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Death: Olinda Fernandes

5 Feb: Toronto. OLINDA FERNANDES. Born 1951; Ex-Nairobi – Dr Ribeiro’s Goan School Class of 1966. Passed away after a short illness. Olinda will be deeply missed by her mother Aurora Fernandes and her sisters Loreta, Olivia, Eva and Lorna, as well as their spouses. She leaves behind her nieces Nessa and Lauren, nephew Jason and beloved grandnieces Ashley and Sunaya and grandnephews Joshua, Arayan and Sayshen. Family and friends will be received at the Highland Funeral Home "Scarborough Chapel" on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 2:30-3:00 p.m. A celebration of her life will be held at 3:00 p.m. with a reception to follow. A private cremation will take place on Thursday, February 11, 2016. Donations may be made to the Rainbow Flame Medicine Lodge or the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences to  For further details click here

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Seraphino Antao Street

12 Feb: Coastweek (Kenya). By Franklyn Pereira (photo), Ex. Chairman Goan Institute, Mombasa. “When I commenced to write this letter, my wife told me not to bother as nobody would care about it; but here goes. For the last 3 years I have been voicing my request for a road in the name of Seraphino Antao (photo), that elite runner who brought fame for Kenya in the Commonwealth Games. The first Kenyan to win two golds. Seraphino was born in Mombasa, educated here and distinguished himself in sports where he brought a lot of honors for Kenya. A fitting tribute would be appropriate for a road to be named adjoining to the Goan Institute ground where he trained…  For further details click here

Cops fail to justify arrest, Sameer Sardana gets bail

12 Feb: Times of India. With the police failing to collect evidence to link Sameer Sardana to any terror outfit, the court granted him conditional bail. Countering police's claim that Sardana had downloaded information on how to make IEDs, Sardana's counsel told the court that being a shareholder of a firm involved in manufacturing defence equipment, there was nothing wrong in his client downloading such information… Granting him bail, the court said Sardana can't travel abroad without its permission, and that for the next four days, he has to be present at the ATS office… Text + comments.  For further details click here

Is it a bird? No, it's vermin: Goa reclassifies the peacock

12 Feb: The Guardian (UK). India’s popular tourist state of Goa has ruffled feathers with its proposal to reclassify its national bird, the peacock, as vermin, reports said. The move, which is aimed at making the bird easier to cull, comes just weeks after Goa’s legislative assembly caused similar consternation when it ruled that the resort state’s beloved coconut trees were not in fact trees, but palms. “We have listed several wild species, including wild boar, monkey, wild bison (gaur), peacock as nuisance animals,” the Press Trust of India quoted Goa’s agriculture minister, Ramesh Tawadkar, as saying …  For further details click here

Al Qaeda told Headley to survey Goa after terror attack

12 Feb: The Hindu. Continuing his deposition via video conferencing, American Pakistani terrorist David Coleman Headley told the special court on Friday that an al Qaeda operative gave him the money to visit India after the attacks in March 2009. He was asked to visit Chabad House in Pune, Pushkar and Goa and surveyed the places…  For further details click here
13 Feb: Navhind Times. Headley says he visited Chabad House at Anjuna …  click here
Video: 12 Feb: Prudent Media. click here.

'Goans are not alcoholics, perception needs correction'

12 Feb: Business Standard. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar (photo) on Friday said that an unfortunate perception of Goans being alcoholics and rinsing their mouth with alcohol instead of water every morning, needed correction. "People outside Goa, visualise that Goans rinse their mouth with alcohol instead of water every morning and that they drink through to the night. You will not find Goans drinking all the time and swaying on the roads," Parsekar said … "Some say Goans hardly wear any clothes on them. In fact, Goans are well dressed people," Parsekar said, adding that the perception that drugs are easily available in Goa was also false…  For further details click here

Goa’s illegal houses could be legal by next month

12 Feb: Goa News. Goa government is all set to regularize ‘illegal’ houses built till February 2014, but not all, in the budget Assembly session next month. A five-day Assembly session is scheduled from 14 to 18 March. After the cabinet today cleared the bill of regularizing unauthorized houses, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said government would also act against the illegal houses built after 28 February 2014…  For further details click here

Indian bishop lifts convicted priest's suspension

12 Feb: UCAN. A Catholic bishop in southern India has lifted the suspension of a priest convicted last year of sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl in the United States. The 2010 suspension order imposed on Father Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul, 61, was lifted on Jan. 16 after consultations with the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Bishop Arulappan Amalraj of Ootacamund …  For further details click here

Forthcoming Auction: Indo-Portuguese Ebony and Ivory-Inlaid Rosewood Box- 18th Century

17 Feb: Christies, South Kensington, London, UK. Lot 267. An Indo-Portuguese Ebony and Ivory-Inlaid Rosewood Box 18th Century Inlaid with foliate scrolling marquetry and with brass handles to the sides, on a later ebonised stand. The box 4 in. (10 cm.) high; 18 ½ in. (47.5 cm.) wide; 12 ½ in. (32 cm.) deep. The stand 26 in. (66 cm.) high; 19 ¼ in. (49 cm.) wide; 13 ¼ in. (33 cm.) deep. Estimate: 2,000 GBP - 3,000 GBP.  For further details click here


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Goan Association UK: 50th Anniversary Brochure

The UK Goan Association is in the process of producing its 50 anniversary brochure. We would like this to be a keepsake which you will treasure for years to come. We would be most grateful if former and current Goan Association members forward to Selma Carvalho your fond memories going back to the sixties, seventies or more recent ones. This could be in the form of a brief write-up and/or a photograph. Enquiries/Contributions to at

ATM frauds: cops on the lookout for 2 foreigners

12 Feb: Navhind Times. The images and video footage (CCTV) were obtained by the police from the banks … The police said that the ATM card skimming frauds reported in the state could be the handiwork of an organised international gang as the probe has revealed that almost all the transactions, wherein money was siphoned off, were executed in foreign countries… Cyber Crime police are in pursuit of two foreign nationals in connection with ATM card skimming frauds reported recently. The police, on Thursday, released images and video footage of the two suspected persons …  click here
Video: Prudent Media.  click here

Scotland's Cherry Grove opens Sufi Sutra in Goa

11 Feb: Times of India. Enthralling a packed room of music lovers, the opening act of the second edition of Sufi Sutra in Goa resonated at the Kala Academy with a stimulating live performance on Wednesday. No sooner did Marianne Fraser of Cherry Grove strum the chords of her guitar than the upbeat melodies of the band echoed through the auditorium. Within the next 10 minutes, the band had its audience engaged in an interactive sing-along to the tunes of popular Scottish songs…  For further details click here
Listen & Watch: Cherry Grove  click here

Karachi’s Catholic music scene loses its Freddie Mercury

11 Feb: The Express Tribune (Pakistan). If you were a frequent visitor of the many upscale, five-star hotels or a mere observer of the section of Karachi’s underground music scene that derives from the church choir culture and parish bands, you must have come across this frail, cheerful vocalist called Melvin Clements. He was a rockstar of his community … Few people knew that in opposition to his outer appearance, leukaemia was eating away at him on the inside. The 35-year-old lost the battle on Tuesday morning. His friends and family are finding a hard time to come to terms with the fact that their Freddie Mercury is no more … [Alert from Frederick Noronha via GoaNet]  For further details click here

Tech can solve some of world's hardest problems: Francisco D'Souza, CEO, Cognizant

10 Feb: Economic Times. The IT world is going through a slowdown. Cognizant, on the other hand, has been forging ahead of the rest of the Indian IT pack though its latest earnings did give reason to be cautious. In an exclusive chat in Davos in January, CEO Francisco D'Souza, talks about the challenges before Cognizant and the exciting new frontier of technology -the fourth industrial revolution…  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Francisco D’Souza,  click here

Chris Hemsworth is in India with wife Elsa Pataky

11 Feb: Times of India. Chris Hemsworth is in India with his wife Elsa Pataky on an expedition to climb the mountain peaks in Ladakh. The actor was in Goa with his wife and the couple reportedly moved to Ladakh from there… Sony Pix tweeted the picture of Chris with a cow and wrote: "@chrishemsworth is in India, & Notty broke the news first! More scoop: He's in Goa ;) #NottyPixyBreakingNews."  For further details click here
10 Feb: El Norte De Castilla (Spain). Elsa Pataky was in Goa, one of the nerve centers of yoga and Ayurveda culture. But, there was added, by surprise, a new companion to the expedition. It was Chris Hemsworth …  click here

Prawn Lonvas Recipe

11 Feb: This is a popular Goan dish among Goans in Mumbai. It’s mildly spicy and uses coconut milk and bottle masala as its chief flavours… Serve the Lonvas with bread and steamed rice.  For further details click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sun: 27 Mar: Goan Association UK celebrates Easter Egg-stravaganza at Vuk Club, Park Place, Chiswick, London, W2 8JY. From 3 p.m. til late. Music by Nitelife. Invitation to all performers to shine your talent at the function - register by Monday 14th March 2016. Members: £16, Guests: £20, Child 4-12yrs: £10, Children under 3yrs: Free. For tickets please contact Chloe De-Mendonca 020 8384 0272 <a href="" target="_blank"></a>
Marilou De Souza 020 8677 0390, Lynsey Martins 020 8657 8951, Neil De-Mendonca 07960736052. For the flyer click here.

Sat. 30 Apr: Cortalim Union (UK) celebrates the Feast of St Philip & St James at Woodside High School (ex-White Hart Lane School), White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London N22 5QJ. Mass at 2.00 pm followed by a social gathering. Music by 'Outbreak'. Catering by 'Maggie's Kitchen'. Tickets '£13.00 up to 12th April 2016, thereafter £15.00'. Children £6.00 (3-10 years). For tickets and details please contact: Georgina Gomes - 079 7428 9640, Tino Goes - 078 2190 0490, Ligor D'Mello - 078 2164 5317, Chris D'Cruz - 077 3987 6718, Agnelo D'Mello - 079 2580 2891. For the flyer,
click here.

Sun: 15 May G.O.A. "A Day with Our Lady Of Fatima" at Archbishop Lanfranc School. Commencing at 12.00 noon with procession of the Statue of Our Lady followed by Holy Mass, Benediction and a social in the hall. Further details available from Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa on 0208 765 0258 / 07958 537314.

Sat: 11 Jun. G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Anniversary Ball. Further details from Chloe De Mendonca on 020 8384 0272

Sun: 31 Jul. - Goan Festival at Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, TW5 9PD. Further details from Ravi Vaz on 07909 927539 / Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa 07958 537314

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New Event Announcement: Cortalim Union (UK)

Sat. 30 Apr: Cortalim Union (UK) celebrates the Feast of St Philip & St James at Woodside High School (ex-White Hart Lane School), White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London N22 5QJ. Mass at 2.00 pm followed by a social gathering. Music by 'Outbreak'. Catering by 'Maggie's Kitchen'. Tickets '£13.00 up to 12th April 2016, thereafter £15.00'. Children £6.00 (3-10 years). For tickets and details please contact: Georgina Gomes - 079 7428 9640, Tino Goes - 078 2190 0490, Ligor D'Mello - 078 2164 5317, Chris D'Cruz - 077 3987 6718, Agnelo D'Mello - 079 2580 2891. For the flyer  For further details click here

'Goan aunty' becomes a YouTube star

10 Feb: Times of India. We all have that one aunty who is quirky and encompasses just about everything Goan. And even though the relationship may be more of love-hate, her sussegad sassiness is what appeals the most. Portraying the idiosyncrasies of the quintessential Goan aunty through hilarious videos, Mumbai-based theatre artist Rozzlin Pereira, transforms herself into a senior citizen from Bandra's Goan community, launching one adventure after another on YouTube every Monday… Her fans from Goa and beyond always look forward to Mondays to see what the granny is up to next… Neville Rodrigues, a doctoral student at University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand told TOI, "There is not much of Goan influence where I live so the 'character' of the Goan catholic Aunty is slowly fading. I'm glad someone like Rozzlin has chosen to immortalise our Goan aunties on Youtube. She is brilliant at what she does."  For further details click here
For the Rozzlin Pereira YouTube channel,  click here

Bombay Canteen's menu to get a mother's touch on first anniversary

10 Feb: Mid Day … Born to Goan parents in Iran, Beryl Cardoz grew up in Hubli, Karnataka and later in Goa in a family that loved food, and her six children, including chef Floyd Cardoz have inherited the trait. Having moved to the city in her early 20s, Cardoz initially worked as a secretary with Macmillan Publishers and also as a singer in the band, The Ken Mack Band. “I wasn't a reckless singer, I sang because my voice merged beautifully with the band. Now, of course, I can't sing,” she laughs…  For further details click here

Plastering Basilica; Church says Oh God, please don't

10 Feb: The Goan. The church in Goa has rejected the move of the Archeological Survey of India (ASI), which is toying with the idea of re-plastering the Basilica of Bom Jesus at Old Goa. Tempering with the structure\'s centuries-old form would hurt public sentiments, it said while rooting for more modern ways of preserving and improving the image of the structure… Basilica rector Fr Savio Baretto expressed his discontent and concern over the possibility of the church getting a white makeover…  For further details click here

Mansions you can buy for the average UK house price

10 Feb: The Daily express (UK). You can get a lot for your money around the world … The Brits already love a curry and aside from tasty food, India also offers an incredibly affordable way of life. This four-bedroom apartment in Goa is just £204,723. That includes sea views, use of a pool and gym and the beach just walking distance away…  For further details click here

International racket involved in ATM thefts in Goa

11 Feb: Times of India. An international racket could be involved in ATM thefts reported in Goa during last few months. Many people in the state have lost their money in the last few months. The latest case was registered last week wherein over Rs 7 lakh was stolen after hacking ICICI ATM in Porvorim. The Cyber-crime cell suspect it is a handiwork of a racket operating from Goa, London and Bulgaria…  For further details click here


DOCUMENTARY: The Fruit and Veg Market: Inside New Spitalfields. BBC 4. Thursday 11th Feb. 23:40 to 00:40. The fruit and veg trade in England was once a closed world dominated by traditional British costermonger families. Successive waves of immigration have brought new people to New Spitalfields market in east London, people for whom food has a deeper meaning.

COOKERY: Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast. Channel 4. Friday 12th Feb. 20:00 to 21:00. Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty create blow-out feasts for the weekend in their pop-up caff on Southend pier. Hollywood star Kate Hudson cooks up a Goan curry.

FILM: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Film4 (Freeview 15). Saturday 13th Feb. 21:00 to 23:25. A group of ageing Brits have been seduced by the prospect of spending their retirement in low-cost luxury at a plush Indian hotel they've seen in a brochure.

ENTERTAINMENT: Under the Skin. BBC Radio 4 Extra. Monday 15th Feb. 21:00 to 21:15 Correspondence, by NSR Khan. 4 Extra Debut. Surprises in letters between a Pakistani father and British Asian daughter. (Part 1 of 3.)

ENTERTAINMENT: Under the Skin. BBC Radio 4 Extra. Tuesday 16th Feb. 21:00 to 21:15. Another Life, by Resma Ruia. A 55-year-old businessman looks back on his unexpected life in Manchester. Read by Lyndam Gregory, Deni Francis and Najma Khan.

DOCUMENTARY: Modern Love . BBC World Service Radio. Wednesday 17th Feb. 09:05 to 10:00. Simon Maybin visits New York, Delhi and Nairobi to see how dating apps are changing the way people find love around the world.

ENTERTAINMENT: Under the Skin. BBC Radio 4. Wednesday 17th Feb. 21:00 to 21:15. Eyebrows, by Kavita Bhanot. Jaya, her mother and her grandmother slowly come to terms with one another. Read by Lyndam Gregory, Deni Francis and Najma Khan.



Update: Death and Funeral announcement: Sabina Nazareth

5 Feb: Moshi Tanzania. SABINA LEBERETA NAZARETH [ex-Zanzibar]. Daughter of the late Thomas and Lucy Vaz. Beloved and doting wife to Romeo Nazareth, loving and caring mother to Cyril, Anna, Andrew, Megan, Savio and Hilary Nazareth and cousin to Mendes. Adorable grandmother to Alex, Romeo, Anthony, Mathew, Michael and Trent Nazareth. Sabina was the most compassionate Sister to Teresa Rodrigues, Ben, Paul, late Theodore, Johnny Vaz, late Marian D’Mello, and Dorothy Sheik.
She will be remembered for her big heart, her kindest, loving and caring nature. We shall miss her tremendously especially her delicious meals and cakes. May perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul rest in eternal peace. Amen
Funeral will be held on Thursday, 11/2/2016 at Christ the King Cathedral – Moshi. Viewing of the body will be from 12pm – 1pm followed by funeral service. Burial at Karanga Cemetery on main Arusha/Moshi road. [Info: Renee Rodrigues]. Condolences to

Death: Fernando De Lemos
29 Jan: Portugal. FERNANDO DE LEMOS. Most beloved husband of Margarida Sampaio De Lemos. Loving father of Maria De Lurdes / Orlando, Maria Do Camio / Rui, Maria De Fatima / Rui. Brother/ Brother-in-law of late Noemia / late Zezito, late Marcela / late Emerico and Maria De Fatima / late Santana Diniz. Uncle of Luis Felipe / Luisa, Bernardo/ Clotilda and Fernando (Nandinho) / Christin. There will be an Eucharistic Celebration for his soul at Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Don Bosco. Panjim on February 12th at 4.00 pm.  For further details click here

Death: Joe Correa

8 Feb: Arossim, Cansaulim, Goa. JOSE (JOE) CAMILO FILOMENO CORREA. Born 1942. Ex President of Kuwait Goans and ex member of GWS, Kuwait. Son of Late Candido Correa & Late Estefania Carvalho e Correa. Loving husband of: Late Sena Correa. Loving father/father-in-law of: Wendy, Lorraine/Franky Fernandes. Araneta/Gaurish Verlekar, Arninda/Aaron Rodrigues. Adorable grandfather of: Sean Fernandes. Funeral cortege will leave his residence 10th February 2016 at 4.00 pm to St. Lawrence Chapel, Arossim for Eucharistic Celebration & thereafter to St. Thomas Church Cemetery, Cansaulim for burial.  For further details click here

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You won’t find Goan girls in bikinis, says CM Laxmikant Parsekar

9 Feb: Indian Express. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has said Goans are not to be blamed for “misconceptions” about the state and insisted that women seen in bikinis or people attired in “exceptional” dresses on the beaches are tourists and not local residents. “The tourists who come here watch another fellow tourist and return with misconception. You will not find Goans drunk on the roads or any local girl in bikini,” he said. “You could see people in short dresses, they are foreigners. People who are seen in bikini or wearing exceptional dress are not Goans. They are tourists,” Parsekar said …  For further details click here

How an Indo-American teenager adjusted to life in Mumbai

9 Feb: CanIndia News Service. By Pradip Rodrigues. Meet Amelia D’Souza who was born in the US and moved with her parents to live in Bandra, Mumbai as a child. Today she is 16 and considers India her home. She loves it here and although she sees herself moving back to the US for further education would undoubtedly find a way to return… “I was about 4 or 5 when I first came to India for a few months, and I did feel a bit out of place, naturally, since it was so hectic and life was much different than I was used to. Eventually I moved here when I was 6 or 7 and did KG and 1st grade at St. Joseph’s, a nearby Catholic school …  For further details click here

With Centre's blessings, Basilica could get a makeover

9 Feb: The Goan. The possibility of Goa’s most famous church, the Basilica of Bom Jesus getting a makeover may seem a reality with the chief archaeologist of the Archaeological Society of India (ASI) Goa circle writing to the centre to consider the structure for plastering. ASI chief archaeologist, M Taher said the laterite structure currently existing was deteriorating, suggesting that he had personally written to ASI to undertake a project called laterite pack. “Speaking for myself, as having worked in Goa since 2003 to 2009 I’ve been trying to convince authorities that the core is deteriorating and needs to be plastered. We have to come together and decide to plaster it because if we don’t it will slowly deteriorate,” he said…  For further details click here

The End Of The Goan Dream

9 Feb: Outlook. Problems such as littering, garbage dumping, unending road-digging works, and drug peddling are putting off international tourists, and especially the British who love Goa and spread their money liberally and are unhappy with the current situation. They are the ones you would find letting their hair down in shacks — in fact, menus in these shacks were tailored to the British palate — whereas now you have Russian signboards and menus… Goa government's actions on the Portuguese passport issue borders on the ludicrous. It filed an FIR against activist-lawyer Aires Rodrigues for allegedly holding a Portuguese passport. At the same time, it closed the dual nationality issue against various persons, including two MLAs (who support the government) and two police officers… As activist-doctor Oscar Rebello put it, "Such fantastic lawyers, such a clever pulse on people's issues and such oversized, self defeating egos to accompany all the good in them." … 1485 words.  For further details click here

Goa ready to declare Mhadei Wildlife

Sanctuary as tiger reserve 10 Feb: Herald. With the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) pitching for a tiger reserve corridor along Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra, the Goa government has finally expressed its desire to declare the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, located along the Western Ghats, as a tiger reserve for the protection and preservation of big cat. The final decision on declaring the sanctuary a tiger reserve will be taken after receiving reports about the animal’s presence, which is expected next year…  For further details click here

Make in India, conquer the world: Wild Tiger rum, Paul John Whisky, Soul Tree wine

9 Feb: Indian Express. Cobra beer and Amrut Whisky were the first Indian-made spirits to serve notice abroad. But now, a bunch of other spirits are following in their footsteps. You’ll have a tough time finding them in India — as at least for now, they are conquering the world… Soul Tree makes its wines in Nashik … London-based co-founders Melvyn D’Souza and Alok Mathur felt that there were several aspects working in their favour… The success enabled them to enter other markets in the EU… Paul John Whisky: Whisky guru Jim Murray called it a world classic … It is distilled in Goa and can out single-malt Scottish drams…  For further details click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
10 Feb: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 31.3. Min = 21,8. Rainfall: NIL
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 98.29; $ = 67.91; $Can = 48.96; Euro = 76.69; $Aus= 48.01 .



Death: Olfango (Olfie) D’Mello

2 Feb: D'Mello Vaddo, Saligao, Goa. OLFANGO (OLFIE) ANTHONY D'MELLO. Beloved husband of late Stella Rita, loving father/father-in-law of Janet/Tony Vickers, Gerard/Maryann, Sheila/Stephen Vaz and Loretta/Alarico Vaz (UK); doting grandfather of Vivian/Pooja, Venetia/Clifford, Reuben, Michelle, Sharlene/Samuel and Stephanie; great grandfather of Zara and Zoya.

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New Event: G.O.A Easter Egg-stravaganza:

Sun: 27 Mar: Goan Association UK celebrates Easter Egg-stravaganza at Vuk Club, Park Place, Chiswick, London, W2 8JY. From 3 p.m. till late. Music by Nitelife. Invitation to all performers to shine your talent at the function - register by Monday 14th March 2016. Members: £16, Guests: £20, Child 4-12yrs: £10, Children under 3yrs: Free. For tickets please contact Chloe De-Mendonca 020 8384 0272 Marilou De Souza 020 8677 0390, Lynsey Martins 020 8657 8951, Neil De-Mendonca 07960736052. For the flyer,  For further details click here

Terror suspect Sameer Sardana’s remand extended by four days

9 Feb: Herald. The Court has extended the police remand of Sameer Sardana, who was arrested by Vasco railway Police over suspected terror links by four days… Sameer accused the police of torturing him …  click here
Sardana still remains a suspect, says Police. 9 Feb: Herald. Inspector General of Police V Renganathan told the media that Goa Police and Intelligence Bureau (IB) are still interrogating the terror suspect who was arrested last Monday by the railway police in Vasco… “He is still a suspect. Nobody uses seven mobile phones and five passports,” Renganathan said…  click here
Goa Police writes to Google for terror suspect's online history. 8 Feb: Business Standard click here.

He wanted to blast railway bridges, Portuguese tortured him for 4 weeks…

8 Feb: Goa News. The late Subhash Karmali was destined to be a freedom fighter. He had in him all that was essential to take on the might of Portuguese Junta under the dreaded PIDE Chief Casimiro Monteiro… Karmali was subjected to third degree torture for full 4 weeks by Monteiro and languished in Aguada jail for almost a year before gaining freedom when Goa was liberated on 19 December 1961. At 79, Subhash bhai breathed his last on 2 February at GMC Hospital at Bambolim… 1019 words.  For further details click here

Curbs on night flight operations at Dabolim airport in March

8 Feb: Times of India. Nearly 10 flights, including a few international charters, will have to reschedule their arrivals and departures in March as authorities have decided to curtail operations between 10pm and 4am. The change in flight operations will come into effect when work to strengthen the runway's shoulder and drains begins, sources said… The work is likely to be completed within 30 days… Among the flights that have been rescheduled, there are seven arrivals and two departures …  For further details click here

Choking the cultural, environmental heritage of Goa

8 Feb: UCAN (Union of Catholic Asian News). By Bosco de Sousa Eremita. The mysterious death of a firebrand former Blessed Sacrament priest, Bismarque Dias, whose body in November was found floating in a river of Goa state, is still fresh in the minds of local people… On Jan. 16, the state's pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government amended a state law to remove the coconut tree from the list of protected trees … There are several major projects proposed which face public opposition — a golf course, an airport, defense facilities, as well as bridges and road widening schemes… Over the years, governments have had a notoriously poor record regarding the environment, where sustainability is not a vital ingredient, while approving projects… 835 words.  For further details click here

It's the 'noisy' north Indian tourists bringing in business
8 Feb: Times of India. Some may not like to accept it, but it's a fact that Goa's tourism industry is increasingly becoming dependent on domestic tourists as the number of foreign charter tourists has dwindled over the last two years. Their numbers are growing and hotel bookings are 80-90% sometimes even 100% during extended weekends. Tourist trades now specially plan their packages accordingly…  click here


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Goa positives. By Frederick Noronha

7 Feb: Navhind Times … Goans are achieving quite a few bizarre successes. One source of inspiration can be this online publication called the GoanVoice [] which records the achievements (and occasional notoriety) of Goans the world over. And some at home too. Each of these stories is an inspiration, and we suddenly realise we have so many role models out there… The late George V. Coelho (1918-99) put it nicely when he said all the positive initiatives continuing to emerge out of Goa, and its diaspora, were simply amazing. He saw it as something as a precursor to a potential Goan Renaissance… 1036 words.  For further details click here

Brett Lee’s celebrity role

7 Feb: The Australian. A few years ago the Australian cricketer, Brett Lee, fronted a television advertisement in India for the Pearls Group, for which he was a “brand ambassador”. After being filmed building sandcastles with kids and jogging along a beach in Goa, he stood in front of a camera dressed in a white sports coat and recited the firm’s mantra: “Touching hearts, building confidence. Pearls Infrastructure.” What he should have said was “touching wallets, breaking hearts”, for while there is no suggestion that Lee had any knowledge of this at the time, the company he was spruiking was allegedly­ engaged in a monumental fraud. It may have ripped off as many as 50 million Indian investors to the tune of $10 billion in a long-running Ponzi land scam that allegedly funnelled at least $130 million into Australia…In terms of the number of victims, the Pearls scam appears to be one of the worlds biggest. Indian media is describing it as the largest fraud in the country’s history… 1967 words  For further details click here
Video: Pearl infrastructure Goa ad film with Brett Lee … 0m. 40s.  click here

A decade since the sale of Vanxim by the Church

7 Feb: Herald. Neshwin Almeida travels to the Vanxim islands to speak to the locals, look through documents and understand why Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao sold 45 acres of Vanxim Island for a petty Rs 55 lakhs and has signed a deed to sell an additional 24.27 acres all for Ozone Groups resort structures …  For further details click here
Vanxim sale is a fraud and Church has a lot to answer, say locals. 7 Feb: Herald. John Fernandes, senior citizen and resident of Vanxim Island points out that Vanxim was of a few people who chose peaceful lives and had no dreams of ruining their little treasure like the rest of Goa… Sadly the church which teaches and propagates the faith is the one that sold these … Fr Michael Fernandes, a priest turned lawyer asserts that the Church has a surplus of funds and the Archbishop’s justification to sell Vanxim to fund the repairs of Santa Monica Chapel is a lie and untrue and feels that Vanxim is the fraud of the Catholic Church…  click here

Go Away With ... Dominic Monaghan

7 Feb: Chicago Tribune. Actor Dominic Monaghan, 39, has had starring roles in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the ABC hit series, "Lost." Q. What is your best vacation memory? A. Best holiday memory? I was starving and had spent all day traveling to Goa from Bengaluru. I arrived at a beach and a gentleman asked me if I was hungry. I told him I was. He told me to go swim in the ocean and when I got back, he would have food. I watched him from the sea build a fire and make some bread. By the time I'd returned, he had made me a fantastic spicy chicken tikka and fresh naan bread. It was the best meal I've ever had and it cost me about $2…  For further details click here

Goa Holidays featured in the UK Media

Half-term high jinks. 7 Feb: Sunday Times. You (just about) have time to become the hero of your household. Book one of our fun-filled family escapes … Goa India’s new e-visa at last makes it possible to swan off to Goa almost at the last minute — you need to apply a minimum of four days before departure. A week at the charming Cidade de Goa resort, on Vainguinim beach, starts at £899, B&B (01293 762456, The visa costs £39 (  For further details click here
7 Feb: The Sun (UK). Spend 14 nights all-inclusive at the 3H Heritage Village Club at Arossim Beach from £855 per person, including Gatwick flights on February 17 and transfers ( or call 0871 230 2555)… OR go to Goa for ten nights' room only at the 4H Emerald Forest Hotel from £771. Leaves Heathrow on February 19. See or call 020 8705 0086. cidade-de-goa-100

Tata Housing to develop new project in Goa for Rs 400 crores

7 Feb: Business Standard. Tata Housing will invest about Rs 400 crore over the next three years to develop a mid-income housing project in Goa as part of its strategy to tap the rising demand for second homes. This is the second project that the Tata group firm will be developing in that city. About 7-8 years ago, it had developed a luxury project comprising 65 villas. The company will develop about 650 housing units on a 7-acre land parcel in Goa… This project will have 250 units in the first phase with a starting price of Rs 35 lakh …  For further details click here



Death: Sabin Nazareth

5 Feb: Moshi Tanzania. SABIN NAZARETH. Wife of Romeo Nazareth. Daughter of late Tome Vaz and Luciene Rodrigues. Mother of Cyril (Anna) UK, Andrew (Megan ) (US) and Savio (Hillary) (US), and 6 grandsons. Sister of Theresa ( late Luciano Rodrigues) (?), Benjamin (UK), late Johnny, Paul (US), late Theoton, late Marian, and Dorothy(?) (Goa). Sister-in-law of Donald, and late Tony (Angela) (UK), Edward (Glory) (US). Info: Jo Birkmeyer. Condlences to

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Chandor Club House inauguration today

7 Feb: Herald. After years of struggle, the Chandor Club House has finally taken shape and is all set for its inauguration on Sunday. The Club House, spearheaded by President, Domnic Mendes [photo] and the Managing Committee having 19 members, have been glorified with an auditorium, gaming rooms, gymnasium, a badminton court and a swimming pool. The club boasts of a membership of more than 450 members…  click here
The Chandor Club houses the Seraphino Antao Gymnasium. A sum of Rs 1 lakh was handed to the Club, being the proceeds of the the Seraphino Antao Memorial Mass in London organised by the Goan Association (UK). Photo shows Club President Dominic Mendes receiving the cheque in Oct. 2015. For the Goan Voice Seraphino Antao supplement,  click here

Expat Tales: An endless Indian summer

7 Feb. Sunday Star-Times (New Zealand). 1198 words. Chloe and Francisco de Souza live in [Saligao], Goa, India, with their six-year-old twin daughters, Lily and Sabina. "We adore India. Until early 2014, we juggled busy corporate lives in London with extended periods of adventure travel in the sub-continent … Now we happily spend 365 days a year living in a small village in the coastal state of Goa. Until we moved to Goa our careers were in management consultancy and IT project management. We've now retired from those fields and have set up a boutique India travel company called Latitude22 (, where we offer fully guided tours through India, which are personally led by Francisco…. Francisco is also an award-winning travel photographer, and he runs specialist photography walking tours through villages and markets of Goa ( 1198 words..  click here
Francisco, part Goan and part Irish was born in Zimbabwe, the son of Valentino who used to be in London. His grandparents emigrated to Southern Rhodesia in the 1930’s from Sangolda. For the facsimile version of the article, at the link select "continue to use"  click here

Goa ushers in Carnival with pomp and gaiety

7 Feb: IANS. Keeping its date with its Portuguese cultural heritage, Goa on Saturday ushered in the Carnival with traditional float parades, King Momo's salutations and general merry-making on the chock-a-block streets of Panaji. Thousands of revellers dressed in colourful costumes, funny hats or dyed wigs thronged the streets of Panaji as the parade moved along the riverside promenade along the Mandovi river, which flanks the state capital… After the inaugural parade in Panaji, similar float parades will also be taken out in other cities -- Margao on February 7, Vasco, Ponda and Curchorem on February 8 and Mapusa and Shiroda on February 9…  For further details click here
Video: FC Goa rocked the Carnival parade in Panaji… 1m. 34s.  click here

The big fat beach cleaning scam

6 Feb: Herald. Despite a tender being floated regarding mechanized beach cleaning, it is still being carried out manually. The waste is then either burnt or thrown into the sea causing environmental pollution. This scam is being played out on the beaches daily …  For further details click here
Beach cleaning drive a failure, causing environmental pollution: GSPCB  click here
Beach cleaning tender includes places where there’s no scope of work … click here.

Goa govt's amendment on coconut tree wrong, legally untenable

6 Feb: DNA. A Parliamentary panel on Saturday termed the Goa government's decision to classify coconut as 'palm' instead of 'tree' as "wrong" and sought Centre's intervention in the matter even as it observed that the amendment to this effect will not stand legal scrutiny. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forest, headed by Rajya Sabha MP Ashwani Kumar, also noted that there was ambiguity in the legislation regarding the description of coconut tree and palm. "It was noted that classifying coconut as 'palm' is a wrong decision, which is not in favour of protection of the fruit. Coconut has given so much to Goa, and one cannot play with its preservation," a committee member said. The panel expects the Central government to intervene and make the state government withdraw the amendment, he said...  For further details click here
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Ken Livingstone: 'If Jeremy Corbyn has a stroke it'll be John McDonnell'

5 Feb: Daily Mail. Ken Livingstone today backed John McDonnell (photo) to be the next Labour leader if Jeremy Corbyn 'is pushed under a bus'. Red Ken, who once sacked Mr McDonnell in the 1980s for being too left wing, said his friend is more 'principled' than other MPs because he had 'never gone sucking up to Blair'. .. Mr McDonnell has a son with his second wife Cynthia Pinto (photo) who he married in 2005.  For further details click here

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