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Death: Stella Mendes (aged 87) ex Dar-es-Salaam
11 Sep. UK. STELLA MENDES (aged 87) ex Dar-es-Salaam. Died peacefully. Beloved wife of the late Eddie Mendes. Sis in Law/Late Anthony "Pop" (Artie), Late Ozzie (Late Lia) & Albert Mendes. Stella will be missed by all her many nieces and nephews, family and friends. [Info Claude Fernandes] Condolences to

In Memoriam: Felicia Filomena Fernandes. Ex Entebbe

22 Sep. 2018. Seattle, USA. FELICIA FILOMENA FERNANDES. Born June, 4, 1921 in Entebbe, Uganda. Survived by her 6 children, Mervyn (Shelley), Leslie (Maureen), Beryl Fernandes, Trevor (Ramona), Hector (Jennifer), and Desmond (Joy); 11 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren. Preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Reginaldo Fernandes.  For further details click here

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Portugal: Ricardo Costa: "I do not talk politics with my Prime Minister brother"

21 Ser: Observador (Portugal). In an interview, the Director General of Information Impresa remembers the fame of "rich boy" Socrates and says he does not talk about politics for years with his brother, Antonio Costa… He says, “We do not talk politics… he's older, by over seven years, we did not live together because we are children of our father two marriages - but it was a house where he breathed politics. My father was a militant of the PCP to death. He came to Portugal with 17 or 18 years from Goa, shortly after World War II, and joined the PCP shortly after… 6532 words  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Ricardo Costa,  click here

Video: ‘Konkani’ Rocks In Melbourne

22 Sep: Prudent Media Goa. Goans around the world are tied to each other in a bond by Konkani. Melbourne has also seen a similar display at a Konkani musical show. A huge crowd of Konkani lovers and Goans gathered to enjoy Konkani music. Songs displaying current political situation in Goa were also sang during the show. Special videos sent by Franky Fernandes from Melbourne.  For further details click here

Mark Tully was in the house, a vintage throwback to the days of the sahib who made India home

22 Sep: Herald. At 84, one would have thought that Mark Tully, synonymous with the BBC 25 years after he ‘retired’ had walked into the sunset, soaking in real sunsets with his friend, companion and partner Gillian Wright, sipping his beer and looking back at a broadcasting career which made him the “voice of India”. The truth is, that Sir Mark Tully can never sign off, his lilting voice, his ready smile and his endearing but correct hindi, still warms the cockles of many hearts, especially those who witnessed the drafts of history in India first prepared through Tully’s broadcasts in the BBC. So when he was invited to Goa people from all walks of life were thrilled and the response was overwhelming…  For further details click here
22 Sep: Herald. When the Voice of India marked his presence in Goa …  click here
21 Sep: Times of India. Mark Tully interacts with Goan audiences and budding journalists … click here.

Why Goa is lucky for Modi

21 Sep: Navhind Times. Narendra Modi has a tryst with Goa and it has been his “lucky charm”. From being acknowledged as the favourite of the saffron rank and file to being anointed BJP’s Prime Minister pick for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Goa has always been special to him. So on Friday when his government decided to give its fourth booster shot to the economy, it once again chose Goa to announce a raft of far-reaching and bold economic reforms that would steer the country back on the growth path… Modi’s connection to Goa goes way back to April, 2002 … “Goa has a very special place for me. This is the same Goa that allowed me to continue to serve Gujarat in 2002,” Modi had said after being appointed the party’s election panel chief in 2013…  For further details click here

Goa: A diner’s paradise

21 Sep: Business Standard. By Kishore Singh. … Nowhere else, not even in Kerala, or Pondicherry, is the catch as fresh, the curries as redolent with spices and ingredients. Goa is a diner ’s paradise. No restaurant — not even those that cater to the flotsam and jetsam of tourists — is ever really bad. It’s impossible to have a poor meal in the state. And if you just threw up, that’s the excessive beer, or alcohol, not the vindaloo, doing its thing. Time was when you hungered for Goa’s fiery xacutis and balchaos, but with the arrival of a choice of food options that range from regional specialties to fusion experiments, there’s enough and more to keep the palate satisfied …  For further details click here

Where the Indian diaspora’s money is going

19 Sep: Mint. India has the largest diaspora in the world, according to the United Nations’ Migrant Stock 2019 report released on Wednesday. But how and where does this diaspora invest and save money? According to a 2018 World Bank report, India retained its position of receiving the highest remittances last year with NRIs sending as much as $80 billion back to their homeland. The report showed that inward remittances are on a steady rise. In 2017, remittances made for $65.3 billion … Most NRIs tend to use a combination of NRE deposits, mutual funds and real estate (both in India and their current geography of residence) for their investments.  For further details click here

From Underwear to Cars, India’s Economy Is Fraying

21 Sep: New York Times. … Underwear sales are down 50 percent … Car sales plunged 32 percent in August, the largest drop in two decades … Families are even skimping on the 7-cent packets of Parle biscuits that are a staple of India’s morning milk and tea. They are turning instead to even cheaper snacks made by local food vendors … Further darkening India’s outlook is the global economic slowdown, the recent spike in oil prices and the impact of Mr. Trump’s trade battles — including one with India… On Friday, the Indian government, which spent months playing down evidence of a slowdown, finally acknowledged the depth of the problem, announcing a surprise cut in income taxes for all companies and additional incentives for manufacturers… 2149 words.  For further details click here

Frog legs in Goa

22 Sep: The Punch (Nigeria). This French delicacy has been pleasing the Indian palate for long. The Indian bullfrog is a monsoon delicacy in Goa and is famously known as the ‘jumping chicken.’ Although, it is recognised as a threatened species by the government of India, you may find some restaurants still serving it…  For further details click here

Registering private antiques: A Double-edged sword

22 Sep: The Goan. The recent missive from officials of the Goa office of the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) requiring registration of private collections of antiquity over a hundred years old has triggered a wave of resentment among locals who question the practicality of implementing the law. Nonetheless, there is a section of heritage lovers and conservationists who are welcoming the move as they claim it will put paid to clandestine and fraudulent trade as well as arrest indiscriminate smuggling of antiques and art treasures beyond the shores of the country…  For further details click here



Death: Concepta Zuzarte. Ex-Nairobi / Moira

9 September 2019. Welling, Kent, UK. CONCEICAO BASTIANA ZUZARTE from Welling, Kent, aged 90, born in Moira, Goa and moved to Kenya in 1959, she then came to England in 1969. Loving wife of the late Theodore Zuzarte. Much loved mother to Avelino (Nayna) and Adelaide. Blessed with 6 grandchildren Louise (Sohail), Darius, Demitri, Dylan, Theodore & Joshua. Sister/Sister-in-law of the late Maria Felicidade, Ludovina/late Santana Catarina, late PM/late Lucy, late Maria Luiza/late Juvenal, late Pascoela/late Francis, Jovito/late Lourdes, late Lazarus/Liz. The family would like to thank you all for your love, support and kind wishes. The funeral service will take place on Thursday, 10 October 2019 at 11:30 at St Stephens, Deepdene Road, Welling, DA16 3QL.  Please let us know if you can attend by emailing
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Fijian claims Goa attack

21 Sep: The Fiji Times. A Fijian studying in Goa was assaulted by a group of men on Wednesday night. Shoheel Rosheel Narayan now fears for his safety and wants to either return home or have his university changed … He is studying for a Bachelor of Science program at the Goa College of Arts, Science and Commerce. Mr Narayan said he was traumatised. “There were about eight people who approached my friend and I while we were going home at about 9.30pm,” he said. “One of them asked us what we were doing here and said we don’t belong here.” The group then proceeded to assault them. “My friend was attacked first and he managed to flee and then they came for me …" There has been an increase in attacks on foreigners recently, forcing the State’s Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to issue an appeal for people to stop looting and thrashing tourists coming to the State…  For further details click here
20 Sep: Fiji Times. Fijian student fears for his safety in India …  click here
12 Sep: Outlook. Looting, assault of tourists must stop: Goa CM … click here.

Pope urges Indian bishops to continue work with courage

19 Sep: UCAN. Encouraging a group of Indian bishops to continue their work with courage and enthusiasm, Pope Francis on Tuesday said he was aware of challenges confronting the Church in India… The Holy Father told the Bishops that he was aware of the challenges the Church in India was facing and encouraged them to continue working for God with faith and patience. When informed that a nun and other innocent priests and religious have been in jail, Pope Francis assured them of his prayers… Archbishop of Goa and Daman Filipe Neri Ferrao along with 44 other bishops from India undertakook the ‘Ad Limina’ visit between September 18 to 27. Other bishops of Goan origin in the group include Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Bishops John Rodrigues, Barthol Barretto, Savio Fernandes, Anil Couto. Agnelo Gracias, Lumen Monteiro and Allwyn Barreto …  For further details click here

TTAG survey reveals 300 illegal guest houses operational in Goa

21 Sep: Times of India. Travel and Tourism Association (TTAG) is conducting a survey of unregistered hotels and guesthouses in the state. The apex body representing hotel and travel trade in Goa noted that, till last week, 300 accommodations were functioning without registrations. The TTAG have been demanding action against illegal operators saying that not only was the state losing revenue, but that the unfair competition was also hurting the industry. President TTAG Savio Messias said that once the survey is completed, the list of illegal hotels will be submitted to the government…  For further details click here

Oscar De Noronha: When I Met Abade Faria…

20 Sep: Herald. As a child, I remember asking my father what that name meant. Keen on passing on information about our land and our people, Papa said he was a priest who had the distinction of being the discoverer of hypnotism… Abade Faria is that very striking statue in the heart of Panjim. I couldn’t have met the man himself: José Custódio de Fariawas born in 1756, at his mother’s house in Candolim. His father was from a less known village, Colvale. As I came of age, I learnt that he was the son of a priest and a nun… Hold on! They were ‘normal’ people, Caetano Vitorino de Faria and Rosa Maria de Souza, who got married, had a child, and then broke up. The father took holy orders at the then Chorão seminary while the mother joined St Monica, Asia’s largest nunnery, at Old Goa… Goa born Abbé Faria, one of the pioneers of the scientific study of hypnotism, in more than a statue or a road in Goa. Here’s a closer look at him through the eyes of a Goan, on the occasion of his 200th death anniversary …  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Abbe Faria,  click here

How wild mushroom delicacies in Goa are threatening its forests

20 Sep: Monga Bay. By Arti Das. The popularity of edible wild mushrooms is turning into an ecological threat for the forests of Goa. Wild mushrooms play an important role as decomposing agents and their depleting numbers can have severe repercussions on the health of the forests. The Goa forest department banned harvesting of these mushrooms in 1992. However, next year, the ban was amended to cover only wildlife sanctuaries and government protected forests. Social media images of women selling the mushrooms on huge leaves on the roadside create an even bigger buzz around this monsoon favourite…  For further details click here



Death: Sarita Mascarenhas. Ex Nairobi

17 September 2019: Northwood, London. SARITA IDA MASCARENHAS, aged 63. Ex Nairobi. Beloved sister and aunt to: Freddy(late)/Marie/Alan/Joanna/Carla; Stella/Aidan/Christopher/Douglas/Matthew; Hector/Loretta/Andrew/Amanda/Annalise/Adam; Albert/Patsy/Daniel/Lorraine/Sandra; Francis/Louise/Charlotte; and Michael (late). Loving Godmother to Daniel, Aidan and Amanda. The Funeral Mass will be held at 11:30am on Tuesday 24th September at St Matthew's Church, 32 Hallowell Road, Northwood HA6 1DW. There will be a cremation at 1pm, at Breakspear Crematorium, Breakspear Road, Ruislip, Middlexsex, HA4 7SJ. A celebration of Sarita's life will be held at 2pm in the hall located at St Matthew's Church. Please send condolences and RSVP for catering purposes to:

Death: Mario Rocha. Ex Dar es Salaam

18 Sep: Toronto. MARIO MICHAEL ROCHA. Born 23 Jun 1953. Mario leaves behind his Loving Wife Sandra. Cherished Father of Jason and Jennifer (Jay). Beloved brother of Irene (Alwyn), the late Rose (Joe), Doris(Oscar), Peter (Colleen), and Susie (Paul) and their families. Caring son-in law of Lina(Late Francis) and brother-in-law of Sydney (Karen), Sabrina (Rex), Samantha and their families. Mario will be missed dearly by many extended family members and friends. Visitation: Sunday, 22-Sep-2019 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM at Glen Oaks Funeral Home, 3164 Ninth Line, OakvilleON L6H 7A8. Funeral Mass: Monday, 23-Sep-2019 11:00 AM at St. John of the CrossCarmelite Church, 6890 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga ON L5N 2E1. Followed by Reception: 12:15 PM - 03:00 PM at Swagat Banquet Hall, 6991 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga ON L5N6B9. [Info: Stephen de Souza] Condolences at  For further details click here

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London’s Best Western Indian Restaurants

20 Sep: London Eater. … There used to be barely one or two Goan restaurants in the capital, but the number of casual cafés has been rising steadily in the last five years. They serve mostly Goan Catholic street food snacks, and meat and fish curries alongside ubiquitous pan-Indian fare… Goan Spice Café & Restaurant , 323 Harrow Rd, Wembley HA9 6BA. Enormously popular with the local Goan community, this inexpensive, homely café is run by a family in which the friendly, welcoming husband works front of house, and his wife cooks in the kitchen — with him and his mother chipping in when needed. On Goan feast days, the place is packed with crowds from church service; and when there are no tables available, they eat standing up. Mackerel curry is the most loved dish here (as was pork vindaloo, until they stopped serving it)… Unlike most other Goan restaurants, the dishes on the short menu are resolutely Goan and not generically Indian…
Casa de Goa113 High St. Hounslow TW3 1QT, UK. There’s a constant stream of Goans coming in and out of this no-frills basement café next to a pub on the High Street in Hounslow — but the standards are inconsistent and the food divides opinion. Among the more successful dishes are (pork, liver, and kidney) sorpotel with its attractive dark terracotta colour and bright, complex pickled flavour; and beef chilli fry with tender meat falling off the fork. A fish thali includes mackerel cooked in fiery, tangy bright red recheado masala …  For further details click here

Goa: Passenger misbehaves with air hostess after she refuses to serve more alcohol to her

20 Sep: Times Now. A female passenger travelling on an Air-India flight was arrested on Friday morning for allegedly misbehaving with the air hostess after she denied serving her more alcohol during the flight. The incident took place onboard the Air India flight which departed from Dubai to Goa via Bengaluru. "After the flight landed at Goa airport, the female passenger was arrested by the police. She was later granted bail", a Goa Police officer told ANI. According to an Air India official, the passenger allegedly abused and thrashed the on-board air hostess… Last year an Irish lady had also abused and spit on the face of an Air India crew member when she was denied more wine during the flight…  For further details click here

Thomas Cook customers fears as Company confirms it needs another £200m to survive

20 Sep. at 11:00: The Sun (UK). THOMAS Cook passengers have flooded the holiday provider's social media with concerns following the news that the firm could collapse imminently. This is despite Thomas Cook confirming that holidays and flights are safe and will continue to go forward… While Thomas Cook holiday packages are ATOL-protected - meaning customers will either be fully refunded or repatriated if abroad - flight only bookings are not, leading to further concerns… Thomas Cook explained: "All Thomas Cook Group Airlines flights are unaffected and continue to operate as normal." …  For further details click here
20 Sep: The Mirror (UK). What Thomas Cook customers need to know if you only booked flights. Thomas Cook is on the verge of collapse and while those with package holidays are protected, the rules are different if you booked flights only …  click here
4 Jul: Secrets of Flying (UK). Super cheap, non-stop flights from Goa, India to London, UK for only $119 USD one-way. Limited availability from November to December 2019. Example dates: 18th Nov; 2nd, 12th, 13th, 19th Dec possibly more…Thomas Cook Airlines … click here.

Michael Lobo: ‘Washed dishes at 14, bought Mercedes at 24’

20 Sep: Times of India. From washing dishes in a hotel kitchen at the age of 14 to owning a Mercedes at the age of 24, and going on to becoming a successful businessman in the tourism industry, minister for science and technology Michael Lobo on Thursday laid bare his kind of rags-to-riches story before the computer engineering students of Don Bosco College of Engineering, Fatorda… Lobo spoke on how his giant dreams at a tender age shaped his life. Recalling the time he worked as a dishwasher, Lobo said, “I still remember, I was 14 then. A businessman used to come to the restaurant in a Mercedes and I told myself then, ‘one day I will own this car.’ I achieved this dream when I was still very young. At the age of 24, I bought a Mercedes.”…  For further details click here

ASI to examine, then decide if family treasures are antiques

19 Sep: Times of India. The Goa circle of the ASI will decide whether or not-privately owned items that are over a hundred years old fall under the bracket of antiquities. “Most of the things owned by Goans are more than 100 years old but specific features and special characteristics are identified by the archaeologists to decide if it’s an antique,” said Izhar Alam Hashmi, superintending archaeologist, ASI Goa circle… “We can document it as an antique and issue an antiquity certificate. The residents will not be asked to surrender their antiques to us. For ASI’s record, we will create a database at the national level about the collection of antiques in Goa,” he added…  For further details click here

Three of F N Souza’s artworks to be exhibited at US auction house

19 Sep: Times of India. Three artworks of renowned Goan-origin artist Francis Newton Souza will be exhibited at Weschler’s Auctioneers & Appraisers in the US from September 20. Titled ‘Vatican Landscape’, ‘Your face, My Thane’ and ‘Tres Cabecas Em Lisbao’, the paintings were created using oil on canvas and acrylic on canvas and are among the numerous works that Souza produced at the ancestral De Souza Mansion in Goa and at his home in London… One of India’s contemporary painters, Souza founded Mumbai’s influential Progressive Artists’ Group. He moved to London in the late 1940s, where his talent was quickly recognised. In 1967, he migrated to New York. He died in 2002.  For further details click here


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Fly London to Mumbai, India for only £321 roundtrip

18 Se; Secret Flying. 2 in 1 trip… Fly from London, UK to both Istanbul, Turkey and Mumbai, India for only £321 roundtrip with Turkish Airlines. DEPART: London, UK. ARRIVE:Istanbul, Turkey and Mumbai, India, RETURN: London, UK. DATES: Availability from January to March 2020 …  For further details click here

Goa woman held for killing two-year-old daughter out of frustration

18 Sep: New Indian Express. In a shocking case of filicide, a middle-aged woman was arrested for allegedly smothering her two-year-old daughter to death, a Goa police spokesperson said on Wednesday. The accused Azia Rodrigues was arrested from a south Goa beach village of Betalbatim after a midnight drama at her residence. Initially, Azia accused her mother-in-law of killing the two-year-old. "We confronted Azia and her mother-in-law Sebastina. After some time Azia broke down and confessed to murdering her daughter out of sheer frustration," the spokesperson said… her husband was away for long spells of time working on a cruise ship…  For further details click here

Women from 24 States trafficked to Goa for flesh trade: NGO

18 Sep: Herald. During the period 2014 to 2019, girls and women were trafficked to Goa from 24 States of India, including Goa. Foreign countries from which women were trafficked include -- neighbouring countries such as Nepal and Bangladesh; as well as Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Russia and Thailand … there has been reduction in the last five years in trafficking of girls and women to Goa from Nepal, but a substantial increase in trafficking from Bangladesh… As per the report, 400 girls and women were rescued from the illicit profession from 2014 to 2019 till date …  For further details click here
18 Sep: Times of India. Prosecution in sex business tough, victims not cooperative: Police…  click here
19 Sep: Herald. NGO exposes Goa-Delhi nexus for trafficking girls, women … click here.

Moira’s struggle to retain its identity

18 Sep: Herald. The serene and picturesque village of Moira, situated close to Mapusa is being targeted by the builders and developers of late. Locals allege that the Moira village panchayat has been overlooking violations and issuing licences to new constructions even on the banks of the rivulet without maintaining the prescribed setback. Due to which the rivulet, sluice gates and bandhs of the village are in danger. Over 70% of the village is an island having water surrounding it nearly on all sides… Moira comprises seven wards and has a population of around 4,000 odd persons. The seven wards include Povoacao, Pirazona, Canturlim, Novo Portugal, Raint, Calizor, Sataporio, Bambordem…  For further details click here

NRIs can now get Indian goods home-delivered without burning hole in pockets

17 Sep: New Indian Express. It is often difficult for NRIs to find Indian stores that undertake international shipping; even if they do, most of these stores do not accept international debit or credit cards…a majority of NRIs rely on friends and family to get their goodies delivered… Forward Parcel service allows an NRI to buy the product they want through Amazon or Flipkart. While checking out, the shipping address should be changed to a Forward Parcel warehouse address. “In this warehouse, one can store their product for 30 days. During this period they can also add more products to their package,” she said. Somavarapu said that her company does away with the price of individual packaging and gives people the option to courier many things at the cost of one…  For further details click here

Varca girl makes India shortlist for beauty pageant

18 Sep: Herald. Amanda Vas from Varca is amongst the top three shortlisted for India’s Miss TGPC, which is the first worldwide online beauty pageant. Its finals will be held on September 28, 2019 at MM Time Machine Academy, Mumbai. The other two who will compete for ‘The Great Pageant Community’ title are Kritya Karda and Tanvi Kharote… Initially, 51 candidates were selected from the around 1,800 applicant and from here, the top 20 was selected. Amanda’s ‘Miss Golden Heart’ video grabbed attention as it was relating to tree plantation as she has planted around 50 trees around her campus at Chowgule College where she is presently studying… She is the daughter of Isidorio Vas and Jennifer D’Souza …  For further details click here


Sat. 21 Sep: SOLD OUT! Kenya Nite (UK) 5.00pm – 12:30am at Rayyan Banqueting Lounge, 12 Bridge Close, London, Romford RM7 OAU. Dress code: Kenyan Attire / Semi Formal. Prize for the best Kenyan Attire. Band: Rainbows End / Disco: DNA. All proceeds go to charity in Kenya. For tickets contact: Antonetta Fernandes: 0795 845 1399, Sandra Fernandes-Allen: 0776 808 0537, Cyrila Pereira: 0776 320 8222, Natasha Abreo: 0790 440 6648, Rosario Barreto: 0785 222 7246. SOLD OUT! For the flyer, click here.

Sun 22 Sep: 2.30 pm to 6.30 pm. Eucharistic Healing service led by Fr Joseph Edattu VC, Asst Director, Divine Retreat Centre, UK & Divine Music Team. Praise & Worship. Sharing the word of God. Eucharistic Healing. Adoration & Holy Mass at St Sebastian and St Pancras Church, 22 Hay Lane, Kingsbury Green. London NW9 0NG. For enquiries call Stany 07988860871 or Gracy: 07859156249. For the flyer, click here.

Sat 5 Oct: 5.30pm. Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations 2019. Joint Social: Heathrow, Hounslow and Cranford following the Eucharistic Celebration at HEATHROW: 14th Sep; HOUNSLOW: 15th Sep and CRANFORD: 22nd Sep. The Social will be at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church Hall, Heston. Band: Mercury Blue. Contact: Peter Estrocio: 07584676093, Debbie Fernandes: 07896007011, Gabriel Fernandes: 07424318717, Socorro DeMello: 07448420246, Florence D’Souza: 07905053597. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 12 Oct: 12.30pm. Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations 2019. Join us to thank the Lord at the Annual Concelebrated Thanksgiving Mass by Bishop Paul McAleenan (Auxiliary Bishop of Westminster & in charge of Ethnic Chaplaincies) at St Mary’s Catholic Church, 70 Wellesley Road, Croydon CR0 2AR, followed by a get-together in the Church Hall. Contact: Fr Patrick D’Souza SFX (Chaplain) – 07342267878. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 12 Oct. Please join us for the 35th Annual National Rosary Crusade of Reparation. Procession with the Station of Our Lady of Fatima, praying the Rosary. Commences at 1.45 p.m outside Westminster Cathedral, (Ambrosden Avenue). Nearest underground: Victoria. Procession to Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road, London. SW7. Nearest Underground: South Kensington. Ends at 5.15 p.m. Anticipated mass of Sunday at 6.00p.m. Spiritual Director : The Revd. Ronald Creighton-Jobe, Cong. Orat. Patron: His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Scapular enrolment. Solemn benediction. Donations required and a collection will be made in the church. Please give generously. For further details call Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa on 07958 537314.

Sat 19 Oct: Colva Union UK is organising their 46th Anniversary Ball celebrating the Feast of Infant Jesus on Saturday 19th October 2019 with Holy Mass at 4pm at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church Heston.TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will be provided by top Goan band The Rainbows End and they will be an authentic Goan buffet. Dress to Impress: Formal. Tickets are prized at just £17.00 for Adults, £12.00 for children under 12 years. For tickets, contact Gabriel: 0208 2307139, Antonio: 07780797967, Lionel: 07507668938, Joe: 0741741527, Peter: 07854865116. Your Mood Setter: Antonio Fernandes. Rights of Admission Reserved. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 9th Nov. 13.00 hrs. GOA UK – Mass for the Deceased. Venue: SS Peter and Paul’s Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 4LD. Followed by lunch and refreshments in the hall. Additional details will be added.

Sun. 17 Nov.  Feast Of The Our Lady Of Rosary.  Union of Navelim UK is celebrating our 39th Anniversary with celebrations commencing with Rosary at 12:00 noon followed immediately by Holy Mass at Richard Challenor School,  Manor Drive North, New Malden, Surrey KT3 5PE. Thereafter, followed by main meal/snacks by Trinity Caterers and Music by Shades. Dress code is formal no jeans. Ample free parking for cars & coaches. Fully Licensed Bar – No drinks allowed. All proceeds donated to charity. Advance payment reservation can be made for a table of ten.  Amelia Gomes - 07956 843 665; Selwyn Ferrao - 07769 906 100; Cynthia Antao - 07984 007 381; Tony D’Costa - 07710 424 098; Loy Rebello - 07789 154 499; Vince Fernandes - 07853 132 336; Maurilio Mergulhao - 07765 897 261; Violeta D’Silva - 07871 027 283. To view the flyer, click here.




Death: Joan Shenoy – ex FemNet International

4 Aug: St Cruz, Mumbai. JOAN SHENOY. Ex FemNet International Editorial Board. She bravely fought her battle with cancer and was delivered of her pain and suffering. She will be deeply missed by her husband Keith, children Sneha, Viren & Tarun, sisters June, Jennifer, Joyce, Jean and their families. [Info: Betsy Pinto-Nunes]. Condolences to
FemNet, Issue 72, 2019: Joan Shenoy takes us through myriad scenarios celebrating the goodness of life in 'My Season to Bond with The Best'…  For further details click here

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UK: New Event Announcement

Sun. 17 Nov. Feast Of The Our Lady Of Rosary. Union of Navelim UK is celebrating our 39th Anniversary with celebrations commencing with Rosary at 12:00 noon followed immediately by Holy Mass at Richard Challenor School, Manor Drive North, New Malden, Surrey KT3 5PE. Thereafter, followed by main meal/snacks by Trinity Caterers and Music by Shades. Dress code is formal no jeans. Ample free parking for cars & coaches. Fully Licensed Bar – No drinks allowed. All proceeds donated to charity. Advance payment reservation can be made for a table of ten. Amelia Gomes - 07956 843 665; Selwyn Ferrao - 07769 906 100; Cynthia Antao - 07984 007 381; Tony D’Costa - 07710 424 098; Loy Rebello - 07789 154 499; Vince Fernandes - 07853 132 336; Maurilio Mergulhao - 07765 897 261; Violeta D’Silva - 07871 027 283. To view the flyer,  For further details click here

I left my heart in Goa

15 Sep: Oren Week (Russia). By Maya Neplyueva. … Rumor has it that this particular state is the homeland of gypsies… Oddly enough, the state of Goa is completely unlike the rest of India … Over 90 percent of Goa's population profess Catholicism … Locals say that Goa is a litmus test of your soul … Goans are very fond of white-skinned tourists… they may ask to touch you. If you allow one Indian, a line will be built near you. It will be very difficult to get rid of them… 1660 words.  For further details click here
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Catholic Indian leaders jailed on charges of forced conversion; Cardinal demands release

17 Sep: Christian Post. Christian leaders in India are demanding the release of two Catholics arrested earlier this month on accusations they forcibly converted locals to Christianity and illegally occupied the land. Priest Binoy John and catechist Munna Hansda were arrested on Sept. 6 in Rajdaha, a locality in the Eastern Indian state of Jharkhand, where the government is controlled by the Hindu nationalist-aligned Bharatiya Janata Party. The two were arrested along with a second priest, Arun Vincent. But Vincent was released while the other two remain in custody, according to the Catholic press agency Asia News… India ranks as the 10th worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution, according to Open Doors USA’s 2019 World Watch List. Attacks against Christians have increased since the BJP rose to power nationally in 2014.  For further details click here

Goa writes to Centre for visa-on-arrival fee cutback

17 Sep: Times of India. The state government has written to the union government asking them to reduce the visa-on-arrival fee for international tourists. With the tourism season fast approaching, the government feels such a step will help boost the state’s economy … tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said that over the last few years, a substantial drop has been witnessed in arrival of foreign tourists. Consultations with various tourism sector stakeholders, he said, revealed that one of the main reasons for this is the high visa processing fee charged… Goa ranks among the top favourite holiday destinations in the world with lakhs of people, both domestic and international, visiting the tiny state every year…  For further details click here

Meet the ‘Padwoman’ from Goa who produces bio-degradable sanitary pads at home

17 Sep: Your Story. Jayshree Parwar leads the women’s Self-Help Group, Saheli, in Mulgao village in Bicholim taluka which in 2015 started a venture to manufacture eco-friendly and bio-degradable sanitary napkins. These sanitary pads are mostly made from pine wood paper, though the facility also uses silicon paper, butter paper, non-woven cloth, and cotton. It produces 100 pads a day with the help of four machines, and till date, Saheli has produced and marketed over 2,000 pads. The napkins, called Sakhi, have gained international fame, and are also being sold in other countries through online channels… These pads are available online on, and in the future Jayshree wants to open stores across India to make the product accessible to all…
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The 10 best restaurants in Goa

17 Sep: GQ India. Goa with its sundowners and seafood has witnessed a sea change in its culinary landscape over the last few years… On this list, you’ll find a thoughtful mix of the quaint and quiet, as well as the popular and the ever-busy–so no matter what your vibe, you’ll find a place after your heart… Gunpowder, Assagao … Vinayak Family Restaurant, Assagao … Suzie’s, Assagao … Pousada By The Beach, Gaura Vaddo, Calangute … Fisherman’s Wharf, Mobor Beach, Cavelossim … The Black Sheep Bistro, Panjim … Olive Bar & Kitchen, Vagator, Anjuna … Thalassa, Siolim … Burger Factory, Morjim … Baba Au Rhum, Arpora …  For further details click here

UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS  By Lira Fernandes
POLITICAL: The Thing About Race. BBC Radio Scotland FM (Freeview 719). Sun. 22nd Sept. 07:05 to 07:30. Radio and TV Producer Uzma Mir, examines whether attitudes to race and racism have changed over the last three decades. In this programme, she compares the experiences of Scotland's black and ethnic minority communities then and now when it comes to hate crime and institutional racism, and asks if Scots have a different outlook to those in the rest of the UK on race.

SPORT: ESPN Films: The Little Master. BT Sport 2 (Freeview 59). Mon. 23rd Sept. 05:00 to 06:00. The tale of how India's Sachin Tendulkar achieved legendary status as one of the finest batsmen in cricket's history.

COOKERY: Jamie's Meat-Free Meals. Channel 4. Mon. 23rd Sept. 20:00 to 20:30. Jamie Oliver demonstrates more vibrant, hearty and healthy vegetarian dishes that everyone can add to their kitchen. In rural India, he witnesses some clever cooking, inspiring him to mix up his roast potatoes with a super-cool pickle. Jamie also discovers an inner-city oasis of veg and makes a cauliflower cheese like no other he has seen before.

DOCUMENTARY: Great Indian Railway Journeys. BBC 4. Mon. 23rd Sept. 21:00 to 22:00. Lucknow to Kolkata. On a journey from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh to Kolkata in West Bengal, Michael Portillo charts a course through India's history from the days of The East India Company to the dawn of independence.

DOCUMENTARY: Women Make Change. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Mon. 23rd Sept. 23:30 to 00:00. The Water Women.  Women, water and wellbeing. How Kenya's female water tank engineers deliver measurable benefits to their whole community _ and their country.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. Channel 4. Tues. 24th Sept. 03:15 to 04:15. Southampton. Would-be chefs in Southampton put their culinary skills to the test in a series of four dinner parties. First up is Manisha Bollina, who hopes to impress with an evening of authentic Indian cuisine.

COOKERY: Rick Stein's Fruits of the Sea. Food Network (Freeview 41). Fri. 27th Sept. 21:00 to 21:30. In celebration of Trafalgar Day, the chef cooks up a ragout of turbot and scallops for the Royal Navy, experiments with prawns and rustles up a hot and spicy Goan curry for all his staff.


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Valerie Vaz is made an advisor to the Queen

17 Sep: Express and Star (UK). Valerie Vaz is one of three new members of the Privy Council to be announced by Downing Street. She is the current Shadow Leader of the House of Commons and was first elected as the Labour MP for Walsall South in 2010. The body is currently around 700-strong … The role of the council is to advise the Queen on the exercises of Royal Prerogative, while it can also enact acts of Parliament and advise the Queen on the issuing of Royal Charters.  For further details click here

Goa: Cecille Rodrigues’ video on potholes goes viral

17 Sep: Goa 365. Are you not fed up of potholes on the roads? A dance video by rewriting Chris Perry – Lorna’s famous Bebdo song has gone viral… Cecille Rodrigues is known as an artist and a dance teacher. She had also contested Assembly election on AAP ticket from Taleigao. But today, she has become a real sensation on social media. You know why? Because the dance song she has produced and posted. Yes, on the potholes. Rewriting Chris Perry’s famous song sung by Lorna. Bebdo. It doesn’t ask for Soro, but a Rosto. Rosto dina jalyar… video 4m. 58s.  For further details click here
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UK’s ‘My First Love’ drama staged to packed audience in Kuwait

17 Sep: DaijiWorld. ‘My First Love’, a drama by London-based star Simon Gonsalves was staged to a packed audience in Kuwait … With a cast of select artistes mainly from London, Simon Gonsalves was able to open up wounds of first-love of many - in an entertaining show although it was the comedy that dominated and brought about thunders of laughter and applause….  For further details click here
16 Sep: Arab Times (Kuwait). Sanctity of the Holy Bible violated by Goan Konkani drama. After some pictures of a recent function were published on the Facebook by a certain community, several people are planning to file a complaint with the local authorities accusing a group of organizers of violating the sanctity of religion. The pictures depict the desecration of the Holy Bible which is clearly visible on the floor of the stage, literally near the feet of one of the singers, which shows utter disrespect for the religion… the producer of the show Simon Gonsalves on his Facebook account mentioned that right from the first show he always kept the Holy Bible on the floor at the feet of the performing artists so that they can get inspiration, blessing and source of strength…  click here

Australia: Saudade By Suneeta Peres da Costa gets on PM's shortlist

12 Sep: Sydney Morning Herald… Saudade, by Suneeta Peres da Costa has been shortlisted in this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards in the fiction category …  For further details click here
30 Aug. 2018: Sydney Morning Herald. Saudade review: Suneeta Peres da Costa's bold evocation of childhood … there's a wistful intensity to the story, which conjures the lost world, the last days of Angola under Portuguese colonial rule. The narrator is a girl, initially a toddler, from an immigrant Goan family. As she grows, she comes to understand the precariousness of her way of life…  click here
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Uneasy calm before another political storm in Goa?

17 Sep: Deccan Herald. With the monsoon on the wane, an uneasy calm appears to have descended on Goa's political landscape. The calm on the surface of Goa's perennially buzzing political pressure cooker comes at a time when political grapevine in Goa is abuzz about a fresh round of political realignment in the state. … On Monday, even as BJP sources claimed that Sardesai had been in touch with the party's High Command seeking rapprochement, the Goa Forward president, who is in Portugal tweeted a cryptic message, \"Y-Day @ one of d most important Catholic shrines in d World dedicated to the Virgin Mary, @ Fatima@ Portugal…  For further details click here

Martin Garrix To Headline Sunburn Goa 2019

16 Sep: EDM News. Ever since Sunburn Festival announced their return to Goa for their flagship event in December, fans have been eagerly waiting for this year’s edition at a location, that has become synonymous with Sunburn – Goa, over the years. Adding to the fan’s anticipation this year is the lineup, which over the years has consisted of some of the best DJs heading to our shores, right from Armin van Buuren, to Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, to DJ Snake and more. An artist that has constantly made his way down to India over the years, and also enjoys a huge ardent following here is Martin Garrix, and we are extremely excited to reveal that Garrix is the first headliner revealed by Sunburn for this year’s main event…  For further details click here
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The utopia and reality of shifting work to Goa...

16 Sep: AFAQS. By Koval Bhatia. I first visited Goa, around eight years ago, while shooting films for a luxury bike brand. As someone who was born and raised in Delhi, the Goan sunset took my breath away and left a vivid impression. The cheap beer probably didn’t hurt, either. I ended up returning year after year for work purposes … People ask me so many questions nearly every time they find out that I moved to Goa: those questions are often the same. Why did you move? How are you managing business? Don’t you worry about what’s going on back at the office? The answer is, not really …  For further details click here



Death: Franklin Rodrigues. Ex Nairobi

1 Sep; Glastonbury, Hartford, CT., USA FRANKLIN ISIDORE RODRIGUES. Age 57, (ex Nairobi, Kenya, and London, UK) died peacefully. Beloved husband of Xiaomei (Huang) Rodrigues and father of Sophia and Celina. Son of the late Francisco and Lina (nee Menezes) Rodrigues of London UK. He is survived by his bothers Ivan (Michaela) of Frankfurt, Germany, Jeremy (Rita) London, UK, a sister Michelle (Mark Ram) of London, UK and their families and others in London, UK and Canada. Funeral was held in Glastonbury on Friday, September 6, 2019. Condolences through website of Mulryan Funeral Home,  For further details click here

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Doing business in Goa not easy, says Industry

16 Sep: Herald. In the last four years the Goa government has taken a loan amounting to Rs 7,320 crore by way of selling government bonds. The situation is alarming and investment in the State is abysmally low. In addition to these problems Goa in past has painted a very dismal picture as compared to other states in India in the list of Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) which has further added fuel to the fire … The Indian economy is not in the pink of health. Goa too is showing signs of a slowdown. For Goa, the problem has accentuated as the State is ranked a mediocre 19th in India as far as ‘Ease of Doing Business’ is concerned. Vikant Sahay spoke to industry soon after the resignation of the CEO of Investment Promotion Board, a body which is supposed to have a direct interface with the investors and industry, to gauge their reaction … 1383 words.  For further details click here
Editorial: 16 Sep. Herald. Take the bull by its horns, remove red-tape and set IPB right …  click here

Wendell slams ASI’s antics on antiques as ‘daft, impractical’

16 Sep: Times of India. In an open letter to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), fashion designer and Padma Shri recipient Wendell Rodricks has called ASI’s appeal to individuals to register their antiques within two weeks “daft” and “impractical”. Slamming the organisation dedicated to protection, preservation and conservation of national monuments, for the short time frame it is giving individuals and lack of clarity in its decision, Rodricks asked whether registering antiques will also assure owners facilities like “armed guards, CCTV and alarm systems. Our homes... are over two hundred years old and you expect us to register objects in the entire house in two weeks? Do you expect us Goans to employ staff to count everything in our homes?” …  For further details click here

Video: First Goan origin couple as Swindon councillors in Superchat/ Mr. & Mrs. Shaikh at their best

15 Sep: Franksings World. That was the best time of my life to have a #SUPERCHAT with my friend Mr.Shaikh...I tried my best to show a glimpse of their interesting life but if you think that I still lack in something after watching this, then you are free to give your suggestion or ideas in the comment section below so that I improve in my next one... 18m. 30s/  For further details click here
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Goa plans to set up its private medical college

16 Sep: India Today. Goa will emulate Ahmedabad’s super-speciality hospital to facilitate the setting up of the coastal state's first private medical college, Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Saturday. Rane also said the Health Ministry was in the process of finalising a consultant to oversee the setting up of the private medical college, in a newly-constructed building which currently houses the South Goa district hospital in Margao town, around 45 kms from Panaji… Goa has only one medical college, the Goa Medical College and Hospital located near Panaji…  For further details click here

Songs of Goa’s marginalised maidens

15 Sep: Times of India. The songs of our mother’s mother, and her mother before that may no longer be part of our collective memory, but even the briefest of brushes with their creative lyrical outbursts is enough to lend an insight into their lives, their joys, trials and tribulations. Of the vast oeuvre of songs, the grinding or millstone songs are the least feted and doomed to obscurity, much like their marginalised authors… The folk songs composed and sung over the grinding stone may have been a vehicle of expression but were also a means of imparting the various rules of society, customs and traditions to Goan women, who did not receive any formal education … Strangely, such folklore is missing from the Catholic community of Goa, but in the foreword of the book ‘Grinding Stories, Songs from Goa’ by Pandit, writer Damodar Mauzo explains the reason for this…  For further details click here

Dragon knocks at the doors of Goa

15 Sep: Herald. The Chinese dragon enters Goa knocking at the doors of State ministers expressing their willingness to invest in the construction sector. The delegation says they can deliver in time and are capable of investing nearly USD one billion. The immediate target for this delegation is to get work in the State and help build Film City or an IT park… A part of delegation Dr Ronson Lau, the Group Chairman of Star Yield Group of China based in Hong Kong, told Herald, “If we are given a contract we can invest up to one billion US dollars. For us, Goa happens to be one of the iconic places in India. If we are able to set up big building here in the State, it will help a lot of people get jobs and will also help boost Goa’s economy.” …  For further details click here

10 Dishes From The Konkan Belt You Should Not Miss!

15 Sep: Conde Nasr Traveller. A narrow strip tucked between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea, the Konkan region is a sight to behold.Konkani food is known to be meat heavy with copious amounts of spices. A traditional Konkani fare is often considered incomplete without coconut and kokam which are primary ingredients in any Konkan household… Here’s a guide to what to eat when on a journey along the Konkan coast. Sol Kadhi … Bombil Fry or Bombay Duck … Patholi … Airavat … Bharli Vangi … Kadamb … Kolombo … Clams Gravy … Mooga Mole Randayi …  For further details click here

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