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Goan Voice Newsletter: Tuesday 21 Mar. 2017

News Summary

EXCLUSIVE: Danielle McLaughlin was GANG RAPED before being murdered claims family lawyer

20 Mar: Daily Mail (UK) By Nick Fagge in Goa. Murdered British backpacker Danielle McLaughlin was gang-raped before she was murdered with a broken beer bottle, according to her family's lawyer. In a dramatic development, Vikram Varma today insisted that prime suspect Vikat Bhagat could not have acted alone… ‘I believe Danielle’s attackers took her to another place other than the place where the body was found”. The lawyer is now urging Goa Police to keep searching for the other attackers… Today Bhagat appeared in court on 20 separate charges of theft against tourists … 875 words + photos.  click here
The missing 10 hours that could hold clue to solving 'gang-rape killing' of Danielle McLaughlin. 20 Mar: Daily Mirror (UK). … Mr Varma said: "We don't know what happened between 9.30pm and 7.30am. At this moment in time, nothing can be ruled out." … Danielle was wearing traditional, colourful facepaints when she vanished. But there was no paint on her body when it was found the next day… She may have gone to have a shower at some place. We need to know where she went…” 689 words.  click here
Danielle McLaughlin’s heartbroken dad reveals he only met daughter three times before she was murdered … 19 Dec: The Sun (UK). 1032 Words, click here.

Editorial: Making Tourists feel safe in Goa

20 Mar: Navhind Times. The rape and murder of the 28-year-old Irish woman Danielle McLaughlin highlights once again the issue of lack of safety of tourists across Goa. According to police records, as many as 260 foreign tourists died of 'unnatural causes' in the state between 2005 and 2015. Among them were 76 British nationals, including 18 women, 48 Russians, 18 Nepalese, 13 Ukrainians and 5 Germans… The two accused in the Scarlet case were acquitted by the children's court for lack of evidence despite the Central Bureau of Investigation handling it, causing disbelief and disappointment among members of her family and foreign tourists at large… Goa attracts tourists from different states of India and foreign countries and it is the duty of the state administration to ensure their safety…  click here
20 Mar: The Goan. Goa’s dark side …  click here
20 Mar: The Goan. Danielle murder: Goa’s image takes a severe beating abroad click here.

Mumbai: Anne Crasto deported 13 years after she flew to Canada on fake passport

20 Mar: Indian Express. Anne Flavia Crasto from Mangalore was deported to India on Friday, 13 years after she travelled to Canada using a fake passport… According to the police, in September 2004, Crasto, now 52 years old, used a passport registered in another person’s name to travel to Montreal via Mumbai. While the forgery was not detected in India, she was held by immigration authorities at the airport in Montreal. Immediately, she applied to be granted asylum, but her request was rejected. Over the next decade however, Crasto continued to live in Montreal, working as a house help and sending money to her family in Mangalore. She got married to an Indian-origin American citizen in Canada. But they got divorced in 2012 … Crasto, comes from a very poor family in Mangalore, of which no member has been able to come to Mumbai to be with her… Crasto was not very well educated and must have been duped by her agent …  click here

Canada: Road to priesthood started with a simple question

14 Mar: The Catholic Register… In Canada 11 men this spring will be ordained into the Catholic priesthood… This graduating class from St. Augustine’s Seminary and the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Toronto represent the largest class since 2009… brothers Favin and Ryan Alemao, 29 and 32 respectively will be ordained May 13 at St. Michael’s Cathedral… [Favin and Ryan are the sons of Felix and late Alice Alemao (Ex Sinquerim, Goa]  click here
9 Mar. 2012: The Catholic Register. Brothers Ryan and Favin Alemao are in formation for the priesthood at Toronto’s St. Augustine’s Seminary. And though both come from the same family, have had similar experiences and look incredibly alike — some even mistake them for twins — both reached the same point in very different ways. The Alemao family moved to Ajax, Ont., from the United Arab Emirates in 2001 … When the Alemaos moved to Canada, the whole family got involved in its new parish community… 992 words. [Item alert from John Nazareth].  click here

Manohar Parrikar’s Cabinet

21 Mar: Navhind Times. The new Tourism Minister, Manohar 'Babu' Azgaonkar, emphasised on developing tourism sector and protecting Goan culture … He also said that his priority would be to promote ecotourism by creating proper infrastructure so that tourists would get an opportunity to experience real culture and tradition of the state… Art and Culture Minister Govind Gaude … TCP Minister Vijai Sardesai … Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte … Francis D'Souza: urban development … Pandurang Madkaikar: power portfolio… Govind Gaude has been made the Minister for Art and Culture, whereas GFP's Vinod Paliecar and Jayesh Salgaonkar have been allotted water resources and housing portfolios respectively…  click here

Man, 72, charged with stabbing Indian Catholic priest in Melbourne

20 Mar: Daily Mail. A priest was stabbed in the neck in front of horrified worshipers during a Sunday morning church service in Melbourne. Reverend Tomy Kalathoor Mathew, 48, was just about to start the 11am Italian mass at St Matthew’s church in Fawkner North when a man approached him. The man allegedly yelled 'you are Indian, a Hindu or Muslim, you cannot say mass... I will kill you.' … Later on Sunday evening, a 72-year-old man was arrested in connection with the stabbing, police announced around 9pm. Rev Mathew was not seriously injured in the brazen attack but was rushed to hospital after his flock gave him first aid inside the church…  click here

India to emerge as new hub for cruises

20 Mar: Travel Biz Monitor. According to a report in The Asian Age, a policy is in the works to make India a global destination for cruise shipping and efforts are on to identify such circuits … Europe’s key player Costa Cruises launched Costa neo Classica in India recently, which has confirmed seven voyages. A task force to promote cruise tourism in the country has been constituted under the chairmanship of tourism secretary, with shipping secretary as co-chairman… Of the 12 major ports, only five — Mumbai, Goa, Cochin, New Mangalore and Chennai — have facilities to berth international cruise ships …  click here

Auction: Planters Chair

22 Mar: De Zwann, Amsterdam. Lot 8013. Hardwood planters chair with cane seat and back. Auctioneer's estimate; 80 EUR - 120 EUR  click here
Lot 2398: Colonial, probably Goa, fully tortoiseshell lined art cabinet, 17th century, with finely crafted silver lines, handles and feet with floral motifs. Behind the two doors five drawers, the inside of the doors with painted decoration of characters (turtle with cracks). 40 cm x 24 cm x 29 cm. Auctioneer's estimate 800 EUR - 1,500 EUR  click here

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