. 1. Discover The Sleepy Islands Of Goa. 2. Ditch The Tarmac, Take The Ferry. 3. Go Heritage House Hopping. 4. Take A Walk Through Fontainhas. 5. Trek To Dudhsagar Falls And Spend The Night. 6. Become The Master Of Bumper Boats. 7. Get Your Adrenaline Pumping With White Water Rafting. 8. Go To The Tiatr. 9. Eat At Least One Meal At A Local Tavern. 10. Give Back To Goa. Volunteer.  For further details click here

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