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News Summary

Positing Portuguese colonialism vis-à-vis Indian nationality

3 Mar: The Goan. By Adv Moses Pinto. … In 1974, Portugal effectively addressed the matter of Portuguese citizenship for those born or living in the overseas Portuguese territories that had gained independence. The Decree-Law maintained a Portuguese citizenship for persons who had not been born in those territories but were now living there, and those who maintained a connection with Portugal itself by long-term residence… Interestingly, Goa no longer retains its status as a Union Territory due to the fact that it has been conferred full Statehood on 30th May, 1987 … in keeping with the equal treatment before the Laws guaranteed under Article 14, Goans holding Portuguese Nationality would be entitled to OCI Status in consonance with the French-Indians of Puducherry… 960 words  For further details click here

GoaNext 2024: Panel Discussion Explores Regenerative Tourism and Sustainability

3 Mar: Herald. In the panel discussion speakers unanimously underscored the critical importance of promoting tourism that not only celebrates culture but also embraces hinterland exploration, supports local communities and artisans, all while ensuring minimal impact on natural resources. Panel Moderator Amitava Bhattacharya, Maria Victor, Parag Ragnekar, Rupinder Brar and Jack Sukhija took part  For further details click here
3 Mar: Herald. Sunshine State Goa has the potential to become India’s next start-up powerhouse  click here
3 Mar: Herald. Awarding the best in the Goan industry click here.

News Headlines

3 Mar: Navhind Times. Halt shifting of international airlines to Mopa, industry body writes to PM. Says livelihoods of stakeholders in South Goa are at stake. Click here.

3 Mar: Navhind Times. Congress threatens to launch state-wide agitation over Dabolim airport. Click here.

3 Mar: Herald. India's Global Exodus. By Vivek Menezes. Click here.

Video: 2 Mar: Prudent Media Goa. Rent a car: Changes needed? | The Debate | 30m. 04s. Click here.

3 Mar: The Goan. Spotlight: Brakes on as rented vehicles go into overdrive. Owners stress that drivers should be liable for accidents. Click here.

1 Mar: BBC. India economy beats expectations with 8.4% growth. Click here.

2 Mar: CNBC TV. Goa-distilled Kadamba whisky wins best Indian single malt award presented by the Whisky Magazine in the UK. Click here.



Funeral of Anthony (Tony) Vincent Rebello. London. Ex Nairobi

Funeral Mass Thursday 14th March 2024 at 12pm at St Edmunds Catholic Church 115 Hertford Rd, London N9 7EN. Wake: Church hall, entrance at Croyland Road N9 7BE. Private cremation service family only. Kindly RSVP for idea of numbers for catering purposes by email, cut-off date 10th March 2024. Email [Corrected]:
Tony Rebello, born 6/1/1948 passed away peacefully in London. Tony was a very dedicated member of the Simba Club and the Goan Community, specially in North London. Beloved husband to Greta (Maria). Affectionate father of Nicholas. Most loving son of late Domingos/Maria Rebello. Dearest brother/bro-in-law of late Sr. Philo, late Roque Rebello, Martin/Jonita, Crysol/Anna. Loving son-in-law of late Nichlau/Bernadina. brother-in- of Tony Da Cruz, Alex/ Lourdes (UK), Mary (UK), Elsie/Felix Fernandes (Australia, Ida (UK). Doting uncle of Domnic, Maria, Pjilo, Winnie, Clifton, Ligu, Carmen, Stanley, Crisana/Grayson, Jonathan, Andrew, Liane (UK), Anneliese (UK), Jason, Karen/Stephanie (Australia), Grand Uncle of Christian, Lenan, Chris, Shirley, Jake, Reyes, Mateo, Cristiano and Charlene.Tony will be missed by all his friends and family.

Death: Dorothy Soares. Mississauga, Canada. Ex Mumbai & Dubai
23 Feb: Mississauga. DOROTHY ELVIRA SOARES Born September 6, 1958. Passed away after a long six - year battle with cancer. Dorothy was born on September 6th, 1958 to her now deceased parents, Charles Frederick Barboza and Benedicta Caitana Barboza in Mumbai, India. She moved to Canada from Dubai in 1995 with her husband, Francis where they raised their two loving children, Nicholas and Amanda. Dorothy was always the life of the party. She enjoyed singing, dancing, travelling and bringing people together. She led an incredible life always trying to see the beauty in the world and full of determination, exuberance and ambition. She is survived by her loving family including her husband, Francisco Soares, children, Nicholas and Amanda Soares and siblings Edna Fernandes (Tony), Lourdes Kapoor (Leo), Cynthia Noronha (Pascoal) and Jude Barboza (Juliana).
Services will be held at Turner and Porter Peel, 2180 Hurontario St., Mississauga, Canada with a viewing on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024 from 4pm to 7pm and funeral on Sunday, March 3rd, 2024 at 11am. In lieu of flowers, the family kindly request donations be made to Ovarian Cancer Canada., accessible from the Donations button in the top right corner of this website. Please use the following as a backup link in case the original livestream link does not work: [Info: G.O.A Toronto] Photo click here.

Death: John Gonsalves. Brampton, Canada
26 Feb: Brampton. JOHN GONSALVES. Born 1935. He is survived by his loving wife, Veronica, his daughter, Geri, his son Stan, his daughter in-law Angelica, his two cherished granddaughters Emily & Alexia. He was a loving uncle to his nieces and nephews and their families. Predeceased by his most beloved sister Joan. Visitation at Andrew’s Funeral Home on Monday March 4, 2024. Funeral at St. Jerome’s RC Church on Tuesday March 5, 8530 Chinguacousy Rd. Brampton at 11am. Please consider donating to ShareLife, your local food bank or St. Vincent de Paul [Info: Pompie Gois]. Photo click here.

News Summary

The Goan: Global Goenkar: Issue of 2 Mar.

Goans upset as Qatar Airways to shift from Dabolim to Mopa. By Melvyn Misquita. There has been growing disappointment among Goans in different parts of the world, following the decision of Qatar Airways to relocate its operations from the Goa International Airport (GOI) at Dabolim to the Manohar International Airport (GOX) at Mopa with effect from June 20… Bella Fernandes, a member of the North London Goans Committee and Margao Union UK, said she was a “very disappointed passenger of Qatar Airways.” … Lui Godinho, a journalist based in London, said he and his family were sorely disappointed with Qatar Airways for deciding to shift operations to Mopa airport and felt the airline can easily cater to both airports… Joyce De Souza, a social worker who was recently elected as Constituency of the Labour Party (CLP) Women’s Officer in the Labour Party of Brent West Parliamentary Constituency, London, said this was a “disguised plan by the government and its long-term plan to completely shut down Dabolim Airport.” … Elvis Fernandes, another social worker who recently got elected as delegate to the Constituency of the Labour Party (CLP) Brent West Parliamentary constituency, said shutting down operations of the Dabolim airport is not a good decision… Roland Francis, a financial advisor based in Toronto-Canada, pointed out that once a new airport with better facilities from the Airlines’ point of view was built in Goa, it would be unrealistic to expect them not to relocate there…  click here
Cybersecurity Clinic, Valentine’s Day hosted for Goans in Quebec. By Amber Da Costa. In the digital age, security online is vital. Organised by Melissa and Priscilla Fernandes, the online Cybersecurity Clinic hosted by the Quebec Goan Association (QGA) in Quebec on January 27 offered members practical insights into protecting themselves online…  click here
Goan boy in US qualifies for Junior Olympics in swimming. By Frankey Fernandes. A 9-year-old Goan boy based in New York, USA, has qualified for swimming in 8 races at the Junior Olympics to be held in New York on March 8-10. Reyaan Barretto Iyer has qualified for the 100 Yard Back, 100 Yard Breast, 100 Yard Free and 100 Yard Medley, 50 yard back, 50 yard breast, 50 yard free and the 200 yard freestyle. Reyaan started swimming at 5 years old. It was a dream of his parents, Roxanne Barretto Iyer, who hails from Chinchinim, and Sushil Iyer, who hails from Bangalore. Click here.
1 Mar: Gomantak Times. Reyaan Barretto Iyer is raising the bar with each stroke. By Kimberly Colaco. Click here.

F&B News.

1 Mar: Jornal de Notícias (Portugal). Table overlooking Goa. Orange Tiger Restaurant, Lisbon, reviewed. Orange Tiger offers the right refuge for lovers of exoticism at the table in an avant-garde and bold proposal of Goan cuisine run by Afonso Melo. A sports journalist, we find him writing quietly at one of the tables of the restaurant that he classifies as new Goan cuisine, so that during the meal period he can give himself to the task of host. Manzoor and Ashok in the kitchen, Raquel and Nilesh in coordinating the room service, everything runs smoothly. 598 words.  For further details click here
1 Mar: The Hindu. Sarvaa offers a coastal culinary journey at Fontainhas in Goa. From tangy aam panna mules to fiery pepper fry with squid, Sarvaa’s menu is testament to the diverse flavours of coastal India  click here

News Headlines

2 Mar: The Goan. Will Portugal shut door on Goans? Embassy moots end to citizenship [This refers to a 2013 recommendation by the Portuguese Embassy in India to the Portuguese Govt.]. Click here.

1 Mar: Navhind Times. Pitching for climate change. CEO of Going to School Lisa Heydlauff, shares insights into their Outdoor School for Girls programme in Goa, aimed at empowering girls in government schools through football and life skills to combat climate change and more. Click here.

1 Mar: India Today. This bangle seller from Goa has charmed the internet with her fluent English. The video has amassed over 828k likes. Click here.

1 Mar: The Statesman. Go(a) with the flow. Goa is changing. The infrastructural changes are noteworthy by way of the new roads, bridges and better connectivity. Click here.

2 Mar: Herald. Goa Tourism to participate at Berlin International Tourism Fair March 5 to 7. Click here.

1 Mar: Indian Express. Armyman vs cop in dog bite case: Goa police claim victim's 'nervousness' to blame. Furtado alleged that suddenly, the two unleashed dogs pounced on him, causing a severe dog bite on his leg. Click here.


News Summary

Portugal can no longer grant citizenship to residents of Goa

25 Feb: Fly News (Portugal). The Embassy of Portugal in India has recommended to its government that the country put an end to the policy of granting citizenship to residents of Goa born before December 20, 1961 and their descendants, in order to improve bilateral relations between the two countries and resolve legal disputes over dual citizenship. “The Portuguese government must make a political decision on whether and for how long this practice should continue,” said a senior Portuguese government official… In 2012-13, of the approximately 2,200 Goa residents who received Portuguese citizenship, 500 were civil servants, raising concerns for Goa … Since 2011, the names of 1,968 Goa residents with Portuguese nationality have been removed from the electoral roll in Goa…  click here
The headline refers to a recommendation by the Portuguese Embassy in India to the Portuguese Govt. For the Portuguese original,  click here

Video: Suella Braverman: 'Ask WHY Britain has GHETTOS of people who LOATHE and want to destroy the West'

29 Feb: GB News. Suella Braverman has hit out at an establishment she sees as 'appeasing' of anti-Western sentiment. 2m. 56s. and +1800 comments.  For further details click here
29 Feb: Talk TV. Suella Braverman warns Britain will be 'unrecognisable' if immigration continues at record levels. Writing on X, the former Home Secretary said: "1.4 million people were granted visas here last year. Asylum approvals at a record high. Work and student visa numbers, including many dependants, are appalling. This cannot go on: we don’t have enough homes, GPs or schools to support this level.” …  click here
29 Sep: The Independent. Nigel Farage calls on Suella Braverman to ditch the Tories and join Reform UK. The former UKIP leader challenged Suella Braverman, who was sacked as home secretary by Rishi Sunak, to think about ‘whether she is in the right party’ click here.

News Headlines

29 Feb: Herald. Goan fishermen net more plastic than fish in rivers. Click here.

1 Mar: Navhind Times. Why foreign tourists give Goa a miss. The state, until now the most sought-after beach destination, is having competition from Thailand and Vietnam, chiefly because they offer better value for money. Click here.

29 Feb: How Goa turning into a spiritual destination. Click here.

29 Feb: Gomantak Times. Protecting Goa's history through Chandor's hoary corridors. By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa. Click here.

27 Feb: HospiBuzz. Introducing Sanctuary Bar and Kitchen: A Culinary Oasis Amidst Goa's Historic Ruins. Click here.

29 Feb: PTI. Goa bar row: High Court clarifies procedure for future take down of defamatory content against Smriti Irani's Silly Souls Restaurant. Click here.

28 Feb: TV6: Michigan: Teens learned how to cook Goan chickpea and potato soup in Marquette on Wednesday. Click here.



UPDATED with livestream and link to tribute page: Death: Angela Carneiro. Saligao Goa. Ex London & Kampala

28" February 2024. Donvaddo, Saligao, Goa. ANGELA QUADROS CARNEIRO. Aged 86. Loving wife of late John Carneiro. Beloved mother of Karena / Bemard de Souza, Sharon, Lyssa/Sunil Mascarenhas, Noreen/Vivek Menezes, Luis/Sharon Botelho, Ilona/Enrique Marin. Treasured Avo to Ian, Sarah, Isabelle, Rohan, Andrew, Ariana, Arjun, Amalia, Alesia & Nayan. Sister/sister-in-law of Raul/Shirley Quadros, Orvil/Mira Quadros, Alba/late Dieter Evers, Hazel / late Francis Menezes, Aillin/Dr Amilcar Sousa, Dr. Oliver/Yvette Quadros, Genia/Vasudev Parvani, Iona/late Harland Colaco. Sister-in-law of Lydia/late Leo Fernandes; late Flora/late Tony & Angela Menezes. The funeral mass will be held on Friday I" March, 2024 at 4.00pm at Mae De Deus Church, Saligao followed by burial.
Funeral on Friday 1st March, 2024 at 4pm (IST) at Mae De Deus Church, Saligao followed by burial. The service will be live-streamed at
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson's UK in her name at or to a charity of your choice. Please send any condolence messages to
click here.
News Summary

An Eater's Guide to Goa, India's Sunshine State

28 Feb: Eater (USA). Key terms for food lovers: Pao and poee; Kokum; Thali; Rava fry; Feni; Xacuti; Recheado; Sorpotel. Where to eat. Panjim: Confeitaria 31 de Janeiro; Cafe Tato; Kokni Kanteen; Bombil; North Goa: The Local Table; Sabor Café Aayi's; Susegad Anjuna. South Goa: Monte Carlo; Mon Petit Frè re; Ulhas; Kausar's Biryani; Cavatina by Avinash Martins. The best places to drink in Goa: For The Record; Joseph Bar; Villa 259 Taproom; The Flying Goat; Patnem Chai Shop; Feli Goa; The best food tours and experiences in Goa: Make It Happen; Soul Travelling; The Local Beat. The best hotels in Goa for food lovers: Ahilya by the Sea; MansionHaus; Casa Menezes; Alila Diwa Goa; Cabo Serai. 3521 words
 For further details click here
28 Feb: Better India. Authentic Goan Food Experience by Chef Avinash Martin  click here

Video: Vernekar's in America

27 Feb: Prudent Media Goa. Gazali featuring Vernekar’s in America: Join Sohit & Jessica as they champion Indian & Goan culture in the USA! Jessica, a passionate content creator, shares glimpses of daily life as an Indian- American family, tantalizing glimpses of Indian and Goan cuisine ... all this while also creating an impactful advocacy for cancer awareness#VernekarsInAmerica … 27m. 08s.  For further details click here
For a profile of the Vernekar's in America,  click here

Goa: Sun-drenched beach hotspot with 33C weather in March has rainforest and £17 rooms

28 Feb: Daily Star (UK). By Sophie Foster. Any Brits willing to take a longer flights to reach the sun should consider the gorgeous state of Goa in southwestern India. Not only does the area boast delicious food and boiling hot weather, but it stretches along the Arabian Sea meaning it has beautiful beaches too. Goa’s history means it has some fascinating attractions from 17th Century churches to former spice plantations and pretty, colourful houses. The gorgeous beach resort is the place to be if you love sun, sand, sea, seafood and both Indian and Portuguese cultures (the latter due to its colonial past)… Goa has a rich culinary history so make sure you try the local delicacies like Xitti Kodi – a fish curry rich with spices, coconut and mango – or Samarachi Kodi which is a dry prawn curry and Crab Xacuti where huge crabs are coated in a thick layer of spicy paste. For dessert, try the Bebinca a cake made from coconut milk, sugar, eggs and flour. To get to Goa you can get a return flight from £397 through Skyscanner … the cheapest room we found on was the Mandrem Retreat Beach resort for £17 a night … 766 Words.  For further details click here
28 Feb: BNN. By Wojciech Zylm. Goa: Winter's End Beckons British Tourists to Sun-Drenched Indian Paradise  click here

News Headlines

28 Feb: Montreal Gazette. Shetty's $3-million donation for Montreal's unhoused sets a priceless example … Bash Shetty grew up fascinated by the ships passing off the coast of Goa which inspired him to make maritime law his career. 1309 words. Click here.

28 Feb: Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka). A favourite niece. Roshi Dias was here on vacation from the US where she lives. Her Father Christopher is my cousin, her mother Melba [nee Faria; ex Mombasa] is from Goa but has lived here since marriage. Click here.

28 Feb: Indian Express. Goa researchers claim breakthrough, turn mushrooms into gold. Click here.

28 Feb: Pi News. Viking Soul and Totem Tribe are all set to set Goa on fire this weekend. Click here.

28 Feb: Times of India. Speed governors now must for rental cars. Click here.

27 Feb: #Congratulations- 9-year-old Reyaan Barretto Iyer qualified for the Junior Olympics in swimming. Click here.

28 Feb: Visa Guide. Sri Lanka to Block Visas for Russians After Reports of Running 'White Only' Businesses on Tourist Visas. Click here.

28 Feb: Reuters. India's coal sector sees huge leaps in output and demand. By Clyde Russell reporting from Goa. Click here.



Death: Anthony (Tony) Rebello. London, UK. Ex Nairobi?

24 Feb: London. ANTHONY (TONY) VINCENT REBELLO. Born 6/1/1948. Passed away peacefully in London. Tony was a very dedicated member of the Simba Club and the Goan Community, specially in North London. Beloved husband to Greta (Maria). Affectionate father of Nicholas. Most loving son of late Domingos/Maria Rebello. Dearest brother/bro-in-law of late Sr. Philo, late Roque Rebello, Martin/Jonita, Crysol/Anna. Loving son-in-law of late Nichlau/Bernadina. brother-in- of Tony Da Cruz, Alex/ Lourdes (UK), Mary (UK), Elsie/Felix Fernandes (Australia, Ida (UK). Doting uncle of Domnic, Maria, Pjilo, Winnie, Clifton, Ligu, Carmen, Stanley, Crisana/Grayson, Jonathan, Andrew, Liane (UK), Anneliese (UK), Jason, Karen/Stephanie (Australia), Grand Uncle of Christian, Lenan, Chris, Shirley, Jake, Reyes, Mateo, Cristiano and Charlene.Tony will be missed by all his friends and family. Funeral details to follow. Condolence wishes can be sent to

Death: Joaquim Carmo Dos Santos, Nerul, Goa. Ex Kampala, Uganda
27 Feb. Fortawaddo. Nerul, Goa. JOAQUIM CARMO DOS SANTOS. Born 1946. Beloved Son of late Amancio dos Santos and late Isabella Emilia Pereira e dos Santos. Loving Brother/Brother-in-law of Martha/Benjamin Braganca, late Primo/Geraldine, Rosario/Marlene, Helen/Alan Hodgson (UK), late Gaspar/Emma. Uncle of Karla/Rolando, Amancio/Sarinya, Christine, /Amanda/Bernard, Isabel, Andreas/Candice, Kevin, Karen & Kiandra. Passed away peacefully after a brief illness. Funeral cortege leaves his residence, Fortawaddo -Nerul, 28th February, 2024 at 3.45pm to Our Lady Of Remedious Church, Nerul, for Mass at 4.00pm followed by burial. Photo. click here.

News Summary

UK Forthcoming Event: Easter Dance

South London Youth Goans are hosting their 3rd Annual Easter Dinner and Dance at Emmanuel Church Hall, Dudley Drive, Morden Surrey, SM4 4RJ on Easter Monday 1st April 2024 from 4pm to 10pm. Goan snacks and food will be included in price of ticket. BYO alcoholic drinks. Water and soft drinks will be provided. See flyer for details. For the 2nd year running, we’ve got UK Goan’s favourite dynamic duo DJ Jonathan Barreto and Emcee Bunty Vas. Together, this duo energises an event to create a memorable experience that is their combined unique brand. We like to explore young talent and for this year’s live performance, we are very excited to have couple Lancer and Pearl Pereira with their soprano voices singing retro and favourite classics. They are professional singers/musicians and are happy to cater to your needs in this genre. If you have been to our events before, you will know we are a family event organiser, and our motto is to bring the South London Goan Community together in true Goan fashion to create a crowd engaging environment for all the family to enjoy.
Book your tickets to support the initiative of South London Youth Goans who are stepping up to promote Goan traditions with music and food. Lavinia 07514787418 or Serena 07710586387 or email or lilymaria18@gmail.comFor the flyer, click here.

Video: Goan band releases "Makanaka," a Shona song after visiting Zimbabwe

26 Feb: The Chronicle (Zimbabwe). What do you get when you mix Konkani and ChiShona, spoken in Zimbabwe? You get "Makanaka", a song that celebrates the beauty and harmony of two cultures. The song was recorded and released by RiseNation, a musical duo, Varun Carvalho and Dubfroe, from Goa, who visited Bulawayo last year and introduced a new genre of music Reggae Goa… Their experience in Bulawayo inspired them to write and sing "Makanaka" … Carvalho said, “The first line of the chorus, 'Aago Loznaka Go' means 'Girl, don't feel shy' and this was a deliberate move as I wanted to fuse the languages, music and the people in the song… RiseNation plans to return to Bulawayo soon to continue their project of building a community centre … 387 words.  For further details click here
For a profile of Dr Varun Carvalho [who is also a dentist],  click here

Olencio Simoes: 'What about us?' Small fishing communities call for support at crucial WTO meeting

27 Feb: The National (UAE). Olencio Simoes, general secretary of the National Fishworkers' Forum in Goa, at the WTO event in Abu Dhabi… “We are on the poverty line," he said. "We need to come out from the poverty line first. It is a matter of survival.” … He said families are applying for Portuguese passports and giving up on the tradition, referring to how certain citizens of Goa can apply for a passport owing to its history as a colony of the European country, and that the oceans will be exploited further if small-scale fishermen are forced out…  For further details click here
Video: 26 Feb: RDX News Goa, NFF urged Indonesia to jointly negotiate with Indian officials - Olencio Simoes  click here
For a profile of Olencio Simoes click here.

News Headlines

27 Feb: Secret Flying (UK). Non-stop from London or Manchester, UK to Goa, India from only £350 roundtrip (Mar dates). Click here.

27 Feb: The Hindu. BJP is brazenly weaponising passports, revoking OCI cards: Mehbooba Mufti. Click here.

26 Feb: Lovefood. Ranked: The World's Most Delicious Bucket-List Food Experiences. 20: Tuck into fish curry in Goa. Click here.

27 Feb: IANS. Opposition Slams Goa Govt Over Shifting Of Airlines From Dabolim To New Airport At Mopa. Click here.

Video: 27 Feb: Goa 365. Oppn Questions Dabolim's Future 6m. 56s. Click here.

27 Feb: The Goan. Amid rise in accidents, govt makes Speed Governors mandatory for rent-a-cars. Click here.

27 Feb: Construction Week. Goa's shifting paradigm from holiday home destination to prime investment hub. Click here.


News Summary

Portugal elections: Goans registered as Portuguese citizens can vote

27 Feb: The Goan. As Goa still debates the Portuguese citizenship issue that led to the revocation of passports of quite a few Goans who obtained Portuguese nationality, those Goans who have also registered as electors in Portugal will get a chance to vote in the Portuguese general elections. A notice on the Embassy of Portugal website has announced that eligible voters can exercise their franchise on February 27, 28 and 29 in early voting for Portuguese nationals overseas. Portugal goes to the polls on March 10, following the sudden resignation of its Prime Minister Antonio Costa in November 2023 amid a corruption probe against him… The option of postal ballots is also available for overseas voters and sources said some have already received the ballot papers…  For further details click here

Churchill Alemao demands drastic change in rules, regulations for rent-a-car operators

27 Feb: Herald. In the wake of the tragedy where Javed Sadekar lost his life in an accident on Mandovi Bridge involving a rent-a-car, former Minister demanded that the rules and regulations be changed drastically for the rent-a-cab-operators… Alemao urged Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to make every rent-a-car owner provide a driver to the tourist who is booking the vehicle. The former minister also said both the rent-a-cab owner and the tourist driving the vehicle, get away easily in case of accidents as far as action taken by the Transport Department is concerned…  For further details click here

News Headlines

26 Feb: The Peninsula (Qatar). Qatar Airways to move operations to Mopa Airport in North Goa from June 20, 2024. Click here.

27 Feb: The Goan. Calls to safeguard Dabolim airport after Qatar Airways' Mopa move; govt stance questioned. Click here.

26 Feb: The Sun (UK). £3M Visas Racket. British Airways boss on the run in India accused of organising £3million five year immigration scam from Heathrow. Click here.

26 Feb: Highland Radio (Ireland). Danielle McLaughlin murder accused 'too sick' to attend sister's wedding. Click here.

26 Feb: Business Insider. Goa partners with World Bank to tackle sea level rise, coastal erosion and other climate change-related hazards. Click here.

26 Feb: Times of India. Calangute panchayat set to deploy bouncers to tackle menace of touts. Click here.

27 Feb: Times of India. Bouncers can't do our job, cops warn against Calangute p'yat. Click here.

27 Feb: Herald. Making it count when it matters. Goan bands seem to be scoring over the competition with their presentation skills on stage which seems to have caught the fancy of corporates and other clients in India and abroad. Click here.



Death: Eric Antao. Guildford, Surrey, UK. Ex Zanzibar
ERIC E. ANTAO. Passed away peacefully on February 14, 2024, in Guildford, Surrey UK. He was surrounded by his family. Eric was born on May 18, 1939, in Zanzibar Tanzania. Beloved husband of late Ethel A. Antao, loving Father to Errol/Karen, Edmund. Grandfather to Isla. Eric will be greatly missed by his siblings Late Letticia/Joaquim, Late Joseph/Mary, Late Maria/Ben, Anita/Late Socorro, Paulina/late Peter, Late Julie/Anthony, Late Philomena, Lucy/Tony, Late Cecilia/Agnelo, Late Vincent. Eric will be lovingly remembered by his brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, nieces, nephews and cousins. His gentle spirit, compassionate heart, kindness and willingness to help others will forever be appreciated by those whose lives he touched. Funeral service will be held on Friday March 22, 2024, at 11 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Guildford. Condolences can be sent to  email

Death: Marianinha Mascarenhas. Denver, Colorado. Ex Goa & Mumbai
Marianinha was born in Goa, India on August 20th, 1947 to Joao Santana Rodrigues and Maria Conceicao Barreto, the second oldest of five children. She was a devoted daughter and sister, leaving school to help care for her younger brothers. Her family grew up in Borivali, Mumbai in a neighborhood filled with friends and family. She kept in touch with these neighbors into her final days. Marianinha married Jose Augustinho Mascarenhas in an arranged marriage on April 2, 1975 in Goa, India. She moved with Jose to Denver, Colorado in March of 1976 where he had immigrated two years earlier… Marianinha was a loving and devoted mother and was unconditionally proud of her three children: Frank, Valentina and Carol. Vivian and Ian, Marianinha's two grandchildren, were her greatest joy… Marianinha is preceded in death by her parents, her sister Monica, her brother Santan, and her husband Jose. She is survived by her brothers, Francis and Joseph and their families, her three children: Frank, Valentina (Kip) and Carol (Jeremy), and her grandchildren Vivian and Ian. Please join us at Most Precious Blood Church (3959 E Iliff Ave, Denver, CO 80210) for a memorial Mass on Thursday, February 29th at 10:00. A Celebration of Life with eulogies and lunch will follow in the Parish Center at 11:00. Memories and condolences can be left on the obituary at the funeral home website. Photo and full obituary click here.

News Summary

‘Bring in dual citizenship, scrap destructive projects’

25 Feb: Times of India. Attendees of a public meeting held by public-spirited organisations at Lohia Maidan, Margao, demanded the scrapping of “all destructive projects … Speakers also voiced their demand for dual citizenship and said that the notices for revocation of Indian passports to those who acquired Portuguese citizenship was “a tool to deny the Goenkarponn to our fellow Goans who accepted Portuguese citizenship for better employment prospects and future of their children.” The gathering passed a resolution demanding OCI status and dual citizenship for eligible Goans …  click here
25 Feb: Navhind Times. Civil society calls for prevention of ecocide, resolution of citizenship issue. A collective of like-minded activists and NGOs, under the banner of Goencho Ekvott, on Saturday, demanded the urgent need for preservation of Goa's land for posterity. They adopted four resolutions: scrapping of destructive projects … Other resolutions adopted by them pertain to the OCI and dual citizenship, the electronic voting machines (EVMs) and communal harmony. As far as the citizenship issue is concerned, it was resolved to demand grant of OCI status and dual citizenship to eligible Goans, who accepted Portuguese nationality for better employment prospects…  click here
Video: 24 Feb: Goan Reporter News: Live Public Meeting called by Goencho Ekvott at Lohia Maidan in Margao … 81m. click here.

Australia: Queenie Fernandes: Mum turns detective to help find cure for son’s mystery illness

22 Feb. Herald Sun(Aus). It was a mother’s determination and a surgeon’s willingness to take a leap of faith that got teen Nathan Fernandes back on his feet. When a slew of medical tests failed to find what was wrong, his mum Queenie turned sleuth to solve a medical mystery that for almost two years had brought the Ferntree Gully family’s lives to a halt. “I do not have a medical background. I have been asked that every single time by every single doctor,” Mrs Fernandes said. “I was just a desperate mum trying to find answers for something we couldn’t understand.” … Mrs Fernandes and husband Kenny had moved to Australia from Dubai when Nathan was one… 1181 words  For further details click here

News Headlines

25 Feb: Navhind Times. Is South Goa's Christian face changing fast? By Sandesh Prabhudesai. South Goa Lok Sabha election has been the symbol of communal harmony of Goa… With the Christian domination diminishing very fast, will it change the face of tomorrow's Goa? 2123 words. Click here.

26 Feb: Herald. Meet the women preserving Goan heritage while fulfilling their culinary dreams: Carol Fernandes from Panarim and Shilpa Chodankar from Mayem. Click here.

25 Feb: Gomantak Time. Exploring the queer side of Goa. Quite a few people from the LGBTQIA+ communities feel comfortable in Goa, which is why they relocate to the state. Click here.

25 Feb: Expedia (UK). Search Gay-Friendly Hotels in Goa. Click here.

25 Feb: WION. Goa cabinet approves mining deal. The state government has approved a deal signed with Vedanta, allowing the company to start mining at a local mineral block. Click here.

25 Feb: Times of India. Stamp duty slashed by 60% for mining deeds. Click here.

25 Feb: Herald. Celebrating The Three Sisters. By Sushila Sawant Mendes. Francisco Xavier de Bragança of Chandor and his wife Maria Ascença Margarida de Souza (of Calangute) had three girls, Claudina Stael, Julia Adelina and Filomena. Click here.

24 Feb: Yahoo News. The Complex Origins Of Vindaloo. Click here.

24 Feb: Mint. How to eat like a local in Goa. Click here.

26 Feb: Times of India. Calangute panchayat set to deploy bouncers to tackle menace of touts. Click here.

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