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Goan Voice Newsletter: Monday 12 Nov. 2018

News Summary

One Year Ago — Former CIA Sabrina de Sousa to do community service for cleric kidnap

10 Nov: Intel Today. “I spoke briefly to Sabrina De Sousa this morning. It would seem that most have forgotten her case already. Sabrina De Sousa will be teaching English twice a week to minors living in state care… I asked Sabrina how she feels about doing community service and teaching English to these kids” Her answer was magnificent! “Regarding working with children, as a mother I look forward to it. They are orphans… Something I saw everyday on the streets in India. It was sad. Poor kids.” + Fox News Video ...  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of Sabrina de Sousa,  click here
Sabrina is the daughter of late Julia (died 4 Dec 2016) and the late (died 18 Oct 2005) Amancio Francisco Xavier de Sousa - also known as "Chico"; granddaughter of Francisco Xavier de Sousa and Julia Menezes; niece of Professor Aires de Sousa, (1905-1980).For the late Julia de Sousa photo and death notice, click here.

How love and a taste of honey brought one Indian woman’s 16-year hunger strike to an end

11 Nov: The Observer (UK). On a cloudy morning in August 2016, in Imphal, the capital of the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, the world’s longest hunger strike was over. Irom Sharmila had eaten for the first time in nearly 16 years… At the peak of her powers, Sharmila was being sought out by Nobel laureates and diplomats. She was called the Iron Lady of Manipur. She was miserable. Early in 2007, a British-Indian named Desmond Coutinho arrived in the country. His mother had just died from cancer, and the west Londoner was questioning his life… So a friend suggested Coutinho, now 55, follow in the footsteps of generations of listless westerners and go to India to find himself… There he saw a newspaper story about a hunger striker in Manipur… So Coutinho started sending her letters … he was smitten by Sharmila … she said that she would marry Coutinho and continue her struggle by running for Manipur’s parliament… Today, Sharmila lives in an apartment on the outskirts of Bangalore. She and Coutinho recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary … 2703 words + photos  click here
Video: Indian Express. Irom Sharmila Ties The Knot With Desmond Coutinho … 3m.03s.  click here
Times of India. Desmond was born in Zanzibar, Tanzania, where his uncle, Wolf J Dourado, served as attorney general and his father was a chief town planner … click here.

BOGOF: Grand African and Indian Ocean Voyage

11 Nov: Radio Times Travel. Cruise on the Marco Polo, a Cruise Maritime ship. Itinerary: Bristol, Lisbon, Casablanca, Cape Verde, St Helena, Walvis Bay, Luderitz, Cape Town, Mossel Bay, Port Elizabeth, Durban, Richards Bay, Reunion, Mauritius, Mayotte, Zanzibar, Mombasa, Seychelles, Praslin, Maldives, Colombo, Cochin, Goa, Mumbai, Oman, Safaga, Petra, Suez Canal, Ashdod, Malta, Gibraltar, La Coruna, Cobh, Bristol. 79 days. Buy one get one free until 3rd Dec plus save an extra 5% if you book today! …  click here
For more details and pricing visit the Cruise Maritime site  click here

Unknown State Of Children In Goa’s Childcare Homes

10 Nov: Navhind Times. Who are the 2,500 children living in the 78 childcare institutions in Goa? The High Court has directed the chief secretary to investigate how so many children were allowed to be housed in the childcare institutions without any government certification that they needed care. The picture that emerges is of an ‘extremely serious state of affairs’ in the childcare institutions, the judges said. None of the children have been identified as a ‘child in need of care and protection’ as required under the Juvenile Justice Act. The state child welfare committee has to certify such a child, but there is no committee certification in the case of any child. The court has asked the Chief Secretary to investigate if the childcare institutions were engaged in any illegal and unauthorised activities… The people running the childcare institutions must be taken to task for keeping 2500-odd children without any orders for caretaking by the child welfare committee… 790 words.  click here

In Lush, Prosperous Goa, The Growth Of Luxury Hotels Is Sparking Conflict

10 Nov: Bloomberg. “Our village is the size of a coconut shell, how can it take five big resorts?” asks former sailor Anthony D’Silva of Arossim in south Goa… The number of major hotels and resorts has increased by 170 percent from 42 in 2008 to 113 in 2018, according to the state department of tourism. In comparison, budget hotels grew 100 percent from 2,142 in 2008 to 4,286 in 2018… By October 2018, nearly 200 hectares of land or as much as 374 football fields, was involved in seven tourism-related conflicts, affecting about 3,100 people in Goa, according to data collected by Land Conflict Watch, a network of researchers that maps and collects data about ongoing land conflicts in India… 2569 words + photos  click here

‘A majority of LGBTQs in Goa are still underground’

11 Nov: Times of India. In what could be considered as the first white paper on LGBTQ livelihood in Goa, the non-profit organisation, Goa Livelihoods Forum (GLF), has mapped the community in Goa in a detailed report. What started as an initiative to record the employment status of the community and explore opportunities that can help sustain their livelihood, brought to fore several other issues that plague members of the community. “The total number of LGBTQs in Goa is a few thousands, but a lot of them are underground. About 80-85% of them suffer discrimination in Goa,” GLF mentor Charudutt Panigrahi told STOI. Panigrahi presented the paper at the ‘Freedom is in the Air’ event held at the Museum of Goa (MOG) on Saturday…  click here
11 Nov: The Goan. Colours of freedom in the skies …  click here
10 Nov: The Hindu. Not a rainbow story for LGBTQ community in Goa … click here.

Swami Chakrapani Maharaj has a bizarre beef advice for Goa CM Manohar Parrikar

11 Nov: Swami Chakrapani Maharaj has reportedly said a ban on beef must be imposed in Goa immediately, adding that the ban will have a positive impact on the health of the ailing Chief Minister. 62-year-old Parrikar has been resting at his residence since October 14 when he returned to Goa after being discharged from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi. The unusual demand comes after news that CM Manohar Parrikar has not been doing too well health wise… This is not the first time Swami Chakrapani has made a controversial statement. During the Kerala floods this year, Chakrapani made a statement connecting the consumption of beef and the devastating floods…  click here

Goa: Policy paralysis

12 Nov: India Today. Goa is in a state of economic and political paralysis with virtually no decisions being taken since Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar started treatment for pancreatic cancer in February. Parrikar’s own charges, home, finance, industry and education, have been the worst hit. The severe nature of the crisis became public recently when the state investment promotion board (IPB) had to withdraw its claim (announced on October 17) that it had cleared eight proposals connected to industries and hotels worth Rs 200 crore… That the state’s economy is in free fall is evident, collections of GST and excise duty have fallen by 20 per cent. The finance ministry has announced a 25 per cent budget cut for all departments as there is a big shortfall in revenue generation…  click here

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