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Dr Anthony Paes: NHS at 70: why South Asian doctors became the ‘lifeblood’ of the health service

18 Jun: I News (UK). South Asian doctors in particular have been recognised for their contribution with one historian going so far as to say they were the “lifeblood” of the health service in its early years and prevented a recruitment crisis… Dr Pande decided to become a GP in 1975, starting his new career in a family-run surgery at the home of Dr Anthony Paes, a Goan doctor who had married a Welsh lady, Dilys. “It was an open surgery which meant you could just turn up without an appointment and wait to see a doctor. We worked out of the family home with Anthony in charge, his wife doing the paperwork and their eldest daughter working as the receptionist.” Dr Shiv Pande photographed at the family surgery where he worked shortly after arriving in the UK from India ,…  For further details click here

Editorial: Walk the Talk, Goa…the Revolution is within

18 Jun: Herald. … The annual Goa Revolution Day celebration in the state has been reduced to the level of a state-sponsored mime, an official dakhovok even nattoc… Fighting against a tyrannical Goa Government that comes up with scores of scams and draconian orders every day ranging from hounding activists to flagging illegalities in the name of development to robbing the state of its image of a friendly, safe and content state… Goa cannot and should not forget the fact that a day before the Liberation Day anniversary, a lively and lovely daughter of humankind - Scarlett Keeling too would have celebrated another birthday. The same Goa Government neither could protect her and many other foreign nationals including Danielle McLaughlin, Felix Dahl, Caitanya Lila Holt, Denyse Sweeney nor get them justice…  For further details click here

Konkan activist takes up aboriginals’ cause in Australia

18 Jun: Steel Guru. Economic Times reported that tribal rights and social activist Dr Vaishali Patil is back from Australia where she was one of the international campaigners who guided the aboriginal community in its fight against Adani group’s mining project in Queensland. Konkan-based Patil had been to Australia in April last year as well after the community invited her to take up their cause… Ms Patil told Mumbai Mirror that “I went to participate in the ‘Stop Adani’ movement in Australia and share my ideas about the fight against the mining giant. The coal will be supplied to India, but it is of very low quality.” …  For further details click here

Fight against colonial rule in Goa yet not over: Manohar Parrikar

18 Jun: Money Control. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, in his first public address after returning from the US, today said the fight against colonial power in the state was yet not over… "The struggle which began 72 years back (in 1946) resulted in the liberation of Goa in 1961 but I feel the fight is yet to get over," Parrikar said addressing people at the Azad Maidan here. He was referring to the issue of problems faced by people living in the evacuee properties at Mayem village in the state… Mayem, a village with around 30,000 population has been declared as an evacuee property, owned by Portuguese nationals who left the place and settled in Portugal after the state's liberation in 1961. The Goans, living as tenants on the property, have been fighting for their rights. Freedom fighter Chandrakant Pednekar also called for the need to free the land in Mayem village for the ownership of Portuguese people…  For further details click here

Police begin patrolling beaches in North Goa

18 Jun: Navhind Times. The police in North Goa have begun patrolling the beaches on motorcycles from Monday while the South Goa police have already started it. … The police in North Goa will cover Arambol-Morjim beach stretch, Vagator-Anjuna beach stretch, Baga-Calangute beach stretch, Sinquerim beach stretch and also Miramar-Dona Paula beach stretch. The police personnel on motorcycles will patrol the beaches till midnight, the police said adding that four motorcycles have been assigned for the task…  For further details click here

WATCH: Chilling video footage shows youth swept to death by a massive wave at a Goa beach

18 Jun: Times Now. Beach holiday turned tragic for a group of youngsters when receding waves swept a youngster at a beach in Goa. Bone-chilling footage of the incident has emerged showing three youngsters walking along a rocky patch on a Goa beach. The approximately four-minute footage shows a massive wave approaching the group. While one of the members is filming the incident, two are pushed ashore by the wave. A fourth friend, pulled by the receding wave, is seen trapped between the rocks and later seen disappearing. According to security officials, the group was warned not to venture near the sea due to rough weather and monsoon. They, however, ignored the warnings and decided to take a walk along the rocky patch… The incident comes just days after a tragedy struck a family of 14 on June 11, when the Akola natives lost three of their relatives at Calangute beach…  For further details click here

Goa to Mumbai: Head to the coveted House of Lloyd for a seafood binge

18 Jun: Architecture & Design. Juhu just became home to House of Lloyd—and gathering from its successful innings in its parent Goa outlet, might become Mumbai’s next big thing. Surely, when authentic Goan cuisine, sensational cocktails, peppy music, and a crisp outdoorsy design come together, the result will be a winner? … House of Lloyd, the coveted Goan eatery’s first Mumbai outpost is perched above Juhu’s Grandmama’s Cafe, and replaces Porto and Poie…  For further details click here



Death: Anna Paes - Preliminary announcement

16 Jun: Toronto. ANNA PAES. Aged 100. Ex teacher at Star of the School, Mombasa. Born on December 3rd, 1917 in Porvorim, Goa. Married in Mombasa on May 2nd 1938 and mother of six. Further details to follow. Condolences to

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Parrikar to revisit US after three months for follow up treatment

17 Jun: The Goan. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar is likely to revisit the US after three months for follow up treatment. Parrikar who held an interaction with around 400 of his supporters, well-wishers, as well as BJP party workers from his Panaji constituency on Saturday evening at the Goa Legislative Assembly, is reported to have told them that he will not be as active or interactive as before and on account of his health and will restrict his movement.  For further details click here
17 Jun: New 18. Gods, Governor and Goans: Manohar Parrikar's 10-Hour Shift on First Day Back at Work …  click here
16 Jun: Economic Times. Manohar Parrikar reviews ongoing infrastructure works in Goa. click here.

Ex-CM Rane complains of fever, admitted to GMC

18 Jun: Herald. Former Chief Minister and Congress legislator Pratapsing Rane was admitted to the Goa Medical College and Hospital at Bambolim on Saturday night after he complained of fever. Seventy-nine-year-old Rane, the longest serving chief minister, walked in the Goa Medical College and Hospital on Saturday night. He was later diagnosed with urinary tract infection. He was later checked by the doctors and was advised to be admitted for the night as he was kept under observation. He was admitted at around 11.15 pm, sources said… Rane was admitted in the Medicine Ward and his health is being constantly monitored…  For further details click here

UK snubs Indian students but gives visa boost to techies, teachers

17 Jun: Times of India. Indian techies, engineers and teachers are among foreign professionals who stand to gain from changes announced by the UK home office on Friday and tabled by the Theresa May government in parliament…  For further details click here
16 Jun: Times of India. Indian students are outraged that relaxed UK study visa rules will apply to students from China and 25 other countries but not them… Lord Karan Bilimoria, president of the UK Council for International Student Affairs, described the move as “another kick in the teeth for India”…  click here

Goa Cop Arrested For Allegedly Raping 17-Year-Old

18 Jun: NDTV. A police constable and a minor boy were arrested today for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl, police said. Constable Siddharth Gosavi, attached to the office of Vasco Deputy Superintendent of Police, was arrested today for allegedly raping a 17-year-old girl in Ponda. The incident happened on Thursday night. The constable, on the pretext of taking the victim home, took her to Ponda and raped her. She was later dropped home in the morning," an official said… The victim has also told police that a minor boy had physically abused her last month…  For further details click here

‘Rs 25-cr Ketamine was made at Goa factory every month’

18 Jun: Hindustan Times. The international drug syndicate recently busted by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) manufactured the popular date rape drug, Ketamine, worth ₹25 crore every month, alleged one of the accused who claims he was appointed by the Goa factory owner to oversee the drug processing… Jimi Singh Sandhu the factory owner was arrested on June 14. … Sandhu was living in Canada and is married to a Canadian woman. He was deported to India in 2015 following his involvement in street fights and house break-ins…  For further details click here

Goa: Tourists warned of tigers, leopards

17 Jun: Times of India. South Western Railway (SWR) has issued a cautionary message to the public and tourists moving in the Castlerock-Colem ghat section to beware about big cats seen along the track, which passes through thick forest areas. The office of the divisional railway manager, public relations branch, Hubballi, Karnataka, issued the notice in the interest of safety of the public and tourists. "It is reported that, tigers and leopards have been spotted near the railway track between Castlerock-Colem ghat section," the communication stated…  For further details click here

Sausage panv, tiger prawns, crab xacuti, gobi chi bhaji

17 Jun: Herald. (Goan) food seems to be everywhere on my social media timelines… Unfortunately, the headlines in the local Goan newspapers seem to be increasingly about the negative effects of tourism on the host community … Culinary tourism is all about exploring culture and history through food and food related activities. And Goa, with its unique blend of culinary influences from both India as well as Portugal, is perfectly poised to play a major role as a food tourism destination. A great way of integrating food and tourism is through food festivals… 1169 words.  click here



Death: Nicholas Fernandes

12 Jun: Royal Palm Beach, Florida. NICHOLAS FERNANDES. Age 74. He is survived by his beloved wife, Kit King Lee Fernandes. He was the most loving and caring father to three daughters, Begonia Fernandes Cheng (Albert Cheng), Florinda Fernandes, Victoria Fernandes (Phuong Phan) and grandson Elijah Cheng. Nicholas was born on November 15, 1943 in Mumbai, India to Francisco and Conceicao Fernandes. Nicholas was raised with his brother, Dr. Eusebio Mariano Fernandes and sister, Flavia D'Souza in Goa, India. His career as a professor in Economics, Business Management, Political Science and Social Sciences led him to teach in colleges and universities in Hong Kong, China and other countries. His hobbies included traveling and his joy in stamps and coin collection. Nicholas' life centered around his love and dedication for his family and friends along with his deep faith in God. He will forever be remembered as a man of integrity, kindness and deep love for his family.  For further details click here

News Summary

Two UK nationals arrested in Goa ketamine racket

16 Jun: Times of India. DRI has arrested 11 people, including two UK nationals and a Vietnam citizen, in the racket. On Friday, DRI officials produced four accused before the magistrate court which remanded them to police custody till Monday. While Jonathan Thorn alias John and Barry John Bracken (photo) are UK nationals, Nguyen Man Cuong is from Vietnam. DRI has seized 308 kg ketamine, 1.5 kg opium, 7.8 kg hashish, totally valued at Rs 40 crore…  For further details click here
16 Jun: Afternoon Desparch & Courier. Two British nationals, a Vietnamese produced before magistrate in Ketamine drug case …  click here
16 Jun: Hindustan Times. ‘Trio paid ₹70K a month to Goa politico’ … click here.

Whisky, made in India

16 Jun: The Independent on Saturday (South Africa). THE Whisky Live Celebration comes to Durban this week and one of the more interesting ranges you can taste at the show is a selection of single malts distilled in Goa and made from barley grown in the Himalayas. Hector McBeth, who has been importing whiskies into South Africa for 20 years, is in Durban to tell the story and share a taste of the Paul John range of single malt whiskies … it has become number eight in the world by volume and selling more than 15 million units a year… The single malts have been winning awards, too. This year it was double gold, gold and double gold at San Francisco, with 148 medals since its launch in 2012… Catch the Paul John range at The Whisky Live Celebration at the Sibaya Casino from June 21 to 23. Tickets from  For further details click here

Drug use on campuses worries students’ body

16 Jun: Times of India. The National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) on Friday expressed concern over the seizure of a huge consignment of the banned party drug, ketamine, which was manufactured illegally at a factory in Pissurlem. It also said various drugs were easily available in Goa’s educational institutions and that the state government had to take steps to crack down on the trade and rehabilitate addicts. “It is a known fact that drugs are widely available in schools and colleges, but this is completely ignored by everyone,” NSUI member Simran Malkarnekar, said…  For further details click here

Ileana D'Cruz opens up: Of films, depression, marriage and pregnancy

15 Jun: Times of India. She was all of 18 when her acting career took off, landing her in the cobweb of celebrityhood. But actress Ileana D'Cruz has managed to escape it her way - by prioritising family over work, maintaining a slow pace, conquering depression that stemmed from superficial judgments by faceless people, and ignoring constant rumours about her marriage and pregnancy. "I'm not pregnant. In fact, I would have been super happy if I was. It's something I have always wanted. But there's still time. I still don't want to become pregnant yet," Ileana told in an interview during her Fiji sojourn as brand ambassador, laughing off rumours. There was a hullabaloo when she used "hubby" for her Australian photographer beau Andrew Kneebone on social media, leaving fans and the media playing the guessing game on her marital status. "It's not important for me (to tell the world if I'm married or not)," said the 31-year-old actress with Goan roots…  For further details click here

Return to Goa

14 Jun: Publico (Portugal). By Renato Epifânio, President of MIL: International Lusophone Movement (Photo) ... A return, certainly, bittersweet. This historical memory is gradually erasing, and if this inertia and erosion is maintained, in a few decades there will be almost nothing left. There is not much left. More than half a century after the annexation, India continues to want to "indianize" Goa, not realizing that it would be in its own interest for Goa to maintain its relative uniqueness, as China has long realized in the case of Macao … We saw dozens of young people in Portuguese classes. Were it not for this adverse environment, spread by the Indian authorities themselves, these tens would be hundreds if not thousands… More than half a century after the annexation, there is no one in Portugal who seriously intends to question the status of Goa. As long as there is India, Goa will then become part of India… There is an overriding purpose of making Hinduism the only religion of reference in the country, thus making Catholics and Muslims "foreigners"…  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Renato Epifânio  click here

Goa Students Visited Faro Tourism School

10 Jun: Barlavento (Portugal). Interchange went through Lamego and the Algarve capital between May 19 and June 2. Initiative results from the visit of Prime Minister António Costa to India… 13 students of the VM Salgaocar Institute of International Hospitality Education of Goa visited Schools of Hospitality and Tourism of Portugal. Students of both sexes and of different courses were enrolled, between the 19 and 20 years of age. Almost all with surnames of Portuguese origin. After a passage through Lamego, the final stretch of the exchange took place in the Algarve capital… "This experience far exceeded our expectations”, said Lionel Minguel de Noronha, 20… Culture in Goa is very much influenced by Portuguese culture…  For further details click here

Lefties throw Counter Tiger

16 Jun: Jornal de Negocios (Portugal) The Canhoto family is back with one of the most beautiful pieces left in their workshop in recent years. True craftsmen of the world elite in the chapter of period furniture, as has been repeatedly pointed out on this page, with respect and respect, the Canhoto have their great inspiration in Indo-Portuguese furniture from the XVI to XVIII centuries, when our wood art gave letters and drew sighs of desire and possession all over the world… The work with a signed edition limited to 10 pieces was named Tiger because it is inspired by Indo-Portuguese furniture designed in Goa from the 16th century. With three secrets and a secret drawer, the Tiger reproduces various figures of Hindu mythology on its entire surface, as well as the animal that gives it its name, which was the noblest of the region at the time. It was created with woods of origin of teak and pau-santo, but also with cone and ivory, besides velvet in the interiors. The first public appearance of Contador Tigre will be at the International Craft Fair in Lisbon, held in June, but a visit to Atelier Canhoto, near Mafra, is advisable because the pieces tend to be sold quickly…  For further details click here

Portugal awakens football in Goa

16 Jun: Navhind Times. Goa waited for Portugal to join the World Cup party and they needed to wait for three minutes to get cheering as Ronaldo helped his team score the fastest goal of the tournament- so far. After a damp opener, Goa appeared to be getting back to its old World Cup days with men, women and children venturing out to meet in clubs, restaurants and hotels. “It is too early to expect the people to come out. You see the crowd here because Portugal is playing. There was hardly anyone yesterday. I expect a crowd when Brazil plays too but Portugal is everyone’s favourite,” said Napoleon Fernandes…  For further details click here


News Summary

Manohar Parrikar tweets video thanking well wishers, vows to work for welfare of state

15 Jun: Indian Express. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in a video message Friday thanked his wellwishers saying he will continue to work for the wellbeing of the state. “As I resume my work, I thank all my well wishers for the prayers and blessings which gave me much needed support and strength to recover,” the chief minister said… Earlier today, Parrikar prayed at the Devaki Krishna temple and visited the Mahalaxmi temple… He also chaired a meeting of senior bureaucrats and police officers … with link to the video …  For further details click here
Video: 15 Jun: HCN. Mr Parrikar’s day on Friday …  click here

The sound of music and an era gone by

16 Jun: Herald. Joaquim Correia’s latest book has already evoked a good response from not only Goans living in Goa, but the Goan diaspora. There have already been calls for an English version of the book… In the month of May 2018, the book, ‘A Última Dança em Goa: Música popular nos últimos anos do Estado Português da Índia’, written by Joaquim Correia and published by Ideias com História, was launched in Casa de Goa in Lisbon, Portugal… ‘The Last Dance in Goa: Popular music in the last years of the State of Portuguese India’ is based on the memories of people who lived through and enjoyed that period, and after consulting journals and newspapers like O Heraldo, A Vida, Diário da Noite and many others.The book also mentions musicians that were relevant outside Goa, especially in Bombay, Mozambique and Portugal, and Remo Fernandes and the music of the sixties in Goa,” explains Joaquim. Joaquim is not Goan, but a Portuguese man, who was born in Coimbra…
3 Jun: The Goan. “Music really flows in the veins of Goans...” states Portuguese writer Joaquim Correia …  click here

Tourism department for day and night surveillance on the beach

15 Jun: Times of India. Department of tourism is exploring possibilities of extending beach patrolling between dusk and dawn in order to prevent untoward mishaps and un-warranted activities which is affecting Goa’s image as a safe tourism destination. During a meeting convened on Friday the minister of tourism, Manohar Azgaonkar strongly reiterated that measures have to be put in place through law enforcement, surveillance, awareness drives etc. to step up safety and security measures for tourists visiting Goa…  For further details click here
15 Jun: NDTV. Goa Mulls Ban On Night Swimming "To Prevent Mishaps" In what seems to be a crackdown on errant tourists, Goa's Tourism Department on Friday said it was working on a ban on swimming in the sea from dusk to dawn, limit tourism activity to a limited area on a beach and even put together punitive measures for tourists violating law…  click here

Government to Introduce own App-Based Taxi Service in Goa

13 Jun: Coherent Chronicle. The Government aims to provide efficient transportation system to tourist by introduction of new app-based taxi service. GTDC’s Managing Director Nikhil Desai reported that the taxi operators, who hold license to run cabs in Goa, were eligible to register for the new transport service which will be launched shortly. The app-based taxis would operate from locations such as GTDC residencies (hotels) across the state, the Mormugao Port Trust jetty where cruise vessels anchor, the airport and the St Monica Jetty in Panaji, besides other spots. “The taxi operators will have to follow the online queuing system, based on which a ride will be confirmed or assigned to them,” Desai said…  For further details click here

Lemos case: Govt seeks details of Ryan arrest in Dubai

15 Jun: Times of Indias. After receiving a representation from the mother of Ryan de Souza (photo), stating that her son has been made a scapegoat and asking for details of his arrest, the Goa NRI commission has written to the Consul General of India in Dubai asking for a report in the case… NRI director Anthony D’Souza has asked the consulate to forward all factual details to the Goa government to enable it to inform Veronica de Souza, the mother of Ryan on the status…  For further details click here

The spiciest dishes in London

15 Jun: Evening Standard. Heat freaks, your struggle to find a dish that is actually, properly hot is about to get a little easier… From curries to hot wings, we’ve tracked down some of the spiciest dishes in London restaurants … The Cinnamon Club: The Bombay Burner has been hailed the hottest in the world. If you’re going to order it, you need to give 48 hours notice … Red Dog Saloon: The Naga Viper Hot Wings is as scary as it sounds … Hutong: The Ma La beef tenderloin dish turns up the heat to the ma … Tonkotsu: Chilli Chicken Ramen… Smoking Goat: The northern Thai-style duck larb … Veeraswamy: vindaloo with a half a roasted barbary duck, in a Goan recipe sauce … Barshu: Pock-Marked Old Woman’s Beancurd or the boiled seabass with sizzling chilli oil …  For further details click here

Husband of missing tourist questions safety of foreigners in India

16 Jun: Herald. In pursuit of justice for his wife who was killed in Kerala, Irish national Andrew Jordan found his way to Goa in a bid to help fellow national Andrea Brannigan follow up the case of her daughter Danielle McLaughlin, who was allegedly raped and murdered by a local youth in Canacona last year. Jordan raised strong apprehensions over the safety of foreign nationals in the country claiming he will approach the Central government just as other families of foreign tourists who died in Goa have done, demanding an unbiased and independent investigation in the deaths…  For further details click here
15 Jun: Times of India. McLaughlin trial: 2 witnesses depose. The south Goa additional sessions court on Thursday recorded the deposition of two witnesses in the alleged rape and murder of British tourist Danielle Maria Theresa McLaughlin, in March 2017… The trial in the case commenced on April 6 this year. On April 24, additional sessions judge Sayanora Laad barred the media from reporting court proceedings. She also directed reporters not to mention the names of the witnesses being examined or summoned for depositions…  click here
15 Jun: Times of India. Final arguments in Felix Dahl case next week. The case didn’t come up for hearing at the high court on Thursday, even as representatives from the Embassy of Finland in New Delhi travelled to Goa in anticipation of justice. Dahl’s mother Minna Pirhonen is seeking transfer of the case to the CBI. In her petition, Pirhonen said she didn’t want Goa police to conduct any further investigation and wanted the case to be transferred to CBI… click here.

Giving Goan Women and Cuisine a Platform

16 Jun: Navhind Times. ‘The Goan Woman Chef of the Year’ competition is all set to challenge the culinary skills of Goan ladies. The competition aims to promote a culinary passion and taste for excellence in the participants, besides reviving authentic recipes and dishes. “Despite the last year’s event being the first, it was a grand success and also a great learning experience for us. 67 women contestants travelled from across the state to showcase their culinary talents, a majority of them being housewives. The authentic flavours brought forth were a real treat not just for the taste buds but for the eyes as well. Encouraged by this amazing response and the enthusiasm shown by the ladies, we decided to organise the second edition and are looking forward to an even better competition,” shares Vincent Ramos…  For further details click here


News Summary

CM Returns

16 Jun: Herald. Ending his over three-month long treatment in the United States of America, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday evening returned to Goa, via Mumbai. Parrikar landed at Goa Airport at around 5.45 pm arriving in a commercial flight from Mumbai. The Chief Minister, who has been ailing from a pancreatic problem since February, had flown to the USA on March 7 on the advice of doctors./ He spent more than 100 days in the USA during which he cleared files and issued instructions to the State administration and to cabinet colleagues… A tired-looking Parrikar had a conversation with party colleagues at the airport before heading to his private residence at Dona Paula…  For further details click here
Video: 15 Jun. HCN. CM Manohar Parrikar back in Goa after 3 month treatment in USA …  click here

Football: Goan hand in cup ‘win’ for North America

14 Jun: Times of India. A joint North American bid led by the United States won an overwhelming majority of the votes to host the FIFA World Cup in 2026, and they have two non-resident Indians (NRIs) to thank for it. Leading their charge was Carlos Cordeiro, a Goan who migrated to the United States from Bombay, when he was just six and rose to become president of United States Soccer Federation. The administrator of Goan origin was ably assisted by another NRI, Allahabad-born Sunil Gulati … As president of US Soccer and leader of the bid, Cordeiro toured the world, convincing member associations that North America deserved the right to host the World Cup. His charm worked particularly well in Asia …  For further details click here
Video: Carlos Cordeiro Reacts To 2026 World Cup Hosting Victory …  click here
28 Feb: Goan Voice. … Cordeiro’s father—Pedrito Francisco Souza Cordeiro—and his six siblings were all born in Saligao… click here.

Cognizant names Francisco D’Souza as Vice-Chairman

13 Jun: Business Line. The Board of Directors of Cognizant Technology Solutions has appointed Francisco D’Souza as Vice-Chairman of the Board in addition to his current role as Chief Executive Officer… “Since he (D’Souza) assumed the role, Cognizant has grown more than seven-fold, to a Fortune 200 company with nearly $15 billion in revenues in 2017. Under his leadership Cognizant has been ranked as one of Fortune’s Most Admired Companies. He has also been recognised as one of America’s Best CEOs by Institutional Investor and as one of the top ten on Fortune’s Businessperson of the Year…. John Klein, Chairman of the Cognizant Board of Directors said …  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Francisco D'Souza was born in Nairobi, the son of Placido and late Sushila; brother of Jacinta Sequeira, Lucia D'Souza and Maria D'Souza (Walters).  click here
Video: Reuters. Spotlight: Cognizant CEO Francisco D'Souza … click here.

NGOs for law banning sale of land to outsiders

14 Jun: The Goan. Claiming a nexus between elected representatives and the builders lobby, Salcete-based NGOs on Wednesday urged the government, ministers and the MLAs to immediately come out with the Goa Land Use Policy banning sale of Goan land to people of other states and foreign nationals…  For further details click here
14 Jun: Herald. Activists object to property fairs … Some activists taking strong objections to property fairs organised in Goa, said the government should first come out with a proper land policy before permitting mega housing projects in the State …  click here

How NRIs Are Taxed For Property Rented Out In India?

14 Jun: Good Returns. 1. Rental income to be remitted in NRO account … 2. Residential status does not change rules per se taxation of rental income in India … 3. TDS implications change for the tenant … 4. NRIs can make use of DTAA and get credit for tax amount paid in India 5. In case the let out property is jointly held by a resident and NRI …  For further details click here

Goa: Eduardo Faleiro says Church-run schools should stop teaching in English

14 Jun: Times of India. In a statement which will ruffle some feathers and have Congress leaders squirm in discomfort, former union Minister and five-time Lok Sabha member, Eduardo Faleiro said that church-run primary schools should stop teaching in English. Faleiro said that schools affiliated to the Diocesan Society of Education should instead teach children in Konkani and Marathi… The medium of instruction policy has been a touchy subject in Goa with many parents and schools demanding that the state government should continue grant-in-aid for primary schools that teach in English.  For further details click here
Video: 14 Jun: Goa 365 tv. Primary Education Diocesan schools should switch to Konknni, Marathi, feels Eduardo …  click here

India Delhi residents choke as dust blankets capital

14 Jun: BBC. Residents of India's capital Delhi are battling high pollution levels and extreme temperatures due to an unusual dust haze covering the city. People have been complaining about breathing problems, with many saying the city has become unliveable…. People have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible…  For further details click here
9 Jun: Daily News & Analysis. Meet Delhi's pollution migrants, those who have left the city because of the rising smog levels. Ragini Singh’s daughter was diagnosed with bronchitis. All of six, the young girl spent sleepless nights as her lungs waged a battle against pollution that was cruelly gnawing her, forcing the family to move to Goa… "Who wants to live in a gas chamber?" asked digital consultant Sukriti Vajpayee who took the tough decision when her parents' health refused to improve … She shifted her parents to Goa and now shuttles between the two cities… Wife of a British expat, Nicola, was distraught by the deteriorating health of her two daughters… She lived in Delhi for 12 years, and shifted to Goa with her children in August 2017…. “Though I am now based in Goa, I am still worried about my husband who breathes the polluted Delhi air," she said…  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sun. 17 Jun: Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate their 38th Anniversary of the Feast of St Anthony of Padua to be held at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Mass at 12 noon prompt, followed by dancing to the fabulous music of 'MAZ & CO'. Tickets: Members £14, Guests £15 include snacks and a Goan meal. Children under 12 years free admission. Licensed Bar available. Dress - Formal (strictly no jeans or trainers). No table reservations allowed. The Managing Committee reserve the right of admission. For tickets please contact: Tony Fernandes 020 85403566, Eugene Fernandes 020 86654773, Loretta Fernandes 020 83309307 or Wendy Fernandes 020 87680545. For the flyer, click here

Sun 24 Jun. Benaulim Association UK invites you to celebrate the feast of their Patron St John the Baptist at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12.30pm, followed by dancing to the sounds of 'SHADES'. Tickets which include delicious snacks and a meal costs £12 for members and £14 for guests. Children 6 TO 15 years £7 and FREE for 5 and under. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR. For further details and tickets please call Jack on 0208 903 9017, Mary 0208 803 9752, Filu 020 7625 4728 Josephine 0208 352 8355/07957148406. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 1 July. Aldona Association (London) would like to invite you to celebrate our 42nd Feast of Saint Thomas at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Holy Mass starting promptly at 12pm, followed by Social with ‘Live’ Music from the UK’s No.1 Goan Band ‘Shades’ plus our very own DJ Richiee. Tickets (include Snacks & Meal): Members £13, Guests £15, Children (6-11 years) £6, Children (Under 5) Free. Book early to avoid disappointment – Tickets will not be sold at the door. For tickets and further details, please email: or call Gary Coutinho: 07958 435147 or Michelle DeSouza: 07713 449906; For the flyer, click here.

Sun 8 Jul: G.O.A. Golf Open 2018 Batchworth Park Golf Club - More info to follow - Contact Ravi Vaz 07909927539 Sun. 29 Jul: 2.00pm & 6.00pm. Goan Folklore Productions presents a Bardroy Barretto film "NACHOM-IA KUMPASAR". A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa, The much talked about Goan Movie, Winner of 34 National & International Awards will be screened at Villiers High School, Boyd Avenue, Southall, UB1 3BT. Book your tickets without delay. For tickets: HOUNSLOW - Freddy 07438 284636. WEMBLEY: Mark de Araujo ~ 07535 931677; Seby~07405107613. HAYES: Fredy 07929 369188. SOUTHALL: Peter de Merces 07417 494316; Simon Gonsalves 07417 437462; Theodor 07811 113119. GREENFORD: Grina~07846 657791. HARROW: Gregg Carvalho 07931 753653 or For the flyer, click here.

Sun 5 Aug. The UK Goan Festival London 2018, Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, TW5 9PD, From 11am to 8pm. Contact Ravi Vaz 07909927539 or Bella Fernandes 07949233307. For the flyer, click here

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Involvement of the Catholic Church in politics in India

13 Jun: Indian Express. … Catholic bishops have from time to time issued guidance and advice that seemingly crossed the church-state line… Some see the Archbishops’ outbursts as a reflection of divisions in the leadership of the Church. The head of the CBCI, Archbishop of Bombay Oswald Gracias said that the timing of Archbishop Couto’s letter was “bad”, and that he had advised other bishops to refrain from issuing statements with political connotations. Both Archbishops Neri and Couto are Goans, and sources within the Church leadership said the “Goan lobby” is unhappy about Oswald beating Neri to the top job at CBCI. Cardinal Oswald has been maintaining cordial relations with the BJP…  For further details click here

Are you ready for the World Cup frenzy?

10 Jun: Herald. FIFA World Cup is just around the corner and the football crazy fans in Goa have already picked their favourite team and are quite vocal in their support. Café follows the fans to see how the upcoming World Cup is the highlight on their sports calendar …  For further details click here
12 Jun: Navhind Times. FIFA World Cup fever gripping Goa. It’s June 2018 and football fans around the world eagerly wait for the action to begin! Yes, FIFA World Cup has gripped our attention. It will disrupt our sleeping schedule over the next month but it’s a small price to pay. NT BUZZ spoke to a few people to get a feel of what to expect from June 14 to July 15 …  click here
14 Jun: Herald. To Russia, for the love of the game. Passionate football fans, six childhood friends, and one dad, travel to Russia to watch World Cup … click here.

Iron hands reach drug baron's den, raise political storm in Goa

13 Jun: India Samvad. Drug Mafia has hit the news headlines in Goa following a raid at an industrial factory where illegal ketamine drug was being manufactured. The factory is allegedly linked with a BJP office-bearer close to a few top party leaders. Ketamine is a banned party drug consumed by foreign tourists and filthy rich people frequenting casinos and discs. The raid conducted by DRI sleuths has sent shock waves in the state as earlier police and various law enforcing agencies were allegedly protecting the drug syndicate in Goa… 10 persons have been apprehended/ arrested - three are foreign nationals, two from UK and one from Vietnam. These persons were key members of an international syndicate which had close linkages in South-East Asia and Canada…  For further details click here
13 Jun: Herald. Three Calangute youth held in ketamine raid. Drug found in industrial unit belonging to BJP functionary; Factory gate sealed …  click here
14 Jun: Times of India. Ketamine racket: 3 foreigners among five held in Goa, Guj… Those arrested in Goa include UK nationals Jonathan Thorn and Barry Bracken; … Bracken ran a processing unit in his house in Goa, while Thorn supervised the factory … click here.

Spot differences between tourists, take care of women: Goa lifeguards told

13 Jun. Indian Express. Identifying differences in behavioural patterns of foreign and domestic tourists, the need for politeness while addressing erring sea bathers and taking special care of women beachgoers are some of the takeaways from a training module booklet developed for Goa’s lifeguards. The training module has been developed as part of the skill development programme for the beach sentinels. The programme was launched on Tuesday by Goa Tourism Development Corporation chairman Nilesh Cabral and officials from Nestle, India and Drishti Marine, a private beach management agency, which is in-charge of deploying lifeguards on popular beaches in the coastal state…  For further details click here

An Alentejan wine inspired Luso-Indian fusion to the table

12 Jun: TSF (Portugal). Chef Pedro Mendes created Luso-Indian fusion dishes to mark the launch of the Reserva Grande 1498 (year of Vasco da Gama's arrival in India) … A limited edition - just 1498 numbered bottles … At the table, in the cloisters where Opus Musique was played, the fusion between two worlds was well achieved: chef Pedro Mendes used Portuguese and Indian ingredients, in an unlikely cross of flavors, based on the Alentejo gastronomy… There followed a very tasty crab curry … The pork sarapatel, an Alentejo dish from the Portalegre region, adapted in Goa by the Portuguese to the Indian taste proved to be less vigorous and a little sweet… To conclude, sericá, the candy whose recipe has been brought from India …  For further details click here
For the Trip Advisor site of Taberna, Pedro Mendes’ restaurant in Portugal,  click here

This beach resort is nothing like the heritage villas Goa is known for (and we love it!)This beach resort is nothing like the heritage villas Goa is known for (and we love it!)

12 Jun: Architectural Digest. Bold and beautiful! The newly-opened Azaya Beach Resort Goa emerges in stark contrast to the centuries-old churches, heritage hotels and Portuguese villas that encircle it in Benaulim. To construct an ultra-modern beach resort in the heart of South Goa at Benaulim Beach is very risqué. Deviating from the plush, opulent design templates of other luxury hotels, Azaya resort has a very simple layout. The plot is long and narrow; a Portuguese garden blossoming with fuchsia bougainvillaea forms the central courtyard, with 114 glass suites built along the length of the garden…  For further details click here

Soon, a Mumbai–Bali cruise via Goa and the Andamans

13 Jun: Conde Nast Traveller. The Mumbai-Goa cruise may still be a few months away, but the government is already working on a Mumbai-Bali cruise route, which will take you to the Island of the Gods via Goa, Kochi and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, announced on Friday that he was in talks with the Indonesian government to roll out the service … 13 Jun: Herald. Centre to encourage Cruise Tourism in Goa … Soon, a Mumbai–Bali cruise via Goa and the Andamans 13 Jun: Conde Nast Traveller. The Mumbai-Goa cruise may still be a few months away, but the government is already working on a Mumbai-Bali cruise route, which will take you to the Island of the Gods via Goa, Kochi and the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, announced on Friday that he was in talks with the Indonesian government to roll out the service …  For further details click here
13 Jun: Herald. Centre to encourage Cruise Tourism in Goa …  click here

MUSIC: Nucleya. BBC Radio Asian Network (Freeview 709). Sat. 16th June. 01:00 to 03:00. Indian superstar DJ Nucleya plays the best in Indian electronica and dance music from around the world. This week he has a special guest mix from DJ Tarqueeb.

COOKERY: Great British Food. Together TV (Freeview 63). Sun. 17th June. 11:00 to 11:30. Tom Norrington-Davies reminds us how great our countrys staple cuisine is and how great British Food is. He looks at Anglo- Indian cusine. Making oven pakora and chicken tikka!

SERIES: Heart and Soul. BBC World Service Radio (Freeview 710). Sun. 17th June. 23:32 to 00:00. Holy Hobos - The Everyday Life of India's Sadhus. Mark Tully hears about the huge variety of daily activities of India's Hindu holy men and women.

COOKERY: TV Dinners. Together TV (Freeview 63). Mon. 18th June. 06:00 to 06:30. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall joins sisters-in-law Nina and Sumita, both on a mission to impress with their mouth-watering north Indian food.

REALITY SHOW: My Restaurant in India. Home (Freeview 25). Tues. 19th June. 22:00 to 22:30. Reality series following former MasterChef Australia contestant Sarah Todd as she accepts the challenge of opening her first restaurant in Goa. 22:30 to 23:00. Sarah Todd continues her attempt to open her first restaurant in Goa, India. Seven days out from the restaurant soft launch, Sarah finds herself in construction chaos.

DOCUMENTARY: Snatches: Moments From Women's Lives. BBC 4. Wed. 20th June. 22:00 to 22:30. Liv Hill. A series of ambitious and challenging monologues, written and performed by women. The monologues are inspired by women who have spoken out, challenged the status quo or made a stand - often at great personal cost. In Reclaim the Night, Liv Hill captures the moment when a 19-year-old in Leeds in 1977 decides she won't be confined to her house, and Pritilata features Kiran Sonia Sawar as Pritilata Waddedar, who campaigned for Bengali women to get the right to vote in 1930s colonial India.

NATURE: India's New Worlds. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Fri. 22nd June. 14:00 to 15:00. A look at some of India's wildlife that has been brought back from the brink of extinction. The lion population has begun to outgrow their sanctuary in Gir Forest.


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UK Event: Southall: Bardroy Barretto film “NACHOM-IA KUMPASAR”

Sun. 29 Jul: 2.00pm & 6.00pm. Goan Folklore Productions presents a Bardroy Barretto film “NACHOM-IA KUMPASAR”. A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa, The much talked about Goan Movie, Winner of 34 National & International Awards will be screened at Villiers High School, Boyd Avenue, Southall, UB1 3BT. Book your tickets without delay. For tickets: HOUNSLOW – Freddy 07438 284636. WEMBLEY: Mark de Araujo ~ 07535 931677; Seby~07405107613. HAYES: Fredy 07929 369188. SOUTHALL: Peter de Merces 07417 494316; Simon Gonsalves 07417 437462; Theodor 07811 113119. GREENFORD: Grina~07846 657791. HARROW: Gregg Carvalho 07931 753653 or For the flyer, click here.

Manohar Parrikar to be back in Goa later this week

13 Jun: Navhind Times. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will be arriving in Goa on June 14/ June 15 from the US, where he is currently undergoing treatment for his pancreatic ailment since March 2018… the Chief Minister has recovered substantially and will be arriving in Goa later this week. It is learnt that the advanced cycles of treatment administered on Parrikar have been completed and the doctors from the New York-based health institute have decided to give him permission to return home. It is further learnt that Parrikar has been advised complete rest and asked to refrain from public interaction for some time once he returns to Goa.  For further details click here

Aires Rodrigues: Ribandar residents demand uninterrupted power supply

13 Jun. Herald. Annoyed by frequent power cuts, residents of Ribandar on Tuesday met Chief Electrical Engineer (CEE) Neelkanth Reddy and served him a 48-hour notice demanding that immediate steps be taken to ensure that Ribandar gets uninterrupted power supply… Speaking to media persons Advocate Aires Rodrigues said, “The people of Ribandar have been suffering from electricity cuts almost every day. Ribandar is without an MLA for five months now and Goa is without a Power Minister, however, something needs to be done immediately. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in 2012 during his budget he promised underground cabling for Goa in four years which has not happened.” …  For further details click here
Video 12 Jun: HCN. Ribandkars threaten 'rasta roko' over erratic power supply … 2m. 42s.  click here

India WhatsApp 'child kidnap' rumours claim two more victims

11 Jun: BBC. Indian police have arrested 16 people after two men became the latest victims of hysteria over WhatsApp rumours of child kidnappers. The men had stopped to ask directions in north-eastern Assam state when they were beaten to death by a large mob. The two latest victims have been identified as Nilotpal Das, an audio engineer and Abijeet Nath, a digital artist – [both Goa residents] … A video of the attack went viral over the weekend, where one of the men can be seen pleading for his life…  click here
12 Jun: The Quint. A Peek Into the Lives of Das & Nath, Murdered By a Mob in Assam… Das was a sound engineer who was based in Goa … Das and Dikshit launched Sema-Luna in 2014 and lived together in an apartment in Goa for five years…  click here
Video: Nilotpal Das music talent… click here.

NRIs moving into the luxury housing market

11 Jun: Business Line Every one in four luxury houses sold in India last fiscal was bought by an NRI or non-resident Indian. A falling rupee, reduction in prices post demonetisation and policy reforms have increased India’s attractiveness for NRIs, who want to now head back home after earning big bucks abroad. Properties in the Rs. 5 core to 10 crore bracket are the most favoured, with the maximum demand from NRIs in the UAE, followed by Canada, the UK, Saudi Arabia, the US, Singapore, Qatar, and Kuwait …  For further details click here

Why UK is the preferred refuge of Indian scamsters

12 Jun: Times of India. It’s not just the Modis and the Mallyas of India who have sought refuge in the United Kingdom. Over 5,500 people from India have sought political asylum in Britain since 2013, not all of them criminals though. So why do Indians make a beeline for London? A matter of rights: UK is a signatory to European Convention on Human Rights—if UK courts deem that a person to be extradited is likely to face torture or death penalty, or the extradition is due to political reasons, they may deny the extradition request… Unequal standards: India and UK signed a mutual extradition treaty way back in 1993; but UK has been stonewalling all of India’s extradition requests, including that of British national Raymond Varley, who’s accused of child abuse in Goa…  For further details click here
25 Feb. 2015: News Minute. Child sexual abuser Raymond Varley gets away; will India approach Theresa May? …  click here

Goa: Food delivery made easy

12 Jun: The Goan. Craving a particular dish from your favorite restaurant but too lazy to leave the house? A few food delivery services are springing up around Goa to help end your woes … Phoenix FoodKart ties up with 10 major restaurants and food joints in Margao… The delivery service has a dedicated website which features the menu of various restaurants who have collaborated with the food delivery service… Foodel of Panaji is also looking at adding a special section for home cooks and bakers … Their delivery service will be in operation till 2.30 am. Foodbudz ties up with around 20 restaurants from Margao and adjoining areas provides services till 11pm …  For further details click here
For the Zomato list of Food Delivery restaurants in Goa, with menus,  click here

For Not Behaving Properly, Goa Creche Operator Burns 9-Year-Old's Hand

13 Jun: NDTV. A case was filed against a creche operator in the port town of Vasco on Tuesday for injuring a nine-year-old boy, police said. The FIR filed by the victim's mother alleges that Renu Halpatti, 52, who has filed for anticipatory bail, had burnt the boy's hand with a red-hot tong as punishment for behaving improperly. "The accused had threatened the victim not to disclose the injury to his parents," the complaint says. The incident took place four days ago, according to the FIR, but the victim informed his parents about the injuries only on Tuesday…  For further details click here

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