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Update: Death and Funeral announcement: Sabina Nazareth

5 Feb: Moshi Tanzania. SABINA LEBERETA NAZARETH [ex-Zanzibar]. Daughter of the late Thomas and Lucy Vaz. Beloved and doting wife to Romeo Nazareth, loving and caring mother to Cyril, Anna, Andrew, Megan, Savio and Hilary Nazareth and cousin to Mendes. Adorable grandmother to Alex, Romeo, Anthony, Mathew, Michael and Trent Nazareth. Sabina was the most compassionate Sister to Teresa Rodrigues, Ben, Paul, late Theodore, Johnny Vaz, late Marian D’Mello, and Dorothy Sheik.
She will be remembered for her big heart, her kindest, loving and caring nature. We shall miss her tremendously especially her delicious meals and cakes. May perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul rest in eternal peace. Amen
Funeral will be held on Thursday, 11/2/2016 at Christ the King Cathedral – Moshi. Viewing of the body will be from 12pm – 1pm followed by funeral service. Burial at Karanga Cemetery on main Arusha/Moshi road. [Info: Renee Rodrigues]. Condolences to

Death: Fernando De Lemos
29 Jan: Portugal. FERNANDO DE LEMOS. Most beloved husband of Margarida Sampaio De Lemos. Loving father of Maria De Lurdes / Orlando, Maria Do Camio / Rui, Maria De Fatima / Rui. Brother/ Brother-in-law of late Noemia / late Zezito, late Marcela / late Emerico and Maria De Fatima / late Santana Diniz. Uncle of Luis Felipe / Luisa, Bernardo/ Clotilda and Fernando (Nandinho) / Christin. There will be an Eucharistic Celebration for his soul at Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima, Don Bosco. Panjim on February 12th at 4.00 pm.  For further details click here

Death: Joe Correa

8 Feb: Arossim, Cansaulim, Goa. JOSE (JOE) CAMILO FILOMENO CORREA. Born 1942. Ex President of Kuwait Goans and ex member of GWS, Kuwait. Son of Late Candido Correa & Late Estefania Carvalho e Correa. Loving husband of: Late Sena Correa. Loving father/father-in-law of: Wendy, Lorraine/Franky Fernandes. Araneta/Gaurish Verlekar, Arninda/Aaron Rodrigues. Adorable grandfather of: Sean Fernandes. Funeral cortege will leave his residence 10th February 2016 at 4.00 pm to St. Lawrence Chapel, Arossim for Eucharistic Celebration & thereafter to St. Thomas Church Cemetery, Cansaulim for burial.  For further details click here

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You won’t find Goan girls in bikinis, says CM Laxmikant Parsekar

9 Feb: Indian Express. Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has said Goans are not to be blamed for “misconceptions” about the state and insisted that women seen in bikinis or people attired in “exceptional” dresses on the beaches are tourists and not local residents. “The tourists who come here watch another fellow tourist and return with misconception. You will not find Goans drunk on the roads or any local girl in bikini,” he said. “You could see people in short dresses, they are foreigners. People who are seen in bikini or wearing exceptional dress are not Goans. They are tourists,” Parsekar said …  For further details click here

How an Indo-American teenager adjusted to life in Mumbai

9 Feb: CanIndia News Service. By Pradip Rodrigues. Meet Amelia D’Souza who was born in the US and moved with her parents to live in Bandra, Mumbai as a child. Today she is 16 and considers India her home. She loves it here and although she sees herself moving back to the US for further education would undoubtedly find a way to return… “I was about 4 or 5 when I first came to India for a few months, and I did feel a bit out of place, naturally, since it was so hectic and life was much different than I was used to. Eventually I moved here when I was 6 or 7 and did KG and 1st grade at St. Joseph’s, a nearby Catholic school …  For further details click here

With Centre's blessings, Basilica could get a makeover

9 Feb: The Goan. The possibility of Goa’s most famous church, the Basilica of Bom Jesus getting a makeover may seem a reality with the chief archaeologist of the Archaeological Society of India (ASI) Goa circle writing to the centre to consider the structure for plastering. ASI chief archaeologist, M Taher said the laterite structure currently existing was deteriorating, suggesting that he had personally written to ASI to undertake a project called laterite pack. “Speaking for myself, as having worked in Goa since 2003 to 2009 I’ve been trying to convince authorities that the core is deteriorating and needs to be plastered. We have to come together and decide to plaster it because if we don’t it will slowly deteriorate,” he said…  For further details click here

The End Of The Goan Dream

9 Feb: Outlook. Problems such as littering, garbage dumping, unending road-digging works, and drug peddling are putting off international tourists, and especially the British who love Goa and spread their money liberally and are unhappy with the current situation. They are the ones you would find letting their hair down in shacks — in fact, menus in these shacks were tailored to the British palate — whereas now you have Russian signboards and menus… Goa government's actions on the Portuguese passport issue borders on the ludicrous. It filed an FIR against activist-lawyer Aires Rodrigues for allegedly holding a Portuguese passport. At the same time, it closed the dual nationality issue against various persons, including two MLAs (who support the government) and two police officers… As activist-doctor Oscar Rebello put it, "Such fantastic lawyers, such a clever pulse on people's issues and such oversized, self defeating egos to accompany all the good in them." … 1485 words.  For further details click here

Goa ready to declare Mhadei Wildlife

Sanctuary as tiger reserve 10 Feb: Herald. With the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) pitching for a tiger reserve corridor along Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra, the Goa government has finally expressed its desire to declare the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary, located along the Western Ghats, as a tiger reserve for the protection and preservation of big cat. The final decision on declaring the sanctuary a tiger reserve will be taken after receiving reports about the animal’s presence, which is expected next year…  For further details click here

Make in India, conquer the world: Wild Tiger rum, Paul John Whisky, Soul Tree wine

9 Feb: Indian Express. Cobra beer and Amrut Whisky were the first Indian-made spirits to serve notice abroad. But now, a bunch of other spirits are following in their footsteps. You’ll have a tough time finding them in India — as at least for now, they are conquering the world… Soul Tree makes its wines in Nashik … London-based co-founders Melvyn D’Souza and Alok Mathur felt that there were several aspects working in their favour… The success enabled them to enter other markets in the EU… Paul John Whisky: Whisky guru Jim Murray called it a world classic … It is distilled in Goa and can out single-malt Scottish drams…  For further details click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
10 Feb: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 31.3. Min = 21,8. Rainfall: NIL
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 98.29; $ = 67.91; $Can = 48.96; Euro = 76.69; $Aus= 48.01 .



Death: Olfango (Olfie) D’Mello

2 Feb: D'Mello Vaddo, Saligao, Goa. OLFANGO (OLFIE) ANTHONY D'MELLO. Beloved husband of late Stella Rita, loving father/father-in-law of Janet/Tony Vickers, Gerard/Maryann, Sheila/Stephen Vaz and Loretta/Alarico Vaz (UK); doting grandfather of Vivian/Pooja, Venetia/Clifford, Reuben, Michelle, Sharlene/Samuel and Stephanie; great grandfather of Zara and Zoya.

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New Event: G.O.A Easter Egg-stravaganza:

Sun: 27 Mar: Goan Association UK celebrates Easter Egg-stravaganza at Vuk Club, Park Place, Chiswick, London, W2 8JY. From 3 p.m. till late. Music by Nitelife. Invitation to all performers to shine your talent at the function - register by Monday 14th March 2016. Members: £16, Guests: £20, Child 4-12yrs: £10, Children under 3yrs: Free. For tickets please contact Chloe De-Mendonca 020 8384 0272 Marilou De Souza 020 8677 0390, Lynsey Martins 020 8657 8951, Neil De-Mendonca 07960736052. For the flyer,  For further details click here

Terror suspect Sameer Sardana’s remand extended by four days

9 Feb: Herald. The Court has extended the police remand of Sameer Sardana, who was arrested by Vasco railway Police over suspected terror links by four days… Sameer accused the police of torturing him …  click here
Sardana still remains a suspect, says Police. 9 Feb: Herald. Inspector General of Police V Renganathan told the media that Goa Police and Intelligence Bureau (IB) are still interrogating the terror suspect who was arrested last Monday by the railway police in Vasco… “He is still a suspect. Nobody uses seven mobile phones and five passports,” Renganathan said…  click here
Goa Police writes to Google for terror suspect's online history. 8 Feb: Business Standard click here.

He wanted to blast railway bridges, Portuguese tortured him for 4 weeks…

8 Feb: Goa News. The late Subhash Karmali was destined to be a freedom fighter. He had in him all that was essential to take on the might of Portuguese Junta under the dreaded PIDE Chief Casimiro Monteiro… Karmali was subjected to third degree torture for full 4 weeks by Monteiro and languished in Aguada jail for almost a year before gaining freedom when Goa was liberated on 19 December 1961. At 79, Subhash bhai breathed his last on 2 February at GMC Hospital at Bambolim… 1019 words.  For further details click here

Curbs on night flight operations at Dabolim airport in March

8 Feb: Times of India. Nearly 10 flights, including a few international charters, will have to reschedule their arrivals and departures in March as authorities have decided to curtail operations between 10pm and 4am. The change in flight operations will come into effect when work to strengthen the runway's shoulder and drains begins, sources said… The work is likely to be completed within 30 days… Among the flights that have been rescheduled, there are seven arrivals and two departures …  For further details click here

Choking the cultural, environmental heritage of Goa

8 Feb: UCAN (Union of Catholic Asian News). By Bosco de Sousa Eremita. The mysterious death of a firebrand former Blessed Sacrament priest, Bismarque Dias, whose body in November was found floating in a river of Goa state, is still fresh in the minds of local people… On Jan. 16, the state's pro-Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government amended a state law to remove the coconut tree from the list of protected trees … There are several major projects proposed which face public opposition — a golf course, an airport, defense facilities, as well as bridges and road widening schemes… Over the years, governments have had a notoriously poor record regarding the environment, where sustainability is not a vital ingredient, while approving projects… 835 words.  For further details click here

It's the 'noisy' north Indian tourists bringing in business
8 Feb: Times of India. Some may not like to accept it, but it's a fact that Goa's tourism industry is increasingly becoming dependent on domestic tourists as the number of foreign charter tourists has dwindled over the last two years. Their numbers are growing and hotel bookings are 80-90% sometimes even 100% during extended weekends. Tourist trades now specially plan their packages accordingly…  click here


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Goa positives. By Frederick Noronha

7 Feb: Navhind Times … Goans are achieving quite a few bizarre successes. One source of inspiration can be this online publication called the GoanVoice [] which records the achievements (and occasional notoriety) of Goans the world over. And some at home too. Each of these stories is an inspiration, and we suddenly realise we have so many role models out there… The late George V. Coelho (1918-99) put it nicely when he said all the positive initiatives continuing to emerge out of Goa, and its diaspora, were simply amazing. He saw it as something as a precursor to a potential Goan Renaissance… 1036 words.  For further details click here

Brett Lee’s celebrity role

7 Feb: The Australian. A few years ago the Australian cricketer, Brett Lee, fronted a television advertisement in India for the Pearls Group, for which he was a “brand ambassador”. After being filmed building sandcastles with kids and jogging along a beach in Goa, he stood in front of a camera dressed in a white sports coat and recited the firm’s mantra: “Touching hearts, building confidence. Pearls Infrastructure.” What he should have said was “touching wallets, breaking hearts”, for while there is no suggestion that Lee had any knowledge of this at the time, the company he was spruiking was allegedly­ engaged in a monumental fraud. It may have ripped off as many as 50 million Indian investors to the tune of $10 billion in a long-running Ponzi land scam that allegedly funnelled at least $130 million into Australia…In terms of the number of victims, the Pearls scam appears to be one of the worlds biggest. Indian media is describing it as the largest fraud in the country’s history… 1967 words  For further details click here
Video: Pearl infrastructure Goa ad film with Brett Lee … 0m. 40s.  click here

A decade since the sale of Vanxim by the Church

7 Feb: Herald. Neshwin Almeida travels to the Vanxim islands to speak to the locals, look through documents and understand why Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao sold 45 acres of Vanxim Island for a petty Rs 55 lakhs and has signed a deed to sell an additional 24.27 acres all for Ozone Groups resort structures …  For further details click here
Vanxim sale is a fraud and Church has a lot to answer, say locals. 7 Feb: Herald. John Fernandes, senior citizen and resident of Vanxim Island points out that Vanxim was of a few people who chose peaceful lives and had no dreams of ruining their little treasure like the rest of Goa… Sadly the church which teaches and propagates the faith is the one that sold these … Fr Michael Fernandes, a priest turned lawyer asserts that the Church has a surplus of funds and the Archbishop’s justification to sell Vanxim to fund the repairs of Santa Monica Chapel is a lie and untrue and feels that Vanxim is the fraud of the Catholic Church…  click here

Go Away With ... Dominic Monaghan

7 Feb: Chicago Tribune. Actor Dominic Monaghan, 39, has had starring roles in "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the ABC hit series, "Lost." Q. What is your best vacation memory? A. Best holiday memory? I was starving and had spent all day traveling to Goa from Bengaluru. I arrived at a beach and a gentleman asked me if I was hungry. I told him I was. He told me to go swim in the ocean and when I got back, he would have food. I watched him from the sea build a fire and make some bread. By the time I'd returned, he had made me a fantastic spicy chicken tikka and fresh naan bread. It was the best meal I've ever had and it cost me about $2…  For further details click here

Goa Holidays featured in the UK Media

Half-term high jinks. 7 Feb: Sunday Times. You (just about) have time to become the hero of your household. Book one of our fun-filled family escapes … Goa India’s new e-visa at last makes it possible to swan off to Goa almost at the last minute — you need to apply a minimum of four days before departure. A week at the charming Cidade de Goa resort, on Vainguinim beach, starts at £899, B&B (01293 762456, The visa costs £39 (  For further details click here
7 Feb: The Sun (UK). Spend 14 nights all-inclusive at the 3H Heritage Village Club at Arossim Beach from £855 per person, including Gatwick flights on February 17 and transfers ( or call 0871 230 2555)… OR go to Goa for ten nights' room only at the 4H Emerald Forest Hotel from £771. Leaves Heathrow on February 19. See or call 020 8705 0086. cidade-de-goa-100

Tata Housing to develop new project in Goa for Rs 400 crores

7 Feb: Business Standard. Tata Housing will invest about Rs 400 crore over the next three years to develop a mid-income housing project in Goa as part of its strategy to tap the rising demand for second homes. This is the second project that the Tata group firm will be developing in that city. About 7-8 years ago, it had developed a luxury project comprising 65 villas. The company will develop about 650 housing units on a 7-acre land parcel in Goa… This project will have 250 units in the first phase with a starting price of Rs 35 lakh …  For further details click here



Death: Sabin Nazareth

5 Feb: Moshi Tanzania. SABIN NAZARETH. Wife of Romeo Nazareth. Daughter of late Tome Vaz and Luciene Rodrigues. Mother of Cyril (Anna) UK, Andrew (Megan ) (US) and Savio (Hillary) (US), and 6 grandsons. Sister of Theresa ( late Luciano Rodrigues) (?), Benjamin (UK), late Johnny, Paul (US), late Theoton, late Marian, and Dorothy(?) (Goa). Sister-in-law of Donald, and late Tony (Angela) (UK), Edward (Glory) (US). Info: Jo Birkmeyer. Condlences to

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Chandor Club House inauguration today

7 Feb: Herald. After years of struggle, the Chandor Club House has finally taken shape and is all set for its inauguration on Sunday. The Club House, spearheaded by President, Domnic Mendes [photo] and the Managing Committee having 19 members, have been glorified with an auditorium, gaming rooms, gymnasium, a badminton court and a swimming pool. The club boasts of a membership of more than 450 members…  click here
The Chandor Club houses the Seraphino Antao Gymnasium. A sum of Rs 1 lakh was handed to the Club, being the proceeds of the the Seraphino Antao Memorial Mass in London organised by the Goan Association (UK). Photo shows Club President Dominic Mendes receiving the cheque in Oct. 2015. For the Goan Voice Seraphino Antao supplement,  click here

Expat Tales: An endless Indian summer

7 Feb. Sunday Star-Times (New Zealand). 1198 words. Chloe and Francisco de Souza live in [Saligao], Goa, India, with their six-year-old twin daughters, Lily and Sabina. "We adore India. Until early 2014, we juggled busy corporate lives in London with extended periods of adventure travel in the sub-continent … Now we happily spend 365 days a year living in a small village in the coastal state of Goa. Until we moved to Goa our careers were in management consultancy and IT project management. We've now retired from those fields and have set up a boutique India travel company called Latitude22 (, where we offer fully guided tours through India, which are personally led by Francisco…. Francisco is also an award-winning travel photographer, and he runs specialist photography walking tours through villages and markets of Goa ( 1198 words..  click here
Francisco, part Goan and part Irish was born in Zimbabwe, the son of Valentino who used to be in London. His grandparents emigrated to Southern Rhodesia in the 1930’s from Sangolda. For the facsimile version of the article, at the link select "continue to use"  click here

Goa ushers in Carnival with pomp and gaiety

7 Feb: IANS. Keeping its date with its Portuguese cultural heritage, Goa on Saturday ushered in the Carnival with traditional float parades, King Momo's salutations and general merry-making on the chock-a-block streets of Panaji. Thousands of revellers dressed in colourful costumes, funny hats or dyed wigs thronged the streets of Panaji as the parade moved along the riverside promenade along the Mandovi river, which flanks the state capital… After the inaugural parade in Panaji, similar float parades will also be taken out in other cities -- Margao on February 7, Vasco, Ponda and Curchorem on February 8 and Mapusa and Shiroda on February 9…  For further details click here
Video: FC Goa rocked the Carnival parade in Panaji… 1m. 34s.  click here

The big fat beach cleaning scam

6 Feb: Herald. Despite a tender being floated regarding mechanized beach cleaning, it is still being carried out manually. The waste is then either burnt or thrown into the sea causing environmental pollution. This scam is being played out on the beaches daily …  For further details click here
Beach cleaning drive a failure, causing environmental pollution: GSPCB  click here
Beach cleaning tender includes places where there’s no scope of work … click here.

Goa govt's amendment on coconut tree wrong, legally untenable

6 Feb: DNA. A Parliamentary panel on Saturday termed the Goa government's decision to classify coconut as 'palm' instead of 'tree' as "wrong" and sought Centre's intervention in the matter even as it observed that the amendment to this effect will not stand legal scrutiny. The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Science and Technology, Environment and Forest, headed by Rajya Sabha MP Ashwani Kumar, also noted that there was ambiguity in the legislation regarding the description of coconut tree and palm. "It was noted that classifying coconut as 'palm' is a wrong decision, which is not in favour of protection of the fruit. Coconut has given so much to Goa, and one cannot play with its preservation," a committee member said. The panel expects the Central government to intervene and make the state government withdraw the amendment, he said...  For further details click here
Video: 7 Feb: Prudent Media.  click here

Ken Livingstone: 'If Jeremy Corbyn has a stroke it'll be John McDonnell'

5 Feb: Daily Mail. Ken Livingstone today backed John McDonnell (photo) to be the next Labour leader if Jeremy Corbyn 'is pushed under a bus'. Red Ken, who once sacked Mr McDonnell in the 1980s for being too left wing, said his friend is more 'principled' than other MPs because he had 'never gone sucking up to Blair'. .. Mr McDonnell has a son with his second wife Cynthia Pinto (photo) who he married in 2005.  For further details click here



Death: Olga Furtado

3 Feb: Mumbai. OLGA FURTADO (Nee Pinto) Ex Parra / Orlim (Goa). Beloved wife of Clifford A. Furtado, Loving mother of Floyd/Mitali, Sister of Sr. Gwen (Holy Cross), Eric/ Belinda, Ernest/ Charmaine, Freda/ Braz Dias, Late Mina/ Late Francis Rodrigues, Cynthia/ Denis Alvares, Lorna/ Leo Peres, Lydia/ Eric Furtado & Monica/ Roland Francis. Funeral cortege will leave the residence, B-4 Ratna CHS, 186 V.S.Marg at 3:30 pm on Sunday 7th Feb for Mass at 4:00 pm in Victoria Church, Mahim, followed by burial at Haines Road Cemetery, Mahalaxmi. Transport will be arranged.

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India must exorcise its racism

5 Feb: Indian Express. By Ujjal Dosanjh (photo). A 21-year old black Tanzanian woman was pulled from her car. She was stripped, molested and paraded naked. It all happened in the modern city of Bangalore; all because some other black person in another car had fatally run down a woman… I am an Indian and infinitely proud of my heritage. As an immigrant in Britain in the mid-sixties I knew racism first hand. Shortly after Enoch Powell’s “Rivers of Blood” speech arguing for repatriation of all coloured immigrants and their offspring I left for Canada. No country is perfect and Canada has had scores of dark chapters in its history- its’ treatment of the indigenous peoples ranking as the worst of all… IIndians were very happy to see me become the first non white Attorney General in the Commonwealth and then Premier in 2000 in the Province of British Columbia… 789 words + Comments  For further details click here

Swindon: Antonio Pereira threatened to throw brick through window

5 Feb: Swindon Advertiser. A man showed up drunk at his sister-in-law’s house on Christmas Eve and threatened to throw a brick through her window because he wanted his son home, a court has heard. Antonio Pereira had been drinking before he arrived at Jennifer Pinto’s home in Elmina Road at 2.20am on December, 24 last year. The 52-year-old of Rosebery Street was there because he was ‘feeling emotional’ and did not want to spend Christmas day without his 18-year-old son, who had moved out due to his father’s issues with alcohol … Police sprayed him with PARVA spray and then he dropped the brick… Pereira was given a 12 months restraining order from going to Elmina Road, ordered to pay a £60 victim surcharge and carry out 100 hours of unpaid work. He will also receive 20 sessions of drink rehabilitation with the probation service… 448 words.  For further details click here

10 Best: Mardi Gras celebrations around the world

5 Feb: USA Today. 1. Goa, India. Thank the Portuguese for bringing a holiday based on Catholic tradition to this coastal Indian resort town. Over the years, celebrants began to douse each other with buckets of colored water, as is the custom for the country's popular Hindu festival of Holi. “The event really gets regionalized in interesting ways. Everyone is celebrating differently," …  For further details click here

India’s most senior Catholic priest has called for gay sex to be made legal

5 Feb: Gay Star News (UK). Cardinal Oswald Gracias, the archbishop of Bombay and president of Conference of Catholic Bishops in India, believes the law that makes homosexuality illegal should be repealed. The Supreme Court in New Delhi has recently said they would agree to review their 2013 decision that recriminalized Section 377, declaring homosexual acts to be ‘against the order of nature’ …  For further details click here

Govt to offer SIM cards to tourists arriving with e-visa

5 Feb: Navhind Times. Foreigners visiting India with e-tourist visa are likely to be given mobile SIM cards soon with the Home Ministry giving its in-principle approval to the proposal for promotion of tourism… As part of the proposal, the Tourism Ministry is planning to gift a kit comprising a SIM card, maps, booklets and CD with information about various tourist destinations, guidelines relating to dos and don'ts, details regarding whom to contact in case of any emergency, among other things…  For further details click here

Get set Goa ... here comes Carnaval 2016

5 Feb: Times of India. Goa Tourism and Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) have set the stage for Goa Carnaval 2016 commencing from February 6-9. Goa is abuzz about the new look Carnaval in the wake of the collaboration between Goa, UK and South Africa to improve the quality and standard of Carnaval floats and performances. This year's edition is expected to be one of the most colourful and vibrant ever seen.  For further details click here
5 Feb: DNA. Missed the Goa carnival? Don’t worry, you can now head to Bandra this weekend … Replicating the Goan carnival, residents of Bandra have come together to bring Mumbaikars a feel of the festivities.  click here

British Monks Discovered a Curry Recipe in a 200-Year-Old Cookbook

5 Feb: Smithsonian Mag. As a dish, the spicy, saucy stew now called curry has deep roots. Archaeologists have uncovered dishware dating back more than 4,500 years … Muslim traders introduced meat into curry sometime around the year 1,000, and later, Indians began incorporating cloves imported from Southeast Asia into the meal, But it wasn’t until the Portuguese began colonizing India that the spicy dish began to become popular in Europe. Recently, a group of British monks stumbled across a 200-year-old cookbook in their library that, among other things, includes a recipe for chicken curry. The 1793 cookbook was discovered at Downside Abbey, a Catholic monastery in Somerset.  For further details click here



Death: Ges D’Souza

24 Jan: Sydney, Aus. GERARD JOSEPH ANTHONY (GES) D'SOUZA. Aged 55 years. Dear son to Terence and Agnes (both dec.). Adored brother to Frank, Mary, Rita, Michelle and Patty (dec.). Much loved husband of Kirstie. Treasured father to Daisy, Callum and Imogen. A celebration of Ges's life will be held at St Kieran's Church, King Street Manly Vale on Friday February 5, 2016 at 10.30am.  For further details click here
Ges D’Souza obituary. 4 Feb: The Guardian (UK). Ges (Gerard) D’Souza was a charismatic and highly respected television producer and director in the UK and Australia. He was born in London, to Indian immigrants, Agnes (nee Saldanha) and Terence, a personnel manager with Tata Steel who became a civil servant when they moved to the UK… he joined Ken Livingstone’s Greater London council in the equal opportunities department. While there he founded the Tornados, a socialist and sociable football side in south London, led by Ges as “El Presidente”… In 1996 he emigrated to Australia, where Ges began a 20-year career with ABC on the award-winning documentary series Australian Story… Ges died while playing in a Sunday veterans’ football match in Sydney.  For further details click here

Death: Dr Hilary de Souza

4th Feb. Brisbane, Australia, DR HILARY DE SOUZA. Aged 90, ex Uganda & Goa. Husband of Cleta, father of Vera / Gerard de Souza ( Texas ), Minella de Souza ( Canada) , Joy / Louis de Souza ( Brisbane ). Grandfather of Glenn & Karen de Souza, Tara / Joseph Kung, Nadera / Andrew Kingsley, Great grandfather of Jenna Kung and Arthur Kingsley. For funeral details watch this space. Condolences to

Death: Bernadette Mascarenhas

30 Jan: Navelim, Goa. BERNADETTE MASCARENHAS. Born 1960. Ex Sydney, Australia. Beloved Mother of Shonette & Stash. Daughter of late Joaquim Anthony & Nascimenta Mascarenhas. Sister/Sister-in-law of Olga/John Godinho, Wilma/Gabriel Dias, Cajetan/Dumina. Loving Aunt of George, Glen, Karen, Eden, Joachim & John. Funeral cortege will leave Navelim residence on Saturday, 6th February 2016 at 3:00 pm to Our Lady of Enfermous Chapel, Sinquetim, Navelim for Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial at Our Lady of Rosary Church Cemetery, Navelim.

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Tabla Chef Floyd Cardoz's New Casual

Restaurant Paowalla is Opening in New York 2 Feb: Eater. Former Tabla chef Floyd Cardoz now has a name and location for his planned new casual restaurant, Florence Fabricant reports in Off the Menu. Paowalla, located at 195 Spring St., will use two tandoors and capitalize on the wood-fired pizza oven on the site, he tells Off the Menu. "I want to do the kind of wood roasting my grandmother wants to do," he says … the chef told Eater in the fall that the newest venture would be more casual than his previous gigs. " … Stay tuned for more details as they become available.  click here
2 Feb: New York Times The name Paowalla refers to Goan breadsellers …  click here

Mississauga chefs hosting fundraiser to get them to Culinary Olympics

4 Feb: Mississauga News. A team of Canadian chefs, including a pair from Mississauga, will head to Germany this fall to take part in an international cooking competition. Tony Fernandes, the group executive chef and food and beverage director with the Crown Plaza Toronto Airport, the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Mississauga and Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport, and Chaminda Palihawadana, chef garde manger at Crowne Plaza Toronto Airport, are members of the Golden Horseshoe culinary team that will compete in the IKA Culinary Olympics that are being held in October in Erfurt … Fernandes, who was named the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks’ Central Region Chef of the Year for 2015, said he first started going to the Culinary Olympics in 2010 …  click here
For the Goan Voice bio of Tony Fernandes,  click here

Michael Ferreira: No bail for billiards champ in QNet case

2 Feb: Times of India. A special court on Tuesday rejected the anticipatory bail plead of Michael Ferreira, winner of the World Amateur Billiards Championship and a Padma Bhushan recipient, and four others in the Rs 425 crore QNet firm's multi-level marketing case. Ferreira, 77, and others had applied for anticipatory bail in 2014…  click here
Wikipedia: Michael Ferreira (born 1 October 1938 in Bombay, nicknamed "the Bombay Tiger", is notable amateur player of English billiards from India, and a three-time Amateur World Champion…  click here

Nothing incriminating found against Sameer Sardana: Goa CM

4 Feb: Times of India. The chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Thursday said that nothing incriminating had been revealed by Sameer Sardana, son of a decorated retired Major-General of Indian Army…  click here
Goa CM says interrogation of Sardana raises serious suspicion. 4 Feb: PTI. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar today said the information gathered after interrogating Sameer Sardana, a former senior Army officers son, has raised "serious suspicions." ... Parsekar said Sardana had changed his religion from "Hindu to Islamic" and has visited several countries including a few Islamic ones… "The information gathered from him so far is raising serious suspicions. We are interrogating him very thoroughly," he added…  click here

Margao police file FIR against Adv. Rajeev Gomes, calling him ‘Portuguese’

4 Feb: Goa News. Margao police today filed FIR against special public prosecutor Adv Rajeev Gomes, alleging that he is a Portuguese national. The FIR is filed on the basis of a complaint filed yesterday by Santana Piedade Afonso, president of Cuncolim Peoples Forum. The complaint is similar to the complaint filed by Colva panch Calvert Fernandes against Adv Aires Rodrigues, at the initiative of Adv Gomes… Adv Gomes, on WhatsApp said: “I welcome the registration of FIR against me. I have nothing to hide. I reiterate that I am an Indian National. I am confident the Goa Police will conduct a detailed investigation into the complaint against me and Mr Aires Rodrigues and eventually the truth will surface.” …  For further details click here

Foreigners should not run business in Goa's coastal belt: Congress MP

4 Feb: A senior Congress leader on Thursday said foreigners should not be allowed to indulge in commercial activities along Goa's coastal belt, claiming that they don't follow the rules and regulations. "(Foreigners including) Russians and Israelis are illegally holding business activity in the (state's) coastal belt, particularly in the constituency of the state chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar," Rajya Sabha MP from Goa Shantaram Naik (photo) said…  For further details click here

Goa taking preventive measures against Zika virus

4 Feb: Business Standard. The Goa government is taking preventive measures to deal with Zika virus, which has been described by the World Health Organization as a "public health emergency of international concern", Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza said on Thursday… "My department has started working on it. It has not come to India as yet. As per my knowledge the virus is spread by the Aedes mosquito which also spreads Chikungunya and dengue," D'Souza said… The rapidly spreading virus has spread to 22 countries, according to the WHO …  For further details click here

Auction: Goan Carved Hardwood Bed

8 Feb: Mallams, Abingdon, Oxon, UK. Lot 436; An Indo-Portuguese Goan Carved Hardwood Bed with pierced and carved floral cresting rail over a bobbin turned mashradiya panel and all standing on tall florally carved turned legs, 120cm wide overall … Estimate: 200 GBP - 300 GBP.  click here

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Sat 6 Feb: Viva Goa Entertainment UK presents 8th, RED N BLACK, CARNI-VAL-ENTINE 2016 at Oakington Manor School Hall, Oakington Manor Drive, Wembley, HA9 6NF. From 5:30pm to 11pm.Live music by Rainbows End, Chico & fenny fever fame DJ Backspin. Celebrate carnival and Valentine's together. An event for all. Entrance-Adults £12, Child £5 (12-6yrs), below 6 years free. For tickets contact Francisco 07957206169/02089329375, Charles 07809552654, Norman For flyer click here

Sun. 7 Feb. Mungul Union (UK) celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Woodside High School Hall (ex-white Hart Lane School Hall), White Hart Lane, London N22 5QJ. Mass at 12.30pm., followed by a social gathering. Music by "RAINBOW'S END" . For tickets and details, contact Lucas Fernandes (020 8967 7471); Agnela Cabral (0208 646 6996); Rosy D'Silva (020 7041 6072); Rosalind Rebello (020 8767 8652), John Mendes (01793334769). For the flyer, click here

Sun: 27 Mar. G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Easter Hop. Further details from Chloe De Mendonca on 020 8384 0272

Sun: 15 May G.O.A. "A Day with Our Lady Of Fatima" at Archbishop Lanfranc School. Commencing at 12.00 noon with procession of the Statue of Our Lady followed by Holy Mass, Benediction and a social in the hall. Further details available from Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa on 0208 765 0258 / 07958 537314.

Sat: 11 Jun. G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Anniversary Ball. Further details from Chloe De Mendonca on 020 8384 0272

Sun: 31 Jul. - Goan Festival at Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, TW5 9PD. Further details from Ravi Vaz on 07909 927539 / Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa 07958 537314

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Death: Benjamin (Banjo) Fernandes

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Video: Tanzanian girl publicly stripped and beaten in Bangalore

3 Feb: Times of India. On Wednesday details emerged of a mob of locals allegedly attacking and stripping a 21 year old Tanzanian girl in Bangalore on Sunday around 7.30pm on when she and her three Tanzanian friends were travelling by car. Almost 2 km away and about 30 minutes earlier, a car driven by a Sudanese student had run over Shabana Taj. A leader of the Indian Tanzanian Association said she and some of her friends rushed to the police station Sunday night, seeking help to take their injured compatriots to hospital. "They plainly refused to come to our help or accept our complaint… A policeman told us that 'you all look alike and your fellow national will be set free only if you bring the guilty African car driver’ …3m. 30s.  For further details click here
3 Feb: Tanzania Today. Tanzanian Student Stripped, Beaten …  click here

'Citizenship issue in ambit of central govt'

3 Feb: Times of India. The directorate of prosecution (DoP), in an opinion to Panaji police officials - who are presently investigating a case of dual citizenship -said that neither the state government nor the police can look into such matters until a decision on the issue is taken by the central government… Acting on a complaint filed by social activist Kashinath Shetye, the Panaji police had, on October 4, 2014, booked superintendent of police Jose Allen De Sa, police inspector Edwin Colaco, six unknown persons working at the high court of Bombay at Goa, 43 unidentified advocates, 500 unknown persons working/retired in government departments and others for allegedly acquiring dual citizenship…  For further details click here

Portuguese civil code becomes accessible, is translated to English

4 Feb: Times of India. The Portuguese civil code has been an integral part of every Goan's life since 1870, but it will be available for closer scrutiny in English, as a city-based lawyer has translated relevant provisions of it currently in force… "The civil code has been the foundation of Goa's social orderliness and plays the role which a Constitution plays in the political order," says F E Noronha, who recently released a translation of the code… most Goans are familiar with principles of mutual rights of wives and husbands to their common assets (communion of assets), the duty to register marriage, birth and death and equal rights to all children… The 734-page volume comprises the translation of the full Civil Code …  For further details click here

This Goa yacht is up for charter

2 Feb: Conde Nast Traveller. You no longer need to envy celebrities who holiday the summer in the French Riviera. Thanks to the Foxy Lady, you can now have a slice of their life in the sunshine state of Goa. Niraamaya Retreat’s latest offering is a well-kitted luxury yacht, perfect for the big bash you’ve been planning. The 66-foot-long Foxy Lady can host a party of up to 25 guests. The yacht can sleep up to eight guests in its four rooms… The Foxy Lady sets sail from Britona Jetty in North Goa, and will take you out to the sea to party, dropping anchor when you want to swim or try your luck at fishing. Tariff: Rs35,000 for an hour; or Rs1,75,000 for overnight stay …  For further details click here

This year, Goans are being urged to hug a new Valentine – coconut trees

3 Feb: Scroll. By Pamela D’Mello. Last month, the Goa government declared that the state’s iconic coconut palm was not actually a tree. The decision caused widespread anger. Now, two organisations have devised a unique way to express their unhappiness. On February 14, they aim to stage a festival-protest titled “Coconut Love, Coconut Valentine”, at which residents of the palm-fringed state can express their love for the “kalpavriksha” (tree of heaven) and register their opposition to the government’s decision to declassify it as a tree. “Every true Goan who loves our heritage is angry with this government,” said historian Prajal Sakhardande of Goa Heritage Action Group, which has organised the event along with Goa for Giving…  For further details click here

Feni-Loving Goa Is Heading for a Milk War

3 Feb: The Quint. Goa, conventionally associated with feni, beer and wine when it comes to beverages, appears to be heading for a milk war. The state government’s decision to allow Gujarat-based Surat District Co-operative Milk Producers Union Limited (SUMUL) to set up milk procurement facilities in four agrarian sub districts, has brought the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the existing Goa Dairy Co-Operative Milk Producers Union Limited at loggerheads…  For further details click here
3 Feb: The Statesman. A milk war in Goa …  click here

Son of ex-Major General held in Goa for ‘terror links’

4 Feb: Times of India. A 44-year-old man from Dehradun who is being interrogated by the Anti-terrorist Squad (ATS) of the Goa Police for the past three days on suspicion of being linked with jihadi groups is a Doon School alumnus and son of a decorated former Major-General of the Indian Army. Sameer Sardana (photo), who police have said is a "Hindu who practises Islam", was arrested by the ATS in Vasco on Monday and has been in remand since. A chartered accountant by profession who has been associated with leading MNCs like Accenture and worked in Hong Kong, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, Sardana was held by the police in Goa after he was found "wandering suspiciously" at the Vasco railway station. The police have seized his laptop and confiscated the five passports and four mobile phones that he was carrying with him…  For further details click here
Terror suspect had threatened to kill Vasco ticket examiners … 4 Feb: Navhind Times.  click here

Helicopter joyrides kept on hold

4 Feb: Times of India. Following resistance from villagers of Candolim, the government on Wednesday decided to keep its heli-tourism project at Aguada on hold even as it announced that such rides will be conducted from other locations in the state. Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar told TOI that while helicopter rides have been deferred at Aguada, they will be conducted from other locations in Goa. He, however, did not specify which helipads the government intends to use. Parulekar added that directions to temporarily stop helicopter rides at Aguada were issued by chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar…  For further details click here


COOKERY: Rick Stein's India. BBC 2. Saturday 6th Feb. 13:00 to 14:00. Rick Stein explores the different cuisines around India.

SCIENTIFIC DOCUMENTARY: How Earth Made Us. BBC 4. Saturday 6th Feb. 19:00 to 20:00. Water. Episode 2. Professor Iain Stewart continues his epic exploration of how the planet has shaped human history. This time he explores our complex relationship with water. Visiting spectacular locations in Iceland, the Middle East and India, Iain shows how control over water has been central to human existence. He takes a flight in a paraglider to experience the cycle of freshwater we depend on, and discovers how villagers in the foothills of the Himalayas have built a living bridge to cope with the monsoon.

DOCUMENTARY: The Real Marigold Hotel. Episode 2. Saturday 6th Feb. 21:00 to 22:00. A group of celebrities travel to India to see whether retirement would be more rewarding there than in the UK. The group settle into normal life in India.
Episode 3 is on Tuesday 9th Feb. 21:00 to 22:00.

DOCUMENTARY: Moments of Terror. Quest (Freeview 37). Sunday 7th Feb. 23:00 to 00:00. Terrorists attack Mumbai killing hundreds, a skydiver crashes into power lines, a school bus is swept away in a flood, and the biggest fire in US history breaks out in Oakland.

TRAVEL: Michael Palin's Hemingway Adventure. Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Monday 8th Feb. 14:00 to 15:00. Episode 1.
This introductory episode takes us straight to the heart of Hemingway himself; exploring his passion for everything Spanish (particularly bullfighting), and his love for the plains of Kenya and Green Hills of Africa.

DOCUMENTARY: Is Britain Racist? BBC 3. Monday 8th Feb. 21:00 to 22:00. Racism has never been more socially unacceptable in Britain - three quarters of Britons claim they have no racial prejudice whatsoever. To find out what is happening on Britain's streets, three reporters are sent undercover to test the public's prejudice. The results are surprising.

DOCUMENTARY: Keeping Up with the Khans. Channel 4. Thursday 4th Feb. 21:00 to 22:00 (starting in 9 days). This four-part series explores the lives and aspirations of new migrants to Britain and the impact of immigration on a single community: Page Hall in Sheffield. During the 1960s and 70s, migrants from the Pakistani controlled area of Kashmir came to the area and thrived. Over the past five years more than 1500 Roma migrants from Slovakia have moved to the area, hoping to build the sort of prosperous lives for themselves that previous generations of immigrants now have.

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