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Death: Eric Silveira

16 Aug: Bridgeport, CT, USA. ERIC PETER SILVEIRA. Born 1937 in Goa. Lovingly called "Honey Peter" by his wife of 42 years, Nelly Silveira, he also leaves behind his two daughters: Jen Silveira and her partner in life Greg Comiskey of Frisco, TX, Valerie Erika Gustafson and her husband Jesse who Eric adored, his "sweetie" grandchild Jordan, and grand-dog Anna of Chestnut Hill, MA, brother Anthony "Tony" Silveira and his wife Lynette of Sydney, Australia, sister Monica "Mona" D'Souza of Goa, India, cherished godson Ashley Silveira and his wife Anita of Singapore, and many nieces, nephews and cousins in France, India, Australia, Canada, and the U.S. He was born on January 20th, 1937 to Felix Hermenegildo and Marianinha Silveira in India. He is reunited in heaven with his parents, sisters, and brother: Ivy, Rosebud, Blanche, and Michael "Mickey". Eric will be remembered for his big, bright smile, in-depth knowledge of world history, love of storytelling, jokes, and his intelligence. Published in Connecticut Post from Aug. 21 to Aug. 26, 2018. To send condolences, click here.

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125 years on, Kokni remains intact in South Africa

21 Aug: Daily News & Analysis. The Kokni Muslim community in South Africa is scripting a remarkable story of preservation of language and culture, according to a new study on diaspora and linguistic. Kokni – pronounced Konkani otherwise – has been existing there for over 125 years since the migration of the community members from Raigad and northern Ratnagiri for better opportunities… Marriages were arranged in extended families from their villages of origin or from the local migrant community hailing from the village. These factors ensured strong village links and language maintenance … While those aged between 50 and 55 years speak Kokni, youngsters are more confident expressing themselves in English … A strong marker of Kokni identity is retained in cuisine and cultural practices like preparing quilts and papads… Koknis arrived in South Africa after 1875, most became wholesale and retail general dealers and butchers … 648 words.  For further details click here

Tiatr: Pedro Portuguez: Saving our homeland

20 Aug: Times of India. Anthony Sylvester’s tiatr Pedro Portuguez has a terse plot, that deals mainly with the issue of Goans selling their ancestral land and homes to outsiders, in addition to the other problems we are struggling with… Mergulhão wants to sell their land to a non-Goan builder to make a quick buck, and pressurizes Pedro to leave the house, who fights back to save it. The conflict continues, with lawyers and panchayat members joining in, seeking some share of the loot… The tiatr shows the Portuguese Pedro struggle to retain Goa’s identity, even as Goa’s own son of the soil tries to sell it off to the highest bidder…  For further details click here

A Goa village wants bars shut against drunk tourists

21 Aug: Indian Express. Residents of Surla village in Goa have a problem, say situation can explode. Claiming harassment and molestation of women and sightings of semi-naked drunk men relieving themselves in public, residents of border village Surla in Goa have threatened to lock their homes and stage a roadblock with their children and belongings, asking the government to pay heed to a “possible law and order situation” that is “waiting to explode”. The residents are demanding cancellation of liquor licences of the eight bars that operate within Surla’s limits. The village, with its 94 homes and an official population of 460 adults, have managed to get a temporary ban on these bars until September 20, but now wants them permanently closed. This is the first time a village in tourist state Goa is resisting alcohol tourism with efforts of this scale…  For further details click here

Goa: Temple Priest Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Two Women Surrenders

21 Aug: NDTV. A former temple priest accused of molesting two women surrendered before a court in Goa today and was arrested by the police, an official said. Dhananjay Bhave, 51, formerly attached to a famous temple in Mangueshi village, around 15 km from here in North Goa district, turned himself in before the judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) at Ponda town, he said. The two women, hailing from Mumbai and currently studying in the US, had filed complaints last month with the Ponda police against the priest, accusing him of molesting them in the temple on separate occasions during their visit to the place in the last two months. The priest, who was subsequently dismissed from the temple's services, was missing since then…  For further details click here
21 Aug: Indian court grants bail to priest accused of rape. A Catholic priest arrested on charges of raping a woman in India's Madhya Pradesh state was released on bail on Aug. 20 after a medical report found him incapable of performing any sexual act…  click here

Goa mulls special cell to probe foreigner deaths

21 Aug: Times of India. The state government is examining a suggestion of the high court of Bombay at Goa that it should review the ‘mysterious deaths’ of foreign tourists in the state on a priority basis and consider setting up a special cell headed by a senior officer to deal with such investigations. “We are examining the HC’s suggestion and a necessary decision will be taken soon,” a senior home department official told TOI. DGP Muktesh Chander said there is a standard operating procedure in place at all police stations for probing the deaths of foreign nationals. He added that the force has forwarded a copy of the HC order to the state government. The court made the statement while ordering the transfer of the Felix Dahl murder case to the CBI...  For further details click here

Increasing number of foreigners involved in crime in Goa

20 Aug: Times of India. Every year, the number of foreigners involved in crime is rising in the state… while 2015 saw 15 such cases, in 2018, that number was topped — with 19 - in the first six months itself … Police have booked foreigners from Nigeria, Ukraine, Britain, Italy, Iran, Russia, Syria, Yemen and Afghanistan. While in most of these cases, the foreigners have been convicted, the rest are pending trial or under investigation… Police say that some foreigners choose to intentionally get nabbed for narcotics-related crimes just to extend their stay in Goa…. Goa police don’t have a detention centre for foreigners so they are booked, arrested and subsequently released on bail, thus letting them roam free…  For further details click here

Bringing London theatre to underprivileged kids

21 Aug: Times of India. Six London-based music and drama students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts are doing their bit to bring a little sunshine to the lives of underprivileged children in Goa. Members of the Wind-Up Penguin Theatre Company are using their summer holiday to break language and cultural barriers while they enrich the lives of children in difficult situations through professional theatre-music shows. The group, after working with slum children, orphans and those with special needs in Mumbai has already performed for and conducted workshops with children of migrant labourers, differently-abled and others from disadvantaged sections of society in Goa. “We are looking to encourage confidence, leadership skills and provide a safe space where children can forget all their worries, “says Isabella Brownson, the team leader…  For further details click here

Goan variety of orchids gaining popularity

21 Aug: Times of India. Breaking new ground in orchid trade, varieties cultivated in the state have found their way to flower markets of metropolitan cities of India where they are competing with varieties from Thailand, which is the world’s major producer of orchids for international trade. In particular, the Sangam and Mallika brands of the species are making an impact in terms of quality, in the markets of Bengaluru, Delhi, Pune and Hyderabad… Goa produces 10,000 orchid spikes per week during the peak season, which make it to the county’s major flower markets. During the off season, the demand dips by 50%... If all goes well, Goa’s orchids may even land overseas…  For further details click here


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Pity the City: Another Nail in Panjim's Coffin

20 Aug: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. Some black humour derives from Panjim’s ranking of 90th out of 111 cities across the country in the Ease of Living index released last week by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA)… This new index reveals shockingly comprehensive mismanagement. When it comes to Housing Inclusiveness, it is the worst in India, scoring zero … Water supply, transportation, unemployment. In each of these, there is evidence of an overwhelming crisis. Not only is Goa’s precious flagship way behind other cities in India, it is still falling fast to even worse. That alarming nosedive is also reflected in the Swacch Sarvekhshan 2018 report. In 2016, Panjim earned the 16th place ranking (out of 500 cities). But in 2017 it plummeted to 90th place… This week on Independence day, a perfect snapshot of what has happened to Panjim. The main flag ceremony was opposite the Old Secretariat, the backdrop signage is all winking foreign women, and a neon-lit reminder that everything is for sale. 653 words.  For further details click here

Goa’s dubious distinction: No verified Open Defecation Free village

20 Aug: Times of India. Chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s target to make Goa open defecation free (ODF) before this yearend is a daunting one. That’s because since 2015-16, Goa hasn’t had a single village verified as ODF… ODF is defined as the termination of faecal-oral transmission, defined by no visible faeces found in the village and the use of safe methods by each household to treat the waste. The Union ministry of drinking water and sanitation’s Swachh Bharat Mission–Gramin data shows that since the mission was launched, not a single village in Goa has met ODF norms. And Goa has just 375 villages … In January, Parrikar had rued that the lack of toilets was forcing Goans, especially women, to defecate in the open…  For further details click here

Govt may offer subsidy to start new cab and join GoaMiles

19 Aug: Times of India. The state government may offer subsidies to individuals willing to start plying taxis in Goa under the aegis of the GoaMiles app as existing operators don’t seem to be willing to join, Goa tourism development corporation (GTDC) chairman Nilesh Cabral said. He said that after the app was launched, taxi fares have reduced in the state, and this has benefited consumers… Currently, there are 250 taxis registered — way too few for 4,000 requests a day the app receives, according to government sources…  For further details click here
19 Aug: Times of India. Lower fares may see locals use taxis: GCCI …  click here

Your last chance to cry ‘stinking fish’

19 Aug: Mid Day (Mumbai). That familiar smell of Mumbai is that of dried fish. Whether mackerel or bombil, the gag-inducing stink is converted into mouth-watering dishes, and, yet, there will be those who will tell you that dried fish is a cultivated taste. So cultivated that if you try to search for them in menus across town, you will return mostly disappointed. Meldan D’Cunha, owner of Soul Fry, a Goan restaurant in Bandra, tells us that dried fish is unfeasible in restaurants. “You cook them and the whole kitchen smells,” he says. But that doesn’t stop him from enjoying a good dried fish salad — made with tomatoes, vinegar and dried fish, such as mackerel, bombil and surmai. D’Cunha’s love for dried fish is the same as anyone else’s — make them when the sun shines and have them when it pours… despite its versatility, dried fish is seen as a humble produce…  For further details click here

Felix Dahl murder case: CBI to visit Canacona for probe

20 Aug: Times of India. A CBI team, which has started investigating the Felix Dahl murder case, will soon visit the spot where the deceased’s body was found in Canacona. Sources said the team has scrutinised documents received from the Goa Police and will call all suspect and witnesses in the case as part of its probe. The state police had summoned three suspects in the case, but could not establish their link with the Finnish national’s death… Rejecting the police claim that the deceased died due to an accidental fall at night due to acrobatics like cartwheeling, the Court said, “This incident cannot be trivialized as a mere accident…  For further details click here

Goa: Enfield Extravaganza

1 Sep: Bike (UK). Every year thousands of riders and machines congregate in Goa for the world’s largest celebration of everything Royal Enfield. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else. With massive ride-outs, tutorials, a custom show, dirt track competitions, live music, beach parties and even a race where you have to carry your bike, Ride Mania isn’t just the definitive celebration of everything and anything Royal Enfield. It could just be the greatest motorcycle festival on the planet. Held in the beach town of Vagator in Goa, India in November each year, the three-day gathering is the largest thing on the Royal Enfield calendar… This year’s event is happening on 16-18 November. Expect it to be the greatest Rider Mania yet. 947 words.  For further details click here

Goa: Precautions before selling or buying a house

20 Aug: Herald. There are certain precautions one should carefully take before selling or buying a house, if you do not wish to end up paying heavy taxes … There will be no tax if the entire gain from the transaction is invested to buy another house within 2 years or to construct another house within 3 years … You can claim exemption by investing long term capital gain in the bonds of National Authority of India within 6 months of selling the house… It is most essential and critical to keep eye on the calendar when you sell your house and get advice from your tax consultant before entering into the transaction… 737 words.  For further details click here

Dine at 6 best restaurants in Goa

20 Aug: News Patrolling. Best restaurants in Goa to dine in: The Beach House Restaurant at Vivanta by Taj … Martin’s Corner … Hotel Venite … House of Lloyds … Souza Lobo Restaurant … Viva Panjim …  For further details click here
What to eat in Goa in monsoons? 20 Aug: Times Travel. Here is a lowdown on what you should not miss gorging over… Ros Omelette … Poi … Fish thali … Coconut Panna Cotta …  click here
Mustard Restaurant: This famous Goan eatery has set anchor in Mumbai. 20 Aug: Architectural Digest. click here.



Funeral: Ferdie Rodrigues

11 Aug: London. FERDINAND "FERDIE" RODRIGUES. Aged 84, (born 10.12.1933, Jinja, Uganda), passed away peacefully with his family at his side. Beloved husband of Blanche, loving father of Desmond (deceased), Susan, Malcolm/Mavis, Celia/Gerry, doting grandfather of Patrick, Jessica, Jake, Emily, Liam, Amaaya and Joshua.
A memorial Mass will be held on Friday, 24th August 2018 at 11am, at St Thomas More Church, 420A Long Lane, Bexleyheath DA7 5JW. Thereafter, a reception will be held at St Michael's Community Centre, Wrotham Road, Welling. DA16 1LS. (Private Cremation for the family will follow at another date.) In lieu of flowers there will be a donation box for the Intensive Care Unit at King's College Hospital. Condolences to

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Goa Day celebrations the world-over

19 Aug: The Goan. A brain-child of UK-based octogenarian, Rene Barreto, World Goa Day (WGD) commemorates the inclusion of Konkani as one of the official languages of India. Though the official date for the celebration is on August 20, 2000 since it began on the day in 2000, for practical reasons, the occasion is celebrated on or around the date. From its humble beginnings in its first year, with celebrations in only four places including Goa, a Global Alliances of Goan Associations was formed in time spanning across the Middle East, Europe, Oceania, Africa, North America, Singapore, apart from India… We look on how World Goa Day is celebrated elsewhere in the world. UK: Ravi Vaz, president, Goan Association (UK)… California: Lourenco … New Jersey: Effie Tavares… Sydney: Alwyn Henriques, president, Goan Overseas Association, NSW... Melbourne: Gerard Lobo, association president… Brisbane: Randolf O Kelly, president of Club de Goa … Perth: Anne Lewis Mascarenhas, president, GOA WA … Nairobi: Lily-Anne Fernandes, secretary, Goan Welfare Society … Bahrain: Noel Fernandes, president, Young Goans Club … . 1052 words.  For further details click here

Joel’s Goa

19 Aug: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. Four years ago I had a video interview of Joel talking about his life … shortly thereafter, Joel D’Souza of Assagao (who as Goa Today editor Vinayak Naik says, was in his late 60s but looked to be in his early 50s) passed away most unexpectedly. He left behind few details of his own life, but tonnes of video and audio recordings, photographs and writings about so many aspects of Goa. Joel was modesty personified. He was most unlike the rest of us journalists who often place ourselves at the centre of the story, or brag about our own doings (for example, here). Recently, a slender 92-page book titled ‘Celebrating Joel D’Souza’ was published (under the sharable Creative Commons license, very glad to note) by his close friends and admirers… 1390 words.  click here
For the full text of the 92 pages book,  click here
Video: 14 Feb. 2015. Frederick Noronha. Joel D'Souza, a journo in Goa since the 1960s! … click here.

Ecologist, who predicted Kerala-floods in 2011, says Goa next

19 Aug: News Bytes. Ecologist Madhav Gadgil has said Goa may face a similar deluge like Kerala if precautions aren't taken. Notably, Gadgil, who headed government formed Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP), had in 2011 underlined many areas in Kerala as 'ecologically sensitive'. Kerala is facing its worst flood in 80 years. More than 300 people have died, and over 6L are staying in relief camps. Gadgil said that though Goa doesn't have the Western Ghats as high as Kerala, it will also face all kinds of environmental problems. He blamed greed for enormous profits, which goes unchecked, for environment calamities … Illegal mining generating Rs. 35,000 crore profit, tells Gadgil …  For further details click here
19 Aug: News 18. Next is Goa, Warns Ecologist Madhav Gadgil Who ‘Predicted’ Kerala Disaster in 2011…  click here
19 Aug: Navhind Times. Kerala floods - Lessons for Goa. By Nandkumar M Kamat … click here.

Doctors, politicians and influential Goan elites in Portugal

19 Aug: Diário de Notícias. Well before Antonio Costa became leader of the Government , Goa had a strong presence here … In politics, in medicine or law, the list is extensive, some are still active, others have left the name engraved in history as the gynaecologist Alfredo da Costa, who gave his name to the main maternity hospital in the country, or the ophthalmologist Gama Pinto . Also Mario Cordeiro paediatrician is the grandson of Goan Julio Goncalves, doctor and chief of the Navy who chaired the Portuguese Society of Geography … André Gonçalves Pereira, Professor of Administrative Law, was foreign minister between 1981 and 82 in the governments of Francisco Pinto Balsemão … Bruto da Costa, also Goan, had been minister of Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo in Social Coordination and Social Affairs. For Secretary of State for Culture, Passos Coelho chose the Goan Barreto Xavier; Abilio Fernandes, born in Mozambique to Goan parents … Kalidas Barreto, tough anti-fascist and founder of the CGTP, was the son of Goan writer Adeodato Barreto; Narana Coissoró, former Member of the CDS, was born in Goa but never converted to Catholicism; journalists Ricardo Costa (prime minister's brother (and Camilo Lourenço are descendants of Goan parents … 1529 words.  For further details click here

Goa honours Cristiano Ronaldo with bronze statue

19 Aug: Portugal News. “We are erecting a statue of (Portugal’s Cristiano) Ronaldo in this park and another statue of (Argentina’s Diego) Maradona in the football field of Candolim, to inspire the young people of Goa,” Michael Lobo told journalists. “This is a village of football lovers and a lot of young people play here,” said Lobo, after opening a multi-purpose park in Candolim, located in his constituency of Calangute…  For further details click here

Formalin in fish: Not a new issue

19 Aug: Navhind Times. By Maneka Gandhi. Formaldehyde is a chemical which, when mixed with water and turned into a paste, is used for embalming dead bodies and preventing the decay of dead cells…. Can formaldehyde/formalin cause cancer? As far back as 1980, laboratory studies showed that even sniffing formaldehyde could cause nasal cancer in rats… Formalin has been used for many years to give the appearance of freshness to weeks old fish. First it used to be used when fish moved interstate. Now it is used on all fish. Why are the authorities cracking down on it now? Because, only now has the CIFT developed a kit to detect ammonia and formalin! … Fish sale has increased by 5.6 per cent in the last year. You will find that the sale of formalin has increased by ten times that amount. This means a similar increase in abdominal pain, vomiting, unconsciousness and cancer…  For further details click here

Michelin guides of social media

19 Aug: The Goan. From its beginnings as a closed Facebook group, Goan Eat Outs has evolved into a food review portal … It just started out of passion, and has only grown due to word of mouth,” says Gouri Joshi explaining the origins of the group. “We realised at one point of time that people in Goa - Goans as well as tourists from outside - love to eat out, but many don’t know good places to eat, or which place offer the best quality of a particular dish. Finding a solution to this problem led the idea to take shape.” Thus began the journey of Facebook group Goan Eat Outs, a fraternity of foodies who exchange views and information of the best eateries in town…  For further details click here
For the Goan Eat Outs Facebook group,  click here

Paradise for less: Goa for under £1,000

19 Aug: The Sunday Times (UK). You don’t have to bankrupt yourself to enjoy a week on a bucket-list beach. Here are the back doors to the A-listers’ hangouts… Goa £701. If your idea of paradise involves butlers, extensive wine lists and a four-figure bill, this isn’t for you. If, however, you fancy glamping by a jungle creek next to an empty palm-fringed beach, read on. The Otter Creek Tents are pitched in a beachside coconut plantation near the village of Mandrem, in northern Goa — three pastel-coloured, Raj-style canvas hideaways with bamboo four-posters and overwater terraces. There’s a simple beach-shack restaurant, supplied by fishermen Elvis and Savio, and the white sands of Mandrem Beach are a minute’s walk west. A week starts at £235pp. Air India has return flights to Goa from £466.  For further details click here
For the Otter Creek Tents website,  click here



Death: Mark Lisboa

17 Feb: Nairobi. MARK ANTHONY LISBOA. Born 8th June 1961. Son of Lily and the late Joaquim Lisboa. Brother of Sandra Lobo, Christina Gomes and the late Derek and Brian Lisboa. Brother-in-law of Dominic Goes and Michelle Lisboa. Uncle of Jonelle Birt, Leeanne Gomes, Bianca and Gregory Lobo and Jamie Lisboa. [Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi]
The requiem mass will be held at St. Austins Church, James GichuruRoad onTuesday,August 21, 2018. Last respects from 10:30 am and thereafter mass at 11:00am sharp This will followed by a private cremation at the Hindu Crematorium

Death: Trevor Gonsalves
Calgary, Canada. TREVOR GONSALVES, brother of Terry and sister-in-law Merle Gonsalves. Funeral services will be held at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 15 Templebow Road NE on Saturday, August 18th, at 11:00am. [Info: Pompie Gois]

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Portuguese PM to visit India next year

19 Aug: The Hindu. The Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, has confirmed that he will be visiting India next year. Mr. Costa made the confirmation while greeting the Indian community in Portugal on India’s 72nd Independence Day. He ended his message by saying that he would be accepting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s invitation to visit India and join the National Committee formed to commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The panel has 125 members, of which 116 are from India. The others are acclaimed foreign members… Costa recalled his visit to Goa in January last year and spoke about the Goan diaspora and the importance of Portugal and India growing together in the 21st century…  For further details click here

Editorial: A prayer for Kerala or Goa’s wakeup call?

18 Aug: Herald. What happens when even the Gods don’t help? It’s that which has played out in God’s Own Country, Kerala and if you compare it with what is happening in Goa, the time bomb of development is ticking away here too. And the consequences will be no less fatal… Kerala was always the poster boy of how development should be… As we Goans would say, aiz temkam, faleam amkam. The menace is here, are you going to stop it or live a tragedy to realise when it is too late?  For further details click here
Video: 18 Aug. Goa 365 TV. Goa could be next, warns AAP after Kerala floods …  click here
19 Apr: Herald. Goa next after Kerala, warn environmentalists … click here.

A triumph of hope that grew out of tragedy

18 Aug: The Daily Telegraph (UK) Travel Magazine pages 10 – 11. Rob Forkan and his brother Paul are co-founders of travel lifestyle brand Gandys … They were 17 and 15 in 2004 and on an impromptu family trip to Sri Lanka when the tsunami struck Sri Lanka and they lost both their parents. The previous three years they had lived in Goa after their parents had fled Croydon for Goa … In 2012, they founded Gandys, a company through which 250,000 pairs of flip-flops were sold … Now tour operator Kuoni has teamed up with Gandys to create a bespoke tour of Sri Lanka based loosely on Rob and Paul's intrepid backstory, and including favourite sights and beaches. 1801 words. [At the link select Press Display]  click here

Health centres run out of rabies vaccine

18 Aug: Times of India. Health centres attached to the directorate of health services (DHS) have ran out of stock of rabies vaccines, even as health minister Vishwajit Rane on Thursday tweeted that the DHS has procured 2,000 vials of the vaccine… Most of the health centres have reported zero stock of the vaccine that is routinely used to treat dog bites. The Goa medical college (GMC) and hospital though has some in store, the situation is precarious as the shortage is countrywide… A DHS official said more than 50 dog bite cases are reported across the state every day, and since 2012 over a lakh cases were registered, including 35 deaths…  For further details click here

60,000 biotoilets to help make state open defecation free

18 Aug: Times of India. In line with chief minister Manohar Parrikar’s target to make Goa open defecation free (ODF) by December 2019, the Goa waste management corporation (GWMC) plans to supply 60,000 bio-toilets to eligible households, and has invited bidders to supply and install the units. Bidders will have to employ technology from the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO to build the bio-toilets and these have to be supplied within 90 days of winning the bid. The bio-toilets are modular and are designed keeping in mind requirements of Indian sanitary practices…  For further details click here

Relish A Sumptuous Meal At The Ongoing Bombay Catholic Festival By Bombay Vintage

17 Aug: Hungry Forever. Ever wanted to chow down on meaty delights like there’s no tomorrow? Well, you’ve got the chance for a whole month as Bombay Vintage hosts the Bombay Catholic Festival. Relish delicacies much loved by native East Indians, migrants from Goa, Mangalore & Kerala and Anglo-Indians. Turn a few page of history and you’ll find influences of these flavours on our beloved city! “Not many people today in Bombay are aware of the different catholic communities and moreover that they are very different from each other yet very similar,” says Chef Gracian de Souza (photo), the man behind this extravagant menu at Bombay Vintage …  For further details click here

Video: Madhu Chopra Reveals How Priyanka Chopra Was Born

18 Aug: Times Now. Priyanka Chopra's Mother Madhu Chopra talks about how she was conceived in Goa. Madhu recalls that Priyanka's father & she were under the influence of Feni Liquor in Goa where she was conceived…  For further details click here
18 Aug: Business Today. Priyanka Chopra, Nick Jonas announce engagement after ceremony in Mumbai. In June, Nick had met Priyanka's family and even spent time with them in Goa…  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Priyanka Chopra, click here.



Death: Francis Pereira
9 Aug: London. FRANCIS PEREIRA. (Ex-Nairobi). Died peacefully surrounded by his family after a long illness. Francis is survived by his wife, Maria Appolonia. He was a loving father to Christopher, Catherine, Andrew, Audrey, Bernadine, Biddulph and their spouses and will be greatly missed by his doting grandchildren. Older brother to Auggie Pereira (ex-Tanga) presently in Toronto, Canada. For Funeral details watch this space. [Info: Stephen de Souza, Mississauga]. Condolences to:

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Fish eaters not fully convinced by FDA tests

17 Aug: Herald. Fancy some fish with your rice today? The Food and Drugs Administration says the fish is safe, there is no formalin or any other artificial preservative. But are Goans convinced on this? … Reiterating the demand for a complete ban on the import and export of fish, people have also said that no Goans were benefiting in terms of good fish catch despite the subsidy given to fish vendors… Another aspect that has raised suspicion is of FDA filing a police complaint against unknown people for obstructing them on duty. Citizens questioned why should they not be allowed to watch the testing or whether the officials want to hide something…  For further details click here

California: World Goa Day 2018

California: World Goa Day 2018: Good Time Had By All In East Bay! 17 Aug: World Goa Day 2018 was heralded in lively style recently in the Hayward/Castro Valley region as Bay Area residents, with ties to the tiny, touristy state on the western coast of India, gathered to celebrate the unique culture and traditions… "Some of the Goans from Silicon Valley came by bus," participant Bella Comelo said … the adults started cooking Goan delicacies, like Pork Solantulem, Fish Ambotic, Chicken Xaccutti, fried fish, Goan prawn curry with okra … The main attraction of the day was the "open mic" event, where children and adults showed off a variety of talents … The day ended with the special treat godshem -- a sweet dish made with rice, lentils, coconut milk and coconut jaggery and chai …  click here

Rahul Gandhi's UK Visit Under Cloud

17 Aug: News 18. Gandhi will arrive in London on August 24 from Germany and was scheduled to address an event in the Houses of Parliament complex hosted by the Conservative Friends of India (CF India), a membership-led group that promotes links between the UK's ruling Conservative Party and India. However, the event has now changed hands to be held in a different room within the House of Commons complex after CF India claimed it was unable to confirm its room booking… the Indian Overseas Congress (IOC) has stepped in to take charge of the meeting, scheduled for August 24, with the help of Indian-origin Labour MP Keith Vaz. It is now being billed as a cross-party event to distance itself from the influence of local BJP operatives, who were reportedly unhappy with CF India's support for the event…  For further details click here

Stiff competition pushes taxi drivers to rent-a-cab scheme

17 Aug: Navhind Times. In a surprise move, the cabbies belonging to the North Goa Tourist Taxi Owners Association have applied for the rent-a-cab scheme seeking to run their vehicles under the scheme, which they have always been opposed to. The association has requested the transport department to facilitate the adoption of 66 taxis under the rent-a-cab scheme factoring in the threat to the livelihood of taxi drivers in the competitive market, which has been pushing them to the margin with dwindling earnings… “The association has 2500 members… everybody is keen to run rent-a-cab service because the association members have been compelled to explore other options by market forces …  For further details click here

F N Souza’s artwork to be auctioned online

17 Aug: Times of India. Art connoisseurs around the globe are in for a treat as a rare series of the acrylic canvas by Indian-American artist of Goan origin F N Souza will soon be on sale. In total, 10 paintings of the artist will be sold. Two paintings will be available for public auction from August 31 to September 8 and eight will be available for private sales. The auction is being organized by the F N Souza International Fine Arts Foundation and Family Trust, which owns a large collection of art by the late artist. Aspire Auctions will unveil the artworks for sale on their website. These will include the impressions of European cities in the 50s and 60s, portraits of tribal woman, the relatives of Souza’s chain, shades of villages and visions of multiple heads. In 2008, his painting Birth (1955) sold for $2.5million, setting a world record as the most expensive Indian painting auctioned. In 2015, the painting was resold in New York, fetching more than $4 million.  click here
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Paradise not lost, yet

17 Aug: Business Line. How a 70-year-old man fought powerful opponents seeking to turn Goa’s northernmost corner into a luxury resort and golf course… Francis Rodrigues is the leader of an agitation against a mega-resort in Tiracol, or Terekhol, perhaps the remotest settlement of Goa… In 2006, it was decided behind closed doors that the entire village would be razed and turned into an international-standard golf course and luxury resort … Francis and other tenants formed the St Anthony’s Tenants and Mundkars Association and, overcoming financial constraints, moved public interest litigation in the High Court along with the NGO Goa Foundation, challenging the tenancy-free claims, and cases before the National Green Tribunal (NGT), questioning the golf course’s environmental approval and won …  For further details click here
3 Aug: Herald. Death: Francis Rodrigues. Diego Francis Rodrigues from Tiracol died on Monday, July 30, 2018 after a brief illness of three days or so and funeral rites took place on Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Church, Tiracol with Holy sacrifice of mass…  click here
Video: 28 Jul. 2015. Video Volunteers. Francis Rodrigues, a resident of Tiracol explains the lengths to which the village community has gone to fight Leading Hotels Ltd's project… click here.

The Sea Wolves: WWII adventure in Goa

18 Aug: Navhind Times. Date of Release 1980. Cast: Gregory Peck, Roger Moore, David Niven, Trevor Howard, Barbara Kellerman, Patrick Macnee, Kenneth Griffith … 'The Sea Wolves' was keenly awaited in Goa, since it was perhaps the first Hollywood film shot in the region. After its premiere in Panaji in aid of the Goa Cancer Society, the film was released to an overwhelming reception from the local audiences… The film was based on a real incident that took place during the World War II. The incident involved Operation Creek, the covert March 9, 1943 attack by British expatriates - on a German merchant ship, which had been transmitting strategic information to German U-boats from Mormugão Harbour, located in the neutral territory of Goa … Majority of the film was shot on location in Goa during 1979, when Goa still retained the signs of the erstwhile Portuguese rule in terms of its roads, houses and monuments. A number of elderly Goan people, who had lived in the region during the Second World War, were hired as extras for the film…  click here
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India's Carnatic musicians threatened over Christian hymns

15 Aug: BBC. Carnatic musicians in the southern Indian city of Chennai have often been accused of being elitist and upper caste. Their music is traditionally set to songs composed by Hindu devotional poets of the 17th Century and beyond, and is a genre associated with southern Indian classical music. But, more recently, right-wing groups have issued threats to Carnatic musicians who are seeking to widen their horizons by singing about Christ or producing interfaith fusion music…  For further details click here


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Indian women demand church voice to curb sex abuse

16 Aug: UCAN. Female leaders in India have demanded positions on church bodies to help check increasing sexual abuse and accord justice, equality and dignity to women and transgender people. Some 100 women who met under the banner of the Indian Christian Women's Movement on Aug. 12 in the western city of Pune said women are neglected because of the church's patriarchal mindset. "We, cutting across age, region and Christian denomination, expressed dissatisfaction at the lack of voice, role and decision-making [powers] for women in church structures," they wrote in a press release… A series of clergy sex abuse cases has rocked Indian Christians in recent months… Sister Noella de Souza, national coordinator of the movement, said female religious workers are the backbone of the Catholic Church but not represented on decision-making bodies…  For further details click here

Football: QPR owner Tony Fernandes to step down as chairman of the club

15 Aug: The Daily Telegraph (UK). Tony Fernandes has stepped down as co-chairman of Queens Park Rangers, saying the club is now in a stable position following its £42m settlement with the English Football League over its breach of Financial Fair Play rules. Fernandes is vacating his position alongside co-chairman Ruben Gnanalingam to allow Amit Bhatia to step up from his role as vice-chairman… “It is a good time for a change as the club is now in a stable position and this will give the new chairman a good foundation to build upon,” Fernandes told the club website…  For further details click here
Times of India. Come Home to Goa, Tony Fernandes! The one place conspicuously never mentioned - and never visited - by Tony Fernandes is his own ancestral homeland ...  click here

Pratapsingh Rane: An insult that crossed the line

16 Aug: Times of India. Days after he stoked outrage and embarrassed his party with his disparagement of Goans working in the UK, Pratapsingh Rane continued to ride out the storm with plain denial. “Quoted out of context” has been a handy ruse for politicians quick to park the blame for their verbal indiscretions on the media… PPGs — Portuguese passport Goans — as they’ve been called by British Indians — have become convenient whipping boys for politicians riled by their criticism on social media. But more disquieting is the calculated focus on the outmigration of Catholics from Goa and the attempt to somehow paint this as proof of anti-nationalism… According to Labour MP Keith Vaz, over 20,000 Goans with Portuguese passports are living in the UK currently…  For further details click here

Goan beaches are unsafe at night feel Indian travellers, here’s why

16 Aug: Gulf News (UAE). Domestic tourists find a walk on Goa’s beaches unsafe at night, but foreign tourists do not share the same concern, a study has claimed… Over recent years, however, the safety of tourists, especially women, on the state’s beaches, has been an issue of concern. The study, titled Safety Issues in Tourism in Goa — A Tourist Perspective, authored by Goa-based Dr Yasmin Shaikh and published in the latest edition of International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews, has recommended setting up of an all-women police force to instil confidence among women tourists, as well as a comprehensive effort to crack down on criminals preying on tourists in the coastal state…The death of 15-year-old Scarlet Keeling has made this place a talking point and a pet bashing subject for the foreign media,” the study said… To read the full text of the article (6 pages) in International Journal of Research and Analytical Reviews,  For further details click here

“Bar websites promoting sex tourism”

15 Aug: Times of India. Goa women’s forum has appealed to seven municipal bodies, including corporation of the city of Panaji, to support the campaign against the promotion of Goa as a sex tourism destination by escort service websites. The forum has requested the mayor and commissioner of CCP as well municipalities of Mapusa, Vasco, Ponda, Margao, Bicholim and Curchorem to urgently pass a resolution demanding the chief secretary and DGP do what is required in law to shutdown escort service websites that are openly promoting sex tourism in these towns. “The situation has reached such proportions that the escort service websites are selling sex services by offering college girls and housewives and have not even spared religious places,” states the letter …  For further details click here

Govt to embark on ambitious plan of developing detailed digital map of Goa

16 Aug: Times of India. In an ambitious move towards e-governance and time-bound delivery of services, the Manohar Parrikar government plans to create a centralized repository of digital maps. The e-governance portal will collate and provide over 60 government departments with access to GIS (geographic information system) spatial layers that will come in handy while taking key policy decisions … The departments will be able to access detailed GIS map for the entire state which will be developed using satellite imagery …  For further details click here

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Sat 25 Aug. Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations. Join us at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, South London, SE1 7HY to celebrate and thank the Lord for the Goan Chaplaincy Thanksgiving Mass at 14:30. Main Celebrant: Auxiliary Bishop Patrick Lynch SS CC. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 26 Aug. G.O.A. Sports Day, Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, London, SE25 4QL, 11am to 5.30pm. Dedicated to the memory of the late Bosco Saldanha. Contact Vince Fernandes 07853132336. For the programme, click here.

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Sun 23 Sep. Croydon: Goan Chaplaincy Celebrations. Mass at 13:00 followed by Social at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy School. Big Dream (band) in attendance. For tickets contact: Nina Pinto 020 8767 0663, Inacio Joao 07908409495, Jennifer Da Silva 07712273024, Cyrila Pereira 07763208222 or Joe Fernandes 07764659305. For the flyer, click here.

Sat 29 Sep. GOA UK organising a Goan Nite function at ArchBishop Lanfranc Academy, Croydon. From 6pm to 12am. Price £15 for adults and £9 for children under 12 years. Ticket inclusive of snacks and buffet meal. Music by Chico and DJ Flacid. Dress code Smart casual or any loud colours to resemble Goa and it's Culture and Style. Contact Bella Fernandes 07949233307. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 29th Sep: Grand Charity Dance in Southall, Middlesex in aid of the less fortunate Goans in Goa. Venue - Villiers High School, Boyd Ave, UB1 3BT, from 7.30 PM onwards. Music to cater for all taste will be provided by the newest cool Band in town WATERFRONT and DJ Shelton from Goa. Entry £10 per head; children 6-11 £5.00, under 5's free. Licensed Bar and Food will be available. Dress: Formal/ smart casual, no jeans. Tickets contact: Carlos Fernandes 07576164005, Liston Rodrigues 07424765111, Greg Fernandes 07913224686; Arthur Carasco 07947118809; Greg De Mello 07886230433; Cristo 07459262679; Peter 02930165925. For the flyer, click here.

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Goa Through the Eyes of the British

15 Aug: Herald. By Selma Carvalho. One of the more interesting perspectives on Goa has been left for us through letters written by Lieutenant-Colonel Bremner who was the British Consul for Goa between 1940 and 1943 ...Bremner arrived at Mormugao on 19 November, 1940. With him was his wife Anne. They drove from Belgaum to Goa. To Anne, the villages ‘looked dilapidated … small smoky huts between coconut palms and banyan trees.’ Thin pariah dogs barked at them, men wore just loincloth and women, ‘grubby cotton saris’; children ran around naked… 911 words.  click here

Portugal: António Costa: Meeting marked with India

15 Aug: Diário de Notícias (Portugal). Prime Minister António Costa writes on Portugal-India relations on the day that marks the 71st anniversary of that country's independence… “My official visit to India in January 2017 was therefore a re-encounter with my origins. But it was also an opportunity to get to know India with an encounter with the world and with modernity… Portugal and India are two economies that want to go through the twenty-first century together… In 2017, Portuguese exports to India grew by 50% and Indian exports to Portugal by 25%, well above the 8% increase in our imports and exports to and from the rest of the world… In order to deepen these relations, we now also have the support of Portugal-India Business Hub … 1200 words + comments  For further details click here
Narendra Modi tweeted: I thank Mr. António Costa, the Prime Minister of Portugal for penning a wonderful article on the occasion of India's Independence Day, in one of Portugal's leading newspapers…  click here

NRIs have contributed to country's growth, says Mauvin Godinho

16 Aug: Navhind Times. Taking a dig at the former chief minister Pratapsingh Rane for remarks on the Goans working abroad, the Panchayati Raj Minister Mauvin Godinho, on Wednesday, said that there is something called dignity of labour, and it would not be justifiable to condemn the menial jobs. Godinho was speaking after unfurling the Tricolour to mark the 72nd Independence Day celebration,.. He said that NRIs have contributed to the growth of India, including Goa, by giving us valuable foreign exchange. "These people should not be criticised as toilet cleaners. It is very sad reflection of a mindset. We have to condemn the statement made by former chief minister Rane in all possible terms and we have to respect these people," he said…  For further details click here

Indians remit huge volumes of currency as rupee crashes

14 Aug: Gulf News (Dubai). The historic crash of the Indian rupee may not bode well for Indians living in India, however it is a blessing in disguise for most expatriates who are remitting huge amounts home… Dr Swapnil Nagvekar, a Dubai-based radiologist: “This is good news for expatriates. I have invested in real estate in Goa and will be remitting a big amount soon.” Mahesh Simepuraskar, (photo) a financial executive in a Dubai-based company “I feel lucky as I was planning the first grand birthday celebrations of my son back home in Calangute, Goa which would have cost me at least Rs 500,000-600,000. In addition, I am also buying a house in Mapusa area of Goa. This crash has meant a saving of Rs50- 60,0000 and made it more comfortable for me to meet both these expenses,” said Simepuraskar, who remitted Dh30,000 to India on Monday…  For further details click here

Health dept adds 15 more bikes to ambulance fleet

15 Aug: Times of India. The directorate of health services on Tuesday added 15 first responder ambulances to its existing fleet, thus taking the total number of vehicles to 35.Equipped with a medicine box and a small oxygen cylinder, the ambulances will be stationed at strategic locations across the state. Most of those employed to ride ambulance bikes are graduates from Maharashtra. An official said they recruited riders from outside Goa, as very few local youths came forward to take up the opportunity…  For further details click here

Two Samosa Costs Rs. 212 at Goa Airport!

15 Aug. Lately LY. A user shared a photo of a plate of samosas which cost Rs. 212 at Goa Airport. Yes, the bill is right attached with the plate of samosa for you to believe. Where Mumbaikars enjoy Rs. 10 or Rs. 12 (maximum) for one spicy round on the streets, it’s all-time favourite destination, Goa Airport costs an unbelievable price for the customers. The post naturally triggered a string of arguments on Reddit. Half of the users went on naming it ‘one ugly samosa’; while others endorsed to believe that we are out of choice when we are hungry at the airport …  For further details click here
7 Aug: Times of India. New firm takes over catering services at Dabolim airport …  click here

Till death us do part?

16 Aug: Pick Me Up! (UK). Louise Wargnier, 44, from Nottingham, was off on her dream honeymoon, but what happened next was a nightmare … My big day in Goa, India, in December 2016, after months of planning, was finally here. I was about to marry the love of my life in a tropical paradise! The ceremony went smoothly … Afterwards, we strolled to the beach for a big party by the sea… Staying in Goa for Christmas, we lapped up the winter sun, the kids splashed in the sea. Bliss... We’d booked an internal flight with Jet Airways to Jaipur, for a week-long honeymoon with the kids in tow… We thundered down the runway… Suddenly, there was a huge crashing sound. The plane shook and began to bounce… Fear ripped through the plane and everyone began to scream… the plane jolted forwards and spun 360 degrees, veering off the runway, before coming to a stop… We were emotional wrecks, shaking with shock … We were emotional wrecks, too, shaking with shock… With no apology about the crash, Jet Airways offered us a complimentary flight. But all of us were still too scared to fly… It ruined what should have been a wonderful memory of our wedding and our honeymoon and it will haunt our nightmares forever.  For further details click here

Russia asks businessmen not to fly charter flights to Goa

15 Aug: RIA Novosti. The Federal Agency for Tourism recalled that foreigners with non-tourist visas are not allowed to fly to India by charter. According to the agency, there have been more cases of arriving in Goa by charter flights of Russian citizens with business and other (non-tourist) visas. According to the Ministry of Civil Aviation of the Republic of India on November 12, 2015, foreign citizens with visas other than tourist are prohibited from entering the territory of the state by charter flights," Rosturizm writes. Foreigners who ignore this rule must be returned to the country of departure by the same airline…  For further details click here


DOCUMENTARY: Indian Rave. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Sat. 18th Aug. 15:30 to 16:00. Told in immersive binaural stereo, Indian Rave charts the story of a vibrant open-air party in Mumbai, where tales of contemporary India converge - from the rise of the nation's first global superstar DJ, to the varied lives of his young fans.

FILM: West is West. BBC 2. Sat. 18th Aug. 23:15 to 00:50. Culture-clash comedy drama set in 1976, the sequel to hit play and film East Is East. Sulky, Salford-born teenager Sajid, transported to rural Pakistan with his father, is an alien amidst this other family. However, dad 'George' is almost equally troubled by what their visit stirs up. Director: Andy DeEmmony. Starring: Aqib Khan, Om Puri, Linda Bassett, Robert Pugh, Thomas Russell, Jimi Mistry

DOCUMENTARY: Searching for Mum: Sri Lanka. BBC 2. Mon. 20th Aug. 23:15 to 00:15. Series 1, episode 1. Following two women, who were both adopted as babies, as they return to Sri Lanka to try and find their birth families. They are searching not just for their relatives, but also for a lost identity. Thurs. 23rd Aug. 21:00 to 22:00. Searching for Mum: India. Series 1, episode 2. Following two women who were adopted from Kolkata, returning to find their birth mothers. What they discover will affect them for the rest of their lives.

SITCOM: Goodness Gracious Me - India Special 2015. BBC 2. Tues. 21st Aug. 22:00 to 22:30. One-off special of the groundbreaking British-Asian sketch show. Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Nina Wadia, Kulvinder Ghir and Dave Lamb are back together for this special India-themed episode. Featuring new sketches, including twists on old favourites, such as the origins of the Kapoors (pronounced Cooper) and the Competitive Goddesses, as well as a visit to the World War I trenches with Captain Brownadder and original plans for the Taj Mahal. With special guest Art Malik.

SITCOM: Fags, Mags and Bags. BBC Radio 4 (Freeview 704). Wed. 22nd Aug. 11:30 to 12:00. 2: The Rubington's Doobrery 9000. Sitcom set in a Scots-Asian corner shop, written by and starring Sanjeev Kohli and Donald Mcleary. Malcolm gets jealous after Ramesh flirts with the cash and carry promotions lady. Episode 2 of 4.

DOCUMENTARY: My Asian Family - The Musical. BBC 4. Wed. 22nd Aug. 22:00 to 23:00. A spectacle of song and dance, exploring one Asian family and the life they made for themselves in Leicester. In the early 1970s, the president of Uganda, Idi Amin, expelled the Ugandan Asians from the country. Ten members of the Thakrar family came to the UK and moved to Leicester, where they have since grown into a family of 90, spanning three generations. Old and young sing about the family's story, the changes between each generation and the lives they lead now.

DOCUMENTARY: 400 Years - Britain and India. Together TV (Freeview 63). Fri. 24th Aug. 22:00 to 22:30. Britain and India where in very different places 400 years ago and the interactions between both countries throughout those four centuries have come to shape our world today in more ways than on.(1/2) Part 2: 22:30 to 23:00. Britain and India where in very different places 400 years ago and the interactions between both countries throughout those four centuries have come to shape our world today in more ways than on.(2/2).

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