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Death: Elma Alvares. Ex Nairobi.
24 Feb: Mississauga. EMMA ALVARES. Ex Nairobi. Beloved wife of Steve Alvares (Saxophonist). Passed away peacefully after a long illness. May her soul rest in peace. [Info: Antonio Mascarenhas]

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1976 Memory Lane: Menino and Henry Rattos [ex Nairobi] of Leicester

23 Feb: Leicester Mercury (UK). Page: 53. Father and son, Menino and Henry Rattos of Greenhill Road, Leicester who were travelling to Goa, India, by car, pictured on January 22, 1976.  click here
Menino & Henry Rattos completed the trip to Goa in 3 weeks. Henry now lives in Battersea, London. For his pedigree see 22 May 2020: Goan Voice. Death: Joseph Rattos. Ex Nairobi, Kenya. Benaulim, Goa. JOSEPH RATTOS Died peacefully aged 73 years after a long illness. Beloved brother to Joanita, Bridget, Julie, Xavier, Henry, Louisa, Elvina, and Priscilla. Joseph attended St Theresa’s boy’s school in Nairobi Kenya, before moving to the U.K.  click here

Laila Rouass reveals she used to get urine thrown at her ‘every day’ as a child as she details racist abuse

24 Feb: The Sun (UK). Laila Rouass the 49-year-old actress, who is half Indian and half Moroccan, was targeted by cruel bullies growing up - and she is still subjected to racism in the streets now. Laila has opened up about suffering racist abuse as a child. The star shared: "I got p**s thrown at me every single day. "Just a couple of months ago some guy cut me up in his car and shouted: 'F*** off, you f***ing P**i." Laila added to The Mirror: "It's terrible. If you tell people they don't believe it happens so often." … Laila also claimed that show (Hollyoaks ) bosses forced her to strip off for a sexy calendar shoot - which left her feeling "dirty and weak" at the time…  click here
Video: 23 Feb: Footballers' Wives' Laila Rouass insists the show was tame compared to real life …  click here
Laila’s mother, Fatima, is a Goan, worked as a chef and lives in Aldgate, London - see the Goan Voice Laila Rouass supplement of 2005, click here.

Toronto: Sharmila D’Souza: I'm paying $400 a night': Inside quarantine hotel, reluctant guests lament costs

23 Feb: Toronto Star. When Sharmila D’Souza landed in Toronto with her daughter, Isabel, she was hoping her detailed quarantine plan would be enough to spare them a mandatory three-day hotel stay. D’Souza has not seen her husband, Isabel’s father, in two years — separated by family responsibilities back in India and COVID-19. So, instead of quarantining together as a reunited family of three, D’Souza and her six-year-old have to wait a little longer in a room that cost $1,600, whiling away the hours colouring and playing with a hula hoop D’Souza bought. “I was hoping that they would just let me go on compassionate grounds,” she said Tuesday.,, The mother and daughter checked into the Holiday Inn Toronto Pearson International Airport on Monday afternoon, following a 15-hour flight from Delhi, India… It’s the first time Isabel, who has lived most of her life in India, has seen snow … D’Souza and her daughter were dealing with knowing their loved one was close by in Mississauga, but that they could not see him for another two days… D’Souza’s husband was laid off from his job in Canada early in the pandemic and has been working gigs delivering groceries in the meantime... 889 words.  For further details click here
For the article on the Toronto Star website,  click here

COVID Headlines

Video: 24 Feb: Goa 365 TV. Goa is likely to get more cases of UK COVID variant in near future: GMC dean. According to a senior officer at the health services directorate, four UK returnees had tested positive for UK variant of COVID-19 in January 2021 … “We are likely to get UK virus variant because a lot of Goans have settled in UK and actually we had cases,” Dr Bandekar said… Goa prepared to face second wave of covid 19, he added …  For further details click here
24 Feb: Times of India. Goa: Alarming violations of pandemic norms in Salcete’s coastal tourist belt …  click here
24 Feb: Herald. Maharashtra COVID lockdown alarm causes ripples in Goa ... click here.

Football: Ronaldinho slept in his car after ‘party night’ but still managed five-goal masterclass in futsal tournament

22 Feb: The Sun (UK). Brazilian legend Ronaldinho once slept in his car after a night partying - but still managed to produce a magical five-goal masterclass in a futsal tournament. The 40-year-old, who reportedly had a bizarre ‘nightclub clause’ in his Flamengo contract, is well-known for his party boy lifestyle… And even though he was only discovered sleeping in his car moments before kick off, the former Barcelona superstar still scored five for Goa in a 7-2 victory over a Bengaluru side that included Manchester United legend Paul Scholes and former Chelsea striker Hernan Crespo.nMatterface said: “We went to India to do this Premier Futsal tournament – it was absolutely bonkers. “Oh my word… well he only played one game. They paid him a huge amount of money to come over and play a certain number of minutes over the course of group games…  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Ronaldinho, click here.

Goa’s cost of living

23 Feb: Herald. Goans are living in challenging times. Cost of living is at its worse with price of petrol at an all time high and the never-ending increase in food prices which no government has been able really resolve it for good. Don’t go by the figures the Reserve Bank of India dishes out, as they are unable to capture inflation numbers especially of Goan food inflation sitting in their ivory towers on the Mint road of Mumbai. According to them inflation is less than 10% which in other words means your favourite food should have taken 10 years to double its price and yet prices of onion have more than doubled from last March … So in this new expense scenario how is the Goan supposed to survive. This does not apply to Goans who have someone abroad and is financing the family with foreign currency earnings … 1031 words.  For further details click here
25 Feb: HCN. Price rise is not affecting only in Goa but entire country and thats why the schemes are made: CM …  click here

5 Bollywood films set in Goa that will make you want to go on a holiday

24 Feb: Filmfare. Ever since the lockdown has eased, a lot of Bollywood celebrities have been spotted travelling to Goa for a quick vacation. It seems to have become the ideal spot to spend the weekend and rejuvenate yourself and return to the bay. This has made us a bit nostalgic and hence here we list the top 5 films that set the Goa vibe just right with the location seen in the film and mentally transported us to this all-time favourite beach destination! 1: Dil Chahta Hai … 2: Dear Zindagi … 3: Finding Fanny … 4: Golmaal Series … 5: Go Goa Gone …  For further details click here


DOCUMENTARY: The Real Marigold Hotel. BBC 2. Sun. 28th Feb. 16:00 to 17:00. Celebrities embark on an experimental adventure in India, to test whether they can set up a more rewarding retirement than in the UK.

COOKERY: James Martin: Yorkshire's Finest. Food Network (Freeview 42). Mon. 1st Mar. 15:00 to 15:30. York Curry. An Indian spice shop in York inspires the chef to prepare a lamb curry and naan bread, along with sweet and sour prawns.

ARTS: The Essay. Rainsong in Five Senses. BBC Radio 3 (Freeview 70). Mon. 1st Mar. 22:45 to 23:00. India and the Sound of Rain. Episode 1 of 5. Nandini Das relates stories and personal experiences of rain and the way it informs and combines with different cultures across the globe, beginning with the sound of rainfall in her native India. She recalls the deafening, thundering downpours of the monsoon season in Kolkata, and the language that captured its power.

DOCUMENTARY: Why is Covid Killing People of Colour? BBC 1. Tues. 2nd Mar. 21:00 to 22:00. David Harewood sets out to investigate the high Covid-19 death rates in black and minority ethnic patients in the UK, and what they reveal about health inequality in modern Britain. Visiting health experts and doctors at hospitals in areas with high rates of admissions, he discovers the impact of job opportunities and air pollution in deprived communities can leave the residents far more vulnerable, as well as hearing from patients who feel their concerns were disregarded by health professionals.

COMEDY: Gossip and Goddesses with Granny Kumar. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Wed. 3rd Mar. 18:30 to 19:00. Comedy series featuring a blend of sitcom, interviews and improvised chat, starring Meera Syal, Harvey Virdi and Ambreen Razia. This time, guests include author and Any Answers presenter Anita Anand, and Grammy nominated sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar. Starring: Meera Syal, Harvey Virdi, Ambreen Razia. Episode 4.

DOCUMENTARY: World's Greatest Palaces. Yesterday (Freeview 26). Fri. 5th Mar. 10:00 to 11:00. Lukshmi Villas Palace. Behind the scenes of Lukshmi Villas Palace in India, which was built for the Maharaja of Baroda in 1890 and remains the home of the royal family to this day.

DOCUMENTARY: India's Ladycops. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 235). Fri. 5th Mar. 20:00 to 21:00. Directed by Ruhi Hamid. Exclusive access to a police station in India run by women for women reveals a unique perspective on a changing society.


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Mississauga: Michelle Fernandes: ‘I could have quarantined in my basement’

23 Feb: National Post. Michelle Fernandes could almost see her home from the steps of the Sheraton Four Points hotel near Toronto Pearson International Airport on Monday. She had flown all the way from New Delhi that morning, but lives nearby in Mississauga. Yet instead of heading to her house, she was checking into a hotel, becoming one of the first international air travellers required to quarantine in government-sanctioned accommodations for her first three days in Canada. Lugging three hefty suitcases after a months-long visit with relatives in India, the policy didn’t seem to make sense to Fernandes. “I don’t think it’s necessary because I could have quarantined in my basement,” said the 31-year-old, Pearson’s tarmac and parked airliners visible over her shoulders. “It’s a full-fledged house.” … Fernandes said her husband in Canada spent as long as three or four hours trying to book her a room…  For further details click here

Eating shark meat might be normal in India but it could have an adverse impact

22 Feb: Mongabay. Many videos have emerged on social media over the last few years highlighting Goa as a shark eating destination.There are about 160 species of sharks found in India and, of them, ten have legal protection… “This is crazy, Americans rarely eat shark,” exclaims an American video blogger in his April 2019 video while looking at baby sharks in a fish market in Calangute … In fact, shark meat is gaining popularity in Goan restaurants with dishes such as “shark xacuti, shark masala, and ambok tik.” … ambok tik, is the only non-coconut curry Goa has … “Shark meat has a peculiar smell, ” Vidya Naik, chef and restaurateur at Peep’s Kitchen, a multi-cuisine restaurant in Panjim said … Bomras (a high-end Burmese cuisine restaurant in Anjuna) serves a great mango and shark salad… 1891 words. [Photo shows baby hammerhead sharks for sale in Mapusa Market].  For further details click here
9 June 2020: Goan Voice. “In Goa I was offered critically endangered species for dinner” By Miroslav Bobek, Director of the Prague Zoo…  click here
In the UK, Diamond Food Sales, 97 Manor Farm Rd, Wembley HA0 1BN imports frozen shark from India. Desicart has Frozen Baby Shark Steaks 1kg, £7.99 with free delivery for orders value above £40.00… click here.

Now, online ‘honeytrap’ to extort money from men

24 Feb: Navhind Times. Online scamsters have adopted a new modus operandi to extort money from gullible men using social media. A steamy video chat is conducted by an unknown woman befriended by a man on social media. This video conversation is recorded and is later used to extort money from the man. Such blackmailing incidents have taken place in Goa. However, no complaints have been lodged with cyber crime police station, Ribandar, sources said. Cyber crime police have advised the men not to befriend any unknown woman on social media or engage in video calls with such people. Throwing light on the modus operandi, police said that a male social media user receives a friend request from an unknown woman. Once the request is accepted, in a few days they become friendly over chats via WhatsApp or Messenger apps …  For further details click here

Goan gourmets travel the world through food

23 Feb: Times of India. Over two weeks, eight Goan foodies travelled the world through #GoaOnWorldPlate as they cooked several cuisines with local ingredients. Some added a few Goan elements for that local flavour in their cooking, like Siya Shirwaikar’s Singaporean Chilli Pepper Crab (photo) with Goan Pao or Japanese-style Rare Cheesecake with Toasted Coconut. Tanisi Kakodkar brought in Middle Eastern flavours with her version of Hummus and Green Moussaka with Sungtache Lonche (prawn pickle). Saawni Pai Raikar’s Italian Spaghetti with Prawn Balchao and British Cornish Pastry with Sungtache Lonche sounded interesting… The popular Thai dish Pad Thai got a Goan twist with the addition of Racheado masala …  For further details click here
23 Feb. A culinary competition held at Agnel Institute of Food Craft and Culinary Sciences, Verna  click here
23 Feb: Houston Chronicle. Coastal India meets Portugal Malabar Mushroom Stew… click here.

What I’ve learnt over my 5 months in Goa

23 Feb: Conde Nast Traveller. By Ranjan Pal. The other day at a house party in Anjuna, somebody asked me how long I had been here. “Just under five months,” I answered. “Ah you are one of those, a tourist-resident,” he replied, not unkindly. I nodded, pleased with the term. There is so much about Goa that I don’t know and I am yet to learn. Every day, I am embracing new experiences and discovering new people. But it has undoubtedly been the best move I made in 2020, the most unforgettable of years. So if you’re planning a move to the sunshine state soon, here are a few things that you should know: Don’t rely on your old networks … But make sure you have the right connectivity ... There’s no judgement here … No one is partying ALL the time … Remember your manners … The sun is always shining in Goa …  For further details click here

Allison Bale: Doctors weigh in on chiropractic treatment in India

23 Feb: Indian Express. While chiropractic offers gentle, effective, and time-saving approaches to treat spinal and nerve issues, there is a lack of awareness in India coupled with lack of trained, qualified chiropractors … Dr Alison Bale, 54, a British chiropractor who was practising in Goa shared how the practice was “great” for her until COVID-19 struck. “I came to India in 2007 because I wanted the adventure of working in a new country. It has been a fulfilling experience… As a foreign national, working in a service-oriented sector has its own challenges because it takes at least 3-4 years for people to get to know you,” Dr Bale, who graduated in chiropractic from the United Kingdom …  For further details click here
28 Aug. 2012. The Goan. A non-surgical and non-invasive procedure that helps in relieving physical problems, Chiropractic therapy helps in more than one way. Dr Alison Bale, the leading Chiropractor in Goa speaks to The Goan about holistic healing …  click here
For the Alison Bale Linkedin profile, click here.

Montanya Platino white rum

23 Feb: BBC Good Food Magazine. In the mood for white rum? Read our expert review of this top-scoring bottle, produced in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. But the story starts on the other side of the earth. Founder Karen Hoskin was on a beach in Goa, India when she fell in love with aged rum. Her discovery of rum owed a lot to serendipity – she was gasping for a drink after six months living a sober life with a local family (beer and a lot of other alcohols didn’t agree with her), and so she found herself enjoying a measure of an aged Indian rum called Old Monk. Karen became obsessed with rum and by the 1980s was a keen mixologist, rocking up to parties with a drop of the good stuff and the know-how to get the best out of it… Available from: Amazon, £34.99  For further details click here
The Rum Reader: Karen Hoskin: What Rum Means to Me …  click here
Old Monk Black Rum 700ml: Amazon UK, £31.99 nk%22+Rum&qid=1614094048&sr=8-38 click here.



Funeral Update: Tony Castanha. Mombasa

22 Feb: Mombasa. TONY CASTANHA. Husband of Paulina. Loving father of Thalia/Michael and Yohann/Janki. Doting grandfather of Benjamin, Bianca, Ari & Ava. Brother of late Albert Castanha, Julie Sequeira, & the late Walter Castanha. The family requests that you kindly give them time to grieve and settle. All Condolence messages can be sent via SMS or WhatsApp 0722 755775 or 0722 716557. Kindly refrain from calling. Condolence visits will commence once advised. All Covid protocols observed.
Tony was the Golden boy who scored the goal when Baobab won the M.R. de Souza Gold Cup in 1978.  For further details click here
Video: 18 October 2019, Hockey Kenya. Tony Castanha shared a drink with Gilly Okumu as he recalled his time with his friend Shaban Yusuf …  For further details click here
Funeral: Thursday 25 Feb. Church service from 2.00 pm Kenya time at the Holy Ghost Cathedral, Mombasa. Cremation at 3.30 pm click here.

Death: Bridget Ida De Souza. Ex Zanzibar & Dar-es-Salaam
17 Feb: Toronto. BRIDGET IDA DE SOUZA (née D’Souza). Born October 8, 1937. Ida is survived by her husband of 50 years, Dr. Aloysius Phillip De Souza, and daughter, Dr. Claire Michelle De Souza. Daughter of Ruth (née De Souza) and Feliciano D’Souza. She was sister to Altina Lobo (née D’Souza) and Father Stanley D'Souza (recently deceased). She studied at St. Joseph’s Convent School in Zanzibar. She enjoyed spending time with friends in Zanzibar and in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania. She traveled to the United Kingdom where she trained and worked as a nurse and a midwife in London and in Oxford. The couple moved to Canada in 1976. Bridget Ida took great pride in her Goan ancestry from Parra, Goa. A memorial service for Bridget Ida will be held on Friday, February 26, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Giffen-Mack Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 4115 Lawrence Ave East, West Hill, Ontario M1E 2S2. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the in-person service will be by invitation only. It will be live-streamed. A memorial mass and celebration of life will be scheduled for a later date. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the De Souza family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to True North Aid in memory of Bridget Ida De Souza at [Info: SJCSZanzibar]. For full details with streaming link. click here.

Death: Aninha Cruz. Ex Vasco, Goa & Bahrain
27 Jan: Birmingham, UK. ANINHA CRUZ. Born: 16/4/1959. Daughter of Late Recardo Cruz/Late Petornila Fernandes, Mother/Mother-in-law of Joel/Madonna. Sister/Sister-in-law of Conceicao/Nazareth, Roque/Mary, Socorrina/Antonio, Faustin/Nancy, Anthony/lnacin, Late Jacinta/Late Paxeao. There will be a Eucharistic celebration for the soul of Aninha Cruz on 24 February 2021 at 11:00 at St. Dunstan Roman Catholic Church, Kings Heath B14 7JN, followed by burial at Kings Norton Cemetery Long Dales Road, B3S 9BQ. Funeral Live Stream on YouTube at 4:30 pm. Photo.  For further details click here

News Summary

Goa Beer Distributor in Liquidation with £1m Debts.

21 Feb: MENAFN. Viiking Ventures UK, the distributor Goa Premium Beer, both owned by Indian playboy Sachiin Joshi (photo), has entered voluntary liquidation with debts of more than £1 million… The final straw for UK staff came when Joshi tweeted pictures of himself from his luxury villa in Goa. The property, formerly known as Kingfisher Villa, which he bought from Vijay Mallya. The gluten-free beer, which was destocked by Booker Wholesale because of poor sales, was beset with production problems… Joshi, owns the Planet Bollywood Hotel in Goa and holds the franchise for Playboy in India. He has also a number of Bollywood films, including a soft porn flick which he reportedly self-financed, with limited critical success … 602 words  For further details click here
22 Feb: Hindustan Times. Actor Sachiin Joshi sent to judicial custody in ₹87-cr money laundering case …  click here
13 Feb: The Telegraph Online (UK). Sachin Joshi has converted Goa residence to a Wellness Retreat. Prices will start from around £8,000 for one week; click here.

Why Are Indians Gallivanting To Goa And Maldives Amidst The Pandemic?

22 Feb: Youth Inc. What is with Indians gallivanting to these destinations, Goa and Maldives to be specific, amidst a very present (and once again rising) pandemic? Well, it turns out that they are just being practical and are wise with planning their vacations. How? Goa and Maldives are one of the places with very few COVID-19 infections. Both places are reporting less than 50 cases on a daily basis which makes them safe destinations. While most of the states and cities in India have conveniently flouted COVID-19 norms, Goa and Maldives happen to follow strict and well-structured rules and regulations to keep the virus from expanding its wings over their territories…  For further details click here

Cops silent on high decibel parties on North beaches

22 Feb: The Goan. Two key coastal police stations in Bardez where most complaints of noise pollution originate have no sound-level meters to keep a tab on loud revelry that flouts noise-pollution rules. While the Anjuna Police Station does not have a sound-level meter, Calangute Police Station has one but it is out of order. It’s a mystery how the concerned police stations tackle complaints of loud music without the facility of a decibel meter. Senior police officials were tight-lipped when questioned on the non-availability of decibel meters at the police stations…  For further details click here
22 Feb: The Goan. Out on bail, 2 organise rave party at Ashvem. Despite being under the Goa Police scanner, Kapil Jhaveri, a small-time Bollywood actor, is said to have organised a rave party styled “High Tide Festival” linked to Valentine’s Day at Ashvem beach village in Pernem taluka…  click here

Goa DJ arrested for post on Maratha king Shivaji

22 Feb: The Independent. DJ Nacelis Noronha, 32, was booked after a group called Samarthan Sanghatana filed a complaint alleging that his comments had hurt the sentiments of the followers of the Maratha king and could also disrupt communal harmony in the state. Late last week, the group was stopped by police from holding a rally as it did not have prior permission from the north Goa collector. Noronha commented on a post which broke this news. It was this post that the group complained about. He is currently in police custody and has been booked under 295(A) (hurting religious feelings) of the Indian Penal Code.  For further details click here
Video: 21 Feb: Goemkarponn. Samarthan Sanghatana Goa registered a written complaint at Anjuna police station…  click here
19 Feb: Menafn. Shivaji preserved Hindu religion in Goa amid conversion: Sawant … click here.

Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited to sell Goa fertilizer plant

22 Feb: Equity Bulls. The Board of Directors of Zuari Agro Chemicals Limited at its meeting held today has approved the sale of Company's fertilizer plant at Goa and associated businesses of the Company to Paradeep Phosphates Limited (PPL) as a going concern, on a slump sale basis for an agreed enterprise value of USD 280 million as defined in the Business Transfer Agreement and for entering into necessary Business Transfer Agreement with PPL. The revenue contributed by Goa Plant for the Financial Year 2019-20 was Rs. 199,923.39 lakhs which was 98.89% of the total revenue of the Company. The net worth of Goa Plant for the Financial Year 2019-20 was negative Rs. 65,015.38 lakhs…  For further details click here

Mumbai woman held for forging passport details; wanted to hide secret Goa trip from family

22 Feb: India Today. The Sahar police in Mumbai recently arrested a 28-year-old woman, who forged passport details to hide a secret Goa trip she took last year from her family. She had gone on the trip with a friend. When Amber Sayad was returning to Dubai on February 19, an official at the immigration counter noticed that her arrival date from Dubai last year was March 14 in the records but on her passport, it showed March 20… she broke down and revealed that she had changed the date using a rubber stamp to hide a secret trip she had taken to Goa with a friend…  For further details click here



Funeral: Alaric (Ricky) Pires. Ex Tanga, Tanzania

The Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 at 11:00am at St. Marguerite d'Youville, Toronto and will be live streamed at:  For further details click here
Due to the existing COVID restrictions his funeral will be restricted to his immediate family in keeping with the existing by-laws as set out by the Province. [Info: Stephen de Souza] For the Death announcement and Guestbook, click here.

Death: Caitano Gracias. Ex Agasaim, Goa
18 Feb: Swindon, UK. CAITANO F. P. GRACIAS. Ex Molta, Agasaim, Goa. Born: 24/04/1938. Loving husband of Maria Coutinho. Father / Father-in-law of late Francisco Gracias (Baba)/Zarina D'Silva, Tereza/Augustin D'Silva (Ambelim), Fatima/Luis Monteiro (St. Estevam), Sandra/Ram Deulkar (Pomburpa). Loving grandfather of LeeAnn, Austin, LyseAve, Keon, Kenyotha & Ansel. Passed away peacefully in Swindon-UK. Photo click here.

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COVID Headlines

22 Feb: Business Standard. As Maharashtra Covid cases rise, Goa mulls new restrictions, says health minister. Amid a surge in COVID cases in neighbouring Maharashtra, Goa health minister Vishwajit Rane on Sunday said he would meet Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to deliberate on steps to contain any fallout …  For further details click here
21 Feb: Times of India,. Covid-19 vaccine safe, no adverse reactions reported: Senior GMC doc. There have been no potentially life-threatening allergic reactions among those vaccinated till date, head of department of preventive medicine and nodal officer for vaccination at Goa Medical College, Dr Jagdish Kakodkar said on Saturday. “We didn’t have a single anaphylactic reaction unlike the Pfizer vaccine in the UK, unlike the Moderna vaccine… deaths in Norway, there is no death reported in the country out of one crore Indians who received the Covishield and Covaxin,” he said…  click here
21 Feb: Republic World. Goa Sees 39 COVID-19 Cases, 44 Recoveries, Over 1k Tests. Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 39 and reached 54,562 on Sunday, while the death toll remained unchanged at 787 and the recovery count rose by 44, an official said… click here.

A trade deal with India is the great Brexit prize that could determine the West’s fate

21 Feb: The Telegraph (UK). If any Western country is positioned to have a mutually beneficial trade deal with India, it is surely the UK, home to 1.5 million people of Indian descent. Many of our most successful entrepreneurs are of Indian background, and British brands from Jaguar cars to Tetley tea have attracted Indian buyers… Removing tariffs will bring benefits both ways. Gandhi would be astonished to learn that it is now Indian textiles that are hit by tariffs as they enter the UK – 9.6 per cent on men’s shirts, for example. Whisky, meanwhile, attracts an almost unbelievable 150 per cent tariff when sold to India. But, though tariff reduction is always and everywhere desirable, the bigger gains will be in the liberalisation of legal and financial services, facilitated investment and the mutual recognition of qualifications. Tech, coding and engineering are among the many instances of where our economies are naturally complementary…  For further details click here

International passengers take long road home to skip quarantine

18 Feb: New Indian Express. In view of Maharashtra making 14 days of institutional quarantine mandatory for passengers arriving from United Kingdom, South Africa, Middle East and Europe, many passengers from these countries are landing at the international airports in Bengaluru, Mangaluru and Goa and then taking domestic flights or continuing their journey by road to their state in order to bypass the rule. Sources said while passengers from Dubai and other Middle-Eastern cities are finding it convenient to land at Mangaluru International Airport, those from UK, South Africa and Europe are landing in Bengaluru International Airport and then taking domestic flights to Mumbai and other airports in Maharashtra…  For further details click here
21 Feb: Mint. Flying to India from abroad? New international travel rules from tomorrow … click here.

Delhi woman files rape complaint against Calangute hotelier

21 Feb: Times of India. A woman from Delhi has alleged that the owner of a popular beachside restaurant in Calangute had raped her. Although a team of Delhi police visited Goa a few days ago, it returned without making any arrests, Calangute police said… the alleged rape is said to have occurred in 2009.The Delhi woman, he said, is an owner of a beachside property in Calangute. The restaurant of the alleged accused is located next to this property. In November, some persons had damaged a portion of the popular beachside restaurant, following which the owner of the restaurant lodged a complaint against the Delhi owner of the adjacent property…  For further details click here
20 Feb: Navhind Times. Following a case filed by a Delhi woman against the owner of Calangute-based Souza Lobo restaurant that she has been raped, a Delhi police team is in Goa with an interstate arrest warrant to arrest the owner Jude Lobo…  click here
Video: 8 Nov: Awake Goans. Beware - Goans are not safe in Goa, attack on restaurant … click here.

Standing still as time stands still: Protect Goa’s Heritage Homes

21 Feb: Herald. For visitors and those who chose to make Goa their home, the balcaos and mother-of-pearl shell windows of its old houses have been as intriguing as its beaches and vibrant social life. Many have spent hours admiring the beauty of these heritage houses, further many have wanted to own them, and a few have had the chance to savour it from the inside as lucky residents of these beautiful dwellings. These houses speak as much as the State’s history and culture, as about the fine craftsmanship of Goans and their penchant for travel, education, and social and cultural interactions. So as Goa celebrates its 60th year of liberation from Portuguese rulers this year, and the government embarks on promoting heritage tourism acutely, preservation experts and heritage lovers are pressing on the urgency to have a stronger regulation in place to preserve heritage houses that dot India’s smallest State… 1910 words.  For further details click here
20 Feb: Architectural Digest. This heritage homestay in Goa is a piece of history come to life. Rochelle Santimano discusses her process of designing a luxury homestay while also preserving it as a piece of Goan history …  click here

Soon, go behind the scenes to see how feni is made in Goa

21 Feb: Times of India. Tourists, who have for years enjoyed the taste of feni, the state’s signature brew, will soon be able to venture on guided tours to ‘bhatis’ — places where the spirit is brewed using traditional methods. “Goa tourism is working on the tours, and if all goes well, tourists will get to see how feni is distilled starting this season,” said a tourism official. Feni received GI (geographical indication) status in 2009, and in 2016, it was declared the state’s heritage drink. For a few years now, stakeholders have suggested that Goa tourism offer tourists tours of ‘bhatis’ as is done in vineyards around the world…  For further details click here
Video: Travel & Learn. How to make feni Goa's local drink. By Nalini Elvino de Sousa …  click here

From jazz to hip hop, Afro-South Asian music collaborations reflect imagined, more liberatory worlds

21 Feb: Scroll. R Benedito Ferrão. A conversation with Elliott Powell, author of ‘Sounds from the Other Side: Afro-South Asian Collaborations in Black Popular Music’. Afro-South Asian (American) musical alliances demonstrate an “other side” of Black life, history, and politics, argues Elliott Powell in his new book, Sounds from the Other Side: Afro-South Asian Collaborations in Black Popular Music (University of Minnesota Press 2020). Powell covers over a half-century of Black and South Asian American musical collaborations, starting from the 1960s. Included in this study are John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Rick James, OutKast, Missy Elliott, Truth Hurts, Timbaland, and also Badal Roy, [Goan-origin] Lata Mangeshkar, Rajé Shwari and others. Powell, an Associate Professor of American Studies and Asian American Studies at the University of Minnesota, discussed his book, which is free to read online, with R Benedito Ferrão, Assistant Professor of English and Asian & Pacific Islander American Studies at the College of William & Mary in the US… 7041 words + videos.  For further details click here
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Video: Mayor of London honours Goa's Patricia Rozario with major award

20 Feb: You Tube. Goan Patricia Rozario OBE @PatriciaRozari3 honoured by @MayorofLondon Sadiq Khan "Outstanding Contribution to the Creative Industry". The final and most prestigious award at the Eastern Eye ACTAs in London. Proud moment for #Goa. She has thanked @ShrinivasDempo , @InlaksF and @GodrejGroup … 3m. 42s.  For further details click here
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Is the survival of Goa not in ‘national interest’? Strong voices speak up in riveting documentary

21 Feb: Herald. The Coal Story, a moving hour long plus documentary is the latest compilation of voices, facts and emotion, encompassing the historic people’s movement against three linear projects which people believe will make Goa a coal transportation hub. Gary Azavedo deep dives into the documentary and interacts with those who made a film which will become a very important repository of voices on record. The Coal Story produced by the ‘Living Heritage Foundation’ on the You Tube channel of ‘Eco Champions For Goa’ commences with national TV news segments relating to the anti-coal protests … Released on Valentine’s Day (February 14), ‘The Coal Story’ has been acclaimed by its appreciative viewers as ‘a long and well researched film worth watching for those who care about the future of Goa and the country. 1270 words  For further details click here
Video: 14 Feb: The Coal Story. Eco Champions For Goa. If Goa means anything to you, DO NOT MISS THIS! A documentary film about the revolution against coal that's brewing in Goa…69m. 24s.  click here
21 Feb: The Goan. Goan youth fighting to save environment get a shot in arm as Miss UN 2018 extends support … click here.

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20 Feb: Daily Mail. Bargains take off in the business-class bonanza: Airlines are slashing the cost of their plush seats. So why not treat yourself? As firms have stopped sending executives abroad for meetings, airlines have cut their business class fares. If you change at a European hub you can make big savings, especially if you will accept a lengthy stopover. Frequent flyer clubs are worth joining and most allow you to exchange points for business class upgrades …  click here

USA: Lawmakers denounce 'crisis point' of anti-Asian violence

20 Feb: USA Today. Lawmakers representing groups of minority members of Congress and top House Democratic leaders Friday denounced a "crisis point" of attacks against Asian Americans and called for action to prevent future attacks. .. Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chairperson Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., said the Asian American community had "reached a crisis point that cannot be ignored" amid reports of a rise in violence and hate incidents against Asian Americans in the last several weeks. Chu and other lawmakers said the attacks are part of a rise in anti-Asian American bias and xenophobia amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Stop AAPI Hate, a group tracking anti-Asian discrimination, said it had received more than 2,808 firsthand accounts of anti-Asian hate from mid-March 2020 through the end of 2020… 797 words.  For further details click here
Video: 17 Feb: CNN. Hundreds of people are volunteering to escort elderly Asian Americans to help keep them safe …  click here
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Committed to Better Goa, CM collects advice for better Ease of Doing Business

20 Feb: News Patrolling. Goa CM appreciates incentive-scheme, focus on services for better ‘Ease of Doing Business’ in State … Representatives from IACC and SAM & CO shared a white paper on ‘Goa and the Ease of Doing Business’, which included key recommendations from a round table discussion held last month. This deliberation had included 26 business leaders from Goa and from diverse sectors like pharma, IT, finance, telecom and mining… The White Paper includes recommendations on digitisation, e-processing, infrastructure and utility development, transparency and accountability. As a path to Goa’s growth story, it recommended a push to the services sector, food processing, medical tourism and value-added service industries…  For further details click here
Times of India. Ease of business rankings: Goa slips 5 places to 24 …  click here

Florida: Russell Andrade: St. Petersburg’s Iberian Rooster restaurant to close

19 Feb: Tampa Bay Times. For the last four and a half years, the Iberian Rooster in downtown St. Petersburg has been the place to go for anything but the ordinary. Russell Andrade said the loss of events at his downtown restaurant The Iberian Rooster prompted him to close the space… But the rooster will let out its final crow next week when it closes on Feb. 27. Andrade cited the pandemic as the primary cause for the shutter. Running a business that hinged on events just wasn’t feasible anymore, he said. Andrade opened the business in Nov. 2016. The concept was whimsical from the start … Most recently, a full renovation to the upstairs space included the new fast-casual Goan restaurant Avo’s Kitchen, which opened last September… Andrade, who is also a professional opera singer, said he is planning on focusing on his singing career in the future, and possibly moving to Germany, where he has friends and family…  For further details click here

Bermuda: Oswin Pereira: Judge upholds police officer’s dismissal

18 Feb: Royal Gazette. A police officer fired after he was accused of striking a teenage suspect with a baton and turning off his body camera has lost a legal battle to be reinstated. The Public Service Commission found last year that Oswin Pereira should not have been dismissed for the 2017 incident despite “gross misconduct” in turning off his body camera. But following a Judicial Review, Puisne Judge Shade Subair Williams found in a judgment written on Monday the officer’s prolonged dishonesty warranted his firing… The judge said that not only had Mr Pereira been found to be dishonest, but the dishonesty was self-serving and continual… Victoria Greening, counsel for Mr Pereira, said yesterday: “We are deciding whether to appeal after careful consideration of the judgment.” …  For further details click here

A DIY haven in Moira, Goa

20 Feb: Navhind Times. Set in a charming 100-year-old house in Moira, Maker’s Asylum is a space for people to come together to create, learn, and share tools and ideas. It all began in a garage. In 2013, Vaibhav Chhabra had the idea of getting together a group of like-minded creatives… Their new space, located in a charming house in Moira, which threw open its doors on January 31 consists of a full-fledged woodshop, laser cutting machine, 3D printers, metal shop, welding equipment, Virtual Reality gears, Electronics library and CNC machines… And looking back, as Maker’s Asylum has evolved, Chhabra has had a lot of important learning right from how to make a company work, how taxes work, how to hire the right people, and more. But of all this, there has been one that has been the most important. 1206 words.  For further details click here



Death: Marta Collaco. Ex Nairobi

17 Feb: Velim, Goa. MARTA MARGARIDA MARIA COLLACO Born 22 July 1920; Bairo dos Collacos, Velim; Ex Nairobi. Widow of Sebastian Xavier Paulo Collaco. Mother/mother-in-law of Walter/Hazel, Doris/Valencio, Daisy/Valmiki and late Deolinda. Grandmother of Lloyd/Rowena, Carol/Fraizer, Stephanie/Macbert, Rochelle/Gabriel, Renzil/Beverley and Rouella. Great grandmother of Alisha, Latoya, Liora, Shane, Macson, Keenisha, Kaitlyn and Kiara. Daughter of late Vidiano Collaco and late Maria Josefa Coutinho, sister of late Sevira, late Lilia/late Raimundo Collaco, late Fernando/ late Vitalda Carvalho, late Ricardo and late Caetano/late Filipina. Sister-in-law of late Paulino/late Luizinha, late Helena, late Virginia/late Berge, late Aurora and late ldalina/late Jose Maria. Passed away peacefully. Funeral was held at St. Francis Xavier Church, Velim, on 18 February 2021 with close relatives due to current restrictions. click here.

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COVID Headlines

19 Feb: Times of India. Goa: Doctors urge citizens not to drop guard although Covid cases reduce. Since December, Goa has seen a slowdown in the number of Covid cases. Currently, the daily average is less than 50 cases, but the medical fraternity is still a worried lot. Their concern has been heightened with people hardly taking precautions against Covid, especially when the parts of Maharashtra are reporting a rise in Covid infections…  For further details click here
19 Feb: Time. India's Vaccine Rollout Stumbles as COVID-19 Cases Decline. That's Bad News for the Rest of the World. For the “pharmacy of the world,” which produced 60% of the vaccines for global use before the pandemic, supply was never going to be a problem… And yet, one month into its vaccination campaign, India is struggling to get even its health workers to line up for shots …  click here
19 Feb: Indian Express. New Covid-19 guidelines for international passengers: here’s what has changed. The Centre has refreshed its guidelines for international arrival in a bid to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with a specific focus on those arriving from the United Kingdom, Brazil and South Africa... click here.

Unseasonal rain, hailstorm in Goa

20 Feb: The Goan. Many parts of the State witnessed spells of rain and hailstorm on Friday evening even as the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecasted isolated thunderstorms for the next 24 hours… the last time when Goa received rainfall in February was in 2013. An official said the hailstorm in Goa was not an unusual phenomenon as the State had experienced hail in 2018. “The frequency of hailstorm in Goa is very less. There were no reports of any damage from anywhere,” he said…  For further details click here
Video: 19 Feb: InGoaNews. Unseasonal rain, hailstorm lash Goa …  click here

Catholics fearful over 'hounding' of young Indian activists

19 Feb: Union of Catholic Asian News. A Catholic forum has joined activists, lawyers and political leaders to condemn the arrest of young climate change and environmental activists in India. It followed the arrest of environmentalist Disha Ravi for her alleged involvement with the “toolkit” case being investigated by the federal government in relation to the Jan. 26 tractor rally violence in New Delhi. The 22-year-old was apprehended from her residence in Bengaluru on Feb. 14 by Delhi police. “The All India Catholic Union is deeply distressed and extremely worried by the hounding of young climate change and environment activists in the country,” AICU national president Lancy D. Cunha said a Feb. 18 statement…AICU spokesperson John Dayal said Ravi was accused of sharing a Google advocacy document toolkit inviting solidarity with the Indian farmers' protests. It was shared by noted Swedish climate change activist Greta Thunberg…  For further details click here
19 Feb: Counterview. Catholic Union: Hounding of young climate change activists is 'deeply worrying' …  click here

How to speak like a Goan: Words from the land of susegad

19 Feb: Scroll. An excerpt from ‘Susegad: The Goan Art of Contentment’, by Clyde D’ Souza… Patrao: boss … Aago: feminine term for “murray”… Obrigado: Thank you … Maalkiryaat: naughty person … Dev Borem Korum: God bless you … Konkani Proverbs: “Aiz maka, faela tuka”: “Today for me, tomorrow for you.” … Given the state’s multicultural history, Goan proverbs are born from many languages and lifestyles. They reflect and reveal a rich mix of Konkani, Marathi, Portuguese and even Urdu. The expressions trace their roots to the lifestyles of people, how they worked, their jobs in the fields or climbing coconut trees. To really enjoy the proverbs, one must hear them in a Goan dialect… Many of these proverbs are stinging one-liners, with sharp humour and tongue firmly in cheek… Here are some more Konkani proverbs … 1299 words.  For further details click here

Mystery as homeless man 'killed by heart of stone' in rare medical anomaly

19 Feb: Daily Mirror (UK). Medics in Goa, India, were stunned when the man was found unresponsive in a park with no obvious cause of death. When an autopsy was carried out, the man's heart was found to have calcified, effectively turning the vital organ to stone said Dr Bharat Sreekumar … "The gross structure of the heart had not much changed and it appeared pretty much normal… Nobody knows whether there are underlying causes to blame for the strange occurrence… Goa Medical College released an image showing the calcification of the man's heart under the microscope. However, the college were unable to release images of the man himself and his identity remains unknown. "He was a beggar seen roaming the park area in Goa. His age was approximately 50 years," said Dr Sreekumar. "The patient was brought for autopsy, since he was found as an unidentified person lying in a park in Goa… 533 words  For further details click here

1583 Goa revolt challenges 1857 Meerut uprising as India’s first war-cry against colonists

19 Feb: IANS. Sepoy Mangal Pandey-inspired Meerut uprising of 1857, reckoned in history as the first revolt against colonial rule, may well have competition. According to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, a revolt in 1583 by villagers of Cuncolim in South Goa, then a flourishing hub of trade, which inspired a several years' long boycott of tax payments to the Portuguese regime, would soon find its place in history books in schools of Goa as the first such revolt against colonists… Known as the Cuncolim revolt of 1583, villagers from Cuncolim killed proselytizing Roman Catholic priests and their armed escorts, who were in the process of converting villagers and desecrating Hindu temples in the region… The massacre resulted in swift retaliation by the Portuguese, who connived to execute a dozen chieftains from Cuncolim and the adjoining villages of Ambelim, Assolna, Veroda and Velim, without trial, after luring them for a peaceful parley…  For further details click here
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Lady shares love story of her Nigerian father and Indian mom

19 Feb: Trending Hub (Nigeria). Oluwafunmilayo Pooja, a Nigerian-Indian lady and a product of “namaste wahala”, has shared her story on Twitter. She disclosed that her mother (photo) is from Goa in India, while her father is from Lagos State. According to her, her parents met in Nigeria. In her words: “My mom and dad did their own “Namaste Wahala” back when it was a taboo. I’m going to have to make them watch it, so they see a replica of their love story. My dad is from Lagos state, isale eko. Omo Balogun ni mi. My mom is from Goa in India. My parent’s story began in Nigeria. Yes, My mom and dad met in Nigeria. I thank God for my Nigerian dad and Indian mom. I am blessed with the best of both worlds.” My parents sadly didn’t give me an Indian name, but I named myself Pooja …  For further details click here

The Motto Goa Tourism Should Totally Adopt

19 Feb: By Purba Ray. Goa’s “F*** COVID” brand of tourism grows on you. My indoctrination into this alternate universe was gradual. I returned to Delhi after spending nine blissful days in Goa. And it was like I had landed on another planet… The carefree folks of Goa, have managed to suppress COVID-19. And the state didn’t even have to send masked hooligans to terrorise the virus. Maybe it’s the air thick with weed and trance music playing somewhere that makes you buy into Goa’s “F*** COVID” brand of tourism… Your hemlines start rising. Hours cease to exist. You strike up conversations with strangers. Exchange stories, even phone numbers… 995 words.  For further details click here



Death & Funeral: Annet Fernandes. Ex Nairobi

24th Jan. 2021. Hayes Middlesex, UK. It is with great sorrow we announce the loss of ANNET FERNANDES who passed away peacefully aged 56. Daughter of late Jose & Pricila Fernandes. Sister of Rose/Jerry, Jane/Johnny, Dominic/Myrose (Canada) Margaret & Anthony. Aunt to Raymond, Ethan (Canada) & Dylan. Requiem Mass will be on Wed. 24th February 2021 at 10am at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Hayes. Followed by cremation at 11.45am at Breakspear Crematorium, Ruislip. Due to current COVID restrictions the family are having a private funeral service. Family and friends can view the Funeral Mass live on the following link and the Cremation: Username: Xivu1533 Password: 914930 In lieu of flowers, Donations in memory of Annet to British Heart Foundation at Condolence messages can be sent to:

Death: Benny Silveira. Ex Divar, Goa
18 Jan. Southall, London. BENEZINHO SILVIO PIEDADE SILVEIRA (BENNY). Ex Divar. Born: 03/11/1960. Beloved son of late Santana and late Estaquia. Brother/ Brother-in-law of late Constantino/Carmelina, Vincente (Saul)/Baby, Felix (Magnu)/Lauretta. Uncle of Edel/Anisha, Eneka, Vaina/Cruyff, Velma, Vedisa, Bevan, Sanford and Samantha. There will be Mass for the soul of our beloved Benny on 20 February, 2021 at Our Lady of Piety Church, Piedade-Divar, at 8.30 a.m. Photo.  For further details click here
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India issues new guidelines for passengers arriving from the UK, Brazil, Europe and Middle East countries

18 Feb: Business Insider (India). Amid fear of new coronavirus strains, the Ministry of Civil Aviation issued new guidelines for international arrivals in India. The new Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) will come into effect from midnight on February 22 till further orders. The guidelines came after at least five travellers, who returned to India recently, have been detected with the infectious Covid-19 variants found in South Africa and Brazil… Here’s what all international passengers should adhere to … Here’s what all international passengers coming or transiting through flights originating from the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa Europe and the Middle East should adhere to … The government has suspended international scheduled flights till February 28. Overseas flights to and from India are currently operated as per air bubble agreements with various countries…  For further details click here

India mulls 'calibrated reopening' for foreign tourists from Covid safe countries

18 Feb: Times of India. India could soon reopen its doors for foreign tourists from countries where Covid situation is under control, by following all required health protocol. Top government officials say inter-ministerial talks are currently on for a “calibrated resumption of tourist visas on a country-specific basis.” India had suspended most visas issued to foreigners in March last year due to the Covid pandemic. In the past few months it has allowed foreigners with certain visa types — except tourist — to travel here… Indian airline and airport operators have also been seeking re-allowing of international tourists by taking all required precautions. Barring a few states, India is among the few countries that have been able to control the spread of Covid…  For further details click here

Video: COVID-19: Prince Charles 'saddened' at low vaccine uptake by ethnic minorities as stars join campaign

18 Feb: Sky News. The Prince of Wales said he has been "saddened" by "the variable uptake of coronavirus jabs" in black and Asian communities… Calling the pandemic a "pernicious threat" and the low vaccine rates among some communities a "vexing issue", he said he had been inspired to speak out to "enable people from every background to take up the vaccine" and "that barriers to its adoption be removed". The event also introduced a celebrity-packed video urging people to have the COVID-19 jab. The coronavirus myth-busting short film was shown across the UK's main commercial TV channels - Sky, ITV, Channel 4, Channel 5 and STV - at 21:56 GMT tonight, in the "biggest roadblock in TV history". The three-and-a-half-minute programme, which was originally shown online, now has a host of new stars urging people to #TakeTheVaccine…  For further details click here
18 Feb: Evening Standard (London). Structural racism ‘partly to blame for high BAME Covid deaths’, warns health chief …  click here
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Grab, jab and release: keeping rabies off the streets of Goa

18 Feb: GAVI. Since 2014, Mission Rabies, a charity with UK roots, has been engaged in an all-out offensive to vaccinate the coastal state’s free-roaming and “part-owned” canine population. The organisation’s squadron of yellow-shirted vaccinators, armed with dog-catcher’s nets, needles, finely-honed agility and doses of the all-important canine vaccine, grab, jab and release around 100,000 dogs a year. The results have been striking. In 2014, the year Mission Rabies began their work, Goa’s rabies death toll stood at 15. That figure fell sharply each year until, in 2017, the state saw just a single case. Since then, Goa has been human-rabies free … However, in 2020 there were more than 20 confirmed cases… Was the lockdown somehow causing a surge in canine rabies cases? … 1452 words.  For further details click here
18 Feb: Times of India. Over 7,000 canines vaccinated in January …  click here

Hi-tech kidnappers floored by language barrier

18 Feb: Herald. Crime syndicate lured overseas job seekers with promise of jobs in Canada; Would hold victims till ransom was paid and then let them off A bizarre kidnapping story unfolded in Goa that had all the elements of a potboiler with international ramifications. A sophisticated crime syndicate targeting vulnerable overseas job seekers could have gone undetected but for one flaw – the kidnappers did not speak the language of the victim. Shapoor Zarifi, an Afghan national, the latest victim of a 13-member gang led by Sushil Singh alias Rishab, communicated in Persian with his fiancée with the kidnappers clueless of what he was saying. Here’s how it worked: The organised criminal network identified potential victims across States luring them with job offers in Canada, getting fake travel documents done and eventually kidnapping their target for ransom… The criminals’ meticulous planning has also exposed involvement of two Goans, one of whom was tasked with renting out an accommodation to avoid verification formalities …  For further details click here
19 Feb: Herald. Beaten and tortured, Afghan kidnap victim tricked kidnappers. He was kept naked and was beaten regularly by the criminal gang that held him captive at a bungalow in Porvorim. He was tortured by the gang of 13, including a minor…Hasn’t given up on dream to work in Canada …  click here

Portugal: PM among government leaders highlighted by Indian Diaspora Organisation

18 Feb: Macau Business. Portugal’s prime minister, António Costa, is one of the names highlighted in the 2021 edition of Indiaspora, an organisation that publicises the achievements of the Indian diaspora, and this year also includes the vice president of the United States, Kamala Harris… Costa is one of the highlights in a video released on the organisation’s website … In Portugal, besides Costa – son of a Goan father and the first European head of government of Indian origin – the list compiled by the organisation includes yet another minister of Goan origin, Ângelo Nelson de Souza (photo), who was born in Goa in 1954 and came to Portugal with his family when he was seven…  For further details click here

Tiatr fraternity hails Sammy Tavares for stopping a full-blown murderous gang fight in Margao

18 Feb: Herald. Tiatrist cop Sammy Tavares used his dramatic stage spirit to answer his call of duty. SP Coastal Police Sammy Tavares is a man of action. On Tuesday, in a busy junction at Fatorda, he noticed what turned out to be vicious criminal gang fight and gave chase to prevent a certain murder, albeit of a history sheeter. Cafe spoke to tiatrists for their views of the man who traverses two different worlds and how he does so…Noted Fadista Sonia Shirshat has acted in three tiatrs by Sami … “I travelled with him to America, UK, Paris and it was always very nice”…  For further details click here
18 Feb: The Goan. Gang rivalry plays out in Fatorda, criminal shot in broad daylight …  click here
Video: 17 Feb: Goa 365 TV. Cops save history sheeter Anwar Sheikh from certain death, arrest one … click here.

Kerala High Court dismisses rape convict Catholic priest’s outrageous plea to marry survivor

17 Feb: News Minute. The Kerala High Court has dismissed the outrageous plea filed by rape convict Catholic priest Robin Vadakkumchery, who asked to be let out on bail so that he can “marry the survivor.” The court has dismissed the priest’s plea filed by the rape convict stating that there is no merit in the plea… It was in last July that Catholic priest Robin, who has been convicted by a POCSO court for 20 years in prison for raping and impregnating a minor girl, had moved the Kerala High Court with an outrageous plea that he should be granted bail so that he may “marry the survivor” and “take care of the child born to her.” …  For further details click here
Video: New Indian Express. Pope Francis defrocks rape convict Kerala priest Robin Vadakkumchery …  click here

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