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Goan Voice Newsletter: Thursday 23 Mar. 2017


Death: Dr Apollo Vaz

17 Mar: Fallon, Nevada, USA. DR APOLLO HANNIBAL VAZ. Born June 23, 1958 in Bombay to Leandro and Vera Vaz. He came to Reno, Nevada in 1985 and moved with his wife to Fallon in 2003, and worked as a physician at Banner Hospital. Preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Francis and Fermino; father-in-law, Marcelino. Apollo is survived by his wife, Prima; daughter, Vera; sisters, Pelgy, Stella, Jacqueline (Thomas), Olivia (Vinoy); sister-in-law, Louella; mother-in-law, Linda; brothers in-law, Cajetan (Sarah), Ryan Zico (Aloma); nieces and nephews, Sheldon, Sasha, Clinton, Sinead, Shane, Joshua, Cassandra; and many friends. A Mass of the Resurrection will be said on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 AM with a visitation one hour prior to Mass at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 850 West 4th Street, Fallon, NV. Interment will follow at Our Mothers of Sorrows Catholic Cemetery, 2700 North Virginia Street, Reno, NV.

News Summary

Valerie Vaz: London terror attack

22 Mar: The Independent (UK). The House of Commons has been suspended following reports of a terrorist attack outside Parliament… David Lidington, leader of the House of Commons, told MPs: "The alleged assailant was shot by armed police. An air ambulance is currently attending the scene to remove the casualties… Shadow leader of the house Valerie Vaz added: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the police officer. [I want] to thank the police and all security services, and all the staff for looking after us so well." …  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Valerie Vaz,  click here

Murdered backpacker Danielle McLaughlin's body is flown home to be reunited with her family

22 May: 09:11 GMT. Daily Mail (UK). By Helen Roberts in Goa and Jay Akbar In London. The body of murdered British backpacker Danielle McLaughlin is being flown back to her mother in Ireland. There will be another autopsy before her body is transported to County Donegal… a campaign to bring her home raised over £26,000… Shakeel Komarpant, who was drinking with Ms McLaughlin the evening before she was found dead, claims prime suspect Bhagat had a crush on the victim … Mr Verma claims that the failure of the Scarlett Keeling case has given courage to criminals that they have a chance to get away with crimes like this of rape and murder… Text + photos. Click here.  click here
22 Mar: Daily Mirror (UK). Goan police 'dragging heels' over body release. Colin Bell of The Kevin Bell Repatriation Trust said yesterday: "Unfortunately the police in Goa are dragging their heels and have not released her body as we had hoped. "The Department of Foreign Affairs and the UK Foreign Office are working very hard to get her released but the Goan police are not signing the release papers."
22 Mar: Times of India. Post-mortem report confirms McLaughlin was raped before being murdered but whether it was a gang rape or not can be only proven conclusively by a DNA test, said a forensic expert. DNA and viscera examination reports are awaited. President of the NGO Goankar, Jack Fernandes, who was in the forefront in demanding action against Bhagat's alleged excesses, said, "We have our reasons to believe that Bhagat was not alone when he murdered the Irish woman." … click here.

Crackdown on drugs, late parties is priority: Goa CM Parrikar

22 Mar: New Indian Express. Goa Police has been told to crack down on drugs and late night parties where drugs are sold, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar said on Wednesday. Parrikar added that there would be no tolerance to crime against women. "I have given clear instruction vis-a-vis law and order to the police that number one drugs, number two no late parties where drugs are (sold)," he said, a day after meeting top police officials in the state. "About crimes against women, no tolerance in that matter." …  click here

Sabrina De Sousa: Ex-CIA Officer's Case Shows How to Get Things Done in D.C.

16 Mar: Investigative Project. Former CIA agent Sabrina DeSousa faced imminent deportation from Portugal where she lives to Italy where she faced a four-year prison sentence… DeSousa spent more than eight years trying to clear her name. Her country had left her behind… Her back was up against the wall. She seriously believed she was headed to prison. She decided to use the power of Twitter to contact Investigative Project on Terrorism Senior Analyst John Rossomando unsolicited. He sensed her desperation and the wrong that was being committed and connected her with former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Pete Hoekstra. Hoekstra and Rossomando acted quickly to keep her from being extradited before President Trump took office on Jan. 20… Trump's inauguration dramatically changed the dynamic… However, work still remains… 1073 words.  click here

Fr Bismarque Dias death case: Goa Human Rights Commission seeks reports from Goa Chief Secy, DGP

22 Mar: India Today. The Goa Human Rights Commission (GHRC) today sought reports from the State Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police over the body of a Catholic priest still languishing in the morgue of a government-run hospital even 16 months after his death. In its order, the GHRC directed the Chief Secretary, the DGP as well as the dean of Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) to submit reports by April 3 in response to the petition filed by social activist Aires Rodrigues today … In the petition, Rodrigues claimed that since all the forensic tests have been conducted and the viscera report has been received, the mortal remains are not required for any further detailed medical examination…  click here

Indo-Kenyan Chef Kiran Jethwa takes TV viewers on spirited journey through India

22 Mar: IANS. He's quite a citizen of the world, what with being born in Kenya to an English mother and Indian father, whose roots are in Gujarat, and whose grandmother was from Daman and Diu. Just the right genes for Chef Kiran Jethwa to transport television viewers across the country with his "Spirited Traveller" show that highlights Indian culture through its local drinks and food. "It's a first-of-its-kind show that aims to explore the most authentic, exotic beverages across India. I was approached to do it and then we just went on with it and it's done," Jethwa told IANS of the show that premiered on Fox Life on Monday and will air every Monday and Tuesday at 9 p.m. And what a voyage across India it's been, taking in Kerala, Goa, Mumbai … one can learn and discover a sporadic drinks menu from around the country, which includes the oldest, unknown, unheard of beverages such Cabo from Goa…701 words.  click here
For some Kiran Jethwa videos,  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Kiran Jethwa, click here.

Catholics in India are raising an unprecedented demand: Let nuns hear women's confessions

21 Mar: First Post. If you ask many Catholics, you will hear that confession is an important part of their culture ... when women are confessing anything sexual, priests demand the “minute details of the scene”. Women worry about the possibility of priests using a confession like an extra-marital affair for blackmail… A Bangalore-based nun, who wanted to remain anonymous, said she thought it was a good idea, particularly because women and young girls might be hesitant to talk to priests, even though the priests aren’t supposed to tell anyone else about the confessions…  click here


FILM: The Reluctant Fundamentalist. BBC 2. Sat. 25th Mar. 23:15 to 02:15. Tension and alienation are fed by fear and mistrust in director Mira Nair's adaptation of the bestselling novel by Mohsin Hamid. Starring: Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson, Liev Schreiber, Kiefer Sutherland, Om Puri, Shabana Azmi

DRAMA: Drama. BBC Radio 4. Mon. 27th Mar. 14:15 to 15:00. My Name Is.... Sudha Bhuchar's play about a mixed-race family breakdown, inspired by 2006 reports that a young Scottish girl had been abducted by her father and taken to Pakistan. With Karen Bartke, Kiran Sonia Sawar, Umar Ahmed. Directed by Philip Osment.

RELIGIOUS: Beyond Belief. BBC Radio 4. Mon. 27th Mar. 16:30 to 17:00. 5/6 Confession. The Seal of the Confessional - is there a moral duty for Catholic priests to disclose what they have learnt if they discover that a crime has been committed? Discussion programme in which guests from different faith and non-faith perspectives debate the challenges of today's world.

EDUCATION: The Free Thinking Essay. BBC Radio Three. Mon. 27th Mar. 22:45 to 23:00. Series of talks given at Sage Gateshead by New Generation Thinkers as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival 2017. Catherine Fletcher tells the story of her grandfather, Donald Hudson, who was a missionary in India in the turbulent years between 1941 and 1968. Catherine reflects on the way British people with family history in India understand that past, in the anniversary year of the end of colonial India.

ARTS: Imagine... BBC 2. Mon. 27th Mar. 23:15 to 00:10. A Picture of the Painter Howard Hodgkin. A profile of painter Howard Hodgkin who died recently. In this programme made in 2006, as Tate Britain was about to mount a major retrospective, he travels with Alan Yentob to India, which has been described as his emotional lifeline. They seek out some of the great monuments of the Mogul empire, visit Hodgkin's huge mural in New Delhi, and go in search of the perfect Bombay sunset.

DOCUMENTARY: The Best of British Takeaways. BBC 2. Tues. 28th Mar. 19:00 to 20:00. Indian. Tom Kerridge and Cherry Healey celebrate our favourite takeaways. This week, Tom travels the country to find out what makes the best Indian curry and uncovers the trade secrets behind our takeaways, while Cherry explores the fascinating stories that helped shape our communities as well as our palates, and learns how Queen Victoria put curry on the British menu. Then three of the nation's award-winning Indian takeaway chefs are invited to compete in a contest in the curry capital of Britain - Bradford.

DOCUMENTARY: India's Ladycops. Al Jazeera English (Freeview 133). Thurs. 30th Mar. 21:00 to 22:00. Exclusive access to a police station in India run by women for women reveals a unique perspective on a changing society.

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