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Death: Eugenio Pereira

28 Sep: Mumbai. EUGENIO PEREIRA. Born 16 Dec. 1935. Ex Principal - St. Teresa's High School, Girgaum. Ex C.E.O. - ANZA & Sacred Heart H. School, Byculla. Brother of Mrs. Alva Milagres /Late John Braganza, Late lnnocencio / Late Venancia Pereira, Uncle of Maria Dominic / Cynthia, Gerard / Felcie, Theresa / Joseph, Mary Ann / Joe, Christine / Philip, Savio / Bridget, Stanny / Dietre. Viewing on 1/10/2016 at 3.30 pm. Funeral Mass on 1/10/2016 at 4.00 pm. At Gloria Church, Byculla. Burial at Haines Cemetery, Mahalaxmi

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UK: Event Highlight: St Diogo's Association (Guirim/Sangolda) Feast

Sat. 8 Oct: St Diogo's Association (Guirim/Sangolda) will celebrate their annual feast at Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, London SW19 4LU. Holy Mass at 4.00 pm sharp followed by the Social in the Upper Hall. Tea and Snacks will be served and later buffet dinner. Music by 'Say One Do One' Disco. Gents please note Jacket and tie must be worn throughout the function. No bar facilities, so please bring your own drinks. Ticket prices Members £12. Non-Members £13. Children 2-10 £6, 11-18 £9. Interested please call Jane Gracias 0208 543 5454 or Gilbert Fonseca 0208 670 1955. For the flyer,  For further details click here

With just a fortnight to go, Goa's unprepared for Brics

29 Sep: Times of India. By Nisser Dias. With barely a fortnight before the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) summit finale, the state government seems to be running against time to present a picture perfect image of Goa to guests. Take the case of the Margao-Colva road, which was sought to be widened to four lanes… As of date it looks like the government is running late in completing this ambition project… The situation, though, is much better along the Colva to Cavelossim stretch of road where a large part of the final layer of hot-mix is complete, though many kilometres are yet to be covered…  For further details click here

Video: Online prostitution racket busted

29 Sep: NDTV. With the arrest of two persons, police claimed to have busted an online prostitution racket, even as they are on lookout for a woman from Madhya Pradesh who allegedly ran the racket in the coastal belt of Calangute in the state. Porvorim police today arrested two pimps and rescued two girls from West Bengal. However, the accused woman is still at large. "We laid a trap to bust the online sex racket. They were operating from Calangute area. We called them with the girls and arrested them on the road linking to the highway in Porvorim," police inspector (Porvorim) Jivba Dalvi said. Two persons - Anil Lal Ravat (Uttar Pradesh) and Sunando Kishor Giri (Odisha) were arrested in the raid …  For further details click here
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Video: Tourists Cheated In Goa?

29 Sep: In Goa News. Tourists visiting Goa have complained of the Filmi Zoom Island Tours costing between Rs 400 – Rs 3000 each … 15m. 45.  For further details click here

‘Murder’ in paradise... but Indian police drop case again

29 Sep: Daily Mail. The family of a woman who died in mysterious circumstances in India have spoken of their heartache after detectives dropped a second investigation. Edinburgh-born Denyse Sweeney was 34 when she collapsed outside a bar in Goa six years ago. Police originally concluded that she had overdosed on drugs. However, after an inquest in the UK ruled out narcotics, her family forced the case to be reopened four years after the tragedy. Now India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has told them Miss Sweeney died from fluid on the brain, with no evidence of violence. Devastated relatives who are convinced she was murdered now say they ‘feel like giving up’ in the fight to find out the truth…  For further details click here

Video: Scarlett’s lawyer Vikram Varma has now held former chief minister Digambar Kamat and his then Congress government responsible

29 Sep: Goa 365. Scarlett’s lawyer Vikram Varma (photo) has now held former chief minister Digambar Kamat and his then Congress government responsible for allowing the accused to destroy the evidence of the rape and murder case of a British teenager. Scarlett’s mother Fiona MacKeown has thus now requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to order the CBI to probe into the angle of destroying the evidence and get them punished… 3m. 26s.  For further details click here

Scarlett Keeling murder case: Mother writes to PM Modi, demands reinvestigation by SIT (Special Investigation Team)

29 Sep: Daily News & Analysis. Two men charged for drugging and leaving Scarlett to die on Anjuna beach were acquitted by Goa Children's court last week. British teenager Scarlett Keeling's mother Fiona Mackeown has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting his intervention in the case of death of her daughter in Goa and has sought reinvestigation by setting up a SIT. "The local fishermen informed me (then that) she was murdered by a drug mafia in Goa, but as this drug mafia had strong connections with local police and politicians, it would be pointless for me to approach the criminal justice system," Fiona said in the letter to the PM, which she made public during a press conference on Thursday… 478 words.  For further details click here
Video: 29 Sep: HCN. Video. Fiona Mackeown requests PM Modi's intervention in Scarlett case … 3m. 25s.  click here
Video: 28 Sep: Goa 365. Mother of Scarlett Keeling, Fiona MacKeown has expressed doubt about political interference in the CBI investigation … 5m. 05s. click here.

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sun 2 Oct. 1.30pm to 5:00pm. Divine Retreat Centre Team Leads Eucharistic Healing Service at St Sebastian and St Pancras Church, 22 Hay Lane, Kingsbury Green, London, NW9 ONG. Led by Fr Joseph Edattu VC & Divine Ministry Team. Contact Stany: 07988860871 Gracy: 07859156249. Click here.

Sat. 8 Oct: St Diogo's Association (Guirim/Sangolda) will celebrate their annual feast at Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, London SW19 4LU. Holy Mass at 4.00 pm sharp followed by the Social in the Upper Hall. Tea and Snacks will be served and later buffet dinner. Music by 'Say One Do One' Disco. Gents please note Jacket and tie must be worn throughout the function. No bar facilities, so please bring your own drinks. Ticket prices Members £12. Non-Members £13. Children 2-10 £6, 11-18 £9. Interested please call Jane Gracias 0208 543 5454 or Gilbert Fonseca 0208 670 1955. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 16 Oct. Uganda Reunion. Join the Ex-Ugandans to celebrate their 44th Annual get together at the Archbishop Lanfranc's Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. from 11:30am to 7:00pm. Make it a day to remember, Dance to the Music by Maz & Co. and Fantasy Disco, with a special appearance by Julian Desmier, formally of "Black Velvet". Dress Code: Formal / Smart, No Jeans and Trainers. Tickets are available from John Carrasco, telephone: 0208 764 2430. Members £15:00, Guests £17:00, Children up to 13yrs £6:00. Early bird tickets @ £15:00 thereafter @ £17:00. Ticket price includes a meal and snacks, Catering by Bernie's Kitchen, Drinks by Mervins Bar. For the flyer, click here Uganda Flag 75

Sat, 22 Oct. Colva Union UK is organising their 43rd Anniversary Ball celebrating The Feast of Infant Jesus & Launch of Future Leaders on Saturday 22 October 2016 with Holy Mass at 4pm at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, 15 The Green, Heston, TW5 0RL. Followed by a social next door. Music will be provided super Goan band isymphony and the buffet will be done by Cordon Bleu Chef Nicholas. Dress to Impress: Formal. Tickets are prized at just £15.00 for adults £7.50 for children under 12 years. Tickets are available from Gabriel 0208 2307139, Custodio 0203 5390216, Joe 07417415271, Alfie 0208 7640353 or Deborah 0208 384 3809. For the flyer, click here.

Mon. 24 Oct. to Sat. 29 Oct. G.O.A. Golden Jubilee Pilgrimage to Lourdes and Nevers - Cost: £360.00 inclusive of return coach fare and full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner). Single Room supplement £75.00. Pick-up points 8.45am Greenford Road/ A40, by the side of the Bridge Hotel, Western Avenue, Greenford, UB6 8ST and South or West London subject to demand. For further details contact: Flavio Gracias on 020 8723 1322 or E-mail:

Sun. 30 Oct. G.O.A Golden Jubilee Trook Tournament. Venue: ATC Hall 192 Merton Road, Wimbledon, SW19 1EG. For further details please contact: Jacinto Fernandes on 020 8542 5427

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Death: Diogo D’Souza
27 Sep: Toronto. DIOGO D'SOUZA. Aged 93. Ex Siolim,, Goa. Beloved husband of 66 years to Maura D’Souza. Cherished father of Noel, Maria June (Jerry) and Joan Ann (Rob). Proud grandfather of Danielle (Wadi), Michelle (Sean), Christophe, Bjorn, Adrienne, Jaiden and Jordan. Doting great-grandfather of Destiny, Nathaniel and Olivia. Dear brother of the D'Souza's of Siolim, brother-in-law of Luke (Mona), Johnny (Anita), Eloy (Katie), Victor (Phil) and the late Lynn (Monica) Marquis and the late Tony (Maria). Fondly remembered by his many nephews and nieces. Visitation will be held at Highland Funeral Home - Scarborough Chapel, 3280 Sheppard Ave. E. Scarborough (Warden and Sheppard Ave. E. 416-773-0933) on Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Aidan Roman Catholic Church, 3501 Finch Ave. E. Scarborough on Friday, September 30, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. A private cremation to follow [Info: Pompie Gois]

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New Event Announcement

Sun 20 Nov. Loutulim (Lotlekars) Villagers UK will celebrate their 4th Annual Feast “Saviour of the World” with Holy Mass at 12pm at Our Lady of the Visitation Church Hall, 358 Greenford Road, Greenford, Middlesex, London UB6 9AN. Followed by a social next door. Dancing with live Bands: BREAKTHRU & DJ. Fully Licensed Bar, the Best Goan Cuisine SARA Caterers. Dress Code: Formal/ Smart, No Jeans and Trainers. Ticket Including meal: Adults £10.00 and Children £5 below 12 Years. Interested please call Carlos 0208 6218433, Felix 0208 4823277, Seby Pinheiro 07438128733 Jose Paul 07448027011 & Juliet 0208 3529468. For the flyer,  For further details click here

Video: John Nazareth: Understanding Goan migration... the figures and the facts

27 Sep: Frederick Noronha. Statistician John Nazareth (photo) has been working seriously to work out the figures of Goans who have migrated across the globe. The Entebbe (Uganda)/Canada-based Goan visited his ancestral state of Goa in September-October 2016, largely to continue with this ongoing quest.
Part 1. 13m. 21s.  For further details click here
Part 2. 17. 22s.  click here
For an earlier link to his work, click here.

Noel D’Souza re-elected as the last mayor of Randwick

27 Sep: Daily Telegraph (Australia). Popular Matraville chemist Noel D’Souza was re-elected as mayor of Randwick for a second term tonight - cementing his title as the 84th and final mayor of the second oldest local government area in NSW… The Indian-born son of a printer who immigrated to Australia at the age of 10, said this was a very important time for the council whilst the amalgamation process was underway…  For further details click here

NRIs, foreigners have to surrender Indian currency before boarding

27 Sep: American Bazaar. If you are a non-resident Indian (NRI) or a foreigner visiting India and there is local currency in your possession when you leave for back home, you better watch out—the Indian customs officials can prosecute you. According to the latest directive by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), any NRI or a foreigner leaving India cannot have any Indian currency on their person. But they could carry Rs. 10,000 in person into the airport till duty free shopping or departure lounges, but cannot have it in their possession at boarding. He or she would have to surrender the Indian currency into a foreign currency of their choice before boarding. This would be facilitated by kiosks near the immigration counters at international airports where the exchange of the rupee for foreign currency would be rendered before boarding their flight. It had been common among NRIs to carry Indian currency while departing, mainly for the convenience of not having to exchange Forex into rupee when they return the next time. This rule has been lying dormant as part of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA). It is only now that the central bank is trying to enforce it…  For further details click here

Video: South Asia's 'disposable women'

26 Sep: BBC Victoria Derbyshire programme. A new report has called for the practice of some British Asian men mistreating women and leaving them soon after getting married in South Asia, to be treated as a form of domestic violence. Academics at the University of Lincoln have discovered that these men have been taking thousands of pounds from their new wife's family and using the women as domestic slaves for their in-laws. These "disposable women", as the report calls them, are also often physically abused and then abandoned either once they have moved to the UK, or - more commonly - while still in India. Some are brought temporarily to the UK but later taken on a pretend holiday back to India, where they have their passport taken away… 1112 words + video 10m. 14s.  For further details click here

Tourism season begins in Goa from Oct 15

28 Sep: Business Standard. With delay in arrival of chartered flights from Russia, Goa's new tourism season is now to begin from October 15. Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) today confirmed that the first chartered flight that was supposed to be arrive in the coastal state from Dubai got cancelled due to some issues… the actual flow of the (chartered) flights will begin only from October 15 onwards. Meanwhile, state Tourism Department today approved the three-year-long Policy which will regulate the shack business between 2016-19… The shacks on different beach stretches will be allotted by October 15…  For further details click here

Court: CBI doesn't have power to register fresh FIR

28 Sep: Times of India. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) came on the receiving end of the children's court's criticism for registering a fresh FIR in the Scarlett Keeling death case without being empowered to do so. The first FIR was registered by Goa police on March 9, 2008. After taking over the investigation from the Goa police on June 5, 2008, the CBI registered a fresh FIR… In its stand before the court, the CBI maintained that it was only on June 7, 2008 that they learnt of the FIR registered by the Goa police.  For further details click here
Scarlett verdict shows how cops slipped over slippers. 28 Sep: Times of India. The verdict in the British teenager Scarlett Keeling death case is a reflection of the Goa police’s casual approach in probing the hi-profile case given that they failed to attach the orange coloured sandals that were found near the body…  click here
29 Sep: Herald. How the narcotics angle in Scarlett’s death was ignored by Goa Police, and CBI … click here.

Editorial: 8 years later we ask: How did Scarlett die?

28 Sep: Herald. With absolute respect to the Court and its verdict on the Scarlett Keeling death case, we still do not know after eight years, how the British teenager died… Carefully read what the court order states about the cause of death... It is indeed a travesty that the whole exercise of the prosecution agencies appeared to ensure that the murder involvement was nullified. If Scarlett’s mother has shown the will to fight and take this to the High Court and push for a re- probe, she needs all the support from a society which increasingly getting detached from the fight for justice. What if, just what if, our own daughters are faced with the same turmoil? Let’s fight the good fight for them. 742 words.  For further details click here

Hippie Goa: Pictures of 70s & 80s

28 Sep: Sociedelic. What was it about Goa, the former Portuguese colony, that became the smallest Indian state in 1961, that made it into a haven for hippies, freaks, misfits and independent minds from around the world? These rare photos can give you a clue of how paradise looked! … you can find a series of photos taking you through that decade collected by from around the web. The photos show Goa in the 70s & 80s and are arranged chronologically…. 30 photos.  For further details click here
26 Sep: Sociedelic. A trip through the time machine to the amazing parties in Goa in the 90s… 22 photos.  click here


DOCUMENTARY: Chris Tarrant: Extreme Railways. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Saturday 1st Oct. 09:00 to 10:00. India's Monsoon Railway. Passenger safety isn't high on the agenda in India, as Chris Tarrant discovers on a ride down the Konkan rail line.

TRAVEL: Indian Ocean with Simon Reeve. Travel Channel (Freeview 42). Monday 3rd Oct.12:00 to 13:00. South Africa to Zanzibar. Tuesday 4th Oct. 12:00 to 13:00. Madagascar to the Seychelles. Wednesday 5th Oct.12:00 to 13:00. Kenya to Somaliland. Thursday 6th Oct. 12:00 to 13:00. Oman to the Maldives. Friday 7th Oct. 12:00 to 13:00. Sri Lanka to Bangladesh.

DOCUMENTARY: Extreme Food. Channel 4. Monday 3rd Oct. 20:00 to 20:30. Kenyan chef Kiran Jethwa Kiran travels the length of Bangladesh where the fishing industry is as diverse as it can be dangerous and witnesses the amazing sight of fresh prawns being caught by specially trained otters

ARTS: The Essay. BBC Radio Three. Tuesday 4th Oct. 22:45 to 23:00. Series of reflections presented by the 2016 New Generation Thinkers. 2. Partition: Anindya Raychaudhuri from the University of St Andrews considers India's Partition and the way it is remembered. He listens to oral histories and explores film and literature depicting this key moment in history and the shadows it has cast. He reflects on the way people now frame their own experiences through representations of the mass migration which they have seen in newsreels, films and fiction.

FILM: Gunga Din . Channel: Movies4Men (Freeview 48).Thursday 6th Oct. 01:45 to 04:00. Kipling's yarn of three British soldiers fighting and carousing across India as they combat the murderous Thugees.

FILM: Ek Tha Tiger. Channel 4. Friday 7th Oct. 01:45 to 04:05. Cinema India - a short run of movies highlighting unusual work from new and established Indian filmmakers - continues with writer-director Kabir Khan's blockbuster Ek Tha Tiger, a romantic action-thriller which was among India's highest grossing films of 2012, and for Salman Khan's action-packed scenes, Kabir Khan employed stunt directors who worked on The Bourne Identity
DOCUMENTARY: India Unplugged. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Friday 7th Oct. 16:00 to 16:30. Come with us on a remarkable journey through modern India, as a selection of films from across the country tell of a nation at a crossroads and changing at a rapid pace. (Series 1, Episode 3)

DOCUMENTARY: Unreported World. Channel 4. Friday 7th Oct. 19:30 to 20:00. India's Blind Daters. Reporter Marcel Theroux and director Daniel Bogado travel to India for a report on new matchmaking schemes and events being set up by people with disabilities to help others like them find a husband or wife, battling prejudice about their disabilities while also navigating the complexities of caste, religion and parents' expectations.


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Father Raymond J. de Souza: Why is Canada so much better?

26 Sep: National Post. By Father Raymond J. de Souza. Why is Canada so much better? Why have we not experienced the anti-immigrant fuelled politics responsible, it is generally thought, for Brexit and the rise of Donald Trump? Those were the underlying questions at a Queen’s University conference over the weekend… Why has Canada, with high levels of mass immigration, not experienced the politics of Brexit and Trump as they saw it? … 846 words.  For further details click here
Fr Raymond D'Souza is the son of Greta (ex-Mombasa) and Cedric D'Souza (ex-Uganda and Nairobi) of Calgary

Video: Dr. Oscar Rebello Will Not Contest Elections

27 Sep: Goa 365. Dr. Oscar Rebello has finally ended the speculation. He has once again said he will neither contest the election nor he would be the CM candidate of Aam Aadmi Party. He also said that AAP will choose CM from among the elected MLAs.  For further details click here

Making Goa Rabies free

28 Sep: Navhind Times. By Sheras Fernandes. Annually the world observes World Rabies Day on September 28 to spread awareness about the disease. Eradicating rabies in Goa has been the objective of many animal care organisations over the past few years. In 2016, till September thirty cases of rabid dogs have been reported and no cases of rabies related human deaths were recorded till July (last survey conducted). Several organisations have taken an initiative to end rabies in Goa through sterilisation, vaccination and treatment. According to statistics provided by project manager, Mission Rabies Goa, Julie Corfmat, in 2014 there were 17 deaths reported due to rabies while 21,604 were treated for dog bites in the state… 1191 words.  For further details click here

Google pushes into India with free wi-fi

27 Sep: BBC. Google is to roll out a comprehensive public wi-fi platform in India, as part of its bid to get more people using its services. Dubbed Google Station, the service will see wi-fi hotspots rolled out in stations, with plans to expand this to shopping malls and cafes at some point. Google already offers high-speed free wi-fi access at 52 railway stations across India. This would increase to 100 by the end of the year, it said… Even with just the first 100 stations online, this project will make wi-fi available for the more than 10 million people who pass through every day … 450 words.  For further details click here

Denyse Sweeney: India inquiry says death 'not murder'

27 Sep: BBC. An inquiry into the death of a British woman in India has ruled out murder. Denyse Sweeney, 34, from Derby, collapsed outside a bar in Goa in April 2010. Local police concluded she had overdosed on drugs but her family challenged this and a UK inquest returned an open verdict. Now India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has said she died from fluid on the brain but found no evidence of violence… the UK inquest in 2012 disproved the drug theory and showed she had died from an injury to her head … In January 2016 the CBI began its own inquiry but has now filed a report to close the case… Her family have not yet commented… 276 words.  For further details click here
After Scarlett, now this: CBI submits closure report in Denyse Sweeny case … 27 Sep: Herald.  click here
27 Sep: Derby Telegraph (UK). Derby sister of tragic Denyse Sweeney 'feels like giving up' as Indian police close 'murder' case click here.

Scarlett case: Verdict casts doubt on impartiality of probe

27 Sep: Times of India. The Goa Children’s' Court, which last week acquitted two men in connection with the death of British teenager Scarlett Keeling, raised serious doubts about the impartiality of the probe in the case, noting it appeared to be monitored by the victim's mother and her lawyer… 456 words.  For further details click here
Untrustworthy witnesses, use of drugs and inaction by police… 27 Sep: Times of India.  click here
What transpired in the 90 mins before Scarlett died? 27 Sep: Times of India. 405 words. click here.

Hope for mother of Goa murder victim

27 Sep: Herald (Scotland). The mother of murdered teenager Scarlett Keeling has extended her stay in India after being given fresh hope the verdict could be overturned – because of a legal loophole… She claims protocol was broken as the judge did not supply a written judgment – and says there is precedent in India of the same woman having her verdict overturned in the High Court because of this. Ms MacKeown was due to return home to Bideford, Devon, yesterday but is staying in Goa following the breakthrough…  For further details click here
Seems Like I'm On Trial:' Scarlett Keeling's Mother On Goa Court Verdict. 27 Sep: NDTV. 519 words.  click here
Judge nails Fiona's contrary statements. 27 Sep: Times of India. 522 words. click here.

Weekly Weather & Exchange Rates
28 Sep: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 29.8. Min = 24.5. Humidity = 97 %. Rainfall: NIL 0.7mm
For the Meteorological Office (UK) Five day forecast for Goa, click here.
Exchange rates (Xcom): £ = 86.55; $ = 66.46; $Can = 50.34; Euro = 74.55; Aus = 50.96;



Death: Manoel Fernandes

25 Seep: UK. MANOEL FERNANDES. Born 4 March 1951. Ex Forgottem. Goa-Velha. Son of: late Francis Alfred / Conceicao Fernandes. Beloved husband of Maria Angelina De Sousa. Loving Father/Father-in-lam of. Counia / Tony, Libia / Savio & Alfred. Doting Grandfather of: Baba Cleezdon and Baby Menorah. Brother/Brother-in-law of: Bernadina / Honarato (Goa.Velha). Socorina/ Minguel (Vaddy - Merces) Conceicao / Castilho (Vaddy - Merces) and Saturnino/Rosaria

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Goa: British nationals top the list of unnatural death cases

26 Sep: Indian Express. In the backdrop of the acquittal of the duo accused in the death of 15-year old British national Scarlett-Kneeling, whose body was found floating at Anjuna beach in 2008, the question of visitors safety continues to revisit the tourist state. While terming the judgement as ‘unfortunate’, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar added that it would not hamper the image of the coastal tourist state. As per the relying submitted by the state government in the floor of the house it can be concluded that between 2005 and 2015 – investigation agencies in the state have said that 260 foreign tourists from 43 nations have died out of ‘unnatural cause’. Among them, 76 were British Nationals (second highest foreign visitors to the state) of whom 18 were women. The other foreign nationals in the consecutive list of unnatural deaths include those from- Russia (48), Nepal (18), Ukraine (13) and Germany (5)…  For further details click here

Editorial: Scarlett Case: Justice delayed is justice denied

26 Sep: Free Press Journal. A court in India cleared two men September 23 accused of the rape and homicide of 15-year-old British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling whose bruised and semi-nude body was found on a Goa beach eight years ago… Time and again we are reminded that life, particularly that of women, is cheap in India. The failure of Goa police to nail the rapists and killers of British teenage girl Scarlett Eden Keeling is the latest testimony to the lackadaisical and insensitive attitude of authorities towards cases of rape and killing of victims. If rapists and killers are getting emboldened then it is our authorities concerned who are to blame...  For further details click here

Civil society responsible for stray dog population: Forum

26 Sep: Times of India. Lack of regular sterilization, abandoning of puppies in public places by irresponsible pet owners and dumping of food waste on the roadside are considered major reasons for the spiralling dog population in Goa. Animal welfare activists and others unanimously agreed that the civil society has a major responsibility in tackling these factors to prevent canine population from reaching menacing levels. After directives of high court of Bombay at Goa brought the practice of shooting strays dogs to a halt and effective animal welfare legislation also followed, the dog population has been growing rather alarmingly…  For further details click here
26 Sep: Herald. No shelter for these strays …  click here

Tourism industry stakeholders sceptical on master plan

26 Sep: Times of India. The proposed tourism master plan, presently under discussion, recommends strengthening of laws and regulations, gives guidelines for tourism projects, quality labelling and support schemes, all with an aim to expand the tourism market and make tourism products attractive to potential tourists, but industry stakeholders remain sceptical. The big question they raise is whether Goa tourism will be able to meet targets given its hitherto slow progress in streamlining the tourism trade and coming down on illegalities…  For further details click here
Tourism master plan is anti-public: AAP. 26 Sep: Times of India. Accusing the state government of shunning local communities from consultations in designing the tourism master plan for the state, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday said the government has cleared and signed deals to allegedly gain election funds …  click here

Video: Haywards founder's grandson visits India to learn about the iconic beer

26 Sep: Asian Age. Whenever beers are mentioned in India, the name Haywards is sure to come up as one of the most well-known and strongest brands in the country… When Ben Hayward saw a BBC report about his grandfather Sir Anthony Hayward creating the iconic beer, he set out on a journey to learn more about the legacy of his family and know more about the brand’s popularity… The journey takes him to different parts of the country from Goa to Punjab and all the way to Kolkata … He also met members of the Haywards family who still live in Majorda village of Goa… Video: 13m. 09s.  For further details click here
Daily Telegraph (UK). Sir Anthony Hayward, who died on March 4 2011 was the father of Simon and Charlotte Hayward who run a boutique hotel in Goa and have been awarded honorary PIO (Person of Indian Origin) status …  click here
For the Vivenda Dos Palhaços website, click here.

Names cannot be deleted at will, claims top lawyer

26 Sep: The Goan. Constitutional lawyer Adv Cleofato Coutinho on Sunday said election authorities cannot delete the names of Goans, who have obtained Portuguese citizenship, from the electoral roll without issuing them notices. On the other hand, Adv Radharao Gracias reiterated that though there’s no provision in the Citizenship Act bestowing dual citizenship on Indians, he said Goans enjoy the nationality of both India as well as Portugal. The duo were speaking at the Adv Joe Antao Memorial talk on the topic 'Portuguese Passport' organised by Ganv Bhavancho Ekvott at Chandor on Sunday…  For further details click here

Auction: Ivory Sculpture of Christ

28 Sep. Hotel des Ventes, Geneva. Lot 437: Sculpture of Christ, ivory, Goa, seventeenth century, perched on a rock with many animals, cross-legged with a lamb on his lap, height 23 cm. For comparable items see Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Inv. A38 - 1921, A - from 27 to 1984 A and 43 – 1928. Estimate: 1,500 CHF - 2,500 CHF.  For further details click here



Death: Antonetta Gouveia

16 Sep: Morden, London, ANTONETTA JOANITA GOUVEIA, (ex-Kisumu & Nairobi, Kenya. ex-HSBC employee) passed away peacefully. Beloved wife of Agapito. Daughter of late Mariano Jose and late Teresa Santana Rebello, Sister of late Sophie/Johnnie, Andrew/Jodie, Sister of Joseph/Linda, Adrian. Daughter-in-law of late Victor & late Clara Gouveia, Sister-in-law of Franco/Liberatta, Flavia/Eulario, Maria, Lizette, Leandro, late Theoflo, Roldao and Nazario (Goa). Antonetta will be dearly missed by all her family & friends. May her soul Rest In Peace. Requiem Mass at St. Andrew's Catholic Church, Brook Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7RD, Friday, 7th Oct at 10:00am. Burial at Bandon Hill Cemetery, Plough Lane, Wallington, SM6 8JQ, followed by Reception at St. Andrew's Church Hall, Quadrant Road, Thornton Heath, CR7 7DA. Condolences to: Janelle Barreto

Death: Inacio Fernandes

10 Sep: Swindon, UK. INACIO FERNANDES. Born 9/5/56. Ex Moita Agacaim, Goa. Beloved Husband of Natty Dias, Son of late Miguel Nascimenta, of late Antonio Joao / Leonora. Father Law of Vanessa / Avatius (U.K), Viviann Melvin (U.K), Anthony / Mysie (U.K), Grand-father of Venantius, Cornetius, Aurelia, Aloytius, Nynoshka, Shania and baby Nevach (U.K), Brother / Bro in Law of Filomena / late Vincent, Caje / Bertha, Cruz /Celia (U.K). Clara / Doodad (Bombay), late Milagrina / late Andrew and family. Funeral Cortege will leave his residence today, 26 Sept. 2016 at 10.00 am to Holy Road Church, Swindon, U.K for Mass, followed by Burial at Kingsdown Cemetery, U.K

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Editorial: The scar remains on Goa’s pristine beaches

25 Sep: Herald. The death of Scarlett Keeling will always remain a deep scar left on the pristine beaches of Goa. Eight years after the British teenager’s body was found on Anjuna beach, the Children’s Court acquitted the two men who were accused of drugging, sexually abusing and leaving her to die. While one of the men, who was acquitted left the courtroom saying that ‘justice has prevailed’, for Scarlett’s shocked mother Fiona MacKeown, the verdict brings no closure. Her daughter was found dead in 2008 and two autopsies gave differing verdicts. She had waited four years, till 2012, to bury the mortal remains of her daughter hoping that the case would be resolved by then. Yet four years later she still does not know who killed her daughter. She has now vowed to challenge the verdict in the higher court but at the same time said she has neither the financial resources nor the strength to wait another eight years while the appeal is heard and decided… The court has ruled that the two men accused of culpable homicide are not guilty. Will someone tell us who killed Scarlett? … 670 words.  For further details click here
Scarlett acquittal unfortunate, needs to be challenged: Chief Minister. 25 Sep: Herald.  click here

Man held for hoodwinking unsuspecting girls in Goa

25 Sep: Open Sources. The Goa cyber crime police have arrested Chandrahas Rane (photo), a resident of Kalmamal, Borim Ponda, for hoodwinking girls into sending him their nude photographs. The accused used a social networking site and allegedly lured girls on the pretext of modelling career and made them send him their nude pictures. The police have found hundreds of photographs of at least 10 different girls, some of them appear to be minor in age, Rane (36) claimed that he did it to avenge his breakup… Rane was working with a casino based in South Goa, the police said…553 words.  click here
Major Facebook racket exposed in Goa as 36 year old held for blackmailing minor girls by obtaining their nude pictures … exposed-goa-36-year-old-held-blackmailing-minor/  click here

Goa on a CRASH course

25 Sep: Herald. Though most of the accidents happen due to rash and negligent driving on Goa’s busy roads, the bad engineering of roads and the infrastructure also plays a vital role in many mishaps. Almost 98.57% of the accidents have occurred due to rash and negligent driving but also 73.34% of the road accidents happened on straight roads followed by 18.92% on curves as per the official figures of this year till August 31. The straight road and road accidents or curves are directly linked with the road engineering and supporting infrastructure according to experts…
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Lisbon, through the eyes of an artist

25 Sep: Herald. “Unlike most of the artists who consider nature their greatest source of inspiration, for me, it has always been the cities that give a boost to my creativity and motivate me to paint,” expresses artist Deviprasad Rao, whose latest collection, ‘Lisbon Calling’, will be the exhibition that marks the beginning of this year’s Semana Da Cultura Indo- Portuguesa ( Goa) celebrations. Deviprasad is a self- taught abstract artist who loves playing with abrupt lines, dots, squiggles and amorphous shapes to create abstract art that gives an illusion of reality. Lisbon Calling comprises paintings that are a reflection of Deviprasad’s experiences while travelling through the city of Lisbon in Portugal… 990 words.  For further details click here
Painting Lisbon's different shades. 25 Sep: Navhind Times. 850 words.  click here

Houses, fields and a way of life lost forever come alive in a documentary on a Goan ghost town

25 Sep: Like Atlantis, Kurdi sank beneath the waves three decades ago, but unlike the Atlanteans, the people of Kurdi lost their homes to industrial development. Every summer, when water levels recede, the ghostly remnants of the Goan town resurface, and the people of Kurdi, since relocated by the government, find themselves inexorably drawn to the water-wrecked ruins of their former lives. Kurdi, or Curdi, a town in Sanguem, a municipal council in the South Goa district, was last inhabited in 1986, when water from a growing reservoir finally claimed the remaining bits of habitable land, submerging an area of 6,000 acres and dislodging more than 3,000 people. Re-membering Kurdi, a documentary by Saumyananda Sahi, gives a distinctive view of the humble, touching and child-like ways in which a displaced people strive to maintain their voice and a sense of identity… 840 words + video trailer of the film, 2m. 01s. .  For further details click here

Nik Sharma: A Brown Kitchen: Fried chicken, with a nod to a Goan grandmother

25 Sep: San Francisco Chronicle. By Nik Sharma (photo) I’m used to dredging things with semolina when I fry. It’s a tradition that I absorbed from my Goan grandmother as I watched her cook. When we fry in Goan cooking, whether it’s shallow or deep frying, we use semolina to get an amazing crust on seafood, meats and vegetables. It gives fried food a richer crunch and texture than what you would obtain with flour alone… In my fried chicken recipe, I add flavor in every step, but each layer is seasoned slightly differently than the others. There’s garam masala, chile and turmeric in the marinade, and cracked coriander seeds in the dredging mixture… [At the link select PressDisplay]  For further details click here
Why This Scientist Gave It All Up to Become a Pastry Chef ...  click here

Goa: Settled under Palm Trees

25 Sep: NZZ Sonntag (Switzerland). Thousands are on their way to catch a glimpse of Saint Francis Xavier in his glass sarcophagus in the Baroque Basilica of Bom Jesus in Old Goa. Even some Hindus worship the saints… Above all, is it not a miracle that his body - 464 years after his death, still reveals facial features? Feet, one hand (the other is along with forearm in Rome), skin and hair? … Velha Goa was until the end of the 17th century as "Rome of the East" and "Golden City". It was bigger and more beautiful than Lisbon or Paris. But Malaria epidemics plagued the residents. They fled to the West Coast twelve kilometers away and founded the present capital of Goa, Panaji… What remained of the lost world city, the magnificent cathedral, two convents, churches and the Basilica do Bom Jesus, a Unesco World Heritage Site… 1126 words.  For further details click here


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Double exposure

25 Sep: Navhind Times. By Patricia Pereira-Sethi. … "Cheats are cheats," commented a Goan doctor friend living in London. "They eventually get their comeuppance and are exposed as entangled emperors without clothes." As MP for Leicester East, the 59-year old Vaz has proven himself to be a gifted self-publicist … Fortunately, there is an admirable British press that will doggedly pursue the case, unravelling the truth on all fronts … Is such a character a fitting example for us Goans? Would any respectable, god-fearing Goan mother want him to be an Uncle or a Godfather to her children? … The only positive point in the entire sordid episode is that Vaz is lucky enough to have a wife who graciously decided to Stand By her Man … Anyone who believes that Keith Vaz is being persecuted by the British press needs to readjust his thinking cap… Let's call a spade a spade. The MP sinned against his God, his Family and his Office, proving that at the core he is a hypocrite and an individual capable of grave deceit … 1012 words.  click here
For a profile of Patricia J Pereira-Sethi, the Ex United Nations Bureau Chief for Newsweek,  click here

Goan Catholics: A ‘dying’ community?

25 Sep: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. … For Goa’s Catholics, history has been like a roller coaster ride … By the late 1960s and early 1970s, the traumatic developments in former British East Africa, especially Uganda, ended up ironically in bringing in so much talent back here… But, barely a decade or so later many of the children of those who had returned were finishing their education, and readying to once again migrate themselves … Goans worldwide are, in some ways, victims of their own ambitious. The growing trend towards seeking foreign passports – not just Portuguese – has been widely commented upon. Unlike other Indian migratory communities, the Goan Catholic is seldom known to return home once (s)he migrates… the Goan Catholic appears rather headless as a community… The Goan Catholic community seems to be changing its form. Today, we have at least a couple of Goan villages in places like Swindon … 1091 words.  For further details click here

Video: Mother of Scarlett Keeling expresses guilt over her tragic death

24 Sep: BBC 2. Fiona MacKeown (photo), mother of Scarlett Keeling appeared on VictoriaLive today and expressed guilt over the fact she allowed Scarlett to go to the party she was last seen at…  For further details click here
Mother vows to fight on as two cleared of Goa murder. 24 Sep: The Times (UK). By Hugh Tomlinson, Pamela D’Mello.  click here
24 Sep: BT (UK). Here are the key events in the aftermath of Scarlett Keeling's death … click here.

AAP to tap NRI support for Goa poll campaign

24 Sep: Hindustan Times. Come October, thousands of non-resident Indian (NRI) volunteers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will plunge themselves into a routine of making calls on behalf of the party to potential voters in Goa and Punjab for a few hours every day. After registering a huge success with its NRI-calling programme in the 2015 Delhi assembly elections, AAP is once again tapping its support base spread over at least a dozen countries worldwide to canvas for the party and secure funds for fighting the assembly elections in the two states. As much as 22% of the party’s election funding comes from other countries. As Goa and Punjab will go to the polls in early 2017, the party plans to re-launch the programme from the first week of October. “We will make more than 60 lakh calls till the start of the elections,” Sreekant Kocherlakota, secretary of AAP’s US chapter, told HT over the phone from Los Angeles… At present, AAP has nine overseas chapters in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Qatar, UK, UAE and Italy… 579 words.  For further details click here

Cultural fete to celebrate Indo-Portuguese music, cuisine and art in Goa

24 Sep: Hindustan Times. A festival celebrating Indian and Portuguese culture will be held here soon. The event will include an exhibition by celebrated artist Deviprasad Rao, a fado singing competition, a film festival, music workshops and an evening of Indo-Portuguese cuisine. “The annual event is an effort to celebrate and appreciate the rich cultural flavours of the two nations,” said Rui Carvalho Baceira, Consul General of Portugal in Goa… The Semana Da Cultura Indo-Portuguesa (Goa) celebrations will kick off with an art exhibition titled ‘Lisbon Calling’ by Deviprasad Rao on Sunday. The exhibition has been curated by Nalini Elvino de Souza and will be open for viewing till Wednesday…  For further details click here

Schulen Fernandes: Carrying forward Wendell’s legacy

24 Sep: Navhind Times. Q: Last month your name was flashed all over the fashion world as the face of the Wendell Rodricks brand. How did you feel when it was formally announced at the LFW? A: I was and still am elated beyond words. This is of course what every designer works towards, the recognition and appreciation. And what better platform for me, than the Wendell Rodricks brand. I must say, I feel very privileged to have such a fabulous mentor to inspire me while I take on this new role as co-creative head. It’s been a two year step-by-step transition with the WR label. So this announcement was very much in the pipeline and completely as per plan… 1347 words.  For further details click here

Goa to have cruise terminal

24 Sep: Navhind Times. Approaching the Goan voters with a bagful of goodies, which would also help the government in increasing its revenue as well as develop the infrastructure of Goa, Union Minister for Road Transport Nitin Gadkari on Friday said the central government would construct a tourism-oriented cruise terminal in the state, besides immediate commencement of the Baina-Dona Paula ferry service, introduction of the Mumbai-Goa waterway passenger service, and facilities such as fishing trawlers for the societies or groups of local fishermen. Addressing a press conference in the city, Gadkari said that presently 20 international passenger cruises – each carrying 4,000 to 5,000 tourists – arrive in Goa annually, which could be increased fivefold after the cruise terminal becomes a reality…  For further details click here

Lisbon: 29 Indo-Portuguese items in Forthcoming Auction

26 Sep: Cabral Moncada Leilões, Lisbon. Lots 193 – 221, 234, Various Goan antiques consisting mainly of Ivory carvings of religious figures and some items of furniture. Photo shows Lot 216: A Cabinet with ten drawers simulating twelve with Stand, teak, partly ebony lined, ebony and ivory inlays "secant circles", stand with two drawers and a trundle drawer simulating two, carved legs "Nagas", gilt tracery copper mounts and applications, gilt copper tacks, Indo-Portuguese, 17th C. (2nd half), restoration, later feet "Cubes", ear to the gilt of applications. Dim. - 130 x 91 x 47 cm.  For further details click here



Death: Antoinetta Mendes (Anita)

22 Sep: Chira Bazar, Mumbai. ANTOINETTA MENDES (ANITA) Age 59 years. Daughter of Late Gracy & Santan Mendes, Mother of Danny D’Costa, Mother-in-Law of Karen Couto. Sister of Rachael, Joaquim, Jose Babush, & Benny. Funeral on 25 Sept. Leaves the residence Goan Co-op Hsg. Society, Tadwadi, Chira Bazar, Mumbai- 400 002 at 9.45. Mass at 10.30 am at St. Francis Xavier Church, Dabul, Takurdwar, Mumbai – 400002. Burial at St. Peter Haines Road Catholic Cemetery, Mahalakshmi, Mumbai – 400 018. Deeply Mourned by Staff & Management of Bright International

Death: Angela Mascarenhas nee Velloze

22 Sep: Alto Porvorim, Goa. ANGELA ELVINA MASCARENHAS nee VELLOZE. Born 1926. Ex Mahim, Mumbai. Wife of late George Mascarenhas Mother of: Ivan, Late Yvonne/ Ernest Menezes, Francis/ Gloria, Loretta/ Octaviano Moniz, Joyce/ Stanley Menezes. Loving Grandma of: Gerard, Ralph, Sherwin, Kenneth, Michael, Liam/Sylvana, Allira, Lizelle, Joanne/ Craig And Sharon.

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Scarlett Keeling's mother blames 'despicable coward' eye witness for the not guilty verdict

23 Sep: Daily Mail (UK). By Taniya Dutta in Goa and Julian Robinson for MailOnline and AFP. Scarlett Keeling's furious mother has blamed a 'despicable coward' eye witness who pulled out of giving evidence … Briton Michael Mannion, known as 'Masala Mike' initially spoke of seeing Ms Keeling on the beach shortly before she died. But in a press conference in Goa today, Ms Keeling's mother Fiona MacKeown said Mr Mannion had 'pulled out' of testifying 'at the last minute' and that she now held the London carpenter 'partially responsible for this lack of a guilty verdict'… 3009 words + photos + Comments.  For further details click here
23 Sep: India Today. All you need to know about infamous Scarlett Keeling rape and murder …  click here
23 Sep: BBC. Two men cleared over Scarlett click here.

Videos: Scarlet Keeling Murder Case Accused

23 Sep: India Today. 21m. 02s.  For further details click here
Video: Scarlett Keeling murder: Two accused acquitted by Goa court 23 Sep: NewsX. 31m. 01s.  click here
Audio: BBC. Mother Fiona MacKeown talks to Emma Barnett about her battle for justice after the killing of her daughter in India in 2008. 23m click here.

Kenya: Eve D Souza shows off her thunder thighs in skimpy beach wear

22 Sep: Tuko (Kenya). TV queen and now an actor, Eve D’Souza has all the looks of a Hollywood Star. She has taken over the internet with salacious photos showing off her well-toned body in a skimpy beach outfit… The girl seems to be growing younger by the day. She was one of the very first people to join an urbanite radio station when we hit the millennium- Capital FM in 2001. For years, she has been at the helm of the most influential media personality. She was TNA’ communication manager during the last General Election that saw Uhuru Kenyatta clinch the top seat with a majority win. In her late 30’s Souza is yet to open up on her relationship status. At an interview with Cate Mukei in 2014, she intimated that she led a very private life and would make it public when she got married…  For further details click here
Eve D'Souza, born in 1979 in Mombasa, Kenya to Andrew and Martina D’Souza. She has two siblings, Sharon and Jason D’Souza. She attended Loreto Convent and Aga Khan High School, Mombasa. For the Eve D’Souza Goan Voice Supplement,  click here

The blot on the Goa holiday experience

23 Sep: Herald. Tourists who visit Goa have been taking back bad memories of their unwarranted brush with the law enforcement authorities – the traffic police. Tourists claim only rented bikes with the yellow number plate are stopped and not a single Goan two-wheeler is stopped even if the rider isn’t wearing a helmet… Herald was able to confirm their stories when our team rode on NH 17 at Porvorim and saw traffic cops immediately stop Indian as well as foreign tourists riding on rented bikes with yellow number plates even if the rider was wearing a helmet. Not a single Goan bike was stopped, even if traffic rules, such as rider not wearing a helmet, were violated. As traffic cops noticed photographs were being clicked, they followed the Herald team and asked that the photos be deleted, they also sought to know what photographs had been clicked. They, however, admitted that a majority of the vehicles they stop are tourist bikes…  For further details click here

Something is ‘brewing’ in Goa. And it is fresh!

24 Sep: Herald. Goa is slowly waking up to the beer culture and a number of restaurants/pubs are keeping beer at the focal point of their offerings… Goa has realised the potential that freshly brewed beer has and a number of business establishments are queuing up to offer international brands of beer, beer on tap, and even setting up microbreweries to produce their own brand of beer, right here in Goa… In 2012, Café Mojo, situated in Panjim, grabbed the opportunity to be India’s first E Beer  For further details click here

Can’t stop the party

23 Sep: Herald. Goa is the party capital of the country and Goans like chilling at the nearest night club or restaurant that has music as the source of entertainment. Owners of such establishments are always in a competitive race to deliver the best experience. Café talks to young Goa about where their loyalty is when it comes to the nightlife business … to keep up with the tastes of their consumers, night club and restaurant owners are always pushing the boundaries of the night life scene, a competitive streak that speaks for itself… Cape Town Café. It’s the one place where I can catch up with my friends on the weekend,” says Errol Menezes, a banker from Panjim… Café Mambo and sinQ are also good  For further details click here

Goan chillis to find a niche in the Gulf

23 Sep: Navhind Times. The Goa State Horticulture Corporation Ltd has decided for the first time to export locally grown chillis to the Persian Gulf markets. The development comes in the backdrop of surplus production of chillis in the state… two varieties of chilly – ‘UG 6609’ and ‘Sai Priya’ – are to be exported to the Persian Gulf. The move will provide opportunities to farmers to earn incremental income and get good exposure at the international level …  click here

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