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Goan Voice Newsletter: Monday 05 Jun. 2023

News Summary

Konkani resounds in Britain’s Parliament

4 Jun: Times of India. The sounds of Konkani resounded through the walls of the British Parliament for the first time when Goan-origin, oncologist and breast surgeon at North Middlesex University Hospital, UK, Dr Bernadette Pereira recited renowned Goan poet Manoharrai Sardesai’s poem, ‘Magnnem’ (prayer) at the House of Lords complex … ‘Magnnem’ was shortlisted in consultation with Sardesai’s family,“ the doctor said… “I shortlisted ‘Magnnem’ because it is a very simple poem, easy for everyone to understand and to relate to… There are many who live in Goa and do not speak Konkani… Either through conversation or teaching our children Konkani, we should keep it alive…” It was also a special moment for Pereira personally as her mother 82-year-old Maria do Carmo who inspired her to continue speaking in Konkani, made it to London in time for the event… Konkani stalwart Uday Bhembre called the recital “a moment of pride for us.”  click here
Dr Bernadette Pereira is married to Paulo Colaco Dias. They were prominent members of the team that organised the Goan Musical Society (UK). See for example 11th November 2000. Goan Cultural Evening - Putney - South West London …  click here
Dr Bernadette Pereira is a frequent contributor to CONTACT, the Goan Chaplaincy UK magazine. click here.

Report on temples demolished by Portuguese regime will be made public: CM

2 Jun: City Air News… “We have set up a committee… It has prepared a report after going through all letters sent by the public in regard to temples demolished by the Portuguese regime. The report is ready. We will publish it soon,” Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said… The Goa government had made a budgetary provision of Rs.20 crore in 2022 to restore the temples demolished… Minister for Archaeology, Subhash Phal Dessai, had said that these committee members were vetting the details by visiting the sites and speaking to the villagers… “The Portuguese regime used to send orders in writing (about destroying structures). Their documentation used to be perfect, which is there (with us)… Archival sources will be converted into claims and archaeological remains will be studied to confirm them,” he said…  click here
31 Mar: Times of India. ‘Rs 20cr to rebuild temples destroyed by Portuguese’. By Murari Shetye  click here
22 Jul: Indian Express. Goa govt says no list of temples destroyed during Portuguese rule. By Mayura Janwalkar. click here.


4 Jun: Herald. Sacred niches adorning the streets of Panjim… Walking through the narrow by-lanes of the wards of Sao Tome, Fontainhas and Mala, one is undoubtedly attracted to the hard-to-miss sacred shrines outside homes, that have been well maintained through centuries…  click here
4 Jun: The Goan. Renewal cost of taxi meters also must be borne by govt: AAP. The Aam Aadmi Party Benaulim MLA Venzy Viegas on Saturday said since the government had paid for the taxi meters due to opposition, the renewal cost of the meters should also be borne by the government…  click here
3 Jun: Times of India. 30% shacks sublet to Dilliwalas, will take strict action: Khaunte. A day after prominent shack operators alleged harassment by tourism officials if bribes are not paid, tourism minister Rohan Khaunte said that about 30% of the beach shacks are sublet to ‘Dilliwalas’… “We are with operators who conduct their business legally, but action will be taken against those who will sublet in the new season,” said Khaunte… click here.

Sports Desk:

2 Jun: Gomantak Times. Goa's athletes poised to shine at the Berlin special Olympics. A send-off ceremony was held at the Sanjay Centre, Porvorim, on June 2, 2023, to honour the remarkable achievements of 13 talented athletes and 10 dedicated officials from Goa who are all set to represent team India at the 2023 Special Olympic World Summer Games in Berlin… This prestigious event, to be held from June 17 to 25…  click here
3 Jun: Times of India. Football: One piece that just fits: FC Goa announce Manolo as new coach in a two-year deal… Goa have announced the signing of Spanish Manolo Marquez, the former Hyderabad FC coach who won the ISL Trophy in 2021-22…  click here
3 Jun: Times of India. Goa's 13 special athletes set for life-changing experience in Berlin… the Special Olympics World Games will take place in Berlin from June 17 to 25… thirteen Goan athletes have got the nod and they will represent India in futsal, athletics, roller skating, basketball, judo, unified volleyball and handball… Since Anthony Colaco picked a long jump gold at Minnesota in 1991, Goa’s record at the World Games has been impressive. Between 1991 and 2019, Goa won 84 medals which includes 32 gold and 20 silver… click here.


2 Jun: Native Planet. Discover the Untouched Beauty of Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa. Nestled in the lush Western Ghats of Goa, the Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary is a haven for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts… The best time to visit is November to February… Explore the Biodiversity of Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary … Fauna and Flora in Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary … Check out the various activities and attractions in Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary …  click here
2 Jun: Herald. Mhadei deep dive: Sand mining, tree felling, forest burning, Herald finds it all in an in-depth ground report… Herald TV over the last few days camped, investigated and even verified how illicit activities are being carried out in the pristine forests of Mhadei and its river… Trees Are Burnt And Barks Thrown Into The Surging River, Cash Crops Are Sown In The Empty Spaces… Illegally Mined Sand Found On River Bank Ready To Be Sold… Fresh Tyre Marks Of Trucks And Four-Wheelers Found Inside A Protected Sanctuary…  click here
3 Jun: Gomantak Times. Mhadei Wildlife Sanctuary conflict back on front burner. By Derek Almeida… This “destruction” or “economic activity” was known to the government and the Forest Department, activists and perhaps even the media (vernacular)… The sanctuary was notified in June 1999 when Goa was under President’s Rule… The flip side is that it impinged on the life of nearly 50,000 people or more living in the 25 villages or so within the sanctuary… click here.

Land conversion:

Land conversion: 4 Jun: Herald. Goa’s big battle against the 17(2) amendment of TCP Act is set to snowball into another people’s movement… 26 NGOs- warriors who have termed the proposed amendments as illegal and unconstitutional, have joined those who have already commenced the movement in a major show of solidarity among organisations and people… Claude Alvares of Goa Foundation, says, “We will not allow them to do this nonsense. We are challenging the 17(2) Notification.”  click here
3 Jun: Herald. As Goa is getting destroyed, we are hearing the silence of the paid lambs. The reckless, rampant and cruel takeover of all land … The destruction of our hills, the plunder of our forests and the diversion of our rivers are cumulative acts of a parent kicking away the future of his children… Amidst all this, there is an absolute silence from the paid lambs…  click here
2 Jun: Herald. Brazen Act: Govt converts 50,000 sq mtrs of Assagao’s natural cover into settlement. Amidst public opposition and a PIL pending in the High Court, the Department of Town and Country Planning (TCP) has continued its action of rampant conversion of “natural cover” into “settlement”… This time, it has allowed the conversion of over a whopping 50,000 square metres of natural cover into settlement in Assagao village… click here.

F&B News

2 Jun: The Goan. The roots of Goan mangoes… According to historical records, the Portuguese arrival in Goa in 1510 cemented the mango's position as India's undisputed king of fruits… Mangoes from Goa were recognized as a crucial diplomatic instrument by the Portuguese…  click here
Cardoz Legacy: Cook with the Cardozes! Chef Floyd Cardoz loved to feature robust spices and seasonal ingredients in his many, many recipes. And he wanted to help make at-home Indian cooking as satisfying and delicious as anything you’d get at one of his restaurant tables. So here, we share recipes from Barkha and Floyd, spanning books, restaurants, media publications, and home creations….  click here
4 Jun: Your Story. Meet Bartending Maverick Arjit Bose; An Overdose Of Filmy Drama… Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, bartending veterans and founders of Countertop India—Arjit Bose and Pankaj Balachandran—moved to Goa to open a neighbourhood bar, Tesouro, in a typical Goan-Portuguese villa in Merces, Goa… Bose is also the India brand ambassador for Monkey 47. Scoop—which deals with the complex and unresolved nexus of the police, the media, and the legal system—is a taut six-episode watch… click here.

Catholic News:

2 Jun: Gomantak Times. This Konkani film, based on the life of Blessed Carlo Acutis, is made in Goa… The short Konkani film, Carlo, based on the true story of an Italian youngster, Carlo Acutis is written and directed by Rev Dr Leslie Bosco Rego …”Blessed Carlo Acutis (from Italy) is a modern generation saint, a powerful inspiration to all youth…” he says…  click here
31 May: Outlook India. Uniform Civil Code And Christians: A Cross To Bear… “The UCC (Uniform Civil Code), if and when enacted, will bring all of India under one Law. It will bring in gender equality and justice,” says Sara Dias, a family counsellor. “The personal laws need a huge overhaul too. If the Church doesn’t do it, then UCC is the best option,” says Dias.  click here
2 Jun: Tribune India. Survivor nun's fight for justice to continue: Priest. A day after the resignation of Franco Mulakkal as the Jalandhar bishop, “Save Our Sisters” campaigners on Friday said the survivor nun, who had levelled rape charges against him, would continue her fight for justice through the legal system… click here.

News Headlines:

3 Jun: The Hindu. Indian Railways Minister to moot proposal to merge Konkan Railway with Indian Railways. Click here.

4 Jun: Times of India. Goa: All schools to be made accessible for people with disabilities, says state commissioner. Click here.

4 Jun: Navhind Times. Goa's laws, yesterday and today. By Fredrick Noronha. Click here.

4 Jun: The Goan. Dovornem: Stone structures that provided Goans rest in the past. By Dr Alvarinho J Luis. Click here.
5 Jun: SME Times. Goa Police to create 'database' on touts for strong action. Click here.

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