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Death: Miss Emiliana Ferrao. Ex Nairobi

22 April 2021. Cricklewood, London, England. EMILIANA FERRAO. Formerly of Nairobi, Kenya. Passed away on the 22/4/21 after a short illness aged 72 years. Will be greatly missed by her sorrowful family in Cricklewood, London and Goa. Funeral on 21/5/21 in St Agnes Church, Cricklewood, London NW2, at 11.00am. Burial at Islington and St Pancras, East Finchley, London.

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Swindon: Javes Rodrigues (Labour) wins Pinehurst Parish Council Election

10 May: Swindon Advertiser. Of 776 votes cast in the election of two councillors to the Central Swindon North Parish Council, 48 were rejected by borough council vote counters… The borough’s elections team has now confirmed that the papers were rejected as they had been left blank… The successful candidates were John Ballman, who received 423 votes, Javes Rodrigues (296 votes) and William Stone (261 votes). All were standing for the Labour Party…  click here
7 Oct. 2010: Swindon Advertiser: Goan born Javes, came to London in 2003 to complete a Masters in Finance at the London Business College. After graduating, Javes moved to Swindon where he worked for a number of high-street stores as a Branch Manager …  click here
Facebook: Javes Rodrigues click here.

Goa: COVID News In Brief

11 May: Navhind Times. Goa registered 50 more deaths in the last 24 hours while 2,804 new COVID-19 cases reported on Monday… The government said that only three expired patients were vaccinated and had received only first dose…  For further details click here
10 May: Conde Nast Traveller. These are the new rules for Goa. The state government has announced a 15-day lockdown and new rules for travellers …  click here
Video: 10 May: Goa 365 TV. Goa 2nd position in deaths per million in country … click here.

Indian Covid variant is behind almost HALF of all cases in London

10 May: The Daily Mail (UK). India's coronavirus variant could be more transmissible than Britain's dominant Kent strain, Professor Chris Whitty warned tonight amid growing fears over the mutated virus … Public Health England data show the variant of concern — scientifically called B.1.617.2 — makes up between 40 per cent and half of all cases detected in London. There is no evidence it will cause worse disease or make vaccines less effective…  For further details click here
10 May: New Scientist (UK). Indian coronavirus variant in the UK seems to be more transmissible …  click here
10 May: Daily Mirror (UK). Huge rise in India variant as Covid mutant cases more than double in week. Statistics show that 520 infections have been discovered up to May 5 - a rise of 318 from the seven days before … click here.

All adults in Goa to be given Ivermectin drug irrespective of COVID status: Health Minister Vishwajit Rane

10 May: New Indian Express. All people above 18 years in Goa will be given Ivermectin drug irrespective of their coronavirus status to bring down mortality, state Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Monday. He said that expert panels from the UK, Italy, Spain and Japan have found a statistically significant reduction in mortality, time to recovery and viral clearance in COVID-19 patients treated with this medicine… The minister said this treatment would not prevent COVID-19 infection but it can help reduce the severity… "The Ivermectin 12 mg tablet will be made available in all the district, sub-district, PHCs, CHCs, sub-health centres, rural dispensaries for people to collect and start treatment immediately, irrespective of any symptoms or anything," Rane said…  For further details click here
10 May: NDTV. Goa To Start Using Drug Shunned By US Regulator For Covid Treatment …  click here
3 May: USA: Food & Drug Administration. Why You Should Not Use Ivermectin to Treat or Prevent COVID-19 … click here.

Diaspora Goans make frantic calls as solitary parents struggle amid Covid

11 May: Times of India. By Newton Sequeira. The elderly in Goa find themselves increasingly isolated and slipping through the cracks of the state’s health care system till it is too late. Living alone, with most of their relatives in other states or abroad, senior citizens are struggling not just to step out to get vaccinated, but to also get medical treatment on time for Covid-19 symptoms. Distraught kin living overseas find themselves making frantic calls from across the world, appealing to volunteer networks and on social media for help… Volunteers say that expats are feeling increasingly helpless and worried about their aging parents and relatives who are in Goa. One such volunteer who has stepped in to help the elderly is Runa Aggarwal, a resident of Panaji. “We get WhatsApp calls every day from the Gulf region, UK, Germany and other parts of Europe, and all the calls are for help for Covid positive patients who are alone here in Goa,” said Aggarwal…  For further details click here

Goa: Don Bosco College of Engineering students develop a sanitizing robot

10 May: Sir (Italian News Agency). The final year students of Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering at the "Don Bosco College of Engineering" (DBCE) in Goa have successfully developed a prototype of a sanitizing robot, which works remotely and can disinfect closed offices, outdoor markets, public areas, hospitals and other places without the intervention of frontline workers. This was announced today by the Salesian agency Ans. The members of the developer team, Vivek Khadilkar, Saeel Kamat and Drasti Naik, tested the project under the guidance of the "DBCE" professors, Mohini Naik Gadekar and Michelle Viegas, with the support of the director of the "DBCE" don Kinley D ' Cruz …  For further details click here

Goa: 3 charged for duping foreign nationals

10 May: The Hindu. The Enforcement Directorate has filed a chargesheet against three persons and a company for allegedly cheating foreign nationals on the pretext of investments in flats and villas located in Goa. The accused have been identified as Sunil Kumar, Ankit Kumar, Synthia Durbhatkar Jain and Sanatan Financers & Real Estate Private Limited… The ED found that Ankit and Sunil received about ₹7.73 crore from the victims, through the Foreign Direct Investment route, in the accounts of various shell companies incorporated by them. The funds were then laundered and credited to the bank accounts of Sanatan Financers & Real Estates. They were allegedly used for the construction of flats and villas in one “Peace Valley” project in Goa’s Quepem…  For further details click here
Trip Advisor. Reviews of Peace Valley Hotel Apartments & Spa …  click here
For the Peace Valley website, click here.

Portugal returns to India more than 500 years later

9 May: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). By Shiv Kumar Singh and Paulo Feytar Pinto (photo). When, in 1998, Portugal wanted to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama's arrival in Calicut with India, the Indian authorities preferred not to do so… there was a cut in diplomatic relations between Portugal and India as early as 1953 and in 1961 Goa, Damão and Diu were occupied by Indian troops. Portugal did not recognize Indian sovereignty until 1975. But at the end of the 20th century there was a deeper relationship… In the past 5 years, both countries have received bilateral visits from prime ministers … The two countries have established partnerships to fight the covid-19 pandemic… Historical relations are a common heritage of the two countries that must be preserved... 661 words.  For further details click here



Death: Felix Ferrão (Goa/Kuwait/USA).

3 May 2021: Porvorim, Goa. FELIX METODIO FERRÃO (Goa/Kuwait/USA). Born on 7 July, 1945 in Panarim, Aldona, Goa. Husband of Rufina, father of Rodney (Benedito) and Fiona; grandfather of Adele and Vedanth; father-in-law of Yashpal Raikar; son of late João Santana Benedito and Inaçia; and brother of late Matilde, Luis, and Anna (Anita); brother-in-law of Jerry, Jolsa, George, late Veradiana/late Escurião, late Ortulana/late Casmiro, late Dorothea/late Victor, Nina/Robin, late Adolfo (Ubaldo)/Mary, Domnic/Clara, and Lamartin/Gunilla; uncle to several nephews and nieces.
Funeral services were held at Holy Family Church, Porvorim, Goa on 4 May, 2021. Due to pandemic-related restrictions, the family are unable to accept condolence visits at this time but thank all for their care and concern.
Felix Ferrão worked in Kuwait and was a long-time member of the Kuwait Goans Association. Upon returning to Goa, he was a board member of the Gulf Goans Hotel Co. (Goan Heritage Hotel, Candolim). Fond of travel and an advocate in Kuwait and Goa for social and charitable causes, he will be fondly remembered by his family as a loving man. Condolences may be sent to

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Goa: COVID News In Brief

10 May: Navhind Times. Goa on Sunday registered 2,633 new COVID-19 positive cases and 67 more fatalities linked to the dreaded disease. At the same time, 3,078 people defeated the deadly virus in the last 24 hours. With the fresh cases, the tally of active cases has now reached 31,875 and the total confirmed cases have mounted to 118,846 in the state. The tally of fatalities linked to COVID has mounted to 1,679…  For further details click here
9 May: times of India. Fearing corona, tipplers in Goa shun chilled beer, stock up whisky… despite the hot sun beating down, patrons skipped the beer and preferred whisky… Most customers think they shouldn’t drink cold beers because people are afraid of getting a cold and Covid…  click here
Video: 9 May: In Goa News. LIVE | Curfew in Goa Begins! Visuals From Panjim click here.

Video: I Believe One Million Indians Have Already Died of COVID, Says UK Mathematician Murad Banaji

8 May: The Wire. In a 33-minute interview Dr. Murad Banaji of Middlesex University, UK, spoke about estimates by Indian and foreign institutions regarding how the death toll will increase in the coming months… Dr. Banaji pointed out that the IHME estimates include both official and unrecorded deaths and, second, the IHME believes that unrecorded deaths will be three times greater than recorded ones…  For further details click here
7 May: India Forum. Estimating Covid-19 Fatalities in India by Dr. Murad Banaji …  click here
Middlesex University London. Modelling the COVID-19 pandemic … click here.

Leaked Chinese document reveals a sinister plan to ‘unleash’ coronaviruses

8 May: (Australia). A document written by Chinese scientists and Chinese public health officials in 2015 discussed the weaponisation of SARS coronavirus, reveals the Weekend Australian. Titled The Unnatural Origin of SARS and New Species of Man-Made Viruses as Genetic Bioweapons, the paper predicted that World War Three would be fought with biological weapons. Released five years before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, it describes SARS coronaviruses as a “new era of genetic weapons” that can be “artificially manipulated into an emerging human ­disease virus, then weaponised and unleashed in a way never seen before”. Peter Jennings, the executive director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), told that the document is as close to a “smoking gun” as we’ve got…  For further details click here
9 May: Global Times (China). Australian media slammed for twisting open book as 'evidence' of 'China weaponzing COVID-19' … click here.

Watching kin fight Covid, Indians overseas struggle with worry, guilt

9 May: Times of India. We are living a split life, say desis living abroad. For, while things are returning to normal around them, the news from home keeps them on tenterhooks … there’s a large population of Indians in the US and UK who are filled with anxiety about their families in India. They live in a paradoxical world, where they are fully vaccinated, can go out to bars and restaurants with friends, all the while thinking of their families who are running from pillar to post even for the most basic healthcare needs. They can neither travel to India nor bring their loved ones over. Many wait all day for an update from home. Every call with +91 number has a fear factor …  For further details click here
9 May: NBC News. Living in India during the Covid crisis isn't what you see from abroad. It's worse and it's better… 1618 words.  click here

Adline Castelino: I am thrilled and excited to represent India at Miss Universe 2020

8 May: Times of India. At 21, LIVA Miss Diva Universe 2020 Adline Castelino is all set to represent India at the 69th Miss Universe 2020 to be held on May 16 in Hotel Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Florida. The gorgeous diva is all set to compete against 72 other beauty queens from across the globe for the prestigious title. She will be competing in the National Costume round, Swimsuit Competition, Evening Gown and Preliminary Competition. Talking about the upcoming event, Adline says, “I am thrilled and excited to represent India globally, but because of the current pandemic situation, I’m also grateful for this opportunity. I am mindful of what is happening around us and hope to make my country proud.” …  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Castelino was born in Kuwait City to Mangalorean Catholic parents Alphonse and Meera Castellino …  click here

Agent held for trafficking 12 women from Goa to Iraq

8 May: Times of India. The crime branch of Goa police has arrested a recruitment agent, Jabbar Mulla, for allegedly trafficking around 12 women from Goa to Iraq under the pretext of providing jobs in Dubai… Crime branch received the complaint stating that the women have been trafficked to Baghdad, Iraq and were sent to that country without registration. Police said that the agent recruited the women last year as house maids, and were supposed to work in Dubai Police said that through a suspicious route, the women were illegally transported to Iraq and were forced to do physical work for extra hours. One of the women escaped from the workplace and approached the Indian Embassy in Baghdad for assistance, police said…  For further details click here

Goa drags feet over protecting tiger corridor, Maharashtra starts work

9 May: Times of India. While the Maharashtra government has already begun work to protect its tiger corridor as recommended by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA), the Goa government has been caught napping on the front. The NTCA has described Goa’s stretch of the Western Ghats as an important tiger corridor Maharashtra and confirmed occupancy of tigers within the state’s borders. The NTCA along with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) has stressed on the need to connect the tiger population across Goa and Maharashtra to aid in long-term conservation… Tigers have been repeatedly found in the connected landscape of north Karnataka, Goa and southern Maharashtra… The deputy conservator of wildlife division, North Goa, said, “We have taken numerous steps to protect tigers in the Mhadei region…  For further details click here

A Goan at the LSE… off to make his mark

9 May: Herald. Shaunak Samant is off to the London School of Economics to study law and hopefully later practise in the high court and the Supreme Court in the country. He will become the first Goan student to pursue law at the LSE … Asked what prompted him to apply for the course at the LSE he pointed out to the rich history of producing luminaries, revolutionaries and world leaders. From B.R. Ambedkar, John F. Kennedy, K.R. Narayanan to Mick Jagger and Sir David Attenborough, this prestigious institution has produced many of the world’s movers and shakers… 1036 words.  For further details click here



Death: Joseph (Joe) Dias, Ex Kampala, Uganda

20 April 2021, New Southgate, London. JOSEPH (JOE DIAS). Born 11 May 1942. Son of the late Vincente & Piedade Dias. Husband of Bernadette.
Brother of the late Anna / late Vincent, Roque/ Ludovena, Joaquim / Philomena, and the late Seby (Anthony) / Ludy. Brother-in-Law of Peter/Helen and Leandrina. Uncle, Great-Uncle and Godfather to many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.
Joe passed away suddenly but peacefully with Bernadette by his side. Joe will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all his family and friends.
The funeral will be held on Monday 17 May 2021, 10am, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, New Southgate. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID19 Government guidelines, numbers at the funeral are very restricted and personal attendance is by invitation only. All our friends and family are welcome to join in the live stream service (and later downloadable recording) at:
Following the Mass the final rites will take place at New Southgate Crematorium at 11am. The live stream service (and later downloadable recording) can be viewed at: username: wuqo3152 password: 896469
In lieu of Floral Tributes, donations in memory of Joseph Dias would be appreciated to either of the two chosen charities; British Heart Foundation or Cancer Research
Bernadette and her family would like thank everyone for their messages of sympathy, prayers, mass offerings, and other expressions of support during this sorrowful time.

Funeral: Francisco Telles

12 Apr. 2021. Tottenham, London, UK. FRANCISCO XAVIER TELLES. Ex-Nairobi. Born 13th Aug 1960. Passed away unexpectedly and peacefully in his sleep. Beloved son of the Late Remedios & Eliza Telles. Brother to André/Loretta, Fatima, Joé/Pat (Cookie), Bernadette & Maria. Uncle to Jonelle and Jordan. Cherished nephew of the Late Sebastian Teles and Aunty Ocoti, cousin to Bosco, Edward, Leo and our extended family. He will be remembered as the Gentle Giant who always had a smile on his face. Francisco will be dearly missed. R.I.P. Ndugu (Irmão).
The Funeral service is on Wednesday 12th May 2021 at 11:30 St Paul the Apostle RC Church, Wood Green. Unfortunately, due to current Covid-19 government guidelines personal attendance is very restricted and is by invitation only. All our family and friends are welcome to join in the Church Live streaming followed by the burial at Edmonton Cemetery, Church Street, London
Condolences to

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Video: CNN’s Becky Anderson grills Vishwajit Rane, Goa’s Health Minister

7 May: In conversation with CNN on challenges and various ways Goa is fighting this menace of Covid-19… 11m. 43s. + Comments  For further details click here
8 May: Times Now. Amid a sudden surge in cases in the state, Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane has said that some administrative errors and opening up the facilities for tourism without proper restrictions has triggered Goa to become one of the worst-hit states in India terms of Covid positivity rate. He said that the state-wide lockdown ordered by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant from May 9 should have been brought in a month back… At present, Goa has a positivity rate of over 51 per cent, the highest in India. On Friday alone, 4,195 persons tested positive for the Covid-19 infection. Goa currently has 31,716 active cases, while 1,557 persons have succumbed to the disease so far…  click here
8 May: Tribune. Lockdown or curfew? Goa CM's presser gaffe goes viral. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday ordered a state-level curfew in Goa from May 9 to May 23. However, a video clip of a slip on a live mic by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant after addressing the press conference has now gone viral. In the video clip, Sawant is heard and seen signing off the press conference, but a moment later says "(I) did not say 'total lockdown'," to agreement from his Chief Minister's Office staff, before switching off the mic… click here.

Goa: COVID News In Brief

9 May: Navhind Times. Goa registers 3,751 fresh COVID positive cases. With new 55 deaths, the fatalities linked to COVID infection in the state mounted to 1,612…  For further details click here
8 May: Indian Express. Explained: What’s allowed in Goa’s ‘stricter-than-lockdown’ curfew. The Goa government has announced a state-wide curfew from 7 am on May 9 to 7 am on May 24 as Covid-19 infections saw an over ten-fold rise in a month…  click here
9 May: Navhind Times. Panic buying grips Goans. The announcement of the imposition of a 15-day curfew in the state by Chief Minister Pramod Sawant from May 9 onwards resulted in panic buying all over Goa on Saturday, with many of the shops running out of essential commodities… click here.

India: COVID News In Brief

8 May: Indian Express. PM Modi’s attempts to stifle criticism during Covid pandemic ‘inexcusable’: Lancet. The editorial quoting The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation estimates that India will see a staggering 1 million deaths from COVID-19 by August 1. A hard-hitting editorial published in medical journal The Lancet has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government seemed more intent in removing criticism on Twitter than trying to control the Covid pandemic…  For further details click here
8 May: British Medical Journal. India’s covid-19 catastrophe is a failure of national and global public health and policy response to the pandemic…  click here
8 May: BBC. India's Covid crisis delivers a blow to brand Modi… click here.

India Toast of EU Meet; Portugal PM Upholds OCI Status

8 May: Republic World. PM Narendra Modi attended the European Council meeting as a special invitee on Saturday, May 8, hosted virtually by Prime Minister of Portugal António Costa. Portugal PM António Costa has personal affinity with India. He proudly displayed his Portuguese passport & Indian OCI card at today's meeting …  For further details click here
8 May: Daily News & Analysis. India-EU summit: PM Modi asks leaders to support vaccine patent waiver, EU extends solidarity. The first-ever India+27 EU member states summit began Saturday, with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling EU leadership to support trade-related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights TRIPS waiver at WTO for COVID related treatments and vaccines… Portuguese PM António Costa in the presence of all EU leaders proudly referred to his status as an OCI (Overseas Citizenship of India). Portugal is the President of the Council of the European Union and the virtual India-EU Leaders meet is being hosted by Portugal PM António Costa…  click here

Modi encounter is Indian prize for Antonio Costa

8 May: Diario de Noticias. The worsening of the pandemic in India led to the postponement of the bilateral Portugal-India summit scheduled for Porto, but it will take place in a digital version. And Portugal has a special interest in strengthening relations with India … Goa-born Professor at AESE Business School, Eugénio Viassa Monteiro is an enthusiast of this deepening of relations between Europe and India, linked by democratic values:.. 1451 words.  For further details click here
8 May: Diario de Noticias. By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa. India and Portugal can use the past to build the future and Goa can be the dynamizer of this goal. If the two countries think the same way, this may actually happen… With Brexit becoming a reality, India-Portugal ties gain additional significance as Portugal can become a crucial ally of India and even act as a gateway to the European Union … 1190 words.  click here

Hopeless in hovels: Janhavi Acharekar reviews Lindsay Pereira’s ‘Gods and Ends’

8 May: The Hindu. With an insider’s familiarity, Lindsay Pereira presents brutally honest vignettes of Mumbai’s Roman Catholic community … the characters are trapped in a shared living space they cannot leave — a chawl named Obrigado Mansion in Bombay of the 70s. The book is a scathing commentary on the local Roman Catholic community, its idiosyncrasies and hypocrisies, and religion. Disillusionment runs deep among the working-class alcoholic men, embittered women, and desperate young girls dreaming of escape from the confines of their oppressive matchbox-sized homes … 776 words. Amazon. Buy Lindsay Pereira’s debut novel Gods And Ends,  For further details click here


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Listen: Sun. 9 May 2021: Cellie Gonsalves interviewed by Keith Vaz

Talking Points. Lyca Radio 1458 AM (UK). Sunday 9 May. 09.00 to 11:00 Presented by Keith Vaz This week he interviews Cellie Gonsalves (ex Dar es Salaam) of Toronto about the Light a Candle to Heal India's Covid-19 Suffering Campaign. The programme is aired online - for listening options,  click here
For the programme flyer,  click here
Canadians show solidarity with India! Light a Candle to Heal India's Covid-19 Suffering. Join the Candlelight Vigil on Sunday May 16 2021 between 7 pm and 8 pm (EST) and become the beacon of hope, solidarity and healing for India … click here.

Swindon election results 2021: Lourenco Fernandes Wins

7 May: Swindon Advertiser. The first results have been announced for Swindon's local elections… Labour has lost the Central ward to the Conservatives as Lourenco Fernandes wins 2,230 votes. Labour candidate Rajhia Ali came second with 1,603 votes. Liberal Democrat Garry Porter came third with 242 votes. Independent candidate Helen Dunn received 193 votes…  For further details click here
For the Lourenco Sipriano Fernandes (Cipin) [of Iffley Road, Swindon] Facebook page,  click here

Portugal: Problems with the new Indian arrivals that need attention

6 May: Publico (Portugal). The number of Indians living in Portugal has increased fivefold in the last 13 years, but the current wave of immigration is not the first. The integration of generations from the former colonies was, in general, successful, but the characteristics of the new Indians who now arrive are different and there are problems that need attention… the Indian Embassy estimates that there are more than 100,000 people of the Indian Diaspora in Portugal, including Hindus, Sikhs, Muslims and Catholics.,, The Goan community was “very important” in Portugal, in particular those who arrived in 1961 and helped to integrate those who arrived from Mozambique and Angola … The current wave of immigration is largely composed of Indians from Punjab and there have been problems. Many come as students for courses that start in Sept but drop out by Jan. … Others come though dubious "agents" paying as much as 10,000 euros They are promised employment, accommodation with meals, and when they arrive here there is nothing that was promised … 1285 words.  For further details click here
For some other articles on Goa and Goans featured in Publico,  click here

UK: Indian COVID News In Brief

7 May: Daily Mail. Indian Covid variant is now officially 'of concern' and is 'at least' as infectious as dominant Kent type: Cases DOUBLE in a week to 520 with hotspots in London and Bolton - as Boris Johnson promises 'absolutely ruthless' tracking of mutant virus. Public Health England says there is 'no evidence the variant causes more severe disease' or can evade jabs. Enhanced contact tracing and surge and community testing will be introduced to contain variant clusters. Cases of the mutant coronavirus have been found in schools and care homes in London and the North East … Text and 652+ comments.  For further details click here
7 May: The Daily Telegraph (UK). Fears over spread of Indian Covid variants in UK. Clusters of 'variant of concern' found in North West, London and East Midlands …  click here
7 May: Mirror (UK). Surge testing for 'concerning' Indian variant could be introduced after UK outbreaks. At least 48 clusters of the Indian Covid variant B1617.2 have reportedly been discovered, with infections in schools, care homes and places of worship in the North West, London and the East Midlands, it is claimed … click here.

Goa: COVID News In Brief

8 May: Navhind Times. All-time high of 4,195 COVID cases in state. The state on Friday reported the all-time high of 4,195 cases of the coronavirus pandemic, which claimed 56 more lives, including that of a 17-year-old girl from Sindhudurg, in the last 24 hours. The positivity rate of COVID infection in Goa stood at 51.34 per cent after 4,195 people tested positive for the deadly virus…  For further details click here
7 May: Indian Express. Goa govt imposes 15-day curfew from May 9 …  click here
7 May: CNN (USA). In Goa state, one in every two people tested is positive. That makes it the state with the highest positivity rate nationwide, as the virus rips through the country. And that's just among the people getting tested -- meaning the rate of infection among the untested population may be higher. On Friday, the state hit a new record high positivity rate of 51.4% … 942 words. click here.

India: COVID News In Brief

7 May: Toronto Sun. Gandhi warns 'explosive' COVID wave threatens India and the world. India’s main opposition leader Rahul Gandhi warned on Friday that unless the deadly second COVID-19 wave sweeping the country was brought under control it would devastate India as well as threaten the rest of the world…  For further details click here
7 May: The Guardian (UK). Covid rips through rural India’s threadbare healthcare system…  click here
7 May: LSE (UK). India cannot breathe. Is the media choking it further? And by censoring the ground realities and finding a positive political spin in this humanitarian crisis, some in the mainstream media in the country seem to be choking it further… click here.

Deborah Dias: ‘Goa is so beautiful. I just want to show it off to people.’

7 May: Conde Nast Traveller. Deborah Dias comes from a Goa very different from the one most of us know today. “I have seen Goa when it was nothing,” she says. “In the 70’s, Goa was a proper village and it was beautiful. It was lush green and there were no buildings in sight. You could sleep peacefully at night with your doors wide open.” The fifty-two year old tour guide is currently staying strictly indoors at her home in Porvorim with her parents as the state grapples with a severe COVID-19 crisis…In the past 27 years, she has worked with clients from across Europe, USA and Scandinavia, taking them on walking tours through Panjim’s Latin Quarters in Fontainhas and on drives through small, lesser known villages in the state…  For further details click here

Goan Food In The News

6 May: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). Canelés, bebinca and queijadas - nuns invented these desserts, but how did convents become ‘laboratories of creation’? From canelés in France to queijadas in Portugal and ‘virgin’s breast’ in Sicily, many popular and classic desserts and sweets originated in convents …  For further details click here
6 May: Navhind Times. Food warriors. Volunteers who help to provide meals for the needy in Goa …  click here
5 May: Goan foodies bombard Insta followers with thali photos … click here.



Death: Basilio Magno Pereira, Spain

Death: Basilio Magno Pereira, Spain Basilio Magno Pereira, also known as Basilio de Goa. Born 14th June 1923. Passed away peacefully at age 97 on 4 May 2021. Husband of the late Rosi Lopez-Gonzalez; Son of the late Maria Augusta and António Caetano Pereira; brother to the late Jacinto Mariano Pereira and the late Filomena Dias; Beloved Uncle to Marion, Tony and Lara Pereira, Fiona Bina Lobo, Luke and Hermen Dias & Grand Uncle to Natasha & Andy Lobo, Dylan Pereira, Priyanka & Rohan and Pearl, Goldie & Arcelina Dias. Basilio will be fondly remembered and dearly missed by all his family and friends.
A life well-lived is a life remembered with love
The Funeral service will be held on Saturday 8th May 2021 at 2pm Spanish time (1pm UK time) at the Crematorium in Velez Malaga, Spain. Live streaming of the service - go to Condolences to:
For a recent article on Basilio by Frederick Noronha, click here.
For a write up on Basilio by Fiona Lobo, click here.
Video: For an Introduction to World Goa Day by Basilio, click here.

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India Covid aid: Is emergency relief reaching those in need?

6 May: BBC. Planeloads of ventilators, medicines and oxygen equipment began pouring into India, from countries including the UK and the US, at the start of last week. But - as cases continue to reach record levels across the country - concerns are mounting about delays in supplying the aid to those most in need. The Indian government has strongly denied there is a delay, but on the ground, officials in some of India's worst-hit states told the BBC that they had still not received any supplies… Some non-governmental groups involved in responding to the crisis also say they are frustrated by an apparent lack of information… 1459 words + videos  click here
7 May: The Guardian (UK). India is hiding its Covid crisis – and the whole world will suffer for it, Modi’s government had a choice between saving lives and saving face. It has chosen the latter … 1415 words.  click here
7 May: The Guardian (UK). New concerns as Indian Covid variant clusters found across England. Exclusive: Leaked emails show Public Health England assessment of ongoing risk from B16172 variant is ‘high’ … click here.

Goa: COVID News In Brief

7 May: Herald. Another day, another COVID spike. In its highest single-day spike, Goa on Thursday recorded 3869 new cases within 24 hours, which has taken the total number of active cases to 29,752. The positivity rate is at an alarming high of 51.46 per cent. Directorate of Health Services on Thursday also reported 58 deaths. This is the highest number of deaths to have been reported in 24 hours …  For further details click here
6 May: Herald. 'Let Goa breathe', Goans appeal to visitors. Goans are now pleading to tourists and those from outside to not come here because the health system is on the verge of collapse Goans had welcomed everyone for so long and it would be nice if the people heeded their advice and stayed away in order to put less pressure on the system. As one Goan remarked "Let us get oxygen back in our lungs"…  click here
6 May: Indian Express. Activists, lawyers file PIL in High Court seeking 15-day lockdown in Goa. The PIL, filed by Gonsalves and Chaturvedi, had also cited the example of Maldives, also a popular tourist destination, that has kept tourism afloat but demanded a negative RT-PCR report from those coming into the archipelago nation… click here.

Catholic: India: COVID News In Brief

6 May: Pope Francis Prays for Pandemic-Stricken India. Pope Francis said Thursday that he is praying for the people of India as they face a devastating coronavirus outbreak. In a message dated May 6 to Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, the pope expressed his “heartfelt solidarity” with the country’s 1.3 billion population…  For further details click here
6 May: Catholic News Agency. ‘We are alarmed’: Catholic aid groups respond to India’s COVID crisis …  click here
6 May: The Irish Catholic. India’s Catholic leaders seek ways to ease ‘critical’ Covid-19 crisis … click here.

A diverse Indian community in Portugal

5 May: SIC Noticias. (Portugal). Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Catholics, the Indian community in Portugal is diverse in faith, talking to each other and without interreligious conflicts. According to data provided by the Indian Embassy, the community in Portugal is made up of 45,000 Hindus, 35,000 Sikhs, 25,000 Muslims and 15,000 Catholics (Goans)… The community is celebrating, maintaining distances and care… 1007 words.  For further details click here
4 May: Observador (Portugal). Goa is "one of the great centers for the diffusion of the Portuguese language throughout Asia", says university professor…  click here
5 May: Agência Lusa. Goa hears poet Adeodato on Portuguese Language Day cancelled because of Covid-19. The Goan Óscar de Noronha today marked with a poem by Adeodato Barreto the World Day of the Portuguese Language, whose celebrations in Goa were cancelled due to the worsening of the epidemiological situation in India… click here.

From exotic materials to hybridism: the indo-portuguese decorative arts collection from Museu do Oriente, Lisbon

6 May: Hypotheses (France). By Joana Belard da Fonseca. The Indo-Portuguese nucleus of the permanent exhibition “Portuguese Presence in Asia” from Museu do Oriente, Lisbon, Portugal, is made up of around 60 objects dated between the 16th and 20th centuries, regarding different typologies, such as furniture, textiles, pieces in silver and ivory, engravings and other decorative art objects that witness the encounter between these two cultures, the Portuguese and the Indian … For over 300 years, Goa would remain an important centre for exports of precious and artistic works, exotic to the eyes of the West and especially to the Portuguese, replete with an unique hybridism that reflects evidence of, in the majority of cases, the transposition of Western models taken to the Orient …  For further details click here
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Sisters near Goa beaches offer children of sex workers brighter options

6 May: Global Sisters Report (USA). Kasturi Rupali turns into a bundle of joy when she sees Sr. Lourenca Marques. "Sister is everything to me, my father and mother. What I am today is because of her," the 26-year-old daughter of a commercial sex worker says, clasping the hands of Marques, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of Holy Family of Nazareth. The young woman came to Asha Sadan (house of hope), a center the congregation manages at Baina Beach near Vasco, the port town of Goa. Rupali grew up at the center from infancy, as did Anand Patil, who turned up for a visit on a November afternoon in 2020. "Sister Lourenca put me in one of the best boarding schools run by Capuchin fathers in Goa. I have no regrets today," Patil, 32, said with joy radiating from his mustached face… Patil and his wife are among more than 80 children of commercial sex workers and HIV-positive women Marques has helped to forget their dreary past and settle in life… 2019 words.  For further details click here
5 Apr: Goan Voice. Video: A hidden army of 'very brave' nuns fight child trafficking … NBC News (USA)….  click here

Elena Fernandes' lingerie pics will leave you very Thirsty

5 May: Bollywood Life. Elena Fernandes is really burning up Instagram. The gorgeous model has worked with top brands, photographers and magazines the world over. Fans just cannot get enough of her hotness on social media. Elena Fernandes posed in this lacy and racy lingerie set on her terrace in London. She is of Goan-Peruvian origin…  For further details click here
Elena is the daughter of Mervyn [of Inverness Terrace, Bayswater, London and ex Kenya] and Anita [ex Peru] Fernandes. For photographs of her,  click here


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Goa: COVID News In Brief

Video: Goa 365 TV. New Records! 71 dead, 3496 test positive as active cases almost 28,000 …  For further details click here
5 May: Reuters. India's Goa, sun and sand tourist destination, has country's highest COVID rate with up to one in every two people testing positive in recent weeks. Leaders were being blamed by the opposition and medical experts for ignoring pandemic protocols and allowing entry to tens of thousands of tourists this year in a bid to generate revenue… Goa had been relatively spared the devastation but Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said the situation now was “grim”…  click here
5 May: IANS. Differences at the top of Goa's Covid management pyramid appear to be affecting the state's battle against Covid-19, with the medical fraternity, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane and Chief Minister Pramod Sawant not appearing to be on the same page vis a vis deaths at Covid facilities due to oxygen shortage… click here.

Stephanie Braganza: Top Vocalist, Toronto Independent Music Awards ‘Best Live Artist’ & Animal Activist

14 Apr: Influencive. Stephanie Braganza is dynamic, influential and a powerhouse of a vocalist whose performances lead her to win the Toronto Independent Music Award for Best Live Artist… She is breaking new ground in terms of diversity in the music industry and her fight for animal rights through activism in her popular award-winning music video “Chains of Silence”… A huge highlight in 2017 for Stephanie, was her participation in successfully breaking a Guinness World Record for the “World’s Longest Concert.” … Stephanie was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario… 1928 words.  click here
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UK - India News

4 Nay: BBC. The UK and India have struck a deal allowing thousands of young adults to work and live in each other's countries for two years. The Home Office said the scheme for 18 to 30-year-old professionals would allow "the brightest and best" to come to the UK based on "skills and talent".It added that the two countries would also "crack down" on illegal migration…  For further details click here
4 May: UK Gov. Policy paper. 2030 Roadmap for India-UK future relations …  click here
Video: 4 May. Rajya Sabha TV. The Big Picture : India-UK Trade Tie. Rajya Sabha TV… click here.

India: COVID News In Brief

5 May: Daily Mail (UK). London's G7 hit by Indian Covid outbreak: Two members of Indian delegation test positive after meeting with Priti Patel - as it emerges they WEREN'T required to quarantine and instead 'tested daily'. Whole group are now believed to have gone into self-isolation as a precaution. Fears have been mounting over the spread of Indian variants of the disease … Text ) Photos + Video and 463+ comments.  For further details click here
4 May: UCAN. Indian Catholics seek divine intervention to tame pandemic. The faithful join Pope Francis in a month-long rosary recitation as Covid-19 cases pass 20 million …  click here
5 May: The Guardian (UK). India’s neighbours close borders as Covid wave spreads across region … click here.

Goa Food News In Brief

5 May: Eater (New York). New York’s 2021 Michelin Bib Gourmand Restaurants, Mapped … 51. Cardamom. Queens, NY 11104. A Sunnyside Indian restaurant known for Goan-style Indo-Portuguese dishes like coconut milk-based fish curry, caldin, vindaloo with Kashimi chiles, and xacutti with roasted coconut…  For further details click here
5 May: Scroll. Remembering Lucy Aunty, whose fried fish and curry helped Baroda’s Goans retain a sense of identity. By Dale Luis Menezes. Her tiffin service sustained office goers and students at MS University over the decades – and gave them a taste of home…  click here
6 May: Femina. Can’t Go To Goa? Bring The Sunshine State To Your Plate. By Primrose Monteiro DSouza … click here.

You can now watch this Goan film online!

6 May: Times of India. Multi-lingual Goan film, Welcome Millions, is now streaming online worldwide, on Vimeo. The film, directed by Milroy Goes, features Joanne da Cunha in lead role, and revolves around internet money fraud. Bollywood actor Razak Khan was also seen in the film and the film has a title theme song by Michael Learns to Rock. “Getting the movie online is best way to reach out to viewers, as they can enjoy the movies in their comfort zone. This was the best I feel to get the movie to Goans," the director, Milroy Goes, says.  For further details click here
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Q & A with Sr. Crina Cardozo, ministering to the tribal people of Goa

4 May: Global Sisters Report. Sr. Crina Cardozo of the Goa-based Sisters of Holy Family of Nazareth has been visiting tribal people in the hilly areas of the western Indian state for the past six years. The 38-year-old nun walks miles to visit the houses, which are situated far apart in a forest, to teach academics to children and career-oriented courses for women and youth. The strenuous journeys have taken a toll on Cardozo, who had to go for treatment for her ailing back. She says nothing can keep her from serving the downtrodden and those on the periphery…  For further details click here


NEWS: Witness History. BBC News (Freeview 231). Sun. 9th May. 15:30 to 16:00. India Special. Divya Arya presents five eyewitness accounts of key moments in India's history. We hear about the consequences of Partition and how India built a model city in the 1950s.

NEWS: Radio 4 Appeal. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Sun. 9th May. 21:25 to 21:30. Magic Bus UK. Seema Jaswal makes the Radio 4 Appeal on behalf of Magic Bus UK, which lifts communities in India out of poverty by creating youth leaders while utilising the power of play.

TRAVEL: Trevor McDonald's Indian Train Adventure. ITV 3. Sun. 9th May. 23:05 to 00:00. Part one of two. The broadcaster explores India in luxury train the Maharajas' Express, which recaptures the heritage of the country's kings, and discovers how the country has changed since he was a foreign correspondent 30 years ago. The first part of the journey takes him to Mumbai and New Delhi, and he witnesses the contrasting nature of a growing economic superpower which still has high levels of poverty.

FILM: Charulata: The Lonely Wife. Film4. Tues. 11th May. 01:30 to 04:00. A newspaper owner in 19th-century India feels guilty for neglecting his wife to focus on work, so asks his cousin to keep her company. They develop a close friendship over a shared love of poetry, but eventually fall in love with each other. Satyajit Ray's romantic drama.

DOCUMENTARY: India on Film. PBS America (Freeview 91). Wed. 12th May to Thurs. 13th May. 20:40 to 21:55. Two part documentary which sets out to understand how India's past is shaping her future.

FILM: Thappad. Channel 4.Thurs. 13th May. 01:50 to 03:35. A woman is shocked when her husband hits her at a house party in front of all their guests, and when he refuses to accept the significance of his action, she decides to take a stand against him. Indian drama. Premiere, Subtitles, 2020.

DOCUMENTARY: Saved by a Stranger. David and Darryl. BBC 2. Thurs. 13th May. 21:00 to 22:00. Cameras focus on Navy veteran David and the story of Darryl, a [Goan] author whose family came to the UK in the exodus from Kenya as part of the post-war wave of migration from former British colonies. He searches for the teachers who helped him overcome childhood racism and xenophobia. Anita Rani presents.


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Francis deSouza: Decoding COVID-19

10 May: Time Magazine. (Cover Story). In November 2019, Francis deSouza, president and CEO of California-based Illumina, learned from his client-support team based in China that something big in the infectious-disease world might be brewing. Health authorities in Wuhan turned to Illumina, which makes sequencing machines that can spit out the genetic code of any living thing in hours… On Jan. 10, his team outed the virus behind COVID-19, posting its entire genome, the equivalent of its fingerprint, on a public genetics database so researchers around the world could use it to develop new drugs and vaccines… in April Illumina partnered with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and other public and private groups to launch a global pathogen genomics initiative to build genetic-sequencing capabilities in many places where it doesn’t currently exist, beginning with South Asia… “We provide tools to clinicians, and they are the ones that make an impact for their patients,” deSouza says. “We provide tools to the world’s smartest researchers, and they are the ones that make the breakthrough discoveries.” Video, 2m.46s + 1510 words.  For further details click here
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Indian variants now make up 10 PER CENT of all Covid cases in London

4 May: Daily Mail. Indian Covid variants are on the rise in parts of England and now make up one in 10 cases in London, figures suggest… Data also showed the proportion ranged as high as 46 per cent in Lambeth and 36 per cent in Harrow … There are too few cases in the UK to actually be able to tell anything about how the variants behave. Early research suggests both the AstraZeneca vaccine, known as Covishield in India, and the Pfizer jab, still work against the variant, as well as India's own jab, Covaxin…  For further details click here
4 May: Indian Express. Indian virus variant being sent to UK to check for vaccine test …  click here
4 May: India Today. South India's N440K Covid variant 15 times more lethal, getting replaced by double mutant, UK variants … click here.

Goa: COVID News In Brief

4 May: Goa Govt: On Tuesday Goa reported 2814 new cases and 52 additional deaths. Total cases crosses 100,000 … For the complete data,  For further details click here
5 May: Navhind Times. Goa tightens COVID curbs. Govt asks shops and other establishments engaged in selling non-essential wares to shut operations till May 10 …  click here
4 May: Daily Nation (Kenya). Supreme Court orders Indian government to impose lockdown to curb spread of Covid-19 … Doctors in the resort state of Goa on India’s western coast told of how hospitals were overwhelmed by the spike in cases. “There are critical patients who have to be managed on trolleys and floors and kept on ventilators in critical Covid wards,” the Goa Association of Resident Doctors said in a letter… click here.

Video: Dr R Venkatesh exposes alleged mega scam in ventilator purchase in Goa

4 May: InGoaNews. Dr R Venkatesh exposes alleged mega #scam in ventilator purchase in Goa; Doctor Venkatesh, who runs a dialysis unit in Canacona, has accused Health Minister Vishwajit Rane of threatening him and forcing to shut down the unit, which is operational for over last 15 years. Doctors said he has filed a corruption complaint against Rane alleging major scam in purchase of ventilators. He charged that the ventilator, which is available in two lakhs, is been purchased at a whopping cost of Rs 8.5 lakhs… 3m. 05s.  click here
4 May: Prudent Media. … Dr Venkatesh Drops Another "Corruption" Bomb … Rane on the other hand has countered the charge saying the ventilators purchased are of best quality …  click here
5 May: Herald. Not correct, says Health Min as doctor alleges scam … click here.

There have been several waves of Indians moving to Portugal

4 May (Publico (Portugal). There were at least two major flows to Portugal, the first resulting from the annexation of Goa by India and the second in 1974 from Mozambique and Angola… there are 17,619 foreign citizens of Indian origin in Portugal, two-thirds of whom are men… Goans who have Portuguese nationality are not included in this figure … The Portuguese eat more Goan food than the Goans themselves here. Goans perspire when they eat a chilli, the Portuguese do not perspire … There are 15,000 Goans in Portugal according to the Indian Embassy in Portugal… "Are you Indian? No, I'm Goan. We are different from the rest of India… 1023 words.  For further details click here
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Goa: ‘Even if we register, I don’t think there are enough vaccines to go around’

4 May: Fuller Project (USA). By Chryselle D’Silva Dias. Diana, who asked not to be named in fear of repercussions at work, works for an international hotel chain and the thought of another long lockdown stresses her out… She says, “We tried registering on the CoWin website (a government requirement) but it wasn’t allowing us to register,” Diana says the previous week. “Even if we register, I don’t think there are enough vaccines to go around.” …  For further details click here

He saved her from drowning and they fell in love

4 May: CNN. Chance meeting: Nupur Gupta was teaching yoga at a retreat in Goa when Attila Bosnyak, who was attending the retreat, saved her life, sparking a whirlwind romance. She was teaching at a yoga retreat in Goa. It was February 2019 and she went for a swim and the current started to pull her under. Attila Bosnyak, a financial adviser in his forties hailing from Hungary was a student at Gupta's yoga retreat and he saved her … Bosnyak and Gupta got married in March 2020… They're hoping to move to Athens next summer, as Bosynak has a job offer there, so they're excited for this new adventure. They're also considering starting a family… 2819 words.  click here
4 May: CNN. Ten photos of Nupur Gupta and Attila Bosnyak…  click here

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