Newsletter. Issue 2004-03. January 22, 2004
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From Eddie Fernandes. I will be in Goa till 30 Jan. 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.


15 Jan. Indian Government Press Release. New Charter Policy Announced. Indian passport holders will be allowed to use the charter services. In the next six months air traffic to Goa will be streamlined in such a way that it can provide landing and take off facility to any number of aircrafts. However, charters will be permitted only for "inclusive Tour Package", i.e. a tourist availing charter will need to pay for the entire package involving air travel to and fro, accommodation, local site [sic] seeing and tickets will be valid only for a period of one to four weeks. This will hit the long stayers, those who stay with friends or family and those who have invested in buying a home in Goa. See:

Never one to refuse a challenge, Agnelo Carvalho (57) will be running the London Marathon in April this year. He is raising funds for the Uganda Society for disabled children.”Agnelo was born in Jinja, Uganda and studied at the Norman Godinho School and later at Kololo Secondary School, Kampala”.
If you would like to support his 26-mile fund raising run, you may contact him at directly through

14 Jan. Liverpool Daily Echo. A briefcase containing sensitive documents about the inquest of a woman has been stolen from Liverpool coroner Andre Rebello. Mr Rebello said: "Four young men came into the car park. Two came in seeking help, saying they were going to be beaten up and screaming for help. While I was asking what's the problem, two others opened the passenger door and stole my briefcase and coat.”


18 Jan. Kitchener, Canada BETTY (Beatrice) PINTO. Wife of the late Nicholas J. Pinto (ex Kampala Uganda). Mother of Allan, Mario, Sheila, Donald, late Basil. Will be missed by all the grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Friends will be received at Westmount Funeral Chapel, 1001 Ottawa Street South (at Westmount Road). 519-743-8900 on Sun., Jan. 25, 2004,from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament R. C. Church, 305
Laurentian Drive (at Block Line), Kitchener, on Mon. January 26, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. Interment to follow at Woodland Cemetery. Condolences to

17 Jan. Chicago. FRANCIS (Sonny) FERNANDES ( ex-Zanzibar). Son of the late Gabriel and late Julie. Brother of Maggie, Annette, Joyce, Marino, Johnny and the late Ella and Joseph.

14 Jan: Toronto, Canada. CURSINO ALVARES (age 83). Husband of Rita. Father of Richie and Ron/Lorraine. Grandfather of Shane, Shannon, Roland and Kimberly, Brother of Basil and late Porfil. Condolences to Manuel Pinto

13 Jan: Mississauga, Canada: RUI CAMILO DA CUNHA, brother of Sara Costa, Clara Sa and Vasco.


Gatwick-Goa- Gatwick. Monarch. 2 weeks return. Dep 14/2/04 Rtn 29/02/04. £220 inc. transfer fee.

17 Jan. The Guardian. A new charter flight from Gatwick to Delhi - the first to be authorised by the Indian government - could result in lower prices to the sub-continent. Somak Holidays, which is launching the flights with Excel Airways on October 17, will be offering a flight-inclusive seven-day tour of Delhi, Agra and Jaipur from £449, a saving of £250. Similar savings will be made on other packages.

18 Jan. The Observer. Visit Goa in India with Jewel in the Crown Holidays (01293 533338); Price is £459 per person and includes 14 nights' B&B, flights and transfers.


Goan girl 35 yrs 5'4" BSc Nurse settled in the UK, looking for a qualified Goan bachelor with good family background, willing to relocate to the UK. Please reply with CV and recent pic. to For other Goan matrimonials go to


15 Jan. Indian Express. Headline: Goan sand under the skin. What makes Goa such a hot destination for people wanting to celebrate the ushering in of the new year? 772 words.

15 Jan. Navhind Times. Blessed Joseph Vaz, model of selfless service. The feast of the patron of Goa, Blessed Joseph Vaz, is celebrated on January 16 every year at his shrine at Sancoale.

16 Jan. Times of India. Goa Catholic Church to have a new archbishop. The auxiliary Bishop Filipe Neri Ferrao, has been appointed as the new archbishop of Goa and Daman succeeding Reverend Raul Nicholau Gonsalves. See:

20 Jan. Navhind Times. Fish exports from Goa touch a new high. See:

21 Jan. Navhind Times. “Goa has taken its tourism for granted.”


15 Jan. Globe and Mail. (Toronto). Police have arrested Emanuel Lloyd Mendonca, 51, of Toronto after a bizarre series of sexual assaults on the TTC in which a man in his 50s, dressed in what appeared to be a school uniform, rubbed himself against teenaged boys. See

15 Jan. Lancaster Guardian. Travel: Best Bargains. Chloe Davison for First Choice says that for long haul her tips are Goa and Gambia. Holidaymakers can expect great value for money once they arrive at these destinations, with a three-course meal costing around £ 3.60 in Goa. And with deals readily available, like a week in Goa from just £ 450, or a week in Gambia for a little over £ 300, you can get something exotic for package holiday cash.

17 Jan. The Guardian. Ian Anderson, lead singer of Jethro Tull. Interview by Tim Wapshott.
Question: Where was your best holiday?
Answer: Goa, staying at The Hermitage Hotel. See:,8634,1125003,00.html

17 Jan. Aberdeen Evening Express. Headline: You'll Go For Yoga In Goa. Purple Valley Yoga Centre in northern Goa and the Ayurvedic and yoga rejuvenation retreat in Saligao. 413 words. For full text click here.

17 Jan. The Daily Telegraph. (London). Perhaps the finest example of baroque architecture in India is the Basilica of Bom Jesus, in Goa. The church is the resting place for the remains of the 16th-century saint, Francis Xavier, who was credited with sundry miracles including raising the dead. His body was brought to Goa almost 150 [sic] years after his death, a gift from Cosimo III de' Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany.
The feast of St Francis Xavier, celebrated on December 3, attracts thousands of pilgrims. However, many hold that the saint initiated the 16th-century inquisitions, resulting in the destruction of Hindu temples and "infidels" being burned alive.

18 Jan. The Sunday Age. (Australia). In a pickle, but not in a jam. Larry Mendonca has gone from celebrity restaurant king to invalid pensioner, but don't rule out a second innings. Peter Wilmoth reports. He taught Imran Khan to dance, explained the rules of cricket to John McEnroe, warned John Lennon about the Maharishi. He knew Pope Paul VI, Kim Philby and Elton John. Larry Mendonca's marriage had collapsed, his health had deteriorated and he was now an invalid pensioner with no assets or income. Larry has four children - a daughter in fashion design in England, a son working as a rodeo rider in Oklahoma, another son studying marketing in Melbourne and a daughter still at school. For full text, 2977 words, click here.

18 Jan, Sunday Telegraph Magazine (Australia). The Mosquito Restaurant, 344 Pacific Highway, Crows Nest, Sydney. If the name is familiar it's because owner-chef Peter Rodrigues used to run the gnat-sized Mosquito Bar in Mosman. He's been here for 18 months with his unique fusion of Goan and North African food. Mains include Goan fish or prawn curries ($14.50, $16.50) and lamb tagine ($15.50).

19 Jan. Gulf News. Dubai. Hooked on the fishing habit . Randolph Barros describes his experiences of a fishing holiday in Goa. See:

19 Jan. Daily Times. (Pakistan). Parvez Dewan in his latest book ‘Kashmir’, has traced the origins of Aishwarya Rai, who was declared the most attractive woman in the world recently by the online edition of Hello! Magazine. He found that Sarswati Brahmanis (Aishwarya’s caste) of Kerala, Goa and Maharashtra have migrated from Kashmir around the turn of the previous millennium. See:

20 Jan. Evening Post (Bristol). A drunken passenger became violent on a Monarch, Goa to Gatwick flight. He was kicking and spitting at the cabin crew and they managed to tie his feet and arms to his chair. He was escorted off the aircraft at Cyprus. Click here

21 Jan. Monarch flight stops in Larnaca on 18 Jan. to offload unruly passenger. See:

20 Jan. Toronto Star. Dr. Sheela Basrur is Ontario’s new chief medical officer of health. The Liberal government is dumping Dr. Colin D'Cunha from the post. He'll be sidelined to a job as special adviser to the minister and deputy minister on infection control. Conservative MPP John Baird said he was "disgusted" by the Liberal government's treatment of D'Cunha. "I don't make comments lightly about public servants, but he was probably one of the most outstanding ones I've ever come across," Baird said. For full text click here.

21 Jan. Newquay Voice, UK. Jon Phipps undertook work at the International Animal Rescue Centre in Goa, India: "It was grim and harrowing, simply from the sheer scale of injuries and diseases you see.” Jon worked as part of a team of both British volunteers and Indian staff, aimed at reducing the number of stray, infected dogs on the streets. He said of the scheme: "The mass neutering on an immense scale seems to be working. There are definitely less dogs on the streets now."

21 Jan. Hindustan Times. Four in 10 whites in the UK don't want an Asian or black Briton as their neighbour, according to a survey. See:,00430005.htm

21 Jan. Stroud News & Journal. Janet and Brian Bowkett, loved their Goa holiday so much that they bought back a brand new motorised rickshaw - or tuk-tuk as they are known in India - as a memento of their trip. It cost them £4,000. See

Jan. 2004. World Literature Today. Book Review: Loving Ayesha. New Delhi. HarperCollins India. 2003. 223 pages, ill. Rs250. ISBN 817223-446-5. Written by Victor Rangel-Ribeiro who was born in Goa in 1925 and emigrated to the United States in 1956. Text at


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sat. 24 Jan. Join 'Say One Do One Disco' in playing R&B, Garage and latest tunes. All welcome, free entry. Cittie of Yorke, 22 High Holborn, London WC1 6BS from 7 till late. Nearest tube Chancery Lane or 10mins walk from Holborn tube. For details call Paul on 07956 496190 or Nigel 07956 984532 or email:

Sun 25 Jan. 4pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Fri. 30 Jan: YLGS (Young London Goans Society) MONTHLY MEET UP: 6pm till 3am. Free membership [18+] at WAX BAR, 4 Winsley Street, London, W1N 7AR Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus. New Members Welcome! For more Info, Contact: Alison 07799 586793 or

Sun 29 Feb. 4pm - 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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