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Death: Marie de Souza
25 Nov: London, UK. MARIE DE SOUZA (nee Abreu) Ex Mombasa. Passed away in the presence of her family. Much loved wife of the late Gerald de Souza, cherished mother to Lilian/Bob and Linza, loving grandmother to Robert, Luke & Stephanie, beloved sister to Blanche/(late) Greg Lobo, Alvito/Luda, Myrna/(late) Tony Nazareth, Joan (late)/Felix da Costa, Vicky(late)/Vera, Belinda/Tony de Souza, Jennifer/(late) Sana de Souza, Vivian/Apolon Lobo, Andrew/Zita, Judith(late)/Rico d’Costa, Peter/Rayner and aunt/grand aunt to several nieces & nephews. Funeral will take place on December 5th at 10.15am Enfield crematorium, Great Cambridge Road EN1 4DS followed by a wake at 22 Monastery Gardens EN2 0AD. Condolences to  email

Death: Fatima Vaz
23 Nov: Leicester, UK. FATIMA VAZ. Born 26/4/1965 in Cortalim, Goa. Beloved Wife of Francis Vaz. Daughter to late Alberto Germano Furtado & late Ema E Lopes. Sister to Ubaldo/late Aurora, Egidio, Agnelo, Anthony/Sally (Bitu) & late Irene Furtado & Agnes/Roque Fernandes, Renie/Camilo Fernandes & Cyrila/Michael D'Souza. Daughter-in-law to Luciana Rego Vaz. Sister in-law to Dominic, John, Philomena, Mary and Argentina Vaz & Jacqueline/Lucas Rodrigues late Ida/Francisco Fernandes, Maria/late Ignatius Gomes, Emilia/Peter Pelazzo, Raquel/Paul Cameron & Marquina/John Tew. Service to be held at 10.30am on Wed 3rd Dec 2014 at Our Lady of Good Council church hall 15 Peebles Way, Leicester LE4 7ZB. If you would like to donate please make donations to Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Please ref Send my donation to: Liver transplant unit. Condolences to  email

News Summary

East African Goans in Goa Informal lunch of 30 Nov

Sun. 30 Nov. from 12 noon at Calamari, Candolim. - East African Goans informal lunch (individual payments by each person). We have managed to secure reserved space but need advance knowledge of those attending. If you have not contacted me directly or through your friends, please tel 909 666 3431 or email by Saturday night if you wish to attend. Thank you.

Want an Indian Visa-On-Arrival? Read This First

27 Nov: Wall Street Journal. Welcome to India! For intrepid travelers who’ve been waiting for it to get easier to visit the largest democracy, things are looking up … What you need is a passport valid for six months, a photograph, $60 and four days. You can upload these documents along with an online application form on this website, pay your visa fees via debit or credit card, and wait to receive an “electronic travel authorization” via email… You should have a return ticket as well as enough money to spend during your stay in India… You can’t extend this visa, or apply for it more than twice in a year…  click here
27 Nov: Business Standard. Foreign tourists will double in Goa with visa on arrival: Minister…  click here
Visa on arrival lands, footfall-boost in the air … 28 Nov: Times of India. click here.

Goa Catholics flock to St. Francis Xavier exposition
27 Nov: Catholic Register (Toronto). Expecting more than five million pilgrims for the once-a-decade exposition of the body of St. Francis Xavier in Goa, the Catholic Church in the former Portuguese colony has worked to ensure the event is “spiritually nourishing” for the visitors…  click here
Meeting a man from 500 years ago… 28 Nov: Times of India.  click here

Father Raymond J. de Souza: Giving thanks for Tabasco

27 Nov: National Post (Canada). By Father Raymond J. de Souza: I am a Tabasco man … On Thanksgiving Day it may not please Americans to know that Tabasco has achieved the ultimate distinction of a royal warrant, being the pepper sauce provided in the royal household by appointment to Her Majesty the Queen … Growing up in a Goan household in Calgary, I became accustomed to food rather more flavourful than typical Canadian fare of Anglo-Irish provenance. After leaving home and home-cooked meals, it was Tabasco that was a ready companion when the food I managed to prepare for myself was otherwise too bland… 810 words.  click here
For a profile of Father Raymond J. de Souza,  click here

Football: Youth coach Rufus D'Souza, 85
28 Nov: First Post. Rufus D’Souza (Santos Club, Cochin) is 85 years old and has been coaching for the last 44 years. Like most people, his love affair with sports began in childhood. However, unlike most people, he was lucky enough to turn his childhood dream into reality. In 1954 he captained the Travancore Hockey team and from 1960 to 1968 he represented Kerala in both football and hockey. The joy he felt playing sports motivated him to get into coaching once his own playing days were over. He chose to be a youth coach… Photo. …  click here
Of Goan lineage but born and brought up in Fort Kochi, Rufus started playing football at the age of seven ...  click here

Alberto Colaco banned for three years by Fifa for taking bribe

27 Nov: The Guardian (UK). Fifa says its ethics committee has banned a football official from India for three years for taking a bribe. Fifa says Alberto Colaco, the former general secretary of the Indian football federation, “accepted a payment in the context of the elections” for Mohamed bin Hammam’s executive committee seat in 2009. Bin Hammam beat Sheikh Salman Bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain 23-21 in an election marred by allegations of vote-buying from both candidates’ supporters…  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Alberto Colaco,  click here

Dabolim airport to stay, not expand, may saturate in 5 years
28 Nov: Times of India. The state government through its directorate of civil aviation has made it clear that there is limited scope for further expansion of Dabolim airport due to unavailability of land, that if the airport maintains its recent growth rate of 15% per annum it could saturate within five years, that it is unaware of any plans of the Navy to relax air-space restrictions at the airport and considers it an unlikely event, and that the airport will remain open for commercial civilian operations even after the airport at Mopa is made operational…  click here

How a Russian opened a cafe in Goa

27 Nov: Nur.KZ. Daniyar Dustanov, 25 was not just a businessman - he opened a restaurant in Goa, India. First, in 2011, Daniyar went to India, where he offered exclusive and individual tours around the country. Two years later, he took the opportunity to open a coffee shop, together with a partner from India - Udeem. The cafe is located fifty meters from the sea, in the village of Mandrem and has two names - "Shantaram" and "CafeJunas 9"… “India is generally very bureaucratic state, but bribes always accelerates," - said Daniyar… Text + photos + comments.  click here

Video: 20 howlers from the most clueless TV anchor ever
27 Nov: India Today. A young Doordarshan anchor put the social media on fire on Thursday with her hilariously insane coverage of the International Film Festival of India underway in Goa. The four-minute YouTube video that went viral on Twitter clearly had no idea of who her guests were or what a film festival is all about … Sample some of the anchor's howlers … To a foreign delegate: Do you like watching movies? … Goa is going to become a very very significant part of this world. All around the world, Goa will be known for its festivals. I mean, I am just obliged to be a part of it … Ok, so we have Governor of India right here, and we would like to share his views [to Goa’s female Governor] … Goa is the best time right now… My knowledge is something I carry along with me everywhere I go… 3m. 50s.  click here

Why cashews and coconuts are Merck’s green energy secret

26 Nov: in-Pharma Technologist (France). The German giant is recycling the shells of cashews and coconuts, common crops in the region, to use as biomass fuel at a climate-neutral plant at its production site in Goa, India. The facility is “co-generational”, meaning the coconut and cashew shells will generate both electricity and useful heat in the form of steam – at a total power output of three megawatts …  click here
For the Merck Goa website,  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sun. 30 Nov. GOA Celebration of the Feast of St Francis Xavier at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Mass at 12.30pm followed by social. Tickets: Members £3.50, Non-members £7. Price includes a three-course meal. Contact: Chloe De Mendonca 020 8384 0272, Nina Pinto 020 8767 0663, Flavio Gracias 020 8723 1322. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 7 Dec: East London & Essex Goans. St Francis Xavier's Feast. Mass at 12:30pm followed by Social until 8pm. Fords Sports Club (entrance between houses 170-172) Aldborough Road South, Newbury Park, Essex IG3 8HG. Music by Maz & Co. Live Band. Licensed Bar at reduced prices (No outside drinks permitted). Tickets: Members - £11; Guests - £13; Children (Aged 5-16) - £6. Includes: Buffet meal & snacks by Maggie's Kitchen. All tickets £15 after 15th Nov. Dress Code: Formal/Smart Casual (Jeans or trainers not permitted). Music by Maz & Co Live Band. Licensed Bar at reduced rates. No outside drinks permitted. Send cheques payable to 'East London & Essex Goans' and SAE to: Joyce Travasso, 22 Meath Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 1JA or Raymond Carvalho, 170 South Park Road, Ilford, Essex, IG1 2XR. For more information contact: Raymond Carvalho (President) 020 7998 6794; Gerry Ferrao (Treasurer) 020 8220 6956; Joyce Travasso (Social Secretary) 020 8478 8815; Committee members: Audrey Lewis: 020 8514 2784; Louisa Travasso 020 8252 6063; Joe Travasso: 020 8252 6063; Paul Travasso: 020 8478 8815; Savio D'Souza: 07918693920. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 13 Dec from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Saligao Association and St. Diogo's Association Joint Children's Christmas Tree Party to be held at the Sacred Heart Hall, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London SW 19 4LU. Join us with your family and friends to share in the spirit of Christmas. Tea party, carol singing, fancy dress competition, so hurry and get your tickets. Tickets for children £10.00 (up to 11 years) which will include a gift. Parents, Grandparents, family and friends £7.00. Includes snacks, a meal and tea/coffee. No bar, so please bring your own drinks. For tickets please contact Marlene Vaz on 0208 669 5838 and Jane Gracias on 0208 543 5454. For the flyer, click here.

Wed. 31 Dec: HAPC NEW YEAR'S EVE Gala Ball - Park Inn Hotel, Bath Road, Heathrow, Middlesex UB7 0DU. 7.00pm to 2.00am. Hall 1 with full-size dance floor - Live Music by Maz & Co. Hall 2 - DJ Deevine. Licensed Bar and Catering by Royal Food. Tickets: Adults - £30, Children (under 10) - £20. Table & Seat Allocation. Dress Code: Formal. FREE Car Park. Special Discounted Hotel Room Rates for Ticket Holders. For tickets and other information, email or call Chanelle Pereira on 020-8952 8899. For Flyer please click here.

31 Dec: The Goan Loop (UK) presents New Year's Eve Ball, at St George's Church Hall, Corner Woodford Avenue East Bound & Gants Hill Crescent, Gants Hill, Ilford Essex IG4 5EZ. 15 mins drive on the A406 from Edmonton/Southgate/Enfield/Walthamstow Gant Hill Tube. Doors open from 7.15pm till late. Keeping you dancing, singing and partying into the New Year will be Nite Life. All Tickets Booked B4 15th Dec 2014 are £15.00. Children under 10 years free. All tickets after this date are £20.00. No Tickets sold at door - Book early to avoid disappointment! For Tickets & further info call: East London -Louie 0795 633 5864, Janet 0795 073 9788 Cassy 0798 627 8422. North London-Maria 0750 795 0455. Food & Snacks on sale! No rip off bar prices…Bring your own drinks & enjoy responsibly- if possible avoid glass bottles. Lots of Spot and Novelty prizes to be won on the night…Plus raffles without long music break. Dress to Impress...Glitzy and Glamorous...Strictly No jeans or trainers. For the flyer, click here

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Death: Dr Antonio (Fernando) Monteiro

25 Nov: Lisbon. DR. ANTONIO FRANCISCO FERNANDO JOAQUIM MONTEIRO. Born 1935. Son of late Prof. Augusto Monteiro & late Anita Vas Monteiro, beloved husband of Candida (Portugal), loving father/father-in-law of Dr. Tiago / Paula (Portugal), doting grandfather of Marta/Ines (Portugal). Brother/brother-in-law of Alda /late Alvaro, Dr. Armando/Celina, uncle of Laurita/Savio, Suzette/Adv.Shiral, Teresa/Eng. Eugene (Australia), Eng. Edgar/Hazel, Faridha/Ronald (Australia), Liesl / Dr.lvan. Passed away peacefully. There will be a Eucharistic Celebration on Friday, 28th Nov. 2014 at Regina Martyrum Church, Assolna at 4.30 p.m. offered by his sorrowful family.

Obituary: Eusebio Rodrigues
27 Nov: Washington Post. Eusebio L. Rodrigues 87, an English professor at Georgetown University from 1970 to 1996, died Nov. 13 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md. He had cardiac ailments and pneumonia, his daughter Usha Rodrigues said. Dr. Rodrigues was born in Aden, Yemen, and grew up in Goa, India. He settled in the United States in 1965, living for many years in Potomac, Md., and became a U.S. citizen in 1990. At Georgetown, Dr. Rodrigues taught modern American fiction and Indian culture and literature, among other subjects. His publications included the book "Quest for the Human: An Exploration of Saul Bellow's Fiction" and articles on authors including Toni Morrison. After his retirement, he focused on fictional writing, publishing the novel "Love and Samsara," set in 16th-century India, in 2007.
For a photo and the death notice,  For further details click here

News Summary

India opens tourist e-visa door to 43 countries

27 Nov: Travel Trade Gazette. Travellers from 43 countries will now be able to apply online for visas to India through the dedicated portal unveiled by the government today. Hosted at the site accepts applications at least four days before and a maximum of 32 days from intended arrival date. Each visa is priced US$60 and valid for 30 days with no extensions available. Travellers may obtain only two e-visas each calendar year. Countries that will be able to use the e-visa system include Australia, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Singapore, the US, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, among others.  click here
Visa on Arrival Facility is available for holders of passport of following countries: Australia, Brazil, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Djibouti, Fiji, Finland, Germany, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kiribati, Laos, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Myanmar, Nauru, New Zealand, Niue Island, Norway, Oman, Palau, Palestine, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Samoa, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Tonga, Tuvalu, UAE, Ukraine, USA, Vanuatu, Vietnam.
For the Indian Visa Online site, click here.

Storm brewing across the fields of Goa
27 Nov: Times of India. The Agricultural Tenancy Act, 1964, introduced in Goa has been the single-piece of legislation to have had far-reaching consequences in the state. Lauded by some, criticized by others, the populist law took away lands from 'bhatkars' ('landlords') and comunidades (village republics that owned Goa's agricultural fields), while tillers got landowner status. Many look at this piece of legislation, ostensibly meant to empower tenants, as responsible for finishing off agriculture in Goa, an allegation the tenants refute. Fifty years later, an amendment to the act by the MGP-allied BJP government in order to settle pending tenancy cases, has racked up a storm. This time, the tenants are rallying together to scrap the amendment which they say is detrimental to their cause. The issue has also taken on the colour of a caste-war, where tenants say the amendment will serve the interests of the upper castes in society. .. 3206 words.  click here
Wikipedia: Comunidades of Goa.  click here

UK: Maria Fernandes wins award for blooming brilliant flowers

24 Nov: Enfield Independent. Gardeners were given awards for making the borough a green and pleasant place. … Mrs Maria Fernandes of Palmers Green who won the trophy for the Best Overall Front Garden in the London Borough of Enfield. Maria's prize winning front garden has won a number of competitions over the years. Maria also won the 2014 London Garden Society Challenge Cup for the second year in a row …  click here
Maria Fernandes (nee Falcao, ex Nairobi) is wife of Wency Fernandes,  click here

Wife-Beating In Goa At Worrisome Levels: DGP
27 Nov: Free Press Journal. Wife-beating in Goa homes has reached worrisome levels, said Director General of Police T.N. Mohan adding that instances of domestic assault were “quite high” especially for an educated state… Mohan said he had encouraged his officers to detain drunk husbands, in case their wives complained of drunken assault… The top cop said that formally arresting drunk spouses does not address the problem and that the police had to use counselling and tact as much as possible when it comes to handling such cases.  click here
DGP admits to corruption in his police force. 27 Nov: Vigilance squad formed to police corrupt cops; police to don uniform when visiting spas, parlours and hotels …  click here

The glue that binds the Christian community

27 Nov: Times of India. By Savio Abreu (photo). St Francis Xavier is regarded as the greatest missionary that Christianity ever produced since apostolic times… the tremendous influence that this famous missionary had and continues to have on Christians all over the world can be ascertained by the fact that over two million people visit the shrine of Bom Jesus in Old Goa every year to offer homage to his relics, a number that is more than the total population of Goa. Is there some special glue or some holy or spiritual aroma about the person of Francis that attracts so many devotees from all ends of the earth? … Fr Savio Abreu The writer is a Jesuit, and director of the Xavier Centre of Historical Research, Porvorim. 850 words.  click here
27 Nov: Times of India.  click here
27 Nov: Mint. For the blessings of Goencho Saib The exposition of the remains of St Francis Xavier, held once in a decade, draws an eclectic mix of devotees from all over the world to Goa … click here.

Goa introduces ‘Hop on, Hop off’ tours during St. Francis Xavier Exposition
26 Nov: NetIndian News Network. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has launched "Hop On, Hop Off" tours for tourists and pilgrims visiting Old Goa during the St Francis Xavier Exposition 2014, which began on November 22 and will be on till January 4, 2015. The route chalked out for the tour covers around seven kilometres in and around Old Goa complex where heritage monuments and churches of historical importance are located. These include Monte Chapel, St. Augustine tower, Church of the Miraculous Cross and St Cajetan’s Church…  click here

Football: Goa crush Kerala, climb to third spot

27 Nov: Asian Age. Miroslav Slepicka struck twice in the second half as FC Goa thrashed Kerala Blasters 3-0 at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa, on Wednesday… Goa has now climbed to third on the ISL table with 15 points from 11 matches. Kerala came down a rung to fourth…  click here
Editorial: Forca Goa is now a force to reckon with. 27 Nov: Herald.  click here
Video: Match highlights click here.

Leakages from rigs responsible for tar balls: Indian Coast Guard
27 Nov: Times of India. The Indian Coast Guard (ICG) "clarified" that ships transporting oil, or oil tankers, are not responsible for the tar ball phenomenon that has been scarring Goa's coastline during the April-July period for some decades now, holding instead "leakages" from the offshore industry, including oil rigs, as the possible reason for the menace…  click here

Wishing massage parlours away from Goa to harm states economy

27 Nov: Goa Police chief T.N. Mohan has taken a stand on the issue of massage parlours saying that “police raj checking everybody” would prove to be counterproductive for an industry on which the state’s economy depends so heavily…  click here
‘Shady massage parlours are used for prostitution’. 26 Nov: Times of India. Director General of police (DGP) T N Mohan said that some people who run shady massage parlours in Goa are basically running prostitution rackets...  click here
Goa’s massage parlours here to stay. 26 Nov: IANS. click here.

The frustrating real life saga of an IFFI delegate
26 Nov: Indian Express. For a common delegate, the film festival delivers more disappointment than delight, more frustration than fun and feeling of a helplessness than contentment. Additionally, an ordinary delegate should also brace himself/herself for knee pain (hours of queuing up), headache (standing in scorching sunlight to wait your turn to enter), increase blood pressure (arguing/fighting/begging with the organisers, volunteers and policemen)…  click here

Traffic police struggle to handle chaos at new Dabolim airport terminal

27 Nov: Besides the haphazard parking of vehicles, regulating traffic has been made equally difficult given the fact that the new airport terminal does not have a parking bay for vehicles. The multi- level parking, which has been constructed, is yet to see the light of day as the airport authority is yet to receive an NOC from the airport security agency to utilise the parking space…  click here


DOCUMENTARY: Indian Hospital. Community Channel (Freeview 63) Friday 28th Nov. 01:00 to 02:00. We go inside a hospital with a difference, where making a profit and providing free medical care go hand-in-hand, in an insight into Indian society rarely seen before.

DOCUMENTARY: History on a Plate. RTÉ Radio 1 FM. Saturday 29th Nov. 19:30 to 20:00. In this episode Domini Kemp recreates a recipe for Indian Curry found in the National Library of Ireland and the presenters explore how the Irish taste for curry developed.

DOCUMENTARY: Secrets of Sex. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Saturday 29th Nov. 22:00 to 23:10. Aravani Girl. Two boys. One dangerous desire. Two teenagers dream of becoming ladyboys. Loved as performers but hated as homosexuals, their stories echo the conflicts of India's gender culture.

DOCUMENTARY: World's Greatest Food Markets. BBC 2. Sunday 30th Nov. 21:00 to 22:00. Following a dream of visiting and trading in the world's greatest food markets, Billingsgate fish merchant Roger Barton heads to Asia's largest fruit and veg market: Delhi's Azadpur Mandi, a market so big it feeds not only Delhi but provides food for the whole of India.

DOCUMENTARY: Bombay Railway. BBC 4. Episode 1: 2nd Dec. 20:00 to 21:00. From the train driver to the illegal hawker and the homeless shoeshine boy, each has a story to tell about a remarkable railway system often described as the lifeline of India. Episode 2: 3rd Dec. 20:00 to 21:00: Chef Jagdish Paul Raj runs a successful catering company on the train to Goa and is trying to expand his business. Mumtaz Kazi, the first fully qualified female train driver for Indian Railways, juggles her job with the challenge of finding a wife for her brother who is visiting from Canada.

DOCUMENTARY: India Unplugged. Community Channel. (Freeview 63). Wednesday 3rd Dec: 14:00 to 14:30. Come with us and take an awe-inspiring journey through modern India, as a selection of films from across the country tell of a nation at a crossroads and changing at a rapid pace. (Part 1).

DOCUMENTARY: Paul Sinha's History Revision. BBC Radio 4. Wednesday 3rd Dec. 18:30 to 19:00. Stand-up comedian and top quizzer Paul Sinha tells the fascinating stories from human history that lie behind things we take for granted. Paul asks how his own high street in south London ended up being dominated by Chinese and Indian restaurants.



Maria Gonsalves: In Commemoration of her 80th Birthday

MARIA IZAURA CEZARINA GONSALVES née Serraõ. 26 November 1934 ~ 6 February 2012. (Ex-Mombasa; born Santa Cruz, Goa). Beloved wife of the late Constancio Gonsalves (Ex-Mombasa; born Navelim-Goa, 27 February 1918 - 20 February 2004). Beloved mother of Monica, Agnelo, Angelo, Perpetua, Anna, Assis, Alfred, Flavia and Attley.
We hold you close within our hearts,
And there you shall remain,
To walk with us throughout our lives
Until we meet again.
The Annual Memorial Mass will be held on February 14, 2015 at 12 noon, at St John Vianney Catholic Church, 386 West Green Road, Haringey, N15 3QL. Friends and family, please note this date in your calendars. Details to follow nearer the time.
Enquiries to

News Summary

30 Nov. to 7 Dec. East African Goans in Goa

Sun. 30 Nov. from 12 noon at Calamari, Candolim. - East African Goans informal lunch
Fri 5 Dec: 11:00 to 11:30. The International Centre, Donna Paula, Goa. Goa Arts + Literary Festival 2014 is pleased to host a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Kenya's Republic (and Goan contributions thereof) on December 5 at 11AM. Eddie Fernandes and Luis de Assis Correia will be in attendance. Dr. Teresa Albuquerque and Fitz de Souza have both been contacted in the hope they will attend. Come, remember and honour the Goan chapter of modern Kenya's history! Admission to this event is free and open to the public. Free registration at
Sun 7 Dec. 12 noon. The International Centre, Donna Paula, Goa Book Launch of 'A Railway Runs Through: Goans of British East Africa,1865-1980' by Selma Carvalho, author of 'Into the Diaspora Wilderness'. Admission to these events is free and open to the public.
Please alert your friends in Goa to these events. Enquiries to tel 909 666 3431 or

California: Burlingame's new Rasa in Berkeley!
24 Nov: San Jose Mercury News. Ajay Walia’s new, upscale Rasa Contemporary Indian in Burlingame showcases the cuisine of southern India, particularly the coastal state of Goa, with sustainable, organic ingredients… Entrees include spice-encrusted Black Cod Pollichathu, cooked in a banana leaf, and traditional Goan favorites such as Medu Vada Sambhar, lentil beignets in a vegetable stew. Open for lunch, brunch and dinner Tuesday to Sunday. 209 Park Road, Burlingame …  click here
For the Rasa Indian website,  click here

Acknowledging Goa’s unsung film personalities

26 Nov: Herald. In a first of its kind venture, a panel highlighting a ‘Galaxy of Goan Stars’, at the Inox Courtyard, acknowledges the immense contribution of some of Goa’s film personalities to Indian Cinema. An initiative of IFFI Art Director, Sushant Tari, it is a tribute to these unsung film heroes … “I am a Goan and it pained me to see that people do not know how many Goans have contributed to the Indian film industries” … The focus of Tari’s selection has been film personalities of the yesteryears. “These people worked in the pre-liberation era when moving from Goa to Bombay was not an easy task. But they made a name for themselves,” avers Tari…  click here

‘Non-Goans may have to pay at govt hospitals’
26 Nov: Times of India. The government may consider charging people from outside Goa who come to government hospitals only for treatment, deputy chief minister and new health minister Francis D'Souza said on Tuesday…  click here
Video: People with more than 5 years' stay in Goa not to be charged at GMC … Navhind multimedia.  click here

TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice All-Inclusive Resorts

26 Nov: The Star (Malaya). … It is based on the offering of a host of lavish amenities including luxurious pools, fine restaurants, and thrilling activities. Great to recharge over the year-end… Heritage Village Club, Cansaulim, Goa is India’s first all-inclusive boutique resort.. The resort has 97 rooms and is also only a five-minute walk to Goa’s Arossim Beach. “Overall this is a lovely and lively place to visit any time of the year. This is the best all-inclusive boutique resort,” commented a Trip Advisor reviewer.  click here
For the Trip advisor Heritage Village Club reviews,  click here

Bandra: ‘Romeo and Juliet’ dipped in a bit of bottle masala
24 Nov: Times of India. Finding a story, rounding up the cast, chasing after that flaky sponsor ("He's Mangi, men."), and even selling tickets down Hill Road, dressed up as a sanna, fugia, and bottle masala—putting up a play for a certain Bandra festival had been a tough job indeed… Written and directed by a team, including Carl and Carson Mendes, Denzil Smith, Keith D'Souza and Rafael Pereira, the play regaled the audience with jokes about the neighbourhood's quirks, the unending Goan-Mangalorean battles, its music and food, and memorable characters… It centered on the early 1970s and was the story of Grandpa Pinto who checks himself into an old-age home with his records as he cannot cope with the way his beloved neighbourhood is changing.  click here

Of a stinking reality, laid-back locals and movie buff

25 Nov: Hindustan Times …The smell of rotten fish has become synonymous with old Goa. After every high tide, the people wait for the next one and in between they try their best to survive the deadly stench. The owners of old French style cottages, full of palm and coconut trees, look funny with a handkerchief wrapped around their faces. It must have been a tough task to live with the stinking reality of their otherwise beautiful city… Despite being one of the preferred hangout destinations in India, Panaji remains a sleepy and lazy city. People do look forward to doing business with foreigners but they don't want to spoil their evenings in chasing potential clients.  click here

N Goa district hospital’s health deteriorating
25 Nov: Times of India. Just three years after it was commissioned, the health of the North Goa district hospital at Mapusa is deteriorating with a shortage of staff and absence of some facilities. Important services like an intensive care unit, dialysis unit, laundry and washing of linen, separate kitchen and incinerator are yet to be provided at this state-of-the-art 350-bed hospital…  click here

Food Stories: Mutton Vindaloo

25 Nov: Dawn (Pakistan). It was the rollicking 60s, a time where Karachi was considered the Paris of the East, and as a fresh graduate from IBA my father went to visit a friend at the Metropole Hotel for dinner. The menu had a dish called ‘Mutton Vindaloo’, my dad ordered it, thinking it was some exotic dish… Lizzie Collingham says in her book, Curry: A Tale of Cooks and Conquerors, Vindaloo is normally regarded as subcontinental curry, but fairly speaking it is a Goan adaptation of the Portuguese dish Carne de vinha d'alhos, or meat [soaked] and cooked in wine vinegar and garlic; and the term Vindaloo is simply a garbled pronunciation of vinho e alhos…  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
26 Nov: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 33.9. Min = 19.3. Humidity = 80%.
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 97.06; $ = 61.84; $Can = 54.88; Euro = 77.12.


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Portugal: Joao Araujo: An expert of "high calibre " with a “tongue-in-the-cheek” style

24 Nov: Publico (Portugal). José Sócrates, Prime Minister of Portugal from 2005 to 2011 was arrested in Lisbon on 21 Nov 2014, accused of corruption, tax evasion, and money laundering. His lawyer is Joao Araujo, a native of Goa, 65, described as a lawyer of "excellence and feedback," but with a "gozão style." … Araújo graduated at the Faculty of Law of Lisbon, also works alone, sharing the facilities with a colleague …  click here
João Araújo, the loner who does not like talking … 24 Nov: Expresso (Portugal).  click here
Social networks have fun with the lawyer José Sócrates 24 Nov: Observador (Portugal). click here.

Eau de toilet: Joys of stumbling onto Indian style loos in foreign realms
25 Nov: Times of India. By Radhika Vaz. Having lived in New York for a very long time I am sometimes accused of having changed, that I am not as ‘Indian’ as I used to be. And I admit I have changed, just not that much. Last week I flew from New Delhi to New York via Kuwait…  click here

Portugal: António Costa, a politician beyond skin color

Antonio & Orlando

24 Nov: Publico. Pages 10 – 12. Is the election of the new leader of the PS Party and prime minister candidate a victory over the barrier of racism? Experts say not. He is a descendant of Goan Brahmin Catholics … In 1976 when his mother took him to his new school, the attendant uttered the phrase, "Oh, he’s black!" … António Costa was born in Lisbon on July 17, 1961, son of the journalist Maria Antonia Palla and Orlando da Costa writer… Today, as in his teens, António Costa is comfortable with the color of his skin… His racial origin is news in India but not in Portugal … "In India it is news because there is now a new attitude towards Goans in general who they considered as being on the side of the Colonialists," says António Costa …  click here

João Afonso: Blood
24 Nov: Jornal Cultura (Angola). Edited in January 2014, Blood is the latest work of singer João Afonso, where he travels to Goa by navigating in the words of Mia Couto and Jose Agualusa… Dense and deep but not boring, are sounds that make us travel, with "very strong images of the Portuguese diaspora: Goa, Porto Amboim, the road hot ... In addition to the universal themes, the young Angolan singer, plays the music with a special sensuality …  click here
Music Video: João Afonso - Morrer Em Zanzibar …  click here

Goan High School Mombasa: Class of '64 - Goa reunion

From Dr Jawaharlal Henriques: This December, Class of '64 celebrates 50 years since their graduation from Sacred Heart High School (formerly Goan High School) Mombasa, Kenya. To mark this milestone, the Goa based past pupils will be hosting a series of events in the week 7th to 13th December. They will be joined by classmates from Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and Oman. Unique to these celebrations will be the presence of three teachers from the school. A souvenir and a collection of short stories by the alumni spread across the globe will be released by the Chief Guest, Professor Suresh Amonkar (also a teacher) at the event on the 10th. Dec. For the Facebook site,  click here
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Animated TV series to be made on Mario Miranda's cartoons
24 Nov: Press Trust of India. The renowned works of eminent cartoonist late Mario Miranda will now be developed into an animation series to be aired on television. Mumbai-based Esham Studio has purchased the rights of few of the well-known works of Miranda like 'Ferry Across Zuari,' 'Carreira' and 'Welcome to Goa, which would be adapted into an animation series. "The script writer is a Goan named Shripad Pai who has seen the era which is depicted in Miranda's cartoons," Milind Kuri, who would be directing the series, told PTI… Miranda, an internationally acclaimed cartoonist, was known his works which also depicted the laid-back life of Goa. He died at his native place in Goa in 2011 at the age of 85.  click here

The real purpose of the Exposition

24 Nov: Times of India. By Aleixo Menezes. The primary purpose of the Exposition of the Sacred Relics of St Francis Xavier is to strengthen/deepen the devotees faith in Jesus Christ … One of Francis Xavier's major concerns when he landed on the shores of Goa was the renewal of faith of Portuguese Christians who were living a very decadent and immoral family life; and of the Portuguese soldiers and the fidalgos who were involved in social evils and atrocities against locals… No doubt many people, even Catholics, will turn the visit to Old Goa into a picnic or a shopping trip. For the business people, it will be a money-making event… The writer is the rector, Patriarchal Seminary of Rachol.  click here
96,210 devotees venerate relics on first day of novena … 25 Nov: Times of India.  click here

Goa's liberation movement to be adapted for silver screen
24 Nov: Business Standard. A French filmmaker has decided to reproduce Goa's liberation history in a movie which will portray the psyche of Portuguese soldiers who surrendered to the Indian Army. The film, titled 'da Goa', will chronicle incidents of the fag end of the 450-year-old colonial rule in the western Indian state which was liberated on December 19, 1961. "The movie is a statement against the then dictatorial rule by Antonio de Oliveira Salazar who was later defeated through peaceful protests which were inspired by non-violence movement of Mahatma Gandhi," French producer Luc Bossi told PTI … The movie, based on the real-life story of a soldier, will have a mix of Portuguese, English and Konkani languages and would be directed by Jaime Mateus Tique, the 42-year-old filmmaker said… The film, with a budget of USD two million, is expected to go on floor in October, next year.  click here

James Fernandes: Seven-year-old from Northampton is now closer to walking unaided

24 Nov. Northampton Chronicle (UK). Seven-year-old Cavan Kirkham-MacCallum from Northampton is an operation closer to walking unaided, six years after doctors suggested he may need to have all four limbs amputated… the family were put in touch with Mr James Fernandes, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Sheffield Children’s Hospital… Cavan’s mother, Bernadette says: “Mr Fernandes is the best in the country at what he does and there is no one that can match his knowledge and experience. Cavan has a great relationship with him and he trusts him completely.” …  click here
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Navy has land for golf courses, not for airport expansion: Congress
24 Nov: Business Standard. If the Indian Navy has surplus land to build golf courses, it can certainly offer some land critical for the extension and upgradation of the Dabolim airport, state Congress president Luizinho Faleiro said Monday, adding to the controversy over building a second airport in Goa. Addressing a press conference here, the newly-appointed state Congress chief said the Indian Navy was being unreasonable in allotting 12.5 acres of land for Goa's only airport…  click here

IFFI: The not over

25 Nov: Herald. There’s a mad rush to catch good films at the 45th International Film Festival of India. Though everyone knows which film they would like to see, many are left out in the cold as the theatres are filled to capacity …  click here
At Goa film festival: queues, skipping dinner, brawls (and cinema) 24 Nov: Every day thousands of delegates, journalists and invited guests have been forgoing meals, lining up for films at least an hour in advance, haranguing student volunteers into opening the gates of the venues earlier than stipulated, getting into minor fights over people trying to jump the queue …  click here
Poor Micromanaging at IFFI 25 Nov: Navhind Times. Is the International Film Festival of India one of the worst run film festivals internationally? Perhaps not. But it must surely be somewhere right at the bottom of the heap… click here.

Omsk – Goa Charter flights cancelled
24 Nov: Class Omsk. "Pegas Touristik” has cancelled charters from Omsk to Goa due to low demand according to Association of Tour Operators….  click here



Death: Prof. Eusebio Rodrigues

13 Nov: Bethesda, MD, USA. EUSEBIO LEO RODRIGUES. Aged 87, A Fulbright scholar and native of Goa, Dr. Rodrigues earned M.A.'s in English at Columbia University and the University of Bristol, followed by a Ph.D. in English at the University of Pennsylvania. He was a professor of contemporary American literature at Georgetown University for 26 years. He authored two books, including Love and Samsara, a historical novel set in Goa. Preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth, he was the beloved husband of 47 years of Merlyn Rodrigues; loving father of Esme Abed in and Ushas Rodrigues, and devoted grandfather of Roshni, Shanti, and Ariana Abedin, and Cara, Anna, and Ethan Flath. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, 9601 Old Georgetown Rd. Bethesda, MD on Wednesday, December 3 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Dr. Rodrigues' name to Georgetown University. For the obituary, photos and full details, click here.

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Video: St Francis Xavier Exposition 2014 Full Inaugural Mass.

22 Nov: InGoaNews. 1h. 54m. 16s. Video: Sacred relics of St Francis Xavier carried in procession. 23 Nov. The Daily Telegraph (UK).  click here
Church Bans Using Smartphones, Cameras During Veneration… 24 Nov: Times of India.  click here

Kevin D’Souza: Police defend operation that ended with police shooting
22 Nov: Citizens Voice (USA) … It is not the first time a controlled drug buy has taken an unexpected turn in the Wilkes-Barre area. On Jan. 10, 2006, Joshua Bradshaw, then 16, fatally stabbed Kevin D’Souza, a 25-year-old confidential informant for the Luzerne County Drug Task Force. D’Souza was stabbed more than 20 times during a controlled drug buy near the Sherman Hills apartment complex in Wilkes-Barre. Police said drug task force members lost sight of D’Souza when he and Bradshaw walked to a secluded location. Police searched the apartment complex and surrounding area immediately after they discovered D’Souza had been stabbed but were not able to locate Bradshaw. He was caught in Philadelphia and later sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison…  click here
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Running twins are doubly fast

22 Nov: Brampton Guardian. Jonathan DeSouza is a bit taller and has longer hair than his older-by-one-minute identical twin brother Joshua. But one thing the twins from Brampton have in common is that they like to run and they run very well. The two, who are just a couple of months into high school at St. Marguerite d’Youville Secondary School, have been earning a lot of praise for their success on the cross country circuit… The two, who are the only children of Savio and Arlene have been running since they were in Grade 4 and have really showed a lot of improvement since joining the Huskies earlier this year… They share similar goals of earning a scholarship, and hoping to run in the Olympics… /  click here

It’s MI CASA SU CASA in Batim
23 Nov: Times of India. … 26-year-old David Nathaniel Menezes has decided to convert a part of Casa Menezes in Batim into a home-stay "for guests who want a traditional Goan experience with modern amenities". All lit up, the yellow, three-and-a-half centuries-old heritage home is difficult to miss. You walk through the courtyard, unique to a Christian household, surrounded by bedrooms—12 of them… There's the pick of vegetarian or non-vegetarian breakfast, and meals will be provided, for a fee, if ordered in advance… David also hopes his project will inspire other heritage home owners…  click here

Now, taxi owners in Pernem complain about tour operators

24 Nov: Times of India. Taxi operators from Morjim, Ashvem, Mandrem and Arambol are facing a threat from tour operators and travel agencies operating in these villages. Taxi operators claim that these tour operators offer taxis to tourists who want to travel from the towns to villages and back, thus stealing away any corresponding benefits of tourism to the locals… The clash between the local taxi operators, foreigners in tourist taxi business and the travel agencies is the long- pending issue in Morjim which is yet to be resolved…  click here

State prays for footfalls to feed coffers
21 Nov: Times of India. The Exposition of the Sacred Relics of St Francis Xavier will commence on Saturday with the state hoping it will help to improve the condition of its coffers… Expecting the Exposition to give a big boost to pilgrimage tourism, Ralph de Souza, spokesperson, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), said Goa will definitely be able to get the benefits of the spinoff of the Exposition… Industrialist Atul Pai Kane, terming the event "religious tourism", said he knows of people coming to Goa from Canada and the United States just for the Exposition…  click here

Video: Opening Ceremony - International Film Festival of India

23 Nov: IFFI. 4h. 58m. 18s.  click here
The Goan face of Iffi decoration. 23 Nov: Times of India,  click here
Can shoot in India all day long: Canadian producer. 22 Nov: IANS. Canadian producer David Miller has made films in India and is set to make more as he loves shooting in the country, and can do it all day long… Miller will be back next year to India to work on a film that revolves around electronic dance music (EDM). "It will be a commercial film around EDM. Sunburn (EDM festival) is big here. The movie is called 'Electronic Wonderland'. I will come back next year to shoot in Goa," he revealed… click here.

Citizens should take "Clean India" campaign seriously: Goa Guv
23 Nov: Business Standard. Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plans of development, Goa Governor Mridula Sinha today said citizens should take up "Clean India" campaign seriously for better health, peace of mind and pollution free environment… She said the nation is progressing and developing in all directions, and "we all should actively be involved in this process of change".  click here



Death: Alexandrina Rodrigues
12 Nov 2014: Mitcham, Surrey, UK. ALEXANDRINA CLARA RODRIGUES. Passed away peacefully (Aged 79: Born in Candolim, Goa). Beloved wife of Joao Camilo Rodrigues. Loving mother of John & Francis, mother-in-law of Caroline & Marushka, grandmother of Jenifer, Christina, Melanie and Andrea. The funeral service will be held on Friday 28 Nov. at 11.30 am at St Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 1 Cranmer Road, Mitcham CR4 4LD, and burial at London Rd Cemetery Figs Marsh, London Rd, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 2JB. Condolences to  email

Death: Marianne Fernandes

22 Nov: Siolim, Goa: MARIANNE A FERNANDES (PATROCINE), Ex Cortalim, Goa. Born 1940. Wife of late Caitan J Fernandes (UK), Mother of Manuel (Rudolf), Inacio (Ansu) and Lawrence (Sandy); Mother-in-law of Laura, Aurita and Clare; Grandmother of Abigail, Amanda, Malitta, Christopher, Susan and Riona. Funeral cortege will leave her residence on 23rd November at 4.30 pm to Our Lady of Seas Church, Oxel, Siolim, for Eucharistic celebration followed by burial. click here.

Death: Carol Rodrigues
22 Nov: Toronto. CAROL ANN (DSOUZA) RODRIGUES. Born 1947. Formerly lived in Block 'A' FCCHS, Karachi. Mother of Francesca and (Jonathan) Gougeon, Judell Ann (Craig) Soulsby .She will be missed by her grandchildren Aidan and Dominque Gougeon and Carys Ann and Ciaran Soulsby. Beloved daughter of Late Mr & Mrs (S.P). Martin Dsouza Sister of Deborah (Patrick) Liew,(Malaysia) Wendy and (John) Millard, and Martin Jude and nieces Michelle, Kimberley and Taylor. Carol is resting at Marshall Funeral Home,10366 Yonge St, Richmond Hill Ont. Viewing Monday 4.00 pm -9.00 pm. Funeral and Mass on Wednesday November 26th at 11.00 am St Mary Immaculate Church,10295 Yonge St. Richmond Hill. Internment at Holy Cross Cemetery-8361 Yonge St. Thorn hill, Ont. [Info Pompie Gois].  For further details click here

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Pilgrims flock to Goa to see Saint Francis Xavier remains

22 Nov: BBC. Thousands of Catholic pilgrims are converging on Goa in west India to see the relics of Saint Francis Xavier. The remains of the 16th Century Spanish missionary are usually kept in a casket at the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Once every 10 years they are put on public display, and on Saturday the casket was brought out in procession and taken to the nearby Se Cathedral… Brooke Harrods, a visitor from the US, said she had made the trip because the saint was "an embodiment of peace," adding: "You can really feel that energy here today"…. Text + photos. Click here.
Pilgrims progress, but its politicians and VIPs first. 23 Nov: Times of India. Click here.
Smartphones bring out the 'paparazzi' in pilgrims. 23 Nov. Times of India. Click here.
Mumbaikars heading to Goa for St Francis Xavier exposition… 21 Nov: Mid-Day. 1556 words + photos. Click here.
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G.O.A. (U.K.) Ltd : Sports Announcement.
Table Tennis Men's Singles League
Entries are invited to participate in the Table Tennis Men's Singles League. The League organised by the GOA (UK) Ltd will commence in December 2014 and will end in March 2015. It will be based on a Home & Away basis. For more details and entry forms please contact.
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UK: New Event Announcement: Children's Christmas Tree Party

Sat. 13 Dec from 3.00 pm to 7.00 pm. Saligao Association and St. Diogo's Association Joint Children's Christmas Tree Party to be held at the Sacred Heart Hall, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London SW 19 4LU. Join us with your family and friends to share in the spirit of Christmas. Tea party, carol singing, fancy dress competition, so hurry and get your tickets. Tickets for children £10.00 (up to 11 years) which will include a gift. Parents, Grandparents, family and friends £7.00. Includes snacks, a meal and tea/coffee. No bar, so please bring your own drinks. For tickets please contact Marlene Vaz on 0208 669 5838 and Jane Gracias on 0208 543 5454. For the flyer,  click here

FC Goa down FC Pune City
22 Nov: Business Standard. FC Goa scored a goal in each half to down a fighting FC Pune City to move to the fourth place in the Indian Super League here today. Goa took the lead early in the fifth minute through Romeo Fernandes and sealed the victory in injury time courtesy substitute Miroslav Slepicka for their win of the tournament. With today's win, Goa has 12 points from 10 matches, the same as Mumbai City and FC Pune City but is fourth on better goal difference… Fernandes was declared the man of the match.  click here
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Lenny Menezes: Reliving the life of a GOAN

23 Nov: Times of India. Lenny Menezes is the man who first led locals to see what tourism had to offer. He changed the way business is done at Tata Group's Taj Hotels and later Hilton … With a degree from the United States in hand, he joined the Tata administrative services, after being among only three to be plucked from 6,000 applicants… While Menezes’ elder son Vivek is a writer and based in Goa itself, his second, Rohit, is based in the United States, offering his services in restructuring of NGOs in India. Lenny is now grandfather to Vivek's three sons and Rohit's daughter. As his wife Naomi too goes exploring her interest in travelling, Lenny finds time to keep his passion for cooking alive… 852 words.  click here

Cruise liner at Mormugao harbour brings cheer to tourism
22 Nov: Navhind Times. Aidasol, the first cruise liner of this season arrived in the state at berth no-10 of Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) with 2,885 passengers, including 683 crew members on Friday… The coordinator for the cruise vessel at MPT, Jerome Clement said that the MPT is expecting 24 cruise vessels to dock at Mormugao Port during the tourist season, bringing in nearly 30,000 tourists to the state…
Azamara Club Cruises to commence first-ever sailing from India next week 22 Nov: Travel Biz Monitor. Azamara Club Cruises has announced its first-ever sailing from India. The 13-day Spice Route Voyage on Azamara Quest will begin from Mumbai on November 26, 2014, passing Goa, Kochi, Maldives, Colombo, Galle, and Chennai. The cruise will then set sail from Chennai on December 9 for another 13 days of Spice Route – II Voyage across the Bay of Bengal, passing Andaman Islands, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore…  click here

Desmond Coutinho: Who was Irom Sharmila?

22 Nov: Indian Express. The Special Ward in a Manipur hospital is where 42-year-old Irom Sharmila has lived, on hunger strike, for 14 years… She gets letters from her fiancé Desmond Coutinho (photo), a British-Indian of Goan origin. (They fell in love through an exchange of letters.) She says, “He said he will visit me on my birthday, which is March 14.” … Letters from her family and Coutinho, and the many soft toys that he sends her way give her joy. The newest addition to the menagerie is a brown bear. “He told me that he is like a brown bear, so this is to remind me of him,’’ she says with a laugh…  click here
Desmond Coutinho, 51, of Ealing, London, was born in Zanzibar and holds a British passport …  click here
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Gulf Goans get NRI commission help
23 Nov: Times of India. Overseas employment has never always been lucrative. Many cases have been reported before the NRI Commission about the repatriation of Goans in distress, facing hardships due to harassment, ill treatment, mental torture, non-payment of salaries, etc. The commission has taken up these cases before the Indian mission in Gulf countries and has been able to get compensation for the victims' families. The NRI commission has been able to get compensation for three families whose relative either died or were retrenched from service in Gulf countries…  click here

Canada needs to send more students abroad, report says

22 Nov: The Globe and Mail. … While the number of international students coming to Canada is rising, only 3 per cent of Canadian students are going abroad on international study programs or exchanges, one of the lowest numbers among Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development countries… Aaron Joshua Pinto (photo), who did two terms at European universities while getting an undergrad degree in international relations and French from the University of Western Ontario, said he needed to explain how the skills he acquired translate to the workplace. “It is simply not enough to seek an international experience – the experience itself can have little value for an employer. [You] must be able to speak about transferable skills,” he said…  click here
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The Persistence Of The Brahmin
1 Dec: Outlook. For the uninitiated, GSB stands for Gaud Saraswat Brahmin … As a GSB, Rajdeep Sardesai could not conceal his glee when Suresh Prabhu and Manohar Parrikar made it to Modi’s expanded cabinet… Being a proud Goan or Indian is not the same as being a proud GSB. Admission to categories like Goan or Indian is open to all. However, admission to the category Brahmin, that too of a specific jati such as GSB, is foreclosed. Brahmin, more than other jati identities, works on the principle of exclusion. Taking pride in one’s Brahmin jati is the same as believing in the ascending scale of reverence and descending scale of contempt that the caste system espouses…  click here

Sabrina De Sousa V. Central Intelligence Agency et al

19 Nov: Plaintiff: SABRINA DE SOUSA. Defendant: CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY, DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE and DEPARTMENT OF STATE. Case Number: 1:2014cv01951. Court: District Of Columbia District Court. Office: Washington, DC Office …  click here
21 May. 2009: Goan Voice. Sabrina De Sousa is as cool as you'd expect a CIA operative to be in a hot spot... She stills speaks with the lilting accent of Goa where she was raised...  click here
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Evening courts on the horizon in Goa
22 Nov: Times of India. In pursuance of the government's decision to set up evening courts in the state, the law department on Friday notified rules… These courts will function from 5.30pm to 7.30pm and will try all kinds of cases, suits or other proceedings…  click here

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