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Goan Voice Newsletter: Thursday 01 Jan. 1970


Death: Oliver Fernandes. Leicester, UK. Ex Nairobi (Goan Housing Estate)

12 June 2022. Leicester, UK. “Oliver” (Oliveiro) Joao Beato Fernandes. Aged 81. Passed away peacefully in hospital with his wife, Yvonne by his side. He was one of eleven children of Dominic & Angela Fernandes. A much-loved Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle & Grandfather, Oliver always put his family first. Survived by Yvonne, together for 58 years, children Oliver Jnr & Francine, their spouses Alison & Ian & his grandchildren, Matthew, Joseph & Kimaya. His surviving family, including in-laws, are Phil & Lino D’Souza, Sarah Fernandes, Derek Sequeira, Connie & Wallace Pinto & Mina Fernandes. The family moved from Nairobi to the UK in 1987. He worked hard as an Accountant, retiring in 2013. Oliver enjoyed an active social life playing cards, going to dances, watching sport & had many great times with family & friends.Life is not measured by the years you have lived, but by the love you gave & the things you did. Funeral details TBC. Condolences FAO Yvonne -

News Summary

Flesh Trade: The Unseen Connection between Goa and North-East India

21 Jun: The Sangai Express. By John S Shilshi... Goa is slowly but steadily being turned into one of the hot-spots for flesh-trade. Unscrupulous traffickers operating through a well-knit syndicate clandestinely bring in women... According to a well-researched report brought out by Anyay Rahit Zindagi (ARZ), an organisation working for emancipation of commercial sexual activity victims in Goa for the last twenty- five years, women from the North East are now filling up the gap earlier dominated by those from Nepal... One key reason why recruiters use Goa as a temptation is because unlike other big cities of India, where tales of racial discriminations for people from the North East are rampant, parents perceive this place as one relatively safe and secure for their daughters. Therefore, be it for holidays or to take up jobs, Goa as a destination hardly evokes suspicion and concern...  click here
22 Oct. 2016. Daily Express. Prostitution rampant in Goa as idyllic holiday destination is turned into sex traffic HELL … By Rehema Figueiredo …  click here
16 Feb 2019. ECPAT (UK) Paedophilia: A regional Profile of Goa'; 'Child Prostitution and Sex ... The study covers tourism areas located around Kerala and Goa. 75 pages. click here.

Rising Covid cases worries health admin

22 Jun: Times of India. Goa: 135 new Covid cases, +ivity rate nears 12%. The active caseload increased to 792 …  click here
21 Jun: The Goan. The health administration in the State is worried over the increasing number of daily new infections... “Cases are increasing but there is no evidence of another wave of infections according to experts," said Health Director, Dr Geeta Kakodkar...She also expressed concern over the unsatisfactory level of coverage among frontline workers as far as the booster dose of the vaccine is concerned...  click here
21 Jun: Times of India. Health dept records spurt of 7 Covid hospitalisations. After reporting zero hospitalisations due to Covid-19, Goa saw a spurt of seven hospitalisations on Monday alone... Testing continues at the Goa airport, where two per cent of international passengers are tested for the virus. click here.

Portugal-India relationship full of good waves

21 Jun: Diário de Notícias (Portugal). By Leonídio Paulo Ferreira. The Indian training ship Tarangini returned to Lisbon for three days at anchor in the Tagus. The three-masted sailing ship, whose Hindi name can be translated into Portuguese as "full of waves", became famous in 2003-2004 as the first Indian ship to circumnavigate the globe. However, it is interesting to note that this ship was built in a shipyard in Goa, which was the capital of the Portuguese maritime empire in Asia ... Since the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between Lisbon and New Delhi, after the 25th of April 1974, however, Portugal and India have made an effort to think more about the common future than about the shared past ... Goa is the only state in India where there is one Civil Code for the entire population ...  click here
For the original text in Portuguese:  click here
20 Jun: IndoEuropean (EU). INS Tarangini, the first sail training ship of the Indian Navy, called on the port of Lisbon today. The visit is symbolic as Portugal is preparing to host the United Nations Oceans Conference from 27 June – 1st July in Lisbon… click here.

Goa Land Grab

21 Jun: Herald. SIT must net the big fish ... The SIT will certainly stumble upon some very big fish who have been fed by their henchmen floating in coastal areas... It would be interesting to see if the SIT arrests only the small fries or if it will succeed in catching and frying the big fish...  click here
20 Jun: Herald. Report filed against four more in land grabbing inquiry. SIT registered a First Information Report against Former Archaeology Director, Ex-sub-Registrar of Bardez, and Luiza Fernandes, Aitano Fernandes, and Meena Ramakant Naik among others from Durbhat-Ponda in a land grabbing case. SIT has already made its first arrest, Vikrant Shetty, in connection with the case last Saturday.  click here
21 Jun: Herald. The Serula Comunidade land grab inquiry has been buried under the carpet for five years: Let’s bring it out. By Vithaldas Hegde... Following the judgement of the High Court of Bombay at Goa directing the authorities to revert the land to the Serula Comunidade, encroached by a former BJP Minister, the government is to date silent... click here.

News In Brief:

21 Jun: Times of India. ‘Mariculture policy will pave way for non-Goan investors’. “The relaxations announced in the Goa mariculture policy will pave the way for non-Goan investors to set up cage fishing in Goa, which will be detrimental to Goan ‘ramponkars’ and traditional fishermen ... Large scale commercial cage fishing activity will cause a lot of pollution due to chemicals, antibiotics ... This will keep wild fish away from the waters where traditional fishermen venture to catch fish,” said Deepak Kalangutkar of the Goa Forward Party delegation...  click here
20 Jun: CanIndia. Goa approves investment proposals worth Rs 64 crore. With a view to encourage industries, the Goa Investment Promotion & Facilitation Board (GIPB) approved five proposals ... the projects approved are from manufacturing, ago-food processing, hospitality and construction sectors...  click here
17 Jun: Herald. Goa Police launch inquiry into PSI recruitment scam. The Goa Police finally launched an inquiry into a purported mega recruitment scam of police sub-inspectors (PSIs) ... Physical tests came under the scanner following allegations that those who cleared the test were categorised as failed candidates, while candidate who did not meet the criteria were passed... click here.

Tourism News

21 Jun: Architectural Digest. This tranquil holiday home in Goa comes with private riverside views. Cocooned in lush greenery and designed with an earthy palette, this bungalow by Purple Backyard is a peaceful oasis in the scenic Pernem village...  click here
21 Jun: Herald. Beyond Wellness: yoga is big business Yoga is big business in Goa and the number of outlets that dot the landscape are a manifestation of that reality...  click here
20 Jun: The Statesman. Jeep journey to Dudhsagar waterfall in Goa stopped. The adventurous journey of 14 kilometres by jeep to Dudhsagar waterfall from Bhagwan Mahavir National Park at Collem in South Goa has been closed from Monday... More than two lakh domestic and foreign tourists flock to this tourist circuit every year for the drive through forest areas... click here.

News Headlines:

21 Jun: Business Standard. Australian Defence Minister Richard Marles arrives in Goa … Marles, who is also deputy prime minister of Australia, began his four-day visit to India on Monday.  click here
21 Jun: ItsGoa. Spearheading the Jazz movement in Goa  click here
21 Jun: Times of India. Govt turns to guppies to control mosquito breeding click here.

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