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Death: Patrick D'Costa

20 Apr: Hounslow, London, UK. PATRICK ALOYSIUS D'COSTA. Born in Bombay 2 May 1933. Widower of Dorothy A. D'Costa; father of Rodney, Everard & Marina; grandfather of Kimberly, Kelly, Yasmin, Edouard, Charles & Pierre. The funeral mass will be held at St. Michael & St. Martin's Church, 94 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EH on Thursday 4th May at 10am followed by a cremation at 11:40am at South West Middlesex Crematorium, Hounslow Road, Hanworth Feltham TW13 5JH. A Reception will be held afterwards at Ramada Hotel, Lampton Road, Hounslow TW3 1JL. At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made by cheque (payable to "CW Plus") or cash (collection box available at the Church courtesy of The Co-Operative Funeralcare Directors) or online (please specify "Lampton Ward") The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support. Condolences / Enquiries to or or

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Forthcoming Event: UK: Our Lady Of Fatima - Centenary

Sat. 13 May: GOA UK - INVITE YOU TO AN AFTERNOON WITH OUR LADY OF FATIMA - CENTENARY EVENT OF THE APPARITION THAT TOOK PLACE ON 13TH MAY 1917. Venue: St. Andrew RC Church, Brook Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, CR7 7RD. The event will commence at 12.00 NOON with Benediction, Rosary and Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Holy Mass will be offered for the Goan Community and its friends. After the prayer service, there will be refreshments in the hall. Please come and join us in the presence of Our Lady of Fatima. The Statue is one of the four statues of Our Lady commission by Pope Benedict XV after the apparitions. This statue was then blessed by Pope Pius X. For further details, please email or call Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa on 07958 537314 - Vince Fernandes on 07853 132336 - Sandra Fernandes on 07768 080537. For the flyer, click here.

Video: Petitioners allege sabotage in Fr Bismarque death probe

25 Apr: Goa 365 tv. Petitioners in the Father Bismarque Death case have alleged that the case of Bismarque’s death has been sabotaged. They have also claimed that the story of two boys has been cooked up. They have now demanded a clear police investigation in this case. 2m. 18s.  For further details click here
25 Apr: Herald. Battle continues for justice for Fr Bismarque …  click here
25 Apr: Times of India. Petitioners in social activist Bismarque Dias case wants thorough investigation … click here.

Stephen Sequeira: The "dream seller"

25 Apr: Publico (Portugal). Stephen Sequeira, aged 57, is already thinking about how to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Portuguese revolution. He has submitted several petitions to Parliament on different subjects wants to get suggestions for the commemorations of the 25th of April in 2024 … Son of Goan parents and born in Kenya, Stephen Sequeira lived in Maputo … He came to Portugal on September 22, 1976, he remembers arriving in Lisbon, crossing the bridge, now called 25 de Abril … He likes to see the petitions he writes as little seeds … With the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic under his arm, he tells a story he found in a book during a trip to Goa … 1067 words  For further details click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here
For the Linkedin profile of Stephen Sequeira, click here.

Fatima Gracias: The goings- on of a Goan kitchen

25 Apr: Herald. A grandmother of four, Dr Fatima da Silva Gracias from Panjim wants to preserve some part of history through her books. ‘Inside a Goan Kitchen – A Food Glossary’ focuses on the same, as the book has many words that are influenced by Portuguese, Konkani, Marathi and Arab cuisines. To make it simpler to understand, Dr Fatima has gone a step ahead and explained the origins of the words and how well it works in a dish with other ingredients…. She says, “I have also explained how the dish originated and underwent changes. I have also mentioned about the medicinal use of some fruits and plants” …She had earlier written two books on history, ‘Health and Hygiene in Colonial Goa, 1510- 1961’ and ‘ Beyond the Self – Santa Casa da Misericordia de Goa’, two books focusing on women in Goa – ‘Kaleidoscope of Women in Goa’ and ‘The Many Faces of Sundorem – Women in Goa’ – and a book on Goan food, ‘Cozinha De Goa: History and Tradition of Goan Food’… 695 words.  For further details click here

Woman Dies Of ‘Monkey Fever’ In India’s Goa State

25 Apr: Malaysian Digest. A 45-year-old woman died of monkey fever in the Indian coastal state of Goa. The woman was admitted to Goa Medical College and Hospital with high fever, cough, breathlessness and loose motions, Indian media reported… Many cases of monkey fever have been reported in Goa and the states of Maharashtra and Kerala… The vector-borne disease is carried by ticks from animals to humans…  For further details click here

Indian-origin woman alleges policy to exchange old currency discriminatory

25 Apr: Times of India. The Supreme Court on Monday sought the government's response on the plea of a woman, a British passport holder, seeking to exchange old demonetised currency notes, alleging that the RBI notification was discriminatory as it was limited to NRIs only… The plea was filed by Sangeeta Pandey, an overseas citizen of India (OCI) card holder who was turned down by the bank when she went to get Rs 18,000 exchanged…  For further details click here

Alcohol ruling drives Indian bar-goers round bends

25 Apr: The Guardian (UK). Outside the Aishwarya Restrobar in Kerala there had suddenly sprung up a series of winding grey walls, forcing patrons to walk extra metres to the bar. And that may have been the point. An Indian Supreme Court judgment delivered in December and enforced since 1 April has banned the sale of alcohol within 500 metres of India’s state and national highways. The sweeping nature of the liquor ban – no exceptions were made, even for India’s most renowned restaurants – has set off a flurry of schemes to help bars stay in business. In Rajasthan, hundreds of miles of formerly state highways have been reclassified as urban roads. Administrators have ordered the same in Maharashtra, West Bengal and several other states and territories…  For further details click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
26 Apr: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 34.3. Min = 25.0. Humidity = 94%. Rainfall: Nil
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 82.60 ; $ = 64.35; $Can = 47.42; Euro = 70.32; $Aus= 48.49 .



Death: John DeSouza

9 Apr: Woolwich, London. JOHN DESOUZA (Motor Mechanic) formerly of Eastleigh, Nairobi. Faithful husband to Irene. Generous Papa to Leo, Grace, Flora and Annie. Indulgent Grandpa to Paul, Lauren, Glenn and Kiona. Fond Great Grandpa to James, Isabelle, Mia and Leo. He has left a huge gap in all our lives and is greatly missed. Many of you will remember him from Nairobi where he helped numerous young lads with their cars. Sunrise was 03/09/1930 Nairobi, Sunset 09/04/2017 London. The funeral will be held on Wed. 10/05/2017 at St Peter's Church, 103 Woolwich New Rd, Woolwich, London SE18 6EF at noon; Interment at Plumstead Cemetery, Cemetery Road (off Wickham Lane) Abbey Wood SE2 0NS; Wake at the Clockhouse Community Centre, Defiance Walk, Woolwich Dockyard Estate, London SE18 5QL. May God welcome his soul into paradise to join his Mother, Father, Brothers and Sisters. Condolences may be emailed to or or or

Death: Zulema Fernandes

13 Apr: Margao, Goa. ZULEMA FERNANDES. Ex Nairobi & UK. Wife of the late Piety Fernandes and sister of Clarence, Roy and Angela. Condolences may be sent to:

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Hiccupping in Goa

23 Apr: Freds Travels. Goa is synonymous to parties and merry making. People from all over the world come to Goa to have a good time and are marvelled by the choices and prices of alcohol in this tiny state … A must try alcoholic beverage in Goa is ‘Feni’… Uraak: this cloudy nectar is the first distillate of cashew feni… King’s Beer: Beer drinkers can marvel over this unique brew one can only find in Goa … Desmondji: Desmond Nazareth launched a brand called Desmondji, a label that makes and sells a variety of liquors in Goa. Due to reasons of copyright they can’t call their drinks tequila … Armada: The only Indian brand to ever win the Gold Outstanding medal at IWSC (the International Wine & Spirit Competition … Cabo Coconut Rum: Perfectly blend — the match of coconut extracts (so natural to Goa) and white rum is heavenly…  For further details click here

Mother of British teen killed in Goa says nothing’s changed after rape and murder of Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin

24 Apr: Irish Post. THE 2008 death of her daughter in Goa is a blur for Fiona MacKeown, but the recent rape and murder of Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin has brought the horror back into sharp focus… Four years after her death, Scarlett was finally laid to rest in England after British authorities finally released the teen’s body. Her mother still doesn’t know why it took so long… Now, Fiona MacKeown speaks to The Irish Post about her fight for justice for Scarlett, losing hope, and the shock of Danielle’s death… “Denyse Sweeney, Felix Dahl, Stephen Bennett, Michael Harvey, and Scarlett all died in Goa and it’s always been denied that they were murdered and none of us have ever been satisfied by the way we’ve been treated by the Goan authorities, ” Ms MacKeown says …  For further details click here

Tracing the evolution of Sorpotel

23 Apr: Times of India. Sorpotel, the veritable king of the festive culinary spread graces the Christian table in Goa … Pork blood goes into its making (at least it did once) and pork offal comprises a little more than one fourth of its ingredients. The rest is pork meat. Figuratively speaking, a dish for medieval times, one could say. Corporate executive chef Zubin D'Souza shares the medieval angle. "There is story about how the Portuguese soldiers in Goa, finding the pig in short supply, concocted a recipe that ensured that not a single part of the pig went to waste." … Associate professor and author of the book, 'One for the Road', Biula V Pereira shares how many no longer use blood in the preparation… Author Gilda Mendonsa writes, "Remember sorpotel tastes better on the third or fourth day …”  For further details click here

Fiona Fernandez: Mumbai’s Sewri Cemetery

24 Apr: Mid-day. Last Thursday, Mumbai's Sewri Cemetery was the first stop for Diana Roberston, the great-great-granddaughter of Frederick William Stevens who helped shape Bombay over a century ago … The English buried their dead at Mendham's Point Cemetery and shifted to Sonapur in 1760 and to Sewree in 1867 … It houses the graves of two icons of the arts – Dom Moraes and FN Souza. Both were fairly sombre reminders; like anti-climaxes of their dramatic, vibrant lives…  For further details click here

In Russia, 3 people died of malaria since the beginning of the year

24 Apr: Riammi (Russia). Three cases of malaria were registered in Russia in the first two months of 2017 … . All three times they were recorded in tourists after trips to Goa … According to the agency, in Russia in 2016 were registered 100 cases of imported malaria …  For further details click here
25 Apr: Navhind Times. World Malaria Day 25 April 2017  click here

Video: Bend It Like Granny

24 Apr: BBC. Nanammal is 98 years old and an expert yoga instructor from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. But it's not just her - her entire family are yoga practitioners, including her children and grandchildren… 1m. 27s.  click here
Video: New Zealand Herald. 101 year old Indian woman wins 100m at World Masters Games … 0m. 40s.  click here

Auction: Rosewood ivory inlaid cabinet

26 Apr: Halls, Shrewsbury, UK. Lot 759: A late 17th century Indo-Portuguese rosewood ivory inlaid cabinet of one long drawer over a central short deep drawer, flanked by two short drawers to either side, over two short drawers below; each drawer front geometrically moulded around ebony stringing and a rectangular ivory panel with dot and circle decoration with centred turned ivory knob handle (lacking one handle) (at fault). 39cm wide, 24.5cm high, 27cm deep. Auctioneer's estimate 400 GBP - 500 GBP  For further details click here



Death: Recto Costa Correa

22 Apr: Porvorim, Goa. RECTO COSTA CORREA. Born 17 Jul. 1940. Son of late Feliciano. Cousin of Michael Costa Correa (London). His mortal remains will be brought to Holy Family Church, Alto Porvorim 24th April 2017 at 2:30pm for Eucharistic Celebration at 3:00pm followed by burial.  For further details click here

Death: Jerome D'Silva

20 Apr: Toronto. JEROME D'SILVA. Born September 26, 1923 in Karachi to Ligorio and Lily D’Silva. He built many of the landmark housing developments in and also produced many movies. Jerome is survived by his beloved spouse Yvette and his eight children: Lynette (David de Souza), Ashley (Lorna), Naomi (Hubert Coutts), Aureen (Michael Pinto), Elena (Lyndon Mascarenhas), Desmond (Gillian), Rodney (Rosemary) and Keith (Esther); his sister Joan and brothers Fred and Ronnie; his 26 grandchildren: Elliot, Noella (Michael), Christina (Brian), Andrea (David), Mark (Cassandra), Rachel, Adam, Conrad (Manny), Daniel (Vanessa), Laura (Spencer), Erica (Arad), Warren, Dean, Amelia (Renato), Roland, Wendall (Byanca), Colette, Victoria, Matthew, Kristen, Tyler, Kaitlin, Alexis, Nathan, Megan and Liam; and his 17 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 2180 Hurontario St., from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm on Monday, April 24, 2017. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Clement Church, 409 Markland Drive, at 10 am on Tuesday April 25, 2017 Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, 2099 Dickson Rd. For those who wish, memorial donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Missionaries of Charity at 185 Dunn Ave, Toronto, M6K 2S1. [Info: Pompie Gois]. For full details, click here.

Death: Nigel Fernandes
21 Apr. S.C.M. Bldg, Block A, Second Floor Dhobitala, Mumbai. NIGEL FERNANDES. - Son of Bernard & Lourdin, Brother of Augustine, Husband of Synthia, and Father of Ethan and Jaden, The Funeral cortege will leave residence on Monday 24th April at 3.30 pm for Mass at Our Lady of Seven Dolours Church followed by burial at Haines Road Cemetery, Mahalaxmi, Bombay. Eternal rest grant unto Nigel Fernandes soul O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul rest in peace. Amen. Condolences to

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UK: Darryl Telles pitches to be Brighton Labour candidates at general election

22 Apr: Brighton Argus. Former charity chief executive Darryl Telles hopes to stand in Brighton Pavilion … Mr Telles, 53, of Norfolk Square, Brighton, worked in local government for 30 years before taking voluntary severance two years ago… Until recently Mr Telles was the chairman of his local branch in Hove and is a supporter of the Hope not Hate campaign. He said: “As a black, gay activist I think we need to reinforce the message of diversity by selecting candidates that reflect the make-up of our city.” … He has also appeared on the Brighton-based television channel Latest TV, campaigning against homophobia in football…  For further details click here
Darryl Telles was born in Nairobi. For his Linkedin profile,  click here
Video: Darryl Telles' first visit to Rex Cinema, London … 1m. 39s. click here.

Franciscan Sisters provide the healing touch at Old Age Home in Benaulim

23 Apr: Herald. If you drive past the Home for the Aged run by the Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Benaulim you are bound to miss it, surrounded as it is by countless mango trees and a large garden… But the Home has been around since 1968. Today, the home houses 30 senior citizens, all women aged above the age of 75. According to Sister Pauline Fernandes, one of the senior nuns, most inmates are either widows or spinsters. “While some of them suffer from dementia, some are wheel- chair bound, while a few others need walking support. We have quite a few nonagenarians at the centre with one of our inmates in her 99th year,” Sister Pauline said … The Franciscan sisters deserve accolades for their service to the elderly. There are 19 sisters at the Home, eleven of whom are senior citizens themselves…  For further details click here

Cannibalism, prostitution and other racist myths that confront Africans studying in India

23 Apr: Los Angeles Times. An estimated 25,000 — primarily from middle-class families in Nigeria and Sudan — are students at Indian colleges and universities. They are drawn by affordable tuition and the promise of educational institutions better than those back home, but they often leave feeling insulted and alienated. False accusations of cannibalism have long surrounded the African community in India. They have grown since an Indian teenager briefly went missing last month in this fast-growing city outside New Delhi — and his mother accused five Nigerian men of eating him… Racist myths about Africans abound… “Indians just don’t like black people…”  For further details click here
23 Apr: Times of India. How can we be racist? …  click here

Sizzling South Goa

23 Apr. Herald. For the longest time, the southern part of Goa has been a victim of stereotyping and has been dismissed as quiet (read: slow) and ‘not happening’. The northern beach belt has for long hogged the limelight, thanks to its never- ending parties and after- parties. Without taking anything away from North Goa, which is indeed buzzing with newer places coming to life thereby adding to the existing list of ‘go-to’ venues, the South has been rather silently yet steadily working towards upping its game with regard to offering options for food, music and a dose of ‘good time’, to the point that it would not be an exaggeration to say that the South is capable of competing with the North. The Easter night last Sunday is a testament to this…  For further details click here

Mumbai-Goa cruise by Oct: MPT chief

23 Apr: Herald. Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) Chairman I Jeyakumar has said that the domestic cruise between Mumbai-Goa would start by October this year. “The vessel that would take up this operation is already at berth number four and is undergoing conversion. This domestic cruise vessel will have two restaurants, swimming pool etc and it will start from Mumbai in the late afternoon and reach Goa by 8 am,” … He said that all clearances for the ferry services from Baina to Dona Paula have been obtained …  For further details click here
24 Apr: Times of India. Soon, you may sail along western coast on the cheap …  click here

Hindu outfits call for erasing foreign names

24 Apr: Herald. Hard-line Hindu outfits staged a demonstration, at old Ponda bus stand on Sunday, demanding that States and cities having foreign names be given Indian names to protect the national identity. The outfits lamented as unfortunate that even after 56 years of Goa’s liberation from the Portuguese, the signs of slavery are being maintained with pride in Goa. The outfits called for renaming the cities, buildings, roads and stations bearing the names of invaders, as they are the signs of slavery…  For further details click here

Auction: 26 Apr: Mallams. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK

Lot 496: An Indo-Portuguese ivory casket 17th/18th Century with silver mounts, 16.5cm x 9.25cm. Estimate: 500 - 700 GBP
Lot 532: Indo-Portuguese ivory crucifix 17th Century 28cm across. Auctioneer's estimate 1,000 GBP - 2,000 GBP
Lot 533: A Goan/Indo Portuguese carved ivory figure of Madonna 17th Century, 16.5cm tall. Estimate: 800 - 1,200 GBP
Lot 534: A group of four Goan/Indo Portuguese teakwood figures 18th/19th Century with original polychrome. Estimate: 100 - 200 GBP  click here



Death: Marlene Sampson
20 Apr: Mississauga. MARLENE SAMPSON. Canorient Seniors Club of Toronto. Beloved wife of the late John, loving mother of Marisa, Deborah, son Mark, Grand children and great grand children. Visitation will be held on Monday April 24 from the hours of 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at Andrews Community Funeral Centre 8190 Dixie Road, Brampton ON. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday April 25th at 10:30 am at St Mary's Catholic Church, 66A Main St S, Brampton, ON L6W 2H7. With respect to donations in Marlene's memory or Online condolences and information, please contact Andrews Community Funeral Centre. 905-456-1890 [Info Pompie Gois]  For further details click here

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Meet Mervyn Maciel, author of 'Bwana Karani' and 'From Mtoto to Mzee'

21 Apr: Coastweek (Mombasa). A Kenyan "Giver’s" trove of memory: Mervyn Maciel, author of 'Bwana Karani' and 'From Mtoto to Mzee' -- A review by Cyprian Fernandes … Maciel, once Her Majesty’s civil servant in colonial Kenya and the author of two books: Bwana Karani about his experiences as a civil servant and his more recent contribution, From Mtoto to Mzee, one Goan’s journey from childhood to the realm of elders in the community … 894 words.
21 Apr: Coastweek. Queen honours Mervyn Maciel. The Queen has honoured 88-year-old Mervyn Maciel – one of the world’s best known British civil servants in Kenya with an invitation to her annual Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. So on May 23, Maciel will front up at Buckingham Palace at 3.00 p.m. with his daughter, Josey, on his arm. His wife Josephine is ailing and, most unfortunately, unable to attend…  click here

Cow vigilante attacks are anything but spontaneous, reveals India Today sting

20 Apr: India Today. Most cow vigilantes are trained to strike ferociously but without leaving physical marks on their victims in order to dodge prosecution, an India Today investigation has found… Gau Rakshak members were caught on camera describing their brutal methods behind violence they unleash … Nagendra Kumar boasted of how vigilantes were trained to execute near-fatal attacks on their potential targets … Kumar claimed none of the members of his squad faced even a single police case across six states so far … 951 words.  click here
22 Apr: Scroll. Beef ban dominates political discourse in Goa ahead of impending bye-elections... By Pamela D’Mello  click here
19 Apr: Indian Express. Beef ban in Goa: Will follow the law, says Manohar Parrikar … click here.

Nigel Fernandes: Toronto’s parking enforcement officers see spike in assaults

21 Apr: The Globe and Mail. When Nigel Fernandes, a parking enforcement officer of 10 years, tried to explain a potential parking infraction to a woman he didn’t intend to ticket, she rolled her car onto his foot and refused it move it. “I was screaming in pain because I could actually feel the vessels in my toes exploding because of the compression,” said Mr. Fernandes, who now has one foot larger than the other. “I mean, it took officers to come and the fire to come and they had to cut my boot to get my foot out because they didn’t know what was underneath it. Police had to come and literally pull her out of the car.” …  For further details click here

Bismarque Resurrection

22 Apr: Goan Observer. By Rajan Narayan. The probe into the brutal murder of Fr Bismarque was reinstated by the High Court … This is the culmination of the year-long battle by a team of activists, including cyber security expert Dr Samir Kelekar. The judgement ensures that the police and the politicians cannot get away with murder of activists … Police have not been able to explain the blood strains on the shirt of the priest or the eye witness account that he was not present near the river when it was claimed he drowned … 2166 words.  For further details click here
22 Apr: Goan Observer. The popular Konkani and Hindi singer, Hema Sardessai, who was among the first to raise the issue of Special Status for Goa, was a close friend and associate of Fr Bismarque … 1262 words.  click here

Sunil Gavaskar buys 5,000 sqft villa in Goa

21 Apr: Mid-day. Sunil Gavaskar has recently purchased a sprawling 5000 sq-ft villa in Assagao in north Goa … He's a cricket legend was also the first batsman to score 10,000 Test runs… The villa is a large four-bedroom home and will be built on a private plot surrounded by greenery. It includes sprawling lawns and a carefully curated flower garden. The home will be accompanied by a large private pool. The interiors will be fully furnished with antique furniture, modern appliances and amenities, separate staff quarters and several sit-outs and gazebos …  click here
For the villa specifications,  click here
2 Jan. 2014: Daily News & Analysis. Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar are Goans by origin, says Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar … click here.

New India coastal law will damage environment and fishermen's livelihoods say activists

22 Apr: Mail Online. Planned changes to India's coastal zone law to allow reclaiming land from the sea and the use of thousands of miles of coastal land for commercial purposes will damage the environment and affect the livelihoods of millions of fishermen, activists say. The Marine Coastal Regulation Zone notification proposes to lift the ban on reclamation of seabed land for commercial purposes, allow tourism in ecologically sensitive coastal areas and the building of new coastal roads… The new legislation is based on the recommendations of a committee formed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government after it took office in 2014…  For further details click here

Russian drug dealer deported from Goa

22 Apr: VSLUH (Russia). In 2011 a Russian man was arrested by police for the illegal production and distribution of synthetic drugs. To avoid punishment, he fled the country and an international arrest warrant was issued… the fugitive had been tracked down in a jail in the Indian state of Goa under a different name… In cooperation with Interpol Russian police he was deported to Russia with an Interpol escort …  For further details click here

Forthcoming Auction: Roseberry, West Norwood, London: 22 Apr: 3 items:

Lot 247: An Indo-Portuguese painted wood shrine, 19th century, modelled with shaped pediment above turned columns, flanked by faux doors, overall carved in shallow relief with stylized flowers, the interior with a figure of the Virgin, 73cm high x 64cm wide x 30cm deep. Estimate: £300 - £500  click here
Lot 264: A hardwood wood chair, Indo-Portuguese, 19th century, with foliate carved shaped back and stiles, with pierced bobbin turned rails, above caned seat, on turned legs joined by stretchers, 72cm. high. Estimate: £200 - £300  click here
Lot 245: An Indo-Portuguese carved ivory figure of Saint Sebastian, 17th century, modelled standing in oval vessel, on a foliate wood base, 23cm high. Estimate: £200 - £300. click here.


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Adrian Gomes: Ever wondered what gin with Darjeeling tea tastes like?

21 Apr: Aberdeen Press & Journal. An Aberdeen nightspot owner has teamed up with two other UK bar scene experts to launch a gin made with Darjeeling tea. Adrian Gomes, owner of The Tippling House and Rye & Soda, as well as event catering cocktail business 10 Dollar Shake, hopes the “Champagne of teas” from the foot of the Himalayas will give the new gin, Jindea, local and international appeal… Mr Gomes – Jindea’s marketing director – said: “My dad grew up in Goa, where my family worked on the Indian railways… We believe we have created a product which will have local and international appeal and are excited to introduce it to the market.”  For further details click here
To buy Jindea,  click here
For the Linkedin profile of Adrian Gomes, click here.

Francisco D'Souza, Cognizant CEO gets $12 million pay package in 2016

21 Apr: Times of India. Cognizant chief Francisco D'Souza (photo) saw only a marginal rise in his pay package at $12.03 million last year as his performance-linked cash incentive fell significantly. The US-based firm, which has a large part of its 2.21 lakh-strong workforce in India, did not award any restricted stock units (RSU) to D'Souza in 2016 and the same would be given in the first quarter of this year… …  For further details click here
13 Apr: Reuters. Francis A. Desouza’s, (CEO Illumina Inc) total 2016 compensation was $8.4 million …  click here
11 Aug. 2015. Daily Mail. Diageo boss Ivan Menezes saw pay package slashed from £7.3m to £3.9m after lacklustre year … click here.

Restaurant Review: Tulsi North at Wells, Maine, USA

21 Apr: You notice the blazing intensity of chef Raj Mandekar’s shrimp balchow as soon as it arrives at your table… A specialty of India’s Goa region, it exemplifies his cooking style… Tulsi North, focused on seafood and Goan dishes. Mandekar grew up in Versova, a small fishing village northwest of Mumbai, and was raised on simple, regional dishes prepared by his grandmother. “I vividly remember her fish curry,” he says… Such humble comforts have inspired Mandekar to emphasize coastal south Indian cuisine at Tulsi North, instead of the more familiar Mughlai and Punjab … For his seafood preparations, Mandekar typically relies on the flavors imparted by the grill and modest ingredients like garlic, cilantro, and green chilies… Grilled calamari are accompanied by sausages, another nod to the Goa region …  For further details click here
For the Tulsi North Facebook page,  click here

On air with Ayesha Barretto

21 Apr: The Navhind Times. Ayesha Barretto is a name synonymous with radio in Goa. Tune in to Indigo 91.9, Mondays to Friday in the morning and her bubbly and cheerful voice will greet and definitely pep you up. Her infectious enthusiasm is not just reserved for airtime, in person she is even more fun; with her passion for her chosen path coming through clearly… “Music lover, shoe stalker, scuba diver, compulsive hugger, mad dancer, radio host, compere, singer, writer, concert goer, biker, hour juggler and old soul, that’s me,” says Ayesha with a huge grin when asked to introduce herself. In Goa, Ayesha’s tryst with radio began with All India Radio in 2001 and since then she has moved to Radio Indigo and has her own show which many morning commuters swear by… 1282 words.  For further details click here

Kin object to carrying out funeral of activist priest

21 Apr: Times of India. The North Goa district magistrate on Thursday informed the Goa State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) that the relatives of activist priest Bismarque Dias, have objected to carrying out his funeral. The parish priest of St Stephen's Church, St Estevam, has stated that he cannot carry out Dias' final rites without a no-objection certificate (NOC) from Dias' relatives. The St Estevam panchayat, on April 9, passed a resolution in support of the parish priest's stand… The complaint had stated that Dias, who toiled for Goa, deserved a fitting farewell and pointed out that the Goa Medical College has rules and standing instructions for disposal of a cadaver…  For further details click here

New CRZ rules may ban sale of coastal land to non Goans

21 Apr: Herald. With large number of non Goans including foreigners being involved in purchase of land along the coastal belts, especially for commercial purposes, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) is contemplating imposing a ban on sale of such land in Coastal Regulation Zones (CRZ) areas to outsiders. The GCZMA is toying up with idea of imposing a ban on sale of land or houses to non-Goan communities in the No Development Zone (NDZ) areas as described in the CRZ notification, 2011 as amended that is 0-200 meters from the coast and 0-100 meters from the NDZ of the bank of the rivers and areas along the estuaries/creek. The Authority in its recent meeting held on April 4 has decided to seek a legal opinion on the matter before drafting the proposal and placing it before Government for approval…  For further details click here

Goa government to provide fish at subsidised rates

21 Apr: Financial Express. Goa government would soon start providing fish to the people at subsidised rates, Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar said today. `Goa Fisheries Corporation’ would be set up for this purpose, he said. Speaking to reporters here after holding a meeting with the officials in this regard, the minister said that `fish curry and rice’ is the staple diet of Goan people, and his party (Goa Forward Party) was fulfilling its election promise of providing fish at affordable prices. He and GFP leader Vijai Sardesai would soon meet the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to seek his guidance on this scheme, he said…  For further details click here
21 Apr. Video. 2m. 43s.  click here

Auction: 17th Century Indo-Portuguese Cabinet

23 Apr: Wilkinson's, Doncaster, UK. Lot 211: A 17th Century Indo-Portuguese Cabinet. The rosewood veneered exterior having moulded cushion front panels to the sides and fall front, opening to reveal a fitted interior of nine small drawers set in three rows above a long drawer clad in tortoiseshell panels outlined with bone stringing and framed by ebonised ripple moulding, 17 ins (43 cms) high, 22 ins (56 cms) wide, 11¾ ins (30 cms) deep. Auctioneer's estimate: 200 GBP - 400 GBP  For further details click here



Death: Agnelo Cardozo

20 Apr: Pedda, Dumottem, Varca, Goa. AGNELO CONSTANCIO P. M. CARDOZO. Born 1975. (Employee of Caravela Beach Resort). Son of Dionisia & late Aleixo Cardozo. Beloved husband of Threza Cardozo, adorable father of Baby Aquene. Son-in-law of Joseph & Socorriana Pereira. Brother & brother-in-law of Caetano / Grecy, Tereza / Seby D'cunha. Romana / late Joe Fernandes, Francis / Bertha. Loving uncle of Wilhem, Clemens, Chryslene. Tanisha, Tristan, Francilla, Jayde, late Baba Jayden. Expired peacefully. Funeral cortege will leave his residence 21 Apr. at 3.45 pm. to Our Lady of Gloria Church, Varca for Eucharistic Celebration.

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EU eyes years of Brexit immigration

20 Apr. 20.43 GMT: Reuters. Britain will be paying off obligations to Brussels for years after Brexit, remain subject to EU courts and go on letting relatives of European immigrants settle in the UK, draft EU negotiating documents show. The demands are contained in a paper, seen by Reuters on Thursday, that outlines "key elements" of directives for Michel Barnier, the EU's chief negotiator … the paper spells out Brussels' aim to protect the rights of 3 million EU citizens living in Britain, extract cash from London to cover a wide range of existing commitments and ensure EU judges can hold Britain to the treaty after Brexit… the EU's first priority is to safeguard the rights forever under EU law of Europeans living in Britain on Brexit Day -- as well as pension and other rights of any who have already left… It spells out that this includes rights, such as taking up a job or access to public housing, that those residents may choose to exercise only after Brexit, as well as the ability of family members to join them after Brexit and enjoy those same rights…  For further details click here

Video: Sabrina de Sousa: Ex-CIA officer says she's being forced to testify in Italy on 'rendition'

19 Apr: Fox News. By Catherine Herridge. Sabrina de Sousa, a former CIA officer spared jail time in Italy tells Fox News that despite her commutation, she may be forced to testify to Italian lawmakers about the secret post-9/11 “rendition” program – and warns the testimony could be extremely "damaging." "The Italian Intelligence Oversight Committee has contacted my lawyer in Italy asking that I come testify on a CIA operation," Sabrina de Sousa said. "Several members have been pushing the Italian intelligence services for release and declassification of documents related to this case." … De Sousa said she must still return to Italy to do community service … President Trump is scheduled to meet with Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni on Thursday, and de Sousa said she’s making a “personal plea to President Trump for resolution." … De Sousa, who was born in India and holds both American and Portuguese passports, left the CIA in 2009 and moved to Portugal in April 2015 to be near family… 763 words + 2m. 04s. video.  click here

Australia: Rayney Trial: Sex offender Allon Lacco 'talked of dumping body'

20 Apr: Perth Now (Aus). Lloyd Rayney's multi-million dollar defamation trial has been told that in the weeks before his wife's body was discovered in a bush grave, a violent sex offender told an acquaintance a body was going to be dumped at Kings Park. Allon Mitchell Lacco (photo), a convicted sex offender allegedly told the acquaintance "there's a body going in there" as they drove past Kings Park in 2007…  click here
20 Apr: WA Today. Rayney autopsy footage shown in court …  click here
The trial continues. For updates, click here.

Cheap holidays: Teletext slashes summer Goa getaways to less than £500

20 Apr: Daily Express (UK). Teletext Holidays has slashed the cost of summer getaways to Dubai, Tenerife, Cyprus, Goa and Barcelona to less than £500 … For a more exotic holiday, snap up seven nights in India for less than £500. Fly to Goa on June 1 for a week’s stay in the four star Ronil Beach Resort at just £470 per person. Just five minutes’ walk from the sprawling sandy beach, this tropical holiday will see temperatures of around 30 degrees…  click here
20 Apr: Teletext Holidays also has Depart Sun May 21; Heathrow; 7 nights; Flights, Hotel, Bed & Breakfast inc. 3* from £359 or 5* from £563 - £959 . …  click here

India's proposed surrogacy law will 'raise trafficking risk for foreign women'

18 Apr: Mail Online India. India's proposed law to regulate its booming surrogacy industry and curb the exploitation of impoverished Indian women could result in more foreign women being trafficked into the country to rent out their wombs, a leading expert warned. Modi's government is considering a bill to ban commercial surrogacy while allowing 'altruistic' surrogacy to infertile, married Indian couples. In such cases, the surrogate must be related to the couple, and cannot accept payment …  For further details click here

Goa Rhapsody

20 Apr: L'Obs (France). Portuguese colony until 1962, the former hippie now plays the resort for upmarket and trendy travellers… SMELL the Portuguese AIR with its tiles and its colourful houses, the neighbourhood of Fontainhas at Panjim evokes Cascais. We go for a walk admiring the facades and the neat gardens, before entering the museum dedicated to Antonio Xavier Trindade, the internationally renowned twentieth century Goan painter … Then we hail a tuk - tuk to visit in Old Goa the St. Catherine Cathedral and the baroque Basilica of the Bon Jesus (photo) … To retain the atmosphere, we take up residence at the Hospedaria Abrigo de Botelho, Rua of Natal. From €32 with breakfast … 486 words.  For further details click here

Forthcoming Auction: Colonial Rosewood Table

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UK: Sun. 23 Apr. From: 2 pm to 6 pm at: St Patrick's Church, Hardie Close (Behind Ikea) Neasden, London - NW10 OUH. Bus No : 92, 112, 232, 332. Led by Fr Bonaventure Rodrigues, Spiritual Director, St Peter's Seminary, Bangalore, India. For Enquiries please contact : STANY 07988860871 or GRACE 07859156249. For the flyer, click here.

UK: Sun. 30 Apr: Cortalim Union (UK) proudly celebrate their 39th Anniversary Ball and feast of St Philip & St James at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 1.15 pm followed by social with music by the dynamic live band 'Outbreak' and 'DJ Richiee'. Catering by 'Bernie's Kitchen'. Tickets (including snacks & meal) - Adults £13.00 up to 9th April 2017, thereafter £15.00, Children £7.00 (4-10 years). For tickets and details, please contact:- Chris D'Cruz - Tel no: 07739 876718, Ligor D'Mello - Tel no: 07821 645317, Tino Goes - Tel no: 07821 900490, Georgina Gomes - Tel no: 07974 289640, Francis Gomes - Tel no: 07701 334279. For the flyer, click here.

Canada: Sun. 30 April 2017: 11:00 am: Assolna Velim Cuncolim (AVC) Union presents a Social event at Payal Banquet Hall, 3410 Semenyk Court, Mississauga ON. Adults $30.00, Children (2-12) $15.00. Dance to the music of the popular "Bigfoot" band. Enjoy hot appetizers, followed by a delicious veg/non veg buffet complemented by Goan fish curry, sannas and homemade sorpotel. Grand raffle and many other prizes to be won including return tickets Toronto-Mumbai -Goa for 2 persons. Call or email our committee members: Mario: 647-886-6274, Henry:416-835-2221-, Mabel: 416-779-3355, Vivy: 416-300-5461-, Edwin: 905-608-1005-, Valens:905-615-8143- For the flyer, click here.

UK: Sat 6 May: Santa Cruz Goan Association (UK) would like to invite one and all to our Santa Cruz Feast Mass @ 3 pm at Holy Rood Church Swindon followed by Dine and Dance at Punjabi Sikh Community Hall Swindon SN2 8AZ from 7 pm. Contact for tickets Jose Pereira - 07541243010, Hilario Do Rego - 07511135841, Nevin D' Souza - 0792853659, Francisco De Araujo (Hanchik) - 07861884114, Menino Martins - 07466984208, Bosco Fernandes - 07518592437. For the flyer, click here.

UK: Sun. 7 May. The Missionaries of St Francis Xavier, popularly known as the Pilar Fathers complete 25 years of their glorious presence in the UK this year. To celebrate this joyous achievement in a befitting manner, twin functions are planned in the month of May 2017. A concelebrated High Mass will be celebrated at St George's Cathedral (Southwark) on Sunday 7th May 2017 at 2.45 pm presided by His Excellency The Archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith. All are welcome! For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 7 May. From: 2 pm to 6 pm at: St Patrick's Church, Hardie Close (Behind Ikea) Neasden, London - NW10 OUH. Bus No : 92, 112, 232, 332. Led by Fr Bonaventure Rodrigues, Spiritual Director, St Peter's Seminary, Bangalore, India. For Enquiries please contact : STANY 07988860871 or GRACE 07859156249. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 7 May: Saligão Association UK. We are proudly celebrating our Feast of Mãe de Deus and cordially invite all members, family and friends to join us on this special occasion. The event is held at Stanley Park High School, Damson Way, Carshalton SM5 4NS. The occasion commences at 12:15 with a mass and blessings-followed with full entertainment from Say One Do One. Enjoy the delicious, tasty meals and snacks provided by Caterers Bernie's Kitchen with a fully licenced bar - Ed's ready to quench your thirst buds. The ticket prices are as follows - Adults Members-£14.00 Adult Guests- £15.00 .Children meals served-Tickets prices- (11-15 years old) £11.00 (2-10 years) £6.00. Please apply early to avoid disappointment as closing date is the 28th April. Complete the attached application form and email to Our main contact is Julius Sequeira Tel: 07769 156254 or you can reach out to: Lorna D'Silva, Claire D'Souza or Francis D'Silva. For the application form, click here.

UK: Sat. 13 May: GOA UK - INVITE YOU TO AN AFTERNOON WITH OUR LADY OF FATIMA - CENTENARY EVENT OF THE APPARITION THAT TOOK PLACE ON 13TH MAY 1917. Venue: St.Andrew RC Church, Brook Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, CR7 7RD. The event will commence at 12.00 NOON with Benediction, Rosary and Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Holy Mass will be offered for the Goan Community and its friends. After the prayer service, there will be refreshments in the hall. Please come and join us in the presence of Our Lady of Fatima. The Statue is one of the four statues of Our Lady commission by Pope Benedict XV after the apparitions. This statue was then blessed by Pope Pius X. For further details, please email or call Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa on 07958 537314 - Vince Fernandes on 07853 132336 - Sandra Fernandes on 07768 080537. For the flyer, click here

UK: Sun. 14 May. The Missionaries of St Francis Xavier, popularly known as the Pilar Fathers complete 25 years of their glorious presence in the UK this year. To celebrate this joyous achievement in a befitting manner, the second occasion will be a grand Social Event commencing at 1.30 pm, at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road Croydon, with top UK bands in attendance. Entry by Ticket for the second event - proceeds of which will help to raise funds for the Pilar Missions. For tickets please contact: CROYDON - Nina Pinto: 020 8767 0663, Joe Fernandes: 07764659305, Jennifer Da Silva: 07712273024, Cyrila Pereira: 07763208222. WEMBLEY - Mary Xavier: 07440025962, Dominic D'Souza: 07440485347 SOUTHALL - Wilson: 07417434187 SWINDON - Peter Baretto: 07448711797 HOUNSLOW - Debbie: 07896007011, John Rodrigues: 07723486707 PILAR FATHERS - 020 8648 3800, Fr Patrick: 07424427698, Fr Lucas: 07523453631. For the flyer, click here.

UK: Sun. 28 May. The Bakuli Reunion committee invite you to celebrate their farewell event at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3AS from 1.00pm - 8.00pm. Yes, this will be the very last event of The Bakuli Reunion. Live music will be provided by two bands, Zodiac & Rainbows End. Catering by Bernie's Caterers and licensed bar by Greg Carvalho and his team. Tickets (including a meal & snacks) - Adults £15.00, children £6.00 (2 - 10 years). For tickets and further information please contact: Tony Lobo 020 85420528 Mobile 07783103118 (up to 16th April & after 7th May), Reg Da Cunha 020 77322659 Mobile 07961162569 (up to 20th April and after 28th April), Theo Pinto 020 83025385, Agnes Rato 020 86566520 Mobile 07984409355. For the flyer, click here.

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Death: Professor Victor D’Costa

18 Apr: Natick and Framingham, Massachusetts, USA. PROFESSOR VICTOR P. D’COSTA. Aged 83. Ex Nairobi. Born in Moshi, Tanzania, he was the son of the late John & Gracie (Gomez) D’Costa, and the beloved husband of Christina “Tina” (Dantas) D’Costa. Victor grew up in Moshi, Tanzania and completed his undergraduate education in India. He earned his Masters Degree in Uganda, and obtained his PhD at West Virginia University. Victor went on to become a Professor of Soil Science at the University of Nairobi, retiring to Framingham/Natick with his wife for the past 20 years. Besides his wife of 52 years, he is survived by his children, Victoria Gutierrez & her husband Juan of Natick, Conrad & his wife Angie of San Antonio, TX, and Reuben & his wife Arlene of Framingham, his cherished grandchildren, Daniel, Tomas, Alex, Sophia & Gabriella Gutierrez, and Nicholas, Aidan & Catherine D’Costa, two siblings, Zachary & his wife Celine of CA, and Martha Koch & her husband Mike of MN, and several nieces and nephews. Family and friends will honor and remember Victor’s life by gathering for visiting hours in the McCarthy, McKinney & Lawler Funeral Home, 11 Lincoln St., Framingham on Sunday, April 23rd from 2-6 P.M. His Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday morning in St. Linus Church, 119 Hartford St. Natick, at 10 o’clock. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made in Victor’s name to: The American Parkinson’s Disease Association, 72 E. Concord St., Boston, MA 02118. [Info Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi]. For directions and messages of condolence, click here.

Death: Maria Pereira

17 Apr: Mumbai. MARIA ANINHA PEREIRA (nee Dias). Born 4/04/1927. Wife of late Caetano Pereira (Ex-Tatas, Bombay House). Mother of Valda/Victor (Canada), late Gilda/Dipak, Olinda / Godfrey [Miro Chem] (USA), Capt. Christopher [Univan] / Avril [Tata Steel], Marianelda / Cornel (UK), Cleophas [Alps] / Elsa, Zubinda [Tata Chemicals] / Savio. Grandmother of Dr. Vivienne/Dr. Satya, Vernon, Dipika, Dr. Glenn, Allan, Charlton, Clyde, Calvin, Christelle, late Baby Siobhan. Funeral cortege leaves residence at 4 pm on 19th April 17 for mass at 4.30pm at Our Lady Of Fatima Church, Sewri followed by burial at Sewri Cemetery. Contact Nos. : 9820052679 / 8898651334

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Victor Rangel-Ribeiro: The engrossing tales of the award- winning storyteller

19 Apr: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz. Victor Rangel- Ribeiro, 91, is a noted writer and journalist who finds joy in sharing his knowledge with young writers. Now residing in New York, the author of the famed ‘Tivolem’ (1998) is in Goa for a short visit. In a chat with Café, he talks about his upcoming books, his love for Goa and the changing trends in writing … Victor now lives in New York, USA with his children, Eva and Eric, and five grandchildren, but he visits Goa every year and wants to help his family bond with Goa… He started his working life as a schoolteacher in Bombay before moving to journalism…. In 1956, he moved to the USA with his wife, late Lea… He will be releasing two new books in June this year… ‘The Miscreant, Selected Stories 1949- 2016’ and ‘F N Souza, The Legend, The Myths, The Facts’ … 863 words.  click here
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'Juze' ('Juje'): Film Review | Hong Kong 2017

18 Apr: Hollywood Reporter. Miransha Naik's first feature explores the exploitation and abuse of immigrants in Goa through the eyes of a teenage student-laborer. Goa is mostly known around the world for its beaches, colonial architecture and its past as a heaven for hippies. With his first feature, Indian filmmaker Miransha Naik has gone beyond these clichés to reveal the much harsher social undercurrents tearing at India's smallest but richest state. Set around exploited migrant workers and their abusive paymaster-cum-slumlord, Juze is a poised, contemplative and topical debut, with a story offering mostly heartbreak but also a faint glimpse of hope. An India-France-Netherlands co-production, Juze should travel well on the festival circuit following its world premiere last week in Hong Kong… In Konkani and Hindi. 93 minutes. 699 words.  For further details click here

Video: Were foreign tourists at Goa beach beaten for pushing away a stray cow?

19 Apr: ABP LIVE. A video is going viral on social media in which foreign tourists (a male and a female) can be seen getting beaten up at a beach in Goa, after they pushed a stray cow… But is this a true video? Fact check: This video was uploaded on YouTube in the year 2012 (5 years ago). The reason that the foreign tourists were beaten was after a fight broke out between a restaurant owner and them over using restaurant benches without paying money for the same. In Goa, normally one has to order some food or drinks to use such benches placed outside the restaurants…  For further details click here
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As Part Of Safety Drive, CCTV Cameras Being Installed At Goa's Beaches

19 Apr: NDTV. Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar, who has earlier blamed outsiders for ruining Goan culture, has now announced that CCTV cameras installation on Goa's beaches had started and in the first phase it would cover the coastline of North Goa. The first phase of the work, covering the coastline between Sinquerim to Keri, which includes popular Calangute and Baga beaches, was underway, while approval for the second phase covering Panaji-Canacona area was awaited, he said... "We plan to set up special control rooms for monitoring CCTV footage at various Tourist Information Centres. CCTVs cameras will be made mandatory for beach shack operators too," the minister said.  For further details click here

Siren cull: India bans red beacon lights from top of VIP cars

19 Apr: The Guardian (UK). Indians idling in the country’s notoriously congested traffic have long resented the sight of red flashing lights on the roof of cars zooming up behind them: the sign a public official is approaching and needs other drivers to let them pass. Soon, officials including government ministers and judges will need to battle the traffic like everybody else. The Narendra Modi government announced on Wednesday that from next month only emergency services will be permitted to use sirens to cut through busy roads…  For further details click here
19 Apr: Sen Times. Goa CM Manohar Parrikar withdraws red beacon from his official car …  click here

8 Fascinating Alternatives in Goa Beyond the Balmy Beaches

18 Apr: Transitions Abroad (USA). By Lies Ouwerkerk (Amsterdam). The balmy beaches are notoriously beautiful in Goa, but there is so much more to see when traveling around the small state in India… 1) Walk Along Portuguese-Style Heritage Houses … 2) Admire Old Forts, Palaces, and Estates … 3) Visit Museums … 4) Explore a Spice Farm … 5) Take a River Boat Cruise … 6) Visit Churches and Temples … 7) Indulge in Traditional Food and Local Drinks … 8) Engage in Outdoor Activities …  For further details click here


DOCUMENTARY: Snapped. TruTV (Freeview 68). Thurs. 20th Apr. 21:00 to 22:00. Shriya Patel. An arranged marriage goes awry, but was it the husband or his immigrant wife who set a deadly fire?

FILM: Bend It Like Beckham. itv London. Sat. 22nd Apr. 22:40 to 00:45. The comic tale of a young Asian woman who joins the local semi-professional football team but opts not to tell her traditionalist family, who want her to go to law school and settle down with a nice Indian boy. She finds it increasingly difficult to deal with her double life as a dutiful daughter and a talented footballer.

COOKERY: Food Factory. Quest (Freeview 37). Mon. 24th Apr. 17:00 to 17:30. Not Tonight Josephine. Discover how mouth-watering Indian pakoras, decadent French Napoleon bars, creamy and spicy jalapeno hummus, and sea salted caramels get to the masses.

DOCUMENTARY: Paul O'Grady: For The Love of Dogs: India. itv London. Tues. 25th Apr. 21:00 to 22:00. First in a two-part special which sees renowned animal lover Paul O'Grady taking his first ever trip to India to meet the country's vulnerable wild animals.

DOCUMENTARY: Being Black, Going Crazy?. BBC 1. Wed. 26th Apr. 23:45 to 00:20. On the ongoing mental health crisis in black British communities. Based on the presenter Keith Dube's own experiences, the documentary looks at possible reasons for this, racism to religion, social deprivation to stigma within the community. First shown 26/11/2016.

TRAVEL: Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve. Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Thurs. 27th Apr. 21:00 to 22:00. Kenya to Somaliland. Episode 3. Simon travels to Mombasa from the south of Kenya, then to the Tana Delta where he meets villagers facing eviction to make way for bio-fuel production. Next, Simon heads to Somalia where he meets the peace keeping force AMISOM.

DOCUMENTARY: Why Don't You Speak English? London Live (Freeview 8). Thurs. 27th Apr. 21:00 to 22:00. First-generation immigrants are taught English by an ordinary British family for one week, and in the family's own home. (Episode 2)

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