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Death: Fred D’Souza
12 Jul: Newmarket, UK. FRED D’SOUZA. Passed away peacefully after a short illness. Aged 83 years. Beloved husband to the late (28 June 2016) Shirley. A much loved dad of Kevin and a dear grandad. Funeral Service to be held at the West Suffolk Crematorium, Bury St Edmunds (St Edmunds Chapel) on Friday 27th July at 12.00 midday. Family flowers only please but donations if desired may be made payable to Cancer Research UK and sent care of Southgate of Newmarket Funeral Directors, 25 Duchess Drive, Newmarket CB8 8AG.

News Summary

Goa assembly adjourned five times over formalin row

19 Jul: The Quint. The Goa Assembly was adjourned five times on Thursday following protests by the Opposition Congress over dangerous chemical formalin being used to preserve fish sold in the state. Congress legislators repeatedly disrupted the proceedings, with some of them stepping into the well of the House demanding a detailed discussion on the controversy. After four disruptions in about three hours, Speaker Pramod Sawant adjourned the assembly till Friday, while disallowing the Opposition's plea to discuss the formalin controversy…  For further details click here
Video: Goa 365 tv. Assembly turns into fish market chaos over Formalin, Opp paralyses work 8m. 13s.  click here
19 Jul: Times of India. Goa’s favourite fish thali loses out to mutton and veg post formalin-scare … click here.

‘Crimes against foreign women not affecting tourist inflow in Goa’

19 Jul: Tribune. The number of tourists from abroad visiting Goa has not come down due to murders and other crimes against foreign women, the Goa Government told the Legislative Assembly on Thursday while listing various measures it has adopted to ensure safety of the revellers… Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar listed various measures… The government has set up a Tourist Police Unit and also deployed more than 90 personnel of the IRB at various beaches to put a check on various illegalities and assist the tourists in times of distress… Police motorcycles will ply on various beaches in North Goa … Ajgaonkar further said that the department of tourism has been taking various measures to ensure more footfall of foreign tourists in Goa…  For further details click here

Missionaries of Charity express sorrow over scandal, openness to just inquiry

19 Jul: Catholic News Agency. Sister Mary Prema Pierick (photo), the superior general of the Missionaries of Charity said that the congregation is “deeply saddened and grieved” by the alleged sale of several children by an employee of one of its homes for unwed mothers. “Even while we place our full trust in the judicial process that is underway, we wish to express regret and sorrow for what happened and desire to express in unequivocal terms our condemnation of individual actions which have nothing to do with the Congregation of the Missionaries of Charity,” said in a statement. “We are fully cooperating with the investigations and are open to any free, fair and just inquiry.” …  For further details click here

Goa: New diocesan team to tone down “distasteful” sacred music

19 Jul: The Goan. Many a time, music that is played and sung in our Churches, instead of edifying and sanctifying the liturgical assembly and providing a foretaste of the heavenly liturgy, distracts the faithful from the meaning of the sacred text or from the purpose of worship for which the community gathers. Task of new Committee: Conduct courses, seminars, workshops, etc in parishes and other institutions, with a view to forming choir masters, singers, musicians and others involved in the liturgical and musical apostolates, not excluding the faithful at large, in the use of song and music during liturgical celebrations …  For further details click here

Josephine Dias: A lifetime of tiatr achievements

19 Jul: Herald. Noted Tiatrist Josephine Dias, who turns 70 years old today, will be releasing a romance novel in Romi Konkani. The novel, that was written her husband, late F X Dias, is titled ‘Mogan Morn’. Café takes a closer look at the life and achievements of Josephine … Josephine was born and brought up in Colva, before she shifted to St Cruz, North Goa after marriage… She started her career in tiatrs as a singer and her big break as an actress came in 1963, when her father cast her in his tiatr ‘Ti Moji Maim’… For her dedicated and outstanding services to the tiatr stage, she has been felicitated by various organisations such as Social Welfare Association St Cruz, Segundo Bairro Association, Cortalim Sports and Cultural Club, Kuwait Goans club, Kuwait … She was felicitated in London by the Goan Heritage Cultural Club…  For further details click here

Kuwait: Accreditation and visa renewal; India engineers in limbo

17 Jul: Kuwait Times. Sarah scrambles through her papers as she struggles to deal with a decision that has turned her life into a nightmare. She checks her documents one last time before heading to the Kuwait Society of Engineers (KSE) for the fourth time. “I have a Bachelors of Engineering in electrical and communications from Goa University, India … The certification process takes only a few days, according to member of the board of directors of KSE Ali Mohseni, but these few days have turned into three months and Sarah has lost all hope of getting her residency renewed in time… Sarah was instructed to go to the cashier to find her file and pay the fees for the NOC. However, the cashier immediately informed her that he could not find her file… 1828 words.  For further details click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sun. 29 Jul: 2.00pm & 6.00pm. Goan Folklore Productions presents a Bardroy Barretto film "NACHOM-IA KUMPASAR". A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa, The much talked about Goan Movie, Winner of 34 National & International Awards will be screened at Villiers High School, Boyd Avenue, Southall, UB1 3BT. Book your tickets without delay. For tickets: HOUNSLOW - Freddy 07438 284636. WEMBLEY: Mark de Araujo ~ 07535 931677; Seby~07405107613. HAYES: Fredy 07929 369188. SOUTHALL: Peter de Merces 07417 494316; Simon Gonsalves 07417 437462; Theodor 07811 113119. GREENFORD: Grina~07846 657791. HARROW: Gregg Carvalho 07931 753653 or For the flyer, click here.

Sun 5 Aug. The UK Goan Festival London 2018, Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, TW5 9PD, From 11am to 8pm. Contact Ravi Vaz 07909927539 or Bella Fernandes 07949233307. For the flyer, click here

Sun 26 Aug. G.O.A. Sports Day, Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, London, SE25 4QL, 11am to 5.30pm - Contact Vince Fernandes 07853132336 Sat 1 Sep. G.O.A. Pilgrimage, The Friars, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7BX, From 11am to 6pm Contact Bella Fernandes 07949233307. For the flyer, click here.

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News Summary

Could a Goan Become Britain's Prime Minister?

18 Jun. Herald. Selma Carvalho takes a look at Suella Fernandes-Braverman as a likely candidate for PM. First-generation immigrant Goans are by and far Labour voters. And Goans have produced from amongst their ranks well known Labour politicians such as Keith Vaz ... The Goan Association UK although not a political entity by any definition, in its early founding years, tacitly supported left leaning politics. So what shaped Suella Fernandes-Braverman’s conservative politics? The answer may well lie with her mother Uma Fernandes…  For further details click here
Video: 18 Jul. The Daily Express (UK). Suella Fernandes-Braverman, Brexit minister reveals why she DID NOT quit over May’s Brexit plan … 0m. 53s.  click here

Chargesheet filed against former Minister Atanasio Monserrate in rape case

19 Jul: The Hindu. The Women’s Police Station (Crime Branch) here on Wednesday filed a chargesheet in the sessions court in the city in connection with the rape and human trafficking case filed against former Goa Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate. He was accused of raping a minor girl after drugging her, two years ago… On May 5, 2016 Monserratte was arrested after the then 16-year-old girl who hails from Nepal complained that she was “purchased” by him (from her mother) at ₹50 lakh and was drugged and raped thereafter. Monserrate, on the other hand, said that the victim, who was working for him was dismissed from services for stealing cash and had filed the complaint of rape as revenge…  For further details click here

‘Goa priest molested us inside temple premises’

19 Jul: The Hindu. A priest at Shree Mangueshi temple in south Goa has been accused of allegedly molesting two women, in separate incidents, while they were on a visit to the temple along with their parents, last month. In the first case, a medical student of Goan origin, currently studying in the U.S., has complained to the management committee that the incident happened while she was on a visit to the temple on June 22 along with her parents. In the second complaint, another Mimbai-based girl of Goan origin, has said that she was molested inside the temple by the priest (named same accused) on June 14 this year … Secretary of management committee Anil Kenkre said that he, on behalf of the temple committee, had replied to both the alleged victim girls by emails … “We could not get any dependable evidence in both the cases to establish prima facie case and as such wrote to them to approach appropriate authority,” he said …  For further details click here

Why the Indian tourist should learn some manners. Or stay home

18 Jul: Daily O. Goa tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar is an angry man. He wants only “good tourists” to enter his state, and has no patience for those who spoil Goa’s “culture and discipline”, apart from “misbehaving with women”. Ajgaonkar is not alone in his angst. A few months ago, Goa’s town and country planning minister Vijai Sardesai had called domestic tourists “scum of the earth”. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar himself wants to fine people for drinking and littering in public… But beyond the xenophobic stereotyping, they do have a point. We Indians as tourists are remarkably ill-behaved…  For further details click here

Formalin scare: Goa bans fish import till July-end

18 Jul: Millennium Post. The Goa government on Wednesday banned the import of fish from outside the state till the end of this month, in view of the scare of formalin being found in it. "Instructions would be issued at Goa's borders not to allow fish-laden trucks from outside the state," Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters. The ban will continue till the end of this month when restrictions imposed on fishing along the western coast end, Parrikar said…  For further details click here

10 Lakh pages of Goa-centric books to be digitised soon

18 Jul: Times of India. In a bid to preserve records from the state’s vast storehouse of knowledge, the Central Library will soon be digitising 10 lakh pages of books it has in its collection that focussed on Goa. There is a separate section spread over an entire floor dedicated to this collection at the state-of-the-art library at Patto. The collection comprises magazines, newspapers, official gazettes and manuscripts, some of which date back to the 16th and 17th centuries … “anyone seeking the data can do so by simply feeding a keyword in the library’s computer system and access the documents,” said library curator Carlos Fernandes…  For further details click here


NATURE: Wonders of the Monsoon. BBC 4. Sat. 21st July. 20:00 to 21:00. Deluge. Episode 2. Series exploring a world where life is shaped by the greatest weather system on Earth. The Asian monsoon makes its grand entrance. In India, huge banks of cloud herald four months of incessant rain and within days, insects are everywhere. New filming techniques show, for the first time, how mosquitoes survive the impacts of a giant rain drops.

DOCUMENTARY: Our School. CBBC (Freeview 201). Sun. 22nd July. 12:50 to 13:20. African Adventure. Documentary series following a group of students in their first year of secondary school. Year 7 ambassadors Roman and Olivia leave Sheffield behind and travel thousands of miles to Kenya to visit one of the schools run by the charity for whom Year 7 have been busy raising money.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Witness. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Sun. 22nd July. 23:30 to 00:00. Zahida. Charismatic and streetwise Zahida, Pakistan's first female taxi driver, challenges stereotypes while juggling motherhood and life behind the wheel.

DRAMA: Amana Fontanella-Khan - The Pink Sari Revolution. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Mon. 23rd July. 14:45 to 15:00. 4 Extra Debut. The story of Sampat Devi Pal, essentially illiterate but the fierce and courageous founder of India's infamous Pink Gang, fighting for the rights of women in India. (Part 1 of 5, Episode 1)

NATURE: Natural World. BBC 4. Tues. 24th July. 01:15 to 02:15. Queen of Tigers. Series 32, episode 3. Machli is the most famous tiger in the world - the star of five films, with her own Facebook page and over a million YouTube hits on footage of her attacking a crocodile. Wildlife cameraman Colin Stafford-Johnson returns to find his old friend one last time as Machli enters the last season of her life.

DOCUMENTARY: Cake Hunters. itvBe (Freeview 26). Thurs. 26th July. 09:10 to 09:40. Elephant in the Room. US series in which cake designers work to wow potential customers with their edible creations. Brothers Sumit and Swithin are both recently engaged, so their mother Rani is throwing a dual traditional Indian engagement party with over 300 guests. Rani has her heart set on a traditional Indian show-stopper cake, but the brothers are not so keen on the idea.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. more4. Fri. 27th July. 15:50 to 16:20. Trainee teacher, club DJ and experimental cook Josh Jones wants to broaden his guests' palettes in Dumfries and Galloway with some Indian food, including lamb passanda and tandoori monkfish. But Tommy Jardine doesn't like fish or spice.


News Summary

Special squad to check fish trucks on borders

18 Jul: Herald. Amidst the ongoing controversy of formalin in fish, the State Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar has announced to form a special squad to check the trucks carrying fish from the neighbouring States before they enter Goa, from next week. Palyekar said that a joint team of fisheries and Directorate of Foods and Drug Administration (FDA) will be deputed on the State borders to check the fish consignments. “If we find even a small content of formalin, then we will confiscate the entire consignment and dispose it off on the spot,” the minister added…  For further details click here
17 Jul: Times of India. Experts bust govt claim, say formalin not inherent in fish …  click here
17 Jul: The Goan. FDA wakes up to formalin scare, talks of plan. Samples of fish, fruits and veggies to be randomly tested from markets round the year … click here.

All Mother Teresa homes inspected amid baby-selling scandal

17 Jul: The Guardian (UK). India has ordered the immediate inspection of all childcare homes run by the Missionaries of Charity, the Catholic congregation established by Mother Teresa, after employees at one shelter were accused of selling babies for adoption. The inspections were announced by the ministry for women and childhood development after a Missionaries of Charity home in Jharkhand state was shut this month following the arrest of a nun and a social worker employed there. Sister Konsalia Balsa and social worker Anima Indwar were accused of having already sold three babies from the home, which provides shelter for pregnant, unmarried women. They were accused of trying to sell a fourth baby, a two-month old boy born in March, for about £1,325… “We are completely shocked by what has happened in our home in Ranchi,” a statement from the order said. “It should have never happened. It is against our moral convictions. We are carefully looking into the matter.” …  For further details click here
Video: India Today: Nun confesses selling babies in Ranchi's Missionary of Charity … 8m. 48s.  click here

Parishioners in Divar celebrate canonization of Fr Jacome Gonsalves

16 Jul: Times of India. The process of canonization of Fr Jacome Gonsalves, an evangelizer, exorcist and successor of St Joseph Vaz in Sri Lanka will commence after the Sri Lankan church takes up his cause with authorities in Rome, Fr Eremito Rebello said on Sunday. Delivering the homily during the holy mass to commemorate the 276th death anniversary of Fr Gonsalves at Our Lady of Piety Church, Piedade, Divar, Fr Rebello spoke about the great miracles the priest from Divar had worked in Sri Lanka… Fr Gonsalves who was born in Divar, worked with St Vaz as a missionary in Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) and created religious literature in Sinhala, and other languages. He died on July 17, 1742 …  For further details click here
Video: HCN. 276th death anniversary of Fr. Jacome Gonsalves observed at Divar 2m. 33s.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Rev. Fr. Jacome Gonsalves, click here.

"We Want Good Tourists Who Follow Goa's Discipline," Says Minister

17 Jul: NDTV. Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar today urged tourists not to misbehave with women under the influence of alcohol while welcoming the Chief Minister's announcement of fines for drinking and littering in public. Mr Ajgaonkar also said that only those disciplined "good tourists" were welcome in Goa, who were willing to preserve the state's culture, natural beauty and the spirit of Goanness. "We urge people and tourists to not misbehave with any girl or woman. Because our Goa is famous all over India and the world. People come here to see our culture and our natural beauty. Goa's discipline, culture and Goenkarponn (Goanness) should be preserved. There will be no compromise on anyone who is drunk and misbehaves," Mr Ajgaonkar told reporters in Panaji…  For further details click here

Capturing the Goan essence on film

17 Jul: Herald. Ester Noronha from Mangalore is an established film actor who was recently part of Mariano Fernandes’s monsoon tiatr, ‘Tujem Bhangar Tujeach Angar’. Her single, the Konkani cover of ‘Despacito’ also received over a million views online. Now, Ester is excited to give something back to Goa through her new Konkani film. Café catches up with the talented actress to talk about her journey so far … She was part of Mariano Fernandes’s tiatr ‘Tujem Bhangar Tujeach Angar’, where she performed three songs. “I did six shows in the United Kingdom and five shows in Mumbai … The audience in the UK was very enthusiastic and positive. I got a warm welcome full of applause and whistles when I went on stage; it made me feel wanted and that is what makes an artiste’s wok worthwhile. Tiatr is a very different culture for me, coming from films… Goa has been like home, work and affection wise. I have a lot of friends and family friends here…  For further details click here
Video: Despacito Konkani. 4m. 06s.  click here

9 reasons you need to goa to goa

17 Jul: MTV (UK). While not quite undiscovered, Goa is a travel gem with a host of holiday delights… drop in for a Vinyasa class at Kranti Yoga in Patnem - a class that combines doggos and yoga for all the spiritual goodness… eat/inhale literally all the bread and goan delights. Goan specialties are a must, don’t hold back on the fish curry, grilled sea food and thalis… There’s a dog and cat shelter in Goa if you want to lend a hand while you are visiting (or donate)… drink a million lassis … If you're in a party mood, all good Goan places serve Kingfisher beers, and we're also fans o Feni-based cocktails… get your freak on (and clean the beach at the same time). There’s also a hippy community you can visit and stay at in exchange for help to clean the forest / beach… Goa is India’s capital of nightlife and the party never stops … Goa has a really large selection of spas you can visit for a relaxing experience … If you’re really into Yoga, and considering teaching it yourself...  For further details click here

Shall we dance?

17 Jul: Navhind Times. Want to get a feel of salsa dancing or practice your bachata dance moves? Latin dance socials are becoming quite a regular event at party hubs around Goa … if you’re a complete newbie, knowing close to nobody at the venue or have never tried out Latin dance before, there’s no need to worry. The dance group organising the evening usually has a free one hour workshop which will not just show you how to move, but also ensure that you are having the time of your life… And the trend is definitely picking up. “In the beginning, we used to have around 80 per cent ladies as compared to men but now there are a lot more guys, sometimes more than the ladies, which is good,” says Darryl…  For further details click here


News Summary

Goans continue to keep off fish

17 Jul: Navhind Times. Fish vendors in the city have been left holding the baby, as Goans in the last two days are shying away from buying fish after the FDA blew hot and cold over the presence of formalin in the fish brought into Goa from other states. The formalin-in-fish row has severely affected the fish selling business in the Panaji municipal market, as the fish coming from Margao has been lying unsold for the last two consecutive days. The employees of hotels and restaurants, who in the past would lap up the quality fish in early morning hours leaving the common man with small-sized fish, are giving thumbs-down to the fish now. Consequently fish wholesalers are now taking back the unsold fish by afternoon…  For further details click here
Video: Goa 365 tv. FDA says YES, fish with ‘permissible limit’ formalin safe to eat; experts say No …  click here

Portugal advises Goans in UK on Brexit rules

16 Jul: Times of India. The Portuguese consulate in UK, while addressing its citizens of Goan origin, urged them not to miss the deadline of June 30, 2021, to apply for settled status (permanent residency) or pre-settled status (temporary residency) with the UK government. Those who have completed five years in the country must apply for settled status which will ensure that their residence, all rights as well as that of their close family members living outside the country will be protected, immigration lawyer Christopher Desira said, adding that there would be lots of repercussions for those who miss the deadline. While immediate family members, have no time limit to join Portuguese citizens in the UK, extended family will be permitted to do so only till December 30, 2020, said Desira, explaining that extended family members including aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews need to make a decision before the date…  For further details click here

How a holiday to India changed my life

16 Jul: Woman & Home (UK). When Woman & Home reader Caroline Dale booked a holiday to India during her battle with breast cancer, she didn’t realise how healing it would be…She write, “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel has always been one of my favourite films. I love the eccentricity of the characters … But the real star is India itself so I’ve always dreamed of visiting. That’s why, when I saw an advert for Woman & Home’s Real Exotic Marigold Hotel tour as I flicked through the magazine in hospital last year, it really caught my imagination…  For further details click here
The Real Marigold Hotel Tour. Stay in the Exotic Marigold Hotel. Meet author Deborah Moggach. Visit the Taj Mahal. The Real Marigold Hotel Tour. 10 Days. From £1,780 PP …  click here

Soon, Fine For Drinking In Public In Goa, Says Manohar Parrikar

16 Jul: NDTV. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said today that the government would soon release a notification regarding imposing a fine of Rs. 2,500 on drinking alcohol in public. "Mind you, there will be a heavy fine if you are found drinking (in public) from August. We are issuing a notification very soon. I intend to do it before August, so that we can implement it from August 15," Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Monday … Mr Parrikar also warned against littering the state capital will empty beer bottles, adding that he had caught and cautioned college students found drinking beer …  For further details click here

Chilling message from Dubai’s kidnapped ‘rebel princess’ Sheikha Latifa tells supporters ‘if you’re watching this I may be dead’

16 Jul: The Sun (UK). Princess of Dubai Sheikha Latifa has reportedly gone missing off the coast of Goa with her friend … The bare-faced Sheikha, who speaks directly to the camera, can be seen wearing a simple blue top with her hair tied back. Giving a harrowing account of her life as a member of Dubai's royal family, she says: "I am making this video because this could be the last video I make. "Pretty soon I'm going to be leaving somehow I'm not sure of the outcome, but I'm 99 per cent positive this could work." … Latifa's dad is the PM of UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum …  For further details click here
16 Jul: Sixty Minutes (Australia). The incredible story about a missing princess …  click here

If ill-treated, elderly parents can take back property gifted to son, rules High Court

16 Jul: Times of India. Elderly parents can take back a share in their property given to a son as a gift if he fails to look after them or harasses them, the Bombay high court has ruled. Citing the special law for the maintenance of senior citizens, the court upheld a tribunal’s order that had cancelled a gift deed given by an elderly Andheri resident by which he had granted 50% share in his flat to his son. “The gift deed was made at the request of the son and his wife. It is implied that the elderly father and as well his second wife would be looked after by them after transfer of 50% share in the flat,” said the judges… In the present case, the senior citizen’s first wife died in 2014. Last year, when he wanted to remarry, his son and daughter-in-law requested that a share of the Andheri flat should be transferred to them. To buy peace in the family, he transferred 50% share in the flat to his son in May 2014. Subsequently, the son and daughter-in-law started insulting the elderly man’s second wife…  For further details click here

St Ketevan relics from Old Goa to tour Georgia for another 6 months

16 Jul: Times of India. Thousands of faithful, dignitaries and ministers in Georgia have been visiting the relics of the 17th century Queen (St) Ketevan that are being taken around the country in a historic homecoming after four centuries. The relics uncovered by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) within the ruins of the St Augustine Convent in Old Goa in 2004, were released to Georgia in September last year that also marked the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. A bilateral agreement was signed wherein the relics would be returned after six months. The Indian government later granted a six month extension…  For further details click here



Death: Jennifer Pais
5 Jul: Sacramento, California. JENNIFER MOYRA PAIS. She was born in Iran, the only child of George Vaz and Evelyn Castelino. Her early education was in Bangalore, Mangalore and Bombay, India. She completed her studies in Germany at the School of Social Work in Aachen. In her youth, she was an accomplished athlete. She played field hockey and was an active participant in track and field. She was the captain of the Lusitanians hockey team in Bombay. In 1965 she married Denzil Pais and had two children, Vasanthi (David Murry) and Victor (Jennifer). They lived an almost nomadic life first in Madras, India; then emigrating to USA and living in New York (1971), and then in California at Concord (1979), San Jose (1987) and finally El Dorado Hills (1990). They have five grandchildren, Tiana, Justin and Gabriel Murry, and CJ and Kaiti Pais… A Funeral Mass will be celebrated for her on Wednesday, July 18, at 11:00 am at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 307 Montrose Drive, Folsom. It will be preceded by a Rosary at 10:30 am. Reception will follow in the Gallagher Hall. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in her name to her favorite charity, St. Vincent of Paul Society. A check can be sent to them at 307 Montrose Dr., Folsom, CA 95630. Photo.  For further details click here

News Summary

'$100 Billion growth of IT in the next decade should happen in places like Goa’: Ashank Desai, Founder Member, Nasscom

15 Jul: Your Story. At his keynote address on Day Two of Goa IT Day held at Panjim, Ashank Desai, Co-founder, Nasscom, and Chairman, Mastek pointed out that the IT industry today is worth $150 billion. “When three of us founded Nasscom in 1988, the entire industry was worth $50 million. In this time, the IT industry has seen a 3,000X growth. This just the beginning, and in another 10 years, the industry will be worth nearly $250 billion,” he said… the $100-billion growth will take place in new areas such as Goa… As a Goan himself, he said an event of this kind was a great start to establishing Goa as a happening IT destination. According to him, three factors were important to position Goa more prominently on the IT map …  For further details click here
Ashank Desai is the head of Mastek, the company that designed and implemented the London Congestion Charging project …  click here
15 Jul: Your Story. Great things are going to happen in Goa: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Union Minister promised that the Central government will help make Goa become a centre for IT initiatives … click here.

Bahrain: Inspirational teenager Rhea D’Mello born with Down syndrome

11 – 17 Jul: Gulf Weekly (Bahrain). Inspirational teenager Rhea D’Mello has told the world how being born with Down syndrome will not stop her from reaching her full potential or prevent her from paving the way to a successful career. The Indian expat, a trainee teaching assistant at RIA Institute, was invited to travel to the UK to talk about her life in Bahrain and her personal struggles and aspirations at an international conference. She delivered an impressive PowerPoint presentation to an audience of 1,000 delegates. Rhea, 19, who is also a brand ambassador for a yoga organisation for the young, travelled to Birmingham … “During the conference, I was nervous about sharing my story at the start but later I was fine and spoke without any fear,” said Rhea. “It was my first time doing anything like this…” Rhea’s mum Sylvia, 47, is a secretary, and dad, David, an electrical engineer ... When Rhea was three-weeks-old, she was enrolled in an Early Intervention Programme at an NGO called Sangath Centre that helped in her physical and mental development in her home state of Goa. She later joined Chubby Cheeks Primary School, a mainstream school, until the family moved to Bahrain …  For further details click here

Video: Baby Selling Racket By Missionaries Of Charity In Ranchi

15 Jul: Mirror Now. Baby Selling Racket In Ranchi EXPOSED; Arrested Staffer Confesses. Faye D’Souza speaks to Rev. Theodore Mascarenhas, Sec. Gen. of the Catholic Bishops Conference … 7m. 33s.  For further details click here
15 Jul: First Post. Baby-selling racket in Ranchi: Jharkhand Police claims nun confessed to crime, three children rescued so far …  click here
15 Jul: News 18. Police Trace Fourth Child Sold in Ranchi Baby Selling Racket … click here.

87% corruption cases against Govt officials pending in past 18 years

15 Jul: Herald. In a shocking revelation that will force Goans to question how much can we trust our government servants, Herald has found out that over 1,408 cases of complaints against serving officers lie pending with Directorate of Vigilance since 2001. Of these, 453 cases are against gazetted officers and 955 against non-gazetted officers and others in various departments. What is shocking is that this is a gross violation of Central Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal) Rules, 1965 that lays down a specific period of six months in which a complaint against an official should be investigated and disposed… Between 2001 and 2010, 476 complaints were filed against Goa government officials yet not a single one was disposed …  For further details click here

When Goa kicked the ball before Brazil

15 Jul: Times of India. What’s common between football in Goa and Brazil? Football in both these places was introduced by Britishers. But while Brazil learnt how to kick the ball only in 1894, Goans were introduced to the sport more than a decade earlier. The game was first brought to Goa by a man who came here as a tourist but loved the state so much that he never went back! Step forward, Fr William Robert Lyons (picture). It was this British priest who first brought football to Goa in 1883 as he arrived in Siolim from Udupi to recover from an illness. He chose Goa as the best destination to recuperate, and after involving himself with the local church, he soon founded St Joseph’s School in Siolim. Fr Lyons introduced sports into the educational curriculum at St Joseph’s School, and when the school was later moved to Arpora – where it still exists – and he took charge as the first principal, football occupied a pride of place…  For further details click here
15 Jul: Times of India. Portugal wooed foreign teams to bind Goa. Football was introduced in Goa in 1883 but it was not until 1951, under the guidance of the Conselho de Desportos, that Goa saw its first football league, then named Primeira Divisao. Clube Desportivo Chinchinim etched their name in history books as the inaugural winners, edging out FC Siolim for the title…  click here
16 Jul: Herald. Goa wakes up to a World Cup hangover… click here.

Law catches up with Michael Lobo

15 Jul: The Goan. Deputy Speaker and Calangute MLA, Michael Lobo, has found himself in serious trouble with Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) ordering the demolition of one of the three ground-plus four blocks of Nazri Resorts at Baga-Calangute in which he is a partner. Lobo, who is also the chairman of the North Goa Planning and Development Authority, had himself appeared in person as respondent in the matter before the GCZMA, the last hearing of which was held in June this year. .. Social activist, Kashinath Shetye, who is the complainant claimed that the permission used by Lobo’s Elite Builders for the structure was forged. Shetye said in the proceedings before GCZMA, that the construction falls within Coastal Regulation Zone and violated environmental laws...  For further details click here

Morgue preservative in seafood provokes outrage, acrid humour

15 Jul: The Week. Over the last few days, the word formalin or formaldehyde, a powerful carcinogenic disinfectant used to preserve dead bodies in mortuaries, is on the lips of most fish-loving Goans, after the state Food and Drugs Administration cracked down on consignments of fish from other states laced with the chemical. Surprisingly, soon after the raid and a subsequent tweet (since unavailable) by Agriculture Minister Vijai Sardesai, the FDA flip-flopped, saying only permissible quantities of formalin was found in the seized fish consignment. The "fishy" flip-flop has triggered not just outrage among Goans, but has also unleashed a fresh stream of humour on social media…  For further details click here


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Portugal consulate reaches out to Goans in London

14 Jul: Times of India. Over 600 Portuguese nationals of Goan origin attended a first-of-its-kind interaction between the Portugal consulate in London and the community at St Anselm’s Church, Southall, on Thursday. Speaking about the legal status of Portuguese citizens in the UK after Brexit, the consul general, Joana Gaspar, told the audience that valid Portuguese documentation would continue to allow free access for entering, leaving, residing and working in the UK right up to December 31, 2020… The event pleased the Goan community. “It was a friendly and informative session, and we were surprised by the liberal attitude of the Portuguese consulate,” a Goan who attended the programme said…  For further details click here

Why this Goan village will root for Croatia

14 Jul: Times of India. On Sunday, lakhs of football crazy Goans will be glued to their TV sets to watch young and hungry Croatia take on former champs France in the Fifa World Cup finals in Russia. But at least one little village will be firmly on the side of the debutants because of a shared history. Visitors from Croatia came to Gandaulim, about 4km from Old Goa, in the 16th century. They may have not dwelled there for long, but they restored church of Sao Braz that they built beside Cumbarjua canal is a reminder of that stay in this small riverside settlement of about 200 inhabitants … Historians think the Portuguese may have brought Croatians to build ships—their expertise in this field was respected—or they may have arrived in the village of Gandaulim, then a teeming Old Goa suburb, as merchants. Portuguese writer Gomes Catao, in his book, refers to a population of 12,000 during its glory days. Rich Gandaulim women were taken in palanquins by slaves to Sao Braz church, he writes...  For further details click here
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Traditional Goan homes are back in vogue

14 Jul: Times of India. Goa’s trademark, picture-perfect, traditional houses are as much a part of its identity, as its beaches and green spaces. Over the years, these luxurious homes, with long balconies, spacious porticos, rooms and antique furniture, were losing favour with many due to the extravagant costs one incurs in maintaining them. However, now, many are investing in not only renovating and redoing these homes, but also imitating and recreating them. From wanting to keep old memories alive, to realizing the knowledge behind the old-world architecture – there are many reasons why …  For further details click here

‘Goa is drowning like Mumbai’: Monsoon flooding is the cost of runaway development, say residents

14 Apr: Scroll. By Pamela D’Mello. This monsoon, widespread flooding and waterlogging has dealt a blow to Goa’s image as a state with a high quality of life… Residents say the construction frenzy, both by the government and private sector, in the last half-decade is to blame for the state’s descent into urban flooding. Many declare Goa has joined the ranks of other Indian cities plagued by urban flooding such as Mumbai and Chennai… Calling for “a ban on new paved surfaces”, architect Dean D’Cruz said, “There should be a rule that at least 25% of every plot should be retained with exposed soil to facilitate water absorption.”  For further details click here

Letters urge Catholic officials to remove Indian bishop accused of rape

14 Jul: CRUX - Catholic News Service. Catholic and other leaders have urged that a bishop accused of raping an Indian Catholic nun be removed from his position. reported that in a July 12 letter to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, and another of the same date to Archbishop Giambattista Diquattro, apostolic nuncio to India, 168 people asked for action against Bishop Franco Mulakkal (photo) of Jalandhar. The unidentified nun, a member of the Missionaries of Jesus, complained to police June 29 of being raped in May 2014 and then sexually abused multiple times over the following two years by Mulakkal, reported…  For further details click here
14 Jul: The Telegraph. Rape outrage reaches Vatican …  click here
14 Jul: Catholic News Agency. Catholic media, and the truth that sets us free. This week at CNA, we published an article about a bishop under investigation in India after a religious sister accused him of rape. The story is still developing, facts are not yet clear, and, of course, the bishop deserves the benefit of due process. CNA’s article explained those things… click here.

Goan women and cuisine excel at the Goan Woman Chef of the Year 2018

14 Jul: Navhind Times. With an aim to challenge and test the culinary skills of Goan women, The Navhind Times in partnership with Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, Goa organised a culinary competition, on Sunday, July 8 at the hotel premises in Benaulim. Eighty seven ladies from across the state participated in the competition that included a hundred and thirty eight dishes … The dishes which were prepared at home by the contestants spanned Saraswat, Goan and Portuguese cuisine. Jackfruit cutlets, alluchi panache bhaji, ansa pansache sansav with sukhi sungta, pork Alentejana and dry mackerel Amotik were some of the mouth-watering dishes on display… The twenty eight dishes shortlisted were judged by all the 10 judges before selecting the winners…  For further details click here

And now, short Konkani film to hit the screens in Switzerland

14 Jul: The Goan. A Maharashtrian migrant rents a room in a conservative town in North Goa and quietly moves in with his paramour that fateful night. But a sudden attack on his car and the subsequent congregation of the Goan neighbourhood calling out to him, leaves him in cold sweat… That’s the narrative of a short Konkani film – A Cold Summer Night – selected for the prestigious 71st Locarno International Film Festival 2018 in Switzerland. The director of the short film is a 21-year-old lad, Yash Sawant, who hails from Mapusa. A Cold Summer Night will have its world premiere at the festival and is the only Indian film this year to be part of the Locarno film fest… For young Sawant it’s a double whammy, as the venture is his debut short film and the only Indian film that will be screened at the festival… Sawant said that he did approach the State government for financial aid but he wasn’t successful … The film will be premiered on August 2 with repeat screenings on August 3 and 4  For further details click here
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Brexit: Capacity crowd of 600 Portuguese of Goan origin attend clarification session in London

13 Jul: Expresso (Portugal). Nearly 600 Portuguese of Goan origin filled a church in Southall, London on Thursday to attend a briefing session on the rights of residence of European citizens after the 'Brexit' in 2019. Although the church of St. Anslem had seats for about 500 people, many had to stand outside where it was possible to listen to the speakers through loudspeakers … A British lawyer specializing in immigration law answered questions after an introduction by the Portuguese Consul-General in London, Joana Gaspar. Both warned of the need for all Europeans to apply for the status of resident by June 2021 through an Internet system developed by the British Home Office but which should only come on stream in a few months. "Please do not pay agents or lawyers to do this process for you, the consulate has a service to help, with a dedicated email and employees," the diplomat assured… Given the great interest shown by the Goans, Ravi Vaz, the president of the OK Goan Association made himself available to hold more sessions on 'Brexit'. "I'm glad the consulate contacted us before we contacted him," he said, concluding with an appeal to participants to use social networks to share the information they received… 610 words.  For further details click here

India tourism ministry launches campaign to highlight safety of women

13 Jul: The Independent (UK). India’s tourism ministry has launched a campaign to reassure women that they are safe in the country after a poll of experts ranked the nation as the most dangerous country in the world for women… The Govt. lists a series of safety initiatives implemented by the country since the fatal gang rape of a student in New Delhi in December 2012, which prompted global outrage. It emphasises the tougher punishments for rape, acid attacks and stalking that the country introduced since 2012, in addition to helplines and support services to assist women. It also highlighted the launch of a free multilingual helpline available for tourists visiting the country.  click here

Now, get high on heritage liquor

13 Jul: Times of India. … Susan Dias, director of Native Brews, says, “It can only be native in every sense when the raw material, process and story is rooted in our culture.” … Feni maker Cazulo Premium Feni is trying to make the centuries-old, handcrafted traditional spirit of Goa more popular among the youth. Like tequila and French champagne, feni has a GI (geographical indication) tag, which was awarded in 2009, stating that it can be called so only if produced in Goa. Cazulo founder Hansel Vaz says, “Very few people know that there are about 18 varieties of feni, include cashew, coconut and ginger.” …  For further details click here

India's top court mulls legalizing same-sex unions

13 Jul: UCA News. India's top court has begun hearing a case that could overturn a law criminalizing homosexual acts, which religious leaders fear may pave the way for same-sex marriages and upset social stability. The five-judge constitutional bench began hearing a case on July 10 to check the validity of a law the British enacted in 1861 making "unnatural offenses" a crime punishable with 10 years in jail. .. Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal said the Catholic Church used to consider "same-sex unions as some kind of sickness and a sin" but "now understands it is merely a different [sexual] orientation." /// Cardinal Gracias, a member of the Council of Cardinals advising Pope Francis on curial reform, said the church remains "opposed to the legalization of gay marriage but teaches that homosexuals have the same dignity as every human being and condemns all forms of unjust discrimination, harassment or abuse."  For further details click here
13 Jul: The Guardian (UK). 'A better life': India moves a step closer to legalising gay sex …  click here

Goa’s liberation from the Portuguese forms the backdrop for this novel about freedom and identity

13 Jul: Scroll. Goa’s liberation from the Portuguese forms the backdrop for this novel about freedom and identity. An excerpt from Sophia Lorena Benjamin’s ‘Claudia’, which tells the story of a young woman caught in the conflict and chaos of the Goa Liberation Movement. It was late evening when Claudia returned from the fields with Gormai. Something was different at home. Father was sitting sober and dressed in clean clothes. He had that rare look on, the one that came to his face only under special conditions; this was usually when he abstained from alcohol for a day or even a few hours, if he had a fever or was attending someone’s funeral or wedding nuptials, or if it was Good Friday. Since it was none of the above events, Claudia tiptoed inside, curious to know what was going on, but anxious too …  For further details click here
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Mumbai-Goa cruise to begin from August 1

13 Jul: Financial Express. Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari today said Mumbai-Goa cruise will start from the beginning of the next month, with an aim to boost tourism. Besides, he said, two floating restaurants will come up in Mumbai. “The first cruise between Mumbai and Goa having capacity of 500 people would start from August 1,” he added. Gadkari also said that the ministry has asked all ports to set up cruise terminal… 3 Jun: The cruise ship ‘Angriya’ (photo) will have seven categories of bookings, with the minimum fare starting at Rs 7,500, which include two meals and brunch on-board. The cruise will operate from Mumbai to Goa on alternate day and will take at least 16 hours each way…  For further details click here

93 Indians caught up in UK’s 'Windrush' immigration scandal

13 Jul: FirstPost. As many as 93 Indians have been caught up in the UK's 'Windrush' immigration scandal as the UK government today released latest figures of Commonwealth nationals caught up in the row over their citizenship rights. The true scale of Indians affected by the Windrush scandal emerged as 93 Indian nationals have been provided with documentation to formalise their rights to live and work in the UK by an emergency taskforce set up by the UK Home Office to deal with cases of migrants who arrived in the UK before immigration rules became more stringent in 1973… The 'Windrush scandal' emerged as UK-based Jamaicans faced forced deportations due to lack of documentary evidence that they had the legal right to be in Britain…  For further details click here

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