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‘Amchem fest’ from Margao to Mississauga

24 May: Times of India. By Lisa Monteiro. As the faithful from Margao throng Holy Spirit Church Sunday morning to celebrate the Holy Spirit Feast, half way across the globe in Mississauga a group of 150-odd Goans, with their roots in Margao will meet to do the same … Fr Michael Ronald D'Cruz will celebrate the feast mass with Lester Moniz and Ashley Moniz leading the choir… The group began the tradition way back in the 1950s/1960s in Nairobi, Kenya and continued after they migrated to Canada in the 1970s/80s. Their passion and zeal hasn't diminished despite the many years spent away from their homeland. Ethena Silveira an active member of the group and daughter of one of its founding members … [Photo shows Margao celebration in Nairobi in 1980]. 611 words.  click here

Orlando de Noronha: The Maestro of an Esoteric Handiwork

24 May: New Indian Express. When Orlando de Noronha set out to re-introduce azulejos, a painted tin-glazed ceramic tile work, in Goa a few years back, it wasn’t met with the reception he expected. Today, Orlando, whose work ranging from customised tiles, crockery to doorplates is in huge demand, is wiser in the knowledge that a work of art doesn’t need a buyer who cannot appreciate its subtleties and imperfections… Also a known face on Goa’s music scene, Orlando owns two bands, Trio Orlando and Versatyle, that are renowned for playing Goan, Portuguese and world music…  click here

Corruption Diaries of the Goa Police

24 May: Herald. Stories of malpractices and corruption in the Goa police erupted like a summer rash in the last two weeks… Vibha Verma authors the corruption diaries … Atmaram Deshpande: Head of the Police Graft School … Sandesh Chodankar: the Extortionist … Shish Shrodkar & Gang: for, of and by narcotics … Vilesh Durbhatkar: suspended & reinstated, all in a flash … Sunil Gudler: caught sister, bowled girlfriend … Chandrakant Salgaonkar: shoddy mining investigation … Vaibhav Naik: it's all about cash, even if it’s fake … Four Pi's- suspended but promoted … 2 Sex related crimes …  click here

As tourist planes land in Goa waters, fishermen threaten suicide

23 May: India Today. Ignoring a massive resistance by the fishermen, the Goa government on Saturday went ahead with its proposal to land sea planes on Mandovi River in the heart of the state to encourage more tourism. The fishermen, who see it as a denial of access to the waters affecting their livelihood, have threatened to end their lives if the government allows the planes to operate in the waters… A nine-seater plane took sortie along the river front till Miramar beach and then took off to Chapora river situated around 20 kms away.  click here
Video. Goa 365,  click here

Video: Sarah Todd: Masterchef TV foodie to open restaurant in Goa

23 May: Daily Mail (UK). Sarah Todd (photo), the model-turned-food-entrepreneur from Melbourne has scored a cook book deal with Penguin and will open a restaurant in Goa in September. The restaurant, positioned on a hill top overlooking the ocean in Goa, will seat 180 guests, have 14 luxury on-site villas and a cafe-pool bar below facing the sunset … the restaurant will focus on fresh, modern Australian cuisine and lots of seafood…  click here
Video: Sarah Todd at Park Hyatt Goa. Sarah Todd - Masterchef, Series 6 took guests on a journey through her fabulous world of food at a culinary class for men in Goa!  click here
Goa Streets: Dinner with Sarah Todd … click here.

Aberdeen family’s fears for ‘innocent’ son locked in notorious Indian jail

23 May: Aberdeen Journal. The family of Paul Harrison, being held in a brutal Indian jail were last night frantically trying to contact him – after hearing nothing from him for two months… He has been in the city’s notorious Arthur Road prison for nearly two years. The 37-year-old was arrested the summer of 2013 after being implicated in a drugs smuggling plot. The day before police raided his home in the holiday resort of Goa a man was arrested carrying a large haul of methadone across the Indian border…He had moved to India five years ago working as a DJ and ran a motorbike and fashion company in Goa, where he met his girlfriend, Tia. She was born at the resort, but grew up in Watford …  click here

CM unveils draft IT investment policy
23 May: Herald. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar unveiled the draft Information Technology- Investment Policy- 2015 on Saturday with an expectation that the IT industry will curb the unemployment in the state in the next five years. The final policy is expected to be out in the next one month… the IT policy has proposed to make Goa an animation, visual effects, gaming, comics ( AVGC) hub. The State has proposed 100 per cent reimbursement in stamp duty, electricity duty, central sales tax, entry tax along with 10 per cent reimbursement on salaries paid to the local employment up to 80 per cent.  click here

“Shiv Sena will save Goans”
24 May: Times of India. Shiv Sena held a convention of its party workers in preparation for the 2017 general elections in Goa. "The native Goan population is on the decline, while the outsider's population is increasing in Goa. There is an indirect attack on Goa by the outsiders and foreigners through tourism," Shiv Sena MP Anil Desai said…  click here

Govt to venture into producing crabs
23 May: Times of India. The departments of agriculture and fisheries are studying an idea to produce crabs in Goa's khazan fields… They have claimed that farmers can get up to 1 lakh per hectare of land from crab production, sources said, adding that Goa has about 18,000 hectare of khazan fields… The common mud crabs are "scylla serrata" and "scylla oceanica", the latter more preferred as it grows to a maximum size of 1.5 kg and will not cause any damage to bunds or fencing arrangements in the culture system…  click here

11 Epic Party Beaches that don’t allow you to Rest or Sleep
23 May: Journal Reporter. …10: Palolem Beach, go Goa, India. Goa gives you plenty of beaches to choose from but this Palolem beach has attracted the international tourists in huge quantities. The parties here are never ending as this beach doesn’t sleep due to the vibes of 60’s and Goa trance… This encourages them to enter these riotous and rare parties that include bonfires and drinks, later converted into all night raves…  click here


News Summary

Mickky changes FaceBook profile picture

23 May: Navhind Times. The convicted Nuvem MLA Francisco Xavier ‘Mickky' Pacheco, who has gone into hiding for over 40 days, has resurfaced but in the virtual world - on a social networking site - attracting Goa police's attention. On Thursday night Pacheco reportedly changed his profile picture on the social networking site Facebook, contradicting police theory that the Nuvem MLA is not using any technological gadgets to avoid being tracked down. The police said they have already swung into action and have contacted officials of the social networking site in order to get details…  click here

Stocking Up for The Monsoons

22 May: Goa Streets. By Jeena Jose. No doubt that Xacuti made in an earthen pot has its own special flavour, but how many of us have had the privilege of savouring it? Steel, aluminum and plastic have found their way into every household, supplanting earthen pots not just at home, but also at the Purumentache Fer, the biggest pre-monsoon sales extravaganza in Goa. Still, even if modernity has encroached upon this most traditional of Goan feasts, it remains a favourite time of year for Goans of all stripes hoping to stock up on goods before the rains…  click here

Tiracol, Land Battles and The Saga of Goa’s Would-Be Golf Course

22 May: Goa Streets. By Crespo D'Souza. For many years, Tiracol was just a nondescript, agrarian village at the northernmost tip of Goa, known only for its run-down fort… An INR 77 crore ‘iconic bridge’ viaduct and cable-stayed bridge modeled on the Sydney Harbour Bridge may soon connect Tiracol to the mainland … A multi-crore investment is being executed by M/s Leading Hotels Ltd for a golf course and an accompanying starred hotel by the American Four Seasons hotel… Does Goa need a golf course? The opinion is divided with some saying that it will help bring in high-end tourists to the State…  click here

FN Souza: Matters of Grave Import

19 May: Mid-Day. “I’m working on my next book, Letters to the Dead and the Imagined”. Among the many correspondences is a series of letters I’m writing to Souza. That’s why I went to visit his grave at the Sewri cemetery.” It was our friend the Delhi-based writer, Rosalyn D’Mello (photo) responding to our enquiry about her recent visit to the late artist Francis Newton Souza’s grave. Known to undertake wildly romantic literary adventures this latest act appeared extreme even by D’Mello’s standards. But as usual the attractive lass whose first novel has been snapped up by celebrated literary agent David Godwin, captured the poetic essence of the enterprise vividly. “Souza’s grave seemed abandoned and unvisited,” she said. “A caretaker approached me thinking I’d come to visit family and asked if I wanted her to clean the grave… Sewri cemetery also housed the other great Goan, litterateur Dom Moraes…  click here

Mopa airport to be operational by 2018
23 May. The proposed greenfield international airport at Mopa in north Goa will be operational by 2018-19, the state government has assured information technology (IT) investors in a bid to draw investments in the sector… The government has shortlisted five bidders for the RFQ for the development of the airport in terms of design, build, finance, operation and transfer (DBFOT) basis. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar is on record to state that the preparatory work at the proposed site would commence by December-end…  click here

Goa liquor traders threaten strike over 9 pm bar
22 May: India Today. Liquor traders in Goa have threatened to down shutters if the Goa government does not review its 2013 directive to close liquor stores at 9 p.m. Dattaprasad Naik, president of the Goa Liquor Traders Association, accused the excise officials of harassing tourists. The association, he said, gave the state government a month's time to resolve the issue, failing which they would have to shut down liquor stores in the state …  click here

The Slow Dance
21 May: Indian Express. Growing up in Goa in the ’70s, Bardroy Barretto would tune into the radio every afternoon to listen to Konkani songs… At 17, Barretto moved to Mumbai and worked his way up to become an editor and director in the advertising world. However, the love story of two musicians stayed with him — a trumpeter and composer, Chris Perry “discovered” Lorna Cordeiro and took the singer under his wing… This story has been captured by Barretto in his debut feature, the Konkani musical Nachom-ia Kumpasar (Dance to the Rhythm). Set in Goa and Mumbai of the ’60s, it bagged National Awards for Best Production Design and Best Konkani Film along with a special mention for the leading lady Palomi Ghosh…510 words.  click here

Very few buyers for Goa iron ore at auctions
22 May: Steel Orbis (Turkey). There were very few buyers for the iron ore stocks lying at pitheads and port stockyards in the western Indian coastal province of Goa, an official from Goa Mineral Ore Exporters Association (GMOEA) said on Friday, May 22. Of the 1 million metric tons of iron ore put on offer at the auctions, only 442,000 mt were successfully auctioned … The official said that iron ore mined in Goa was predominantly low grade below 58 percent iron content …  click here

Mining: Goa circular lists tough measures to mitigate damages
22 May: Business Line. A circular, “Impact of Mining activities on Habitations - Issues related to the mining projects wherein habitations and villages are the part of mine lease areas or habitations and villages are surrounded by the mine lease area” has been kept under wraps by the Environment Ministry since October 2014. Releasing the contents of the circular, Claude Alvares, an environmental activist who heads Goa Foundation which is fighting illegal mining cases in the Supreme Court, on Friday said that it does not appear in any public domain or on the MOEF’s website…  click here


News Summary

UK: Desmond Rosario: ‘Despicable’ Sheffield barrister jailed for sex assault on teenage girl

15 May: Sheffield Star. Desmond Rosario, a Sheffield criminal barrister who went on the run across the world after sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl has been jailed for four years… The incident happened in October 2013 when he was massaging the child’s back, because she had a bad back. The child’s mother was asleep in the same room when the incident happened, at about 9pm. … Rosario failed to appear at a court date in Leicester but he was only found after he was featured on BBC One show Crimewatch in December… He was arrested at Birmingham Airport shortly after the programme aired after having been hiding in Holland, Canada, Turkey and Cyprus… In his defence, Rosario denied any wrongdoing, claiming the girl was half asleep during the back massage and must have dreamt that he assaulted her... Judge Hammond said, “The reason this happened was because the defendant had a drink problem … The defendant is 46 and a man of previous good character”… 658 words.  click here
Sheffield lawyer jailed for teen sex attack could be disbarred. 20 May: Sheffield Star.  click here

Video: Interim relief for those who have registered their births in Portugal

21 May: Goa 365. There is a good news for Goans who have registered their births in Portugal after 1961 and also for those who hold Portuguese passports as the central government has maintained a status quo on the issues of Portuguese citizenship and has stated that everyone will be treated as Indian citizens till the final decision is taken after the three member committee submits its report …  click here

Video: Govt relaxes FDI norms for NRIs, PIOs, OCI

21 May: Money Control. The government today decided to liberalise foreign direct investment norms for non-resident Indians (NRIs) and overseas citizens of India (OCI) as it aims to increase capital flows into the country. The Cabinet "approved amendments to FDI policy on investments by NRIs, persons of Indian origin (PIOs) and OCIs…  click here
NRI investments will now be considered domestic. 21 May: PTI.  click here
FDI policy revision lets NRIs invest back home. 22 May: Herald. Investment so made cannot be repatriated; NRI definition expanded to include PIO and OCI card holders … click here.

Indian men apologise to British blogger after 'scumbag' masturbated in front of her

21 May: Daily Telegraph (UK). British tourist Lucy Hemmings (photo) wrote a blog post about a man touching himself in front of her on Mumbai public transport. It went viral and has promoted hundreds of Indian men to respond…  click here
Lucy Hemmings: How I was publicly masturbated at & staying safe in India… Text + Comments.  click here

Mumbai: ‘Cardinal sold Church land for personal gains’

21 May: Mumbai Mirror. Twenty-six Catholics, including a priest, have said that they will sit on fast unto death from May 29 at the archdiocese in Colaba, demanding the resignation of the cardinal. The protesters allege that Oswald Cardinal Gracias, the Archbishop of Bombay, has been "blatantly consenting church land deals to benefit private developers". The Church is one of the largest land-holders in Mumbai … "Huge plots of land are being sold to the private builders. The cardinal's consent is needed in all land deals and he is allowing these deals for personal gains. We have managed to get a stay on two such deals, but the legal recourse requires a lot of money," said Melwyn Fernandes, secretary of the Association of Concerned Catholics, who is one of the 26 people to sit on the fast…  click here

'Cow Dung to Purify Ministers Who Say Goa a Drug Haven For Tourists'
21 May: "If any minister says that tourists come because of drugs, we will throw cow dung on his face to purify him," Goa Congress unit chief Luizinho Faleiro said… Faleiro's statement comes a week after the Congress unit launched a campaign against drugs in the coastal state… Faleiro said that his party will start statewide agitations to make Goa a drug-free state…  click here

‘Class V pupils in Goa lack basic literacy skills’
21 May: Times of India. By Lisa Monteiro. As many as 111 Class V students from 15 schools were assessed for their basic literacy skills under the study 'Child literacy in Goa' and fared rather poorly. Four assessment areas were used to test their literacy -alphabetic knowledge, decoding skills, writing and comprehension. The study revealed that only 40% children possessed comprehension skills… 90% of the teachers were keen to improve their practice and boost learning levels if they could be steered towards …  click here

Domestic tourists throng Goa beaches to beat sweltering heat
21 May: Zee News. With mercury soaring to unbearable levels across the country, domestic holidayers are flocking Goa beaches to cool-off themselves lending a much-needed fillip to tourism sector in the picturesque state… people prefer beaches to get relief from sweltering heat. The tourists enjoy swimming in the sea or relaxing on the beach while children like to play with the sand …  click here

Hand over Mickky Pacheco hunt over to CBI, demands social activist
21 May: Times of India. Goan social activist and lawyer Aires Rodrigues on Thursday demanded that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) be entrusted with the task of finding out the whereabouts of convicted former Goa RDA minister Francisco 'Mickky' Pacheco after Goa police failed to arrest Pacheco for almost two months. Earlier, the Supreme Court (SC) rejected Pacheco's appeal against a lower court order which sentenced him to six months imprisonment for assaulting a junior engineer of the Goa electricity department in 2006…  click here

Six crude bombs recovered from house in Goa
21 May: Press Trust of India. The bombs were found when the officials probing the case of poaching of a wild boar in the forests of Sattari, a remote taluka in the state, raided the house of one Adman Fernandes. Police have also recovered two live 12 bore cartridges from the house …  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sun. 24 May. 13.30 hrs. G.O.A. (UK). A Day with Our Lady of Fatima at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London. SW17 9PG. Rosary, Benediction and Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary followed by Holy Mass being offered for the Goan Community by Rev. Fr. Peter Soares before he leaves the UK. After the mass you are invited into the hall for light refreshments in the presence of Our Lady of Fatima. This is one of the four statues of Our Lady commissioned by Pope Benedict XV in 1917. This statue was then blest by Pope Pius X. For further details, please call Juliette on 07958 537314 or visit for more details. For the flyer, click here.

Sun: 24 May. Margao Union UK will celebrate the Feast of the Patron of Margao, “ THE HOLY SPIRIT “ at St. John’s Hall, Bourne Hill, Palmers Green, N13 4DA - Mass at 12.30pm followed by a get-together. Music “NITELIFE”. Price including Snacks and Buffet £ 10.00. For details contact: Camilo- 020 8801 3637, Bella - 020 8372 1253/ 07949 233307, Rosalind- 020 8767 8652 & Xavy – 020 8803 5146/07507 950455. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 30 May at the Shrine of Our Lady of Vailankanni (Goan Comnmunity Centre) Keston Road, Tottenham, London N17 6JY. For the flyer with full details, click here.

Sun, 14 June Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate the 35th Anniversary Feast of St. Anthony of Padua at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 12.00 noon prompt followed by dancing to the music of 'Maz & Co' and 'Nite Life'. Tickets including snack & Goan meal, Members £13.00 Guests £14.00. For tickets contact Tony Fernandes Tel: 020 8540 3566, Loretta Fernandes Tel: 020 8330 9307 or Wendy Fernandes Tel: 020 8768 0545. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 28 Jun: Benaulim Association UK invites you to celebrate the feast of their Patron St John the Baptist at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22 5QJ. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12.30pm, followed by dancing to the sounds of 'MERCURY BLUES". Tickets which include delicious snacks and a meal costs £10 for members and £12 for guests. Children 6 to 16 years £6 and FREE for 5 and under. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. For further details and tickets please call Jack on 0208 903 9017, Mary 0208 803 9752, Josephine 0208 967 7471/07957148406, Lucy 0207 625 4728. For the flyer, click here. For Later Events See



Death: Julie De Souza

20 May: Sangolda, Goa. JULIE SABINA DE SOUZA. Born 1925; Ex-Uganda. Wife of: Late Cosmo Florencio de Souza; Mother/ Mother-in-law of: Celly (Ex- NABARD)/Zelle, Brian (The '0' Hotel)/Jasmine, Carmel (Goa Board of Secondary & Higher Secondary Education), Carl (State Bank of India)/Jocelyn (Corporation Bank), Anthony (Air Works, Mumbai); Grandmother of: Rommel, Tanya, Michelle, Samantha & Karen. Funeral cortege will leave her residence at Monte-Villa, Sangolda, Bardez to St. Diogo's Church, Sangolda Guirim on Thursday, 21st May 2015 at 4:30 pm for Mass followed by burial.  For further details click here

Death: Rozendo Figueiredo
17 May: Melbourne, Australia. ROZENDO FIGUEIREDO. Born: 1947. Ex Benaulim, Goa. Beloved husband of Maria Jose; Father / father-in-law of Fatima / Joe, Shaila / Adam; Son / son-in-law of late Francisco / late Ester, late Alvaro / late Margarida Barreto; Brother / brother-in-law of Tito / Terezinha, Umbelina / Rosario, Marieta / Maurice, Ruth / Ben, Lizette / Orlando & Alvito / Daphnie, late Alina / Silvano. The family will be offering mass for his soul at 8.30 a.m., on Friday, 22nd May 2015 at St. John the Baptist Church, Benaulim. Photo.  For further details click here

Death: Benedita Pereira
19 May: London. BENEDITA ATAIDE e PEREIRA. Born: 1937. Ex Destero – Vasco, Goa. Beloved wife of late Custodio Pereira, loving mother/mother-in-law of Vincent/Sacramenta, Carmelina/late Joaquim Joao (CoIva). Ana-Rosa/Constancio Agnelo (Loutulim). Luciano/Sebastiana (Leena) & Jerry/Marcelina. Passed away peacefully in London (UK). Funeral date will be announced later. Photo.  For further details click here

News Summary

Sweeneys right to maintain pressure on Goa police

20 May: Derby Telegraph (UK). The Sweeney family of Derby have been a nuisance to the police for the past three years…They deserve no criticism, only admiration for their dogged determination… They have been pressing for the full story behind the death of Denyse Sweeney more than five years ago… Now sisters Maureen and Marion have contacted relatives of other people who have also come to an unhappy and mysterious end in India. They intend to set up a worldwide group which, if politicians in various countries can also be brought on board, might succeed in shaming the Indian authorities into more action…  click here

Villagers in Goa Refuse Vaccination Against Rare Disease

20 May. Goa state health authorities are despaired at refusal of residents of a village to get themselves vaccinated against a rare disease which spreads from monkeys and has caused nine deaths over the last few months. After being unable to persuade the villagers of Pali, 55 km from Panaji, over the need to get vaccinated, officials are now planning to create awareness about the rare but killer Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) and its effects…  click here

Goa beach village wants ban on glass bottles

20 May: ZeeNews. The sarpanch of a coastal village in Goa wants a ban on the use of glass bottles on the beaches as strewn broken bottles are causing a menace. Speaking to IANS on Wednesday, Bogmalo village sarpanch Laxman Kavlekar said: "In recent times, there has been a rise in the number of instances of visitors cutting their feet on jagged glass ends, usually broken remains of bottles of beer or aerated drinks." …  click here

Dr. Wilfred De Souza used 'hypothermia' to overcome opponents, says biography

20 May: Business Standard. For three-time Goa chief minister and veteran surgeon Dr. Wilfred De Souza, hypothermia, a surgical principle where body metabolism is deliberately pulled down to aid surgery, was also a favoured ideal political philosophy. De Souza's authorised biography contains an insider's perspective on the most turbulent times in Goa's political history - the decades of 1990s and 2000s - when India's smallest state saw 18 chief ministers…He sheds light on how he used "hypothermia", to inject a powerful political intervention in Goa's politics, soon after the state was liberated from 451 years of Portuguese rule…  click here

Centre re-working on draft bill to empower landlords
21 May: Herald. The law will give landlords the upper hand to charge market rates from tenants, raise the rent periodically and get the premises vacated without getting into the long-drawn court battle …  click here

Pernem cops launch drive against overstaying foreigners
21 May: Times of India. Pernem police have launched a special drive against foreigners staying illegally in the area and against locals who illegally give private vehicles like bikes and cars on rent. The villagers of have complained against the foreigners, especially African nationals, including Nigerians in the area. Locals allege that these foreigners are usually under the influence of alcohol and drugs and indulge in activities that disturb peace in the villages…  click here

Mickky likely to surrender this week
21 May: Times of India. The absconding Nuvem MLA Francisco (Mickky) Pacheco who was sentenced to go to jail for assaulting an engineer of the state electricity department eight years ago, is likely to surrender this week, sources said…  click here
Search warrant illegal, says public prosecutor … 21 May: Times of India. The South Goa additional sessions court is likely to pronounce its verdict on a government plea challenging a local court order issuing warrant to search for absconding former state minister Francisco Xavier (Mickky) Pacheco at the official residence of Union defence minister Manohar Parrikar in Delhi on May 27…  click here

AirAsia India announces new flights from Delhi to Goa
20 May: Zee News. Low-cost carrier AirAsia India on Wednesday said its new flights from New Delhi to Bengaluru, Goa and Guwahati will be operational from Wednesday. AirAsia India is offering an all-inclusive promotional fare, as low as Rs.1,700, for flights from New Delhi to Bengaluru and Goa …  click here

Another sex racket busted in city; 5 girls rescued
20 May: Navhind Times. Panaji police on Tuesday busted an alleged flesh trade racket being run under the garb of operating a spa centre in the heart of the city. Five girls have been rescued while police have arrested the main accused, a woman, and five customers-tourists from Karnataka. Police informed that one of the victims is from Nepal while the remaining are from the north-eastern states. According to police, 40-year-old Rubita Jane from Taleigao is the main accused and was operating an ayurvedic beauty care and spa centre…  click here


DOCUMENTARY: Secrets of Sex. Community Channel. Saturday 23rd May. 23.30 to 00:00. Trafficked. An in-depth look at the problems of child trafficking and sex work in India.

ARTS: The Time Being. BBC Radio 4. Sunday 24th May. 19:45 to 20:00. Showcase for writers new to radio. The Summer of Learning, by Susmita Bhattarcharya. A Welsh girl visits her father's family in India for the first time. Read by Naomi Everson.

DOCUMENTARY: Monsoon Railway. Yesterday. Sunday 24th May. 22:00 to 23:00. The first of two engrossing films following the exertions of three Indian Railways employees, as they strive to keep their trains running during the disruptive monsoon season.

DRAMA: Tishani Doshi - The Pleasure Seekers. BBC Radio 4 Extra. Wednesday 27th May. 14:00 to 14:15. Sian tells her parents that she is leaving North Wales to go to Madras to marry an Indian man. Read by Indira Varma.

DOCUMENTARY: Slum Survivors. BBC 3. Friday 29th May. Three plumbers get down and dirty in some of India's most notorious slums where they learn to plumb the local way in the open sewers of Mumbai.

DOCUMENTARY: Britain's Greatest Generation. BBC 2. Friday 29th May. 21:00 to 22:00. Documentary that tells the stories of the extraordinary last survivors of the generation who fought or lived through World War II. Novelist Diana Athill also played an important role in the movement towards both sexual and racial openness in the 1960s and speaks in this episode about how she flouted the taboo on mixed-race relationships at that time.

FILM: Shoot on Sight. B4U Movies (Sky 780). Friday 29th May. 23:30 to 03:00. 2007, PG. Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Greta Scacchi, Om Puri, Gulshan Grover, Laila Rouass



Death: Lucy Dias

15 May: Bexleyheath, Kent, UK. MARIA FRANCESCA DIAS known to most as LUCY- passed away peacefully. Wife of the late PM Dias beloved mother and grandma to Ann/Joe/Christopher, Marian/Chris/Scott, Andrew/Alice/Theo/Etienne. Sister and Aunt to Barbara, John/Lumina/Leora/Leandro, Georgina/Robert/Rodney/Gillian. Lucy will be dearly missed by all. A celebration of her life will take place on Friday 29th May at 10am at St Thomas More Church, Long Lane Bexleyheath DA7 5JW followed by burial at Hillview Cemetery, Wickham St, Welling DA16 3NL. Lucy loved flowers and gardening. Floral tributes to PJ Mulligan, 268 Broadway, Bexleyheath, Kent DA6 8BE by 9am on 29th May 2015. Condolences to  email

Death: Danny Fernandes
9 Apr: Belgaum, India. DANIEL (DANNY) FERNANDES ex Standard Chartered Bank, Dar-es-Salaam. Passed away peacefully at the age of 84. Many of you may remember Danny as an avid sports fan and popular member of the GI. He was an uncle to the late Terence Pereira (Barclays Bank, NBC) and Birdie De Souza (Goan School). [Info Claude Fernandes].

News Summary

UK New Event Announcement

Sun 28 Jun: Benaulim Association UK invites you to celebrate the feast of their Patron St John the Baptist at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22 5QJ. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12.30pm, followed by dancing to the sounds of 'MERCURY BLUES". Tickets which include delicious snacks and a meal costs £10 for members and £12 for guests. Children 6 to 16 years £6 and FREE for 5 and under. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. For further details and tickets please call Jack on 0208 903 9017, Mary 0208 803 9752, Josephine 0208 967 7471/07957148406, Lucy 0207 625 4728 For the flyer,  click here

Transcription of birth records determines Portuguese nationality

19 May: Herald. By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa. Does the registration of one’s birth in Portugal signify the acquisition of Portuguese nationality? This question has been debated for months and is still a topic of discussion; especially after it was pointed out that some Goan lawmakers had registered their births in Portugal… Miguel Reis, a Portuguese lawyer and former journalist who has studied the issue of Portuguese citizenship explains clearly in the book ‘ Portuguese Citizenship of Persons Born in the Erstwhile ‘ Estado da India’ and of their Descendants’ what Portuguese citizenship signifies, who is eligible and how it can be proved. The word ‘ proved’ is Important in the context of this article as Reis’ contention is that those ( in this case residents of Goa, Daman and Diu) who prior to December 19, 1961 held Portuguese citizenship continue to do so till today as they never relinquished that citizenship… (Alexandre Moniz Barbosa is the Executive Editor, Herald) 1090 words.  click here

Video: Sydney: Vivid festival 2015: Brian d’Souza, aka Auntie Flo

20 May: The Guardian. Form Vivid Live at the Opera House to Modulations at Carriageworks, Sydney switches on the lights for some musical heavyweights – here’s a taster … He was born in Goa, India, grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, and is now based in London, but DJ/producer Brian d’Souza, aka Auntie Flo, is best known as a purveyor of Afrobeat, kwaito, cumbia and other contemporary African and Latin American sounds that have, until now, flown under the radar in Australia… See Auntie Flo play the Haha Industries party on 29 May at Goodgod Small Club…  click here
Brian D’Souza writes, “My Mum was born in Kisumu, Kenya … My Mum's family are all from Goa, a place near Mapusa. For a profile of Brian D’Souza,  click here

Goa perfect place for love birds: Sunny Leone

19 May: The Statesman. Actress Sunny Leone, who will be again hosting MTV Splitsvilla, suggested Goa as the possible location to the makers to shoot the upcoming season as she feels that the destination gels with the theme of the youth reality show. “While deciding the possible location I demanded that we should do it in Goa. With its pristine beaches, remarkable party places and romantic vibe, Goa makes the perfect place for love birds,” said Leone … “The moment you think of Goa, you think holiday and loads of fun. So imagine all the fun the contestants are going to have figuring out what women want, as the girls make the boys run up and down.” …  click here
16 May: Emirates24 X 7. Police complaint filed against Sunny Leone by Indian housewife. Complainant demanded Leone's deportation …  click here

Nicole Da Silva: Beauty queens who set the beach on fire

19 May: Times of India. Nicole Da Silva, first runner-up at Miss United Continents 2014, is an absolute water baby. This gorgeous beauty queens hails from the land of beaches, Goa.  click here

Your favourite Goan restaurants, now in Mumbai

19 May: GQ India. Five of the Goa’s most popular restaurants are making their way to Mumbai in pop-up form … House of Lloyd’s taking over the kitchen at the city's speakeasy-inspired Please Don't Tell (PDT) at Lower Parel on May 29 and 30…It will be followed by a cavalry of Bombra's Burmese pickled tea leaf salad, pork belly and Kachin chicken and Chef Nicholas Frontier's (from L’Atelier, Morjim) Indo-French dishes…  click here

Vatican denies setting sainthood date for Mother Teresa

19 May: Crux. A Vatican spokesman denied Tuesday that a date has been set to declare Mother Teresa a saint, insisting that the idea of doing it during the Holy Year of Mercy declared by Pope Francis is merely a “working hypothesis.” The declaration came in response to reports in Italian newspapers that the date had been set for Sept. 4, 2016, as a part of the jubilee year called by Francis that begins Dec. 8…  click here

Newly-wed Goan couple meets Pope Francis

19 May: Herald. A newly- married couple from Calangute – Nigel and Sallyann D’Souza – recently got a once- in- a-lifetime opportunity to meet the Holy Father, Pope Francis, in person and receive his blessings. Sallyann said, “ It started with us planning our honeymoon trip to Italy. We were prodded by my father to meet the Pope. While searching on the Internet, we stumbled upon the concept of Sposi Noveli and relentlessly worked to make this meeting possible.” … Nigel said, “ Meeting the Pope is a surreal experience…  click here

The Army is vacating prime Panjim land, finally!

19 May: Herald. It was in 2004, when the first Mayor of the city, Ashok Naik and his council took a resolution that space in Panjim market, currently occupied by the Army for their 2 Signal Training Centre ( 2STC) be returned to the Corporation of the City of Panaji ( CCP) to whom it actually belongs…But now, Union Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar – a long standing city MLA of the BJP convinced his ministry to give back the land, opening up a space for a four- wheeler parking facility…  click here

Spotlight on children begging

19 May: Times of India. A survey by NGO Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) has identified several places in Panaji where children are strategically located to make an emotional appeal to people. Emidio Pinho of SCAN said they have discovered that infants used for begging are always sleeping and appear to be drugged. He alleges that begging involving children is an organized crime. "We suspect beggar women as well as children are taught how to react when caught by police," he said…  click here

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20 May: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 34.3. Min = 27.0 . Rainfall: Nil
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UK: New Event: Day With Mary

Sat. 30 May at the Shrine of Our Lady of Vailankanni (Goan Community Centre) Keston Road, Tottenham, London N17 6JY. For the flyer with full details,  click here

Sisters of tragic Denyse Sweeney aim to start worldwide support group

18 May: By Derby Telegraph. The sisters of a Derby woman who died in mysterious circumstances in Goa hope to start a worldwide group for families who have lost loved ones in India. Maureen and Marion Sweeney have been in contact with relatives of people who have died on the sub-continent as they look to raise the profile of their own campaign… Mum-of-two Denyse collapsed in a nightclub in April 2010. The 34-year-old was taken to hospital but died less than an hour later. A post-mortem in India revealed she had "most likely" died from a drug overdose, but her inquest in Derby in April 2012 found no drugs in her system and she had up to 20 unexplained wounds to her body…  click here

The Salt Makers

18 May: Hakai Magazine. The industrialization of salt—India is the world’s third-largest salt producer—and the rise of fine table salt have led to a decline in the number of Goa’s traditional salt makers. The implications are many—for people and creatures, great and small, who have depended on mittkaars and their salt pans for over a millennium… Goa’s traditional salt-making industry verges on collapse, with neither the Indian government nor the Goan state authorities offering support…  click here

Auction: 4 ornate 19th century Indo-Portuguese dining chairs

20 May: Burstow & Hewett, Battle, East Sussex, United Kingdom. Lot 673 - A set of 4 ornate 19th century Indo-Portuguese dining chairs, having allover carved and pierced and turned decoration. Estimate: 100 GBP - 200 GBP.  click here

Goa govt not to pay for illumination of religious places
!8 May: Times of India. Years after illuminating several churches, temples and a mosque in the state, Goa government on Monday decided not to foot their electricity bill anymore as an austerity measure, drawing flak from the opposition. "The Department of Tourism has taken a decision not to pay electricity consumption charges for illumination of religious places as an austerity measure," Director of Tourism Ameya Abhyankar was quoted as saying in a press release issued here today. However, tourism department will continue to bear the cost of installation of the system in religious places…  click here
Video: Goa365. Goa government of trying to create communalism by stopping powers bills for lighting religious places… 3m. 40s.  click here

Goan seaman to come home soon
16 May: Herald. Seaman Otto Lasrado and the crew of the M V Agatis won the court case against their shipping company. The company’s owner agreed to pay the crew’s salary by Monday and to relieve the crew of their duties by May 21. Lasrado, the chief cook on the controversial ship, had decided to go on a hunger strike from Monday if those demands were not met. He and his 18-member crew were stranded on the ship, docked at Cape Town, for more than three months…  click here

Locals flock to Calangute for traditional sea water soak
18 May: Times of India. A large number of Goans have been flocking to the beach for their annual summer picnic to beat the heat … A Japanese study says sea water is an effective treatment for atopic dermatitis. Inhaling sodium chloride, or salt from sea water, in aerosol form, is called halotherpy. It was used in a 1995 study for treating patients suffering from acute bronchitis. Sea water treatment has also been shown to improve the effects of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis…  click here

Maharashtra: Is the police abusing beef ban to extort, harass women?
18 May: Daly News and Analysis. A 54 year-old Mumbai woman travelling from Goa on a bus was allegedly harassed after being suspected of carrying beef with her … Sherry Pereira, who lives in Andheri has alleged in the report that she was grilled and harassed by the police in Maharashtra at 2 am on Sunday. She has maintained that she was carrying pork for her pregnant daughter…  click here


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Sun. 24 May. 13.30 hrs. G.O.A. (UK). A Day with Our Lady of Fatima at St. Boniface Catholic Church, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London. SW17 9PG. Rosary, Benediction and Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary followed by Holy Mass being offered for the Goan Community by Rev. Fr. Peter Soares before he leaves the UK. After the mass you are invited into the hall for light refreshments in the presence of Our Lady of Fatima. This is one of the four statues of Our Lady commissioned by Pope Benedict XV in 1917. This statue was then blest by Pope Pius X. For further details, please call Juliette on 07958 537314 or visit for more details. For the flyer, click here.

Agnelo Fernandes “They all think the streets of London are paved with gold”

17 May: Times of India. Agnelo Fernandes (photo) is always up for a challenge. When he took over as regional passport officer this very month, two years ago, the passport office was nothing short of chaos … Today, the office functions smoothly … A large number of applicants vying for Portuguese passports visit the office to get a fresh Indian passport issued, their old passport reissued and finally, their Indian passport surrendered… "They all think the streets of London are paved with gold," he says… "Go to the village tinto in Nuvem or Nagoa and you hear a babble of tongues but no Konkani. Where are the locals? You don't find them in Porvorim or in Vasco. They're searching for greener pastures in Swindon." … 736 words  click here

Indian-origin professionals most successful in UK: Study

17 May: Economic Times. People of Indian origin are most likely to be in elite professional and managerial roles in Britain, a study based on official census figures has found. According to a detailed analysis of the 2011 census, Indians are the most successful ethnic minority group with 15.4 per cent found in class 1 of eight occupational groups, comprising higher managerial, administrative roles as well as professions like doctors and lawyers. They are followed by those of Chinese origin at 12.8 per cent, 'The Sunday Times' reported. However, if students are excluded, the figures rise to 17.8 per cent for Indians and 19.1 per cent for Chinese, while men from Indian and Chinese backgrounds are almost twice as likely as their white British counterparts to be in higher managerial jobs…  click here

Mumbai: For the first time in 146 years, St. Xavier's gets non-Jesuit principal

14 May: First Post. By Zenia D'Cunha. Mumbai's St. Xavier's College is set to have a non-Jesuit principal for the first time in its 146-year old history. Dr Agnelo Menezes will be taking over as the next principal of the institute from Fr. Frazer Mascarenhas, who is retiring after 12 years at the helm. Fondly called 'Aggie' by students, the 58-year old was the Head of Department for Economics and Public Policy…  click here

Bonaventure D'Pietro: Konkani’s literary warrior soldiers on

17 May: Times of India. Playing in the Goan bands in the swinging sixties, Bonaventure D'Pietro of Chinvar, Anjuna, was once praised by Goan music maestro Chris Perry as a tenor sax player of much promise. But it was another Goan music legend Alfred Rose, who echoed the sentiment of many Konkani readers and praised him as Goa's "James Hadley Chase" for his novels in Roman script Konkani. But D'Pietro considers himself a "living martyr for Konkani." Worried that Konkani hardly had any writers and seized with the sentiment that Konkani would vanish if not nurtured, he quit his job in Bombay and headed home to Goa to pursue his labour of love — write in Konkani… 793 words.  click here

Drama with a conscience: Meet Space Theatre Ensemble

17 May: Daily News & Analysis. Highlighting issues such as the beef ban in Maharashtra and illegal mining in Goa, the Space Theatre Ensemble is about drama with a conscience. Gargi Gupta meets the group and their colourful director, Hartman de Souza …  click here
Hartman De Souza was born in Kenya. For an account of his childhood there,  click here

Bandra: St Andrew’s 400-year festivities unearth history and legends

17 May: Times of India. Vatican records show that the hermitage of St Andrew existed in 1601 and there are also references to a church being built in 1599, which local historians surmise might have been St Andrew… The 400-year anniversary celebrations, which will be kicked off after the Feast of St Andrew's at the end of November. About 50 members of the 7,660-strong parish are working on the year-long celebrations, which will culminate in December 2016…  click here

Bombay Velvet: All that glitters

17 May: Mumbai Mirror. As flamboyant and luxurious as the Art Deco era it's set in, the film ends up being all shine and little soul… The heroine makes her entry as a little Goan girl with a golden voice. We skate too smoothly over Rosie's journey from singing in church to sleeping in a rich man's bed, and even more quickly over her escape to Bombay, where she works glumly in a beauty parlour by day and sings even more glumly - in a bar by night… 935 words. ‘  click here
Bombay Velvet’ is Tribute to Lorna Cordeiro … IndiaWest.  click here
For the trailer of the Bombay Velvet film, click here.

Israeli jailed in India attempts escape with US Jew’s help

17 May: Times of Israel. An Israeli man jailed in India for alleged possession of illicit drugs reportedly attempted a daring escape on Thursday with the help of a Jewish-American accomplice, only to be foiled by local police. Neria Bendavid, who has been held in Goa since January, has been on trial for the alleged possession of 10 grams of liquid LSD. His family has been running a Facebook page calling for his release… 513 words.  click here

Auction: Goan and Hispano-Philippine Wood and Ivory Busts and Figures Late 18th Century

20 May: Christie's South Kensington. Lot 588 - A collection of Goan and Hispano-Philippine wood and ivory busts and figures. Late 18th century and later. Including a bust of the Virgin mounted with hair and with glass eyes, one lacking, on a rosewood pedestal base, a carved ivory figure of the Virgin Immaculata with glass eyes, six assorted painted wood and ivory mounted figures of Saints … Estimate: 3,000 GBP - 5,000 GBP  click here

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