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Vishwajit Rane: The renegade who may well become Goa’s raja

18 Oct: Goa Spotlight. Vishwajit Rane left the Congress within an hour of taking oath as a Congress MLA in 2017 and was in the BJP, then in the cabinet is in the shortlist to become Goa’s next Chief Minister if his career progression takes the same course… The Congress is shrinking. Literally, figuratively and where it really counts, numerically… The young man from Satarri, is the quintessential new age BJP politician... Suave, wily, ruthless, emotion less, he travels light with no ideological baggage and sees politics in terms of cold hard electoral achievement…  For further details click here
18 Oct: DNA. Rane may succeed Parrikar as Goa CM …  click here
18 Oct: First Post. Manohar Parrikar successor in Goa: Ex-Congressman Vishwajit Rane among the top contenders for CM post … click here.

Video: Canada: Three dishes from Goa, India that are perfect for fall

18 Oct: CTV The Loop (Canada). Need a little cooking inspiration? Look no further than Goa, India. Goan food is heavily influenced by their former Portuguese colonizers, so there is a love of pork, pastry and vinegar, as well as beef that is not found in other regions in India. Flavours have a heavy influence from the west so East-meets-West is actually a defining characteristic of Goan cuisine. To give us a taste, Chef Anjum Anand dropped by the Your Morning kitchen
Goan Pork Pies. These little pies are inspired by the pork empanadas much loved in Goa…  For further details click here
Goan chicken and chorizo stew. After a five-minute flurry of chopping and sautéing, you can leave this to cook itself. And there’s only one pan to wash up…  click here
Spice-glazed Goan style ham. One of the most special dishes to eat at Christmas in Goa, India is a small roasted piglet, marinated in Goan spices. Here, Chef Anjum has used the same spices to cook a Christmas ham … click here.

Kerala Nun rape case: Franco Mulakkal gets ‘grand’ welcome on Jalandhar return

18 Oct: Indian Express. Franco Mulakkal was on Wednesday given a ‘grand’ welcome by the Diocese of Jalandhar as he returned from Kerala after getting bail in a rape case. Mulakkal, who headed the Diocese of Jalandhar before stepping aside last month, has been accused of raping a nun. He remained in jail for over three weeks before getting conditional bail on October 15. Mulakkal reached the Bishop House in Jalandhar around 5 pm on Wednesday where large number of his supporters, including nuns who outnumbered others, and the current administrative Bishop, Agnelo Gracias, were present at the main entrance to welcome him…  For further details click here

Diwali 2018 – Here’s why Hindus celebrate the festival of lights and the origins of the day

18 Oct: The Sun (UK). Diwali is just weeks away, with the five-day celebration set to be enjoyed by millions around the world… How is Diwali celebrated and why does the date change? The date of the festival is calculated according to the position of the moon and the Hindu lunar calendar and is usually in October or November. In 2018, Diwali will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 7 - and the festivities will last five days… What do the different dates of Diwali mean? … Why is Diwali celebrated by Hindus? … 561 words.  For further details click here

Goa tourism take-off hit by turbulence: four charter flights cancelled

18 Oct: The Goan. The tourism season has not begun on a good note, as four charter flights, which were scheduled to land in Goa, have cancelled their trip. Tourism stakeholders had earlier too raised concerns that the number of charter flights this season would be lesser than previous year. A source informed, “A charter flight, which was supposed to land in Goa on September 30, was cancelled. Earlier, it was expected that 18 charter flights would fly into Goa in October. But now, only 15 flights are going to arrive, which means three charter flights are cancelled for the month of October itself.” Over several years now, charter flights have become important part of tourism business in the state because such flights bring in foreign tourists from countries like the UK, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, etc…  For further details click here

Tanzania’s oldest tea room bridges cultural divide

18 Oct: Anadolu Agency (Turkey). Dar es Salam, Tanzania. K.T Shop is bustling with activity…Known for its aromatic milky tea, and lip-smacking snacks -- served with tasty coconut chutney, the cafe has achieved a legendary status in half a century. Founded by an Indian immigrant in 1968, K.T Shop attracts customers across cultural divide… The menu offers milky tea, crispy samosas, mouth-watering Kebabs, and a range of Tanzanian foods. “Our tea is carefully blended, you cannot drink tea of this quality anywhere,” says a 59-year-old Mansoor Ahmed Kadri, the owner of K.T Shop who had inherited it from his late father… Kadri’s grandfather immigrated with his wife and children from Konkan in India to Tanganyika as it was known at a time … When Tanganyika got independence from Britain in 1961, many Indian families fled the country to avoid growing hatred against them ...  click here

Head to Goa in December For Serendipity Arts Festival

18 Oct: Serendipity Arts Festival, India’s first multidisciplinary arts event, will take off in Goa from the 15-22 December 2018… It’ll be a coming together of 87 projects that’ll highlight India’s rich traditions of music, dance and theatre, alongside culinary arts, craft, and visual arts exhibitions… the festival will focus on developing cultural connections and supporting emerging artists across South Asia… culinary workshops and tastings are also a part of this extravagant showpiece.  For further details click here

UK Forthcoming Events

SOLD OUT! 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. Rights of Admission Reserved. SOLD OUT! For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 10 Nov: GOA UK - Mass for the Deceased at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Cranmer Rd, Mitcham CR4 4LD. Mass will start at 1pm sharp. Please bring a picture of your loved one who passed away if you want to pray for his/her Soul. After Mass, Get together at the Parish Hall. Tickets: £7.50 per head, inclusive of a three Course meal and a drink. Contact : Nina Pinto 07930 574653/ 02087670663, Bella Fernandes 07949 233307 or Ravi Vaz 07909 927539

Sun. 18 Nov. Union of Navelim (UK) will be celebrating our 39th Feast at Richard Challoner School, Manor Drive North, New Malden KT3 5PE. Come and join us in celebrating our Feast commencing with Mass at 12:00noon sharp, followed by an afternoon/evening of celebration and dancing to the fabulous music of Rainbow's End. Tickets are inclusive of snacks and a hot meal. Dress Code: Formal/Smart, No Jeans and Trainers. For the flyer with full details, click here.

Sun. 25 Nov: Fr. Agnelo's Day at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy @ 1.30pm. 91st Commemoration Mass. Celebrants: Most Rev. Felipe Neri Ferrao, Archbishop of Goa & Daman and Rt. Rev. Patrick Lynch SSCC, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark

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News Summary

Labour declined to investigate bullying complaint against Valerie Vaz

17 Oct: News Statesman. Valerie Vaz, the shadow cabinet minister leading Labour’s response to the Westminster bullying scandal has herself been spoken to by her party leadership after a bullying complaint, the New Statesman has learned. Valerie Vaz, the shadow leader of the House of Commons, was met by Jeremy Corbyn’s office and that of Nick Brown, the Labour chief whip, after a former member of her Westminster staff complained that they had been subject to workplace bullying while employed by Vaz in 2012. She denies the allegations… Labour said it would not pursue any formal investigation or disciplinary action against Vaz on the grounds that its historical nature would make it difficult to judge fairly… Valerie Vaz has been met by [the] Leader’s Office and the Chief Whip’s Office following the complaint, to be reminded of her requirements as an employer under the Labour Party Code of Conduct… A spokesperson for Vaz said: “Valerie vigorously denies these allegations, which are vindictive and defamatory, and is committed to tackling bullying and harassment in Westminster, which has gone unchallenged for too long.” …  For further details click here
House of Commons. Bullying and Harassment: Cox Report. Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:57 pm on 16th October 2018. By Valerie Vaz.  click here
Wikipedia: Vaz was born in Aden, Yemen. Her family originates from Goa … her younger brother Keith Vaz is also a Labour MP, while her sister Penny is a lawyer. Her late mother Merlyn Vaz was formerly a Labour councillor in Leicester… click here.

Synod of Bishops: Indian youth need inspiring priests

17 Oct: Vatican News. Young Catholics of India are like the fragile and sinful men and women disciples of Jesus yearning for His living water. These young people are urging the Church leadership to be an authentic inspiration on living the faith and to provide them opportunities and spaces to build communities and experience the Church’s mission. The call was made by Percival Holt, a young lay Indian, who on Tuesday addressed the ongoing world Synod of Bishops currently taking place in the Vatican. The theme of the October 3-28 Synod is, “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” Holt, 25, is president of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) that operates under the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India (CBCI) … Holt described the challenging situation in which Indian youth are growing up…  For further details click here
17 Oct: Zenit (Rome). Synod2018: Testimony of Percival Holt, Indian Catholic Youth Movement …  click here
Audio: Listen to Percival … 4m. 38s. click here.

Video: Don Bosco priest delights with graceful garba moves

16 Oct: Mumbai Mirror. The Don Bosco grounds in Matunga, Mumbai, were delighted by an unusual sight on Sunday – the rector of Don Bosco High School, Matunga, in his flowing cassock, gracefully swaying to the tunes of a traditional garba. The setting was an all-faith nineday ‘Dandiya Dhamaka’ organised by the shrine of Don Bosco, Matunga. A video of Fr Crispino D’Souza, rector of Don Bosco, dancing at the event has gone viral on social media, and many Christians have come forward to laud his gesture… Praising Fr D’Souza’s enthusiasm, Godfrey Pimenta, member, Bombay Catholic Sabha (BCS), said, “It is a good gesture on the part of the priest in fostering new relationships with our brethren from other communities.” …  For further details click here
For the video clip, 0m. 55s.  click here

Goa can be startup hub of India: Ex-dy PM of Malaysia

17 Oct: Times of India. Goa can become the startup hub of India in the next five years, said former deputy prime minister of Malaysia Tun Musa Hitam. He was speaking at the IdeaLab 2018 held at Goa Institute of Management on Tuesday. “There is a deep interest in start-ups among Goans. The state has to begin with awareness, willingness, ability and determination directed by leadership and the government’s assistance to facilitate to every citizen who wants to launch a startup,” he added. He said Goa already has the infrastructure but more needs to be built and the government can give incentives to budding entrepreneurs on computers or smartphones so that such gadgets are within their reach…  For further details click here
17 Oct: Herald. Goa is proclaimed to be one of the top 25 start-up hubs in few years…  click here

Heritage | Exhibition rediscovers Macau-Goa relationship

16 Oct: Macau Daily Times. The exhibition “Viagem Oriental” features a total of 20 photographs of decorative and collectors pieces from Macau that once decorated houses in Goa. Goan director Nalini Elvino de Sousa (photo) is showcasing a series of photos that reveal connections between Goa and Macau, to share the centuries of heritage and cultural and commercial exchange between the two regions. Sousa started this project during a competition in Goa. Eighty entries were received, but only 20 were selected and are currently being showcased … Forty photos are available in the “Viagem Oriental” book which is on sale at the exhibition. The photographs include porcelain vases, blue pots, Chinese figurines and tea figurines stored on shelves. “I know that there are a lot of these artefacts in people’s houses in Goa. Every home has something in Macau. Even in our own house, we have tea sets and crockery and a lot things coming from Macau,” de Sousa explained…  For further details click here

Inside the Cube: Goa’s first avant-garde art space

16 Oct: Architectural Digest. Located in Moira, Goa, The Cube features whitewashed walls, open layouts with an attached kitchenette and loft spaces that offer artist ample room to spread out their canvas and pastels… After a four-month inventory it opens its new season with ‘Man Enough,’ a series of eight artists exploring the definitions of masculinity, from a more rural perspective. This is a 360 degree turn after ‘SHE’—last year’s all-woman art show hosted there. Even though Goa has always been churning some the country’s best arts and crafts, most of its art spaces and museums delve into the city’s past. “All the galleries here are based out of old Portuguese villas. I wanted to go off the tangent, by building a fly ash recycled brick space, rather than work with conventional laterite,” says the gallerist Sonny Singh, a trained architect from Los Angeles…  click here

GoFundMe page set up for family of tragic Donegal backpacker Danielle McLaughlin who was murdered in Goa

17 Oct: Irish Mirror. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of the tragic Irish backpacker who was raped and murdered in India last year. The family of Danielle McLaughlin hopes to raise enough money cover the legal costs to fight for justice as they have claimed they've received no legal or financial support from the Irish government to assist in the case. The 28-year-old, from Buncrana, was found dead in a secluded spot in Canacona, an area of Goa popular with holidaymakers, in March last year. A total of $1459 (€1,261) has been raised in four days … 24 year old Vikat Bhagat is on trial for the rape and murder of Danielle and also for robbery and destruction of evidence…  For further details click here
You can help the family by donating,  click here


FILM: Eat Pray Love. Channel 5. Sunday 21st Oct. 02:50 to 05:00. Romcom. Following a divorce, a woman embarks on a journey of self-discovery, visiting Italy, India and Bali. Based on author Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir. Starring: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Subtitles, 2010, PG.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Churchill's Bodyguard. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Sun. 21st Oct. 12:00 to 13:00. Indian Nationalist Assassin. Explosive historical facts revealed in the series based on Walter Thompson's memoirs. Churchill's knowledge of India places him in the line of fire.

DOCUMENTARY: 101 East: Discussion. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Sun. 21st Oct. 17:30 to 18:00. India's Hospital Train. 101 East boards the Lifeline Express, a hospital train that travels across India, delivering medical care and hope to those who need it most.

COOKERY: Jamie's Great Britain. Home (Freeview 25). Tues. 23rd Oct. 19:00 to 20:00. The Heart of England. Jamie Oliver celebrates the diversity of British food. In the Midlands, he buys some fresh Indian veg and enjoys traditional pork pies.

COOKERY: Indian Food Made Easy. Food Network (Freeview 41). Wed. 24th Oct. 21:00 to 21:30. Keralan Cuisine. Food writer and chef Anjum Anand travels to Liverpool and meets a charity worker who wants to be able to cook authentic Indian food on her stall in the city's biggest farmers' market in a bid to raise money. 21:30 to 22:00. Gujarati Cuisine. Anjum Anand tours Leicester's Gujarati community to source the best ingredients for a lamb curry with fenugreek dumplings, which she helps rugby player Michael Scott prepare for his teammates.

DOCUMENTARY: Dangerous Borders. BBC 2. Wed. 24th Oct. 23:15 to 00:15. A Journey Across India and Pakistan. On the third and final leg of their journey, journalists Adnan Sarwar and Babita Sharma travel along the northern part of the border which divides India and Pakistan. It is the most contested section of the border - and the most dangerous.

REALITY SHOW: Something Borrowed, Something New. Quest Red (Freeview 38). Fri. 26th Oct. 13:30 to 14:00. Whose Sari Now. Bride Sharon is marrying her Indian fiancé, Vijay. Eager to please him and his family, she's hoping an Indian-fusion dress may win them over.


News Summary

Uganda: Operation Legacy and Mrs O.E. De Souza

16 Oct: The Observer (Uganda). As independence approached, the British introduced a policy of purging documents containing details of their activities in the colonies, including Uganda. This policy, codenamed ‘Operation Legacy’, started in India which got independence in 1947 … on March 3, 1961, R.E Stone wrote a letter to the chief secretary in Entebbe requesting “permission for Mrs. O.E. De Souza to be an authorised officer” [to purge documents]. De Souza was a Goan married to a naturalised British in 1938 and considered to be thoroughly trustworthy, loyal and discreet … However, the officials in the governor’s office took a different view and it was suggested that “Mrs. De Souza should not be ‘authorised’”…  For further details click here
For a fuller account see: ‘Operation Legacy’: Britain’s Destruction and Concealment of Colonial Records. By Shohei Sato. Pages 697-719  click here
Wikipedia: Operation Legacy … click here.

UK: Chessington Restaurant to hold charity dinner on National Curry Week

Ralph Sousa

25 Sep: Surrey Comet. Saffron Summer in Chessington is holding a charity evening dinner during National Curry Week which runs from October 20 to 28 … The Chessington curry house announced they will be donating £5 to a world hunger charity for every person to attend their fundraising dinner on Monday, October 22… Each meal costs £24.95 per head …Restaurant owner Ralph Sousa said: “Diners have the opportunity to relish the distinctive flavours from different regions of Indian in one night and raise money for a good cause too.” …  For further details click here
Ralph Sousa lives in Esher and previously owned two restaurants, Banjara and Food Affair in Goa and one, Xanti in Lisbon. For a 11m. 50s radio interview with him,  click here
For the Saffron Summer website, click here.

2 Congress "Runaway" Lawmakers Take Flight From Goa, Land In BJP

16 Oct: NDTV. Two Goa Congress lawmakers met BJP president Amit Shah in Delhi and quit today, ending the party's razor thin edge in the 40-member assembly. The party has been reduced from 16 to 14 and is now evenly matched with the BJP, which is trying to hold its coalition together as Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar battles a pancreatic condition. Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte, who flew to Delhi late last night, faxed their resignation letters to Speaker Pramod Sawant. By Tuesday evening, they were with the BJP… "We expect two-three more legislators to come (with us), not today but in the coming days," Subhash Shirodkar was quoted as telling news agency ANI after his meeting with the BJP president. The Congress expressed shock…  For further details click here
Editorial: 17 Oct: Herald. A mockery of ethics, ideology, loyalty and democracy …  click here

Sir Ali bin Salim and the Making of Mombasa

14 Oct: Coastweek (Mombasa). Sir Ali bin Salim and the Making of Mombasa, by Judy Aldrick, 175 pp., Old Africa Books, 2018. This book must have been difficult to research, but it emerges as a fascinating study of the reactions of local Arab rulers on the East African coast and the compromises that had to be made when the British arrived. Its subjects are two former Liwalis [governors] of Mombasa, Salim bin Khalfan and his son, Ali bin Salim. Salim bin Khalfan was appointed as Liwali by the Sultan of Zanzibar in the 1880s,.. Ali bin Salim attended the coronation in London of Edward VII in 1902, and sent one of his sons to be educated in England… This grand old man of the coast took official retirement in 1931, continuing to be generous with charitable donations, among them gifts to Mombasa library and the Goan community…  click here
To order a copy of the book from Amazon,  click here
The Goan School was born after the then Mombasa Liwali (ruler) Sir Ali bin Salim gave the Goan community land and laid the foundation stone for its construction on August 14, 1932. click here.

No need for police to say sorry to Lloyd Rayney: Attorney-General John Quigley

16 Oct: West Australian. WA Police have no reason to apologise to acquitted murder suspect Lloyd Rayney, Attorney-General John Quigley believes, despite the former prosecutor again attacking the investigation into him over potential involvement in the death of his wife Corryn… Mr Rayney and his supporters repeated their disquiet at the conduct of the WA Police during the murder investigation and called for a new murder hunt to begin. WA Police refused to comment. But Mr Quigley said that in his view, no police apology was warranted… The coroner’s office said yesterday they were still “considering the matter and it maybe some time before a decision” on an inquest is made…  click here

Editorial: Why is health status of Parrikar kept under wraps?

16 Oct: The Goan. … What’s the secret behind keeping the health status of the Chief Minister under wraps? People have ‘digested’ the fact that it’s a pancreatic ailment which is now at a critical stage. But what’s this suspense all about? And why the false propaganda when the people of the state know that the Chief Minister is fighting a grim battle? … If people have stood up for Parrikar, they have every right to know the condition of their Chief Minister. As Parrikar continues to battle through, all that the people of the State are interested in for now is the status of his health and not the politics playing out in the background.  For further details click here

Video: Mumbai to Goa cruise is finally here

16 Oct: CNBC TV. Planning a trip to Goa? You can now sail there from Mumbai on Angriya, India's first domestic passenger cruise. Ashwini Priolker hops on board to give you a sneak peek of this luxurious cruise… 3m. 41s.  For further details click here
For the Angriya Cruises website  click here
To book your ticket online, click here.

'From Faro to Goa' a trip through centuries of rare tiles

15 Oct: Algarve Daily News. (Portugal) The famous tiles from Santa Monica in Goa, along with rare C16th gold tiles and many other fine examples, will be on display in an exhibition starting on October 20th when, 'From Faro to Goa: a trip through the tiles of Ramalho Ortigão' will be launched in the Municipal Museum of Faro… A book has already been published by Faro Council with the help of the Montepio Foundation… The exhibition will be open to the public until February 10, 2019 …  For further details click here



Death: Arthur da Costa

13 Oct: Mississauga, Canada. ARTHUR DA COSTA. Born 1921. Ex Nairobi. Passed away peacefully. Loving husband of 70 years to Rosalia. Devoted father of Norman, Leonor Hall, Catherine Pereira (Kenneth), Anne Robillard (Tom Rideout), Marian da Costa, and the late Manuel. Cherished grandfather of Damien (Tina), Miriam (Allan), Christa (Terence), Stephen (Cynthia), Rebecca, Aaron (Emily), and Jeanette (Eric). Adored by his great grandchildren Lucas, Juliana, Lily, Noah, Lawson, Lydia, Evangeline, Veronica, Harrison and Julia. Visitation: Turner & Porter 2180 Hurontario, Mississauga, ON, L5B 1M8: Monday, 15 Oct 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Mass: Nativity of Our Lord Church. 480 Rathburn Rd., Toronto, ON, M9C 3S9, Tuesday, 16 Oct 10:30 AM. Condolences and further details, click here.

Death: Gabriel D´Souza
11 Oct: Feltham, London, UK. ANNUNCIATION (AMANCIO) GABRIEL CONCEICAO D´SOUZA. Born 8th April 1934. Ex Pilerne, Goa. Died peacefully with his wife Mary, and children Tessy, Trudie, Anthony and Arthur by his side. All the family were with him earlier in the evening to say their goodbyes with prayers, songs and a little whisky! "Gaga" (Grandad), will be missed by Daniel, Jonathan, Jacob, Eva, Diego and Sofia, and son and daughter in law Charles and Sharon. Rest In Peace Gabriel/Gaga and watch over us. XXX. Funeral Mass is at 11am on Wednesday on 31st October 2018 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, The Green, Feltham. TW13 4AF. Condolences to

News Summary

Mombasa born Claire Soares is a successful U.S. based film maker, author and engineer

14 Oct: Coastweek (Mombasa). By Marci Pereira. Much of her work involves technology, ecology (including wild life conservation) and environment sustainability. A Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Claire is a registered Professional Engineer and has authored six books…Claire is the daughter of Mrs May Soares, my English teacher, at the Mombasa Goan School in 1958. She is the first and only lady engineer from our school, I think, as per my research this far… She has three Masters Degrees: (a) Business Administration (b) Film & TV (c) Fine Arts [Creative Writing]… she is a licensed Commercial Airline Pilot as well… 507 words.  For further details click here
For more details on Claire Soares compiled by Marci Pereira,  click here

Lloyd Rayney calls for new investigation into wife Corryn Rayney’s murder

14 Oct: (Australia). Police investigating the 2007 murder of Perth mum Corryn Rayney reportedly ignored a bloodcurdling scream heard by residents of an apartment block overlooking the park where her body was found. That’s because they were fixated on their view that her husband, barrister Lloyd Rayney, was their “prime and only suspect”, and had killed her at their family home before burying her in Kings Park, a new TV investigation claims. Martin Bennett, who represented Mr Rayney in the high-profile murder trial, believes there was compelling circumstantial evidence against convicted sex offender Allon Mitchell Lacco and his cousin Ivan Eades. “I think the evidence is there and it just needs different people to do the job properly,” Mr Rayney told 60 Minutes, urging a renewed investigation to find his wife’s killer. “There is a person - or people - walking around who’ve literally gotten away with murder.” …  click here
Video: 15 Oct: 60 Minutes Australia. Who killed young mum Corryn Rayney? Falsely accused husband breaks silence …  click here
Wikipedia: Corryn Rayney, née Da Silva, (born 1963) migrated to Australia with her [Goan] family in 1973 as refugees from Idi Amin's Uganda… click here.

State Chief Information Commissioner allows complaint over ‘non-compliance of RTI Act by Goa Raj Bhavan’

16 Oct: Navhind Times. The Goa State Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Prashant Tendolkar allowed a complaint filed over the non-compliance of the Right to Information Act by the Goa Raj Bhavan. In his order, the Goa CIC has granted plea that the Goa Raj Bhavan forthwith appoint a public information officer and also make the mandatory disclosures under Section 4 (1) of the RTI as required by law. In the complaint Advocate Aires Rodrigues (photo) has drawn the attention of the Goa State Information Commission that the Goa Raj Bhavan despite being a ‘public authority’ in terms of Section 2 (h) of the RTI Act has not appointed a Public Information Officer (PIO) for members of the public to be able to seek information and that the Goa Raj Bhavan has also not made the mandatory disclosures required under the RTI Act…  For further details click here

Goa MLA quits party alleging harassment of whistle-blower

15 Oct: Qatar Tribune. Goa Forward Vice President Trajano D'Mello resigned from the party after accusing the BJP-led government of brazenly backing the fish mafia in the state, adding to the state's political turbulence. Even as the BJP-led coalition in Goa battles to stay afloat amid Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's prolonged illness, a past ghost of a formalin-in-fish controversy continues to dog the government, especially BJP ally Goa Forward… "I would like to state that if fighting for justice for an upright officer who is mentally tortured is anti-party activity, I would prefer to fight for the injustice,"D'Mello said.  For further details click here

Indian court grants bail, with limits, to bishop accused of raping nun

15 Oct: The Tablet (UK). A court in India's southern Kerala state granted bail to Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was arrested almost a month earlier and charged with raping a Catholic nun. The Kerala High Court granted bail 15 October on condition that the bishop, based in northern Jalandhar City, should not enter Kerala state other than to report once a fortnight to investigating police, reported The prelate was also told to surrender his passport to the court to stop him from any attempt to leave the country. His lawyer, Vijay Bhanu, told that securing bail was a "victory" for the bishop…  click here

Black and white in Indian America

15 Oct: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. … Now in 2018, through the prism of Donald Trump’s post-post-racial burlesque, there is the spectacle of ambitious Indian Americans scaling political heights on both sides of this flimsily conceived black/white divide… This is the story of Nimrata Randhawa (now known as Nikki Haley) and Kamala Devi Harris, two immensely talented women with roots in India, who now represent the Republican and Democratic parties respectively. But there are more intriguing differences because Haley represents the conservative South. Harris is grounded in liberal California… when Kamala Harris was elected to the Senate in 2016, it was portrayed as an African-American breakthrough… Today, Indian Americans number at least four million, besides another 500,000 undocumented migrants… Nikki Haley and Kamala Harris live in the 21st century, but when it comes to identity, their only choice is black or white… 654 words.  For further details click here

Chatting with Noreen Van Holstein, festival director of LaLaLand Goa

15 Oct: Its Goa. If you find yourself in Goa this weekend, looking for something to do, look no further than Nagoa, Arpora. What’s happening there, you ask? It’s the scene of one of Goa’s magical festivals. Taking place on the grounds of a beautiful old Goan mansion, LalaLand Goa is a festival of joy, magic, happiness and, music. With the success of one edition under this mantle, it’s now time for people to enjoy themselves at the second edition on the 19th and 20th of October. We spoke to Noreen Van Holstein, LaLaLand Goa’s festival director to learn about the brilliant mind that gave us LaLaLand Goa. Noreen is originally from the Netherlands. 15 years ago, together with her then boyfriend who is now her husband, Noreen moved to India… She explains why her family moved to Goa. “We did that because Goa is paradise for most people and for us …  For further details click here
For the LaLaLand website,.  click here
De Wereldwijven (Holland). Noreen uit Goa …[machine translation] click here.

Fresh fish apps get boost post formalin issue in Goa

15 Oct: Herald. The launch of an app to buy fish marked a distinct change in the mode of selling fish. The presence of others in the digital space could perhaps be a marker of things to come or does it. Ajit John spoke the promoters as well as individuals in the business to understand what was going on … John Desa recently launched ‘Fresh Lo’ an app which would help consumers buy directly from the fisherman, bypassing the middleman. He also launched La Socorina, a Goan fish shop at Porvorim with a delivery service within 5 kms … Carol Mascarenhas runs a similar service in the south. She sends whatsapp messages to a group or calls up people in Chandor and areas around it … Siddhi Shantanu Bhonsle launched Freshfishbasket which is aimed at the elite section of society …  click here


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Kenya: Pio Gama Pinto: Untold life story of first unsung ‘martyr’

14 Oct: The Standard (Kenya). One is hard-pressed to find writings, ideas and a detailed record of the life of Pio Gama Pinto, the charismatic person who became independent Kenya’s first political martyr. But a new book to be launched next week has compiled all the writings on Pinto that its author could lay his hands on. Pio Gama Pinto: Kenya’s Unsung Martyr 1927– 1965 is edited by Shiraz Durrani and includes letters, recollections from family and comrades and newspaper articles. Shortly after independence, Pinto was shot dead outside his Westlands home (where Sarit Centre is). He was 38… One stark reason to finish him, it has been argued over the years, was the fact that he was a hardcore socialist caught in the cross-hairs of neo-imperialists hell-bent on directing Kenya the capitalistic way … But did Kenyatta have a hand in Pinto’s death? The book suggests that his assassination needs to be seen in its “overall national and international” context… Pinto gave away almost all his money and not even his wife Emma, knew how much he earned. After his death, Murumbi arranged for Emma to immigrate to Canada where they became citizens. Now 90, Emma describes Pinto as a “humanist.” 694 words.  For further details click here
14 Oct: Nation (Kenya). Pinto editor: My escape from dreaded police. By Shiraz Durrani. 1143 words.  click here

#MeToo Allegations Hit Video Volunteers' of Anjuna

12 Oct: The Wire. At least two women who have worked with Video Volunteers [of Anjuna] narrated similar stories about how Stalin touched them inappropriately and, on sensing a lack of reciprocation, remained casual in his demeanour, forcing the women to doubt their discomfort… Trigger warning: This article contains details about sexual assault and harassment which may be triggering to survivors… 1134 words.  For further details click here
Giving voice to rural India. 14 Oct: Navhind Times. Stalin K and Jessica Mayberry [photo] of Video Volunteers, which has its headquarters in Goa, are among the finalists for the Social Entrepreneur of the Year (SEOY) India 2018 Award. NT BUZZ takes a look at how this community-based news agency powered by rural correspondents is making a change … it was in 2003 that Video Volunteers, with its headquarters in Anjuna, Goa, was set up … Stalin also states unless you create a dramatic event, the media is apparently not interested …  click here
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New York: Dr Nelson Menezes: Recognising the value of life through vascular surgery

14 Oct: Herald. Originally from Panjim, Dr Nelson Menezes, Chief of Vascular Surgery at The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, New York, will be awarded the prestigious Walter Reed Medal at the Founder’s Ball on October 18, 2018. Dolcy D’cruz speaks to Dr Nelson and his family about his life in Goa before making USA his home and his experience in the medical field over the last 30 years… Dr Nelson Menezes was born and brought up in the city of Panjim. Son of late Caetano Menezes and late Eufregina Menezes from Divar, and the youngest sibling to Alzira Fernandes, Dr Placido Menezes, Sylvia D’Souza and Dr Anthony Menezes, Dr Nelson is fondly remembered by his two sisters living in Goa. Both retired teachers from Mary Immaculate Girls’ High School, Panjim, they look forward to spending quality time with their brothers, Dr Placido and Dr Nelson, who are based in the US… He resides in Brooklyn, New York with his wife, Neshba, a classical pianist, and two daughters, Priyanka and Carla … 1231 words.  For further details click here

Video: Parrikar returns home, on a stretcher & in an ambulance

14 Oct: Goa Spotlight. The usual bonhomie that surrounds arrival of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar when arrives back in the State was missing on Sunday, when the BJP leader was moved from AIIMS to Goa on a stretcher and travelled through ambulances. Parrikar was flown to Goa in a special flight on Sunday afternoon… Parrikar’s health had deteriorated at AIIMS last night after which he was shifted to Intensive Care Unit. He was discharged from the hospital and then flown to Goa. State Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said that Goa Medical College and Hospital has set up facility at Parrikar’s residence at Dona Paula, where his medical needs would be looked after. The arrival of Parrikar was sudden and unexpected…  For further details click here
14 Oct: The Statesman. Hoping for miracle for cancer-stricken Parrikar: Goa minister …  click here
15 Oct: Herald. BJP begins hunt for new CM … click here.

Rickshaw Ravers: A cross-country ride for a cause!

14 Oct: Herald. Three foreign nationals participated in a one-of-a-kind journey through India. In a rickshaw! “This was a 3,000km ride across India, going anyway we wanted to. We ended up in people's homes, restaurants, gardens and hearts,” said Paul Visser, one of the three participants of the Rickshaw Ravers trip, on the conclusion of their trip. Paul, who lives in Reading, United Kingdom (UK), was accompanied by Liz Flynn and Jamie Shelton from Manchester, UK... “By the time we arrived in Goa from Kolhapur, I could hardly walk and was soothed by a kingfisher,” recalled Liz… “We hunted for a grassroots charity that supports underprivileged children in India. After coming across the website for Goa Outreach, I knew we had to support them and all the vital work they do. I spoke with Rob Lyon, from Goa Outreach, who was very supportive, and invited us to meet with the children on our way through India,” added Liz…  For further details click here
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Fish import to be banned this week

15 Oct: Navhind Times. Stating that the state government is working on maintaining stringent checks on the use of formalin in fish, Town and Country Planning Minister and Goa Forward Party leader Vijai Sardesai on Sunday said that a ban on fish import will be imposed in the state within eight days… “Till there is a regulatory control, there has to be a ban… There are a lot of adulterants in food but that does not mean you ban all imports of food items,” he said…  For further details click here

Sad state of affairs: River Mandovi

14 Oct: Herald. Pollution of river Mandovi is not something new. Presence of polluted component was discovered more than a decade back by National Institute of Oceanography (NIO). The scientific research institute through a massive study carried out from 2002-07 discovered that the water in River Mandovi has high level of bacteria, which is far beyond the permissible limit for recreational, bathing and fishing activities. This was followed by Goa State Pollution Control Board study in 2014, 2015, 2017 and in 2018...  For further details click here
14 Oct: Herald. Don’t bathe in that river… The faecal coliform count, which needs to be zero, is found to be between 2300 to 9000 colonies per 100 ml water. “Goa’s river waters have almost 80 to 90 percent of faecal coliform content, which is highly dangerous to human health,” GSPCB senior official said…  click here

Communist Bulgaria's interest in Indian art

1 Sep: The Caravan. Svetlin Rusev director of the National Gallery of Foreign Art and Lyudmila Zhivkova (photo), a senior Bulgarian Communist Party functionary and Politburo member collected Indian miniatures, Hindu temple sculptures and Christian art from Goa… Rusev’s personal pride, the collection of Goan art, is perhaps the most powerful set of works. Outside of Goa and Portugal, no other museum houses such an extensive collection of Goan Christian sculpture, particularly the wooden statues—some life-sized or larger—of Jesus and the saints. It appears that Rusev saw these statues, carved by Indian artists for churches in a blend of styles, as an embodiment of art’s power to bring cultures together… The works can be seen at the new cultural centre in Sofia, known as Square 500, behind the city’s iconic Alexander Nevsky Cathedral … But the unique collection of Indian art, the largest in the Balkans, has been neglected for many years by the public, scholars and the state… 1909 words.  For further details click here



Death: Annunciation (Anne) Fernandes

11 Oct: South Croydon, UK ANNUNCIATION (ANNE) FERNANDES. Ex Parklands, Nairobi. Born in Cortalim, Goa in 1923. Wife of (late) John Adolph Fernandes. Devoted mother to Hermia and Derek, Loving Grandmother to Lisa. Great Grandmother of Matthew. She died peacefully in her home with her loving family by her side. Funeral details will be confirmed in due course. Condolences to

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Canada: Hector Jacques: Inside the failed fight for federal funding for Port of Halifax

11 Oct: CBC (Canada). Scott Brison, Nova Scotia's federal cabinet minister is defending the Trudeau government's refusal to fund a major expansion at the Port of Halifax while pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into rival Canadian ports… Brison also revealed that Hector Jacques, the chairman of the Halifax Port Authority, has stepped back from recent remarks suggesting the Halifax expansion is vital to the national interest and analogous to the Trans Mountain pipeline. "I have a letter from Mr. Jacques saying his comments were misrepresented, misquoted and apologizing for the impression that they created," Brison said. Hector Jacques is the chairman of the Halifax Port Authority … Speaking recently at Halifax Port Days, Jacques made the case for the Halterm expansion, saying without it trade would land in U.S. ports… 896 words.  For further details click here
Video: 9 Oct: Halifax Port Days 2018 - Chairman's Breakfast Hector Jacques, O.C. …  click here
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Goa Arts and Literature Festival kicks off on Dec 6

12 Oct: UNI. The ninth edition of the Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF) will be held at the International Centre Goa (ICG) from December 6 to 8, 2018. GALF 2018 will be inaugurated by two of India’s most celebrated writers. On December 6, at the heritage Maquinez Palace complex in the city, the festival will open with keynote addresses by eminent novelist and writer, Shashi Deshpande, and the multi-disciplinary literary son of the soil, Jerry Pinto… This year’s edition of Goa’s homegrown arts and literature bonanza features exclusive book releases by the acclaimed American biographer Deborah Baker, the celebrated British historian David Gilmour, leading Goan diaspora author Suneeta Peres da Costa (photo) …  For further details click here
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Gulf Goans ensure Goa’s well-being and future

13 Oct: Herald. By Teotonio R. de Souza. It is rare, and for this very reason important and urgent, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of any individual who devotes himself beyond his own personal needs to meet the needs of others… Antony Veronica Fernandes had been my Facebook friend since past many years because I was impressed by his involvement in promoting Goan tiatr and his familiarity with individual tiatrists … My stay last month at Hotel Goan Heritage, a joint venture that resulted from the initiative of a group of Kuwaiti Goans, gave me a better opportunity to know more closely and experience the generosity of Antony Veronica Fernandes, who played a pioneering role in this hotel project … In August this year Veronica Fernandes celebrated his 70th birth anniversary and he released a book and a video of his memories… (The author is Founder-Director of the Xavier Centre of Historical Research (Goa) 1979-1994). 871 words.  For further details click here
Video: Anthony Veronica Fernandes... on the release of his book about expat life in Kuwait …  click here

Bringing back the Konkani golden oldies

13 Oct: Herald. Konkani golden oldies had a charm of their own and every true blue Goan is sure to know the lyrics of those meaningful and well composed songs… Two songs from Chris Perry’s album ‘Golden Hits’ that was released in 1973 – ‘Kazarachem Utor’, originally sung by H Britton, and ‘Piti Piti Mog’ by Antonette – are back in the limelight as they were recently featured in a mash-up video created by DnT Band comprising Denzil Pereira and Trisca Fernandes. In a week’s time, the song has gained numerous shares and over 55,000 views. DnT was formed nine years ago and is now well known in the Bollywood and corporate circuit, having a wide repertoire and having been part of events in countries like United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Kuwait, Singapore, Malaysia, UK, Germany and Switzerland. Denzil, from Canacona, is a singer, music director and lyricist while Trisca, who was born in Dubai, is a trained Hindustani classical vocalist… Dr Hubert Gomes and his wife, Risoleta, have made their onscreen debut with this video… Trisca says, “We have just returned from the UK after our gigs in Europe and the most amazing feeling was to be featured on an international radio channel in the UK, where we sang Konkani songs …  For further details click here
Video: Romantic Konkani Classics- Kazarachem Utor/Piti Piti Mog / DnT The Band. 4m. 50s.  click here

Felt Yoga Institute would be ideal in Goa: Rahul D’Mello

13 Oct: Herald. A yoga Institute will be inaugurated at the Viva Chorao by the Union Minister Shripad Naik, Minister of State for Ayush. Ajit John spoke to Rahul D’Mello, co-ordinator for the Yoga institute and Darryl Fernandes, director of the hotel to find out more. Rahul D’Mello says, “ I spent time in England but I never forgot my Goa. I wanted to do something for the State… I do yoga and I felt it would be ideal to bring it to Goa… Darryl says, “It is a nature lovers paradise and we never thought of ourselves as a resort but when Rahul came over, he had the vision and he pushed it forward… we are getting interest from people from all over the world and the country but the response from Goa has surprised me…  For further details click here

Congress Claims Majority In Goa, Wants Manohar Parrikar To Step Down

13 Oct: Outlook. Accusing the BJP of acting "power hungry" in Goa, the Congress on Saturday demanded that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar step down and it be allowed to prove majority by convening a special session of the state assembly… The opposition party also accused the BJP of "betraying" the people of Goa and "killing governance" in the state… "A special session of the Goa Assembly should be immediately convened and there should be a floor test. This will clear all doubts about who is in-charge in Goa and who has the rightful claim to head a democratic government," Chodankar said… In the 40-member state assembly, the Parrikar government has the support of 23 MLAs. These comprise 14 BJP MLAs, three each from the Goa Forward Party and MGP as well as three Independents. The opposition Congress is the single largest party in the Goa assembly with 16 MLAs…  For further details click here

Transparency survey reveals corruption rising in India

11 Oct: New Indian Express. Corruption has gone up in the country during last one year, according to a survey by Transparency International India. In the survey, conducted in association with the online community platform Local Circles, about 56 per cent citizens admitted to paying bribe during the last one year. During last year’s survey, 45 per cent of the participants had admitted to paying bribes. To another question on availability of anti-corruption helpline, 91 per cent of the respondents said either their states had no anti-corruption helpline or they were not aware about the existence of such helpline. This shows a lack of will from the states to ensure that citizens get involved in the fight against corruption…  For further details click here
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Modernising Mormugao Port May Not Be the Ultimate Answer to Goa's Problems

13 Oct: The Wire. By Tania Devaiah. One of India’s oldest and largest ports, Mormugao Port is about to see some major changes if things go according to plan for the Mormugao Port Trust (MPT). The latest proposal for modernisation and expansion of this port is being hailed by the port authorities as the ultimate answer to the problems of the state. But curiously, bundled along with the proposal to build a brand new fishing harbour are five other proposals – to build a liquid cargo berth which will handle petroleum, oil, lubricants (POL), LPG etc. This bouquet of projects was set to be scrutinised by the citizens living in a ten-km impact radius at a public hearing on October 5… It was clear that the district administration wanted to finish the proceedings in one day and not allow a repeat of last year’s marathon seven-day public hearing. Of 44 registered speakers on Day 1, 19 presented detailed objections quoting problematic and confusing sections of the EIA… Goa citizens are no strangers to the public hearing process … October 5, 2018 too proved to be a demonstration of citizens exercising their right to participate in democratic decision making, especially as it relates to the survival of their livelihood and future generations… 1718 words.  For further details click here


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UK: Abraham Fernandes: Singing together for FC Goa

13 Oct: Herald. UK based Abraham Fernandes recently released an FC Goa cheer song, ‘This is how we play’, which is going viral on social media. Away from home and the matches of the team, Abraham shares his love for football and the team and hopes the Cup comes home this season … Born in Ponda, Abraham Fernandes moved to the UK in 2016 and started working at a Radio Station (Sunrise Radio) in Manchester and still works there… The song was recorded at Abraham’s home in Manchester “The song is a dedication from me and us Goans here in the UK and their tribute toward our team in Goa…  click here
Video: Abraham Fernandes: FC Goa New Song |This is how we play| 2m. 59s.  click here

Canada: Brian Athaide’s Cannabis Company Is Undervalued And Is Poised To Shock The Markets

11 Oct: Seeking Alpha. Canada will be completely legal for recreational cannabis use on October 17, 2018. The Green Organic Dutchman has constructed a management team with over 125+ years of experience in the cannabis, pharmaceutical, retail, and beverage markets … Regardless of your personal or political views, there is a growing trend in cannabis becoming legal for medical and recreational purposes … I believe The Green Organic Dutchman (OTCQX:TGODF) is grossly undervalued and has the potential to become the premier brand in the cannabis space… it has a proven leadership team and a phenomenal organizational structure to carry out their objectives… Leadership and proven talent will take The Green Organic Dutchman to the promise land …  For further details click here
Video: CNBC (Canada). Brian Athaide, CEO of Green Organic Dutchman, joins "Power Lunch" to discuss the booming business of the marijuana industry and what is fueling the growth...  click here
4 Dec: 2017. Globe & Mail (Canada). Brian Athaide, 49, says, "I was born in Bangladesh, my parents [are] from Goa, India, so my mom's first language is Portuguese. They lived in Pakistan - with the violence and animosity, they wanted to immigrate for better quality of life, better opportunities for our family. My dad came in 1971, landing in Montreal. He was a textile engineer, got a job in a mill in Brandon, Man. The rest of us, my mom a teacher and three older sisters, moved in 1972 when I was three. A church congregation helped us settle in… Click here.
9 Oct: National Post (Canada). Father Raymond J. de Souza: Cannabis causes harm. But no one cares …Click here.

Australia: Kiara Rodrigues: Meet 2018 Country Music Artists

11 Oct: The Daily Examiner (Australia). … Kiara Rodrigues. Victorian born and Queensland based, Kiara Rodrigues is the very essence of diversity. Her compelling tones and vibrant personality leave her audiences mesmerised. At just 25 years of age, her performances emulate a sense of maturity well beyond her years… The release of her EP I’m Gonna Be Fine was received with abundant success as the title track soared to #5 on the Australian Country iTunes Chart. Her fresh and contemporary sound is equally matched by her ability to deliver the timeless classics, making her an ideal ambassador for country music…  click here
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Germany: Collien Fernandes fights against eternal stereotypes with her first own children's book.

11 Oct: Stern (Germany). Actress, presenter and author Collien Ulmen Fernandez (36) has had enough: The 36-year-old is challenging the role models embedded in our society so deeply. With her first children's book "Lotti and Otto: A story about boys and girls stuff", which was released on September 7, she is fighting for more role diversity in children's books. After all, all of these stories would have an impact on the children: "In girls, the appearance is very much in the foreground, boys must be active fighters." Her daughter also came with "total role clichés from kindergarten". As she and her husband Christian Ulmen respond to it, and on which topic the couple lives the classic roles, explains Ulmen-Fernandes in an interview with the news agency spot on news…  For further details click here
6 May. 2010. Goan Voice. Collien Fernandes Voted Sexiest Woman in the World …  click here
Wikipedia: Collien Fernandes was born in Hamburg, Germany to a father of Goan origin and a Hungarian mother. She has one younger sister, Elaine… click here.

The great Indian hip scam

12 Oct: Herald. Report by Gladstone D’Costa, an Orthopaedic Surgeon. Virtually any joint in either of the extremities can be replaced today. In western countries the most common is the hip joint. In Asians there is a genetic preponderance of knee replacements… Against the background of the chaos in the international scene over the use of metal on metal hip implants, the situation in India was appalling. The company J&J, and its local subsidiary DePuy continued to sell the implants in India in spite of the serious developments in UK, USA, Australia, NZ and Europe; even as compensation figures were being discussed in the US… 15820 prostheses were imported, records of 4700 surgeries were traced 1295 were returned. That left 9825 unaccounted for. This country neither has a joint registry programme like the UK, nor does it have a culture of publishing failure rates… In summary, it was criminally negligent of J&J and DePuy to foist on the Indian public a metal on metal hip prostheses with a high recorded failure rate reported more than 40 years back…  For further details click here

Climate change, unsustainable development quickly coming together to imperil Goa’s water security

12 Oct: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. This past month was the driest September since detailed statistics have been kept. One result is devastated rice cultivation, down 20% or more… it’s already clear rainfall deficits will be alarmingly high in 2018, at least 19% overall. To be sure, even this bad news is no reason to panic. Lush, riparian Goa is still amply blessed with water resources thanks to the spectacular Western Ghats biosphere … But despite these precious advantages, trouble is unmistakably gathering for this rain-drenched paradise…  For further details click here

Amitabh Bachchan and his bond with Goa

12 Oct: Bollywood Hungama. Goa has always brought the best out of some of the greatest people, especially those with a creative bent of mind and if there is one man who loves being in Goa whenever he finds the opportunity, it is none other than Amitabh Bachchan … Amitabh was in Goa during the last weekend to be one of the speaker at the THINK festival … He has a very old bond with Goa. His very first film, Saat Hindustani was entirely shot in Goa … His first film as the leading man was Bombay To Goa … He next shot for a film in Goa when he was a very big star was in a film called The Great Gambler … The next time Amitabh was in Goa was for the shooting of a very big film called Pukaar,.. Amitabh has been visiting Goa whenever he has the time or has to attend some meeting, some seminar or some conference … “There is that amazing magic about the place which gives you a feeling that you are not of this world but some other much more beautiful and mesmerizing world”, Amitabh says …  For further details click here

Export Inspection Council to monitor quality of fish imports into Goa

12 Oct: Herald. Export Inspection Council (EIC), the competent authority for certification of seafood for export registered with the Government of India, will now monitor the quality of fish that is imported to Goa. EIC will also test the quality of milk, fruits and vegetables that are imported in the State… EIC will set up a State-of-the-art facility in Goa, which will be the central point for entire Goa and Konkan region… The decision was taken during a meeting with Union Commerce and Industries Minister Suresh Prabhu held on Thursday to discuss the issue regarding the presence of formaldehyde in fish in Goa…  For further details click here

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