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Goan Voice Newsletter: Tuesday 20 Mar. 2018


Death: Diogo Faria

12 Mar: London. DIOGO XAVIER JOSEPH FARIA. Ex Nairobi. Diogo died unexpectedly at Heathrow Airport, just before flying away on holiday, with his wife Lucia. In addition to his wife Lucia, he is survived by his two daughters Cassandra (Winston) and Kimberley, his granddaughter Aimee, his siblings Juliet (John), Deborah (Kenneth) and Wenceslaus and his nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. The funeral Mass will be held at St Vincent de Paul Church, 2 Witham Road, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 4AJ, on Wednesday, 28th March 2018 at 1130 am, followed by a cremation service at South West Middlesex Crematorium, Hounslow Road, Hanworth, Middlesex TW13 5JH, at 1.20pm. In lieu of floral tributes, the family would prefer that donations are made to Great Ormond Street Hospital, Diogo's favourite charity, at Condolences to

News Summary

Destroy, Destruct, Damage: Anatomy of a mining agitation

20 Mar: Herald. For close to five hours Panjim was taken over and its spaces conquered by mining dependents who stormed the seat of governance, leaving the State machinery jittery and at a loose end. Finally, it took a lathi-charge by the Maharashtra Reserve Police, called from Pune to clear the streets and remove the blockade and the logjam over the Mandovi bridges and large parts of Panjim, near the KTC bus stand. Protesters occupied both the bridges over the Mandovi leading to North Goa leaving thousands of commuters and tourists stranded for over four hours since the morning. Law and order was on the verge of collapse as aggressive protestors outnumbered police before the Maharashtra Reserve police finally arrived from Pune by road…  click here
Video: Story on the other side. 19 Mar: Goa 365. Some of the problems faced by tourists … 5m. 08s.  click here
HCN: Video: 3m. 21s. Goa witnesses violent protests after mining dependents take over the capital city click here.

A Karachi-born Indian’s Quest for a ‘Casa’ in Brazil

19 Mar: The Quint. By Shelly Bhoil. Joana Juliana Pinto Mascarenhas is probably the first Indian in the 20th century to have settled in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, in 1958… Born in Karachi, Joana married Armando Mascarenhas, who she met at a Christmas ball in Goa, where she had come to visit her relatives. Armando belonged to one of the elite business families of Margão, Goa. Their love affair, Joana tells jauntily, ‘rocked the two cities of Karachi and Goa!’ … Typical of fairytale romances, this one also had its adventures. When the frontiers were being closed in 1954 between India and Pakistan, twenty-one-year-old Joana traveled alone for her wedding from Karachi to Goa in a train full of soldiers… When Armando reached Portugal, leaving behind his wife and two-and-half-year-old son David, he was advised that Brazil was the place of the future. Joined shortly by his family, the three left for the distant shores of Latin America in August 1958…  click here
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Prostitution continues to flourish

19 Mar: Herald. Being one of the most sought after tourist destinations around the globe for its pristine beaches, food and hospitality, Goa has also achieved a dubious distinction, in the recent past, of being a den of drugs and prostitution. Documents available with Herald reveal that in the past three years the State has registered 113 cases and rescued around 249 victims. Information also reveals that 290 accused have been involved in the cases and 259 have been arrested and have been released on bail pending trials…  click here
Video HCN: 64 year old woman & man arrested for over alleged prostitution racket in Margao … 1m. 31s.  click here
19 Mar: ABC News. Pope Francis condemns prostitution as torture… click here.

5 cool places to shop in Goa

20 Mar: Femina. 1: Paperworks in Panjim. Popular for their delightful collection of handmade paper products, the little place has products like coasters, lamps and jewellery made from paper… 2: Artjuna: Located in the heart of Anjuna, this lifestyle store is home to a wide range of jewellery, furniture, accessories, curios and apparels… 3: The Linen Shoppe: This little place in Campal has a beautiful collection of bed, bath, table and kitchen linen collection… 4: Sacha’s Shop in Panjim has everything from dresses to leather puppets and paper birds. 5: Saturday Night Market in Arpora has everything from spices to silver and handicrafts …  click here

House Boat launched in Goa

19 Mar: Herald. The Minister for Tourism and Sports Manohar ‘Babu’ Azgaonkar on Sunday inaugurated a House Boat H B Vasant built and operated by Kamat Adventure Cruises at the Captain of Ports Jetty (CoP) at Old Goa. “This is a unique boat and is the first in Goa, it has 8 AC rooms to stay overnight and 120 can either functions or entertain and official meetings, these are some of the main features of this boat,” Kamat told Herald … The tariff will be around Rs 7,000 per night plus food extra … there will also be a daily journey priced at around Rs 1,200 per person for half day and Rs 3,000 for full day.  click here

Whose statue is it, anyway?

19 Mar: Times of India. By Vivek Menezes. This week a statue of Lenin was destroyed after an unprecedented election success in Tripura by the still-ascendant BJP… A sustained statue demolition derby seemed on the cards when BJP national secretary H Raja wrote on Facebook, “Today Lenin’s statue, tomorrow Tamil Nadu’s EVR Ramaswami’s statue,” unleashing retaliatory mayhem… It is our collective nature to put some human beings on pedestals, then tear them back down for being as flawed as the rest of us… Talk statues in Goa, and bad blood immediately begins to flow… on December 19, 1961, a mob smashed the bust of Vasco da Gama in the municipal garden, and tore down a statue of Alfonso da Albuquerque in what is now Azad Maidan. Canada-based Goan artist Alex Tavares recalls seeing the head thrown aside…  click here

Swimsuit-clad Lisa Haydon Rides A Cycle On The Beach In Goa!

19 Mar: Filmibeat. You gotta give it up for Lisa Haydon for being the most unique actress who posts the coolest pictures on her social media handle and this time, she raised the bar pretty high as the fun loving Lisa is seen sporting a swimsuit and cycling on the beaches of Goa. It's extremely rare to assume that any other actress would replicate the same and we're glad that Lisa Haydon is living life on her own terms. Lisa Haydon went on a holiday to Goa and chilled by the Mobor beach in Goa along with her friends …  click here
Wikipedia: Lisa Haydon was born on 17 June 1986 in Chennai, India to Venkat, a Malayali and an Australian mother, Bernadette Maria Haydon…  click here

Shrimp farm head calls for India-wide union amid price disparities

19 Mar: Undercurrents (UK). By Neil Ramsden. There is strong support amid India's shrimp farmers for a nationwide association, amid price disparity across different states, the secretary of an association in Tamil Nadu has claimed. He suggested there should be a minimum "support price" for shrimp, "just like in Thailand, to protect the shrimp industry and make it sustainable"… Currently in Tamil Nadu farmers are being quoted INR 450 per kilogram for 30 count shrimp; INR 350 for 36/40; INR 320 for 46/50; and INR 300 for 53/60, he said. In Andhra Pradesh, prices are at INR 410 for 28/30 count; INR 310 for 36/40; INR 280 for 46/50; and INR 270 for 60 count. Even across the same state there are discrepancies: 50 count are going for INR 290, and 60 is INR 280…  click here
18 Mar: Times of India. Fisheries dept to harvest 2 tonnes of milkfish by June …  click here

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