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Perception of India in UK is out of date, we must earn place in India’s future: Rishi Sunak

2 Jul: Times of India. By Naomi Canton. The UK does not have a monopoly on opportunity, there is enormous opportunity in India, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak said ... “This must be a partnership of equals. We focus a lot on how to make it easier for people in India to come to the UK,” he said ... “We are reforming our visas...” “India has the third-highest number of tech unicorns and second-highest smartphone penetration... India is now creating globally best-in-class companies.” ...Financial services and insurance are areas where there will be enormous opportunity for both countries, he added ... In his speech at the India Global Forum’s UK-India awards, Sunak spoke for the first time about his East African Indian roots ...  For further details click here
Video: 4 Jul: iGLOBAL News. Rishi Sunak takes trip down memory lane at UK-India Awards …  click here
UK-India Week 2022: Reimagining true potential of a winning partnership click here.

"Exorbitantly High" Airfares Hurt Tourism: Kerala Chief Minister To PM

3 Jul: NDTV. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to intervene in the issue of rising air fares in the country, saying that it was not only causing hardship to non-resident Indians (NRIs), but was also affecting revival of the tourism sector... Mr Vijayan said airline tickets both in the international and domestic sectors were "exorbitantly high" compared to pre-Covid rates ... He said Kerala's tourism sector is on the threshold of a turnaround and the high air fares "are a serious dampener to the revival of this sector"..."I request your immediate personal intervention in this matter so as to alleviate the difficulties of NRIs and to help the tourism sector, the revival of which is vital for our economy," he said in his letter to the PM...  For further details click here
10 Jun: Times of India. Saurabh Sinha. Come July, Goa flights to cost more due to staggered hike in airport charges till FY 26  click here
17 Jun: Business Standard. Bhaswar Kumar & Arindam Majumder. How 15% hike in airfares will impact air travel, tourism and hospitality click here.

Velim locals demand independent action on Herald land grab story

4 Jul: Herald... 78-year-old Florencio Gregorio Dias was dragged out of the house, shoved aside and his house demolished at Velim... Their MLA, Cruz Silva says he was unaware of the incident ... Villagers are furious over the issue and are demanding that the Chief Minister and the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and SP South should take the matter Suo moto. The blind professor and his wife are under tremendous pressure and due to fear of threats are hesitating to file a police complaint... Two chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and Pramod Sawant had assured the family to intervene and help them in the 14-year fight for his land ... The matter was also raised in the Goa Assembly and yet his house got demolished through forgery.  For further details click here
3 Jul: Herald. By Karsten Miranda. Dragged, beaten and his home demolished: A blind man from Velim’s day of horror as ‘land grabbing goondas’ came calling.  click here
Video: 3 Jul. Prudent Media. Blind Man Loses Property in Land Grab, Lives A Low & Sad Life. 2m.04s click here.

Goa: New tourism helpline to help visitors with info, stakeholders with complaints

4 Jul: Times of India. By Bindiya Chari. Tourism department will launch a helpline for tourists and tourism stakeholders so that visitors to the state can avail information about tourism activities and places to visit besides registering their grievances if they have any, while stakeholder will be able to lodge their complaints ... The department plans to introduce the helpline before the new season starts ... Tourism stakeholder Albert Lobo from Calangute said the helpline will be handy in reporting illegalities without revealing one’s identity to the authority lest the complainant be targeted... He also added that the Calangute-Baga belt has undergone a sea change in the last two decades with traders vying for business ... “Sometimes, tourists are conned and do not know what to do...”  For further details click here
31 May: Deccan Herald. Need to crack down on tout syndicate harassing tourists: Goa Tourism Minister  click here
3 Jun: Hindustan Times. By Gerard de Souza. Goa launches Vigil App to report violations along beaches click here.

Tourism News

3 Jul: IANS Live. Goa starts 'Monsoon Trekking' to boost hinterland tourism. By Sanjay. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation launched ‘Monsoon Trekking’ programme to attract tourists to hinterland areas... GTDC chairman and Sanvordem MLA Dr Ganesh Gaonkar said that more than eight million tourists visit Goa every year and most of them prefer ‘sun, sand and sea’ (beaches)... But now, the government is also focusing of hinterland tourism...  For further details click here
3 Jul: Navhind Times. Integrated beach plan vital to prevent illegalities: Khaunte. Tourism Minister Rohan Khaunte inspected the beaches of Colva, Sernabatim and Benaulim in Salcete to understand the problems and issues faced at the three beaches... At Colva beach, concerns were raised after water from the creek changed direction of its natural flow and caused a large part of the sand and retaining wall near the toilet block to be eroded...  click here
4 Jul: Outlook. How A Trip To Goa Rekindled My Relationship With My Brother. By Noor Anand Chawla. After a fight on a trip abroad caused an indefinable rift between my brother and me, it took a siblings-only vacation to rekindle our lost camaraderie … click here.

Boosting Goa’s IT ecosystem

4 Jul: Navhind Times. By Shoma Patnaik. Turtlemint, helmed by co-founder, Anand Prabhudesai, an Rs 750 crore, insurance tech company with global presence recently opened its Goa office at Panaji. Prabhudesai says the office aims to become the ideal hub for Goans interested in new technologies ... The company is globally recognized among the world’s top-50 insurance technology companies and has offices in Middle East and south east Asia... Prabhudesai who is of Goan origin and studied in Don Bosco High School, Panaji, discloses that, Turtlemint has about 2500 employees in offices located in Mumbai and Pune. “In future we plan to have one-third of our team working out of Goa. Some of our newer technologies based on block chain, data sciences and artificial intelligence will be made in Goa...” He has worked for companies like Yahoo and Nokia ... 765 words  For further details click here
For Google links, interviews, videos and social media sites of Anand Prabhudesai /Turtlemint.  click here

News Headlines

4 Jul. Times of India. Slowly, Goa villages raise voice against widow discrimination. Click here.
4 Jul: Times of India. Goa CM Pramod Sawant eases process for getting Mayem evacuee lands sanads. Click here.
4 Jul: The Goan. Over 90% of Goa-Karnataka coastal highway complete. Click here.
4 Jul: Times of India. Fortification wall at Old Goa faces threat as construction work encroaches on buffer zone. Click here.
4 Jul: The Statesman. 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad Torch arrives in Goa. Click here.
3 Jul: News9 Live. In 'The Wait', 2022 Jnanpith... In 'The Wait', 2022 Jnanpith awardee Damodar Mauzo foregrounds anxieties, predicaments of contemporary Goans. Click here.



Death: Joaquim Antonio D’Souza. Southall, UK. Ex-Goa Velha, Sancoale
4 June: Southall, UK. JOAQUIM ANTONIO D’SOUZA. Born. July 20, 1941. Husband of Ana Joaquina Pereira. Son of late Piedade D’Souza/late Treza Maria Gonsalves. Father/father-in-law of Joyce/John, Peter/Dayzila, Jennifer/Rodolfo. Brother/Brother-in-law of late Jose/ late Natalia Maria, late Arcanja (Dolly)/late Pelegrino, late Eduardo/Espu, late Roque/late Blana. Funeral will take place on 4th July at St. Anslem Church, Southall, UK at 11.00 AM. There will be a mass for the soul of Joaquim Antonio D’souza on 4th July at Our Lady of Health Church Sancoale at 8.00 am. click here.

News Summary

Dragged, beaten and his home demolished: A blind man from Velim’s day of horror as ‘land grabbing goondas’ came calling

3 Jul: Herald. By Karsten Miranda … Today Florencio Dias, the son of Carlos Dias, is homeless. The 78-year-old ‘blind man’ was dragged out of his house, shoved aside and his house demolished while his wife was in the market in April this year... The land originally belonged to the (late) Caetano Romao Fernandes and (late) Maria Ida Vaz Fernandes who were living in Nairobi … co-owner, Mary Nuala Fernandes, resident of the UK confirms that in the year 1987, the property was sold to Carlos Dias for a total sum of Rs 85,000 ... This is indeed one the most shocking and cruel stories of land grabbing in Goa ... 975 words  For further details click here
3 Jul. Herald ... In 1988, Carlos was stunned to find a gift deed of this property made in favour of (late) Leocardia Colaco … It is this gift deed, which the Dias family knows is fake, which became the key for grabbing as the Colacos took over after a 14-year litigation …  click here
Video: 3 Jul: Prudent Media. Blind man loses property in land grab, lives a low & sad life … click here.

Gambling away Goa

3 Jul: Herald. By Vivek Menezes... In Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s own words, “the Goa government, while presenting its case, said that casinos needed different treatment.” ... It's important to remember Parrikar’s precise logic at the time: “I am strongly against gambling. We don’t need them...” Since then, of course, it has only been more broken promises... The “Chief Visionary Officer and Mentor” of a casino shared some painful home truths with IANS: “Goa has been thoroughly fixed: awarding a licence to any operator in any other state, it could topple the government...” This underlines a curious paradox defining Goa’s 21st century politics across party lines ... That kind of impunity for the already disreputable gambling lobby – with no consequences whatsoever – has resulted in a dangerous free-for-all in Goa ... Vast tracts of Pernem that have been strong-armed from smallholding farmers for the (itself highly dubious) “second airport” project ... 1088 words  For further details click here
1 Oct. 2021: Times of India. With no alternative site, casinos given year’s extension on Mandovi.  click here

Seeing Goa’s Inquisition, quite differently

3 Jul. Navhind Times. By Fredrick Noronha. The ‘Inquisition’ is a word which rattles us all... Goa has been unquestioningly seen as something terrible in that history... A new book by Alan Machado (Prabhu), (Goa’s Inquisition: facts-fiction-factoids), could change that all... Machado has been working on this issue for nearly five years now ...There’s detail with which he has done his work. Secondly, he has cut through decades and centuries, of propaganda, to judge the Inquisition for what it really was... In the start itself, he challenges the view that all the Goa Inquisition records have been “destroyed”, and points to very specific facts and figures which can today even be accessed even online ... “Torture and flames” of an auto-da-fe have been “successfully implanted” in our minds by the Black Legend, yet our beliefs do not tally with the actual statistics in the archives ... 1083 words  For further details click here
Video: Jun 2022: Fredrick FN Noronha. Alan Machado (Prabhu), author of a new book on the Goa Inquisition... Alan explains why much of what we believe about the Goa Inquisition is just ... untrue beliefs... 1hr.15m.54s.  click here
To buy Alan Machado (Prabhu) book Goa’s Inquisition: Facts-Fiction-Factoids, click here.

Tourism News

2 Jul: News18. 5 Things to do in Goa During Monsoon Season. ... Dudhsagar Waterfall ... Chapora Fort ... Long walks on the beach ... Nightlife in Goa ... Relish Goan and Konkani dishes...  For further details click here
3 Jul: Vogue. 9 best monsoon destinations in India to bookmark as the rain picks up ... This monsoon skip the beaches and hip restaurants and explore the rustic side of Goa instead. Think treks to hidden waterfalls, river rafting, spice plantation visits, distillery-hopping and feni-tasting curated by locals. For something more offbeat, visit Divar Island for its old-world charm.  click here
3 Jul: Herald. Govt to keep watch on online travel portals to crackdown on illegal traders. Soon process of registration to be streamlined ... Single-window facility on the cards ... Call centre facility for tourists and citizens to register complaints to know about various tourism activities ... click here.

News Headlines

3 July: The Goan. Relatives living abroad can now send up to Rs.10 lakh a year to your relatives without any restrictions. The previous limit was Rs. 1 lakh … Click here.
3 Jul: Times of India. Sellers, customers grapple with plastic ban across Goa's markets. Click here.
3 Jul: The Goan. Increasing dog bite cases a worry in rabies-free Goa. Click here.
3 Jul: Scroll. By Alia Yunis. How does the ocean shape memory and heritage? Karishma D'Souza's art delves into complex roots. Click here.
3 Jul: Times of India. Sailor who loves the sea: Tomy gets ready to crack global race. Click here.
3 Jul: Times of India. Let's see which MLAs support POGO bill: Revolutionary Goans Party. Click here.
3 Jul: Times of India. 'Will ensure upkeep of beaches': Goa tourism minister Rohan Khaunte. Click here.
3 Jul: Free Press Journal. IIT, NIT, and medical colleges to make way in Goa. Click here.
3 Jul: Independent (Ireland). More delays feared in trial of man accused of Danielle McLaughlin murder in India. Click here.



Death: Lizette Barbosa of Aurora, Ohio. Ex Uganda & Cansaulim, Goa
30 Jun: Aurora, Ohio. LIZETTE BARBOSA. Aged 82. She was beloved wife of late Dr. Ivo C. R. Barbosa, dear mother of Dr. Violet Barbosa (Peter) Desouza, Shaliny Barbosa (Anupam) Saksena and Anil Barbosa, loving grandmother of Annasha Desouza and Giovanni Saksena, daughter of late Alexander and Maria Bernadette Braganza, sister of late Dr. Arnold, late Dr. Blaise (Dr. Apollonia), late Hubert and Hilda (late Anthony), daughter-in-law of late Joao de Mata and Sophia Barbosa, sister-in-law of late Sara (the late Vincent Paul) and Dr. Raul (Josephine). Lizette had a unique sense of humor and soft demeanor. She had the good fortune of living on 3 continents. Her dawn years were in Uganda, Africa. In the twilight of her life, the last 3 years were spent in Aurora Ohio … The sunshine years of her life were spent in Goa and the spirit of Goa never really left her. Like many a true Goan, she embraced its culture, food, music and faith to the fullest. Viewing on Sat, July 09, 2022 followed by Funeral Mass at 11 am (US) ? 8:30 pm (India) at Ss. Cosmas and Damian Catholic Church 10419 Ravenna Road Twinsburg, Ohio 44087. A livestream of the Mass can be viewed at Arrangements by Johnson-Romito Funeral Home Twinsburg, Ohio. Photo and full details. click here.

News Summary

Global Goenkar

2 Jul: The Goan. G.O.A. (Toronto) offers Silver Linings for seniors in Canada... Jeronimo D’Souza takes Goan flavours to another level in Qatar [opening soon in London] ... The Goenkar in Karachi 1860-1900: Hardships, Determination & Success... Tiatr: A fusion of Global Art Forms ... Goa’s fastest Konkani composer making waves from Dubai ... Adelaide gets regular Konkani mass ...  For further details click here

Vibing to Sao Joao beats in the UK

3 Jul: Herald. Sao Joao was celebrated with great pomp across Goa, but the chants of Viva Re Sao Joao reverberated in the United Kingdom as well this year. Goan brethren continued with the traditions as they celebrated the feast of St John the Baptist at Hounslow… This year, Goans in the United Kingdom were literally given a nostalgic trip to Goa through the traditional celebrations at Viva San Joao 2022, organised by Amigo Events at Market Place, Hounslow High Street. Simon Rodrigues, the founder of Amigo Events, has been in the United Kingdom for the past six years and has been organising events for Christmas, Easter, Carnival and Sao Joao since 2019, but all with an emphasis on Goan music and food… Master of Ceremony for the Sao Joao night, Simon Varella from Uxbridge, London … The band, M25, comprising band members Risma Leitao, Russel D’Costa, Reman Fernandes, Santano D’Mello, Joyeaster Barreto and Manuel Dias entertained the crowd with foot-tapping music for the night … 753 words.  For further details click here
Video: 27 Jun: St. Joao celebration by the Goans in Reading … 42m. 29s. To watch the video,  click here

Archbishop Raul Nicolau Gonsalves – A Towering Personality

2 Jul: Herald. By Rev Dr Socorro Mendes... The Most Reverend Archbishop-Patriarch Raul Nicolau Gonsalves, the first indigenous Goan to be the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, the Patriarch of the East Indies and the Primate of the East, passed away on 1 July... A man with a vision and insight - he took the reins of the Archdiocese with great enthusiasm and chalked out the plan for the Archdiocese... An excellent administrator - Being a professor of mathematics, it was during his time that the financial re-organisation of the Archdiocese was done... A leader with the heart of a pastor - His dealings with priests were very impartial and without any favouritism... A man of great faith - He steered the Archdiocese in turbulent situation, especially in the post-Liberation period and after the great Ecumenical Council Vatican II ... 633 words  For further details click here
For Google links, articles to Archbishop Raul Nicolau Gonsalves,  click here

Land Grab

2 Jul: Times of India. Goa: SIT nabs man who identified properties for grab. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) investigating land grab cases in the state has arrested one Altab C A from Kerala, allegedly involved in identifying properties lying unused for a long time. This is the fifth arrest in the scam... Citizens who are settled abroad and have ancestral properties in Goa are on the radar of the syndicate...  For further details click here
2 Jul: Hindustan Times. A Goa village where dead sign sale deeds. By Gerard de Souza. Of the 45 households in the village,18 have become victim to elaborate land frauds in which personal and family histories have been distorted in meticulous detail. In the village of Badem, married men turn single; children are declared unborn; and dead men tell no tales but sign sale deeds...  click here
2 July: The Goan. List of 93 properties sent to dy collector for cancellation of docs … click here.

Inside the secret world of the digital nomads

2 Jul: The Telegraph (UK). By Charlotte Lytton... Five hundred and fifty people are gathered in a conference theatre in Bansko, a ski resort town 150km southwest of the Bulgarian capital, Sofia ... This is a Nomad Fest, a work meet-up for digital nomads ... Nomad motivations vary widely, depending on who you ask. Some want to travel the world and reinvest in the communities they fleetingly live in. One affiliate marketer from Suffolk is living in Goa because “I just want home comforts” – while bemoaning the price of imported cheddar. Many admit to their families being bemused and even concerned by the Peter Pan-ishness of their chosen lifestyle ... 1230 words  For further details click here
Digital Nomad. A Digital Nomad Guide to Goa …  click here
For Google links to Digital Nomads in Goa, click here.

News in Brief:

29 Jun: Telegraph India. How Braganza’s restored the 270-year-old piano Tagore would play By Lygeia Gomes. In 2020, Braganza & Co received a call requesting their services to repair a square, German-made piano that was once owned by Rabindranath Tagore... The 77-year- old music store was set up by Goan brothers Francis and Thomas Braganza in Kolkata in 1945...  For further details click here
30 Jun: Navhind Times. U.K. unveils scholarships for Indian students. Britain announced a partnership with leading business in India to offer 75 fully funded scholarships for Indian students to study in the United Kingdom (UK) from September in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the country’s independence... Along with this the British Council is also offering six scholarships...  click here
29 Jun: India Briefing. Key Considerations for Expatriates in India: Jobs, Location Costs, and Tax. By Melissa Cyrill... Key points of information include types of jobs open to expats living in India, local living conditions and cost comparison between major cities, applying for an Employment Visa, the taxation regime and reporting requirements, and access to social security... click here.

F&B News

This Weekend, Go Gourmet with Portuguese Fish Stew Recipe 1 Jul: Food NTDV. Portuguese Fish Stew: We've found just the perfect recipe to make this weekend that will help you keep up your healthy eating pattern in the most delicious way possible... The Portuguese came to the country and established their settlement. This subsequently influenced the Indian culture at large, with inclusion of various Portuguese cuisine in our food habit...  For further details click here
26 Jun: Indian Express. I've perfected Karwari family heirloom recipes: 'Fresh Catch’s chef Ankita Fernandes … the Mumbai-based creative heart, taking the legacy of her dad’s iconic seafood eatery 'Fresh Catch' in Mahim, to the lanes of Bandra, has been a natural progression this year... What earns Chef Ankita Fernandes’ eatery 'Fresh Catch', a place amongst the seafood greats is its honest knit to traditional Karwar recipes and boat-to-plate fare...  click here
1 Jul: Hindustan Times. 6 stunning monsoon getaways in India to enjoy the rainy season. By Krishna Priya Pallavi... South Goa is all about exploring the tranquil side of Goa. Here you will witness the pristine and less crowded beaches such as Palolem Beach, Cola Beach, Butterfly Beach and Pebble Beach near Cabo de Rama Fort, to name a few. Additionally, the rich heritage in the form of cathedrals, temples, Portuguese culture, tiny villages and lip-smacking seafood... click here.


2 Jul: Herald. By Vivek Menezes. Sunlight is the Best Disinfectant. … Here in Goa, we already know enough to celebrate 2022 as an unprecedented leap ahead in our collective understanding of the disruptions at the underbelly of contemporary Goan identity: the hyper-violent advent of European colonialism, a wave of coercive evangelism that converted the native majority of 150 villages (aka “the Old Conquests”) to Catholicism, and surviving 250 years of the “holy office” of the Inquisition, which finally came to an end only in the nineteenth century…  For further details click here
2 Jul: Times of India. Goa: Protesters serve ‘stop work order’ on railway work  click here
2 Jul: Times of India. Goa: NIO, Canada institute to explore collaborations in ocean research click here.



Death: Merle Viegas. Brighton, Ontario Ex Mombasa

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved daughter/mother/sister/aunt Merle at the tender age of 53. Merle passed away after a courageous two year battle with leiomyosarcoma on June 26th, 2022 in Cobourg, Ontario. She will be fondly remembered for her firecracker personality and infectious laugh. She is survived by her parents (Meldrita and Menino Viegas), her daughters Marisa and Myriam, her siblings Muriel, Marvin (Loren) and Michelle (Kelly) and her nieces and nephews Cathleen, Seana, Cameron, Joshua, Jaelin, Ciarra and Kaia. A private funeral was held on June 30th. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or offer a Mass in her memory. Condolences to

News Summary

Bishop Earl Fernandes, First Indian-American Bishop Speaks on Roe v. Wade: ‘A Child Is Never a Problem’

29 Jun: National Catholic Register (US). By Hannah Cote... Bishop Fernandes is the first Indian-American bishop in the Church, ordained on May 31 in the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio... “I was born in September of 1972. Sadly, in January 1973, the United States Supreme Court legalized the killing of children in the womb,” Bishop Fernandes said. “I have lived every day of my life waiting to see that injustice overturned.” ... “But a child is never a problem” ... 2000 words.  click here
20 Jun: National Post (Canada). Father Raymond J. de Souza: An end to American exceptionalism on abortion. The United States was singular in having its foundational constitution interpreted to include a right to abortion. The Dobbs decision of the American Supreme Court, which overturned both Roe v. Wade (1973) and Planned Parenthood v. Casey (1992), returns the United States to global normality in abortion policy…  click here

New Zealand: Adith and Clare Almeida met by accident – one that turned into marriage and a family

2 Jul: Stuff (NZ). Adith Almeida, 39, is the director of sales and marketing at the Crown Plaza Queenstown. In 2018 he married Clare Almeida, 32, tourism sales manager at Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa. The couple have a 2-year-old daughter, Adeline, a cat and a dog and live in Jack’s Point. Adith: I’m from Mumbai, India, where I did an accounting degree, but fell into hospitality in Goa… We met via a happy accident … Clare thinks she won Adith over with her carrot cake… “I went to India to meet his family and his mother gave him his grandmother’s wedding ring. He blindfolded me to try it on so I knew the proposal was coming.” …  click here
2 Jul: Perth Now (Aus). Wedding of the Week: Wedding of the week: Nakita Fernandes and Christopher Delroy met through online dating site Bumble. It was the online dating equivalent of love at first sight when Chris and Nakita met on Bumble four years ago… The bride, from Goa, ensured her Indian traditions were honoured during the low-key ceremony … The couple got married in a small intimate setting with their families on May 14, 2022 at the Perth Marriage Registry Office, followed by a small soiree at the family apartment at Leighton Beach. With Nakita’s immediate family based in Mumbai, the newlyweds plan to have a more joyous celebration with both their extended families in Goa next year…  click here

Revolutionary Goans Party Seeks to Move Bill to Protect persons of Goan Origin', Says Lone MLA

1 Jul: PTI. The Revolutionary Goans party, which has one MLA in Goa's 40-member Assembly, has given notice to move a private member's bill to protect the rights of "persons of Goan origin". Confirming the development, its MLA Viresh Borkar told reporters here on Friday that the bill seeks to protect the rights of "persons of Goan origin" with respect to employment, benefits of government schemes, lease, transfer of communidade land (type where ownership is collective) and the right to change names and surnames… He said the bill comes in the backdrop of the state's changing demography in relation to its small size and population…  For further details click here
Video: 1 Jul: Prudent Media Goa. Will ‘Pogo’ Bill Make It To The Assembly? RGP St Andre MLA Viresh Borker has announced that he has moved a private members bill- Persons of Goan Origins (POGO) bill for the upcoming assembly session which is likely to begin on 11th July. 2m. 24s.  click here
1 Jul: Times of India. Goa Forward Party to table pvt member’s bill on quota for Goans in private sector … click here.

F&B News

28 Jun: Economic Times (Hospitality world). Chef Avinash Martins: “I want to put Goa on the world map”. Martins opened his own place, Cavatina, south Goa in 2013... “Goan food is an amalgamation of different cultures – the Indo-Portuguese, the Saraswat culture and the pre-Saraswat culture,” says Martins of the food he now serves ... Post 2019 the pandemic helped Martins become more connected to his roots …  For further details click here
1 Jul. BWEducation. B.Sc. Culinary Arts Program Offered At VMSIIHE, Goa. Exemplifying its one-of-a-kind stride in the league of culinary pursuits, the prestigious V.M. Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education (VMSIIHE), Goa, recently announced the initiation of a globally accepted, highly personalised and hands-on program – the B.Sc. culinary Arts. The immersive and practically oriented three-year degree program is set to commence in August 2022...  click here
1 Jul: Madras Courier. The Curious Connection between Chillies & Vasco Da Gama … In 1497, Vasco da Gama’s ship left the Europe shores in search of India ... By 1542, three varieties of chilli grew in the Portuguese-occupied Goa... Soon chillies spread from Goa to Southern India; and the Maratha army introduced the chilli to the Mughals and Northern India... Vasco da Gama never imagined that his voyage to the East and his attempts to cultivate a “wild plant’ would one day capture the palettes of billions of South Asians. click here.

Learn about oceans and their stories in this exhibition by Goan artist, Karishma D’Souza

30 Jun: Gomantak Times. By Arti Das. Visual artist, Karishma D’Souza’s art exhibition, titled ‘Ocean in Another’, which will be held from July 4, 2022 to July 6, 2022, at the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, takes an in-depth look at oceans, through the eyes of an artist ... She is based in Goa and Lisbon … In this collection, she brings together the tides of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans, wading through histories of inter-oceanic relations, especially as they relate to the Lusophonic world – Portugal, its colonies in Asia and Africa – their shared heritage... The seed of this exhibition was sowed in 2021, when R Benedito Ferrão and D’Souza presented a paper at the conference ‘Africa*n Relations’, at Bayreuth University ... 902 words  For further details click here
For Google links to Karishma D’Souza.  click here

Bangkok: Goan Portuguese Feast

1 Jul. Bangkok Post (Bangkok). On July 2, Sukhumvit 53 will welcome chef Hussain Shahzad and team from O Pedro, Mumbai, the Goan-Portuguese-inspired restaurant and bar, for a one-day only takeover. The event will be fuelled by cocktails by Asia Today with support from Stranger & Sons, the Goa-based Indian gin brand. The menu will be packed with signatures from O Pedro like “A Walk Up Raw Bar” with fresh ceviche and oysters... Vegetarian options include Jackfruit dangar, Poee and butter, Cauliflower peri peri and Lotus stem chili fry and more. Free-flow cocktails, a Goan bar with games and live DJ sets will make for a fun-filled evening. From 4.30pm to late. The Goan Portuguese Feast lasts two hours. Food is priced at B2,400++, with an unlimited cocktail package at B1,200++. Call 097-149-5647 or Line @here_bkk.  For further details click here

News Headlines

Video: 30 Jun: VideoVolunteers. Meet Shweta Gaonkar (photo), Goa's First Woman Toddy Tapper. 4m.57s. Click here.
1 Jul: Times of India. Goa: Hoteliers demand action against illegal accommodations. Click here.
1 Jul. Eastern Eye (UK). UK Asians 'failed by dementia care'. Click here.
1 Jul: Times of India. Goa: Rohan Khaunte says government will not conduct EDM fest, will promote local musicians. Click here.
1 Jul: Herald. Goa Konkani Film Industry - OTT [Over-The-Top media service] is the way forward. Click here.
1 Jul: Times of India. Goa: With 'Aspirers' tag, state climbs few notches in business reforms. Click here.
1 Jul. The Goan. Goa Land grab: SIT effects 5th arrest . Click here.
30 Jun: The Goan. Panaji church among 100 football theme paintings for World Cup . Click here.
30 Jun: UCA News. In India, history is rewritten or deleted; Censorship and indoctrination are two relics of feudal control that are still at work to influence young minds. Click here.


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Goan Voice is 23 years old today

Dr A.C.L. DeSousa (photo) of Nairobi founded “Goan Voice”, the weekly East African newspaper in 1946. He died on 18 July 1958. Bonifacio Colaco wrote at the time: “throughout East Africa the ‘Goan Voice’ is a household word and it should be our earnest desire to keep evergreen the memory of its founder and to serve the Goan cause to the greater glory of Goa and Goans.” This publication is a tribute to him. The website has the archive of all issues, not having missed a single one. To check the first issue, 1 July 1999,  For further details click here
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World Goa Day – A Call to Celebrate

29 Jun: ItsGoa. By Jessyl Fernandez. Conceptualized, fufilled, and realized by the famous Rene Baretto, World Goa Day (WGD) is meant to commemorate the anniversary of the inclusion of our state language – Konkani, in the 8th schedule of the Indian Constitution of the Indian Parliament on 20 August, 1992 ... It is that time of the year when most Goans and Goan associations the world over come together to celebrate our being GOAN and our GOENKARPONN, under one common banner “World Goa Day 2022” ... The Objective – To promote within the wider Goan community our Goan identity, and unite with Goans all over the world in solidarity to celebrate Goa’s history, language, music, cultural heritage and traditions... Location – Worldwide ... Time – Any time during the year 2022. Right from the 20th of August onward ... As per the WGD forum, WGD Global Facebook official page is at #World Goa Day Celebrations... 728 words  click here
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Video: 25 Sep. 2021: World Goa Day 2021- World Goa Day 2021- UK & MAINLAND EUROPE Segment (Official Video) 1h. 55s. click here.

Marine activist Sarita Fernandes, lone Indian woman delegate at Lisbon United Nation Ocean Conference

30 Jun: Herald. Sarita Fernandes, a marine activist and a managing trustee – Ocean Coastal and Ecological Alliance Network and Goa Sea Turtle Trust from Goa won the title “Creating value out of Weed” at the United Nation Ocean Conference (UNOC) held recently in Lisbon... According to Sarita, she is the first women delegate to represent Goa as well as India at the UNOC ... Around 15 groups comprising 150 delegates from across the globe were present ... Antonio Manuel de Oliveira Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations and President of Portugal Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa were chief guests ... “I came up with the business idea that will use invasive species which have aroused due to shipping or human error that can be used as fertilisers to create cattle food or sea food dishes out of it,” Sarita said...  For further details click here
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Tourism News In Brief

30 Jun: Zee News. Jet Airways in advance discussion with aircraft makers to lease planes by Dec 22. Jet Airways is looking to lease 6-8 aircrafts by Dec 2022; airline confirms that it is in “advanced discussion” with the lessors and original equipment manufacturers … The airline is also negotiating with airport operators to secure slots with "good" timings … Jet Airways is mulling to fly to Mumbai, Goa, Bengaluru, among others, from its new base Delhi …  For further details click here
30 Jun: GQ. The best time to visit Goa is when the tourists have left ... “It’s the most magical time of the year; the greenness of the paddy fields, the quiet that settles upon it.” … Writer, Vivek Menezes, observes, “It’s amazing how fecund and fertile the Konkan is; it’s simply exploding with fruit and flowers.”  click here
30 Jun: Herald. Goa adds political tourism to its list of hospitality offerings … When it comes to political guests from other states, especially if they are in the right party, then Goa can pull out all stops to keep their “party” going on in honour of their political guests... Goa played the perfect host with the state machinery leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the Eknath Shinde-led Shiv Sena MLAs who were crisscrossing the country on chartered planes to be away from Maharashtra, were made to feel at “home” in Goa. click here.

Rupee is falling against US dollar but why?

30 Jun: India Today. By Debjit Sinha... The rupee on Thursday managed to recover from its record low hit in the previous session after gaining 13 paise to 78.90 against the US dollar. On the interbank foreign exchange today, the rupee opened at 78.92 against the American currency ... "Asian currencies have started mixed, but currencies could remain under pressure after Fed Chair Jerome Powell said there is a risk the US central bank's interest rate hikes will slow the economy considerably," Sriram Iyer, Senior Research Analyst at Reliance Securities, said ... The rupee has lost 6.39 per cent against the dollar since the beginning of 2022, including an erosion of 1.97 per cent so far in June.  For further details click here
29 Jun: Investing Cube. GBP/INR Outlook: Up on the Day, But For How Long? …  click here
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Covid News

30 Jun: Navhind Times. States to ensure random RT-PCR screening at airports. With India consistently reporting more than 10,000 Covid cases over the past few days, the Centre has asked states and Union Territories to ensure a random RT-PCR screening of about 2% passengers in each incoming flight ...  For further details click here
29 Jun: United News of India. Goa logs 201 new Covid cases. According to the Directorate of Health Services, with the addition of the new cases, the number of active cases in the state rose to 982 ... As many as 151 persons recovered from the disease during the last 24 hours and the recovery rate stands at 98.06 per cent...  click here

Video: Goa doesn't need APP based taxi. Each Goan household have their own vehicles: Taxi operators

29 Jun: ingoanews. The Morjim taxi operators came down harshly on Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho’s statement of inviting Ola and Uber in the State if digital meters were not used. Taxi operators opined that the tourists themselves refuse to make use of the digital meter as they accept less fare rate than that displayed on the meters... Goans do not need any Ola or Uber cabs. Each Goan household has their own vehicles... Airport cabs do not operate on metres they are only prepaid... Police are harassing taxis /tourists. Private cars are also operating as taxis... there is no check on them... You and the RTO departments are earning a lot on commissions ... If you bring Ola and Uber, then we can shut your hotels down too... 8m. 48s  For further details click here
30 Jun: Times of India. Goa: Taximen deny overcharging, say rates fixed by state …  click here
26 Jun: Times of India. Govt in talks with Ola to begin ops in Goa, says Mauvin click here.

News Headlines

30 Jun: Herald. Goa: Sex workers allege harassment by police. Click here
30 Jun: Times of India. Gujarat, not Goa, to host 36th National Games. Click here
30 Jun: Times of India. Football: Vazquez, Coro and the memories at Espanyol and Goa. Click here
30 Jun. Irish Mirror (Ireland). Mum of murdered Irish backpacker Danielle McLaughlin fears drug plot could derail murder trial. Click here
30 Jun: India Times. This Day 43 Years Ago a Ship Sailed from Goa To Germany, Never To Be Seen Again. Click here



Funeral: Oliver Fernandes. Leicester, UK. Ex Nairobi (Goan Housing Estate)

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UK Start-up carrier Flypop seals Portugal’s Hi Fly joint venture

29 June Travel Weekly (UK). Start-up long-haul carrier Flypop is forming a UK joint venture with Portuguese charter airline Hi Fly. The two companies have been partnering throughout the global pandemic utilising Flypop’s aircraft for cargo operations. The new agreement will see the two expand their collaboration onto planned passenger flights from the UK… Flypop prepares plans for low cost passenger flights to India. Destinations on the radar include Amritsar, Hyderabad, Goa, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Kochi and Chandigarh…  click here
Flypop Website. Coming Soon: Lowest cost non-stop flights to India from the UK (Stansted) … Check-In Baggage Allowance; 3 X 25 kg per person …  click here
Last year Flypop was quoting a fare “from £99” for Stansted to India each way …

India's Supreme Court to hear plea for protecting Christians

28 Jun: UCA News. India’s Supreme Court has admitted a plea seeking a direction to end the rising attacks against Christians and their institutions in the country... Archbishop Peter Machado of Bangalore Archdiocese in Karnataka state, the National Solidarity Forum and the Evangelical Fellowship of India filed the petition... On average, 45 to 50 violent attacks take place against Christian institutions and priests every month throughout India... The petitioners believe that if the 2018 guidelines are implemented, it would help check violence against them and others who have been victims of religious bias and persecution... Karnataka has been a hotbed of anti-Christian violence ... Archbishop Machado has been at the forefront of opposing the anti-conversion law, describing it as a tool in the hands of right-wing Hindu groups to step up violence against minorities, especially Christians and Muslims... 537 words  For further details click here
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24 Dec. 2021: Deccan Herald. Arrests, beatings and secret prayers: Inside the persecution of India’s Christians click here.

True scope of migration to Europe

29 Jun: The Goan. Adv Moses Pinto... A better standard of living, higher quality of life may be the general ideals arising in the mind of the Portuguese passport applicant ... It needs to be forewarned that most of the mental pictures being painted about the glorious West are presently marred by smoke screens ... The key takeaways that could assist a Goan aspirant to weigh in before embarking upon the journey are: The work ethic in Europe is highly demanding ... Cultural appropriation is based pre-dominantly upon a person’s appearance ... The hourly wage being earned in Europe while working the same generic occupations as are prevalent in Goa would only help to secure a proportional degree of disposal income ... The physical and financial demands of having to deal with the cold weather can take a toll on a person’s mental wellbeing ...  For further details click here

Goa’s Eternal Exodus

29 Jun: Herald. By Plastino D’Costa. Henley & Partners in its recent Global Citizens report has estimated that around eight thousand Indians with high net worth are expected to leave India for good, this year… Goa will not be able to hush-hush the exodus of Goans that has been going on eternally … why are settled Goans making an exit from the place? Has anybody tried to find out and fix it? … So far our policy has only indirectly encouraged Goans to leave earn the foreign exchange and pour it into Goa’s local economy… It’s a pity that smart Goans choose to leave Goa and prefer not to disturb the status quo of their village for fear of being abandoned… 1048 words  click here
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IT’S ALL THERE: All records are available in the Goa Assembly record room

29 Jun: Herald. The speeches of Goa’s first Chief Minister Dayanand Bandodkar, the observations of the firebrand Kashinath Jalmi and so many stalwarts who adorned the Goa legislature before March 2000 when the Assembly complex shifted to Porvorim from Adil Shah Palace, are thankfully all preserved and intact... All the old copies have been scanned and preserved in voluminous books and kept in the cupboard in the Record Room awaiting digitisation... The Legislature Department staff too appeared shocked at the Chief Minister’s statement and opined that he may be referring to old audio cassettes, which are now worn out and needs to be salvaged at all costs ... The Legislature Department has already taken up the arduous task of digitising all the records...  click here
28 Jun: Deccan Herald. Goa assembly records from 1963-2000 lost during relocation: CM  click here
7 Sep. 2018: Times of India. Now, access digitised records of Goa’s past on assembly website click here.

Land Grab News

28 Jun: Herald. Need to digitize about 6 crore pages of land records: Archives and Archaeology Minister  For further details click here
29 Jun: The Goan. Mostly non-Goans involved in land grab scam: Mapusa MLA Joshua D’Souza  click here

Tourism News

29 Jun: Times of India. Goa: First of 20 unique rickshaws under ‘Pink Auto’ initiative. Mapusa got its first vehicle under the Pink Auto initiative on Tuesday... Over the next couple of weeks, four more autorickshaws will be added to the fleet. These are going to be part of the 20 vehicles allotted to Goa... Filled with GPS and electronic meters, the service can be facilitated by an app for bookings... The Rotary-Pink Auto is strictly driven by ladies to provide service for lady passengers only...  For further details click here
28 Jun: Herald. Will shut pre-paid counters if taxi meters made compulsory: AGPBOA. All Goa private Bus Owner’s Association general secretary Sudip Tamankar along with several other association members and taxi operators have submitted a representation to the Directorate of Transport demanding the closure of pre-paid counters if taxi meters are made compulsory...  click here
28 Jun: Republic World. Goa Tourism Dept to Crack Down On 11,000 Hotels Operating Illegally. The Goa tourism department has decided to crack down on 11,000 hotels, which are operating illegally in the coastal state, Minister Rohan Khaunte said... He stated that the Goa Small and Medium Hoteliers Association had submitted a memorandum to the department about hotels in the state that were functioning without mandatory registration with the government authorities... click here.


29 Jun: Times of India. Goa: Three Covid mortalities reported, 168 new cases  click here
29 Jun: Times of India. Goa to crack down on plastic from 1st July itself  click here
29 Jun: Millennium Post. Fake abduction story: Karnataka youth lands in jail A 25-year-old man, Varun Nayak, from Udipi, who tried to fleece his parents by enacting an abduction drama, has finally landed in prison ... click here.

UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS by Lira Fernandes

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Great Lives. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Sun. 3rd July. 05:30 to 06:00. Nikesh Shukla on the Undefeated Muslim Wrestler The Great Gama. He born into a Kashmir family in Amritsar in India, in 1878 and belonged to a family of wrestlers. He had a career spanning over 50 years and remained unbeaten not only in India, but also in England and Europe. In 1910 he was dubbed as the strongest man in the world. Matthew Parris talks to writer Nikesh Shukla, who has studied the Great Gama's life in detail.

COOKERY: Parveen's Indian Kitchen. ITV Plus 1 (Freeview 35). Sun. 3rd July. 06:10 to 07:00. Parveen Ashraf prepares spiced scrambled eggs and chai, a quick saag aloo, and homemade naans. Plus, a visit to a Parsi cafe in a former motorcycle garage in Mumbai, and an introduction to a traditional festive dessert. Parveen also visits London-based restaurant Gujarati Rasoi, where chef Urvesh Parvais is whipping up some tasty treats. Last in series.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me: The Professionals. Channel 4. Fri. 1st July. 17:05 to 18:05. Joint owners of BrewChimp Indian Social Club David and Raj are first to host in Manchester, hoping to wow their guests with their Indian tapas street food.

GAME SHOW: Badass Brides. 5STAR (Freeview 32). Tues. 5th July. 02:05 to 03:05. A 21-year-old bride plans her fairy-tale wedding with a £2,000 budget, and 24-year-old Aysha decides to have two weddings - a traditional British one and a traditional Indian one.

FILM: The Other Side of the Door. Film4. Wed. 6th July. 01:05 to 03:10. A grieving mother living in India learns of a temple that contains a mysterious portal, through which she would be able to speak to her dead son one last time. She disobeys instructions not to open the portal fully, and disrupts the balance between life and death as the boy's dangerous spirit is unleashed into the world - and worse besides.

NATURE: River Monsters. ITV4 (Freeview 26). Wed. 6th July. 12:00 to 12:30. Asian Slayer. Jeremy Wade heads to the rivers of India's Himalayan region to investigate a fresh spate of attacks by a type of catfish, but his plans to catch a specimen run into trouble when locals reveal it is sacred and he will be cursed if it is touched. As the hunt progresses, Wade's single-minded determination leads him into a psychological battle with the creature.

ENTERTAINMENT: Al Jazeera Investigation. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 235). Thurs. 7th July. 21:00 to 22:00. Britain's Modern Slave Trade. Last month, 39 migrants from Asia froze to death in a refrigerated truck in the UK. In 2016, Al Jazeera exposed the people who smuggle migrants into Britain.



Death: Mary Goes

27 Jun 2022. Cortalim, Goa. MARY ROSY GOES. Born 1964. Daughter of late Octaviano Goes and late ldalina Goes. Wife of Suresh Naik, Mother of Manisha, Neesha and Vanita. Sister of late Joseph, late John, late Luiza, Francis, Rita, Catherine, Lawrence, Tony, Tino, Joaquim and Teresa. Funeral Cortege will leave her residence at Thana, Cortalim on 30 June 2022 (Thursday) at 10:15 a.m. to St. Philip and St. James Church, Cortalim for Eucharistic celebration followed by burial. click here.

Death: Agnes Vaz - Wallington, Surrey, UK
With deep sadness we announce the passing of AGNES VAZ on 17 June 2022. Loving wife of the late William Vaz. Beloved mother/mother-in-law of Gladwyn (late)/Marlene, Mervyn/Lynette. Cherished grandmother to Gareth/Abby, William, Gavin and Claudina whose lives Mum enriched. Agnes will be deeply missed by all her family and dear friends. Condolences to Funeral details will follow.

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UK-India Week opens in London with inventive industries focus

27 Jun. Word Media Alive (London-UK). The Artistic Industries and Cultural Economic system Seminar on the Nehru Centre in London included a variety of discussions, in-depth conversations and a screening related to British Council’s ‘India/UK Collectively Season of Tradition’, celebrating the seventy fifth anniversary of India’s Independence... Sunil Kant Munjal Chairman and Founding father of Serendipity Arts Basis, mirrored upon the evolution of his basis’s Serendipity Arts Competition in Goa and the urgent must hold India’s cultural heritage alive.... The UK-India Week is organised yearly by London-headquartered media platform India International Discussion board (IGF) and the 2022 version, which concludes with the UK-India Awards on Friday, covers a sequence of matters from commerce, local weather motion and healthcare to expertise and innovation to discover bilateral exchanges throughout completely different sectors...  For further details click here
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Arnav Kamulkar: How this 17-year-old phenom became one of New Jersey’s hottest new chefs

27 Jun: While he’s technically still a kid, Arnav Kamulkar is already a veteran in the kitchen. At six years old, the Edison native spent countless hours next to the stove and his mother, an avid at-home chef, as she cooked a variety of cuisines — especially Indian food — exposing young Arnav to goan crabs, fried shrimp, chettinad chicken talasan (spicy sauteed potatoes) and much more…  For further details click here
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Watching birds helped immigrant Mani Goel connect with Toronto and make friends

27 Jun: The Globe and Mail (Canada). Watching Toronto’s birds and sharing my photos online has made it easier for me to make friends and feel at home here, Mani Goel writes … To say winter was hard would be an understatement. It was awful. I lived a tropical beach life in Goa, India, before coming to Toronto, and Canada’s weather tested my resilience… Watching Toronto’s birds has helped me make new connections and friendships… I have fallen in love with this country a little bit more every day… I now belong here.1083 words.  For further details click here
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Goa: Filipino community: Small is Beautiful

28 Jun: Herald. By Shimron Nathan. June 12 is celebrated as the Philippines Independence Day. Not many know that there is a small but vibrant Filipino-Goan community that thrives in Goa ... A Filipino community of almost 200 people has been active in our state for more than a decade and has recently been coming into the public eye with their activities... The initial community began with a suggestion to this small group of ‘Filipinas’ from another community in Mumbai. Dating back to May 2010 ... The first Fil-Goan President was Marissa A. D Souza... Currently the community President, Marevic Soares, leads and guides the Fil-Goan community... Marevic also shared about the food in Goa saying, “In Philippines we have similar food dishes like Sorpotel and Dinuguan, prawn curry and Ginataang Hipon, chorizo and Langonisa etc... 1074 words  For further details click here
On Facebook. Filipinos in Goa.  click here
16 Jan. 2019: Times of India. By Paul Fernandes. Goan wedding brings Filipino woman face to face with SFX click here.

Land Grab:

Goa: Forged and sold twice, Arjuna awardee gets house after 6 years 28 Jun: Times of India. By Bindiya Chari. It took around six long years for orthopaedic surgeon Dr Otilia Mascarenhas (who lives in Germany)– an Arjuna awardee of Goan origin – and her husband to get two fraudulent sale deeds of their property at Socorro declared null and void by the court... The ancestral house spread over 1,525 sqm was sold by an unknown person in 2013 ...  For further details click here
28 Jun: Times of India... Rane says Lobo sold land to people outside Goa as online spat escalates. After several weeks of subtle hints, TCP minister Vishwajit Rane directly blamed Lobo for committing ‘numerous illegalities” while serving as the chairman of the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA). He also said that when Lobo was in the BJP camp, he had “committed illegalities such as taking away lands and selling them to people outside the state.”  click here
29 Jun: Times of India. Land grabbing started in 1985, Power minister Ramkrishna 'Sudin' Dhavalikar said on Tuesday that land grabbing cases in Goa began in 1985, and that politicians and Govt. Officials are involved … click here.

Tourism News

28 Jun: Herald. Taxi Operators condemn Godinho’s Ola, Uber move. The State taxi operator condemned the statement by Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho about launching Ola and Uber in the State to provide affordable taxi service to the tourists and locals ... the taxi operators also complained about how the government always brings in taxis from outside Goa instead of employing local taxis for big events...  For further details click here
27 Jun: Conde Nast Traveller. Discover a different side to Goa at this charming family home on Galgibaga beach ... Casa Galgibaga in South Goa is an ancestral home of the Cardoz family ... the property comprises the family home, along with two stone rooms, two beach cottages and two beach tents, all of which are open to guests... The beach tents are simple, yet tastefully designed, and closest to the beach—perfect if you’re backpacking through the state...  click here
28 Jun: Construction Week. Estate de Frangipani: Isprava’s largest luxury home in Goa. Spread over 3650 square meters, the Estate de Frangipani marries colonial Portuguese architecture with a verdant panorama of Assagao... click here.

F&B News

27 Jun: Gomantak Times. This fruit from Goa is known globally as ‘vegan chicken’ By Miguel Braganza... The jackfruit tree can survive drought and high temperatures. Its leaves are fodder for cattle and goats, which in turn give us milk, meat and manure. Its wood is good timber. ‘Vegan chicken’ is what jackfruit is known in many parts of the world, including its native land, India...  For further details click here
27 Jun: Telegraph India. By Lygeia Gomes. Even though Goan cuisine is best known for its seafood preparations – no true-blue Goan festivity is complete without a pork delicacy... Pork Balchao ... Pork Assado ... Girem-Mirem ...  click here
28 Jun: Times of India. By Gauree Malkarnekar... Mace candy is poised to become another of Goa’s signature products... The process of preparing this candy, from the discarded pericarp of the nutmeg, has already begun in two centres in Curchorem in South Goa and Pale-Kiothambi in North Goa... The candy will shortly be available for retail sale as a product of the state’s own brand GoVan... click here.

News Headlines

27 Jun: Irish Daily Mirror (Ireland).Goa: Danielle McLaughlin: Suspect 'Jail Cocaine Plot' Smashed. Click here.
28 Jun: Times of India. 'State has among best formalin checks', says FDA Goa. Click here.
28 Jun: The Print. Goa Assembly's records from 1963 to 2000 destroyed during location: CM Sawant. Click here.
28 Jun: Times of India. Goa sees 130 fresh Covid cases on Monday. Click here.
27 Jun: Gomantak Times. First ever Chess Olympiad torch to reach Ponda next week. Click here.
28 Jun: Gomantak Times. Goa: Here's the U-turn: Tax exemption to Pastor's luxury car revoked. Click here.
28 Jun: Herald. With no working patrol boats, coastal Goa police have no chance against LED trawlers. Click here.

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