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Death: Rozaria Fernandes
18th Oct: London UK, ROZARIA P. FERNANDES (Ex Mombasa). Passed away peacefully at Lewisham Hospital. Beloved wife of the Late John Vincent Fernandes. Cherished Mother of Joe & Late Eileen (Ireland); Richard & Ilona (U.K); Maria (France) & Savio (U.K). Will be dearly missed by her Grandchildren Paul, Anna Marie, Lucia, Rui, Anthony, Monique , Alison, Ryan, Graça and her Great Grandchildren Nathaniel, Christian, Augustin, Margot and Aliénor. Funeral will be held on Friday 24th October, 12:30 at St William of York Church, 4 Brockley Park Forest Hill London SE23 1PS. Followed by burial at Grove Park Cemetery, Marvels Lane, London SE12 9PU. Condolences to  email

News Summary

Memory and Migration — The East African Goan Experience

21 Oct: Community, Memory and Migration in a Globalizing World — The Goan Experience, C.1890-1980: Margret Frenz; Oxford University Press, New Delhi. Rs. 995…  click here
Community, Memory, and Migration in a Globalizing World: The Goan Experience, c. 1890-1980. By Margret Frenz. OUP India. 336 pages. Price: £47.99. Goans have long been a mobile community, but the story of their migrations has not been told until now. Using rarely-consulted archives across the world, as well as interviews with nearly 300 people of Goan origin, this book tells the fascinating story of how and why Goans went to East Africa and then on to Canada, the UK or to other parts of India. Goans helped to shape the contours of empires and the modern world. This study of globalization from below illuminates how Goans established communities in East Africa, and explores their experience of migration as well as their memories, and how these influenced their individual and collective identities…  click here

Court rules ownership rights of church properties dwell with archbishop
20 Oct: Herald. Do parishioners have a right or power to restrain the construction of a church? In a significant order which could have widespread ramification across parishes in the archdiocese of Goa and Daman, a Quepem Civil Judge (Junior Division) has recently ruled that ownership rights of all church properties dwell with the archbishop. More importantly, Judge Aruna Fernandes also ruled that parishioners do not have the right or power to restrain the construction of a church, since church property belongs to the archdiocese of Goa …  click here

Manchester: Whisky Sessions: Drams for the jams with a whisky from Goa

20 Oct: Manchester Evening News (UK). … I joined Eddie Ludlow of the, an association whose sole purpose is to 'turn everyone on to whisky', for a sneak preview … Paul John Brilliance 46% (about £40 online): Eddie is the ambassador for Paul John, a brand which makes Whisky in Goa, India. In the humid tropical conditions of the Indian sub-continent, whisky matures more quickly than in Scotland, undergoing a more intense level of evaporation. As result, the Paul John whiskies need much less time in cask to achieve the flavour profiles ageing provides. This whisky is distilled from un-peated, Indian malted barley and kept in old bourbon oak casks for about four years before release…. It has orange zest aromas mingling with caramel and a nutty, sweet palate with a dry finish… 700 words  click here
For what the experts say about this whisky,  click here
Single and Brillian(ce)t. 22 Mar: The Goan … It’s Goan! In Cuncolim, flush with the waters of Goa, is Paul John, a single malt that can give any brand in the world a run for its money. It retails (in Goa) for Rs 2100 (Brilliance) and Rs 2600 (Edition)… 814 words. click here.

ED files money laundering case against Goa drug dealer
20 Oct: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today slapped money laundering charges against an alleged drug dealer based in Goa as it seized Rs 3.28 crore worth foreign currency from his premises during searches. An official statement from the agency identified the person as Norman Azavedo based in Sangolda in Bardez… Officials said Azavedo owns a pharmacy store [Life Care Medical] in Calangute and a money laundering case was registered against him after local anti-narcotics department had booked him and his employee in a case of alleged drug trafficking last year …  click here
Ketamine export racket busted in Goa. 21 Dec. 2009. IANS.  click here

UK: Event Highlight

Sun. 16 Nov: Union of Navelim (UK) will be celebrating our 34thFeast at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Commences with Mass at 12:00noon, followed thereafter with dancing to the music of Rainbow's End. Tickets include snack and meal. Please note no tickets will be sold at the door so book early to avoid disappointment. For full details including the “Early Bird” ticket offer,  click here

Churchill gets a ‘gift’ on Caitu’s birthday
21 Oct: Herald. The Prescribed Authority in the Union Home Ministry has finally initiated inquiry into the complaint lodged against former PWD Minister Churchill Alemao and his family members that they have acquired Portuguese citizenship. Based on a complaint filed by Elvis Gomes, Personal Assistant to Benaulim MLA Caitu Silva, stating that Churchill’s family members have registered their births in Portugal, the Presiding Authority has sought details from the Goa government on the matter concerning Churchill and his family members… Elvis had alleged in his complaint that Churchill had registered his marriage in Portugal, while wife Fatima, son Savio and daughters Sara, Wanda, Sharon and Aninha are now all Portuguese citizens after they got their births registered in Portugal in 2009…  click here

Freida Pinto performs pole dance outside LA strip club

18 Oct: Daily Mail (UK). Freida Pinto celebrated three decades on Saturday as she turned 30. And the Slumdog Millionaire actress got to let loose as she hit the town on Friday night with friends in Los Angeles. She looked rather worse for wear in the early hours of the morning while showing off some pole dancing moves against a parking meter outside of Royal Palace strip club. Freida kicked her leg up very high as part of her sexy routine. On her night out, Freida went for a fun and flirty look, wearing a black spaghetti-strap mini-dress with a flowing skirt and a red and purple floral print…  click here

Parrikar accuses High Court of land-grabbing
20 Oct: IANS. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar Monday attacked the judiciary, specifically the Bombay High Court bench in Goa, for land-related irregularities, even accusing the judiciary of grabbing government land… The Court is at present functioning out of Altinho in Panaji and will soon be shifted to new premises, mentioned by the chief minister, in the satellite township of Porvorim, a short distance from Panaji. Parrikar also said the judiciary has “grabbed” land to build a district court complex…  click here

Auction: Ivory Madonna

22 Oct: Gorringes, Lewes, East Sussex, UK. Lot 12 – An 18th century Goanese carved ivory and polychrome painted figure of the Madonna, on a canted cornered plinth base, 7in. Estimate: £400 - £600.  click here

Govt unveils system to track transportation of mortal remains of Indians from overseas
12 Aug: India Today. The government has unveiled an online system that will enable families track the transportation of the mortal remains of their kin who have passed away abroad. Union Minister for External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs Sushma Swaraj launched the "Online system for facilitating transportation of mortal remains from ECR countries"…  click here
For the Indian Govt. website dealing with the transportation of mortal remains,  click here



Joe Fernandes: Funeral details

11 Oct: Gillingham, Kent. UK. JOE FERNANDES (ex Mombasa/Nairobi). Passed away peacefully. Husband of Elva, Father of Sharon and Levis. Brother/brother in law of late Olinda/ late Tony De Souza; Clara/Reg De Souza… The funeral service will take place at 11.00 a.m. on Friday 31 October 2014 at: Medway Crematorium, Robin Hood Lane.
Chatham, Kent. ME5 9QU. After the service, all are welcome to attend the wake which will take place at: Our Lady of Gillingham Church Hall, Ingram Road, Gillingham
Kent, ME7 1YL. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP for catering purposes only if attending to or telephone (01634) 575583. The family request that no floral tributes are sent, but suggest donation may be made to British Heart Foundation.
Travel: We will be arranging a coach to take people to and from the Church to the Crematorium. We will leave the Our Lady of Gillingham Church, Ingram Road, Gillingham, Kent, ME7 1YL, at 10.00. After the service, the return journey will be at 12.00. RSVP for booking purposes only if you wish to travel on coach to or telephone (01634) 575583. Parking will be available in the Church car park.

News Summary

Fury as child sex beast is Freed after court blunder

19 Oct: The Daily Star (UK). Convicted sex abuser Raymond Varley, 67, wriggled out of facing justice after two Appeal Court judges upheld an earlier decision that he was a "vulnerable individual" suffering the early onset of dementia … Varley, from Halifax, West Yorks, had claimed he would kill himself if he was sent for trial. He also hired a psychologist who testified he was unfit to face a court ordeal in India because he had dementia… The decision has sparked fury among child protection experts in India and Britain and led to calls for a probe into how prosecutors handled the case… The ex-teacher, who has sex convictions in the UK stretching back to the 1970s, is suspected of being part of an international ring of abusers who preyed on more than 150 children from a Goa orphanage in the late 1980s and early 1990s… 910 words.  click here

Female Russian tourist molested, robbed at Goa beach
19 Oct: Business Standard. A 23-year-old Russian woman was molested, beaten up and robbed at Baga beach, one of Goa's most popular beaches, police said Sunday. The victim was walking along the beach, located 20 km from Panaji, when unknown assailants, slapped her, tore her clothes, and robbed her gold chain worth Rs. 33,000 …  click here
Less Russians on Goan beaches this season. 19 Oct: IANS. Russian tourist arrivals in Goa are expected to drop by nearly 20 percent this season due to a mix of factors, including the European economic crisis, Russian tour operators going bankrupt and the Ukraine-Russia conflict, according to a top official of the Russian Information Centre (RIC) here…  click here

Football: FC Goa held 1-1 by NorthEast United

20 Oct: Navhind Times. NorthEast United FC capitalised on a debatable penalty decision as they held FC Goa to a 1-1 draw in a high intensity Hero Indian Super League match on Sunday… The result meant that Brazilian legend Zico will have to wait for his side’s first win in the tournament as they had lost their opening match 1-2 to Chennaiyin FC at home on October 15… Despite the NorthEast United doing all the attacking, it was the Goan side who took the lead …  click here
Video: Match Highlights 4m. 25s.  click here

Goa: Doctors with Fake Degrees: Quack Quack
18 Oct: The Goan. Scores of doctors with fake degrees run popular clinics as ignorant patients aren’t aware, Despite Supreme Court directions, State government drags its feet as Goa faces a parallel system of affordable yet dangerous healthcare… There are no checks on these practitioners and even there is no mechanism to check whether they are qualified," said Goa’s health minister virtually washing his hands off the menace of scores of unregistered and unqualified ‘doctors’ who are brazenly prescribing medicines and treating patients with scant respect for law… The Goan’s expose across the state blows the lid off this systematic trivializing of healthcare system in the State…. Suspect #1: The doctor with expensive injection. My first stop was at Dr H G Biradar’s Mansi Clinic in Mapusa… 3671 words.  click here

Atala goes berserk at Chapora; detained

20 Oct: Herald. Israeli drug dealer Yaniv Benaim alias Atala, who runs a hotel at Chapora, went berserk on Sunday, damaging a car of a local resident, which led to tension in the area. Around 200 persons gathered at the site, but there was no untoward incident. Atala has been taken into police custody after a case was registered against him… sources said a differently-abled teenage boy got into his father’s car, drove along the slope for a few metres and rammed into the hotel board ‘Bubble Brunch’. The hotel is built in the property of one Puja Bhosle, but run by Atala who damaged the car and even tried to strangulate the boy…  click here

'Don't turn Basilica into a market'
20 Oct: Times of India. A few activists under the banner of 'Save Old Goa Action Committee' held a dharna at Old Goa demanding the removal of a shopping mart and 10 rooms within the Bom Jesus Basilica compound before the 17th exposition in November 2014. The group first held a short prayer near the Basilica and walked to a spot outside the western gate of the compound and held a dharna holding placards. "The illegal structures should be razed and the stakeholders provided with alternative space by the panchayat and also by a local politician," …  click here

Slow Joe fast tracks to fame in France

19 Oct: Herald. Most people in Goa remember him as Joe Rocha or Joseph Manuel Rocha, the dreamy Slow Joe who couldn’t move fast enough. Not so in France, where Slow Joe and the band The Ginger Accident are making waves… Very much a part of the lost generation of the 60s and 70s, Joe Rocha of Chorao, did everything from drugs to alcohol … Chucked out of his home at age 15, he survived several mind-numbing odd-jobs for years, till he could take it no more. He was back in Goa in 1999…. One hot sultry evening, Slow Joe’s soulful singing in a shack caught the ear of French artist Cedric de la Chapella. He convinced Rocha to record a song which he took back to France … Rocha, now 75, lives currently in France where he is touring with the band after the release of their second album, Lost for Love. The group is currently on a concert tour of France with 150 shows chalked up…  click here

If it’s Breakfast it better be English
19 Oct: Herald. … In Goa, the best of all this can be found in small doses or in plenty where they do breakfast of the western world and between most of them you can be fully English, Villa Blanche near Anjuna does freshly prepared quiche, pasta dishes, German meat balls. “One degree” in Siolim (some years ago) and Lila Café at Baga are old favorites. In Panjim, Venite I’m told, does breakfast and so does the newly opened charmer O Foggo in Fontainhas, and the delightful French Pattisserie Delicieux near the Caculo island. And if you are looking for Eggs Benedict, the only one who has come close to perfecting it is Emily of Casa de Goa Calangute….  click here

Tapas-style treats from Sapna Anand's modern Indian kitchen

19 Oct: The Star (Malaysia). Growing up in Goa, India, Sapna Anand’s childhood Deepavalis revolved around family and food. Lots of food. Scents of curries and spices permeated the house and “there was always so much food on the table.” … While she has a pastry art certificate from Le Cordon Bleu (Bangkok), Sapna is largely a self-taught cook. Having lived in the United States and Britain, she has developed a rather adventurous palate and it shows in her cooking. For Deepavali, for instance, she may surprise her guests with Indian-inspired tapas – such as the three recipes featured here… Goan Crab Cake with Sriracha Mayonnaise … Pav Bhaji with Parmesan Chips … Spices Carrot and Coconut Green Chutney Sandwich … 2005 words.  click here

Benaulim church heist solved, stolen property recovered
19 Oct: Herald. The May 13 St John the Baptist Church, Benaulim robbery case has finally been solved by the Colva police with the arrest of the husband-wife duo of Carlos and Leena Dias. Following the arrest of the duo, the police have recovered the stolen property comprising of the laptops, besides the weapons used in the heist…  click here
Video: 19 Oct. Goa 365.  click here


News Summary

Father Raymond J. De Souza: The Church vs.The Sexual Revolution

17 Oct: The National Post (Canada). For 50 years, the secular West has waited for the day of the great capitulation, when the Catholic Church would make its peace with the sexual revolution. The giddy global headlines this week announced that the moment was at hand. But don't be so sure… Journalists covering the synod meeting of bishops in Rome have reported that they haven’t had this much fun in several generations… will they declare that the Church has reluctantly, grudgingly, regrettably, but ultimately, made its peace with the sexual revolution? … Is the great capitulation upon us? I rather think not … 1017 words. …  click here
Fr Raymond de Souza is the son of Greta (nee Freitas ex-Mombasa) and Cedric ex-Nairobi. For his account of his parents’ emigration to Canada,  click here
Catholic Church scraps welcome to gays in family document CBC News (Canada). … Divorced, civilly remarried Catholics still can't receive communion click here.

Football: Goa’s Portuguese goal
18 Oct: The Goan. By Constantino Xavier. This week was all about the glittering inauguration of the new Indian Super League, which promises to revolutionize India to become a “global football power” and qualify its national team for the 2026 FIFA World Cup… FC Goa, for example, brings in Brazilian super-star coach Zico, Frenchman of Portuguese origin Robert Pires, and three young Portuguese promises, Edgar Marcelino, Bruno Pinheiro and Miguel Herlein. But unlike Atlético de Madrid’s investment in a larger development program with its subsidiary Atlético de Kolkata, there is little concern with grooming local talent… Constantino Xavier is a Portuguese of Goan and German origin who was made in Brazil, lives in Washington D.C., and tweets at @ConstantinoX  click here

Kenya: Da Gama Rose's links to the rich and mighty

19 Oct: The Standard (Nairobi). Dimitri Da Gama Rose (photo), the businessman fighting in court to recover a multi-billion shilling property in Nairobi’s Karen area has ties with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family dating back to independence. Horatius Da Gama Rose’s father, the late Francis Da Gama Rose, was the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s lawyer and associate. Da Gama Rose’s two sons, Horatius, who is currently receiving treatment in the United Kingdom, and the late Mirabeau Humberto, also joined the legal profession… The Da Gama Rose family has interests ranging from information technology to tourism, floriculture, financial services, garment manufacturing, printing and packaging and real estate… President Kenyatta is said to have demanded answers from Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu and Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero on who is the genuine owner of the land… 974 words. .  click here
President Uhuru Kenyatta says those culpable in Karen land to face the law 19 Oct. The Nation (Kenya)  click here
Video: President Uhuru Kenyatta promises to stay off Karen Land case … 18 Oct. KTN. 3m. 09s click here.

Goa Government has ‘enough powers to protect land’
18 Oct: Times of India. The Goa legislature already has enough powers under existing laws to protect Goan land and there is no need to go to Delhi crying from special status to save Goan land, two Goan legal Goliaths—former chief justice of the Allahabad high court, Justice Ferdino Rebello and former Union law minister Ramakant Khalap—said on Friday…  click here

Oscar Mascarenhas: “Many Indians have been successful in Portugal”

18 Oct: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). By Oscar Mascarenhas (pohto) The title on the cover of DN last Saturday was intriguing: “Many Indians have been successful in Portugal” ,,, The report was motivated by Indian newspapers referring to the Indian origins of Portugal’s would-be a candidate for prime minister … the article touched on the integration of people of Indian origin … Many people originating in the Indian subcontinent but who are non-Christian were forgotten. Alfredo Bruto da Costa was the only person listed who could fit the concept of "Indian": born in Goa being a son, grandson, great grandson of Goans…. 1008 words. Machine translation.  click here
Oscar Mascarenhas, Ombudsman of Diario de Noticias, was born in Goa in 1949. For a profile of him  click here
For the Portuguese original, click here.

Realty Reality hits Siridao
19 Oct: Herald. With rampant CRZ violations, deforestation, hill cutting and other irregularities, Siridao is a classic example of how developers are taking advantage of the confusion created by the government’s extended delay in finalising the Regional Plan … 1213 words.  click here

Goa: time to ditch the beach and head inland

18 Oct: The Guardian (UK). As Goa’s beaches become ever more crowded, Deepti Kapoor looks inland for the Indian state’s fabled serenity and finds a wave of new restaurants and homestays … Despite the promise of income guaranteed by the prime real estate, the downsides of a seafront business in Goa are many … Adrian Pinto, a Goa-born, Mumbai-based wine consultant, runs a homestay, The Only Olive in Aldona … Olaulim Backyards, the home of Savio and Pirkko Fernandes … in the elegantly dusty town of Chandor is the superbly maintained Figueiredo House in Loutolim, presided over by the formidable Dona Maria de Lourdes de Figueiredo de Albuquerque… Celia Vasco da Gama along with her husband Reuben, have restored the exquisite Palácio do Deão in Quepem … One man intimately connected to this land, however, is white-water rafting pioneer John Pollard, a Yorkshireman who has been resident in India for almost 20 years… It’s a Goa I never knew existed, far from the beach, and about as real as it’s ever going to get. 1853 words + 6 photos + comments.  click here
18 Oct: The Guardian. Highlights of Goa: readers’ travel tips. Sahakari Spice Farm … Menezes Braganza, Chandor ... Mario Miranda gallery, Panaji … Casa Susegad, Loutolim … C-Five restaurant, Benaulim … Alila Diwa hotel … Lazy Dog Lounge, Mandrem … Mandala Goa Resort … Rangeela Boutique, Calangute … Indiana Gordon, Agonda beach … The German Bakery, Anjuna …  click here

Showcasing a different side of Goa
19 Oct: Times of India. A sense of confidence and contentment is writ large on the faces of Suresh and Sangeeta Gaonkar from Verlem, a tiny hamlet located in the Netravali wildlife sanctuary. The tribal couple recently played perfect host to a Russian woman in their humble dwelling, and their hospitality has floored their foreign visitor—the reason for their new found joy… The Gaonkar couple is raring to welcome more such guests, desi and videsi, to offer them a slice of a truly rural home stay experience amidst the serene mountains of South Goa… The villagers are determined to take the project towards success. The grin on Sangeeta's face and the silent song in Suresh's heart says it all.  click here

It is time to come to India: Sushma Swaraj tells Indian diaspora

18 Oct: Economic Times. Addressing the first regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas meet to be held in London, Ms Swaraj reiterated the BJP government's commitment to engaging with the Indian diaspora. In an extempore Hindi speech after her formal one, she made a rousing case for the BJP government's ambitious plans to revive the India story. "I have come to invite to come to India, to take part in the various projects we have taken up,” she said…  click here
NRIs set up firm to promote Indian events in UK. 18 Oct. A group of NRIs have come together to set up a company with the purpose of planning and promoting India-related events in UK, with the two-day Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas being their first assignment… Senior Indian-origin Labour MP Keith Vaz made a plea in his address for India and the UK to consider a reciprocal reduction in visa fees, an issue that was raised by a number of delegates…  click here

The Noise is Back
18 Oct: Herald. The “season” is starting. And so are Goa’s seasonal problems - drugs, raves and sound pollution. This will be Chief Minister Parrikar’s third ‘season’. And the issues plaguing the North coastal belt haven’t changed or got sorted. The din that is a disaster for locals … Parties start early evening and going up to next morning till 5 am and can even carry on for two and even three days.
No power or manpower to check sound violations … Sound levels have gone through the roof. Almost literally. With the season approaching, are the police stations confident? …
The Not So Hidden. It has been argued that there is a hidden ‘political hand’ that is blessing the drug trade along the North Goa coastal belt...
The cop who dared. The notorious politically-backed groups hosting rave parties with loud music blaring beyond legally permissible limit was under pressure when IPS officer Vijay Singh was in charge of the north district, police sources say…  click here

Leander Paes alleges death threat to him, daughter

18 Oct: Times of India. Tennis star Leander Paes (41) lodged a complaint on Tuesday against a person claiming to be cricketer Atul Sharma (31), for allegedly threatening him and his eight-year-old daughter with "dire consequences"… Paes alleged that the man issued death threats to them at the Bandra family court on October 10… Paes said in his complaint: "The cricketer, who is in a relationship with my partner, warned me and my daughter of dire consequences and gave deaths threats in the family court premises. He was there on the fifth floor of the family court premises. He was furious at me as I had submitted evidence in the court that indicated his illicit relationship with my partner.”...  click here
For a Wikipedia profile of Leander Paes,  click here

Mumbai: Hop on the Orlem food trail
18 Oct: DNA. Fancy a choris pao or maybe, a traditional English breakfast? Well, head on to Malad West to have your fill of these treats … Sausage chilly fry is a dish most Goans swear by… If you are looking for that authentic experience of digging into fiery Goan sausages, Mangoes is the closest you will come to it, this side of town… Mop it up with a chapati or pav, just like Goans do. Cost: Rs 180 a plate. At: Mangoes, 601, Almar Arcade, Near Orlem Market, Opposite Old Mangoes  click here



Marianna Mendes: Month’s Mind & Acknowledgement

18 Oct: MONTH'S MIND In loving and cherished memory of MARIANNA GOES E MENDES, Senaulim – Verna, Goa [ex Nairobi]. Everyday, in some small way, memories of you come our way... Though absent, you are ever near, Much loved, missed and ever dear! There will be a Eucharistic Celebration for the soul of Mai, our dear mother, on Saturday, l8th October 2014 at 7.30 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, Verna, followed by prayers and blessing at her grave. Relatives, Friends & Neighbours kindly accept this as the only Intimation. Acknowledgement: The family of late Mrs. Marianna Goes E Mendes wish to thank Rev. Fathers, relatives, neighbours and friends who attended her funeral, offered floral tributes, prayers & Masses, sent condolences messages, telephone calls and home visits. Every once in a while, we are lucky to have known someone very special. Soglleank tumkam Dev Borem Korum.  For further details click here
For the original death notice,  For further details click here

News Summary

India’s Goa faces dilemma over rising demand for high-end homes

18 Oct: Financial Times (UK). The small Indian state of Goa, known globally for its beaches and winter sun, exemplifies the lasting effects of colonial law on local property. Ruled by the Portuguese for more than four centuries until 1961, Goa continues to follow a Portuguese law called the “communion of assets”. This mandates that a property always belongs to both husband and wife, irrespective of who owned it before marriage… it is difficult to find properties with clean titles, especially as families are often geographically dispersed ... Lack of availability boosts prices … Prices double every five years. … “As more than 80 per cent of land in Goa is protected and can’t be developed, residential land prices rise every six months,” says Michael Lobo, editor and publisher of Homes & Estates, a Goa-based real estate listings magazine… Wendell Rodricks, a Goan fashion designer, is totally against people who buy in Goa without living there… Buying guide … 1267 words.  click here

Goa MP Naik wants regulation of purchase of land by foreigners
17 Oct: Mid-Day. Rajya Sabha member from Goa Shantaram Naik has said that the state is facing a threat from the middle-east terror group ISIS, and government should regulate the purchase of land or property by foreign nationals. "Government should not only impose penalty equivalent to thrice the sum involved and Rs 5,000 per day for continued contravention (of laws such as Foreign Exchange Management Act) but should confiscate all the currency, security or any other money or property," Naik said …  click here
17 Oct: Prudent Media video clip of Naik’s briefing.  click here

Is there someone selling your land right now?

18 Oct: The Goan. It is a Goenkar’s worst nightmare - waking up as an alien on our own land and finding that our ancestral land has mysteriously changed hands and now belongs to someone else. While there are no laws that curb fraudsters from creating false documents and selling high valued Goan land to prospective buyers from outside the state, The Goan discovers that fake estate agents not only abound but flourish brazenly as law makers and law enforcers cannot stop them from robbing lands of genuine landowners and selling them to unsuspecting buyers … 2854 words.  click here

Africans in India’ throws light on an episode of history long forgotten and little documented
‘17 Oct: Business Line… Malik Ambar was an Ethiopian slave, brought to India in the 1570s, who rose through the ranks to become prime minister of Ahmadnagar, raised an army of 10,000 African cavalry and infantry men and halted the Mughal invasion of the Deccan. Little is known about the waves of forced and voluntary migration that brought hundreds of East African traders, soldiers, architects and slaves to the Indian subcontinent … Even as American colonies built economies centred around slave labour, hundreds of East Africans — known as Sidis and Habshi — sailed on the Indian Ocean, to settle in the port cities of Goa, Calicut and Dhaka…  click here

Of Diwalis Then and Now

16 Oct: Goa Streets. … The first day of Diwali is Dhan-a-trayo-dashi, dedicated to the worship of wealth… The second day, Narak-chatur-dashi celebrates Krishna’s getting rid of the evil Narakasur… My Mumbai childhood had its own brand of Goan-Diwali memories. Get up pre-dawn, have an oil-bath, get scrubbed with hot water and a scented paste of utnna, wear crisp new clothes, stand in line with siblings to stomp on a fruit called karate and lick a drop of its horribly bitter juice (to ward off illness), watch mother make a curvy rangoli design around a lit lamp, and eat the goodies she’d slogged over the week before… The main day, the Padva, falls on a new moon night. In the blackness the lights shine. And the fireworks light up the sky. And the animals and asthmatics tremble… we Goans carry on partying for another twenty days… 828 words.  click here

Vet Luke Gamble to receive special Animal Welfare award
17 Oct: Blackmore Vale Magazine, Dorset (UK). Vet Luke Gamble is to receive a special award from the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) at the House of Lords, honouring his work treating animals in need both in the UK and overseas. Luke Gamble (38) travels the world treating animals via the two charities he founded – Worldwide Veterinary Services (WVS) and Mission Rabies. As CEO of both organisations, he has raised more than £3M to support the charities and associated projects around the world. Through Mission Rabies, Luke aims to eventually eliminate rabies from the world, beginning with a project to rid the Indian State of Goa of the disease within the next three years to protect humans and animals from its deadly effects…  click here

Sonia Shirsat: On a 'high' note in the US

17 Oct: Herald. Still basking in the love and warmth she received during her recent performance in the US, in Sammy Tavares' tiatr, 'Tim Thikam Sandleft', Goa's beloved singer Sonia Shirsat never ceases to be amazed at the love of Non-Resident Goans for their motherland. "I have sung for Goan audiences in many countries including Macau, Toronto, London, Lisbon and the Middle East and each of them had one thing in common - 'Saudades' of their motherland Goa”. Sonia confesses her performance in the US was one of the most memorable yet. Playing to an essentially Goan audience in New Jersey and Houston, the reception was extraordinarily warm…  click here

Nairobi’s Latest Novelty: High-End Mac and Cheese, Served by Whites
16 Oct: New York Times. There’s a newcomer on the Nairobi restaurant scene: the White Waiter… Kenyans don’t usually see working-class mzungus… Kenya’s business landscape is changing at dizzying speed… At Caramel, a dark, cozy and quite expensive new restaurant are $450 dollar shots of Louis XIII de Rémy Martin Cognac … The other night Caramel featured a hostess from Las Vegas, a leggy bartender from San Diego, a chef from Goa … The foreigners made up a small percentage of the total staff but were definitely the most visible. Some said they were here for just a short time, to train Kenyans; others said they planned to stay awhile … 1274 words.  click here

Football: Mumbai FC sign 19 year old prodigy, Meldon D'Silva

16 Oct: IBNS. Mumbai FC has added another player to their squad in Meldon D'Silva. The young Center Back comes with a robust youth career. His previous clubs were Dempo SC, Salgaocar Juniors and Wilred Leisure SC (of the Goa Professional League). The 19 year old was also part of the Goa (India) team that recently won Gold in the Lusofonia Games. He contributed by scoring the first goal of the match and in the process, helping the Indian team beat Mozambique 3-2 in the final…  click here

Not a sausage: the perils of code words
17 Oct: Daily Telegraph (UK). A terror suspect is alleged to have used the code word “sausage” to buy a gun. It is not the first time such a code word has been used. When in 1961 Goa, Portugal’s small enclave in India, faced the military might of India and was running short of artillery shells or anti-tank grenades (the stories vary), the commander of the Portuguese garrison sent an urgent request for replacements to Lisbon using the prearranged code word of chouriços, or sausages. The Ministry of Defence in Lisbon, which had long forgotten the code word, duly despatched a large consignment of spicy sausages to Goa by plane…  click here

Playboy hopes to open day cafe in Goa

18 Oct: Herald. … Playboy generated much heat and some dust when it tried to set up operations in Goa … Parag Sanghvi, managing director at PB Lifestyle expressed his frustration at the manner in which the issue snowballed in Goa when he claims he had not even applied for a license for the club… With regards to Goa he said that he wanted to be here because it was a market which had people from all over the world holidaying… “I would like to open in Morjim in North Goa I love that place. My club which will be an all day cafe which will compete with major coffee chains in ambience but will serve alcohol as well. The kind of music we will play along with the atmosphere will give our patrons is a surreal experience”.  click here

Off-season in Goa! What's that?
17 Oct: DNA. Goa witnessed a record high of tourist arrivals during the months of June, July and August 2014… The rise in tourists is attributed to the introduction of safety and security measures and awareness created on the hinterland, culture, monsoon and pilgrim tourism. Some such initiatives include domestic and international road shows and exhibitions … …  click here
15 Oct: Financial Express. Goa records 18% increase in tourist arrivals during monsoons  click here



Obituary: Alfred de Tavares; An alert eye for life’s absurdities

16 Oct: Dagens Nyheter (Sweden). Page: 18. Journalist Alfred de Tavares died on 31 Aug. 2014 … India and Sweden have lost an unofficial but very frequent Ambassador … He retained his Portuguese citizenship throughout… In his twenties he was likely to be sent as a soldier to the colonial war in Mozambique, so it was time to leave. A dramatic escape brought him to Sweden. Here, he raised a family but never lost touch with Goa… From street sweeper to the Prime Minister, he treated all with the same respect … Periods of his life were dominated by alcohol but this did not obscure the many wonderful memories that we all have of Alfred. He was a fantastic and hospitable cook. And he was a genuinely funny person, a prankster, with an alert eye for life's absurdities… Alfred was a faithful Catholic. We are convinced that he will make heaven an even more festive place… [For a machine translation of the article, click the arrow at the top right corner of the page and select Translate from the drop down box] 406 words click here.

In Memoriam: John Mascarenhas

In Loving Memory of AUREO (JOHN) MASCARENHAS – ex Kampala, who passed away in Australia on October 17, 2012. R.I.P. “I little knew that morning, that God would call your name. In life I loved you dearly, in death I do the same. It broke my heart to lose you, but you did not go alone, for part of me went with you, the day God called you home. You left me beautiful memories, your love is still my guide and though I cannot see you, you are always by my side. My family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again. Forever loved and greatly missed”. Love, Ivy.
For the original death notice, click here.

News Summary

Nairobi: Armed gunmen attack Da Gama Rose outside Milimani law courts

14 Oct: Kenya Today. Businessman Dimitri Da Gama Rose (photo), whose over 100 acres of land in Nairobi was last week fraudulently grabbed by over 40 Jubilee Alliance lawmakers in what is probably the most daring land grabbing orgy under Uhuru regime was today attacked by rowdy youths within the precepts of Milimani Law Courts where the case was to be mentioned today… The youths, allegedly hired by a section of the legislators, attacked the ailing businessman who had just returned from hospitalization in London to fight for his property… [Dimitri is the son of Horatius and Fernanda, brother of Portia]  click here
Forceful Grabbing of Asian Land.  click here
For latest updates of the case, click here.

Red alert for Goa
16 Oct: The Hindu. After a red alert from Intelligence Bureau (IB) to Goa and Bangalore, the Goa police have beefed up security in all sensitive areas, tourist places, bus stands and railway stations in view of threat from ISIS… security cover for Chief Minister and others has also been increased… Chabad Houses at Harmal and Anjuna, the Jewish community and prayer houses have been provided security on prayer days as requested. Alliance Francaise in Panaji has been the latest to seek security…  click here
Have received terror alert, says Goa CM Parrikar. 16 Oct. Zee News. Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday confirmed that his government has received intelligence inputs about the state being a possible target of terror outfits…  click here

Canada: Brendan Fernandes: Still Life

16 Oct: The Coast (Halifax). Brendan Fernandes is a multi-disciplinary artist with a downright unique perspective on movement and identity–it's no wonder he's preoccupied by notions of bodies, in motion and at rest. Fernandes was born in Nairobi, Kenya, to a Goan, Indian family and moved to Toronto in 1989. These days, he is always traveling, splitting his time and his artistic practice between Toronto and Brooklyn. In his most recent work, Fernandes uses language to explore the relationship between bodily movement and identity… :  click here
Brendan Fernandes was born in Nairobi, the son of Rudolf and Hazel; brother of Lisa-Marie and Tamara. He attended St. Mary's School, Nairobi, from 1985-89, immigrating to Canada in the early 1990s. For the Brendan Fernandes website,  click here

‘Tomorrowland’ organisers approach Goa
17 Oct: Navhind Times. Announcing that the organisers of ‘Tomorrowland’ the largest electronic musical show in the world are planning to host a three-day musical event in the state in mid of January, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said, “Apart from the proposal received from Percept Company and Supersonic to host musical events in month of December, we have also received a proposal of one of the most notable global musical festival group ‘Tomorrowland’ … Informing that ‘Tomorrowland’ is the largest electronic music festival that takes place in Belgium, Parulekar said that Belgium earns a lot of revenue through the event … He also said that by December 15 all 400 prepaid tourist taxi and yellow and black taxis will have uniform colour with attractive tourism graphics and will be fitted with GPS system monitored by GTDC…  click here
For the official Tomorrowland website,  click here

Goa cracks down on property acquisition for foreign nationals

16 Oct: The Hindu. The Goa government has clarified the rules and regulations for buying property in India … The official spokesperson said that these guidelines have been released as it has come to the notice of the government that foreign nationals, including those on tourist or visitor’s visa, are illegally acquiring immovable properties in Goa … Over 400 cases of properties being bought by foreigners in Goa in the past are being dealt with already by Enforcement Directorate after they were referred by the State government in the past following public outcry over the issue… 481 words.  click here
17 Oct: Times of India. Finance ministry asks state govt to be extra alert over foreigners buying immovable properties. Noting that foreigners are continuing to buy immovable properties in Goa despite action by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) under the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), the Union finance ministry has written to the state government to issue instructions to authorities concerned to be extra vigilant before registering the sale deeds executed by foreigners in Goa… 451 words.  click here

Delhi Police constable arrested for bank fraud in Goa
16 Oct: Times of India. Delhi police constable Neeraj Kumar resident of Delhi has been nabbed by the Cyber Crime cell of the Goa police in connection with allegedly fraudulent transfer of Rs 35 lakh of a NRI account. The police said that nationalized bank, based in Mapusa branch complained that based on an email sent to them by the accused posing himself as the NRI customer based in Dubai, the bank transferred the amount into the account mentioned in the mail.  click here

First-of-its-kind women taxi service launched in North Goa

17 Oct: Navhind Times. Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) on Thursday rolled out its women taxi service in North Goa. Beginning with, 10 air-conditioned tourist taxis equipped with GPS and electronic fare meter will be driven by women travel hostesses that will cater exclusively to female tourists, couples and families and no single male passenger or group of males will be taken on-board. The contact number for the cabs – 0832-2437437 – is linked to a GTDC control room…  click here
North Goa taxi owners raise banner of protest. 17 Oct: Times of India. The North Goa tourist taxi owners association (NGTTOA) has opposed the launch of the 'Women taxi services'  click here
Meters will be compulsory for all cabs: CM 17 Oct: Times of India. Chief minister Manohar Parrikar addressing mediapersons after launching the women tourist taxi services in Goa said meters for taxis are required if tourism has to be developed further. click here.

Govt to merge taxi services at airport
17 Oct: Herald. The government is expected to merge yellow-black taxis and white cabs services – stationed at Dabolim airport – by December, with uniform colour and label them airport taxis. For the first time the government has also said that digitized meters will be affixed on them to avoid complaints of overcharging… “All the taxis – 250 yellow-black and 140 white taxis will be given uniform colour as decided by the government. We should implement this by December… The taxi operators were taken into confidence,” Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar revealed…  click here

Football: Gregory Arnolin: Goa and elephants

16 Oct: 20 Minutes (France). [Gregory Arnolin, photo, scored FC Goa’s first goal of the tournament] … Gregory Arnolin not yet mastered completely Hindi, he is already in love with India and says, “Goa is a beautiful city. There is the beach, but they love football. People think it's mostly a vacation destination. I am at the hotel in a 5 star… we went to see the elephants, we took a bath with them, it was unique. The food? The food is super hot, they abuse themselves. After that, if we ask the chef for a more European meal. They do their utmost to make you feel good…  click here
For a Wikipedia profile of Gregory Arnolin  click here

Zico: 'Our team played football, Chennayin didn't'
16 Oct: Goal. The former Brazil superstar was extremely pleased with the support his team got at the stadium, whilst also praising his team's fighting spirit… Zico’s FC Goa beaten at home by a Marco Materazzi coached Chennaiyin FC by a 2-1 margin… Speaking after the game, the veteran Brazilian great Zico said “Chennaiyin FC is an experienced team no doubt. They faked injuries, they made hard tackles. They showed their experience in the way they played. Our team played football. Their team didn’t.”  click here
16 Oct. Goal. Materazzi: I don't need to play … Chennaiyin FC's Italian manager backed his side's resistance …  click here

Goans seek to meet Pope in Sri Lanka

16 Oct: Colombo Gazette. The Goa Church will lobby with the Sri Lankan Catholic Church authorities to organise a meeting for 1,000 Goans with Pope Francis, who will visit the country in January next year for the canonisation of Blessed Father Joseph Vaz. Vaz, the country’s first saint, was incidentally of the Goan origin… Father Eremito Rebello, vice-postulator for the cause of canonsiation of Blessed Joseph Vaz said, “The Pope’s itinerary is packed, but our (Goa) archbishop will get in touch with Cardinal Ranjith from Sri Lanka and request him to allow 1,000 Goans to meet the Pope. Ranjith is the head of the committee which is overseeing preparations for the Catholic head’s visit,” Rebello said… The Goa government is in the process of requesting the central government to start a direct flight between Goa and Sri Lanka anticipating the rush … 337 words.  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sun: 19 Oct. From 12:00 noon. 42nd Anniversary Uganda Reunion. Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Dancing to the sounds of Maz 'n' Co. Application Forms have been sent to members. If you are interested get in touch with us. As usual members will be given first preference. Tickets £17.00 each including meal. For tickets contact: John on 020 8764 2430; Filu on 020 8658 1317; Sabby on 07956 545 461or 020 8802 0690; Lloyd on 07968309347; Xavier on 07988674111; Phone or text Juliette on 07958 537314; Leslie on 07803 294 187; Phone or text Francisco De Souza on 07766 144 347. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 25 Oct: Colva Union UK is organising their 41st Anniversary Ball celebrating the Feast of Infant Jesus with holy mass at 4pm at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, 15 The Green, Heston, TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will be provided super Goan band isymphony and the buffet will be done by Cordon Bleu Chef Nicholas. Dress to Impress: Blue and Black Formal. Tickets are priced at just £15.00 for adults £7.50 for children under 12 years. Tickets are available from Gabriel 0208 230 7139, Custodio 0203 5390 216, Rose 0208 6770 390, Alfie 0208 7640 353 or Deborah 0208 384 3809. For the flyer, click here.

Sun 26 Oct. Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Alumni (UK) Committee wishes to inform you that an Alumni Memorial Mass & Reunion has been planned at the Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon, Surrey. The Memorial Mass, celebrated by former student, Rev. Fr. Tony Fernandes, is scheduled to begin at 12:00 noon followed by the alumni reunion. Dancing to the music of The Mellow Tones. For further details, including venue and ticket, click here.

Sat. 8 Nov.. GOA Mass for Deceased at SS Peter & Paul Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham CR4 4LD, at 12.15pm, followed by a three-course meal. Advance booking required for meal - ticket price £7. Contact: Chloe De Mendonca 020 8384 0272, Nina Pinto 020 8767 0663, Flavio Gracias 020 8723 1322. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 9 Nov: The Village of Nuvem celebrate the SILVER JUBILEE feast of Our Lady of Mae Dos Pobres (Mother of the Poor) at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 12.30pm followed by social gathering with music by Rainbow's End and Carvalho Bar & Cozinha de Bella at your service. Tickets are £14 for adults, children 12-16 years £8, children under 12 free and tickets include 1 free drink, snacks & meal. For tickets please contact Johnson Carvalho 0208 303 5822, Anthony (Tono) Carvalho 0208 452 8362, Francis Clemente 0208 310 0559, Hilary Fernandes 01474 853368, Marcus Fernandes 01932 781221 or Greg Carvalho 01245 261302 email For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 16 Nov: Union of Navelim (UK) will be celebrating our 34thFeast at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Commences with Mass at 12:00noon, followed thereafter with dancing to the music of Rainbow's End. Tickets include snack and meal. Please note no tickets will be sold at the door so book early to avoid disappointment. For full details including the "Early Bird" ticket offer, click here.

For Later Events See



Death: Newton Da Costa

14 Oct: Toronto. (JULIO) NEWTON DA COSTA. Born 1929. Ex-Mombasa. Passed away at North York General Hospital in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Martha Da Costa (nee DeMello). Cherished father of Melville (Samanda), Mylene (Andrew) and Siena (Richard). He will be missed by his grandchildren Alexis, Brennan, Katryna, Natasha, Tyler, Stephan, Stephanie and Adam. Relatives and friends are invited to Highland Funeral Home - Markham Chapel, 10 Cachet Woods Court, Markham on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 4 - 8 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held at Epiphany of Our Lord Church, 3200 Pharmacy Ave., on Friday, October 17, 2014 at 11 a.m. Interment to follow at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated. click here.

News Summary

Femnet October 2014

Issue 31 is on the theme of children and youth. Dr. Belinda Viegas contributes “Realistic Expectations of our Children”. Two young writers, Cherie Fernandes, “Passion for Words” and Riza Noronha, “A Young Girl Looks at Life in Today’s Goa” share their thoughts. Ciru Musyimi tells how One Lamb Trust in Kenya helps young girls in “Life in the Slums”. Tambri Housen relates how she organizes her children’s “Extracurricular Activities”. Renee Huzzar observes Tanzanian children in “Life’s Lessons from Nguruka”. Chari Kingsbury writes about “Generations Enriching Each Other”…  click here

Keeping the flame of tradition Burning
15 Oct: Times of India. Bosco Pinto and his brothers are quite literally burning the midnight lamp. The Pintos of Pedda-Margao pride themselves in having made candlesticks for every Catholic occasion from feasts, funerals, first holy communions to confirmations, Confraria processions, weddings and baptisms. With Catholic Canon Law recommending the exclusive use of beeswax candle for church altars, the family supplies candles… The candles are sold at Rs 380 per kg … The Pinto clan plan on keeping the flame alive as long as they have enough beeswax and orders to keep them going, in the hope that their children continue their century-old inheritance.  click here

Goa all set to launch women-driven metered cab services

15 Oct: Herald. In an effort to financially empower women, Goa Tourism Development Corporation ( GTDC) is introducing premium cab services solely driven by trained women drivers, on Thursday. Starting with a fleet of 10 GTDC- sponsored taxis, the corporation intends to raise the number to 500 which will give employment to equal number of local girls and women… the cabs will encourage passengers having at least one woman passenger … Moreover, the metered taxi – fares decided by the government – will have GPS tracking system …  click here

Sunburn festival being marketed as a major Goa attraction
15 Oct: First Post. Sunburn, arguably Asia's biggest electronic dance music festival, has become the first non-government, commercial event to figure in the Goa Tourism Development Corporation's online festival listing. The festival, which attracts hundreds and thousands of music lovers, now figures on the website with other socio-religious events like the Feast of St. Francis Xavier, Christmas and the Carnaval on the official festivals listing on the website run by the GTDC, the corporate arm of the Goa tourism ministry…  click here
For the Sunburn Festival website,  click here

The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office Plans Indian Diaspora Celebration

14 Oct: The Economic Times. FCO will host a special reception celebrating Britain's Indian diaspora community this week. The UK government reception will coincide with the first-ever Regional Indian Diaspora event being hosted by the Indian High Commission in London. It will be inaugurated by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (photo) alongside UK foreign secretary Philip Hammond on Friday morning ,,, The reception in the evening will be held at the iconic Durbar Court of the FCO at the heart of the old India Office buildings in central London …  click here

Centre urged to start direct Muscat-Goa flight
16 Oct: Times of India. Goa NRI commissioner Wilfred Mesquita has written to Union civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati urging his intervention to start a direct flight from Muscat (Oman) to Goa for the benefit of over 10,000 non-resident Goans in Muscat… Passengers are required to spend about eight hours in Mumbai before they can get an Air India flight to Goa at 1pm, Mesquita said…  click here

Chef Dipna Anand of Brilliant Restaurant in London

Oct: Wo’Goa. Pages 17 – 25. Explores the colorful world of Chef Dipna Anand - the dynamic and celebrated culinary dynamo from London, who has been honored by not only presenting her cuisine for Prince Charles and Camilla Bowles, but can lay claim to edifying the iconic Gordon Ramsay on the proper way to prepare a traditional curry. Her stellar reputation has been elevated by accolades from a wide array of celebrities and people of high esteem at her renowned family restaurant… The first Brilliant restaurant was established by her grandfather in Nairobi … Her recent book "Beyond Brilliant," is seemingly just that and we will go deeper as we get up close and personal with this epicurean dynamo…  click here
For the website of the Brilliant restaurant  click here

Margao Rly Stn: Are These People Safe?
15 Oct: Herald. Security at the Margao Railway Station – considered a soft and open terror target given Goa’s status as a tourist destination – is back under close scanner. The eight metal detectors procured by the RPF are lying unused. Similar is the case with luggage scan unit at entrance which is no more in use, thanks to the manpower shortage. The men-in-uniform only make their periodic presence at the time of arrival or departure of trains –again for want of sufficient manpower …  click here

Tiatr: US returned Uncle Sammy

15 Oct: Herald. ‘Tim Thikam Sandlelim’, written and directed by Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sammy Tavares performed in New Jersey on October 4 and Houston, Texas on October 5. Just back from the US trip, DySP Sammy is still smiling about his achievement of taking tiatr to the US. The cast and crew comprised 16 members from Goa and had also toured Dubai, Kuwait and London prior to USA. In New Jersey there was a crowd of about 300 while Houston housed 400 people …Sammy said, “The Goan diaspora in the US were willing to travel nearly 8-9 hours by car to watch the tiatr. Some even came down from Canada.” …  click here

Mumbai school's 'solution' to prevent molestation: Ban shorts on trips!
13 Oct: Mid-Day. … The students, some of whom went to Goa for the field trip, were asked to ensure that their swimming costumes also covered the legs… “In the first meeting for the Goa trip, the school officials said long shorts will be allowed. Then, two days before the trip they said only 3/4ths will be allowed. And then, just one day before the trip it was announced that only jeans will be allowed…  click here

Video: Football: Chennai beats Goa 2-1

15 Oct: Prudent Media. FC Goa go down fighting to Chennaiyin FC …  click here
15 Oct: Indian TV News. Chennaiyin FC became the first visiting team to win in the Indian Super League (ISL), beating FC Goa 2-1 on Wednesday. The visiting team took the lead through Balwant Singh in the 32nd minute, who became the first Indian to score in the inaugural tournament. Brazilian Elano, Chennai's 'marquee' player doubled their lead in the 42nd minute with a well taken free-kick as they went into the break with a comfortable 2-0 lead. Gregory Arnolin reduced the margin for the hosts on 65th minutes but couldn't muster the equaliser despite coming close on several occasions…  click here
16 Oct: Sports Keeda. FC Goa coach Zico: I am very satisfied with how the team performed today… click here.


SPORT: Hero Indian Super League... North East United FC vs FC Goa. Star Gold (Sky 809). Sunday 19th Oct. 14:00 to 17:00. Also showing: Star Plus (Sky 784). Monday 20th Oct. 03:00 to 05:00.

COOKERY: David Rocco's India. Good Food (Sky 244). Monday 20th Oct. 18:30 to 19:00. Mumbai Italiano. Chef David Rocco meets Italian expats living in Mumbai and enjoys a Sunday pranzo with Bombay duck, stuffed pomfret and Italian-style basa fish.

DOCUMENTARY: Young Rebels: Southall. Community Channel. Freeview). Tuesday 21st Oct. 21:30 to 23:00. Youth Movement. In 1976, after years of unrest, racism and police apathy, the Southall Youth Movement was born as a means to give the community a voice. This is their story. (Part 1)

FILM: Garm Hava. Channel. Tuesday 21st Oct. 00:45 to 03:15. Moving and subtle exploration of the plight of Muslims at Partition in 1947. Premiere, Subtitles, 1974, U, 4 Star.

FILM: Fandry. Channel 4. Thursday 23rd Oct. 00:55 to 02:40. Channel 4's Indian Film Season continues with the first of five movies celebrating the country's vibrant Marathi-language cinema. Fandry is a moving and hard-hitting drama tells the story of Dalits living in a village in Maharashtra. Premiere, Widescreen, In Marathi with English Subtitles, 2013, PG, 4 Star.

SPORT: Hero Indian Super League... FC Goa v/s Atletico de Kolkata. Star Gold. 809. Thursday 23rd Oct. 18:30 to 21:30. Also showing Channel: Star Plus 784. Friday 24th Oct. 01:00 to 03:00.

DOCUMENTARY: Sea City. BBC 2. Friday 24th Oct. 10:05 to 10:35. At Southampton cruise terminal Rev Roger Stone helps a crew member from Goa track down the grave of his grandfather. Neither Myron Pereira nor any of his family has been to visit the cemetery where Florian was buried after he died in hospital in Southampton in 1970. Roger locates his unmarked grave, and he and Myron visit to lay flowers and say prayers. For a video trailer, 3m. 59s. click here.



Death Joe Fernandes

11 Oct: Gillingham, Kent. UK. JOE FERNANDES (ex Mombasa/Nairobi). Passed away peacefully. Husband of Elva, Father of Sharon and Levis. Brother/brother in law of late Olinda/ late Tony De Souza; Clara/Reg De Souza. Uncle of Elvis/Pauline, Kevin, Kenneth/Arlette and Daryl. Great Uncle of Gregory, Evan and Taylor. For funeral details, watch this space. Condolences to click here.

Death: Roy D'Cruz
11 Oct: San Jose, California. ROY D’CRUZ. Born 1962. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn D’Cruz; his children, Joshua, and Jason; his mother, Donna; his sister, Lavita Fernandes (Francis); and many other relatives and friends. A Funeral Mass will be held at 12pm on Thursday, October 16 at Queen of Apostles, 4911 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose. Photo.  For further details click here

News Summary

Rev. Fr. Tony Fernandes Appointed Director of the Dominic Savio Retreat Centre (UK)

14 Oct: Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Bulletin. Rev. Fr. Tony Fernandes, SDB, has always been an inspirational shepherd to his flock of Dr. Ribeiro Goan School (Nairobi) class-of-64 classmates. 46 years as a professed Salesian and 37 years as a priest of the Religious Congregation known as Salesians of Don Bosco, Fr. Tony has worked tirelessly in Tanzania, Kenya, India, and now the UK. Fr. Tony currently serves at the St. Dominic Savio Youth Retreat Centre, Cheshire, UK. It is with much pride that we announce his recent appointment to the Directorship of the Dominic Savio Retreat Centre, also known as Savio House…  click here
Fot the Dominic Savio Retreat Centre website,  click here
For the DRGS Website, click here.

Elders need love, not old age homes: Goa Governor
14 Oct: The Hindu. Governor of Goa Mridula Sinha has cautioned the society that the trend towards old age homes is not a good sign as aged people crave for love and affection from their near and dear ones… Ms. Sinha further said that while changes are bound to take place in society, the same could be accepted without ignoring our social and cultural values…  click here

Archbishop of Goa: "The family institution is in great crisis"

14 Oct: Sapo. In Fatima, D. Filipe Neri Ferrao praised the role of the family in promoting "a culture of life." The Archbishop of Goa and Daman on Monday urged the families present at Fatima to be a sign of Christ's presence and his love on earth. Whereas the concept of family is concerned, D. Filipe Neri Ferrao said that "the family institution is in great crisis. The rapid and profound changes that we are witnessing in society will causing some weakening or even abandonment of faith in the sanctity of marriage", elaborated…  click here

Goa to woo others to make up for missing Russians
14 Oct: Economic Times. Goa's tourism industry will depend heavily on Indian holidaymakers in winter as travel agencies claim fewer Russian charters will be flying to the state in the peak season this year due to the depreciation of the rouble and the Ukrainian political crisis. As per industry estimates, Goa is likely to see a drop of 10-15% in the number of charter flights this winter from 996 arrivals last year…  click here
Russian tourist beaten up 14 Oct: Herald. A Russian tourist, who was seriously injured in a clash with locals, tried to escape by running towards the sea at Arambol, before he was saved by lifeguards and BSP guards… Police were summoned to the site and lifeguards proceeded towards the sea and brought the foreigner ashore. The Russian tourist was in a state of panic with head injury and was bleeding continuously. Even after being rescued, he again ran towards the sea…  click here

Football: UK Betting on FC Goa v Chennaiyin FC

15 Oct: Match begins 14:30 (UK); 17:00 IST. Sky Betting. Full Time Result: FC Goa 11/8; Draw 23/10; Chennaiyin FC 6/4. Full details and other betting odds,  click here
14 Oct: NDTV. Match Preview.  click here
This match will be telecasted on TV channel: Star Sports. This series is broadcast in India, United States, United Kingdom, etc. [Live transmission in UK is on Wed 15 Oct. 18:30 to 21:30 on Star Gold (Sky 809)]. click here.

UK: Benefit fraud on holiday
14 Oct: Blackpool Gazette (UK). A pensioner spent long holidays in Goa where she would draw her state benefits from the cash machine. For three years on the trot Mary Loder would spend five months a time in Goa where her husband is living… as a result she was overpaid £6,989 … Loder, 72, of Dale Street, Blackpool, admitted five offences of deliberately failing to inform the authorities of a change in her circumstances. Loder was placed on a seven-day curfew from 8pm to 7am and ordered to pay £60 victims’ surcharge. She is paying back the benefits on a weekly basis.  click here

Collien Fernandes’ Reactions to Episode 1 of The Walking Dead 5

14 Oct: Movie Maniacs. German celebrity Collien Ulmen-Fernandes is a big fan of “The Walking Dead“. This is why she allowed Fox Germany to film her reactions to episode 1 from season 5 of the hit show. Nothing in this video selfie is staged. All her reactions are real… 1m. 56s.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Collien Ulmen-Fernandes  click here
Video: Bild (Germany). Collien Fernandes - “Sexiest Woman In The World” 1m.06s. click here.

High Court declines to stay trial in Shobha Dhumaskar corruption case
14 Oct: The Hindu. Justice F.M. Reis of the High Court on Tuesday declined to stay the trial of former Director of Prosecution Shobha Dhumaskar, who is facing corruption charges… activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues opposed the petition while submitting before the court that the Prevention of Corruption Act specifically bars any stay of the proceedings which has also been upheld by the Supreme Court in various judgments…  click here

'Goa must screen tourists for Ebola virus'

14 Oct: Health Site. Goa must screen entry of foreign tourists in order to keep the deadly Ebola virus at bay, Leader of Opposition Pratapsing Rane said on Tuesday. "People are dying like flies (due to Ebola). We should be alert. Don't let just about any (tourist) to come to Goa in the name of tourism," Rane said, adding that Ebola had moved from Africa to the US and Europe…  click here
Ebola's threat to India - Shutting the door on Africa…13 Oct: Economist (UK).  click here

Goa holiday is like a seductive maiden; erotic and romantic
12 Oct: Beginner Dating Guide. One Goa trip, some say, is enough to breathe life even to a dead man. The saying is true to an extent as it does wonders to the mind & health of a person who feels depressed, lost and burdened by his unexciting mundane life. Goa holiday is meant to drive away your anxieties and daily life’s chaos and offer you a stroll in a world that is a far cry from the mundane surroundings of your hectic city… Like a lady in her youthful prime, the sea shall seduce you subtly approaching you silently, kissing your feet and then drawing away with hurried steps. Titillating and charming!...  click here

Perform or perish, Goa Congress told

14 Oct: Zee News. The Congress in Goa has to perform or perish, newly-appointed state president Luizinho Faleiro said on Tuesday… "Our mission, bluntly, is to 'perform or perish'," Faleiro said, conceding that the party was going through "a critical stage"…  click here
Don't report our fights: Goa Congress tells media 14 Oct: Focus. A Goa Congress leader on Tuesday exhorted the media not to report on squabbles between party leaders, even as she asked the party's warring politicians not to wash their dirty linen before journalists. State Congress vice president Pramod Salgaocar was speaking at a party function in Panaji held to welcome newly appointed state president Luizinho Faleiro…  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
15 Oct: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 32.7. Min = 25.2. Rainfall: NIL
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 97.70; $ = 61.43; $Can = 54.39; Euro = 77.74; $Aus= 53.55

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London: Olde Goa Restaurant & Food Products

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Multi-cuisine Family Restaurant with Pub in Goa. A Jerome Mendes (UK) Enterprise. Also offering Rooms and Konkani Video CDs.

London: Goan Food Online Store

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:

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Lyra Productions (Videographer)

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Ed's Bar Services

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