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Portuguese nationality gets tougher for Goans

23 Jul: The Goan. By Gerard De Souza. In a move that comes as a huge setback to many Goans seeking Portuguese passports as a means to get to the United Kingdom or other parts of Europe, the Portuguese parliament has amended the nationality law and now mandates that citizenship can be granted if three conditions are met - sufficient knowledge of the Portuguese language, regular contact with Portuguese territory and absence of criminal conviction … 578 words. Click here.
European Commission: Portuguese Nationality LawAmendment … Summary in English, Click here
Full text in Portuguese, 4281 words, Click here
Machine translation of full text into English, click here.
24 Jul: Navhind Times. Amendment to Portugal law has no bearing on citizenship issue faced by Goans: Nadkarni … "This has been done to restrict the number of people moving to Portugal in large numbers," the Additional Solicitor General of India … 459 words. Click here.

Cyber encounters, Goan-style

24 Jul: Navhind Times. … It is already 22 years since three Goan (then) young men started three diverse initiatives in cyberspace. There was Marlon Menezes' GoaWeb (later Goacom) from UIUC in Illinois, Herman Carneiro's GoaNet at NEU in Boston, and Ulysses Menezes who started Goa-World out of Kuwait… The next phase of the Net came about when everyone started talking about cyberspace… The late Wilfred 'Willy' de Souza inaugurated an internet site or something during a visit to London… 1134 words.  For further details click here

Judith D’Souza freed in Afghanistan rescue operation

23 Jul: BBC. An Indian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan more than a month ago has been rescued unharmed, officials say. Judith D'Souza, 40, was working for the Aga Khan Foundation when she was abducted at gunpoint near her home in the Afghan capital, Kabul, on 9 June… Ms D'Souza is due to reach Delhi on Saturday evening … Jerome D'Souza, a family member, tweeted that the "family's joy knows no bounds"…  For further details click here
Kidnapped Indian charity worker rescued in Afghanistan … 23 Jul: Mail Online. With photos of Judith’s family.  click here
24 Jul: Indian Express. Judith D’Souza rescued from captors in Afghanistan returns home… Photo with PM Modi … click here.

Video: Tiatrist Conception de Tuem beaten on stage by wife of another Tiatrist

23 Jul: Little Prince. Francis de Tuems wife assaulting conception de Tuem for spoiling her husband’s name … 2m. 42s  For further details click here
Video: 23 July: Goa 365. The viewers watched a ‘reality show’ on the stage of Tiatr in Madgao on Saturday. Tiatrist Conception de Tuem was beaten up by wife of another Tiatrist Francis de Tuem along with five bouncers while he was performing..  click here
Video: Tiatr director brutally assaulted … 23 Jul: HCN. The Director of the Tiatr “Answer” Conception De tuem was assaulted brutally by a lady, Jennifer Fernandes and her bouncers while the show was on at Ravindra Bhavan… click here.

Video: Aires Rodrigues: Ribandar bandh called off

23 Jul: HCN. The agitation scheduled to commence with a Ribandar Bandh on July 25th has been suspended in view of the directions given by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar to the Captain of Ports to immediately shift the Casino Deltin Caravela which is currently anchored at Ribandar… 2m. 08s.  click here
Video: 23 Jul: Goa 365. 2m. 55s.  click here

Documenting Goa’s encounters with the West

23 Jul: Herald – Café. By Prajakta Joshi. Goa has a very rich and diverse history. A lot has been said and written about Goa’s past, through various perspectives. Fr Joseph Velinkar, a professor and a history researcher in his 80s, makes one such effort to look at history through a different point of view by talking about Goa’s encounters with the West. The first book, ‘India and the West – The First Encounters’, was published first by Fr Heras Institute of Indian History and Culture, Mumbai. CinnamonTeal Publishing, Goa has now come out with its second edition. “‘ India and the West’ is about Salcete in approximately the third quarter of the 16th century…  For further details click here

Caste discrimination in India Catholic Church exposed as Church remains silent over kidnapping of low-caste bishop

22 Jul: Christian Times. A group of Catholics charged the official Catholic Church in India for harboring caste discrimination as it remained silent over the kidnapping of its low-caste bishop. According to UCA News, the South India Dalit Catholic Association released a statement last Saturday attacking the official Catholic Church in the country for keeping silent over the case of a Dalit or low-caste Bishop of Cudappa Prasad Gallela…  For further details click here

Film festival on Mother Teresa in India and abroad

22 Jul: Financial Express. To mark the canonisation of Mother Teresa this September, a film festival focusing on her life and teachings will be held at over 100 locations in India and around 50 other countries. Organised by the World Catholic Association for Communication’s India chapter, the Mother Teresa International Film Festival (MTIFF) will be kicked off from Kolkata on August 26 after which it will travel all over the world for the next six months…  For further details click here


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Letters from Nairobi by Selma Carvalho

Summer 2016: Jaggery Issue 8. … My grandfather was set to sail by dhow to East Africa where a railway line had been built by the British, and fledgling towns of wood and iron houses had sprung up alongside the stations… My mother, grandmother’s only child, had never married. She had paid for her folly of fornication by being incarcerated at the Holy Spirit Convent all through her adolescent years and had departed for Bombay at the first instance of freedom…2831 words.  For further details click here

Mississauga family upset pharmacy won't accept unused medical equipment

21 Jul: CBC News (Canada). Danielle Rebello is frustrated that a pharmacy won't accept unused medical equipment that was delivered to her home while her father was being treated for pancreatic cancer. She said her father Cedric died of pancreatic cancer on April 5 … Avi D'Souza of Not Just Tourists said that they will take sealed medical and homecare equipment to clinics in need overseas…  For further details click here
Video: Avi D’Souza delivers medical supplies to Ecuador … 1m. 54s.  click here

Brampton’s DeSouza twins star at Royal Canadian Legion track meet

21 Jul: Brampton Guardian. Brampton’s DeSouza twins are heading to the Royal Canadian Legion Track and Field National Championships after strong performances at the provincial meet. Jonathan DeSouza was a double medallist at the provincials held in Timmins on July 8 and 9 while brother Joshua earned a gold … Both have earned spots in the Legion National meet scheduled for Aug 5 to 7 …  For further details click here
Joshua and Jonathan DeSouza were born in Mississauga, ON and are the sons of Savio & Arlene DeSouza; grandchildren of Ted & Margaret DeSouza who emigrated to Canada in 1970 from Mombasa, Kenya.

Football: AIFF reduces FC Goa fine from 50 lakhs to 5 lakhs

22 Jul: The governing body's council has revisited it's earlier decision to impose a hefty fine on ISL 2015 runners-up FC Goa. The All India Football Federation (AIFF)'s Appeals Committee reduces the fine on 2015 Indian Super League (ISL) runners-up FC Goa as earlier imposed by the Disciplinary Committee from INR 50 lakhs to INR 5 lakhs…  For further details click here

Doctor Kevin D’Mello’s farewell to town

21 Jul: Hucknall Dispatch (UK). A much-loved Hucknall doctor is set to retire from his general practice after 34 years in the town. Dr Kevin D’Mello started working for his family practice D’Mellos, in August 1982 … Dr D’Mello, who turned 60 two weeks ago, said: “I am very sad to be leaving - however, my partner lives in Norwich so I will be moving there…” 487 words.  For further details click here

Video: Dinesh D'Souza on Hillary Clinton and Being Put Behind Bars

19 Jul: Hollywood Reporter. Dinesh D'Souza has been getting a hero's welcome at the Republican National Convention this week, mixing with delegates while promoting his documentary Hillary's America to a very receptive crowd. But, he says others around the world have not been so receptive… D'Souza is at the Republican National Convention promoting Hillary's America, a documentary that explores the allegedly racist roots of the Democratic party, including its support of slavery and the Ku Klux Klan… He also tells THR what it was like being put behind bars. A federal judge in January 2014 sentenced D'Souza to five years of probation, including eight months in a community confinement center… 14m. 02s.  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Dinesh D’Souza,  click here

Coco Shambhala, Goa - villa review

22 Jul: Evening Standard (London). Tucked away behind Coco Beach in north Goa, this boutique collection of four open-air villas surrounded by lush jungle-style gardens makes the perfect base for a relaxing getaway … Being named among the top 25 beach villas in the world means there’s a lot to live up to. Affable Lincolnshire owner Giles Knapton and his team have worked out the secret to excellent service … Price: £260 per villa per night. 1052 words + photos.  For further details click here
For the Coco Shambhala website,  click here

Auction: Hazel Gomes’s watercolour of Bathers

23 Jul: Posterity Auctions. Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 2QJ, UK. Lot 33 - Bathers' Hazel Gomes b. 1949 Goa. Leading illustrator for Vogue and Elle magazines in the seventies. Signed / framed watercolour. 61 x 39. Estimate: 250 GBP - 300 GBP.  For further details click here
For the Linkedin profile of Hazel Gomes,  click here



Death: Pedrinha Rato

20 Jul: Campal, Goa. PEDRINHA FERNANDES e RATO. Born 1925. .Relict of late Camilo, Mother/Mother-in-law of Jose (Ex-PWD)/ Cristina (Clotilda), Arcanja/ Anthony Tavares (Italy), Maria Agusta/ John Silveira (Italy), late Soccorinha/ Willy D’Souza (Saligao), Grandmother of Elvis/ Pidu, Darryl, Collins, Rayna, Greatgrand mother of Mark. Funeral service will be held on Friday 22 Jul: at 2.15 pm at St. Agnes Church, St.Inez Panaji.

News Summary

Toronto: Viva Goa festival to celebrate Goan culture, cuisine and music

21 Jul: South Asian Focus (Canada). Save the date for the colourful Viva Goa Festival, an outdoor event celebrating Goan culture, cuisine and music. The festival will be held on Saturday, August 6th, 2016 at the Croatian Recreational Park 4525 Mississauga Rd. Attendees can look forward to sampling traditional mouth-watering Goan Cuisine (Sorpotel, Sannas, Chourico pao etc), music, food, a live band, activities for kids and a soccer game between the Toronto Police Blues team and a Goan Soccer Team among other fun activities… “This event has become colossal … ” says G.O.A. president, Selwyn Collaco…  For further details click here
The Early bird ticket prices are $8 and for more information  click here

A treat of legends for Goan fans

21 Jul: Herald. Cafu, Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Michel Salgado, besides new entrants Francisco Ruiz Serrato, Leandro Simi, Luis Tarodo and Alessandro Rosa, who is called the Pele of futsal, are all kicking the ball around in Goa. They are the stars at the Premier Futsal League that kicked off in the State, treating Goans to the best of the indoor version of football, at Peddem Indoor Stadium, Mapusa…  For further details click here
UK TV: On BT Sport 1. Monday 25th July. Time: 8:00 AM to 10:00 AM Finals. The final of India's inaugural Premier Futsal League in Goa. SPORT: Premier Futsal. Also BT Sport Europe Monday 25th July 2016 Time: 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM.  click here

Editorial: Is Goa emptying out of Goans?

21 Jul: Herald. The numbers come as the biggest shocker. That 27,000 Goans are set to lose their voting rights in the State not only changes the way Goa will be voting in the 2017 elections but raises a big question of why are Goans in such large numbers opting for Portuguese citizenship? … curbing migration may not be an easy task… Since Brexit, Goans are making France their new home… By allowing migration of Goans to the West, the State is letting go of its human wealth … There is now a new urgency to the appointment of the Special Authority that the Union Home Ministry has announced and which will deal with the citizenship issue.  For further details click here

Naka pao: After hike, Goans veer away from bread

21 Jul: Times of India. Despite the All Goa Bakers' Association putting on hold the hike in the prices of the humble pao, a few bakers have gone ahead and increased the price to Rs 5, much to the consternation of consumers. Bakers themselves appear divided on the issue with many suggesting that a Rs 2 jump in the prices would drive consumers away and indications to that effect can already be seen. Several locals have turned to bhakris , rotis and chappatis and the All Goa Bakers' Association accepts that increasing the price to Rs 5 has dampened demand for what was considered staple diet in Goa…  For further details click here

Goa minister against holding of two simultaneous Electronic Dance Music festivals

21 Jul: Indian Express. Goa Tourism department will appeal to a clearance committee to not allow holding of two electronic dance music (EDM) festivals in same district or at a same time. The government’s argument is that the current practice of holding the events either simultaneously or in same district not only increases pressure on police but also results in rise in hotel fares and food rates…  For further details click here

Mumbai Catholics protest churches 'missing' from city plan

20 Jul: UCAN. Thousands of Catholics gathered in India's financial capital Mumbai on July 18 to protest a development plan for the city, which they say will make church property illegal. With many holding placards, an estimated 5,000 people participated in the peaceful protest in the city against the Revised Plan for Greater Mumbai 2014-2034.,, Protesters say historical and religious buildings have been either wrongly marked or not marked at all, which means they could be considered illegal and demolished any time, Christian leaders say…  For further details click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sun: 24 Jul. 1.30 p.m. Mark de Araujo , Kala Academy and Goa Konkni Academy Award winner, presents a Konkani film "BIG BEN" with English subtitles. Only one show in London before the grand release in Goa. At Safari Cinema, Station Rd, Harrow HA1 2TU. For Tickets please contact: Southall: Peter De Merces - 07417494316; Hayes: Andrew - 07834387325; Willesden: Maxio - 07415725729; Croydon: Nina Pinto - 02087670663; Harrow: Greg - 07931753653; Wembley: Clara - 07535931677, 07466961935 Caitano – 07882009063 Video: For the film trailer, 2m. 52s. click here
For the Big Ben page on Facebook click here
For the Flyer, click here.

Sun. 31 Jul: G.O.A. JUBILEE FESTIVAL. Venue: Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, TW5 9PD. Commencing with Holy Mass followed by an open air festival of music, entertainment and dance. Details from: Ravi Vaz on 07909 927539 / Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa 07958 537314 or email:

Sat. 6 Aug. Goans International are organising their 2nd Annual Business & Professionals Networking Lunch at Tamarind Restaurant London. the first Indian restaurant in the world to get a Michelin star. Tickets for this event are available at £45.00 per person which includes a 3 course haute cuisine lunch with wines on a first come first paid basis. For details and booking please contact Milton Rodrigues, President or mobile 07896437900 or Antonio Fernandes Limited availability. Confirmations are already in full swing so book early to avoid disappointment. For updates, go to For the flyer with full info. click here.

Sun: 7 Aug. Tivim Association (London). 39th Annual Social. St. Boniface Church, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London, SW17 9PT. Our celebration starts with Mass at 1:30pm followed by an afternoon of socializing and dancing to the sounds of Outbreak. Catering by Shirley’s Kitchen. For Tickets & Enquiries, please contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020-8771 4457; Roland DeSouza 020-8485 7878; Ingrid DeSouza 020-8905 3872; Helen DeSouza 020-8304 5585; Elu Pires 020-8654 1281; Fiona Lobo 020-8656 3317 or Savio Pereira 020-3417 3835;. For the flyer, click here.

Sun, 14 Aug., G.O.A. Golden Jubilee 5-a-Side Football Tournament. Venue: Goals, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4EJ. Closing date for entries 10th August 2016. RULES: Each team should consist of eight players (3 subs). KOT 11am. COST: £80.00 per team. For further details contact Lloyd Lobo 020 8856-6018 / Mob 07770 982446 | Junior 07946 432747 or Vince Fernandes 020 87648780 / Mob 07853 132336.

Sun. 28 Aug. G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Annual Sports Day. Venue: Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, South Norwood, London. SE25 4QL. (Arena Tramlink Stop). Gates open at 11.00 a.m. Entry : £2.00. Children under 16 years: Free. Free parking for 150 cars. Food and drinks available. Further details from: Vince Fernandes on 0208 764 8780 | 07853 132336 or Jason D'Costa on 07507 472288. For the poster, click here.

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Death: Betty Braganza

15 Jul: Walton-on-Thames, UK. BEATRICE (BETTY) BRAGANZA. nee DeMello; Ex- Mombasa, Kenya. Beloved wife of Orlando. Mother to Tania (Gary) and Keene (Sheraleen). Loving grandmother to Joel, Jason, Ryan, Jordan and Charlotte. Sister to Oscar (Judy) DeMelo, (Canada), Joyce (Steve) Nunes (England) and the late Capt. Joey. Betty was the Heart and Soul of the family. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. May her soul forever rest in peace. Condolences to

Fr Gabriel Dias OCD

20 Jul: Margao, Goa. FR GABRIEL DIAS OCD. Born 1955. Served in Goa, Mumbai, Kuwait, [Calgary] Canada. Passed away peacefully at Carmelite Monastery. Mortal remains will be laid to pay last respects at the Monastery Chapel from 10am on Friday. Funeral will be on Friday 22 July 2016 at 4pm at the Carmelite Monastery, Near Apollo Hospital, Aquem, Margao

News Summary

UK: G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Goa Day & Goa Carnival on 31 July

20 Jul: Niz Goenkar, Golden Jubilee will be celebrated with pomp and grandeur combined with a Goan Carnival Parade which will include the Carnival …. The Festival will begin at 11 AM with the Holy … Chairman of the G.O.A. Mr. Ravi Vaz (photo) who informed that there will be a gala celebration. ALCATRAZ band will be performing … Brazil will have a huge float … The Carnival parade will begin at 3 pm and attendees are requested to dress in Carnival attire … lot of Goans from Paris and Germany are preparing to come down and there will be coaches from all over the country – one operator already has more than 7 from Swindon … Text + comments.  For further details click here
Video: highlights of the Goan Festival 2015.  click here


Sun, 14 Aug: G.O.A. Golden Jubilee 5-a-Side Football Tournament. Venue: Goals, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4EJ. Closing date for entries 10th August 2016. RULES: Each team should consist of eight players (3 subs). KOT 11am. COST: £80.00 per team. For further details contact Lloyd Lobo 020 8856-6018 / Mob 07770 982446 | Junior 07946 432747 or Vince Fernandes 020 87648780 / Mob 07853 132336. For the poster,  click here

Kerala priest Fr Tom Uzhunallil's photo and torture footage surfaces

20 Jul: International Business Times. A photo of Indian catholic priest Father Tom Uzhunallil, who was feared to have been abducted by the Islamic State group in Yemen, has emerged on his Facebook page with the caption "Fr Tom's Entreaty will be uploaded soon." In the photo, Fr. Tom, who was earlier clean shaven, sports a long beard and looks tired. Meanwhile, a few of his Facebook friends have received a message from his social media account, which is said to have been sent by his "Yemeni friend." … Meanwhile, a purported video surfaced online shows a blindfolded person — said to be Fr. Tom — being tortured by unidentified people.  For further details click here
Doubts arise after alleged photo of Fr. Tom surfaces… 20 Jul: Catholic News Agency…  click here

GM interview: Nicholas Campos

18 Jul: Hotelier MiddleEast. By Robert Willock. When Nicholas Campos’ Ontario burger chain franchise went under following the 2008 recession, he returned to Dubai … “I first came to Dubai in 1985,” recalls the native Goan.… “In 2006 we migrated to Canada as a family. My wife had been born and raised in Kenya and we felt that we needed to find somewhere to call home.” … In Ontario he ran a franchise of Lick’s Homeburgers. But the 2008 recession hit hard and he lost everything … He returned to Dubai in 2014 and now manages the JA Hatta Fort Hotel… 1514 words.  For further details click here
For the Linkedin profile of Nicholas Campos,  click here

333 foreigners facing criminal cases in Goa go underground

21 Jul: Navhind Times. A total of 333 foreign nationals arrested in connection with various crimes in Goa and who are out on bail have reportedly gone underground or are untraceable. Of these, 208 are Nigerian nationals… According to a senior police officer, a foreign national cannot be deported in the course of trial or until the case reaches its conclusion …  For further details click here

Ronaldinho pens a letter after sensationally quitting the Indian Premier Futsal

20 Jul: 101 Great Goals (UK). After just two games, legendary Brazilian forward Ronaldinho has quit Indian Premier Futsal club Goa 5’s to return to Brazil. The 36-year-old show-stopping Samba star has been chosen as a “brand ambassador” for the upcoming Paralympic games in Rio de Janeiro… The Brazilian superstar penned a latter to fans following his early departure from India and claimed he only recently learnt of his role for the Paralympics and dramatically wrote that “my country needs me“…  For further details click here

‘Need to preserve Goan cuisine

’ 20 Jul: Times of India. Governor expressed favour in preserving traditional Goan cuisine for posterity. Speaking at the inaugural of the Goan Chefs Conclave 2016 organized by the Goan Culinary Club on Tuesday, she said chefs play a major role and that their contribution needs recognition… She called for adopting the required culinary practices to transmit them from one generation to the next.  For further details click here
21 Jul: Navhind Times. Preserving Goan cuisine and heritage … The first ever Goan Chef’s Conclave 2016 was held on Tuesday …  click here
21 Jul: Navhind Times. Photo Gallery. click here.


COOKERY: Ching's Amazing Asia. Food Network (Freeview 41). Friday 22nd July. 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM. So the Portuguese Left a Mark in Macau. Antonio Coelho owns Antonio's - a Macau institution serving delicious Portuguese food. Awarded one Michelin star, Antonio loves to serenade and entertain his guests. He cooks Ching his signature seafood cataplana and grilled sardines.

SPORT: Premier Futsal. BT Sport 2 (Sky 417. Sunday 24th July. 2:20 PM to 5:00 PM. The final of India's inaugural Premier Futsal League in Goa.

DOCUMENTARY: Lifeline. BBC 1. Sunday 24th July. 5:00 PM to 5:10 PM. Impact Foundation. Actor and comedian Ade Edmondson makes an appeal on behalf of the IMPACT Foundation. In India, IMPACT uses the Lifeline Express, a hospital in a train which travels the length of the country providing free operations to poor men, women and children.

COOKERY: The Great Chefs of India. Zee TV. Monday 25th July. 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM. This show unravels lip-smacking secrets behind the success of top Indian chefs. Chefs from Mauryas to Taj to Karims. Brings their best to your living room.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Who Do You Think You Are? Yesterday (Freeview 19). Tuesday 26th July. 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM. Nitin Ganatra. Series 10, episode 7. A-list ancestry. EastEnders star Nitin 'Masood' Ganatra makes some startling discoveries about his relatives, who moved to Africa from India in the 1890s.

DOCUMENTARY: The Toilet: An Unspoken History. BBC 4. Thursday 28th July. 2:00 AM to 3:00 AM. This film uncovers its role in British culture, exploring the social history of the toilet in Britain and abroad - how it has evolved over the centuries. Finally, there is a glimpse of the future and a possible solution to current global sanitation issues.

FILM: Bombay to Goa. Zee Cinema (Sky 790). Friday 29th July. 11:40 AM to 2:10 PM. Mala boards a bus to Goa while trying to escape some goons. The bus journey becomes adventurous and comic.



Death: Theresa Fernandes
Mississauga, Toronto. THERESA FERNANDES. Wife of late Remed Fernandes. Mother of Agnes (Julius) Fernandes, Betty (Jeffrey) Quin and Tony (Saroj )Fernandes. She leaves behind, nephews, nieces, grand and great grand-children. Funeral details are as follows: Visitation will take place at The Simple Alternative Funeral Centre,1535 South Gateway Road Mississauga, ON L4W 5J1 on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 from 5 to 9 p.m. The Funeral Mass will be held at St. Ignatius Loyola Church, 2300 Burnhamthorpe Rd W, Mississauga, ON on Thursday, July 21 at 10.30 a.m. The Quebec Goan Association extends its deepest sympathies to Agnes and Julius Fernandes and their families. [Info: Pompie Gois]

News Summary

Portuguese and Indian passports to be struck off poll rolls

20 Jul: Herald. This news comes with double shock. There is official confirmation that there are at least 27,000 Goans who hold both Portuguese and Indian passports in clear violation of Indian law. And second, all of these 27,000 who have voted in an Indian elections inspite of being Portuguese nationals, will have their names, finally struck off the rolls for the 2017 elections … Apart from those holding Portuguese passports, there are thousands who have registered their births in Portugal but holding neither a Portuguese passport nor a cartao de cidadao (citizen’s card). The fate of these people will be decided by the Special Authority to deal with the citizenship issue…  For further details click here

Perfectly in step with her soul

19 Jul: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz. “Contemporary dance is a new form of movement which involves contact improvisations, flying low and movements through body like breathing,” says Keya Ann D’Souza, a trained contemporary and jazz dancer. Originally from Goa, Keya performed as a jazz dancer for ten years before graduating from Attakkalari Centre for Moving Arts in Bangalore in 2009… Then she worked for two years in Germany with Theater Bremen… She will begin her contemporary dance workshop shortly…  For further details click here
Video: 4m. 17s.  click here

PM Modi Urged To Take Goa's Security Concerns Seriously

18 Jul: NDTV. The chief minister also underlined the need to keep a watchful eye on the hordes of tourists. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to not go by the state's small size and its paltry population when it comes to taking care of its security concerns. During the inter-state council meeting in the national capital last week, Parsekar shared Goa's security concerns especially because the state annually hosts a tourist population which is often four times its resident population… The chief minister also underlined the need to keep a watchful eye on the hordes of tourists, several of whom, Parsekar said, visit the state only for a day or two…  For further details click here

Costa Cruises launches Costa neoClassica in India

19 Jul: Travel Daily. Costa Cruises has announced the launch of Costa neoClassica in India, which will serve destinations such as Goa and Cochin, Maldives and Colombo. Costa neoClassica will perform a series of weekly sailings from 16th Dec 2016 – 18th March 2017… The ship has a total of 654 cabins with a capacity for 1700 passengers, including sea view cabins and suites with private balconies… Features include a casino, theatre, disco, ballroom and wellness centre which is spread across 1,300 sqm and has a gym, treatment rooms, sauna and steam room. It also has an outdoor jogging track, 4 Jacuzzis and 2 swimming pools… cruisers will be able to enjoy a variety of Indian cuisine …  click here
The neoClassica is leaving its Italian home port on 27 Nov. to begin the Indian circuit. Costa cruises offers special fares on this 26 day cruise. Cruise Nation (UK) has on offer – Italy, Greece, Jordan, Israel, Oman, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Goa and Mumbai – fare from £1099.  click here
Infinity Cruises (UK) offers the cruise with UK return flights (fly to Genoa – airport GOA and sail to Goa) from £1499 click here.

Cops book two for sexually harassing woman

19 Jul: Times of India. Mapusa police booked panch member Ashok Bhaidkar and former panch member Laxmikant Bicholkar of Verla Canca panchayat for alleged sexual harassment of a female staff working as a computer operator in the panchayat office. The complaint alleges that since March this year both the accused have been sexually harassing the victim in the presence of other panchayat office staff. The complainant stated that both accused allegedly made sexual remarks and gestures at her…  click here

Cops arrest 28-year-old after family tries to hush up murder

18 Jul: Mumbai Mirror. Three days after the death of a 24-year old, the police arrested his elder cousin for his murder. The victim, Zito D'Souza, was rushed to hospital by his family members late at night, claiming D'Souza had returned home in an inebriated state and fallen on a broken piece of glass… The police recorded the statements of Zito's mother, his elder brothers Nigel and Zeon, and Nigel's wife, who is pregnant… the victim's post-mortem revealed that the injury mark on his body was not from glass and that no pieces were found inside his body… However police received information that Zito did not die an accidental death but was murdered. They arrested Zeon and he has admitted to the crime ...  For further details click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
20 Jul: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 30.1. Min = 23.8 . Humidity = 98%. Rainfall: 018.2
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 88.03; $ = 67.20; $Can = 51.61; Euro = 74.04; Aus = 50.45;



Death: John de Lima

12 Jul: London, UK. JOHN S DE LIMA. Aged 94. Ex-Mombasa. Husband of the late Romalda de Lima. He is survived, and will be sadly missed, by his children Sabina, Rosie, Patsy and Joseph, as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral mass will take place at 12:30 on Wed. 27th July at The Faithful Virgin, 143 Central Hill, London, SE19 1RT. This will be followed by cremation at West Norwood Cemetery, Norwood Rd, London, SE27 9JU. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to CAFOD or Help a Poor Child. To send condolences click here

News Summary

Autopsy only after family gets to Goa

18 Jul: Times of India. The post mortem on the body of a French woman, Severina Figueiredo (photo) who allegedly committed suicide after killing her seven year old adopted girl, is likely to be held in the next week after the arrival of the family members, police said. Sources said that the preliminary inquiry by the police suspect no foul play in the case. The exact cause of death will be clear after the post mortem is conducted, police said…  For further details click here
Anjuna case: autopsy to be conducted next week… 18 Jul: Navhind Times.  click here

Celebrating all things Goa... In the US!

19 Jul: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz. The biennial Goan Convention organised by Goan Organisation of America ( GOA), held in Santa Ana, Los Angeles included the musical performances of Sidhanath Buyao, Sonia Shirsat with Varun Carvalho and Mukesh Ghatwal. Though residing oceans away, the Goans in the United States of America are very rooted to their traditions and culture. An example of this is the biennial Goan Convention, the 13th edition of which was celebrated at Santa Ana, Los Angeles, organised by the Goan Organisation of America (GOA). Around 180 Goans settled across North America attended the convention which kicked off with Shigmo Mel with a heart thumping ‘ Ghumche katar ghum’ of the dhol and taso.  For further details click here

A doce bhaji full of goodness

17 Jul: Times of India. Quite literally, the name doce bhaji' is a combination of something sweet and something savoury. Put simply, it is a broken wheat pudding made using ingredients readily available in almost any Goan kitchen - wheat, coconut milk, sugar, clarified butter (ghee) and flavourings. Unlike many traditional sweets which involve a long and tedious making process, this one is relatively kinder on one's time and the strength of arm of the one stirring. While it makes for an ideal tea-time snack, the doce bhaji is considered to be a specialty for lactating mothers and school children due to its strengthening properties.  For further details click here

Goan joins Intel's elite Indian developer club

18 Jul: 18 Jul: Times of India. By Newton Sequeira. In a fitting recognition of the state's potential as a hub for innovation, a Goan techie, Prajyot Mainkar, has been identified by Intel Corporation as an innovator worthy to mentor other software developers and to showcase innovative solutions. Mainkar joins an elite club of 13 Indian software developers from India and is the only Goan to make it to the prestigious list released by the Santa Clara-California-based company…  For further details click here

Chief Minister unaware of plan to relocate Goa’s floating casinos

18 Jul: World Class Casinos. By Adam Morgan. The Chief Minister for Goa, Laxmikant Parsekar, has revealed that he is unaware of any specific proposal to relocate the small Indian state’s five floating casinos from their current homes on the Mandovi River to an area in Chicalim Bay. Parsekar stated that his government has no issues with moving the casinos presently anchored in the Mandovi River but was ignorant of a proposal allegedly made last week by local entrepreneur Gayatriraje Chowgule…  For further details click here

Spicing up Goa’s agriculture

18 Jul: Navhind Times. Spices are the very heart of Goan cooking and they have been used since ancient times. Spices offer significant health benefits and contribute towards an individual’s healthy life. Spices also add flavor and nutrients to dishes and so they are in demand in the Goa markets. The climatic conditions in Goa are suitable for cultivation of different varieties of spices… Black pepper is priced at around Rs 700 per kg, while white pepper is priced at around Rs 830 per kg, nutmeg at Rs 540 per kg and cinnamon at Rs 100 per kg…  For further details click here

Video: Ronaldinho 5 goals Futsal (Goa vs Bengaluru)

17 Jul: Football India. Ronaldinho tears apart Bengaluru in the Premier Futsal with 5 goals. The legendary Brazilian magician was at his very best as Goa demolished Bengaluru 7-2 …  For further details click here
Ronaldinho considering playing ISL 2016 after Premier Futsal magic … 17 Jul: International Business Times.  click here
Ronaldinho returns home, leaves Goa high and dry … 19 Jul: Times of India. By Marcus Mergulhao. click here.

Goa's pickled food repertoire has a new addition

17 Jul: Mid-Day (Mumbai). Necessity is the mother of invention. And this time, it's the Goans who have come up with an innovative solution to get around the beef ban … Goans have found a peaceful (and spicy) way to cater to their cravings all through the year. Experts at pickling just about anything from brinjal to prawn, fish and of course pork, they have come up with the idea of beef sausages… The good news is that Costas, the most popular mass producer of all things pickled and Goan now produces Beef Sausages… Tip: Once the label from the packet is removed, it's nearly impossible to differentiate between pork and beef sausages. #JustSaying  For further details click here



Death: Martinha Paes
13 Jul: San Francisco, California. MARTINHA LOURDINA VIOLETA PAES. Aged 88. She was the daughter of the late Lorotina Covaco and Floriano Paes, wife of late husband Miguel Joaquim Emerciano Felix Paes. She is survived by Children: Margarita Da Costa, Melba Paes, Martha Paes, Rosy Pereira and John Antonio Paes. Son in-laws: Late Oyster Da Costa, Henry Pereira and Rodney Paes. Daughter in law: Silve Paes. Grandchildren/ great grandchildren: Michelle and John, Ryan, Warren, Ralston, Randy, Marsha, Melissa, Hansferd, Royden and Pam, Sharlene, Cassandra, Julia, Ava, Isabel, and Erin. [Info: Goa Sudharop, ]. For the funeral details,  For further details click here

Death: Desmond Marolly
15 Jul: Montreal. DESMOND MAROLLY. Aged 90. He is mourned by his loving wife Alice Marolly for the past 69 years; his children, Clayton (Maureen), Julius (Carol), Alan (Yolande), Maroussa (Raphael), Ramona (Richard), Robert (Joanne), Margaret (Arnold), Eileen (Arthur) and late David Marolly; grand children, and great grand children. Brother of Sheila (late Melvin) Lushington and Late Brian (Dolores) Marolly. [Info: Pompie Gois] For a photo and funeral details :  For further details click here

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Video: UK may impose cut-off date on EU migrants, says Brexit minister

17 Jul: The Guardian (UK). The government could set a retrospective cut-off date for permitting overseas EU nationals to remain in the UK after the country leaves the union, the minister responsible for the negotiations, David Davis has warned… Davis said it might not be possible to warn in advance when this date might fall, as the “sheer generosity” of rights granted to EU nationals could prompt a surge in new arrivals… Davis dismissed the idea that speaking even hypothetically about a cut-off date for residency rights could spark a movement of people to the UK. “No it won’t be like that,” he said. “If you set a date, that’s when you start the rush.” … Video 0m.43s.  For further details click here

Roman Catholic Church Prepares to Honor Mother Teresa

16 Jul: Voice of America. The Roman Catholic Church is making plans to honor Mother Teresa during a special ceremony at the Vatican. Mother Teresa was a religious worker. She spent most of her working life helping the poor in Kolkata, India. During her lifetime, she was given many awards, including the Nobel Peace Prize. She died in 1997. On September 4th, Pope Francis will officially recognize Mother Teresa as a saint…  For further details click here

Full fledged plastic surgery and burns dept at GMC

16 Jul: Times of India. Goa Medical College (GMC) and hospital, Bambolim will soon have a full-fledged plastic surgery and burns department. Medical superintendent, Dr Sunanda Amonkar confirmed that the plastic surgery department will be started with 24 bed wards; 12 beds each for burns and plastic surgery patients. Dr Yuri Dias Amborkar, professor and head of plastic surgery department, said, on an average, on a monthly basis, 16 burns cases are treated at GMC, with the man-woman ratio at 30:70.  For further details click here

M Boyer: Eternal idol of the tiatr world

17 Jul: Times of India. It was Souza Ferrao's tiatr, 'Zotkaxi', presented in Goa, that gave M Boyer the exposure he needed to prove his mettle. From then on, he began receiving offers from directors across the state. He was first taken to Bombay by Kamat de Assolna to perform in a tiatr presented at the Princess Theatre, Boyer became an instant hit in Bombay and audiences longed to see more of him. This was soon followed by an invitation to join C Alvares' group to perform in the drama, 'Jurament'… He metamorphosed into a hero overnight and became an idol of the masses… The phenomenal artiste died on May 30, 2009.  click here
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The battle to win The Goan Chef Award

17 Jul: Navhind Times. By Danuska Da Gama. The Goan Chef Awards is an exclusive event made for the Goan hospitality chefs. The second edition of the event which was held last year will begin on July 25… Through this annual event the organisers are trying to bring out the true essence of Goan culture through hospitality and food. While the competition if for Goan chefs, it is also open to all chefs residing in Goa… the winner of the Goan Chef Award will get selected to represent Goa for the Indian Masters … 870 words  For further details click here

Auction: Two plans of Goa, circa 1650

20 Jul: Dominic Winter Auctions, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. Lot 94 - Two plans of Goa, circa 1650, uncoloured engravings in the style of Matthaus Merian, slight creasing, slight staining largely confined to margins, 240 x 310 mm and 200 x 330 mm respectively. Estimate: 100 GBP - 150 GBP.  For further details click here

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