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Death: Albert Fernandes

3 Jul: Toronto. ALBERT FERNANDES. Albert is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Nina, and devoted son, Vince. Predeceased by his sisters May (Pascoal) and Mary (George). Survived by his sister, Hilda, and brothers Wilfred (Rita) and Alfred (Carmen). Loving uncle to many nephews, nieces, grandnephews and grandnieces. Personal photographer to countless friends, acquaintances, and anybody who was willing to share their smile. Visitation will be at Meadowvale Visitation Centre (905-451-3716), 7732 Mavis Rd, Brampton L6Y 5M1 on Wednesday, July 8th, 2015 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm. The funeral mass will take place on Thursday, July 9th, 2015 at St. Patrick’s Parish, 921 Flagship Drive, Mississauga L4Y 2J6 at 11:00 am. Followed by interment at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Rd, Mississauga L5T 1N4. Details for the reception to be provided after the funeral mass. In lieu of flowers, if so desired, donations in memory of Albert may be made to Chalice at or by calling 1-800-267-2923. Chalice E-cards and condolence messages to the family can be directed to:

Death: Tony Fernandes

5 Jul: Eldoret, Kenya. ANTHONY SUCCOUR FERNANDES. Ex Nakuru. Born 1950. Son of the late Peter and late Esperanza Fernandes. Son in law to the late Luciano Rodrigues and Teresa Rodrigues. Loving Husband of Ruth Fernandes and doting father to Wayne & Karl. Beloved brother of Frank & Diego Fernandes. Brother-in-law to Brian J. D'Souza, Renee Rodrigues, Philu Fernandes, Pepetua Rodrigues, late Roque Rodrigues and Richard Rodrigues. Adored uncle of Ruby & Roy Fernandes, Luciana Rodrigues & Jayden D’souza. Funeral details to be announced later. Condolence messages to or

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Now, Church to petition Vatican over sainthood for Fr Jacome Gonsalves

7 Jul: Times of India. Canonization of St Joseph Vaz also threw the spotlight on another illustrious Goan priest and his colleague, Fr Jacome Gonsalves, but it inspired the Goa Church enough to consider petitioning Vatican to begin the process of his cause for sainthood… Gonsalves also stands out as a great missionary, architect and builder of the faith, second only to Vaz, church sources said. Fr Eremita Rebello, former vice-postular for the cause of canonization of Blessed Joseph Vaz, is studying the matter to consider the possibility of pursuing sainthood for him… Gonsalves was born on June 8, 1676, to Thomas Gonsalves and Mariana de Abreu at Chorao and joined Congregation of the Oratorians as a novitiate at Cruz dos Milagres, Old Goa, on November 2, 1700. He later joined St Vaz with his other companions and helped build a strong church in Sri Lanka…  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Fr Jacome Gonsalves  click here

Indian writing from Africa: the diasporic literature you didn’t know about

6 Jul: Scroll. By Anu Kumar. The Indian experience in Africa has created a unique set of stories that should be, but isn’t, associated with Indian literature… Peter Nazareth, a novelist and a much-feted professor at the Iowa Writing Program, who worked first in the Ugandan bureaucracy till he became one of the many Asians ordered to leave by Idi Amin’s infamous order of 1972 … Two of Nazareth’s novels are set in Uganda. But while The General Is Up was written in 1992, when Nazareth was already in the US, his first, In a Brown Mantle, written in 1971, mirrors in prescient ways the rise of a dictator and the expulsion that follows…  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Peter Nazareth,  click here

Dual citizenship: more names to be deleted from electoral rolls

7 Jul: Navhind Times. Continuing with its 7-year-old exercise of deleting the names of local voters, who have acquired Portuguese citizenship, from the electoral rolls, the Goa office of the chief electoral officer (CEO) will move more such names out of these rolls from August, later this year.The office memorandum sent by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to the state Commissionerate of NRI Affairs in May, earlier this year will not have any bearing on this exercise… The Foreigner’s Branch also known as the Foreigners’ Regional Registration Office (FRRO) sends names of Goans, who have acquired foreign passports to the state office of the chief electoral officer, which in turn refers these names to the district electoral officers/ district collectors for necessary action. It is learnt that during past decade, FRRO has referred more than 10,000 names of such ‘foreign nationals’ to the state office of the chief electoral officer…  click here

Auction: Lisbon: 3 Indo-Portuguese antiques

7 Jul: Balclis. Lot 504 Indo-Portuguese School of the 17th Century Immaculate Virgin. Christ Child as the Good Shepherd, Starting price: 600€
Lot 508. Indo-Portuguese School of Goa, first half 17th Century Christ Child as the Good Shepherd (photo). Starting price: 5.000€
Lot 510. Indo-Portuguese School of the 18th Century. Reclining Christ. Starting price: 3.500€  click here

Tourist taxi owners threaten to intensify stir
7 Jul: Times of India. Tourist taxi owners staged a huge dharna in the city on Monday to protest against government's decision to lift a moratorium on rent-a-car permits. Gathered in large numbers at Azad Maidan, the tourist taxi owners warned the government of their intention to intensify the agitation if the decision is not revoked… The tourist taxi drivers are also not happy with the government mandating that all tourist taxis should install meters…  click here
7 Jul: Herald. Taxi drivers protest fitting of GPS, meters …  click here

Couple face court after taking children out of school to see sick grandfather
7 Jul: The Guardian (UK). A couple who took their children out of school without permission to visit their sick grandfather in India are being taken to court this week as part of the government’s continuing crackdown on term-time absence. Shahnawaz and Sofiya Patel had put in a request to their two sons’ primary school for an authorised absence to make the trip last December when the children’s grandfather was undergoing surgery… Since September 2013, local authorities have to fine families who take children out of school for unauthorised absences. The government’s chief aim has been to raise school attendance and crack down on parents taking children on holiday during term time, but parents have complained that holiday companies raise their prices for school holidays, making it too expensive for many to travel… 900 words and 720+ comments  click here

Hindi soaps, carrom keep Mickky occupied in jail
7 Jul: Herald. This qaidi number 53, lodged in cell number 14 at Sada sub-jail has been watching Doordarshan’s national channel and playing carom with fellow inmates since the six-month long imprisonment began on June 1. Pacheco’s TV viewing includes the daily soaps, Hindi movies on weekends and the news, besides other shows on DD. Jail sources confirmed that Pacheco is ‘doing nothing’ but watching TV and playing carrom…  click here

SpiceJet slashes fares on Goa-Mumbai route to Rs 1899
6 Jul: Times of India. In a move that is likely to boost raindrop tourism and increase footfalls into Goa, SpiceJet airlines has slashed fares on the Mumbai-Goa route with one way fare starting as low as Rs. 1,899 per person. The three day sale is on July 08 and is valid on tickets booked for the period between July 15 and September 30. The country's second best low cost airline is keen to keep the pressure on AirAsia India and other competitors in the low cost airline sector. The 'Red Hot Fares' sale is available specifically for the western and southern section of India…  click here

Goa bankrupt like Greece: Congress
6 Jul: The Statesman. The Congress in Goa on Monday likened the state's public debt to nearly bankrupt Greece, claiming the BJP-led government was only adding to fiscal woes with unrestrained funding. "Goa is heading the Greece way as far as debt is concerned and the government does not appear to be doing much to help the situation. Goa's public debt stands at Rs.13,900 crore. It amounts to almost Rs.93,000 per head," state Congress president Luizinho Faleiro said at a press conference in Panaji…  click here



Death: Belinda Dias
5 Jul: Toronto. BELINDA DIAS. Wife of the late Socrates Dias. Beloved and proud mother to Stephen, Celine (Walter Mendes), Michael, Ken (Shirley), Len (Celia) and Malcolm (Jeanne). Adored "Karachi Mama” by her grandchildren, Jonathan (Casey), Jordan, Julian, Lisa, James, Joseph and her new born great granddaughter Isabelle. She will be sadly missed by her in laws Richard & Teresa Dias, Patrick & Patricia Dias and Edwina Dias and all her many nephews and nieces. At Belinda's request, there will be no visitation. A funeral mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Patrick's Church, 5633 Hwy 7, Markham, ON L3P 1B6 at 10:30 am on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mariann Home in Richmond Hill run by the Missionary Sisters of the Precious Blood - (905) 844-9276 or to a charity of your choice.Online condolences may be made at [Info Pompie Gois].

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18 Goan athletes for Special Olympics in LA

5 Jul: Navhind Times. Eighteen athletes (eight females and ten males) and five coaches of Goa have been selected to represent India at the Special Olympics World Summer Games to be held in Los Angeles in USA from July 25 to August 2.The athletes will leave Goa on July 20 for Mumbai to join the other team members and from thereon they will proceed to USA…  click here
High expectations from Goan athletes at LA games. 18 athletes from the State include eight women and 10 men; Eye for medals in athletics, football, basketball, volleyball, roller skating and softball …  click here
Special athletes deserve better from society, government. 5 Jul: Times of India. The eighteen special athletes from Goa have been ignored of any help from the state government… click here.

Goa’s Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar: The ‘Land Grabber’ Of Serula

5 Jul: Herald. Is the legal noose finally tightening around Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar? His bull run of taking more and more of communidade land under his control through means that have clearly skirted the law, seems to be coming to an end with the crime branch informing the court that it has finally filed a charge sheet after completing investigations into the what is commonly known as the Serula land grab …  click here

Alan Machado: Revisiting the 300-year old connection

5 Jul: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz. ‘Slaves of Sultans’, a book written by Alan Machado, documents the migration of Goans to Mangalore and the identity change that took place over the 300 years. The book’s author shares his hopes to fill the knowledge-void regarding the community’s history, while Eric Ozario expresses his desire to build a cultural bridge between Mangalore and Goa …  click here

Foreigners availing Research Visa to undergo strict scrutiny

5 Jul: The Statesman. Foreigners intending to work in NGOs, carry out research work on human rights and environment issues will have to face stricter scrutiny of their visa applications after detection of several incidents of alleged misuse of these provisions. The move came after Home Ministry found that Research Visas, given to professors, scholars and participants to do research work and attend research conferences, are being allegedly misused by several foreigners in recent past…  click here

Auction: Christies, South Kensington, London – 4 items

7 Jul: Christies, South Kensington, London. Sale 10634.
Lot 364: An Indo-Portuguese Silver-Mounted Coromandel Casket. (photo) Estimate: £1,000 – £1,500
Lot 426: Saint Michael and the Devil. Probably Goan or Philippines. Estimate: £3,000 – £5,000
Lot 427: A Goan or Spanish Philippines Hardwood Bust of Saint Francis. Estimate £1,800 – £2,500.
Lot 550: A Hispano-Philippines or Goan Ivory Crucifix Figure. Estimate: £1,500 – £2,000.  click here

The saga of 50 Goans who can’t get Indian passports
6 Jul: Times of India. The state government has asked the Union government to expedite the process to solve the long-pending issues of Goans who are deprived from getting Indian passports as they were born abroad [mainly East Africa] before and immediately after the liberation of Goa. There are around 50 such cases pending before the home department as they are not in possession of travel documents on which they have travelled to India. The home department official said that a Goan who was born abroad after the liberation of Goa faces a problem to obtain an Indian passport as they don't have a passport, visa or any other travel documents to show how they have entered India…  click here

Who Said Migration Is Bad For Goa?
4 Jul: Goa Streets. Just as Goans move out to various other places, others find their solace in Goa. Goa has been the target area for migration even before the Portuguese era. The scenic natural beauty, tourism, work and education opportunities, and liberal crisis-free ambience make this place highly attractive for many people who choose to move here… A healthy migrant-to-local ratio in the population is a pragmatic necessity for the state. It is an inevitable part of our lives now.  click here

Elderly asked to keep pets for safety
5 Jul: In a bid to ensure safety of senior citizens, particularly those living alone, Goa police have advised them to own pets to maintain a watchful eye on strangers approaching their home or suspicious movements…  click here

Musical protest against golf course project in Goa
5 Jul: Business Standard. A group of musicians have been protesting the proposed golf course project in Goa by singing songs on the streets in the state every Sunday. Several musicians have started singing songs of protest and revolution at Mapusa, Margao and Panaji urging common citizens to join the protests against the proposed project at Tiracol village in North Goa, alleging that the project will have immense environmental impact on the surrounding areas…  click here
6 Jul: Herald. Opposition to proposed golf course takes on a new tempo …  click here

Is Mickky Pacheco entitled to a Gubernatorial Pardon?
5 Jul: Herald. By Aires Rodrigues. The convicted, now jailed, former Minister and Nuvem MLA Francisco ( Mickky) Pacheco after having tried every possible stunt has now sought recourse of Article 161 of the Constitution of India which confers on the Governor the right to grant pardon to any person convicted… The nature and scope of the power of pardon and the extent of judicial review over such power has come up for consideration in a catena of cases and has now virtually crystallized into a rule of law…  click here
6 Jul: Herald. ‘Court to decide if Mickky eligible to attend assembly’ …  click here


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Australia: Albert da Cruz, OAM: Passion for social inclusion

18 Jun: Indian Link (Australia). Albert Peter da Cruz was so excited to see a woman in a sari out of his bus window that he rushed home, jumped into the car with his wife Florinda, and drove back in her direction. That was in Perth, way back in 1970. The da Cruzs had just arrived from Kenya, with three young children… For his services to the community of WA through multicultural organisations, Albert da Cruz was awarded the OAM honour at this year’s Queen’s Birthday commemorations. Albert and Florinda, young school teachers, made a name for themselves in Perth’s Goan community early on, as they extended hospitality to newly arrived migrants from India, helping them to settle into their new homes and new lives… Today the retired 83-year-old lives in Adamstown NSW …  click here

A new Haus für Konkani Musik

5 Jul: Times of India. By Lisa Monteiro. The Germans are in for a real Goan treat. The prestigious Haus der Kulturen der Welt (House of World Cultures), Germany's national centre for international contemporary arts with a focus on non-European cultures and societies, in Berlin, will be hosting a concert by highly-talented musicians from Goa later this month. Schubert Cotta, Mecxy Cotta, Glenn Jacques, Roque Lazarus and Carlos Monteiro are practicing round the clock and perfecting the finer nuances of their songs for the big day… 805 words.  click here
The Konkani Goan Allstars concert is on 26 July at 20:30. Followed by the film, Nachom-ia-Kumpasar ay 22:00. For details,  click here

Is it too late for this saleswoman to re-enter Toronto’s real estate market?

3 Jul: Globe & Mail (Toronto). … We asked Noel D’Souza, a fee-for-service financial planner at Money Coaches Canada in Toronto, to look at Dorrie’s situation… Whether it’s the stock market or the real estate market, Dorrie needs to think about why she is investing, for how long and what the prospects for an acceptable return over the holding period might be, Mr. D’Souza says…  click here
Noel was born in Bombay and has lived in Canada for most of his life. His father’s family came from Moira, while his mother’s family is from Aldona. For a Linkedin profile of him,  click here

What they never told you about South Goa

30 Jun: Conde Nast Traveller. … only a few kilometres south of Dabolim, industrial outcrop gives way to the neon-green paddy fields of the Salcete plain, and another Goa emerges. An undisturbed expanse of golden sand to the west, a bucolic Goan-Catholic heartland to the east, and further south, where the Sal River carves out the end of the flatlands, the rugged hills of Canacona. And then into Sanguem taluka, another South Goa: the Sahyadri Range in the distance, hemming in mining sites, tribal villages, dense forest, spice plantations and astonishing archaeological finds … 3515 words.  click here

Goan singer to perform at Paris Haute Couture

4 Jul: Web India. While world-acclaimed Goan fashion designer Verma DMello drapes models at the Paris Haute Couture, another versatile Goan will lend her melodious voice during the event tomorrow. Professional Fadista (fado singer) Sonia Shirsat, who arrived with the Goan fashion designer in Paris two days ahead of her show, today expressed her gratitude to D'Mello for inviting her to perform at the Paris Haute Couture. Shirsat, who is equally renowned for her uncannily powerful voice, will sing in Konkani and Portuguese at the prestigious event…  click here
Video: Sonia Shirsat live in Paris. 4m. 19s.  click here

Where couples are taught to live happily married ever after
4 Jul: Times of India. The Diocesan Family Service Centre trains people for lasting marriage and also counsels troubled marriages … it has sessions on human anatomy, physiology, human sexuality, HIV/AIDS, natural family planning, pro-life, communications and conflict resolution, time management and family relationships and only three sessions on "marriage in the plan of God"… Teles holds a "licentiate" (masters in layman's terms) in theology on marriage and family from the Lateran University of Rome. Two of the centre's counsellors have masters degrees in pastoral counselling from USA and UK… All departments render service free of cost.  click here

From Greece to Goa: The anatomy of debt traps
4 Jul: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. The entire world is watching Greece with bated breath this week … But Greece is not alone in drowning in huge public debt—many other countries are nearly as badly situated, and several states in India—including Goa—now carry similarly worrying burdens… Despite large hikes in Goa's share of cash from the Central fund (this year up a whopping 10%), Goa's public debt is heading upward of 10,000 crore and the state is reduced to the fatal strategy of borrowing at market rates to service interest payments. No less than Greece, this is the definition of unsustainable economic policy…  click here
3 Jul: BBC. Is India's economy safe from the Greece crisis? …  click here

Pressure being exerted on officers to help Pacheco: Lawyer
4 Jul: Web India. Senior advocate Aires Rodrigues today accused Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and some senior BJP leaders of pressurizing and arm twisting government officers to favourably expedite jailed Nuvem MLA Mickky Pacheco’s plea for pardon. In a statement here, the senior lawyer expressed deep anguish and alleged that after allowing Mickky Pacheco to abscond for two months and later giving him VIP treatment at Sada Jail, Mr Parsekar and some top BJP leaders were continuing to subvert the rule of law…  click here

Ponda lad’s app belts free Konkani music
4 Jul: Times of India. Goa Live Konkani Radio is an app designed by Ponda resident Rohir Rohidas Naik. The app streams Konkani music 24x7, especially golden classics to android and iOS devices, providing listeners with a connection to their roots in Goa. In recognition Naik's contribution, the department of information and technology shortlisted Goa Live Konkani Radio for a competition during Digital Week. Launched in October 2014, the app has been downloaded by over 4,500 Konkani music lovers across the world… The app is free …  click here
For the Konkani Radio website,  click here

Teri report finds faults in Goa’s clean picture
4 Jul: Times of India. Goa's population density of 394 persons per square kilometre is above the national average of 382 persons/km2, its rural unemployment rate is higher than the country average, and air pollution is high in some parts of the state. These are the findings of The Energy & Resources Institute (Teri) in its research project 'Disha' that was released on Friday…  click here



Death: of Winnie Mascarenhas

1 Jul: London. WINNIE MASCARENHAS. Aged 85. Ex Saligao, DaresSalaam & Mombasa. Sister of Rufino Cordeiro and Annie D'Lima and the Late Tessie Mascarenhas. Mother to Severina Dalgado & Leslie Mascarenhas. Grandmother to Karen, David & Stephen Dalgado & Daniel, Dean, Rebecca, Nicole & Ryan Mascarenhas Great Grandmother to Leo, Bailey, Joey, Ella, Riley & Alex.
Funeral at: Monday 6th July 2015 at 10am at Our Lady of Lourdes Roman Catholic Church. 373 Bowes Road, London N11 1AA. Cremation at: New Southgate Crematorium at 12 noon. Followed by a celebration of her life at 12.30 pm to 4pm at the Church Hall. Condolences to

Death: Loris Manuel De Sa

2 Jul: Viejo, California. LORIS MANUEL DE SA. Aged 41. He leaves behind his wonderful wife, Roopa, and his adorable children Kaitlyn, and Kevin. Most precious son of Antonio & Maggie de Sa. Beloved son in law of Irene and late Dr. Bhaktavatsalan. Dearest brother/brother in law of Dennis/Melba, Elvis/Lena, Lewis/Audrey, Clevis (Bulu), Ramesh, and Rajesh/Mumtaz. Loving uncle of Natasha, Dwayne, Tweesha, Davis, Keegan, and Raunak. There will be a Eucharistic celebration at 4.00 pm on Sunday the 5th of July 2015 at Immaculate Conception Church, Panjim.

Funeral: Teddy d’Souza
28 Jun: Dona Paula, Goa. TEDDY D’SOUZA. Aged 93. (ex-Tanga, Dar-es-salaam & Bandra) Funeral Cortege will leave the residence at C-18, La Marvel Colony, Dona Paula, Goa on Sunday 5th July 2015 at 3.30 pm to Our Lady of the Rosary Church, Caranzalem, for Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial at Taleigao Cemetery. For the death notice, see Goan Voice of 1 July 2015

Death: Shashi Gholkar

2 Jul: Rochester, NY. Shashi Gholkar. Aged 74. He leaves his wife of 47 years, Rekha; his daughters Pallavi Homan and Preeya Gholkar (Vijay Ejantkar), four grandchildren, Maya and Vijay Homan, Akaash and Sonia Ejantkar; and many loved ones across the world. Born in Goa, India and raised in Vasai, India, he spent the majority of his life in Rochester, NY. He was an engineer prior to fulfilling his lifelong dream of starting his own company, Gholkar's, Inc. For those wishing to offer their condolences, visiting hours are from 4-6pm, on Saturday, July 11th at the family residence.  For further details click here
For the Gholkar’s Inc. website. click here.

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The story of how music bridged oceans

4 Jul: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz. Music is a language that surpasses cultures and regions. Even though the Goans living in Tanzania were oceans apart from their country, they stayed connected to their roots through music. Judy Luis Watson, through her new book, ‘Waiting for the Sunrise’, brings this experience to life … Judy Luis Watson is a professional musician who plays the blues. She fell in love with music as a child while listening to the band, the Jazz Swingers, playing in her house in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Her book ‘Waiting for the Sunrise’ is a tribute to the Goan jazz musicians in Dar es Salaam. ‘Waiting for the Sunrise’ is the musical view of the Goan experience in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania during the 1950s and 1960s… How did my dad, Jerry Luis, of Goan ancestry, but born in Tanganyika, learn the wide range of music he played? And what about the Jazz Swingers, the band he played with in Dar es Salaam? This book is based on numerous interviews and conversations with my parents, mostly my father, spanning the years between October 1999 and June 2015… The book will be released shortly as an e-book and will also be available in print on Amazon…  click here
For the Judy Luis Watson Linkedin profile,  click here

Video: 'An experience I will never, never forget': Aaron Joshua Pinto meets the Queen

25 Jun: CTV News. Queen's Young Leaders Award winner Aaron Joshua Pinto on why he was among the honoured and says it's an experience he will never forget… Aaron Joshua Pinto has started his own non-profit, travelled around the world on internships and exchanges, and acted as youth ambassador for Canada. And now he has one more life experience to add to his list: he’s met the Queen. The ambitious young Canadian was one of 60 youth honoured at the Queen’s Young Leader’s Awards at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday… Aaron Joshua Pinto talks about his experience meeting the Queen on Canada AM on Thursday, June 25, 2015…  click here
1 Jul: Toronto Star. Canadian values outlast political regimes …  click here

Hip Hop To San Diego

3 Jul: Herald. Six students of Siddhant Gadekar Dance and Fitness Academy, Margao recently won the Junior Crew Indian Hip Hop Dance Championship in Mumbai and will be representing India at the international level at the World Hip Hop Dance Championship in San Diego, USA, from August 2 to August 9, 2015. Considered the Olympics of Dance, the team will be competing against 55 nations to win the title of World’s Best Dance Crew…  click here

Tony Fernandes moved to tears at daughter’s graduation

2 Jul: Free Malaysia Today. Calling his daughter Stephanie’s graduation as probably one of the best days of his life, Group CEO of AirAsia Tony Fernandes said he was moved to tears and took to Twitter to share his joy with his followers. “Great day for me. My baby girl has graduated from Durham University. Not often moved to tears.” … According to an article on The Economic Times, Stephanie studied marketing at Durham, and was passionate about music, feeling that it had become part of one’s everyday life…  click here
1 Jul: Economic TimesTony Fernandes on cloud nine at daughter Steph's graduation…  click here

A history buried deep in Goa’s seabed

3 Jul: Times of India (Mumbai edition). Legends speculate that around 600 shipwrecks dot Goa’s seabed, though marine historians say an accurate estimate would be in double digits … The earliest reference to shipwrecks near Goa is from the 11th century which hints at the sinking of King Guhalladeva I’s ship. Archaeologists feel several shipwrecks belonging to the Kadamba Dynasty era are also hidden around Goa… 885 words. At the link select "continue to use"  click here

Mickky seeks governor’s mercy because his kids are traumatized
4 Jul: Times of India. Drawing attention to the trauma faced by the family after Francisco 'Mickky' Pacheco was sent to prison to serve a six-month jail term for slapping a junior engineer of the electricity department in 2006, the mercy petition, written on behalf of the Nuvem MLA by Viola Fernandes, seeks Goa governor Mridula Sinha's pardon…  click here

Increase in security deposit of charter operators hits a nerve
4 Jul: Herald. The decision by the Airport Authority of India to increase the security deposit of charter operators has hit a nerve. Operators have expressed their concern at a move, they believe, will make it very tough to operate in the market…Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said he was working on reducing the deposit and he would be meeting with the members of the trade sometime next week…  click here

Goan girl at the threshold of stardom
4 Jul: Herald. Of Goan lineage, dancer, choreographer and singer Gaysil Naubert is proving to be an invaluable asset to Bollywood as an item queen. Choreographing her own dance sequence in Oscar-nominated filmmaker Kumar Raj’s Yahan Ameena Bikti Hai, she will soon be dancing her way to the big league …  click here

Goa Congress debates Churchill’s re-entry into party
3 Jul: Times of India. Congress legislature party (CLP) which met to discuss issues for the forthcoming assembly session, saw some strong voices in opposition to the move of re-entry of Churchill Alemao into the Congress party, sources said. Opposition leader Pratapsingh Rane declined to comment on the matter saying it is for the party to deliberate on the issue and not the CLP…  click here

Goa Lagging in Virtual World
3 Jul: Times of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi may have launched the Digital India Week and the sunshine state of Goa may nurture ambitions of wooing information technology giants but when it comes to e-governance or web presence, Goa is found woefully lacking. The state's poor performance in terms of e-governance also raises questions about the successful conversion of Panaji, Margao or Vasco into smart cities…  click here

Average Goan youth wants white-collar jobs: CM
3 Jul: Business Standard. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Friday lamented unambitious youth of the state, saying the average Goan youngster wants a white-collar job and is even willing to become a peon if the job comes with a table and chair. "A Goan boy normally needs a white-collar job. If he is given a chair and a table, he is even willing to become a peon," Parsekar said while launching a string of e-services at the State Secretariat…  click here



Funeral details: Antoinette De Souza
30 June 2015, London. ANTOINETTE DE SOUZA (ex-Mombasa) passed away peacefully at Victoria Care Home in Park Royal. She was the last remaining member of the family and was the sister of the late Maxie, late Perpetua, late Damian (DD) and late Dora (Rosy). Funeral service at Our Lady of the Visitation Church, 358 Greenford Road, Greenford, UB6 9AN on Friday 24 July 2015 at 1.00pm followed by cremation at Breakspear Crematorium, Breakspear Road, Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 7SJ at 2.30pm. No floral tributes but donations in lieu can be made to the Goan Welfare Society (17 Firs Drive, Cranford, Middlesex, TW5 9TA). For further information and arrangements for a minibus service, please contact Flavio Gracias (email: or telephone 020 8723 1322).

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Swindon Event – Goa Day

Sat. 18 Jul. Goa Day in Swindon: Goan Swindon Association is having their Annual ''Goan Summer Festival 2015'' on Saturday 18th July, 2015 starting at 2pm at the County Athletic Ground near Swindon football ground. Lots of fun for the kids (free), Live Music and Goan food. For the flyer,  click here

India: Christians protest rape of nuns

2 Jul: Christian Today (UK). Christians held a protest in Delhi to demand an increase in protections for women across the country following the rape of two Catholic nuns… Organised by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI), around 100 protestors gathered yesterday outside the Sacred Heart Cathedral in the capital…  click here

Verma D’Mello: Taking Ahimsa to the runways of Paris

2 Jul: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz. Goan fashion designer Verma D’Mello has been invited to present her ethical collection, ‘Luxury in Cocoon’, at the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week that will be held from July 5 to 9, 2015 in Paris, France. In a chat with Café, the designer expresses her joy at his achievement and talks about her designs which focus on the theme of Ahimsa … As part of the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, Verma has also been invited for the French Film Festival…  click here

Golden girl Ivana Furtado shines

2 Jul: Herald. Goa's chess prodigy Ivana Maria Furtado added yet another gold medal in to her cabinet as she emerged champion in the under-18 girl’s Open category event at the Commonwealth Chess Championship in New Delhi, on Tuesday… The 16-year-old Ivana has won the gold medal at the Commonwealth in the age category for the third time. Ivana’s earlier success came in Singapore and South Africa… The chess maestro is a student of 11th Science at Our Lady of the Rosary Higher Secondary School, Dona Paula…  click here

Transport dept to rein in taxi operators with meters

2 Jul: Times of India. In a bid to clamp down on errant taxi operators who fleece tourists by overcharging in the state, the directorate of transport on Wednesday has proposed to make it mandatory for all cabs plying in Goa to be fitted with digital meters and a Global Positioning System. "We are calling for objections and suggestions," director of transport Arun Desai said…  click here

Why the Indian soldiers of WW1 were forgotten

2 Jul: BBC. Approximately 1.3 million Indian soldiers served in World War One, and over 74,000 of them lost their lives. But history has mostly forgotten these sacrifices, which were rewarded with broken promises of Indian independence from the British government, writes Shashi Tharoor… 2446 words.  click here

Pimps lure desi tourists with ‘Goan women’
2 Jul: Times of India. Pimps in Goa's desi-tourist haven of Calangute have adopted a unique marketing strategy to lure customers: photos of Goan girls and women shot on their cellphones. It works like this. A pimp approaches a lone male domestic tourist or a group of male tourists and pulls out his mobile phone to show photographs of young Goan women who are not commercial sex workers, but are residents of Calangute and surrounding areas, who have been photographed while walking on the roads, shopping, etc. … Instead the tourists are supplied some other woman, if at all, or simply cheated … It has been estimated there are around 500 pimps operating in the Calangute area…  click here

Visa process to be made fully online
2 Jul: Bangalore Mirror. Getting an India visa for a foreigner has always been a rigorous exercise. No longer. The Centre has decided to streamline the whole Indian visa regime by cutting the paperwork and bringing all the processes online, similar to the issuance of electronic tourist visas. Currently, electronic tourist visa is granted to 74 countries. By June 2016, the government is hoping to extend it to 150 countries …  click here

Want entertainment wagons in holiday trains: Goa travel body
2 Jul: IANS. Faced with the prospect of a sagging travel season, tourism stakeholders in Goa want Indian Railways to start fully air-conditioned holiday trains to the beach destination, complete with plush dining cars and 'entertainment wagons'… Ralph de Souza, spokesperson for the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG), also demanded holiday specials twice a week from Delhi to Goa, with a stopover in Mumbai…  click here

Ex-Minister Pacheco wants to be out of jail, writes to Govt
2 Jul: Business Standard. Incarcerated former Goa Minister Francisco Miccky Pacheco has sought release from jail claiming he has been meted out "injustice" by the courts which did not go through evidence submitted by him in an assault case. The 51-year-old legislator, a controversial figure in Goa politics, has submitted a petition to the State Government requesting that he be released from jail, official sources said today… He is currently serving six-month imprisonment for slapping an on-duty Government officer in 2006…  click here

Sniffing the gold trail: A tale of black money & high import duty
2 Jul: Times of India. During the last six months, there has been an increase in the number of gold smuggling cases reported in Goa at the international airport at Dabolim. This month itself, customs has seized over 30kg gold worth 7.16 crore… The increase in the number of incidents in gold smuggling has been attributed to a hike in import duty and other factors, but customs officials are not ruling out the possibility of non-resident Indians (NRIs) routing black money back into the country after a probe into deposits by Indians in foreign banks…  click here

Late for a flight? No problem for Indian 'VIPs'
2 Jul: LA Times (USA). … Earlier this week, a flight from Mumbai to New York was reportedly held up for more than 90 minutes because a top aide to the chief minister of Maharashtra state forgot to bring his U.S. visa… In February, a domestic flight from New Delhi was delayed because a politician from the opposition Indian National Congress Party reportedly arrived late after a shopping trip…  click here
2 Jul. BBC. India apology after family 'offloaded' to fly minister …  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sat. 11 July. Aldona Association (London) would like to invite you to celebrate the Feast of Saint Thomas at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Holy Mass starting promptly at 3pm, followed by Social with Music by exciting new band ‘HARMONICS’ & Catering by ‘Maggie’s Kitchen’. Tickets (include Snacks & Meal): 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. 18 Jul. Goa Day in Swindon: Goan Swindon Association is having their Annual ''Goan Summer Festival 2015'' on Saturday 18th July, 2015. starting at 2pm at the County Athletic Ground near Swindon football ground. Lots of fun for the kids (free), Live Music and Goan food. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 19 Jul. Ex Students of St Teresa's Girls and Boys School and Catholic Parochial School Nairobi Reunion at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Tickets now on wait list only subject to cancellations. The Committee would like to take this opportunity of thanking all those who have already generously donated towards the raffle prizes and would encourage others to do so. Please contact Norma either by email: or telephone: 02087714457 if you wish to donate a raffle prize. This would also assist to avoid duplication of prizes. Notification of Donors will be acknowledged. and the Committee thank you in advance for your support. Message for Alice Sen, Please contact Greg Carvalho on 01245 261302. (If anyone knows Alice could you please pass on this message) - Thank You

Sun. 26 July: Tivimnenses Association 38th Annual Social. Mass at 1.30 pm at St Boniface Church 185 Mitcham Road London SW17 8PP followed by an afternoon of celebration and dancing to the sounds of Nite Life at St Boniface Church Hall. Tickets and details from Norma Menezes-Rahim 02087714457, Elu Pires 02086541281, Fiona Lobo 02086563317, Helen De Souza 02083045585, Ingrid De souza 02089053872, Savio Pereira 02034173835 or Roland De Souza 0207857878. For the flyer, click here.

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Sun 9 Aug. G.O.A Badminton Tournament –– Venue : Egham Leisure Centre, Vicarage Road, Surrey TW20 8NL. Men’s Singles | Men’s Doubles | Ladies Singles | Ladies Doubles | Mixed Doubles. For doubles, a minimum of 4 pairs required for each event. The event will commencing at 11am sharp. Players to be prompt and arrive by 10.30 a.m warm up and draw. Entry fee £5 pp. For further details contact Viju DeSouza on 01784 430547 | Mob 07873277028, Vince Fernandes 020-8764-8780 | 07853132336 and Conny Mascarenhas 01784 259110 | Mob 07899 893553. Closing date for Entries 03/08/2015.

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Death: Antoinette De Souza
30 June. London. ANTOINETTE DE SOUZA (ex-Mombasa) passed away peacefully at Victoria Care Home in Park Royal. She was the last remaining member of the family and was the sister of the late Maxie, late Perpetua, late Damian (DD) and late Dora (Rosy). Funeral details to follow shortly. For further information contact Flavio Gracias, Welfare Director, Goan Association (UK) telephone 020 8723 1322) or email:

News Summary

Swindon: Emergency accommodation sought for Facebook assault teen

1 Jul: Swindon Advertiser. A boy who was filmed assaulting a teenager in Swindon has been rehoused for his own safety under an emergency order after a group of vigilantes came to his father’s house this week … Addressing the court, the boy’s father said: “We had an incident last night where people came to the house trying to kick the door in. I do not want to go back there myself, so it is not safe for him to be there with me, and I don’t want him staying there.” … The boy was released on conditional bail … He will return to court on July 7.  click here
For Goan Voice links to some of the earlier press reports and video,  click here

Fresh Corryn Rayney murder inquiry to include UK review of DNA evidence

1 Jul: The Guardian (UK). A British forensics company will review DNA evidence in the unsolved murder of Perth woman Corryn Rayney, whose death in 2007 was followed by the high profile trial and acquittal of her husband, barrister Lloyd Rayney… She was 44 years old… WA police had also hired Cellmark Forensic Services to review DNA evidence. The private forensics firm is one of three large firms handling criminal investigations in Britain… The inquiry is expected to take at least 12 months.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of the death of Corryn Rayney,  click here

UK: Nathan Fernandes earns Wimbledon spot

30 Jun: Enfield Independent. Nathan Fernandes will compete at Wimbledon this summer. Hadley Wood tennis sensation Nathan Fernandes admits he has to pinch himself in amazement when he thinks about following in Andy Murray’s footsteps by strutting his stuff at Wimbledon… The 14-year-old has long been known as one to watch for the future and was at it again as he claimed victory in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon South East Regional Qualifier at the West Worthing Tennis and Squash Club.Fernandes, a member of Batchwood Tennis Club, will now play in the HSBC Road to Wimbledon 14 & Under Challenge at the All England Club between August 10 and 15.  click here

UK: Watford Palace Theatre to produce Neil D'Souza's Coming Up

1 Jul: What’s On Stage. Watford Palace Theatre (WPT) is to produce Coming Up, a new play by writer/actor Neil D'Souza… D'Souza's acting credits include How to Hold Your Breath (Royal Court), Much Ado About Nothing (RSC) and Drawing the Line (Hampstead Theatre). Coming Up tells the story of Alan, who returns to Mumbai on business after more than 30 years. Between meetings and expense account dinners, he visits the Aunt and Cousin he used to know, and makes an unexpected discovery… Coming Up will premiere at Watford Palace Theatre from 10 to 24 October 2015.  click here
Video: Fight for the Remote: Happy Aziz played by Neil D'Souza.  click here

Suella Fernandes MP: Education is the engine of aspiration

1 Jul: … I was brought up in Wembley … I started my education in the early ’80s attending the local state school where the teachers would go on strike – every other week at one point – where discipline was lax … After several years, my parents got fed up and sent me to a small independent girls’ school, made possible by considerable sacrifice on their part and a scholarship… I blossomed, gained a place to read law at Cambridge, attended the Sorbonne and worked as barrister for ten years. As you can imagine, my parents, who had immigrated to Britain from East Africa in the 1960s with nothing, were very pleased with their decision…955 words  click here

5 best places to have sex in India

1 Jul: Travel India. 1: Goa. The ultimate party capital of India, Goa will never, ever disappoint you. Goa beaches are at their mesmerising best during the rainy season. With no touristy crowd to disturb, this beach-town is a perfect place to get laid…  click here

UK: Sister of Denyse Sweeney who died in Goa thinks mystery man may hold clue to find her

1 Jul: Derby Telegraph. By Martin_Naylor. The family of a Derby mum who died in tragic circumstances in India believe they may have identified a man who could "hold the vital clue to finding her killer". Maureen Sweeney said she had "a gut feeling" the man who was pointed out to her by a witness who knew her sister Denyse in Goa, knows who may be responsible for her death. The photograph shows a man Maureen believes may have been Denyse’s on-off partner smiling at her sister in a bar in the hippy capital of the world. Now she is trying to discover who the man is and if the Indian authorities have questioned him as part of their investigations… :  click here
1 Jul: BBC. Denyse Sweeney death: Family identify "suspect" …  click here
Facebook – Justice for Denyse. click here.

Auction: 18th century: Indo-Portuguese table cabinet & silk coverlet

3 Jul: Dreweatts, Newbury, UK. Lot 65. An Indo-Portuguese rosewood and ivory inlaid table cabinet, 18th century, the banded top and sides set alternating ivory and carved flowerheads, set two short and two long drawers inlaid with vase, peacocks and scrolling foliage, on flattened bun feet, 40cm high, 46cm wide, 3ocm deep. Estimate: 2,000 GBP - 3,000 GBP.  click here
Lot 67 - An Indo-Portuguese coverlet, second half 18th century, the silk ground with integral canvas. 347cm long, including fringe, 256.5cm.wide overall. Estimate: 2,000 GBP - 3,000 GBP  click here

Panaji-Reis Magos cable car on horizon

1 Jul: Navhind Times. The Goa Tourism Development Corporation has floated an e-tender for development, operation and maintenance of passenger ropeway between Panaji and Reis Magos on public-private partnership basis.GTDC officials said the project will take one year to one-and-a-half years to get completed once the contract is awarded. The ropeway system proposed is detachable Gondala system with installed capacity of 1,200 to 1,500 passengers per hour. The project is expected to have between 30 and 40 cable cars transporting people to the Reis Magos fort from the capital city… The length of the stretch for the particular ropeway is approximately 1,240 mts…  click here


DOCUMENTARY: Exposure. itv London. Thursday 2nd July. 22:40 to 23:40. The Sham Marriage Racket - How to Buy Your Way Into Britain. As Britain takes an increasingly hardline approach to immigration, this edition uncovers the massive loophole that remains at the heart of our system - sham marriage.

DOCUMENTARY: The Met: Policing London. Channel: BBC 2. Friday 3rd July. 01:50 to 02:50. The killing by a Met officer of a young black man called Mark Duggan sparked the 2011 riots. Now an inquiry is about to decide if the killing was lawful, and Scotland Yard is anxious about renewed racial tension and more riots in London.

DOCUMENTARY: One Born Every Minute. Watch. Friday 3rd July. 13:00 to 14:00. The emotionally-charged documentary series filmed in a busy maternity ward in Leeds. This episode meets parents who defy convention, including an Indian couple who dated in secret.

DOCUMENTARY: My Family Feast. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Saturday 4th July. 12:00 to 12:30. The Indians. When a Bengali bride and a Punjabi groom come together for their wedding, Sean Connolly learns how to prepare an Indian feast for an unforgettable celebration.

DOCUMENTARY: Joanna Lumley: The Search for Noah's Ark. Channel: itv3. Sunday 5th July. 21:00 to 22:30. Documentary in which Joanna Lumley crosses three continents in search of the truth behind the story of Noah's Ark. The adventure continues in India as a Hindu temple holds clues to a long forgotten ancient civilization.

ARTS: Free Thinking. BBC Radio Three. Monday 6th July. 22:00 to 22:45. Rana Mitter is joined by writer and journalist Tariq Ali to discuss Satyajit Ray's film Pather Panchali 60 years after its release. Plus novelist Sunjeev Sahota talking about his new novel which depicts the different experiences of migrant workers who have travelled from India to Sheffield.

FILM: Trikal. Zee Cinema (Sky & Virgin). Wednesday 8th July. 10:25 to 12:50. Set in 1961 Goa, when colonial rule of Portuguese was on its last gasp, the movie revolves around the life and tribulations of a fictional Goan Christian family. Director: Shyam Benegal. 1985, PG, 4 Star. To watch the film online, now, on You Tube,

DOCUMENTARY: Pleasure Zone. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Friday 10th July. 23:00 to 00:00. Rishikesh. Quincy and Michelle head to Rishikesh, India to uncover the secrets of this spiritual city and to re-discover each other in ways they never thought possible. Trikal 142 Trikal 142



Death: Teddy d’Souza

28 Jun: Dona Paula, Goa. TEDDY D’SOUZA. Aged 93. (ex-Tanga, Dar-es-salaam & Bandra) Passed away peacefully at home. He is survived by his wife, Alice and children, Patsy/Eugene Fernandes (Philadelphia, USA), Norma/Everest Fernandes (Dona Paula), Denzil (Edmonton, Canada), Conrad/Lourdes (Edmonton, Canada) and Carol/Norbert Aguiar (Concord, USA). He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren, Nicole/Raymond de Souza, Andrea, Micaela, Megan/Josh Neves, Danielle and Andre and his great-grandchildren, Jayden and Stefan, and his many nieces and nephews around the world. An avid sportsman at the Tanga Institute, he was the Regional Manager at Barclays Bank in Tanga and Dar-es-salaam, Tanzania before retiring to Bombay, and finally moved to Dona Paula, Goa. Funeral services to be announced locally. [Info: Stephen de Souza, Mississauga]. Condolences to: or

Death: Dr. Agostinho Fernandes

29 Jun: Portugal. DR. AGOSTINHO FERNANDES. Ex Quepem, Goa. Beloved husband of Zazinha, father of Felix Custodio, Alexandre / Valentina. Joao/Marisa, brother of John Claro /Pia, Pedro Piedade /Philomena & Inacinha. We are celebrating his illustrious life which included his profession as a Cardiologist and Author. There will be a Eucharistic celebration on his 83rd Birthday on Monday, 6th July 2015 at 8.00 a.m. at Holy Cross Church, Quepem. Goa.

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Mumbai takes a bow as Goa-born violinist celebrates 100th birthday

30 Jun: Times of India. "Now tell me, do I look that old?" asked Mauro Alphonso, grinning as he posed for photographs, his violin in tow… it was hard to believe the Mazgaon resident was celebrating his 100th birthday. The occasion marked not only a century of an adventure-filled life, but also several decades of old Bombay's musical heritage, of which the garrulous gentleman had been a vital part. Alphonso was 12 years old when he left his home in Goa's Taleigaon village and moved to Mumbai to pursue his love for music. Soon, he specialized in playing the violin…  click here

Dalit Christians in India file complaint with UN against the Vatican

30 Jun: UCAN. Christian Dalits in India filed a complaint on Tuesday with the United Nations accusing the Holy See of not doing enough to curb discrimination faced by “untouchables” within the Catholic Church. A delegation of 22 people from the Dalit Christian Liberation Movement (DCLM) and Viduthalai Tamil Puligal Katchi (a collective of human rights activists) submitted the complaint at the UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan in Delhi… The complaint accuses the Vatican and the Indian Catholic Church leadership of caste-based discrimination “by way of allowing it directly and indirectly in their spiritual, educational and administrative places”…  click here

This Chef is a lady!

30 Jun: Herald. Lady Chefs may be a rarity, but their passion and impeccable touch in the professional kitchens is undeniable. Café gets the feminine perspective of the mastermind of the kitchen … “I love the job,” avers Pastry Chef Samantha Nunes, who has the privilege of being the only lady chef at the Goa Marriott Resort & Spa, Miramar… In the business for 35 years, Goan Speciality Chef at Alila Diwa Spice Studio Majorda is Edia Cotta … “I find that women are more hygienic and less wasteful,” says Chef Ruta Kahate of Ruta’s World Cafe (Margao, Mapusa and Benaulim) of her personal observations in her 20-year career that has spanned the US and India…  click here

Students panic as lizard found in midday meal

1 Jul: Herald. There was panic among students of Mahanandu High School at Bhoma as around 22 class VIII students were shifted to the Betki health center as they fell sick after eating the midday meal on Tuesday morning. On checking the meal a lizard was found in the food…  click here

Vegetable prices play havoc with family budgets
1 Jul: Times of India. The wildly-fluctuating vegetable prices in Goa have left the common man with no relief, especially with fish prices hitting new highs every day. The prices of French beans, carrots, tomatoes and potatoes sees a variation across markets in Goa, allegedly due to rain-spoiled vegetables, poor crops and transportations problems, according to vegetable vendors… The price of French beans varied from Rs 40 to 80 per kg; carrots were being sold in the 50-80/kg range, tomatoes at 30-40/kg, cauliflower at 30-60/kg …  click here

Now, Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar accused of faking educational qualification
30 Jun: IBN Live. Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar was on Tuesday accused of "faking" his educational qualification in his poll-related affidavit … Parulekar is the second cabinet minister and third legislator in the 40-member Goa legislative assembly to be accused of faking educational qualification … Parulekar claimed in his affidavit filed before the 2007 assembly elections that he passed B.Com. from Goa University in 1988," civil society activist Rodrigues said…  click here
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Lack of late-night buses drive commuters to despair in Panaji
30 Jun: Times of India. By Annalie Gracias. Any regular user of public transportation in the state will concur that the most disheartening aspect of the system is the lack of late-night buses, with the scope of travel ending as early as 8.30pm or 9.30pm for many. But, while authorities claim that late-night public transport users are far too few to introduce such a facility, several citizens maintain that the sole reason they avoid venturing out after dusk is because of the non-availability of buses during the later hours…  click here

Sand extraction to be legal soon
30 Jun: Times of India. The Goa government has decided to get sand extraction legalized. Chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar said that 30 sites have been identified by the government for extraction of sand to ensure scientific quarrying of the mineral… Goa had stopped issuing sand mining licences nearly four years ago, giving a jolt to the construction industry. But the activity continued clandestinely …  click here

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I Jul: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 32.8. Min = 26.6. Humidity = 80%. Rainfall: 3.3mm
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