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Death: Br. Orison James Peter Gomez cfc

23 Sep: Chicalim, Goa. BR. ORISON JAMES PETER GOMEZ cfc. Born 1923. A member of the Congregation of Christian Brothers in India for 71 years. He was born in Mumbai. Pre-deceased by his brother Fr. Columban ofm. Deeply mourned by his sister Estelle & family and his brothers in religion. Funeral cortege leaves Shand Niwas at 3.30 pm on Sunday 24th Sept, 2017. Mass at 4.00 pm followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

24 Sep: Shillong Times. Brother Gomes no more, loss widely mourned. The alumni of St. Edmund’s School from the Garo Hills have mourned the demise of their long time mentor and retired vice principal Brother Peter Gomes who passed away in Goa on Saturday at the prime age of 94… A renowned teacher of mathematics and science, Brother Gomes was associated with St. Edmund’s school, run by the Christian Brothers, for almost half a century mentoring hundreds of students who went on to make a mark in the world. A bespectacled elderly gentleman of stately height, Br. Gomes (fondly called Papa Gomes) was a chum of the young ones in school and a disciplinarian with the slightly older, yet equally loved by both…  For further details click here

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Raz Degan: My journey to spirituality

23 Sep: ANSA (Italy). Raz Degan is the director and producer of The Last Shaman, on Sky Atlantic HD and Netflix. … The 80 minutes film is a documentary that addresses the delicate theme of the malady of life, the spiritual rebirth and the journey that is in the middle. The story is real about Degan’s experiences. He says, “I was in Tibet with pneumonia and severe depression. I called my brother who happened to be in Goa at the time and he suggested that I come there. He said he knew a Shaman there who could help cure me with Ayahuasca … I was introduced to the Shaman and she arranged for me to sit solo for the next 6 nights drinking the tea. The second day purged my infection and everything that was blocking me from breathing. I was running on the beach and feeling my vital life force within again. During the ceremonies, I revisited my very own birth and was taken into my mother’s body. My mother had been battling from a bit of depression for a while and the same treatment helped her … …  click here
The Last Shaman was released this month but the location was changed from Goa to the Amazon jungle. For the film’s website with Raz Degan’s story in English and a trailer,  click here
For links to Ayahuasca retreats in Goa, click here.

Kansas: Joel Mendonca releases debut novel, aims to inspire students facing adversity

27 Aug: Topeka Capital-Journal (Kansas). Describing his debut novel, Joel Mendonca categorizes it into a genre not listed in Amazon's cataloging system. "Adapted fiction" is his preferred category -- taking personal experiences, modifying them, adding a bit of humor -- but ultimately offering an underlying message for his readers. "The Immigrant Magician: An International Student's Triumph over the Great Recession 2008," tells of a millennial's journey to America for an education… Mendonca was born and raised in Goa, India. He came to the United States just before the recession in 2008 to attend Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia, pursuing higher education. He has since earned two undergraduate degrees and his master's and began working with a consulting company that brought him to Topeka about eight months ago… 616 words  For further details click here
To order "The Immigrant Magician" from Amazon,  click here

Tourism Masterplan To Fool Goans?!

23 Sep: Goan Observer. By Noel Sequeira. Recently implemented, the hop-on, hop-off buses are similar to buses seen in ‘tourist-attraction’ cities across the world. Whether they are financially viable and environmentally friendly remains to be seen. The master tourism plan has been in the works for years. As Goa struggles to develop infrastructure to meet the requirements of its growing population, the need to plan adequately for sustainable, environmentally-friendly tourism becomes more important … 1607 words.  For further details click here

The ‘NO’ cry from the taxi lobby gets shriller

24 Sep: Herald. Sticking obstinately to their stand against aap-based taxi services, tourist taxi operators have opposed yet another proposal from the government, this time one that would not involve a private party, but be monitored by Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC). “Let them start taxi business and take everything from us,” North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association General Secretary Vinayak Nanoskar said. “There is corruption in tourism. They all are working for corruption. GTDC started women taxi service some years back but it isn’t operating to the expectation. They are working for their own pocket,” he alleged… Tired of the taxi mafia, an NRI of Goan origin, Mahesh Sardesai, started an online petition earlier this year to allow Ola and Uber services in Goa to boost the tourism economy…  For further details click here
23 Sep: The Goan. Rickshaw owners up-in-arms against North Goa taxi drivers …  click here

Goan woman booked for Facebook post on people of Karwar

23 Sep: Times of India. Madhav Nayak, social activist and president of Janashakhti Vedike, lodged a complaint with Karwar Town police against a Goan woman, Anjela Fernandes, a resident of Agonda village, for allegedly creating disharmony among the people of the two states. Anjela allegedly made some derogatory remarks against the people of Karwar, in connection with the death of six Goan picnickers at Nagaramadi falls in Karwar last Sunday. Though the picnickers had drowned downstream of the falls due to flash floods, Anjela had, on her Facebook wall, posted that they were deliberately killed by the people of Karwar who released water from the dam as they dislike Goa… To avoid tourists visiting the falls, dam water was released and the Goans killed, Anjela alleged… Karwar police registered a case and are carrying out an investigation.  For further details click here
24 Sep: Herald. Picnickers failed to read signs of danger over Nagarmadi waterfall…  click here

From Raia to Rohingya: The Politics of Intolerance

23 Sep: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. Goa's social harmony suffered a severe blow this week after an aggressive minority of local residents positioned themselves as adamant opponents of a proposed Muslim graveyard (kabrastan) on the Sonsoddo hillside… completely unacceptable is the overtly anti-Muslim tone and tenor of some of the loudest complainants, who voiced vile arguments of the kind that citizens of India's smallest state have never tolerated… But now the poison is seeping into Goa… Target Dalits at home, and Muslims everywhere. That bottom line of India's current policies was brought home again this week by the Union home ministry's extraordinary affidavit to the Supreme Court alleging "serious national security threat/concern" that justifies mass deportation of 40,000 (majority Muslim) Rohingya back to Myanmar, where the community faces a sustained military campaign the United Nations calls "ethnic cleansing"… 766 words.  For further details click here

Get treated like a Celebrity

23 Sep: The Sun (UK … 1 January 2018 Fly UK to Abu Dhabi, UAE - board Celebrity Constellation for 12-night all-inclusive cruise - Muscat, Oman - Goa, India - Bombay, India (overnight on board) - Abu Dhabi, disembark - fly back to the UK Free oceanview upgrade FREE classic drinks package From £1899pp Call Now: 0330 331 0843 Quote: SUN108.

22 Sep: Presse Océan (France). Interview with Georges Azouze, President; Costa Cruises who says, “Costa has created a unique 14-day cruise from Mumbai to the Maldives, with various stops in the former Portuguese trading posts such as Goa, Cochin and Mangalore… 2018 is a special year for Costa Cruises. We will celebrate in effect the 70 years of the company …

Auction: A 19th century Indo-Portuguese Coromandel Table Cabinet

26 Sep: Aldridges, Bath, Somerset, UK. Lot 310: A 19th century Indo-Portuguese Coromandel Table Cabinet in the 17th century style, fitted fifteen small drawers about a central cupboard, enclosed by pair of reeded ‘sun-burst’ panel doors, with carved gallery to the top (sides missing); 21” wide x 21” high, on later stand. (56½” over-all). Auctioneer's estimate 300 GBP - 400 GBP  For further details click here


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Video: Theresa May reveals tighter EU immigration rules after Brexit with registration process

22 Sep: Daily Express. In her monumental speech, Theresa May called for a bold and creative agreement to be reached with the European Union, insisting “Britain’s future is bright” outside the bloc. The Prime Minister also set out a new immigration system, which will be implemented during the two-year transitional phase as the UK quits the EU. Speaking in Florence, Mrs May said: “During the implementation period people will be able to live and work in the UK but there will be a registration system.” …  click here
21 Sep: The Independent (UK). Brexit: Theresa May's plan for EU migrant registry shot down by Guy Verhofstadt. The chief Brexit coordinator for the European Parliament, Guy Verhofstadt, has said Theresa May's plan for a EU migrant registration scheme is "out of question". Mr Verhofstadt, who has frequently criticised the UK's approach to the Brexit negotiations, praised the Prime Minister for "finally" conceding that the UK will need a transition period after it officially withdraws from the EU in March 2019 but said in order for it to work the UK could not "cherry pick" which parts of EU membership they wanted to keep …  click here
22 Sep: The Daily Telegraph. Theresa May has put the UK's cards on the table, the EU must step up and do the same. By Suella Fernandes. The Prime Minister’s speech is not then the start of a negotiating process but a turning point… 663 words. click here.

How These Goans Decided to Go Organic, and Grew a Mini Forest in Their Backyards!

22 Sep: Better India. In Goa, organic farming has caught people’s attention, who want to experience the satisfaction of growing their own food organically. As you walk into the kitchen garden of Peter Fernandes and Rosie Harding (photo) in Assagao, Goa, you realise that it’s no less than a forest, where the land is covered with mulch and the 700 square meters of area is covered with perennial greens. This 4-year-old kitchen garden is the perfect place to understand how you can grow your food without using chemicals and by following the permaculture method for farming… Terency Luis from Verna has a garden with more than 60 vegetables, fruits, herbs, spices and medicinal plants. Terency does all the work on the 1,950 sq m property herself. She has also managed to encourage her neighbours to grow organic vegetables… Another success story is the Chorao Farmers Club … 1261 words.  For further details click here
Video: Peter Fernandes and Rosie Harding  click here
23 Sep: Business Standard. With organic kitchen gardens, Goa's holiday homes are raising the bar. Nestled in the verdant surroundings of Salvador do Mundo in north Goa, this is a Spanish-style luxury villa with private swimming pools, organic kitchen gardens, handpicked art decor and furniture, designer bathrooms, and much else… many of these real estate companies are environmentally conscious, providing green measures with rainwater harvesting, drip irrigation, waste management solutions and sewage treatment plants… 853 words click here.

Germany: Selina Etzold: "In India I was very happy"

22 Sep: Taunus Zeitung. A year ago Selina Etzold left for India as a volunteer for animal protection. Now the 20-year-old is back from the country, which has so many facets… Her project was otter protection in the state of Goa. Not a bad arrangement. In addition to protecting the otters, Selina also took care of the preservation of birds, crocodiles, bats and attends a workshop on kayak construction. After five months, she can finally switch to the originally targeted marine biology project, and she also helps in a diving school. "The project has been mainly concerned with the influence of people on the seas," explains Selina. An attempt was made to carry out reconnaissance work with the resident fishermen… Often one sees only the negative in India abroad. The country has so much to offer …  For further details click here

Goa gets a new music Fest

22 Sep: Mid Day. You might hate the song, but Jason Derulo’s Swalla sure is catchy. Head to Vagator this December for the three-day music festival, Timeout, which will feature several big names, including Martin Garrix. Book now to avail of an early bird deal. On December 27, 28 and 29 at Vagator, Goa. Log on to COST Rs 3,999 …  For further details click here
16 Sep: Mid Day. DJ Martin Garrix: I am excited to return to India. We have learnt that world no 1 DJ Martin Garrix and multi-platinum recording artiste Jason Derulo will be headlining Time Out 72, a music festival in Goa at the end of the year. The EDM star, who has taken the stage by storm in his last three appearances in the country, cannot wait to travel to India. "I'm excited to return to your beautiful country. This time, it will be extra special because I will be returning to Goa. I miss the place," says the Animals hitmaker. A pioneer in the dance music fraternity, Garrix will be performing on Day 3 of the festival, which will be held from December 27 to 29 at Vagator beach…  click here

Lisbon: Restaurante Comida Goesa

22 Sep: Evasoes (Portugal). Comida Goesa, Rua Costa Pinto, 172, Paço de Arcos. Every day from 12h00 to 15h30 and from 19h00 to 22h30. Average price: 15 euros. The samosas and prawn curry are among the specialties of this restaurant that opened recently in Paço de Arcos. The kitchen is supervised by the owner, Teresa Rebelo … Her paternal grandfather wrote a cookery book in 1950. And it inspired Teresa to prepare family recipes adapted to today… The more conventional can opt for prawn xec with tamarind and green chilli… For dessert, the famous bebinca…  For further details click here
For the Facebook page,  click here

Photographer Karan Kapoor captures the changing tide of Goa

22 Sep: Architectural Digest. Karan Kapoor’s photographs prod you to slow down. They ask you to tear your gaze away from the technicolour scenes whirring all around us, to take a peek into the fossilised world of communities that are fast fading away… He started taking photos at the age of 15, armed with a Nikon gifted by his parents, Shashi Kapoor and Jennifer Kendall. Soon, his work began appearing in publications such as Debonair and The Indian Express; and he finally withdrew from the Indian film industry to practice photojournalism… The images of Goa were shot in the 1990s and capture the spirit of the fast disappearing, ‘Portugal Goa’ and the world of Goan Catholics, who are the last representative of the Portuguese heritage in the country. In the Goa series, Kapoor’s subjects are people that he grew up around, and knew closely. And yet, while taking these photos, he ended up discovering facets to them that he didn’t know existed… “I would say that these images are similar, in essence, to those of the Great Depression, especially that of the gentleman in the cowboy hat,” says Kapoor, who is now based in London.  For further details click here
22 Sep: Architectural Digest. This 50-year-old Portuguese villa houses a modern Goan holiday home … Arun Jothi’s home takes a leaf from the Portuguese word ‘sossegado’ to embodify ‘tranquillity’…  click here

Nikil Paradkar: The six years that I lived in Russia were the "golden" time in my life

22 Sep: Komsomolskaya Pravda. Nikil Paradkar is 26 years old, he moved to Ufa from Goa to graduate from a medical university: a young man dreamed of becoming a doctor since childhood. By the way, his dream came true: now he works as a doctor in one of the Indian clinics. Nikil told "Komsomolskaya Pravda" what he remembered for six years in Ufa, and why life in Russia is a real miracle. He says, “I flew to Ufa in 2009 to study at a medical university, finished my studies in 2015 and now I work as a therapist in India - I just returned from 24-hour duty … Of course, it was not easy. I did not know a word of Russian, but now I speak fluently. Students who knew English well, always helped me …  click here
For the Russian original,  click here

Auction: Burton. Goa, And The Blue Mountains. 1851

26 Sep: Sotheby's, London. Lot 73: Burton. Goa, And The Blue Mountains. 1851. First Edition, second issue, 8vo (186 x 115mm.), half-title, 4 tinted lithographed plates, folding map, original blue cloth gilt, minor spotting, plates trimmed with loss of some imprint, slightly rubbed. Est: £800 - £1,200.  For further details click here
Or you could buy a reprint from ebay for £10.99  click here



Death: James Vas

5 Sep: Scotland. JAMES CONSTANTINO VAS. Born: 25.07.1978. Beloved Son of (late) Mario Vas & Hortencia Fernandes E Vas. Brother of Joe & Janice, Brother-in-law of Twinkle & Uncle of Johannes. Died after brief illness. Funeral cortege will leave his residence Boca de Vaca, 22nd Sep 2017 at 4.30 to St. Inez Church Panaji for Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial.  For further details click here

Death: Leo Fernandes

15 Sep: Montreal. LEO FERNANDES. Aged 84. Ex Karachi. He is survived by his beloved wife Linda (Pinto) as well as his four sons Lester (Sylvie Bachand), Luan (Donna Anderson), Llewellyn, and Larry (Ellen Lerner). He is one of 10 children to parents Mary and Chick Fernandes, survived by brothers Erik, Terrence and Allen. In addition, he leaves behind seven grandchildren; Samantha, Marc-André, Rachel, Maryse, Colin, Marie-Hélène and Isabella. Leo will be remembered as a very dear uncle to many nieces and nephews and a friend to so many others. Leo immigrated to Montreal from Karachi, Pakistan in 1963. He was an educator from the beginning of his professional life serving as both a high school math teacher and vice-principal at John F. Kennedy High School in Montreal. Visitation will be held at Rideau Funeral Home, 4275 boul des Sources, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec ( on Friday, September 22 from 2-4:30 pm and 7-9 pm. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 23 at 11:30 am at St Thomas à Becket Church, 4320 Saint-Anne St, Pierrefonds, QC. In lieu of flowers, an In Memoriam donation can be made on behalf of Leo Fernandes to the Montreal Heart Institute Foundation ( Photo.  For further details click here

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Fr. Raymond J. de Souza: Immigrants vital to growth of the Church in Canada

21 Sep: Catholic Register. By Fr. Raymond J. de Souza (photo). The demographic dynamics of the global Catholic Church are evident in Canada. … The immigrant experience will be celebrated Oct. 14 at St. Joseph’s Church, the de facto headquarters of the Canadian Goan Christian Group, an association of Catholic immigrants from Goa and other parts of India… The CGCG started up a few years ago and has been impressive in its early activities, ranging from symposia on public policy to supporting Catholic youth in their faith formation. The group caught my eye because my own grandparents emigrated from Goa to East Africa, where my parents were born. In turn, my parents immigrated to Canada, where I was born. The CGCG is staging “Celebrate! Our Catholic Faith in Canada 150” to draw attention to the contribution Goan and Indian immigrants have made to the Church in Canada and to the broader Canadian society… Canada has been a very good home for immigrants, including those from Goa. And in turn, Goan immigrants have been very good for Canada. All worth celebrating in Canada 150… 783 words.  For further details click here
Fr Raymond D'Souza is the son of Greta (ex-Mombasa) and Cedric D'Souza (ex-Uganda and Nairobi) of Calgary. For his Wikipedia profile,  click here

Historic India Club in London fights for survival

21 Sep: Eastern Eye (UK). The India Club in London, a hub for Indian nationalists in the UK during the independence movement in the 1930s and 40s, is fighting for its survival after plans emerged for the building to be demolished internally… It has functioned as an Indian restaurant and hangout for Indian journalists and intellectuals since 1946, with former Indian prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi among its guests over the years. Now, the leaseholders of the six-storey Edwardian building it is housed in at 143-145 The Strand in the heart of London have discovered a planning application made by the landlord with the local Westminster Council to convert the interiors of the building into a modern hotel establishment… Parsi-origin Yadgar Marker has been running the establishment with his wife, Freny, since they rescued it from ruin in 1997… 687 words.  click here
1 Sep. The Guardian (UK). The India Club, London WC2: ‘I go back again and again' …  click here
The India Club was the premiere venue for UK Goan meetings after the 1998 clubhouse fire. For the website, restaurant menu and room bookings (from £50 single; £70 Double) click here.

Rahul Gandhi to NRIs: Save India’s reputation, stand up against divisive forces

21 Sep: Hindustan Times. India’s reputation as a country of peace and harmony is in danger abroad because of divisive forces at work at home, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said in a veiled attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, and urged NRIs to stand up against “those dividing the country”. Gandhi’s call came in an outreach programme at the iconic Times Square in New York on Wednesday at the end of his two-week long tour of the United States. Everywhere he went, Gandhi said, he heard the same concern, from San Francisco, where he began his tour, to Los Angeles to Washington DC to New York. “What has happened to tolerance that had prevailed in India? What is going on in your country,” he said people would ask him. “The divisive politics was ruining India’s reputation abroad and NRIs in the tradition of the great NRIs before them, should stand up to those dividing India now,” the Congress leader told a gathering of around 2,000 at the Times Square…  For further details click here
Video: Rahul Gandhi's speech to NRIs at Times Square, New York … 20m. 18s.  click here

Semana da Cultura Indo Portuguesa (Goa) returns

21 Sep: The Goan. One of the many things that sets the beautiful state of Goa apart from the rest of the country is it's unique mix of Portuguese and Indian culture. Given its shared history, Goa and Portugal have striven to maintain cordial ties and promote and preserve their diverse cultures. The Semana da Cultura Indo- Portuguesa (Goa) was initiated as a result of this and went on to become a hit among locals and visitors alike. Now, in it's ninth edition, the event will once again be a rich cultural gala and will include a film festival, a fado singing competition, music and creative writing workshops and an evening of Indo Portuguese cuisine and music…  For further details click here

Sharp drop in state’s annual fish exports has local traders worried

21 Sep: Times of India. While Goa sits on bountiful marine resources, the lack of aquaculture in the state has led to a dip in seafood exports, even as the country scaled success in the fisheries sector in 2016-17 with seafood worth $5.78 billion exported out of the country… seafood worth $93.38 million was exported in 2014-15. This figure weakened to $75.09 million in 2015-16…  For further details click here
18 Sep: Navhind Times. Marine exports swim at ease… exports of frozen fish from Goa are on the upswing… Shrimps comprise the chunk of export …  click here

Brexit has STRENGTHENED the unity of EU, Portugal's PM insists

19 Sep: Daily Express (UK). Antonio Costa insisted Britain’s decision to leave has brought the European Union closer together as he threw his support behind Jean-Claude Juncker’s plans to deepen integration in a bid to relaunch the troubled bloc. He said: “The truth is that it has strengthened the unity of the 27 and that’s very important for the future of Europe.” But of Portugal and Britain’s relationship, Mr Costa added: “The United Kingdom will leave the European Union but remains a European country and certainly the strongest ally and strongest trading partner.” … Mr Costa appeared to support Mr Juncker’s vision of a Brussels-controlled EU superstate, telling politics news site Politico: “I agree with him. This is not the time to do revision of the treaties…  For further details click here

Alice von Baum's enchanting Goa home

19 Sep: House & Garden (UK). Once a wreck with just two rooms and an open fire, Alice von Baum's house in Goa has been transformed into a comfortable base, combining European and Indian elements. According to a date neatly carved into a wooden beam it was built on December 26, 1936… After studying architecture and design in London, German-born Alice went on a research trip to India and “Goa seemed like a natural choice with its good climate, international crowd and what was potentially a good client base. I wanted to concentrate on interior design and here was a ready market.' In 2004, after seeing only four houses, Alice settled upon Frangipani. 'Even though it was a wreck, I was completely captivated,' she recalls… The house was completed in 2012 and Alice's interior-design career has moved apace … 745 words + 30 photos.  For further details click here
The Alice von Baum house is at 215 Bella Vista, Sangolda, Goa. For her website,  click here

Politician says couples embracing in public in India should be jailed

21 Sep: Toronto Sun. A member of India's Parliament from the governing Bharatiya Janata Party has said that couples displaying affection in public should be thrown in jail, because such "vulgar" behavior can lead to rape… Maharaj, 61, is a controversial saffron-robed religious leader who holds a parliament seat from the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. He has previously faced charges of rape and murder, and was expelled from the upper house of Parliament on corruption charges… Maharaj's statements is just the latest in a series of incendiary comments by Indian politicians about sex, women and rape. In recent years, politicians have suggested women in the tourist haven of Goa not wear bikinis on the beach "for their own protection." …  For further details click here

Auction: Lisbon: 32 Goan Antiques

25 Sep: Cabral Moncada Leilões. Lisbon. Auction 189: Lot 713 - 745; 901- 902. Estimate € 200 - €60,000. Item shown: Lot 745: A Two-door Cabinet. Teak fully coated with ebony and ivory marquetry "Flowers and leaves" interior of doors and front of drawers with identical decoration, turned and red-dyed ivory handles, scalloped iron mounts and handles in relief, scalloped iron locks' backplates in relief "Double-head eagles", sisso interior of drawers. Indo-Portuguese, Mughal influence. 17th C. (1st half). Small restoration, minor defects. Dimensions. 45 x 66 x 43,5 cm  For further details click here
Auction 189: Lot 402, 407 & 415. Antiquarian books. Estimate € 600 - €1,800  click here

Forthcoming Events

Sun. 24th Sept. 2017, St Jacinto Feast at Cranford Community College Hall High Street, Hounslow, TW5 9PD, Middlesex, Celebration of Mass at 1.00 pm Sharp, followed by an afternoon of celebration and dancing to the Live sound By "SHADES" And One of Our Very Own Youngster "DJ RYAN TELLIS" Snacks and Lunch will be served. Tickets Adult £12.00 Children 6 to 11 years £5.00, Children under 5 years Old Free. To avoid disappointment please book before 15th September 2017, After the 15th September 2017 Adult tickets at £15.00 for details and tickets please contact Agnelo: 07958504545, Maria:02089315185, Clare: 02085782288/Marisa: 07568185022, Francis Vaz 07980987529 (Leicester). For flyer with further details, click here

Sat. 30 Sep: Croydon. The Pilar Fathers (UK) in association with the Goan Chaplaincy in London & Swindon will present yet another Konkani drama titled ‘Nimanno Konn Hanstolo?’ (Who will have the last laugh) written and directed by Rev. Fr Lucas Rodrigues. The latest drama is a narrative, based on his incisive and insightful observations on the lives of the Goan community, and promises to offer a wholesome package of entertainment - rich in literary content, with a gentle mix of hilarity and heartache. The drama will be staged on Saturday, 30th of September @ 2 pm at Norbury Manor Business Centre, CR7 8BT; For the flyer with full details and contacts to buy tickets, click here.

Sun. 1 Oct: Swindon. The Pilar Fathers (UK) in association with the Goan Chaplaincy in London & Swindon will present yet another Konkani drama titled ‘Nimanno Konn Hanstolo?’ (Who will have the last laugh) written and directed by Rev. Fr Lucas Rodrigues. The latest drama is a narrative, based on his incisive and insightful observations on the lives of the Goan community, and promises to offer a wholesome package of entertainment - rich in literary content, with a gentle mix of hilarity and heartache. The drama will be staged on on Sunday 1st of October @ 12.30 and 6 pm in Swindon (Wyvern Theatre); For the flyer with full details and contacts to buy tickets, click here.

Fri. 6 Oct. Wembley. The Pilar Fathers (UK) in association with the Goan Chaplaincy in London & Swindon will present yet another Konkani drama titled ‘Nimanno Konn Hanstolo?’ (Who will have the last laugh) written and directed by Rev. Fr Lucas Rodrigues. The latest drama is a narrative, based on his incisive and insightful observations on the lives of the Goan community, and promises to offer a wholesome package of entertainment - rich in literary content, with a gentle mix of hilarity and heartache. The drama will be staged on Friday 6th October @ 7 pm in Copland, Wembley HA9 7DU with an additional show in Paris on the 24th of September. For the flyer with full details and contacts to buy tickets, click here.

Sat 7 Oct. Southall. The Pilar Fathers (UK) in association with the Goan Chaplaincy in London & Swindon will present yet another Konkani drama titled ‘Nimanno Konn Hanstolo?’ (Who will have the last laugh) written and directed by Rev. Fr Lucas Rodrigues. The latest drama is a narrative, based on his incisive and insightful observations on the lives of the Goan community, and promises to offer a wholesome package of entertainment - rich in literary content, with a gentle mix of hilarity and heartache. The drama will be staged on on Saturday, 7th @ 12.30 and 6 pm, at Southall UB1 3BT; with an additional show in Paris on the 24th of September. For the flyer with full details and contacts to buy tickets, click here.

Sun: 8 Oct. Uganda Reunion. The Ex-Ugandans will be celebrating their 45th Anniversary, annual get together. Join them at the New Hall, Archbishop Lanfranc's Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. From 11:30am to 7:00pm. Make it a day to remember, dance to the music by MAZ 'N' CO and a Disco by NIGHT-LIFE. A special Guest Appearance by Julian Desmier, formally of Black Velvet. Dress code is Formal / Smart, No Jeans, No Trainers. No food and drink allowed onto the premises except baby foods and food required for medical reasons. Tickets are available from John Carrasco, telephone 0208 764 2430 on a first come first serve basis. Members £15:00, Guests £17:00 Children 3yrs to 13yrs £6:00. Early bird Members tickets @ £15:00 thereafter £17:00. Your Ticket Price includes A Complimentary Drink, A Meal, Sweet, Snack + Cake Tea & Coffee. Try your luck with our Mega-Raffle at £5:00 for 30 chances to win Fabulous Prizes. Catering by Bernie's Kitchen, Drinks by Mervin's Bar. For the flyer, click here.

UK: Sat. 21 Oct: Colva Union UK is organising their 44th Anniversary Ball celebrating The Feast of Infant Jesus& Launch of Future Leaders on Saturday 21 October 2017 with Holy Mass at 4pm ,Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will be provided super Goan band Rainbow’s End and the buffet will be done by Cordon Bleu Chef Nicholas. Dress to Impress: Formal. Tickets are prized at just £17.00 for Adults, £8.00 for children under 12 years. For tickets Tickets: £17.00 Adults and Children £8.00 below 12 Years. Contact: Gabriel: 0208 2307139, Nicholas 07838184216, Brian 07833494173, Deborah: 0208 384 3809/07896007011, Pedro: 07854865116, Karissa:07891322338. For the flyer, click here.

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Shaiva v/s Vaishnava in Portuguese Goa

21 Sep: Herald. By Amita Kanekar (photo). Among the many myths that pass for history in Goa, a popular one is about how Hindus were relentlessly oppressed under Portuguese colonial rule … The real story is somewhat different. It is true that many temples were destroyed in the 16th century, that there were forced conversions, and that Catholics were privileged. But records show that people also converted voluntarily, either to escape caste oppression, or to retain power, or for spiritual reasons. And locals also helped in temple-destruction … Even more interesting is the fact, rarely spoken about, that not everybody had to convert, even in the Old Conquests… why does the Hindu persecution myth continue, despite so much evidence to the contrary? Why can’t we accept that Goan Hindus—at least the elites—were a part of the Portuguese colonial enterprise, just as Goan Catholics are assumed to have been? … (Amita Kanekar is an architectural historian and novelist) … 902 words.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Amita Kanekar,  click here
Video: Goa Arts & Literature Festival: Dec 2014: Amita Kanekar in conversation with Jason Keith Fernandes… click here.

No landing slots for charters, tour operators feel grounded

21 Sep: The Goan. Tour operators have said that it will be really bad for Goa tourism if the Airports Authority of India (AAI) doesn't issue landing slots for charter flights scheduled to bring foreign tourists to the state this season… Sources also revealed that the AAI has started issuing landing slots to some of the charter flights, but most of them even now have not been allotted the landing slots… From Monday to Friday, between 8.30 am and 12.30 pm, Navy used to use the airport and therefore it was closed for commercial flights. It is also learnt that Navy has extended the non-flying hours beyond 8.30 am to 12.30 pm even on Saturday and Sunday… All this means that charter flights will have to land in the late night or early morning hours at Dabolim airport …  For further details click here

Goa pores over world laws on drinking

20 Sep: Indian Express. “Can you drink alcohol on the beach in Hawaii?” That’s the question that came up last week, when different arms of the Goa government met to discuss measures to keep the state’s beaches “safe and clean”. Initially, the meeting was convened to discuss measures to keep the beach off-limits for swimming after sunset … But when officials sought ground reports from the Goa Police and pored over the 2016 data of beach deaths — divided first by geography, then time — they realised the numbers told a different story. “The maximum deaths in the past few years were not after sunset, but between 12 and 3 in the afternoon,” says a senior official at the Goa Secretariat, now tasked with helping the government form rules for drinking in public places… the Excise, Tourism and Home departments are now studying beaches across the world and Googling to find answers to a specific question: how does the world regulate a drunk? They are scouting Hawaii to Sri Lanka, and also looking at “beer guzzling” Europe…  For further details click here
20 Sep: Goa to Ban Public Drinking; Here’s Everything You Should Know About Public Drinking…  click here

Macau: More Lusofonia celebrations

20 Sep: Jornal Tribuna de Macau. This year's Lusophone Festival will be held from 19 to 22 October with stands of the 10 Portuguese-speaking countries … The Cultural Animation Center of Goa, Daman and Diu is making preparations. According to the president, Sharoz Penenkar, the core purpose is to invite people to "enter" into the former territory of the Union of India. "We will have several doors where people can enter 'directly' in Goa, Daman and Diu and see the landscapes, photographs, gastronomy and perhaps the cultural part. We are still planning," he said … Anyone visiting the "stand" of Goa, Daman and Diu will be able to sample some of the most famous dishes such as India-style chorizo pao, samosas, among others…. Harichandra Pokle, master of Indian tattoos has been invited …  For further details click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here

Football: FC Goa to travel to Spain for pre-season matches

20 Sep: Indian Express. A new-look FC Goa will fly to Murcia, Spain next month for pre-season games ahead of the fourth edition of the Hero Indian Super League. Under new team management in the form of former Barcelona assistant coach Sergio Lobera and Goan football legend, Derrick Pereira, the Goan side have invested heavily in local talent and a vibrant mix of experienced international players. The 27-man squad, which will include four development team players, will travel to Murcia on October 7 and play five friendlies at the La Manga Club which boasts of world class facilities. Playing against quality opposition will help the squad gel together and improve their chemistry… FC Goal will play friendlies against FC Cartagena, UCAM Murcia CF, Mar Menor FC, Lorca FC, Almeria FC and former La Liga side Real Murcia before returning to Goa on October 27.  For further details click here
Video: 20 Sep: Goa 365tv. Pre season in Spain, FCGOA to travel on 7th Oct…  click here

Konkani play ‘Police Officer’ comes to Dubai

20 Sep: Gulf News (UAE). Page 14. The director of Police Officer has assured the Konkani-speaking community in the UAE of “a truly golden memorable performance” at their lone show in Dubai later this week. Organised and staged by Anthony de Varca, the Konkani drama will be held at Nashwan Hall at Al Nasr Leisureland from 8pm on September 21. Written and directed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Sammy Tavares from Goa, the drama has so far had sold-out shows all over the western Indian state, and Tavares has picked Dubai to stage his landmark 50th performance. “Our silver jubilee show was staged in the United Kingdom, and when we started approaching the golden mark I thought about Dubai for the simple reason that there is such a huge Konkani-speaking community here that truly appreciates art,” Tavares told Gulf News tabloid! …  For further details click here

Don’t make sensational remarks on Goa’s drug situation, Manohar Parrikar tells MLAs

20 Sep: Hindustan Times. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Tuesday asked state legislators to refrain from making sensational comments regarding Goa’s alleged drug situation … While the chief minister promised to investigate those named in this regard, he requested that information of the kind be kept under wraps in view of the “sensitive nature of the issue and the government’s firm resolution” to make Goa a drug-free state. “Therefore, it is requested that inputs about drugs or related activities be brought to the notice of the undersigned, so as to jointly fight the menace,” he added… The note comes a week after fisheries minister Vinod Palienkar alleged that he was being threatened by the drug mafia over a remark on banning rave parties in the state…  For further details click here
Video: 20 Sep: Goa 365tv. Don’t shout, give info on drugs, CM tells all MLAs … 0m.50.  click here

India: Ministry of Corporate Affairs show link between school fee cash and 'dubious companies' owned by Pinto family

19 Sep: Mail Online. The growth story of Ryan International Group – from one primary school in Mumbai to a chain of 135 educational institutes across 18 states in the country – is an entrepreneurial marvel. Financial details show the movement of earnings from the schools to dubious companies promoted by the family members of Augustine Francis Pinto. The three beneficiary companies are owned by Ryan Pinto and Snehal Pinto … Seven year old Praduman Thakur was found lying in a pool of blood in his school. A school bus driver allegedly slit his throat after trying to sexually assault him However documents sourced from the Union Ministry of Corporate Affairs show the alleged movement of school funds to various 'shell' companies…  click here
11 Sep: The Quint. Meet The Pintos: The Family Behind Ryan International Schools …  click here
Wikipedia: Ryan International Group of Institutions… click here.

Auction: Original Rare Painting By V S Gaitonde

24 Sep: Simrit Collection, Port Alberni, BC, Canada. Lot 1315: Original Painting By V S Gaitonde with Original Bill of Purchase. Size 24" x 24"...Vasudeo S. Gaitonde (V. S. Gaitonde) (1924- 2001) was regarded as one of India's foremost abstract painters. He completed his art diploma at Sir J. J. School of Art in 1948, and in 1950 was invited to join the influential Bombay Progressive Artists' Group. He received Padma Shri Award in 1971. Gaitonde was born in 1924, in Nagpur, Maharashtra, to Goan parents. In 2013, one of Gaitonde's untitled painting sold for US$3.7 million, set a record for an Indian artist. After the media reports of the auction, interest in his work has grown… Est: $5,000,000 - $6,000,000 [Photo shows the receipt for the purchase of the painting in 1964 for Rs 300]  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Gaitonde,  click here


COOKERY: The Great Indian Global Kitchen. Rishtey (Freeview 88). Saturday 23rd Sep. 10:30 to 11:30. A chef comes together with a host as they cook and present Indian recipes with an international twist.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Queen Victoria's Last Love. more4. Sat. 23rd Sept. 21:00 to 22:00. Abdul Karim. Originally one of two Indians selected to join the Queen's household, Karim rose from being a waiter to become Victoria's most intimate confidant. He introduced her to Indian cuisine, fed her romantic visions of India, and became her 'Munshi' or teacher, giving her daily lessons in Hindustani. Their relationship violated Victorian taboos of race and class as well as stoking bitter jealousy in the royal household - Karim was showered with honours and promoted over the courtiers whose families had served the royal family for generations.

DOCUMENTARY: India's Ladycops. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Sun. 24th Sept. 21:00 to 22:00. Exclusive access to a police station in India run by women for women reveals a unique perspective on a changing society.

FILM: Mumbai Delhi Mumbai. Rishtey Cineplex (Freeview 88). Mon. 25th Sept. 10:00 to 13:00. Pia, a girl from Mumbai, has stereotypical notions about people from Delhi. Her mother insists that she visit Delhi in order to meet a prospective groom, but she is determined to refuse him.

FILM: Jugni. Channel 4. Tues. 26th Sept. 03:30 to 05:35. Channel 4's Indian Film Season continues with writer-director Shefali Bhushan's romantic drama, which is driven by her love of music. Music director Vibs is trying hard to get her first break in Bollywood. Vibs travels to a remote area of the Punjab in the search of Bibi Saroop, a celebrated and soulful singer of folk and Sufi devotional songs. But instead of encountering Bibi, she meets her charismatic son Mastana, who is also a singer. Inevitably Vibs and Mastana fall for each other, but can the music they create together bridge the gap that separates their worlds? This screening is introduced by the director.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Who Do You Think You Are? BBC 2. Tues. 26th Sept. 14:45 to 15:45. Actor Sunetra Sarker sets out to explore the Bengali heritage she ignored when she was growing up in Liverpool. Starting in Kolkata, Sunetra learns about her family's involvement in the struggle for independence in India and a connection to Gandhi. Crossing into Bangladesh, she discovers the harrowing story of how her family were caught up Bangladesh's 1971 war for independence.

FILM: Chashme Buddoor. Rishtey Cineplex (Freeview 88). Wed. 27th Sept. 16:00 to 19:00. Seema rejects six marriage proposals set by her father and leaves for Goa. After Jai and Omi fail to impress her, they come up with a cruel plan when they realise that their friend Sid is dating her. Director: Sai Paranjape


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Youth take to reel to showcase real Goa

19 Sep: Times of India. Films spanning 20 minutes or less showcased Goan culture, cuisine and folklore through the eyes of millennials at the Goa Online Short Film Festival, at Panaji, on Monday… Among the many films that evoked feelings of nostalgia, was a film titled, 'Homecoming'. It follows the trajectory of a young girl called Jennifer, who travels solo to Goa to learn more about her roots. Exposed only to canned food in the UK, Jennifer (photo) takes on a whole new culinary journey in Bardez, exploring college canteens, beach shacks and even dingy restaurants. "The memory of her mother's homemade xitt-kodi (fish curry-rice) is what puts her on a quest for the perfect fish thali," said St Xavier's College student Harriet Fernandes, a part of the film's production team…  click here
Video: Goa Online Short Film Festival, 2017 - The Home Coming. 21m. 06s.  click here

Of Nazis, Germany & Goans with other passports

19 Sep: Herald. By Jason Keith Fernandes (picture). Two recent statements, one by BJP MLA Nilesh Cabral, and the other by the IT Minister Rohan Khaunte, signals that critique of the government will not be accepted by the present establishment, neither by the ruling party, nor by those supporting it. Khaunte’s argument was that Goans abroad seemed to have more to say about the dismal state of Goan politics than persons in the state… Nilesh Cabral’s when responding to the article published in the Renovacão prior to the by-elections in Panjim and Valpoi, is reported to have suggested that Nazi-era Germany was 90 to 100 per cent Catholic, and that Nazism was supported by the Catholic Church… (The author is a legal anthropologist and itinerant mendicant based between Goa and Lisbon). 990 words.  click here

CM to ask Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe House Committee report on drugs

19 Sep: Herald. After nearly four years, and when the House Committee report on the politician-police-drug mafia nexus was almost forgotten, the State government has decided to study the committee findings and intends to set up a Special Investigation Team (SIT) under Crime Branch (CB) to probe the nexus… The State Assembly’s House Committee under then MLA Francisco (Mickky) Pacheco had indicted the State’s former Director General of Police, former Home Minister and sitting MLA Ravi Naik’s son Roy Naik, and recommended filing of First Information Reports against both… The report had indicted in the Naik family, quoting ‘eyewitnesses’ that claimed that Roy involved his wife’s relatives to extort money from the northern coastal belt…  For further details click here
20 Sep: Editorial: SIT will have accountability and responsibility to do justice to House report on drugs …  click here

There's A Real Chance That The Goa Drinking Ban Will Become Another Tool To Harass Ordinary People

19 Sep: Huffington Post. By Sandip Roy. Goa will ban consumption of liquor in public places… it reveals our schizophrenic attitude towards alcohol in this country. On one hand we think of drinking as cool, a sign of modernity and a liberalised economy, a coming of age as a society, the idea that we are all adults now. On the other hand, state after state goes after drinking as the root of all evils, inching towards prohibition and banning its sale within 500m of highways… The austere and somewhat puritanical ethos of the current government is at odds with the inroads that alcohol has made in middle class life… It's much more in vogue as a social lubricant. Yet it's viewed with great nervousness and matrimonial ads still promise non-smoking, non-drinking grooms… 1053 words.  For further details click here

AAI yet to allot slots for chartered flights at Goa airport

19 Sep: India Today. With the Airports Authority of India (AAI) yet to decide on allotment of slots for the chartered flights at the Goa airport, the operators bringing in tourists for this beach destination are left in a quandary. The tourist season in the coastal state is fast approaching and the first chartered flight carrying holiday- makers is expected to arrive in the first week of October. "The season of chartered flights is supposed to start from the first week of October. However, the AAI is yet to allot them the slots for these flights," Travel and Tourism Association of Goa President Savio Messias said … When contacted, Goa airport director B C H Negi claimed the process for allotment of slots is underway. "We have already made recommendations (on slot allotments) and sent the file to our head office," he said…  For further details click here

New Zealand: Valentine Fernandes: Former Miss Taranaki takes out another crown

18 Sep: Taranaki Daily News (NZ). Former Miss Taranaki, Valentine Fernandes has added another crown to her collection. On Saturday, the 22-year-old was crowned Miss India NZ 2017 at a pageant ceremony held in Auckland. In addition to taking out the top spot, the nursing student was also named Miss Talent and Miss Popularity in the competition. Valentine Fernandes said she was humbled by the win. "It's very exciting...I can't quite express how I feel," said Fernandes, who was Miss Taranaki 2016… She was born in Dubai but relocated to New Zealand when she was 10… Fernandes is nearing the end of her second year of a three year nursing degree and after winning two beauty titles she hoped to be an example to other aspiring models who also wanted to pursue other professions.  For further details click here
For Valentine Fernandes’ Facebook page,  click here

Another Goa art failure

19 Sep: Times of India. This week, yet another Goan art masterpiece will disappear forever from our collective sight, possibly never to be seen again in public. This is a superb portrait in oils by Antonio Xavier Trindade (1870-1935) which surfaced at the Schuler auction house in Zurich, Switzerland… it is to be sold on September 20 with an estimated value of 4,000-6,000 Swiss francs, but recent history indicates it will sell for multiples of that amount, probably closer to Rs 15 lakh. That is much less than similarly important paintings by his countrymen and successors in the Mumbai art world, Vasudeo Gaitonde and Francis Newton Souza, whose works routinely sell for dozens of crore rupees, and millions of dollars… It is astonishing to note that these extraordinary representatives of a living tradition remain almost entirely ignored and unknown in their own homeland… 861 words.  For further details click here
To bid online at the online Schuler Zurich auction,  click here

British national among trio charge sheeted in drug cases

David Johnson

19 Sep: Navhind Times. Anti-Narcotics Cell (ANC) of Goa police has filed charge sheets in three different drug cases that were registered in March this year. According to police, charge sheets have been filed against Yusuf Mohammad, a native of Chennai and (photo), a British national, whereas another charge sheet has been filed against Ganesh Pondir, a native of Himachal Pradesh and the third charge sheet has been filed against Johnson in connection with the raid conducted at his rented premises… during house search police found drugs worth around Rs 12 lakh at the rented premises of Johnson in North Goa. Police had said that Johnson is an alleged supplier of chemical drugs such as MDMA, and Ecstasy tablets …  For further details click here



Death: Luis Da Silva - Funeral details added

16 Sep: Nairobi. LUIS GREGORIO JOAQUIM DA SILVA. Husband of Cecilia D'Silva, Father of Domluke D'Silva, Anna Correia and Gloria D’Silva. Father in law of Melvyn Correia and Lee D'Silva. Grandfather of Leah, Alexia, Gabriella, and Gavin. Funeral: Friday 22 Sep. Viewing at 10am mass at 10.30am. St Austin's Catholic Church, James Gichuru Road, Nairobi. Condolences to

Death: Maria Philomena D’Souza. Funeral details added

17 Sep: Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. MARIA PHILOMENA D’SOUZA (ex-Nairobi). Born 28th February 1935. Wife of the late Antonio Mariano D‘Souza, Mother to David (Hanna), Suzanne (Ian), Brian (Sabrina) Lorraine (Keith) and Clive (Zoe). Grandmother to Kim, Michelle, Nils, Michael, Tomke, Evan, Aaron, Joshua, Alyssa and Adam. Sister to Agnelo, Vincent, Kathleen, Eileen and the late Juanita.
Funeral: Visitation: Wed. Sep 20 from 4.00pm - 8.00pm, Turner and Porter (Peel Chapel) 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga ON, L5B 1M8. Mass: Thu. Sep. 21, 10:30 a.m. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 5440 Durie Rd, Mississauga ON L5M 2J5. Burial: Assumption Cemetery: 6933 Tomken Rd, Mississauga ON L5T 1N4.

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Karwar Tragedy: 3 more bodies recovered; 1 still missing

19 Sep: Herald. Three more bodies of Nagarmadi waterfall tragedy were recovered on Monday afternoon, after an intensive search by Karwar fire and police personnel, assisted by locals. However, Renuka Margatti still remains missing… A video taken by a local named Vinaik shows a man getting washed away and yelling for help and a terrified group of five including men and women clinging on to each other in knee-deep running water, with another person who was standing at a safer spot trying to give them a stick for assistance. But by the time anybody could reach for the stick, all five were washed away in the strong torrential currents of the stream… Dead bodies of twenty-one-year-old Francila Pires and twenty-eight-year-old Fiona Pacheco, both residents of Raia, Salcete were later located …  For further details click here
Video: Prudent Media. Karwar Tragedy: All 6 Bodies Recovered..  click here

Mumbai celebrates Card. Gracias, 'prophetic voice' and guide of the Indian Church

18 Sep: Herald Malaysia. By Nirmala Carvalho. As Cardinal Oswald Gracias observes the 20th Anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination on 16th September, the Church in Mumbai and India celebrate the Prophetic Voice of the Shepherd, who has guided the Church in India with Faith and Conviction, but above all could read the signs of the times and respond with courage. Made an Auxiliary Bishop of Bombay in 1997, Cardinal Gracias has served the Archdiocese and the Church with singular distinction and a razor-sharp intellect. Hard-working, and a charming prelate, Cardinal Gracias is not just an ecclesiastical star, but in our pluralistic Indian society, is courted by religious leaders of other denominations and Faiths, and also by politicians of every stripe…  click here

Sun sets on full moon beach parties as Goa cracks down on public drinking

18 Sep: Daily Telegraph (UK). Tourists looking to sample Goa's famous boozy full moon beach parties may soon find themselves falling foul of the law as India's party state clamps down on public drinking. Following a partial ban on public consumption and intoxication in the western state, chief minister Manohar Parrikar warned he would issue a notification by next month to end drinking in all public places. He said: "If someone wants to drink, they should drink inside and not in public places. In the next 15 days, I will hold meetings with government officials to ban the consumption of liquor at public places." … Political observers have frequently commented on what is seen as a crackdown on "Western" or "non-Indian" activities by the nationalist BJP government, from nightlife to celebrating Valentine's Day. 447 Words.  For further details click here
18 Sep: Mail Online (UK). Sun sets on Goa's famous moon beach parties as Indian state BANS public drinking. Tourists hoping to blow off steam in India's party state may end up disappointed after authorities moved to ban public drinking in the area … The move has fuelled fears that Goa's tourism would suffer as a result of the crackdown… 505 words.  click here

2017 Macau legislative assembly: José Pereira Coutinho re-elected

18 Sep: Jornal De Notícias (Portugal). The only head of the list of Portuguese ancestors to the Macao Legislative Assembly, José Pereira Coutinho, 60, was re-elected Sunday, winning for the fourth time a seat in the Chamber, in a poll with a record number of candidates for universal suffrage… With his re-election, Coutinho should in principle be the only member of the AL to speak in the Portuguese language in the next four years, since the former Leonel Alves, who intervened mainly in Portuguese, decided not to reapply at the end of 33 years… Son of Goan parents and with Portuguese paternal grandfather, Pereira Coutinho was born in Macao, did secondary education in the Seminary of São José and soon joined the civil service...  For further details click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here
For the Wikipedia profile, in English, of José Pereira Coutinho click here.

Google launches India mobile payments app Tez

18 Sep: BBC. Google has launched a mobile payments app in India that will work on both Android and Apple smartphones. Tez allows users to make money transfers to each other and to buy goods from physical stores and mobile websites. It is based on the country's Unified Payment Interface (UPI) standard - a government-backed system launched last year to encourage digital payments. But it will have to compete with PayTM, a popular local mobile wallet system… Tez - which is Hindi for fast - transfers money from a user's bank account directly to the recipient and thus acts as a replacement for a bank card, in a similar manner to Android Pay or Apple Pay.  For further details click here
Video: 18 Sep: Tez. Introducing Tez. Created by Google, made for India first… 1m. 45s.  click here

Goa Tourism Development Corporation to launch local app-based taxi service

18 Sep: Times of India. Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) has decided to introduce an app-based taxi service by bringing local tourist taxi operators on board… The radio taxi service for tourists will be operated on the lines of Uber and other such professional taxi services that have a presence in other parts of the country. "GTDC will not bring in either Uber or Ola to run the tourist taxi service in Goa. We will run the service by enrolling existing tourist taxi operators. We will have an aggregator app," chairman, GTDC, Nilesh Cabral said… He said that GTDC has some experience in running a tourist taxi service. In 2014, it introduced an all-women taxi service with 10 cabs…  For further details click here

Why we’d jump on a train to Goa

18 Sep: Conde Nast Traveller. On Saturday, the Mumbai–Goa Jan Shatabdi Express got a spanking new coach, fitted with a glass-roof vistadome for panoramic views en route. To make the most of these views, the coach also features rotatable and pushback chairs, while hanging LCDs fulfil your entertainment needs along the way. Passengers can tuck into meals served under specialised catering services. However, the experience doesn’t come cheap. The one-way fare from Mumbai to Madgaon onboard the plush coach is capped at Rs 2,235 per head, reservation charges, catering charges and GST extra…  For further details click here
Video: 18 Sep: HCN. Vista domed Express arrives in Margao on maiden journey … 1m. 37s.  click here

‘‘Mandoli’’ [aka Moira] bananas in demand

18 Sep: Navhind Times. The ‘‘Mandoli Keli’’ fetches the highest price vis-à-vis the other varieties available in the market. Selling price of the ‘‘Mandoli Keli’’ ranges between Rs 150 to Rs 300 per dozen depending upon its size… “The cultivation of Mandoli variety requires hard work … The bananas once came from Moira village from where it got its name, however now villages in Pernem are the major growers of the variety… the price of this variety is higher than other varieties but the size and quality makes up for the higher cost…  For further details click here



Death: Juliet Furtado
16 Sep: Mississauga. JULIET FURTADO. (Formerly of St. Lawrence Parish, Karachi). Wife of (late) Antonio Furtado, loving devoted mother of Placy, Grace (John), Thelma (Ronney), Angela (Johnny). Beloved grandmother to Andrea, Charlotte, Joshua, Stefanie, Zachary, and Renee. Cherished great-grandmother of Marcus and Ava. Sister of Gemma Barretto, Pia Monteiro, Dr. Wellington (Aida) Gomes. Sister in law of Fr. Alvaro Furtado, Dr. Maurilio Furtado and Lucilia Furtado. Funeral details are as follows: Visitation: The Family will receive friends at Scott Funeral Home on Monday, September 18 from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 420 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L5A 1X5. [Info Pompie Gois]. For photo and full details, click here.

Funeral details: Joseph Allan Goveas
Viewing at Turner and Porter Funeral Home 1981 Dundas St. West, Mississauga ON, L5K 1R2 (Neweduk) from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Funeral Mass at St. John of the Cross Church, 6890 Glen Erin Drive, Mississauga L5N 2E1 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Monday, September 18, 2017. Interment at Assumption Catholic Cemetery followed by a short reception at St. John of the Cross Church Hall. [Info Pompie Gois].

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Video: 6 Goans washed away at Nagarmadi waterfall in Karwar

17 Sep: Goa 365tv. Goa was hit with a major tragedy on Sunday. Five Goans were washed away at a waterfall in Karwar. The water level suddenly rose and the tragedy occurred. Four women and one man from Raia village of Salcete taluka. Total 50 people from Raia had gone for a picnic to Nagarmadi waterfall near Karwar .. The police and fire brigade rushed to the spot and managed to fish out dead bodies of three women. They were still searching for two more till late evening. [The video clip shows a body (circled) being washed away by the force of the water]  For further details click here
For the obituary notices of Francila Pires and Fiona Pacheco,  click here
18 Sep: The Goan. Karwar tragedy: Pall of gloom descends on Raia … click here.

Burning of cardinal’s effigy, cross upsets Indian bishops

16 Sep: La Croix International. Indian bishops have called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stem hate attacks on Christians in eastern Jharkhand State after a Hindu group burned an effigy of Cardinal Telesphore Toppo. Cardinal Toppo is based in the state capital, Ranchi. A September 13 open letter to Modi from the Indian Catholic Bishops’ Conference, signed by secretary general Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, warned of “spiralling hatred” that could spread more widely. The bishops said vitriolic attacks on the Christian community had increased under Chief Minister Raghubar Das, of the pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which came to power in the state in 2014…  For further details click here

Indian investors are falling in love with matchmaking sites

17 Sep: Financial Times (UK). Parental intervention is just one of the many quirks of online dating in a country where most marriages are arranged by relatives, and where the pool of possible spouses is delineated for most singles by religious and caste boundaries. But with India’s annual spending on marriage-related services standing at $57bn, according to KPMG — and with more than 100m unmarried Indians aged between 18 and 35 — a growing number of entrepreneurs are betting that they can win a share of the spoils by pushing Indian courtship into the digital age. is among the oldest online matchmaking companies in the country, having launched in 2000. Since then, it has set up more than 300 specialised sites, reflecting the segmented nature of India’s wedding market. “Ninety-five per cent of Indian marriages happen within a community or caste,” Mr Janakiraman says. “So we have … sites for all the castes.” … 1015 words,  For further details click here
For a Goan Christian matrimonial site,  click here
For the UK Goan Christian matrimonial site, click here.

A sensuous spice odyssey!

16 Sep: Mail on Sunday (UK). By Caroline Hendrie. As we followed a path through dense foliage, our guide Lucy pointed to an unfamiliar fruit and whispered: ‘To make natural Viagra, just grate the seed and mix a pinch with saffron and hot milk.’ The magic ingredient turned out to be nutmeg, one of the many spices brought to India by Portuguese traders… All around us in the lush Goan spice farm were the ingredients for curries and desserts, most of which I had only seen before in jars in the supermarket. … at the spice farm the lunch after my walk tasted all the more delicious for being served among the plants that had yielded the vegetables, nuts and spices for the colourful curries and salads… 1032 words.  For further details click here
Cook to Seduce. Spice Her Up with Nutmeg …  click here

Portuguese olive oil for the fastidious

18 Sep: Navhind Times. While the rest of India is discovering the virtues of olive oil, Goans are already aware of it. The Goan connection with olive oil is historical thanks to the Portuguese rule where residents used only olive oil for cooking. Even now although new cooking oils are available in the market there are Goans who keep olive oil in the kitchen for regular use. Recently, Vasco based, Caroma Agencies, announced the launch of Azeite do Reino, a premium Portuguese origin olive oil fully imported by the company. The first consignment of it was imported in 2016 and since then two more consignments have arrived. Besides Goa, the brand is also available in Mumbai and will shortly be available in other cities across the country…  For further details click here
16 Sep: The Goan. Portuguese olive oil launched in Goa …  click here
13 Sep: Navhind Times. Now, eat healthy using Portuguese-origin olive oil… click here.

Mumbai Food: Chef Rahul Kulkarni reveals his cheat sheet for sand roasting

17 Sep: Mid-Day. For those who don't shy away from slow-cooking methods, sand roasting might be an option they'd like to try, feels Rahul Kulkarni, executive chef, Irish House. He first came across the technique during his days in Goa, where sand roasting is a popular group cooking activity, especially on camp nights. "It's popular in coastal areas, where sea sand is available aplenty. I've given it my own spin, so that you can pull it off too," says the chef. Sand roasting involves marinating vegetables and meat in spices of choice -- Indian or continental, wrapping them in silver foil and covering it all with a flat dough, that resembles a chapati. A tawa or a baking tray is filled till half an inch of well-strained sea sand. The dough wrapped ingredients are placed on the sand and slow cooked… The beauty of this method is that there is no risk of the food getting burnt, no matter how long it is cooked…  For further details click here

Auction: Portrait, Oil on Canvas. 1926. By Antonio Xavier Trindade (Goa 1870-1935).

20 Sep: Schuler Auctions, Zurich. Lot 3129. Trindade, Antonio Xavier (Goa 1870-1935 Bombay) Portrait Of A Man. 1926. Oil On Canvas. Auctioneer's estimate 4,000 CHF - 6,000 CHF…  click here
Antonio X Trindade and Indian modernism's Goan roots … 23 Mar. 2014. Times of India. By Vivek Menezes  click here

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