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Video: Brexit: Keith Vaz accused of 'insulting Britain' after calling EU referendum result 'catastrophic for our country'

24 Jun: The Independent (UK). Keith Vaz said the vote was a 'catastrophe' … He appeared bereft as he appeared on television … "Frankly, in a thousand years I would never have believed that the British people would have voted this way,” he told the BBC. "And they have done so and I think that they voted emotionally rather than looking at the facts.”It'll be catastrophic for our country, for the rest of Europe and indeed the world.” … Some of those who voted for a Brexit reacted angrily to his comments, saying he had “insulted the British people” by inferring they were ill-informed… But others said Mr Vaz had summed up their own feelings and “deep sadness” as the nation reeled following months of polls predicting a narrow Remain victory. “Keith Vaz on TV just showed the emotion, sadness, disbelief, near-tears and worry for the future that many people (me included) may feel this morning,” a commenter wrote on Twitter… 558 words + comments.  click here
Video: Keith Vaz. 4m. 15s.  click here

Brexit dampens Xaxtikars’ São João celebrations

25 Jun: Herald. The Brexit news has left families across Salcete worrying about the future of their loved ones, the only reassurance being that the actual exit will take two years. On a day when Xaxtikars were celebrating Sao Joao, many stayed away from the merriment as they were scurrying through all possible sources of information – internet, newspapers or phone calls from family members – for updates. For a major part of the day, there was confusion and anxiety on what Brexit means for Goans with Portuguese passport and living in the UK and how the verdict would affect their livelihood. Earlier in the day many believed the exit would mean devastation for those living in UK for less than five years forcing them to leave the country. It was only late in the evening that a sense of calm prevailed as family members received clarity on the situation...  For further details click here

How Brexit has wrecked the career plans of thousands of Goans

25 Jun: Scroll. By Pamela D’Mello. On a day when the United Kingdom voted to exit the European Union, the Portuguese consulate in Goa was nearly deserted. On most days, serpentine queues wend around the consulate’s Panjim office, which issues between 30 and 40 Portuguese passports a day. But Friday was unusually dull… “Things are going to be difficult for them from now on after Brexit,” said a consulate official who asked to remain unidentified. "Though it is expected to take a while, restrictions are bound to be put into place." Dr Wilfred Misquita, Goa’s NRI Commissioner, agreed the Brexit verdict would create hurdles for Goans trying to enter the UK on Portuguese passports – especially those in non-specialised job sectors… 581 words.  For further details click here

Goa CM expects drop in Portuguese passport applications after Brexit outcome

24 Jun: Times of India. Reacting to the Brexit referendum to leave the European Union (EU), chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that he expected a drop in the number of Goans queuing up before the Portuguese consulate seeking to renounce their Indian citizenship in favour of Portuguese passport. While British Prime Minister, David Cameron has said that there won't be an immediate change in situation with Brexit, Parsekar said that Goans who took Portuguese nationality now have to find new jobs. He also said that he would have to create more jobs for those who wants to return to Goa and for those who will not leave the state because of Brexit…  For further details click here

Editorial: Thy Kingdom Gone

25 Jun: Herald. The victory of the Leave campaign, are echoes of Goa’s own Leave movement during the Opinion poll of 1967. Those who wanted Britain to out of the United Kingdom did so with the same zeal with which Goa and, especially in Salcete voted for “two leaves” and against the merger of Goa with Maharashtra. They voted for their identity, culture, and against Goa becoming a district of Maharashtra. The world hasn’t changed much because no matter where you live, human beings seek identity and control of their own destinies. Middle England of 2016 is no different from Margao of 1967 …  For further details click here

'Goans living in UK on Portuguese passports should be helped'

24 Jun: Business Standard. Following the Brexit vote, the Goa government should help Goans who used Portuguese passports to settle in the UK, a political party in the state said on Friday. "We are with you. After Brexit, we @GoaForwardParty empathise with Goan diaspora facing uncertainty in the UK. Goa government must swiftly set up a task force to help Goans," legislator Vijay Sardesai of the Goa Forward Party tweeted. In a statement issued here, the Goa Forward, a newly formed political party, said Goans who might be forced to come back to the state of their origin should be given all assistance… 244 words.  For further details click here

Videos: Brexit: Special reports from Goa

24 Jun: Goa 365. The United Kingdom has finally decided to move out from the European Union. And this has threatened the future of thousands of Goans, who are working in UK with Portuguese passports. Goa 365 tried to gather opinions of ministers, officials and even legal experts to know what impact this referendum will have on Portuguese Goans working in UK [Photo Dr Wilfred Mesquita, NRI Commissioner] … 5m. 49s.  For further details click here
Britain detaches itself from the European Union. 24 Jun: HCN Goa. With the results finally out, Britain detached itself from the European Union as the leave side won by 52%... 3m.10s.  click here

‘Portuguese Goans’ need not come back, feel experts; Goa Forward offers help

24 Jun: Goa News. Will the decision on Brexit poll of UK to leave the European Union result into compelling Portuguese Goans to come back to their original homeland? Or will they be retained by UK out of necessity? … MLA Vijai Sardesai has already offered to set up Brexit Goans’ Counselling & Rehabilitation Front by Goa Forward to help Goans coming back. Though no exact number of ‘Portuguese Goans’ working in UK is available, it is estimated to be around 60,000… Adv Cleofato Almeida Coutinho insists that nobody would come back, since Goa has no opportunities to offer them… The NRI Commissioner as well as Goa’s eminent lawyer however feels that there is no immediate threat to the Goans working in UK… 677 words.  For further details click here
25 Jun: Navhind Times. Vijai wants NRI cell to set up special task force to study issue of Goans across UK …  click here

Would Europeans be free to stay in the UK after Brexit?

24 Jun: The Guardian. The leave campaign has given unequivocal assurances that any new immigration system would not affect the estimated 3 million non-British EU citizens already in the country… Leading lawyers say the leave claims are “not based in fact” and the status quo is unlikely to continue, given that immigration is so central to the leave campaign… The rights of EU immigrants will not change overnight but an inevitable consequence of the Brexit campaign is that people will need new documentary evidence of their right to remain… 869 words.  For further details click here

What will Brexit mean for immigration?

24 Jun: Financial Times. About 3m EU nationals are in the UK and they make up about 6.6 per cent of the workforce. It is likely that those already here will be allowed to stay. For a start, 71 per cent of them have been here for five years or more (based on 2015 data), which means they qualify for permanent residence… However, there will still be tricky questions to resolve about whether EU residents in the UK will have the right to bring over family members, for example… Chris Grayling, a senior minister on the Leave side of the government said that the UK might take early action to restrict free movement if it proved necessary to “prevent a massive influx of people” before the official Brexit date… Many Leave campaigners have called for an “Australian-style points system”… It is not clear whether a post-Brexit immigration policy would admit low-skilled workers…774 words.  For further details click here

Brexit: What will happen to immigration when Britain leaves the EU?

24 Jun: Daily Express. The Conservative cabinet minister Chris Grayling (photo) believes that Brexit will allow Britain to develop a “much more managed” immigration system and to create plans for how many EU citizens come to live and work here… He said that post-Brexit Britain could select migrants to fill skills shortages while excluding Europeans who have not found employment here yet. Vote Leave supporters have proposed an Australian-style points system based what skill are needed here, plus restrictions to stop migrants coming over unless they have secured a job … 682 words.  For further details click here



Death: John Dias

23 Jun: London. JOHN XAVIER DIAS. Ex. Tanzania / Nuvem, Goa. Beloved husband of Rosa Maria (Rose), Ever-loving father/ father-in-law: Augustus / Frina; Sandra / Savio. Doting grandfather of Samaira. Passed away peacefully on 23rd June 2016 at London.

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Sponsor Allana Cardoso, 17, who is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Charity!

From Allana Cardoso: This summer I am partaking with some other students and staff from St Dominic's Sixth Form College a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania! We will be supporting orphaned children who live in and around the town of Moshi in Tanzania, and raising money through the charity Kujali. Their main aim is to provide education for the children - just £40 funds a child's education for a whole year. Money raised will provide the orphaned children with necessities such as books, bags and shoes. For details  click here
All money raised goes directly towards the children (it's not funding my trip!), so please give generously and remember to Gift Aid if you are a UK Tax Payer (no extra cost to you!). For the link to my fundraising page please  click here
Allana is the daughter of Cheryl and Branden of Pinner, Middlesex, [ex-Nairobi].

Video: UK Goans brace up as Britain decides on Brexit

23 Jun: HCN (Herald). It is judgment day for Goans Living in UK on Portuguese passports as Britain went into EU referendum Poll on Thursday morning... Commenting on the referendum, Francis D’Souza, Goa’s Deputy Minister said is the results do not favour the Goans residing in the UK they had the options of going to other nations presently part of the European Union … 1m. 53s.  For further details click here

Canada: Waterloo grad’s fight to stay in Canada hinges on job

23 Jun: Waterloo Region Record. Ady Das Gupta, 25, had almost given up the fight to stay in Canada. His post-graduate work permit expired in April. The University of Waterloo urban planning grad had to give up his Kitchener job as a technical support specialist for a digital firm. His resources were dwindling even if his new tourist visa runs until January next year… So, after Canada Day, Das Gupta was planning to either return to his parents in India's Goa region, or visit his aunt near Los Angeles. It was practically decided. He was as good as gone. Then, his Kitchener-Waterloo friends got to him… 676 words.  For further details click here

Video: Tourism minister Dilip Parulekar land scam exposed

24 Jun: Navhind Times The Bombay high court at Goa has dismissed also the review petition filed to save his property in Serula Communidade. The high court has ordered to restore the property at Porvorim on CHOGM road. 3m. 01s.  For further details click here
Former Goa tourism minister Halarnkar booked in land scam case … 22 Jun: NewsX. Former Goa Tourism Minister Nilkanth Halarnkar and a civil service officer have been booked by the state anti-corruption bureau in connection with a land scam, a senior police official said on Wednesday…  click here

BJP, RSS spar over English-medium schools in Goa

23 Jun: By Pamela D’Mello. Last weekend, a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh-led front that opposes state financial support to English-medium primary schools in Goa stepped up its aggressive campaign against the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party government. The Bhartiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch had earlier set June 1 as its deadline for the Goa government to stop financial grants to 127 English-medium primary schools, which are run by a church body.  For further details click here

Cops record minor's statement afresh

23 Jun: Times of India. Police will record the statement of the minor girl who was allegedly raped by St Cruz MLA Atanasio alias Babush Monserrate afresh. The survivor was hospitalized last week for being depressed. Her statement will be taken again after she is discharged from hospital, and declared fit by doctors … Monserrate has been out on bail while the girl was placed in the state-run protective home …  For further details click here

Goa's ex-PWD minister Alemao booked for irregularities in water tanks purchase

23 Jun: Press Trust of India. An FIR has been filed against Goa's former PWD minister Churchill Alemao and five officials of the department in connection with alleged irregularities in purchase of water tanks… Alemao and the five officers are accused of purchasing 6,511 water tanks at a cost of Rs 1.45 crore, bypassing the rules of the department… the procurement and distribution of the tanks happened between 2008 and 2011 even before the policy governing such a purchase was finalised… Alemao, who was last year arrested in connection with the US firm Louis Berger bribery case, was the PWD minister from 2005-2012 in the then Digambar Kamat-led government in Goa.  For further details click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sat. 25 Jun. 7:00 pm to midnight. Goanman Entertainments presents Sao Joao Jump of Joy. St Anslems R.C Church Hall, The Green, Southall UB2 4BE. Live Band - Velvet Touch. Special Appearance by Young Perry Plus Various other Artistes. Raffle Prizes - Best Kopel Prize. Compere Roque Vaz. Food on Sale - Dias Caterers. No Bar/ Bring your own Drinks. Tickets: £9.00, Children under 9 years old Free. Limited Tickets. Dress code: Traditional / Casual. Contact: Gregory DeMello 02085679155 07886230433. For the flyer, click here.

Colva Union UK: Notice of Annual General Meeting
Sat. 25 Jun: Time: 4.30pm. Venue: Pope John Centre. Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, 15 The Green, Heston Road, Heston, Middx TW5 0RL. We look forward to villagers of Colva Goa in attending this AGM. Agenda: 1. Adoption of the minutes of the last AGM. 2.Presentation and Adoption of feast accounts for 2015. 3. Update on Christ the King Statue repairs. 4. Election of new managing committee for 2016. 5. Discuss plans for celebrating the 43rd feast celebrations and dance. 6. Any other business. To confirm your attendance and also for membership details please contact our President Gabriel Fernandes on e mail: Please also visit our Facebook website, For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 26 Jun: Benaulim Association UK invites you to celebrate the feast of their Patron St John the Baptist at Woodside High School Hall, White Hart Lane, Wood Green N22. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12.30pm, followed by dancing to the sounds of 'SHADES' & 'NITELIFE'. Tickets which include delicious snacks and a meal costs £10 for members and £12 for guests. Children 6 TO 14 years £5 and FREE for 5 and under. Please book early to avoid any disappointment. For further details and tickets please call Jack on 0208 903 9017, Mary 0208 803 9752, Filu 020 7625 4728 Josephine 0208 967 7471/07957148406. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 2 Jul. Aldona Association (London) would like to invite you to celebrate our 40th Anniversary of the Feast of Saint Thomas at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Holy Mass starting promptly at 3pm, followed by Social with 'Live' Music from 'HARMONICS' & Catering by 'Maggie's Kitchen'. Tickets (include Snacks, Meal & Desert): Members £13, Guests £15, Children (6-11 years) £6, Children (Under 5) Free. For further details, please contact: Cancy Coutinho 07405 890175; Carmelita Alvares 07957 605964; Avita D'Souza 01293 522600; Gary Coutinho 07958 435147; Steve Alvares 07854 981804; Celia D'Costa 020 8407 9944. For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 9 Jul: G.O.A. GOLDEN JUBILEE SENIOR CITIZENS COACH TRIP TO THE NEW FOREST. Coach pick up points: Norbury Station – 8:30 a.m. Tooting Library – 9:00 a.m. Greenford (BP Connect) UB6 8ST. 10.00 a.m. Members £15.00 - Non Members £19.00 from Chloe De-Mendonça on 020 8384 0272 / Marilou De Souza on 020 8677 0390 / Lynsey Martins on 020 8657 8951 / or email: (Tickets include lunch and history talk)

Sat. 16 Jul: G.O.A. DAY WITH OUR LADY OF FATIMA. Commencing at 11.30 a.m. with Rosary, Benediction and Consecration to the Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary followed by Holy Mass will be offered for friends and family of the Goan Community. Come and spend the time in the presence of one of the four statues commissioned by Pope Benedict XV in 1917 following the third apparition of Our Lady of Fatima. Pope Benedict XV then sent the statues to the four corners of the earth in 1917 and this statue reached Europe and was later blest by Pope Pius X. Venue: St. Andrews RC Church, Brook Road, Thornton Heath, Surrey. CR7 7RD. Details from : Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa - 0208 765 0258 / 07958 537314, Jason D'Costa on 07507 472288, / Vince Fernandes on 07853 132336, or email: For the flyer, click here.

Sun, 17 Jul: G.O.A. GOLDEN JUBILEE OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT. Venue : Aldenham Golf & Country Club, Church Lane, Watford, WD25 8NN. Details from: Menino Mascarenhas on 01784 211832 / or Jacinto D'Silva on 0777 968162 /

Sun. 17 July: Goan Chaplaincy Day at Milan Palace, 100 The Green, Southall UB2 4BG (Next to St Anselm's Catholic Church). The Concelebrated Holy Mass will commence at 1pm presided by Rt Rev Bishop Alex Dias, SFX - Bishop of Andaman & Nicobar Islands - India. Followed by Dine and Dance to Scintillating Goan Live Music. Prizes and Surprises Galore in store. Bands: INDIANA and STRING ALONG. Tickets: Adult £12, Children5 to 12 years £6. Contacts: Nina Pinto: 020 8767 0663, Joe Fernandes: 07764659305, Fr Patrick D'Souza: 07424 427698, Adency (Reading): 07796554902, Wilson Fernandes (Southall): 07417434187, Pedro Baretto (Swindon): 07448711797, Debi Fernandes (Cranford): 07896007011, Charles Dias (Wembley): 07809552654. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 17 July: 1:30pm to 5pm. DIVINE RETREAT CENTRE UK. Conducts a half day retreat session at St. Sebastian and St. Pancras Church, 22 Hay Lane, Kingsbury Green, London. NW9 0NG. Contact Stany 07988860871 or Gracy 07859156249. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 31 Jul: G.O.A. JUBILEE FESTIVAL. Venue: Cranford Community College, High Street, Cranford, Hounslow, TW5 9PD. Commencing with Holy Mass followed by an open air festival of music, entertainment and dance. Details from: Ravi Vaz on 07909 927539 / Juliette DeMenezes-D'Costa 07958 537314 or email:

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Death: Renato Martins
18 Jun: Upminister, Essex, UK. RENATO MARTINS. Ex Zanzibar. Husband of Jane. Father of Leo (US). Brother of Junjao (Aus), Zara (UK), Olavio (US), Isauria (UK). Final Service is on Monday June 27 at 4.00pm at the South Essex Crematorium, Ockendon Rd, Upminster RM14 2UY. [Info: Jo Birkmeyer] Condolences to

Death: Sylvester D’Souza
22 Jun: Karachi. SYLVESTER D'SOUZA. Husband of late Olga. Beloved dad of Johnny, Fidelis, Freddy and their spouses (Calgary, Canada). Brother of late Martha and Ann Modi (Canada). Brother-in-Law of Johnnie Dsouza (Goa), Philomena (D’souza)/ Joseph Gois (San Francisco, California). [Info: Pompie Gois]

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British Goans on Portuguese passports fear Brexit

22 Jun: Daily News & Analysis. Thousands of Goans who migrated to the UK on an EU passport using their Portuguese ancestry are hoping Britain votes to remain in the 28-nation bloc in tomorrows referendum over fears their immigration status could change in the event of a British exit or Brexit… "There is a lot of ambiguity. Forget Goans, even British citizens are not clear what a yes or no vote in the referendum would really mean. In the process it causes a lot of concern and unease among Goans who have made the UK their home with their families," said Ravi Vaz (photo), president of the Goan Association (UK) … "Most of the Goans based here are professionals who come with a particular skill set or are entrepreneurs. They have moved here to improve their circumstances and not for the benefits system. In the event of changes following the referendum, they will still be part of the EU and may look at going to Germany or France or other EU countries that have job opportunities," said Flavio Gracias, a Goan who has been based in London since 1968… 489 words.  For further details click here
Brexit: UK Goan Association admits impact on Goans with Portuguese passports … JM (Madeira) The President of the UK Goan Association, Ravi Vaz, admits that ‘Brexit’ can affect Goans with Portuguese passport who wish to emigrate to the UK … Machine translation.  click here
For the Portuguese original, click here.

Brexit to hit Goans using Portuguese route to UK

22 Jun: Hindustan Times. Goans who opted for Portuguese citizenship and moved to Britain, or Goans considering the same, will be watching Thursday’s referendum closely as they will be affected whether Britain stays in or leaves the European Union. Using Portugal’s nationality law, which allows anyone born before December 19, 1961 (the date of Goa’s liberation from Portugal) and their three generations to acquire Portuguese nationality, thousands have migrated and settled in Britain, mainly in Swindon and London… According to an Oxford analysis, the “India-born Portuguese citizens” accounted for just over 20,000 UK residents in the first quarter of 2015… 571 words.  For further details click here

Goans hold breath while Britain decides on Brexit

22 Jun: Times of India. By Lisa Monteiro. With only a day to go before Britain goes to the polls for a referendum on whether it should stay or exit the European Union (EU), Goans holding Portuguese passports anxiously wait and watch the turn of events. S Fernandes from Mapusa who lives in Swindon says he is against Brexit... “No Goan will want to stay in Europe or Portugal if 'leave' wins," says Fernandes, who works for a US pharmaceutical company… S Mesquita, who moved to the UK on a Portuguese passport twelve years, ago is taking it as it comes… For Marius Fernandes, a British passport holder, who has been living in Goa for the past 16 years, the vote could go either way… Valerie D'Souza from Chicalim, who is in her twenties, is keen on a future in Europe… It's 'out' for British passport holder Neil P from South Goa, living in London for the past 20 years and running his own business… 763 words.  For further details click here

UK: Francis Fernandes: The £30k cut to your pension lifeline

21 Jun: The Daily Mail (UK). Hundreds of thousands of former employees of companies that have gone bust face a £29,000 pension blow if they retire early… Francis Fernandes, the senior expert at adviser Lincoln Pensions, says: ‘These rules will have an enormous impact on savers. ‘If you plan to retire early, you should consider taking your pension now under the current rules as you will receive far more.’ …  For further details click here
Francis (ex Nairobi) is the son of Joe (Aldona) and Teresa (Cortalim) Fernandes of Edgware. His brother Norbert is a parish priest in Fulham. He is married to Caron and they live in Reigate. For his Linkedin profile,  click here

Philip Howard to open Chelsea restaurant with Rebecca Mascarenhas

22 Jun: Big Hospitality. Philip Howard is to open a third London restaurant with Rebecca Mascarenhas after securing the site of Tom Aikens' former Elystan Street restaurant in Chelsea… Howard said he expects average spending for dinner to be less than £100, including wine … Howard plans to open in September in partnership with Rebecca Mascarenhas, the restaurateur with whom he co-owns Sonny's Kitchen in Barnes and Kitchen W8 in Kensington, which holds a Michelin star…  For further details click here
Rebecca Mascarenhas: Career Profile. Big Hospitality. Rebecca Mascarenhas is best known as a restaurateur - but the entrepreneur was originally training to become an actress…  click here
[Rebecca Mascarenhas was born in Mombasa, daughter of the late Sonny and late Carmen (nee Freitas); sister of Vernon, Louis, Marian, Rebecca, Charlene, Giselle, Everard and late Louella].
Soul food: Rebecca Mascarenhas on Kenyan mangoes. The Telegraph (UK). Rebecca Mascarenhas remembers the mangoes – and sugared avocados – she enjoyed in Kenya… Photos. click here.

Robin D’Souza: Bold flavours at new Market Street Brasserie in Ely

20 Jun: Ely News (Cambridgeshire, UK). Market Street Brasserie is the brainchild of Nelson Dighorker and Robin D'Souza… Robin, who used to be head chef at the Le Méridien in London's Piccadilly, said: "Our food is modern European cuisine. We like bold flavours and the concept of sharing – sharing platters and dishes with family and friends…  For further details click here
Robin D’Souza [ex-Mumbai] studied at the Institute of Hotel Management in Goa from 1997 – 2000. For his Linkedin profile,  click here
For the restaurant website, click here.

Video: Kevin Lobo of Montreal: Talking Management

21 Jun: Globe & Mail (Canada). This is Karl Moore. Today I am delighted to sit down with Kevin Lobo, who is the CEO of a Fortune 500 Company, Stryker. Kevin, if I understand you correctly, you are more of an extrovert. What do you see as the strengths of introverts on your executive team? What do they bring to the table? LOBO: So I really embrace having a diverse executive team and diversity comes in all shapes and styles, including style… 2m. 0s.  For further details click here
Kevin Lobo was born in Mumbai and grew up in Montreal … Born of Goan parents who migrated to Canada, Lobo speaks a smattering of Konkani and Hindi. Lobo also speaks French apart from English … He admits it is tough for his people to abuse him in a fit of anger in an unknown tongue… For his Wikipedia profile,  click here

Wake up Goans before it's late

21 Jun: Herald. By Jill Dale Rodrigues. My write up is with reference to the newspaper article written by Ewen Murray (Voice of Opinion, 19 June). Is the writer correct in his views on why the Europeans do not find Goa attractive? Unfortunately, I agree… Living in the heart of what was once upon a time a place full of Europeans who would reside for over 3 months, a few in the recent past mentioned upon inquiring that they may visit some other places as Goa is getting expensive, overcrowded something which is very true… The European tourists had a way and manner towards appreciating the country they visit… We need to wake up and smell the problem rather than our coffee and start to act rather than react much later when it gets too late!  For further details click here
For the article by Ewen Murray,  click here

How the Typewriter Industry Is Still Hanging on in India

22 Jun: By Chryselle D'Silva Dias. Erasmo Coutinho, 68, is sitting by a window in his shop, reading a newspaper. The narrow room is full of old typewriters, cyclostyling machines, and a tidy wooden cupboard stocked with neatly arranged bits and bobs. A cheerful curtain with brown flowers sways in the breeze. There are no customers. For over forty years, Coutinho has managed Rosmos, a tiny shop in Panjim, Goa’s capital city, that repairs all sorts of typewriters and calculating machines… Over time, Coutinho has also seen the machines’ ubiquity wane… 813 words.  For further details click here


COOKERY: Jamie and Jimmy's Friday Night Feast. Food Network (Freeview 41). Friday 24th June. 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Jamie Oliver and Jimmy Doherty join forces at their end-of-the-pier caff to make top feasts for the weekend. In this episode, Kirstie Allsopp cooks one of her favourite dishes, an Indian street food called pani puri.

DOCUMENTARY: Exposed. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Sunday 26th June. 10:10 to 11:00 PM. Sari Stories. At times shocking, amusing, but ultimately inspiring film that shows a group of rural Indian women using cameras to challenge and transform their lives. (Part 1)

Channel: Community Channel (Freeview 63). Sunday 26th June. 11:00 PM to 12:00 AM. Girl Killers. In India, the burden of having girls means many are often killed at birth. We follow the difficult lives of those who survive the practice. (Part 1)

DOCUMENTARY: One Day in Entebbe. BBC Radio 4. Tuesday 28th June. 8:00 PM to 8:40 PM. Jonathan Freedland tells the remarkable story of an outlandish rescue mission, the legacy of which lives on and which shaped the man who is today one of the Middle East's most powerful figures, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

DOCUMENTARY: Meet The Patels. BBC Radio 4 Extra. Wednesday 29th June. 8:30 PM to 9:00 PM. 4 Extra Debut. Clare Jenkins explores beyond the Asian shopkeeper stereotype. What is the secret to their success in Britain today?.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. 4Seven (Freeview 140). Thursday 30th June. 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM . In Doncaster, mini-supermarket magnate Harinder Khela is determined to impress with an enormous Indian feast.

MUSIC: World on 3. BBC Radio Three. Friday 1st July. 11:00 PM to 1:00 AM. Mary Ann Kennedy presents new music from around the world, plus a live session with Ghazalaw, a band who mix the music of Wales and India. The group features Mumbai singer Tauseef Akhtar and Welsh singer-songwriter Gwyneth Glyn.



Death: Olivia Rebello

19 Jun: Apex, NC, USA. Olivia Rebello. Born 1940. She is survived by her loving children, Margaret (husband Loy) Britto and Alec (wife Trish) Rebello; her grandchildren Rohan, Vivek, Marcus and Michael; her sisters and brother, Lorna Currie, Meena D'Souza, Patricia Mathias, and Gerard Aranha; and numerous nephews and nieces. She is predeceased by her late husband, Noel Rebello. She moved to the US in 1990. She was a preschool teacher and enriched the lives of many students over the years, both in [Bangalore] India and in Apex, NC.
A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 22, 2016 at St Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church, 3008 Old Raleigh Rd, Apex, NC 27502. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:00 to 11:00 AM. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to National Pediatric Cancer Foundation.  For further details click here

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Kenya: Coach Ray Batchelor and his 'Athletics Revolution at the Coast'

21 Jun: Coastweek (Kenya). By Cyprian Fernandes. Ray Batchelor looked after the Coast and Rift Valley Sports. He was particularly successful in the coastal city of Mombasa where he coached the Achilles Club. It is interesting that the Goans in Mombasa were considered more successful in track and field than their Nairobi counterparts and not only because of Seraphino Antao. I think the difference was Batchelor. He was only interested in winning the hearts and minds of sports men and women at the Kenya Coast for athletics and other sports… 1875 words.
*This is an excerpt from Cyprian Fernandes’ soon to be published book 'Yesterday in Paradise'.
1956 photo shows the Achilles Athletic Club. They are Albert Castanha, Pascoal Antao, Laura Ramos, Ray Batchelor (coach), Phila Fernandes, Juanita Noronha, Alfred Vianna, Seraphino Antao, Joe Faria, Alcino Rodrigues, Jack Fernandes, Bruno D’Souza. Photo: courtesy the late Jack Fernandes.  click here

Editorial: Britain’s opinion poll will decide on the future of Goans like never before

22 Jun: Herald. Goans across Britain, some in Europe and their families back home in Goa, will be watching the results of the UK opinion poll as their lives- yes literally - depended, on it… Much of Britain hates “bloody foreigners” and Goans who come with EU passports, fall into that category of perception … “Keeping ‘bloody foreigners’ out is a central part of the LEAVE agenda … if Britain leaves the EU, then the benefits of health, education and unemployment doles, which Goans with Portuguese passports get as EU citizens, will stop. They will then have to spend five years or more to get a residency in England like anyone else who is not a citizen. A recent Hindustan Times report quoted Rabi Martins, the Goa-origin counselor in Watford, North London says, “It is a walk into the unknown. Goans now need to rethink before applying for Portuguese passports, since the EU referendum will adversely affect them. Brexit will make it worse, but even a vote to stay in will make it difficult.” … 790 words.  click here

Canada: Remy Fernandes vs Mississauga Private School

20 Jun: Canadian Legal Information Institute. Ontario Court of Appeals. ONCA 468. Summary: Fernandes was employed by the School as a teacher until April 2009 when his employment was terminated without notice. He claims he was wrongfully dismissed… The trial Judge found in his favour and ruled that the punishment of termination was disproportionate… The School appeals this decision… Did the trial judge err in finding he had been wrongful dismissal? In a majority decision, the School won the appeal … 1145 words.  For further details click here
For the full report of the Appeal, 9771 words.  click here

An NRI’s tough love letter to resident Indians

21 Jun: Times of India. By Rajiv J Chaudhri. This is a message from NRIs to Resident Indians (RIs), specifically the RI elites – stop whining, stop making excuses and get on with the job… The 30 million NRIs constitute the most successful diaspora in history. We have demonstrated the fastest professional, economic and social mobility of any migrant group wherever we went. We experienced discrimination and racism (no reservations for us!), but regardless, fought our way to the top of the economic and social ladder of these societies and earned their respect… We keep India from running out of foreign exchange… We are not smarter than you. We are, however, harder working, more law-abiding, more honest, more respectful of rules and governance, more socially-aware, less ideological, less complacent, less cynical, and less corrupt than the Indians you have chosen to become… 565 words.  click here
13 Jun: The Globe and Mail (Canada). The myth of the great Indian middle class … The Indian middle class is a strange creature. It has always been different from its counterpart in other countries. For a start, it is lowbrow…  click here

India overhauls foreign ownership rules

20 Jun: BBC. India has announced a radical overhaul of its foreign ownership rules to attract more overseas investment. Airlines and some defence industries may now be 100% foreign owned - up from 49% and 74% respectively. And for overseas retailers there's respite from a rule that required 30% of what they sold to be Indian sourced. The BBC's Simon Atkinson in Mumbai said it was the biggest signal yet that the country is serious about attracting more foreign investment. The move will be welcomed by brands like IKEA and Apple which see India as the next big market, he added…  For further details click here

Why India is a nation of foodies

21 Jun: BBC. Food and family are possibly India's two biggest obsessions. The two define our identity and our personality to the point of both ridicule and delight, writes Ritu Agarwal. For many Indians, "sitting down" with their family for a meal is one of the most important activities of the day. As a country we firmly believe that the family that eats together stays together, and meal time is a strong source of family bonding, talking and sharing…  For further details click here
21 Jun: Times of India. Celebrity chef Sarah Todd: Indians put in lot of love into cooking. Australian model and celebrity chef Sarah Todd runs her own restaurant in Goa and spends at least six months in India every year…  click here

Top 10 yoga retreats in India

21 Jun: The Guardian (UK). As with many things in India today, yoga doesn’t necessarily come cheap but all of these are very good value given the quality of teaching on offer… Purple Valley, Assagao, Goa: If you’re a modern yogi craving India plus detox juices and fast Wi-Fi, with access to the world’s best Ashtanga teachers (John Scott, Petri Raisanen, Alexander Medin), Goa’s Purple Valley is your place… The retreat is spread over two Portuguese-style houses and landscaped gardens with a tropical forest feel… Once the preserve of foreign students, Purple Valley now has a growing Indian following. • Open from mid-October to late April. Full-board is £590/£890 for one/two weeks in a shared room, or £750/£1,100 in a single room…  For further details click here
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Verve Wanderer’s Tranquil Tales

21 Jun: Verve. Thanks to the Verve Wanderer travel-writing contest by, a friend and I recently had the chance to be hosted by Novotel Resort in Candolim, Goa. The well-located luxury hotel with friendly and helpful staff, made for a relaxed and memorable stay… What impressed me the most about the hotel, was their eco-friendly activities in the form of an initiative called Planet 21… I hope more hotels follow Novotel Resort Goa and emulate their model of luxury meets environmental responsibility.  For further details click here

Auction: Goanese tabletop chest

24 Jun: Charterhouse Auctioneers, Dorset DT9 3BS UK. Lot 804: A late 17th/early 18th century Goanese tabletop chest, with inlaid geometric decoration, having a central drawer, with two faux drawer fronts, flanked by four small drawers, above a long drawer, with three faux drawer fronts, and with two carrying handles, 46 cm wide Estimate: 400 GBP - 600 GBP.  For further details click here



Death: Lydia Carvalho

20 Jun: New Vaddem Hill, Vasco, Goa. LYDIA CONCEICAO NAZARETH E CARVALHO. Born 1921. (Ex-British Naval Officer, World War II) Loving wife of Late Vincent Augustine Carvalho (Retired. Docks Manager, M.P.T.). Loving mother/mother-in-law of Keith Anthony, (Capt.); Ninian/Maria De Lume, (DeepVihar Secondary School); Loretta/George Coutinho (North Carolina, U.S.A,); Osmond Augustine/Angela Carvalho (Melbourne, Australia); (Capt.) Leonard Francis (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, U.K.). Grandmother of Joel, Viveca, Ryan Pierre (Canada), Sharon (Australia), Savio (Merchant Navy Officer).
Funeral Cortege will leave her residence 'CHARISMA', Ground Floor, Opp. Dias Building, Behind Sai Baba Temple, New Vaddem Hill, Vasco-da-Gama, on TUESDAY, 21st June. 2016 for the Eucharistic celebration at 4.00 p.m., at St. Andrew's Church, Vasco, followed by burial.  For further details click here

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Last date for conversion of PIO cards extended

20 Jun: Times of India. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Sunday said that the government has decided to extend the last date for applying for conversion of Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards to Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) cards from June 30 to December 31… The government had earlier granted an extension from March 31 to June 30 this year. "There will be no charge for conversion during this period. So I will suggest those, who are seeking to convert their PIO cards to OCI cards, use this time line,” she said…  For further details click here

Radio Mango’s Konkan food in Mississauga on July 9

19 Jun: Mississauga News. Radio Mango is bringing a food festival to Mississauga this summer. The Taste of the Konkan food festival will take place at Anapilis Banquet Halls (2185 Stavebank Rd.) in Mississauga on Saturday, July 9. The festival will explore the authentic foods, flavour and culture of the Konkan region … “This is Radio Mango’s desi answer to the Taste of the Danforth (an annual food festival in Toronto),” said Milena Marques-Zachariah, producer and host of Radio Mango… Goa’s singing sensation Veeam Braganza will perform together with musical artist Victor Rodrigues… Visit for more information.  For further details click here

A revolution is the need of the hour

20 Jun: Herald. By Eugene Correia. Freedom comes with a price, and perhaps Goa is paying the price. However, one thing that has come about now is how the Portuguese presence in Goa has helped today’s generation to access Portuguese passport and go to Europe in search of a better future… Dual- citizenship is a vital issue … Another thing that should be of concern to Goans holding Portuguese passport is the Brexit issue, where the people of Great Britain will decide through a referendum on June 23. It was interesting to hear Goan- origin Conservative MP, Suella Fernandes, speak on the Brexit debate where she was called ‘zenophobic.” … In another respect, the venerable and long- serving Goan origin MP, Keith Vaz, has hit back at Indian-origin Tory minister Priti Patel, a supporter of Vote Leave, who said that getting out would save the “ curry houses”, as some have closed down…  For further details click here

Open defecation rampant in Margao

20 Jun: Navhind Times. With sanitation facilities lacking in the commercial capital of state and large-scale open defecation, Margao has turned vulnerable for possible outbreak of diarrhea as it is making slow progress on achieving zero defecation status. Margao has a high density of migrant population most of whom live in unhygienic conditions and use open spaces including the railway tracks to the answer nature’s call. With the monsoon setting in, the health department has raised alarm of a possible outbreak of diarrhea and other vector-borne diseases…  For further details click here

‘NGOs dragging govt to court without reason’

21 Jun: Times of India. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, on Monday, cried harassment by non-governmental organizations (NGOs), seemingly taking aim at Goa Foundation, for frequently challenging state government projects in various courts. Making an appeal to the people, which seemed partly emotional and partly angry, Parrikar said that the BJP government in Goa can be punished by the courts if they are at fault, but well-meaning developmental works should not be stopped by NGOs 'with vested interests'…  For further details click here

‘Increase in foreign tourists? Really?’

20 Jun: Times of India. By Bindiya Chari. The tourist trade complained of a fall in fortunes consequent to a decline in charters since 2014-15, but it didn't stop Goa tourism from posting an increase in foreign tourists. While tourism stakeholders vouch for the increase in Indian tourists, they are intrigued by the 5.4 % increase in foreign tourist arrivals as claimed by the Goa. This means, chances of a Goan returning home after a few days abroad being counted as a foreign tourist by Goa tourism is high. "I don't know if a tourist counted at the airport on arrival, is not counted for the second time during his stay at a hotel," said a travel agent… Tourism stakeholders take the claims of the tourism department of an increase in tourist footfalls with a pinch of salt, nonetheless.  For further details click here

Taxes, taxis make holidaying in Goa dear

20 Jun: Times of India. By Bindiya Chari. How long will Goa's tourism with its high taxes, be able to withstand competition from destinations like Sri Lanka, Thailand, Malaysia or Bali? Tour operators and hotels, particularly the starred hotels, are already feeling the pinch with a reduction in charter tourists. This is further compounded by higher taxes (tourism related) compared to other popular destinations, and the chances are high that tourism in Goa may be at a disadvantage. On an average, a foreign tourist holidaying in Goa has to shell out 25-30% more, compared to competing destinations…  For further details click here

Auction 19th century Goanese carved hardwood centre table

22 Jun: Gardiner Houlgate, Corsham SN13 9SW UK. Lot 777: Good 19th century Goanese carved hardwood centre table, the circular top with darted borders and carved frieze with scrolled foliage, upon a baluster column with four scrolled supports and quadruped plateau, 52" diameter x 30" high, Estimate: 500 GBP - 800 GBP.  For further details click here



Death: Anthony D’Souza
18 Jun: Guirim, Goa. ANTHONY D'SOUZA. Born 1934. Loving husband of Vira D'Souza Father/ father-in-law of Grace/Oscar (Nairobi) Malcolm/Melanie, (Kuwait) Nicholas/Sarina, Barbara Martin and Edward and grandchildren. Brother-in-law of late Joaquim, Zac/Ozzie late John/late Lucy, Sheila/Chris, Dominic/ Philomena, and Diogo. Expired after brief illness. Funeral was on 19 June.

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Goa not very attractive to Europeans anymore

19 Jun: Herald. By Ewen Murray. Regular reports in the papers over the last couple of years state the disappointment at the decline in overseas tourist numbers to Goa. There is rarely a proper analysis of its causes and what factors are obstructing an improvement. … Ten years ago when the Goa winter season was dominated by 17 direct charter flights a week from the UK alone ( now 6), a large segment of the clientele would be happy with basic accommodation if the price was right and the weather nice. … Widespread litter and fly tipping of refuse has often been mentioned as a poor image maker of Goa … One sizeable group of tourists that have been coming to Goa over many years are the long stay retirees… Goans and retirees themselves have commented on a decline in this category… (The author is UK based, works in the International Tourist Industry and visits the World's major tourist locations) 1079 words.  For further details click here

India and the Brexit forecast

20 Jun: The Hindu. At a recent debate on “Would Brexit Benefit India” at the House of Commons moderated by journalist Ashis Ray of Ray Events, Lord Archie Hamilton, a former Defence Minister and now Brexit supporter argued that the EU was the biggest obstacle to U.K.-India trade… In the absence of any realistic projection on what a post-Brexit U.K. holds in store, such claims carry little authority. That said, India remains deeply vested in the outcome of the referendum for two reasons. The first concerns the welfare of a nearly three-million strong diaspora of Indian-origin U.K. citizens, while the second concerns the interests of a large moving population of Indians who come to Britain ever year … 1659 words.  For further details click here
19 Jun: Economic Times. Brexit will hamper movement of professionals from the K ...  click here
19 Jun: Gateway House. What does Brexit mean for India? click here.

Video: Special Feature: St Anthony

17 Jun: Prime Media Goa. Clive Alvares takes you to three holy places – Panjim, Corjuem and Siolim … 21m. 22s.  For further details click here
Video: Feast of St. Anthony celebrated across Goa 19 Jun: Prudent Goa.1m. 37s.  click here

Rape case against Goa MLA: Victim admitted to psychiatry institute

19 Jun: Daily News & Analysis. Last month, former Goa minister Atanasio Monserratte (photo) was arrested after the girl complained that she was purchased by him (from her mother) at Rs 50 lakh and was raped thereafter. The minor girl has been admitted to the Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behaviour (IPHB) in Panaji from the state-run protection home due to her "abnormal behaviour", a senior police official said…  For further details click here

Mumbai: Orfino D’Souza gets the blessing of life for 100th birthday, from Pope

18 Jun: Mumbai Mirror. Dadar's Pearl Colony is abuzz with celebrations coming up over this weekend as one of the residents, Orfino D'Souza, readies to celebrate his 100th birthday on June 19. To add to the happiness was a card signed by Pope Francis wishing him for his special day. "I am blessed to have been wished by the Pope," said D'Souza who still does not require a walking stick to go about his tasks. Born in Goa in 1916, D'Souza studied accountancy in London before joining Royal Insurance in 1937. He retired from the Indian Mercantile Insurance Company in 1976… “One routine he never missed was his evening walk and meet up with the building friends," said Clarissa (58), D’Souza’s youngest daughter….  For further details click here

Burt Kwouk obituary

19 Jun: The Observer (UK). Burt Kwouk (photo) is perhaps best known for his role as Cato with Peter Sellers in the Pink Panther films….Pam Hardyment writes: … One day I approached Burt Kwouk to help my son Ben, who was making his film The Wonderland Experience, in Goa, on a very tight budget… He played a magnificent Yo-Yo in the film…  click here
19 Oct. 2002. The Evening Standard (London). For the whole of her tragically short life, Kadamba Simmons (photo) craved fame … [She was murdered by the man she met on a beach in Goa] two years after her naked body was found with a belt around her neck in the shower of an Islington flat. The archetypal It girl of the Nineties will achieve her lifelong goal from beyond the grave. Appropriately enough for such a voracious party girl, she can be seen in her film, The Wonderland Experience … For the Wikipedia profile of her,  click here
To watch the film (79m. 01s) online, click here.

Fr Victor Ferrao: The politics on the Goan and the non- Goan tangle

19 Jun: Herald. Like Goans staying in other parts of our country, other Indians can come and stay in Goa. But the issue is: why they should be forced to erase their identity and mask as Goans to receive merely the health benefits. All identities are intimately linked to the person and cannot be easily dumped to acquire new ones. It may take a generation or two to evolve and metamorphize oneself into a new identity. Even then the traces of the sources of one’s earlier self- hood would still stick around. We still hold every Indian in our embrace in Goa, without demanding of them to become Goans. This indirect demand placed on the non- Goans to become Goans through the allurement of the health facilities is in inline with the fascist’s ways of mono- culturing the citizens … 976 words. (The author is the Dean of Rachol Seminary)  For further details click here

Ol’fashioned Goan bbq

19 Jun: Times of India. By Valencia Mascarenhas. There is a healthy way of tucking into mackerel, the humble Goan staple. It involves some hay and a matchstick … The method of cooking is pretty simple. The mackerel is gutted and washed. In way of seasoning, there's just salt and lime. Each of the fish is wrapped in a banana leaf and nestled in a bed of hay. It is further covered with some more hay. Enter match stick to set the whole thing afire. The fish is quite literally engulfed in flames. The fire burns out quickly and the fish is left in the dying embers for about eight to ten minutes more before they are pulled out. From the ashes emerges a glorious transformation.  For further details click here



Death Grace Lobo

16 Jun: Toronto. GRACE ELIZABETH LOBO. Born Bombay, 1922. Ex teacher of St. Joseph's Convent, Bandra. Wife of late Joseph William. Beloved mother of Victor Lobo (deceased) (Dorothy), Amanda; Myrtle Saldanha (Lew), Lew Jr. and Andrew; Denzil Lobo (Selma), Sharleen, Kathleen and Dean (deceased); Lorna D'Souza (deceased) (Kevin), Karen, Danielle Heron (James) and great-grandson Blaise; Christina D'Souza (Carl), Carina, Julian, Shauna and Alisha; Noella Milne (Chris), Shane, Craig and Natasha; and Pamela Lobo. Loving sister of Hector Valles (Bridget - deceased); cousin, aunt and friend of many. She was an accomplished student and athlete and left India for Canada in 1983.
Friends are invited to the visitation at the Rosar Morrison Funeral Home & Chapel, 467 Sherbourne St., Toronto on Monday, June 20th, and Tuesday, June 21st, from 5-8 p.m. Vigil prayers: Tuesday, June 21st, at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, June 22nd, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 520 Sherbourne St., Toronto.  For further details click here

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Former Indian Diplomat Placido D’Souza Wins Limerick Writing Contest

16 Jun: India West. Former Indian diplomat Placido D’Souza of Mountain View, Calif., tied with high school English teacher Lynda Barnett of Yreka, Calif., to become one of the winners of Siskiyou Writers Club’s Limerick Writing Contest May 12… D’Souza won for his articulate limericks on topics ranging from marriage, family and home life, to science, politics and social commentary… An 82-year-old retiree, D’Souza was an international diplomat with the Indian Foreign Service for over 30 years, serving as the Indian ambassador, consul general and high commissioner in various countries around the world… Now in his 15th year of retirement, D’Souza enjoys writing limericks as a hobby…  For further details click here
Placido D’Souza was born in 1933 in Dar es Salaam and entered the Indian diplomatic service in 1957 serving in Kenya, Panama, New York and Hong Kong. He married the late Sushila and is father of Jacinta, Lucia, Maria and Francisco. For a brief profile of him,  click here

Freedom fighters express concern over Goans opting for Portuguese nationality

19 Jun: Navhind Times. The freedom fighters, on the occasion of the 70th Goa Revolution Day, expressed concern over the growing cases of Goans opting for Portuguese nationality and surrendering their rights by seeking Portuguese passport. They also expressed displeasure at the support of the government for English language as the medium of instruction at the primary school level… The president of Goa, Daman and Diu Freedom Fighters Association, Chandrakant Kenkre, in his speech spoke against the Portuguese government for trapping the Goan youth with the lure of jobs in Europe, and enticing them to go for Portuguese nationality and Portuguese passport, surrendering their Indian nationality…  For further details click here
FFs’ unfortunate display of hatred towards their fellow Goans … 18 Jun: Herald. By Jose Maria Miranda.  click here

World’s most expensive luxury train could run on Goan tracks

18 Jun: Herald. The Maharajas’ Express – the most expensive luxury train in the world – is likely to run on Goa’s tracks next monsoon, with the Union Railway Ministry proposing to extend the train’s route in Southern India… The Maharajas’ Express was voted ‘The world’s leading luxury train’ four times in a row at the World Travel Awards 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 …  For further details click here

Keeping tradition alive through dance

18 Jun: Herald. The folk art of any place is the best representation of its cultural and historical heritage. Indigenous to the place, this art passes culture from one generation to another. Goa too has its cultural heritage preserved in the form of a number of folk songs and dances. It’s the dance that appeals to the common people. However, the once- popular folk dances of Goa are lagging behind Indian classical and western dance forms, that are much preferred by today’s generation. Today, there are hardly any dance classes in Goa that teach folk dances…  For further details click here

Video: Interview with Miss Goa 2016, Shineade Vaz

17 Jun: Prime News. Shineade Vaz was crowned Miss Goa at a beauty pageant organised by VJT Entertainments at Margao … 12 contestants participated for the title of Miss Goa and in the end Shineade emerged as the best among them to win the top prize.  For further details click here

Foreign tourists brought in $1.54 billion May 2016

18 Jun: Domain B. Foreign exchange earnings from tourism stood at $1.537 billion in May 2016, up 3.1 per cent compared to $1.491 billion during May 2015, which in turn was up 11.5 per cent against the $1.337 billion earned in May 2014… Rupee earnings from foreign tourists during May 2016 stood at Rs10,285 crore up 8.2 from Rs9,505 crore in May 2015, which in turn was up 19.8 per cent from Rs7,936 crore in May 2014…  For further details click here

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