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Death: Teddy d’Souza

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

Death: Dr. Agostinho Fernandes

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

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

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

Dalit Christians in India file complaint with UN against the Vatican

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

This Chef is a lady!

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

Students panic as lizard found in midday meal

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

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

Now, Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar accused of faking educational qualification
30 Jun: IBN Live. Goa Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar was on Tuesday accused of "faking" his educational qualification in his poll-related affidavit … Parulekar is the second cabinet minister and third legislator in the 40-member Goa legislative assembly to be accused of faking educational qualification … Parulekar claimed in his affidavit filed before the 2007 assembly elections that he passed B.Com. from Goa University in 1988," civil society activist Rodrigues said…  click here
Video: Prudent Media.  click here

Lack of late-night buses drive commuters to despair in Panaji
30 Jun: Times of India. By Annalie Gracias. Any regular user of public transportation in the state will concur that the most disheartening aspect of the system is the lack of late-night buses, with the scope of travel ending as early as 8.30pm or 9.30pm for many. But, while authorities claim that late-night public transport users are far too few to introduce such a facility, several citizens maintain that the sole reason they avoid venturing out after dusk is because of the non-availability of buses during the later hours…  click here

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

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
I Jul: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 32.8. Min = 26.6. Humidity = 80%. Rainfall: 3.3mm
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 99.94; $ = 63.62; $Can = 50.94; Euro = 70.87; $Aus= 49.00.



Death: Juliana Caiado

29 Jun: Carambolim – Goa. JULIANA CAIADO. Born 1928. Beloved wife of late Joao Salvador. Mother/Mother-in-law of Carmelina/late Euqueiro (Chorao). Francisco/Nataline Lizarda (Dubai), Catarina/Job, Lucia Sacramenta/Inacio (Muscat), Alberto/Joyce (Sao Pedro), Caciana/Agnelo (U.K.), Fr. Olavo Caiado (Director, Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media). Grandmother of: Carol/John, Bina/Olvino, Kay/Joaquim, Sima/Robert, Floyd, Joseph, Felina, Abigail, Melfrida and Monalisa & great grandchildren. Funeral cortege will leave her residence 30th June 2015 (Tuesday) at 03.15 pm to St. John the Baptist Church, Carambolim for Eucharistic Celebration followed by burial.  For further details click here

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UK, China and some other countries to be extended e-tourist visa facility in July

29 Jun: Economic Times. The United Kingdom (UK) and China along with 30 other countries will be covered under India's Electronic Tourist Visa (ETV) scheme in July. The Home Ministry on Monday held a meeting to finalise a list of countries who will be included in the existing list of 74 countries to whom India extends ETV… Other major countries being added will be Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal, Hungary, Sweden, Malaysia, Argentina and Uruguay. The announcement is expected to be made in early July, MHA officials said…  click here
E-tourist visas to be extended to UK, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal … 29 Jul: First Post …  click here

Goa provisionally selected to host FIFA U-17 World Cup matches

29 Jun: DNA. Goa would be one of the six centres in the country that are provisionally selected to host forthcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup 2017 matches. There will be four training grounds and one main stadium where the matches would be held," Javier Ceppi, Tournament Director, local organisation committee (LOC) FIFA U-17 World Cup told reporters today. FIFA has provisionally shortlisted other centres like Guwahati, Kochi, Kolkata, Navi Mumbai and New Delhi besides Goa as the venues. Ceppi said this is for the first time India would host for the football World Cup… Grounds at Benaulim, Vasco, Cuncolim and Utorda in Goa will be used for training while Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda will be the main stadium…  click here
Video: 29 Jun: Prudent Media.  click here
Indian football pitches not fit for World Cup matches: Official. 29 Jun: IANS. India does not have a single football pitch good enough to host a FIFA World Cup match, a senior FIFA official said on Monday... click here.

Keith Vaz opens suite of rooms at Leicester Royal Infirmary to help parents of still born babies

26 Jun: Leicester Mercury. Leicester East MP Keith Vaz and his daughter, Anjali (photo), have officially opened new rooms to help parents cope with the tragic death on an unborn baby. The rooms are on the maternity unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary… The appeal was backed by Mr Vaz and his wife Maria who experienced their own loss of a baby… His daughter Anjali performed the official opening …  click here

Keeping the taste alive: The rich yet undiscovered flavours of Goa

30 Jun: Express Tribune (Pakistan). Although their ancestors left the swaying palm trees and white sands of Goa behind for a new life in Sindh in the 1800s, the small but talented Goan community of Karachi — patriotic as it is about Pakistan — holds on to its roots, especially when it comes to food. Belinda Fonseca (photo) is one such member of the community, who keeps Goan culture alive through the sweet and savoury delights she whips up. The owner of ‘Love at First Bite’, she not only offers traditional delicacies for Christmas, Easter and other Christian festivals but also keeps the taste of Goa intact, since she believes that there is almost no place in the metropolis where one can find genuine Goan food… 592 words  click here

Goa state museum in utter ruin

30 Jun: Herald. Thousands of centuries-old Goan antiques and artifacts, which money can’t buy are lying in unattended ignominy and years of neglect in the stock room of the old museum. The museum itself is in need of restoration as much as the antiques need a place. The structure is at risk of sudden collapse. The floor tiles are damaged, the roof has collapsed and walls have developed large cracks. During the monsoon, sources claim, water seeps in endangering the existence of the valuable objects…  click here

Goa government allowed resort to violate CRZ norms: High Court
29 Jun: Business Standard. The High Court on Monday hauled up the state government for allowing the construction of the Marriott Resort and Spa, a five star property here, without adhering to coastal regulation zone (CRZ) norms. In its order, which was kept on hold for eight weeks, a bench of Justice K.L. Wadane and Justice F.M. Reis said that the promoters of the five-star property Palm Hotel India Ltd and Goa Marriott Resort were "playing hide and seek" vis a vis their position on law…  click here
30 Jun: Times of India. Don’t obstruct beach access, HC tells Marriott…  click here

EDC moves court to attach former Goa minister Pacheco's assets
29 Jun: Press Trust of India. The Goa government run Economic Development Corporation (EDC) has moved the court to attach assets of former Goa rural development minister Francisco Mickkey Pacheco, who is currently in jail for slapping a government servant. "We have moved the court to attach Pacheco's barge, which is currently in the shipbuilding yard," EDC Chairman Siddharth Cuncolienkar told reporters here today. In October 2008, the EDC had sanctioned a term loan of Rs 4 crore to a Pacheco-run company called the Giovanni and Zibronni Shipping Private Limited to purchase the barge …  click here
30 Jun: Times of India. Now, Mickky files mercy petition…  click here

Can India overcome its bureaucratic enemy?
29 Jun: Investment Week (UK). Madhav Bhatkuly, manager of the GAM Star India Equity fund, explores whether India's aims to slash red tape and install new trading laws across districts will be enough to ensure business productivity remains on track…  click here

Hotel staffer gets 14 months jail for outraging modesty of tourist
29 Jun: Times of India. In a case of outraging modesty of a woman tourist at night when she was sleeping in a hotel room at Arpora in 2010, a judicial magistrate first class court at Mapusa has sentenced the hotel employee Sunil Mane to undergo rigorous imprisonment for one year and two months. On the night of March 29, 2010, the accused, working in the housekeeping department, entered a rented room and tried to commit theft of the valuables and also intentionally outraged the modesty of the complainant's wife. The accused was almost eighteen-and-half-years old at the time of commission of offence…  click here



Death: Mariano Dias

17 Jun: U.K. MARIANO DIAS. Born 1971. Son of late Jose Dias/Filomena (Fula) Dias. Brother of Albertlna, Joanita/Anthony Alphonso, Sherina / Menino Menezes, Steven Dias. Uncle of Savio, Silvia, Anita, Aldrich, Xavier and Baby Victoria. Funeral cortege will leave his residence Azossim – Corpir, Goa on 29th June 2015 (Monday) at 3:00 PM to St. Mathew's Church, Azossim for Eucharistic celebration followed by burial. click here.

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Travel News (UK): Goa Visa Confusion

28 Jun: The Sunday Times (UK). Earlier this month, it seemed that some travelling to Goa would be able to bypass the trauma of applying for an Indian visa, after the state announced that the UK had been added to the list of nations entitled to use a simplified e-visa scheme. Last week, however, the Indian High Commission in London told The Sunday Times it had "not yet been informed of the changes". This latest confusion comes after India dropped plans earlier this year to make British travellers apply for their visa in person at a UK visa centre and supply biometric data… 108 words. [Subscribers only]  click here

Laila Rouass lands role as Liz Hurley's rival in US drama The Royals

28 Jun: The Mirror (UK). Laila Rouass has landed a role as Liz Hurley’s rival in US drama The Royals, writes Janine Yaqoob in the Sunday People. The actress, 44, who is married to snooker ace Ronnie O’Sullivan, said on Facebook: “Looks like I’ll be spending the summer indulging my wicked side. “So happy to be joining the cast of The Royals ­ playing Elizabeth Hurley’s arch-enemy.” Laila is best known for her parts in Footballers’ Wives and Holby City …  click here
For the Goan Voice profile of Laila Rouass,  click here

Aires Rodrigues: Atmaram Deshpande must account for his misdeeds

28 Jun: Herald. The malaise of corruption has now reached the door steps of the Goa Police … Superintendent of Police and Principal of Police Training School Atmaram Deshpande finds himself entangled in a string of very serious allegations. Ironically those charges are being probed by his batch mate the SP of Anti – Corruption Branch, Bosco George, who as expected is going all out to shield and cover up the alleged gross irregularities and malpractices by his brother officer…  click here
Brothers in Arms. 28 Jun: Herald. As twin inquiries including an ongoing one conducted by the ACB, into serious alleged illegalities committed by Deshpande in the PTS, reach a decision making stage, has their brotherhood seriously compromised not just the inquiry but the reputation of the ACB and that of George himself, one of Goa’s finest officers? …  click here

Goa cricket veterans tour Europe

28 Jun: Herald. The Goa veteran’s cricket team successfully completed their tour to England, Netherlands and Belgium, recently. They won the match against Wolvertan Cricket Club and Blodlow Village Cricket Club in England. They also continued their good performance in the Netherlands, where they got the better of Friends Cricket Club, Amsterdam. There was no stopping for the Goan side in Belgium as they overpowered Royal Brussels Cricket Club…  click here

Auction: Lisbon – 13 Indo-Portuguese antique items

1 Jul: Veritas, Lisbon. Lot 146 – 157, 354. Antiques including carved ivory religious fugures and furniture. Photo shows Lot 157: A 17th century Indo-Portuguese table, Sissó, ebony, teak with ivory inlaid decoration, Two small drawers, turned legs and stretchers. 78x51,5x74 cm. Estimate: € 45.000 - 60.000.  click here

Does Goa even know who its friends really are?
28 Jun: Herald. By Sujay Gupta. 54 years after our so called ‘liberation’, let us recognise who our friends really are. They who love this land more than some so called countrymen who kill our land and set muscle men and bouncers against our own people… They didn’t cut our hills or build homes in paddy fields. They didn’t destroy our forests or take over the lands of our comunidades … When many of them grew older they decided to live where their hearts wanted, and Goa it was. They gave up their lives in Britain and elsewhere, spent their savings and shifted businesses with valid papers. And yet many of them were taken for a ride, leaving many of them struggling with notices from the Enforcement Directorate and other authorities. The tragedy and we haven’t noticed yet, Goa is losing its dearest and most valuable friends… 903 words.  click here

Union minister Sripad Naik's maid found murdered in Goa
28 Jun: Deccan Herald. A 48-year-old domestic help working at the Goa home of AYUSH Minister Sripad Naik was allegedly murdered by an unidentified man, police said today. Body of Charu Rathod was found near the private residence of Naik at Ribandar near here in the wee hours today, they said. As per Old Goa police officials, Rathod, a widow, had been working at the minister's residence since long. She has been staying in Goa for last twenty years, they said … Meanwhile, police have identified one Ramanna (full name not known) as the suspect in the case and are looking for him…  click here
Video: Prudent Media. 28 Jun.  click here

It’s happy days for the corrupt in Goa
29 Jun: Times of India. With an increase in corruption in administration and public life, the anti-corruption branch (ACB) of the directorate of vigilance has received over 700 complaints against police personnel, bureaucrats and politicians, since the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) came to power in the state in 2012. Out of 707 complaints received for the last three-and-half years, 297 complaints have been closed after inquiry and 410 complaints are still pending. During a similar period, 45 criminal complaints have been registered out of which 11 are trap cases, three are disproportionate cases and 31 are other cases…  click here

India departs from monk-like rum tradition
26 Jun: Financial Times (UK). The Indian people are well-known lovers of whisky, consuming an estimated 482m cases of whisky every year… Molasses-based spirit, in other words, rum, is also used as the basis for Indian-made vodka, gin and brandy … India’s most traditional rum, which has a devoted clientele, is Old Monk, which for decades was the tipple of choice for the armed forces… Mumbai-based photographer Ian Pereira is a self-proclaimed Old Monkian. Mr Pereira’s affection for OM runs so deep that he has started a Facebook group called Council of Old Monk Addicted Drinkers and Eccentrics, or Comrade…  click here

Cricket: Dr Salkar steps back
28 Jun: Herald. Fearing a clear whitewash and to avoid further embarrassment, current Goa Cricket Association president Dr Shekhar Salkar compromised with Secretary Chetan Desai and withdrew from the fray for the post of GCA president. The compromise came during the scrutiny of nominations by the Election Committee appointed by the High Court at the GCA headquarters, in Porvorim on Saturday, a day ahead of the GCA elections…  click here
Goa cricket is just a power play of money and politics. 28 Jun: Herald…  click here

Goa is packed with organised corruption, says Yadav
28 Jun: Herald. Swaraj Abhiyan leader Yogendra Yadav on Saturday said that Goa, the ‘ tiny State’ on India’s map, is packed with organized corruption. At his first interaction with journalists in Goa, over two months after being expelled from the Arvind Kejriwal- led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), he said Goa could be a place to create alternative ideas rather than just being a tourist destination…  click here



Death: Adrian D'Souza
25 Jun: Montreal. ADRIAN D'SOUZA. Born 1933. Husband of Rose (Pinto) D'souza. Loving father of Anita (Robert) and Zelia (Winston). His unconditional love and kindness will be deeply missed by his grandchildren Juliano, Paula, Adrienne and Marcus. Viewing at Armstrong Funeral home, 1640 Cote Vertu, Ville St. Laurent, QC, H4L 2A2 on Monday, June 29th from 7.00 to 9.00 pm and Tuesday, June 30th from 1:30 to 3.00 pm. Funeral mass at Our Lady of Fatima, 875 Boul. Marcel Laurin, St. Laurent, QC, H4M 2M8 on Tuesday June 30th at 3:30 pm. Info: Annette Rodriguez, QGA Secretary.  For further details click here

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How Murumbi took the path less travelled

26 Jun: The East African. Photo shows the cover of the yet to be launched book on Kenya’s second vice-president Joseph Murumbi written by Alan Donovan. Set in five parts, the book explores different periods of his life — his early years, the emerging nationalist, Independence, after politics and other interviews. Joseph Zuzarte Murumbi was Kenya’s second vice-president serving from May to December 1966… His autobiography, A Path not Taken written by Alan Donovan, is set to be launched in September… Born of a Goan father and a Maasai mother in 1911, Murumbi was sent to an English school in India. The school had Anglo-Indian children who saw themselves as superior to the Indians. Murumbi decided to identify with his mother’s African heritage… 791 words.  click here

More and more Indians are hiring carers to look after their parents

27 Jun: Mail Online India. … The concept of professional caregivers for the elderly is becoming popular especially among those whose sons and daughters live outside India. Several non-resident Indians are increasingly engaging these professional caregivers for their parents back in India. The caregivers offer a whole gamut of services — from home visits, providing medical assistance to paying of bills — for a fee. Depending on the services needed, one may have to pay anything between Rs 10,000 per month to Rs 200,000 a year… The professional elder care is a growing industry in India…  click here

Video: 'Pee-Buddy' helps women in India avoid dirty toilets

27 Jun: BBC. Unhygienic toilets are one of the most common causes of Urinary Tract Infection or UTI amongst women in India. But now an entrepreneur has come up with a female urination device that helps women stand and pee. The BBC's Shalu Yadav hit the streets of Delhi to find out what women do to avoid dirty toilets. 2m. 11s.  click here
For the Pee Buddy website,  click here

Online archive opens a window to women’s lives

27 Jun: Times of India. … The Prajnya Archives is an online portal that documents South Asian women… One of recordings is of Sofia Cordeiro Monteiro who in 1937 embarked on a journey from Goa to Bombay to pursue a BA from St Xavier's College. There she fell in love with a classmate but didn't marry him for several years due to family opposition. "She went back to Goa, did her BEd and became a schoolteacher. She finally married him in 1945. She was widowed at 30, remarried her husband's brother (my father) and had a total of five children (I am the fourth)," writes Anjali Monteiro in a moving piece for Prajnya Archives …  click here
For the Prajnya Archive account of Sofia Cordeiro Monteiro  click here

Goa's Babel. By Frederick Noronha

28 Jun: Navhind Times. You could call it Goa's Tower of Babel. We have so many languages that enrich our small State, and yet we either neglect them, play favourites among them, or even work to ensure their extinction. Peter Nazareth, the novelist and critic who compiled the first anthology of Goan writing in English way back in the 1980s, suggests that Goans have themselves written in 13 different languages. For any other community, this would be seen as a huge asset. But not so in Goa… 1023 words.  click here

Markets of Goa

27 Jun: Navhind Times. … You have to read the book titled, 'Markets of Goa' by photographer Assavri Kulkarni, who has documented 50-odd markets of Goa. This coffee table book is a visual story about Goan markets complete in all its colours, textures, flavours, and most importantly sellers/vendors. These are things that, in many ways, lend character to our markets. Assavri took seven years to finish this project as she says the task was not as easy as it looked. .. She faced lot of flak from vendors who didn't want to be photographed… Some of the markets featured: Calangute 'bhitarle' or inside market sells vegetables, meat and local chicken which are offered to the devchar (spirit) of the village. It is also famous for designer lingerie available at cheap rates and coconut jaggery. This market is held every Saturday and no plastic bags are allowed here … Mapusa: Here a liquor market is held behind the Mapusa municipal complex. It sells the local cashew brew by the gallon for just half an hour - 6.30 a.m. to 7 a.m. ..  click here

Insecurity plaguing minorities: Goa Archbishop
27 Jun: Times of India. Goa Archbishop Felipe Neri Ferrao on Saturday said "clouds of fear and insecurity" were looming large over the minorities in the country while expressing solidarity with a 48-year-old Catholic nun from Raipur who was gang raped on June 19… Ferrao heads the Roman Catholic Church in Goa, an influential religious institution considering that nearly 26 percent of the state's population is Catholic…  click here

Goa’s local heroes
27 Jun: Financial Express. By Mini Ribeiro. Goan cuisine is undisputedly one of the world’s most flavoursome and palate-tingling ones. But have we ever stopped to wonder why? What is it that makes the cuisine so delectable? The answer is, quite simply, its ingredients. In fact, the majority of these ingredients—cashew, kokum, bimbli, jackfruit, triphala, among others—are home-grown, a fact not many susegado (laidback) Goans have taken seriously or flaunted to the world. Until now. Goans are now waking up to the versatility of their unique fruits and vegetables—buoyed by the efforts of the tourism ministry, hotels and enthusiastic chefs—and are trying to popularise their local ingredients, extolling their virtues and use to the outside world. The once-derided ingredients for ‘comfort food’ have now been elevated to essentials for ‘haute cuisine’… 1105 words.  click here

Locals controlling drug trade: Goa MLA
27 Jun: Times of India. "Goans are controlling the drug trade in the state and few politicians are supporting it said Calangute MLA Michael Lobo addressing the program organized on the occasions of international day against drugs abuse and illicit trafficking at Mapusa.”We need to accept that our locals are into selling of drugs and consuming drugs on daily basis and government should now seriously put a stop to it" Lobo said…  click here

Goan identity higher than national identity'
27 Jun: IANS. Goa may be one of the smallest states in the Indian Union, but its unique identity is higher in many ways than India's national identity, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said on Saturday. "Goa is the smallest state in our Union of India, but (is also) one of the most important states which has a unique identity," Prabhu said, adding that when he went to Portugal with Goa's Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza, he was identified as a Goan rather than an Indian…  click here

17th Century Fort Could Be New Backdrop for Goa Casinos: Minister
26 Jun: New Indian Express. A former prison and a 17th century fort could be the new picturesque backdrop for Goa's offshore casinos, Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar said on Friday, adding that the fort itself could be used as hub for casino infrastructure. "We are in the process of relocating the casinos by the end of the year to the Aguada bay. They have to move out of the Mandovi river. The bay near Aguada fort is the best option," Parulekar said. "They can even use the fort for their offices and other infrastructure after taking permission from the government," he added …  click here

Knowledge and imperialism
27 Jun: The Hindu. Book Review of “Catholic Orientalism” Portuguese Empire, Indian Knowledge (16th-18th Centuries). By Ângela Barreto Xavier and Ines G. Županov. OUP India. 416 pages. 978-0-19-945267-5. 2015 … the book takes a look at the Portuguese Empire gaining Indian knowledge in the 16 to 18 centuries disseminated through the network of early Portugal explorers. Under different Portugal kings, there were variations in accumulating, storing and usage of obtained knowledge. Set in three parts, ‘Imperial Itineraries’, ‘Catholic Meridian’ and ‘Contested Knowledge’, the authors chronicle the rise and decline of Portuguese power in India and with it, the effort to gather knowledge with a view to enlarging the empire… 1092 words.  click here
To order the book,  click here


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Zero investment by Non-Resident Goans in Goa

27 Jun: Navhind Times. While the Non-Resident Indian (NRI) Goans’ remittances in banks across the state have crossed a whopping Rs 10,500 crore, their investment in the state’s trade and industry is nil, despite incentives that the state government has offered to the NRIs… Since its inception, the NRI Commission organised various programmes overseas to encourage investment in the state by Goans working in other countries, but the results have not been favourable… The Commission organised the conventions in Lisbon in 2007, Toronto in 2008, Muscat in 2009, Kuwait in 2010 and in London in 2011. However, the conventions yielded nothing in terms of investment in the land of their birth… NRGs do not wish to take risk in industrial and business investment and wish to safeguard their hard-earned money only in bank reserves.  click here
Viewpoint: Why NRGs do not invest in Goa. Flavio Gracias (photo), UK: In three words: Corruption and Bureaucracy. Tony Colaco (photo) of Sydney: Lack in marketing of the State. G R Crasto of Bahrain: Need for a single window system … 505 words.  click here

Selma Carvalho: When the band began to play

27 Jun: Times of India. A small but wonderful exhibition of 'bandwallas' by Krishen Khanna opened at the Grosvenor gallery, London, this month. Could it be that, without realizing it, an artist born in Pakistan has paid tribute on canvas to a fascinating aspect of Goan history? … The history of bandwallas is rooted in Goa. The parochial schools of the 1800s housed in ramshackle church halls might have had questionable academic credentials but they did produce good musicians… Soon, the fame of Goan musicians would spread across the Indian Ocean and find royal patronage in Africa. By 1876, Diogo Sant-Anna de Souza was leading the Sultan of Zanzibar's military band, which was quite simply known as the Sultan's Goan band. When he died, his place was taken by Camillo A Saldanha with Isaac de Souza-Khot (photo) as second bandmaster… The band played at weddings and funerals, it led religious processions through the streets and it was often loaned out by the Sultan to play during ceremonial occasions in Mombasa … 822 words.  click here

New Event: Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Alumni (Toronto)

Thur. 10 Sep. - Sun. 13 Sep. Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Alumni (Toronto) extend an open invitation to alumni around the globe, to join us in celebrating our 2015 Reunion in Toronto. The festivities get under way on Thursday morning, Sept 10, with a Golf Tournament, followed by a Meet & Greet in the evening. On Friday, climb on board for a Coach Trip to Niagara Falls/Casino and Wine Tasting. Saturday has been set aside for free time and/or individual classes to hold their own reunions. On Sunday we will remember our dear departed at a Memorial Mass followed by a Reunion Gala. For further details, 2015 Reunion Flyer & Reservation Form,  click here

Cardinal condemns rape of Indian nun a national shame

26 Jun: Vatican Radio. ‎Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias (photo) has expressed deep sorrow over the rape and violence on an Indian Catholic nun on June 20, in Raipur, Chhattisgarh. "It is a national shame and a disgrace that our women are abused and raped," the Cardinal who is the president of India’s Latin rite bishops told AsiaNews. Supported by Christian leaders and human rights activists, the 47-year old Salesian Missionary of Mary Immaculate, covering her face, spoke at a press conference on Thursday, narrating her ordeal …  click here
Nun in India Says Two Masked Men Bound, Raped Her; Official Downplay Severity, Religious Motives of Attack.., 25 Jun: Morning Star News…  click here

Bio-metrics must before issue of normal visa: Home ministry

26 Jun: Daily News & Analysis. In a letter to the Union home secretary L C Goyal, tourism secretary Lalit K Panwar said that the compulsion of bio-metrics before issue of normal visa was acting as a dampener for the prospective international tourists wishing to visit India. On the insistence of tourism ministry to do away with the compulsion of bio-metrics before issue of normal visa and take it at the point of immigration instead, the Union home ministry has said that it cannot be done away for security concerns … The home ministry, however, considers that the e-Visa that has already been extended across 77 countries and is set to expand to 73 more countries very soon allows the foreigners wanting to come as tourist to give biometrics at the point of immigration…  click here

Indian missionary priests sent to rejuvenate ‘tired’ faith in Scotland
26 Jun: Catholic Herald (UK). Three missionary priests from India are being sent to Scotland to evangelise what they see as “mission territory”, according to the Bishop of Galloway… Meanwhile, the Bishop of Dunkeld told the Scottish Catholic Observer this week that Sisters from Kerala, India, had been invited to run a care home in Dundee…  click here

Football: The untold story behind Romeo Fernandes' return from Brazil
26 Jun: First Post. It was not meant to be a twenty-minutes-of-fame story. Indian footballer Romeo Fernandes' journey to Brazil after a recommendation from legend Zico was supposed to be worth more than a consolation appearance in a three-month stint. As things stand, Romeo's role has turned from hero to zero, his loan deal with Atletico Paranaense has led to a contract stand-off with the club and the loss of his place in the Indian team due to a lack of action over the last few months. Eventually, he had to choose between getting stuck in Brazil or playing for India. It shouldn't surprise anyone that he chose the latter… 2205 words.  click here

Goa seeks expedition of process to resume mining in state
26 Jun: Zee News. Goa on Friday asked the Centre to initiate steps to resume the process of mining in the mineral-rich state, which has been put on hold for over two years now...  click here
'Goa govt committing same mistakes in mining industry again'. 26 Jun: Business Standard. Accusing the Goa government of repeating its past mistakes by providing benefits to a select few mine owners in the state, Claud Alvares, director of Goa Foundation, called for setting up of permanent mining fund as directed by the Supreme Court…  click here

Religion-based violence major rights problem for India: US
26 Jun: Press Trust of India. Religion-based societal violence in India was the "most significant" human rights problem in the country in 2014, besides "widespread corruption" and abuses by police and security force, according to a US State Department report released by US Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday … It noted a complaint filed against Goa-based Devu Chodankar, who urged community members not to vote for Narendra Modi as prime minister in a controversial post on Facebook following which he was detained and interrogated…  click here

UK: Rotherham sex abuse inquiry identifies 300 potential suspects
24 Jun: BBC. About 300 possible suspects have been identified in an investigation into child sex abuse in Rotherham, the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. The agency said two of those under investigation were serving or former Rotherham councillors. The inquiry, named Operation Stovewood, began in December in the wake of the Jay report which found 1,400 children were abused from 1997 to 2013. The Jay Report found children as young as 11 were sexually exploited by gangs of men, mainly of Pakistani origin, and revealed systemic failures in local council scrutiny, governance, and leadership…  click here
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Death: Sybil Tavares

20 Jun: Geneva. SYBIL JULIE OLIVE TAVARES. Born 1926; Ex Nairobi. Wife of former Dr Ribiero Goan School headmaster, Sandy Tavares and mother to Shivona, Subash, Sheryn and Sharman. The funeral service will take place on Friday 26 June 2015 at 16:00 at Centre Funéraire de St. Georges, Chemin de la Batie, 1213 Petit-Lancy, Geneva. [Info: Marilyn Miranda]. Condolences to: Sheryn Gajjar: or Shivona Tavares Walsh: For a bio. click here.

Death: Matthew Fernandes
24 Jun: Toronto. MATTHEW FERNANDES. Son of Francis's and Inez. Nephew of Patrick & Patsy Lobo, Albin & late Maryann Velloze, Toni girl/ late Patrick Fonseca, Terry/ Arthur Cabral. Viewing Thursday June 25th (6-9pm) and Friday June 26 ‎(2-4pm and 6-9pm) at Paul O'Connor funeral home. The funeral mass will be held at St. Dunstan's church on Saturday at 11:30am. ‎ (Danforth Ave). Info: Pompie Gois.

Death: Sr Suzanna Monteiro F.M.C.K

24 Jun: Karachi. SR SUZANNA ERMELINDA (EMIN) MONTEIRO F.M.C.K. Ex Loutolim, Goa. Daughter of Late Roque Antonio/Late Elvira Monteiro; Sister/Sister-in-law of Late Inocencio, Ina/Late Joe Reys, Late Bertilia/Vincent D’Silva, Joe/Late Gracy, Charlie/Tabita, Theodore/Alice and Philomena/ Late Jose Graclas. Expired on 24 June 2015 & interred on the same day at Karachi. Pakistan. A memorial service, offered by her sorrowful family, will be held at 4 pm on Saturday, 27 June 2015, at Saviour of the World Church, Loutolim.

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Swindon: Teen admits role in assault on youngster that led to viral video

25 Jun: Swindon Advertiser. A 13-YEAR-old boy has admitted his role in an assault on a teenager in West Swindon which was filmed and went viral after being uploaded to Facebook. The video, which was posted on the social media site by one of the teenage attackers and was viewed more than 55,000 times shows the victim being surrounded by youths who demand he kiss the shoe of the 13-year-old. One of the attackers punches the boy to the face before kicking him and spitting at him while he is on the ground… On Tuesday at Swindon Youth Court, the 13-year-old was given a nine-month referral order with the Swindon youth offending team, as well as being ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £15 and court costs of £85… he is now due to be sentenced on June 30 for all matters.  click here
Shocking video shows moment teenager is beaten to the ground 11 Jun: Daily Mail. Two teenage boys have been charged after viciously attacking 17-year-old. One, a 14-year-old, then demands the victim kiss his other attacker's shoe. They were charged with assault after video of their attack went viral. It has been viewed 15 Jun: Swindon Advertiser. more than 50,000 times on social media site Facebook …  click here

Canada: Stephanie Braganza Featured Performer at Viva Goa Youth Day

25 Jun: Wire Service (Canada). … Blending the best of pop, dance and electro, Braganza is set to entertain massive crowds this summer at Youth Day and Viva Goa. Taking place Sunday July 5th, 11am to 11pm, YD | T.O is a FREE annual festival celebrating the positive achievements of young people … Braganza will be a featured performer during the evening portion of the event .. "It is an honour to be performing at Yonge-Dundas Square for Youth day," says Braganza, "I'm excited to perform in front of an expected audience of over 30,000 people! … “World Goa Day is August 8th and the Viva Goa Summer event includes various cultural, sporting and family activities… Braganza's sexy style and playful performances helped her win the Toronto Independent Music Award (TIMA) for Best Live Artist ...  click here
Stephanie Braganza was born in Kingston, Ont. Her father Edmund was born in Nairobi and her mother, Bella Miranda in Kampala. For the Stephanie Braganza website,  click here

Get high on this intoxication called Life

26 Jun: Herald. The drug menace has been grappling the state of Goa for long. While steps are being taken to fight this monster, it appears that the visible results have not been satisfactory. As we celebrate International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking today, Café speaks to a few Goans and gets to know their take on the issue …  click here

Travel special: Lose yourself in Goa's quaint village homestays

25 Jun: Mid-Day. If you're heading out for a monsoon break, Goa is the place to be, and this time, we suggest you take the offbeat road. Opt for these cool, cosy and serene homestays that will make you fall in love with the Goan spirit once again … Arco Iris Boutique Homestay, Curtorim… The Only Olive, Aldona … Cancio's House, Aldona … Capella, Parra … The Artist's House, Ashwem Beach … Casa Susegad, Loutolim … 1008 words. + photos.  click here

Dubai: Full marks to Noel D’Souza, the teacher who groomed two generations

24 Jun: Khaleej Times (UAE). Spending 36 years as a teacher in Dubai is a long time and Noel D’Souza — a supervisor at the Indian High School knows it all too well… At 63, Noel ended his career as an educator last month. A group of students from the school’s 1989 batch reunited with him on Monday evening — just to wish their favourite teacher goodbye… Noel plans to pursue a career in politics after retiring from his role as the supervisor at IHS…  click here

Auction: Indo-Portuguese baroque carved and painted wood head of Christ

26 Jun: Stair Gallery, New York. Lot 760: Indo-Portuguese baroque carved and painted wood head of Christ on an ebonized wood stand. 14 x 7. Examples of similar Christ busts can still be seen in the church of Santo Andre in Goa Velha and The Religious Art Museum in Din. Estimate: 800 USD - 1,200 USD.  click here

Fresh guidelines to cyber cafés
25 Jun: Herald. Five days after the Intelligence Bureau issued a security alert in Goa, the local administration issued fresh guidelines to cyber cafés and institutions equipped with Wi- Fi to follow safety precautions. Similarly, the North and South Goa district magistrates issued another order to managements of hotels and those providing accommodation not to admit any guests without verifying the photo identity proof…  click here
Goa directed to check identity of visitors. 25 Jun: Times of India.  click here

Amidst opposition, Monserrate meets Parrikar over induction in Goa cabinet
26 Jun: Times of India. Following strong opposition within the BJP over his induction into the Laxmikant Parsekar cabinet in Goa, St Cruz MLA Atanasio 'Babush' Monserrate, who is an unattached member after he was recently expelled from the Congress, met defence minister Manohar Parrikar in Delhi on Thursday. Though Monserrate denied any talks with Parrikar of his likely induction into the cabinet, BJP sources said the meeting between Monserrate and Parrikar broached on the possible portfolios which could be allotted to the Taleigao 'strongman'. "There is no such (cabinet induction) proposal with him," Monserrate said when contacted…  click here

Mumbai’s food joints in a budget!
24 Jun: Free Press Journal. … Gomantak. This place serves a mouth-watering spread of Goan cuisine. However the place has great vegetarian options too. They make sure that the food is fresh which is why it attracts many foodies. During festive occasions they also make savories like modak, patolya, puranpoli, managane etc. and tasty treats like tondlibhat, masalebhat, and kaap…  click here

A sea of woes plagues Anjuna’s sliver of a shore
25 Jun: Times of India. Tourists from all over the globe gush about its gorgeous shoreline. Hippies with flowing dreadlocks, colourful beads and weird tattoos discovered this paradise in 1960s and English novelist, Graham Greene found much joy here. Backpackers put it on the world map and the success of the Wednesday flea market only drew in more and more tourists. But, one of Goa's most famous beaches - often referred to as the 'freak capital of the world' - has been sadly converted into a concrete maze, what with the CRZ notifications of 1991 and 2011 flouted brazenly for short term gains…  click here

UK Forthcoming Events

Sun 28 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 5QJ. Holy Mass will start promptly at 12.30pm, followed by dancing to the sounds of 'MERCURY BLUES" and “NITELIFE” Tickets which include delicious snacks and a meal costs £10 for members and £12 for guests. Children 6 to 16 years £6 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, Josephine 0208 967 7471/07957148406, Lucy 0207 625 4728. For the flyer, click here.

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

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

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

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Death: Leandro Ornellas (Ornie) De Souza

23 Jun: Porvorim, Goa. LEANDRO ORNELLAS (ORNIE) DE SOUZA Born 1927. Ex Kenya/Zambia. Beloved husband of Cecilia De Souza. Loving father/father-in-law of Clifford/Suzanne, Loretta/Ambresh. Devoted grandfather to Lauren, Rachel, Rebecca, Joshua. Brother of the late John, late Max, late Vincy & Bella. Brother-in-law of late Dominic, late Lucy, late Bernard, Juliet & Gregory. Loving uncle & grand uncle to his many nieces & nephews. His mortal remains will be brought directly to Holy Family Church, Porvorim at 3.30pm on 26th Jun 2015 for Eucharistic Celebration at 4.00 pm followed by burial.

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Reita Faria: From doctors to beauty queens

25 Jun: Times of India. Reita Faria is the first Asian to win the Miss World title in the year of 1966. She is the only Miss World who qualified as a Doctor during her reign. Faria was a student at the Grant Medical College & Sir J. J. Group of Hospitals where she completed her M.B.B.S. degree. Thereafter she went on to study at King's College Hospital, London. She married her mentor David Powell in 1971, and in 1973, the couple shifted to Dublin, where she started her medical practice …  click here

Video: Desmond Coutinho: "They do wish to kill Irom Sharmila"

7 Jun: Organization For Minorities of India. Steve Macias of OFMI interviews Irom Chanu Sharmila’s fiancé Desmond Coutinho as he struggles to see the one he loves suffer through the agony of force-feeding, police brutality, and an endless cycle of prison sentences… Irom Chanu Sharmila has been on a hunger strike for over 500 weeks in an effort to have the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA) withdrawn … 30m. 28s.  click here
Desmond Coutinho was born in Zanzibar and then moved to London. For a photo of Desmond and an account of the romance,  click here

Goa celebrates feast of Sao Joao

24 Jun: The Statesman. June 24 is the day to be in Goa, when the state celebrates the monsoon feast of Sao Joao. A drive along the state's coastline, especially in the coastal belt, which is home to a large section of Goa's Catholic population, is likely to see this merry scene repeated over and over again - where drunk revellers wearing wreathes of flowers and leaves locally called copels, dive in and out of wells and ponds across their respective villages, as mark of celebration… .  click here
Video: The Sao Joao Boat Festival, Siolim, Goa. Aerial photography by Cecil and Desmond Pinto. 2m. 06s  click here

Ocean artist at Van Gogh

24 Jun: Herald. Subodh Kerkar’s latest sojourn to Europe has done Goa proud on two counts. For one, he is the first Goan invited to speak at the prestigious Van Gogh Museum and secondly for being among only two Indians selected to showcase his largest ever shell installation at Denmark’s ‘Sculpture by the Sea’ Biennale, alongside 58 world artists … “I carried around 5000 green mussel shells from Goa and complemented these with 30,000 blue and black Denmark mussel shells. The idea of taking shells from Goa was an interesting one as I was connecting two places with my art,” he explains …  click here

Glastonbury 2015: The best food stalls to grab a bite at the festival

24 Jun: The Independent (UK). Goan Fish Curries: Menu: Goan mackerel masala dhal; fish caldine; vegetarian masala dhal; goan fish curry (all served with rice). Price: £8. Location: West Holts Stage - to the top right as you look at the stage…  click here
The Goan Fish Curries stall is run by the Goan Seafood Company. For their website,  click here

Panel to probe plaint by airport trolley porters
25 Jul: Times of India. Goa International Airport director Srinivas Rao has decided to institute a committee to look into complaints of harassment and extortion of trolley porters at the airport. The trolley porters had written a complaint to various authorities and had threatened to commit suicide if their complaint was not looked into… The trolley porters claim that the airport contractor had demanded Rs 15,000 per year from each porter …  click here

Bangalore: Sisters evading cops get caught as fire breaks out in their flat
24 Jun: Deccan Herald. In a bolt from the blue, two sisters from Goa, who were evading appearing before court in connection with some cases, were arrested after both of them accidentally set fire to household items in their flat on Tuesday night. The sisters—Mary D’Mello and Stella D’Mello—were fighting over some personal matters. In a fit of rage, one of them set fire to some in their fourth-floor flat in Sterling Park, an apartment complex… it emerged that the sisters had been previously arrested in an attempt to murder case registered in April 2014…  click here

E-visa making India a popular tourist destination among foreigners: Study
23 Jun: Economic Times. With the government laying emphasis on boosting inbound tourism and introducing electronic visa facility (e-Visa) for 150 countries, India is fast becoming a popular destination amongst foreigners, according to a recent study. Currently applicable to 77 nations, the e-Visa scheme has further given impetus to India's inbound travel, travel search company Skyscanner said in a study… With a year-on-year increase of 57 per cent in flight searches, the UK tops the list of travellers heading to India this summer, followed by the US, which witnessed a 115 per cent Y-o-Y surge… Australians too are not far behind and have recorded close to 111 per cent rise. Other countries that have seen a boost in flight searches to India are Germany (33 per cent Y-o-Y) and UAE (24 per cent Y-o-Y)…  click here

Goa to Ban Plastic Items from Government Offices
24 Jun: New Indian Express. Plastic cups and other plastic cutlery will soon be banned from Goa government offices and functions conducted by the state government. A circular to the effect will be issued later this week, a senior government official said, adding that chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar had given his consent to the move at a meeting of the Goa State Environment Protection Council called on Monday at the Raj Bhavan…  click here

Maggi withdrawn from Goa to fuel cement furnaces
24 Jun: Times of India. Around 978 tonnes of instant Maggi noodles of Nestle India withdrawn from stores across the state will be destroyed at cement company locations outside Goa with incinerating facilities. The cement companies will use Nestle India's withdrawn products as burning fuel in the processes of making cement… The FDA will be given documentary evidences of product transportation and entire destruction once the whole process is completed …  click here


DOCUMENTARY: Girl Killers. (Part 1). Community Channel. (Freeview 63). Saturday 27th June. 00:00 to 01:00. In India, the burden of having girls means many are often killed at birth. We follow the difficult lives of those who survive the practice.

DOCUMENTARY: A Very Indian Festival. (Part 1). Community Channel (Freeview 63). Tuesday 30th June. 00:00 to 00:40. Collecting two short films that delve into India's festival culture, we travel to the Kumbh Mela, 'the largest human gathering ever', before we visit the kite festival in Gujarat.

DOCUMENTARY: Lifelines. (Part 1). Community Channel. Tuesday 30th June. 00:40 to 01:00. In a village high in the Indian Himalayas, life is changing. This is one man's story of juggling responsibilities and fighting for the dreams of his community.

DRAMA: Drama. BBC Radio. Tuesday 30th June. 14:15 to 15:00. A World Elsewhere.
By Clara Glynn. Sensitive portrayal of one girl's path to radicalisation. Like many Glasgow teenagers, Rida argues with her mum and stresses about exams. But as a young Muslim, the escape that she dreams of online contains danger she has yet to imagine.

DOCUMENTARY: Crisis in the Curry Kitchen. BBC Radio 4. Wednesday 1st July. 11:00 to 11:30. Hardeep Singh Kohli investigates how an acute lack of skilled chefs has plunged the British curry industry into crisis.

COOKERY: Bizarre Foods. Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Thursday 2nd July. 18:30 to 19:00. London, England, is a multicultural melting pot, and Andrew Zimmern explores the dishes that have stayed the test of time.

ARTS: The Essay . BBC Radio Three. Thursday 2nd July. 22:45 to 23:00. World War One. In an essay recorded at the Indian International Centre in Delhi, writer, diplomat and Indian MP Shashi Tharoor explores the troubled associations of World War One and its aftermath, explaining that his country is finally honouring its heroes of the war.

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