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Youth take to reel to showcase real Goa

19 Sep: Times of India. Films spanning 20 minutes or less showcased Goan culture, cuisine and folklore through the eyes of millennials at the Goa Online Short Film Festival, at Panaji, on Monday… Among the many films that evoked feelings of nostalgia, was a film titled, 'Homecoming'. It follows the trajectory of a young girl called Jennifer, who travels solo to Goa to learn more about her roots. Exposed only to canned food in the UK, Jennifer (photo) takes on a whole new culinary journey in Bardez, exploring college canteens, beach shacks and even dingy restaurants. "The memory of her mother's homemade xitt-kodi (fish curry-rice) is what puts her on a quest for the perfect fish thali," said St Xavier's College student Harriet Fernandes, a part of the film's production team…  click here
Video: Goa Online Short Film Festival, 2017 - The Home Coming. 21m. 06s.  click here

Of Nazis, Germany & Goans with other passports

19 Sep: Herald. By Jason Keith Fernandes (picture). Two recent statements, one by BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral, and the other by the IT Minister Rohan Khaunte, signals that critique of the government will not be accepted by the present establishment, neither by the ruling party, nor by those supporting it. Khaunte’s argument was that Goans abroad seemed to have more to say about the dismal state of Goan politics than persons in the state… Nilesh Cabral’s when responding to the article published in the Renovacão prior to the by-elections in Panjim and Valpoi, is reported to have suggested that Nazi-era Germany was 90 to 100 per cent Catholic, and that Nazism was supported by the Catholic Church… (The author is a legal anthropologist and itinerant mendicant based between Goa and Lisbon). 990 words.  click here

CM to ask Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe House Committee report on drugs

19 Sep: Herald. After nearly four years, and when the House Committee report on the politician-police-drug mafia nexus was almost forgotten, the State government has decided to study the committee findings and intends to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under Crime Branch (CB) to probe the nexus… The State Assembly’s House Committee under then MLA Francisco (Mickky) Pacheco had indicted the State’s former Director General of Police, former Home Minister and sitting MLA Ravi Naik’s son Roy Naik, and recommended filing of First Information Reports against both… The report had indicted in the Naik family, quoting ‘eyewitnesses’ that claimed that Roy involved his wife’s relatives to extort money from the northern coastal belt…  For further details click here
20 Sep: Editorial: SIT will have accountability and responsibility to do justice to House report on drugs …  click here

There's A Real Chance That The Goa Drinking Ban Will Become Another Tool To Harass Ordinary People

19 Sep: Huffington Post. By Sandip Roy. Goa will ban consumption of liquor in public places… it reveals our schizophrenic attitude towards alcohol in this country. On one hand we think of drinking as cool, a sign of modernity and a liberalised economy, a coming of age as a society, the idea that we are all adults now. On the other hand, state after state goes after drinking as the root of all evils, inching towards prohibition and banning its sale within 500m of highways… The austere and somewhat puritanical ethos of the current government is at odds with the inroads that alcohol has made in middle class life… It's much more in vogue as a social lubricant. Yet it's viewed with great nervousness and matrimonial ads still promise non-smoking, non-drinking grooms… 1053 words.  For further details click here

AAI yet to allot slots for chartered flights at Goa airport

19 Sep: India Today. With the Airports Authority of India (AAI) yet to decide on allotment of slots for the chartered flights at the Goa airport, the operators bringing in tourists for this beach destination are left in a quandary. The tourist season in the coastal state is fast approaching and the first chartered flight carrying holiday- makers is expected to arrive in the first week of October. "The season of chartered flights is supposed to start from the first week of October. However, the AAI is yet to allot them the slots for these flights," Travel and Tourism Association of Goa President Savio Messias said … When contacted, Goa airport director B C H Negi claimed the process for allotment of slots is underway. "We have already made recommendations (on slot allotments) and sent the file to our head office," he said…  For further details click here

New Zealand: Valentine Fernandes: Former Miss Taranaki takes out another crown

18 Sep: Taranaki Daily News (NZ). Former Miss Taranaki, Valentine Fernandes has added another crown to her collection. On Saturday, the 22-year-old was crowned Miss India NZ 2017 at a pageant ceremony held in Auckland. In addition to taking out the top spot, the nursing student was also named Miss Talent and Miss Popularity in the competition. Valentine Fernandes said she was humbled by the win. "It's very exciting...I can't quite express how I feel," said Fernandes, who was Miss Taranaki 2016… She was born in Dubai but relocated to New Zealand when she was 10… Fernandes is nearing the end of her second year of a three year nursing degree and after winning two beauty titles she hoped to be an example to other aspiring models who also wanted to pursue other professions.  For further details click here
For Valentine Fernandes’ Facebook page,  click here

Another Goa art failure

19 Sep: Times of India. This week, yet another Goan art masterpiece will disappear forever from our collective sight, possibly never to be seen again in public. This is a superb portrait in oils by Antonio Xavier Trindade (1870-1935) which surfaced at the Schuler auction house in Zurich, Switzerland… it is to be sold on September 20 with an estimated value of 4,000-6,000 Swiss francs, but recent history indicates it will sell for multiples of that amount, probably closer to Rs 15 lakh. That is much less than similarly important paintings by his countrymen and successors in the Mumbai art world, Vasudeo Gaitonde and Francis Newton Souza, whose works routinely sell for dozens of crore rupees, and millions of dollars… It is astonishing to note that these extraordinary representatives of a living tradition remain almost entirely ignored and unknown in their own homeland… 861 words.  For further details click here
To bid online at the online Schuler Zurich auction,  click here

British national among trio charge sheeted in drug cases

David Johnson

19 Sep: Navhind Times. Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Goa police has filed charge sheets in three different drug cases that were registered in March this year. According to police, charge sheets have been filed against Yusuf Mohammad, a native of Chennai and (photo), a British national, whereas another charge sheet has been filed against Ganesh Pondir, a native of Himachal Pradesh and the third charge sheet has been filed against Johnson in connection with the raid conducted at his rented premises… during house search police found drugs worth around Rs 12 lakh at the rented premises of Johnson in North Goa. Police had said that Johnson is an alleged supplier of chemical drugs such as MDMA, and Ecstasy tablets …  For further details click here



Death: Luis Da Silva - Funeral details added

16 Sep: Nairobi. LUIS GREGORIO JOAQUIM DA SILVA. Husband of Cecilia D'Silva, Father of Domluke D'Silva, Anna Correia and Gloria D’Silva. Father in law of Melvyn Correia and Lee D'Silva. Grandfather of Leah, Alexia, Gabriella, and Gavin. Funeral: Friday 22 Sep. Viewing at 10am mass at 10.30am. St Austin's Catholic Church, James Gichuru Road, Nairobi. Condolences to

Death: Maria Philomena D’Souza. Funeral details added

17 Sep: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. MARIA PHILOMENA D’SOUZA (ex-Nairobi). Born 28th February 1935. Wife of the late Antonio Mariano D‘Souza, Mother to David (Hanna), Suzanne (Ian), Brian (Sabrina) Lorraine (Keith) and Clive (Zoe). Grandmother to Kim, Michelle, Nils, Michael, Tomke, Evan, Aaron, Joshua, Alyssa and Adam. Sister to Agnelo, Vincent, Kathleen, Eileen and the late Juanita.
Funeral: Visitation: Wed. Sep 20 from 4.00pm - 8.00pm, Turner and Porter (Peel Chapel) 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga ON, L5B 1M8. Mass: Thu. Sep. 21, 10:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 5440 Durie Rd, Mississauga ON L5M 2J5. Burial: Assumption Cemetery: 6933 Tomken Rd, Mississauga ON L5T 1N4.

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Karwar Tragedy: 3 more bodies recovered; 1 still missing

19 Sep: Herald. Three more bodies of Nagarmadi waterfall tragedy were recovered on Monday afternoon, after an intensive search by Karwar fire and police personnel, assisted by locals. However, Renuka Margatti still remains missing… A video taken by a local named Vinaik shows a man getting washed away and yelling for help and a terrified group of five including men and women clinging on to each other in knee-deep running water, with another person who was standing at a safer spot trying to give them a stick for assistance. But by the time anybody could reach for the stick, all five were washed away in the strong torrential currents of the stream… Dead bodies of twenty-one-year-old Francila Pires and twenty-eight-year-old Fiona Pacheco, both residents of Raia, Salcete were later located …  For further details click here
Video: Prudent Media. Karwar Tragedy: All 6 Bodies Recovered..  click here

Mumbai celebrates Card. Gracias, 'prophetic voice' and guide of the Indian Church

18 Sep: Herald Malaysia. By Nirmala Carvalho. As Cardinal Oswald Gracias observes the 20th Anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination on 16th September, the Church in Mumbai and India celebrate the Prophetic Voice of the Shepherd, who has guided the Church in India with Faith and Conviction, but above all could read the signs of the times and respond with courage. Made an Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay in 1997, Cardinal Gracias has served the Archdiocese and the Church with singular distinction and a razor-sharp intellect. Hard-working, and a charming prelate, Cardinal Gracias is not just an ecclesiastical star, but in our pluralistic Indian society, is courted by religious leaders of other denominations and Faiths, and also by politicians of every stripe…  click here

Sun sets on full moon beach parties as Goa cracks down on public drinking

18 Sep: Daily Telegraph (UK). Tourists looking to sample Goa's famous boozy full moon beach parties may soon find themselves falling foul of the law as India's party state clamps down on public drinking. Following a partial ban on public consumption and intoxication in the western state, chief minister Manohar Parrikar warned he would issue a notification by next month to end drinking in all public places. He said: "If someone wants to drink, they should drink inside and not in public places. In the next 15 days, I will hold meetings with government officials to ban the consumption of liquor at public places." … Political observers have frequently commented on what is seen as a crackdown on "Western" or "non-Indian" activities by the nationalist BJP government, from nightlife to celebrating Valentine's Day. 447 Words.  For further details click here
18 Sep: Mail Online (UK). Sun sets on Goa's famous moon beach parties as Indian state BANS public drinking. Tourists hoping to blow off steam in India's party state may end up disappointed after authorities moved to ban public drinking in the area … The move has fuelled fears that Goa's tourism would suffer as a result of the crackdown… 505 words.  click here

2017 Macau legislative assembly: José Pereira Coutinho re-elected

18 Sep: Jornal De Notícias (Portugal). The only head of the list of Portuguese ancestors to the Macao Legislative Assembly, José Pereira Coutinho, 60, was re-elected Sunday, winning for the fourth time a seat in the Chamber, in a poll with a record number of candidates for universal suffrage… With his re-election, Coutinho should in principle be the only member of the AL to speak in the Portuguese language in the next four years, since the former Leonel Alves, who intervened mainly in Portuguese, decided not to reapply at the end of 33 years… Son of Goan parents and with Portuguese paternal grandfather, Pereira Coutinho was born in Macao, did secondary education in the Seminary of São José and soon joined the civil service...  For further details click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here
For the Wikipedia profile, in English, of José Pereira Coutinho click here.

Google launches India mobile payments app Tez

18 Sep: BBC. Google has launched a mobile payments app in India that will work on both Android and Apple smartphones. Tez allows users to make money transfers to each other and to buy goods from physical stores and mobile websites. It is based on the country's Unified Payment Interface (UPI) standard - a government-backed system launched last year to encourage digital payments. But it will have to compete with PayTM, a popular local mobile wallet system… Tez - which is Hindi for fast - transfers money from a user's bank account directly to the recipient and thus acts as a replacement for a bank card, in a similar manner to Android Pay or Apple Pay.  For further details click here
Video: 18 Sep: Tez. Introducing Tez. Created by Google, made for India first… 1m. 45s.  click here

Goa Tourism Development Corporation to launch local app-based taxi service

18 Sep: Times of India. Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has decided to introduce an app-based taxi service by bringing local tourist taxi operators on board… The radio taxi service for tourists will be operated on the lines of Uber and other such professional taxi services that have a presence in other parts of the country. "GTDC will not bring in either Uber or Ola to run the tourist taxi service in Goa. We will run the service by enrolling existing tourist taxi operators. We will have an aggregator app," chairman, GTDC, Nilesh Cabral said… He said that GTDC has some experience in running a tourist taxi service. In 2014, it introduced an all-women taxi service with 10 cabs…  For further details click here

Why we’d jump on a train to Goa

18 Sep: Conde Nast Traveller. On Saturday, the Mumbai–Goa Jan Shatabdi Express got a spanking new coach, fitted with a glass-roof vistadome for panoramic views en route. To make the most of these views, the coach also features rotatable and pushback chairs, while hanging LCDs fulfil your entertainment needs along the way. Passengers can tuck into meals served under specialised catering services. However, the experience doesn’t come cheap. The one-way fare from Mumbai to Madgaon onboard the plush coach is capped at Rs 2,235 per head, reservation charges, catering charges and GST extra…  For further details click here
Video: 18 Sep: HCN. Vista domed Express arrives in Margao on maiden journey … 1m. 37s.  click here

‘‘Mandoli’’ [aka Moira] bananas in demand

18 Sep: Navhind Times. The ‘‘Mandoli Keli’’ fetches the highest price vis-à-vis the other varieties available in the market. Selling price of the ‘‘Mandoli Keli’’ ranges between Rs 150 to Rs 300 per dozen depending upon its size… “The cultivation of Mandoli variety requires hard work … The bananas once came from Moira village from where it got its name, however now villages in Pernem are the major growers of the variety… the price of this variety is higher than other varieties but the size and quality makes up for the higher cost…  For further details click here



Death: Juliet Furtado
16 Sep: Mississauga. JULIET FURTADO. (Formerly of St. Lawrence Parish, Karachi). Wife of (late) Antonio Furtado, loving devoted mother of Placy, Grace (John), Thelma (Ronney), Angela (Johnny). Beloved grandmother to Andrea, Charlotte, Joshua, Stefanie, Zachary, and Renee. Cherished great-grandmother of Marcus and Ava. Sister of Gemma Barretto, Pia Monteiro, Dr. Wellington (Aida) Gomes. Sister in law of Fr. Alvaro Furtado, Dr. Maurilio Furtado and Lucilia Furtado. Funeral details are as follows: Visitation: The Family will receive friends at Scott Funeral Home on Monday, September 18 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 420 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L5A 1X5. [Info Pompie Gois]. For photo and full details, click here.

Funeral details: Joseph Allan Goveas
Viewing at Turner and Porter Funeral Home 1981 Dundas St. West, Mississauga ON, L5K 1R2 (Neweduk) from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Funeral Mass at St. John of the Cross Church, 6890 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga L5N 2E1 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Monday, September 18, 2017. Interment at Assumption Catholic Cemetery followed by a short reception at St. John of the Cross Church Hall. [Info Pompie Gois].

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Video: 6 Goans washed away at Nagarmadi waterfall in Karwar

17 Sep: Goa 365tv. Goa was hit with a major tragedy on Sunday. Five Goans were washed away at a waterfall in Karwar. The water level suddenly rose and the tragedy occurred. Four women and one man from Raia village of Salcete taluka. Total 50 people from Raia had gone for a picnic to Nagarmadi waterfall near Karwar .. The police and fire brigade rushed to the spot and managed to fish out dead bodies of three women. They were still searching for two more till late evening. [The video clip shows a body (circled) being washed away by the force of the water]  For further details click here
For the obituary notices of Francila Pires and Fiona Pacheco,  click here
18 Sep: The Goan. Karwar tragedy: Pall of gloom descends on Raia … click here.

Burning of cardinal’s effigy, cross upsets Indian bishops

16 Sep: La Croix International. Indian bishops have called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stem hate attacks on Christians in eastern Jharkhand State after a Hindu group burned an effigy of Cardinal Telesphore Toppo. Cardinal Toppo is based in the state capital, Ranchi. A September 13 open letter to Modi from the Indian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, signed by secretary general Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, warned of “spiralling hatred” that could spread more widely. The bishops said vitriolic attacks on the Christian community had increased under Chief Minister Raghubar Das, of the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which came to power in the state in 2014…  For further details click here

Indian investors are falling in love with matchmaking sites

17 Sep: Financial Times (UK). Parental intervention is just one of the many quirks of online dating in a country where most marriages are arranged by relatives, and where the pool of possible spouses is delineated for most singles by religious and caste boundaries. But with India’s annual spending on marriage-related services standing at $57bn, according to KPMG — and with more than 100m unmarried Indians aged between 18 and 35 — a growing number of entrepreneurs are betting that they can win a share of the spoils by pushing Indian courtship into the digital age. is among the oldest online matchmaking companies in the country, having launched in 2000. Since then, it has set up more than 300 specialised sites, reflecting the segmented nature of India’s wedding market. “Ninety-five per cent of Indian marriages happen within a community or caste,” Mr Janakiraman says. “So we have … sites for all the castes.” … 1015 words,  For further details click here
For a Goan Christian matrimonial site,  click here
For the UK Goan Christian matrimonial site, click here.

A sensuous spice odyssey!

16 Sep: Mail on Sunday (UK). By Caroline Hendrie. As we followed a path through dense foliage, our guide Lucy pointed to an unfamiliar fruit and whispered: ‘To make natural Viagra, just grate the seed and mix a pinch with saffron and hot milk.’ The magic ingredient turned out to be nutmeg, one of the many spices brought to India by Portuguese traders… All around us in the lush Goan spice farm were the ingredients for curries and desserts, most of which I had only seen before in jars in the supermarket. … at the spice farm the lunch after my walk tasted all the more delicious for being served among the plants that had yielded the vegetables, nuts and spices for the colourful curries and salads… 1032 words.  For further details click here
Cook to Seduce. Spice Her Up with Nutmeg …  click here

Portuguese olive oil for the fastidious

18 Sep: Navhind Times. While the rest of India is discovering the virtues of olive oil, Goans are already aware of it. The Goan connection with olive oil is historical thanks to the Portuguese rule where residents used only olive oil for cooking. Even now although new cooking oils are available in the market there are Goans who keep olive oil in the kitchen for regular use. Recently, Vasco based, Caroma Agencies, announced the launch of Azeite do Reino, a premium Portuguese origin olive oil fully imported by the company. The first consignment of it was imported in 2016 and since then two more consignments have arrived. Besides Goa, the brand is also available in Mumbai and will shortly be available in other cities across the country…  For further details click here
16 Sep: The Goan. Portuguese olive oil launched in Goa …  click here
13 Sep: Navhind Times. Now, eat healthy using Portuguese-origin olive oil… click here.

Mumbai Food: Chef Rahul Kulkarni reveals his cheat sheet for sand roasting

17 Sep: Mid-Day. For those who don't shy away from slow-cooking methods, sand roasting might be an option they'd like to try, feels Rahul Kulkarni, executive chef, Irish House. He first came across the technique during his days in Goa, where sand roasting is a popular group cooking activity, especially on camp nights. "It's popular in coastal areas, where sea sand is available aplenty. I've given it my own spin, so that you can pull it off too," says the chef. Sand roasting involves marinating vegetables and meat in spices of choice -- Indian or continental, wrapping them in silver foil and covering it all with a flat dough, that resembles a chapati. A tawa or a baking tray is filled till half an inch of well-strained sea sand. The dough wrapped ingredients are placed on the sand and slow cooked… The beauty of this method is that there is no risk of the food getting burnt, no matter how long it is cooked…  For further details click here

Auction: Portrait, Oil on Canvas. 1926. By Antonio Xavier Trindade (Goa 1870-1935).

20 Sep: Schuler Auctions, Zurich. Lot 3129. Trindade, Antonio Xavier (Goa 1870-1935 Bombay) Portrait Of A Man. 1926. Oil On Canvas. Auctioneer's estimate 4,000 CHF - 6,000 CHF…  click here
Antonio X Trindade and Indian modernism's Goan roots … 23 Mar. 2014. Times of India. By Vivek Menezes  click here



Death: Severina De Costa

16 Sep: Melbourne, Australia. SEVERINA CANDOLINA DE COSTA. Ex: Goa / Nairobi / London. With great sadness, we announce that our dearest mother/in-law/grandmother passed away peacefully on 16th September 2017 aged 84 years. She was married to the late Nazarino De Costa. She was mother to Greta, Lynette, Lavy and Grace; grandmother to: Zoe, Justin, Christopher, Darren, Aaron, Kirsty and Sarah; mother-in-law to Jim, Clive, Ramiro and Violet; sister to: Marcus, Tomatur, Ivy and Yvonne. Funeral mass to be arranged in Melbourne Australia. Condolences and enquiries to Lavy De Costa email: and Grace Gomes email:

Death: Leo Fernandes
15 Sep: Montreal. LEO FERNANDES. Husband of Linda (Pinto) and brother in law of Ron (Joy) Pinto. Details to follow. [Info: Pompie Gois].

News Summary

Should women be scared of travelling in India?

16 Sep: Huffington Post. Women have been leaving the confines of their homes, to study and work for years. But in recent years, more and more women are choosing to leave their cities and travel to other cities and countries for study, work and pleasure than ever before... India is gaining a notorious moniker as the rape capital of the world… 2320 words.  For further details click here
16 Sep: Goan Observer. India unsafe for women – UK. The UK travel advisory issued this year has some disquieting warnings for those intending to travel to India and Goa …  click here
India Danger Zones: To report any sexual harassment or abuse in public spaces, or to look at reported incidents to gauge how safe any location you plan to travel to is, click here.

Goa’s nightlife needs cabs

17 Sep: Herald. The people’s outrage against the current taxi system in Goa has been merely out of having suffered enough over the years. The unregulated taxi system that is infamous for being operated as per the whims and fancies of cabbies has tested the patience of locals and tourists alike for long… The demand is merely for some discipline to be brought into this system of transport that has a direct impact on the state’s tourism industry. The demand is to provide the locals with a robust public transport system – a luxury that has worked wonders in other parts of the country. This, apart from ironing out multiple other issues related to public transport, will also, in a way, boost Goan nightlife…  For further details click here

Anti-Corruption Bureau books Goa Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar

16 Sep: First Post. Leader of Opposition in the Goa assembly and Congress MLA Chandrakant Kavlekar and his wife Savitri, also a Congress leader, were booked in connection with a 2013 disproportionate assets case on Saturday, even as Anti-Corruption Bureau sleuths raided the residence and office premises owned by the couple. According to Superintendent of Police (ACB) Bosco George, a first information report (FIR) has been filed against Kavlekar under the Prevention of Corruption Act, while his wife Savitri has been also been booked for abetting the crime… Kavlekar and his wife have amassed disproportionate asserts to the tune of Rs 4.78 crore, which is around 59.21 percent above their known source of income," George said at a press conference ..  For further details click here
16 Sep: Prudent Media. ACB files FIR against CLP Leader Kavlekar … 3m. 26s  click here
17 Sep: Herald. ACB has been probing Kavlekar since 2013… click here.

Church issues guidelines on sexual harassment at workplace

16 Sep: Indian Express. With the Catholic Church facing embarrassment over allegations of sexual assault involving some of its clergymen, the community’s top decision-making body in India has released a set of guidelines to prevent such acts at the workplace, including a code of conduct to be signed by employees in all institutions under its control… The new measures have been listed in a 30-page document, titled “CBCI Guidelines to Deal with Sexual Harassment at Workplace”, which was issued this week…  For further details click here
For the full text of the CBCI Guidelines to Deal with Sexual Harassment at Workplace,  click here

Video: Indian priest freed from ISIS captivity speaks to media for the first time

16 Sep: Fr Tom Uzhunnalil was freed from ISIS captivity earlier this week. He said that all the time during captivity, he kept praying to God to be merciful …35m. 25s.  For further details click here
16 Sep: Catholic News Service. Salesian priest recounts harrowing tale of his capture, liberation … Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil was kidnapped March 4, 2016, from a home for the aged and disabled in Aden, Yemen. On that day, four Missionaries of Charity and 12 others were murdered in the attack by uniformed gunmen… "Why they did not kill me, why they didn't tie my hands, I don't know," he said …  click here

Ramponkaranchem Fest: A culture curry

16 Sep: The Goan. By Bharat | Pawaskar. In a people's festival celebrated at Arambol, the fishing village in Pernem, the fishermen will lead the show on September 17. Celebrating ‘Ramponkaranchem Fest' for the first time, the sleepy village is gearing up for the feast involving not only the locals but invitees as well that will be coming from across Goa to witness a live demo of everything that bonds Goenkars to ‘nuste' (fish)… ‘Kanji' will be served to all present, in a ‘katti' (coconut shell) along with ‘toranchi shir' symbolising with the flavour of Goa… Organised by the villagers in its entirety who borrowed the idea from cultural activist Marius Fernandes, the brain behind the celebration, ‘Ramponkaranchem Fest' will be a people's festival, with no alcohol and no sponsors.  For further details click here

Give witness accounts in Scarlett Keeling case: High Court

16 Sep: Times of India. For reappraisal of the evidence gathered in the Scarlett Keeling murder case, the high court has directed the CBI to submit the statements of witnesses who had deposed in the children's court… The matter was slotted for next month after the defence lawyer said the CBI did not have any evidence against Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho, the accused. The bureau had filed a special leave petition seeking permission to challenge a trial court's order exonerating the duo in connection with the victim's death on Anjuna beach in 2008.  click here
15 Sep: Times of India. After drug cloud, Curlies gets stop ops notice for ‘illegal structure’ … Curlies, a popular shack in Anjuna, has been in the news … In August, the owner of the restaurant, Edwin Nunes was arrested after one of his restaurant staff was taken into custody for possessing narcotics…  click here


News Summary

Third of ethnic minorities suffer racism in UK workplace

14 Sep: Eastern Eye (UK). Over a third of black and minority ethnic (BAME) workers in the UK suffers racism in the form of bullying and abuse, according to a study by the country’s trade union centre. The UK’s Trade’s Union Congress (TUC) conducted a study of around 1,000 BAME workers and believe they have discovered bias within the workplace as almost a fifth said they had been passed over for training or promotion. “Racism still haunts the Britain workplace. Racist bullying, harassment and victimisation should have no place anywhere, least of all at work,” said TUC general secretary, Frances O’Grady said. More than 43 per cent of ethnic minority workers said they did not report discrimination to their employers, and 38 per cent did not report bullying and harassment.  For further details click here
13 Sep. BBC. Racism affects third of ethnic minority staff, says TUC …  click here

'Detained Indian Ship In UK To Be Sold Over Unpaid Wages'

15 Sep: PTI. A UK court today gave the go-ahead to British authorities for selling an Indian ship detained in Scotland last year to recover the unpaid wages of 11-member Indian crew… the sale of the ship by an auction will cover the unpaid wages of the crew. The vessel's owner -- Mumbai's GOL Offshore Limited -- is now in liquidation. A writ had been served earlier which prevented the ship from leaving Aberdeen Harbour in Scotland… The Indian crew have been supported by local charities during their stay in Scotland, including Aberdeen's Catholic community…  For further details click here
22 Jan. 2017. The Guardian (UK). … “It’s been very difficult, knowing no money is going home to our families to cover their basic needs,” said Carlos Menezes, from Goa… Initially, his family sold gold jewellery to make ends meet. Finally, Menezes secured an emergency 8.7% interest loan of 100,000 rupees (£1,190). Sacrifices needed to be made … 1524 words + photos.  click here
28 Dec. 2016: The Press and Journal (Aberdeen). … The Port chaplain has been supporting the crew, along with locals hailing from the Goa region… On Christmas Day they were treated to a dinner and dance complete with home-cooked meals, music and games with help from the St Joseph’s Catholic Church Goan community… click here.

Canada: Gaekwad: Flying high

15 Sep: Navhind Times. 17-year-old Anoushka Gaekwad’s passion for flying commenced when she was barely eight. Three weeks ago, the enterprising teenager received her pilot’s licence from Super T Aviation, an academy for air cadets in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada where she now resides… A student of class 12 at Crescent Heights High School, Anoushka is pursuing a diploma in French. Born in Vasco, Goa, the youngster moved to Canada from Mauritius in 2006 … Her plans for the future include graduating with a French diploma, attending the Royal Military College in Canada and a career in dentistry... 1071 words.  For further details click here

Bandra Fair 2017: A Food Guide to Feasting at the Annual Catholic Fair in Mumbai

15 Sep: NDTV. Bandra girl Annabelle Ferro DeSylva, who is married to the 'Bandra Bugger' (a reference to the name of his blog and book), Clement DeSylva, says that the Bandra Fair was more integrated into the local community earlier… Many of the cottages Annabelle referred to have been sold off and new buildings have come up in their place… Catholic food stalls offer favourites such as chorizo pav, sorpotel, vindaloo, fuggias, potato chops and pan rolls. Folks from Goa and Mangalore along with the local East Indians primarily make up the Catholic community of Bandra. In local slang they are referred to as GEMS (Goan East Indian Mangalorean South Indians)… There were stalls selling Kadio Bodio, local candy sticks… 2239 words.  For further details click here
Video: Bandra Fair, 2017. 12m. 18s.  click here

Google expected to launch new payment product in India

15 Sep: Business Insider (UK). On September 18, Google is expected to introduce a localized digital payment application to advance its offerings in India’s rapidly evolving payments industry, according to news site The Ken. The new product, which is being referred to as Google Tez (Hindi for fast), is expected to be a comprehensive application that will likely offer a number of payment options through partnerships with banks, United Payment Interface (UPI), and mobile wallets, such as Paytm and Mobikwik, according to Quartz…  For further details click here

Goa’s fishy tales

15 Sep: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. There are two universal traits of the Goans. Konkani is their mother tongue, and they all relish fish. Theirs is a culture where it is perfectly acceptable to greet your neighbour with "what fish are you eating today?" The answer will reveal everything about his or her health, mobility, finances, and social life… But even as Goa's appetite for fish is a universal truth, another inescapable fact of life now looms for each hungry piscivore in the state. The marine catch has markedly declined… A young Goan deeply committed to the environment and ecology (and about to leave for Oxford University for further studies in the field), Gabriella D'Cruz, is a passionate volunteer for Know Your Fish's efforts in her home state…830 words.  For further details click here

New York: Paowalla Keeps the Heat Buzz Alive

15 Sep: The New Yorker. By Shauna Lyon. Floyd Cardoz is the chef and driving force behind the year-old modern-Indian restaurant Paowalla … Cardoz, who grew up in Bombay, doesn’t coddle American tastes, and keeps the heat buzz alive with bold, spiky flavors… The name Paowalla refers to a person who carries bread, which is a high point here … Cardoz, who has various claims to fame—especially the iconic Tabla and “Top Chef Masters”—can often be found roaming the dining room … When asked about his favorite dishes, he didn’t hesitate: bacon-Cheddar kulcha, Bombay chicken, vindaloo ribs…  For further details click here
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Video clips in brief

15 Sep: Prudent Media Debate: The Drug Menace in Goa (photo) With Michael Lobo, BJP MLA; Devendra Prabudesai, AAP Leader; Alex Reginald, Congress MLA; Michael Lobo Calangute MLA. In the Chair: Pramod Achyara. 29m. 37s.  For further details click here
15 Sep: Goa 365tv. BJP MLA and Goa Tourism Development Corporation Chairman Nilesh Cabral has opposed his own government’s decision to ban swimming in the sea after 7 in the evening… 2m. 47s.  click here
15 Sep: Prudent Media. 6 navy personnel were detained by Vasco police for creating chaos and nuisance in a restaurant … click here.



Death: Terezinha Miranda

13 Sep: London. TEREZINHA BRAGANCA e MIRANDA. Ex Margao, Goa. Born 1 Feb 1944. Beloved wife of Jose Vaz do Rosario Miranda. Loving mother/mother-in-law of Miguel/Selma & Carlos. Doting grandmother of Isabelle. Daughter of late Eulalia / late Manuel Braganca, Daughter-in- law of late Maria / late Dr. Miguel de Miranda. Sister/sister-in-law of late Mario/late Liberia, late Vasco / Nirga, & Ivo/Pamela, Sister-in-law of late Zito, Fr.Antonio (London), Sr. Maria (FMM), Francisco (Chico)/Marioneta, Roque/Doris, Jose Maria/Milena, Fatima/Caetano, Angelo/Sarita. Passed away under tragic circumstances in London. Mass for the repose of her soul at Holy Spirit Church Margao on Saturday 16th September at 4.30 pm.  For further details click here
14 Sep: BBC. Pedestrian dies after Oxford Street cyclist crash … A 73-year-old woman has died after being struck by a cyclist on London's Oxford Street. The pedestrian suffered a head injury in the crash, which happened at about 16:30 BST on Tuesday…  For further details click here
Video + Photo + Text: 14 Sep: Evening Standard (London). Cyclist arrested after fatal collision on Oxford Street… click here.

FUNERAL: Friday 22nd September 2017 George de Souza

7 Sep: Sutton, Surrey, UK. GEORGE DE SOUZA. With great sadness, we announce that our dearest father/in-law/grandfather passed away peacefully on Thursday 7th September 2017 aged 95 years. George was from (Attafondem) Moira and was married to the beloved late Luiza (nee Louzado) from Aldona. His siblings were Joseph (Moira), Willie (Aden) Julie (Moira) and Bernadette (UK), all of whom pre-deceased him. George arrived in the UK in 1965 ex Nairobi, Kenya. He lived in Portugal for 25 years and is survived by his son Ayres/Ginette and granddaughters Anna and Mariella/Andrew. A much loved daughter Anita died in 1987. FUNERAL MASS 1pm-2pm, Friday 22nd September at Sacred Heart and Mary Immaculate RC Church 2 Flower Lane Mill Hill London NW7 2JB. BURIAL 230pm-300pm Hendon Cemetery & Crematorium Holders Hill Road London NW7 1NB. CELEBRATION of George's life from 3.30pm Hartley Hall 1 Flower Lane Mill Hill London NW7 2JA. Voluntary donations to The British Heart Foundation. Condolences and RSVPs for catering purposes to

News Summary

How Political Patronage Has Kept the Sanatan Sanstha Afloat in Goa

14 Sep: The Wire. With the needle of forensic findings now pointing to a clear link between the killers of journalist Gauri Lankesh, Kannada scholar M.M. Kalburgi and communist leader Govind Pansare of Kolhapur, the spotlight is once again on the shadowy Goa-based Sanatan Sanstha. Almost two decades after the hardline Hindutva organisation parked itself in Goa very little is known of what goes on inside their ‘ashram’ in Ramnathi, Ponda, or who actually calls the shots there, as its reclusive founder, Jayant Balaji Athavale, a Mumbai based hypnotherapist who turned 75 this year, stopped making public appearances at the ashram since 2004… 1073 words.  For further details click here
14 Sep: Catholic News Service (Philadelphia). Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas asks prime minister to stop hatred against Christians...  click here

Goan girl wins Pastry Queen India 2017

14 Sep: Indian Express. Goa girl Eureka Araujo, 27, has won the second Pastry Queen India contest that was held there with the participation of five women chefs from across the country. The winner studied hotel management at the Institute of Hotel Management, Goa and went on to pursue her management training with the Taj group hotels for two years after the course… Araujo will now receive training at Academy of Pastry Arts to further hone her skills and to represent India at the Ladies World Pastry Championship in Rimini, Italy in January 2018…  For further details click here
14 Sep: Navhind Times. Eureka! She baked it…  click here
13 Sep: The Goan. Alisha Faleiro who hails from Goa won the prestigious Callebaut Patissier of the year 2017. She will now go on to represent India at the Asian pastry cup 2018, to be held in Singapore, and if selected, then at the World Pastry the Lyon, France in 2019 … click here.

Liquor baron Vijay Mallya set to return to court in UK

14 Sep: Eastern Eye (UK). Embattled liquor baron Vijay Mallya is set to return to court in London on 15 Sept. for a hearing in his ongoing extradition case over economic offences in India. The 61-year-old businessman is out on bail on an extradition warrant executed by Scotland Yard on behalf of the Indian authorities in April. He had been exempt from appearing before Westminster Magistrates’ Court for case management hearings by chief magistrate Emma Louise Arbuthnot before his trial begins on December 4. However, his legal team had indicated to the court that Mr Mallya, wanted in India over a default on loans worth around Rs. 9,000 crores (£1 billion) to his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines, likes to be present at the hearings…  For further details click here

Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida calls for etiquette among cabbies

14 Sep: Times of India. The Airport Advisory Committee (AAC) which met on Wednesday discussed issues pertaining to taxi operators, land for parking of vehicles and others. Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida has asked the airport authorities to educate tourist taxi drivers on etiquette… He said this was very important in the backdrop of recent cases and complaints that passengers have reported involving unruly behaviour and fights among drivers over passengers… Airport Director BCH Negi, officials from transport, tourism departments as well as others were also present.  For further details click here

Goa aims to be among top 25 start-up hubs in Asia by 2025

14 Sep: Indian Express. The Goa government unveiled a start-up policy that aims to make the coastal state feature among the top 25 destinations for early stage companies in Asia by 2025. The `Goa start-up policy’ was approved at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar (photo). “The idea behind having a start-up policy is to create employment in Goa and stop brain drain from the state,” said Information Technology Minister Rohan Khaunte. He was talking to reporters in the presence of Parrikar after the Cabinet meeting. The policy document, circulated to the media after the meeting, envisages to make Goa one of the most preferred start-up hubs of India, and make it feature in the top 25 start-up destinations in Asia by 2025…  For further details click here
14 Sep: Herald. Goa starts up process to catch IT bus… 561 words  click here

Travel articles in brief

14 Sep: MarieFrance Asia (Singapore). Beautiful Goa: The 11 Best things to do in this ‘hippie’ haven … 1. Frolic on the beaches in North Goa… 2: A tryst with history at Fort Aguada… 3. Visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa… 4. Tour the Se Cathedral in Old Goa… 5. Temple Hop: The Mahadeva Temple… 6. Dolphin Watch on a Boat Cruise… 7. Dip in the Dudhsagar Falls… 8. A Taste of Authentic Goan Cuisine… 9. Visit the Night Markets at Arpora… 10. Stay in a Beach Cottage in Morjim … 11. Ride a Hot Air Balloon …  For further details click here
14 Sep: The Weekly Review (Australia). Strike a pose: professional yoga training at an ashram in Goa. By Jane Hone.  click here
14 Sep: Huffington Post. Romantic monsoon destinations in India… Goa. By Sandy N Vyjay. click here.

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Sat. 16 Sep: FENNY FEVER's 10th Year Celebration - Dinner & Dance, Woodside High School, White Hart Lane, N22 5QJ. Time: 6:30pm till 11:30pm. A Night Suitable for Family & Friends. Dinner served at 7pm by D'Souza's Kitchen, Desert, Free Giveaways, Live Band TREBLE MAKERS & Top Goan DJs Backspin & Flacid, Choreographed Dance Demo by Vincent De Lima. Licensed Bar - Affordable Prices. Fenny Shots & Cocktails. **Don't miss the nearby after party details shared on the night**. Raffle Donations welcome, we are supporting 'Sienna's Footsteps' to help a little girl walk unaided. Dress code: Black/Gold/White. Tickets from £8/£10/£12 Senior Citizens /Under 16s £8. Book ticket online: For info call Steph D'Sa Goes: 07889 833 796 | Email: |Twitter/Insta @fennyfever / FB Page- Fenny Fever. For the Flyer click here

Sun: 17 Sep. G.O.A. Badminton Tournament - Egham Leisure Centre, Vicarage Road, Surrey TW20 8NL. Men's Singles, Men's Doubles, Ladies Singles, Ladies Doubles, Mixed Doubles. Entry fee £10.00 Per person. Closing date for Entries 13/9/2017. Players are requested to be prompt for 10.30am, warm up and draw. Prompt start at 11.00 am sharp. For further details, please contact Viju DeSouza on 01784 430547 / Mb 07873 277028, Conny Mascarenhas on Tel no. 01784 259110 / Mb 07899 893553 and Vince Fernandes 020-8764-8780 or 07853132336. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 17 Sep. Sunday Hop - Afternoon Lunch Time Get-together. Meet old friends, and make new friends. Masti Club, 572-582 High Road, Wembley, HA0 2AA from 12.00 midday to 5.30pm. Pay for Unlimited 3 course Indian/Goan Buffet Only - Limited Seats £11.00 per Adult Person Children 3 - 9 years old £9.00; Children Under 3 years Free. Menu on Website. Licensed Bar. Live Band in Attendance "High Level". Added Attraction Special Dance Performance by Jason & Sylvia plus Guest Artistes. Compere: Jose Fernandes. Grab your partners for the big "Jive Contest" see if you can win one of our trophies, Couples 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. To avoid disappointment please book in advance for catering purpose. For any further information please contact Mr Gregory DeMello Tel no. 07886230433 or 07988380677 or on WhatsApp. For the menu & more details visit For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 24th Sept. 2017, St Jacinto Feast at Cranford Community College Hall High Street, Hounslow, TW5 9PD, Middlesex, Celebration of Mass at 1.00 pm Sharp, followed by an afternoon of celebration and dancing to the Live sound By "SHADES" And One of Our Very Own Youngster "DJ RYAN TELLIS" Snacks and Lunch will be served. Tickets Adult £12.00 Children 6 to 11 years £5.00, Children under 5 years Old Free. To avoid disappointment please book before 15th September 2017, After the 15th September 2017 Adult tickets at £15.00 for details and tickets please contact Agnelo: 07958504545, Maria:02089315185, Clare: 02085782288/Marisa: 07568185022, Francis Vaz 07980987529 (Leicester). For flyer with further details, click here

Sat. 30 Sep: Croydon. The Pilar Fathers (UK) in association with the Goan Chaplaincy in London & Swindon will present yet another Konkani drama titled ‘Nimanno Konn Hanstolo?’ (Who will have the last laugh) written and directed by Rev. Fr Lucas Rodrigues. The latest drama is a narrative, based on his incisive and insightful observations on the lives of the Goan community, and promises to offer a wholesome package of entertainment - rich in literary content, with a gentle mix of hilarity and heartache. The drama will be staged on Saturday, 30th of September @ 2 pm at Norbury Manor Business Centre, CR7 8BT; For the flyer with full details and contacts to buy tickets, click here.

Sun. 1 Oct: Swindon. The Pilar Fathers (UK) in association with the Goan Chaplaincy in London & Swindon will present yet another Konkani drama titled ‘Nimanno Konn Hanstolo?’ (Who will have the last laugh) written and directed by Rev. Fr Lucas Rodrigues. The latest drama is a narrative, based on his incisive and insightful observations on the lives of the Goan community, and promises to offer a wholesome package of entertainment - rich in literary content, with a gentle mix of hilarity and heartache. The drama will be staged on on Sunday 1st of October @ 12.30 and 6 pm in Swindon (Wyvern Theatre); For the flyer with full details and contacts to buy tickets, click here.

Fri. 6 Oct. Wembley. The Pilar Fathers (UK) in association with the Goan Chaplaincy in London & Swindon will present yet another Konkani drama titled ‘Nimanno Konn Hanstolo?’ (Who will have the last laugh) written and directed by Rev. Fr Lucas Rodrigues. The latest drama is a narrative, based on his incisive and insightful observations on the lives of the Goan community, and promises to offer a wholesome package of entertainment - rich in literary content, with a gentle mix of hilarity and heartache. The drama will be staged on Friday 6th October @ 7 pm in Copland, Wembley HA9 7DU with an additional show in Paris on the 24th of September. For the flyer with full details and contacts to buy tickets, click here.

Sat 7 Oct. Southall. The Pilar Fathers (UK) in association with the Goan Chaplaincy in London & Swindon will present yet another Konkani drama titled ‘Nimanno Konn Hanstolo?’ (Who will have the last laugh) written and directed by Rev. Fr Lucas Rodrigues. The latest drama is a narrative, based on his incisive and insightful observations on the lives of the Goan community, and promises to offer a wholesome package of entertainment - rich in literary content, with a gentle mix of hilarity and heartache. The drama will be staged on on Saturday, 7th @ 12.30 and 6 pm, at Southall UB1 3BT; with an additional show in Paris on the 24th of September. For the flyer with full details and contacts to buy tickets, click here.

Sun: 8 Oct. Uganda Reunion. The Ex-Ugandans will be celebrating their 45th Anniversary, annual get together. Join them at the New Hall, Archbishop Lanfranc's Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. From 11:30am to 7:00pm. Make it a day to remember, dance to the music by MAZ 'N' CO and a Disco by NIGHT-LIFE. A special Guest Appearance by Julian Desmier, formally of Black Velvet. Dress code is Formal / Smart, No Jeans, No Trainers. No food and drink allowed onto the premises except baby foods and food required for medical reasons. Tickets are available from John Carrasco, telephone 0208 764 2430 on a first come first serve basis. Members £15:00, Guests £17:00 Children 3yrs to 13yrs £6:00. Early bird Members tickets @ £15:00 thereafter £17:00. Your Ticket Price includes A Complimentary Drink, A Meal, Sweet, Snack + Cake Tea & Coffee. Try your luck with our Mega-Raffle at £5:00 for 30 chances to win Fabulous Prizes. Catering by Bernie's Kitchen, Drinks by Mervin's Bar. For the flyer, click here.

UK: Sat. 21 Oct: Colva Union UK is organising their 44th Anniversary Ball celebrating The Feast of Infant Jesus& Launch of Future Leaders on Saturday 21 October 2017 with Holy Mass at 4pm ,Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will be provided super Goan band Rainbow’s End and the buffet will be done by Cordon Bleu Chef Nicholas. Dress to Impress: Formal. Tickets are prized at just £17.00 for Adults, £8.00 for children under 12 years. For tickets Tickets: £17.00 Adults and Children £8.00 below 12 Years. Contact: Gabriel: 0208 2307139, Nicholas 07838184216, Brian 07833494173, Deborah: 0208 384 3809/07896007011, Pedro: 07854865116, Karissa:07891322338. For the flyer, click here.

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Death: V. F. Guilherme Bringel

29 Aug. UK. V. F. GUILHERME BRINGEL. Born 1935. Beloved husband of Angela Rodrigues Bringel; Father of Paulino Bringel and Sandra Bringel e Aquino. Grandfather of Bianca Aquino; Passed away peacefully. Funeral will be held in U.K., on 15/09/2017. There will be a Eucharistic Celebration in Goa, on Friday, 15th September. 2017, at 5.30 pm. at Our Lady of Assumption Chapel. Vancio. Guirim.

News Summary

Goa minister claims threat to life from drug mafia

13 Sep: PTI. Goa minister Vinod Palyekar (photo) has claimed that there is a threat to his life from the drug mafia in the state. The Water Resources Minister recently told a local news channel that he was being constantly stalked by someone. Palyekar, a Goa Forward Party (GFP) legislator from Siolim constituency, had said that he feared for his life, as he has constantly targeted the drug lobby operating in the coastal state. "During the morning walks on the beach, I was constantly stalked by someone," he told the channel…  For further details click here
Video: Threat to my life because of drugs issue: Minister Palyekar. 11 Sep: Prudent Media Goa. 3m. 52s.  click here
13 Sep: Times of India. Cabral flays Goa police, says they don’t nab big drug dealers … click here.

Goa: DJ beaten up for not complying to demands

14 Sep: Herald. A Karaoke DJ and musician Ashwin Alvares was brutally beaten by a group of four men at a restaurant at Colva on Tuesday night. According to Ashwin, when he wound up his karaoke session at midnight at a bar and restaurant, Colva, the accused, including Freddy Menezes and Anthony Fernandes, who were drinking there, asked him to continue singing. When he did not comply to their demands, the accused began assaulting Ashwin brutally and also tore his clothes… According to the police one of the accused even brought a hockey stick to beat him further, but was stopped by the people…  For further details click here
14 Sep: Herald. Editorial: Has Goa lost its soul completely? Why else would a performing DJ almost get killed?...  click here
Video: 13 Sep: Prudent Media. DJ assaulted for not playing music … 2m. 33s. click here.

No more nonsense on Goa’s shores

13 Sep: Navhind Times. Besides, proposing a ban on swimming on Goa’s beaches after sunset, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar has asked police in the state to crack a whip on those who cook in public places. Busloads of tourists come and set up their stoves and cook all in the name of picnicking. It does not bring any revenue to the state exchequer, but, on the contrary, it ruins the countryside and tourist spots… Many rules have been passed but have not been implemented properly… Drinking and swimming is common among tourists along the coastline and it can lead to fatal consequences if one ventures into the sea in the dark … 1139 words.  For further details click here

Archbishop slams compulsory Sunday program on Modi’s birthday

11 Sep: UCAN. Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) senior vice-president, Archbishop Andrews Thazhath (photo) has expressed anxiety over the UP government's move to make compulsory the attendance at the state's primary schools next Sunday as a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday celebrations. He said that such a move was against protecting the minority rights. “Sunday is not a simple holiday for Christians all over the country. It is a holy day, and it was obligatory for all the faithful to attend churches and participate in the mass,” he said. "It's against the spirit and deed of the Constitution." …  For further details click here

Freed Indian Salesian meets Pope Francis

13 Sep: Catholic News Service. Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was released Sept. 12 after having been kidnapped 18 months ago in Yemen, is anointed by Pope Francis during a Sept. 13 meeting at the Vatican… Arriving before Pope Francis, the Salesian knelt before him and kissed his feet. Visibly moved by the gesture, the pope helped him up and kissed his hands, the Vatican newspaper said… According to Oman’s state-run news agency ONA, Father Uzhunnalil was “rescued” Sept. 12 by Oman authorities “in coordination with the Yemeni parties.” … Also present at the meeting was Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai …  For further details click here
13 Sep: India Today. Vatican played key role in Father Tom Uzhunnalil's release… he reportedly thanked his brothers and sisters and all relatives and friends who called on God for his safety and release…  click here

In Goa, a BJP MLA’s book of poems has stirred up deep-rooted caste and language rivalries

13 Sep: By Pamela D’Mello. A poetry award has reopened the festering wound of caste and language divisions in Goa. At the heart of the row is Vishnu Surya Wagh, a 52-year-old former Bharatiya Janata Party MLA who has been ailing for the past year, after he suffered a massive heart attack in May 2016. The poet, dramatist, former newspaper editor and cartoonist also happens to be the foremost political and cultural orator and ideologue of Goa’s largest Hindu community, the Bhandaris, who are categorised as an Other Backward Caste. Sudhirsukt (Song of the Sudhirs), a compilation of Wagh’s Konkani poems, went unnoticed when it was published in 2013. However, recent efforts by Wagh’s supporters to get the book selected for the annual poetry award by the government-funded Goa Konkani Academy brought the book into the spotlight after it sparked outrage among Goa’s elite castes, especially the Gaud Saraswat Brahmin groups… 1546 words  For further details click here
13 Sep: Times of India. Vishnu Wagh admitted to GMC, condition serious…  click here

10 Shacks And Restaurants That Will Give You The Ultimate Goa Experience

12 Sep: MSN. 1: Thalassa, Ozron Beach, Small Vagator, Goa. Pricing: Rs.1500 for two people approximately… 2: St. Anthony’s, Baga Beach. Pricing: Rs.1100 for two people approximately … 3: Curlies, Near Flea Market, Anjuna. Pricing: Rs.1500 for two people approximately … 4: Antares, Vagator beach. Pricing: Rs.2000 for two people approximately … 5: Brittos, Baga Beach … Pricing: Rs.1400 for two people approximately … 6: Bean Me Up, Near Anjuna Petrol Pump. Pricing: Rs.700 for two people approximately … 7: Fisherman’s Cove, Candolim. Pricing: Rs.700 for two people approximately … 8: Sublime, Morjim Beach. Pricing: Rs.1300 for two people approximately … 9: Cafe Chocolatti, Candolim. Pricing: Rs.1300 for two people approximately … 10: Tuscany Gardens, Candolim. Pricing: Rs.1000 for two people approximately …  For further details click here
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NEWS: London360. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Sun. 17th Sept. 20:00 to 20:30. In this week's London360, we talk about diversity in the media, attempt to find the real EastEnders, and put on our finest glad rags as we pay a visit to The Asian Awards.

DOCUMENTARY: Educating Yorkshire. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Mon. 18th Sept. 21:00 to 22:00. With a student population that is almost exactly half white-British and half British-Asian,Thornhill Academy near Dewsbury offers a fascinating insight into school life in the UK. (Part 1)

FILM: The Threshold. Channel 4. Tues. 19th Sept. 02.15 to 03:50. Channel 4's Indian Film Season continues with first-time director Pushan Kripalani's intimate indie drama offering a bold and truthful exploration of the breakdown of a traditional marriage, a subject rarely addressed in Indian cinema. In English, and Hindi with English subtitles. This screening of the film is introduced by the director.

NATURE: Natural Histories. BBC Radio 4. Tues. 19th Sept. 11:00 to 11:30. Brett Westwood presents a series that explores nature's influence on human culture and society. Baobab. Brett explores our ancient relationship with a tree that looks like it is standing with its head in the ground and its roots in the air: the baobab or upside-down tree.

DOCUMENTARY: World's Busiest Cities. BBC 2. Wed. 20th Sept. 20:00 to 21:00. Delhi. Dan Snow, Anita Rani and Ade Adepitan go behind the scenes to reveal the hidden systems and armies of people running some of the greatest cities on earth. This time, they are in Delhi, capital of India, with a population of 26 million and rising.

DOCUMENTARY: People and Power. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Wed. 20th Sept. 23:30 to 00:00. India's Nuclear Riddle. People and Power investigates whether India is about to escalate its nuclear arms race with rivals Pakistan and China.

DOCUMENTARY: Buying and Selling. itvBe (Freeview 26). Thurs. 21st Sept. 18:00 to 19:00. Francis and Juanita (photo). US series in which brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott help homeowners take their next step on the property ladder. After emigrating to Canada from India five years prior, a couple look to upgrade to a bigger house in the hope of reuniting their extended family under one roof.

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

Ed's Bar Services

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

Go Quick Travel Agents

Package Holidays & Flights Worldwide, including Goa. Excellent rates. Contact
Tony Dantas. 0208 238 9600 / 0208 204 6699
ABTA K9019 ATOL 9347

Goans Down Under - Sydney, Australia

Please visit/contact us:
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. Tel: Tony Colaco - 0411 131 891. Email:

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HoneyBbuzz Music

Music for your occasion. Duo Trio Band Disco. Anniversaries Birthdays Weddings.
English Latin American Konkani Swahili. Contact: James mobile: 07546 999 677 Remos
mobile: 07448 160 917. Email:

International Flights & Holiday Specialist.

Charter Flights to Goa. UK Contact:
Savio Viegas: 020 8432 3266 OR 07926191069, email

London: Olde Goa Restaurant & Food Products

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

Mango Travel by Bobby DeSouza

Goa: Specialist in flights, packages, Cruises & Worldwide destinations. Allow us to make your Flights & Holidays a magical experience. Retail Agents For Atol Holders. Email Tel. 020 3289 5909 Mob 07956816799

Mervs Mobile Bar

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

Stallions Air

ATOL 9179

Tel: 020 7580 5999 or 0797 9861 455 / 0795 0132 999

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