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Death: Anthony Xavier D’Souza

5 Nov 2017. Mitcham, Surrey, UK, ANTHONY XAVIER D’SOUZA. Born 1927. Ex Nairobi. Husband of Isabella. Father of Celsio and Giles. Grandfather of Ashley, Adam, Gemma and Joseph. Brother of Francis, Milagrine, Lucy, Santana (all departed RIP). Funeral Mass on 27th November 2017, [watch this space for funeral time update] at SS Peter and Paul RC Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham CR4 4LD, followed by cremation at North East Surrey Crematorium, Lower Morden Lane, Morden SM4 4NU. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Vincent de Paul Society would be greatly appreciated. Condolences to

News Summary

Two more booked for ill-treatment of 5-yr-old

24 Nov: The Goan. Panaji Women's Police Station on Thursday booked Blosson Britto and Martina Da Costa, who are respectively the sister and cousin sister of accused Porvorim-based tuition teacher Haber Vaz (45) in the case of alleged ill-treatment and abuse of a five-year-old girl child. In addition to these three accused, the police have earlier booked the married couple, who left behind their five-year-old girl with Vaz as they moved to United Kingdom for work. Women's Police were informed that a child has been residing since September 2016 with one lady in Porvorim, who is not related to her by blood. The child's parents left for United Kingdom for employment. The married couple, who left the girl behind as they moved to the UK, are reportedly the adoptive parents of the child. However, owing to certain irregularities in the adoption papers and other related documents, the couple could not take the girl with them to the UK…  For further details click here

Christmas traditions of Bombay Goans

23 Nov. Joao Roque Literary Journal. Once Upon a Christmas by Reena Martins looks at the Christmas traditions of Bombay Goans. It was a British made Belling which baked the Christmas fruitcake and New Year’s bebinca. But cakes were hardly regular fare in traditional Goan homes in the Sixties and Seventies. The few households that did bake, took their batters to neighbourhood bakeries. Included are beautiful pictures of Goan Christmas sweets and a traditional table setting.  For further details click here

High Court gives govt last opportunity in Felix Dahl case

24 Nov: Herald. The High Court adjourned to December 14, 2017, the hearing of the petition filed by Minna Pirhonen, mother of Felix Dahl, who died on January 28, 2015 at Patnem, Canacona. The writ petition admitted by the Bench seeks to transfer the investigation of Dahl’s death from Goa Police to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). On the request of the additional public prosecutor the High Court has given the State a last chance to argue the matter. Pirhonen, besides moving the court has also sought the intervention of Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini, Prime Minister of India and Chief Minister of Goa to get justice for her son…  For further details click here

Why did Pope Francis drop India for Myanmar?

23 Nov: La Croix International. As Pope Francis flew home from Azerbaijan in Eurasia last October, he spoke off the cuff with journalists about his travel plans. He was then "almost sure" of visiting both Bangladesh and India in 2017. However, Pope Francis will not visit India this year. And, almost certainly, he will not travel to India in the next two years because of political considerations of the Indian government, run by the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)… The itinerary change made it abundantly clear that New Delhi did not invite him. A senior church official confirmed this but said no purpose would be served by making "any official statement" on the issue…  For further details click here

A space reframed

24 Mint. By Rosalyn D'Mello. Lola Mac Dougall’s first encounter with Goan interiors was in 2013 … Earlier this year, soon after Mac Dougall and her husband, Nikhil Padgaonkar, now residents of Goa, had uninstalled their January 2017 edition of Jaipur Photo, they were taken by a chance suggestion by photographer Dayanita Singh during a post-lunch conversation at her Saligao home… The four-day event, which started on 23 November, has thus evolved into an intimate affair involving 15 exhibitions spread across six Goan homes, with five intervening curators, including Mac Dougall, who describes the festival as a site-specific one… “It is a way to open up Goa on many levels—aesthetic, domestic and sensorial,” says Mac Dougall.  For further details click here

Starting Christmas, sail between Mumbai-Goa

24 Nov: Daly News & Analysis. Unable to get a confirmed ticket on trains to and from Goa or are the airfares already steep for your Christmas vacation? No worries, Mumbai-Goa passenger ferry will be re-starting from this December, just before Christmas vacation. The passenger vessel has already been anchored at Mumbai Port and is awaiting last few mandatory clearances. “Sometime between December 20 to 25, the services between Mumbai and Goa will commence,” said Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust. Each sailing will have a capacity of 400 passengers, with different travelling class options available for passengers to select from. From Mumbai as well as Goa, the service will be available every alternate day as only one vessel is being put into operations. It will take roughly a day to travel the distance…  For further details click here

Arambol’s drug den: 500m from beach, a banyan tree

24 Nov: Times of India. Away from the bustling tourists who flock the tranquil Arambol beach, a walk down a narrow lane from the main road at Girkar vaddo stands a banyan tree… And it is here that a group of 15-20 foreigners come every day and spend two hours in the morning and two in the evening—from 10 to 12 and then again from 4 to 6—making it the drug den for the season. It is an exclusive group consisting of African nationals, mainly Nigerians, and not everyone has an invitation. A message is passed among the group and they all assemble under the banyan tree. No one knows where the drugs come from, where it is kept or even these drug addicts…  For further details click here

Auction on 27 Nov - 10 Goa antiques at Cabral Moncada, Lisbon

Lote 115: Menino Jesus Salvador do Mundo. € 2,000 - 3,000.
Lote 122: São Tomás de Aquino. € 800 - 1,200.
Lote 123: São Pedro arrependido. € 800 - 1,200
Lote 124: Menino Jesus Bom Pastor € 10,000 - 15,000.
Lote 125: Par de palmitos. € 1,600 - 2,400.
Lote 126: Cristo crucificado. € 2,000 - 3,000.
Lote 127: Oratório Lusíada. € 5,000 - 7,500.
Lote 128: Contador de mesa € 3,900 - 5,850
Lote 130: Contador de duas portas. € 30,000 - 45,000.
Lote 131: Contador de doze gavetas € 30,000 - 45,000 (photo)  For further details click here



Aires Fernandes: Appreciation

We would like to express our gratitude for the many comforting messages sent to the family and Masses offered for Aires. Thank you to everyone who generously made donations to Trinity Hospice. We have been overwhelmed with the love and support offered to all of us at this sad time. Aires’ funeral was a wonderful celebration of his life and our thanks go to everyone who attended and to you all for keeping us in your prayers. We were truly touched to see how much he was loved and respected and this will continue to remain a comfort to us. Josephine, Chris, Derek, Steve and all the family
For the Aires Fernandes death and funeral announcement click here.

News Summary

Editorial: Aadhaar Data Unsafe With Government

23 Nov: Navhind Times. The Centre is pushing for making Aadhaar-based identification mandatory for almost all purposes – government benefits, phone connections, banking, licences and so on. Though the central government earlier said linking Aadhaar for proof of identity was voluntary it has been seriously busy making it mandatory… Citizens are concerned that their personal data could be revealed by any institution they are submitting it to… Linking of Aadhaar is still a subject of disagreement, but owing to the pressure from the central government, banks and other institutions have been relentless in their efforts to remind people to link their bank accounts with Aadhaar… The constitutional validity of mandating Aadhaar is pending in the Supreme Court…  For further details click here

Process to install taxi meters gains steam

23 Nov: Times of India. The transport department on Wednesday submitted to the high court of Bombay at Goa a file containing the technical details of digital meters and global positioning systems (GPS) for tourist taxis, even as the government assured the court that it would implement the decision to install digital meters in right earnest…  For further details click here
23 Nov: Times of India. North Goa cabbies may consider strike …  click here
23 Nov: Herald. Chief Minister agrees to 90% subsidy for taxi meters: Michael Lobo click here.

Felix Dahl’s mother seeks ministerial intervention

23 Nov: Herald. Minna Pirhonen, mother of Felix Dahl, who died in Goa, has urged the Finnish Foreign minister to take up the case during his meeting with Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Pirhonen, speaking to Herald, said that she has urged the Finnish Foreign Minister Timo Soini to raise the Dahl murder case so as to get justice for her son. “I phoned the Finnish embassy in New Delhi and have also written a mail based on their instruction to Seija Kinni the minister counsellor in the embassy. I received a mail from the embassy that matter would be placed before Soini,” she said. Soini is currently in India… The High Court is currently hearing a petition on shifting the investigation from Goa Police to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)…  For further details click here
22 Nov: Times of India. Cops to High Court: Yet to trace 2 key persons in Felix Dahl killing …  click here
Facebook: What happened to Felix Dahl … click here.

Woman held for abusing 5-year-old child

23 Nov: Times of India. A five-year-old child was rescued from Porvorim on Wednesday by the women's police station at Panaji, based on information provided by the victim assistance unit. The woman, in whose house the child had been living, has been arrested for abuse and ill-treatment of the child. According to information provided by the victim's assistance unit, the child's parents are working in the UK. The child was left behind with the accused, who was allegedly ill-treating the five-year-old. The accused did not have any permissions from the authorities concerned as are required when keeping a minor without blood-relation under one's guardianship…  For further details click here

Goa, India’s little sunshine state: travel photo of the week

23 Nov: The Guardian (UK). Vivid, vibrant Panjim market in Goa caught the eye of photographer Annapurna Mellor on her first trip to the state. “I arrived in India’s smallest and most touristy state, followed some backpackers to Anjuna and collapsed in a dorm bed to the distant sounds of techno.” This was photographer Annapurna Mellor’s introduction to Goa and she thought she’d hate it… “More than anything, Goa was a place to re-energise.”  For further details click here

Bonnie Saran: Owner of New York eateries shares philosophy on giving thanks

20 Nov: USA Today. Bonnie Saran’s (photo) peripatetic childhood, as an army kid in India, might explain her constant need to reinvent herself. The owner of the ever-expanding “Little” empire of restaurants — Little Kebab Station, Little Crepe Street, Little Spice Bazaar and Little Drunken Chef in Mount Kisco and Little Mumbai Market in Pleasantville — Saran is a self-described “wheeler and dealer.” … she’s been hosting free Thanksgiving meals to anyone in need since her first restaurant opened in 2011… Her mother, Ritu, herself an entrepreneur who ran a catering business for years, sold her apartment in Goa and decided to fund her daughter’s venture with $15,000…  For further details click here

Forthcoming Events

Sat. 25 Nov. 3.00 p.m. The G.O.A. (UK) Limited - Annual General Meeting. Location: Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Croydon, CR9 3AS (Room G-07). Notice for the Annual General Meeting has been given. Members should receive the Agenda and Accounts by 3 Nov. Please send an email if you have not receive your pack by 3rd November 2017. Admission to the Annual General Meeting is restricted to fully paid-up Members (Life and Ordinary). For the flyer, click here.

Sun 26 Nov. 2:15pm. Fr. Agnelo’s Day 90th Commemoration Mass at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS

Sun. 3 Dec. G.O.A. Feast of St. Francis Xavier. VENUE: Shirley Parish Hall, 81 Wickham Road, Shirley, Croydon, Surrey. CR0 8TB. Mass at 13.30 p.m. will be followed by a disco in the hall. Please join us to celebrate the Feast of Our Patron Saint and dance to the music by D&A. Licenced bar available. Dress code: Formal. TICKETS include entrance and a two course meal: Adult Members and Guests £10.00 - Children 3-16 years £7.00 and infants free (meal not included).Book early to avoid disappointment. For tickets please contact : Ravi Vaz - 07909 927539 | Bosco Saldanha 0208 684 4474 /07815 547513 / Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa - 07958 537314 / Vince Fernandes : 0208 764 8780/07853 132336 / Sandra Fernandes : 07768 080537 / Richard Fernandes 07711 401157 or via email: / For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 3 Dec. 12.30 pm. North London Goans will celebrate their 37th anniversary feast of St. Francis Xavier at Woodside High School hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green London N22 5QJ. Holy Mass at 12.30 pm Prompt. Followed by a social gathering with excellent well know live band Shade. Ticket includes snacks & meal. Adults £10 Children 9 to 16 years £6 and below 8 years free. Tickets please contact: Tony Gomes 07932019194 Frank Mendes 0208 8881400 Seby D’Silva 0208 2455463 John Fernandes 0208 8814579 Bernadette Dias 0208 3619417 or Tony Rebello 0208 8077324. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 3 Dec: From Raymond Carvalho. (President): East London And Essex Goans welcome members and their guests to celebrate the feast of St Francis Xavier on Sunday 3rd December 2017. For more information please click here

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CHILDRENS: Horrible Histories. CBBC (Freeview 201). Sun. 26th Nov. 10:05 to 10:30. Gorgeous George III Special. King George III goes from a young unpopular king to a much-loved figure some 60 years later, and we learn a bit about his court life along the way. Meanwhile, across the world we hear about some of the words we have got from India.

DOCUMENTARY: Banged Up Abroad. Pick (Freeview 11). Sun. 26th Nov. 21:00 to 22:00. Delhi. Short on cash and lost in India's party scene, Clare Matthews tried her hand at drug smuggling in Goa, landing herself in one of India's largest jails for five long years.

FILM: Neerja. Channel 4. Tues. 28th Nov. 02:00 to 04:15. Channel 4's Indian Film Season continues with director Ram Madhvani's fact-based hijacking thriller. On 5 September 1986, 22-year-old chief flight attendant Neerja Bhanot is working on Pan Am Flight 73, which is scheduled to fly from Mumbai to New York via Frankfurt. During a stopover at Karachi airport in Pakistan, the plane is stormed by four Palestinian terrorists belonging to the Abu Nidal Organisation. Starring Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Yogendra Tiku, Shekhar Ravjiani, Kavi Shastri and Sadh Orhan. In Hindi, with English subtitles

DOCUMENTARY: Our School. CBBC (Freeview 201). Tues. 28th Nov. 19:30 to 20:00. African Adventure. Documentary series following a group of students in their first year of secondary school. The two year 7 ambassadors, Roman and Olivia, leave Sheffield behind and travel thousands of miles to Kenya, to visit one of the schools run by the charity for whom year 7 have been busy raising money. They are given an incredible welcome and get to see for themselves just how vitally important an education can be. They both make new friends and discover how very different life is for Kenyan students. For Roman and Olivia, it is a truly life changing experience

DOCUMENTARY: The Maharajas' Car: The Story of Rolls-Royce in India. BBC 4. Wed. 29th Nov. 00:00 to 00:55. Documentary telling the story of Rolls-Royce in India through the fortunes of India's princes.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Witness. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Wed. 29th Nov. 20:00 to 21:00. Powerless. An Indian handyman risks high voltage cables and a police crackdown to siphon off free electricity for poor areas in a city crippled by power cut

NEWS: 100 Women Challenge. BBC News (Freeview 231). Fri. 1st Dec. 21:30 to 22:00. Safer Streets. The 100 Women Challenge is in London and Nairobi, where rates of assaults on women using public transport are very high.


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TUI and First Choice launch six days of Black Friday holiday deals

22 Nov: Daily Mirror. TUI , First Choice and Marella Cruises have joined in on the bargains bonanza, seriously upping the stakes by offering holidaymakers SIX days of deals and discounts … Goa from £455pp: Seven nights at the De Alturas Resort Goa on a bed and breakfast basis. Based on a 1st December 2017 departure, flying from Manchester.  For further details click here

Norway keen to work with Goan companies on shipping

22 Nov: Hellenic Shipping. With India’s economy on an upswing, Norway is looking to capitalize on the trade and investment opportunities available in India, especially Goa, which occupies a strategic location in peninsular India. A Norwegian delegation headed by consul general Ann Ollestad arrived in Goa to explore partnerships in the shipping, renewable energy, defence manufacturing and information technology…  For further details click here

Canada - the Country of Focus at Goa Film Fesival 2017

22 Nov: IANS. The International Festival of India features a Country of Focus every year… Canada, the land of vast distances and rich natural beauty has been chosen this year, as the Focus Country at the 48th International Film Festival of India. IFFI 2017 is happy to be hosting and presenting a Canadian delegation, in addition to presenting a package of 8 best films from recent Canadian Cinema. The screenings have begun on the 21st November  For further details click here

Atout France organises ‘Experience France’ in Goa

22 Nov: Travel Trends. In a first endeavour of its kind in India, Atout France organised its first ever offsite B2B showcase ‘Experience France’ in Goa this year at the Grand Hyatt recently… The 2017 edition had a strong presence of 24 representatives of French entities buoyed to showcase the limitless possibilities that France has to offer the Indian globetrotter…  For further details click here

Why Goa’s famous Mapusa market is a perennial source of inspiration for artists

22 Nov: Scroll. The word market suggests a commercial place with buyers and sellers. But Goa’s Mapusa market on Fridays is a sensory experience of colours, flavours, smells and people… Graphic artist Orijit Sen said that Mapusa market, unlike a museum, is a reflection of culture that is not static. “The sheer intensity of that place is amazing,” he said. “Previously the market had only traditional produce from the nearby villages, but today you get products from all over the world. That’s the reality of Goan life and culture for me. It is not static and that interests me as an artist.” Sen has helmed a project called Mapping of Mapusa Market as part of Goa University’s Visiting Research Professors Programme, initiated in the year 2013 under the Mario Miranda Chair… Mapusa Market 100  For further details click here

Anjuna police rescue 4 girls in 2 raids

22 Nov: Times of India. Anjuna police on Tuesday busted two online prostitution rackets. Four girls, including one Russian, were rescued and four pimps were arrested. Police have booked two cases in this connection and are on the lookout for the main agent running the racket from Delhi… a tip-off was received that Russian girls are being brought for delivery in connection with prostitution. A trap was laid at around 5.30pm. One Russian girl and one Indian girl was rescued and two pimps arrested… The rescued girls, aged 22 to 27 years, have been sent to protective homes.  For further details click here

Govt mulls over reality TV show for Goa

21 Nov: Times of India. The Goa government is contemplating a new reality television show produced in the state, said minister of art and culture Govind Gaude on Monday. "The factual findings are going on about how to have a reality show for Goa," he told TOI. "The show we are planning will throw focus on emerging talent in Goa in the field of music and dance." …  For further details click here


CHILDRENS: Horrible Histories. CBBC (Freeview 201). Sun. 26th Nov. 10:05 to 10:30. Gorgeous George III Special. King George III goes from a young unpopular king to a much-loved figure some 60 years later, and we learn a bit about his court life along the way. Meanwhile, across the world we hear about some of the words we have got from India.

DOCUMENTARY: Banged Up Abroad. Pick (Freeview 11). Sun. 26th Nov. 21:00 to 22:00. Delhi. Short on cash and lost in India's party scene, Clare Matthews tried her hand at drug smuggling in Goa, landing herself in one of India's largest jails for five long years.

FILM: Neerja. Channel 4. Tues. 28th Nov. 02:00 to 04:15. Channel 4's Indian Film Season continues with director Ram Madhvani's fact-based hijacking thriller. On 5 September 1986, 22-year-old chief flight attendant Neerja Bhanot is working on Pan Am Flight 73, which is scheduled to fly from Mumbai to New York via Frankfurt. During a stopover at Karachi airport in Pakistan, the plane is stormed by four Palestinian terrorists belonging to the Abu Nidal Organisation. Starring Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Yogendra Tiku, Shekhar Ravjiani, Kavi Shastri and Sadh Orhan. In Hindi, with English subtitles

DOCUMENTARY: Our School. CBBC (Freeview 201). Tues. 28th Nov. 19:30 to 20:00. African Adventure. Documentary series following a group of students in their first year of secondary school. The two year 7 ambassadors, Roman and Olivia, leave Sheffield behind and travel thousands of miles to Kenya, to visit one of the schools run by the charity for whom year 7 have been busy raising money. They are given an incredible welcome and get to see for themselves just how vitally important an education can be. They both make new friends and discover how very different life is for Kenyan students. For Roman and Olivia, it is a truly life changing experience

DOCUMENTARY: The Maharajas' Car: The Story of Rolls-Royce in India. BBC 4. Wed. 29th Nov. 00:00 to 00:55. Documentary telling the story of Rolls-Royce in India through the fortunes of India's princes.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Witness. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Wed. 29th Nov. 20:00 to 21:00. Powerless. An Indian handyman risks high voltage cables and a police crackdown to siphon off free electricity for poor areas in a city crippled by power cut

NEWS: 100 Women Challenge. BBC News (Freeview 231). Fri. 1st Dec. 21:30 to 22:00. Safer Streets. The 100 Women Challenge is in London and Nairobi, where rates of assaults on women using public transport are very high.



Death: Belinda Dourado Coutinho
19 Nov: London. BELINDA DOURADO COUTINHO. Ex Zanzibar. Wife of Late Max. Beloved mother of Prof. Steve - Pennsylvania. USA and Jeremy(Sasha) - Chiswick, London. UK. Grandmother to: Paris and Rhys - Chiswick London. UK. Sister of Late Eustace (Tr. Rufine), Late Lira, Late Wolfango (Yvonne), Late Yolanda, Belarmine "Babuzine" (Late Ananite] gela), Romelino "Babush” and Late Sonny. Funeral Date and Church Service yet to be finalized. [Info: Claude Fernandes] Messages of Condolences may be sent to: or

Death: Francis Braganza
21 Nov: London. Francis Braganza. Ex Zanzibar. Husband of teacher Hilda Coutinho, [Info: SJCSZanzibar]

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Toronto: Selwyn Collaco of G.O.A. In the News

20 Nov: Goan Overseas Association. G.O.A. President, Selwyn Collaco Awarded Canada 150 Community Award. A proud moment for our Association to have our President to receive this prestigious Canada 150 community award. G.O.A. has made great strides in recent years and it’s efforts now acknowledged by the Canadian Parliament. Selwyn’s response to the award: "I am extremely honoured and humbled to receive the Canada 150 Sesquicentennial Community Award from MP, Mr. Peter Fonseca recognizing my voluntary work in the community!  For further details click here
For Selwyn Collaco’s Linkedin profile,  click here

‘Goa can Emerge as Venice of the East with Ferry Service’

21 Nov: Little India (USA). Goa has the potential to become the Venice of the East if it taps its intricate network of inland waterways for commuting, suggests Rajiv Somani, chairman and managing director of Drishti Marine, promoter of the state’s first private ferry service… “The only model really close to this is the one in Venice where one can travel through waterways all the time,” Somani said. … The daily ferry service will function with the help of two 40-seater, high-speed catamarans, which will ferry commuters between designated pick-up points like the state capital Panaji, heritage centres like Old Goa, beaches like Baga, Aguada and Sinquerim and the Dabolim airport…  For further details click here

Panjim's Cultural Capital

21 Nov: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. All the world fits so beautifully in Panaji every November, when the International Film Festival of India (IFF) rolls out its annual banquet of superb world cinema … It was not very long ago that Panaji was considered little better than a cultural backwater… There was Charles Correa's little jewel-like Kala Academy complex, but precious little else in terms of arts infrastructure… several blockbuster buildings along the city's exceedingly pleasant riverside have been purposefully renovated and restored, then dedicated to some aspect of the arts…  For further details click here

Vehicle detained for ‘‘illegally’’ ferrying tourists from Mormugao Harbour

21 Nov: Navhind Times. The Vasco traffic cell, on Monday, detained a vehicle which was involved in ‘‘illegally’’ ferrying foreign tourists from the Mormugao Harbour…  For further details click here
21 Nov: Navhind Times. … of late, many taxi owners in south Goa are regretting their decision to leave behind their traditional occupations like that of coconut plucking, tailoring, toddy tapping and fishing…  click here
20 Nov: Navhind Times. Although the state government has assured the High Court that it would come out with a policy for fixing digital fare meters in taxis by month-end, it is unlikely that the taxis would be fitted with the devices any time soon… click here.

Karachi: Ruby’s Goan Kitchen

21 Nov: Mag (Pakistan). The Portuguese left behind quite a delicious culinary legacy in the subcontinent, one that is still lovingly continued in many Goan, Mangalorean and Catholic homes across Karachi… Ruby’s Goan Kitchen opened to business just a little over a year ago and has managed to maintain a steady number of orders through their quality and taste. Specialising in Goan food, the online food service also offers a mix of Pakistani and Indian dishes …  For further details click here

Women Trafficking Belies Poverty Reduction Claims

21 Nov: Navhind Times. … In Goa alone more than 100 trafficked women are rescued every year. While most of the women rescued in Goa hail from outside the state there are some Goan women from poor or broken families too who have fallen victim to traffickers. There is possibility of more vulnerable Goan women having been trafficked to other states. Quite a few adolescent or major girls go missing in Goa. Several of them happen to be young women who run away with boys they are in love. But there are others who are never traced. There is possibility of Goan women being trafficked on the lure of promises of good jobs or marriage and ending up in brothels…  For further details click here

Basilica rector wary of security issues

21 Nov: Times of India. With thousands of faithful flocking the Basilica of Bom Jesus on a daily basis, Fr Patricio Fernandes, the rector of the basilica, has requested the state government for "heightened security" during the feast and otherwise too. Around 6,000 visitors visit the Basilica on a daily basis. Stating that security is of utmost importance, minister for archives and archaeology Vijai Sardesai said he is considering reducing the number of entry and exit points." We want to ensure that there will never be possibility of a stampede or panic among devotees especially during the novenas and the feast. We also have to involve police and other security agencies," he told reporters on Monday…  For further details click here

Contractor faces trial, relief to 10 in Ruby case

21 Nov: Times of India. The principal sessions court judge B P Deshpande, on Monday, ordered framing of charges against only one - contractor Vishwas Dessai - of the altogether 11 accused against whom chargesheets were filed by the Canacona police in the infamous Ruby Residency collapse case that had claimed 31 lives and injured 21. The other 10 who have been discharged from the case before framing of charges against them include Pardip Singh Birring and Jagdipkumar Sehgal… As many as 31 workers had lost their lives when a building under construction collapsed at the Ruby Residency project in Chaudi-Canacona on January 4, 2014…  For further details click here


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New Zealand: Goans explore family dynamics in their Gurabo

20 Nov: Newslink ‘Tiatr’ lovers in Auckland had a rare treat as the Auckland Konkani actors staged ‘Gurabo’ at Freeman’s Bay Community Hall on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Tiatr is a type of musical theatre popular in the State of Goa, located on the West Coast of India. Goans are an enterprising community, working in peace and harmony not only in their home State but also in Mumbai Middle East, United Kingdom. Australia, New Zealand – in fact in many parts of the world Their theatre is mainly in the Roman Konkani dialects and include a healthy dose of music, dancing and singing. ‘Gurabo’ is the Eleventh Konkani Drama in Auckland, written and directed by Paul ‘Souza, a talented director, producer and actor …  For further details click here

NRIs should be included in Aadhaar network: Goa Congress

20 Nov: IANS. Non-resident Indians, temporarily living abroad, should be brought into the ambit of Aadhaar card cover, state Congress President Shantaram Naik said on Monday. Addressing a press conference in Panaji, at the party's state headquarters, Naik also said that if NRIs can be allowed the right to vote by proxy, then they can surely be inducted into the Aadhar card network. "Those who are residing abroad and are Indian citizens should be issued Aadhaar Card under section 5 of the Act. It is a document which will be helpful to them," Naik said…  click here

Install CCTVs: Police tells South Goa eateries, pubs

20 Nov: Times of India. Restaurants, eating houses and pubs in South Goa have been asked to install 'adequate number' of CCTV cameras within and outside their premises, in a new advisory by the superintendent of police (South) Arvind Gawas. Gawas has asked such establishments to install cameras with night vision facility and to place them at vantage points like entry, exit, parking, approach and corridors. The advisory also states that the CCTV system should have a facility of at least 15 days of storage…  click here

In Goa, 54 village councils vow to stop coal trucks passing through their streets

20 Nov: Scroll. By Pamela D’Mello. In Goa, a people’s movement is picking up pace against big-ticket infrastructure projects aimed at facilitating the transport of large volumes of coal through the state. Over the past few weeks, village councils in 54 of Goa’s 183 villages have passed resolutions opposing the movement of coal through their areas as the government moves ahead with plans to create a road-rail-river coal corridor between Mormugao port and steel factories in north Karnataka. Goans fear that the plan will increase pollution, hurting their health, their land and their livelihoods…  For further details click here

Song, dance, food and more at Goa’s Serendipity Arts Festival

20 Nov: Conde Nast Traveller. Goa beckons beyond the beaches at the second annual edition of the Serendipity Arts Festival, from 15-22 December 2017 in Panaji. Expect sunset cruises, dark chocolate workshops with Mason & Co., an art conclave curated by Christie’s and a picnic that aims for guests to taste the environment… Best of all, most of what’s on offer is new: 40 of the 70 projects were commissioned for the festival. Make sure to tick these off the list…  For further details click here

Court respite for former Goa Chief Minister in illegal mining case

20 Nov: Times of India. A Panaji special anti-corruption court on Monday granted interim relief to former Chief Minister and Congress MLA Digambar Kamat, who is embroiled in an illegal mining case. The court, while granting Kamat interim relief, also set the next hearing for his anticipatory bail application for November 27…  For further details click here

Tourist taxis to meet CM over grievance

19 Nov: Herald. Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai after hearing the grievances of South Goa Tourist Taxi Association arranged for a meeting with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar and officials concerned on Wednesday after the cabinet meeting to sort out their problems and constitute the Tourism Regulatory Body.;; The tourist taxi owners were accompanied by Benaulim MLA Churchill Alemao who complained bitterly about the harassment meted out to the tourist taxi owners by transport officials and RTO …  For further details click here
19 Nov: Navhind Times. South Goa tourist taxi owners meet Vijai over their demands…  click here

Auction: Original Rare Painting By V S Gaitonde

25 Nov: Simrit Collection, Port Alberni, BC, Canada. Lot 1315: Original Painting By V S Gaitonde with Original Bill of Purchase. Size 24" x 24"...Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (V. S. Gaitonde) (1924- 2001) was regarded as one of India's foremost abstract painters. He completed his art diploma at Sir J. J. School of Art in 1948, and in 1950 was invited to join the influential Bombay Progressive Artists' Group. He received Padma Shri Award in 1971. Gaitonde was born in 1924, in Nagpur, Maharashtra, to Goan parents. In 2013, one of Gaitonde's untitled painting sold for US$3.7 million, set a record for an Indian artist. After the media reports of the auction, interest in his work has grown… Est: $5,000,000 - $6,000,000 [Photo shows the receipt for the purchase of the painting in 1964 for Rs 300]  For further details click here


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Goans do not migrate as a result of coercion: Expert

19 Nov: Times of India. … USA-based G Craig Hobbs and Robin Lasser are on a journey to document anecdotal evidences of migration. They are presenting their work, 'Migratory Cultures' at the ongoing Story of Space festival in Panaji. "Many of the migration stories that I've collected are of those who had left Goa for career opportunities or work-related reasons. They are not migrants as a result of a forced migration," said Hobbs. He added that Goans move out for an improved quality of life and a broader network of creative community that they can connect with. But, one stark difference that he noticed was that unlike most other migrants, Goans choose to come back to their roots…  click here
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Century-old relics of Fr Agnelo touch scores of devotees

19 Nov: Times of India. Devotees thronging the hillock for the novena of Venerable Fr Agnelo D'Souza's 90th death anniversary are fortunate to see century-old relics used by the saintly priest, as these have been displayed for the first time to mark the significant occasion. A white cassock that has now yellowed with time, a Holy Cross from Rachol Seminary, a beretta and prayer books used by the missionary priest of St Francis Xavier Society of Pilar have been kept in a cupboard in the monastery church for display…  For further details click here

New Zealand: Valentine Fernandes: Taranaki enjoys Diwali

15 Nov: North Taranaki Midweek. Hip-hop, bouncy castles and Taranaki-made crafts aren’t typical Diwali festival fare, but New Plymouth organisers decided to spice things up this year.. The festival is all about fun, colour, and enjoying the community, NPIC secretary Natalie Fernandes said … Dance performances included Bollywood, hip-hop, and belly dancing styles. Fernandes’ daughter Valentine, Miss India NZ 2017, performed a fusion of the three… ‘‘All the food is Indian because that’s what people love,’’ Fernandes said…  For further details click here

Shanties, garbage pose high risk to planes landing at Dabolim

16 Nov: Herald. Heaps of garbage dumped under the flight path; Labourers occupying the shanties at the site are unaware of the fact that the food that they cook and the garbage which they dump at the site could lead to a serious disaster; Authorities have turned a blind eye to these shanties and garbage and have even violated the S Goa Collector’s instructions … Since the last ten days the officials of Mormugao taluka administration as well as politicians have been grappling to find out solution to tackle the garbage menace, especially near the airport area. Even a set of directions has been issued to the panchayats within the jurisdiction to keep the area clean so as to reduce bird hit cases and to keep stray dogs at bay…  For further details click here

‘‘Kurlio’’ the pricey catch

16 Nov: Navhind Times. The demand for crabs is good in the state due to the tourism industry and robust consumption from locals. Inland water crabs which are rich in protein are found almost everywhere. They cost around Rs 30 to Rs 70 per piece or sometimes more depending on the size and supply in the market. The sea crabs are cheaper than inland crabs and a ‘‘vato’’ consisting of 10 to 15 crabs may be priced at around Rs 100… Crabs are a hot favorite among tourists and therefore it is priced higher vis-à-vis other dishes on the menu. “Tourists do not mind shelling out as it is considered as an integral part of Goan seafood,” say restaurant owners…  For further details click here
18 Nov: Herald. Shrinking sardine catch must ring alarm bells …  click here

Goa illegal mining scam: Former CM Kamat’s plea for relief turned down

19 Nov: IANS. A Special Court in Panaji, hearing an anticipatory bail petition filed by former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, on Saturday refused to grant him interim relief, even as an SIT of Goa Police raided his residence in Margao. Kamat, who is one of the key accused in a multi-crore illegal mining case, had filed for anticipatory bail before a special anti-corruption court in Panaji on Saturday, the hearing for which has been posted for Monday. “After the court refused to grant the former Chief Minister any interim relief today, we raided his residence in Margao, but he was not there. We are on the lookout for his whereabouts,” a police official attached to the Special Investigation Team (SIT) said on the condition of anonymity…  For further details click here

Public transport system to follow European model.

19 Nov: Times of India. The citizens' call for reliable public transport appears to have convinced the government of the need to overhaul the state's existing bus system and design it along the lines of public transport systems in European nations. The transport department is working on a policy — to be framed along the lines of those followed by the UK, France and Sweden — which will be implemented first in Panaji, followed by the rest of the state. Transport minister Ramkrishna 'Sudin' Dhavalikar hinted it will be out in the first quarter of 2018…  For further details click here

Auction: A set of three Teak wood Indian trunks, Goa Style

22 Nov: Criterion, London. Lot 68: A set of three Teak wood Indian trunks, Goa Style. Auctioneer's estimate: 250 GBP - 350 GBP  For further details click here



Death: Maria Edith da Cunha

11 Nov. Vancouver, Canada. MARIA EDITH DA CUNHA. Aged 104. She is survived by her loving children Noemie (Donald) D’Mello and Lydia Fernandes, her daughter-in-law Sally, 7 cherished grandchildren, their spouses, and 16 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Joaquim, son Antonio, son-in-law Benny, and granddaughter Joy. Prayers will be offered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 2465 Crown Street in Vancouver on Monday, November 20th at 7:00pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 21st at 11:00am. Her ashes will be laid to rest next to her son at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Joy Fernandes Szulc Memorial Scholarship would be greatly appreciated and can be made at under ‘Support Us’. Online condolences may be offered to the family at click here.

Death: Norbert Coutinho
18 Nov: Auckland, New Zealand. Your prayers are requested for the soul of Nobert Coutinho Husband of (Late) Betty Coutinho, Father of Corinne Coutinho, Susan Fernandes (Everard), Stephen Coutinho and Colin Coutinho (Hazel), Grandfather of Shannon & Karen Fernandes and Ryan & Emma Coutinho. [Info Pompie Gois]

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Kid-vendors’ prowl Goan beaches

19 Nov: Herald. Suraj Nandrekar tiptoes around the beaches of North Goa to find out the modus operandi of these ‘kids-vendors,’ and what essentially lured them to this peaceful land of surf and sunshine… hundreds of children, selling different items like radium bangles, led lights, flowers, fruits, nuts, ice-creams etc, while some were also begging… Shockingly, girls and boys aged as young as 3 to 15 years, have been ‘discovered’ in this ‘dangerous’ business at the age when they should be studying in school… Neville Proenca, social worker, says he has been working on this issue for quite some time but is sad that instead of reducing the number of children the problem keeps multiplying… Neville revealed that the kids are ‘leased’ to different contractors for a meagre amount as less as Rs 2,000 per month…  click here

Manushi Chhillar wins Miss World 2017

19 Nov: Times of India. Manushi Chhillar is an Indian model and beauty pageant title holder who was crowned Miss World 2017 on 18th November 2017. She was previously crowned Femina Miss India 2017 on 25 June 2017. Chhillar is the sixth Indian woman to win Miss World … Chhillar is one of the very few Miss India winners who were medical students during their reign, like Reita Faria - Miss World 1966 … She considers Reita Faria - Miss World 1966 who was the first Indian and Asian to win the Miss World crown, as her role model…  click here

Court dismisses probe plea against Vijai Sardesai in graft case

18 Nov: Times of India. A local court has rejected a complaint seeking police investigation against town and country planning minister Vijai Sardesai in an alleged corruption case due to lack of sanction from the government to prosecute him. South Goa principal district and sessions judge B P Deshpande rejected the application filed by activist Aires Rodrigues to direct the Fatorda police to register an FIR against Sardesai for the want of sanction. The court observed that no fault could be spelt out from the decision taken by the police authority in not registering the said FIR… Rodrigues had stated that the recorded conversation between Sardesai and Kashinath Shetye, which has been given to the police prima facie, clearly spells out a conspiracy and commission of illegal acts which are cognizable and non-bailable.  click here
Video: Goa 365tv. Session Court dismisses Aires’ plea for FIR against Vijai, Aires to approach High Court. 2m. 53s.  click here
Video: HCN. FIR against TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai by Adv. Aires Rodrigues dismissed by S. Goa District Court … 1m. 21s click here.

High Court to hear CBI appeal against acquittal in Scarlett Keeling death case

18 Nov: Times of India. The High Court on Friday passed an order to hear the CBI's appeal challenging the Goa children court's order which acquitted the two accused in the mysterious death of Scarlett Keeling, who was found dead on Anjuna beach in February 2008. A division bench comprising Justices C V Bhadang and Prithviraj K Chavan ordered the registration of the criminal appeal while allowing the CBI's application. CBI's senior counsel Ejaz Khan, told TOI the high court granted leave to the CBI's appeal against the acquittal. During the hearing, Khan read out the statements of two witness to reveal the story of the prosecution, while the counsel for the accused opposed the leave and admission on the grounds of lack of evidence… It might be first time ever that there are three tourist murder cases at courts in Goa at the same time. The other two are Felix Dahl and Danielle McLoughlin…  click here
18 Nov: The Goan. Court admits CBI plea challenging verdict …  click here

Crime branch says ‘mistake of facts’, to close Bismarque case

18 Nov: Times of India. The crime branch of the Goa police has decided to file a closure report in the Father Bismarque Dias murder case, citing a 'mistake of facts'. The branch has investigated the case for around nine months after registering it as a murder in April, following a high court directive. The crime branch said that the probe into Fr Dias' death is nearly complete, and that it has found it's an accidental death. The statements of over 20 witnesses were recorded in the case. Superintendent of police, crime branch, Karthik Kashyap, told TOI that "On the basis of scientific, forensic, and circumstantial evidence, it can be clearly concluded that it (Dias death) was an accidental death and no foul play could have been suspected hence C-final report would be shortly submitted to the sessions court." …  click here

Are we strangling the golden goose of tourism?

19 Nov: Herald. By Eugenio Viassa Monteiro. Jobs are plentiful in countries where tourism is well-structured and creative initiatives thrive. Most are unskilled jobs that require quick training. The percentage of jobs per tourist is high. Therefore the sector draws close attention in countries featuring landmark monuments, a rich cultural heritage and an agreeable climate. The tourist spends on goods and services and may even extend the length of his stay should he feel pampered enough and welcome. Not any tourist, but the one non-pollutant … I set out some of my own expectations and frustrations …  click here

Discussion: Taking food into Goa from UK

18 Nov: Trip Advisor. Hiedi Girl of Manchester writes: My parents are all-year-rounders in Goa (obviously in and out every 180 days), and mum always gives me a list of stuff to bring-sausages, bacon etc. I'm going over 2nd December and was wondering if anyone has any advice/experience in being stopped with contraband? I know you've never really been allowed this stuff but I've not been since 2014 and I've always just sailed through. Thanks for any advice… Check out the 8 replies so far … and Hiedi Girl concludes: That's great, hubs will let me take now. No more 'I'm not getting pulled taking half a pig for your blo*dy mother' …  click here

Auction: An Ivory figure of the Christ Child, Goa, 17th Century

22 Nov: Matthew Barton Ltd. London. Lot 279: An Ivory figure of the Christ Child, Goa, 17th Century carved standing, the stylised hair and features with traces of colour, arms lacking (probably originally in ‘Salvator Mundi’ pose), on a partial base. 25cm long. Auctioneer's estimate 1,200 GBP - 1,500 GBP.  click here

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