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GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER TUESDAY 22 MAY. 2018


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In a first, government plans unique database of Goan NRIs

22 May: The Goan. The State government hopes to unite Goans across the world, at least, in the form of a unique database. The State government’s NRI commission will embark on an ambitious database to compile details of Goan NRIs located all over the world, with an aim to render assistance to them in times of crisis and emergency … “This database will be first of its kind,” Anthony D’Souza, Director for NRI Affairs said. At present, the State government and the NRI commission has little information regarding the number of Goan NRIs settled abroad and has had to work with rough and sketchy estimates about these Goan NRIs from various Goan associations located abroad … It is estimated that there are about 500,000 Goan NRIs residing across the world, especially in the UK, Portugal, other EU countries, Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand, the Gulf and parts of Africa… “A small amount will be charged as fee while gathering information and every Goan NRI will have a special identity number. However, this is purely a voluntarily exercise,” said D’Souza.  click here
22 May: Navhind Times. Database on overseas Goans to be prepared …  click here

FemNet Apr/May 2018, Issue 66: Highlights

We are pleased to bring you this new issue of Femnet just a little bit after we celebrated International Women's Day. In this issue, Veronica Paul shares her inspiring life story in a candid interview. Dr Elaine Charles celebrates the strength and resilience of women and Prof Jaya Dantas highlights the challenges faced by refugee women. Poets have long seized on Spring to symbolize rebirth and reawakening and Marinella Proenca's poem captures the energy of a world infused once again with colour, warmth and light. For centuries, Persia, or Iran as it is now called, has entranced, mystified and beguiled the world. Betty Pires writes about her recent travels through Iran and Kornelia Santoro is reminded of a delicious Iranian omelette she tasted whilst hiking in the Parvati Valley. And, as always, the delightful Betsy Pinto-Nunes has "issues" which she has no hesitation in talking about!
 For further details click here

Deadly Nipah virus claims victims in India

21 May: BBC. Health officials in the south Indian state of Kerala say nine people have died in confirmed and suspected cases of the deadly Nipah virus… Twenty-five others have been hospitalised … Nipah is an infection which can be transmitted to humans from animals. There is no vaccination for the virus which has a mortality rate of 70%... Fruit bats (photo) are considered to be the natural host of the virus…  For further details click here
22 May: Herald. No Nipah virus advisory issued in Goa. Even as Kerala is on alert in the wake of deaths due to Nipah virus (NiV), Goa is yet to issue an advisory…  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of the Nipah Virus, click here.

Pope elevates Goan-origin bishop as Cardinal

21 May: The Goan. Pope Francis has announced that he would create Goan origin Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi as Cardinal. Speaking to pilgrims and visitors gathered in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, the Pope announced he would create 14 new cardinals at a Consistory on June 29 … Archbishop Joseph Coutts (72), who traces his roots to Aldona, will be the fifth cardinal of Goan origin, after Cardinal Valerian Gracias (Dramapur), Cardinal Joseph Cordeiro (Salvador do Mundo), Cardinal Ivan Dias (Velsao) and Cardinal Oswald Gracias (Orlim). Born on July 21, 1945, Archbishop Coutts was ordained priest in Pakistan on January 9, 1971 …  For further details click here
Video: Interview with Bishop Joseph Coutts, President of Caritas Pakistan …  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Archbishop Joseph Coutts, click here.

The art and ‘craft’ of buying foreign passports

19 May: Economic Times. Fleeing India has never been so easy. Specialised firms, with offices in Dubai and other financial centres, are in regular touch with many Indian wealth managers, tax practitioners, and lawyers — fishing for rich clients who are ready to surrender their Indian passports and take citizenship of countries like Dominica, St Lucia, Antigua, Grenada, St Kitts, Malta, or Cyprus… Leading firms process and facilitate the programmes that offer citizenship between 3 to 4 months for investment ranging between $50,000 and $2.4 million … 1163 words.  For further details click here

All-women Indian Navy crew returns to Goa after historic circumnavigation

21 May Times of India. An all-woman crew commanding the INSV Tarini on Monday returned to Goa after successfully circumnavigating the globe in a 55-foot sailboat in more than eight months, the first-ever Indian expedition steered by women sailors. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba welcomed the crew at INS Mandovi boat pool in Panaji… The crew covered 21,600 nautical miles in the Indian-built sailing vessel INSV Tarini that visited five countries and crossed the Equator twice. It sailed across four continents and three oceans, and passed south of the three Great Capes - Leeuwin, Horn and Good Hope …  For further details click here
Video: 21 May. Goa 365 TV. INSV Tarini Globe circumnavigating heroes land back in Goa after 194 days … 3m. 11s.  click here

‘Official’ tour of Goa Tourism officials to US raises eyebrows

21 May: Herald. The recent ‘official’ tour of Goa Tourism officials to United States of America (USA) has been caught in a controversy with the Opposition suspecting irregularity like many other international trips. The Congress party has sought clarity from the government about the tour and recovery of expenditure from every member of the delegation… The party has raised strong doubts that the delegation led by Tourism Minister Manohar Azgaonkar also comprises of junior officials, two officials from ESI and Excise; and family members of some others; all of whom are not concerned with the official tour…  For further details click here

Last stand for Strand club where India’s past has stood still

20 May: The Observer (UK). To enter the India Club on the Strand in London is to encounter an authentic version of post-colonial India. Everything is much as it was when the club – whose founding members included Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, and Countess Mountbatten, wife of the last viceroy – moved to the premises a few years after independence in 1947… But this piece of living history is under threat. The freeholders, Marston Properties, plan to refurbish the six-storey building, part of the Strand Continental Hotel, to create modern tourist accommodation. The owners, Yadgar Marker and his daughter Phiroza, had hoped that Historic England would protect the building with listed status, but this month the decision went against them… So far 22,000 people have signed a petition supporting the India Club …  For further details click here
Petition: Save India Club. 21,464 supporters so far. To add your name,  click here


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER MONDAY 21 MAY. 2018


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Two British nationals held for creating ruckus at Goa Medical College

20 May: Times of India. Goa police on Friday arrested two British nationals for allegedly creating a ruckus at Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital over the issuance of death certificates. They arrested Sultan Autvan, 31, and Anil Sandhu, 28, both residents of London. They were subsequently produced before a magistrate and secured bail. Police said that one of the accused’s father expired at GMC’s intensive care unit (ICU) on Friday, and that the family decided to conduct his last rites on Saturday. When the family demanded the death certificate of the deceased person, GMC staff said that it would take 15 days as per procedure. When the GMC refused the instant issuance of the death certificate, Autvan and Sandhu started using foul language. GMC staff tried to explain the procedure, but it was all in vain. The two accused began screaming and shouting at GMC staff, and this scene went on for at least an hour …  For further details click here
Video: 19 May: Prudent Media Goa. Sultan Autban and Anil Sandhu had arguments with CMO over death certificate …  click here

London diaries for Tejal Shah

20 May: Mid Day. Goa-based artist Tejal Shah will be exhibiting her works in London next month, at Mimosa House, in the heart of Mayfair. She will be showing a selection of her new works on paper alongside her five-channel video installation, Between The Waves, that the artist created back in 2012. Titled As It Is, this new show is anchored on queer, Buddhist and feminist thought. In fact, the name itself, says the artist, is inspired from a collection of teachings by renowned Buddhist scholar Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. "The title of the show sounds matter-of-fact, but there's more to it. In Buddhist non-dualist parlance, reality is often referred to as, 'as it is'," she says. As part of the tour, Shah has also invited two Danish artists for a 10-day art residency. Shah says, "We want to explore the narratives of queer and post-queer resistance and human and more-than-human relationships. What happens when we look at questions relating to climate and ecological transition through the figure of the [queer] drag?" …  click here
For the Tejal Shah website,  click here

Full Monty in Montreal

20 May. Pune Mirror. By R Raj Rao. Montreal is one of the world’s naughtiest cities. It is a city of striptease bars and bathhouses and nude beaches… Do we have nude beaches in India? Well, Goa is the obvious place for Indian nude beaches. But the few nude beaches that exist in Goa are difficult to reach… One such beach is at Ozran. The terrain surrounding the beach is inhospitable. Besides, it is only white foreigners that inhabit Goa’s nude beaches. They are suspicious of Indians and do not encourage them to get anywhere close, for they are afraid of being ogled at… There is a sign at Ozran beach that warns people that they may encounter nude bathers if they trespass beyond that point…  For further details click here

Stay kool with kokum

20 May: The Goan. Kokum, known by various names in different regions, such as lookiya, thekera, ratamba, panarpuli, bhiranda, bindin, Malabar tamarind and aamsul; plays a significant role as a key ingredient in many interesting dishes and drinks. One of the most popular preparations is that of Solkadi, a Goan speciality in which coconut milk and kokum are used. It can be had as a drink after meals to aid digestion or along with rice and vegetables. Here are some interesting preparations by chefs using kokum as the key ingredient: Kokum Kulfi … Bhindi Amsol … Solkadi … Kokum Chicken Tikka ...  For further details click here
17 May: Scroll. Wonder fruit kokum is finding new fans, thanks to some restaurants and skincare companies …  click here
UK: Buy dry kokum online from Amazon, click here.

Tigress captured on camera trap in Mhadei sanctuary

20 May: Times of India. In Nagargao village panchayat, a tigress was recently captured on camera inside the Mhadei wildlife sanctuary. This proves once again, that Mhadei could be a favoured habitat for the big cats… Last year, camera traps captured images of five individual tigers. This year, after the tiger census, there was hope of securing photographic evidence of these five tigers. However, camera traps that were installed by forest officials were stolen for a second time, and it was not possible to get further evidence…  For further details click here

The silent, praying sisterhood

20 May: Times of India. Tucked away in a quiet corner of Vasco’s Chicalim is a powerful hub generating the much-needed positive energy. The hub is a convent housing the Cloistered Carmel, an order of Roman Catholic nuns, who have chosen to live in voluntary seclusion, spending most of their days in contemplative meditation and prayers. Their existence is the very antithesis of the hustle and bustle associated with everyday life as they reside mostly in silence, frequently praying… The nuns are not permitted to communicate with one another except through sign language or written notes …  For further details click here

Waste Corporation hires private agency to map garbage

20 May: Times of India. While the unruly littering and dumping of waste continues to be a festering problem, the Goa Waste Management Corporation (GWMC) has hired a private agency to conduct a state-wide study on garbage. The findings of the study will be used to frame a comprehensive policy for the scientific management of waste. The setting up of a waste treatment plant was expected to make a difference to Goa’s existing garbage woes. However, the state continues to be haunted by ugly sights of piles of litter, waste being set on fire and plastic bags on roadsides and floating in water bodies…  For further details click here
20 May: Herald. Students show the way in garbage management … Dry, segregated garbage amounting to 17 tonnes collected from schools every month …  click here

Chef Lloyd Braganza and family give a tour of their Goa-inspired menu for Mumbai

20 May: Mid Day (Mumbai). Eat with your hands, please," Lloyd Braganza who runs one of Goa's most popular restaurants, tells us, rolling up the sleeves of his floral shirt, revealing a koi fish tattoo. We are at Copper Leaf, one of the best fish thali destinations at Porvorim, and for company we have chef and restauranteur Braganza, his wife Nerissa and their seven-year-old son Naethan… Six years after enticing Goans with delicious meals at his eatery, House of Lloyd, the family is set to open shop in Mumbai and ahead of its launch, the Braganzas are happy to give us a tour of their Goa-inspired menu… Fish Market: at Malim jetty … Poie at a nameless bakery… Rassa Omelette at an unnamed snack stall … House of Lloyd …  For further details click here


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER SUNDAY 20 MAY. 2018


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Goa dissolves committee issuing No-objection Certificates for property purchase by OCIs

19 May: Business Standard. The Goa government has dissolved a committee set up to issue No-objection certificates to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) intending to buy property in the state under Foreign Exchange Management Authority (FEMA) provisions. The state Law and Judiciary department took the decision to withdraw the circular after the Aam Admi Party (AAP) submitted a memorandum, against the committee, to minister Francis DSouza… the committee had hardly met and had left behind several hundred files pertaining to NOCs… The order, however, stated that civil registrars cum sub registrars would scrutinise documents for the purpose from now onwards…  click here

Upbeat Cong calls for BJP to quit in Goa

20 May: Herald. An upbeat Congress party, following the resignation of BS Yeddyurappa in Karnataka, said BJP has got a taste of its own political fruit, the tree of which was planted by them in Goa, and that if BJP in Goa has any shame, it would quit. Congress State president Girish Chodankar said that it is the victory of India, victory of the Constitution and victory of democracy. “Truth has prevailed against those who were out to destroy our institution,” Chodankar said…  For further details click here
20 May: The Goan. AAP hails move to withdraw FEMA NOC …  click here

Tourism waste poses challenges to treatment plant

19 May: Herald. Goa’s state-of-the-art waste treatment plant located at Saligao is facing a challenge from unconventional garbage that is generated through tourism activities. Broken beach deck beds, worn out furniture, wood, mattresses, pillows, sofas, suitcases, all of which come from hotels, coupled with tender coconuts, pose a challenge to Hindustan Waste Treatment Private Limited (HWTPL), which is currently operating the waste treatment plant. This is tourism related bulk garbage,” Goa Waste Management Corporation’s (GWMC) Managing Director Sanjith Rodrigues said. “We don’t mind collecting bulk waste but it has to be put up properly at one place,” he added. This waste, collected as part of beach cleanliness, travels to the plant at Saligao. “You can’t treat this garbage so it is shredded and sent for incineration,” he said. The tourism industry should properly galvanise itself more sincerely towards the waste collection, he added.  For further details click here

Delhi Archdiocese launches prayer and fast campaign for India’

19 May: Vatican News. The Catholic archdiocese of the Indian capital has launched a year-long campaign of prayer and fasting in view of next year general elections, saying India faces a turbulent political future that threatens the country's democracy. In a pastoral letter read out in all the parishes of Delhi Archdiocese on Sunday, May 13, Archbishop Anil Couto called on Catholics to start a campaign of prayer and fasting on Friday ahead of elections in April or May 2019. "As we look forward towards 2019 when we will have a new government, let us begin a prayer campaign for our country" from May 13, on the anniversary of the Apparition of the Blessed Mother at Fatima in Portugal, the pastoral letter said…  For further details click here

Vivek Menezes: Letter from Mussoorie, with lessons for Goa

19 May: Times of India. What has happened to the Mussoorie of the colonial era, when the ‘Queen of the Hills’ glittered with British Raj celebrities, attended by maharajahs and nawabs? In the last 25 years, much of what was memorable and unique has been lost under the double-edged onslaught of tourism and willy-nilly real estate expansion. The fallout of these kinds of numbers of budget Indian tourists is exactly what you would expect. There is an explosion of garbage, which is not only scattered in piles alongside every road, but also dumped in cascades straight down the hillsides. Foods native to Garhwal—even the Anglo-Indian variant that flourished here for generations—have become almost impossible to find, while chow mein and Punjabi fast food predominate…  For further details click here

Verma D'Mello stuns audiences at Festival de Cannes with her collection

19 May: Net India. Internationally acclaimed Goan fashion designer Verma D'Mello once again stunned audiences at the prestigious Festival de Cannes in Paris with her collection titled 'Lift the lid off child sex trade' to send a strong message about young women in India and around the globe forced into prostitution. According to a statement here on Saturday, unveiling her collection at the Cannes Fashion and Film for the third straight third time in a row, the Goan designer highlighted the plight of young women who were held hostage and forced into commercial sexual activities. To make a symbolic point, Free a Girl Ambassador model Mallika Sherawat posed inside a caged dress, depicting the illicit brothels that enslave young girls against their will…  For further details click here

A Mumbai Restaurant Celebrating the Flavors of Goa

19 May: New York Times. Despite the legacy of four centuries of Portuguese rule colliding deliciously with Indian flavors and ingredients, restaurants featuring the cuisine of the state of Goa have been scarce in the city. So the team behind Mumbai’s cult favorite Bombay Canteen ( including the celebrated New York City-based chef Floyd Cardoz) planned an ode to Goa. Unveiled last October as “O Pedro”, the group went with a fusion approach, incorporating Portuguese fare as well. “It does feel like Goa, but not really,” Mr. Cardoz said. “And that was a goal that we had. We want the food to be authentic and also be playful.” … 596 words.  click here
20 May: New Indian Express. A return to Portuguese Goa. With a unique, highly-researched menu of Goan cuisine, peppered with Portuguese influences, Mumbai’s O Pedro is a definite must-visit for those who love to taste the treasures of indigenous culinary …  click here
For the O Pedro website and menu, click here.

Tributes paid to naval veteran whose football skills saved his life during the Second World War

18 May: Northern Echo (UK). Tributes have been paid to a naval veteran whose football skills saved his life during the Second World War. Henry Cockerill of Peterlee, County Durham died two weeks short of his 101st birthday… It was during a voyage from South Africa to India, that his ship stopped over in Goa for a football match… He had said, “I was told to get back on the ship as it was leaving, but an officer ordered me and two other players to stay to take part in a football tournament. We later heard the ship had been captured by the Japanese. So football saved my life.” … Mr Cockerill’s funeral service will be held at St Cuthbert’s Church in Manor Way, Peterlee, at 11am on Wednesday, May 30 …  For further details click here


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER SATURDAY 19 MAY. 2018


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John Fernandes, Swindon rapist, fails in bid to cut 16-year term

18 May: Swindon Advertiser. A 'dangerous' sexual predator who raped a 'vulnerable' woman in Swindon has failed in an Appeal Court bid to clear his name and be set free. John Vincent Magno Fernandes, 40, of Drove Road, was locked up for 16 years at Swindon Crown Court on September 15 last year. Branded a danger to the public, he was also ordered to serve an extra four years on licence after his release… Fernandes' defence at trial was that the sex was 'consensual', but jurors disbelieved him. Today, however, his lawyers argued that his conviction was 'unsafe' and should be overturned… Fernandes' lawyers also argued his jail term was far too tough and should be reduced. But Lord Justice Flaux said: "The custodial sentence of 16 years, with a four-year extension period, was an appropriate sentence and cannot be faulted."  For further details click here
1 Apr. 2016. Joyce Rodrigues sentenced to twelve years for rape of woman in Swindon town centre …  click here
9 Sep: 2014. Two Goan youth convicted of raping minors in Briton … click here.

Portugal: António Costa "It is necessary to decolonize the Discoveries"

18 May: Publico. António Costa confesses that he would like to be Director of the Museum of Discovery. "It would be a good project for my retirement, which is far from happening," he laughs … if Vasco da Gama had not gone to India my father would not have come to Lisbon and I would probably not be here … My father came from a Catholic Brahmin … He liked to smoke bidis, he liked Indian food, but he was truly Western. Many of these Catholic families, of this social extract, did not feel Indian in their existence. This is part of the diversity of India itself…  For further details click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here
Video: Antonio Costa in Canada 2018 … click here.

Narana Coissoró honored in Lisbon

11 May: Gazeta Caldas (Portugal). Narana Coissoró was honored on April 19 at the Superior Institute of Social and Political Sciences (ISCSP) in Lisbon. The lawyer, born in Goa in 1931, has been living in Nadadouro for several years, at Monte Horeb, where he also has a restaurant of the same name. He was professor at the ISCSP and president of the Instituto do Oriente. A historical militiaman of the CDS, he was elected deputy in several legislatures, having led the parliamentary group of his party between 1978 and 1991. He was vice-president of the Assembly of the Republic between 1999 and 2005… He was awarded the title of honorary president of the Institute of the East and the ISCSP Medal of Merit for "high services to college."  For further details click here
Wikipedia: … He also heads the Goan Community Centre in Portugal [he was President of Casa de Goa] …  click here
Mount Horeb has reopened and now has Goan and Russian food … click here.

The Indian lawmakers being guarded in 'secret locations'

18 May: BBC. India's Supreme Court has intervened after an election in the state of Karnataka led to a political crisis. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which won the most seats in the recently concluded poll, rushed to swear in a chief minister although it did not have the numbers for a majority… The state governor had allowed the BJP 15 days to prove their majority. But amid massive outcry, the Supreme Court overruled him, and reduced the 15-day window to 24 hours … But there have also been instances when coalitions that have the required number of seats have been invited instead. This is what happened after recent elections in in the states of Goa and Manipur - the Congress had emerged as the single-largest party in both polls, but had fallen short of a majority…  For further details click here
19 May: Herald. Goa: Congress gives Guv 7 days to invite them to form govt …  click here

Warnings about dangers of Carillion PFI contracts were ignored

17 May: Building Construction Design. GMB, the union for workers in the health and care sector, say that the new report from the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Work and Pensions Committees confirms the warnings from GMB and others about Carillion. The report concluded that Carillion’s board presided over a “rotten corporate culture” and was to blame for its “costly collapse”… In Swindon, GMB had spent years campaigning to remove Carillion from its Great Western Hospital, with 21 days of strike action by members in 2012. During this time, GMB uncovered Carillion’s participation in the unlawful practice of ‘blacklisting’…  For further details click here
8 Oct. 2012: BBC. Goan Staff at Swindon Hospital take Carillion to tribunal …  click here
For the full Parliamentary Carillion report, click here.

The Goan village 'on the verge of extinction'

18 May: BBC. When India's Supreme Court banned iron ore mining in Goa in February 2018, many villages in the state had already been ravaged by decades of mining. Journalist Supriya Vohra visited Sonshi, one such village that is struggling to survive … But the mines have been closed since February this year when the Supreme Court cancelled all mining permits in the state, saying that new licenses were needed for the mining to resume… Nearly everyone in Sonshi says their family once owned fields of paddy and cashew. But over the years they all came to depend on the mining industry… But since the Supreme Court shut down the mines, these villages have been struggling… Sonshi is on a verge of extinction," says Ravindra Velip, a local activist. "The land is destroyed. A lot of people have already migrated to cities. There is no water. There is nothing left for the village folk. What do you call such a place?" 975 words.  For further details click here

Exploring various cuisines at Taste of Goa

18 May: Herald. With the intention of making Goa the food capital of India, Goa forGiving is presenting ‘Taste of Goa’, a food festival that is being celebrated from Mother’s Day to Goa’s Statehood Day. Cafe speaks to Shaeen Gomes, the Chairperson of Goa ForGiving, to learn more about the festival … the festival is running concurrently at over 30 venues across Goa, at restaurants, cafes, food trucks and even an ice cream parlour… the food is not just Goan cuisine, but the celebration of the different cuisines that are available in Goa,” says Shaeen Gomes …  For further details click here

Sudden showers across state put a damper on cashew feni industry

18 May: Times of India. The sudden unseasonal showers being witnessed in the state, beginning with the 45-minute thunderstorm in the early hours of Thursday, have proved a damper for the cashew feni industry. Caught unaware, feni distillers said they had very little time to protect the extracted cashew apple juice from the rainwater. “If the juice gets diluted with water, it results in a degraded quality of feni. If the juice is greatly diluted, then it is no longer fit for use and has be thrown out, resulting in a loss for us,” distiller Luis Fernandes said…  For further details click here


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER FRIDAY 18 MAY. 2018


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Win a honeymoon in India

17 May: You and Your Wedding (UK). Enter for a chance to win a trip worth £3,000 India’s mix of ancient sights and wonderful beaches makes it an unforgettable honeymoon destination … The winners will stay at two beautiful resorts. First stop is the tranquil Alila Diwa Goa. Amid the green expanse of the rice fields, you’ll find a serene hideaway, complete with chic rooms, a stunning infinity pool and two incredible restaurants… After three nights of bliss, you’ll head to Alila Fort Bishangarh for a further three nights. Your prize: A three-night B&B stay at Alila Diwa Goa. A three-night B&B stay at Alila Fort Bishangarh. An Alila Experience at each hotel. An Alila treatment for two at each hotel. Return airport transfers. Flights are not included in this prize. To enter this competition simply answer the following question and then submit your details. What is the capital city of India? Tokyo, New Delhi or Kuala Lumpur …  For further details click here

Swindon courts round-up

17 May: Swindon Advertiser. Antony Fernandes has been disqualified from driving for 16 months after pleading guilty to failing to provide a breath specimen. The 32-year-old, of Beatrice Street in Swindon, was asked to take the breath test on March 28 during a police investigation. Fernandes was also fined £267 and told he must pay £85 in costs plus £30 to victim services.  For further details click here

Not even a single case of dual citizenship in Goa

18 May: Navhind Times. It may sound strange but it is a fact that not a single application or complaint has been received by the north Goa and south Goa Collectors to inquire into the issue of dual citizenship in the state. It may be noted that there was a huge hue and cry over the issue around four-five years back… In October 2917, both the District Collectors had issued a public notice inviting applications and objections accompanied with all the supporting documents, from the residents within a period of 90 days. Strangely not even a single application or complaint was received …  For further details click here

Mangoes are seasonal. Goa is not

18 May: Herald. Tourism-driven business establishments across the state strongly believe that Goa has moved on from being a seasonal market to being an all year round tourist destination. Café scours through the length and breadth of Goa and finds out who’s open for the monsoons and who’s not. The mango season has come to an abrupt end thanks to a series of surprise rains that have lashed the state over the past few days, but hardly anyone is complaining. The untimely rains have done good to rescue the state from the clutches of the heatwave that had made it almost unbearable to step out in the afternoon. The monsoons may not be far away and it is that time of the year when some business establishments bite the ‘off-season’ bullet, while others, who find even this time of the year to be a good time for business, continue to stay open.  For further details click here

Travel bodies hope for good charter season

17 May: Times of India. Charter tour operators are optimistic that the next tourist season will be just as good as the one that recently ended. They said that their fears about the closure of the runway at the Goa international airport at Dabolim has been allayed by the Navy. Chief operating officer at Travel Corporation of India (TCI) Ernest Dias said that talks with Navy and airport authorities last week were fruitful… Dias said that taxes in India are quite low compared to other foreign destinations like Sri Lanka, Cambodia, and some countries in southeast Asia. For cheap breaks, British and Russian travellers usually visit Egypt and Turkey, he said. However, the unrest in those two countries over the past few years has benefited Goa.  For further details click here

Shack operators to keep tabs on beach violators

17 May: Times of India. In all probability, from the next tourist season in October, the department will introduce a WhatsApp number facilitating shack allottees and other traders to post their complaints with possible pictorial evidence, which the department would forward to a relevant authority and follow-up on the matter, said tourism director Menino D’Souza. He said that the department’s similar exercise for clearing garbage on beaches has proved effective. “Litter on beaches is cleared within 10-15 minutes of an image being posted,” he said…  For further details click here

Going a stray: Goa's beach dogs – in pictures

17 May: The Guardian (UK). Photographer Dougie Wallace turns his lens away from the pampered dogs of the world to its antithesis — the beach dogs of Goa. In doing so, Wallace has produced a wildlife project from a street photographer’s perspective, shot from a dog’s eye view… The second chapter of my dogs story is based on a question. Who are the happiest: the ones who ‘belong’ to humans, giving paws to get tasty treats or the stray ones, fighting and howling day and night, competing for the tourists’ attention and hoping to get scraps of food? … Goan to the Dogs will be on display at his Well Heeled exhibition at The Hospital Club, Covent Garden as part of Photo London 17-20 May. Signed copies of Well Heeled available at Dewi Lewis 4pm 18 May.  For further details click here

UK Forthcoming Events


Sun: 20 May: Margao Union UK invites you to celebrate Feast Of The Holy Spirit at The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy Mitcham Road Croydon, CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 1245pm followed by dancing to the sound of Stringalong by Inacio. Tickets (Tickets include Snack, meal and dessert) Before 30 April: Adult: £12.00 Children(5 -14): £8. Thereafter all Tickets: £15.00. Contact Bella: 0208 372 1253 or 07949 233307; email: isabellafernandes@hotmail.co.uk. Xavy: 0208 803 5146 or 07507 950455 Rosalind: 0208 767 8652 Camilo: 0208 801 3637 Lucas: 0795 714 8406. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 2nd Jun. Wyvern Theatre, Swindon, SN1 1QN at 2.30 & 6.30pm. Samhen Production Presents Samuel Carvalho's new play “NHOIM MOGACHE PUN ROGTACHE” with starry casts and fresh faces alike with enjoyable evening of laughter & tears combined that you won’t regret booking for. Sound by Waterfront (Carlos) and Lights Greg Carvalho Wembley contacts Luiza 07949366303, S Caitan 07440384326, Martin 07438470500, Asis 07459458363, Felix Gonsalves 07800570081. Swindon contacts Monty 07417388762, Alvaro 07440720334, Bala Peter 07438779468, Vital 07459237802, Olavo 07448334041, Augustin 07405696091/Southall contacts Liston 07424765111, Inacio Sequeira 07542039323, Sebastian Pinheiro 07401870858, Peter De Souza 07448331204, Geldo 07448177490. For the flyer, click here.

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

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

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

For Later Events See www.goanvoice.org.uk/events.php


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER THURSDAY 17 MAY. 2018


News Summary

Digital fare meters in all taxis before next tourist season

17 May: Herald. Transport Director Nikhil Desai said it is an endeavour of the department to install digital fare meters in all tourist taxis before the start of the coming tourist season. “Today we had meeting with the taxi union where it is conveyed to them that as per High Court order we have to install digital fare meters to tourist taxis within the fixed timeframe,” he said. Desai said that taxi operators were opposing installation of meters and speed governors… Approximately 20,000 integrated devices with GPS/GPRS, digital fare meter, LCD display, receipt printer, panic button and rooftop display will be installed on tourist taxis in the State.  For further details click here

On the road with… Anstascia D’Elene Corniere

13 May: Metro Newspaper (UK). … Q: What has been your most life-changing experience while travelling? A: In 2015, we went to India for the first time. We’d just finished making our album, Welcome To The Present, and travelled there for inspiration to find names for the tracks. In Goa, we were sitting under a banyan tree, meditating and trying to come up with titles, and a little local boy showed us a beautiful plant called mimosa pudica, otherwise known as ‘shy grass’ because it shrinks back into itself when it’s touched. We realised at that moment that every living being and plant has consciousness and feels energy, and Shy Grass became the name of our album’s first track…  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Blond:ish is a Canadian producer/DJ duo formed by Anstascia D'Elene Corniere and Vivie-ann Bakos …  click here
Video: Blond:ish Shu Grass … https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRTE213xyxo click here.

Rape as communal violence in India

16 May: News International. Violence against women is being used as a weapon of communal hatred, suggesting India should enact the Communal Violence bill … Since 2014, India has become a hotbed of communal tension with the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) – an extremist Hindutva organization – stoking the flames of communalism in the country. Hindutva vigilantes have been targeting religious minorities especially the Muslims over cow slaughter and eating beef ever since the BJP, led by now prime minister Narendra Modi, who came to power in 2014. There have been onslaughts on personal freedoms and a growing Islamophobia. According to official statistics, India witnessed more than 700 outbreaks of communal violence in 2016 that killed 86 and injured 2,321 people. The actual number, however, could be higher as many cases go unreported …  For further details click here

INSV Tarini expected in Goa on Monday

15 May: Times of India. In a few days, INSV Tarini and the six women officers manning it, will arrive at Goa's shores, marking the successful completion of the first-ever circumnavigation by a crew of Indian women. The crew is expected to arrive at INS Mandovi on May 21... The vessel has already entered Indian waters and is approximately 320 nautical miles (roughly 592km) from Goa … The crew was expected to return last month after circumnavigating the globe and stopping at four ports: Fremantle in Australia, Lyttleton in New Zealand, Port Stanley in the Falkland Islands, and Cape Town in South Africa. Damage to the steering gear, however, forced them to make an unscheduled stop at Port Louis in Mauritius for emergency repairs…  For further details click here

Four Seasons bets big on luxury residential apartments in India

16 May: Business Standard. Luxury apartments would play an important role in the India growth strategy of Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts as the Ontario, Canada-based company seeks to step-up its brand presence by managing hotels in more cities … One of the first such residential projects called Four Seasons Private Residences, currently under development in South Mumbai, would be ready for possession by 2020… new projects are currently under development in Delhi and Goa and they too have residential components… The project in Goa will be developed by Shiv Kumar Jatia, managing director of Asian Hotels (North) who also developed the Four Seasons in Mumbai…  click here
Four Seasons Golf Resort and Residences, Goa. A stately and inspirational Goan residence of unique yet authentic luxury where the Tiracol River meets the Arabian Sea … Project description + 6 photos.  click here

Giving back to the community

16 May: The Hindu. The tiny Anglo Indian community in India is not often seen in positive light and is often subject to prejudice. Not many people are aware that the military prowess of the community played an important part in the creation of major military units that are still part of the Indian Army… It was an attempt to set this record straight and give back something to the community that resulted in business executive and author Hari Baskaran writing a book on the community, These Bloomin Anglos. The book was launched at an event in Catholic Club…  For further details click here

UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS By Lira Fernandes


DOCUMENTARY: UK Border Force. Pick (Freeview 11). Fri. 18th May. 15:00 to 16:00. The series going behind the scenes of immigration continues with rush hour at Calais. Officers search UK-bound lorries for illegal immigrants, with today's searches proving fruitful.

DOCUMENTARY: My Turban and Me. BBC 2. Sat. 19th May. 02:05 to 02:35. Documentary exploring Sikh identity in modern Britain. Actor and comedian Sanjeev Kohli goes on a heartwarming personal journey to explore the importance of wearing the Sikh turban in Britain and investigate why it is becoming more popular.

CHILDRENS: My World Kitchen. CBeebies (Freeview 202). Sat. 19th May. 14:30 to 14:45. Ria and Rohan's Indian Tandoori Chicken. Pre-school series celebrating foods from a rich diversity of backgrounds. Ria and Rohan use their grandma's special oven to make their version of this classic Indian dish.

DRAMA: Go Goa Gone. Rishtey Cineplex. (Freeview 88). Tues. 22nd May. 22:00 to 00:05. UK television premiere of 2013 film. A group of friends along with members of a mafia get stuck on an island off the coast of Goa, when new drugs at a rave are consumed by the guests, turning them into zombies. For a trailer of the film, click here

NATURE: Tweet of the Day. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Wed. 23rd May. 05:58 to 06:00. The sounds and stories of birds from around the world. Michael Palin presents the Asian koel's arrival to an Indian orchard.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Witness. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Wed. 23rd May. 12:04 to 12:15. Series looking at key events in history, featuring archive accounts from the people who were there. The Rajneesh Poisoning Scandal: How followers of an Indian spiritual guru went a step too far, as they tried to build utopia in the USA.

SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTARY: Earthrise. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Thurs. 24th May. 17:30 to 18:00. Winds of Change. Earthrise goes to India and Denmark to explore ways in which communities are reducing their emissions.


GOAN VOICE DAILY NEWSLETTER WEDNESDAY 16 MAY. 2018


Obituary

Death: Teofilo De Souza

10 May: Mombasa, Kenya. TEOFILO CAETANO JOSE DE SOUZA. Born 3rd November 1931. Goan School Mombasa Class of 1948. Funeral Mass was at 3.00 pm, Monday 14th May 2018 at the Holy Ghost Cathedral Mombasa followed by burial at Mbaraki Cemetery


News Summary

Icelandic airline launches the first budget flights from Europe to India

15 May: Daily Telegraph (UK). The first budget flights from the UK to India have been announced, with fares starting from just £149 one-way, but travellers must go via Iceland. The WOW air service will launch in December, departing London Gatwick and heading west to Reykjavik’s Keflavik Airport, before a “short” stopover and a 10 and a half-hour onward flight east to Delhi… the WOW service will be some four and a half hours longer in the air than a direct flight to the Indian capital. The service will fly three times a week from Reykjavik from December 6, but will increase to five per week from January 2019… the cheapest seats will sell out quickly. A glance at the WOW website showed that flights on many dates started from £220.99 or £250.99 for the same stripped-back ticket…  For further details click here
WOW Air Is Launching $199 Flights From the U.S. to India …  click here
For the WOW Air UK website, click here.

Waluscha De Souza heads to London for ‘Time To Dance’

11 May: Times of India. Model Waluscha De Sousa who made her Bollywood debut in Shah Rukh Khan-starrer ‘Fan’ will be seen next in ‘Time to Dance’. Before she embarked on her second film, the model-turned-actress made a quick getaway to Goa. She says, “When in Goa, it's me and the beach… And of course, I eat my heart out, it's home.” Talking about her upcoming film, the actress adds, “I will be heading to London for a 50-day schedule that will be shot from start-to-finish. I have been training in competitive Ballroom and Latin styles … I am grateful to be working with Remo D’souza (producer) and Stanley D’Costa (director)… the thought of unwinding in London has not crossed my mind. But, post the film I will definitely figure something.” …  For further details click here
Waluscha De Sousa is a part-German part-Goan supermodel who was married to famous Indian model Marc Robinson. The two have three children together and although their marriage ended in 2013, they were seen as the poster couple for a modern marriage…  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Waluscha De Sousa, click here.

Qatar: Sizzling Swizel Pereira crowned 18th May Queen

14 May: Gulf Times (Qatar). The Goan Welfare Association (GWA) has been the face and voice of expatriates from Goa, India. GWA recently organised its annual May Queen Ball event at Giwana Hall in Radisson Blu Hotel. The hotel hall went berserk in applause and burst into celebration as sizzling beauty Swizel Pereira was crowned the 18th May Queen ... Swizel was perhaps the best choice to be the 18th May Queen as her wisdom matched her confidence and dazzling smile. Swizel walked away with fabulous prizes … Bold and beautiful Bakhita Souza Ferrao was crowned as first runner-up… Second runner-up was Shubra Bedi …  For further details click here

Goan entertainment manager making waves in the Middle East

15 May: Herald. At the inaugural edition of the TPMEA Awards in Dubai, Zinaida Mascarenhas did Goa proud by bagging the award for ‘Entertainment Manager of the Year’, establishing her at the top spot in the live events and production industry of the Middle East… Zinaida who hails from Chicalim, Goa, has been working in the events industry for the last 18 years. Starting out as a DJ in Goa, she has since expanded her reach in the entertainment industry, with her involvement in stage management and artiste bookings. Her career has given her the opportunity to live and work in cities across the world, in Mumbai, Sri Lanka, Paris and the UK. She has been based in Dubai for the last few years, where she now runs her own entertainment management company ‘Stories by Zinaida’…  For further details click here
For Zinaida Mascarenhas’ Linkedin profile,  click here

Minister under Anti-Corruption Branch scanner

16 May: Herald. Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of Vigilance Department has initiated a probe into the complaint filed by advocate Aires Rodrigues over the disproportionate assets of Power Minister Pandurang Madkaikar and his wife Janita… Pointing out that Pandurang’s Nikitasha Realtors Pvt Ltd had on April 1 this year inaugurated a huge palatial bungalow (photo) at Old Goa estimated to have cost around Rs 200 crore, Rodrigues drew ACB’s attention that in his Income Tax returns for the financial year 2015-16 Pandurang had shown his total income for the year as Rs 1,44,389 and that of Janita to be Rs 24,389…  For further details click here

Discrimination kills 230,000 girls under five in India each year, study shows

15 May: The Guardian. Hundreds of thousands of young girls in India die every year because of “invisible discrimination”, according to research published in the Lancet Global Health. Researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis estimate an average of 239,000 girls under five in India die each year, or 2.4 million in a decade, because of their gender. Many of the deaths were due to neglect, both within their families and from health practitioners, as well as an “invisible, routine and continued”, bias Indian girls experience in food allocation. Studies have shown that Indian girls receive less education, have poorer nutrition and get less medical attention than boys…  For further details click here
11 May: The Goan. Girl child takes centre stage. ‘Rise and Die’, an operetta by the Sisters of the Handmaids of Christ which drew attention to the plight of the girl child, was staged recently at different locations in Goa. Fr Victor Ferrao (Rachol Seminary) shares his thoughts on it …  click here

Editorial: A Strong Case For A Tiger Reserve In Goa

15 May: The Navhind Times. The capture of the image of a tiger in the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary at the beginning of the ongoing wildlife census has not only brought cheers to foresters and wildlife enthusiasts but also revived the demand for a tiger reserve in Goa. The presence of tiger was assumed after 11 samples of scats (droppings) of big cats were found in Mhadei, Mollem and Netravali protected forest areas during the first phase of the census commonly known as sign and line transect survey… Forest department officials are hopeful of detecting presence of more tigers during the census… The last census in 2014 had revealed the presence of at least five tigers in Goa…  For further details click here
Video: 15 May: Prudent Media Goa. ‘Tigers estimated’ in survey of tigers in Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary … 3m. 15s.  click here


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