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Goan Voice Newsletter: Saturday 15 Jul. 2023

News Summary

Video: Swindon Council agrees on Medina Nightclub Building Survey to provide a Goan Community Centre

13 July. 7.00 p.m. Meeting Agenda: Item 7b: Conservative Councillors Anabelle Pegado and Lourenco Fernandes: Endeavours to find a suitable venue so that all members of the Goan Community have somewhere they can meet and come together… Call for a building condition survey of the former Medina Nightclub and for a report by Oct. this year … Amendment proposed by Labour Councillors Adorabelle Shaikh and Chris Watts that the building conditions survey is shared with the Swindon Goan Association to ensure that a suitable and safe location can be found for the site of a community centre…  click here
Video: 13 Jul: Swindon Council. This segment runs from 1h.0m to 1h.27m. Anabelle Pegado (photo) in her maiden speech made an emotional plea for the facility and pointed out that the Hindu Community already had theirs… Vijay Manro supported the motion … Adorabelle Shaikh spoke for the amendment claiming that Imtiyaz and she had been pursuing the plan since 2018 and had failed to get the support of the Conservative Councillors … Kevin Small challenged the concept of “Goan” interests and called for disregarding the ethnic issue … Dale Heenan called for all Party consultations … Anabelle Pegado denied that the Labour group had consulted constructively with the Conservatives or the Swindon Goan Association … The Amendment as put to the vote and carried …  click here
For the Anabelle Pegado’s Facebook page, click here.


13 Jul: The Guardian (UK). The cruelty of long Covid in the global south… For Megan Murray, a 34-year-old singer in Goa, India, sadness at having lost two years of her life is accompanied by anxiety over what the virus has done to her organs. “I want to get married and have children, and I can’t help worrying about what future health issues might spring up,” said Murray… After her initial infection in April 2021, Murray continued to suffer from muscle cramps, gut issues, dizziness, tachycardia and fatigue that made just walking to the bathroom an ordeal … “No one took me seriously,” said Murray. “I thought I was going crazy until a friend in New York said it might be long Covid.” … Murray had already travelled to the US for treatment …  click here
12 Jul: The Skinny (UK). Unearthing the Past: The colonialism behind botany… Shipping Roots, an immersive exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Inverleith House by artist Keg de Souza explores how the British transported plants across their empire and the devastating consequences to nature and lives… Shipping Roots examines three plant journeys, in three separate rooms. As a person of Indian (Goan) heritage living on unceded Gadigal land known as Sydney, de Souza predominantly links Australia, India and the UK in her work…  click here
14 Jul: Gomantak Times. Shohail Furtado, Goa’s Instagram-famous bartender. Mixing drinks at events organised by friends and creating digital content to make requested recipes readily available has made home bartender Shohail Francis Furtado and his Instagram page cocktails_n_cookies popular… Varca native Shohail holds a BCom degree and works in an IT firm. Mixing drinks is his hobby and passion… While perusing his page, you will notice a wide variety of ingredients that he likes to play with when creating recipes. He states that he loves to create tropical-flavoured cocktails… click here.

News In Brief

14 Jul: Tribune India. Reform must come from within. By Julio Ribeiro (photo). I hail from the tiny state of Goa, the only one in the Indian Union where a common civil code has been in operation for the past two centuries or more… The present Chief Minister of Goa, Pramod Sawant, in a futile attempt to create dissensions, where none existed, between Hindus and Christians, stated that many churches had been built in Goa by the Portuguese on the debris of destroyed Hindu temples… The real reason for the decline in mass conversions was the Marquis of Pombal’s directives to his officials in Portugal and its colonies to discourage the clerics from interfering in matters of the State…. If the government wants to turn the UCC into a political tool for the electoral contest next year, as it so appears, it will go ahead with its programme and the minorities will put up resistance to assert their identity… 1058 words  click here
14 Jul: The Goan. Archives Dept tightens rules for inspection of records. According to the new rules, public will be permitted to enter the general servicing area with only a paper and pen where an ID proof will have to be submitted for application of records… No photography of records will be allowed and mobiles will have to be switched off… Public will also not be allowed to copy/write down the contents of public records… However, research scholars will be permitted to enter with a book, pen/pencil and laptop… Heirs/parties to the inventory proceedings can apply or submit an authority letter from the heirs or parties …  click here
14 Jul: The Goan. Over 1,500 delegates to attend G20 meet in Goa next week. Over 1,500 delegates will attend the 4th Energy Transitions Working Group meeting under India’s G20 Presidency, scheduled in Goa from July 19-20… Six priority areas, as outlined under India’s Presidency, include energy transition through addressing technology gaps, low-cost financing for energy transition … It is anticipated that the outcome of this meeting will contribute to shaping international energy policies and promoting sustainable energy practices worldwide… click here.

Catholic News:

10 Jul: The Goan. Balli-Cuncolim family 'humbled with joy' as Sr Venita heads Catholic congregation of Capitanio Sisters. The Fernandes family in Balli-Cuncolim has been humbled with joy, ever since Sr Venita Fernandes became the first Indian to head the Sisters of Charity of Saints Bartolomea Capitanio and Vincenza Gerosa (also known as the Sisters of Maria Bambina), an international Catholic religious congregation based in Italy…  click here
12 Jul: UCAN. India sees 'sharp rise' in violence against Christians. A human rights group that keeps track of violence against Christians in India has confirmed 400 incidents in the first half of this year, with the northern state of Uttar Pradesh topping the list… Goa witnessed fewer than five untoward incidents against Christians.  click here
11 Jul: KMS News. UCF says 400 incidents of violence against Christians occurred in India in 190 days of 2023. The United Christian Forum (UCF) has said that India has witnessed a staggering 400 incidents of violence against Christians across 23 states in the first half of 2023.… June 2023 witnessed the highest number of incidents against Christians, with 88 reported cases, averaging almost three incidents per day… Goa have also reported a varying number of incidents … click here.

F&B News:

14 Jul: Gomantak Times. Check out these local Goan restaurants… Bombil, Panjim … Vinayak Family Restaurant, Assagao … Sand N Sea Bar & Restaurant, Bambolim … Anand Bar and Restaurant, Anjuna … Jess Family Restaurant and Bar, Verna … Star Bar and Restaurant, Ribandar … (9 pixs)  click here
14 Jul: NDTV. Bhumi Pednekar And Sister Turn 'Food-Preneurs'! Inside Their Boutique Hotel In Goa. Bhumi Pednekar and sister Samiksha Pednekar turned food-preneurs with their investment in a boutique hotel ‘Kaia’ at Ashwem Beach…  click here
13 Jul: Curly Tales. There Is Now A ‘Goa’ In New York For Those Looking For A Delish Susegad Eating Experience. After opening its doors in Tribeca in February, Goa New York, offers a Goan culinary treat for all your senses… At the vibrant sprite of Goa, right in the centre of the space, you will find a sculpture inspired by the famous banyan tree in Arambol, Goa… click here.

Crime News:

14 Jul: Herald. The politics of sexual harassment. By Gladstone D’Costa... In the Bhanwari Devi case, it was held that upper caste men were unlikely to ‘defile’ themselves by raping a lower caste woman… The police may refuse to register an FIR as happened with the Indian wrestlers. The powers that be may not believe the victim because of a past history of sexual activity, or, quite ridiculously, ‘did not behave as a victim of harassment should’… We have the “Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice” for victims of such abuse …  click here
14 Jul: The Goan. Cop turned criminal, Siolim shooting accused has notorious track record. Notorious criminal James D’Souza, a prime accused in the shooting incident in Siolim, was once an integral part of the elite Goa police force… What makes his story even more intriguing is that it was not the so-called meticulous verification process of the Police Department… An informant discreetly tipped off a former Superintendent of Police (SP) shedding light on the submission of a forged education certificate…  click here
14 Jul: The Goan. Siolim shooting accused was also booked for rape, land grabbing… “Land grabbing, extortion, and several other heinous cases have been his modus operandi, during a span of around 20 years, all of which are either under investigation or pending trial,” a senior police officer said… The 44-year-old, James D’Souza, is also accused of allegedly raping a Russian woman, who had checked into his hotel at Morjim… click here.

A deeper understanding of the festivals of Goa

12 Jul: Herald. By Dolcy D’Cruz… ‘Feasts and Fests of Goa – The flavour of a unique culture’ is authored by Celina de Vieira Velho e Almeida where she highlights some of the celebrations, their origins as well as how they still are alive in the villages of Goa… From the numerous festivals celebrated in Goa, Celina de Vieira Velho e Almeida selected 16 that she was able to experience closely … “I was brought up in Portais in Panjim. When we were children, my siblings and I used to go for feasts in Goa with my father. He would love to go for the Touxeachem fest (Cucumber Feast) in Talaulim and the feast of St Francis Xavier in Old Goa…” reminisces Celina… The book is interspersed with colourful photographs that give justice to the vibrancy of the festivals …  click here
The Dogears Bookshop: Feasts and Fests of Goa :The Flavour of a Unique Culture. By Celina de Vieira Velho e Almeida  click here
Video: Jun 24: Fredrick FN Noronha. Celina de Vieira Velho e Almeida, on the Feasts and Fests of Goa...19m click here.


13 Jul: NDTV. UK Visa Fees, Health Surcharge To Go Up Significantly: Rishi Sunak. Click here.

28 Jun: Daily Express (UK). Rishi Sunak vows to make migrants pay for £2billion UK wage boost with new visa fees. Click here.

13 Jul: Centre to allocate Rs 100 cr for setting up Unity Mall in Goa: Union Minister. Click here.

14 Jul: The Goan. Stinky affairs at Margao retail fish market. Click here.

13 Jul: The Goan. Goa: Silence of politicos in coal agitation is deafening. Click here.

14 Jul: Herald. Goa: Western music students face hardships due to delay in reopening of Kala Academy premises. Click here.

14 Jul: Architectural Digest. 7 Indian home renovations that breathe new life into nostalgic spaces. Click here.

14 Jul: Times of India. Goa: NIO to study river discharge, vessels asked to watch out. Click here.

13 Jul: Electrek (USA). Tesla aims to produce a ~$24,000 electric car in India, report says. Click here.

Forthcoming Event: THE UK GOAN FESTIVAL 2023

Sun. 6 Aug. THE UK GOAN FESTIVAL 2023 loved by all as Their Original GOA DAY will be held at Cranford Community College, Hounslow, TW5 9PD, and will commence with Holy Mass at 11.00 a.m. followed by our cultural celebration of food and music to suit all tastes. We have provided a free shuttle service to and from Hounslow West Station from 10.00 a.m. until until 9.00 p.m. Goa's top most musical quartet Tidal Wave will be entertaining you and will be supported by UK's most popular band Shades. To ensure that you are totally spoilt, we have also provided you with music from DJ Claudio (Goa) and DJ Flacid (UK). The mood setters for our Original Goa Day will be MC Iggy Fernandes and MC Frank Furtado. Both will work with the musicians and the entertainment to ensure that you will have the best day ever. We will have food stalls selling your favourite delicacies and a bar to provide you all with cool drinks throughout. Kindly note that food or drinks will not be permitted on the grounds and will be confiscated by security. In addition, pets cannot be brought onto the grounds unless they are guide dogs. Please do join us to celebrate the spirit of Goa.
Presale of tickets starts now !!! Tickets are priced at £10.00 per person. Children under 12 years are free of charge. If you do not wish to use our free shuttle service, we are providing car parking facilities at £6.00 per car. This year the Festival promises to be better than ever. You won't want to miss a moment so get your tickets today. We have provided an online system to purchase entry tickets and park parking tickets in advance, thus avoiding queues at the gates.
Simply click the link provided to book your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Kindly note that tickets are non-refundable.
We look forward to welcoming you to the Original Goa Day and politely request all guests attending this family event to behave in a polite and respectful way so that all can have a memorable and enjoyable day.
Please see our poster at for more information. Any queries, please visit or email

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