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Death: Ges D’Souza

24 Jan: Sydney, Aus. GERARD JOSEPH ANTHONY (GES) D'SOUZA. Aged 55 years. Dear son to Terence and Agnes (both dec.). Adored brother to Frank, Mary, Rita, Michelle and Patty (dec.). Much loved husband of Kirstie. Treasured father to Daisy, Callum and Imogen. A celebration of Ges's life will be held at St Kieran's Church, King Street Manly Vale on Friday February 5, 2016 at 10.30am.  For further details click here
Ges D’Souza obituary. 4 Feb: The Guardian (UK). Ges (Gerard) D’Souza was a charismatic and highly respected television producer and director in the UK and Australia. He was born in London, to Indian immigrants, Agnes (nee Saldanha) and Terence, a personnel manager with Tata Steel who became a civil servant when they moved to the UK… he joined Ken Livingstone’s Greater London council in the equal opportunities department. While there he founded the Tornados, a socialist and sociable football side in south London, led by Ges as “El Presidente”… In 1996 he emigrated to Australia, where Ges began a 20-year career with ABC on the award-winning documentary series Australian Story… Ges died while playing in a Sunday veterans’ football match in Sydney.  For further details click here

Death: Dr Hilary de Souza
4th Feb. Brisbane, Australia, DR HILARY DE SOUZA. Aged 90, ex Uganda & Goa. Husband of Cleta, father of Vera / Gerard de Souza ( Texas ), Minella de Souza ( Canada) , Joy / Louis de Souza ( Brisbane ). Grandfather of Glenn & Karen de Souza, Tara / Joseph Kung, Nadera / Andrew Kingsley, Great grandfather of Jenna Kung and Arthur Kingsley. For funeral details watch this space. Condolences to

Death: Bernadette Mascarenhas

30 Jan: Navelim, Goa. BERNADETTE MASCARENHAS. Born 1960. Ex Sydney, Australia. Beloved Mother of Shonette & Stash. Daughter of late Joaquim Anthony & Nascimenta Mascarenhas. Sister/Sister-in-law of Olga/John Godinho, Wilma/Gabriel Dias, Cajetan/Dumina. Loving Aunt of George, Glen, Karen, Eden, Joachim & John. Funeral cortege will leave Navelim residence on Saturday, 6th February 2016 at 3:00 pm to Our Lady of Enfermous Chapel, Sinquetim, Navelim for Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial at Our Lady of Rosary Church Cemetery, Navelim.

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Tabla Chef Floyd Cardoz's New Casual

Restaurant Paowalla is Opening in New York 2 Feb: Eater. Former Tabla chef Floyd Cardoz now has a name and location for his planned new casual restaurant, Florence Fabricant reports in Off the Menu. Paowalla, located at 195 Spring St., will use two tandoors and capitalize on the wood-fired pizza oven on the site, he tells Off the Menu. "I want to do the kind of wood roasting my grandmother wants to do," he says … the chef told Eater in the fall that the newest venture would be more casual than his previous gigs. " … Stay tuned for more details as they become available.  click here
2 Feb: New York Times The name Paowalla refers to Goan breadsellers …  click here

Mississauga chefs hosting fundraiser to get them to Culinary Olympics

4 Feb: Mississauga News. A team of Canadian chefs, including a pair from Mississauga, will head to Germany this fall to take part in an international cooking competition. Tony Fernandes, the group executive chef and food and beverage director with the Crown Plaza Toronto Airport, the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Mississauga and Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport, and Chaminda Palihawadana, chef garde manger at Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport, are members of the Golden Horseshoe culinary team that will compete in the IKA Culinary Olympics that are being held in October in Erfurt … Fernandes, who was named the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks’ Central Region Chef of the Year for 2015, said he first started going to the Culinary Olympics in 2010 …  click here
For the Goan Voice bio of Tony Fernandes,  click here

Michael Ferreira: No bail for billiards champ in QNet case

2 Feb: Times of India. A special court on Tuesday rejected the anticipatory bail plead of Michael Ferreira, winner of the World Amateur Billiards Championship and a Padma Bhushan recipient, and four others in the Rs 425 crore QNet firm's multi-level marketing case. Ferreira, 77, and others had applied for anticipatory bail in 2014…  click here
Wikipedia: Michael Ferreira (born 1 October 1938 in Bombay, nicknamed "the Bombay Tiger", is notable amateur player of English billiards from India, and a three-time Amateur World Champion…  click here

Nothing incriminating found against Sameer Sardana: Goa CM

4 Feb: Times of India. The chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Thursday said that nothing incriminating had been revealed by Sameer Sardana, son of a decorated retired Major-General of Indian Army…  click here
Goa CM says interrogation of Sardana raises serious suspicion. 4 Feb: PTI. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today said the information gathered after interrogating Sameer Sardana, a former senior Army officers son, has raised "serious suspicions." ... Parsekar said Sardana had changed his religion from "Hindu to Islamic" and has visited several countries including a few Islamic ones… "The information gathered from him so far is raising serious suspicions. We are interrogating him very thoroughly," he added…  click here

Margao police file FIR against Adv. Rajeev Gomes, calling him ‘Portuguese’

4 Feb: Goa News. Margao police today filed FIR against special public prosecutor Adv Rajeev Gomes, alleging that he is a Portuguese national. The FIR is filed on the basis of a complaint filed yesterday by Santana Piedade Afonso, president of Cuncolim Peoples Forum. The complaint is similar to the complaint filed by Colva panch Calvert Fernandes against Adv Aires Rodrigues, at the initiative of Adv Gomes… Adv Gomes, on WhatsApp said: “I welcome the registration of FIR against me. I have nothing to hide. I reiterate that I am an Indian National. I am confident the Goa Police will conduct a detailed investigation into the complaint against me and Mr Aires Rodrigues and eventually the truth will surface.” …  For further details click here

Foreigners should not run business in Goa's coastal belt: Congress MP

4 Feb: A senior Congress leader on Thursday said foreigners should not be allowed to indulge in commercial activities along Goa's coastal belt, claiming that they don't follow the rules and regulations. "(Foreigners including) Russians and Israelis are illegally holding business activity in the (state's) coastal belt, particularly in the constituency of the state chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar," Rajya Sabha MP from Goa Shantaram Naik (photo) said…  For further details click here

Goa taking preventive measures against Zika virus

4 Feb: Business Standard. The Goa government is taking preventive measures to deal with Zika virus, which has been described by the World Health Organization as a "public health emergency of international concern", Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza said on Thursday… "My department has started working on it. It has not come to India as yet. As per my knowledge the virus is spread by the Aedes mosquito which also spreads Chikungunya and dengue," D'Souza said… The rapidly spreading virus has spread to 22 countries, according to the WHO …  For further details click here

Auction: Goan Carved Hardwood Bed

8 Feb: Mallams, Abingdon, Oxon, UK. Lot 436; An Indo-Portuguese Goan Carved Hardwood Bed with pierced and carved floral cresting rail over a bobbin turned mashradiya panel and all standing on tall florally carved turned legs, 120cm wide overall … Estimate: 200 GBP - 300 GBP.  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sat 6 Feb: Viva Goa Entertainment UK presents 8th, RED N BLACK, CARNI-VAL-ENTINE 2016 at Oakington Manor School Hall, Oakington Manor Drive, Wembley, HA9 6NF. From 5:30pm to 11pm.Live music by Rainbows End, Chico & fenny fever fame DJ Backspin. Celebrate carnival and Valentine's together. An event for all. Entrance-Adults £12, Child £5 (12-6yrs), below 6 years free. For tickets contact Francisco 07957206169/02089329375, Charles 07809552654, Norman For flyer click here

Sun. 7 Feb. Mungul Union (UK) celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Woodside High School Hall (ex-white Hart Lane School Hall), White Hart Lane, London N22 5QJ. Mass at 12.30pm., followed by a social gathering. Music by "RAINBOW'S END" . For tickets and details, contact Lucas Fernandes (020 8967 7471); Agnela Cabral (0208 646 6996); Rosy D'Silva (020 7041 6072); Rosalind Rebello (020 8767 8652), John Mendes (01793334769). For the flyer, click here

Sun: 27 Mar. G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Easter Hop. Further details from Chloe De Mendonca on 020 8384 0272

Sun: 15 May G.O.A. "A Day with Our Lady Of Fatima" at Archbishop Lanfranc School. Commencing at 12.00 noon with procession of the Statue of Our Lady followed by Holy Mass, Benediction and a social in the hall. Further details available from Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa on 0208 765 0258 / 07958 537314.

Sat: 11 Jun. G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Anniversary Ball. Further details from Chloe De Mendonca on 020 8384 0272

Sun: 31 Jul. - Goan Festival at Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, TW5 9PD. Further details from Ravi Vaz on 07909 927539 / Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa 07958 537314

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Death: Benjamin (Banjo) Fernandes

25 Jan; Singapore. BENJAMIN (BANJO) FERNANDES. Beloved husband of Quee Sim, devoted father of Dr. Mark and late David, son of late Felix and late Alexandrinha of Aldona, Goa, Brother of late Teresa, late Doris, Thomas(Tommy)/Bambina, Canada and Uncle to Kevin. Condolences to

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Video: Tanzanian girl publicly stripped and beaten in Bangalore

3 Feb: Times of India. On Wednesday details emerged of a mob of locals allegedly attacking and stripping a 21 year old Tanzanian girl in Bangalore on Sunday around 7.30pm on when she and her three Tanzanian friends were travelling by car. Almost 2 km away and about 30 minutes earlier, a car driven by a Sudanese student had run over Shabana Taj. A leader of the Indian Tanzanian Association said she and some of her friends rushed to the police station Sunday night, seeking help to take their injured compatriots to hospital. "They plainly refused to come to our help or accept our complaint… A policeman told us that 'you all look alike and your fellow national will be set free only if you bring the guilty African car driver’ …3m. 30s.  For further details click here
3 Feb: Tanzania Today. Tanzanian Student Stripped, Beaten …  click here

'Citizenship issue in ambit of central govt'

3 Feb: Times of India. The directorate of prosecution (DoP), in an opinion to Panaji police officials - who are presently investigating a case of dual citizenship -said that neither the state government nor the police can look into such matters until a decision on the issue is taken by the central government… Acting on a complaint filed by social activist Kashinath Shetye, the Panaji police had, on October 4, 2014, booked superintendent of police Jose Allen De Sa, police inspector Edwin Colaco, six unknown persons working at the high court of Bombay at Goa, 43 unidentified advocates, 500 unknown persons working/retired in government departments and others for allegedly acquiring dual citizenship…  For further details click here

Portuguese civil code becomes accessible, is translated to English

4 Feb: Times of India. The Portuguese civil code has been an integral part of every Goan's life since 1870, but it will be available for closer scrutiny in English, as a city-based lawyer has translated relevant provisions of it currently in force… "The civil code has been the foundation of Goa's social orderliness and plays the role which a Constitution plays in the political order," says F E Noronha, who recently released a translation of the code… most Goans are familiar with principles of mutual rights of wives and husbands to their common assets (communion of assets), the duty to register marriage, birth and death and equal rights to all children… The 734-page volume comprises the translation of the full Civil Code …  For further details click here

This Goa yacht is up for charter

2 Feb: Conde Nast Traveller. You no longer need to envy celebrities who holiday the summer in the French Riviera. Thanks to the Foxy Lady, you can now have a slice of their life in the sunshine state of Goa. Niraamaya Retreat’s latest offering is a well-kitted luxury yacht, perfect for the big bash you’ve been planning. The 66-foot-long Foxy Lady can host a party of up to 25 guests. The yacht can sleep up to eight guests in its four rooms… The Foxy Lady sets sail from Britona Jetty in North Goa, and will take you out to the sea to party, dropping anchor when you want to swim or try your luck at fishing. Tariff: Rs35,000 for an hour; or Rs1,75,000 for overnight stay …  For further details click here

This year, Goans are being urged to hug a new Valentine – coconut trees

3 Feb: Scroll. By Pamela D’Mello. Last month, the Goa government declared that the state’s iconic coconut palm was not actually a tree. The decision caused widespread anger. Now, two organisations have devised a unique way to express their unhappiness. On February 14, they aim to stage a festival-protest titled “Coconut Love, Coconut Valentine”, at which residents of the palm-fringed state can express their love for the “kalpavriksha” (tree of heaven) and register their opposition to the government’s decision to declassify it as a tree. “Every true Goan who loves our heritage is angry with this government,” said historian Prajal Sakhardande of Goa Heritage Action Group, which has organised the event along with Goa for Giving…  For further details click here

Feni-Loving Goa Is Heading for a Milk War

3 Feb: The Quint. Goa, conventionally associated with feni, beer and wine when it comes to beverages, appears to be heading for a milk war. The state government’s decision to allow Gujarat-based Surat District Co-operative Milk Producers Union Limited (SUMUL) to set up milk procurement facilities in four agrarian sub districts, has brought the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the existing Goa Dairy Co-Operative Milk Producers Union Limited at loggerheads…  For further details click here
3 Feb: The Statesman. A milk war in Goa …  click here

Son of ex-Major General held in Goa for ‘terror links’

4 Feb: Times of India. A 44-year-old man from Dehradun who is being interrogated by the Anti-terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Goa Police for the past three days on suspicion of being linked with jihadi groups is a Doon School alumnus and son of a decorated former Major-General of the Indian Army. Sameer Sardana (photo), who police have said is a "Hindu who practises Islam", was arrested by the ATS in Vasco on Monday and has been in remand since. A chartered accountant by profession who has been associated with leading MNCs like Accenture and worked in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, Sardana was held by the police in Goa after he was found "wandering suspiciously" at the Vasco railway station. The police have seized his laptop and confiscated the five passports and four mobile phones that he was carrying with him…  For further details click here
Terror suspect had threatened to kill Vasco ticket examiners … 4 Feb: Navhind Times.  click here

Helicopter joyrides kept on hold

4 Feb: Times of India. Following resistance from villagers of Candolim, the government on Wednesday decided to keep its heli-tourism project at Aguada on hold even as it announced that such rides will be conducted from other locations in the state. Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar told TOI that while helicopter rides have been deferred at Aguada, they will be conducted from other locations in Goa. He, however, did not specify which helipads the government intends to use. Parulekar added that directions to temporarily stop helicopter rides at Aguada were issued by chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar…  For further details click here


COOKERY: Rick Stein's India. BBC 2. Saturday 6th Feb. 13:00 to 14:00. Rick Stein explores the different cuisines around India.

SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTARY: How Earth Made Us. BBC 4. Saturday 6th Feb. 19:00 to 20:00. Water. Episode 2. Professor Iain Stewart continues his epic exploration of how the planet has shaped human history. This time he explores our complex relationship with water. Visiting spectacular locations in Iceland, the Middle East and India, Iain shows how control over water has been central to human existence. He takes a flight in a paraglider to experience the cycle of freshwater we depend on, and discovers how villagers in the foothills of the Himalayas have built a living bridge to cope with the monsoon.

DOCUMENTARY: The Real Marigold Hotel. Episode 2. Saturday 6th Feb. 21:00 to 22:00. A group of celebrities travel to India to see whether retirement would be more rewarding there than in the UK. The group settle into normal life in India.
Episode 3 is on Tuesday 9th Feb. 21:00 to 22:00.

DOCUMENTARY: Moments of Terror. Quest (Freeview 37). Sunday 7th Feb. 23:00 to 00:00. Terrorists attack Mumbai killing hundreds, a skydiver crashes into power lines, a school bus is swept away in a flood, and the biggest fire in US history breaks out in Oakland.

TRAVEL: Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure. Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Monday 8th Feb. 14:00 to 15:00. Episode 1.
This introductory episode takes us straight to the heart of Hemingway himself; exploring his passion for everything Spanish (particularly bullfighting), and his love for the plains of Kenya and Green Hills of Africa.

DOCUMENTARY: Is Britain Racist? BBC 3. Monday 8th Feb. 21:00 to 22:00. Racism has never been more socially unacceptable in Britain - three quarters of Britons claim they have no racial prejudice whatsoever. To find out what is happening on Britain's streets, three reporters are sent undercover to test the public's prejudice. The results are surprising.

DOCUMENTARY: Keeping Up with the Khans. Channel 4. Thursday 4th Feb. 21:00 to 22:00 (starting in 9 days). This four-part series explores the lives and aspirations of new migrants to Britain and the impact of immigration on a single community: Page Hall in Sheffield. During the 1960s and 70s, migrants from the Pakistani controlled area of Kashmir came to the area and thrived. Over the past five years more than 1500 Roma migrants from Slovakia have moved to the area, hoping to build the sort of prosperous lives for themselves that previous generations of immigrants now have.



Death: Theresa "Tiru" Lobo (Nazareth)
1 Feb: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. THERESA "TIRU" LOBO (nee NAZARETH). Wife of the (L) Anaclet,. Mother to the (L) Francis, (L) Alice, Alan (Jennifer), Michael, Dennis, Mary and Rosy. Beloved daughter of the (L) Francis & Emilia Nazareth, Sister to Anthony (Franceline)-UK, Judith (Joseph) and Roy (Jeanne) Canada. May Her Soul Rest in Eternal Peace. For funeral details watch this space. [Info: Claude Fernandes] Condolences to:

Death: Dr Gertrude D'Souza

29 Jan: Denville, New Jersey, USA. DR GERTRUDE D’SOUZA. Aged 85; Ex-Kenya and UK. Passed away after a valiant long fight with brain cancer. Predeceased by her husband Alex, her sisters Gladys (Sr. Mary Amata), Ruth, Marie, Rose (Sr. Claire de Ste. Chantal) and her brother Leslie (Sonny), she leaves only wonderful memories to her children Marguerite D’Souza (Christopher Gantt), Anne Wolff (Thomas) and David D’Souza (Jamie); granddaughter Alexandra; brother Wilfred Rebello (Gloria). A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10 am at St. Mary’s Church, 15 Myers Avenue, Denville. Entombment to follow at Gate of Heaven Cemetery, East Hanover. Friends and relatives may visit on Friday, February 5th from 2-4 & 7-9 pm at the Norman Dean Home For Services, 16 Righter Ave, Denville. In lieu of flowers, donations to the good work of Catholic Charities are being accepted.  For further details click here

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Police verifying documents in Aires dual citizenship case

2 Feb: Navhind Times. Old Goa police are in the process to verify the documents and other details submitted by Colva panch Calvert Gonsalves against Aires Rodrigues in connection with dual citizenship case …  For further details click here
Portugal Confirms That Adv. Rajeev Gomes Is Their National
1 Feb: Portugal Prime Minister’s office has just confirmed that my dear friend Senior Margao Adv. Rajeev Gomes who also doubles up as a Special Public Prosecutor for the Government of Goa is a Portuguese National. Will not stoop to his dubious levels in filing a complaint against him. Let the law take its own course. Goa …  click here

Dr Oscar Rebello: KALZANTLYAN - Purtugez Corridinho

2 Jan: Goa News. The ding ding Corridinho that is now being engaged by my good friends, Aires Rodrigues and Rajeev Gomes, on the Portuguese nationality issue, has now taken farcical proportions, not worthy, in any way of their brilliant legal acumen and other public interest litigations, they so assiduously pursue. Needless to say, Aires was the first one to cast the stone by dragging Remo in that vicious and spiteful "child abuse" case… Now that all three characters in the play are Portuguese citizens, some confirmed and others alleged, would it be possible to transfer this "dumb" charade matter, to the Portuguese courts to deal with? …  For further details click here

Goa Becoming 'Sin City' of India: State Congress

2 Feb: Outlook. Goa Congress chief Luizinho Faleiro today alleged that the state was turning into "sin city" due to rising prostitution, drug menace, and casino culture. "It is very unfortunate that Goa is turning into a sin city. There is alarming growth in casino activity, gambling, prostitution and drug menace," Faleiro claimed while talking to reporters here. The leader said Congress is working out a plan to take up the issue at the national level against casinos operating in river Mandovi and escalating instances of substance abuse…  For further details click here

Goa Tourism scotches rumors about Dress Code for Carnival

2 Feb: Free Press Journal. Goa Tourism today rubbished rumors that there will be a strict dress code for the state Carnival, which will begin on February 6. “There is no dress code. Only obscenity will not be permitted. This is not Brazilian carnival,” Goa Tourism Development Corporation’s Managing Director Nikhil Desai told PTI. Desai said the dress would be the regular ones which are worn for Carnival festivities annually. “There is no restriction of whatsoever.” Certain media reports had claimed that state government was trying to impose a dress code for the Carnival celebrations this year …  For further details click here

Say cheers! Feni on its way to becoming heritage drink

3 Feb: Times of India. Goa's much loved drink, Feni, is now all set to acquire the title of Heritage Drink. Made from cashew apples, and in some cases coconut, the beverage is produced using traditional methods and instruments. Over the years, Feni has been touted for its health benefits. The drink, which — for most of us — is an association with India's party capital Goa, also received 'Geographical Indication' (GI) status in 2009. To top off its special place, Goa chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar recently backed the 'Goan Feni as Heritage Drink' debate, commenting on its 'special and unique' nature. He added that both coconut and cashew Feni are not mere liquors, since the cashew and coconut trees are a part of our culture…  For further details click here

Activists criticize Goa government over tourism policy

2 Feb: UCAN. Church and social activists in Goa are opposing government plans to promote tourism that they say will adversely affect the fragile environment of this western Indian coastal state. The government needs to fix basic issues such as providing good toilets and installing an effective waste management system instead of "going overboard in promoting high-end helicopter joy rides to tourists," said Father Savio Fernandes from the Goa Archdiocesan Center for Social Justice and Peace…  For further details click here

IS had plans to target foreigners in Goa and Maharashtra

2 Feb: Hindustan Times. The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (IS) had elaborate plans to target foreigners and vital defence installations in Goa and Maharashtra, investigators questioning the chief of the terror group’s Indian wing have learnt. The Maharashtra anti-terrorism squad (ATS), during its ongoing probe, has found that the ISIS’ Indian wing had even got in touch with a realty broker in Goa and hired a house for Rs10,000 at Madgaon… He had paid an advance of Rs1.15 lakh as rent for three months, said police sources, adding that they suspect Khalid had a conduit who helped him find the house… Sources said Mumbai, Pune and Goa were the primary targets and the men were planning to attack crucial Army, Navy and Air Force installations, including the Naval Aviation in Goa…  For further details click here

Goa's Fr Jerry Vaz to receive Best Principal award
2 Feb: Business Standard. Goa-based priest Fr Jerry Vaz has been selected by the International Institute of Education and Management, Delhi, for the Best Principal award this year for his outstanding achievement in the field of education. "This is unexpected but God rewards a silent worker. No one should work for a reward but commitment is needed," Fr Vaz, Principal of Guardian Angel High School in Curchorem (South Goa), said… Vaz recalled that in 2006 with the backing of his superiors, he started a nursery school in a rented room for around 22 students between two and half and seven years of age…  For further details click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
3 Feb: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 34.8. Min = 20.8. Rainfall: Nil
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 97.99; $ = 67.95; $Can = 48.48; Euro = 74.14; $Aus= 48.01.


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Can there be some finality to the Portuguese nationality issue?

1 Feb: Herald. By registering a First Information Report (FIR) against advocate and activist Aires Rodrigues for allegedly possessing dual nationality, the police have reopened the can of worms that they had so assiduously and conveniently shut tightly some months ago. It didn’t take another activist, Kashinath Shetye, more than 24 hours to point out that the police had closed a case of alleged dual nationality that he had filed against various persons, including two MLAs, two police officers and many others for possessing dual nationality. Among the many others was Aires Rodrigues. He now wants that the case be reopened and just what is the government or the police response going to be to this? With this, the Portuguese nationality issue is again the topic of discussion…  For further details click here

Denyse Sweeney Goa death: Was our 'baby sister' a murder victim?

1 Feb: BBC News. In the early hours of 16 April 2010, a British woman was discovered "in a distressed state" outside a bar in Goa. A short time later, she was declared dead in hospital. Her family believe Denyse Sweeney was murdered. Six years later, her death is being re-examined in India, after the first investigation was found to be flawed. But will the truth ever be revealed? … A Home Office pathologist ruled the cause of death was probably a wound to the back of her head. At the time of her death, Denyse's body bore about 20 injuries… For more on this subject, watch Inside Out on BBC One East Midlands at 19:30 on Monday 1 February and nationwide for 30 days thereafter on the iPlayer. 1696 words+photos  For further details click here
1 Feb: Derby Telegraph (UK). Death of Derby woman Denyse Sweeney in India to be re-examined on TV  click here
To watch the recording of the BBC Inside Out programme for the next 30 days {UK only]. click here.

Travel review: Goa - serenity island

31 Jan: Yorkshire Evening Post (UK). Once a hippy paradise, Goa is now attracting a swankier clientele. Keeley Bolger smartens up for a luxury break on the Indian coast. I’m not sure what to expect when I reach my hotel in Goa. It’s dark and I only manage to snatch glimpses of coconut trees and the grand white balconies which nod to the state’s colonial Portuguese past.“Goa is not like anywhere else in India,” says our driver proudly. “It moves at its own pace.” It’s not the first time I’ve heard about Goa’s famous gear switch – quite a contrast to the rest of India. It has a reputation for attracting laidback hippies on yoga retreats and budget travellers seeking cheap massages on the beach… 793 words.  click here

Travel: In Macau, it’s not about money

24 Jan: Mumbai Mirror. My favourite moment in Macau has nothing to do with its much talked about nightlife, gambling culture or uber expensive malls. It, in fact, takes place one windy winter day spent exploring the preserved Portuguese houses at Taipa Houses Museum… I soak in the sights and stories of Macau's eventful past, over a long walking tour of its historic centre. On the way to A Ma Temple, I get distracted by colourful street-side graffiti and the architecture of passing edifices, undeniably reminiscent of Goan neighbourhoods…
[Coincidentally, Eddie Fernandes is visiting Macau today, 2 Feb. 2016]  For further details click here

Savour winter sunshine in Goa

1 Feb: Lonely Planet (UK). It may be India’s smallest state but Goa delivers big on balmy sunshine, stylish accommodation and serene vibes, especially during January when there’s almost no rain, ayurvedic and yoga programmes are in full swing and temperatures are kept fresh by gentle gusts off the Arabian sea. The obvious starting point for a winter jaunt is the capital Panaji. It was the centre of Portuguese rule here until the 1970s, and the legacy of Vasco da Gama is still very much evident in its grand mansions with wrought-iron balconies and terracotta tiles, and grandiose whitewashed churches… [At the link select Press Display]  For further details click here

Easiest to get drugs in Goa, but Punjab branded drugs capital, says Sukhbir Singh Badal

1 Feb: Indian Express. “Goa is the easiest place in India to get drugs, but there are hardly any arrests. Punjab is acting tough, but gets branded as the drug capital,” said Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal on Saturday. Badal was responding to questions on the drugs crisis in his state at the latest edition of Express Adda in Delhi…  For further details click here
Badal Should Visit Goa to Clear Misconceptions: Parsekar … 1 Feb: Outlook.  click here

Burmese days: A campaign to save those who had survived

1 Feb: The Sunday Guardian. The evacuation of the Goan-Indians from Myanmar in the wake of WWII was an event sadly relegated to the footnotes of history. .. This book chronicles one of the lesser known parts of the Burmese theatre… While the war in Europe or the one in the Pacific is frequently depicted in popular retellings, the war in Asia is portrayed less often. Yvonne Vaz Ezdani’s New Songs of the Survivors chronicles one of the lesser known parts of the Burmese theatre, the evacuation of the Goan-Indians from Myanmar…  For further details click here

Goa to launch new travel booking portal
1 Feb: Travel & Trade Gazette. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) will soon be launching a multi-lingual e-portal for travellers to book tourism products found within India. Travel agents will also be able to list their offerings on the site. A 12-hour call centre and accompanying smartphone app on both iOS and Android platforms will also be made available. "We are converting our existing website into an e-portal and are on the verge of its rollout. We aim to offer a one-stop shop for tourists looking to book hotels, tour packages or products like hot air ballooning, kayaking and scuba diving," said Nikhil Desai, managing director, GTDC…  For further details click here



Death: Anne-Marie Fernandes

20th Jan: South Ruislip, London, UK. ANNE-MARIE FERNANDES. Born in Nairobi in 1957. Beloved daughter of Jesuina Fernandes and the late Caetano Xavier Fernandes. Mother to Richard Fernandes. Sister to Pauline, Mario, Neville. Sister-in-law to Jerry, Brenda and Shahla. Aunt to Cheryl, Asa, Mahyar and Rosa. She will be deeply missed. Gone but never forgotten. Always on our minds, and forever in our hearts. Condolences to or

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Govt slammed for ignoring overseas Goans

31 Jan: Herald. At a largely attended launch of Goemkar Overseas’ Association in Chinchinim, the State BJP government came under heavy criticism for neglecting the Goans living overseas, despite them providing around Rs 600-800 crore annually to the State GDP. Social activist Serafino Cotta, who was the guest of honour, highlighted how ‘Goan’ is now a global brand, but in their homeland, Goans do not get the recognition they deserve … Dr Francisco Colaco [photo], who was the chief guest for the function, lamented that the government had forgotten the sacrifices of the people working overseas… Jose Lourenco of Konkani Bhasha Mandal observed that Salcete makes up 50 percent of the total Goan overseas diaspora population and that there are around 3.4 lakh Goans working abroad and contributing around 5 percent to the State GDP …  For further details click here

India: Church Divided Over RSS's Move to Launch Christian Body

31 Jan: New Indian Express. The creation of a proposed Christian wing of the RSS is splitting the Indian church wide open. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) has refused to participate in a meeting being organised by the John Dayal-led United Christian Forum (UCF) on February 13 to discuss the move. The RSS has been holding a series of meetings with Christian leaders to reach out to the community …  For further details click here

Goa government project threatens Chicalam Bay's By Joseph Zuzarte

1 Jan: Mid-Day. By Joseph Zuzarte. The Goa government’s plan to build a marina on the eco-sensitive Chicalim Bay has got the green warriors concerned about the fate of the region’s rare, protected windowpane oysters. Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari’s penchant for announcing grandiose projects during his Goa visits may backfire on the BJP-led Goa government, given the long history of opposition by civil society in Goa to environmentally-unfriendly mega projects… 992 words.  For further details click here

The immigrants are coming: India got two big endorsements this week, from Brit grannies and Donald Trump

30 Jan. Economic Times. Many Indians may find India tiring, but some Brit grannies and grandpas say it’s great for retiring. A new BBC travel documentary The Real Marigold Hotel has elderly (minor) celebrities raving about local monkeys, cows, humility, hospitality, and how much chicken and okra they can rake in for their scant pounds and pence. The other big endorsement India got this week was from across the Atlantic, where Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump unleashed another of his trademark Trump-isms: “India is doing great. Nobody talks about it. And I have big jobs going up in India. But India is doing great.” …  For further details click here

Relief for 'Goans' sans citizenship?

1 Jan: Times of India. The state government has written a letter to the ministry of home affairs (MHA) to declare Goans born abroad before or soon after liberation as "stateless person" to facilitate obtaining an Indian passport. There are over 50 such 'Indian' nationals, who have been denied an Indian passport because they do not possess the Indian citizenship certificate. In most cases, these applicants [mainly ex East African Goans] had travelled to India as minors on their parents travel documents and are no longer in possession of these documents. They have since resided in Goa… In September 2015, the state government, in a reminder to the Centre, had requested that the process to solve this long-pending issue of Goans be expedited…  For further details click here

The opium route through the eyes of Amitav Ghosh

31 Jan: Navhind Times. Amitav Ghosh effortlessly fictionalises fact and history through his art of storytelling. Ghosh was in town for his illustrated talk was ‘From Bombay to Canton: Travelling the Opium Route to 19th Century China’… Ghosh spoke about how the whole trade route initially started in Goa, with the Portuguese and then went into the hands of the British… The route was discussed in details and how the ships headed to Macau and upward to the island Lintin and then to Canton…  For further details click here

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It’s a treacherous journey for these Bangladeshi women
31 Jan: Navhind Times. The journey of deception and agony for unsuspecting women from Bangladesh begins in a village in that country and ends in sleazy hotel rooms in Goa and brothels in other parts of India… The smuggling of women into Indian territory is said to be so well managed that the woman crosses the border from the secured and manned zones. As per statistics, last year four Bangladeshi women were rescued from prostitution in the state. According to the Goa police, after the rescue operation report pertaining to such cases is sent through the proper channel to the Centre government for necessary action.  For further details click here



Death: Sebastian D’Silva
26 Jan: Leicester, UK. SEBASTIAN D’SILVA. Ex Nairobi. Husband of late Philomena D'Silva. Father to his loving children & family, Clare & Caje, Rita & David, Fatima & Aggie, and Grandchildren, Calvin, Clive, Carly, Jessica, Sam & Princess (Puppy). Sebastian D’Silva was a member of the Colva Union UK. Funeral Service on Wednesday 3rd February at 10:00am at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 15 Peebles Way, Rushey Mead, Leicester LE4 7ZB followed by the burial at 11:30am at Gilroes Cemetery, Groby Road, Leicester, LE3 9QG. The wake will be at The Sapphire Suite, 88 Surrey St, Leicester LE4 6FG. Condolences can be sent to

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Femnet: January 2016 issue out now

From Betsy Pinto Nunes: It gives us great pleasure to post our JANUARY Issue 46. It is with great joy that we are introducing new writers and hope that all the articles from our current and new writers will give you the impetus to contribute interesting and inspiring articles for our FEMNET subscribers. Our Febru ary Issue will, in the main, be about Festivals, Carnival and Valentine. We will look forward to your help to make it yet another interesting Issue. You have until February 6th to contribute YOUR article. In the event that you are considering submitting an article, please email
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Old Goa police file FIR against Aires, will summon him in next 2 days

29 Jan: Goa News. Old Goa police have registered First Information Report against whistle-blower lawyer Aires Rodrigues for contesting municipal election and filing affidavits as Indian national in spite of allegedly being a Portuguese citizen. Old Goa PI Shrikant Sinari told that he would be summoned for investigation in next two days… Reacting to the complaint, Aires in his WhatsApp message says: “I am glad the Old Goa Police have registered the case, so now the Truth will prevail and Rajeev Gomes, Remo Fernandes and Calvert Gonsalves will stand exposed.” … Aires has announced his plan to contest forthcoming election of City Corporation of Panaji from Ward 27… 380 words.  For further details click here
Delete Aires' name from voters' list' 30 Jan: Times of India. Colva panch Calvert Gonsalves approached the office of the chief electoral officer asking that Rodrigues' name be deleted from the electoral roll…  click here

Meet the people who decided to give up city life to settle in Goa

30 Jan: Hindustan Times. Goa just lets you be… That’s its best quality… Goa is as close to Europe as you can get in India... It’s not hard to see why. Nikhil Desai, Goa Tourism managing director, calls the state a “settler’s delight”: rivers, mountains, seas, forests. Clean air, less traffic, warm, cosmopolitan vibe. Flights are plentiful, locals speak English. Food, drink, petrol and electricity cost less… you can rent a rambling villa (porch, gardens, roomy kitchen and household help) for less than what you’d pay for a one-bedroom Bandra flat. Divya Kapoor gave up her law career in Delhi in 2004 to open a bookstore in Calangute. … To live the dream in Goa, you must first decide where to make your bed. Long-term residents tend to prefer quieter, greener living… Eventually, Goa will grow on you. You’ll find locals even friendlier once you find common ground … 2542 words + 9 photos.  For further details click here

Spot the Finer Nuances of Goan Food: Curry Masalas to Try at Home

29 Jan: NDTV. “My wife is from South Goa, I am from the north and we fight over whose food is better,” says Chef Fernandez at the gorgeous Bay 15 near Dona Paula, quite in the centre of things as they stand. I am discussing the intricacies of Goan cuisine — one of the most touristy but also perhaps one of the least understood regional cuisines in India. And the chef is going over the finer details of how you would make a certain curry in homes in the north versus the same curry in the south… Goan Fish Curry … Pork Vindaloo … Cafreal … Goan curry … Xacuti masala … Peri Peri …  For further details click here

We don’t have right infra for high-end tourism: Parulekar

31 Jan: Navhind Times. Even as the stakeholders in the tourism sector claim that the industry has been in the doldrums, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar says, “Goa does not have the infrastructure to attract high-end tourists from across the world. Tourists want to have a different experience and we have not been able to provide those facilities to them…  For further details click here

Stellar line-up for DD Kosambi fest

30 Jan: Times of India. The state is set to witness yet another year of intellectual stimulation and inspiring people through discourses of brilliant minds, with the ninth edition of the DD Kosambi (photo) Festival of Ideas to be held from February1 at Kala Academy. The five-day festival will feature, chairperson of Infosys foundation, Sudha Murthy; George Papandreou, former prime minister of Greece; Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the first woman to assume the office of WHO regional director for south-east Asia; Arvind Kumar Gupta, toy-maker and author of matchstick models and other science experiments; and Richard Schechner, editor of TDR: The Journal of Performance Studies…  For further details click here
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Goa government mulling setting up film city in state

29 Jan: Indian Express. The Goa government is contemplating setting up a film city or film hub in the state, which can create revenue at par with the Tourism or Mining industry, a senior official said. “The Goa government already has a proposal for film city which is being worked out. The details of the proposal can’t be disclosed right now, but for sure the film city will be a reality soon,” Damodar Naik, Vice Chairman, Entertainment Society of Goa (ESG) said …  For further details click here

Goa Police stations to have special ladies desk soon: Parsekar

28 Jan: PTI. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that police stations across the coastal state would have a special ladies desk soon. "We will soon have special ladies desk at all the police stations. This is to provide better service to women's complainants," Parsekar said after inaugurating a police station building at Pernem in North Goa …  For further details click here

Tourism dept proposes own security force

30 Jan: Times of India. Will tourism places especially beaches better guarded if tourism department have its own work force? Well! it thinks so. The tourism department has proposed to create its own tourism security work force to guard tourist locations including beach areas. It plans to appoint 130 personnel to work as tourist security. Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar said that they have been trying to get this proposal approved for a while, and after a slew of meetings the file is finally moving forward…  click here

Bringing the world closer through art

30 Jan: Navhind Times. Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC), as part of a cultural exchange program, is hosting German artist, Angelika Khan Leonhard (photo). Leonhard is on a mission to nurture young Goan artists and tap talent with a brush of creativity and colour. For Leonhard, Goa is a paradise well-known for its art and culture, expanding in its own ways and spreading its vibrant wings across the country. Leonhard said: “My passion for painting has drawn me to Goa to exchange and collaborate with art students here.” Having visited India several times, this trip, according to her is very special as she finds herself very much at home and has assimilated well with the Goan setting…  For further details click here

It's On All Of Us. Stray Thoughts of a Toronto

Goan - Roland Francis

Goa has been ruled by various sets of jokers since a long time. It's neither the Congress Party, nor the BJP nor even to a lesser extent the United Goans and the MGP before them. Plainly speaking, the buck must stop with the Goan people themselves for the responsibility of the state of affairs in the land today. Perhaps you can blame the brand of democracy that has been practised in India ever since the generation of Indians who snatched freedom from the British passed away.

In that respect, both Indians and Goans were trained in governance and rule in the halls of learning in England and Portugal and the corridors of power in colonial Delhi and Panjim. As far as Goa was concerned, local people were in all responsible and high positions in the civil administration and in the courts not just in the decade before the Indian Army grabbed power from the Portuguese, but also much before. This is quite unlike the situation in African countries where freedom had to be fought for with severe violence and where Belgium, France and Britain were not inclined to pave the road for the locals and make it easy for them to rule themselves when the inevitable happened.

The law was a beautiful thing in the Indian subcontinent and that is the most precious remnant of colonial rule that remains with us. Of course we have corrupted it like we have done all other things, with delay, with some amount of corruption and with tainted appointments. But all in all, the rule of law, hobbled though it has been by the politicians, remains the pillars of what hold up India and Goa today. Along with the law is the honesty and uprightness of a few civil servants. When a new administrator just passing out from government training is appointed to a post, he tries to clean the system and works sincerely for the people as he or she is supposed to do, but in a few years he is presented with a stark choice; continue this and get transferred frequently to the most miserable outposts of government that can be found (tough when you have family and young children) or just join with your corrupt colleagues and make in a year what you would have made in an entire span of your meritorious service. If you are honest, you have the people, the politicians and every crook and fixer against you. If you are corrupt your only risk with one in a hundred odds, is having some honest top official or cop nail you for all your misdeeds.

The latest instance of a shameful act perpetrated on Goa and the Goan people is a law stating that the coconut tree is NOT a tree. Everyone knows that this is another fraud so that politicos in power can shamelessly sate their greed for ill-gotten money. Once it is not a tree you can cut it down without any cumbersome procedure and sell off the land on which the tree or trees was situated. That will destroy Goa like mining did, but few seem to care.
Here is a link to a documentary called Powerless In India. It's about the Kanpur State Electricity Board that shows how the ordinary people steal electricity. How that causes power shortages and how the politicians deal with it. Enter a new head of the corporation who sets about rectifying the situation but who soon earns the ire of those in power and is transferred to a God-forsaken place before she can complete her task. The documentary is in Hindi but has well translated subtitles that clearly allow you to understand what is happening.

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Death: Theotonio Vaz

25 Jan: Varca, Goa, THEOTONIO ROMALDO VAZ. Born 1933. Ex Coventry, UK. Son of late Innocencio and ReginaVaz; Son-in-!aw of late Honorato and Laura Vaz. Beloved husband of Hilda (Ida) Vaz; father/father-in-law of Richard/Meena, Sharon/Derek, Sandra/Yusuf. Grandfather to Mario, Daniel, Reanne. Benjamin and Xavier. The Funeral service will take place on Saturday, 30th of January 2016, at 3.30 pm, at Our Lady of Gloria Church, Varca

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Aires also a Portuguese national, alleges Calvert; Aires denies

28 Jan: Goa News, Is Aires Rodrigues also a Portuguese national? Yes, alleges Salcete-based Tiatrist and Colva panch Calvert Gonsalves by producing several documents as evidence… Adv Aires, who has been playing whistle blower in raising several social issues, has vehemently denied the charge, while also roping in defence minister Manohar Parrikar in it. Calvert has however produced documents showing that Aires has registered his birth in Portugal in 1987, he is a Portuguese voter and also holds a Portuguese citizen card since 2010, which expired in November 2015.  click here
Complaint states Aires is Portuguese … 29 Jan: Times of India.  click here
For the Goan Voice supplement on Aires Rodrigues, click here.

Over 500 in dual citizenship case to get 'relief'

29 Jan: The Goan. It's headed for a dead end. The dual citizenship case against BJP MLA Glen Ticlo, Goa Vikas Party MLA Caetano \'Caitu\' Silva, superintendent of police Jose Allen de Sa and police inspector Edwin Colaco is set for closure. The Panaji police, which had been directed by the Judicial Magistrate First Class to register an FIR and probe the case, have filed a B-summary report… The Panaji Town Police had in October 2014 booked, besides the two senior police officials, 48 advocates and over 500 others for illegally having dual citizenship…  For further details click here

Hartman De Souza: The Orange Deserts of Goa

8 Feb: Outlook. The 'Go Goa' fantasy is of sun-kissed beaches, green vistas, casinos, flea markets, raves and trances. This Other Goa has been raped and ravaged—by mining and thoughtless, relentless construction to feed the tourism and real estate business...and it bleeds. I am reminded of it as I pore through Eat Dust: Mining and Greed in Goa, by Hartman de Souza, writer, teacher, actor and artist… De Souza’s chronicle is personal. His journey starts on a hill near his sister’s home in Maina, a small village at the foothills of the Western Ghats … His hard investigative journalism is backed by hard data, spares none—mining giants, politicians, the bureaucracy and a corrupted media, exposing the nexus between them. The book is also a family memoir. Perhaps the most poignant and inspiring part of the book is about de Souza’s feisty sister Cheryl, who took on the powers that were after her ore-rich farm, finally chaining herself and her equally spunky 83-year-old mother to a mine entrance and courting arrest…  For further details click here
Hartman De Souza, (Ex-Mombasa), is the husband of Ujwala; son of the late Peter and late Dora De Souza; sister of Cheryl …  click here

Greece's ex-PM Papandreou in Goa on Feb 3

29 Jan: Press Trust of India. Former Prime Minister of Greece, George Papandreou will participate in the upcoming 'D D Kosambi Festival of Ideas' to be held between February 1 and 5 here this year. "Papandreou would be delivering a lecture on February 3 on 'Inter-cultural dialogue for humanising globalisation'," … Papandreou served as Prime Minister of Greece between October 2009 and November 2011…  For further details click here

Mauzo to chair solidarity meet of nationwide writers on 30 Jan

28 Jan: Goa News. Damodar Mauzo, eminent Indian Konkani writer from Goa, will chair a national level meet of writers and artists at Dandi Event scheduled on 30 January at Dandi… Around 500 eminent writers, artists and social activists will gather at the historic place at Dandi in Gujarat, on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day, the day India’s Mahatma was killed by Hindu fanatics …  For further details click here

Goan tourism minister talks about music, festivals, culture & more

29 Jan: Radio & Nusic. The EDM festivals held in Goa attract tourists from all over the world. From one EDM, it has now increased to two and both receive thousands of tourists, local Goans and music fans. While data is being compiled, it is a fact that this year too there was a huge surge in tourist footfalls for the EDM festivals namely Sunburn and VH1 Supersonic. The occupancy level in the Hotels were full during the season. Preliminary reports are this year Goa had the highest number of tourist arrivals between 27 to 30 Dec 2015 when both the EDMs were held in the State.mThe tourism minister of Goa, Dilip Parulekar, spoke exclusively to radiaondmusic.comabout aspects that make Goa an ideal state for music and festivals…  For further details click here

4 more mining firms get nod to operate

29 Jun: Times of India, The Goa state pollution control board (GSPCB) has decided to grant consent to operate under the Air and Water acts to four more mining companies with an iron ore extraction limit of 1.5 million tonnes. This implies that the total iron ore extraction limit has now gone up to 15 million tonnes… The GSPCB, in July last year, had granted consent to operate to 56 mining leases to mine 13.79 million tonnes of iron ore …  For further details click here

Coconut is a palm or tree? The big debate in Goas

29 Jan: Zee News. Green activists led by fashion designer Wendell Rodricks have requested Goa Governor Mridula Sinha not to give assent to the controversial Bill classifying coconut as a palm and not a tree. "We met the Governor with our demand. The Governor assured us that she will take up the matter with Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar," Rodricks told mediapersons …  For further details click here

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