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Death: Ludwina Mundin

13 Nov. 2018. Rochester, Kent. It is with deepest sadness we inform the sad demise of LIDWINA (LIDDY) MUNDIN (ex-Nairobi/Rochester, Kent) who had been taken to heavenly abode on 13/11/2018. She was beloved daughter of late Seby and late Salvacao Desa (Nairobi), Loving mother of David, Dearest sister of Antonette (UK), Philomena (Nairobi), Josefina (UK), Felix (UK) and Christo (Nairobi), Sister-in-law of Louie, Myrtle and Jenet. Most affectionate aunt of Daniella, Gabriella, Adam, Nicole and Aaron. She was niece to many uncles and aunties in Goa and Bombay. Her funeral service will be held on Monday 3/12/2018 at 11am at The Catholic Church Of The English Martyrs, 37 Frindsbury Rd, Rochester, ME2 4JA followed by burial at St. Margaret's cemetery, Maidstone Rd, Rochester ME1 3DD. The Wake from 1:30pm at Bridgewood Manor, near Bluebell Hill, Walderslade Woods, Chatham ME5 9AX. In lieu of flowers please donate to Cancer Research UK. Please RSVP for catering purposes and condolences to or Jenet at 07950739788

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How to book a flight this Christmas that doesn’t cost the earth

16 Nov: The Independent (UK). Fancy spending Christmas on the beach? Read on to find how … When it comes to getting the best deal for your Christmas break, timing is everything. Travel site Kayak tells i that savings of a massive 66 per cent can be made by flying at the beginning of the week, rather than on a weekend… Outbound flights on a Tuesday or Wednesday and returns on a Monday or Tuesday are often much cheaper. Late night and early morning flights also tend to be more economical… Jack Sheldon, founder of flight-hacking site Jack’s Flight Club, recommends looking to charter and package holiday companies, such as TUI and Thomas Cook, for last minute deals. “They often have some extra seats left from their package holiday sales and tend to let them go for a very reasonable price,” he tells i. “If you look today, you can see some examples of these. We found a two-week trip to Phuket from Manchester over Christmas at £299 return, and another option to Goa at £315 return.”  For further details click here

Goa set to restrict the right of locals to gamble at casinos next year

16 Nov: European Gaming (EU). There are set to be rather dramatic changes in the Indian state of Goa next year, following an announcement that only tourists are set to be able to gamble in the state’s casinos. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said over the weekend that government is aiming to restrict locals on account of gambling ruining the society. Opposition parties and civil society organisations have long called for a ban on local gambling at Goa’s casinos, and the move doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Speaking on the ban, Parrikar stated: “as a policy, Goans will not be permitted to enter the casino’s playing areas and only visiting tourists shall be permitted”…  For further details click here

Goa Tourism News

17 Nov: The Hindu. Explore Goa through electric cycles. The next time you go to Goa, you will have the option of experiencing its culture and history through cycling… At present there are 50 bikes on offer across three categories: Easy Bike, City Bike and Adventure Bike… At present the four tours explore Panjim, Divar Island and Old Goa. All tours are between three to four hours long and will have at most five people…  For further details click here
16 Nov: Times of India. This is why Goa’s Fontainhas should not be skipped this winter …  click here
16 Nov: Brighter Kashmir. Make tourists feel safe in Goa … click here.

Smoke, But No Fire

19 Nov: India Today. By Joanna Lobo. A series about drugs in Goa will feature standard characters: Russians, Kashmiris, Nigerians and corrupt government workers and police. Eros Now’s new show, Smoke, is predictable in its treatment of the issue, but is elevated by good acting and stunning cinematography. Directed by Neil Guha, the web series goes into the politics and functioning of Goa’s drug-laden underbelly… There’s a bit of hilarity (possibly only for Goans) in seeing an honest CM and in the few badly pronounced Konkani expletives. Beyond this, there’s very little Konkani or a significant Goan presence… Smoke is a well-shot series and uses Goa’s natural beauty as an idyllic backdrop. The series released on October 26.  For further details click here
Video: Smoke trailer. 1m. 46s.  click here
Watch ll episodes of Smoke, click here.

India’s pollution refugees: People are fleeing Delhi because of the smoggy air

15 Nov: Washington Post. Deepikah Bharadwaj escaped from New Delhi to Goa in 2016. She says, “I feel bad that I cannot go back to my home city, ever.” Bharadwaj is part of a small but growing contingent of what might be called pollution refugees … Mayur Sharma and his wife, Michelle Cornman decided to move to Goa. Now the family lives at the end of a quiet street in the Goan town of Porvorim… Tracy Shilshi quit her job as a television journalist and moved in April with her husband, children and parents to the southern part of Goa. Her son’s nasal issues cleared up within a week, as did her father’s cough… “This kind of migration out for people who can afford it, I think it’s right at the beginning,” said Vindhya Tripathi, a self-described pollution refugee living in Goa… Her home sits on a hill above the Mapusa River with a view of a wide green valley… It may take a half a decade or more for the air to improve, but “there’s nothing that can’t be done,” said Mrida Joshi, 37, as she sat on the veranda of her home in a small Goan village… 1302 words.  For further details click here

A Goan adventure of stunning beach fashion

16 Nov: Herald. Gorgeous collections by prominent designers were part of the mesmerising show at the 6th Edition of India Beach Fashion Week held on November 14 and 15. The event portrayed unique collections for beach wear, resort wear, cruise and destination wedding wear… an enormous presentation by brands and designers …  For further details click here
15 Nov: Outlook. Marks & Spencer Unveil its Latest ‘Holiday Shop’ AW 2018 Collection. The collection showcased at the 6th India Beach Fashion Week in Goa Delhi, India (NewsVoir) Marks & Spencer (M&S), the iconic British retailer, launched its all new ‘holiday shop’ collection at the 6th India Beach Fashion Week in Goa …  click here

Minister, private agency spar over cleanliness of Goa beaches

15 Nov: CanIndia News. Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar accused a private beach management agency of discontinuing its beach cleaning services when the tourism season is just about gathering steam. The agency in question, Drishti Marine, has however maintained they had stopped the cleaning up of beaches, after their work contract with the Tourism Ministry ended earlier this month. “The Department of Tourism will work out solutions within a day or two and cleaning of important beaches will be undertaken on top priority immediately,” Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar said in a statement issued here on Thursday. He also said that a tender had already been floated for appointment of a new beach cleaning agency. For now, Ajgaonkar said, labourers would be deployed on the state’s important beaches to clean-up the debris on the sand stretches, which are immensely popular with tourists…  For further details click here
16 Nov: Herald. It’s another mess with the beach cleaning services …  click here
17 Nov: Herald. Give us the contract says the Goan Seamen Association of India … click here.

A Russian Guide to living in Goa

15 Nov: Moscow Evening Times. In the season, from November to March, there are so many Russians in Goa that, no matter where you are, you will definitely meet your own, light-skinned, sweaty from the heat, with piercings or in dreadlocks. Those who travel to India from winter to winter call Goa the 86th state of the Russian Federation. Why this country turned from an exotic country into a dacha favourite by Russians, the special correspondent of Evening Times decided to find out personally. Do you want to live well - come on! … We had driving licence. In Goa, it does not bother anyone - most of the visitors drive without a licence, a helmet and often drunk. For two hundred rupees, the police will let go and bless... 3087 words.  For further details click here
For a link to a machine translation to the article, click here.


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Meet our new Sponsors: A&G Event Experts

A&G Event Experts was born out of a desire to create something very special, focusing on making dreams come true. It is their obsession to make things happen. Nothing is too small. At A&G they will go that extra mile to deliver with attention to detail and innovation for every event that they undertake. They will endeavour to give you the tailor-made unforgettable experience you need from Private to Corporate Events all within your budget and timescale. The company, registered in London, UK, specializes in weddings and all special celebrations in various destinations, the key ones being UK, Goa and Italy, with 30 to 300 guests, even more if required.
Being Goans at heart they have created a special portfolio for Goan Weddings and Parties. They will create the whole Goan package which includes venue finding, authentic cuisine to fine dining standards, decor, live bands, drinks and anything Goan you can think of but at a global standard. A& G is run by two senior Industry Professionals: Antonio Fernandes FIH initiated, involved and actioned many FIRSTS in GOA including the first pastry/food shop, Chinese Restaurant, English Bar, Mega Children Parties with Live Bands, and both Domestic and International Flight Catering and the biggest entertainment shows in South Goa. In the UK he is a Hospitality Manager and has been both Executive Councillor and London Chairman of the Institute of Hospitality (Biggest Association of Hospitality Managers Worldwide). Gabriel Fernandes is a Chartered Accountant and has travelled the world working with the biggest oil service companies, will ensure that everything is to highest professional standards and within your budget.
Meet them at the Boxing Day Dine and Dance event on Wednesday 26 December 2018 in London. Details in Goan Voice Forthcoming Events. For the A&G Event Experts website with photo gallery, testimonials and contact details, click here.

Video: Irish lawyer arrested after ranting at Air India as she flew to Heathrow

15 Nov: Daily Mail UK). Simone O’Broin (pictured), 50, was arrested after she was caught on camera shouting abuse at male and female cabin crew and demanding another glass of wine. This is the international lawyer filmed ranting at Air India staff on a Mumbai to London flight … She calls the female crewmember an 'Indian f***ing moneygrabbing b*****d' … Belfast-born Ms O’Broin was understood to be on her way home from a two month break in Goa … 1302 words + 100’s of comments  For further details click here
Video: 15 Nov: Economic Times. Air India: Drunk Irish woman abuses, spits on Air India crew …  click here
Video: 15 Nov: Tarun Shukla on Twitter. [Warning: explicit language] 2m. 20s. click here.

Canada: Carl Rodrigues: Foreign tech brings cash and jobs, but at what price?

15 Nov: Critics say big tech is using Canada as a colonial outpost, sucking up talent and siphoning off the benefits … Carl Rodrigues, chief executive of SOTI Inc., says talent is so tight in Canada his Mississauga software company is expanding its Ireland office and hiring 150 workers overseas… “You can’t find that talent in Canada because your government is bringing in all these foreign entities who have amazing brand names,” said Carl Rodrigues, chief executive of SOTI Inc., a Mississauga company that makes software to connect mobility devices and internet-connected sensors… Last month, the company announced plans to expand its Ireland office, hiring 150 workers overseas…  For further details click here
29 Oct: Global Newswire. SOTI CEO Carl Rodrigues Named EY Entrepreneur Of The Year …  click here

Suella Braverman [nee Fernandes] resigns government role in opposition to Theresa May’s Brexit deal

15 Nov: Brits in Kenya. Suella Braverman, Tory MP for Fareham, has resigned as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Existing the European Union. The Conservative MP, who has a Kenyan [father], was born in Harrow and grew up in Wembley… In her letter to the Prime Minister, Theresa May, she said: “It has, in many ways, been my dream job. However, I find myself unable to support the deal agreed yesterday by Cabinet. It is therefore with deep regret that I tender my resignation.” …  For further details click here

Altar servers experience Jesus closely during Mass: Goa’s Archbishop

15 Nov: The Goan. Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao has advised altar servers to be always close to Jesus, as they have the privilege to experience Him closely during the Eucharistic celebration. Archbishop Ferrao was delivering his message during the Eucharistic celebration at the All Goa Altar Servers’ day on November 10-11, organised by the Vocation Commission for the Diocesan Clergy (VCDC), in association with the Diocesan Houses of Formation at the St Joseph Vaz Spiritual Renewal Centre in Old Goa. Around 260 altar servers, both boys and girls from around 50 parishes of Goa participated in the programme on the theme “Come and Discover.” The archbishop also interacted with the altar servers during the event.  For further details click here

Luke Coutinho - Making Lifestyle The New Religion

14 Nov: Yahoo. Luke Coutinho is amongst the most sought after holistic nutritionists specialising in the field of integrative and lifestyle medicine. He is the recipient of several awards including the Middle-Eastern Leadership Health award, Vogue Best Nutritionist of the Industry – 2018, amongst others. He has a global presence with an enviable list of clienteles that include celebrities from the filmdom and even royal families around the world. Luke and his team of doctors and nutritionists design personalized wellness plans with a holistic approach towards prevention, weight and disease management. His expertise lies in cancer care. I spoke to Luke on his work, illnesses plaguing people, diet fads, tryst with healing cancer and more… He says, “I have a science background, and did most of my studies in Goa. I continue to study lifestyle medicine and research papers from all over the world”…  For further details click here
For the Luke Coutinho website,  click here
Video: For the Luke Coutinho You Tube channel, click here.

India liberalises the visa processes to boost tourism

15 Nov: Goa Spotlight. India has a robust visa regime to facilitate smooth entry, stay and movement of foreigners in India for legitimate purposes while ensuring the security of the country. During the last one year, the MHA has taken a series of steps to liberalize the visa process in India… The number of foreigners who visited India on e-visa has gone up from 4.47 lakhs in 2015 to 17.00 lakhs in 2017… E-visa is now available for five categories i.e. (i) Tourist, (ii) Business (iii) Medical (iv) Conference and (v) medical attendant. The local FRRO has been empowered now to extend duration of electronic visas beyond 60 days up to 90 days. Moreover, these e-visas can now be availed three times in one year against twice in a year earlier. For foreigners who are already in an online e-FRRO facility has now been launched throughout the country…  For further details click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sun. 18 Nov. Union of Navelim (UK) will be celebrating our 39th Feast at Richard Challoner School, Manor Drive North, New Malden KT3 5PE. Come and join us in celebrating our Feast commencing with Mass at 12:00noon sharp, followed by an afternoon/evening of celebration and dancing to the fabulous music of Rainbow's End. Tickets are inclusive of snacks and a hot meal. Dress Code: Formal/Smart, No Jeans and Trainers. For the flyer with full details, click here.

Sun. 25 Nov: Fr. Agnelo's Day at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy @ 1.30pm. 91st Commemoration Mass. Celebrants: Most Rev. Felipe Neri Ferrao, Archbishop of Goa & Daman and Rt. Rev. Patrick Lynch SSCC, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark

Sun 2 Dec: East London & Essex Goans invites you to St Francis Xavier’s Feast. Mass at 12 pm followed by social until 8pm. Venue: Fords Sports Club, Aldborough Road South, Newbury Park, Essex IG3 8HG (Entrance between houses 170 and 172). Tickets: Members £14; Guests £16; Children (aged 5-16) £6; Under 4 years Free (No meal) or £6 with meal. Catering by Maggie's Kitchen. Music by Treble Makers Band. Dress Code: Strictly Formal. Licensed Bar at reduced rates. All tickets purchased after 25 November 2018 will be £18 so book early! For more information contact: Raymond Carvalho (President) 07963950814; Audrey Lewis (Comm. Member) 020 8514 2784; Gerry Ferrao (Treasurer) 020 8220 6956; Louisa Travasso (Comm. Member) 020 8252 6063; Joyce Travasso (Social Secretary) 020 8478 8815; Savio D’Souza (Comm. Member) 07918693920; Paul Travasso (Comm. Member) 020 8478 8815. For the flyer, click here

Sun 9 Dec. G.O.A. St Francis Xavier's Feast, The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS, 2pm to 8pm, Contact Bella Fernandes 07949233307 or Ravi Vaz 07909927539. For the flyer, click here.

Wed. 26 Dec: A&G Event Experts, The Premier Hospitality Events Management Company is organising The Boxing Day Dine and Dance on Wednesday 26 December 2018 from 1400 hrs to 2100hrs at Pope John Centre Hall, behind Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, Heston Road, TW5 0RL. Allwyn-High Level will perform on the day. Tickets are at reasonable rates £14.00 per head. To book them please contact Gabriel 07424318717/ or Antonio 07780797967 Dress Smart/Formal (strictly no jeans or trainers). Rights of Admission reserved. The Company also has complete Goan Party/Wedding Special Packages starting at £50.00 per head and £60.00 per head with drinks at great venues. This packages includes Snacks and Dinner, Top Goan band, Decor, Hall and the MC, The key is booking early because the best venues get sold out. 2019/2020 we have still some of the top ones available. For the 26 Dec. event flyer, click here. For Later Events See



Death: Justin Dourado

29 Oct 2018: Walthamstow, London. JUSTIN DOURADO. Born 17/09/1942 in Kitale, ex Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya. Passed away Suddenly & Peacefully on the 29th Oct 2018. Son of the late Antonio Filipe and Maria (Juliana) Dourado. Brother to Aklin, Tony, William, Johnny and Joyce.
Funeral Details: Thursday 22nd November 2018, 12.30pm. Venue: Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 15 Peebles Way, Leicester, LE4 7ZB. Followed by a Crematorium service; Gilroes Cemetery and Crematorium, Groby Road, Leicester, LE3 9QG. A reception will then take place at the Our Lady of Good Counsel Church hall (LE4 7ZB). The family is organising a coach from London on a first come served basis. For coach enquiries, confirmation of attendance for catering purposes and condolences please contact Maria - Email:

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When Nehru spoke to India through Goa: 1963 revisited

14 Nov: Times of India. As the nation celebrates yet another birth anniversary of the architect of modern India, the speech that he delivered in Panaji on May 22, 1963, exactly a year before his death is as timeless and relevant as it can be … then came his classic quote on Goa. “I have felt for a long time that Goa had a distinctive personality, and it would be a pity if anything were done to take away that personality. It may be that gradually time and other factors will bring about changes, but it is not for the government to enforce changes that will affect Goa’s personality-….Goa can develop as it likes within the framework of India and thus add to the richness of India.” … 676 words.  For further details click here
Video: 14 Nov: Goa 365 tv. Nehru's 129th birth anniversary observed …  click here

Chief Secretary directed to attend hearing on Shiroda land case

15 Nov: Herald. Goa Lokayukta Justice P K Misra on Wednesday directed the Chief Secretary to remain present on November 23 to record his statement in connection with the Rs 70 crore land deal involving former Shiroda MLA Subhash Shirodkar. The Chief Secretary has been further directed to bring all the records pertaining to the land acquisition… Adv Aires Rodrigues (Photo) in his complaint has drawn the attention of the Lokayukta as to how Shirodkar, who resigned as MLA on October 16 and joined BJP, has benefitted from the land acquisition in collusion with the government’s gross act of maladministration…  For further details click here
14 Nov: News 18. Goa: Tourism Minister booked in land grab case The Goa Police on Friday booked Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar for land grab… The order followed a petition by lawyer-activist Aires Rodrigues, who has claimed that Parulekar, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislator from the Saligao assembly constituency, had illegally encroached on 599-square metres of prime land …  click here

10 of the best destinations to head to this December

14 Nov: Evening Standard (London). While the festive season can be a busy time, that’s all the more reason to take yourself away from the festive parties and go on a pre-Christmas holiday…. 4. Goa, India: India’s most liberal region, Goa, doesn’t do Christmas by halves. In the lead up to the festive holiday, you’ll find a number of street stalls filled with bright and sparkling Christmas decorations, tinsel hanging from every nook and fairy lights adorning the streets… on the streets you’ll find a mix of Indian and Portuguese colonial architecture. The fish curries here are a must-try as is a visit to a spice farm. When you’re not dreaming about your next meal, go to a drop-in yoga class or go the full hog and sign up to a spiritual retreat. If you’re going to find your inner zen anywhere, it will be Goa  For further details click here
12 Nov: Travel Weekly (Australia). Christmas getaway: The 7 most exotic destinations … 2. Goa, Southwest India. … Goa is a popular spot with those looking to escape the winter cold and immerse themselves in a true tropical paradise that still celebrates Christmas…  click here
13 Nov: The Independent (UK). The 15 best vegan holiday destinations … As the original hippy honeypot, Goa has an abundance of excellent vegan restaurants … click here.

Editorial: GoaMiles still miles away from tourists

14 Nov: The Goan. Goa is in the middle of yet another tourism season. A season which looks bleaker than the previous one with several charters being cancelled. Nothing has changed in Goa from the last season. The same garbage and stray cattle continue to greet tourists like before. If there was any change, it was GoaMiles, the State’s first home-grown app-based taxi service. Against the backdrop of an unregulated taxi service which never found favour with tourists, Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s recent offering held much promise and was expected to be a game-changer. If there was stiff opposition to Ola and Uber services for fear of ‘outside’ companies ruling Goan roads, GoaMiles looked like a perfect fit. However, since it was launched in August till now, the app-based service has not made much headway…  For further details click here

Dear Mumbai, Dilli-walas visiting Goa

13 Nov: Condé Nast Traveller. We take so much out of Goa—food, selfies, memories, but what do we bring into the state, and what do we leave behind? Saurabh Gupta, a screenwriter from Mumbai and a Goa regular, tweeted a thought-provoking thread last evening with simple, actionable advice. “We bring our bad habits—parking, honking—over from the city. Sometimes we just need a gentle nudge. Susegaad. Chill. Ain’t nowhere to go in a hurry.” Here’s his 10-point appeal for tourists visiting the sunshine state this season: …  For further details click here

Big push for medical tourism in state

14 Nov: Navhind Times. Union Minister of State (Independent charge) for AYUSH Shripad Naik has said that the All India Institute of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy at Dhargal will boost medical tourism by offering short-term course on yoga and naturopathy which can be availed by tourists. Naik was addressing a gathering after laying the foundation stone for the All India Institute of Ayurveda, Yoga and Naturopathy at Dhargal in Pernem taluka… Naik also added that “the structure will house 100- bedded ayurveda hospital; out-patient department and will be offering post-graduation and PhD courses. There will also be a research centre …  For further details click here

In the name of the spirit

14 Nov: The Hindu. Ready to party like a local? Here’s where you can head to in Goa for a gala night out … on a Saturday night in Goa when I follow the rest of the gang to what looks like a tea shop from a distance … a signboard reads Mafia Cocktail (Sister Cook) Goan Foods. Inside the dimly-lit space, locals are seated on plastic chairs riveted to a football match on television. “Ready to party like a Goan?” asks Nupura Hautamaki, our host for the evening, who is taking us around Goa’s local watering holes as part of an Airbnb Experience. Familiar with the best of the alcohol and food here, her curated list makes sure we go to places where we are not sandwiched like salami between baguettes of fellow party-goers… Calling for glasses of feni spiked with a slice of chilli, she explains … The three-hour experience costs ₹ 2,000 per head and includes one drink per bar and a few light snacks…  For further details click here


Sunday 18:45

DOCUMENTARY: Our World. BBC News (Freeview 231). Sat. 17th Nov. 21:30 to 22:00. Qandeel Baloch was murdered in her bed, the victim of a so-called honour killing that rocked Pakistan and the world. She was a social media sensation, a young woman from a poor village who became famous for her sexually provocative online appearances. After her murder, a new law against honour crimes was passed. Four members of Qandeel's family, along with a celebrity TV cleric, are on trial but justice for Qandeel appears elusive.

TALK SHOW: Stark Talk. BBC Radio Scotland (Freeview 719). Sun. 18th Nov. 06:00 to 06:30. Christina Noble was born and brought up In Ardkinglas, Cairndow which her grandfather Sir Andrew Noble bought as a sporting estate in 1905. In her twenties, she moved to the Indian Himalayas and formed a trekking company which she ran for twenty years. In her cottage on the shores of Loch Fyne along from the big house where she grew up, she talks to Edi Stark about her pioneering life, home being in three places...Minali, London and Cairndow, her children's Indian/Scottish heritage.

DOCUMENTARY: Sunday Feature. BBC Radio Three (Freeview 703). Sun. 18th Nov. 18:45 to 19:30. A full 50 years before John Milton wrote Paradise Lost, an Englishman called Thomas Stephens composed an epic based on the story of the Bible, and he wrote it in Goa, India - that lush, monsoon soaked region so beloved of hippies and holidaymakers. And he wrote it, not in English, or any European language, but in a regional Indian language, Marathi. 11,000 verses in a classical Indian verse form, rich with images of India - jasmine and coconuts, palm trees and gurus. The Kristapurana is the great, forgotten jewel of Anglo-Indian contact, and the story of its making is as complex as the man who wrote it. Once read and recited in every Christian household in Goa, now barely a memory... why has it disappeared? And who was this man, this Thomas Stephens? How did he find himself on the other side of the world? Professor Nandini Das, scholar of early travels and voyages of exploration, is fascinated by Thomas Stephens, and The Kristapurana. She brings the epic poem, and its writer to life, tracking the scattered traces of his life, from the Tower of London to a remote parish church in south Goa, in an evocative monsoon soaked adventure, reaching back almost 500 years. For the Wikipedia profile of Thomas Stephens, click here

TALK SHOW: Start the Week. BBC Radio 4. (Freeview 704). Mon. 19th Nov. 21:30 to 22:00. A stifling culture of safety is now spreading throughout Western academic institutions leading to a crisis in mental health, according to the social psychologist Jonathan Haidt. But the commentator Yasmin Alibhai-Brown argues that free speech has often been used as a justification to spout hate speech, bullying and prejudice. She defends political correctness as a means to build a safer, more compassionate world.

QUIZ SHOW: University Challenge. BBC 4. Wed. 21st Nov. 19:30 to 20:00. Series featuring teams of distinguished graduates. Another first round match sees distinguished graduates from two of the UK's top universities battle it out for a place in the semi-finals. King's College, Cambridge with former BBC correspondent Martin Bell and Bishop David Walker, plays Royal Holloway, University of London with journalist Francis Wheen and MP Valerie Vaz.

TRAVEL: India: Nature's Wonderland. Episode 1: BBC 2. Thurs. 22nd Nov. 15:45 to 16:45. Wildlife expert Liz Bonnin, actor Freida Pinto and mountaineer Jon Gupta reveal the hidden wonders of India's surprising natural world. This is a land where the tea comes with added elephants, gibbons sing to greet the morning, tigers dance and lions roam. <br>
Episode 2: Fri. 23rd Nov. 15:45 to 16:45. Experience a village of birds, masks that come alive, the world's greatest mountain range and baby turtles erupting out of the sand. This is truly a land like no other.

DOCUMENTARY: Buying and Selling. itvBe (Freeview 26). Fri. 23rd Nov. 19:00 to 20:00. Francis and Juanita. US series in which brothers Drew and Jonathan Scott help homeowners take their next step on the property ladder. After emigrating to Canada from India five years prior, a couple look to upgrade to a bigger house in the hope of reuniting their extended family under one roof.


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East African Goans: Tales of the tailor

13 Nov: Herald. By Radharao Gracias (photo). In 1962 Kenya won its first gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Perth when Seraphino Antao of emerged tops in the 100 and 220 yards race ... it was for the first time that all Goans and in particular the Goan Institute, acknowledged the hero as our own. Goans even in East Africa carried their prejudices and membership of the Goan Institute was restricted to the elite. … Anton Gloria Gomes came to Uganda in 1905 and with his brother started a tailoring business and designed the gomesi which is the de-facto national dress of women in Uganda…. who discovered Tanzanite? Well, a Goan tailor, after all. Manuel de Souza moved from to Tanganyika at the age of 20 … Thus, the Goan has given Kenya its first athletic gold, Uganda its national dress and Tanzania has given the world a glittering gem. Today their descendants are found the world over, well qualified, well settled. And honored members of every Goan Institute! (Radharao F. Gracias is a senior Trial Court Advocate, a former Independent MLA and a political activist) 963 words.  For further details click here

In India, a long-awaited #MeToo moment gathers steam

10 Nov: The Globe and Mail (BC Edition). Across social-media platforms, women in the country are finding the courage to tell their stories … Back in 2014, Joanna Lobo, a young features writer at DNA newspaper in Mumbai, faced harassment from a senior editor, C.P. Surendran. Ms. Lobo had made a verbal complaint to her organization’s internal committee against sexist, misogynistic behaviour, but instead of an investigation, she had become an office punchline. Her confidential complaint was circulated and co-workers began openly teasing her about it. “I was in tears that day … of anger, not grief,” Ms. Lobo said. She quit the newspaper soon after. But last month, when several other women publicly denounced Mr. Surendran’s behaviour in various workplaces, Ms. Lobo felt compelled to add her voice. Eleven women in all have accused him of harassment…  For further details click here
The City Story: Joanna Lobo is an independent journalist who likes writing about things that make her life worthwhile - food, travel, her Goan heritage, and strong, independent women… For some of her articles,  click here

Ottawa in talks with Pakistan about bringing Christian woman freed from death row to Canada

20 Nov: National Post (Canada). Canada is in negotiations to grant asylum to Asia Bibi, the Pakistani Catholic who was acquitted of blasphemy charges after spending eight years on death row. Bibi has faced death threats and violent protests since her release. A national poll revealed that ten million Pakistanis would be willing to kill her themselves after she was accused of insulting the prophet Muhammad… Speaking in Paris, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed that his government was looking into bringing her into Canada…  For further details click here
7 Nov: National Post. Father Raymond J. de Souza: Canada can and should save this woman's life …  click here

Goans eating burgers fearing formalin-laced fish: BJP MLA

13 Nov: CanIndia News (Canada) . Goans have stopped eating their regular meals and have switched from fish to burgers, KFC or Shawarma due to an ongoing formalin scare, Deputy Speaker and ruling BJP MLA Michael Lobo said on Tuesday. Lobo has demanded partial relaxation of the six-month ban on import of fish by traders who do not comply with new Food and Drugs and Administration norms. He says the ongoing controversy over the use of formalin, a carcinogenic chemical used to preserve cadavers, to preserve fish imported into Goa from neighbouring states, was unnecessarily fuelled by the social media…  For further details click here
13 Nov: Goa Spotlight. No ban on fish compliant with safety guidelines … click here.

World marine species face great threat, which should not be allowed in Goa’s waters

13 Nov: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. They say you only realise what you had when it’s gone. But the crushing tragedy of our information-saturated 21st century is much worse. We know exactly the value of what we have, but still throw it away, heedlessly and forever. Could things possibly turn out different for the newly accounted treasure-houses that have been discovered under the surfaces of Goa’s rivers? Two consecutive surveys by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) in the giant Zuari and the relatively diminutive Tiracol have revealed that an extraordinary biodiversity bonanza of global significance is still hanging on in the state’s inland waters, despite all odds. We know it is there. What happens next is yet to be determined…  For further details click here

Briton dies from rabies after being bitten by cat on holiday

13 Nov: Blasting News. Britain has taken the case of the death of a person from rabies seriously. He contracted the disease while on a holiday in Morocco… A woman in her late 50s contracted the disease when she went to India where her son’s pet dog bit her. She developed the symptoms a few months after she returned home to Dartford in Kent … Another woman from Manchester also died from rabies. She had visited India and a dog bit her in a resort in Goa.  For further details click here
29 Nov 2012: The Mirror (UK). 'It was just a slight nick': Britain's first rabies death for seven years after gran bitten by puppy. Sharanjit Ubhi, of Dartford, Kent, the first Brit killed by the disease in seven years, forgot about the nip from her brother’s dog in but fell ill three months later… The last known rabies fatality occurred in England in 2005, when a woman from Manchester died after being bitten by a dog in Goa, India…  click here
26 July 2005.Daily Telegraph (UK), Rabies kills Goa holiday woman … click here.

UK tourists give stray dogs a new leash of life

13 Nov: Times of India. On the Salcete coastal belt, a trio of British tourists has given the word ‘SOS’ a whole new meaning. Adding the word ‘monsoon’ to SOS, the tourists’ have named their mission ‘Monsoon Save Our Strays’. Moved by the plight of beach dogs during the monsoon in South Goa, Sandra, Gary Lane and his wife Janey started feeding hundreds of strays. While Sandra covers the beaches of Carmona and Varca, Gary and Janey take care of the strays at Benaulim and Sernabatim beaches. Gary said that once the shacks start operations, the tourists stop feeding the strays as the canines get plenty of food from the shacks… The British trio says they undertake ‘Mission SOS’ with funds from their own pockets besides depending on contributions from other tourists …  For further details click here

Latest technology can help improve Goa’s tourism scene

13 Nov: Herald. The latest technology such as geo maps and interactive apps can greatly enhance tourism in Goa,' remarked Ameya Abhyankar, (IAS) IP Secretary, Government of Goa. He was speaking at a panel discussion on 'How technology is influencing the entertainment industry, which was held at 91Springboard, a coworking space, in Panjim on Friday. Abhyankar felt that educating the local businesses of the benefits of new technology was the key…  For further details click here
12 Nov: Herald. More Wealth In Tourism Than In Mining … By Nandkumar M Kamat.  click here


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Canada: Dragon’s Den star raises US$70-million for startup that finances e-commerce retailers

12 Nov: Globe & Mail (Canada). Michele Romanow’s business idea was help e-commerce businesses appeals with temporarily underwriting their online advertising in exchange for a cut of revenues. After doing about 10 such deals with her life partner, Andrew D’Souza, the two successful serial entrepreneurs had a business idea of their own to pitch. On Monday, their three-year-old Toronto company, Clear Finance Technology Corp. (operating as Clearbanc) is set to announce it has raised US$70-million to offer a new financing alternative for young e-commerce businesses… Clearbanc fronts companies' online advertising on Google and Facebook in exchange for a small percentage of revenues …  For further details click here
Video: Canadian Business. Andrew D’Souza on how Clearbanc is delivering financial services to freelancers … 2m.10s.  click here
Andrew D'Souza was born in Mumbai in 1985, the son of Yvette and Dinesh D’Souza of (with Saligao roots). The family emigrated to US in 1988 and to Canada in 1991. They live in Mississauga. For his Linkedin profile, click here.

Fish prices soar across Goa as import ban kicks in today

12 Nov: Times of India. With fish imports falling drastically over the last few days, Goans have started to witness increase in prices of their much-loved staple food. Prices of fish shot up in the markets over the past few days. Common fish varieties like mackerel were sold at Rs 100 for three compared to Rs 100 for five around a week ago. High-value fish like pomfret were sold at rates between Rs 800-Rs 1,000 per kg compared to Rs 500 last week. The fish ban has set alarm bells ringing in the state’s hospitality industry, with various stakeholders calling the FDA’s move as ‘ridiculous’ and a ‘major irritant’… Tourism minister Manohar Azgaonkar on Sunday said that the government should ban the export of fish too, so that there is no shortage of the staple for locals…  For further details click here
12 Nov: Times of India. Tourism industry fears ban will hit business …  click here

If You Can Drink A Lot & Hold Your Pee, This Alcohol-Drinking Competition In Goa Is For You

12 Oct: India Times. Goa is all about beaches, seafood, lazing around and boozing to your heart's content. So, if you're the kind of person who can drink without rushing to the washroom after every drink, an ‘All Goa Alcohol Drinking Competition’ is happening in Goa on December 19. The competition allows people to drink unlimited alcohol, but if you pee, you're out of the contest. The entry fee is Rs 500 per head and re-entry is Rs 400 per head. The venue of the competition is- Kolia Xeth Orulem, Vasco. The winner of the show will be will be decided on the basis of how much alcohol you drink within a time-frame and the quality of alcohol consumed. The winner of the competition will get free stock worth Rs 20K IMFL (Indian-Made Foreign Liquor), the second prize will be free stock worth Rs 10K IMFL, the third prize will be free stock worth Rs 5K and 20 consolation prizes will be one bottle each of VAT69.  For further details click here

Video: Beachfront Hotel Hunt Goa India

11 Nov: Harald Baldr. There are a wide variety of beach front hotels and guest houses on Goa's famous Arambol beach. In this video we check out three budget hotel rooms all located directly on the beach. As far as price is concerned I've never seen better value for money when it comes to beach front hotel rooms than in Goa. In fact I'll go as far as to say that the rooms are almost free. At least they feel like it… [Link by Roland Francis via GoaNet]  click here
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Cause of Dmitry Galkin’s death in Goa a mystery

12 Nov: Lipetsk Media (Russia). The cause of the death of the Dmitry Galkin, 31, in North Goa is still unknown. He was found dead in a guesthouse in Arambol. His friends and relatives were taken by surprise with the news of his death because even a week before his death they communicated with him before his phone went silent … Dmitry Galkin flew to India on October 16, 2018 and, in his own words, planned to stay in Goa until April 2019. The young man came as an independent traveler. Upon arrival, he rented accommodation in Arambol and a motorcycle… For Dmitry, this trip to India was not the first… Dmitry Galkin readily shared information about his life on his Facebook page … Dmitriy did not leave his room for several days, which was very strange even for the owner of the house, who was afraid for his Russian guest, the woman said… In his audio messages Dmitry also refers to the lack of money. Whether the death of a 31-year-old Dmitry Galkin was criminal in nature or death occurred for other reasons, will be known only after the autopsy...  For further details click here
For the 9 Nov. Goan Voice report of the death of Dmitry Galkin,  click here

Video: Football: Cops assault Family, Goa Congress asks Fans to Boycott Next Home Match

12 Nov: Sports Keeda. FC Goa are mired in a controversy once again this season as a video has emerged showing the police manhandling a family at the Fatorda Stadium recently. After the fall-out over the incident, Goa state Congress has asked the supporters to boycott the next home game, against Bengaluru FC, on Nov 22. A fan named Lester D’Souza and his parents Seby and Tina were, allegedly, physically assaulted by police personnel after the match between FC Goa and Delhi Dynamos on November 8. Many present at the scene deemed the attack as 'brutal' and 'unfortunate.' The assault is said to have culminated due to an altercation between the police and the D’Souza's when the latter were clicking pictures in the stadium. Lester landed a punch on one of the personnel after he saw the man pushing and shoving his mother. The arrest received great condemnation and Goans blamed the Police for complete misuse of power and authority. Tina and Seby D’Souza soon were granted bail the following morning …  For further details click here
Video: 11 Nov: Goa 365 tv. FC Goa fan assault, arrest: Story goes viral, condemnations pour in ...  click here
Video: 12 Nov: Goa 365 tv. Now AAP demands inquiry, strict action on fan assault … click here.

Nationalism a driving force behind fake news in India, research shows

12 Nov: BBC. A rising tide of nationalism in India is driving ordinary citizens to spread fake news, according to BBC research. The research found that facts were less important to some than the emotional desire to bolster national identity. Social media analysis suggested that right-wing networks are much more organised than on the left, pushing nationalistic fake stories further. There was also an overlap of fake news sources on Twitter and support networks of Prime Minister Narendra Modi… The research, commissioned by the BBC World Service and published today, forms part of "Beyond Fake News" - a series across TV, radio and digital that aims to investigate how disinformation and fake news are affecting people around the world…  For further details click here
Facebook video: BBC News India - Tony Hall - Beyond Fake News panel …  click here

Why is Senior Living Still 'Coming of Age' in India?

12 Nov: BBN Times. Senior living essentially refers to homes that cater to adults aged 55+ who are looking to live independently in a peer environment. Seniors who gravitate towards such housing options tend to have no major health issues and are active enough to more or less take care of themselves. Such projects usually provide a variety of facilities for recreation and socializing, including a clubhouse, health club or gym, facility management services, squarely focused on the needs of the elderly… The senior living sector in India is still at a very nascent stage and not many developers have tried to explore this opportunity to its full potential …  For further details click here


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One Year Ago — Former CIA Sabrina de Sousa to do community service for cleric kidnap

10 Nov: Intel Today. “I spoke briefly to Sabrina De Sousa this morning. It would seem that most have forgotten her case already. Sabrina De Sousa will be teaching English twice a week to minors living in state care… I asked Sabrina how she feels about doing community service and teaching English to these kids” Her answer was magnificent! “Regarding working with children, as a mother I look forward to it. They are orphans… Something I saw everyday on the streets in India. It was sad. Poor kids.” + Fox News Video ...  click here
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How love and a taste of honey brought one Indian woman’s 16-year hunger strike to an end

11 Nov: The Observer (UK). On a cloudy morning in August 2016, in Imphal, the capital of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, the world’s longest hunger strike was over. Irom Sharmila had eaten for the first time in nearly 16 years… At the peak of her powers, Sharmila was being sought out by Nobel laureates and diplomats. She was called the Iron Lady of Manipur. She was miserable. Early in 2007, a British-Indian named Desmond Coutinho arrived in the country. His mother had just died from cancer, and the west Londoner was questioning his life… So a friend suggested Coutinho, now 55, follow in the footsteps of generations of listless westerners and go to India to find himself… There he saw a newspaper story about a hunger striker in Manipur… So Coutinho started sending her letters … he was smitten by Sharmila … she said that she would marry Coutinho and continue her struggle by running for Manipur’s parliament… Today, Sharmila lives in an apartment on the outskirts of Bangalore. She and Coutinho recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary … 2703 words + photos  For further details click here
Video: Indian Express. Irom Sharmila Ties The Knot With Desmond Coutinho … 3m.03s.  click here
Times of India. Desmond was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania, where his uncle, Wolf J Dourado, served as attorney general and his father was a chief town planner … click here.

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Unknown State Of Children In Goa’s Childcare Homes

10 Nov: Navhind Times. Who are the 2,500 children living in the 78 childcare institutions in Goa? The High Court has directed the chief secretary to investigate how so many children were allowed to be housed in the childcare institutions without any government certification that they needed care. The picture that emerges is of an ‘extremely serious state of affairs’ in the childcare institutions, the judges said. None of the children have been identified as a ‘child in need of care and protection’ as required under the Juvenile Justice Act. The state child welfare committee has to certify such a child, but there is no committee certification in the case of any child. The court has asked the Chief Secretary to investigate if the childcare institutions were engaged in any illegal and unauthorised activities… The people running the childcare institutions must be taken to task for keeping 2500-odd children without any orders for caretaking by the child welfare committee… 790 words.  For further details click here

In Lush, Prosperous Goa, The Growth Of Luxury Hotels Is Sparking Conflict

10 Nov: Bloomberg. “Our village is the size of a coconut shell, how can it take five big resorts?” asks former sailor Anthony D’Silva of Arossim in south Goa… The number of major hotels and resorts has increased by 170 percent from 42 in 2008 to 113 in 2018, according to the state department of tourism. In comparison, budget hotels grew 100 percent from 2,142 in 2008 to 4,286 in 2018… By October 2018, nearly 200 hectares of land or as much as 374 football fields, was involved in seven tourism-related conflicts, affecting about 3,100 people in Goa, according to data collected by Land Conflict Watch, a network of researchers that maps and collects data about ongoing land conflicts in India… 2569 words + photos  For further details click here

‘A majority of LGBTQs in Goa are still underground’

11 Nov: Times of India. In what could be considered as the first white paper on LGBTQ livelihood in Goa, the non-profit organisation, Goa Livelihoods Forum (GLF), has mapped the community in Goa in a detailed report. What started as an initiative to record the employment status of the community and explore opportunities that can help sustain their livelihood, brought to fore several other issues that plague members of the community. “The total number of LGBTQs in Goa is a few thousands, but a lot of them are underground. About 80-85% of them suffer discrimination in Goa,” GLF mentor Charudutt Panigrahi told STOI. Panigrahi presented the paper at the ‘Freedom is in the Air’ event held at the Museum of Goa (MOG) on Saturday…  For further details click here
11 Nov: The Goan. Colours of freedom in the skies …  click here
10 Nov: The Hindu. Not a rainbow story for LGBTQ community in Goa … click here.

Swami Chakrapani Maharaj has a bizarre beef advice for Goa CM Manohar Parrikar

11 Nov: Swami Chakrapani Maharaj has reportedly said a ban on beef must be imposed in Goa immediately, adding that the ban will have a positive impact on the health of the ailing Chief Minister. 62-year-old Parrikar has been resting at his residence since October 14 when he returned to Goa after being discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. The unusual demand comes after news that CM Manohar Parrikar has not been doing too well health wise… This is not the first time Swami Chakrapani has made a controversial statement. During the Kerala floods this year, Chakrapani made a statement connecting the consumption of beef and the devastating floods…  For further details click here

Goa: Policy paralysis

12 Nov: India Today. Goa is in a state of economic and political paralysis with virtually no decisions being taken since Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar started treatment for pancreatic cancer in February. Parrikar’s own charges, home, finance, industry and education, have been the worst hit. The severe nature of the crisis became public recently when the state investment promotion board (IPB) had to withdraw its claim (announced on October 17) that it had cleared eight proposals connected to industries and hotels worth Rs 200 crore… That the state’s economy is in free fall is evident, collections of GST and excise duty have fallen by 20 per cent. The finance ministry has announced a 25 per cent budget cut for all departments as there is a big shortfall in revenue generation…  click here


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Video: Exposed! Formalin laced fish transported by luxury buses to Goa?

10 Nov: InGoaNews. Six boxes of fish found in interstate bus at Panaji. They were later handed over to the Old Goa police station. In a similar incident the day before, wholesalers said they seized fish that was brought in via buses, at Margao…  For further details click here
10 Nov: NDTV. Amid Formalin Scare, Goa Bans Import Of Fish For 6 Months …  click here
10 Nov: Indian Express. [Goa is not unique in seeking to ban the use of formalin. How is the rest of India dealing with the crises in their own States?] click here.

Goa Tourism masterplan ignores tourists and their safety: Foreign tourists

10 Nov: Times of India. Instead of attracting more tourists to the state, as outlined by the Goa tourism masterplan, Goa should focus on the crucial aspect of safety of tourists, especially foreigners, said relatives of foreign tourists who lost their lives in Goa. Unsolved murders and lethargic investigations gave Goa the appearance of a “very risky and dangerous destination” said Felix Dahl's mother Minna Pirhonen. Dahl was murdered at Patnem, Goa in 2015 and Goa Police has failed to provide credible answers to his kin. Pirhonen has written an open letter to the department of tourism where she has outlined three steps that the Goa government can take to make Goa a safe destination for tourists…  click here
11 Nov: Herald. “Goa today seems a risky and dangerous destination” A letter by Minna Pirhonen and Sanna Pirhonen Cutter along with families who have lost loved ones in Goa highlight the dangers to travellers visiting the state and what ought to be done to make it safer …  click here
11 Nov. Herald. Some things never change. It took four years for the Goa Government and the consultant, KPMG, to prepare the Goa draft Tourism Policy… click here.

Celebrity traveller: Michel Roux

10 Nov: Daily Express (UK). MICHEL Roux Jr, 55, is a two Michelin-star chef at London’s Le Gavroche and is regularly on TV. He and wife Giselle live in London.
Q: YOUR WORST HOLIDAY? A: A few years ago, on a trip to India, we stayed in quite a plush hotel in Goa. I took a dip in the very nice swimming pool only to discover there were a couple of rats swimming in the pool with me. Needless to say we left and have never returned to that hotel again.
Q: WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE TO REVISIT? A: Goa, without rats. I would love to see more of India as I love the people, food and culture. I would like to visit South America. I want to explore …  For further details click here
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Sail and feast: the 15 best cruises for foodies

10 Nov: The Times (UK). … 14 Flavours of Goa: Learn the art of bargaining on a chef’s tour to the markets and bazaars of Goa on this Arabian and India voyage with Celebrity Cruises. During a stop at Goa’s capital, Panjim, guests can sample exotic flavours at a spice shop, hone their haggling skills and join locals in the market. Lunch is at one of the city’s fish restaurants, while ingredients collected during the day will be used in the evening meal on board. Details: A 14-night round-trip sailing from Abu Dhabi, which includes calls at Dubai, Muscat and Cochin, departs on March 4. It costs from £2,299pp, including flights and a drinks package. The Panjim excursion costs from £163pp  For further details click here
For full details of the cruise … “Day 10: Docked at 07:30 on March 13, 2019. Goa, Mormugao: How can you resist a place whose local motto is "Sossegade", which translates to: "take it easy"? Goa is home to high-end restaurants, picture-perfect beaches and fabulous shopping.  click here

Literate Goa ignorant of rights of elderly parents

10 Nov: Herald. Despite ranking among the top literate States in the country, the Goa government has conceded the State lacks awareness concerning the maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007 with Salcette taluka topping the list of abusers of the elderly with seven cases reported under the Act last year … The Act mandates that parents of working children should be taken care of. The Act is also applicable for relatives who share the property… The Act speaks at length about taking care of parents and senior citizens, constitution of Maintenance Tribunal, establishment of old age homes, medical support to senior citizens, preference to senior citizens across different sectors like hospitals, banks, bus service, etc; and various other schemes for the elderly group. Goa has around 10 old age homes run by the Provedoria Institute; another 30 such homes are being operated by NGOs … the government has also been disbursing free wheel chairs, hearing aids and other appliances to needy senior citizens across the State …  For further details click here
10 Nov: The Goan. Despite law in force, elderly unaware of their rights …  click here
11 Nov: Times of India. State to get three more citizen service centres. To enable citizens who cannot use Goa online or other online government websites, a physical single window has been set up by the government … click here.

A Goan slice of life

10 Nov: Mid-Day. Time passes by in a languid manner across the 60-odd pages of The Mystery of The Missing Crown: A Goa Story [Published by Good Earth, Price Rs 450], a new book for children. The story is set in Rachol, a laidback village. The locals there are God-fearing and the church is the fulcrum of their social lives. But one day, a young boy makes a terrible error of judgment and the plot revolves around how — after spending 50 years in Portugal to escape the ignominy — he returns to atone for his mistake… what makes the book endearing is the manner in which Sharon Fernandes, the author, paints a bucolic image of a sun-kissed village where the remnants of its Portuguese past are visible in a seminary…  For further details click here
4 Nov: Navhind Times. Uncovering Rachol’s secret …  click here
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Tarun Tahiliani on Ahilia Homes and his house of glass

9 Nov: The Hindu. Tarun Tahiliani designs interiors and events … With Ahilia Homes, his new brand that extends his language to living spaces, he is now splitting time between Delhi and Goa, developing luxury residences… “I built my first home in Goa over 15 years back … At the Salvador Villa, the design is led by indoor water features and Mangalorean roofs is a project [three houses on 21,000 sq ft of land] in Socorro … at the Glass Villa in Nachinola, we have taken design to another level. It is envisioned like a Goan house with a courtyard, but [with double-height ceilings and two levels] the proportions are dramatic and modern… Goa is the number one location where people want to have a house. Goa used to be a winter destination; now it functions all year round… when I am in Goa I am very efficient — I can do five to six sites… I’m working on a hotel, in the Goa Modern style with beautifully detailed rooms and lotus-filled pavilions that will open soon… 1000 words.  For further details click here
Video: Goa Extraordinary Glass Villa In Nachinola. Rs150,000,000 (approx. $2m) … 1m. 15s.  click here
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France: Montmerac knits over 100 small yellow pullovers for children in Goa

10 Nov. La Charente Libre (France). "We exceeded knitting a hundred small yellow pullovers, says Patricia Beaumont, but we continue our effort". On the table in the hall of Lamérac council she displays her harvest to friends … “Children from 3 to 6 years old at the day care centre Shishu Bhavan, a kindergarten that welcomes underprivileged kids in the state of Goa" … She spends her summer vacation in Goa. "I was struck by these children begging on the beaches”, she admits. Last year, I visited the school and I decided to help them". She called on social networks in the UK, France, and others to assist. Contact or tel. 05 45 98 69 82. 10 photos.  For further details click here
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A taste of home!

Nestled in the beautiful village of Moira, '7 Short 1 Long' invites you to abandon
the maddening crowds and enjoy a nostalgic Goan experience. For our Facebook page,
click here For a review of the restaurant, click here

Young Goan Violinist

Young Goan Violinist Plays a variety of genres, from Classical to Konkani & Pop to Portuguese. Available for weddings, parties & corporate events. YouTube video, click here. Goan Voice Supplement: Click here. Contact:

Stallions Air

ATOL 9179

Tel: 020 7580 5999 or 0797 9861 455 / 0795 0132 999

Time Travel

Specialising in Flights to GOA and other parts of India. ATOL & IATA Bonded.
Call us 0203 475 3560 or 0208 429 8333

Polystar – Southampton: Job Vacancies

Electrical and Mechanical Engineers required for a fast growing Company in Southampton. Training provided. Choice of shifts. Good prospects. Tel: 023 8023 2153 (extn. 3), Savio Rodrigues. Email:

Tito’s – Where Else?!

Tito’s, Baga, Goa – Founded in 1971 by the late Tito & Lucille De Souza (ex-Mombasa & Nairobi)Nightclubs, restaurants, supermarkets, apartments, signature villas and more

Goan Cuisine

Take home the taste of Goa today! Goan Cuisine are stockists of authentic Goan
chorizo, masalas and pickles. Visit our website at
to see the full range of products. Order your products today. Contact Januarius
Rodrigues, Mob: 07557 523882. Email:

Villa Calangute

For Private, Spacious, Self-Catered & Luxury villas in Goa just 2-10 minute's
walk to Calangute Beach.

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