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Death: Cresenti Fernandes. Ex Nairobi

31 Jul: Harrow, London, UK. CRESENTI FERNANDES. Aged 85. Ex Chairman of the Goan Institute, Nairobi. Passed away with family at his side. He was the loving and devoted husband of Thelma, devoted father of Caroline (Richard), and sons late Valentino, Douglas (Idoia) and Christopher. He was also the cherished grandfather of Nerea, Monica and Alex. He is predeceased by his siblings Elias, Rita Gracias, Theo, Moses and Joe and survived by brother Thomas. In lieu of flowers, please offer a Mass for the soul of Crescent Fernandes at your local church or send a donation to the Goan Welfare Society Nairobi. For Funeral details watch this space. May his soul rest in eternal peace. [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi]. Condolence messages can be sent to

Death: Pascal Fernandes. Ex Nairobi.
2 Aug: London. PASCAL FERNANDES. It is with profound sorrow that we announce the passing away of PASCAL FERNANDES. Ex Nairobi on 2nd August 2020 in London, at the age of 63. Loving Son of the late Remedios Santan and Laurina Fernandes. Jovial Brother to Philomena (John) Pacheco and Santano Fernandes. Uncle to Sebby, Maria (Nairobi) and Savio (London). Funeral arrangements will be announced later. May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace, Amen. Message of Condolence can be sent to Mobile/WhatsApp number +254 726 251 663

Death: Tony Cardozo. Ex Cortalim/Seraulim, Goa
18 Jul: London. ANTHONY (TONY) CARDOZO (Cortalim/Seraulim) Born: 14/04/1959. Loving son of late Casmiro Cardozo/Sebastian Telles Cardozo. Beloved husband of Carma Cardozo. Father/Father in law of Clarissa/Elden Quadros (Raia/UK), Clarence. Grandfather of Caira. Son-in-law of late Evangelist/late Ricardina D'Costa (Seraulim) Brother/Brother-in-law of Fatima/Ancieto D'Mello (Loutulim), late Flora/ Vitorino Silveira (Cortalim/UK), Clena/Amparo Fernandes (Seraulim/UK), Cyril/Sandra Cardozo (Cortalim). Brother-in-law of Juliet/Benny (Seraulim), Celine/Thomas (USA). Uncle of Hubert/Marisa, Karyn, Hedric, Amy, Chevonne, Struan, Kaynan &Yodran. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 at St. Joseph's Church, Harrow Weald at 10:00 am (2:30 pm 1ST) and burial service at Carpenders Park Cemetery, Pinner, at 11:30 am (4:00 pm 1ST). Photo. click here.

News Summary

Goa: COVID Headlines

5 Aug: Herald. Four more deaths take toll to 60. 259 new COVID-19 cases were registered on Tuesday…  For further details click here
5 Aug: Herald. Goa’s per million cases HIGHEST in the country; fatalities at lowest. With COVID-19 cases rising at the rate of 250 plus on a consistent basis for the last week or so and also breaching the 300-mark, Goa seems to be staring at fearful days ahead considering the limited health resources available…  click here
4 Aug: Times of India. The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has urged the tourism department to reduce charges for antigen tests. Travellers arriving in Goa are being charged Rs 2,000 for undergoing these tests. Last week, antigen testing began operational at Goa International Airport. TTAG pointed out that antigen testing costs less in other states. The antigen test kit can be bought for Rs 500-700, so there is no reason why the government should charge Rs 2,000 for the test, it said… click here.

Food News In Brief

4 Aug: Chicago Reader. Jasmine Sheth (photo) is Chicago’s first dabbawala. Each week her Tasting India delivery service dives deep into a different regional Indian cuisine… Sheth left home in 2003 for New Jersey, where she earned her MBA in human resource management … Her Goa mushroom cafreal - a dish brought to the region by African soldiers in the Portuguese army … ‘Oh I grew up in Goa, I’m really looking forward to this sorak coconut milk vegetable curry…  For further details click here
4 Aug: Times of India. Goan restaurants think out of the box to woo back patrons. Despite restaurants being open for almost two months now, not many people are willing to step out. So, how to connect patrons with the food and beverage of their choice? Chefs and restaurateurs are now coming up with interesting experiences and deliveries to keep foodies happy! …  click here

State assures High Court on recovery of £350m. mining dues

5 Aug: Herald. In a major development, the State government on Tuesday assured the High Court to pass orders to recover Rs 3,431 crore [£350m approx.] from mining companies within a period of four months, based on the demand notices issued to the firms. Goa Foundation had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in June, seeking directions to the State government to recover the amount from mining companies on several counts within a time-bound period. Petitioner Claude Alvares said the government on Tuesday agreed to the demands of the PIL as Advocate General Devidas Pangam told the Court that the amount was recoverable…  For further details click here

In Goa, it’s not just sailors who’ve changed course to stay afloat

4 Aug; Times of India. About 25,000 Goan sailors have lost work. Succoro Fernandes is still surrounded by fish. Only now, the fish are dead and he’s not at sea. For five years, Fernandes worked as a storekeeper on a cruise liner… Now his day starts at 3am with tea. He then rides his bike to the wholesale fish market in Margao, 40 minutes away, buys fresh fish and starts his rounds of nearby villages to sell it. By 11am, he is done. Most days, he makes Rs 600-700 — enough to pay his bills, but nothing like his seafaring days… Fraizer Fernandes has used his experience as a bartender with P&O cruises to start a party and wedding planning business. And he is not alone. “Who knows the nitty-gritty of sanitisation better than a cruise ship worker?” he says…  For further details click here

Connecting Sindhudurg and Goa through music

4 Aug: Times of India. In a bid to contribute to the Konkani language, singer-songwriter, Monica Fernandes released her first ever Konkani audio album titled, Jivit Devachem Dennem that translates to ‘Life is God’s gift to you’ recently. The album is supported by Menino Mario, a prominent tiatr personality. The album also features vocals by Archie Fernandes, Rayola Dias both based in Goa as well as an introduction by Emcee Stanley Fernandes from Mumbai. Monica has added her name to list of many good singers such as Juje Fernandes, Hendry Lobo and Fr Lui Paes from Sindhudurg who have released Konkani audio albums, thus connecting Sindhudurg and Goa through music. Speaking about the idea behind the title Monica says, “We see many people committing suicide, falling prey to discouragement and depression and injustice…  For further details click here
Video: Kortubam by Monica Fernandes,  click here

Football News In Brief

3 Aug: Stats Perform News. Former Dempo SC midfielder Peter Carvalho may be one of the most underrated players of his time. He spent almost a decade years with the Goan giants, serving the club with exemplary commitment. However, not many are aware could have well started his senior playing career with Goan rivals Sporting Clube de Goa. Carvalho did eventually turn up for the Flaming Oranje in 2017, 16 years after attending trials at the club that was then recently taken over from Cidade de Goa in 1999 by Sporting Goa's current owner Peter Vaz…  For further details click here
4 Aug: Herald. AFC red-flags six Goa Professional League matches for possible 'manipulation'. GFA says no evidence; Panjim-based team mentions lodging police complaint in November for being approached by unknown person to discuss match proceedings …  click here
4 Aug: Times of India. AIFF tells Goa to expedite probe into suspected match-fixing… click here.

The Covid-19 survival kit for India’s freelance writers: online workshops, writing books, and more social media

3 Aug: Quartz … As soon as the virus hit India and the entire nation went into lockdown, news outlets and magazines started feeling the financial brunt and immediately exercised budget cuts… freelance writers were politely told “Unfortunately, we have no budget for freelancers at the moment.” … But all is not doom and gloom, said Goa-based writer Vivek Menezes. “Truly independent voices are emerging now, and I think we are seeing the relevance of good writing in these times.” Menezes believes that if you are producing compelling content out of India, there are still viable international alternatives for you. Swimming against the tide, the optimistic Menezes is hoping to start a new column soon…  For further details click here

Laurence Bras: The ultimate summer dress trend according to this beloved French designer

4 Aug: Vogue, France. A major figure of the French pret-a-porter scene of the last decade, Laurence Bras creates, with elegance, inspiring looks. A wardrobe where comfort and seduction equate to form and style. For all those who want to remain true to themselves in modern and practical clothes for every occasion, Laurence Bras is perhaps one of the most obvious brands. Born in Normandy, the designer, now living in India between Delhi and Goa, has been designing easy-to-wear garments, elegant for the everyday and emphasizing quality and flawless style… Vogue interviews her…  For further details click here
From the Laurence Bras website … “Fashion stories are often family stories… And this season, it's a new chapter that opens. Laurence Doligé (re) becomes, Laurence Bras, her maiden name. The reason? The one who for 10 years, lives, draws, invents, imagines, vibrates in Delhi, and sometimes in Goa, from her hut-boutique on the beach, finally joins forces with her little sister Anne...  click here
For some photos of Laurence Bras fashions, click here.



Death: Fortunato Barretto

1 Aug. 2020: Nairobi. FORTUNATO BARRETTO. Husband to the late Smiley, loving Father to Charlotte, Cheryl & Shaun. Adored Grandfather to Nicola & Matthew. Cherished Father-in-law to Edward & Cora-Lisa. Brother to Mena, the late Mario, late Primo, Patty, Livra, Agatha, Tilda, late Willy, Olinda, Fatima, Eddie, Cleto and the late Tony. Online Mass service details to be communicated. Funeral will be private in keeping with COVID 19 protocols. May his soul rest in Eternal Peace. [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi. Condolences can be sent to and

News Summary

Goa COVID Headlines

4 Aug: Navhind Times. 3 more succumb to virus … Goa reported 286 fresh cases of COVID-19 on Monday, taking the tally of confirmed cases to 6,816. This is the second highest single-day spike after 337 cases were reported on Sunday, which has been the highest single-day spike till date…  For further details click here
4 Aug: Herald. Editorial: It’s spiking, and that is worrying. The month of August did not start on the best of notes for the State where the COVID-19 pandemic is concerned. Goa has crossed the 6000 mark in cases, going from a figure of 1387 cases on July 1 to 6193 on August 1, a rise of 4803 cases in the space of a month…  click here
3 Aug: The Print. Bihar’s positivity rate sees sharp drop while Goa, the highest tester, see its number climb. States Tracker — a daily comprehensive look at how much each state is testing for Covid-19, and how fast and widely the infection is spreading… click here.

UK, India agree on transport 'air bubbles' for international air connectivity

3 Aug: Daily News and Analysis. India and the United Kingdom (UK) have agreed upon transport air bubbles for international air connectivity as air travel shows signs of recovery amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak. The Government of India has given permits to UK carriers to operate flights between both countries. A British High Commission Spokesperson told WION, “The Government of India has now given permission for UK carriers to re-establish bilateral air routes. We are working closely with airlines to finalise details as soon as possible. More information will be announced in due course.” Details are being worked out with the UK and are expected to be announced in an elaborated manner in due course. India already has Transport Air Bubbles with the US, France, and Germany…  For further details click here

Catholic News In Brief

2 Aug: Rome Reports. Catholic Church in India goes to peripheries to help poor during COVID-19 pandemic. The Catholic Near East Welfare Association (CNEWA), a New York-based papal agency has been working in India with the country's Catholic dioceses to carry out humanitarian and pastoral projects…hundreds of Catholic priests, religious sisters and bishops come out in solidarity with the poor. There is no religion, caste or creed. The pandemic brought out a need for physical distancing, for safety, but it cannot defeat the sense of charity …  For further details click here
1 Aug: The Tablet (UK). Persecution of Christians continues to rise in India … According to one charity, between 2016 and the present, there have been 2,067 crimes inspired by religious intolerance against Christians in India …  click here
3 Aug: Persecution. Christian Leaders Seek Justice After Murder of Pastor in India’s Punjab State … click here.

Goa: Our Food for the Many Rainy Days Ahead

3 Aug: Eater (USA). By Joanna Lobo. Goa’s monsoon season has long necessitated the practice of purumenth, or stocking up. Today, during the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s a new kind of lifesaver… Purumenth (sometimes spelled purument or purmenth) is the local Konkani corruption of the Portuguese word provimento or provisão, meaning provisions. It is, most simply, the practice of stocking up for times when food is scarce… The monsoon season lasts from June until September and fresh ingredients like produce, meat, and fish are scarce… Preparations began early, from mid-February onward… Everybody stocked things on a yearly basis — masala, dals and ghee, pickles, dry fish, salt, and pappad. It wasn’t frugality, but systematic planning to ensure the larder was always full… 1848 words.  For further details click here

Match-fixing in Goan football: Beautiful game shows ugly side

3 Aug: Times of India. London-based Sportsradar—a company that monitors betting odds, movements and patterns worldwide — has now red-flagged six matches played over just a month in the Goa league last season. Sportsradar identified these suspicious activities through a unique Fraud Detection System and brought it to the notice of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), which in turn notified the All India Football Federation (AIFF). The report said there was “clear and overwhelming betting evidence that the course or result of the match was unduly influenced with a view to gaining betting profits”. For instance, Dempo Sports Club’s 4-0 victory over Calangute Association on November 1, 2019, has been cited as an example. The report said there was suspicious live betting for Calangute Association to lose the match and that too by at least three goals… 721 words.  For further details click here
4 Aug: Times of India. Show us proof of match-fixing in Goa Pro League, say Guardian Angel…  click here

Go local for Goa mining, achieve the mandate of Atmanirbhar Bharat

2 Aug: Sunday Guardian. … Since 2007 due to the iron ore demand globally, Goa’s production and export capacity grew to touch 50 Million tons. This led to general unrest by the Public due to limited infrastructure and other parameters. However, after the Shah Committee report was tabled in the parliament then the government of Goa closed down the operation in 2012. In 2014 the Supreme Court lifted its ban but put a carrying capacity in the State of Goa to 20 million tons… In January 2020 there was a temporary relief wherein the Supreme Court vide its judgment from the present bench of the Supreme Court allowing for transportation of ore already extracted for 6 months … The adverse impacts of this mining suspensions need to be understood if Goa is to be local and become Atmanirbhar… 3543 words.  For further details click here

Gin in a bottle: How this Goa-based startup is fomenting the gin revolution in India

3 Aug: Your Story. Two things come to mind when one thinks of gin: the hot priest from the web series Fleabag and London – a city best known for its gin and tonic cocktail. … The gin and tonic cocktail is so widely consumed in England … Ironically, the world-famous gin and tonic drink was originally created in India by the British East India Company to make quinine – a medicinal herb used as an antimalarial drug – more palatable… home-grown boutique gin companies are slowly popping up … Goa-based Stranger & Sons was founded in 2018 … The start-up’s gin is made up of an infusion of nine herbs and spices, as well as three types of citrus peels…. Currently present in Mumbai, Pune, Goa, London, Thailand, and Singapore, the startup says it plans to expand in India …  For further details click here
Buy Stranger & Sons Gin in the UK for £34.95,  click here



First death anniversary of Bosco Fernandes of Coulsdon, Surrey, UK.

Sadly missed and Lovingly remembered husband to Pat, devoted Father/ Father in Law to Charmaine & Paul Millar, Kelly & Jay Carvalho and Natalie Fernandes & Jejy Costin, Grandfather to Kacey- May, Mia and Jamie. Son of Santana (Navelim) and the late Diego Fernandes (Benaulim), brother to Regina and Patrick, Benny and Tony, Adolf and Debbie, Lucy and Savio. Remembering you is easy- we do it everyday; Missing you is the heartache that never goes away.
The family would like to thank relatives and friends for their support over the last year. A memorial Mass is being offered for the repose of his soul onthe 5th of August, at 09.30am - Church of the Assumption, Mooncoin, Co. Kilkenny, Ireland. This Mass will be recorded - access is via the website, click here.

Funeral: Sebastian Fernandes. Ex Nairobi

Rose and the family, thank you for all of your condolences. Sebastian's funeral has been arranged for Wednesday, 5th August 2020. Unfortunately, due to current COVID- 19 guidelines, please note that personal attendance at the funeral is very restricted and the funeral is by invite only. Family and friends worldwide are invited to join in the funeral mass service via the live streaming on the day from 12 noon, with the mass starting at 12.30. Thereafter, access to the link will be open until, Sunday 9th August 2020.
To join the LIVE service or THEREAFTER to access the recording,  For further details click here
For the Sebastian Fernandes death notice, click here.

News Summary

Goa: COVID Headlines

3 Aug: Herald. In the biggest single-day spike, Goa recorded 337 new cases of COVID-19 and five deaths on Sunday taking the total death tally to 53. As on date, the confirmed cases is 6530 … Government has attributed mass and community testing as a reason for the rise in the number of positive cases. As per Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Goa leads the chart of highest number of testing, per day, in the country…  click here
3 Aug: Navhind Times. International arrivals: Give COVID negative proof, skip quarantine. The Union Health Ministry on Sunday issued a set of revised guidelines for international arrivals wherein passengers flying to India from August 8 can skip institutional quarantine if they submit COVID-19 negative test report. According to the guidelines, this test should have been conducted within 96 hours prior to undertaking the journey…  click here
3 Aug: Navhind Times. Goan IT companies feel the pandemic pressure … click here.

Goa among 10 worst states for data reporting: Stanford study

2 Aug: Times of India. A Stanford University study that assessed the quality of Covid-19 data reported by states in India named Goa as one of the ten worst performers in this category, just behind Chhattisgarh. Goa, like most states, does not offer a finer look into the Covid-19 cases such as details about sex, age, co-morbidities and travel history… critics have held the view that the state government is under-reporting Covid-19 cases to paint a better picture of the state’s Covid-19 response…  For further details click here
14 Aug: Frontline. Wilful denial. The daily number of COVID-19 cases and deaths hit new highs in July but the Indian government continues to remain in self-congratulatory mode, blind to the possibility of community transmission… Whilst the daily notes present a glowing picture of the current situation, the fact remains that the pandemic is far from being contained…  click here

A New Goan Groove

1 Aug: Elle (UK). Forward-thinking creatives are putting this pocket-sized Indian Paradise back on the map. Carolyn Caldicott explores the former Portuguese colony’s beaches and Conservation Areas… She writes: “Goa holds a special place in my heart, for it was here, in the early Nineties, when my husband and I had just met, that we road-tested our relationship on a hedonistic sojourn. Wowed by miles of palm-fringed beaches, free from development, we rode bicycles at sunrise along deserted shores, stopping to swim with dolphins and sunbathe in glorious isolation… Since those heady days, I have been wary of returning … the brand-new crop of boutique hotels, galleries and cool cafes got us thinking that now was the time to revisit … It’s fair to say that Goa’s culinary scene is experiencing something of a renaissance. We checked out Norohna’s Corner food truck in Anjuna – where there’s always a queue for its chouriço pão … If you’ve never been, go. My husband and I are set to return for years to come. 1403 words.  click here
Chris and Carolyn Caldicott - The Ultimate Travel Company …  click here

We’re mapping Goa’s ingredients to see what’s disappearing due to climate change

2 Aug: the Hindu. By Anumitra Ghosh Dastidar. The chef and restaurateur on how she is making indigenous produce the centrepiece of her cuisine. She has a Ph.D. in cognitive linguistics and has worked across the globe — but not as a linguist. Anumitra Ghosh Dastidar is a professional chef who can conjure up mouth-watering plates of food with ingredients that are fast disappearing… Edible Archives, her newly opened restaurant in Goa, showcases local produce and knowledge through inventive recipes. “Goa is losing its biodiversity. We are mapping the local ingredients and will be able to find out what is disappearing because of climate change. We want to promote love for regional diversity, not just through rice, but even indigenous vegetables and preparations across the country,” she says… 1162 words.  For further details click here

A beached economy

10 Aug: India Today. The beachside resorts look deserted, the nightclubs are shut, the casino craps tables are empty. At 5 per cent, Goa's hotels have seen occupancy rates hit rock bottom. A sharp rise in Covid-19 cases since mid-May has decimated the tourism industry and the state economy. With a 40 per cent share in the state's economy, tourism had been its backbone since the Supreme Court imposed a ban on iron ore mining in March 2017. Goa registered its first Covid-19 case on March 26 and had only seven active cases till mid-May when it reopened for travellers, lifting restrictions. Since then, it has seen an average of 200 new cases daily. The total number of cases stood at 5,002 on July 27. Goa's infection rate is also 1.5 per cent higher than the national average…  click here

Goa Arts and Literary Festival: The show must go on

2 Aug: Mid Day. By Jane Borges. The show must go on say literary festival directors and publishers, who despite being conflicted about making the transition online, feel quality conversations about books and writers must continue in a post-pandemic world … In a piece for a daily newspaper in May, Vivek Menezes, who is the co-founder and co-curator of the Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) alongside veteran writer Damodar Mauzo (photo), had shared that GALF 2020, which was scheduled for December, would most likely be scrapped. While chances of an offline event happening are thin, Menezes is still thinking about how the team can perhaps, "reinvent the lit festival practice in a way that gives back more concrete value to the reader and the author… Our festival is quite different [from the rest]—it's run by writers and on a shoe-string; the business element has never entered our festival. The point was always to do something different in Goa.  For further details click here
30 Jul: Herald. South Goa adapts to literature in a digital world! In a masked, socially distanced world, book lovers in South Goa are gearing up to welcome Damodar Mauzo’s latest book, Tishttavni via an online book release on Friday, while members of the Margao Book club will discuss Savia Viegas’ ‘Let me tell you about Quinta’ in an online session on Saturday…  click here

Vasco de Gama, persona non grata in India

1 Aug: Le Point (France). By François-Guillaume Lorrain. The arrival of the Portuguese on May 20, 1498 is the beginning of a series of misunderstandings where he left very bad memories. It was on May 20, 1498 that he anchored near Calicut, India. The only commemorative monument is a modest stone column wedged between two houses 200 meters from the sea… the column was erected in 1969, for the 500th anniversary of the navigator's birth… Gama did not leave his ship for six days: he was suspicious. On the East African coast, in Mozambique, then in Mombasa (Kenya), the reception had been rather cool … In Mélinde (Kenya), the sultan, less hostile, had offered Gama an Arab pilot to navigate the Indian Ocean… 3115 words.  click here
For the French original,  click here

Seek Serenity In Blooms

1 Aug: Harper's Bazaar (UK). Stephen Doherty was in Goa during monsoon season when he saw flowers tied as offerings to shrine gates. He used his artistic practice to mirror this ritual, building up washes of ink and water for his meditative floral portraits, exhibited at Belgravia’s Show studio gallery last year…  click here
For the Stephen Doherty website,  click here


News Summary

Goa: COVID Headlines

2 Aug: Herald. 3 more deaths as COVID hits new daily high of 280. The State on Saturday reported three deaths of COVID-19 patients, taking the tally of total deaths to 48. The single-day COVID-19 cases touched the highest till date as 280 samples tested positive … Fifty-eight suspects are at isolation wards and 72 persons have been quarantined across various residencies/hotels. The health centres at Cortalim, Vasco and Margao continue to record cases in three digits with 334, 390 and 110 active cases respectively…  For further details click here
Editorial: 2 Aug: Herald. Focus on Pandemic, that’s what Govt should be doing…  click here
1 Aug: Deccan Herald. Chanting of mantras, temple prayers in Goa to fight Covid-19 .... people in parts of Goa have started seeking "divine intervention" in a bid to stop the spread of Covid-19 in the state … click here.

Trapped by pandemic, most Goans abroad arranged own travel home.

2 Aug: Herald. Since March 22 there have been Goans stranded abroad who have had to fend for themselves as the State or the Centre came to be of little help. After landing in Goa their woes did not end and they complain of being milked by the government in the name of SOPs and quarantine… As per data available, 11,067 Goans have been repatriated to Goa till date, of which 7939 are seafarers and 3128 are non-seafarers. Of these 11,067, merely 1246 came on the Vande Bharat Mission flights of the Central government… In all, 35 flights have come chartered by Goans from Milan and Rome Italy (4), Dubai (4), Colombo (2), Doha (3), Sao Paulo, London (6), Manila (2), Magnolia, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Sharjah, Barbados, Mumbai (3), Kuwait, Muscat, Chennai and Riyadh…  For further details click here

How penniless boy who sold peanuts to tourists escaped poverty to join British Army

1 Aug: The Mirror (UK). Gopal Vaakode, 12, trudged 10 miles every day to sell nibbles to tourists at Colva … He made barely enough to feed his three sisters and parents, who lived with him in a roadside tent. And it was while selling peanuts on a beach in Goa, that fate brought him into contact with a British family who would change his life for ever. Gopal was 12 when he met Carol Thomas, 57, partner Colin Hanson, 64, and his sister-in-law Linda Hanson, 68. Instead of buying nuts, they took him shopping for clothes and food for his family. They promised to see Gopal when they returned the next year. And, sure enough, they bumped into him on the beach 12 months later. It ignited a lifelong bond that eventually led Gopal to England, a career in the British Army, marriage and fatherhood… Gopal lives in Mansfield, Notts, with his wife Jasmine, 26, and daughter Daisy, seven… 1004 words  click here

UK: Tory MP claims the 'vast majority' of lockdown rule-breakers are from Ethnic communities

1 Aug: Daily Mail. A Tory MP was accused of racism yesterday after claiming the ‘vast majority’ breaking lockdown restrictions were from black and minority ethnic communities. Craig Whittaker (photo), who represents Calder Valley in West Yorkshire, said there were ‘sections of our community that are just not taking the pandemic seriously’. He made the comments during an interview with LBC Radio after local lockdown measures were imposed on large parts of the North including his constituency… “'If you look at the areas where we have seen rises and cases, the vast majority – not by any stretch of the imagination all areas – it is the BME communities that are not taking this seriously enough.’ Mr Whittaker accepted his view would be controversial …  For further details click here
1 Aug: Daily Mail. Nazir Afzal says a politically correct refusal to face facts that minority ethnic communities' genetics and lifestyle make them more vulnerable would be a shameful betrayal …  click here
1 Aug: The Independent (UK). Bame communities are not responsible for spreading coronavirus… click here.

Citizenship in a Caste Polity: Religion, Language and Belonging in Goa

1 Aug: The Caravan. By Jason Keith Fernandes. This book examines the mass demonstrations in Goa in the 1980s that preceded the declaration of Konkani as an official language, though only in the Devanagari, not the Roman, script. Through research and interviews, the author looks at demands that have sprung up since, particularly among Goa’s Catholics. Orient Black Swan, Rs 975, 380 pages  click here
To order a copy from Waterstones UK,  click here
To order it from Dogears Goa, click here.

Tiatr: C.Alvares: The evergreen hero’s 100th. And Goa prepares to celebrate

1 Aug: Herald. August 1, 2020 marks the birth centenary of ace director and evergreen hero of the Konkani stage, Santana Francisco Alvares aka Celestino Alvares (C Alvares). C Alvares and Brothers Memorial Trust had planned some cultural programmes this year with the backing of the Tiatr Academy of Goa (TAG). But the COVID related restrictions have postponed the celebrations … Born on August 1, 1920 to Caetano Alvares and Anunciacao de Souza in Saligao, C Alvares proceeded to Bombay and attended night school, when only 9, …  For further details click here
2 Aug: Herald. Paying tribute to C Alvares and Alfred Rose with a virtual live concert. Sunday evenings has a new musical destination online at Goan Fiesta, on Soul Fry community, a Facebook page, featuring the best of Konkani singers and musicians. This Sunday is even more special as Konkani stage stalwarts Late C. Alvares and Late Alfred Rose will be remembered as noted Goan singers will belt out their classics live …  click here

Goa governor, CM spar again, this time over new Raj Bhavan

1 Aug: Hindustan Times. Goa CM and the governor have recently been at odds with each other over government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet another episode in the ongoing skirmish between Goa governor Satyapal Malik and chief minister Pramod Sawant has unfolded with the governor terming the Goa government’s decision to build a new Raj Bhavan for the state as “illogical and imprudent”, especially since it has come during a pandemic and has sought that it be deferred… On July 24, Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant announced the decision to construct new premises for the Raj Bhavan and suggested related work like identifying land for the building and finalizing its design could be tendered before April 2021. The Goa governors’ residence is housed in an erstwhile Portuguese fort that was used to accommodate Portuguese governors prior to being converted into a governor’s residence after liberation…  For further details click here
31 Jul: New Indian Express. Congress questions Goa government's plan to build new Raj Bhavan during 'cash crunch' … Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC) chief Girish Chodankar alleged that the BJP government was planning to rent out the Raj Bhavan building to a private firm to run a casino, spa and resort…  click here

Of Goa A Glimpse

1 Aug: Expat Living (Singapore). Italian expat Gianfrancesco Perrone is the general manager of luxury property developer Isprava. He’s lived and worked in the state of Goa for four years. We asked him how he got there and what he likes about it…. “Goa is definitely laid-back and relaxed… What I appreciate most, though, are the juxtapositions: the 16th-century charm against the vibrant neighbourhoods, the calm beaches against crowded shacks, the energetic parties against tranquil hideaways. It’s a land of contrasts… I think it’s safe to say that Goa’s charm is derived from its colonial past … the relaxed way of life (or “susegad” as locals call it), the opportunity to be at one with nature, the sheer acceptance from locals who make you feel at home and, for me personally, the beautiful long beaches where I go for a run with my dog Ugo… 491 words.  For further details click here
1 Aug: Expat Living (Singapore). Gorgeous Goa: Win a five-night villa stay of dreams! …The winner is entitled to a five-night stay in the fully-staffed, four-bedroom Isprava Villa Loto Bianco in Siolim, Goa, valued at over S$4,300 …  click here

Ex-Engineer Brought Goan Village With 500 Families Back to Farming After 30 Years

1 Aug: Better India. Nestor Rangel, a 52-year-old agriculturist, and his team have helped 500 families in his native village of St Estevam to convert fallow and unused land into productive organic paddy fields. Like most villages in Goa, the picturesque village on the river Mandovi was once a prime target for real estate developers … Nestor’s successful model of community farming, which began in earnest in 2018, is being seen as a means of obstructing the rapid conversion of farmland into concrete jungles. This has spawned similar initiatives in different Goan villages with local communities mindful of the need to protect their land and ecology… 2225 words.  click here
2 Aug: Herald. When St Estevam grew paddy to keep the rampaging builders away …  click here

Russians In Goa

1 Aug: Radio Liberty (Russia). The rainy season, the virus and home births. Russian residents of Goa. By Veronica Bode. There are still many Russians in Goa, according to some estimates, several thousand. Now these are mostly not tourists who have left on evacuation flights for a long time, but winterers who have been delayed due to quarantine measures and those who live there permanently. A Radio Liberty correspondent talked to some of them … We did tantric practices not for money, but for spiritual growth … I will not hide the fact that I also had sins: a couple of times I introduced Indians to Russian girls who really wanted to get to know each other, but I'm not a pimp … During the season I sell books to tourists, which I publish here at my own expense…. My latest book, My Sexual Goa, is about our polyamorous experiments… Lara (photo) has been in Goa since 2004. She lives with her nine-year-old son Sebastian. The boy's father, Bernard, a Catholic to whom she was not officially married, died when the child was one year old…. Bernard left his estate to Sebastian, but his relatives file a counterclaim … 3881 words.  For further details click here
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1 Aug: RT. Russian women favorite places for extramarital holiday fling. A study revealed that Turkey is the most popular infidelity destination for Russians… Crimea. Sochi, Thailand Bali and Goa … also feature on the list click here.


News Summary

Goa: COVID Headlines

31 Jul: Zee News. Goa reports 209 new COVID-19 cases, total count reaches 5,913 …  For further details click here
Video: 31 Jul: Herald. Mahamrityunjay mantra jaap to destroy *COVID 19* has started from Vamneshwar temple and will take place in various other temples across Goa for next days. Initiative by MGP along with various temple committee's, sarpanch , panch members and karyakartas …  click here
31 Jul: Times of India. Long wait for test result costs jobless foreign returnees dearly. The delay in receiving test results is not only burning a hole in the pocket of those returning to the state after having lost jobs abroad, but is also causing them emotional distress. Several have been forced to extend their stay in the paid quarantine hotels while they wait for the results of the Covid test that they already paid Rs 2,000 for on arrival… click here.

Toronto: Friday: Online live fundraiser concert

31 Jul: Mississauga News. During the past seven weeks, several members of the Goan Overseas Association, which is a non-for-profit community organization, have been raising funds for the Mississauga Food Bank. The group, led by Mrs. Greta Dias, has had tremendous support from community members… They have come together to sew and sell close to 1,500 face masks… A huge amount of appreciation from us goes out to Mrs. Eurema Collaco, Mrs. Diana De Souza, Mrs. Greta Dias, Mrs. Delphine Francis and Mrs. Edith Dias for their significant efforts in volunteering for this cause… the Goan Overseas Association wraps up this campaign on July 31 with an online live fundraiser concert  click here
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How to get a Michelin starred meal for as little as £12

31 Jul: The Daily Mail (UK). Chain restaurants across the country have signed up to Rishi Sunak's Eat Out to Help Out scheme, meaning diners can bag a bargain meal by getting 50 per cent off their dinner … Mayfair's Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Gymkhana offers the very reasonable deal under the Eat out to Help Out set menu for £17.50 at lunchtime on Wednesdays. Menu options include duck egg bhurji, lobster, malabar paratha as well as keema pao … The mains include Goan prawn curry, while the desserts include honey kulfi apricot and rasmalai trifle…  click here
31 Jul: Tatler. The Tatler guide to the finest ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ restaurants … Jamavar, Mayfair: When you want a Michelin-starred Indian meal in a lively setting, you come here. Authentic, creative dishes like soft-shell crab, spicy stone-bass tikka and a coconut-y Goan prawn curry [normally £25] keep diners coming back time and time again…  click here
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International Flights: India-UK Finalise Air Bubble, British Airways Opens Bookings For Flights From Delhi to London

31 Jul: To rescue stranded nationals amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, India and the United Kingdom (UK) have finalised their air bubble. As per the agreement, British Airways has started bookings for international flights from Delhi to London on August 19. Further, national carrier Air India has also said it will operate additional flights to the UK under the fifth phase of Vande Bharat Mission. These flights will operate from August 4 to August 27, and the bookings for the same began on July 28…  For further details click here

India extends suspension of international flights till August 31

31 Jul: Indian Express. Aviation regulator DGCA on Friday extended the suspension of scheduled international flights to and from the country till August 31. However, this restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by the DGCA. “The government has decided to extend the suspension on the scheduled international commercial passenger services to/ from India up to 2359 hours IST of 31st August,” the DGCA said in a statement. Earlier, DGCA had on July 3 extended the ban on international flights until July 31 after it was suspended till July 15…  For further details click here

Food News In Brief

1 Aug: Herald. ‘Khaje’, ‘Harmal Chilli’ and ‘Moira banana’ get GI tag. Goa’s traditional festive sweet dish ‘Khaje’, spicy Harmal Chilli and Myndoli Banana (Moira Banana) has obtained Geographical Indication (GI) tag in last three months, thus giving the local producers exclusive brand protection rights. Earlier, the State’s popular ‘Cashew Feni’ and ‘Khola Red Chilli’, had obtained GI tag. The State government is now in the process of filing applications with GI Registry, Chennai to obtain GI tags for more products like famous fish curry rice, cashew nuts, ‘Mankurad Mango’, Goan ‘Bebinca’, ‘Khatkhatem’ and the ‘Taleigao Brinjal’…  For further details click here
31 Jul: Femina. 3 Vegan Eateries in Goa, India. Goa is truly paradise for vegans on holiday! Here are a few places you must stop by to taste the best vegan delicacies… Zest Café is at three places in South Goa; Patnem, Palolem and Agonda … Bhakti Kutir, Palolem Beach … Artjuna Café …  click here

Goa’s doctors cannot charge into the COVID battlefield blindfolded

1 Aug: Herald. He decided to plunge himself and lead the charge of the COVID brigade in Goa … The story of Dr Edwin Gomes, or at least the heroism of his act has shades of that Battle of Balaclava. … But the question here is that should there be any room for acrimony between the Doctor in charge of his brigade fighting the battle of Goa in the COVID war, and the Government of Goa, the “ruler” in war parlance? Should a plea of the Commander for a four-month break so that fresh forces can take over be rejected? …  For further details click here

Catholic News In Brief

31 Jul: Crux. Catholic member of India’s Tribal community named to UN climate change group. Archana Soreng, a Catholic member of India’s marginalized Tribal community has been named to a new United Nations advisory group providing perspectives and solutions to tackle the worsening climate crisis… “We are proud of her,” said Goa and Daman Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrão …  For further details click here
31 Jul: Catholic San Francisco. Report finds hate crimes rising against Indian Christians despite lockdown. Hate crimes against Christians in India increased by 40% in the first half of 2020 despite a three-month nationwide lockdown, according to a new report. In a report published July 29, the ecumenical group Persecution Relief said it had documented 293 incidents between January and June, including six cases of murder and five of rape…  click here
31 Jul: UCAN. Indian diocese holds cremations in Catholic cemeteries. Kerala priest urges Catholics to rise above traditions and become more sensible during the Covid-19 pandemic … click here.

Foreigner Deaths In Goa

30 Jul: Barking and Dagenham Post. Sisters seek long lost Barking and Dagenham relatives after death of father. Two grieving sisters are hoping to reconnect with long lost family following the death of their father. Sarah and Kirsty Rutter lived in Dagenham, when they were youngsters along with dad, Brian, and mum Jacqueline. Delivery driver Brian and second wife Jill retired to Goa in India in the early 1990s, by which time the family had lost contact with relatives in Barking and Dagenham. Sadly, Brian died of a heart attack on Friday, July 24 … Sarah, who now lives in Southampton, said: “It would mean everything to me and Kirsty to reconnect with our family…  For further details click here
31 Jul: The Times. JACK WOOLF died on 11th July 2020, aged 77. Died peacefully in his beloved Goa. Buried in the Sassoon Chinchpokli Jewish Cemetery in Bombay. Sadly missed by so many friends and family. Goodnight God Bless, Sweetheart. Amen W….
24 Jul: Times of Israel. Jack’s Wish – A True Story. By Rabbi Yosef Vogel… click here.


News Summary

Goa: COVID Headlines

31 Jul. Herald. Three more lose battle to COVID-19 on Thursday … the State reported 215 positive cases in 24 hours, taking the confirmed cases to 5704 …The bulletin further mentions that out of 6611 samples, 1564 were negative, 215 positive and 4832 reports are awaited…  For further details click here
30 Jul: Times of India. Cases rise in five areas … A rise in cases was reported from Panaji, Colvale, Candolim, Shiroda and Vasco.  click here
30 Jul: Times of India. Rapid antigen test replaces RT-PCR for domestic arrivals at Goa airport … it provides passengers with results on the spot, reducing their wait and the burden on labs that already have a backlog of 5,000 samples... The cost of the test remains the same, Rs 2,000… click here.

India Flights: News In Brief

30 Jul: Business Traveller India. Air India adds more flights under Vande Bharat Mission. Air India has announced additional flights on the India-France and India-Canada sector to further strengthen India’s repatriation mission, Phase 5 of Vande Bharat Mission is set to commence on August 1 and will be operational until August 31… Meanwhile, Air India has issued a clarification on the subject of fares being overcharged by travel agents for VBM. The airline says, “Passengers booking our tickets for Vande Bharat Mission flights through travel agents, may please note that they should not pay more than the fares mentioned on our website. “Passengers facing any issue of overcharging by travel agents may kindly write to us on”  For further details click here
30 Jul: SBS. Australians stuck in India allege travel agents are selling Air India tickets at inflated prices Hundreds of Australians stranded in India anxious to return home are now caught in the middle of a “booking bungle” that has left a majority without tickets and others out of pocket…  click here
30 Jul: WAM. India's mandatory quarantine for international arrivals… click here.

Inquisition and Priolkar’s native narrative

31 Jul: Herald. By Derek Almeida. This has everything to do with an article written by Dale Luis Menezes on the Inquisition in Goa. The gist of Dale’s argument, if I got it right, is that A K Priolkar’s book on the subject is the cause of or contains a lot of misinformation on the inquisition in Goa…The fact that no one till date thought it fit to dissect Priolkar’s book, to separate the wheat from the chaff, so to speak, makes one believe that there might be some truth in what he wrote. The article prompted me to read the book and it truly opens one eye to what happened in 16th century Goa… 1062 words.  For further details click here
1 Jul: Herald. Misuse of History: The Inquisition. By Dale Luis Menezes …  click here
Internet archive. Full text of "Goa Inquisition” By Anant Priolkar. 1961. click here.

Hope rekindles for sailors as shipping firms start hiring

30 Jul: Times of India. . For the more than 8,000 seafarers who have returned home due to the Covid-19 pandemic, hope for overseas employment has begun to surface with global shipping companies commencing recruitment. Over the past 20 days, a number of shipping firms based in Mumbai have begun the signing on — and signing off — process by chartering international flights from different countries… Divine Medical Centre in Margao, which provides the service for more than 46 foreign merchant shipping companies, has already tested over 422 seafarers, some of whom have left Goa to board their respective vessels…  For further details click here
31 Jul: Herald. Seafarers travel to Panjim for COVID test. With the South Goa District Hospital laboratory putting a stop on COVID testing, the seafarers who have started receiving call letters for joining duty are forced to go all the way to private labs in Panjim for testing before they go onboard the ship…  click here

For good net connectivity, govt finalising policy

29 Jul: Herald. In a bid to improve the internet connectivity across Goa, the State Government is in the process of finalising Goa Infrastructure Policy 2020, related to installation of mobile towers and Right of Way (RoW). Minister for Information and Technology (IT) Jennifer Monserrate (photo) in a written reply tabled in the House, while acknowledging the poor connectivity issue, has said that a survey is being carried out in order to identify and fix the faults related to the network… The Minister further said that in order to improve the existing network connectivity in Government Departments, Corporation and educational institutions, the IT department has appointed an agency by floating a tender to repair and replace the faulty networking equipment and Optical Fiber Cable.  For further details click here

Food News In Brief

29 Jul: New Orleans Advocate. After traveling together in India, chef Tyler Stuart and Merritt Coscia started Plume Algiers, an Indian restaurant which opened today … Recheado shrimp salad is one of the seafood dishes they learned in Goa. The Plume Algiers version uses chilled Gulf shrimp, cucumber, tamarind, papaya and appam, a fermented coconut pancake…  click here
30 Jul: Mint. Out-of-work professionals turn food entrepreneurs. Goa’s Edgardo Cruzet started a business delivering khao suey after losing his steady income as an IT consultant …  click here
30 Jul: Conde Nast Traveller. Love kombdi vade and chicken sukka? These recipes will take you straight to the Malvan coast … Kombdi vade … Malvani chicken … Solkadi … Malvani fish curry … Chicken sagoti … Malvani prawns curry … Malvani chicken sukka … Dhondas … Khadkhade or mixed vegetables … Tisrya masala … click here.

Sunbathing in Goa to Cuddling in Switzerland: THESE 5 cities will revive your travel goals for 2021

30 Jul: Pinkvilla. From the mighty snow-capped mountains in Switzerland to Big Ben in London, we bring you the top 5 location from all over the globe that are the perfect for chilling with your loved ones post lockdown… Sunbathing in Goa to Cuddling in Switzerland: THESE 5 cities will revive your travel goals for 2021 … 1: Goa, India . Known as the paradise for people who love beaches, Goa is one of the best laid-back vacation destinations amongst India… 2. Zurich, Switzerland … 3. Paris, France … 4. Melbourne, Australia … 5. London, United Kingdom …  For further details click here

From samosas to Fado music, an online initiative is celebrating everything creole in India

29 Jul: Indian Express. In an attempt to celebrate these remarkable interchanges in creolised cultures, through discussions and performances, Ananya Jahanara Kabir and Ari Gautier have launched an online initiative, ‘Le thinnai kreyol’. (Source: Wikimedia Commons/ edited by Gargi Singh) … In this 90-minute long live session, Kabir and Gautier discussed food items that have a unique past of encounters between European and non-European cultures, or what is known as creole… They hosted Sonia Shirsat, the celebrated Fado singer from Goa …Food historians believe that the concept of the samosa could have circulated in Southeast Asia, in the Caribbean islands, in Cape Verde via the Portuguese who took them from Goa, and of course in Britain brought through migration of South Asians before and after the Partition. “I see the samosa as a creolised product, but it has many different histories of creolisation that converge in it,” says Kabir …  For further details click here
4 Jul: Scroll. La resistance: An online initiative explores India’s creole pasts – and how they shaped our present…  click here


News Summary

Goa COVID Headlines

30 Jul: Herald. 3 deaths, 202 new cases add to COVID-19 tally. Three COVID-19 patients from Vasco, Ucassaim and Margao died in the last two days as the State’s death count reached 39. The three deaths included a recovered patient… The State also reported 202 positive cases on Wednesday, taking the confirmed cases to 5489…  For further details click here
29 Jul: News 18. North Goa Hospital Prepares for Clinical Trial of Covid-19 Vaccine, Covaxin  click here
29 Jul: Bloomberg. India’s Banks Are Racing to Lend Against a $1.5 Trillion Hoard of Gold … Paul Fernandes, who pledged some of his wife’s gold ornaments at a local bank in the coastal state of Goa to pay for his children’s education fees in June. Fernandes, who worked as a head waiter on a cruise ship, hasn’t drawn a salary in three months since his contract with a U.K.-based company expired in March and he had to return home. The quick loan was a lifeline… he is being charged an interest rate of 8.5%. … click here.

Clanny and Ryan have done Goa proud with their stunning final Showpiece

28 Jul: Twitter. To view the Great British Bakeoff tweet and comments,  click here
28 Jul: Radio Times. See the reaction to ‘incredibly close’ Bake Off: The Professionals final… Laurian and Thibault, won the fifth season of Bake Off: The Professionals, a final described as “incredibly close” by the judges… Clanny and Ryan delivered sumptuous desserts grounded in their Goan heritage and were praised by the judges for taking them on a “journey of discovery” from the beginning of the series in May, …  click here
28 Jul: Digital Spy. Bake Off: The Professionals crowns 2020 winners …  it came with some disasters, with Clanny and Ryan's huge peacock centrepiece completely falling apart … Click here.
30 Jul: Herald. Goans do themselves proud in the finals. The Goan finalists came in second but won praise for their innovative recipes that took the judges on a journey of discovery … Click here
Ryan Pinheiro and Clanny Rodrigues provided Goan touches throughout the competition with items like feni, cashew nuts and bebinca (in the finals).  They deserve our congratulations for their outstanding performance. To view the episodes online, click here.  

Covid studies to examine virus link with ethnicity

29 Jul: BBC. UK scientists are to receive millions of pounds of government funding for a raft of studies to learn why people from an ethnic minority background are at greater risk from Covid-19. Six projects will analyse data on social circumstances, health and day-to-day activities, as well as investigating genetic risk factors… Researchers say there will be rapid action based on the findings…  click here
29 Jul: University of Leicester. Heightened COVID-19 risk for BAME healthcare workers to be examined in major UK study …  click here
29 Jul: New Statesman. Are ethnic minority Brits more likely to be fined over Covid-19? The police forces most likely to disproportionally fine ethnic minority Brits click here.

The Big Melt: Arctic could have NO ice in less than 30 years

29 Jul: The Sun (UK). Sea ice in the Arctic is retreating further and melting faster every decade and a new study has revealed how it could soon disappear… Co-author of the study, Avinash Kumar, said: "In the summer of 2018, the loss of sea ice was three times higher than the reported loss at the beginning of the satellite era…The world should be watching tropical countries like India, with our research center saddled close to the beaches of Goa, and trying to understand--even in a small way--more about climate change and the polar regions." This study has been published in the journal Heliyon.  For further details click here
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How I Grew a Fruit Forest on My Terrace in Goa’s Hot Tropical Weather

29 July: Better India. Gurudatt Naik is the proud owner of a luscious rooftop garden located in Borda, a bustling suburb in Margao, Goa. He has converted his small balcony, the adjoining sloping roof, and a portion of the terrace into a food forest with potted fruits and vegetables. He grows fruits such as chikoo, pomegranate, banana, guava, mango, and vegetables such as brinjal, gourds, celery, sweet potatoes, and more…  For further details click here

Goa: Despite pandemic, flesh trade thriving as demand persists, say social workers

29 Jul: Hindustan Times. Goa’s flesh trade rackets appear to be immune to the raging coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak, if the recent raids conducted by the state police are any pointer to the thriving illicit trade that appears to flourish because of the economic hardships triggered by the pandemic. Goa Police has conducted three raids in eight days – between July 20 and 28 -- to bust flesh trade rackets and mushrooming human trafficking networks…  For further details click here
30 Jul: Navhind Times. Sex trade thrives in Goa even in testing times…  click here

Vindaloo Sloppy Joes

28 Jul: Food 52 (New York). Once you’ve had this Sloppy Joe you won’t want any other. It has the perfect balance of tangy, spicy, sweet and savory. Traditionally had with Goan pao, a delicious bread roll made, made with palm toddy instead of yeast. “For a long time, Goans would wake up to the call of the poder, bringing fresh-out-of-the-oven poee, pao and other local breads to their doorsteps.” —MasalaMama …  For further details click here
28 Jul: Food 52 (New York). Instant Pot Pork Vindaloo with Cauliflower Rice. A classic Goan curry made ever so easy with Masala Mama’s amazing Vindaloo Simmer sauce…  click here

UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS  By Lira Fernandes

DOCUMENTARY: 24 Hours in A&E. More4 (Freeview 18). Sun. 2nd Aug. 23:05 to 00:05. A builder falls at work and dislocates his shoulder in such an unusual way it takes a five-strong team to pull it into place. Alan, who is in his sixties and had one leg amputated in 2009, comes in with the other dangerously swollen following a holiday in Goa.

COOKERY: Parveen's Indian Kitchen. ITV London. Tues. 4th Aug. 03:00 to 03:50. Parveen Ashraf demonstrates her recipes for lamb burgers, Chappal kebabs, and marinated tandoori chicken, while in India she meets a food historian, who prepares a modern version of an old royal Mughal dish.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. Channel 4. Tues. 4th Aug. 13:05 to 13:40. Dumfries and Galloway. Trainee teacher and club DJ Josh Jones hosts the fourth night in Dumfries and Galloway, and hopes he can broaden his fellow contestants' palates with his menu of Indian food. He plans lamb pasanda and tandoori monkfish.

ARTS: In the Studio. BBC World Service (Freeview 710). Tues. 4th Aug. 16:30 to 17:00. Mira Nair - A Suitable Boy. Mira Nair is one of the world's great film directors. Born in India but now a self-called global citizen, she has stamped her mark from Hollywood to Bollywood, from the fun and laughter of Monsoon Wedding to the sharp politics of The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

TRAVEL: Joanna Lumley's Unseen Adventures. ITV London. Tues. 4th Aug. 21:00 to 22:00. India to Uzbekistan. The actress introduces more unseen footage from her travelogue programmes, this time focusing on her journeys to India and Uzbekistan. Joanna shares some previously unseen moments and provides viewers with an insight into the making of the series. In this episode, she travels the length of India, including footage of her encounters with the flower-sellers of Madurai.

DOCUMENTARY: The Talk. Channel 4. Tues. 4th Aug. 22:00 to 23:00. Famous parents of black and mixed race children share their personal stories of making them aware of racism, and being given similar lessons by their own parents. The contributors discuss being on both sides of this commonplace exchange, and how they dealt with subjects like being seen as different or dealing with the police.

COOKERY: Rick Stein's Far Eastern Odyssey. Dave (Freeview 19). Thurs. 6th Aug. 15:00 to 16:00. The chef continues his exploration of the Far East's most diverse food cultures, travelling to Penang, Malaysia, to sample its multifaceted cuisine, which includes Malay, Indian, Chinese and British flavours. He also meets food writer Fay Khoo to explore the popularity of the region's fish-head curry.
TECHNOLOGY: How Do They Do It? Quest (Freeview 12). Fri. 7th Aug. 23:30 to 00:00. Royal Enfield/Art Fraud/Milk. The manufacturing documentary reveals how a classic British bike is being rebooted in India.

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