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Goan Voice Newsletter: Saturday 30 Jan. 2021


Death: Joaquim Rodrigues. Ex Olaulim, Goa

28 Jan: Southampton, UK. JOAQUIM FRANCISCO RODRIGUES / Ex Olaulim. Born 11.01.1935. Former seaman and proprietor of Rodrigues Cafe in Southampton. Born and raised in Olaulim, Goa, son of Adelina and Luis Rodrigues. He became a resident of the UK in 1965. Joaquim enjoyed success in his many business ventures, but more importantly, his character never changed. Until his final days he remained generous, selfless, honest and loyal. His loss to our family is immeasurable -Joaquim, we miss you dearly and we pray for you. He is survived by his wife Annie; daughters Joy, Jane, son Jason. Sister Ana-Maria (Moira), brother Lawrence (UK) & sister Bertha (UK), son in law Stewart &grand daughter Olivia. [Rodrigues Café in St Mary's Street closed down in 2002 after 30 years as the council flattened some of St Mary's Street to make way for new flats...] Condolences/enquiries to

Death: Soccorinho Aguiar. Ex-Pemba, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania
29 Jan: Toronto. SOCCORINHO AGUIAR. Ex-Pemba, Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania. Passed away peacefully with his family by his side. He turned 74 yesterday. Socco was the loving husband to Greta and father to his three daughters, Vanessa/Paul, Emily and Glynis/Shannon all in Toronto. He will be greatly missed by his grandchildren, his family and the numerous friends he had around the Globe. Please keep the family in your prayers. May Socco’s soul Rest In Peace! [Info Tanzanite Goans] Condolences to: Photo click here.

News Summary

Goa Assembly: Opposition unites but fails to save Mollem

30 Jan: Herald. The private member’s resolution submitted by Fatorda MLA Vijai Sardesai and Curtorim MLA Aleixo Reginald Lourenco on the three linear projects in Mollem was defeated by division of votes by 20 to 11… Stating that the former chief minister Manohar Parrikar had rejected to give consent to the three projects, Sardesai questioned Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant’s intentions in allowing the three linear projects… BJP MLA from Cortalim, Alina Saldanha, spoke in favour of the resolution saying that the people were suffering due to noise and coal pollution… Leader of the Opposition Digambar Kamat said there was no requirement of double tracking. “On the single line, we have just five passenger trains, then why have double track?” he asked…  click here
Video: 29 Jan: Goa Assembly Session | Day 4 | Private Member's Resolution | Projects in Mollem …  click here
29 Jan: Times of India. How Manohar Parrikar put his foot down and saved Mollem … click here.

'Hello Charles. How are you?' Police chief recalls moment he caught serial killer Charles Sobhraj

29 Jan: Mail Online (UK). Sobhraj's gruesome crimes are currently being revisited in The Serpent, a nail-biting BBC One/Netflix drama that details his killing spree along Asia's hippie trial in the mid 1970s as he preyed on young backpackers… Sobhraj was finally pinned down in April 1986 in Goa, following a nationwide manhunt by police in India that was led by Inspector Madhukar Zende, 83, who told MailOnline: “I would go to the O'Coquerio restaurant, a popular hippie hangout. I was convinced he would eventually appear because Charles loved being around hippies, drink and women … Following Sobhraj's arrest, Mr Zende delivered more than 400 lectures on how he got his man … A dish, called the 'Zende platter' has been named in his honour at the O'Coquerio, which also has a permanent exhibition on how Sobhraj was captured there… Mr Zende now spends his time between India and Singapore …  click here
BBC i Player. To watch The Serpent,  click here

Goa: COVID Headlines

29 Jan: Navhind Times. Goa, on Friday, registered 78 new cases of COVID-19, and one new death linked to the virus, taking the tally of active COVID cases to 742. Around 103 patients recovered from the disease in the last 24 hours. The confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa currently stand at 53,263, of which 51,755 patients have defeated the dreaded disease. Till date, 766 patients have succumbed to the disease in the state…  click here
29 Jan: Daily Telegraph (UK). India's Covid vaccine drive off target as only half of people turn up to appointments. Health workers are reluctant to take a vaccine for which they say there is not adequate efficacy data …  click here
29 Jan: Hindustan Times. The next 12 months are going to be very tough, says hotel owner Cota. Cota’s predicament sums up the story of small hotel owners and the tourism sector across India during the pandemic… click here.

Goa MLA Demands Probe Into Whereabouts Of Pre-liberation Assets

29 Jan: Republic World. Goa MLA Rohan Khaunte (photo) on Friday demanded an inquiry into the whereabouts of pre-liberation assets such as gold, diamonds and coins, which were stored with the state accounts department. During the ongoing state Assembly session, Khaunte said pre-liberation assets such as gold, diamonds and coins, which were in the state accounts department's treasury, do not find mention in the budgetary document or explanatory memorandum presented in the House. The Independent MLA said disappearance of these assets is a matter of serious concern and demanded that the chief minister ask for an audit of the treasury of the directorate of accounts. The state government has not conducted an audit of the treasury recently, he said…  click here

Goa: More than just India’s party state

27 Jan: The Upcoming (UK). … Whilst drinking and dancing until the early hours is actively encouraged, and let’s face it, great fun, there is more to Goa than a one-stop party destination. This part of India has a rich cultural heritage and an incredibly diverse landscape – exactly the attributes to look for in a truly classy getaway. Though Goa is a long way away geographically, its history is more intertwined with Britain’s than one might expect. In 1805 Goa was more or less passed on to Britain … nowadays Goa and Britain have an amicable relationship, with many Goans speaking English, making travel there really easy to navigate… the food and hospitality find in Goa is simply unbeatable…. the Surya Kiran Heritage Hotel is a gorgeous villa more than 100 years old and sits in a leafy grove just a couple of minutes from the Campal Gardens…  click here

Sundance Documentary ‘Writing With Fire’ Smashes Indian Patriarchy, Exposes Caste System

29 Jan: Herald. Rintu Thomas and Sushmit Ghosh’s debut feature “Writing With Fire,” the only Indian film in the Sundance world cinema documentary competition, shines a light on a unique, women-only news collective in small-town northern India. The documentary follows the women behind news organization Khabar Lahariya as they make the transition from print to digital, shooting stories on their mobile phones and disseminating via their YouTube channel. The three women the film primarily follows – chief reporter Meera and reporters Suneeta and Shyamkali – needed no empowerment from the filmmakers. The journalists are from the Dalit community, a so-called ‘lower’ caste in India’s millenia old and entrenched caste system, a barrier that they triumphantly surmounted along with their sex in a deeply sexist part of the world…  click here

Swiss Film: Monnier, Tavares and the Holy Highway

29 Jan: La Regione (Switzerland). Gianluca Monnier and Andrée Julikà Tavares return to tell the story of the building of seven kilometres of concrete road that will divide a village in the tourist province of Goa … The emblematic title ‘Holy Highway’ (Parapluie Pictures), the documentary focusses on Mathilde, a catholic woman, Manoj, brahmin hindu and Yash, a taxi driver … The shot of’ Holy Highway ' covers an entire year: a first trip at the beginning of 2018 and a second at the beginning of 2019, four months of filming focused on the site and its repercussions… The strongest voice is that of Mathilde, who knows the risk of protest in the land where she lives, who worries about the fallout that her words could have on the family, but cannot suppress the indignation: “I have the right to speak and I want to fight for my rights"…  click here
For the trailer of the film,  click here
For the Holy Highway website, click here.

Bad roads, high prices, garbage and theft hitting Goa tourism

28 Jan: Tourprom (Russia). By Yandex Zen. Goa's social problems — security difficulties, poor roads and garbage collection, as well as prohibitive prices and theft — were the main reasons for the decline in tourist growth in Goa during the dock era. This study was presented by the Goa Institute of Management. A study led by Sheeha Aggarwal and Aleh Gur, faculty members at the state's leading business school, argued that big data analytics “can help solve the tourism challenges of a coastal nation by quickly assessing data uploaded by tourists to the Internet and social media in real time. This study is based on over 30,000 Tripadvisor reviews by travelers visiting the resort state…  click here

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