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Death: Dominic Mascarenhas

18 Apr: London. DOMINIC FRANCIS XAVIER MASCARENHAS (ex-Bombay and Nairobi). Loving husband of Eliza (Hazilda), devoted father of Joseph (Antje), Kalleen (Carlos) and Ruby (Ricardo). Loving grandfather to Darryl, Shaun, Ryan, Rebecca and Rachel. Son of the late Jose and late Feliciana Mascarenhas, Mungul, Goa. Brother to the late Minguelina, late Felix and late Franklin. Uncle to Alex, Pauline (Simon), Norbert (Appy) and Anita (Errol).
Funeral service will be held on Friday, 6 May 2016 at St John the Evangelist Church, 59 The Avenue, Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 5DB at 11am followed by the burial at Epsom Cemetery, KT18 5BP at 12.30pm and a Wake at around 1.30 pm at Parish Church Hall, Church Rd, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8BD. Parking at the hall is very limited but local car parks are available. There will also be a coach service arranged from the Church to the Cemetery, then to the Wake and leaves for Tadworth Station at around 4.30pm. In lieu of flowers - a gift donation to the Sisters of St Peter Claver, c/o Gillman Funeral Service, 1461 London Road, Norbury, London SW16 4AQ or donate on-line at For Condolence messages, attendance for catering purposes and/or coach service, please email:

Death: Pascoal Denis
25 Apr: Nairobi. PASCOAL AMOS SEBASTIAN ALMEIDA DENIS. Born 1933. Loving husband of the late May Ana Denis. Loving brother of Jose Denis, Efigenia Denis, Fernando Diniz, the late Beatrice Drury and the late Aninha Denis.
Pascoal made a significant contribution to the Roman Catholic Church, the Goan community, the Charity sector, the professional education of accountants in Kenya and to Government social policy implementation after Kenya's Independence. He was the National Chairman of the St Vincent de Paul Society. Pascoal held positions at the National Treasury and was Accountant General, Kenya Government, 1970-1979. In 2007, the President of Kenya, Mwai Kibaki awarded Pascoal the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (M.B.S.). Pascoal was also given the title Knights of The Order of Saint John of Jerusalem by the Pope. For funeral details watch this space. Donations in his memory to be sent to the St Vincent de Paul Society Kenya. Condolences to be sent to

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Event Update: Siolim Union (London)

Sun. 19 Jun: Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate the 36th Anniversary Feast of St. Anthony of Padua at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 12.00 noon prompt followed by dancing to the music of 'Maz & Co'. Tickets including snacks & a Goan meal, Members £13.00 Guests £15.00. For tickets contact Tony Fernandes Tel: 020 8540 3566, Eugene Fernandes Tel: 020 8665 4773 or Wendy Fernandes Tel: 020 8768 0545. For the flyer,  For further details click here

Indian Catholic bishop attacked, beaten

29 Apr: Vatican Radio. India’s minority Christian community has come under attack again, and this time it is a Catholic bishop who is the victim. Matters India news website on Thursday quoted the Federation of Telugu Churches (FTC), saying Bishop Prasad Gallela of Cuddapah was attacked by unidentified persons when he was returning from a religious function … The incident took place on April 25 but was made public only on Thursday …  For further details click here
Indian bishop tells of being kidnaped and assaulted … 29 Apr: UCAN.  click here

Egyptian cleric defends CIA agent convicted over his rendition

29 Apr: The Guardian (UK). The radical Egyptian cleric who was kidnapped in Milan by the CIA in 2003 has come to the defence of a former CIA officer convicted for her alleged role in his extraordinary rendition. Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, who is known as Abu Omar (photo), told the Guardian in a telephone interview that he believed Sabrina De Sousa, who faces imminent extradition to Italy, was a scapegoat and ought to be pardoned by Italy’s head of state. De Sousa, a 60-year-old dual American and Portuguese citizen, faces a four-year prison sentence and is due to be extradited from Portugal on 4 May… De Sousa said in response to the Abu Omar comments that she appreciated his remarks about her family… 1346 words.  For further details click here
A decade on, ex-CIA officer of Indian origin continues fight to clear her name … 29 Apr.  click here

Russian national alleges rape by guest-house owner in Goa

29 Apr: Daily News and Analysis. A 25-year-old Russian woman has allegedly been raped by the owner of a guest-house where she was staying, Pernem police said on Friday. The incident took place on Thursday morning when the girl was asleep in her room, Inspector Sanjay Dalvi said. The accused has been identified as James D'Souza, owner of Morjim Club guest house, and has gone missing after the complaint was filed. "Medical examination of the woman has confirmed rape," Dalvi said…  For further details click here

Christians most affected with English as Medium Of Instruction

29 Apr: Navhind Times. By remaining aloof of the Konkani language as medium of instruction (MoI) and promoting English as MoI at primary level of education, the most affected will be the Christian community, stated Fr Mousinho Athaide (photo by Frederick Noronha). Addressing the media, Fr Athaide, who is a member of Bhartiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) and the Christian face of the anti-English movement, said “The most affected by English language will be the Christians and the biggest damage will be done to the Christian community as they will be left aloof from the culture of Goa.”  For further details click here

Fish prices see steep hike
29 Apr: Fish prices across the state have registered a steep hike. If that was not bad enough, quantity and varieties of fish available have dropped. The reason is insufficient catch and the factors to blame being over exploitation of the sea, neighbouring fishermen poaching in Goan waters, LED-light fishing and the emerging face of the middleman between the boat owner and fish vendor…  For further details click here

5 awesome adventures to have in Goa (besides the beach parties)

26 Apr: Global Grasshopper. The state of Goa, South West India is a popular destination for many due to its exotic cuisine, beautiful beaches and UNESCO historic sites… If you are tired of just hanging around sunbathing (or the beach parties), then here are five things to do in Goa which are perfect for the more inquisitive traveller… Go parasailing on Baga beach … Visit a temple … Go on a food tour … Hike Arambol Mountain … Go on a romantic Mandovi River sunset cruise … All you have to do now is to book that flight!  For further details click here

Video: ‘Wanderlovers’ share the beauty of Goan Jungle

26 Apr: Daily Mail (UK). A young couple have ditched their dream jobs to live out of a rucksack and travel the world. Charlotte Bailey, 24, from Staffordshire, and Charlie White, 25, from Northamptonshire, decided to quit their jobs for their ultimate travel bucket list while they're still in their 20s … 1m. 29s.  For further details click here


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Church officials request PM to invite Pope to India

28 Apr: The Goan. Church officials in India, including a Goan bishop, have requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to invite Pope Francis to visit India, while also appealing to him to lead Indian delegation for canonization of Mother Theresa in Rome later this year. Office-Bearers of the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) headed by its President, Cardinal Baselios Cleemis and accompanied by the Secretary General Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas and the Deputy Secretary General, Msgr Joseph Chinnayyan, met the Prime Minister in his office in the Parliament… The PM assured the delegation that he would seriously look into the matter, consult with his colleagues and will do the needful…  For further details click here

Video: Toronto: Ruth D’Souza: Hydro customer charged more than $600

28 Apr: Global News. Ruth D’Souza went to great lengths to conserve energy but her bill was still shockingly high. Toronto Hydro says the amount is consistent with past tenants of her two-bedroom … She even showered at the gym to conserve hot water,.. At one point D’Souza thought she may be footing the bill for her entire building,..2m. 01s.  For further details click here

Shacks may now be permanent structures on Goa’s beaches

28 Apr: Times of India. Shack owners will no longer have to dismantle their shack structures at the end of the tourist season, as per a ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) proposal. Coastal Zone Regulation Notification, 2011, requires that shacks be dismantled at the end of May, with no structures allowed on the beach till August…  For further details click here
29 Apr: Navhind Times. Owners cheer move to retain shacks during off season  click here

Cracking prostitution rackets the decoy customer way

28 Apr: The Goan. As pimps go online, the police have to go off line to catch them. * Police choose websites at random and shortlist some four to five * Numbers flashed on websites are contacted in order to fix a meet * On an average, four to five agents are listed on each website. * Success of raids rests solely on evidence and witnesses to exchange of hard cash between the pimp or girls and decoy customer * The actual raid to catch the perpetrators is conducted only after the crucial exchange of cash between the two parties …  For further details click here
29 Apr: Navhind Times. Pimps employing new methods to trick cops …  click here

Goa's Feni May Soon Hit Your City's Bars

28 Apr: Huffington Post. Very soon, you may not have to go to Goa to drink Feni. It may be available in your city's bars too. The state government now proposes to amend the four decade old Goa Excise Duty Act to ensure Feni is marketed across all states. Excise Commissioner Menino D’Souza said, "We want to place Feni alongside tequila and scotch, which used to be country liquor once," …  For further details click here

Retired Justice PK Mishra Sworn-In As New Goa Lokayukta

28 Apr: NDTV. Justice (Retd) Prafulla Kumar Mishra was today sworn-in as the new Lokayukta [Ombudsman] for Goa, after the post remained vacant for three years. Mr Mishra was administered the oath of secrecy by Goa Governor Mridula Sinha in a function held at the Raj Bhavan which was attended by Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar, among others. "When a person is born, corruption also takes birth with him. To weed out corruption, one needs to be honest and sincere," Mr Mishra told reporters after the ceremony…  For further details click here
Video: 28 Apr: Goa 365. 2m. 06s.  click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sat. 30 Apr: Cortalim Union (UK) celebrates the Feast of St Philip & St James at Woodside High School (ex-White Hart Lane School), White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London N22 5QJ. Mass at 2.00 pm followed by a social gathering. Music by 'Outbreak'. Catering by 'Maggie's Kitchen'. The proceeds of this year's raffle will be donated to the worthy cause of Sienna who requires to undergo an operation called Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy. Please support us in helping Sienna. Prizes include: A Surround Sound System, a Kindle … Visit her website: Email or follow us on Facebook Cortalim Union UK or Cortalim Village Voices.Tickets '£13.00 up to 12th April 2016, thereafter £15.00'. Children £6.00 (3-10 years). For tickets and details please contact: Georgina Gomes - 079 7428 9640, Tino Goes - 078 2190 0490, Ligor D'Mello - 078 2164 5317, Chris D'Cruz - 077 3987 6718, Agnelo D'Mello - 079 2580 2891. For the flyer, click here.

POSTPONED. Sun: 1 May. May Memorial Mass followed by Charity Dinner & Dance: In Memory of Roma Goes & Bazilia D'Sa

Sun: 1 May: Saligao Association (UK) would like to invite all its members and guests to celebrate the feast of Mae de Deus at Stanley Park Senior School, Damson Way, Carshalton SM5 4NS. Holy Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Paul Hendriks and commences at 12.00 pm followed by the social event. Music by 'Say One Do One'. Tickets include a meal, snacks and dessert: Members £14, Guests £15, Teens (11-17) £11.00, Children (2-10) £6.00. For tickets, call Marlene Vaz 020 8669 5838. Email: For directions to the venue, click here.

Sat: 21 May: Young London Goan Society (YLGS) MASQUERADE PARTY. Come join us fora spectacular evening at a grand Central London location with riverside views - An event for Young Goans and your friends. Sat 21st May | Shepherd Hall St. Thomas Hospital | 6-11pm | Tickets £19 each or £17 for groups of 5 or more. Prices go up to £23 after Sunday May 15th | Tickets include a Meal | Dresscode Smart, Dress to Impress. We are also collecting raffle prizes, and appreciate any donations. For up to date details see or to check out the flyer, click here.

Sat. 11 Jun: G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Anniversary Ball. Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, 140 Bath Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 5AW. 6:30 p.m. prompt – 1 a.m. Dress Code: Strictly Formal – Bow Tie Essential. Colour Theme: Gold. Licensed Bar. Ticket includes pre-dinner drink and 3-course meal. G.O.A Members £35.00, Guests £50.00, Children (up to 12 years) £25. Table Bookings of 12 available. Hotel Accommodation Code available when registering. Further details from Chloé De-Mendonça - 020 8384 0272 / Marilou DeSouza - 020 8677 0390 / Neil De-Mendonca - 07960736052. For the application form, click here

Sun. 19 Jun: Siolim Union (London) invites you to celebrate the 36th Anniversary Feast of St. Anthony of Padua at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3AS. Holy Mass at 12.00 noon prompt followed by dancing to the music of 'Maz & Co'. Tickets including snacks & a Goan meal, Members £13.00 Guests £15.00. For tickets contact Tony Fernandes Tel: 020 8540 3566, Eugene Fernandes Tel: 020 8665 4773 or Wendy Fernandes Tel: 020 8768 0545. 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. 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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Sat. 11 Jun: G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Anniversary Ball. Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, 140 Bath Road, Hayes, Middlesex, UB3 5AW. 6:30 p.m. prompt – 1 a.m. Dress Code: Strictly Formal – Bow Tie Essential. Colour Theme: Gold. Licensed Bar. Ticket includes pre-dinner drink and 3-course meal. G.O.A Members £35.00, Guests £50.00, Children (up to 12 years) £25. Table Bookings of 12 available. Hotel Accommodation Code available when registering. Further details from Chloé De-Mendonça - 020 8384 0272 / Marilou DeSouza - 020 8677 0390 / Neil De-Mendonca - 07960736052. For the application form, G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Anniversary Ball 142 enlarge to

FemNet Issue 49, Apr, 2916 Out Now

April 2016. From Betsy Pinto-Nunes, Founder: We are delighted to present to our readers and subscribers our April Issue 49. We begin on a serious note with an article devoted to saving our Mother Earth by Bella Comelo. Nicola Coutinho then takes us on a train journey with unexpected consequences which make a tremendous impact on her journey through life. Shanti Muninathan writes on “Marriages Are Made in Heaven” and then after many hilarious episodes poses the question “If marriages are made in heaven then what is made in hell?” We round up this Issue with Nicola unleashing her creative side with the poem “Beneath the Surface”.  For further details click here

London: Regina Fernandes is fined £1,100 for fly-tipping on her own land

27 Apr: Evening Standard (London). A Londoner has been ordered to pay more than £1,100 after she was caught fly-tipping in her own garden. Regina Sally Fernandes dumped waste including rubble, an old boiler and broken furniture on land outside her house on Ballogie Avenue, Neasden… She was fined £225 and ordered to pay £778.50 in costs as well as a £120 victim surcharge – a total of £1123.50 …  For further details click here

Meet Francis deSouza, the New CEO Of The $22 Billion Company

27 Apr: Fast Company. Illumina's new CEO, serial entrepreneur Francis deSouza is set to shake up the Genomics scene with an instrument called a DNA sequencer… If Illumina is the ruler of this universe, deSouza is its new king… deSouza's ambitions reach far beyond the research world - he is embarking on an aggressive five-year plan to bring genomics out of research labs and into doctors' offices… DeSouza is still an elusive figure in the genomics world … He seems to have a unique talent for finding pockets of entrepreneurship at corporate behemoths… He envisions a future in which adults will be screened throughout their lives by Grail for early signs of cancer …1428 words.  click here
For the Goan Voice Francis deSouza supplement,  click here

GHRC directs Goa Police to file an independent reply

28 Apr: Herald. Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) on Wednesday directed Director General of Police Muktesh Chander to file an independent reply into a complaint by a retired Goan NRI who was dispossessed of his house in Siolim by a Mumbai based gang, on June 3. The directions after lawyer-activist Aires Rodrigues [photo] had filed a complaint on behalf of Francis de Souza (73) …  For further details click here

Goa Tourism Development Corporation unveils e-commerce portal, app

27 Apr: Times of India. Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) on Tuesday launched its all new e-commerce portal and mobile application on the android and iOS platforms that will provide tourists a digital experience of Goa. This is a first-of-its-kind venture to be launched in India, claimed GTDC. The new facility was launched by tourism minister Dilip Parulekar… This website-cum-e-commerce portal will be available in six foreign languages including Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Arabic, German and French in addition to Hindi and English… The highlight of the project is to build a worldwide database of travel agents interested in Goa and provide them with everything their clients need in the simplest form.  For further details click here
For the GTDC site and/or to download the app,  click here

How Goa teaches that yoga can be fun

17 Apr: Daily Mail (UK). Looking out over a perfect crescent of South Goan beach on India’s south-west coast, there is barely a soul to be seen … Vegetarian, alcohol-free, stuck down the end of a track in the jungle, and with up to three hours of yoga every day, this did not promise to be a bundle of laughs. But in such a beautiful spot, and pampered by regular cups of masala chai (spiced tea) and plates of cut fruit from a charming crew, I was beginning to warm to mastering my pranayama (deep breathing) and yoga routines… Our fellow yogis were an international lot. Norwegians and Swedes, Australians, British, Dutch, German, Austrian, Italian… Within a couple of days I am feeling the benefit … we head out on a cab ride to Palolem beach, to Big Fish restaurant, where we make up over tandoori prawns and sinful beer. All for a tenner each… I feel like a new man. I only hope that, after all those dishy Scandinavians, my wife doesn’t feel the same… 687 Words + photos  click here

What £80,000 buys around the world

27 Apr: Daily Mail (UK). A London cupboard may set you back £79,000 but travel a little further afield and, for the same amount, you'll be rewarded with much, much more for your hard-earned cash… Goa: This three-bedroom Goan apartment, on offer for £72,000 … in a complex near the beach resort of Colva in the West Indian beach hotspot of Goa … Three ensuite double bedrooms, access to a swimming pool, clubhouse and a gym… free use of the complex's leisure facilities …  For further details click here

Designs that are truly Goan

27 Apr: Herald. Sitting at Marcou Artifacts in Fountainhas, Panjim with colourful ceramics portraying Goa’s vibrant life, Francisco Martins is always on his toes trying to bring out his creative talent in everything possible… “There is always something new to add to the collection. Goa is a wonderful place with interesting aspects; a treasure of culture,” says Francisco… Conde Nast Traveller featured his store, Marcou Artifacts on the ‘World’s Top 50 Shopping Secrets’… Marcou Artifacts recently completed four years in April and has three stores at Fontainhas- Panjim, Old Market- Margao and Caculo Mall- Panjim. The brand is the brainchild of Anil Counto and Francisco Martins (photo) and is an entirely Goan based artifacts manufacturer with their manufacturing plant based in Corlim… 727 words.  For further details click here



Death: Olinda D'Souza

21 Apr: London, UK. OLINDA D'SOUZA, 1929 - 2016. Ex-Kampala, Uganda. Died after a long illness. Mother of June. She was pre-deceased by her husband Alfred and son Gavin. There will be a visitation period at Rowland Brothers, 299-305 Whitehorse Road, Croydon CR0 2HR in their Chapel of Rest from 12 - 14 May. Please call 020 8684 1667 for hours. The Funeral service will be held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon SW19 4LU on Monday 16 May at 12.30pm. You are most welcome to attend the service. In accordance with her wishes, the mass will be followed by a private burial and reception for close family and friends. Please make donations to the British Diabetic Association in lieu of flowers. Condolences to

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Sabrina de Sousa: Former CIA officer faces extradition to Italy on 4th May

25 Apr: The Guardian (UK). A former undercover CIA officer is to be extradited to Italy following her conviction over the 2003 extraordinary rendition of a terror suspect to Egypt. Sabrina De Sousa, a dual US and Portuguese citizen, was arrested in Portugal last October and has since lost three appeals against being handed over to Italian authorities. Her extradition is scheduled for 4 May … De Sousa told the Guardian she would voluntarily meet Italian authorities and said she was “encouraged” her case might get a second look by Italy’s president, Sergio Mattarella, who can pardon her… She also acknowledged that she does not know what will happen next. “To be very honest, I am looking at a complete and total unknown, because this has never happened to a federal employee and no CIA officer has ever been extradited,” she said. 869 words.  For further details click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Sabrina de Sousa,  click here

Nachom-ia Kumpasar has brought Goans together: Bardroy

27 Apr: Herald. Nachom- ia Kumpasar is essentially the real life struggle between two stage artistes par excellence … He says, “People have gone beyond their boundaries and have got to meet their own people, especially during overseas screenings, and so, I am happy that this film has been bringing Goans together … We need to document life from 1975 to 1985 or the pre- 1960s era. It allows me to document a way of life that has gone by or might go by in the future”
The film has already been screened in UK, USA, Canada, Mexico, Australia, South Africa, Qatar, Dubai, Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat and Bahamas. Plans are on to screen the film in Canada, New Zealand and Singapore…  For further details click here

Goa Tourism Minister to take up immigration issues with Centre

26 Apr: India Today. Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar (photo) today said he will take up the issues concerning immigration facilities at the Goa airport with the Union Home Ministry. "I will speak to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs on need to improve immigration services at the Goa airport and iron out all the problems hampering smooth functioning and also the need of giving e-travel visas (eTVs) to foreign tourists arriving at the airport," he said… The issues of maintenance of the airport and parking will also need to be resolved before the next tourism season starts, he noted…  For further details click here
Goa airport to spruce up. 27 Apr: The Hindu. /// The representative of Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) urged the director to take action against harassment of tourists by the trolley pullers and those who dirty the premises…  click here
State govt assures to smoothen operations at Dabolim airport. 27 Apr: Herald. click here.

‘Violence against women on the rise in Goa’

27 Apr: The Hindu. Stating that cases of sexual and domestic violence against women were on the rise, the Goa State Women’s Commission (GSWC) on Tuesday sought an amendment in the law… often they come across cases of domestic violence which are, in reality, cases of property dispute… The Commission annually receives over 300 complaints…  For further details click here

Panaji: New parking fee structure will come into force from May 1

27 Apr: Navhind Times. Mayor of Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) Surendra Furtado revealed that pay parking contract has been allotted, and a new parking fee structure will come into force from May 1… residents of old buildings will get passes for parking one four wheeler and one 2-wheeler … The corporation has finalised pay parking on 18 roads including 18 June Road, A B Road, Swami Vivekanand Road, T B Cunha Road, Pandurang Pissurlekar Road, Dr R S Road, Dr Govind Vaidya Road, Bhosle Triangle, Church Square and Menezes Braganza Road besides other connecting roads…  For further details click here

'Goa conducive for alternative health treatment

' 26 Apr: Times of India. India should be a training ground and catalyst to propel the alternative treatment industry that our country started centuries before other civilizations did, founder and managing director of Chadasha Tri Health, Benjamin Patrick (photo), said. Pointing out that the nation had the potential to draw physicians and patients from around the world, Patrick said naturopathy practices have been proven effective for centuries…"The demographics of tourists from the middle-aged to the elderly visiting India for affordable treatment makes Goa a conducive place," Patrick said… Chadasha Tri Health is exploring the possibility of setting up a centre for alternative treatment therapies in Goa.  For further details click here
For the Chadasha Tri Health website,  click here

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
27 Apr: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 33.3. Min =25.2. Humidity = 75%. Rainfall: NIL
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 96.94; $ = 66.47; $Can = 52.74; Euro =75.14; $Aus= 51.55


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Staying safe on the bus

26 Apr: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz … In Goa, many women face various issues when it comes to travelling in buses, which is actually the most convenient mode of transport in the state. Many women rely only on public transport to commute between work and home. Working throughout the day, they have to board buses which are already overcrowded. Making matters worse are the drunken men who board the bus… When a man misbehaves with a woman in the bus, most women will nudge or elbow him, give him a stern look and keep quiet. Raising their voice is seldom the first reaction. Others who notice the goings- on will also turn the other way…  For further details click here

Goa’s forgotten, forced migration and its stories (Book Review)

25 Apr: Business Standard. Title: New Songs of the Survivors; Author: Yvonne Vaz Ezdani (photo); Publisher: Speaking Tiger; Pages: 232; Price: Rs.350. Facing an inexorable enemy, they fled - the lucky ones flying out, some over the sea, while most others had to trudge across difficult terrain with a range of predators, including two-legged ones, to reach safety. Left behind in all cases were properties and businesses built painstakingly over the years while ahead was an uncertain future. They were not the Partition refugees but victims of an earlier displacement - Indians fleeing Burma as World War II arrived. However, their story, occurring just a few years before 1947, is less-known, as is of the glittering Indian presence in Burma (renamed Myanmar only in 1989), and a part of British India till 1937…  For further details click here
To order the book from Amazon,  click here

Goa farm to export 90,000 coconut seedlings to Kenya

25 Apr: The Goan. Goa-based company Deejays farming who have farms in Sanguem, Salaulim and Fatorpa will next year export around 90,000 hybrid coconut seedlings to Kenya … The varieties include Deejay Sampoorna that produces up to 250 nuts per annum per tree, sweet tender coconut water, high copra and high yield of coconut oil. The Deejay Pushkala produces an average of 300 coconuts per annum per tree with more than 700 ml of sweet tender coconut water and Deejay Vishwas, producing 200 nuts per tree and a quantity of 350 ml of water per tender coconut...  click here

Drop in number of foreign tourists to Goa

24 Apr: Navhind Times. Airport director Bhupesh Chand Hans Negi has said that there was a fall in international tourists during the chartered season (2015-16) which is possibly due to economic and financial crisis prevailing in Russia. Negi disclosed that there has however been no decline or fall in domestic tourists to the state. “It is sad to note that the flow of foreign tourists and chartered flights arriving into the state has declined as compared to previous year”, said Negi. He said that during the year 2015, 891chartered flights had landed in the state, but in 2016 the figure has been reduced to 824…  For further details click here

Taxing times for tourism industry

26 Apr: Herald. The increased taxation levied on the hospitality sector by the Laxmikant Parsekar government in the 2016-17 Budget will burn a hole in the pockets of visitors vacationing in Goa. The proposals include an increase in taxes on alcohol, travel and hotel bookings, leading to the tourism industry expressing serious concerns against the backdrop of falling footfalls… Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) President Francisco de Braganca (photo) alleges a step-motherly treatment to the sector…  For further details click here

161 booked for drunken driving

25 Apr: The Goan. One hundred and sixty one drivers were booked for drunken driving under a special drive conducted by the traffic personnel on Saturday. The traffic department revealed that 1,358 drivers were randomly checked for drunken driving all over the State between 7 pm to 1 am… The department had undertaken the drive in response to the huge influx of tourists in the State in view of the summer vacations.  For further details click here

Govt will be forced to stop grants to English schools: BBSM

25 Apr: The Goan. In a stern warning to the State government, Bharatiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM) on Sunday stated that if government grants to English medium primary schools are not stopped by June, then they will not agitate, but create a situation where the government will be forced to stop the grants…  For further details click here



Death: Valentina D’Sa

21 Apr. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. VALENTINA FELICIA D'SA. Aged 100, born 14th February 1916 in Moira, Goa, Married to Eleuterio Miguel D'Sa, lived in Nairobi, Goa & finally settled in Canada. Mother of John (Justina) D'Sa, Blanche (Francis) Carvalho, Nelson (Late Bazilia) D'Sa, Marshal (Linnet) D'Sa, Lira (Geoff) Malkin. Grandmother to Marilyn D'Sa, Malcolm D'Sa, Adam D'Sa, Mervin D'Sa, Stephanie D'Sa Goes, James Malkin, Jonathan Carvalho, Lauren D'Sa & Joshua Malkin. Great Grandmother of Jordan D'Sa, Justine Gilbert, Brandon D'Sa, Malachi D'Sa, Elijah D'Sa, Liam Malkin & Isabella Malkin. Prayer Service on Weds 27th April from 7pm at First Memorial Harmony Chapel 10541 81 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 1X7, Canada. Funeral Mass on Thursday 28th April at 1pm. Condolence messages can be sent to:

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UK Events: May Memorial Mass, 1 May postponed to 19 Nov. 2016
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Sat: 19 Nov. Memorial Mass followed by Charity Dinner & Dance: In Memory of Roma Goes & Bazilia D'Sa [All Souls]. Held at Darji Pavillion,26 Oakthorpe Rd, London N13 5JL. 5pm Memorial Mass by Fr Oliver Antao [Devotions Welcome]. Stroke Association Guest Speaker & Dinner by Maggie's Kitchen. Dance until 11pm with Live Band Outbreak & DJ Backspin. Bring you own Drinks! Raffle donations welcome. Tickets £15 [Under 16s £8] Contact: Stephanie D'Sa Goes: 07889 833 796 | Michelle Goes 07857 691 637 | Gideon 07984 801 818. All event profits will be donated to The Roma Goes & Bazilia D'Sa Remembrance Fund. This tribute is supporting the Stroke Association [Registered Charity No 211015]. Online donations are also welcome,  click here

Feni Vidi Vici: A distilling description

24 Apr: Times of India. The most unique characteristic of feni is its distinct smell that can be detected from miles away and once you latch onto it, you follow it like a pigeon coming home to roost. No wonder then, that 16th-century Italian traveller Ludovico de Varthema has been quoted as saying that "feni will affect a man's head merely by smelling it, to say nothing of drinking it"… Today the bhatikars take pride in what they do, despite the low profitability and backbreaking work that comes with the role. This is largely due to the Geographical Indication (GI) status, which protects feni from being manufactured by other states. Obtaining GI status for feni was the culmination of seven years of work by members of the Goa Cashew Feni Distillers and Bottlers Association… 844 words.  For further details click here

Mario Miranda's 1949 diary to release on his 90th birth anniversary

24 Apr: Mid-Day. On May 2, Mario Miranda would have turned 90. There’s a party planned. Some of his favourite musicians — the Cotta family, who sing old Portuguese songs; and fado (Portuguese sentimental songs) singer and friend Sonia Shirsat — will hold a free concert in Goa. The Mario Gallery will release an illustrated diary of the cartoonist, dated to 1949 and make it available for sale online… The diary charts his daily life in illustrations — the people he meets on a boat ride; all the friends he goes out with for dinner are drawn in thumbnail. This is also the time when he was gaining work as an artist — he was asked to decorate the dance hall for a medical college ball and the floats that carried holy statues, like that of the Lady of Lourdes…  For further details click here

Tiatrist Prince Jacob interviewed

24 Apr: The Navhind Times. Prince Jacob released his latest tiatr ‘Maim Konnak Zai’… he speaks about how time has changed for tiatrists then and now, and why he believes in involving decent comedy in his tiatrs… 978 words.  For further details click here

Bharat Mukti Morcha writes to Pope over 'Church injustice'

24 Apr: Times of India. Bharat Mukti Morcha (BMM) faxed a letter to Pope Francis on Friday afternoon, asking for his intervention in the alleged injustice meted out to Vanxim Islanders by Church authorities that sold land that has dwelling houses without consulting Vanxim Vanxim Islanders. BMM in their letter stated that they had faxed a letter to the Apostolic Nuncio in India, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio in New Delhi but after receiving no reply and finding the situation on the ground deteriorating, decided to write directly to the Vatican…  For further details click here

Digging deep into Goan surname stories

24 Apr: Times of India. Goan family names are almost never incidental. The origins of Goan surnames can date back to the pre-Portuguese era, carry in them the complex (and sometimes troubled) history of the family involved, and can lead to a past that is nearly unconceivable today At face value, many Goan last names may seem easy to explain … many families till date bear the name of the role they served … Fr Victor Ferrao, a researcher and dean at the Rachol seminary, states, "During the baptism to Christianity, a person of European origin was made the godfather and all those converted would get his name. In some cases, the village head or gaunkar took the decision that his village should convert. And there are instances where an entire village has taken the same surname." …  For further details click here

A tale of two jurisdictions, two eras and one justice

24 Apr: Times of India. 88-year-old Gustavo Filipe Couto was an advisor to the last Portuguese governor general, Manuel Antonio Vassalo e Silva, together with the archbishop and patriach of the East Indies, Don Jose Alvernaz. He convinced the Portuguese leader-who was contemplating calling for additional troops to meet the might of the Indian army to -avoid it… He was first Goan to be made judge of the Bombay High Court … He shares his home with his wife Maria Telma and sons Francisco Filipe, a professor at GMC, and lawyer Alexandre. His daughter, Maria Helena, lives in Lisbon.  For further details click here

Illegal mining playing havoc in Goa

23 Apr: Hindustan Times. Goa is one of the smallest of the Indian states, and yet one of the most storied … But there is a darker side to Goa as well. Away from the beaches, the real estate sharks play havoc with the countryside, and the mining barons loot the dense forests that line the state’s eastern boundaries. Hartman De Souza’s book Eat Dust vividly describes the impact of unregulated and/or illegal mining in Goa — its destruction of hills, forests, rivers and springs, its undermining of the social fabric of rural communities, its physical polluting of Goa’s environment and its moral corruption of Goa’s political economy…  For further details click here

Author enjoys going to Goa

24 Apr: Baltimore Sun (USA). Author John Preston resides in London... the 62-year-old author of “The Dig” (Other Press, $16.95). His favourite holiday destination? Although I haven’t been there as much as I’d like, it’s got to be Goa in India. It’s got a combination of beauty, exoticism, cheap booze and fantastic food that I have never found elsewhere… Goa is fantastic for cycling. Best of all, you can go for miles along the coast riding on the hard sand by the water’s edge, then stopping off every so often at one of the many cafes and restaurants along the way. There are few more exhilarating ways of spending a day … [At the link select PressDisplay]  For further details click here

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