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Death: John Sequeira

10 Oct. Mitcham, London, UK. JOHN SEQUEIRA. Born 1934. Ex-Nairobi. Johnny passed away peacefully after a long period of illness at St Helier Hospital, aged 84. He was a loving husband to Jessie, and a devoted dad to Anselm and Finnian. He was brother to: Mila Carvalho (deceased), Paul Sequeria, Alice Rozario, Ancet Dourado, Tony Sequeira, and Andrew Sequeira. He is dearly missed by all of his family. Visitations from Tuesday 23 October: Gillman Funeral Service in Tooting, 971 Garratt Lane, Tooting, London SW17 0LW. Times: Tuesday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 8am-10:30am. Condolences and further details: Anselm Sequeira,

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Paul John Whisky with Shilton Almeida, the man with the drams at St Andrews

21 Oct: Whisky Intelligencer (Scotland). I was away to St Andrews to a tasting night. I have known Paul John Distilleries for quite some time, Michael is the master, Shilton the presenter!!! Not only was this a great night, previously, Michael had sent me whiskies for us to use in our whisky tours and tastings… Shilton Almeida drifted into distillery talk, weather in Goa and all things Indian, by the way … More drams followed with great patter from Shilton – he was good. Drams included; Classic @ 55.2%, Edited @ 46%, Bold (peated) 46% and Peated @ 55.5%... Paul John Distillery uses two kinds of peat, both Scottish exports, highlands and Islay – think of it as Scottish peat taking a 6 year holiday in Goa then coming back to their birthplace … It was really interesting listening about the distillery, how it started and some other drams on offer – ie; Original Choice, especially as we can buy it in Goa at 50p or £1 per carton!!! 1084 words.  For further details click here
For the Paul John website,  click here

On Board India's First Luxury Cruise Ship, Mumbai Couple Says, "I Do"

21 Oct: NDTV. India's first luxury cruise ship saw the first on-board wedding on Saturday. Captain of the ship, 'Angriya', that runs between Mumbai and Goa, conducted the wedding of Prabir and Sayali Correa, a Mumbai couple, on the day the ship set sail… The couple said it was an "extremely unique" moment to be married on board a cruise liner… The cruise, which has six decks and 104 cabins, can accommodate 399 passengers at a time. The tickets of the cruise, which will run four times a week except during monsoons, are priced between Rs. 7,000 and Rs. 12,000.  For further details click here
Video: 21 Oct: Prudent Media Goa. ‘Angriya’ first domestic cruise voyaging from Mumbai reaches Goa. Nations first domestic passenger cruise ship between Goa and Mumbai arrived in Goa at MPT cruise berth. The cruise ship, Angriya , Voyage of Wows " was flagged off from Mumbai port on Saturday at the hands of Union Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, the cruise arrived in Goa on Sunday.  click here

Our Home — How to be an environmental extremist

21 Oct: The Athens Messenger (Ohio). By Alexa Abercrombie Ross Spend three months in India in your 20s. Rent a room on the beach at Goa for two weeks that costs less than three nights in a hotel in Bombay. You are given a bucket to fill at an outside faucet for all your water needs. You disinfect a bottle with chlorine tablets for drinking water and wait a half hour before drinking. You find you can wash your hair and body with a single bucket of water. The outhouse has walls of latticed palms. An impatient pig is on hand to devour your leavings…  For further details click here

The call of nostalgia for Goa from Brazil

21 Oct: Herald. Five decades ago, to be precise exactly 51 years ago a person who visited Panjim recalls how the green fields of Panjim have now transformed into brown fields as development marches on… Luiz Guilherme F.S. de Mello (photo) from Sao Paulo, Brazil who has deep family roots in Goa, to be transcended to beauty and glory of Goa in yesteryears. He reminiscences his childhood when he clicked pictures from Altinho and remembers vividly that even though the pictures taken were in black and white, the backdrop was of the “green field” as Goa then was very rich in agriculture. He was on a short visit to Goa to deliver a lecture organized by Goa college of Engineering. “My grandfather, Dr Indalencio Pascoal Froilano de Mello was a doctor and Mayor of Panjim … I last visited Goa in 1967 when my father brought the whole family and we stayed in Mandovi Hotel … “ 837 words.  For further details click here

Pushed off the land

21 Oct: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. … Brenda Rodrigues’ book is called The House at 43, Hill Road. It deals with a home built on now noted Hill Road, Bandra. The home was actually one of the first to come up on that now bustling suburb and was built by an ancestor of Brenda’s husband Joe, way back in the 1830s. This book also offers fascinating insights into local history and into the Rodrigues family history… This book documents the struggle of the family to maintain their home, to live in it, and to stay in control of property which was actually theirs. It is a story that many here could find resonance with. Their problems start off as stray, small fights with the civic authorities… Next, the tenants they take on start causing hell. You’ve got to read the blow-by-blow account in a book written by a family which fought some 70+ cases over their ancestral property… On this book’s pages, you encounter builders who can’t deliver, housing projects that go awry, and even housing cooperatives that turn into a cesspool of vipers… 1018 words.  For further details click here

Formalin in fish: Fresh petition filed

20 Oct: Times of India. Advocate Rajeev Gomes has filed a fresh application before the judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) Margao seeking that it directs the Fatorda police to register an FIR against the alleged fish mafia involved in importing formalin-laced fish into the state … In the fresh application submitted, Gomes has said that Iva Fernandes, who is the designated FDA officer for South Goa had submitted her investigation report dated August 16, to the FDA, clearly indicating that the fish examined during the raid showed the presence of formalin…  For further details click here

In India, women are no longer prepared to stay silent

21 Oct: The Guardian. Last year, just as the world was reading with disgust stories emerging as a result of the #MeToo movement in the US, a journalist from Bengaluru decided to tell her story in Vogue India. She wrote a detailed, graphic account of harassment by a senior editor and founder of two national newspapers who had invited her for an interview. But Priya Ramani stopped short of naming her alleged tormentor. India is being cleansed of the toxic male entitlement that has long been glamorised in our arts and popular culture … This month, Ramani finally named the unknown editor. It was Mobashar Jawed Akbar. He had left journalism to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata party (BJP), and had been inducted in the country’s cabinet as the minister of state for external affairs in 2016. Within days of Ramani’s allegation, more than 20 female journalists accused Akbar of molestation … On 16 October, Akbar, who continues to deny the allegations, stepped down from his post. Indian women celebrated the first concrete victory of their own #MeToo movement…  For further details click here

Nowhere’s child

21 Oct: Navhind Times. In September India began the procedure to cancel the Overseas Citizenship of India card of Wesley and Sini Mathews, the Indian-American adoptive parents of three-year old girl Sherin Mathews. The couple is awaiting trial in the US for the girl’s murder who was adopted from an agency in Patna in 2016. She was found dead near the family’s home in Richardson, Texas, on October 22, 2017, two weeks after her family reported her missing… There are gaps in regulations and a lax attitude of agencies involved in inter-country adoption because of which many adoptees are left vulnerable in foreign lands… Cases of rampant sexual abuse, lack of a child-friendly environment and inadequate monitoring prove that these facilities are not always the best for children… 1808 words.  For further details click here



Death: Dr Christopher Rodrigues
6 Oct: Kingston, Surrey, UK. CHRISTOPHER RODRIGUES MRCP PHD. Aged 66. Beloved husband of Gillian, much-loved brother of Enid Noronha and Elsa Divate, fond uncle, great uncle and friend. Service to be held at Clandon Wood, Guilford, at 1.30pm, on Wednesday 24th October. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Freedom from Torture or Shelter.  For further details click here

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Swindon: Church-goer threatened to kill wife after marriage breakdown

20 Oct: Swindon Advertiser. A Church-goer who repeatedly threatened to kill his wife after their marriage broke down has been jailed for three years. Joao Dias was banned from contacting his ex, who works as auxiliary nurse, or going to her home after she took out a non-molestation order in the family court. But the 47-year-old bully went to her house on at least two occasions and issued a series of death threats in front of their teenage sons. After he admitted the offences at Swindon Crown Court he tried to change his plea, claiming he had not made a threat on her life. He suggested the word for ‘kill’ in his mother tongue Konkani also meant ‘hit’ if pronounced a certain way… Once he serves his sentence he plans to leave Swindon and move to London, where most of his family are. And he would no longer attend Holy Rood church where both had been members of the congregation… 477 words.  For further details click here

Goa Wikipedia Group targets local writers, villages

21 Oct: Herald. A recently-formed WhatsApp network, the Goa Wikipedia Group, has brought together over 200 people who aim to build more Goa-related content in cyberspace, particularly on the Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia that is created and edited by volunteers worldwide… One of the GWG's goals is to promote freely-available Goa-related information on the Konkani Wikipedia gom.wikipedia. org … 591 words.  click here
21 Oct: Herald. Dispelling Goan stereotypes and giving Konkani the space it deserves online. Wikipedia, the free online encyclopaedia, created and edited by volunteers around the world and the seventh most visited site currently, has content in Konkani. But Konkani Wikipedia needs more energy to survive, in the form of articles on this site and if there aren’t enough articles on the platform, then there is a possibility that Wikipedia may derecognise it… 1419 words.  click here

International gang targeting Goa

20 Oct: Herald. A comprehensive probe of ATM skimming frauds has led to startling revelations into the operations, largely involving foreigners. The State police have stumbled upon crucial information about members of the syndicate assigned different tasks to illegally withdraw money through different ATMs while other groups target the international visitors to Goa. Director General of Police Mukesh Chander equated the operations of ATM skimming gangs to a drug cartel. “It’s a huge racket and an organised gang operating in Goa,” he said…  click here
Video: !9 Oct: HCN. Goa Police make awareness video to educate people on ATM skimming scams … 5m. 16s.  click here
Video: Anybody finds a skimmer device fitted in any ATM to get cash prize from Goa police … click here.

Hawaii, Goa sign sister-state agreement

20 Oct: Navhind Times. The state of Hawaii in United States of America and the state of Goa have signed a Sister-State Relationship Agreement recently… The agreement will promote cooperation in the fields of art and culture, trade, tourism, sports, technology, pharmaceutical and cashew wine business, cultural, culinary and educational exchange programmes, yoga, ayurvedic and ancient Hawaiian Lomi Massage, Medicinal Plants, Other Wellness and Educational Academies, Hawaiian and Goan products and Handicrafts, Skill Development and Agriculture and Fisheries…  For further details click here

Betalbatim gang rape: Four months on, safety measures along beach belt yet to take shape

19 Oct: The Goan. Trial in the heinous Betalbatim gang rape is set to begin from November 1, with the examination of the 20-year-old victim girl via video conferencing in the South Goa Sessions Court. But the larger question remains unanswered – have the authorities put in place the safety measures at the Sunset beach at Betalbatim, where the victim girl was gang raped by the three Indore natives taking advantage of the secluded nature of the beach? Betalbatim villagers demanded safety measures, including beach illumination, CCTV surveillance, tab on migrants visiting the beach belt, clearance of bushes and vegetation by the Forest department et al… the safety measures are either yet to fall in place or are moving at a slow pace… 780 words.  click here

‘Most of the milk coming into Goa is adulterated’

20 Oct: Navhind Times. Admitting that “most of the milk coming to Goa from across the border is adulterated”, Minister for Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Services Mauvin Godinho on Friday said that although the government is doing all that is possible to stop this defilement, increasing the milk production in Goa would be the best way to control this menace. Speaking to reporters in the backdrop of a city function, Godinho said that during the last three to four months, the amount of milk produced locally has increased by 10,000 litres, from 1.65 lakh litres to 1.75 lakh litres, even though the milk requirement of the state remains 3.60 lakh litres…  For further details click here

Sri Lankans flock to St. Vaz relic

19 Oct: UCAN. St. Vaz, who was born in Goa, India, in 1651 and died in 1711, was an Oratorian priest and missionary in Sri Lanka when Dutch forces were occupying coastal areas and imposing Calvinism after taking over from the Portuguese. Despite the repression, he braved a smallpox epidemic and secretly helped Sri Lankan Catholics to retain their faith. St. Vaz was canonized by Pope Francis in 2015… Joseph Mallawa, a Sunday school teacher, said St. Vaz was known for his compassion and embracing of different cultures and is an example for modern-day reconciliation in Sri Lanka. He was referring to the nation's bloody 1983-2009 civil war between largely Buddhist Sinhalese and mainly Hindu ethnic Tamils… Bishop Vianney Fernando, chairman of the National Secretariat, said the relic of the cross being carried island-wide could help combat materialism and provide inspiration for the solving of national problems.  For further details click here

Danger of fish pedicure

19 Oct: The Island (Sri Lanka). By Maneka Gandhi. … I had written about the dangers of fish pedicures two years ago, but India has still got dozens of parlours offering the service. I have just returned from Goa where the main tourist areas have small shady shacks advertising fish pedicures. During a fish pedicure, people immerse their feet in a tub of water that contains small fish called Garra rufa. These fish supposedly pull out dead skin from the customer’s feet, exfoliating them as the customer relaxes and enjoys the tickle. These fish carry bacteria responsible for a variety of dangerous tissue infections and the tubs in which you put your feet are a fertile breeding ground. They excrete like all living beings, and this excreta is what you put your feet into. Government warnings across the world have warned people that fish pedicures may even cause Hepatitis C and HIV… fish spas have been banned in many countries… If you want to clean your feet use a pumice stone not a live fish.  For further details click here


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High Court pulls up Union home ministry for harassing Briton over PIO status

19 Oct: Times of India. The Goa high court has rapped an official of the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) for causing “needless harassment” to a 61-year-old British national married to a person of Indian origin (PIO), and ordering him to quit India on the grounds that the couple was no longer living together… the court directed the authorities to return the British national’s PIO card, residential permit and passport. Around 25 years ago, the British citizen had married an African national, who is also a PIO, in London and later moved to Goa. He was given a PIO card by the government as his wife had one. In 2009, the wife filed an application for divorce. In 2010, a local court granted them provisional divorce by mutual consent… The HC noted that there is nothing in the order to show the petitioner’s presence is detrimental to the security of the nation … The court further directed the MHA to return the PIO card, residential permit and passport … 543 words. :  For further details click here

Ex-Mombasa Hockey players to meet 40 years after winning the 'Gold Cup’!

19 Oct: Coastweek (Kenya). The weekend of 20/21 October will witness a large gathering of hockey fraternity in Mombasa. It will include ex-players and their families coming from all corners of the world – Canada, Dubai, Seychelles, U.K and the USA - to join those in Kenya for the 40th Anniversary celebration since Baobab Hockey Club became the only Club at the Coast to win the much coveted MR De Souza Gold Cup. The tournament is the culmination of efforts of the organising committee led by the Olympian Raphael Fernandes and various sponsors … At club level, hockey was largely dominated by two communities - Sikhs and Goans - who competed for all the major trophies in the Country… Baobab made overseas trips to Germany, UK and Canada… much of the credit for the success and keeping the team disciplined, was the personal effort of the Manager, the Late Agnelo DeSouza, popularly known as Sana… Sana’s daughter (Maureen) who has grown with the team since birth, continues to shine the light on her father’s behalf… 864 words.  For further details click here

India’s Vice President Naidu meets Costa, Portuguese PM in Brussels

19 Oct: Business Standard. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu, who is in Brussels ahead of the 12th Asia-Europe meeting (ASEM) summit, held a bilateral meeting with Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa at the European Union headquarters on Friday. Recalling Prime Minister Costa's successful visit to India in January 2017, Naidu commended the former for his personal commitment towards strengthening India-Portugal relations… Prime Minister Costa said that India-Portugal bilateral trade is on a rise and that Portuguese companies are encouraged by the potential of the Indian market… he further informed that the country also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Goa recently regarding a pilot project for water supply and waste water management as a part of the Panaji Smart City initiative…  For further details click here

Goan woman of steel bags the gold at international bodybuilding championship

19 Oct: Times of India. Deborah Alera Dias, from Margao, a 28-year-old Fine Arts teacher and a mother of one, came first in the bikini category at the IFBB Diamond Cup… She said that a big reason why she was nervous was because it was the first time she was wearing a bikini on stage… An alumni of St Mary’s of Angels Convent Higher Secondary School in Chinchinim, Deborah used to practice shot put, discus, javelin throw and high jumps … However, she didn’t consider bodybuilding until much later in life. In fact, the first time she ever joined a gym was to lose her post-pregnancy weight, in 2016… her best friend Anish Shirodkar introduced her to Viola Rodrigues, another Goan bodybuilder, who represented Goa at the International Olympia Amateur Championship in Mumbai in 2017, and won the bronze medal at the event. She was the first Goan lady to do so, and she was also a mother of three! …  For further details click here

Goan origin Guilherme Vaz appointed consultor to Vatican Pontifical Council

19 Oct: Times of India. Guilherme Vaz has recently been appointed consultor on the reconstituted and enlarged Vatican Pontifical Council for the Laity, Family and Life … “We are confident that with his versatile combination of outstanding corporate, academic, government, international, non-governmental organisation and Catholic church institutional experience, Vaz, who is widely regarded among globally respected individuals in the social sector with exceptional experience in large scale transformational change, spread over 46 countries in all continents with diverse cultures and complexities, will, through this new appointment, continue to contribute further to the universal church and to the church in India,” secretary general of CBCI, Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas stated…  For further details click here

The Future of Independent Living in India

19 Oct: Times have changed conspicuously, especially for the senior population in India. There has been an evolution of sorts. Earlier, post-retirement, it was a norm for parents to live with their children, particularly in India. But in the world of today, our parents and other senior citizens want to choose the time of retirement and also their homes… The elderly generally prefer quieter places, away from the humdrum of the big cities but yet close to city life, picturesque settings high on their aesthetic value. Consequently, the places that have thus far best suited this requirement are the likes of Jaipur, Lucknow, Pune, Goa, and so forth. Hence the developers of these 'senior living' projects have focused on these areas to enhance the marketing quotient… In a nutshell... independent living is here to stay in India.  For further details click here

Cruise line could scrap visits to India over bizarre tax row

19 Oct: The Daily Telegraph (UK). A leading British cruise line is considering abandoning cruises to India after the Indian government introduced a tax this month on everything consumed on cruise ships while in its territorial waters. Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, a company renowned for its innovative itineraries, was about to embark on its first dedicated Indian cruise when the new tax was confirmed. Captain Mikael Degerlund got the news just five days before his ship, Boudicca, reached Porbanda (photo) in northern India. “I received a message at 11pm on October 3rd. We reached India on October 8th,” he said. “The tax covers everything, from bread to fuel oil,” he told Telegraph Travel. “It’s like you taking a car from England to France and paying tax to the French for the petrol already in your tank. We are going to make a big loss on this cruise if they are going to go through with this.” … The irony is that India is investing millions of rupees in attracting a bigger share of the lucrative cruise business… Fred. Olsen’s experience suggests there is an appetite for Indian cruises… So far Indian authorities have not responded to requests for a comment. 644 words.  For further details click here

BBC Saturday Kitchen. Three Goan recipes featured today

19 Oct: BBC. Cheats' Goan mackerel curry. Make the most of mackerel: you’re just six easy steps away from a fabulous Indian fish supper. By Mike Robinson of Saturday Kitchen. Preparation time: less than 30 mins. Cooking time: 10 to 30 mins. Ingredients: 1 tbsp vegetable oil, 2 tbsp Madras curry paste, 2 mackerel, cut across into 4-5 steaks, small bunch coriander, stalks chopped, leaves to sprinkle, 1 medium red onion, chopped, 2 limes, zest and juice only, ½ can coconut milk, rice, boiled, to serve …  For further details click here
19 Oct: BBC. Goan-style lobster. By Atul Kochhar of Saturday Kitchen. Preparation time: less than 30 mins. Cooking time: 30 mins to 1 hour …  click here
19 Oct: BBC. Goan coconut pancakes. By Cyrus Todiwala of Saturday Kitchen. Preparation time: less than 30 mins. Cooking time: less than 10 mins. click here.


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Vishwajit Rane: The renegade who may well become Goa’s raja

18 Oct: Goa Spotlight. Vishwajit Rane left the Congress within an hour of taking oath as a Congress MLA in 2017 and was in the BJP, then in the cabinet is in the shortlist to become Goa’s next Chief Minister if his career progression takes the same course… The Congress is shrinking. Literally, figuratively and where it really counts, numerically… The young man from Satarri, is the quintessential new age BJP politician... Suave, wily, ruthless, emotion less, he travels light with no ideological baggage and sees politics in terms of cold hard electoral achievement…  For further details click here
18 Oct: DNA. Rane may succeed Parrikar as Goa CM …  click here
18 Oct: First Post. Manohar Parrikar successor in Goa: Ex-Congressman Vishwajit Rane among the top contenders for CM post … click here.

Video: Canada: Three dishes from Goa, India that are perfect for fall

18 Oct: CTV The Loop (Canada). Need a little cooking inspiration? Look no further than Goa, India. Goan food is heavily influenced by their former Portuguese colonizers, so there is a love of pork, pastry and vinegar, as well as beef that is not found in other regions in India. Flavours have a heavy influence from the west so East-meets-West is actually a defining characteristic of Goan cuisine. To give us a taste, Chef Anjum Anand dropped by the Your Morning kitchen
Goan Pork Pies. These little pies are inspired by the pork empanadas much loved in Goa…  For further details click here
Goan chicken and chorizo stew. After a five-minute flurry of chopping and sautéing, you can leave this to cook itself. And there’s only one pan to wash up…  click here
Spice-glazed Goan style ham. One of the most special dishes to eat at Christmas in Goa, India is a small roasted piglet, marinated in Goan spices. Here, Chef Anjum has used the same spices to cook a Christmas ham … click here.

Kerala Nun rape case: Franco Mulakkal gets ‘grand’ welcome on Jalandhar return

18 Oct: Indian Express. Franco Mulakkal was on Wednesday given a ‘grand’ welcome by the Diocese of Jalandhar as he returned from Kerala after getting bail in a rape case. Mulakkal, who headed the Diocese of Jalandhar before stepping aside last month, has been accused of raping a nun. He remained in jail for over three weeks before getting conditional bail on October 15. Mulakkal reached the Bishop House in Jalandhar around 5 pm on Wednesday where large number of his supporters, including nuns who outnumbered others, and the current administrative Bishop, Agnelo Gracias, were present at the main entrance to welcome him…  For further details click here

Diwali 2018 – Here’s why Hindus celebrate the festival of lights and the origins of the day

18 Oct: The Sun (UK). Diwali is just weeks away, with the five-day celebration set to be enjoyed by millions around the world… How is Diwali celebrated and why does the date change? The date of the festival is calculated according to the position of the moon and the Hindu lunar calendar and is usually in October or November. In 2018, Diwali will be celebrated on Wednesday, November 7 - and the festivities will last five days… What do the different dates of Diwali mean? … Why is Diwali celebrated by Hindus? … 561 words.  For further details click here

Goa tourism take-off hit by turbulence: four charter flights cancelled

18 Oct: The Goan. The tourism season has not begun on a good note, as four charter flights, which were scheduled to land in Goa, have cancelled their trip. Tourism stakeholders had earlier too raised concerns that the number of charter flights this season would be lesser than previous year. A source informed, “A charter flight, which was supposed to land in Goa on September 30, was cancelled. Earlier, it was expected that 18 charter flights would fly into Goa in October. But now, only 15 flights are going to arrive, which means three charter flights are cancelled for the month of October itself.” Over several years now, charter flights have become important part of tourism business in the state because such flights bring in foreign tourists from countries like the UK, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, etc…  For further details click here

Tanzania’s oldest tea room bridges cultural divide

18 Oct: Anadolu Agency (Turkey). Dar es Salam, Tanzania. K.T Shop is bustling with activity…Known for its aromatic milky tea, and lip-smacking snacks -- served with tasty coconut chutney, the cafe has achieved a legendary status in half a century. Founded by an Indian immigrant in 1968, K.T Shop attracts customers across cultural divide… The menu offers milky tea, crispy samosas, mouth-watering Kebabs, and a range of Tanzanian foods. “Our tea is carefully blended, you cannot drink tea of this quality anywhere,” says a 59-year-old Mansoor Ahmed Kadri, the owner of K.T Shop who had inherited it from his late father… Kadri’s grandfather immigrated with his wife and children from Konkan in India to Tanganyika as it was known at a time … When Tanganyika got independence from Britain in 1961, many Indian families fled the country to avoid growing hatred against them ...  click here

Head to Goa in December For Serendipity Arts Festival

18 Oct: Serendipity Arts Festival, India’s first multidisciplinary arts event, will take off in Goa from the 15-22 December 2018… It’ll be a coming together of 87 projects that’ll highlight India’s rich traditions of music, dance and theatre, alongside culinary arts, craft, and visual arts exhibitions… the festival will focus on developing cultural connections and supporting emerging artists across South Asia… culinary workshops and tastings are also a part of this extravagant showpiece.  For further details click here

UK Forthcoming Events

SOLD OUT! Sat. 20 Oct: Colva Union UK is organising their 45th Anniversary Ball celebrating the Feast of Infant Jesus on Saturday 20th October 2018 with Holy Mass at 4pm at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church Heston.TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will be provided by super Goan band The Big Dream and they will be an authentic Goan buffet. Dress to Impress: Formal - Theme Colour is Sapphire Blue. Rights of Admission Reserved. SOLD OUT! For the flyer, click here.

Sat. 10 Nov: GOA UK - Mass for the Deceased at SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Cranmer Rd, Mitcham CR4 4LD. Mass will start at 1pm sharp. Please bring a picture of your loved one who passed away if you want to pray for his/her Soul. After Mass, Get together at the Parish Hall. Tickets: £7.50 per head, inclusive of a three Course meal and a drink. Contact : Nina Pinto 07930 574653/ 02087670663, Bella Fernandes 07949 233307 or Ravi Vaz 07909 927539

Sun. 18 Nov. Union of Navelim (UK) will be celebrating our 39th Feast at Richard Challoner School, Manor Drive North, New Malden KT3 5PE. Come and join us in celebrating our Feast commencing with Mass at 12:00noon sharp, followed by an afternoon/evening of celebration and dancing to the fabulous music of Rainbow's End. Tickets are inclusive of snacks and a hot meal. Dress Code: Formal/Smart, No Jeans and Trainers. For the flyer with full details, click here.

Sun. 25 Nov: Fr. Agnelo's Day at Archbishop Lanfranc Academy @ 1.30pm. 91st Commemoration Mass. Celebrants: Most Rev. Felipe Neri Ferrao, Archbishop of Goa & Daman and Rt. Rev. Patrick Lynch SSCC, Auxiliary Bishop of Southwark

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Labour declined to investigate bullying complaint against Valerie Vaz

17 Oct: News Statesman. Valerie Vaz, the shadow cabinet minister leading Labour’s response to the Westminster bullying scandal has herself been spoken to by her party leadership after a bullying complaint, the New Statesman has learned. Valerie Vaz, the shadow leader of the House of Commons, was met by Jeremy Corbyn’s office and that of Nick Brown, the Labour chief whip, after a former member of her Westminster staff complained that they had been subject to workplace bullying while employed by Vaz in 2012. She denies the allegations… Labour said it would not pursue any formal investigation or disciplinary action against Vaz on the grounds that its historical nature would make it difficult to judge fairly… Valerie Vaz has been met by [the] Leader’s Office and the Chief Whip’s Office following the complaint, to be reminded of her requirements as an employer under the Labour Party Code of Conduct… A spokesperson for Vaz said: “Valerie vigorously denies these allegations, which are vindictive and defamatory, and is committed to tackling bullying and harassment in Westminster, which has gone unchallenged for too long.” …  For further details click here
House of Commons. Bullying and Harassment: Cox Report. Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:57 pm on 16th October 2018. By Valerie Vaz.  click here
Wikipedia: Vaz was born in Aden, Yemen. Her family originates from Goa … her younger brother Keith Vaz is also a Labour MP, while her sister Penny is a lawyer. Her late mother Merlyn Vaz was formerly a Labour councillor in Leicester… click here.

Synod of Bishops: Indian youth need inspiring priests

17 Oct: Vatican News. Young Catholics of India are like the fragile and sinful men and women disciples of Jesus yearning for His living water. These young people are urging the Church leadership to be an authentic inspiration on living the faith and to provide them opportunities and spaces to build communities and experience the Church’s mission. The call was made by Percival Holt, a young lay Indian, who on Tuesday addressed the ongoing world Synod of Bishops currently taking place in the Vatican. The theme of the October 3-28 Synod is, “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” Holt, 25, is president of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) that operates under the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of India (CBCI) … Holt described the challenging situation in which Indian youth are growing up…  For further details click here
17 Oct: Zenit (Rome). Synod2018: Testimony of Percival Holt, Indian Catholic Youth Movement …  click here
Audio: Listen to Percival … 4m. 38s. click here.

Video: Don Bosco priest delights with graceful garba moves

16 Oct: Mumbai Mirror. The Don Bosco grounds in Matunga, Mumbai, were delighted by an unusual sight on Sunday – the rector of Don Bosco High School, Matunga, in his flowing cassock, gracefully swaying to the tunes of a traditional garba. The setting was an all-faith nineday ‘Dandiya Dhamaka’ organised by the shrine of Don Bosco, Matunga. A video of Fr Crispino D’Souza, rector of Don Bosco, dancing at the event has gone viral on social media, and many Christians have come forward to laud his gesture… Praising Fr D’Souza’s enthusiasm, Godfrey Pimenta, member, Bombay Catholic Sabha (BCS), said, “It is a good gesture on the part of the priest in fostering new relationships with our brethren from other communities.” …  For further details click here
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Goa can be startup hub of India: Ex-dy PM of Malaysia

17 Oct: Times of India. Goa can become the startup hub of India in the next five years, said former deputy prime minister of Malaysia Tun Musa Hitam. He was speaking at the IdeaLab 2018 held at Goa Institute of Management on Tuesday. “There is a deep interest in start-ups among Goans. The state has to begin with awareness, willingness, ability and determination directed by leadership and the government’s assistance to facilitate to every citizen who wants to launch a startup,” he added. He said Goa already has the infrastructure but more needs to be built and the government can give incentives to budding entrepreneurs on computers or smartphones so that such gadgets are within their reach…  For further details click here
17 Oct: Herald. Goa is proclaimed to be one of the top 25 start-up hubs in few years…  click here

Heritage | Exhibition rediscovers Macau-Goa relationship

16 Oct: Macau Daily Times. The exhibition “Viagem Oriental” features a total of 20 photographs of decorative and collectors pieces from Macau that once decorated houses in Goa. Goan director Nalini Elvino de Sousa (photo) is showcasing a series of photos that reveal connections between Goa and Macau, to share the centuries of heritage and cultural and commercial exchange between the two regions. Sousa started this project during a competition in Goa. Eighty entries were received, but only 20 were selected and are currently being showcased … Forty photos are available in the “Viagem Oriental” book which is on sale at the exhibition. The photographs include porcelain vases, blue pots, Chinese figurines and tea figurines stored on shelves. “I know that there are a lot of these artefacts in people’s houses in Goa. Every home has something in Macau. Even in our own house, we have tea sets and crockery and a lot things coming from Macau,” de Sousa explained…  For further details click here

Inside the Cube: Goa’s first avant-garde art space

16 Oct: Architectural Digest. Located in Moira, Goa, The Cube features whitewashed walls, open layouts with an attached kitchenette and loft spaces that offer artist ample room to spread out their canvas and pastels… After a four-month inventory it opens its new season with ‘Man Enough,’ a series of eight artists exploring the definitions of masculinity, from a more rural perspective. This is a 360 degree turn after ‘SHE’—last year’s all-woman art show hosted there. Even though Goa has always been churning some the country’s best arts and crafts, most of its art spaces and museums delve into the city’s past. “All the galleries here are based out of old Portuguese villas. I wanted to go off the tangent, by building a fly ash recycled brick space, rather than work with conventional laterite,” says the gallerist Sonny Singh, a trained architect from Los Angeles…  click here

GoFundMe page set up for family of tragic Donegal backpacker Danielle McLaughlin who was murdered in Goa

17 Oct: Irish Mirror. A GoFundMe page has been set up for the family of the tragic Irish backpacker who was raped and murdered in India last year. The family of Danielle McLaughlin hopes to raise enough money cover the legal costs to fight for justice as they have claimed they've received no legal or financial support from the Irish government to assist in the case. The 28-year-old, from Buncrana, was found dead in a secluded spot in Canacona, an area of Goa popular with holidaymakers, in March last year. A total of $1459 (€1,261) has been raised in four days … 24 year old Vikat Bhagat is on trial for the rape and murder of Danielle and also for robbery and destruction of evidence…  For further details click here
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FILM: Eat Pray Love. Channel 5. Sunday 21st Oct. 02:50 to 05:00. Romcom. Following a divorce, a woman embarks on a journey of self-discovery, visiting Italy, India and Bali. Based on author Elizabeth Gilbert's best-selling memoir. Starring: Julia Roberts, Javier Bardem, Subtitles, 2010, PG.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Churchill's Bodyguard. Yesterday (Freeview 19). Sun. 21st Oct. 12:00 to 13:00. Indian Nationalist Assassin. Explosive historical facts revealed in the series based on Walter Thompson's memoirs. Churchill's knowledge of India places him in the line of fire.

DOCUMENTARY: 101 East: Discussion. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Sun. 21st Oct. 17:30 to 18:00. India's Hospital Train. 101 East boards the Lifeline Express, a hospital train that travels across India, delivering medical care and hope to those who need it most.

COOKERY: Jamie's Great Britain. Home (Freeview 25). Tues. 23rd Oct. 19:00 to 20:00. The Heart of England. Jamie Oliver celebrates the diversity of British food. In the Midlands, he buys some fresh Indian veg and enjoys traditional pork pies.

COOKERY: Indian Food Made Easy. Food Network (Freeview 41). Wed. 24th Oct. 21:00 to 21:30. Keralan Cuisine. Food writer and chef Anjum Anand travels to Liverpool and meets a charity worker who wants to be able to cook authentic Indian food on her stall in the city's biggest farmers' market in a bid to raise money. 21:30 to 22:00. Gujarati Cuisine. Anjum Anand tours Leicester's Gujarati community to source the best ingredients for a lamb curry with fenugreek dumplings, which she helps rugby player Michael Scott prepare for his teammates.

DOCUMENTARY: Dangerous Borders. BBC 2. Wed. 24th Oct. 23:15 to 00:15. A Journey Across India and Pakistan. On the third and final leg of their journey, journalists Adnan Sarwar and Babita Sharma travel along the northern part of the border which divides India and Pakistan. It is the most contested section of the border - and the most dangerous.

REALITY SHOW: Something Borrowed, Something New. Quest Red (Freeview 38). Fri. 26th Oct. 13:30 to 14:00. Whose Sari Now. Bride Sharon is marrying her Indian fiancé, Vijay. Eager to please him and his family, she's hoping an Indian-fusion dress may win them over.


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Uganda: Operation Legacy and Mrs O.E. De Souza

16 Oct: The Observer (Uganda). As independence approached, the British introduced a policy of purging documents containing details of their activities in the colonies, including Uganda. This policy, codenamed ‘Operation Legacy’, started in India which got independence in 1947 … on March 3, 1961, R.E Stone wrote a letter to the chief secretary in Entebbe requesting “permission for Mrs. O.E. De Souza to be an authorised officer” [to purge documents]. De Souza was a Goan married to a naturalised British in 1938 and considered to be thoroughly trustworthy, loyal and discreet … However, the officials in the governor’s office took a different view and it was suggested that “Mrs. De Souza should not be ‘authorised’”…  For further details click here
For a fuller account see: ‘Operation Legacy’: Britain’s Destruction and Concealment of Colonial Records. By Shohei Sato. Pages 697-719  click here
Wikipedia: Operation Legacy … click here.

UK: Chessington Restaurant to hold charity dinner on National Curry Week

Ralph Sousa

25 Sep: Surrey Comet. Saffron Summer in Chessington is holding a charity evening dinner during National Curry Week which runs from October 20 to 28 … The Chessington curry house announced they will be donating £5 to a world hunger charity for every person to attend their fundraising dinner on Monday, October 22… Each meal costs £24.95 per head …Restaurant owner Ralph Sousa said: “Diners have the opportunity to relish the distinctive flavours from different regions of Indian in one night and raise money for a good cause too.” …  For further details click here
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2 Congress "Runaway" Lawmakers Take Flight From Goa, Land In BJP

16 Oct: NDTV. Two Goa Congress lawmakers met BJP president Amit Shah in Delhi and quit today, ending the party's razor thin edge in the 40-member assembly. The party has been reduced from 16 to 14 and is now evenly matched with the BJP, which is trying to hold its coalition together as Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar battles a pancreatic condition. Subhash Shirodkar and Dayanand Sopte, who flew to Delhi late last night, faxed their resignation letters to Speaker Pramod Sawant. By Tuesday evening, they were with the BJP… "We expect two-three more legislators to come (with us), not today but in the coming days," Subhash Shirodkar was quoted as telling news agency ANI after his meeting with the BJP president. The Congress expressed shock…  For further details click here
Editorial: 17 Oct: Herald. A mockery of ethics, ideology, loyalty and democracy …  click here

Sir Ali bin Salim and the Making of Mombasa

14 Oct: Coastweek (Mombasa). Sir Ali bin Salim and the Making of Mombasa, by Judy Aldrick, 175 pp., Old Africa Books, 2018. This book must have been difficult to research, but it emerges as a fascinating study of the reactions of local Arab rulers on the East African coast and the compromises that had to be made when the British arrived. Its subjects are two former Liwalis [governors] of Mombasa, Salim bin Khalfan and his son, Ali bin Salim. Salim bin Khalfan was appointed as Liwali by the Sultan of Zanzibar in the 1880s,.. Ali bin Salim attended the coronation in London of Edward VII in 1902, and sent one of his sons to be educated in England… This grand old man of the coast took official retirement in 1931, continuing to be generous with charitable donations, among them gifts to Mombasa library and the Goan community…  click here
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The Goan School was born after the then Mombasa Liwali (ruler) Sir Ali bin Salim gave the Goan community land and laid the foundation stone for its construction on August 14, 1932. click here.

No need for police to say sorry to Lloyd Rayney: Attorney-General John Quigley

16 Oct: West Australian. WA Police have no reason to apologise to acquitted murder suspect Lloyd Rayney, Attorney-General John Quigley believes, despite the former prosecutor again attacking the investigation into him over potential involvement in the death of his wife Corryn… Mr Rayney and his supporters repeated their disquiet at the conduct of the WA Police during the murder investigation and called for a new murder hunt to begin. WA Police refused to comment. But Mr Quigley said that in his view, no police apology was warranted… The coroner’s office said yesterday they were still “considering the matter and it maybe some time before a decision” on an inquest is made…  click here

Editorial: Why is health status of Parrikar kept under wraps?

16 Oct: The Goan. … What’s the secret behind keeping the health status of the Chief Minister under wraps? People have ‘digested’ the fact that it’s a pancreatic ailment which is now at a critical stage. But what’s this suspense all about? And why the false propaganda when the people of the state know that the Chief Minister is fighting a grim battle? … If people have stood up for Parrikar, they have every right to know the condition of their Chief Minister. As Parrikar continues to battle through, all that the people of the State are interested in for now is the status of his health and not the politics playing out in the background.  For further details click here

Video: Mumbai to Goa cruise is finally here

16 Oct: CNBC TV. Planning a trip to Goa? You can now sail there from Mumbai on Angriya, India's first domestic passenger cruise. Ashwini Priolker hops on board to give you a sneak peek of this luxurious cruise… 3m. 41s.  For further details click here
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'From Faro to Goa' a trip through centuries of rare tiles

15 Oct: Algarve Daily News. (Portugal) The famous tiles from Santa Monica in Goa, along with rare C16th gold tiles and many other fine examples, will be on display in an exhibition starting on October 20th when, 'From Faro to Goa: a trip through the tiles of Ramalho Ortigão' will be launched in the Municipal Museum of Faro… A book has already been published by Faro Council with the help of the Montepio Foundation… The exhibition will be open to the public until February 10, 2019 …  For further details click here



Death: Arthur da Costa

13 Oct: Mississauga, Canada. ARTHUR DA COSTA. Born 1921. Ex Nairobi. Passed away peacefully. Loving husband of 70 years to Rosalia. Devoted father of Norman, Leonor Hall, Catherine Pereira (Kenneth), Anne Robillard (Tom Rideout), Marian da Costa, and the late Manuel. Cherished grandfather of Damien (Tina), Miriam (Allan), Christa (Terence), Stephen (Cynthia), Rebecca, Aaron (Emily), and Jeanette (Eric). Adored by his great grandchildren Lucas, Juliana, Lily, Noah, Lawson, Lydia, Evangeline, Veronica, Harrison and Julia. Visitation: Turner & Porter 2180 Hurontario, Mississauga, ON, L5B 1M8: Monday, 15 Oct 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM. Mass: Nativity of Our Lord Church. 480 Rathburn Rd., Toronto, ON, M9C 3S9, Tuesday, 16 Oct 10:30 AM. Condolences and further details, click here.

Death: Gabriel D´Souza
11 Oct: Feltham, London, UK. ANNUNCIATION (AMANCIO) GABRIEL CONCEICAO D´SOUZA. Born 8th April 1934. Ex Pilerne, Goa. Died peacefully with his wife Mary, and children Tessy, Trudie, Anthony and Arthur by his side. All the family were with him earlier in the evening to say their goodbyes with prayers, songs and a little whisky! "Gaga" (Grandad), will be missed by Daniel, Jonathan, Jacob, Eva, Diego and Sofia, and son and daughter in law Charles and Sharon. Rest In Peace Gabriel/Gaga and watch over us. XXX. Funeral Mass is at 11am on Wednesday on 31st October 2018 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, The Green, Feltham. TW13 4AF. Condolences to

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Mombasa born Claire Soares is a successful U.S. based film maker, author and engineer

14 Oct: Coastweek (Mombasa). By Marci Pereira. Much of her work involves technology, ecology (including wild life conservation) and environment sustainability. A Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Claire is a registered Professional Engineer and has authored six books…Claire is the daughter of Mrs May Soares, my English teacher, at the Mombasa Goan School in 1958. She is the first and only lady engineer from our school, I think, as per my research this far… She has three Masters Degrees: (a) Business Administration (b) Film & TV (c) Fine Arts [Creative Writing]… she is a licensed Commercial Airline Pilot as well… 507 words.  For further details click here
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Lloyd Rayney calls for new investigation into wife Corryn Rayney’s murder

14 Oct: (Australia). Police investigating the 2007 murder of Perth mum Corryn Rayney reportedly ignored a bloodcurdling scream heard by residents of an apartment block overlooking the park where her body was found. That’s because they were fixated on their view that her husband, barrister Lloyd Rayney, was their “prime and only suspect”, and had killed her at their family home before burying her in Kings Park, a new TV investigation claims. Martin Bennett, who represented Mr Rayney in the high-profile murder trial, believes there was compelling circumstantial evidence against convicted sex offender Allon Mitchell Lacco and his cousin Ivan Eades. “I think the evidence is there and it just needs different people to do the job properly,” Mr Rayney told 60 Minutes, urging a renewed investigation to find his wife’s killer. “There is a person - or people - walking around who’ve literally gotten away with murder.” …  click here
Video: 15 Oct: 60 Minutes Australia. Who killed young mum Corryn Rayney? Falsely accused husband breaks silence …  click here
Wikipedia: Corryn Rayney, née Da Silva, (born 1963) migrated to Australia with her [Goan] family in 1973 as refugees from Idi Amin's Uganda… click here.

State Chief Information Commissioner allows complaint over ‘non-compliance of RTI Act by Goa Raj Bhavan’

16 Oct: Navhind Times. The Goa State Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) Prashant Tendolkar allowed a complaint filed over the non-compliance of the Right to Information Act by the Goa Raj Bhavan. In his order, the Goa CIC has granted plea that the Goa Raj Bhavan forthwith appoint a public information officer and also make the mandatory disclosures under Section 4 (1) of the RTI as required by law. In the complaint Advocate Aires Rodrigues (photo) has drawn the attention of the Goa State Information Commission that the Goa Raj Bhavan despite being a ‘public authority’ in terms of Section 2 (h) of the RTI Act has not appointed a Public Information Officer (PIO) for members of the public to be able to seek information and that the Goa Raj Bhavan has also not made the mandatory disclosures required under the RTI Act…  For further details click here

Goa MLA quits party alleging harassment of whistle-blower

15 Oct: Qatar Tribune. Goa Forward Vice President Trajano D'Mello resigned from the party after accusing the BJP-led government of brazenly backing the fish mafia in the state, adding to the state's political turbulence. Even as the BJP-led coalition in Goa battles to stay afloat amid Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar's prolonged illness, a past ghost of a formalin-in-fish controversy continues to dog the government, especially BJP ally Goa Forward… "I would like to state that if fighting for justice for an upright officer who is mentally tortured is anti-party activity, I would prefer to fight for the injustice,"D'Mello said.  For further details click here

Indian court grants bail, with limits, to bishop accused of raping nun

15 Oct: The Tablet (UK). A court in India's southern Kerala state granted bail to Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was arrested almost a month earlier and charged with raping a Catholic nun. The Kerala High Court granted bail 15 October on condition that the bishop, based in northern Jalandhar City, should not enter Kerala state other than to report once a fortnight to investigating police, reported The prelate was also told to surrender his passport to the court to stop him from any attempt to leave the country. His lawyer, Vijay Bhanu, told that securing bail was a "victory" for the bishop…  click here

Black and white in Indian America

15 Oct: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. … Now in 2018, through the prism of Donald Trump’s post-post-racial burlesque, there is the spectacle of ambitious Indian Americans scaling political heights on both sides of this flimsily conceived black/white divide… This is the story of Nimrata Randhawa (now known as Nikki Haley) and Kamala Devi Harris, two immensely talented women with roots in India, who now represent the Republican and Democratic parties respectively. But there are more intriguing differences because Haley represents the conservative South. Harris is grounded in liberal California… when Kamala Harris was elected to the Senate in 2016, it was portrayed as an African-American breakthrough… Today, Indian Americans number at least four million, besides another 500,000 undocumented migrants… Nikki Haley and Kamala Harris live in the 21st century, but when it comes to identity, their only choice is black or white… 654 words.  For further details click here

Chatting with Noreen Van Holstein, festival director of LaLaLand Goa

15 Oct: Its Goa. If you find yourself in Goa this weekend, looking for something to do, look no further than Nagoa, Arpora. What’s happening there, you ask? It’s the scene of one of Goa’s magical festivals. Taking place on the grounds of a beautiful old Goan mansion, LalaLand Goa is a festival of joy, magic, happiness and, music. With the success of one edition under this mantle, it’s now time for people to enjoy themselves at the second edition on the 19th and 20th of October. We spoke to Noreen Van Holstein, LaLaLand Goa’s festival director to learn about the brilliant mind that gave us LaLaLand Goa. Noreen is originally from the Netherlands. 15 years ago, together with her then boyfriend who is now her husband, Noreen moved to India… She explains why her family moved to Goa. “We did that because Goa is paradise for most people and for us …  For further details click here
For the LaLaLand website,.  click here
De Wereldwijven (Holland). Noreen uit Goa …[machine translation] click here.

Fresh fish apps get boost post formalin issue in Goa

15 Oct: Herald. The launch of an app to buy fish marked a distinct change in the mode of selling fish. The presence of others in the digital space could perhaps be a marker of things to come or does it. Ajit John spoke the promoters as well as individuals in the business to understand what was going on … John Desa recently launched ‘Fresh Lo’ an app which would help consumers buy directly from the fisherman, bypassing the middleman. He also launched La Socorina, a Goan fish shop at Porvorim with a delivery service within 5 kms … Carol Mascarenhas runs a similar service in the south. She sends whatsapp messages to a group or calls up people in Chandor and areas around it … Siddhi Shantanu Bhonsle launched Freshfishbasket which is aimed at the elite section of society …  click here

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