LETTER TO THE EDITOR FOR ISSUE DATED JUNE 22 2024

YOGA SE HI HOGA

CM HIGHLIGHTS BENEFITS ON INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA ON JUNE 21: Chief Minister Dr Pramod Sawant stated that “Yoga se hi hoga” the various forms of yoga at the 10th International Yoga Day event hosted by the Ministry of Ayush in collaboration with the Directorate of Sports & Youth Affairs, National Ayush Mission & Directorate of Health Services Goa at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Indoor Stadium at Bambolim plateau on Friday, June 21, 2024. He praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his pivotal role in internationalizing Yoga Day. It was the prime minister who proposed the idea to the United Nations General Assembly, leading to the UN’s declaration of June 21 as International Yoga Day, now celebrated in over 180 countries. Underscoring the importance of incorporating yoga into daily routine the CM suggested that all spend just half-an-hour of practice of yoga daily and this can significantly enhance fitness and health. It has been proved without doubt that regular yoga helps manage hypertension, and diabetes and pranayama and yoga can improve students’ concentration. The CM also advocated more usage of millets in homes for better nutrition health. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address on International Day of Yoga was telecasted live from Srinagar on the occasion, the theme for this year’s yoga day is “Yoga for Self and Society.” The CM joined the students in performing various yogasana highlighting his own commitment to yoga. Also present were Chief Secretary Puneet Kumar Goel (IAS; Secretary Sports), Swetika Sachan (IAS; principal secretary-finance), Dr V Candavelou (IAS; director of sports), Arvind Khutkar (director of education), Shailesh Zingde; Deputy Director of Health Dr Rupa Naik; Director of Agriculture Sandeep Phaldesai; Deputy Director to Ayush Cell, DHS, Government of Goa, Dr Minal Joshi; and Deputy Director of Nehru Yuva Kendra Kalidas Ghatwal, and other government officials. The CM also visited a millet stall organized by the Directorate of Agriculture, reflecting the event’s emphasis on promoting healthy dietary choices. Dr Rashmina Amonkar compered the program.

GOANS WAKE-UP!

THIS is to tell your readers that it’s been over three years now that we’ve been creating awareness of Covid fraud amongst the public of Goa, but how many people have we reached? How many Goans clearly know that the 14 medical malpractices implemented by WHO in Goa as well, should never be repeated again? Just 1% of Goans?
And can these 1% Goans do anything to stop+ve cases going up suddenly to bring the next lockdown in Goa? No, they can’t. With the spreading of the new H5N1 bird flu that’s coming out in Mexico, Singapore, Australia, Kerala, etc, do we have any way of stopping +ve cases suddenly being declared in Goa and all the same nonsense repeating?
Moreover this time they state that H5N1 has a 50% kill rate, so that means half of the people who get it, will die. So what are we doing about it? After three years have we understood that Covid in every state in India was implemented just by 3.4 officers of the state, like the health minister, health secretary, district magistrate, governors, etc. All they did during Covid pandemic was just blindly pass genocidal WHO orders given to them by the national/state Covid Task Force, that resulted in the death of many Goans and lifelong injuries to many more.
Can we allow this to happen again? And now 10 times worse than Covid, H5N1? All that we need to do is make a health committee of Goa, where we have about 20 doctors of Allopathy, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, senior healthcare professionals and lawyers who understand the Covid fraud and have the capability to block medical malpractices, using correct medical sciences, using RTIs, using Indian Evidence Act (that we used last year to shut down the Nipah virus pandemic in Kerala) and other legal steps.
So can you please do your part for Goa and its people, by getting just one doctor in Goa from Allopthy, Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, Unani, Siddha, senior healthcare professionals, or even a lawyer who has understood the Covid malpractices, to join our Integrative Medicine & Healthcare Committee of Goa?
So far we have just four doctors and two healthcare professionals in the team, but to be effective we need to be a 20:30 member team very quickly, to prevent H5N1 from destroying Goa and its people.
—Darryl D’Souza, Goa Integrative Medicine Committee, Goa

FAREWELL, DEAREST FRANCIS
ON 18th June we laid to eternal rest our Ribandar brother Francisco Xavier Fernandes at Swindon in the United Kingdom. Local Parish Priest Rev. Father Lucas Rodrigues concelebrated the Mass at Holy Rood Church in Konkani and so was the Choir.
God has blessed me immensely with a multitude of friends across the world and Francis definitely was one of the best. We both grew up in Ribandar living just 100 yards apart. Our over five-decade friendship only got stronger every passing day. We blended very well with me evolving as an integral part of his family, defying the myth ‘Blood is thicker than water’.
A former student of Don Bosco High School in Panaji, Francis moved to Kuwait in the mid-70s where he worked for over four decades and after retirement a few years ago he relocated to the United Kingdom. Francis was extremely kind, sensitive and a caring friend to all. Absolutely humble and affable.
Memories of his hospitality on those various visits I made to Kuwait over the years will never fade. Friday morning fishing in Kuwait City was hilarious. Nostalgically remember the Ribandar Feast celebrated at Kuwait in 1987 on-board a grounded ship which was converted into ‘Kuwait Marriot Hotel’.
Francis was well connected with the authorities in Kuwait and my visiting Visa was always instantly issued. Despite Kuwait’s very stringent regulations, for me it was never ever a dry day.
Francis’s untimely death on 28th May came as a shocker as I had a long telephonic chat with him the previous day and he was in his usual good spirits. A few weeks earlier, I spent an afternoon with him and his family and as always he was the perfect host at the sumptuous lunch at his residence in Swindon, little knowing that it would be our last interaction. He may have departed but those sweet memories of our bond will linger on. May his departed Soul rest in eternal Peace with the Almighty giving his bereaved family and friends the strength to brave the loss of the great human that Francis always was.
—Aires Rodrigues, Ribandar

GOVERNOR FOR YOGA AT RAJ BHAVAN! GOVERNOR of Goa PS Sreedharan Pillai along with the officials and staff members of the Raj Bhavan performed yoga asana at the Old Durbar Hall at the Raj Bhavan on June 21, 2024. This was to celebrate the International Day of Yoga which has been celebrated for the last ten years to create awareness about yoga’s vast potential in improving overall health and wellbeing. Yoga makes for physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing and this is acknowledged worldwide today. The governor performed various forms of yogasana, pranayaam, mudra and dhyana with the other participants under the guidance of yoga instructor Sriraj Shelar who is attached to the Shree Datta Padmanabh Peeth Goa.

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