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'Mhozo Ganv, Mhojem Goy’ scheme? NRI – Not Really Interested!

Silviano Barbosa

29 Nov: The Goan. By Frankey Fernandes. The Goa government's ambitious ‘Mhozo Ganv, Mhojem Goy’ scheme hopes to attract investment from people of Goan origin settled all over the world. But is the scheme, or its promoters for that matter, likely to attract the investors? Three questions were sent to people of Goan origin residing in different parts of the world… Thumbs Down: Silviano Barbosa (photo) Toronto … Darrell DeMello, Minnesota … Tome Jose Elvino de Sousa, Sydney … Tony Colaco, Sydney … Armenia Fernandes, UAE … Salus Correia, Melbourne … Joshua Diniz, Seattle …
Thumbs Up: Baptist Lobo, Auckland … 1386 words.  click here

Goan to head Kuoni Group HR

30 Nov: Times of India. In a proud moment for Goa, Bernard Martyris, whose family is from Nachinola, is the first non-European to be appointed as the group chief human resources officer, Kuoni Group [which includes VHS Global]. Speaking to TOI, Martyris spoke about his love for Goa and his hobbies. "I am proud to be a Goan. Though I no longer stay here, I make it a point to come down every year to Goa if not twice a year especially for Christmas and New Year," the 65-year old said…  click here

Swindon: Carillion manager carried out "thousands of hours" of investigations

29 Nov: 16:03 GMT. Swindon Advertiser. The industrial tribunal into claims of harassment and discrimination against Goan workers at the Great Western Hospital heard from its final witness on Friday (27 Nov). Gemma Lynch, Carillion’s facilities general manager at the hospital, had conducted an investigation into individual complaints by Goan workers about some of their supervisors. She admitted to the tribunal that her theory was that Carillion staff who had joined the GMB union had hatched a plot to oust supervisor Christine Woods by accusing her of harassment, racism and bribery… she had interviewed more than 50 staff each with an average of five personal grievances… she had not upheld a single grievance. Instead some Goan workers were recommended for disciplinary action… 605 words.  click here

Sex Trade Sustains Parallel Economy

30 Nov: Navhind Times. By Nandkumar M Kamat (photo). Porn Websites have sprouted from Morjim such as Sexy Goa. Performers are mostly Russians and from other Slavic countries … With rapidly falling birth and death rate, high degree of contraceptive literacy, easy availability of pregnancy prevention and birth control devices, free for all- let us do 'it' at least once, campus sexual revolution, rising local teenage pregnancies, alarming rate of legal abortions, Goan society now highly urbanised and turned hedonistic, doesn't appear to feel ashamed or scandalised any more by expanding commercial sex trade which has acquired stunning interstate and international dimensions.  click here

Antonio Costa, a politician beyond the colour of his skin

29 Nov: Herald. A year ago, when Antonio Costa was elected the general secretary of the Socialist Party in Portugal and hence the party’s prime ministerial candidate, the Portuguese newspaper Publico met with him and a few Goans in Portugal to learn more about his ancestry. Today, Costa is the Prime Minister of Portugal and interest in knowing more about him is renewed. Herald reproduces the article Antonio Costa, a Politician … 2649 words.  click here
Antonio by way of Alexandria. 29 Nov: The Goan. By R. Benedito Ferrao. St Catherine of Alexandria’s feast day links the Portuguese conquest of Goa and Antonio Costa’s rise to power. But what are the pitfalls of believing in such coincidences? … 849 words.  click here
Colonial cousins. By Frederick Noronha. click here.

Goa needs to come back online

29 Nov: Herald. The problem here is that Goa’s IT policy is there on the wall, but not on the table. Over the past two or three years, several attempts have been made to form a policy and implement it, neither of which has happened. We do not have a policy despite three failed attempts. The fourth one is on the anvil… Our panelists are Nitin Kunkolienker, member of the Advisory Committee on IT; Vincent Toscano, vice president of the Goa IT Professionals; Prajyot Mainkar, chairman of the Young Entrepreneurs Forum; and Mangirish Salelkar, CEO of Umang Software Technologies… 3956 words.  click here

Tourism: Another Bad Year

29 Nov: Herald. The tourism industry has its hands full as the State faces another year of dwindling tourism. A variety of factors are responsible for the low turnout of tourists with cost of stay, garbage and poor infrastructure leading the list…
29 Nov: Herald.Goa portrayed as haven for junkies …  click here

Russians shun Goa due to 'local incidents'; India removed from safe travel list

29 Nov: International Business Times. The Russian government has removed India from its list of safe travel destinations owing to safety concerns, particularly in Goa, according to reports… This decision will majorly affect Goa, where most of the foreign tourists are from Russia. Head of the Russian information centre Ekaterina Belyakova said local incidents in Goa and price rise had prompted Russia to take the decision… "The crisis began in 2014, and together with the devaluation of the rouble, Russians arriving in Goa halved in number. Contributing to this was also negative incidents involving taxi drivers and price rise, " said Belyakova…  click here
30 Nov: Herald Voice. A new statement from Russian Information Centre (RIC) dismissed the report that they have struck off the names of Goa and India from the list of "safe" travel destinations …  click here

Football: Gaurs blast Blasters; seal semi- finals berth

30 Nov: Herald. FC Goa came from a goal down to hammer 10-man Kerala Blasters FC 5-1 and steal a place in the semi- finals of the Hero Indian Super League in their 13th round clash in Kochi, on Sunday. FC Goa were aided by a hat- trick from Brazilian striker Reinaldo Oliveira and enjoyed a numerical advantage after Kerala Blasters FC midfielder Josue Currais was sent off at the stroke of half time…  click here

White Xmas V Bright Xmas
29 Nov: The Sun (UK). £1000: RELAX in Goa with a 14-night all-inclusive stay at the 3* Dona Sylvia Beach Resort from £974 per person, including flights from Gatwick on December 2 and transfers. See or call 0871 200 7799 …
29 Nov: The Sun (UK). … Goa: With its gorgeous sweeping, golden sands, Goa is a great-value destination for Christmas sunshine… Known as India Light and first made popular as a must-go trip for the hippie crowd, Goa is perfect for party people and those who just want to get away from it all. Two weeks in a standard room with air conditioning at the Chalston is £1,199 per person, which includes breakfast.  click here



Death: Wesley Fernandes

14 Nov: London. WESLEY XAVIER FERNANDES. Ex Miramar, Goa. Beloved son of Sebastiao Fernandes (Retd. Directorate of Health Services, Panjim / Ida Fernandes (Retd. Teacher Don Bosco's Paniim), Loving Brother / Brother-in-law of Fr. Edison (SDB), Aldrin/Shelley, Kerwin/Shirley, Lavoisier. Affectionate uncle of Rachel & Elsa, Kellan & Shanessa. His mortal remains will be brought to Stella Maris Chapel Miramar or Eucharistic Celebration on Monday. 30th Nov. at 3.30 p.m. followed by burial at St. Inez Cemetery.

Death: Sindu Correia

22 Nov: Swindon, UK. SINDU KURADE e CORREIA. Ex St. Cruz, Goa. Beloved wife of Jerry Correia (Ex T. B. Control Prog/DHS). Loving mother of Swapnil Correia. Daughter of Late Narayan Kurade and Late Sushma Kurade. Sister of Late Sandesh Kurade. Funeral date will be announced later.

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Crime Branch for lie detector test on boys with Bismarque on the night of his death

29 Nov: Herald. Crime Branch (CB) sleuths, probing the death of priest-turned-social activist Fr Bismarque Dias will move the local court seeking a lie detector test on the two boys with whom he was last seen near the sluice gate. Sources said the prosecution will move the plea for permission to carry out the test and this will depend on whether their parents give their consent for it…  click here

Superintendent of Police Bosco George goes from fighting corruption to control room

28 Nov: Herald. Investigations into some high-profile corruption cases, involving senior politicians including MLAs, and bribery case against the chief minister’s brother-in-law may take a hit, as the State on Friday transferred Superintendent of Police (SP) Bosco George from the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) to a marginal unit of Goa police…  click here

Must-visit Portuguese sights in Goa

28 Nov: Asian Correspondent. Portugal shaped the unique culture that still remains today. We’ve put together a selection of the best sights dating back to this era… Basilica of Bom Jesus … Casa Araujo Alvares … Se de Santa Catarina … Fort Aguada … Church of St Augustine …  click here

Propping up the old homestead in Goa

28 Nov: Bella Online. By Marianne de Nazareth. Plumbing, electricity and cutting down the palm. Those were the three jobs we came prepared to handle in the old homestead. A lot of work for a week but we wanted it done… It was wonderful to have the unsightly wires which everyone including my sister Christine from Perth had grumbled about… But everything is never plain sailing and the water refused to come into the toilets once Raju was done with his work… The house is a never ending project. Each time we come down for a week and work various problems out – next time the roof. There are scary crashes in the night, so we will have to camp with an open roof the next time. But before that, save up some more money for the next onslaught… 787 words.  click here
For the Marianne de Nazareth blog.  click here

Goa sits pretty on Innovators map

28 Nov: Herald. Innovation, ideation, start-ups are the words buzzing around in Goa now. It won’t be long before we replace, “Going to Goa to have fun” with “ Going to Goa on work”. At least, the way the start- ups are mushrooming in the State, portrays a very bright picture for Goa as an innovation hub in the country… Today, Goa can definitively boast of having more than 220 startups… Transerve Technologies hyperlocal information platform … Cyclingzens a bicycle rental company … PlanQube to reinvent planning … 913 words.  click here

Goa: Six Days Seven Nights

26 Nov: Selling World Travel. By Christabelle Athaide. Day 1: Panjim - the capital of Goa, is admittedly a vibrant city … Day 2: Head South today, towards the emerald-green village of Loutolim … Day 3: Your trip to Goa would be incomplete without a visit to Old Goa … Day 4: White water rafting on the Mhadei river … Day 5: Visit the handsome Reis Magos Fort and make a stop at Calamari - a simple shack where live music, good food and a sparkling sea … Day 6: Spend a relaxed morning wandering through Fontainhas. In the evening, hit the nightclubs… Day 7: Save your last day for a delightful cruise to the secluded Bat Island … 1666 words.  click here

Mopa Airport: A Flight Of The Piggish

7 Dec: Outlook. By Vivek Menezes. Goa’s tight-knit political elite continue to bulldoze through an astonishingly ill-conceived billion-dollar “second airport” project. Despite the fact that outrageous scandals emerge every time the project is submitted to any kind of scrutiny, Mopa continues to rumble to take-off… The logic for Mopa has always been strained … In 2007, the state sought the expert opinion of the UN’s specialised agency, the International Civil Avia­tion Organization (ICAO), on the matter. The findings were unequivocal: Mopa and Dabolim aren’t viable together… Mopa is backed by the state’s politicians as well as the directorate of civil aviation - that combination is powerful enough to get its way…  click here

Sex racket busted at Colva; 3 women rescued

29 Nov: Navhind Times. Acting on a tip-off, Margao police team on Saturday conducted a raid near Colva junction and arrested a person from Hubli and rescued three women from Mumbai who were used for the purpose of prostitution. The alleged accused was arrested red-handed along with victims…  click here

We Can Be Less Racist

Stray Thoughts of A Toronto Goan - Roland Francis

We are honest, we are compassionate and kind, we are educated, sportsmanship and music is in our blood and fear of God in our psyche, but we have our faults and sometimes they overshadow the virtues. Under the banyan tree of our blessings, I wonder where those ugly traits could come from. It's not that our heritage was bed-rocked in war, competition or deprivation. In fact, when you look at other races and communities, we are heirs to one of the most peaceful, co-existential ancestry lines in a fertile land. We were once Hindus, but even after converting, there was no being 'more Catholic than the Pope' for us. We embraced the Hindus, as they did us, no bitter recriminations from either side for changing religion.

However, no one can credibly deny that we possess two hugely undesirable burdens we could do without. We are racists of a high order and we are always critical of the members of our own community who take leadership roles, giving unflinchingly of their time and effort. Popularly known as the crab mentality, it is not unique to Goans, but a blot on the community character nevertheless.

Perhaps the racism came from the Catholic Church in Goa and the caste system it perpetuated as a colonial strategy. Instead of firmly abiding by Christian teachings, the Church not only turned a blind eye to outright discrimination, but actually perpetuated it. Separate pews in Churches and Chapels to divide the casteless, poor and humble, graves of different classes in cemeteries, distinguishing clothing and responsibility in church processions, denial to the priesthood for the less privileged - the list goes on and on. Nurtured in the village, these habits were transported to foreign lands where instead of weakening, they became even stronger and extended beyond generation. Added to the Indian abhorrence for a darker skin, look for yourself and see how many of our younger generation marry whites and how many blacks. That is telling evidence.

In present times, this manifests itself in Islamophobia, the latest form of racism. I have been an unwilling witness to Goans railing about the Muslims being natural terrorists, religious zealots and worse. Why this selective hatred? Have we not forgotten the racism experienced by the Diaspora in earlier years? The fair-skinned perpetrators have evolved for the better and moved on. We seem to have been stuck in the groove.

Every time I go to a Goan function, I am grateful for the good time. Of course I regret that we have to restrict ourselves to mere song and dance and the occasional Konkani play, but hey, I go to meet people, listen to live music and take a break. Therefore I am grateful to those to make such things possible by working behind the scenes, tirelessly, driving all over the place (Toronto has huge spaces, often you have to drive 10 kilometers or more for the littlest thing), blocking their personal time for all this. It irks me no end when I hear unnecessary and unwanted criticism about the people involved.

Goan clubs and associations which are the lifeblood of the Goan community in Toronto as elsewhere in the Diaspora today as they were in Africa, Pakistan or any large city in India, especially Bombay, in the last century, are recently in an unwelcome trend, seeing much infighting. Money is not the problem. Most of them have healthy cash inflows and even healthier reserves. The problem is in the egos. Some bring their volunteerism with an agenda. They are a definite minority but they can raise havoc and sap the energy of the others, discouraging formation of future committees. For example one club had its Treasurer resigning and walking away with the books, refusing to turn them in. In another, each member thinks he is the President, confusing everybody. In a third, resolutions passed are blithely ignored by vested sections. Hope all this goes away. More of it and we will lose the gifts handed down to us by the founding visionaries of those organizations. Let better sense prevail.

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Death: Maria Lourdes Lobo

18 Nov: Vancouver, Canada. MARIA BERNADETTE LOURDES LOBO. Ex-Uganda. Born 1916 in Goa. Maria was predeceased by her loving husband of 64 years, Silvester (PWD & Makerere University), and grandson Brian. She is survived by her children Bernadette (Justin), Raoul (Ingrid), Edna (Joe) and Cecil; grandchildren Clyde (Debbie), Joel (Amaya), Samantha (Pete), Lisa (Nathan), Michelle (Casey) and Natalie; and six great-grandchildren Matthew, Rachel, Daniel, Bethan, Tristan, and Kalissa. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at All Saints Parish, 821 Fairfax Street, Coquitlam. Entombment to follow at Ocean View Burial Park, South Mausoleum in Burnaby. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society of B.C. would be appreciated. Condolences to

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Video: Meet Smiley Barretto the lady who kissed the Pope's hand

26 Nov: NTV (Kenya). "I will not wash my hands for the next one month" those are the words of Smiley Barretto, who had the opportunity of greeting and kissing the Pope's hand after she had dashed past security …[alert by Marilyn Miranda] 3m. 15s.  click here
Smiley Barretto, nee Picardo, from Mombasa was born on 11 Dec. 1940; educated at Star of the Sea School, Mombasa and St Joseph's Convent, Bandra, Bombay. She is married to Fortunato Barretto, formerly of Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi; Mother of Charlotte / Edward, Cheryl (Nairobi) and Shaun / Cora-Lisa; grand-mother of Matthew and Nicola. She writes: "To my astonishment Pope Francis called me saying 'Come, Come'. While I was in two minds I ran to the car and grabbed His left hand kissed it and ran back to my seat and cried in shock."
For Smiley's Facebook page, click here.

Fr Lucas Rodrigues: A divine message through tiatr

28 Nov: Herald. Following his ordination in 1996, Fr Lucas Rodrigues from Bogmalo, Vasco, served the church in different places across India. Currently a parish priest of SS Peter and Paul RC Church, a parish run by the Pilar Fathers in Mitcham, Surrey, UK, Fr Lucas has shown immense love and passion for the Konkani stage, specially tiatr… In 2005, he was transferred to a new post as a parish priest in London, UK. Due to his love for the Konkani stage, he continued to write and direct tiatrs in London. ‘Oxir Rosteachi Rundhai’ was his 5th tiatr released in the UK. In addition, he has also released Konkani and English audios, and two of his hit tiatrs have been made into Konkani movies. His passion and love for Konkani and tiatr remains unparalleled. He considers the stage as a pulpit to proclaim not only the gospel of Christ, but also to address the many social factors affecting day-to-day life…1050 words.  click here

Maria Lynch's Beneath the African Sun

25 Nov: Author Maria Lynch has unravelled the complex history of Kenya through the eyes of a young Goan in her first novel, Beneath the African Sun. More than a history, this is a story about family, home, social justice, and what it means to truly belong somewhere. The book follows Sabby Mendes as he leaves Goa aboard the dhow Monsoon Wind bound for British East Africa in 1916. Sabby has one dream—to find work as a tailor. However, Sabby is not prepared for the highly segregated society. For details of the book, visit the author’s website,  click here
Maria Lynch was born in Nairobi, the daughter of the late Mr and Mrs C. P. Joanes (ex-Benaulim). She studied in London, England, and emigrated to Canada in 1970. A teacher by profession, Maria is now retired and living in Toronto. For a brief clip (1m. 30s.) about the book,  click here
To order the book, click here.

Swindon Hospital: Goans visited colleagues in their homes and threatened their children

27 Nov; Swindon Advertiser (UK). Goan members of the GMB union at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital visited colleagues in their homes and threatened their children, claimed former senior supervisor Christine Woods at an industrial tribunal… she also claimed that Carillion workers at the hospital had been intimidated into joining the union… Her voice trembling with emotion and at times holding her head in her hands she said she did not understand why people she had worked with were now telling lies about her…“I refuse to divulge any names because there is fear in the community,” Ms Woods said … she denied that she was a racist and said that she had even gone to her MP to help get someone into the country… Cross examination of Ms Woods is expected to end today … 664 words.  click here

Goa church defies government, backs agitating students

27 Nov: UCAN. By Bosco de Sousa Eremita. Goa Archdiocese has backed students struggling against political appointments in India's premier film school by organizing a parallel film festival during the ongoing International Film Festival of India. Film and Television Institute of India students began their own festival, titled "Retracing Freedom," on Nov. 24, four days after the international festival began in Panaji … Students of the institute have been agitating since June, primarily over the appointment of Gajendra Chouhan as its chairman…  click here
Filmmakers organise 'protest festival' during IFFI to highlight FTII grievances… Daily Mail.  click here
Video: ANI. FTII students hold parallel film fest in Goa … 2m. 01s. click here.

In contempt of Goan decency and Indian democracy

28 Nov: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. Instead of celebrating one of the best weeks of India's culture calendar, the tolerant and peaceful state of Goa is forced to mourn a vicious attack on democratic values by its own elected officials. Instead of showcasing this unique culture's admirable bedrock principles of accepting diversity of opinion, and embracing the free expression of ideas, Goa's government has instead demonstrated extraordinary cowardice, persecuted and imprisoned both young and the elderly, and disgraced the state in a manner it will take a long time to recover from… 804 words.  click here

Nachom-ia Kumpasar gets a ticket to Paris

27 Nov: Times of India. The director and president of Extravagant India!, an international Indian film festival in Paris told TOI they found the Konkani film 'Nachom-ia Kumpasar' extraordinary and are inviting the film that pays tribute to the Goan musicians of the 1960s and 70s, to the third edition of the festival… The organizers of the festival aren't too concerned about how recent the films are as long as they present something new for the French audience as the target audience is not the Indian diaspora, but the French people…  click here

Goa most favoured to usher in New Year: Skyscanner

27 Nov: Voyagers World. Goa emerged as a hot favourite among Indian and international travellers to ring in the New Year, as per a survey by Skyscanner. The study witnessed a 91% rise in domestic searches to Goa and a 63% rise in International searches during the same travel period (26 December 2015 to 3 January 2016) as compared to the week before… A surge in travel searches to Goa during the last week of December is indicative of this trend since a slew of big international music festivals, including Sunburn Goa 2015, is taking place during the same time period…  click here

Top 12 nightclubs of Goa! Have you been to them all?

27 Nov. Travel India. Goa is India’s most popular and loved party destination. It’s home to a blend of the serene and quiet beaches along with the ones bustling through the day and night… Here are 12 clubs in Goa you should totally visit. 1. Club Cubana, Arpora. 2. LPK Waterfront, Nerul-Candolim 3. SinQ Beach Club, Candolim 4. Liquid Sky, Vagator. 5. Sunset Ashram, Ashwem Beach. 6. Cafe Mambo, Baga. 7. Club Tito’s, Baga. 8. Cafe Lilliput, Anjuna. 9. Silent Noise, Palolem. 10. Club M, Arambol. 11. UV Bar, Anjuna. 12. Katzensuppe, Vagator … 801 words.  click here

Antares Restaurant and Beach Club debuts on the hills of Vagator, Goa
27 Nov. Hospitality Biz India. Located on the stunning Vagator Beach, Antares Restaurant and Beach Club by Sarah Todd, was recently launched in Goa. Named after Sarah’s zodiac sign, it reminds of the brightest star in the Scorpius constellation. Ashish Kapur, Founder and Co-partner, Moods Hospitality, The Wine Company, Dimsum Bros and Yo China have collaborated with Australian Masterchef finalist, Chef Sarah Todd to put together this architectural showpiece with awe inspiring views of the sea…  click here



Death: Lourdes (Lulu) Colaco

25 Nov; Auckland, New Zealand. LOURDES MARIA FERNANDES e COLACO (LULU). Born 1964. Ex Margao & Loutolim. Loving wife of Joaquim, beloved mother of Luisa and Antonio. Daughter of late Dr. Naziazenco / late Lourdes Fonseca e Fernandes. Daughter-in-law of late Antonio, late Anita Colaco. Sister / sister-in-law of Artimisia/Ronny Peres, Dr. Indira/late Antonio Figueiredo, Dr. Antonio Fernandes, Yvette/Gladstone Barros and Fatima/Carlos Mesquita, Sister-in-law of Xavier/Judy Collaco and Shanti / late Alvito Barreto. The Funeral will be held at 11.00 AM, on Saturday, 28th November 2015, at St. Michael's Church, Remuera, Auckland.  For further details click here

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Swindon: Hospital supervisor in bribery allegations breaks down in tears

26 Nov: Swindon Advertiser. The former Senior Supervisor at the centre of allegations about bribery, discrimination and harassment at Swindon’s Hospital, broke down in tears when giving evidence to an Employment Tribunal in Bristol on Wednesday. The hearing was adjourned briefly twice to allow her to compose herself. At the time Christine Woods had been answering questions about a member of her Goan workforce visiting her at home in August 2009 and presenting her with a gold chain … Earlier in the day she had denied allegations that Goan staff were frightened of her and feared they would be sacked if they did not contribute £5 to a collection for another staff member. She also denied making offensive remarks to and about Goan staff. She did admit that Goan workers brought in gifts of alcohol and cigarettes but said that all staff received such gifts… Ms Woods will continue to give evidence today (Fri)… 447 words.  click here
Video: Christine Woods (photo) interviewed by Menino de Valpoi. 12 Jan. 2014. 55m. 05s.  click here

‘One of a Kind’ scheme for NRI

26 Nov: The Goan. A single request from a Kuwait-based Goan has compelled the Government of Goa to formulate the scheme 'Mhozo Gaum, Majem Goem’ for expatriates to voluntarily donate or contribute towards development of the State. The formulation of the scheme came after Alexander Menino Fernandes (photo), the President of Colva United Centre, Kuwait evinced interest in contributing nearly 35 lakhs for a health centre. Commisioner for NRI Affairs Wilfred Mesquita said he is the only person who is waiting eagerly for the scheme…  click here
Alexander Menino Fernandes: Stalwart Goan accorded warm send-off … by Gasper Crasto.  click here

Dubai mum seeks help for ailing teen

25 Nov; Xpress (Dubai). A Dubai mum is desperately seeking help for her teenage daughter who is suffering from a life-threatening kidney ailment. Valanka Noronha, 16, has been undergoing dialysis three times a week since March. She needs an urgent kidney transplant but mum Jessie, 45, says the family barely has the means to cover costs. She earns Dh7,800 per month as an administrative staff at a hospital. Her husband who works as a chef on board cargo ships is mostly based in Goa where the family is from and is unable to fund the treatment … Valanka’s condition is critical… the transplant will cost around Dh220,000 … If you want to reach out to the family, write to  click here

Two Dabolim airport taxi unions merge

26 Nov: Navhind Times. With merger of taxis operated by Tourist Taxi Union into the United Taximen Union, a long-pending demand of taxi operators at Dabolim airport has been fulfilled by the state government. There are 150 taxis registered with Tourist Taxi Union and 200 yellow black cabs registered with United Taximen Union… Members of the two unions have often tussled over right to ferry passengers to and fro from the airport …  click here
Get ready to be ‘bounced’ out of Dabolim airport … 27 Nov: Herald. Drivers who refuse to pay delay-time fees at internal road exit have to answer to bouncers  click here

PM Modi congratulates Portugal's Antonio Costa

26 Nov: Business Standard. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Portugal's Antonio Costa and expressed his desire to work with him to strengthen bilateral ties between both nations. "I congratulate Mr. Antonio Costa on becoming the PM of Portugal. I look forward to working with him to strengthen bilateral ties," tweeted Prime Minister Modi… Costa traces his paternal roots to Goa…  click here
Primeiro-ministro indiano felicita António Costa. 26 Nov: Noticias Ao Minuto (Portugal)  click here
26 Nov: Economico (Portugal). The prime minister who chose to rule among minorities. António Costa knows what it is to belong to a minority … Catholic Goan in origin he still has relatives in the family home at Rua Abade Faria, in Margao, Goa … He says "skin color never limited me, never" and that racism, "personally, never felt. I have heard again and again call me 'monhé' but is episodic. "The color of your skin is something to live" normally "… 866 words. click here.

Goa set to enthrall with International Jazz Festival

26 Nov: Indian Express. Although widely regarded as just another sun-kissed holiday destination, Goa is turning host to a new kind of revolution in the sound and art space. The state, which has contributed to the inception and evolution of India’s jazz scene, is set to host the Goa International Jazz Live Festival (GIJLF) 2015… The festival will also see a special screening of Bardroy Barretto's Konkani directorial, Nachom-ia Kumpasar, based on the lives of the legendary Lorna Cordeiro…  click here

India intolerance debate goes viral

25 Nov: BBC. Aamir Khan: India Bollywood actor stands by intolerance remark. Khan (right ) said that his filmmaker wife Kiran Rao (left) had even suggested that they should leave the country. Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, who has been criticised for his remarks on growing "intolerance" in India, has said that he stands by his comments. The actor, however, said that neither he nor his filmmaker wife Kiran Rao had any intention of leaving India… In recent weeks, many actors, writers and scientists have expressed concern over growing intolerance in India…  click here

Go Goan: Amalgamation of Portuguese and Konkani cuisines

26 Nov: Deccan Chronicle. The amalgamation of Portuguese and Konkani cuisines has made Goan food one of the best in India. This week we bring you some of the most famous Goan recipes … Bebinca … Chicken Cafreal … Pumpkin Caldin …
Goan Food Queen: Sacramenta Carvalho (photo). 26 Nov: Deccan Chronicle. At the link select "continue to use"  click here

When in Goa, don't neglect Goan food
25 Nov: India Today. Konkan meals at Ku, Morjim … Greek food at Thalassa, Vagator ... Street food, Candolim ... Mum's Kitchen, Panjim … Fernando's Nostalgia …  click here

thanksgiving no longer just an American celebration
24 Nov: Paris Post-Intelligencer (USA). … Thanksgiving celebrations are also held in other countries of the world. Some of them include: … India: This is a multi-cultural, multi-lingual and secular country. As western culture has spread in India, several parts of the country celebrate Thanksgiving. The largest festivity, held by Christians in the state of Goa, is known as Ladin, which means litany to the Virgin Mary. In different parts of Goa, the celebration is held on a variety of dates, however it is generally observed on Aug. 15 annually…  click here

In brief
Come Jan, travel in ferry from Vasco to Panaji in 20 mins flat. 26 Nov. Navhind Times.  click here
Transport Dept cracks down on illegal rented cars … 27 Nov. Times of India.  click here

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Sun. 29 Nov: 3.00pm. Croydon SS. Peter & Paul RC Church presents “Nachom-Ia Kumpasar” ~ Goan Folklore Productions: a Bardroy Barretto film. A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa. The much talked about Goan Movie, will be screened at 3:00pm at St Thomas of Canterbury School, Commonside E. Mitcham, CR4 1YG. For tickets and information:- Nina Pinto ~ 020 8767 0663; Jennifer ~ 07712 273024; Joe Fernandes ~ 07764 659306; Amelia Gomes ~ 07956 843665; Inacio Joao ~ 07908 409495; Mark De Araujo ~ 07535 931678; Peter De Merces ~ 07835 959138; Gregg Carvalho ~ 07931 753653; Pillar Fathers ~ 020 8648 3800. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 29 Nov: 1.30pm to 8.30pm. Shake, Rattle and Roll. A chance to bring in the Christmas Festive Season with your family and friends. At St Boniface Community Centre, next to St Boniface Roman Catholic Church, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting London SW17 9PG. Tickets: £14 inclusive of Snacks and Hot Buffet. Ed's Licenced Bar and Maggie's Kitchen, Licenced Caterers. By popular demand - Live Band Velvet Touch in attendance with well-known Entertainer "Kavan" and guest artistes. Jive contest - Trophy Prize - super Raffle prizes to be won. For further details please contact: Greg DeMello. Home tel: 0208 567 9155, Mobile: 07886230433 ** Hurry and get your tickets now and get ready for Christmas ** For the flyer and more information, click here.

Sat: 5 Dec. G.O.A. St. Francis Xavier's Feast. Venue: Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon. 4:00 p.m. Holy Mass followed by a social in the hall. Music provided by: Harmonics Band. Catering: Bernie's Catering. Bar: Ed's Bar. Tickets include 3 course meal: Members - £5, Non-Members - £9, Children (includes meal) - £2.50. Tickets available from Chloe De-Mendonca on 0208 384 0272. Email:

Sat: 12 Dec. G.O.A. Christmas Party. Venue: Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon. 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Children's Entertainment and Carol singing. All welcome. Children Tickets include meal and Christmas Present: Members - £6.50, Non-Members - £9.50. Adult Tickets include meal: Members - £6.50, Non-Members: £9.50. Tickets available from Chloe De-Mendonca on 0208 384 0272 Email:

Sat. 12 Dec. 7pm to midnight. Sienna's Charity Dinner & Dance at the VIP Lounge, 49 High Street, Edgware, London, HA8 7DD. 3 course 5* Asian Cuisine with free bottle red/white wine per table and unlimited soft drinks with entertainment from Goan band Rainbow's End and great raffle prizes. Sienna, aged 7 suffers from cerebral palsy and to help her walk unaided needs an operation called SDR which she is not able to get on the NHS. Sienna can have this done in the USA but it will cost £65,000 for the surgery & post physiotherapy which entails removing the bad nerves in her spine to reduce tightness which causes her pain and discomfort. Sienna is non-verbal and needs 24 hour care. Please see link, for full story and/or to donate. Facebook: Tickets are £40. Please call Tanya Fernandes 07985788493, Davina Desouza 07508342589, Ella Fernandes 07983559732, Priscilla Fernandes 07508342598. Please book by Dec 1st. For the flyer, click here.

Thu. 31 Dec: HAPC New Year's Eve Gala Ball. Come and help us celebrate our 35th anniversary by bringing in the New Year, 2016, at the exquisite Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow from 7.00pm to 3.00am. Hall No. 1, The New Exciting No. 1 band in town "Electric Dreams". Hall No. 2, DJ "Deevine". Tickets: Adults - Early Bird, first 250 tickets £28 (including snacks), thereafter £30 (including snacks) Children £15 (under 10 years). Allocated Table/Seats. Special hotel discounted rates, £45 double room and £55 family room. Licenced Bar & Bernie's Catering. Free Cark Park. For tickets and further information, please email or contact Derrick Pereira 020-8952 8899, Norma Menezes 020-8771 4457, Bernie Gracias 020-8723 1322, Hazel Rodrigues 020-8357 6776. For a flyer, please click here.

Thu. 31 Dec: East London and Essex Goans. Bring your family and friends to the New Year's Eve Gala Ball at 'Ilford Town Hall', 128/142 High Road Ilford, Essex, IG1 1DD. Dance the night away & bring in the New Year, 2016, to the sounds of the most entertaining & exciting live band around "Harmonics". Tickets: Adults - £25 (including snacks) and Children £10 (ages 6-13 years). Allocated Table/Seats. Subsidised Licensed Bar. For tickets and further information, please email or or contact Ray Carvalho 07963 950814, Bernadette Paul 07780 998545, Cancy Coutinho 07424 418554, Joe Hoffland 07711672753. For the flyer, click here.

Goan Loop New Year’s Eve Dance Thu. 31 Dec: The Goan Loop (UK) presents New Year’s Eve Dance, at St George’s Church Hall, Corner Woodford Avenue East Bound & Gants Hill Crescent, Gants Hill, Ilford Essex IG4 5EZ. 15 mins drive on the A406 from Edmonton / Southgate / Enfield / Walthamstow. 123 bus from Wood Green to Gant Hill Tube. Doors open from 7.15pm till late. Keeping you dancing, singing and partying into the New Year will be …***Nite Life*** music for all ages. All Tickets Booked B4 15th Dec 2014 are £14.00 (including snacks) Children under 10 years free. All tickets after this date are £20.00. Book early! For Tickets & further info call: East London - Louie 0795 633 5864, Cassy 0798 627 8422. Maria 0750 795 0455 - Lucinda 0208 521 9563. Food & Snacks on sale! No subsidised or overpriced bar …Bring your own drinks & enjoy responsibly - Lots of Spot and Novelty prizes on the night…. Dress to Impress...Glitzy and Glamorous ... Strictly No jeans or trainers. For the flyer, click here.

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Death: Paul (Polly) D’Cruz

25 Nov: Houston, Texas. PAUL JOSEFINE D'CRUZ (POLLY). Born 1969; ex Pedda, Varca. Goa. Son of late John Anthony D'Cruz (Lody) / Trinidade D'Cruz; brother / brother-in-law of Valencio (USA) / Profula, Villroy / Frencia. Uncle of Jonesy, Joash & Valaika.  For further details click here

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Viva Costa, Goa's man in Portugal

26 Nov: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. … In 2007, Costa made a flamboyant gamble by resigning all his high offices and making a bid for the office of Lord Mayor of Lisbon … Immediately after winning, he made bold gestures that earned lasting respect and loyalty… Perhaps inevitably, the Mayor who is still known by the Konkani nickname 'Babush' to his family began to be called 'Gandhi' by his constituents… That quality of supreme calm - a most renowned characteristic of the Goans - will be most valuable to him if the coming maelstrom of challenges is to be survived and overcome… 866 words.  click here

Swindon: Tribunal hears claims of discrimination at Great Western Hospital

25 Nov: Swindon Advertiser. A Judge has suggested Carillion lawyers effectively ghost wrote the report of an internal investigation about allegations of discrimination at Swindon’s Great Western Hospital… The tribunal, now in its 20th day, has heard claims of intimidation and discrimination against Goan domestic staff at the hospital. It has also heard allegations of “bribery”, with allegations that Goan staff were expected to offer their managers expensive gifts in return for overtime, extra holidays and even to obtain jobs… GMB members voted overwhelmingly in December 2011 for strike action in protest against bullying and discrimination at the hospital… The tribunal in Bristol is expected to last until December 10… 408 words.  click here
Video: Swindon Goan workers in NHS March in protest against Carrillion for maltreatment. 17 Mar. 2012. Menino de Valpoi … 21m. 59s.  click here

Ivan D'Souza: High Court won't quash unnatural sex complaint

25 Nov: Daily News & Analysis. The Gujarat high court refused to quash an FIR filed by a woman who alleged that she was raped, forced to have unnatural sex, subjected to cruel treatment and harassed for dowry by her husband… the woman got married to Ivan D'Souza in 2008 … They lived in Pune, where she was verbally abused, forced to have unnatural sex and treated cruelly… In 2011, the couple relocated to Doha in Qatar where the cruel treatment continued… She has also claimed that her husband had shot some obscene clips and threatened to make them public … in August 2014, she was taken to a psychiatrist by her husband and sister-in-law to prove that she had gone mad. The woman said that she somehow managed to return to India along with her son and filed the FIR … 326 words  click here

Oscar Castellino; A new stage

25 Nov: Mumbai Mirror. Oscar Castellino, the 29-year-old returned home to Mumbai in mid-October after completing a four-year Bachelors' course in singing at the Royal College of Music … On December 19, he will be singing at a Christmas concert at the Bandra Gymkhana… While Castellino wants to maintain strong links with India, he knows he also has to make a mark in the West … at the insistence of a friend, he sang for Patricia Rozario, one of the UK's most respected Western classical singers, who is from Mumbai, when she was here for her annual workshops to train promising vocalists. Encouraged by Rozario, he auditioned for the Royal College of Music, and a year later got into its coveted programme…  click here
BBC Interview: Oscar Castellino at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee  click here

Fr Bismarque Protest Rally: Human Rights panel notice to Goa Govt.

26 Nov: Herald. Taking cognizance of a petition filed by social activist Adv Aires Rodrigues, based on an extensive report on Herald, Goa State Human Right’s Commission has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police in connection with Saturday’s police brutality against “peaceful protesters” demanding justice for Fr Bismarque Dias. The Commission, comprising chairperson Justice P K Misra and members A D Salkar and J A Keny, has directed the Chief Secretary and DGP to be present in person or through advocate on January 13, next year. Rodrigues has alleged that Goa police personnel very high-handedly abused their powers, used excessive criminal force and manhandled the protesters, without provocation …  click here

Video: New Film 'The Letters' Honors Life of Mother Teresa

24 Nov: Latin Post. The life of Mother Teresa will be celebrated in a new film, titled "The Letters," just as talk of her canonization increases… Starring in the film are British actress Juliet Stevenson, Academy Award nominee Max Von Sydow and Golden Globe winner Rutger Hauer… check out the official trailer for the film, which premieres nationwide on Dec. 4  click here
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Football: FC Goa holds North East United to 1-1 draw

25 Nov: Indian Express. FC Goa came from behind to hold North East United to a 1-1 draw in the 12th round encounter of the Indian Super League football tournament, in Margao on Wednesday. With this draw, Zico’s boys maintained their second position in the league table with 19 points from 12 games — one behind leaders Atletico de Kolkata …  click here
25 Nov: Prudent Media. Video of highlights,  click here

Auction: 3 Indo-Portuguese coins

Lot 1059

29 Nov: Marudhar Arts, Bangalore, India. Lot 1058. Copper One Fourth Tanga Coin of Carlos I of Indo Portuguese. Est 300 INR - 500 INR  click here
Lot 1059: Copper One Fourth Tanga Coin of Jose of Indo Portuguese. Indo-Portuguese, Jose (Joseph) I, Est: 500 INR - 800 INR  click here
Lot 1060. Cupro Nickel Escudo Coins of Indo Portuguese Administration. Indo-Portuguese Administration, Cupro Nickel Escudo (2), 1959 AD, Est. 1,500 INR - 2,000 INR. click here.


DOCUMENTARY: Time Shift. BBC 4. Friday 27th Nov. 01:05 to 02:05. Spicing Up Britain: How Eating Out Went Exotic. It's the story of the British palate being slowly introduced to a range of what would then have been 'exotic' cuisines by successive generations of migrants opening eateries.

DOCUMENTARY: Exposed. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Saturday 28th Nov. 03:00 to 03:40. A Very Indian Festival. Collecting two short films that delve into India's festival culture, we travel to the Kumbh Mela, 'the largest human gathering ever', before we visit the kite festival in Gujarat.

DOCUMENTARY: It Was Alright in the 1970's. more4. Saturday 28th Nov. 21:00 to 22:00. With attitudes to feminism, foreigners and family values - and just about everything else - being a bit different 40 years ago, this episode focuses on good old-fashioned Britishness on TV in the 1970s. From blacking-up in popular pre-watershed programmes, through to rampant homophobia and shameless xenophobia, the 70s seem to have had a different set of manners and morals, and took a casual approach to sexism and racism.

DOCUMENTARY: Exposed. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Sunday 29th Nov. 23:00 to 23:50. Sari Stories. At times shocking, amusing, but ultimately inspiring film that shows a group of rural Indian women using cameras to challenge and transform their lives.

DOCUMENTARY: The Endless Feast. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Monday 30th Nov. 08:30 to 09:00. A third-generation family farm located in the verdant hills of Oregon, chefs David Machado and Vitaly Paley serve an Indian-influenced six-course feast.

FILM: Paradise: Love. Film4 (Freeview 15). Tuesday 1st Dec. 01:20 to 03:20 Sexually explicit drama about sex tourism. Middle-aged Teresa is a single mum who boards a plane for a holiday in Kenya's beach seeking money-based liaisons with the much younger, leaner men who loiter just beyond her hotel's rigidly demarcated boundaries. Premiere, 2012, 18, 4 Star.

DOCUMENTARY: The Birth of Empire: The East India Company. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Thursday 3rd Dec. 20:00 to 21:00. Dan Snow's terrific two-parter about the famed trading company concludes. With the British government heavily involved, the East India Company became the effective rulers of India.



Death: Pedro Dias
23 Nov: Lisbon. PEDRO ANTONIO DIAS (ex Santa Cruz, Goa). Husband of Dr. Felicidade (Lilinha), Father/Father-in-law, of Vanda/Pedro and Dr. George. Grandfather of Joao and Julia. All living in Lisbon. Brother/Brother-in-law of late Margarida / Domingos Lourenco (Portugal), Jenny/Stephen Botelho, Annie/late Leoncio Rosario, Milu/late Julius D'Souza (U.K) and Francisco Xavier/Santana. Funeral was held on 24th November in Lisbon. Photo  For further details click here

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Bismarque Dias. Editorial: Hema Sardesai has entered, to hurt, not heal …

25 Nov: Herald. Singer Hema Sardesai can surely lay claim to having won laurels for Goa through her melodious voice. But the princess of Konkani pop has gone completely off tune with her unwanted, unwarranted entry in the cesspit of anger, rage and disgust at the manner in which the Government and the Goa police have handled events in the aftermath of the sudden shocking death of Goa’s warrior priest Father Bismarque…  click here
Bismarque stood for justice. 23 Nov. The Goan. By Hema Sardesai. … this year he told me that he had been on anti-depressants since he renounced his priesthood. I was shocked and worried because I had been on that path myself… A month and half ago when me and my husband met him, Bismarque looked frail and weak. He told us he felt lost and that he wished to get married and settle down…  click here

Portugal gets Antonio Costa as new Prime Minister

25 Nov: The Guardian (UK) … Socialist party leader pledges to temper EU austerity after crafting coalition with a slim but sufficient majority to oust conservative bloc led by Pedro Passos…  click here
Goan Costa Is Portugal’s Premier … Margao is elated but what will do for Goa? … 25 Nov: herald.  click here

Goan proverbs

24 Nov: Herald. By Teotonio R. de Souza. One who first drew out attention to the importance of Goan proverbs was the world renowned Goan philologist Fr S. R. Dalgado, who published his book in 1922 … It is the so-called Goans by birth, particularly the Christians, who have replaced Konkani with English with the hopes of migrating, so as to provide better opportunities for their children. I believe that it is not really the immigrants that threaten the Goan identity, but the so-called niz goenkar who fear the competition of those they despise as bhaile… It is in Konkani sayings and proverbs that we can recall and recover the long term experiences of our ancestors… 941 words.  click here
Teotonio R. de Souza: “I wish I could expand my thoughts on the importance of safeguarding the Goan immaterial cultural heritage encapsulated in the mhonn neo and opari. I wish to leave here a challenge to the younger generation of researchers of Goan culture to identify the post-Liberation experiences of the Goans in the new Konkani sayings and proverbs. I have published a brief study about the Portuguese in Goan folklore, both in Portuguese and in English. For the English version,  click here
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Goa Chitra to receive Brazilian award

24 Nov: The Goan. Benaulim-based ethnographic museum Goa Chitra will receive a Brazilian award for their pioneering work in preserving art and culture in the State. The Instituto Felga Gracias Arte e Cultura award will be given to museum curator and founder Victor Hugo Gomes on November 29 and will be presented by renowned artist Felga De Moraes who is also the founder of the institute… The annual awards presented by the institute this year focused on the Portuguese connections with Brazil and Goa … FC Goa coach Zico will be the guest of honour …  click here
The award function is at Goa Chitra museum, Benaulim, on Sunday 29th of November, 2015, at 5:30 pm. Kindly RSVP on 08322772920-11 or 08326570877 or email For the Goa Chitra website,  click here

How Konkani music lost out on a big legacy

24 Nov: Times of India. Konkani music would have inherited a bigger legacy if Goan musicians such as Chic Chocolate and Sebastian D'Souza had done more for the genre like Chris Perry had done so, says Bardroy Barretto (photo), filmmaker of the successful Konkani movie Nachom-ia Kumpasar, based on the life of such Goan musicians… He said that he feels that other Goan musicians in Bollywood, too, should have worked more for Konkani music than losing themselves in the Hindi film industry…  click here

Home Sweet Home sequel to release on Christmas Day

24 Nov: Times of India. After 600 plus screenings in Goa, Dubai, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait, 'Home Sweet Home', director Swapnil Shetkar is treating the audience to a sequel of the film with December 25 as the release date … Home Sweet Home' threw light on land scams taking place in the state with an NRI returning home after a decade and a half abroad only to realise that his ancestral home has been replaced by a huge residential complex thanks to a land shark. The sequel made with a budget of more than Rs 1 crore will delve further into the issue and unveil even more murky political involvement… the film will travel to Australia, US, Canada and the UK…  click here

UK: Preethi Perera’s brave ambition praised

23 Nov: Hucknall Dispatch (Nottinghamshire, UK). Rotarians have been impressed by the ambition of a brave young woman who is planning to travel to faraway lands to provide help to people in need. Preethi Perera plans to embark upon a two-year solo humanitarian trip working in some of the world’s most deprived areas. Her journey of a lifetime will begin in Goa, India, supporting local orphanages and animals. After that she will travel between Bengaluru, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Uganda, Zambia and Ghana working in areas such as education, HIV and AIDS support, as well as numerous construction and renovation initiatives.  click here
Anyone wishing to make a donation to Preethi’s project can do so online  click here

Chief Minister: Activists using social media to malign Goa's reputation
24 Nov; IANS. Civil society activists who launched a movement demanding an impartial probe into the death of an activist Catholic priest are using social media to defame Goa, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has said. Parsekar also said that events like the ongoing International Film Festival of India (IFFI) and the Indian Super League (ISL) matches were being used to slander the image of Goa by those seeking justice for Fr. Bismarque Dias…  click here

Goa’s ecotourism will benefit only rich hotel owners: NGOs
24 Nov: Times of India. The state government's ordinance to allow eco tourism activity in ecosensitive zones will benefit only a select few, but, cause larger destruction of forest areas despite restriction to use only five per cent of green area, activists alleged…  click here

German artist highlights gender issues in India in solo show
24 Nov: PTI. German artist Katharina Kakar explores various issues faced by Indian women like gender equality, violence, rape as well as public and individual space in her debut solo exhibition. 'Crossing the Lakshmana Rekha: Shakti, Sensuality, Sexuality', on at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, till November 30 … "This exhibition deals with women and their sensuality and also the violence and constrains that women have to face in India. These are issues which are very close to my heart," Kakar told PTI. The Germany-born artist moved to India in 2003 with her husband, renowned writer and psychoanalyst Sudhir Kakar, to settle down in Goa…  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
25 Nov: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 30.3. Min = 23.1. Humidity = 61%. Rainfall: NIL mm
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 100.14; $ = 66.35; $Can = 49.91; Euro = 70.68; Aus = 48.21; Emirati Dirham = 18.06.


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Portugal's President asks Antonio Costa to start work to form a government

24 Nov: Reuters. Portugal's president asked Socialist leader Antonio Costa on Monday to start work to form a government, but his call for the Socialists' far left partners to respect budget commitments to the EU prompted a swift rebuke from the Communists. President Anibal Cavaco Silva had asked Costa for clarification on how a minority Socialist government would pass budgets and about commitments to try to keep the budget deficit within European Union rules…  click here

Justice dita tuka F** ya

24 Nov: Herald. This was Panjim Police Inspector’s reply to a protestor on the Panjim ferry who shouted "We want Justice” (for Father Bismarque on Sat Nov 21) …
We the people will get our justice, even if you don’t find it, Mr Parsekar …
This is what the CM says about giving justice to you and to Father Bismarque
The Outrage in Goa
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Indian Catholics condemn police use of force on protesters … 23 Nov. UCAN. By Bosco de Sousa Eremita  click here

Books from Goa: Ubuntu!

22 Nov: Navhind Times. … And now to the precious treasure -'UBUNTU : The Spirit of Humanity' by Helen Sayers, the Konkani version of which has been facilitated by the late Madhavi Sardesai. The book is to be launched at International Goa Centre this week… It comes to Goa at an opportune moment when we have forgotten to live and let live … Reading of Ubuntu impels us to embrace the whole creation in all its diversity, beauty and wonder. … In Ubuntu, the way to self-empowerment is through silence.  click here
Launch of the Konkani edition of UBUNTU – The Spirit of Humanity. November 25, 2015 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm. Venue: The International Centre Goa. Dr. E Borges Road, Dona Paula, Goa. Guest of Honour; Vijay Sardessai, MLA – Fatorda Constituency. Chief Guest; Damodar Mauzo, Short fiction writer, novelist, columnist, critic and a script writer. Entry Free | Open to public…  click here

Wayne Fernandes aims to change Canadian flying habits

19 Nov: CBC (Canada). Two University of Windsor graduates are trying to change the way people think about airline travel in Canada. Wayne Fernandes and Ben de Mendonca are pursuing a project called Zing Airlines, designed to use Bombardier's new CS100 jet to fly between small and large Canadian cities, saving consumers time and money… Fernandes said costly government regulations and too many connecting flights are the main things keeping Canadians from taking to the skies… Fernandes is still in the early stages of getting Zing Airlines off the ground… In fact, if they do not reach their goal, Fernandes and de Mendonca have pledged to use the money to lobby the Canadian government to reform the aviation industry…  click here
Video: The Evolution Of Canadian Air Travel: Clearer Skies And Reunited Families. By Wayne Fernandes. 2m. 24s.  click here
Wayne is the son of : Brian and Anita Fernandes who lived in Kuwait prior to Canada. Ben has Portuguese roots. For the Linkedin profile of Wayne, click here.

Audio: Dawn Drew in Goa

23 Nov: World Footprints Media. National Geographic International (now FOX) producer, Dawn Drew, has been to India more than 100 times and she recently spent three months filming around the country. Here she talks about the state of Goa--the popular resort that you may not have heard of… Programme is an hour long but this segment is from 10m. to 15m.  click here
For the Dawn Drew website,  click here

Land acquisition cloud on Manohar Parrikar

23 Nov: Business Standard. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar’s home state, Goa, is seething with resentment at their former chief minister’s initiative to obtain for the defence ministry 150 acres of priceless land in Betul, Goa. Parrikar wants the land for shifting India’s two major defence exhibitions to Goa — Defexpo (land and naval systems), and Aero India (aerospace)… But a local NGO, United Goans Foundations (UGF), is leading the resistance against what its leaders allege is a thinly disguised land grab… 691 words.  click here

Soon, law to arrest Goans gambling at casinos

23 Nov: Times of India. Any Goan, irrespective of age, found gambling at casinos in the state will be arrested if the draft rules framed by home department, which already have the in-principle approval of the state government, are vetted by the law department. There is also a provision to arrest any person under the age of 21 years if found gambling at a casino… Draft rules say that Goans working at casinos in the state will not be affected by these rules. Goa has four offshore casinos and over a dozen onshore casinos…  click here

Four days after Sheena murder, Peter, Indrani went to Goa

23 Nov: Hindustan Times. Sources close to the investigation said the CBI had found that Peter, who was in the United Kingdom and then holidaying with his adopted daughter Vidhie in Rome, had come to Mumbai on April 28, 2012, four days after Sheena was murdered and her body was disposed of in a thickly forested area in Raigad. Indrani received Peter at Mumbai and the two of them went to Goa the same day. CBI found that Peter and Indrani stayed in Goa till May 1, before returning to Mumbai and taking a flight to the UK…  click here

Auction: Ivory Madonna and Child, Goa, 18th/19th Century

24 Nov: Matthew Barton Ltd, London W14 0PD. Lot 137: Ivory Madonna and Child, Goa, 18th/19th Century carved holding the Holy Infant with orb, her cloak with pierced edging and standing on a seraphim set cloud. 13cm high. Estimate: 500 GBP - 800 GBP.  click here
Auction; 19th Century Goan ivory and sandalwood box
25 Nov; Penrith Farmers' & Kidd, Penrith, Cumbria (UK). Lot 459: 19th Century Goan ivory and sandalwood box, the cover inset oval panel carved with a depiction of a deity giving birth, with scrolled borders and winged cherubs, the body having oval panels of various Indian deities, on ball feet. 9cm (h) x 23cm (w) x 11cm (d). Estimate: 800 GBP - 1,200 GBP.  click here

North Goa reels under bad money racket again
23 Nov: Times of India. Tourism season in Goa also sees the inflow of fake money in crores. North Goa belt has always been a cause of concern for police, banks and tourists. There have already been complaints about the receipt of fake notes Indian and foreign. Foreign currency fake notes are mostly in circulation at the beach belts. According to businessmen in these areas, Indian counterfeit notes, in denominations of 500 and 1,000, have been flooding the markets of the beach belt causing widespread concern…  click here

UK: Lorraine Meekings hopes to change Goan children’s lives
23 Nov; Bury Free Press (UK). Student Lorraine Meekings wants to go into teaching to make a difference to young lives and the same goal is taking her to the slums of Goa. Lorraine, 20, from Rickinghall, is going to Goa with her university in February to work with children in nurseries, hospices and in the slums … At the moment she is trying to raise £300 to go to two Indian children’s charities to be spent on educational resources, which she feels will make an immediate difference to the children… To support Lorraine, visit her Just Giving page … Photo.  click here

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Southall: Taste of Goa Restaurant

Enjoy one of Goa's finest restaurants bringing you authentic Goan delicacies including
Breakfast, Snacks, Mains, Cakes and Pastries. Takeaway and Party Catering available.
Authentic food and exquisite taste - Experience the Taste of Goa. Click here.

Rental: Luxury Holiday Villa in Panjim, Goa

A short walk to the beach, surrounded by coconut trees and fields, come and enjoy the Goa you have always been proud of ... in a home away from home!! For full details, click here. Text, whatsapp, call Angelo Monteiro (Canada) +17053451257 or email

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.

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:

Special fares to Goa

Call Joanita Fernandes 0208 202 0944 or Email:

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

Go Quick Travel Agents

Package Holidays & Flights Worldwide, including Goa. Excellent rates. Contact
Tony Dantas. 0208 238 9600 / 0208 204 6699
ABTA K9019 ATOL 9347


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

AeroSafaris - Group Tours

2014: Jan/Feb Annual Winter Escape to Goa. Feb: Spectacular South Africa. Mar: Kenya - Tanzania Safari. Sep/Oct Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Visit for more details


Specialists in Safaris to East & South Africa, Tours to India & Sri Lanka: Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Golden Triangle Tours in India, Kerala Backwaters Tours/Cruises. Contact Nick de Mello / Tel: 905-567-0880 / Toll Free: 1-855-567-0880. Email Website:

Ed's Bar Services

We cater for all occasions, large or small. Edward Alvares. Personal Licence holder.
Full Licenced Bar. We provide proper glasses every time. For all your requirements contact Edward Alvares. Mob: 07507595603


Multi-cuisine Family Restaurant with Pub in Goa. A Jerome Mendes (UK) Enterprise. Also offering Rooms and Konkani Video CDs.

London: Goan Food Online Store

Dos Santos Foods are Manufacturers and Caterers Trading from new EEC approved, Gluten free Factory in Croydon U.K. Our Award winning foods, including our Sannas and Goa Sausages, have been featured on BBC TV. Check out our range of Goan specialities on our website And visit our factory shop at 118 Windmill Road, Croydon, CR02XQ. Email:

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

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A Railway Runs Through - Goans of British East Africa, 1865 - 1980. By Selma Carvalho.
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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

Time Travel

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

Villa Calangute

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

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

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