Newsletter. Issue 2004-50. Dec 30, 2004
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Aron inspires cash plea
23 Dec: Leicester Mercury. Excerpts: Aron Alfonso, aged 31 died in June 2003 after weeks on a hospital artificial lung. His parents, Ivonia and Ivor Pereira, and his younger sister, Danielle, set up an appeal to raise money for a new machine for the hospital. The appeal has raised about £18,000 and they want to make one last push for funds to reach the £20,000 target. His mother said: "They didn't know how to treat him but they worked very hard to find out. I have family in Africa, India and America and we got in touch with doctors there to see if they had come across this illness." The family have led the fund-raising effort, holding events ranging from Scrabble evenings to dinner- dances. Anyone wishing to contribute to the fund can send cheques, payable to "UHL NHS Trust Charitable Fund", to the Charitable Appeals Office, Balmoral Level 1, Leicester Royal Infirmary, Infirmary Square, Leicester LE1 5WW. Please include a note stating the money is for the Aron ECMO Charity Fund. 377 words click here.

Five - Year Jail Term For Drug Dealer
24 Dec: Bristol Evening Post. Selling an ecstasy tablet in a Bristol nightclub has cost a man five years in prison. James Desouza, aged 32, said armed men forced him into dealing at the St Paul's Lakota venue in order to pay back a debt. 451 words click here.
Man says he was forced to sell ecstasy
23 Dec: Bristol Evening Post. A Man caught selling ecstasy at a Bristol club told a court he feared for his life if he refused to do it. James Desouza told police he had borrowed money to set up an import business and was made to push pills at the Lakota venue in St Paul's to repay an £8,000 debt. 321 words click here

DVD: 'Lorna Live In London'
Goan Heritage U.K presents their first Konkani Musical Show's DVD 'Lorna Live In London' which is now on sale. Price only £10. To order contact: Tony 020 8795 1121 or 07711681473; Felix 020 8450 2129 or 07861682250, Babit 020 8764 2268 or 07903834597, Jimmy 020 8450 5623 or Caetano 07916285619. e-mail enquiries to

New York: Monsignor Rev. Fr. Nicholas Soares Celebrates 40th anniversary as priest
29 Dec: India Abroad. Monsignor Nicholas Soares' celebrated his 40th anniversary as a priest, with a mass. Soares,70, parish priest as St Clement-St Michael on Staten Island, immigrated to the US over three decades ago. During the dinner, Soares' sister, Rita Fernandes, a mathematics teacher in NY school system, pointed out that several of the 17 textbooks authored by Soares in Better Living Series - written more than 25 years ago - are still being used in India.
Several parishioners praised Soares, talking about how "sensitive he is to the needs of the poor and the less fortunate.” The Goan born Soares has a master's degrees in economics and political science and has taught both subjects at the graduate level, we well as philosophy. His extended family of four sisters and one brother and their families live in NY. 641 words. For text and photo click here.


26 Dec: London. PETER BRAGANZA (aged 90; ex-Entebbe, Uganda and Mapuca). Husband of Addy. Father of Melwyn, Cynthia, Hazel. At the request of the family - no flowers please but a donation to a nominated charity welcome. Condolences to or tel. Cynthia 020 8301 3431.
Funeral Wed. 12 Jan. leaving from the residence of Peter and Cynthia Ward, 16 Madison Crescent, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 5SZ at 11.00am. Requiem Mass to be held at St. Paul's Church, Bentham Road, Thamesmead at 11.30am. Burial at Hill's View Cemetery, Welling at 12.30pm. Reception at St. Thomas More Church Hall, Long Lane, Bexleyheath, Kent from 1pm - 4.30pm. Please no flowers, donations to the British Heart Foundation.

25 Dec. Elmont, New York, USA. SUSAN RITA DESOUZA a.k.a. Kukla, (nee Muthaliff, ex- Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania). Beloved wife of Edward. Loving mother to Earl, Carl, Jessica & Natasha. Daughter of Late Sultan Mohamed Muthaliff & Late Gnei Dhain Sallay. Sister of Sylvie/Joe; John/Alzira; Joseph/Veronica; Mary/Basil; George; Steven/Julie; Dolly/Ismail; Sally/Minesh and Nunu/Saleh.
Friends may call at: O'Reilly Funeral Home, [Tel: (718) 528-6969)], 13740 Brookville Blvd Ste 1, Rosedale, New York, USA. 11422-1724. On Wednesday December 29, 2004 from (2 pm - 4 pm) and (7pm - 9 pm).
Funeral Service on Thursday, December 30, 2004 at 9:30 a.m. Condolences to: Edward DeSouza. 1597 Madison Street, Elmont, New York, U.S.A. 11003. Telephone: 1-516-812-0053 (Home),

23 Dec: Canada: MARIA DE LOURDES GEORGE. (Born 1926). Wife of late AF George. Mother of Bernadette/Major Kapoor, Edward/Danny (France), Elizabeth/John (Abu Dhabi), Rubita/Gregory (Canada); grandmother of Amit, Seenya, Sidney, Kavin, Steven, Jocelyn, Erinna, Ross and Gavin.


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For International calls there is an easy way to compare costs specifically for the countries you call - prices update each day see the international calls checker. India is currently 5p per minute with 1899; Uganda 2p with Telesavers; Australia 1p with Ratebuster; etc. Check it out at


Mild effect felt in Goa
27 Dec: Navhind Times. Mild effect of tidal waves experienced along the country’s eastern coast due to earthquake in Indonesia was also felt along the coastal belt in Goa since afternoon. 892 words.

Goan pilgrims safe
27 Dec: Navhind Times. The Goa Government has set up a control room for seeking information about Goans who are visiting the areas affected by the earthquake. Several Goans are on pilgrimage to the holy shrine of Valankani in Chennai and there was fear about they being got trapped in the fury. The Valankani police have said that the Goans are safe. Nearly 400 Goans visit Valankani every year during Christmas and New Year to seek the blessings of Our Lady of Valankani.

Tourists flee Goa
27 Dec: Mid-Day (Mumbai). Foreigners are fleeing India’s premier tourist destination Goa fearing a tsunami impact on its shores. Goa, a magnet for Christmas and New Year revelers due to its lovely beaches, has nearly three lakh tourists already. Of these, nearly 50,000 are foreigners. 715 words.

Goa Disaster Control Centre, Goa.
27 Dec: The Peninsula (Qatar). The Indian government however has established a Disaster Control Centre in Goa to assist any expatriates who may try to find details about their families back home. Goa: + 91 (832) 222 5383. For full text click here.

Unpredictable changes may occur in sea: Goa issues warning:
27 Dec: New Kerala. In the wake of ravage caused by tsunamis triggered by massive quake off Indonesia in coastal India, Goa government today issued a warning to people about unpredicted changes in tidal wave patterns in the next 48 hours.

Vailankanni: Piles of bodies plucked from sea
28 Sep: Sydney Morning Herald. Sebastian Sanjay told the BBC by email that more than 2000 pilgrims had descended on Vailankanni, 350 kilometers south of Chennai, to celebrate Christmas in the Indian city described by some as the Lourdes of the East. For full text click here

Vailankanni: Swallowed up by the savage sea
28 Dec: BBC News. Photos and text at

Vailankanni: Death in the churchyard
28 Dec: Rediff. Excerpts: It was a watery death for hundreds of pilgrims thronging the Basilica of Our Lady of Good Health, the famous Catholic pilgrim centre in Velankanni. "We have no idea how many people died. But I have been leading rescue teams all day and night. We have extricated more than 300 bodies," says Father Xavier, rector of the shrine.

Tourism under water, struggles for breath
28 Dec: The Statesman. The wall of water that hit coastal South-east and South Asia in the middle of the peak tourism season of the Christmas holidays has left the tourism industry gasping for breath.
Tourism in Goa might take a hit owing to the fear psychosis generated by the killer tsumani that wreaked havoc in remaining parts of the country. Although no casualties have been reported from the beach-lined state, the after-effects of the “tidal terror” were nevertheless felt in Goa late last night.

Tourists in Goa panic after tsunami
28 Dec: NDTV. The US and European Union have released travel advisories warning nationals not to travel to India after tsunami waves hit the southeastern coastline. The tsunami tremors have been felt in Goa along India's western coast and panic waves hit India's tourist capital. "When we saw the wave, everybody just panicked. The waves struck the coast and the tables, our dinner just disappeared," said Peter, a German tourist. For full text click here

Goa is safe for tourists: Goa’s Tourism Minister
29 Dec: Navhind Times. The Tourism Minister, Mr Mathany Saldanha today denied that tourists were leaving Goa due to tsunami-related fears and affirmed that the state was perfectly safe and had not been affected in any way by the calamity.

Tour operators turn to Goa
29 Dec: The Hindu. Goa, which is already a sought-after tourism destination, has come under renewed demand, particularly from foreign tourist agencies after a tsunami wreaked havoc on the tourism industry in Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Sri Lanka. While hundreds of foreign tourists were killed in the tsunami, thousands were struggling to reach their home countries by chartered flights. Now, travel companies are looking to Goa as a travel destination.

Goa emerging as an alternative to south-east Asian beaches
29 Dec. The Hindu. Goa was now emerging as an alternative destination to the south-east Asian beaches that were hit by tsunami disaster, the State government said on Tuesday, allaying fears that tourists were fleeing the beach paradise.

India opens visa gates for foreigners
29 Dec: The Economic Times. The tourism industry is planning big as it bids to shake off the effects of the tsunami devastation. The department of tourism, with the backing of the government, is trying to offer special packages for foreign tourists who had to cut short their holidays at South East Asian beach resorts. The plan involves issue of on-the-spot visas for the tourists stranded in South East Asia so that they can visit India, rather than return to their home countries.

Tourists cancel bookings, dump beaches
29 Dec. Times of India. Excerpt: "Our online bookings have seen 50 per cent tourists diverting their travel plans to Rajasthan and Goa,while South India is a big no no," says Jayendrasinh Jhala, managing director of Transline Tours and Travels.,curpg-2.cms

El Shaddai Aims To Provide Relief Centres
29 Dec. Western Morning News (devon, UK). A westcountry woman plans to use a charity she founded to provide relief centres and schools for children in part of Asia devastated by the massive waves. Anita Edgar, set up the El Shaddai Charitable Trust Ltd - also known as Street Child Rescue India - more than eight years ago to provide children's homes and rescue centres for youngsters in parts of the country. The charity has founded children's homes in Goa, a rescue centre in Panjim and another centre in Margao. Anita, 59, returned home to spend a week with her family at Christmas for the first time in seven years last week. She said: "I'm planning to go out there tomorrow.” Anyone interested in making a donation should write to: The Indian Emergency Fund, c/o El Shaddai Charitable Trust Ltd, The Mill, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 2QA or call 01626 368777 from January 4. 598 words. For full text click here.

Earthquake: Close call for head of city college.
29 Dec: Evening Mail (Birmimgham, UK). Dr Bob Tyler and his wife Janet are holidaying in Goa in a hotel complex of beach huts. “Luckily we were eating at a restaurant inland when the tidal wave hit,” said Bob. “We got a call to come back at once but we couldn’t move because there was a mass exodus of people fleeing in panic.” For full text click here


Christmas in Goa
Christmas has its own colour and dimension in Goa. Bazaars and shopping malls are decked with Christmas decorations, crib and decoration and materials and everything connected with the spirit of Christmas. To check out the photofeature by Rajtilak Naik in Panaji for Daijiworld News Network, click here.

Xmas in Goa: Daijiworld Photofeature
Midnight Mass at a Panaji chapel. Those having a sweet tooth could not have a better time than Christmas. Goan delicacies and savouries are known the world over.

Sex ratio on the decline in Goa
22 Dec: Navhind Times. Males in Goa outnumber females and hence the sex ratio in the state is declining. Goa’s 1,347,668 total comprises 687,248 males and 660,420 females. Interestingly, the Christian population is the only one where the females outnumber the males. Christian females total 188,888 whereas males number 170,680. The population by religion is given as follows; Hindus (886,551), Christians (359,568), Muslims (92,210), Sikhs (970), Jains (820), Buddhists (649), others (353) and religion-not-stated (6,547).

Goa/Bombay cruises
22 Dec: India Daily (USA). The Indian Government plans to set up budget hotels at 100 identified tourist’s sites and improve onshore infrastructure for berthing of cruise ships as part of major exercise to improve tourism facilities in the country. Five ports including Mumbai and Mormugao have been identified for introduction of cruise between Bombay and Goa, Tourism Minister Renuka Chowdhury said.

Remo: 'Find a style of your own'
22 Dec. Rediff. “A painter will paint, a musician will compose, a politician will exploit," says Remo Fernandes. This statement, in a nutshell, describes what Remo is all about. In your face, unapologetic, pioneering. In an e-mail interview, the singer shared his views on music with Salim Dewani.

Goa: Fr Olavo Pereira passes away
23 Dec: Navhind Times. Fr Olavo Velho Pereira, Director of Diocesan Centre for Social Communication Media and official spokesman of the Archbishop-Patriarch, Rev Felip Neri Ferrao, expired today evening. He was 56 and had been ailing for some time.

Politics, cinema dominated Goa in 2004
23 Dec: Times of India. Two of India's biggest obsessions - politics and cinema - were the dominant themes that saw Goa grab headlines in the year 2004. The International Film Festival of India seemed to be one of the issues around which politics was played and elections were won or lost.

Pilar Seminary holds dialogue on Christmas
23 Dec: Navhind Times. The Pilar Seminary held its traditional dialogue on Christmas at the Seminary gardens, today. People of all faiths and from different strata of society joined together for an evening of joyful celebration with the message of Christmas.

Bangloreans head to the beaches
24 Dec: Deccan Herald. People under 30 opt for Goa because of the wilder nature of celebrating... bookings to Goa are bursting at its seams…However, Goa still holds the ‘most-sought after’ position among the youngsters due to its wild-partying scene. Anna Thomas (23), a banking executive, who is planning to drive down to Goa with her friends for New Year celebrations made her booking three months in advance. She swears by Goa for its carnival-like New Years’ celebrations and points out that Goa is ‘where the action is’, when compared with Kerala which is far too tame for youngsters. “Only 25-30 per cent of the number of rooms available in Goa is kept for the Indian tourists, as International tourists pay much in advance,” says Ms Ranjini, travel consultant.

It's Christmas everywhere in Goa
25 Dec. The Hindu. Goa is abuzz with weeklong festivities. This time it is Christmas. Houses and churches wear an elegant look with colourful lights while carols are sung on streets kindling the Christmas spirit. The nativity of Jesus Christ is celebrated with traditional joy and gaiety in Goa. The festivities cut across church limits and spill over to streets. It is the time for merry-making, exchange of gifts and savouring delicious cakes and puddings. 476 words.

Writers: Must read in 2005
26 Dec: Hindustan Times. Shobhaa De's choice: Margaret Mascarenhas: Her writing is not just about words. She uses incidents from her own life to take off and create magical fiction.

Catholic Konkani meets from today
26 Dec. The Hindu. The four-day World Canara Catholic Konkani Convention will open here on Sunday with the theme "Consolidate and unite."

Goa: Scores of criminals lurk in the dark
26 Dec: Indian Express. At the end of every year, every one wants to be part of the carnival that is Goa. But there is trouble in paradise. Pedophilia, narcotic trafficking and frauds are increasingly playing party poopers. Scores of criminals lurk in the dark shadow of this sunshine state. But none shook Goa as much as the murder of Delhi couple Vikas Suhas Nanda, 26, and wife Priya, 23. The two came to Goa on their honeymoon. The case has highlighted the darker side of tourism in the sunny sand state and underlined the need to strengthen the state’s tourism police. 619 words.

New year tourists go gaga over Goa
27 Dec: Economic Times. For Goa's hospitality industry, the going had not been as good for many years. Virtually every big and medium resort in the coastal state is "Houseful" a fortnight ahead of Christmas and New Year Celebrations and hopes to continue as such till January end, if not beyond. "From 24 charters last year we are now bringing in an additional 8 charters totally 32 charters per week. In addition there are special flights like one by TravelPack coming from Gatwick which arrived on December22," say officials of Goa Tourism Department.

Film on freedom struggle rages controversy in Goa
27 Dec: Economic Times. Riding high on the success of holding of international film festival of India, Goa’s BJP Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar finds himself suddenly cornered over a controversial film on Goa’s liberation struggle sponsored by state’s Education Department. Following protests from Archdiocese of Goa and Daman and Church authorities who described some of the contents of the film as “highly communal”, the main Opposition Congress(I) has demanded that the VCD sponsored by the state education department for screening for the school children be immediately withdrawn.

Children Walking Tall: Christmas Day visits to the Slums
Christmas was a bit more special this year as we went round three slums in North Goa and gave out over 150 Christmas presents, and a selection of fruit. It's not the easiest job trying to organise a horde of children wanting presents, we managed to get an orderly queue at one out of the three slums... We'll do better next year! Special thanks go out to Claudia, Iris and friends, Hayley, John and Lorna who supplied most of the presents. More pics at


The fight against malaria and access to varied technologies and drugs featured on Goanet, including cautionary accounts of experiences in the use of some drugs.

The Tsunami impact on the coastal region of Western India, including Goa, appears to have been minimal compared to vast areas around the Indian Ocean. Yet, it did create some panic and some tourists decided to leave Goa immediately. On the other hand, overseas tour companies looked to Goa as a possible holiday substitute for those now unable to go to places like Thailand, the Maldives, and Malaysia. Also, the collection of funds, and how to help in this respect, has begun in earnest to alleviate the worst effects of this catastrophic disaster.

Some travel companies have been named and criticised strongly for very poor service. Therefore, it is worth checking on Goanet for information about rogue companies as recounted by innocent victims.

A controversial CD from the Department of Education in Goa and recently released for obligatory viewing in schools has caused a ruckus all over Goa. According to an editorial in the Herald newspaper, and reported extensively on Goanet, there has been the fear that the seemingly biased CD is likely to create tension and division among the varied communities in Goa.

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Threadgill returns home with trademark exploratory performance
20 Dec: Chicago Sun-Times. Excerpts: Henry Threadgill presents exploratory music in which his own passionate flute and saxophone solos remain the main attractions. Originally a Chicagoan, Threadgill grew out of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, the city's historic musical ferment, and won a measure of fame after he moved to New York in the mid-1970s…
Threadgill now lives half of each year in Goa, in the Indian Ocean, and this was his first Chicago date since the mid-1990s. Full text at For more info on Threadgill see

Goa: Film festival trying to lay down roots
21 Dec: Hollywood Reporter. Excerpts: Goa is a paradise of sorts, with its sun-kissed beaches and undulating open expanses hemmed in by rivers and the Arabian Sea…It may well be an exaggerated sense of imagination to equate Goa with Cannes, but to some of those who came to the Indian festival last month, there was little doubt that Panaji could well be the Cannes of India… While festival deputy director Santhanam Iyengar agrees that Goa is ideal as a permanent venue, he fears that political rivalry might destroy the chance of Panaji holding the festival year after year. "I hope the festival itself does not get destroyed in the process," he says.

Jung, cool, zugeknallt
22 Dec: Frankfurter Rundschau. Cecilia Menezes is a distinctive woman with short, curly hair who does not look 62. She heads the family company, which manufactures medical products and is also the German Honorary Consul in Goa. In German.

The top 20 dishes and their restaurants
22 Dec: USA Today. The worldwide list includes Goan crab cakes with tamarind chutney, Bread Bar at Tabla, New York.

Santa comes to Gulf except Saudi Arabia
23 Dec: Middle East Online (Dubai). Shopping complexes, hotels in Gulf Arab states are trying to lure expatriates who warm up for Christmas. "We feel at home in Oman. We can perform our religious rituals as freely as we do back home in Goa, India," said Judith Fernandes, a working mother. "There are more Christmas trees on sale at shopping malls this year than before. There's a much bigger variety for us to pick and choose," echoed her friend, Linda Dominic.
Expatriates, mostly Asians, number some 12 million out of a total population of 35.8 million in the six Gulf Arab states. An estimated 250,000 Christian residents of Kuwait can freely attend Christmas masses in various churches, including midnight mass at the main Catholic Church in Kuwait City.

Midnight Mass in Goa
23 Dec. Looking for Christmas on the beach? What about a warm, inviting, near-tropical beach...? While the rest of Goa - its culture, food, inland scenery, and cities - are all well worth visiting. And you can attend Midnight Mass Christmas Eve in this Catholic stronghold and former Portuguese colony. Then you can work on your tan as a Christmas present to yourself for Christmas Day.

Christmas in Goa
23 Dec. WhatsOnWhen. Christmas is celebrated vigorously in the old Portuguese colony of Goa. The many grand churches and cathedrals that cover the region can barely contain festivities that spill onto the streets as people exchange gifts, decorate buildings and bake delicious cakes and puddings.

Lib Dems win further seat on town council
23 Dec. Newquay Voice. LIB DEM candidate Ann Lister triumphed in Thursday’s Edgcumbe South by election. Councillor Lister is currently in Goa in India helping out at an orphanage over Christmas, which had been organised before the election was arranged. Ann has a long history of working with children.

Goa: Pregnancy: Sex Determination Tests
24 Dec: Frankfurter Rundschau. Vandana Castelino from Goa is expecting her baby in February. Only then she will know if it is a boy or girl. Her attitude is a stark contrast to the prevailing mood in India. Article in German, 476 words.

Blitz on Indian cyber-cafe porn
24 Dec. BBC News.

Bears Rescued From Life Of Cruelty
24 Dec: Kent & Sussex Courier. Just Three weeks after the plight of the Goan Two, a pair of abused "dancing bears", hit our headlines, the two have been rescued and flown thousands of miles to begin a new life in a special sanctuary. For full text click here.

Wipro Evaluating 5-6 Locations For New Centers
24 Dec: I-Won (USA). Wipro Ltd., India's second-largest software company by sales, is evaluating up to six locations for setting up software or outsourcing centers, said a senior company executive Friday. Raman Roy, chairman and managing director of Wipro Spectramind, Wipro's outsourcing unit said one of the locations that the company was evaluating was the tourist town of Goa in the southwestern coast of India. For full text click here

A season of love
25 Dec: East African Standard. December is not just a season to be merry and to mark the Christmas feast, it is also the time when many couples tie the knot. Father Tony Fernandes, the priest in charge at the Don Bosco Church in Nairobi, says during a busy month like December, he sometimes conducts up to 15 weddings; in a slow month, the number could drop to just four. He has conducted over 300 weddings and is currently writing a book to guide couples on how to plan for their weddings. "December is popular, not only because of the holiday season, but it is a favourite with many Kenyans living abroad who find it easier to come back to wed and combine it with a visit to their families. The Don Bosco Shrine has a website and couples who want to wed book the venue online from as far as the United Kingdom and the United States.

Pakistan: Christmas celebrated with fervour
26 Dec: Pak Tribune. The Christian community celebrated the 2000th birthday of the Jesus Christ with the usual fervour on Saturday, tastefully decorated Churches and homes with glittering Christmas trees and stars.

No holiday for crew of Holiday
26 Dec: The Mobile Register, (Alabama, USA). Staff of the cruise ship Holiday did not get a Christmas break. The ship's security guard, Diego Vaz, a Roman Catholic from the Goa province of India, said that he missed his two children, ages 3 and 4, who were receiving their gifts from the Indian Santa, "Christmas Father." Vaz said he had been on the seas for four months already, with two months to go until he sees his children. "It's good money," he said philosophically of his time away from home.

Oman: Goan magic at Sohar Beach Hotel
26 Dec: Times of Oman. This year again the hotel has a one-man band called Mario Sequeira, who will provide the entertainment for the New Year’s eve. Popularly known as Mario, his name is not the only thing that reflects his Goan origin. A school dropout, Mario’s career was something he discovered effortlessly in the beaches of Goa, where the mellifluous rhythms of Portuguese music exercised a magical effect on him. The incredibly talented Mario promises to keep the mood upbeat this New Year’s eve at Sohar Beach Hotel.

Malaria; Construction sites yield elusive malaria vector
27 Dec. Malaria Weekly. "Malaria in Goa, India, has been endemic ever since an outbreak occurred in 1986" scientists in India report. In a new study collections in construction sites and workers' huts yielded, besides other mosquito species, 38 of the deadly An. stephensi females. The study is published in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association (Resting behavior and malaria vector incrimination of Anopheles stephensi in Goa, India. J Am Mosquito Contr Assn, 2004; 20(3):317-318).

India opens skies to competition
29 Dec. BBC News. The skies above India are going to get more and more crowded. India will allow domestic commercial airlines to fly long haul international routes, a move it hopes will stoke competition and drive down prices. However, only state controlled carriers will be able to fly the lucrative Gulf routes, to countries such as Kuwait and Saudi Arabia, for at least three years.



Thu: 30 Dec. UK Horizons. 17:00 (60 mins). Michael Palin arrives in Bombay and moves through India to Madras.

Fri: 31 Dec. UK Horizons. 18:00 (60 mins). Michael Palin goes animal-spotting in Kenya's top game reserve. But then it's onward through Tanzania.

Fri: 31 Dec. UK Bright Ideas. 10:30 – 18:00. Delhi Belly. Sanjeev Bhaskar features Chicken Tikka Masala (10:30); Red Hot Curries (11:00); The Onion (11:30); Birani (12:00); Tandoori (12:30); Samosas (13:00); Seafood (13:30); Vegetarian (14:00); Kebabs (14:30); Daals (15:00); Bread and Breakfast (15:30); Curries (16:00) Sweets (16:30); Pickles & Chutneys (17:00); Party Food (17:30).

Sat: 01 Jan. UK Food. 08:30 (30 mins). Nigella Lawson celebrates the all-day breakfast with Asian spiced kedgeree.

Sun: 02 Jan. Sky Travel. 00:00 (60 mins). Whicker's World: India. Alan Whicker investigates arranged marriages and a wedding where the bride isn't present.

Sun: 02 Jan. UK Gold. 2. 01:00 (50 mins): Goodness Gracious Me. Festive edition of the British-Asian comedy sketch show. Features the Coopers' Christmas dinner, and a Nativity play performed by a multicultural, inter-faith youth community centre in Hounslow.

Sun: 02 Jan. ITV1 6.00pm (60mins): Searching for the Snow Leopard. In the hazardous terrain of the Himalayas, an awe inspiring documentary about one of the most elusive animals in the world - the mysterious snow leopard.

Sun: 02 Jan. History Channel 10.00pm (60mins): Storming the Temple. What caused the Indian army to invade a temple, killing hundreds of Sikhs in June 1984

Tue: 04 Jan. Channel Five. 9:00am (60 mins). The World's 20 Best? The countdown turns to Romance, when we overflow with passion in incredible places like Goa, the Maldives and Florence.

Tue: 04 Jan 05. UK Bright Ideas. 09:30 (30 mins). Anne Moore and Philip Reynolds battle it out in the first heat to design the best Indian Summer garden at RHS Wisley.

Tue: 04 Jan. UK Food. 9.00pm (30 min). Rick Stein's Seafood Odyssey. Rick Stein travels to Goa where he prepares famous prawn caldene and spicy Goan lobster.

Wed: 05 Jan. Discovery Health 08:00 (30 mins). The trials and tribulations of families as they try to adopt a child. Josh and Kayla have two children but face an unexpected challenge with an 18-month-old toddler with a tracheotomy from Mumbai.

Wed: 05 Jan. UKTV History. 18.00 (60mins): Suicide Killers. The methods and ideology of the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka

Wed: 05 Jan. UK Food. 19:30 (30 mins): Silvana Franco’s high-energy, low-fat Asian menu: prawn and ginger cakes, tandoori chicken with mint drizzle and vanilla and cardamom rice pudding.

Wed: 5 Jan. Channel 4. 20.00 (60mins): 20 Best Places to buy in the Sun. Identifying 20 best places to invest in property abroad in this one off special. Dubai and Cape Town are among the locations featured.

Thu: 06 Jan 05. UK Food. 16:00 (30 mins). In York market, James Martin takes his inspiration from a newly opened Indian spice shop. He cooks lamb curry with naan bread and sweet and sour prawns.

Thu: 06 Jan. UK Food. 17:00 (30 mins). Open University programme. Alan Coxon prepares the anglicised Indian dish of chicken tikka masala, while Kathy Sykes explains why onions make your eyes water and why marinating tenderises meat. Plus the story behind the creation of the nation's favourite curry, how the recipe has been adapted for mass production, and Queen Victoria's love for all things spicy.

Thu: 06 Jan 05. Sky Travel. 18:00 (60 mins). Rough Guide to the World. Episode: Kenya. In Nairobi, Magenta DeVine and Simon O'Brien investigate the reason why the capital has been renamed 'Nairobbery'. Whilst Magenta finds out that stealing a purse can cost you your life, Simon catches up with the world class Kenyan athletes and spends a day at the races with the expats. In Mombasa, Kenya's tourist capital, they meet the beach boys with a bad name and villagers who go witch hunting.

Thur: 6/1 BBC 2. 20.00 (60mins): The Hairy Bikers Cookbook. Two northern lads evoke the spirit of the great Portuguese explorers as they go in search of culinary experience and cultural adventure, riding the entire length of Portugal.


Fri: 31st Dec: BBC Radio 4: 3pm (30mins): Veg. Talk. Chef Cyrus Todiwala cooks some hot and spicy Indian dishes at London’s Café Spice, in front of a live audience. Pens poised to take down some mouth watering recipes.

Sun: 02 Jan. BBC World Service Radio. 19:05 (25 mins). Four-part series looking at the effects of privatisation in India.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

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. For a Ticket Application Form or other information, email Don’t miss another SELL-OUT night to remember! For the flyer see Goan Association (UK) members can avail of two tickets at £13 each. Please contact - Bernie Gracias on 020 8723 1322

Fri. 31 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

Fri. 31 Dec. North London New Years Dance, White Hart Lane school, Wood Green, London N22. From: 7:30 pm to 2:00 am. Music by Danda Cousins & Nite Shade. Tickets: Adults (16 +) £12 and Children (ages 10 - 15) £7. Children under 10 (free). No Tickets at the door. Formal Dress code only. Neville 0208 807 7830, Felix 0208 482 3277

Fri 31 Dec 7.30pm till 1.45am. New Year's Eve Ball. Dress code Black Tie. Venue: Winston Churchill Hall, Pinn Way, Ruislip, Middlesex. Live Music & Disco with Owen and featuring from Canada Melissa D'Souza promoting her new album. Tickets £25 with meal. Children 5 to 13 yrs £10. Contact 07808 780498 or 01895 272594. For the flyer

Fri: 31 Dec. New Year's Eve Dance at St Andrews Church Hall, Quadrant Road, Thornton Heath Surrey. 8pm-1am Music by Moonlight Tickets include a hot meal. Adult £10, Child 5-12 years £5. Under 5 free. Limited tickets book A.S.A.P. Contact Sarah 020 8670 3257 or Mervyn 020 8689 2970 or Lennie 020 8771 6047.

Fri: 31 Dec. 8pm to 1am. Club 2004 New Years Eve Ball at Putney Leisure Centre, Dryburgh Road, Putney. SW15 1BL. Music By Nite Life. Tickets: Adults £12 Children (5-16) £6. At the Door £15. Licensed Bar. Food on Sale. Contact Sandra 020 8769 3168; Rosie 020 8644 8504; Claver 020 8672 4562; Xavier 07787 390 553. Tickets Not Guaranteed On The Night.

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

Sun. 30 Jan. 4.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex


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