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Death: Bernard Semelhago

21 Mar: London, Ont. Canada. BERNARD FRANCIS SEMELHAGO. Aged 86. Ex Verna, Goa; Dar es Salaam and Tanga (Tanzania) and Agincourt and Whitby (Ontario). Beloved husband to Anita (nee Couto). Father of Celina Lee (Ron), Lloyd Semelhago (Cosete), Gavin Semelhago (Tanya) and Arlene Alvares (Craig). Grandfather of Nicholas, Jonathan, Mark, Andrew, Justin, Claire, Liam, Laura, and Ryan. Survived by his dearest sister Clara (late Antonio Vaz) and predeceased by his siblings Edwin, Elton, Alex (Maria de Lourdes Pinto), Sara, Edwin Jr and Atalia. Brother-in-law of the late Beryl, late Cecil (Lilly), Joyce (Shaukat) and Stanley (Debra). Cremation has taken place and the family will have a private service. They will receive visitors for condolences on Friday, March 27th from 6-8pm at Harris Funeral Home in London, Ontario. Family and friends can also provide their condolences on Sunday, March 29th between 1-3pm at The Waterside Inn, 15 Stavebank Road S., Mississauga, Ontario ( For full details, click here.

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Femnet March 2015

Issue 36: Chryselle D’Silva Dias for the Editorial Team: Life is all about these unexpected challenges. Whether it is a surprise shower, sudden health problems or a new job, each day brings with it something new. Our issue this month has several inspirational stories of women meeting (and beating) seemingly impossible hurdles. Yvette D’Souza tells us about her fight with cancer, while Chari Kingsbury reminds us that “hope is found in the message of Easter. Dr. Belinda Viegas shares her diary of her inspiring cycling achievement. Ruth e Lobo describes her journey as a filmmaker and Auda Viegas reminds us of the evil lurking in our schools with increased reports of child abuse. On a lighter note Alisha Chandy gives us tips on how to survive as a single women, while Colleen D’Souza reviews the elegant Pousada Tauma resort. In the run to Easter, here’s wishing you all a contemplative March. Spring brings hope – may your coming weeks be filled with budding flowers, serenading birds and sunny (but cool) skies.  click here

Serene, safe and secure Goa

25 Mar: Herald. By Tomazinho Cardozo (photo). It’s a very frightening situation. Crimes like murders, rapes and assaults are on the rise in this tiny state of Goa. The impression that Goa is the most secure state of India is fast vanishing. Today Goa is not behind other states in the country which are known for law & order problems. Goans are witness to all types of crimes in all fields of life … Women and girls are the soft targets … Goa being a tiny state could have been administered in a better way. Ours could have been an ideal state in promoting democratic values in our governance… 916 words.  click here

Surge of Anti-Christian Violence in India Ignites New Protests

24 Mar: Reuters. By Thomas D. Williams. Indian Catholics are calling for the closure of all Catholic schools on March 25 as a sign of protest against the recent surge in anti-Christian violence in the country. “We demand the closure of schools of the Archdiocese of Mumbai March 25, to protest the attacks on Christian institutions,” said the statement from a group of Christian organizations that met on Sunday… The group is reacting in particular to the recent rape of a 71-year-old nun in West Bengal, as well as attacks on a Catholic church in Panvel and the assault on a group of Bible students in Jabalpur…  click here
Christian institutions to hire armed guards … 25 Mar: Times of India.  click here

Pakistani Christians Fight Back

24 Mar: New York Times. Last Monday, this city was briefly overrun with bands of sloganeering, stick-wielding youths … If you went by the original news bulletins, they were Christians reacting to a suicide bombing the day before of two churches in Youhanabad, a low-income area of Lahore that is home to some 100,000 Christians… But by last Tuesday the conversation had changed, after it was established that the two men lynched by the Christian mob were blameless Muslims who happened to be near the churches when the explosions took place…  click here

Scarlett case accused seeks recusal of judge

26 Mar: Times of India. In a fresh twist to the murder trial of British teenager Scarlett Keeling, one of the accused, Samson D'Souza (photo), on Wednesday filed a written objection seeking recusal of the president of the Goa children's court, Panaji, Vandana Tendulkar, from hearing the matter… After hearing all the parties, Tendulkar said that she would go through the application and pass an order …  click here

Visa-on-Arrival for UK, France likely soon
24 Mar: NDTV. Tourists from four countries including the United Kingdom could soon be eligible for visas on arrival, said government sources today… Sources in the Tourism Ministry say Dr Mahesh Sharma, who heads the department, has asked Home Minister Rajnath Singh to clear China, the UK, Spain, Italy and France for the scheme…  click here

India navy plane crashes off Goa leaving two missing
25 Mar: BBC. Two crew members are missing after an Indian navy plane crashed into the sea off the western state of Goa. The navy said the plane, a Dornier surveillance aircraft, was on a routine flight when it went down late on Tuesday. The cause is not known. One crew member was rescued and a search operation has been launched for the missing two … It is the latest in a series of mishaps for the Indian military …  click here

India - the international property buyers of the future?
25 Mar: Property Secrets. A new contender could be on the horizon for the international property sector's affections. A recent report from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has revealed that India's growth rate is expected to put it ahead of China within the next two years… "We have seen enquiries from Indian clients already settled in the UK beginning to creep up, as they look for second homes in the Algarve," comments Chris White, founding director of boutique estate agency Ideal Homes Portugal, "And the Indian market is definitely one that we hope to attract buyers from in the future …  click here

Attack on Churches: Hindu Delegation Meets Archbishop
26 Mar: Indian Express. A delegation of the pro-Hindu organisations on Wednesday evening has met Thrissur Archbishop Mar Andrews Thazhath to discuss over the concerns expressed by Christian churches on the recent attacks on churches across the country. The delegation also discussed on the editorial in Deepika newspaper alleging that the RSS and ISIS were technically the same when it came to their activities…  click here

Mind your language...maybe not!
25 Mar: Herald. If there’s any such thing as ‘Tuesday Blues’, it was wiped off yesterday morning as the Supreme Court scrapped a touchy law that was seen as a major infringement of the freedom of speech online because it allowed the arrest of a person for posting offensive content. After the Section 66A of the Information Technology Act was declared unconstitutional, netizens rejoiced as the news spread like wild fire, and took turns to express their opinion on the said verdict on various groups on Facebook. It may be interesting to note that this verdict comes after the ‘Devu Chodankar episode’ that created quite a bit of commotion in Goa, last year… 539 words 25 Mar: The Guardian. India Supreme Court strikes down internet censorship law …  click here

'Goa legislators get salaries because of casinos'
25 Mar: Las Vegas Blog. Goa legislators get their salaries 'cause of revenues earned by the state from the casino industry, ruling BJP legislator Kiran Kandolkar asserted on Wednesday, triggering an uproar in the assembly. The legislator from Thivim constituency defended the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government’s decision not to ban casinos as promised by the party during the 2012 state assembly polls. “All salaries of the MLAs come from in that (casino revenue). Are you saying we do not get revenue? Where do you get your salary from?” he asked. Kandolkar’s comment triggered an outrage in the Opposition benches, with the Congress and Independent legislators accusing the BJP of tarnishing the sanctity of the legislature…  click here


DOCUMENTARY: Living India. BBC World Service Radio. Saturday 28th Mar. 19:05 to 20:00. Rupa Jha takes listeners to the heart of India to give a unique insight into what it means to live in the world's biggest democracy.

COOKERY: Jamie's Great Britain. Good Food. Saturday 28th Mar. 20:00 to 21:00. The Heart of England. Part 4. Jamie Oliver celebrates the diversity of British food. In the Midlands, he buys some fresh Indian veg and enjoys traditional pork pies.

DRAMA: Drama. BBC Radio 4. Saturday 28th Mar. 21:00 to 22:00. Part 1 of 3: A Fine Balance. Rohinton Mistry's novel about India's underclass is dramatised by Ayeesha Menon and Kewel Karim. Four strangers form an unlikely bond that takes them through one of India's most turbulent recent periods. Sunday 29th Mar. 15:00 to 16:00: Part 2 of 3. Sunday 5th Apr. 15:00 to 16:00: Part 3 of 3

DOCUMENTARY: Saffron Censorship: India's Culture Wars. BBC Radio 4. Monday 30th Mar. 16:00 to 16:30. Dr Zareer Masani asks if religious fanaticism, moral policing and state censorship are threatening freedom of expression and cultural life in the world's largest democracy.

FILM: Journey Bombay to Goa. Zee Cinema. Monday 30th Mar. 23:05 to 01:35. Film about the bus journey from Bombay to Goa (2007, 15)

DOCUMENTARY: UK Border Force. Pick (Freeview 152) Tuesday 31st Mar. 15:00 to 16:00. At Heathrow Terminal 3, officers stop a student from entering the UK, while the team in Calais search lorries for illegal immigrants.



Death: Jerald Rodricks
13 Mar: Kelowna, BC. Canada. JERALD PASCAL RODRICKS. Born in Bombay, India in 1936. He is survived by his loving wife, Grace, his devoted children: Gary and Chelsie, Faye and Dave, and Warren and Sally; his adoring grandchildren: Maya, Mikayla, Ben, and Olivia. Jerald is deeply loved, and will be missed by all. To leave an online condolence to the family, click here.

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Selma Carvalho: Half-naked fakir keeping company with the British bulldog

24 Mar: Times of India. Selma Carvalho visits the new Gandhi statue unveiled in London on 14 March, and wonders what Gandhi would have made of Indians living in England today. She writes, 'Maybe, what Gandhi would find most intriguing in Britain today are the large number of Goans who reside here as Portuguese five decades after liberation, Goans still claim their Portuguese citizenship. Perhaps in the end, human beings are more nebulous than we anticipate. Our identities are indefinable. And history is unpredictable for how else could the half-naked fakir have ended up next to the British bulldog?.  click here

Tyler Prize for Madhav Gadgil, environment policy maker

24 Mar: Nature (UK). Madhav Gadgil, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Goa University and Chair of India’s expert panel on Western Ghats ecology, shares this year’s prestigious Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement with Jane Lubchenco of Oregon State University, USA. The 2015 Tyler Prize, announced today, recognises their leadership and engagement in the development of conservation and sustainability policies in India, the United States and internationally. Gadgil’s landmark report on the biodiversity of Western Ghats known as the “Gadgil Committee” report offered guidelines on the protection and development of India’s Western Ghats, a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the eight most biological diverse areas on earth…  click here

Waluscha D’souza: Coming from Goa, dance and music is my veins

23 Mar: Times of India. Supermodel Walushca D'Souza, who will be seen opposite Shah Rukh Khan in Maneesh Sharma's Fan, has already generated a lot of curiosity and the media has been queuing up to get more dope on her… "Yes, I love movies, I enjoy watching Hindi films. I come from Goa, so I have dance and music in my veins," said Waluscha, who has lost a considerable amount of weight for the role and has been paying a lot of attention to her diet and work out …  click here

Praveen Morchhale’s ‘Barefoot to Goa’ to release on 10th April 2015

21 May: BollySpice. Barefoot to Goa is a film that is mainly produced by a very lesser-known phenomenon in Bollywood as “crowd funding”. It’s a story of two children who leave home to get back their ill and estranged grandmother, who lives alone in another town…  click here
Official Trailer 2m. 59s.  click here

Rayney in dark on WA Police case review on wife’s murder

21 Mar: PerthNow. Nearly six months after police launched an internal review of his wife’s murder case, Lloyd Rayney says he hasn’t heard “a single word” from authorities. “The silence has been deafening,” the father-of-two told The Sunday Times. “I have had no input whatsoever and no one has asked me for my views on the matter.” …  click here

Detectives investigating James Durkin's death in Goa

24 Mar: Croydon Guardian: Officers from Interpol have reportedly been brought in to assist Goan police with the investigation into the death of James Durkin from Coulsdon, UK, who had been missing for about a month when his body was found. The family of the former Trinity School had been leading an online campaign to try and track him down after he went missing in mid-February, just days after he had scattered his mother’s ashes… One evening he got into an argument with a local and went missing before reappearing several hours later with lots of cuts and bruises…  click here

Goa government department bans sleeveless dresses, jeans
24 Mar: IANS. The Goa government’s department of art and culture has banned its staffers from wearing sleeveless clothes, multi-pocket pants and jeans, the state legislative assembly was told on Tuesday. In his reply tabled during the budget session, Minister for Art and Culture Dayanand Mandrekar said that the instructions have been issued by the department’s director so that “decorum” could be maintained in office premises… A few weeks back, several cabinet ministers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led coalition government had demanded a ban on revealing clothing in Goa, claiming such dresses were against Indian culture.  click here

Goa govt spent Rs 42cr on tourism junkets abroad
25 Mar: Times of India. Accusing the BJP government of not conducting the promised pre-audit exercise on tours of the tourism department and blaming the government for "wasting" 42 crore of taxpayer's money on tourism road shows, Fatorda independent MLA Vijai Sardesai on Tuesday alleged a mega-scam in the tourism department…  click here

Goa to tap hike in visa on influxes
24 Mar: Travel PR. Goa is all set ready to take advantage on the Centre’s plan to improve visa on arrival facility to one-hundred fifty nations whilst it eyes double-digit growth ratios in the number of traveller influxes this year. Besides endorsing local festivals like Goa Heritage Festival, Sao Joao, and Carnival, the Goa Tourism Dept. is commencing services like hot air balloons, seaplanes, heli-tourism and also endorsing the state as a marriage destination…  click here

Take risks, experiment with architecture: Correa to Goans
24 Mar: Times of India. Architecture students from various parts of the country and beyond were in for a treat. Charles Correa, Mahendra Raj and Raj Rewal - three of the most celebrated masters in modern Indian architecture were engaged in a profound discussion … Talking about the situation in his own home state, Correa said, "People say Goa needs better architects. I think it needs better clients. No one is willing to take the risks they took in Ahmedabad. And it's not that they don't have the money, it's a matter of temperament"…  click here

Double delight: Agasaim church turns 450, school enters golden jubilee year
22 Mar: Times of India. Agasaim villagers are doubly proud this year. The 16th parish church, which they look up to for spiritual elevation, is celebrating 450 years of its existence, while the school attached to the church celebrates its golden jubilee. The two milestones were celebrated on March 19, the feast of St Joseph and the festivities will continue through the year...  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
25 Mar: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 32.8. Min = 26.5.
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 92.61; $ = 62.27; $Can = 49.85; Euro = 68.09; $Aus= 49.09.



Death: Mary Sequeira
21 Mar: Mississauga, Canada. MARY SEQUEIRA. Ex Kampala, Uganda. Passed away peacefully. Aged 85, Wife of the late Crispin Sequeira. Mary is survived by her three children Mike (Mazatlan), Mervyn (Victoria) and Melissa (Rob) in Kelowna, BC. Grandchildren Ashton (Dana), Stuart (Christina), Elliott, Mark and Nikki. Great grandchildren Chloe, Brooklyn, Emma & Izaiah. Viewing will be held at Scott Funeral Home, 420 Dundas St East, Mississauga L5A 1X5 on Wednesday March 25th from 2pm - 4pm and 6pm - 9pm.
Funeral mass will be held at St Dominic's Church, 625 Atwater Ave. Mississauga, L5G 2A8 at 11:00am on Thursday March 26th. Following the mass the interment will be held at Assumption Cemetery for those wishing to attend. At the same time a reception will take place at St Dominic's church hall (directly under the church) which the family will also join upon their return from the cemetery. [Info: Antonio Mascarenhas]  For further details click here

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e-petition: UK Parliament: Stop the persecution against minority religions in India

UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. An epetition has been raised for discussion in the UK Parliament to debate and pressurise the Modi Government to uphold religious freedom and stop the persecution of minorities. This needs 100,000 signatures before 30th March to be taken up for discussion. Please sign up ask your friends to alert their contacts. [Alert by Regina Mascarenhas].  click here

Video: Vintage Swimsuit Photos of Reita Faria, 'Miss World', 1966

23 Mar: Huffington Post. In an interview given in 2006, Faria shares how she was only six months away from becoming a doctor, when she entered her name in the Miss World competition … Now settled in Dublin, Ireland, Faria lives with her husband David Powell, whom she married in 1971. The former Miss World, who grew up in Mumbai in a tight-knit Goan family, is now a mother of two and a grandmother of five. 7 photos.  click here
This video on the YouTube channel of British Pathé shows a young Faria posing in the swimsuit round of the competition. …  click here

Swindon: Police issue efit over sex assault in town centre café

23 Mar: Swindon Advertiser. Wiltshire Police have issued an efit picture of a man they want to speak to after a teenage girl was sexually assaulted in a town centre café at about 4.45pm on Wednesday, March 18 … The man is described as about 5ft 5 ins tall, of medium build. He spoke clear English but had a foreign accent. Anyone with any information should call police on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred…  click here

Cops use Facebook to arrest traffic law violators

23 Mar: Times of India. A couple from Madhya Pradesh who were seen indulging in promiscuous acts while riding on a two-wheeler on the Mandovi bridge were slapped with a fine for rash and negligent driving by the police. A member of the public posted the photo of the couple without helmets, with the woman straddling the rider from the front, on Facebook and circulated on Whatsapp. The police couple to the hotel they were staying in…  click here

Renford Braganza’s wife makes oil firm pay for his disappearance

22 Mar: Mumbai Mirror. British Petroleum argues in court that Renford Braganza, a Bandra man killed himself by leaping into the North Atlantic; judge rejects claim saying the engineer's Catholic faith forbids suicide. $ 230,000 (plus interest) compensation after six-year battle in UK courts … Anita Kavina, Renford's sister from Houston that the family is pleased with the judgment… Another of his siblings, Lorna D'Souza, who remained in Mumbai - she lives in Bandra's Mount Carmel Housing said that she was yet to receive details of the ruling … Renford, who was 49 years old in 2009, had served on BP vessels since 2004 and in July 2008 the family, his wife and their two daughters, had moved to Toronto…  click here
Video: UK Supreme Court. Braganza v BP Shipping Limited and another. The Supreme Court by a majority of 3-2 allows Mrs Braganza’s appeal…3m. 45s.  click here
Judgment - The Supreme Court. 42 pages. click here.

Eleanor Viegas: Discovering the richness of silence at Peace Cottage

22 Mar: Times of India. British-born artist and educator Eleanor Viegas believes that children are always in search for some silent space where they can be by themselves … It has led her to build Peace Cottage, her lovely home on the way to Betalbatim beach that has played host to many eager and enthusiastic kids over the last decade and half… She was a 20-something young bride when she first landed in Goa from Britain in1967. Having recently married Nuno Viegas, her art teacher at the Birmingham College of arts, she vividly remembers her first day at Carmona … Viegas worked as a museum education officer and taught art appreciation in Britain before returning to Goa for good in 1997.  click here

For OCIs, travelling to India is now easier but confusing too
23 Mar: Economic Times. The merger of PIO and OCI schemes is not without hiccups … Some Indian high commissions and consulates overseas have been holding outreach programmes among the Indian community to address the complaints and problems… PIO cards issued on or after January 9, 2015 are not valid and card holders have to apply for a refund of their fees and reapply for an OCI card… there is a longer wait for the OCI card and the process can currently take up to 10 weeks … gratis tourist visas are being issued to those who have OCI applications in process but need to travel to India immediately… The other issue which is creating confusion for the overseas Indian community is the decision by the Indian government to dispense with the universal or U-visa sticker, on the foreign passport of OCI card holders with immediate effect …  click here

Tourist visa applications to India: what you need to know
23 Mar: The Daily Telegraph (UK). We unpick the new rules governing applications for tourist visas to India as the High Commission backs down on previously advertised changes. Having taken into account feedback from concerned tour operators regarding new rules for Indian visas, the High Commission clarified on Friday its new process for tourist visa applications.  click here
For a full description of the new process, see the website of the visa handling company VFS Global,  click here

Rising beef prices worry Goan Christians as Easter nears
24 Mar: Oman Tribune. Troubled by the doubling of beef prices in the state, due to a prolonged shortage of the red meat in Goa, an association of Catholics in the state has implored Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar to ensure cheap and sufficient beef for the Easter festival…  click here
Spreading beef bans hit Indian farmers, traders - and lions 23 Mar: Reuters. … A renewed thrust by Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to protect cows, worshipped by majority Hindus, has closed abattoirs in Maharashtra, making it hard for farmers to sell their animals, and restrictions are spreading to other states. Even lions, tigers and leopards in Mumbai's national park are being fed chicken and mutton rather than their usual beef because the city's main abattoir has been shut for the past two weeks … Critics say tougher anti-beef laws discriminate against Muslims, Christians and lower-caste Hindus who rely on the cheap meat for protein, and fear they could pave the way to a nationwide ban that would threaten thousands of jobs  click here

Top choices for UK travellers
23 Mar: TTR Weekly. With summer approaching and UK travellers beginning to research their holidays, hotel search website has compiled a list of 10 up-and-coming destinations… The highest ranked Asian destination was Velha, in Goa India with an average price tag of UKP 51 in fourth place …  click here

USS Paul Hamilton strengthens relationship with Indian navy
23 Mar: DVIDS Hub. Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) visited Goa, India, March 17-21. While in port, Paul Hamilton hosted members of the Indian press as well as Indian navy officers and Sailors on board for tours of the ship and a reception… Paul Hamilton Sailors also participated in a friendly basketball game with the Don Bosco College of Engineering basketball team and distributed donated Project Handclasp materials for Child Right Goa activity centers…  click here

Somali pirates shifting base towards India, says Parrikar
23 Mar: Times of India. Defence minister Manohar Parrikar said here yesterday that Somali pirates were "shifting their location" towards India, but the country was watchful to deal with such threats. "Because their (shipping) lanes are heavily guarded, they have slightly moved to this side (30-40 nautical miles). They are still 450 nautical miles away from India," he told reporters …  click here



Death: Sylvia Menezes
13 Mar: Toronto. SYLVIA MENEZES. Predeceased by her husband, Eustace. Loving mother to Lynette, Edlyn (Sandra), Brenda (David) and Edward (Lorraine). She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Christopher, Patrick, Alicia, Dean, Simone, Priscilla and Titus. Funeral was on March 19, 2015. Photo.  For further details click here

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Read India's official Q&A on visa changes

20 Mar: Travel Trade Gazette (UK). By Edward Robertson. The High Commission of India has released a Q&A intended to clarify the confusion over visa applications for British tourists… Q1: Have visa services been outsourced to the service provider? … Q2: Is biometric data collection mandatory while applying for a visa? … Q3: Do I need to visit a VFW application centre in person for submitting a visa application? … Q4: Do I need to book a prior appointment before visiting a VFW application centre for submitting a visa application? … Q5: How can I book a prior appointment before visiting a VFW application centre for submitting a visa application? … Q6: Can I submit a visa application through post/courier? …  click here

When Indians Renounce Their Citizenship: An Expat Explains

21 Mar: Wall Street Journal. … India doesn’t allow dual nationality, so the Indian citizenship must be renounced when taking on another as an adult. The Indian government does not publish passport renunciation numbers. However, there’s been a high growth in numbers of Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards conferred in the last few years. In 2013, 1.2 million people were registered as OCIs, up 20 percent from a year earlier…  click here

CISF cracks down on 'massive network of gangs' stealing luggage at major airports

22 Mar: Daily Mail Online. A nationwide crackdown on thieves by the Central Industrial Police Force (CISF), which is handling airport security, has revealed that a massive network of gangs is responsible for over a dozen high-profile thefts at major airports recently… the accused board flights with only registered baggage and flee with the baggage of other passengers after reaching the destination airport. “They would pick up others’ luggage from nearby conveyer belts,” a senior airport official told Mail Today… A senior CISF officer said that they have been receiving complaints of thefts from Goa and other airports for the past three months.  click here

Suresh Amonkar: Thirty hours a week, this octogenarian marches on

22 Mar: Times of India. It was 1951 and Suresh Amonkar, all of 16 years old, was making himself comfortable among Christians for a bible study class at Wilson's College in Bombay when he was sent to the principal. "You're a Goan Hindu and you want to attend Bible class?" the principal, in a strong Scottish accent, asked… Today, Amonkar has eight Bibles in his collection. His desire for interreligious dialogue and his love for the Konkani language led him to translate four Buddhist, three Hindu, two Christian and one Sikh scripture into Konkani…  click here
Suresh Amonkar was a teacher at the Goan High School, Mombasa from 1956 to 1960…  click here

Live the dream and buy a home in the sun

22 Mar. Daily Mail. Laura Shannon asks the experts where to buy a bargain and how to search for a deal… Doctor Harpal Bains can choose from tens of thousands of properties abroad without ever having to buy one outright. Instead she pays a membership fee to LoveHomeSwap – a home-exchange website – that matches her to like-minded homeowners who stay in her home while she does the same in theirs. This trick has opened doors to a property in the Indian state of Goa within walking distance of the beach … accompanying her on her travels is husband, Dan, 46, and their two children, Azure, six, and five-year-old Avalon. In return, those homeowners stayed at Harpal and Dan’s four-bedroom flat in Shoreditch, East London…  click here

UK visa applicants to pay ‘health surcharge’ now
21 Mar: Hindustan Times. India and other non-European Union citizens will need to pay a ‘health surcharge’ from 6 April at the time of applying for UK visas to cover part of the cost of any medical treatment they may need while in the UK, official sources said on Friday… The health surcharge will be £200 per year and £150 per year for students and will be payable at the same time that an individual submits their visa application on-line…  click here

Kenya: Bank, Land Records Prove DA Gama Rose Owns Karen Land
20 Apr: Capital FM. Nairobi — Lawyer Cecil Miller on Thursday sought to prove to the High Court that the controversial 134-acre property in Karen indeed belongs to Horatius Da Gama Rose. Miller sought to establish the land's ownership history through Barclays Bank records he said show that the land was sold to Da Gama Rose by its previous owner Arnold Bradley. Barclays, Miller submitted, had been charged by Bradley, to dispose of the property on his behalf. Bradley passed away in 1973 but Miller used land records to support his assertions…  click here

Raising Steaks
21 Mar: Outlook. By Vivek Menezes. Goans recognise that the beef shortage in the state has nothing to do with them, or religious sentiments either… Actually, there is no beef ban in Goa. There is considerable irony that across the border from Maharashtra, Goa’s own BJP government is instead championing the steady supply of beef for its citizens. Manohar Parrikar's replacement Chief Minister, the long-time RSS member Laxmikant Parsekar has promised "to sell beef across the state." …  click here

Goa high for new booze test
22 Mar: Times of India. By Newton Sequeira. Goa features prominently on the international tourist circuit, which works well for alcohol companies looking for a captive market to launch new products… An exclusive launch in Goa is a new trend, with six to eight niche alcohol products making their debut so far. Diageo Plc, Sipping Spirits, Cheers Group, MIR Spirits and Mohan Meakin Group are some of the companies which have launched their products in Goa before tasting success in other parts of the country…  click here

Wine with vindaloo: a tale of two settlers
19 Mar: The New Statesman (UK). By Nina Caplan. There are many kinds of immigrant. Some arrive with guns, others with mops and most with a repertoire of recipes – and their long-term influence is hard to measure… These thoughts were brought on by a superb suckling pig vindaloo. Vindaloo, from vinha d’alhos (“wine and garlic”), is a meat dish imported to Goa by the occupying Portuguese, who added chillies when their enthusiasm for transatlantic profiteering took them to Latin America. Cinnamon and cardamom were local additions but the dish was tactless, featuring pork in a country full of Muslims and vegetarian Hindus, and it did not become less so when imported here to pulverise the tongues of inebriated members of the master race. There is a perverse beauty to the notion that India, where English is still a lingua franca, bequeathed verbal incapacity on the conquerors… 625 words.



Death: Alexander (Alick) Narcissus Lobo

7 Mar: Normanby Road, Dollis Hill, London. ALEXANDER (ALICK) NARCISSUS LOBO. Husband to the late Yvonne Celine Lobo both ex Mwanza & Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Passed away peacefully in his sleep. Alick's funeral will be held on 25th March 2015 at St Thomas of Canterbury Church, 557/559 High Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0RB followed by a cremation service.
For further information please contact Trevor Correya (Mob: 07956234260 or Email:

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Goa on ‘hit list’ with Julio Ribeiro?

22 Mar: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. If anyone knows what it feels like to be on a "hit list" it is India's longtime "top cop", Goa's own Julio Ribeiro. He was repeatedly targeted for assassination by Sikh militants during his tenure as director general of Punjab police during the bloody insurgency years of the 1980s … Ribeiro galvanized worldwide attention earlier this week when he reported that he felt "back on the hit list". In a shocking, powerful newspaper column, the 85-year-old wrote "the same category of citizens who had put their trust in me to rescue them from a force they could not comprehend have now come out of the woodwork to condemn me for practicing a religion that is different from theirs. I am not an Indian anymore, at least in the eyes of the proponents of the Hindu rashtra"…  click here
16 Mar: Indian Express. As a Christian, suddenly I am a stranger in my own country, writes Julio Ribeiro…  click here

Christians feel intimidated, unsafe: Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao

22 Mar: Herald. Christians in many parts of the country feel intimidated and unsafe, said Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao on Saturday. In an exclusive interview with Herald, Archbishop Ferrao touched upon the attacks on the Christian community in the country and expressed his concern and anguish. He said that Christians are ‘called to be instruments of peace, promoting harmony’ but when peace and harmony are threatened by communal discord, they need to ‘raise their voice against the various manifestations of this deadly malaise and work unitedly against it’…  click here

Football: London Trophy: The £4,000 cup

21 Mar: The Goan. By Andrea Fernandes. Many villagers from Goa Velha have migrated to the United Kingdom and have introduced this London Trophy. This annual football tournament is organised by Goa Velha Sports Club and is sponsored by the Goans living in London. A total of 16 teams participate in this tournament every year. This year the 9th Edition of the London Trophy is being held and the finals are slated for Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the Goa Velha football ground in the village… The winning team takes home a cash prize of Rs. 80,000 and the runners up team gets Rs.60,000 … the boys from UK collectively donate small amounts towards this tournament and minimum benchmark is 20 pounds. Some also give 50 and 100 pounds each. The total money received every year towards the organising of this tournament ranges between Rs 3.5 to 4 lakhs…  click here

Pages of the past, relevant today

22 Mar: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha visits Mapusa municipal library… For those who might not know, the Biblioteca Municipal Ataide is the oldest of Goa’s municipal libraries. It “still draws a lot of people specially to read newspapers and magazines in the evenings”, as Domnic PF Fernandes writes in Mapusa, Yesterday and Today: A Reminiscent Tour… even a hurried look at its collection of books and bound magazines takes us back in time in a way most would hardly suspect…  click here

Video: Goa's First Diaspora

21 Mar: International Centre Goa. Discussion between the distinguished Professor at Goa University, Kiran Budkuley, and Gopalkrishna Pai, about his book, the monumental novel in Kannada, “Swapna Sararaswata”. The award-winning novel tracess the Gaud Saraswat community's diaspora along the west coast of India from colonial Goa across the borders to what is now Karnataka and Kerala. 43m. 53s.  click here

Goa's silent discos offer a unique clubbing experience

21 Mar: Business Standard. It’s a surreal scene: hundreds of party-goers, dressed to the nines, swaying and grooving on the dance floor. But wait, where’s the music? Before you decide you want to get your hands on the special something they’ve definitely been smoking to be a part of this hallucinatory experience, the headphones suddenly catch your eye. This is Silent Noise, started by Londoner DJ Justin Mason and now in its eighth season … 3 photos.  click here

Scams at the Goa Industrial Development Corporation
21 Mar: The Goan. The multistory adjacent Passport Bhavan stands silent and hides hundreds of sinister secrets. From the sellout in the name of SEZ to the moneymaking racket that its past Chairman had mastered, Goa Industrial Development Corporation was known more for its scams outdoor. However The Goan has in three editions in the past revealed that it is not just plots but even people who made hay while the Corporation bled. This time the Big Story is of an institutional rot where the topmost executive of Goa’s industrial body is not just incompetent but helping himself in dollops to promotions and perks as he indulges in a scam ridden corporation.  click here

Oh, Bebinca! You'e cakelicious
20 Mar: The Telegraph (India). … As the legend goes, Bebinca was first whipped up by a nun called Bebiana of Convento de Santa Monica in Old Goa. She made it with seven layers to symbolise the seven hills of Lisbon, Portugal, and offered it to a priest. But, he found it too small and thus the layers were increased…Nowadays, you will find Bebinca in many flavours, chocolate and honey being the most common. It is sad to see such desecration of Goan heritage.” there are a host of other equally tempting desserts one cannot afford to miss in this gourmet paradise… Perade or guava cheese … Doce de Grao … Letria… Recipes for Bebinca and Letria … photos.  click here

Siolim Swamped
21 Mar: The Goan. Dozens of illegal projects surface in the village of the state’s third highest ranking minister Dayanand Mandrekar, --‘Development’ projects surface in eco-sensitive wetlands and backwaters of Siolim violating multiple laws, --Village, taluka, state and police administration complicit as they fail to remove illegalities despite statutory orders … Siolim is not just one of Goa’s beautiful villages. It is home to many celebrated Goans … But Siolim’s traditions and history are under siege … Open spaces for children and youth to play outdoors are fast disappearing... There are a few more stories of horror in Siolim. The Goan discovered a few…  click here

Now, police verification for passports in a jiffy!
20 Mar: Herald. No more endless wait for police verification you have to undergo before your application for passport is taken up for consideration, thanks to the passport division of the external affairs ministry adopting technology to whittle down the delays. Police took on an average 40 days to verify a passport applicant in 2014 which is already an improvement over 51 days in 2013, but it may soon take less than a week on an average under a new manual being readied by the passport office…  click here


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How to Switch From PIO to OCI

15 Mar: Wall Street Journal. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged to eliminate discrepancies between foreign nationals with links to India who hold Persons of Indian Origin, or PIO cards and those who have Overseas Citizenship of India, or OCI cards… The New York Consulate held one of several outreach events across the country this year to provide clarity on the new status for people with Indian heritage … “We were receiving the complaints in hundreds,” said Manoj Mohapatra, deputy consul general at the Indian consulate in New York. “Now the complaints [are] in double digits,” he added. Here’s what to know about the switch…  click here

Valerie Vaz: Celebrities and local leaders back Walsall FC ahead of Wembley match

19 Mar: Walsall Advertiser (UK). … Support has poured in for the team as they prepare to face Bristol City in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final at England's home of football on Sunday (March 22)… And Valerie Vaz, MP of Walsall South, said she had purchased a Walsall to Wembley scarf ready to wave it in support on the big day. She added: "The supporters deserve this big game at Wembley for their unswerving support. "Walsall FC's place in the final will inspire more children and young people into grassroots football in Walsall."  click here

Beef an essential part of the minorities’ cuisine in Goa: CM Laxmikant Parsekar

20 Mar: Economic Times. BJP-ruled Goa would not ban beef as it is an essential part of the cuisine of minority communities in the state, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar told ET, adding that it had taken several years for his party to earn the trust of the state's Christians and Muslims…  click here

Mining: EC announcement is a gimmick - Goa Foundation

20 Mar: Steel Guru. Mr Claude Alvares (photo) of Goa Foundation has termed the announcement of the revocation of the ECs suspensions a gimmick to influence the Zilla Panchayat elections and cautioned that this tamasha will not make any difference to starting of mining operations, any time soon. Mr Alvares said that it will take over a year to get approvals for mining plans, since they now have to deposit waste within the lease area and can get the plan approved only on that basis. He said that “It will take years before they get out of the mess in which they have put themselves. Revoking the ECs is just another tamasha. It will not make any difference.”…  click here

Dr Michael Lobo's book 'A Thousand Pages of Songs' released in Goa

20 Mar: DaijiWorld. As the streets of Panaji, the capital of Goa, celebrated 'Sigmotsav', a spring festival celebrated by the Hindus of Goa, the gallery hall of the Fundacao Oriente, in the Fontainhasarea of Panaji, played host to release of the book on music history authored by Dr Michael Lobo. The book titled ‘A Thousand Pages of Songs’ is a work of scholarship and research, an encyclopedia of songs of all eras, ranging from medieval folk songs, through the era of parlour songs of the late 19th and early 20th century, to the rock’n’roll music of the 1950s and ‘60s…  click here

Missing backpacker James Durkin found dead in Goa

19 Mar: Croydon Guardian. Tributes have been paid to a Coulsdon backpacker who has been found dead in Goa. James Durkin was travelling in India with two friends but they lost contact with him in mid-February, just days after he had scattered his mother’s ashes… Mr Durkin, whose family home is in Fairdene Road, was found dead a few days ago … Did you know James? Call 020 8722 6353 or email to pay tribute  click here

Why Indian visa changes are a ‘significant’ threat to tourism
16 Mar: Travel Trade Gazette. Indian visa requirements are changing for British travellers. The plan is for applicants to be required to visit a visa application centre for biometric data collection (facial scanning and fingerprinting) in one of 14 locations across the UK. These visits are by appointment only and will, in all likelihood, require the majority of travellers to go to considerable personal efforts in order to obtain a visa… Text + comments.  click here

Travel trade meets Indian High Commission over visa concerns
19 Mar: Travel Trade Gazette. A UK travel trade delegation has urged the Indian High Commission to resolve visa confusion at a meeting yesterday. Up to 45 members of the travel trade attended the meeting with four members of the high commission… much of the meeting was spent trying to understand when the changes, which require travellers to the country to provide biometric data including finger printing at one of 14 UK centres before their departure… There were a lot of tour operators and agents present who were complaining about the communications from the high commission who’ve been giving out mixed messages…  click here

UK tour operators unhappy with Indian visa changes
19 Mar: Economic Times. The uproar from groups such as the Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO) and individual firms is largely a result of a lack of clarity around some of the new rules for Indian visas effective from March 1 this year… A premature announcement in relation to biometric data collection from all visa applicants, making it mandatory for each applicant to be physically present to be finger-printed, lies at the heart of some of the confusion… "I will certainly convey the sentiments from tour operators to my government. I hear you loud and clear," said Rajan Mathai, the Indian High Commissioner …  click here

The new Indian Tourist Visa on Arrival ("TVoA") scheme
18 Mar: The new Narendra Modi government’s push to project “Incredible India” and “Make in India” has seen an expansion of the limited Indian “visa on arrival scheme”. In an attempt to make India an attractive tourist and business destination and to boost the number of tourist and short term business travellers to India, the Modi Government recently introduced the “Tourist Visa on Arrival Enabled with Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA)” Scheme … The application process for an Indian Tourist visa on arrival (“TVoA”) involves completion and submission of an on-line application. The visa fees is US$ 60/- per passenger excluding interchange charge for credit/debit cards and the fee must be paid 4 days before the expected date of travel…  click here

Goa ZP Elections At A Glance
21 Mar: Times of India. Intraparty politics and poor organization led to a very poor performance by BJP candidates in Sancoale and Cortalim… Bicholim: Rise of the independents … Ponda: MGP comes out on top … Sattari: Rane-backed candidates win …  click here

‘Total mining ban was an overreaction by Goa govt’
20 Mar: Times of India. Justice MB Shah Commission found illegalities in the case of 90 mining leases in Goa, but the BJP government in Goa and the Congress government at the Centre went overboard and stopped all mining operations in Goa in a game of one-upmanship, retired IAS officer Aravind Bhatikar says in his book on the mining imbroglio, 'The Rudderless Democracy', to be released next week…  click here

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