Newsletter. Issue 2004-46. Dec 02, 2004
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From Eddie Fernandes. I will be in Goa till 19 Dec. and I will try to maintain continuity of newsletter service during the period. You can e-mail me as before at In case of urgency please contact Bernie Gracias at tel 020-8723-1322.

NRI Meeting in Goa on Dec 4th
02 Dec Herald. The NRI facilitation Centre will organise an interaction meet wih the visiting NRIs for Expo'04 and IFFI 2004 on December 4 at Miramar Residency at 7.30 p.m. The meet has been convened in view of the coming Gornant Vishwa Sammelan on January 3, says a press release. Tomazinho Cardozo, member, ex-committee, NRI Cell will be convener for this meet. All visiting NRIs presently in Goa should contact on 2227608/2423459 or e-mail to register their names for the meet.

UK: Ordeal of aged landlady.
25 Nov: Croydon Guardian. Janet D'Sa who made her elderly landlady's life a "living nightmare" has been found guilty of harassment after a two-day trial. Giving evidence D'Sa claimed Mrs Read and her other tenant, who moved out within weeks of her arrival, had conducted their own campaign of harassment against her. D'Sa was warned by magistrates she faced a restraining order but was likely to avoid prison. She is due to be sentenced on December 8. 315 words. For full text click here.

Terror at gas attack robbery
25 Nov. Rugby Advertiser. Excerpts: A taxi driver from Rugby has described the terrifying moment he was robbed and attacked with CS spray - but said police are doing little to catch the culprits. Alvito Desouza, 29, of Craven Road is now reluctant to return to work and fears the thieves are still at large. He described how one of the robbers " picked something out of his pocket and sprayed CS gas at me. I was finding it hard to see and my face was stinging. But if I hadn't worn my glasses it would have been a lot worse." At the time of going to press, nobody had been charged with the attack but Mr. Desouza claims he saw the culprit on Monday. "I went to the police station and told them, but I was told the officer wasn't available until Wednesday. I just want the police to deal with it and I want to get on with my life," he said. 546 words. Full text at:

Mrs Merlyn Vaz remembered
30 Nov. Leicester Mercury. Merlyn Vaz, mother of Leicester East MP Keith Vaz, died in October last year after a battle with cancer. This Christmas, residents in Spinney Hill have put up a tree in the grounds of Green Lane Road School to pay tribute to Mrs Vaz. The lights were turned on by Rudolph Walker, who plays Patrick Trueman in BBC1 soap EastEnders. Mr Vaz said: "My mother would have been thrilled that Rudolph had come to Leicester just to switch on the lights."
Piara Singh Clair, Lord Mayor of Leicester said: "Merlyn loved Christmas and she was keen to have lights on the road. This is a good way of remembering her." Mrs Vaz, Leicester's first Asian woman councillor, retired in May after 14 years representing the Charnwood ward.

NRI Meeting in Goa in 3rd-5th January 2005
A Convention of World Wide Goans, the Gomant Vishwa Sammelan, will be held at Panaji from 3rd to 5th January, 2005 at Kala Academy Complex. It is an annual get together of the representatives of Goan Diaspora, scattered all over the world. People of Goan origin settled in the various parts of the country and abroad will participate in the three- day Convention. The programme will include interactive sessions on three thrust areas, namely Healthcare, Agriculture and Problems faced by NRGs and NRIs in the area of their settlements.
There will be three categories of delegates (1) Visiting Delegates (2) Local Delegates and (3) Member of the Organizing Committee. The delegates fee shall be Rs. 200/- per person. For further details contact NRI Facilitation Centre, E.D.C., House Panaji - Goa (Ph. No.2227608). Contact e-mail :


29 Nov: Dar es Salaam. JOLEEN LAWRENCE. Daughter of Julian & Anne Lawrence. Niece of John, Frank/Lillian Silveira (Arusha.). Funeral was on 1 Dec. Condolence to:

29 Nov. Toronto. VENANCIO (VENCY) ROBUSTO PHILIP D'MELLO. Husband of Ludy. Father of June, Ayres and Diana. Father-in-law of Orlando, Sunita and Caje Fernandes. Brother of Andrew and Purification. Funeral Mass will start at 1:30 pm on Thursday, 2nd Dec. St. Isaac Jogues Catholic Church, 1148 Finch Avenue, Pickering. Condolences to

28 Nov. London. BRIGIDA MENDES (nee Mascarenhas, ex Saligao/Nairobi). Wife of late Honoratio Mendes (ex Moirs/Nairobi). Mother of John/Emma, Cyril, Peter, Mario/Karen, Joy/Agnelo. Grandmother of Adriano, Judy/Prita. Great grandmother of baby Angel. Funeral Wed. 8 Dec. St Edmunds Church, Croyland Road, Lwr Edmonton, London N9 11.00am; burial: 12.30pm Lavender Hill Cemetery, Enfield.

First Anniversary Mass: CONCEICAO MENINO (CM) DIAS A First Anniversary Mass will be held for CM (ex Kisumu/Nairobi/London) on Wed. 8th Dec. 2004 at 8:15 am at Our Lady of Rosary Church Navelim followed by prayers at the grave. Offered by his sorrowful wife Crecy (Netty), children Henrietta/Conie and Stanley/Debbie and grandchildren Sophie and Olivia. For more information contact
A year has passed so quickly,
The pain of your loss will forever last,
Deep in our hearts you will always stay,
Loved and remembered every moment of the day

The ALMEIDA family wish to thank relatives and friends who attended Abe's funeral, offered masses and made donations to the D'Almeida Charitable Trust. Your kindness is very much appreciated.


Win you a fabulous trip to a real jungle!
30 Nov: Glasgow Daily Record. We will take two readers on a dream week to Goa - including a two- day jungle break staying in your very own mud hut. All you have to do is - wait for it - have a nibble at some Chilli Worm Crisps, Thai Green Curry Crickets or toffee with a real scorpion in the middle! Pass the test and you'll be entered in the grand draw to win the super holiday prize! You have to be in Dundee, Edinburgh, Aberdeen or Glasgow this week. For full text click here


Goa advertisement on IFFI irks Festival organisers
29 Nov: Indian Express. ''Goa calls the shots. The 35th International Film Festival of India packs its bags to set shop in Goa''. An advertisement in the local newspapers carrying this announcement has irked many involved with the organization of this first-ever film fete in this seaside resort.

Goa CM seeks to cash in on festival
29 Nov: Times of India. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parikkar is anxious to emerge a hero from the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) that begins here on Monday, but he may find himself facing irate home crowds instead, already fed up with traffic jams and other problems.

Heads in the sand. Beneath the film festival, the beach
29 Nov. The Guardian. Miramar beach, in the Goan capital of Panaji, is prepared for an art exhibition entitled Installing the Beach. The exhibition is to run alongside the 35th International Film Festival of India, which opens today. More than 200 films will be screened in the festival

Colourful start to IFFI
30 Nov: Times of India. It was double carnival time in Goa on Monday as the 35th international film festival of India (IFFI) unfurled amidst a very colourful float and music blast. Goans who had come out in thousands to see the film carnival said they have had one more before the annual February-March carnival.

Bollywood looks to Goa as its answer to Cannes
30 Nov. Globe & Mail (Toronto). The International Film Festival of India opened yesterday with 2,000 delegates and 200 movies from around the world arriving in the beach-lined state of Goa. Films from 40 countries will be screened at the 10-day film festival. India's glitzy movie industry is in
search of a more global audience and is trying to emulate prestigious events like the Cannes Film Festival by making a tourist hot-spot like Goa the festival's venue. For full text click here.

Gaffes & confusion at IFFI opening
30 Nov: The Statesman.


Goa's Director General of Police removed for insubordination.
25 Nov: Rediff. Goa's Director General of Police Amod Kanth was on Thursday removed from the post on charges of "insubordination and serious disciplinary offence", capping months of his differences with Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar. Parrikar said in Panaji that Kanth had "violated written government orders" and was removed after the Centre refused to take action despite repeated complaints by the state.
Asked for his reaction, Kanth said, "I would not like to say anything on the reasons [for my removal]. All I can say is that there are no reasons given."

Goa expects tourist profile to improve
26 Nov: Business Standard. The International film festival followed by the International kite flying festival in Goa is expected to increase the number of quality tourism in the state, feels the travel and tourism community of Goa. For full text click here

Goa: Better living, positive warmth
27 Nov: MidDay. A growing consciousness of better living has led to a lot of change on Goa’s real estate front. According to Raj Bhandari, an architect and designer, Goa’s USP is its popularity as a peaceful place.
This is a very strong psychological point in Goa’s favour when a buyer is deciding to invest in a home.

Campaign on to revive Roman script for Konkani
27 Nov: NewKerala.Com. Konkani writers in Goa have launched a campaign to revive the use of the centuries-old Roman script that is being increasingly swamped by Devnagri. With more and more Konkani speakers preferring the Devnagri script, they say the language's history and heritage are under threat. Konkani is one of India's nationally recognised languages spoken mainly along the country's west coast. Dalgado Konkani Akademi (DKA) president Tomazinho Cardozo intends to start a fund-raiser to finance Roman-Konkani writers, collaborate with other institutions, launch a website and run a village-to-village 'Speak Konkani, Save Konkani' drive.

So Where Will You Be On New Year?
28 Nov: Times of India. Goa: The most obvious choice if you want to party in India! Besides the beaches and sunshine, Goa is known for its laid-back, warm and friendly people.

Interesting recent themes from Goanet from Cornel DaCosta

Fascinating contributions have centred on Konkani proverbs with English translation, and the historical tracking of the route of the chilli, for culinary purposes, from Brazil to South Asia and beyond.

Goan jokes appeared in lighter vein but the 'heavier' but highly informative material has centred around local politicians and their activities, including, criticism of expenditure for the 35th International Film Festival being held in Goa. This is 'countered' in details of unusual films as well as routes to merry making at this key festival as well as to other local festivals. There couldn't have been a better time to be in Goa than now.

Substantial historical detail has appeared about the life of St Francis Xavier, as would be inevitable, during the month long Exposition of the holy relics.

Goanet continues to be a mine of most interesting information which no Goan in Goa or the Goan Diaspora should miss.

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Canada dream still alive for immigrants
24 Nov: Times of India. For thousands of immigration hopefuls left out in the cold by the Canadian government, life in the maple country may not be a distant dream anymore.

Vet Kathy joins charity's clinic in Goa
26 Nov: Brighton Argus. Vet Kathy Senior will fly to India in January to volunteer in a clinic run by International Animal Rescue (IAR). In Goa much of her work would require her to work outside, collecting cats and dogs from the streets and bringing them in for treatment. 471 words.

What's keeping us together
24 Nov. Gazette & Herald (York). House prices are now so high that people can't afford to split up…Sell the lot up and move to Goa if you're too broke to break up in Britain, I reckon. Preferably one of you to each end of the place, then you need never set eyes on one another again. For full text click here

Plea to help rescue two Goan bears.
26 Nov. Kent & Sussex Courier, 830 Words, (English)
The plight of two dancing bears which are kept in appalling conditions in a Goan wildlife reserve has prompted an urgent appeal for £5,000 to save them. More about the bears can be found on the IAR website 830 words. click here

Faithful flock to venerate Apostle of the Indies
26 Nov: The Telegraph (UK). In a country where Hindu saints attract huge crowds, India's Christian minority will this month gather in the holiday state of Goa to venerate one of their own. For full text click here

Murder trial in Goa continues.
27 Nov: Western Mail/ The murder trial of Adrian Duggan accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death in Goa is about to enter its fourth month. Duggan's trial for murder started on September 1. A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said "It's a continuing process. The process in India is very slow. The trial could take some time, we have no idea how long.” For full text click here

Indian restaurants turning away drunks and vindaloo in favour of fine dining
29 Nov: The Independent. The food is too spicy and the diners only turn up when the pubs have closed at many of the Indian restaurants on Rusholme's "curry mile", which serves 10,000 people a week and has been at the heart of Manchester's dining scene for more than 50 years. So the decision of an establishment in the south of the city to take no bookings after 10.30pm and send the chef out to explain why he won't serve food which is too hot to taste represents a significant cultural shift.

Now Indians get high @ UK campus
30 Nov: Times of India. Shame about the curry because they are more worried about the food than any other foreign student group. But in all other respects and in the words of the McDonald's jingle, Britain's growing community of Indian undergraduates and postgraduates is "loving it", that is their period in the UK.


Mon. 6th Dec: UKTV Documentary Channel: 8.00pm (60mins): House Detectives at Large. Uncovering the history of a ruined village in Calcutta once home to Clive of India.

Mon 6th Dec: History Channel: 9.00pm (120mins): Nostradamus: 500 years Later. Labelled both prophet & heretic, could this 16th century doctor & astrologer really predict the future?

Tues. 7th Dec: BBC 2: 9.00pm (60 mins) Who Do You Think You Are? On a fascinating journey of discovery, writer and actress Meera Syal visits her parents’ Punjabi homeland & uncovers her grandfathers’ parts in the struggle for Indian independence.

Wed 8th Dec: BBC 2: 11.20pm (30mins) Desi DNA The competitive world of Asian magazines is among tonight’s hot topics plus plastic surgeons, poets and tattoos.

Fri 10th Dec BBC 2: 9.00pm (60 mins): Empire Warriors: The Hunt For Dedan Kimathi Leader Of The Mau Mau. The documentary depicts the tactics used by the British to hunt Kimathi and the Kenyan Government’s recent decision to officially recognise the Mau Mau as freedom fighters.


Sat 4th Dec: BBC Radio 4: 10.30am (30 mins) Conversations with Gandhi. In 1905 a young Englishwoman Millie Downs, met with the young Gandhi in Johannesburg and challenged him on his views on faith, food, sex and his treatment of women. These revealing talks are recreated here and placed in the context of Gandhi’s early experiments in how best to live.

Thu 9th Dec: BBC Radio 4: 3.00pm (30mins) Check-Up. Painful knees are the subject of this weeks’ medical phone in, with Mr Timothy Briggs from the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore. A chance to call in to allay any fears on knee surgery or simply to discuss how best to rest or exercise a painful knee.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 5 Dec. G.O.A. FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon starting with Mass at 12.30 pm. Contacts: Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 - 8337 8022 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sat. 11 Dec. Grand Christmas Dance at Jasmin's Club, 202 Upper Tooting Road, London SW17 7TG. (entrance via Hebdon Road) 7.30pm – Late. Music by Mustang. Tickets (incl. meal) Adults £10.00, Children (2 – 12) £5.00. Tickets and further information from: Tony Lobo 020 8542 0528; Reg Da Cunha 020 7732 2659 e-mail; Theo Pinto 020 8302 5385, Anthony Lobo 020 8764 1856.

Sun. 12 Dec. G.O.A. Children's Christmas Party at Archbishop Lanfranc School commencing at 2pm. Members £6, Guests £8. For further details contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457, Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322.

Sat. 18 Dec. ***SOLD OUT*** YLGS Christmas Party - Thames Boat Cruise. ***SOLD OUT*** (New Members 18+ welcome!) 8pm-12am. Licensed Bar & Disco on Board. Leaving from Festival Pier. Tickets @ #12. For further details contact: Alison Braganza, Events Manager on 07799 586793 or

Sun. 19 Dec. G.O.A. (UK) Annual/Extraordinary General Meeting at 1pm at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon. Open to members only.

Sun.19 Dec. 4.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Sun. 26 Dec. South West Goans. Boxing Day Hop at St.Augustine's Church Hall, Tooting SW17 OEF from 3pm-9pm. Music by "Low Level" with Maria (Star from Goa) + various Artists. £12 adults. £7 children. For Tickets Contact Cajie 0208 672 5003, Peter 0208 672 3232, Chip 0208 658 5321. Limited tickets. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Tue. 28 Dec. 12.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy Mass & Fund Raising Social to raise money to sponsor young men to the priesthood of the Pilar Fathers at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Music by the Mustang Band.

Fri. 31 Dec. New Year’s Eve Gala Ball – Harrow Leisure Centre, Harrow. 7.00pm to 2.00am. Music by LOW LEVEL & DARK STAR. Tickets: Adults £15 before 15th December, £19 thereafter. Children: £10 under 10 years. For tickets call Hazel Rodrigues: 020-8357 6776 or Bernie Gracias 020-8723 1322. For a Ticket Application Form or other information, email Don’t miss another SELL-OUT night to remember! For the flyer see

Fri. 31st Dec. (7pm till 12:30am). The South East Goans Sports & Social Club: New Year’s Eve Ball at the Woolwich Town Hall, Market Street, London, SE18. Disco by Say One Do One . Entry inc. snacks: Members £10; Guests £15. Contacts: Eusebio: 020 8304 9089; Alex:020 8306 0974; Evelyn: 01322 433393; Chris: 01322 400732; Victor: 020 8303 5106; Bonnie:020 8851 4677; Damaciano:020 8316 1473

Sat. 8 Jan. G.O.A. GOAN EXTRAVAGANZA at Wandsworth Town Hall from 7.00 pm. Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322


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