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Death Peter Mendes

25 Jan: London, UK. It is with great sadness that the family announce the death of PETER MENDES Ex Nairobi, Kenya. Member of Crusaders (Nairobi) and Simba (London) Football Clubs. Beloved son of late Honorato and late Brigida Mendes. Devoted partner of Julia Ryder (New Zealand). Loving brother to late John (Emma), Cyril, Mario (Karen) and Joy (Agnelo) Moraes. Proud and adoring Uncle to Judy (Preeta) and Adriano and Great Uncle to late Angel, Aaron, Callum and Amber. He fought a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. For funeral details, watch this space. Condolences by email to  email

Death: Max Sequeira
20 Jan: Porvorim/ Nachinola, Goa. (JOHN) MAX SEQUEIRA Born: 23/06/1934. Beloved husband of Yvette Sequeira, loving father / father-in-law of Stephanie Marcel Willems (UK) and beloved father of Joel Sequeira (Australia/Canada). Most loving grandfather of Rachel and Robert Willems (UK). Beloved brother/brother-in-law of the late Salus/Priscila Sequeira (Saligao), late Mary/Jules Remedios (Saligao), late Eustaquin Sequeira and Mrs Phyllis Sequeira (Dona Paula), Mr Wolfango/Leena Pinto (Mumbai) and Mrs. Mona Pinto (Australia). His body will be brought directly to Mae de Deus Church in Saligao for last rites on Wednesday. 28th Jan 2015 at 3 pm with Eucharistic celebration at 4 pm. Photo.  For further details click here

News Summary

Watch Online Live: UK Parliamentary Debate on Corruption in Goa

Tues. 27 Jan: 4pm - 4.30pm. House of Commons sitting in Westminster Hall. Debate on Confiscation of property from British nationals in Goa and corruption amongst government officials. Introduced by Tim Loughton, Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham…  click here

From shared joint to custody battle
26 Jan: Littlehampton Gazette (UK). A British man from Kent and a Russian woman had married, had a child, separated and become embroiled in a family court fight within four years of romance blossoming after they shared a cannabis joint in one of India's most famous tourist spots, a High Court judge has heard. The pair met during a holiday in Goa in late 2010 when the woman approached the man and asked if she could share the joint he was smoking, They married in Moscow in May 2012, shortly before their son - now two - was born, said the judge…  click here

Video: India's secret weapon or Obama's 'beast': What WAS that giant crab on the Goa float?

26 Jan: First Post. By Ayeshea Perera. The giant crab from Goa was undoubtedly the coolest thing to happen to the Republic Day parade. Inspiring hunger pangs as well as primal fear, that crab glared balefully at the one lakh people gathered to watch the event, and stared down PM Modi, Barack Obama and his wife Michelle. Let not the cheery Goan music fool you. That crab meant business. But what did it signify? Here are our top theories …  click here

They voyaged across seas to get to your plate
26 Jan: Times of India. By Andrew Pereira. Most fruits and vegetables that Goans are familiar with today were not always part of the culinary scene, and made their way to Goan shores over the last 500 years… "Both eastern and western cultures parleyed for a long period of time in Goa, the headquarters of the Portuguese. This encounter impacted people's lifestyles and brought about a dietary revolution," Fatima da Silva Gracias, researcher, historian and author, says …  click here

Nairobi: Parklands High School Renamed Dr. Ribeiro Parklands School

16 Jan. Parklands School Nairobi was renamed Dr. Ribeiro Parklands School in a ceremony held at the school on Friday 16th January, 2015. In attendance were Trustees of the Esther Ribeiro Fund, Rene Ribeiro de Sousa, grandson of Dr. Rosendo Ribeiro, Corrine Remedios … Rene de Sousa symbolically presented a cheque to the Chairman of the Board of Governors of the School, for the sum of Ksh 5 million, as a donation towards the cost of building a new classroom block and library at the school. Entertainment was provided by the Dr. Ribeiro Parklands School students… With links to: Programme and Brochure: Excerpts from the Programme and the complete Commemorative Brochure, Renaming Ceremony Photos submitted by Baldip Khan, Antoinette DeSouza and Teresa Mandrick …  click here

ZimaFest concludes with a bang in Goa
26 Jan: IANS. After a series of electrifying performances, ZimaFest - a live musical festival here, came to an end with adrenaline pumping acts by Indian artistes The F16's, Madboy/Mink and DJ Nishan. The event, which saw an amalgamation of Indian and Russian DJs and bands, was aimed at strengthening the bond between the two nations with the help of music…  click here

Canada: Noel D’Souza: Personal financial rules

that help stop you from spending too much money 20 Jan: Globe & Mail. … many of us play simple mind tricks on ourselves and create rules to save money, whether at the checkout counter or in our bank account.. Noel D’Souza, a money coach with Money Coaches Canada and a certified financial planner in Toronto, says many of his clients come up with heuristics to help cope with buying decisions. For instance, the person who will only buy an electronic device if he has done some research on that particular model…  click here
Noel was born in Bombay and has lived in Canada for most of his life. His father’s family came from Moira, while his mother’s family is from Aldona. For a profile of him,  click here

The State failed to protect Goa’s spirit, at the wine festival
27 Jan: Herald. The National Green Tribunal may have indeed delivered judgments which have helped those fighting to protect our fragile environment, but there will be very few in Goa who will be able to fathom its executive decision in declaring Jan 26 a dry day and issuing a diktat that no wine could be sold at a pre-planned, popular wine festival backed by the tourism department of Goa… This is one more nail in Goa’s tourism coffin.  click here
27 Jan: Herald. A sour end to the Wine Fest …  click here

Video: CCTV footage shows Caranzalem local damaging [Tito’s Mambo] nightclub

27 Jan: Herald. A resident of Caranzalem allegedly broke window glasses of a [Mambo’s] in Baga on Monday morning, causing loss to the owners. The accused person was later rushed to hospital for medical attention, as he was bleeding. According to the CCTCV footage, the incident occurred at 7 am when the accused person armed with sledge hammer allegedly started damaging and breaking the window glasses of the night club under the influence of liquor… the locals entered the night club through the entrance door and managed to catch hold of the accused and allegedly beat him up…  click here
Video: 26 Jan: InGoaNews. [Culprit named as Michael D’Souza] …  click here
Taxi driver arrested for trespass at Calangute. 27 Jan: Navhind Times. Calangute police have arrested Michael D'Souza, a taxi driver from Caranzalem-Tonca, for allegedly trespassing, and breaking window panes of the night clubs and supermarket along the Tito's lane… click here.

Warrant issued for man accused of harassing mother of murder victim Scarlett Keeling
26 Jan: Western Morning News. A warrant has been issued from a man accused of harassing the mother of murder victim Scarlett Keeling after he failed to turn up at his Crown Court trial. Toby Riccard, aged 48, is thought to be living rough in the Midlands after moving away from a remote hut where he had been camping out in the North Devon countryside. He was due to stand trial at Exeter Crown Court accused of breaching a restraining order by writing to Fiona McKeown in October 2013...  click here

Goa governor blames tourists for cultural intrusion

26 Jan: IANS. Mridula Sinha, governor of tourism-friendly Goa, Monday blamed tourists for the cultural intrusion in the state, adding that the state was plagued with "social diseases". In her Republic Day address Sinha said: "The tourists who come here bring with them some kind of culture. We welcome all good things which they bring. But some things which they bring distract our youth… For Goa, tourism is an important industry. People who come to Goa, think that it is a place only for enjoyment."  click here



Death: Austin Fernandes

22 Jan: Stortford, London. AUSTIN FERNANDES. Ex B.0.I. Margao. Son of late Josinho Fernandes and Esmilda Pereira e Fernandes, beloved husband of Severina (Ex B01) and most loving father of Bruno (Cambridge University). Expired suddenly.  For further details click here

News Summary

UK Parliament to debate Corruption amongst Goa’s government officials

Tues. 27 Jan: 4pm - 4.30pm. House of Commons sitting in Westminster Hall. Debate on Confiscation of property from British nationals in Goa and corruption amongst government officials. Introduced by Tim Loughton, Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham…  click here
Westminster Hall debates. Entry is free of charge. There is no system of tickets or advanced booking. Places are limited and visitors are admitted on a first come, first served basis … For details,  click here
12 Jun 2013: Hansard, House of Commons. Q: Mr Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he is taking to protect the interests of UK citizens residing and owning property in Goa. [158764] … For the answer go to Column 354W click here.

Why the EU lifted its ban on Indian mangoes
25 Jan: Scroll. Goan connection? … trade experts believe mangoes were prioritised largely because of persistent lobbying by a strong industry of traders both in India and in Europe, and the particular efforts of Indian-origin British parliamentarian Keith Vaz. Soon after the plan to ban Indian imports was announced in March, Vaz sent British Prime Minister David Cameron a boxful of Alphonso mangoes as an early effort to push the United Kingdom to oppose the ban. In May, he launched a ‘Reverse the Mango Ban’ campaign to bring other parliamentarians on board and has referred to mangoes as “symbolic of India”… Vaz’s roots are in Goa, which is part of the Konkan belt that produces Alphonso mangoes… 751 words.  click here

Lambert Mascarenhas gets Padma Shri

26 Jan: Times of India. Centenarian Lambert Mascarenhas, popular as a journalist, freedom activist and writer, has been awarded the Padmi Shri 2015 for literature and education. Mascarenhas was awarded Goa's highest civilian award - the Gomant Vibhushan - in September 2014. Mascarenhas said that he was very proud and honoured … He was the first editor of the Navhind Times. Three years later, he successfully founded his own monthly magazine 'Goa Today'. Apart from that, Mascarenhas has also authored five books namely: The First City (published in 1943, Bombay), Sorrowing Lies My Land (published in 1955, Bombay), In The Womb of Saudade (published in 1994), The Greater Tragedy (1998) and lastly, Heartbreak Passage (2009). He also contributed to the liberation struggle of Goa..  click here
The Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India. For the Wikipdia profile of Lambert Mascarenhas,  click here

Here's how you can travel to Dubai with Jacqueline Fernandes

21 Jan: Hindustan Times. (Mumbai). Jacqueline Fernandez has found her own way to promote her latest film. Jacqueline plans to start a contest on social media to attract the attention of her fans. "She will start a contest on Twitter and Instagram, where her fans can post photos or videos describing how much they love her," says a source close to the actor. The contest will start on January 25. "The winner, who she chooses, will get a chance to travel with Jacqueline to Dubai for the premiere of her film," says the source…  click here
Wikipedia: Jacqueline Fernandez was born in 1985, into a mixed ethnic family, in which her father is a Sri Lankan, while her mother is of mixed Malaysian and Canadian ancestry. Her great-grandparents were originally from Goa …  click here
For the Jacqueline Fernandez Twitter page, click here.

In south Mumbai churches, all hail 'Yusuf, Mariam aur Yesu'
25 Jan: Times of India. The final Sunday of the month sees hundreds of people gather for a unique mass at St Stephen's Church on Malabar Hill, Mumbai. The Goan-born priest speaks his homily in textbook Hindi. Each time Fr Avin Franklin utters a blessing upon the "pavitra parivar" of "Yusuf, Mariam and Yesu," his congregation echoes, "Aameen." Their hymns are composed in a unique Chhattisgarhi lilt, and `Glory be' becomes `Mahima ho'. Slowly but surely, the profile of churchgoers in south Mumbai is changing… In keeping with the changing demographics, Anglicized priests are conducting `meesa' (mass) in Hindi even as the domestic workers take lessons in English…  click here

Sonia Shirsat: A little bit of Portugal in Ponda

25 Jan: Times of India. Say Sonia Shirsat and the first thought is — the fado singer? Perhaps, but few know that the thirty-something girl from Ponda bagged an international award for her speaking skills, much before she started singing professionally. Shirsat the orator may not be well-known, but what about Shirsat the lecturer? The multi-faceted artiste has already become a household name in Goa, but there is much more to her than meets the eyes… Born to a Roman Catholic mother and a Hindu father, she celebrates both Diwali and Christmas with equal fervour. "They never converted and stayed true to their beliefs, but this taught us to respect other religions and made me realize that beyond my world, there are other communities out there that are beautiful too…” She loves her Goa sausages and every dish that includes it as a prime ingredient. She is as proficient in the kitchen as she is in the garden… 834 words.  click here
For the website with links to video clips,  click here

Goa hosts fest with Indian, Russian musicians
25 Jan: Business Standard. ZimaFest - India's newest live musical festival - began on a high note here and saw an amalgamation of Indian and Russian DJs and bands. Aimed at strengthening the bond between the two nations with the help of music, the fest, which started Saturday, saw performances by Russian artistes like Dolphin and Victoria Mescalito.  click here

This Konkani movie shows the way home

26 Jan: Times of India. Two days before the release of Home Sweet Home, director Swapnil Shetkar was holed up in Mumbai, wondering if his movie will see the light of day… For a month now, the movie has been running to packed audiences at cinemas in the city… 'Home Sweet Home' is made for every Goan and tells the story of an NRI who returns home after 15 years of 'service' in the United States. When he sets foot at the airport and is driven 'home' by a helpful taxi driver, he discovers to his horror that his ancestral home is no longer there; instead, there is a sprawling residential complex…  click here
Video: Home Sweet Home - official trailer. 4m.  click here
Facebook: Home Sweet Home. click here.

Forthcoming Auctions
28 Jan: Mallams Ltd. – Oxford, UK. Lot 189 – An Indian, Goa, Carved Wood Christian Figure, perhaps Mary in a flowing robe with painted decoration, 52cm high… Estimate: 100 GBP - 200 GBP.  click here
28 Jan: Dominic Winter Auctions. Cirencester, UK. Lot 383: Dellon (Charles). Relation de l’inquisition de Goa, 2nd ed., Paris: Daniel Horthemels, 1688, Est: 200 - 300 GBP  click here


News Summary

Siridao to Swindon

25 Jan: Herald. … Siridao had a Catholic population of 2000 in 2000. Today there are not more than 300 … Goans in Swindon are active on the Church front. The Holy Rood Church in Swindon is packed with Goans on Sundays …Those who went to Swindon around seven years managed to get a permanent job and many have a second temporary job on the side. Today many are also migrating from Swindon to Southall and other parts of the UK in search of jobs. Simplicio De Silva living in Swindon says there are around 12,000 Goans there… Goans have to brave the harsh cold conditions and even a hint of racial behaviorism from their employers… 1602 words.  click here
For the Goan Voice Swindon Supplement,  click here

LGBT: Unequal Gender
25 Jan: Navhind Times. By Danuska Da Gama. The status of the LGBT community (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) in Goa is unestablished; their identity muddled. LGBTs in Goa are treated badly compared to states like Karnataka, Maharashtra and New Delhi. While a few of them care a damn about society’s opinion and acceptance, many have withdrawn from the society living very private lives, interacting only with community members they find acceptance from. Organisations working for the gay and transgender community have 8000 Goans registered as gays…  click here

Video: Rosseby Carvalho: Swindon warehouse worker says conditions unfair

23 Jan: Europe & You. Workers at a warehouse in Swindon say they feel under pressure because of job insecurity. As so-called agency workers they are being paid the minimum wage, but others in the same warehouse doing the same jobs are paid more because they are employees… Rosseby Carvalho is a picker and loader at the warehouse. He has been in the European Parliament to raise the issue along with union reps. He says he never knows if he is going to have enough money to make ends meet...  click here
22 Jan: ITV (UK). Swindon workers lobby MEPs over unfair pay … Rosseby Carvalho: “Whatever's happening right now, it has to stop because we agency workers have been exploited too much”.  click here
For the Rosseby Carvalho Facebook page, click here.

Shacks vs the State sadly on opposite ends
24 Jan: Herald. It should naturally be a relationship between friends, or of stakeholders with common goals, a relationship between a tourist dependent state- Goa, and its best ambassadors-shack owners. But that’s not quite the case…
24 Jan: Herald. Goa’s shack story: Love, fresh air and no consent ...
24 Jan: Herald. Against the decision to clamp down on shacks … UGDP Vice President Radharao Gracias was the first off the block …  click here

Finding Feni its right place

24 Jan: The Goan. … Feni is one of those Goan products which has a huge recall. So, the product already exists in the mind of people. Foreign travellers, who have been coming to Goa for many years, demand feni at local bars and restaurants. Connoisseurs are designing feni-based cocktails which will help it in regaining the lost popularity. It will also help it in crossing the border and becoming more popular in India and even in international market. Cocktails are high-priced and therefore restaurants will make high-margins on it. As a result, bars and restaurants will start pushing feni-based cocktails. • Feni manufacturers have to dispel the notions that feni gives strong smell and has an awkward taste by educating consumers… 3233 words.  click here

Goa Tourism is a victim of hypocrisy
24 Jan: The Goan. It is Goa's other golden goose besides mining. Tourism. The perennial cash cow where the entrepreneur goes for overkill and wants to make the most of a product that hasn't changed much in the past yet blames the Government for not doing enough. So when Tourism footfalls and revenues nosedived in the peak season in December last, tourism dependent as well as the media screamed - bloodbath leaving the Government tottering on its back foot. The Goan played Devil's Advocate and grilled Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar with questions that you always wanted to ask …  click here
Bad season. Is it? 24 Jan: The Goan. World’s largest hospitality consultancy HTL Howarth says Goa was the star performer in tourism season 2014 …  click here

Portuguese architect risks 20 years imprisonment in Goa

23 Jan: Correio da Manha. A Portuguese architect is being held in Goa after being caught with almost 1.5 kilos of hashish. Filipe Santos Costa was arrested in November last year at Mapusa bus station. Now the High Court rejected his appeal to be freed and he risks imprisonment of up to 20 years. He claimed in court that the drugs seized by police were in a suitcase that did not belong to him. He was arrested with his friend, Eden Amzaleg - a 26 year old Nigerian man … The High Court denied bail on the grounds that the Portuguese architect was "a drug addict" and had committed a serious crime  click here

The Goan art scene: From Picasso to Page 3
24 Jan: Herald. By Patricia Ann Alvares. There is a question making the rounds. Are art and art shows only for the elite? Blame it on the wine, hors d’oeuvres and Page 3 spots. But the truth is art is anything but exclusive. There is the general expression that art is elitist. Everyone wants to be seen on Page 3 and everybody wants to know what they are drinking, who they are seen with and what they are wearing…  click here

No One Killed Cipriano

25 Jan: Herald. Four years after- what Herald maintains and believes, Cipriano Fernandes was killed in police custody … The 38-year-old seafarer was picked up from Porvorim on the evening of January 7, 2011 and placed under ‘preventive measure based on a complaint by his female friend Georgina Nunes alleging Cipriano threatened her with a knife at her house in Caranzalem. The man was allegedly beaten by some policemen while in custody and next morning rushed to GMC when he failed to regain consciousness. He died in custody two days later on January 9, 2011… 1073 words.  click here
I saw him getting tortured, dragged and beaten: Georgina 25 Jan: Herald. In a harrowing tale, Georgina Nunes, who first complained against Cipriano and travelled in the Bolero used by the police to bring Cipriano to the Panjim Police Station from Porvorim, tells all to the State Police Complaints Authority in her deposition on January 25. This report is from the second and more important part of her deposition, in possession of the Herald …  click here

Byfield: Just say No to anti-soapers!
23 Jan: Edmonton Sun (Canada). … The source of my troubles seems to be general uncleanliness, not an excess of disinfectant but a lack. And it's gotten me into rather embarrassing trouble all over the world… In India I was poisoned by a clearly dubious egg sandwich on the train from Mumbai to Goa. With the facilities consisting of a hole in the floor, a pair of toeholds, handlebars, and, if you're lucky, the end of a roll of wet toilet paper, second class on an Indian train is less than the ideal place to come down with traveler's sickness…  click here

“We are the largest hair clinic in the World”

24 Jan: The Goan. He revolutionised homeopathy in India through his chain of clinics called Dr Batra's. Today, he has taken his expertise abroad with clinics in the UK and Dubai. Recently, he started selling his range of natural products through modern trade and pharmacies and the initial response has been tremendous even when he is taking on inter-national and national consumer goods giants. Dr Mukesh Batra in a conversation with The Goan about his four-decade long journey in homeopathy and how he is planning to take his group forward…  click here

Tourism: Goa needs to rework strategy to survive
24 Jan: Herald. The headlines have not been very complimentary. Columnists savaging the government for the dramatic drop in the number of tourists visiting the state have been dime a dozen. Reasons were given aplenty, from the Crimean crisis to the falling rouble and to possibly the gaze of the Indian male. However what was glaring was the absence of analysis as to why this had happened and if there were any conclusions that could be perhaps gleaned from this sorry state of affairs …
Foreign tourist arrivals have dropped: Parulekar. 24 Jan: Herald. Says government has taken and is in process of initiating several more steps to counter drop in Russian tourist arrivals …  click here



Death: Jose Herinquio Fernandes (Henry Triplet)

21 Jan: Northampton, UK. JOSE HERINQUIO FERNANDES (HENRY TRIPLET). Ex Kisumu, Kenya. Beloved son of the late Constance and Lilia Fernandes and brother to the late Candolina, Tony and Reggie (Triplets). Loving husband of Sheila, devoted Father to Ian/Ana, Ivor/Julia and Iona/Savio. Adoring Grandfather to Gabrielle, Georgia, Lauren, Aston, Luis and Ian. The Requiem Mass will take place at 1pm on Tuesday 3rd February 2015 at St Francis & Therese Church, Overslade Close, East Hunsbury, Northampton, NN4 0RZ followed by the burial at Towcester Road Cemetery, NN4 9RN and thereafter at Greens, Windingbrook Road, Northampton, NN4 0XN. If you are planning on attending the funeral or sending messages of condolence, kindly email No floral tributes please. The family request that any donations be made to the Northampton Kidney Centre via the following link

Death: Joao Camilo Rodrigues
12 Jan: London, UK. JOAO CAMILO RODRIGUES. Aged 90. Ex Nairobi. Beloved husband of the late Clare Rodrigues. Will be missed by his sons John and Francis; daughters-in-law Caroline and Marushka and grandchildren: Jennifer, Christina, Melanie and Andrea. The funeral will be held at 11:30 am on Thursday 29 Jan. at St Peters & St Pauls Catholic Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 4LD. Burial at Figges Marsh Cemetery, London Road, CR4 3LA. Condolences to  email

News Summary

Beat high blood pressure - with a paper clip

23 Jan: BBC. A device the size of a paper clip inserted in the groin has shown promising results in lowering blood pressure, scientists say. In a study of 83 patients, published in The Lancet, those who received the device experienced an immediate reduction in blood pressure… Lead author Dr Melvin Lobo, from Queen Mary University of London, and director of Barts blood pressure clinic, said this was an easy thing to do and was probably due to turbulence caused by the device in the thigh. But he acknowledged there was more to learn about the device. "We need more research to explore the long-term effects of the coupler, better understand its safety and understand more about how it works within the body…  click here
For a profile of Dr Mel Lobo,  click here

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Hope for India’s prosperity and freedom
22 Jan: National Post (Canada) … Landslide winner in elections last May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, head of government of the world’s largest democracy, is what Barack Obama, head of the second largest democracy, used to be. The hottest new global flavour, Modi not only holds ecstatic rallies of hundreds of thousands all over India, but his tour last September of America was fit for a Bollywood production, including a rally in Madison Square Garden that evoked the days when Obama himself used to be the future… Whether the 21st century will belong to India remains a very much an open question. But hope for this vast land to be both prosperous and free is growing stronger…  click here

Video: David Rosengarten: The Goan and Western Vindaloo Duel

22 Jan: Fox News. If you consider yourself any sort of food or wine enthusiast, you're familiar with food expert, cookbook author and Food Network star David Rosengarten. He is relaunching 'The Rosengarten Report' in December 2014… Rosengarten features a Goa-inspired recipe for Vindaloo in his upcoming issue of the Rosengarten Report …  click here
Video: The Battle of Vindaloo in which my favorite Indian chef in America invades my kitchen with his spices, challenging me to a duel over this iconic Goan dish. The crazy twist: he prepares a great version of the kind of vindaloo you’ll find in New York and London restaurants…while I prepare an authentic Goan version. Both recipes published for your delectation, of course. 6m. 34s.  click here

Fernandes vs Mississauga Private School
21 Jan: Mondaq. By Anne-Marie Naccarato. Is it just cause if an employee admits to falsifying data? The answer is - maybe. The ongoing debate about when employee misconduct is severe enough to constitute just cause just became more complex as a result of a recent Court decision. In Fernandes v. Peel Educational & Tutorial Services Limited c.o.b. Mississauga Private School 2014 ONSC 6506, the Court ruled that a private school did not have just cause to terminate a teacher who admitted to falsifying student’s grades… 772 words.  click here
For a full report of the case, For the full report,  click here

Video: Mumbai: Amchi Kudd

22 Jan: SMCS Channel. Kudds, or Goan club were set up by the seafarers travelling to Bombay in quest of jobs in the 19th century. Kudds provided low cost accommodation and friendly mentors that these apprentices needed in a new city. Two and half centuries later, these cultural hubs are nearing extinction. Nestled in Jer Mahal (photo), Majorda Club stands testimony to this dying tradition… 18m.14s. [Alert from GoaNet].  click here

Swindon: Live music can help ease dementia patients’ minds
22 Jan: Swindon Advertiser. Musicians are being sought to strike a chord with patients on Great Western Hospital’s new dementia-friendly ward. The hospital would like to hear from artists of all ages and talents to volunteer to perform at the Jupiter unit… The hospital is looking for performances that would last between around one and two hours with a music style that would appeal to older people…  click here

Russ D’Souza: SeatGeek Helps You Scalp The Scalpers

9 Feb: Forbes. Russ D’Souza and Jack Groetzinger quit their cushy management consultant jobs and founded SeatGeek that puts a friendly face on event ticket search. SeatGeek aggregates tickets to sports, concerts, Broadway shows and more sold by professional brokers, scalpers, and fans on more than 100 secondary ticket marketplaces. Last year, the site handled $155 million in ticket sales. It is growing at a crazy pace, tripling its total transaction value year over year and doubling its annual revenue to $25 million. They don’t charge users for the service, instead taking an 8% commission on most sales from the secondary markets they’ve enlisted… .  click here
Russell was born in the United States. His parents, Richard and Venetia, are from Goa but they grew up in Pakistan

Group wants sanctity maintained around Basilica in Old Goa
23 Jan: Times of India. Members of the save Old Goa action committee have threatened to observe a dharna near Gandhi circle in Old Goa on January 25 from 10.30am onwards. The committee's plea is to maintain Bascilica de Bom Jesus Church and the area around as it was during the recent exposition of the relics of St Francis Xavier. "Basilica de Bom Jesus Church is a world heritage monument and should be kept clean as per international standards," said coordinator of save Old Goa action committee Peter Viegas, adding, "The government spent 50 crore on it for the Exposition, so its ambience should be maintained." …  click here

Going down the Goan memory lane

25 Jan: Brunch. By Vir Sanghvi. Every generation has its own Goa. In the late Seventies and the early Eighties, I wearied of professional Goans and Bombay old-timers who talked of the Goa of their youth still ruled by the Portuguese, full of Latin music, happy villagers, grand churches and rivers of alcohol … And then there was the Goa of the generation just before mine: a sort of hippie-dippy paradise where flower children sat on the rocks by the sea and played guitar, where you could pick up imported jeans at throwaway prices at flea markets, where the white women were always topless (and many of the beaches were nudist) … But by the late ’70s the Portuguese and hippie Goa had vanished, to be replaced by a new entity: tourist Goa. … 1463 words.  click here

India: Bishops urge Narendra Modi to stop Hindu mass conversions of Christians
23 Jan: Christian Today. India's Catholic bishops have urged the government to stop attempts to convert Christians and others to Hinduism. A special consultation presided over by Cardinal Baselios Cleemis was called in New Delhi aimed at responding to a series of incidents in which mass conversion or 'ghar wapsi' programmes had been carried out or threatened by nationalist Hindu parties…  click here

Are you geared up for the Goa Wine Festival?

23 Jan: DNA. If you're in Goa from the 23rd to 26th January, head to D. B. Bandodkar Ground, Campal, Panjim for the 11th edition of the Grape Escapade. With food, wine and everything Goan, this wine festival is set to encapsulate the spirit of Goa and Goan lifestyle. The festival will bring together restaurateurs, hoteliers, wineries and lifestyle brands, all under one roof. There will be more than 20 wineries … To tantalise your taste buds, take your pick from a variety of Goan dishes, barbecues, pasta, oriental cuisine and other delicacies including vegetarian options, chicken and meat dishes, and sweet treats…  click here
23 Jan: Times of India. Can't hold wine festival in Goa on Republic Day: National Green Tribunal. The four-day Grape Escapade, an annual wine and lifestyle festival that was to begin on Friday, has been truncated to three days by the National Green Tribunal as Republic Day will be a 'dry day'.  click here

Two journalists file threat complaints
23 Jan: Times of India. Two journalists have filed police complaints alleging they have been threatened for filing reports on all-night high-decibel beach parties on the Morjim-Mandrem stretch and on sand extraction…  click here



Death: Godfrey Menezes

9 Jan: Old Trafford, Manchester, UK. GODFREY NOEL MENEZES. Born 08.11.1944 in Kampala, Uganda. Passed away peacefully at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Dearly beloved son of the late Anthony (Bobby) and the late Pulcheria Menezes. Loving brother of Micko, Franco/Anita, Marco/Jane, Jeno/Ninette, Lorraine/Vasco, Melanie/Duncan and Eulyth/Fergus. Much loved uncle and grand uncle of many.Requiem Mass will be held at St John's Church, High Lane, Chorlton, M21 9EE on Friday January 30th at 10.00am prior to committal at Manchester Crematorium, M21 7GZ. Reception to follow at The Woodstock Arms, 139 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester. M20 2DY. RSVP to assist in catering and condolences to
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Rosseby Carvalho and Domingos Dias: M&S Swindon Reps In Brussels

22 Jan: GMB. Rosseby Carvalho and Domingos Dias, GMB shop stewards from Marks and Spencer distribution depot in Swindon together with Carole Vallelly GMB Regional office visited the European Parliament on 21st January to explain how companies avoid equal treatment of workers through use of permanent contracts with agencies … Domingos Dias, GMB shop steward, said “I believe that the MEPs and commission officials were shocked by the evidence we gave them” … On Monday 1st December, two GMB members of Indian heritage were approached by a white manager employed and falsely accused of talking instead of working. He said “I am going to teach you Indian bastards a lesson”. GMB members were then shut in a room, and then escorted from the site. They were then permanently excluded i.e. sacked. One of the sacked and victimised staff is Mr Domingos Dias a GMB shop steward for the site…  click here
For more photos go to the Rosseby Carvalho Facebook page,  click here

Unapologetic Christians: Slaves and the Freedom Project
23 Jan: Herald. By Jason Keith Fernandes. Tales about the terrible destruction wrought by the Portuguese have received a renewed lease of life. We in Goa need to be concerned about the myths these kinds of fictional accounts spread largely because, as Victor Ferrao has pointed out in his book Being a Goan Christian: The Politics of Identity, Rift and Synthesis (2011), the contemporary Christian in Goa is seen as a clone of the Portuguese and made responsible for the deeds of the early modern Portuguese in Asia, as well as the Christian missionaries of the time…  click here

Desmond Coutinho: Sharmila resumes fast

23 Jan: The Statesman. Iconic marathon hunger striker Irom Sharmila tonight resumed her 14 years long hunger strike … she spoke of her contempt of the manner in which her lover Desmond Coutinho a British national was assaulted and humiliated in public by members of her former support group. Desmond was subsequently arrested and sent to jail. Sharmila also said as to how the society for whose right to live she had been fighting for be denied her own right to her personal rights to be in love with a person she first met in 2009 and fully understands and respects her struggle …  click here
Irom Sharmila released again, refuses to go with her supporters and breaks down. 23 Jan: Indian Express. High drama ensued when the court ordered the release of 42 year old Irom Sharmila from custody on Thursday… Miffed with the way her fiancé Desmond Coutinho was roughed up by her supporters at her last court appearance Sharmila refused to go with them.  click here

Douglas Lobo excels at international scrabble
22 Jan: Navhind Times. Goa’s Douglas Lobo displayed fine skill and strategy to emerge second at the 11th iGate International Scrabble Championship held in Bangalore recently. World champion Nigel Richards of New Zealand bagged the top spot… By virtue of this performance, Douglas leapfrogged to second position in the Indian ratings, one notch below Sherwin Rodrigues, who occupies the top spot. Sherwin claimed the fourth spot in the tournament with 20 wins and a draw. The other Goan Scrabblers who represented India were Rajiv Antao, Joe Rodrigues, Anthony Gomes, Erol Jorge and Sylvia Coelho…  click here

Belgaum: St. Joseph’s School celebrates 125th year

22 Jan: The Hindu. The 125th year of the St. Joseph’s Convent High School took off on an enthusiastic and nostalgic note here on Thursday. The opening ceremony was marked by a commemorative rally by school children, which also featured a pageant on the history of the school. Principal Thankam Michael went back to the history of the school that in 1890, when Venugram (also Belgaum or Belgavi now) was a small hamlet of 20,000 or so odd population who frowned upon the education of girls, several British officers came and settled with their families desiring good education for their daughters and petitioned the Archbishop of Goa and the Patriarch of the East Indies to establish an English Medium School for girls… Photo.  click here

Goa star performer in tourism sector: global firm report
23 Jan: Navhind Times. Contrary to the claims by the state tourism industry about decline in tourist arrivals to the state, the ‘India Hotel Review Report-2014’ released by Horwath, a global hospitality consultancy firm, has revealed that the state did exceedingly well as compared to other states of the country by registering a 13.2 per cent growth in 2014 over the year 2013. The report states that Goa continued a strong march forward buoyed by domestic demand. It, however, has cautioned that Goa might be nearing occupancy saturation …  click here

Goan youth held for hoax call of terror attack on Obama

22 Jan: PTI. A 19-year-old youth from Goa has been arrested for making a hoax call to Delhi Police warning them of a terror attack on US President Barack Obama. The youth, from South Goa district, made the call to the Delhi Police control room saying that he has recorded a conversation of terrorists plotting an attack on Obama during his upcoming India visit …  click here
22 Jan. Times of India. ‘Tech expert’ Coutinho recorded Obama assassination clip himself. It has now come to light that Nesh Coutinho, 19, the college student who was arrested by the police on Wednesday, was a technology expert. Coutinho sent the country's intelligence agencies into a tizzy claiming that he had a recording of three terrorists plotting to kill US president Barack Obama during the Republic Day celebrations in New Delhi…  click here
22 Jan: IANS. Goa R-Day hoax caller threatened to kill defence minister. The 19-year-old student also said he would "kill" the defence minister and even reproduced audio from his mobile phone, which resembled the sound of firing, police said Thursday… click here.

How Russia's war with Ukraine is hurting Goa
22 Jan: Scroll. By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar. The number of Russian tourists arriving in Goa this winter has dropped sharply, sparking mild panic in the state's travel sector. Russians form the biggest contingent of foreign tourists in the state, just ahead of Britons… Its economy has been hurt by falling prices of oil, which is a big export, and by sanctions imposed against by the West following the country's conflict with Ukraine…  click here
22 Jan: Russia & India Report. Crunch time: Russians vanishing from Goa. Our reporter spent her holiday in Goa late December and was surprised to see very few of her compatriots in this picturesque sun-kissed resort that had become a second home for many Russians…  click here

Goa’s Muslim population grew 23.5% during 2001-11

22 Jan: Times of India. The new census data has revealed that the population of Muslims in India has grown by 24 per cent between 2001 and 2011 against national average of 18 per cent… Kerala (from 24.7 per cent to 26.6 per cent), Goa (6.8 per cent to 8.4 per cent), Jammu and Kashmir (67 per cent to 68.3 per cent), Haryana (5.8 per cent to 7 per cent) and Delhi (11.7 per cent to 12.9 per cent)…  click here

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Death: Olga Goes
15 Jan: Harrow, Middlesex, UK. OLGA JOANA GOES. Aged 83. Born Nairobi, Kenya. Beloved grandmother of Jeremy Goes, loving mother of the late Edwin Goes and much loved great grandmother of Sabina and Domenika Goes, wife of the late Joe Goes, daughter of the late Crisologo & Maria Augusta Alvares, sister of James Alvares and the late Anthony, Augie, Peter and George Alvares, and adored aunt of Estella Alvares, Enrico Alvares, Charmaine Watkins, Yvonne Alvares and Joanne Rodrigues. Olga passed away peacefully following a bout of pneumonia, against which she battled bravely. At the same time as this, she was diagnosed with leukaemia, which was being treated effectively, but she was unable to overcome the pneumonia. Her family would like to thank everyone for their condolences and support, and welcomes you to attend her funeral and celebrate her life with them. Her funeral service will be held at 11 am on Monday 26th January 2015 at St. Mary Magdalene Church, Peter Avenue, Willesden, London NW10 2DD, followed by a cremation at 12.30 p.m. at Golders Green Crematorium, Hoop Lane, Golders Green, London NW11 7NL. Olga is at LJ Butler Funeral home, 40 Kenton Park Parade, Kenton Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA3 8DN, telephone number 020 8907 3163. In lieu of flowers, donations to the British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research Charities would be greatly appreciated. Condolences to  email

Death: Ilda (Hilda) Vaz

18 Jan: Toronto. ILDA (HILDA) VAZ. Aged 85. Ex First Palvem, Chinchinim, Goa. Predeceased by her loving husband Joe. Caring mother of Otilia (John) Robertson, Ron (Janet), Ian (Sonia), Maria Goretti (Gabriel) Vaz-Lippa, Savio (Gillian) and Charles. Cherished grandmother of Tanya, Yvonne, Matthew, Michele, Denise, Kimberley, Natasha, Andrew, Daniel, Shelley, Gabriella, Simona, Jason, Stuart and Emma. She will be fondly remembered by her four surviving siblings Socorrinho (Melita) Lopes, Oscar (Alice) Lopes, Cris (Tony) Antao and Estrela (Tino) Collaco. Predeceased by her two brothers Angelo Lopes and Rev. Fr. Conradino Lopes. Ilda will also be missed by her great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and many family and friends in Canada and around the world. The family will receive friends at the Holy Cross Catholic Funeral Home, 211 Langstaff Rd. East (west of Bayview Ave.), from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, January 22, 2015. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated within the funeral home in the Chapel of St. Joseph on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10 a.m. The final rite of committal and interment will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery (8361 Yonge Street, Thornhill). For online condolences and directions click here.

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Prayers alone can help beatification of Fr Agnelo: Bishop Theodore

22 Jan: Navhind Times. The Auxiliary Bishop of Ranchi Fr Theodore Mascarenhas has said that perseverance in prayers alone can help in the speedy beatification of Venerable Fr Agnelo. If miracles are falling short to be recognized for his beatification then his devotees should not get disappointed as the day is not far when Fr Agnelo will be proclaimed a saint, said Bishop Theodore. Bishop Theodore who hails from Camurlim, Salcete and is a Pilar priest was the main celebrant at the 146th birth anniversary celebrations of Ven Fr Agnelo at Anjuna…  click here

Catholic bishops urge PM to uphold secular nature of India
22 Jan: Indian Express. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India on Wednesday appealed to the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre to “uphold the secular nature” of the country and put an end to the “saffronisation of education and culture,” apprehending that “communal polarisation and the bid to homogenise the nation were posing a threat to all minorities”.  click here
Persecution report highlights attacks on India's Christians. 21 Jan. UCAN. The Christian Persecution Report, released this week by the Mumbai-based Catholic Secular Forum (CSF), states that about 300 clergymen and Christian leaders were targeted in incidents of violence around the country last year…  click here

No, tourists aren’t exactly flocking to India since visa-on-arrival was launched

21 Jan. Quartz. India’s decision to expand its visa on arrival program to 43 countries hasn’t exactly resulted in a deluge of international travelers… 14,083 tourists were granted visas on arrival in Dec. 2014, an increase of 421.6% over Dec. 2013. But this does not mean that there has been a sharp increase in the overall number of foreign tourists. India saw just a modest growth of 6.8% in the total number of foreign tourists in Dec. 2014 over Dec. 2013. In contrast, the number of international travelers increased by 9% in Dec. 2013 over Dec. 2012… Looks like it will take a lot more than just a visa on arrival program for India’s tourism boom to finally begin…  click here
Government plans to extend e-visa facility in more countries 22 Jan: Economic Times. More than 14,000 tourists flew into India in December using the e-visa. The number may increase significantly as the country plans to extend the facility to tourists from the UK, France, China, Spain and Italy, which together make up 63% of India's in-bound tourism source markets… India levies a fee of over Rs 3,600 ($60) per passenger (excluding interchange charge for credit/debit cards) for e-visa…  click here

British drug kingpin jailed for 5 yrs
22 Jan: Times of India. In the first-ever conviction of an international drug racket that supplied drugs to rave parties in Kolkata, a court on Wednesday sentenced a British national, identified as 55-year-old Donald Wildsar Maitland, to five years of imprisonment and a fine of Rs 15,000… "We have been able to trace the route through which banned psychotropic substances are smuggled into Kolkata via Goa and Mumbai," said a narcotics official… The racket was initially run by a Nigerian based in Goa…  click here
7 Jul. 2012. Times of India. … Hailing from Mumbai, Anglo-Indian Donald Maitland spent 10 years in a Dubai jail for a drug-related offence. After he was released, he returned to Mumbai and joined the cocaine cartel again. But following a series of arrests in Goa and Mumbai two years ago, he moved to Kolkata…  click here

Disabled people are God's mistake, says Goa’s Chief Minister

21 Jan: Times of India. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today said some people are born with disabilities due to the "mistake" and "negligence" committed by God. "There are some brothers and sisters in the society, who are born with certain disabilities. God forgets to give them certain things. That is negligence on the part of God and for that the child has to suffer for entire life," Parsekar said… His comments came at a time when his cabinet colleague Ramesh Tawadkar had courted a controversy last week when he said that the state would set up centres to make LGBT people "normal"…  click here

Eliminate red-tape to help tourism grow in Goa’
22 June: Times of India. Goa's tourism industry has tremendous potential and this can be tapped if bureaucratic hurdles are eliminated and the current approach of focusing only on certain European markets are done away with, said Resort Rio owner Anup Shah in a casual interaction. The London-based lawyer also batted for a single window clearance process for approvals and licences as the whole process can be time consuming, which puts off investors… Despite these hurdles, Shah, who started the resort with his wife Alpa, insists that Goa has potential which is not being maximized. "Goa can be Malaysia or Thailand and give them a run for their money," the 50-year-old hotelier said… "It is not the beaches, it's not the restaurants, it's the people of Goa who bring me here and Goa needs to brand it…”  click here
For the Anup Shah Linkedin profile,  click here

Adam D'Sylva: Serving Thaalis to Australians

20 Jan: Mid-Day. Adam D'Sylva, the 37-year-old (who is half Indian) and chef of Tonka restaurant in Melbourne was in Mumbai last week… Q: How did Pani Puri land on the menu of Tonka, one of your restaurants in Melbourne? A. My sous chef is from Mumbai, and that’s why we included it on the menu. It is something that people there have never tried or seen before. Either they love it or they don’t get it… We have everything from Goan Fish Curry and Biryani to Lamb Curry on our menus …  click here
For the Tonka restaurant website,  click here

Poor crowd response has Goan football clubs worried
21 Jan: Times of India. The Goa Football Association (GFA) convened an emergency meeting of all three participating clubs in the I-League and reviewed the first two games. There were just 142 tickets sold for the opening match between Salgaocar FC and Pune FC, and a day later — on a Sunday at 7pm — Sporting Clube's opener against East Bengal attracted ticket sale of just 103… "These are worrying signs not just for the I-League but also for Goan football. If there is nobody heading to the stadium for I-League matches, what is the future of football in Goa," asked GFA president Elvis Gomes..  click here

Taxi operators irked over use of open jeeps by tourists

22 Jan: Times of India. Probably the trend of traversing Goa on two-wheelers by tourists will be shortly taken over by open jeeps. Open jeeps have found favour with young tourists coming to Goa in groups for a holiday… Inquires revealed that certain groups in North Goa, who are in the tourist trade, keep their private jeeps for renting to tourists as it brings more money than giving a car on rent. During normal season, an open jeep can be rented for Rs 2,000-2,500 a day, and during peak time, for Rs 4,000-4,500 a day…  click here

Auction: Indo-Portuguese marquetry and ivory inlaid cabinet
24 Jan: Batemans, Stamford, Lincolnshire, UK. Lot 1533 - A late 18th century Indo-Portuguese marquetry and ivory inlaid cabinet, the two doors, with hand forged hinges and lock, opening to reveal ten small and three larger drawers, with ivory strung borders, ebony bun handles, and pine lining, surrounding a central recess enclosed by two small doors, all raised on four turned and beaded feet, 59 by 41 by 67cm high.Estimate: 1,500 GBP - 2,000 GBP. Photo.  click here

Clacton, UK: Caring pair's mission to build new nursery

21 Jan: Clacton Gazette. Two big-hearted carers from Clacton are setting off to Goa to help build a nursery. Mum-of-three Dionne Gray is leaving her family behind to take part in the project in Goa. Luke Stephenson, 20, is joining her on the two-week expedition. They both work at St Clare’s day nursery. Manager Pam Welsh said: “It’s not a holiday at all – it’s going to be full on hard work. They are taking the skills they have to quite a deprived part of Goa and will be passing on those skills … This is a way of sharing what they have learned over the last few years with the children and people of Goa.”  click here


FILM: Journey Bombay to Goa. Zee Cinema (Sky 790). Saturday 24th Jan. 00:30 to 03:15. Film about the bus journey from Bombay to Goa filled with incidents that will have you in splits of laughter. Stars: Sunil Pal, Raju Srivastava, Vijay Raaz. 2007, 15.

COOKERY: The Big Eat. Food Network (Freeview 41). Saturday 24th Jan. 11:00 to 11:30. Indian food regularly tops the table of the nation's favourite food. Andy Bates and John Whaite are joined by top Indian cook Anjum Anand, who shows them just how great a home cooked curry can be.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. Channel 4. Monday 26th Jan. 17.00 to 17.30. The culinary competition is in Newcastle and first to host is workaholic and mum of three Clare. Clare plans to get the week off to a hot and spicy start with her Indian themed menu of spicy pakoras and lamb curry.

DOCUMENTARY: Rescued from a Forced Marriage. BBC 1. Monday 26th Jan. 20:30 to 21:00. British Asian girls are being forced into marriage against their will even though it is now a criminal offence. Jane Corbin goes with a team as they rescue a victim and Panorama has exclusive access to the government's Forced Marriage Unit in London as they race against time to find girls vulnerable to abuse, rape - even murder.

FILM: Immortals. Film4. Monday 26th Jan. 21:00 to 23:10. Henry Cavill and Mickey Rourke star in Tarsem Singh's visually impressive, CGI-packed sword-and-sandals action adventure. Starring: Mickey Rourke and Freida Pinto. 2011, 15.

DOCUMENTARY: Long Lost Family. itv3. Monday 26th Jan. 21:00 to 22:00. Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell present the series about remarkable people desperate to find missing members of their families. This episode features 66-year-old Inge Dart, who grew up in Kenya in the final days of the British Empire. At the age of 19, Inge became pregnant by her childhood sweetheart Jeremy, but her domineering mother intervened and Inge was sent half way around the world to have her baby in secret.

TALK SHOW: One to One. BBC Radio 4. Tuesday 27th Jan. 09:30 to 09:45. In the third of three programmes exploring the topic of mixed marriage, Adrian Goldberg, who is married to a British Asian woman, meets Mandy, of Sikh and Hindu heritage and married to an Afro-Caribbean man.



Funeral: Reverend Carlito (Carl) DeSouza

17 Jan: Richmond Virginia. REVEREND CARLITO (CARL) DESOUZA. Aged 82. Ex Dar es Salaam. Beloved brother of late Felix (late Melita) ON, Canada; Fred (Florrie), ON Canada; Philip (Wendy) Maryland, USA. Passed away peacefully. The viewing will be held on January 23, 2015 at Bliley’s Funeral Home, 3801 Augusta Ave, Richmond, VA 23230 from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday January 24, 2015, at Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 18 N. Laurel St. & Cathedral Place, Richmond, VA 23220. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Francis Home 65 W. Clopton St., Richmond VA, 23225. Condolences to  For further details click here

Death: Devyaniben Shah
19 Jan: Russellville, Arkansas, USA. DEVYANIBEN K. SHAH, Aged 84, born Aug. 17, 1930, in Goa. Preceded in death by her husband, Kumudchandra Bhogilal Shah; her parents; one brother; one sister; son, Gautam Shah and one son-in-law, Purendra Patel. Left to cherish Devyaniben’s memory are her three daughters, Geeta Patel of Russellville, Rita Patel and husband Pramukh of Houston, Texas, Mallika “Tina” Seth and husband Prakash of Jackson, Tenn.; one daughter-in-law, Nikita Shah of Chicago, Il..; three brothers; two sister-in-laws; eight grandchildren, Nisha Jain and husband Ajay, Neil Patel, Kunal Shah and wife Hina, Shan Patel and fiancé Reina, Nirav Shah and wife Tiffany, Amisha Patel and fiancé Niraj Rami, Rohan Patel, Rorik Seth; and one great-granddaughter, Riya K. Shah. Funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at Humphrey Chapel. Sanatbhai Vyas will officiate. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Humphrey Funeral Service. Visitation will be on Wednesday, one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Russellville Rehab and Nursing, 215 S. Portland Ave., Russellville, AR 72801. To send condolences and for a photo click here.

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Marital blues make many NRIs dread visiting India
20 Jan: IANS. Some NRIs are claiming they dread the idea of visiting the country of their origin because of what many of them call “demonic matrimonial laws”. From their passports being impounded to losing their jobs after being stuck in India, at the receiving end of the matrimonial laws, a host of Indian men from across Australia, Britain and the US, as also Europe have now started support groups to counsel each other on how to tackle the issue...  click here

Sheldon Serrao: From Colva to ‘Captain America

21 Jan: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz. Colva boy Sheldon Serrao, now based in San Francisco, USA, has received a Visual Effects Society Award nomination for his work in the film ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’. Proud father Lourenco Serrao shares with us his son’s journey … While you’ve most certainly watched and enjoyed films like ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ and ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, we are certain that you didn’t know that the man behind those breathtaking effects is a Goan boy from Colva. Sheldon Serrao from Colva is the Effects … Sheldon’s parents, Lourenco and Maria Serrao, live in Colva while Sheldon is currently based in San Francisco. “Sheldon was born and brought up in Dubai …  click here
Video: Sheldon Serrao Demo Reel. 1m. 49s.  click here

Dinesh D’Souza Compares Himself to Martin Luther King Jr.
10 Jan: New York Magazine. Anti-Obama "documentarian" Dinesh D'Souza is currently serving eight months in a "community-confinement center" for campaign finance fraud, which means that he has plenty of time to think and reflect upon his situation. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to be making much progress. As Martin Luther King Jr. Day approached, D'Souza — a race-baiter who insists that the charges against him were "payback" from the Obama administration — posted a series of tweets comparing himself to (who else?) Martin Luther King Jr…  click here
Video: 19 Jan. Fox News.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Dinesh D’Souza, click here.

Ban on Indian mango imports to EU to be lifted

20 Jan: BBC. A ban on Indian mango imports into the European Union is to be lifted, clearing the way for them to return to the UK and other member states… There had been "significant improvements" in India's mango export system, the European Commission said after the unanimous vote on Tuesday. The UK government previously said it was working towards the ban being lifted and was one of the member states that participated in the vote to lift the ban… However, imports of four other products - aubergines, bitter gourds, snake gourds and patra leaves - remain suspended subject to sustained improvements in plant pest control.  click here
20 Jan: DEFRA (UK). DEFRA welcomes end to restrictions on Indian mangoes …  click here

Goa’s Tiger population up by 30%
21 Dec: Navhind Times. The latest tiger census report released on Tuesday by Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Prakash Javadekar, indicating presence of five tigers in Goa might have brought cheers to the wildlife lovers but the state forest officials have denied that Goa was home to the five tigers… The Tiger population in the country has risen to 2,226 in 2014, a 30 per cent increase since the last count in 2010, the latest census report said Tuesday.  click here

Eduardo Faleiro defends attack on Charlie Hebdo

21 Jan: The Pioneer. Former Union Minister of State for External Affairs and veteran Congress leader Eduardo Faleiro hit out at French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and western powers for what he said was wanting to continue with imperial practices. Addressing media persons on the issue of conversions in India, Faleiro said that it was only the Muslims who were today fighting Western Imperialism. “As it is, now it is fashionable to be against Muslims… Because Muslims are the only ones who are fighting against this imperialism (Western Imperialism). They (Western powers) want to continue doing the same thing which they were doing in the 16th century. They (Muslims) are fighting against it,” Faleiro, a senior Congressman in Goa said… Faleiro also rhymed the magazine’s title Hebdo with the Konkani word bebdo, which means drunkard…  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Eduardo Faleiro,  click here

A Book Cafe in Goa That Every Book Lover Must Visit Once
20 Jan: iDiva. By Ainee Nizami. Literati, Goa: Step in to this quaint Portuguese-styled bungalow and lose yourself in the piles of books stacked here as you sip some freshly-brewed coffee and with some delicious Italian nibbles on the side. A perfect place for a Sunday afternoon book binging session…  click here

Goa, Star of Bollywood

15 Jan: L’Express (France). By Antoine Guinard. The hippies made Goa their nest. It has become a popular destination for India’s new middle class… "Since the 2008 economic crisis, which did not affect India it has become a popular holiday destination, "says Serge Lozano, a Frenchman who runs La Plage restaurant which is twelve year old. The trend is confirmed by Fleur de Vergie-Fernandes who runs a guesthouse and restaurant a few miles away, with her husband, a Goan. This interest is mainly due to Bollywood …  click here
They did it! 1 Jan: L’Express (France). Article not online. Melyssa Falque has embarked in Goa, the St. Tropez of the India. She and her companion, Romain Auguy, opened the King Arthur coffee shop in a charming Portuguese house they restored… Romain looks after the restaurant and she runs a boutique, selling bags and accessories via the Internet. Their son, Arthur, goes to the Montessori school in the area. They say, "It's a very different mentality. Some things are simple, and others, such as bureaucracy is very complicated. People do not hurry, they arrive late, you learn to be patient.”
For the restaurant website, click here.

Proven: You can now drink to good health
21 Jan: Herald. A large study of nearly 15,000 men and women, published online on Tuesday in the European Heart Journal, shows that drinking up to seven drinks a week in early to middle age is associated with a 20% lower risk of men developing heart failure in the future when compared to people who did not drink at all, and a more modest 16% reduced risk for women…  click here
For the full text of the European Heart Journal Report,  click here

Goa: The First Edition of the Sensorium Fest

20 Jan: The Eye of Photography (Paris). By Sybile Girault … A stone’s throw from the sandy beaches and palm trees of Goa, visitors will discover one of the finest events of the season, Sensorium Fest, with exhibitions, conferences, readings and concerts at Sunaparanta, Goa Center for the Arts, in a lovely Portuguese house in Panaji. William Dalrymple, specialist and writer of Indian history, lectures on Indian wall art. Sooni Taraporevala, a photographer and co-writer of the film Salaam Bombay! explains her visual approach to the film script. And the influential Indian photographer Dayanita Singh discusses the connections between her favorite books and photographs…  click here
For the Sensorium Fest website,  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
21 Jan Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 32.3. Min = 20.0.
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Goa & Worldwide Travel

Flights & Holiday Specialist to Goa (Charter & Scheduled Flights), & Worldwide destinations. Last Minute Holiday Packages to Europe. ABTA , ATOL & IATA Licensed. Contact: SAVIO VIEGAS - Your Personal Travel Consultant. Tel - 020 3598 2397 / 07926191069 Email -

Travelpack: The tailor-made holiday specialists

Cheap Worldwide Flights Hotline: 0208 585 4080. For Special Offers to Goa see

Rental: Luxury Holiday Villa in Panjim, Goa

A short walk to the beach, surrounded by coconut trees and fields, come and enjoy the Goa you have always been proud of ... in a home away from home!! For full details, click here. Text, whatsapp, call Angelo Monteiro (Canada) +17053451257 or email

Royal Food Caterer

Delicious Goan Food for your Special Events like Weddings, Birthdays, Christenings,
Conferences, Parties, etc. For the Facebook page, click here. For more information visit

Divine Retreat Centre - Ramsgate, Kent, UK

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

Special fares for the Goa Exposition, Dec. 2014

Call Joanita Fernandes 0208 202 0944 or Email:

Mervs Mobile Bar

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

London: Olde Goa Restaurant & Food Products

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


Multi-cuisine Family Restaurant with Pub in Goa. A Jerome Mendes (UK) Enterprise. Also offering Rooms and Konkani Video CDs.

London: Goan Food Online Store

Dos Santos Foods are Manufacturers and Caterers Trading from new EEC approved, Gluten free Factory in Croydon U.K. Our Award winning foods, including our Sannas and Goa Sausages, have been featured on BBC TV. Check out our range of Goan specialities on our website And visit our factory shop at 118 Windmill Road, Croydon, CR02XQ. Email:

AeroSafaris - Group Tours

2014: Jan/Feb Annual Winter Escape to Goa. Feb: Spectacular South Africa. Mar: Kenya - Tanzania Safari. Sep/Oct Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Visit for more details

Lyra Productions (Videographer)

Capturing the heart of the moment into a wedding film that is timeless and
original. Tel: 07805426269 (Blaise Fernandes)

Ed's Bar Services

We cater for all occasions, large or small. Edward Alvares. Personal Licence holder.
Full Licenced Bar. We provide proper glasses every time. For all your requirements contact Edward Alvares. Mob: 07507595603

South East England: Da Gama Cars

We offer convenient, reliable and luxurious transport for Weddings. For the website,
click here. For the Facebook page, click
. Please feel free to email or call me: Ashley Da Gama,
Mobile: 0745 328 0420

Villa Calangute

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

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Contact:- Sally Intercontinental Travel: (Sally on 0208 451 0777) or Exploratours: (Gabby on 0208 202 0944) or Nuage Travel: (Carl on 07425 622461). Appointed agents for ATOL holders. For details, click

Goan Association (UK)

76 Middleton Avenue,
Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 8BS
Tel: 020 8723 1322
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Department of NRI Affairs, Govt. of Goa

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

Eternal Wedding Films

Capture your wedding memories on DVD HD 1080p. Discreetly recorded using multiple cameras

Web: 020 8866 0815

E-mail: 07841 383709

Findall Publications: Download Free App

To download the Free FA Goa App, your Visa to a fun-filled holiday in Goa! Click here.


Celebrate Life!! Anchor your silver years to “Magical Goa”. Enjoy world class comfort and security.

Nuage Travel

We offer the full range of travel services, specialising in Goa Flights and Worldwide
Holidays. Special rates for the Exposition. ATOL/IATA. Contact Carl Paes on 0203
411 8677,


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


Specialists in Safaris to East & South Africa, Tours to India & Sri Lanka: Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Golden Triangle Tours in India, Kerala Backwaters Tours/Cruises. Contact Nick de Mello / Tel: 905-567-0880 / Toll Free: 1-855-567-0880. Email Website:

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