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Goa is India’s smallest state by area and the fourth smallest by population. Located in West India in the region known as the Konkan, it is bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, and by Karnataka to the east and south, while the Arabian Sea forms its western coast. Goa is India’s richest state with a GDP per capita two and a half times that of the country as a whole.[4] It was ranked the best placed state by the Eleventh Finance Commission for its infrastructure and ranked on top for the best quality of life in India by the National Commission on Population based on the 12 Indicators.

Panaji is the state’s capital, while Vasco da Gama is the largest city. The historic city of Margao still exhibits the cultural influence of the Portuguese, who first landed in the early 16th century as merchants and conquered it soon thereafter. Goa is a former Portuguese colony, the Portuguese overseas territory of Portuguese India existed for about 450 years until it was annexed by India in 1961.

Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by large numbers of international and domestic tourists each year. It also has rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.

Going ‘nuts’ before the wedding

Not just children, even most adults, these days, are not aware of what a ‘panke’ is,” says Anand Gangaram Naik, who takes pride that his is one of the very few bakeries that still sells the traditional local sweet delicacy in the whole of Mapusa, or perhaps even Goa. Panke, …

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The sweet memories of a ‘distinctly Goan’ taste

Not just children, even most adults, these days, are not aware of what a ‘panke’ is,” says Anand Gangaram Naik, who takes pride that his is one of the very few bakeries that still sells the traditional local sweet delicacy in the whole of Mapusa, or perhaps even Goa. Panke, …

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Feast of St Joseph Vaz

January 16 is the feast of St Joseph Vaz, patron of the archdiocese of Goa and Daman, The big day is celebrated at the sanctuary of St Joseph Vaz at Sancoale [courtesy- GOA – By Edu’s World ]

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The riverside majestic church

Today, December 27, is the feast of the church of Nossa Senhora De Penha De França. The church is replete with architectural details that tell us stories of the past. It was recently reopened for services after going through another cycle of renovation Maria de Lourdes Bravo da Costa Rodrigues …

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Panaji – a city honours & remembers its past

Sanjeev V Sardesai To be remembered, as we pass on is a wish everyone nurtures in life; and to honour those that have created a niche in our lives, is ‘the’ admirable way of life. Panaji City through its monuments remembers those that have created such a niche, not only …

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