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Frail-looking Parrikar thanks Goa for prayers, presents budget

22 Feb: The Quint. In an emotional address, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who made a dramatic appearance at the state assembly on Thursday to present the budget - hours after being discharged from a Mumbai hospital - thanked the people of Goa for praying for his health. The Chief Minister said that nothing is wrong with him and that he has just been asked to avoid "close contact". He was dressed in a full-sleeved blue shirt and looking frailer than his usual bustling self…  click here

Video: Goa budget 2018 highlights

22 Feb: Video: HCN. A week after his hospitalization in Mumbai, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar returned back to the State to present the budget. He informed that the total gross budgetary expenditure is 17 thousand crores as against 16 thousand crores in 2017, thus representing an increase of 6.48 percent over the previous year. He also informed that the government has laid emphasis on local employment for which a total provision of rupees 548 crores in the sectors of Industry, labour and Employment and Information technology are provided. While he added that in the total education sector including medical education a total of rupees 2445 crores have been made… 4m. 01s.  For further details click here
Video: 22 Feb: Prudent Media. Budget in full. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar presents Budget 2018-19 with size of 17123 crores, scheme worth 548 crores proposed for labour & employment, proposes vote on account for 5 months … 17m. 20s. click here.

Video: Alex Fernandes, Nairobi Heroes footballer interviewed

21 Feb: Frederick Noronha. Alex Fernandes, perhaps the greatest Goan player ever to grace the game of football in East Africa as centre half. Played for Kenya, Nairobi Heroes, Spurs and various other teams. Had some success at county level in Kenya. One of the most respected and loved sportsmen. He reveals that he began by kicking a tennis ball on the walls of his Railway Quarters house in Nairobi. He played for the Kenya National Team … 7m. 24s.  For further details click here

Chris Evans Shreds Dinesh D’Souza Who Mocked Texas School Shooting Survivors

22 Feb: Huffington Post (UK). Conservative author and felon Dinesh D’Souza apologized on Wednesday for tweets he posted that mocked the teen survivors of last week’s school shooting in Florida, which left 17 people dead… On Tuesday, D’Souza shared an image of the survivors weeping while they watched Florida lawmakers vote against discussion of a gun-control bill, and wrote: “Worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs.” That and other tweets he posted about the survivors were described as “vile,” “disgusting” and “ghoulish.” … Chis Evans called him “an insensitive pile of trash” …  For further details click here
Wikipedia: Dinesh D'Souza was born in Bombay in 1961. His parents were Roman Catholics from the state of Goa in Western India, where his father was an executive of Johnson & Johnson and his mother was a housewife. D'Souza attended the Jesuit St. Stanislaus High School in Bombay…  click here

Plea For Information: What happened to Scarlett Keeling

22 Feb: The Sun (UK). A Crowdfunding campaign was launched by the mother of a murdered British schoolgirl who is desperate to find her daughter's killer. Fiona Mackeown continues to fight for justice for 15-year-old Scarlett, who was raped and left for dead on an Indian beach ten years ago… Scarlett's mother, Fiona, hoped along with her lawyer, Vikram Verma, to fund a reward to encourage witnesses to come forward. This came after the India’s Central Bureau of Investigation decided to appeal D’Souza and Carvalho's acquittal in February 2017. Fiona, of Bideford, Devon, wrote on the crowd funding page: “I think this is my last chance to find witnesses that saw Scarlett on the night she died. There are too many gaps… 649 words.  For further details click here
For the JustGiving crowdfunding Scarlett Keeling site,  click here

Tenants loot Bollywood Actress, Meghna Naidu's Goa house, also steal underwear and socks

21 Feb: International Business Times. Meghna Naidu, has become a victim of tenant fraud. The tenants (photo), who were apparently staying in the actress' Goa house which was rented by her caretaker, duped her and stole all her belongings from the house along with her underwear and socks. The 35-year-old actress took to Facebook to share her unpleasant experience with the tenants and urged people to forward her post and inform the cops if they see them anywhere in Goa… They told her that they work in New Zealand and that they are from Mumbai. They gave their Aadhar card and driving license as ID which turned out to be fake …  For further details click here
For a video clip of Meghna performing,  click here

Goa Police asked to re-look into prostitution racket involving Bollywood actress

21 Feb: Times Now. The Goa Police, which is in process of closing a 2015 prostitution case involving a Bollywood actress, has been asked to take a re-look at it, the state assembly was told on Wednesday… the case was being summarily closed by police for "lack of evidence" even though the main witness during the raid at a five-star hotel here was a policeman playing a decoy customer… Back in 2015, a raid on a popular city-based five-star resort had led to the rescue of a popular actress from a prostitution racket. The actress was reported to have worked in Salman Khan’s Dabangg and Akshay Kumar’s Oh My God!...  For further details click here

UK Forthcoming Event

Sun: 29 Apr. Cortalim Union (UK) celebrate their 40th Anniversary, Feast of St Philip & St James at The Archbishop Lanfranc Academy, Mitcham Road, Croydon, CR9 3AS. Mass to start promptly at 12.15pm followed by a social gathering. Music by the dynamic band 'Outbreak', Fantasy Disco featuring 'DJ Stephanie' & Our Very Own 'Druston'. Catering by 'Bernie's'. Tickets includes Meal and Snacks. Members - £14.00, Non Members - £15.00 (Age 12+/Adults) until 15th April 2018, thereafter pound;17.00 for all. Children £8.00 (4 -12 years). BOOK EARLY to avoid disappointment due to limited tickets - Tickets will not be sold at the door. Management reserve the right of admission. For tickets and details please contact: Georgina Gomes - 07974 289 640, Tino Goes - 07821 900 490, Ligor D'Mello - 07821 645 317, Chris D'Cruz - 07739 876718, Francis Gomes - 07701 334 279. For the flyer, click here.  For further details click here



Death: Pedro D’Cunha
19 Feb: UK. PEDRO MARTINHO D'CUNHA. Born 1958. Ex Betalbatim / Borda, Goa. Son of Late Jose Santan Cunha / Late Lawrence Rodrigues; Husband of Fatima Fernandes; Father/Father-in-law of Bosco Xavier D'Cunha (UK), Mekhania/Aldino (USA); Grandfather of Berwyn D'Cunha/Acrisius Mekhail Rebello; Brother/Brother-in-law of Paul/Magdalena (Bombay), Conceicao/Piedade (Benaulim), Teodero/Graciana, Santan/Jacinta (Doha Qatar), Ernesto/Sharmila (Vasco); Uncle of Johnny, Presley, Julie/Alex, Haston, Agnelo, Jenifa/Franky (Velsao), Hazel/Martinho, Joella, Sanzio, Melisha. Photo.  For further details click here

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US doctors will be ferried for Parrikar

21 Feb: The Free Press Journal (Mumbai)… A highly placed source in the BJP told the Free Press Journal that after consultations with oncologists it has been decided that a team of specialised doctors will be flown down to Lilavati hospital to treat Parrikar. Although Lilavati hospital has been tight-lipped about Parrikar’s medical condition, it is learnt that he has been detected with cancer of the pancreas. The source said, “Till the report of his test came in on Friday morning, Parrikar was relaxed. A number of BJP leaders had also called on him at Lilavati hospital.’’ … he has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy. The treatment of the US doctors is expected to make a difference. Still he will need at least two years to recover completely …  For further details click here
21 Feb: DNA. Manohar Parrikar’s absence may lead to instability in Goa …  click here
22 Feb: NDTV. Manohar Parrikar Stable, Condition Improving Says Goa BJP … click here.

A senior Catholic cleric blessing abortion? Who’d bet on that?

21 Feb: Conservative Woman (UK). By Jules Gomes … If I bet whether a politician or a senior Roman Catholic cleric would oppose abortion, I’d have favoured the Catholic horse. It’s no mystery. My Catholic DNA dates back to St Francis Xavier. I grew up as an altar boy, listening to Father Fernandes struggling to translate coitus interruptus into Konkani, Goa’s native tongue, as he preached against abortion and contraception. The Rock of St Peter doesn’t turn into quicksand when it comes to abortion. Catholicism categorically rejects abortion as murder …  For further details click here
13 Nov. 2016: Goan Voice. Rev Dr Canon Jules Gomes’s conduct was ‘unbecoming or inappropriate’ to the office and work of the clergy, a Bishop’s Disciplinary Tribunal found last month following a three-day hearing…  click here
Video: Partner Time with Rev. Dr Jules Gomes … click here.

Unhappy Goans desert paradise lost

21 Feb: UCAN. By Bosco de Souza Eremita … hundreds of Goans are selling off their properties and moving away in search of happiness and a better future. Researchers have found that native Goans lead a happier life than those who migrated to the state for business and trade. As migration increased, Goans were forced to join the competition to maintain their quality lifestyle, increasing their stress levels… The happiness index of Goa has been slipping over the years … Indeed, celebrations have changed dramatically, with newly arrived mine owners in the iron ore-rich state throwing parties for their one-year-old child at multi-starred hotels. The birthday kid is publicly gifted a sports car worth 10 million rupees (US$156,000) … Goan people are compelled to adjust to the invasion of new cultures with hordes of immigrants who are predominantly exploitative, dominant and crass, adversely affecting the quality of local life… the beaches of Goa are devoid of locals because the atmosphere is marred by boisterous, even lascivious men… The Catholic Church, which previously guided sociopolitical discourse, is almost silent today… 1229 words.  For further details click here

India: 2017 "One of the most traumatic" for Christians

21 Feb: Sight Magazine (Australia). The Evangelical Fellowship of India has described 2017 as “one of the most traumatic” years for Indian Christians in a decade after it recorded 351 verified incidences of hate crimes against Christians during the year… The report, which was published on 16th February, said the commission had said that non-Hindu communities were being targeted “with impunity” and urged the Indian government to punish those who were “spreading hatred” against them… Statistics revealed in India’s parliament on 6th February confirmed a long-standing allegation by rights groups that religious-based violence is growing under the premiership of Narendra Modi.  For further details click here
20 Feb: UCAN. Hindu attacks on Christians double in India. Victims of persecution are often accused of serious crimes such as sedition and insulting religions, according to new report …  click here

Real culprits in Goa desecration cases roaming free: Congress

20 Feb: Outlook. Citing acquittal of one Francis Pereira, the Congress today said the real culprits behind a series of desecration of idols and religious structures in Goa are roaming free by evading arrest. "Pereira was acquitted in 11 out of the total 19 cases in which he was charge sheeted. What does this indicate? There is someone else behind this entire scene," Leader of Opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said … The Goa Police had last July arrested Pereira (50) in connection with a series of cases of alleged desecration of Christian religious symbols in South Goa district…  For further details click here
21 Feb: UCAN. Probe call as court acquits accused in Goa cross vandalism. By Bosco de Sousa Eremita … 615 words.  click here
Video: 20 Feb: Prudent Media. Goa Assembly: Who is involved in desecration incidents … 2m. 15s. click here.

Murdered Brit schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling’s mum urges Indian cops to find her killer – ten years on from her death in Goa

21 Feb: The Sun (UK). The mum of murdered British schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling has urged Indian cops to find her killer on the 10th anniversary of her death. Scarlett, 15, was raped and left for dead on an Indian beach ten years ago this week. The tragic teenager was on a six-month family holiday when her half-naked body was found covered in 50 injuries in Goa. Local men Samson D’Souza, 36, and Placido Carvalho, 47, were cleared of killing her in 2016 after a string of police blunders. Now Scarlett’s heartbroken mum Fiona Mackeown, 53, is calling for Indian detectives to finally solve the mystery of her death once and for all. She told The Sun: “The Indian Central Bureau of Investigation is tabling an appeal at Mumbai’s High Court but we’ve been waiting for a date for it to start for 18 months…663 words.  click here
23 Sep. 2016. The Daily Telegraph (UK). Scarlett Keeling: how the tragic case of the 15-year-old's death unfolded …  click here
Video: 16 Mar. 2008: NDTV. Scarlett Keeling case: Goa's dark side? Duration: 50 min, 23 sec. click here.

TripAdvisor: Agonda Beach in Goa is Asia's best beach

21 Feb: Travel Daily News. Agonda Beach on the south of Goa is said to be a great escape for travellers looking some peace and quiet. “Uncrowded” and a great spot for sunbathing and relaxing, Agonda beach is three kilometres long and lined with “cosy and colourful shacks”, which can be rented for a beachfront accommodation …  For further details click here
21 Feb: Cosmopolitan (UK). TripAdvisor: 25 of the world's best beaches … 18: Agonda Beach, Goa, India …  click here
21 Feb: Hindustan Times. Goa’s beaches have the highest concentration of plastic debris in India, says a study by the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute… click here.


Yshana Pereira

ENTERTAINMENT: Masala FM. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Thurs. 22nd Feb. 23:00 to 23:30. The London Asian radio station toughens up its act. Stars Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nina Wadia. From September 1996. (Part 1 of 6).

DRAMA: RK Narayan - Trail of the Green Blazer. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Sun. 25th Feb. 14:15 to 14:30. Sam Dastor reads R.K. Narayan's 1956 short story about a pickpocket who steals from the wrong man.

TRAVEL: India: Nature's Wonderland. BBC 4. Mon. 26th Feb. 20:00 to 21:00. Wildlife expert Liz Bonnin, actor Freida Pinto and mountaineer Jon Gupta reveal the hidden wonders of India's surprising natural world. This is a land where the tea comes with added elephants, gibbons sing to greet the morning, tigers dance and lions roam. Episode 1.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Witness. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Wed. 28th Feb. 20:00 to 21:00. The Snake Charmer. Can Aamir Khan create long standing change in Indian society or is he just another Bollywood star playing the role of hero?

DOCUMENTARY: British Empire: Heroes and Villains - A Timewatch Guide. BBC 4. Wed. 28th Feb. 22:00 to 23:00. David Olusoga examines not whether the British Empire was a force for good or ill, but rather how it has been portrayed on British television over the last 70 years - how Britain's Caribbean colonies grew rich on slave labour, how chaos gripped India post-independence, and how Africa was plundered for her mineral wealth.

DOCUMENTARY: Get Away for Winter. BBC 1. Thurs. 1st Mar. 15:45 to 16:30. Goa. Couples and friends search for rental properties abroad to escape the worst of the British weather. Phoebe, her son Dunstan and his girlfriend Abbie hope to escape the winter in Brighton and rent in Goa, India. Local property expert Yshana (photo) is on hand to help, but will they be able to find the property of their dreams that is affordable during the high season in Goa? Gloria Hunniford narrates. To watch online after transmission, go to

DOCUMENTARY: India's Ladycops. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Thurs. 1st Mar. 20:00 to 21:00. Exclusive access to a police station in India run by women for women reveals a unique perspective on a changing society.

COMEDY: Asian Network Comedy in Mumbai. BBC Interactive 601 (Freeview 601). Fri. 2nd Mar. 22:00 to 23:30. Asian Network Comedy heads to India as Aditi Mittal brings you the hottest stand-up from Mumbai's Canvas Laugh Club.



Death: Lydia Dias

14 Feb: Swindon/Calne, UK. LYDIA DIAS nee Almeida. Ex Kampala, Uganda. Wife of the late Augustine Dias, Mother of Hubert/Antonieta, Dorothy/Bruce, Dominic/Marlene and Melba/Paul. Grandmother of Natasha, Owen, Nathan, Lara, Vanessa, Lisa, Melissa, Samantha and Bradley. Great Grandmother of Lewis and Mia. Lydia was cherished by her family and loved by any community she was a part of, be it in Kampala, Uganda or in Calne, UK. Augustine and Lydia's household will always be remembered as a place of laughter, good times and good food! Lydia's funeral will be held on Saturday 24th February 2018 at 11:00am at St Peter's Catholic Church, Carronbridge Rd, Swindon SN5 7ES. Condolences to

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Goa Assembly “NRI office has been functioning only to get the bodies of deceased Goans back to Goa”

21 Feb: Times of India. Opposition members on Tuesday alleged that some ruling MLAs were “purposely wasting time” of the House by dragging their feet over tabling questions… opposition leader Chandrakant Kavlekar said St Cruz MLA Tony Fernandes’ question regarding functioning of the NRI office was listed fifth. “Fernandes lost a chance to raise his question as not-so-important questions were discussed for a longer time,” he said. The Quepem MLA said the NRI office has been functioning only to the extent of getting the bodies of deceased Goans back to Goa. “The NRI office is of little to no use to those who approach it for any other work,” he alleged…  For further details click here
To check the activities of the Govt. of Goa NRI Cell at it’s website,  click here

Journalist Who Wrote on Parrikar's Health, Barred From Goa Assembly

20 Feb: Newsclick. A journalist, on Monday, was barred from entering the precincts of the Goa legislative assembly, two days after he had sent across a message about Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's ill-health. He had later retracted it. Harish Volvoikar, who runs, was stopped by the security personnel on Monday morning which was the first day of the budget session. " … On Saturday, had released a news message about Parrikar's failing health and later retracted it…  For further details click here
20 Feb: Business Standard. Goa Church asks Catholics to pray for Parrikar's health …  click here
21 Feb: Hindustan Times. International doctors may be called in to treat Goa CM Manohar Parrikar. Parrikar is said to be suffering from ‘mild pancreatitis’ but there are rumours that it is more serious… click here.

‘Garbage’ Makes an Impact at the Berlin Film Festival

20 Feb: The Quint. Qaushiq Mukherjee or Q, the “enfant terrible” of Indian cinema seems to have another winner on his hands. The director’s latest film titled Garbage, was screened to a full house at the Berlin Film Festival, and is the only Indian film selected at the festival this year. Garbage has already got a positive buzz around it and by the looks of it, the film won’t be getting an official release in India any time soon because of Q’s tendency to provoke and shock with his depiction of sex and violence ... Garbage is set in Goa and revolves around 3 main characters - a driver who also doubles up as a social media troll, his sex slave and a medical student friend whose sex clip has been leaked online by her ex-boyfriend. According to Q the trigger for Garbage was the rape and murder in Goa of a neighbour and friend, Monika Ghurde, in her own apartment, by the building security guard … …  click here
Video: Director Q and some of the Cast of Garbage at Berlin …  click here
13 Oct 2016: Goan Voice. Video: Goa Police account of Monika Ghurde murderer’s confession … Vivek Menezes. Goa failed Monika Ghurde… Many shades of grey in Monica’s ‘killer’s’ version of murder… click here.

Vatican: Sr Arina Gonsalves joins Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

20 Feb: Asia By Nirmala Carvalho. Pope Francis has chosen Sister Arina Gonsalves, an Indian nun, to help the Catholic Church protect children and prevent violence against them. Sister Arina belongs to the congregation of the Religious of Jesus and Mary (RJM), and has a long history of personal involvement with the Archdiocese of Mumbai to protect children. When her appointment was announced on Saturday, Card Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai and newly elected president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) Latin rite, reacted positively. "I am very happy with the choice of Sister Arina,” he said...  For further details click here

Editorial: Beware Goa Taxi owners – Government Ola is here

21 Feb: Navhind Times. If Goa's taxi operators would not allow private app-based private taxi aggregator services such as Ola, the state government would give them a public sector Ola! The government will start an app-based service in order to regulate their business and check their arbitrariness. The state government is gearing itself up to roll out its app-based service…  For further details click here
21 Feb: Herald. Kadamba Transport Corporation (KTC) wants to provide good, safe, efficient and commuters friendly transport system in Goa and hence if people of Goa want, then without any hesitation KTC would launch app based taxi service in the State, said KTC Chairman and Vasco MLA Carlos Almeida…  click here
Video: 20 Feb: Goa 365 TV. Kadamba Taxi: Goa to run taxis on Kadamba app … 2m. 16s. click here.

At Goa’s new design hotel, everything’s pretty and up for sale

20 Feb: Conde Nast Traveller. Hidden away off one of Assagao’s winding tree-lined roads is an old Goan home given a new lease of life. Freshly painted in white and teal, the 1930s home ‘Amalia’ now hosts The Project Café, which offers food, design, retail and the experience of living in a beautifully restored space, surrounded by original art… Spread over 13,000 sq. feet and three separate houses, The Project Café offers six elegant rooms (five doubles and one single). Each room has been designed by a different kind of designer …The Project Café, Amalia Villa No 198, Mazzal Vaddo, Assagao, Goa. Doubles from Rs5,500 including breakfast…  click here
19 Feb: Outlook. The Art of Living in Goa …  click here

Hungarian National Held for Alleged ATM Fraud in Goa

20 Feb: Little India. A Hungarian national was held by the Porvorim Police in Goa after he was caught allegedly tampering with ATMs to withdraw money. Nare Janos, 45, was booked for cheating on Feb. 17 … Janos’ alleged partner in crime fled from the spot. The police are on the lookout for the partner, who has been identified as Stan, a Romanian national. The two are suspected to be involved in many other ATM related thefts, especially in the Vasco area … Both the accused have been in Goa since January, and Janos did not have valid travel documents with him, according to the police…  For further details click here
Video: 18 Feb: Prudent Media. Hungary national arrested in atm skimmer fraud …  click here
21 Feb: Times of India. ATM theft: Vasco police gets custody of Hungarian man … click here.

Hippie In Heels

20 Feb: Cosmopolitan España. The stage name of Rachel Jones, an American based in Goa, makes reference to two facets: lover of the wild life, but eager to discover the more glamorous corners. The result? Options to suit all tastes and pockets …  click here
Rachel Jones left a career in nursing to live on the beaches of Goa almost four years ago where she is now a travel writer. Hippie in Heels Blog: Safety Tips For Solo Female Travel in Goa … Is it safe to go to parties alone in Goa? … Can I leave my stuff on the beach in Goa while I swim? … Who can I call in an Emergency in Goa? … What is the best hospital in Goa? …  click here



Death: Ilidio Colaco

14 Feb: Basildon, Essex, UK. ILIDIO COLACO. Born 1950. Ex Nairobi. Beloved Husband of Milly. Son/Son-in-Law of late Honoristo/late Antonieta Colaco, late Martin and Laura Braganza. Father/Father-in-Law of Roland/Amanda, Lisa/Chris, Jason/Lara. Grandfather of Sophie, James, Arthur, Gunnar & Zachary. Brother/Brother-in-Law of Lina/Eric, Murilo/Yvonne, Vera/ Ernest, Dilecta/William, Remy/Maria, Sylvana/Agnelo. Uncle of Roselle, Eddie, Carolyn, Elaine, Stephanie, Warren, Waluscha, Melanie, Liselle, Marisa, Lianne & Hailey. For funeral details watch this space. Condolences to be sent to

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Tory MP demands probe into how Keith Vaz can afford ‘8 houses on £90,000 salary’

19 Feb: Daily Mail (UK). Mr Vaz, 61, who once had his own chauffeur, is said to own eight UK properties and one in India, and sends his two children to private school. Tory MP Andrew Bridgen claimed his income did not justify the expenditure and has called on the National Crime Agency to investigate using new powers created to tackle criminal gangs… His wife Maria Fernandes, an immigration lawyer, bought a flat in central London for £465,000 in 2015 and paid £400,000 for a three-storey villa in Goa in 2007… A spokesman for Mr Vaz said, ‘Mr Vaz will be considering appropriate legal action against Mr Bridgen and also ask the NCA or other relevant authorities to investigate Mr Bridgen for wasting public resources by pressuring them into investigating his vexatious and malicious “complaints”. 717 words.  click here

Chief Minister may be shifted to USA for advanced treatment

19 Feb: Prudent Media. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will most probably be shifted to the United States after another ten days for advanced treatment of his critical illness of pancreas. Sources close to the CM revealed that he will continue taking the treatment in Mumbai for next ten days till his health condition stabilizes. “Once his medical condition is okay he will most probably be shifted outside the country for world class treatment”, said the source. It is also known that Los Angeles and New York are the two locations under consideration right now… The Prime Minister has also suggested a renowned medical institute in Portugal for CM’s treatment. … BJP however has denied that there are any plans of taking the CM to the USA for treatment….  click here
19 Feb: Hindustan Times. With unwell Parrikar away, all is not well with BJP-led Goa govt …  click here
20 Feb: First Post. Goa journalist Harish Volvoikar detained over 'false news' regarding Manohar Parrikar's health … Click here.
20 Feb: Times of India. Cops file FIR against rumour-mongers. Ponda police on Monday booked unidentified persons for spreading rumours about the health of chief minister Manohar Parrikar on WhatsApp… Click here.

Farewell to Marius Fernandes, ‘Goencho Festakar’

20 Feb: Navhind Times. A goodbye is never easy, and often it comes with tears and heartache, but a goodbye to the ‘Goencho Festakar’ was unlike others. Friends and well-wishers of the festakar of Goa, Marius Fernandes recently organised the ‘Festamkarchem fest’ to show their gratitude to the man for his contribution in preserving and conserving the rich cultural heritage of Goa through the organisation of his ‘peoples’ and eco-friendly festivals. The ‘Festamkarchem fest’ was held at Socorro Church Gardens, Socorro amidst quite a buzzing revelry… 368 words + 12 photos.  For further details click here
28 Jan: Goan Voice. Marius Fernandes: “Goodbye Goa; Hello UK” … 1445 words.  click here

Indian tourists ‘scum’

18 Feb: The Sunday Times (UK) … An Indian minister has caused outrage by describing tourists from his own country as “the scum of the earth”. Vijai Sardesai, the town and country planning minister for Goa was urging local tourism bosses to target high-spending foreigners. He has previously said: “Goa should become so expensive that tourists should say it is not worth coming to Goa. Which tourists? Indian tourists.”  For further details click here
19 Feb: Indian Express. Paradise Lost. Goa Town and Country Planning Minister Vijai Sardesai’s impassioned speech, full of loathing for North Indians conjures a picture of an invasion of dodgy khap panchayats, and black SUV driving opportunists… the North Indian takeover is a view privately held by most Goans… For generations, you have traversed lush green, empty, winding roads, living off the land, supported a little by charter jets full of Britishers that have been plying since the 1960’s. You have coexisted happily with international tourists who appreciate this pristine swath of land and its affordable pleasures, imbibing European values along the way. Then, affluent India wakes up to Goa’s enchantments and decides it works as an alternative to their crumbling cities. That’s exactly when the deterioration begins…  click here

Taking Indian flavours to the Queen’s table

20 Feb: Herald. London based Celebrity Chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE is back in Goa for the third annual Cyrus Todiwala Masterclass for Chefs. In a candid chat with Café, this culinary genius, who loves Goan food and culture with a passion, speaks about the beginning of his journey, his work in the UK and everything in between … The Chef Patron of The River Restaurant at the Acron Waterfront Resort in Baga, Goa and Café Spice Namaste, Mr Todiwala’s Kitchen and The Park Café, all in London … In 2012, he cooked for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations. .. Ask him about his favourite Goan dish and pat comes the answer, “My favourite has to be sarapatel…1056 words.  click here

TTAG takes up cudgels for air travellers before AAI

19 Feb: Times of India. Travel and Tourism Association of Goa (TTAG) has once again highlighted the issue of hardships faced by travellers due to problems at the tourist taxi counter and traffic congestion outside Dabolim airport. TTAG president Savio Messias said that due to persistent problems at the taxi counter, it was suggested that more coaches be introduced at the airport. "Travellers should be offered more options, as is the case at any other international airport," he said. Currently, Kadamba Transport Corporation Ltd (KTCL) operates a single coach from the airport every afternoon… TTAG also brought to the notice of the AAI chairman immigration delays due to non-functioning of five-six e-visa desks…  For further details click here

Goan beaches are lot cleaner but shards of bottles are on the rise

19 Feb: Herald. By Wayne Carter. My wife and I have been coming to Goa for over 20 years, in fact counting the number of stamps in my current and previous 10 year passports, we have been here 65 times. Only recently have we, having retired, stayed for a whole season. We have seen many changes through the years. This season we have seen the biggest change in the cleanliness of the beaches… The introduction of metallic fixed dustbins on most stretches is welcomed and way overdue, but why are they not on all stretches? Almost every day we walk up or down the beach and we pick up pieces of glass…  For further details click here

Between poverty and paradise: why do I want to return to India. By Ella Vasilenko

19 Feb: Live Journal (Russia). All Russian travellers are divided into two types: those who consider India a dirty undeveloped country, and those who once visited it, fell in love with their whole life and dreamed of coming again. It should be seen at least in order to understand why so opposite opinions… India is a country of contrasts ... It is enough to visit the most popular holiday destination, the coastal state of Goa, to make sure of this. There are northern and southern Goa, and the rest there is different. Most Russians go north, and this is the first difference: many of our compatriots are noisy, intoxicated and with young children … 1643 words.  For further details click here
19 Feb: SakhalinMedia (Russia). Russians burn an effigy in Goa to celebrate Carnival …  click here



Death: Clara ‘Carol’ Pereira
15 Feb: Ten Broeck Avenue, Kingston. New York. CLARA “CAROL” PEREIRA, Aged 75, Died at HealthAlliance Hospital, Broadway Campus. Born Nov. 27, 1942, in Goa, India, she was the daughter of the late Costanscio and Esperance Fernandes. She is survived by her daughter, Lynn Pereira; brothers, Inacio Fernandes, Avelino Fernandes; sisters, Ruzai Coelho, Arcanz Rodrigues, and Maria-Augusta Fernandes; a dear friend, Joanne Fischer and her family; and nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Anthony Pereira; brothers, Paris Fernandes and Augustino Fernandes; and a sister, Angelicia Nolonaha. Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Joseph V. Leahy Funeral Home Inc., 27 Smith Ave., Kingston, N.Y. ( Friends will be received at the funeral home on Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 1 p.m. at Saint Joseph’s Church. Burial will follow at Saint Mary’s Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in the form of contributions to Food for the Poor, 6401 Lyons Road, Coconut Creek, Fla. 33073. Photo  For further details click here

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All things good and Goan: 'Stars Next Door' by Cyprian Fernandes

17 Feb: Coastweek (Kenya). Early on in his continuing history of the once large Goan community in East Africa, writer, journalist and historian Cyprian Fernandes asks in his latest book 'Stars Next Door': "What was it about the Kenyan coastal capital that produced the largest number of male and female track athletes … Whatever it was, it meant that at least a dozen or more players were selected for and played in the Olympics Games” …'Stars Next Door' also concentrates a rich focus on so many, much-loved, Goan musicians, singers, artists, entertainers and radio stars, who were hugely popular across East Africa before the arrival of television and digital 'down-streaming'. Here you will re-discover the lost and forgotten histories of once household names such as: Max De Souza, Julian Costa Silva, Edmund Silveira, The Bandits, George DeSouza, Jack Fernandes, Jimmy van Rosi, Leo Rodrigues, Warren Mcmahon, Richard Rattos, Philip Lawrence De Souza, Henry Braganza, Theresa Alfonso Tucker, The Alfonso Sisters, Delfine Da Costa, and the 'Piano Man' Terence Pinto… 714 words.  For further details click here

Sheldon de Souza – “Pretty Woman”

12 Feb: OrcaSound (Canada). Solo artist, Sheldon de Souza – stage name Sheldon Universe brings a fun, funky, feel-good, fresh sound to the airwaves . The soulful, yet danceable tracks will have you getting ready for a whole different angle of pop! … Born in Toronto, Canada from a large family of musicians, the entertainment business was always prevalent in Sheldon’s life. He started training in dance, classical voice and piano in the 3rd grade, and took up jazz drums in 5th grade, which became his main instrument… The first single off the upcoming album is the song “Pretty Woman” …  For further details click here
Sheldon De Souza - an up-and-coming Goan Canadian musician/composer/performer who is known as Sheldon Universe. Sheldon’s dad Denis is from Saligao, Goa and he is the grandson of the Bombay’s famous band-leader Maurice Concessio. [Info from Rudy Fernandes] For his bio,  click here
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Why did India deny Phillip Adams a visa?

18 Feb: Navhind Times. … Perhaps the most prestigious radio programme in Australia is Late Night Live, which for several decades has been hosted by Phillip Adams… He had hoped to spend several weeks in India, speaking to a wide cross-section of Indians … However, that trip now won't happen. Phillip Adams and his team have been denied visas to visit India… There is strong speculation that Adams was not granted a visa because the ABC had recently done a television documentary on the Adani Group's operations [including the Goa coal operation] in India. The documentary charged the Adanis with using illegal tax havens to minimise their tax liabilities in Australia, and with promoting environmentally hazardous projects… The Adanis have recourse to the law in Australia; let them sue the ABC for defamation if they so desire… But, beyond India-Australia relations, it also calls into question our credibility as a democracy. Are we so thin-skinned, so paranoid, so insecure, that we cannot even allow a 78-year-old Australian carrying nothing more dangerous than a tape recorder to travel across India? … 964 words.  click here
Video: 5 Oct. 2017: Australian Broadcasting Corporation travelled to India to investigate the activities of the giant Adani group… The programme opens with the TV Crew in Goa interviewing the Correia family (who live in Vasco da Gama …  click here

PM Modi Meets Manohar Parrikar As Hospital Rubbishes Rumours About His Health

19 Feb: NDTV. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who is being treated at Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital… The Goa Chief Minister was admitted in the Mumbai hospital on February 15. The Hospital authorities clarified on Sunday that the Chief Minister is "responding well to treatment". "It has been brought to our notice, (that) various malicious and misleading reports/rumours are floating around in the electronic/print media with regards to his health," the hospital said in a statement …  For further details click here
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Realtors could be in for tough times over next two years

18 Feb: Times of India. The next 18-24 months could be hard on property brokers and consultants as the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA) sweeps through the state. Decisions of RERA, which are expected to favour the consumer, could also weigh on realtors, said industry experts. Speaking at a seminar on RERA organised by the Goa Association of Realtors, chartered accountants and realtors warned that under RERA, failure to deliver an apartment or plot as promised would lead to litigation and heavy penalties. “Don’t make false commitments and avoid unfair trade practices,” RERA compliance auditor and chartered accountant Paresh Sabadra said…  For further details click here
17 Feb: Herald. Goa has a huge potential to develop as real estate investment destination: Shawn Gracias. “The lull has basically affected the Indian investor at the end of the day but what about the huge NRI community and non-resident Goans who are willing to buy and come back into Goa…”  click here

Goa gets bike Ambulances

18 Feb: Financial Express. If you have been to Goa even once you’d know that the narrow streets are far from conducive to full size Ambulances. The narrow roads of Goa needed a slightly different solution, especially considering that most of Goa is strewn with narrow access lanes. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar along with Health Minister Vishwajit Rane launched a new fleet of 20 '108 First Responder Bike Ambulances' at State Secretariat at Porvorim near the city on Thursday, taking a page out of Maharashtra who also recently launched Bike ambulances to services difficult to reach areas…  For further details click here

No meter. Goa continues to pay the price

18 Feb: Herald. By opposing app-based taxi services by KTC, the taxi operators have made it unabashedly clear that they will oppose all interferences in their business. Café speaks to a few locals and gets their take on the issue …  For further details click here
Video: 18 Feb: HCN. Video: North Goa Taxi Owners association accused the government of selling Goa to non Goans and added that is the tourism Minister cares for the state he should stop leasing out hotel licenses to non Goans… 2m. 38s.  click here
19 Feb: Herald. Transport dept vows to crack down on taxi operators … click here.

The Indian artist challenging 'dirty taboos' on Instagram

18 Feb: BBC. In an illustration on Instagram, a young woman perched on the arm of a bench can be seen letting out a fart. The Indian artist behind the sketch, Kaviya Ilango, speaks to the BBC's Krutika Pathi about the "dirty taboos" that inspire her. "People generally advise you not to air your dirty laundry in public, but I am convinced that art can be a powerful medium for questioning stereotypes," says Ms Ilango who has garnered attention on the social media platform for her satirical and poignant depictions of what she calls "millennial problems"… Most of her illustrations feature brown-skinned women with unshaven legs and arms …  For further details click here



Death: Rita Fernandes
15 Feb: Maina-Curtorim, Goa. RITA JOAQUINA FERNANDES. Born: 12.05.1932. Wife of late Jose Fernandes. Mother / mother-in-law of Savio Gabriel / Connie (U.K.), Ruby / late Francisco (U.K.). Grandmother of Fesida / Faristo (Canada), Elvy (U.K.), Jesusly, Albina / Orvil (Dubai), Bronson / Larissa (U.K.) & Great grandmother of grandchildren. Funeral was on Saturday, 17th February 2018 in Maina-Curtorim, Goa. Photo.  For further details click here

Death: Angelina Fernandes
16 Feb: Houston, Texas. ANGELINA FERNANDES (formerly of Palia House above Lawrence Bakery, Somerset Street, Saddar, Karachi). Wife of Late Benjamin Fernandes. Beloved mother of Margaret (Karachi), Carmelina (Australia), Santana (Calgary), Timothy (Houston Texas) and Francis (punchy) (Calgary). For funeral details watch this space [Info: Pompie Gois]

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Goan captain saves ship from pirates

17 Feb: Goan Observer. Captain Rodney Barretto, in a marathon six-day process on the high seas cut off from the world, managed to win over the pirates that had hijacked his ship, and convinced them to leave with no harm at all to his 21-strong crew and the ship’s oil cargo intact … It happened this month in the piracy-plagued sea in West Africa… Capt. Barretto relied purely on tact, tenacity, his genial nature, ‘divine intervention’ (as his mom suggests) or simply luck to win over the group of pirates… Reportedly, no ransom was paid as is normally the price for freedom of a ship in this piracy plagued sea route…  For further details click here
4 Feb: BBC. Oil tanker with 22 Indian crewmen missing off Benin …  click here

Airports Authority of India enhances passenger convenience at Goa International Airport

17 Feb: Business Standard. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is taking steps to enhance passenger convenience at Goa International Airport… Goa airport has become the 12th airport in the country to have real time information about flights … AAI has also been awarded an expenditure contract for operation and management of help desk and reserve lounges at Goa Airport…  For further details click here
17 Feb: Herald. TTAG urges AAI to waive off penalty for charter arrival delays. Also wants 8.30am to 1pm slot for charter landings; Authority agrees to most demands …  click here
17 Feb: Times of India. Online slot allocation at airports on cards … click here.

Video: Bismarque’s family demands justice for him

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17 Feb: Herald. Bismarque’s mom seeks answers from Crime Branch on son’s last hours. Speaking to the media in Panjim, Bismarque’s mother appealed that Crime Branch tell them what had happened on the night her son went missing from St Estevam.,  click here

India and the world: The meaning of Goa

17 Feb: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. Ranjit Hoskote said earlier this week in Panaji, that Goa’s function over millennia as an important crucible of “entanglements, exchanges and transfusions”… Delhi-based academic Jonathan Gil Harris (Photo) reiterated Hoskote’s point that it is important to look at some of the broader questions of identity, culture and tradition from the perspective of Goa… Hoskote spoke about Jose Custodio (Abbe) de Faria, the Candolim-born priest who achieved significant notoriety in Rome and Lisbon … Gil Harris recounted how Thomas Stephens, the Oxford-educated Englishman wrote the first printed grammar of any Asian language on Konkani (in 1640) …  For further details click here
17 Feb: Herald. Goa, India and the World. The Museum of Christian Art, Old Goa, along with the Chatrapati Shivaji Vaastu Sangralaya (CSMVS) Mumbai, and Gallery Gitanjali, Panjim, recently hosted a debate where the speakers explored the cultural expressions — literary and musical — that were nourished by Goa’s polygot (Portuguese-Konkani-English-Marathi) ethos. Café recounts the discussion …  click here

Review: The Book of Chocolate Saints

17 Feb: The Times (UK). The “Chocolate Saints” of the title are famous works of art by Francis Newton Xavier, a fictional painter and poet at the centre of this big, exuberant, explosive novel. “Newton” is a legend, and a clamour of voices compete to tell the story of his life, yet each new revelation only makes him more mysterious. Newton is interested in excess and decadence and he remains stubbornly uncompromising while the world convulses around him. Born in Goa between the wars, he lives through Indian partition and independence. He arrives in England in the late 1950s, wins a big prize “at the jaded age of twenty”, and is ideally placed to enjoy the wonderfully seedy art scene in Soho, where he feuds with Francis Bacon and props up several famous bars. The silent young poet becomes a “drunken raconteur” and moves to New York …
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Video: The Book of Chocolate Saints. Discussion at ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival …  click here
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Statues: Goa my hero, your hero

16 Feb: India Today. The three constituents of Goa's ruling coalition are at loggerheads over a rather curious issue-the installation of statues to honour their preferred icons. It all started with the Goa Forward Party (GFP) demanding a statue of Jack Sequeira, who was instrumental in preventing Goa's merger with Maharashtra back in 1967, in the state assembly complex. And while Congress MLAs supported the move, the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party wanted a statue of socialist icon Ram Manohar Lohia instead. Not to be left behind, the BJP legislators said it ought to be none other than their beloved Chhatrapati Shivaji… Political observers say that the GFP and Congress are trying to please the minority Christian community by appealing to nativist sentiments associated with Sequeira. They believe it's also a move to lure the seven Catholics among the 14 BJP legislators, who have reportedly started feeling 'isolated' in the saffron party…  For further details click here

How tourism destroyed Goa

17 Feb: Daily O. By Gautam Benegal. In today's Goa, behind the gregariousness and bonhomie of half-naked red-faced foreigners and cheerful guides, taxi operators, beach boys and sundry other "suppliers" greeting each other, there is often a profound lack of respect commingled with envy, contempt, avarice and lust. The free and informal ways of Goans are seen by a repressed society as permissive and licentious - and an open invitation to shed their inhibitions... It doesn't matter that drug peddlers and paedophiles operate with impunity. It doesn't matter when foreign nationals are lying in their own vomit on the narrow streets, after a night of partying, in danger of getting run over. Oh yes, everyone wants a piece of Goa… The new faces of Goa are the faux Corinthian pillars of newly built gated communities that look like abominations in the middle of the rice fields. But we have to remember that for every buyer, there is a seller… 1231 words.  For further details click here

Foreigners join the drive to make Goa cleaner

17 Feb: Times of India. Though a lot is being done to clean up the beaches in Goa, the state's littering problem is far from under control. What's interesting though is that in the recent month, foreign tourists are taking time out from their vacations, along with the expats living here, to help clean up Goa's beaches. This, they say, is their little contribution to a state that has so much to offer to them. We spoke to some of the do-gooders about their initiatives … Rebecca recently initiated cleanliness drives in Mandrem, and has plans to do the same down South too… Jill Ferguson, who works with an organisation that helps clear up garbage in and around Arambol, Mandrem, Ashwem and some places in South Goa … Hannah Ford in Arambol … Mabel from UK, who has been staying in Palolem for a few weeks…  For further details click here



Death: Rubertina DeSouza

6 Feb: Wimbledon, London. RUBERTINA MONICA DESOUZA. Aged 90. Born Nairobi, Kenya. Passed away peacefully after a short illness. Wife of late Mackey DeSouza. Mother of Mervyn/Zelia and late Mark. Grandmother of Charlotte. She will be sadly missed by family and friends. Funeral mass on Wednesday, 28 Feb. at 10 A.M. at Sacred Heart Church, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, London SW19 4LU. Followed by Cremation Service. Reception at the Sacred Heart Church Hall. In lieu of flowers, please donate to St George's Hospital Charity. Condolences to

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Carl Rodrigues: As Trudeau heads to India, there's much at stake

16 Feb: Financial Post (Canada). Prime Minister Justin Trudeau departs Ottawa with his wife and children on Feb. 16 … India and Canada are well placed to help each other’s tech industries … Take SOTI Inc., a Mississauga based maker of mobile software. The company is growing faster than Canada can support. Founder and chief executive Carl Rodrigues couldn’t find enough software engineers to keep up with surging orders. So he set up an office a suburb of New Delhi. SOTI now employs about 200 people in the sort of fancy workspace-cum-playpen that is the norm in the tech business… “If you walk into India and you think it’s just like Canada, you are going to be in trouble,” said Rodrigues, who was born in the southern Indian state of Goa and moved to Canada as a boy. “We found someone who knows the Indian market,” he added. “This guy managed to make stuff happen in a faster way.” … 1928 words.  For further details click here
BBC: The man who built a $1bn firm in his basement …  click here

Get cheap return flights to Thailand, Mexico and Goa for as little as £229 with this easy trick

16 Feb: The Sun (UK). If you’re after a last-minute holiday to a far-flung place, you could get a huge saving on a return flight with one simple tip… of all the airlines, TUI and Thomas Cook are the places to search for last-minute long-haul destinations… Most companies bump prices up when it comes to last minute prices, but with Thomas Cook and TUI, the way they make money is from package holidays. If anything is left over, say flights, they’ll greatly reduce them to get rid of them. Head to their websites one to two weeks before and search for flights… Thomas Cook will let you fly to Goa for a week in April for under £320 …  For further details click here

Sorpotel and Sannas: Remembering Christmas in Goa

16 Feb: Saveur (UK). By Nik Sharma. Pork stew, called sorpotel, was the highlight of every Christmas lunch I spent with Lucy, my grandmother… Christmas preparation in Goan families starts a bit early … Most of the culinary practices and techniques in the Indian Christian communities were influenced and shaped by the Portuguese, French, and English colonists that came and conquered various parts of the country… My grandmother has long since passed, and her recipe has since been modified by my aunt, Elaine… 984 words.  For further details click here
16 Feb: Huffington Post (UK). Goan Mussels Recipe By Linda Duffin. I don’t have a gym membership, I’m woefully out of condition and my gluteus is at maximus. My mussels, though, are second to none … This recipe, based on the Goan sauce I use for fish curries, really warmed my cockles…  click here

Video: Govt to decide on ration cards to Portuguese passport holders

16 Feb: Prudent Media Goa. Civil Supplies Minister Govind Gaude (photo) has disclosed that he has come across a case wherein foreigners had local ration cards. However, the card was terminated and action was taken on concern authorities. He further said that government will intervene into matter of Portuguese passport holders who possess ration cards. 2m. 19s.  For further details click here

Goa’s woes with the “scum of the earth”

16 Feb: Herald. While minister Vijai Sardesai’s scathing remark on ill-mannered tourists visiting Goa, calling them ‘the scum of the earth”, may be in bad taste, incidents of rowdy behaviour, lack of basic civic sense and the ‘chalta hai’ attitude of a section of tourists have been adversely affecting the state’s tourism. Café asks a few locals and finds out what they feel about Sardesai’s thoughts … Acclaimed designer Wendell Rodricks is usually vocal about issues related to and those that affect Goa. Rodricks, who has raised his voice against illegal hoardings, and recently against Australian chef Sarah Todd for supposedly littering at the Goa airport, took to social media to share his thoughts and suggest that he agrees with Sardesai’s remark…  For further details click here
Talking trash. … Australian chef Sarah Todd, who lives and works out of Goa, was the recipient of Wendell Rodricks’ quicksilver tongue. It seems Todd had littered at the Goan airport by leaving a paper plate and a plastic bottle on her seat instead of binning them. Rodricks called out to her when he wrote: “@sarahtodd you may be a Masterchef finalist in Australia but for many Goans you lost your respect on 19th Jan when you left your plate and PET bottle on the seat for others to clean up. Not done. The bin was a few metres away.” He also asked the restaurant she works at to teach her some civic sense…  click here

Kuwait: launches book of Goan writer

16 Feb: Arab Times (Kuwait). A new book entitled ‘A Rose is Not Just a Rose’, written by Gasper Crasto, a Goan based in Kuwait, has been launched on Readers are sure to relish reading this inimitable piece … The writer Gasper Crasto runs a blog called gaspersWorld ( … Set in a Goan backdrop and written in first person, ‘A Rose is Not Just a Rose’ is a fiction novel — witty, humorous and talks about infatuated love… The book can be ordered online and is in stock for delivery anywhere in the world. Pages: 40 (8’x5’ with Hard Paperback) Price: $3.75 (approx. Rs.240/-) Link to place order:  For further details click here

At a Yoga Retreat in India: Beach Walks, Body Treatments and Healing

16 Feb: New York Times. By Caren Osten Gerszberg. Last May, along with my 23-year-old daughter, Nicole, I traveled to India for a week of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda … We spent our first night at the Alila Diwa hotel in Goa. Set among rice paddies and coconut groves, the infinity pool was ideal for cooling off in the intense heat … A three-hour bus ride led us to our home for the next six days, the SwaSwara resort in Gokarna on India’s southwestern coast… Four miles from Gokarna village, SwaSwara resort sits alongside the Arabian Sea and extends across 26 acres, although more than half of its land is left untouched and protects the surrounding ecosystem… 2533 words.  For further details click here

Taxi drivers warn government not to test their patience

16 Feb: Herald. The North Goa Taxi Association has threatened to paralyse Goa if the Government goes ahead with any kind of taxi service. They have warned the government not to test their patience by introducing KTC taxi or any other taxi service in Goa…The association said the taxi owners are not “mafia as they are addressed by some politicians.” The taxi owners are Goans and taxi business is their only means of livelihood, they added… A spokesperson of Association said, “Government plans to start KTC taxi and bus services from Airport which will destroy our business. We will not allow this kind of services …  For further details click here
Video: 16 Feb: HCN. North & South Taxi owners threaten non peaceful protests over Governments digital meter and app push … 2m. 36s.  click here
Editorial: 17 Feb: Herald. Taxi owners show true colours by now threatening to paralyse State … click here.

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