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Sonia Faleiro: India’s Attack on Free Speech

4 Oct: New York Times. In today’s India, secular liberals face a challenge: how to stay alive. In August, 77-year-old scholar M. M. Kalburgi, an outspoken critic of Hindu idol worship, was gunned down on his own doorstep. In February, the communist leader Govind Pansare was killed near Mumbai. And in 2013, the activist Narendra Dabholkar was murdered for campaigning against religious superstitions. These killings should be seen as the canary in the coal mine: Secular voices are being censored and others will follow… Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence is being interpreted by many people as tacit approval … Gandhi’s assassin was a former member of the RSS an armed Hindu group, with which Mr. Modi has been associated since he was 8 years old… 1382 words.  click here
Sonia Faleiro was born in Goa and currently lives in London. For the Wikipedia profile of her,  click here

UK-Indian MPs to donate pay hike for Modi's event

6 Oct: Times of India. A group of Indian-origin British MPs on Tuesday pledged to donate the pay rise they will receive next month towards a major event to be held by Indian community for Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the iconic Wembley Stadium here. Britain's longest serving Indian-origin MP Keith Vaz says that Modi's visit will be the UK's most important diplomatic visit this year … “My pay rise for November will be just over £360 after tax and I will be donating it all…  click here
6 Oct: Asian Lite. Vaz Recommends Modi for a Doctorate.  click here
6 Oct: Asian Age. United We Stand. UK Welcomes Modi. Rt Hon Keith Vaz said, “The Modi event at Wembley is a defining moment for the British Indian community. click here.

Lisbon: Museu do Oriente restaurant serves an Oriental brunch

6 Oct: Dinheiro Vivo (Portugal). From Oct 11 the Museu do Oriente serves brunch that combines typical Portuguese dishes with Oriental delicacies with the chef Diogo Fonseca and a panoramic view of river Tagus this is on offer between 12pm and 16:30 on Saturdays and Sundays. The menu includes Goan roast pork and prawn curry … Brunch Oriente Museum restaurant is available for 20 euros for adults and 10 euros for children from 4 to 12, including drinks …  click here

Passport Officer Agnelo Fernandes’ bail plea rejected, faces arrest

7 Oct: Herald. North Goa Sessions Court on Tuesday rejected Goa Passport Officer Agnelo Fernandes’ anticipatory bail plea. Fernandes is facing charges of corruption by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)… CBI registered a case against Fernandes on September 9 after raiding his office at Patto, Panjim and his residence in Nuvem. CBI had seized documents and Indian and foreign currency, besides 100 bottles of foreign liquor in the raids.  click here

Churchill's daughter Sharon threatened me, alleges police lawyer

6 Oct: Business Standard. In a fresh twist in the Louis Berger bribery probe, a special public prosecutor has accused Sharon Alemao, the daughter of former Goa chief minister Churchill Alemao, of intimidation. Special public prosecutor Rajeev Gomes, who was appointed on behalf of the Goa Police Crime Branch, in his complaint filed in the Panaji police station on Tuesday said Sharon Alemao (photo) threatened him outside the court premises after the day's proceedings. "Sharon Alemao, the daughter of Churchill Alemao, pointed a finger at me and said 'I will take care of this guy'," Gomes said in his police complaint…  click here

Cash brought in bag to homes of Digambar Kamat, Churchill Alemao
5 Oct: Indian Express. Clandestine meetings, a black rexin bag stuffed with cash, a fight over money, hawala couriers and a crockery shop used as a “front company”. These are some of the findings in the Goa chargesheet in the Louis Berger bribery case which states that illegal transactions were allegedly conducted at the private and official residences of former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat and ex-PWD Minister Churchill Alemao…  click here

Theresa May to tell Tory conference that mass migration threatens UK cohesion
6 Oct: The Guardian. The home secretary, Theresa May, is to deliver her toughest warning yet that the era of mass migration of the past decade is no longer sustainable and is threatening Britain’s cohesion. She is to claim that mass migration leads to the undercutting of the wages of some low-paid workers and is forcing thousands of others out of work altogether…  click here
Video: Teresa May (Home Secretary) Con. Party Conf. Speech - 6th October 2015  click here

Video: Village Anjuna Vignettes from Goa - Domnic P.F. Fernandes
5 Oct: Joel DS. Book, titled 'Village Anjuna' was released on October 4, 2015 function to the held at the Gaumvaddi chapel in Anjuna. Authored by Domnic P.F. Fernandes, the 392-page book published by Goa,1556. Besides describing the specificities of diverse localities, it looks at some village achievers, the shops of the yesteryears, and sport clubs and the panchayat. It also has a chapter on the hippy encounter with the village. Domnic is author of 'Domnic's Goa', 'Mapusa; A Reminiscent Tour' and 'Dispottem Chintop' (in Konkani, on local sayings)…16m. 09s.  click here

Turf wars in Goa
6 Oct: Mid-Day. A source called in to inform that the on-going turf war for the title of Goa’s foremost year-end music festival just got tougher. Revellers will remember a time a few years ago, when Percept’s Sunburn was the undisputed festival of choice, and could monopolise Candolim beach during the days leading up to the New Year. But now many enthusiasts are seemingly changing ship, thanks to the big money backed alternative in the form of VH1’s Supersonic festival …  click here

Mumbai-Goa road widening work hits the highway, finally
6 Oct: Mumbai Mirror. After much opposition, the forest department has finally decided to dereserve 9.03 hectares of forest land for the expansion of the Mumbai-Goa highway in Raigad district. An order to this effect was issued by the state forest department on October 1… Though trees will be chopped off in the Panvel area for the widening work, compensatory afforestation will be carried out in the Roha area… The state government has already tabulated that 44,574 trees will be hacked to widen the Mumbai-Goa highway into four lanes, covering a stretch of 600 km…  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
7 Oct: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 32.3. Min = 24.2. Rainfall: 4.3mm
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 99.18; $ = 65.12; $Can = 49.95 Euro = 73.40; $Aus= 46.62.



Death: Frank and Ernestine Pinto

1-2 Oct: Karachi. Mrs. ERNESTINE. C PINTO Advocate High Court, Former member Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt. of Pakistan, Legal Advisor Embassy of Holy See, Karachi (Vatican City Rome) and her husband Mr. FRANK PINTO. The death was caused by massive poisoning after their house was fumigated. Deeply mourned by: Ashley Pinto, Lelita, Kendra & Gareth – Canada; Daphne Soares, Lawrence, Nikita and Welton – Dubai; Mathew & Maria Pinto, Leo & Lily Pinto (Sydney Australia), Michael & Vera D'Souza. The funeral was held Monday, October 5 at 16:00 hrs. in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Saddar Karachi. Burials at Christian Cemetery (Gora Qabristan) at 17:00 hrs. [Info Tony Colaco, Sydney] To send cndolence messages to Leo and Lily Pinto,  email

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Switzerland: The flower children have gone but Goa has become versatile

5 Oct: Basler Zeitung (Switzerland). The Devaaya Ayurveda Centre in Divar offers internal cleansing and detoxification … The very aromatic food is strictly vegetarian, smoking and alcohol are banned … Many Swiss and German come here for the annual Ayurvedic cure… Elsewhere in Goa, seasonal shacks on the coast provide much bling-bling, Wi-Fi, food and drink. Each stretch of beach has its followers. Backpackers and yoga friends go to the north, to Arambol and Mandrem, and to Palolem and Agonda in the south. Around the middle in Calangute, Candolim, Baga and Anjuna the meeting point of the International: raver, retirees who spend the winter and Indians who want to escape the heat of their cramped apartments… I encounter Indian women wading in the sea in their colorful saris and shrieking at the waves… Mapsa market smells of diesel, cardamom and cinnamon … 1054 words. At the link select "continue to use"  click here

Video: Brasil Vs Vandor corrida de toros en Goa

4 Oct: Cruel las corridas de toros, que atacan en la arena, en la selva, en las calles y en otros lugares. Los toros atacar en las personas, tigres, leones y otros animales. Nervioso no mirar.La corrida de toros en españa oficialmente se llama "corrida de toros". La palabra corrida que se asemeja a la del verbo correr, que significa "huir". Española de la frase corrida de toros al pie de la letra traducido como "correr toros". En hablar los españoles импользуют "corrida de toros" en la simple palabra "toros"… 12m. 01s.  click here

Video: Indian firm uses cow urine in its cosmetics

5 Oct: BBC. When you buy product to put on your skin, do you take a close look at what's in it? In the latest in a series of films looking at businesses based on religion, India Business Report visited a farm in Delhi where one firm is using unusual ingredients in its line of cosmetics and other household items… 2m.23s.  click here
Cow urine stopped at NZ border, 5 Oct. 3NZ (New Zealand).  click here
Video: Urine-drinking Hindu cult, straight from a virgin cow … Daily Mail (UK). 2m. 01s click here.

Konkani concert ‘Mango Bonanza’ draws record crowd

5 Oct: Arab Times (Kuwait). A record audience turned out to watch the Mega Musical Concert — Mango Bonanza … KALA Mogue Kuwait (KMK) is a non-profit organization formed in the year 2002 to promote Goan art, culture and linguistic issues. The main aim of the organization is to support Konkani language. Mango Bonanza held on Thursday, Sept 24 at the American International School Auditorium brought together some talented Goan and Mangalorean artistes in a show that entertained the packed hall for over 4 hours…  click here

Video: Berlin: Nikhil Desai speaks about the tourism policies and future plans of Goa Tourism

5 Oct: Travel And Tour World. In an exclusive interview with Travel And Tour World, Nikhil Desai, Managing Director, Goa Tourism Development Corporation, spoke about how Goa is re-positioning itself as a tourism destination for all seasons and for everyone. It is in the process of building the world class convention centre, theme park, hot air ballooning, amphibious vessels, paragliding etc. … it looks promising with the introduction of the e-visa by the central government … Three and half million tourists visited last year for witnessing the decennial event of exposition of St. Francis Xavier. With some of the most ancient catholic monuments in Goa, excellent response has been received from the tourists of Western Europe, America and South America specially…  click here

Auction: Veritas, Portugal. 21 Indo-Portuguese items

Oct. 7-8. Lisboa, Portugal. Lot 183, 184, 186, 201, 420, 521 – 530, 532, 533, 535, 541, 544, 545. Estimates €200 - €12.000. Photo shows Lot 545: A late 17th, early 18th century Indo-Portuguese cabinet. Teak and sissoo. Ivory inlaid decoration depicting floral motifs. Interior with six drawers simulating eight Gilt iron mounts. 27x42x28 cm. Estimate: € 9.000 - 12.000  click here

‘Alina being punished for opposing marinas’
6 Oct: Times of India. Divesting Cortalim MLA Alina Saldanha of her forests and environment portfolio has disappointed her supporters in the constituency, as they see it as a punishment being inflicted on her by the BJP-led government for her opposition to marinas and other projects. The forest portfolio had been allotted to her after her husband Matanhy Saldanha’s death…  click here
6 Oct: Herald. Portfolio reshuffle sparks mini crisis in Goa cabinet. Arlekar unhappy with departments allotted to him; Mandrekar, Saldanha fume over loss of portfolios …  click here

Goa Government Moves High Court Against Digambar Kamat's Bail
5 Oct: NDTV. Goa government today contended before the Goa bench of Bombay High Court in Panaji that the lower court erred in granting pre-arrest bail to former Chief Minister Digambar Kamat in the Louis Berger bribery case… "On one hand, the judge agrees that there is prima facie evidence against him and on the other hand he gives Kamat the benefit of doubt under the Code of Criminal Procedure," said Public Prosecutor SR Rivonkar, arguing before Justice CV Bhadang… The hearing will continue tomorrow.  click here

Govt, police get notice over lack of lady police at airport police station
5 Oct: Times of India. The Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) on Monday issued notice to the chief secretary and the director general of Police (DGP) over the non-deployment of lady police and other human right violations at the Dabolim airport police station… Social activist Aires Rodrigues in his complaint pointed out that thousands of people arrive at Goa's Dabolim airport every day of which many are women and young children. He also stated that it was very shocking that not a single lady police had been posted at this strategic Dabolim police station to attend to the ladies and children that may need assistance…  click here

In Brief
Saffron's beef with sanity. 5 Oct: Arab News (Kuwait). If an international award is instituted for hypocrisy, the BJP-ruled India would win it hands down. Its current hard-line Hindu leaders abhor the idea of the cow being slaughtered but the country retains its top spot as the world's largest exporter of beef, according to data released by the US Department of Agriculture… Click here.
No Russian love, so Goa Tourism dials CIS, Europe, China for tourists. 5 Oct: IANS… Click here.
19-yr-old NRI transgender gets back passport, free to return to US. 5 Oct: Times of India. Click here.
India's female students stake their claim on the streets. 5 Oct. Financial Times, Click here.
Kenya: Mbaru sucked into Karen land saga. 3 Oct: Daily Nation. Click here.


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UK Forthcoming Event: Sienna's Charity Dinner & Dance

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

Portugal's Ruling Coalition Defeats Socialists in Election

4 Oct: Bloomberg. 21:14 PM BST. Portuguese Prime Minister Pedro Passos Coelho is on course for victory in the nation’s first general election since regaining its economic sovereignty, exit polls signalled… While it’s not yet clear if Coelho has won a majority of seats, he decisively defeated Socialist leader Antonio Costa by focusing on the country’s economic progress, underscored by its exit from an international bailout in 2014…  click here
Video: The leader of the Socialist Party Antonio Costa accepted defeat at close to 11 p.m…  click here

Germany: Collien Fernandes talks about her roots and traveling with a child in India

4 Oct: Bild (Germany). The foliage turns bright and the temperature drops. Collien Ulmen-Fernandes (34) is thinking about the beach and sunshine. "Because the job is so tiring I need complete relaxation and will have to recharge my batteries on holiday," she says. The best holiday so far spent the pretty TV face with her husband, actor Christian Ulmen (40) in Mauritius… And what about India next holiday destination? Collien Fernandes has Indian roots and in her childhood spent a lot of time there visiting her relatives. "India is unfortunately not just around the corner. Every time when I make plans something unexpected happens, "said the daughter of an Indian Goan Catholic. 515 words. Machine translation.  click here
For the German original,  click here
Video: Collien Fernandes – the Sexiest Woman of the World. 2010. click here.

Football: FC Goa 2; Delhi Dynamos 0

4 Oct: That's it. Its full-time in Goa. FC Goa register a 2-0 win against Delhi Dynamos… GOAL! Mandar Rao Desai scores in the third minute to give FC Goa 1-0 lead over Delhi Dynamos FC … GOAL! Reinaldo scores just before the half-time to make it 2-0 for FC Goa … 69 mins: Reinaldo almost made it 3-0 for Goa … Roberto Carlos almost scored his first goal in ISL but good save from FC Goa goalkeeper…  click here
Video: 4 Oct. Prudent Media English Prime News. FC GOA S FC Goa open ISL2 with blockbuster show, the Gaurs beat Delhi Dynamos; Zico's boys win first of three back-to-back home games …  click here

Goa Cabinet reshuffle: Alina Saldanha cut to size to make way for Arlekar

4 Oct: Goa News. Rajendra Arlekar is now the Forest and Environment Minister… Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar reallocated the portfolios, giving away his RDA to Alina, in addition to Science & Technology and Museums she was already holding…  click here

Same old issues continue to haunt GMC

4 Oct: Herald. For a hospital that has been around for centuries and with constant additions to it, it should come as no surprise that the Goa Medical College is the most widely preferred government hospital. But with its constant additions and renovations, the Institute fails on several fronts…
GMC canteens in a mess …
GSPCB happy with GMC’s disposal of medical waste …
Given time, I will improve GMC facilities, says Health Minister …  click here

Auction: 7 Oct: Alcala Subastas, Madrid

Lot 287: "Christ Crucified", Goa, XVII-XVIII. Ivory retaining its original color. Height: 30.5 cm. Starting price: € 950
Lot 289: Two Indo-Portuguese archangels in carved and gilded wood. Goa, S. XVIII. Height: 38 cms. Starting price: € 1,500  click here

Inside the Indian village where a mob killed a man for eating beef
3 Oct: The Guardian. Mahesh Sharma, India’s minister of culture, has come to “condole” the family of Mohammed Akhlaq, a 50-year-old labourer beaten to death by a mob in his small two-storey home in the centre of Bishara village, about an hour’s drive beyond the outskirts of Delhi, The mob that killed him believed that Akhlaq and his family, who are Muslim, had eaten meat from a cow …  click here

Draft bill seeks to legalize all illegal structures in Goa
4 Oct: Times of India. The BJP-led state government has proposed to introduce a law that will regularize illegal structures across Goa, irrespective of whose land they are in, while giving complete immunity to the state and its officials from prosecution and legal proceedings for doing the same… The draft bill was marked as confidential and circulated, three months ago … It was brought to light on Saturday at a press conference by a local group… With the intention to woo voters, Parrikar, the current defence minister, had proposed to regularize unauthorized houses, a promise he had first made in 2001…  click here

When Miramar was a landlord’s paradise
4 Oct: Times of India. Very few capital cities in the country enjoy the privilege that Panaji has of having a beach within walking distance of its crowded, commercial spaces. Opening into the Arabian Sea, Miramar beach hosts a few food stalls, a sparse cover of palm trees and sand dune vegetation … It was originally known as the Gasper Dias beach … Sanjeev Sardessai of the group Hands-on Historians raises awareness about this little-known history of Miramar through lectures in institutions across Goa …  click here

In Brief
4 Oct: Daily Star (UK). Jet off from Manchester next Sunday to Goa for a week's B&B at the five-star Cidade De Goa Beach Resort in Dona Paula for £775. Visit or call 0208 705 0107.
4 Oct: The Standard (Kenya). Barclays Bank denies role in selling Karen land to city tycoon, Horatius Da Gama Rose…  click here
4 Oct: The Telegraph (India). Indrani Mukerjea hospital claims overdose evidence … Sources said her husband, Peter was in Goa with his brother and would return to Mumbai tomorrow…  click here



Death: Vincent Antao
1 Oct: Dar es Salaam. VINCENT ANTAO ex Zanzibar. He was the brother of Anina (Socorro) and late Cecilia Antao. Cousin to Tony Antao, Edward, John, Philomena (Antonio), late Augustine and late Lurdin. Uncle to Patricia (Francis) and Maria Carvalho. Vincent's funeral services took place at St. Joseph's Cathedral, Dar es Salaam followed by burial at Kinondoni Cemetery. [Info Claude Fernandes via Tanzanite Goans]

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Women in Business: Anna and Mariella de Souza

29 Sep: The Director. Despite working in the very male tech sector, Anna de Souza, who will be speaking at the Institute of Director’s (IoD) Women in Business conference, has never let gender hold her back … She says, “After a few years of meeting people through work, attending events and joining clubs, my sister Mariella and I decided to turn our network into our business and Cut to Content was born…” Join Anna de Souza and other inspirational UK businesswomen at the IoD’s Women in Business Conference on 13 November...  click here
Anna and Mariella de Souza were born in the UK and are the daughters of Ayres and Ginette; grand-daughters of George and Luiza (ex-Nairobi) and Peter and Rose (Dolly) Louzado (ex-Malawi). Her parents trace their ancestral roots to Moira, Aldona and Saligao. For the Linkedin profile of Anna, click here. For the Linkedin profile of Mariella, click here.
For the Cut to Content website click here. For the Cut To Content video clip click here.

António Costa: A Goan prime minister for Portugal?

3 Oct: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. There will be fingers crossed on these distant shores on Sunday, October 4, when elections are held for all 230 seats in the Portuguese parliament, the Assembleia da Republica. Pedro Passos Coelho's ruling centre-right coalition faces a powerful challenge that has been brewing for years from Antonio Costa, the popular and charismatic three-term mayor of Lisbon, of the Socialist Party. In the balance is Konkani history. The result could be the first Goan head of state…  click here
2 Oct: Económico (Portugal). Family in Margao, Goa of “Babush”, the socialist leader cross their fingers for victory in the Portuguese elections … Machine translation.  click here
For the Portuguese original, click here.

Fr Britto Joseph: Healing with nature

3 Oct: Navhind Times. “Naturopathy has the power to cure almost all ailments,” says Fr Britto Joseph, who is in Goa to conduct a course on naturopathy. The main theme focuses on how to live in harmony with nature making use of the five elements – earth, water, fire, air and ether. … The principle of naturopathy is about living a healthy life without drug dependency and by making use of all natural substances… He began practice in Goa in 1998 and comes here once in three months to consult patients or conduct courses… Many orders have rules and regulations and so do Jesuit priests. It was always a big challenge for Fr Britto to carry on doing what he liked… 1191 words.  click here

A little bird tells us, there is disaster waiting at the Dabolim airport

3 Oct: Herald. If a tragedy ever strikes a plane landing at or taking off from Dabolim, chances are that it will land in one of the numerous garbage heaps, that could have caused the tragedy in the first place. In a relatively safe defence airport like Dabolim, the only threat to an airplane is from a species which inspired man to make airplanes- birds…
3 Oct: Herald. Navy alone cannot maintain bird-free airport…
3 Oct. Herald. Panchayats only blamed, not helped …  click here

Mumbai: Church does not seek ban on play about nun

3 Oct: Times of India. The row over an upcoming play about a Christian nun seems headed for a solution. The Catholic Church has clarified that it is not seeking a ban on 'Agnes of God' although it is offended by its promotional material… The producers say they will go ahead with the first show Monday…  click here
4 Oct. Indian Express. Bishops’ forum seeks ban on play, says it hurts religious sentiments …  click here

Waluscha De Souza “Elle Beauty Awards”

2 Oct: Bollywood Helpline. Fan girl Waluscha De Souza looked absolutely stunning in her “Simple” Avatar at the “ELLE Beauty Awards” evening. She kept it simple, but her simplicity was also breathtakingly beautiful and elegant… Waluscha De Souza will be seen as debutant opposite Shah Rukh Khan in upcoming film, “Fan” which is slated for April 15, 2016, release  click here
Fan Movie Official Trailer.  click here
23 Mar: Times of India. Waluscha De Souza: “Coming from Goa, dance and music is my veins” … click here.

What lies ahead for ‘principal conspirator’ Kamat, in the Louis Berger scam case
3 Oct: Herald. So what lies ahead for the 'Principal Conspirator’ in the Louis Berger bribery scam? He happens to be Digambar Kamat, who as principal conspirator, is still out of custody, while all other side players are either in prison or have been there. The Crime Branch is understandably working with its hands tied because of the court restrictions on arresting Kamat till the state’s appeal in the High Court against the grant of his anticipatory bail by the lower court, is disposed off…  click here

Reasons: Why Goa is the best place in the world?
3 Oct: News Nation (India). Goa remains one of the favorite tourist destinations for its glorious beaches, exotic flea markets, dense vegetation and a lot more. The city entices people from near and far. If you plan to visit Goa soon or near in the future here are top 5 places you must visit: Beaches … Flea markets … Religion and spirituality … Wildlife …  click here

In Brief
Bangalore restaurant review: 'Maria's Goan Kitchen' … Click here.
Flour power: Goan festival today will honour state's unsung heroes - its bakers. By Pamela D'Mello. 2 Oct. Scroll. Click here.
Bombay Food Truck Company: A culinary revolution in the making. The founders are Kevin Fernandes and Roysten Misquitta. 2 Oct. DNA. Click here.
100 charter flights from Moscow could be cancelled as Transaero declares bankruptcy. 3 Oct: Herald. Click here.
Israeli held for carrying live cartridge at Goa airport. 3 Oct: Business Standard. Click here.



Mumbai: Bishop Ferdie suffers heart attack, dies

2 Oct: Times of India. A senior member of the Catholic Church in Mumbai, auxiliary bishop emeritus Ferdinand Fonseca, passed away on Friday. He was 89. "Bishop Ferdie, as he was fondly called, had suffered a heart attack a few days ago. The end came around 3.45am at Holy Family hospital in Bandra. His last rites will be held at 4pm Saturday at St Andrew's Church in Bandra," said Fr Nigel Barrett, spokesman for the archdiocese of Bombay. The Goan native was born on December 2, 1925 … Bishop Ferdie retired at age of 75 in 2000.  For further details click here

Death: Agnelo Mendes

Resende, Brazil. AGNELO MENDES. Beloved son of late Lourenco / Late Graziela. Husband of Lina. Brother of Dalila / Belarmino, Laura, Late Alice, Sebastiao / Tereza, Late Aureo / Felisa, Late Antonio / Celia, Rene / Pamela. Eucharistic Mass will be celebrated on 5th October 2015 at 4.15 pm at Mary Immaculate Church, Panjim.

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Event Highlight

Sat 10 Oct. 4.00pm to 10.00pm - St. Boniface Church Hall, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London SW17 9PG. The band NIGHT FEVER are in town (from Canada; formerly UK) and so we have a great excuse to have a get-together. Please come along to a social gathering to meet members of the band, Bosco, Mario, Loy and Dennis who will also be playing some great music from the past and present. They will be supported by Dark Star disco. Bring your own drinks. Food on sale by Bernie's Catering. Tickets: only £5. For further details please call Derrick Pereira 020 8952 8899/07956 319408, Norma Menezes 020-8771 4457 or Bernie Gracias 020-8723 1322. For flyer  click here

Selma Carvalho: Wave of Intolerance Does Not Stop At Hindus

2 Oct: Goa Streets. The role the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) plays in the lives of Indian Christians bears questioning: it promotes the idea of victimisation with vivid imagery on its website; it advocates an evangelical principle of giving ‘10% of one’s resources to God’s work’; it opposes the repeal of section 377 which would decriminalise homosexuality (and in a statement called it an unnatural act against divine law); it constantly demands apologies for various slights (an apology letter from Spicejet for promoting a Jesus tomb in Kashmir is featured on its website) and it takes easy offence. Its general secretary, Joseph Dias, undertook a fast unto death at the Azad Maidan to protest against the Da Vinci Code. It has even objected to that most innocuous of plays ‘Agnes of God’ as anti-Catholic. The CSF has by default become the unelected spokesperson for Christians, and though some of its activism is to be lauded, its relentless drive to curtail freedom of expression makes it no different from other self-appointed custodians of religious and cultural values in India…  click here
3 Oct: Scroll. Joseph Dias claims to be offended on behalf of Mumbai’s Christians ‒ but he doesn't speak for me … By Lindsay Pereira.  click here

Canada: Darren Pereira: Patent war in 'hoverboard' market

28 Sep: Toronto Sun. A Canadian entrepreneur is stepping into a fierce global patent war as he begins to sell a hands-free "hoverboard" he believes will revolutionize urban transportation. Darren Pereira's Huuver company has begun to sell online its brand of self-balancing electric boards called Uuboard). A Toronto dealership is in the works. The colourful units that travel up to about 10 km/h have motors that are propelled by movements detected from sensors near the feet… The Uuboard sells for $949 … Pereira said the Uuboard can work up to nine hours on a 135-minute charge. Weighing 22 pounds, it can carry people between 50 and 350 pounds…  click here
Video: Darren Pereira interviewed and demonstrates the electric hoverboard. ... 2m. 21s.  click here
Darren Pereira is the eldest son of Bonfilio and Sushila Pereira (San Estevam – Goa); brother of Dayton Pereira. For Darren Pereira’s Linkedin profile, click here.

Antonio Costa may lose the Portuguese General Election on Sunday

After leading the campaign trail for several months, the final opinion polls predict that Antonio Costa could lose.
2 Oct: The Guardian (UK). Portugal predicted to vote pro-austerity coalition back in… Final polls suggest the centre-right ruling coalition is on course to win Sunday’s general election after a close-run campaign…  click here
2 Oct. Washington Post. The latest polls at the time of this writing, aggregated here, show Pedro Passos Coelho the incumbent prime minister leading with 38 percent. The main center-left party in the opposition, the Socialist Party (PS) led by Antonio Costa is at the moment quite close (36 percent), in a statistical tie…  click here
In Margao, a family hopes for a huge twist of history 2 Oct: Times of India. By Lisa Monteiro. The Costas Want To See ‘Babush’ As Portugal’s New Prime Minister … As the political battle rages in Portugal in the run up to the general elections on Sunday, there's much excitement building miles away, in the Costa family in South Goa… 482 words. click here.

Bamberg to Goa via Reigate: Web development turns the idyllic way

1 Oct: India Infoline. For the three founder-musketeers of Sapnagroup are badminton enthusiast Nilesh Nayak and professional photographer Anurag Jain, both from Goa and Marathon aficionado Jonny Hübner from Bamberg in Germany…The company has set up base in in Reigate, the historic Surrey town in UK … But how did the geographical presence span three idyllic countries of India, UK and Germany respectively – viz. Goa, Reigate and Bamberg? Explains Nayak, “I was born and brought up in Goa, and Anurag is based here too. So it made sense to give back something to the home state. Jonny hails from Bamberg …  click here

Football: Video: FC Goa profile, preview, signings, squad, key players

30 Sep: International Business Times. FC Goa came close to qualifying for the final, but they were quite unlucky to be defeated in a penalty shootout by Atletico de Kolkata in the semifinal of the Indian Super League 2014. They are back with vengeance in their minds for ISL 2015, which will be staring from 3 October in Chennai. FC Goa has legendary Brazilian footballer Zico at the helm of their team and this time he will want to bring home the coveted ISL trophy which he and his side missed out on in the first season of the ISL…  click here
With seven Brazilians, FC Goa eye trophy … 2 Oct: Free Press Journal.  click here
Video: FC Goa Anthem. click here.

Horatius Da Gama Rose owns Karen land, says bank
1 Oct: The Star (Kenya). Barclays Bank yesterday confirmed it transferred the Sh8 billion Karen Land to a company owned by tycoon Horatius Da Gama Rose in 1983. The revelation has shed light on who owns the 134.4 acres. The bank’s senior legal officer Waweru Mathenge told the High Court that records available in the bank identify only Rose as the person they dealt with. Mathenge was cross-examined by lawyer Cecil Miller, representing Muchanga Investments, which owns the land. He said between 1983 and 1998, the bank dealt with Da Gama Rose Company Investments. Both companies are owned by Rose…  click here
1 Oct. Buzz Nairobi. Barclays Bank denies selling Karen land to Horatius Da Gama Rose…  click here

Indrani Mukerjea hospitalised after consuming pills in suicide bid
2 Oct: Daily News & Analysis. Prime accused in Sheena Bora murder case, Indrani Mukerjea has been unconscious since 2pm when she was rushed to JJ Hospital in Mumbai on Friday… Maharashtra Home Department had ordered inquiry into drug overdose… Indrani, wife of TV honcho Peter Mukerjea, is the prime accused in the murder case of her daughter Sheena Bora…  click here
9 Sep: The Guardian (UK). Indrani Mukerjea: India gripped by the case of the TV mogul accused of her daughter's murder …  click here

9 Reasons Why Goa Is A Backpacker’s HELL
2 Oct: Travel Triangle. If you are a backpacker, Goa should be the last destination on your mind. 1: Goa is all about luxury and extravagance… 2: All you got for camping is sand and beaches… 3: Goa is all about crowded beaches and parties… 4: Loud parties is all that happens … 5. All it has is Dolphin watching and Crab tours… 6. Kayaking, rafting and surfing – same old, same old!.. 7: Renting a bike would be a horrible idea… 8. The Goan shopping scene is just sad… 9. Who would enjoy live music jams at random cafes? … Ha ha ha! Gotcha! Goa is undoubtedly the ‘coolest’ place to be, especially for a backpacker! Besides adventurous water sports, spice plantation walks, elephant baths, and cheap food make Goa a paradise for a backpacker… Where else do you get such cheaper booze?  click here

In Brief
Will India become banana republic? … 1 Oct. Asian Lite (UK). Click here.
Month after stone laid at Old Goa, Lithuania reciprocates with tribute … 1 Oct: Times of India. Click here.
Mumbai agency lets down Goa Tourism at Moscow fair … 1 Oct. Times of India. Click here.
7 dogs test positive for rabies in September. 3 Oct: Times of India. Click here.
Video: Indian brought to UK 'worked for 11p an hour' … 2 Oct. BBC. Click here.



Death: Fermina Azaredo

1 Oct: Francisco Costa Vaddo, Utorda, Goa. FERMINA JAQUES E AZAREDO. Born 1936. Beloved wife of late Sebastiao Azaredo. Mother of: Bruno (Aus), Sintia, Melvyn (Aus) & Savio (UK). Mother-in-law of: Daniela (Aus), Malcolm (Muscat), Glenda (Aus), Pamela (UK). Grandmother of: Nathan, Annalisa, Colin/Dorothy, Gavin, Crystal, Christopher, Isabella, Ryan, Luke. Great grandmother of: Amber, Chloe. Sister/Sister-in-law of Late Prudencio/Lucy, late Benedito/Branca, Fatima/Clement, Damaciano/ Angela. Funeral cortege will leave her residence on Saturday, 3rd October, 2015 at 4.00 p.m. to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Utorda for Eucharistic celebration followed by burial. Condolences to

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Video: Goa in 1953. 20m. 21s.

Fishing 2015

Fishing 1953

29 Sep: Johor Kaki. 30 Things to See Do Eat Buy in Goa. I recently visited Goa with AirAsia. It was a fascinating trip as I saw many parts of this smallest state of India with a unique history … Some of my friends in Malaysia and Singapore have their roots in Goa. Here are 30 things I experienced in Goa during my 5 day visit. I am sure there are many other things we could see, do and eat, if we visit Goa again :-D  click here
This is an old video of Goa in 1953 while still under Portuguese rule. Some of the places and activities back in 1953 have not changed that much and can still be seen in Goa today + comments. 20m. 21s.  click here

Sydney, Aus: Labor’s Noel D’Souza elected Randwick mayor

30 Sep: Daily Telegraph (Aus) . Matraville chemist and Labor councillor Noel D’Souza has been elected as the new Randwick mayor. The [Mumbai-born] son of a printer who immigrated to Australia at the age of 10 becomes Randwick City’s 83rd and first Indian mayor … In a controversial move, Cr D’Souza nominated himself as the mayoral candidate without the support of his Labor councillors who nominated Cr Kathy Neilson for mayor …  click here

Part Tragedy, Part Farce

30 Sep: Outlook. By Vivek Menezes. A bizarre, often funny dichotomy prevailed throughout Subramanian Swamy’s valedictory address at Goa’s Saraswat Vidyalaya’s Sridora Caculo College of Commerce and Management Studies annual student-produced festival, Odyssey XII on 28th September earlier this week. Part tragedy, part farce, the event was presaged for doom the previous day, when Swamy tweeted “I shall address a Sangh related public meeting in Goa on “ISIS Threat: India’s Options”. It was obvious he comprehensively misunderstood it was actually a management studies festival attended by young students of all religions and backgrounds…  click here

Map My History

1 Oct. Indian Express. … Kedar Dhondu paints portraits and faces of the little-known community of the Siddhi of Goa in Dark Dawn. The Siddhi, an African community that was brought to Goa as slaves around the 15th century, when it was still under Portuguese rule, still speaks Konkani… The artist says, “Even today, we can find dark-skinned workers, with African resemblance, working as domestic helps in many Christian homes… My work brings out these issues of sadism, brutality, and the metaphysics of hope embodied by characters across Goa.”  click here

How to move to Goa – Part 2

30 Sep: Conde Nast Traveller. Living in Goa, enjoyable as it is, comes with its share of hurdles. Here’s some help to get you started: While buying property is still an expensive proposition, renting an apartment or even a house is quite affordable… On the whole, Goa is more affordable than most parts of the country… Income: prepare to take a pay-cut of up to 25%. … Goa’s famous susegad vibe notwithstanding, it’s surprisingly easy to set up a business in the state… The first thing that hit us when we moved was a complete lack of public transport… Internet infrastructure in Goa is still catching up with the rest of the country… Moving to Goa requires adjustment … 1533 words.  click here

Kenya: Barclays Bank denies it sold Karen land to Horatius Da Gama Rose

30 Sep: Daily Nation. Barclays say that their records show that the land was transferred in January 1983 but not to Mr Rose… The protracted land case was instigated by Mr Rose claiming that some unknown companies had grabbed it and were in the process of subdividing it … Deputy Chief Lands Registrar Geoffrey Birundi said the lands office does not have any records showing the land is registered under Muchanga Investment Ltd. [Da Gama Rose’s company] …Mr Rose had claimed that he bought the land in 1982 from Barclays Bank for Sh1.2 million … The hearing continues on October 12.  click here
Barclays denies role in transfer of 134-acre Karen land … 30 Sep: Business Daily (Kenya)…  click here

Catholic church seeks ban on 'Agnes of God'
1 Oct: Deccan Herald. Demands for ban seem to be increasing in India with the Catholic Church now wanting the Centre to ban the play ‘Agnes of God’ across the country, saying it mocks their beliefs. The Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) president Cardinal Baselios Cleemis has said the play, “hurts religious sentiments of millions of Christians”. The play, loosely based on an incident in the suburbs of New York in the early 1980s, tells the “story” of a nun who gives birth and insists that the child was the result of virgin conception…  click here

GMC doctors indulging in clinical trials on patients
1 Oct: Navhind Times. The indictment of professor and head of department of TB and Chest Diseases of Goa Medical College Dr A M Mesquita and his junior colleague Dr Lalita Fernandes for indulging in unauthorised clinical trials for efficacy of drugs appears to have opened a can of worms with several other cases of “unauthorised” trials coming to light. Top placed sources in the state administration said that with no proper checks in place, the GMC has been turned into a clinical trial laboratory with doctors from various departments entering into understanding with foreign and national pharmaceutical companies to carry out trials of their products on patients admitted to GMC…  click here

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UK Forthcoming Events

Sat 10 Oct. 4.00pm to 10.00pm - St. Boniface Church Hall, Tooting SW17. The band NIGHT FEVER are in town (from Canada; formerly UK) and so we have a great excuse to have a get-together. Please come along to a social gathering to meet members of the band, Bosco, Mario, Loy and Dennis who will also be playing some great music from the past and present. They will be supported by Dark Star disco. Bring your own drinks. Food on sale by Bernie's Catering. Tickets: only £5. For further details please call Derrick Pereira 020 8952 8899/07956 319408, Norma Menezes 020-8771 4457 or Bernie Gracias 020-8723 1322. For flyer please go to

Sat. 10 Oct. Swindon. Goan Folklore Productions presents “Nachom-Ia Kumpasar” a Bardroy Barretto film. A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa. The much talked about Goan Movie, will be screened 11.00am, 3.00 pm and 7.00pm. at The Arts Centre, Devizes Rd. SN1 4BJ. For tickets and information contact Tutush ~ 07854 011148, Cipin ~ 07727 617537, Pedro ~ 07448 711797 or Zic ~07776 844817. For the Flyer, click here.

Sun 11 Oct: UGANDA REUNION: Join the Ex-Ugandan's and guests to celebrate their 43rd annual get together at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS, from 11:30am to 8:00pm. Make it a day to remember, dance to the music by "MAZ & Co" and " NIGHT FEVER", a well known and talented UK Goan Band of the 1980's. Drinks by ED's BAR. Food by MAGGIE'S CATERING . Early Bird Members tickets up to 10 Sept.'15 @ £13:00 thereafter £16:00. Guest tickets @ £16:00. Ticket price includes a Meal and Snacks. Preference will be given to members. Tickets are available from John Carrasco telephone 0208 764 2430.
Parking Restrictions at Lanfranc's School Members and guests attending, please take note that due to Demolition and Building works at the school, the Main Entrance and Car park, as we have always known it, is closed to all. Parking is restricted to approximately 40 to 45 spaces at the front of the School. Access is still via Mitcham Rd. but towards the Bar / Kitchen end. Elderly and partially mobile persons, please arrive early. Parking is available on Mitcham Road and side streets.

Sun. 11 Oct. at 1.30pm. Harrow, London Goan Folklore Productions presents “Nachom-Ia Kumpasar” a Bardroy Barretto film. A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa. The much talked about Goan Movie, will be screened in the UK. Safari Cinema, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2TU. For tickets and information contact:- Amelia ~ 07956 843665, Nina ~ 020 8767 0663, Mark ~ 07535 931677, Caitan ~ 07882 009063, Peter ~ 07417 494316, Fr Lucas ~ 07523 453631, Gregg ~ 07931 753653 or For the flyer, click here.

Sat 17 Oct. 4pm. Colva Union UK is organising their 42nd Anniversary Ball celebrating The Feast of Infant Jesus with Holy Mass at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, 15 The Green, Heston Road, TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will be provided by super Goan band isymphony and the buffet will be done by Cordon Bleu Chef Nicholas. Dress to Impress: Formal. Tickets are priced at just £15.00 for adults £7.50 for children under 12 years. Tickets are available from Gabriel 0208 2307139, Custodio 0203 5390216, Rose 0208 6770390, Alfie 0208 7640353 or Deborah 0208 384 3809. For the flyer, click here.

St Diogo's Association (Guirim/Sangolda) Feast
Sunday 18 Oct: St Diogo's Association (Guirim/Sangolda) will celebrate their annual feast at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, London SW16 2HY. Holy Mass at 12.15 pm sharp followed by the Social. Lunch, sweets, snacks, tea & coffee served during the course of the day. Music by 'Say One Do One' Disco. Gents please note Jacket and tie must be worn throughout the function. No bar facilities, so please bring your own drinks. Ticket prices Members £12. Non-Members £13. Children 2-10 £6, 11-18 £9. Interested please call Jane Gracias 0208 543 5454, Gilbert Fonseca 0208 670 1955 or Milo on 0118 957 4937. Click here.

Sun. 25 Oct. Swindon. Goan Folklore Productions presents “Nachom-Ia Kumpasar” a Bardroy Barretto film. A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa. The much talked about Goan Movie, will be screened 11.00am, 3.00 pm and 7.00pm. at The Arts Centre, Devizes Rd. SN1 4BJ. For tickets and information contact Tutush ~ 07854 011148, Cipin ~ 07727 617537, Pedro ~ 07448 711797 or Zic ~07776 844817. For the Flyer, click here.

Sun. 25 Oct. G.O.A. TROOK TOURNAMENT at the ATC Hall, 192 Merton Road, South Wimbledon, SW19 1EG. Entries close on Monday 19 October 2015. Draw takes places on the day of the Tournament at 11.30am followed by the Tournament commencing at 12.00noon sharp. Contact: Jacinto Fernandes on 020 8542 5427. For the flyer, click here.

G.O.A. Children’s Halloween Party Sat: 31 Oct. G.O.A. Children’s Halloween Party. Further details available from Chloe De Mendonca on 0208 384 0272

G.O.A. Mass for the Deceased Sat: 7 Nov. G.O.A. Mass for the Deceased – Commencing at 12.15 p.m. Venue: SS Peter and Pauls Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 4LD. Holy mass followed by a three course meal. Advance booking required for the meal (£7.00) Details from Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa on 0208 765 0258 | 07958 537314. Email:

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London: Additional Screening of "Nachom-Ia Kumpasar"

Sun. 11 Oct. at 1.30pm. Harrow, London. Goan Folklore Productions presents “Nachom-Ia Kumpasar” a Bardroy Barretto film. A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa. The much talked about Goan Movie, will be screened in the UK. Safari Cinema, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2TU. For tickets and information contact: - Amelia ~ 07956 843665, Nina ~ 020 8767 0663, Mark ~ 07535 931677, Caitan ~ 07882 009063, Peter ~ 07417 494316, Fr Lucas ~ 07523 453631, Gregg ~ 07931 753653 or For the flyer,  click here

Alfred Fonseca: Looking for my relatives:

Alfred Fonseca son of Paul Arthur Fonseca would like to contact his relatives – offspring of: Joao Inocencio Da Fonseca; Maria Esperance Fernandes; Eleuterie Filipina Estefania Fonseca born in Nairobi on 02/02/1904 Baptism in St Anne Parra Goa; Delifina Joana Fonseca Born in Nairobi on 26/12/1905 Baptism in St Anne Parra Goa; Gregorio Catarino Da Fonseca and Marie Higinia Josefa Fonseca (Gonsalves); Brazinho Da Fonseca. Any relatives please contact Alfred Fonseca: 07921996363. Email

5 Video clips + photos + text: A day with Jorge Barreto Xavier, Portugal’s Minister of Culture

23 Sep: Observador. By Sara Otto Coelho. Jorge Barreto Xavier was born in Goa in 1965, four years after India invaded the former Portuguese colony, ending a domain that lasted 451 years. He returns there frequently to see family… He took office during the financial crisis and always ruled with a very limited budget… Dozens of people from the art world booed him on arrival at the National Museum of Chiado Contemporary Art and refused to let him in ... He acknowledges that the budget for culture this year is the lowest ever in relative terms: EUR 219 million, equivalent to 0.1% of GDP. In November, Jorge Barreto Xavier turns 50. "A sadness," he says laughing. "I'm a little obsessed with this thing going to be fiftieth anniversary." 4244 words. Machine translation.  click here
For the Portuguese original with links to the video clips,  click here
10 Jun 2011: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). Lawyer Jorge Barreto Xavier says that apart from their skin colour, Goans are Westerners … He claims that there was widespread intermarriage between the Portuguese and the locals and the offspring were more Portuguese than the Portuguese ... Photos 961 words. [Select the three small boxes below 10 Jun 2011 after opening the link] click here.

Keith Vaz is living it up with bellydancers at 'diversity night'

30 Sep: Renjini S. Labour MPs survey the wreckage of their party after Jeremy Corbyn's extraordinary Left-wing takeover. But while some are drowning their sorrows in the seaside bars around the party conference, at least one senior MP appears to be enjoying himself. Keith Vaz last night enthusiastically threw himself into being the life and soul of the party at his annual diversity night, whipping off his tie as he cavorted with bellydancers.  click here

Scavenging horror: Survey exposes pigs let loose to eat human waste

29 Sep: Mail Online. India banned manual scavenging in 1993, but the ban remained largely unenforced … A large number of latrines are ‘serviced’ by pigs. Many contract leptospirosis through contact with pigs’ blood, urine and other body fluids. Leptospirosis causes high fever, joint pain, anaemia, and liver and kidney infections - and it can be fatal… Another danger is the presence of swine brucellosis, a bacterial disease that can be transmitted to humans from infected pigs through contamination of your eyes, nose, mouth or any open wounds … 1035 words  click here
Wikipedia: Pig toilets are also a tradition in Goa. A 2003 survey of sanitary arrangements in Goa and Kerala found that 22.7% of the population still used pig toilets …  click here

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28 Sep: Air Asia. Here’s your chance to make your dream vacation to India come true! All you have to do is to download our Awesome India travel guide, read through and answer five simple questions. One winner will be selected to win a pair of return tickets for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the seaside paradise of Goa! Contest runs from 28 September 2015 – 5 October 2015. Your email entries must reach us by 5th October 2015 23:59 hrs (UTC+8). Have a cup of chai or two while you wait for our email.  click here

Indian man lynched over beef rumours
30 Sep: BBC. A 50-year-old man in northern India has been killed in a mob lynching allegedly over rumours that his family had been storing and consuming beef at home. Mohammad Akhlaq was kicked and beaten with stones by a group of men in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh state on Monday night…  click here

India to reduce Electronic Tourist Visa fee
30 Sep: Deccan Herald. India has decided to reduce visa fees for tourists arriving under the highly successful Electronic Tourist Visa (ETV) scheme … India's fee for ETV is USD 60 and the facility extends to 113 countries … However, there are many countries which offer ETV or Visa on Arrival to Indians at a lesser fee — some offer it at USD 20, USD 35 or USD 40 and a few charge no visa fee. Many of these countries are asking India to reciprocate the gesture. Though a formal announcement is yet to be made, it is learnt that there will be total four fee slabs between USD 60 to nil. The fee for ETV will completely be on reciprocal basis…  click here

Tourism: An unorganised sector
30 Sep: The Goan Everyday. By Pamela D'Mello. Incredibly high tourist numbers put a load on Goa's infrastructure. It is high time that the government revise their outlook and perhaps stick to family based tourism … Another tourism season is about to get underway. The first charter flights are due to land in a couple of days. With mining down, the economy is banking heavily on tourism. But in this sec-tor, it is hard to say what will happen. Last year's season was widely acknowledged to be less than average by everybody in the trade. Charters were down from 1128 in 2013-14 to 895 in 2014-15…  click here

Film: Home Sweet Home to head Overseas
30 Sep: Herald. It is heartening to see the Konkani film industry blossoming as more Konkani feature films are being made in Goa… Swapnil Shetkar, the producer and director of the hit film ‘Home Sweet Home’ will be taking his masterpiece to the Gulf. The film will be screened in Doha, Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai and Kuwait from October 2, 2015 onwards. All the screenings will be in the evening. The film has already had around 700 shows and its DVDs too are in great demand…  click here

Number of chartered flights registered not overwhelming
30 Sep: Navhind Times. The Airport Authority of India has expressed concern over the lesser number of chartered flights that have been registered with them for arrival for the ensuing season so far. The first chartered flight of this season will be arriving on October 4… AAI has registered 662 chartered flights which includes Royal Flights (309), FlyDubai (104), Thomas Cook (80), [Thompson] Airways (57), Nordwind airlines (52), Scot airlines (31), Finn Air (15), Transaero (14)…  click here


DOCUMENTARY: Secrets of Sex. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Saturday 3rd October. 21:50 to 23:00. Aravani Girl. Two boys. One dangerous desire. Two teenagers dream of becoming ladyboys. Loved as performers but hated as homosexuals, their stories echo the conflicts of India's gender culture. (Part 1)

DOCUMENTARY: True Lives. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Sunday 4th October. 06:40 to 08:00. Young Rebels.... The Southall Youth Movement. In 1976, after years of unrest, racism and police apathy, the Southall Youth Movement was born as a means to give the community a voice. (Part 1)

DOCUMENTARY: Is Britain Racist? BBC 3. Monday 5th October. 21:00 to 22:00. Journalist Mona Chalabi sends three reporters undercover to test out the public's prejudices. The surprising results lead her to look deeper into our unconscious behaviour - discovering what British people really think about their neighbours of different races and religions. And finally she asks a question which has huge significance for the future - can people be trained to lose their prejudices?

DOCUMENTARY: Cinema on Cinema: Rangbhoomi. Channel 4. Tuesday 6th October. 02:20 to 03:50. Channel 4's documentary in its Cinema on Cinema strand, explores the holy city of Varanasi, where director Kamal Swaroop tries to find traces of film-maker DG Phalke's life. Known as the father of Indian cinema, Phalke shot his first film in 1913.

DOCUMENTARY: Exposed. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Tuesday 6th October. 04:10 to 05:00. The Plastic Cow. The documentary is a collective effort to save the Indian cow and, by extension, all animals, from the menace of plastic bags. (Part 1)

DOCUMENTARY: Cinema on Cinema: The Human Factor. Channel 4. Thursday 8th October. 03:35 to 04:40. As part of the Indian Film Season's Cinema on Cinema strand of documentaries, Director Rudradeep Bhattacharjee introduces his informative and entertaining film about India's movie musicians.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. Channel 4. Thursday 8th October. 17:30 to 18:00. It's the fourth day of the competition in Kent, and musician Amrick, who's been keeping his musical talents a secret from his guests, is revealing all. As well as entertaining the guests with his singing, he's also hoping to wow them with his traditional Indian cuisine.

DOCUMENTARY: Exposed: The Last Taboo. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Friday 9th October. 03:00 to 03:30. The Last Taboo tells the story of two remarkable men making a real difference to the lives of communities in Kenya by tackling the greatest global public health crisis: sanitation. (Part 1)

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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

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