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Death: Nick Fernandes

17 Jan: Toronto. NICODEMUS “NICK” ROBUSTO HERMINIO FERNANDES, Aged 96, passed away at Providence Health Centre. Nick was born in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on June 1, 1921. His family origins are from Fatrade, Varca, Goa, India. He is survived by his wife Angelica, five children, Aramita (Francis), Michael (Aurora), Nelson (Helene), Doreen (Sean) and George (Lynette); 9 grandchildren and 2 greatgrandchildren. He was a keen footballer who played for the Gossage Cup and other international soccer tournaments. Visitation was at Highland Funeral Home Markham, ON L6C 3G1 on Thursday January 18th, 2018 from 4pm until 8pm. The Funeral service was held at Highland Funeral Home on Friday January 19th at 11:00am. If desired, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Condolences to  For further details click here

News Summary

Yellow and black cabs join strike

20 Jan: Times of India. The airport witnessed some chaos between 7 and 8.30 am as passengers had to wait for about half hour until the coaches arranged by the government arrived. As many as 67 charter tourists who arrived from UK were left stranded at the airport…  For further details click here
Video: 20 Jan: Navhind Times. Tourist taxi strike causes inconvenience to tourists  click here
20 Jan: Times of India. Communication Gap Leaves Tourists Gasping … click here.

Goa and the real estate boom

20 Jan: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. For 20 years, Goa's property prices only rose. Sums demanded and received per square metre more than quadrupled in two decades in a market fed by rapacious demand from the newly moneyed classes of India… there are now glaring signs that decline is on the way. Home sales around the country dropped steeply in 2017 to the lowest level recorded in almost a decade, nearly 40% lower than 2011. According to property consultants Knight Frank India, consumer confidence in real estate has plummeted. New home launches are dramatically reduced in all major marketplaces, down by over three-quarters  For further details click here

Goa will attain status of ‘100% Open Defecation Free’ by October 2018: Union minister

21 Jan: Navhind Times. Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri on Saturday expressed his confidence that Goa will attain the status of ‘100 per cent open defecation free’ by October 2018. “The Chief Minister (Manohar Parrikar) is on record and told us that Goa is going to be declared 100 per cent ODF (open defecation free) by October 2018. I have no doubt that the state will achieve this goal,” Puri said while addressing a press conference in the presence of Parrikar at Old Secretariat in Panaji…  For further details click here

A ‘low-end’ Goa trip for celebrity’ guests

21 Jan: Herald. MV ‘Celebrity Constellation’, a luxury cruise liner with 2,004 high-end guests and a crew of 940 arrived in Goa to explore the natural beauty and hospitality of the Coastal state. As many as 1,200 passengers had pre-booked their local excursions in advance and were on an independent tour, hence they had no problems whatsoever after landing on shore. But many others who intended to visit places of their choice using taxis finally landed in trouble as the GTDC-operated prepaid taxi counter had no taxi to offer for these high-end tourists. Some guests utilised the KTC coaches that were made available at the cruise terminal to visit the heritage monuments at old Goa and the temples in and around Ponda… motorcycle pilots and auto rickshaw drivers made a quick buck. As per inquiry from cruise passengers, a pilot was charging nothing less than 10 dollars to drop at Vasco, while a rickshaw driver was demanding 20 to 30 dollars to Vasco…  For further details click here

The spotlight is on fashion in Goa

21 Jan: Herald. Despite being stylish and glamorous, and one of the few places in India where one can experiment with fashion, designer stores in Goa are far and few. And although Goa hosts fashion events aplenty, it has not been able to produce noteworthy fashion designers either. Café speaks to a few industry stakeholders to get a few answers …  For further details click here

Mumbai marathon allows Catholic groups to raise awareness, funds

20 Jan: Crux. By Nirmala Carvalho. At 75, Father Joseph Pereira might not be the typical runner at Mumbai’s annual marathon, but he says he will have help. “One can feel the energy of Mother Teresa,” the priest told Crux. Pereira is the founder of the Kripa Foundation, an NGO working with drug addicts and people with HIV/AIDS in India. The priest will be leading a 40-strong team of runners from the foundation in the marathon, which takes place on January 21…  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Joseph H. Pereira, popularly known as the Singing Priest, is an Indian Roman Catholic priest, social worker and the founder and managing trustee of Kripa Foundation, a Mumbai-based nongovernmental organization working for the rehabilitation of HIV patients and people affected by substance abuse.  click here
Video: BandraBuzz interviews Fr. Joe Pereira … click here.

19 Ways to Deceive Tourists in India

20 Jan: Rambler (Russia). It's no secret that a white tourist in India is perceived as a rich person and almost everyone will try to take advantage of you: 1. Beggars … 2. Travel agencies … 3. Cashing money from the card … 4. Follow me … 5. Photo crematorium Maniacs … 6. Taxi … 7. Hotels … 8. The masseur … 9. The guide … 10. Miscellaneous menus … 11. Tickets on the bus … 12. Surrender … 13. Assistants … 14. Wrong tickets … 15. Shops from the guide … 16. Gifts from sellers … 17. The price of the goods … 18. Bottled water … 19. There is no such hotel… For traveling in India you need to have a good sense of humor…  For further details click here



Death: Amanda Coutinho

4 Jan: Welling, Kent. AMANDA PHILOMENA COUTINHO (nee Alvares). Born 13 September 1942, Ex Nairobi, Kenya. She suffered a heart attack & defied the odds for 6 weeks in St Thomas’ Hospital, to celebrate her Golden Wedding Anniversary on Boxing Day. Daughter of Ligorio & Candida of Alvares Hotel Nairobi, she will be remembered for her Mai’s Recipe Book & Pickles and for her love for life; laughing, dancing & singing in her wheelchair. She was a true inspiration & will be greatly missed especially by her loving husband Cancy, children Trudy/Philip, Gary/Michelle, grandchildren Kieran & Chloe; and all her siblings; the late Alex, late John, late Cyprian, Delfina, Anthony, late Ann, Felicia (Canada), late Mario, Eddie & their families. Requiem Mass: Friday 2nd February 2018 at 10.30am at St Stephen's RC Church, 26 Deepdene Road, Welling, Kent, DA16 3QL. In lieu of flowers a donation box will be available for the charity Arthritis Research UK. For condolences & catering purposes please contact the family if you are attending:
News Summary

UK: New Event Announcement: RED & BLACK CARNI-VAL-ENTINE

Sat 10 Feb: Viva Goa Entertainment UK presents 10th RED & BLACK CARNI-VAL-ENTINE 2018 at The Old Actonion Sports Club, Gunnersbury Drive, Acton/Ealing, W5 4LL. From 5:00pm to 11pm. Music by BIG DREAM (Ex India and Rainbows End) & Chico.Tickets-Adults £15, Child £6 (6-12yrs) includes snacks & meal, free entry for below 6 years. Contact Francisco 07957206169 Charles 07809552654 Norman 07780356407 For the flyer click here

Mississauga youth encounter relic of their patron saint

17 Jan: Catholic Register (Canada). When 15-year-old Shania Netto sees the glass-encased arm of St. Francis Xavier, she sees the instrument that converted thousands of her ancestors… More than 13,500 people flocked to see the incorrupt right arm of St. Francis Xavier on Jan. 13, hosted in the church named after him in Mississauga, Ont… Like Netto, many parishioners at St. Francis Xavier Parish have roots in the Indian state of Goa, one of the first places St. Francis Xavier visited and evangelized, which made this a very special stop on the tour…  For further details click here
16 Jan: Catholic Register. St. Francis Xavier relic draws more than 13000 pilgrims in Mississauga … click here.

Tourists stranded as taxis go off road in Goa

19 Jan: Business Standard. Many tourists and commuters were left stranded in Goa as taxi drivers went on a strike, demanding the state government to exempt them from the Supreme Court's order of installing speed governors. The taxi drivers also demanded Regional Transport Office (RTOs) to stop harassing them to implement this rule, and among other things… Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai said that there should be a WhatsApp-based application for the Goan taxis.  For further details click here
19 Jan: Indian Express. Goa taxi strike: Govt rejects demand; may call for Uber, Ola to operate in state …  click here
Video: 19 Jan: Herald. Taxi operators strike to continue to Saturday. Owners willing to court arrest … click here.

Goa ammonia gas leak: Two women hospitalised; hundreds evacuated from Chicalim village

19 Jan: Down To Earth. In the wee hours of Friday, a tanker, carrying ammonia, overturned on the highway connecting Vasco City to Panaji in Goa. The gas started leaking from it immediately. The incident took place at around 2.45am when the tanker was carrying ammonia from Mormugao Port Trust to Zuari Industries Limited—both located in Vasco. At least two women were shifted to a hospital as they complained of breathlessness. Hundreds of residents in Goa’s Chicalim village have been evacuated from their homes… According to media reports, nearly 300 houses are located in the area, which is few kilometres from Goa’s Dabolim Airport..  For further details click here
19 Jan: WION. Watch: Ammonia gas tanker overturns near Goa's Vasco city …  click here

Don’t drown the whisky, go easy on the soda!

19 Jan: Asian Age. … The latest edition of Jim Murray’s much-acclaimed Whisky Bible has got me thinking. Jim reviews about 4,500 whiskies every year and his rating and tasting notes are rated very highly by distilleries and tasters the world over … The 2018 edition of Jim Murray’s Whisky Bible gives pride of place to Paul John’s Kanya a single malt from Goa. This is a limited edition issue and its honey tones have made Jim annoint it as the “Asian Whisky of the year” Paul John attributes the taste of his single malt to the six-row Indian barley along with the water and barrels used in the maturation process. Production is limited to 1,500 bottles a year with a price tag of 200 Pounds…  click here
For the Paul John website,  click here
To locate Paul John whisky in your part of the world, click here.

Project Goa As Gateway To India For Foreign Tourists, Says US Consul General

19 Jan: NDTV. Edgard Kagan, the United States consul-general in Mumbai, today said that marketing Goa to Americans as a stand-alone tourism hot-spot may not work, as many other beach destinations are closer for them. "Because of the distance and travel time, marketing Goa as a stand-alone tourism destination is not possible… In my view...Goa should project that coming here will give you an opportunity to travel to other incredible destinations of India," he said… "There is tremendous opportunity in Goa and we are happy with the existence of number of American industries here, we are happy that Goa is a very famous tourist destination in the US. And we want to see that it increases," he said.  For further details click here

Stray cattle haunting tourists visiting North Goa beaches

19 Jan: Herald. The stray animals have now turned their attention to beaches where they harass people for food; Panchayats take resolutions but never implement them, say villagers. With the increasing cattle menace in the towns and villages, the municipalities and panchayats have passed a resolution of impounding the abandoned cattle and keeping the strays into a compound but they have failed to implement this resolution. Not only the towns but the problem has now reached the coastal belt of Goa…  For further details click here



Death: Rosie Fernandes

16 Jan: Toronto. ROSALINA BERNADINA DELPHINA JEROMINA FERNANDES. Age 93, passed away in the presence of her family. From her birth in Dar-Es-Salaam, on September 30, 1924 to her death on Tuesday she nourished people around her with love, faith, and compassionate care. She was born at the European Hospital in Dar-Es-Salaam, to Acasio Baptiste Leopold Fernandes and Alexandrina Santana Docarmo Lobo and was their third child and eldest daughter. Her siblings were: Joe, Arsen, Gonzalo, Matty, Paul, and Olga. From childhood Rosie loved to dance, do needlework, watch the cooks make her favourite foods, play baseball, and she always helped those in need. On October 6th, 1945, Rosalina married Joseph Marcellus Fernandes. Together they lived and travelled between Bombay and Goa. Rosie and Joe's marriage was a prosperous one, yielding 11 children- Felix, Crisanto, Ciro, James, Filo, Gloria, Fatima, Assunta, Jennifer, Lina, and Petus. Today, their family has blossomed to include 22 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Rosie will be missed immensely and always remembered. We invite you to join us in saying goodbye to our beloved mother, sister, aunt, grandmother and great-grandmother and friend.
Visitation: Friday, January 19, 2018, 2pm to 4pm & 7pm to 9pm, Ogden Funeral Home, 4164 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, ON. Funeral Mass: Saturday, January 20,2018, 10:30am. St Aidan Roman Catholic Church, 3501 Finch Ave E, Scarborough, ON, Burial Immediately following the funeral mass Resthaven Memorial Gardens, 2700 Kingston Road, Scarborough, ON. For those unable to attend in person, we ask for your presence in thought and prayer. [Info: Alcino Rodrigues] Condolences to  For further details click here

Death: Baltazar (Baltu) Mendes
16 Jan: Calgary, Alberta, Canada, BALTAZAR FRANK MENDES. Born 1932 – Karachi. Baltu as we all knew him was born in Karachi in British India (now Pakistan) in 1932. His family had their roots in Goa, India and he was always proud of his Goan heritage. He was an avid sportsman and bridge player, who excelled at all that he tried his hand at. He had a successful global career in the Insurance industry and enjoyed many years living and working in Muscat, Oman. He immigrated to Canada upon retirement and embraced his life in Canada. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Colleen and three sons, Carey (Carrie), Alan (Marcy) and Rodney (Judith) and his beloved seven grandchildren, Isabella, Antonio, Dominico, Alexander, Leo, Juliana, Tessa and nieces, Melanie and Michelle D'Souza. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas More Catholic Church (15 Templebow Road N.E.) on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through Photo. click here.

News Summary

PIO cardholders told to shift to OCI cards by October

18 Jan: Times of India. The high commission of India in the UK, has advised all holders of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to convert to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards before October. In a press release, the Indian high commission stated, 'The PIO card scheme has been discontinued from December 31, 2017, and only machine-readable travel documents will be acceptable from October 2018…  For further details click here
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Goa gears up for tourist taxi strike, offers alternative transport

18 Jan: Times of India. In view of the proposed strike by tourist taxi operators on Friday, the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has assured its members of extending help with regards to their transport requirements for guests on that day and has asked stakeholders to let it know about their needs in this regard. This will be the third tourist taxi strike since 2012. President of the tourism trade body, Savio Messias told TOI that, as part of the preparation, he visited Drishti Marine's facility at Baina. "TTAG has spoken to Drishti Marine to arrange for ferry service to transport guests from the airport to Panaji and Verem," Messias said…  For further details click here
Video: HCN. Despite government terming taxi strike illegal, taxi owners all set to keep off roads on Friday … 4m.29s.  click here
19 Jan: Navhind Times, Regulating Taxi Business In Goa … click here.

Anjali Mendes: An Indian Model Who Made It Big Abroad

17 Jan: NDTV. Here are nine Indian models who made waves on foreign shores… 1. Anjali Mendes. Anjali isn't just another Indian model turned international superstar - she's an icon that came before everyone else. Coming from a modest Goan home with six siblings, Anjali (previously known as Phyllis) took off to Paris on a whim with a one-way ticket in the early 70s. After showing up at Pierre Cardin's salon out of the blue, she finally met the man himself and he hired her on the spot. The leggy lady played Cardin's muse for over a decade while also modelling for designers like Schiaparelli and Givenchy; post which she managed the Indian side of brand operations. After she slowly retired into writing cookbooks and periodically visiting her Indian family, Anjali died in 2010 from a stomach infection.  For further details click here
Anjali Mendes: a model life …  click here

Tiatrist Pal Soares: Thanking the almighty for his blessings

14 Jan: Navhind Times. Tiatrist, Pal Soares has observed that we remember God only when we need him and we forget him once all our worries are gone… ‘Thank You God’ is a story of three siblings and the personal issues they face every day. The story focuses on how a younger brother turns into an alcoholic and gets addicted. He also has a girlfriend who leaves him after an incident. While his sibling sister, gets married to a well-settled man who works in London. The tiatr is about her struggle and her want of a better life for her brothers. Pal who has moved to greener pastures in the UK, has not given up on his eternal love for tiatr…  For further details click here

European Importers Move to Strengthen India Shrimp Trade with High Level Meetings in Goa

16 Jan: Sea Food News. A group of high level European shrimp importers including Klaas Paul, Nordic Seafood and the Seafood Connection, along with the importer associations of the Netherlands, the European Seafood Importers Group, and UK buyers will meet with Indian shrimp officials at the upcoming India International Seafood Show in Goa at the end of this month…  click here
18 Jan: Intrafish. EU confirms total Indian shrimp ban a possibility. The EU has run out of patience and says an all-out ban could happen as soon as early 2018 if India does not take action to curb contamination in its shrimp expo…  click here
19 Jan: Navhind Times. Overuse of antibiotics kills prawn exports from Goa … click here.

Goa mining scam: Digambar Kamat, ex-Congress CM charged

18 Jan: Business Standard. A Special Investigation Team of the Goa Police, probing a Rs 350 billion illegal mining scam, on Thursday chargesheeted former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat and two others for illegally condoning delay in renewal of a mining lease in south Goa. The 1,572-page chargesheet also names the leaseholder Prafulla Hede and a state Mines Department official A.T. D'Souza, who, along with Kamat, have been booked under relevant sections of the Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Act, Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code…  For further details click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sun. 11 Feb. A&G is organising The Carnival Dance from 1:00 pm onwards. Pope John Centre, The Green, Heston.TW5 0RL
With UK’s Newest Goan Band. THE BIG DREAM. Led by the one and only Abel Nunes (ex-India and ex-Rainbow’s End). Your Mood Setters: Antonio Fernandes and The Youth Voice. Brian Fernandes. Tickets: Adults £15:00 and Children £10:00 below 12 years. Ticket price includes Snacks and a Goan Buffet. Just 200 places so book in advance to avoid disappointment. Fully Licensed Bar. For tickets contact Gabriel: 0208 2307139, Antonio: 07780797967, Brian: 07833494173, Florence: 07905053597. Rights of Admission Reserved. For the flyer, click here

Sun 11 Feb. 40th Anniversary. Mungul Union (UK) celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Woodside High School Hall (ex-white Hart Lane School Hall), White Hart Lane, London N22 5QJ. Mass at 12.30pm. followed by a social gathering. Music by "OUTBREAK" For tickets and details, contact Rosy D'Silva (020 7041 6072); John Mendes 07446066162; Robert Fernandes (07753831250) and Rosalind Rebello (020 8767 8652). For the flyer, click here.



Death: Olga Noronha DeSouza

13 Jan: San Francisco. Olga, the daughter of the late Joao Noronha and the late Isaura Pereira, passed away unexpectedly on January 13, 2018 with her daughters at her side. She was born in Reis-Magos, She enjoyed her youth with her younger brothers, Basil and Antonio Noronha and sisters, Filomena Carvalho and the late Emilia Lobo… She worked at the Portuguese Consulate for 34 years. She was married to the late Michael (Mackey) de Souza for 54 years. Olga and Mackey began their married life in Nairobi, Kenya where they celebrated the birth of their twins, Marilyn and Miriam. They immigrated to the U.S. via London & Los Angeles. Olga leaves behind her loving daughters, Marilyn and Miriam; son-in-law, Colin; grandchildren, Marco and Melina; brothers: Antonio (Portugal) and Basil (San Leandro); sister, Filomena (Reis-Magos, Goa); and many nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends around the world. Friends are invited to visit Monday, January 22, 2018 at 6pm and attend a Vigil Service at 7pm at Duggan's Serra Mortuary, 500 Westlake Avenue, Daly City. A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at 10am at Duggan's Serra Mortuary. Committal Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St. Anthony, St. Jude or a charity of your choice.  For further details click here

Death: Charles Menezes
13 Jan: Brampton, Ont. CHARLES MENEZES. Born May 2, 1918 in Malpe, Mangalore. Beloved husband of Iris, brother of Henry (Hilda) Menezes, loving father of Pearl (Brian) D'Souza, Esther Menezes Roberts, Arnold (Catherine) Menezes and Papa to Julia, Allison, Mark, Dakota, Skyler, Maya, Adrian and Jessica. Viewing January 19th from 5-9 p.m. at Meadowvale Cemetery, Brampton. Funeral Mass January 20th at 12 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Brampton. Photo  For further details click here

Death: Dr. Suman Thakker

15 Jan: (USA). The medical and High Desert community is mourning the unexpected loss of Dr. Suman Thakker, who died Thursday. Officials with Desert Valley Hospital and Medical Group said Thakker, a primary care physician and rheumatologist, was truly part of the “heart and soul” of the High Desert community.,, Thakker began his career alongside Dr. Prem Reddy in 1986 as a primary care physician. He dedicated over 30 years of his life as a well-known rheumatologist and was instrumental in the formation and growth of Desert Valley Medical Group. Thakker graduated from Goa Medical College in 1972 ..  For further details click here

News Summary

Swindon UKIP man slammed for branding the town a 'third-world slum'

17 Jan: Swindon Advertiser. A former parliamentary candidate for South Swindon has been accused of sowing seeds of division after he labelled the town “a Third-World slum”. Martin Costello (photo), who contested the South Swindon seat for UKIP at last year’s general election, has been slammed by community leaders who have called his comments “misguided”, “offensive”, and “just plain wrong”. In a video uploaded to social media at the weekend, Mr Costello, who was born and raised in Swindon and has previously claimed to be a “proud Swindonian,” can be seen taking a fierce swipe at his hometown while addressing a crowd in Westminster. He said: “My town has been destroyed by mass immigration… It has turned it into a Third-World slum.” Text and hundreds of comments.  For further details click here
Video: 17 Jan.  click here

Malaika Vaz: Conqueror of the Big Wide World

16 Jan: Herald. Goa’s State Youth Award Winner Malaika Vaz has been awarded with the National Youth Award by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports. She is a 20-year-old National Geographic Explorer, adventure sports athlete, social entrepreneur, wildlife filmmaker and presenter. Her internship with Felis Creation, India’s leading wildlife film making production house, catapulted her into film making. Since then her work has focussed on telling impactful stories about the complex relationship between humans and the natural world. Her recent short documentary was screened at wildlife film festivals in the United States, Canada and New Zealand… A PADI Divemaster, endurance horse rider, sailor, certified pilot, Malaika has been a national level windsurfer. Malaika’s expeditions and adventures have taken her across all 7 continents, and she is a Limca Book record holder for being the youngest person to participate in research expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic … Malaika is a public speaker who has spoken at various events including Ted X talks to inspire young people to explore the outdoor …  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Malaika Vaz,  click here
Video: Malaika Vaz at TEDx. 22m. 59s click here.

Casimiro Monteiro: Ernesto Lopes Ramos, long forgotten in Brazil, decides to speak about trap that PIDE set up for Humberto Delgado

15 Jan: Sol (Portugal). The scandalous and mysterious murder of Humberto Delgado was committed on February 13, 1965 by Rosa Casaco, Casimiro Monteiro and Agostinho Tienza… Deputy Inspector Ernesto Lopes Ramos was the liaison with Delgado. Brigadier Agostinho Tienza and Casimiro Monteiro were also involved… Born in Goa, Casimiro Monteiro had only been admitted to PIDE in November of the previous year. His records included several murders, particularly in Portuguese India. "He was a fool," Casaco said. “He killed the crooked and the straight. But he was a total d patriot." The death squad left Lisbon on the afternoon of 12 February … Ernesto Lopes was transporting the general… Casimiro Monteiro shot Humberto Delgado dead …  For further details click here
Casimiro Monteiro’s son John, lays bare his soul about his father on GoaNet …  click here
Wikipedia: Monteiro was born in Portuguese Goa … He lived in Portugal for sometime before joining General Franco's army in the Spanish Civil War. After the war, Monteiro moved to the UK, where he worked for a butcher whose daughter he married … click here.

Jack Sequeira’s daughter calls for unity among Goans

17 Jan: Herald. Lily Sukhija Sequeira, daughter of Jack de Sequeira, called upon Goans to be united once again. Speaking at the function at Calangute, held to mark Opinion Poll day, she said, “I am happy that my father is still being remembered by the people of the State, and especially Calangute panchayat, which has been celebrating this day for years.” Without referring to any particular matter, she said that the time has come to be united once again. Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo, speaking at the same function said, “We must say thanks to the Opinion Poll, which has given us freedom to choose what we want.” …  For further details click here

'Second-class citizen': India's Gulf workers to get colour-coded passport

16 Jan: Middle East Eye. India has been accused of worsening the plight of expatriate workers in the Gulf, by singling out poorly educated citizens with a new colour-coded passport. India's government has moved to issue all Indians who need "emigration clearance" to work overseas - mainly those with no formal qualifications - with orange passports, while those who need no checks will continue with blue. The Indian government introduced additional screening in 1983 for those most at risk of exploitation overseas, and identified those needing "clearance" on the last page of their passports … India's foreign ministry defended the new passport and said it would help Indian officials separate people who require additional vetting before they travelled to certain countries…  For further details click here

Boom in prawn exports skirts Goa

17 Jan: Navhind Times. The price of prawns in the international market is currently soaring due to increased demand and exporters are raking in profits but a few Goans are capitalising in on the trend, according to a senior official of the Marine Product Export Development Authority. S. Asok Kumar, deputy director, MPEDA, Goa, told ‘The Navhind Times’ that the boom in prawn exports from India has largely bypassed Goa. “Hardly any local seafood exporters have benefited from the boom, as the total quantity of exports from the state remains negligible,” he said. Kumar has attributed the low level of exports to insufficient availability and said that increased thrust on aquaculture is the only way to step up supply. He said that local prawn culturists are not able to sell overseas directly but go through exporters of other states because their volumes are too negligible… Goa’s prawn production was 7065 tonne in 2016, of which 6,295 tonne is from marine catch and 770 tonne from inland rivers…  For further details click here

Lisbon: Can you handle the spice of these restaurants?

16 Jan: Evasoes (Portugal). 3. Jesus é Goês. The influences of Portugal in Goa are also from Goa in Portugal, since Jesus opened the restaurant on Rua de São José in 2013. Jesus is a Goan, as the name of the space announces, and makes a point of honoring Goan food with all its real flavors. It is therefore to be expected that the dishes are (very) spicy. Nothing to stop the little house from being almost always crowded.  For further details click here
Jesus Lee Fernandes (photo) is the chef and owner at Sabores de Goa, Rua São José 23, Oeiras, Lisbon. For the restaurant website,  click here


TRAVEL: The Tea Trail with Simon Reeve. BBC 4. Sun. 21st Jan. 20:00 to 21:00. Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to east Africa to uncover the stories behind Britain's favourite drink. Most of the leaves in everyday are bought at an auction in the coastal city of Mombasa [ex Goan institute building featured here]. From here, Simon follows the tea trail through the epic landscapes of Kenya and Uganda and meets some of the millions of people who pick, pack and transport tea. Drinking tea with everyone from Masai cattle herders to the descendants of the original white tea planters, Simon learns that the industry is not immune to the troubles of the continent - poverty, low wages and child labour.

BUSINESS AND FINANCE: In Business. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Sun. 21st Jan. 21:30 to 22:00. Series about the world of work, from vast corporations to the modest volunteer. The Second-hand Clothes Trade War: Second-hand clothes could fuel an international trade dispute, as Sammy Awami discovers in Tanzania.

SITCOM: Next of Kin. itv London. Sun. 21st Jan. 23:25 to 00:20. Episode 2 of 6. Gripping contemporary family thriller starring Archie Panjabi and Jack Davenport. Mona travels to Lahore to identify Kareem's body. The trip presents an opportunity to make contact with Danny but also leads her to danger.

COOKERY: Couples Come Dine with Me. Channel 4. Mon. 22nd Jan. 12:05 to 13:05. In Birmingham, married couple Veda and Varun kick off the competition with a Bollywood bash and an Indian-themed menu.

DOCUMENTARY: Royal Murder Mysteries. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Mon. 22nd Jan. 20:00 to 21:00. The Earl of Erroll: Death in the Valley. Josslyn Hay, 22nd Earl of Erroll, was shot in Kenya in 1941. Hear the truth about this unsolved murder and why the only suspect was acquitted. For a video,  For further details click here


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The extraordinary power of a 500-year-old arm

15 Jan: National Herald (UK). By Fr Raymond de Souza, St Francis Xavier’s right forearm and hand is travelling across Canada this month, evidence of a growing piety of relics… Among all relics of all the saints, I daresay that the forearm and hand relic of St Francis Xavier might just be the most impressive… I have a particular gratitude for the early Jesuit’s missionary fervour. As a son of Goa myself, in whose family the faith has been handed on for as many generations as we can count, it is a particular joy to welcome the relic to our chapel on campus. Now that Catholics from Goa are dispersed all over the world – especially in the United Kingdom and in Canada – the missionary fruit of St Francis Xavier is reaching new lands, even in the old world…  For further details click here

Nairobi: City businesswoman acquitted of Sh4 million theft charge

15 Jan: The Star (Kenya). A businesswoman accused of stealing more than Sh4 million from a family business has been acquitted by a Nairobi court. Chief magistrate Doreen Mulekyo said the prosecution had failed to produce enough evidence for the court to find Gladys Rose Fernandes guilty of the charges levelled against her… The woman had been charged together with her late husband Salvacao Cipriano Fernandes with stealing Sh4,310,302 belonging to Advanced Catering Services. The couple and a relative, Stephen Joseph Vaz were directors of the company, which was incorporated in 1994… While testifying, Vaz alleged that the funds were credited to personal accounts of the couple, without board resolution… Fernandes chose to remain quiet while she was placed on her defence…  For further details click here
1 Nov. 2016. Director denies Sh3.4m theft …  click here
27 Feb. 2017: Elderly city couple deny Sh4.3 million theft … click here.

Suresh Amonkar: Time to regain the dream called GOA

16 Jan: Times of India. In 1967, Goans underwent a trial by fire to protect Goenkarponn, the unique identity that defined them. In that struggle, Konkani—the soul of Goa—was their strength. Somewhere down the line Goans failed their mother tongue, and it begs to be saved… Personally, I feel that when statehood was granted to Goa, neither were adequate preparations made administratively, nor was a proper debate held by Goans about its functioning… Are we going to make Goa an English-speaking state or are we going to make it a state where concerted efforts are made to safeguard the interest of Konkani? … 1058 words.  For further details click here
Suresh Amonkar was a teacher at the Goan School, Mombasa from 1956 to 1960. For an account of his family’s connection with the Sacred Heart of Jesus High School, Parra and New Goa High School Mapusa,  click here

Swindon: Carillion workers will decide on Saturday whether to strike

15 Jan: Swindon Advertiser. Carillion staff at GWH could go on strike in a dispute over holiday allowances… They say that insufficient staff numbers have left them unable to book holidays for this year… with the collapse of super-contractor Carillion today, it has thrown discussions over staff conditions into question… The GMB’s Mr Newman said: “It is already impossible for staff to take whole blocks of one or two weeks for most of the year.” … . The latest threat of strikes follows action in 2012, when GMB members went on strike for 21 days over accusations of discrimination and bullying at the hospital… Text + photos and 57+ comments  click here
4 Oct. 2012: Carillion accused of racial bias and intimidation by Swindon hospital ... The Guardian (UK)  click here
8 Jan. 2013: Swindon Advertiser. Woman at centre of bullying row at Great Western Hospital tells of her ‘living hell’ … click here.

Video: Bikinis allowed in Goa because of Opinion Poll says Deputy Speaker Michael Lobo

16 Jan: HCN News. Deputy Speaker of Goa Assembly Michael Lobo has said that the cultural freedom that Goans enjoy is due to the non-merger of Goa with Maharashtra. He said that bikinis are allowed on Goan beaches due to the successful Opinion Poll, as bikinis are not allowed in Maharashtra. Lobo said that successive governments have failed to do justice with the historic event and give it due importance. He assured that before 2019, father of opinion poll Dr Jack de Sequeira’s statue will be installed…  For further details click here
Wikipedia: The Goa Opinion Poll was a referendum held in Goa 16 January 1967, to decide the future of the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu within the Indian Union. Although popularly called an opinion poll, it was in fact, a referendum which offered the people of Goa a choice between continuing as a union territory or merging with the state of Maharashtra. The people of Goa voted against the merger and Goa became a full-fledged state within the Indian Union.  click here

Supreme Court updates: No more rebellion, says Bar Cpuncil of India

16 Jan: First Post. The discussions are expected to continue tomorrow, according to NDTV. However it could take some time to resolve everything as many issues were raised by the dissenting judgments. The discussion took between the CJI and the four dissenting judges, reported CNN-News18. The meeting was cordial and everyone agreed that the issues were important than the personalities. The issues are expected to be resolved by the end of the week… Judge BH Loya's death case must not be confidential, the Supreme Court said in a 5-minute hearing. Everything must be before the public…  For further details click here

How Selective ‘Activism’ Brought Goa’s Beef Traders to Their Knees

16 Jan: The Wire. The Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI), which is funded by the Union ministry of environment and forests, seems to be lending itself increasingly to the agenda of rightwing politics rather than being focussed on animal welfare, as its activities in Goa recently show. In the last few months “animal activists” with links to the AWBI have gone on overdrive in Goa, specifically targeting the beef trade, the import of which is almost entirely handled by the Quraishi community. Tired of the persistent harassment from vigilantism beef traders went on strike in Goa on January 6 and resumed business only after assurances of police protection from the state government...  For further details click here

Jeet Thayil’s novel dissects the dissolute lives of India’s bohemian poet laureates

12 Jan: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). Part fiction, part cultural history, ambitious The Book of Chocolate Saints inspired by the vibrant Bombay literary scene of the 1970s and 80s … there was Dom Moraes, who had, at 19 years old, won the Hawthornden Prize in Britain, a remarkable achievement for one so young and for one not born there… Eunice De Souza had a kind of honorary status in the boys’ club … The Book of Chocolate Saints focuses on Newton Francis Xavier, a talented artist and poet… The novel isn’t entirely imaginary – Xavier a composite of two well-known figures, the poet Dom Moraes (who died in 2004) and the painter F.N. Souza (who passed away in 2002), both Goan, both talented, and both of whom spent a substantial part of their lives abroad…  For further details click here

Beach bliss in Goa

16 Jan: Grazia (UK). North Goa, widely known as the birthplace of hippie culture, is today all about stunning beaches, an upbeat nightlife, great food and a kaleidoscopic blend of Indian and Portuguese influences. place … enjoy the hot sands of Vagator, alongside freely roaming cows that famously share the beach with sunbathers. The beachside Anjuna flea market was started in the ’60s by Goa’s hippie inhabitants, and is today a visual feast … Visit a spice plantation or book a picturesque sunset cruise along the Mandovi River … pack Bikinis and cover-ups for the beach; dresses and dancing shoes for the evening… Fly from Heathrow to Goa via Mumbai from £442 return;  click here


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2,000 faithful line up to see relic of St. Francis Xavier at Toronto church

15 Jan: The Toronto Star. By Sandro Contenta. Venerating the remains of a hand that has weathered more than four centuries requires a fair amount of faith. And when the relic of St. Francis Xavier was displayed at a downtown Toronto church Sunday, the faithful came out in droves… Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church was packed like never before. The line of people waiting to touch the glass-covered reliquary containing the forearm and hand of the 16th-century saint snaked around the block. In the first hour of viewing alone, some 2,000 people came and slowly went… “It brings back so many old memories,” said Sybil Lewis, who grew up in Goa. She remembers being taken several times by her parents to touch the saint’s body when that was still being allowed…  For further details click here
Video: 14 Jan. B y Elizabeth Torok, St.Francis Xavier in Toronto 2018 …  click here

Mumbai-Goa cruise to cost Rs 5,000 a night

15 Jan: Daily News & Analysis. A luxurious voyage in the Arabian Sea on a cruise ferry service between Goa and Mumbai is going to cost you nearly Rs 5,000 for one night. The Mumbai-Goa cruise service will be able to handle 400 passengers at a time. The last such cruise ferry services were operational in the early 1990's after which they were shut. Meanwhile, in November 2017 cruise ferry services between Mumbai and Kochi were also started wherein the sailing charges start from around Rs 31,000 for four nights… A one-way Mumbai-Goa flight ticket ranges between Rs 2,000 and 3,500, depending on how many days prior the booking is made. Even in case of the premium Tejas Express, the maximum fare is around Rs 2,500…  For further details click here

Higher education spurs parents to choose English over Konkani

15 Jan: Times of India. In 2016-17, there were 2,849 students enrolled from Class I to IV in Konkani medium schools. In comparison, 15,000 students were studying in Marathi medium primary schools. In case of English medium primary school, the number of students enrolled was 27,230 … More than 15% of all children studying from Class I to VIII in Goa are enrolled today in private unaided schools, which has been eating into the student share of the 80% enrolment in aided schools in Goa. The share of government-run schools has dwindled to just 19%  For further details click here

Le Meridien Abu Dhabi Announces the Return of the Goan Carnival

15 Jan: Albawaba (UAE). Le Meridien Abu Dhabi has announced the return of the Goan Carnival to the UAE’s capital! … Join the festivities this year for an unforgettable day of Goan rhythms and food… Our chefs have prepared an extensive menu of all time Indian tandoori and chaat favourites. The special Goan corner will feature traditional dishes such as Goan Pulao, Chicken Cafreal, Fish Recheado, Chicken Xacuti and Potato chops. Wines, spirits and brews will be pouring for as low as AED 32….  For further details click here

People power demonstrated - the Goan way

15 Jan: Gulf News. A large number of aggrieved people, unhappy at the way Goa is being ruled by opportunist politicians, proved that the power of the people is much stronger than the people in power by inaugurating the ‘Opinion Poll Square’, a day ahead of its official unveiling at the hands of the Town and Country Planning Minister Vijay Sardesai, at Margao, yesterday. In an unprecedented turn of events, the people gathered at Colva Circle and marched to the nearby Ravindra Bhavan and asked an elderly woman, Rosie Marie, to unveil the plaque, that left the minister red-faced as he was trying to encash the popular sentiment attached to opinion poll…  For further details click here

UK-India deal will mean criminals and illegal immigrants face swift removal under landmark deal

14 Jan: The Sun (UK). Britain has struck a new agreement with India to share criminal records info, fingerprints and intelligence. Thousands of foreign crooks and illegal immigrants will be deported more swiftly under a landmark deal. India is third in the table of countries whose citizens sneak into Britain illegally, close behind Pakistan and Bangladesh. Last year, about 6,000 Indian nationals were sent back for entering without the required visas. But figure will rise substantially under increased co-operation between the two countries… About 1.1million illegal immigrants are living in the UK, according to estimates by MigrationWatch think tank.  For further details click here

Video: The Idea Of Intimacy In Modern India

14 Jan: NDTV. On this week's episode of The Big Fight, we debate over the changing contours of personal intimacies. Is 'one mate for life' an unrealistic ideal, is it unnatural? Are there fundamental flaws in which we understand intimacy? Is sexual exclusivity the be-all-and-end-all of a relationship? Are there other ways of viewing a love relationship? …  For further details click here



Adolf Dourado: First Death Anniversary

21 Jan. 2018. First Death Anniversary of ADOLF DOURADO. Died in London; ex-Nairobi. Born 1942. In loving memory of our dear Adolf a Requiem Mass is offered by his family (wife currently in Goa) on Sunday, 21st. January 2018 at 11:00 a.m at Don Bosco's, Panjim, Goa. There will also be ANNIVERSARY Masses in Adolf's intention on the same day at the parish churches of St Thomas of Canterbury, Woodford Green, Essex at 8:30 and 11:30 am and at St Winifred’s, South Wimbledon at 9am. Enquiries to
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Report on St Francis Xavier’s relic at St. Francis Xavier church in Mississauga

By Rudy Fernandes. The concelebrated Mass and veneration of St Francis Xavier's relic on January 13th at 12 noon at St. Francis Xavier church in Mississauga, Canada, featured a record attendance by thousands of prayerful devotees coming together to pay homage to Goa's "patron saint", recognized as the greatest missionary since St. Paul the Apostle. This outpouring of love and devotion for St Francis Xavier is yet another example that our faith is alive and well in Mississauga. This special Mass was organized and sponsored jointly by the Canadian Goan Christian Group and the Goan Overseas Association.

In addition to many thousands of devotees who came from far and near to venerate St Francis's relic (incorrupt arm of St. Francis who died in 1552), the distinguished guests included Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Finance Minister Charles Sousa, MPs Peter Kent & Peter Fonseca and Councillor Ron Starr, who also attended Mass and publicly venerated the relic. The Goan Choir led by Dr. Lucina Pinto sang uplifting hymns, including the tribute in Konkani to St. Francis, which were much appreciated.

Fr. Raymond De Souza's hard-hitting homily centred on the Goan community in Canada, blessed with great success in many key fields, paying back in leading by example and living their lives in an exemplary manner. And he urged political leaders to heed St. Francis by putting values and morals ahead of popularity. He urged them to become role models to society by living their faith in the public square. It's time to heed St. Ignatius Loyola's advice to his compatriot, the worldly Francis Xavier, patiently reminding him persistently over three years "What profits a man if he gains the whole world and loses his soul?"

The arrival of St. Francis's relic to Canada for the first time ever will galvanize the faith of the Goan community and become a strong reminder about our key role and opportunity as Catholics to take an active role in the re-evangelization of our society.

We must continue to pray to St Francis Xavier to bless Goans and their families in Canada and globally in a special way so that we may live our faith with courage in our troubled world.

Photo of CGCG and GOA Team members & Fr. Raymond with Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie, Finance Minister Charles Souza, MPs Peter Kent & Peter Fonseca and Councillor Ron Starr in St Francis Xavier Church hall. For a larger version,  click here

Supreme Court judges row: Latest developments

14 Jan: Times of India. Two days after four senior judges of the Supreme Court of India mounted a virtual revolt against the country's chief justice, raising questions on "selective" case allocation and certain judicial orders, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has decided to broker peace between the two factions. The Council will today meet the judges of the Supreme Court to address the unprecedented crisis. Here are the latest developments in the story …  For further details click here
Video: 14 Jan: India Today. Big Lawyers Roundtable On Judicial Crisis : Has The Supreme Court Been Compromised? …  click here

St Joseph Vaz now belongs to the whole world

14 Jan: Herald. By Adelmo Fernandes. Thousands of devotees have been attending the novenas of St Joseph Vaz being held at Sancoale. This year the novena and the feast masses are being held at a new location, the old Sancoale church, which is the Our Lady of Health (Nossa Senhora de Saude) Church…. It was here that St Joseph Vaz wrote the famous ‘letter of bondage’ wherein he dedicated his life to Mother Mary. The construction of the Church was completed in 1606… Though he was from Sancoale, he no longer belongs to just this village. He now belongs to the entire world…  For further details click here
Video: 14 Jan: Goa Diocesan Centre For Social Communication Media. Novena, St Joseph Vaz. 58m. 34s.  click here

Video: Chief Minister Assures No Harassment But Meat Supply Shortchanged In Goa

14 Jan: NDTV. Beef traders across Goa are finding it difficult to run their business as the supplies from Karnataka have resumed but are limited. Hussain is a meat shop owner in Panjim's meat market. On an average day, he receives 300 kg of buffalo meat but in the last two days only 70 to 100 kg has been supplied. "Traders coming from Karnataka are scared. We have seen what has been happening around the country. We were only short of being physically abused so we want the support of government to continue trading," he says… 3m. 31s.  For further details click here
12 Jan: Gulf Today (UAE). Goa CM amazed at reportage of beef strike …  click here

Centre Plans To Auction 'Enemy' Properties Worth Rs. 1 Lakh Crore

14 Jan: NDTV. Over 9,400 properties worth more than Rs. 1 lakh crore left behind in India by people who have taken citizenship of China and Pakistan, will be auctioned with the Home Ministry starting the process to identify all such estates, official said. The move came after the 49-year-old Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Act was amended, which ensured that the heirs of those who migrated to Pakistan and China during Partition and afterwards will have no claim over the properties left behind in India… The estimated value of these 9,400 properties is Rs. 1 lakh crore and when they are sold off, it would be a huge windfall for the government, another official said…  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Custodian for Enemy Property for India …  click here

Mandovi row: Goa minister abuses Karnataka people, requests media to expunge word

14 Jan: Hindustan Times. Karnataka has already started diverting water from the Mahadayi river which would have otherwise flowed into Goa, its Water Resource Minister Vinod Palienkar said on Saturday, and termed its people “harami” (illegitimate). He later said that the abuse was uttered in the spur of the moment and requested the media to “expunge” the abusive word… He also said, that he had taken police personnel along with him for protection during his visit to site. “They are harami people. They can do anything.” … Mahadayi, also known as the Mandovi river, is considered as a lifeline in the northern parts of the coastal state… The river course is 28.8 km in Karnataka, and over 50 km in Goa…  For further details click here
15 Jan: The Hindu. A fight over a river escalates …  click here

A spirit that’s nothing short of ‘Feni’ tastic

14 Jan: Times of India. Intoxicant, medicine, offering for the gods and supernatural spirits, rumoured aphrodisiac...Goa's quintessential feni straddles all these worlds. Time may have caused its supplementary uses to fade from collective memory, but there are still a few who diligently continue to tap the brew's medicinal and 'spirit'ual benefits. As an alcoholic beverage, feni (cashew or palm) requires no introduction. Popularly referred to as 'soro' or 'kop' in local lingo, feni boasts of a standing in a dozen international markets. And, if among other things, Goa has come to be synonymous with feni, it has its Portuguese colonisers to thank. "Feni happened because of the missionaries and soldiers," says Mumbai-based corporate chef Zubin D'Souza, who opines that since it was the Portuguese who brought the cashew apple to Goa from Brazil, it is "quite possible feni is not a Goan invention". The point is partially corroborated by Biula V Pereira in the book, 'One for the Road'. The associate professor of sociology writes that while palm feni predates cashew feni, the process of distilling alcohol from the toddy was taught to Goans by the missionaries…  For further details click here

Felix Dahl murder: Probe ends, report in 4 weeks

14 Jan: Times of India. Goa police recently informed the high court that its investigation into the murder of Swedish national Felix Dahl has been completed, and that a report would be submitted to the magistrate in four weeks, reports Murari Shetye. Dahl's family had moved the high court in 2017, seeking a direction to transfer the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and to establish a committee to probe the deaths of 'a large number of foreign nationals' in Goa. Dahl, 22, was found dead on a gravel road under mysterious circumstances at Patnem, Canacona on January 28, 2015.  For further details click here

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