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From Mtoto to Mzee: An African memoir

27 Jul: Herald. Selma Carvalho reviews Mervyn Maciel's memoir 'From Mtoto to Mzee.' She writes, “Memoirs are that tiny microcosm of humanity which intimately informs of larger issues. In these small lives, hidden underneath the minutiae of where one schooled or was nursed during an illness, is a wealth of information about cultures, societies, the peccadillos of everyday people, and the events that shape them. Mervyn Maciel’s knowledge of Africa is almost encyclopaedic and his own anthropological lens is obvious throughout the book. The memoir will weather well and in years to come become one of the few written first-hand accounts, we have of a Goan life in East Africa.”  click here

Time is ripe for Goa’s own green revolution
27 Jul: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. Some good news earlier this week, as it was learned that proposals to the government agriculture department to construct greenhouses have gone up an amazing 700% this year… There are different problems today, but particularly in Goa it is clear that organic agriculture can be an essential part of several important solutions: food security, urban-rural balance, viability of agricultural lands, even demographic displacement. It should be a government priority of the highest order. The time is now for India's smallest state to experience its own green revolution.  click here

UK to adopt Indian-origin expert’s breast cancer treatment

26 Jul: Hindustan Times. A pioneering breast cancer treatment developed by noted Indian-origin expert Jayant Vaidya is to be adopted and offered to patients by Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), providing relief to thousands of patients from gruelling post-operation radiotherapy. Vaidya, who is a professor of surgery and oncology at University College London, developed the treatment called TARGIT, which offers a new form of radiotherapy that is delivered during surgery, and saves the patient from returning for weeks of further treatment. On Friday, Britain’s health authorities indicated that the single-dose radio-therapy treatment would be adopted and offered to patients widely on the NHS. Vaidya, who hails from Goa said that he was keen to bring the technology to India …  click here
Video: 25 Jul. 6.30pm news: Sky News (UK). Jayant Vaidya interviewed. 3m. 35s.  click here
For the Goan Voice Jayant Vaidya supplement, click here.

Video: Dad catches Shilpa Shetty in Goa
26 Jul: IANS. Shilpa Shetty says she has fond memories Goa … She shared memories of the first Valentine's Day she spent with Raj in Goa. "I have a lot of memories of Goa. Raj took me there to celebrate our first Valentine. I lied to my dad that I am going there for an event and I thought he would never come to know about it. But I landed at the Goa airport and I met with the entire press. So then dad came to know," the 39-year-old said… "I have some really beautiful memories apart from that also. It is a very romantic and quiet place as well as a place where you can just let your hair down. It has got the best eateries and being a Mangalorean, I love seafood," Shilpa said …  click here

Toronto: Lisa-Ann D’Souza: Young women build new ministry

25 Jul: The Catholic Register. A new grassroots initiative is reminding young women in the Archdiocese of Toronto that they are made for more than settling with the wrong man. The group, aptly titled Made4More, was born when Lisa-Ann D’Souza, 22, and a friend graduated from university and realized that a lot of their female friends settled in relationships of convenience with men they didn’t truly love. The two spoke about authentic femininity, their own past relationship mistakes and the void left in their lives when they ignored the voice from God telling them that men they wanted weren’t right for them. They wanted young women to understand authentic love… The key purpose of Made4More is education, empowerment and outreach. … Made4More can be found on Facebook and Twitter. For more information, visit the blog at www.
Lisa-Ann D’Souza was born in Oman. The family lived in Dubai before moving to Canada.  click here

Toronto: Letters by Rudy Fernandes, Al Mathias and Max DeSouza
26 Jul: Toronto Star. Taking sides on Mideast crisis: Letter from Rudy Fernandes: … No matter which side in this complicated situation one may lean towards, it is time we ordinary people in Canada and globally stand tall to say “never again” to this “endless cycle of perpetration and retribution.” …
Taking sides on Mideast crisis: Letter from Aloysius Mathias, Mississauga: Can you please publish an urgent message to our politicians and the powers that be, to fight for immediate peace. Canadians are fed up with this brutal killing and we are not prepared to take sides…  click here
26 Jul: Toronto Star. Who was behind downing of Flight MH17? Letter from Max DeSouza: The U.S. is holding Russia responsible, and rightly so, for downing Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 over Ukraine. How come America never apologized to Iran for accidentally shooting down an Iranian passenger airline over Iranian territorial waters in 1988? …  click here

Badminton: Commonwealth Games: Unheralded D’Souza Inspires Canadian Win

26 Jul: Badminton World. A day of high drama saw Canada beat Australia 3-2 in a Group D tie in the Mixed Team event of the 2014 Commonwealth Games … Unknown Canadian Andrew D’Souza, who started representing his country at the senior level this year and is ranked No.279 in Men’s Singles, shocked the more experienced Jeff Tho (No.242) 21-10 21-8 in just 26 minutes. D’Souza is a self-funded athlete who had to pay his own travel expenses to the Commonwealth Games…  click here

A tourism master plan for Goa. By Ralph de Sousa
27 Jul: Navhind Times. Page 21. Ralph de Sousa is a first generation entrepreneur, involved in travel and hospitality with establishments in Goa, Delhi, Kerala and the UK. Over the last 4 decades, Goa has evolved into a premiere tourist destination. Half-a-million international visitors, mostly from Europe holiday in Goa. In addition to this, we have in excess of 2 million domestic tourists who pour into our State… The increase in numbers put strain on our limited infrastructure, causing problems of garbage, road congestions, parking and shortages of basic utilities like power and water… A master plan is essential to give direction to tourism growth, taking into account sustainability and carrying capacity of our tiny state… Goa has entrusted the task of compiling this Tourism Master Plan to KPMG and S1 (T&L), the two renowned international professional outfits that have a proven track record, and have very successfully drafted master plans to numerous tourism destinations the world over. 686 words. Page 21.  click here
27 Jul: Herald. Nothing more than cosmetic change.  click here

The Church and the Chief Minister

27 Jul: Herald. While there is indeed a method to what this can only be called “madness”, the collateral damage of the double blow of a Pramod Muthalik and Deepak Dhavalikar is the biggest blow to the relationship between the Chief Minister and the minorities of Salcete. For the first time, elements within the Church, especially the powerful pastoral arm, which was a catalyst of the change which brought a BJP government to power is clinging on to the last straws of relationship whose best days are over… 2126 words.  click here

Goa Church official: 'Ministers dreaming of Hindu nation have no place in India'
26 Jul: IANS. Ministers dreaming about a "Hindu nation" should be taken to task by the government and have no place in India, according to Fr. Maverick Fernandes, head of the Goa Church's charitable wing. Fernandes, who on several occasions has been the voice of the powerful Roman Catholic Church in Goa, also said that comments like those by Co-operation Minister Deepak Dhavalikar and Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza about India in the context of a "Hindu Nation", only exposed their ignorance and that they had no place in India…  click here

An Obama dinner invite for a disabled Goan girl

26 Jul: NDTV. Next week, US President Barack Obama and his wife will host 12 disabled people from all over the world, including one from Mumbai, for an exclusive dinner at the White House. The lucky Mumbaikar is athlete Neha P Naik, 23, who is a Special Olympics International Global Messenger … She turns 24 July 27, her equally excited mother Asha and realtor father Prakash Naik said. The family originally hails from Goa and is now settled in Mumbai. For the event, Neha will be accompanied by her mentor and teacher Jonita Rodrigues …  click here

What Happened to Dinesh D'Souza?
25 Jul: The Atlantic. In 1991 he wrote Illiberal Education: The Politics of Race and Sex on Campus and it was a success. His background and hard work helped. Born in Mumbai in 1961, D’Souza was a rare prodigy. He was a young, non-white, Ivy League-educated conservative immigrant arguing within the tradition of liberal education. Raised in a Catholic household and educated by Spanish Jesuits, D’Souza was also a Christian public intellectual of erudition and wisdom… Now aged 53, D’Souza looks only slightly older than he did a generation ago… He has also struck a series of road bumps…  click here

Valanka Alemao: Suspended Goa Youth

Congress President Alleges 'Harassment' 26 Jul: Outlook. Valanka Alemao, who was yesterday suspended as the chief of Goa Youth Congress, today alleged that she was "tortured and harassed" by the party officials who wanted her to resign. "I was harassed and tortured by local party officials. I was abused with derogatory words by GPCC chief John Fernandes, legislator Aleixo Lourenco Reginaldo and spokesperson Pratima Coutinho," Alemao alleged. State Congress chief John Fernandes refuted the allegations … Valanka Alemao, daughter of former Goa minister Churchill Alemao, is facing a probe by state Congress for alleged anti-party activities … "I am the only woman president of Youth Congress in the country and I am being treated like this, which proves that the Congress is not serious about women empowerment," she added…  click here
Video: 26 Jul: Prudent Media. Valanka Alemao has been suspended as the president of Goa Pradesh Youth Congress Committee.  click here

Harry comes home to eat on the streets
26 Jul: Western Morning News (UK). Harry Bartlett is one of the new breed of entrepreneurs. He’s taken a passion for food and turned it into a business. His little orange van is a mobile kitchen serving up dishes inspired by his travels around the world – Mexican tacos, Spanish cocido, Penang pork belly and Goan fish curry… “I spent a year travelling the whole world. I visited 14 countries in Europe and then went to India for three months…  click here



Death: Alirio Gonsalves

18 Jul: Sydney, Aus. ALIRIO GONSALVES. Aged 81; ex Bandra, Mumbai. Loving husband of Odette and father of Nisha Gonsalves Badshah, Giselle D’Souza and Shawn Gonsalves. Passed away peacefully. Alirio, an astute and self-made gentleman, was proud of his Goan heritage. He was always gracious, considerate and loved the company of family and friends. His unique sense of humour made him a joy to be around with. The family would appreciate your prayers. The funeral will be held in Sydney on Wednesday 30th July, 2014 at 4pm at St Agatha's Catholic Church, Pennant Hills, NSW 2120. Please post your condolences by visiting the memorial website at  For further details click here

Death: Eddie Pinto
24 Jul: Mississauga. EDWARD MARK (EDDIE) PINTO. Beloved husband of Gladys, passed away peacefully in his sleep. Visitation at The Simple Alternative, 1535 South Gateway Road, Mississauga, on Sunday, July 27th from 2-5 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 28, 2014 at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 921 Flagship Drive, Mississauga, followed by burial at Assumption Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga. In lieu of flowers donations to Mother Teresa, Missionaries of Charity would be appreciated by the family.
[Eddie Pinto, ex-Nairobi and ex-Student of St. Stanislaus High School, Bandra, Mumbai, was the younger brother of the late Leo Pinto (Olympian and Hockey goalkeeper)  For further details click here

Death: Schreiber Pereira

20 Jul: Mississauga. SCHREIBER PEREIRA. Dear son of Maria and Romel and loving brother to Shazia (Steven) and Schneida. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter "Peel" Chapel Mississauga on Saturday and Sunday from 5 - 8 p.m. Funeral Mass at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 5650 Mavis Rd. Mississauga on Monday July 28, 2014 at 10 a.m. Interment Assumption Cemetery. For those who wish donations may be made to CAMH or Alzheimer Society of Peel.  For further details click here

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Goan Voice is 15 years old!

From Eddie Fernandes: 15 years old and I was unaware of this till yesterday when I received scores of congratulatory messages from Linkedin members. Please accept this thank you. Goan Voice has provided a weekly service from 1999 to 2009 and a daily bulletin for the last five years without missing a single issue – even when I spent a week in hospital in Goa earlier this year owing to an emergency gall bladder operation and was on drip feed for four days. For the entire archive check out the Goan Voice website - go to the light blue line at the top of the page and select Retrieve Back Issues  click here

Netizens' ire over kids exposed to 'outdated' NGO
26 Jul: Times of India. Outraged over the news report that a Mysore-based NGO had been allowed to preach to the state's high school, higher secondary school, and college students certain regressive ideas about homosexuality, abortions, and pre-marital sex, Goa's netizens took to social media to express their anguish. On Thursday, Abishek Clifford, CEO of 'Rescue', had convened a press conference, revealing to reporters some bizarre concepts he claimed to have passed on to over 5,000 students across educational institutes in the state over the past seven weeks…  click here

Video: Violinist Frances Andrade 'did not kill herself'

Levine Andrade

25 Jul: BBC. A concert violinist who died a week after giving evidence at a sex abuse trial of her former teacher did not "commit suicide", a coroner has ruled. Frances Andrade, 48, died at her home in Guildford, Surrey, a week after testifying against ex-choirmaster Michael Brewer. Coroner Richard Travers told the inquest at Woking Coroner's Court she died after taking a "lethal overdose".  click here
Video: Frances Andrade's husband 'hopes for change' in court system25 Jul: BBC. Levine Andrade (photo), the widower of violinist Frances Andrade, has welcomed recommendations by a coroner calling for the legal system to do more to help vulnerable people when they give evidence in court… Speaking after the hearing, her husband said he hoped future complainants would be treated better by the system…  click here
For a Wikipedia profile of Levine Andrade, click here.

Ranes say case against them politically motivated
26 Jul: Times of India. The lawyer representing former chief minister and opposition leader Pratapsingh Rane and his son Vishwajit Rane, the Valpoi MLA, on Friday alleged before the special court at Mapusa that the extortion case registered against his clients regarding a mining case was politically motivated …  click here
Ranes’ bail plea hearing adjourned to August 1 26 Jul: Navhind Times.  click here

UK: Benefits cheat has £130,000 scam exposed after tip-off she was living in Goa

25 Jul: Daily Mail (UK). Karen Trant from Devon admitted falsely claiming benefits. After several holidays to idyllic Goa, Trant, 51, bought an apartment at the Highland Beach Resort in Candolim in 2004, which extended her stays by up to five months … She had a tummy tuck, teeth whitening and even her 'bingo wings' removed. According to the Crown Prosecution Service, between August 1999 and April 2013, she falsely claimed housing benefit, council tax benefit, employment support allowance, income support and disability allowance. Trant was jailed for 27 months today at Plymouth Crown Court. The Court heard the fraud lasted for 13 years … 823 words + photos + 800+ comments.  click here
26 Jul: Torquay Herald Express. Plymouth Crown Court heard the brazen fraudster spent up to five months a year in the Indian party resort of Goa where she bought her own £14,000 holiday apartment… Prior to that she would go to Goa for two to three weeks at a time. Having bought the apartment, her trips extended to five months ...  click here
26 Jul: BBC. … She claimed she was stressed by busy places but she holidayed in Goa, India, where she socialised in crowds… click here.

Legal 'tangles' bail out drunk drivers
26 Jul: Times of India. While a night in lock-up, or at least a few hours' police detention is being seen as a deterrent even for first-time drunk drivers across India's metro cities, the Goa police face several challenges in arresting offenders. The process is cumbersome and time-consuming, right from step one - the blood alcohol concentration test. "Very often, we do not have the breathalyzer at the time of the accident and we need engage a doctor to perform the test on the blood sample … A majority of drunken drivers turn out to be tourists, who are here only for a few days and are often found driving hired vehicles…  click here

The Bikini and Pub Wars of Goa

25 Jul: Goa Streets. Call it a Goan identity crisis. You’d think the issue would have been decided by now – after all these decades of hippies, full-moon raves and beach psychedelia. But crazily, and against all odds, we Goans are still trying to decide whether we want to be Ibiza or Kabul, a free-spirited seaside paradise of silent noise and scant coverings or a bastion of “Indian” values that are menacingly beginning to look more like “Afghani” ones… with the BJP in power both at the centre and at home, palpable changes are in the air… This is about more than just beachwear and beverages. It’s about who we are, and who we strive to be. It’s about our culture’s lure for the rest of the world, our extraordinary blend of East and West that has been drawing visitors from around the globe for decades… 1488 words.  click here

Goa Speaker orders 5 dailies to apologise for misusing question
23 Jul: UNI. Goa Assembly Speaker Rajendra Arlekar directed five media dailies to offer an apology in tomorrow's edition for misuse of one of the yesterday's question which was not tabled in the house, and warned of action… The Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had brought it to the notice of Speaker that five newspaper dailies misused the question regarding foreign tours by ministers and MLAs, which was asked for postponement for August 5, scheduled for yesterday, as it required some figure correction and was not tabled in the house…  click here

Video: Aires Rodrigues: Court adjourns plea against Arlekar

26 Jul: Times of India.: A special court at Mapusa on Friday adjourned the hearing till August 12 on a plea filed by advocate Aires Rodrigues seeking directions to the anti-corruption branch (ACB) to register an FIR against speaker of the Goa legislative assembly Rajendra Arlekar… During the hearing, Rodrigues submitted before the CBI court that contempt of court proceedings be initiated against chief minister Manohar Parrikar and Arlekar for using "intimidatory tactics" while proceedings against Arlekar were pending in court...  click here
Video: 26 Jul: InGoaNews.  click here

Canada: Eclectic menu wanders from Mumbai to Goa
26 Jul: The Globe and Mail (Canada). I wish My Shanti were taller and shinier. Perhaps then I would have seen Vikram Vij’s new restaurant from a distance and not gotten lost while driving to South Surrey… The eclectic menu wanders from Mumbai to Goa and takes a couple odd detours … in Goa, the chef fell for oyster pakoras that taste nothing like your typical greasy fritters. These chickpea-flour-coated snacks are gently fried so the batter stays soft and the oyster meat loose. They’re served with a two-punch chili knockout – an Indian lemon-cilantro gremolata overtop and green chili crème fraîche on the side… 832 words.  click here

Rediscovering Asia

25 Jul: Publico (Portugal). By Paulo Varela Gomes. For decades Portugal did not have an exhibition of photographs of the nineteenth century relating to Asia of the size or quality that we see in the Diocesan Museum of Lamego. It is, therefore, an event of the greatest importance as both artistic and historical documentary… The photos, 61 in all, cover the former Portuguese possessions of Asia … For example there is a photograph of Raja of Sunda a family who resided and continues to reside in Goa (image maybe by Souza Paul)… Another photograph by Souza Paul is of the ruins of the Jesuit seminary on the island of Chorao in Goa that only knew a drawing and a picture of Mendes Lopes (1886)… Machine translation:  click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here

The top 101 foodie experiences around the world revealed
26 Jul: Daily Mail (UK). … 43. Dare to try an Indian vindaloo curry in Goa, famous for its extremely fiery taste…  click here


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UK Goan Festival: Release of Mervyn Maciel's new book

25 Jul: Mervyn Maciel's second book, 'From Mtoto to Mzee: The Story of my Life's Safari', will be released by Ravi Vaz, President Goan Association UK after the Mass on 27 July, 2014 at the UK Goan Festival. Maciel will be present and available for signing books at stall no. 44. A full review of the book, by Sema Carvalho, is scheduled to appear in Herald on 27 July, 2014. For a preview of the book contents and pictures,  click here

Church, laity shocked over break-in at Holy Cross shrine
25 Jul: Herald. The Church and laity reacted with shock after the Holy Cross of Bambolim shrine (revered as Fulamcho Khuris) on the busy national highway-17 was broken into in the wee hours of Thursday… 12 gold chains and two gold rings as well as cash estimated at Rs 60,000 was stolen by the thieves, in spite of the shrine having security guards...Fr Alban Fernandes who rushed to the shrine after hearing the news of the break-in, said he had never thought this could happen here… Photo.  click here
Video 24 Jul: InGoaNews. Gold, cash worth over Rs 11 lakh robbed … 2m. 36s.  click here

Video: I am a Christian Hindu, says Francis D’Souza, Goa Deputy CM

25 Jul: IBN. There is no stopping Goa ministers who have been sparking controversies with their statements for the past few days. Now, Goa Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza (photo) has backed Minister Deepak Dhavalikar's views on 'Hindu nation'. "India is a Hindu nation, it's Hindustan, all Indians in Hindustan are Hindu. I am a Christian Hindu, so there is no question of making it a Hindu nation," D'Souza said…2m. 32s.  click here
Goa Minister: PM Narendra Modi Will Develop India into a 'Hindu Nation' 24 Jul: International Business Times (UK). Soon after his minister brother sparked controversy by calling for a ban on women wearing bikinis on the beaches of Goa, Minister Dipak Dhavalikar has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will develop India into a Hindu nation. "I am confident that under the leadership of Modiji, India will develop into a Hindu nation. Prime Minister will work in this regard is what I feel," said Dhavalikar while speaking in a state assembly congratulating Prime Minister Modi on his political party, BJP's, electoral victory … Earlier this month, Sudin Dhavalikar, brother of Dipak Dhavalikar, made headlines when he demanded no bikinis, no short skirts and no pubs in Goa…  click here
Video: Goa Minister: If everyone supports Modi, India will become a Hindu nation 24 Jul: IBNLive. Triggering a controversy, Goa minister Deepak Dhavlikar has said, "I am confident that under the leadership of Modiji, India will develop into a Hindu nation. Prime Minister will work in this regard is what I feel," he said… 5m. 07s. click here.

Crime Reports
Man released from Abu Dhabi prison 25 Jul: The Hindu. Kadamakkudy resident Shiju, who was arrested from Abu Dhabi airport last month on charge of drug trafficking, was released from prison on Thursday evening… The police had arrested Amal, Sarang, Muhammad Saad and Thoppil Ansar in connection with the case. The accused allegedly obtained the LSD from Goa from a German national simply known as Alex.  click here
2 young Keralites smuggling gold from Gulf murdered 25 Jul. Emirates 24/7… According to police reports, the victims have been working as gold carriers since November 2013, and last time carried 3.5kg gold. Instead of delivering the smuggled gold to the agreed agent, they went to Goa with a plan to sell the gold … The victims had made friendship with the murderers in Goa…  click here

Watching pornography leads to homosexuality: NGO to kids

25 Jul: Times of India. Abishek Clifford (photo), who believes youngsters should be told contraceptives can be 25% ineffective, marrying as virgins leads to happy marriages, homosexuality is a perversion caused by prolonged viewing of pornography, and abortion is a scientific word for murder, was allowed to interact with students in high schools, higher secondary schools and colleges across Goa over the last seven weeks…  click here
40 percent Goa college, school boys watch rape porn, says survey 24 Jul: MidDay. Forty percent of college and higher secondary school boys in Goa watch rape porn and statistically end up watching 86,000 rape videos per day, according to a survey. The survey was conducted by Rescue, an NGO promoting cyber-ethics… Abhishek Clifford, CEO of Rescue, said 80% of the boys watch porn and 40% of them watch rape porn regularly. On an average they watch 28 rape porn videos a week… The survey was conducted across 10 colleges in the state…  click here
Video. Abhishek Clifford CEO of Rescue presents some of his views. 24 Jul. InGoaNews… 4m. 15s. click here.

Over 10,000 kids working in Goa
24 Jul: Times of India. Goa may pride itself for its high human development indicators, but the latest statistics of Census 2011 released on Wednesday do not bear good news on this front. A total of 10,009 children in Goa, aged between 5 and 14 are employed and shockingly 6,920 of these children are working as 'main workers' or have been employed constantly over a prolonged period of time…  click here

Fr Joe Pereira: A worldwide acclaimed yoga teacher and practitioner

24 Jul: Herald. Fr Joe Pereira is introducing his unique teaching of Yoga in Goa at the new Kripa Foundation Iyengar Yoga Centre at St Inez. A catholic priest’s association with yoga may perhaps raise a few eyebrows, but Fr Joe Pereira has walked the fine line to bring about a revolutionary change in the lives of people through his principal of infusing Iyengar Yoga into the practice of meditation, with a blend of science, psychology, spirituality and physical practice. In his research and teachings over the years, he has been strongly influenced by two people, Mother Theresa and his guru Yogacharya B K S Iyengar…  click here
Video  click here

Goan Prawn Balchao
22 Jul: SBS (Australia). Embraced in the kitchens of Goa during Portuguese colonisation, vinegar is a key ingredient in Goan cuisine, giving many of its dishes their signature sharp edge. Balchão consists of a fiery, pickle-like tomato and chilli sauce, and while we've used prawns here, fish or pork can also be cooked in this way. Coconut toddy vinegar, made from coconut flower sap, is traditionally used in Goa, but we've used coconut vinegar (made from fermented coconut water), which also lends tang and a hint of coconut…  click here

Goa’s very own Oscar Award

23 Jul: Herald. Along the winding in-roads of Loutolim lives a man who works his trade, stirring a ladle through a cauldron with mirth and glee, all to produce a little potion that is well on its way to international recognition. Licor Armada, made by Oscar De Sequeira Nazareth, is a liqueur that is in the process of turning several heads. It has won the top award at the ‘2014 International Wine & Spirit Competition’ No Indian product has ever won the medal before… 501 words.  click here

Govt stalls, mobile vans to sell fish at subsidised rates from Oct
25 Jun: Navhind Times. The government will set up stalls around the state as well as introduce mobile vans to sell fish at a subsidised rate by October 2014. Coming out with this information, Minister for Fisheries Avertano Furtado told the state legislative assembly during the Question Hour on Thursday that a related scheme is currently under the consideration of the government, and an amount of Rs 45 lakh has been received from the Centre for implementing the said scheme…  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sat 26 Jul: Aldona Association (London) invites you to celebrate the feast of St Thomas at Our Lady Queen of Apostles, Houslow TW5 0RL. Mass will start promptly at 3pm in the church followed by a social in the church hall. Music provided by Danda Cousins. Tickets, which include snacks and a meal, cost £12 for members, £14 for guests, children (6-10) £6. Please book early as tickets sold on the door will be more expensive. For further details email or to check the flyer, click here.

Sun. 27 Jul: UK GOAN FESTIVAL 2014 at Cranford Community College, Cranford High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, Middlesex, TW5 9PD. Starting with Mass @ 11 a.m. Entrance to the Festival is charged at £5.00 per person. Children under 16 free. There is ample parking for cars and coaches on the premises. Cars will be charged at £5.00. A "free" shuttle service will operate from/to Hounslow West Underground Station (Piccadilly Line). For further details and updates go to

1st -14th Aug. Fr. Lawrence Mascarenhas Intercessory and Healing Services 1st: Swindon ~ Holyrood Church. Contact Peter: 07417 435056 (Konkani)
2nd: Swindon ~ Counselling. Contact Florian 07828 447366
3rd: Swindon ~ Holy Family. Contact Florian 07828 447366~Elias: 07833 746001(Konkani)
5th: Tooting Broadway ~ St Boniface. Contact Aires Fernandes 020 8488 0194 or Bosco 020 8672 1422 (English)
6th St Mary's Church ~West Croydon. Contact Paulina Fernandes 07944 748759 or Zita Vaz 020 8654 6261
7th: Wembley Park ~ English Martyrs. Contact Edna 07590 419942(Konkani/English)
8th: Welling ~ St Stephens. Contact Eusebio 07980 002319 (English)
9th: Crawley ~ Friary Church. Contact Remy 01293 561321 (Konkani/English)
10th: Neasden ~ St Patricks Church. Contact Anthony 07877 795536
11th: Southall ~ St Anselms. Contact Nazareth de Souza 07737 166254 Konkani/English)
12th. Kingsbury~ St Sebastian and St Pancras. Contact Maryann Dias 07504 552168
13th Wimbledon~ Wimbledon Prayer Group. Contact Electa/Eloid 0208 947 0310
14th Feltham ~ St. Lawrences Church ~ Contact Marinha 07976070852
For the website of the Divine Mercy Intercessory Prayer Group go to
Coordinated by Ben Vaz ~ 07957271381 with assistance from Fr. Lucas Rodrigues, Goan Chaplaincy.
For the flyer with full details of the venues, click here.

Mon. 25 Aug. (Bank Holiday). CAG - Care for the Aged in Goa Family entertainment 2.30pm -7.30pm Langley Church Hall, Trelawney Road Slough SL3 7UD. Tickets include one raffle ticket. £10 adult, £5 aged 5-12 years. Under 5 free. Traditional Goan Folk music, sing-a-long, dancing to great music. Snacks, lunch, tea all included and much more. Dress: smart casual. Book early. Last year sell out! Information and tickets Pam phone: 0208 688 5159, email:

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Schreiber Pereira found dead near his Mississauga home

23 Jul: Mississauga News. Schreiber Pereira, 29, who was last seen leaving his residence around 5 p.m. Sunday, was found dead in a park not far from his home … "… at this point there does not appear to be any suspicious circumstances," police said … Pereira's LinkedIn profile described him as a University of Toronto legal research assistant who was "conducting comprehensive research on the current state of the pharmacogenomic industry " … Anyone with information is asked to call the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-453–2121, ext. 1133.  click here
From Schreiber Pereira’s Linked in profile “Languages: Konkani - Elementary proficiency”  click here

Electronic visa software for airports almost ready
24 Jul: Business Standard. …The National Informatics Centre is giving the finishing touch to the software to make the visa process available online… It would enable a foreign traveller to get an e-visa online within five days of applying, according to the plan. The document will have to be produced at Indian airports for entry into the country…. Under the scheme, tourists will only have to a fill a form and pay the prescribed fee, after which they will be issued ETA within three days. Upon arrival in India, a simple biometric identification will be done at the airport. To extend the stay beyond 30 days, tourists will have to get another visa from the embassy… The tourism sector feels the next step should be to reduce the visa fee to $20, improve air connectivity and open the Indian skies.  click here

An interview with Goa’s top criminal lawyer, Peter D’Souza

24 Jul: Bar & Bench. Peter D’Souza says, “People used to come, smoke their chillums here and then go to Titos for their food and then back here again. It was wonderful.” This is not how interviews are supposed to go, especially not with a lawyer. Most lawyers, one can safely presume, are not supposed to have opened India’s most popular “milk bar” in the seventies; a place where people could loll about all day and listen to music… Growing up in central Bombay, D’Souza’s language is every bit the catholic stereotype, his words peppered with “that bugger” and “Don’t be crazy men!”… D’Souza came in touch with two addictions that would drastically shape his life in the years that followed. “I became a full-blown alcoholic. I used to mix charas and booze. In the end it became crazy.” …  click here

Digitization to preserve treasures of Konkani literature
23 Jul: Daijiworld. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed recently between World Konkani Centre (WKC), Mangalore and Xavier Centre of Historical Research in Goa (XCHR) run by Jesuits, to digitize historical Konkani scriptures and manuscripts, assumes greater significance. The MoU is expected to accelerate the process of digitizing over 80,000 documents housed at XCHR and making them available online for free access to the general public. It also means that researchers don’t have to travel all the way to Goa to get information for their research and would help them save time and money …  click here

Adam D'Sylva: Auckland’s Restaurant Month

23 Jul: New Zealand Herald. Adam D'Sylva grew up eating Italian and Indian - often during the same meal. "Dad's Indian and Mum's side of the family is Italian so I'd often have curry followed by pasta. I grew up thinking every family did the same." … He still loves combining Asian and European flavours at his popular restaurants, A Taste of Coda and Tonka … He's employs around 40 chefs and spends much of his day walking the 100m between the two. And although he says there have been few speed-bumps during his tenure at the top, he's humble about his success. Cooking is just "something I've always done"… we'd head down the road to D'Sylva's other restaurant, Tonka, for Goan curry with barramundi, Spring Bay mussels, Mooloolaba prawns and kashmiri chilli ... 1324 words.  click here
Indian food has a bright future overseas, says chef Adam D'Sylva.  click here

Alcometers outside Goa's bars, pubs soon: CM Manohar Parrikar
23 Jul: Mid-Day. Stepping out of a bar, tavern or pub drunk and driving home could soon be an expensive proposition in Goa as Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday promised the stationing of policemen with alcometers outside key alcohol vends.  click here

Parulekar & Co’s country hopping cost Goa Rs 13.5 crores

23 Jul: Herald. Page 1: Almost thirteen and a half crores and counting. That’s the amount the government of Goa has spent on the tourism minister, power minister, GTDC chairman and other BJP MLA’s for their globe hop in two years …  click here
Video: 23 Jul. Goa 365. Dailies asked to apologise for publishing reply not tabled in House The Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly on Wednesday asked the newspapers that carried the news item about the expenditure incurred by state ministers and officials on foreign trips to carry an apology in their Thursday's editions …  click here
24 Jul: Question on foreign trips withdrawn. The Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday said that government has withdrawn the question on foreign trips of ministers and MLAs for tourism promotion as the answer had mistakes in it… click here.

22 Russians booked for working as illegal guides
24 Jul: IANS. Twenty seven foreigners, including 22 Russians, were booked in the past one-and-a-half-years for working illegally as guides in Goa's tourism-oriented coastal belt, according to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Two independent flying squads, comprising police, traffic, tourism and transport department officials had also been set up to crack down on foreigners on tourist visas who were either working or conducting businesses illegally, according to documents tabled by the home ministry in the assembly Wednesday…  click here

Auction: Goan hardwood coffer on stand

26 Jul: Taylors Auction Rooms, Angus, Scotland. 685G – Goan hardwood coffer on stand with 4 drawers on turned supports … Estimate: £200 - £300.  click here


COOKERY: Jamie's 30 Minute Meals. more4 (Freeview 14). Friday 25th July, 10:30 to 11:05. Jamie Oliver prepares steak Indian-style, with spinach and paneer salad, naan breads and a mango dessert.

COOKERY: Paul Hollywood's Pies and Puds. BBC 2. Sunday 27th July, 11:35 to 12:05. Paul Hollywood reveals more of his favourite pies and puddings, including spiced biryani pies from Indian chef Manju Mali.

COOKERY: Rick Stein's India. BBC 2. Sunday 27th July. 12:05 to 13:05. Rick Stein explores the melting pot that is Mumbai in search of the bombil, the fish that immortalised Bombay Duck. In the coastal town of Mamallapuram he discovers what could possibly be the best fish curry he's ever had!

DOCUMENTARY: A Bombay Symphony. BBC Radio 4. Sunday 27th July, 13:30 to 14:00. India is falling in love with Western classical music. In his home city, Mumbai, Zareer Masani finds keen audiences, surprises - a choir of sex workers' children - and controversy.

DOCUMENTARY: Ross Kemp on Gangs. Pick (Freeview 11). Sunday 27th July, 21:00 to 22:00. Kenya. Special. In a gripping special Ross visits Kenya to investigate the Mungiki, said to be Africa's most deadly organisation. Strong language, violent scenes.

RELIGIOUS: Heart and Soul. BBC World Service Radio. Monday 28th July, 15:32 to 16:01. Driving Out the Devil.
Mark Dowd joins priests on an Exorcism course and finds out why exorcism is a growing part of the Catholic Church's concern.

FILM: Josh. Bollywood 4U (Sky). Tuesday, 29 Jul 2014, 12:00 to 15:30. A Goan reworking of the Romeo and Juliet story, with senseless violence and rival gang warfare making sure the path of true love is less than smooth. Cast Aishwarya Rai; Chandrachur Singh; Shahrukh Khan. 2000.



Death: Casmirio Noronha

21 Jul: Toronto. CASMIRIO NORONHA. Born 1923. [ex Nairobi] Passed away peacefully at Humber River Regional Hospital with his family at his side. Beloved Husband of Molly. Loving Father of Diana Walker (Robert). Darryl (Agnes), Denzil (Debra), and Desmond (Patricia). Proud and Cherished Grandfather/Papa of Brian, Meagan, Melissa, Aaron, Robin, Brendan, Calen, and Steven. Much loved brother of Irenius, Bonnie and the late Peter, Rosie and Leo. He will be greatly missed by his friends and extended family. Visitation: Turner & Porter - Butler Chapel. Wed, 23 Jul 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Funeral: Nativity of Our Lord Church, 480 Rathburn Rd., Toronto, Thu, 24 Jul 11:00 AM. Reception to follow interment at Assumption Cemetery at the Church Hall. For full details and condolences, click here.

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50 Years Ago: Goa Blasts - 2 men from Portugal responsible

22 July 1964. Asian Age. The Goa police investigating the bomb outrages in Goa on June 20 last have gathered enough evidence to the effect that Casimiro Monteiro (photo), the notorious Portuguese police official who was a terror to the nationalists, and Ismail Dias, a Goan settled in Portugal, were the main perpetrators of the crime, it is reliably learnt. It is believed that Monteiro was in Goa for about three weeks prior to the explosions and was masquerading under a false name. While it was not known as to how exactly Monteiro and Dias smuggled themselves into the country and fled after the explosions, it is suspected that they stowed away in a foreign ship from Mormagoa harbour or managed to reach Bombay before escaping from the country.  click here
Monteiro was born in Goa, fought in the Spanish Civil War and later moved to the UK, where he worked for a butcher whose daughter he married. He then returned to Goa working in the Secret Service and was known for brutal torture/ interrogations. In 1965, he assassinated General Humberto Delgado and strangled his secretary in Spain. He later went to Tanzania and assassinated Eduardo Mondlane, the founder Leader of FRELIMO. He died in poverty in 1993 in South Africa. For a Wikipedia profile of him,  click here

Jet Air to operate Goa to Abu Dhabi flights
23 Jul: Business Line. Jet Airways Chairman, Naresh Goyal, today said the airline will look to operate non-stop flights to Europe, China and Australia. It will also roll out new non-stop flights to Middle East, Saarc countries and the south East. Asia… Jet will add flights to Abu Dhabi from Goa, Ahmedabad and Pune by the year end…  click here

Video: Dr Daniel Mascarenhas (Pennsylvania) Says Expired Medical Devices Can Save Lives

22 Jul: Fox News. Doctor Daniel Neville Mascarenhas a cardiologist sends recently expired hospital equipment, supplies, even some medicine to foreign places in desperate need. "I don't think the expiration date really matters," he said. He’s been at this for decades, but sending these used devices to his homeland has raised eyebrows, along with plenty of donations, praise, and criticism… Donations are made through a non-profit cardiac clinic Mascarenhas set up in his father's name in Goa … they are transported in the suitcases of people traveling to India… 4m. 05s.  click here
Dr Mascarenhas is responsible for setting up the Goa America Heart Foundation Trust which functions at the CMM Hospital, Altinho, Panaji and provides complete Cardiac care.  click here

Goa Spa and Salon Association distances itself from prostitution 'spas'
22 Jul: Spa Business (UK). The Goa Salon and Spa Association (GSSA) has decided to submit a white paper to the Goan state government of India to make sure legitimate salon and spa owners don’t face closure due to the bad reputation the wellness industry is getting from the increase of illegal ‘spas’ being used for prostitution… 400 words.  click here

The day David Cameron, Freida Pinto came together to fight female genital mutilation

23 Jul: The Daily Telegraph (UK). … Freida Pinto, who speaks at the close of the conference … she said: "There are some girls who don't have this opportunity. Some girls are told that speaking up doesn't exist as an option." … "I'm a dad with three children," says David Cameron. "I want my girls to grow up with every opportunity that my son has, with the chance for my girls to make everything they can with their lives…  click here
Freida Pinto: The graphic truth about female genital mutilation will live with me forever 23 Jul: The Daily Telegraph (UK). Freida Pinto shares her thoughts about the fight to end FGM and forced marriage, ahead of her speech today at the UK's first Girl Summit …  click here
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Two Russian Travel articles
22 Jul: Nezavisimaya Gazeta (Russia). Where the sun splashes on blue waves By Anna Brazhnikova. Goa seems to have imbued an atmosphere of peace and freedom…Indians are very friendly and peaceful people. They always stretch their hand in greeting and farewell. Everyone tries to hug "white friend", if not ask to take a picture with you, as if you are a superstar…you can see men and boys holding handsbut this is normal … People come to for inspiration, to find the meaning of life… More and more I understand the people who left Moscow and went to Goa … 1375 words.  click here
22 Jul: Progorod (Russia). Cows in Goa are everywhere like stray dogs Alexandra Zaboeva was lucky enough to visit exotic India. She spent two weeks in the sunny state of Goa and says … the local cosmetics: is cheap the quality is very good. Goa is so cheap, you can save on accommodation. Two-star hotels do not differ from the four star… Best to move around on a scooter: it's cheaper and faster. It can be rented anywhere … In restaurants try the seafood, it is always fresh…  click here

Going Back To Goa

1 Aug: DestinAsian (Hong Kong) Pages 56 – 59. By Claire Scobie. A return visit to North Goa reveals a place ripe for rediscovery, even if the roads are as challenging as ever to navigate…Assagao’s palatial Indo-Portuguese villas are set back in trim gardens with sprays of hot-pink bougainvillea climbing whitewashed walls… It’s been a decade since I was last in North Goa, and long gone are the days of speeding around on mopeds to all-night beach parties … pockets of the alternative scene survive I’m here with my husband and mother, who is 75 years old … Freewheeling Russian tourists dominate Goa’s northern beach scene… Goa has a long history of attracting foreigners…  click here

Highlights from the Goa Assembly Session on 22 July
Prudent Media video of the opening of the Assembly session. Click here.
Herald. Deportation of foreigners is not so easy: Parrikar. Click here.
Deccan Herald. Anti-bikini minister wants Goans to wear dhotis. Click here.
PTI. Goa govt to pursue special status issue with Centre. Click here.
India Today. Goa legislator calls Manohar Parrikar a 'parallel PM'. Click here.
IANS. Goa CM assures crackdown on foreigners selling drugs. Click here.
PTI. Blacklisting the visas could act as a deterrent against the illegal activities of foreign nationals staying in the coastal state. Click here.
Times of India. Guest is God, Parrikar tells Goa tourist taxi owners. Click here.

Video: Goa ministers went on foreign trips at state expense, spent Rs 13 cr in two years

22 Jul: IBNLive. Three Goa ministers and four legislators have spent a whooping Rs 13.24 crore in two years on foreign trips. The travels were made in the name of promoting tourism. The information has been cited in a report tabled in the state Assembly which also mentions that Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar spent most out of the list of ministers and legislators who went on overseas trips from March 2012-14… 15m. 20s.  click here
23 Jul: IANS. Goa government faces flak over tourism junkets.  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
23 Jul: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 29.4. Min = 23.4. Humidity = 89%. Rainfall: 42.9mm
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 102.45; $ = 60.11; $Can = 56.07; Euro = 80.95; $Aus= 56.79.


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Asian Lite: UK Goans Supplement

Issue dated July 21 - 27: Front Cover: Goa Fest to Rock UK
Page 17: Goan Festival 2014. Stage Set for Goan Fest.
Page 18: Eminent Goans: Keith Vaz, Wendell Rodricks, Reita Faria Powell.
Page 19: Goa Businesses: Milroc, Highland, Dempo.
Page 20: UK Goan Festival 2014 Entertainers: Jan Graveson, Longinus Fernandes, Varun Carvalho, Steam, DJ Kim, Shine.
Page 21: Messages from Ravi Vaz and U D Kamat.
Page 22: Goa - Perfect Holiday Destination
Page 23: Goans in the UK.
Page 24: New book on Goan migrants launched. More eminent Goans: Patricia Rozario, Tony Fernandes, Ivan Menezes, Francesca Cordeiro, Valerie Vaz, Rebecca Mascarenhas, Jayant Vaidya.
This Collectors issue of Asian Lite is on sale, £2, but will be available, free, to visitors at the UK Goan Festival, 27 July. For the online version of the supplement,  click here

Goa: Farmers rush for greenhouses to meet exotic vegetable demand
21 Jul: Fresh Plaza (Holland). Over 28,000sqm of farmland in Goa will be covered with exotic vegetables like lettuce and broccoli and non-traditional greens like capsicum during 2014-15. The number of proposals put forward to the agriculture department to construct greenhouses with state assistance for growing of such exotic vegetables has shot up from an average of seven over the last couple of years to over 40 this year… Under the scheme for protected cultivation of flowers and vegetables, the state agriculture department provides up to 90% assistance to set up the polyhouses or greenhouses, of which 50% assistance comes through the central government … !I grow them organically and when the vegetable is sold as organic you can get a very good price," Candido Dias, a farmer from Taleigao, said…  click here

Visa On Arrival: Big Boost

28 Jul: India Today. TVoA scheme, to be implemented by October 2014, will increase tourist arrivals. How does it work? Applicants pay a $60 visa fee at the Bureau of Immigration’s website. They get an Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) via email from MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) within three days. Tourists fly into any of the nine designated airports—Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Goa, Kochi and Trivandrum—present their ETA and receive tourist visas…  click here

Indian scientists develop seedless mangoes
22 Jul: Business Standard. First came seedless grapes. Now, Indian scientists have developed what could be the ultimate delicacy - a seedless mango which is finely textured and juicy, with a rich, sweet and distinctive flavour when mature… Trials of the new variety, named Sindhu, are under way at different locations in the country but the result of the one at BAU suggests it could be suitable for both integrated horticulture and kitchen gardening… an average fruit weighs 200 grams and its pulp, which is yellowish in colour, has less fibre than other mango varieties… there are many who will lament being denied the pleasure of licking the seed clean of the fruit…  click here

Goa Assembly session begins; business to be online

22 Jul: PTI. The Goa Legislative Assembly session, which began here today, will mostly be a paperless affair with the business being uploaded online… The state Legislature department has received 2,600 questions, including 1,200 starred questions, which would be tabled during the session…  click here
Goa Monsoon Session likely to be stormy 22 Jul: Gomantak Times. …. The Congress chalked out their strategy to attack the government on various issues including law and order, rising crimes including spate of thefts, unemployment, failure of resume mining operations, delay in notifying Regional Plan 2021, power crisis, price rise, Special Marriage Act, etc…  click here
Video. Prudent Media Question Hour Part 1. 14m. 23s. click here.

Finally, a tourism master plan
22 Jul: Times of India. The tourism department has appointed a consortium of KPMG Advisory services Pvt Ltd, and Tourism and Leisure Advisory Sl (T &L) to prepare a 25-year tourism master plan for Goa. The core of the master plan strategy is to develop an integrated tourism product that is capable of attracting a low-volume, high-yield segment of the international tourism market to spend their entire holiday in Goa. The preparation of tourism master plan will cost the government roughly 9 crore… The consultants will also develop a tourism policy and institutional framework. It is expected to be developed within 38 weeks from commencement…  click here

Jayesh Shah who spammed half a million from Goa, fined £7K

22 Jul: Pune Mirror. A Pune-based businessman, Jayesh Shah, who made a fortune bombarding five lakh Britons with spam texts every day, has been asked by a UK court to pay £7,000 within a month or face arrest. The Willesden Magistrate Court last week found Shah guilty of breaching the UK's Data Protection Act for selling phone numbers of the UK residents to insurance companies… Shah used servers in America to send text messages through his firm's Goa office to people in the UK. The messages to unsuspecting Britons would indicate that they are entitled to huge compensation as the Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) was misused by banks…  click here
Jayesh Shah is convicted - but he is fined just £4,000. 20 Jul: Daily Mail (UK). A foreign businessman who bombarded Britons with 500,000 spam text messages a day has been convicted after being exposed by a Mail on Sunday undercover investigation… Text + photos + comments.  click here

Yoga's best-kept secrets
21 Jul: Metro (UK). Agonda, Goa. North Goa has long drawn the crowds. But head to the quieter beaches in the south of the region and you'll find a different world. It's here the well-established yoga teacher-training school Sampoorna Yoga has opened its Yoga Village. From October, it will be offering retreats from about £60 per night during high season, including accommodation, unlimited yoga, meals and airport transfers.

Boko Haram and Dawood Ibrahim involved in dangerous liaison against India?

21 Jul: A report of Dawood and Boko Haram coming together to sell drugs in India is frightening development for India. The latest buzz is that the dreaded underworld don has entered into an agreement with Boko Haram to sell drugs in India. It is reportedly believed that Boko Haram, which funds its acts of brutal terror through its involvement in the drug trade, has now entered India with the help of fugitive gangster Dawood Ibrahim. This sensational disclosure came recently when many Nigerians were held in Goa last year. As many as 1, 500 Nigerians are actively involved in drug dealings …  click here

Goa tourism dept. increases tourist safety and security
21 Jul: Financial Express. In order to boost tourist safety throughout the year in Goa, a sensitisation workshop was held for the department of tourism officials and the tourist police force, at the Tourism Bhavan, Patto, Panaji. Around 97 IRB personnel were present at the workshop. The aim of the workshop was to brief the tourist police officers on management of duties on field, tacking situations and redressal of complaints… Strict laws will be followed to ‘Keep Goa green and clean’. Drinking on beaches is prohibited and declared as nuisance, anyone found doing so will be charged a fine of INR5000. The tourist police force has been asked to intervene if they notice incidents such as harassment/troubling women especially foreign tourists…  click here

Decks cleared for sale of Kingfisher House

21 Jul: In the battle between Kingfisher Airlines and lenders over the prize real estate asset – Kingfisher House in Mumbai, the debt-ridden airliner has withdrawn its petition from the Supreme Court (SC) to restrain lenders from the taking possession of the building … The lenders’ consortium is also eyeing the Kingfisher Villa after the High Court granted its nod for the lenders to begin steps for taking possession…  click here
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Goa to host worlds longest & biggest fashion show in August
22 Jul: Daily Times (Pakistan). The worlds longest and biggest fashion show – the FMN Fashion Pageant spread over four days continuously or for about 100 hours at a stretch will be held in North Goa in August and September this year… Ninety-five fashion designers, about 500 male and female models and about 25 choreographers are expected to participate in the event to create a new world record …  click here

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