Sixteenth exposition begins
Thousands of pilgrims, dignitaries and others, cutting across religious lines, kissed the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier venerated as Goencho Saib after the 16th Exposition commenced on Sunday (November 21), following a nearly three-hour ceremony and procession at Old Goa.
Prayers for unity and harmony marked the pontifical Mass celebrated by the Archbishop patriarch Reverend Filipe Neri Ferrao on November 21 morning at Old Goa during inauguration.
A small photo feature on the Exposition of the Sacred Remains of St Francis Xavier. http://goacom.com/goanow/exposition/Exposition2004.htm
New book on old Goa monuments
A book titled "Magnificent Monuments of Old Goa" will be launched during the Exposition of the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier. The book has been authored by Mr Patrick J Lobo and has a foreword by Fr Delio de Mendonca, SJ. The book is an extensively researched hardbound coffee table book illustrated with sketches, plans and colour photographs providing a treasure house of information about the churches, chapels and convents of Old Goa.
AIs non-stop flights to London
Air India is introducing four new non-stop flights per week on Mumbai-London-Mumbai sector, from 29 November, 04. The travel on Mumbai-London-Mumbai sector will cost Rs.19,990, which will be valid for outbound travel up to 31 January 05, on these particular flights.
The weekly Air India Goa-Mumbai flight No.AI-854 on Thursday mornings offers a convenient connection at Mumbai to the new London flight for passengers traveling from Goa. Similarly, passengers leaving London on AI-160 on Tuesdays can travel through, to Goa connecting AI-855 Mumbai-Goa on Wednesdays.
Adding to the buzz of IFFI, Kite Carnival returns to the Miramar beach from December 10. As it begins a day after IFFI concludes in Goa (December 9), the three-day 3rd International Goa Kite Festival is sponsored by the Goa department of Tourism, IFFI and The Nomad Heritage Trust and Nomad Travels. On December 10, the kite festival will begin at 4 pm with a display of kite surfing and kite ballet, etc. There will be a film/slide show on kites by Scott Skinner, president of Drachen Foundation.
December 11 and 12 will be two days of kite flying experience from 11 am till sunset followed by a musical concert.
Upgraded Kala Academy
A fresh coat of paint, structural renovation and infrastructure upgradation, all worth a whopping Rs.24-crore, has given the famed 20-year-old Charles Correia-designed Kala Academy a look as good as brand new.
Ultra-modern theatre for IFFI 2005
Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar announced the construction of an ultra-modern festival theatre for hosting the inaugural and closing ceremony of the International Film festival of India in Goa next year. He also announced the four-laning of St Inez-Tonca road at the cost of Rs eight crore. The new Patto bridge is expected to be fully thrown open to traffic on 26 November. The Chief Minister said that plans are already afoot to prepare for the next year's IFFI, the present work of IFFI related infrastructure works having been completed in time.