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Stop Press: Visa on arrival to be increased from 43 to 150 countries
28 Feb: Money Control. Meeting some of the expectations of the hospitality industry, Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley in his full year Union Budget 2015-16 announced visa on arrival to 150 countries from the current 43 countries in stages. This would indeed boost tourism for the country … Click here.
28 Feb: BBC. India Budget highlights.



Death: Burt Forsythe

18 Feb: London. BURT FORSYTHE. Greatly missed by his wife Lucy, (J. X. Fernandes family, Kampala). Funeral will be held on Wednesday 4th March 2015 at 12.15pm at Sacred Heart Church, Quex Road, Kilburn NW6 4PS. followed by burial at St Mary's Cemetery Harrow Road,NW10 5NU. Parking available at Church and Cemetery. No flowers please. Donations to Alzheimer's Association Condolences to

Acknowledgement: Magdalena Lobo
The family of Maggie would like to thank all those who visited Maggie in hospital. We also wish to thank those who attended the funeral and helped with the wake. Our thanks also for the many condolences, prayers, and Mass offerings received by email, phone, or cards. They are all very much appreciated. A Holy Mass will be offered for your intentions. For the death & funeral notice, click here.

Obituary: Meera Kosambi: End of a spectacular intellectual dynasty

27 Feb: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. Sad news of the death of prominent sociologist, writer, and translator Meera Kosambi, in Pune on February 26, was received as a double blow in her ancestral Goa. Many friends and admirers did not know she was ailing. There was also immediate recognition that an era had passed—76-year-old Meera Kosambi was the last living link to the prodigious intellectual legacy of her father, D D Kosambi, and her grandfather, Dharmanand Kosambi, who set out on foot from Sancoale in Goa in 1899 to found one of the greatest intellectual dynasties of the 20th century… Meera was a strikingly distinctive feminist thinker and writer, as well as one of the most meticulous scholars and translators of her generation… Meera loved Goa, and also loved Konkani which she delighted in speaking on trips to Goa. … 787 words.  For further details click here
Video: Dec. 2012. Book Release: Dharmanand Kosambi's selected writing.  For further details click here
For a Wikipedia profile of Meera Kosambi, click here.

News Summary

Pakistan is Home

27 Feb: Goa Streets. Selma Carvalho examines the Goan diaspora settled in Karachi which is much older than the settlement in East Africa, although it has startling parallels. She writes, ' The Karachi diaspora predates that of East Africa by a good fifty years. By 1858, when Goans were just venturing into Zanzibar, the J. C Misquita bakery was already thriving at Saddar. The importance of Catholic bakeries and butcheries cannot be underestimated; they acted as general contractors for flour, bread, beef, vegetables and provisions to English settlements and cantonments. In a very real sense, they were the vanguard of Goan migration. Eventually, every venture in the diaspora, be it the Goan club or the Goan business, was intimately linked to the Catholic Church thus creating an overlapping history.' … 949 words.  click here
Celebrating differences: Karachi’s strength lies in its diversity. 27 Feb: The Express Tribune (Karachi). Rumana Husain speaks her mind…. In her book, Karachiwala: A Subcontinent Within a City, Husain talked at length about the different communities residing in the city and their differences in terms of language, customs and lifestyle... Accounting mesmerising tales of Zoroastrians, Goan Catholics, Sindhi and Memons, Husain emphasised the need for people to recognise one another as different…  click here

Airports and the ‘civilising effect comment’
27 Feb: Herald. By Radharao F. Gracias … I realise there is something intriguing about airports in India. An airport seems to have a “civilising effect” on anyone who enters it. Everyone is well- dressed neat and clean. No one dares throw anything around. People speak in low tones. There is none of the hustle and bustle of the railway platform or bus station. The walls do not drip red with paan. Even little children seem to behave differently. In short an airport seems to impose discipline and order. The atmosphere inside looks distinctly, European. Queues form in an orderly manner and everyone waits for his turn. The poor and the rich, all seem to be aware of the rules and the need to follow them. The chaos of India is a distant nightmare…  click here

Israel-Indian ties Goa-ing forward

26 Feb: Jerusalem Post. Israeli tourism matures on the beaches of Palolem, Anjuna and Arambol … Goa is known to be kind to Israelis – and their wallets. … Pagi who is a Goan and his Israeli partner Sharon Salman run the popular Café Inn … An affinity for Israel is also felt a few storefronts down at the Spicy Bella restaurant, which is adorned with a sign in Hebrew … In the 1990s Goa became an attractive destination for Israelis right out of the army… Palolem has now became a destination for clean-cut, young Israeli professionals, as well as young families seeking a cheap, relaxing, low-maintenance vacation… “India is passé,” remarked one Israeli woman as her kids ran around naked on the sand during one of Palolem’s beautiful sunsets… Inbal “Big Mama” Asher, a 27-year-old Israeli and her Nepali boyfriend run the Big Mama Café and Inn on the Arambol shores… the Crystal Goa is run by a 36-year-old British Jew named David Tomkins, who retired early from a career in finance so he could travel… He works 60 hours a week … 1613 words.  click here

Chief Minister Parulekar to lead team to promote Goa in Berlin
28 Feb: Times of India. A delegation led by tourism minister Dilip Parulekar will leave on a 10-day tour of Europe shortly to participate in Internationale Tourismus-Borse (ITB), Berlin, a leading travel trade show. Officials of the tourism department said Goa will make its presence felt in a big way from March 4 to 8 at the trade show. Apart from promoting Goa as a tourist destination on an international platform, participation in this event has another purpose…  click here

Femnet Issue 35 out now

Feb. 2015. From the new Editor, Chryselle D'Silva Dias (photo). Love is a many-splendored thing. In February, we are bombarded with one aspect of it – romantic love. The shops are taken over with teddy bears and red hearts, while movie channels bring out the classics and get us all teary-eyed. This might be a good time, though, to remind ourselves of how much other members of our family mean to us. Coincidentally, this issue has several touching stories about families. Brenda Vaz Menezes tells us about her father, the Olympian Maxie Vaz; Selma Carvalho’s lyrical memories of her grandparents reminds us of our own grandparents far away and Tania Fernandes shares the story of her life and how much her parents have meant to her. A February issue cannot be complete without a Valentine’s Day story, and we are glad to have one by Valerie Rodrigues. The year has also just begun, so we gather steam with a motivational article on ‘New You Resolutions’ by Diahann Caroll and take a ‘Journey to France’ with Louisa Fernandes. Enjoy!  click here

Goa police to launch mobile app
28 Feb: Times of India. Visiting police stations to lodge a complaint could soon be a thing of the past. In an ambitious move, the Goa police are preparing to launch a mobile-based public safety application that will allow users to report offences and communicate effectively with the police. Expected to be out next month, the free-of-cost app will be available across all operating systems… it will allow citizens to log into the system and apprise the police of an offence by way of pictures, voice recordings, or text messages…  click here

Soul Tree exceeds crowdfunding target to boost its Indian wine business

27 Feb: Harpers UK. Indian wine producer Soul Tree has raised more than £388,000 through crowdfunding, which it says will help it put Indian wines on the map. … Founded in Birmingham by Alok Mathur and Melvin D’Souza in 2011, Soul Tree works with small producers in the Nasik Valley near the West Coast of India, 100 miles north east of Mumbai. It produces six wines - three red (a Cabernet, a Shiaz and a Cabernet Shiraz blend), a Sauvignon Blanc, a rosé, and a sparkling wine, which are bottled at origin and then shipped to international markets …  click here
For a profile of Melvin D’Souza,  click here

Dual citizenship of people of Goa to be resolved soon: Govt
27 Feb: Business Standard. The dual-citizenship issue that has been haunting thousands of people of Goa for some time now may be resolved "very soon" with the Centre today saying that the matter would be sorted out without further ado…  click here
28 Feb: Herald. Shantaram pulls out citizenship Bill on ‘promise’. Rajya Sabha Congress MP Shantaram Naik on Friday withdrew his private member’s Bill to help Goans caught in the dual citizenship tangle on an express assurance from the government in the Rajya Sabha that it was equally concerned to find a solution to the problem…  click here

VHP Will Arrange Reconversions in Goa If People Want

27 Feb: New Indian Express. Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) today said it would "facilitate" reconversions in Goa if the local people wanted it. "Thousands of years ago, Hindus in Goa were converted to Christianity. If they want to come back and if they contact VHP, we will facilitate their return to Hinduism," said Dada Vedak, VHP's convenor for Goa and Maharashtra. Alleging that the Catholic Church converted people "aggressively", Vedak said VHP would not use force, but reconvert the people with "mamata (compassion), samata (equality) and prem (love)". "If they want to come (back to Hinduism) how can we stop them?" he said…  click here
28 Feb: Times of India. VHP should not have made such a statement: CM  click here
28 Feb: Herald. A much stronger response to the VHP is needed, Mr CM… click here.

Gettin’ Hitched in Goa?
27 Feb: Goa Streets. Park Hyatt Goa Resort and Spa, Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, Alila Diwa Goa, Grand Hyatt Goa, Vivanta by Taj – Holiday Village/Fort Aguada, Grand Mercure Goa Shrem Resort, Dreamy Horizons, Resort Rio, Park Calangute, Destination One, Wedding Cakes at Butter Fingers, Jimson Caterers, Chandni Chowk Weddings … 1539 words.  click here

Birthday girl Alina Saldanha has a teary showdown

28 Feb: Herald. All that remained sweet at the end of the meeting of BJP MLAs and senior office bearers was the birthday cake that the CM offered to Cortalim MLA and Environment Minister Alina Saldanha. The meeting ended with a teary-eyed Alina storming out, furious at the party allotting the Sancoale Zilla Panchayat seat in her area of influence to the MGP. She left saying she felt humiliated and insulted … She began to leave, crying, her birthday clearly spoilt… She left in rage threatening to go to the press, and also field her own candidate from Sancoale …  click here



Death: Filipinha Dias

21 Feb: London. FILIPINHA DIAS. (Ex Goa/Nairobi). Leaves behind beloved husband Caetano; daughters Rosy and family; Lourdes and family; late Sylvia and family; Virginia and family; sons Martin and family; Jack and family; and extended family. The funeral service will be held on Thursday 5th March, at 1pm, at St Anthony's Church, 56 St Anthony's Road, London E7 9QB. This will be followed by a burial service at 2.30pm at City Of London Cemetery, Aldersbrook Road, Manor Park, London E12 5DQ. Thereafter a reception will be held at One Love, The Upton Centre, 1 Bishops Avenue, Plaistow, London E13 0RB until 6pm. Condolences to

News Summary

Hindu leader's comment on Mother Teresa fuels tensions in India

26 Feb: Deutsche Welle. Nearly a week after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to India's Christian community to assure them of his government's commitment to "complete freedom of faith," the chief of the country's most prominent Hindu group Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh's (RSS), Mohan Bhagwat, stirred a controversy by claiming that Mother Teresa's work was motivated by a desire to convert Indians to Christianity. The RSS, which presents itself as a non-political cultural organization, is the ideological parent of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and is widely believed to exercise significant influence over the affairs of the BJP…  click here
26 Feb: Reuters. India's parliament disrupted over Mother Teresa remarks …  click here

Goa: Catholic body seeks action against church attackers
27 Feb: Navhind Times. In protest against hatred and vengeance perpetrated against Christians by way of attack on churches, Catholic Association of Goa will organise a Catholic solidarity rally in Margao on February 28. Protesters will gather at the Holy Spirit Church square at 6.30 p.m. and hold a rally to the Lohia Maidan. The association has called upon the Union and state governments to take strict action against the perpetuators of violence and prevent further harassment to members of the minority community …  click here
27 Feb: Times of India. Margao Rally to protest atrocities against minorities on Feb 28…  click here

Sir Cliff Richard police inquiry 'significantly expanded'

26 Feb: BBC. A historical sex offence inquiry into singer Sir Cliff Richard has "increased significantly in size" and involves "more than one allegation", police say… In a letter dated 10 February to Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, Chief Constable David Crompton said his force was in regular contact with Sir Cliff's lawyers…  click here
Sir Cliff Richard: the Goan Connection. 1 Nov. 2011: The Daily Mail (UK). Sir Cliff Richard announced in a recent BBC radio interview that his grandfather, William (photo) was a bigamist… his greatgreat grandmother, Emeline Josephine Rebeiro, was the daughter of an Indian man from Goa, Vitriaus Rebeiro.1496 words + photos. For full text and photos click on the small square box below the words “Daily Mail 1 Nov 2011” and then select PressDisplay  click here

Changes to Indian visa applications
26 Feb: Wanderlust (UK), The application process for Indian visas for UK nationals is to change from 14 March 2015. While travellers were previously able to send applications off via post, they will now be required to visit one of 14 UK visa centres in person, by appointment only, to submit biometric data – fingerprints and facial imagery… many visa services are closing Indian visa applications via post a number of days before 14 March to ensure all paperwork can be completed ahead of the change. Appointments can be booked online from 16 March 2015, and separate appointments are required for groups of travellers – including families…  click here

Swine flu: Goa Health Department lists precautions to be taken

27 Feb: Navhind Times. In the backdrop of rising cases of death due to swine flu and the number of people affected with the H1N1 virus across the country crossing 17,000, Dr Utkarsh Betodkar, state epidemiologist and SSO, nodal officer (EVD), IDSP-Directorate of Health Service, has issued a press release on precautions to be taken to prevent swine flu…  click here
Video: 25 Feb: BBC. Swine flu: India health minister urges calm … 1m. 17s.  click here
26 Feb: Catholic Online. Modern day plague: Swine flu deaths pass 800 in India … click here.

UK: Cosmos Holidays keeps Goa despite axing flights
26 Feb: Travel & Trade Gazette (UK). Cosmos Holidays has confirmed its Goa programme for next winter, despite sister brand Monarch quitting long-haul flying. The operator will offer the destination from Gatwick and Manchester in a partnership with Thomas Cook Airlines, which is offering an undisclosed number of seats on its flights. Monarch Airlines is planning to exit long-haul flying at the end of this winter season … The Cosmos Goa programme would operate from Gatwick on Fridays and Manchester on Tuesdays. The addition of a premium cabin on Cook’s newly revamped Airbus A330 would offer “a greatly improved customer experience … Goa packages lead in at £639pp with a £75 deposit offer.  click here

How colonial Goa used photography to create images of a democratic India

26 Feb: The history of photography dovetails intriguingly with the rise of Panjim, and the concurrent making of an entirely new kind of Indian identity… From its inception, photography was recognised for its suitability in the colonial projects and self-image of the British Raj. The Bombay Photographic Society already had 200 members when it was formed in 1854 – most notably the brilliant 24-year-old Dr Narayan Daji Lad who grew up in Goa … Goan planners and administrators studied in Europe, travelled the world, and returned home to implement contemporary best practices in urban planning, city layout, drains and sewage, and public hygiene in Panjim… Demand for photography exploded in mid-19th century Europe and in Goa where countless families sought to commemorate their own gentrification and independence… In Zanzibar, AC Gomez opened a branch of his Goa-based studio in 1868 … Panjim’s renowned Souza & Paul photography studio opened for business in 1884 … 1773 words.  click here

Oman Air Adds Goa Service from late-March 2015
26 Feb: Routes Online (UK). Subject to Government Approval, Oman Air from 29MAR15 introduces Muscat – Goa route, its 11th route to India. The airline plans to operate this route 4 times a week with Boeing 737-800 aircraft…  click here

Video: Mahatma Gandhi memorial to be unveiled in Parliament Square

22 Feb: BBC. A statue of Mahatma Gandhi will be unveiled in Parliament Square next month. It will be revealed on 14 March after donations to the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust passed £1 million. The sculpture is inspired by photographs of the civil rights leader outside 10 Downing Street in 1931. Gandhi will be the first Indian, and the only person never to have been in public office, to be honoured with a statue in the square. His memorial will stand alongside those of Abraham Lincoln and Nelson Mandela opposite the Houses of Parliament…  click here
21 Feb: Eastcoast. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first official visit in Britain has not yet materialized and the United Kingdom is keen on the unveiling of the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the parliament square in London in March. They are eager that Modi unveil the statue next month. But according to the sources in the government instead of the PM, India’s finance minister Arun Jaitley will be in UK for the unveiling…  click here

Action will be taken against dance bars: Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar
26 Feb: Daily News & Analysis. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Thursday said appropriate action will be taken against those involved in running dance bars and alleged prostitution in the coastal belt. "I have received reports about what has been happening in the coastal belt. I have initiated appropriate action in the matter," Parsekar, said …  click here

Indian railways given $137bn boost in budget

26 Feb: BBC. India's government has announced plans to invest $137bn (£88bn) in its ageing railway network over the next five years. Unveiling the annual railway budget, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said the cash boost will help modernise existing tracks and introduce faster trains … the heavily subsidised passenger fares is unchanged. The state-run railways operate more than 12,000 trains, carrying some 23 million passengers daily…  click here



Death: Agnes Almeida (neé Pinto)

21 Feb: London. AGNES ALMEIDA Ex. Mombasa. Greatly missed by her husband Tim, sister Rita, brother Elias, sisters-in-law Elita and Melina, and all their families. Funeral will be held on Friday 13th March 2015 at 11.30am at Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, London SW19 4LU. Burial to follow at Merton and Sutton Joint Cemetery, Garth Road, Morden SM4 4NW. It was Agnes' wish that in place of floral tributes, donations be made to Great Ormond Street Hospital. If you do this, please make cheques payable to 'Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity' and send them to The Co-operative Funeralcare, 2 Lambton Road, Raynes Park, London SW20 0LR. Condolences to  email

News Summary

Catholics demand apology from RSS' Mohan Bhagwat for his comments on Mother Teresa

Cardinal Gracias

25 Feb: Daily News & Analysis. The Catholic community in the Mumbai demanded an apology from RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat for his remarks about the late Mother Teresa ... "I met Mother Teresa many times, and I sensed the great joy she felt when she reached out to the poorest of the poor, the sick, the abandoned and the dying," said Cardinal Oswald Gracias (photo), Archbishop Of Bombay…  click here
Security tightened at New Delhi churches after attacks 25 Feb: Reuters. The Indian government said on Wednesday it had boosted security around hundreds of churches in New Delhi after a spate of attacks on religious institutions unnerved minority Christians. Junior home minister Haribhai Chaudhary told lawmakers that extra police had been deployed to protect 240 churches in the capital, and that surveillance cameras had been installed in and around all religious centres…  click here
25 Feb: Outlook. Archbishop of Kolkata Demands Apology From Bhagwat Over Teresa Remarks … click here.

As Goa gets hotter, so do the air fares
25 Feb: Times of India. Air fares into and out of Goa are priced at an all-time low for the upcoming summer months. Flight fares connecting Goa to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata cost at least 1,000 to 2,000 lower than the previous seasons. The return journey to Goa from Bengaluru now costs less than 5,000 from March to May. A return trip from Mumbai costs 4,500 during the summer months. A one-way journey from Chennai to Goa by air is priced nearly as much as a bus ticket at 3,200…  click here

Canada: Interview with Stephanie Braganza

25 Feb: Steelo Magazine (Canada). “Music has always been a big part of my life. I don’t remember a day growing up that I wasn’t listening to music, whether it was my mom playing oldies on her record player or me listening to different genres of music on my own… I have been on TV shows in Toronto, throughout Ontario and Rogers OMNI TV. I have started expanding into the US and had my recent video When We Last Kissed placed on Pepsi’s MTV Indies… I really dig the video and think you will too…”  click here
Stephanie Braganza was born in Kingston, Ont. Her father Edmund was born in Nairobi and her mother, Bella Miranda in Kampala. For the Stephanie Braganza website,  click here

Threatened by land sharks
25 Feb: Times of India. The tranquil and serene village of Socorro in Bardez, is fast seeing its pristine countryside vanishing and being replaced by ugly chunks of concrete; huge apartment complexes that stick out like sore thumbs in quaint neighbourhoods… The threat to Socorro comes from the real estate lobby which has caused encroachments on comunidade land, felling of trees, erection of slums in private forests and land grabbing, either by filing false cases against villagers or blatantly taking over unoccupied houses, whose residents are abroad… A year ago, Socorro was in the news when a property of the former captain of India's woman hockey team, Otilia Mascarenhas, was grabbed by land sharks… 1580 words.  click here

Video: Michael Lobo: Goa BJP MLA on 'vandalism drive'

25 Feb: Times Now TV. A Goa BJP legislator was caught on camera allegedly leading a group of people that demolished two structures in Calangute-Baga coastal belt, claiming they housed dance bars and sex workers. Bar and restaurant owners operating in the popular tourist belt today released CCTV footage that purportedly shows the local MLA, Michael Lobo, leading the group that razed the structures last week… 1m. 51s.  click here
Video: 25 Feb: HCN. Michael Lobo Interviewed. 25m. 10s.  click here
26 Feb: Herald. Lobo owns an illegal building, alleges NCP … click here.

Floyd Cardoz’s restaurant, Bombay Canteen opens in Mumbai
25 Feb: Indian Express. Lower Parel’s The Bombay Canteen has been one of the most-awaited openings this year. Aided by Top Chef Masters winner Floyd Cardoz helming the kitchen, it serves contemporary Indian food… the chef’s version of tacos is Goan pulled pork vindaloo (Rs 250) served on theplas. Opt for the well-spiced, juicy pork served with fryums… From the badas (large plates), we picked tava beef kheema kothu roti (Rs 550) and banana leaf wrapped roasted fish… If The Bombay Canteen successfully continues its experiments with regional cuisine, it could emerge as an oasis in the city’s otherwise dull food scene…  click here
For the Bombay Canteen Facebook page,  click here

Tastes of New Zealand: Francky Godinho

25 Feb: Toronto Sun. Fun times at two annual Food And Wine Classic festivals near New Zealand's fabulous Hawke's Bay are no secret… Born in Goa, Francky Godinho, 36, owner of St. George's Restaurant in Hawke's Bay since 2012, told me: "My mom was an excellent cook ... My family were excellent farmers and I had green fingertips." Before preparing chicken with mushroom sauce and a grilled-vegetable salad, New Zealand's 2007 and 2009 chef-of-the-year warned with a grin: "You guys are going to help ... otherwise you're going to starve." …  click here
For Francky Godinho’s Facebook site,  click here
For the St. George’s website, click here.

20% of Goa shacks seen shutting down
25 Feb. Mint. If Goa is on your mind for the next long weekend, you may get a good hotel deal with the meals complimentary. Grab the deal and thank Russia for it. Also, your favourite shack in Goa may be shut—thank Russia for that too… Cruz Cardozo, president of the Shack Owners Welfare Society. Cardozo expects about 20% of the 369 shacks in Goa to shut down in early March…  click here

Ileana D’Cruz Is Replaced By Waluscha De Sousa

25 Feb: Gulte. Dreams of hip siren Ileana D'Cruz are smothered further as she loses the big chance of featuring with King Khan. As Shahrukh gets ready for the next schedule of his 'Fan', being directed by Maneesh Sharma, the heroine gets changed… Goan seductress Ileana's name sounded loud as the lead actress but her back to back flops with movies pushed the team into rethinking. Shahrukh has finally decided to go with a hot super model of 2000s, who returned to ramp recently after divorce. Her name is Waluscha De Sousa and she featured with SRK in Pepsi ads earlier … A report from Bombay states that Walsucha is signed and the married-divorced model has already started shooting for her big debut on silver screen…  click here
For a profile of Waluscha De Sousa  click here
Genelia D’Souza: I would love to be back in Bollywood … 25 Feb: click here.



Castlerock railway station has turned darling for movie makers
25 Feb: Times of India. Castlerock railway station located amid dense forest of Western Ghats and just 15kms away from famous Doodhsagar waterfalls has become the darling of movie makers … It's located just 2kms from Goa border. Before independence, this rail line was the link between British held India and Portuguese held Goa… Despite Castlerock railway station being under the British, it was built and managed by the Portuguese government…  For further details click here

News Summary

India outrage after Hindu leader attacks Mother Teresa motive

24 Feb: BBC. There has been outrage in India over a Hindu leader's comment that Mother Teresa's charity work had one objective - to convert the poor to Christianity. Mohan Bhagwat is the powerful head of Hindu nationalist organisation RSS, which is close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's BJP government…  click here
24 Feb: NDTV. Video: What RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said. 3m. 08s.  click here
For links to reactions from around the world, click here.

Videos: Debates on the Mother Teresa controversy
TimesNowTV.. The Newshour Debate. 33m. 20s.  click here
CNN-IBN. Is it right to drag Mother Teresa into conversion row? 24 Feb. 16m. 00s.  click here
NDTV Has PM Modi's Message Failed to Reach the Parivar? 25 Feb: NDTV. 44m. 35s. click here.

Indian Visas: One step forward

24 Feb: The Economist (UK). Anyone who has tried to get a visa for business travel in India will relate their experiences. The cost (£100), the tedious form filling—even photos for Indian visas are a different size than for other countries. But things are going to get tougher… from March 14th, anyone travelling to India will have to attend an application centre in person to provide fingerprints and facial imagery… most business travellers will probably feel the bigger problem will be wasting half a day or more visiting a centre in person… tourists can choose to take a holiday elsewhere. But business travellers cannot pick where they go…  click here
Article with reader’s survey. 24 Feb: Travel Trade Gazette. …  click here

‘Red list’ to make Indian missions more efficient
24 Feb: Khaleej Times (UAE). Indians and their families can now register and track their grievances online through a system which will require missions to address them in a time-bound manner, failing which they will be put on a “red list”. The new system called ‘Madad’ (Help) will cut down the delay in addressing many grievances, which sometimes take up to six weeks due to the time taken for channelling the complaint to the right hands in the Ministries of Overseas Indian Affairs and External Affairs (MOIA and MEA) …  click here
For the Madad site,  click here

Warren Noronha: London fashion designers get a helping hand in a tough industry

24 Feb: Yahoo News. … NewGen supports young designers who graduate from London's fashion colleges … Warren Noronha won NewGen sponsorship in 2003 and at the time was tipped as the hottest ticket in London, lauded for his sensual designs and sense of theatre. These days, he lives in Los Angeles and works in digital marketing, having wound up his label in 2005. "I had no real production. When Barneys (department store) came knocking I couldn't fill those orders," the 39-year-old said. He notes that back then, sponsorship meant a cheque in the post. Now it comes with business advice, mentoring, industry contacts and the chance to meet buyers in Paris …  click here
For photos of some of his fashion creations,  click here
Warren Noronha was born in Nairobi in 1975, the son of Albert and Shelley Noronha (nee George). For a Goan Voice profile of him, click here.

Online search hopes to trace missing Brit
25 Feb: Times of India. Friends and kin of British national James 'Jimmy' Durkin, who was last seen in Goa on February 16 at Palolem in Canacona taluka, have started an online campaign to trace the 30-something… He was last seen in Canacona and is said to have expressed the intention of moving to Arambol … 554 words.  click here
20 Feb: Croydon Guardian (UK). Sister's pleas to find missing brother James Durkin in Goa  click here
For the Help Find James Durkin Facebook page, click here.

Femnet Issue 34 out now

Femnet: It is with much joy in our hearts that we are releasing our January Issue 34. 1. Our regular contributor, Frederika Menezes for her New Year's message. 2. Valentine's Day: Myrtle DeSa has given us further insight in her article Valentine's Day: What you did not know! 3. We thank Myrtle for sharing her love affair with her first Valentines, her little brother and her parents in My First Valentines. 4. Monica Aurora has honoured Femnet by posting three of her several poems for this Issue. 5. Another regular writer, Pamela D'Mello has written an interesting article Sprinting @ 70 ... Slowing down is for Youngsters. 6. All the way from Zambia, Africa, Theresa Sambo has a beautiful article on Small Trees Make the Forest. 7. Last, but not least, Sajla Chawla, another regular writer, has sent her Musings from the hill top.  click here

Football: GFA keeps ‘warring’ players out of Santosh squad
24 Feb: Times of India. Ten members of the Goa Football Association (GFA) executive committee have revolted against the association's own decision to keep Mario Mascarenhas out of the squad for the Santosh Trophy… Mario, for those not in the know, is the player who was allegedly punched by captain Micky Fernandes during the National Games 2015 in Kerala a fortnight ago. The decision to keep both the players out of the training camp for the Santosh Trophy, it is learnt, was taken to pave the way for a "fair inquiry." …  click here

Goa BJP MLA caught on camera leading mob attacking restaurants

24 Feb: Business Standard. A Goa BJP legislator has been caught on camera allegedly leading a group of people that demolished two structures in Calangute-Baga coastal belt, claiming they housed dance bars and sex workers. Bar and restaurant owners operating in the popular tourist belt today released CCTV footage that purportedly shows the local MLA, Michael Lobo, leading the group that razed the structures last week. The ruling party lawmaker claimed it was a mob fury that led to the demolitions and he was just trying to control the violent crowd, which consisted of local residents…  click here
Bar owners allege Lobo’s hand in demolition of structures. 25 Feb: Herald. Bar and restaurant owners from Calangute, whose structures were demolished last Saturday for operating illegally allegedly by a group led by Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, have demanded action against him, with one owner alleging that he demanded a Rs 25 lakh bribe…  click here
Video: Prudent Media. Michael Lobo on Head On interview highlights issues of prostitution and police atrocities … click here.

UK to honour Indian soldiers at World War I event
23 Feb: Times of India. The UK will honour the Indian soldiers who fought alongside their British officers during the World War I with special plaques to be unveiled at a war memorial next month. The National Memorial Arboretum at Staffordshire in the West Midlands region of England will honour 11 soldiers from undivided India who were awarded the Victoria Cross for their service alongside a total of 145 overseas-born fighters from Commonwealth countries such as Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and Canada at a commemorative event on March 5…  click here

Video of minor riding a motorcycle goes viral on social networking sites

24 Feb: Herald. A video clip on FaceBook of a minor boy riding a bullet motorcycle along with an adult pillion rider through the streets of Vasco in a reckless manner has gone viral, shocking people across the world. While the video clip of the boy, estimated to be about 10 years, was quickly removed from the FaceBook page, it has continued to evoke sharp criticism from various quarters. Photos of the boy riding the motorcycle have, however, continued to circulate across social networking sites and online chats. Frankey Fernandes, a former journalist from Vasco and now settled in Australia, was one of the first persons to raise an outcry after viewing the video clip on FaceBook, displaying the reckless and illegal activity…  click here

Shop on airport property raided by legal metrology department
25 Feb: Navhind Times. A shop based in the Dabolim airport property opposite the old terminal building was raided by sleuths of Legal Metrology Department on Tuesday and eatables worth ` Rs 10,000 seized. The eatables consisted of thirty-nine mineral water bottles, 76 cigarettes packets, six cake packets, 20 cashew nut packets and 39 energy drink bottles and were allegedly sold at prices higher that the Maximum Retail Price … Photo.  click here



Sarafine (Leopoldine) Fernandes

13 Feb: Brampton, Ont. Canada. SARAFINE (LEOPOLDINE) FERNANDES. Born 1930. Ex Colvale, Goa; Kuwait. Relict of late E.X.Fernandes. Mother of Martha/Hermie (Babush) Caldeira, Lolita (Lulu) / Felix (Canada); Joe / Charlotte (Canada). Grandmother of Beverly, Blossom. Melford (Goa), Nigel, Rebecca, Rachael, Tracy and Jasmine (Canada). Cremated on 15 Feb. in Canada. click here.

Death: Hilary Furtado
23 Feb: Karachi. HILARY FURTADO. Husband of Agnes. Father of Ashley, Janet and Sherry. Funeral was on 23 Feb. in Karachi. [Info: Pompie Gois]

Football: Fans bid adieu to legendary Catao

24 Feb: Herald. People from all walks of life bid adieu to legendary footballer Caetano Fernandes of the famous Vasco Sports Club quarter ABCD on Monday. Caetano Fernandes popularly known as ‘Catao’ was laid to rest, at Our Lady of Hope church, Chinchinim. The funeral cortege left the residence at 3.30 pm for the Eucharistic celebration at St Anthony’s Chapel, Deussua… click here.

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Is Fingerprinting The Next Step In Travel Security?

23 Feb: Travel Pulse (USA). India will now require British tourists to have fingerprints added to their visas for entry into the country and has thrown both countries – and travel agents and tour operators – into a tizzy…  click here
Trade takes action over India's new visa system. 23 Feb: Travel Mole (UK). ABTA is making an official complaint to the Indian High Commission over changes to its visa system… Travel agents asked for common sense to prevail…  click here
Concerns raised over mandatory fingerprinting for India visas. 23 Feb: Travel Weekly (UK). click here.

Govt to promote Goa as nightlife destination
24 Feb: Navhind Times. Safety felt by tourists during the nights with virtually no violence and fights in the state, good restaurants that remain open till late in the night coupled with casinos (in five-star hotels and offshore) operating 24 x 7 have been the main criteria for Goa being ranked sixth among the top 10 nightlife cities in the world by National Geographic. The selection of Goa among the top 10 nightlife cities, wherein it beat Ibiza (Spain), has now given a big boost to the efforts of the state authorities to promote Goa as a nightlife destination …  click here

BJP MLA sits on hunger strike against dance bars in Goa

23 Feb: PTI. Senior Goa BJP leader Michael Lobo [seen with Adv. Aires Rodrigues] on Monday sat on a day-long hunger strike demanding shutting down of all dance bars in the Calangute-Baga beach belt…  click here
CM orders probe into razing of Baga ‘dance bars’ 23 Feb: Times of India. Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Sunday directed IGP Sunil Garg to conduct an inquiry into the demolition of alleged dance bars in Baga by a mob, backed by Calangute MLA Michael Lobo, on Saturday… The CM said that there have been varying media reports about his involvement. Some reports say, he allegedly incited mob, others claimed he was there to pacify mobsters …  click here
Video: 23 Feb: Prudent Media. click here.

Bahrain: Cansaulim win first match in Goans league
23 Feb: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain). Cansaulim won their first match of the Nine-a-side Inter-Village Goan Football League beating Dabal 2-0. Veteran Cyrilo Barretoand and ex-Goa University player Fraser Antao scored in each half. In the second match, Colva defeated Majorda 2-1. In the last match of the day, Assagao overcame spirited Vagator with a solitary goal scored by Travon Avon Silva.  click here

Football: Brazilian club rope in Dempo striker Romeo Fernandes

23 Feb: News Nation. Star Dempo striker Romeo Fernandes has signed a contract with Brazilian club Clube Altetico Paranaense on loan and will leave shortly for Brazil, Dempo announced today. Fernandes, who will be the first Goan to be trained in the Mega Football arena, said: “I am interested in going to the Brazilian club. Of course, going abroad would help my further development.” … Dempo’s coach Arthur Papas said: “The first Goan player to go to Brazil is something special in Indian football and I wish him all the best and come back as a better footballer.”  click here

Brandon Fernandes’ new football episode in Goa
21 Feb: The Goan. Considered among India's finest, 20 year old Brandon Fernandes' next move was much awaited. Having learnt the best from the best at the Manchester United Soccer School in 2009, he has signed up with Sporting Clube de Goa, where he is expected to perform with all his talent at the I-League …  click here

Dev Patel opens up about Freida Pinto split for first time

21 Feb: Daily Express (UK). Slumdog Millionaire star Dev Patel has spoken out about his split from Indian beauty Freida Pinto for the first time. The 24-year-old Londoner has revealed he is still "incredibly close" to Freida, 30, whom he dated for six years. The pair were sweethearts who met filming the Danny Boyle movie in 2008, but they confirmed their split at the end of last year… There's no official reason cited for the split but many think the age gap - Dev is 24 and Freida 30 - may have something to do with it.  click here

From Alaska to Silk Route to Goa: Indian women motorcyclists breach a male bastion
21 Feb: First Post. From riding along snow-lined wilderness in Alaska to biking along the ancient Silk Route in Central Asia, India's women bikers are now stormed the uber-macho biking male bastion and how. Women bikers at the India Bike Week, which gets underway at Vagator, a coastal village located 25 kms north of Panaji are getting attention as well as respect, even as the two-day event which goes underway on Friday…  click here

Auction: 19th century Indo-Portuguese table cabinet

25 Feb: Gorringes, Lewes, UK. Lot 734 - A 19th century Indo-Portuguese table cabinet, fitted with eight ebony fronted and ivory strung drawers, with later locks, W.2ft 7in. Estimate: 800 GBP - 1,200 GBP.  click here

Guitarist Edwin Fernandes's new video Maria hits YouTube
23 Feb: Hindustan Times. Indian guitarist Edwin Fernandes' new video entitled 'Maria' has yet again proved his talent as a musician, composer and a videographer. The cool Goan landscape appears cooler as Fernandes is seen singing forlorn about his love Maria, who is visualised in flashes and ignites a mysterious magnetism… Sylivie Bourban from Switzerland along with Edwin Fernandes of Goa performing during 3rd International Jazz festival 2013 at Nehru Park in New Delhi… 4m. 54s.  click here



Death: Jose Augustin Ficardo (aka Jesse)

12 Feb: London: JOSE AUGUSTIN FICARDO (AKA JESSE). Ex. Kampala, Uganda. Leaves behind beloved wife Rachel, sons Dominic, Damian, Adrian, daughter Diana and grandchildren. The funeral will be on the 28th Feb 2015. Mass 11:30 am at Church Sacred Heart & Immaculate Mary Church, 2 Flower Lane, NW7 2JB. Burial at Hendon Cemetery, Holders Hill Road, NW7 1NB. Reception: Allum Hall, The Manor House, 2 Allum Lane, Elstree Herts, WD6 3PJ. In lieu of flowers, donations will be collected for orphanage homes in Goa. Condolence messages/RSVP if attending to:

Death: Ernest Pinto
20 Feb: Matthews House Hospice, Alliston, Ont. Canada. ERNEST PHILIP PINTO. Aged 79. Dies peacefully, with his family by his side. Beloved husband of Carol (Ross). Loving father of Jeff and Sharon. Dear brother of Joan (Tony) Giallonardo, and Vicky (Rudy) Pinto. Remembered with love by his nieces, nephews, and extended family. The family will receive friends at Rod Abrams Funeral Home, 1666 Tottenham Road, Tottenham, on Tuesday February 24th, 2015 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be held in St. James Church, 2118 Adjala Tecumseh Townline, Colgan ON L0G 1W0, 11:00am Wednesday February 25th, 2015 followed by cremation. Donations to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Ontario Branch, 201 - 1599 Hurontario Street, Mississauga, ON, L5G 4S1 would be appreciated by the family. [Info: Pompie Gois] click here.

Acknowledgement: Zemira Fernandes

From Tonyjo Fernandes: Time has gone by so quickly since we said farewell to my dearest Wife, Mother and Grandmother Zemira. Our sorrow and suffering has been softened by the love and comfort we received from so many of our friends through phone calls and personal visits which we will always cherish and remember.
It will be hard to cope with the void, happiness and love Zemira has left behind but painful as it might be, I am sure Zemira would want us to look ahead and to the future. Therefore, on behalf of the Children Audrey, Bobby and Charmaine, their Spouses, Grandchildren and Family we would like to thank all our Friends and Relatives for their help, support, messages of sympathy and the many hundreds of Mass cards received from London and Overseas.
We would also like to extend our thanks to the Saligao, Sangolda and Goan Association Committees, and all our friends who spared their time and made the journey to attend the Funeral and give Zemira a truly warm and tremendous farewell. Your kindness and warm support will always be remembered and appreciated. Thanks and God Bless, Tonyjo. For the Zemira Fernandes death notice, click here.

Celebrati i funerali di Russel Rebello
22 Feb: Il Terreno (Italy). 3 photos. Click here.
Funeral for Russel Rebello. 22 Feb: NDTV. Three years after he lost his life in the Costa Concordia ship capsize off the coast of Italy, Russel Rebello was laid to rest near his home in Naigaon, in Mumbai's outskirts, on Sunday… About 1000 people attended Russel Rebello's funeral. He is survived by a son and his wife, Vilma… Photo. click here.

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India launches online consular grievance system for overseas Indians

21 Feb: Times of India. The central government on Saturday launched an online consular grievance system to help the overseas Indians in getting their problems redressed in a time-bound manner. External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj launched the MADAD — "help" or Online Consular Grievances System — for registering complaints of overseas Indians facing various problems. Such problems would now be addressed by the India Missions abroad in a time-bound manner. It will now enable overseas Indians not just to register their complaints online but also track its movement among the officials tackling it…  click here
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Labour fields 14 Indian origin candidates in UK elections
20 Feb: Times of India. Britain's main opposition party Labour is fielding 45 candidates of black and minority ethnic origin (BAME) in the upcoming general elections in the country in May. Over 14 of them are of Indian origin. In the present parliament, Labour has 15 ethnic minority MPs. Of these, four are of Indian origin - Keith Vaz (Leicester East), Seema Malhotra (Feltham and Heston), Virendra Sharma (Ealing Southall) and Valerie Vaz (Walsall South). A recent YouGov poll has found that the party has increased their lead over the Conservatives solely due to the support from the minority community… Votes from the Indian diaspora are expected to be a major swing factor in the upcoming general election…  click here

Killed for being helpless

22 Feb: Herald. By Diana Fernandes. A startling admission from John Hicks, the founder of International Animal Rescue (IAR) Centre in Assagao reveals that animals that aren’t placed in homes, face death through euthanasia. He says lack of space and low adoption rates are the main reason he is forced to kill sick as well as healthy animals. “But one has to be realistic and it’s not something I’m ashamed of but something I hate… There are far too many animals being born but no homes for them,” he says. He admits to putting down between 200 and 250 animals a month… It was for this reason, that many persons who were initially associated with the Centre have refused to continue …  click here

Drivers learn lesson, start own prepaid taxi service
23 Feb: Times of India. A 10-foot tall booth stands at the Kadamba city bus stand in Panaji. The highlight of this booth is the initiative by a bunch of taxi drivers whose intention is to give people a uniformly-priced taxi service. Commuters, both domestic and tourists, will no longer have to indulge in endless negotiations with private cab and auto rickshaw drivers at the Kadamba city bus stand, Panaji. The Panjim Pavan yellow/black taxi association is gearing up to launch a pre-paid taxi service at the bus stand in an attempt to prevent naive passengers from getting swindled…  click here

Uganda: Glenn D’ Souza: Goan chicken curry at Khyber Pass Restaurant

22 Feb: The Monitor (Uganda). Mr Glenn D’Souza is the irrepressive and indomitable Maître’d of the long standing Khyber Pass Indian restaurant situated at Speke Hotel while arguably being Kampala’s oldest Indian joint going back 18 years.,, It always helps to have a maestro like Glenn on hand to guide one through the typically long menu that these places are wont to have… For the main course we decided on the not so well known though rather sublime Goan chicken curry that has just the right element of coconut flavouring that even the first time diner of this kind of food would find agreeable and enjoy… 520 words.  click here

Tony Fernandes: 'It has been the worst 50 days of my life'
22 Feb: Daily Mail (UK). Tony Fernandes is here to talk football. QPR have a new manager in Chris Ramsey, they are in a battle against the drop. But it is hard to focus entirely on matters on the pitch. For Fernandes is also the face of AirAsia and describes the last seven weeks as the ‘worst 50 days of my life’. It was on December 28 that AirAsia flight QZ8501 with 162 people on board crashed into the sea between Surabaya and Singapore… 1292 words + photos.  click here

Floyd Cardoz, the poster boy of modern Indian food, returns to India with Bombay Canteen

22 Feb, Economic Times. Bombay Canteen (BC) has been one of the most anticipated restaurant launches n Mumbai. Its chef and partner Floyd Cardoz, after all, has been quite the poster boy of contemporary Indian food abroad; most famously at the helm of New York's Tabla. Now Cardoz returns home. I tried the superb devilled eggs, with a Goan egg curry masala filled in with the yolks… "I still remember the Feema (kheema) pao of St Xavier's canteen", says Cardoz, of his early days in Mumbai, "the taste of the aloo-gobhi-poori you got at the station and going home to crab and Goan sausage". Cardoz's cooking is an attempt to celebrate all these sights and smells…  click here
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Vistara begins Goa-Delhi direct flights
21 Feb: Navhind Times. Vistara, a new full service passenger carrier promoted by Tata’s, launched its maiden flight between New Delhi and Goa on Friday. Vistara’s will operate a daily direct flight to Goa which will leave Delhi at 11.20 a.m. and reach Goa at 1.50 p.m. On its return journey, the flight will leave Goa at 2.30 p.m. and reach Delhi at 5.10 p.m.…  click here
Vistara looks at overseas flight. 23 Feb: Times of India. Vistara has drawn up ambitious overseas network plans to be ready for the impending change in rules for Indian carriers to fly abroad. The airline is eyeing long-haul flights to the west - US and Europe - when the government abolishes the current rule that a local airline must be five-year old and have a fleet of 20 planes to fly overseas…  click here

Auction: Twelve 17th & 18th c. Indo-Portuguese Religious items

25 Feb: Veritas, Lisbon. Lot 82 – 84, 87-88, 90 – 93, 101, 476 (photo). Ivory sculptures and coffer etc. Estimates € 1.200 - €15.000. Item shown is lot 476: A rare 17th century Indo-Portuguese travel oratory. Teak with sissoo, kingwood, ivory and dyed ivory inlaid decoration. Designed as a small temple with demi-octogonal base. Dome with cross with the colours of Saint Dominic Order, black and white, and framed by pierced wood balustrade … Closed: 75x34,5x24 cm. Open: 75x103x24 cm. Price on request.  click here

Cheers! Cutty Sark premium scotch just got cheaper
22 Feb: Financial Chronicle. Liquor firm Kyndal Group is planning to tap the bottled-in-India whisky segment by re-launching Cutty Sark premium scotch at a lower price. The company will use its new plant in Goa to bottle the whisky. … Earlier, a 750ml bottle of Cutty Sark used to cost around Rs 2,400 when bottled in Scotland. Now with the Goa manufacturing facility being made operational, it will cost around Rs 1,400 …  click here



Funeral: Russel Rebello

13 Jan. 2012. Off the coast Giglio, Italy. RUSSEL REBELLO. Last missing victim of Costa Concordia cruise liner. Funeral Mass on Sunday Feb 22 at 3:00 pm Mother Of God Church, Palli, Naigaon West, Mumbai. Funeral leaves residence Sunday Feb 22 at 2:30 pm, Oasis Park, Flat No.3, Dias & Periera Nagar, Naigaon West, Vasai. Mumbai. click here.

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UK and five other countries in e-visa list

21 Feb: Times of India. Citizens from China, the United Kingdom, Spain, France, Italy and Malaysia will soon be able to get online visas to India, expanding the number of countries that can avail this facility to 50… tourism secretary Lalit Panwar was speaking at the India Heritage Tourism Conclave on Friday…  click here
New Indian visa rules: ABTA (UK) to make official complaint 21 Feb: Daily Telegraph (UK). By Natalie Paris. Tour operators fear that the requirement for biometric testing is an extra hurdle that will deter potential visitors … The changes are something of a surprise after India recently simplified its visa process for tourists from other countries … the Association of British Travel Agents is making an official complaint… Tour operators are very concerned about the changes… 706 words and 160+ comments.  click here
Keith Vaz delighted at expansion of Indian visa services. 21 Feb: Business Standard. Click here.
Since the justification for the new restrictions is a tit-for-tat policy, for the practice of the UK Govt regarding Indian nationals wishing to travel to UK, click here.

Video: India swine flu outbreak spreads across country

21 Feb: BBC. Health officials in India are struggling to contain an outbreak of swine flu after the number of cases doubled within a week. More than 11,000 people have the disease, which has killed more than 700 people since mid-December. It is the same H1N1 strain that spread rapidly around the world six years ago…  click here
Unsecured borders, Goa vulnerable to epidemics. 21 Feb: The Goan. By Basuri Desai. No quarantine facilities at the major checkpoints in the state, including airport … Minimal instructions to fight against any epidemic threat like swine flu … Authorities claim to be prepared to tackle any epidemic entering the state but facts show a contrary picture… 1658 words.  click here
Shortage of swine flu vaccine in Goa. 22 Feb: Times of India. click here.

Videos: Toronto: Red & Black Carnival Xtravaganza

21 Feb: Goa Amigos. Red & Black Carnival Xtravaganza held on 14 Feb 2015 at Payal Banqueting Hall, Mississauga. This is the flagship charity event held by the Goa Amigos on an annual basis since 2006. This year featured Brazilian Samba and Cuban Cabaret. $2,270 was raised towards a worthy cause. A small token of gesture to give back to the community to help make a difference. This year, the proceeds will be donated to the Goan Overseas Association Toronto, an organization that is a strong supporter of the community…The organization is in need of administration funds that would help strengthen their role in the Goan community… 4 video clips.  click here
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Calangute, Baga locals take law into their own hands

22 Feb: Herald. A group of locals from Calangute and Baga went on a rampage and demolished a night club at Calangute with the help of a JCB, while partially damaging two other night clubs at Calangute. Calangute police late Saturday evening registered an FIR against Calangute MLA Michael Lobo and some others, following a police complaint that they were linked to the demolition and vandalism…  click here
21 Feb: Video: Prudent Media:  click here

Mob, MLA demolish 3 ‘dance bars’ in Baga

22 Feb: Times of India. Mob fury, allegedly stoked by Calangute MLA Michael Lobo's demolition order, saw two 'illegal' dance bars demolished in Baga, after three private, luxuriously-furnished beach shacks, located at the end of Tito's lane on Calangute-Baga beach, were reduced to ashes early Saturday morning in a case of suspected arson. Calangute police have registered an FIR against Lobo and 25 others for rioting, unlawful assembly, trespass and theft.  click here
Video: 21 Feb: Prudent Media.  click here
Lobo declares ‘war on prostitution’ 22 Feb: Times of India. Calangute MLA, Michael Lobo, has demanded immediate closure of all dance bars and nightclubs operating as fronts for prostitution in his constituency, failing which he has threatened to go on indefinite hunger strike from Monday… click here.

Goa tourism: Empty beaches, empty pockets

22 Feb: The National (UAE). By Rebecca Bundhun. … Goa’s tourism industry is heavily dependent on Russian tourists. A number of restaurants have menus in Russian, and shops have signs in the language along the northern beaches… Russian charter flight arrivals to the state have dropped by almost 30 per cent this season… Goa’s tourism minister, Dilip Parulekar, last month blamed the Russian president, Vladmir Putin, for the drop in tourist numbers, saying that Mr Putin had asked Russians not to travel overseas, according to IANS, a news agency… People in Goa are hoping that Russia’s economic and political woes ease…  click here
22 Feb: The National. Alternate attractions to fill the Russian gap. Gavin Dias, the deputy general manager for hotels and marketing at the Goa Tourism Development Corporation, talks about Goa’s tourism industry …  click here

I am not a goddess; I can also fall in love: Irom Sharmila

15 Feb: Times of India. Irom Sharmila has refused to eat or drink anything since 2000. Just the force-feeding of the liquid diet through the plastic tube attached to her nose keeps her alive. By the side of her bed is small box with a stuffed toy inside holding a heart announces "I love you". The photograph of a man is pasted on top of the box; he is probably Desmond [Coutinho] - a British citizen - a wanderer who saw Sharmila's photograph in a local newspaper in Bangalore, just as he received the news of his mother's death. Inexplicably, he found a connection between the two events. In the past four years their relationship grew into love and with love grew the hostility between him and Sharmila's supporters… Desmond was arrested. He refused to pay the bail bond amount on ideological grounds … she says, “I want to live an ordinary life, experiencing common emotions. People here, my own people, can't absorb the fact that I can also fall in love. They have put my fiancee in jail..."  click here

Documenting drug devils

21 Feb: The Goan. Goa has become an international drug destination. Till now the naïve police and the Anti-Narcotics Cell in the state continued to roam aimlessly like headless chickens, as drug peddlers run amok in Goa. But now ANC headed by SP Karthik Kashyap has prepared a wholesome booklet consisting of all the 125 profiles and history of the narcotic offenders arrested since 2010. The booklet is detailed with the photographs and whereabouts including present address and physical description of the offenders … Out of 298 accuse people who were caught in the last five years 119 accuse are foreign nationals, which is almost 40% of the total number of accused, rest all are Indian nationals… Prominent Players: David Driham alias Dudu, Monday Felix, Caitan Fernandes, Norman Azavedo, Sadanand Bhi Chimular, Vinodkumar Sharma, Pritesh Borkar and Rocky Fernandes. For the complete ANC list … 3462 words.  click here

Kenyan gang-raped in moving car in Delhi

21 Feb: Deccan Herald. A woman from Kenya has accused four men of gang-raping her in a moving car in Delhi in the early hours of Friday. The accused have been arrested, the police said. The woman, who came to India on a tourist visa, was found lying in an injured and unconscious state around 2:45 am… On interrogation, the four men claimed that the woman was a call girl and that there had been a dispute over money … the woman claimed that they went to a discotheque after which the accused offered to drop her home…  click here

Dinesh D'Souza: How to Make It in Conservative America (If You Aren't White)

21 Feb: New Republic (US). Dinesh D’Souza: “some of my kin—almost all of whom hail from rural India—sometimes vent anti-black racism… Anti-black racism, I’ve often thought, is one of the more unwholesome manifestations of assimilation. If blacks are near the bottom of the perceived racial hierarchy across North America, some enterprising immigrants find it useful to step on blacks as a way of climbing higher. Racism among South Asians has some peculiar qualities; it’s not so much hatred of the other but the hatred of the almost-the-same, akin to a sibling rivalry. At the heart of this sort of immigrant racism is the desire to differentiate oneself from the group one could easily be identified with … 1966 words.  click here
Wikipedia: D'Souza was born in Bombay in 1961. His parents were Catholics from Goa…  click here

Pakistan: ‘Jazz was used to win hearts’

22 Feb: The Express Tribune (Karachi). Jazz was the first pop music that came to the sub-continent. It came at a time when gramophones had become more easily available and tunes from across the world were being carried to the region by British steamships anchoring at the port of Bombay, said journalist Naresh Fernandes (photo) on Saturday. He was speaking at a Lahore Literary Festival session, titled All that Jazz in Bombay and Karachi. Fernandes, who runs a news website, has authored a book Taj Mahal Fox Trot detailing the advent of jazz music in the subcontinent… He said the first jazz band in the subcontinent came to limelight in 1926. In the 1930s, a band called Correa Optimists became popular in Karachi, performing in various city ballrooms. He said there were 60 jazz bands in Bombay at the time of partition… Leon Menezes, a member of Incrowd, a Karachi-based jazz band in the ‘60s and ‘70s, also spoke on the occasion…  click here

‘Goa should emulate Singapore in electronics’

21 Feb: The Goan. Ajai Chowdhry (photo), founder of HCL, is a visionary in electronics and information technology space in India. Under his leadership over past three decades, HCL has today become Rs 38,000 crores company. Chowdhry has spearheaded efforts to bring technology to not only mainstream population but even rural masses and it is these efforts which earned him ‘Padma Bhushan’, which is one of the highest civilian awards in India. In a conversation with The Goan, he explains how huge investments in electronics manufacturing space are planned in India and how Goa government should attract the industry…  click here

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Dos Santos Foods are Manufacturers and Caterers Trading from new EEC approved, Gluten free Factory in Croydon U.K. Our Award winning foods, including our Sannas and Goa Sausages, have been featured on BBC TV. Check out our range of Goan specialities on our website And visit our factory shop at 118 Windmill Road, Croydon, CR02XQ. Email:

AeroSafaris - Group Tours

2014: Jan/Feb Annual Winter Escape to Goa. Feb: Spectacular South Africa. Mar: Kenya - Tanzania Safari. Sep/Oct Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Visit for more details

Lyra Productions (Videographer)

Capturing the heart of the moment into a wedding film that is timeless and
original. Tel: 07805426269 (Blaise Fernandes)

Ed's Bar Services

We cater for all occasions, large or small. Edward Alvares. Personal Licence holder.
Full Licenced Bar. We provide proper glasses every time. For all your requirements contact Edward Alvares. Mob: 07507595603

South East England: Da Gama Cars

We offer convenient, reliable and luxurious transport for Weddings. For the website,
click here. For the Facebook page, click
. Please feel free to email or call me: Ashley Da Gama,
Mobile: 0745 328 0420

Villa Calangute

For Private, Spacious, Self-Catered & Luxury villas in Goa just 2-10 minute's
walk to Calangute Beach.

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Mango Travel by Bobby DeSouza

Goa: Specialist in flights, packages, Cruises & Worldwide destinations. Allow us to make your Flights & Holidays a magical experience. Retail Agents For Atol Holders. Email Tel. 020 3289 5909 Mob 07956816799

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Goan Association (UK)

76 Middleton Avenue,
Greenford, Middlesex, UB6 8BS
Tel: 020 8723 1322
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Department of NRI Affairs, Govt. of Goa

You need to register to access the site. Some of the links: Press Releases; Indian Embassies; Handbook for Non Resident Goans; Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children, Eminent Goans, Konkani Dictionary etc.… Go to

Eternal Wedding Films

Capture your wedding memories on DVD HD 1080p. Discreetly recorded using multiple cameras

Web: 020 8866 0815

E-mail: 07841 383709

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Nuage Travel

We offer the full range of travel services, specialising in Goa Flights and Worldwide
Holidays. Special rates for the Exposition. ATOL/IATA. Contact Carl Paes on 0203
411 8677,


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Specialists in Safaris to East & South Africa, Tours to India & Sri Lanka: Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Golden Triangle Tours in India, Kerala Backwaters Tours/Cruises. Contact Nick de Mello / Tel: 905-567-0880 / Toll Free: 1-855-567-0880. Email Website:

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