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Death: Maria Simoes, Ex Dar-es-Salaam.

22 Mar: Reis Magos, Nerul, Goa. MARIA GEORGINA LOPES SIMOES. Ex Dar-es-Salaam. Born 02.05.1928. Daughter of late Dionisio/late Heraclina Lopes. Wife of late Damasceno Simoes. Mother of Dr. Darwin/Prof. Dr Elizabeth (Germany), Darlic, Margarida, Dominic (ex TCS), Giana (ex Tr. Sanjay School Porvorim), Maria Julia (ex Tr Don Bosco, Matunga)/Edgar D’Souza, Tecla/Sebastian Dias. Sister of late Vita, Michael/Milena, Romao/Mena(Germany), Arcangela. Sister-in-law of late Joao/late Maria, late Margarida, late Caetano, late Martha/late Dr Miguel Carvalho, Philomena and Maris/late Anonio Rodrigues. Grandmother of Joshua, Greer, Sean and Andrea. Funeral cortege will leave her residence at Nerul on Wednesday 27th March 2019 at 3.30pm for Eucharistic Celebration in Our Lady of Remedios Church, Nerul , followed by burial

Death: Romeo Pinto
22 Mar: Nairobi. ROMEO IGNACIO PINTO. Loving husband of Esperanca 'Effu' Pinto. [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi]. Funeral arrangements will be announced. Condolence messages may be sent to

News Summary

Foreign Assets Worth Rs. 800 Crore Unearthed By Karnataka-Goa Income Tax Department

24 Mar: NDTV. The Karnataka-Goa Income Tax region has unearthed about Rs. 800 crore worth foreign assets and started prosecution in three cases, a top department official said … Prosecution notices have already been issued in 10 other cases … the IT department detected a unique modus operandi in Goa, where foreigners used to acquire properties which were not registered in their names. "Enquiries have revealed that many foreigners had paid consideration for villas and were occupying the same for more than a decade without getting it registered or transferred in their names in order to circumvent the law of the land” … 12 such properties have been provisionally attached … The I-T department was likely to provisionally attach approximately 100 acres of land worth more than Rs. 100 crore by the end of March …  click here

Jet Airways founder Naresh Goyal steps down amid crisis

25 Mar: BBC. The founder of cash-strapped Indian airline Jet Airways has stepped down as chairman of the company. Naresh Goyal's resignation is likely to pave the way for potential investors to save India's oldest private carrier… Jet's debt exceeds $1bn (£750m) and the airline has grounded some flights as it is struggling to pay employees, suppliers and leasing companies… the company said that banks would lend around $210m to keep it afloat until it starts to sell shares to new investors… Mr Goyal and his family currently own 52% of the airline. It's unclear how much they will eventually retain but they will lose their majority stake to the banks… In recent weeks, it had grounded more than two-thirds of the 119 aircraft in its fleet…  For further details click here

Goa police on alert after New Zealand mosque attack

25 Mar: New Indian Express. The police in Goa have been put on alert over a possible attack on Israeli tourists visiting the state to avenge shootings at Christchurch mosques in New Zealand over a week ago, a senior official said Monday. The alert has been issued after receiving inputs from central intelligence agencies, he said… Security has been stepped up around places frequented by Israelis following inputs from central intelligence agencies about possible revenge attack on them, he said. The official said Goa is among several states which have been put on alert to thwart any attack on Israelis…  For further details click here
26 Mar: Navhind Times. Goa police on alert over threat to Israelis …  click here

Goa’s Post Parrikar Political Picture

25 Mar: Navhind Times. By Nandkumar M Kamat. Different political scenarios are predictable in post Parrikar Goa. Like Manohar Parrikar, the new Chief Minister Pramod Sawant is an exclusive choice of RSS. It would be a major task for RSS local mastermind Satish Dhond who has tremendous experience in crisis management to guide him… Manohar Parrikar was neither a superhuman nor a saint. He had no chance of surviving in politics without strong, unflinching RSS backing …  For further details click here

Tried bebinca yet? The Goan queen of desserts packs layers of flavour ...

25 Mar: Economic Times. You know that someone has been to Goa when they bring out bebinca. This “Queen of Goan desserts” as Fatima da Silva Gracias calls it in her Cozinha de Goa is now available ready, packaged-to-buy as an edible souvenir. And it is awful. The egg yolks, coconut milk, flour, sugar, ghee and nutmeg that go into it ensure it can’t taste entirely bad, but the rubbery texture of the commercial product, with its signature seven layers stodgily stuck together, actually makes its rich taste rather revolting. Heating helps only a little. Yet it can be wonderful. Silva Gracias describes the traditional method “baked in a special earthenware oven (tizals), on fires of coconut husks.” A Goan friend explains that these heat unevenly so parts caramelise slightly, which rounds out the taste. “The commercial ones are sweeter to compensate, but taste flatter,” she says…  For further details click here

With a little bit of choriz in my life. Recipe for a Goan sausage pasta.

12 Mar: Finely Chopped Kitchen. … The inspiration for this dish came in the lovely choriz pulao that I had at Martin's Corner on the same day that I bought the sausage … What I loved about the choriz pulao at Martin's Corner was how well balanced the flavours of the choriz in it was. It embellished the rice but did not overpower it. The end result was so addictive that I packed whatever I could not finish and came back and had the remaining pulao at home the next night…The idea of a choriz pasta is not novel of course. I have had the Goan sausage Mac and Cheese at the Sassy Spoon at Bandra before it shut down… Here's the recipe: …  For further details click here



Death: Melicia (Castelino) Pereira. Ex-Mombasa/Nairobi, Kenya).

23 Mar: Tivim, Goa. MELICIA (CASTELINO) PEREIRA (ex-Mombasa/Nairobi, Kenya). Born on February 12, 1935 in Mombasa, Kenya. After suffering from several mini strokes that led to a deterioration in her health, Melicia passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Melicia was the wife to John Victor Pereira (deceased). She was a loving mother/mother-in-law to her children Michele/Francis, Milena/Agnelo and Maria/Eric; grandmother to Faye, Felicia/Darren & Marius and Ryan; great-grandmother to Yasmin. She was a dear sister to Eremita/Eddie (both deceased), Louis (deceased)/Lena, Ena/Alan (deceased), Ancy/Arthur, Melba (deceased)/Norbert, Victoria (deceased). She is also deeply missed by her nieces, nephews, godchildren, extended family and friends. Funeral mass is on Tuesday, 26 March 2019 at 4pm at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Cansa, Tivim, Bardez Goa, Condolence emails to click here.

Death: Julie Pereira. Ex Entebbe, Uganda

24 Mar: Tivim, Goa. JULIA FRANCISCA DE SALES PEREIRA (JULIE). (Ex-Entebbe Uganda) Born: 29-01-1930. Beloved wife of late R.S. Pereira (Philip). Beloved Mother/Mother--in-law Ivor/Jane, Judith (Ex-Teacher - Our Lady of Lourdes H.Sc., Saligao) and Louisa (Ex-Teacher - St. John of the Cross H.Sc., Sanquelim)/ late Damian (Veroda, Cuncolim). Doting Grandmother of Ian. Passed away peacefully to her heavenly abode. The Funeral cortege will leave the residence St. Ann's Colony, Tivim, on 25th March. 2019. at 3.30 p.m.. to St. Christopher's Church, Tivim, for Eucharistic celebration followed by burial.

News Summary

After Costa, Portugal now has a Goa-born minister

24 Mar: Herald. Goa-born Nelson de Souza was last month appointed Minister of Planning in the Portuguese government. Portuguese daily ‘Diario de Noticias’ reports that De Souza was born in Goa in 1954 and arrived in Portugal at the age of seven along with his family. His father, a journalist went on to work in the printing division for TAP, the Portuguese State airline … De Souza was already a part of the Costa government as he was Secretary of State for Small and Medium Enterprises, Trade and Services and Chief of Staff for the Minister of Economy, before being elevated to minister… Before joining the ministry, he was Municipal Director of Finance at the Lisbon City Hall, from February 2014, where he was also the advisor to the Mayor.  For further details click here
16 Feb: Goan Voice. Nelson de Souza is the new Minister of Planning …  click here

Consumer court orders refund of money paid for buying villa

23 Mar: Herald. National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has ordered Emgee Properties to refund Rs 1 crore paid by Joan Mayne for a villa, being built illegally. Emgee Properties was developing a property ‘Naira’ in Siridao with 12 luxurious villas. According to the complainant, the promoters had approached her with an impressive brochure indicating the 12 luxurious villas being built each worth Rs 10 crore. In May 2014, she paid the first instalment of Rs 1 crore … she refused to pay the second instalment of Rs 2 crore unless the builder proved that they had all the approvals for the 12 villas and the builder forfeited the first instalment of Rs 1 crore… NCDRC ordered the refund of Rs 1 crore along with 8 percent interest per annum from the date of deposit till actual payment… Herald, in its ‘Review’ supplement of June 8, 2014 in its story ‘Bold & Beautiful but Breaches of Rules’ had highlighted that the project by the promoters in Siridao had no permissions for hill cutting and the Collector had ordered stopping the construction.  For further details click here
For the Emgee Naira Project website,  click here

Video: Goa minister: Girls visiting pubs in short dresses against culture

NewsX. A senior minister in the Manohar Parrikar-led BJP government in Goa has echoed controversial Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik saying that the practice of young girls visiting pubs in short dresses is against local culture and should be stopped. "The (practice of) young girls going to pubs in short dresses does not fit in our culture. What will happen to our Goan culture, if we allow this?...The scantily dressed girls visiting pubs project wrong culture and this should be stopped," said state PWD minister Sudin Dhavalikar… 3m. 45s.  For further details click here

Ivy League students hit Goan shores to study

23 Mar: Times of India. Throughout India, a trip to Goa finds a mention on every tourist’s bucket list. An experience of the state’s happening coastal areas, unending night life and no-holds barred attitude is a rite of passage for every Indian traveller, but when A J Catalan landed at the Goa airport, he had other ideas. The student of public health from New York’s Columbia University was in the state not for the rave parties or the now crowded beaches, but strangely to study and gain hands-on experience. Catalan is part of a growing trend where some of the brightest minds from Harvard, Yale and Columbia universities and other prestigious institutes pick Goa to further their careers. These universities have tie-ups with Goan institutes and their students are encouraged to opt for Goa not just over Delhi, but over other developing countries, too…  For further details click here

Goa: Inquiry ordered after alleged cleansing ritual held at venue where Parrikar’s body was kept

25 Mar: Scroll. Goa Culture Minister Govind Gaude on Saturday said he has ordered an inquiry into allegations of cleansing rituals conducted at Kala Academy in Panaji where former Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s body was kept on the day of his funeral. “I have taken a strong note of some activities carried out in Kala Academy premises as rituals today,” Gaude tweeted. “I have ordered an inquiry into it. We cannot promote or patronise unscientific activities inside government buildings.” …  For further details click here

Corner of Macau rich in Portuguese colonial history undergoes revival

20 Mar: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). Taipa Village is keeping Macau’s colonial Portuguese history alive… Restaurateur Gagan Sethi says, “This is one of the only places in Macau where you get a true feeling of being in a Portuguese environment,” It inspired Sethi to think back to his own roots in India. Like Macau, the coastal province of Goa was a Portuguese colony for several centuries, and Sethi thought that Goan cuisine paired with inventive concoctions from mixologist Chetan Gagan would feel perfectly at home in Taipa… The result is Goa Nights, which has a cocktail bar on the ground floor of a three-storey shophouse and a top-floor dining area that overlooks the village…  For further details click here



Death: Cino Pires. Ex Batim, Goa; Ethiopia, Nairobi, and Zambia

21 Mar. 2019: Hamilton, New Zealand . CURCINO BARNABE (CINO). PIRES. Born 11 June 1937 in Batim, Goa. Son of the late Lourenço Cristovao Pires and the late Maria Anunciacao Guadalupe Pires. Brother of Leao, Tigrinho (deceased), Guilu, Vitoria, Garcinha (deceased), and brother-in-law of Theresa, Lena, Diana. Resident of Hamilton, New Zealand. Ex-resident of Ethiopia, Kenya, and Lusaka Zambia. Ex-teacher at Dr. Ribeiro Goan High School Nairobi, Kabulonga Boys High School in Lusaka Zambia, Huntly College New Zealand, and Sacred Heart Girls College in Hamilton, New Zealand. He is still fondly remembered by many of his ex-students. Cino passed away peacefully surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife Lynette, his sons Anton and André and their families. Requiem Mass at The Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Hamilton New Zealand on Monday 25 March 2019, followed by private cremation. Condolences to Andre Pires

Death: Anthony (Tony) Gomes. Ex Bombay and Dar es Salaam

23 Mar: Toronto, Ontario, Canada. ANTHONY (TONY) GOMES. Born on May 16, 1933 in Bombay, India. After lengthy issues with his heart illness and more recently battling the debilitating effects of Parkinson Disease, Tony passed away suddenly on Saturday, March 23rd, 2019 at Scarborough Grace Hospital in Toronto from cardiac arrest. Tony is survived by his beloved wife of 54 years, Philu/Phil (née D’Souza). He was a loving father to his children Christopher (Flavia) and Christine (Marc) and a doting “Gampy” to his three grandsons, Daniel, Simon and Jacob. He was a dear brother to Eva (deceased), Francis (deceased), Alex, Mary (deceased), Olive and Delia (deceased) and brother-in-law to Dominic, Elise, Olu, Austen, Jane and Peter. He will be deeply missed by his nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Visitation: Monday, April 1st, 2019 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM & 6:00PM to 8:00PM. Highland Funeral Home - Scarborough Chapel, 3280 Sheppard Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1T 3K3. Funeral Mass & Reception: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019 at 10:30AM St. Aidan Catholic Church (Scarborough), 3501 Finch Ave E, Scarborough, ON M1W 2S2. In lieu of flowers, if wished, donations may be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation or Parkinson Canada. Condolence Emails to

Death: Celina D’Costa. Ex Saligao, Goa

20 Mar: Leeds, UK. CELINA OLGA MONIZ e COSTA. Born 21-10-1926., Cottula, Saligao) Daughter of late Eusebio Francisco Moniz and late Aramita Agusta Martins. Wife of late Sebastian D’Costa Mother of Maria, Clifford and Clive/Suzanne. Grandmother of Isla and Ralphie. Sister/Sister-in-law of Robert/Shirley, Alba/late Albert Fonseca, Donata / late Dominguito Gonsalves. Margaret/Joe D'Souza, Rofino & Phyllis Moniz. Aunt of Mark/Christine, Kevin/Pamela, Eddie Fonseca, Sherwin/Eva, Ellery/Anthena D'Souza. Funeral will be held in U.K. (Leeds). click here.

First Death Anniversary Mass for Franklyn Pereira. Ex Mombasa

A memorial mass will be held on Wednesday 3 April 2019 at 12.30pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Clapham, Clapham Park Road, Clapham, London, SW4 7AP. contact details: Walter D'Souza, email walter.dsouza45@gmail.comFor the Goan Voice death announcement, click here.

News Summary

Asian gold: More than £140m stolen in UK in last five years

23 Apr: BBC. More than £140m worth of Asian gold jewellery has been stolen in the UK over the past five years, a BBC investigation has found. Gold jewellery is often bought as a wedding gift in British Asian families and passed down through generations. Out of 23 police forces that provided figures, Greater London had the highest value stolen - £115.6m, followed by £9.6m in Greater Manchester. Nearly 28,000 thefts of Asian gold have been recorded in the UK since 2013… Some police forces were unable to provide data but have previously warned that Asian families were being specifically targeted in their areas… 653 words.  For further details click here

BJP outsmarts Congress again in Goa

23 Mar: Free Press Journal. Reminiscent of two years ago when the BJP outsmarted the Congress in the Goa assembly by cobbling together an alliance despite the Congress winning 17 seats to the BJP’s 13, yet again the BJP has foisted young Pramod Sawant as chief minister to succeed the deceased Manohar Parrikar. This time, too, the Congress had more seats than the BJP but the ultimate victor was the BJP. Evidently, the Congress lacked the ‘killer instinct’ and proved poor in winning friends from the opposition. The BJP, on the other hand, was pro-active and smart …  For further details click here

Helmets For India: Road Safety Fueled By Art

23 Mar: Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. After an intensive time of preparation an international team of motorcycle enthusiasts and artists will travel today to India to kick off ‘Helmets for India’ – a creative initiative to change the road safety situation on two wheels in India. The first ever helmet art show to promote road safety will be held in Mumbai, followed by a motorcycle road trip to Goa to raise awareness for the cause. While filming for a TV show in India in 2018, the initiator of Helmets for India, Niels-Peter Jensen was appalled to see that most people riding scooters and motorcycles through the craziest traffic in the world don’t wear helmets. Especially women and kids who make up most of the pillion riders, push through crowded traffic, in which there is little safety regulation or policing. Witnessing a two wheeler accident involving a small kid marked Niels profoundly… For more information, visit and follow Helmets for India on Instagram:  For further details click here

Jet Airways: The riches to rags story of India's oldest private airline

23 Mar: BBC. For a long period of time, especially during the late 1990s and 2000s, Jet Airways was the shining face of Indian aviation. But now it finds itself on the verge of collapse. What went wrong? The BBC's India business correspondent Sameer Hashmi explains… In recent weeks it has cancelled thousands of flights, affecting passengers flying on both international and domestic routes. It has grounded more than two-thirds of the 119 aircraft it had in its fleet because it is no longer able to pay leasing companies. The company has amassed a debt of more than than $1bn (£750m) and has failed to pay salaries and loans. But for now at least, all is not lost…  For further details click here

‘Chuddies’ enters mainstream discourse

22 Mar: Navhind Times. ‘Chuddies’ (underpants) is the latest Indian word to enter the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), which has incorporated many such words from the sub-continent that reflect the long encounter between India and Britain over the centuries. The word has figured in several gazettes and publications during British rule, but came into prominence when it was used in the popular British-Asian comedy series ‘Goodness Gracious Me’ on BBC television in the mid-1990s. Used as the Asian equivalent of ‘kiss my a**e’, actor Sanjeev Bhaskar used the phrase: ‘kiss my chuddies’, which became popular and entered the mainstream discourse…  For further details click here

A study on livelihood opportunities in Goa

23 Mar: The Goan. Goa Livelihoods Forum (GLF) will be releasing A White Paper on Livelihoods- Goa, 23rd March 2019. On this occasion GLF will be organizing a symposium on “Livelihood and Climate Change”. The symposium is driven by Think Hatchery, the reputed knowledge forum promoted by GLF. The program is scheduled from 10 am to 1 am at Black Box, Kala Academy, Panaji. The White Paper & the discussions are expected to help examine and debate the salient features around climate change, livelihoods and sustainable development in Goa. It will contribute to the state narrative by systematically analyzing the relationship between economic growth and climate change in Goa… The White Paper Report is based on the data collated from a household survey conducted across 12 talukas by GLF among a cross section of 3000 adults aged 18 and over…  For further details click here



Acknowledgement re. Eugene A. Pereira,. Ex Nairobi

From Maureen, Karl and Tammy, Gavin and Danielle, Maya, Nicholas and Elise: “On behalf of the Pereira family, we would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our family, friends and loved ones that paid your respects to our beloved Eugene. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to all he met, exemplified by the outpouring of words of comfort and support we received following his passing. Your overwhelming tributes, sympathy cards, food, flowers, donations to the Leukemia Foundation, visits and acts of kindness have been greatly appreciated by the entire family and quite a comfort to us all during this difficult time. We will always remember Eugene fondly for his sincerity, thoughtfulness, quick wit and calm disposition, and know the warmth of his smile will continue to shine down upon us”.
For the original death notice, click here.

News Summary

Goans are well and truly on the app driven highway

23 Mar: Herald. Millennium Goans are no longer in control of their own lives. Apps control them. From walking up, to dieting, to keeping fit, to handling relationships, to maintain finances, to travelling or shopping and even sorting out problems in the bedroom, there’s an app for everything. This is convenient but what does it do to our interpersonal relationships … Not just entertainment, but today apps also help people build their businesses, whether it is creating awareness or simple networking, apps play a huge role… Mobile banking and e-wallets have changed the way we make our payments and handle our finances. We are practically going cashless and monetization becoming digital… Apps like Zomato, Swiggy, and FoodPanda have changed the dynamics of the f&b industry in India… Yoga tutorials, diet monitoring, virtual gyms, doctor consultations, ordering medicines, health & fitness is another category of apps that is catching up fast with the Millennials…  For further details click here

Finding Olri: In search of Olive Ridleys in Goa

22 Mar: CNBCTV18. In Goa’s Morjim beach, there’s crowd everywhere… In the thatched Turtle Interpretation Centre, 60 baby Ridleys were huddled in a blue plastic bucket, mischievously playing around unaware of the fact that when the night gets dark, the Forest Department officials will release them in Arabian Sea. It has been a long, protected wait for these Ridley hatchlings. The mother Olive Ridley arrived in January/February, dug deep into the sand, laid more than 100 eggs and walked backed into the Sea. Never to return. The Forest Department took over as a surrogate parent…  For further details click here

Critically Ill British Citizen, 67, Evacuated By Coast Guard Off Goa

22 Mar: NDTV. A 67-year-old critically ill British national was evacuated by the Indian Coast Guard off the coast of Goa on Thursday. The British national had suffered a cardiac arrest while on his way onboard RMS MV Queen Mary 2, a transatlantic ocean liner which departed from Kochi. The Indian Coast Guard upon being alerted sent an interceptor boat and the ICGS Amal ship to attend the medical emergency. The passenger was then evacuated off the Goa coast and was admitted to Manipal Hospital, Goa.  For further details click here

New tourist taxi association formed

23 Mar: Herald. A new association of tourist taxi owners from North as well as South Goa known as ‘Association of Tourist Taxi Owners Goa’ was formed on Friday at a hotel in Porvorim. Over 15,000 taxi operators to be registered with this association that will collectively fight to overcome the issues plaguing the taxi operators in the State. The newly formed union comprises taxi owners from Canacona, Ponda, Margao, Morjim and other places who have decided to come together to find a solution for their issues… the association is not against the government and wants to find a solution to the problems plaguing the taxi operators in the State…  For further details click here

This Goan ‘Starchaser’ DJ is streaming his way to a million heights

23 Mar: Herald. Aneesh Gera ARTIST- Music Producer, DJ, song writer, audio engineer & record label owner is the 1st dance music producer to hit the coveted USA Billboard dance chart, and his latest record SOLACE currently sits at number 4 On Beatport’s world top 100; the first Indian (and of course a Goan) to achieve this. He is one of the most upfront progressive DJs who challenges by trying new styles with his music; Café has the details … He understands the simple quota of life, “Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t, but we cannot be discouraged.”Soon enough Aneesh Gera will be on the verge of reaching number 1 on the World Chart for his genre of music and that is what the people of Goa hope for…  For further details click here
For the Aneesh Gera website with bio, video, audio, etc.  click here

If You Think Goa Is Being Overwhelmed With Ravers and Tourists, Think Again

22 Mar: Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, April 2019, By Stanley Stewart. If you think of Goa as being overwhelmed with ravers and tourists, think again. There are dozens of Goas: Some are exclusive, others as secretive as a pirate’s map, some a beachcomber’s dream of a cabin, empty dunes, and pounding surf… It is a little degenerate, a little decadent. It has that easygoing lassitude found on tropical coasts from Costa Rica to Zanzibar. Goans speak about India as if it were a separate country and Indians as if they were another people. Where India has gaudy temples and adobe villages, Goa has whitewashed churches and crumbling Portuguese villas. Like any self-respecting Latin Quarter, this place is full of people who have escaped: runaways, romantics, bohemians, accountants on the lam, speedsters who ran out of road, hoteliers who have checked out, chefs chasing coconuts, socialites seeking siestas. Everyone I meet seems to have some story of throwing off the shackles of their old life for the sea breezes of laissez-faire Goa. 2695 words.  For further details click here



Death & Funeral details: John J. D’Souza Ex Nairobi

Death: John J. D’Souza Ex Nairobi & London 20 Mar: Brampton, Ont. JOHN J. D’SOUZA Ex Nairobi & London. Passed away unexpectedly. Beloved Brother of Theresa (Walter), Rose (late Dominic), Romeo (Connie), Xavier (Ida); predeceased by his brother Joseph (Natalie). John will be fondly remembered by his many nephews, nieces, grand nephews and grand nieces. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, John was a proud ex-student of Dr. Ribeiro Goan school– class of ’57. He was well known for his active involvement in preserving the archives of the Goan Community in Toronto, and among many other projects and groups, for promoting the Konkani Rosary in video with the help of Goans from across Canada. He was a founding member of 55PGA. Visitation: Monday, March 25th, 2019 from 4 – 8 PM at Catholic Cremation Services. (i.e. Assumption Cemetery) 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5T 1N4. Funeral Mass Tuesday March 26th. at 10 AM. St Jerome’s Parish, 8530 Chinguacousy Rd, Brampton, ON L6Y 5G4 Private cremation and Internment at a later date. As flowers are not used in Church during the Lenten season, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to Sharelife or a charity of your choice. [Info: Norman D’Costa] E mail messages may be sent to:
For a tribute by Cyprian Fernandes, click here.

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TIATR, TIATR, TIATR: Wembley, Swindon & Southall

Fri 12th April: 6.00 PM. TIATR, TIATR, TIATR at Sudbury Primary School, Watford Road, HA0 3EY. “SAT SAT CHOUDA” written & directed by Salu de Loutolim. Top most artiste from Goa, Comedian Agostinho & Comedian Selvy and the sensational melodious siblings Peviolla & Wilma will make their debut in UK. For tickets: S.CAITAN~ 07440 384326, NESSLEY~ 07405 124036, NICKY~ 07723 540623, ELVY~ 07404 077299 & MARTIN~ 07438 740500.
Sat 13th April: 5.00 PM. TIATR, TIATR, TIATR at Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN. For tickets: ALVARO~ 07440 720334, MONTY~ 07417 388762, VITAL~ 0745 538814, RAHUL~ 07935 716001, LEEPU~ 07448 839500, ROSARIO(UZO)~ 07878 767215, FRANCIS (VASCO)~ 07840 460810, ROSARIO (VASCO)~ 07717 120141, MODERN CUT SALOON~ 07716 581196
Sun 14th April: 3.00 PM. TIATR, TIATR, TIATR at Villiers High School, Boyd Avenue, UB1 3BT. For tickets: LISTON~ 07424 765111, PETER DE MERCES~ 07417 494316, XAVIER~ 07448 139616, INACIO~ 07404 327080, GELDO~ 07417 562989, BABIT~ 07448 505173, JOSE NORONHA~ 07448 791479, MENDES (CHEDDO)~ 07882 749692, MATHEW ARAUJO~ 07424 945785.
 For further details click here

Diocesan Catechetical Centre celebrates 50 years

21 Mar: Navhind Times. The Diocesan Catechetical Centre celebrated its golden jubilee on March 7, at the Pastoral Institute St Pius X, Old Goa. The celebration began with a faith exhibition presented by school and catechism students. A brass band led by students of St Theresa’s Convent High School, Raia accompanied the dignitaries to the entrance of the Pastoral Institute. Colourful balloons were released in the air as a sign of gratitude to God. This was followed by the celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrão… A cultural programme followed, presented by the catechism students, catechists and teachers…  For further details click here

Shigmo: A festival laden with tradition

21 Mar: Navhind Times. Shigmotsav, a 14 day-long festival is celebrated by the Hindu community of Goa… It is celebrated from the ninth moon day to full moon day as per the Hindu calendar in South Goa, including Ponda Taluka. This year it will conclude on March 21 with Dhulwad or dhulivandan. Festivities begin with ‘naman’ on the maand near the village temple, followed by the taking of ‘romatamel’ door to door in village with dancing and singing to the tunes of drums and flutes, presenting performances of folk dances and arts like talgadi, goph and samai nrutya (lamp dance). It concludes on full moon day with Dhulwad or Dhulivandan. In North Goa however, Shigmotsav begins with the Holi festival on the full moon day of the Phalguna month and concludes on the second last day of Phalguna month…  For further details click here

World English-Language Scrabble Players Association 2019 Championship in Goa

March 2019: World English-Language Scrabble Players Association. It is official! The third WESPA Championship (WESPAC) will be held in Goa, India! In making the announcement, WESPA Chairman. Elie Dangoor says “Having had two very successful WESPACs in Perth and Nairobi, we now look forward to the next instalment in the beach resort of Goa, India which is shaping up to be our most exciting event yet… WESPAC2019 will be held at the Goa Indoor Sports Stadium from 15th - 20th October 2019… WESPA spoke with Charles Carneiro after the announcement. Charles is a member of the Organizing Committee, a Goan and now lives in Singapore - Goa is also represented on the Organizing committee by Rajiv Antao, who has been with the Scrabble Association of India for over a decade…  For further details click here

Will big fat weddings lose some weight in Goa?

21 Mar: Herald. The more spent, the more glamorous the wedding gets… In a generation like us today, do we Goans still want expensive massive weddings to celebrate the uniting of love? Or is a meaningful expenditure with the budget allocated for BFWs (Big Fat Weddings) weddings –like future planning more important? Café highlights all the details on the trend of wedding budgets and expenditure. When it comes to planning your wedding everyone gets those cold feet. After all, everyone counts on whose wedding will be the best. Each one tries to be under the limelight; five starred deco, set-up, dressing, catering, filming and extra traditional activities like mehendi, haldi, sangeet, roce, rehearsal dinners and it goes on… how much money is spent on all of these? ...  For further details click here

The Anglo-Indian … In Goa and other Portuguese enclaves within the Indian subcontinent, there was from the sixteenth until the twentieth century free and regular intermarriage of settlers with local Konkani-speaking women… Portuguese born on Indian soil were called "Castees" (from the Portuguese castico, a term no longer used); whereas Creoles were called "Mustees" or "Mestiz" (from the Portuguese mistices ). In recent decades these Goanese of partial European ancestry have been assimilated into the Anglo-Indian community, though not without some resentment on the part of color conscious Anglo-Indians… It is often not recalled that the Goanese had another kind of link with Anglo-Indians: until the early nineteenth century one could buy slave girls in Goa, and some British residents of India did just that.,,,  For further details click here

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Fri 12th April: 6.00 PM. TIATR, TIATR, TIATR at Sudbury Primary School, Watford Road, HA0 3EY. "SAT SAT CHOUDA" written & directed by Salu de Loutolim. Top most artiste from Goa, Comedian Agostinho & Comedian Selvy and the sensational melodious siblings Peviolla & Wilma will make their debut in UK. For tickets: S.CAITAN~ 07440 384326, NESSLEY~ 07405 124036, NICKY~ 07723 540623, ELVY~ 07404 077299 & MARTIN~ 07438 740500. - For the flyer & full details click here.

Sat 13th April: 5.00 PM. TIATR, TIATR, TIATR at Wyvern Theatre, Theatre Square, Swindon, SN1 1QN. "SAT SAT CHOUDA" written & directed by Salu de Loutolim. Top most artiste from Goa, Comedian Agostinho & Comedian Selvy and the sensational melodious siblings Peviolla & Wilma will make their debut in UK. For tickets: ALVARO~ 07440 720334, MONTY~ 07417 388762, VITAL~ 0745 538814, RAHUL~ 07935 716001, LEEPU~ 07448 839500, ROSARIO(UZO)~ 07878 767215, FRANCIS (VASCO)~ 07840 460810, ROSARIO (VASCO)~ 07717 120141, MODERN CUT SALOON~ 07716 581196 - For the flyer & full details click here.

Sun 14th April: 3.00 PM. TIATR, TIATR, TIATR at Villiers High School, Boyd Avenue, UB1 3BT. "SAT SAT CHOUDA" written & directed by Salu de Loutolim. Top most artiste from Goa, Comedian Agostinho & Comedian Selvy and the sensational melodious siblings Peviolla & Wilma will make their debut in UK. For tickets: LISTON~ 07424 765111, PETER DE MERCES~ 07417 494316, XAVIER~ 07448 139616, INACIO~ 07404 327080, GELDO~ 07417 562989, BABIT~ 07448 505173, JOSE NORONHA~ 07448 791479, MENDES (CHEDDO)~ 07882 749692, MATHEW ARAUJO~ 07424 945785 - For the flyer & full details click here.

Sun. 21 Apr. A&G Event Experts, the Premier Events Management Company With Ria Money Transfer Specialists to India are organising a Goan Easter Dine and Dance on 21st April 2019 from 1830hrs to 2300hrs at Pope John Centre Hall, behind Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Heston Road- TW5 0RL.Simple Minds will perform on the day Tickets are at reasonable rates £15.00 per head including Goan snacks and Goan buffet dinner. To book please contact Gabriel 07424318717/ Antonio 07780797967/ Brian: 074050227575 , Franco: 07578371960. Dress: Formal. Rights of Admission reserved. A&G have complete Goan Party/Wedding Special Packages with great venues including a super yacht, an island, plush hotels all with authentic Goan and other cuisines, entertainment and tailor-made packages you require. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 28 Apr: Following on from Easter season, Cortalim Union (UK) are pleased to invite you to celebrate their 41st Anniversary Feast of St Philip & St James, at The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Mass to start promptly at 12.15pm followed by a social gathering. Music by the dynamic band ‘Shades' and Fantasy Disco featuring ‘DJ Stephanie’. Catering by 'Bernie’s’. Ticket includes Meal and Snacks. Members - £14.00 and Non Members - £16.00, until 15th April 2019, thereafter £17.00 for all adults. Children £8.00 (4-10 years) and £10.00 (11-16 years). BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment due to limited tickets - Tickets will not be sold at the door. For tickets and details please contact: Georgina Gomes - 07974 289 640, Chris D'Cruz - 07739 876 718, Marisa Tellis - 07568 185 022, Diego Gomes - 07970 104 689, Tino Goes - 07821 900 490. For the flyer, click here.

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Goa Assembly Floor Test Highlights: Pramod Sawant proves majority, gets 20 votes

20 Mar: Indian Express. A day after he was sworn in as Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant Wednesday won a floor test in the state legislative Assembly with 20 votes in favour of his government. Sawant, 45, secured the support of 11 MLAs of the BJP, including ailing Pandurang Mhadkaikar, three MLAs from the Maharashtra Gomantak Party (MGP), three from the Goa Forward Party, and three Independents. The strength of the Assembly is 36, including the Speaker. The Congress’ 14 MLAs and Churchill Alemao from the NCP voted against the motion. After winning the trust vote, Sawant appealed all the members to join hands with him to ensure that developmental work reaches every nook and corner of the state…  For further details click here

Fiction: The Next Big Karachi Novel?

17 Mar: Dawn (Pakistan). Abdullah, the delightful septuagenarian protagonist of H.M. Naqvi's latest novel The Selected Works of Abdullah the Cossack, might be a 'Cossack' … The novel enables one to piece together a mosaic of Karachi's history from the 1940s through to the present day… The plot follows the Cossack's brothers' attempts to get him to agree to sell the family home … Naqvi's unyielding grasp of Shia, Goan and Jewish influences on the city is commendable… The novel contains a plethora of intriguing characters, including a young Christian boy called Bosco who has to be squirreled away with the Cossack for rather dramatic and sinister reasons …  For further details click here

Flyboarding Goa

18 Mar: Discover India. If you want more than just sun, sand, and tan for your next beach vacation in Goa, how about trying the daunting water adventure of flyboarding? There is a learning curve to it, and you need to practise to get the hang of it. While it needs concentration and time to learn the sport, we can assure that it is definitely worth the effort. Once you get the grips, you can spend all day at the Baina. Beach diving, flying, spinning, back-flipping, twisting, somersaulting, and dolphin-swimming, propelled by the powerful jet spray attached to your feet. Flying 30 feet into the air as the water gushes out in a forceful stream, making you rise from the water like Iron Man, is certain to give you that superhero kick…

Hard Rock Hotel, Goa

19 Mar: The Telegraph Online (UK). A tropical paradise in western India, Goa draws visitors with its long stretches of golden coastline, warm hospitable culture, unique Portuguese-influenced colonial architecture and mouth-watering cuisine served in everywhere from high-end restaurants to cosy seaside shacks. Calangute, one of the largest and most popular Goan beaches, is lined with lively restaurants and bars and offers incredible views of the expansive Arabian Sea. Located in Calangute, the Hard Rock Hotel Goa is the first of its kind in India. This stylish resort hotel offers world-class service, contemporary accommodation and signature Hard Rock facilities. Guests can enjoy shopping at the Rock Shop®, pampering treatments at the Rock Spa®, workouts at the Body Rock® Fitness Center and indulgent dining in one of two hotel restaurants… 650 words  For further details click here

Fourteenth-century astrolabe discovered; was part of Vasco da Gama's second voyage to India

18 Mar: Business Today. Scientists have discovered the world's oldest astrolabe -- an ancient device used for navigating at sea -- which was part of Portuguese explorers Vasco da Gama's second voyage to India in the fourteenth century. The Guinness World Records independently certified the astrolabe excavated from the wreck site of a Portuguese Armada Ship as the oldest in the world. They also certified a ship's bell -- dated 1498 -- recovered from the same wreck site also as the oldest in the world…  For further details click here


FILM: The Reluctant Fundamentalist. BBC 2. Sun. 24th Mar. 23:30 to 01:30. A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring calls of his family's homeland. Director: Mira Nair. Starring: Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi) (2012)

DOCUMENTARY: My Big Bollywood Wedding. Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Mon. 25th Mar. 17:00 to 18:00. Bollywood outdoes Hollywood. Three Indian-American weddings in a country where their average cost is half a million dollars. How do they balance American sensibilities with ancient, traditional ceremonies?

DOCUMENTARY: Who Should We Let in? Ian Hislop on the First Great Immigration Row. BBC 4. Wed. 27th Mar. 22:00 to 23:00. Documentary exploring the history of Britain's conflicted attitudes towards immigration.

TRAVEL: Expedition Unknown. Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Fri. 29th Mar. 23:00 to 00:00. The Ark of the Covenant. Josh follows in the footsteps of Indiana Jones as he searches in Israel and Ethiopia for the lost Ark of the Covenant, the sacred relic said to contain the Ten Commandments and possess extraordinary powers.


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Goa Floor Test Today, New CM Pramod Sawant Says Confident of Victory

20 Mar: News18. Newly elected Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Tuesday said the government will go for a floor test on Wednesday as he expressed confidence that the allies were with the BJP and they would win the trust vote “100 per cent”... The new government has two deputy chief ministers, Goa Forward Party chief Vijai Sardesai and Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party MLA Sudin Dhavalikar, from the two small parties backing BJP in the coastal state. Apart from the CM and his two deputies, nine other ministers of the state cabinet were also sworn in at the ceremony.  For further details click here
20 Mar: Herald. Editorial: Young man at the helm of a troubled State …  click here
20 Mar: Herald. New CM will have to walk on THIN ICE. Seven of the cabinet ministers were not in favour of Sawant as CM; He would have to keep them happy … click here.

Sun, sea, sand, surf and stability

19 Mar: Mid-day. Looking beyond the narrow political prism of the next chief minister of Goa, post Manohar Parrikar's demise; Mumbaikars with a special place in their hearts for the state, say it is not just about one CM or party, but an overall view of Goa's future. "I just wish for stability in Goa," said Bandra's Freddie Vaz, who has a number of relatives in the sunshine state. "I now hear two extremely distinct voices in Goa when it comes to the political narrative…” For Vaz, the only thing that matters is that Goa should have an honest, able leader of any political dispensation…  For further details click here

Danielle McLaughlin's family 'still aren't getting Government support two years after her death'

19 Mar: The Daily Mirror (Ireland). The family of slain backpacker Danielle McLaughlin still have not received any support from the Government – two full years after her death - her mum has claimed. Tragic Danielle, from Buncrana in County Donegal, was just 28 when she was brutally raped and strangled while travelling in Goa, India in March 2017… She told the Irish Mirror: “We still don’t have a family liaison officer two full years after the murder…  For further details click here

Hot Sun, Hot Sand, Hot Babes: Body Power Beach Show in Goa Totally Nails It

18 Mar: Sputnik (Russia). Indian Bollywood actor and bodybuilder Sahil Khan (L) and American bodybuilder and fitness model Jeff Seid (R) stand on the stage with participants of the 'Body Power Beach Show', India's first beach body carnival, in Goa on March 16, 2019. In this picture taken on 16 March 2019, Indian fitness models perform on stage during the "Body Power Beach Show", India's first beach body carnival, in Goa… A cool beach show, with hundreds of contestants! India's Body Power Beach Show in Goa has become a real tourist destination for Bollywood's most famous actors and actresses, as well as beautiful fitness athletes from numerous countries.  For further details click here

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