Who is responsible?

We see lot of things on the roads and say to ourselves who is responsible for this substandard and inferior quality work but do we take up these issues with the concerned authorities if not then we are equally responsible for the sad state of affairs? We see the wires (rolled up) hanging on the electric poles on the streets …

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Inclement weather brings out inadequate preparation

The monsoons come every year at the same time. Every year various spots around town suffer when the rains hit due to incomplete works, insufficient preparatory work or sheer neglect. When will this annual cycle of troubles change. Several citizens have written in highlighting the woes that citizens are facing in different parts of the town. The authorities will hopefully …

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Garbage Clearance problems in Vaddem

We thank Ms. Deepali Naik, the Chief Officer of Mormugao Municipal Council for acting promptly on the complaint of non-clearance of garbage in a storm drain at Merces Chapel Road in Vaddem. The choked drain caused the overflowing water to enter our house on the ground floor. It would, of course, have been appreciated had the Council done the pre-monsoon …

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Violation of Child Rights

The news item that the Goa State Commission for protection of Child Rights has suo-moto reacted to the news item dated 12th Jan 2016 titled “CANINE FEAR GRIPS PANAJI/SUBURBS” and has taken up the issue with the government, brings a faint light at the end of a long dark tunnel that has gone on for far too long It is …

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A rubble dump gets transformed by the Fernandes’

  This is just a small patch in front of Maria and Augusto Fernandes’ home in Sada. It was an unsightly clutter of rubble and other rubbish till very recently. Their son, Terrance one day decided to do something about it. Their daughter’s upcoming wedding was an added incentive to act on that piece of space. So Terrance set to …

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Municipal Elections And the Role of a Citizen

Municipal elections to the 11 municipalities in Goa are scheduled to be held on 25th October 2015. By the time, this article is published, the Government would have  probably officially declared  the total  number of wards , the  wards reserved for  women and also the wards reserved for OBC category. Importance – Municipal elections play a very important role in …

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Three’s a Company @ Roland Garros by Nitin Bandekar

When one hears about Roland Garros – there’s just one name that shouts out – Rafael Nadal. The King of Clay. Things are looking quite ominous this year for Nadal ever since he has returned back after missing out on a lot of tennis last season due to injury, something that he himself says ” I take every match as …

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Cook Express – Mysore Pak by Jayashree Jairam

Ingredients  1 cup      ……………..  Besan (sieved) 2 cups      ……………..  Ghee 2 cups      ……………..  Sugar 1/2 cup      ……………..  Water   Method Put 1/2 cup ghee in a kadai. Add besan and fry over slow flame. Stir and remove any lumps until a nice aroma. Remove fried besan from flame. In another vessel add 2 cups sugar 1/2 …

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Cook Express – Momos by Bhavna Tamang Lacerda

[su_label type=”important”]PROFESSIONAL HALT[/su_label] Bhawana Tamang Lacerda is a graduate in Hospitality and Tourism and has a Management degree from the International Institute of Advance Studies (IIAS), Kolkata. She has worked with the Radisson group in Goa and also had a stint in Kuwait. For this “Professional Cook Express Halt” she shows the women of our neighbourhood how to make mouth watering …

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Cook Express – Alur Dum and Rasogullos by Jharna Gosh

Jharna Ghosh of our neighbourhood demonstrated the classic Luchi Alur Dum & Rasogullos . Jharna comes from the 24 Parganas District of West Bengal which is world famous for Sunderbans, the mangrove forests and the Royal Bengal Tigers. Jharna enjoys cooking,travelling and Rabindra Sangeet. [su_slider source=”media: 2067,2068,2069,2070,2071,2072,2073,2074,2075,2076,2077,2078,2079,2080,2081,2082,2083,2084,2085,2086,2087,2088,2089,2090″ link=”lightbox” title=”no” pages=”no”] Luchir Allur Dum Ingredients   1kg Baby Potatoes 2 large …

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Cook Express – Gujarati Delights by Isha and Heta Lakhani

[su_slider source=”media: 2030,2029,2028,2027,2026,2025,2024,2023,2022,2021,2020″ link=”lightbox” title=”no”] Palak Thepla • 2 bundles Palak (spinach) • 2 cups Wheat Flour • 2tsp Turmeric Powder • 2tsp Red Chilli Powder • 2tsp Coriander Powder • 1tsp Jeera Powder • 1tsp Hing • Salt to taste • 8-10 cloves Garlic Grated • Oil Method: Wash n finely chop Palak. Add all masalas and Palak to …

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Cook Express – Sizzlers II by Isha Lakhani

Isha Lakhani of our neighbourhood is a cooking enthusiast. She  demonstrated the all time favourite Sizzlers in Italian and a unique Desi Punjabi Style. [su_slider source=”media: 2019,2018,2016,2015,2014,2013,2012,2011,2010,2009,2008,2007,2006,2005,2004″ link=”lightbox” title=”no”] Sizzler – Punjabi style Chana kebabs Ingredients: Red / Black Chana Potatoes Bread Crumbs Red Chilli Paste Garlic Paste Ginger Paste Chat Masala Salt   Method: Soak the Chana overnight. Boil it …

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Cook Express – Naan & Biyan Bhaji by Dr. Flory Pereira

Vasco Watch had carried an article on Flory Pereira and her thesis connected with salt pans of Goa. While salt is the ingredient of her academic pursuits, let her show you the other spices that she dabbles in, while in the kitchen. Who does not get tempted with Garlic Naans and Goa’s very own famous mouth watering cashew Curry ! [su_slider source=”media: 2002,2001,2000,1999,1997,1994,1993″ link=”lightbox” title=”no”] Naans Ingredients …

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Vascoites go Mountaineering!

– By Mrs.Lakshmi Iyer Nine mountaineering enthusiasts from Vasco were part of a 32 member team who joined Eco Treks, Goa  on a trek to Mani Mahesh lake. Mani Mahesh lake is at a height of about 13400 ft. and located close to  Mani Mahesh Kailash peak in the Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas in Chamba District of Himachal …

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Josh Express – The Amphibian Orchestra & The Snake Dance

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Cook Express – Sizzlers by Isha Lakhani

[su_slider source=”media: 1918,1917,1916,1915,1914,1913,1912,1911,1910,1909,1908,1907,1906,1905,1904,1903,1902,1901,1900,1899,1898,1897,1896,1895,1894,1893,1892,1891,1890,1889,1888,1887″ link=”lightbox” title=”no”] Sizzler – Chinese style Golden fried baby corn Ingredients: Baby Corn 3tbsp Cornflour / Maida 1tsp Rice Flour Salt Pepper Powder Pinch of Yellow Food Colour Method: Parboil the baby corn. Take 3tbsp of cornflour or maida. Add 1tsp of rice flour. Salt and pepper to taste and yellow food colour. Add water to this …

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Cook Express – Vegetable and Egg Chop by Mahua Char

Mahua Char is passionate about Rabindra Sangeet and is a talented singer too. She is a qualified musician who holds a post graduate degree in Music from Rabindra Bharathi, Kolkata. She shared some typical Bengali recipes with the women of our neighbourhood on 6th June 2014. [su_carousel source=”media: 1992,1990,1988,1987,1986,1985,1984,1983,1982,1981,1980,1979,1978,1977,1976,1975,1974,1973,1972,1971,1970″ link=”lightbox” height=”300″ items=”1″ title=”no”] Vegetable chop Ingredients 1 medium size Potato boiled and mashed …

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Andy Murray – by Nitin Bandekar

IPL just got over and the football mania is on. But there is a die hard tennis fan in our midst. Read on!

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Cook Express – Sambhalpur Special by Parwati Sahu

Parwati Sahu has been part of our neighbourhood for the past 12 years. She hails from the culturally rich Sambhalpur district of Orissa. She has an interest in cooking and regularly watches the Food and cuisine shows on TV. Parwati boarded the Cook Express on 23 May 2014 to share some traditional typical Sambhalpuri recipes – Purowada and a sweet …

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Our Planet in 3014

The essay that won the First prize at the Association of Friends of Astronomy Essay Competition.

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Cook Express – Mocktails by Donsavio Lacerda

We had a Don in Bartending boarding the Cook Express. Donsavio Lacerda will teach you the ropes of making creamy, fizzy and other thirst quenching mocktails. Just what the doctor ordered for this hot summer. Donsavio has had a passion for training people in the food & beverage arena and has conducted several workshops as a freelance trainer. He has in …

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Cook Express – Chinese Cuisine by Hotel La Paz Gardens

Hotel La Paz Gardens gave the Cook Express a green signal. La Paz, as it is known to everyone in the neighbourhood, has a loyal clientele who swear by their Chinese restaurant – Sweet ‘n’ Sour. Chef Rakesh Kumar takes you through the paces in making some special Chinese cuisine . A soup, a chicken recipe and a veggie dish …

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Cook Express – Spicy Kolhapuri Misal Pav & Batata Vada by Kavita Gupte

Ms Kavita Gupte of our neighbourhood is a person of many talents and interests. She has a passion for craft making, rangolis of various types, embroidery and cooking. If you missed her class on 10th April 2014 get the recipe from below and make spicy Kolhapuri style Misal Pavs and Batata Wadas . [su_carousel source=”media: 1603,1604,1605,1606,1607,1608,1609,1610,1611,1612,1613,1614,1615,1616,1617,1618,1620,1621,1622,1623,1624,1625,1626,1627,1628,1629,1630,1631,1632,1633,1634,1635,1636,1637,1638,1639″ link=”lightbox” width=”640″ height=”200″ title=”no” autoplay=”3000″]RECIPE COMING …

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Cook Express – Pesarattu with Chettinad Chutney by Jayashree Jairam

[su_carousel source=”media: 1601,1600,1599,1598,1597,1596,1595,1594,1593,1592,1591,1590,1589,1588,1587,1586,1585,1584,1583,1582,1581,1580,1579,1578,1577,1576,1575,1574,1573,1572″ link=”lightbox” width=”640″ height=”200″ title=”no” autoplay=”3000″] Check out this unique South Indian easy to make-can’t go wrong “Pesarattu” that is from the dosa family . The Chettinad chutney is a must learn recipe that has a special ingredient that makes it different. This was demonstrated on 10th April 2014 by Jayashree Jairam who is also a Bharatanatyam dancer and …

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Cook Express – KAI MURUKKUS by Lakshmi Iyer

Whose mouth does not water when the word Murrukku(Chakkli) is uttered! Did you know that making Kai Murrukkus is an art? But if you have the correct dough and nimble fingers you can master the art just like Lakshmi Iyer an ex banker from our neighbourhood, a Murrukku specialist. Lakshmi demonstrated the delicious crunchy murukkus in the traditional as well …

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