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Catherine Carvalho (Mama Cathy): Month’s Mind Mass and Appreciation

Sat 7th May. The Month’s Mind Mass will be held at the Don Bosco Youth Centre, Upanga, Dar es Salaam, beginning at 5:15pm with Rosary followed by Holy Mass. Pearl, Ruby, Sapphire, Diamond, and their families would like to thank everyone who attended the Funeral Mass, sent floral tributes, condolence emails, messages & phone calls, mass intentions, and those who assisted in various ways. Donations received in Mama Cathy's name will be given to the Mother Teresa Orphanage, Mburahati. As it is impossible to thank everyone in person, we will be offering a Mass for your intentions. The Rosary and Mass will be live webcast on 7th May 2016 at 5:15pm T (+3 GMT) Tanzanian Time. 10:15am Toronto/New York Local Time. 3:15pm London Local Time. 2:45pm Goa Local Time. [Info Brendan Abreu] To link to the live webcast, click here.

Death: Mohan Hede
2 May: Lakewood, New Jersey, UK. MOHAN GOVIND HEDE. Age 80. He was born in Siroda, Goa on April 26, 1936 to his parents, Anapurnabai Amonkar and Govind Hede. Mohan was a Chemical Engineer at GAF for 25 years in Linden, NJ. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather who was kind, caring, generous, and will be sadly missed by all who knew him. Mohan is survived by his wife, Milan Bhobe Hede; three children, Minish (Kathy) Hede of Malboro, Madan (Shalini) Hede of Hillsborough, Meena (Donald) Latona of Freehold Township, three brothers; and eight grandchildren. Services, Thursday, May 5, 2016, 1:00 to 3:00 pm at Franklin Memorial Park, Route 27 and Cozzens Lane, North Brunswick, NJ. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of India Funeral Service, 416 Bell Avenue, Raritan, NJ 08869,  For further details click here

News Summary

UK: New Event Announcement

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

Babush Monserrate booked for rape of minor ex- employee

5 May: Herald. In a massive and shocking development which could have far reaching political implications, St Cruz MLA Atanasio ( Babush) Monserrate has been booked for raping a minor girl … •Case of rape booked against Babush Monserrate on complaint by a minor girl• Complaint states she was raped on more than once occasion• Apparently, Crime Branch was aware of the incident and was conducting preliminary inquiries. The issue was kept totally under wraps• Girl employed in Monserrate’s lifestyle store• Monserrate claims he sacked the girl, working in his showroom for ten days for misappropriation of funds• Herald has pieced together a broad account of the behind the scenes activity that took place leading up to the rape complaint against Babush Monserrate and after… 958 words.
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Election Office Shocker: Around 1.2 lakh can lose voting rights for holding Portuguese citizenship

5 Jun: Herald. Will depend on whether Centre decides on dual citizenship issue; till date Centre has sent a circular suggesting status quo on the issue … “We will begin the electoral roll revision in August and end by October. If the law is not amended by this time, we will seek names of Portuguese passport holders from the FRRO and send them to the district collector for further process and then strike off the names”, Official from Election Office. “The issue is being dealt with by the Central government and hence I do not want to make a comment. In last two months quite a sizeable number of people have voluntarily come to delete their names”, — Narayan Navti, Joint Chief Electoral Officer …
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Bismarque death case stands closed: police

5 May: Navhind Times. The death of Fr Jose Bismarque Desedorio Dias has been classified as ‘accidental death’ by the sub-divisional magistrate, Panaji, based on the crime branch investigation and the postmortem report. With this decision the case now stands closed, said a police officer…  For further details click here
Reopen Bismarque death case: Group. 5 May. Herald.  click here

All the sewage from Goa’s airport is flowing into fields and no one cares

5 May: Herald. For residents of Assoi-Dongri in Chicalim, the current storm water drain which has now turned into a nullah for sewage water was once a famous spring… untreated sewage is being released into the storm water drain located near the old parking lot) of Dabolim Airport and thereby are creating a health hazard for people … “On many occasions, we have complained about a foul smell emanating from the drain which is also now a severe health hazard to locals but the situation is not being dealt with,” said Jude Joseph Thypo, a local resident …  For further details click here

Accused in Russian's rape surrenders

4 May: Times of India. James D'Souza, a Morjim hotelier who has been accused of raping a 24-year-old Russian tourist surrendered before Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC, Pernem on Wednesday morning. D'Souza had gone missing since last week after the alleged rape incident. Today, after his surrender before Pernem JMFC, he was remanded to 14 days police custody… Russian tourist in her complaint at Pernem police station filed on Thursday, alleged that the accused entered her room with a master key at and sexually assaulted her…  For further details click here

Auction: Indo-Portuguese book case

5 May: Jefferys, Cornwall, UK. Lot 968: Indo-Portuguese, 3 tier open book shelves with ornate pierced vine side panels, 56" height 36" width. Estimate: 400 GBP - 500 GBP  For further details click here


HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Shakespeare. BBC Radio 4. Friday 6th May. 13:45 to 14:00. Love Across the Racial Divide. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown explores five Shakespeare plays that cross the racial divide..

TRAVEL: Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Sunday 8th May. 21:00 to 22:00. South Africa to Zanzibar. Episode 1. Simon starts his journey on the rugged coast of South Africa, where he joins the fight against wildlife poachers. Later he heads through Mozambique, to eventually reach the tropical island of Zanzibar.

DOCUMENTARY: Head to Head. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Monday 9th May. 07:00 to 08:00. Raila Odinga. Mehdi Hasan challenges former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Kenya's tribal democracy, impunity and corruption, plus the rise of al-Shabab.

TALK SHOW: Thinking Allowed . BBC Radio 4. Monday 9th May. 00:15 to 00:45. New research on how society works. Migrant Women: Laurie Taylor explores a 60-year history in which women from generations of immigration have forged lives in British society, sometimes against great odds.

COOKERY: Great British Menu. Food Network (Freeview 41). Tuesday 10th May. 21:00 to 21:30.
Wales - Starter. Representing Wales - Stephen Gomes, Adam Bannister and Phil Carmichael - are challenged to plate up perfect starter courses for this week's veteran judge. It's the first time in the Great British Menu kitchen for all three chefs.

DOCUMENTARY: 101 East: Discussion. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Thursday 12th May. 23:30 to 00:00. India's Love Detectives. Hiring private detectives to investigates lovers is big business in India, as modern technology challenges age-old tradition.

DRAMA: Second God. BBC Radio 4 Longwave. Friday 13th May. 15:45 to 16:00 . Short story by Teju Cole which explores how definitions of love can differ around the world. Hussain, a New York gas station attendant, worries about love. Concerned for his ageing parents back in Pakistan, he makes a rash decision that has serious consequences for his relationship. Read by Riz Ahmed.



Death: Tony Fernandes

28 Apr: Montreal. TONY FERNANDES. Aged 90. Although he joins his daughter Karen in heaven, he leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 53 years, Raie (née Coutts), his sons David (Huiwen) and Gavin (Teresa) as well as his two grandsons, Jonathan and Nicholas. Dear brother-in-law to Philomena Heitman. Uncle to Ayesha, David and the Antao & Lawrence families. The family will receive condolences at St. Luke’s Parish, 106A Anselme-Lavigne, Dollard-des-Ormeaux H9A 1N8 (corner Westpark) on Tuesday May 3rd at 9:30 a.m., followed by the service at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Heart & Stroke Foundation ( or West Island Palliative Care Residence (
[Tony Fernandes was a Montreal businessperson and painter who had a fascination with the common themes in his Catholic religion and the Hindu religion of his ancestors].  For further details click here

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Joy knows no bounds for Leicester’s die-hard Goan fan

4 May: Times of India. Mario Fernandes, a lifelong supporter of Leicester City... Immediately after the birth of his son he registered him as a member of the club and when the registration process was completed, Ashley (photo) was only 70 minutes old…. Mario was previously working with British Telecom in Leicester and is now settled in Goa… Leicester winning the league against odds of 5000-1 tells the story of underdog positivity … Mario, 55, first saw Leicester City at their home stadium in 1976 at a time when hooliganism and racism was at its peak in England… "I was the only Asian and had no choice but to enter the stadium 10 minutes after the match kicked off and leave 10 minutes before the match could end. Those days everyone was full of hatred for coloured people… Curiously, Leicester now has highest Asian population in the UK (almost 30%),.. 487 words.
[Mario was born in Kenya, husband of Sheela; father of Ashley and Gemma; brother of Genny, Mathias, Fatima, Maria and the late Edgar Fernandes who was slain in Turkey in 1998]  click here
When a Goan lad rubbed shoulders with Vardy … 4 May: Times of India. Goan midfielder Brandon Fernandes and Jamie Vardy, Leicester City's star striker, were both trying to catch the eye of the same person in November 2012…  click here
Goa miss the bus to be part of Leicester City triumph … 4 May: Herald. click here.

Canada: Priest case included minor

2 May: Sherwood Park News (Canada). Father Ashok Mascarenhas was withdrawn from duty at Fort Saskatchewan’s Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church (OLA), and was sent back to India after an RCMP investigation explored claims related to potential sexual assault, which did not result in any charges. Elk Island Catholic Schools confirmed the investigation involved a 15-year-old student… Now, more information has come out that Mascarenhas was also the subject of a March 2015 investigation in regards to inappropriate behaviour being reported by a parishioner…  For further details click here

Couple shocked to discover ‘daughter’ they never had

4 May: Herald. A shocking case exposing the extent of corruption in various government departments came to light on Tuesday. A non-Goan woman, a tenant in the house of an elderly couple in Benaulim has legally made the elderly couple her parents and using this has got a driving licence and has registered her marriage and applied for Portuguese Citizenship. The elderly couple, Agostinho and Maria Fernandes, live in Benaulim and had rented the house to Renuka Shivaji Tashildar for the past 3 years …  For further details click here

After Goa Government Declares Coconut Is Not A Tree, Courtroom Battle Rages

3 May: India Times. It’s been a month since the Goa government formally declared that the coconut tree is not a tree. The tree status was taken away as cutting it down has required permission from the forest department… And a month later, another courtroom battle rages on, trying to give the tree back its status …  For further details click here

Redefining Gynaecology and Obstetrics in Margao

1 May: Herald. Dr Emanuel Gracias took over his father Dr Carmo Gracias’ hospital in the year 2014 … Having studied Minimal Access Surgery and in vitro fertilization from Paris and Germany, Dr Emanuel introduced 3D scanning and many more facilities at the hospital… And now keeping in mind expats and most NRI Goans, Emanuel has launched a new initiative called Gracias Connect… He’s now working on a telemedicine concept for Goans living abroad… 561 words.  For further details click here

New Real Estate Act: Quality housing, but at a cost

3 May: The Goan. The new legislation has a number of regulations for builders to follow, as a result of which they will be incurring more cost, which they say will have to be passed on to the buyer … For example, builders now have to put 70 per cent of the amount received from allottees in a separate account … The Act also has a provision under which builders will have to repair any structural defect arising in the building within five years from date of handing over possession.  For further details click here
New real estate act to make stakeholders more accountable … 3 May: The Goan. The Act is a welfare legislation, in the sense that it is aimed at making builders, agents and buyers more responsible and thereby cleansing the system…  click here
Advent of RERA perturbs builders … 3 May. Times of India. click here.

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
4 May: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 34.3. Min = 26.2. Humidity = 78%. Rainfall: NIL
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 96.75; $ = 66.58; $Can = 52.33; Euro = 76.44; $Aus=49.94.


News Summary

Christa D'Souza: Who knew HRT could give you SUCH saucy dreams?

2 May: Daily Mail (UK). Christa D'Souza, 56, feared taking hormones might bring back her breast cancer. But it was another bizarre symptom that sent her back to the doctor … Christa D'Souza, 56, began gaining weight due to the menopause - and then she started experiencing hot flushes and had trouble dealing with them … She began taking HRT and found that it affected her sexual arousal levels - she started having very saucy dreams … 2597 words.  click here
Christa D’Souza is the daughter of Stanley and Baroness D’Souza (Speaker of the House of Lords). For details of the extraordinary romance between Stanley and Frances,  click here
After the death of Stanley, Christa D'Souza, visited Mumbai to scatter his ashes there and met her uncles, the Maj Gen Eustace D'Souza and Melville D'Souza. Her account of this visit appeared in the March 2012 issue of Vogue (UK). For photos of that visit, click here.

Parrikar back to Goa politics?

2 May: Indian Express. “Yes, I will be back in three-four months,” Parrikar told Goa News when asked whether he was contemplating returning to state politics. Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar could return to his home-state Goa later this year, hoping to bridge the widening gap between the RSS and the BJP with state elections due in less than a year. While reports of Parrikar’s return have been making the rounds over the last few weeks, it was Parrikar himself who on Sunday hinted at his return.  For further details click here

RSS heat over funding English-medium primary schools, now in Goa

2 May: News Fulton. There is commotion now between the Goa section of BJP and the RSS over grant of funds to English-medium primary schools. The BJP has approached the party’s national leadership to resolve the face-off. Grants to primary schools should be restricted to those that impart education in Konkani or Marathi, according to the Sangh and the Bhartiya Bhasha Suraksha Manch (BBSM). BJP has even been threatened by them to be voted against in the 2017 assembly elections…  click here

Online sales hurting book sellers in Goa

2 May: Herald. The small size of the book market has not been helped by online platforms offering discounts and a generous return policy… The average bookseller is having a tough time but the market is present and with the demographic changes a ongoing process, the nature of this market will change too. Time will tell what shape this market will look like in say five or in even ten years. Perhaps technology will play another role to change the dynamics yet again…  For further details click here

Auction: F. N. Souza: 4 lithographs

3 May: Chiswick Auctions, London. Lot 67: Untitled, 1970's lithograph, erotic scene, signed, numbered 41/50 and dated 1971 in pencil, (img; 27 x 41cm, 77 x 58cm inc. frame). Estimate: 600 GBP - 800 GBP
Lot 68. 1970's lithograph, female nude and child, signed, numbered 25/50 and dated 1975 in pencil, (img; 27 x 27cm, 77 x 58cm inc. frame). Estimate: 600 GBP - 800 GBP
Lot 69: 1970's lithograph, female figural study, signed and numbered AP (artist proof) in pencil, (img; 32 x 22cm, 77 x 58cm inc. frame). Estimate: 300 GBP - 500 GBP. Estimate: 600 GBP – 800
Lot 70: 1970's lithograph, female nude, signed AP (artists proof) in pencil, (img; 39 x 29cm, 77 x 58cm inc. frame). Estimate: 300 - 500 GBP  For further details click here


News Summary

Football: Elano Wrongly Accused, Sensational Video Reveals

2 May: NDTV. Elano Blumer's arrest following the 2015 Indian Super League (ISL) final in Goa on December 20 led to a massive controversy, with the Brazilian football star being accused of assaulting FC Goa co-owner and industrialist Dattaraj Salgaocar. However, NDTV has accessed exclusive footage that shows Elano did nothing that merited an arrest by the Goa police. It could have been a pure case of high-handedness on the part of FC Goa team owners, who are influential people, after losing an ill-tempered final. The unedited footage clearly shows that Elano did not attack or get physical with anybody and that he was taken into police custody only on the behest of FC Goa owners… 2m. 50s.  For further details click here

Google Doodle commemorates Mario Miranda on his 90th Birthday

2 May: First Post. Mario Miranda created crowded comic scenes… His 90th birthday Google Doodle was made by Aaron Renier, who is a guest doodler. Aaron Renier is also known for drawing, layered, crowded scenes. The Doodle shows a scene from a crowded street in a city, perhaps Mumbai. Renier does a good job in the homage to Miranda. You can make out hazy Victorian architecture in the background. Each individual in the scene is lost in their own thoughts and actions…  For further details click here

Rs 2,000cr drug bust: Cops find Goan and Kenya links

1 May: Times of India. The Thane crime branch, investigating the ephedrine drug haul case, have now stumbled on Goan links and suspect that the raw ephedrine sourced from the company in Solapur was to be shipped to Kenya from Goa. Following the seizure of over 20 tonne ephedrine, valued at over Rs 2,000 crore (approx. £20 m), from the unit of Avon life sciences in Chincholi MIDC near Solapur, investigators are connecting dots to ascertain the trade route which was used to export the raw material into meth amphetamine or its products…  For further details click here
2 May: Indian Express. Ephedrine Haul: Cops quiz Goa bizman … 64  click here

Mandovi Hotel: The tale of Goa's very first ascending room

1 May: Times of India. There are plenty of 'first-time-in-a-lift' or just plain lift stories floating around; some funny, some romantic, some sad and some that involve a 'ghost' or two. Goa gained several of its own in December of 1952 at the iconic Hotel Mandovi - its first starred hotel. It was an exciting day in Panaji when the Portuguese colony's first starred hotel was inaugurated. With its wood-panelled walls, brass plates and customized engravings in Portuguese, the ascending room at the hotel, old-timers recall, drew in excited school children, hesitant but curious seniors, and generally, all and sundry… Today, a ride in the lift, that has ferried the likes of Pope John Paul II, visiting heads of states and celebrities in town, is a nostalgic trip up or down memory lane.  For further details click here

4 including Russian woman held for running prostitution racket

1 May: India Today. Four persons, including a Russian woman, were today arrested in Goa for allegedly running an online prostitution racket, police said… 41-year-old Natalia Bhalchandra, a Russian national, 21-year-old Priyanka Sinha, originally from Jharkhand along with two other men - Parshuram Wadar and Swapnesh Naik, were apprehended by the sleuths of the crime branch for allegedly running an online prostitution racket … All the four were running the alleged racket through three different websites, the spokesperson added…  For further details click here

Panaji to have grand football stadium soon

1 May: UNI. Paying heed to the demands of the Goa Football Association and all the football lovers across the state, Goa Government through the Goa State Urban Development Authority is developing a brand new football stadium at the Campal Parade Ground in the city. In a short ceremony today, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar laid the foundation where the plaque was unveiled…  For further details click here

Of mangoes and their many faces

1 May: Times of India. All through the history of mangoes, there have been only two best known ways to eat the fruit - squeeze a fleshy, juicy mango with your bare hands and slurp up the happiness, and sneak up on your mother as she cooks her favourite preparation of mangoes, to steal a bite before anybody else… But till date the most popular preparation of ripe mangoes is the jam, known as mell or halwo, by Goans. While some like theirs cooked with cinnamon, others add cardamom for taste and yet others like ginger in theirs… 589 words  For further details click here



Remembering Goa's angel of the prisoners.... Sr Mary Jane Pinto, a tribute

20 Apr: GoaNet Reader. Sr. Mary Jane Pinto SFN passed away on April 20 2016 morning after a brief illness. Her contribution to help the social rehabilitation of prisoners, through counselling and vocational awareness, has been widely appreciated (including by the Goa chief minister, in a condolence note). She was noted for her work in the Prison Ministry, and was awarded in 2014. A close associate, educationist Gerard Delaney, pays tribute to the nun he worked with… 1553 words.  For further details click here

Obituary: Writer and Art Historian, Paulo Varela Gomes

30 Apr: Publico (Portugal). Paulo Varela Gomes, writer and historian of art and architecture, died Saturday morning at age 63 in his home in Portugal of a cancer that was diagnosed four years ago. The wake will be held this Saturday and the funeral tomorrow afternoon at 15:30… He had been delegated by the Fundação Oriente to Goa twice, 1996-1998 and 2007-2009, that his Indian experience, can be in his novel Once Upon a Time in Goa (2015) … There were an "extraordinary series of films" that Varela Gomes made for RTP on the Portuguese presence in India and other Eastern countries…  For further details click here

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Dynamic, Dignified and Determined ...

1 May: Navhind Times. By Patricia Pereira-Sethi. Dame Indira Patel’s commanding presence fills a room… After all, thanks to her herculean efforts, she has changed the lives of many women across the globe — earning her two premier British honours: an Order of the British Empire (OBE) at the hands of Prince Charles in 1998 and a knighthood, with the title of Dame, from the Queen of England in 2011… Born and educated in Kenya, Indira strafed the feminist front when she saw her young widowed mother face unfair and cruel treatment at the hands of the local community, as well as her own family. She is relaxing in the majestic drawing room of her palatial three-storey mansion at Aldeia de Goa… This champion of women’s rights now spends half the year in Goa at her magnificent eco-friendly residence on the water, designed and built entirely with Goan materials and labour… She continues to drive home the importance of the One-Shop Stop for battered and abused women in Goa … 985 words.  For further details click here

On Mario Miranda's 90th anniv, his drawing goes for Rs 2.5L

1 May: Times of India. The late Mario de Miranda's drawing The Procession sold for a record Rs 2.5 lakh on day one of 'A Pocketful of Chuckles', the biggest exhibition of the prodigiously talented artist's original pocket cartoons and drawings held in Goa till date. The exhibition, at a Panaji gallery, with 74 of his original works, is part of the 90th birth anniversary celebrations of the artist best known for his observation and wit that come to the fore in his caricatures portraying quirky village life … The evening also saw the release of a 288 page visual diary, 'The Life of Mario 1949' …  For further details click here

Vijay Mallya, Indian ‘King of Good Times,’ Dethroned by Debt

28 Apr: New York Times. Three months before he left India with $1.4 billion in unpaid bills hanging over his head, the man who called himself the King of Good Times gave a party for himself. Vijay Mallya, a beer-and-airline magnate who publishes a swimsuit calendar and cavorts with celebrities, invited the pop singer Enrique Iglesias, the Bollywood star Sonu Nigam and some top Indian business figures to his villa in the coastal Indian state of Goa to celebrate his 60th birthday… Last weekend Indian authorities canceled Mr. Mallya’s passport, nearly a week after a court in Mumbai issued a warrant for his arrest. On Thursday, India’s Foreign Ministry said it would ask Britain — where authorities believe he is staying — to deport him… 1329 words.  For further details click here
Video: India’s wanted tycoon Vijay Mallya breaks his silence … 29 Apr: Financial Times (UK). 9m. 06s.  click here

A new taverna with a Portuguese touch in Candolim

30 Apr: Navhind Times. Nestled amongst the hustle and bustle of Candolim village is Cerveja e Mais, a haven for every beer lover in Goa. The recently opened gastro-pub is a venture by twenty-three year old Divya Rosario. Her family thinks she is the reincarnation of her great grandmother who ran a tavern during Portuguese rule, and that she is now continuing in her footsteps by setting up her own gastro-pub that serves Portuguese cuisine…  For further details click here

Goa’s 45 plus start-up kings prove it’s never too old to start

30 Apr: Herald. 45 plus innovators from Goa have defied age to launch out of the box start-ups to give shape to the ‘make in Goa dream’ … Anselm Gabriel Mascarenhas, 67, from Verla, Bardez worked for 35 years with the Bank of India is now an expert in home-made wines and uses fruits like jambul, cashew, grapes, ginger, pomegranate, apple, mushroom, strawberries, coconut, etc. … Sabukutty N Dominic, 50, started his career in the Blast Furnace department of Tata Steel is a co-founder and CEO of NelliKuru Innovation Pvt Ltd which is a technology provider to integrated steel plants … Vittorio Velho, 45, is a founder and CEO of Zaggar, a brand that produces highly innovative products in the personal care space and specialises in the field of product design…  For further details click here

Videos: How Indian Jazz Went From 1920s Bombay-Goan Flavour to Sitar and Beyond

30 Apr: BetterIndia. On International Jazz Day, we celebrate the evolution of jazz in India, from elite clubs in 1920’s Bombay to a post-independence revival with Indian classical influences, to a modern day love for Indian jazz in the new millennium… Owing to their early exposure to Portuguese and European culture and their music, Goan and Anglo-Indian musicians dominated the 1920s… Jazz gradually found its way into the Bollywood industry… It moved from elite entertainment in the 20’s to Bollywood influences in the 60’s and has become an independent music scene today in its own right…  For further details click here

Childlessness: 30 percent of couples in Goa are infertile

1 May: The Goan. Blame it on late marriages, early sexual intercourse or termination of first pregnancy, the fact that haunts many couples in Goa is the rising cases of childlessness, which seems to have seen an alarming rise since the 1970s. Says leading expert from Goa on in-vitro fertilization (IVF) Dr Kedar Phadte, "compared to the 1970s, the rate of infertility among couples in the state has increased to 30 percent." This is a sharp rise as compared to 5-10 percent during the 1970s …  For further details click here



Death: Dominic Mascarenhas

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

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

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Event Update: Siolim Union (London)

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

Indian Catholic bishop attacked, beaten

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

Egyptian cleric defends CIA agent convicted over his rendition

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

Russian national alleges rape by guest-house owner in Goa

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

Christians most affected with English as Medium Of Instruction

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

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

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

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

Video: ‘Wanderlovers’ share the beauty of Goan Jungle

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

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