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Death: Filu Dias Ex Mombasa

14 Jun: Pequeno Pulvaddo, Benaulirn, Goa. ROMANA FILOMENA CAITANA DIAS (FILU). Born: 09/03/1940. (Ex-Mombasa, Kenya). Daughter of late Menino M. S. Dias & late Maria Augusta Da Costa, Sister/sister in law of late Philip / late Lucy, late Cirilo / late Rita. The funeral cortege will leave her residence at Caranda, Pequeno Pulvaddo, Benaulim on Sunday. 16th June 2019 at 3:30 pm to St. John the Baptist Church, Benaulim, for Eucharistic celebration at 3:45 pm followed by burial. 7 days Mass will be held on 27 Juneat St. John the Baptist Church at 7:45am

Death: Felicia Nazareth, ex-Bombay and Nairobi
14 May 2019, Surbiton Surrey, UK: Felicia Nazareth. Aged 96. Passed away very peacefully. Wife of Calisto Nazareth (deceased) and devoted mother to Francis and Charles and family. Previously Vice-principal at High Ridge Teachers training college (Nairobi), Felicia joined the University of London in the late 60’s and worked till she was 70. She loved people especially young ones, and was a hugely independent, intelligent, generous, warm and an affectionate person. Felicia was always there to listen and to help. She will be greatly missed. Funeral has taken place. Donations can be made to the St Vincent de Paul Society.  For further details click here

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Shirley Gonsalves: Trailing the stethoscope

16 Jun: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. Quite some time back, I encountered Shirley Gonsalves, who at first looked like any one of those expatriate Goans coming our way… they have used their locational advantage, to dig up intriguing details about the 'Goa story'… Shirley Gonsalves' research finally ended up as 'The Luso-Indian Stethoscope' (2018). It basically looks at how many 'Luso-Indians' (including Goans, but also East Indians) took part in the "medical profession in nineteenth century Bombay". Gonsalves has been a Masters of Philosophy student of the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London… Gonsalves' book tells us that the 'Luso-Indian' medical doctors, many from Goa, indeed played an important role in 19th century Bombay… Scouring archival and other records, Shirley Gonsalves has put together a rather interesting story, which one found insightful. She looks at the links between race, religion, and medicine…  For further details click here
To buy the book from Amazon,  click here

Toronto: Father's Day at GOA Indian Farm Kitchen

15 Jun: Daily Hive. We believe that on Father’s Day, dad deserves more than just the average meal. With dishes inspired by the coastal region of Goa, our menu is perfect for those looking to celebrate dad and indulge in traditional authentic recipes and rich flavours in a great atmosphere. In honour of Father’s Day, our team of chefs have worked to curate a menu and on Sunday, June 17, we will be offering two Thali platters which will feature a selection of our most loved dishes. GOA Indian Farm Kitchen | 2901 Bayview Ave, North York, ON M2K 1E6. Jun 16, 2019 11:30 am to 9:30 pm. How much? $25.00 to $29.00 …  For further details click here
Reserve your table at OpenTable and for more information,  click here
16 Jun: Herald. It’s daddy’s day today! … Some well known Goan dads share with us their thoughts on Father’s Day … click here.

From Roti to Biryani

15 Jun: Navhind Times. When a British chain sells a vegan wrap and calls it a biryani! Understanding the mislabelling of Indian food abroad … dramatic new biryani-related developments are taking place in the UK. Marks & Spencer is generally respected around the world for its food division. Unfortunately, Marks & Spencer either does not want to or is not allowed to sell food in India. In the UK, however, the food is respected for its consistent quality… last month when Marks & Spencer began selling "Sweet Potato Biriyani" for £2.80 a serving. This was not a biryani that any Indian would recognise. It was a wrap stuffed with buckwheat, red peppers, sweet potatoes, a small amount of rice and curry powder… Marks & Spencer which has a reputation for spending money on research and pays good salaries to its food experts, should have known better…  For further details click here

Lisbon: Jesus é Goês: What's Goan On

15 Jun: Culinary Backstreets. By Ansel Mullins. Vinha d’alhos may have sailed off to Goa in the 15th century, but when it returned to Lisbon with Goan migrants in the 1960s and 70s, something had changed. It had gone Goan. So what is Goan? Jesus is Goan, or so says the sign on the door of a tiny 12-seat restaurant in Central Lisbon… “Goan is not Indian!” Jesus says, wagging a finger. “And it’s not Portuguese. It’s a synthesis.” … he’s probably the only Goan chef in Lisbon creatively defying the old standard format of what an “ethnic” restaurant should be… he turns out samosas, chapati and shrimp and okra curry that draw a crowd of approving Goan families for weekend lunch… Just ask your Portuguese friend licking the sauce off his fingers; he’ll probably admit that Jesus is exactly what Lisbon has been waiting for…  For further details click here
For the restaurant website,  click here
For the Trip Advisor reviews, click here.

Street food hubs in the offing in four cities

15 Jun: Navhind Times. The state government has proposed to set up 'street food hub' in four cities in the state. Secretary Health J Ashok Kumar on Friday said that the said hubs have been proposed in Panaji, Mapusa, Margao, and Vasco for which the locations have already been identified by the government. "Everybody loves street food because of its taste. For the street food hub, we will create a basic minimum facility for food safety," said Kumar while addressing a gathering at a function organised in Panaji to commemorate the World Food Safety Day…  For further details click here

Around 30,000 tourist taxi operators to hold silent protest in Panjim next week

16 Jun: Herald. Around 30,000 tourist taxi operators including the yellow and black taxi owners will hold a silent protest in Panjim next week pressing for their demand to scrap the GoaMiles app-based taxi service. The taxi operators, backed by political leaders, have urged auto rickshaw operators, pilots and private bus owners to be part of their protest against government’s high-ended attitude of enforcing App based taxi service … Urging public and government not to call them ‘mafia’, the taxi operators questioned that if the tourist and government have no issue with fluctuating flight prices or hotel rates, then why only issue with taxis… “The silent protest is going to be the first thing. If despite that, government fails to listen to our grievance...fails to call us for the discussion then we would intensify our protest,” he said adding ‘this will include major rallies and public meetings’…  For further details click here
16 Jun: Herald. For cabbies it’s our way or the highway …  click here
16 Jun: Herald. Busting the taxi mafia’s myths … click here.

Style bible

15 Jun: The Daily Telegraph Magazine. Page 5: Sarongs, kaftans, skirts or shorts? It’s time to plot your ideal beach look – with a little help from these six new labels … The Maxi-Robe: Anjuna’s tie-front robes offer the ultimate poolside glamour. Whether you’re posing at a posh beach club, taking some Instagram-perfect pictures in the breeze, or just hoping to look effortlessly elegant as you flop on a lounger with a book, the robe is a silhouette worth investing in. Anjuna’s eclectic-print patchworks are inspired by the seaside village of the same name near Goa. From £293, …  For further details click here

New Zealand: Long Haul

16 Jun: Herald on Sunday (NZ). Page 50. To truly celebrate yoga, it’s apt to visit India, the birthplace of the ancient practice. There are many excellent retreats, including Goa’s Purple Valley (although best to visit Southern India from October to March). Goa, India. Eating: Burmese-influenced dishes at Bomra’s, an open-air restaurant once described by Vogue India as Goa’s “best kept secret”. Drinking: Organic single-estate Indian coffee at one of Bombay Coffee Roasters’ three Goan cafes. Staying: At the Arco Iris …  For further details click here



Death: Jack Mendes. Ex Nairobi

4 June 2019: Wallington, Surrey, UK. JACK ROSARIO MENDES. Aged 65. Born on 30 October 1953. Beloved husband of Juanita. Dearest dad to Jasmine and Jermaine. Brother/in law to Jerome/Anastasia (London), Dominic/Mila (Toronto), Late Stephen (London), Manuel/Agnes (London), Sanu/Filu (London). Requiem Mass at 12.10pm on Monday 24 June 2019 at St Mary’s Catholic Church (Our Lady of Reparation), 70 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CR0 2AR. Private crematorium service. The wake will be announced at the Church. Condolences to Please RSVP for catering purposes by Thursday 20 June by clicking on this link or call/text Juanita on +44 7581 325 418.
No flowers please. If you would like to donate, please donate via the RSVP link to the British Lung Foundation.

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The second Goa Renaissance: How luxury hospitality is rewriting the Goan experience

14 Jun: CNBC TV. In the first of a two-part series on Goa, we look at how sharp-witted hoteliers are redefining the stay experience for discerning travellers. If The Postcard Hotel offer a ‘transformative’ stay experience, La Maroma Estate by Vianaar Homes blend ‘villa living’ with carefully curated local experiences, and W Goa revives the state’s reputation as India’s party capital. The second Goa Renaissance: How luxury hospitality is rewriting the Goan experience …  For further details click here

Vicious cycle: Sewage released into rivers affects the very water we drink

14 Jun: Times of India. As several parts of Goa suffered a shortage of drinking water this summer, a major threat to raw water and groundwater sources — e-coli contamination — has largely gone unaddressed by the authorities. This is despite consecutive studies since 2014 by the Goa State Pollution Control Board (GSPCB) and the central authority confirming sewage contamination of stretches in all major rivers of Goa, including the Mandovi and the Zuari… Goa’s rising population means that several septic tanks need clearing each day, but there are far too few facilities to deal with the thousands of litres of waste being generated each day. Also, Goa is not yet open defecation-free and in many areas, waterbodies continue to be used as toilets…  For further details click here

30% govt employees involved in other business: Minister

15 Jun: Herald. Government servants directly or indirectly involved in other business have come under the radar of the BJP-led coalition with Labour & Employment Minister Rohan Khaunte (photo) claiming that at least 30 per cent of the employees fall in this category. In view of this revelation based on his inquiry, the minister has proposed that Chief Minister Pramod Sawant form a task force to crack down on these employees paving way for ‘fresh blood’ to get into the government sector…  For further details click here
14 Jun: Video: 30% Govt Employees Run Parallel Businesses: Rohan Khaunte …  click here

Party capital' tag not helping Goa tourism: White Paper

14 Jun: Business Standard. Brand Goa needs reinvention and the tag 'party capital' is simply not a good enough calling card, says a white paper prepared by local tourism and travel industry stakeholders, which cites harassment by traffic police, taxi operators, touts and lack of infrastructure, public transport and garbage management as problem areas for promotion of quality tourism. The white paper "Reinvent Goa", drafted after numerous consultative sessions by the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, one of the oldest industry bodies, also says that the recent imbalance of domestic tourists far outnumbering foreign tourist arrivals, an unfair tax regime, delay in permissions and high visa fees need to be looked into by the state and central governments…  For further details click here

Tragic holiday death 'like a murder scene'

14 Jun: Bolton News (UK). A man died on holiday in Goa after suffering an undetected stomach ulcer. Andrew Gilchrist, 52, was on a family trip to Goa in January with his partner, mother and sister. The family were celebrating a birthday in the tropical destination, where they had frequented over the years and enjoyed returning to. Disaster struck during the holiday when Mr Gilchrist, of Spa Road, fell ill suddenly… He was sent to hospital twice in Goa for his lungs to be treated, but his complaints of a "tummy ache" throughout the week were not investigated further… Mr Gilchrist, who is originally from Glasgow but was living in Bolton, did not have travel insurance for his holiday to Goa, meaning the family had to raise the £2,500 cost to get his body The family is hosting a pub crawl on Sunday from 7pm around 16 pubs in Bolton…  For further details click here

‘Action plan to tackle abuse of senior citizens required’

14 Jun: The Goan. On the eve of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day to be held on June 15, the Goa Civic and Consumer Action Network (GOACAN) has called for the preparation of an action plan to tackle abuse of senior citizens in Goa. In a letter to Venancio Furtado, Director of Social Welfare, GOACAN pointed out that an action plan is needed, keeping in mind that the population of senior citizens in Goa is on the rise. There are more senior citizens who are living alone, thus more cases of abuse of elders being reported now in Goa… 15 Jun: Herald. The sunset years are full of long nights. June 15 is observed as World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by the UN to highlight one of the worst manifestations of ageism and inequality in our society, elder abuse. With this in mind, we are tapping on the trend of how families are migrating abroad, leaving behind parents in their old age with no support. This constitutes as abuse … 1057 words.  For further details click here

Christians, Muslims will be able to change name in marriage certificate

14 Jun: Times of India. Christian and Muslim brides, who were not permitted to change their names in the marriage certificate issued by the civil registrar, will soon be given the option to do it, former law minister Nilesh Cabral (photo) said on Thursday. The system existing from pre-Liberation days only gave Hindu brides the option of adopting their husband’s name in their marriage certificate … Another flaw in the system will be corrected where the child born would automatically take the mother’s name with the father’s surname even if she hadn’t incorporated the husband’s surname into her own, he said. For example if Rita Fernandes married Savio Sequeira, the child’s birth certificate would state child of “Rita Savio Sequeira’, though she may not have taken her husband’s surname.”  For further details click here

India and Pakistan in social media dogfight before cricket clash

14 Jun: The Guardian. India and Pakistan have had tempestuous relations since their birth as independent states. There have been wars, skirmishes, bad-natured exchanges, and prolonged diplomatic standoffs. Before their clash this weekend at the Cricket World Cup, this simmering neighbourly conflict has spilled into social media and TV advertising… Indian newspapers and websites have reported extensively on the row…  For further details click here
14 Jun: Manchester Evening News. India v Pakistan at Old Trafford: Tickets are going for £2,500 online as police gear up for major security operation …
14 Jun: The Telegraph (UK). What time does the match start, what TV channel is it on? Play is due to start at 10.30am, on Sunday … What TV channel is it on? Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Cricket from 9.30am… Test Match Special will also broadcast live ball-by-ball commentary, which will feature on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra, Radio 4 Long Wave and the BBC Sport website… click here.



Death: Diego Louis Pereira. Ex Mombasa

1 May: Hayes, Kent, UK. DIEGO LOUIS PEREIRA. Ex Mombasa. Aged 81. Mourned by his loving wife, Dr Diana and sons, Oliver and Julian. Brother of Raynor/late Elesbao Pereira (Vasco), Lavinia/Cyril de Souza (Melbourne), Norma/Dr. Agnelo Caeiro (Bicholim), Fatima/Camillo Menezes (Mapusa), late Mervyn, Dr Bonny/Jenny Pereira (Mapusa). Half brother to Blossom/Savio Messias (Vasco), Branca/Elwyn Carvalho (Kuwait), Dr Alex/Avita Fernandes (Dubai). Diego Louis was a grandson of Diogo Louis (Bwana Khubwa) Pereira,an early Goan pioneer in Mombasa. and a successful ship's chandler. In 1901 he opened a Reading Room where occasional Mass would be held. He was involved in the creation of the first Goan club in Mombasa. Recently Deceased Diego Louis came to the UK in 1971 and was employed in a Greek bank in the City of London. He was a member of Hayes Tennis Club and committed to the local Catholic Church, where he was one of the first appointed Ministers of the Eucharist. He stood out for his use of bow ties. Funeral has taken place. Condolences to

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The Swindon criminals whose cases were referred under the Unduly Lenient Sentences scheme

13 Jun: Swindon Advertiser. These are some of the Swindon cases referred to the Attorney General's Office under the Unduly Lenient Sentences scheme since the start of 2019. However, none of these cases were taken on to the Court of Appeal. Valentino Fernandes, cruel husband who showed no remorse: Fernandes made his wife live upstairs, denied her food, abused her in the street and suggested she sell her body for £3. She was so scared of her husband that she refused to leave her room to use the toilet, so fearful was she of the man’s violence. The 54-year-old was found guilty by a jury in April of controlling behaviour. The Goan, who arrived in the UK in 2016, was told his behaviour had been abhorrent. He was jailed for two years, suspended for 24 months. …  For further details click here
15 Apr: Swindon Advertiser. Jealous Swindon man who 'tortured' wife with cruelty spared jail  click here

Vijai, Babush spotted together in London, fuel speculation

14 Jun: Herald. The joint visit of Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai and Panjim Congress MLA Babush Monserrate to London fuelled speculations of some political development. However, Vijai clarified that they are in London just to cheer the Indian cricket team against Pakistan at the World Cup match. Photos of Vijai Sardesai and Monserrate exiting the London’s Heathrow airport went viral on social media with many speculating some political developments. Taking to twitter, Vijai clarified, “In Goa, you might find us on opposing sides, trying our best to bowl each other out politically but when #India takes on #Pakistan in Manchester on the 16th, we’ll both be together on the side of our great nation, rooting for our boys from the stands! …  click here
13 Jun: IANS. Politics Divides, But Cricket Unites Goa Rival Netas At India-Pak WC Match. The picture of Goa Deputy Chief Minister Vijai Sardesai at London's Heathrow airport with newly elected Congress MLA Atanasio Monserrate went viral on Thursday…  click here

Hot!! Xmas: Non-stop from Goa, India to London, UK for only $129 USD one-way

13 Jun: Secret Flying. Super cheap, non-stop, Christmas flights from Goa, India to London, UK for only $129 USD one-way. We have also categorised this deal in the Europe section as it may also be useful for UK residents. Limited availability in December 2019. Example dates: 12th, 13th, 16th, 19th, 20th Dec possibly more…Thomas Cook Airlines …  For further details click here
The Thomas Cook Airlines (UK) website has the same flights available for £99.99 one way …  click here
10 Jun: The Independent. Thomas Cook confirms it is in talks with China's Fosun over sale of tour operator business … any sale to Fosun would not include Thomas Cook's airline arm, due to EU rules… click here.

Many IT companies express desire to open shop in Goa

13 Jun: Navhind Times. Contrary to fears of the state receiving cold shoulder from investors, a senior government official on Wednesday said that several potential investors are ready to invest in the information technology (IT) industry. Speaking to this daily, managing director of Infotech Corporation of Goa (ITG) Pravin Volvotkar said that many companies are interested in setting up offices in the proposed Chimbel IT Park. “Investors are approaching us and the government is in talks with them,” he said when asked about the project being on the radar…  For further details click here

Goan delegation on visit to boost trade ties with Bahrain

13 Jun: Bahrain Daily Tribune. The growth potential for investment and trade relations between Bahrain and the Indian state of Goa is huge, according to delegates from Goa who are on a visit to Bahrain. This came as the Embassy of India in Bahrain in association with Vibrant Goa Foundation organised a roadshow on the embassy premises yesterday. The delegations are in Bahrain to invite Bahraini businesses and officials to Vibrant Goa Global Expo and Summit 2019, which will be held from 17 to 19 October in Goa… they are in talks with Bahraini businesses and government entities to further Bahrain’s collaboration efforts with Goa. There are many areas that Bahrain and Goa can collaborate such as construction, shipbuilding, renewal energy industry and more… There are many similarities between Goa and Bahrain. For example, both places are big on tourism…  For further details click here

‘Penalise migrants adopting Goan names for crimes’

13 Jun: Times of India. Usgao villagers have demanded that the state government initiate action against criminals fraudulently using Goan names when caught. The demand comes in light of a recent case in which a Karnataka native, Iranna Kavadimatti, accused of stealing liquor bottles from the Mollem godown of the excise department, told police his name was Sameer Kavlekar. The villagers said criminals resorting to using Goan names to hide their identity was bringing disrespect not only to Usgao, but the entire state… Villagers questioned as to how these non-Goans had changed their names on their documents given that this is not allowed under the law…  For further details click here

Fragrant Goan fish curry recipe

13 Jun: The Telegraph (UK). This delicious fish curry is a traditional recipe from the coastal state of Goa, India. Use white fish in this curry for best results – I like to use haddock or hake. Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 30 minutes. Recipe from Spice for Life by Anjula Devi (Clearview Books, £25).  For further details click here

UK Forthcoming Events

SOLD OUT! Sun 16 Jun. Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate their 39th anniversary Feast of St Anthony of Padua at Shirley Parish Hall, 81 Wickham Road, Shirley, Croydon CR0 8TB. Holy Mass at 12 noon prompt followed by dancing to the fabulous music of Maz & Co. Catering by Maggie's Kitchen. Members and Guests tickets £15 includes snacks and a Goan meal. Children under 12 free admission. Children's snacks and meal tickets £5. Licensed Bar Available. Strictly no food or drink allowed on the premises. SOLD OUT!

Sun 23 Jun: Benaulim Association UK: invites you to celebrate the feast of their Patron St John the Baptist at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12.30pm, followed by dancing to the sounds of Rainbows End. Catering by Suntop Caterer. Tickets which include delicious snacks and a meal costs £12 for members and £14 for guests. Children 6 to 15 years £7 and free for 5 and under. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. *** No tickets will be sold at the door *** For further details and tickets please call Jack on 0208 903 9017, Mary 0208 803 9752, Filu 020 7625 4728 Josephine 0208 352 8355 / 07957148406. For the flyer, click here.

Thu 27 Jun: GOA UK – Senior Citizens Get-Together. Venue : HSBC Sports & Social Club (Sterling Suite), Lennard Road, Beckenham, BR3 1QW – nearest railway – New Beckenham Station, Lennard Road, Beckenham, BR3 1QN (two minutes walk) commencing at 11.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Music by Chico. There will be prizes for bingo and a quiz. Bar at subsidised rates. Food available at the bar. Tickets £6.00. Ample parking available. For tickets please contact Bella Fernandes on 07949 233307 | Sandra Fernandes-Allen on 07768 080537 | Richard Fernandes – 07711 401157 | Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa on 07958 537314. For the flyer, click here

Sun 7 Jul: The Aldona Association invites you to celebrate the Feast of St Thomas on the 7th July 2019 at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Tickets will be sale from 20 May 2019. Mass to start at 12.15pm followed by a social gathering. Music by "Outbreak" and "DJ Richie". Bar by Coscon Bar Services and Catering by 'Trinity Caterers'. Ticket includes Meal and Snacks. Contact: Tome D'Souza 07975947692, Michelle D'Souza 07713449906, Nigel Moniz 07940708615, Lily Lobo 07442229258 Thank you. Please see Flyer for more details. Click here.

Sun 7 Jul: GOA UK – Golf. Venue: The Oaks Golf Centre, Woodmansterne Road, Carshalton, Surrey SM5 4AN. Further details : Sandra Fernandes Allen on 07768 080537 or Savio DeSouzaon 07918 693290

21 Jul. Ex Residents Nairobi South Reunion. Venue: Heston Catholic Social Club, Eton Avenue, Heston, TW5 0HB. (Buses 120 from Hounslow Central Station and 111 from Hounslow East Station; in both cases Stations are on Piccadilly Line westbound for Heathrow Airport. Alight at St Leonard's Church and walk 5 mins. to venue. Ample car parking available), Cost: £15 per person to include snacks and a full buffet lunch. Cheques in favour of Mr L. Pereira to be sent 49 Browning Way, Heston, Middlesex TW5 9BG. Contacts: Lambert Pereira, 07305 572 506; Christopher Moniz, 07803 052 618; Alvira Almeida, 0208 300 6154.

Fri. 26 July, 6:30 pm: WEMBLEY: Tiatr “Battli Soreachi Ticket Mornnachi”. Promoter: Goan Art & Culture Ltd. (Sara & Carlos) Presents a Punchy, Funny & Fabulous Tiatr based on a true story. Comedian Richard comes to UK to entertain you with his Blockbuster tiatr on 26th July 6.30 pm at Sudbury Primary School Hall, Watford Road, Sudbury HA0 3EY. For tickets please contact Swindon: Agnelo Lobo 07492606360, Carlos 07480402866, Monty 07840135121, Olav 07448334041, Wembley & Southall: Carlos 07480402866, Dominic Bocarro 07466366242, Geldo 07417562989 Inacio 07404327080, John Raia 07405405464901, , Liston 07424765111, Peter De Merces 07930165925, S Caitan 07949366303 (Lucky entrance ticket No). Further details please see the attached flyer, click here.

Sat. 27 Jul. Two shows, 2:30 pm and 6.30 pm: SOUTHALL: Tiatr “Battli Soreachi Ticket Mornnachi”. Promoter: Goan Art & Culture Ltd. (Sara & Carlos) Presents a Punchy, Funny & Fabulous Tiatr based on a true story. Comedian Richard comes to UK to entertain you with his Blockbuster tiatr on 26th July 2.30pm & 6.30 pm at Featherstone High School Hall, 11 Montague Waye, Southall Middlesex UB2 5HF. For tickets please contact Swindon: Agnelo Lobo 07492606360, Carlos 07480402866, Monty 07840135121, Olav 07448334041, Wembley & Southall: Carlos 07480402866, Dominic Bocarro 07466366242, Geldo 07417562989 Inacio 07404327080, John Raia 07405405464901, , Liston 07424765111, Peter De Merces 07930165925, S Caitan 07949366303 (Lucky entrance ticket No) Further details please see the attached flyer, click here.

Sun. 28 Jul. Two shows, 2:30 and 5.30 pm: SWINDON: Tiatr “Battli Soreachi Ticket Mornnachi”. Promoter: Goan Art & Culture Ltd. (Sara & Carlos) Presents a Punchy, Funny & Fabulous Tiatr based on a true story. Comedian Richard comes to UK to entertain you with his Blockbuster tiatr on 28th July 2.30pm & 5.30pm at Wyvern Theatre, Square, Swindon SN1 1QN. For tickets please contact Swindon: Agnelo Lobo 07492606360, Carlos 07480402866, Monty 07840135121, Olav 07448334041, Wembley & Southall: Carlos 07480402866, Dominic Bocarro 07466366242, Geldo 07417562989 Inacio 07404327080, John Raia 07405405464901, , Liston 07424765111, Peter De Merces 07930165925, S Caitan 07949366303 (Lucky entrance ticket No). Further details please see the attached flyer, click here.

Sun. 4 Aug: GOA UK *** Lorna at The Goan Festival - Sunday 4th August 2019 ***. Venue: Cranford Community College Grounds, High Street, Hounslow, TW5 9PD. Commencing will Holy Mass at 11.00 a.m. Ends and 19.00 hrs. Lorna Cordeiro the legendary Goan Nightingale will be performing. She will be accompanied by Norman Cardozo on Keyboards, Nolvert Cota on Trumpet, Mathias Sequeira on Drums and Francis Rodrigues on Bass Guitar. For further details contact please contact: Ravi Vaz +44(0)7909.927539; Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa - +44(0)7958.537314; Bella Fernandes +44(0)7949.233307




Death: Cecil De Araujo (formerly of Aden and Nairobi)

7 Jun. 2019: Crawley, West Sussex, England. CECIL JULIUS SABINUS DE ARAUJO (formerly of Aden and Nairobi). Passed away at home following a battle with complications as a result of diabetes. Cecil was the second born and much loved son of Flora Campos and Charles de Araujo (both deceased), husband to Sushila (deceased), and brother to Albert and Alfred (both deceased). He is survived by: his long-time partner and best friend Maria; children Fiona (Keith), Annabelle (Trevor) and Charles (Deepti); grandsons Jacob, Reece and Reuben; siblings Carmen (Alfred), Ivan (Debbie), and Cynthia (Mike) as well as a host of adoring nieces and nephews, including Lesley and John who were especially close to him.
Funeral will be on Thursday June 27th 1:00 pm at the Friary Church of St Francis and St Anthony, Haslett Avenue West, Crawley RH10 1HR, West Sussex. After the burial, there will be a celebration of his life back at the Friary Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to the East Surrey Hospital Capel Annex or Diabetes UK Condolences to

Death: Sybil Saldanha. Ex Karachi
June 2019. Toronto. SYBIL SALDANHA, Aged 87. Ex Cinncinnatus Town, Karachi. Passed away at St. Michael's Hospital, surrounded by family and friends. Sybil was the daughter of Clement and Lily Saldanha of Cinncinnatus Town. Sybil was trained by Madam Montessori and was a gifted teacher. She delighted in all the achievements of her students especially when she moved to Special Education. Sybil was a delightful, warm person and myriad number of friends and family benefitted from her love and care. We remember a warm loving lady, a good cook, a gracious hostess, an avid gardener, a discerning woman of taste and refinement. She guided and helped so many people. She will be greatly missed. Visitation at Paul O'Connor Funeral Home, 1939 Lawrence Ave. E. (between Pharmacy and Warden) on Thursday June 13, 2019 from 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Funeral Mass on Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. in St. Boniface Catholic Church (Markham Rd. south of Eglinton). Interment Pine Hills Cemetery. [Info: Pompie Gois] Photo.  For further details click here

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Interest rate cut in India sends mixed signals to NRIs

12 Jun: International Advisor. The recent interest rate cut by India’s central bank Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to the lowest in nine years has a given a mixed bag to NRIs. The RBI cut its key interest rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 5.75% from 6% to boost economic growth, changing its monetary policy stance to ‘accommodative’ after the Indian economy grew at its slowest in over four years… mortgage borrowers can expect a windfall … The flip side is that banks and other financial institutions will reduce their deposit rates correspondingly, which will result in reduced interest on savings and fixed deposits. Statistics show that there are more depositors than borrowers among NRIs. So, in effect NRIs do not benefit that much by this rate cut. However, indirectly, the benefits are derived in the form of a strong rupee and accelerated economic growth…  click here
12 Jun: Navhind Times. Let’s Not Go Gaga Over The Rate Cut …  click here

Editorial: Goans In Drug Trade

12 Jun: Navhind Times. Although drug trade in Goa is an illicit business in which Indians as well as foreigners have been involved, it is the growing involvement of a considerable number of Goans that is causing concern. The data released by the Goa police for the first five months of 2019 has revealed that 23 per cent of the people arrested in drug-related cases were Goans. ... The data reveals that over 50 per cent of those arrested in drug cases came from other parts of the country. Foreigners accounted for 25 per cent. Out of the 93 accused in drug cases, 22 are Goans, 47 from other states and 24 foreigners, including 14 Russians. The number of Goans held in drug cases has been hovering between 22 and 28 per cent in the last few years…  For further details click here

Group of 10 Cong MLAs offered to join BJP: Tendulkar

13 Jun: Herald. Bharatiya Janata Party on Wednesday said that a group of 10 Congress MLAs had offered to merge the party in the BJP but the saffron party leadership rejected the move. Reacting to queries at a press conference on speculation of Congress MLA Francis Silveira wanting to join BJP, Tendulkar said there is news everyday that Congress MLAs are joining BJP. “The Congress must stop blaming BJP and instead the party president must have some control over his MLAs, who want to join BJP,” he stated. On charges made by GPCC president Girish Chodankar that the BJP is shopping for his MLAs, Tendulkar said the government was very stable with 23 MLAs…  For further details click here

TTAG presents ‘Reinvent Goa’ to improve coastal tourism

13 Jun: Herald. Against the backdrop of a decline in tourism, the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) presented a document to Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar addressing the issues faced by the tourism industry and the improvements required for the same. The document titled ‘Reinvent Goa’ has been prepared by taking all the concerned from government officials, stakeholders and prominent businessmen. “The white paper is a road map painstakingly done to find a solution in the tourism-related problems and to ensure that the industry flourishes once again,” said TTAG President Savio Messias, who led the delegation on Wednesday…  For further details click here

Negligence led’ to declaration of land at Benaulim as enemy property

12 Jun. Herald. It was sheer negligence and failure to follow the procedure that has resulted in the property under Survey No 416/4 in Mazilwado of Benaulim being declared as “Enemy Property” and is presently in the possession of the Custodian of Enemy Property. Carmela de Sa Fernandes who inherited the property was born in Goa and following her marriage she migrated to Karachi in Pakistan where her husband was employed just like many Goans who were working there then. Subsequently in the late 60s she returned to Goa along with her husband and three children and lived in Goa … It was only in 2011 they realized that the property was declared to be Enemy property … 537 words  For further details click here

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Here’s how Goa is involved in the origin & naming of Alphonso Mangoes!

12 Jun: Knock Sense. Mango variants are a household name during this season every year but the one that has always been hailed as a king, is the majestic Alphonso! The Alphonso mango, popularly known in Western India as ‘Hapus’, is a national obsession spreading its wings outside the borders too and there are no qualms about why is it best-loved. Non-fibrous, pulpy and saccharine are the keywords when we define our beloved hapus and we’ve plucked a new information from it’s histree! Here’s how Goa is involved in the origin & naming of Alphonso Mangoes! The name of the fruit was christened after a Portuguese Viceroy known widely as Alfonso De Albuquerque, who was also a military genius of his time. He established the Portuguese colonies in India in the 15th century, starting with Goa and during his rule, he administered the ‘Colombian Food Exchange’. This was a practice which introduced new varieties of fruits and vegetables in our country, such as red chilies, maize, tomatoes and so on! … Today, Alphonso mangoes are still very popular and exported around the world …  For further details click here


DOCUMENTARY: It Was Alright in the 1970's. more4 (Freeview 14). Sat. 15th June. 23:00 to 00:00. Episode 2. With attitudes to feminism, foreigners and family values - and just about everything else - being a bit different 40 years ago, this second episode focuses on good old-fashioned Britishness on TV in the 70s. From blacking-up in popular pre-watershed programmes, through to rampant homophobia and shameless xenophobia, the 70s seem to have had a different set of manners and morals, and took a casual approach to sexism and racism.

DOCUMENTARY: Ross Kemp: In Search of Pirates. Pick (Freeview 11). Tues. 18th June. 22:00 to 23:00. India. Series 3, episode 1. The compelling documentary series returns as Ross Kemp visits India to investigate a devastating human trafficking industry. Contains distressing scenes.

ARTS: Shorts. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Wed. 19th June. 21:00 to 21:15. Namaste. Three specially commissioned stories in which writers new to radio contemplate what it means to be a tourist. In Namaste, Deepti Kapoor considers the Western tourists who have long headed to Goa for a dose of healing spirituality - and an Indian woman tries to find a solution to her own troubles by offering the visitors what they seek. Read by Tania Rodrigues (photo). [Tania traces her Goan roots to Curtorim. Her grandfather, Francis Rodrigues was news editor of the Indian Express and Times of India. Gen. (Retd.) S. F Rodrigues, is an uncle].To listen to a recording after the broadcast, go to

DOCUMENTARY: Who Should Get to Stay in the UK? BBC 2. Thurs. 20th June. 21:00 to 22:00' The stories of immigrants desperate to stay in the UK and the lawyers tasked with helping them. 29-year-old Shankea, came to the UK 17 years ago to live with her Jamaican father, only for her visa application to be refused. Now she lives as an illegal immigrant, knowing she could be detained or removed at any time.

DOCUMENTARY: Journeys- Stories of Immigration. Together TV (Freeview 63). Fri. 21st June. 00:15 to 01:00. Stories of migration to South West London 1948-71, from stories from Windrush era onwards. A beautiful insight and some moving stories to be told.

DRAMA: Mrs Sidhu's Deadly Highland Game. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Fri. 21st June. 11:30 to 12:00. Loch, Meat Stock and Two Smoking Kippers. Series 1, episode 2. Murder mystery, written by Suk Pannu and starring Meera Syal. As the Indian chef probes deeper into the death of Willie Kendrick and the secrets of the troubled hunting lodge, she faces a difficult choice between her heart and her head for crime.

DOCUMENTARY: Battle to Save the Tiger. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Fri. 21st June. 14:00 to 15:00. Startling film narrated by David Attenborough investigating why the Indian Tiger is slipping towards extinction, despite efforts to save it.


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India gives confidence that structural growth story exists: Aisha de Sequeira, Morgan Stanley India

11 Jun: The Economic Times. Interview with Aisha de Sequeira, Head of Investment Banking, Morgan Stanley India. The pool of private capital has expanded for Indian entrepreneurs as the structural growth of the economy on a strong demographic profile put India among the top place of the investment agenda for many long-term institutional investors, Morgan Stanley said on Monday. “India has steadily maintained this 6-7.5% GDP growth. When one looks at India over a medium-term horizon, people can confident that structural growth story exists in India. And that is not happening in many other markets,” Aisha de Sequeira, co-country head and head of investment banking at Morgan Stanley India said … 990 words  For further details click here
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Aisha is the daughter of Erasmo de Sequeira and granddaughter of the legendary Dr Jack de Sequeira; brother of Anil de Sequeira and wife of Roy de Souza

Top 5 Stocks in the Fight Against Cancer

6 Jun: Yahoo. "Cancer" ranks as one of the most dreaded words in the English language… There's good news, though. Significant progress is being made in cancer therapy, from developing drugs to treat various types of cancer to detecting it at earlier stages. Investors who buy the stocks of these companies gain an opportunity for tremendous returns over the long term … The top picks to invest in the fight against cancer include big pharma, diagnostics, gene sequencing, and biotech stocks… Five top stocks in the fight against cancer are: … Illumina. You might not think of Illumina as a stock related to the fight against cancer. But the company is a pioneer of gene sequencing and a dominant leader in the gene sequencing market… CEO Francis deSouza stated in early 2019 that "the ubiquity and impact of genomics will dwarf everything we've seen to date" in the future… deSouza's prediction seems likely to become reality. The key metric to watch to see if deSouza was right will be Illumina's revenue growth over the next few years…  For further details click here
Video: CNBC: Illumina CEO Francis DeSouza: Seeing Big Growth In Genomic Testing …  click here
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Jason Keith Fernandes: Islam and the Indo-Portuguese

12 Jun: The Goan. Museum of Goa will be hosting a talk by Jason K Fernandes on the topic Islam and the Indo – Portuguese this Sunday, June 16 from 11:30am – 12:30pm. The term Indo-Portuguese often acts as a code for Hindu-Christian. In his presentation, Jason Keith Fernandes will highlight the Islamic influences in Indo-Portuguese culture … Jason is a researcher at the Centre for Research in Anthropology at the University Institute of Lisbon (CRIA-IUL). He has a doctorate in anthropology for his dissertation “The Citizenship Experiences of Goan Catholics”… Jason has regularly contributed op-ed columns in a number of newspapers in Goa and his popular writings are archived at MOG Sundays are free of charges and open to all.  For further details click here
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Watch: Goa Chief Minister Censures Man For Dumping Waste In River

11 Jun: NDTV. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant today stopped his convoy at a North Goa bridge and censured a scooterist for throwing 'nirmalya' (flowers offered to God) into a river, and urged him to act as a responsible citizen and not pollute rivers. In his tweet Pramod Sawant, also uploaded a photograph of him, advising the two-wheeler rider against throwing garbage into the Cumbharjua river. "At least don't do it again," Mr Sawant is heard telling the man in the brief video.  For further details click here

Casinos important for Goa tourism, says CM Pramod Sawant

11 Jun: Financial Express. Casinos are important for the tourism profile of Goa and cannot be written off, chief minister Pramod Sawant said Tuesday. He was speaking to reporters after attending a meeting of the state Tourism department. “There are a few tourists who come to Goa to play in the casinos. They are important from the tourism point of view. You cannot write them off. We need to do whatever activities are required to attract tourists to Goa,” he said. He also said his government never spoke of removing casinos from the state. The coastal state has six off-shore casinos and 12 operating from land. He said the state government was planning a video campaign to boost tourism as foreign footfalls had decreased by 20 per cent in the season that just ended this week…  For further details click here

5 fine-dine restaurants in Goa that’ll woo your bae better than your flirting game!

11 Jun: Knock Sense. Goa is the ultimate fun capital of India- agreed to the core! But whoever said that Goa is known only for its beaches and party places, hasn’t clearly explored the romantic side of it… 1: Tuscany Gardens … Near Kingfisher Villa, Candolim … 2: The Fisherman’s Wharf … Mobor, Cavelossim … 3: Go With The Flow … 614, Calangute, Baga … 4: Waterfront Terrace And Bar, Marriott Resort And Spa, Miramar Beach, Panaji … 5: Thalassa … Vaddy, Siolim …  For further details click here
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Anglo-Indian community meet in Goa

12 Jun: Navhind Times. The Goa branch of the All-India Anglo-Indian Association held their annual general meeting at Clube Tennis De Gaspar Dias, Miramar. The meeting was followed by housie, music and lunch enjoyed by all the members, guests and their families. The Goa branch just celebrated 10 fruitful years in Goa in January. The objectives of the association are charitable, educational and cultural. It protects and promotes the welfare of the Anglo-Indians in India. Membership has been constantly on the rise with 180 plus members.  For further details click here

Goa wants to use abandoned mining pits for rain water harvesting

11 Jun: Sify. Facing a severe drop in reservoir water levels, with the water in two reservoirs in the state down to less than 20 days of consumption, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Monday said that he would write to the Union Mines Ministry seeking permission to convert some of the unused mining pits for rainwater harvesting purposes… "Water is not a problem at present. But in the long run, we believe that mining pits should be used for rainwater harvesting, for which we will have to seek some amendments in the Central laws," the Chief Minister said. …  For further details click here


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UK: Hermes Rodrigues overturns Gary Mendez’s will

10 June: Daily Mail (UK). Hard-drinking Gary Mendez agreed to leave taxi driver Dean Hughes his £160,000 home after signing a new will in a pub… The new will cut Mr Mendez’s doting long-term civil partner, Hermes Rodrigues, 45 (photo), out completely, leading to a bitterly fought battle … Mr Hughes now faces a stinging £50,000 bill … Mr Mendez met his partner on a cruise in 2001 when Mr Rodrigues was working as a steward. They began a relationship and, in 2003, Mr Mendez went to see him in Goa and convinced him to give up his life at sea. Mr Rodrigues moved to England to be with his partner … Mr Rodrigues told the court his civil partner was a ‘very generous and caring man’ who he had ‘fallen in love with’… Mr Mendez initially left his worldly possessions – including the house – to Mr Rodrigues in a will drafted three years before his death. ‘He told me that it would always be my home whatever happened, even if our relationship broke down,’ Mr Rodrigues told the judge…  click here

Our heroes are not infallible

11 Jun: Herald. By Selma Carvalho. In August 2015, I sat in a grand house in Calangute [photo], a replica of the Sultan of Zanzibar’s palace, feeling a wave of history wash over me. This was the house of Manuel Francisco de Albuquerque, a man, whose legacy we have yet to fully investigate. As head of the Oral Histories of British-Goans Project (2011-2014), I had devoted some energy and time to documenting Albuquerque’s life, drawn from colonial newspapers… Earlier this month, the Goan-Kenyan nationalist, Fitz Remedios de Souza released his memoir titled, Forward to Independence… Fitz’s father, Valente de Souza from Ucassaim, was a medical doctor who was approached by the ‘very personable older physician’ Albuquerque to partner with him, in his thriving practice in Zanzibar… 999 words.  click here

The rise of the 'friendmoon' – why are newlyweds ditching the traditional romantic break?

19 June: Daily Telegraph (UK). … For the fellow uninitiated, a friendmoon is just what the name implies: newly-weds bring their closest friends along after they have tied the knot, on what was traditionally the preserve of the couple… Just ask Jonathan Gant and Maryann Noronha whose wedding guests, instead of tying tin cans to the back of the wedding car, will be going with them on their honeymoon to Italy. “Our friends are playing a big part in our wedding, so including them in a honeymoon seemed natural,” explains Maryann. “We’re hoping it will give us a chance to reconnect with friends we don’t see as much as we’d like.” … “We have been on plenty of trips together,” says Jon. “We can travel together whenever we want, so why not keep the party going after the wedding cake has been cut?” For Jon (an American living in London) and Maryann (a Briton of Goan descent), a friendmoon makes sense… Many of Maryann’s family and friends are travelling from India and will be able to spend more time with her…  For further details click here

Goan Diaspora to draw lines to connect to Goa

11 Jun: Herald. As World Goa Day celebrates 20 years of completion, socio-political cartoonist Dr Smitha Bhandare Kamat and founder member Rene Barreto are organising a global cartoon contest with the theme ‘Goa’. The event is open to the Goan diaspora irrespective of age and gender and cartoons can be uploaded till June 30, 2019 on the WGD Facebook page… Noted international jury members include Yuksel Cenciz, Turkey; Keti Radevska, Macedonia; James Vaz, Bangalore and Goan cartoonist Joseph Dias. “Michelle Gonsalves has been motivating Goans in Mozambique and since it is social media, the contest has been motivating,” says Dr Smitha, who has been drawing cartoons for various newspapers and magazines…  For further details click here

Types of properties where NRIs can invest

10 Jun: Navhind Times. With Goan NRIs making robust purchases of property, a look at the rules for NRI investing in real estate: Non-resident Indians (NRIs) have been a significant segment of investors, in the Indian real estate market. NRIs generally buy properties for investment purposes or out of their emotional connect with their country and for settling back once they retire. It is important that, NRIs are aware of the ground rules before buying property. An NRI is allowed to invest in both residential and commercial properties. However, any agricultural land, farm house and plantation property can be owned, only if it is inherited or gifted to the NRI. When it comes to property transactions in India, NRIs/ PIO can make payments out of funds remitted to India through normal banking channel and funds held in NRE/ FCNR (B) / NRO account. No payment can be made either by traveller's cheque or by foreign currency notes. No payment can be made outside India…  For further details click here

Modi makes unscheduled stop at bombed Catholic church

10 Jun: Straits Times (Singapore). India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday made an unscheduled stop at a Catholic church bombed during the Easter suicide attacks, ahead of his official welcome to Sri Lanka. His entourage made a detour to St Anthony's Shrine on its way to Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena's office, where a red carpet military parade awaited. "I am confident Sri Lanka will rise again," Mr Modi said on Twitter, posting photos of himself at the church. "Cowardly acts of terror cannot defeat the spirit of Sri Lanka. India stands in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka." …  For further details click here

Is Cheating Tourists the Birth-Right of Taxi Operators?

9 Jun: Goa News. By Ashwin Tombat. … Obviously GoaMiles is very successful. Otherwise, why would tourist taxis complain that they are losing business? … Goa’s taxi operators have always resisted any kind of regulations. Over decades, they resolutely refused to install meters on their taxis. They gave various justifications at various times. But not one of them ever made any sense… The taximen’s associations are refusing to install meters in defiance of orders from the High Court! … the suspicion in the minds of most Goans that basically, what the taxi operators want is to go on cheating tourists as well as locals; to charge exorbitant fares, and to do ‘dadagiri’ to ensure that they are allowed to continue to cheat tourists and locals, as if it is their birth right…  For further details click here
11 Jun: Herald. Taxi owners urge govt to stop rent a cab service …  click here

How two sisters homed in on an opportunity that combines houses and tourism in Goa

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Funeral: Irenio Costa Bir. Ex Nairobi

26 May 2019. Swindon, UK. IRENIO COSTA BIR. Born Nairobi, 26 September 1946. Passed away suddenly and peacefully. Son of the late Miguelinho and Maria Amanda Costa Bir. Loving brother of late James/Zina, Angelo/Teresa, Hazel, late Raul/Eulet, Peter/Phyllis, John/Jacinta. Funeral service to be held at 10:45 am Monday 24 June 2019 at Holy Rood Catholic Church, 2 Groundwell Road, Swindon SN1 2LU. Cremation at 12 pm at Kingsdown Crematorium, Kingsdown Road, Swindon SN25 6SG. Condolences to

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The underwater Indian village that emerges once a year

9 June: BBC. A village in the western Indian state of Goa is only visible for one month in a year - for the remaining 11 months, it disappears under water. And when the water recedes, its original residents, now settled elsewhere, come together to celebrate their home … The village of Curdi was nestled between two hills in the Western Ghats with the Salaulim river - a tributary of one of the major rivers in Goa - running through it. It was once a thriving village in south-eastern Goa. In 1986, the village as its residents knew it ceased to exist. The state's first dam was constructed and, as a consequence, the village was completely submerged. But every year in May, the water recedes to reveal what is left of it… Hindus, Muslims and Christians lived together … But things drastically changed after Goa was liberated from the Portuguese in 1961… When the water recedes in May, Curdi's original inhabitants visit their lost homeland… The Christian community gather for an annual Chapel feast and the Hindus host a temple feast during that month…  For further details click here

Goa girls start a fundraising campaign to realize their dreams

9 Jun: The Bridge. … Goa has managed to hone a culture that breathes football … The women’s branch of FC Goa recently brought back laurels from the Global Goals World Cup that was held in Mumbai. The talented girls from Goa competed with twenty-three other teams to come out on the top and crown themselves the Champions of the esteemed tournament … the girls of Forca Goa are gearing up to head to the global stage of the tournament. With dreams flashing in their eyes, the girls are looking ahead to travel to New York for three days where the World Cup will take place on a global level. Most of the girls have never flown out of the country and the very prospect of having to represent Forca Goa and the country on such a big platform in New York has kept their excitement soaring. The Forca Goa Foundation has started a fundraising campaign to help these girls realize their dreams and fly to New York to participate in the tournament…  For further details click here
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Goa airport fire incident: Temporarily closed - Here is what happened

9 Jun: Zee News. After the fire incident, Goa airport was briefly closed on Saturday afternoon and several flights to the coastal state were diverted. The incident of fire was caused by a drop tank of a naval fighter aircraft, a Navy official said. The external fuel tank of the MiG 29K aircraft got jettisoned inadvertently on the runway while the plane was taking off for an operational mission from the Dabolim airfield around 1 PM, Navy Spokesperson Capt. D K Sharma said. The minor fire was caused due to fuel spillage, prompting authorities to suspend flight operations at the airport, he said…  For further details click here
9 Jun: Pakistan Today. Goa airport temporarily closed after MiG-29K fighter jet crash-lands on runway …  click here

Lord’s Prayer getting a 21st-century remake

10 Jun: The Australian. In the world of conservative Catholics bent on proving that the current pontiff is a theologically dubious innovator, it feels as though Pope Francis has just given them a fresh ammunition. According to newspaper reports in many countries, the Argentine pontiff has just changed the Lord’s Prayer, the supplication beginning with the words “Our Father”, which was taught by Jesus Christ and is used by just about all his followers… Francis told an Italian TV channel that he was unhappy with the standard translations of one particular line in the prayer which Christ proposed. That line is “lead us not into temptation” He explained: “It is not a good translation because it speaks of a God who induces temptation … The new rendering is “do not abandon us to temptation”…  For further details click here

Harking back: The lost Lahori who found his ancestor’s ‘roots’

9 Jun: Dawn (Pakistan). Majid Sheikh. I visited a small town called Braga in Portugal and from a restaurant rushed out an old school student who burped out in chaste Punjabi: “Shukker aye Lahore ah gaya” (Thanks heavens Lahore has come). In my school days at St. Anthony’s in Lahore we had a very healthy mix of Christians, Parsis and even an odd Hindu. The excited person in Braga was Francis Pereira, who in Portugal paraded himself as Francisco Pereira as his visiting card told me. He recognised me as one of five brothers and claimed he was a class-fellow of my brother Karim. “You all look alike”, he said. That was disarming enough and I asked him about the name swap and his explanation deserves a column … He found out that his fifth removed grandfather was a soldier in the Portuguese Army at Goa … He got a British company job, from where he got a British passport and settled near Norwich. There he met a Portuguese girl and they married and shifted to Lisbon, where he got Portuguese citizenship and a job in a restaurant and now owned a restaurant in Braga … 1275 words.  For further details click here

The striking signs of Goa’s Portuguese Heritage

9 Jun: Times of India. Almost seventy years after Goa’s Liberation, catchy signboards in Portuguese still pop up in odd places, unconsciously prompting one to utter the name aloud or quietly. “It has become fashionable to have a Portuguese sounding name because of tourists. It gives that exotic feel to the name and to the establishment,” history researcher Oscar de Noronha says. The presence of Portuguese-speaking generations may be one reason the boards stayed on. In the 1980s, the tourism industry also latched on to the idea, as it looked trendy. Hotel Cidade de Goa or Hotel Nova Goa were some examples. “Quite curiously, the change signalled a resumption of friendly relations between India and Portugal,” Noronha says. Jewellery (joalharia) shops, barbers’ (barberia) saloons, restaurants, and village clubs (clube de) are some of the establishments where a vintage board in Portuguese is most likely to be found hanging outside the entrance… 899 words.  For further details click here

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the maddening crowds and enjoy a nostalgic Goan experience. For our Facebook page,
click here For a review of the restaurant, click here

Stallions Air

ATOL 9179

Tel: 020 7580 5999 or 0797 9861 455 / 0795 0132 999

Time Travel

Specialising in Flights to GOA and other parts of India. ATOL & IATA Bonded.
Call us 0203 475 3560 or 0208 429 8333

Tito’s – Where Else?!

Tito’s, Baga, Goa – Founded in 1971 by the late Tito & Lucille De Souza (ex-Mombasa & Nairobi)Nightclubs, restaurants, supermarkets, apartments, signature villas and more

Villa Calangute

For Private, Spacious, Self-Catered & Luxury villas in Goa just 2-10 minute's
walk to Calangute Beach.

This Space Can be Yours!

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A&G Event Experts

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

Goan Association (UK)

Tel no. +44 (0) 0794 9233307
Website at:

Goa Holiday Homes

Do you want comprehensive information on Goa, properties for sale, rent, hotels, flights, Goan music, videos, recipes , beaches and a lot more? Visit


Acron, Goa's leading edge developers since 1988 presents eco-friendly apartments and villas

AeroSafaris - Group Tours

2014: Jan/Feb Annual Winter Escape to Goa. Feb: Spectacular South Africa. Mar: Kenya - Tanzania Safari. Sep/Oct Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Visit for more details

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