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Death: Lumena Da Costa – Gomes. Nairobi
13 May. 2022. Nairobi. It is with deep sorrow and humble acceptance of God's will that we announce the demise of LUMENA MELINDA ELSA DA COSTA – GOMES. (21/04/1939 - 13/05/2022). She was Daughter to Taumartu and Maria Braganza. Beloved wife to John Gomes and loving Mother to Neil and Audrey DaCosta, dotting Avo to Ryan and Troy DaCosta. Sister to the Late Rui/Zita Braganza, Sarita/Alfred Oliveira, late Oscar Braganza, Gemma, Orlando/ late Betty Braganza, Veronica/ late Bruno D’Souza, and Late Tony/Cynthia Dias. Funeral details to be announced later. Condolence messages can be sent to or John Tel: +254773585930. Eternal rest grant unto her soul O Lord. May perpetual light shine upon her, may her soul rest in eternal peace. “There are no goodbyes for us. Wherever you are, you will always be in my heart.” [Info Renee Rodrigues, Nairobi]

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UK cities to Delhi, India from only £319 roundtrip (Sep-Oct dates)

13 Mat: Secret Flying. Cheap flights from UK cities to Delhi, India from only £319 roundtrip with KLM and Air France. Depart from: Birmingham: £319-£336; London: £350-£358; Southampton: £359. Availability from September to October 2022. STOPS: Amsterdam/Paris. All the information on this page is accurate at the time of publication. If you are viewing this deal at a later date, the price and availability may no longer be as advertised…  For further details click here
14 May: Sky Scanner: Delhi – Goa Return flights from £113 click here.

Goa has huge potential for culinary tourism: Research

15 May: Goan. Recent research has shown that tourists visiting Goa have an interest in cuisine, with gastronomic tourism becoming an essential element in attracting tourists… These were the findings in a research paper on “Gastronomic tourism experiences of Goa: tapping the potential of Goan cuisine as a destination attraction” by Mayola Fernandes (photo), Arun Sherkar, Seema Zagade published in the Sustainability, Agri, Food and Environmental Research journal… The study concluded that organisations of gastronomic tourism must know about different types of culinary tourism and the factors affecting it … It also highlighted the importance of strategies to improve gastronomic services, food guides … “There are many paths that Goan cuisine has traversed and has tremendous potential of further increasing the tourism potential,” indicated the study which was conducted by interviewing 190 tourists through a questionnaire…  click here
For full text of the article, click here.

Home Sweet Goan Home with Heta Pandit – Susegad stories from Goa

15 May: Susegad Stories From Goa... Every house and building in Goa has a story to tell: its Indian and Portuguese architectural influences, the reasons why some rooms were built, and the colourful lives of previous owners. Acclaimed author and heritage home expert Heta Pandit gives us an insight into the many wonders of a Goan house and the stories behind its unique architectural and social features… Tune in to find out How long did Heta search for the perfect Goan house? Did Goans add rooms simply to show off their wealth? What makes a house a ‘heritage home’? Is India doing enough to preserve Goa’s heritage? … Heta is a founding member of the Goa Heritage Action Group. She has written 10 books on Goan heritage… (Podcast @ boundindia 3 hours.34m).  For further details click here
Video: 23 July. 2019. CCR TV. Literally Goa - Heta Pandit interviewed by Frederick Noronha. 27m.53s  click here
2 Oct. 2017: Rediscovery Project. Goa’s stunning Heritage Mansions: The last link to its Portuguese Past click here.

Tourism News In Brief

15 May: Times of India. Goa govt frames scheme to train 1,000 tourist guides in 2 years. By Murari Shetye. With the aim to have 1,000 certified tourist guides in the state within the next two years, the state government has framed a scheme to offer tourist guide certification programmes to Goan youth to provide better services to the tourists…  For further details click here
15 May: Times of India. Camping sites inside Goa’s sanctuaries soon: Vishwajit Rane. Forest minister Vishwajit Rane said that areas for camping will soon be created inside Goa’s forests for visitors. He said that such facilities will encourage more citizens to visit Goa’s wildlife sanctuaries and parks…  click here
14 May: Financial Express. Govt sets up committee to create enabling eco-system to boost cruise tourism click here.

Mr Souza as (unexpected) house guest - at Luis Dias’s home

15 May: Navhind Times. By Luis Dias. "Could you get me a Souza?" a former boss of mine asked… The sudden interest in Souza was understandable. After his death in 2002, the value of his paintings skyrocketed exponentially… Souza's 1957 'Girl in a Yellow Sweater' recently sold for a staggering `14.4 crore’ … a series of events led to a Souza adorning my living room wall for several months … in 2018, a reader (of my article the Italian composer Giacomo Carissimi) from Bengaluru turned up at my doorstep… He had a large sketch, ink on wood of a wrinkled, bald old man in a suit, and signed unmistakably, 'Souza '58'… He asked me to hold it until he could hand it over to the buyer … "Mr Souza" my house guest stayed with us for something like six months or so… 1018 words  For further details click here
22 June. 2021: The Better India. By Divya Sethu. Fourth-Generation Doc Quits UK Job To Form An Orchestra Of Underprivileged Kids  click here
Wikipedia: F.N. Souza: click here.

F&B Goa News In Brief

15 May: Deccan Herald: Rise & shine. By Raul Dias. Bread and its various iterations, the chief of which being pao, is an integral part of our Goan ethos and woven tightly into the social fabric of the state of Goa… These essential, edible parts of our history are simple looking, square bread buns that come in two versions – brun and pao…  For further details click here
15 May: Financial Express. Raising the bar: What makes a good bar a great bar? By Reya Mehrotra & Kunal Doley. When Donovan Vaz, founder of Firefly Bistro brand launched Tesouro in Goa, the idea was to have a fun bar … Well, today Tesouro is a bar which the whole country is proud of… It recently ranked fourth in the list of Asia’s 50 Best Bars for 2022… 15 May: Vogue. 16 new restaurants in India to dine at this May—across Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Bengaluru and Goa By Arzoo Dina… Goa – The Village Bistro - Chef Gracian De Souza’s latest outing is a chic bistro located in the sleepy village of Arpora at Porba Vaddo… Vedro, Rua de Janeiro, Panaji is designed by interior designer Sussanne Khan … Tereza Beach House by Sly Granny at Reis Magos Road, Nerul …  click here

Danger lurks at dilapidated Adil Shah Palace

15 May: Herald. By Sthrigdhara Naik. The dilapidated state of Adil Shah Palace in Panjim poses a huge threat not only to the commuters passing by the structure but also to over 150 government officials who are working in this erstwhile ‘Old Secretariat’ building, which is now in the possession of the Art and Culture (A&C) Department … While the process of converting the Old Secretariat building into a Centre of Art and Culture was underway, the government decided to hand it over to the KA, IPSCDL and GSM … Historian Prajal Sarkhardande demanded that the Adil Shah Palace, a testament to the rich history of Goa, should be declared as a protected monument … Heritage activist Heta Pandit condemned the act of defacement of the Adil Shah Palace by the government office staff working there… 1633 words  For further details click here
Adil Shah’s Palace:  click here
Video: 10 Oct. 2018: Wayfarer Guru. A Visit to Adil Shah's Palace | Old Secretariat | Panjim | Goa | India | 1080p. 4m.15s. click here.

Some News Headlines

14 May: National Catholic Reporter (USA). India's first lay saint, martyred for preaching social equality … Click here.
14 May: Autocar Professional. By Brian De Souza. Fuel Hikes make life tough for Goa's motorcycle taxis Click here.
14 May: Socialnews. By Sanjay Borkar. Alternative pharmacies new hubs of Goa's drug biz. Click here.
15 May: Navhind Times. DGP Singh expresses concern over incidents of assault on tourists. Click here.
15 May: Business Recorder (Pakistan). By Saleem Nasir. Bomb blast in Karachi's Saddar. Click here.



Death: Amelia Gomes. Harrow. Ex Nairobi, Union of Navelim (UK)

25th April 2022: London, England. AMELIA MARIA GOMES (aged 71). Daughter of the late Balbino and Monica Gomes. Sister to Joseph and Patrick Gomes. Cherished mother of Fiona and Malcolm. Beloved nana to Charlotte, Lara and Louis.
Funeral to be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 191 High Road, Harrow Weald, HA3 5EE on Wednesday 25th May 2022. Holy Rosary to commence at 9:30am followed by Requiem Mass at 10:00am. Please confirm attendance here
Due to space limitations, the burial will be attended by family only. Live stream will be available at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mary's Meal by visiting
Condolences to: or [Info: Cyprian Fernandes]

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Suella Braverman Shamed Over Cost Of Living Crisis On BBC Question Time

13 May: Huffington Post. Suella Braverman was heavily criticised over the cost of living crisis on Question Time. The attorney general she claimed “some families will be £1,600 better off this year compared to last year because of these cumulative changes”. The audience laughed at her claim, while Braverman said: “Would I love to do more? Of course I would! But we have to pay for our backlogs.” … The attorney general’s entire Question Time performance went down like a lead balloon, even when the conversation moved away from the cost of living crisis. She was also criticised for her answers over legal queries on the Northern Ireland Protocol, which is now causing fresh friction between the EU and the UK as Downing Street looks to re-write the agreement…  For further details click here
14 May: The Guardian (UK). By Nick Cohen. The attorney general’s office was worthy of respect. Suella the stooge disgraces it …  click here
Video: 12 May: BBC. Fiona Bruce presents an hour of topical debate … click here.

Crystelle Pereira: What The Great British Baking Show Season 12 Contestants Are Up to Today

11 May: Mashed (UK). By Mikaela Bloom… What are the bakers up to after the whirlwind of a GBBS season? … GBBS finalist, two-time Star Baker, and miso enthusiast Crystelle Pereira has been quite busy since completing 30 total bakes in the notorious white tent. In fact, Pereira is leading a rather glamorous life post GBBS. In March 2022, Pereira not only attended the highly anticipated "Bridgerton" season two world premiere, but she strutted down the catwalk wearing a Lady Bridgerton-inspired gown (via Instagram). A few days later, per The Sun, she made a celebrity contestant cameo on "House of Games" — a UK-based trivia reality show…  click here
For Google Links to Crystelle Pereira:  click here
21 Mar. News around the world. Who Is Crystelle Pereira House Of Games? Family Life and Wikipedia … click here.

Clive Gonsalves: Alleged arsonist 'set fire to Swindon hotel room'

13 May: Swindon Advertiser. A man has appeared in court charged with setting fire to a Swindon hotel room. Clive John Gonsalves allegedly attempted to set bedroom furniture and hotel room furnishings alight at the Great Western Hotel on Station Road on April 7. The alleged incident occurred just one day before his 36th birthday, and he was subsequently charged with arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered. The 36-year-old was due to enter a plea at Swindon Crown Court on Friday (May 13), but when he tuned into the hearing via video link from Winchester prison, he asked the clerk to be represented by the duty solicitor. The duty solicitor scheme does not run in the Crown Court… He was remanded in custody…  For further details click here
8 Apr. 2020. Recovering alcoholic fell off the wagon over fears about coronavirus, Swindon court hears. Clive Gonsalves had been working with addiction service Turning Point, telephoning his support worker as all face-to-face appointments have stopped during the lockdown. Having previously been homeless he was back at the family home and sober…  click here
24 Nov. 2019. Goan Voice. … Clive Gonsalves, 33, of Carstairs Avenue, pleaded guilty to damaging a custody cell at Gablecross police station, abusive behaviour and being drunk and disorderly in Villett Street... click here.

Mopa airport nears completion; how a second airport will change Goa

13 May: MoneyControl. By Ayush Khar. The ambitious Mopa airport project’s success shows the strength of the BOT model. The airport is widely expected to lend momentum to the state’s laggard real estate… Goa’s state director of civil aviation Sunil Shanbhogue said, "Work on connectivity from the runway to the passenger terminal is underway.” … The Mopa airport is being built by GMR Group’s special purpose vehicle Goa International Airport Limited (GGIAL)… Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to inaugurate the airport on August 15, 2022 … Mopa airport’s location also enhances North Goa’s real estate capabilities as it is better developed and has tons of recreational options and tourist attractions, thereby offering better rental and resale rates… 555 words  For further details click here
20 Apr: The Print. New MOPA Airport to bolster demand for second homes in Goa, say experts  click here
26 Jan. 2020: Deccan Herald. Mopa international airport will boost tourism in Goa: Governor click here.

Church fears impact of excessive mining in Goa, India

14 May: Christian Today (Australia). The Catholic Church in Goa has expressed concern over excessive mining in the area. It warns that excessive mining is posing a grave threat to ecologically sensitive areas in the state, which is a popular tourist destination. Marking World Environment Day on Sunday, the Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP), lamented that mining, deforestation and aggressive promotion of eco-tourism by the state government was eating into Goa's green cover… Fr Maverick Fernandes said that mining was of great threat as Goa lies in the centre of the Western Ghats and is home to the some of the best forests in India… "Eco-tourism is completely against the interests of the forests of Goa in the present scenario," said Fernandes…  For further details click here
14 May: WebIndia123. City dwellers creating hurdles for mining resumption in Goa: CM. While some city-dwellers feel mining is equivalent to destruction, the industry is also the bread and butter for hundreds and thousands of people in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said, adding that his government was taking efforts to restart the beleaguered industry as soon as possible… "  click here
14 May: Goan. Mining backbone of Goan economy: CM … click here.

268 Covid ex-gratia pleas on hold, DHS under fire

14 May: Goan. Doubts have now begun creeping into the state’s top health agency’s ability to keep its Covid fatality record books in order with 268 applications filed by relatives of Covid-19 victims under the government’s ‘ex-gratia assistance’ policy being kept on hold… Last year, when the 94 (then unreported) deaths were added to the list of Covid fatalities, the Goa government had warned of action against private hospitals, which had failed to report Covid-related deaths on time… “If there is any such difference, we will certainly verify and update the list,” State Epidemiologist Dr Utkarsh Betodkar said… 545 words  For further details click here
10 Jun. 2021: Times of India. Deaths may be higher than official numbers in Goa: Michael Lobo  click here
22 Jun. 2021: Times of India. Negligible scope of Covid deaths being unreported: Goa government click here.

News In Brief

13 May: Times of India. By Murari Shetye. CM Pramod Sawant eyes garbage-free Goa Click here
13 May: GQ India. By Priyadarshini Patwa. 5 underrated whisky bottles that are must try and deserve to be appreciated. Click here
14 May: Times of India. Goa: French national gets 6 months jail time, but has already served 9. Click here
14 May: Outlook. By Paulami Basu. Around An Isolated Island [Divar] in Goa. Click here
13 May: Gomantak Times. By Evelyn Siqueira. State agriculture policy to boost Goa's exports. Click here
13 May: Times of India. Goa Tourism: Strict action against illegal activities on beaches; to make Goan beaches safer. Click here
14 May: Financial Express. Goa govt to develop eco-tourism in forest areas. Click here



Death: Alvito Ramos. Croydon, ex Mombasa

21 April Purley/Croydon UK. ALVITO RAMOS. Born 29 July 1933. Beloved Husband of late Clara (Joanita) Ramos (died 28 Dec 2021) Father of Anthea Haidee Ramos and Reuben Elroy Ramos. Customs Officer Mombasa, Electrician, Phillips UK. Cycling champion, sportsman, and well-loved social personality, Goan Institute, Mombasa. Sadly passed away of a heart attack after developing Alzheimers. He was loved by many and will be very sadly missed.
All are welcome to the Funeral. Mass: Wednesday 18th May 2022 at 12:10 to 13:10 at St Mary's Catholic Church, 70 Wellesley Rd, Croydon CR0 2AR. Watch Mass live at Followed by Cremation at 13:45 Croydon Cemetery, East Chapel, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AT. Watch funeral live and watch-again Username: gesu8122 Password: 586065/ Please note: our webcast facility has a 150 viewer limit to maintain webcast quality. Condolences/Enquiries to: or
For full Funeral details, click here.

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Trevor Fernandes: Alleged Swindon child sex abuser's phone hack claims rubbished by expert

13 May: Swindon Advertiser. Only high-end criminal gangs or state-sponsored actors could hack a phone in the way a man accused of sexually abusing a teenage girl claims happened to him, an expert has told the court. MoD-trained forensic expert and ethical hacker Tony Haddow said it was “extremely unlikely” a hacker could have gained remote access to Trevor Fernandes’ Samsung to set up an encrypted partition without his knowledge. Fernandes is charged with convincing a Texan girl to strip naked and perform lewd acts on herself, her baby sister and pet dog, before threatening to release sexually explicit images of her unless she complied with his every instruction. Swindon Crown Court heard yesterday that Fernandes claimed “someone else hacked into his phone”… The trial will continue on Monday… 721 words  For further details click here

CM to take up sex trafficking issue with Centre

13 May: Herald. Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant has assured to take up the ongoing issue of sex trafficking with the Central government as 93 per cent of such cases involve persons from other States… “I will take up the issue with the Central ministry during my next visit to Delhi,” he said during a meeting with NGO ARZ (anyay rahit zindagi) director Arun Pandey who met him to hand over a report on sex trafficking in the State… He further stated that a multi-stakeholders training programme will be conducted to ensure that the members of the Law Enforcement Agencies are well equipped to handle the situation … CM has been briefed that Goa is one of the main destination States for sex trafficking. Victims are being trafficked from 24 States of India …  For further details click here
Video: 19 Oct. 2021: ARZ Facebook: Calangute Has Become a Hub for Sex Trafficking: ARZ click here.

Julio Cedric Aguiar – the man responsible for saving Goa

13 May: Herald. Goencho Ekvott pays tribute to the giant of a leader on his first death anniversary -Julio Cedric Aguiar – the man responsible for saving Goa… As Vice Chairman of NGO Goencho Ekvott, late Julio Cedric Aguiar travelled almost 150 kms per day from Caranzalem to Sangod creating public awareness in the marginalised sector against the Tamnar Power Transmission Lines, one of the three linear projects… He was the foot soldier along with Dr Claude Alvares and others … In fact ‘Amche Mollem’ was his creation … He was the one who was the link between Amche Mollem, Goencho Ekvott, Goa Foundation, the Youth of Goa (CYFC) … As we remember his contribution to the movement against coal, let us all today honour this ‘Gentleman with a golden heart' … 599 words  For further details click here
Google links to Julio Cedric Aguiar  click here
Video: 18 Aug.2020: Progressive Front Goa. Facebook. Julio Cedric Aguiar, Vice President Goicho Ekvot on #savemollem in the Press Conference held today by Progressive Front of Goa. 5m.32s click here.

Know all about Sunburn Festival Goa 2022

12 May: NewsBytes. By Lahari Basu. India’s biggest Electronic Dance Music Festival, Sunburn Festival, is all set to be held in Goa once again… The dates were announced on the festival's official Twitter handle a few days back… The musical gala will take place on December 28, 29, and 30… The festival promises a futuristic theme this year… "We're Back with the futuristic experience of music. The journey to Sunburn Goa 2022 has just begun and we are immensely happy as Sunburn returns in full glory to its Homeland Goa," read their Instagram post…  For further details click here
Wikipedia. Sunburn Festival.  click here
Video: YouTube. April: Moses J Saldanha. Sunburn Festival Goa - March 2022 | Goa's Biggest Dance Festival | Goa Vlog | Goa 2022. 17m.25s. click here.

Bandodkar Trophy: Alemao reiterates demand for inquiry into missing ‘gold’

13 May: Times of India. Goa Football Association (GFA) president Churchill Alemao has again called for an inquiry into how the ‘gold’ from the Bandodkar Trophy has disappeared… The Trophy is the state’s most-prized football asset, but has been lying in a GFA godown for the last four years… It was donated by Goa’s first chief minister Dayanand Bandodkar in 1970 and was said to be of solid gold and guarded by police when taken out of the bank locker during finals of the tournament… When GFA brought out the trophy from the bank locker in 2016 and evaluated, it was found to have only 11 percent gold… “We need answers on how trophy made of solid gold and valued at Rs.20 lakh in 1999 now has just 11 percent gold,” Alemao said…  For further details click here
Wikipedia. Bandodkar Gold Trophy.  click here
Video: 13 May: Prime Media Goa. Churchill to move Court over Bandodkar Gold Trophy. 3m.36s. click here.

Nevada: Meet the Queens of the Fallon Portuguese Festa

11 May: Nevada Appeal (USA). The annual Portuguese Festa will take place May 14-15… Senior Queen: Vera Jacqueline Vaz (18) is this year’s Portuguese Festa Senior Queen … I am majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology… My parents are Prima Vaz and late Dr. Apollo Vaz… My Portuguese heritage comes from both my paternal and maternal grandparents. My paternal grandparents, Leandro and Vera Vaz and my maternal grandfather, Marcelino Vaz, were born in Goa, Portuguese India… My late dad, Apollo, was the one who encouraged me to join the Portuguese Festa. I have been a part of the Portuguese Festa since I was in the first grade, and I am very excited to be this year’s Portuguese Festa Senior Queen at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Fallon… 569 words  click here
23 Mar. 2017. Goan Voice. Obituary: Fallon, Nevada, USA. DR APOLLO HANNIBAL VAZ. Born June 23, 1958 in Bombay to Leandro and Vera Vaz. He came to Reno, Nevada in 1985 and moved with his wife to Fallon in 2003, and worked as a physician at Banner Hospital. Apollo is survived by his wife, Prima …  click here

News In Brief

12 May: The Resident (UK). Destination Brunch: Where to have your Morning Feast in London … GunPowder, Tower Bridge … wake up to a slap-up morning meal, Goan-style. Gourmand Bib-awarded Indian restaurant has launched a breakfast menu inspired by the flavours of southern Indian coast … [From the menu: Ros Omelette with Masala Sauce, served with Goan Pao: £11; Anjuna Market Style Crab Omelette: £13]. Click here.
12 May: AsumeTech. Goa's biggest lake to get a new lease of life. Click here
12 May: MansWorld. Base Instinct: The Story Of Tamras Gin. Click here.
13 May: Times of India. By Nida Sayed. Migration of strays from border areas threatens Goa's rabies-free status. Click here
13 May: Storypick. By Disha Banerjee. Influencer Shares Horrifying Story of How She Was Stalked During Her Solo Trip to Goa. Click here.



Death: Assumption D'Mello. Toronto. Ex Uganda.

10 May: Etobicoke, Ontario. ASSUMPTION MARIA D'MELLO. Aged. 99. She was surrounded by members of her immediate family and passed very peacefully after a determined battle with dementia. Assumption was born in Goa in1922, to the late Camilo and Leopoldina D' Mello of Camarcazana village. She was predeceased by her 3 elder siblings (Lina, Marie and Peter). On July 31st 1947, she married the late Napoleon (Nap) D'Mello (died in 1969) and migrated to Uganda where they raised their 3 children in Entebbe, Jinja and Kampala. In October 1972, the family relocated to Canada and she criss-crossed this country to care for her growing family in Montreal, Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. She will be greatly missed by her 3 children --- Andrew (Veronica), Gladys Noronha (John), and Valerie Carrasco (Milton). Memories of her will be forever cherished by her grandchildren --- Tammy Morton, Erika Carrasco (Ted Henley), Jeremy D’Mello (Jenn), Marissa Carrasco (Rory Ralph), Andrea Pambrun (Paul), Chelsea Carrasco (Alex Bauman) and Aaron Noronha. Stories of her will continue to be relayed to her great grandchildren -- James, Makayla, Theo, Alex, Luc, Nyla, Eddie, Benjamin, and Robbie. 14 May: Visitation: Scott Funeral Home Mississauga Chapel. 16 May: Funeral Service. St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Mississauga ON L4Y 2J6. Followed by Reception at Le Tréport, Mississauga ON L4Y 4C1. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Society of Canada. [Info: Stephen de Souza, Mississauga] For full details,  For further details click here

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Feast: Aldona Association (London) UK

2nd July. The Aldona Association (London) UK invites you to join us in celebrating the Feast of St Thomas on Saturday 2nd July 2022 at Mill Hill County High School, Worcester Crescent, Mill Hill, NW7 4LL. Mass will begin at 12:15 pm and celebrated by Rev Fr Tony Fernandes followed by our live band Outbreak and DJ Richie. Bar by Coscon Bar Services and Catering by A&G Caters. Tickets: Members - £15, Non Members - £18, Children (6 - 11 years) - £8. Under 5's Free. Book before Saturday 4th June 2022 otherwise £18 thereafter. Tickets includes Meal and Snacks. For tickets please contact: Tome D'Souza -07975947692, Michelle DeSouza -07713449906, Lily Lobo -07442229258, Marilyn Britto -07932089587 or Nigel Moniz – 07940708615. For the flyer, click here.

Judge Bernadette D'Souza: Life of service and countless acts of kindness

11 May: Clarion Herald (USA). Bernadette D’Souza was 35 and the mother of three children in 1989 when she decided to become a lawyer… D’Souza had grown up as the eldest of eight children in the Catholic enclave of Goa and she always had been passionate about her Catholic philosophy and worldview… D’Souza’s father was an accomplished violinist and guitar player who worked on hundreds of films in the Bollywood movie industry … A political novice, D’Souza ran for the inaugural position of Family Court Judge in 2012 … She was re-elected to six-year terms in 2014 and 2020… She was among 10 female judges asked by Pope Francis to travel in June 2019 to Rome to speak to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences… D’Souza’s topic was “Access to Justice to Eradicate Poverty,” … 3047 words  For further details click here
9 Feb. 2014. Times of India. Quepem woman is 1st Goan judge in US. Earlier this month, Bernadette D'Souza was the toast of Quepem…  click here
For Google links to Judge Bernadette D’Souza, click here.

Karnataka natives in Goa argue "If Goans win polls in London, why can't we in Goa?". Goan politicians respond

12 May: Prudent Media TV. 1m. 50s.  For further details click here
12 May: The Print. An outfit representing Karnataka-origin people residing in Goa for decades has announced its members will contest the upcoming panchayat elections in the coastal state, a move which has not gone down well with some local organizations…  click here

Swindon: Trevor Fernandes 'used nude images to convince teen to perform sex act on dog'

11 May: Swindon Advertiser. Trevor Fernandes allegedly told the girl to strip naked and send videos and photographs of her performing sexual acts on herself, her baby sister and her pet dog. It was claimed that Fernandes made the girl call him ‘master’ or ‘master Trevor’, and would regularly ensure she was following his instructions by demanding photographic evidence on his command “check”… Prosecutor Daniel Sawyer told jurors that the girl, who lives in Texas, was begging Fernandes not to expose the videos and photos. In the end, she ran to a convenience store where the local police department was called as she was distressed. Fernandes, of Dixon Street, faces 16 charges – seven of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and nine of making indecent photographs of a child… police in Texas launched an investigation, tracing the IP address used to send the messages back to Fernandes’s address in Dixon Street, Swindon… Fernandes, who works for Wasdell, “denied all knowledge” and claimed “someone else hacked into his phone”… The trial continues. Fernandes denies all charges. 727 words.  For further details click here
10 Jun. 2021. Goan Voice. … The trial is expected to last several days. Fernandes, of Dixon Street, has already pleaded not guilty …  click here

Goa hotel staffer rapes Russian minor, held in Karnataka

12 May: Times of India. A 12-year-old Russian national was allegedly raped by a staffer of a hotel in Pernem in North Goa … Police have arrested the 28-year-old accused from his native place in Karnataka… Police said that the daughter told the mother that a hotel staffer, who was playing with her in the swimming pool, had sexually abused her near the pool … when the mother brought it to the notice of the hotel owner, he tried to hush up the matter…  For further details click here
4 Feb. 2010: The World. By Sonya Fatah. Goa rape case threatens India-Russian relations  click here
27 Mar. 2008: India Today. Dark side of the sun. click here.

US Goan gives Konkani a Google boost

13 May: Herald. Efforts of Goan Sanjeet Hegde Desai (photo), Senior Manager Business Systems in Google, US and Konkani activist Chetan Acharya in Goa, bear fruit as Konkani is included in Google Translate services …  For further details click here
12 May: CanIndia News. The lovers of Konkani language have hailed the efforts of Google to add this language to Google Translate. Konkani is widely spoken in Goa, many parts of Karnataka and Maharashtra. Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant has congratulated the Google team behind this initiative… Konkani, Goa’s official language is written in Devanagari and Roman scripts… [however the Google service supports only the Devanagari script] …  click here
13 May: Herald. At last some good news for Konkani. It is now possible to translate Konkani using Google translate. Goans around the world and in the State gave their reactions … click here.

Goa to establish a cell, to streamline data on migrants & reduce crime rates

11 May: KnockSense. By Ankur Verma. Goa, one of the most preferred places for migrant workers to get a 'State Migrant Workers Cell'… The Chief Minister of Goa has announced a plan to establish a 'State Migrant Workers Cell', with an objective to record and assimilate information related to migrants in the coastal state.  For further details click here
12 May: Goan. Tenant Verification in Spotlight Again. No order in force since Aug 2021 to prosecute landlords for letting out premises to miscreants … arrest of assam native for rape brings to fore absence of deterrent mechanism for owners to compulsory verify tenants …  click here

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12 May: Times of India. Active Covid tally at 67 cases in Goa. Click here.
12 May: FnBnews. Maai set to charm with its F&B inspired from the soul of Goa. Click here
12 May: Herald. Need to make our youth aware of Monsignor Dalgado's literary works: Dr. Rafael Fernandes. Click here
11 May. Jornal N (Portugal). By Afonso de Melo. Colva. This is the place where the first football club in Goa was born! Click here
12 May: Goan. Cashew feni shouldn't go coconut feni way: Distiller. Click here



Death: Virginia B. Figueira. Rockville, Maryland, USA.
5 May: Rockville, Maryland, USA. VIRGINIA B. FIGUEIRA. Born 5 Jan 1937. Beloved wife of Late Mr. Diogo Figueira and mother/mother-in-law of Johnlee/Carol Figueira and family. Daughter of P. Victor. Funeral service will be held on 12th May at 11.30am at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Rockville, Maryland, USA followed by Burial at the Gate of Heaven Cemetery – Aspen Hill, MD. Photo click here.

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Meet Rosanna Machado, the woman organising the biggest event of the year, the Platinum Jubilee Pageant

1 Jun: Harper's Bazaar (UK). By Frances Hedges. As the CEO of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant, Rosanna Machado is accountable for the success of our most momentous national celebration since the London 2012 Olympics – in which, incidentally, she worked on London’s Olympic bid back in 2005. Indeed, Machado is no stranger to largescale events: following an economics degree at Cambridge and a stint organising exams for the Royal Academy of Music, she has built up an impressive CV in events management that has included senior roles on the planning teams for the G8 Summit and the 2012 Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant… 1015 words.  click here
Rosanna Machado daughter of Mario (who came to the UK from Zanzibar in 1957. He studied Civil Engineering in London, and has practised in that profession, in the London area, ever since) and the late Olga (nee Nazareth, ex Uganda and Nairobi) Machado; sister of Orlando. Rosie is the Founder of Zebra, her Event Management Company.  click here
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Here’s a look at tax implications for NRI homebuyers invested in senior living project

10 May: MoneyControl. By Akash Sinha… The senior assisted living sector is gaining ground, particularly in Southern and Western Indian markets … In India, the retirement and second-home market is expected to grow … The segment has also caught the fancy of non-resident Indians (NRIs) who wish to settle in India after retirement … Suresh Sadagopan, Founder and Principal Officer of Ladder7 Wealth Planners said, “An NRI buying such a property for investment purposes will have to pay 20 percent Long Term Capital Gains (LTCG) tax on it if he intends to sell the property after holding it for at least 24 months… If an NRI is buying the property for his/her personal use or for their parents, they are not required to pay any tax,” he added… 1616 words  For further details click here
8 Feb: Economic Times. Demand for senior living homes up amid COVID; to rise further on ageing population: Report.  click here
23 Aug. 2020: The Chennai Homes: Why NRIs are opting to invest in retirement homes in India? click here.

VLCC presents Femina Miss India Goa 2022 Amanda Vas’ life story in words

10 May: India Times. Beauty Pageants. 'The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams’ says Amanda Vas, a biotechnology graduate, a vivacious and self-confident woman … Her interests include chess, badminton, tennis, and swimming … With confidence, self-reliance, and grit she won the title of VLCC Femina Miss India Goa 2022. "I'm elated to represent my vibrant and vivacious Goa and compete for the shining glory at Femina Miss India 2022", she said, speaking about making it to the Top 31… With this platform Amanda wants to highlight the issue of Mental Health and open up on conversations … She is all set for her big run at the national pageant… 607 words  For further details click here
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6 July. 2020: Opening Doorz. By Lisha Gomes. (Interview) Amanda Vas: the towering Goan influence on modelling. click here.

Catholic News In Brief

10 May: UCA News. Women in the Church — if not now, when? By Fr. Myron J. Pereira. A recently released book in India, ‘If Not Now, When?’ asks some disquieting feminist questions and provides some astonishing answers too … It is based on reflections, testimonies, interviews and essays … The book compiles 25 articles jointly edited by two Catholic women and a Jesuit priest — Astrid Lobo Gajiwala, Kochurani Abraham and Father Prashant Olalekar … 848 words  For further details click here
May 10: Ecclesia (Portugal). Human Rights: Bishop Sebastian Francis Shaw gives testimony on the situation of Christians in Pakistan. The Archbishop of Lahore (Pakistan), D. Sebastian Francis Shaw, testifies, on the 14th of this month, at 4:00 pm, at the Sanctuary of Christ the King (Almada – Setúbal) on the situation of Christians in Pakistan … The Archbishop speaks of the “good relations between Pakistanis and Portuguese, visible in the devotion to Our Lady of Fatima or in the strong presence of a Catholic community coming from Goa.” …  click here

Omicron BA.2 Covid strain circulating in Goa at present: Epidemiologist

11 May: Times of India… Both Omicron BA.1 and BA.2 strains were detected in Goa during the third wave over the past four months, but the last two months have seen only the Omicron BA.2 variant …  For further details click here
11 May: Times of India. Finally, state gains self-sufficiency in genome testing. Goa’s first genome sequencing laboratory has become functional at the North Goa district hospital … With it, the state no longer has to send sample to laboratories in other states for testing from now on…  click here

A better transport system will benefit everyone

11 May: Herald. The President of the Travel and Tourism Association of Goa, Nilesh Shah in a media interaction with this newspaper said it was time the authorities cracked down on taxis not using taxi meters … He also said it was important Goa welcomes services like Ola-Uber and importantly needs to have better public transport services… the President of the TTAG Shrikant said the government had ensured a very large percentage of the taxi drivers had meters in the cars but had done nothing to fight the problem of illegal taxis that were operating with impunity … Seraffin Cotta; President of the Medium and Small Hotels said it was unfortunate attention was being focused on the issue of taxi drivers when the bigger problem was of illegal tourism… 939 words  For further details click here
11 May. Herald. The taxi fare is still not fair  click here
Video: 9 May: Herald TV. Only legal business should be allowed, Goa needs to welcome Ola-Uber service: TTAG President. 5m.58s. click here.

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Suella Braverman

Thu. 12 May at 22:40 and online. BBC1 TV. Question Time. Fiona Bruce presents an hour of topical debate from Hackney. On the panel: Suella Braverman MP, Shabana Mahmood MP, Miatta Fahnbulleh, Geoff Norcott, and Sebastian Vettel. 59 minutes.  For further details click here
How Ruta Kahate is merging her Goan restaurants with an American twist in Milwaukee …  click here
11 May: Construction Week. Casa Creole: A Mauritian abode in Moira, Goa. click here.


Freida Pinto

FILM: Blunt Force Trauma. GREAT! movies action (Freeview 42). Sun. 15th May. 01:15 to 03:00. An underground gun fighting circuit organises deadly duels in secret locations around the world. A world-weary competitor hopes to take on the organisation's elusive champion, and finds himself helping a woman who has taken up the lethal sport in the hope of avenging her brother's murder. Action thriller, starring Ryan Kwanten, Mickey Rourke and Freida Pinto. (2015, 15)

COOKERY: Parveen's Indian Kitchen. ITV. Sun. 15th May. 03:00 to 03:50. Parveen Ashraf presents a guide to parathas, showcasing her own recipe for potato and cauliflower parathas served with kuchumber and introducing a report by food blogger Shashank Agarwal on an area of Delhi famous for the flatbreads. Parveen offers tips on different types of flour and prepares samosas with a spicy potato and pea filling.

RELIGIOUS: Heart and Soul. BBC World Service (Freeview 710). Sun. 15th May. 10:30 to 11:00. The Laibon: Kenya's Mystic Men. The Maasai are the best-known tribal group in East Africa. In traditional Maasai culture one of the central figures of the community is the laibon, a person who has been gifted with the power to see the future; some also have the power to cure illnesses. This programme features a visit to one of the last laibons, an elderly man who lives in one of the remotest corners of the country far from towns, villages, and surfaced roads.

DOCUMENTARY: Private Passions. BBC Radio 3 (Freeview 703). Sun. 15th May. 12:00 to 13:00. Waheed Arian. Michael Berkeley is joined by doctor and radiologist Waheed Arian, who reveals how he fulfilled his early ambition to become a doctor, despite having had almost no schooling. He chooses music which takes him back to childhood in Pakistan, watching Bollywood films with his family, and to his early years in Britain, when he was befriended by an old woman who played Schubert to him. Other choices include music by Charlie Chaplin, and a song by Ahmad Wali, who like Waheed fled Afghanistan.

DRAMA: The Raj Quartet. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Mon. 16th to Wed 25th May. 10:00 to 11:00 & 15.00 to 16.00pm. The Jewel in the Crown. Episodes 1- 8. John Harvey's dramatisation of Paul Scott's novels about the last days of the British Raj in India. Daphne Manners arrives in Mayapore and meets two men who will change her life.

ARTS: Love Marriage. BBC Radio 4 FM (Freeview 704). Mon. 16th May to Wed. 25th. 22:45 to 23:00. By Monica Ali. Meera Syal reads this new novel following two families brought together by marriage. Yasmin prepares herself for the long-feared meeting between her traditional Muslim parents and her fiance's firebrand feminist mother, Harriet. Abridged by Katrin Williams. Episodes 1-10. Starring: Meera Syal, Monica Ali, Katrin Williams.

DOCUMENTARY: AJ Selects. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 235). Fri. 20th May. 21:30 to 22:00. Drugs. Pharmaceutical drug abuse in India, a cannabis connoisseur in Uruguay and heroin addiction in Tanzania.


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Veronica Fernandes: A month in Ukraine as a war reporter:

9 May: Gazzetta di Mantova (Italy). By Camilla Sorregotti. Veronica Fernandes is a Mantuan journalist and much of the news on the war that arrives in Italy is the result of her work and, it must be said, of her courage. She was born in Italy but she also has roots in Goa and Nairobi and lives in Rome. She currently works for RaiNews24 and towards the end of March she left for Ukraine together with her fellow cameraman Andrea Vaccarella. It was the first time for Fernandes in a war zone… Veronica is touched deeply seeing women with their children flee in search of safety. “I also have two daughters and I identified with them. What would I do if I was at war?” … 672 words. 26 May 2021: Goan Voice. Veronica Fernandes is a journalist at the foreign desk of Rainews24, her roots are between Goa and Nairobi…  click here
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26 May 2021: Goan Voice. Veronica Fernandes is a journalist at the foreign desk of Rainews24, her roots are between Goa and Nairobi… click here.

Looking for authentic Goan food in Goa? Here is what the locals recommend

0 May: Outlook. By Simrran Gill. …Panjim: Viva Panjim, George Bar, Bombil. Peep Kitchen, Relax Inn, Panjim Inn, Babazin’s Shack, Hospedaria Venite … North Goa: Kamlabai in Mapusa, Annapurna in Parra, Florentine in Saligao. South Goa: Seaman’s Nest, Starlight and Amerelia in Assolna; Mother’s Recipe in Benaulim; Dharmu in Loutolim. 637 words.  For further details click here

On the sidelines of Goafest 2022, BrandSutra’s food truck was a winner too

10 May: Free Press Journal. It’s not just the Gold, Silver and Bronze winners who were the talk of town - a runaway hit at Goafest was a food truck offering authentic Goan snacks free of charge to all festival delegates courtesy BrandSutra, facilitated and executed by its partner The Goan, along with Prudent Media … Positioned right outside the Goafest venue, it offered the Goan ras omelette pav, pav bhaji Goan-style and the ubiquitous hunger helpline Maggi, along with cool packaged buttermilk to delegates… Word of mouth about the hygienically presented tasty snacks drew the Goafest crowd to the food truck …  For further details click here
Video: 10 May. Twitter. #BrandSutra’s food truck. 0.25s.  click here

The Dog and Mr Fonseca

10 May: Jornal i (Portugal). By Afonso de Melo. Dogs in Colva have no manners. On Sunday, in Cavelossim, at the Hungry Shark (photo), a big white male came running towards my backpack and pissed on it… Hindus don’t have the guts to put up with dogs. They consider it a non-reflective animal and not worthy of consideration… Here in this corner of Catholics, the view of animals is that of every good catholic. In principle they feed them… Unfortunately, the frog legs (“jumping chicken”) that we ordered at Palmirabai was banned. Although on the face of it the frog is also a reflective animal… I remember the story of the reflective Mr. Fonseca… he tried to woo a girl and posed her a naughty question…  For further details click here
10 May: Jornal i (Portugal). By Afonso de Melo. Fatorda. The Goan Dream of Monte D'Cruz. It was built in Margão, in 1989, by the will of the Indian Minister of Sports at the time, the only stadium worthy of the name that exists in Goa… 925 words.  click here
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An uncertain future for cashew feni

10 May: Goan. By Dr Alvarinho J Luis… Cashew Feni was the first product of Goan origin to get a Geographical Indication tag in May 2009… However, problems in the feni market are plenty… The biggest loose end of this industry is unscrupulous players … Production of feni depends on the yield of cashew apples which again depends on the weather … Granting the GI status has been a double- edged sword … The Goa government policy to impose an excise duty on feni in the budget 2020-21 is a welcome step to regulate the industry …  For further details click here
4 May: Deccan Herald. Climate change takes toll on Goa's feni; production drops, price rise expected  click here
Video: 11 June. 2021. Business Insider. How Families in India Are Keeping A 500-Year-Old Cashew Liquor Tradition Alive | Still Standing. 9m.21s. click here.

Calangute as a canvas of changing Goa

10 May: The Goan. By Fredrick Noronha… Last week, I visited Calangute on a summer evening … The crowds reminded me of old times ... But there was one big change: instead of the tonnes of local people, there were thousands of desi tourists … In four decades, the world of this one-time former fishing village has changed so dramatically… Calangute is as interesting a case study as one can get, especially for tourism… It was among the first ‘discoveries’ in Goa… we fearfully encountered the hippies there … Later charters came to the area … The movement critiquing tourism also looked at the changes in the ABC (Anjuna-Baga-Calangute) belt in the 1980s… without doubt, the village, its geography, economy, culture and demography has changed vastly due to tourism… At one time, Goa was the centre of many studies and frequent comment on the impact of tourism…  For further details click here
30 Nov. 1975. The New York Times. By William Borders. The Hippies Wintering In Mild Goa  click here
Video: YouTube. 31 Dec. 2021. Kanak News. Thousands Of Domestic Tourists Have Thronged To Calangute Beach Of Goa. 2m.45s. click here.

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10 May: The Print. By Abantika Ghosh. 82% women in India able to refuse sex to their husbands, finds govt's family health survey. Click here.
10 May. TrademarkElite. By Reuben Rego. GOAN HUNGRY Australia Trademark Information Click here.
10 May. Times of India. Governor on tour of Goa's villages to know 'actual life' Click here.
10 May: Ahmedabad Mirror. By Sarfaraz Shaikh. State Boy Confined in Goa. His Parents Told He's in Canada Click here.

10 May: IANS. Goa CM doubts quality of vegetables supplied by other states Click here.



Death: Savina Rodrigues e Carvalho. Hounslow, London. Ex Orlin / Betalbatim, Goa
24 Apr. Hounslow. SAVINA RODRIGUES e CARVALHO. Born 17 Mar 1990. Savina you left us without warning. Your loss has wounded our hearts, which can never be healed. Loving wife of Avinash Carvalho. Beloved mother of Chavez Antonio Aguardilho Carvalho. Daughter of Late Antonio Rodrigues / Filomena Rodrigues. Daughter-in-law of Late Aguardilho Pascoal Carvalho / Neve Farias e Carvalho. Sister-in-law of Arvind Carvalho and Pravin Carvalho Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, 11 May 2022, at 11 am at St. Michael & St Martin Church, 94 Bath Road Hounslow TW3 3EH. This will be followed by the burial at Hounslow Cemetery, 631 Hanworth Road Hounslow, TW4 5NH.
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UK: Labour’s Indian problem: The local elections suggest British Indians are drifting away from the Left

9 May: The Critic (UK). While Labour celebrated gaining control of Westminster, Wandsworth and Barnet, other local results in London underscore the reality that not all is well when it comes to the party’s relationship with Britain’s ethnic and religious minorities. As well as losing the mayoralty contests in Croydon and Tower Hamlets (to the Conservatives and Lutfur Rahman’s Aspire), Labour — in spectacular fashion — lost control of Harrow… A survey of British Indians following the 2019 general election found that British-Indian support for Labour had eroded — a shift driven by Hindu and Christian voters … But whether it is Gujarati Hindus in north-west London or Goan Roman Catholics in Swindon, Labour appears to be falling behind the Tories … 1071 words.  For further details click here

Doubling of rail track: Goans claim victory as Supreme Court sets aside clearances for project

9 May: Indian Express. Amid the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in November 2020, about 3,000 people had gathered in Chandor in South Goa to protest the doubling of the railway track between Castle Rock in Karnataka and Kulem in Goa… Claude Alvares, director of NGO Goa Foundation that had challenged the clearances granted to the three projects, said that the SC’s decision on Monday was a “major victory” for Goans opposed to the project … The Court had accepted that the project “will destroy the fragile eco-system of the Western Ghats that is an internationally recognised biodiversity hotspot and also one of the most important wildlife corridors of the country”… The SC’s decision also comes a day after camera traps sighted a black panther in the Mollem National Park…  For further details click here
1 Nov. 2020. Times of India. Govind Kamat Maad. On railway double tracking route, coal dust and heritage home.  click here
Video: 1 Nov. 2020. Prime TV Goa. Protest against double-tracking. 21m.20s. click here.

Dylan Fernandes: MasterChef New Zealand’s FRESH MEAT!

9 May: Woman’s Day (New Zealand). Get to know the first batch of contestants preparing to do culinary battle in the kitchen… Dylan Fernandes (21) from Auckland is a Sales rep. He says being accepted for MasterChef NZ has “reignited a fire in my belly” when it comes to his passion for fresh ideas with food. His signature dish is mushroom tortellini, while his favourite meal is an Indian dish called sorpotel. “It’s a curry from Goa, which is where my family is from – it’s to die for!” Dylan admires celebrity chef Jamie Oliver because “he makes food fun and interesting”, and his ultimate dream is to run his own food truck or cooking school…  For further details click here
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Goa: Crack down on those not using taxi meters: TTAG president

10 May: Herald. The Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has called for cracking down on taxis not using taxi meters, since this is affecting tourism in Goa. The association also said that Goa needs to welcome Ola-Uber kind of services… He urged that Ola-Uber like services should come to the State, as this will help in better convenience and added those who think that it’s a non-Goan business and outsiders will drive taxis in Goa are completely wrong, because all local taxis will be roped in and will get employment …  For further details click here
Video: 9 May: Herald TV. Only legal business should be allowed, Goa needs to welcome Ola-Uber service: TTAG President … 5m. 58s.  click here
Video: 9 May: Goa News Now. Transport Minister Mauvin Godinho has said that the people have been demanding cheap taxi services in Goa and hence if demand goes stronger such taxi operations might see the light of the day … click here.

Salazar, Vassalo e Silva, Costa Gomes and Mariupol

8 May: Diario de Notícias (Portugal). By Valentino Viegas… we can learn a lot from the three protagonists of the time, important representatives of the State Portuguese, named in the title of this article, by correlating them with the present situation of Mariupol… For Salazar, Goa was an integral part of Portugal, one and indivisible, which stretched from Minho to Timor. On the other hand, for Nehru, regardless of the historical reasons, Goa belonged to the Indian Union … As in Goa, also in Mariupol, even if the defence forces are reinforced, they will always be scarce when compared to the Russian forces, hence they have three options: to be victorious or killed, as Salazar wanted; surrender, after symbolic but honourable resistance, as Vassalo e Silva did; or follow the prudent path of dialogue, diplomacy and negotiation, implicitly indicated by Costa Gomes… 811 words  For further details click here
19 Dec. 2017. BBC (UK). The day India freed Goa from Portuguese rule  click here

How fast-food giants like McDonald's found their Indian soul

7 May: BBC (UK) … Western fast-food was a novelty when McDonald's opened its first outlet in an upscale Delhi neighbourhood in 1996… the chain reinvented itself by tailoring its menu to local tastes… In no time, the McAloo Tikki burger had gone national… McDonald's has become a template for American fast-food chains that are constantly localising their menus in a bid to dominate the Indian market … International brands tweak their products to reach a large audience in India, adding more spices in case of salted foods or making sweets sweeter … But in recent years, brands have moved towards experimenting with more and more unusual combinations in their food … But fast-foods are only one end of the spectrum… 1028 words  For further details click here
19 May. 2021: CookingShooking. McAloo Tikki Burger - McDonald’s style recipe | CookingShooking. 10m.38s.  click here
19 Nov. 2014. BBC News Delhi. By Shilpa Kannan. How McDonald's conquered India click here.

The Goa Files: Scars of Inquisition run deep and there is an imminent need for reconciliation

9 May: Firstpost. By Savio Rodrigues. Catholic Church’s stand that violence was committed ‘in the service of truth’ is no justification for the Goa Inquisition … Some Goans remember the horrid past of the Portuguese oppression and brutality with hurt and anger; some others opt not to acknowledge the trauma of 500-years of the Portuguese colonial rule … Should the persecuted Goans forgive and forget the horrors of the Goa Inquisition on the reasoning of Pope John Paul II that the Inquisition was violence in the service of the truth? … In fact, even before the Inquisition was authorised, the Portuguese government unleashed its diabolic intent on the indigenous people of Goa … According to the Catholic Church, an “Inquisition” was a legal inquiry… 2192 words  For further details click here
Wikipedia. Goa Inquisition.  click here
10 Dec. 2007. America -The Jesuit Magazine (US). By Ivan J. Kauffman. Facing the Inquisition: A pope seeks pardon. click here.

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9 May: Times of India. By Nida Sayed. Goa: Mancurad mango prices drop drastically with early harvesting Click here.
Video: 8 May: Herald TV. Goa unites to celebrate the 50th Ambeanche fest in Corlim. 3m.18s. Click here.
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9 May: Indian Express. ED raids Dempo Group, searches in offices across Goa Click here.
8 May: Deccan Herald. Goa Civil Code can be model for UCC; it hasn't led to any communal tension: CM Pramod Sawant Click here.
9 May: Navhind Times. Rare Black panther spotted in Goa wildlife sanctuary! Cameras to track the movement of elusive big cat … Click here.
9 May. Times of India. Nida Sayed. Soon, dip, dip, dip for refreshing drink of Kokum juice Click here.
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