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British Goan Karl Lutchmayer performs Busoni’s Piano Concerto In London

12 Nov: Rhinegold Publishing (UK). British-Goan pianist Karl Lutchmayer will perform Busoni’s Piano Concerto Op 39 on 30 November at St John’s Smith Square, a work that has been performed only once in London in the last 30 years. The concert is the culmination of Lutchmayer’s three-day concert series ‘Busoni – The Romantic Modernist’ which will showcase Busoni’s rarely performed piano and chamber music. Lutchmayer told IP about performing this concerto of symphonic proportions, and explained why he thinks Busoni deserves more recognition as a composer … 1444 words.  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Karl Lutchmayer is a British-Goan concert pianist, lecturer and writer…  click here
For the Karl Lutchmayer with bio, photos, videos etc. click here.

Eugene Correia: Is Goa falling apart?

13 Nov: Herald. Just days after I landed in Goa, cyclone Kyarr swept past Goa … the beach was full of dogs. I have heard the saying ‘going to the dogs’ many times referred to Goa… Coalition politics has come to be the only game in some democracies, including my adopted country, Canada… Goa has held a Vibrant Goa summit. I don’t understand the underlying principle of this ‘vibrant’ thing. Goa is rather ‘vibrating’ with ill-winds affecting many of its sectors, not the least is mining. I don’t want to sound negative nor bash Goa, lest I may be nailed for having abandoned Goa. Frankly, I am a Mumbai Goan and Goa was a summer home. For me, Goa lives in my heart — and soul. 998 words.  For further details click here

Some of the latest cases before Swindon Magistrates' Court

12 Nov: Swindon Advertiser. … Francis Fernandes, 44, of Manchester Road, pleaded guilty to drink driving. Breathalyser tests found he had 94 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. He had been driving along Great Western Way on Sunday, September 15, when he was stopped by police. He was given a 12-month community order with a requirement to complete 80 hours of unpaid work. He was banned from the roads for 23 months and ordered to pay £175 in costs and surcharge.  For further details click here

Video: Toxic Skies - Extreme Air Pollution in India: PBS NewsHour report by Fred de Sam Lazaro

11 Nov: PBS NewsHour (USA). A toxic brew lingers in the skies over India, created by everything from agricultural burning to industrial pollution. Cars are also a major contributor, with roughly 1400 vehicles added to the roads daily. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro (photo) examined this problem roughly two years ago and returns with this update on the cultural and economic challenges of making Indian air safer to breathe... Video: 5m. 47s. + Transcript  For further details click here
Fred de Sam Lazaro’s parents are from Margao and Mapuca. For a profile of him,  click here

UK: Indian fusion restaurant opens at Hayes apartments hotel

11 Nov: Hillingdon Times. A new drinking and dining venue, offering Indian fusion cuisine alongside cocktails, has opened at Station Approach, Hayes. Indian chain Takaa Tak, which has branches in Hounslow and Birmingham, has opened in the Staycity Aparthotels building, adjacent to the station. Takaa Tak’s menu features Indian favourites alongside Indo-Chinese fusion dishes such as Goan fish coconut curry [£10.99].  For further details click here
For the Takaa Tak website with photos and menu,  click here

The taste of the shore

11 Nov: Mid Day (Mumbai). Roger D'Souza started That Goan Guy in 2017 as a pre-order service for lunch and dinner on weekends. … he preps for the first home-dining experience that he's hosting this weekend in Ghatkopar. "This is a concept that's catching on and unlike a restaurant, it will allow me to interact with guests," he shares, adding that he's hoping to make these sit-down meals a weekly affair. "I will be hosting lunch every Sunday at my home and slowly, hope to do this on other days, too. The menus will keep changing to ensure that each experience is unique," D'Souza shares. For Sunday's lunch, he is preparing some of Goa's much-loved dishes …  For further details click here

Culinary SOS: Curing the craving for Badmaash’s Goan pork curry

12 Nov: Los Angeles Times (USA). By Genevieve Ko. I love the Goan pork curry at Badmaash. It haunts me with its complex, sweet-savory, meaty depth. I’ve requested a doggie bag even when there’s only been an ounce of sauce leftover, the dish is so good you want to hoard every last drop. I would love to have the recipe from Badmaash. Start to finish, the dish takes two days. But you’re only actively cooking for a half hour or so. And then you can enjoy this dish for many meals, especially since the layers of spice, sweet, sour and heat become more nuanced over time… 733 words  For further details click here
Badmaash is a LA restaurant. For their website with menu listing,  click here

Review: How good is TV chef Cyrus Todiwala's new Leicester restaurant Tandem?

9 Nov: Leicester Mercury. The opening of Leicester's newest Indian restaurant, Tandem, had been eagerly anticipated … Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL has three restaurants in the capital - Café Spice Namasté, as well as Mr Todiwala's Kitchen at Lincoln Plaza London and Mr Todiwala's Kitchen at Hilton London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5… Tandem aims to offer a new take on Indian cuisine Incorporating Goan and Portuguese influences, Tandem is using traditional Indian cooking techniques … starters available include Goan-style pickled prawn peri-peri … The main course selection includes a classic Goan-style vindaloo of pork, Goan prawn curry (£19) …The bill, including food and drink, came to £76.60, which did feel like a pricey night out, given that there was just the two of us… 1621 words.  click here
For the Tandem website with menus etc.  click here



Death: Paul Mario Fernandes. Nairobi
10 Nov: Nairobi. PAUL MARIO FERNANDES.(Former East African/Kenya Airways). Loving husband to Mabel Fernandes. Awesome father to Brendan (Gaye), Bertilla (Peter) and Bernice (Melvin). Grandfather to Cheyenne, Charmaine, Austin, Nathan and Georgette. Brother to the late Philomena, Mary (Agnel), Andrew (Flavy). Uncle to Colin (Elaine), Lorraine (Daren), Alison, Ryan and Abigail (Neale). Funeral details to be announced later. Info: Goan Welfare Society. Nairobi.

Death: Venu Raikar. Ex Goa
9 Nov: Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA. VENU VASANT RAIKAR. Passed away peacefully at Sacred Heart Hospital with her family by her side. She was born in Goa, India, the daughter of Damodar and Prabhavati Lotlikar on February 1, 1931. At the age of 17 she met and later married the love of her life Vasant Raikar in India. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Bombay and in 1976 they moved their family to Stromsburg, Nebraska. She was a socialite and served on several benevolent charities and was a music lover as well as an accomplished Sitar player. Venu is survived by her 4 sons, Dr. Rajesh Raikar, his wife, Meeta, and their two daughters Nisha and Natasha; second son, Harrish Raikar, his wife, Sharmishtha, and their 3 children, Victor, Danielle and Rohan; third son, Dr. Soubrata "Shane" Raikar, his wife, Kathryn, and their three children, Alexander, Jack, and Tyler; and her fourth son, Dr. Goya Raikar, his wife, Baolan, , and their three children, Dylan, Connor, and Aidan. A private sacred Hindu service was held at Stokes, Prock and Mundt Funeral Chapel, 535 Hillcrest Parkway, Altoona, WI. Stokes, Prock & Mundt Funeral Chapel is assisting the family. Online condolences may be shared at
For photo and full details, click here.

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Francis deSouza: One that got away

10 Nov: The Sunday Times (UK). Francis deSouza was treated like a rock star in Cambridge last Tuesday. The chief executive of Illumina, the world’s biggest gene sequencing developer, spoke on how the genome is driving a healthcare revolution. Illumina, a $43bn (£33bn) giant, sells the machines and tools to perform genetic testing… “In the future, an individual’s genome is going to be an essential part of their health record,” said deSouza, 48, a former Microsoft executive who has led Illumina since 2016…Today, deSouza is keen to emphasise Illumina’s Cambridge credentials, and continued links to the UK. Former prime minister David Cameron is an adviser … DeSouza, who was paid $11.1m last year, joined Illumina in 2013 after working in some of the world’s biggest technology companies… 1619 words. [Alert from Chris Fernandes]  For further details click here
Francis deSouza is the son of Domingos DeSouza and grandson of A. B Desouza (Parra) and Rosa Viegas e Souza (Anjuna). For the Goan Voice Francis deSouza supplement,  click here

Australia: St Agnes' parish in Port Macquarie farewells Fr Joe

11 Nov: Port Macquarie News (Aus). By Carla Mascarenhas. Much loved priest at St Agnes' Catholic Church Fr Joe D'Souza is moving to Coffs Harbour. Fr Joe arrrived in Port Macquarie nine months ago from Goa, India. While he spoke English well he initially found it difficult to participate in conversation In fact for the first two months in Australia he couldn't understand a word of what people would say to him. My mother sent me her masala which helped… Fr Joe is part of the Discalced Carmelite Order … Fr Joe said his faith could be traced back to his mother who had dreamed of becoming a nun but was unable to as she did not have a proper education… Fr Joe said his mother had the spiritual gifts of healing and exorcism and the family would often have prayer meetings at the family home … 344 words.  For further details click here

Video: Goa Familia | A community of people with shared histories and homes

10 Nov: Serendipity Arts Festival. An evolving archive that aims to explore multidimensional aspects of family histories, this project was conceived with an aim for research and documentation of Goa and its people. Photographs, framed prints, albums, negatives, ancestral heirlooms and other assorted memorabilia become a part of this compilation being developed into an interdisciplinary showcase as a part of the #SerendipityArtsFestival 2019. Offering a glimpse into this participatory space and process behind this chronicling project in association with Rahaab Allana, this film introduces you to @GoaFamilia project head Lina Vincent and creative collaborator Akshay Mahajan. This project is in affiliation with @Alkazi Foundation for the Arts…  For further details click here

Flight deals from London – Goa return

11 Nov: Trip Advisor (UK). Explore great flight deals from London … Goa from £445 round trip …  For further details click here

Russia: Return Tickets to Goa are offered for 7500 rubles [£92]

31 Oct: Tourdom (Russia). Holders of Indian visas have a chance to fly to Goa on November 1 at a very competitive price. An offer of flights from Moscow to the Indian state and back for 7500 rubles has appeared on airline reservation sites. With luggage! The return flight is scheduled for November 9th…  For further details click here
For the Russian original,  click here

Rochelle D’Silva

11 Nov: HT Café. Mumbai-born Rochelle D’silva did not expect to see the dearth in performance spaces for poets when she moved from Melbourne (Australia) to Mumbai in 2014. Starting as a poet in the Australian city, Rochelle says, “A lot of people encouraged you to perform on stage and help you out, however, I feel a sense of community is missing in Mumbai making it difficult for poets to perform.” … the poet has now moved to Goa because she says, “Mumbai is now saturated” and believes that quality is very important in poetry, but is getting diluted…  For further details click here
Video: In conversation with Rochelle D'silva at GALF 2017 …  click here
For the Rochelle D'silva Facebook site, click here. click here.

Goa to build new convention centre at Dona Paula

11 Nov: Travel Trends Today. … Speaking about the plans to develop the tourism in Goa, Pramod Sawant, Chief Minister, Government of Goa said, “… In 2022, we are coming up with a new airport in Mopa … When it comes to cruise tourism, we welcomed around 45,000 cruise travelers in 2018. One of the key challenges earlier was the local transportation, now we have solved this issue by using technology and launching the Goa Miles app. We are coming up with a new convention centre in Dona Paula. The convention centre will have a capacity of around 5,000 pax and the work has already begun.” …  For further details click here

India’s Narendra Modi has had a free pass from the west for too long

11 Nov: Financial Times (UK). By Gideon Rachman. The world’s democracies are desperate to believe in India. From Washington to Tokyo, and from Canberra to London, the country is viewed as an indispensable counterbalance to China… The west’s investment in India is now strategic, emotional, intellectual and financial. But the sunk costs of that investment mean that western countries are reluctant to acknowledge the dark side of Mr Modi’s India — in particular, threats to minority rights and the erosion of democratic norms…  For further details click here


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Event Highlight: G.O.A. (UK) St. Francis Xavier’s Feast

Sun. 1 Dec. GOA UK – St. Francis Xavier’s Feast. Venue: Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 3AS. Commencing at 1.00 p.m. with holy mass celebrated by Rev. Father Patrick D'Souza. Following the mass there will be a social dancing to the sounds of Outbreak. Tickets which will include snacks and a meal : Members £14.00 | Non Members £15 | Children 5 - 12 years £9.00 | Children 4 and under free. For further details log on to or call Bella on 07949.233307 | Juliette on 07958 537314 | Vince on 07853.132336 | Savio o 07918.693920 | Richard on 07711401157 | Tino Goes on 07821.900490  click here

General election 2019: Keith Vaz will not stand for re-election

11 Nov: BBC. Labour's Keith Vaz, who was suspended from the Commons after he was found to have "expressed willingness" to purchase cocaine for others, will not be standing for re-election. Mr Vaz, who has been MP for Leicester East for 32 years, said in a statement he was retiring from Parliament. He said it had been "an honour and a privilege" to serve his constituency. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said he had "made a substantial and significant contribution to public life"… Mr Vaz said in a statement: "I have decided to retire after completing 32 years as the Member of Parliament for Leicester East. In that time I have won eight general elections. It has been an honour and a privilege to serve my constituency since I came to the city in 1985. I want to thank the people of Leicester East for their absolute loyalty and support."  For further details click here
11 Nov: Daily Mail (UK). Shamed Labour MP Keith Vaz quits the Commons THREE YEARS after being caught offering to buy cocaine for male sex workers… Text, photos, video & comments.  click here

Canada: The history of samosas

4 Nov: The McGill Daily (Canada). By Noah Merali. I grew up making samosas with my nani, or grandmother, and I loved it… she told me stories about her childhood in Kenya… However, despite my love for the food, I never wanted to eat one in primary school. None of the other kids knew what they were … When I started studying at McGill last year, samosa sales shocked me. Surprisingly, the humble comfort food we know now had vastly different origins. First described as the sanbosag in the 11th century, in the modern-day Middle-East… The British colonial system encouraged the spread of samosas to a variety of English-speaking countries like Canada and the USA … The samosas that I grew up with come from East Africa… the samosas enjoyed in Africa closely resemble the gujarati style: crispy, flaky, and often filled with ground beef or chicken… Portuguese rule over the southwest of India – namely Goa – also promoted the spread of the samosa. Due to the strong Portuguese presence, the chamuça – Portuguese for samosa – became a big part of both Portuguese and Goan cuisine… 1826 words  For further details click here

Metro looks at three of the world’s best urban-based electric-bike tours

24 Oct: Metro (UK). … Blive, Goa, India: There’s so much more to Goa than golden beaches, and this brilliant guided e-bike tour provides an unbeatable insight into Panaji, Goa’s capital. Stops include the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception church, with its distinctive zig-zagging steps, and you’ll get the chance to restore energy levels with a snack inside a traditional Goan home.  For further details click here
For the Blive website,  click here

Mother of murdered Danielle McLaughlin perturbed over direction of trial

11 Nov: Herald. Andrea Brannigan, mother of 28-year-old tourist Danielle McLaughlin, who was allegedly raped and killed at Canacona on March 14, 2017, has said that she is upset and anguished over the fact that in spite being told that the case being fast tracked it is dragging for 3 years… Andrea Brannigan was speaking to this correspondent on Friday after a representative from Irish embassy attended the trial of the accused Vikat Bhagat in Goa earlier this week… "I want to visit Goa and look into the eyes of the person who killed my harmless daughter who till she was attacked thought that she was with a friend, you never do this to a friend," she said in a sorrowful voice… Brannigan is questioning why the focus of the trial seems to be on the rights of the accused, and not the fact that he allegedly raped and murdered her daughter…  For further details click here

Russians Abroad: How to become independent in Goa

10 Nov: Real Noevremya (Russia). Alina Brandukova is a business woman from Kazan, who lives in Goa in winter … she talks about why it is better to marry locals than to do business with them… She says, “It all started with my children. The youngest son had weak lungs, and the doctor recommended to go to the sea for at least a month … I organized the GoaDacha project, which helps people immediately find their place under the Goan sun… About 200 Russian-speaking families live in Arambol. And the same number come for at least a month. And this is only from Russia and the former CIS. But there are still foreigners: the British, Italians, French, Canadians ... 3908 words.  For further details click here
For the Russian original,  click here

Goa on the silver screen: These Indian movies flash the myriad beauty of the state in all its mystical glory

1 Nov: CNBC. Over the years, we have seen many films using the exquisite landscape of Goa to narrate their stories. Goa is not only a destination as the popular saying goes, it is indeed a philosophy… Trikal by the master director Shyam Benegal was released in the year 1985 and was subsequently screened at various film festivals around the world. The film shows an old family of a Goan village headed by the matriarch Dona Maria and involves various quirky characters of the same family who go through many crucibles in their lives against the backdrop of the last days of Portuguese rule in that place …  For further details click here

For a peek into Goan heritage

10 Nov: Mid Day (Mumbai). This is Goa-based architect and aspiring conservationist, Lester Silveira, 25 (photo), on his blog, The Balcão. Started two years ago, it gets its name from the traditional Goan balcony, and it’s here that Silveira shares his musings about Goan heritage. He has written over 17 essays on the page, which documents everything from the importance of the historic Kala Academy—a bustling centre for the arts on the banks of the River Mandovi in Panjim, to the history behind the private chapel of Dr Miguel Caetano Dias (1854 -1936), the director of health services in Portuguese India, and an architectural analysis of Panjim’s Santa Inez Church and Cemetery. This January, The Balcão also published an online magazine. The first issue explored the life of Goa-born, Mumbai architect Charles Correa, his early years and the special connect he had with the sunshine state..  For further details click here
For Lester Pereira’s Balcao, click here.



Death: Jessie Lobo nee Braganza ex Mombasa Kenya.

27 Oct. 2019:  Sunbury on Thames, UK.  JESSIE LOBO NEE BRAGANZA. Ex Mombasa Kenya. Born 1923. Malindi. Kenya. From Yvonne Doskar: It’s with great sadness we announce the death of my  dear mother Jessie Lobo, wife of the late Willie Lobo, mother of the late Errol and daughter Yvonne and son-in-law Jan Doskar.  Jessie died in the early hours of Sunday 27 October after a short illness having received the last sacraments.  Jessie  passed away peacefully with her daughter Yvonne and son-in-law Jan by her side at her Nursing Home where she was so loved and happy. Jessie enjoyed a great social life until the end.
Funeral will be on Thursday, 21 November 2019 at 10.45am at St. Ignatius Church, Green Street, Sunbury on Thames, TW16 6QE.  As Jessie loved wearing hats it would be appreciated if the ladies wore hats.  Committal will be attended by the family. The rest of the mourners to make their way to the Loyola Hall opposite the Church where the family will join them after the committal.
Family flowers only.  Instead it would be appreciated if donations could be made to Spelthorne Dementia Support where Jessie spent several happy days attending the Memory Cafe and social events and trips organised by the Purple Angels volunteers.  Donations can be made online through Lodge Brothers Sunbury Branch,   or on the day.
Directions: Sunbury Rail Station is 5 mins walk to the church.  Buses 216 from either Kingston or Staines, Buses 235 from Brentford via Hounslow and Feltham all stop outside the church. Condolences to be sent to:

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Non-stop from Manchester, UK to Goa, India for only £309 roundtrip

10 Nov: Secret Flying (UK). Availability in November 2019.
Note: Gatwick – Goa 27 Nov to 8 Dec is currently £482  For further details click here

Goan flavours in Pakistan

10 Nov: Free Press Journal (Mumbai). Sumit Paul tells the tale of how authentic Goan delicacies came to be available in Sindh, Pakistan … It was my academic visit to Pakistan … I never dreamt of coming across a Goan restaurant in Pakistan’s Sindh region showing the name — Goan Flavours, written in Urdu and English. The restaurant appeared very clean and it had a unique aura. The moment I entered, I saw a gentleman reading an Urdu daily. He was Lazaro de Cunha. A Goan reading Urdu newspaper was a rare sight! His great-grandfather Joaquim came to Sindh province along with other young Goan footballers, who were offered jobs by the British General Daniel MaCpherson… He narrated that his great-grandfather had a knack for cooking and he got permission to open an eatery at the cantonment area for the British army… Larkana’s ‘Goan Flavours’ came into being in 1907 … the restaurant was abuzz with customers and they were gorging on Goan delicacies… the famous restaurant is poised to reopen in Karachi from January 1, 2020 with the famous name unchanged… 1021 words.  For further details click here

Tips and tricks to keep in mind while travelling locally in Goa

9 Nov: Times Now Travel. If you are planning to visit Goa then check out these tips and tricks as it will help you while travelling locally in the state. These tips will help you save money while having the best time of your life… Rent a bike or car … consider renting a house instead of booking a hotel… look for local restaurants that offer Goan delicacies … look for price tags in local shops … check out the events section on Facebook for parties … plan your stay in North Goa as it is slightly cheaper than South Goa…  For further details click here

Six cool things to do in Goa this winter

8 Nov: Conde Nast Traveller. Tourist season in the land of palm-fringed beaches, glitzy parties and charming resorts is finally in full swing. For those of you tired of beach hopping and looking for some offbeat activities, here are six cool things to do at your favourite beach destination this winter: Show some love for the LGBTQ+ community at Goa’s third pride march hosted by Goa Rainbow Trust… Skip the party circuit to run along the soothing waters of the Zuari River at the Goa River Marathon… Swing to some tunes at Jazz India Circuit … Catch the Serendipity Arts Festival in Goa … Go bungee jumping in Goa … Sail from Goa to Mumbai …  For further details click here

Exploring Goa’s craft breweries, gin stills and whiskey distilleries

8 Nov: The Hindu. As craft beverages boom in India, I’ve been noticing how many interesting ones hail from the South. Goa has become a hot spot for our alcobev industry. There’s been a resurrection in feni, with new-age brands like Cazulo and Rhea; a ‘gin-naissance’ with brands like Greater Than, Hapusa, and Stranger & Sons; some of India’s finest single malts, like Paul John (and blended malts, like Woodburns); and, of late, craft beer via Sussegad Brewing, Goa Brewing Co and Arbor. There are over 3,000 registered micro distilleries in the state. And, most recently, when I curated the first edition of 30 Best Bars India, it also threw up over 10 bars in the coastal State as contenders, including Mahe, Calamari Bathe and Binge. So, the time seemed right to head down there and experience this first-hand…  For further details click here
1 Apr. 2015. Why You Should Sip Gin and Tonics When You’re in Goa. Where to drink our top 10 beach drinks. | By Margaret Loftus …  click here

Passed around as infant, 7-yr-old girl finally put up for adoption

9 Nov: Times of India. District magistrate (DM) R Menaka recently directed the North Goa child welfare committee (CWC) to take necessary steps to give a seven-year-old girl up for adoption. The girl was separated from her biological parents when she was two months old… In March 2012, a couple in North Goa had procured the child from her biological parents when she was barely two months old. The couple then went to the UK, placing the child in the care of Viegas. Then, in 2016, the couple handed her to another person in Porvorim. The child was rescued from her Porvorim ‘guardian’ after it was found that she was assaulted. She was placed in a childcare institution…  For further details click here

Seven weird Christmas traditions from around the world

9 Nov: Coventry Telegraph (UK). If you thought that Christmas is done the same no matter where you are in the world then you’re in for a surprise … Paper lanterns and bamboo stars: India may not be the first country that springs to mind when you think about Christmas. But there are over 25 million Christians in India, many living in Goa. While many Christmas traditions mirror those in Europe, such as midnight mass and gift-giving, Goans enjoy lighting up their communities by hanging out paper lanterns and bamboo stars between their houses…  For further details click here

30 great winter-sun escapes

9 Nov: The Times (UK). By Georgia Stephens. … 29: Goa, India. … Visit for sunrise yoga and fragrant fish curry, and stay at the arty Hyatt Centric Candolim … Seven nights' B&B costs from £685pp, including flights from Manchester and transfers, departing November 18 (020 3636 1931,  For further details click here
9 Nov: The Times (UK). Travel doctor. From Haydn Roberts, via email: Q. I have been a regular traveller to Goa over the past few years, usually travelling on Thomas Cook flights. As far as I am aware they were the only direct flights available. Can you help?
A. by Julia Brookes, Travel Doctor: You'll be relieved to hear that you can still fly nonstop to Goa with Thomas Cook's rival Tui ( But it will probably come as no surprise that fares this winter are not cheap: £1,338 was the best-priced return I could find in January. In future, it's worth remembering that charter flights often don't show up on cheap-flight comparison sites such as Skyscanner.  click here

Ek Bharat, Goa ke Sath
31 Oct: Daily Pioneer. By Vivek Menezes. The late, great Eunice de Souza, one of the most important modern Indian poets, wrote poignantly about “ways of belonging.” The phrase has deep significance to her native Goa, and beyond to the entire western coastline comprising the Konkan and Malabar. Here history has played out quite apart from the northern plains, and the borderlands of the subcontinent. Instead of constant waves of invasion and repulsion, this part of the world has experienced profound confluence since antiquity. Curious paradoxes abound about Goa…  For further details click here


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UK Event Highlight: Saligao Association UK: Christmas Get-Together

Sat 14 Dec: Christmas get-together: The Saligao Association UK invites you to join us for a pre-Christmas knees up at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS from 6 - 11 pm. The evening includes a Christmas Tree Party for children, Christmas Carol singing, and dancing to the sounds of “Treble Makers”. Catering: Bernie’s Kitchen. For more details, please see the flyer,  For further details click here

Rupee falls sharply after Moody's lowers India's outlook

8 Nov: Mint. The Indian rupee (INR) today fell sharply against the US dollar (USD) after Moody’s Investors Services lowered the nation’s rating outlook to negative citing growth concerns. The rupee fell to 71.30 at day's low against the US dollar, before recovering slightly to 71.26 in latest trade. In comparison, the rupee had settled at 70.96 on Thursday. Rupee is down about 2% against the US dollar so far during the year…  For further details click here
For the latest Indian Rupee exchange rates, British Pound: 91.189440; Euro: 78.652452; Australian Dollar: 48.954384; Canadian Dollar: 54.059979 …  click here

Barnie Choudhury: ‘Keith Vaz: Do the right thing and go’

8 Nov: Eastern Eye. By Barnie Choudhury, Former BBC journalist. It was 1996, and I had moved to Leicester where everyone was waxing lyrical about this dynamic, eloquent and change-making MP.His name was Keith Vaz and his record was impressive… Vaz’s reputation as a fixer and problem-solver grew … After our first meeting, I started hearing rumours about his exploits, and I questioned whether they were based in fact or jealousy. When I dug deeper, I could never find anyone to go on the record … But the cracks, which afflict the powerful, soon became apparent… in politics three things can often bring down a player. Hubris, money and sex. It seems the latter may prove to be Vaz’s ultimate downfall… 829 words.  For further details click here

Search underway for Elizabeth Mann who vanished in Goa

8 Nov: Star Tribune (Minneapolis). A University of Minnesota student traveling alone in India has gone missing … Elizabeth Mann, 20, was last seen at around 5 a.m. Thursday at Bunkd Hostels in Anjuna. She had been staying there since Oct. 24 and was looking forward to attending a yoga retreat there in December … things got strange on Halloween night, her aunt said. The manager of the hostel told her parents that Mann was seen with an unknown man who had been targeting her, she said. “The manager felt she was unsafe” … Police found the man and questioned him, but released him. Mann was advised to leave the country and return home. Her parents bought her a plane ticket. … Mann was not in her room when hostel staff went to wake her Thursday morning. All of her belongings were left in her room except for $60 cash and her passport, Jenson-Hoffman said…  For further details click here
8 Nov: 3:25 pm. CBS Minnesota. Elizabeth Mann Found After Going Missing In Goa … On Friday afternoon, the Facebook group reported that Mann had been found …  click here
Facebook: Help us finf Elizabeth Mann … click here.

Margao's Sunday 'chor bazaar' is a steal

7 Nov: Herald. Every Sunday, even before the sun is up, a ‘chor bazaar’ opens up on the streets of Margao, selling a variety of items at bargain prices. Without any fear of the police or of the Margao Municipal Council (MMC), the ‘chor bazaar’, which operates on the lines of a similar one in Ulhasnagar, Mumbai, opens at 5.30 am on Sunday and winds up before the sun is fully in the sky. In the hour or so that it is in business, the turnover is estimated to be at lakhs of rupees. Why is it called ‘chor bazaar’? Because the items on sale are believed to be stolen ones… Televisions, refrigerators, fans, branded watches, sunglasses, bags, clothing and other items are sold here.  For further details click here

Delhi residents escape to beaches of Goa away from toxic air

8 Nov: Reuters. Scores of Delhi residents were spotted in India's western resort state of Goa, taking escape vacations away from the city as the air quality in the national capital was declared 'severe plus' over the past week and a public health emergency was announced… Anything above 401 is classified as 'severe'. Air pollution at that level can seriously affect those with existing respiratory illnesses and even those who are otherwise healthy. New Delhi's air quality index, last week, had crossed 500 on the scale and was declared 'severe plus'…  For further details click here
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New Patto complex, tallest in state, to have govt offices

8 Nov: Times of India. In a bid to decongest traffic in Panaji’s gridlocked arterial roads the government has planned to move all its offices in the state capital into a mammoth 75m-tall administrative complex to be constructed at Patto, at a cost of around Rs 150 crore. The ‘iconic’ complex will be Goa’s tallest building, and will be located conveniently close to the Kadamba bus terminus, chief minister Pramod Sawant told TOI… Fitted with high-speed elevators, the highrise will house 15 floors of government offices and the top would be used as a viewing tower…  For further details click here

Goa: Traditional Roof Tiles To Be Replaced With special Solar Tiles

7 Nov: Republic World. Goa Power Minister Nilesh Cabral said the traditional clay roof tiles, which are also known as Mangalorean tiles that adorn houses in goa should be replaced with the 'special solar tiles'. Nilesh Cabral said his Ministry would soon implement the Renewable Energy Service Company (RESCO) model of solar power generation. In this process, the roof space is utilized for the outfitting of solar panels that help generate cheaper power for people. The Power Minister said private vendors will be roped in by the Government for the installation of the solar tiles. He also said this move will reduce the consumption of conventional energy up to 30-40 per cent in the state…  For further details click here

The best activities in the winter-sun paradise of Goa

6 Nov: Travel Weekly (UK). With a picture-perfect 65-mile coastline stretching along the Arabian Sea and an interior made up of spice plantations and vibrant paddy fields intersected by lazy rivers reminiscent of Apocalypse Now, the state of Goa is a laid-back haven of relaxed tranquillity. Its coastline is the stuff of dreams, but away from the beach, there are plenty of cultural and natural attractions to enjoy. All of which, combined with a hot, dry climate from November to March, makes it a fantastic winter break destination. 1. Go native with a beach-shack dinner … 2. Take a trip back in time to Old Goa … 3. Explore a cluster of heritage homes … 4. Try your hand at a Goan cuisine cookery class … 5. Play the markets at Anjuna and Arpora … 6. Take one of the best train journeys in India … 7. Laze away a day on a backwater cruise … 8. Explore one of the Goa’s best spice farms …  For further details click here



Death: Renato Titus Monteiro. Ex Nairobi.

2 Nov. 2019. Canberra, Australia. RENATO TITUS MONTEIRO. Ex Nairobi. Born 4 January 1936. Beloved husband of Edna. Much loved father of Malcolm and Julian. Proud grandfather of Gabriel, Eloise, Marcus and Luca. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass to be offered for Renato to be held at St Anthony's of Padua Catholic Church, Sternberg Crescent Wanniassa ACT on SATURDAY 9 November 2019 commencing at 11:15am. Followed by committal at Norwood Park Crematorium, Sandford Street, Mitchell ACT. Condolences email:
Extracts from his bio: Renato was born in Nairobi, Kenya, attending the Dr Ribeiro Goan School. A keen sportsman, he represented the school in many sports at the highest level … He loved the Social Club life in Kenya … He trained as a butcher and worked in the family business in Hurlingham where his father (Caetano) owned the Petrol Service Station and meat supply business (Booths Butchery) … Renato moved to Australia in 1983… For full text, click here.

Death: Aleixinho Quadros. Ex Nairobi.

5 Nov. Aquem Baixo, Navelim, Goa. ALEIXINHO BERNARDO QUADROS. Born: 22/01/1920 Ex-East African Railways, Nairobi, Kenya. Son of late Pascoal O. Quadros and late Maria A. Petornila Dias, husband of late Maria Argentina Julieta Vas, loving Father/Father in law of Petornila/late Agnelo, Hilda, Bertha/late Seby, Alice/Cleo, Celly/Russell, Julio/Sharon, grandfather/father in law of Roseline/Rob, RizIa/Rick, Armand/Melita, Sharon/Jovin, Nakita, Jarius, Rolt, Curt, Zion, Zara, Zane, great grandfather of Logan, Chriszelia, Chrisbane, Kane, Kurt. Funeral cortege will leave his residence at 4.15 p.m. for Our Lady of Rosary Church, Navelim, Salcete on Saturday, the 09th of November 2019.  For further details click here

Death: Vitorino Antonio Pinto. Ex Goa
31 Oct. Geneva. VITORINO ANTONIO PINTO. Aged 96. Former Director PWD, Goa; Sr Consultant, WHO, Geneva. His funeral took place on 5th Nov 2019 in Geneva. There will be a mass at the Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim on 8 Nov 2019 at 4:00pm offered by the family. Vitorino was the adoring husband of the late Marie Louise, Brother/brother-in-law of late Lia/late Alvaro, late Silvia, late Jose/Helena. Most loving uncle of Luis/Rosette, late Ivette/late Blasco, Jean Philippe, Carlos/Frances., Maria/Hans Joerg. Adoring grand-uncle of Brendan, Ian, Jose Manuel/ Nithya, Caetano Francisco, Chrisleigh,Valeska, Joel, Nina and Eric. Great grand uncle of Shruti. Photo.  For further details click here

Death: Maria Ana (Maryanne/Anita) Sequeira. Ex Mozambique, Goa, Pakistan, Germany
4 Nov: Mississauga. MARIA ANA (MARYANNE/ANITA) SEQUEIRA. Passed away peacefully in her 81st year, at Sunrise of Mississauga Retirement Home. Died surrounded by her daughter Rose and son-in-law Peter. She will be missed by her cherished granddaughter Ariana Milczyn. Loving wife of the late John Sequeira for 59 years. sister of Ancy (Kumar), aunt of nephews, Richard and Trevor Sookraj, and Joel (Danica) and great-nephews, Ferdyn and Daetyn Lobo. Predeceased by her parents and siblings Zezito, Fernando and Francesca Lobo. Survived by Phillip (Joanne), Katrina, Phillip and Christopher Sequeira. Born in Mozambique, Africa, Maria grew up in Goa, India, where she later met and married her husband John in 1960, in Pakistan. They migrated to Munich, Germany, where they lived for five years before immigrating to Canada. Maria had a 35-year career with Canada Post.
Friends and family can call at Scott Funeral Home Mississauga Chapel on Sunday, November 10, 2019, from 2-4 and 6 - 8 p.m. A funeral mass will be held Monday morning November 11, 2019 in St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church (1290 McBride Avenue, Mississauga), at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, Mississauga, Ontario. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Ontario Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Photo.  For further details click here

Death: Leo Pinto, Ex Karachi
5 Nov: Toronto. LEO PINTO. Formerly of Clark street, Saddar, Karachi. Passed away suddenly. Visitation: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Friday, November 8, 2019. Ogden Funeral Homes 4164 Sheppard Avenue East, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, M1S 1T3. Service: 10:00 am Saturday, November 9, 2019. St. Thomas the Apostle, 14 Highgate Crescent, Markham, Ontario, Canada. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery, 8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill, Ontario, Canada. Photo.  For further details click here

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Poor air quality cuts life short in Goa: US study

8 Nov: Navhind Times. A study has found that Goans are losing 1.5 years of their life expectancy due to the government's failure to meet air quality standards of 10 micrograms per cubic metre (?g/m3) for fine particulate matter (PM2.5) stipulated by the World Health Organisation. The deduction is based on the global air quality study carried out by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago. Particulate matter (PM) refers to solid and liquid particles - soot, smoke, dust, and others - that are suspended in the air. When the air is polluted with PM, these particles enter the respiratory system along with the oxygen that the body needs…  For further details click here

Labour to debate whether Keith Vaz will stand as MP at election

5 Nov: The Guardian. The future of the former minister Keith Vaz will be debated by Labour’s ruling body following tensions over whether he should be allowed to stand for Labour in next month’s general election. The national executive committee will consider whether the former MP for Leicester East, who has held the seat for the past 32 years and has a majority of 22,000, will become a distraction to Labour’s general election campaign if he stands again. Last week, the UK’s longest sitting Asian MP, was given an unprecedented six-month ban from parliament for offering to buy cocaine for sex workers and obstructing inquiries by the standards commissioner… the NEC has received letters of support from community groups and fellow MPs calling for Vaz to be endorsed as a candidate, informed sources said. “Keith is like an errant brother. He has not been suspended [by Labour] and therefore it is hard to see on what grounds the party can decide to stop him from standing again,” a senior party source said…  For further details click here

2 weeks for the price of 1: Goa holiday 14nts from £530pp

7 Nov: Holiday Pirates. A deal from Castaway_Cee. Drop what you are doing right now mateys! We've just spotted this insanely cheap last minute Goa-package basically giving you 14 nights for the price of 7! Flights, a well-reviewed hotel in a peaceful, scenic location, breakfast, luggage and transfers are all included but you better not sleep on it -- this holiday departs end of this month already. From £530 p.p Booking info Timeframe: 24. Nov. 2019 - 10. Dec. 2019. Origins London, Manchester. Destination . You'll be staying at the cheap and cheerful Marinha Dourada hotel located in the village of Arpora, in the north of Goa amidst serene surroundings and salt pans and rice fields…  For further details click here

127 dogs from Goa airport captured & relocated

7 Nov: Times of India. Following an MoU signed with the state government, world veterinary services (WVS) which was roped in to capture and relocate the stray dogs from the Goa airport runway at Dabolim has sterilised 127 of the 200 dogs that were estimated to be around the runway. “For the safety of the Indian naval base and millions of international and domestic travelers, we are ensuring that the Goa airport is a dog-free zone. A grant of Rs 7 lakhs has been given to WVS to execute the task,” animal husbandry and veterinary services (AHVS) director Santosh Desai told TOI… “We have secured the perimeter of the airport which is roughly 16 kms, so that the dogs which are outside the air field don’t enter the perimeter of the airport and the ones inside can be caught and removed,” an official said.  For further details click here

Now, Goa’s ‘dying brass band tradition’ on celluloid

6 Nov: Times of India. Throwing light on the dying tradition of the brass bands in Goa a new film, ‘Benddkaar - The Musician’, is due for release in Margao on November 13. Directed by Harry Fernandes the film is both in Goan and Mangalorean Konkani …The declining number of brass bands and the challenges its exponents face in times of electronic music have been highlighted in the movie. Fernandes said that during his research he found that around 70% of the next generation of brass band musicians are turning to electronic instruments. “The tradition is dying,” he said…  For further details click here

Deputy Speaker is not Portuguese citizen, Police tell court

6 Nov: Hindustan Times. In a submission made before the Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), which is hearing a petition challenging the nationality of Deputy Speaker Isidore Fernandes, Goa Police have stated that the politician is an Indian national. The Panjim police, in its reply to Advocate Aires Rodrigues’ petition, stated that photocopy of the document in Portuguese is not sufficient to declare a person as a foreign national. The reply further stated that the Panjim Passport office has informed that Fernandes holds an Indian Passport issued to him on October 14, 2011 which is valid till October 13, 2021… Rodrigues sought that the police be directed to investigate the matter properly.  For further details click here

Goa cops barred from parading accused ‘like trophies’ and given lesson in fundamental rights

6 Nov: Hindustan Times. The High Court fined two cops for parading an accused woman and posing with her before the media and barred such practice in future. Goa government and its Director General of Police were also told on Tuesday to ensure the order is implemented. The court said the policemen acted like “some erstwhile Maharajas or hunters posing with their trophy after a hunt” and reminded the men in Khaki that even a criminal had the right to dignity under the fundamental and human rights guaranteed by the constitution…  For further details click here


Sat. 9th Nov. 13.00 hrs. GOA UK – Mass for the Deceased members of the Goan community. Venue: SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 4LD. The service will be followed by a three course lunch and refreshments in the hall. Please book your meal at £7.50 in advance. Tickets available from Ravi Vaz : 07909.927539 | Nina Pinto:0208 767 0663 |Bella Fernandes: 07949.233307 | Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa : 07958 537314. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 17 Nov.  Feast Of The Our Lady Of Rosary.  Union of Navelim UK is celebrating our 39th Anniversary with celebrations commencing with Rosary at 12:00 noon followed immediately by Holy Mass at Richard Challenor School,  Manor Drive North, New Malden, Surrey KT3 5PE. Thereafter, followed by main meal/snacks by Trinity Caterers and Music by Shades. Dress code is formal no jeans. Ample free parking for cars & coaches. Fully Licensed Bar – No drinks allowed. All proceeds donated to charity. Advance payment reservation can be made for a table of ten.  Amelia Gomes - 07956 843 665; Selwyn Ferrao - 07769 906 100; Cynthia Antao - 07984 007 381; Tony D’Costa - 07710 424 098; Loy Rebello - 07789 154 499; Vince Fernandes - 07853 132 336; Maurilio Mergulhao - 07765 897 261; Violeta D’Silva - 07871 027 283. To view the flyer, click here.

Sun 24 Nov. Fr. Agnelo's Day: 92nd Commemoration Celebration on at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon. CR9 3AS. Commencing with Mass at 1.30pm. Principal Celebrant: Our Patron, the Rt. Rev. Patrick Lynch SSCC, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark.

Sun. 1st Dec. GOA UK – St. Francis Xavier’s Feast. Venue : Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 3AS. Commencing at 2.00 p.m. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 8th Dec. East London And Essex Goans Celebrate St Francis Xavier's Feast.  Venue: Fords Sports And Social Club, Aldborough Road South. Newbury Park, Essex IG3 8HG.  Mass at 12 noon; celebrant Fr. Patrick D'Souza (Goan Chaplaincy). Please contact Joyce Travasso 0208 478 8845 or Raymond Carvalho 07963 950814.  For the flyer with  further information, click here

Sat. 14th Dec. GOA UK – Children’s Christmas Party / Senior Citizens Meal. For the flyer, click here.

Sat 14 Dec: Christmas get- together: The Saligao Association UK invites you to join us for a pre-Christmas knees up at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS from 6 - 11 pm. The evening includes a Christmas Tree Party for children, Christmas Carol singing, and dancing to the sounds of “Treble Makers”. Catering: Bernie’s Kitchen. For more details, please see the flyer, click here.


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