Panaji-based author Oscar de Noronha launched his first book in Portuguese titled Castilho de Noronha: por Deus e pelo País (For God and Country) at the Goa Arts and Literature Festival (GALF).
The book is a biography of his grand-uncle who was a priest, professor, editor, author and parliamentarian. A native of Neura, Noronha was a member of the local government council and deputy to the Portuguese National Assembly. His efforts to secure administrative decentralisation and financial autonomy for Goa resulted in a new political statute in 1955.
Another book titled Goa tal como a conheci (Goa as I knew it), a chronicle of twentieth-century Goa, authored by his late father Fernando de Noronha, was also released on the occasion. Both books are published by Third Millennium, Panaji and are available for sale at major bookshops in the state.