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Goan Voice Newsletter: Tuesday 16 Mar. 2021


Rest in Peace Leslie Pinto (Ex Mombasa, Kenya)

It is with sadness that the Pinto family mourn the loss of Leslie Pinto who passed away on the 1st March 2021 due to multiple strokes. Leslie of Cheam, Surrey, UK was born in 1942 in Kenya, was husband to late Laura Almeida, father to Ian and Deborah and a beloved brother to Sylvano, Carry and Priscilla. Raised in Mombasa, Leslie began playing hockey from a young age with his siblings and neighbours on the streets. His astounding performance at a young age, resulted in playing for the Mombasa Institute club, Mombasa Coast team and even invited to represent Kenya touring India. He was a loving, dedicated and hard-working family man who provided endless support and care, always helping his friends and relatives, charming and cheeky, and unafraid to speak his mind. A lovely, down to earth man who will be dearly missed by his four grandchildren. His funeral is planned for the 16th April 21 @ 12:30pm GMT. Condolences to
Funeral 16th April 2021 @ 13:30pm UK; (12:30 GMT). To join virtually please If you are requested Zoom joining details, use:
Meeting ID: 815 1010 0709
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News Summary

COVID News In Brief

Video: 15 Mar: CBC (Canada). India's COVID-19 cases rising despite widespread belief in country's natural immunities. Country third-highest number of cases worldwide but much lower death rate than countries such as U.S., Canada …  click here
Video: 15 Mar. Prudent Media Goa. Mega Vaccination Camps held at Health Centers in Goa. A two-day mega vaccination camp was held in all the State-run health centres starting from today for senior citizens above 60 years and those between 45 and 59 years with co-morbidities.  click here
16 Mar: Navhind Times. Goa on Monday registered 89 new cases of COVID-19 and one more death linked to the virus. With fresh cases the tally of active COVID cases reached 775 and number of total deaths linked to the dreaded virus to 807… the confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Goa currently stand at 56,006 of which 544,424 patients have defeated the dreaded disease till date… click here.

Video: External Affairs Minister Jaishankar in Indian Parliament on NRI, PIO and Indians abroad issue

15 Mar: I rise to apprise this august House of recent developments pertaining to the welfare abroad of Indians, non-resident Indians (NRIs) and Persons of Indian Origin in the COVID situation. This is a subject on which many Hon’ble Members have expressed deep interest…the big issue through the last year was to address the situations of difficulty and distress that many stranded Indians faced abroad… the Government is also focused on ensuring that our people were provided the necessary amenities in foreign countries … we facilitated the return from India of more than 1.1 lakh foreign passport holders to 120 countries. Many of them were PIOs and NRIs…  click here
15 Mar: Republic World. External Affairs Minister Jaishankar Says 45.82 Lakh People Returned From 98 Countries Under Vande Bharat Mission …  click here
Video: 15 Mar: India Today. Dr. S. Jaishankar Calls Out Hypocrites | Newstrack With Rahul Kanwal … click here.

Making plans with OCI friends? Here’s what you need to know

15 Mar: Conde Nast Traveller. A new notification issued by the Union Home Ministry on 4 March is going to change the way Overseas Citizens of India (OCI) experience the country. OCIs will now need a special permit for several activities, including mountaineering, and to visit certain areas of the country that are categorised as “protected, restricted and prohibited”. Here’s what you need to know …  click here
15 Mar: Outlook. How New OCI Notification Is Going To Impact Overseas Citizens' Travel, Stay, And More. OCI citizens are of Indian origin, however, they are foreign passport holders and are not citizens of India…  click here

India concerned over racism in UK

15 Mar: WION. In the backdrop of the allegation of racism by Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle against the British Royal family and similar problems faced by the first Indian origin woman president of Oxford University union Rashmi Samant, the issue of racism in the UK was raised in the Indian Parliament on Monday.. This is the first time that issues like racism in the UK have been raised in the Indian Parliament. India's External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar expressed concern, asserting that the matter will be taken up with Britain with "great candor"…  click here
15 Mar: News 18. India’s Tit-for-tat Diplomacy over UK Parliament Debate is Working, and isn’t. The hangover from the UK parliament debate over the farm law protests in India has clearly not lifted. External affairs minister S Jaishankar’s statement in the Indian parliament in response to a question on racism in Britain is a firm sign that the diplomatic demarche for which the UK high commissioner was summoned last week remains more than some passing diplomatic matter…  click here

Agree to dual citizenship, provided this is confined to vetted citizens of countries friendly to India

13 Mar: Sunday Guardian. No other country in the world has a policymaking matrix that clings so obtusely and obstinately to long obsolete “past precedents”. An example is the refusal to countenance dual passports from selected (friendly) countries, given only after a thorough vetting has taken place… Throughout the 1950s and much of the 1960s, it was possible for many times more citizens of India to have migrated to the UK and to other Commonwealth countries, and in the 1970s to other countries. This was constrained mainly by the difficulties involved in securing even so fundamental a right as a passport. A consequence was that, especially in proportion to the population, several times more Pakistanis were able to settle in the UK than Indians. It was only around the 1990s that it became progressively easier for a citizen to secure a passport … it makes sense to agree to dual citizenship, provided this is confined to citizens of countries friendly to India and who have been vetted before being cleared for dual nationality…  click here

Portugal: The new JEF collection is inspired by the landscapes and colors of Goa (and it will be a success)

15 Mar: NIT (New in Town), Portugal. In 2019 José Luís Fernandes gave birth to a project he had dreamed of for a long time - JEF … in 2021 in addition to the opening of its first physical store, at the Península Boutique Center, in Porto, JEF has a great novelty: the launch of a new collection for the spring and summer of this year… the new collection of the brand inspired by the natural and human landscape of Goa, the “Portuguese India”. This collection, which is a kind of journey, is made of strong impressions, spiritual symbols and vestiges of the Indo-Portuguese cultural and material heritage. Although it is still winter, ÉDEN transports us directly to the hottest days, thanks to key tones such as the nuances of greens and blues, which contrast with warm colors, such as orange, brown and beige. The latter evoke the spices so characteristic of Goa, the ocher tones of the earth and, of course, the robes of the Hindu monks…  click here
For the JEF website,  click here
For JEF’s EDEN Collection, click here.

Qatar: Hilton The Pearl appoints Denzil Pereira as new director of restaurants

12 Mar: Qatar Tribune. Hilton Doha The Pearl Hotel and Residences has appointed Denzil Pereira to manage its five varied F&B outlets. Pereira, who holds a bachelor’s degree in hotel and hospitality management from Goa’s Institute of Advanced Studies (India), is a hotelier with 14 years’ experience across major hospitality brands in the Far East, Middle East and India. An Indian national hailing from Goa, Pereira "brings with him a wealth of expertise in streamlining hospitality functions, spearheading major events and launches and improving guest satisfaction with an overriding passion for delivering exceptional customer service", according to a press statement. He joins the Doha property from China where he spent 30 successful months as cluster operations manager for the Conrad Dalian & Hilton Dalian…  click here

Vatican says Church cannot bless same-sex unions

15 Mar: Reuters. The Vatican said that priests and other Roman Catholic Church ministers cannot bless same-sex unions and that such blessings are ‘not licit’ if carried out …  click here
15 Mar: The Guardian. Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions, Vatican decrees. Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith rules that God ‘cannot bless sin’ …  click here
15 Mar: New Musical Express. Elton John criticises “hypocrisy” of Vatican refusing to bless gay marriage … click here.

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