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Death: Stella D’Costa. Ex Karachi
20 May: Sydney, Australia. STELLA (LOBO) D'COSTA. Born 1940. (Formerly of Sopariwalla Blocks, Clark Street, Karachi). Beloved wife of Joaquim D'Costa. Loving Mother of Darryl (Lourdes), Desiree (Jonathon) and Delores (Sandra). Cherished Grandmother of Jordan and Ethan. Stella is the daughter of the late Mary and Joseph Lobo, sister of late Wilfred Lobo (Tess) India, Linda Lobo (late Stephen Lobo) Canada, Late Annette Lobo, Ernest Lobo (Catherine) Karachi and late Olive Indrias (Stanley). Stella was a devoted and caring wife, mother and grandmother and unwavering in her faith. Funeral Service: 28th May, 10am Sydney time. Allan Drew Funerals, 221 Old Northern Rd, Castle Hill, New South Wales, Australia *Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this service is limited to 20 participants and is FULL* Remote Streaming: click here.

News Summary

India Relaxes OCI Guidelines Till 31st December 2020

27 May: India New England. The government of India has relaxed OCI guidelines till 31st December 2020, according to a news release by the Indian Embassy in Washington. The following OCI guidelines have been in force since 2005: 1: OCI card is required to be re-issued each time a new passport is acquired by the cardholder up to the age of 20 years. 2: OCI card is required to be re-issued once on acquiring a new passport after completing 50 years of age. The Government of India has decided to grant further extension in time till 31st December 2020 to get the OCI cards re-issued in accordance with above guidelines… Till the end of the year OCI cardholders may be allowed to travel on the strength of existing OCI cards bearing old passport number. However, this will be subject to the condition that the OCI cardholder will have to travel along with old and new passports and the OCI card having an old passport number…  For further details click here

News In Brief

27 May: Economic Times. Global Indians supporting Indians stranded overseas in a big way. People of Indian origin overseas are an energetic and robust community and it is appreciated that they came forward to help their Indian brothers and sisters with food, shelter, counselling and in several other ways …  For further details click here
28 May: Navhind Times. COVID negative certificate must for people coming to Goa. The state government on Wednesday modified its standard operating procedure for the people entering the state, making it mandatory for them to carry a COVID-19 negative certificate or get themselves tested for the deadly virus…  click here
27 May: Times of India. Foreigners join hands for Arambol clean-up drive … click here.

The largest lockdown in the world is ending. India is bracing for what comes next

27 May: Washington Post. The resumption of domestic flights this week is a clear signal that India is moving to end the world’s largest lockdown, an unprecedented experiment that affected more than 1.3 billion people. The restrictions caused massive job losses, widespread food insecurity and an exodus of workers from India’s cities. Now India is bracing for what comes next. While the lockdown slowed the spread of the novel coronavirus, experts say, it did not succeed in flattening the curve. Instead, the number of fresh cases is rising. India ranks fourth in the world in the number of new cases a day: Only Russia, Brazil and the United States are adding more. India has more than 150,000 cases…  For further details click here
27 May: BBC. Mumbai: How Covid-19 has ravaged India's richest city …  click here

Cabbies keep travellers at bay

27 May: Navhind Times. The taxi drivers are not ready to ferry people coming from other states via air and rail, fearing of getting infected by the deadly virus. The cabbies believe that the virus is transmitted through air. They also feel that operating taxis without safety gear is risky… The cabbies have asked Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to provide surgical masks and gloves to taxi drivers… The taxi drivers lament about how the COVID crisis has been depriving them of their livelihood. They seek deferment in payment of taxes and insurance premiums. They also seek financial assistance to tide over the situation.  For further details click here
Video: 27 May: Goa 365tv. Private Tourist Taxi operators along with the Private bus operators marched to the Secretariat on Wednesday to meet the Chief Minister demanding relief and help from the government…  click here
27 May: Herald. Taxi operators stir continues for second day … click here.

First direct repatriation flight from Dubai to Goa to depart June 1

27 May: Gulf News (UAE). As part of the third phase of the Vande Bharat mission, Air India is flying out stranded Goan expatriates from Dubai to Dabolim International Airport in Goa on Monday, June 1. The move has been welcomed by the 500-odd stranded Indian expatriates from the south-western coastal state. This has come after several requests made by Goan expatriates for a direct repatriation flight… Since Goa has been in the green zone in the pandemic distribution in India, most Goans were unwilling to fly to Mumbai which is facing the largest number of COVID-19 cases and is in the red zone. This flight has come as a huge relief to many Goans – expectant mothers, senior citizens and those who have faced job loss…  For further details click here

Discovering the secrets in home kitchens

27 May: Navhind Times. In a bid to cater to this love for home cooked food, the Goa Home Food app (GHF) has recently been launched… Home chefs can register themselves either by visiting the website (, downloading the app, or giving a call. The home kitchens may initially add up to three main and three side dishes to their profile … Each dish will be described as proposed by the home chef, supported by pictures … training on packing/parceling will be provided upon request. The app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store or iOS App Store and will provide an interface for placing orders from the dishes introduced by the home chefs …  For further details click here


COOKERY: Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast. Food Network (Freeview 41). Mon. 1st June. 22:00 to 23:00. Mr Oliver and Mr Doherty return to their pop-up cafe on Southend Pier, where Jamie cooks up indulgent recipes with the help of his celebrity friends. Hollywood actress Kate Hudson cooks up a Goan curry.

DOCUMENTARY: Hidden History: The Lost Portraits of Bradford. BBC 4. Tues. 2nd June. 01:30 to 02:30. Shanaz Gulzar sets out to identify and track down some of the people in a collection of portraits that were rescued from a skip outside a small photographic studio in Bradford, west Yorkshire, 30 years ago. Many of the photos depict new arrivals from the Asian subcontinent, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean.

DOCUMENTARY: Absolutely India: Mancs in Mumbai. ITV London. Wed. 3rd June. 20:00 to 20:30. In the sixth and final episode, the brothers prepare to say their goodbyes to Mumbai, but before they leave, they are invited to appear on a local news report.

COOKERY: James Martin's Food Map of Britain. Food Network (Freeview 41). Thurs. 4th June. 21:00 to 21:45. Northern Ireland. Chef James Martin visits Northern Ireland in the hope of gaining an understanding of the rich flavours of the beef from native cattle the Dexter. cooks up a Goan lobster curry and a fillet of Dexter beef

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. Channel 4. Fri. 5th June. 11:30 to 12:00. Reading. On the third night in and around Reading, it's the turn of self-professed super-mum Lydia to host. After two previous nights of being hypercritical about everyone else's dinners, how will her fellow diners react to her `taste of the Savannah" Kenyan menu?

FILM: Mulk. Channel 4. Fri. 5th June. 01:20 to 03:40. An elderly Muslim lawyer finds his family is wrongly accused of grooming terrorists after his young nephew is found responsible for a bombing. Indian drama, starring Rishi Kapoor. (Rishi Kapoor died 30th April 2020)



Death Leonora De Souza. Ex St. Jacinto Island Goa, Nairobi
24 May 2020. Swindon, UK. LEONORA JESUINA CARVALHO DE SOUZA. Born 1928. Ex St. Jacinto Island Goa, Nairobi. Wife of late Marcus Agostinho De Souza. Most beloved mother of Pedro Louis, Lawrence / Brenda, Annie, Pio / Rosy, Xavier / Annette, Clara / Melwyn. Most beloved grandmother of Maria, Marcus, Melvyn, Clarina and Amber. All in the UK. Sister / sister-in-law of Pio, Sr. Isabelle, Thomas / Daisy, Cecelia Amelia / late Joao Francisco Barreto, late Alexandre / Maria and Ludumila Carvalho. Funeral Service will be held in Swindon. Photo. click here.

Death: Victor Andrew. Ex Karachi (Catholic Colony #1)
24 May: Don Mills, Toronto. VICTOR FELIX ANDREW. Victor passed away peacefully of natural causes after a full and rewarding life on his 89th birthday in the presence of his cherished wife Deanna. Victor is preceded by his parents Joseph and Mildred (nee Fernandes), his sisters Ada (Phillip) and Josephine and brothers Emmanuel (Winnie), Mark (Teresa), Fr. Louis and Raymond. Also proceeded by his niece Donna, her husband Caji and his nephew Jason. He is survived by his beloved wife Deanna (nee Sequeira), son Jude (Ruth-Ann), grandchildren Nathaniel and Faith, nephew and nieces Joe (Stephanie), Jeanette (Jocelyn) and Joanna. Grand-nephews and grand-nieces Craig (Farah), Nicole (Jamie), Danielle, Michael and Jeanelle. He shall be fondly remembered by his brother/sisters-in-law Manny Sequira (late Ann), Pam Pereira (late Oscar), Monica Pinto (Clement) and the late Lucy (George Mendonca) and numerous loving family and friends. Victor was a long standing member of Canorient and St. Francis Seniors Club (Toronto) also contributing to the organizations in executive roles. His deep devotion to his faith, his generous and charitable spirit, and above all his warm gentle smile will surely be missed by all. Always ready with a kind word, a joke to tell and quick laugh, he was the embodiment of joy and happiness to his family and friends. Funeral Home: Paul O'connor Funeral Home

News Summary

Return of Goans working overseas will trigger massive unemployment’

26 May: Navhind Times. Admitting that the return of the Goans working abroad, including seafarers to their motherland, following Coronavirus pandemic would result in massive unemployment in the state, NRI Commissioner Narendra Sawaikar (photo) said that the state government would take the issue of unemployment as a challenge and in co-ordination with the Centre find solutions such as economic revival and boosting the industrial sector… “They need to be rehabilitated, but it cannot be achieved overnight,” he observed, pointing out that as the situation unfolds, the solution would come… he said that some of the Goans who have returned to Goa are in a “transition mode”, with their employers in respective countries having assured them jobs after the end of the pandemic… .  For further details click here
26 May: Outlook. Goa returnees: Opposition demands white paper on state's preparedness.  click here
Video: 26 May. Goa 365 TV. Airlift Goans stranded abroad, demands GF, Cong, Seafarers assn click here.

UK: Bake Off The Professionals: Clanny and Ryan are through to Round 2

26 May: Channel 4. 20:00 to 21:00. Episode 2 is at 20:00 on Tuesday 2 June. To watch the first episode online,  For further details click here
26 May: British Baker. Clanny grew up in Goa, where he gained a diploma in patisserie before beginning his professional career. He went on to work aboard cruise ships and would regularly make sugar and chocolate showpieces, eventually settling in London as The Ivy Club's head pastry chef in 2018. Ryan followed a similar path to Clanny and was also raised in Goa. In 2013, he moved to London and has been at The Ivy ever since, becoming head pastry chef in 2019. The pair have made desserts for The Queen, JK Rowling and Prince William.  click here
Check out the Instagram profiles of Ryan Pinheiro and Clanny Rodrigues

In Brief: Covid-19 Goa Tally

27 May: Herald. Train service resumption saw 850% rise in COVID-19 cases in Goa. Number of confirmed coronavirus cases after May 13 has risen to 67 from 7  click here
26 May: Business World. One More COVID-19 Case Reported In Goa, State Tally At 67. India's COVID-19 count touched 138,000 including 77,103 active cases and 4,021 deaths..  click here
26 May: Herald. Has Goa “landed” in trouble? Did the Goan government commit a blunder by allowing flights to land without making testing and quarantine compulsory as other states have done? … click here.

The Goan Doctor and the Plague.

26 May: Herald. By Selma Carvalho. Three Goan doctors inserted themselves in British colonial history for their service during plagues. In 1902, the deadly bubonic plague once again arrived in Nairobi. At first the railway quarters did not suffer casualties...Besides Ribeiro, Dr Acacio Gabriel Viegas in Bombay and Dr Manuel Francisco de Albuquerque in Zanzibar were also honoured...The question arises why Goan doctors were uniquely positioned to detect plagues? 923 words.  For further details click here

Travel News In Brief

27 May: Indian Express. Supreme Court allows Air India to fly without middle seats empty till Jun 6. The bench was hearing an appeal by the Centre and AI challenging the May 22 interim order of the Bombay High Court which had asked Air India to adhere to the Centre’s March 23 circular. The circular had said that allocation of seats be such that a seat is kept empty between two passengers…  For further details click here
26 May: Herald. Air fares fly high as skies open. Passengers will have to burn a hole in their pocket as fares are higher than expected at a time when the world is facing a severe recession …  click here
26 May: Times Now. Goa may have separate procedure for travellers from worst-hit Maharashtra … click here.

Mestiça Women of Goa to be subject of Fulbright grant awarded from Johns Hopkins

26 May: Hub. Fulbright grants have been awarded to 21 students and alumni of Johns Hopkins University… Anna Weerasinghe, a PhD candidate in the history of medicine. Weerasinghe won a grant to pursue research in diverse, underutilized archives in Goa, India on the healing labor of Indian and mestiça women in the early modern Portuguese colonial era, as part of her dissertation on how these women served as cultural intermediaries and medical knowledge-brokers. During her year in the Indian city of Panaji, she looks forward to participating in interdisciplinary seminars at the University of Goa, getting to know fellow distance runners in the Sossegado Runners club, and learning more Marathi and Konkani.  For further details click here
Video: Colloquially Speaking with Anna Weerasinghe. Discussion with Anna Weerasinghe (Johns Hopkins University) about her colloquium paper, “For They Are Women Expert In The Art: Witnessing Women's Medicine in Portuguese Goa, 1608-1611”.  click here

Can’t face your old commute, but won’t ditch the train for a bicycle?

25 May: The Times (UK). Times writers test alternative ways of getting to work, from e-scooters to motorbikes … Ed Potton: My wife winces when I tell her I’m learning to ride a moped… The first time I rode a moped, in Lesbos, I ended up with a flat tyre after unwisely taking my sputtering machine on an off-road safari. The second time, in Goa, I almost collided with a cow and narrowly escaped being lynched. You don’t want to kill a cow in India…  For further details click here



Acknowledgement: Stella Zuzarte of Burnaby, BC, Canada (ex Mombasa, Kampala, Nairobi)

Stella Zuzarte, nee Vas, passed away 10 April 2020. Gemma, Oscar and Carl Braganza would like to thank everyone for their kind condolence wishes on the death of Gemma’s beloved sister Stella. May she Rest in Peace.
For the Stella Zuzarte death notice, click here.

News Summary

15 flights scheduled, but only 3 land in Goa

26 May: Herald. Of the 15 flights that were scheduled to arrive in Goa on Monday, only three landed at the Goa International Airport, Dabolim… The Goa government’s Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) provides three options. The first option includes home quarantining oneself with a 14-day stamp on the hand. The second one is that a person can undergo the test by paying Rs 2,000 and the third option is if a person's COVID-19 tests reports come negative in the last 48 hours then he/she can move out…  For further details click here
24 May: BBC. India: Chaos at airports as domestic flights resume. Long queues and chaos greeted passengers at Indian airports as flights resumed two months after they were halted to help stop the spread of coronavirus. Local media said almost 100 flights were cancelled … Angry passengers say they were not informed ahead of time…  click here

Australia: We’re Goan places

26 May: The West Australian. Page 19. The family company of WA chef Karen Assumption last month sold Goan Cuisine brand and all her family’s secret recipes to a Sydney gourmet food group following the death on March 1 of husband and business partner Bobby D’Silva. The new owners, Matthew and Nick Jinks of Random Harvest, have vowed to launch the distinctive Assumption-D’Silva product to upmarket retailers in Australia and overseas. While Ms Assumption had the credentials of being a senior chef at top-notch restaurants, Mr D’Silva, photo, had been the maker and marketer of sauces, pickles and chutneys based on cuisine from Goa. The business had been run for many years by Mr D’Silva and Ms Assumption’s Goan-born father Henry, a cook and aficionado of the flavoursome cuisine … The products will be exported to the UK’s iconic Harrods department store and then other up-market outlets, including Selfridges & Co. … They will be taking Goan Cuisine overseas to Asia, US, Canada and the UK … 490 words  click here
For another version of the article.,  click here
For the Goan Cuisine website, click here.

Goa’s squash champ among 14 huddled on a ‘khatara’ from Mumbai

25 May: Times of India. After a 75-day ordeal in Birmingham which has emerged as a coronavirus hotspot, Goa’s squash champion Yash Fadte thought his suffering would soon end as he boarded a flight to Mumbai on Saturday. Never did he imagine, though, that his ordeal, along with that of 13 other Goans on the same flight, had only just started. The Junior French Open squash champion landed in Mumbai at 4.30am on an Air India repatriation flight from London. An hour later when he picked up his luggage and had to board a bus was a khatara (rickety)… It was dusty, rusty and unclean. There were no fans, no air-conditioning and the windows did not open and they were asked to pay Rs 5,600 each for the journey to Goa…The poorly-organised trip also threw infection-control measures to the winds…  For further details click here
25 May: Mumbai Mirror. Fifteen residents of Goa who landed in Mumbai from London on Sunday morning were taken aback by the steep fares of MSRTC. Among them was squash player Yash ...  click here
8 Apr: Goan Voice. Stuck in UK, Yash yearns for some Goan Fish Curry … click here.

From flexi hours to flexi location, Companies adapt to post COVID-19 work culture

25 May: Herald. With nearly two months of COVID-19 induced lockdown, companies have realised that they have to adapt to the new norms at work areas… Since its inception in 1999, Open Destinations has successfully implemented their software in over 30 countries, with a system that supports in excess of 85 million searches per day. The company has a combined staff of over 500 people in Goa and about 35 in London (95% of its UK employees are Goans) between the headquarters in London and the development, support and outsourcing centre in Goa … all staff are operating out of home … “We do have issues like power stability and erratic net connectivity but despite that the productivity has been very encouraging. In fact the lost hours faced by these issues has been compensated by our staff members by working extra hours.” … 1192 words.  For further details click here
For the Open Destinations website with details of their Goa and London offices,  click here

Airport cabbies wary of resuming services

24 May: Navhind Times. The taxi operators at Dabolim airport are in a dilemma over resumption of their taxi operations in the backdrop of the central government giving nod to recommence domestic flight operations. The taxi operators have expressed anxiousness over the fact that COVID-19 cases have gone up in the state with people coming in …  For further details click here
Video: 24 May: Goa 365. Goa Miles Taxi service to resume its service, rates reduced…  click here

Sorry plight of Indian seafarers: Neither are they able to sail, nor return home

25 May: Hellenic Shipping News (Cyprus). Ship-management company, Synergy Marine Group, has been waiting in vain since May 12 for government permission to land a chartered flight in Mumbai to bring back 22 Indian seafarers from Denmark… Italian cruise operator Costa Crociere S.p.A. operated three chartered flights to Goa earlier this week to repatriate 414 seafarers from that state. “No fresh charter flight permission was given to shipping companies this week,” Sanjay Prashar, a member of India’s National Shipping Board, said while expressing “absolute disappointment” with the government… What has annoyed Indian seafarers even more is the fact that Filipinos, Sri Lankans and even Burmese, some of whom are not even qualified to man large ships such as very large crude carriers, are flying to join ships as fleet owners/ managers are keen to hire crew who are easily available to keep their ships operational…  For further details click here
25 May: Mer et Marine (France). … In early May, RCI announced that the final destination for the Anthem of the Seas would be Goa, where it should arrive in early June. The company had decided to take its Indian crew members home because India had closed its borders to repatriation, except for those by sea. The Infinity received the same mission with the Indian personnel of Celebrity Cruises, its final destination also being Goa. The two liners will therefore make the trip together …  click here
25 May: New Indian Express. 200 Indian staffers stuck on luxury cruise in Italy for two months … click here.

Migrants in Goa: In Brief

25 May: Scroll. Covid-19 lockdown: For North East workers in Goa, a struggle for dignity and dreams of home. A Hobson’s choice: stay back in Goa and survive on hand-outs or make the long, hard journey back? …  For further details click here
25 May: Herald. Are migrants leaving NEVER to RETURN? Some have decided to say a goodbye to Goa permanently for the “discrimination” they faced in the State.  click here
Video: 24 May: BBC. Death and despair as migrant workers flee cities click here.

Reflections of a river: Oysters, clams return after ages only to be exploited immediately

24 May: Herald. Goa’s appetite for ‘Tisreos’ and ‘Calvam Hadde’ delicacies are threatening its future. Recently, environmentalists were delighted that clams and oysters had returned to the Zuari river bed after a gap of a few years. But their joy was short-lived and soon turned into dismay after locals rushed to the Chicalim-Sancoale bay and other similar areas to collect the tisreos and calvam hadde in large numbers. This overexploitation raised concerns about irreparable damage being caused not only to marine life but also its natural eco-system, which could hamper breeding activity that could lead to their disappearance in the future…  For further details click here
Video: 24 May: Prudent Media. Rampant ‘oyster’ harvesting will lead to extinction of the species: Marine Biologists …  click here

How I went to Goa with a child and realized that I didn’t want to go back there

25 May: Social Media News (Russia). I had already been there before and understood where I was going. I was dissuaded, from everywhere I heard that there is unsanitary conditions, there are no conditions for the child. But I went. I consider Goa as a place to relax with a child … Why do I no longer want to go there with my daughter? The hotels are short of amenities. … In India, it is not customary to clean up frequently. They just have such a mentality. Hindus do not consider daily cleaning mandatory. And the child constantly carries dirt, sand in the room. And no matter how unpretentious tourist I was, I was very uncomfortable… There is no entertainment for children… we had a good rest and were happy. But I do not want to return to Goa yet. 595 words.  click here



Death: Edna Monteiro, Ex Nairobi.

6 May 2020. Canberra, Australia. EDNA RUBERTINA MONTEIRO. Ex Nairobi. Born 16 June 1939. Passed away peacefully. Beloved wife of the late Renato. Daughter of Vincent and Mary Fernandes. Sister to Edgar, Ellen, and the late Egbert. Much loved mother of Malcolm (Anne) and Julian (Nicola). Proud grandmother of Gabriel, Eloise, Marcus and Luca. Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass to be offered for Edna to be held at St Anthony’s of Padua Catholic Church, Sternberg Crescent Wanniassa, ACT, on FRIDAY 29 May 2020 commencing at 11am, followed by burial at Gungahlin Cemetery, Mitchell, ACT.
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Extracts from her Bio: Edna was born in the Kenyan town of Kisumu in 1939. She attended the Dr. Ribeiro Goan School in Nairobi. A keen sportswoman, whose sporting capabilities included athletics and hockey. She represented the school and social clubs at the highest level. In 1983 together with Renato and her sons Malcolm and Julian, they moved to begin a new life in Canberra Australia, where she lived until her sad passing. For full text click here.

News Summary

Goa sees highest spike of 11 COVID cases in a day

25 May: Navhind Times. Even as three more active coronavirus (COVID-19) patients recovered from the disease on Sunday, Goa witnessed the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases with 11 new confirmed cases of the dreaded virus recorded in the last 24 hours. They had travelled to Goa by a train from neighbouring Maharashtra … All the 11 patients have been admitted to the Margao-based designated COVID hospital and their health condition is reported to be ‘stable’… Till date, Goa has seen 66 confirmed cases of COVID-19 of which 47 are currently active and 19 patients have recovered from the disease…  For further details click here
25 May: News 18. Please Don't Come to Goa, Urges CM Pramod Sawant; Says Hotels Shut Due to Covid-19 Lockdown. The Chief Minister also said that nearly 2,000 persons were expected to arrive in Goa by air on Monday, with the Union Ministry for Civil Aviation allowing domestic commercial flights from May 25… click here.

Relief for stranded NRIs as Centre allows travel, with strict conditions

24 May: The ministry has now stated that only those people will be allowed to travel out of India to their destination countries if their visa for that country is valid for at least one year or the passenger is a greencard or OCI (overseas citizen of India) card holder …  For further details click here
24 May: NDTV. India Issues New Procedure For Stranded Indians Who Wish To ReturnThose who wish to return to India will have to register themselves with the Indian missions in that country, the new Standard Operating Protocol said. Priority will be given to compelling cases in distress …  click here
24 May: Indica News. India relaxes restrictions for OCI cardholders; but there is a digital lottery … click here.

Attorney General Suella Braverman and her religious sect are still mired in sex abuse scandal

23 May: Daily Mail (UK). Suella Braverman is one of the bright new stars in the Conservative firmament. This talented woman from a modest background has enjoyed an unprecedented rise since her election as an MP in 2015. As Attorney General, she is the most senior government law officer … Mrs Braverman was raised in North London by parents of Indian origin who emigrated to Britain from Kenya and Mauritius … She would be an obvious candidate for promotion. But there is a fly in her ointment… The problem centres on her membership of a Buddhist sect called Triratna. For years, she has attended meetings and retreats organised by the group, and at one point was considering ‘ordination’: joining its inner core… 2453 words + comments.  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Suella Braverman nee Fernandes, click here.

In Lisbon, the disappointments of a militant figure of anti-racism

23 May: Mediapart (France). Joacine Katar Moreira, a black woman politician has been the object of sharp attacks since her election to the Portuguese Assembly in October, illustrating according to her supporters the incomprehension between anti-racist movements and left parties… The misadventures of Moreira leave a feeling all the more bitter, in the eyes of many militants, that Portugal is being led, these days, by the socialist government of António Costa… Costa, born of a father from Goa, a former Portuguese colony in India, has never really put forward his Métis identity… In 2014, he ran for primary for the PS presidency, facing António Seguro. Supporters of the latter had developed a dubious slogan: "Do not vote in the dark, vote Seguro" ("nāo votes no escuro, vota Seguro") . But the darkness in question also referred to Costa's skin color… Costa seems above all anxious to avoid confrontation and divisions on this sensitive subject… 2182 words.  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Antonio Costa “Proud of my roots in Goa”  click here

Duped by agent in Goa, Ricky Gonsalves stranded in Portugal for 2 years

24 May: The Goan. By Gerard Lobo. Ricky Gonsalves has been stranded In Portugal for two years after allegedly being duped by an agent dealing in Portuguese nationality in the State. His plight came to public attention when his story was aired on a Portuguese TV channel on May 14. Gonsalves said he had gone to London on a dependent visa with his wife in June 2013. He obtained Portuguese nationality in London in October 2013. In 2018 he went to Portugal to renew his passport when authorities in Lisbon informed him of a fault in his process… His wife, Sharon is presently in London, frustrated and depressed …  click here

Seafarers In Brief

24 May: Times of India. Around 1,500 stranded seafarers are expected to arrive directly in Goa via five flights and two ships next week. “Five flights chartered by Costa Cruises, MSC Cruises and P&O cruises are expected to bring 1,000 seafarers from Italy, Portugal and UK to the Goa International Airport… two ships carrying 500 seafarers are also expected next week…  For further details click here
24 May: Herald. Onboard the Mother Ship to the Mother Land. Since the beginning of the lockdown, families of seafarers were worried about how and when their loved ones will be able to return home. While, some of them have managed to come back to Goa, there are still many of them who have not yet completed that journey. Dr Rachana Patni, speaks about the possible psychological state of these seafarers …  click here
25 May: Herald. Seafarers Welfare Fund Society (SWFS) has declared COVID-19 Assistance Scheme for the seafarers with Indian CDC. click here.

In virtual space, netizens plan next holiday to Goa

24 May: Times of India. Goa’s tourism sector may currently be shut due to the novel coronavirus pandemic and resultant lockdown, but the sunshine state’s brand is thriving in the virtual world. Even before flights begin to touchdown in the state, social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are already rife with netizens posting pictures of their earlier holidays in Goa and discussing future plans for a “Goa trip”… Europe has always been Goa’s main source of international tourists, whether it is the British, Germans, Scandanavians or visitors from Ukraine. Russian tourists also form a major chunk of the chartered tourist arrivals in the state that has attained a cult-like status as a tourist destination since the first hippies arrived in Goa decades ago…  For further details click here
24 May: NDTV. Domestic Tourists Will Come, Foreigners Will Take Time": Goa Governor click here.



Death: Sarah Fernandes. Ex. Nairobi
23rd April 2020. Wimbledon, London. SARAH FERNANDES. Loving mother/mother-in-law of Lily/Gabe, Seby, Darryl, Charmaine/Gavin, and Kevin/Suzette. Cherished Grandmother of Giles, Glen/Eloise, Aaron, Curtis and Kane and Great Grandmother of Evangeline. She will be remembered forever for her love of family and friends. Her funeral was attended by her immediate family on Wednesday May 20th. Thank you for your prayers and masses offered and for your condolences. Condolences to: or or

Death: Anne Lawrence
23 May: Dar es Salaam. ANNE LAWRENCE. Wife of the late Julian Lawrence. Due to the Covid-19 Govt regulations, no Church Service only the family members will be attending the funeral at Kinondoni cemetery at 4pm. May her soul rest in peace. Amen. [Info: Goans Tanzanite]

News Summary

MLA urges Govt to bring back Goan students from UK

23 May: Herald. Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginaldo Lourenco (photo) has requested the State and Central governments to pursue the return of several Goan students, especially female, pursuing higher studies in United Kingdom, who are stranded due to Pandemic coronavirus lockdown. Reginaldo has requested for their early evacuation through repatriation flights for Indian citizens.,, Reginaldo wrote “Many Goan students who are pursuing their higher studies in UK especially females along with their parents/guardians in Goa have approached me and requested me to appeal to our Indian authorities in India and in UK for getting them back to Goa through repatriation flights for Indian citizens. I have submitted a list with details of four stranded Goan nursing students of KLE Belgaum studying in UK,” Reginaldo stated…  For further details click here
22 May: Republic World. Over 16500 Britons Sent to UK from India; UK Govt Thanks India For 'complex Operation'  click here

Travel News In Brief

23 May. NDTV. International Flights May Start "Even By Middle June". India’s Aviation Minister. Hardeep Singh Puri also said he did not understand the need to quarantine domestic air passenger who show "green" status on the contact-tracing app  For further details click here
24 May: The Hindu. Travellers to Goa will have to choose between Rs 2,000 COVID test and quarantine Domestic air passengers landing in Goa will be given two options — of getting tested for COVID-19 by paying ₹2,000 or a 14-day home quarantine stamp.  click here
24 May Herald. ‘Arriving travellers facing problems of ‘acceptance’ in State’… now residents of the State also appear unwilling to accept the arriving travellers in their neighbourhoods… click here.

COVID-19 In Brief

23 May: Time. As New China Cases of COVID-19 Drop to Zero, Infections Skyrocket in India and Latin America… Concerns are rising in India, where new cases showed another record jump Saturday, topping 6,000 for a second consecutive day as a two-month lockdown has eased.  For further details click here
Video: 23 May: Prudent Media. Rohan Khaunte & Michael Lobo lock horns with each other over quarantine facility issue  click here
23 May: Times of India. Michael Lobo hits back at Rohan Khaunte over ‘quarantine’ jibe click here.

Berlin’s Kitkat club inspired by Goa

22 May: Der Tagesspiegel (Germany). Simon Thaur and Kirsten Krüger have been running the Kitkat, Berlin's most legendary club, as a couple for 26 years. Insights into nights that have become unimaginable. At the moment the Kitkat - like all clubs - is closed… Simon Thaur, 59, a wiry bald man with an intense look, and his partner Kirsten Krüger, 53, is a waking little woman with a creaking timbre … It is the unbridled hedonism that has made the club so legendary… Simon Thaur says, “At 17, I left home to become a professional musician, it didn't work out so I spent years traveling around the world, seven times in India, and also spent a long time in Greece, Israel , Italy and England … In 1992 we went to Goa together. There were a lot of freaks, we tried to set up a no-limit party - actually an orgy… But then nobody came, nobody dared to leave the house somehow. I tried that a second time, and the third time it even worked because it was an ecstasy party - but that was too stupid for me… 4614 words.  click here
Go Out: The founders were influenced by the atmosphere of the sunrise beach parties in Goa in the late 1980s …  click here
Daily Mirror (UK). Video: Inside KitKat Club Berlin … click here.

Goa’s Migrant Workers Tried To Hold On, But Are Now Desperate To Go Home

23 May: Huffington Post. By Pamela D'Mello. Thousands of migrant workers, living across Goa in small-room tenements, on construction sites, hotels, restaurants, shacks and industrial estates have suffered through the state’s messy lockdown, with police using batons to enforce stay-at-home orders. Many of these workers tried to stay back for as long as they could, but are now looking for any mode of transport back home, even attempting to walk thousands of kilometres to north Indian states. They are desperate due to lack of money, have lost trust in the administration and fear they will be forced to stay back under pressure from the construction and industrial lobby… 1951 words.  For further details click here
24 May: Herald. The abnormal new normal is here. As literally the entire labour and boots on the ground workforce leaves Goa, the state will have to add another item to the growing list of abnormalities which will become normal- functioning without hands to till the land, pluck produce on the trees, bring in the fish catch, deliver bread and so on…  click here
24 May: Herald. Had this been poll time, 1000s of buses would ferry migrants … click here.

Goans try backyard farming in the lockdown

23 May: Times of India. The lockdown gave everyone enough time to do what they really like to pursue — especially those who wanted to test their gardening skills. Irfhan and Bhagyashree Shaikh have been supplying seeds to people who want to grow veggies. They tell us that the number of people approaching them to buy seeds has grown by 50%. “We have people from all age groups ordering seeds — kids and students to the middle-aged and even the elderly. The best part is that most of them have started growing veggies for the first time,” says Irfan…  For further details click here

Outsider celeb’s rant, or a citizen’s voice?

23 May: Herald. Yesteryear actor and model Pooja Bedi, who now lives in Goa and states that her fiancé is Goan, presented her “views” about the general absence of hygiene in the place where she was quarantined after she entered Goa by road from Mumbai, through a video post. Was this a celebrity rant who or was it that of a citizen concerned about the state of affairs at these centres? …  click here
22 May: India TV News. Inside photos of Pooja Bedi's Goa home where she is quarantining with fiance Maneck Contractor  click here
Video: Times of India. Times of India. Pooja Bedi talks about dealing with the pandemic and the lockdown in a humane way click here.

Casinos: Delta Corp: A pocket full of aces

23 May: Fortune. … Three of these six gaming ships on the Mandovi are owned by one company: Mumbai-based Delta Corp… It’s founder and chairman Jaydev Mody, 64, has assiduously built a ₹800-crore gaming empire … Delta acquired land worth ₹140 crore near the upcoming airport, but there is a lack of “political will” to see the project through, says Mody. “We are now thinking of building an electronic casino (which is allowed under the current policy), a water park, banquets, and retail on this land,” he adds… 2129 words.  For further details click here


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India allows 4 categories of OCI cardholders to travel to India

22 May: The Week. In a first step towards opening up of international travel, the Centre has revised visa and travel restrictions for Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cardholders to visit the country. Travel for OCI cardholders in four categories has been allowed. This includes minor children born to Indian nationals abroad; OCI cardholders who wish to come to India on account of family emergencies like death in the family; couples where one spouse is an OCI cardholder and the other is an Indian national and they have a permanent residence in India; and university students who are OCI cardholders (not legally minors) but whose parents are Indian citizens living in India…  For further details click here

Video: Pre-Portuguese Goa You Hardly Know - Prof Prajal Sakhardande

22 May: IndiTales. A walk through the pre-historic and historic Goan landscape. In a conversation with your host Anuradha Goyal, Prof Prajal Sakhardande takes us through the ancient Goa when its valleys settled on the banks of Madhei, Zuari and Kushavati rivers, through its oldest aboriginal culture, petroglyphs, and ancient temples.  For further details click here
Prajal teaches history at Dempe college of Arts and Science in Goa, is a heritage activist and part of Goa Heritage Action Group. He is the author of Goa Gold Goa Silver - covering the history of Goa from pre-historic times to 2019. Check out his book on Amazon -  click here
You can read about a lot of places mentioned in this talk on IndiTales blog - click here.

Bake Off: The Professionals 2020 new series is on Channel 4 TV

22 May: iNews (UK). Twelve new teams try to impress judges Benoit Blin and Cherish Finden in a series of challenges that make the regular Bake Off look like child's play. The first episode airs on Tuesday 26 May at 9pm on Channel 4… The Ivy - Clanny and Ryan: Everyone has heard of The Ivy, which means Clanny and Ryan come into the competition with high expectations. They both grew up in Goa and are both head pastry chefs, Clanny at Ivy Club and Ryan at The Ivy's main restaurant…  click here
Radio Times: Having made desserts for The Queen, JK Rowling and Prince William, Clanny and Ryan believe they can handle any pressure Cherish and Benoit throw at them!  click here
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News In Brief

22 May: Sputnik (Russia). Video: Man Rescues Cobra with Bare Hands in India's Mini 'Las Vegas'  For further details click here
22 May: Times of India. With inter-state export hit, good quality mancurad mangoes treating Goans … This has also resulted in lower prices of all variants of this summer fruit. Mancurad: Rs 150 – 300 half dozen; Alphonso: Rs 80 per kg …  click here
22 May: Vogue. 10 restaurants offering delivery and takeaway services in Goa. We’ve got you covered with our list of all-time favourites and trendy eateries delivering to your home click here.

COVID opportunity for Goans

22 May: Herald. By Blaise Costabir (photo). … COVID-19 can be a blessing in disguise for Goa, lots of Goans are going to return from, other parts of India, the Gulf, cruise ships and yes, even UK. They have seen the value of hard work and life in Goa is not as stressful or cramped. So, here is an opportunity to fill in the void created by the exodus of migrant labour and make the best of the moment. If Goans delay or avoid it, be sure opportunity will not come twice. We crib Goans do not get opportunity, now it has presented itself, are we ready to take it. Time Will Tell. Stay Safe, not necessarily at home.  For further details click here
22 May: Prudent Media. In this special episode we chat with Blaise Costabir, Chairman-CII Goa Council on the challenges for the industry due to migrant labourers returning back to their home town and what implications will the new labour laws mean for them…  click here

Seafarers in Brief

22 May: Business Line. Sorry plight of Indian seafarers: Neither are they able to sail, nor return home. Ship management company, Synergy Marine Group, has been waiting in vain since May 12 for government permission to land a chartered flight in Mumbai to bring back 22 Indian seafarers from Denmark… To utilise capacity fully, Synergy even offered 40 seats for free to Indian nationals looking to return from Denmark. “We are still waiting for the Indian government to give us landing permission,” they say …  For further details click here
22 May: Times of India. Locals say no to quarantine facilities in residential areas. Residents of Anjuna-Caisua are the latest to jump onto the ‘not in my backyard’ bandwagon objecting to Goan seafarers being quarantined at a hotel in their village…  click here
22 May: Times of India. ‘Quarantine tourism new concept in Goa’ … “Paid quarantine for our own Goans is absolutely unacceptable when we have allowed home quarantine for non-Goans,” Khaunte said click here.

Football: In Brief

22 May: Gulf News (UAE). Former India midfielder Jules Dias (photo) urges strength in depth for future. Former India footballer Jules Alberto Dias has urged authorities to continue stressing the sustained development of a wider pool of players needed to eventually build a strong national team. Dias — who was the lone goalscorer in India’s shock and only victory over the UAE at a packed Stadium in Bengaluru on April 8, 2001 in a 2002 World Cup qualifier — is convinced the nation’s football team can do much better… Since retiring from football, Dias moved to the UK in 2006 …  For further details click here
22 May: (UK). Romeo Fernandes trying to rebuild a career that derailed after his Brazil stint. Former FC Goa star Romeo Fernandes rose to prominence in the opening two seasons of the Indian Super League (ISL) along-side his Dempo team-mate Mandar Rao Dessai… Romeo created history when he made his much anticipated professional debut in Brazil for Atletico Paranaense at home to Nacional PR in the last round of the Campeonato Paranaense, which is the top league in the state of Parana.  click here
21 May: ESPN (India). FC Goa welcome Juan Ferrando, the 'football obsessed' coach with ties to Barcelona and Arsene Wenger … click here.

Cricket: Swapnil Asnodkar, Shane Warne’s ‘Goan Cannon’

21 May: Wisden. Aadya Sharma speaks to Swapnil Asnodkar, the unlikely go-to man for Shane Warne in Rajasthan Royals’ surprise win in the inaugural IPL 2008… Warne squeezed every ounce out of his domestic players, overseeing the rise of the ‘Goan Cannon’ as Asnodkar was nicknamed. It is said that decades ago, over a thousand cast-iron cannons adorned the walls of Goa. The Royals needed just a pint-sized one to do damage… Asnodkar teamed up with Graeme Smith to form one of IPL’s most unlikely opening pairs. He scored 311 runs at 34.95 at a strike-rate of 133.47… “Everyone back in Goa was shocked,” Asnodkar tells Wisden India. “They had never seen me hit a six. I was asked what had happened to me, and how was I smashing world-class bowlers!” … Now a coach, Asnodkar vows to pass on what he learnt from Warne to the next generation.  For further details click here
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Death: Joseph Rattos. Ex Nairobi, Kenya. Benaulim, Goa
20th May 2020: Leicester U.K. JOSEPH RATTOS Died peacefully aged 73 years after a long illness. Beloved brother to Joanita, Bridget, Julie, Xavier, Henry, Louisa, Elvina, and Priscilla. Joseph attended St Theresa’s boy’s school in Nairobi Kenya, before moving to the U.K. The family would like to thank everyone for their kind thoughts, prayers, and condolences at this difficult time. Messages of condolence to

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21 May: Republic World. Coronavirus Count In Goa Goes Up By Two. With a couple who arrived in Goa by train testing positive on Thursday, the number of active coronavirus cases in the state went up to 45.  For further details click here
20 May: Manorama. The curious case of OCIs. When India closed its external borders in March to foreign nationals, OCIs were denied the privilege of coming back to India. Was it an oversight?  click here
21 May: Navhind Times. ‘Work from home’ not working for Goa’s IT firms. The option of working from home is not working for local IT firms, as there has been a significant drop in productivity. click here.

Seafarers Homecoming In Brief

20 May: Times of India. Seamen threaten hunger strike. Fearful of losing their jobs due to the state government pressurising shipping company owners to pay for the 14-day quarantine, the group further threatened to undertake a chain hunger strike … Some shipping companies have already told Goan seafarers that they will not re-employ them as the Goa government is unnecessarily charging quarantine fees…  For further details click here
20 May: Times of India. Bus with Sailors meets with protest …  click here
Editorial: 22 May: Herald. Goans need to drop “not in my backyard” attitude. The repatriation of seafarers has already divided the citizens. click here.

Catholic News in Brief

21 May: Catholic News Agency. Around the globe, Catholics hope papal Mass online will continue. After the Vatican stopped livestreaming Pope Francis’ daily Masses this week … While some countries in Europe are easing their lockdowns, Catholics in India, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, England, Switzerland, and other countries remain without access to public Mass…  For further details click here
21 May: Religious News Service. From his kitchen in a suburb of North Mumbai, 50-year-old Catholic priest Warner D’Souza preaches across a kitchen counter laden with garden-fresh vegetables and finely ground spices for a one-pot meal. The minihomily is a prelude to an episode of his YouTube program, “Food for the Soul,” a series of lockdown lessons about food and spirituality…  click here
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Editorial: Keep Goa’s Gates Closed

22 May: Navhind Times. The Centre has decided to restart public transport in a limited way… While it would help thousands of people stuck up in various parts of the country to reach home, fears have been expressed that these people returning home could bring the virus and infect others… Goa has seen a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases over the last week, with 44 new cases having been reported all of which were imported by people who came back to the state from other parts of the country or from abroad, an overwhelming majority of them being Goans. With limited medical and critical care facilities Goa cannot afford a spurt in coronavirus cases… Only persons of Goan origin should be allowed to come to the state from other states or other countries … The state has to keep its gates closed for all others, until the coronavirus has been contained within its boundaries and other parts of the world. 732 words.  For further details click here

Doctor who raised concerns over PPE shortage admitted to mental hospital

21 May: BBC. An Indian doctor who was suspended after raising concerns about a shortage of masks is again in the spotlight after officials committed him to a mental hospital. Dr Sudhakar Rao, an anaesthetist with 20 years of experience, made national headlines over the weekend for the second time in two months. The videos show a confusing chain of events from Saturday. Dr Rao is first seen shirtless, sitting inside his car by the side of the road, and screaming at police. In another video, he is lying on the road with his hands tied behind his back as a constable hits him with a baton… In what is likely to be the last video, officers bundle the doctor into an auto rickshaw in front of bewildered onlookers… On 3 April, Dr Rao, who works at a government hospital, told media that doctors weren't being given adequate protective gowns and masks… 845 words  click here
22 May: Metro (UK). Doctor in Indian PPE row bundled off to mental unit ...  click here
For a different point of view, click here.

Vogue Warriors: Meet the sisterhood of essential workers at this Goa supermarket

21 May: Vogue. At Goa’s AJ supermarket, an all-female team has been working through the lockdown, even as they fight panic buying during the pandemic … “I’ve never seen our stock disappear so fast,” recalls Pramila Subhash Palyekar (25), who has been working as the cashier at AJ, a women-run supermarket in Goa’s Siolim, for a year now. “We usually close at 8pm, but at that time there were so many people that even after the shutters were down, we had people inside till 9pm,” she adds… Things only got busier when on April 1, supermarkets like AJ reopened… “Only five customers were allowed at one time, and with a time limit of 10 minutes inside the store,” says the store manager, Gayatri Vishal Shirodkar (33)… 1139 words.  For further details click here

Moving musical tribute to Goa’s COVID warriors inspired by serving cop

21 May: Herald. It's a tough job being a guardian of the peace. It can harden you and turn you into a copy of the very men and women one is forced to arrest. To retain one's humanity and be moved by others suffering or by the work done by others is just great. DySP Edwin Colaco has just written and released a song commending the efforts of the medical professionals and the police for their efforts in battling COVID 19. The song Mhoji Maim, Mhojem Goem which was released by the CM Pramod Sawant on Tuesday has already caught the fancy of the people of Goa with over four thousand hits in less than twenty-four hours…  For further details click here
Video: Mhoji Maim Mhojem Goem  click here

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