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Goa: Citizens allege river diversion and coal handling linked, protest at MPA
Times of India | 7 hours ago | |
Times of India
7 hours ago | |

VASCO/MARGAO: Citizens protested outside the Mormugao Port Authority (MPA) on Monday demanding that the MPA stop coal operations and immediately shift to green cargo and cruise tourism. They said that a large number of steel and power plants, which are water-guzzling industries, have been proposed near the Malaprabha river basin, and that coal handling in Goa and the diversion of the Mhadei are linked.The protesters said that the Mhadei is being diverted only to benefit these steel plants and not for the farmers or drinking water purposes for locals, as is being falsely portrayed. The coal used by these steel plants is being transported from MPA to Karnataka via the rail network, they alleged.“If coal handling is stopped in Goa, the water consumed by steel plants, which is much more than the diversion proposed, will be available for farmers in Karnataka. If coal handling is allowed in Goa, the diversion of the Mhadei at Kalsa and Bandura and, subsequently, the diversion of other rivers flowing across state borders is inevitable,” the protesters stated in a memorandum to the MPA chairperson. A large number of citizens held a peaceful rally under the banner of United Vascokars and Goans. “The coal transportation is purely for the steel plants and the profit of private corporations. There is no benefit for Goa,” the citizens stated in their memorandum to the MPA. “The Mhadei water crises will be resolved only when coal handling and transportation are stopped at MPA,” said green activist Abhijit Prabhudesai. The protesters condemned the state government for its failure to protect the state’s interests.

Goa: Citizens allege river diversion and coal handling linked, protest at MPA
Anil’s late strike helps Churchill move up
Times of India | 16 hours ago | |
Times of India
16 hours ago | |

Vasco:Churchill Brothers FC were made to sweat for full points as the home side carved out a 1-0 win against Sudeva Delhi FC in a I-League clash at the Tilak Maidan in Vasco on Monday.Sudeva are bottom of the league table, that too without a win, but Sankarlal Chakraborty’s side pushed the home team to their limits.Churchill tried everything at their disposal before finally piercing through Sudeva’s hearts in the 83rd minute when Man-of-the-Match Anil Gaonkar broke the deadlock. The win helped Churchill move to the fifth spot with 20 points from 14 games, nine points away from league leaders Punjab FC. Sudeva remained anchored at the bottom with two points after 12 matches.Churchill’s start clearly showed urgency to score after coming into the fixture with a frustrating goalless draw against Real Kashmir FC at home.Emmanuel Yaghr and Momo Cisse tried headers but didn’t trouble Sudeva custodian Priyant Singh.Then, Lamgoulen floated a dangerous ball inside the box and Priyant misjudged his collection, but Yaghr headed agonisingly wide with an open goal at his mercy.Churchill’s season has been plagued with injuries to their foreign players and soon the Goan side were hit with another blow as Uruguayan midfielder Martin Chaves had to be stretched out with a shoulder injury. After much hesitation, coach Fernando Varela had to replace Chaves with Senegalese forward Abdoulaye Sane, their top scorer.Sudeva, at the other end, were trying to make their efforts count, most precisely Alexis Gomez as the Argentine posed a real threat. First, Gomez forced Churchill keeper Albino Gomes to a diving save and then saw his promising effort hit the crossbar.The home team had more of the ball, but as its been this season for the two-time champions, finishing is what let them down.Just after the half an hour mark, Anil skilfully dribbled past a couple of Sudeva opponents on the left flank and crossed but it was difficult for onrushing Yaghr to keep his shot on target. Sane then attempted a bicycle kick while Ponif Vaz’s header fell straight to the goalkeeper.In the second half, Churchill’s quest for the opener continued against a stubborn Sudeva defence. Anil’s powerful effort was blocked and then unmarked Ponif missed a glorious opportunity after heading wide from close. Varela introduced Kapil Hoble after the hour mark in hope of opening the rival defence. That move didn’t pay off. However, it was another substitution late into the match that bore fruit. Talented Lalawmpuia Sailo replaced Kingslee Fernandes in the centre of midfield and the 19-year-old Mizoram medio cut open the Sudeva back line with a delightful through ball for Anil.Anil did equally well as he evaded his marker, got the ball on his stronger leg and unleashed a right-footer past Priyant in the 83rd minute for three important points.

Anil’s late strike helps Churchill move up
School annual Day held at at the BITS PILANI- Goa campus auditorium
Times of India | 4 days ago | |
Times of India
4 days ago | |

St. Andrew’s Higher Secondary School, Vaddem, Vasco celebrated its grand Annual Day cum Prize Distribution Function at the BITS PILANI- Goa campus auditorium,Zuarinagar - Sancoale. Bhagirath Shetye, Chairman of Goa Board, Secondary and Higher Secondary education was the Chief Guest with D M Kulkarni, Dean General Administration of BITS Pilani being the Guest of Honour, Fr Benson Colaco, Manager of St. Andrew Institute, Vasco was the special Invitee to grace the function. The other special guests represented the wide spectrum of intelligensia from Heads of different Higher Secondaries of Goa, PTA members, parents, well-wishers and students. The auditorium reverberated with over 2000 enthusiastic audience witnessing the spectacular show. The celebration got underway with a ceremonial march of the dignified entourage led by the school’s General Secretary, Ashish Pal and Cultural Secretary, Shrushti Naik, all marching to the beat of the scintillating live music by JAZZMATAZZ. The dignitaries were then accorded a warm welcome by the school Manager, Fr. Constancio Carvalho followed by the presenting of theschool report and its achievements by the Principal, Dr. Elvis Gonsalves. The formal program entailed the prize distribution for students excelling in academics and co- curricular activities followed by felicitating the long serving staff who had completed 25 years of dedicated and meritorious service to the DSE. The highlight of the evening was the crowning of Mr and Miss Andrews for the year 2022-23, which were bagged by Wesley D’sa and Gracina Colaco. The inaugural issue of the annual school magazine ‘ANDLIT’ was also released, which contains a collection of creative and enlightening literary articles of students and staff, aligning to the maxim - Beyond books, Igniting minds. The cultural program, MYSTICAL INDIA took the audience into a journey of cultural extravaganzawhere all the 920 students were given the opportunity to participate. The travel through some of the states of India showcased the vibrant, rich and living culture through skits, choral singing, mimes, fashion show, folk and classical dances. The depth of the performance, digital effects and the extraordinary depiction of mystical India took the audience through a dazzling journey which set to re-enforce India’s unity amidst diversity where the varied culture, beliefs, festivals etc immaculatelyfit into a jigsaw of an amalgamated country, India.

School annual Day held at at the BITS PILANI- Goa campus auditorium
NEW ZUARI BRIDGE LEAVES COMMUTERS, LOCALS HAPPY
Times of India | 5 days ago | |
Times of India
5 days ago | |


With commute time cut to half, locals anticipate stress-free travel

The new Zuari Bridge was inaugurated on December 29 and travelling between North and South Goa will never be the same again. The crucial connection over the river – which was the old Zuari bridge – was plagued by traffic snarls and was a nightmare, especially in the tourist season. But about two weeks after the new bridge was thrown open, Goa Times took a drive down the road to find pleased commuters, happy traffic cops and a general sense of ease all around.THE REAL TEST IS DURING THE MONSOONAnzil Fernandes, a lecturer who travels from Margao to Mapusa, points out that the litmus test for traffic on that stretch will be in the monsoons. “Atal Setu, which connects Panaji to Porvorim, had potholes after the monsoons. So we have to see what happens on the new Zuari bridge. I hope we don’t have to go back to the old bridge,” he adds.


With commute time cut to half, locals anticipate stress-free travel


WAITING IN TRAFFIC FOR YEARS IS FINALLY PAID OFFAll commuters we spoke to said that their commute time between North and South Goa had reduced substantially. Brunilda Lourenco from Curtorim says that she reaches Panaji in just 40-45 minutes, while earlier, it would take her one and a half hours or more. “I can now get that extra sleep, which makes me feel fresher at work. At night, I would reach home at 9.30 pm at times, leaving my parents worried. The feel oftravelling on the bridge is exciting,” she says.Vanessa Rodrigues from Vasco travels to Panaji, where she works in the hotel industry. “I would wait for almost 2 hours or more and weekends and long holidays were the worst time. There were times I would stay over at my friend’s house or take a bus so that I didn’t have to drive. The road was a nightmare,” she says.NO HONKING, NO POLLUTION, SAY LOCALSThe traffic jam and bottlenecks would start from Agacaim and continue till the old Zuari bridge. To avoid traffic, many would use the interior roads, which would cause more traffic jams inside the village, leaving locals to deal with the noise pollution. “I am so happy that I don’t have to put up with the honking outside my house. Earlier, many taxis would take this route. The few days before the inauguration was crazy, as my 2-year-old would wake up and cry,” says Katherine Fernandes, who has come to Goa from the UK for a holiday. Santana from Cortalim says all her clothes would catch the grime and dust from the passing traffic, but now things were back to normal, leaving her happy.

NEW ZUARI BRIDGE LEAVES COMMUTERS, LOCALS HAPPY
Mormugao council faces staff crunch
Times of India | 1 week ago | |
Times of India
1 week ago | |

Vasco: Mormugao municipal council (MMC) is facing a shortage of workers, however, the council has failed to approve the recommendations of the departmental promotion committee (DPC) since the past several years.Sources said that due to this, promotions of several employees have lapsed. The ‘A’ class municipality comprises 25 wards, with a population of around 2 lakh, while the voters’ list is over 80,000. The wards are spread in three constituencies — Mormugao, Vasco and Dabolim.Despite its wide geographical area, the council lacks working staff to cater to the needs of its population. Sources said that the civic body has failed to recruit the necessary staff, including LDCs, watchmen, drivers, safai workers, municipal inspectors and supervisors for over two decades. The strength of the staff which was sanctioned around 25 years ago has been lowered, thus affecting day-to-day works, including cleaning and lifting of garbage from the wards.The staff which was supposed to be recruited under harness cases, that is following deaths of parents, is still pending. The council has also failed to recruit necessary staff citing financial crunch.In the recent ordinary meeting held on January 18, councillors Fredrick Henriques, Deepak Naik and Yatin Kamurlekar raised the issue of lapsed posts under DPC, wherein chief officer Jayant Tari and chairperson Leo Rodrigues assured the councillors to recruit all necessary staff and promote employees under DPC.

Mormugao council faces staff crunch
March deadline for Vasco-Castle Rock track electrification
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

Margao: South Western Railway (SWR) has set March 2023 as its target to complete the track electrification of the Vasco-Castle Rock section. The estimated cost of the project is Rs 380 crore.Railway sources said that while electrification work on the Vasco-Kulem section is nearing completion, that on the Kulem-Castle Rock jsection has begun gaining traction. However, the difficult terrain of the Braganza Ghat section between Castle Rock and Kulem is posing challenges to the engineering team, sources associated with the project said. Chief public relations officer, SWR, Hubbali, Aneesh Hegde, while confirming the March 2023 target for the Vasco–Castle Rock track electrification work, said that the traction sub-station at Kulem is also targeted for completion in March this year.“The sub-station work is complete, but work on the transmission line is in progress. Railways is coordinating closely with the forest department for obtaining necessary permissions/procedure,” Hegde told TOI.Once the electrification work is complete, it will provide seamless electric traction right from Vasco to Ballari and beyond, Hegde said. The Ballari - Hosapete - Tinaighat section is already electrified.“This will enable huge savings and reduce dependency on diesel apart from avoiding air pollution,” Hegde said.The doubling work of the 352.58 km Hospet to Vasco line is being done at an estimated cost of Rs 3,692 crore.

March deadline for Vasco-Castle Rock track electrification
Protests in Goa village over Railways service track, work put on hold
The Indian Express | 2 weeks ago | |
The Indian Express
2 weeks ago | |

THE RAIL Vikas Nigam Limited’s (RVNL) move to construct a 260m-long service track — called a station hub or track machine siding for changing engines or track repair — near the Cansaulim station in south Goa’s Velsao village has been temporarily halted following protests from local residents.The work, which started over a week ago, was halted by the state police amid protests at the site Wednesday “to preserve law and order” in the village. Officials said the work has been put on hold until a joint site inspection is conducted by RVNL and the Deputy Collector’s office Friday.According to Velsao residents, the work site encroaches on private property. When contacted, S B Sahoo, General Manager of RVNL (Goa), told The Indian Express that the work is “on land owned by the Railways”.On Wednesday morning, Velsao residents stopped RVNL site officers and workers from entering the work premises, claiming the access point itself is private property. The protesters also tried to barricade the point with mud brought in a truck, but were stopped by the police who detained the vehicle.The site is adjacent to an existing railway track and abuts the Dabolim-Cavelossim PWD road, which runs through the village. On the other side of the track is a line of ancestral homes.Orville Dourado Rodriques, founder of Velsao-based NGO Goencho Ekvott, said, “This is private property. We received no intimation from RVNL about the construction work. There is no agreement for land acquisition. The construction is on privately owned land, and the access to it is also owned privately by residents of Velsao…The police have threatened that we will be arrested.”A senior police officer from Verna police station said, “We are bound by the law. If the residents approach court and get a stop work notice, work will be stopped. In the meantime, they are hindering official work.”After over four hours of negotiations Wednesday, Salim Shaikh, DySP (Mormugao), said, “I have spoken to the Deputy Collector, and we have arranged a site inspection on Friday at 11 am. Along with the Deputy Collector, RVNL officials will also be present. Until then, we have agreed that no work will take place at the site.”The existing track connects the Vasco-da-Gama line to Central Railways. According to information from RVNL, it was set up around 1902 as a narrow-gauge line, and later converted to broad gauge. In 2012, double-tracking was sanctioned for the line between Vasco Port and Hospet in Karnataka, spanning 352 km. Officials said 70-80 per cent of this work is complete while in some cases, as in Velsao, land acquisition is pending.Olga D’Souza, 71, a former Velsao panchayat member, told The Indian Express: “The entrances to our century-old homes are a few metres from the tracks. We have no exit and vehicles cannot come to our doorstep. When we leave our homes, we have to climb up a mountain of stones alongside the tracks, and cross the Railway line to access the main road. As senior citizens, my husband and I do this on most days when we go for Mass. In case of an emergency, there is no approach even for a two-wheeler, let alone an ambulance. This problem is going to intensify with laying of tracks….”An RVNL official said, “We have suggested that the Railways can construct an underpass for access, but the residents refused to coordinate with us.”Local residents say they noticed construction on the service track about eight days ago on what they claim is property owned by a resident named Shaliny Victoria Barbosa Saksena. Saksena could not be reached for comment. At first, residents said, they thought that it was part of work for the double track.RVNL authorities said the land is owned by the Central Government according to the official map of Velsao drawn up by the Directorate of Settlements and Land Records. But residents say they have property cards dating to the period before the East India Company to prove ownership.RVNL’s Sahoo said, “We are carrying out the construction work on land owned by the Railways. The PWD road abuts the Railway line, and this is the only access point where we are not trespassing. There is no encroachment. Moreover, this project has got nothing to do with the plan for double-tracking the line between Vasco and Hospet. This is only a small siding.”

Protests in Goa village over Railways service track, work put on hold
Goan football lacks identity, needs uniform coaching education system: Elvis Goes
Times of India | 2 weeks ago | |
Times of India
2 weeks ago | |

Panaji: Elvis Goes has often wondered why Goa does not produce quality footballers like it did in the past.“Once upon a time, Goa had identity, Goa played like Goa, but where is that identity now,” asks Goes, former Dempo footballer and coach of Vasco Sports Club. “We had legendary players who played a brand of football that was exciting to watch. Where is that football gone? Why didn’t we carry it forward?”Goes, aged 57, spent 17 years in the United States working in different capacities before he returned to Goa in 2006. It was his vision that saw the first artificial football field complex in India, along with state-of-the-art sports conditioning and sports medicine centre at the Chowgule College in Margao.He coached Vasco SC in the National Football League (NFL) before packing his bags to Portugal where he now runs the International Football Academy de Portugal (IFAP), a training school for young footballers eager to make it big.“We are not even scratching the surface here, but if Goan football has to make a beginning, let’s start with one component: Football education,” said Goes.During his visit to Goa last week, Goes had discussions with the Brahmanand Shankhwalkar, chairman of the Goa Football Development Council (GFDC), and Bruno Coutinho, director of coaching at Sports Authority of Goa (SAG). These are two important arms of Goan football, who along with the Goa Football Association (GFA), form the trinity that can take the game to a different level.Goes has been in constant touch with Brahmanand and Bruno trying to see whether a coaching education system, like the one in Portugal, can be provided for free to all GFDC and SAG coaches, so that there is consistency to the system, style and philosophy throughout the state.“The educational curriculum comprises four components: technical, physical, mental and tactical. It’s not just football training. There are nutrition guidelines, how to speak to the kids, leadership and communication, so that coaches can get empowered.“This is a proven curriculum We can finetune this a little bit, but we don’t need to change much. It’s proven, working, tested. Once this curriculum is implemented here in possibly six months, the GFA must ensure that all clubs has access to it,” said Goes.The former Vasco coach has recommended the tried-and-tested curriculum from Portugal’s University of Coimbra, a programme that is being implemented by several countries in Europe including France, Netherlands, Belgium and Spain.“In Porto, they do a training session of defensive organisation, and down in Lisbon, we do the same session. We play 4-3-3, they do the same. The boy coming from Porto to Lisbon knows exactly what to do. We must have consistency in our training programmes,” he said.The IFAP president also highlighted the need for all three arms of Goan football – SAG, GFDC and GFA – to walk hand-in-hand for the good of the game.“Each of the three important entities has a role to play. For developing youth, give that responsibility to GFDC. Let SAG deal with all the infrastructure, equipment management, grounds, and let the new leadership at GFA stay focused on creating competitions and developing them. All of them should work together and ensure there is no overlapping (of duties),” said Goes.

Goan football lacks identity, needs uniform coaching education system: Elvis Goes
Fr Pele takes the beautiful game on every mission
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

As a young boy who went to the seminary at Pilar to become a priest in 1966, Joseph Rodrigues remembers being in Class VI and playing the game he loved the most. Every evening, he enjoyed being on the field, cutting past opponents, escaping his markers and scoring goals.From the sidelines, priests at the Pilar seminary – founded by the Capuchin in 1613 -lined up to see him. He was clearly a cut above the rest, so they chose to call him ‘Pele of Pilar’, named after the Brazilian footballer who wowed the world with the ball at his feet.Joseph continued his exploits on the field, became a priest in 1982, but remains Pele, or rather Fr Pele.“Nobody calls me by my real name,” Fr Pele, now based in Silvasa in Daman, tells TOI. “I didn’t understand (the meaning) when I was first called Pele. I was little, darkskinned with rickety legs…that helped me (on the field). Nobody knows me as Joseph. It’s only Pele.”Had Fr Pele not become a priest,he could have been a professional footballer.During his younger days, Fr Pele, born in Majorda, was a big draw at inter-village football tournaments, particularly while doing duty for his home club, AA de Majorda.While at Pilar, he was a registered player with Goa Velha SC and Siridao SC, both plying their trade in Goa’s top division. His services were also enjoyed by neighbouring villages like Batim and Agasaim before he became a priest and left for missions.At the Johnny Memorial Shield in Vasco where clubs could field senior players, Fr Pele caught the attention of Salgaocar coach T Shanmugham but resisted the temptation of playing football professionally.“When I finished my theology in 1980-81, I had an operation (on my leg)and football was not the same again,” says Fr Pele. “After being posted at Silvasa, I said I must do something, so I started to play with the children, organised tournaments. They still liked my game, said ‘father plays so well’, but it’s not even an inch of what I could do (before). This is such a beautiful sport.”Not surprisingly, even at 69, Fr Pele’s love for football has not diminished.Wherever he has been sent on a mission, he has taken football with him and taught the game there. Whether it was in remote Collem, where he spent five years, Khanvel in Dadra & Nagar Haveli or now at Silvasa in Daman, football continues to hold a special place in his heart.

Fr Pele takes the beautiful game on every mission
Karnataka native held for Baina phone theft
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

Vasco: Mormugao police on Friday arrested Mohammad Yusuf Hussain Shaikh, 47, a native of Davangiri, Karnataka in a phone theft case. Police have recovered 11 mobile handsets, amounting to Rs 3 lakh, from his possession. Police said that the accused was nabbed following a complaint by a person stating that his cellphone was stolen during his visit to Baina beach.During investigation, the police managed to locate and nab the accused after tracking the stolen phone.Following interrogation, the accused revealed that he had committed theft of 10 more mobile handsets from various places.Police have registered an offence under Section 379 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).The accused was produced before JMFC Vasco and has been remanded in three days police custody.

Karnataka native held for Baina phone theft
  • K’taka native held for Baina phone theft
  • Times of India

    Vasco: Mormugao police on Friday arrested Mohammad Yusuf Hussain Shaikh, 47, a native of Davangiri, Karnataka in a phone theft case. Police have recovered 11 mobile handsets, amounting to Rs 3 lakh, from his possession. Police said that the accused was nabbed following a complaint by a person stating that his cellphone was stolen during his visit to Baina beach.During investigation, the police managed to locate and nab the accused after tracking the stolen phone.Following interrogation, the accused revealed that he had committed theft of 10 more mobile handsets from various places.The accused was produced before JMFC Vasco andhas been remanded in three days police custody.

50 water tankers later, fire at Mormugao waste plant still on
Times of India | 3 weeks ago | |
Times of India
3 weeks ago | |

Vasco: Hundreds of people residing in the vicinity of the Mormugao Solid Waste Treatment Plant (MSWTP) at Headland-Sada had to suffer pollution from the thick smoke after 1,000 tonne of reused derived fuel (RDF) stacked at the plant was set ablaze by miscreants on Wednesday.Patients and staff at the nearest hospital run by the Mormugao Port Authority (MPA) also faced the brunt of the fire.The Vasco and MPA fire services tried to put out the fire till late Wednesday night, but in vain. The exercise continued on Thursday, with nearly 50 water tankers being used but the authorities failed to bring relief to the people. The fire may take another 15 days to be brought under control, due to which municipal authorities have asked for help from the state government. This is not the first such incident and residents in the vicinity have suffered in the past as well. Ward councillor Shami Salkar has proposed to shift the collection of day-to-day garbage to the proposed Curchorem plant or the Curca plant.The MMC, in its investigation, revealed that the fire was reported at 8.30pm on Wednesday when the watchman deployed at the plant went home after discharging his duties. Municipal chief officer Jayant Tari filed a complaint with the Mormugao police against unknown persons for setting the garbage plant on fire.An emergency meeting was convened of all stakeholders on Thursday by Mormugao MLA Sankalp Amonkar at the office of the deputy collector and sub-divisional magistrate on Thursday evening to take immediate steps to douse the fire. Amonkar urged people not to politicise the issue. “My first priority is to bring the fire under control,” he said.

50 water tankers later, fire at Mormugao waste plant still on
Goan’s vow to love football with themed weddings
Times of India | 1 month ago | |
Times of India
1 month ago | |

Football fever still has its grips over Goa, despite several broken-hearted fans mourning the ousting of favourite teams Portugal and Brazil. This fever has surely seen its personification in various avatars, from flags adorning houses to FIFA themed menus in restaurants. The wedding scene is not far behind. With the wedding season in full swing, fans have found innovative ways to exhibit their love for the game.Margao-based football fan Christopher Pereira, a die-hard Team England supporter, found a way to include his favourite team into the wedding traditions. At his roce ceremony, (a tradition akin to the Haldi ceremony, only here Goans, Catholics especially, use coconut milk instead of turmeric paste), Christopher and his guests were dressed in jerseys representing their favourite teams. “I was surprised to see my friends entering the venue in jerseys, but I didn’t pay much heed to it, until my mother into the venue, also sporting a jersey! I was so happy to see the 60-70 guests gathered at my roce, all wearing team jerseys.” Christopher had his brother Mikhail to thank for this surprise. “I got the England jersey printed in Dubai where I work and Christopher wasn’t aware of it until the day of the roce; we all took him by surprise and the look on his face was priceless.”Caterers too have got requests to include the football theme into their décor. Ice sculptor John Desouza, had a request from a couple to make an effigy of Christiano Ronaldo in ice. “While discussing the menu, the groom said he was a big Ronaldo fan and wanted something representing him at the buffet table. I love such challenges; they wanted the jersey and his number ‘7’ with his name on it. It took me some time to get the detailing right. I also got an order to sculpt the Golden Boot for another wedding.”Bosco Fernandes from Vasco who is set to tie the knot soon, has plans to include football into his roce ceremony too. “I’m an Argentina fan. As a wedding tradition, the brides and groom’s families send doce (gram halva) to each other’s homes. I’ve asked my mother to make the doce in the Argentine flag colours, along with the regular light brown dome-shaped one. My groomsman and I will wear the Argentina jerseys at the roce and I really do hope they win the World Cup.”

Goan’s vow to love football with themed weddings