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Manohar Parrikar will continue to be Goa CM, cabinet reshuffle soon: Amit Shah

23 Sep: Indian Express, Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has not been keeping good health, will remain in the chair but the state Cabinet will see some new faces, BJP chief Amit Shah said Sunday. "It has been decided during a discussion with the Goa BJP core team that Manohar Parrikar will continue to lead the Goa government. There will soon be a reshuffle of ministers and their portfolios," Shah tweeted…  For further details click here
23 Sep: The Wire. Without Manohar Parrikar, BJP Stares at Bleak Future in Goa …  click here

‘Goa’s high infertility rate due to late marriages, absent hubbies’

23 Sep: Times of India. It is estimated that the number of couples in Goa struggling to conceive could be as high as 20-25% when compared to other states, where around 10-15% are faced with the condition. Although no studies are available, experts say absentia husbands and late marriages owing to lifestyle choices are the two prominent factors behind the spread of the reproductive system disease among couples in the state. Noted gynaecologist Dr Jayant Kamat, who runs an IVF clinic in Ponda, says the absentia husband phenomenon is the prime reason for high infertility among Goa couples vis-a-vis their counterparts in other states… Many Goan husbands work in the Middle East as well as in other foreign lands, including the United Kingdom…  For further details click here

‘Need to seal premises that are running sex rackets’

23 Sep: Times of India. The authorities need to seal the premises from where prostitution rackets are run, once such rackets are unearthed, suggested speakers’at a one-day seminar on anti-human trafficking measures, held here. The seminar was organised by the state police to sensitize its field officers, prosecutors and executive magistrates. In the last three years, 279 cases of human trafficking have been registered in the state, of which 85 were reported just from Calangute. This was followed by Margao (45), Panaji (42) and Anjuna (31)...  For further details click here

Delicious memories: How a cookbook published in the US in 1969 left its mark on Indian food writing

23 Sep: Scroll. The Hindostanee Coffee House that opened in 1810 was London’s first Indian restaurant… In the United States, the dish made a somewhat later appearance. It was only around 1899 that New York newspapers started celebrating the gastronomic exploits of Indian chef Ranji Smile, describing him as “America’s King of Curry from India Who Made ‘Women Go Wild Over Him’”… The Cooking of India was a collaborative effort from the beginning. Devika Teja, the co-author, lived in New York … Born in Moira in Bardez, Goa in 1924, Devika Teja (called Hildaguarda at the time ) spent her childhood in Bangalore… Her marriage in the early 1950s to Jaskaran Singh Teja, later an Indian Foreign Service official, led her to travel … In a book already so detailed with 210 pages and accompanied by Teja’s 128-page recipe book, some cuisines and regions did get the short shrift… The Cooking of India remains a collector’s item for its photographs, detailed recipes and evocation of the quotidian in India… 1619 words.  For further details click here

Russia: Businessmen were enticed by the priestesses of tantra

22 Sep: 365 News. Recently, a new women's community, the Neozhiritsa, appeared in Moscow. They tell everyone that with the help of corporal copulation it is possible not only to have fun, but also to attract luck and cash flows. Helga, the leader, explains, “It's not just sex, with the help of the right tantric coition, you can realize your boldest desires” … Helga’s real name is Olga Karavaeva, the wife of the "legend of the Russian Goa" writer Vasily Karavaev, who described in a series of books his imprisonment in Goa on drugs charges … Five years ago Helga visited Goa and fell in love with Vasily … she studied tantra and conducted seminars and a "women's circle"… 2948 words. [Use an online machine translation service]  For further details click here
For more info search Google for Olga Karavaeva and Vasily Karavaev. Some links to sites in English: Festival of tantric, body and massage practices – Invitation to all Goans …  click here
13 Aug. 2018: Goa Spotlight. This Russian drug under trial in Goa, is a man of words … click here.

Germany: India insider gives travel tips - houseboats, hippies and sanctuaries

23 Sep: BILD (Germany). Oleander Auffahrt’s new book: "111 Gründe, Indien zu lieben" [111 reasons to love India] … Goa has numerous beaches and attracts sun worshipers, (old) hippies and freaks… Goa attracts, a longing of the hippies and for centuries the center of the Portuguese colonies in Asia. The state of the Konkani Coast, rugged coasts with gentle bays, international flair and a simple but deeply relaxed life. However has changed with the advent of mass tourism much. Who hopes for the old Goa hippies and trance disciple who has to look a little more intense… nine-day adventure trip travel from 999 euros per person including flights, booked through Gebeco. Possibility of an eight-day follow-up program in Goa Royal Orchid Beach Resort & Spa (five stars) on the beach… 1324 words.  For further details click here

India launches 'Modicare', world's biggest health scheme

23 Sep: Daily Mail (UK). Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched the world's largest health insurance scheme, promising free coverage for half a billion of India's poorest citizens … The bottom 40 percent of India's 1.25 billion people will be covered under the flagship program, dubbed "Modicare", unveiled in the federal budget earlier this year. The 100 million lowest-income families will be provided 500,000 rupees ($6,900) -- a sizeable sum in India -- in annual health insurance to treat serious ailments…  For further details click here
Video: 23 Sep: BBC. Will 'Modicare' be a success in India? …  click here

Asked to keep away from church duties after taking part in protest against bishop: Nun

23 Sep: Indian Express. A nun belonging to the Syro Malabar Catholic church alleged she was asked to keep away from church duties after she participated in a protest by nuns in Kochi demanding the arrest of rape accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal. Sister Lucy Kalapura, who returned here Sunday morning from Kochi, claimed she was informed orally by the Mother Superior that she should keep away from holding catechism classes, conducting prayers and other church- related duties. “No written orders were given to me. I was only informed orally by the Mother Superior not to participate in any church-related activities,” the sister told PTI. The church could not be contacted for comments…  For further details click here


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The Vanishing Goan Tribe

23 Sep: Herald. The Goan has moved all over the world and have played a positive role in the development of the place and this is visible in the contribution of Goans in East Africa. Cyprian Fernandes walks down history lane. Work in progress: In Eastern African, Goans very rarely recorded any of their quite sizeable history. Sure, there are bits and pieces here and there but nothing concise ever came out of that vast continent as far as the Goans were concerned. In recent years both fiction and non-fiction have made tiny steps towards celebrating the memory of a glorious past long lost. With a lot of help from many people around the globe, I am going to attempt to bring together the histories of the various Goan associations in the diaspora as well as celebrating the men and women who achieved outstanding success in the service of the migrant Goan communities. Success is not guaranteed but in Canada at least I have found a few willing hands who are already making a start… example of the personal memories I am seeking from Goans in the diaspora… Mervyn Maciel …  For further details click here

Video: Bishop Arrested For Allegedly Raping Kerala Nun Stood Smiling In Court

22 Sep: NDTV: Franco Mulakkal, the senior Catholic priest arrested for allegedly repeatedly raping and sexually assaulting a nun in Kerala, has been sent to the custody of the police for two days by a court. His petition for bail was dismissed. 2m. 20s.  For further details click here
22 Sep: The Quint. Bail Rejected, Sent to Custody …  click here
22 Sep: News Minute. Bishop Franco admitted to hospital after complaints of chest pain, discharged later … click here.

The spook’s look at Goa

23 Sep: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. Don’t ask me why or how, but in the past few days I reached the online CIA site that offers access to its declassified documents at It is surprising to see the CIA itself share online much of the resources — even related to a small place like Goa — which it had collated in the past. I ran into all these bits and bytes of information entirely by chance and was quite surprised… The CIA, its own documents tell us, was analysing “short-term Indian intentions towards Goa” (on December 13, 1961). On December 19, 1961, the US President’s intelligence checklist had Goa right on the very top of its agenda… 1016 words.  For further details click here

Human sex trafficking & child abuse a reality in Goa says top cop & experts

22 Sep: HCN. Human trafficking for sex & child sexual abuse is a reality in Goa. This is what various working & retired police officials, along with experts stated at the State Level Conference on Anti-Human Trafficking in Panjim on 22nd September. The conference was held to educate & encourage police in the State on the challenges ahead to make Goa, Child sexual abuse free … 2m. 51s  For further details click here
23 Sep: Herald. Police hold seminar on human trafficking …  click here

Goan women and the Catholic Church

22 Sep: Navhind Times. The 1983 Code of Canon Law has framed many areas where women together with laymen can participate in the life of the Church… Talking about how women were made part of church activities, an assistant priest from South Goa says that while all the power lies with the Vatican, a lot of changes were made as Catholicism spread… Fr Victor Ferrao says that women weren’t allowed to do anything officially until it was allowed by bishop emeritus Raul Gonsalves in 1997. The Fabrica that administers properties and church buildings and the Confraria, both have women representatives. It is mandatory for the Fabrica – under direct authority of the bishop – to have at least one woman in the five member committee with the parish priest… Sylvia Vaz’s involvement with the church in Saligao began after she quit work in January this year… Yvette Conceicao from Chandor has served her parish for nearly two decades as an active member… Steefni D’ Cruz says in Goa there are more women than men in church activities and associations, but adds that women need to exhort power especially in male dominated parishes, mostly in rural areas… 1380 words.  For further details click here

Formalin-in-fish controversy re-erupts in Goa

22 Sep: Outlook. Amid the ongoing tussle between the Congress and the ruling BJP-led coalition government in Goa, the formalin-in-fish controversy raised its head again on Saturday, after Congress leaders, armed with testing kits, visited a popular fish market in South Goa and claimed that the fish sold there was still being contaminated with formalin. Reacting to the Congress' accusation, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane claimed that the Congress was trying to create panic among the fish-loving population of Goa and that raising the formalism bogey irresponsibly would severely impact Goa's tourism industry…  For further details click here
Video: 22 Sep: Goa 365 tv. Cong finds Formalin in Madgao fish, Vishwajeet denies, blasts Congmen …  click here

The Goan soul lies in its irresistible fish curry, says Karen Anand

22 Sep: The Telegraph. The one thing that unites Goans is their love of good food, their generally peaceful lives and their priorities — namely siesta and fiesta… All it takes is a plate of freshly-fried fish with red recheado masala and a glass of feni and Sprite… The people are smiling and lovely and open their doors and hearts to you like you are their own… I am of the firm belief that the irresistible fish curry and feni, an unbeatable combination as far as culinary pleasures go, is where the Goan soul lies. After eating a perfectly smooth, velvet blend of spices and coconut milk soured ever so slightly with kokum, heaped on top of a mound of unpolished red rice and washed down with a swig of almost divine nectar from the coconut palm or cashew fruit, the meaning of life suddenly becomes apparent, nirvana is within grasping distance and you fall into a deep, hypnotic lull until it is time for another round of the same… 1281 words.  For further details click here
23 Sep: Hindustan Times. Whose curry is it anyway? …  click here

Mumbai to Goa: Take the sea route from October 11

22 Sep: Hindustan Times. Come October 11, you can take a 15-hour luxury cruise to Goa from Mumbai. On Friday, the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT) revealed details of the cruise that will sail from Mumbai’s Princess Dock to one of India’s favourite holiday destinations … The service will be operated by a private firm, Sea Eagles Cruise, along with the MbPT. While the operator has not formally announced ticket rates, a one-way trip is likely to start at Rs 7,000, and would include a snack, a meal and brunch. In comparison, a full-fare flight (meals included) from Mumbai to Goa on the same day costs around Rs 2,500… the cruise will set sail at 5pm from Mumbai, and reach Goa around 9am the next day.. an Italian cruise liner called Costa Cruises, has already started short cruises between Mumbai, Goa, Cochin and Maldives in 2017…  For further details click here


News Summary

Colonial Australia’s foundation is stained with the profits of British slavery

21 Sep: The Guardian (UK). … The revelations, in a new book from political scientist and historian Clinton Fernandes of UNSW, Canberra, are drawn from the Legacies of British Slave-ownership database at the University College London (UCL) – a remarkable resource that aims to publicly record those Britons who profited from slavery. While researching the book – Island off the Coast of Asia, Instruments of Statecraft in Australian Foreign Policy [$100]– Fernandes sought to test his belief that while humanitarianism was a factor in slavery’s abolition, economic rationalism was at least equally responsible… The revelations may come as a particular shock to South Australians who’ve long prided themselves that their colony – and its capital, Adelaide – was effectively established with a neat transferal of British civility … Indeed Fernandes, a former Australian Army intelligence officer, began his research into the slavery component of his book by focusing on the South Australian establishment… 2409 words.  click here
Despite the Latin-sounding name, Clinton is from Goa …  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Professor Clinton Fernandes, click here.

India bishop accused of rape arrested in Kerala

21 Sep: BBC. A bishop has been arrested in the southern Indian state of Kerala over allegations that he raped a nun 13 times between 2014 and 2016. The 44-year-old woman registered a police complaint in June, alleging that the Catholic Church had taken no action despite repeated appeals. It led to unprecedented protests by nuns who came out in support of her… The bishop, 54-year-old Franco Mulakkal, was arrested on Friday after being questioned by police for three days,..  For further details click here
21 Sep: Deccan Chronicle. Vatican begins inquiry …  click here
Video: 21 Sep: India Today. Bishop Franco Mulakkal Arrested After 3 Days Of Questioning … click here.

Congress accuses Goa CM Manohar Parrikar of threatening people from hospital

21 Sep: Zee News. In a new allegation, Congress on Friday accused ailing Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar of calling people and threatening them from his hospital room. "He may be in the hospital yes. I hope you (Parrikar) are very well but I am getting messages that while sitting in the hospital, you are calling people, threatening them," said Congress observer for Goa A Chellakumar. This is the first direct assault by the Congress…  For further details click here
21 Sep: Zee News. Congress claims it has numbers to form government in Goa …  click here
21 Sep: Times Now. Congress gives notice for removal of Goa Assembly Speaker … click here.

Now, no more pillar-to-post running to get certificates

21 Sep: The Goan. The next time you walk into the offices of the mamlatdars and deputy collectors, your experience could be pleasantly different from the pillar-to-post wild goose chase it generally has been in the past. For, in a bid to cut the red-tape and delays, the Goa government has eliminated the need for local inquiries by ‘talathis’ and directed mamlatdars and deputy collectors to issue the certificates merely on the basis of self-attested documents provided by applicants. Also, in cases where documents are not available, a self-declaration establishing the claim would suffice to issue certificates ...  For further details click here

India Crisis: ‘Volatility Erupts’ as India stock market suffers Wildest Drop in Four Years

21 Sep: Daily Express (UK). India’s stock market has plunged into uncertainty as financial shares plummeted unexpectedly today. The S&P BSE Sensex suffered its wildest movements in four years by gaining 1 percent and then quickly dropping three percent in value…  For further details click here
21 Sep: Daily Telegraph (UK). India's bank crash casts doubt on the 'Modi Miracle'. India’s commercial banks and property finance companies have been savaged in a day of wild trading on the Mumbai bourse, plagued by default scares and a draconian crack-down by regulators… Yes Bank, the country’s fourth biggest commercial lender, dived 29pc  click here

Court orders re-investigation of Vasco minor rape case

21 Sep: Herald. Hopes of justice to the victim girl are alive as the Judicial Magistrate First Class court Vasco has recently rejected the closure report filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation and ordered re-investigation of the Vasco minor girl rape case. The organisations in the forefront for justice to the minor have called this a victory … The victim minor girl has been waiting for justice for the last 5 years in the dastardly rape she had to face in 2013. After the Crime Branch failed to trace the accused and also failed to investigate the case in right direction, the case was handed over to the CBI. The CBI started investigation in 2015 and in 2017 had filed a closure report in the case. The Judicial Magistrate First Class of Vasco, Apurva Nagvenkar, has in her order, rejected the closure report and ordered reinvestigation of the case… On January 14, 2013 the innocent minor girl from a school in Sada was raped by an unknown person in the toilet block of the school she studied… :  For further details click here

These London restaurants are creating a new vocabulary for Indian cuisine

20 Sep: Vogue. Bombay Bustle: showcases food from different regions of India… At Bombay Bustle, each week a new region takes centre stage… Talli Joe: Translating to ‘tipsy fella’, expect a menu packed with smalls like Darjeeling-style lobster momos, Goan pork sausage kebab and Kolhapuri lamb chops… Amaya: features over 40 variations of the Indian grill. To project diversity, Amaya plays with marinades from Goa, Malabar, Hyderabad, Amritsar, Bihar and the Konkan region… Kricket: While travelling across Mumbai, Goa, Delhi, Lucknow, Srinagar, Leh, Patna, Sikkim, Darjeeling and Kolkata, Bowlby realised that he wanted to work with Indian food…  For further details click here

Decoding Goa economy: What is ailing the coastal state amidst developing political crisis?

21 Sep: First Post. Unlike other Indian states, the economy and political administration of Goa has a peculiar nature. Carmen Sharmila Pais in the thesis submitted to Goa University in 2017 explains that it was Portuguese who introduced election in Goa in the year 1821 and it continued till 1961… The 19th century witnessed the emergence of Goan elite questioned the Luso-descendant community of Portuguese Goa. The post-independent Goa continues to experience the political instability and subject to the elite interests… 1158 words.  For further details click here


News Summary

Kerala Nun Rape: Pope appoints Bishop Agnelo Rufino Gracias to administer the diocese

20 Sep: Matters India. Pope Francis on September 20 appointed Retired Auxiliary Bishop Agnelo Rufino Gracias of Bombay as the temporary administrator of Jalandhar diocese in the absence of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is now in Kerala facing a sexual abuse case. “Our prayers accompany Bishop Gracias as he takes on this responsibility,” says a press release from Cardinal Oswald Gracias, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India announcing the appointment… Originally from Colva in Goa, Bishop Agnelo was born in Mombasa in Kenya on July 30, 1939… For a photo and full text,  For further details click here
Bishop Agnelo Gracias is the brother of Zita Fernandes (London), Zelia Pereira (Lisbon) and Flavio Gracias (London).  click here
Video: Interview with Bishop Agnelo Gracias. 12m. 24s. click here.

You Can Find Ros Omelette, one of the World’s Great Egg Dishes in Jersey City

20 Sep: Grub Street (New York). By Chris Crowley. … Ros omelette is a favorite street food of Goa. To find it in New York you’ll have to cross the Hudson River, head to Jersey City, and make a beeline for Bombay to Goa, which just opened in Journal Square last month… If you didn’t grow up on it, ros omelette will make you wonder why everyone doesn’t douse their eggs in gravy… At this snug, square restaurant decorated with photos of beaches and street-style signs with names of Goan locales, the dish is punched up with green peppers, onion, and cilantro, the omelette itself is sturdy and fat so that it doesn’t disappear into the gravy. What makes the dish is that gravy of chicken and, most importantly, coconut, which gives it a distinct richness… Regional Indian food isn’t all that easy to find in New York City, Goa’s coconut and seafood heavy cuisine being no exception. At Bombay Bread Bar, Floyd Cardoz nods to his Goan heritage with dishes like Goan crab cakes and caldin curry. Another restaurant, Cardamom, opened this month in Sunnyside and serves a few of the state’s specialties ... 562 words.  click here
For the Bombay to Goa website,  click here
Video: Ros Omelette - Goan Street Food … 1m. 18s. click here.

Congress opens doors for alliance as it looks to form government in Goa

20 Sep: India Today. Goa Congress has officially opened its door for alliance to form government in the state. Congress has already given a memorandum to Governor Goa Mridula Sinha requesting her to give the party an opportunity to form government in the state. State politics is going through a relatively unstable phase with CM Manohar Parrikar out of action due to his pancreatic ailment. Though Congress is keen to have a shot at government formation, it is also worried about its own MLAs getting poached by BJP. Chellakumar, Goa Congress in-charge, claimed that the party has numbers required to form the government…  For further details click here
19 Sep: Free Press Journal. Editorial: Leadership vacuum in Goa…  click here
20 Sep: The Week. Goa BJP rules out change in leadership says Cong playing to gallery … click here.

Revised link: Inside Manohar Parrikar’s Goa

30 Sep: Livemint. By Vivek Menezes … The Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP’s) star performer became chief minister for the first time in 2000 with an immense burst of enthusiasm and energy that was immediately reciprocated by uncommon adulation and fierce loyalty from virtually every part of Goa’s many-layered electorate, accompanied by entirely justifiable national attention. We were all witnessing an unprecedented phenomenon: the first-ever IIT-educated chief minister, plain-speaking, disarmingly unpretentious, hard-working and exceptionally competent… he still cultivated a simple lifestyle, drove his own car, dropped his own children to school, sat in roadside stalls to eat with his fingers and declined to wear a tie, suit and boots … Two issues rankle most amongst friends and foes alike. The first is his supplication to the reviled casinos and his abject failure to mentor the next generation of leaders for his party and state… 2099 words.  click here
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High Court pulls up Transport Dept for delay in installing digital meters

20 Sep: Herald. The High Court pulled up Transport Department for the ‘needless delay’ in installing the digital meters on cabs. The bench also slammed the authority for submitting an affidavit stating that a fresh e-tender would be issued on September 21 despite an earlier one stating that the standards were fixed on July 26, 2018… The court on Wednesday also lamented the waste of time citing the hearing on June 12 when the department informed that the sample will have to be sent to ICAT Gurgaon… The court thus imposed costs of Rs 10,000 on the government for ‘this needless delay’ and left it to the latter to recover the costs from the officer concerned. During the next hearing on October 10 …  For further details click here

‘Rejected’ man uploads ex-lover’s illicit video

20 Sep: Hindustan Times. A 30-year-old man from Goa was booked for uploading an illicit video of a 25-year-old woman from Pune who rejected his hand in marriage… The man was identified as Erol Alfredo, a resident of Goa. The man and the woman, both are seen in the said video, according to the police. The woman married another man in 2018… Police have approached their Goa counterpart to trace his whereabouts … Alfredo is an educated man, the police said. “He had gone to London recently for a job interview, the complainant told us. His brother is also in London. We are on a lookout for him,” PI Bendre said…  For further details click here
20 Sep: Times of India. Goa man uploads intimate video-clip with former live in partner on porn site …  click here

News in Brief
20 Sep: The Goan. Goa Police ensure well-being of seniors living alone …  For further details click here
21 Sep: Times of India. Waste disposal bins ‘vanish’ along Colva-Benaulim beach stretch  click here
20 Sep: Times of India. Works of celebrated Goan origin artist to be auctioned at Christie’s click here.

UK Forthcoming Events
Sat 22 Sep. Wembley: Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations. Mass at 14:00 followed by Social at Sudbury Primary School. Shades (band) and DJ Richiee in attendance. For tickets contact: Charles Dias 07809552665, Mary Xavier 0744002596, Ivone Fernandes 07448525300 or Fabian Fernandes 07405024117. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 23 Sep. Croydon: Annual Goan Chaplaincy Day. Archbishop Lanfranc Academy School. Mass at 1pm followed by Dine and Dance to the scintillating music of Big Dreams. Please support your Goan Chaplaincy. For tickets contact: Nina Pinto 0208 767 0663, Inacio Joao 07908409495, Jennifer Da Silva 07712273024, Cyrila Pereira 07763208222 and Joe Fernandes 7764659305. Tickets: Adults £10 and Children £5. For the flyer, click here.

Sat 29 Sep. GOA UK Goan Nite Event cancelled as it was clashing with 5 private parties in the same area.

Sat. 29th Sep: Grand Charity Dance in Southall, Middlesex in aid of the less fortunate Goans in Goa. Venue - Villiers High School, Boyd Ave, UB1 3BT, from 7.30 PM onwards. Music to cater for all taste will be provided by the newest cool Band in town WATERFRONT and DJ Shelton from Goa. Entry £10 per head; children 6-11 £5.00, under 5's free. Licensed Bar and Food will be available. Dress: Formal/ smart casual, no jeans. Tickets contact: Carlos Fernandes 07576164005, Liston Rodrigues 07424765111, Greg Fernandes 07913224686; Arthur Carasco 07947118809; Greg De Mello 07886230433; Cristo 07459262679; Peter 02930165925. For the flyer, click here.

Sat 29 Sep. SOLD OUT! 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 "RAINBOWS END" And "DJ AMOR" 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 2018 LIMITED TICKETS, After the 15th September 2018 Adult tickets at £15.00 for details and tickets please contact Agnelo: 07958504545, Maria:02089315185, Clare: 02085782288/Marisa: 07568185022, Francis Vaz 07980987529 (Leicester). For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 7 Oct: Uganda Reunion. The Ex-Ugandans will be celebrating their 46th 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 Fantasy Disco. 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, on a first come first serve basis, telephone 0208 764 2430. Members £14:00, Guests: £16:00. Children 6yrs to 12yrs: £6:00, Children under 6yrs free Admission & free Meal. Early bird Members tickets @ £14:00 thereafter £16:00. Your Ticket Price includes A Meal, Sweet, Snack + Cake Tea & Coffee. Complimentary Teas and Coffees and a sandwich will be served to those arriving early at the hall. Try your luck with our Mega-Raffle at £5:00 for 6 strips, 30 chances to win Fabulous Prizes. Catering by Bernie's Kitchen, Drinks by Coscon Bar Services. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 20 Oct: Colva Union UK is organising their 45th Anniversary Ball celebrating the Feast of Infant Jesus on Saturday 20th October 2018 with Holy Mass at 4pm at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church Heston.TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will be provided by super Goan band The Big Dream and they will be an authentic Goan buffet. Dress to Impress: Formal - Theme Colour is Sapphire Blue. Tickets are priced at just £17.00 for Adults (£20.00 after 1st October 2018), £10.00 for children under 12 years. For Tickets contact: Gabriel: 0208 2307139, Brian: 07833494173, Deborah: 0208 384 3809, Joe: 0741741527, Pedro: 07854865116. Your Mood Setters: Brian, Elaine and Antonio. Rights of Admission Reserved. For the flyer, click here.

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Death: Richard D'Souza
14 Sep: Milwaukee, USA. RICHARD D'SOUZA. Born December 14, 1942. Ex Bombay and Saudi Arabia. VP of Ascension Logistics. Beloved husband of Celestine (nee Cardoza). Proud father of Steven (Sabrina), Royce (Elizabeth), and Elvis (Amy). Loving Abba of Evelyn, Isabelle, Ian, Solen, and Nolan. Also survived by many siblings, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Visitation at Krause Funeral Home, 21600 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield, Wisconsin on Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 1:00 PM – 4:45 PM. Prayer service at 5:00 PM. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Mary Parish, 225 South Hartwell Avenue, Waukesha, WI, on Monday, September 24, 2018, at 1:00 PM. Burial at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials appreciated to St. Vincent de Paul Society of Milwaukee. For photo and full details, click here.

Death: Rosie D'souza
18 Sep: Karachi. ROSIE D'SOUZA of St. Lawrence Parish, Karachi. Rosie is predeceased by her husband John and by her son Anthony. She will deeply missed by her children, Patrick (Patricia), Francis, Marie (John), Willy (Rebecca), Jerome (Victoria), (Late)Anthony (Carol), Magdelene (Ronny), Martha, Jude (Roselyn) and her many grandchildren, nieces and nephews. The funeral will be on Saturday, Sept 22, 2018, at 10.00 am at St. Lawrence Church.[Info: Pompie Gois]

News Summary

Canada: Father Raymond J. de Souza: I am privileged — just like Jagmeet Singh

9 Sep: National Post (Canada). … Singh demonstrates the astonishing phenomenon of extraordinarily successful Indian immigrants to Canada… I too was born in Canada, like Singh, to parents who were immigrants, originally from India (Goa) but through Kenya in my family’s case. My father was a not a medical doctor but had a doctorate in engineering. We were not as rich as the Singh family, and all four children went to Canadian public (Catholic) schools, but we were comfortable. The noted Indian emphasis on education bore fruit. The four of us have a dozen degrees among us. My parents are financially successful, and their children are also affluent, though none of us go in for bespoke tailoring… 995 words.  For further details click here
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Amit Shah meets Goa MPs; decision on leadership after talk with CM

20 Sep: Navhind Times. The central leadership of the Bharatiya Janata Party is yet to find a solution to the prevailing political situation in Goa which has arisen due to the ill-health of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar even as national president of BJP Amit Shah has been briefed about the state affairs by Goa’s three members of Parliament of the party and the party’s team of central observers… On Wednesday evening, Shah held a joint meeting in New Delhi with the party’s three Goa MPs – Shripad Naik, Vinay Tendulkar and Narendra Sawaikar and the party’s central observers – Ram Lal, B L Santhosh and Vijay Puranik, who were in Goa on Sunday and Monday to take stock of the state’s political situation…  For further details click here
19 Sep: Times Now. Goa power tussle: Congress claims it has support of more than 21 MLAs to form government …  click here
19 Sep: How CM Manohar Parrikar's illness has affected the political posturing in Goa … click here.

Taking Goan folk music to Tunisia

20 Sep: Herald. Mando Mogi Margao, a socio cultural organisation, recently took the traditional Goan dance and music culture to Tunisia. On their return to Goa, Café caught up with Pervis Gomes, who has been leading the troupe since 1997. He shares his experience of the troupe performing in the African continent and also their upcoming maiden DVD that will be released in October. After performing Goan dances in India and Canada, Mando Mogi Margao was selected by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India to perform at various venues in Tunisia at the Festival of India. Under the leadership of Pervis Gomes, the 15-member troupe performed five shows in Tunisia, North East Africa to a packed audience, dancing to the beats of Dekhni, Fugdi, Mando and Dhalo… 746 words.  For further details click here

Football: FC Goa return from Spain to hero's welcome

19 Sep: Sportskeeda. By John Lloyd Dias. After a successful pre-season campaign in Spain, FC Goa's welcome at the airport by fans was fuelled with all pomp and joy. The Gaurs arrived on Monday, with the exception of Moroccan midfielder Hugo Bohmous and head coach Sergio Lobera. Even at the wee hours of the night, 2 am to be precise, fans flocked to Dabolim International Airport to catch a glimpse of their heroes returning from Spain after their successful pre-season camp at La Manga Club. FC Goa won all 4 pre-season friendlies, the notable one being against Segunda División B division team Cartagena B which the Gaurs won 0-20. The Goan side are now gearing up for their upcoming friendly encounter against East Bengal FC on 22nd September 2018.  For further details click here

Unable to block sites offering sex services: Goa Police

19 Sep: Times of India. Inspector general of police Jaspal Singh said efforts to block websites offering sex services in Goa have not been successful. Talking to reporters at the Calangute police station on Tuesday, Singh said the Goa police had taken up the matter with the Union ministry of information technology following complaints about prostitution rackets in the coastal belt being operated through websites hosted in foreign countries… Earlier, he said police are compiling data of all senior citizens who are staying on their own to prevent them from being victimised by criminals…  For further details click here

At Smart City meet, citizens raise issue of unsafe streets

19 Sep: Times of India. At a stakeholder meeting to discuss the redevelopment of the Cafe Bhonsle Square, city businessmen on Tuesday raised the issue of lack of zebra crossings across the capital city, and pointed out to the risk senior citizens and children face while crossing busy streets… The comprehensive mobility plan and parking master plan for Panaji has already been drafted and is in the final stages of approval. It will be opened for public consultation soon …  For further details click here

Sheetal Mallar trains her lens on her besties, at home in Goa

12 Sep: Architectural Digest. In ‘AD x Sheetal Mallar’ headed to Goa to shoot her fashionable friends there, in their homes. Lakshmi Menon is earthy and soulful … She moved to this cottage and studio last year … Jivi Sethi’s house in Assagao … submerged within lush greenery… Saffron Wiehl and Yannick Fernandes are both artists who live, and work, together. She was born in Goa … Carol Gracias and Sam (Ziza, her husband) moved to Goa three years ago, when she decided to become a mother. They run Botanique, a restaurant and bed and breakfast in Assagao… Rifq Sarao and her partner moved into a 125-year-old Portuguese house that they’d restored, guided by architect Ian Alvares… Nikhil Chopra and Madhavi (his wife) moved into this house in Portavado, Siolim in July 2012; it was the 200th anniversary of the house. It had been lying empty for 20 years … 8 photos  For further details click here


DOCUMENTARY: Recipes That Made Me. BBC 2. Fri. 21st Sept. 01:45 to 02:15. Sri Lanka. With Paul Melrose. Restaurateur Nisha Katona travels around the UK meeting home cooks to discover family recipes passed down through generations from across the Indian subcontinent. In this episode, Nisha starts her exploration in an unlikely setting: a lakeside cafe in London's Victoria Park. Episode 2 of 4.

DOCUMENTARY: India: The Next Superpower?. BBC World Service Radio (Freeview 710). Sat. 22nd Sept. 19:05 to 20:00. After 70 years of independence, is India set to be the next superpower?

ENTERTAINMENT: Doorstep Daughter. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Mon. 24th to Fri. 28th Sept. 13:45 to 14:00. The warming story of how two very different families, one Muslim and one Christian, came together to raise a baby in 1990s Watford, forming ties that changed each other's lives. The Handover. Peris and Martin meet as they begin their new lives in London, and Saiqa is on a gap year, deciding what will be in store for her. Then along comes a baby. Parts 1-5.

DOCUMENTARY: A Beginner's Guide to India. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Tues. 25th Sept. 23:00 to 23:30. 2: Youth. Mumbai-based comedian Aditi Mittal presents a guide to her home country. Aditi looks at the challenges facing India's youth, of whom India has more than any other country in the world. episode 2.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Empire. BBC 4. Wed. 26th Sept. 22:00 to 23:00. A Taste for Power. Series 1, episode 1. Jeremy Paxman traces the story of the greatest empire the world has ever known: the British Empire. In the first programme, he asks how such a small country got such a big head, and how a tiny island in the North Atlantic came to rule over a quarter of the world's population. He travels to India, where local soldiers and local maharajahs helped a handful of British traders to take over vast areas of land.

DOCUMENTARY: 101 East: Discussion. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Thurs. 27th Sept. 23:30 to 00:00. The New Maharajahs. From lavish parties to luxury yachts, India's billionaires love to splurge. 101 East goes inside a world where money is no object.

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Death: Lion D’Sa

17 Sep: Billou, Mapusa, Goa. LION AGNEW THEODORE D'SA. Born: 9/11/1948. Ex Mombasa. Ex-Engr. P.W.D. Water Works, Mapusa. Beloved husband of Idalina D'Sa (Libby). Loving Father/Father-in-law of Clarissa/ Jerome Simoes & Dr. Cassandra D'Sa (Physiotherapy Clinic). Son/Son-in-law of late Ignatius Felix/late Racy D'Sa & late David/Santana Dias. Grandfather of Jayden, Janaya & Christian. Brother of late Anthony Roy D'Sa. Funeral cortege will leave his residence at Billou, Mapusa. on Wednesday. 19th September. 2018, at 3.30 p.m. to St. Jerome Church, Mapusa, for Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial.

Death: Luis (Caitano) Pinho

17 Aug. 2018. Zamucalim, Acoi, Goa. LUIS (CAITANO JOAO) PINHO. Ex Presidential Office, Nairobi. Born 25 Aug. 1930. Beloved husband of Lucy Pinho. Loving father/father in law of Condrick & Sebastiana (Bessy) Pinho, Corrine & Dylan D'souza. Doting Grandfather of Elaine & Elita Pinho. Son of late Romualdo Sebastiao Pinho & late Joana Beneditina Castelino Son in law of late Damiao & late Cecelia D'souza. Beloved brother/brother in law of late Pedro & Martha Pinho, late Cursino & Natalina Pinho, Veronica & late Ursicio D'souza, late Piedade & Goretti Pinho, Lourdine & late Jerome D'souza. Brother in law of late Cleta & late Sabino Abreu, late Luis & late Zita D'souza. Uncle & great granduncle to his many Nieces & Nephews. Funeral was on 19 Aug 2018 at St. Jerome Church, Mapusa. Month’s Mind on 19 Sep. at 8.00 am at St. Jerome Church, Mapusa.

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Lib Dem leader Vince Cable conference speech: 5 key moments

18 Sep: Daily Mirror (UK). … Here are the five most important things we learned from Vince Cable’s speech to Lib Dem conference 2018… 4. He revealed his family chucked him out for having a mixed-race marriage. “I embarked on a mixed marriage in this country when racism was rife". The 75-year-old spoke movingly about his own experience of racism, during his marriage to first wife, Olympia Rebelo [ex Nairobi] , a nurse originally from Goa. The Lib Dem leader told the hall his parents threw him out of their home over the marriage. He told the hall his wife and three children were “being denounced as people whose very presence here would lead to rivers foaming with blood. And I was thrown out of the parental home. So I will never waver in my commitment to call out and stand up to racism in all its forms.” …  click here
Video: 18 Sep: Sky News. Excerpt of Vince Cable’s speech,  click here

John McDonnell, the self-made socialist

20 Sep: Prospect Magazine (UK). John McDonnell, Labour MP; Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer. From working night-shifts in a bed factory to raising 10 children in a care home, McDonnell has been exposed to the rough edges in life. Who is the man promising to transform Britain’s economy? … McDonnell and his wife had two daughters before their marriage ended in 1985; he also has a son with his second wife Cynthia Pinto [ex Nairobi], who is of Goan descent…  click here
For a photo and profile of Cynthia Pinto-McDonnell at page 5 of Femnet, vol.1,  click here

Goa Congress demands floor test after meeting Governor

18 Sep: Times Now. Goa Congress legislators met Governor Mridula Sinha on Tuesday evening to discuss the ensuing issues pertaining to the chief minster’s office and demanded a floor test by the Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled government to prove its majority in the Assembly. The move by Congress, which has staked claim to form an alternate government in the state, comes at a time when 62 -year-old Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is currently admitted in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi for a pancreatic ailment. Led by Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar, the party demanded that the governor should summon a one-day session of the Assembly for a floor test. Kavlekar said the governor gave her assurance that she would respond in the next three-four days…  For further details click here
Video: 18 Sep: HCN. Congress demands special session to prove majority from Goa Governor …  click here
18 Sep: Catch News. Goa political crisis: Is BJP-led government heading towards collapse? … click here.

Kerala nun rape case: Bishop seeks anticipatory bail

18 Sep: The Hindu. Jalandhar bishop Franco Mulakkal, accused of raping a nun, on Tuesday moved the Kerala High Court for anticipatory bail, claiming that the allegations were “wholly concocted and cooked up, only to wreak vengeance.” He is scheduled to appear before the special investigation team of the Kerala police for questioning on Wednesday. The High Court adjourned the hearing to September 25…  For further details click here
17 Sep: UCAN. Indian rape scandal spurs reform bid. A campaign to reform laws governing church property and finances has gained momentum in India's southern Kerala state, where a rape case against a bishop has created a furore…  click here

Five Kuwait Goans seek repatriation

18 Aug: Times of India. The embassy of India in Kuwait has initiated the repatriation process of five Indian immigrants working in Kuwait who are seeking repatriation after complaining of harassment by their sponsors. Following a communication from the Goa NRI Commission, the embassy contacted the immigrants’ local sponsors requesting them to return the workers’ passports, but informed the commission that the sponsors were not cooperating with the embassy. The embassy found that four of the workers came to Kuwait by bypassing the laid down procedure for immigration of employees, while the fifth worker’s contract period had expired in 2017… The relatives of three workers from Goa approached the NRI commission requesting its intervention in getting their family members back to Goa…  For further details click here

South Goa Might Be Home of More than 1,000 Criminals Overseeing Illegal Matka Operation

17 Sep: Casino Pro (UK). By Harrison Young. Matka is among the widely spread popular games across India and people in the region seem to enjoy its entertainment potential. For the time being, however, it is considered illegal according to the laws overseeing the gambling field, which calls for a gambling crackdown across the area of South Goa, and Salcete in particular, where more and more cases of illicit Matka gaming emerge, but apparently not nearly enough… the Salcete area has been among the most heated arenas of Matka gaming which prompts raids on illegal dens on a regular basis…  For further details click here
19 Sep. Herald. SP Gawas asks PIs to crack down on matka bookies …  click here

Anjuna is turning into a narco-tourism paradise?

18 Sep: Herald. Most of the drugs seizures happen in North Goa with quite a few cases being booked in Anjuna and Calangute itself which are tourist hot spots. Nigerians, Koreans, German, French, Russian nationals, and alleged drug peddlers from other African nationalities were arrested during the course of the raids carried out in Anjuna Jurisdiction, records show. There are very few Goans involved in the trade as well over the last five years only three have been held. It has been noticed that in 2018, 13 cases were registered under the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act and 2017 saw a total of 12 cases being booked. Around 50 people were arrested by Anjuna police …653 words.  For further details click here
19 Sep: Herald. “According to me Goa Police is doing a reasonably good job” …  click here



Death: Jacqueline DeLima

13 Sep: Washington, DC. JACQUELINE MARY DELIMA. Age 71. Passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Born in Lahore, British India, a few months before Independence, Jacqueline graduated from college at Delhi University and later obtained another master's from Catholic University. A long-time resident of Washington, DC, she was devoted to working with children. Predeceased by her parents, Marcus and Vivien DeLima, she is survived by her sisters Joan Fidler, Christine Lobo, Rita DeLima, a brother, Henry DeLima and nephews, Justin, Alex and Eric Fidler and niece, Laura DeLima. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Tuesday, September 18 at St. Ann Catholic Church located at Wisconsin and Nebraska Avenues, NW. Interment will follow at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Jubilee Association of Maryland, 10408 Montgomery Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895. Source: The Washington Post on Sept. 16, 2018.

Death: Vivianne Chen (nee Fonseca)
14 Sep: Montreal. VIVIANNE CHEN (nee Fonseca). Wife of Bobby Chen (deceased). She leaves behind her son Jefferson (Jeannette), and her daughter Yvonne (Melvyn); her grandchildren Brian (Sarah). Tiffany (Chris) and Shaun; her Great grandchildren: Naomi, Sylvie. Her Sisters: Teresa Rocha, Martha Fonseca, Celia de Sousa and Gemma Castellino as well as her many nieces and nephews. Funeral arrangements to follow. [Info: Pompie Gois]

Death: Asha D'Souza
12 Sep: Auckland, New Zealand. ASHA D'SOUZA. Dearly loved wife of David D' Souza. Loved Daughter of Arjun and Sharda Goswami. Loved Daughter in Law of Michael and Alice D' Souza and loved Sister of Mona and Paul, Sheryl and Wilfred, and Aunt of Eva and Aaron. A Funeral for Asha will be held in the Main Chapel of the Morrison Funeral Home, 220 Universal Drive on Wednesday 19th September at 3.30 p.m. Source: The New Zealand Herald on Sept. 17, 2018.

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UK Open Discussion: “Goa – Paradise Lost? Progress or Environmental, Social and Economic Destruction?”

Sat. 29 Sep. 2pm to 3pm. At All Saints Church, Dedworth Road, Windsor SL4 4JW. Leading the discussion will be environmental activist John Fernandes, who has spent the last 10 years in Goa with grass roots organisations including The Federation of Rainbow Warriors. Prior to this John spent the previous 30 years in Britain, lecturing at many colleges and further education establishments including the Metropolitan Police’s training college at Hendon and Kilburn Polytechnic. He is recognized widely for his work in the Anti-Racist and Anti-fascist struggle in the UK. Also taking part is Wisdom Da Costa, Councillor, West Windsor Residents Association (WWRA). Some issues to be highlighted are Who decides what’s best for Goans? More about the Regional Plan, Special Status for Goa. For more information about the event,  For further details click here
For some info about John Fernandes see: Institute of Race Relations (UK). John Fernandes and police racial awareness training …  click here
Councillor Wisdom Da Costa was born in Nairobi and moved to the UK in 1967 aged 5. His parents have roots in Cansaulim and Aldona. He married Carole in 2010, and between them have five children, one grandson, and three dogs. For more information about him, click here.

Dr Diana Pinto: Freshers’ week: how to make a good first impression

14 Sep: The Conversation. By Diana Pinto, Fellow in Psychology, University of Leicester. Going to university for the first time can be a daunting experience for anyone… As a first year transition tutor in the University of Leicester’s School of Psychology, my role is to ensure that students have a sense of belonging and feel included. In my experience, students who fail to make friends at university can feel lonely and isolated… Luckily, you can do most of the ground work on social media before you meet your housemates. People who find it difficult meeting others in the flesh for the first time can always create WhatsApp groups; perhaps one for intended housemates or for people in your tutorial group, before meeting face to face… 849 words.  For further details click here
Dr Diana Pinto traces her Goan roots to Corjeum, Aldona. She was born in London, the daughter of Xavier and Antoinette Pinto who after 35 years in London have now retired in Corjeum. Dr Pinto has three children. For her professional profile,  click here

Indian rupee drops to near-record low despite Modi’s efforts

17 Sep: Financial Times (UK). India’s currency and stock markets both dropped on Monday, piling further pressure on prime minister Narendra Modi’s government, which has promised a range of measures to halt the rapid depreciation of the rupee. New Delhi is due this week to announce a series of import restrictions, which ministers hope will help prop up the country’s currency and close the widening current account deficit. But the move is likely to exacerbate tensions with some of India’s closest allies, including the US, which has long expressed concern over some of the country’s protectionist trade policies… the rupee fell another 0.9 per cent on Monday to Rs72.51 per dollar, putting it close to the record low of Rs72.90, which it hit last Wednesday…  For further details click here
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Theresa May hints that EU citizens WON'T get preferential immigration treatment after Brexit

17 Sep: Daily Mail (UK). Theresa May today appeared to dismiss the prospect of giving preferential access for EU citizens to the UK. The PM is preparing to unveil a new immigration system for after Brexit - potentially in her Tory conference speech next month. There has been speculation over whether free movement-style arrangements will stay in place in order to ease negotiations with Brussels. However, Mrs May gave her biggest signal yet that she backs a global system - a view also shared by Home Secretary Sajid Javid … 2132 words + 100’s of comments.  For further details click here
17 Sep: New Indian Express. EU, non-EU nationals to face similar post-Brexit immigration rules: Theresa May …  click here

Open Season: Tourism versus Goa

17 Sep: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. … What foul atrocities will befall India’s smallest state this year, as the onslaught of tourists descends in hordes? When will the first crimes against women occur? … How did things get so bad so fast? It required a perfect storm of government incompetence, private sector irresponsibility, and public apathy, a vivid real-life example of killing the goose which lays golden eggs. For decades now, criminal lawlessness has pervaded all aspects of Goa’s political economy. In the case of the tourism industry, this “anything goes” atmosphere has played out with devastating effect across the coastline, and now extends toxic tentacles up the rivers right into the hinterland. No accountability. No enforcement. Drugs, prostitution, gambling, garbage, illegal construction: do what you want, and no one is going to stop you...  For further details click here

Lisbon museum plan stirs debate over Portugal's colonial past

17 Sep: The Guardian (UK). A campaign pledge to build a museum in Lisbon dedicated to Portugal’s colonial history has sparked a debate over Portuguese national identity, the nature of historical memory and the question of collective guilt … a growing chorus of critics has begun to question it, drawing attention to the crimes committed in the service of Portugal’s colonial project… Portugal was the leading player in the Atlantic slave trade, its galleons thought to have transported nearly half of the total 12.5 million enslaved Africans … Even the prime minister, António Costa, whose family has its origins in Goa, Portugal’s former colony in India, weighed into the debate. He said in a recent interview: “We mustn’t have a complex, but rather pride in being able to deal, in Portugal, with that period in history when we undoubtedly made our biggest contribution to the world.”… 874 words.  For further details click here

Goa: No demand for leadership change: BJP emissaries

18 Sep: Herald. The two-day consultation by the BJP Central observers in Goa with their party MLAs, senior leaders and alliance partners culminated on Monday, with the scene shifting to Delhi, where party national president Amit Shah will take a final call on the leadership crisis… A decision on the leadership, whether permanent or temporary, is likely to come in the next few days. The allies – Goa Forward Party and Independents have demanded a permanent solution to the crisis, while MGP is of the view that the charge be handed over to the senior most MLA till Parrikar returns…  For further details click here
18 Sep: Herald. Congress stakes claim to form govt …  click here
Video: 17 Sep: Goa Spotlight. Sujay’s Take 6: Permanent or temporary. Founding editor Sujay Gupta’s video editorial on Permanent or temporary. Team Amit Shah grapples with the post Parrikar situation in Goa if the CM steps down … click here.

Kerala Nun Rape Case: Accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal Writes To Pope

17 Sep: Times Now. The accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal has written to the pope expressing his desire to step down temporarily from responsibilities of the Diocese. This is not a resignation from the Bishop who is facing the serious charges of raping a nun but temporarily stepping down… 2m. 47s.  For further details click here
!7 Sep: Goa Spotlight. Protesting nuns begin ‘Fast Unto Death’ on 9th Day of strike …  click here

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