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Goan Voice Newsletter: Thursday 09 Aug. 2018


Death: Cristina Luiza Fernandes

4 Aug: Edmonton, London UK. CRISTINA LUIZA FERNANDES (ex Maddant, Cortalim, Goa & Nakuru, Kenya). Aged 87. Born 3rd January 1931 Goa. Passed away peacefully with her family at her side. Beloved wife of the late Jose Maria Fernandes. Loving mother to Luis/Bridget, Annie/William, Tony/Milly and Trina/Paul. Cherished Grandmother to Daniel, Annabel, Jennifer/Juan Pablo, Melissa, Francesca, James, Christopher and Oliver. Requiem Mass to be held on Thursday 23rd August 2018 at 11am St. Pauls The Apostle Church, 22 Bradley Road, Wood Green, London N22 7SZ and burial at Edmonton Cemetery, Church Street, London N9 9HP. Thereafter Wake at St. Pauls The Apostle Church Hall. Condolences:

Death: Dora Abreu

6 Aug: Toronto. DORA ABREU. Born 1932. Ex-Mombasa, Kenya. Loving Wife of Late Julio Abreu (Ex Kenya Police). Beloved Mother of Genevieve/Afrodisio d’Souza, Astrida/Victor Fernandes, Elaine/Julius Fernandes, and Conrad. Grandmother of Andrea/Christopher Ospina, Avril, Alithia; Chantelle, Sasha; Abigail. Great Grandmother of Xavier, Sophia. Sister of Late Caesar/Margaret, Wilfred. Visitation: Thursday, August 9th, 2018 2:00 to 4:00 PM & 6:00 to 9:00 PM St. John’s Dixie Cemetery & Crematorium 737 Dundas Street East, Mississauga, Ontario, L4Y-2B5. Funeral Mass to be held Friday, August 10th, 2018, at 10:30 AM Nativity of Our Lord Parish 480 Rathburn Road, Etobicoke, Ontario, M9C-3S8 Followed by a reception in the Church Hall. [Info: Stephen de Souza, Mississauga], Condolences to:  For further details click here

News Summary

School Exam Results: Meagan Neves, 18 of St Thomas Aquinas Secondary, Glasgow

8 Aug: Herald (Scotland). Originally from Goa in India, Meagan arrived at school just six weeks before assignment submission for the National 5 exams and earned three Band 1 As and one Band 2 A. Building on this this success, Meagan has now achieved straight As in five Highers and an Advanced Higher. She said: “I love maths. People think that is slightly odd but I’m genuinely one of these unusual people who find maths fun. Meagan is torn between applying to study pure maths or medicine at university…
[Meagan Neves is ex Fatima Convent HS, Margao.]  click here
8 Aug: Evening Times. Meagan is an exceptional ambassador for her school … Meagan and her family moved from Goa to Glasgow and said they had heard about how good the city's schools are… She is part of her school's St Vincent de Paul and Caritas groups, volunteering to help others ... Meagan added: "Education and opportunities are so much more abundant here than in Goa."  click here

Activist files complaint against websites promoting sex in Goa

9 Aug: Herald. Auda Viegas (photo), the convener of Bailancho Ekvott, has filed a complaint at the Margao Police station against online websites that are promoting prostitution in Goa including those using the Basilica of Bom Jesus. She stated that the 400-year-old monument, which is a heritage site, is being portrayed as a place for sex… She stated that a derogatory, denigrating and harmful picture of women in Goa is being projected online. “Looks like Goa is a huge brothel. We can’t allow the sale of sex online. This is where the crimes against women originate,” she stated…  click here
Video: 8 Aug. Goa 365 TV. FIR filed against the indecent portrayal of women …  click here

Editorial: Ghettoisation of Goa version 2.0

6 Aug: Herald. After the mass migration of the 80s and 90s that brought in scores of blue-collared people who built the slums of Zuari Nagar, Moti Dongor, Mapusa, Baina and Mangor; there are new ghettoes in town which are quietly rising up in the form of Mega Projects and Mini Townships. These are the islands of affluence and influence and they are the new headaches that shall split the Goa in the future. This is the new age Ghettoisation of Goa. If Govt of Goa or its TCP Department has to believe, the construction industry of Goa is on the rocks! … The industry may be fighting battles with activists but was quietly building a neighbourhood, after neighbourhood using an in abeyance RP 2021. These were bought by thousands of aspiring Indians and NRIs who wanted a home in the golden sun and sands of Goa. Little did they realise that their dream homes would be marring the same landscapes that they have aspired for all their lives… 654 words.  click here

Affordable healthcare in India: apply for funding

6 Aug: UK Govt. Innovate UK has up to £1 million for UK businesses to collaborate with partners in India and Europe on healthcare projects targeted at the Indian market. The investment comes through the Newton Fund. This aims to harness the best of UK research and innovation to create positive development in middle income countries and forms part of the UK government’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) commitment… India is a rising global power with a rapidly growing economy. Its large, diverse market offers many opportunities for UK businesses and research organisations. By working together, there are clear benefits for both countries – strengthening innovation, creating new investment opportunities and boosting trade links… The aim of this competition is to bring forward innovative solutions that tackle the challenges of healthcare provision in India and make this more affordable…  click here

India’s president praises contribution of Christian community

8 Aug: Crux. Noting that the Christian community in the state of Kerala is one of the oldest not only in India but anywhere in the world, the president of India said on Tuesday the Church’s heritage and history are a matter of immense pride for the entire country. President Ram Nath Kovind was speaking at the centenary celebrations of St. Thomas College in Thrissur, the city considered the cultural capital of Kerala… In his speech, Kovind said India has a “non-negotiable commitment to its diversity and pluralism.” … He said the Christian community has attained “landmarks” in many areas, most especially in education and healthcare…  click here

Fado from Goa to the Holy Land

7 Aug: Herald. Goa’s fadista Sonia Shirsat (photo) was invited to perform the soulful music form of Fado in the Holy Land. She had one concert in Bethlehem and another in Jerusalem. Both the concerts were very well received. The local crowds highly appreciated the performances. The concerts began with an instrumental piece played by very talented Goan musicians Orlando de Noronha (Portuguese guitar), Dr Allan Abreu (12 string guitar) and Carlos Meneses (Viola de Fado). Fadista Sonia Shirsat regaled the audiences with her powerful yet sensitive voice, interpreting famous fados in her own style… Sonia Shirsat and her troupe were invited to the Holy Land by the Portuguese Ambassador to Palestine Dr Rui Baceira, Institute Camões and the Bethlehem Music Academy.  click here
Video: Sonia Shirsat | Traditional Fado Music In Goa | Unique Stories From India …  click here

PM Modi has promised quick resolution of Goa mining issue: BJP

8 Aug: Money Control. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has assured Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar that the mining issue will be resolved in the next 2-3 months, a BJP leader said here today. Parrikar had called on the prime minister and the Group of Ministers (GoM) on mining in Delhi yesterday. He had requested an amendment to the Goa, Daman and Diu Mining Concessions (Abolition and Declaration as Mining Leases) Act, which will allow mining leases in the coastal state to remain operational till 2037. The Goa Legislative Assembly had last week passed a resolution urging the Centre to suitably amend the Act… BJP Goa spokesman Nilesh Cabral (photo) told reporters today that the PM showed a "keen interest" in resumption of iron ore mining in the coastal state…  click here
Video: 8 Aug. Goa 365 TV. Mining solution in 3 months, Nilesh after CM meets PM …  click here


DOCUMENTARY: Lost Boys? What's Going Wrong for Asian Men. BBC 2. Sun. 12th Aug. 22:00 to 23:00. In this personal film, Mehreen Baig, a British-Pakistani woman, goes behind the headlines and meets a range of young British-Asian men to understand their experiences of growing up in modern Britain.

FILM: Kings of Curry. BBC 2. Sun. 12th Aug. 23:00 to 00:20. Film in which two feuding brothers with rival Indian restaurants are forced to confront the cause of their resentment when a relative comes home for a wedding. Starring: Tom Mison, Amara Karan, Adeel Akhtar, Ray Panthaki, Nikesh Patel, Paul Bazely. (2013)

ENTERTAINMENT: Bollywood: The World's Biggest Film Industry. BBC 2. Mon. 13th Aug. 21:00 to 22:00. Anita Rani learns the secrets behind Bollywood's famous singing and dancing spectaculars.

DOCUMENTARY: A Passage to Britain. BBC 2. Tues. 14th Aug. 21:00 to 22:00. The Viceroy of India. Dr Yasmin Khan tracks down passengers who travelled from Mumbai, known previously as Bombay, to Britain in the 1930s on the luxurious P&O liner The Viceroy of India. Yasmin discovers the challenges faced by these new arrivals as they tried to build a life in a strange land and reveal how their individual stories reflect the increasingly strained relationship between Britain and its Indian Empire.

COMEDY: Goodness Gracious Me: Reunion Special. BBC 2. Tues. 14th Aug. 22:00 to 22:30. Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Syal and Nina Wadia reunite for a one-off special of the ground-breaking sketch show. The all-new material features favourite characters from the original series, including how you can tell Sherlock Holmes comes from India, some very competitive grandmothers, and a surprisingly hi-tech use for an aubergine. Plus some unusually hard-hitting legal advice, a very scary nanny, and the heart-breaking denouement of the black and white movie classic Madrasablanca. Starring: Meera Syal, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Kulvinder Ghir, Nina Wadia, Dave Lamb, Amara Karan

SITCOM: Fags, Mags and Bags. BBC Radio 4. Wed. 15th Aug. 11:30 to 12:00. 1: A Song for Lenzie. Sitcom set in a Scots-Asian corner shop, written by and starring Sanjeev Kohli and Donald Mcleary. Sanjay has not been entirely truthful with Ramesh about his college education. Episode 1 of 4.

GARDENING: Gardeners' World. BBC 2. Fri. 17th Aug. 20:00 to 21:00. As part of the BBC's Big British Asian Summer, the Gardeners' World team set out on a horticultural adventure to celebrate the south Asian influences on British gardens. Monty Don visits a Hindu temple in Neasden, London. Adam Frost delves into the history of 18th-century Sezincote House in Gloucestershire, where one of its gardens was created to reflect the Mughal paradise gardens. Frances Tophill and Nick Bailey pick up growing advice from allotmenteers in Bradford and Birmingham.

COMEDY: The Big Asian Stand-Up. BBC 2. Fri. 17th Aug. 22:00 to 22:30. Nish Kumar introduces a mix of hilarious stand-up comedians from the iconic City Varieties in Leeds, showcasing a new wave of Asian comedians from the UK and beyond. The show's five acts include the award-winning Tez Ilyas and Emily Lloyd-Saini, Indian stand-up comedian Anuvab Pal, Bradford-based comic Isma Almas and rising star Eshaan Akbar.

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