Since you saw it here ...

If you use any of the information on this site by forwarding it to friends, newsgroups, media or websites, please acknowledge that you saw it on Thank you.

Edited by Eddie Fernandes

5 Queen Mothers Drive, Denham Garden Village, UB9 5GA

Home Forthcoming Events Forthcoming Funerals UK Goan Organisations Contact Us Subscribe to Newsletter

GoanVoice UK Your Home Page Make GoanVoice UK Your Home Page


Next site update 23:00 UK ( 22:00 GMT)


News Summary

Goa caps RT-PCR testing rate fee for foreign tourists at Rs 3,200

21 Oct: Hindustan Times. Goa has capped the RT-PCR testing rate for foreign tourists expected to arrive in the state later this year at ₹3,200 while reiterating it will be mandatory for tourists arriving in the state to be tested upon arrival… under-secretary (health) Gautami S Parmekar said it was “necessary to make compulsory testing of all the international passengers by rapid RT-PCR tests at the Goa airport and seaport.”. Testing on arrival is mandatory for all arriving in India except those who have tested negative for Covid-19 not more than 72 hours prior to arrival as well for tourists arriving from countries, where India has mutual agreements on recognition of vaccination certificates of nationally or WHO recognised vaccines…  For further details click here
21 Oct: Indian Express. Centre issues guidelines for international arrivals, makes negative RT-PCR test must. Once they land in India, all passengers will have to undergo thermal screenings and show the self-declaration forms at the airport…  click here
21 Oct: Garda World. India to ease COVID-19 quarantine measures for some international passengers from Oct. 25. Fully vaccinated travelers from higher-risk countries with mutual vaccination recognition arrangements with India no longer require on-arrival testing; they must self-monitor their health for 14 days after arrival. The relaxation applies to passengers from 11 locations designated as Category A countries; these countries include UK … click here.

Airline Bookings Soar as Vacation is on Everyone’s Mind

20 Oct: Economic Times. As countries, including India, open up tourism and relax entry rules for travellers, business jet operators as well as airlines see a huge uptick in bookings from vacation-deprived people … People have started reaching out to us for a 15–20-day trip to India, mostly to places like Goa, Rajasthan & Mumbai for leisure… people from the US and Switzerland have reached out to fly to places like Goa, Mumbai & Rajasthan … The main UK charter flights will operate only from December 15. The inbound charters are mainly from the UK, Russia and Scandinavia, and Goa is the only destination that charters fly into … Meanwhile, foreign carriers on the India-US routes are registering an increase in bookings after the US relaxed entry rules for vaccinated passengers…  For further details click here
20 Oct: Financial Express. Curbs on international flights unlikely to be lifted soon; not much demand for overseas routes: Official.  click here

Whether in India or the UK, discrimination begins in school

21 Oct: Indian Express. My nephew is six years old — a truly beautiful boy of Chinese-Indian parentage growing up in Oxford. He told his parents that one of his friends at school informed him that half of the class does not want to play with him because they do not like Chinese faces. How does the friend know this? It seems he asked the other kids… In a Twitter post, a Chinese Oxford faculty member reported that he was asked to step aside as white tourists wanted to take a photograph of an “authentic Oxford setting”… When we are amongst a group of white people, many of them will not notice us or remember meeting us the next time. Their gaze will just pass over us as if we do not exist… It starts with school. Everywhere, including India … 1046 words.  For further details click here

Is Goa only for ‘richest tourists’? Visitors, celebs criticise minister’s statement

21 Oct: Times of India. The festive season has seen thousands of tourists descend on Goa’s beaches to beat the pandemic boredom… But on Wednesday, state tourism minister Manohar Ajgaonkar dropped a bombshell, saying that he only wanted the “richest tourists” visiting Goa… Here are some voices and opinions on respecting Goa and its culture on a vacation here … actress Megha Gupta … Nilesh Shah, president, Travel and Tourism Association of Goa … Karishma Mehra, beauty and lifestyle vlogger … Pooja Banerjee, TV actress … Apurva Asrani, scriptwriter, filmmaker … Rachna Shivale, travel vlogger … Avinash Martins, chef and restaurateur …  click here
21 Oct: Times of India. Ajgaonkar’s ‘rich tourists’ quip at odds with state’s own policy …  click here
21 Oct: Business Today. Goa wants rich tourists, not ones who cook food on a bus: State Tourism Minister … click here.

Goa's Best Local Chef Runs This Restaurant From His House And It's A Must Visit

21 Oct: LBB. Chef Peter’s Kitchen is nowhere on the touristy stretch and as a result of that, few know that the chef’s actually been given the ‘Best Chef of India’ award by the Department of Tourism in the non-hotel category. And, for all the right reasons. A meal here will make you realise what the fuss about Chicken Cafreal and prawn curry is all about. Also, it's a family-run place situated in the chef's backyard. As amazing as the food was, we have to first start off by telling you that chef Peter worked for years at a very popular Goan restaurant that once sheltered Charles Sobraj… Peter is at Vollvaddo, Pilerne, Bardez, +91 88051 45181… Text + 10 photos  For further details click here
For Chef Peter’s Facebook page,  click here
For Chef Peter’s Kitchen Trip Advisor reviews, click here.

When Portuguese is synonymous with sweet

21 Oct: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). When a newspaper in Kolkata, India, writes, “there are two periods in the history of sweets – before and after the Portuguese” is a homage to a part of the voyages of Discovery … I thank the historian João Paulo Oliveira E Costa for calling attention to the article in The Telegraph on 17th. Oct. … the article explains that in 1580 Portuguese merchants founded the city of Bambel, 50 kilometers from present-day Calcutta and produces two popular Bengali sweets, rasogolla and Sandesh … I was amazed to read that at a banquet around 1600, the Grand Mughal, emperor of India, delighted with cashews brought from Goa, where they had arrived, via Portuguese caravels, from Brazil. Today cashew is part of Indian cuisine and India becomes the world's leading producer. Let's stick around before we start talking about the vindaloo...  For further details click here
17 Oct: The Telegraph. How sweet, Portuguese …  click here



Funeral of Benny Mascarenhas. London. Ex Mombasa

24th September 2021, London, ex Mombasa. Funeral service for Benny Mascarenhas sadly passed away on Friday 24th September 2021. Born in Nairobi, studied at the Goan /Sacred Heart School in Mombasa, Husband of Cecilia, brother to Lambert, Sybil (late Benedict), Late Leslie (late Olga), Mina (Joe), Late Gracie (Martin), Late Philip (late Irene), Angela (late Tony), Jojo (Jennifer) and Uncle to many nephews, nieces and their children. Brother-in-law to Tyrone (Rose) Vaz. He was a well-known lead guitarist of The Shiftars in Mombasa, as well as for a short time with The Hombres in UK. A committed member of The Saligao Association and President in 1981, and previously active in G.O.A. His funeral mass will be at St. Mark’s RC Church West Wickham on Friday 5th November 2021. Due to ongoing COVID restrictions and restricted numbers imposed by the church. Funeral attendance is sadly by invitation only. The Church service will be live streamed at 10.55am go to: password funeral. For the Crematorium at 12.30pm again this will be live streamed to view go to website: User name: timo5098 password: 886873. A memorial donation in lieu of flowers can be made to The Roy Castle Lung cancer foundation Condolences to Cecilia Mascarenhas at Cecilia and the family are appreciative of all the condolences, calls and messages sent and thank you very much.

Death: Alice Rozario (née Sequeira). London. Ex Nairobi

11 Oct. 2021: Hounslow, Middlesex, UK. ALICE ROZARIO. Born 1939. Ex-Nairobi. Alice passed away peacefully in Hammersmith Hospital with her close family by her side a few hours after a cardiac arrest in a taxi outside her house. She was 82 and had lived a very busy and fulfilling life dedicated to her family, her many friends, and the church. She was a devoted wife to Vincent (deceased); and a loving mum to her two sons Kevin and Daryl. She was sister to Mila Carvalho (deceased), Johnny Sequeira (deceased), Paul Sequeira (deceased), Ancet Dourado, Tony Sequeira, and Andrew Sequeira.
Alice was very active in her local community and was loved by so many people in her neighbourhood and parish where she had been a Eucharistic Minister. We are thankful that she remained active and independent up until her last day with us. She is dearly missed. For condolences and details of the funeral arrangements, once they are finalised, please email Kevin:

News Summary

Goa Reports 47 New Coronavirus Cases, No Fresh Death; Active Tally At 597

20 Oct: Republic World. Goa reported 47 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, taking its tally to 177,706, while no fresh death due to the infection was registered in the state, a health department official said. The death toll remained unchanged at 3,354, he said… Goa's COVID-19 figures are as follows: Positive cases 177,706, new cases 47, death toll 3,354, discharged 173,755, active cases 597 …  For further details click here
20 Oct: Govt. of Goa. Status Of COVID-19 In Goa Dated: 20/10/2021 …  click here
20 Oct: IANS. 'Cautious about Covid spread in Goa during IFFI by foreign delegates'. The organisers of the country's biggest government-organised film festival, the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) are concerned about Covid-19 infections being spread in the state through foreign delegates… around 6,000 delegates were expected to participate in the festival which will be held in a hybrid mode… The festival is scheduled to be held in Goa from November 20-28 … click here.

Film on football in Goa gets shoutout from top footballers in England

20 Oct: Times of India. Goal Goa, a film chronicling the journey of football in the coastal state of India and promoting active vaccination against COVID-19, has received support from prominent English Premier League players like Ederson Santana de Moraes and Fernandinho from Manchester City, Neal Maupay from Brighton & Hove Albion, Thomas Tuchel from Chelsea, and Adam Lallana from Brighton FC among others. The film will be aired on Doordarshan on October 31 in India and on BT Sports in the UK on Oct. 27…  For further details click here
20 Oct: CineBlitz. Going to School trust launches Goal Goa to encourage families in India and South Asian communities in the UK to get vaccinated … Goal Goa is a feature film that begins in present-day Goa where football pitches have been closed for 18 months… Goal Goa is made by Going to School, a creative not-for-profit trust. Goal Goa is made possible through support from BT in India and BT Sport in the UK…  click here
Video: Goal Goa Promo/ Trailer of Goal Goa … click here.

A Goan YouTuber Who Showcases Goa’s Authentic Identity

20 Oct: It’s Goa. Moses J Saldanha is a Goan Youtuber, who went on to get over 100k subscribers in less than a year. He is very passionate about what he does and has been helping thousands of people to travel with his videos. Moses hopes to inspire a whole new generation of Goan Youtubers that anything is possible if you work for it. He says, “I used to always enjoy making videos, I never thought of doing it seriously though. During lockdown I used to watch a lot of videos and then I came across videos of Goa. Sadly none of them were of good quality and didn’t really tell you much about the place. It was mostly people talking about their holiday experience… I would like to say my wife Sharon Saldanha, she was super understanding even though I had to do hours of editing and come home late from shoots some days… I’m the first Goan vlogger to reach 100K+ Subscribers in less than one year…  For further details click here
For the Moses Saldanha You Tube Channel,  click here

Parts of Goa grappling with pollution

20 Oct: Times of India. The Goa State Pollution Control Board report for 2020-21 has revealed that the state is grappling with pollution on all fronts. While mining areas witnessed increasing dust pollution due to transportation, rivers, lakes and beaches saw the presence of faecal coliform. The board said that pollution levels crossed the ‘red mark’ not only in the state’s mining belt, but also in the capital, Panaji, and rural areas in Kundaim … The board reported faecal coliform exceeding permissible limits at many locations including the Mandovi, Zuari, Tiracol, Sal, Mapusa, Chapora and Tiracol rivers. It said this may be attributed to the release of untreated or partially-treated effluents along the water course. It also said that the coastal waters off several popular tourist hotspots including the Calangute, Miramar, Vagator, Colva, Morjim, Baina and Tiracol beaches have total coliform that exceeds permissible limits…  For further details click here

Goa Police lathi-charge Youth Congress workers protesting poker tourney

20 Oct: IANS. The police in Goa lathi-charged Youth Congress workers staging a 'mashal yatra' to protest against an ongoing poker tournament, which is being held at an offshore casino in the coastal state. "The Goa government does not allow religious functions to be held, so how is it allowing a global poker tournament," Goa Youth Congress President Varad Mardolkar told reporters. The incident took place late on Tuesday night. Mardolkar also claimed that crowds thronging the casinos in Goa were responsible for the second Covid wave in the state which claimed several lives…  For further details click here
Video: 20 Oct: HCN: Police lathi charge Congress workers in Panaji …  click here


DOCUMENTARY: Something Understood. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Sun. 24th Oct. 06:05 to 06:35. Saying Sorry. Mark Tully asks why many people find it difficult to apologise and considers the benefits of saying sorry. He also talks to Indian politician Mani Shankar Aiyar, who discusses the art of the tactical apology.

COOKERY: The Hairy Bikers Go North. BBC Two. Sunday 24th Oct. 11:30 to 12:30. The tour of Yorkshire continues as Simon King and Dave Myers meet Monalisa, who makes authentic Indian ready meals. The bikers use her home kit to cook some tasty prawn pakoras and naan bread.

DOCUMENTARY: Stop and Search. Channel 4. Sun. 24th Oct. 23:00 to 00:05. Jermaine Jenas examines the controversial policing policy, giving black men issued with hidden cameras the chance to share their experiences of being stopped and searched. The programme examines the scale of the issue, and its wide-reaching social, psychological and personal consequences for black men, who are nine times more likely to be stopped and searched than white men.

ARTS: Midnight's Children. BBC Radio 4 Extra. Monday 25th Oct. 15:00 to 16:00 and daily thereafter. Ayeesha Menon's dramatisation of Salman Rushdie's novel about a man whose fate is mysteriously handcuffed to the history of India. Starring: Nikesh Patel, Abhin Galeya, Meera Syal, Silas Carson, Maya Sondhi, Anil Goutam

FILM: Darkness Visible. London Live (Freeview 8). Wed. 27th Oct. 01:05 to 03:15. London-raised Ronnie returns to his home in India to discover his mother has died in mysterious circumstances. As he uncovers a series of similar strange deaths, Ronnie's own inner-darkness come to light. Thriller, starring Jaz Deol.

DOCUMENTARY: Understanding India's Covid Catastrophe. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 235). Wed. 27th Oct. 17:30 to 18:00. India endured one of the most harrowing Covid experiences in the world. Faye D'Souza breaks down what happened _ how it went so wrong and the lessons learnt.

REALITY SHOW: Restaurant Rescue. Channel 5. Thurs. 28th Oct. 04:00 to 04:45. Lilu. Alex Polizzi and Oliver Peyton help the owner of a fine-dining Indian restaurant in Leicester. The pair meet the owner of Lilu, Pratik, who is facing an uphill struggle to compete with the wealth of other Indian restaurants in the area. Lilu's expensive, fixed price menu does not sit well with customers, so the pair suggest Pratik relax his fine dining principles with a revamped a la carte menu.

COOKERY: Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast. Food Network. (Freeview 42). Thursday 28th Oct. 08:00 to 09:00. Jamie Oliver presents two shellfish recipes for the weekend. The guest in the cafe kitchen is TV property guru Kirstie Allsopp, who rustles up one of her favourite dishes, the Indian street food pani puri.

DOCUMENTARY: Donovan & the Beatles In India. Sky Arts (Freeview 11). Fri. 29th Oct. 22:45 to 23:45. In 1968 the Beatles visited India, where they discovered meditation and wrote over two dozen songs that were included in the White Album, Abbey Road and later solo albums. In this documentary, folk singer Donovan - who was the ringleader of the trip - retraces the journey he and the Fab Four took to shine a light on a world of peace, love and incredible creativity.


News Summary

Covid: Dire Warning from Goa: STAY AWAY IF YOU CAN!

19 Oct. Twitter. By Vivek Menezes in Goa … this is a reprise of the disaster that played out scant six months ago when the tourism floodgates were indiscriminately thrown open … Four more today, so fifteen deaths (15) in four days. The government won't tell you, but read the writing on the wall: Goa is on the verge of full-blown emergency all over again. Stay away if you can…  For further details click here
19 Oct: Republic World. Goa's coronavirus caseload went up by 80 to reach 177,659 on Tuesday, a health department official said. The death toll touched 3,354 as four patients succumbed to the infection during the day, he said. The number of recovered patients in the state rose to 173,685 with 56 persons getting discharged from hospitals. The number of active cases is now 620… Goa's COVID-19 figures: Positive cases 177,659, New cases 80, Death toll 3,354, Discharged 173,685, Active cases 620 …  click here
Video: 17 Oct: Goa 365 tv. Goa overflowing with tourists – look at Calangute … As the corona virus cases across the country go down and Goa opens up for tourism, there is a huge influx of tourists coming into the State. Here we see Calangute beach and surroundings… 2m. 48s. click here.

India: Catholic News In Brief

19 Oct: Vatican News. Card. Gracias launches synodal process for a listening and inclusive Church. A week after Pope Francis launched a 2-year-long process in preparation for the 2023 Synod of Bishops, Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay inaugurated it at the level of his Archdiocese on Oct. 17… + Listen to excerpts from the homily of Cardinal Oswald Gracias…  For further details click here
19 Oct: UCAN. A pincer movement aims to stop Christian mission in India. By John Dayal. The states of Punjab and Karnataka mobilize to curb evangelical work …  click here
19 Oct: UCAN. Vatican asks Indian bishops to curb priests violating canon law. Archbishop Girelli says trusts or NGOs often become a political and financial power base for priests … click here.

Crystelle Pereira is through to Round 6 of The Great British Bake Off

19 Oct: Channel 4. The Great British Bake Off. Series 5 Episode 5. It's a Bake Off first, as the bakers attempt to perfect traditional German biscuits and make a torte fit for a Prince, before rising to the challenge with a show stopping tiered cake using yeast… To watch this episode,  For further details click here
19 Oct: The Guardian. Crystelle’s Bavarian Brioche Yeast-Leavened Cake Showstopper…As always, Crystelle’s flavours sound incredible …  click here
Facebook: Crystelle Pereira: “WEEK FÜNF FINISHED!!! I made it past the halfway point are you JOKING ME! Big learning curve in very new territory this week - who knew yeasted cakes were a thing lol. For a profile of Crystelle with links to her Instagram and Facebook pages, click here.

Things getting worse in Western Ghats, says ecologist Madhav Gadgil

19 Oct: Indian Express. “Things are getting worse in Western Ghats”, says eminent ecologist Madhav Gadgil as he urged the people on the “grassroots” to “sufficiently pressure” the elected representatives to take measures to end disasters in areas along its traverse including Kerala. Gadgil and the report prepared by the Western Ghats Ecology Expert Panel (WGEEP) headed by him are back in news after over two dozen people lost their lives in landslides and flash floods occurred in the past few days in the hilly regions of Western Ghats in central Kerala districts of Kottayam and Idukki. “It is most unfortunate that things have to come to this kind of dire situation,” he said… 1240 words.  For further details click here

Goa wants 'rich tourists', not ones who travel on low budget: Minister

19 Oct: Middle East North Africa Financial Network. Goa only wants "richest tourists" and not the kind of travellers who visit the coastal state on shoestring budget and cook food in the buses that they travel in Goa, Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar (photo) said on Tuesday. "We do not want tourists who consume drugs. We do not want tourists who ruin Goa. We do not want tourists who cook food in buses in Goa. We want richest tourists. We want tourists who respect our culture, heritage and Goan-ness. We welcome tourists, but they should enjoy Goa within the limits of culture and tradition," Ajgaonkar told reporters on the side-lines of the ongoing two-day session of the state legislative assembly…  For further details click here

British Expats: Best country to relocate named in new 2021 list

19 Oct: Daily Express (UK). A survey of over 20,000 expats was conducted to find out what are the best countries to move to. The 14th annual Expat Explorer study found that locations where a sense of stability has been maintained ranked highly… The best locations for overall wellbeing are Australia and Spain. Switzerland and New Zealand came after in terms of mental and physical wellbeing. Regarding the places where expats feel most fulfilled, with 51 percent, Indonesia and UAE ranked highest. India followed with 49 percent …  For further details click here
18 Oct: Expat Explorer Survey 2021. Expats around the world give their views on living abroad in our annual survey…  click here
18 Oct. Expat Explorer Survey. Moving to India. Your guide to expat life in India. Culture and community in the heart of Asia … click here.


News Summary

Aires Rodrigues to contest Assembly elections from Panjim

18 Oct: Herald. Lawyer-activist Aires Rodrigues has announced to contest the upcoming Assembly polls from Panjim constituency. Rodrigues, known to have dragged some politicians and bureaucrats to the courts for alleged illegal and irregular activities, said he decided to jump in the poll fray following requests from his well-wishers. “Over the last few months many of my well-wishers have been urging me to consider contesting the forthcoming Goa Assembly elections. Having crossed the age 60 threshold, I was hesitating. It is no secret that my two goals in life had been to be an advocate and an MLA. Having achieved the first aspiration, after very meticulous consideration I have decided to throw my hat in the political ring,” he said…  For further details click here
For the Aires Rodrigues website,  click here
Aires Rodrigues lived in Toronto and London before moving back to Goa. For the 2003 Goan Voice supplement on Aires Rodrigues, click here.

Noted artist Vamona Sinai Navelcar passes away

10 Oct: Navhind Times. Noted artist Vamona Sinai Navelcar, 92, passed away on Monday morning at a hospital in the capital city. The artist breathed his last after ailing for some time now. Admitted for a chest infection, Navelcar was on a life support for the last two days…  For further details click here
19 Oct: Herald. Vamona Navelcar is no longer with us. His death evoked responses from the various people, many of whom had the pleasure of interacting with him and yes those who admired his work. Vivek Menezes … Yolanda De Sousa, painter and muralist … Ines Figueira, Director Fundação Oriente Delegation … Marius Fernandes … Subodh Kerkar, Installation artist … Eminent Goan writer Savia Viegas … Miriam Koshy Sukhija is an artist … Finally perhaps no one knows him better than Dr. R. Benedito Ferrão and Dr. Vishvesh Prabhakar Kandolkar…  click here
Video: From Portugal to Pomburpa, Vamona click here.

Video: Clean chit to Goa Government, blames hospital for not raising issue in oxygen-related Covid deaths

18 Oct: Times Now TV. The Goa government formed a three-member committee to investigate suspected oxygen supply concerns at Goa Medical College and Facility (GMC) in May during the second Covid-19 wave. The hospital has been accused for coronavirus-related deaths due to mismanagement of as many as 80 people. The amount of Covid-19 deaths during the second wave, when medical oxygen was in low supply, was judged to not be unusual, according to the panel's findings. The hospital administration failed to highlight the issue of oxygen crisis or seek oxygen supplementation in time to avoid it. The report, on the other hand, said nothing about the role of the Goa government and gave it a clean chit…  For further details click here
19 Oct: Republic World. Opposition Slams Goa's Sawant Govt On Oxygen Shortage Deaths During COVID Second Wave …  click here

Goa’s first alcohol museum dedicated to Feni, a local brew, is here!

18 Oct: Microsoft News. For most of us, Goa means beaches, casinos and parties. And a much-loved feature in these parties, apart from the beer, is feni, a locally distilled liquor found in the state. And now, this much-loved drink has a museum dedicated to it! The museum, called All About Alcohol, is a venture by local businessman Nandan Kudchadkar. Located in the beach village of Candolim, the museum is home to hundreds of artefacts related to feni, a drink made from cashews. It houses traditional glass vats in which the liquor was stored centuries ago …  For further details click here

Go for Goa with the family

17 Oct: The Sunday Telegraph (UK). Winter-Sun Winners. Go for Goa with the family. Goan beaches are much more inviting than those in Kerala and the climate is less humid, making them ideal for a family winter-sun holiday. Resorts north of the capital, Panjim, cater to the party crowd, so head south where an emptier strand of much finer sand runs from miles from Colva to Mobor. Here, the Leela Goa is the place to stay. Set among lakes and a golf course, it has a superb spa, a good children's club and can offer any amount of babysitting…  For further details click here
17 Oct: The Sunday Telegraph (UK) Tell us about your travels in India for the chance to win a £250 stay courtesy of Elite Hotels. Our cover story celebrates the best of India. If you have experienced the magic of the subcontinent, we'd like to hear your tales and anecdotes.... The reader who sends in the best entry wins a £250 hotel voucher. click here.

Video: No funds to pay salaries, Sport dept lapses post for sportspersons: Goan Athlete Desiree Pereira

17 Oct: Herald HCN. On the one hand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the BJP Government is claiming to promote sports in the country but at the ground level the athletes and sports persons are suffering. Some have won laurels and medals for the state and country, but their efforts are not rewarded with govt jobs. Today in our exclusive story we feature a Goan athlete --Desiree Pereira, who won several medals and brought laurels to the state in shot put and discus. But unfortunately, when she applied for the job as athletics coach under Directorate of Sports and Youth affairs, the post was lapsed. Hence she was forced to take up a job with govt of Haryana where she is presently an athletics coach. Desiree tells her story….  For further details click here



Funeral Maria Ferrao e Colaço. London. Ex Goa & Nairobi

The Funeral mass will be held on Friday 22 October 2021 at 12:00 hrs at Our Lady of Victories Church, Kensington 235a Kensington High Street London W8 6SA. Interment at North Sheen Cemetery, Lower Richmond Road, North Sheen, Surrey, TW9 4LL at 14.00 hrs, followed by a Wake at Our Lady of Victories Church, Kensington (Entrance to the hall on Abington Road) at 16.00hrs. (Livestreaming:
MARIA IRIA FILOMENA ILDA PAULA XAVIER FERRAO E COLAÇO, died peacefully in her sleep on 23rd Sep 2021. Beloved wife of late Jose Maria Colaço (Goa, Kenya & UK). Mother/Mother-in-Law of Irene Joyce Colaço, James & Elma Colaço, Angela & Fatimo Godinho, and Agnelo Colaço (UK) Doting grandmother of Myra, Anna, Matthew and Tony (UK).Condolences to

News Summary

Video: Inaugural Celebration of the Goan Community Centre, Toronto – Highlights

16 Oct: Goan Overseas Association of Toronto.  click here
Facebook. Goan Overseas Association of Toronto. Photos and other video clips,  click here
17 Oct. GoaNet. By Albert Peres. A subdued opening by Goan standards due to COVID restrictions. Heartfelt speeches by local City, Provincial and Federal Politicians of the area … Former Mississauga Mayor, Hazel McCallion is over 100 years old and still attends and speaks at community events. A remarkable feat… The acquisition of the space took extraordinary effort to find and close a good deal and then renovate an interior. Many individuals, businesses and small entrepreneurs from the community were called upon and responded by donating time, effort, expertise, and equipment… Mayor Patrick Brown commented, '...your summer Festival in Mississauga is renowned...I hope we can have a version of this one day in Brampton.' … Good work GOA Toronto... click here.

From porn stars and party animals to the mafia, Russian trouble in paradise

17 Oct: South China Morning Post. (Hong Kong). Russian tourism and crime seem to go hand in hand at exotic locations where they holiday to escape the cold… Western European hippies and backpackers have been visiting Goa since the early ’60s … In the ’90s young Israelis decompressing after compulsory military service dominated the party scene. By 2010, the tables had turned again and Russians surpassed Israelis as the largest group of visitors in Goa, with half a million arrivals a year… The Economic Times stated: "In Goa, the Russian mafia is everywhere. You are knowledgeably told about land grabbing and crime syndicates and drug and prostitution rings operated by Russians.” The Russian mob also control scores of brothels in Goa, where sex workers are "in every sense slaves to their masters, who subject them to brutal beatings if they dare to protest on any pretext … 3311 words  For further details click here

December 18, 1961 - A historic date

16 Oct: Diário de Notícias (Portugal). By Valentino Viegas (photo). … I will highlight some more relevant aspects that occurred then, both those that displease and embarrass me, or those that continue to be in line with my convictions… On that unforgettable day I was in Goa when I heard the hissing sound of fighter planes passing by over my house… A short time has elapsed, I hear the clear rumble of bombs… no one believed that a military action could have been unleashed by the Indian Union, because they were sure that, if that happened, NATO would intervene in favor of Portugal, preventing its implementation promptly… 3136 words.  click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here

Goa sees highest sex trafficking: Report

16 Oct: Times of India. The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report for 2020 has highlighted that sex trafficking in Goa is 1.1%, which is the highest (per capita population) in the country … As per the NCRB report in 2020, there were 17 cases of sex trafficking registered in Goa. There were 30 girls rescued and chargesheet was filed in 95.2% cases. Cases acquitted were only two and cases convicted were zero [!].  For further details click here
Video: 17 Oct: Herald. Sex trafficking must be stopped in Goa; NGO’s hold awareness drive at Calangute …  click here
17 Oct: The Goan. Prostitution racket busted at Colva; 3 held, girls rescued … click here.

When Maldives was ruled by Catholic kings living all the way in Goa

16 Oct: Scroll. If history had taken a different turn in the 16th century, the Maldives may have ended up becoming a part of modern India… Dom Philippe, the third-generation Catholic king of the Maldives, ruled the archipelago from Goa and had a regent in Male…. Dom Manoel continued to practise Catholicism and lived out the rest of his life in Goa. When he passed away in 1583 his son son Dom João was named king in absentia… Some of Dom Manoel’s descendants managed to stay behind in Goa, eventually assimilating with the Catholic society. The relatively brief presence of members of the Maldivian royalty is almost completely forgotten in Goa…  For further details click here

Felicitating the innovators of the culinary industry in Goa for this year

16 Oct: Times of India. MATSYA RESTAURANT & BAR: Iconic Goan Authentic Restaurant & Bar. Address: Asupam Plaza, Opposite Duler Church, Duler Ground Rd, near Vision Hospital, Mapusa … CAFÉ ORANGE BOOM: Started by Lazaro Dsouza in 1989, Orange Boom is a Breakfast Café located in Anjuna. Having been one of the first breakfast cafes in the early 90s, it has successfully been running it for three decades, aided by Lazaro’s son…. ROOFTOP LOUNGE & BAR: Iconic Sports Lounge Bar, La Ben Resort, Colva Beach Road Colva …  For further details click here



Funeral: Francis Soares. London. Ex Mombasa

22 Oct. 2021: The funeral service of Francis is to be held at St Peter & St Paul Catholic Church, Cranmer Rd, Mitcham CR4 4LD on Friday 22nd October at 11:30am. This will be followed by a wake at Mitcham Golf Club, Carshalton Rd, Mitcham CR4 4HN. Please note face coverings/masks are mandatory in the church. Presently there are no Covid restrictions when attending funerals but to help to accommodate everyone if you wish to attend or if you wish to view service online, please email
FRANCIS ASSIS SOARES. Born 4th July 1937 died on 26 Sep 2021. Ex Mombasa. Son of Joao Jeronimo Soares and Ascencao Ana Maria Rita Soares (Mombasa, Corlim Goa). Beloved husband of Aninha Soares (Calangute & UK). Loving Father to Saleeta Coates (UK) and Lenin Soares (UK). Doting Grandparent to Adam Coates UK) and Benedict Coates (UK).

Death: Abbey (Mendes) Desouza. Toronto. Ex Karachi
7 Oct: Oshawa, Ont. ABELINA FRANCESCA FELICIA DE SOUZA. Formerly of Al Saddar, Karachi. Aged 71. Loving wife of Bernard de Souza for 44 years. Much loved mother of Beverley de Souza, Brigitta de Souza, Braedon de Souza. Loving sister of Thecla Danton and Louis Mendes and his wife Susan. Visitation at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Rd. N. Whitby on Sunday October 17th from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 373 Simcoe Street S. Oshawa on Monday October 18th at 10:30 a.m. [Info: Pompie Gois] For full details, photo, messages of condolence and shared memories  For further details click here

News Summary

Alexander Rodrigues: from celestial bodies to ballet ones

15 Oct: Limelight (Australia). After doing a double degree, Alexander Rodrigues had to choose between astrophysics and music… The Robert and Elizabeth Albert Fellowships support the development of conductors and pianists in the field of classical ballet. In August, 28-year-old Alexander Rodrigues became the fifth young conductor to take up the one-year conducting fellowship and is now based at The Australian Ballet until the middle of next year… Rodrigues was born and raised in Brisbane in a family that was “a tiny bit” musical. “Mum learned piano when she was young; she doesn’t play any more though. Dad didn’t learn when he was young but [our] piano is from his family side, and has been in the family for four generations. It was brought out to Brisbane when Mum and Dad emigrated out here,” says Rodrigues whose parents were born in Mombasa, Kenya, as were their parents. “The family originates from Goa, India, hence the Portuguese surname.” … 1582 words.  For further details click here
30 Nov. 2017. Cut Common. EXPOSED! Life in the orchestra chorus with Alexander Rodrigues, tenor …  click here

Video: Goans of Aden

15 Oct: BrieFNcountes. An insight into the life of another Goan migratory community -- the Goans of Aden. Keith Vaz was born there, and so were Lynn Mario and Eric. In this video, a professor from Brazil and an engineer in Goa, reminisce about their days and times in Aden. The history and geography of the region. Why it had close connections with "British India" and migration from Goa. Also, a brief look at the Goan community there, how different it was from Goan diasporas in the rest of the Persian Gulf, East Africa, Karachi, the Indian subcontinent. Some unexpected stories -- encountering Dhirubhai Ambani (and his Aden connection) and how Eric married a young Goan lady without known that she too had roots in Aden…  For further details click here

Today's Murders in Goa

17 Oct: Navhind Times. In what came as shocking news to the villagers in Agonda, a woman was shot dead by her husband after she returned home from work on Saturday evening. According to sources in the police, the alleged murder took place at Karasimoll in Agonda wherein a man in his forties allegedly shot his wife Sonia Monteiro, aged 39, with a gun after she returned home from work…  For further details click here
16 Oct: Hindustan Times. Two elderly sisters found murdered in Goa flat. The victims identified as Mangala Kamat, 76, and Jeevan Kamat, 68, were found dead in their flat on Saturday morning...  click here
17 Oct: India Today. A parking lot attendant was killed by tourists in Goa’s Anjuna. The accused were later arrested by the police at Polem check post… click here.

The 50 Best Party Cities In The World

15 Oct: BroBible (USA). By Neil Bulson. Too many people have too many ideas about what makes for a good vacation spot – food, scenery, local history, arts and culture, etc. – but we know you care more about one thing than any other: the partying… 1: Rio, 2: Ibiza, 3: Las Vegas, 4: Goa, Speaking of raves, the venerable Goa, India basically invented the rave. A favorite of hippies for decades, Goa developed the infamous Goa Trance, which is pretty much what people think of when they think of the stereotypical rave. The modern party scene almost originated in Goa. Anytime you can say that, you’ve earned a place of high honor on a list like this…  For further details click here

For Canadian-Pakistani filmmaker, Karachi is both muse and escape

15 Oct: Al Jazeera. Hamza Bangash loves Karachi. The Canadian-Pakistani filmmaker’s latest film, Bhai, that opened to much interest and appreciation at the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival, is centred in his home town where, according to him, “anything can happen” … Bangash himself was born in Karachi in 1991 and moved with his parents to Mississauga in Canada when he was nine… The film 1978 deals with the marginalisation of Lenny, a Goan-Christian rock star, during the rapid Islamisation of Pakistan in the late 1970s. The 17-minute film brings to light his insecurity, vulnerability, angst as well as his refusal to reinvent himself as a state-sanctioned singer, his assertion of his identity, and the outright refusal to live a lie – a cautionary tale about the repercussions for the artistes and the minorities in the face of a collusion between state and religion…  For further details click here
For a trailer of the film,  click here
To watch the film, 17 minutes, on the Locarno Film Festival platform which also has a link to a Q & A with Bangash, click here.

Video: History of Goa

15 Oct. History Media-HD. The history of Goa dates back to prehistoric times, though the present-day state of Goa was only established as recently as 1987. In spite of being India's smallest state by area, Goa's history is both long and diverse… The Usgalimal rock engravings, exhibit some of the earliest traces of human settlement in India… During the medieval period, Goa was ruled by the Kadamba kingdom … The Portuguese invaded Goa in 1510 … The Portuguese rule lasted for about 450 years, and heavily influenced Goan culture, cuisine, and architecture… In 1961, the Indian Army invaded and annexed Goa after a 36 hour battle…  For further details click here



Death: Maria Filomena Rodrigues-Fernandes. Goa; ex Nairobi, Kenya

14 October 2021. Benaulim, Goa. MARIA FILOMENA RODRIGUES-FERNANDES. Ex Nairobi, Kenya. Born 02/06/1936. Wife of late Santan Piedade Fernandes Ex Nairobi. Mother/Mother-in-law of Agnes / late Loyola D’ lima, Luis/Bella Fernandes, Crisolco/Carrie Fernandes, Elias /Julieta Fernandes, Galdin /Anthony Costa. Grandma of Sanjoe /Preeti D’Lima, Velda/ Romeo Barretto, Saville/Nikita Fernandes, Shaun Fernandes, Chloe Fernandes/Shaquille Weeks, Clarissa Fernandes, Jonathan/ Late Venecia/Velroy Fernandes, Swinton/Velaine Costa, Clinton /Leanaza Costa. Great grandma to Jaeden /Jaezel Barretto, Yanira D’Lima and Kieran Weeks. Funeral rites were held on 14 October 2021 at 4pm at St John the Baptist Church, Benaulim, Goa. Condolence wishes: or or

News Summary

UK airlines plan Goa flights as India opens up to foreign tourists

15 Oct: Business Standard. Goa will receive charter flights from Russia and the United Kingdom from November as India opens the door to foreign tourists. While travel agents from Goa said TUI Airways flights from the UK are expected from the first week of November, the airline said operations will start from December 13. “We’re operating to Goa from December 13. However, this is still under review pending government advice,” a TUI spokesperson said in an email response… While all travellers coming to India need a negative RT-PCR test report 72 hours before departure, those from the UK need to be tested on arrival and have to undergo seven days of home quarantine according to February 17 guidelines of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. “We need more clarity on health and quarantine regulations,” said Nilesh Shah, president of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa…  For further details click here
15 Oct: TUI. Check prices for UK (London & Manchester) direct flights to Goa from Dec 13: Max 4 weeks return from £703.  click here
15 Oct: BBC. Coronavirus: India to allow foreign tourists after 19 months. … However, the authorities are yet to spell out the testing, vaccination, and quarantine rules for travellers… click here.

Toronto: Sat. 16 Oct. Inaugural Opening Celebration of the Goan Community Centre

16 Oct. at 11:00am (16:00 UK) GOA Toronto. GOA Toronto President, Selwyn Collaco and his team of volunteers have spent months renovating and preparing this building for the community and their future generations. Join us virtually for this proud moment! …  click here
For a free invitation to personally attend the Saturday or Sunday Event,  click here
Facebook. For some Goan Community Centre project videos and photos, click here.

Canada: Stephanie Braganza Redefines The Music Industry With A Social Impact In Mind

13 Oct: Stephanie Braganza’s vocal talent is the definition of exceptional, at its core it has genuine meaning and value for the world today. Over the course of her career, she’s become world renowned and respected globally… She’s an Ontario based singer that took advice to heart by releasing songs that were both melodic but meant to disrupt the social norm and make people question what they grew up with in everyday life. An iconic example of this is Braganza’s music video “Chains of Silence’’ which illuminates many staggering truths about the dairy industry… On the musical front, Stephanie says “South Asian women tend to be overlooked in the mainstream music industry…” 1097 words.  For further details click here
Stephanie Braganza was born in Kingston, Ont. For the Stephanie Braganza website with videos, photos, press, bio etc.  click here

Toronto: Becca Pereira: From Receptionist to Chef and Founder of a Pop-up Family Kitchen

15 Oct: Bloomberg Business Week. Becca Pereira, a former model who’d recently lost her job as a receptionist, started her own pop-up restaurant in Canada’s largest city. Four months later, she was serving paying customers authentic Goan food through her new venture, Spice Girl Eats. The name reflects the cuisine of the 23-year-old’s family, which originates from the coastal state of Goa … Goan cuisine targets all five taste sensations—sweet, bitter, salty, sour, and spicy… Pereira quickly brought her mother on board, a professional chef who was born in the Goan village of Navelim, as head chef and business partner… They use a book of handwritten Goan recipes passed down from Becca’s maternal great-grandmother, who catered parties and wrote cookbooks for neighbors in India… She’s started free delivery of the products to some Toronto neighborhoods, and is planning Canada-wide shipping… 893 words.  For further details click here
Video: Receptionist to Family Kitchen Founder. After Becca Pereira lost her job as a receptionist mid-pandemic, she turned to her family's Goan roots and her great-grandmother's handwritten recipe book. Today she's running one of Toronto's most exciting culinary pop-ups.  click here
To order Pereira's takeout meals, click here.
Pradegal. Becca Pereira, Model + Aspiring Chef … photos. click here.

Inside Karachi's only Goan food store

15 Oct: Mint. One wouldn’t associate Karachi with authentic Goan dishes such as sorpotel or bebinca. But that’s only if you haven’t heard of, the Pakistani city’s only Goan store, run by the tight-knit Fernandes family—Assis, Luciana and their daughters, Donna and Stephanie. The store, opened last October, caters to a large Goan community, some of whose members have been living in the city for well over three generations. The dishes, prepared by Assis and Luciana, have been tweaked to suit Karachi’s palate and cultural norms. So, beef has replaced pork in the sorpotel. The chorizo maas too uses diced fatty beef, marinated in fiery spices, instead of pork… For many, the store embodies memories of a land left behind…  For further details click here

Goan Voice UK is funded by donations, events advertising and sponsorship from the world-wide Goan Community.

PayPal for secure credit card transactions

For details click here


This Space Can be Yours!

Become a Goan Voice UK Sponsor

A&G Event Experts

Let A&G (Antonio Fernandes ex Uganda; & Gabriel Fernandes ex UAE), Hospitality Professionals, take away the stress of organising Authentic Goan Weddings and Parties within your budget, at your home or in selected venues in London and abroad. For our website with photo gallery, testimonials and contact details, go to

Goan Association (UK)

Website at:

Goa Holiday Homes

Do you want comprehensive information on Goa, properties for sale, rent, hotels, flights, Goan music, videos, recipes , beaches and a lot more? Visit


Acron, Goa's leading edge developers since 1988 presents eco-friendly apartments and villas

Department of NRI Affairs, Govt. of Goa

You need to register to access the site. Some of the links: Press Releases; Indian Embassies; Handbook for Non Resident Goans; Scholarship Programme for Diaspora Children, Eminent Goans, Konkani Dictionary etc.… Go to

Divine Retreat Centre - Ramsgate, Kent, UK

The famed Potta Centre now has a UK base. Phone: 01843586904 Email: Visit, with Programme of Events, Retreats, healing services, photos, videos and more.

Goan for Hotel bookings

Choose your Hotel on our website
Competitive rates and allocations for Hotels even during Festive Seasons..!! Book
Early…. You won't be disappointed!! Contact Glenn Rodrigues, Call 07584081756
or email

HoneyBbuzz Music

Music for your occasion. Duo Trio Band Disco. Anniversaries Birthdays Weddings.
English Latin American Konkani Swahili. Contact: James mobile: 07546 999 677 Remos
mobile: 07448 160 917. Email:

International Flights & Holiday Specialist.

Charter Flights to Goa. UK. Contact Savio/Astrid Viegas on 02083619198 / 07732994274 / +919545599178 (whatsapp)

London: Olde Goa Restaurant & Food Products

For the Restaurant, visit For food products - Goan Fish Curry, Vindaloo Paste, Rechado Masala, Pickles, Prawn Mole, Goan Vinegar etc. visit Contact Savio Azaredo, 07956206056

Mango Travel by Bobby DeSouza

Goa: Specialist in flights, packages, Cruises & Worldwide destinations. Allow us to make your Flights & Holidays a magical experience. Retail Agents For Atol Holders. Email Tel. 020 3289 5909 Mob 07956816799

Mervs Mobile Bar

We are a Mobile Bar Service to cater for your special events and functions. Visit
us at
Personal Licence Holder. Contact: Mervin Pereira. Mobile: 07940 705714

Muthoot Group UK: Unchanging Values…in Changing Times

For Travel Services, Online Money Transfer ( Foreign Exchange, Gold Loans, contact Muthoot Group (,
established in India since 1887 and IN UK since 2007 with offices in Croydon,
Southall, Wembley and East Ham. Contact Clive Vaz on 020 3130 1774.

Nuage Travel

We offer the full range of travel services, specialising in Goa Flights and Worldwide
Holidays. Special rates for the Exposition. ATOL/IATA. Contact Carl Paes on 0203
411 8677,

OCI Assistance

We provide NRI services including OCI Lifelong Visa to India, Pan Card and other NRI services such as Affidavit drafting, Indian Passport Surrender, Naturalisation certificate, Translation services and Deed Poll. Tel: 0203 105 8162. Email: Website:

Shelton Goes Solo

Shelton is a household name in Goa, as a performer and teacher of music. After
decades of performances around the globe he is now in London, set to get your
party rocking.
Tel. +447 49497 8844

South East England: Da Gama Cars

We offer convenient, reliable and luxurious transport for Weddings. For the website,
click here. For the Facebook page, click
. Please feel free to email or call me: Ashley Da Gama,
Mobile: 0745 328 0420

Special fares to Goa

Call Joanita Fernandes 0208 202 0944 or Email:

A taste of home!

Nestled in the beautiful village of Moira, '7 Short 1 Long' invites you to abandon
the maddening crowds and enjoy a nostalgic Goan experience. For our Facebook page,
click here For a review of the restaurant, click here

Visit Africa Safaris

A family-run safari and travel business specializing in East Africa, managed by Heather-Gail de Souza, daughter of the legendary late Lewis and late Antoinette de Souza. The Company has 36 years' experience of Safaris and Travel in East Africa. For a video link, click here. For the Company website, click here To contact Heather-Gail, email:
Mobile: +254 725860439

Stallions Air

ATOL 9179

Tel: 020 7580 5999 or 0797 9861 455 / 0795 0132 999

Time Travel

Specialising in Flights to GOA and other parts of India. ATOL & IATA Bonded.
Call us 0203 475 3560 or 0208 429 8333

Tito’s – Where Else?!

Tito’s, Baga, Goa – Founded in 1971 by the late Tito & Lucille De Souza (ex-Mombasa & Nairobi)Nightclubs, restaurants, supermarkets, apartments, signature villas and more

Villa Calangute

For Private, Spacious, Self-Catered & Luxury villas in Goa just 2-10 minute's
walk to Calangute Beach.

Goan Voice UK designed by VCOMPLETE
and funded by donations and sponsorship from the world-wide Goan Community and friends of Goa.