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Goan Voice Newsletter: Tuesday 04 Feb. 2014


Death: Ilda Fernandes

28 Jan: London, UK . ILDA FERNANDES. Aged 85. Ex Nairobi. Beloved wife of the late Piety Fernandes (1996). Loving mother of Vita, Santan/Anna, late Mila and Louis. Devoted granny to Paul, Steven, Anthony and Nichola. Sister to Crescencia, Catherine, Johnny, Appolonia and the late Anthony, late Rosario, late Albert. Funeral service will be held at the Church of the Annunciation, 4 Thirleby Road, Burnt Oak, Edgware HA8 0HQ. on Tuesday 11th February 2014 at 11.30 am. Condolences to  email

Death: Ana Mendes

3 Feb: Spartanburg South Carolina, USA. ANA MARY MENDES. Born 1917 in Pomburpa, Goa. Ex-Dar-es-salaam. She has joined her husband C. Sebastian Mendes.(ex-Grindlays Bank) and son Ferdy. She was a loving Mother to: Mildred/Cedric Abreu (Toronto); Tony/Ramona (Chicago); Late Fernando "Ferdy"/Ingrid (Toronto); Alvaro/Doreen (Toronto); Stella/Agnelo DeSouza (Spartanburg SC). Doting Grandma to: Brendan/Kimi Abreu; Hazel Abreu; Alistair/Tricia Abreu; Nathan Mendes; Melissa Mendes; Jonathan Mendes; Eleanor Mendes; Ivan Mendes; Heather-Ann/Ross Romano; Nicole Mendes and Lionel DeSouza and great-Grandma to: Ariel, Jessie, Bethany and Ayden Abreu. May Her Soul Rest in Peace. Amen. For funeral services watch this space. [Info: Brendan Abreu]. Condolences to  email
For the Ana Mendes Tribute site click here.

News Summary

London: Fenny Fever & Maggie's Kitchen host: Goan Cooking Classes 2014

Fenny Fever has teamed up with the exquisite chefs at Maggie's kitchen! If you're keen to gain some Goan culinary skills then we have the very best interactive kitchens and team to deliver our classes! Prices and location will be dependent on participation rate. To visit us on Facebook, click here. To register your interest, please click here. We will update you thereafter. Note deadline for registering is 14th Feb!

Arun Pereira: ‘If they thought they would cow me down, they were mistaken’
5 Feb: Mumbai Mirror. Mumbai-based Arun Ferreira, who was arrested in Nagpur in 2007 as a Naxalite, was acquitted in all nine cases against him in September 2011. But even as he walked out of Nagpur Central Jail, he was re-arrested in two more cases. In one of them, he was acquitted in three months. In January 2012, he was released on bail in the second, and last week, was finally acquitted… In jail, Arun completed a postgraduate diploma in human rights. Now he studies law, occasionally giving lectures at his alma mater, St Xavier's, and works to raise awareness about the violation of rights of political prisoners… 664 words + photo.  click here

A room of his own: In conversation with Goa-based poet Manohar Shetty

4 Feb: Himal. By Lora Tomas. I visited Manohar Shetty in Dona Paula, on the outskirts of Panjim – where he has been living since he left Bombay as a young poet and editor. We talked about poetry, Panjim and Bombay over tea and shrimp puffs… In his creative career thus far, Shetty has published five books of poems… Shetty’s poetry has appeared in renowned literary magazines from the UK, USA and Australia, as well as in several anthologies … His work has been translated into Italian, Finnish, German and Slovenian… 2594 words + photos.  click here

Goan maid says she was robbed, beaten in Sharjah
4 Feb: Business Standard. A woman from Goa who was working as a maid in the United Arab Emirates has told police she was robbed and beaten with a leather belt for over two months by her Indian-origin employers there. The woman has registered a complaint at the Collem police station against Allan Rodrigues and his wife Ester on charges of abusing her for over two months in Sharjah in October-December last year… The woman filed the complaint soon after returning to India earlier this month.  click here

Advertisement: For Sale: Garça Branca Goa's Boutique Estate

A unique opportunity to buy one of Goa's ancestral properties currently top rated B & B by Trip Advisor, located in Loutulim, South Goa beside a tributary of the River Zuari. Measuring 294sqms this fully renovated, modernised and ecologically developed property fronts a 5760sqm ayurvedic botanical garden with waterfalls, swimming pool, exotic plant nursery, organic vegetable garden, and an aviary, backing onto the scenic river which is teeming with fish and has a variety of migratory birds, water fowl. "The Garça Branca" is the Portuguese translation of White Heron. Experience picture postcard sunrise and sunsets from the terraces and balconies. With office and staff facilities this beautiful property with its own ancestral well, water harvesting facilities and solar panels can be your own private heaven or a desirable business offering an ideal corporate venue or income as a boutique hotel. The best turnkey piece of developed real estate in all Goa. PRICE (negotiable): 6054sqms @Indian Rupees 33,100 per square metre equals approx Rs 20 crores. Contact Carlos Mascarenhas at: Mob: +919822584861 LL: +918326481231 Website: has full details and about 30 photos.
For the Goan Voice Garça Branca sale supplement go to  click here

Goa's ex-Chief Minister summoned in illegal mining case
4 Feb: IANS. Former Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat and three officials have been issued summons in connection with the Rs.35,000 crore illegal mining case, police said Monday. Kamat, former law secretary V.P. Shetye, a former director of mines and geology and another official have been called … Kamat has been called Feb 8 …  click here

Church discovered in Brazil has Goan link

5 Feb: Times of India. The discovery of a church in Brazil that has a striking resemblance to the chapel of St Catherine in Old Goa, Goa, has perked some interest among members of the Goan cyber community active on the social media. Brazil's O Globo newspaper published a picture of the church that could easily be mistaken for the chapel in Goa. O Globo further states that the church was built in 1963 by Portuguese who had been expelled from Goa. "They (the Portuguese expelled from Goa) planned to build a city for 5,000 people around the church square, but gave up and returned to Europe," the report states…  click here
O Globo. Text + Video.  click here

Body kept in GMC morgue decomposes
4 Feb: Herald. The family and relatives of Joyvin Pires of Merces, who died in a tragic accident, were robbed of bidding a proper farewell to their loved one as his body, which was kept in the recently opened state- of- the- art GMC morgue, got decomposed due to the its non-functioning… A grief stricken brother of the deceased, Mario, who had flown down from United Kingdom could not see the face of his brother for the last time due to the badly decomposed state of the body, a memory which is likely to haunt him for the rest of his life…  click here

Portuguese Passport: Opening Pandora’s Box

4 Feb: Navhind Times. Most Goans who seek a Portuguese passport do not intend to visit Portugal By Eduardo Faleiro. The recent news that two MLAs of the Goa legislative assembly had registered their birth at the Civil Registration Office in Lisbon created a major controversy… many Goans seeking employment abroad found that a Portuguese passport would provide them easy access to the more affluent European countries. Indeed, most Goans who seek a Portuguese passport do not intend to visit Portugal, do not speak Portuguese nor are interested in Portuguese culture or way of life… 1269 words.  click here

Mumbai: Cops say Bishop, Cardinal kept them waiting
4 Feb: DNA - Daily News & Analysis. Even as the Thane police allege they were kept waiting by the Archbishop and Cardinal, who were to come to Thane to give their version in the church land deal case, Bishop Agnelo Gracias maintains that nobody from his office will come as there is no formal complaint against them… He added, "We have done nothing wrong. We did sell the land and the charity commissioner has given us an injunction in the said case for a month." … It has been alleged that 21,000 sq metre of the 37,000 sq metre plot was sold to Hiranandani builders by the sole trustee Fr John Rumao to Hiranandani builders for Rs 20crore - way lesser than the market value of the land in 2007, i.e. Rs120 crore … 461 words.  click here

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