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Third Death Anniversary: Adolf Dourado (Ex Nairobi)

21 Jan. 2020. Third Death Anniversary of ADOLF DOURADO. Died in London; ex-Nairobi. Born 1942. In loving memory of our dear Adolf there will be a mass privately in his intention at the Parish Church, St Thomas of Canterbury, Woodford Green, Essex as well as at St. Winifred Catholic Church Wimbledon. Enquiries to For the Adolf Dourado death notice click here.

Death: Venia Veronica Fernandes. Ex-Dar-es-Salaam
15 Jan. 2020. Ajax, Ont. Canada. VENIA VERONICA FERNANDES. Aged 85. Beloved wife of Joseph Fernandes. Adored mother & mother-in-law of Ed & May, Rick & Patricia and Ken & Denise. Loved by her grandchildren Jonathan, Samantha, Linsey, Rachele, Melissa, Kevin, Laura, Eric, and great-granddaughter Athena. Survived by her cherished sister Cecilia and her brother & sister-in-law, Peter & Irene De Albuquerque together with nieces Nadine, Sabrina, Denise, and grand-nephew Thomas; and her late brothers Lawrie and Victor (children Sandra and Sidney). Visitation: McEachnie Funeral Home, 28 Old Kingston Road, Ajax ON, L1T 1Z7. 21-Jan-2020 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Funeral Mass: St. Francis de Sales Roman Catholic Church, 1001 Ravenscroft Rd., Ajax ON L1T 4X1. 22-Jan-2020 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM. Burial: Christ the King Cemetery, 7770 Steeles Ave East, Markham ON L6B 1A8 22-Jan-2020 11:45 AM - 12:15 PM. Following the burial, you are invited to a reception to celebrate the life of Venia. Please do not bring any food items since it is not permitted by the facilities. The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada. She will forever live in our hearts and minds. May her soul rest in eternal peace. [Info: Stephen de Souza] Condolences and further details/directions and photo,  For further details click here

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Bringing Goa’s hidden stories to life

17 Jan: Mint. The personal and the historical collide in ‘Goa Familia’, a recent exhibition, which draws from the histories of Goan families … In her youth, Antoinette Fernandes became president of the Accao Catolica de Goa, a position mostly reserved for men … The members wrote her a poem on the occasion of her wedding, which took place at the famous Bom Jesus church. After marriage she moved to Africa and helped run her father-in-law Mathias Xavier Fernandes’ general store in Kenya. They moved to the UK, only to return to Goa in 1968 … 1303 words.  For further details click here

'Padrik Nanv Na?' reaches UK Goans first

18 Jan: Herald. There are Konkani films that have been based on Goan priests… The film also focuses on communal harmony between Hindus, Muslims and Catholics,” says Vaz, who took a break from his work in the UK to release the film… The film premiered in the UK and was released at the hands of Comedian Augustine on October 5, 2019 in Southall. The film was screened twice at Wembley and Swindon… The film will be released in Goa on January 19 in Margao. “The film has received great reviews in the UK,” says Vaz optimistically.  click here
Video: JP Goa Production Presents Konkani movie... "Padrik Nanv Na?" A film by Valerian Vaz…  click here

Go Goan in New York City

17 Jan: Mid Day. If you’re in New York in February and craving Goan food, head to Intersect by Lexus, for Mumbai’s own Goan gem, O Pedro will be serving their fare there. They will feature at the restaurant-in-residence programme at Intersect by Lexus in February 2020. The programme introduces a new dining concept every four to six months from around the world. Known for reviving forgotten Goan culinary traditions, executive chef Hussain Shahzad will share his techniques and flavours in NYC for the first time. “We are excited to be part of the Restaurant-in-Residence programme, run by Danny Meyer. It’s an amazing opportunity to take what we have been doing here to create dining experiences inspired by Goa and Portugal to New York city,” he said …  For further details click here
For the Intersect By Lexus website,  click here
Pressroom: Intersect By Lexus – NYC Announces O Pedro as the Fourth Restaurant-in-Residence … click here.

Behind the tourist fun there a world of suffering for elephants at holiday attractions

17 Jan: Daily Mirror. It seems like a delightful scene as a tourist mucks about on a happy elephant in a river. But there's another side to holiday snaps likes these, a side that reveals the sickening reality of the way elephants are treated behind the scenes at tourist attractions… A review posted on January 10 on TripAdvisor describes a visit to an attraction called The Jungle Book in Goa. “We were told this was a chance to see the elephants in their natural habitat and were free to roam,” the review wrote. “Once we arrived I took it upon myself to go and see where the elephants were kept and much to my amazement and sadness behind some tarpaulin (hidden from public view) I saw the elephants chained up with no more than a 2 or 3 foot of chain tied to their feet so they could not move freely. “I can’t stress how unhappy and disgusted I am about all this, I would NEVER had gone on this tour would I have known this.” …  For further details click here

Returning from death to create a ‘feni’ legacy

17 Jan: Mint. By Joanna Lobo. It took 18 minutes to change Hansel Vaz’s life. Two years ago, a heart condition put the owner of Cazulo Premium Feni in hospital. He was medically dead for 18 minutes. His miraculous return gave him a new perspective on life… In December 2018, Beco das Garrafões—a feni cellar and tasting room—opened its doors to the public to experience what he calls the “Cashew Trail" ( ₹2,000 per head, including dinner). Guests visit the farm, learn about the process of making feni, taste some of it, and learn about its flavours and versatility in cocktails. “The whole evening is designed to give you a perspective to the drink. I am not just telling you about the process but giving an insight into the drink," he says. 1589 words.  For further details click here
Video Tour to India's first Feni's Cellar Room at Cazulo Feni … 5m. 33s.  click here

Jesuit mission head warns CAA can be abused in Goa

17 Jan: Indian Express. The head of the Jesuit mission in Goa, Fr Roland Coelho, issued a statement on Thursday, calling for opposition to the new citizenship law and warning that it could be abused in Goa. In his one-page statement, he has asked Goans “not to remain silent”. “The government has not satisfactorily explained why Muslims and Jews have been left out of the CAA. Was this an arbitrary decision? Did the government pass the CAA on the basis of data or because of the RSS agenda of Hindu Rashtra? Let the Supreme Court decide,” Coelho has questioned. “The CAA-NRC can be abused in Goa. Goa has fostered peaceful and harmonious existence between people of different faiths. Tourists often visit Goa because of the friendliness of people here and the pluralistic fabric of this state that makes people feel at ease with one another. This will change,” the statement read…  For further details click here
17 Jan: Outlook. Goa civic body revokes permission for anti-CAA rally. A BJP-controlled civic authority in Mapusa town in North Goa, on Friday revoked permission for an anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA), National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR) rally scheduled by a civil society group for January 18, hours after a group of ''nationalist'' citizens threatened to hold a parallel rally at the same site…  click here
17 Jan: Herald. Editorial: Why Goans Must Protest Against the CAA … click here.

Goan citizenship woes, from Karachi to Portugal

17 Jan: The Telegraph. By Frederick Noronha. Tiny Goa, often neglected in the national debate because of its small 1.6-million population and atypical history, is finding its citizenship woes come to the fore with the CAA-NRC debate, although in an unexpected tangential way. Following the protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens elsewhere, Goa’s ruling BJP had been prompt in reassuring the state’s “Christian community” that the CAA wouldn’t have any adverse impact on them… The citizenship issue affects local people in at least four ways; migration for one… Those who had migrated to East Africa or elsewhere as Portuguese citizens before 1961, and returned subsequently, faced citizenship-related issues…  For further details click here



31/1/2020 - Funeral: Guilu (Guilherme) Pires. Ex Dar Es Salaam, Batim, Goa, and Nairobi

31 Dec. 2019: Brighton, England. GUILU (GUILHERME) JOÃO PIRES. Born 22 June 1931 in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Son of the late Lourenço Cristovão Pires and the late Maria Anunciação Guadalupe Pires. Devoted father of Vanessa (deceased), brother of Leo, Luis (deceased), Victoria, Curcino (deceased) and Garcinha (deceased), and brother-in-law of Theresa, Lena and Lynette. Resident of Portslade, Brighton, England. Guilu passed away peacefully at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Diana, his daughter Charlotte and son Glyn, and their families. No flowers by request; donations in memory of Guilu preferred, either to Mary's Meals ( or the National Foundation for Youth Music (
Requiem Mass will be held at St Theresa's RC Church, Lower Drive, Southwick, West Sussex, BN42 4RB on Friday 31 January at 11:00 AM. The Committal Service will then take place at 12:30 PM at the South Chapel, Woodvale Crematorium, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 3QB, to which everyone is invited. A reception will follow at Brighton & Hove Golf Club, Devil's Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 8YJ. For condolences and catering purposes RSVP by Friday 24th January to Diana Pires

Death: Salesius (Sales) Pinheiro. Ex Catholic Colony No.2, Karachi
14 Jan: Toronto. SALES PINHEIRO. Ex Karachi. Passed away peacefully after a 20 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease. He was born on January 24th, 1946 in Karachi, Pakistan, the only son, to the late Percival and Charlotte (Dias) Pinheiro. He married Roseleine Benz on September 28th, 1973 in Karachi. He moved to Canada in 1974 and worked as a mechanical engineer for over 30 years with Four Seasons Hotel. He is survived by his wife, children Sharon Dhaliwal (Gurpreet), Sandra Mroz (Basil) and Ryan Pinheiro. Most beloved Grandpa to Syreena, Jordan, Maya, Jacob and Evan and Godfather to Navin and Pamela. He will be missed dearly by his 5 sisters and brothers-in-law, Odette Kotecha (Vinoo), Gloria Fernandes (Noel), Yvette Rixen (Dave), Marilyn Mitchell (Steve), Deborah Pinheiro, the late Peter Benz (Arlene), Robert Benz and by all of his nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. His funeral will take place on Saturday January 18th, 2020 at 11:00am at St. Boniface Catholic Church. Photo, condolences and full details, click here.

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India summons Tony Fernandes in money laundering probe

16 Jan: Free Malaysia Today. Indian investigators have summoned AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes in connection with a money laundering case filed in 2018, according to reports. The Enforcement Directorate (ED), the government agency responsible for fighting commercial crimes, had filed a case under India’s anti-money laundering law as well as under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). The case relates to allegations that AirAsia tried to manipulate government policies in order to get a licence for AirAsia India Limited. Prominent Indian tycoon, Cyrus Mistry had alleged that fraudulent transactions of Rs 220,000,000 involving non-existent entities in India and Singapore were carried out involving the airline…  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Tony Fernandes was born in Kuala Lumpur on 30 April 1964 to an Indian father (originally from Goa and a mother of mixed Indian and Asian-Portuguese (Kristang) descent who had been raised in Malacca, Malaysia …  click here

Video: Claire Coutinho: Maiden Speech in Parliament, 15 Jan. 2020

15 Jan: House of Commons. Thank you Mr Speaker for the opportunity to make my maiden speech… I would like in this speech to mention my grandmother, who may be the single greatest emblem of Conservative values that I know. She was a teacher in India who in my memory took her fashion lead firmly from the Queen. She raised seven children with little resource but with a strong sense that with hard work and determination – you can achieve the impossible. Her children were doctors and teachers and Grade 8 musicians who are now scattered all across the globe. If she could see me here today in ‘the noblest Government in the world’ she would, I’m sure, tell me to work hard, be determined and achieve the impossible…  For further details click here
Claire Coutinho, born 1985, is the daughter of Winston and Maria who immigrated to the United Kingdom in the late 1970s…  click here

Ana Ferrao: ‘Everyone is welcome’: Richmond community group combat racism with inclusivity

16 Jan: South West Londoner. The past few years have seen a surge in racially-motivated hate crimes across the UK that have been attributed to an increasingly divided political landscape. But at a local level, community organisations such as Minority Ethnic Elders Group are rallying together to challenge prejudice and promote social inclusion… Born in Goa, Ana Ferrao, 78, grew up in Kenya and came to London in 1975 with her family. She noted a remarkable difference in social inclusion between then and now. She said: “It wasn’t like this before. It was hard to get into this country.” … She added: “I’m thankful to come here.” …  For further details click here

Need law to curb outsiders to buy land in Goa, says Minister Michael Lobo

16 Jan: Mid Day (Mumbai). Goa Ports Minister Michael Lobo on Thursday demanded a law to rein in 'Indians' from buying agriculture, orchard and non-settlement land tracts in Goa, saying more in-migration would reduce the indigenous Goan population into a minority soon. Lobo said he was contemplating tabling a bill in the state Assembly, which would enable only those with 25-year domicile to buy land in the coastal state… "We have enough people coming from outside the state and they are staying in Goa. Six lakh non-Goans are already in the state. We (indigenous Goan) are nine lakh…”  For further details click here
16 Jan: New Indian Express. Locals losing business to non-Goans: Shiv Sena's Goa unit …  click here

After a year, Supreme Court allows resuming construction of airport at Goa’s Mopa

16 Jan: Live Mint. The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday allowed resuming the construction of an international airport at Mopa in Goa. The judgment comes after a year when the apex court had suspended all construction activities for the greenfield project, ordering status quo in the case due to environmental impact… In March 2019, the SC had refused to lift its stay on the illegal felling of trees, asking the expert appraisal committee (EAC) to revisit the recommendations it had given for the grant of environmental clearance to the project. The SC had barred any other court or tribunal from accepting fresh petitions in the case, until EAC submitted its report.  For further details click here

55 foreigners blacklisted for visa violations

16 Jan: Navhind Times. Fifty-five nationals from 19 countries, including a Pakistani, were blacklisted in 2019 for visa violations. Most of the cases of visa violations pertained to overstaying… It is pertinent to note here that the hotels, guesthouses and other houses that provide accommodation to foreigners must submit (online) the C form to the FRRO within 24 hours after the foreigners check into their premises. Once blacklisted, a foreigner cannot visit the country for a minimum period of three years, … The foreigners who have been blacklisted includes five British citizens …  For further details click here

A one-of-a-kind tattoo festival is happening in Goa & all ink-lovers need to be here!

15 Jan: Knock Sense. A three day long Tattoo Festival is happening in Goa from 17th January at Anjuna. With international tattoo artists, tattoo models, tattoo enthusiasts and more, this festival can only be called an ink lovers dream come true! … Tattoo's are more than just something that is drawn on the body, but the extension of a person … The Goa Tattoo Festival celebrates the art of drawing like no other place and you're sure to find everything you're looking for. Plus, even if you're not looking to get tatted up, you can still have a bunch of fun, immerse in a ton of activities and have the time of your life! …  For further details click here
Videos: World Tattoo Events – Goa. Highlights from the previous Goa Festivals.  click here

Sun. 26 Jan.  Fundraising Gala Event for English Martyrs Church, Streatham, London, at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, London SW16  2HY, from 2 pm to 8 pm. Dancing to ‘The Legends’ - a London based band including Maz, Savio, Eddie & Terry. Goan catering and licensed bar. Dress Code: Smart Casual Wear. Tickets include a plate of snacks and a meal. Cost: £15 for Adults and £10 for Children aged 5 to 14 years. Contact: Amanda D’Souza 07843429201;  Bonita Maciel 07536163949;  Darren Botelho 07588074102; Michelle De Souza 07713449906. All proceeds from this event will be going towards the purchase of a boiler for the Church. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 23 Feb.  Mungul Union (UK) celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Woodside High School Hall (ex-White Hart Lane School Hall), White Hart Lane, London N22 5QJ. Mass at 12.30pm. followed by a social gathering. Music by "RAINBOW'S END” For tickets and details, contact: Natalie Fernandes (020 8352 8355); Lucas Fernandes (07957148406); Rosy D'Silva (07815835820); and Rosalind Rebello (07962272285). Tickets will not be sold at the door. For the flyer, click here.



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Former MP Keith Vaz launches surprise Labour comeback

15 Jan: The Guardian. The disgraced former MP Keith Vaz has made a surprise bid to re-enter Labour politics after being declared as the chair of the constituency party that he represented for 32 years, the Guardian can disclose. The former minister, who did not stand for parliament at the last election after receiving a six-month Commons ban over drug allegations involving sex workers, was voted in as the chair of Leicester East Labour party on Tuesday night. Amid angry scenes, police attended the meeting in Belgrave Neighbourhood Centre. They have since confirmed they have been asked to investigate an allegation of assault. Inside the meeting, Vaz was voted in as the new chair on a show of hands. While his supporters said he had re-entered politics because the local party was in chaos, other local party members said the meeting involving more than 100 people should not have taken place and that his election should be declared void… One Vaz opponent said it was widely rumoured that the former MP would like to stand again at the next election, and his position as chair would give him a platform for this. “He wants to get back to Westminster. That is the rumour and now he is perfectly positioned,” the source said… A female party member, who asked not to be named, said she was assaulted as she tried to enter the meeting…  For further details click here
15 Jan: itv News. Assault allegations as ex-MP Keith Vaz elected chair of Constituency Labour Party …  click here
15 Jan: Daily Mail. Ex-MP Keith Vaz makes political comeback … click here.

How the Opposition in Goa Ruled Goan Hearts

16 Jan: Herald. On January 16, 2020 Goa will commemorate the 53 Anniversary of the Goa’s Opinion Poll Day as “Goencho Osmitai Dis” (Goans Identity Day). It is necessary to understand the real meaning of Opinion Poll correctly regarded in terms of relative importance and salute the memory who made great sacrifice indefinitely and secure separate identity for Goa and Goans more so because this unique is threatened today. Dr Jack de Sequeira who was the founder president of the United Goans Party, the first opposition leader of the first legislative assembly in the history of Goa, a Man who worked tough during the opinion poll and rightly established as the real architect of this most crucial movement in Goa’s history and honours as the Father of Opinion Poll of Goa 1967 …  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Jack de Sequeira,  click here
Editorial: 16 Jan: Herald. Battle to preserve identity has not ended … click here.

Solomon Souza on his first visit to the ancestral village of his grandfather, whose ambitious mural he could not finish

15 Jan: Indian Express. As winter festive season was starting in Goa last year, a 26-year-old man came out of the airport and thought he had landed in Narnia … Graffiti artist Solomon Souza was visiting the place his grandfather, Francis Newton Souza … Solomon created life-size murals of Saligao legends in the village … The artist made more than 20 murals as part of Serendipity Arts Festivals and intended to finish with a giant work on FN… “The police also decided to call me repeatedly, requesting my presence at the local station for questioning concerning my visa to which I eventually obliged,” he adds… The incomplete work is a reason for Solomon to return to Goa. Before that, he is finishing a large mural on Stamford Bridge, which is in Chelsea FC’s stadium in London, in commemoration of the 75th liberation of Auschwitz… 1196 words.  For further details click here
Video: 18 Nov 2019. HCN. Solomon at work in Aldona,  click here
For some of Solomon’s Goa murals, click here.

Goa a lawless State, alleges Felix Dahl's mother

15 Jan: Herald. Stating that the deaths of foreign tourists is tarnishing Goa’s image worldwide, the mother of Finnish youth Felix Dahl alleged that Goa Police is covering up murder cases of tourists… Canacona police had claimed that Dahl had died after he obtained five wounds on the back of his head and a broken skull while doing acrobatics alone on a silent sandy road in the middle of the night. The explanation was accepted by the court. The mother says that the main suspect in Felix’s case is a violent Goan citizen who has attacked locals and tourists, and at the moment is in a Canacona court for attacking a police officer… “Many people, including Goan policemen, participated in the killing of Caitanya Holt but no investigation followed. James Durkin was found dead with head and limbs removed but FIR was not registered, and his death was not investigated as a murder by Goan authorities. And so on...there are hundreds of similar cases,” she says…  For further details click here

Minor maids: High Court sets aside order against doctor couple

15 Jan: The Goan. The Bombay High Court at Goa has upheld an appeal filed by a doctor couple Zelio D’Mello and his wife Elaine who were convicted by the Children’s Court for allegedly keeping minor children as maids in their home without permission and having allegedly, on occasion, resorted to beating them. While concluding that the Children’s Court has no jurisdiction to try the case, as it could not be conclusively proven that the two victims were below 14 years of age at the time of the incident, the High Court has left it open to the State to try the couple before a regular court. The incident is dating back to the year 2004 and the Children’s Court had sentenced them to undergo simple imprisonment for a term of three years and to pay the fine of Rs one lakh each... The High Court also ruled that it was not proved beyond reasonable doubt that the two victim girls were ill-treated and harassed while they served as maids.  For further details click here
Video: 14 Sep. 2017. Prime Media News. Amcho Dotor Ep 21 Dr Zelio D’Mello. …  click here

Christian girls in Kerala being killed in the name of love jihad: Christian body

15 Jan: India Today. Syro-Malabar Synod -- a Christian body based in northern Kerala -- said that incidents of so-called "love jihad" are increasing in Kerala and they pose a danger to the secular harmony and social peace of the state. "It's a matter of fact that planned 'love jihad' is happening, targetting Christian girls. According to what police have said among the 21 who went to ISIS half of them were Christian converts. It is a serious matter that many who are not in the records are being converted and used for terrorist activities," read a press release from the media wing of the Syro-Malabar Synod… There have been recent complaints in Kerala that women are "sexually abused in the name of love" and later they are forced to convert…  For further details click here

California: Flavorful Indian food returns to Redondo Beach — at Addi’s Darbar

14 Jan: Daily Breeze (USA). Addi’s Darbar on Torrance Boulevard in Redondo Beach features a freshened up dining area and the best Indian cooking in the South Bay — all courtesy Addi DeCosta, who enjoys serving the food of his homeland… It was earlier this year that Addi DeCosta posted a hand-lettered sign on the door of his much loved Addi’s Tandoor in Redondo Beach that read, “To All My Beloved Patrons: Sorry due to my health problems I had to close the restaurant. Thanks for your support for these years, Love you all, Addi…” And with that, our best Indian restaurant vanished… Addi is back, looking hale and hearty… If you want to crank up the spicy level, look for the word “vindaloo” on the menu. It’s a preparation that comes from Addi’s native Goa… 1091 words.  For further details click here
For the Addi’s Darbar website,  click here
Facebook: Addi went to Loyola High School. Lives in Redondo Beach, California… click here.

DOCUMENTARY: Royal Murder Mysteries. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Sat. 18th Jan. 08:00 to 09:00. The Earl of Erroll - Death in the Valley. Crimes involving members of royal families from around the globe, beginning with an earl shot dead in a hedonistic hideaway for colonial aristocrats in Kenya.

ENTERTAINMENT: Masala FM. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Sat. 18th Jan. 22:30 to 22:55. Auntieji upsets a listener, leaving Khalid to save the station's reputation. With Meera Syal and Sanjeev Bhaskar. First aired in 1996. (Series 1, Episode 3)

CHILDRENS: A Week to Beat the World. CBBC (Freeview 201). Sun. 19th Jan. 12:10 to 12:35. The Kenya Story.

DOCUMENTARY: Real Crime. Pick (Freeview 11). Mon. 20th Jan. 22:00 to 23:00. Hannah's Killer - Nowhere to Hide. The five-and-a-half-year investigation into the rape and murder of Southampton teenager Hannah Foster in 2003. After fleeing the country, Maninder Pal Singh Kohli confessed to the crime live on Indian TV, and despite a retraction and efforts to stop himself facing justice in the British courts, in 2008 he became the first Indian national to be extradited back to the UK. Featuring interviews, archive footage and dramatic reconstruction. Director: Claire Faragher . Starring: Katie Bradley, Julian Evans, Lokesh Jain, Stephanie Shields, Mark Scantlebury, Claire Faragher

DOCUMENTARY: Banged Up Abroad. Pick (Freeview 11). Tues. 21st Jan. 01:00 to 02:00. India/Delhi/Party Girl. The story of Clare Matthews, a traveller in India who found herself short of money and turned to drug smuggling - a decision that led to her being jailed for five years. 6

DOCUMENTARY: Buying and Selling. ITVBe (Freeview 26). Thurs. 23rd Jan. 19:00 to 20:00. Francis & Juanita. Francis and Juanita moved to Canada from India five years ago and, while they still love the house they moved into, they need some more space for their ever-growing family. With two children already and a dream of having the extended family all under one roof, they need to find someplace new and fast, so turn to Jonathan and Drew Scott for help.

ARTS: Curating the Future. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Fri. 24th Jan. 11:00 to 11:30. Museums Are Not Neutral. In an era of identity politics, V&A Director Tristram Hunt asks what future museums have. Alongside directors of museums and galleries in London, Derby and Mumbai, Tristram discusses how best to attract new audiences and whether museums should try to promote social justice, transforming their traditional role.



Death: Miguel (Michael) Francisco Da Costa. Ex Nairobi

20 Nov. 2019. Cotswold House, Stamford Hill Estate, London N16 6RU. MIGUEL (MICHAEL) FRANCISCO DA COSTA. Aged 99; Ex Nairobi. Born 1920 in Ribandar Goa. He leaves behind a loving wife Filomena, otherwise known as Ezilda, and beloved sons Agnelo, Arthur, Alfred, & Alan. The family would like to thank everyone for their kind words of comfort and condolences. Funeral was held 12th December 2019. Apologies for late notice. Condolences to

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'Lifelong' OCI card, has restrictions for some Goan origin 'foreigners'

15 Jan: Herald. The Government of India has introduced Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) Scheme to Persons of Indian origin which allows multiple entry lifelong visa to India for any length of stay and for any purpose. However, the Indian government is advising Indians under 20 years of age and holding OCI cards to get them re-issued each time they get their passports re-issued … Post June 2020, no one is sure about what will be the rule, including Adv Narendra K Sawaikar, Commissioner for NRI Affairs Government of Goa… Marius Fernandes recently organised an NRI Fest in Divar, being an OCI card holder himself, he knows the struggle… “While my wife’s and my passports because she us under 50, our daughter’s passport will have to be renewed after we return from our holidays in May. We cannot extend our holidays because of the June 2020 deadline,” says Vikas ( name changed) an Indian passport holder whose wife and daughter are Goans with Portuguese passports… Its important that this issue gets sorted quickly to prevent frustration setting among those who simply want to connect with their motherland.  For further details click here

Patricia Rozario tells Chennai about art song sessions

14 Jan: The Hindu. Today the sound was that of internationally acclaimed soprano Patricia Rozario and pianist Mark Troop, reciting an art song. It was for the inauguration of the Art Song Festival … Art song is an important tradition in Western classical music, and can be loosely described as music set to an independent text or poem in a concert setting. It is usually composed for a duo — a singer and pianist. Patricia is a gold medallist from London’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama, who teaches at the Royal College of Music and Trinity Laban in London. Mark Troop is a pianist, broadcaster and writer, and founder of the Chamber Music Company (CMC)… This event was a precursor to the mega Art Song Festival that KM Music Conservatory will be hosting in April.  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Patricia Rozario,  click here
For some video clips featuring Patricia Rozario, click here.

India's Vistara explores options to gain London slots

13 Jan: CH Aviation. Vistara (UK, Delhi Int'l) is in talks with a number of airlines holding slots at London Heathrow airport regarding a potential lease, sources told Indian CNBC TV18. "However, since slots at such a busy airport are a scarce commodity, we are talking to several carriers to take slots on lease. Simultaneously, we are also looking at London Stansted but we are trying to get Heathrow," an unnamed source said… Besides London, Vistara will target other destinations in Europe and in the Far East in the first phase of its long-haul expansion… TUI Airways operates scheduled charters from London Gatwick to Goa Dabolim…  For further details click here
14 Jan: New York Times. With Demand Rising, Airlines Add Flights to India … More companies are setting up shop in the country, and more Indians who live elsewhere are returning to visit. Plus, tourism is growing…  click here
14 Jan: CH Aviation. Air India to remain majority Indian-controlled - gov't click here.

Rosa Maria Perez: History through the lens

14 Jan: Navhind Times. Photographs tell a story… stories of Goa from the 1950s to 70’s that come to light in the collection of photographs by Foto Estúdio Ganesh acquired by Fundação Oriente and kept at its museum … analysing and classifying these photographs about three years ago, professor Rosa Maria Perez is now all set to share her insights at her January 16 presentation ‘Photography and Memory: An Anthropological Approach to a Goan Studio’, which will be held at Fundação Oriente, Panaji. She is professor of the department of anthropology of ISCTE – University of Lisbon Institute … “The photographs and documents make it clear that the Portuguese were in fact pretty aware of Nehru’s decision to annexe Goa following years of failed negotiations with Salazar,” says Perez… Fundação Oriente is now planning on organising an exhibition of these photographs in 2021 in Lisbon… (‘Photography and Memory: An Anthropological Approach to a Goan Studio’, a presentation by professor Rosa Maria Perez will be held on January 16 at Fundação Oriente, Panaji, 6 p.m. onwards. It is open to all.)  For further details click here

Fair value of land may rise 20% as state eyes revenue growth

14 Jan: Times of India. The Goa government is likely to revise the fair value of land by 20% under the Goa Stamp (Determination of True Market Value of Property) Rules, 2003. The new price for sale and registration of properties will come into force soon. A file in this regard has been referred by the revenue department to revenue minister Jennifer Monserrate. With the enforcement of new rules, property buyers will have to shell out more for execution of sale agreements and deeds thereby generating more revenue for the state… In 2013 the rate fixed for ward number 17 and 18 in Panaji was Rs 3,000 per sq mt, while it was Rs 5,000 in most other wards. Here the prices will go up by Rs 600-Rs 1,000 per sqm, respectively… For Bardez, the rate has been fixed at Rs 3,000 in areas such as Sangolda, Guirim, Moira, Assagao and Salvador do Mundo, while it was Rs 5,000 in Candolim, Calangute and Nerul. In Aldona and Socorro it was Rs 4,000. The buyers will have to bear additional Rs 600-Rs 1,000 per sqm in these areas…  For further details click here

Nehru didn't care for Goa, says Chief Minister Pramod Sawant

14 Jan: Times Now. India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru didn't care for Goa and its liberation from Portuguese was delayed by 14 years, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said at an Indian Army awareness event here on Tuesday. "I feel, then Prime Minister Nehru was responsible for Goa getting its freedom 14 years after the country's Independence. If he had political will, really cared for Goans, he would have got Goa free from the Portuguese rule early," Sawant said. "Forget 1947, he should have at least thought about us (Goa) in 1950. Why did we have to suffer the Portuguese rule more," the Chief Minister said. Goa was liberated by the armed forces after 451 years of the Portuguese colonial rule in 1961.  For further details click here

Dahl’s kin seek CM’s help in case

14 Jan: Times of India. The mother of 22-year-old Finnish national Felix Dahl, who was found dead in Canacona in 2015, has written to chief minister Pramod Sawant seeking his intervention in getting justice for her son. In the letter, Minna Pirhonen said that lack of investigation into the deaths of tourists by Goa police is interpreted as an attempt to cover up murders to protect the state’s tourist industry and economy. She reminded Sawant that he had said it is the state’s duty to help tourists…  For further details click here



Death: Joseph Michael "Mike" Muise. Ex Mombasa

9 Jan: Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. JOSEPH MICHAEL "MIKE" MUISE. Passed away at St. Martha’s Regional Hospital, Antigonish. After graduating from St. Francis Xavier University in 1965, Mike joined CUSO and was posted to Mombasa, Kenya, where he met the love of his life, Yvette, of Goan descent. Mike taught Math at the Sacred Heart Goan High School for two years … After their marriage in Mombasa in 1968, Mike and Yvette moved back to Canada … He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Yvette de Souza-Muise; and their children, Dr. Aleixo (Dr. Debra Stein) and children, Joseph and Rachel, Toronto; Anna Marie (David Lewis) and children, Mikaela and Sophia, Ottawa; and Joseph (Kelly MacDonald) and children, Patrick and Heather, Vancouver. Mike is also survived by his siblings, Wilfred "Yogi" (Joanie MacKenzie), New Waterford; Rose Longley, Middleton; Delphin … Yvette’s siblings are Ben and Betty de Souza; Annabella and Alec Fernandes; Jerome and Ann de Souza; and Rhoda da Costa … he was predeceased by his parents-in-law, Aleixo and Laurie de Souza … Visitation will be held Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. in C.L. Curry Funeral Home, 135 College St., Antigonish. Mass of Christian Burial will take place on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in St. Ninian Cathedral, Antigonish, with Rev. Donald MacGillivray presiding. Burial in the parish cemetery at a later date. Family flowers only please. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Ninian’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul. For online condolences and full obituary + tribute by Yvette, click here.

Death: Felix Pereira. Formerly of Mombasa, Eldoret and Malawi
12 Jan: Red Deer, Alberta, Canada. Formerly of Mombasa, Agriculture College (Eldoret) and Malawi. Passed away peacefully in his sleep. Husband of Helen (Roche of Nairobi). Funeral details will follow. [Info Caetano de Menezes]

Death: Margaret (Sebastian) Menezes. Ex Karachi and UAE
10 Jan: Toronto. MARGARET (SEBASTIAN) MENEZES. Born 1939. Ex teacher, Christ the King School, Karachi. Beloved wife of Andrew (Andy) Menezes. Mother of Andre, Leslie (Margaret) and Melissa Menezes. Sister of Maria and Eddie Sebestian; and the late Cecelia Zuzarte, Severine Michael, Francis Sebastian, Philip Sebastian. Visitation: Andrews Funeral Home, 8190 Dixi Road Brampton, Ontario L6T 5N9. January 14, 2020 from 5pm to 9pm. Mass: January 15, 2020, St. Leonards Roman Catholic Church at 12:30pm. Burial at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Rd, Mississauga, ON L5T 1N4 [Info: Pompie Gois] Photo.  For further details click here

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The heart of Catholic India is in the state of Goa

13 Jan: Aleteia (Rome). Goa became Catholic by way of Portuguese missionaries, but it also has a Christian history stretching back to Apostolic times. St. Thomas the Apostle is known as a great evangelizer of India, but another Apostle, St. Bartholomew, is also credited in bringing the Gospel to the subcontinent. It is believed that Bartholomew reached the Konkan Coast in the 1st century… But it wasn’t until after Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama visited the west coast of India in 1498 that widespread evangelization got underway … Goa today has a reputation as a small place that has produced many priests and bishops in the Church… Goa’s abundant priestly vocations stem in part from the practice of families in the region traditionally “offering one child to God.” … Goans have emigrated to many parts of the world, and often bring their faith and religious customs with them…  For further details click here

FOHO.Haus brings fractional ownership of real-estate to Goa

11 Nov. 2019. The Goan. A Canadian company called ‘FOHO.Haus’, which is promoted by a Goan origin entrepreneur, Vijay Thomas, has recently introduced the concept of fractional ownership of real-estate to people in Goa and other parts of India. Now, people can buy a share in the second home in Goa by paying a fraction of the price of the property. The company thinks that fractional ownership of real-estate can revolutionize the second-home market in India … there are many Goans, who have a second home in the State, but they live in Mumbai or Delhi or out of India. They hardly spend time in Goa and don’t even let it out. In such a case, they have made a bad investment. A lot of people, who spend 3-4 weeks every year in Goa. Rather than buying a second home, they can buy a fraction of ownership in that home, which allows them to stay in it for 3-4 weeks… 1024 words.  For further details click here
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Ben Evangelisto: On the funny side of things

12 Jan: Navhind Times. Popularly known as Ben Evangelisto, comedian Evangelisto Agnelo Fernandes from Benaulim regularly has the audience in splits during his performances. His talent for acting was first discovered by the Franciscan Brothers when he was a young boarder at St Anthony’s, Duler… His own dramas include ‘Kidd’, which was also staged in London … He also convinced Lorna to return to sing live and performed with her in musical shows in London, Paris and Lisbon… After two years in London, Ben returned and joined Menino de Bandar…  For further details click here
Video: Singing at Carambolim Show 30th April 2016 click here.

Cecille Rodrigues: With paint, social media and hashtag, ushering in road safety in Goa

12 Jan: Indian Express. “Every issue in Goa is fought on roads, so we decided to start by painting roads,” says Cecille Rodrigues, 38, a mother and a zumba and skating teacher. Rodrigues is assisted by Seema Chimulkar, 60, a house nurse, and Prakash Malani, 32, a taxi operator hailing from Gujarat … In September, she released a parody video showing potholes across the state that went viral. “I used Lorna’s (Cordeiro) most famous song ‘Bebdo (meaning alcoholic)’ of a drunk and negligent husband and replaced it with ‘Rosto’ for a negligent government drunk on false notions of power,” she says… 880 words.  For further details click here
16 Sep: Rosto Song (Konkani) - Goa Potholes 2019 - Cecille Rodrigues … 2m.31s.  click here
14 Jan: Herald. #Rosto: Not on a screen on your mobile device but on the road … click here.

The slowing down of Goa’s economy in 2019-20

13 Jan: Navhind Times. Giving a setback to the government’s ambition of making the Indian economy US 5 trillion by 2024-25, advance forecast released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) indicates that the economy is projected to grow five per cent in the current year 2019-20. It is the slowest growth rate in the GDP since 2008-09, which was the year of the global financial crisis…  For further details click here

Maintaining dignity in tourism trade

13 Jan: The Goan. These days tourism as a generalised term seems to have pervaded every aspect of life. But it is difficult to imagine sex tourism universally topping the charts as compared to the other modes. the ‘sex’ factor has time-and-again come to haunt Goa! As Goa continues to be plagued by the proliferation of illegal massage parlours doubling up as whore joints, prostitution has been flourishing in the state as never before… Meanwhile, the ‘phoren’ craze of the customers has been amply fulfilled by a number of foreign cartels operating their crime syndicates along the coastal belts in Goa…  For further details click here

Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mirror Crack’d’ Unfolds In Goa

13 Jan: Book My Show. A beautiful actress hosts a dinner party at her palatial villa. It’s glamorous, well-attended…and ends with murder. If this sounds like the plot of an Agatha Christie novel, it’s because it’s the story of her novel The Mirror Crack’d from Side to Side. On Sunday, January 30, the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, will stage an English adaptation of the book … Writer Ayeesha Menon has reimagined the play for the Indian audience…  For further details click here



17/01/2020 - Funeral: Camilo Caridade Rocha. Ex-Kenya, Goa

28 November 2019. Plumstead, London, UK. CAMILO CARIDADE ROCHA Ex Customs and Excise, Nairobi, Kenya. Born in 1926. It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Father. He leaves behind sons, Mark and Gene, daughter Corrinne, daughters-in-laws Fiona and Anne, Grandchildren Yasmin, Zachary, Joshua, Daniel, Christopher, Adam and brothers Joseph, Agnello and sister Augusta. The da Rocha family would like to thank everyone for their kind messages and condolences. The Requeim Mass will be held on Friday 17th January 2020 at 12 Noon at St Peter the Apostle R C Church, 103 Woolwich New Rd, Woolwich, London SE18 6EF. (There is parking available at the Tesco store across the road from the Church - however, parking restrictions do apply please check locally for full details) and then to the Committal service at Plumstead Cemetery, Cemetery Road (off Wickham Lane) Abbey Wood SE2 0NS followed by a funeral reception at St Michael's Church and Hall East Wickham, Upper Wickham Ln, Welling DA16 3AP. Please make any donations to the Don Bosco Society UK, which Camilo’s favourite charity and supported by him for many years. Donations online: or via cheque made payable to ‘Salesians SDB Trustees’ and sent to: Thornleigh Salesian House, Sharples Park, Bolton BL1 6PQ.Condolences to

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UK returned Francisco Pereira seriously hurt in Vasco, Goa assault

12 Jan: Times of India. An argument over a petty issue led to the assault of a UK-returned man at Khariawada on Friday night. Francisco Pereira, who is in his forties, was allegedly punched, kicked and hit with a glass bottle, Vasco police said. Pereira had an argument with Benjamin Fernandes and Stephen D’Souza, police said. The spat turned violent and Pereira got into a scuffle with D’Souza, and was punched. D’Souza’s friend, Fernandes, then assaulted Pereira with a glass bottle, which broke, injuring Pereira seriously. He was rushed to hospital where he is undergoing treatment.  For further details click here

Marius Fernandes: Festive fever

12 Jan: Free Press Journal. On Goa’s famed island, Divar, lives Goa’s best-known Goemcho Festamkar Marius Fernandes in his trademark shirt and shorts welcoming one and all with open arms. The Festival Man of Goa, as Marius is known has been working tirelessly for more than 19 years to introduce Goans (goenkars) to their roots and revive Goan culture through festivals… He say, “Originally from Goa, Divar Island in particular, I was born in Africa and raised for most part in Europe. I must thank my mother who brought me to Goa from Kenya as a child … I spent most part of my adult life in London, started working there, got married, raised a family and was living the ‘perfect’ life. However, on my 40th birthday I decided to go back to where I belonged… 710 words.  For further details click here

Tourists have replaced the hippies in Goa

12 Jan. La Dernière Heure (Belgium). In the sixties thousands of hippies they poured into Goa, caressing dreams of a better world, feasting all day long and night on the beaches of Anjuna and Vagator, organizing rave parties and drugs circulated freely. The current government is doing everything to change that image … Modern tourism has changed the situation. Goa has become a fashionable destination, for the many Indians who come with their families. Currently, there are 8 million tourists, a number that has tripled since 2012… Book organized tours because traffic is simply insane… Get used to the nodding of heads … 1337 words.  For further details click here

Tiger marks sighted near dead cow at Derode

12 Jan: The Goan. Forest officials probing the four tiger deaths in Golavali-Sattari had some reason for hope, as fresh tiger marks were sighted near the carcass of a pregnant cow believed to have been killed by a tiger at Derode-Nagargao in Sattari taluka on Friday night. After being severely criticised by locals of having failed to respond to the loss of livestock, which is believed to have led a group of locals to kill the four tigers, forest officials were quick to act this time round … a forest official said the farmer would be given compensation for the loss of his cow …  click here
12 Jan: Herald. Revenge or Cover up?  click here
12 Jan: Navhind Times. As heads held for tiger deaths, families left with no income … click here.

Goa needs a Dutch touch to remove tourism choking in some North Goa beaches

12 Jan: Herald. By Nadia Menezes. New Year dawned in Amsterdam with tourists having to shell out an additional 3 Euros for whatever type of accommodation they were occupying. This new levy is over and above the 7% of room rate that’s already charged, making the ‘Venice of the North’ one of the highest tourist tax destinations in Europe… With 18 million annual visitors, Amsterdam’s population of 867,000 often finds its guests more of a nuisance than a boon. In Goa, Amsterdam’s issue finds echo, especially among residents of Calangute-Baga—the state’s busiest stretch of coastline during tourist season. “I haven’t been to Calangute beach in the last 10 years,” says noted musician Lester Godinho who lives in the vicinity. “The kind of tourist—Indian and foreign—coming to Goa of late is nothing short of scum,” stresses the 61-year-old…  For further details click here

Top 12 Nightclubs of Goa to Party at! Have You Been to Them All?

10 Jan: From mouthwatering food served at sea-view shacks to the value for money booze, traveler-friendly locals, cheap commutation and comfortable accommodations, Goa has everything for every type of traveler on a platter to pick from. Keeping up to its reputation, the clubs in Goa are fun, full of enthusiastic people, great music and well-equipped bars. So slip into your dancing shoes and put on that terrific attire and get going! Here are 12 clubs in Goa you should totally visit. 1. Club Cubana, Arpora. 2. LPK Waterfront, Nerul-Candolim. 3. SinQ Beach Club, Candolim. 4. Liquid Sky, Vagator. 5. Sunset Ashram, Ashwem Beach. 6. Cafe Mambo, Baga. 7. Club Tito’s, Baga. 8. Cafe Lilliput, Anjuna. 9. Silent Noise, Palolem. 10. Club M, Arambol. 11. UV Bar, Anjuna. 12. Katzensuppe, Vagator …  For further details click here

Vignettes of Goa

12 Jan: Navhind Times. Anthony de Sa’s latest book ‘One for Sorrow, Two for Joy’ is a collection of quaint short stories that paint a picture of an idyllic Goan lifestyle that is fast vanishing today. A village mermaid. A secret chest. A willow pattern platter. Indeed, Anthony de Sa’s (or Tino de Sa as he goes by) latest offering ‘One for Sorrow, Two for Joy’ consists of many such intriguing tales that will draw you in and keep you turning page after page in anticipation. Indeed, told with wit and subtle humour, each tale has an interesting twist at the end. What makes the stories even more charming is that the author uses the popular rhyme, ‘One for sorrow, two for joy’ as an anchor, with each story, in turn, reflecting the emotions or objects referred to in successive lines of the rhyme…  For further details click here

Kokum is to Goa what tamarind is to Tamil Nadu

11 Jan: Mint. By Nandita Iyer. On my trips to Mumbai years ago, I would always pick up my stock of dried kokum (Garcinia indica) from the neighbourhood store since I would not find it easily in Bengaluru. This was before kokum’s popularity spread beyond its indigenous regions. A quick search on Amazon tells me that rind, halved dried fruits, syrup, juice and even the butter, are now all available at the click of a button… There is a tendency to compare kokum with tamarind. Both have their own importance in their respective regional cuisines. Both, while used for their acidic properties, have completely different flavour profiles. Tamarind has a sharper tanginess, while kokum is defined by a more mellow, almost floral tart taste. Use kokum in curries, dals and beverages and add a unique flavour from Goa to your dishes… 1006 words.  For further details click here



Death: Nellie Lobo. Mombasa
11 Jan: Mombasa. NELLIE LOBO. Born 8th August 1924. Daughter of late Philipo Fernando Lobo & late Maria Lobo. Sister to the late Willy, late Juliet & late Philly. Aunt to the late Oliver, late Smiley, Sylvie & Melvin. Great Aunt to Charlotte, Philip, Cheryl, Shaun & Natasha. Funeral Monday 13th January 2020. Little Sisters of the Poor, Mombasa @12.30pm Viewing of the body. @1.00pm Requiem Mass followed by burial at Mbaraki Cemetery May Nellie's soul rest in eternal peace, Amen. Our sincere condolences to all her family.[Info Maureen de Souza, Mombasa]

Death: John do Rosario. Ex Saleria, Goa Velha
27 Dec: Swindon, UK. JOHN DO ROSARIO. Ex Saleria, Goa Velha. Born 19/03/1974. Son of late Agnelo do Rosario arc Antonia Fernandes. Brother of Thereza. Glanda and Cruz do Rosario. Funeral will take place on 13" January 2020: 11 am at Holy Rood Church, Swindon UK. There will be mass at St Andrew church, Goa Velha at 7 am on 13th Jan in his memory  For further details click here

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Russiagate, Sabrina de Sousa (ex CIA): "Same Italian actors as Abu Omar"

11 Jan: Adnkronos. An "agreement" between Washington and Rome, a "quid pro quo", an exchange from which she wanted to escape, after being "sacrificed" to protect those who knew the truth. A thin thread that since 2003, from the days of the Abu Omar 'rendition', unravels up to today's Russiagate-Spygate… Sabrina de Sousa, the former CIA agent involved in the kidnapping, 17 years ago, of the Milanese imam, and the only one among the 25 US intelligence officials implicated in the case to be sentenced (seven years in prison), has decided to tell Adnkronos the truth about the reasons for her escape to the United States last October. An escape that seems inexplicable, given that she had a few months to spare in relying on social services but which, she says, was triggered by the sudden visits to Rome, in the previous days, by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and, above all, by the new director of the CIA, Gina Haspel … 2648 words  For further details click here
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Indian Catholics: Court ruling on madrassas will affect Catholic schools

11 Jan: Crux Catholic News Service. India’s Supreme Court has allowed the government to control the appointment of teachers in educational institutions run by religious minorities, a ruling church leaders say violates their right to manage such institutions. reported the country’s top court upheld a West Bengal state law that allowed a government commission to screen candidates to be appointed as teachers in government-funded madrassas, Muslim religious schools. “The order definitely will have a bearing in the administration of church-run education institutions, too,” said Salesian Father Joseph Manipadam, secretary to the Indian Catholic bishops’ office for education and culture… The Catholic Church runs some 54,000 educational institutions in the country, and at least half of them get financial aid from the state.  For further details click here

Bainguinim garbage plant gets green nod

11 Jan: Times of India. The proposed solid waste management facility at Bainguinim has moved closer to reality with the state environment impact assessment authority (SEIAA) granting it environmental clearance (EC). “We have received the EC for Bainguinim plant. We are in the process of inviting expression of interest to select the bidder for setting up the plant. The entire process will be completed within five months after which the foundation stone will be laid and the work will be completed in 18 months,” waste management minister Michael Lobo said …  For further details click here
29 Jul. 2019. Outlook. Goa Church opposes garbage plant near UNESCO-listed churches. The influential Roman Catholic Church in Goa on Sunday expressed its opposition to the proposed garbage treatment plant near the historically significant Old Goa Church complex near Panaji, claiming it is in close proximity to the 17th century UNESCO-recognised monuments and that the proposal would not be acceptable to any "right-minded" Goan… Minister for Garbage Management Michael Lobo has however insisted that he would go ahead with the construction of the plant …  click here
12 Jan: The Goan. Old Goa locals to challenge nod … click here.

India says 3.4 million OCI cards issued, declines to detail cancellations

11 Jan: The Hindu. The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has stated that more than 34 lakh Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) registrations had been done but declined to divulge information relating to the number of persons whose OCI cards had been cancelled, citing non availability in a “consolidated form.” … On November 7, in an unprecedented move, the ministry had announced on Twitter that it would revoke the OCI card to author and journalist Aatish Taseer over what it claimed was his attempt to “conceal information” that his father, Salman Taseer, was of Pakistani origin…  For further details click here

Editorial: Weaning Away Goans

11 Jan: Navhind Times. The number of Goans held for drug trafficking reached an all-time high in the year 2019 - 76 Goans were among 243 people arrested for involvement in drug trade. The number of Goans held in drug trade has reached 31 percent as compared to 27 percent in 2018 and 23 percent in 2017. The number has been rising since the crackdown on drug traffickers in 2017. The growing number of Goans in drug trade should worry the Goa government and the Goan society…  For further details click here
10 Jan: Navhind Times. More and more Goans indulging in drug peddling …  click here
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Man poses as Uttar Pradesh minister, stays at Goa guest house; arrested

9 Jan: India Today. Goa Police have arrested a man for allegedly posing as a minister from Uttar Pradesh by submitting fake documents and staying at a state guest house in Panaji for over 10 days. Four of his accomplices, who were staying with him at the state guest house here, have also been arrested. The accused, Sunil Singh, was nabbed after Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant alerted the police about him… he was provided a personal security officer from the Goa Police," … He had produced forged letters and e-mails to claim that he was a minister in the Uttar Pradesh government …  For further details click here
9 Jan: Herald. Fraudster takes Goa government for a ride …  click here
11 Jan: Herald. Protocol Dept to make verification mandatory for 'State Guest' … click here.

Gokarna: A trip to India’s new Goa, an unspoilt town that’s a ‘kaleidoscope of colour’ with diamond-white beaches and azure seas

11 Jan: Country Life (UK). By Harriet Compston. The Indian town of Gokarna is winning a reputation as the 'New Goa', a little-known alternative that's surrounded by temples and picture-perfect beaches… It’s taken us three hours from Goa airport, heading deeper and deeper into the jungle… Billed as the ‘new Goa’ — quieter, cleaner and less crowded (as well as being free from the party overload) — this tiny corner of Karnataka is little known to outsiders, but now, Westerners are cottoning on and the opening of Kahani last year fuelled the flame… 1146 words.  For further details click here

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A&G Event Experts

Let A&G (Antonio Fernandes ex Uganda; & Gabriel Fernandes ex UAE), Hospitality Professionals, take away the stress of organising Authentic Goan Weddings and Parties within your budget, at your home or in selected venues in London and abroad. For our website with photo gallery, testimonials and contact details, go to

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