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Funeral details: Antoinette De Souza
30 June 2015, London. ANTOINETTE DE SOUZA (ex-Mombasa) passed away peacefully at Victoria Care Home in Park Royal. She was the last remaining member of the family and was the sister of the late Maxie, late Perpetua, late Damian (DD) and late Dora (Rosy). Funeral service at Our Lady of the Visitation Church, 358 Greenford Road, Greenford, UB6 9AN on Friday 24 July 2015 at 1.00pm followed by cremation at Breakspear Crematorium, Breakspear Road, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7SJ at 2.30pm. No floral tributes but donations in lieu can be made to the Goan Welfare Society (17 Firs Drive, Cranford, Middlesex, TW5 9TA). For further information and arrangements for a minibus service, please contact Flavio Gracias (email: or telephone 020 8723 1322).

News Summary

Swindon Event – Goa Day

Sat. 18 Jul. Goa Day in Swindon: Goan Swindon Association is having their Annual ''Goan Summer Festival 2015'' on Saturday 18th July, 2015 starting at 2pm at the County Athletic Ground near Swindon football ground. Lots of fun for the kids (free), Live Music and Goan food. For the flyer,  click here

India: Christians protest rape of nuns

2 Jul: Christian Today (UK). Christians held a protest in Delhi to demand an increase in protections for women across the country following the rape of two Catholic nuns… Organised by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), around 100 protestors gathered yesterday outside the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the capital…  click here

Verma D’Mello: Taking Ahimsa to the runways of Paris

2 Jul: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz. Goan fashion designer Verma D’Mello has been invited to present her ethical collection, ‘Luxury in Cocoon’, at the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week that will be held from July 5 to 9, 2015 in Paris, France. In a chat with Café, the designer expresses her joy at his achievement and talks about her designs which focus on the theme of Ahimsa … As part of the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, Verma has also been invited for the French Film Festival…  click here

Golden girl Ivana Furtado shines

2 Jul: Herald. Goa's chess prodigy Ivana Maria Furtado added yet another gold medal in to her cabinet as she emerged champion in the under-18 girl’s Open category event at the Commonwealth Chess Championship in New Delhi, on Tuesday… The 16-year-old Ivana has won the gold medal at the Commonwealth in the age category for the third time. Ivana’s earlier success came in Singapore and South Africa… The chess maestro is a student of 11th Science at Our Lady of the Rosary Higher Secondary School, Dona Paula…  click here

Transport dept to rein in taxi operators with meters

2 Jul: Times of India. In a bid to clamp down on errant taxi operators who fleece tourists by overcharging in the state, the directorate of transport on Wednesday has proposed to make it mandatory for all cabs plying in Goa to be fitted with digital meters and a Global Positioning System. "We are calling for objections and suggestions," director of transport Arun Desai said…  click here

Why the Indian soldiers of WW1 were forgotten

2 Jul: BBC. Approximately 1.3 million Indian soldiers served in World War One, and over 74,000 of them lost their lives. But history has mostly forgotten these sacrifices, which were rewarded with broken promises of Indian independence from the British government, writes Shashi Tharoor… 2446 words.  click here

Pimps lure desi tourists with ‘Goan women’
2 Jul: Times of India. Pimps in Goa's desi-tourist haven of Calangute have adopted a unique marketing strategy to lure customers: photos of Goan girls and women shot on their cellphones. It works like this. A pimp approaches a lone male domestic tourist or a group of male tourists and pulls out his mobile phone to show photographs of young Goan women who are not commercial sex workers, but are residents of Calangute and surrounding areas, who have been photographed while walking on the roads, shopping, etc. … Instead the tourists are supplied some other woman, if at all, or simply cheated … It has been estimated there are around 500 pimps operating in the Calangute area…  click here

Visa process to be made fully online
2 Jul: Bangalore Mirror. Getting an India visa for a foreigner has always been a rigorous exercise. No longer. The Centre has decided to streamline the whole Indian visa regime by cutting the paperwork and bringing all the processes online, similar to the issuance of electronic tourist visas. Currently, electronic tourist visa is granted to 74 countries. By June 2016, the government is hoping to extend it to 150 countries …  click here

Want entertainment wagons in holiday trains: Goa travel body
2 Jul: IANS. Faced with the prospect of a sagging travel season, tourism stakeholders in Goa want Indian Railways to start fully air-conditioned holiday trains to the beach destination, complete with plush dining cars and 'entertainment wagons'… Ralph de Souza, spokesperson for the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), also demanded holiday specials twice a week from Delhi to Goa, with a stopover in Mumbai…  click here

Ex-Minister Pacheco wants to be out of jail, writes to Govt
2 Jul: Business Standard. Incarcerated former Goa Minister Francisco Miccky Pacheco has sought release from jail claiming he has been meted out "injustice" by the courts which did not go through evidence submitted by him in an assault case. The 51-year-old legislator, a controversial figure in Goa politics, has submitted a petition to the State Government requesting that he be released from jail, official sources said today… He is currently serving six-month imprisonment for slapping an on-duty Government officer in 2006…  click here

Sniffing the gold trail: A tale of black money & high import duty
2 Jul: Times of India. During the last six months, there has been an increase in the number of gold smuggling cases reported in Goa at the international airport at Dabolim. This month itself, customs has seized over 30kg gold worth 7.16 crore… The increase in the number of incidents in gold smuggling has been attributed to a hike in import duty and other factors, but customs officials are not ruling out the possibility of non-resident Indians (NRIs) routing black money back into the country after a probe into deposits by Indians in foreign banks…  click here

Late for a flight? No problem for Indian 'VIPs'
2 Jul: LA Times (USA). … Earlier this week, a flight from Mumbai to New York was reportedly held up for more than 90 minutes because a top aide to the chief minister of Maharashtra state forgot to bring his U.S. visa… In February, a domestic flight from New Delhi was delayed because a politician from the opposition Indian National Congress Party reportedly arrived late after a shopping trip…  click here
2 Jul. BBC. India apology after family 'offloaded' to fly minister …  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sat. 11 July. Aldona Association (London) would like to invite you to celebrate the Feast of Saint Thomas at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Holy Mass starting promptly at 3pm, followed by Social with Music by exciting new band ‘HARMONICS’ & Catering by ‘Maggie’s Kitchen’. Tickets (include Snacks & Meal): Members £13, Guests £15, Children (6-11 years) £6, Children (Under 5) Free. For further details, please contact: Cancy Coutinho 07405 890175; Carmelita Alvares 07957 605964; Avita D’Souza 01293 522600; Gary Coutinho 07958 435147; Steve Alvares 07854 981804; Celia D’Costa 020 8407 9944. For the flyer, click here

Sat. 18 Jul. Goa Day in Swindon: Goan Swindon Association is having their Annual ''Goan Summer Festival 2015'' on Saturday 18th July, 2015. starting at 2pm at the County Athletic Ground near Swindon football ground. Lots of fun for the kids (free), Live Music and Goan food. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 19 Jul. Ex Students of St Teresa's Girls and Boys School and Catholic Parochial School Nairobi Reunion at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Tickets now on wait list only subject to cancellations. The Committee would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those who have already generously donated towards the raffle prizes and would encourage others to do so. Please contact Norma either by email: or telephone: 02087714457 if you wish to donate a raffle prize. This would also assist to avoid duplication of prizes. Notification of Donors will be acknowledged. and the Committee thank you in advance for your support. Message for Alice Sen, Please contact Greg Carvalho on 01245 261302. (If anyone knows Alice could you please pass on this message) - Thank You

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

Sun. 2nd Aug. UK Goan Festival. Venue: Cranford Community College, Hounslow TW5 9PD. Stall applications and enquiries to For details

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

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Death: Antoinette De Souza
30 June. London. ANTOINETTE DE SOUZA (ex-Mombasa) passed away peacefully at Victoria Care Home in Park Royal. She was the last remaining member of the family and was the sister of the late Maxie, late Perpetua, late Damian (DD) and late Dora (Rosy). Funeral details to follow shortly. For further information contact Flavio Gracias, Welfare Director, Goan Association (UK) telephone 020 8723 1322) or email:

News Summary

Swindon: Emergency accommodation sought for Facebook assault teen

1 Jul: Swindon Advertiser. A boy who was filmed assaulting a teenager in Swindon has been rehoused for his own safety under an emergency order after a group of vigilantes came to his father’s house this week … Addressing the court, the boy’s father said: “We had an incident last night where people came to the house trying to kick the door in. I do not want to go back there myself, so it is not safe for him to be there with me, and I don’t want him staying there.” … The boy was released on conditional bail … He will return to court on July 7.  click here
For Goan Voice links to some of the earlier press reports and video,  click here

Fresh Corryn Rayney murder inquiry to include UK review of DNA evidence

1 Jul: The Guardian (UK). A British forensics company will review DNA evidence in the unsolved murder of Perth woman Corryn Rayney, whose death in 2007 was followed by the high profile trial and acquittal of her husband, barrister Lloyd Rayney… She was 44 years old… WA police had also hired Cellmark Forensic Services to review DNA evidence. The private forensics firm is one of three large firms handling criminal investigations in Britain… The inquiry is expected to take at least 12 months.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of the death of Corryn Rayney,  click here

UK: Nathan Fernandes earns Wimbledon spot

30 Jun: Enfield Independent. Nathan Fernandes will compete at Wimbledon this summer. Hadley Wood tennis sensation Nathan Fernandes admits he has to pinch himself in amazement when he thinks about following in Andy Murray’s footsteps by strutting his stuff at Wimbledon… The 14-year-old has long been known as one to watch for the future and was at it again as he claimed victory in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon South East Regional Qualifier at the West Worthing Tennis and Squash Club.Fernandes, a member of Batchwood Tennis Club, will now play in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon 14 & Under Challenge at the All England Club between August 10 and 15.  click here

UK: Watford Palace Theatre to produce Neil D'Souza's Coming Up

1 Jul: What’s On Stage. Watford Palace Theatre (WPT) is to produce Coming Up, a new play by writer/actor Neil D'Souza… D'Souza's acting credits include How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court), Much Ado About Nothing (RSC) and Drawing the Line (Hampstead Theatre). Coming Up tells the story of Alan, who returns to Mumbai on business after more than 30 years. Between meetings and expense account dinners, he visits the Aunt and Cousin he used to know, and makes an unexpected discovery… Coming Up will premiere at Watford Palace Theatre from 10 to 24 October 2015.  click here
Video: Fight for the Remote: Happy Aziz played by Neil D'Souza.  click here

Suella Fernandes MP: Education is the engine of aspiration

1 Jul: … I was brought up in Wembley … I started my education in the early ’80s attending the local state school where the teachers would go on strike – every other week at one point – where discipline was lax … After several years, my parents got fed up and sent me to a small independent girls’ school, made possible by considerable sacrifice on their part and a scholarship… I blossomed, gained a place to read law at Cambridge, attended the Sorbonne and worked as barrister for ten years. As you can imagine, my parents, who had immigrated to Britain from East Africa in the 1960s with nothing, were very pleased with their decision…955 words  click here

5 best places to have sex in India

1 Jul: Travel India. 1: Goa. The ultimate party capital of India, Goa will never, ever disappoint you. Goa beaches are at their mesmerising best during the rainy season. With no touristy crowd to disturb, this beach-town is a perfect place to get laid…  click here

UK: Sister of Denyse Sweeney who died in Goa thinks mystery man may hold clue to find her

1 Jul: Derby Telegraph. By Martin_Naylor. The family of a Derby mum who died in tragic circumstances in India believe they may have identified a man who could "hold the vital clue to finding her killer". Maureen Sweeney said she had "a gut feeling" the man who was pointed out to her by a witness who knew her sister Denyse in Goa, knows who may be responsible for her death. The photograph shows a man Maureen believes may have been Denyse’s on-off partner smiling at her sister in a bar in the hippy capital of the world. Now she is trying to discover who the man is and if the Indian authorities have questioned him as part of their investigations… :  click here
1 Jul: BBC. Denyse Sweeney death: Family identify "suspect" …  click here
Facebook – Justice for Denyse. click here.

Auction: 18th century: Indo-Portuguese table cabinet & silk coverlet

3 Jul: Dreweatts, Newbury, UK. Lot 65. An Indo-Portuguese rosewood and ivory inlaid table cabinet, 18th century, the banded top and sides set alternating ivory and carved flowerheads, set two short and two long drawers inlaid with vase, peacocks and scrolling foliage, on flattened bun feet, 40cm high, 46cm wide, 3ocm deep. Estimate: 2,000 GBP - 3,000 GBP.  click here
Lot 67 - An Indo-Portuguese coverlet, second half 18th century, the silk ground with integral canvas. 347cm long, including fringe, 256.5cm.wide overall. Estimate: 2,000 GBP - 3,000 GBP  click here

Panaji-Reis Magos cable car on horizon

1 Jul: Navhind Times. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation has floated an e-tender for development, operation and maintenance of passenger ropeway between Panaji and Reis Magos on public-private partnership basis.GTDC officials said the project will take one year to one-and-a-half years to get completed once the contract is awarded. The ropeway system proposed is detachable Gondala system with installed capacity of 1,200 to 1,500 passengers per hour. The project is expected to have between 30 and 40 cable cars transporting people to the Reis Magos fort from the capital city… The length of the stretch for the particular ropeway is approximately 1,240 mts…  click here


DOCUMENTARY: Exposure. itv London. Thursday 2nd July. 22:40 to 23:40. The Sham Marriage Racket - How to Buy Your Way Into Britain. As Britain takes an increasingly hardline approach to immigration, this edition uncovers the massive loophole that remains at the heart of our system - sham marriage.

DOCUMENTARY: The Met: Policing London. Channel: BBC 2. Friday 3rd July. 01:50 to 02:50. The killing by a Met officer of a young black man called Mark Duggan sparked the 2011 riots. Now an inquiry is about to decide if the killing was lawful, and Scotland Yard is anxious about renewed racial tension and more riots in London.

DOCUMENTARY: One Born Every Minute. Watch. Friday 3rd July. 13:00 to 14:00. The emotionally-charged documentary series filmed in a busy maternity ward in Leeds. This episode meets parents who defy convention, including an Indian couple who dated in secret.

DOCUMENTARY: My Family Feast. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Saturday 4th July. 12:00 to 12:30. The Indians. When a Bengali bride and a Punjabi groom come together for their wedding, Sean Connolly learns how to prepare an Indian feast for an unforgettable celebration.

DOCUMENTARY: Joanna Lumley: The Search for Noah's Ark. Channel: itv3. Sunday 5th July. 21:00 to 22:30. Documentary in which Joanna Lumley crosses three continents in search of the truth behind the story of Noah's Ark. The adventure continues in India as a Hindu temple holds clues to a long forgotten ancient civilization.

ARTS: Free Thinking. BBC Radio Three. Monday 6th July. 22:00 to 22:45. Rana Mitter is joined by writer and journalist Tariq Ali to discuss Satyajit Ray's film Pather Panchali 60 years after its release. Plus novelist Sunjeev Sahota talking about his new novel which depicts the different experiences of migrant workers who have travelled from India to Sheffield.

FILM: Trikal. Zee Cinema (Sky & Virgin). Wednesday 8th July. 10:25 to 12:50. Set in 1961 Goa, when colonial rule of Portuguese was on its last gasp, the movie revolves around the life and tribulations of a fictional Goan Christian family. Director: Shyam Benegal. 1985, PG, 4 Star. To watch the film online, now, on You Tube,

DOCUMENTARY: Pleasure Zone. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Friday 10th July. 23:00 to 00:00. Rishikesh. Quincy and Michelle head to Rishikesh, India to uncover the secrets of this spiritual city and to re-discover each other in ways they never thought possible. Trikal 142 Trikal 142



Death: Teddy d’Souza

28 Jun: Dona Paula, Goa. TEDDY D’SOUZA. Aged 93. (ex-Tanga, Dar-es-salaam & Bandra) Passed away peacefully at home. He is survived by his wife, Alice and children, Patsy/Eugene Fernandes (Philadelphia, USA), Norma/Everest Fernandes (Dona Paula), Denzil (Edmonton, Canada), Conrad/Lourdes (Edmonton, Canada) and Carol/Norbert Aguiar (Concord, USA). He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren, Nicole/Raymond de Souza, Andrea, Micaela, Megan/Josh Neves, Danielle and Andre and his great-grandchildren, Jayden and Stefan, and his many nieces and nephews around the world. An avid sportsman at the Tanga Institute, he was the Regional Manager at Barclays Bank in Tanga and Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania before retiring to Bombay, and finally moved to Dona Paula, Goa. Funeral services to be announced locally. [Info: Stephen de Souza, Mississauga]. Condolences to: or

Death: Dr. Agostinho Fernandes

29 Jun: Portugal. DR. AGOSTINHO FERNANDES. Ex Quepem, Goa. Beloved husband of Zazinha, father of Felix Custodio, Alexandre / Valentina. Joao/Marisa, brother of John Claro /Pia, Pedro Piedade /Philomena & Inacinha. We are celebrating his illustrious life which included his profession as a Cardiologist and Author. There will be a Eucharistic celebration on his 83rd Birthday on Monday, 6th July 2015 at 8.00 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, Quepem. Goa.

News Summary

Mumbai takes a bow as Goa-born violinist celebrates 100th birthday

30 Jun: Times of India. "Now tell me, do I look that old?" asked Mauro Alphonso, grinning as he posed for photographs, his violin in tow… it was hard to believe the Mazgaon resident was celebrating his 100th birthday. The occasion marked not only a century of an adventure-filled life, but also several decades of old Bombay's musical heritage, of which the garrulous gentleman had been a vital part. Alphonso was 12 years old when he left his home in Goa's Taleigaon village and moved to Mumbai to pursue his love for music. Soon, he specialized in playing the violin…  click here

Dalit Christians in India file complaint with UN against the Vatican

30 Jun: UCAN. Christian Dalits in India filed a complaint on Tuesday with the United Nations accusing the Holy See of not doing enough to curb discrimination faced by “untouchables” within the Catholic Church. A delegation of 22 people from the Dalit Christian Liberation Movement (DCLM) and Viduthalai Tamil Puligal Katchi (a collective of human rights activists) submitted the complaint at the UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan in Delhi… The complaint accuses the Vatican and the Indian Catholic Church leadership of caste-based discrimination “by way of allowing it directly and indirectly in their spiritual, educational and administrative places”…  click here

This Chef is a lady!

30 Jun: Herald. Lady Chefs may be a rarity, but their passion and impeccable touch in the professional kitchens is undeniable. Café gets the feminine perspective of the mastermind of the kitchen … “I love the job,” avers Pastry Chef Samantha Nunes, who has the privilege of being the only lady chef at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, Miramar… In the business for 35 years, Goan Speciality Chef at Alila Diwa Spice Studio Majorda is Edia Cotta … “I find that women are more hygienic and less wasteful,” says Chef Ruta Kahate of Ruta’s World Cafe (Margao, Mapusa and Benaulim) of her personal observations in her 20-year career that has spanned the US and India…  click here

Students panic as lizard found in midday meal

1 Jul: Herald. There was panic among students of Mahanandu High School at Bhoma as around 22 class VIII students were shifted to the Betki health center as they fell sick after eating the midday meal on Tuesday morning. On checking the meal a lizard was found in the food…  click here

Vegetable prices play havoc with family budgets
1 Jul: Times of India. The wildly-fluctuating vegetable prices in Goa have left the common man with no relief, especially with fish prices hitting new highs every day. The prices of French beans, carrots, tomatoes and potatoes sees a variation across markets in Goa, allegedly due to rain-spoiled vegetables, poor crops and transportations problems, according to vegetable vendors… The price of French beans varied from Rs 40 to 80 per kg; carrots were being sold in the 50-80/kg range, tomatoes at 30-40/kg, cauliflower at 30-60/kg …  click here

Now, Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar accused of faking educational qualification
30 Jun: IBN Live. Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar was on Tuesday accused of "faking" his educational qualification in his poll-related affidavit … Parulekar is the second cabinet minister and third legislator in the 40-member Goa legislative assembly to be accused of faking educational qualification … Parulekar claimed in his affidavit filed before the 2007 assembly elections that he passed B.Com. from Goa University in 1988," civil society activist Rodrigues said…  click here
Video: Prudent Media.  click here

Lack of late-night buses drive commuters to despair in Panaji
30 Jun: Times of India. By Annalie Gracias. Any regular user of public transportation in the state will concur that the most disheartening aspect of the system is the lack of late-night buses, with the scope of travel ending as early as 8.30pm or 9.30pm for many. But, while authorities claim that late-night public transport users are far too few to introduce such a facility, several citizens maintain that the sole reason they avoid venturing out after dusk is because of the non-availability of buses during the later hours…  click here

Sand extraction to be legal soon
30 Jun: Times of India. The Goa government has decided to get sand extraction legalized. Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that 30 sites have been identified by the government for extraction of sand to ensure scientific quarrying of the mineral… Goa had stopped issuing sand mining licences nearly four years ago, giving a jolt to the construction industry. But the activity continued clandestinely …  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
I Jul: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 32.8. Min = 26.6. Humidity = 80%. Rainfall: 3.3mm
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 99.94; $ = 63.62; $Can = 50.94; Euro = 70.87; $Aus= 49.00.



Death: Juliana Caiado

29 Jun: Carambolim – Goa. JULIANA CAIADO. Born 1928. Beloved wife of late Joao Salvador. Mother/Mother-in-law of Carmelina/late Euqueiro (Chorao). Francisco/Nataline Lizarda (Dubai), Catarina/Job, Lucia Sacramenta/Inacio (Muscat), Alberto/Joyce (Sao Pedro), Caciana/Agnelo (U.K.), Fr. Olavo Caiado (Director, Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media). Grandmother of: Carol/John, Bina/Olvino, Kay/Joaquim, Sima/Robert, Floyd, Joseph, Felina, Abigail, Melfrida and Monalisa & great grandchildren. Funeral cortege will leave her residence 30th June 2015 (Tuesday) at 03.15 pm to St. John the Baptist Church, Carambolim for Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial.  For further details click here

News Summary

UK, China and some other countries to be extended e-tourist visa facility in July

29 Jun: Economic Times. The United Kingdom (UK) and China along with 30 other countries will be covered under India's Electronic Tourist Visa (ETV) scheme in July. The Home Ministry on Monday held a meeting to finalise a list of countries who will be included in the existing list of 74 countries to whom India extends ETV… Other major countries being added will be Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Hungary, Sweden, Malaysia, Argentina and Uruguay. The announcement is expected to be made in early July, MHA officials said…  click here
E-tourist visas to be extended to UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal … 29 Jul: First Post …  click here

Goa provisionally selected to host FIFA U-17 World Cup matches

29 Jun: DNA. Goa would be one of the six centres in the country that are provisionally selected to host forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 matches. There will be four training grounds and one main stadium where the matches would be held," Javier Ceppi, Tournament Director, local organisation committee (LOC) FIFA U-17 World Cup told reporters today. FIFA has provisionally shortlisted other centres like Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Navi Mumbai and New Delhi besides Goa as the venues. Ceppi said this is for the first time India would host for the football World Cup… Grounds at Benaulim, Vasco, Cuncolim and Utorda in Goa will be used for training while Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda will be the main stadium…  click here
Video: 29 Jun: Prudent Media.  click here
Indian football pitches not fit for World Cup matches: Official. 29 Jun: IANS. India does not have a single football pitch good enough to host a FIFA World Cup match, a senior FIFA official said on Monday... click here.

Keith Vaz opens suite of rooms at Leicester Royal Infirmary to help parents of still born babies

26 Jun: Leicester Mercury. Leicester East MP Keith Vaz and his daughter, Anjali (photo), have officially opened new rooms to help parents cope with the tragic death on an unborn baby. The rooms are on the maternity unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary… The appeal was backed by Mr Vaz and his wife Maria who experienced their own loss of a baby… His daughter Anjali performed the official opening …  click here

Keeping the taste alive: The rich yet undiscovered flavours of Goa

30 Jun: Express Tribune (Pakistan). Although their ancestors left the swaying palm trees and white sands of Goa behind for a new life in Sindh in the 1800s, the small but talented Goan community of Karachi — patriotic as it is about Pakistan — holds on to its roots, especially when it comes to food. Belinda Fonseca (photo) is one such member of the community, who keeps Goan culture alive through the sweet and savoury delights she whips up. The owner of ‘Love at First Bite’, she not only offers traditional delicacies for Christmas, Easter and other Christian festivals but also keeps the taste of Goa intact, since she believes that there is almost no place in the metropolis where one can find genuine Goan food… 592 words  click here

Goa state museum in utter ruin

30 Jun: Herald. Thousands of centuries-old Goan antiques and artifacts, which money can’t buy are lying in unattended ignominy and years of neglect in the stock room of the old museum. The museum itself is in need of restoration as much as the antiques need a place. The structure is at risk of sudden collapse. The floor tiles are damaged, the roof has collapsed and walls have developed large cracks. During the monsoon, sources claim, water seeps in endangering the existence of the valuable objects…  click here

Goa government allowed resort to violate CRZ norms: High Court
29 Jun: Business Standard. The High Court on Monday hauled up the state government for allowing the construction of the Marriott Resort and Spa, a five star property here, without adhering to coastal regulation zone (CRZ) norms. In its order, which was kept on hold for eight weeks, a bench of Justice K.L. Wadane and Justice F.M. Reis said that the promoters of the five-star property Palm Hotel India Ltd and Goa Marriott Resort were "playing hide and seek" vis a vis their position on law…  click here
30 Jun: Times of India. Don’t obstruct beach access, HC tells Marriott…  click here

EDC moves court to attach former Goa minister Pacheco's assets
29 Jun: Press Trust of India. The Goa government run Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has moved the court to attach assets of former Goa rural development minister Francisco Mickkey Pacheco, who is currently in jail for slapping a government servant. "We have moved the court to attach Pacheco's barge, which is currently in the shipbuilding yard," EDC Chairman Siddharth Cuncolienkar told reporters here today. In October 2008, the EDC had sanctioned a term loan of Rs 4 crore to a Pacheco-run company called the Giovanni and Zibronni Shipping Private Limited to purchase the barge …  click here
30 Jun: Times of India. Now, Mickky files mercy petition…  click here

Can India overcome its bureaucratic enemy?
29 Jun: Investment Week (UK). Madhav Bhatkuly, manager of the GAM Star India Equity fund, explores whether India's aims to slash red tape and install new trading laws across districts will be enough to ensure business productivity remains on track…  click here

Hotel staffer gets 14 months jail for outraging modesty of tourist
29 Jun: Times of India. In a case of outraging modesty of a woman tourist at night when she was sleeping in a hotel room at Arpora in 2010, a judicial magistrate first class court at Mapusa has sentenced the hotel employee Sunil Mane to undergo rigorous imprisonment for one year and two months. On the night of March 29, 2010, the accused, working in the housekeeping department, entered a rented room and tried to commit theft of the valuables and also intentionally outraged the modesty of the complainant's wife. The accused was almost eighteen-and-half-years old at the time of commission of offence…  click here



Death: Mariano Dias

17 Jun: U.K. MARIANO DIAS. Born 1971. Son of late Jose Dias/Filomena (Fula) Dias. Brother of Albertlna, Joanita/Anthony Alphonso, Sherina / Menino Menezes, Steven Dias. Uncle of Savio, Silvia, Anita, Aldrich, Xavier and Baby Victoria. Funeral cortege will leave his residence Azossim – Corpir, Goa on 29th June 2015 (Monday) at 3:00 PM to St. Mathew's Church, Azossim for Eucharistic celebration followed by burial. click here.

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Travel News (UK): Goa Visa Confusion

28 Jun: The Sunday Times (UK). Earlier this month, it seemed that some travelling to Goa would be able to bypass the trauma of applying for an Indian visa, after the state announced that the UK had been added to the list of nations entitled to use a simplified e-visa scheme. Last week, however, the Indian High Commission in London told The Sunday Times it had "not yet been informed of the changes". This latest confusion comes after India dropped plans earlier this year to make British travellers apply for their visa in person at a UK visa centre and supply biometric data… 108 words. [Subscribers only]  click here

Laila Rouass lands role as Liz Hurley's rival in US drama The Royals

28 Jun: The Mirror (UK). Laila Rouass has landed a role as Liz Hurley’s rival in US drama The Royals, writes Janine Yaqoob in the Sunday People. The actress, 44, who is married to snooker ace Ronnie O’Sullivan, said on Facebook: “Looks like I’ll be spending the summer indulging my wicked side. “So happy to be joining the cast of The Royals ­ playing Elizabeth Hurley’s arch-enemy.” Laila is best known for her parts in Footballers’ Wives and Holby City …  click here
For the Goan Voice profile of Laila Rouass,  click here

Aires Rodrigues: Atmaram Deshpande must account for his misdeeds

28 Jun: Herald. The malaise of corruption has now reached the door steps of the Goa Police … Superintendent of Police and Principal of Police Training School Atmaram Deshpande finds himself entangled in a string of very serious allegations. Ironically those charges are being probed by his batch mate the SP of Anti – Corruption Branch, Bosco George, who as expected is going all out to shield and cover up the alleged gross irregularities and malpractices by his brother officer…  click here
Brothers in Arms. 28 Jun: Herald. As twin inquiries including an ongoing one conducted by the ACB, into serious alleged illegalities committed by Deshpande in the PTS, reach a decision making stage, has their brotherhood seriously compromised not just the inquiry but the reputation of the ACB and that of George himself, one of Goa’s finest officers? …  click here

Goa cricket veterans tour Europe

28 Jun: Herald. The Goa veteran’s cricket team successfully completed their tour to England, Netherlands and Belgium, recently. They won the match against Wolvertan Cricket Club and Blodlow Village Cricket Club in England. They also continued their good performance in the Netherlands, where they got the better of Friends Cricket Club, Amsterdam. There was no stopping for the Goan side in Belgium as they overpowered Royal Brussels Cricket Club…  click here

Auction: Lisbon – 13 Indo-Portuguese antique items

1 Jul: Veritas, Lisbon. Lot 146 – 157, 354. Antiques including carved ivory religious fugures and furniture. Photo shows Lot 157: A 17th century Indo-Portuguese table, Sissó, ebony, teak with ivory inlaid decoration, Two small drawers, turned legs and stretchers. 78x51,5x74 cm. Estimate: € 45.000 - 60.000.  click here

Does Goa even know who its friends really are?
28 Jun: Herald. By Sujay Gupta. 54 years after our so called ‘liberation’, let us recognise who our friends really are. They who love this land more than some so called countrymen who kill our land and set muscle men and bouncers against our own people… They didn’t cut our hills or build homes in paddy fields. They didn’t destroy our forests or take over the lands of our comunidades … When many of them grew older they decided to live where their hearts wanted, and Goa it was. They gave up their lives in Britain and elsewhere, spent their savings and shifted businesses with valid papers. And yet many of them were taken for a ride, leaving many of them struggling with notices from the Enforcement Directorate and other authorities. The tragedy and we haven’t noticed yet, Goa is losing its dearest and most valuable friends… 903 words.  click here

Union minister Sripad Naik's maid found murdered in Goa
28 Jun: Deccan Herald. A 48-year-old domestic help working at the Goa home of AYUSH Minister Sripad Naik was allegedly murdered by an unidentified man, police said today. Body of Charu Rathod was found near the private residence of Naik at Ribandar near here in the wee hours today, they said. As per Old Goa police officials, Rathod, a widow, had been working at the minister's residence since long. She has been staying in Goa for last twenty years, they said … Meanwhile, police have identified one Ramanna (full name not known) as the suspect in the case and are looking for him…  click here
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It’s happy days for the corrupt in Goa
29 Jun: Times of India. With an increase in corruption in administration and public life, the anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the directorate of vigilance has received over 700 complaints against police personnel, bureaucrats and politicians, since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in the state in 2012. Out of 707 complaints received for the last three-and-half years, 297 complaints have been closed after inquiry and 410 complaints are still pending. During a similar period, 45 criminal complaints have been registered out of which 11 are trap cases, three are disproportionate cases and 31 are other cases…  click here

India departs from monk-like rum tradition
26 Jun: Financial Times (UK). The Indian people are well-known lovers of whisky, consuming an estimated 482m cases of whisky every year… Molasses-based spirit, in other words, rum, is also used as the basis for Indian-made vodka, gin and brandy … India’s most traditional rum, which has a devoted clientele, is Old Monk, which for decades was the tipple of choice for the armed forces… Mumbai-based photographer Ian Pereira is a self-proclaimed Old Monkian. Mr Pereira’s affection for OM runs so deep that he has started a Facebook group called Council of Old Monk Addicted Drinkers and Eccentrics, or Comrade…  click here

Cricket: Dr Salkar steps back
28 Jun: Herald. Fearing a clear whitewash and to avoid further embarrassment, current Goa Cricket Association president Dr Shekhar Salkar compromised with Secretary Chetan Desai and withdrew from the fray for the post of GCA president. The compromise came during the scrutiny of nominations by the Election Committee appointed by the High Court at the GCA headquarters, in Porvorim on Saturday, a day ahead of the GCA elections…  click here
Goa cricket is just a power play of money and politics. 28 Jun: Herald…  click here

Goa is packed with organised corruption, says Yadav
28 Jun: Herald. Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav on Saturday said that Goa, the ‘ tiny State’ on India’s map, is packed with organized corruption. At his first interaction with journalists in Goa, over two months after being expelled from the Arvind Kejriwal- led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), he said Goa could be a place to create alternative ideas rather than just being a tourist destination…  click here



Death: Adrian D'Souza
25 Jun: Montreal. ADRIAN D'SOUZA. Born 1933. Husband of Rose (Pinto) D'souza. Loving father of Anita (Robert) and Zelia (Winston). His unconditional love and kindness will be deeply missed by his grandchildren Juliano, Paula, Adrienne and Marcus. Viewing at Armstrong Funeral home, 1640 Cote Vertu, Ville St. Laurent, QC, H4L 2A2 on Monday, June 29th from 7.00 to 9.00 pm and Tuesday, June 30th from 1:30 to 3.00 pm. Funeral mass at Our Lady of Fatima, 875 Boul. Marcel Laurin, St. Laurent, QC, H4M 2M8 on Tuesday June 30th at 3:30 pm. Info: Annette Rodriguez, QGA Secretary.  For further details click here

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How Murumbi took the path less travelled

26 Jun: The East African. Photo shows the cover of the yet to be launched book on Kenya’s second vice-president Joseph Murumbi written by Alan Donovan. Set in five parts, the book explores different periods of his life — his early years, the emerging nationalist, Independence, after politics and other interviews. Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi was Kenya’s second vice-president serving from May to December 1966… His autobiography, A Path not Taken written by Alan Donovan, is set to be launched in September… Born of a Goan father and a Maasai mother in 1911, Murumbi was sent to an English school in India. The school had Anglo-Indian children who saw themselves as superior to the Indians. Murumbi decided to identify with his mother’s African heritage… 791 words.  click here

More and more Indians are hiring carers to look after their parents

27 Jun: Mail Online India. … The concept of professional caregivers for the elderly is becoming popular especially among those whose sons and daughters live outside India. Several non-resident Indians are increasingly engaging these professional caregivers for their parents back in India. The caregivers offer a whole gamut of services — from home visits, providing medical assistance to paying of bills — for a fee. Depending on the services needed, one may have to pay anything between Rs 10,000 per month to Rs 200,000 a year… The professional elder care is a growing industry in India…  click here

Video: 'Pee-Buddy' helps women in India avoid dirty toilets

27 Jun: BBC. Unhygienic toilets are one of the most common causes of Urinary Tract Infection or UTI amongst women in India. But now an entrepreneur has come up with a female urination device that helps women stand and pee. The BBC's Shalu Yadav hit the streets of Delhi to find out what women do to avoid dirty toilets. 2m. 11s.  click here
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Online archive opens a window to women’s lives

27 Jun: Times of India. … The Prajnya Archives is an online portal that documents South Asian women… One of recordings is of Sofia Cordeiro Monteiro who in 1937 embarked on a journey from Goa to Bombay to pursue a BA from St Xavier's College. There she fell in love with a classmate but didn't marry him for several years due to family opposition. "She went back to Goa, did her BEd and became a schoolteacher. She finally married him in 1945. She was widowed at 30, remarried her husband's brother (my father) and had a total of five children (I am the fourth)," writes Anjali Monteiro in a moving piece for Prajnya Archives …  click here
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Goa's Babel. By Frederick Noronha

28 Jun: Navhind Times. You could call it Goa's Tower of Babel. We have so many languages that enrich our small State, and yet we either neglect them, play favourites among them, or even work to ensure their extinction. Peter Nazareth, the novelist and critic who compiled the first anthology of Goan writing in English way back in the 1980s, suggests that Goans have themselves written in 13 different languages. For any other community, this would be seen as a huge asset. But not so in Goa… 1023 words.  click here

Markets of Goa

27 Jun: Navhind Times. … You have to read the book titled, 'Markets of Goa' by photographer Assavri Kulkarni, who has documented 50-odd markets of Goa. This coffee table book is a visual story about Goan markets complete in all its colours, textures, flavours, and most importantly sellers/vendors. These are things that, in many ways, lend character to our markets. Assavri took seven years to finish this project as she says the task was not as easy as it looked. .. She faced lot of flak from vendors who didn't want to be photographed… Some of the markets featured: Calangute 'bhitarle' or inside market sells vegetables, meat and local chicken which are offered to the devchar (spirit) of the village. It is also famous for designer lingerie available at cheap rates and coconut jaggery. This market is held every Saturday and no plastic bags are allowed here … Mapusa: Here a liquor market is held behind the Mapusa municipal complex. It sells the local cashew brew by the gallon for just half an hour - 6.30 a.m. to 7 a.m. ..  click here

Insecurity plaguing minorities: Goa Archbishop
27 Jun: Times of India. Goa Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao on Saturday said "clouds of fear and insecurity" were looming large over the minorities in the country while expressing solidarity with a 48-year-old Catholic nun from Raipur who was gang raped on June 19… Ferrao heads the Roman Catholic Church in Goa, an influential religious institution considering that nearly 26 percent of the state's population is Catholic…  click here

Goa’s local heroes
27 Jun: Financial Express. By Mini Ribeiro. Goan cuisine is undisputedly one of the world’s most flavoursome and palate-tingling ones. But have we ever stopped to wonder why? What is it that makes the cuisine so delectable? The answer is, quite simply, its ingredients. In fact, the majority of these ingredients—cashew, kokum, bimbli, jackfruit, triphala, among others—are home-grown, a fact not many susegado (laidback) Goans have taken seriously or flaunted to the world. Until now. Goans are now waking up to the versatility of their unique fruits and vegetables—buoyed by the efforts of the tourism ministry, hotels and enthusiastic chefs—and are trying to popularise their local ingredients, extolling their virtues and use to the outside world. The once-derided ingredients for ‘comfort food’ have now been elevated to essentials for ‘haute cuisine’… 1105 words.  click here

Locals controlling drug trade: Goa MLA
27 Jun: Times of India. "Goans are controlling the drug trade in the state and few politicians are supporting it said Calangute MLA Michael Lobo addressing the program organized on the occasions of international day against drugs abuse and illicit trafficking at Mapusa.”We need to accept that our locals are into selling of drugs and consuming drugs on daily basis and government should now seriously put a stop to it" Lobo said…  click here

Goan identity higher than national identity'
27 Jun: IANS. Goa may be one of the smallest states in the Indian Union, but its unique identity is higher in many ways than India's national identity, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Saturday. "Goa is the smallest state in our Union of India, but (is also) one of the most important states which has a unique identity," Prabhu said, adding that when he went to Portugal with Goa's Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza, he was identified as a Goan rather than an Indian…  click here

17th Century Fort Could Be New Backdrop for Goa Casinos: Minister
26 Jun: New Indian Express. A former prison and a 17th century fort could be the new picturesque backdrop for Goa's offshore casinos, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said on Friday, adding that the fort itself could be used as hub for casino infrastructure. "We are in the process of relocating the casinos by the end of the year to the Aguada bay. They have to move out of the Mandovi river. The bay near Aguada fort is the best option," Parulekar said. "They can even use the fort for their offices and other infrastructure after taking permission from the government," he added …  click here

Knowledge and imperialism
27 Jun: The Hindu. Book Review of “Catholic Orientalism” Portuguese Empire, Indian Knowledge (16th-18th Centuries). By Ângela Barreto Xavier and Ines G. Županov. OUP India. 416 pages. 978-0-19-945267-5. 2015 … the book takes a look at the Portuguese Empire gaining Indian knowledge in the 16 to 18 centuries disseminated through the network of early Portugal explorers. Under different Portugal kings, there were variations in accumulating, storing and usage of obtained knowledge. Set in three parts, ‘Imperial Itineraries’, ‘Catholic Meridian’ and ‘Contested Knowledge’, the authors chronicle the rise and decline of Portuguese power in India and with it, the effort to gather knowledge with a view to enlarging the empire… 1092 words.  click here
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Zero investment by Non-Resident Goans in Goa

27 Jun: Navhind Times. While the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Goans’ remittances in banks across the state have crossed a whopping Rs 10,500 crore, their investment in the state’s trade and industry is nil, despite incentives that the state government has offered to the NRIs… Since its inception, the NRI Commission organised various programmes overseas to encourage investment in the state by Goans working in other countries, but the results have not been favourable… The Commission organised the conventions in Lisbon in 2007, Toronto in 2008, Muscat in 2009, Kuwait in 2010 and in London in 2011. However, the conventions yielded nothing in terms of investment in the land of their birth… NRGs do not wish to take risk in industrial and business investment and wish to safeguard their hard-earned money only in bank reserves.  click here
Viewpoint: Why NRGs do not invest in Goa. Flavio Gracias (photo), UK: In three words: Corruption and Bureaucracy. Tony Colaco (photo) of Sydney: Lack in marketing of the State. G R Crasto of Bahrain: Need for a single window system … 505 words.  click here

Selma Carvalho: When the band began to play

27 Jun: Times of India. A small but wonderful exhibition of 'bandwallas' by Krishen Khanna opened at the Grosvenor gallery, London, this month. Could it be that, without realizing it, an artist born in Pakistan has paid tribute on canvas to a fascinating aspect of Goan history? … The history of bandwallas is rooted in Goa. The parochial schools of the 1800s housed in ramshackle church halls might have had questionable academic credentials but they did produce good musicians… Soon, the fame of Goan musicians would spread across the Indian Ocean and find royal patronage in Africa. By 1876, Diogo Sant-Anna de Souza was leading the Sultan of Zanzibar's military band, which was quite simply known as the Sultan's Goan band. When he died, his place was taken by Camillo A Saldanha with Isaac de Souza-Khot (photo) as second bandmaster… The band played at weddings and funerals, it led religious processions through the streets and it was often loaned out by the Sultan to play during ceremonial occasions in Mombasa … 822 words.  click here

New Event: Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Alumni (Toronto)

Thur. 10 Sep. - Sun. 13 Sep. Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Alumni (Toronto) extend an open invitation to alumni around the globe, to join us in celebrating our 2015 Reunion in Toronto. The festivities get under way on Thursday morning, Sept 10, with a Golf Tournament, followed by a Meet & Greet in the evening. On Friday, climb on board for a Coach Trip to Niagara Falls/Casino and Wine Tasting. Saturday has been set aside for free time and/or individual classes to hold their own reunions. On Sunday we will remember our dear departed at a Memorial Mass followed by a Reunion Gala. For further details, 2015 Reunion Flyer & Reservation Form,  click here

Cardinal condemns rape of Indian nun a national shame

26 Jun: Vatican Radio. ‎Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias (photo) has expressed deep sorrow over the rape and violence on an Indian Catholic nun on June 20, in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. "It is a national shame and a disgrace that our women are abused and raped," the Cardinal who is the president of India’s Latin rite bishops told AsiaNews. Supported by Christian leaders and human rights activists, the 47-year old Salesian Missionary of Mary Immaculate, covering her face, spoke at a press conference on Thursday, narrating her ordeal …  click here
Nun in India Says Two Masked Men Bound, Raped Her; Official Downplay Severity, Religious Motives of Attack.., 25 Jun: Morning Star News…  click here

Bio-metrics must before issue of normal visa: Home ministry

26 Jun: Daily News & Analysis. In a letter to the Union home secretary L C Goyal, tourism secretary Lalit K Panwar said that the compulsion of bio-metrics before issue of normal visa was acting as a dampener for the prospective international tourists wishing to visit India. On the insistence of tourism ministry to do away with the compulsion of bio-metrics before issue of normal visa and take it at the point of immigration instead, the Union home ministry has said that it cannot be done away for security concerns … The home ministry, however, considers that the e-Visa that has already been extended across 77 countries and is set to expand to 73 more countries very soon allows the foreigners wanting to come as tourist to give biometrics at the point of immigration…  click here

Indian missionary priests sent to rejuvenate ‘tired’ faith in Scotland
26 Jun: Catholic Herald (UK). Three missionary priests from India are being sent to Scotland to evangelise what they see as “mission territory”, according to the Bishop of Galloway… Meanwhile, the Bishop of Dunkeld told the Scottish Catholic Observer this week that Sisters from Kerala, India, had been invited to run a care home in Dundee…  click here

Football: The untold story behind Romeo Fernandes' return from Brazil
26 Jun: First Post. It was not meant to be a twenty-minutes-of-fame story. Indian footballer Romeo Fernandes' journey to Brazil after a recommendation from legend Zico was supposed to be worth more than a consolation appearance in a three-month stint. As things stand, Romeo's role has turned from hero to zero, his loan deal with Atletico Paranaense has led to a contract stand-off with the club and the loss of his place in the Indian team due to a lack of action over the last few months. Eventually, he had to choose between getting stuck in Brazil or playing for India. It shouldn't surprise anyone that he chose the latter… 2205 words.  click here

Goa seeks expedition of process to resume mining in state
26 Jun: Zee News. Goa on Friday asked the Centre to initiate steps to resume the process of mining in the mineral-rich state, which has been put on hold for over two years now...  click here
'Goa govt committing same mistakes in mining industry again'. 26 Jun: Business Standard. Accusing the Goa government of repeating its past mistakes by providing benefits to a select few mine owners in the state, Claud Alvares, director of Goa Foundation, called for setting up of permanent mining fund as directed by the Supreme Court…  click here

Religion-based violence major rights problem for India: US
26 Jun: Press Trust of India. Religion-based societal violence in India was the "most significant" human rights problem in the country in 2014, besides "widespread corruption" and abuses by police and security force, according to a US State Department report released by US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday … It noted a complaint filed against Goa-based Devu Chodankar, who urged community members not to vote for Narendra Modi as prime minister in a controversial post on Facebook following which he was detained and interrogated…  click here

UK: Rotherham sex abuse inquiry identifies 300 potential suspects
24 Jun: BBC. About 300 possible suspects have been identified in an investigation into child sex abuse in Rotherham, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. The agency said two of those under investigation were serving or former Rotherham councillors. The inquiry, named Operation Stovewood, began in December in the wake of the Jay report which found 1,400 children were abused from 1997 to 2013. The Jay Report found children as young as 11 were sexually exploited by gangs of men, mainly of Pakistani origin, and revealed systemic failures in local council scrutiny, governance, and leadership…  click here
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