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Death: Tim Fernandes

13th Apr. Croydon, UK: TIMOTHY ANTHONY FRANCIS FERNANDES. (a retired teacher formerly from Mombasa Kenya and Arpora, Goa), sadly passed away at Croydon University Hospital. He was 89 years old, and was a devoted husband of 57 years to Graciana Fernandes (formerly from Tanzania via Kenya), and beloved father to his two sons, Kevin and Selwyn. Brother of Phila, late Sylvie and late Lin. He was a larger than life character and will be much missed by all his family and friends. His funeral will be in South Croydon on Fri. 11th May 2018. For further details and condolences, please contact Selwyn by email at

Death: Clara Carrasco
15 Apr: Mississauga, Canada. CLARA CARRASCO. Ex Dodoma and ex Dar es Salaam. Wife of Late Victor Carrasco. Loving Mother, Mother-in-law, Grandmother, Great Grandmother, and friend to many who will be greatly missed and remembered in our hearts forever. Visitation Monday, April 23, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Catholic Cremation Services Chapel (Assumption Cemetery) 6933 Tomken Rd, Mississauga, ON L5T 1N4. Funeral Service Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Catholic Cremation Services Chapel (Assumption Cemetery) 6933 Tomken Rd, Mississauga, ON L5T 1N4. Interment St. Mary's Port Credit Catholic Cemetery 2099 Dickson Road, Mississauga, Ontario [Info: Claude Fernandes]. Photo. Messages of condolences may be sent to click here.

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Elena Fernandes is a supermodel, influencer, and philanthropist

20 Apr. The New Nation. She is half Indian and half South American; her father from Goa and mother from Peru. In between shoots and various projects, Elena resides in London where she was born and raised. With successful modelling career, Elena has made her acting debut in Kapoor and Sons released worldwide in March. Elena has featured in the most internationally renowned magazines such as Vogue, GQ, and Harpers Bazaar as well as landing huge advertising campaigns with powerhouses Loreal, Adidas and FILA. Elena pursued an education in Law to degree level at Kings College University of London following ambitions to be a solicitor alongside her successful fashion career.  For further details click here
6 May 2015. Goan Voice reporting on Herald article of 5 May: Model Elena Fernandes, originally from Calangute is the daughter of Mervyn [ex Kenya] and Anita Fernandes, Elena is proud of her Goan heritage…  click here
For more photographs of Elena Fernandes, click here.

UK apologises for torn India flag in anti-Modi protests

20 Apr: BBC. The UK has apologised after the Indian flag in London's Parliament Square was torn down amid protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit. Hundreds of people gathered on Wednesday outside Downing Street where Mr Modi met his British counterpart Theresa May. The protests seem to have been sparked by two recent incidents of rape in India that outraged the country… "While people have the right to hold peaceful protests, we are disappointed with the action taken by a small minority in Parliament Square," the UK's Foreign Office said in a statement on Thursday…  For further details click here
Video: CNN. Indian Flag Ripped Apart …  click here

Is the caste system deep-rooted among Christians in India? A Kerala bishop stirs up a hornet’s nest

20 Apr: Scroll. A senior priest from Kerala’s Jacobite Syrian Christian Church recently put the spotlight on the fact that some Christians in the state practice the caste system, when he announced that he would henceforth stay away from traditional family gatherings organised by members of the Church. In Kerala, some financially sound Syrian Christian families organise annual family meetings, which are attended by prominent priests. The bishop of Niranam Diocese, Geevarghese Mor Coorilos, said that these meetings were organised to “proclaim the artificially cultivated upper-caste identity and lineage” and he would not like to be part of this tradition any more. On April 9, Mor Coorilos wrote on his Facebook page: “These people believe that their ancestors were Brahmins converted by St Thomas. They even publish family history books during the get-together. Such baseless upper-caste myths have to be busted. I had attended such events in the past, but not anymore.”  click here

Kegs of sunshine

20 Apr: Mint. The beer business in Goa is undergoing a frothy change, with craft brewers defining how the state looks at bottled beer… Perceived to be a predominantly two-brand state till over a decade ago, with Kingfisher and King’s, Goa grew to welcome international labels like the rest of the country… Budweiser and Tuborg became popular choices. One of Goa’s more definitive beer brands, the nearly 30-year-old King’s underwent a transformation three years ago after it was bought over by Viiking Ventures Pvt Ltd. And given a new name, Goa King’s. “My plan in next two years to make it a global brand and hopefully, reach a target of 10 million cases a year by 2020,” says Sachiin Joshi, chairman of Viiking, in a text message… 1704 words.  For further details click here
20 Apr. News That Just Hit The Street Today: Viiking Ventures UK, the distributor Goa Premium Beer, both owned by Indian playboy Sachiin Joshi, has entered voluntary liquidation with debts of more than £1 million…

Francis D’Souza stays off beaches after run-in with peddler

20 Apr: Times of India. Goa’s sun and sand with its pristine beaches has always lured visitors from near and far. But closer home, a chance encounter with a vendor on Calangute beach, who offered him drugs, made senior minister Francis D’Souza stop going to the beaches 15 years ago. “It was 15 years ago that I went to Calangute beach. The moment I stepped on the beach, a vendor approached and asked me: “What do you want? Do you need drugs? Since then, I have stopped visiting the beaches,” D’Souza said.,, D’Souza, who is a five-term MLA and has been the deputy chief minister during the previous term, said the vendor was not a “native” as no local would have dared to approach an elected representative with an offer to sell drugs…  click here

Love may be blind, but it surely sounds sweet

21 Apr: Herald. Competing with the likes of hit songs like ‘Despacito’ is a new catchy number making a big impact on the Goan music scene – ‘Mog Kudd’ddo’ by Kuwait-based Goan singer, composer and producer Friz Love. He is no newbie to the Goan music scene, having already released a number of songs over the years, and a couple of albums as well – including his recent hit, ‘MhakaKiteakPoddla’, which was released in December 2017 and based on the issue of coal mining in Goa. His new song, ‘MogKudd’ddo’, along with the accompanying music video, has already garnered a lot of attention, having hit more than 50,000 views on YouTube, post its recent release on April 7, 2018…  For further details click here
Video: Mog Kudd’ddo …  click here

Explore Goa through art!

20 Apr: Mid Day. There are two kinds of people who visit Goa - the peace and leisure seekers who soak up the solitude that the place offers, and the 'woohoo' gang who could do with drinking and partying at Mambo's every night. If you belong to the former category and wish to add a different touch to your annual summer Goa trip, sign up for Colour Fiesta Goa, a three-day opportunity to explore the sunshine state through art. Curated by Weekend Art Room, which conducts art workshops for those looking for a breather in Mumbai, the event will combine art lessons with a heritage walk and a day on the beach… The trip will also include a heritage sketch crawl in Fontainhas, the old Latin quarter in Panjim, a heritage area dotted with colourful picture-perfect homes…  click here

Final hearing in Scarlett case commences before HC

20 Apr: Times of India. An appeal filed by CBI against the acquittal of two accused in the Scarlett Keeling case came up for final hearing before the high court of Bombay at Goa on Thursday. The British teenager was found dead on Anjuna beach in February 2007… The next hearing is likely to be held next month. During the hearing, CBI’s senior counsel Ejaz Khan assailed the children’s court’s acquittal order that held that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) did not have jurisdiction to register the first information report (FIR) in Mumbai when the crime took place in Goa. Khan produced various documents before the high court to justify that CBI special crime branch can register a second FIR to continue investigation… The children’s court had acquitted Samson D’Souza and Placido Carvalho on September 23, 2017.  For further details click here



Death: Dr. Francis Rodrigues
17 Apr: Mississauga, Canada. DR. FRANCIS MICHAEL RODRIGUES. Ex Pune, India. Passed away peacefully, at Credit Valley Hospital Mississauga at the age of 87. Devoted husband of 53 years to Dr. Jeanette Rodrigues. A loving father to his three daughters, Dr. Callista Phillips (Trevor), Patricia Fernandes (Eustace), Jean Mascarenhas (Joseph). Cherished by his 4 grandchildren; David, Ruth, Annamarie & Sarah. Dear brother of Queenie Carvalho. Visitation will be held at Glen Oaks Funeral Home, 3164 Ninth Line, Oakville (Ninth Line & Dundas St E) on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. A Funeral Mass will take place on Wednesday, April 25th, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. at St. John of the Cross Catholic Church. If desired, donations may be made, in lieu of flowers, to TREWO - Roofs Seniors Fund or the Palliative Care Unit at Credit Valley Hospital. For photo and condolences link, click here.

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John Lawrence Nazareth: Young Under the Apple Boughs

19 Apr. JRLJ. J. Lawrence Nazareth, son of famed nationalist lawyer J. M. Nazareth, recounts his early days growing up on Forest Road in Nairobi, Kenya. He writes,' my sole link to the “wood-and-iron” house of my birth --- “wood” because that was the material of its construction and “iron” because its roof was made from corrugated sheets of that metal.' Includes rare family pictures. The entire memoir is also hosted by the Joao Roque Literary Journal where a link has been provided. For full text, 2178 words,  For further details click here

How Jordan de Souza went from suburban Toronto to the Komische Oper Berlin

18 Apr: Globe & Mail (Canada). Jordan de Souza bounces up a steep set of stairs to his office at the Komische Oper Berlin … It’s a long way from de Souza’s home turf of Mississauga, the Toronto suburb where he and his seven siblings were raised by music-loving Indian parents. De Souza, who turns 30 this year, is a ball of manic energy; he walks quickly and speaks with an unbridled enthusiasm for work and life, both of which have integrated in a way many classical artists can only dream of... he (along with his six brothers) attended St. Michael’s Choir School, a semi-private institution in Toronto with a core curriculum balanced between academia and music studies… What little amount of time de Souza has off is spent with his baby daughter, singing lullabies and pouring over future planned works. “I don’t work on music; music works on me,” de Souza says … [The viewing of the full article is only available to Globe Unlimited subscribers]. 1323 words.  For further details click here
Q&A | 58 Questions For Jordan de Souza … “My family comes from a beautiful town in India called Goa”  click here
For the Jordan de Souza website, click here.

Goa Man Who Posted Fake News About Parrikar’s Death, Arrested

19 Apr: IANS. The Goa Police Crime Branch on Wednesday arrested a 35-year-old man of Vasco for posting a fake news in Facebook on Tuesday, which claimed that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is currently being treated for advanced pancreatic cancer in the United States, is no more. The Crime Branch sleuths arrested Kenneth Silveira after interrogating him for several hours on Wednesday, 18 April… Silveira’s post, which was uploaded in Facebook on Tuesday, read: “Just got news that Parrikar is no more”. In subsequent messages on his Facebook wall, Silveira accepted that his message was incorrect after other commentators on his wall informed him of the folly, but he did not delete the fake message from his wall… In February, a journalist running a digital messaging service was barred from entering the precincts of Goa Legislative Assembly soon after he disclosed the severity of Parrikar's ailment.,,  click here
Video: Prudent. Silveira gets 2 days police custody …  click here
20 Apr: Goa News. Today Kenneth; tomorrow, Who? By Dr Oscar Rebello. click here.

Kenya Ex-VP Moody Awori's firm shows it owns Karen land

18 Apr: Daily Nation (Kenya). A company associated with former Vice-President Moody Awori on Tuesday produced evidence in the High Court to prove that it owns a Sh8 billion city farm as the lawyer of a dead widow staking a claim to the land pulled out of the case… The plea to adjourn the case was strongly opposed by lawyer Cecil Miller, representing Muchanga Investments Ltd, — whose shareholders are Mr Awori and the late Horatius Da Gama Rose — saying the case has been pending for more than three years. [His son, Dimitri da Gama Rose is shown in photo] …  For further details click here
Karen Land: Da Gama Rose's links to the rich and mighty …  click here

Simon van der Stel 'not 100% white but not black'

19 Apr: George Herald (South Africa). Prof. JPF Moolman writes: Referring to the report in the George Herald of March 29, under the heading, 'Simon van der Stel called first black Governor of South Africa. Although Simon van der Stel (picture) was not entirely white, he was certainly not black. Simon was the eldest son of Adriaen van der Stel and his wife, Maria Lievens. The latter was the daughter of a ship captain, Hendrik Lievens who was married to Monica da Costa, also known as Monica of Goa. Monica was previously a slave of Indian descent… As far as known, all the governors at the Cape who succeeded Simon van der Stel were white. By thus claiming that Simon was "the first black commander of the Cape", there were other "black" governors at the Cape. It is certainly not true! (See South African Biographical Dictionary Part I, p.852).  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Simon van der Stel was the last Commander and first Governor of the Cape Colony, the Dutch settlement at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa… His grandmother was a freed Indian slave woman known as Monica of the Coast of Goa, or Monica da Costa… [She was also known as Maai Monica]  click here
Simon’s son was Willem … “as is frequently the case with persons of mixed blood, the throw-back badness occurred in the third generation… he lacked balance and self-control, and the moral sense seems to have been entirely wanting….. His Oriental ostentation displayed itself … His private life was no less reminiscent of his extraction…..(he) displayed all the characteristics of the “Eastern Potentate”… click here.

Mangoes are ripe with sweet possibility

18 Apr: Toronto Star. Letter by Armand Rodrigues, Toronto. Writer Becky Krystal certainly knows the mango. But sadly, other than Chinese, Phillipino and Indian stores, our larger grocery stores generally carry mangoes that are not seasoned and so are not suitable for ripening and eating. Such mangoes only lend themselves to making pickles and chutneys. The uninitiated would do well to know the difference.  For further details click here
16 Apr: By Becky Krystal. How to prep and enjoy a mango, the sunniest fruit in the grocery store …  click here

New film follows UB40 on tour in India

19 Apr: Birmingham Mail (UK). UB40 are to release a fly-on-the-wall film shot in India – but there's a catch if you want to see it. Called simply 'UB40 in India', the footage follows the band during a four-date tour. It includes the busy streets of Bangalore, the beautiful beaches of Goa and the cities of Pune and Mumbai. But, in a new marketing ploy, the 'Brumdog Millionaires' film is only available to watch through UB40’s PledgeMusic album campaign… Running to 68 minutes and directed by founder Robin Campbell’s son Matt Campbell using an iPhone and DSLR camera, fans are warned the film includes ‘explicit language’… "They played gigs all over three to four thousand capacity and a giant one on the beach in Goa.” … link includes a trailer of the film …  For further details click here
Video: Alroy D’Sa: UB40 Can't Help Falling in Love Goa Live 2017 …  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

SOLD OUT! 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. SOLD OUT!

Sun. 6th May: SALIGAO ASSOCIATION UK cordially invites you to celebrate our Feast of Mae de Deus, to be held at Stanley Park High School, Damson Way, Carshalton, SM5 4NS. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12 noon, followed by a social gathering with great music by "Nite-Life", catering by "Bernie’s" and fully licenced bar run by "Mervins" Tickets (to include a plate of snacks and meal): Adult Members £14, Adult Guests £15, Children (11-15 years) £11, (2-10 years) £6.00. For tickets, please complete the attached Application Form and send to: For more details you can contact: Claire D'Souza at or Erris Fernandes at We look forward to celebrating our feast with you and request you to BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT. For the flyer and application form, 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. 17 Jun: Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate their 38th Anniversary of the Feast of St Anthony of Padua to be held at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Mass at 12 noon prompt, followed by dancing to the fabulous music of 'MAZ & CO'. Tickets: Members £14, Guests £15 include snacks and a Goan meal. Children under 12 years free admission. Licensed Bar available. Dress - Formal (strictly no jeans or trainers). No table reservations allowed. The Managing Committee reserve the right of admission. For tickets please contact: Tony Fernandes 020 85403566, Eugene Fernandes 020 86654773, Loretta Fernandes 020 83309307 or Wendy Fernandes 020 87680545. 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.

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Death: Jack Carvalho

26 Mar: London. JACK CARVALHO. Aged 79. Ex Nairobi. Beloved father of Judy (Leonard) deSouza and Jeremy (Alyson) Carvalho and grandfather to Samantha, Jessica, Dylan and Jordan and the late Brendon of Toronto. Jack, who was predeceased by his wife Natty, was a star soccer player for the Nairobi Heroes and the Railway Goan Institute, died after a long illness. A funeral mass for Jack will be held in the U.K. at Our Lady of the Angels Church, Carlton Rd, Erith, Kent DA8 1DN, on 25th April, 2018 at 11 a.m. Condolences to

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Protesters gather at Parliament over Indian prime minister visit, accusing country of ‘Hindu supremacism’ amid recent murders

18 Apr: Evening Standard (London). Crowds of demonstrators have rallied in central London in protest of a visit by the Indian prime minister who was meeting Theresa May as part of the Commonwealth Heads of Government summit. The protesters claimed India is becoming a "Hindu supremacist place" under the leadership of Narendra Modi, citing rising violence and rapes, as they gathered in Parliament Square on Wednesday… Amrit Wilson, from the South Asia Solidarity Group, said: "We as people of Indian origin in Britain are appalled at the scale of violence Modi's regime has unleashed… A large counter-demonstration of pro-Modi supporters later gathered across the road outside Westminster Abbey at about noon, chanting "We love Modi," and "Modi, saviour of India". The groups were separated by columns of police officers…  click here
18 Apr: The Guardian (UK). India is a ‘republic of fear’. The UK must keep the pressure on Modi By Amrit Wilson …  click here
Video: 18 Apr: British media reaction on protest against PM Modi London Visit 2018 … 4m. 45s. click here.

Swindon: First Broadgreen street food festival will serve up treats

18 Apr: Swindon Advertiser. A Goan barbecue, Caribbean curry and Spanish paella made by the man responsible for feeding Michael Jackson on his Bad tour could be coming to Broadgreen. The area is hosting its first ever street food festival in June, with hundreds expected to enjoy the smells and tastes of world cooking. The festival - backed by South Swindon Parish Council - will showcase the cooking from central Swindon's hugely diverse communities... The Broadgreen food festival will be on Saturday, June 16, 11am-4pm.  For further details click here

Citizens made to file ‘false’ affidavits for lost birth records

19 Apr: The Goan. Why are citizens literally forced to swear ‘false affidavits’ stating that their birth records are not found registered in the Salcete sub-registrar office when they are in possession of their original birth documents issued by the very same offices? With the ‘reconstruction’ of birth documents based on prescribed documents virtually put on hold, citizens have been left with no option but to swear false affidavits stating that their births are not found registered in the sub-registrar office when they are in possession of the original documents … When The Goan called up State Registrar Ashutosh Apte to seek an answer on claims made by citizens that they are forced to swear false affidavits when they are in possession of original birth documents, he said the department is not ‘reconstructing’ the documents for want of implementation of the rules in force…  For further details click here

High Court orders radiological examination of Goa priest's body to determine cause of death

18 Apr: India Today. The High Court today ordered the Crime Branch of the Goa Police to conduct a radiological examination of the body of a Christian priest-turned-activist to ascertain the cause of his death, more than two years after he was found dead under mysterious circumstances. Hearing a plea of family members of deceased Fr Bismarque Dias who had challenged the decision of the Crime Branch to close the case, a division bench of justices N M Jamdar and Prithviraj Chavan directed that the radiological examination be conducted on the remains of Dias (51) and a report submitted on April 20…  For further details click here
19 Apr: The Goan. Docs rule out further autopsy on Bismarque's body …  click here
Video: Goa 365tv. HC orders X ray of Fr Bismarque’s body, will the case reopen … click here.

Don’t meddle: Scam victims tell Goa’s minister

18 Apr: Gulf News (UAE). UAE-based Indian victims of the $300 million Exential scam said they are shocked and dismayed to learn that their home country‘s government is looking to secure the release of the very fraudsters who stole their money. Several gathered for an emergency meeting on Saturday after Vinod Palyekar, a minister in the Indian state of Goa, offered to help Exential boss Sydney Lemos, 37, and the firm’s accountant, 25-year-old Ryan D’Souza. Both were handed prison terms of over 500 years each for their role in the sophisticated scam. The duo, originally from Goa, are currently in Dubai jail while Sydney’s wife Valany Cardozo, who was sentenced to the same jail term in absentia, is holed up in western India…  For further details click here
19 Apr: Herald. By opening a new firm, Lemos duo took investment to the next level: Investors …  click here

Is Goa doing enough to preserve its heritage?

18 Apr: Herald. Today, on World Heritage Day, it is a good time to introspect and find out if Goa is doing enough to protect its heritage sites... But is enough being done to protect the heritage sites, some of which are World Heritage Sites, in Goa?  For further details click here
18 Apr: Navhind Times. On World Heritage Day, let us take a look at one man’s effort to preserve Goan heritage through innovation and perseverance. Victor Hugo Gomes (photo) has recently begun working on miniature replicas of his collection at the museum to preserve heritage for a little longer. He shares his vision  click here

Couple left 'stranded in Goa for 48 hours' due to delayed flight

18 Apr: Chronicle. A couple claim their holiday ended in disaster when they were left stranded in Goa for 48 hours - after two hours of fog. Valerie and Alan Bryceland had enjoyed a relaxing two weeks in the Indian sun when they were due to fly back to Manchester on February 22 this year. But they say the return trip descended into chaos when the plane they were due to get on was diverted to Mumbai during two hours of disruption caused by fog. After more than six hours in the airport without food or water, they returned to their hotel for the night only to be woken up at 2am to say they were being transferred to another hotel with no rooms ready for them, the couple say. Valerie and Alan, from Cramlington, had visited Goa for the 12th time … “We were lucky because we had a little bit of money left over but other people didn’t have a penny.” …  For further details click here

FILM: Kahaani 2. Channel 4. Mon. 23rd Apr. 00:50 to 03:00. Vidya Balan and Arjun Rampal star in writer-director Sujoy Ghosh's thriller about child abuse, deception and kidnap. Set around single working mum Vidya Sinha who lives in the sleepy town of Chandan Nagar, West Bengal, with her wheelchair-using teenage daughter Mini. In Hindi with English Subtitles, 2016.

DOCUMENTARY: Unreliable Evidence. BBC Radio 4 Longwave. Sat. 21st Apr. 22:15 to 23:00. Clive Anderson presents a series that explores and analyses the legal issues of the day. Asylum: As the number of people in immigration detention increases, Clive Anderson and guests debate if the law is fair to asylum seekers.

DRAMA: The Good Karma Hospital. itv. Sun. 22nd Apr. 21:00 to 22:05. India-based hospital drama series. Ruby and Gabriel intervene in a dispute between two fishermen and Lydia faces a difficult dilemma when her former mentor asks for her help. Later, the team comes together for Ram and Mala's wedding and Ruby and Gabriel have a heart to heart. Last In Series, Series 2, Episode 6.

DOCUMENTARY: Immigration: Rivers of Blood. London Live (Freeview 8). Mon. 23rd Apr. 22:00 to 23:00. 1. Has Brexit unleashed a new wave of intolerance in the UK? 50 years after Enoch Powell gave his incendiary 'Rivers of Blood' anti-immigration speech, journalist Mihir Bose explores if much has changed.

ARTS: Book at Bedtime. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Mon 23rd Apr - Fri. 27th Apr. 22:45 to 23:00. The One Who Wrote Destiny - Parts 6-10 of 10. Novel by Nikesh Shukla about three generations of the same family, riven by feuds and united by fates and fortunes, who in 1966, move from Kenya to Keighley in Yorkshire. Read by Bhasker Patel, Chetna Pandya, Maya Sondhi, Indira Varma and Taru Devani.

DOCUMENTARY: Gypsies on Benefits and Proud. 5* (Freeview 30). Wed. 25th Apr. 01:05 to 02:05. A one-off special lifting the lid on one of Britain's biggest controversies - immigrants who come to the UK to milk the benefits system. As EU work restrictions are lifted, we track a group of new arrivals from their humble Roma village to the bright lights of London, seeing how easily they get their hands on benefits. And we hear the stories of Roma families who have already established lives in the UK, paid for by British taxpayers.

DOCUMENTARY: Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs itv. Thu 26th Apr. 20:30 to 21:00. Paul O'Grady travels to India to help some of the 400,000 dogs living on the streets of Delhi. In the series opener, Paul meets an abandoned street dog pup with a potentially fatal virus and an adorable golden retriever who will not stop chewing her paw.


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Thousands to protest against Modi during Commonwealth summit in London

17 Apr: … In London, thousands of protestors — Kashmiris, Sikhs, Christians and Dalits — are expected to reach Parliament Square for a noisy protest against Modi on April 18 when he will hold bilateral meetings and also address a diaspora event at Central Hall Westminster … The issue of illegal Indians in UK — numbered at tens of thousands by Home Office — will dominate the meeting agenda between PM Modi and May as the British government has linked the return of illegal Indians to any improvement in visa conditions for Indians…  click here
16 Apr: Times of India. Narendra Modi's ‘Bharat ki Baat, Sabke Saath’ public interaction in London will be held at the iconic Central Hall Westminster at 5pm Wednesday and will be telecast live …  click here
For details of Narendra Modi’s London schedule, click here.

Netherlands to get a taste of Goan veggies

17 Apr: Times of India. Soon Netherlands will get to taste Goan vegetables and fruits. Goa State Horticulture Corporation Ltd (GSHCL) is preparing to supply 25 tonnes of vegetables to Verna-based Changoer Trading and Exports Pvt Ltd which will export the produce to Rotterdam, Netherlands, in the next three weeks. “This is a one-time transaction. We are trying to see if it opens up a market for Goan vegetables internationally. We are selling these vegetables to Netherlands according to the current retail rate in the local market,” agriculture minister Vijai Sardesai said on Monday. The horticulture corporation will supply Goan okra, papaya and Averrhoa bimbli … The agriculture minister has also suggested that red amaranth, locally relished as ‘tambdi bhaji’, be added to the list of produce being supplied …  For further details click here

NRI may give divorce consent over Skype: High Court

17 Apr: Times of India. The Bombay high court has allowed an NRI to give her consent for a mutual divorce from her estranged husband through “Skype or any other technology”. Justice Bharati Dangre overturned a family court’s order refusing to register the US based woman’s petition for divorce on the grounds that she was not personally present to file it. The court allowed the woman’s father as the power of attorney holder to pursue the case in place of his daughter. “Due to globalization and since educated young persons are crossing the borders of India, it is not possible to remain present (to file petitions),” said the high court. The bench said the family court judge had merely stated that both the husband and wife should remain present to file the petition without referring to the law or the judgments in the matter…  click here

Parrikar to start 3rd phase of treatment, says Vijay Sardesai

17 Apr: Times of India. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will start the third phase of his treatment in the US from Monday, town and country planning minister Vijai Sardesai said here. “I spoke to him at length... he is keeping track of the state’s affairs and clued in to the happenings in Goa,” Sardesai said after the cabinet advisory committee meeting on Tuesday. Parrikar, before leaving for the US for treatment, had set up a three-member committee to advise the government in his absence but retained all decision-making powers with himself…  For further details click here
17 Apr: NDTV. Manohar Parrikar Doing Well, But Will Return After Medical Advice: BJP Leader …  click here
Editorial: 18 Apr: Herald. Health of No 1 comes first, but his early return needed for Goa to move … click here.

The India I grew up in has gone. These rapes show a damaged, divided nation

17 Apr: The Guardian (UK). By Anuradha Roy. A chilling leitmotif of Nordic crime fiction is a child leaving home to play, never to return. Detectives search out trails pointing to sexual violence and murder, and by degrees it becomes clear that the crime is not isolated: it is the symptom of a damaged community. The abduction, gang-rape, and murder in India of eight-year-old Asifa Bano reveals such damage on a terrifying scale. It shows that the slow sectarian poison released into the country’s bloodstream by its Hindu nationalists has reached full toxicity. Where government statistics say four rapes are reported across the country every hour, sexual assault is no longer news. Indian minds have been rearranged by the constant violence of their surroundings. Crimes against women, children and minority communities are normalised enough for only the most sensational to be reported...  For further details click here
17 Apr: BBC. Why India's rape crisis shows no signs of abating …  click here

Navy wants to close runway on Saturday, Sunday mornings for upkeep

17 Apr: Times of India. Indian Navy has informed Airports Authority of India (AAI) of its intention to close Goa International Airport’s lone runway for maintenance every Saturday and Sunday morning. The move has alarmed Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), who, on Monday, urged Union aviation minister Suresh Prabhu to resolve the issue ahead of the next tourism season. “Most of the charter flights land on Saturday and Sunday. Now the Navy is thinking of closing the runway on Saturday and Sunday,” TTAG president Savio Messias said. AAI official and director of Goa International Airport Bhupesh Negi confirmed the development but asserted that no decision had been taken. Indian Navy officials stated that for safety reasons, the runway had to be closed for maintenance activity for a few hours every week…  For further details click here

Goa Govt to make it tough for companies to hire non-Goans

17 Apr: Times of India. The state department of labour and employment is seriously looking to amend the existing labour and employment laws in the state to make it difficult for Goan companies or companies operating in Goa to employ workers from other states. Minister for labour and employment Rohan Khaunte is studying the norms in neighbouring states, especially Karnataka, to see if it can be made mandatory for private companies operating in Goa to give preference to Goans while recruiting. “We are also moving a notification where we are making it mandatory that those companies that want to participate in trade fairs in other states or if the company has vacancies, they will have to first mention their requirements to the department,” Khaunte said. “The department will sponsor certain candidates and then they have to be interviewed. If the company decides not to hire them, they will have to give it to us in writing why the people cannot be hired.” …  For further details click here
Editorial: 17 Apr: Herald. Job protection justified but Goans need to embrace merit based demands of private jobs …  click here



Death: Ermelinda (Emma) Fernandes

12 Apr: Brampton, Canada. ERMELINDA (EMMA) FERNANDES. Passed away at Brampton Civic Hospital, aged 50 years after a long illness. Born in Mumbai, India to the late Custodio and Candolina Fernandes on May 31st, 1967. Married to her beloved husband, Philip Francis Fernandes [ex Tanzania] for 30 wonderful years, they raised two strong and loving sons, Pierce and Ewans. Her other relatives include sister Succorin (Ronald) Saldanha, brother Gabriel (Valsa) Fernandes, late brother Milagre Fernandes and her sisters-in-law Elvira (Cajetan) Dias, Maria (Andrew) Fernandes and brother-in-law Vivian (Perpetua) Fernandes. She will be fondly remembered by her friends and family for her warm and loving personality, which left a lasting impression on everyone that she interacted with. For Photographs, Condolences and Funeral details,  For further details click here

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Salcete birth records for 1965-1969 destroyed: Govt

16 Apr: Times of India. Citizens seeking birth records between the years 1965 and 1969 at the Salcete sub-registrar office are being told that their certificates cannot be issued as the original documents have been destroyed. Birth documents are vital for those applying for Portuguese passports. One such person is Amira Silva Pereira from Cortalim (name changed), who is unable to apply for a Portuguese passport … She was seen bitterly crying at the office of the civil registrar and sub-registrar, Salcete last week, her grievance being that her 18-year-old son has threatened to commit suicide if he cannot pursue his further studies in Germany through the Portugal corridor… But there are some like Santan Pires who are lucky. He applied for his birth certificate on April 9 at noon, and by evening, he walked out with the certificate as well as the teor. The only difference between Pires and other applicants is that the former sought political influence to speed up the process…  click here

The making of Panaji

15 Apr: Navhind Times. Panaji is ever changing. It has been evolving ever since it was first invaded by Kadambas, Bahmanis and then during the Portuguese regime, and continues to witness changes- physically, politically, even culturally… We have not heard much about the city in the period prior to 1500, but sources tell us of a time when a Greek ship with Buddhist monks on board is said to have touched Panaji and sank… In the eleventh century Panaji was a part of the Kadamba Empire… After the conquest by the Portuguese in 1510, Panaji was selected as an important military station, where all the ships that arrived at Goa were thoroughly inspected and had to compulsorily obtain licences. As the River Mandovi was narrow, they could not escape this… The capital was built in just 130 years from the times of Dom Manoel de Porgual e Castro to 1961. “The locality until the early nineteenth century was viewed by many a chronicler and foreign traveller as a humble and unhealthy ward of Taleigão. From a fishing village and an occasional docking area prior to 1759, from a land full of palm groves – Palmar Ponte, Palmar Japão, Palmar Miguel José, Palmar Arecal, Palmar Maquinez, Palmar Gaspar Dias and marshlands, during the nineteenth century, there emerged the capital city Nova Goa – quite phenomenal and transformational,” says Pinto…2096 words.  For further details click here

65-year-old woman in Goa arrested for confining, branding 8 minor girls with hot knife

16 Apr: India Today. Eight girls were found confined in a flat in Goa's Vasco where they were allegedly tortured, including branding them with a hot knife, by an elderly woman. The age group of the girls ranged between 6 and 12 years and were allegedly beaten up with a pipe by the woman. The 65-year-old woman, Venus Habib, claimed that she had adopted the girls, Vasco police station inspector Nolasco Raposo said. Goa Police rescued the girls from a flat located in the Baina area of Vasco with the help of an NGO and arrested Venus Habib. The girls were rescued one of them was spotted with injury marks during a church service…The girls have now been sent to a shelter run by Goa government at Merces.  For further details click here
16 Apr: Times of India. … The girls, Habib said, were adopted by her when they were around a month old, and she was receiving ‘funds’ to take care of them… Habib’s neighbours too testified to her alleged cruelty …  click here
Video: Goa 365: Vasco police rescue 8 minor girls click here.

Aviation Ministry to promote Goa tourism

17 Apr: Herald. Union Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu on Monday said, “Recently I had a meeting with Global CEO of Singapore Airlines and told him to market destinations in India, particularly Goa. I will have talks with other leading airlines, including Emirates, Lufthansa, British Airways etc giving the message of marketing India and Goa globally. This is a major programme we have launched so that Goa get more high-spending tourists, while creating jobs in Goa,” he said… Prabhu stated that there is a great possibility of using airports in Goa for transportation of cargo as the same can create huge job opportunities in Goa…  For further details click here
Video: HCN. Union Civil Aviation Minister says Dabolim Airport will be modernized; aims to please taxi drivers …  click here

Mangoes gets pricey this season

16 Apr: Navhind Times. The big size Mancurad is currently priced at Rs 1200 to 1600 a dozen and small size are priced at around Rs 900 per dozen, while the Alphonso mangoes are priced at Rs 600 to 700 per dozen, according to the information available from the vendors. The prediction is that the production of the mangoes during this season will be not very good as the unseasonal rains had effect on the crop. The cold spell is very much necessary for the good mango yield and this year there was good cold during the winter season due to which flowering of the mango trees was on time and normal. However there was a spell of rains after the flowering which affected the production, according to growers… 1128 words.  For further details click here

Want to make Goa niche centre for high-end IT firms: IT Minister

16 Apr: Times of India. The state government may want to place Goa on the global IT map but rather than attract every kind of IT company, minister for information technology Rohan Khaunte (photo) wants to make Goa a niche for knowledge outsourcing, artificial intelligence, augmented reality and high-precision solar energy technology … Khaunte said that the objective of the Goa IT Investment policy and Goa Startup policy is to create 10,000 jobs in niche sectors over the next five years. “There are new opportunities. We have artificial intelligence, we have augmented reality, we have virtual reality. We have so many new segments coming up and Goan professionals have a natural inclination by virtue of adapting to such knowledge,” he said.  For further details click here

Loveable character ‘Speedy’ dies in Goa

16 Apr: Wellington Weekly News (UK). Former Linden, Beech Grove and Court Fields School, Wellington, student Darren ‘Speedy’ Windsor, 44, has died suddenly of natural causes while on holiday in Goa, India. Mr Windsor was holidaying with his parents Terry and Dawn Windsor. Mr Windsor worked with his father Terry, a roofer, and was in the third week of his holiday… A lady in Goa brought comfort to my mum with the words ‘he died in paradise, his soul is in India and his body in England with everyone who loved him’.”  click here


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Leander Paes: ‘The first time I thought of quitting tennis was when I was 19 years old’

15 Apr: Times of India. There is no stopping Leander Paes. He has proven time and again that age is just a number if you have the determination, passion and an unending desire to win. Just a week ago, he created another record as the most successful doubles player in the history of Davis Cup. Surely there’s more to come, but it is getting tougher by the day, admits the legendary tennis player. “It gets harder every year to keep pushing the body and mind,” Leander told us in a candid chat, where he also spoke about the changes he had to make to his fitness schedule, his future plans, the rapport he shares with Mahesh Bhupathi today and his strong daughter, Aiyana…  For further details click here
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Lester Cardoz is winning hearts among Goans by rapping in Konkani

15 Apr: Mid Day (Mumbai). Born in a Goan family from Kalina, rapper Lester Cardoz grew up hearing Konkani, but it wasn't until he watched Bardroy Barretto's 2016 film, Nachom-ia Kumpasar (Dance to the Rhythm), that he felt a sense of pride in the language… Inspired, he decided to consume more Konkani music, but he met disappointment. While he was thrilled to discover classics that he hadn't heard before, there was little original content being produced. "I decided I'd change things," he says. Today, the 29-year-old is a sensation among Goans, especially the diaspora. Along with English and Hindi, he raps in Konkani. In fact, his compositions have earned him the moniker, Bomoi cho Goenkar (Bombay's beloved Goan). His latest song, Don beer aah che glass (two glasses of beer), that released last month on YouTube, is inspired by his father who moved to Dubai on work when Lester was young…  For further details click here
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Young and the old throng Panjim, demand justice for rape victims

16 Apr: Herald. Hundreds including students, youth and senior citizens on Sunday evening participated in the candlelight vigil in Panjim demanding justice for the rape victims namely the eight-year-old girl from Kathua Asifa, and another teenager from Unnao. People from all walks of life participated in the rally, which started from the Miramar beach and culminated at the Azad Maidan, Panjim. The protestors raised slogans demanding that action be taken against the perpetrators and supporters of these heinous crimes… The All Goa Catholic Minority Front also condemned the rapes in both states alleging the involvement of police and politicians.  For further details click here
Video: 15 Apr: Goa 365 tv. ‘Justice for Asifa and Unnao victim’ voices grow louder …  click here

Majority of Goans among 4000 Indians duped in Dubai forex scam, say investors

16 Apr: Herald. Around 6000 investors have been swindled by the Dubai-based Exential through Sydney Marshal Agnelo Lemos and his wife Valany. Around 4000 investors are from India with a majority of them from Goa… Sydney, a resident of Mapusa, was the chief executive of the forex trading company. Investors lost over USD 200 million when Exential failed to pay after promising 120 per cent returns on a USD 25,000 (Dirham 91,800) investment…  For further details click here
15 Apr: Herald. On September 3, 2017 the Consulate General of India in Dubai intimated Goa Police of a multi-million dollar fraud and that it was learnt that Mrs Valany Lemos was absconding from the UAE and was residing in Goa… North Goa Superintendent of Police Chandana Chowdhary, when contacted by Herald on April 12, had said they had not received any official communiqué seeking assistance into the probe… It is reported that hundreds of Goan investors have invested with Sydney.  click here
Editorial: 15 Apr: Herald. Goa can’t be sitting on a request to help with the Dubai fraud investigations. The Superintendent of Police North Goa, the FRRO and the head of the state police, have to, in case they haven’t, do a bit of explaining as to why a specific communication from the Consulate General of India in Dubai was ignored... click here.

Creating instruments out of waste

15 Apr: Navhind Times. When Noreen van Holstine moved to Goa from Delhi, taking a conscious decision of living here she saw that the major problem with garbage is the litter you can see around. Noreen initiated the 150-day campaign #TeraMeraBeach that started at the awareness and education level and tied up with Drishti Marine as they have a strong presence on the Goan beaches. “We made art installation along the beach where tourists would have to pick up garbage and tie it to the installation,” says Noreen… 1500 dustbins have been deployed on the beaches and people are getting accustomed to using dustbins … “We wanted to approach the tourists in a positive way and hence we chose to stick to music. Music is positive and hence drum circle is a medium to communicate the message – Keep Goa Clean,” says Noreen adding that the general message is waste management…  For further details click here
15 Apr: IANS. Sun, sand and sanitation: Goa celebrates beach hygiene campaign with music  click here

Net loss: Goa’s cybercrime cell has no teeth to byte

15 Apr: Times of India. Shocked at discovering that a fake social media profile is being operated in her name, a teenager in the state is running from pillar to post to get her complaint registered. She first approached the local police station, which directed her to the cybercrime cell of Goa police. However, here too, justice has been elusive as her complaint was never registered despite assurances. This case just goes on to highlight the pathetic state of the cybercrime cell of Goa police, which receives several complaints every day. Complaints are not registered due to lack of staff and poor logistics, police said. As of date, there are over 1,000 complaints pending registration at the cell, sources said, adding that, on an average, the cell registers around 15 first information reports (FIR) per year, of which 50% of cases are solved…  For further details click here

Ladainha: Musical notes raised in prayer

15 Apr: Times of India. A prayer recited in a multitude of voices magnifies manifold, so goes the popular belief. And, probably, it is for this reason that the ‘ladainha’ evolved as a popular form of group devotion among Catholics of Goa. But this group prayer is like none other. It is a striking expression of devotion as the verse is rendered to tunes that lend a certain folksy flavour. Simply put, a ‘ladainha’ (from the Latin word ‘litania’ or litany) is a prayer comprising a series of invocations of the names symbolic of Mother Mary or the saints, which is recited to a musical score as a thanksgiving, or to seek a favour, or cure an illness. It is a request made to these divine powers to pray and implore to God for the well-being of the faithful…  For further details click here

Celebrate Goan bread as it gets a global makeover at this food festival

15 Apr: Mid-Day (Mumbai). In the last couple of months, Mumbai seems to have developed an affinity towards Goan food. We now have a Goan theme bar and two fine dining restaurants that are trying to bring back the forgotten dishes from the state. While they are focusing on the traditional Goan-Portuguese preparations, The Sassy Spoon has different plans - they are giving the Goan bread Poi a makeover with its month-long festival that starts today. Ravi Bhuvad, the head chef at The Sassy Spoon says, "We wanted to provide our guests with an option that was similar to the burgers, yet not make for a heavy meal. That’s when we came up with the idea of using poi and stuffing it with various mixes." This Portuguese dish entered India almost 400 years ago solely because they missed their beloved bread. It looked very similar to the pita bread that the Persians were eating. What made it different was the flour it was made with. While the pita was made from all-purpose flour, poi was prepared using whole wheat flour which gives it its fluffy texture making it perfect to dip in curries…  For further details click here



Death: Lucy Dias
6 April: London, UK. LUCY DIAS nee Rocha (Age 87; ex Mombasa and Colvale, Goa). Widow of Filipe. Mother to Theresa/Denis, Nelson/Maria, Martin/Nikki, Brian/Amanda. Loving grandmother to Bonita, Natalia, Christopher, Jemma, Georgia, Olivia and Francesca. Daughter of Constantine and Annie (Deceased) Rocha -(ex Mombasa) and sister of Caridade (Camillo), Anthony(Deceased), Sheila(Deceased), Agnelo And Joe.\ The funeral will be at 10.00am on Monday the 23rd April at Our Lady of Lourdes church. 373 Bowes Road London N11 1AA. Internment at New Southgate cemetery and reception thereafter at the church hall. Family flowers only please, donations towards a machine at Barnet hospital can be made on the day. Condolences can be sent to

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Stop harassing OCIs: AAP

15 Apr: Herald. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday stated that the FEMA Committee (non) operating since August 2013, has no legal status and hence a large number of Goan origin overseas citizens of India were being unnecessarily burdened with the requirement of obtaining NOC for registration of properties from the committee that is now rendered defunct. AAP challenged the government to come out with information on the need to go beyond the purview of the FEMA Act applicable across the country and said it was basically done to keep a tab on property sales of Goans going abroad… AAP Convener Elvis Gomes said that the eight-member committee has not met once in the last two years and is now practically defunct…  For further details click here

Goa to Kathua: India’s descent to perdition

14 Apr: Times of India. There’s huge international revulsion about what’s happening at Kathua. Ten years ago, Goa became aware of a shocking crime committed on Anjuna beach. On February 18, 2008, the partially-clad corpse of British teenager Scarlett Keeling was discovered face-down in the shallow surf … Very quickly, the Goa police labelled the incident an accidental drowning. It was only when the dead girl’s mother forced a second autopsy that it became clear the young visitor had been raped, badly beaten - her body bore 52 wounds and then murdered on the sands… At this moment, there is huge international revulsion about what is happening at Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir, where a gang of local men including four police officers kidnapped, drugged, battered, raped and brutally murdered an eight-year-old girl belonging to a family of nomads. … In Delhi in December 2012, the 23-year-old now known as ‘Nirbhaya’ and her friend were beaten nearly to death, and the young woman was barbarically raped and also literally eviscerated…  For further details click here
Video: 14 Apr. UN Chief condemns Kathua rape and murder case …  click here

Special panel pushes for law prohibiting drinking in public

14 Apr: Times of India. The government constituted committee has asked the government to enact a law or amend existing legislation to prohibit consumption of alcohol in public places and unlicensed premises. It has also called for compounding of offences by penalizing offenders if found drinking alcohol in public places by levying a penalty Rs 500 for the first offence, Rs 1,000 for the second offence, and Rs 2,000 the third time. The committee, headed by Travel and Tourism Association (TTAG) vice-president Ramnath Quenim, was constituted to suggest effective safety measures to control drowning incidents, illegal vendors and public drinking on the beaches following a spate of drowning deaths in October 2017…  click here

Now, foreigners travelling to India can get visa extended online

14 Apr: Times of India. Foreigners touring India will no longer need to visit the Foreigners Registration Office or the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRO/FRRO) for visa-related services, including registration and visa extension, which will now be offered online through the e-FRRO platform. Home minister Rajnath Singh on Friday launched the web-based application ‘e-FRRO’, which will allow foreign tourists/travellers to avail of paperless and cashless visa-related services online while eliminating the need for any human interface. In the new system, foreigners will be able to get 27 visa and immigration-related services in India from the comfort of their place of stay…  For further details click here

With the island’s old-timers moving to Europe, Diu’s 400-year-old Portuguese influence is fading

14 Apr: The Hindu. According to U.K.’s Office for National Statistics, there were 28,000 India-born U.K. residents with Portuguese passports in 2017. Reports in Portuguese media suggest that this number could be much higher, and include people from Diu, Daman and Goa… Under Portuguese nationality law, anyone born here before December 19, 1961, when India liberated Diu (and Daman and Goa), is eligible to apply for citizenship. This facility is extended to three generations. The catch is, Portugal is a part of the European Union (EU) and under the Schengen Agreement, people with a Portuguese passport can settle in any member country of the EU. So most of those migrating out of India with a Portuguese passport head instead to the U.K. With the island’s old-timers moving to Europe, Diu’s 400-year-old Portuguese influence is fading … 1495 words.  For further details click here

Ready, steady, Goa! With a pristine (private) beach, joyful staff and Old Goa nearby, this hotel is India's best-kept secret

14 Apr: Daily Mail (UK). By Kit Hesketh-Harvey. I needed a break. I needed sun. Then someone suggested Goa is a goer. ‘Goa?’ said our son. ‘Isn’t that where you take stimulants and rave?’ Well, excuse me if I rave. The Leela hotel is way ahead of Sandy Lane in Barbados and a third of the price. Putin visits. Sir Mark Tully, the BBC’s voice of India, stays, as does Sonia Gandhi, who arrived shortly after we left… This is India airbrushed: Englishmen without the mad dogs… The astonishing ratio is 3.5 staff to each guest, lifting your finger before you’re even aware that it needs lifting… ‘Another day in Paradise,’ says the daily Leela newsletter. Nonsense. Paradise can’t compete with this. Paradise won’t have so many staff… 617 words.  For further details click here

Feni: This triple-distilled cashew fruit liquor is a source of Goan pride

13 Apr: Atlas Obscura (USA) The Goan custom of distilling cashew fruit into the liquor known as feni dates back to the 16th century, when Portuguese colonists first brought cashew trees to the coastal Indian state. Today, the once-exotic plant is ubiquitous in Goa, and feni is its most popular liquor. Aficionados say a good feni is velvety and potent, but leaves no aftertaste on your tongue. Its hints of tropical fruit and nutty spice pair well with citrus drinks, such as the local lemon-lime soda known as Limca. The original Goan distillers would recognize modern production methods, as little has changed. First, feni makers collect fallen cashew apples and crush them underfoot, akin to the traditional process of making wine. Then, they press the pulp beneath heavy boulders, collect the juice, and store it in an earthen pot underground. After fermenting, the liquid will go through three distillations until it becomes a strong, smooth, and aromatic liquor containing about 45 percent alcohol by volume…  For further details click here

A collection shows rare maps that helped colonising countries understand India’s geography

14 Apr: Scroll. In the 1580s, the adventurous son of a Dutch innkeeper found himself on a ship sailing from Lisbon to India. Newly employed by the archbishop of Goa, Jan Huygen van Linschoten was headed to the capital of the Estado da India Portuguesa – the Portuguese State of India – from where the European power almost completely controlled trade with the subcontinent… He spent five years in Goa sand wrote the Itinerario in 1592. Besides extensive information about the journey from Lisbon to Goa, the territories of the Portuguese empire, and sailing instructions, this book included detailed maps of the region, which were kept under wraps for so long.. Published in 1596, the book was an instant best-seller and was soon translated into English. The Dutch and the British had found the key they’d sought for so long and went on to unseat the Portuguese from the region…  For further details click here
21 May 2012. Auction: Jan Huygen van Linschoten. Itinerario, Voyage ofte Shipvaert. 1595-96. Sold for € 120,000 / $ 147.600  click here

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You need to register to access the site. Some of the links: Press Releases; Indian Embassies; Handbook for Non Resident Goans; Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children, Eminent Goans, Konkani Dictionary etc.… Go to

Divine Retreat Centre - Ramsgate, Kent, UK

The famed Potta Centre now has a UK base. Phone: 01843586904 Email: Visit, with Programme of Events, Retreats, healing services, photos, videos and more.

Ed's Bar Services

We cater for all occasions, large or small. Edward Alvares. Personal Licence holder.
Full Licenced Bar. We provide proper glasses every time. For all your requirements contact Edward Alvares. Mob: 07507595603

Go Quick Travel Agents

Package Holidays & Flights Worldwide, including Goa. Excellent rates. Contact
Tony Dantas. 0208 238 9600 / 0208 204 6699
ABTA K9019 ATOL 9347

Goan for Hotel bookings

Choose your Hotel on our website
Competitive rates and allocations for Hotels even during Festive Seasons..!! Book
Early…. You won't be disappointed!! Contact Glenn Rodrigues, Call 07584081756
or email

HoneyBbuzz Music

Music for your occasion. Duo Trio Band Disco. Anniversaries Birthdays Weddings.
English Latin American Konkani Swahili. Contact: James mobile: 07546 999 677 Remos
mobile: 07448 160 917. Email:

International Flights & Holiday Specialist.

Charter Flights to Goa. UK Contact:
Savio Viegas: 020 8432 3266 OR 07926191069, email

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