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Death: Vincent Antao
1 Oct: Dar es Salaam. VINCENT ANTAO ex Zanzibar. He was the brother of Anina (Socorro) and late Cecilia Antao. Cousin to Tony Antao, Edward, John, Philomena (Antonio), late Augustine and late Lurdin. Uncle to Patricia (Francis) and Maria Carvalho. Vincent's funeral services took place at St. Joseph's Cathedral, Dar es Salaam followed by burial at Kinondoni Cemetery. [Info Claude Fernandes via Tanzanite Goans]

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Women in Business: Anna and Mariella de Souza

29 Sep: The Director. Despite working in the very male tech sector, Anna de Souza, who will be speaking at the Institute of Director’s (IoD) Women in Business conference, has never let gender hold her back … She says, “After a few years of meeting people through work, attending events and joining clubs, my sister Mariella and I decided to turn our network into our business and Cut to Content was born…” Join Anna de Souza and other inspirational UK businesswomen at the IoD’s Women in Business Conference on 13 November...  click here
Anna and Mariella de Souza were born in the UK and are the daughters of Ayres and Ginette; grand-daughters of George and Luiza (ex-Nairobi) and Peter and Rose (Dolly) Louzado (ex-Malawi). Her parents trace their ancestral roots to Moira, Aldona and Saligao. For the Linkedin profile of Anna, click here. For the Linkedin profile of Mariella, click here.
For the Cut to Content website click here. For the Cut To Content video clip click here.

António Costa: A Goan prime minister for Portugal?

3 Oct: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. There will be fingers crossed on these distant shores on Sunday, October 4, when elections are held for all 230 seats in the Portuguese parliament, the Assembleia da Republica. Pedro Passos Coelho's ruling centre-right coalition faces a powerful challenge that has been brewing for years from Antonio Costa, the popular and charismatic three-term mayor of Lisbon, of the Socialist Party. In the balance is Konkani history. The result could be the first Goan head of state…  click here
2 Oct: Económico (Portugal). Family in Margao, Goa of “Babush”, the socialist leader cross their fingers for victory in the Portuguese elections … Machine translation.  click here
For the Portuguese original, click here.

Fr Britto Joseph: Healing with nature

3 Oct: Navhind Times. “Naturopathy has the power to cure almost all ailments,” says Fr Britto Joseph, who is in Goa to conduct a course on naturopathy. The main theme focuses on how to live in harmony with nature making use of the five elements – earth, water, fire, air and ether. … The principle of naturopathy is about living a healthy life without drug dependency and by making use of all natural substances… He began practice in Goa in 1998 and comes here once in three months to consult patients or conduct courses… Many orders have rules and regulations and so do Jesuit priests. It was always a big challenge for Fr Britto to carry on doing what he liked… 1191 words.  click here

A little bird tells us, there is disaster waiting at the Dabolim airport

3 Oct: Herald. If a tragedy ever strikes a plane landing at or taking off from Dabolim, chances are that it will land in one of the numerous garbage heaps, that could have caused the tragedy in the first place. In a relatively safe defence airport like Dabolim, the only threat to an airplane is from a species which inspired man to make airplanes- birds…
3 Oct: Herald. Navy alone cannot maintain bird-free airport…
3 Oct. Herald. Panchayats only blamed, not helped …  click here

Mumbai: Church does not seek ban on play about nun

3 Oct: Times of India. The row over an upcoming play about a Christian nun seems headed for a solution. The Catholic Church has clarified that it is not seeking a ban on 'Agnes of God' although it is offended by its promotional material… The producers say they will go ahead with the first show Monday…  click here
4 Oct. Indian Express. Bishops’ forum seeks ban on play, says it hurts religious sentiments …  click here

Waluscha De Souza “Elle Beauty Awards”

2 Oct: Bollywood Helpline. Fan girl Waluscha De Souza looked absolutely stunning in her “Simple” Avatar at the “ELLE Beauty Awards” evening. She kept it simple, but her simplicity was also breathtakingly beautiful and elegant… Waluscha De Souza will be seen as debutant opposite Shah Rukh Khan in upcoming film, “Fan” which is slated for April 15, 2016, release  click here
Fan Movie Official Trailer.  click here
23 Mar: Times of India. Waluscha De Souza: “Coming from Goa, dance and music is my veins” … click here.

What lies ahead for ‘principal conspirator’ Kamat, in the Louis Berger scam case
3 Oct: Herald. So what lies ahead for the 'Principal Conspirator’ in the Louis Berger bribery scam? He happens to be Digambar Kamat, who as principal conspirator, is still out of custody, while all other side players are either in prison or have been there. The Crime Branch is understandably working with its hands tied because of the court restrictions on arresting Kamat till the state’s appeal in the High Court against the grant of his anticipatory bail by the lower court, is disposed off…  click here

Reasons: Why Goa is the best place in the world?
3 Oct: News Nation (India). Goa remains one of the favorite tourist destinations for its glorious beaches, exotic flea markets, dense vegetation and a lot more. The city entices people from near and far. If you plan to visit Goa soon or near in the future here are top 5 places you must visit: Beaches … Flea markets … Religion and spirituality … Wildlife …  click here

In Brief
Bangalore restaurant review: 'Maria's Goan Kitchen' … Click here.
Flour power: Goan festival today will honour state's unsung heroes - its bakers. By Pamela D'Mello. 2 Oct. Scroll. Click here.
Bombay Food Truck Company: A culinary revolution in the making. The founders are Kevin Fernandes and Roysten Misquitta. 2 Oct. DNA. Click here.
100 charter flights from Moscow could be cancelled as Transaero declares bankruptcy. 3 Oct: Herald. Click here.
Israeli held for carrying live cartridge at Goa airport. 3 Oct: Business Standard. Click here.



Mumbai: Bishop Ferdie suffers heart attack, dies

2 Oct: Times of India. A senior member of the Catholic Church in Mumbai, auxiliary bishop emeritus Ferdinand Fonseca, passed away on Friday. He was 89. "Bishop Ferdie, as he was fondly called, had suffered a heart attack a few days ago. The end came around 3.45am at Holy Family hospital in Bandra. His last rites will be held at 4pm Saturday at St Andrew's Church in Bandra," said Fr Nigel Barrett, spokesman for the archdiocese of Bombay. The Goan native was born on December 2, 1925 … Bishop Ferdie retired at age of 75 in 2000.  For further details click here

Death: Agnelo Mendes

Resende, Brazil. AGNELO MENDES. Beloved son of late Lourenco / Late Graziela. Husband of Lina. Brother of Dalila / Belarmino, Laura, Late Alice, Sebastiao / Tereza, Late Aureo / Felisa, Late Antonio / Celia, Rene / Pamela. Eucharistic Mass will be celebrated on 5th October 2015 at 4.15 pm at Mary Immaculate Church, Panjim.

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Event Highlight

Sat 10 Oct. 4.00pm to 10.00pm - St. Boniface Church Hall, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London SW17 9PG. The band NIGHT FEVER are in town (from Canada; formerly UK) and so we have a great excuse to have a get-together. Please come along to a social gathering to meet members of the band, Bosco, Mario, Loy and Dennis who will also be playing some great music from the past and present. They will be supported by Dark Star disco. Bring your own drinks. Food on sale by Bernie's Catering. Tickets: only £5. For further details please call Derrick Pereira 020 8952 8899/07956 319408, Norma Menezes 020-8771 4457 or Bernie Gracias 020-8723 1322. For flyer  click here

Selma Carvalho: Wave of Intolerance Does Not Stop At Hindus

2 Oct: Goa Streets. The role the Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) plays in the lives of Indian Christians bears questioning: it promotes the idea of victimisation with vivid imagery on its website; it advocates an evangelical principle of giving ‘10% of one’s resources to God’s work’; it opposes the repeal of section 377 which would decriminalise homosexuality (and in a statement called it an unnatural act against divine law); it constantly demands apologies for various slights (an apology letter from Spicejet for promoting a Jesus tomb in Kashmir is featured on its website) and it takes easy offence. Its general secretary, Joseph Dias, undertook a fast unto death at the Azad Maidan to protest against the Da Vinci Code. It has even objected to that most innocuous of plays ‘Agnes of God’ as anti-Catholic. The CSF has by default become the unelected spokesperson for Christians, and though some of its activism is to be lauded, its relentless drive to curtail freedom of expression makes it no different from other self-appointed custodians of religious and cultural values in India…  click here
3 Oct: Scroll. Joseph Dias claims to be offended on behalf of Mumbai’s Christians ‒ but he doesn't speak for me … By Lindsay Pereira.  click here

Canada: Darren Pereira: Patent war in 'hoverboard' market

28 Sep: Toronto Sun. A Canadian entrepreneur is stepping into a fierce global patent war as he begins to sell a hands-free "hoverboard" he believes will revolutionize urban transportation. Darren Pereira's Huuver company has begun to sell online its brand of self-balancing electric boards called Uuboard). A Toronto dealership is in the works. The colourful units that travel up to about 10 km/h have motors that are propelled by movements detected from sensors near the feet… The Uuboard sells for $949 … Pereira said the Uuboard can work up to nine hours on a 135-minute charge. Weighing 22 pounds, it can carry people between 50 and 350 pounds…  click here
Video: Darren Pereira interviewed and demonstrates the electric hoverboard. ... 2m. 21s.  click here
Darren Pereira is the eldest son of Bonfilio and Sushila Pereira (San Estevam – Goa); brother of Dayton Pereira. For Darren Pereira’s Linkedin profile, click here.

Antonio Costa may lose the Portuguese General Election on Sunday

After leading the campaign trail for several months, the final opinion polls predict that Antonio Costa could lose.
2 Oct: The Guardian (UK). Portugal predicted to vote pro-austerity coalition back in… Final polls suggest the centre-right ruling coalition is on course to win Sunday’s general election after a close-run campaign…  click here
2 Oct. Washington Post. The latest polls at the time of this writing, aggregated here, show Pedro Passos Coelho the incumbent prime minister leading with 38 percent. The main center-left party in the opposition, the Socialist Party (PS) led by Antonio Costa is at the moment quite close (36 percent), in a statistical tie…  click here
In Margao, a family hopes for a huge twist of history 2 Oct: Times of India. By Lisa Monteiro. The Costas Want To See ‘Babush’ As Portugal’s New Prime Minister … As the political battle rages in Portugal in the run up to the general elections on Sunday, there's much excitement building miles away, in the Costa family in South Goa… 482 words. click here.

Bamberg to Goa via Reigate: Web development turns the idyllic way

1 Oct: India Infoline. For the three founder-musketeers of Sapnagroup are badminton enthusiast Nilesh Nayak and professional photographer Anurag Jain, both from Goa and Marathon aficionado Jonny Hübner from Bamberg in Germany…The company has set up base in in Reigate, the historic Surrey town in UK … But how did the geographical presence span three idyllic countries of India, UK and Germany respectively – viz. Goa, Reigate and Bamberg? Explains Nayak, “I was born and brought up in Goa, and Anurag is based here too. So it made sense to give back something to the home state. Jonny hails from Bamberg …  click here

Football: Video: FC Goa profile, preview, signings, squad, key players

30 Sep: International Business Times. FC Goa came close to qualifying for the final, but they were quite unlucky to be defeated in a penalty shootout by Atletico de Kolkata in the semifinal of the Indian Super League 2014. They are back with vengeance in their minds for ISL 2015, which will be staring from 3 October in Chennai. FC Goa has legendary Brazilian footballer Zico at the helm of their team and this time he will want to bring home the coveted ISL trophy which he and his side missed out on in the first season of the ISL…  click here
With seven Brazilians, FC Goa eye trophy … 2 Oct: Free Press Journal.  click here
Video: FC Goa Anthem. click here.

Horatius Da Gama Rose owns Karen land, says bank
1 Oct: The Star (Kenya). Barclays Bank yesterday confirmed it transferred the Sh8 billion Karen Land to a company owned by tycoon Horatius Da Gama Rose in 1983. The revelation has shed light on who owns the 134.4 acres. The bank’s senior legal officer Waweru Mathenge told the High Court that records available in the bank identify only Rose as the person they dealt with. Mathenge was cross-examined by lawyer Cecil Miller, representing Muchanga Investments, which owns the land. He said between 1983 and 1998, the bank dealt with Da Gama Rose Company Investments. Both companies are owned by Rose…  click here
1 Oct. Buzz Nairobi. Barclays Bank denies selling Karen land to Horatius Da Gama Rose…  click here

Indrani Mukerjea hospitalised after consuming pills in suicide bid
2 Oct: Daily News & Analysis. Prime accused in Sheena Bora murder case, Indrani Mukerjea has been unconscious since 2pm when she was rushed to JJ Hospital in Mumbai on Friday… Maharashtra Home Department had ordered inquiry into drug overdose… Indrani, wife of TV honcho Peter Mukerjea, is the prime accused in the murder case of her daughter Sheena Bora…  click here
9 Sep: The Guardian (UK). Indrani Mukerjea: India gripped by the case of the TV mogul accused of her daughter's murder …  click here

9 Reasons Why Goa Is A Backpacker’s HELL
2 Oct: Travel Triangle. If you are a backpacker, Goa should be the last destination on your mind. 1: Goa is all about luxury and extravagance… 2: All you got for camping is sand and beaches… 3: Goa is all about crowded beaches and parties… 4: Loud parties is all that happens … 5. All it has is Dolphin watching and Crab tours… 6. Kayaking, rafting and surfing – same old, same old!.. 7: Renting a bike would be a horrible idea… 8. The Goan shopping scene is just sad… 9. Who would enjoy live music jams at random cafes? … Ha ha ha! Gotcha! Goa is undoubtedly the ‘coolest’ place to be, especially for a backpacker! Besides adventurous water sports, spice plantation walks, elephant baths, and cheap food make Goa a paradise for a backpacker… Where else do you get such cheaper booze?  click here

In Brief
Will India become banana republic? … 1 Oct. Asian Lite (UK). Click here.
Month after stone laid at Old Goa, Lithuania reciprocates with tribute … 1 Oct: Times of India. Click here.
Mumbai agency lets down Goa Tourism at Moscow fair … 1 Oct. Times of India. Click here.
7 dogs test positive for rabies in September. 3 Oct: Times of India. Click here.
Video: Indian brought to UK 'worked for 11p an hour' … 2 Oct. BBC. Click here.



Death: Fermina Azaredo

1 Oct: Francisco Costa Vaddo, Utorda, Goa. FERMINA JAQUES E AZAREDO. Born 1936. Beloved wife of late Sebastiao Azaredo. Mother of: Bruno (Aus), Sintia, Melvyn (Aus) & Savio (UK). Mother-in-law of: Daniela (Aus), Malcolm (Muscat), Glenda (Aus), Pamela (UK). Grandmother of: Nathan, Annalisa, Colin/Dorothy, Gavin, Crystal, Christopher, Isabella, Ryan, Luke. Great grandmother of: Amber, Chloe. Sister/Sister-in-law of Late Prudencio/Lucy, late Benedito/Branca, Fatima/Clement, Damaciano/ Angela. Funeral cortege will leave her residence on Saturday, 3rd October, 2015 at 4.00 p.m. to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Utorda for Eucharistic celebration followed by burial. Condolences to

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Video: Goa in 1953. 20m. 21s.

Fishing 2015

Fishing 1953

29 Sep: Johor Kaki. 30 Things to See Do Eat Buy in Goa. I recently visited Goa with AirAsia. It was a fascinating trip as I saw many parts of this smallest state of India with a unique history … Some of my friends in Malaysia and Singapore have their roots in Goa. Here are 30 things I experienced in Goa during my 5 day visit. I am sure there are many other things we could see, do and eat, if we visit Goa again :-D  click here
This is an old video of Goa in 1953 while still under Portuguese rule. Some of the places and activities back in 1953 have not changed that much and can still be seen in Goa today + comments. 20m. 21s.  click here

Sydney, Aus: Labor’s Noel D’Souza elected Randwick mayor

30 Sep: Daily Telegraph (Aus) . Matraville chemist and Labor councillor Noel D’Souza has been elected as the new Randwick mayor. The [Mumbai-born] son of a printer who immigrated to Australia at the age of 10 becomes Randwick City’s 83rd and first Indian mayor … In a controversial move, Cr D’Souza nominated himself as the mayoral candidate without the support of his Labor councillors who nominated Cr Kathy Neilson for mayor …  click here

Part Tragedy, Part Farce

30 Sep: Outlook. By Vivek Menezes. A bizarre, often funny dichotomy prevailed throughout Subramanian Swamy’s valedictory address at Goa’s Saraswat Vidyalaya’s Sridora Caculo College of Commerce and Management Studies annual student-produced festival, Odyssey XII on 28th September earlier this week. Part tragedy, part farce, the event was presaged for doom the previous day, when Swamy tweeted “I shall address a Sangh related public meeting in Goa on “ISIS Threat: India’s Options”. It was obvious he comprehensively misunderstood it was actually a management studies festival attended by young students of all religions and backgrounds…  click here

Map My History

1 Oct. Indian Express. … Kedar Dhondu paints portraits and faces of the little-known community of the Siddhi of Goa in Dark Dawn. The Siddhi, an African community that was brought to Goa as slaves around the 15th century, when it was still under Portuguese rule, still speaks Konkani… The artist says, “Even today, we can find dark-skinned workers, with African resemblance, working as domestic helps in many Christian homes… My work brings out these issues of sadism, brutality, and the metaphysics of hope embodied by characters across Goa.”  click here

How to move to Goa – Part 2

30 Sep: Conde Nast Traveller. Living in Goa, enjoyable as it is, comes with its share of hurdles. Here’s some help to get you started: While buying property is still an expensive proposition, renting an apartment or even a house is quite affordable… On the whole, Goa is more affordable than most parts of the country… Income: prepare to take a pay-cut of up to 25%. … Goa’s famous susegad vibe notwithstanding, it’s surprisingly easy to set up a business in the state… The first thing that hit us when we moved was a complete lack of public transport… Internet infrastructure in Goa is still catching up with the rest of the country… Moving to Goa requires adjustment … 1533 words.  click here

Kenya: Barclays Bank denies it sold Karen land to Horatius Da Gama Rose

30 Sep: Daily Nation. Barclays say that their records show that the land was transferred in January 1983 but not to Mr Rose… The protracted land case was instigated by Mr Rose claiming that some unknown companies had grabbed it and were in the process of subdividing it … Deputy Chief Lands Registrar Geoffrey Birundi said the lands office does not have any records showing the land is registered under Muchanga Investment Ltd. [Da Gama Rose’s company] …Mr Rose had claimed that he bought the land in 1982 from Barclays Bank for Sh1.2 million … The hearing continues on October 12.  click here
Barclays denies role in transfer of 134-acre Karen land … 30 Sep: Business Daily (Kenya)…  click here

Catholic church seeks ban on 'Agnes of God'
1 Oct: Deccan Herald. Demands for ban seem to be increasing in India with the Catholic Church now wanting the Centre to ban the play ‘Agnes of God’ across the country, saying it mocks their beliefs. The Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) president Cardinal Baselios Cleemis has said the play, “hurts religious sentiments of millions of Christians”. The play, loosely based on an incident in the suburbs of New York in the early 1980s, tells the “story” of a nun who gives birth and insists that the child was the result of virgin conception…  click here

GMC doctors indulging in clinical trials on patients
1 Oct: Navhind Times. The indictment of professor and head of department of TB and Chest Diseases of Goa Medical College Dr A M Mesquita and his junior colleague Dr Lalita Fernandes for indulging in unauthorised clinical trials for efficacy of drugs appears to have opened a can of worms with several other cases of “unauthorised” trials coming to light. Top placed sources in the state administration said that with no proper checks in place, the GMC has been turned into a clinical trial laboratory with doctors from various departments entering into understanding with foreign and national pharmaceutical companies to carry out trials of their products on patients admitted to GMC…  click here

In Brief

Mumbai: Mark D'Souza: He serves kind helpings: Free Dabbas to the needy aged… Click here.

Visit of HMS Richmond to Goa. Click here.

What to wear in Goa. Click here.

Goa Police seek lie detector tests on Digambar Kamat, Churchill Alemao in graft case. Click here.

Auction 3 Oct: 18th/19th Indo-Portuguese inlaid ebony Table Cabinet. Estimate: 1,000 GBP - 1,500 GBP. Click here.

UK Forthcoming Events

Sat 10 Oct. 4.00pm to 10.00pm - St. Boniface Church Hall, Tooting SW17. The band NIGHT FEVER are in town (from Canada; formerly UK) and so we have a great excuse to have a get-together. Please come along to a social gathering to meet members of the band, Bosco, Mario, Loy and Dennis who will also be playing some great music from the past and present. They will be supported by Dark Star disco. Bring your own drinks. Food on sale by Bernie's Catering. Tickets: only £5. For further details please call Derrick Pereira 020 8952 8899/07956 319408, Norma Menezes 020-8771 4457 or Bernie Gracias 020-8723 1322. For flyer please go to

Sat. 10 Oct. Swindon. Goan Folklore Productions presents “Nachom-Ia Kumpasar” a Bardroy Barretto film. A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa. The much talked about Goan Movie, will be screened 11.00am, 3.00 pm and 7.00pm. at The Arts Centre, Devizes Rd. SN1 4BJ. For tickets and information contact Tutush ~ 07854 011148, Cipin ~ 07727 617537, Pedro ~ 07448 711797 or Zic ~07776 844817. For the Flyer, click here.

Sun 11 Oct: UGANDA REUNION: Join the Ex-Ugandan's and guests to celebrate their 43rd annual get together at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS, from 11:30am to 8:00pm. Make it a day to remember, dance to the music by "MAZ & Co" and " NIGHT FEVER", a well known and talented UK Goan Band of the 1980's. Drinks by ED's BAR. Food by MAGGIE'S CATERING . Early Bird Members tickets up to 10 Sept.'15 @ £13:00 thereafter £16:00. Guest tickets @ £16:00. Ticket price includes a Meal and Snacks. Preference will be given to members. Tickets are available from John Carrasco telephone 0208 764 2430.
Parking Restrictions at Lanfranc's School Members and guests attending, please take note that due to Demolition and Building works at the school, the Main Entrance and Car park, as we have always known it, is closed to all. Parking is restricted to approximately 40 to 45 spaces at the front of the School. Access is still via Mitcham Rd. but towards the Bar / Kitchen end. Elderly and partially mobile persons, please arrive early. Parking is available on Mitcham Road and side streets.

Sun. 11 Oct. at 1.30pm. Harrow, London Goan Folklore Productions presents “Nachom-Ia Kumpasar” a Bardroy Barretto film. A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa. The much talked about Goan Movie, will be screened in the UK. Safari Cinema, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2TU. For tickets and information contact:- Amelia ~ 07956 843665, Nina ~ 020 8767 0663, Mark ~ 07535 931677, Caitan ~ 07882 009063, Peter ~ 07417 494316, Fr Lucas ~ 07523 453631, Gregg ~ 07931 753653 or For the flyer, click here.

Sat 17 Oct. 4pm. Colva Union UK is organising their 42nd Anniversary Ball celebrating The Feast of Infant Jesus with Holy Mass at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church, 15 The Green, Heston Road, TW5 0RL followed by a social next door. Music will be provided by super Goan band isymphony and the buffet will be done by Cordon Bleu Chef Nicholas. Dress to Impress: Formal. Tickets are priced at just £15.00 for adults £7.50 for children under 12 years. Tickets are available from Gabriel 0208 2307139, Custodio 0203 5390216, Rose 0208 6770390, Alfie 0208 7640353 or Deborah 0208 384 3809. For the flyer, click here.

St Diogo's Association (Guirim/Sangolda) Feast
Sunday 18 Oct: St Diogo's Association (Guirim/Sangolda) will celebrate their annual feast at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, London SW16 2HY. Holy Mass at 12.15 pm sharp followed by the Social. Lunch, sweets, snacks, tea & coffee served during the course of the day. Music by 'Say One Do One' Disco. Gents please note Jacket and tie must be worn throughout the function. No bar facilities, so please bring your own drinks. Ticket prices Members £12. Non-Members £13. Children 2-10 £6, 11-18 £9. Interested please call Jane Gracias 0208 543 5454, Gilbert Fonseca 0208 670 1955 or Milo on 0118 957 4937. Click here.

Sun. 25 Oct. Swindon. Goan Folklore Productions presents “Nachom-Ia Kumpasar” a Bardroy Barretto film. A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa. The much talked about Goan Movie, will be screened 11.00am, 3.00 pm and 7.00pm. at The Arts Centre, Devizes Rd. SN1 4BJ. For tickets and information contact Tutush ~ 07854 011148, Cipin ~ 07727 617537, Pedro ~ 07448 711797 or Zic ~07776 844817. For the Flyer, click here.

Sun. 25 Oct. G.O.A. TROOK TOURNAMENT at the ATC Hall, 192 Merton Road, South Wimbledon, SW19 1EG. Entries close on Monday 19 October 2015. Draw takes places on the day of the Tournament at 11.30am followed by the Tournament commencing at 12.00noon sharp. Contact: Jacinto Fernandes on 020 8542 5427. For the flyer, click here.

G.O.A. Children’s Halloween Party Sat: 31 Oct. G.O.A. Children’s Halloween Party. Further details available from Chloe De Mendonca on 0208 384 0272

G.O.A. Mass for the Deceased Sat: 7 Nov. G.O.A. Mass for the Deceased – Commencing at 12.15 p.m. Venue: SS Peter and Pauls Church, Cranmer Road, Mitcham, Surrey, CR4 4LD. Holy mass followed by a three course meal. Advance booking required for the meal (£7.00) Details from Juliette DeMenezes-D’Costa on 0208 765 0258 | 07958 537314. Email:

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London: Additional Screening of "Nachom-Ia Kumpasar"

Sun. 11 Oct. at 1.30pm. Harrow, London. Goan Folklore Productions presents “Nachom-Ia Kumpasar” a Bardroy Barretto film. A tribute to the unsung musicians of Goa. The much talked about Goan Movie, will be screened in the UK. Safari Cinema, Station Road, Harrow, HA1 2TU. For tickets and information contact: - Amelia ~ 07956 843665, Nina ~ 020 8767 0663, Mark ~ 07535 931677, Caitan ~ 07882 009063, Peter ~ 07417 494316, Fr Lucas ~ 07523 453631, Gregg ~ 07931 753653 or For the flyer,  click here

Alfred Fonseca: Looking for my relatives:

Alfred Fonseca son of Paul Arthur Fonseca would like to contact his relatives – offspring of: Joao Inocencio Da Fonseca; Maria Esperance Fernandes; Eleuterie Filipina Estefania Fonseca born in Nairobi on 02/02/1904 Baptism in St Anne Parra Goa; Delifina Joana Fonseca Born in Nairobi on 26/12/1905 Baptism in St Anne Parra Goa; Gregorio Catarino Da Fonseca and Marie Higinia Josefa Fonseca (Gonsalves); Brazinho Da Fonseca. Any relatives please contact Alfred Fonseca: 07921996363. Email

5 Video clips + photos + text: A day with Jorge Barreto Xavier, Portugal’s Minister of Culture

23 Sep: Observador. By Sara Otto Coelho. Jorge Barreto Xavier was born in Goa in 1965, four years after India invaded the former Portuguese colony, ending a domain that lasted 451 years. He returns there frequently to see family… He took office during the financial crisis and always ruled with a very limited budget… Dozens of people from the art world booed him on arrival at the National Museum of Chiado Contemporary Art and refused to let him in ... He acknowledges that the budget for culture this year is the lowest ever in relative terms: EUR 219 million, equivalent to 0.1% of GDP. In November, Jorge Barreto Xavier turns 50. "A sadness," he says laughing. "I'm a little obsessed with this thing going to be fiftieth anniversary." 4244 words. Machine translation.  click here
For the Portuguese original with links to the video clips,  click here
10 Jun 2011: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). Lawyer Jorge Barreto Xavier says that apart from their skin colour, Goans are Westerners … He claims that there was widespread intermarriage between the Portuguese and the locals and the offspring were more Portuguese than the Portuguese ... Photos 961 words. [Select the three small boxes below 10 Jun 2011 after opening the link] click here.

Keith Vaz is living it up with bellydancers at 'diversity night'

30 Sep: Renjini S. Labour MPs survey the wreckage of their party after Jeremy Corbyn's extraordinary Left-wing takeover. But while some are drowning their sorrows in the seaside bars around the party conference, at least one senior MP appears to be enjoying himself. Keith Vaz last night enthusiastically threw himself into being the life and soul of the party at his annual diversity night, whipping off his tie as he cavorted with bellydancers.  click here

Scavenging horror: Survey exposes pigs let loose to eat human waste

29 Sep: Mail Online. India banned manual scavenging in 1993, but the ban remained largely unenforced … A large number of latrines are ‘serviced’ by pigs. Many contract leptospirosis through contact with pigs’ blood, urine and other body fluids. Leptospirosis causes high fever, joint pain, anaemia, and liver and kidney infections - and it can be fatal… Another danger is the presence of swine brucellosis, a bacterial disease that can be transmitted to humans from infected pigs through contamination of your eyes, nose, mouth or any open wounds … 1035 words  click here
Wikipedia: Pig toilets are also a tradition in Goa. A 2003 survey of sanitary arrangements in Goa and Kerala found that 22.7% of the population still used pig toilets …  click here

Win Return flights for 2 from Kuala Lumpur to Goa

28 Sep: Air Asia. Here’s your chance to make your dream vacation to India come true! All you have to do is to download our Awesome India travel guide, read through and answer five simple questions. One winner will be selected to win a pair of return tickets for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the seaside paradise of Goa! Contest runs from 28 September 2015 – 5 October 2015. Your email entries must reach us by 5th October 2015 23:59 hrs (UTC+8). Have a cup of chai or two while you wait for our email.  click here

Indian man lynched over beef rumours
30 Sep: BBC. A 50-year-old man in northern India has been killed in a mob lynching allegedly over rumours that his family had been storing and consuming beef at home. Mohammad Akhlaq was kicked and beaten with stones by a group of men in Dadri in Uttar Pradesh state on Monday night…  click here

India to reduce Electronic Tourist Visa fee
30 Sep: Deccan Herald. India has decided to reduce visa fees for tourists arriving under the highly successful Electronic Tourist Visa (ETV) scheme … India's fee for ETV is USD 60 and the facility extends to 113 countries … However, there are many countries which offer ETV or Visa on Arrival to Indians at a lesser fee — some offer it at USD 20, USD 35 or USD 40 and a few charge no visa fee. Many of these countries are asking India to reciprocate the gesture. Though a formal announcement is yet to be made, it is learnt that there will be total four fee slabs between USD 60 to nil. The fee for ETV will completely be on reciprocal basis…  click here

Tourism: An unorganised sector
30 Sep: The Goan Everyday. By Pamela D'Mello. Incredibly high tourist numbers put a load on Goa's infrastructure. It is high time that the government revise their outlook and perhaps stick to family based tourism … Another tourism season is about to get underway. The first charter flights are due to land in a couple of days. With mining down, the economy is banking heavily on tourism. But in this sec-tor, it is hard to say what will happen. Last year's season was widely acknowledged to be less than average by everybody in the trade. Charters were down from 1128 in 2013-14 to 895 in 2014-15…  click here

Film: Home Sweet Home to head Overseas
30 Sep: Herald. It is heartening to see the Konkani film industry blossoming as more Konkani feature films are being made in Goa… Swapnil Shetkar, the producer and director of the hit film ‘Home Sweet Home’ will be taking his masterpiece to the Gulf. The film will be screened in Doha, Qatar, Bahrain, Dubai and Kuwait from October 2, 2015 onwards. All the screenings will be in the evening. The film has already had around 700 shows and its DVDs too are in great demand…  click here

Number of chartered flights registered not overwhelming
30 Sep: Navhind Times. The Airport Authority of India has expressed concern over the lesser number of chartered flights that have been registered with them for arrival for the ensuing season so far. The first chartered flight of this season will be arriving on October 4… AAI has registered 662 chartered flights which includes Royal Flights (309), FlyDubai (104), Thomas Cook (80), [Thompson] Airways (57), Nordwind airlines (52), Scot airlines (31), Finn Air (15), Transaero (14)…  click here


DOCUMENTARY: Secrets of Sex. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Saturday 3rd October. 21:50 to 23:00. Aravani Girl. Two boys. One dangerous desire. Two teenagers dream of becoming ladyboys. Loved as performers but hated as homosexuals, their stories echo the conflicts of India's gender culture. (Part 1)

DOCUMENTARY: True Lives. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Sunday 4th October. 06:40 to 08:00. Young Rebels.... The Southall Youth Movement. In 1976, after years of unrest, racism and police apathy, the Southall Youth Movement was born as a means to give the community a voice. (Part 1)

DOCUMENTARY: Is Britain Racist? BBC 3. Monday 5th October. 21:00 to 22:00. Journalist Mona Chalabi sends three reporters undercover to test out the public's prejudices. The surprising results lead her to look deeper into our unconscious behaviour - discovering what British people really think about their neighbours of different races and religions. And finally she asks a question which has huge significance for the future - can people be trained to lose their prejudices?

DOCUMENTARY: Cinema on Cinema: Rangbhoomi. Channel 4. Tuesday 6th October. 02:20 to 03:50. Channel 4's documentary in its Cinema on Cinema strand, explores the holy city of Varanasi, where director Kamal Swaroop tries to find traces of film-maker DG Phalke's life. Known as the father of Indian cinema, Phalke shot his first film in 1913.

DOCUMENTARY: Exposed. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Tuesday 6th October. 04:10 to 05:00. The Plastic Cow. The documentary is a collective effort to save the Indian cow and, by extension, all animals, from the menace of plastic bags. (Part 1)

DOCUMENTARY: Cinema on Cinema: The Human Factor. Channel 4. Thursday 8th October. 03:35 to 04:40. As part of the Indian Film Season's Cinema on Cinema strand of documentaries, Director Rudradeep Bhattacharjee introduces his informative and entertaining film about India's movie musicians.

COOKERY: Come Dine with Me. Channel 4. Thursday 8th October. 17:30 to 18:00. It's the fourth day of the competition in Kent, and musician Amrick, who's been keeping his musical talents a secret from his guests, is revealing all. As well as entertaining the guests with his singing, he's also hoping to wow them with his traditional Indian cuisine.

DOCUMENTARY: Exposed: The Last Taboo. Community Channel (Freeview 63). Friday 9th October. 03:00 to 03:30. The Last Taboo tells the story of two remarkable men making a real difference to the lives of communities in Kenya by tackling the greatest global public health crisis: sanitation. (Part 1)


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Press Release – HELP A POOR CHILD High Court Case

Sept 2015. The Trustees of HELP A POOR CHILD are pleased to announce to all its supporters that, after much hard work on the part of the Board and its team of voluntary helpers, this charity and its trustees have finally emerged from almost three years of High Court proceedings unscathed and entirely innocent of all or any wrong. The Court further directed that the solicitors who brought the claims, of whom much more will be detailed in the Press Release, “shall pay the reasonable costs of the claims levelled against HELP A POOR CHILD and its Trustees”. While the legal proceedings came to an end in February of this year, this charity has felt unable to talk openly about its experiences until now. It has spent the best part of the last six months struggling to secure payment of its reasonable costs as ordered by the court. For a detailed account of this case, please see the HAPC Press Release,  click here

Dabolim runway closure to severely affect charter flights

30 Sep: Navhind Times. The Navy’s notice to the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and aircraft operators regarding closure of the runway at Dabolim airport for six hours for a period of 69 days has upset the AAI authorities as the chartered flights will be severely affected… the runway will be closed for flying operations from 10 pm to 4 am for 69 days from October 1 to November 29… Qatar Airways, Air Arabia and other operators’ chartered flights will be severely affected and will have to arrange for accommodation of passengers …  click here

Pope Francis and India's Narendra Modi had very different visits to America

29 Sep: Los Angeles Times. Pope Francis and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi both landed in the U.S. last week in overlapping visits. They each lead a billion people worldwide, and drew crowds, worship and controversy while here. There were tears, talk about climate change and the role of women. Still, a closer look at their itineraries shows some key differences…  click here

Ohio museum returning art believed to have been stolen to India

29 Sep: Toronto Star. Toledo Museum of Art has made arrangements with India to return four rare artworks believed to have been stolen by art dealer Subhash Kapoor (photo)… The museum also announced it is returning more than 110 items that were donated by the dealer, Subhash Kapoor, and his gallery, but weren’t officially added to the museum’s collection …  click here
23 Nov. 2013. Times of India. Subhash Kapoor: Looting the treasure box of Goa's heritage …  click here

Raising a toast to the humble pao

29 Sep: Navhind Times. The Goan pao was introduced into our Goan forefathers' diet by the Portuguese. The idea of baking dollops of wheat flour to get something that would soak up the kodi must have been an alien idea to our ancestors. But they took to it, thankfully. And thus was born the tradition of the pao. So ingrained was the pao into our cuisine that when the Goans migrated to erstwhile Bombay, they took their pao along with them and thus were nicknamed the 'paowala'… 'Podeareancho Fest' set to be celebrated on October 2 by the people of Succoro. "Since we started celebrating the Patoeancho Fest last year, we have decided to celebrate one aspect of Goa every month, be it cashew, mango, jackfruit, the poder or paos," says president of the Succorro Socio-Art Cultural Association, Connie Pinto…  click here

NRI Guide: Repatriation of funds post realty sale in India
29 Sep: Money Control. Selling a property in India and taking money out of India is a grey area for many non-resident Indians. Here is how you can do it in a compliant manner… Non-resident Indians who invest in India in properties, with expectation of getting a good return, should understand the pro-s and cons of repatriating the money back to their country without any hassles. The planning should be done from the day of deciding to make the purchase and not during the sale of the asset. Following are a few important aspects an NRI buyer should know… 649 words.  click here

Goa wants relaxed coast zone norms for tourism growth
29 Sep: Business Standard. Goa Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar on Tuesday sought relaxation in Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) norms to facilitate increasing flow of tourists to the state. "Our state is a tourist destination, not just national but international. If you look at the trend in the last five-six years, the number of tourists to Goa is increasing. Therefore, a lot of infrastructure needs to be created both along the coastline and the hinterland. There are CRZ regulations in coastal areas, where some relaxation can be given," Parsekar told reporters…  click here

India cuts interest rates by more than expected
29 Sep: BBC. India's central bank has cut its key interest rate for the fourth time this year, and by more than expected. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) reduced its repo rate to 6.75% from 7.25%, with economists having forecast it would trim rates to 7%. The repo rate is the level at which the central bank lends to commercial banks. The bank has been under pressure to boost growth after inflation hit a record low of 3.6% in August due to falling commodity prices…  click here

Editorial: Bird-hits will continue as long as garbage dumps exist in airport vicinity
29 Sep: Herald. Sunday an Air India plane with 150 passengers on board suffered a bird hit that had severely damaged an engine blade… This is not the first flight to suffer a bird- hit at Dabolim airport and is surely not the last. Bird- hits will continue to be a threat at Dabolim airport as long as there is garbage dumped in the villages in the airport’s neighbourhood…  click here
Air Asia flight suffers bird hit, lands safely. 30 Sep: Herald. The aircraft returned safely to Dabolim airport under emergency conditions. The airline authorities cancelled the flight (I5-1321), leaving passengers stranded at the airport for over two hours…  click here

Divar: A tale from Goa’s Treasure Island
30 Sep: Navhind Times. The age old tale of lost treasure on the Divar Island is a story known to many Goans. Panaji-based Rohan Govenkar took this story and interspersed it with history, adventure, fun, folklore and friendship in his literary debut titled ‘1000 Kilograms of Goa’. This businessman-author talks about his journey and more …  click here

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30 Sep: Goa Met.. Weather: Max = 32.3. Min = 25.8. Rainfall: NIL
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Death: Reginald Vaz

18 Sep: London. REGINALD JOHN VAZ. Also known as Cantarist Vaz. Born Jinja, Uganda on 12th July 1933. Ex Lugazi., Uganda. Aged 82 years. Funeral Service will take place on Monday 12th October 2015 at 12.30pm. St Michael & Martins R.C Church, 94 Bath Rd, Hounslow, TW3 3EH. Burial at 2.00 pm at Borough Cemetery, 190 Powder Mill Lane, Whitton, TW2 6EJ. You are all invited to Reception / Wake at Our Lady Queen of Apostles Church Hall, 15 The Green, Heston Road, Heston, Middx TW5 0RL. All donations will go to the Stroke Association. Condolences to

Death: Sim (Simillien) De Souza
25 Sep: London SIM (SIMILLIEN) DE SOUZA. Aged 86; ex Nairobi. He will be sorely missed by his wife Alice, children Erica & Sanjay Doshi, Jennifer & Nik Santos, Ann-Marie & Warren Pereira and grandchildren Gabriella & Karl Pereira and all who knew him. Funeral mass on Wednesday 7 October 2015, 11.00 am at St Bernadette's RC Church, 160 Long Lane, Hillingdon, UB10 0EH followed by interment at Northwood Cemetery, Chestnut Avenue, Northwood, HA6 1DE. Condolences to

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How to move to Goa – Part 1

28 Sep: Conde Nast Traveller. Stories of people who gave up the big city life and made the switch you have been dreaming of … Dreamy as it was for us, moving to Goa was not taken well by family and friends. Reactions ranged from surprise and shock to downright hysteria. “Who moves to Goa to work?!” they said. “You’re killing your career.” But none of it really mattered… While some have moved to Goa to chase their careers, others have moved to escape the hamster-wheel… And then there are those who came to Goa for one thing only: peace… But the shift can be unsettling at first. Public transport is sparse, labour is unreliable, and though you’ll find nightclubs throbbing till dawn, basics like medicines are still sometimes hard to find at night. Those who plan to work remotely may note that Internet is a crawl … 1276 words. This is first of the two-part series on relocating to Goa. Tomorrow: what does it cost to live in Goa? Plus, tips and references.  click here

Mr Souza’s was always baggage excess

27 Sep: Bangalore Mirror. Two of F N Souza's works together fetched more than Rs.44 cr this month. His associates muse over the artist who had a predilection for all things shocking … Born in 1924 in Saligao, Goa, Souza was always a rebel. In his autobiographical essay, Nirvana of A Maggot, he writes, "My father died when I was born, like a beetle that dies having laid the egg. Then caught the small-pox and my mother vowed to God that should I be spared, she'd send me to a seminary to become a priest. But I go about giving a damn to everything … In the 1950s, Souza shot to fame with his one-man show at Gallery One in London… 1489 words.  click here

Video: Crime Branch has filed the charge- sheet in JICA bribery case

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29 Sep: Herald. Charges filed against Churchill, McCLung, LB and four others. Former PWD minister Churchill Alemao and former high-level executive at Louis Berger International, James McClung, are among seven persons charged in the Louis Berger bribery scandal on Monday… The voluminous document, that names former chief minister Digambar Kamat as ‘suspect’ has accused the politicians of accepting illegal gratification of Rs 1.95 crore cash from the US-based firm for JICA consultancy work… The chargesheet also mentions that Kamat was upset about the bribe being paid to Alemao alone. Wachasundar thereafter conveyed Kamat’s bribe demand to the company after which two instalments were delivered to the former chief minister…  click here

Goa to host 5th Youth Delphic Games in April 2016

28 Sep: Financial Express. The fifth Youth Delphic Games 2016 will be hosted in Goa in April 2016, attracting 125 Countries with over 7000 participants … For art and culture enthusiasts, April 2016 is the time to head to Goa to witness a truly international event … Regarded world over as the twin sister of the Olympic Games, the Delphic Games of the modern era was founded in 1994 and has travelled across eight countries in the past 20 years … This time, Goa is inviting the artistic youth of the world to participate under the motto ‘Celebrating Arts and Cultures’…  click here
For the 5th Youth Delphic Games Website,  click here

Video: How a Lata Mangeshkar Concert Helped in the Liberation of Goa

28 Sep: The Quint. The nation’s most beloved voice also helped a nationalist cause. On her 86th birthday, The Quint presents to you a lesser known anecdote about Lata Mangeshkar, or Lataji as she is fondly called. As Goa, Dadra, Nagar Haveli, Diu and Daman were languishing under the rule of the Portuguese, the patriot in her yearned to do something about it, and so, she agreed to sing, free of cost, at a concert that was organised on May 2, 1954 at Hirabaug in Pune to raise funds to procure arms for the fight against the Portuguese. She says, “My father was from Goa, and the atmosphere at home was rife with nationalist and patriotic feelings… 2m. 11s  click here

FC Goa aim to become a global brand under new CEO

28 Sep: Zee New. FC Goa, who made it to the semi -finals of the inaugural Indian Super League (ISL), hopes to attain greater heights under the leadership of its new CEO Sukhvinder Singh. The owners of the team, which impressed the football world with its style of play, technical prowess and flair in ISL 1, have put in place a comprehensive and professional management team to develop the club at all levels …  click here

Auction: Indo-Portuguese Console Table

30 Sep: Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh. Lot 409: Indo-Portuguese Padouk Serpentine Console Table 19th century in the rococo style, the serpentine top with an egg and dart carved edge, over an openwork frieze boldly carved with C scrolls, shells, and foliate vines, raised on scrolled cabriole legs joined by a pierced and carved stretcher centred by fruit and foliate motifs. 158cm long, 84cm high, 70cm deep. Estimate: 3,000 GBP - 5,000 GBP.  click here

RTI reveals 71 tourists die at Canacona over last decade
28 Sep: Times of India. According to government data, 71 tourists reportedly died at Canacona in South Goa over the last decade. The data was released by the director general of police, social activist Aires Rodrigues said… 38 were foreigners while 31 were Indian tourists. Of the 38 foreigners who died, seven were killed in road accidents, five due to drowning, two were suicides and 24 deaths were attributed to natural causes…  click here

Indian missionary saint to Sri Lanka honored in his native Goa
28 Sep: UCAN. St. Joseph Vaz, the 17th-century priest from Goa who evangelized Sri Lanka, was honored in his birthplace Sept. 26 and 27, the first since he was canonized in Colombo early this year. The celebrations began in Goa's Se Cathedral de Santa Catarina, where Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay presided at Mass along with seven bishops and more than 100 priests. St. Vaz was canonized Jan. 19.  click here

Despite weak rupee, Goa’s NRG remittances stagnant
29 Sep: Navhind Times. Spurred by the rupee’s fall and attractive deposit rates, non-resident Indians in other states are transmitting money home. However, contrary to the trend in other parts of the country, Goa is facing a slowdown in the non-resident deposits. According to bankers in the state, foreign currency remittances from Goans settled in Gulf and overseas countries (Non-resident Goans or NRGs) has decelerated in pace… Non-resident deposits play an important role in making Goa a deposit-rich state…  click here

Goa food and hospitality world, a trade show, to begin on September 29
28 Sep: Times of India. After a successful run in Mumbai and Bangalore for over ten years, the Goa edition of Food and Hospitality World, an international food and hospitality trade show will begin on Tuesday at Dayanand Bandodkar Ground, Campal, Panaji…  click here

World Trade Centre Goa aims to improve import-export trade in state
28 Sep: Times of India. Making an effort to put Goa on the global trade map and to promote import-export trade, World Trade Centre Goa, a member of World Trade Centers Association, New York, is organizing a 1-day seminar on entrepreneurship in a borderless world… "There is a growing demand for various Goan items overseas as well as for opening Goan markets to international goods," assistant manager Trade Promotion and Research Ambika Dhakhenkar said…  click here



Death: Denny (Kanyau) Andris

22 Sep: Nairobi. DENNY (KANYAU) ANDRIS. Born 1929. Beloved husband of the late Gertrude Kusuma Andris and loving father of Westley, Sylvie, Vivian and Sandra. Funeral service is set for Monday 28th September 2015 at 10.00 a.m. at Consolata Shrine, Westlands (viewing of the body at 9.30 a.m. and cremation thereafter at Langata. [Info: Tony Colaco, Sydney]. Condolences to

26 Sep: Toronto. BONIFACE (BONNY) DESOUZA. Loving husband of Astrid, devoted father of Charyl-Anne (Sean) and Desmond (Berna) and doting grandfather of Alyssa, Olivia and Justin. Bonny is the son of the late Manuel and Elizabeth DeSouza. Dear brother of Diego (Annette), Carmen (late Mathias), late Marshal (Bertha), Charles (Alice), Agnes (late Wavell), (Late) Archie Desouza and Louis (Mandy). Loved son-in-law of the late Gabriel and Ermeline Pereira, brother-in-law of the late Phyllis (late George), late John (late Olga), Lydia (late Samuel), late Emmanuel and Christopher (Sylvia). Bonny will be missed by his many nieces and nephews, especially Gloria D’Silva.
Visitation: 30th Sep. Highland Funeral Home - Scarborough Chapel. Mass: Thursday, 1st Oct. at 10.30 a.m. St . Barnabas Roman Catholic Church, 10 Washburn Way, Scarborough. In lieu of Flowers, donations would be appreciated for St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Karachi, Pakistan. Cash is acceptable, however, cheques maybe payable to Astrid DeSouza. [Info: Pompie Gois].

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Why India's Goa wants its British tourists back

27 Sep: BBC. Pamela D'Mello explains why India's western state of Goa is making a concerted effort to woo back tourists from Britain… Roy Barreto who runs a seafood restaurant, Betty's Place, in south Goa, is hoping his favourite customers - the British holidaymakers - will return to the state. "The British are adventurous... They go out everyday, and want to try different activities. They were the main takers for our day-long dolphin, bird-watching and backwater cruises," says Mr Barreto… The highpoint was the 1990s when some 190,000 Britons headed to Goa. By 2014 though, Russian tour operators had managed to sell Goa holidays to 189,000 Russians, outnumbering the 129,000 British arrivals … 897 words + 5 photos.  click here
For the Trip Advisor discussion on Pamela D’Mello’s article.  click here

Portugal: Antonio Costa: Not A week away from history, but not quite there

27 Sep: Herald. By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa. Not since Liberation in December 1961, have elections in Portugal attracted as much interest in Goa as have the October 4 polls to the Portuguese Assembly of the Republic – essentially their Parliament. When Portugal votes next Sunday, they will be choosing between a party led by the current Prime Minister, Pedro Passos Coelho and a party led by a person of Goan origin – Antonio Costa… His father is the writer Orlando da Costa of Margao … 981 words.  click here
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Passport denial issue: State writes to Ministry of Home Affairs

28 Sep: Times of India. The state government, in a reminder to the Centre, has requested that the process to solve the long-pending issues of Goans deprived of Indian passports because they were born abroad (before and immediately after Goa's liberation) be expedited. There are around 50 such cases presently pending before the home department… Goans who were born aboard after the state's liberation no longer have the travel documents they had used to travel to India … "These persons have completed their education in Goa/India and were/are employed in the government sector, banks, schools, etc. Yet, the passport officer insists on an Indian citizenship certificate from such persons as they were born aboard," Srivastava had said in the letter…  click here

Froilano De Melo: Pioneer of Indian medical mycology

27 Sep: Navhind Times. The study of fungi is known as mycology … Goa and the rest of India haven’t produced a microbiologist, pathologist, epidemiologist and medical mycologist like Indalêncio Froilano De Melo (1887-1955). Half of the previous century is illustrated by his prolific research work. Google’s scholar scientific search engine shows 128 papers in his name for the period 1914 to 1955. Not a single Goan has been able to write a detail biography of this genius scientist. But that task was accomplished by Professor Christina Bastos, Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon as part of her project Empire, centres and provinces: the circulation of medical knowledge… 879 words.  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Froilano De Melo,  click here

Tech fixing Goa

27 Sep: Navhind Times. By Frederick Noronha. Goans have been migrating out of their home for decades now, and even for generations. People from this region are among the early subcontinental migrants who scoured the world. Yet, for long, this section has been rendered invisible, powerless and politically voiceless over the years. Whatever little clout they gained was due to their education, some degree of affluence and useful skills… Now, we have a new type of diasporic Goan, one who has been in the news of late. He (and, often enough, she) is the skilled IT techie. He has in most cases studied in Goa, had to migrate mostly to other parts of India, not abroad, and would now like to come back home to end their self-imposed and economy-driven exile and do something here … 1008 words.  click here

Video: World Goa Day. New Zealand. 2015
25 Sep: Sinelle. Celebrate World Goa Day! Dance choreographed by the fab Carmen D'Souza! 3m. 45s.  click here

Mapusa vegetable vendors to get new market soon
28 Sep: Herald. Mapusa Municipal Council (MMC) had started to construct a vegetable market in 2005 … It is nearly complete… once the market is inaugurated, all vegetable and fruit vendors will be shifted there… MMC will not allow any vendor to sit in the open space at the old market. That space will be used for vehicle parking…  click here

Bird-hit Air India flight creates chaos at Dabolim
28 Sep: Herald. An Air India flight with over 150 passengers on board suffered a bird-hit shortly after taking off from Dabolim airport on Sunday. The Mumbai-bound plane returned safely under emergency conditions. Given the damage to the aircraft, the airline authorities cancelled the flight, leaving passengers stranded at the airport… The passengers demanded an alternative flight to Mumbai at the earliest as most of them had to catch connecting flights to international destinations. However, their pleas fell on deaf ears. Chaos prevailed at the airport until evening … Meanwhile, the issue of bird hits has been haunting the navy and State administration …  click here

Goa’s Bullfighting worst kept secret
27 Sep: Indo-Asian News Service. At a barren paddy field near the picturesque Siridao beach, hundreds of crazed onlookers cry ‘Rocky, Rocky’, while another set amongst the audience shouts ‘Rambo, Rambo’ as two bulls ram their giant heads against each other again and again … Police often arrive at the spot and disperse the crowd, but the bulls refuse to call it quits. Next week, the bullfight organisers shift base to yet another location, whose details are forwarded on short notice on secret WhatsApp and Facebook groups, to which entry is only by member reference. Welcome to the world of Goan bullfighting, banned by the courts and but still passionately loved by a section of the state’s population, which is now being promised by politicians across party lines to “legalise” the sport. Bullfighting, Goa’s worst kept secret, takes place more often than it should despite the legal ban …  click here
Video: Goan bull fight. By Angry Animal Attack. 8m. 10s.  click here

Editorial: Housewives lament, lay out the horrific casino story
27 Sep: Herald. It took some harassed and very upset housewives of Calangute to once again bring back the focus on adverse societal impact of casinos in Goa. Contrary to the myth being propagated by the high earning and spending casino operators that this money spinning circus carnival is for the rich, by the rich and of the rich, who come in from the metros with money bags waiting for them ( no one carries any money, it’s all arranged), the “ disease” has hit very ordinary folk, such as the husbands of these harassed women who met Calangute MLA Michael Lobo and shared their horror stories…  click here
27 Sep: Herald. Michael Lobo demands casino ban for Goan youth immediately …  click here

Makeover time for Goa’s image
27 Sep: Times of India. By Newton Sequeira. Goa is defined as the party destination and a world holiday destination. But since the state is struggling financially, despite having one of the highest per capita income and literacy rate in the country, an attempt is being made to change the state's image. The perception of 365 days on a holiday is slowly making way with international power-brokers and trade bodies recognizing the business potential Goa has…  click here

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Savio Viegas: 020 8432 3266 OR 07926191069, email


Celebrate Life!! Anchor your silver years to “Magical Goa”. Enjoy world class comfort and security.

Nuage Travel

We offer the full range of travel services, specialising in Goa Flights and Worldwide
Holidays. Special rates for the Exposition. ATOL/IATA. Contact Carl Paes on 0203
411 8677,

Stallions Air

ATOL 9179

Tel: 020 7580 5999 or 0797 9861 455 / 0795 0132 999

Goa Holiday Homes

Do you want comprehensive information on Goa, properties for sale, rent, hotels, flights, Goan music, videos, recipes , beaches and a lot more? Visit

Tito’s – Where Else?!

Tito’s, Baga, Goa – Founded in 1971 by the late Tito & Lucille De Souza (ex-Mombasa & Nairobi)Nightclubs, restaurants, supermarkets, apartments, signature villas and more

Southall: Taste of Goa Restaurant

Enjoy one of Goa's finest restaurants bringing you authentic Goan delicacies including
Breakfast, Snacks, Mains, Cakes and Pastries. Takeaway and Party Catering available.
Authentic food and exquisite taste - Experience the Taste of Goa. Click here.

Rental: Luxury Holiday Villa in Panjim, Goa

A short walk to the beach, surrounded by coconut trees and fields, come and enjoy the Goa you have always been proud of ... in a home away from home!! For full details, click here. Text, whatsapp, call Angelo Monteiro (Canada) +17053451257 or email

Divine Retreat Centre - Ramsgate, Kent, UK

The famed Potta Centre now has a UK base. Phone: 01843586904 Email: Visit, with Programme of Events, Retreats, healing services, photos, videos and more.

HoneyBbuzz Music

Music for your occasion. Duo Trio Band Disco. Anniversaries Birthdays Weddings.
English Latin American Konkani Swahili. Contact: James mobile: 07546 999 677 Remos
mobile: 07448 160 917. Email:

Special fares to Goa

Call Joanita Fernandes 0208 202 0944 or Email:

Mervs Mobile Bar

We are a Mobile Bar Service to cater for your special events and functions. Visit
us at
Personal Licence Holder. Contact: Mervin Pereira. Mobile: 07940 705714

Go Quick Travel Agents

Package Holidays & Flights Worldwide, including Goa. Excellent rates. Contact
Tony Dantas. 0208 238 9600 / 0208 204 6699
ABTA K9019 ATOL 9347


Acron, Goa's leading edge developers since 1988 presents eco-friendly apartments and villas

AeroSafaris - Group Tours

2014: Jan/Feb Annual Winter Escape to Goa. Feb: Spectacular South Africa. Mar: Kenya - Tanzania Safari. Sep/Oct Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Visit for more details


Specialists in Safaris to East & South Africa, Tours to India & Sri Lanka: Mount Kilimanjaro Climb, Mountain Gorilla Trekking, Golden Triangle Tours in India, Kerala Backwaters Tours/Cruises. Contact Nick de Mello / Tel: 905-567-0880 / Toll Free: 1-855-567-0880. Email Website:

Ed's Bar Services

We cater for all occasions, large or small. Edward Alvares. Personal Licence holder.
Full Licenced Bar. We provide proper glasses every time. For all your requirements contact Edward Alvares. Mob: 07507595603


Multi-cuisine Family Restaurant with Pub in Goa. A Jerome Mendes (UK) Enterprise. Also offering Rooms and Konkani Video CDs.

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