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Death: Sofia e Frias Pinto

27 Apr: Panjim, Goa. SOFIA LOBO E FRIAS PINTO Born - 03.05.1930. Loving wife of Late Francisco Frias Pinto. Daughter of Late Jose Augusto Lobo & Late Olinda Barreto e Lobo. Daughter-in-law of Late Mario Frias Pinto & Late Lizelia Saldanha eFrias Pinto. Sister/Sister-in-law of Late Filomena & Late Vitor Lobo (Portugal), Eloisa & Late Alexandre Pinto, Celia & Late Luis Figueiredo, Maria & Nuno Ticlo, Manuel & Maria dos Santos Lobo (Portugal), Terezinha & Late Roldao Menezes and Late Francisco & Teresa Lobo. Sister-in-law of Late Virginia & Late Jose, Late Elba, Late Jose & Late Cristalina, Late Fr. Ismael, Late Angelo, Late Amancio & Rita Maria(Portugal), Late Sr. Zinia, Terencio& Bernadette. Mother/Mother in law of: Mario & Merlin Pinto, Edgar & Catherine Pinto, Susanna & Eric Pinto (Australia), Norman & Giselle Pinto( Australia), Celine & Joe Vas (Australia) Grandmother/in-law and Great grandmother of: Nirmala & Rebecca, Neil & Renee, Natalie& Rohan; Isaiah & James;Andrew & Jessica and Daniel, Joel & Adele, Marushka & Jonathan.
Funeral cortege will leave her residence on Friday, 28 April 2017 at 3.30 p.m. to the Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima (Don Bosco), Panjim for the Eucharistic celebration 4.00 p.m. followed by burial at St Ines cemetery.

Death: Neville MacKinnon
24 Apr: Sydney, Aus. NEVILLE ANTHONY MACKINNON. Ex New Misquita Gardens, Fatima Parish – Karachi. Beloved husband of Linda, loving father of Yvette (Aaron) Australia, Brian (Charlotte) Canada & Terry Australia. Adored Grandfather to Megan, Matthew and Luke. The funeral details are as follows: Saturday April 29th 2017 St Agatha’s Catholic Church 20 Boundary Road, Pennant Hills, NSW. Viewing 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Mass 10.00 a.m. Burial at Castle Hill Cemetery – Gilbert Road, Castle Hill. [Info: Tony Colaco] Condolence messages may be sent to Yvette at or Terry at

Vernon (Bobo) Fernandes
26 Apr: Mississauga (Canada). VERNON (BOBO) FERNANDES. Formerly lived on Somerset Street above St John Vianney School, Saddar, Karachi. Beloved Husband of Laura (Monteiro) Fernandes. Loving Brother of the late Leonard (Lenny) (Doris), Sister Jennifer Anthony), Brother Kevin (Jean), Brother Russell, Brother-in-law Gaulbert (Daphane) Sister-in-law Margaret (Tony), Brother-in-law Hubert (Gloria), Nieces, Nephews, Grand Nieces and Grand Nephews. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 at 10:00 A.M. at: St. Francis de Sales Church, 1001 Ravenscroft Road, Ajax, On. L1T 4X1. Note; there will be no viewing and burial ceremony. [Info: Pompie Gois]

News Summary

Former Mombasa Goans celebrate 40th anniversary in Australia

27 Apr: Coastweek (Mombasa). By Cyprian Fernandes. On May 27, several ex-Mombasa Goans, among them Harold and Hazel D’Souza, Joe and Natty Gonsalves, Mabel and the late Franco Pereira, Cressy and Alan D’Souza, Joe Pereira and Tony Fernandes, will mark the 40th anniversary of the formation of the Goan Overseas Association of New South Wales Australia at a sell-out gala dinner and dance in Sydney … In recent years, one man has stood head and shoulders above: Tony Colaco … It is to the association’s great credit that it has been able to inspire people to dedicate their time and their talents for the continued success of the association. It is this spirit of unhindered dedication we raise our glasses to … 40 years of wonderful people who played their part in arriving at this day … Happy Birthday, GOA NSW. 1770 words.  For further details click here

FemNet Issue 60

Would you believe that, FEMNET just turned 5? Through the pages of this 5th Anniversary issue in its new bi-monthly avatar, we're celebrating our wonderful association and bond. The issue is weightier, for just one reason -- it's an Anniversary indulgence! Every one of your notes was precious... just couldn't leave out any. So, while we celebrate this unique platform uniting women across the globe, Issue No. 60, explores certain powerful & hard topics - Women as life-changers and their power in growing healthy families. Some stories relating to health, some attitude, some compassion and some to our kitchens! Enjoy the reading. We hope this Issue is weightier, not just in size but in terms of content and the value it brings to you....Will be back with some monsoon magic in June!  For further details click here

Oliver Sean: Slaying it solo!

25 Apr: Viva Goa Magazine. Now we have another unsung artist of Goan origin taking the west by storm with his songs. Bearing Italian-Portuguese Goan heritage, Oliver Sean began singing at the age of four, strumming the guitar at eight and composing lyrics at 11. Based between the UK and India, he today owns two recording studios — one in Goa, and the other in Dubai. His discography with WOA Entertainment began in 1999 with his single ‘There She Is Again’. Sean is the founder of WOA International, a music company that promotes international independent music in India and Dubai … Sean has held tours across England, New York, Costa Rica, Dubai and more…  For further details click here
For the Oliver Sean official site with bio, photos, videos, etc.  click here

Cabbies run down online drive; reject Ola and Uber

27 Apr: The Goan. Angered by an online petition to bring taxi operating companies Ola and Uber to the state, the taxi drivers association on Wednesday strongly disapproved of the petitioner, Mahesh Sardesai, calling them ‘goondas’. However, they maintained their stand that they were against the companies setting base in the state. Speaking to The Goan, North Goa Tourist Taxi Association (NGTTA) president Vinayak Nanoskar said it was okay for a citizen to practice his right to start a petition but should have refrained from using harsh language. In addition, Nanoskar also took to the social media (Facebook) threatening the petitioner who is reportedly living in Canada…  For further details click here
To sign the petition,  click here

McDonald’s expands footprint in Goa with second outlet in Calangute

25 Apr: Viva Goa Magazine. Westlife Development Limited, owner of the master franchisee of McDonald’s restaurants in west and south India, recently announced the launch of its second restaurant in Goa. The state felt the McDonald’s pulse in June 2016 with its first restaurant at Mall De Goa, Porvorim, and owing to the warm welcome, the brand has brought its second restaurant to Calangute. This restaurant will also have McDonald’s successful brand extensions – the in-house coffee style chain McCafé and the newly launched McBreakfast… The menu features specialities like the dosa masala brioche, the McAloo Tikki, McVeggi, McSpicy Paneer …  For further details click here

Lisbon: Museu do Oriente hosts workshop on ayurvedic food

24 Apr: NIT (Portugal) Do you know what ayurveda means? It is a Sanskrit word meaning life (ayur) and wisdom (veda) … food can be the key to health. To make this type of food known, the Museu do Oriente in Lisbon will have a workshop scheduled for May 23, 24 and 25, Friday through Sunday. It's three hours a day, between 10 and 13 hours… The workshop will be led by Maria Leonor Braga, born in Goa, family therapist and international chef of ayurvedic cooking. The event has a limit of 15 participants and costs € 60. Entries must be made online. …  For further details click here

Goa tourist industry asks government to subsidize charter flights from Russia

27 Apr: TourBus (Russia). The Association of Travel and Tourism Goa has urged the government to subsidise charter flights from Russia for fear of competition between Turkey and Goa in the summer season, - says ATOR . "Turkey - a new competitor to Goa in sharing of the Russian "tourism pie " - such titles can be found in the Indian press in the second half of April. Observers admit that the first 4 months of 2017 to Goa have been successful in terms of the volume of attracted tourist traffic from Russia, however, indicate that the withdrawal in April 25 charter destinations due to the fact that Turkey has become a "favorite of the season," the Russians. Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) states that the number of bookings for the coming summer season decreased due to the warming of relations between Russia and Turkey…  click here

Forthcoming Events: UK & Canada

UK: Sun. 30 Apr: Cortalim Union (UK) proudly celebrate their 39th Anniversary Ball and feast of St Philip & St James at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 1.15 pm followed by social with music by the dynamic live band 'Outbreak' and 'DJ Richiee'. Catering by 'Bernie's Kitchen'. Tickets (including snacks & meal) - Adults £13.00 up to 9th April 2017, thereafter £15.00, Children £7.00 (4-10 years). For tickets and details, please contact:- Chris D'Cruz - Tel no: 07739 876718, Ligor D'Mello - Tel no: 07821 645317, Tino Goes - Tel no: 07821 900490, Georgina Gomes - Tel no: 07974 289640, Francis Gomes - Tel no: 07701 334279. For the flyer, click here.

Canada: Sun. 30 April 2017: 11:00 am: Assolna Velim Cuncolim (AVC) Union presents a Social event at Payal Banquet Hall, 3410 Semenyk Court, Mississauga ON. Adults $30.00, Children (2-12) $15.00. Dance to the music of the popular "Bigfoot" band. Enjoy hot appetizers, followed by a delicious veg/non veg buffet complemented by Goan fish curry, sannas and homemade sorpotel. Grand raffle and many other prizes to be won including return tickets Toronto-Mumbai -Goa for 2 persons. Call or email our committee members: Mario: 647-886-6274, Henry:416-835-2221-, Mabel: 416-779-3355, Vivy: 416-300-5461-, Edwin: 905-608-1005-, Valens:905-615-8143- For the flyer, click here.

UK: Sat 6 May: Santa Cruz Goan Association (UK) would like to invite one and all to our Santa Cruz Feast Mass @ 3 pm at Holy Rood Church Swindon followed by Dine and Dance at Punjabi Sikh Community Hall Swindon SN2 8AZ from 7 pm. Contact for tickets Jose Pereira - 07541243010, Hilario Do Rego - 07511135841, Nevin D' Souza - 0792853659, Francisco De Araujo (Hanchik) - 07861884114, Menino Martins - 07466984208, Bosco Fernandes - 07518592437. For the flyer, click here.

UK: Sun. 7 May. The Missionaries of St Francis Xavier, popularly known as the Pilar Fathers complete 25 years of their glorious presence in the UK this year. To celebrate this joyous achievement in a befitting manner, twin functions are planned in the month of May 2017. A concelebrated High Mass will be celebrated at St George's Cathedral (Southwark) on Sunday 7th May 2017 at 2.45 pm presided by His Excellency The Archbishop of Southwark, Peter Smith. All are welcome! For the flyer, click here.

UK: Sun. 7 May. From: 2 pm to 6 pm at: St Patrick's Church, Hardie Close (Behind Ikea) Neasden, London - NW10 OUH. Bus No : 92, 112, 232, 332. Led by Fr Bonaventure Rodrigues, Spiritual Director, St Peter's Seminary, Bangalore, India. For Enquiries please contact : STANY 07988860871 or GRACE 07859156249. For the flyer, click here.

UK: Sun. 7 May: Saligão Association UK. We are proudly celebrating our Feast of Mãe de Deus and cordially invite all members, family and friends to join us on this special occasion. The event is held at Stanley Park High School, Damson Way, Carshalton SM5 4NS. The occasion commences at 12:15 with a mass and blessings-followed with full entertainment from Say One Do One. Enjoy the delicious, tasty meals and snacks provided by Caterers Bernie's Kitchen with a fully licenced bar - Ed's ready to quench your thirst buds. The ticket prices are as follows - Adults Members-£14.00 Adult Guests- £15.00 .Children meals served-Tickets prices- (11-15 years old) £11.00 (2-10 years) £6.00. Please apply early to avoid disappointment as closing date is the 28th April. Complete the attached application form and email to Our main contact is Julius Sequeira Tel: 07769 156254 or you can reach out to: Lorna D'Silva, Claire D'Souza or Francis D'Silva. For the application form, click here.

UK: Sat. 13 May: GOA UK - INVITE YOU TO AN AFTERNOON WITH OUR LADY OF FATIMA - CENTENARY EVENT OF THE APPARITION THAT TOOK PLACE ON 13TH MAY 1917. Venue: St.Andrew RC Church, Brook Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, CR7 7RD. The event will commence at 12.00 NOON with Benediction, Rosary and Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Holy Mass will be offered for the Goan Community and its friends. After the prayer service, there will be refreshments in the hall. Please come and join us in the presence of Our Lady of Fatima. The Statue is one of the four statues of Our Lady commission by Pope Benedict XV after the apparitions. This statue was then blessed by Pope Pius X. For further details, please email or call Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa on 07958 537314 - Vince Fernandes on 07853 132336 - Sandra Fernandes on 07768 080537. For the flyer, click here

UK: Sun. 14 May. The Missionaries of St Francis Xavier, popularly known as the Pilar Fathers complete 25 years of their glorious presence in the UK this year. To celebrate this joyous achievement in a befitting manner, the second occasion will be a grand Social Event commencing at 1.30 pm, at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road Croydon, with top UK bands in attendance. Entry by Ticket for the second event - proceeds of which will help to raise funds for the Pilar Missions. For tickets please contact: CROYDON - Nina Pinto: 020 8767 0663, Joe Fernandes: 07764659305, Jennifer Da Silva: 07712273024, Cyrila Pereira: 07763208222. WEMBLEY - Mary Xavier: 07440025962, Dominic D'Souza: 07440485347 SOUTHALL - Wilson: 07417434187 SWINDON - Peter Baretto: 07448711797 HOUNSLOW - Debbie: 07896007011, John Rodrigues: 07723486707 PILAR FATHERS - 020 8648 3800, Fr Patrick: 07424427698, Fr Lucas: 07523453631. For the flyer, click here.

UK: Sun. 28 May. The Bakuli Reunion committee invite you to celebrate their farewell event at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3AS from 1.00pm - 8.00pm. Yes, this will be the very last event of The Bakuli Reunion. Live music will be provided by two bands, Zodiac & Rainbows End. Catering by Bernie's Caterers and licensed bar by Greg Carvalho and his team. Tickets (including a meal & snacks) - Adults £15.00, children £6.00 (2 - 10 years). For tickets and further information please contact: Tony Lobo 020 85420528 Mobile 07783103118 (up to 16th April & after 7th May), Reg Da Cunha 020 77322659 Mobile 07961162569 (up to 20th April and after 28th April), Theo Pinto 020 83025385, Agnes Rato 020 86566520 Mobile 07984409355. For the flyer, click here.

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News Summary

Video: Hawaii: Australian visitor Gizelle D'Souza attacked and robbed

25 Apr: Hawaii News. Gizelle D'Souza, the Australian woman who reported being assaulted and robbed by an escaped inmate last week says she's still having nightmares about the incident… "I'm still having nightmares about this person hitting me, having sleepless nights literally," said visitor Gizelle D’Souza… D'Souza was walking out of the women's restroom at Kailua Beach Park when she was attacked … Four days after the attack, the Australian visitor still has a black eye and her jaw is wired shut… D’Souza and her husband, Chris, said they had been planning their Easter Sunday holiday vacation to Hawaii for several months…  For further details click here
Video: Khon2 News. Bloodied and bruised, victim describes alleged attack by escaped inmate … 4m. 53s.  click here
Gizelle and Chris live in Melbourne and are originally from Bandra, Mumbai. For her Facebook page, click here.

Video: Ex-CIA agent Sabrina De Sousa speaks out on post 9/11 rendition program

25 Apr: Crossroads, i24News (Israel). Sabrina De Sousa who has returned to USA talks to David Shuster and Michelle Makori about her release from Italian jail, which she credits to the administration of President Donald Trump, and the post 9/11 "extraordinary rendition" program … 6m. 36s.  For further details click here
For the Sabrina De Sousa Twitter feed,  click here

Petition to CM to allow Ola, Uber goes viral on social media

26 Apr: Times of India. An online petition, addressed to chief minister Manohar Parrikar to allow cab aggregator companies like Ola and Uber went viral on Tuesday. The petition on , started by Mahesh Sardesai, a Goan presently residing in Canada, has requested Parrikar to allow Ola and Uber to operate in the state by listing out 12 reasons… The petition has received a positive response, with over 1900 signatures within the first ten hours of it going online…  For further details click here
Video: 26th Apr. Prudent. SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN AGAINST GOA TAXI OWNERS … 3m. 53s.  click here
3833 signatories so far. To sign the petition, click here.

Architecture in Goa

26 Apr: Media India. Reminiscent of the Portuguese who colonised the state in 1510, the buildings in Goa are a reflection of the culture and aesthetics from Europe and also of the traditional Goan style of architecture. Before the Portuguese arrived in Goa, the houses and other buildings were mostly made of mud (sometimes also laterite) and would have a thatched roof. However, when the Portuguese arrived they brought with them their own style and techniques. Laterite was now being used more often and the constructions magnified the windows, with big windows replacing the smaller ones and the otherwise dull walls were now painted in a rainbow palette …  For further details click here

Goa Governor: Do not send your parents to old age homes or break your marriage

26 Apr: Chronicler. While speaking at the 29th annual convocation ceremony of Goa University, Goa’s Governor Mridula Sinha (photo) surprised the post graduate and doctorate students when she asked them to take some unusual vows… “I want you to take four pledges. First, you will not send your parents to old age homes… She urged them if they witnessed exploitation of women, they should help even if it means risking their lives… The Governor emphasized on keeping the surroundings clean and not breaking the marriage …  For further details click here

Menino D’Souza appointed Director of Goa Tourism

26 Apr: Travel Biz Monitor. Earlier this week, Menino D’Souza has taken charge as Director of the Department of Tourism, Government of Goa, replacing Sanjeev C. Gauns Dessai, stated a release… D’Souza is an officer of the Goa Civil Service Cadre and has been the Goa Excise Commissioner since 2012.  For further details click here

Auction: Antique ocean going Goan canoe

29 Apr: Austin, Texas. Austin Auction Gallery. Antique ocean going Goan canoe, late 19th c., carved in one piece excluding seats, set for display on a scrolled wrought iron stand, canoe, repairs and fire damage, canoe: 16' long, with wrought iron stand: 45"h Start Price: $150.00. Estimate$300-$500 …  For further details click here


DOCUMENTARY: Crossing Continents. BBC Radio 4. Mon. 1st May. 20:30 to 21:00. Reports from around the world. Wives Wanted in the Faroes: The Faroe Islands are facing a shortage of women of marriageable age. Many of them have left and not returned, so men are now travelling to South East Asia looking for love. Tim Ecott investigates.

DOCUMENTARY: Raga: A Film Journey Into the Soul of India. Channel 4. Tues. 2nd May. 03:45 to 05:20. Howard Worth's documentary follows sitar master Ravi Shankar during the late 1960s. It tracks his return to India to revisit his guru, the Bengali multi-instrumentalist and composer Allauddin Khan; explores Shankar's life as a musician and teacher in the US and Europe, where he helped to introduce Indian classical music and culture; and looks at his influences, including his dancer brother Uday Shankar, and his work with Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison.

TALK SHOW: The Listening Project. BBC Radio 4. Wed. 3rd May. 10:55 to 11:00. Fi Glover presents the conversation series that offers a snapshot of contemporary Britain. Seamus and Asha - Love Isn't Just Feelings: Asha and her adoptive father consider how her Indian roots affect her identification with family and community.

DOCUMENTARY: Celebrating Life at 117. BBC World Service Radio. Thurs. 4th May. 02:32 to 03:00. Priscilla N'gethe reflects as her great-grandmother Elizabeth Gathoni Koinange celebrates her 117th birthday in Kenya. For a video version of the programme go to

DOCUMENTARY: 101 East: Discussion. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Thurs. 4th May. 23:30 to 00:00.India's Love Commandos. 101 East meets India's 'Love Commandos' - the men risking their own lives to help protect young lovers from being killed in the name of honour.

MOTORING: Chop Shop: London Garage. Quest (Freeview 37). Fri. 5th May. 05:00 to 06:00. Angel Cab. Leading the Mela procession, Leepu and Bernie drive their Angel Car creation down the crowded streets of Brick Lane as part of the Bangladeshi New Year celebrations.

DOCUMENTARY: UK Border Force. Pick (Freeview 11). Fri. 5th May. 09:00 to 10:00. Series two of the powerful and provocative documentary about how the UK Border Agency enforces immigration and custom regulations both in the UK and abroad. Episode 1, Part 1 of 10.



Death: Patrick D'Costa

20 Apr: Hounslow, London, UK. PATRICK ALOYSIUS D'COSTA. Born in Bombay 2 May 1933. Widower of Dorothy A. D'Costa; father of Rodney, Everard & Marina; grandfather of Kimberly, Kelly, Yasmin, Edouard, Charles & Pierre. The funeral mass will be held at St. Michael & St. Martin's Church, 94 Bath Road, Hounslow TW3 3EH on Thursday 4th May at 10am followed by a cremation at 11:40am at South West Middlesex Crematorium, Hounslow Road, Hanworth Feltham TW13 5JH. A Reception will be held afterwards at Ramada Hotel, Lampton Road, Hounslow TW3 1JL. At the request of the family, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made by cheque (payable to "CW Plus") or cash (collection box available at the Church courtesy of The Co-Operative Funeralcare Directors) or online (please specify "Lampton Ward") The family would like to thank everyone for their prayers and support. Condolences / Enquiries to or or

News Summary

Forthcoming Event: UK: Our Lady Of Fatima - Centenary

Sat. 13 May: GOA UK - INVITE YOU TO AN AFTERNOON WITH OUR LADY OF FATIMA - CENTENARY EVENT OF THE APPARITION THAT TOOK PLACE ON 13TH MAY 1917. Venue: St. Andrew RC Church, Brook Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey, CR7 7RD. The event will commence at 12.00 NOON with Benediction, Rosary and Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Holy Mass will be offered for the Goan Community and its friends. After the prayer service, there will be refreshments in the hall. Please come and join us in the presence of Our Lady of Fatima. The Statue is one of the four statues of Our Lady commission by Pope Benedict XV after the apparitions. This statue was then blessed by Pope Pius X. For further details, please email or call Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa on 07958 537314 - Vince Fernandes on 07853 132336 - Sandra Fernandes on 07768 080537. For the flyer, click here.

Video: Petitioners allege sabotage in Fr Bismarque death probe

25 Apr: Goa 365 tv. Petitioners in the Father Bismarque Death case have alleged that the case of Bismarque’s death has been sabotaged. They have also claimed that the story of two boys has been cooked up. They have now demanded a clear police investigation in this case. 2m. 18s.  For further details click here
25 Apr: Herald. Battle continues for justice for Fr Bismarque …  click here
25 Apr: Times of India. Petitioners in social activist Bismarque Dias case wants thorough investigation … click here.

Stephen Sequeira: The "dream seller"

25 Apr: Publico (Portugal). Stephen Sequeira, aged 57, is already thinking about how to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Portuguese revolution. He has submitted several petitions to Parliament on different subjects wants to get suggestions for the commemorations of the 25th of April in 2024 … Son of Goan parents and born in Kenya, Stephen Sequeira lived in Maputo … He came to Portugal on September 22, 1976, he remembers arriving in Lisbon, crossing the bridge, now called 25 de Abril … He likes to see the petitions he writes as little seeds … With the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic under his arm, he tells a story he found in a book during a trip to Goa … 1067 words  For further details click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here
For the Linkedin profile of Stephen Sequeira, click here.

Fatima Gracias: The goings- on of a Goan kitchen

25 Apr: Herald. A grandmother of four, Dr Fatima da Silva Gracias from Panjim wants to preserve some part of history through her books. ‘Inside a Goan Kitchen – A Food Glossary’ focuses on the same, as the book has many words that are influenced by Portuguese, Konkani, Marathi and Arab cuisines. To make it simpler to understand, Dr Fatima has gone a step ahead and explained the origins of the words and how well it works in a dish with other ingredients…. She says, “I have also explained how the dish originated and underwent changes. I have also mentioned about the medicinal use of some fruits and plants” …She had earlier written two books on history, ‘Health and Hygiene in Colonial Goa, 1510- 1961’ and ‘ Beyond the Self – Santa Casa da Misericordia de Goa’, two books focusing on women in Goa – ‘Kaleidoscope of Women in Goa’ and ‘The Many Faces of Sundorem – Women in Goa’ – and a book on Goan food, ‘Cozinha De Goa: History and Tradition of Goan Food’… 695 words.  For further details click here

Woman Dies Of ‘Monkey Fever’ In India’s Goa State

25 Apr: Malaysian Digest. A 45-year-old woman died of monkey fever in the Indian coastal state of Goa. The woman was admitted to Goa Medical College and Hospital with high fever, cough, breathlessness and loose motions, Indian media reported… Many cases of monkey fever have been reported in Goa and the states of Maharashtra and Kerala… The vector-borne disease is carried by ticks from animals to humans…  For further details click here

Indian-origin woman alleges policy to exchange old currency discriminatory

25 Apr: Times of India. The Supreme Court on Monday sought the government's response on the plea of a woman, a British passport holder, seeking to exchange old demonetised currency notes, alleging that the RBI notification was discriminatory as it was limited to NRIs only… The plea was filed by Sangeeta Pandey, an overseas citizen of India (OCI) card holder who was turned down by the bank when she went to get Rs 18,000 exchanged…  For further details click here

Alcohol ruling drives Indian bar-goers round bends

25 Apr: The Guardian (UK). Outside the Aishwarya Restrobar in Kerala there had suddenly sprung up a series of winding grey walls, forcing patrons to walk extra metres to the bar. And that may have been the point. An Indian Supreme Court judgment delivered in December and enforced since 1 April has banned the sale of alcohol within 500 metres of India’s state and national highways. The sweeping nature of the liquor ban – no exceptions were made, even for India’s most renowned restaurants – has set off a flurry of schemes to help bars stay in business. In Rajasthan, hundreds of miles of formerly state highways have been reclassified as urban roads. Administrators have ordered the same in Maharashtra, West Bengal and several other states and territories…  For further details click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
26 Apr: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 34.3. Min = 25.0. Humidity = 94%. Rainfall: Nil
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 82.60 ; $ = 64.35; $Can = 47.42; Euro = 70.32; $Aus= 48.49 .



Death: John DeSouza

9 Apr: Woolwich, London. JOHN DESOUZA (Motor Mechanic) formerly of Eastleigh, Nairobi. Faithful husband to Irene. Generous Papa to Leo, Grace, Flora and Annie. Indulgent Grandpa to Paul, Lauren, Glenn and Kiona. Fond Great Grandpa to James, Isabelle, Mia and Leo. He has left a huge gap in all our lives and is greatly missed. Many of you will remember him from Nairobi where he helped numerous young lads with their cars. Sunrise was 03/09/1930 Nairobi, Sunset 09/04/2017 London. The funeral will be held on Wed. 10/05/2017 at St Peter's Church, 103 Woolwich New Rd, Woolwich, London SE18 6EF at noon; Interment at Plumstead Cemetery, Cemetery Road (off Wickham Lane) Abbey Wood SE2 0NS; Wake at the Clockhouse Community Centre, Defiance Walk, Woolwich Dockyard Estate, London SE18 5QL. May God welcome his soul into paradise to join his Mother, Father, Brothers and Sisters. Condolences may be emailed to or or or

Death: Zulema Fernandes

13 Apr: Margao, Goa. ZULEMA FERNANDES. Ex Nairobi & UK. Wife of the late Piety Fernandes and sister of Clarence, Roy and Angela. Condolences may be sent to:

News Summary

Hiccupping in Goa

23 Apr: Freds Travels. Goa is synonymous to parties and merry making. People from all over the world come to Goa to have a good time and are marvelled by the choices and prices of alcohol in this tiny state … A must try alcoholic beverage in Goa is ‘Feni’… Uraak: this cloudy nectar is the first distillate of cashew feni… King’s Beer: Beer drinkers can marvel over this unique brew one can only find in Goa … Desmondji: Desmond Nazareth launched a brand called Desmondji, a label that makes and sells a variety of liquors in Goa. Due to reasons of copyright they can’t call their drinks tequila … Armada: The only Indian brand to ever win the Gold Outstanding medal at IWSC (the International Wine & Spirit Competition … Cabo Coconut Rum: Perfectly blend — the match of coconut extracts (so natural to Goa) and white rum is heavenly…  For further details click here

Mother of British teen killed in Goa says nothing’s changed after rape and murder of Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin

24 Apr: Irish Post. THE 2008 death of her daughter in Goa is a blur for Fiona MacKeown, but the recent rape and murder of Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin has brought the horror back into sharp focus… Four years after her death, Scarlett was finally laid to rest in England after British authorities finally released the teen’s body. Her mother still doesn’t know why it took so long… Now, Fiona MacKeown speaks to The Irish Post about her fight for justice for Scarlett, losing hope, and the shock of Danielle’s death… “Denyse Sweeney, Felix Dahl, Stephen Bennett, Michael Harvey, and Scarlett all died in Goa and it’s always been denied that they were murdered and none of us have ever been satisfied by the way we’ve been treated by the Goan authorities, ” Ms MacKeown says …  For further details click here

Tracing the evolution of Sorpotel

23 Apr: Times of India. Sorpotel, the veritable king of the festive culinary spread graces the Christian table in Goa … Pork blood goes into its making (at least it did once) and pork offal comprises a little more than one fourth of its ingredients. The rest is pork meat. Figuratively speaking, a dish for medieval times, one could say. Corporate executive chef Zubin D'Souza shares the medieval angle. "There is story about how the Portuguese soldiers in Goa, finding the pig in short supply, concocted a recipe that ensured that not a single part of the pig went to waste." … Associate professor and author of the book, 'One for the Road', Biula V Pereira shares how many no longer use blood in the preparation… Author Gilda Mendonsa writes, "Remember sorpotel tastes better on the third or fourth day …”  For further details click here

Fiona Fernandez: Mumbai’s Sewri Cemetery

24 Apr: Mid-day. Last Thursday, Mumbai's Sewri Cemetery was the first stop for Diana Roberston, the great-great-granddaughter of Frederick William Stevens who helped shape Bombay over a century ago … The English buried their dead at Mendham's Point Cemetery and shifted to Sonapur in 1760 and to Sewree in 1867 … It houses the graves of two icons of the arts – Dom Moraes and FN Souza. Both were fairly sombre reminders; like anti-climaxes of their dramatic, vibrant lives…  For further details click here

In Russia, 3 people died of malaria since the beginning of the year

24 Apr: Riammi (Russia). Three cases of malaria were registered in Russia in the first two months of 2017 … . All three times they were recorded in tourists after trips to Goa … According to the agency, in Russia in 2016 were registered 100 cases of imported malaria …  For further details click here
25 Apr: Navhind Times. World Malaria Day 25 April 2017  click here

Video: Bend It Like Granny

24 Apr: BBC. Nanammal is 98 years old and an expert yoga instructor from the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. But it's not just her - her entire family are yoga practitioners, including her children and grandchildren… 1m. 27s.  click here
Video: New Zealand Herald. 101 year old Indian woman wins 100m at World Masters Games … 0m. 40s.  click here

Auction: Rosewood ivory inlaid cabinet

26 Apr: Halls, Shrewsbury, UK. Lot 759: A late 17th century Indo-Portuguese rosewood ivory inlaid cabinet of one long drawer over a central short deep drawer, flanked by two short drawers to either side, over two short drawers below; each drawer front geometrically moulded around ebony stringing and a rectangular ivory panel with dot and circle decoration with centred turned ivory knob handle (lacking one handle) (at fault). 39cm wide, 24.5cm high, 27cm deep. Auctioneer's estimate 400 GBP - 500 GBP  For further details click here



Death: Recto Costa Correa

22 Apr: Porvorim, Goa. RECTO COSTA CORREA. Born 17 Jul. 1940. Son of late Feliciano. Cousin of Michael Costa Correa (London). His mortal remains will be brought to Holy Family Church, Alto Porvorim 24th April 2017 at 2:30pm for Eucharistic Celebration at 3:00pm followed by burial.  For further details click here

Death: Jerome D'Silva

20 Apr: Toronto. JEROME D'SILVA. Born September 26, 1923 in Karachi to Ligorio and Lily D’Silva. He built many of the landmark housing developments in and also produced many movies. Jerome is survived by his beloved spouse Yvette and his eight children: Lynette (David de Souza), Ashley (Lorna), Naomi (Hubert Coutts), Aureen (Michael Pinto), Elena (Lyndon Mascarenhas), Desmond (Gillian), Rodney (Rosemary) and Keith (Esther); his sister Joan and brothers Fred and Ronnie; his 26 grandchildren: Elliot, Noella (Michael), Christina (Brian), Andrea (David), Mark (Cassandra), Rachel, Adam, Conrad (Manny), Daniel (Vanessa), Laura (Spencer), Erica (Arad), Warren, Dean, Amelia (Renato), Roland, Wendall (Byanca), Colette, Victoria, Matthew, Kristen, Tyler, Kaitlin, Alexis, Nathan, Megan and Liam; and his 17 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at Turner and Porter Funeral Home, 2180 Hurontario St., from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm on Monday, April 24, 2017. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Clement Church, 409 Markland Drive, at 10 am on Tuesday April 25, 2017 Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery, 2099 Dickson Rd. For those who wish, memorial donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Missionaries of Charity at 185 Dunn Ave, Toronto, M6K 2S1. [Info: Pompie Gois]. For full details, click here.

Death: Nigel Fernandes
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UK: Darryl Telles pitches to be Brighton Labour candidates at general election

22 Apr: Brighton Argus. Former charity chief executive Darryl Telles hopes to stand in Brighton Pavilion … Mr Telles, 53, of Norfolk Square, Brighton, worked in local government for 30 years before taking voluntary severance two years ago… Until recently Mr Telles was the chairman of his local branch in Hove and is a supporter of the Hope not Hate campaign. He said: “As a black, gay activist I think we need to reinforce the message of diversity by selecting candidates that reflect the make-up of our city.” … He has also appeared on the Brighton-based television channel Latest TV, campaigning against homophobia in football…  For further details click here
Darryl Telles was born in Nairobi. For his Linkedin profile,  click here
Video: Darryl Telles' first visit to Rex Cinema, London … 1m. 39s. click here.

Franciscan Sisters provide the healing touch at Old Age Home in Benaulim

23 Apr: Herald. If you drive past the Home for the Aged run by the Franciscan Hospitaller Sisters of the Immaculate Conception in Benaulim you are bound to miss it, surrounded as it is by countless mango trees and a large garden… But the Home has been around since 1968. Today, the home houses 30 senior citizens, all women aged above the age of 75. According to Sister Pauline Fernandes, one of the senior nuns, most inmates are either widows or spinsters. “While some of them suffer from dementia, some are wheel- chair bound, while a few others need walking support. We have quite a few nonagenarians at the centre with one of our inmates in her 99th year,” Sister Pauline said … The Franciscan sisters deserve accolades for their service to the elderly. There are 19 sisters at the Home, eleven of whom are senior citizens themselves…  For further details click here

Cannibalism, prostitution and other racist myths that confront Africans studying in India

23 Apr: Los Angeles Times. An estimated 25,000 — primarily from middle-class families in Nigeria and Sudan — are students at Indian colleges and universities. They are drawn by affordable tuition and the promise of educational institutions better than those back home, but they often leave feeling insulted and alienated. False accusations of cannibalism have long surrounded the African community in India. They have grown since an Indian teenager briefly went missing last month in this fast-growing city outside New Delhi — and his mother accused five Nigerian men of eating him… Racist myths about Africans abound… “Indians just don’t like black people…”  For further details click here
23 Apr: Times of India. How can we be racist? …  click here

Sizzling South Goa

23 Apr. Herald. For the longest time, the southern part of Goa has been a victim of stereotyping and has been dismissed as quiet (read: slow) and ‘not happening’. The northern beach belt has for long hogged the limelight, thanks to its never- ending parties and after- parties. Without taking anything away from North Goa, which is indeed buzzing with newer places coming to life thereby adding to the existing list of ‘go-to’ venues, the South has been rather silently yet steadily working towards upping its game with regard to offering options for food, music and a dose of ‘good time’, to the point that it would not be an exaggeration to say that the South is capable of competing with the North. The Easter night last Sunday is a testament to this…  For further details click here

Mumbai-Goa cruise by Oct: MPT chief

23 Apr: Herald. Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) Chairman I Jeyakumar has said that the domestic cruise between Mumbai-Goa would start by October this year. “The vessel that would take up this operation is already at berth number four and is undergoing conversion. This domestic cruise vessel will have two restaurants, swimming pool etc and it will start from Mumbai in the late afternoon and reach Goa by 8 am,” … He said that all clearances for the ferry services from Baina to Dona Paula have been obtained …  For further details click here
24 Apr: Times of India. Soon, you may sail along western coast on the cheap …  click here

Hindu outfits call for erasing foreign names

24 Apr: Herald. Hard-line Hindu outfits staged a demonstration, at old Ponda bus stand on Sunday, demanding that States and cities having foreign names be given Indian names to protect the national identity. The outfits lamented as unfortunate that even after 56 years of Goa’s liberation from the Portuguese, the signs of slavery are being maintained with pride in Goa. The outfits called for renaming the cities, buildings, roads and stations bearing the names of invaders, as they are the signs of slavery…  For further details click here

Auction: 26 Apr: Mallams. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK

Lot 496: An Indo-Portuguese ivory casket 17th/18th Century with silver mounts, 16.5cm x 9.25cm. Estimate: 500 - 700 GBP
Lot 532: Indo-Portuguese ivory crucifix 17th Century 28cm across. Auctioneer's estimate 1,000 GBP - 2,000 GBP
Lot 533: A Goan/Indo Portuguese carved ivory figure of Madonna 17th Century, 16.5cm tall. Estimate: 800 - 1,200 GBP
Lot 534: A group of four Goan/Indo Portuguese teakwood figures 18th/19th Century with original polychrome. Estimate: 100 - 200 GBP  click here



Death: Marlene Sampson
20 Apr: Mississauga. MARLENE SAMPSON. Canorient Seniors Club of Toronto. Beloved wife of the late John, loving mother of Marisa, Deborah, son Mark, Grand children and great grand children. Visitation will be held on Monday April 24 from the hours of 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at Andrews Community Funeral Centre 8190 Dixie Road, Brampton ON. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday April 25th at 10:30 am at St Mary's Catholic Church, 66A Main St S, Brampton, ON L6W 2H7. With respect to donations in Marlene's memory or Online condolences and information, please contact Andrews Community Funeral Centre. 905-456-1890 [Info Pompie Gois]  For further details click here

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Meet Mervyn Maciel, author of 'Bwana Karani' and 'From Mtoto to Mzee'

21 Apr: Coastweek (Mombasa). A Kenyan "Giver’s" trove of memory: Mervyn Maciel, author of 'Bwana Karani' and 'From Mtoto to Mzee' -- A review by Cyprian Fernandes … Maciel, once Her Majesty’s civil servant in colonial Kenya and the author of two books: Bwana Karani about his experiences as a civil servant and his more recent contribution, From Mtoto to Mzee, one Goan’s journey from childhood to the realm of elders in the community … 894 words.
21 Apr: Coastweek. Queen honours Mervyn Maciel. The Queen has honoured 88-year-old Mervyn Maciel – one of the world’s best known British civil servants in Kenya with an invitation to her annual Garden Party at Buckingham Palace. So on May 23, Maciel will front up at Buckingham Palace at 3.00 p.m. with his daughter, Josey, on his arm. His wife Josephine is ailing and, most unfortunately, unable to attend…  click here

Cow vigilante attacks are anything but spontaneous, reveals India Today sting

20 Apr: India Today. Most cow vigilantes are trained to strike ferociously but without leaving physical marks on their victims in order to dodge prosecution, an India Today investigation has found… Gau Rakshak members were caught on camera describing their brutal methods behind violence they unleash … Nagendra Kumar boasted of how vigilantes were trained to execute near-fatal attacks on their potential targets … Kumar claimed none of the members of his squad faced even a single police case across six states so far … 951 words.  click here
22 Apr: Scroll. Beef ban dominates political discourse in Goa ahead of impending bye-elections... By Pamela D’Mello  click here
19 Apr: Indian Express. Beef ban in Goa: Will follow the law, says Manohar Parrikar … click here.

Nigel Fernandes: Toronto’s parking enforcement officers see spike in assaults

21 Apr: The Globe and Mail. When Nigel Fernandes, a parking enforcement officer of 10 years, tried to explain a potential parking infraction to a woman he didn’t intend to ticket, she rolled her car onto his foot and refused it move it. “I was screaming in pain because I could actually feel the vessels in my toes exploding because of the compression,” said Mr. Fernandes, who now has one foot larger than the other. “I mean, it took officers to come and the fire to come and they had to cut my boot to get my foot out because they didn’t know what was underneath it. Police had to come and literally pull her out of the car.” …  For further details click here

Bismarque Resurrection

22 Apr: Goan Observer. By Rajan Narayan. The probe into the brutal murder of Fr Bismarque was reinstated by the High Court … This is the culmination of the year-long battle by a team of activists, including cyber security expert Dr Samir Kelekar. The judgement ensures that the police and the politicians cannot get away with murder of activists … Police have not been able to explain the blood strains on the shirt of the priest or the eye witness account that he was not present near the river when it was claimed he drowned … 2166 words.  For further details click here
22 Apr: Goan Observer. The popular Konkani and Hindi singer, Hema Sardessai, who was among the first to raise the issue of Special Status for Goa, was a close friend and associate of Fr Bismarque … 1262 words.  click here

Sunil Gavaskar buys 5,000 sqft villa in Goa

21 Apr: Mid-day. Sunil Gavaskar has recently purchased a sprawling 5000 sq-ft villa in Assagao in north Goa … He's a cricket legend was also the first batsman to score 10,000 Test runs… The villa is a large four-bedroom home and will be built on a private plot surrounded by greenery. It includes sprawling lawns and a carefully curated flower garden. The home will be accompanied by a large private pool. The interiors will be fully furnished with antique furniture, modern appliances and amenities, separate staff quarters and several sit-outs and gazebos …  click here
For the villa specifications,  click here
2 Jan. 2014: Daily News & Analysis. Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar are Goans by origin, says Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar … click here.

New India coastal law will damage environment and fishermen's livelihoods say activists

22 Apr: Mail Online. Planned changes to India's coastal zone law to allow reclaiming land from the sea and the use of thousands of miles of coastal land for commercial purposes will damage the environment and affect the livelihoods of millions of fishermen, activists say. The Marine Coastal Regulation Zone notification proposes to lift the ban on reclamation of seabed land for commercial purposes, allow tourism in ecologically sensitive coastal areas and the building of new coastal roads… The new legislation is based on the recommendations of a committee formed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government after it took office in 2014…  For further details click here

Russian drug dealer deported from Goa

22 Apr: VSLUH (Russia). In 2011 a Russian man was arrested by police for the illegal production and distribution of synthetic drugs. To avoid punishment, he fled the country and an international arrest warrant was issued… the fugitive had been tracked down in a jail in the Indian state of Goa under a different name… In cooperation with Interpol Russian police he was deported to Russia with an Interpol escort …  For further details click here

Forthcoming Auction: Roseberry, West Norwood, London: 22 Apr: 3 items:

Lot 247: An Indo-Portuguese painted wood shrine, 19th century, modelled with shaped pediment above turned columns, flanked by faux doors, overall carved in shallow relief with stylized flowers, the interior with a figure of the Virgin, 73cm high x 64cm wide x 30cm deep. Estimate: £300 - £500  click here
Lot 264: A hardwood wood chair, Indo-Portuguese, 19th century, with foliate carved shaped back and stiles, with pierced bobbin turned rails, above caned seat, on turned legs joined by stretchers, 72cm. high. Estimate: £200 - £300  click here
Lot 245: An Indo-Portuguese carved ivory figure of Saint Sebastian, 17th century, modelled standing in oval vessel, on a foliate wood base, 23cm high. Estimate: £200 - £300. click here.


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Adrian Gomes: Ever wondered what gin with Darjeeling tea tastes like?

21 Apr: Aberdeen Press & Journal. An Aberdeen nightspot owner has teamed up with two other UK bar scene experts to launch a gin made with Darjeeling tea. Adrian Gomes, owner of The Tippling House and Rye & Soda, as well as event catering cocktail business 10 Dollar Shake, hopes the “Champagne of teas” from the foot of the Himalayas will give the new gin, Jindea, local and international appeal… Mr Gomes – Jindea’s marketing director – said: “My dad grew up in Goa, where my family worked on the Indian railways… We believe we have created a product which will have local and international appeal and are excited to introduce it to the market.”  For further details click here
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Francisco D'Souza, Cognizant CEO gets $12 million pay package in 2016

21 Apr: Times of India. Cognizant chief Francisco D'Souza (photo) saw only a marginal rise in his pay package at $12.03 million last year as his performance-linked cash incentive fell significantly. The US-based firm, which has a large part of its 2.21 lakh-strong workforce in India, did not award any restricted stock units (RSU) to D'Souza in 2016 and the same would be given in the first quarter of this year… …  For further details click here
13 Apr: Reuters. Francis A. Desouza’s, (CEO Illumina Inc) total 2016 compensation was $8.4 million …  click here
11 Aug. 2015. Daily Mail. Diageo boss Ivan Menezes saw pay package slashed from £7.3m to £3.9m after lacklustre year … click here.

Restaurant Review: Tulsi North at Wells, Maine, USA

21 Apr: You notice the blazing intensity of chef Raj Mandekar’s shrimp balchow as soon as it arrives at your table… A specialty of India’s Goa region, it exemplifies his cooking style… Tulsi North, focused on seafood and Goan dishes. Mandekar grew up in Versova, a small fishing village northwest of Mumbai, and was raised on simple, regional dishes prepared by his grandmother. “I vividly remember her fish curry,” he says… Such humble comforts have inspired Mandekar to emphasize coastal south Indian cuisine at Tulsi North, instead of the more familiar Mughlai and Punjab … For his seafood preparations, Mandekar typically relies on the flavors imparted by the grill and modest ingredients like garlic, cilantro, and green chilies… Grilled calamari are accompanied by sausages, another nod to the Goa region …  For further details click here
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On air with Ayesha Barretto

21 Apr: The Navhind Times. Ayesha Barretto is a name synonymous with radio in Goa. Tune in to Indigo 91.9, Mondays to Friday in the morning and her bubbly and cheerful voice will greet and definitely pep you up. Her infectious enthusiasm is not just reserved for airtime, in person she is even more fun; with her passion for her chosen path coming through clearly… “Music lover, shoe stalker, scuba diver, compulsive hugger, mad dancer, radio host, compere, singer, writer, concert goer, biker, hour juggler and old soul, that’s me,” says Ayesha with a huge grin when asked to introduce herself. In Goa, Ayesha’s tryst with radio began with All India Radio in 2001 and since then she has moved to Radio Indigo and has her own show which many morning commuters swear by… 1282 words.  For further details click here

Kin object to carrying out funeral of activist priest

21 Apr: Times of India. The North Goa district magistrate on Thursday informed the Goa State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) that the relatives of activist priest Bismarque Dias, have objected to carrying out his funeral. The parish priest of St Stephen's Church, St Estevam, has stated that he cannot carry out Dias' final rites without a no-objection certificate (NOC) from Dias' relatives. The St Estevam panchayat, on April 9, passed a resolution in support of the parish priest's stand… The complaint had stated that Dias, who toiled for Goa, deserved a fitting farewell and pointed out that the Goa Medical College has rules and standing instructions for disposal of a cadaver…  For further details click here

New CRZ rules may ban sale of coastal land to non Goans

21 Apr: Herald. With large number of non Goans including foreigners being involved in purchase of land along the coastal belts, especially for commercial purposes, the Goa Coastal Zone Management Authority (GCZMA) is contemplating imposing a ban on sale of such land in Coastal Regulation Zones (CRZ) areas to outsiders. The GCZMA is toying up with idea of imposing a ban on sale of land or houses to non-Goan communities in the No Development Zone (NDZ) areas as described in the CRZ notification, 2011 as amended that is 0-200 meters from the coast and 0-100 meters from the NDZ of the bank of the rivers and areas along the estuaries/creek. The Authority in its recent meeting held on April 4 has decided to seek a legal opinion on the matter before drafting the proposal and placing it before Government for approval…  For further details click here

Goa government to provide fish at subsidised rates

21 Apr: Financial Express. Goa government would soon start providing fish to the people at subsidised rates, Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar said today. `Goa Fisheries Corporation’ would be set up for this purpose, he said. Speaking to reporters here after holding a meeting with the officials in this regard, the minister said that `fish curry and rice’ is the staple diet of Goan people, and his party (Goa Forward Party) was fulfilling its election promise of providing fish at affordable prices. He and GFP leader Vijai Sardesai would soon meet the Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to seek his guidance on this scheme, he said…  For further details click here
21 Apr. Video. 2m. 43s.  click here

Auction: 17th Century Indo-Portuguese Cabinet

23 Apr: Wilkinson's, Doncaster, UK. Lot 211: A 17th Century Indo-Portuguese Cabinet. The rosewood veneered exterior having moulded cushion front panels to the sides and fall front, opening to reveal a fitted interior of nine small drawers set in three rows above a long drawer clad in tortoiseshell panels outlined with bone stringing and framed by ebonised ripple moulding, 17 ins (43 cms) high, 22 ins (56 cms) wide, 11¾ ins (30 cms) deep. Auctioneer's estimate: 200 GBP - 400 GBP  For further details click here

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