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Goan Voice Newsletter: Sunday 31 Oct. 2021


Death: Andrew Dias. London, UK. Ex Mombasa

20th October 2021 London. ANDREW DIAS. Born 1937. Andrew grew up in Mombasa and studied at the Goan High School in Mombasa. Son of Domingos and Santana Dias, father of Sisi (Switzerland), grandfather to Selena, brother to Regina, Querobino, Tina and Francis (Margaret) and beloved Uncle to many nephews, nieces and their children. He was a popular photographer, talented designer, linguist and keen academic. Details of his funeral to follow. Please send condolences to his family via Francis to

News Summary

Indian PM Narendra Modi invites Pope for visit

30 Oct: BBC. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has invited Pope Francis to visit his country - a significant turnaround after negotiations for a papal visit to India collapsed in 2017. The invitation came after Mr Modi shared images of his first private meeting with the Pope at the Vatican. The Indian prime minister is attending G20 summit of major world economies being held in Rome. The last pope to visit India was John Paul II in 1999. Analysts suggest Mr Modi's invitation is significant because of concerns about an increase in discrimination and violence against religious minorities in India, including Christians… Pope Francis has frequently signalled his desire to visit India…  click here
30 Oct: Vatican News. Pope receives Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi … Other issues touched on during that meeting were the situation of religious minorities in a country where Christians make up just 2.3% of the population, and the release of Father Stan Swamy, the elderly Jesuit priest and activist for the rights of indigenous peoples, who was imprisoned for nine months on terrorism charges and died in July…  click here
Video: 30 Oct: Republic World. PM Modi Invites Pope Francis To Visit India … 6m. 37s. click here.

International flight from Goa

31 Oct: Herald. By Anita Pinto … Please allow me to share my experience. I am employed with an inter-governmental organization that has a huge base in Entebbe, Uganda. Pre-Covid, when a certain international airline began operating flights between Entebbe and Goa via its hub in the Middle East, it was a huge relief to us … I finally made it to Goa on 6 January and I was scheduled to fly back on 14 February … The cancellation and rebooking process is still going on - no flight from Goa … With Divine Help, and fingers and toes crossed, I hope to get the Saturday’s RT-PCR test result with the required QR code on Monday, that would hopefully be valid by the time I reach Entebbe… 772 words.  click here

Boo! Agh! It’s Halloween weekend in Goa

30 Oct: Times of India. A few easy days after the Dussehra weekend, Goa will be buzzing yet again, with Halloween parties. While Halloween is on Sunday night, event venues, nightclubs and restaurants have started hosting their gigs from Friday night, with a few big parties lined up for Saturday night. Down The Road in Panaji is a local favourite nightlife spot for Halloween, with people dressing up for the occasion too… Hilltop is hosting a Halloween bash complete with face painters … Halloween-themed decor and shots are being planned at the party at Cohiba too… Other popular nightclubs like Cape Town Cafe has their Halloween bashes too… O’Pescador is hosting a Halloween-themed karaoke night on October 30th and 31st… Grok at Hyatt Centric is hosting a brunch with live sushi counter, dimsum bar, chaat counter, carving station, pizza, desserts, themed cocktails and live entertainment…  click here

SHAMED' COP26: UK’s Indian community set to protest the country’s government appearing in Glasgow

' 29 Oct: The Sun (UK). The UK’s Indian community are protesting against the Asian country’s government appearing at COP26. They claim Prime Minister Narendra Modi has “shamed” the country with his “authoritarian laws”. It’s reported much of the country has been driven into poverty under his leadership. Scores of protesters are expected at Glasgow’s George Square at noon on Sunday to protest against Mr Modi’s visit. Harsev Bains of Kisan Morcha Support Group Scotland said: “Mr Modi is coming to Cop 26 in Scotland, not so much to deal with the climate change impacting the globe, which we so desperately need, but to sell India to the highest bidder on the world market…  click here

Royal Navy sailors in Goa are given a special screening of James Bond: No Time To Die

26 Oct: Portsmouth News (UK). About 80 sailors from frigate HMS Richmond were invited to the screening of No Time To Die while anchored in Goa, on India’s eastern coastline. The screening was hosted by Panaji: Inox, an Indian multiplex chain. The screening was organised so that the company got a chance to witness their colleague, honorary Commander Daniel Craig's final outing as the British super spy James Bond,’ Inox Leisure said in a statement. ‘Daniel Craig was ranked as Honorary Commander in the Royal Navy – the same rank he shares with James Bond in the fictional world of the James Bond series of movies since 2006.’ …  click here
11 May. 2021. The Independent (UK). Skyfall was originally supposed to film in India until production fell through over a list of conditions put forth by the Indian Railways. In 2011, officials working on the 23rd James Bond film approached the Indian railway ministry for permission to film a scene [in Goa with Dudhsagar backdrop] atop a moving train… The talks fell through on the grounds that the minister didn’t permit the film crew to show India “in poor light”…  click here

Goa’s pilot seaweed farm explores viability of this climate-smart algae

28 Oct: Mongabay. Most of the sandy beaches and bays of Goa are dominated by tourism and fishing. Yet in the low tide pools along the 100 km long coastline, slimy algae, known as seaweed, have been quietly flourishing. In recent years, seaweed has gained global renown as a wonder plant of the ocean, reported to be a renewable source of food, energy, chemicals, medicines and with an ability to mitigate climate change. Maria Fonseca, professor of botany at St. Joseph Vaz College, Cortalim, Goa is currently working towards setting up Goa’s first pilot project on seaweed farming … 2066 words. /  click here
28 Oct: UCAN. Women lead way as India pushes 'eco-miracle' seaweed …  click here

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