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Goan Voice Newsletter: Monday 29 Aug. 2011




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Video: World Goa Day in Adelaide, South Australia


27 Aug: You Tube. Sponsored by Club India South Australia... for raising funds for the underprivileged in Beth-Beth-Lehem in Karwar. Dancers - Wilbur Colaco, Alfred Viegas, Allwyn D'Souza, Larina Fernandez, Sasha Sequira, Michelle Cardozo. 5m. 18s. click here.




Goa, Lucio Mascarenhas and the Anders Breivik connection


Lucio Mascarenhas
29 Aug: Indian Express. Norwegian mass killer Anders Breivik sourced his vitriol against Muslims from at least three writers of Indian origin … one of them Lucio Mascarenhas, a self-proclaimed evangelist, is a resident of Mumbai but originally from Goa … Breivik has borrowed from an article written by Mascarenhas, entitled The Crusades: Islam wronged?... Mascarenhas describes himself as a follower of the Christian faith "in its purest form" … 761 words. Click here.
Lucio Joao Mascarenhas of Sangolda runs The Goan Center discussion group "for organizing the Resistance to the Occupation of Goa". For details click here

News Summary

The Subdued ’Hic’ of Feni
29 Aug: Ground Report. By Stella Paul. For Goans, feni is the drink of all seasons, the spark of every fiesta, celebration and family gathering in Goa … Feni is believed to be an excellent cure for stomach cramps and is also widely seen as an aphrodisiac… Also, it is the only Indian alcoholic beverage so far, to receive a Geographical Indicator' (GI) status so now large distilleries have started making Feni. As a result, local brewers - especially owners of small plantations are slowly being pushed out of Feni making business… 684 words. Click here.
Video. 2m. 40s. click here.

Karachi: Church attack puts Christians on guard
29 Aug: Cath News India. An early morning attack on a church in Karachi during which assailants threw stones and vandalized the sanctuary, has left Christians worried for their safety. The attack was made on St Joseph Catholic Church on the morning of August 27…  click here

Will Visa Problems Become a Thing of the Past?
29 Aug: Russia India Report. Statistics show that some 1.7% of Russian citizens have overstayed their visas… Russian diplomats expressed concern over the sentences handed down by Goa courts … Business people, tour operators, and ordinary citizens of both countries have been calling for the simplification of mutual visa arrangements … following the arrival in Moscow of India’s new ambassador tourist visas will be processed within three business days and will be valid for up to five years … 704 words.  click here

A Walk Down the Aisle
29 Aug: Herald. … Goa is a preferred wedding destination for domestic and well as foreign tourists. The NRI wedding is a regular on Goa’s wedding calendar. And while it’s baffling to some, most NRIs prefer Goa, in spite of the disparity in costs… For the NRI, Goa is a great mix of the traditional and the modern… A traditional Goan wedding, complete with a band and an outdoor venue can cost anything from Rs 2- 6 lakhs. But, in the case of NRI weddings, most basic weddings start at Rs 7- 9 lakhs and it’s all upwards from there… 682 words.  click here

Portuguese-era mansions in Goa become makeshift art workshops
29 Aug: PTI. Four Portuguese-era mansions here have turned into art workshops for the nationally acclaimed artists during the Art Festival that commenced in Goa last week… the festival has no particular theme, but the ambience in the heritage houses is encouraging for the painter… 300 words.  click here

Goa's Cardozo Mancurad mango to grow across country
29 Aug: Times of India. Goa's Cardozo Mancurad has been picked by the country's agriculture scientists as a mouth-watering choice for Indian farmers to grow. The delicious and pulpy Cardozo Mancurad, now growing on a single tree in the Cardozo family compound in Mapusa, is poised to break its boundaries… The Cardozo variety has several advantages over the popular parental variety Mancurad … It has a deep orange, firm pulp with scanty fibre and a better flavour… 481 words.  click here

Is Konkan Railway now a white elephant?
28 Aug: Daily News & Analysis. Are the routes on Konkan Railway a huge drain on the exchequer? Can they ever be financially viable? These are the questions being raised following repeated disruptions of rail traffic. In the last two months alone, rail traffic had to be suspended on three occasions Now senior railway board officials are saying that the costs of maintaining the route have far outstripped even the project cost… 806 words.  click here

The Subdued ’Hic’ of Feni
29 Aug: Ground Report. By Stella Paul. For Goans, feni is the drink of all seasons, the spark of every fiesta, celebration and family gathering in Goa … Feni is believed to be an excellent cure for stomach cramps and is also widely seen as an aphrodisiac… Also, it is the only Indian alcoholic beverage so far, to receive a Geographical Indicator' (GI) status so now large distilleries have started making Feni. As a result, local brewers - especially owners of small plantations are slowly being pushed out of Feni making business… 684 words. Click here.
Video. 2m. 40s. click here.

Karachi: Church attack puts Christians on guard
29 Aug: Cath News India. An early morning attack on a church in Karachi during which assailants threw stones and vandalized the sanctuary, has left Christians worried for their safety. The attack was made on St Joseph Catholic Church on the morning of August 27…  click here

Will Visa Problems Become a Thing of the Past?
29 Aug: Russia India Report. Statistics show that some 1.7% of Russian citizens have overstayed their visas… Russian diplomats expressed concern over the sentences handed down by Goa courts … Business people, tour operators, and ordinary citizens of both countries have been calling for the simplification of mutual visa arrangements … following the arrival in Moscow of India’s new ambassador tourist visas will be processed within three business days and will be valid for up to five years … 704 words.  click here

A Walk Down the Aisle
29 Aug: Herald. … Goa is a preferred wedding destination for domestic and well as foreign tourists. The NRI wedding is a regular on Goa’s wedding calendar. And while it’s baffling to some, most NRIs prefer Goa, in spite of the disparity in costs… For the NRI, Goa is a great mix of the traditional and the modern… A traditional Goan wedding, complete with a band and an outdoor venue can cost anything from Rs 2- 6 lakhs. But, in the case of NRI weddings, most basic weddings start at Rs 7- 9 lakhs and it’s all upwards from there… 682 words.  click here

Portuguese-era mansions in Goa become makeshift art workshops
29 Aug: PTI. Four Portuguese-era mansions here have turned into art workshops for the nationally acclaimed artists during the Art Festival that commenced in Goa last week… the festival has no particular theme, but the ambience in the heritage houses is encouraging for the painter… 300 words.  click here

Goa's Cardozo Mancurad mango to grow across country
29 Aug: Times of India. Goa's Cardozo Mancurad has been picked by the country's agriculture scientists as a mouth-watering choice for Indian farmers to grow. The delicious and pulpy Cardozo Mancurad, now growing on a single tree in the Cardozo family compound in Mapusa, is poised to break its boundaries… The Cardozo variety has several advantages over the popular parental variety Mancurad … It has a deep orange, firm pulp with scanty fibre and a better flavour… 481 words.  click here

Is Konkan Railway now a white elephant?
28 Aug: Daily News & Analysis. Are the routes on Konkan Railway a huge drain on the exchequer? Can they ever be financially viable? These are the questions being raised following repeated disruptions of rail traffic. In the last two months alone, rail traffic had to be suspended on three occasions Now senior railway board officials are saying that the costs of maintaining the route have far outstripped even the project cost… 806 words.  click here




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