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Acton, London: Charlotte Fernandes, 25, missing for two months

27 Jul: Get West London. A 25-year-old woman from Acton has been missing for over two months. Family members are concerned about the whereabouts of Charlotte Fernandes, also known as Riya Fernandes, as she was last seen on Tuesday May 26. Police are also said to be searching for Ms Fernandes, who is described as Asian, of slim build, 5ft tall, with long black hair. If anyone recognises her or knows of her whereabouts, call Ealing Police on 101 or call or text Missing People on 116 000. You can also send an email to:, reference number: 15-005531…  click here

Video: Neon Stories Disco Nite In Swindon

26 July: Niz Goenkar. 14m. 23s.  click here
19 Jun: Successful Neon Stories Neon Bash Party At Swindon Stadium Hall Amid Obstacles. In what turned out to be a very very successful night at the Swindon Stadium Hall, two young boys organised a wonderful Neon Stories Chapter One at County Ground, Legends Suite with fantastic dance to the DJ with a crowd of more than 400 youngsters The event which was due to start at 8 pm sharp was delayed due to some deliberate actions from unexpected quarters … 400 words + comments.  click here

Divadkars initiate the cause of Fr Jacome Gonsalves’ canonization

28 Jul: Herald. The parishioners of Piedade have taken a step forward for the cause of canonization of 18th century missionary Fr Jacome Gonsalves, son of the island, in whose ancestral house now is established Our Lady of Divar High School, run by Goa Archdiocese, in Divar… Fr Jacome died on July 17, 1742 in Bolawatte, Sri Lanka and was buried there. The parishioners at Our Lady of Piety Church held an annual commemoration day to pay tribute to the great missionary. But this year, it was held two days later for the benefit of the devotees. On the occasion, the parishioners formulated a plan to undertake the preliminary work of instituting the cause of canonization of the illustrious villager…  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Fr Jacome Gonsalves,  click here

Auction: A Mother-Of-Pearl Shallow Dish

30 Jul: Duke's, Dorchester, Dorset, UK. A mother-of-pearl shallow dish, probably Goanese, of sectional construction with a notched border, 8" diameter. Estimate: 800 GBP - 1,500 GBP…  click here

Video: Berger Probe - Churchill Says 'Jesus Is My Protector'

27 Jul: InGoaNews. 1m. 43s.  click here
Former Goa Chief Minister Given Bribe of $.9 Million, Say Louis Berger Officials 28 Jul: NDTV. Officials of the US firm Louis Berger have named former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat and former minister Churchill Alemao as persons who were given bribes, sources told NDTV ...  click here
Goa Police 'Crack' Louis Berger Bribery Case 28 Jul: Outlook. click here.

Churchill : South Goa’s man of many assets
29 Jul: Times of India. The bribery charge in the JICA project case notwithstanding, former lawmaker Churchill Alemao is no stranger to being on the wrong side of the law. The 66-year-old South Goa political heavyweight once spent some time at the Aguada central jail, after he surrendered in a smuggling case… he doesn't appear to disapprove the dub of 'Robin Hood of Goa', an image that has helped him gain immense popularity among the electorate …  click here

Mumbai-Goa catamaran service to start in October
29 Jul: Times of India. Bengaluru-based Champions Group wants to spread its wings in Goa. Planning to invest around 100 crore in the IT and tourism sectors, it is slated to introduce a Mumbai-Goa catamaran service in October with the start of the new tourism season…  click here

Carcass at Miramar not of Morjim mugger’
‘29 July: Times of India. The possibility that the crocodile which crawled across Morjim beach into the sea on July 15 is the same one that was found dead in Miramar beach on Monday morning has evoked a mixed reaction. A few say that the carcass may have been carried from its traditional habitat in Cumbharjua canal to Miramar beach. The other likelihood is that it may have died in the polluted St Inez creek near the beach. D N Carvalho, conservator of forests (wildlife and eco tourism), discounted the theory that it was the Morjim reptile…  click here

Four students awarded the Goa Education Trust Scholarships to the UK
28 July: India Education Diary. This year four young students have been awarded the Goa Education Trust (GET) Scholarships 2015 by the British Council, to pursue their education ambitions in the UK … Now in its sixth year, the Goa Education Trust Scholarship is funded by the Goa Education Trust and managed by the British Council … The four winners are Uma Damle will going to University of Arts London; Wayne Dcruz to Kings College London; Kirti Dahiya to Queen Mary University and f Anushka Desouza to University of Edinburgh… 901 words.  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
29 Jul: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 30.2. Min = 23.8. Rainfall: 17.2 mm
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 99.63; $ =83.83. $Can = 49.35; Euro = 70.61; $Aus= 46,88



Death: Nisha Jean Jacques

25 Jul: London. NISHA JEAN JACQUES. Born 1978. Beloved daughter of late Meena (nee Azevedo) and Cyril Jacques/Lavinia. Loving sister of Oliver. Cherished niece of Veena/Tom, Anne/late Lawrence, late Olive & Celsa/Tony. Expired after a sudden and brief illness. Will be sorely missed by parents, brother, aunts/under, and numerous cousins, relatives & friends. Funeral to be hold in London… For Nisha's Linkedin profile, click here.

Death: Yolanda Dos Remedios
24 Jul: London. YOLANDA DOS REMEDIOS. Ex Nairobi, nee Yolanda D'Costa daughter of Peter and Faustina D'Costa of Nairobi, sister to Peter D'Costa. Wife of Avito. Mother of Lavinia and Janine. Her zest for life will be deeply missed by her family and friends who loved her dearly. She was greatly cherished by all. For the funeral arrangements please contact the family on 01932 783001 or 07713147014. A one week mass is being offered at 9.30am. on Friday 31st July 2015 at Catholic Church of St Theodore of Canterbury, 110 Station Road, Hampton-Upon-Thames, Middlesex TW12 2AS. Condolences to

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Large fight breaks out near to Swindon Goan Festival

26 Jul: Swindon Edge. Police officers were called in to break up a fight at the County Ground car park in the early hours of Sunday morning… The fight broke out at around 1am on Sunday 19 July, leaving a number of people injured – including one with a large gash to the head and a shoulder injury. PC James Rodrigues said: “ I’d like to hear from anybody who was in the area, who may have seen this incident break out. Please get in touch immediately.” If you have any information that may assist the police with their enquiries, please contact PC Rodrigues at Gablecross on 101 or alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred. [News alert by Melvyn Fernandes via GoaNet]  click here

Swindon: Trial for man, 57, accused of sexual assault

27 Jul: Swindon Advertiser. A 57-year-old man who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman is to face trial by judge and jury. Vernon Fernandez, of Faringdon Road, pleaded not guilty to the allegation, said to have taken place on Sunday, March 15 … Judge Tim Mousley QC adjourned the case for a trial on Monday, February 15, next year and released him on bail until then.  click here

Goanet-Femnet] Newsletter: July Issue No. 40

From The FEMNET team: Dear Contributors and Subscribers. We are delighted to release our July Issue, albeit a little late as some articles did not reach us on time. We thank our contributors for submitting such inspiring articles, these always help to keep FEMNET going. Without your support, we would not be where we are today. We have posted 460 articles and have a subscribers list of 564 as of today.
Do let us have your feedback, suggestions and views, as receiving these from you helps us to constantly improve the FEMNET experience. So log onto now - drop us a note as we wait in anticipation! Thank you.

UK: New Event Announcement: Fenny Fever

Sat. 12 Sep: FENNY FEVER's 8th ANNIVERSARY BALL - Dinner & Dance, Woodside High School, White Hart Lane, White Hart Lane, N22 5QJ. From 6pm till Midnight. A Night Suitable for Family & Friends. Cocktail Reception. Dinner served at 7pm by Maggie's Kitchen, Desert, Dance, Live Performances, Choreographed Dance Demo & Top Goan DJs: Fenny Fever's DJ BACKSPIN, DJ REBELLO & PRESS PLAY. Licensed Bar. Dress code: Smart / Formal. Tickets: Adult Early bird: £ 12 Senior Citizens /Under 16s £ 8 & Adult Standard £ 15. Book tickets online: More Info Email: Twitter/Insta @fennyfever / FB - Fenny Fever London. For the flyer,  click here

Video: Casimiro Monteiro - The Terror of Goa

25 Jul: Miguel Ferreira. Casimiro Monteiro (died 1993), also known as Agent Monteiro, was a notorious figure in Portuguese Goa as an agent of the PIDE, the Portuguese secret service… He lived in Portugal for a while before joining the army of General Franco in the Spanish Civil War. After the war, he moved to the UK where he worked for a butcher whose daughter he married… He returned to Portugal in 1961 but after the fall of Salazar he moved to South Africa and died in 1993 in Richards Bay, South Africa. 4m. 50s.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Casimiro Monteiro,  click here

Auction: Carved Ivory from Goa

28 Jul: Auctionata, Berlin. Lot 21: 3 Ivory Carvings, Christ & Madonna, Goa, 18th C. Depiction of the Crucified Christ. Depiction of the Virgin standing on the Crescent Moon. Depiction of Mary holding her hands in adoration and three worshippers to her feet, with remains of a polychrome and gold paint. Two figures mounted on a wooden base (later). Height: 8.5 to 13.5 cm. Estimate: 900 EUR - 1,170 EUR.  click here

Another crocodile spotted on Goa beach, this one's dead
27 Jul: Times of India. A dead crocodile in a slightly decomposed condition was found on Miramar beach on Monday morning… Manoj Borkar, a member of Goa state wild life board and an associate professor of zoology said, "It could have strayed into the sea and could not endure the osmotic shock of sea water or the other possibility is that it could well have been dead in an estuarine area and got pulled into the sea by the receding tide and washed ashore," he said…  click here
Video: Now, dead crocodile surfaces at Miramar beach. InGoaNews … 3m. 25s.  click here

Goa: BJP legislator demands parole for Pacheco
27 Jul: PTI. BJP MLA Michael Lobo on Monday demanded that imprisoned Goa Vikas Party (GVP) legislator Fransisco Miccky Pacheco should be granted parole by the state government to allow him to participate in the ongoing Legislative Assembly session…  click here

Tender for Mopa international airport to be finalised by December 2015
27 Jul: PTI. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today said that the tender for Greenfield airport at Mopa would be finalised by December 2015. He also assured that infrastructure at Dabolim airport would be reviewed, after the recent incident wherein a false ceiling had collapsed in the newly built terminal…  click here



Death: Joaquim Remos Mascarenhas
24 Jul: Rhyl, North Wales, UK. Born 1941. Ex Nairobi and Thika. Passed away suddenly at home in Rhyl, North Wales. Husband to Dessie, father of Quentin, brother to Cineto and [late] Leslie. Funeral details to follow. Condolences to  email

Death: Zelia Remedios
22 Jul: London. ZELIA REIS DA COSTA REMEDIOS. Born 1927. Ex Mapuca. Wife of late Godfrey Remedios. Mother of Yves and Yvette / Richard. Grandmother of Kiran. Sister of Irene /late Prudent Crasto; lria / late Prudente D'Souza; Joe/Ivy, late Olga / Frank Carvalho, late Tony/Patsy, late Alda/Nick Alam; Tito/Elka. There will be a Eucharistic celebration for the soul of Zelia on 28. July 2015 at 4.00 PM at the Carmelite Monastery. Peddem, Goa.

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Update: UK Goan Festival, 2 Aug: Cycle Ride Road Closures

The Prudential Cycle Ride takes place on Sun. 2nd Aug. 2015 affecting Central London, East London, West London, Kingston, Merton & Wandsworth, Richmond & Kingston and Surrey. There will therefore be all day road closures in these areas. One more reason to use the free shuttle service from Hounslow West Tube Station. For a map of the cycle ride route  click here
For the list of road closures  click here

Video: Lord Sewel: ‘Asian women look innocent but you know they’re whores’

26 Jul: The Sun (UK). Disgraced Baron Sewel (photo) branded Asian women “whores” in a shocking outburst during his cocaine-fuelled sex party. The married peer was caught on camera telling a pair of hookers he had hired he would have liked an Asian prostitute to join them at his Westminster flat. In between snorting lines of cocaine, sleazy Sewel says: “They sort of look innocent but you know they’re whores.” …  click here
Lord Sewel resigns. 26 Jul: Daily Telegraph (UK). Police called in by House of Lords as Deputy Speaker steps down … Baroness D’Souza, the Lord Speaker issued a strongly-worded statement in which she said Scotland Yard would be asked to investigate…  click here

At a fest in Goa, childless couples pin their hopes on a vegetable

26 Jul: Times of India. On July 26, the Feast of St Anne, a religious festival is celebrated in Goa, where people pay homage with a special prayer on their lips— 'Senhora, tomai pepino, dai me menino'. Don't let the Portuguese line throw you off. This prayer, whispered reverently by thousands of Goan Christians, Hindus and Muslims at the Church of St. Anne in Talaulim, near Panjim, is also followed by an unusual offering — cucumbers… The saint's feast day is also known as Touxeachem (cucumbers in Konkani) feast in Goa… The cucumbers are blessed at the feet of St Anne and are taken home to be eaten. Grateful couples also line up with more cucumbers, to thank their deity for having blessed them with a child… 557 words.  click here

Patricia Rozario: Music in her heart

26 Jul: The Hindu. Rozario came to England at the age of 20 with a degree in English and French from Mumbai’s Sophia College and a love of music in her heart. She is today a soprano of repute who sings in venues all over the world, while teaching in two of London’s leading schools of music. More recently, a good part of Rozario’s energies and time have been invested in her charity Giving Voice to India. This takes her to India thrice a year, where she trains students in singing in Mumbai, Delhi and Goa… 2402 words.  click here
For Patricia Rozario’s video clips.  click here

Divar rave party by wanted US fugitive, claims Aires
27 Jul: Herald. Activist Adv Aires Rodrigues has accused US citizen, Subhakar Rao, who he claims to be ‘wanted’ by the United States of America for human trafficking, of organising a major rave party on Divar island to boost drugs and prostitution trade in the State. He however asserted that the party which is scheduled on August 16, is organised under the influence of political patronage…  click here
For a photo and Linkedin profile of Subhakar Rao,  click here

Cecil & Desmond Pinto: Drone camera
26 Jul: Free Press Journal. Goa-based writer Cecil Pinto and his son Desmond have taken up a new hobby. They have been clicking and sharing aerial views and photographs of prominent landmarks, which they put out via Facebook. This has earned them quite a bit of attention and even wows. Most of the time, we don't have a clue of how our part of the world looks like from the skies. To attain this, they've made use of camera mounted on a drone… [At the link select "continue to use"]  click here
For links to the 32 You Tube video clips of aerial views of some Goa’s landmarks,  click here

Frederick Noronha: Konkani Wikieuphoria
26 Jul: Herald. The case of the Konkani Wikipedia is similar to the case of 'high on promise and low on delivery'. Surprisingly enough, none of the many Konkani agencies and institutions which claim to work on the language, or are supported by taxpayer funds to do so, thought it fit to take up the case of striving to have a Wikipedia for Konkani. Goa University offered its support, maybe the vision of a technocrat at the helm did help. Of course, more can always be done…  click here

Corrupt practices: Louis Berger’s airport assignments under the scanner
25 Jul: Economic Times. Louis Berger International Inc's involvement as consultant on airport projects in Navi Mumbai and Goa has come under the government's scanner following its admission to US authorities that employees paid bribes to officials in order to win contracts in India. The company told ET that the allegations of wrongdoing only pertained to water projects in Goa and Guwahati … The consultant received Rs 14 crore for the Goa project … 880 words.  click here

Goa assembly session may see parliament-like logjam
26 Jul: The Statesman. The 15-day monsoon session of the Goa legislative assembly that begins on Monday 27 July could well emulate the logjam-ridden monsoon session of parliament. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led coalition is expected to take aim at the opposition with the Louis Berger international bribery scandal in which two former ministers and an Independent legislator have come in the ambit of doubt…  click here



Death: Agnelo Fernandes

21 July: UK. AGNELO FERNANDES. Ex Aquem Alto, Margao, Goa. Son of late Caitano Fernandes/late Caitana Sequeira; Husband of Melba. Funeral details will be announced later.

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“Goa produces some of the most beautiful people on Earth”

25 Jul: New Zealand Herald. By John Gardner There once was a Goan restaurant in Birkenhead and we were sorry to see it go… Fortunately we now have Xacuti in the centre of Howick… It is fair to point out that Xacuti does not claim to be Goan as such but it is influenced by that Portuguese-Indian heritage, which produces such good food and, incidentally, some of the most beautiful people on Earth… 904 words  click here
For the Xacuti website,  click here

Hartman De Souza: Bhai-bhai hockey

25 Jul: Daily News & Analysis. By Hartman De Souza … I was 10, in Mombasa, Kenya, when I knew a grown man could cry over his team losing the final of a match… In 1960 when the Indian hockey team went to Rome, they broke journey by ship in Mombasa to play practice games against Kenyan teams. The team’s stay in Mombasa was hosted by the Indian community, so two of the players were given my bedroom… When it came to hockey, in Nairobi this meant the Sikh Union Sports Club, the Goan Institute, and the Sir Ali Bin Salim Sports Club. There was a fierce rivalry between the clubs at the annual MR Souza Gold Cup … 1092 words .  click here
Hartman De Souza is the husband of Camilla; son of the late Peter and late Dora De Souza; sister of Cheryl

Video: Goan summer festival Swindon 2015 Speeches by MP and Mayor

24 Jul: Francisco Souza. Robert Buckland MP for South Swindon and the Mayor of Swindon, Councillor Andrew Bennett. 3m. 33s.  click here
For 30 other video clips of the Swindon Festival by Francisco Souza,  click here

Konknni cantaram reach German shores

25 Jul: Herald. Enamoured with Konkani cantaram since she first visited Goa, Frankfurt Radio executive Sigrid Pfeffer (photo), has done intensive research on this genre of music. Her compilations have been put together in a CD ‘Konkani-Songs Music from Bombay – made in Bombay’ (2009). Over the years she has shared these songs with various German radio stations and has been instrumental in including Konkani music for the very first time at the Mother India Wassermusik 2015, where Schubert Cotta and his team will be performing on Saturday. Patricia Ann Alvares learns more about Sigrid’s passion for music …  click here

India's prime minister endorses call for Britain to pay reparations for colonial rule

25 Jul: Daily Telegraph (UK). India’s prime minister has praised an opposition MP who made an impassioned appeal for Britain to pay reparations for 200 years of colonial rule. Narendra Modi said Shashi Tharoor’s speech at the Oxford Union, which was posted online last week, “reflected the feelings of patriotic Indians” and that he said “the right things at the right place”… Text, Video + thousands of comments  click here
25 Jul: Daily Mail (UK). Indian PM joins calls for Britain to pay reparations for damage caused during colonial rule … Text + Comments.  click here

Sun 2 Aug. 2015: UK Goan Festival: Hounslow Weather Countdown

25 Jul: World Weather: MAX: 26°c. MIN: 16°c. RAIN: 0.00 mm. Chance of Rain: 0%  click here
25 Jul: Accuweather: Max: 24°c. Min 13°c. Rain: 0 mm. Snow: 0 CM. Ice: 0 mm  click here
25 Jul: Weather Max 25°c. Min 16°c. Rain: 0 mm. Snow: 0 CM. click here.

India’s skin-whitening creams highlight a complex over darker complexions
24 Jul: The Guardian. … The contest for Miss America last year, won by Nina Davuluri, a relatively dark-skinned Indian-American, demonstrated public attitudes on the subcontinent. Many media commentators suggested that she did not deserve the title and stated openly that she would not have won in India. Skin colour is also a fraught issue when it comes to marriage…, a leading Indian matrimonial website, cites fair skin as the key factor… During pregnancy some women eat saffron, convinced it will lighten their baby’s complexion… 1616 words + comments  click here

Will Goan food ever Become world-Class?
26 Jul: Herald. … the heart of Goan cuisine lies in the little holes-in-the-wall and the village ‘haunts’, but can that not spread? Does it have to be confined there? … Until we find a way to make our delectable and wholesome food appealing to the masses at large, we run the (very real) risk of a cultural extinction in terms of food. Come the year 2050, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Xacuti being our sole culinary representative on a global scale…  click here

Toilets in all Goa schools by July-end
25 Jul: Navhind Times. Goa has set a target to provide toilets to all its schools – grant-in-aid as well as private – with separate toilets for boys and girls, by the end of this month… Goa will probably be the first state to achieve cent per cent provision of toilet facility for schools …  click here

Louis Berger Case: Goa Water Project Director Suspended
25 Jul: NDTV. Goa government today suspended project director A Wachasunder who was heading the Water augmentation and sewerage line project which has run into controversy over bribery charges. "I have directed that Wachasunder be placed under suspension for fair probe in the matter," chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar told reporters today…  click here

Legal opinion sought on Pacheco’s parole plea
26 Jul: The Hindu. The Goa Inspector General of Prisons has sought the opinion of the Law department on jailed MLA and former Minister Mickky Pacheco’s application seeking parole to attend the Goa Assembly session scheduled to start on Monday. Activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues has strongly opposed the fresh bid by the jailed MLA to seek parole…  click here

Sudhir Kakar: ‘Writing is a beloved fruit of solitude’
25 Jul: Asian Age. Sudhir Kakar, one of India’s best known psychoanalysts and writers, returns to the past again in his latest book about the life and times of a fictional Sanskrit poet in 7th century India … He says, “I have chosen to live in a village in Goa where there are no social distractions and thus I have ample time for writing.” Kakar admits he is hardly a disciplined writer, mostly preferring a walk on the scenic Goan beaches or listening to music or reading rather than engaging in what he calls “the unnatural act of filling a blank piece of paper with words. But when I am caught up in writing or rather when the story has gripped me by the neck, I can spend hours absorbed in this activity without noticing the passage of time.” …  click here



Death: Judy Fernandes (Goa, Tabora-Tanzania & UK)

24 July: Langley, Berks UK. JUDY FERNANDES aged 75, passed away peacefully at Thames Hospice, Windsor, UK. Sadly missed by her loving husband Matthew, children Michael, Leslie, Paul and nine grandchildren. Condolences and funeral details available from Leslie at

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Nachom-ia Kumpasar’ Wins Audience Award at London Indian Film Festival

23 Jul: Variety (USA). “Nachom-ia Kumpasar” (Let’s Dance to the Rhythm) has taken the Labray Play audience award at the London Indian Film Festival, beating “Kaakaa Muttai” in a close race to the finish line. “Nachom,” directed by Bardroy Barretto and revolving around Goanese music and its impact on Hindi film music, was so popular that several additional screenings had to be added to the festival. “I am grateful for this award and to the team that made this happen,” Barretto said. “It goes to show that every region, every culture, has its own authentic stories …  click here

‘India-born migrants are among most productive in UK’

24 Jul: Hindustan Times. A leading group campaigning to restrict immigration into Britain has used latest figures in an analysis that suggests migrants born in India are among the most productive and claim the least amount of benefits from the state… Migration Watch’s analysis focuses on the three variables of employment rates, wages and the rate of benefits claim… Photo shows Family of Lington Monteiro (extreme left) with Goan friends Armando Gonsalves (in dark glasses), Jaime Barreto (extreme right) and others in Monteiro’s house garden in Swindon.  click here

Swindon Council backs cultural events

24 Jul: Swindon Advertiser. Events showcasing cultural diversity in the town will gain greater prominence, it has been agreed. After the second cancellation of the Mela festival in the town, Swindon Borough Councillor Abdul Amin, (Lab, Walcot & Park North), brought a motion calling for the authority to do all it can to bring back the event … Cross-party support was provided by Coun Stan Pajak (Lib, Eastcott) who said: “When I was at the County Ground the other day, I saw cricketers playing on one side, the Goan festival on the other side and on my way home passed two Polish men cycling. This fantastic cultural diversity is what this town is all about.” … Responding Coun Toby Elliot (Con, Priory Vale) said: “All we can do is help facilitate the event rather than fund it. We have so many events coming up, we’ve had the Goan festival, we’ve had the African festival coming up. We’ll do all we can to bring Mela back next year.” …  click here

Goa no longer hotspot for foreign tourists

25 Jul: Times of India. Is Goa losing its popularity as the quintessential party destination? Latest data shows that Goa has dropped from the top 10 states in 2014 with a little more than half a million foreign tourist visitors. Incidentally, the number of foreign tourists visiting the beach destination has increased from 0.49 million in 2013 to 0.51 million in 2014. The number of foreign tourist visits to India has increased to 22.57 million in 2014 as compared to 19.95 million in 2013 according to the Union tourism ministry… 430 words.  click here

Jazz came to Goa

16 Jul: Deutschland Radio Kultur. Until 1961 Goa was a Portuguese colony. From the musical heritage of the colonial power mixed with the Indian variant of the special form of jazz originated Konkani music. At the festival "Water Music" in Berlin this will be presented. In the 1930’s musicians were invited from America to play in the Indian hotels for well-heeled customers, especially in the luxury hotel "Taj Mahal" in Bombay. But onlookers were also Indian musicians from the former Portuguese colony of Goa, they were quickly fascinated by these sounds - and had a burning desire to play along. "These recognized musicians from America taught the local colleagues from Goa, in principle, how to play jazz…. One of them: a native of Goa trumpeter Chic Chocolate. The "Indian Louis Armstrong" has also composed his own pieces…  click here

Land starved Goa govt allots 6 lakh square metres to Parrikar’s Defence Ministry
25 Jul: Herald. Literally dictated by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, the Goa government, through the Goa Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), has approved allocation of 150 acres of land to the Defence Ministry on a permanent basis for organizing the Defexpo and Aero India shows. The land, which works out to about 6 lakh square metres, is at Naqueri in Betul-Quepem in South Goa… This shocking move comes at a time when the state of Goa is struggling to find land to set up an IIT and needs land for industrial investments, which Industries Minister Mahadev Naik has admitted, that Goa does not have enough to meet its investment targets…  click here

DKA asks again for equal status to Konkani in Roman script
25 Jul: Times of India. Dalgado Konknni Akademi (DKA) has petitioned chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar reiterating its demand to accord equal status to Konkani in Roman script along with the Devnagri script…  click here
25 Jul: Times of India. Stop grants to English medium schools: BBSM …  click here

South Asia vocations coming from nontraditional Catholic communities
24 Jul: Catholic News Service (USA). … Most new recruits joining India’s 125,000 religious men and women now come from areas where missionaries became active in the latter half of the 20th century … Only three decades ago, most of India’s religious came from pockets in Kerala, Goa, Karnataka states … In Pakistan, religious have traditionally been drawn from the ranks of the Goan Catholic community. Today, however, more people come from the Punjabi community as large numbers of Goan Catholics have migrated from Pakistan …  click here

Goa scores on productivity, quality of life
24 Jul: Times of India. Giving a boost to Goa's efforts to attract industries, the National University of Singapore has found that the state scores higher than India's average when it comes to productivity, quality of life and connectivity. The results are part of a survey of macro indicators conducted by the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy of the National University of Singapore across 35 states and Union territories…  click here

Trivandrum: Experience Goa
24 Jul: The Hindu. Drop in at Café Jade at Hotel Hyacinth for a slice of Goa. In addition to the buffet, which has a Goan flavour, there is music and dance performed by a feisty group of singers and dancers from Goa. The entire dining area has been done up to evoke the feel of a beachside Goan eatery… The menu includes Mutton Rechado, Goan Steamed Fish, Batter-fried Peri peri Calamari, Potato Scremento, and kebab along with a range of vegetarian and non-vegetarian salads. The Goan fiesta concludes on July 26.  click here



Funeral Announcement Fr. Juliao Luis Matias Carrasco

15 Jul: Perth – Australia. Fr Julian had a fall and died shortly afterwards. There will be a concelebrated Eucharistic celebration for the repose of his soul at 9:30 am on the 25th of July, 2015 at Holy Cross Church, Hamilton Hill, Perth, Australia. His mortal remains will then be taken to Fremantle Cemetery for burial.
Rev. Dr. Fr. Joe Cardoso & The Cardoso family offer their heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved family: Myrtle, Ronald/Sara, Myra, Merilyn/Aubrey, Baptist/Renuka and the grand nephews and grand nieces.  For further details click here

Death: Bertha Pereira

22 Jul: Brampton, Canada. Mrs. BERTHA PEREIRA (73) peacefully passed away. Loving Wife of Mr. Antonio (Tony) Pereira, (Ex Moshi/Tabora/Kuwait) Brampton. Beloved mother of Cassandra (Michael), Lt. Daphne, Engelbert (Lesta) and Franklyn. Adorable grandmother to Sarah, Mary, Caitlyn and Jaden. Bertha was the sister of Mrs. Lily (Lt. John)- Goa; Thomas (Theodolina)-U.K.; Eleseu (Sylvi)-Goa and Lt. Benny (Nora)-Goa. May Bertha’s Soul Rest in Eternal Peace. Visitation: Tuesday, July 28th, 2015. From 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and from 6:00 pm – 8:00pm. Scott Funeral Homes, 289 Main Street, Brampton, ON, L6X 1N5. Funeral Mass: Wednesday, July 29th, 2015. 11:00am. St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 115 Vodden Street East, Brampton, ON, L6V 1M4.. Burial thereafter: Assumption Catholic Cemeteries, 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga, ON. L5T 1N4. [Info: Claude Fernandes] Messages of condolences may be sent to Franklyn Pereira  email

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Meet Richard D’Souza, Offshore Engineer

1 Jul: Offshore Engineer. Reading the resume of Richard D’Souza, current vice president of Granherne Global Operations, a KBR company, reads like one man’s journey through the history of offshore oil exploration and development … From the beginnings of offshore development, through the oil price collapses of 1973 and 1986, to the present-day struggles of low oil prices and the resultant boom and bust cycles, D’Souza has been there, done that, and chronicled its history in the many technical papers he has written… .  click here
Richard D’Souza was born in Dehradun – his father was from Chorao and his mother from Aldona. He graduated in 1971 and left immediately for the States

Mississauga: Young movers and shakers set to inspire youth at conference

22 Jul: Mississauga News. On Saturday, July 25, the Mississauga Civic Centre will be an incubator for ideas and initiatives geared to propel the city’s youth to start conversations on matters such as sustainability, youth engagement, poverty and policy-making, said Aaron Pinto, 24, founder and one of the co-chairs of Mobilizing 22 … The day’s agenda includes four panel sessions on urban sustainability, poverty, inclusion and diversity, youth engagement and youth in policy… Mobilizing 22: A Youth Leadership and Policy Conference will take place at the Mississauga Civic Centre from 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. The free event is directed at Mississauga youth between the ages of 14-24.  click here
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Meet European Union MP Claude Moraes, a Mangalurean

23 Jul: DaijiWorld. Claude Moraes is a powerful lawmaker in Europe, but few know that he is of Indian origin. A native of Jakribettu, Bantwal, Claude has been a European MP since 1999. "I visit my native place quietly without any fuss, and never show that I am a member of European Parliament. I have close connection with Bantwal. My parents were born and brought up there before they came to the UK to earn their livelihood," says Claude, who will turn 50 in a year's time. "I regret that I cannot speak Konkani. Sometimes I do try to speak it, but I hardly understand anything. I never publicly claim that I am a Mangalurean or an Indian, because I am an MP for everyone," said Claude …  click here

Sweden: Pop Group inspired in Goa

23 Jul: Norra Västerbotten (Sweden). With the entire world as inspiration the group Djurparken [Zoo] begins their summer tour. It was about a year ago that they were a hit for the first time. The group travelled to Goa and then released their first single "Over" which they made in Goa, India. “We rented a house that we lived in for a week. We made music for fifteen hours per day approximately, says David Lexholm. “We woke, ate food, played music and slept, says Jesper Engström… During the seven-day stay, the group succeeded producing ten songs and it was then that they began contacting record labels, hoping to get signed…  click here
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Video: Mapusa bank robbery caught on camera
22 Jul: In Goa News. In a daring case of daylight robbery, between 10 and 12 unidentified individuals decamped with cash of over 12 lakh from the Mapusa branch of Bank of India on Wednesday morning. The town's police station lies just a few metres away. One suspect is believed to have been arrested in what could be seen as one of the biggest bank heists the north Goa hub has witnessed so far…  click here

Louis Berger case: BJP wants three deals in Goa probed
23 Jul: Business Standard. The Louis Berger bribery scandal in Goa may not just be related to one corruption deal. The BJP's state unit now says the New Jersey-based consultancy firm and the then Congress-led government may have been involved in three compromised deals, which should be probed by the CBI…  click here
23 Jul: Business Standard. Louis Berger case: Goa BJP wants Centre to ask US for names …  click here

64.95cr to boost Goa as tourist destination
23 Jul: Times of India. The Central government has sanctioned 64.95 crore for Goa to help the state improve its allure as a world-class tourism destination. The sanctioned funds have been earmarked for four projects, Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik said based on a written reply given by Union minister of state for tourism Mahesh Sharma...  click here

Football: Goa to host 2015 Indian Super League final
23 Jul: Free Press Journal. “Indian Super League today announced that the grand finale to the 2015 season will be held in the sunny, football-crazy state of Goa on December 20th, 2015,” Nita Ambani, founder and chairperson of Football Sports Development “We felt it would be apt to award the ISL 2015 finale to Goa as an ode to the state’s passion for football.” … The final will be on December 20…  click here

Monitor escort, prostitution websites: Bailancho Ekvott
24 Jul: Times of India, NGO Bailancho Ekvott on Thursday demanded that the state government maintain a strict vigil on websites advertising escort and other prostitution-related activities online. Stating that the previous government had paid a deaf ear to their demands, convener Auda Viegas sought seriousness on the part of the present government to tackle such issues and urged them not to promote tourism in Goa through flesh trade activities…  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sun. 26 July: Tivimnenses Association 38th Annual Social. Mass at 1.30 pm at St Boniface Church 185 Mitcham Road London SW17 8PP followed by an afternoon of celebration and dancing to the sounds of Nite Life at St Boniface Church Hall. Tickets and details from Norma Menezes-Rahim 02087714457, Elu Pires 02086541281, Fiona Lobo 02086563317, Helen De Souza 02083045585, Ingrid De souza 02089053872, Savio Pereira 02034173835 or Roland De Souza 0207857878. For the flyer, click here.

G.O.A. Open Golf Tournament Sun: 26 Jul. G.O.A. Open Golf Tournament, Hoebridge Golf Centre, Old Woking Road, Woking, Surrey, GU22 8JH. There will be prizes of 1st. 2nd and 3rd for both Members and Guests; Five nearest the pin on the par 3’s; Longest Drive on the 4th hole; and other novelty prizes. Contacts: Jacinto D’Silva: 07770 968164, |Joe Mascarenhas: 01784 211 832.

Sun. 2 Aug: Goan Association (UK) in collaboration with Goan organisations proudly presents the UK GOAN FESTIVAL at Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Hounslow TW5 9PD. Starting with Mass @ 11.00 a.m. Management reserves the right of admission. Admission: £5.00. Under 16's: Free. Car Park: £5.00. Traditional Goan Cuisine. Cultural Performances. Children's Entertainment. Fairground Rides. Free shuttle service from Hounslow West underground tube station. No Pets Allowed. No Food & Beverage to be brought onto the premises. Contact: Ravi Vaz: 07909 927539 or Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa: 07958 537314. For more information, click here.

Sat: 8 Aug. G.O.A. Senior Citizens ”A Day Trip to Windsor”. A most welcomed date in the diary to the Queen’s home of Windsor, Berkshire. Lunch opposite Windsor Castle, Shopping, Sightseeing and Relaxing by the River. Coach pick up points from Tooting Library (10.00 a.m.) and Greenford BP Connect, UB6 8ST (10.45a.m.). Tickets: Members £15.00 – Non-Members £19.00. Contact : Chloe DeMenconca on 0208 384 0272 or

Sun 9 Aug. G.O.A Badminton Tournament –– Venue : Egham Leisure Centre, Vicarage Road, Surrey TW20 8NL. Men’s Singles | Men’s Doubles | Ladies Singles | Ladies Doubles | Mixed Doubles. For doubles, a minimum of 4 pairs required for each event. The event will commencing at 11am sharp. Players to be prompt and arrive by 10.30 a.m warm up and draw. Entry fee £5 pp. For further details contact Viju DeSouza on 01784 430547 | Mob 07873277028, Vince Fernandes 020-8764-8780 | 07853132336 and Conny Mascarenhas 01784 259110 | Mob 07899 893553. Closing date for Entries 03/08/2015.

Sat. 15 Aug: Goans International are launching their Goans Global Business Network at Taj's Bombay Brasserie located in fashionable Kensington in Courtfield Road, London SW7 4QH. Tickets for this event are available at £35.00 per person which includes a welcome drink and a buffet lunch on a first come first paid basis. For details and booking please contact Milton Rodrigues President, or mobile 07896437900 or Antonio Fernandes, Confirmations are already in full swing so book early to avoid disappointment. For the flyer, click here

Sun 16 Aug. G.O.A 5-a-side Football Tournament –– Venue: Goals, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4EJ. Each teams should consist of eight players (3 subs.). Kick off Time 11.00 a.m. £80 per team, closing date for entries 09/08/2015. For further details please contact Vince Fernandes 020-8764-8780 | Mob 0785 3132336 | Lloyd Lobo 020-8856-6018 | Mob 07770 982446 or Junior 07946 432747

Sun 16 Aug. G.O.A 5-a-side Football Tournament –– Venue: Goals, Elmers End Road, Beckenham, Kent BR3 4EJ. Each teams should consist of eight players (3 subs.). Kick off Time 11.00 a.m. £80 per team, closing date for entries 09/08/2015. For further details please contact Vince Fernandes 020-8764-8780 | Mob 0785 3132336 | Lloyd Lobo 020-8856-6018 | Mob 07770 982446 or Junior 07946 432747

G.O.A. Sports Day Sun: 23 Aug: G.O.A. Sports Day – Croydon Sports Arena, Albert Road, London SE25 4Q – Doors open at 11.00 – Events commence at 12.00 noon. The G.O.A. annual event is back. An array of track and field events are scheduled for this sporting day, suitable for all ages, talents and team participation! For more details and entry forms, please contact: Vince Fernandes on 0208 764 8780, Visit or Facebook : Goan Association UK - Goauk London.

G.O.A. Theatre visit: The Sinatra Show at the London Palladium Wed. 2 Sep. – G.O.A. Theatre visit. The Sinatra Show at the London Palladium. Commencing at 15.00 hrs. Tickets at £39.50 (Reduced from £69.50). Only 30 tickets available on a first come first served basis. Contact Bernie Gracias on 0208 723 1322 or Norma Menezes-Rahim on 0208 771 4457

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Eve Buckland: Community shows support for Swindon’s annual Goan festival

22 Jul: Swindon Advertiser. By Eve Buckland. Swindon’s Goan community said “Mae mdgacho eukar” – or welcome – to their annual summer festival over the weekend. Crowds gathered at the County Athletic Ground to experience a taste of sunshine, courtesy of the Goan Swindon Association and event sponsor Carillion… Visitors enjoyed an afternoon of live music on the big stage featuring acts such as Basil Fernandes, Rumaldo Estrocio and Maxfloyd Noronha with his twist on Led Zeppelin’s classic Stairway to Heaven. On the menu was traditional Goan fare including Chorico Pao (Goan pork sausages) Xacuti (curry with roasted spices and coconut) and Sorpotel (spicy pork and liver curry). A float reflecting the famous Goan street carnival was also driven around the event. Nelson Carvalho, president of the Goan Swindon Association, said the event attracted people from every part of the community… He said, “There are 14,000 people in the Goan community in Swindon and they will always support each other.” 357 words.  click here
For a photo gallery with 17 items, go to the link and in the Search Box key in: Goan  click here

Robert Buckland, Swindon’s MP thoroughly enjoyed the Goan Summer Festival

22 Jul: Swindon Advertiser. By Robert Buckland MP for South Swindon, “ … In Swindon, my constituency team and I thoroughly enjoyed the Goan Summer Festival at the Country Athletics Ground … Around 2,000 people attended the festival, with music, dance, delicious food, sunshine, and plenty of colour on offer. I have worked closely with the Goan community over the years on a variety of issues … They are continuing to integrate well into British culture and are a real asset to Swindon. It was an extremely successful day, organised very well by members of the Goan Swindon Association, and I was delighted to have been invited…  click here

Reading Reginald: The importance of Africa

22 Jul: Herald. Taking Reginald Fernandes’ novel Fidelis (1965) as a base, we can address the issue of the importance of Africa to writers of romans and dwell on the impact it had on the gender roles process… The primary reason why Africa featured so prominently in the imagination of writers during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was due to the large- scale migration of Goans, particularly to East Africa… migration to East Africa, and the locations of Goa, Bombay, and Africa are knit together in the novel… 990 words.  click here

Now Showing: Konkani Legacy

23 Jul: Indian Express. A Goan living in Pune, Isidore Dantas was passionate about Konkani films and began researching the roots of Konkani cinema… a family member of Mogacho Aunddo’s producer Al Jerry Braganza gifted Dantes one reel of the film, albeit in a poor condition, as a keepsake. The reel has since been restored. “It was an honour to receive a reel of the first Konkani film ever produced. I first took it to the National Film Archive of India but was told they cannot do anything with it. Then Bardroy helped me out,” says Dantes … The restored portion has a run time of three minutes. Dantes is now working towards obtaining the remaining reels of the film …  click here

The Continuing Prosecution of Dinesh D’Souza

21 Jul: Ricochet (USA). Once, he was a darling of the mainstream conservative community. An Indian immigrant of Goan ancestry, Dinesh D’Souza snagged a place at Dartmouth and then a staff position in the Reagan White House. After a series of scholarly books, D’Souza’s Illiberal Education shot him to national prominence in 1991… The rest of 1990s saw him become one of the most widely known and respected conservative writers in America… Whatever you think of Dinesh D’Souza, his unusual public career or his controversial views, his story is a warning sign of what might be ahead for the rest of us. 970 words + comments.  click here

Tony Fernandes loses Asia Tune Hotels partner

22 Jul: Financial Times (UK). Tony Fernandes, the Malaysian entrepreneur behind AirAsia, has suffered a setback to his budget hotel business, which has lost half of its estate after its partner in Asia checked out. The blow to Tune Hotels is the latest knock for Mr Fernandes, whose low-cost airline business has plummeted in value this year following criticism from analysts over its accounting practices, cash flow and leverage… His investment in QPR has failed to bring success to the struggling club, with the team relegated from the Premier League last season and facing a possible £58m fine for overspending. Last year Mr Fernandes sold his Formula One motoring team, Caterham, after an unsuccessful four-year foray into the sport. “F1 hasn’t worked,” he said in a tweet at the time. AirAsia shares have fallen almost 42 per cent in the past 12 months following a plane crash in December at its Indonesian affiliate and questions about the sustainability of the business…  click here

Viewpoint: Britain must pay reparations to India

22 Jul: BBC. At the end of May, the Oxford Union held a debate on the motion "This house believes Britain owes reparations to her former colonies". Speakers included former Conservative MP Sir Richard Ottaway, Indian politician and writer Shashi Tharoor and British historian John Mackenzie. Shashi Tharoor's argument in support of the motion went viral in India after he tweeted it out from his personal account. The argument has found favour among Indians, where the subject of colonial exploitation remains a sore topic. Here he gives a summary of his views …  click here
Video: Shashi Tharoor video tells us why India needs to wake up from its Post-colonial dream …  click here

Auction: Carved ivory religious figures

24 Jul: John Nicolson, Haslemere, Surrey, UK. Lot 467: A good quality Goanese carved ivory figure of the Madonna & Child, 19th Century or earlier, mounted on a carved fixed hexagonal stand, the Madonna standing in flowing robes on a base of cherubs and bearing the Christ child in her hands, 8.3in high overall, the ivory itself 6.5in high. Estimate: 1,200 GBP - 1,600 GB  click here
Lot 468: A Good Goanese carved ivory figure of the Madonna, 19th Century or earlier, mounted on a flaring ivory stand carved with formal acanthus leaves, the Madonna with hands held in prayer and dressed in flowing robes, her hair stained black, 7.25in high. Estimate: 1,200 GBP - 1,600 GBP  click here

Churchill's wealth rose by Rs 6.07 crore in 2007-12
22 Jul: Business Standard. The declared wealth of former Goa Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Churchill Alemao increased by Rs 6.07 crore in the five years he was in power. The increase, discovered by Business Standard by comparing Alemao's asset declarations with the Election Commission of India (ECI) before 2007 and 2012 Assembly elections, is coincidentally close to the rupee value of the sum of $976,630 (Rs 6.15 crore today) allegedly paid as bribe by US-based consultant Louis Berger executives in connection with a Rs 1,030 crore water supply and sewerage project in the state…  click here
Video: Goa: Cong Minister took bribes?  click here

Locals want jailed MLA out on parole for Assembly session
22 Jul: Business Standard. Locals from Nuvem constituency today submitted a memorandum to Goa Assembly Speaker Rajendra Arlekar and Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar seeking the release of jailed MLA Fransisco Miccky Pacheco on parole so that he can attend the upcoming Assembly session. The Goa Vikas Party MLA, who represents Nuvem Assembly constituency, has been in jail since the last two months after being convicted and sentenced for six months for slapping a government servant in July 2006… The Monsoon Session of the Goa Legislative Assembly will begin on July 27 and will end on August 14.  click here


FILM: Pukar. Sony MAX (Sky 798). Saturday 25th July. 09:00 to 12:00. A group of revolutionaries are wanted by the Portuguese administration as they are fighting to bring independence to Goa and its territories.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. Channel 4. Saturday 25th July. 17:15 to 17:45. Night three is hosted by 51-year-old outsourcing manager Steve who plans to wow his guests with a 'man of the world' menu that relies heavily on hot Indian spices.

GARDENING: Love Your Garden. itv. Sunday 26th July. 12:35 to 13:35. Alan Titchmarsh and his team take the garden makeover show to Hemel Hempstead to create a garden for an extraordinary family. Asif Iqbal was the first deaf young Asian to be honoured with an MBE for services to deaf and disabled people. Alan turns a boring lawn and crumbling patio into a Bollywood dream garden for the family.

DOCUMENTARY: Exposed. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Sunday 26th July. 23:00 to 00:00. Girl Killers. In India, the burden of having girls means many are often killed at birth. We follow the difficult lives of those who survive the practice. (Part 1)

DRAMA: 15 Minute Drama. BBC Radio 4 Longwave. Monday 27th -Friday 31st July 2015. 10:45 to 11:00. Writing the Century - Letters from a Young Indian Revolutionary. By Tanika Gupta. Set in 1930s Calcutta and based on letters and diary entries, this drama tells the true story of Tanika's great uncle Dinesh Gupta and his resistance to British colonial rule. With Ameet Chana, Archie Panjabi, Vincent Ebrahim.

DOCUMENTARY: The Magic Bus. BBC Radio Two. Wednesday 29th July. 22:00 to 23:00. Documentary telling the story of some of the people who took the overland trail from Europe via Istanbul and India to Kathmandu, presented by Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler with music from the Byrds, Bob Dylan, Supertramp, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Donovan and the Beatles.

DOCUMENTARY: Heir Hunters. BBC 1. Thursday 30th July. 11:30 to 12:15. The heir hunters visit one of the beneficiaries to a £65,000 estate and reveal some remarkable information about one of his ancestors' time in India. Plus details of unclaimed estates; could a windfall be heading your way?

FILM: The Last Temptation of Christ. Film4. Friday 31st July. 00:35 to 03:55. Oscar-nominated director Martin Scorsese's brilliant, controversial and unorthodox film about the life of Christ. Passed uncut, it created a furore, with the Catholic church and some elements of the press calling for it to be banned and some cinemas screening it were the subject of vociferous demonstrations.

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