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Death: Marlinho “Fred” Carvalho

6 Mar: Mississauga. MARLINHO FERDINANDO "FRED" CARVALHO. Born November 11, 1927. Ex Nelsons Stores, Nairobi. Fred passed away peacefully surrounded by his adoring family. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Sally, his sons Gilbert (Christina), Nelson (Zak), Kevin and Alan (Marianne) and his grandchildren Andrea, Tracy and Patrick. Fred's long happy life was not without challenges but with his trademark hard work and determination he persevered and succeeded. Dad was particularly proud of his 25 years of service with Revenue Canada. Family and Friends will be received at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre - Mississauga, 1535 South Gateway Road, 905-602-1580, on Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 3 to 8 p.m. for Visitation. A Mass celebrating Fred's life will be held on Monday, March 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 921 Flagship Drive, Mississauga. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Good Shepherd Mission. https://donate.good  For further details click here

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Rewriting the history of India: a dangerous move for religious minorities

15 Mar: Agenzia Fides (Vatican). The Hindu nationalist organizations are trying to rewrite the history of India: a dangerous move for religious minorities such as Christians and Muslims. The ongoing effort is being promoted by the ruling party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and by well-known Hindu extremist groups Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and Sangh Parivar. "This effort to 'saffronize history' is a blow to the secular and religious fabric of Indian society, and goes against the commitment of historians who have the noble task of presenting the truth without manipulation", notes in an interview with Agenzia Fides Verbite missionary Fr. Jesuraj Rayappan, SVD, professor of Church history at the "Khristo Jyoti Mohavidyaloyo" institute of Sambalpur in the Indian state of Orissa…  For further details click here

Goa Beauty Blames Tollywood, But Just Gets This?

16 May: Gulte. Goa beauty Ileana D'Cruz recently bashed Tollywood directors for allegedly getting obsessed with her navel shots. In her recent project Raid, the makers just focused on her navel and mystique…  For further details click here
14 Mar: Deccan Chronicle. Ileana D'Cruz sports a tattoo but it isn't for her lover Andrew Kneebone. She says, “My mom is soon gonna receive graduating degree from the USA in cookery and culinary, so after my film ‘Raid’s promotional activities, I am planning to go down to the USA to be with her on this great moment. Dad is in Goa but all my sisters will also be attending these celebrations.” …  click here
15 Mar: Times of India. Speaking about casting couch may end your career: Ileana D'Cruz … click here.

The Travelling Musical Notes – From London To Goa

17 Mar: Herald. International act from the UK, Spencer Maybe is on a tour and the group is performing live in Goa. The four piece band will also be launching their album, ‘Wait & Patience’ that has been recorded in Goa. Spencer Maybe is a musician, composer, artist, and Burlesque performer from London, UK who has been composing and playing music for over twenty years and has completed four full studio albums. The artiste honed his music skills when he was working on and off as a busker on the London Underground for about 15 years. After having three successful albums to his credit, Spencer Maybe is all set to launch their fourth album, ‘Wait & Patience’ in Goa...  For further details click here
Video: Wait and Patience. By Spencer Maybe … 3m. 57s.  click here

Goa Tourism upbeat after attending ITB – Berlin & MITT – Moscow 2018

16 Mar: UNI. Goa Tourism is optimistic of a good tourism season 2018-19 and an increase in footfalls from Russia and Germany following its fruitful and successful participation at two leading global events MITT – Moscow and ITB-Berlin… industry players express interest in increasing the volume of business and travel trade with Goa. The two leading global travel events held recently in Berlin and Moscow drew large crowds to Goa Tourism’s pavilions and witnessed eagerness from visitors to know more about Goa and interest to visit and experience the destination’s offerings…  For further details click here

Patoleo: The Sweet Rice Dessert Made In Turmeric Leaves Is One Goan Gem You Must Try

14 Mar: NDTV Food. A mishmash of Portuguese and Hindu Saraswat influence makes Goan food one of the most interesting cuisines thriving in the Indian subcontinent… Unique, innovative and ever-so delightful, the range of Goan desserts is pretty extensive. One such unique dessert is Patoleo, or Pathoyo, made in between steamed Haldi (Turmeric) leaves… It is a dish that makes non-resident Goans weep with nostalgia when they remember the coarsely pounded rice flour and black jaggery paste that is smeared between two haldi leaves and steamed….  For further details click here
Daily Telegraph (UK). How to grow turmeric leaves at home in UK [includes another recipe for Patoleo].  click here

Ground-breaking women’s football conference highlights buried stories

8 Mar: The Guardian. A ground-breaking women’s football history conference aims to blow apart perceptions of the sport as it kicks off at the National Football Museum in Manchester on Thursday… Professor Jennifer Doyle while researching for her book on art and sport, travelled to Goa and came across the incredible story of Yolanda De Souza, an iconic player for India who travelled the world representing her side in the 1970s and 80s…  click here
Herald: Former international footballer Yolanda de Souza will be showcasing her collection of World Cup 2010 paintings at Kala Academy, Panjim…  click here
For some images of and by Yolanda De Souza, click here.

Chef who cooked Goan-style prawn curry for Margaret Thatcher creates menu for Dubai restaurant Mahec

12 Mar: The National. When Satish Arora was named executive chef of the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai at the age of 26, he became one of the youngest cooks in the world to be heading the kitchen of a five-star hotel. It was one of many firsts in his career and, as his collaboration with the recently renamed Mahec by Satish Arora restaurant proves, the septuagenarian chef is showing no signs of slowing down… What follows is a culinary treasure trove of anecdotes outlining his experiences over the years – from preparing Queen Elizabeth-approved butter chicken and revelling in Bill Clinton’s love for food, to getting the better of François Mitterrand’s personal chef… “After Goa, at my second run-in with Margaret Thatcher in India, I decided to prepare a Goan-style prawn curry. She appreciated it so much that she recommended my name for an event that was happening in London a few months later … The same Goan prawn curry that Thatcher enjoyed will now be served at Mahec …  For further details click here

No smooth ride

16 Mar: Navhind Times. For commuters in Goa, buses packed to capacity is a familiar scene. Regulations haven’t stopped bus conductors from packing the buses to nearly over-flowing and violation of rules appears to be the norm of the day. “Rules are violated openly and nothing is done about it. There is a limited number of standees, 11 or 14 that is allowed in the buses but in reality the conductors never adhere to this limit,” says Vaibhav Nayak… There are some real perverts who travel in the buses and it can be very horrible for girls … Besides the overcrowding, seats reserved for ladies and senior citizens are often misused... The conductors are really rude and often drunk … Cheating them of their change is another complaint that many students have… “There are problems however the overall services are fine and we should be grateful for small mercies. Remember it could be worse,” adds Ruth Almeida.  For further details click here



Death: Ervell Menezes

15 Mar: Mumbai. ERVELL ERROL MENEZES. Journalist/Film Critic/Ex-Indian Express. Son of Late Dr. John/Argie, Brother of Late Darryl/Jeanette Uncle of Pierre, Simone and Andre Grand Uncle of Rhea, Johann and Shanaya. Viewing at Church of Our Lady of Health, Cavel at 9.00 am followed by funeral mass at 9.30 am. Burial at Haine's Road Cemetery.  For further details click here
Audio: 3 Mar 2015. Ervell Menezes, former Indian Express News Editor. Recorded by Frederick Noronha …  For further details click here
11 Mar. 2015. Navhind Times. My Days in Journalism’, the 130-page book written by Ervell E Menezes, a well-known Goan journalist, who initially worked with Indian Express and then as a freelancer scribe during past 50 years, was recently released at a small but impressive city function, by the noted cardiologist, Dr Francisco Colaço… Photo. click here.

Death: Maria Sequeira

Nairobi. MARIA JULIA SEQUEIRA. Wife of the late Siqi. Loving mother of Toots/Angelo Costabir and Merlyn/Caruso Monteiro. Sister of late Albert, late Walter and Tony/Paulina Castanha. Beloved grandmother to Natasha/Xavier, Heathcliff, Nadya and Nikita. Aunty to Thalia/Michael Knight and Yohann/Janki Castanha. Great Aunt to Benjamin, Bianca, Ari and Ava. The funeral service will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Kileleshwa, Nairobi on Thursday 15th March, 2018 at 10.00 a.m. A private cremation will follow for immediate family only. A Memorial service will be held at Holy Ghost Cathedral, Mombasa on Friday 16th March, 2018 at 3pm. A burial service will follow at the Mbaraki Cemetery Mombasa. May her soul rest in eternal peace. Amen. No flowers please. Contributions to The Little Sisters of the Poor, Mombasa. Bank Account Number: 0161286176, Barclays Bank of Kenya, Nkrumah Road (Bank Code: 030165) or Mpesa 0701716181 [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi. ]

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New Book Release: Suneeta Peres da Costa’s “Saudade” in Sydney on Saturday 24th March

Gleebooks. To be launched by Adam Aitken. A coming-of-age story set in Angola in the period leading up to the colony’s independence, Saudade focuses on a Goan immigrant family caught between complicity in Portuguese rule, and their dependence on the Angolans who are their servants. The title speaks to the melancholy longing for homeland that haunts the characters, and especially the young girl who is the book’s protagonist and narrator… Book Release: Saturday 24th March, 3.30pm for 4pm Please RSVP phone 02 9660 2333 …
Suneeta Peres da Costa was born in Sydney, Australia, to parents of Goan origin. Her debut novel, Homework, was published internationally by Bloomsbury in 1999. She has published and produced across the genres of fiction, non-fiction, playwriting and poetry and made contributions to Australian literature as an editor, critic and teacher for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney Review of Books, and the University of Technology, Sydney, among other organisations. Her literary honours include a Fulbright Scholarship, Australia Council for the Arts BR Whiting Residency, Rome, and, recently, an Asialink Arts Creative Exchange to India.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Suneeta Peres da Costa,  click here
Video: Goa: The Diaspora Writes Back. Suneeta Peres da Costa in conversation with Ulrike Rodrigues … click here.

High Court asks Bismarque’s family if they are ready to perform last rites

16 Mar: Herald. The High Court on Thursday asked the family of social activist late Bismarque Dias whether they are ready to give an undertaking that if a superior officer of Goa Police or Dean of GMC says on affidavit that Dias’ mortal remains are not required for further investigation, they will not dispute it and perform the last rites. The High Court asked Dias’ family to remain present in court on Friday to reply. In petitions filed before the High Court, the court had granted Crime Branch eight weeks to investigate the Dias death and submit the report… Dias, a well-known activist and environment crusader, went missing on November 5, 2015 under mysterious circumstances in St Estevam Island. His body was found two days later in a tributary of River Mandovi…  click here

Dismantling Catholic misogyny: searching for a way forward

16 Mar: National Catholic Reporter. The former president of Ireland, Mary McAleese, garnered worldwide media coverage when she bluntly called out misogyny in the Catholic hierarchy in her keynote speech at the Voices of Faith (VOF) event held in Rome on International Women's Day… One highlight of the day was hearing from two sisters from India, Nivedita Lobo and Gayatri Lobo Gajiwala. Raised by a Catholic mother and a Hindu father, the 20-something siblings were exposed to the richness of Hinduism but brought up in the Catholic tradition… Although Nivedita graduated from a convent school and even won the catechism prize, she chose not to be baptized. She is now a recruiter for a tech company in Canada. Gayatri was baptized at age 21 after attending non-sectarian ashram boarding school for five years. She is a secondary school teacher…  click here

Danielle McLaughlin case: court orders framing of charges against accused

19 Mar: Navhind Times. The additional district and session’s judge Sayonara Laad on Wednesday ordered to frame charges against 23-year-old Vikat Bhagat on charges of murdering Irish national Danielle McLaughlin. The matter came up before the court on Wednesday and later an order was passed saying charges be framed against him. The court heard the arguments from public prosecutor and defense advocate. Vikat Bhagat was present in the court on Wednesday… Bhagat is a history-sheeter who along with three other locals, was seen with the Irish woman at a shack located at Colomb, not very far from where her body was found. During the course of interrogation, Bhagat had admitted to having raped the Irish woman after taking her to the isolated spot late night. He then killed her using a broken beer bottle so as to silence her, in the belief that his identity would not be revealed…  click here

4 years on, Tejpal rape case trial begins in Mapusa Court

16 Mar: The Goan. Finally, the trial in the alleged rape case involving former editor-in-chief of Tehelka, Tarun Tejpal began in a Mapusa court after more than four years. The Additional District and Sessions Court recorded the statement of the prosecutrix on Thursday, the first day of the three day in-camera trial in Mapusa. “Two sessions of the trial were held today (March 15). Examination in chief has been recorded and will continue tomorrow (March 16),” said Public Prosecutor Francisco Tavora, refusing to share further details … Tejpal’s family members who were present in the court room were asked to leave and the proceedings were conducted with only the lawyers, the alleged accused and the prosecutrix … It may be recalled, a female colleague had accused Tejpal of sexually assaulting her in the elevator of a starred hotel in Goa where Tehelka was hosting a conclave in November, 2013 … Tejpal had denied all allegations against him.  click here

Editorial: The mining belt falls silent

16 Mar: Herald. The constant buzz of the mining machinery in the hills of Eastern Goa has fallen silent. There is a quiet in the hinterland that usually settles in with the onset of the monsoon, when the mining industry takes its annual break. Yet, it is not yet the monsoon, and this silence is different, fraught with an anxiety of whether the industry will begin buzzing again anytime soon. The mines have been silenced by the Supreme Court of India that in one stroke quashed the second renewals of 88 mining leases, and ordered that all mining operations should come to an end on March 15. The idea of March of the year 2018 has indeed turned ominous for the State and its mining fraternity, that now stares at a mirage of what might have been…  click here
15 Mar: Mining Weekly (UK). Iron-ore mines in Goa close down…  click here
16 Mar: Herald. With no alternative, govt decides to auction mining leases… click here.

Police: Escort Websites false, no Goa students trafficked

25 Mar: Times of India. Officials from Goa police and Goa University on Wednesday told Governor Mridula Sinha that no cases of college girls from Goa being trafficked for sex trade have been found in the state. Goa’s director general of police Muktesh Chander said that escort websites were promising college girls to clients online as a strategy to attract customers. Sources said that police officials told Sinha, who is also the Goa University chancellor, to pursue the matter of updating sections of the IT Act, as currently Section 6(A) of the act does not permit shutting down of escort websites making such claims. Sinha was told that only those websites that propagate anti-national activities can be blocked under the section…  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sun: 29 Apr. Cortalim Union (UK) celebrate their 40th Anniversary, Feast of St Philip & St James at The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Mass to start promptly at 12.15pm followed by a social gathering. Music by the dynamic band ‘Outbreak', Fantasy Disco featuring ‘DJ Stephanie’ & Our Very Own ‘Druston’. Catering by 'Bernie’s’. Tickets includes Meal and Snacks. Members - £14.00, Non Members - £15.00 (Age 12+/Adults) until 15th April 2018, thereafter £17.00 for all. Children £8.00 (4 -12 years). BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment due to limited tickets - Tickets will not be sold at the door. Management reserve the right of admission. For tickets and details please contact: Georgina Gomes - 07974 289 640, Tino Goes – 07821 900 490, Ligor D'Mello – 07821 645 317, Chris D'Cruz – 07739 876718, Francis Gomes - 07701 334 279. For the flyer, click here.

Sun: 20 May: Margao Union UK invites you to celebrate Feast Of The Holy Spirit at The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy Mitcham Road Croydon, CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 1245pm followed by dancing to the sound of Stringalong by Inacio. Tickets (Tickets include Snack, meal and dessert) Before 30 April: Adult: £12.00 Children(5 -14): £8. Thereafter all Tickets: £15.00. Contact Bella: 0208 372 1253 or 07949 233307; email: Xavy: 0208 803 5146 or 07507 950455 Rosalind: 0208 767 8652 Camilo: 0208 801 3637 Lucas: 0795 714 8406. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 1 July. Aldona Association (London) would like to invite you to celebrate our 42nd Feast of Saint Thomas at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Holy Mass starting promptly at 12pm, followed by Social with ‘Live’ Music from the UK’s No.1 Goan Band ‘Shades’ plus our very own DJ Richiee. Tickets (include Snacks & Meal): Members £13, Guests £15, Children (6-11 years) £6, Children (Under 5) Free. Book early to avoid disappointment – Tickets will not be sold at the door. For tickets and further details, please email: or call Gary Coutinho: 07958 435147 or Michelle DeSouza: 07713 449906; For the flyer, click here.

July 7th to July 12th 2018. Pilgrimage to Poland. Price: £695 - 5 nights. Fly British Airways. Few places remaining. For more details contact: Joan 01245 261302 or email: Cut-off date 16th March 2018

Sun 5 Aug: From 11am until 8pm.UK Goan Festival at the Cranford Community College Grounds, Hounslow, TW5 9PD.


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Video: Nick Jonas' mystery Australian woman revealed

1 Mar: Daily Mail (UK). She was spotted getting hot and heavy with Nick Jonas during a romantic date in Sydney on Wednesday. And the American singer appears to have scored the whole package with his new Australian squeeze Annalisa Azaredo. The brunette stunner boasts both beauty and brains, with TMZ reporting she studied biomedical science at the University of Melbourne … Ouch! Photos showed the pair in high spirits as they went cycling, with Annalisa scraping her knees failing to derail their fun … Their date continued into the night, with the pair spotted kissing passionately at Watson Bay Boutique Hotel that evening… Social media snaps show the beauty in a series of bikinis as she hangs out with friends and goes swimming at the beach… The beauty appears to have travelled the world if her social snaps are anything to go by …  click here
Annalisa is the daughter of Bruno Azaredo of Utorda, who was crowned King Momo at the Goa Carnival last month. One of her uncles is Savio Azaredo of Olde Goa Restaurant & Food Products in London - for photos of Savio,  click here
For more photos of Annalisa Azaredo, click here.

Aadhaar please, we aren’t Indian

14 Mar: Times of India. It is 8.30am but a line has already formed on the third floor of a glass building at Patto … While the Indians are grumbling, the lone foreigner has no complaints. “Aadhaar is useful while travelling around in Goa if you want to prove that you stay here,” says Benjamin, a UK resident… Benjamin, a frequent visitor to Goa, is among the scores of tourists visiting Goa who have signed up for Aadhaar. Many British tourists operate bank accounts, have domestic SIM cards, own vehicles and even homes in Goa, and it is only logical that Aadhaar would be the next step, they say… That’s not to say that enrolling is a straightforward process. A woman from Winchester city in England chose to enrol under Aadhaar after spending nearly 300 days in India. “Not wanting to lose the bank account I have spent months getting on or the number required for my business, I gave it a go. Many people say that as a foreigner I can't apply but the messages and the website said I could.” On a daily basis during the tourist season, at least two foreigners sign up for Aadhaar in Panaji itself and this does not include non-resident Indians and Goans with Portuguese nationality…  For further details click here

Aadhaar can’t be insisted upon for any service except subsidies: Supreme Court

14 Mar: Times of India. The Supreme Court on Tuesday indefinitely extended the March 31 deadline for linking Aadhaar to bank accounts and mobile phones and ordered that except for disbursing subsidies, the Centre and states cannot insist on Aadhaar for any service, including issuance of passports. The extension will be in place till the court delivers its final judgment… In a previous hearing, the SC had asked the Centre to announce an extension of the deadline well in advance of March 31 so as to avoid creating confusion in the banking and financial system… Senior advocate K K Vishwanath argued that Aadhaar violated privacy. He will continue his arguments on Wednesday. 864 words.  For further details click here
14 Mar: Business Today. Aadhaar data: French hacker exposes flaws in its Android app, asks people not to use it  click here

India's Ambassador Calls for Portuguese Travel Congress in Goa

14 Mar: Press Tur (Portugal). Travel agencies and tour operators should be the first channel to promote a destination, according the Indian Ambassador in Portugal, who has suggested to APAVT (Portuguese Association of Travel and Tourism Agencies) the its Congress be held this year. "We are trying to bring a Bollywood movie to Portugal. What you can do is to hold the APAVT Congress in Goa," said Nandini Singla (photo), India's Ambassador to Portugal. "Goa is a charming place, it is a wonderful bridge that joins our two countries through historical, cultural and gastronomic connections," said the diplomat, who spoke on Tuesday in Lisbon at an event presenting India to travel agents and tour operators, promoted by the Embassy with the support of APAVT. At the same time, the APAVT president, Pedro Costa Ferreira, stated that the Association is "working on this, but we do not know if we are going to get it right." …  click here

London’s poor get a taste of Indian charity

14 Mar: Times of India. For the past two years, Akshaya Patra Foundation UK/Europe focus has been on fundraising to help pay for 1.6 million midday meals for schoolchildren in India. But the Indian charity has now turned its attention to the poor in Britain. It has opened its first kitchen in London and started serving 2,000 nutritious vegetarian meals per day for free to students and the homeless. Next, it will expand to schoolchildren, the elderly and hospital patients. Half a million children go to school hungry in the UK, 70,000 of whom live in London… Akshaya Patra has teamed up with the charity to cook and distribute the food in vans and by rickshaws to three feeding points in London for homeless people, and to SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) and LSE (London School of Economics) for poor students… Das goes around supermarkets each evening collecting wonky vegetables, short-dated products and supermarket surplus which he uses to make dishes. He also receives donations from wholesalers who supply Indian supermarkets in the UK.  For further details click here
For the Akshaya Patra UK website,  click here

UK: High Court rules network responsible for Alok Dhanda’s fraud

14 Mar: Mortgage Solutions. The High Court has ruled that Tenet is responsible for the unregulated fraudulent advice of one of its appointed representatives, Alok Dhanda (photo)… Dhanda is a convicted fraudster, serving a five-and-a-half-years prison sentence for defrauding 37 people of around £2.9m in a Ponzi-type fraud… His victims included Mr and Mrs Thorpe, who lost £65,000 from their life savings following Dhanda’s advice to send £55,000 to him to invest in a property in Goa. However, Dhanda never invested the money in Goa, he gambled it away or used it to pay off his gambling debts. The judge suggested he may have done the same with the loans… Tenet was held responsible for the advice and should compensate them…  For further details click here

India: Foreigners can apply for e-visa from outside country of origin or domicile

16 Mar: Foreign nationals wishing to apply for an e-visa to enter India can now do so from a place other than their country of origin or domicile—i.e., where they are residing. According to new rules stipulated by the home ministry last month that were quoted by consultancy Deloitte in a statement, foreign circus artists, foreign journalists intending to travel to India to work in Indian media organizations, those employed as employees or managers in India for non-journalistic activities in media organizations are some of the new categories of people allowed to apply for an e-visa… In the case of “foreigners who have stayed for less than 2 years in the country of application”, the Indian mission there can consult the mission in the country from where the applicant hails…  For further details click here


DRAMA: The Good Karma Hospital. itv London. Sun. 18th Mar. 21:00 to 22:05. Hospital drama series set in southern India. Series 2, Episode 1.

DOCUMENTARY: Michael Palin's Pole to Pole. Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Sun. 18th Mar. 22:00 to 23:00. Plains and Boats and Trains. After a rugged bout of hard travelling, day 97 finds Michael Palin past the equator and relaxing on the Ernest Hemingway, a traditional tented safari in one of Kenya's top game parks.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. Channel 4. Tues. 20th Mar. 12:05 to 13:05. A week of competitive dining from the Black Country and Telford features spicy food, a skeleton and a song about sausages. The first host, immigration lawyer Imran, serves up an east-meets-west fusion menu.

DOCUMENTARY: Great Indian Railway Journeys. BBC 2. Tues. 20th Mar. 20:00 to 21:00. Amritsar to Shimla. Guided by his Bradshaw's 1913 Handbook of Indian, Foreign and Colonial Travel, Michael Portillo travels across India. He reaches the foothills of the Himalayas, where the epic Kalka to Shimla hill railway carries him to the former summer seat of the British rulers of the Raj. Series 1, Episode 1.

FILM: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Film4. Tues 20th Mar. 21:00 to 23:30. Judi Dench, Bill Nighy, Dev Patel and Maggie Smith are among the returning all-star cast of director John Madden's sequel to the hit comedy-drama about ageing Brits seeking low-cost luxury retirement in India. Premiere, Widescreen, Subtitles, 2015, 12, 3 Star.

REALITY SHOW: Tribal Teens... Here Comes Trouble. Channel 5. Thurs. 22nd Mar. 04:00 to 04:45. Kenya. Reality series. British teenagers are challenged to live with the planet's toughest tribes. Diane and Tristan are shaken out of their comfort zones when they go to live with the semi-nomadic Samburu tribe in Kenya. Episode 3.

DOCUMENTARY: 101 East: Discussion. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Thurs. 22nd Mar. 22:30 to 23:00. Pakistan's Lost Children. Thousands of children go missing or are abandoned each year in Pakistan. But one charity is determined to save them.


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Catholic mission hospital, nuns attacked in central India

13 Mar UCAN. Suspected Hindu activists demolished the wall of a Catholic mission hospital and manhandled staff including nuns in the latest incident in Madhya Pradesh state, considered a hotbed of anti-Christian violence in central India. Some 60 people with the help of a bulldozer razed the boundary wall of 44-year-old Pushpa Mission Hospital in the temple town of Ujjain on March 12. They blocked its emergency entrance and destroyed equipment including power generators… staff including Catholic nuns who attempted to resist the advance were manhandled and forced to flee for safety … They also destroyed the back-up power generator and disconnected the water supply, putting the lives of nearly 200 patients including 12 in the intensive care unit in serious danger… Madhya Pradesh had the greatest number of anti-Christian incidents in India last year … Attacks have increased since the BJP came to power in New Delhi in 2014. There were 736 reported attacks against Christians in 2017, up from 348 in 2016 …  For further details click here

BBC Asian Network's Big Debate: Do Asians with westernised names have an easier life?

13 Mar: BBC Asian Network. Research from OkCupid shows that black and Asian women are less popular on the dating app than white and Latina women. Journalist Radhika Sanghani changed her dating profile name to Rachel and got double the amount of matches. So Dill asks whether Asians with a westernised name have an easier life. …  For further details click here
8 Aug. 2016. Washington Post: Online dating is harder for Asian men. Here’s how some have found success…  click here
6 May 2017: Reddit. Asian girls like white guys over Asian guys… click here.

‘My Life Is In Danger’ Dubai princess Sheikha Latifa and friend mysteriously go missing off Goa coast after posting chilling YouTube video

13 Mar: The Sun (UK). Princes of Dubai Sheikha Latifa who reportedly went missing off the coast of Goa with her American friend posted a chilling YouTube video in which she says - "this could be my last". Latifa, 33, who allegedly vanished alongside Herve Jaubert, instructed her US-based lawyer Radha Stirling to circulate the video in the event of her death or disappearance… In the harrowing video, a bare faced Sheikha, who speaks directly to the camera, can be seen wearing a simple blue top with her hair tied back. Giving a harrowing account of her life as a member of Dubai's royal family, she says: "I am making this video because this could be the last video I make… Latifa describes her dad, Prime Minister of UAE, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, as controlling … 504 words.  For further details click here

MLA wants law to ban land sale to non-Goans

13 Mar: The Hindu. Goa BJP legislator Michael Lobo (photo) on Monday suggested bringing in a law to ban the sale of agricultural land to non-Goans. His comments came after he was trolled for his reported statement demanding scheduled tribe status to Karnataka’s Lamani tribe, whose members have migrated to Goa. Mr. Lobo, who is also the deputy speaker of the Goa Assembly, claimed that he never made any such statement and he is being unfairly criticised on the social media. “Time and again, I have spoken in the Assembly that we need to bring in a legislation to stop the sale of agricultural and orchard land to non-Goans.” …  For further details click here

Goa Governor to discuss ways to curb 'sex tourism'

13 Mar: IANS. Concerned over websites providing escort and sexual services using college students, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha (photo) has called a meeting of top officials in the state, including the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, to crack down on the menace of "sex tourism"… the meeting had been called following a complaint to the Governor made by an NGO Goa Women's Forum, which alleged that college girls were being used by escorts services for providing sexual services, thereby promoting sex tourism… The Governor has repeatedly expressed concern about sexual abuse of women and increased prostitution in the state…  For further details click here
14 Mar: Navhind Times. High-level meet today on escort service websites …  click here
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‘Goa and Goan people changed my life’

13 Mar: Times of India. Adel Bablail of Saudi Arabia writes: “I came all the way from Saudi Arabia in 2014 to study English in Goa, and initially it was hard to adapt to a new place, where I couldn’t communicate properly with people due to the language barrier. I was staying with a Goan family in Taleigao for the first few months, and they did their best to help me learn English… This is my last year in Goa, and I would like to express my feelings about the state. The most important part of my experience has been the people. The people here are so helpful. I remember my first year in college, when my classmates, teachers and staff members went out of their way to help me through all my doubts and hesitations. With their help, I am now the International Students Secretary at Don Bosco College. I am truly going to miss everyone here! I’ll miss the food too. Though most of the time we cook at home, when I go out, I eat Goan food, and the fish thali is really so delicious…  For further details click here

Ghumot set to be declared state heritage instrument

13 Mar: Times of India. Ghumot, a secular percussion instrument used by both Hindus and Catholics in folk and religious music, is on the verge of being declared a state heritage instrument, said minister for art and culture Govind Gaude. “It is under process. The file has gone to the CM’s office and pending approval,” he told TOI on Monday. The centuries-old instrument is extensively used in community festivals like Shigmo or zagor and rituals associated with temples. “Despite its popularity in Goa, it is little known that the ghumot has transcended geographical boundaries of the state and finds its place among musical instruments in Karwar and Honnavar as well,” said cultural activist Marius Fernandes…  For further details click here

Yoga Academy to be opened for promotion of Yoga in Goa

13 May: (UNI.) Goa Minister for Power, Social Welfare and Non-Conventional Energy Pandurang Madkaikar on Tuesday announced that a Yoga Academy will be opened for promotion of Yoga in the state. Addressing a press conference at Kala Academy in the city, he said the sole aim of the Yoga Academy was to promote yoga under one roof of Goa State Yoga Academy. All the directions and schemes pertaining to central government and state government related to yoga would be centralised through yoga in the entire state of Goa. Training would be given to teachers and special yoga camp would be organised …  For further details click here
14 May: Navhind Times. Goa State Yoga Academy to endorse yoga …  click here



Death: Fr. Antonio de Miranda

11 Mar: London. FR. ANTONIO de MIRANDA. Born 1939, Ex Margao, Goa. Beloved son of late Maria / late Dr. Miguel de Miranda. Brother / Brother-in-law of late Zito, Jose Vaz / late Terezinha, Sr.Maria (FMM), Francisco (Chico)/ Marioneta, Roque/Doris, Jose Maria / Milena, Fatima / Caetano, Angelo/Santa. Uncle Miguel/Selma Carlos, Linette / Melvin, Lyndon/Nequita, Newton/Deesha, Winston, Michele/ Richard, Vivian, Daphne/Ashutosh, Natasha/Rodney, Tania, Pamela/Kumail, Genevieve/Roberto, Amanda. Passed Away Peacefully In London. Mass for the repose of his soul at Holy Spirit Church, Margao, on Wednesday, 14th March 2018 at 16:30hrs.  For further details click here

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Mum of murdered Danielle McLaughlin may go to India to confront accused

12 Mar: Irish Independent. Andrea, the heartbroken mother of Danielle McLaughlin has said she will "never, ever get over what happened" and may travel to India to confront her daughter's suspected killer. Danielle (28) was killed while visiting India to learn to be a yoga teacher. She was found dead on March 14, 2016, and a local man, Vikat Bhagat, with whom she had been friends since 2016, is to stand trial accused of her rape and murder… She had planned to train in Goa as a yoga teacher and then travel to Canada in the September… Ahead of the trial, Andrea has been granted a special status which allows her to be party to proceedings, giving her the right to question witnesses… The family have already paid thousands in legal costs since Danielle's death but they will not know the full extent of the costs until the case concludes… She may travel to India for the final part of the trial and also reserves the right to meet on a one-on-one basis with the accused… Anyone wishing to donate can do so by visiting the website  For further details click here
Video: 9 Mar. Daily Mail. Locals in Buncrana praise murdered tourist Danielle McLaughlin …  click here
13 Mar: Herald. No hatred for India, says Danielle McLaughlin’s mother … A year after the gruesome rape and murder in Canacona of Danielle McLaughlin, her mother opened up about the tragedy saying she has no hatred towards India and the investigating agency… click here.

UK: Indian parents most keen to help children with schoolwork: Study

12 Mar: Herald. Indian parents are among the world's most keen to spend time with their children on schoolwork and are also the most optimistic about education standards in the country, a new worldwide education study has revealed. The 'Global Parents Survey', commissioned by UK-based Varkey Foundation compared attitudes and priorities of over 27,000 parents across 29 countries. Indian parents emerged as the most likely to help their children with their education at 95 per cent and they also reported to spend longer helping their children with schoolwork, with 62 per cent spending seven or more hours a week. This contrasts with parents in the UK, who are much less likely to spend more than an hour per day helping with their children's schoolwork. Among other key findings, nearly three-quarters (72 per cent) of Indian parents said that education standards have improved in the last 10 years, higher than any other country surveyed and 87 per cent of Indian parents rated the quality of teaching at their child's school as good, compared with a global average of 78 per cent…  For further details click here

Creating waves overseas with his Drum Sticks

12 Mar: Herald. Based in UK for the past 21 years, Matias Sequeira from Divar is a self-taught drummer and much is most-sought after for his unique style at tiatrs and musical shows staged in Europe … His keen interest in learning the nuances of drums prompted his elder brothers, Frank and Derick, to send him a drum kit from Bahrain… Seeking greener pastures, in 1997 Matias decided to put down his drum sticks and proceed to UK. Within two months, he managed to get a job for himself and simultaneously found an entry in a band 'Mustang'. Thereafter, it was Matias' entry into tiatrs and musical shows staged and presented by Goan tiatrists in UK… In 2011 when Lorna was brought to UK by GOA for the UK Goan Festival, Matias performed for the musical, mesmerizing the audience with his drumming … 746 words.  For further details click here

In Video, Former Goa Minister Drives SUV On Beach, Gets Into Scuffle

13 Mar: NDTV. A video has surfaced on Facebook that shows former Goa tourism minister Mickky Pacheco driving away in an SUV after running over a water sport operator's neatly laid colourful parachute on a beach in the coastal state. Still recording the video, the infuriated parachute owner, Melroy Da Silva, approaches the former minister at a shack on Betalbatim beach. The water sport operator alleged that the former minister and three of his friends tried to beat him up and Mr Pacheco even showed him the finger. Mr Pacheco said he had gone to meet an ailing friend at the nearby Utorda beach village and denied assaulting Mr Da Silva, who uploaded the video of their confrontation on Facebook…  For further details click here
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Goa gears up to improve upon its ranking on ease of doing business

12 Mar: Herald. Goa’s performance in the ease of doing business (EoDB) has been appalling. Out of the 31 states and union territories in India, Goa ranks 21. Even Bihar’s ranking is 16, which at one point of time had seen businessmen exiting from the state for better opportunities. However, Goa seems to have woken up from its slumber and has engaged Ernst & Young Consultants to clean up 22 of its govt departments and make it online… The single biggest reform will be to implement a Single Window System which will seamlessly integrate multitude of services offered across departments. Another critical reform is the introduction of online system for Building Plan Approval and Management Systems … 861 words.  For further details click here

Nearly Rs 600 crore mining welfare fund gathers dust

12 Mar: Times of India. Around Rs 600 crore collected under Goa Iron Ore Permanent Fund (GIOPF) and Goa District Mineral Fund (GDMF) is gathering dust as not a single paisa has been spent for the welfare of the people from the mining belt. Under GIOPF, the state government has collected Rs 419.65 crore, whereas under GDMF Rs 177.65 crore has been collected. Recently, the state government has constituted a committee to finalise the plans to utilise the funds, but till date not a single meeting has been held…  For further details click here

Monkey fever grips Goa's Sattari taluka, 35 people tested positive; health department intensifies vaccination drive

First Post. 12 Mar: At least 35 people in Goa have tested positive this year for the Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD), or the 'monkey fever', a health official said. The fever had claimed three lives in the coastal state's remote Sattari taluka of North Goa district in 2016, and one in 2015… "Most of the positive cases have been found in the Sanvorderm panchayat area of Sattari. The health department has intensified its vaccination drive and distributed tick repellent oils in the villages there," he said…  For further details click here
12 Mar: Down To Earth. How monkey fever in Goa is linked to deforestation, climate change …  click here

India is known for healthcare, but its elites seem to disagree

11 Mar: Khaleej Times (UAE). By Bikram Vohra. Two high profile individuals in India have been diagnosed this week as seriously unwell. Chief Minister of Goa and former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar reportedly has pancreatic cancer, and character actor Irrfan Khan it is being said has a brain tumour… The paradox is that India packages herself as the leading medical tourism destination… In January, a report indicated that Americans were flocking to Indian hospitals. Ironic it is then that the West comes to the East but leaders in India rush to the West…  For further details click here
11 Mar: Scroll. By Pamela D’Mello. One-man show: With Parrikar in the USA for treatment, BJP faces a leadership vacuum in Goa …  click here
12 Mar: The Goan. Parrikar could return to India before Mar 20 … click here.


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Eve D’Souza: Thugs who raped me still out there

10 Mar: The Nation (Kenya). Eve D’Souza, one of the most creative Kenyan personalities, has candidly shared a carjacking and rape ordeal that she was subjected to by two men in June 2005 … the ever-bubbly D’Souza said the two men who carjacked and raped her have never been arrested … The media personality, radio presenter and actress says it took her almost 10 years to heal and that it is her job that enabled her to get over the experience … I’ll admit that to this day, I am very cautious about love… At the moment there is no Mr Right but it’s still early in the year …  For further details click here
June 2013 True Love. Cover Story: The other side of Eve. The rape ordeal … My parents are the best. My dad Andrew, a retired engineer, taught me the value of hard work… My mum Martina is the classic media mum… 7 pages  click here
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An Ode To Leftover Curry: The Next-Day Treasure Of Coastal India

11 Mar: National Public Radio (USA). By Joanna Lobo. Fish curry inflected with coconut is a staple dish in the coastal Indian state of Goa. It's usually eaten accompanied by unpolished rice, fried fish and a dab of pickle. Once all the fish has been eaten up, the leftover curry is reheated over a low flame until it condenses and thickens. At that point, it is reborn as Kalchi koddi, which literally translates to "yesterday's curry." … When I was growing up in a village in India's then-smallest state, Goa, my family had a Sunday tradition. We love to eat and we have the hips to show for it… Our breakfast, after early morning Mass and catechism classes, was an elaborate affair. It was a mix of local food and imported ('tinned') foodstuff. The dining table would be loaded with tinned cheese, butter, beef roast, omelette, tea, coffee, jam and fresh poee (Goan flatbread). The piece de resistance, to us children anyway, was kalchi koddi, a dish that literally translates to yesterday's curry… 1102 words.  For further details click here

Shaming and struggles of single Indian woman in the 21st century

11 Mar: Navhind Times. When are you getting married?’ is a question all the young single women in India have been asked incessantly. “The moment you turn 30, you go on to become a bechari-turned-bi**h. There’s a premium attached to youth in this country,” says author Sreemoyee Piu Kundu, whose new book, Status Single — her first non-fiction work — attempts to explore almost every concern that a single Indian woman has to face in the modern day India. Citing some staggering figures from the Census of India, Kundu states that 21 per cent of the Indian population, which is about 74 million women, are single…The author spoke to 3,000 urban women to bring out their stories…  For further details click here

Small families pose challenge to priesthood: Fr Simon Pinto

10 Mar: The Goan. Having served as a priest for four decades, Fr Simon Pinto, presently the chaplain of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel at Ponda, is aware of the present difficulties in promoting priestly vocations, let alone the challenges encountering priests during their mission. “Nowadays, families are small and very few boys show interest in priesthood. Today, the concepts of life are changing with one or two children and even parents don’t encourage their children to enter priesthood,” says Fr Pinto, a member of the Franciscan Friars…  For further details click here

Tourism Minister stops Mopa Airport work

11 Mar: Herald. Work of the International Mopa airport came to a halt after GMR Company suddenly decided not to give any employment to locals in the Mopa Airport Project. Tourism Minister and Local MLA Babu Azgaonkar (photo) visited the airport site on Saturday and immediately stopped the ongoing work of the airport project. “Project work will restart only once GMR sign fresh agreement with Goa Government on assuring to provide employment to locals”, said Babu Azgaonkar… When Herald contacted GMR, officials refused to comment on the development…  For further details click here
9 Mar: Herald. Activists hold candlelight vigil at Mopa to oppose airport …  click here

Goa facing Emergency-like situation due to mining crisis: Goa Forward Party

11 Mar: India Today. Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai today said that Goa was facing an "Emergency-like" situation due to the crisis in the mining sector after the Supreme Court in a recent judgment cancelled 88 mining leases and halted extraction of iron ore from March 15. "This is a transitional period and these are challenging times. The stoppage of mining is going to affect several people. It will have a huge social impact," Sardesai, who is also a member of State Cabinet Advisory Committee, told reporters in Vasco today. He said that about one and a half lakh people, including 12,000 truck drivers, face unemployment due to the crisis…  For further details click here
11 Mar: The Goan. Mining dependents threaten to paralyse Goa …  click here

Traditional yet modern

11 Mar: The Goan. In recent times, there has been a spur in restoring old houses which have been in ruins while maintaining the traditional architecture … A heritage home converted into a guesthouse. A restaurant lodged in an old Portuguese villa. An old Goan mansion converted into a boutique. Indeed, there are just a few examples of the many offerings dotting the Goan landscape today. And these heritage home options are only multiplying by the dozen around Goa today. What is heartening to note is that the many palatial Goan homes are being restored keeping their old architecture more or less intact... 905 words.  For further details click here

New year and yoga in India

11 Mar: The Mercury (Spain). By Martín Torres Zuleta. … Goa was a heavenly place, very friendly people. It has to do with the climate: there is water, there is vegetation, less scarcity, it is not the same as in the north. They are pure beaches, palm trees, sand and if you are calm, as I was walking, it can be very pleasant. There is also the whole circuit of the reel, there are people who only go to that. But I was on another plan: I would get up at four in the morning, grab a motorbike that I got and go to practice in the hut where Rolf taught classes. Then I would walk between the houses, reach the sea, throw myself in the water and dry in the sun. I went to bed at seven in the afternoon, super early, so I could do everything again. 677 words.  For further details click here



Death: Frank D'Cunha
4 Mar: Stoneleigh, Epsom, Surrey, UK, FRANK D'CUNHA (ex Nairobi), passed away peacefully in his sleep at Epsom General Hospital after a short illness. Beloved husband of Beryl and devoted father to Darren/Sonya (Canada); brother to late John/Joyce, Santan/Mabel, Hipol/Michelle; brother-in-law to Nelson/Irene (Canada), Meryl (Canada). Fondly remembered by his nephews and nieces. Frank was a generous, loving and caring person with a huge sense of humour. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends. Funeral arrangements to be announced later. Condolences:

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Tiatr for the Goan Diasporas

11 Mar: Herald. Goans and tiatrs are synonymous with each other, so much so that you cannot separate tiatr from Goa. In an effort to ensure Goans living abroad do not miss out on their share of their favourite form of entertainment, tiatrs are often seen travelling to foreign countries that have a sizable Goan population. Cafe checks out this trend … Recent migration of the Goan community to Europe, especially to UK, has helped tiatrs reach greater horizon… Goans simply crave for entertainment in UK and when news spread about staging of tiatrs, they prefer to give up their work and routine tasks and get themselves entertained… Tony Gonsalves from Divar and serving in UK has been one of the tiatr promoters in a big way… John de Verna who has also been a promoter of tiatrs in Goa is happy that tiatrs are flourishing in UK today. “It is indeed a matter of joy to note that tiatr is receiving a new horizon in Europe, after the Gulf countries,” he added… John D’Silva, who will be making his 13thb trip to London …  For further details click here

Indian Catholic Church opposes Supreme Court ruling on euthanasia

10 Mar: Vatican News. A ruling by the nation’s Supreme Court that allows euthanasia for the terminally ill has been criticized by India’s Catholic Church that says that the mark of good society is its ability and willingness to care for the most vulnerable of society. "The Church rejects any proposal concerning active euthanasia as well as passive euthanasia,” read a note signed by Father Stephen Fernandes, national secretary of the Office for Justice, Peace and Development of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI)…  For further details click here

India: a priest’s love never retires

7 Mar: Church In Need (USA) They have dedicated their lives to God and to their fellow men and women, following a life’s path of great renunciation… Today, these valiant men are living in a small home for retired priests. But if their bodies have suffered the ravages of time, their spirits have not. They continue to burn with the desire remain faithful to their vocation to serve God in serving people—right up to the hour of their death… At 90, Father Aloysius Sequeira is the oldest of the group. “I became a priest because I wanted to be a missionary. To do so I travelled over 2000 miles to give my life for the people. I knew that the Lord would do the rest. This year I will complete my 60th year in the priesthood, and I have never regretted it even for a single day.” … 928 words.  For further details click here

‘Need law banning orchard, agricultural land sale to non-Goans’

10 Mar: Times of India. Calangute BJP MLA Michael Lobo has demanded that the state government bring in a legislation to stop sale of agricultural and orchards land to non-Goans. “If such a legislation comes about, sale of land will automatically stop. However, there is a lack of political will,” said Lobo, who is also chairman of the North Goa Planning and Development Authority (NGPDA), addressing a press conference …  For further details click here

Statues are not safe in India

10 Mar: Open Democracy. One cynic says that after every election, the new Government can spend its first year in uninstalling the statutes erected by the previous regime. Violent political activists in India, used to attacking fellow humans, have now turned their attention to statues… The focus on statues made the Shiv Sena in Goa demand the reinstallation of a statue of Shivaji, a Hindu King known for his valour. The statue was removed by the local authorities because it was installed illegally. Shiv Sena, a right-wing Hindu party, is an ally of the BJP so its demand in a BJP-ruled state matters. A Shiv Sena leader said it was not a question of legality but an issue of the people’s emotional attachment to the statue! Hundreds of tiny temples built without permission on public property in Indian cities cannot be touched lest the demolition hurts public sentiments…  For further details click here
12 Mar: Indian Express. In Goa, fight over two statues: Shivaji at traffic junction vs Shivaji in garden …  click here

Movie Review: 3 Storeys

11 Mar: Filmfare. 3 Storeys is set in a Mumbai chawl, which in themselves are a dying breed now, giving way to high rises… the three stories we see concern people living in three different storyes of the chawl. One story is that of Renuka Shahane, playing an old Goan Christian lady with panache. She wants to sell her kholi but is waiting for just the right buyer for it… the story will satisfy the lovers of macabre. She's delightful as a matron biding her time to exact revenge on the person she thinks betrayed her son and was responsible for his death. She ages thrice in the story and her body language is just perfect in each stage. And so is her diction when it comes to speaking Hindi like a Goan or speaking Konkani. She holds your attention whenever she's on screen… Video of Trailer.  For further details click here

Lust in translation: arrival of the 'love hotel' divides India

10 Mar: The Guardian. Police swept through the Mumbai hotels at about 3pm, going room to room, arresting more than 40 unmarried couples. All were charged. The college students were forced to call their parents and admit what they had done. Their crime was “indecent behaviour in public”, the police said. For couples without marriage certificates in India – especially those of different faiths – spending time in a hotel room together can still be a struggle. But where many Indians see immorality, others in the country’s digital startup industry have seen opportunity. “We have a guaranteed promise,” says hotel entrepreneur Blajoj “Blaze” Arizanov. “No knocks on the door, no weird stares, no questions asked.” For nearly three years Arizanov, a Macedonian, and his Indian co-founder, Sanchit Sethi, have been pursuing an unlikely goal: to bring a version of Japan’s short-stay “love hotels”, designed for urgent amorous encounters, to India…  For further details click here

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