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Goan Voice Newsletter: Wednesday 23 Dec. 2020


Death: Fr Emilio Lobo. Ex Zanzibar, Bombay, Dar-es-Salaam, Boston & Seychelles

21 Dec. 2020. Langley, Sough, Berk. UK. FR EMILIO LOBO. Aged 92. He was taken to hospital a few days ago for non Covid complaints. Son of Victor Lobo (Pilerne) & Elveyn DSouza (Velsao). Brother of late Jules Lobo and Fr. Philip Lobo (Mumbai). Condolences to
30 Jun. 2014. GoaNet. By Mervyn Lobo. Here is a video I made in Toronto when my favourite priest (and relative). Fr. Emilio Lobo, now in his late 80's recollects his journey from birth in Zanzibar, to schooling in the Seychelles, to the seminary in Bombay, his first parish there, his return to Tanzania, a move to the USA and a stint in the Seychelles after retirement.  For further details click here

News Summary

Stringent lockdown may dash hopes of Goans migrating to UK

22 Dec: The Goan. The new and more contagious and mutated strain of the dreaded Sars-Cov-2 virus which the Boris Johnson government has cautioned about may not only upset the hopes of a healthier 2021 with the advent of vaccines but it may also dash the hopes of many Goans queued up to set foot in Britain to accomplish their goal of migrating there via the Portuguese citizenship route… Goans will find themselves stopped in their tracks and their hopes to migrate to this preferred destination using the Portuguese citizenship route dashed forever… with Brexit, Goans had only until December 31 this year, the date when Brexit will be enforced in letter and spirit. Thousands of Goans have already embraced Britain as their adopted country over the last decade and more, but many more were in the queue but Brexit meant they had only the next 10 days to physically set foot on the soil of the former imperial rulers of India…Four weekly Goa-UK flights suspended: Airport Director …  click here
Video: 22 Dec: Prudent Media. Four flights operating weekly between Goa & UK suspended: Airport Director …  click here

Video: Candid interview with Adv. Aires Rodrigues

22 Dec: RDX (Goa). Nandan Kudchadkar interviews Adv. Aires Rodrigues… Social media growth has involved Goan abroad in Goan affairs but the Govt had encouraged them to return … How should the interests of Goans be protected … The skills of Goans who have returned from abroad have not been tapped … There is a lot of discontent among Goans and they are afraid to speak out … Fortunately the younger generation have joined in the protests … Nandan points out the Govt. takes notice of the objections that Aires makes …  click here
For the 2003 Goan Voice Supplement on Aires Rodrigues,  click here

Goa: COVID Headlines

23 Dec: Navhind Times. Goa on Tuesday recorded 96 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of active cases to 947. The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa currently stand at 50,239 of which 48,567 patients have defeated the deadly virus. Till date, 725 patients have succumbed to the virus in the state including two new deaths in the last 24 hours…  click here
23 Dec: Hindustan Times. 20 passengers from UK test positive for Covid-19, states begin contact tracing. .With as many as 20 passengers from the United Kingdom testing positive for Covid-19 at airports in Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata, the state governments have initiated vigorous contract tracking of passengers who came from UK or other European countries in the past 10 days…  click here

Catholic priest, nun convicted in 28-year murder case of Indian nun

22 Dec: UCA News. More than 28 years after a 19-year-old nun was found dead in a convent well, a court in southern India's Kerala state has convicted a Catholic priest and a nun of murdering her. The special court of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), a federal agency, convicted Father Thomas Kottoor and Sister Sephy on Dec. 22 but said the quantum of punishment would be announced on Dec. 23. The court found them primarily guilty of murdering Sister Abhaya, destroying evidence and conspiracy, among other charges… The body of Sister Abhaya was found in the well of St. Pius Convent in Kottayam district of Kerala state on March 27, 1992. Church leaders and an initial police investigation dismissed it as a case of suicide. However, the case was handed over to the federal CBI in March 1993 following representations from various people led by rights activist Jomon Puthenpurackal… The deceased, according to the prosecution, reportedly saw the guilty in a compromising position. In a panic, Sister Sephy hit Abhaya with an axe meant for chopping firewood. The three accused then dumped the body into the well, it was claimed…  click here
23 Dec: NDTV. Kerala Catholic Priest, Nun Get Life Imprisonment …  click here
For the Wikipedia profile of the Sister Abhaya murder case, click here.

‘All hope is lost’: Surging mutant virus hijacks Goa’s dreams of charter season

22 Dec: Times of India, With the Indian government suspending flights to the UK till the end of this month amid fears of a new strain of Covid-19 found there, operators in Goa have given up hopes of charter flights from the European nation landing in Goa during the ongoing tourist season. “All hope is lost. There’s no chance of charters from the UK coming to Goa this season,” Ernest Dias, chief operating officer (COO) at Sita Travels told TOI. The operators are now hoping that the government will at least permit a travel bubble with Russia to help lift the state’s tottering tourism sector…  click here
22 Dec: Goan Reporter. Minister Michael Lobo comments on international flights from UK being banned due to Covid issues …  click here

COVID-19 strain: govt issues procedure for UK travellers

23 Dec: Navhind Times. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Tuesday issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for epidemiological surveillance as well as response in the context of the variant of Sars-CoV-2 detected in the United Kingdom (UK). As per the SOP, all passengers travelling from or transiting through airports in the UK and disembarking in India would be subjected to RT-PCR test on arrival… “Passengers testing positive shall be isolated in an institutional isolation facility … if the genomic sequencing indicates the presence of new variant of SARS-CoV-2 then the patient will continue to remain in a separate isolation unit. While necessary treatment as per the existing protocol will be given, the patient shall be tested on 14th day, after having tested positive in the initial test. In case the sample is found positive on 14th day, further sample may be taken until his two consecutive samples taken 24 hours apart test negative…  click here

Air India, Vistara crew operating India-UK flights being brought back on aircraft's return journey

22 Dec: Times of India, Air India and Vistara crew who operated flights to London on Monday and Tuesday are being flown back to India on the same aircraft’s return journey. The reason: With passenger flights to and from UK scheduled to be suspended from Wednesday till the year-end, there is no need to station crew in London for now. Air India director (operations) Captain R S Sandhu was in London on Monday and was supposed to operate a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Delhi. This aircraft reached London early Monday morning (local time) from Goa and just then the Indian government had announced flight suspension. Captain Sandhu then immediately decided not to keep any AI crew member stationed in London. He asked the three pilots and nine cabin crew who had flown the B787 from Goa to London to remain on board…  click here
22 Dec: NDTV. Boris Johnson's India Trip on 26 Jan. "May Not Be Possible": Senior British Doctor … click here.

Nik Sharma: Cafreal: A Chicken Dish That Makes It Feel Like Christmas

18 Dec: New York Times. By Nik Sharma (photo) … Christmas is an exciting time in India. My mother, aunts and grandmother would start their holiday cooking in the early days of December. There were plenty of sweets and cakes to be prepared. A large portion of these treats went out to friends, neighbors and relatives on Christmas morning, sorted out in small gift boxes, or on white paper plates wrapped with colorful printed paper napkins… On Christmas Day, we’d have lunch at my maternal grandparents’ home… One of the most memorable dishes on our table was chicken cafreal, or galinha cafreal. Believed to be rooted in Mozambique, chicken cafreal was brought by the Portuguese to Goa, where it underwent a transformation and eventually became the dish we know now… 814 words.  click here
19 Dec: The Irish News. Chef Nik Sharma: What you're doing in the kitchen is actually science. LA-based food writer Nik Sharma talks Ella Walker through the science of flavour – and explains kitchens are basically labs, white coat or not …  click here
19 Dec: The Guardian. Chicken pulao and an orange and piquillo pepper salad: Nik Sharma's Christmas recipes. The perfect combination: spicy chicken jewelled with cranberries and cashews, and a sharp fruity side … click here.

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