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007 Sabrina De Sousa has “returned to Portugal" from Goa

24 Oct: Libero Quotindiano (Italy). Sabrina De Sousa, the CIA agent convicted in Italy for the kidnapping of the former imam Abu Omar, is currently in Portugal waiting to be extradited to Italy. Regarding her recent trip to Goa, her lawyer said that '007' had travelled to Goa with the permission of the Portuguese authorities to visit her sick mother and then returned "voluntarily" to Lisbon. She had been sentenced to three years imprisonment in Italy and the Portuguese Court had upheld the extradition request in April. She had been detained in Portugal since Oct. 2015 Abu Omar: Legal "De Sousa already 'returned to Portugal" …  For further details click here
From the Sabrina De Sousa Twitter site: Extradition update. Italian gov. informed Portuguese govt there will be no retrial as previously guaranteed. 2012 verdict final.  click here
For the Sabrina De Sousa Wikipedia profile, click here.

Football: FC Goa 1: Kerala Blasters 2

24 Oct: Indian Express. Kerala Blasters FC came from behind to beat FC Goa 2-1 in their 2016 Hero Indian Super League (ISL) football match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here today. Goa made a positive start with a Julio Cesar goal in the 24th minute. Second half strikes by Mohammed Rafi and Kervens Belfort capped off a superb comeback by Kerala as they registered their first away win of the season in front of more than 18,000 fans…  For further details click here
Video highlights. 9m. 39s  click here
For the ISL League table, click here.

Qatar: Goan Welfare Association celebrates World Goa Day Blissfully

24 Oct: Bellevision. By Jerald Dsouza. Goan Welfare Association (GWA), Qatar marked the ‘World Goa Day-2016’ as a memorable blissful day with lots of fun at Mercure Grand Hotel here on Friday October 21… GWA president Simon D’Silva welcomed the gathering and highlighted the celebration of ‘World Goa Day. Lots of spot games for the kids and adults were conducted, and winners awarded with gifts. The poolside cool breeze and stage decoration with Goan replica sculptures added flavors to the programme. The stage decoration was set by Godfrey and Effey Noronha… Many Photos …  For further details click here

Starry lineup for first-ever Goa International Film Fest in Dubai

24 Oct: Times of India. The Goa International Film Festival (GIFF), Dubai 2016 is to be held from October 26 to 29. Fifteen movies, including Konkani classics such as Amchem Noxib, Nirmon, Bhuierantlo Munis, besides other films will be screened at the Shaikh Rashid Auditorium at Bur Dubai. Deputy chief minister Francis D'Souza and Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, minister of culture and knowledge development, Dubai, will be chief guests at the festival conceptualised by Williamm Xavier, CEO of Wild Orchid Entertainments and president of Film and Television Association of Goa… The awards ceremony will take place on October 29, where a jury panel and public voting will decide on the winners in 19 different award categories.  For further details click here

Paulo Varela Gomes honoured posthumously

24 Oct: Correio da Manha (Portugal). The writer and historian Paulo Varela Gomes was honoured posthumously with the Grand Prix of Romance and Novel of the Portuguese Writers Association (EPA), for the novel “Once Upon a Time in Goa” (2015) it was announced today… Paulo Varela Gomes died last April. Born in 1952, Paulo Varela Gomes graduated in History, he has an MA in Art History and a PhD in History of Architecture and was a professor at the University of Coimbra …. Paulo Varela Gomes was the representative of the Fundação Oriente in Goa from 1996 to 1998 and later between 2007 and 2009… Machine translation  For further details click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here
Video: RTP (Portugal). Paulo Varela Gomes comenta o fim da Índia portuguesa no 'Câmara Clara' … click here.

Crab farming demo unit at Old Goa soon

24 Oct: Times of India. The state department of fisheries will soon begin a new crab farming demonstration unit at Ela farm, Old Goa… A member of Scylla genus, this crab can be found in estuaries, backwaters and coastal areas. The crablets will be reared for five to six months in one of the ponds at Ela farm… Locally sourced rough fish will be given to them as feed. After attaining an ideal weight, of over 500g, they will be harvested and sold across local markets in the state… The initiative is part of a recent scheme that was launched to provide financial assistance to those interested in crab farming in the state…  For further details click here

Goan Nevri Recipe
24 Oct: Hungry Forever. Goan Nevri, also popularly known as Neveri, is a widely gobbled Goan dish that eventually caught on with the Maharashtrian palate as well. Usually whipped up during the festive season, the Goan Nevri is a steamed gujiya or karanji stuffed with a mix of coconut and jaggery. Though it can also be deep-fried. The stuffing makes the nevri sweet to taste and juicy in texture while steaming it makes it a healthy dish to snack on…  For further details click here
For other Gooan recipes,  click here

Auction: Indo-Portuguese ivory inlaid chest 19th century

27 Oct: Mallams, Cheltenham, UK. Lot 513: An Indo-Portuguese ivory inlaid chest, 19th century, with panelled sides on squared feet, inlaid with geometric patterns, 66cm height, 124cm length, 57cm depth. Estimate: 1,000 GBP - 1,500.  For further details click here



Death: Marilia Filomena Pereira

19 Oct: Cary, North Carolina, USA. MARILIA FILOMENA PEREIRA. Born 1960; ex-Sangolda, Goa. She married the love of her life, Leo Pereira, on August 23, 1984 in Muscat, Oman. The two celebrated over 32 years of blissful married life and had three children. As a registered nurse for over 35 years, she dedicated her life caring for and touching peoples' lives all over the world. She had the brightest smile and brought joy to all those around her. She will be missed dearly, but Heaven has gained the most wonderful angel. She is survived by her loving husband, Leo Kenny Pereira; son, Kevin Gregory Pereira; daughters, Alysia Eulalia Pereira and Alethea Elvina Pereira; mother, Gloria Lopes; brothers, Victor, Gabriel, Cyril; sister, Eliza Lopes; and numerous nieces, nephews, and many friends.  For further details click here

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UK: Event Highlight

Sun. 4 Dec: North London Goans will celebrate their 36th Anniversary Feast of St. Francis Xavier. On Sunday 4th December at Woodside High School Hall White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London N22 5QJ. Holy Mass at 12.30 pm Prompt (Healing Mass celebrated by Rev. Fr. Sharju Varkey) Followed by a social gathering with Excellent live Bands: BREAKTHRU. Ticket Including snacks & meal: Adults £10.00, Children 11 to 16 yrs. £6 and below 10 yrs. free. For tickets please contact any of the following. Tony Gomes 0208 2451364, Frank Mendes 0208 8881400, Seby D'Silva 0208 2455463, John Fernandes 0208 8814579, Bernadette Dias 0208 3619417, Joe Telles 0208 4431014 and Tony Rebello 0208 8077324. For the flyer,  For further details click here

Government plans to further liberalise visa regime: Sushma Swaraj

23 Oct: Business Standard. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (photo) on Sunday said the government is planning to further liberalise the visa regime for tourism, business as well as other areas shortly… “The 25 million strong Indian diaspora, comprising NRIs and PIOs are a significant force for promoting India's interests abroad," Swaraj said at the valedictory session of the Global Investors Meet here. She stated that the government has unveiled initiatives for roping them in India's mission of transforming the country…  For further details click here

Court finally hears Finnish mother's plea to get her son's mysterious death probed

23 Oct: Mid-Day. A mother's plea to get the mysterious death of her 22-year-old son in Goa in January 2015 probed, was finally heard almost two years later, when she moved a petition in the judicial magistrate court on October 5. The court not only found merit in the 68-year-old woman’s plea but also found serious lapses on the part of the investigating officers attached to Canacona police station, who had almost closed the file, labelling the death ‘accidental’. The police now have until November 5 to submit their report… Felix’s family, meanwhile, has offered a reward of 1,400 euros (Rs. 1 lakh) to anyone who can reveal the identity of the killer and produce evidence to the prosecution… Police Inspector Filomeno Costa, also in charge of Canacona police station, said, “We have conducted the probe twice in the matter. As there is no direct eyewitness to the incident, we suspect it to be a case of accidental death and not homicide as claimed by the family. Also, we asked the family to furnish any evidence or tip they have, pertaining to the death, but haven’t got any positive response from them.”  For further details click here

BRICS summit: the symbolism of Goa

23 Oct: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). By Edgar Valles (photo), Casa de Goa, Lisbon. It would be expected that the completion of the VIII Summit of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) to take place in New Delhi, the capital of India. However, the Indian authorities have chosen Goa, the smallest state of India, as a stage of this global event, on 15 and 16 October, brought together the top representatives of countries where lives 41% of the world population. Because? By federalism vision Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, who sought to give the country's diversity image. India is a federal state, like the United States and Brazil, with federal states… Although there are some signs that it is in India, there is something in Goa European, as if we were a separate continent from Asia… For Indians (from other states) come to Goa is the same as spending a holiday in Europe…  For further details click here
For a machine translation of the article,  click here

FIFA delegation approves Goa for U-17 World Cup

22 Oct: Indian Express. Goa today joined Kochi and Navi Mumbai as one of the venues to host next year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup after it received the green signal from a high-level delegation of football’s world body. A 13-member FIFA delegation along with the Local Organising Committee (LOC) today made an inspection to ascertain the readiness of Goa to host matches and training sessions at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017…  For further details click here
Official emblem of FIFA U-17 World Cup unveiled in Goa …  click here

Bebinca: Seven layers of divine indulgence

23 Oct: Times of India. Goan culinary history boasts numerous dishes that have become synonymous with the image of Goa, then be it the succulent vindaloo or the fiery sorpotel or the aromatic cafreal or the earthy xacuti. But when it comes to Goa's range of desserts, the bebinca undoubtedly rules the roost. For those uninitiated in Goa's culinary traditions, the bebinca may be a simple looking layered dish, but in reality it is a huge complexity of flavours with a labour-intensive preparation process. While it is made up of ingredients that are almost always accessible in any Goan kitchen - coconut milk, egg yolks, sugar, white flour, ghee and a hint of nutmeg or vanilla essence for flavouring, the making of a bebinca, which is often referred to as the queen of Goan desserts, is a rather long and tedious process as it has to be cooked one layer at a time. Yes, the bebinca, whether you choose to make just one at a time or many, will take its maker anywhere between one and a half to two hours of hard work to prepare…  For further details click here

Goa Beaches Good Incentive For French Defence Technicians: Manohar Parrikar

23 Oct: NDTV. Making a pitch for a French defence manufacturing company to set up and expand operations in Goa, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar (photo) on Sunday said the state's beaches would be a good incentive for French technicians. "Goa has an advantage, you can ask the French also. They will love to come to Goa. While working here they can spend their evening on a nice beach so that they don't miss the scene or the Cannes festival or the beautiful beaches of France, Europe or even Spain," he said. "Goa is the right place for this kind of activity and we can support it," Parrikar said during the inauguration of a helicopter maintenance and repair centre in Sattari, located 40 km from Panaji…  For further details click here



Death: Richard Dias

22 Oct: Mississauga. RICHARD DIAS. Ex Karachi. Born October 3, 1931. He will be lovingly remembered by his devoted wife, Teresa of 57 years, his children Charlotte, Joey and Sharon (Aubrey) and his 5 grandchildren Melissa, Rachael (Max), Vanessa, Tracy and Lisa. Loving brother of Patrick (Patricia) and brother in law to Edwina Dias. Predeceased by Socrates (Belinda), Barbara Menezes (Vivian), Fr. Cyprian, Wilfred (Eleanor) and Joseph. Brother in law to Carmel Veigas (Claudette), Nynette Pinto (Tony) and the late Jean D’Cruz(Michael). Richard will be missed by his many nephews and nieces. His great love and faith in our Lord was an inspiration to the family. He will be most fondly remembered. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to "Fr.Cyprian's" to support Father Cyprians High School in Khipro, Pakistan. Funeral Details: Burial Assumption Catholic Cemetery 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga. Visitation: Scott Funeral Home - Mississauga Chapel 420 Dundas Street East, Mississauga, Tuesday, 25 Oct 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Funeral Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, 4070 Central Parkway East, Mississauga, Wednesday, 26 Oct 2016 10:00 AM. [Info: Pompie Gois]  For further details click here

News Summary

Prostitution rampant in Goa as idyllic holiday destination is turned into sex traffic HELL

22 Oct. Sunday Express (UK). By Rehema Figueiredo. At least 12,000 British people travel to Goa in India every year, attracted by its golden beaches and a warm climate. But it is estimated at least 1000 women and young girls are trafficked into the small state every year after being conned into becoming sex workers… The state is also becoming a hotspot for uneducated young women trafficked from the India's poorer regions as Goa is one of the country's richest states, with a GDP per capita two and a half times that of the country… Nearly 100 girls on an average are rescued from the former Portuguese colony every year, but it is estimated that this is just 10 per cent of the number of girls trafficked into the sex industry through Goa. In Calangute alone the police rounded up 560 sex touts who were charged with trafficking in the last year… law enforcement, licensing authorities and traders reliant on tourism turn a blind eye to the issue… 667 words.  For further details click here

Vienna, Austria to Goa return for only €354 [£315] with Air India!

20 Oct: Fly4Free. Fly cheap from Vienna, Austria to Goa, India for only €354 for round trip with Air India! … Always wanted to explore India? This is an awesome chance to visit this incredible country at a more than affordable price! India has many things to offer for its visitors. White sands and crystal water will make your holiday in Goa an unbelievable experience! Visit numerous spice plantations, centuries-old cathedrals, and explore the beautiful waterfalls. You’ll be impressed by amazing people, rich culture and religion of India! Travel dates: November 2016 to March 2017. One cabin bag and one piece of checked in baggage per passenger …  For further details click here
Fly EasyJet London to Vienna from £50 return  click here

USA Victims of Modern Slave Trade Call for Better Law Enforcement Training

18 Oct: Voice of America. Members of a unique U.S. government advisory panel — all of them victims of human trafficking — are calling for significant changes in the way authorities engage with those who have been rescued from slavery and exploitation… "I don't know how to share my pain," said council co-chair Harold D'Souza, who as a child was part of a family from India that was subject to labor bondage in a Cincinnati-area restaurant. "When I'm alone, I'm crying. I break down. I feel ashamed of myself," added D'Souza, who now is a husband and father of two sons…  For further details click here
For the Linkedin profile of Harold D’Souza, ex-Mumbai,  click here

Life-loving centenarians reveal their unlikely secrets on how to live to 100

21 Oct: The Sun (UK). After the UK’s oldest man, Jack Mansfield claimed to have a full English breakfast every day, here are some other unlikely tips from supercentenarians on keeping the grim reaper at bay … Lucy d’Abreu died in 2005 aged 113, after attributing her long life to: “a customary sundowner of BRANDY and dry ginger ale”…  For further details click here
Goan Voice: Newsletter. Dec. 15, 2005: The oldest person in the UK has died at the age of 113. Lucy d'Abreu, who was born in India in 1892, passed away peacefully at a nursing home in Stirling on Wednesday. … She attributed her long life to the grace of God and a "customary sun-downer of brandy and dry ginger ale". [Lucy D’Abreu was born in Dharwar and attended St Joseph’s Convent in Belgaum]  click here

Goa in the 70s and 80s, welcome to the hippie paradise of India

21 Oct: Cultura Inquieta (Spain). Back to the magical era of Goa, a former Portuguese colony became a favorite destination for hippies, freaks and explorers of psychedelic and religious conscience… psytrance raves or parties in the late eighties were held in the days of the legendary full moon on Anjuna beach in Goa. These memorable days with a sound of rock and roll and mergers local music evolved electronic sounds goa / psytrance hand pioneers like Goa Gill, Nick Doof, Martin Freelan, Simon Posford and others… A video of the celebrations of Goa, a prototype of what would be after the Full Moon Parties that would introduce electronics and raves, where electronic music and drugs such as ecstasy and hashish went hand in hand …  For further details click here
18 Mar 2016. El Diario Vasco (Spain). El club de Eros. To enter the KitKatClub in Berlin you have to give up a garment … The concept has its roots in KitKatClub beach parties 80s in the Indian resort of Goa, then a hippie paradise …  click here

Election Commission: Names deleted after due process

22 Oct: Times of India. A four-member team of the Election Commission of India (ECI), which has been in Goa on a two-day visit, had a meeting with representatives of all political parties in the state and clarified about the issue of dual citizenship. ECI officials explained that names of persons with dual citizenships were taken out from electoral rolls only after a due process was followed…  For further details click here

1,000 charters coming to Goa this tourist season

22 Oct: Times of India. Tourist footfalls are likely to be high this season with slots for 1,000 charters being booked at the Goa International airport. Additionally, arrival of charters from various destinations in Russia will be more than 50% of the total charters scheduled to arrive in Goa, this season. The last two tourist seasons proved sluggish, witnessing as it did a sizeable decline in arrival of charters from Russia after the country's economy took a hit. Airport director B C H Negi confirmed booking of 1,000 charters for the season, an increase of 202 from the last season… While a rise in UK arrivals is also anticipated, no charters are expected from new destinations…  For further details click here

As the Dough Rises: The changing scenario about Goa’s cherished poder culture

23 Oct: Indian Express. By Sharon Fernandes. Each village, each waddo (sector) has a specific poder who works at the local bakery. He carries a basket of pao (freshly baked country bread) piled high with kankons (bangle-shaped bread), soft chewy hollow poies and khatre pao (scissor bread, hinting at the tool used to give it shape).Each poder has seen children born and married, and attended funeral wakes in each household in his area. For years, he has brought home bread along with the village gossip… But in the last decade, the poder’s life has seen more changes since the Portuguese landed on Goa’s shores… 1253 words.  For further details click here



Death: Marcus D'Souza

18 Oct: Hindhead, Surrey, UK. MARCUS D'SOUZA. Ex-Uganda. Husband of Rita (Melinda), father of Raymond/Loraine, Reuben/Olvina & Ralph. Grandfather of James/Davina, Lyndsey/Mark. Passed away peacefully. Funeral at St. Elphege's Church, 130 Stafford Road, Wallington, SM6 9AY on Friday 28th October, 2016 at 11 a.m. followed by burial at Sutton Cemetery, Alcorn Close, Sutton,SM3 9PX. Wake at Sacred Heart Church Hall, Edgehill, SW19 4LU. No Flowers please. There will be a Donation Box to provide for outings and activities for the residents of Brownscombe House in Surrey, where Marcus was very well looked after. No cheques please. Condolences to Reuben at:

Death: Ethel Antao

13 Oct: Guildford, Surrey, UK. ETHEL ANTAO. Born Aug 14, 1936 in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Passed away suddenly but peacefully surrounded by her family. Beloved wife of Eric, adored mother of Errol (Karen) and Edmund, proud and loving grandmother of Isla, sister of the late Nita (John) DeSouza, Canada; Helen (Vince) DeSouza, England; late Theo (Melanie) DeLima, Canada; sister in law of Anita (late Socorro) Carvalho, Canada; late Letticia (Joaquim) Vaz, Goa; late Joe (Mary) Antao, Nairobi; late Piadade (Ben) Rodrigues, Goa; Paulina (Peter) Almeida, Goa; Julie Gurjao, Goa; Lucy (Tony) Rodrigues, Germany; Philomena Antao, Dar-es-Salaam; late Cecilia (Agnelo) DeSouza, Dubai and late Vincent Antao, Dar-es-Salaam as well as many nieces and nephews.
Ethel will be laid to rest on Nov 7, 2016 at 11:00 at St. Mary's Church, Guildford GU2 8BP followed by a Committal Service at Guildford Crematorium, New Pond Rd, Godalming, GU7 3DB. In lieu of flowers and for those who wish to make a donation, these may be made to the Salesian Missions of the Shrine of Don Bosco's Madonna ( ). Online condolences can be sent to Eric at

Death: Nadia Fonseca

6 Oct: Porvorim. NADIA L. GODINHO E FONSECA. Ex Vasco and UK. Beloved wife of Ronald Fonseca. Precious Daughter of Nazareth (Sir) and Sinthia Barros Godinho. Daughter in law of Late Francis /Rosemary Fonseca. Sister/Sister -in- law of Nazyndio/Sylvia & Natiana Godinho, Thomas/ Melita Fonseca. Niece of late Romulo Barros, Evencio, Sylvia/Manuel Menezes , Late Sevira/ Tony Almeida, Late Servulo /Savia Barros, Late Minguel/Lila Godinho, Late Jasmin/Silvano Fernandes, Wolfango /Lena Godinho, Fatima / Melchoir Fernandes and Santrit/Celina Godinho. Aunt of Natalie Godinho, Emanuel & Abner Fonseca Funeral cortege will leave the residence- Sapana Raj Valley, Chogam Road, Sangolda at 10.00 am, Saturday 22 October, for a Eucharistic celebration at Our Lady of Perpetual Socour Church, (Socoro), Porvorim, Goa followed by burial. Bus will leave Vasco residence Bhute Bhatt at 8:00 am.

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UK Event Highlight

. Sat. 3 Dec: G.O.A Golden Jubilee St Francis Xavier Feast. Venue: La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls School Atkins Rd, Clapham Park SW12 0AB. Mass at 5:30 p.m. followed by Reception with Music and Dancing. Adult Ticket includes 3-course Meal: Members: £5.00 Non Members: £10.00. Child Ticket includes Meal and Party Bag: £2.50. For further details please contact: Chloé De-Mendonça 020 8384 0272, Marilou De Souza 020 8677 0390, Lynsey Martins 020 8657 8951 or E-mail

Looming Disaster for Goan Art

20 Dec: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. No place in the world betrays its own cultural history worse than Goa... After huge expenditure to restore Adil Shah's palace (the former Secretariat; photo) into expansive galleries, the state administration has now initiated its trademark hasty, opaque and highly dodgy tactics to tender out all planning and creation of the proposed museum with less than two weeks notice ... If you want to experience the works of Souza and Gaitonde, you need to visit New York's Guggenheim, or London's Tate Modern, or Delhi and Mumbai… Abhay Sardesai hits bullseye again with this analysis of the impending museum disaster … 830 words.  For further details click here

Football: FC Goa defeat Mumbai City 1-0

21 Oct: Indian Express. Richarlyson Felisbino struck the only goal of the game as FC Goa breathed new life into their Hero Indian Super League campaign with a gritty 1-0 victory over Mumbai City FC at Mumbai Football Arena. FC Goa are at the bottom of the league table after pocketing their first win in five matches but the victory will give last year’s finalists side the confidence that they can soon climb up the table with two consecutive matches at home against Kerala Blasters and Delhi Dynamos…  For further details click here
Video: Match Highlights  click here
21 Oct: Deccan Chronicle. Uvena Fernandes will become the first Indian referee to officiate in the final of a Fifa tournament when she takes charge as an assistant in the summit clash between Japan and North Korea in the women’s U-17 World Cup in Jordan on Friday. Uvena, who is a native of Goa, is working as a squadron leader in the Air Force in Assam… click here.

Complaint of indecent behaviour

19 Oct: The Goan. Vasco Police on Tuesday registered an offence against an unidentified man for allegedly stripping in front of a 14-year-old schoolgirl … the man stripped himself naked and later started chasing the girl …  For further details click here
Vasco ‘stripper’ gets a dressing down. 20 Oct: The Goan. … a day after Atul Dicholkar (25) stripped himself in front of a 14-year-old schoolgirl, naval personnel were reported to have identified the ‘stalker’. On noticing the naval vehicle, Dicholkar fled on his motorcycle but the naval personnel dashed their vehicle against the two-wheeler and later assaulted him with metal pipes, the source added…  click here
Navy denies assault, says ‘stripper’ fell off his bike while fleeing 21 Oct: The Goan. … the Navy has claimed that the accused had sustained injuries after his motorcycle had hit a road divider… click here.

Courier firm in a pickle over mango jam

21 Oct: Times of India. Lost in transit from Goa to USA, a parcel of homemade mango jam landed at the doorstep of the sender a month later in a deteriorated condition, prompting him to move the South Goa Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum (CDRF). While the district CDRF dismissed the complaint, the state CDRF partly allowed the appeal, directing the courier company to pay the complainant a sum of Rs 16,500 for deficiency in service. Nelson Lopes, a resident of Chinchinim, Salcete, had booked a parcel of seven units of mango jam, each weighing 1kg, on May 12, 2014, with On Dot Courier Service, Margao, to be delivered to a location in New Jersey, USA, for an amount of Rs 7500… the package couldn't be tracked online after it failed to reach the intended destination within the specified time. As the jam required to be refrigerated after three days for its preservation and might have deteriorated after 13 days, Lopes moved South Goa CDRF on May 28, 2014…  For further details click here

Goa is now the main source of narcotics

21 Oct: Deccan Chronicle. Goa has become the main source of drugs for Hyderabadi junkies. Earlier, most of the peddlers in Hyderabad were part of drug rings and many were foreigners. The trend has now changed and now youths, including students, have started smuggling drugs to Hyderabad from Goa. They visit Goa at least twice a month and bring drugs like LSD, Ecstasy, Hashish, and sometimes even Cocaine. Police have been struggling to find out the modus operandi of these new peddlers…  For further details click here

Goa’s air charter business eyes newer markets

21 Oct: Travel Trends Today. Goa, known for its significant share in the country’s flight charter business has witnessed a steep cut in numbers in the last two years … Savio Messias {photo; ex-Mombasa], President, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa said, “We are hoping that the government would play a role in subsidising certain costs which would help increase the charter arrivals. Many countries are offering subsidies like lower airport charges, brochures support etc. This can boost the charter business tremendously in Goa. Also the segment could do better especially if it is promoted in the foreign countries. We need to have a dedicated marketing team consisting of marketing professionals and the TTAG should be included in joint promotions.” …  For further details click here

Your ultimate Goa beach-list. Are you sure you’ve hit them all?

20 Oct: Condé Nast Traveller. Whether you prefer a vibrant sand strip, buzzing with shacks and tourists from all over, or a quiet, secluded, peaceful one, Goa has a beach for you. Go parasailing, meet locals, chill at a shack, or watch the waves and contemplate the meaning of life—the beach never judges. Here are our favourites: Anjuna … Arambol … Baga … Calangute … Candolim … Mandrem … Miramar … Morjim … Vagator … Agonda … Benaulim … Colva beach … Palolem … Utorda … Varca … Bogmalo … Cavelossim … Colabeach.  For further details click here


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Gaspar Fernandes (26), ex-London, opens restaurant in Lithuania

20 Oct: Zmones (Lithuania). Pages 54-57. Barely seven months after it opened, Gaspar’s was placed 11th among the best restaurants in all Lithuania. Gaspar Fernandes was born in Goa and spent more than fourteen years growing up in Great Britain, where he attended the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu School. He moved to Lithuania five years ago, learnt the language and now has his own restaurant in Pylimo Street, Vilnius with an investment of 50-60 thousand Euros, supported by his fiancée - Krystsina Kalbasnikava, family and close friends. People are amazed because it does not look like the typical Indian restaurant. He uses a lot of Indian spices, which he gets from relatives of Goa and also high-quality tea from his parents in England. The most popular dish is Gaspar mother's chicken curry with rice – 9.50 € … [At the links select Press Display] Pages 54-55:  click here
Pages 56-57:  click here
For the Gaspars Restaurant Facebook page, click here.

Dubai: Mumbai to Goa at Grub Shack

19 Oct: Gulf News. New restaurant at Dubai Healthcare City brings you flavours from India’s west coast. Very few communities have impacted the Indian gastronomy the way East Indians, the ethno-religious Roman Catholics inhabiting Mumbai and swathes of India’s west coast including Goa since the 15th century, have. A good place to sample some of their best creations in Dubai is the newly opened Grub Shack at Dubai Healthcare City. Run by two community ‘insiders’, Mario Mascarenhas and his wife Gemma, the Goan-shack style restaurant with a live band playing most evenings, karaoke, a bar-style drinks counter and a Kulfilicious stall to boot, does have the appeal. Yet food, personalised by the Mascarenhas, is what drives hordes to the restaurant.  For further details click here
For the Grub Shack Facebook site,  click here

Sarah Todd: All systems Goa

20 Oct: Geelong Advertiser (Aus). Sarah Todd thought going on MasterChef would be the most stressful thing she ever did… “I did cooking demonstrations all around India – Delhi, Mumbai and Goa – and as soon as I came to Goa it felt like Bali. It’s very relaxed and a little bit transient, with a lot of international guests coming here. It’s really multicultural.” … SBS decided to make a documentary about Todd’s restaurant that has been turned into a six-part series. What viewers are about to see is how tough the process has been. One of the first things Todd was faced with was how hard it is to do business in India as a foreign woman… One of the biggest challenges, Todd admits, was the language barrier … For three months, she was shadowed by a cameraman and everything was recorded on a microphone that was almost permanently attached to her… 981 words.  For further details click here
20 Oct: Times of India. Chef Sarah Todd on T India. Fox Life: Episode 1.- Friends in Goa 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM, 21 Oct. Episode 2: Sarah and her friends from Australia, Sam, Celeste and Nick, plan a day around Goa filled with fun, food and frolic. 02:30 PM - 03:00 PM, 22 Oct …  click here

Security breach feared in up to 3.25 million Indian debit cards

20 Oct: Reuters. A slew of banks in India are replacing or asking their customers to change security codes of as many as 3.25 million debit cards due to fears that the card data may have been stolen in one of the country's largest-ever cyber security incidents. Card network providers Visa (V.N), MasterCard (MA.N), and home-grown RuPay) swung into action after receiving complaints from some banks that their clients' cards had been fraudulently used mainly in China and the United States even though they were in India … ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank - the top three private sector lenders - confirmed in separate statements some of their customers' card accounts had been possibly breached after use at outside ATMs. The banks said they had advised the clients to change their PINs….  For further details click here
21 Oct: Navhind Times. Goa banks yet to make announcements …  click here

Souza’s Depiction of Christ’s Burial Fetches £1.57m

20 Oct: The Wire. By John Elliott. Sotheby’s top lot on Tuesday was a memorable depiction of Christ’s burial by Francis Newton Souza titled ‘The Deposition’ that sold for a hammer price of £1.30m – £1.57m ($1.92m, Rs12.78 crore) including buyer’s premium… It was last sold in 1998 for £12,000 by London’s Grosvenor Gallery … The next highest sale was achieved for a brightly coloured untitled 60×39 inch oil on canvas by Vasudeo S. Gaitonde … The total figure of £965,000 ($1.18m, Rs7.88 crore) including buyer’s premium was however more than twice the $507,000 it sold for in September 2013 at Christie’s in New York … Gaitonde has been doing well in recent years and he currently holds the record for the highest auction price achieved by an Indian modern artist… There are four or five South Asian art auctions in the next few months, but the main test of the market will come on December 18 when Christie’s holds its annual India Sale in Mumbai…  click here
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High Court quashes Ministry of Home Affairs order pronouncing Goa MLA as Portuguese citizen

20 Oct: Business Standard. In a major relief to Goa MLA Caetano Silva, the Goa bench of the Bombay High Court today set aside the order by the Ministry of Home Affairs declaring him a Portuguese citizen which had cast a shadow of uncertainty over his political career. Justice C V Bhadang quashed the order passed by the 'Central Prescribed Authority', holding that Silva was a Portuguese citizen as his birth was registered in that country (Portugal). Silva, who is a Goa Vikas Party (GVP) legislator, represents Benaulim constituency in South Goa. The high court remanded the matter back to the MHA, asking it to once again hear it "as expeditiously as possible and preferably within a period of three months from the receipt of this order"…  For further details click here
Video: Goa 365. 2m. 50s.  click here
21 Oct: Herald. I knew this would be the outcome: Caitu… click here.

Italy: Screening of the documentary film "Goa The Land of Shiva"

19 Oct: Inchiostro Verde (Italy). The Citizens Committee of Free Workers Free has organized for tomorrow - Thursday, October 20 - the Italian premiere screening of the documentary film, "Goa The Land of Shiva" … Synopsis: … It is 1954 and a Italian named Baron Ludovic Toeplitz arrives in Goa. He acquires the mining concession Orasso Dongor north of Goa and start a new company, Sesa Goa. Goa is not only mines. The music has its roots here and also in the late sixties and early seventies Goa becomes the mecca of the hippies, remaining so until the eighties. Even today in Goa lives a community of musicians, which combines the experimentation in music the interest in yoga and the use of psychedelic drugs…  For further details click here
Video: For a trailer of the film, 8m. 40s.  click here

Goa: India's land of fun

20 Oct: New Straits Times (Malaysia). By Sylvia Looi. Goa is India’s land of fun, with pristine beaches that run along the Arabian Sea and a unique mix of Indian and Portuguese cultures and architectures … its Portuguese background, chapels and churches can be found in every nook and corner of the state, in a stretch of 1.5km alone, there are nine churches… Goa offers a wide choice of lodgings from high-end hotels and resorts to budget-friendly guest houses. For those wanting to experience local culture and lifestyle, guesthouses make a better choice… The best time to visit Goa is from mid-November to mid-February when the weather is dry and pleasant…  For further details click here

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Sat, 22 Oct. SOLD OUT! Colva Union UK is organising their 43rd Anniversary Ball celebrating The Feast of Infant Jesus & Launch of Future Leaders SOLD OUT!

Mon. 24 Oct. to Sat. 29 Oct. G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Pilgrimage to Lourdes and Nevers - Cost: £360.00 inclusive of return coach fare and full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner). Single Room supplement £75.00. Pick-up points 8.45am Greenford Road/ A40, by the side of the Bridge Hotel, Western Avenue, Greenford, UB6 8ST and South or West London subject to demand. For further details contact: Flavio Gracias on 020 8723 1322 or E-mail:

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Sat. 12 Nov: G.O.A Golden Jubilee Mass for the Deceased commencing at 12.30 p.m. at SS Peter and Paul Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 4LD. Followed by 3-course Meal @ £7.50 includes a complimentary cocktail. (Advanced booking required). For further details please contact: Flavio/Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322, Nina Pinto 020 8767 0663, Marilou De Souza 020 8677 0390 or E-mail:

Sun 13 Nov: Union of Navelim (UK) will be celebrating our 36th Feast at Richard Challoner School, Manor Drive North, New Malden KT3 5PE. Our Feast commences with Mass at 12:00noon, followed thereafter For full details click here.

Sun 20 Nov. Loutulim (Lotlekars) Villagers UK will celebrate their 4th Annual Feast “Saviour of the World” with Holy Mass at 12pm at Our Lady of the Visitation Church Hall, 358 Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex, London UB6 9AN. Followed by a social next door. Dancing with live Bands: BREAKTHRU & DJ. Fully Licensed Bar, the Best Goan Cuisine SARA Caterers. Dress Code: Formal/ Smart, No Jeans and Trainers. Ticket Including meal: Adults £10.00 and Children £5 below 12 Years. Interested please call Carlos 0208 6218433, Felix 0208 4823277, Seby Pinheiro 07438128733 Jose Paul 07448027011 & Juliet 0208 3529468. For the flyer, click here.

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Jordan de Souza appointed Kapellmeister at the Komische Oper Berlin

18 Oct: Gramophone (UK). The Komische Oper Berlin has announced that Jordan de Souza will become their next Kapellmeister at the beginning of the 2017/18 season. The young Canadian will conduct several repertoire pieces, take over the musical direction of one new production, and will lead a symphony concert in his first season. Artistic Director and General Manager of the Komische Oper, Barrie Kosky, said: 'Jordan de Souza is a very talented and extremely interesting young conductor, who has both musical and theatre blood in his veins…” .. Video: Watch Jordan de Souza conducting an extract from Britten's Ceremony of Carols with the CBC/McGill Youth Choir  For further details click here
G.O.A. (Toronto) is proud to showcase one of our own – Jordan de Souza. Son of Yorrick and Heather de Souza. Comes from a multi-talented family.– Biography says it all…  click here
For the Jordan de Souza website, click here.

"Antonio Costa symbolises 500 years of Indo-Portuguese relationship"

19 Oct: Diario de Noticias. Interview with Ananth Kumar, Indian Minister of Parliamentary Affairs who is visiting Portugal: He says, “I feel that Portugal is a gateway to Europe … we are looking at several areas. For example, renewable energy, tourism, water supply. I think India and Portugal can cooperate much in the future… Antonio Costa is very important and special. His roots are in India and is also a Portuguese patriot. António Costa symbolizes Indo-Portuguese relations of the last 500 years or more. And as he told me 500 years of relations have passed, but there are other 500 ahead. India is looking forward to the visit of Prime Minister Costa. It symbolizes the friendship between India and Portugal. It symbolizes cooperation where both countries stand to gain…” [At the link select Press Display]  click here

Video: Fred de Sam Lazaro: Why Uganda is one of the world’s most hospitable refugee destinations

18 Oct: PBS News Hour. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports from Uganda. In a world struggling with anti-immigrant sentiment, Uganda provides a rare hospitable welcome for those seeking asylum. Refugees live in settlements where they are able to run small businesses, attend mosques and children attend school. The country’s support system is possible mainly because of its unilateral political structure … 7m. 50s.  For further details click here
Fred De Sam Lazaro was born in Bangalore and his parents are from Margao and Mapuca. He immigrated to the US with his mother in 1975. Fred is married and has three children. He now lives in St. Paul, Minnesota. For a bio of him,  click here
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London's best sausages

19 Oct: Evening Standard (UK). Susannah Butter rounds up the best bangers in town … A Goan sausage roll, which means it is wrapped up in paratha, with coriander chutney and pickled red onion and curry-leaf mayo. The meat varies but is often pork or mallard. Kricket: 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9  For further details click here
Kricket also has Goan Sausage Fry: red onion, peanut, coriander, pickled fennel £5.  click here

Election Commission threat to delete Portuguese passport holders names

19 Oct: Herald. By Cleofato Almeida Coutinho (photo). With the Election Commission’s move to delete twenty seven thousands of names holding Portuguese passports from the electoral rolls, there is a fear that those who opted to get their birth transcribed in Portugal for facilitation of obtaining Portuguese passport to travel to European countries in search of employment could create a major demographic change in old conquests of Goa. Though Goans from old conquests were emigrating to other countries for decades, it is only after the European Union, the loss of Indian Citizenship has become an issue due to them obtaining Portuguese citizenship as travel permit to other European countries. As the demand for dual citizenship falling on deaf ears with the Central government in no mood to consider Goa’s special case, the only question is whether the election commission can actually go ahead and delete their names from the electoral roll without hearing them… 959 words.  For further details click here

No Bidder Turns Up For Vijay Mallya's Goa Kingfisher Villa

19 Oct: NDTV. Goa's plush Kingfisher Villa, where Vijay Mallya has hosted several glitzy parties in the past, failed to attract a single bidder at an e-auction on Wednesday marking yet another failed attempt by lenders to recover dues from the embattled businessman… the auction turned out to be a damp squib, supposedly due to its high reserve price at Rs. 85.3 crore, sources said… The sea-facing palatial villa, situated in Candolim, Goa had earlier attracted interest from at least half a dozen players in the hospitality industry and a media group, when it was opened for inspection to interested bidders during the end of September and early October… Mallya owes over Rs. 9,000 crore … He had left the country in March and is currently said to be in Britain, having defied several court orders to return to India…  For further details click here
Not 1 bid received at e-auction of liquor baron Vijay Mallya's Goa villa. 19 Oct: India Today. … According to sources, the bank officials would re-examine the bid and come out with the second auction date - within a month and with a new reserve price down by Rs 5-15 crore.  click here

Deadlock between taxi owners and rent-a-car operators leaves tourists in lurch

19 Oct: Times of India. The taxi industry, in recent times, has been marred indelibly by the everlasting trouble between taxi owners and operators of rent-a-cab businesses. The rent-a-cab operators lend vehicles for self-drive to patrons. While the two parties carry on with their own bitter battle, it is the tourists who have to bear the brunt of the trouble, often spending hours stranded at police stations or having extended arguments with cops on the streets… With both sides holding regular agitations to press for their demands, the imbroglio continues, with no resolution in sight. 764 words.  For further details click here


DOCUMENTARY: Unsolved Mysteries. CBS Reality (Freeview 66). Saturday 22nd Oct. 18:00 to 19:00. Notorious incidents are revisited in this insightful series. Fatima is one of the most revered shrines in all of Catholicism.

DOCUMENTARY: Planet India. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Sunday 23rd Oct. 07:00 to 07:30. Endangered Wildlife part 1. Two films looking at why the leopards and elephants in India are under threat. 07:30 to 08:00. Endangered Wildlife part 2. How India's coral reefs are being plundered for souvenirs and aquariums, and how sloth bears are captured and made to dance for our entertainment.

DOCUMENTARY: Ross Kemp's Britain. Pick (Freeview 11). Sunday 23rd Oct. 22:00 to 23:00. Immigration. Ross Kemp explores some of the most challenging issues facing Britain today in a hard-hitting new documentary series. He begins with immigration.

DOCUMENTARY: Saving Africa's Elephants: Hugh and the Ivory War. BBC 1 London. Monday 24th Oct. 2016. 21:00 to 22:00. Two-part documentary series in which Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall explores what can be done to stop the killing of African elephants for their ivory. Starting in the poaching hotspot of northern Mozambique, Hugh follows the ivory trail through the port of Mombasa in Kenya, where a whistleblower reveals the corruption that lets smuggled ivory through the port. Episode 1.

COOKERY: Food Unwrapped. Channel 4. Wednesday 26th Oct. 02:50 to 03:20. Jimmy Doherty, Kate Quilton and Matt Tebbutt uncover more unusual, intriguing and surprising secrets behind the food we eat. At a green bean plantation in Kenya, Jimmy learns how they grow the beans so straight for the supermarkets.

DOCUMENTARY: Virginia Mckenna's Born Free. 4Seven (Freeview 47). Thursday 27th Oct. 20:00 to 21:00. Actress Virginia McKenna returns to Africa to retrace the steps she took when making the memorable 1966 film Born Free. There is also an interview with Don Black, writer of the classic Born free song, and astonishing footage showing the handover of Britain's imperial power as Kenya gained its independence.

FILM: Tanu Weds Manu Returns. Channel 4. Friday 28th Oct. 01:15 to 03:25. Last in the Cinema India section of Channel 4's latest Indian Film Season is the sequel to 2011's Tanu Weds Manu, introduced by the director of both romcoms, Aanand L Rai. It's four years since Tanu and Manu's eventful wedding, and the couple are now living in London, bored and disappointed with each other.



Death: Joana de Souza

Montreal, Canada. It is with deep sadness that the family of JOANA REGINA DE SOUZA (ex Uganda) announces her departure from this life on October 15, 2016. Joana was born in Goa, India on February 8, 1927. She was married to the late Caetano de Souza (Souza Sunshine Bar, Entebbe). Left to honour and remember her love are her children Esme, Matthew (Tereza), Melinda & Lourdes and grandsons Bruce & Clinton. She will be remembered as a bright, shining light in her community, for her prayerfulness and as an adept cook. Those wishing to pay their respects may do so at La Maison Darche, 7679 Taschereau Blvd, Brossard on October 19th from 18:00 to 21:30. Requiem Mass will be held at Saint-Mary’s Parish, 125 Grove St, Greenfield Park on October 20th at 11:00. Interment to immediately follow at Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be given to the Fondation Hôpital Charles-LeMoyne. God saw the road was getting rough and the hills were hard to climb, so He closed your weary eyelids and whispered, "Peace be thine." Condolences to  For further details click here

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Register Felix Dahl’s death as murder, Court to cops

18 Oct: Times of India. The Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC), Canacona, has directed the Goa police to register Swedish national Felix Dahl’s death as a murder. Dahl was found dead in suspicious circumstances on January 28, 2015, in Patnem, Canacona… The order was passed on the application filed by the mother of the deceased, Minna Pirhonen. Dahl, who had come to Goa for a holiday in October 2014, is said to have been last seen at a restaurant in Patnem before his body was found on a quiet gravel road, 200m away from the restaurant... Pirhonen told the court that the investigating authority has stated that Dahl’s death was caused due to accidental fall, which is perverse and is based on imaginary findings… According to the family, Dahl’s wounds and the circumstances around his death did not point to an accident.  For further details click here
14 Mar. 2015. The Goan. Who killed Felix Dahl?  click here

Ester Noronha to join 'Lorna Live in Concert' in Australia, New Zealand

18 Oct@ Daijiworld. The Goan sensation, ‘Nightingale of Goa’ Lorna Cordeiro and Mangaluru’s multi-talented singer, dancer and actress Ester Noronha, are set to rock Konkani music lovers in Australian continent during their tour to twin countries later this month. First show will be in Auckland, on October 22 … Corvine Carvalho, Andrew D'Souza, Joe Dourado and Christopher Carvalho are the organisers of the show in Auckland … Later there will be three shows in Australia, in Sydney on October 30, in Melbourne on November 1 and in Perth on November 5. The same duo of Lorna and Esther performed together in Canada last year and presented successful shows there… 757 words.  For further details click here
Video by John de Souza. Ester and Lorna sing “Bebdo” at Toronto. 3m. 32s.  click here

Mumbai: Patricia Rozario: After over 23 years, Royal Opera House will ‘Rise up to the Gods’ once again

18 Oct: Indian Express. Growing up in Mumbai, Patricia Rozario had a daily connection with Opera House — it was one of the bus stops on her way to town. When she was 12, she also had her appendix removed at a hospital in the vicinity of Opera House but she never actually visited the building. Now, when the Royal Opera House is relaunched after a gap of over 23 years this weekend, the Mumbai-born British soprano Rozario will perform at the historical venue ... For Rozario, who grew up in Santacruz West and has been singing since the age of 7, this will be a homecoming. “My mother, Ena Rozario, played the piano very well and taught me and my four brothers to sing beautifully. My father, Collin Rozario, worked for Alitalia Airways and used to go to Rome for meetings and always brought back scores of Operatic arias. .. With husband Mark Troop, she started Giving Voice to India, a vocal course…  For further details click here
For the Goan Voice 2003 supplement on Patricia Rozario,  click here

Monika Ghurde: How murder plot went awry

18 Oct: Navhind Times. Bite marks on the body of the murdered perfume specialist Monika are of the accused Rajkumar Singh, the forensic dentistry tests have confirmed… Singh (21), who hails from Punjab, had been security guard at the complex in Bella Vista Sangolda where Ghurde (38) was staying. Ghurde was allegedly killed at her rented apartment. The police have said that Singh has confessed to the crime. He raped her before choking her to death, the police have said … The police recovered the knife that was reportedly used by Singh to threaten Monika. The knife was hidden in the kitchen…  For further details click here
18 Oct: Times of India. Ghurde killer gets 4 more days in custody …  click here

The essential Goa festival guide

18 Oct: Condé Nast Traveller. You don't need another reason to party in Goa, but just in case, here's a whole festive calendar … Oct: Narkasur Parades. Nov: The One Fest Goa. Bird Festival. European International Book Art Biennale. International Film Festival
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Jul: Touxeachem Fest. Chikhal Kalo. Aug: Patolleanchem Feast. Bonderam Festival. Sep: Ganesh Chaturthi. Oct: Poderanche Festival. Vintage Bike and Car Festival. 2421 words.  For further details click here

BRICS Summit: Goa Police personnel served ‘unhygienic’ food, probe ordered

18 Oct: Indian Express. Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) on Tuesday ordered the state’s Chief Secretary to probe allegations of irregularities in the supply of refreshments to over 5000 security personnel deployed for BRICS Summit … “Nearly 80 percent of the police staff refused to consume food,” Advocate and petitioner Aires Rodrigues submitted. Calling the incident as a scam, Aires Rodrigues said that the government did not even invite tenders for the catering contract.,,  For further details click here
18 Oct: Times of India. BRICS: 2 cops fall ill after stale dinner …  click here

15 Video clips: Goa International Dance Congress

18 Oct: Bollywood Dhamaka … Rocky Poonawalas Dance School … Chetan Agarwal Zumba … Sangeeta Sharma Katthak Performance … Salsamania India Amateur Team … Sagar & Nupur Bachata … Rocky Poonawalas Dance School - Uptown Funk … Rocky Poonawalas Dance School - Feeling Good … Masala Bhangra - Gautam Sharma … Indian Tribal School Belly Dance … Rocky Poonawalas Dance School Ladies Shines … Showdance Championship …  For further details click here

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