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Death: Maria Vaz. Ex Nairobi

16 Oct. 2019. Aquem Baixo-Navelim, Goa. MARIA ARGENTINA JULITA VAZ. Ex Nairobi Kenya. Born: 01/08/1931. Beloved wife of Alexhinho Bernando Quadros. Daughter of late Aristo Rafael Vaz/ late Artimizia Fernandes e Vaz. Loving mother/ mother-in-law of Petornila/ late Agnelo, Hilda, Berta/ late Seby, Alice/ Cleo, Celly/ Russell, Julio/ Sharon. Dearest grandmother of Roseline/ Rob, Rizla, Armand/ Malita, Sharon/ Jovin, Nakita, Jarius, Roll, Curt, Zion, Zara, Zane. Doting great-grandmother of Logan, Chriziala, Chrisbone, Kane, Kurt. Passed away peacefully. [Source: Herald]  For further details click here

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Patricia Rozario: ‘Classical music must be more accessible’

15 Oct: Deccan Herald. The International Music and Arts Society and the Thumboochetty Foundation organised a concert, ‘Romancing the Violin’, in memory of Philomena Thumboochetty aka ‘The Indian Fiddler Queen’, a child prodigy and renowned violinist in British India. The event featured French violinist Philippe Honoré, soprano Patricia Rozario, and pianist Mark Troop … Patricia said, “I think the career chose me. I went to study music in London, but I didn’t know anyone. I worked hard, but I wasn’t sure I would make it. Then I kept winning scholarships and competitions one after the other, and it all simply fell into place…  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Patricia Rozario,  click here
For some video clips featuring Patricia Rozario, click here.

Ryan, Adam and Scott Thomas have bagged their own six-part TV series exploring their heritage in India

16 Oct: Daily Mail (UK). Ryan Thomas will join forces with his father Dougie and brothers Adam and Scott to star in a brand new ITV series, which will explore their family's Indian heritage. The former Coronation Street star, 35, and twins Adam and Scott, 31 - of Emmerdale and Love Island fame respectively - will 'embark on the trip of a lifetime' to delve into their roots in the hope of seeking out long-lost relatives. The brothers will be accompanied by their dad Dougie, a music promoter and lead singer of 70s band Dougie James and the Soul Train, as they travel to Mumbai and Goa… The family hopes to seek out long lost relatives…  click here
16 Oct. itv. The Thomas Brothers’ new series for ITV…  click here

Coming Of Age: India now makes some of the best single malts in the world

20 Oct: Business Today. John Distilleries’ single malts are tropical as they are Indian. They mimic the style of whiskey from different single malt regions of Scotland but all come from one place – Goa … The sunny shores of Goa are a beer haven. Turns out, the place can produce luxury whiskeys, too…Paul John’s single malts are among the top rated in the world … Whiskey has Jim Murray, an English critic who brings out the Whiskey Bible every year. For the 2018 edition, he tasted 4,600 whiskies and awarded John Distilleries’ single malt Paul John Kanya “Asian Whiskey of the Year”. It got a score of 96, so did the three other variants of the company. The single malt Edited has a score of 96.5.,.. Paul John Mars Orbiter sells for Rs 35,000 a bottle… John Distilleries has won over 200 international awards… 1868 words _  For further details click here

Goa Turning Into A "Banana Republic", Says BJP's Ally In State

15 Oct: NDTV. Goa Forward, a regional political party and the state's ruling BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) ally on Tuesday said the state was becoming a 'banana republic', with the government shirking accountability vis-a-vis controversial decisions like the sudden call to waive road tax for all vehicles up to December 31 this year. The party's president Vijai Sardesai, a former Deputy Chief Minister, also said that the controversial road tax waiver would cost the state exchequer a loss of around Rs. 50 to 60 crore…  For further details click here

Audrey D’Silva Femina Miss India Goa is also a Traveller and Influencer

16 Oct: Nagpur Oranges. For Audrey D’Silva, her journey in the fashion world started with participating in beauty pageants. She went ahead to gain big in this field even getting the Femina Miss India. This also gave her the break in the field of modelling remaining the part and parcel of many modelling campaigns and drives. Besides, she was also a media student and turned a qualified journalist as well as talking and writing on fashion and other issues. She loved to be the part of several reporting on the fashion world to the local magazine and newspaper thus emerging a competent journalist. This has made the diva the lady of many parts…  For further details click here
Audrey D'Silva (@audreydsilva) • Instagram photos and videos  click here

Jennifer Winget’s Beautiful Home in Goa is a Paradise To Reside

16 Oct: Laughing Colours. Jennifer Winget, the gorgeous actress in the small screen industry has gained massive popularity with the shows like Bepannah, Beyhadh and more. It is an undoubted fact that Jennifer has already carved a special place for herself in the Television industry… For the uninitiated, Jennifer Winget has her own house in Goa. It’s commonly known as her weekend home in Goa. After visiting this place, the actress acquires relaxing vibe in her Goa home. In her leisure time, the actress visits her beautiful home in Goa. The weekend home of Jennifer is located in Reis Magos in North Goa and it is situated near a beach. The house gives us heavenly vibes in white and white color…  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Jennifer Winget,  click here


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

Sun. 3 Nov: Dr. Ribeiro Goan School, Nairobi. Mass of Remembrance for Deceased Ex-Students and Staff. A Remembrance Mass will be held at the Parish Of the Sacred Heart, Trott Street, Battersea, London SW11 3DS on Sunday 3 November 2019 from 2.30pm. For further information, click here. If you plan on attending please submit the "Mass Attendance Confirmation Form" as soon as possible. If you require further information please contact any one of: Jeff Fialho: ; Vivienne D'Silva: or Chris Moniz:

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

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

Sun 24 Nov. Fr. Agnelo's Day: 92nd Commemoration Celebration on at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon. CR9 3AS. Commencing with Mass at 1.30pm. Principal Celebrant: Our Patron, the Rt. Rev. Patrick Lynch SSCC, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark.

Sat. 1st Dec. GOA UK – St. Francis Xavier’s Feast. Venue : Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR9 3AS. Commencing at 2.00 p.m. Additional details will be added.

Sun. 8th Dec. East London And Essex Goans Celebrate St Francis Xavier's Feast.  Venue: Fords Sports And Social Club, Aldborough Road South. Newbury Park, Essex IG3 8HG.  Mass at 12 noon; celebrant Fr. Patrick D'Souza (Goan Chaplaincy). Please contact Joyce Travasso 0208 478 8845 or Raymond Carvalho 07963 950814.  For the flyer with  further information, click here FOR LATER EVENTS go to


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Apply for the Know Goa Programme 2020

From Anthony J. D'Souza, Director for NRI Affairs, Goa, email: . The Government of Goa seeks the support and assistance of all Goan Overseas Associations to promote the “12th Know Goa Programme (KGP)” to be held from 04th to 18th January, 2020 formulated for the benefit of Goan Diaspora Youth who are born abroad and are foreign nationals but whose parents or ancestors are of Goan origin. Applications are invited from young professionals in the age group of 21 to 30 years who have distinguished themselves in various fields and have abiding interest in Goa and India, by November 15, 2019. The concerned Indian Mission will thereafter forward the applications with their recommendations to this office by November 20, 2019. The terms, conditions and eligibility criteria along with application form is attached.  For further details click here

RTI reveals that crime branch was censured on the manner in which the alleged dual nationality case against Aires Rodrigues was probed

15 Oct: Goa News Hub. The Director of Prosecution had expressed its strong disapproval on the manner in which the Goa Police’s Crime Branch had probed the 2016 complaint filed against Adv. Aires Rodrigues on the alleged dual Nationality case. This has been revealed in the information obtained by Adv. Rodrigues himself under the Right to Information Act. The Director of Prosecution T.S. Sardinha in her six paged legal Opinion dated 2nd July last year was responding to the letter written by the then Crime Branch Superintendent Karthik Kashyap on 24th June whether an appeal against the order of the North Goa District Court granting Adv. Rodrigues anticipatory bail on 3rdJune year could be filed…  For further details click here

Portugal: Civil servant made 15,000 entries to help illegal immigrants

16 Oct: Publico (Portugal). Judicial police dismantled a criminal network that was dedicated to the legalization of immigrants. Officials of Finance, Social Security, Foreigners and Borders Service and lawyers are among the key suspects… one employee of the Tax Authority issued 15 000 fraudulent taxpayer numbers over a period of three years… To carry out the illegal immigration scheme, the group also had the help of two employees of the Social Security… this scheme also involved the organization of marriages of convenience. This operational part would also be in charge of two lawyer brothers, and went through to get recognition in national territory marriages contracted in Goa… 973 words.  For further details click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here

All Goa cabs should have digital meters: High Court

16 Oct: Live Mint. The Panaji bench of the High Court on Tuesday pulled up the state government for failing to facilitate the installation of digital meters in taxis, stating that prima facie the negligence amounts to contempt of the Bombay High Court. A division bench of Justices M.S. Sonak and Nutan Sardesai, also directed the Goa government to file an affidavit stating why the Court should not proceed against it for contempt, after state authorities failed to install the digital meters by the August 1 deadline… The privately operated taxis have opposed efforts made by the Goa government to introduce app-based taxis in the coastal state…  For further details click here

Immigration debate stirs unrest in Goa's beach village

16 Oct: Deccan Herald. Over the last few weeks, Benaulim, a sleepy beach village in South Goa, has emerged as a classic showcase of Goa’s social faultlines, thanks to a standoff between locals and migrants, specifically members of the Lamani tribe, over the share of tourism industry spoils… The tussle between the two communities started in December last year but caught momentum just ahead of the state’s international tourism season which sees Benaulim transform from a languid pastoral postcard to a vibrant Russian Rouble-driven conclave …  For further details click here

Mumbai: Gloria (Our Lady of Glory) Church bags UNESCO Award

15 Oct: Mid Day. A water fountain. A church. A synagogue. A library. These landmarks echoed the diversity and celebrated the vision of its heritage keepers — all Mumbai-based — who bagged top honours in Penang yesterday at the UNESCO Asia Pacific Region Awards for Cultural Heritage Conservation 2019… Byculla’s Gloria (Our Lady of Glory) Church restored by David Cardoz and Ainsley Lewis …  For further details click here  click here


DOCUMENTARY: Heir Hunters. BBC 2. Mon. 21st Oct. 13:45 to 14:30. Southall/Howard. Probate detectives discover a surprise connection to gun-making in Birmingham, while searching for the beneficiaries to a £100,000 estate. The case of a west London man with Indian ancestry, proves a major challenge for the team.

COOKERY: The Food Programme. BBC Radio 4 Longwave. Mon. 21st Oct. 15:30 to 16:00. Almost one in 10 households with children where all adults work full-time are in poverty. In the school holidays, food budgets are stretched even further. Here, chef Romy Gill and Sheila Dillon focus on the UK's issue with `holiday hunger", contemplating whether a food project from India could solve the problem.

TALK SHOW: Start the Week. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Mon. 21st Oct. 21:30 to 21:59.  Kirsty Wark is joined by writer Priya Basil, who explains how sharing a meal can break down barriers, and restaurateur Shamil Thakrar, who recalls food from his childhood in Bombay.

DOCUMENTARY: Britain's Hate Crimes Uncensored. Channel 5. Mon. 21st Oct. 22:00 to 23:05. Victims of racial and religious hate crime share their stories, from verbal abuse and physical attacks on the street and on public transport, to terror attacks and murder. The programme includes uncensored footage of incidents, including previously unseen material of the Finsbury Park attack in June 2017, while two people tell the relatively unknown story of the brutal murder of their father by a far-right extremist.

NATURE: Wonders of the Monsoon. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Tues. 22nd Oct. 15:00 to 16:00.  Deluge. The effect of the rainy season on wildlife in Asia, with floods forcing animals to flee from Kaziranga National Park in north-east India in search of the safety of the hills.

TALK SHOW: Stark Talk. BBC Radio Scotland FM (Freeview 719). Wed. 23rd Oct. 13:30 to 14:00. Salman Rushdie. episode 1.  Thirty years on from the first time he heard the word `fatwa", Booker prize-winning author Salman Rushdie talks to Edi Stark about the catastrophic repercussions of writing The Satanic Verses and how indebted he is to the late Scottish MP Robin Cook who, as foreign secretary, helped immeasurably to end his days in hiding. In this revealing interview, he reflects on his childhood in Bombay, choosing to come to boarding school in England, love, marriages and fatherhood and why he now lives in America.

DOCUMENTARY: Fault Lines. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Wed. 23rd Oct. 23:30 to 00:00. In Bad Faith. Documentary. Several men allege years of abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest, and call on New York City's most powerful cleric to remove him from ministry.


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Carols, sun and vindaloo: why you should spend Christmas in Goa

15 Oct: Lonely Planet (UK). Contemplating spending Christmas in India? With a hot and tropical climate during December, India’s premier beaches, a famous party culture, and a Christian population that celebrates the Christmas season with feasting and festivities, Goa should be high on your list of winter travel destinations. Here’s our guide to spending the festive December period in Goa… The Christmas festivities are just one reason to plan a December trip to Goa. This time of year is perfect for lazing on the beaches and dipping into the Arabian Sea, with minimal rainfall and temperatures that climb above 30°C…1558 words.  For further details click here

XMAS: London, UK to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania for only £359 roundtrip

15 Oct: Secrets of Flying. 1 Stop / 2 Stops / Africa / Depart UK & Ireland / Flight / London / Standard Route / Turkish Airlines. Availability from December 2019 to March 2020 (excluding New Year). STOPS: Istanbul and Zanzibar (outgoing only)…  For further details click here
Facebook: Dar-Es-Salaam Institute Centenary Celebrations …  click here

Eliminate Mosquitoes, Remove Garbage: HC Orders Goa Govt over Plea on Increase in Dengue, Malaria

15 Oct: News 18. With the rise in mosquito-borne diseases, the High Court has ordered public health authorities in Maharashtra to remove garbage on and ensure that water is not getting accumulated becoming a breeding ground for diseases spreading mosquitoes. A division bench comprising chief justice Pradeep Nandrajog and juctice Mahesh Sonak stated, "The Goa Public Health Act envisages the authorities under the Act to issue directions to municipalities and panchayats in the state of Goa to ensure that garbage does not accumulate; cesspools are removed and measures taken to eradicate mosquitoes... the statutory duties cast upon the authorities have to be complied with…”  For further details click here

Goa to see huge decline in UK tourists this season!

13 Oct: The Goan. It is now clear that the number of British tourists is going to significantly decline this season because the arrangements, which were being made to bring them in the wake of Thomas Cook UK’s collapse, have not been successful… Until last year, the tour operator used to send seven scheduled flights every week in season from the UK to Goa with British tourists…Sources revealed that an operator called ‘TUI’ is about to finalise one extra flight per week from the UK to Goa. With the extra flight, TUI is likely to bring four flights per week compared to three in the previous season ...  click here

Goa University looking to digitise Konkani texts, transliterate works

15 Oct: Herald. In a step towards preserving the State’s official language Konkani texts, which are in multi-script formats, Goa University is looking at digitisation of the texts and their transliteration. Research has concluded that if a language like Konkani is to survive the invasion of technology and its mission to standardise communication, it needs to adopt technology to preserve its diversity, and subsequently its culture and heritage…  For further details click here

Richard Burton: a mysterious orientalist

15 Oct: Dawn (Pakistan). Hardly ever has one person carried out such varied tasks, learnt so many diverse languages and written such different kinds of books as did Richard Francis Burton. An Irish-born British army officer, Richard Burton was a fiction writer, poet, translator, travelogue writer, linguist, soldier, orientalist, explorer, cartographer, diplomat, mystic, secret agent, ethnologist and geographer. It is often said that Richard Burton discovered the Kama Sutra and brought The Arabian Nights to the West, but he is known more for his journeys across the world as well as his profound knowledge of different languages and cultures… Burton came to India again in 1876 and visited Sindh, Goa and some other areas…  For further details click here
Free. Online. Read the full text of Burton’s account of his six months stay in Goa, 376 pages, 1851.  click here

Prime Minister’s Office response offers glimmer of hope for Anjediva island devotee

15 Oct: Hindustan Times. By Gerard de Souza. Catholic devotees, who have been barred by the Navy since 2005 from visiting the Anjediva island, off the coast of Karwar, to celebrate the feasts of the two churches located there, have sensed a glimmer of hope. In response to a petition before the Prime Minister, the PMO has directed the Goa Chief Secretary to provide within 15 days details of the issue, including why they have been barred and the status of the churches located there. “It’s a small victory,” Natividade D’Sa who petitioned the Prime Minister said. The Anjediva island, a small strip of land off the coast of Karwar, that is part of the state of Goa is currently under the Navy’s control On this island lie two historical churches built by the Portuguese who occupied the island in 1506 and surrendered it in 1961, 48-hours after mainland Goa was surrendered to India…  For further details click here



Death: Tracy Lianne Fernandes. Missaussaga
9 Oct. 2019. Mississauga, Canada. TRACY LIANNE FERNANDES. Born November 25, 1977. Passed away unexpectedly on October 9, 2019 at her home in Toronto. Beloved daughter of Jules and Edith Fernandes of Nairobi, Kenya. Cherished sister of Cheryl-Ann (Marc), Genevieve (Vish), Kevin, and Ryan. Loving aunt to Noah, Lyla, Zoe and Yara. She will be deeply missed by all extended family and friends. Tracy was born and raised in Mississauga. She graduated from Holy Name of Mary Secondary School following which she attended the University of Windsor. A lover of yoga, food, and all things music, Tracy was known for her vocal talents. Throughout her life, she performed at numerous talent shows, with different bands or could be found jamming with friends. Tracy’s character was one of a kind – her love and kindness knew no limits, her compassion and courage knew no bounds. Tracy will be forever loved and cherished by all [Info: Norman DaCosta]. Photo.  For further details click here

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Shirley Rodrigues: Lessons from London pollution revolution

14 Oct: Mint. By Vivek Menezes. As India gears up for horrific smog, here’s how London created workable solutions to fight pollution … London, under mayor Sadiq Khan (he was elected in 2016), has derided the city’s “filthy, toxic air" as “a public health emergency"… Soon after taking office, Khan reached out to Shirley Rodrigues, who was born into a Goan family in Nairobi, to serve as his deputy mayor for environment and energy, and tasked this veteran of environmental policy-making with tackling London’s air pollution problems … Rodrigues and Khan began to turn London around with bold innovations that would have seemed unthinkable just a few years ago. I eventually found myself reaching out to the deputy mayor via her Twitter account, to ask if she would consent to being interviewed about London’s anti-pollution agenda…  click here
17 Jan. 2017. Goan Voice. Shirley Rodrigues was born in Nairobi, the daughter of George Jason Rodrigues (1929 - 2008); ex footballer for Nairobi Heroes and Crusaders and Louisa Victoria Rodrigues nee Da Costa born in Kenya (1931 - 2001). Her parents trace their Goan roots to Siolim (father) and Aldona (mother). The family emigrated to England in 1967 from Nairobi. For the Linkedin profile of Shirley Rodrigues,  click here

Aires Rodrigues: ‘Chargesheet against me political vendetta’

14 Oct: Times of India. Social activist Aires Rodrigues has on Sunday dismissed the chargesheet filed against him in an alleged dual citizenship case as political vendetta. He said the chargesheet filed against him by the crime branch of Goa Police was a vindictive counter for filing a complaint against a BJP MLA for holding dual citizenship. Rodrigues said he would respond appropriately before the court after receiving the chargesheet. Old Goa police have already filed an FIR against him in January 2016 in the alleged dual citizenship case. Expressing relief that the chargesheet has been finally filed after three years of a politically-manipulated investigation, Rodrigues has expressed hope that the conspirators, including some police officers, who have acted as henchmen of politicians to malign his name, will not be spared by law… Rodrigues said since he was born before Goa's liberation and as such was a Portuguese by birth, there was no question of him applying for Portuguese nationality…  For further details click here

AAI, Navy explore feasibility of more flights from Goa airport

14 Oct: Times of India. With plans to operationalise the parallel taxi track (PTT) at Goa International Airport by November 15, the Airports Authority of India has simultaneously begun discussions with the Indian Navy to see if additional slots for flight operations are possible at the state’s lone airport… On October 10, AAI initiated ‘trial commissioning’ of the first phase of the PTT, which connects the terminal apron and parking bays to one end of the runway, from where aircraft begin take-off from runway 26…  For further details click here

Christian body fumes over RSS chief's lynching remark

14 Oct: India Today. A full blown war of words is raging between Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) supremo Mohan Bhagwat and a top Catholic body over who invented the word lynching. Taking umbrage to Bhagwat's remarks dissociating the Hindu community with rising incidents of mob lynching in the country and instead linking the term to Christianity, the All India Catholic Union (AICU) has issued a detailed statement lashing out at both the RSS and the country's ruling BJP and questioned Bhagwat's "political intentions" behind the remark…  For further details click here

Ortho doctors ask people to sue over bad roads

14 Oct: Times of India. While the government dithers on undertaking road repairs and an increasing number of people suffer ligament injuries, fractures and even severe vertebral compression fractures , some orthopaedic doctors are now calling out to citizens to demand better quality roads, even to the extent of suing the government. “We are paying taxes for good roads. If the government is creating such dangerous situations for people on a daily basis, it should be penalised ,” says Dr Mahendra Kudchadkar, consultant orthopaedic surgeon…  For further details click here

California: 2 Indian Catholic priests, including Shillong archbishop, killed in mishap

12 Oct: The Week. The archbishop of Shillong, Dominic Jala, and a Roman Catholic priest from Kerala, who was working in the US, were killed in a car accident in California on Thursday (local time). A third Indian priest, Father Joseph Parekkatt, was injured in the accident. Jala and Father Mathew Vellankal were travelling to Clearlake in California when the Toyota Prius car they were in collided with a semi-truck in Colussa County. In a message on Facebook, the California Highway Patrol informed the Toyota Prius car may have been at fault as it had "failed to yield to traffic". Jala and Vellankal were in the driver and front seats. It is yet unclear who was driving the ill-fated car. Jala (68) was born in Meghalaya and had been appointed as the archbishop of Shillong on December 22, 1999, and ordained as archbishop on April 4, 2000. Jala had gone to the US to attend a meeting on English liturgy in New York…  For further details click here


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Aires Rodrigues booked in case of dual citizenship

13 Oct: Times of India. Panaji: Crime branch of Goa police on Saturday booked social activist Aires Rodrigues in the alleged case of dual citizenship filed against him. Crime branch superintendent of police (SP) Pankaj Kumar Singh told TOI that they had filed the chargesheet against Rodrigues in the case, in 2016… The FIR was based on a complaint by former Colva panchayat member Calvert Gonsalves, who had alleged that the birth of Aires Antonio Miranda Rodrigues was registered in the central registry of births, marriage and deaths of Lisbon, Portugal, as ‘Assento de Nascimento No. 1260-A’ on November 2, 1987… Gonsalves had also claimed that Rodrigues had a ‘Cartao de Cidadao’ bearing number 11183778, which was issued to him on November 10, 2010 …  For further details click here

Goa’s forgotten tongue

13 Nov: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. Paul Melo e Castro has just published a book by the University of Wales Press. He has had a deep fascination with Goan writing, especially that of the Portuguese era. With a British mum and a Portuguese dad, he seems to be the right person in the right place. He is a lecturer in Portuguese and Comparative Literature at the University of Glasgow, teaching this and other subjects in Britain. Of relevance to us is his interest in Goa-related themes… In the latest work he has compiled and edited, Woven Palms: Colonial and Post-Colonial Goan Literature in Portuguese (University of Wales Press, 2019), Melo e Castro brings forth some 13 essays, dealing with a subject we have almost completely forgotten back in Goa itself…  For further details click here
To buy the book from Amazon.  click here

Travel Goa for less than Rs 5,000 with this IRCTC tour package!

12 Oct: Times Now. If you are planning to travel Goa then you can plan it for less than Rs 5,000. IRCTC is offering four nights and five days tour package called 'Goa Special' for Rs 4,725 per person, inclusive of GST. The bookings for this tour package can also be done through the IRCTC tourist facilitation centre, zonal offices and regional offices… The traveling mode is Bharat Darshan Train in budget class. The departure station would be Madurai and time will be 00:05 hrs. The tour will commence on December 5, 2019…  For further details click here

Destination For Adrenaline Junkies

13 Oct: The Statesman. There is no doubt that Goa has been a favourite destination for all. With its exciting activities and serene beaches, Goa has been attracting travellers from afar. The state’s magnificent churches, with their unique baroque architecture, beautifully-painted panels, are mesmerising to see and are of great significance to the place. Goa has become a place for another set of visitors ~ adrenaline junkies. It is one of the main destinations for adventure ~ trekking, parasailing, water-skiing, scuba diving, jetskiing, bungee jumping, speed boating and many other options to choose from. Among these, one of the most recent introductions is bungee jumping …  For further details click here

Goa CM Sawant reveals why he keeps his phone switched off

13 Oct. Goa CM Sawant reveals why he keeps his phone switched off. Explaining the idiosyncrasies of running an administration, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Saturday said easy access to Ministers and even the Chief Minister could prove to be a bane for administrators… Sawant said he kept his phone switched off throughout the day to avoid constant calls from the public for administrative chores…. “One night I got a call at 2.30 a.m. The caller said there was no electricity why are you sleeping," Sawant said…  For further details click here

Luxury in tranquility, The Lalit Golf Resort and Spa Goa

10 Oct: Upscale Living Magazine. There is no dearth of beautiful properties when it comes to Goa. And truth be told, I was slightly skeptical when I found out that the resort is located in the quieter, South Goa … Spread over 100 acres, The Lalit Gold Resort Goa boasts of being the only 9 holes- 36 par golf course in Goa… It is not difficult to see that the owner has a knack for blending contemporary luxury with his affinity for restoration in just the right proportions… The resort has 255 suites of which 14 are luxury and 3 presidential…  For further details click here



Death: Mary Jones. Ex Karachi
10 Oct: MARY JONES. Born 1956, Formerly of Rasoolji Building, Saddar, Karachi. Daughter of late Felix Vieira and Apolina Vieira. Beloved wife of Charles Jones. Son Floyd Jones and Daughter Flavia Jones. Sisters Jennifer Alvares Regina Vieira veronica Fernandes brother in laws Elvis Fernandes Joaquim Alvares. Nieces Jovi Jenell Elronna. Nephews John jason and Ethan, Haines and Elaine. Susan Anthony, Elroy. Grandchild Kaira. Brother in Law: Henry And Sherryl Jones. Funeral details to follow. [Info: Pompie Gois]

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New Event: East London And Essex Goans - St Francis Xavier's Feast

Sun. 8th Dec. East London And Essex Goans Celebrate St Francis Xavier's Feast.  Venue: Fords Sports And Social Club, Aldborough Road South. Newbury Park, Essex IG3 8HG.  Mass at 12 noon; celebrant Fr. Patrick D'Souza (Goan Chaplaincy). Please contact Joyce Travasso 0208 478 8845 or Raymond Carvalho 07963 950814.  For the flyer with further information,  For further details click here

Canada: Author to talk about her first book, set in colonial Kenya

12 Oct: Daily Courier. Author Maria Lynch will talk about her first novel, Beneath the African Sun at the downtown Kelowna Library, Oct. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Beneath the African Sun, produced by FriesenPress, follows Sabby Mendes as he leaves Portuguese Goa aboard the dhow Monsoon Wind bound for British East Africa in 1916. Sabby has a dream to find work as a tailor in the relatively new capital of Nairobi. He is a young man, still a teenager, but he is determined to build a life for himself as a tailor … the British colony of Keny, is a highly segregated society ,,, Beneath the African Sun is available for order from most major book and online retailers, including Amazon. The eBook is available for Amazon Kindle, iTunes Bookstore, Google Play, Kobo and Nook.  For further details click here
Maria Lynch was born in Nairobi, the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs C. P. Joanes (ex-Benaulim). She studied in London, England, and emigrated to Canada in 1970. A teacher by profession, Maria is now retired and living in Toronto. For a brief clip (1m. 30s.) about the book,  click here
For a review of the book by Selma Carvalho, click here.

Mariam Thresia – India’s next saint

11 Oct: Vatican News. Pope Francis will raise 5 new saints of the Catholic Church to the glory of the altar during a solemn Eucharistic Celebration in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, October 13. Among them is an Indian - Sr. Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan, the foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Family (CHF) … A religious and mystic, Sister Mariam Theresia was born in Puthenchira, in southern India’s Kerala state, on April 26, 1876. Belonging to a once rich and noble family with extensive landed property, the future pioneer of the family apostolate grew up in piety and holiness under the loving guidance of her saintly mother, Thanda… Sister Thresia died on June 8, 1926, at the age of 50, and was declared Blessed by Pope Saint John Paul II on April 9, 2000…  For further details click here

These Indian ‘Sick’ Foods Are Like A Hug From The Inside

12 Oct: Huffington Post. By Joanna Lobo. When I was a child growing up in Goa, coughs and colds came with a silver lining: my family’s standard remedy of a shot of brandy-like feni, with a little sugar to soften the taste. It cleared up blocked sinuses in a trice. Sometimes, the feni was set on fire to burn the alcohol—a spectacle that worked better than the ‘medicine’ to cheer us up. Other treats that made an appearance in times of sickness included pez (congee) and the nourishing and tasty tizann, a warm porridge of nachni (ragi), local palm jaggery, and coconut milk. Pretty much every Indian home has their own version of ‘sick’ food, fed to loved ones who are battling discomforts such as indigestion, colds, coughs, fever, headaches, period pain, and the like… 1442 words.  For further details click here

The land of susegad is noted for its GI-tagged alcoholic beverage—cashew feni

12 Oct: Outlook. The test of a good cashew feni is to dip your finger in it and light it. If you succeed, it’s all good. If I’d followed this to the letter over the course of the evening and night, I’d have been pretty singed, ’cause the feni we drank was uniformly good, and I think also a far cry from most commercial brands. We were in Goa, the land of susegad, where Hansel Vaz of Cazulo Feni knows nothing can be taken for granted. So, before organising the first ‘Cazulo taverna crawl’, he and the team from The Local Beat (a tour operator focused on providing uniquely Goan experiences for tourists) did a recce…  For further details click here

Ancient food

12 Oct: Navhind Times. By Vir Sanghvi. We now have a rough idea of what the food of ancient India was not like. We know that there were no potatoes. There were no tomatoes. There was no corn. And most intriguing of all, there were no chillies. All these vegetables and staples were discovered in the Americas and brought to India by European colonists and traders. As hard as it is to think of Indian food without them, the truth is that our cuisine used none of these ingredients We know also that many of what we regard as essential dishes of Indian cuisine came to us from Central Asia or the Middle East. So what exactly did they eat in ancient India? …  For further details click here

Goa's anti-litter campaign to roll out soon

11 Oct: IANS. The Goa Tourism department is giving finishing touches to its anti-litter campaign, which is aimed at deterring tourists from creating nuisance on beaches and public areas, that includes drinking and cooking in public or littering … the tourist department is in the process of finalising the government agency for levying of fines on errant tourists… In January this year, the state legislative assembly passed amendments to the Goa Tourist Place (Protection and Maintenance) Act, 2001, which prohibits drinking alcohol, cooking in public places, including beaches and breaking of glass bottles in public. Individual offenders from now will be fined Rs. 2,000 for the offences, according to the amendment. If the offences are committed by a group of people, the fine has been hiked to Rs. 10,000.  For further details click here


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How to… Take part in Rosary on the Coast events

10 Oct: The Catholic Herald (UK) October is the Month of the Holy Rosary, and in recent years it has become a time when Christians congregate ever more fervently to offer prayer of intercession and reparation through the Blessed Virgin May … the Rosary Across India event will see gatherings along the entire coast of the subcontinent and along its northern borders…  For further details click here
London. Sat. 12 Oct. Please join us for the 35th Annual National Rosary Crusade of Reparation. Procession with the Station of Our Lady of Fatima, praying the Rosary. Commences at 1.45 p.m outside Westminster Cathedral, (Ambrosden Avenue). Nearest underground: Victoria. Procession to Brompton Oratory, Brompton Road, London. SW7. Nearest Underground: South Kensington. Ends at 5.15 p.m. Anticipated mass of Sunday at 6.00p.m. Spiritual Director : The Revd. Ronald Creighton-Jobe, Cong. Orat. Patron: His Eminence Cardinal Vincent Nichols. Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary. Scapular enrolment. Solemn benediction. Donations required and a collection will be made in the church. Please give generously. For further details call Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa on 07958 537314.  click here

Pilar, Goa: tribals, young people and dialogue, missionary challenges set for 2019

11 Oct: Asia Dialogue with India's political leaders, protection of forests and tribal interests, relationship between social media and young people: these are the main missionary challenges that emerged at the annual Society of Pilar meeting. The rally, named "The 2019 Theological Consultation" took place on October 3 at the Pilar Theological College, in the coastal state of Goa… The Society of Missionaries of St. Francis Xavier (Society of Pilar) was born in the Archdiocese of Goa in 1887, by the Portuguese priest Fr. José Bento Martins. Today it operates in all continents…  click here

Verify credentials while renting out property: Goa govt

11 Oct: PTI. The Goa government on Friday asked people in the state to obtain police verification of tenants while renting out rooms in their premises. The order covers religious bodies, owners of houses, buildings, flats and other residential accommodation, as well as owners and management of hotels, lodges and private guest houses. It said they should verify bonafides of prospective tenants through government documents like voters' card, driving licence, Aadhaar card and passport. The order asked them to fill a verification and submit it to the police.  For further details click here

Remo releases musical on St Teresa, profits to aid poor

11 Oct: Times of India. More than three decades after he met St Teresa of Calcutta and was instantly inspired to write songs on her life, Goan musician Remo Fernandes has released a musical, ‘Teresa & the Slum Bum’, the proceeds of which he says will be donated to the poorest of the poor. The two-hour musical on the life and work of St Teresa, complete with an overture and a double album with 26 songs and two instrumentals written, composed and performed by Fernandes, includes the vocals of 35 singers from India, Europe, the US and the UK…  For further details click here
Video: TERESA & the SLUM BUM – Teaser …  click here

Where has the great Goan mackerel gone?

11 Oct: The Goan. Where’s the great Goan mackerel gone? Fish vendors, fishermen, trawler owners and the fish-loving Goan all have this common question to ask as the mackerel, considered the common man’s fish, is still not seen in plenty in the fish markets across the state… The situation has pushed the price of the full grown mackerel higher with 10 mackerels being sold for Rs 500, and thus beyond the reach of the common man… Incidentally, while kingfish has found its way to the markets, with the rate hovering around Rs 300 to Rs 400 depending on the size of the fish, the mackerel is still away from the common man’s plate till date.  For further details click here

Goa politicians float very different plans for floating casinos

10 Oct: Calvin Ayre (UK). By Peter Amsel. The six floating casinos in the Indian state of Goa have become a pawn in an increasingly vocal fight between state-level politicians and their municipal counterparts. This week, the political fight over the future of Goa’s floating casinos on the Mandovi river ratcheted up a notch after the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) unanimously voted against renewing the casinos’ trade licenses when they expire at the end of March 2020… Ports Minister Michael Lobo appealed to the CCP to rethink its … On Wednesday, Lobo said the state had identified a permanent mooring spot for one casino in Aguada Bay without identifying either the casino operator or the exact location of its new home. On Thursday, Lobo said two casinos might be ready to move within eight days but also suggested that the other four wouldn’t be going anywhere anytime soon …  For further details click here

Con job strips nude party organiser of all cover

11Oct: Herald. Had it not been for one of his friends, Arman Mehta might have cheated a group of people of huge amounts of money in the guise of holding a nude party at Morjim. The man behind triggering a buzz about the proposed party proved quite the black sheep, not just spoiling Mehta’s plans to allegedly loot his own friends but also landing Mehta in jail. The highly controversial poster, revealing Mehta’s contact numbers, was leaked by one of his confidants on a social media platform prompting calls from parts of India and countries like Thailand, Belgium and Dubai with inquiries about the event… The flamboyant 30-year-old has been remanded to judicial custody after nearly 10 days of custodial interrogation…  For further details click here

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