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Death: Lucy Collaco (Reading, Berkshire ex-Nairobi)

20 March 2020. Reading, Berkshire. LUCY COLLACO. Aged 61. From Francis Collaco: We are sad to announce the passing away of my beloved wife Lucy, Mother of Aaron & Nicole Collaco, Daughter of Tony & Lourdes Leitao and sister to Sylvia and Frank. Lucy lived with and passed away from cancer. She was an incredible person who never missed an opportunity to help others and bring light to people's lives. Through her experience of dealing with cancer Lucy showed us all what resilience truly meant, and how to find gratitude even in the most trying of times. We know her light will shine on forever. A celebration of her life (Immediate Family Only) is at Easthampstead Park Cemetery and Crematorium, Berkshire on Wednesday 8th April 2020 at 12 noon. Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) and the Government Restrictions there is going to be a Live Webcast of the Service. A Tribute Website is available for Condolences and Login details for the webcast. Please note the Webcast will go live between 11:55 to 12:50 on the day and then available for 28 days after 11th April 2020, Enquiries to

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Video: Mozambique/Kenya returned Goan test positive in Goa

3 Apr: Goa 365 TV. Another Goan was tested positive for Coronavirus on Friday. This 50 year old man is from Mandrem, he had returned from Mozambique and Kenya on 19th March, who later travelled on a domestic flight Mumbai to Goa. Now process is on to quarantine his contacts. In Mandrem there are total more 6 suspects, while home quarantine is roaming freely, locals alleged …  For further details click here
4 Apr: The Times of India. The man had returned from Kenya and was in quarantine since his return to Goa ten days ago, an official said  click here

Miami: I have nothing to do but pray hard, says woman whose husband, Andrew Fernandes, is on ventilator

3 Apr: Mid-Day. Maria Fernandes and her four children have been hoping for a miracle ever since Maria's husband Andrew, 48, tested positive for Covid-19 and has been put on ventilator support in a hospital in Miami, Florida, USA. Andrew, who hails from Mumbai, worked as an assistant security officer on board Costa Favolosa, one of the largest and oldest passenger cruise … He said that his colleague from Goa also showed similar symptoms and that he may be disembarked from the ship at Miami port soon," she added…  For further details click here
3 Apr: Times Now. Amidst coronavirus lockdown, Goan seafarers and factory workers left in a lurch … click here.

Visa suspension hits post-Lent marriages, keeps families apart

3 Apr: Times of India. India’s suspension of tourist visas and denial of entry to overseas citizen of India (OCI) card holders has forced couples to delay that new chapter in their lives and has resulted in much uncertainty in many families being reunited again… Lucinda and Kane Falcao, both OCI card holders living in the UK, planned their dream wedding a year in advance and paid the final instalment to the hotel towards a reception for 350 guests in January this year … “We cannot have the wedding in the UK, because we put our life savings over the past two years into the Goa wedding and nobody is willing to give us our money back.” … Vinnie Fernandes another OCI card holder in the UK and her brother in Australia will be not be able to travel to Goa for their mother’s first death anniversary Mass in Margao… Another woman from Dubai due to attend a function in Goa in April, was refunded only Rs 1,000 on her Rs 11,000 flight ticket…  For further details click here
3 Apr: Times of India. ‘Postpone weddings’: Goa Church braces for a longer lockdown … Marriages and baptisms scheduled for after Easter Sunday may have to be postponed if the lockdown continues… Archbishop of Bombay Oswald Cardinal Gracias has advised devotees to refrain from scheduling baptism, first holy communion and marriage celebrations immediately after that date… No children, seniors at funerals, says Church …  click here

Air India to operate 18 flights to fly foreigners back

3 Apr: Times of India. Air India will operate 18 charter flights to fly back German, French, Irish and Canadian nationals during the lockdown. While the Germans and French will be flown to Frankfurt and Paris, the other two nationalities will be taken to London Heathrow from where Canada and Ireland will make further travel arrangements. The flights started on Wednesday with Germans flying back to Frankfurt…  For further details click here
3 Apr: The Hindu. Thousands of Indians stranded overseas are disheartened as govt. refuses to lift passenger ban. The Indian government says it will not change its decision to not allow any passengers, including Indians, to fly here from about 37 coronavirus-affected countries, until the lockdown ends…  click here
3 Apr: PTI. The Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Ruchi Ghanashyam, issued another warning on Friday for Indians stranded in the UK amid the coronavirus travel lockdown to not be misled by "mischievous" information being circulated around possible evacuation flights to India… There have been calls for these special flights to be used to ferry back stranded Indians from the UK as well. "We need a swap" said Keith Vaz … Click here.
3 Apr: ANI. India's Ministry of External Affairs has set up 24x7 helpline to address the queries by Indian students and community abroad… Click here.
For the Ruchi Ghanashyam Twitter page. Click here.

'Desperate' tourists stranded by India lockdown told to wait

3 Apr: Associated Press. Tourists stranded in India after their vacations were abruptly ended by India’s coronavirus lockdown and grounded flights are running out of money and hoping their embassies can help them get home. British tourist Emma Snashford said she and her friend had been kicked out of their hotel and when she sought help from officials in London, she was told to keep waiting… in Goa, Australian Matthew Chinery was kicked out of a hostel because his smoker's cough resembled a COVID-19 symptom. Other hotels and hostels refused to let him stay unless he had a coronavirus-negative certificate. So he got one and it still didn't make finding a room easy… Chinery is running short on money, internet, supplies and patience…  click here

In Goa, hungry inhabitants and ferocious beasts approach houses

3 Apr: Italia Oggi. By Simonetta Scarane. In Goa there is a battle between inhabitants and police to get food. Soldiers patrol the streets to keep people from leaving home. Tourists are barricaded in small hotels left to themselves. Not enough, to generate panic is the news that hungry wild predatory animals are approaching the village of Siolim attacking what they find: On Saturday a leopard devoured a dog. News that cause anxiety… The local governor, Pramod Sawant says everything and the opposite of everything … Thousands of tourists are closed in small hotels on the coast abandoned by the staff. Some of them told Le Monde that they had been beaten by the police with every attempt to go out in search of food. Law enforcement officers were ordered not to leave a soul alive on the streets… 552 words.  For further details click here

Cornwall: Jackie Ruscoe and Ken Fisher stranded in Goa

3 Apr: Cornish Times. Page 1. Today’s edition leads with the story of a couple from South East Cornwall who are stranded in Goa following the suspension of air travel in and out of India. Meanwhile two young women have managed to make it back home safely from the same place: we bring you an interviews where they tell of the tension and difficulties in Goa under the lockdown…  For further details click here
3 Apr: Evening Telegraph. Dundee family stuck in India after coronavirus grounds flights home …  click here
3 Apr: Belfast Telegraph. ‘Desperate’ tourists stranded by Goa lockdown anxious to return home … click here.

Russian tourists stranded in India are beaten, harassed and even raped

3 Apr: DND (Pakistan). Eurasia News. “India is changed in just last two weeks. They used to (Indians) smile and laugh with us when we (Russian tourists) had money and now they behave with as we are carriers of Coronavirus infection. They (Indians) are now beating us, threatening us and even trying to rape us if they find women and girls alone looking help. This is a different India what we saw in tourism promotional videos and in tourism attraction advertisements,” commented Tania at a Russian tourism forum… 1359 words.  For further details click here
3 Apr: The Print. Called corona, beaten up, left on road: Foreign tourists recall Goa lockdown horrors … Several foreign tourists stuck in Goa said friendly local residents turned hostile as concern about the pandemic deepened and restrictions on movements began…  click here
4 Apr: Herald. For many Russians, Goa is haven even in lockdown times … Stranded foreign nationals holidaying in Goa are taking special flights home, others are desperately making attempts to return to their home countries, but there are quite a few Russians who have preferred to stay back in Goa… click here.

Indian diaspora in Britain seek ethnic data on Covid-19 cases

3 Apr: Times of India. The Indian diaspora in Britain is worried that Covid-19 cases amongst PIOs could be disproportionately high as anecdotal evidence of cases and deaths keeps emerging, one of the most recent cases being that of Labour MP Virendra Sharma. The UK's National Health Service does not reveal ethnicities in its coronavirus figures, but PIO leaders are desperate to know whether hereditary diseases common to Indians, lifestyle choices or diet are making the community more prone to catching the virus. The number of virus deaths across the UK rose to 3,605 as of April 3. The country has reported 38,168 cases. Underlying health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension are a lot more common amongst Indians …  For further details click here

Incorrect info’: Spokesperson of Prince Charles on ayurveda treatment

‘ 3 Apr: Hindustan Times. Shripad Naik, the minister of state for AYUSH and Goa Lok Sabha MP, has said he has been informed that ayurvedic medicine has helped Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, recover from Covid-19 even as a spokesperson for the British royal in London denied the claim… “I got a call from Dr. Isaac Mathai, who runs the Soukya Ayurveda Resort in Bengaluru. He told me that his treatment of Prince Charles through ayurveda and homeopathy has been successful,” Naik told a press conference in Goa on Thursday… Isaac Mathai refused to “confirm or deny” Naik’s remarks, citing “patient confidentiality”…  For further details click here
2 Apt: PM’s Office: Telephone Conversation between Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, and His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales …  click here



Death: LEO SALDANHA (London ex Nairobi/Mombasa).

Passed away peacefully on 27th of March 2020. London, LEO SALDANHA (London ex Nairobi/Mombasa). Son of the late Effie and Alex Luis Saldanha (Saligao). Brother of the late Loyola Saldanha. Husband of Ursula (of 34 years) and proud father of Dr Zahraa Saldanha and her fiancé Jason. Leo was a helpful, trusted and loyal friend to many. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Ursula and Zahraa would like to thank all family and friends for the many messages, calls and prayers received. Due to current restrictions, a private funeral will take place followed by a memorial service at a future date. Condolences to Ursula by email

News Summary

Important information for British nationals departing India

2 Apr: FCO. Further information for British nationals accessing airports in relation to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. We are working with the Indian authorities and airlines to support British nationals who want to leave India and return to the UK. Once flights have been confirmed, travellers should leave plenty of time to get to the airport as movement may be more difficult than normal. You should make sure you are able to show authorities: proof of a booked flight (a boarding pass if possible); your passport; a (printed, if possible) copy of the British movement letter (PDF, 330KB, 1 page) issued by the British High Commission confirming that you should be allowed to travel …  For further details click here
2 Apr: Times of India. Several Britishers had succeeded in flying to Frankfurt on flights organised by the German embassy. On a humanitarian basis, Germany has agreed to fly our citizens of UK and European Union nations to Frankfurt at no cost, said a UK citizen who availed of the offer…  click here

Italy is running a flight from Goa - Rome at 0300,

3rd April. Limited seats open to Brits 2 Apr: The Guardian. In Asia there are no charter flights confirmed, with some criticism that the high commission in India is directing people to an Italian flight out of Goa to Rome on the condition that passengers have onward flights to London. Update for Brits in Goa: Italy is running a flight from Goa - Rome at 0300, 3rd April. Limited seats open to Brits as long as you can show a ticket to your final destination. Onward connections to London offered by Air Italia.  For further details click here
For the Twitter discussion,  click here
You can contact Mr James Braganza on +91 96239 42123 or Mr Nikheel Shirodkar on +91 8600021870 to check for pick up and drop off facility from your accommodation to the Goa International Airport. Please note you will need to discuss with the car company directly for the transport facility as well as the payment method. To book visit Air Italia, click here.

Costly flights, food shortages: Canadians stranded in India tell their stories

2 Apr: Globe & Mail (Canada). An estimated 15,000 Canadians are stranded in various parts of India amid a three-week nationwide lockdown. The Canadian government has announced several flights to repatriate citizens and some permanent residents, scheduled to leave from Mumbai and New Delhi on April 4, 5, 6 and 7. The estimated cost per ticket is approximately $2,900 – significantly higher than a one-way ticket on a regular commercial flight… Philip and Melba Alphonso, Retirees (Brampton, Ont.) are stranded in Aldona are seen here in Goa. The Alphonsos – Melba is 69, Philip is 73 – spend winters at their ancestral home in Goa, in western India. (They’re the parents of The Globe and Mail’s education reporter Caroline Alphonso.) They’re trying to get to Mumbai,.. It’s been particularly strenuous for Mr. Alphonso, who is diabetic and has a heart condition…  For further details click here
1 Apr: Le Journal de Quebec. Canadians stranded in India finally see their calls heard as six flights are scheduled to return in the next few days they may not be enough to repatriate the approximately 22,000 nationals registered with Canadian authorities in India …. It should cost them around $15,000 and it is run by a private company there, not the government… Canadians in Goa will be transported to Mumbai by charter buses. This trip will take between 12 and 14 hours. Thereafter, they will be accommodated in one of the 3 hotels near the airport for one night before the charter flight from Mumbai to London and from there to Canada …  click here
Rapatrions Maxime Ouellet, Nadine Lanouette, leurs enfants et les canadiens coincés en Inde … click here.

Vernon Mascarenhas: The top London restaurant suppliers now delivering food boxes to your door

2 Apr: Evening Standard (London). For those who can’t get a supermarket delivery slot, there’s new a solution. Wholesalers that supply London’s restaurants are now delivering fresh produce to consumers’ doors. These are the wholesale heroes feeding the capital — tell all your neighbours… Nature’s Choice: The greengrocer’s new home delivery service is booming amid the lockdown. Consumer orders have rocketed from 16 to more than 1,000 a day in less than two weeks, according to the company’s commercial director, Vernon Mascarenhas. Facebook and Google are just two of the companies that have recommended the home delivery service to their employees. What: Fruit and veg boxes and £15 essentials boxes (eggs, milk, bread). Where: Across London. Check website for postcode radius area. Delivery charge: Free.  For further details click here
For the Nature’s Choice website,  click here
For a profile of Vernon Mascarenhas, ex Mombasa, click here.

In Brief

2 Apr: Free Press Journal. Veteran actress, cancer survivor Nafisa (photo) reveals she has ran out of food and medicines amid coronavirus lockdownin Goa …  click here
2 Apr: News 18. Goa Hotels Overcharging Guests Stranded in Coronavirus Lockdown to Lose Licence …  click here
2 Apr: Free Press Journal. Goa bans sale of fish and the import of Chicken … click here.

Adrian and Heike Gandhi: "You have to simply endure"

2 Apr: Rheinische Post (Germany). Four weeks ago, Adrian and Heike Gandhi had set out from Germany to spend their holidays in Goa. On March 17, they checked in for the journey home when they learned that their flight was cancelled. They returned to Candolim, to their house bought by his father ten years ago … The situation in Goa is still relaxed, reports Adrian Gandhi. While applies a nationwide curfew, but in the region there are currently only three infected… Adrian Gandhi is lucky - for him, India is also his home, he knows the country. For Gandhi's beginning came the week the hoped E-Mail: You could go up and on Tuesday in the plane make the long trip to Germany … Adrian Gandhi praises the work of the German Ambassador: "His video messages and other communications surely gives one a lot of strength and hope. As a German, you can very lucky to get such support. " … Adrian Gandhi comes from the influential Nehru-Gandhi family. His great-aunt was Indira Gandhi … 702 words.  For further details click here

“Ayurvedic medicine behind Prince Charles’ recovery from coronavirus”

2 Mar: Indian Express. Ayurvedic medicine helped Prince Charles to be cured of coronavirus, Lok Sabha MP Shripad Naik said in a press briefing Thursday, adding that this recovery only “validates our age-old practice since thousands of years”. Naik, who is a Union Minister and a Goan native took the opportunity to address the media on the “measures taken by government” and also applaud India for being the “first country to have been able to control the spread of the virus” and ensure low numbers of positive cases. Naik added that he has now asked the central government to give the ministry an opportunity to treat patients infected by the virus with alternate medicines… eat haldi, jeera, dhaniya, lasun …  For further details click here

Coronavirus Sussex: Hangleton couple stranded in India

2 Apr: The Argus (Brighton). A COUPLE are trapped in India after a string of flights back to the UK were cancelled in the desperate bid to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. Andy Cooper, 62, and Ann Dalrymple, 65, from Hangleton are now forced to shop in the early hours to avoid violent police in the state of Goa… He said: “Our original flight back to the UK should have left here on Saturday evening to Muscat was cancelled so we purchased, another flight which cancelled the next day… they were willing to sell any amount of flights you wanted to buy, knowing full well that they were not going at all.”  For further details click here
2 Apr: Daily Mail. Mother left trapped in India with her daughter, six, reveals they were spat on and branded 'coronavirus foreigners' as they undertook a 600-mile road trip to escape home to the UK … Dawn Hardwick, 50, from Leamington Spa, was travelling with daughter Rosie, 6… Pair managed to flee on a rescue mission arranged by the German authorities … Mood quickly turned sour as suspicion fell on foreigners for bringing in virus …  click here

About 6,000 Russians are not allowed to leave India due to coronavirus

2 Apr: Beyond Russia. … 5,811 Russian citizens contacted their nearest consulate in India asking for help to return to Russia, the Russian embassy in India reported… Maxim Podoprikhin, who organizes river trips to Goa, was left workless due to the quarantine, and is currently living in a small village in northern Goa together with his wife and child… “Locals believe that all whites are to blame for the spread of the virus and refuse to help us. .. Aeroflot was offering tickets to Russia for 65,000 thousand ($829) per seat, but we don’t have that kind of money. The March 31 flight left without us, despite 54 empty seats. We don’t know what to do next,” says Mikhail… “Aeroflot was charging $1,989 for a flight out of Delhi on April 1. Some Russians don’t even have money for food … Having been kicked out of her hotel, Lilia is bunkering with friends. For now she can’t even go out on the balcony, since local residents are apparently forbidden to shelter Europeans during the lockdown…  For further details click here
2 Apr: ZNAK. Russians are offered evacuation flights from India for 100 euros …  click here
2 Apr: Komsomolskaya Pravda. “If we go out for food, the police beat with sticks… click here.

London, UK to Nairobi, Kenya for only £392 roundtrip (Jan-Mar dates)

1 Apr. Secret Flying. Cheap flights from London, UK to Nairobi, Kenya for only £392 roundtrip with Swiss International Air Lines. Availability from January to March 2021 … Zurich, Dar Es Salaam (incoming only).  For further details click here


News Summary

How will the UK's £75m coronavirus repatriation work?

1 Apr: The Guardian. The government has announced a £75m rescue mission to repatriate an estimated 300,000 British stranded abroad because of the coronavirus outbreak. How will this work and who will be selected for a flight home? The government is encouraging everyone who can get on an international flight to do so without delay… Dominic Raab, said it was the responsibility of airlines that had cancelled routes to get passengers home “at little or no cost”… the government, has pushed the responsibility on to the airline … The government is not subsidising fares but is imploring airlines not to overcharge and to be reasonable. It says that those who are struggling to afford the ticket prices can avail of “emergency loans” … India and South Africa have been named as priority countries … If you are a British national in India and wish to return to the UK, the Foreign Office advice is to email with your details including age, contact, location, and any special circumstances… The government is prioritising UK nationals and advising those with settled status or indefinite leave to remain to seek help in the first instance from the embassies of their birth nations. 744 words.  For further details click here
1 Apr: The Times. No 10 admits it can't bring every stranded Briton home. The government will not be able to bring home every Briton stranded abroad, it admitted yesterday. A document signed by the government and airlines acknowledges that repatriation of all 300,000 stuck overseas "will not be possible" because of the sheer scale of the operation… British holidaymakers trapped overseas will be charged between £250 and £500 for tickets … 740 words.  click here

Coronavirus: Rescue for Brits stuck in India 'too little, too late'

1 Apr: BBC. By Johanna Carr. British tourists trapped in India have called on the government to act quickly to bring people home… There is no register of how many British tourists are in India or abroad elsewhere but the government said globally it could be anywhere between 300,000 and one million… A spokesman for the FCO said it was "working around the clock" to support travellers in this situation. He added: "We recognise British tourists abroad are finding it difficult to return to the UK because of the unprecedented international travel and domestic restrictions that are being introduced around the world - often with very little or no notice." … 1156 words.  For further details click here

Indian Tourism Ministry launches ‘Stranded in India’ to help foreign tourists

31 Mar: The Ministry of Tourism has launched a portal ‘Stranded in India’ to help foreign tourists who are stuck in various parts of the country. “With an aim to extend support to the foreign tourists who are stranded in India, the Ministry of Tourism has come up with a portal to disseminate information regarding the services that can be availed by foreign tourists who are stuck far away from their home land,” said the official release. The portal consists of information around Covid-19 helpline numbers and call centres that foreign tourists can reach out for help, information around Ministry of External Affairs control centers along with their contact information and information around state-based/regional tourism support infrastructure…  For further details click here
To access the portal,  click here

India may send back foreigners stranded in Goa to their countries

1 Apr: Deccan Chronicle. Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) president Savio Messias said, “"There must be 1,500 to 2,000 foreigners stranded in Goa. Most of these are Britishers… Most of them have been living in rented houses and are facing the problem of procuring essential items. We are helping them in whatever way possible, he said. Some of the foreigners want to stay back …TTAG has issued special permits to about 40 taxi drivers to ferry the foreigners …  For further details click here
Contact details for TTAG at their website,  click here

In Brief: UK Tourists in Goa

1 Apr: Eastern Eye (UK). Acting British high commissioner to India, Jan Thompson, said departure dates would be announced in a few days… An Air India official told Eastern Eye: “Discussions about repatriation flights were on at the ministerial level.” He said no one from the airline would comment on the message, as “even a slip of the tongue” could cause confusion among already worried passengers. The flights, he added, would be announced by the high commission and ministers concerned…  For further details click here
1 Apr: Daily Star. Stranded Brits, Jeremy and Melanie Weeks, 'living off crisps' in Goa after forking out £930 for mercy flight …  click here
1 Apr: Eastern Daily Press. It's a shambles' - Katie Fielder of Norwich slams government's efforts to bring British travellers home … Click here.
1 Apr: Isle of Thanet News. Ramsgate residents Michael and Pauline Ashley stranded in Goa with scant food and medical supplies … Click here.
1 Apr: Bexhill Observer: Coronavirus: Hastings couple stranded in Goa desperate to get home. A retired Hastings teacher and his wife are stranded in Goa … Click here.
31 Mar: The Daily Telegraph. 'I had to leave my husband in hospital in Goa-I'm desperate to bring him home' … After India went into lockdown with four hours warning, Geraldine Davies had to leave her husband in hospital there while she flew back… 1475 words. Click here.

In Brief: Other Tourists

1 Apr: Le Journal de Quebec. Canadians stranded in India finally see their calls heard as six flights are scheduled to return in the next few days they may not be enough to repatriate the approximately 22,000 nationals registered with Canadian authorities in India …. It should cost them around $15,000 each and it is run by a private company there, not the government… Canadians in Goa will be transported to Mumbai by charter buses. This trip will take between 12 and 14 hours. Thereafter, they will be accommodated in one of the 3 hotels near the airport for one night before the charter flight from Mumbai to London and from there to Canada …  click here
1 Apr: Italy. A Alitalia Boeing will arrive in Italy at 8:10 am on Friday 3 April from Goa (India), allowing about 250 compatriots to be brought back to Italy, as requested by the Italian Embassy in India…  click here
1 Apr: Rheinische Post Online. Family from Germany in India. "You just have to endure that" … 648 words. Click here.
1 Apr: Liberation (France). In India, "you can no longer go out for fear of confiscation of passport, even beating by the police". By Sonia Delesalle-Stolper . Click here

In Brief: Russian Tourists in Goa

1 Apr: Radio Liberty. Last plane from Goa - about the "plague" in paradise ,,, Goa - as you know, the paradise of the earth: the sun, fruits, endless beaches, warm ocean, smiling locals. I spend the winter there for eight years in a row. Goa - as you know, the paradise of the earth: the sun, fruits, endless beaches, warm ocean, smiling locals. I spend the winter there for eight years in a row. Dissatisfaction with visitors to Goa has been accumulating for a long time … I heard from them for the first time that in different regions of the country foreigners are not allowed into hotels, they are driven out into the street, believing that all the trouble is from them: they say they eat cows and pray to the wrong gods… 1226 words.  For further details click here
Video: 1 Apr: CTV. “There’s not enough food for everyone.” Russians stuck in Goa and trying to return home …  click here
1 Apr: MK. Robin Hood in Goa: good Indians and greedy compatriots. Yaroslavts Alexander Artemyev came to India in early March… He writes, “The gratitude of India just overwhelms me! Having traveled half the country, I met only friendliness, friendliness and a willingness to help! We definitely have something to learn from India and its people! God bless them! ”… click here.

In Brief: Covid-19: India

Lack of compassion, more than resources, marks India’s deadly lockdown mismanagement 1 Apr: France 24. More than 20 migrant labourers have died trying to flee India’s coronavirus locked-down cities for their villages over the past few days. Critics blame Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s hasty 21-day curfew call that, like many of his recent directives, was long on populist symbolism, but short on foresight or compassion… Foreign tourists and residents in the traditionally warm, welcoming country have reported a sudden hostility from locals who view the epidemic as an outside import. In some villages and neighbourhoods in Goa, vigilante groups have set up makeshift checkpoints refusing entry to non-residents … 2043 words.  For further details click here
1 Apr: Straits Times (Singapore). Police violence and stranded migrants mark India's coronavirus lockdown … 999 words.  click here
1 Apr: The Guardian. Doubt has been cast over India’s claim that it has no community transmission of coronavirus after the country reported its biggest daily rise in number of cases so far … Doctors in hospitals across India said the lack of proper protective equipment available for medical staff, including basic masks, meant that patients presenting with coronavirus symptoms were being turned away… A recent report, jointly published by three American universities and the Delhi School of Economics, claimed that India could have as many as 1.3 million coronavirus infections by mid-May…1036 words click here.

In Brief: Goa Covid-19

1 Apr: Herald. Hotels, guest houses warned of punitive action if they deny food, throw guests out … The Department of Tourism has warned the hotels/guest houses of ‘punitive action’ for denying essential daily requirements to its stranded guests. Director Menino D’Souza issued a circular on Tuesday in the wake of complaints from guests and employees of hotels…  For further details click here
1Apr: The Hindu. Goa extends helping hand to stranded foreign visitors …  click here
1 Apr: NDTV. Dead Helpline, Half-Empty Stores: Inside Goa's COVID-19 Lockdown Crisis Goa is reeling under one of the most severe lockdowns in the country, where Chief Minster Pramod Sawant has imposed restrictions on movement, linking the supply of essential needs to helplines and home delivery… click here.

Stuck off Miami coast, over 400 Indian crew members of cruise ships await help

1 Apr: MSN. At least 400 Indians, all of them crew members of cruise ships, are stuck off the Miami coast in the US since mid-March, unable to get back home… "Due to the ship being stuck in the middle of the seas for so many days, the crew members are getting frustrated," said Teena Menezes, in her mail to the Ministry of External Affairs. Her husband, Vivian Menezes, is part of the crew of a cruise ship that is stranded about three miles away from the Miami Beach. The ship is owned by MSC Cruises, which is registered in Switzerland. "There have been incidents where three of the crew members tried committing suicide," Menezes added in the letter… only Indian crew members are now left in the ship. "All the others have been evacuated by the governments of their respective countries," she said…  For further details click here
1 Apr: Times of India. Goa government, MEA may evacuate 8,000 Goans abroad … Founder of Seamen's Association of India (SAI) Dixon Vaz told TOI that the CM was informed about the situation and conditions on cruise liners  click here
2 Apr: Navhind Times. CM seeks PM’s help to bring back stranded seafarers. click here.


MUSIC: Music Planet. BBC Radio 3 (Freeview 703). Sat. 4th Apr. 16:00 to 17:00. A Tribute to Ravi Shankar. Lopa Kothari presents a tribute to India's sitar legend Ravi Shankar on the centenary of his birth. Born in Varanasi on 7th April 1920, he was an international performer from an early age, as a dancer in his older brother's troupe. He then studied for years with a sitar master, establishing his name as a leading virtuoso in Europe and America as well as India.

COOKERY: Madhur Jaffrey's Curry Nation. Food Network (Freeview 41). Sat. 4th Apr. Episode 7. 19:00 to 19:30. Southall Punjabis. The presenter heads to London's Southall, where she meets members of the Punjabi community and samples a selection of Sikh cooking. Episode 8. 19:30 to 20:00 . Punjabis of Scotland. The presenter arrives in Scotland, where she discovers haggis curries in Glasgow, and a cafe selling Punjabi food in Edinburgh.

COOKERY: Jamie's Meat-Free Meals. Channel 4. Sun. 5th Apr. 08:25 to 08:55. Jamie Oliver makes a simple sticky onion tart, as well as a creamy coconut pumpkin rice with a spicy butter bean stew. He learns traditional ways to stuff vegetables in the Middle East, then turbo-charges aubergines with Indian spices.

FILM: Bend it Like Beckham. Channel 4. Sun. 5th Apr. 16:25 to 18:30. An English schoolgirl tries to hide her passion for football from her strict Indian parents, knowing they disapprove of her tomboyish love of the game. However, when a semi-professional player sees her in action, she is offered a place on a team, forcing her to come up with a complex plan to keep her sporting career under wraps. Comedy, with Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Juliet Stevenson and Shaznay Lewis. Director: Gurinder Chadha.

POLITICAL: Acts and Facts. BBC Parliament (Freeview 232). Mon. 6th Apr. 11:30 to 11:35. Impeachment of Warren Hastings. Historian Sean Lang delivers a short lecture on Warren Hastings who was tried for impeachment over what was claimed to be his corrupt government of India.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: The First World War. PBS America Plus 1 (Freeview 93). Wed. 8th Apr. 22:50 to 00:00. Global War. The global impact of the conflict, assessing Britain's efforts to save India from invasion by boosting the Allied forces with native troops as well as soldiers from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. Plus, an investigation into the high mortality rate among black soldiers, many of whom joined the French offensives in Europe.

COOKERY: Rachel Allen's Easy Meals. Food Network (Freeview 41). Thurs. 9th Apr. 09:30 to 10:00. Easy Indian. The chef creates tasty Indian dishes for hectic lifestyles, including tarka dal and chicken biryani, and a mango and raspberry dessert. A group of local football fans try out a recipe at home, and Rachel also meets a friend and spice connoisseur at the Mahon Point market.


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Brits stranded abroad will be repatriated from THIS WEEK

30 Mar: The Sun (UK). TENS of thousands of Brits stranded abroad will be offered loans to pay for flights and rescued on repatriation flights from this week, Dominic Raab said tonight… Airlines will be able to allow people to change their tickets between airlines for little or no cost - and offer them the latest advice. And when no more flights are running, the Government will enable special chartered flights with the airlines to get UK residents back home… The UK will add countries this week with the aim of bringing people back from places such as India and South Africa where large numbers of British travellers are stuck and commercial routes are completely suspended… What to do if you're a Brit stranded abroad right now …  For further details click here
Instructions for British travellers to return home can be found on the coronavirus travel advice page,  click here
30 Mar: From Department for Transport, Foreign & Commonwealth Office. Getting British nationals home: government-assisted returns by air … click here.

FCO Evacuation Plans – some reactions

30 Mar: The Guardian. With Raab at the reins, things are really getting finger-lickin' bad …  For further details click here
30 Mar: The Mail. Dominic Raab looked like someone who'd lost a pools coupon …  click here
30 Mar: The Times. Savings galore on first outing of Raab Tours … click here.

Peter Mendes, UK Senior Manager, rises to help stranded Brits

31 Mar: Times of India. While German, Russian and a few other foreign citizens received prompt response from their government, British tourists felt abandoned by the British Foreign Office. And as India’s lockdown unfolded, common people stepped in to fill the sudden void that they found themselves stuck in. From faceless locals who provided food to foreigners out of compassion, to the helpline set up by the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), and from small hoteliers offering free stays, to a store manager in UK, many people pitched in to provide succour… When UK supermarket store manager Peter Mendes (photo) heard that two of his colleagues were stuck in India, he and one of the colleague created a WhatsApp group and invited other Britons stuck in India to join. As the numbers crossed 70, the former Chinchinim boy began to write to British MPs urging them to organise rescue flights. “I managed to get some passengers home thanks to help from the German embassy in New Delhi,” Mendes said. A student of Loyola High School, Margao, he contacted some of his classmates to seek help…  click here
Peter Mendes is a Senior Morrisons Area Manager and is based in Stanmore. For his Linkedin profile,  click here

Finding food in Goa becomes a struggle

31 Mar: Le Monde (France). By Guillaume Delacroix. The day is not yet up, but some people are already criss-crossing the streets of Siolim on a scooter, looking for something to eat. In this village of 15,000 inhabitants of the iconic tourist state of Goa, the opening of a makeshift shop selling some vegetables, creates the event. It is just past 6 a.m. … the information spread like wildfire on all the WhatsApp and Facebook groups in the area. The merchant is at the bottom of his hut, his wife passes from the basins to the customers so that they help themselves and we pass the goods from hand to hand, jostling each other. Some wear a mask, many have no protection… Since the establishment of a general confinement of 21 days by Narendra Modi, stocks are dwindling at high speed in the refrigerators  For further details click here

In Brief: UK Tourists in Goa

30 Mar: Bradford Argus. Disabled Barry Lodge and Elizabeth McKelbie (photo) stranded in Goa. They were supposed to travel with Etihad Airways from Goa to Manchester but a delay meant they missed the connection and had to pay £2000 for Qatar flights which they could not use as their visas had just expired. After 3 nights at Mumbai Airport they returned to Goa by taxi and are awaiting repatriation …  For further details click here
31 Mar: Mail Online. Gabrielle Marshall, her husband and their four children have been living in Patnem, Goa, for six months after taking them out of school for a year… She told the BBC Today programme: 'It's the concern of getting food. Initially we were told we could get food from shops, but now the shops are closed… British tourist Kate Fielder (pictured on Good Morning Britain via video link on Tuesday) is also stranded in Goa … 1164 words. + photos + Comments + Audio and video links to BBC Today and Good Morning Britain links.  click here
31 Mar: Birmingham Live. Birmingham labourer stranded in Goa during coronavirus lockdown and 'living off nut bars' …Click here.
31 Mar: The Mirror. Yoga teacher Hans Bartholdi travelled to Goa with wife Louise back in November and is now stuck in India, is running out of food and with no idea how he'll get home … Click here.
30 Mar: The Wire. AC Milan goalkeeper Asmir Begovic said that the 67-year-old mother of his close friend and agent was stuck in Goa along with hundreds of other British citizens. "With India in total lockdown, it is becoming hard for them to source food and water," he wrote… Click here.
30 Mar: The Argus (Brighton). Coronavirus: Two Sussex carers, Jay Vernon and Heidi Hawkins are stuck in Goa … they have faced police brutality while attempting to get food and medical supplies amid a coronavirus lock down… Text + Comments Click here.
31 Mar: Kent Online. Two nurses stranded in India are pleading for help after the country suspended flights due to the coronavirus crisis. Lyn Clay, from Deal, and Pauline Reynolds, from Whitstable, left the UK for Goa on March 12 - only to discover their return flights had been cancelled. The women are now desperate for money and food as they fight to survive in their hut… The Foreign Office has asked British nationals in India who wish to return to the UK to email with details including age, contact, location and any special circumstances… Click here.
31 Mar: Video: LBC. Nick Ferrari. Caller who thinks repatriating Brits is a waste of money rows with man stranded in India … Click here.

In Brief: Russian Tourists in Goa

31 Mar: Bryansk Today. Milena Lyubkevich is stuck in Goa and appeals to readers for money to buy tickets home … she is with her husband and 2-year-old daughter…. Price of food has trebled … Charter special flights cost an unrealistic amount and have multiplied by three …  click here
31 Mar: Novye Izvestia. SOS: thousands of Russians in India suffer humiliation and hunger, but cannot return to their homeland …  click here
31 Mar: MK. Russians locked in Goa are starving … click here.

In Brief: Other Tourists

31 Mar: El Comercio (Spain). Xenophobia walking parallel to the coronavirus…. Julen Esnaola is one of the eighty Spanish tourists who remain trapped in the not so tourist paradise of Goa … The football coach decided to spend a holiday with his family in Goa was asked to leave the hotel and a European couple agreed to rent them a house. No local took pity on the family situation… Catalan chef Manuel de Luca who flew to Goa to check his project for poor children in Goa. The owner of the hotel forced him to leave his room and armed police escorted him to the airport … 469 words  For further details click here
30 Mar: La Sentinella del Cavanese (Italy). Prisoners in a Goa without money and without a supermarket …  click here
31 Mar: Scarborough News (Canada). A Scarborough man has told of his nightmare in Goa after he and his girlfriend were left to fend for themselves as a strict lockdown was ordered in the country… click here.

Air India: Evacuation of foreign nationals starts

31 Mar: Indian Express. The first flight evacuating foreign nationals, mostly citizens of European countries, took off from Kolkata airport this morning. With 115 passengers on board, the Air India flight marks the start of a four-day process throughout the country… According to Air India sources, such flights will pick up foreign nationals from Bangaluru, Goa, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai and Mumbai from March 31 to April 3…  For further details click here
31 Mar: Outlook. 317 Europeans evacuated from Goa, 1,200 more by weekend. … According to acting Director General of Police Jaspal Singh nearly 1,200 foreigners are expected to be evacuated by weekend… The Goa government has set up nine camps across the state where foreigners and migrant workers have been put up and provided food and safe passage from their place of residence to the airport at their time of exit from the country…  click here

‘We need help': Australians stranded in India struggle to book return flights and get refunds

31 Mar: SBS. Air India and Qatar Airways are now accepting bookings to Australia… The Australian government is urging its citizens and residents stranded abroad to consider commercial flight options, and “act quickly” if they are available. Natasha and her husband have spent over $16,000 on tickets as flights were cancelled three times .. Sydney-based Rolland Coelho, who is stuck in Pune said he knows that flights are taking bookings, “but where’s the guarantee that they won’t cancel on us again.” Air India has on its website states that it's offering ‘One free change’ for passengers travelling between March 23 and April 30 …Perth-based Matthew James Chinery has just been released from a hospital in Goa after he tested negative for coronavirus.He said that while the news of flights accepting booking has come as a respite, travelling from Goa to Mumbai, would be another roadblock, given the strict lockdown…  For further details click here



Death: Joy (Mendes) Moraes (London ex Nairobi)

We are sad to announce the passing of our beloved wife, mother and sister. She left us on March 23rd, her 65th birthday, after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately the disease took her fast, just over a month from diagnosis and before any chemotherapy could be given. She was a happy, kind, loving and generous person and we will miss her greatly. The funeral will take place on 8th April, however, due to current government restrictions it will not be possible to accommodate guests or hold a wake. Thank you to all who have sent thoughts and prayers. Any future remembrance will be advised accordingly. We wish everyone well at this difficult time. Agnelo, Adriano & Claire, Mario & Karen. Condolences to

Death: Mrs. Marcelino Fernandes. Ex Nairobi.
29 Mar: Toronto, Canada TITA FERNANDES. Aged 90. Passed away peacefully with all her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren viewing her live via Zoom with just one daughter at her bedside. Wife of the late Marcelino Fernandes. She leaves behind her children Zemira (Barry), Avin (Jane), Anna (ex-David), Mervyn (Christine), 8 grand kids and 7 great grand kids. Mum was a rock raising four kids in Nairobi till 1969, then left for Goa for 4 years before coming to Toronto, Canada with her husband where she lived for the rest of her life. There is no viewing with only a private funeral due to the Convid-19 virus. Condolences can be sent to son Avin,

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Video: UK announces deal with airlines to fly stranded Britons home

30 Mar: 16:35 GMT. Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, has announced a partnership between the government and airlines to repatriate Britons stranded abroad. Tens of thousands of people will be flown home by airlines including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Titan Airways on chartered planes. In countries where people were still able to board commercial flights, Raab urged them not to wait as they would be able to switch carriers at no extra cost. The government has also pledged £75m to charter special flights to bring home UK nationals from countries where commercial flights are unavailable.Segment is from 13m. 30s to 21m. 40s.  click here
30 Mar: IANS. 1,600 foreigners stranded in Goa, many to depart by April 3, 4: CM … According to Sawant, special flights from Germany, Russia and other European countries are expected to arrive in Goa, either on April 3 or 5 to ferry several of them back home… “Those who want to leave and their Embassy has allowed them, we will be sending them back,” Sawant also said…  click here
30 Mar: Daily Mail. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab unveils £75m repatriation plan to fly home 'tens of thousands' of Britons stranded abroad due to coronavirus crisis … Text + photos + video and 1000+ Comments click here.

Coronavirus: Britons stranded in Goa ‘running out of food and water’

30 Mar: The Times (UK). British citizens stranded in Goa say they are running out of food and drinking water as parts of the country descend into chaos during a sweeping lockdown… police resorted to beating people with sticks when a crowd of about 500 mobbed a supermarket on Saturday… On Sunday the Foreign Office was advising Britons wanting to return to the UK from India to stay in the country until commercial flights resume… There are flights available from 16th April when Modi is due to lift the international flight ban, however, they are only flying from the main cities… “We cannot access those cities without crossing borders and the borders are closed… 561 words.  For further details click here
30 Mar: Times of India, No food in Goa, no aid from UK embassy, Brit tourists rue their fate. The chaotic lockdown in Goa, marked by volte-faces and chronic mismanagement, is now bringing the state government international shame. On Sunday, AC Milan goalkeeper Asmir Begovic sent out a public plea on Twitter, seeking help for a 67-year-old British national stuck in Goa. The woman, a mother of his close friend and agent, has been struggling to get her hands on even food and water, he said. There are a thousand-odd individuals from Britain alone stranded in the state… .  click here
30 Mar: Daily Mail (UK). Up to a million Britons are STILL stranded abroad scrambling to return home after countries closed their borders … click here.

Video: Caught on camera in Goa: CRPF officers hit people on the road with sticks, make them hop like frogs

30 Mar: Scroll. The video appears to have been recorded from a balcony in Panaji….  For further details click here
30 Mar: Republic World. Goa Human Rights Commission Issues Notice To State Govt On CISF Deployment Amid Lockdown …  click here
30 Mar: Herald. High Court refuses to entertain PIL to refrain Goa Police, CISF from using excess force … click here.

Video: COVID-19: Prominent Medical practitioner Dr. Oscar Rebello's appeal to every Goan

30 Mar: Goa 365 tv. 3m. 52s.  For further details click here
Video: 30 Mar: India Today. India's busiest tourist spot, Goa reels under lockdown …  click here
30 Mar: Indian Express. Lockdown: Goa stares at vegetable, medicine shortage. Stepping into the second week of the mandated lockdown, Goa is staring at a new crisis — shops unable to replenish stocks with the labourers missing in Maharashtra and borders being difficult to cross around Karnataka. Days look set get tougher with Chief Minister Pramod Sawant admitting there was a medicine shortage and steps were being taken to address that on priority… click here.

Doctors in India are being infected, trolled and evicted as they battle COVID-19

30 Mar: Los Angeles Times. As the World Health Organization warns of a global shortage of medical equipment in the COVID-19 pandemic, India’s beleaguered hospitals find themselves fighting an accelerating outbreak with too few doctors, health workers, test kits, beds, ventilators, protective gear, masks or other essential supplies… the true extent of the epidemic here could be far worse because Modi’s government has carried out few tests, and because much of the population lives in tightly packed slums and tenements where it is practically impossible to observe physical distancing. Doctors and hospital personnel are particularly at risk of contracting COVID-19, and the parlous state of India’s medical system has raised concerns that its health workers will be exposed to the virus in even greater numbers… Special correspondents Parth M.N. reported from Mumbai and Krishnan from Goa, India, and Times staff writer Bengali from Singapore… 1355 words.  For further details click here
30 Mar: News Minute. 'Don't blame NRIs for COVID-19, they are our backbone': Kerala CM, Calling the NRI population the backbone of the state, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that they should not be humiliated in any way.  click here
30 Mar: Deccan Herald. No plan yet to airlift Indians from UK despite appeals. India still does not have any plan to evacuate its citizens from the United ... who had come here for attending the short course and exam on a student visitor visa… click here.

Coronavirus lockdown: In Goa, panic runs high as household food stocks run low

30 Mar: Scroll. Residents of Goa who have been thrown into panic as the state chose to impose the lockdown more harshly and brutally than in many other parts of India. When he announced a 100% lockdown, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant of the Bharatiya Janata Party had not even allowed stores selling groceries, bread and milk to function. Soon, videos of the police assaulting people on the streets began to be circulated on social media. The stories of Central Reserve Police Force personnel beating up people and impounding their vehicles were “enough to scare us into staying put”, said Luis Dias, 54, a resident of state capital Panjim. He too was anxious about how long the stock of food they had at home would last for his 87-year-old mother who suffers from a heart condition, his wife and his 11-year-old son…  For further details click here
Video: 30 Mar: NDTV. Scramble In Goa For Essentials As Stores Open Amid Lockdown, Say Locals …  click here
30 Mar: Times Now. COVID-19 pandemic: People violating lockdown to buy shampoo, says Goa CM Pramod Sawant … click here.

About 10 thousand Russians cannot get out of Goa

30 Mar: Echo of Moscow. … About 10 thousand Russian tourists are not able to leave home from Goa, the Russian Maxim Podoprikhin, working in India, said on the radio station Ekho Moskvy. “We are filling out various forms on the sites, but there are no answers, there is no information support. There is no information about flights, they are constantly being transferred, and it is not possible to get home, because the roads are completely blocked,” he said. “We really can’t get to the airport. Ticket prices are $ 1,000 and flights are constantly rescheduled. And taxi drivers do not work, because gasoline is not on sale. People procure food at the risk of their health in partisan ways. The attitude of the locals is changing, due to fear they throw stones at white people, some are driven out of rented housing,” he said…  For further details click here
30 Mar: Rambler (Russia). Russians talked about coronavirus in Goa … Journalist Anastasia Gritsay , who lives in Goa, said that, despite reports in local media that grocery stores are open for three hours and there are no food left on the shelves…  click here
30 Mar: Bryansk Today. Stuck on Goa Russian girl deletes her media posts ... stylist Milena Lyubkevich previously talked about the difficulties she encountered but she has now deleted her posts and says she will reveal all after she returns to Russia … click here.



Death: Amancio (Amas) Peter Pereira. Formerly Nairobi/Mombasa
29th March 2020. SIOLIM GOA. AMANCIO (AMAS) PETER PEREIRA, (formerly from Nairobi/Mombasa, Kenya), Aged 84, passed away peacefully. Beloved husband of Eliza Philomena (Philu). Brother to Jack (Aurora) of Southend-on-Sea UK, and late Carmen of Siolim. Brother-in-law to Thomas (Agatha) UK; Angela/ late Hilary UK; Patrick/Fatima Goa; and late Mariano of Goa. Will also be remembered by his nephew, nieces and their children. Due to coronavirus pandemic, a private burial service will take place 29th March, at 6pm, at Siolim cemetery. A Mass will be scheduled at a later date. Condolences to

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The Goan Club: Selwyn Colaco’s rebuttal of the Selma Carvalho article

On 24 Mar. Goan Voice published a summary of an article by Selma Carvalho which appeared in JRLJ. Selwyn Collaco sent me a copy of the rebuttal he sent Selma and Bernie Raymond DeSouza: then wrote to me, “We would like our article (Selwyn Collaco - sent this to you yesterday) published on the Goan Voice UK. Goan Voice does not publish Comments by readers but I can provide you with a link,  click here
1. Armand Rodrigues in an article about the history of the G.O.A. Toronto in which he wrote:
"Societal factors such as fragmentation, diminishing community allegiance, inter-marriages and insularity, in our second generation Goans, are changing our physiognomy, and our clubs are gradually lapsing into a terminal mode."
The full article can be seen at
2. Selma Carvalho wrote an article: The Goan Club: Its History in Souvenir Brochures dwelling on the BROCHURES of Moira, Nairobi, Mombasa and Toronto Clubs. She wrote:
Armand Rodrigues also sent me a brief history of the Goan Overseas Association (G.O.A) Toronto … Rodrigues makes an interesting observation about the G.O.A, which is analogous with Goan clubs and associations the world over. He writes, "Societal factors such as fragmentation, diminishing community allegiance, inter-marriages and insularity, in our second generation Goans, are changing our physiognomy, and our clubs are gradually lapsing into a terminal mode.'
So what, pray, is the big deal?
For Carvalho's article in JRLJ click here. and for the rebuttal of it click here.


Jacqueline G, a Spaniard in Goa writes: “Our enemy is not only the virus; we have a baby and we are without food” 29 Mar: ABC (Spain). Spaniards trapped in India asking for help: "Our enemy is not only the virus; we have a baby and we are without food ' … Jacqueline G. is in Goa with her husband and two year old son… In a similar situation is Carlos J. a Spaniard in Goa … Twenty Spaniards in the area have created a WhatsApp group … 1592 words.  For further details click here
For a machine translation,  click here
29 Mar: Corriere del Veneto (Italy). By Eva Franceschini. Front Page with large photo. Two hundred Italians are stuck in Goa … "Locked in homes, without food, help us" is the appeal of Paduan Danieletto (pictured). 1040 words. Click here.

28 Mar: Nepali Times. By Deepak Kharel, Charles Shobraj out of lockup during lockdown? Among a list of 13 elderly prisoners that Nepal's jail administration has moved forward is one name that has taken everyone by surprise: Charles Shobraj. It looks like Nepal's COVID-19 lockdown will see Shobraj freed ... 766 words. Click here.

28 Mar: Khaleej Times. Dubai-based Glenn Perry pens song for victims of Coronavirus … Click here.

29 Mar: Welt (Germany). Corona Odyssey: Burnout in Bombay … 1511 words. Click here.

29 Mar: Gazeta Wyborcza & Wyborcza (Poland). Poles stranded in India. "Police beat citizens with sticks" … Katarzyna Gwiazdowska from Warsaw, and 150 other compatriots are stranded in India … 713 words. Click here.

29 Mar: SBS News (Australia). Australians stuck in India's coronavirus lockdown fear for their safety … 790 words + Australian High Commission, Delhi video. Click here.

29 Mar: Times of India. Thousands of foreign tourists left helpless with food, medicines … Click here.

29 Mar: Kauppalehti Online (Finlamd) Hundreds of Finns in distress in Goa … Hundreds of Finns are in panic in Goa. Provincial authorities have closed almost all grocery stores. Food and access to clean water became more difficult when India declared three weeks of lockdown … Tuesday last week. Many also fear the hands of the Indian disease situation explosive, as the country's health care is an already weak. Click here.

RAF 'could be called in' for massive rescue mission to bring stranded Britons home amid coronavirus chaos

29 Mar: Daily Mail (UK). By James Tapsfield. The RAF could be called in for a a massive coronavirus rescue mission to bring stranded Britons home this week, it was claimed today. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab is expected to announce a huge repatriation effort as early as tomorrow amid mounting fears over safety. RAF voyager transport planes could be deployed to bring UK citizens home from places such as India and Peru, where conditions are thought to be deteriorating… So far the government has only chartered a few British Airways flights to evacuate the most vulnerable Britons. It is not clear how many are abroad in total, as numbers are not routinely tracked… British Nationals stuck in India said their plight is becoming 'desperate', with some claiming they have faced police brutality while attempting to get food and medical supplies… 2154 words + photos and 500+ comments  For further details click here
29 Mar: Kent Online. Coronavirus Kent: Sheppey family of eight launch petition to return home after getting stuck in Goa …  click here
29 Mar: Hindustan Times. Irate Britons stuck in India demand repatriation amid coronavirus lockdown … click here.

Goa reports two more COVID-19 +ve cases

30 Mar: Herald. Goa reported two more positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, taking total State’s tally to five cases. Total eight people, who came in contact with these, are quarantined in government centres. Addressing media persons, Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant said that two persons, have tested positive for coronavirus, one with travel history. “While the second person, who was already in isolation, is the brother of the one who tested positive earlier,” he said. Sources reveal that the person, with travel history, was on the ship and had left Bahamas and arrived in Goa via New York and then took domestic flight via Mumbai… Chief Minister said all the five positive patients, are shifted to COVID hospital in Margao…  For further details click here
29 Mar: India Today. Quarantined woman dies in Goa, Covid-19 test results awaited …  click here
29 Mar: ANI. Goa Health Minister rules out death of 68-yr-old due to COVID-19 … Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Sunday said that a 68-year-old woman who was quarantined in the isolation ward of Goa Medical College and Hospital might not have died due to COVID-19. click here.

Lockdown in Goa: Govt's own missteps in India’s tourist haven

30 Mar: Live Mint. By Vivek Menezes. Anxiety reigns in India’s smallest state as its unprepared administration struggles with implementing the nationwide lockdown, compounded by the heavy-handed insertion of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). The situation threatens to blow up into an explosive social crisis. On Saturday, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant declared the CRPF “will be given a free hand to take action against people violating the lockdown orders". Less than 24 hours later, there were already videos circulating of passers-by being assaulted and humiliated in the capital city of Panjim… Journalist Mihir Sharma spoke for many observers when he asked on Twitter, “All the worrying news out of Goa is odd. It is India's most developed state, it's geographically compact, has a solid welfare system -- why is it breaking under the lockdown? Why are there no groceries, and why is the CM asking for central paramilitary forces?" The fact is Goa’s leadership flipped an altogether manageable situation into chaos in just a few days, in an extraordinary display of carelessness and incompetence… 842 words.  For further details click here
29 Mar: Video. Goa 365 tv. CRPF begins duty in Goa and manhandles people …  click here
29 Mar: Indian Express. Coronavirus lockdown: Anger, chaos in Goa as supplies run out … click here.

In Brief: Goa Shops

29 Mar: Times of India. A week later, state govt fumbles as hungry Goans demand answers …  For further details click here
29 Mar: NDTV: High Court Asks Goa To Facilitate Home Delivery Of Essential Goods …  click here
29 Mar: Outlook. Don'’t throng shops to buy mangoes, fish: Goa CM … click here.

Coronavirus: India's PM Modi seeks 'forgiveness' over lockdown

29 Mar: BBC. India's prime minister has asked for his country's forgiveness after imposing a sweeping lockdown that he said had hurt millions of poor people. Criticism has mounted over the lack of planning ahead of the coronavirus shutdown, which was introduced with less than four hours' notice. Many of India's 1.3 billion citizens have been left jobless and hungry. Tens of thousands of migrant labourers have been forced to walk hundreds of kilometres to their native villages… People are banned from leaving their homes for three weeks under the "total lockdown" measures announced on Tuesday. All non-essential businesses have been closed and almost all public gatherings are banned…  For further details click here

Canada: Dundas grocery store staffer loves working at Metro

27 Mar: Hamilton News. Dolorina de Souza has worked at the Governors Road Metro grocery store for 11 years and despite craziness surrounding COVID-19 and grocery shopping, de Souza said little has changed about how staff and customers interact… Dolorina and her husband moved to Dundas from Mississauga 35 years ago, after she came to Canada from Pakistan in 1975. An accountant, she was looking for a change when a friend in her church choir told her Metro was hiring. Dolorina is a member of her church choir. She's joined by her daughter and granddaughter - three generations singing together. "I love working at Metro because of the diversity of the customers and I get to know the people in the community," Dolorina said. Dolorina de Souza has worked at the Metro grocery store on Governors Road for 11 years…  For further details click here



Death: Simplicio (Simplis) Correia. Tanga, Tanzania

28 Mar: Tanga, Tanzania. SIMPLICIO (SIMPLIS) CORREIA. Passed away peacefully with his family by his side. Loving husband to Lina and his extended family to include Edwin/Annie Pinto, late Errol/Julie Pinto and Ethel/Agnelo Fernandes. He was a loving brother to the late Collett/Doreen Correia, late Cyrian/late Felix Pereira, Ruby/late Laurie Faria. He will be fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews especially Desiree/Peter/Ivan/Royston/Oswin/Mario and their respective spouses and families. Simplis will always be remembered for his great sense of humour, his wit and his ability to keep us entertained at concerts where he took part often with the late Martha Dias, late Romald Menezes and Auggie Pereira at St. Anthony’s School or the Tanga Institute. An avid Soccer and Darts player he was a delight to watch during Soccer matches at the Tanga Institute grounds. May his soul Rest In Peace for, his was a life well-lived. [Info Stephen de Souza who was Simplis’ next door neighbour] Condolences to:

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Goan Festival and Sports Day, 2020

From: GOA UK: In light of the worldwide pandemic of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Board have made a decision to cancel the Goan Festival and Sports Day this year. A decision has also been made to put on hold all other events until further notice. Please revert to the GOA UK website for further updates about events,  click here
The Board would like all our members and guests to stay safe and take every precaution, following the NHS advice. For additional health information, please  click here

Coronavirus: UK tourists in India complain of being 'abandoned' by government

28 Mar: BBC. Britons in India say they have been left "abandoned" with "no help whatsoever" from the UK government… A petition to repatriate UK citizens has gained more than 24,000 signatures. The Foreign Office said it was working "around the clock" to support British travellers and help them return home… Beverley Kershaw 55, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, had been expecting to fly home on Saturday but is now stuck in Candolim, Goa… Bethan Hall, 30 and from Brighton, is in South Goa with 22 other British citizens stranded at a wellness resort in Goa and says all shops in the region are closed…  For further details click here
Petition: Repatriate UK citizens stuck in India. Sarah Hughes started this petition to UK Government …  click here

Britons stuck in India in coronavirus lockdown say their plight is becoming 'desperate'

28 Mar: Daily Mail (UK). British Nationals stuck in India say their plight is becoming 'desperate' as some claim they have faced police brutality while attempting to get food and medical supplies, amid a coronavirus lock down in the country. … Reece Hall, 24, from Cornwall, is stuck in Goa and needs medical assistance. He fell victim to a mugging and serious assault on February 26 in Titos Lane, north Goa, leaving him with a fractured jaw, eye socket and a leg injury, which has now become severely infected … Heidi Hawkins, 49, a carer from West Sussex, was threatened with jail … Lyn Davis, 60, claims she was assaulted by police while getting medication … thousands of British Nationals left stranded across India are now relying on the UK government to put in place repatriation flights - which have so far been limited and fully booked within minutes of being announced… 1835 words.  For further details click here

Brits Stranded Abroad

28 Mar: The Mirror (UK). Esther Hulme and Lewis Kellett, from Leeds, stranded in India, begged for help from the Foreign Office and claimed police “intimidate and beat” foreigners with sticks… they were kicked out of two hotels by staff and are now stuck in a hostel in Goa with 16 others, living off rice and crisps. Civil servant Esther, 25, said: “Today, queuing for food, police pulled out big sticks as an intimidation technique. I’ve heard of middle-aged British women left bruised from being hit. “The embassy advised us to follow local ­procedure but they don’t realise the reality.” …  For further details click here

Brits in Goa 'left to starve' under coronavirus curfew after Foreign Office inaction

29 Mar: Daily Telegraph (UK). Thousands of Brits stranded in Goa state have ‘been left to starve’ by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) after a sudden three-week lockdown was imposed on Tuesday night causing all grocery shops to shut… Ms. Martinessa says hysteria is beginning to take hold among Brits in Goa state after the FCO again said they were not their responsibility but that of the Indian Governmen, but we are seeing German and Swiss planes being arranged … Brits say all of the grocery shops in Goa been shut for several days as the owners fear arrest if they open… Another 83-year-old British man has been told he could only leave Agonda if he took a coronavirus test and it came back negative. However, the nearest hospital is in the city of Margao and police have blocked him from traveling on three occasions. He has run out of money and is relying on a neighbour for food and water… 565 words.  For further details click here

'It's like a war zone, they're hitting people with bamboo sticks'

28 Mar: Western Telegraph (UK). A Milford Haven man, trapped in the Indian resort of Goa, has spoken of the desperate plight and fear of violence faced by Brits trapped during the ongoing coronavirus crisis … 44-year-old Barry Jon has been wintering in Keri, Goa since January 17, launched an impassioned plea for help for him and other Brits to get back home, describing situations of people being ‘bamboo massaged’ [hit with sticks] as they went to try and collect food… He stressed his love of the Goanese people: “It’s a great place, an amazing place, and great people… I have food for now, more than that I can’t tell you … I haven’t seen the violence myself but I’m afraid to go out, I’m a foreigner now; that kind of stuff you can’t predict… there’s a lot of real good people here, a lot of elderly British and retired.” … 424 words.  For further details click here

British tourist says not worried about himself, but concerned about Goans

28 Mar: Navhind Times. On Saturday noon, two British nationals were sipping beer in a beachside shack while maintaining social distance. … “We are okay. We can somehow manage, even if there is no kitchen or fridge in some rooms occupied by tourists. But the situation for everyone is the same, and worse for the poor families who can’t get access to daily supplies or medicines,” he pointed out, adding that pharmacies and shops are closed and people are scared of the police in the area… approximately 2,000 foreign tourists are stranded in the Canacona belt itself, besides, workers and other staff in the hospitality and service industry, who can’t go back home…  For further details click here

Russians in Goa: Indians say, “Get out

28 Mar: Business Gazeta (Russia). India is at risk of becoming a new hotbed of coronavirus, has decided to tighten its response to the threat. Visas, international and domestic flights are cancelled here. Anastasia Leontyeva, a journalist from Naberezhnye Chelny, also faced all this. .. For a long time, foreigners in Goa did not attach importance to the coronavirus … then suddenly found that they were trapped, unable to leave … Goa without parties is not Goa… As for prices, they have risen: a five-liter bottle of water costs 100 rupees instead of 75, and the most common Win cigarettes here are 100 rupees instead of 60… If you really want to, you can now rent a room on the coast even for 200-250 rupees instead of the usual 400… Russians living in Goa discuss where it is better to go for groceries, how to extend a visa or return to Russia, share photos of empty streets, roads and airports, and sometimes even recipes for your favorite dishes. They advise how to survive in Goa for 20 thousand rupees, where to order food delivery … 2150 words.  click here
27 Mar: Komsomolskaya Pravda (Russia). Russian tourists in India are driven out of hotels with shouts: “You are an infection” Due to the coronavirus blockade in this country, thousands of our compatriots are in a difficult situation, some are starving and spending the night on the street …  click here
28 Mar: Novye Izvestia (Russia). India became a hell for all white foreigners … click here.

28 Mar: Goa News Headlines

IANS: I foresee a huge scary scenario in Goa: CM …  For further details click here
Hindustan Times. Goa villages set up roadblocks, stop outsiders to fight Covid-19 …  click here
Navhind Times. People across state to get three months ration stock home delivered … Click here.

Indian Express., India TV News. COVID-19: Goa unearths its own 'patient number 31' … Click here.

Goa calls in CRPF, CM says 'given free hand to enforce lockdown' Click here.

29 Mar: Herald. Stay indoors, CRPF on the ROADS … Click here.

Centre asks states to beef up surveillance on air travellers

28 Mar: Navhind Times. Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has asked states to immediately strengthen surveillance of international air travellers who entered India between January 18 to March 23 as there appeared to be a “gap” between those being monitored for COVID-19 and 15 lakh arrivals during the period. In a letter to chief secretaries of all states and Union territories, Gauba said the gap in monitoring of international passengers “may seriously jeopardise the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19”, given that many amongst the persons who have tested positive so far in India have history of international travel… The government had started monitoring of all international passengers who have arrived in India in last two months in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak…  For further details click here

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