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Bandleaders In Zanzibar And Chronicles Of The Goan Diaspora With Selma Carvalho

28 Nov: Explocity Videos. By Ramjee Chandran. The Goans are a fun and likeable lot as far as most of us can tell. We know them by their state, Goa—a dream vacation destination for many—and their seeming love of life, which is synonymous with a state of bliss—they even have a word for that… how a musician, a Mr de Souza, came to be the bandleader of the Sultan’s band in Zanzibar is a matter of lasting curiosity My guest today is she who tells such tales. Selma Carvalho—a Goan who grew up in Dubai and now lives in London. By all evidence, not only is she the most visible chronicler of Goan migrants, but also the most compelling. Selma’s record of this history is as entertaining as it is scholarly… And now I am privileged to be the one of many to bring this witty and incisive scholar to you. Selma Carvalho… 32m. 35s.  For further details click here
Here are links to a selection of Carvalho's articles: Bombay Review: Our American Guest-Selma Carvalho  click here
Buy Sisterhood Of Swans: click here.

Canacona woman elected Constituency Labour Party (CLP) Women’s Officer in UK’s Labour Party

28 Nov: The Goan. A lawyer from Goa, Joyce De Souza, was on Thursday elected as the CLP Women’s Officer in the Labour Party of Brent West Zone in London… De Souza’s husband Elvis Fernandes, a former Congress block president of Canacona Constituency, was also elected as delegate of the CLP Brent West on the same day… Elvis and Joyce migrated to the UK about 5 years ago … Joyce is believed to be the first woman from Goan Community ever to be elected as CLP Women’s Officer in the Borough of Brent, London… Joyce was a practising lawyer in Canacona and used to organise court programmes creating legal awareness on women-related issues like dowry, Save Girl Child …  For further details click here

Political silence on revoking Indian passports deafening

27 Nov: The Goan… Thousands and thousands of Goans have applied and have been applying for Portuguese passports for nearly two decades, and there could be possibly thousands who have opted to keep both passports exploiting a loophole in the system… A grey area in the revocation circular is that it is subject to disclosure, or subject to authorities getting documentary proof of a person holding dual citizenship… The sad irony is that there is a deafening silence from the political class despite the consequences for people… Firstly, it is perceived that a vast majority of those applying for Portuguese passports are from the minority community… Secondly, nobody has found the need to introspect and understand the impact of revocation on Goans… Unfortunately, when this newspaper dived into the issue of Portuguese passports, there was a muted response from the political class, including the NRI commissioner… 706 words  For further details click here
28 Nov: Herald. ONLY ‘Cartao de Cidadao’ makes the holder a Portuguese Citizen, not birth registration - Late Dr Wilfred Mesquita’s letter to MEA. By Vithaldas Hegde. Dr Wilfred Mesquita, the then Commissioner for NRI Affairs vide letter dated November 6, 2014, to Ministry of External Affairs had clearly outlined that registration of birth in Portugal does not tantamount to citizenship… It is only “Cartao de Cidadao”, a document which makes the applicant a Portuguese citizen… The then Commissioner for NRI Affairs had claimed that a Portuguese passport is just a travel document that facilitates travel to Portugal and “Cartao de Cidadao” is the most important document as far as Portuguese citizenship is concerned…  click here
28 Nov: Herald. Who is a Goan? By F E Noronha. “Every person who or either of whose parents or any of whose grandparents was born before the twentieth day of December, 1961, in the territories now comprised in the Union Territory of Goa, Daman and Diu, shall be deemed to have become a citizen of India on that day.” click here.


28 Nov: Secret Flying (UK). London, UK to Mumbai, India for only £389 return (Jan-May dates). Etihad Airways. DEPART: London, UK. ARRIVE: Mumbai, India. RETURN: London, UK. Availability from January to May 2024. STOPS: Abu Dhabi …  For further details click here
28 Nov: The Goan. Decline in foreign tourists puts tourism stakeholders in a spot… The decline in foreign visitors from the start of the season in October has compounded worries for the stakeholders… “The ongoing Ukraine-Russia and Israel-Palestine conflicts have adversely affected tourism... We were also expecting Israeli charters but it has been shelved,” TTAG President Nilesh Shah said… As on date, only around 50 charters, predominantly from Russia, have landed in Goa, while eight are from the UK and three from Kazakhstan…  click here
28 Nov: Gomantak Times. Betalbatim beach, in Goa, is where there’s romance on the sands click here.

F&B: News

28 Nov: Times of India. Why Goan farmers are making a bee-line for honey-money. Apiculture, or beekeeping, has been a deal sweetener for Goan farmers looking for profits from alternative streams. The state’s floral lavishness keeps the biz buzzing …  For further details click here
28 Nov: Times of India. Our Daily Bread. Virtually synonymous with Goa, the local bread industry has changed over the years; spiralling costs, labour charges, and uproars over every price rise have drastically changed bakeries, and this change is reflecting in the taste…  click here
28 Nov: Telegraph (India). Goa’s award-winning chef Avinash Martins coming to Kolkata. Chef Avinash to prepare 5-course coastal tasting menu for his first pop-up in Kolkata … click here.


28 Nov: Herald. Power couple Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones share their love for India and the film industry. Academy award winning actors, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, dazzled film lovers at the 54th International Film Festival of India as they arrived at the Inox courtyard and walked the red carpet… “India is very dear to our hearts and all our family. We have just been welcomed with open arms. India has touched me in a very personal way that it was an Indian doctor who saved my life with a tracheotomy when I was just 18 months old. That is why I have this feeling of coming home and maybe it is something to do with that and the reason why I am actually here is because of the brilliance of an Indian doctor at Swansea, South Wales in the UK,” said Catherine… She adds that her favourite Indian movie is ‘The Lunchbox’…  For further details click here
Video: 28 Nov: Scroll. IFFI Goa: Michael Douglas tries the ‘Naatu Naatu’ hookstep, delivers Amitabh Bachchan’s dialogue …  click here
27 Nov: Hindustan Times. Controversy erupts after IFFI drops late Goa BJP MLA’s anti-caste poem from daily. A controversy has erupted after the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) decided to not print a poem in its daily newspaper ‘Peacock’ from late Goan writer and former BJP MLA Vishnu Surya Wagh on caste, prompting outrage… Siddhesh Gautam, an Ambedkerite artist, who had designed the page, said he was “asked to not publish a poem by Vishnu Surya Wagh for today’s issue…” “The decision to not print the article was an editorial call taken purely for creative reasons and had nothing to do with the content of the article…” said Ankita Mishra, chief executive officer, the Entertainment Society of Goa, click here.

News in Brief:

Video: 27 Nov: OHeraldo Goa. Water Contamination in Matvem Dabolim Wells Sparks Concern Residents Urged to Avoid Water Usage. Residents of Matvem Dabolim have raised serious concerns over water contamination of well in the area. The residents revealed that the well water stinks of petroleum products. The local authority has appealed people not to use the water and urged health department and pollution control board to look into the matter and resolve it as early as possible… 3m.52s  For further details click here
28 Nov: Diario de Noticias (Portugal). Works force residents to leave their homes and some have nowhere to go… Anxiety is strong among the six families who already have a date set to leave their homes: December 31st. They are tenants of Casa de Goa, they pay rent below market value and in line with their income, but the building where they live, together with six other families who are tenants of Lisbon City Council, will be demolished… The building, as well as the building where Casa de Goa and its restaurant are located, were owned by the municipality, which transferred part of the complex – with the exception of six homes – to Casa de Goa… 1371 words  click here
27 Nov: The Goan. Goa must preserve its cultural treasures. By Frederick Noronha. There are so many Goa-related books, which we can't find a trace of… Konkani music is scattered all over the place, and even wholly forgotten… Eddie or Edward Verdes, the Bombay Goan, who spent a lifetime in Saudi Arabia has devoted long years documenting Konkani song and tracking the field… Sites like Blogger (which is free, and doesn't require repeated renewals) lead to his initiatives such as and The first is a blog of Konkani song … "As per my record, there are 630+ songs by Alfred Rose. He produced a lot of work, but there is no record," as Verdes puts it… click here.

Sports Desk:

24 Nov: The Hindu. National Games review: Despite poor scheduling, event provides stepping stone to Paris Olympics, showcases Goa’s potential. The National Games in Goa offered a nice setting, but wrong timing kept many of the stars, such as Annu Rani, Amoj Jacob, Harmilan Bains, Jinson Johnson and Ajay Kumar Saroj, away… After a challenging season, marked by his failure to touch 8m, long jumper Muhammed Anees sought redemption at the 37th National Games in Goa…  For further details click here
25 Nov: Mid-day. Mumbai and Goan youth take flight in the skateboarding revolution  click here

News Headlines:

28 Nov: Times of India. Goa: Tiger presence reported in Loliem

27 Nov: Herald. Goa: Velim's Criss Brass Band Preserves Traditional Goan Music Amid Electronic Wave

27 Nov: City Air News. I am confident, we will win Mhadei case. Goa CM

28 Nov: Times of India. National meet stresses khazan is key to boosting Goa yield

28 Nov: Times of India. Goa: Central site selection panel to inspect proposed IIT campus site at Rivona

28 Nov: The Goan. Graft, illegalities come to fore at Old Goa fair

28 Nov: Herald. death traps: 228 died on Goa’s ‘killer’ roads in 2,365 accidents between Jan and Oct this year

28 Nov: The Goan. Goa: One teacher arrested, another booked for beating 2 students



Death and funeral details: Romaldina Fernandes. London. Ex Mardol, Goa/ Nairobi, Kisumu, Mombasa - Kenya

The Fernandes family are deeply saddened to inform you of the death of our dearly beloved mother and nana Romaldina Fernandes, nee Dias, died on 17th November 2023, aged 90 years, in London surrounded by her family. Romaldina, daughter of the late Francisco João & late Deodita Dias, has now been reunited with her loving late husband, Jose Santana Fernandes. She is survived by her devoted nine children and their spouses, Edward (Eliza), Lucia, John (Antonetta), Philip (Sabina), Juliet, Idalina (Francis), Lourdes, Kevin (Tanja) and Rosada. Nana to Charlotte, Heather, Hayley, Jonathan, Joshua, Ryan and Jayden. Funeral Service to be held on Wednesday, 29 November 2023 at 11am at St John Vianney Catholic Church, West Green Road, London N15 3QL (Livestream: ) followed by the Burial at Cheshunt Cemetery, 136 Cromwell Ave, Cheshunt, Waltham Cross EN7 5DW. Following the Burial, the Wake will be held at St Edmunds R C Church Hall, 115 Hertford Road, London N9 7EN. For condolence messages, please send them to

News Summary

These two Dubai-based Goan podcasters are celebrating their heritage with the diaspora community

27 Nov: Mid-day. By Tanishka D’Lyma… Kiss Me I’m Goan, is a podcast by two Dubai-based childhood friends, and children of the susegad ideology, Carey Pereira, 44, and Neil Fernandes, 44, who grew up in Goa’s Margao… Launched in July 2022, the bi-monthly podcast continues to course through conversations on history, traditions and memories … The aim is to serve as a bridge between the diaspora and young Goans who have grown up outside the state… The introduction to each episode is the audio of switching radio stations, listening to bits of popular Konkani tracks and favourite English music tunes… An insightful episode includes Nick D’Lima, a Nairobi-based Goan, and advocate for the culture, who shares heartwarming and detailed stories about the Goans who settled in Nairobi, the role played by The Goan Institute in upholding the heritage, and more such fascinating insights… 594 words  click here
Instagram: kissmeimgoan  click here
PlayerFM: Kiss Me I’m Goan: EP6 – Goans of Nairobi… In this episode of Kiss Me I’m Goan, we delve deep into the fascinating world of the Goans who made Nairobi their home, and the pivotal role played by The Goan Institute in preserving their rich heritage. Nick D'Lima, a passionate advocate for Goan culture, takes us on an enchanting narrative through the lives, struggles, and triumphs of the Goan community in Nairobi through personal anecdotes and heartwarming stories… click here.

UK: Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz: ‘Men are in trouble: most are scared, lost, lonely boys’

17 Nov: iNews (UK). Personal development coach Kenny Mammarella-D’Cruz has spent two decades speaking to men at their most vulnerable as part of his MenSpeak groups that give men friendship and community. He has been running MenSpeak groups, where men come together to talk, listen and learn from each other. He believes that: “Men are in trouble: most are scared, lost, lonely boys wondering who they need to be so people like them.” What started as a drop-in group in his living room has expanded worldwide: MenSpeak, a non-profit community, helps thousands of people annually and Mammarella-D’Cruz has trained more than 100 facilitators. He hopes MenSpeak will soon become as accessible as Alcoholics Anonymous and in January 2024 he’s launching a training programme for NHS and council workers …  click here
Kenny D'Cruz is the son of Dorothy (Tecla) D'Cruz, nee Dias, (ex-Uganda) and Joe D’Cruz (photo; ex Mombasa & Uganda and UK’s first Goan Mayor). For Kenny’s website with links to his Linkedin professional profile, Facebook, Twitter, Personal life blog, group therapy sessions, videos, photos, press articles and contact details,  click here

Goa takes on New Delhi re revocation of Indian passports of Goans with Portuguese citizenship

27 Nov: RTP (Portugal). … In recent months, authorities in Goa have revoked the Indian passports of more than 70 Indian citizens whose births were registered in Portugal, The Times of India (TOI) reported on Friday … Contacted by Lusa, the Portuguese ambassador to the country, João Ribeiro de Almeida, said, via email, that the issue is being monitored by the embassy in New Delhi and the consulate general in Goa "in light of the usual coordination between both diplomatic post, in order to evaluate the various variables in which this matter would be substantiated"… The consul general in Goa, Isabel de Mendonça Raimundo, also indicated by email that she was aware of the news, studying "its content and clarifying some doubts, veracity and dimension of the phenomenon".  For further details click here
27 Nov: Navhind Times. Citizenship imbroglio. According to a rough estimate as mentioned in the state legislative assembly, around a decade ago, 40,000 to 50,000 Goans had registered their birth in Portugal… These Goans cease to be Indian citizens… The elderly had registered their births in Lisbon solely to facilitate their children to go to the UK or any other EU country for jobs through the Portuguese passport route… They have never voluntarily relinquished their Indian citizenship and probably never had the intent to do it… The dual citizenship issue had raged about a decade ago… Disqualification petitions were filed against BJP’s Aldona MLA Glenn Ticlo and GVP’s Benaulim MLA Caitu Silva on the grounds that their births were registered in Lisbon… The then Chief Minister, Manohar Parrikar’s contention was that Indian citizenship is deemed to have ceased only if the person, by his own volition, relinquishes the citizenship… 708 words  click here


26 Nov: NAC (Canada). Ottawa Jazz Orchestra... Jazz singer and songwriter Diane Nalini started singing at the age of three. Born in Montreal to Belgian and Goan parents, she sings and writes songs in four languages and has released five wide ranging and warmly received albums. An accomplished songwriter, composer, and lyricist, Diane has written or co-written songs that have been used in major Hollywood releases, indie films, television shows and video games. “She captures jazz at its most sophisticated and joyous level,” writes Elle Magazine Canada. “I just love Diane Nalini’s voice. This is a sassy, ‘ripe plum in the Italian sun’ kind of voice… She has such sweet and effortless pitch, it’s beautiful.” (Katie Malloch, CBC radio’s Jazzbeat and Tonic)…  For further details click here
26 Nov: Stephanie Braganza. (Mississauga, Canada). All I Want for Christmas Is You - Mariah Carey (Stephanie Braganza cover). 0.55s  click here
28 Nov: India Today. All Dressed UP... When renowned costume designer Bhanu Athaiya, the first Indian to win an Academy Award, passed away on October 15, 2020 at the age of 91, her daughter, Radhika, decided it was time to open the doors to the warehouse in Colaba where Athaiya had preserved objects from eight decades of an eventful career. Many of these treasures will be on display at Bharat Through the Lens of Bhanu Athaiya, an exhibition that runs from December 6 to 17 at Aguad, Candolim in Goa … click here.

F&B: News

27 Nov: Herald. Aldona’s Owl Café paves the way for neurodivergent individuals in culinary arts. The Owl Café is a charming little eatery, set in a colonial-era Goan house in the quiet lanes of Aldona… What sets it apart is that all the food is prepped, cooked and served by neurodivergent individuals.  For further details click here
26 Nov: My London(UK). Full list of London restaurants named among UK's best … Cafe Spice Namaste, Newham - A street food inspired Indian restaurant with a fresh twist, offering sharing dishes from homemade chutneys to Goan pork vindaloo…  click here

26 Nov: Economic Times. Craving for fresh, diverse seafood & seasonal veggies? Pay a visit to weekly markets
27 Nov: Herald. Overcoming struggles to taste success, Vilma and Savio aspire to take the national market by storm with their dairy products
26 Nov: Money Control. 16 local botanicals that Indian gin makers from Stranger & Sons to Amrut are adding, and why.
24 Nov: Mid-day. Mumbai based-bakers share handy tips and tricks to bake the Christmas cake
26 Nov: The Goan. MMC draws flak for ban on tender coconut sale amid calls for better waste management

News in Brief:

26 Nov: Money Control. No arguable case of fraud': London High Court judge dismisses plea to freeze accounts of Pratap Shirke. Headquartered in Goa, the Rs 2,500 crore Chowgule group has interests in shipping, metals and heavy engineering. The case pertained to alleged siphoning off of a $128 million investment made between 2009 and 2014 for a chemical tanker business… The bitter family dispute in the Goa-headquartered Chowgule group, which is worth Rs 2,500 crore has reached London. In 2021, there were reports of a settlement between the two factions headed by siblings Vijay Chowgule, 77, and Padma Chowgule, 67, but it seems it has not been successful…  For further details click here
26 Nov: AIZ Goa News. HerKey concludes India’s only leadership retreat, “The OpenCeiling:- Women’s Leadership Conclave”. HerKey (formerly JobsForHer), India’s largest career engagement platform that unlocks opportunities, learning, and communities for women in India, has wrapped up the highly successful debut of “The Open Ceiling Women’s Leadership Conclave.” This landmark event stands as the sole leadership retreat in India exclusively crafted for women… At Goa, the two-day gathering convened over 150 women leaders spanning various industries, fostering an exclusive and secure environment for the exchange of insights, collaborative learning, and the collective advancement of careers…  click here
27 Nov: The New Indian Express. Goan flavours that were just capital. The three-day Goa Festival that concluded yesterday (in New Delhi) was organised by Goenkarancho Ekvot … The first thing that drew our attention were the handicrafts, ranging from pots, ceramic structures, and sea-shell accessories to handmade incense sticks and typical Goan mementos… We headed to the first stall run by a duo, Marietta (from Delhi) and Glorita (from Mumbai) …Their menu had five dishes – chicken soup, mutton cutlets, mutton minced potato cutlets, prawn curry with drumsticks and the very traditional fish curry and rice, a staple for Goans… click here.


25 Nov: The Goan. Finally, Blue Taxis to start Ops at Mopa from Dec 1  For further details click here
25 Nov: The Goan. Homestays close to reality, govt seeks suggestions. The Tourism Department has proposed to further amend the Goa Registration of Tourist Trade Act, 1982, introducing a new category, "Other Accommodation/Homestay/Bed and Breakfast," and has been kept open for public suggestion and/or objection for 30 days…  click here
27 Nov: Hindustan Times. Casinos: Goa's trump card or bad bet?... “You can’t charge that much tax under the GST law… it may be 8-10 times the total income of the casino,” senior Advocate Harish Salve representing the Deltin Group (Delta Corp Ltd) minced no words after the preliminary hearing in the Bombay high court bench at Goa on October 23, where the company and its subsidiaries that operate casinos in Goa have challenged GST notices of more than ₹11,000 crore issued to them late September… click here.

News Headlines:

27 Nov: The Goan. Goa: Setback for govt, Loliem rejects Film City

27 Nov: Navhind Times. PM questions practice of families organising weddings abroad

27 Nov: The Goan. Goa: Action sought against shack owners who sublet units to outsiders

27 Nov: India Education Diary. Study Reveals Ethnicity-Linked Variations In Dementia Risk Factors

27 Nov: Times of India. ‘Goa govt lacks jurisdiction to amend comunidade code’



Death: Martha D'Souza. Troy Hills, NJ, USA. Ex Nairobi
22 Nov: Troy Hills, NJ, USA. MARTHA D'SOUZA. Wife of Joaquim for 62 years, until his demise almost three years ago; and also a devoted mother to Arleen (Tyronne), Everett (Michele), Hayley (Merwyn) and Tansy. Her grandchildren Ralston (Stacey), Kielan (Yujin), Kyle and Ariella were blessed with a family-orientated doting grandmother. Then there's little boy Henry, her great-grandson, who always put a smile on her face. There will be a wake on Tuesday Nov 28th from 6pm to 8 pm at Par-Troy Funeral Home, 95 Parsippany Rd, Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ 07054. A funeral service will be held the next day, Wednesday Nov 29th at 10am at St. Peter the Apostle Church, 179 Baldwin Rd, Parsippany-Troy Hills. The interment of ashes will be held later at a private family ceremony.
The funeral mass can also be viewed live by pressing the live stream box on Viewing of the service later is possible only within the month by clicking previous broadcasts and by date and time. Condolences messages may be sent to: Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi

News Summary

The Goan 26 Nov: Revoking passports open to legal challenge

By Ashley do Rosario. The Indian authorities' action to revoke passports of Goans who opted to register their births in Lisbon, will be open to legal challenge much in the same way as it was back in 2013 by former Benaulim MLA, Caetano Silva… The MHA had similarly ruled back in 2013 and passed an order that Silva was a Portuguese national merely because his birth was registered with the authorities in Lisbon… The order passed by the 'Central Prescribed Authority', holding that Silva was a Portuguese citizen as his birth was registered in that country (Portugal) was quashed… But the MHA continued to hold its ground that registering the birth in Lisbon is akin to acquiring Portuguese citizenship/nationality… The issue has again come to the fore now with the authorities proceeding to revoke passports of some 70-plus Goans who had been enjoying dual citizenship in India and Portugal… 526 words  For further details click here
Dual citizenship: Matter in apex court, could be last hope for Goans. The Supreme Court of India as recently as October 9 took up a petition filed by the Public Law Chair at the London School of Economics, Tarunabh Khaitan, which challenges the termination by default of Indian citizenship upon acquiring another citizenship arguing that it is unconstitutional and issued notices to the Centre… The petition in which Khaitan specifically challenges sections of the Citizenship Act, 1955 — Section 9(1), the second proviso to Section 4(1), and Section 4(1A) -- holds potential for relief to Goans facing termination of their Indian citizenship for acquiring that of the former colonial ruler Portugal… Khaitan contends that it is not only unconstitutional but also runs counter to the values of the Indian constitutional ethos and violates international law…  click here
Portuguese Connection: A tale of 2 identities.
Between those who maintain dual citizenship and others misled by passport agents. By Vibha Verma
MEA’s cryptic circular sparks widespread confusion
The unsettling trend of Goans renewing Indian passports even after Assento
What the controversial MEA circular says – Urgent call for responsibility amidst exploitation by some Portugues passport agent
Issue could be a passport to political fallout in Goa. By Guilherme Almeida
MP Sardinha was approached to intervene in ‘citizenship issue’ … Stakeholders living in denial over “clearcut citizenship issue

Passport Tangle: Goans at crossroads. Preserving the Goan identity of Portuguese Passport holders. By Adv Moses Pinto
Those born during Portuguese regime are legally protected. By Ashley do Rosario.
Those who acquire Portuguese citizenship must surrender Indian passports: Embassy
Knotty citizenship conundrum needs simple solution. By Alexandre Moniz Barbosa

Navhind Times 26 Nov: ‘Goa’s concern over Portuguese citizenship raised with Centre’

26 Nov: Navhind Times. “We have brought the issue to the notice of the Union government after several people raised it with us,” says Narendra Sawaikar… According to the official, it is against the citizenship law to retain the Indian passport after acquiring the Portuguese Bilhete de Identidade (identity card) or the Assento de Nascimento (birth certificate)… As of date, around 70 Indian passports of Goans possessing the Portuguese passport have been revoked by the passport authorities at the time of renewal…  For further details click here
Anxiety among elderly Goans post-MEA note on citizenship. By Diana Fernandes… Many Goans, who have registered their birth in Portugal are today in their 60s and 70s and their children have grown up, have their own families and are living abroad, mostly in the United Kingdom … It is largely the members of the senior citizen community who registered their birth in Portugal for the benefit of their children who are in a quandary now… 70-year-old Domnic said, “This development seems like an abrupt decision made by the government without warning. I was born during the Portuguese regime in Goa hence I had the right to choose … But I am an Indian.”  click here
Will seek legal advice before approaching Centre: Sardinha
Parrikar had pursued case of Goans with birth registered in Lisbon
Govt should come out clean: Elvis Gomes


26 Nov: Herald. Is IFFI’s presence in Goa beneficial to the local Konkani film industry?... Renowned documentary filmmaker, Arvind Sinha who heads the non-feature film section of Indian Panorama at IFFI Sparks, expressed concerns about the Hindi mainstream film industry’s intrusion into spaces traditionally reserved for independent filmmakers who rely heavily on government support… Now the bigger question in this is, have the Goan film makers and the local film industry benefited in any way from the State being the permanent venue for IFFI since 2004? The common perception is no… In the TV debate Point-Counterpoint on the Panel with Sujay Gupta are actress, Meenacshi Martins … Laxmikant Shetgaonkar, film director … Sachin Chatte, film critic and teacher … Derek Malcom, film critic (The Guardian) …  For further details click here
25 Nov: Gomantak Times. IFFI 2023: Red carpet rolled out for Goan films… The evening of Day 5 of the 54th International Film Festival of India proved to be a proud moment for Goa, when the casts of not just one, but seven Goan films walked the red carpet… The special section presents premiere and non-premiere films that have been produced by Goan film producers in feature and non-feature categories…  click here
Video: 25 Nov: Oheraldo Goa. Goa’s heritage & Architecture needs to be preserved: Actress Pooja Bhatt… I just hope the people of Goa and the authorities preserve the heritage, architecture of Goa and not let people go rampant against it, says Bollywood Actress Pooja Bhatt... She also stressed to retain the spirit of Goa… 2m.51s click here.


26 Nov: Herald. Déjà vu! Stage set for another protest against double-tracking. When the supreme Court set aside the wildlife clearance for the double-tracking project, Goans celebrated the decision, albeit with a sense of dread, as Railway authorities were permitted to submit another environmental impact assessment (EIA). Subsequently, the latter enlisted the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) for this task… Environmentalists have raised serious concerns about the conduct of the EIA and its potential use to justify the highly contested project…  For further details click here
26 Nov: Lokmat. Goa doctor rejuvenates springs, lakes to combat climate change… Dr Dattaram Desai, a general practitioner from Savoi-Verem, South Goa, has started his journey of conserving water by rejuvenating lakes, springs, wells and ponds in 1991 which kindled hope and potable water for many families of the rural areas… “In 1991, on the hill at Pali area of Savoi Verem, I saw a pond which was destroyed… We desilted it… This offered a new lease of life to springs and the so-called pond was rejuvenated once again…”  click here
26 Nov: IANS. Western Ghats soil erosion highest in TN, Gujarat in last 30 years: IIT-B study click here.

Tourism News:

26 Nov: Herald. Goa Police to crackdown on those not registering foreign guests within 24 hours. Asserts any person hosting a foreign guest for monetary consideration in the country, even for a few hours, should submit C-Forms… Warns action against violators…  For further details click here
26 Nov: Mid-day. Goa: Guns and bulbuls… By Meenakshi Shedde. It is a terrible irony to be in Goa in the middle of hectic meetings, film screenings, panels and more… We potter around the Fontainhas, the Latin Quarter, with its rich legacy of Portuguese culture, its streets with jaunty coloured houses—blue, yellow, peach—sometimes with a statue of a cockerel crowing over a wall—windows with mother-of-pearl shells, azulejos (blue tiles), streets names like Rua 31 de Janeiro, with the Confeitaria 31 de Janeiro offering cakes and Goan sweets such as “Bebinca, Dodol, Doce, Pinag and jujubes.”  click here
26 Nov: The Goan. Daily reports to Transport Dept on rented private vehicles involved in mishaps click here.

News in Brief:

26 Nov: Times of India. Follow Covid protocol, says health official amidst new influenza strain. Goa has not received guidelines from the health ministry regarding the virus cocktail in China. State epidemiologist advises reporting to a health centre or hospital as early as possible in case of fever or illness… Regular Covid protocols, such as hand washing and mask wearing, are recommended… The Union health ministry is monitoring H9N2 cases in Northern China…  For further details click here
25 Nov: India Today. Enforcement Directorate attaches Rs 39 crore assets in Goa illegal land grab case… The anti-money laundering probe agency began the investigation based on various First Information Reports (FIRs) lodged by the Goa Police against Vikrant Shetty, Mohammed Suhail, Rajkumar Maithi and others. They are accused of illegally acquiring properties in Goa… The ED's investigation showed that the immovable properties were acquired in the accused's names or in the names of their relatives, using forged documents to say they inherited certain properties from their ancestors…  click here
25 Nov: IANS. Officials insist Goa coast is safe, but Oppn and fishermen raise red flags… National Fish Workers Forum (NFF) General Secretary Olencio Simoes said, “Our coast is not safe because if we go to the ‘Exclusive Economic Zone’ we can see foreign boats coming there, there is no control. I don’t know what the coast guards are doing. Illegal things are happening in the sea be it LED fishing or bull trawling… “If you go 6 to7 miles into the sea you can see hundreds of boats, making it look like a playground. Illegal things are happening there…” click here.

News Headlines:

25 Nov: Pune Pulse. Tesla’s most affordable car could be launched in India after Germany

26 Nov: Times of India. Supreme Court to hear Goa’s petition against Karnataka over Mhadei on Nov 29

26 Nov: Times of India. Goa: Brother of Revolutionary Goans MLA booked for stalking woman

26 Nov: The Goan. Institutions can boost Goa’s plan to be startup hub: CM

26 Nov: The Goan. No ID card issue as thousands attend first day of St Francis Xavier novena

26 Nov: The Goan. Saligao’s Mae de Deus Church celebrates 150 years



RIP: Alan Fernandes. California. Ex Nairobi
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Alan Fernandes, beloved father to Crystal and Andrew, son of the late Paul and Carmen, brother to Christopher (Lorelei) and the late Flora (Agnello). He was born in Nairobi, studied in the UK and immigrated to California. Alan was a man of adventure, intellect and compassion. He enjoyed his passions in life and loved his family and friends. Alan left this world on November 16, 2023, at the age of 71 after a brief illness. The funeral service will be held at St Perpetua Catholic Church in Lafayette, California on Saturday, December 9th, 2023 at 10:30am(California time).The service will stream online; use the links and Condolences may be sent to: Crystal - and/or Chris - Thanks for your prayers and support, the Fernandes Family

News Summary

Legal experts slam revoking of passports of Goans having births registered in Portugal

25 Nov: Herald… The Indian government had clarified that a person would only cease to be considered an Indian national if he formally renounced his Indian citizenship…” Former MLA and Adv Radharao Gracias, said, “Just cancelling the passport is illegal. As per the law show cause notices must be issued, the party must be heard and then you cancel. You can’t just summarily and arbitrarily cancel the passport.” Adv Juino De Souza, former Information Commissioner stated, “Passport Officer is bound by law and has no authority to revoke or impound any Indian passport under Section 10 in Passports Act, 1967, unless the holder of the Indian passport has violated the provision of the law on the basis of which he obtained it.”  For further details click here
25 Nov: Navhind Times. All with Bilhete Portuguese citizens: Passport officials. Passport authorities have confirmed that getting one’s birth registered in Portugal deems the person a citizen of that country… Around 70 Indian passports of Goans with Portuguese citizenship have been revoked at the time of renewal and surrender over the past one year… There are several Goans who have their birth registered in Portugal. “Some of them have not disclosed their citizenship to the Indian authorities, which is illegal,” said the official from the MEA… Dual citizenship is a sensitive issue in the state after it came to light in 2017 that there are politicians with Portuguese citizenship…  click here
25 Nov: Navhind Times. Handle Portuguese citizenship issue with compassion: Expert… “All progressive countries provide the option of dual citizenship. It is usually the lack of opportunities here or the lookout for better avenues of earning that prompts people to move out of the country. India shouldn’t cut off all links with them because their hearts and souls are here in Goa. Many times, we see that they return to get married here,” said constitution expert and lawyer Cleofato Almeida Coutinho… click here.

The Goan: Global Goenkar issue of 24 Nov

Assolna Goans come together to celebrate village feast in UK. By Lui Godinho. A number of Goans who trace their roots to Assolna celebrated their village feast of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs, with a Mass and social gathering organised by the Assolna Goans UK in Hounslow-London on November 19… The Mass was celebrated in Konkani …  For further details click here
Fr Agnelo is an example of deep relationship with God: UK Bishop. Nearly 50 Goa-related organisations participated in special offertory procession to express gratitude for Fr Agnelo’s intersessions… Goans from different parts of the UK came together to participate in the 96th commemoration Mass of the death anniversary of Venerable Fr Agnelo de Souza at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, London, on November 19 …  click here
Goan wins award by Business Law Forum in Qatar. By Armstrong Vaz… Doha-based Siddharth walked away with the Legal Counsel of the year 2023 awarded by Qatar Business Law Forum and LexisNexis Middle East… He beat competition from four other short-listed candidates to win the award, a decision arrived at by three judges based in France, Lebanon and Russia… click here.

Catholic News:

25 Nov: Herald. Sigh of relief for devotees visiting Old Goa; now Goa police say ID proof is not mandatory. Photocopies on mobiles will be accepted… Women allowed to carry handbags … Only suspicious elements will be checked…  For further details click here
24 Nov: Indian Catholic Matters. Goa: Sancoale Sisters revel on 130th birth anniversary of founder Fr Faustino De Souza. On 23rd November evening a meaningful prayer service was held to mark the beginning of the 130th birth anniversary of Founder Fr. Faustino De Souza of the Congregation of Holy Family of Nazareth on the theme: In Gratitude for Altruistic Service…  click here
25 Nov: AIZ News. Novenas leading up to the Feast of St Francis Xavier at Old Goa commenced on Saturday at Old Goa. Amidst tight security, the annual Novenas leading up to the Feast of St Francis Xavier at Old Goa commenced on Saturday at Old Goa. Hundreds of Devotees attended the first day of novenas on Saturday… The Goa Police have put in place a tight security arrangement with a strong police presence and round-the-clock surveillance from November 24-night to ensure the safety of the UNESCO World Heritage site and the people, anticipating over a lakh pilgrims and visitors. Masses will be broadcast live online on Goan media channels, the YouTube channels of the Basilica and the Archdiocese. click here.


25 Nov: Eastern Eye (UK). Goan film ‘Odh’ wins Best Film award. The refreshing and thought-provoking short film on receding beach lines of Goa, Odh bagged the best film award at the ’75 Creative Minds of Tomorrow’ (CMOT) held at the 54th International Film Festival of India in Goa… The film depicts the narrative of Marceline, a fisherman who drives his boat into the midst of a metropolis in search of a parking spot. He complains that the beach has been stolen and that he has no parking place left. The film focuses on Goa’s retreating beach lines, which are the result of rising sea levels and mass beach building…  For further details click here
25 Nov: Navhind Times. Goan gaga at IFFI – Part 2. #Mog - November 26, 2.15 p.m… The Witness - November 27, 9.15 am… Maarvat - November 27, 9.15 a.m… Crazy Mogi - November 27, 2.15 p.m… click here.


16 Nov: Mashable. Walkers & Co. Is Enabling Creators Who Push Boundaries, Shatter Stereotypes And #KeepWalking… The Walker’s community has introduced some new walkers as well, including Bengaluru-based Aravani and Pearl D’Souza from Goa… Pearl D’Souza is a mental health and body positivity advocate, which is echoed in her wonderful world of illustrations and hand-drawn zines…  For further details click here
24 Nov: The Goan. Ronald Noronha: India's 1st Goan chief secretary who moved on a moped. An MBE and Padma Bhushan Awardee, he was also Goa's first civil administrator after liberation, and even had two villages - ‘Naronapalli’ in Bijapur and ‘Noronha Sankal’ in Bhopal - and an academy- ‘R.C.V.P Noronha Academy of Administration’ - named after him in central India… R.C.V.P Noronha or Ronald was also the first Chief Civil Administrator of Goa… He was the only Goan in the team led by General Candeth… Noronha was awarded the MBE in 1946 and the Padma Bhushan in 1975… He married Amy Alvares, a gold medallist in English literature, in 1941. The couple had four children – Gabrielle, Terence, Ashok and Anjali… Noronha was chief secretary of Madhya Pradesh between 1963-68 and between 1972-74… He went to office on his Vickey moped, not in a government car!  click here
24 Nov: MSN. Portugal's attorney general says she's not responsible for PM Antonio Costa's downfall…"I naturally don't feel responsible, because it was a personal and political assessment that was made (by Costa)," Gago said… Costa stepped down on Nov. 7 over an investigation into alleged illegalities in his government's handling of lithium and hydrogen projects… Parliament President Augusto Santos Silva said some in the judicial system viewed political activity as "by nature suspicious and tend to criminalize political and governmental action." "We will continue to carry out the investigations without any drama. I feel the duty to present the best results possible," Gago said. click here.

News in Brief:

24 Nov: Vogue India. A drag horror show in the quiet Goan village of Aldona gave me ultimate queer joy… An old friend invited me to Scream Queens at The Aldona House, painting an exhilarating picture of a drag horror show by alternative drag artist Artrysis… I found myself surprised at the diversity of the crowd that had come to watch the performance. Alongside people my age, there were also older men, women and children … Artrysis ended each set by interacting with the audience, encouraging an exchange of information about the history of drag… Artrysis sported various homemade Halloween costumes, the standouts being a haunting Mary Magdalene …  For further details click here
25 Nov: Herald. Spring of Life. By Talllulah D’Silva… There is a written reference that the spring at Curca was built by the Goan Jews… The Jews in Goa had a synagogue at Siridao behind the Jesus of Nazareth chapel… In Old Goa too, there is a reference of the Street of Jews (Rua dos Judeus) which is located near the Santa Monica Convent, and there was also a ritual bath within the St Augustine’s church complex… In the Curca village, the road leading to the spring has a small hamlet … Norwegian researcher Ivar Fjeld had written about the spring and its Jewish origins…  click here
25 Nov: Navhind Times. CM launches e-bazaar portal, places first order. With the launch of the Swayampurna Goa e-Bazaar portal, self-help groups in the state now have a wider and more permanent e-commerce platform … The online market will be a one-stop virtual shop for different kinds of Goan food items and other local products, including handicraft items… The government has been providing free training to the vendors registered on the platform… The were also given guidance in acquiring licences from the FDA, ensuring quality, and complying with regulations… click here.

A deep dive into culinary and cultural fusion in Goa

23 Nov: Business World Hotelier. In the latest episode of BW HOTELIER’s web BLAST series, The GM Show Season 2, the focus was on Goa’s opulent odyssey as a luxurious getaway… “Goa is the backbone of tourism for India,” asserted Tanveer Kwatra, General Manager, W Goa Hotel… “Goa is positioning itself as the epitome of extravagance… People are looking for luxury experiences, and that is the focus driving Goa’s hospitality … “Goa is the culinary capital of India; each day, new restaurants, bars, and cafes are joining the scene,” Kwatra remarked… “A lot of people are not aware of the Goan food heritage. The state has 18 varieties of bread,” shared Amandeep Singh Grover, General Manager, Hilton Goa Resort shared… Neha Chhabra, General Manager, JW Marriott Goa, said, “The state has a mix of all kinds of luxury… There is something for everyone in Goa” 659 words  For further details click here
Video: Business World Hotelier TV. The GM Show Series by Diversey BW HOTELIER | Season 2 - Episode 26. The most anticipated weBBlast virtual series, The GM SHOW, presented by Diversey BW HOTELIER, is making a comeback with its second season … 78m.  click here

News Headlines:

24 Nov: Swindon Link (UK). South Swindon Parish Council spread Christmas Cheer with three festive trees … featuring performances from local youth choir, Rhythmix Goa (photo)

25 Nov: Gomantak Times. This is why Goa makes a mark as an event destination

24 Nov: Goemkarponn. Goa: DRAG says Purple Fest is waste of money

24 Nov: News9. Aguad Interactive Museum showcases legacy of Goa through state-of-the-art digital experiences

25 Nov: Herald. Goa: Zen Tech, govt sign pact to focus on electronic simulators and drone technology at Tuem

25 Nov: Daijiworld. Goa: Cong asks Vigilance Dept to probe 'PWD job scam'

25 Nov: Navhind Times. Revisiting ‘India versus Bharat’ debate



Funeral: Lusitano Carvalho. Ware, UK.  Ex Nairobi

16th November 2023 Ware, UK. LUSITANO CARVALHO. Ex Nairobi.  Aged 91 years. Devoted husband to the late Sinhorina Carvalho.  Loving father to Audrey (Luis), Carl (Karen), Patricia, Keith (Sandra) and Rosary (Savio). Grandfather to Sean, Kelly (Matt), Michael, Kimberley, Kirsty, Elena, Christian, Sacha, Lauren and Dawn. Great-Grandfather to Thomas.
Funeral: Saturday 2nd December 2023 at 1.30pm. Holy Cross / St Andrews Church, Much Hadham, SG10 6DH. Followed by cremation at Woollensbrook Crematorium, EN11 9BN at 3pm. Thereafter, all are welcome to join us at the wake. RSVP to a member of the family or email  by 27 November .
No Flowers please, donations to St Elizabeth's Centre: and click the donations button. You will then be asked to enter "Lusitano Carvalho" in order to gain access to the unique donation page.

Death: Eulalia (Olga) Desouza. Bastora, Goa. Ex Mombasa
20 Nov. 2023: EULALIA (OLGA) DESOUZA. Born. 12.2.1931. Beloved wife of late Lazarus Desouza. Loving mother/mother-in-law of Anthony/Lily, Mario/Violet, late Gloria/Fredrick, Francis/Michele, Quinty/Dion. Cherished grandmother of Stef/Carl, Nigel and Faye. Funeral cortege will leave her residence at 9.15am, on Saturday 25th Nov 2023, for St Cajetan’s church, Bastora for the Eucharistic Celebration at 9.45am followed by the burial. Photo click here.

News Summary

India revokes more than 70 Indian passports of Portuguese citizens

24 Nov. Jornal de Notícias (Portugal). Citizens of Goa whose birth was registered in Portugal have their Indian passports revoked… According to the newspaper "Times of India, Goa's regional passport office (RPO) began revoking Indian passports… These holders, the newspaper noted, are no longer eligible to apply for an Indian passport or Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) card … an official from the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Goans have taken the issue of registering births in Portugal very lightly. On Wednesday, another newspaper "The Goan" also reported that holders of a Portuguese identity card or birth certificate face the revocation of their passports… Contacted by Lusa, the consul general of Portugal in Goa, Isabel de Mendonça Raimundo, said, via email, that she was aware of the news, studying "its content and clarifying some doubts, veracity and dimension of the phenomenon" . The Lusa agency also contacted the Portuguese ambassador to India, João Ribeiro de Almeida, via telephone and email, for a reaction, but has so far not received any response.  For further details click here
24 Nov: Times of India. Panaji: Over the past few months, the Regional Passport Office here has revoked Indian passports of more than 70 people as they had renewed their Indian passports after registering their births in Portugal. With the passports getting revoked, the people are not eligible to apply for OCI cards … In the past, passport offices used to impose penalties on those who had travelled on Indian passports after acquiring a Portuguese passport and after acquiring the Bilhete de Identidade. But after a court judgment stating that passport authorities have no power to impose penalties under the Act, the Regional Passport Office began revoking passports … “The citizenship of an individual cannot be revoked based on a confidential document. The validity of this circular needs to be tested in a court of law,” a lawyer told TOI.  click here
Video: August 2023: Money Control. Indians Giving Up Citizenship | Goa Tops The List Of Surrendered Passports At RPOs... the interesting part of the data is that out of 69,303 surrendered passports in RPOs, Goa tops the list with 40.45 percent. i.e. 28,031. Not just this, Goa has consistently topped the list of states with the highest number of surrendered passports, except for 2012 and 2013… The question is, why Goan are giving up Indian citizenship?... 3m.15s click here.


23 Nov: Cherwell (UK). Suella Braverman – the trap for women (of colour) in politics. It has been a spectacular fall from grace for the Home Secretary, Suella Braverman… Her demagoguery was always contrived, like she was rattling through a checklist of clichés for any hard-right chancer who aspires to be prime minister’ … it is hard to find a culture war box she hasn’t ticked… With her background as a human rights barrister, Braverman must have known that her Rwandan deportation plan would be unlawful; and given that both of her parents were immigrants to the United Kingdom, Braverman’s extreme views on immigration are certainly questionable…  For further details click here
23 Nov: The Hindu. Musician Michael Dias tunes in to what’s real with his first album… A part of the Bengaluru rock circuit with his band Mad Orange Fireworks, the artiste now lives in the quiet town of Aldona in Goa … “It’s a pretty little village, it’s nice and peaceful and quiet. There’s no traffic.” Moving from Bengaluru to Aldona, the artiste found impetus to gather his oldest and newest songs and put out 10 of them as part of the album…  click here
22 Nov: Outlook India. MS Desmond Oliveira: India's Best Wedding Events & Entertainment Emcee. MC Desmond Oliveira, known as "The Abracadabra Emcee," has etched his name as one of the world's best emcees, standing tall with a 5-star rating as India's most respected anchor… Acknowledging his contribution to the field, MC Desmond Oliveira was honoured with the Excellence Award in the Field of Event Management by the Rotary Parivar & Goa Entertainment Association… He anchored the 19th Rubaru Mr India Championship 2023… His prowess extends to hosting prestigious events such as Mr. India, Miss India, Guinness Book of World Records ceremonies, and international fashion extravaganzas like India Beach Fashion Week and Asia Fashion Awards… click here.

Catholic News:

21 Nov: DIP. Advisory For Devotees For St. Francis Xavier Feast… On the point of safety and security of the visitors/devotees and world heritage monuments, Goa Police has issued advisory to the general public… All the visitors/devotees who will be visiting Old Goa for the feast of St. Francis Xavier should carry Identity Card/ID proof with them for access in the Churches… They should not carry baggage, hand bags or any extra luggage during their visit inside the Churches…  For further details click here
24 Nov: The Goan. St Xavier feast: Police clear air on ID proof for devotees… Regarding the Goa Police’s latest security advisory emphasizing carrying of ID proofs for access to Churches, the department revealed that these checks will be random and there will be flexibility to present either physical or soft copies of identification…  click here
24 Nov: Herald (Malaysia). Indian church workers in Rome told to maintain cultural identity. The head of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI) emphasised the importance of maintaining a robust cultural and national identity among Indian church people residing in Rome. “Within the Latin Church in India, we are blessed with a tapestry of beautiful cultures, languages, ethnicities, and rituals,” said Cardinal Filipe Neri Ferrão. The Archbishop of Goa and Daman said that as members of this diverse community, “it is paramount that we preserve our sense of identity and connection to our roots in India, even when we are far from home.” … click here.


24 Nov. Live Mint. US tourists to flock to India this winter. India and the US are expecting a rise in travel between the countries this winter, driven by people of Indian origin. Flight bookings show both nations rank as the leading outbound destinations for each other… The report said the ongoing conflict in West Asia prompted many US citizens to holiday in places like Goa and Kerala…  For further details click here
23 Nov: EN Trend (Azerbijan). Uzbekistan’s Centrum Air to launch direct flights to India’s Goa. The first flight of the Tashkent-Goa-Tashkent route, organized with the support of the Indian Concord Exotic Voyages company, will be operated on December 7, 2023…  click here
23 Nov: e-Global (Portugal). Goa: Licensing period for beach huts has been extended… The reasons are due to the delay of the state environmental department in determining the capacity of the beaches to accommodate the facilities and the delay in the payment process to obtain the necessary licences… click here.

F&B: News

23 Nov: Telegraph India. Kitchen tales from Maria Goretti’s upcoming home in Goa. We stepped into Maria Goretti’s soon-to-be-ready Portuguese bungalow in Saligao… But it is the kitchen studio that she shows off most proudly in this new home …  For further details click here
23 Nov: Native Planet. Unveiling the Magic of Goan Christmas Sweets: Bebinca, Dodol and More… The Layered Delight: Bebinca … The Sticky Sweetness: Dodol … More than Just Sweets: A Celebration of Heritage …  click here
24 Nov: Indian Express. Chef Vikas Khanna loves Goan Saraswat Brahmin cuisine: ‘It is one of the most elegant and sophisticated cuisines’ click here.


24 Nov: Gomantak Times. IFFI 2023: A film on jazz legend Braz Gonsalves made it to the Film Bazaar… Panjim-based Nalini Elvino de Sousa’s film at the bazaar, Raga Rock – the Jazz Odyssey of Braz Gonsalves, delves deep into the exemplary life of the great Goan son, traversing boundaries and timelines… Nalini’s film The Club, based on the stories of the diaspora Goans in Dar-es-Salaam and Zanzibar, picked up the Best Historical Film and Best Feature Documentary Film awards at the Sofia International Film Festival in May-August 2023  For further details click here
24 Nov: Gomantak Times. 'Elephant Whisperers' is my love for Raghu: Kartiki Gonsalves. Discover the incredible journey of the making of 'Elephant Whisperers', the first Indian Oscar-winning documentary, born out of a chance encounter with Raghu, a baby elephant …  click here
24 Nov: Navhind Times. Goan gaga at IFFI – Part 1. This year, seven films from Goa will be screened at the ongoing festival… Gathan … Peace Lily Sand Castle … Yashoda (on November 24)… click here.

News in Brief:

24 Nov: My Joy online. He saved her from drowning and they fell in love. Nupur Gupta (photo) was nearing the end of a two-week stint teaching at a yoga retreat in Goa, India… In between yoga practice, Gupta always made time for a swim… On this particular day, she floated out further than she usually would… Attila Bosnyak, a financial adviser in his forties hailing from Hungary but based in the Netherlands was a student at Gupta’s yoga retreat managed to catch the life guard’s attention … Gupta started tending to Bosnyak’s wounds… “Something changed, for me, in that moment,” she recalls…Bosnyak felt it too … They spent Valentine’s Day 2019 together, taking long walks on Goa’s beaches, kayaking and exploring the region’s Portuguese churches…  For further details click here
23 Nov: Indian Express. ‘Sunburn promotes drug culture’: Hindu outfit calls for ban on music festival in Goa. A delegation of the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti submitted a memorandum to the Deputy Collector, North Goa on Thursday, appealing for a ban on the festival, scheduled to be held at the Vagator beach from December 28 to 31… Due to the festival, Goa’s civility is deteriorating. Such festivals are destroying the youth by promoting drug culture,” the memorandum said… “Organising ‘Sunburn’ is cultural treason. It is our responsibility to protect Gomantak culture and the youth of Goa. Goa should be free from ‘EDM’,” it added…  click here
22 Nov: Free Press Journal. Matharpacady Project: Builder Assures Heritage Area In Mazgaon, Mumbai, To Remain Unaffected; Receives Mixed Support From Locals. A recent notification by the BMC allows the area to be rebuilt under the 'cluster development' scheme, which means that the locality in Mazgaon, dotted with homes built in Indo-Portuguese style, can be replaced with high-rise buildings. The area is listed as a Grade 3 precinct under Mumbai's urban heritage laws… A group of residents want to preserve the village, which dates back to the 16th century… click here.

Sports Desk:

23 Nov: Herald. Goa’s Lenny Da Gama and Danuska Da Gama appointed as International Technical Officials for IBA Junior World Boxing Championships… Goa’s Lenny Da Gama and Danuska Da Gama have been appointed as International Technical Officials (ITOs) for the IBA Junior World Boxing Championships currently ongoing in Yerevan, Armenia from November 22 to December 4, 2023…  For further details click here
19 Nov: Herald. Goa Sports festival held in Dubai  click here
19 Nov: Herald. Aided by his mom, spirited Goan boy cycles to new heights. Chandor resident Vicente Fernandes, a Class X student of a Margao school, bags the Randonneur title after completing the 200 km journey between Hubballi and Goa within the allotted time, under the supervision of his mother Gema Caldeira e Fernandes… Gema Caldeira e Fernandes and her son Vicente Fernandes completed the course within the time allocated for the distance… click here.

News Headlines:

23 Nov: News18. In Goa, Chendulli Hair Braiding Style Is Becoming Popular Among Women

23 Nov: Times of India. Indonesia looking at Goan pharma sector, wants to attract doctors, hospitals from India

24 Nov: Herald. Goa: Govt can continue to give CRZ nod for new projects

24 Nov: The Goan. Goa: Civic body decides to ban sale of tender coconuts in Margao

24 Nov: The Goan. Goa: Comunidades have no records, details of encroachments

24 Nov: MSN. Indian Skilled Workers, Students Top In UK Visa Tally

24 Nov: Times of India. Goa seeks Rs 7,000 crore for highways, Centre sanctions just Rs 110 crore

24 Nov: The Goan. IIT Goa excels, 99% students secure jobs



Death: Edgar de Sa. Surrey, UK. Ex Nairobi
20 Nov 2023. EDGAR ALEXANDRE REMEDIOS DE SA. Loving husband to Annie. Adored dad to Alexandre, Trevor (Maria), Elaine (Tony), Daniella (Arthur), and Edgar Jnr (Emma). Doting Avo to Raymond, Rebecca, Jacob, Liam, Evie, Dara, Lila, Charlie and Ayda. Funeral service will take place on Friday, 1st December 2023 at 9:00am at Holy Family Church, SM1 1QU in the UK followed by Cremation at NES Crematorium SM4 4NU at 10:40am. No flowers, donations to GOSH. Message of condolences can be sent to: Info Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi

News Summary

Revocation of Indian Passports: Portuguese passport agents raise concerns of huge impact on Goans

23 Nov: The Goan. By Vibha Verma. The Portuguese travel agents in Goa have confirmed that a number of their clients have received ‘intimation’ letters or ‘notices’ in view of the recent circular issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) regarding Bilhete de Identidade or Assento de Nascimento… At least 8 to 10 such cases being reported weekly … Implications are significant, particularly for those who have registered their births in Portugal… There are also instances where applicants have received notices from the Passport Office seeking a “proper explanation” regarding the circumstances under which they allegedly suppressed material information in their passport applications… Those who have surrendered their Indian passports to keep their Portuguese nationality are encountering challenges in obtaining visas… 647 words  For further details click here
22 Nov: The Goan. Portuguese connect: Goans now in Catch-22 situation. By Vibha Verma.  click here

Forthcoming UK Events

Sunday 31st December 2023 - Konkani Dramatic Association (KDA) UK presents tiatr at 1.00 p.m. sharp "Ostoriamchem Gulamponn" written and directed by Judith Pacheco e Fernandez. Featuring star sensational European singer Lilianna singing first time on tiatr stage in Konkani. Tickets £12. Strictly no outside food and drinks allowed. Snack & soft drink £4 and food plate & soft drink £6. Please support our local artists and our fundraising for a local charity. Please see flyer for further details or contact Judith on 07448615309 for more information.  click here
Sunday 31st December 2023 Konkani Dramatic Association (KDA) UK celebrates it's 20th anniversary ending 2023 with a New Year's Eve Ball. Bring in 2024 dancing to our live band Finesse at Featherstone High School Southall UB2 5HF from 19:30 - 01:00. Please refer to the flyer to book tickets: Adults £25 Child £12 with snack, buffet and desert included and fantastic raffle prizes to be won. Please see flyer for further details or contact Judith on 07448615309 for more information.  click here


21 Nov: Herald. Air India Faces Rs 10 Lakh Fine from DGCA for Second Violation of Compensation Rules… The non-compliance includes failure to provide hotel accommodation for passengers affected by delayed flights, inadequate training of ground personnel, and neglecting compensation for international business class passengers forced to travel on unserviceable seats…  For further details click here
23 Nov: Hindustan Times. Nearly 15,000 Royal Enfield enthusiasts to gather in Goa for Motoverse. Bringing together motorcycling, music and art, the 13th edition of Royal Enfield’s Motoverse will have various experiences to immerse enthusiasts… On November 24, the hill of Vagator (Goa) will rumble with the roar of wide-open throttle…  click here
22 Nov: Times of India. What makes south Goa a paradise for solitude seekers… Less crowded … Scenic beauty … Relaxed Ambience … Resorts … Cultural Sites … Wildlife … Water Activities click here.


23 Nov: Telly Chakkar. Woah! Salman Khan's bodyguard shoves a man away with force while the actor hurriedly rushes to his car, take a look at the viral video …  click here
22 Nov: Herald. Satyajit Ray is more like my style of filmmaking: Stuart Gatt. British director Stuart Gatt’s film ‘Catching Dust’, was screened at the opening film of the 54th International Film Festival of India…Stuart loves the classics when it comes to cinema and even though he grew up watching a lot of Hindi movies, he was hugely influenced by the works of Satyajit Ray. “Satyajit Ray is more like my style of filmmaking. I love Bollywood, but he was someone that I studied a lot, actually, just watching as a filmmaker. He's one of the greatest filmmakers ever, and he really spoke to me…”  click here
23 Nov: Times of India. From poder’s life to jazz ecstasies, Goa’s fest films reel in authenticity. From the simplicity of a bread baker’s like to the jazz raptures of a musician, the themes of Goan films pitched at this edition of the NDFC Film Bazaar unfolded diverse tales from the state… Narratives that encapsulate the essence of Goan culture, traditions and vibrant landscapes… click here.

F&B News

22 Nov: Birmingham Mail (UK Indian restaurant in pretty market town near Birmingham wins top award. The Paprika Club has been named West Midlands Asian Restaurant of the Year at the Asian Curry Awards … And people rave about the Goan fish curry with garlic, mustard seed and peppers… one diner saying: "The Goan Fish curry was absolutely delicious. The fish was perfect and the flavours were rich. I’d definitely recommend." … Another added: "Today I dined in and had a Goan Fish Curry and it was honestly the best curry I've had. You can taste the different spices in there, there was a very generous portion of fish in it too... It's well worth the money!” …  For further details click here
23 Nov: Times of India. GI tag for cashew nuts to put Goa on global culinary map… The geographical indication (GI) tag to the locally grown Goan cashew nuts could help prevent nuts imported from Africa from being sold as Goan cashew nuts. The GI status will help to carve out a special, marketable identity for the popular Goan nuts …  click here
21 Nov: The Goan. Locals see red over tambdi bhaji from Karnataka click here.


23 Nov: DNA. Western Ghats: A Journey into India's Biodiversity Hotspot. In 2012, UNESCO inscribed the Western Ghats as a World Heritage Site, recognizing its extraordinary biodiversity and unique ecosystems…  For further details click here
23 Nov: Herald. Save Mollem Group challenges approval for Tamnar project… The Save Mollem group underlined that the Goa Tamnar project proposal cannot contradict the SC order. The group also recalled that the SC had set aside recommendations made by the National Board of Wildlife…  click here
22 Nov: Times of India. Escape the haze: Unveiling Earth’s cleanest destinations… Izu Peninsula, Japan… Sopron, Hungary … Amboseli, Kenya… South Shetland Islands, Antarctica… Udon Thani, Thailand… La Digue, Seychelles … Zanzibar, Tanzania … Cam Ranh, Vietnam … click here.

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22 Nov: Gomantak Times. Sabre-toothed NCB could shred Goa drug trade. With 21 cases booked in two years and 47 individuals arrested – 34 Indians and the remaining foreigners – the Home Ministry has approved the upgrade of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) office in Goa from sub-zonal to zonal… Seven Nigerians were arrested in 2021 along with nationals from Congo, Switzerland and South Africa. The year 2022-23 saw four from Russia, one from Guinea, one from Britain, one each from Nigeria and Kenya – the last two caught with a haul of 1.009 kg of cocaine…  For further details click here
21 Nov: DIP. Applications Invited For Manohar Parrikar Goa Scholars Scheme. Directorate of Higher Education has invited applications from the eligible candidates under the ‘Manohar Parrikar Goa Scholars Scheme 2018’ for the academic year 2023-24. The scholarships will be awarded for the pursuit of post-graduate and doctoral studies to meritorious students who possess excellent communication skills and qualities of intellect … Details for selection of Manohar Parrikar Goa Scholars Scheme and the link to the application form are available at  click here
23 Nov: Herald. The Vasco cylinder blast double death case has more than a whiff of foul play emerging. Forensic and police team that conducted another scene of crime inspection found that the cylinder in the ‘cylinder blast’ is intact, the gas regulator looked completely untouched by the flames of the blast. A look at the kitchen area didn’t show any signs of even a minor accident… The accidental death of the mother and pregnant daughter in the cylinder blast smacks of a conspiracy after several pieces of evidence now points to a homicidal angle in the entire incident… click here.

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23 Nov: Herald. Goa: Birth certificate to be sole proof of birth by Passport Offices

23 Nov: The Goan. Goa: Alexio Sequeira has task cut out as new Environment Minister

22 Nov: Print Week. Perumal Murugan’s Fire Bird wins the JCB Prize for Literature

22 Nov: Times of India. Free-of-cost dialysis centre to start in Pisoli

23 Nov: Times of India. Goa: GMC to establish minimally invasive, robotic dept by Jan

22 Nov: Digital Goa. Goa to host International Purple Fest from Jan 8 to 13, 2024’


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Portuguese Connect: Goans now in Catch-22 situation

22 Nov: The Goan. By Vibha Verma. Those holding a Portuguese Bilhete de Identidade or Assento de Nascimento and seeking renewal of their Indian passport, without surrendering it within the stipulated period, are facing revocation of their passports… This unforeseen development stems from a circular issued by the Ministry of External Affairs on November 30, 2022… In Goa, where an average of 15 to 20 applications are received daily, alarmingly, at least one application per day is being revoked… As per the rules, the applicant has to mandatorily provide the document that proves the date of acquisition of foreign nationality… The development has trapped several Goans who have registered their birth in Portugal and are serving the system in the government... It has also come to the fore that these Indian-turned-Portuguese nationals, will now have to seek visas from the FRRO…  click here
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India Resumes Visa Services In Canada

22 Nov: CNN-News18. India has resumed electronic visa services for Canadian nationals after a nearly two-month pause, sources told on Wednesday. Visa services had been suspended on September 21 amid the ongoing diplomatic row over Canada's claims that "agents of the Indian government" were involved in the June killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Canadian citizen, in that country. This means that all visa services have now resumed, including tourist visas.  click here

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20 Nov: H-Portugal. XVI International Seminar on Indo-Portuguese History. Call for papers. Location Goa, India. Subject fields: Art, Art History & Visual Studies, Colonial and Post-Colonial History/Studies, cultural History/studies, Humanities, Spanish and Portuguese History/Studies… The International Seminar on Indo-Portuguese History has been bringing together researchers from all over the world for 45 years, intending to promote the study of relations between India and Portugal over time in a multidisciplinary and holistic way…All communication with the Organizing Committee should be done by email: …  For further details click here
22 Nov: The Goan. GrowthGravy: Navigating Goa’s Digital Landscape. GrowthGravy manages events from the social media and outreach point of view… Beginning with one content writer and one website developer, GrowthGravy has grown to a bunch of 45 talented, creative individuals… The eight-year brain-child of Viresh Vajirani now has various verticals like social media, design, production … They have worked with 315 clients across the globe over the last eight years like Mithos (Switzerland), EB5 United (USA), International Film Festival of India … He offers services ranging from growth hacking, social media marketing, online advertising, paid ads management and content production…  click here
22 Nov: Navhind Times. ‘Work from shacks’ soon for IT startups. With the state’s information technology (IT) department planning for sea hubs in the coastal belt from Morjim to Canacona, the IT startups will soon be able to work out of beach shacks… “Each hub will WiFi facilities and the necessary infrastructure to carry out business,” said IT Minister Rohan Khaunte …The government has already approached the Centre with regard to visas for international digital nomads … click here.


22 Nov: The Goan. Drones to help in drowning rescues off Goa’s beaches. In a first-of-its-kind innovation, World’s first artificial intelligence (AI) drone named ‘Nav Rakshak’, that helps in detecting people drowning in water and raises alarm and provides them life-saving assistance, will be deployed across all 52 beaches of Goa…  For further details click here
21 Nov: Herald. International Tourists Rescued in Dramatic Weekend Beach Rescues in Goa… Mandrem Beach played host to three separate rescue missions involving foreign tourists. A 24-year-old Russian woman found herself engulfed in rough waves prompting the immediate response of lifeguards … Similarly, a 35-year-old English woman faced a similar predicament at Mandrem, but thanks to the swift action of lifeguard Vitorino Desouza … In a separate incident, a 33-year-old man from Belarus was rescued …  click here


22 Nov: Herald. Greens slam Goa Wildlife board for in-principle clearance to Tamnar project… “The Tamnar transmission project will pass through core areas of the Western Ghats and Anshi Tiger Reserve, which will destroy tigers. The project is against the people of the State and therefore we are opposing it,” said Environmentalist and the Federation of Rainbow Warriors general secretary Abhijit Prabhudesai…  For further details click here
22 Nov: Herald. Goa follows Centre’s directions to declare wetlands, after five years only on orders of the Green Tribunal. 43 wetland areas declared after NGT’s constant watch based on a petition filed by green activists… Lakes will be protected from dumping waste and constructions nearby; conversions of these lands for non-wetland use not permitted…  click here

‘Essential’ digital meters: Silent paperweights on Goan taxis, as passengers still pay crazy fares

22 Nov: Herald. By Anil Kumar Mishra. Unused taxi meters are covered with towels… Taxi operators are adamant on not using them… Transport department says “All is well” since they “haven’t received complaints”… When the new Taxi App was launched by the State government, the Director of Transport Rajan Satardekar made it clear that digital meters for taxis are “essential and mandatory”… Sam Gupta, a global executive noticed a big towel covering an object (meter)... But it was shut and dead… “We will get fined if we don’t put. So it’s there... We have taken a pre-paid amount based on our rates from you,” was the driver’s answer… The transport department is happy that digital meters are “installed” and the taxi lobby is fine as long as the meters don’t have to be used. The passengers are still paying exorbitant rates...” 934 words  For further details click here

Goa vs Kerala: which South Indian state should travellers pick?

21 Nov: Lonely Planet (UK). By Luke Waterson and Joanna Lobo… A proud Goenkar (Goan) who has spent most of her life in the state, Joanna Lobo is on a mission to spread the good word about her home … Welcome to India’s favourite post-pandemic destination… People go to Kerala on vacation. They come to Goa to find a home… It is a place that embraces tradition and yet keeps space for modernity. The colonial presence of the Portuguese for 451 years has given it a distinctly European feel in terms of food, architecture, clothing and music… Goa has susegaad… Luke Waterson who spent a month traveling through the state of Kerala, says, “It captivates you with almighty doses of what you will never have seen before… Kerala is a vividly ritualistic place… This is also the place that gave us Ayurveda… Topographically, Kerala virtually owns the word “backwater.” 1396 words  For further details click here

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22 Nov: Herald. Goa: Former MP Churchill Alemao to Contest Lok Sabha Polls Independently

21 Nov: Gomantak Times. Goa: Konkani cinema today: No bucks, no fizz

22 Nov: Herald. Goa: Margao residents stage protest at Railway Station against parking fee; Term it as loot of the common men

21 Nov: The Goan. TCP explores affordable housing for Goans

21 Nov: Mangalorean. Goa: Hindu groups seek action against Halal certified products

21 Nov: Times of India. BITS Goa prof to help retrieve membranes from old tyres, prove utility to purify water

22 Nov: The Goan: Goa: Separate dept for Disabled people on the cards

22 Nov: Daily Mail(UK). Ronnie O'Sullivan's fiancée Laila Rouass opens up about 'soul destroying' times with the snooker ace amid his mental health struggles


ARTS: The Secret History of Yoga. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Fri. 24th Nov. 20:00 to 20:30. As this year's UN International Yoga Day approaches, Mukti Jain Campion explores the surprising roots of modern yoga practice.

NATURE: David Attenborough's Life Stories. BBC Radio 4 Extra (Freeview 708). Sun. 26th Nov. 21:45 to 22:00. Elsa. The eminent naturalist and broadcaster recalls how the BBC asked him to visit the Adamsons in Kenya, who were famous for hand-rearing a lioness called Elsa. David discusses the romanticism of their book, Born Free, starring the predator, and the hazardous implications of befriending a big cat.

TRAVEL: Joanna Lumley's Unseen Adventures. ITV3 Plus 1 (Freeview 59). Sun. 26th Nov. 22:00 to 23:00. India to Uzbekistan. The actress introduces more previously unaired footage from her travelogue programmes, this time focusing on her journeys to India and Uzbekistan. Joanna shares some previously unseen moments and provides viewers with an insight into the making of the series.

MUSIC: Dipps Bhamrah. BBC Asian Network (Freeview 709). Mon. 27th Nov. 03:00 to 04:00. M.I.A 28/08/2023. M.I.A. is a British rapper, singer and songwriter of Sri Lankan Tamil origin. Born in London in 1975, she began her music career in the early 2000s and quickly gained a following with her unique blend of hip-hop, electronic, and Asian music. Some of her most popular songs include 'Paper Planes,' 'Bad Girls,' and 'Galang.' M.I.A. is known for her politically charged lyrics and her activism on issues such as immigration and human rights.

COOKERY: Nadiya's Simple Spices. BBC 2. Wed. 29th Nov. 08:00 to 08:30. Family Favourites. Nadiya prepares an authentic chicken curry, infused with aromatic whole spices, passed down through generations of her family, before sharing the secrets to her family's favourite snack, the samosa, generously filled with cumin and dill laced mash potato.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Witness History. BBC World Service (Freeview 710). Thurs. 30th Nov. 18:50 to 19:00. Tanzania Adopted Swahili to Unite the Country. Walter Bgoya recounts how, upon Tanzania's independence in 1961, the country's leader Julius Nyerere made Swahili the national language to unite its people.

FILM: The Lion. Talking Pictures TV (Freeview 82). Fri. 1st Dec. 09:40 to 11:35. A lawyer is concerned with his estranged daughter's close bond with a wild lion in a Kenyan game preserve. Drama, starring William Holden, Capucine, Pamela Franklin and Trevor Howard. Director: Jack Cardiff.

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