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Death: Joe Mendes
21 Dec: London. JOE MENDES (Born 10 Jan 1931; ex-Uganda). Beloved husband of the late Rose (De Souza) for 33 years. Loving father of Neil and Myra and father-in-law to Mary Ann. Proud grandfather of Liam and Ethan.
Funeral will take place on Mon. 11 Jan at 11:30 am at St Thomas More Church, 420A Long Lane, Bexleyheath, Kent, DA7 5JW. Burial: 2:00 pm at Hill View Cemetery, Wickham Lane, Welling and thereafter at St Michael’s Community Centre, Wrotham Road, Welling. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to The British Heart Foundation or St Thomas' Hospital.
Video: World Goa Day - Dubai
23 Dec: You Tube. Konkani Song - Theme Song World Goa Day. Music re-mixed & Sung by Sanio. Produced by Abdul Mutallib. Dance Troupe by Impressions. 4m. 06s.
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Video: Keith Vaz: Goa Football Association Golden Jubilee
23 Dec: Goa 365 via Navhind Times. Goa Football Association celebrated its Golden jubilee on Tuesday at a glittering ceremony held at Wild Orchid, Majorda. 5m. 50s.
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Wary Goa set to usher in Christmas
24 Dec: IANS. Goa police have initiated a special set of security measures to ensure a safe Christmas in coordination with church authorities in the state… 379 words. Full Text.
Fiona Dias: Overcoming Multichannel Hurdles
24 Dec: eMarketer. Fiona Dias is an executive vice president of GSI Commerce, an e-commerce service provider. She spoke with eMarketer about the challenges retailers face in running a “buy online, pick up in-store” or “ship to store” service. Photo + 761 words. Full Text.
Indian Emigrants in the UK Now Demand Dual Citizenship
23 Dec: Emigrate. Indian skilled emigrants that are already living in the UK have launched campaigns for dual citizenship in India. 295 words. Full Text.
India: Expats, tourists slam new regulations
24 Dec: Top News. … Lack of transparency and standardisation in visa procedures is amounting to widespread frustration. 316 words. Full Text.
Govt climbs down a notch on two-month visa cooling off
24 Dec: Indian Express. The government has softened its newfound toughness on visa rules… foreign visitors may be allowed to return within two months of leaving the country — as long as they make a “full disclosure” of their travel plans to the immigration officer while on their way out… 152 words. Full Text.
New visa changes may impact tourism in Goa
24 Dec: Navhind Times. The new visa regime is likely to hit the state more, as it receives a lot of foreigners who come on a long holidays… A number of British citizens said that changes to the visa law is not only going to affect them to a great extent but also the local hotel industry and the real estate owners … They further said that following the death of Scarlett Keeling any policeman or social worker from Britain applying for tourist visa has to furnish a letter from his department that his visit to India is not for official purpose…. 467 words. Full Text.
Festive spirit on a high
24 Dec: Herald. With a little over 24 hours left for the festival of joy (Christmas), preparations are nearing climax with homes and village corners already decked up with illuminated lights and X-mas trees…But many of the hotels in the Baga-Calangute belt had not reached full occupancy… 458 words. Full Text.
India visa move brings complaints
23 Dec: BBC. India has tightened rules for long-term tourist visas, barring visitors from returning within two months of leaving… “Have you been affected by the visa changes? Are you in India - do you think these restrictions are good for India? Send us your comments” 486 words. Full Text.
Selections from GoaNet highlights by Selma Carvalho
Soter D'Souza on the issue of migrants into Goa
Arwin Mesquita has compiled some letters to the editor which appeared in Goa papers on the anniversary of Goa's Liberation
Jason Keith Fernandes asks if tax payers' money is being wasted on sponsoring young Goans from the Diaspora to come and experience Goa.
Venita Coelho meets up with a number of women making a lot of noise about the state of affairs in Goa.
Vidyadhar Gadgil on Goa CM's soft stance on right-wing groups
JoeGoaUK had a video of the senior citizens of Porvorim and Velim singing mandos.
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Video: Tourism department to crack down on foreigners working illegally
23 Dec: Goa 365 via Navhind Times. Goa government is to crack down on establishments employing foreigners, who are here without business or work visa. 3m. 19s. Full Text.
Video: Mapusa police arrest an alleged drug peddler
23 Dec: Goa 365 via Navhind Times. The Mapusa police arrested one Richard Green for possessing 510 grams of charas while he was waiting to board a train to Gujarat at Thivim police station. 1m. 20s. Full Text.