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Death: Francis Alexander De Silva
17 Jan: Calgary, Alberta, Canada. FRANCIS ALEXANDER DE SILVA (Ex-Uganda). The De Silva Family are deeply saddened to convey the death of our beloved father, Francis Alexander De Silva. Francis (Alex) was also a loving grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. Francis (Alex) passed away in hospital on the morning of Tuesday, January 17th ,2017 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He is survived by his four children and nine grandchildren. Francis (Alex) was born on March 16, 1926 in Goa, India and led a loving, generous and fruitful life. For full obituary and condolences. click here.

Death: Lucy D’Mello

19 Jan: Calvaddo, Varca, Goa. ANNA LUCILIA (LUCY) ANACLETA D'MELLO. Ex U.K. Beloved wife of Victor D'MeIIo. Loving mother/ mother-in-law of Tanya/ John & Tamara/ Keiran. Dearest grandmother of Natasha, James, Annalise, Hannah & Aidan. Mortal remains will be brought to Our Lady of Grace Church, Margao, at 9.30 a.m., followed by Eucharistic celebration at 10.00 a.m. on Monday, 23rd January 2017 thereafter cremation at Sada Crematorium, Vasco.

Death: Tony Rodrigues

20 Jan: Escrivao Vaddo, Candolim, Goa. ANTHONY ACHILLEUS RODRIGUES (TONY) (Proprietor Of Tosigo's) Born: 12/05/1947. Beloved husband of Maria Goretti, Father/ father-in-law of Sigurd/Sally (Melbourne, Australia) and Demelza / Richard D'Souza (Mumbai). Grandfather of Ethan, Sophia and Sean. Brother/brother-in-law of Yvonne/late Tony Pereira. Lydia/Joe Machado, Joanne/late Vikram Bramania, Peter/Ludwina, Norma/Tony Menezes and late Martha/late Michael Travasso, Fr. Tony D'Souza S.J. (Nairobi) and Lawrence/Shirley D'Souza (Mumbai). Funeral cortege will leave his residence at 3.30 PM, ON 22 JAN. 2017, to Our Lady of Hope Church, Candolim for Eucharistic celebration, followed by burial.

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Indian sailors stranded in Norfolk port by ‘modern-day slavery’

22 Jan: The Guardian (UK). A routine inspection of the offshore supply vessel Malaviya Twenty at Great Yarmouth last June found what unions describe as “modern-day slavery” – 15 Indian crew had not been paid for months while working in the oilfields of the North Sea … Although the crew has remained physically active, their mental health has declined profoundly. “It’s been very difficult, knowing no money is going home to our families to cover their basic needs,” said Carlos Menezes, from Goa… Initially, his family sold gold jewellery to make ends meet. Finally, Menezes secured an emergency 8.7% interest loan of 100,000 rupees (£1,190). Sacrifices needed to be made … 1524 words + photos.  For further details click here

Tallulah D’Silva: Meet the socially conscious architect

22 Jan: Herald. Conventional architects normally design houses, offices and buildings. Hence when you come across a young architect whose heart beats for the society and the community, you take notice immediately. Panjim based architect Tallulah D’Silva is one such architect, who has a very strong social streak in her. I meet her near the sleepy village of Carambolim in North Goa a couple days back. We are there to examine the ‘ Ecoloo’ ( dry toilet) project implemented by her for the Mitsuko Trust in 2015… 835 words.  For further details click here

Revealed: Is the Best Indian food available in London?

22 Jan: Daily News & Analysis. By Melissa D’Costa D’Silva (photo). | Unlike expats from other countries, the Indian diaspora in London has no reason to miss authentic Indian food if we go by a recent revelation made by a celebrated Indian chef to a Bloomberg news reporter. According to said chef, “Indian food in London is better than anything available in Mumbai and New Delhi.” While you try to digest that piece of information, here’s more. While some of the chefs we spoke to admitted that London may beat us in the procurement of the best and freshest Indian produce, it still has a long way to go before it can lay claim to the ‘London serves better Indian food’ honour… 954 words.  For further details click here
For the Linkedin profile of Melissa D’CostaD’Silva,  click here

Timoteo Fernandes: The man who introduced Goa to the world

22 Jan: Times of India. By Misha Britto. Today, it takes junkets, music festivals, hot air balloon rides and a host of other ambitious initiatives to project Goa as a global tourism hotspot. Over 50 years ago, all it took was Timoteo Fernandes and his humble cultural troupe. Who’d have thought that an employee of the state’s directorate of accounts would’ve metamorphosed into an ambassador for Goan culture, that too, of his own volition? Timoteo says he wouldn’t have done it any other way… Timoteo’s Folklore Troupe’ was born in 1965 … 822 words.  For further details click here

The marooned Goan

22 Jan: The Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. Even before a Karachi Goan gets back to home, he (or she) has to fight the lonely, uncertain battle to get a visa. Post-Partition bitterness and suspicion is applied to those whose ancestors migrated to what was just another city of undivided India, or entirely economic reasons, without communal motives… They were people who served the British, and who served them well… Many Goans there achieved name and fame… Goans were trusted and this continued upto 1973.,, The first Goans to try to get out, to places like Canada, probably maybe in the 1950s. There were very few. It accelerated in the 1970s, with Gen Zia and his Islamisation drives. There was also the economic pull of places like Canada, the US, Britain. Migration led, as usual, to the best people leaving. Goans in Pakistan might have been 15,000 to 20,000 at its peak. Today, it is estimated at 10,000… 1109 words.  For further details click here

Flyers stealing life-jackets

21 Jan: Ottawa Citizen. South Asian airlines say light-fingered vacationers, not content with pilfering pillows and inflight magazines, are now targeting a new souvenir: life-jackets. Rashmi Soni, vice-president of Indian airline Vistara said the flotation aids most often go missing on sun-and-sand destinations such as Goa and Kochi, on India’s west coast. “We generally see our life-jackets missing on flights bound for beach locations,” he said … :  For further details click here

‘Don’t ban bullfighting gets support in Goa
21 Jan: Times of India. The protests to lift the ban on Jallikattu, that has brought most of Tamil Nadu to a standstill, have made their way to Goa as well with members of the Tamil diaspora here taking out an awareness drive in Panaji. A group of protestors has been sitting in Panaji city with placards for the past three days. "We are sitting here to inform people about the real meaning of Jallikattu, as those who are not familiar with it are being misinformed that the festival harms the bull. It is celebrated to test the masculinity and strength of the bull. We do not slaughter the bull post the festival," he said, adding that the festival is an important part of the Tamil culture…  For further details click here
21 Jan: Sify. BJP non-committal on legalising traditional bull-fighting in Goa …  click here

Bombay: Christians to protest today against BMC for church land acquisition
21 Jan: Daily News & Analysis. The Catholic community in Kandivali has organised a ‘Protest Morcha’ on Saturday (today) against notice served to the Our Lady of Remedy Church in Poisar by BMC. The BMC’s notice seeks acquisition of the church’s land for its road widening project. The protest campaign is organised by Save Our Land (SOUL), the Bombay Catholic Sabha, Guardians United, Watchdog Foundation and All India Catholic Union (Maharashtra)….  For further details click here



Death: Valentine Viegas

20 Jan: Toronto. VALENTINE (VALLY) VIEGAS (ex-Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania) passed away peacefully. Son of the late Romulus and late Maxima (Pury) Viegas. He was a devoted husband to Sylvie nee deSouza, and loving father of Stephanie (Allen Pereira), Samantha (Russ Watkins) and Jason (Jen). He will be missed by his grandchildren, Tyler, Alexis, Hayley, Madison, Jared and Jameson. Vally was a loving brother to Winifred (Philip) Martin, Austin (Nilda) , Wilma (Conrad) De Souza, Phoebe (Ashley) Mendes and Ralph (Valerie).
Funeral Details: VIEWING: Richmond Room, Chapel Ridge Funeral Home, 8911 Woodbine Ave, Markham. on Wed., Jan., 25th Hours: 2:00 to 4:00 PM; 6:00 to 9:00 PM. [at 8:30 PM there will be prayers presided over by a priest from St,Thomas the Apostle] FUNERAL: As per Val's wishes the Funeral will only comprise a Mass at: St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 14 Highgate Drive, Markham. (nearest intersection is Birchmount/Steeles) on Thursday, Jan. 26th @10:00 AM [after the mass the Hearse and the immediate family only will drive to the Crematorium] [Info: Stephen DeSouza] CONDOLENCES :

Death: Maria Sincletica (Sinky) D'Souza (nee Rodrigues)
9 Jan: Chingford, London, UK. Maria Sincletica (Sinky) D'Souza, aka Sinky Rodrigues, (Ex-Moshi –Tanzania), wife of the late Manuel Theo D'Souza passed away after ill health following a stroke. Born in Tanga, she lived in Moshi Tanzania, Goa and thereafter in London, U.K. She worked for the Government Postal Services as a senior telephonist. Beloved Mother to Savio D'Souza, Sister of the Late Linda Martins, Late Joaquim Rodrigues, Late Olivia D'Souza, Raul Rodrigues (UK), Phyllis Gomes(UK) & Margaret Fernandes (Goa). Will be sadly missed by relatives, family and friends.
Memorial Service to be held on Thursday 2nd February 2017, 12:00 noon at The Parish of Christ the King, Catholic Church, 455 Chingford Road, Chingford, London E4 8SP. Followed by burial at Chingford Mount Cemetery at 1:30pm. Reception to be held thereafter at the Church Hall, 455 Chingford Road, London E4 8SP. Condolences to

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NRIs, OCIs with demonetized currency caught in bureaucratic hurdles

21 Jan: Indian Tribune. … the implementing mechanism headed by bureaucrats has created hurdles which are almost near impossible for the NRIs/OCIs to redeem the money by subjecting them to the torturous procedure. As of now the NRIs and OCIs are at crossroads to know what they have to do with the old currency notes as the expenses for redeeming them surpass the actual value of such demonetized currency they are holding with them… the Airport Customs Officer did not have the copies of the prescribed form, and he only gave them a proforma to a group of passengers asking them to copy it manually and get back to him. The Customs Officer was literally mobbed by the passengers… For this writer and his wife, who are senior citizens, the whole painful process of their currency certified by the Customs Officer, took about three hours. But they did not realize that there was more ordeals in store for them at the Reserve Bank Of India … 1030 words.  For further details click here

Dear Portugal, greetings from Goa!

21 Jan: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. We are sure you remember us, even after departing (with some stern persuasion) 55 years ago. After all, your prime minister visited last week with many high-powered delegates, and a scrambling knot of television journalists. Thanks for allowing him time to spare! His trip was really worth it from our point of view. We got to see a totally unexpected aspect of your country: dynamic, visionary, humane and pragmatic. But, in addition, there was also the man himself. Antonio Costa forced us to deeply rethink and reconsider our own politicians and polity, our own priorities… 878 words.  For further details click here

Australia: Roanna Gonsalves’s Permanent Resident: Indian migrant experience explored

21 Jan: The Australian. Roanna Gonsalves’s The Permanent Resident is a fastidiously crafted collection of 16 short stories that take a hard look at the desire of Indians to migrate and the experience of settling in Australia. At once cerebral and visceral, the stories explore the fault lines of relationships deeply influenced by travelling beyond borders and calling a new place home… The Permanent Resident is no butter chicken. It is more like sorpotel, a full-bodied “curry”, a dish made from meat and offal, first cooked on the shipping route from Africa to India in Portuguese ships and which has a permanent place on the Goan menu. Gonsalves is a bold Indian-Australian voice that laudably claims a space in the Australian literary landscape… The Permanent Resident By Roanna Gonsalves (photo) UWA Publishing, 280pp, $24.99. 758 words.  For further details click here
To order a copy of the book,  click here

Video: Goa Assembly Poll: 'Demonetisation is against poor', says Church Father Savio Fernandes

21 Jan: NewsNationTV. Adding to the woes of BJP government in Goa who is already battling against anti-incumbency factor and corruption charges, a Goa Church - The Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) have issued guidelines for voters ahead of assembly elections to shun powers in the country who are choking secularism, informed Executive Secretary -CSJP, Church Father Savio Fernandes. 4m. 59s.  For further details click here

BJP grapples with bishop's barbs in Goa

21 Jan: Telegraph (Calcutta). The BJP is banking on a division in Goa's dominant Christian vote to help it tide over Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao's thinly veiled criticism of the party-led state government at a civic reception attended by chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar. Party sources said the archbishop's comments at the pre-Christmas annual reception - also attended by Parsekar's predecessor, defence minister Manohar Parrikar - had made it clear the Church would signal to its laity not to vote for the BJP in the February 4 Assembly elections …  For further details click here
Goa church under scanner over priests' political play … 20 Jan: Economic Times.  click here

AAP volunteers traverse oceans to join campaign

21 Jan: Times of India. Around 100 NRI volunteers from the US, Canada and Australia have already begun arriving into Goa and working for the party… AAP's national convener and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal (photo) will make his sixth trip to Goa on Saturday. He will address public rallies over three days in Shiroda, Curchorem, Sanguem, Mandrem, Cortalim, Zuarinagar, Margao, Aldona and St Cruz…  For further details click here
Govt failed to utilise Goa’s tourism potential: Elvis Gomes. 21 Jan: Herald.  click here

Goa poll manifesto will include Metro train plan, says Manohar Parrikar

20 Jan: Indian Express. The BJP’s manifesto for the upcoming Goa Assembly polls will focus on a comprehensive mobility plan for the state, including Metro train facility, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar (photo) has said. “The manifesto will speak about comprehensive mobility plan for the state. How you will travel across Goa. This will include electric buses, inter-city buses and even Metro (train) facility,” Parrikar told reporters … He refused to divulge more details of the manifesto, but said it would be unveiled on January 25-26…  For further details click here

Auction: Mother Mary – Carved Ivory

24 Jan: Van Ham, Cologne. Lot 1144: Mother Mary. Goa, 19th century. Carved ivory. Height 16,5 cm. Condition B. Auctioneer's estimate: 1,000 EUR  For further details click here



Death: Ida Leitao

9 Jan: Bexley, Kent, UK. IDA FILOMENA COTA LEITAO. (Ex Entebbe) aged 89. Wife of late Benicio, Mother/Mother in Law of Rolo/Brita, Thelma, Hugh/Eileen. Grandmother to Roland, Richard, Ryan and Ansell. Funeral Mass on Friday 10th Feb 2017, 12:00 PM at St. John Fisher Church, Thanet Road, Bexley,Kent.UK. DA5 1AP. Condolences to

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Indian Supreme Court annuls divorce granted by the Church

20 Jan: Daily Mail. In a significant ruling the Supreme Court has said divorce decrees granted by ecclesiastical tribunals, popularly known among Christians as 'church courts' have no legal sanctity. It said only courts under Indian Divorce Act can grant divorces for Christians. The court was hearing a petition filed by Bengaluru-based octogenarian Catholic advocate Clarence Pais, who has sought legal sanctity for divorce decrees granted by church courts. He pleaded that marriage and divorce among Catholic Christians were governed by the church, and in the absence of its recognition by the law, unsuspecting men were facing prosecution for bigamy… 827 words.  click here

Shirley Rodrigues: London cannot afford to wait for action on toxic air

20 Jan: Evening Standard (London). Shirley Rodrigues, London’s environment czar today warned the Government not to ignore the “overwhelming call for action” on London’s toxic air. … In her first interview as deputy mayor for the environment, Ms Rodrigues set out plans for six local schemes, with £2.5 million funding, that will test future technology that could be rolled out across the country…  click here
Shirley Rodrigues was born in Nairobi, the daughter of George Jason Rodrigues (1929 - 2008); ex footballer for Nairobi Heroes and Crusaders and Louisa Victoria Rodrigues nee Da Costa born in Kenya (1931 - 2001). Her parents trace their Goan roots to Siolim (father) and Aldona (mother). The family emigrated to England in 1967 from Nairobi. For the Linkedin profile of Shirley Rodrigues,  click here
Video: Urbanization & Exports: Shirley Rodrigues, London Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy. click here.

Ashley Tellis: Goa diaspora rising

20 Jan: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. A few days from now, the Trump administration is expected to name Ashley Tellis (photo) as US Ambassador to India… the appointment of Tellis - a Mumbai-born Bandra boy (with Goan roots) - would be an excellent portent… Goans are a negligibly minuscule segment of the Indian diaspora. Even in India, they are a barely measurable 0.1% of the population. Yet, in every sphere of measurable achievement, this minority within a minority makes its presence felt with accomplishments far disproportionate to numbers… in the UK, Keith Vaz, Valerie Vaz and Suella Fernandes … In the Lusosphere, Antonio Costa, Jorge Barreto Xavier, Jose Pereira Coutinho … 788 words.  For further details click here

Rosalyn D'Mello: A glimpse into the 'I' of an artist

20 Jan: MidDay. By Rosalyn D'Mello (photo). … A week into my first ever residency at HH Art Spaces in Arpora, Goa, I realize I could easily make the transition from virgin to residency whore. To say it’s been idyllic would be a gross understatement. There’s something superbly magical about this old house I am co-habiting with three other artists. The rooms are austere, the geysers need to be fixed, and my pillow is flatter than I’m accustomed to. But I’ve never before so consistently slept the sleep of angels, where I wake up rejuvenated, full of vitality. I enjoy the humdrum of conversation … There is a large garden and a lovely kitchen housed in what could have been a balcao, and every morning there is the heart warming scent of coffee being brewed…  For further details click here

Sachin and Babi bring New York and Goa together

20 Jan: Vogue. It’s been a year of firsts for designers Sachin and Babi Ahluwalia. After the debut of their bridal line, the duo joined forces with W Hotels to create a capsule collection for the brand’s first ever Indian property, W Goa. The couple talks to Vogue about the collaboration, their creations and how they like to recharge… There’s nothing subtle about Goa, and our collection captures that. The vibrant contrast piping draws inspiration from the stunning architecture of Portuguese churches. The pom-pom detailing is reminiscent of marigold flowers used widely at celebrations in the region. We also looked at an old Vogue shoot that took place in Goa with the model Lakshmi Menon…  For further details click here

Chilli fry: Goan style clams

19 Jan: Khaleej Times (UAE). A classic recipe that will make your day… 500g clams, cleaned; 2 large onions, finely sliced; 1 large tomato, finely chopped; 1 tbsp ginger-garlic paste; 2 green chillies, slit lengthwise; 1/2 tbsp red chilli powder; 1/2 tsp turmeric powder; 1/2 tsp pepper powder; 1½ tsp sugar; 1 tbsp white vinegar; 1 tsp lemon juice; 1 tbsp fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped; Salt to taste; Oil for frying …  For further details click here

Auction: Ivory inlaid coromandel table cabinet

24 Jan: Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood, Exeter, UK. Lot 951: An Indo-Portuguese ivory inlaid coromandel table cabinet: the fall front enclosing one long drawer above a central double draw with two small drawers to either side, the whole inlaid with geometric designs, metal mounts and hasp, 17th/18th century, 31 cm wide [minor damage and losses]. Auctioneer's estimate 600 GBP - 800 GBP  For further details click here



Funeral Announcement: Francisca Da Cruz e Rodrigues

27 Dec: Tolworth, Surrey, UK. FRANCISCA da CRUZ e RODRIGUES. Ex-Eldoret, Kenya. Born March 1930, Goa. Beloved wife of late Simao Antero Rodrigues, and mother of late Isidorio Pedro (Peter); Adelaide; Delfina/Colin and Francis/Joana. Grandmother to Annette/Neil, Craig, Davinia, Mark and Kirstie, and great-grandmother to Ned. Sister-in-law to Florinda/Ramesh. Sister to late Felicidade/late Rosario, late Rosalind/late Caetan Francis, Jose/late Piedade, Emilia/Vincent, Ermelinda/late Salvador, Francisco Monte/Joanita and Antonette/Valente. Francisca will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by her family, relatives and many friends.
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, 26th January 2017 at 11am at Our Lady Immaculate Church, 401 Ewell Rd, Surbiton KT6 7DG, and burial at Surbiton Cemetery, Lower Marsh, Lane, Kingston, KT1 3BN, followed by a reception at Emmanuel Church Hall, 1 Grand Avenue, Surbiton KT5 9HU. In lieu of flowers, kindly make any donations to Pilar Seminary Goa towards funding a Seminarian, via Garners Funeral Services (contact: 0208 390 4996). Condolences / enquiries:

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Church denies involvement in politics, candidate selection

19 Jan: Herald. The Diocesan Centre for Social Communications Media (DCSCM) on Wednesday denied any Church involvement in politics and said the Church does not have any role in selection of candidates. A statement issued by the DCSCM states, “We wish to categorically state hereby that the Church authorities in Goa are in no way involved in the selection process of any candidate of any political party or in the drawing up of party strategies, as it is being made to appear…  click here
19 Jan: Times of India. Church: No role in selection of poll candidates …  click here

Canada: NRIs to fly in to campaign for AAP in Goa

19 Jan: Indian Express. Over 300 Non-Resident Indian volunteers of the Aam Aadmi Party are expected to land at the Delhi airport late Wednesday night and proceed to Chandigarh and Goa to campaign for the party in the poll-bound states. Party leaders said that the volunteers have booked out an entire flight from Canada. “Some are expected to arrive from New York and the UK too. We will receive them at the airport, escort them to our party office and then facilitate their travel to Chandigarh and Goa early on Thursday,” said Adarsh Shastri, co-convenor of the AAP Overseas Cell…  For further details click here
Video: NRI Volunteers arrive at Delhi Airport …  click here

Obtaining British visa not difficult: Kumar Iyer

19 Jan: Navhind Times. The British Deputy High Commissioner, in Mumbai, Kumar Iyer (photo) speaks about the positive impact of the recent visit to India by British Prime Minister Theresa May, growing investment between India and UK, the myths about the difficulties in procuring British visa and visa facilities for Goans … We have 149,000 British nationals, who visit Goa every single year, that is 10 per cent of the Goan population, which is a great and wonderful thing, and we want to continue to sustain that… 1787 words.  For further details click here

Loo Profile @ Coco Beach

19 Jan: Herald. Though the Tourism Department in Goa has been introducing various activities like helicopter rides and Sea planes to promote the coastal state, the Coco Beach which falls in the tourism minister’s own constituency ‘Saligao’ is totally neglected and is crying for attention with garbage being piled up in every patch and lack of toilet facilities… an Australian tourist said “Times have changed. Garbage has spilled all over making it difficult for people to walk." …  For further details click here

Finnair adds Goa in long-haul expansion drive

19 Jan: Travel Daily. Finnair will launch its first flights to Goa this year, as part of a major expansion of its long-haul network. The Helsinki-based national carrier will start flying to the Indian beach destination on 29 November 2017, operating two weekly flights for the winter season, ending on 21 March 2018. Services will run every Wednesday and Sunday using an Airbus A330 aircraft. This forms part of a significant Asian expansion planned by Finnair. Also in India, the airline will add one more weekly flight to Delhi, taking the total frequency to six weekly flights next winter…  For further details click here

Goa. Economic motivation to learn Portuguese

19 Jan: TSF (Portugal). Sentimental reasons no longer are the strongest motives to learn Portuguese in Goa. Professional opportunities in the Portuguese world are now at the top of student motivation… The change is revealed by the director of the Center for Portuguese Language (CLP) in Goa, which was once Portuguese. Delfim Correia da Silva has been in Goa since 2008 and notes that "from the moment we restructured our study programs, and in particular the master's degree, providing specific formations for business, Portuguese began to be seen as a language and an instrument in the Business world, a language of the future … The Centro de Língua Portuguesa de Goa supports the learning of the Portuguese language and culture in the Portuguese Department of the University of Goa, the Goa Management Institute, and various Goan schools and colleges…  click here
For the Portuguese original,  click here

Two Russians arrested in Goa for rioting in a plane

18 Jan: AIF. Ru. Two Russian tourists have been detained by police in Goa due to a riot on the aircraft, according to Interfax … Two passenger on a charter flight, Boeing-757, travelling from Russia to Goa visited the duty free shop, drank excessive amounts of alcohol and rioted on board … the young offenders also tried to smoke on board, ignoring the flight attendants request not to do so. The crew of the ship contacted the Goa airport, police detained the brawlers at the gangway …  For further details click here
18 Jan: Goa police had not heard about the Russians detained for brawl according to the Consulate General of Russia in Mumbai…  click here

Russian dies of malaria after a visit to Goa

19 Jan: RIA Novosti (Russia). A Russian died of malaria after a visit to the Indian resort of Goa, in January 2017, two imported cases of malaria, according to the press service of Rospotrebnadzor recorded in Russia… "Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Welfare informs that in January, the country registered two cases of imported malaria in Ulyanovsk and Sverdlovsk regions, including one fatal," - said the agency… In both cases, the victims visited Goa as tourists …  For further details click here

UK: Forthcoming Events

Sun 22 Jan. 2pm. Fr Agnelo Birth Anniversary Mass to be held at St John Fisher Church 207 Cannon Hill Lane London SW20 7DB. Please encourage your family and friends to come along and join us to pray for the beatification of Fr Agnelo. As in previous years we are asking all to come along with some food and drink for general sharing in the hall next door to the Church after Mass. Contact 07944 692920 for any further details. For the flyer, click here.

Sun. 26 Feb: Mungul Union (UK) celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Woodside High School Hall (ex-white Hart Lane School Hall), White Hart Lane, London N22 5QJ. Mass at 12.30pm followed by a social gathering. Music by "TREBLE MAKERS" and disco by "FENNY FEVER". For tickets and details, contact Rosy D'Silva (020 7041 6072); John Mendes (07446066162); Robert Fernandes (07753831250) and Rosalind Rebello (020 8767 8652). For the flyer, click here.



Death: Baltu Mendes

17 Jan: Calgary, Canada. BALTU MENDES. Ex Catholic Colony No.1, Karachi. Son of late Pat Mendes. He is survived by his wife Colleen and three sons, brother Mickey and sisters Annie Rodrigues in Karachi, Marie Rocha in Calgary. [Info: Pompie Gois]
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas More Catholic Church (15 Templebow Road N.E.) on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at 2:00 p.m  For further details click here

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Ex-CIA agent who is set to be extradited to Italy begs Trump to step in and save her from prison

17 Jan: Daily Mail (UK). Sabrina De Sousa, 60, is scheduled to be extradited from Portugal today… 1230 word + Comments  For further details click here
Former CIA rendition agent issues plea to Donald Trump as she faces jail in Italy… 17 Jan: Daily Telegraph (UK).  click here
Ex-CIA agent who reached out to Trump prepares for extradition … 17 Jan: New York Post. “Portuguese attorney to me ‘keep your suitcase packed.’ Have no idea what one packs..!” ex-spook Sabrina De Sousa tweeted from Portugal on the day she expected to be taken to Italy… click here.

India's African-origin Siddi tribe continue

18 Jan: Kyodo News (Tokyo). (Tokyo). "I was born in India. This is the place where I belong, but my ancestors came from Africa," said Shehnaz Rustom … African by origin but Indian by nationality, Siddis have made themselves an influential part of the state… Members are descended from Bantu peoples from sub-Saharan Africa. Their settlement did not occur by choice but by the force of Portuguese who brought them to India between the 16th and 19th centuries… Today, the number of ethnic Africans is on the rise in India, existing mainly in the states of Gujarat, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa and Hyderabad… the Siddis have managed to preserve their musical and dance traditions of their ancestors over the centuries since arriving in India contributes to their being regarded as a "lost" tribe of Africa. 694 words.  For further details click here
Video: Siddis: In It For The Long Run | Unique Stories from India…  click here

Healthcare system to be in spotlight

18 Jan: Times of India. Leading experts, policy makers and renowned personalities will gather in Goa for the second edition of Difficult Dialogues to be held at International Centre Goa from February 10 to February 12. The forum, to be held in partnership with UCL (University College London), will focus on the question, 'Is India's Health a Grand Challenge?'… Noted journalist Siddharth Varadarajan and acclaimed actor Kabir Bedi will also be in attendance at a number of panel discussions…  For further details click here
For the 'Is India's Health a Grand Challenge?’ website,  click here

The Mumbai Classic That 'New York Times' Calls One Of The Best Dishes Of 2016

16 Jan: Huffington Post. Long before the name Kejriwal became inseparable from the Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi's current chief minister, it was linked to a certain mouth-watering chilli cheese and fried egg sandwich, revered by Mumbai's food lovers. Like all iconic dishes, Eggs Kejriwal has a captivating story behind it… Now, a version of the iconic dish served at the New York restaurant, Paowalla, has been shortlisted among the top ten dishes in the city by the New York Times … Mumbai-born chef Floyd Cardoz, who owns Paowalla, first introduced the dish in his restaurant, The Bombay Canteen in 2014. Its popularity prompted Cardoz to introduce Egg Kejriwal at his New York City restaurant, Paowalla, in 2016, where it has been again adapted to the local palate…  For further details click here
Video: Indian Breakfast Idea | How to Make Eggs Kejriwal… 5m. 51s.  click here

"Sex does not have to be toxic"

18 Jan: Stuttgarter Nachrichten (Germany). Silke Vogel is a freelance web designer and works all over the world. She runs a webshop, where she sells wooden dildos and vegan hand-and-footcuffs.. She talks about her independent life and work as well as the ecotourism of sex toys… Q: As a freelancing medi-designer, you are working in Goa where others are on holiday. How did you get this idea?... A: If you do not spend too much money: yes. With 900 euros per month I live well. I do not stay in star hotels, but mostly by Airbnb. In Goa, for example, I lived in a wooden hut for backpackers on the beach… 658 words.  For further details click here
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Goa assembly polls: Battle goes online

18 Jan: Times of India. Days after VJ Raghu campaigned for the Aam Admi Party (AAP) in Goa, he has become a major cause for a war of words between AAP and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters online. While those backing BJP are sharing a video of Raghu being cornered by a student's arguments, AAP supporters are sharing a clipping of Raghu clarifying that the video is using information selectively… BJP Goa IT cell incharge Kuncalienkar says, "While social media is definitely a direct tool to reach out to people, it is also true that some nefarious elements misuse the same to spread hatred and false news.” …  For further details click here

Poll ‘Wise’ Foreigners

18 Jan: Herald. Dozens of foreigners are operating their respective trades mostly associated to tourism industry on Goa’s coast including shops, general trading, catering, hotels, restaurants, touring, clubbing, cafes, music etc. A lot of foreigner girls are yoga instructors and into the travel guiding. Travel through the North Goa coastal belt has discovered that the foreigners who are operating businesses and here for long time are known to all political parties and their own local leaders… “We have seen people going to MLA for any petty work and that the way we got to know about them. In our country this hardly happens, politicians here are easily available” one of the British national said… 457 words.  For further details click here


FILM: Slumdog Millionaire. Film4. Mon. 23rd Jan. 21:00 to 23:25. Dev Patel is the boy from the slums whose life story leads to the jackpot question on India's Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Vibrant, Oscar-winning drama from Danny Boyle. Stars Frieda Pinto.

FILM: East is East. Film4. Tues. 24th Jan. 21:00 to 22:55. Damien O'Donnell's multi-award-winning comedy stars the late Om Puri as George Khan, a Pakistani immigrant who, along with his wife Ella, is trying to run his fish-and-chip shop while coping with their seven children, ranging from the devout Maneer to the wayward Tariq, in 1970s Salford. Shown in tribute to Om Puri, who died on 6 January 2017.

FILM: Safari. Film4. Wed. 25th Jan. 13:05 to 15:00. Victor Mature and Janet Leigh star in early James Bond director Terence Young's thriller, which is set in Kenya during the 1950s Mau Mau Uprising
FILM: The Warrior. Film4. Thurs. 26th Jan. 01:55 to 03:45. Asif Kapadia's double-Bafta-winning debut film stars Irfan Khan as Lafcadia, a warlord's warrior in ancient India. Sent to massacre a village that's fallen behind in their taxes, he suffers a crisis of conscience and, laying down his sword, sets off to the Himalayas in search of peace. But the vengeful warlord sends enforcers on the trail of his renegade warrior, who must once again face violence.

DOCUMENTARY: The Cult Next Door. BBC 2. Thurs. 26th Jan. 21:00 to 22:00. The extraordinary story of a strange cult, which came to light in 2013 when a sensational news story broke about three women emerging from a small flat in Brixton in south London after decades in captivity following its leader Aravindan Balakrishnan, a student of Indian origin. The film documents how this left-wing collective evolved into a bizarre pseudo-religious cult, where members were controlled, threatened and brainwashed so that they were too terrified to leave.

FILM: Nutan Season: Bandini. Channel 4. Fri. 27th Jan. 01:40 to 03:30. The penultimate film in Channel 4's four-part tribute to the much-loved actress Nutan. Set during the British Raj of the 1930s and based on the memoirs of a jail superintendent, it tells the story of the imprisoned Kalyani, as she recollects in flashback the events in Bengal that drove her to murdering the wife of her lover, the freedom fighter Bikash Ghosh

COOKERY: Royal Recipes. BBC 1. Fri. 27th Jan. 15:45 to 16:30. India and Empire. Historian Dr Annie Gray visits Osborne House on the Isle of Wight where Queen Victoria, Empress of India, showcased her grand passion for the raj, and even hired her own Indian chefs. Plus Britain's first Indian Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar cooks a dish fit for an Indian president and a British queen.



Death: Tony Da Cruz
13 Jan 2017: Leicester, UK. ANTONIO DA CRUZ. Aged 84. Originated from Goa, but worked in Kenya & Leicester. The Da Cruz family are deeply saddened to announce the death of our beloved husband, father and grandfather who died peacefully. Funeral details to follow. Condolences to or Tel 0116 2663912.

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Video: Sabrina De Sousa, Ex-CIA officer faces extradition, seeks Trump's help

17 Jan: Fox News (USA). A former CIA officer facing jail time in Italy over her alleged role in the kidnapping of a suspected terrorist nearly 14 years ago called on President-elect Donald Trump Monday to "stop this precedent of U.S. diplomats [and] U.S. military and intelligence officers being convicted by foreign courts." Sabrina De Sousa, who is due to be extradited to Italy from Portugal Tuesday to begin serving her six-year sentence, told "Tucker Carlson Tonight" that the Obama administration has been no help to her bid to fight the extradition… 5m. 17s.  For further details click here
17 Jan: New York Post. Ex-CIA agent ‘optimistic’ Trump will save her from extradition…  click here
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India: ATM withdrawal limit enhanced from Rs 4500 to Rs 10,000 per day

17 Jan: Indian Express. The Reserve Bank of India on Monday enhanced the withdrawal limit from ATM from Rs 4500 to Rs 10,000 per day, per card. Also the limit on withdrawal from current accounts has been enhanced from current limit of Rs 50,000 per week to Rs 1 lakh per week. However, the overall weekly withdrawal limit of 24,000 rupees per card remains unchanged, it said in a release...  For further details click here
15 Jan: Indian Express. Changing old notes proving hard hurdle to cross for NRIs, foreign returns…  click here
Wikipedia: 2016 Indian banknote demonetisation… click here.

Priests cannot canvas for polls: Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao

16 Jan: Times of India. Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao on Sunday frowned upon individual church leaders openly canvassing for a party or candidate for the assembly polls scheduled for February 4… He said, "The Council for Social Justice and Peace (CSJP) will soon issue guidelines (to the faithful on how to exercise their franchise during the upcoming polls)." On whether priests could openly canvass for a party or candidate of their preference, Ferrao replied, "He cannot do so. If you are aware, please inform me." …  For further details click here

Goa's Saligao Garbage Treatment Plant begins generating power

17 Jan: Economic Times. Seven months after being set up, the garbage treatment plant on the Calangute-Saligao plateau has started generating electricity for captive use and has proposed to sell the surplus to the state power grid… the plant has been generating 4,000 units of electricity every day… The plant treated huge amounts of garbage during Christmas and New Year which was collected from different beaches … 471 words.  For further details click here
17 Jan: Navhind Times. Goa to get power from waste treatment plant…  click here

Congress takes Goa casinos hostage for political leverage

17 Jan: Calvin Ayre. By Leonard Postrado. The fate of Goa gambling industry now lies in between the clutches of Indian politicians who are now using the issue to gain political leverage. Business Today reported that both the Indian Congress and Indian political parties have threatened to ban casinos in Goa, as they accused operators of cheating the state government of Rs 45,000 crore ($6.62 billion) in tax revenues. The threat comes at a time when Goa casino continues to reel from the recent demonetization of INR 1000 (USD 14.8) and INR 500 (USD 7.32). Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in November made the move in a bid to slam down hard on the country’s black money…  For further details click here

Dialysis specialist moves court to keep out of Goa ‘kidney racket’ accused medic

16 Jan: Herald. In a significant reflection of the manner in which health services function in Goa, Dr Venkatesh, who provides dialysis services at 2 Government Hospitals in South Goa, successfully with zero mortality since 2003, has asked the Governor, the Human Rights Commission, the State health department to stop. the health department from selecting a tainted and indicted doctor to run dialysis services in Goa through a tender process…  click here

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18 Jan: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 33.0. Min = 20.3. Humidity = 91%. Rainfall NIL
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Death: Sripad Bandodkar

15 Jan: DT News (Bahrain). Bahrain expat dies in accident. SRIPAD PRASAD BANDODKAR (28) who died in the accident was a Retail Sales Executive with First Motors, Hyundai Bahrain. He was riding a bike when a SUV hit him after cutting a red signal. He was born and brought up in Bahrain itself … The family roots are from Goa. The family has decided to take his body for final rites to his hometown…  For further details click here

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Canada: How technology entrepreneur Andrew D’Souza invests his own money

15 Jan: The Globe and Mail. Andrew D’Souza’s entrepreneurial journey started when he was 10 years old and convinced his local newspaper, The Mississauga News, to start delivery in his neighbourhood – and put him in charge of the route… After studying engineering at the University of Waterloo, Mr. D’Souza, 31, worked in a number of technology roles before becoming the co-founder and chief executive of Clearbanc, a financial services startup for freelancers and entrepreneurs… 691 words  For further details click here
Video: Canadian Business. Andrew D’Souza on how Clearbanc is delivering financial services to freelancers … 2m.10s.  click here
Andrew D'Souza was born in Mumbai in 1985, the son of Yvette and Dinesh D’Souza of (with Saligao roots). The family emigrated to US in 1988 and to Canada in 1991. They live in Mississauga. For his Linkedin profile, click here.

Goa Assembly Elections 2017 Opinion Poll Results: BJP to secure thumping majority, AAP comes a close second.

16 June: India Today. With Assembly elections just round the corner, things in Goa seem to be heating up significantly. Thinks tanks and organisations have rushed ahead and conducted surveys to predict a possible victor. The elections in the state will happen on the 4th of February while the results will be declared on the 11th of March, 2017… The three parties have been campaigning actively in the state. While some pre-poll surveys predict a BJP victory, others favour the AAP. Take a look at what major opinion polls predict … 896 words  For further details click here

No relief in rising prices for the average Goan

16 Jan: Navhind Times. … If there is one complain of the average Goan that remains unaddressed, it is soaring prices of essentials and food items. From the housewife to the government servant, and the poor worker to the upper middle class, everybody is troubled by rising prices… Prices in Goa are higher because of tourism. It is a very difficult situation for the poor migrants who come to work here … 1423 words.  For further details click here

Goa's regional plan continues to be in planning mode for 20 years

16 Jan: Economic Times. By Paul Fernandes. The state government’s grandiose exercise for a suitable Regional Plan (RP) has been virtually in a “draft” stage for almost 20 years, as it has failed to notify a complete land use document adhering to all requirements. With the state headed for another election, the BJP government managed to finalize only rectified plans of Satari, Pernem and Canacona at the fag end of its five-year term. Earlier, the Congress government had notified an all-taluka RP 2021 in December 2011, but activists and stakeholders had criticized it as an error-ridden plan with controversial projects and one that also did not incorporate their key inputs… 690 words.  For further details click here

Honest govt can run nation’s economy on Goa’s tourism: Delhi tourism minister

16 Jan: The Goan. Opposing the perception that banning casinos can ruin Goa’s economy, Delhi’s Tourism Minister, Kapil Mishra (photo) on Sunday said a well-intended and honest government can run the entire country’s economy on Goa’s tourism. For that to happen, he said that whole perspective of Goa’s tourism will have to be changed and the focus should revolve on what Goa has to offer on Goa’s culture and natural beauty. “If we can have a well-intended and honest government, Goa alone can run the entire country’s economy only on tourism,” Mishra said…  For further details click here

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16 Jan: Metro (London). Make every breath you take a deep one. You heard it here first: breathing is in vogue this year. Well, doing it properly, in any case. A new retreat has launched in Goa that will show you how correct breathing down to your lower belly, for instance can soothe anxiety and other unhealthy emotions. The five-day workshop is led by Nicola Price in her lush Mandrem forest home. You will stay in local homestays and beach huts for around £7 to £42 per night and, when it's all over, you can nip to nearby Arambol for a taste of Goa's famous nightlife. £450, excl flights, Jan 29-Feb 3 and Mar 13-17.  For further details click here

Fort Kochi police in Goa to trace absconding UK man

16 Jan: Times of India. Following the complaint of a Kollam native that her husband, a British national, has absconded with their 5-year-old son, a team of Fort Kochi police have arrived in Goa to trace the man and the kid. The divorce proceedings of Anna Mathews and James Robert Edward Pierce started in 2012 and court has granted the mother the permanent custody of the child and visitation rights to the father. Last year, James was granted interim custody of the child for six days till December 31. However, James and son Samuel Charles Robert Pierce have gone untraceable till date. Anna has lodged a complaint with the police…  For further details click here

Auction: Ebony Corpus Christi

20 Jan: Lawrences, Crewkerne, Somerset. Lot 2443: EBONY CORPUS CHRISTI, possibly Goan, probably 19th century, height 52cm. Auctioneer's estimate: 80 GBP - 120 GBP  For further details click here

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