Newsletter. Issue 2004-26. Jul 15, 2004
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23 Jun. Cumberland Parramatta Advertiser (Australia). Clr mayor John Brodie presents award to Arts Advisory Committee Indira Fernandez. See:
Indira, was brought up in Mombasa. Her father was the late Joe Fernandes, Sports and History Master at the Goan School, Mombasa. She and her mother, Bonnie, now live in Sydney. Indira is Head of the Visual Arts Faculty at a local Catholic Girls’ College. Peter, her brother is based in Manchester, UK.
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Jul. 2004. Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia - CA Local News QLD. Headline: Meritorious Service Award - Caji DeSouza FCA . Excerpts: Caji DeSouza FCA was presented with a Meritorious Service Award at a luncheon held at the Institute on Monday 21st June. This award recognises outstanding service by a member to the Institute, the profession or the broader community. [To view his profile, Click here ]
Caji, has had a distinguished career. Born in Nairobi. Son of Hilary and Mary. Brother of Mildred, Newton, Muriel and Myrtle. Product of Dr Ribeiro Goan School (Class of 58). Kenya Junior tennis champion (1958 & 1959) Uganda Squash closed champion 1971. Represented British Universities at hockey, 1963. In 1968, in London, he became a Chartered Accountant and married Elly and then returned to Nairobi before migrating to Australia in 1973. He has three sons: Dr Colin DeSouza - Research Scientist in Columbus Ohio, USA; Paul DeSouza Chartered Accountant - Investment Banking, London and Mark DeSouza CPA – Financial Accountant, Minnesota USA.

8 Jul. Toronto Sun. Illness became an opportunity. The remarkable saga of Alison DeSilva, aged 18, who has made a miraculous recovery from a rare chronic intestinal disease. For full text click here. For a photograph of the family, click here.

9 Jul. Coastweek. Sr Zita Cardozo has completed 50 years with the 'White Sisters' (The Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of Africa - MSOLA). She grew up in the island of Zanzibar but her parents moved to Mombasa when she was 21. She has served in Algiers, Uganda and Mombasa and now resides in Ealing, London. 245 words. [Sr Zita is at 5 Charlbury Grove, Ealing, London W5 2DY]. .

9 Jul. Coastweek. 25 Years Ago. [in July 1979] Nairobi correspondent Ivor Davis interviewed London-based international cabaret artist Sheela Munro - who began life in Mombasa's Ganjoni road, one of 13 children fathered by Goan school teacher Joey de Chaves and a Seychellois mother, who died when she was just one year old.

12 Jul. Time. Profile of Tony Fernandes and Air Asia “He's also eyeing China and India.” 1746 words.,13673,501040719-662824,00.html .

Lorna the Nightingale of Goa arrived in London on 5 July along with two well known comedians of the Konkani stage for a European tour organised by Goan Heritage UK. On 12 July they will proceed to France for a show in Paris on 14 July and return to UK for three shows here. Lorna has been invited as a guest to the GOA Goan Festival on 25 July. The troupe will leave for Portugal on 9 Aug. accompanied by some London tiatrists.
Francisco D’Souza
14 Jul. Business Standard. Headline: A millionaire at 35. Francisco D’Souza was born in Nairobi, his father was in the Indian Foreign Service. At 35 Francisco D’Souza is a millionaire many times over. He’s also the chief operating officer of Cognizant Technologies ( a $3 billion market capitalisation Nasdaq-listed company. When he was 24, he co-founded a company that Forbes magazine once described as one of the hottest and fastest growing companies in the US and featured by Time magazine among its “People to Watch in International Business: World Beaters.” He is engaged to a girl from Brazil he met during one of his trips there. Full text, 692 words, Click here.

15 Jul. BBC News. British National Party activists have confessed to racially motivated crimes including an assault on an Asian in a BBC undercover documentary. The Secret Agent is broadcast on BBC One at 2100GMT on Thursday, 15 July. See: [ For non-UK residents: The link to the video of the programme will be posted on the on 16 July]

Congratulations to Rene & Maria Barreto, who became grandparents on 12 July with the arrival of a baby boy to their daughter Deborah and son-in-law Adrian.
Rene has shown indefatigable energy in coordinating the World Goa Day celebrations. For a listing of the 2004 events check .

UK: Calling All Associations, Societies, Unions & Goan Groups! If you are from an Association, Society or Union and can donate a Raffle Prize for the Goan Festival on 25th July, it would be greatly appreciated! Please contact Alison Braganza of YLGS at or on 07799 586793 who is co-ordinating this years' Raffle.


9 Jul. St Jacinto Island. MARTIN D`SOUZA: Son of late Caitan/late Remedian. Brother of Anthony/Flory, Clara/late Faustin Colaco, Mary/late Benedicto Sabin Rodrigues, Verodina/late Andrew Fernandes (London), Connie/late Anthony Fernandes and Annie/Alexander Alvares.

7 Jul. Goa Velha. VINCENT MARIA MIRANDA. Husband of late Josephina. Father of Isabel/Mathews, Leonora/Carmo (England), Rocky/Rosy, Anthony/Minguelina(England), Miguel/Margaride.


Over 20 members from the UK financed their own travel to Canada - all for the love of Konkani. To enlarge the photo and read the text go to


Med cruise. QE2. 9 days. Dep. Southampton, 21 Oct. Itinerary includes Lisbon. From £485.


A wonderful trip for two to Kenya, courtesy of Kenya Airways, staying at the idyllic Pinewood Village Beach Resort, with a safari organised by specialists Southern Cross Safaris. You'll also see some of VSO's work in Kenya - all in all a once in a lifetime experience. Closing date: 23 July 2004. Details at Forwarded by Colin de Almeida


8 Jul. Times of India. India: Budget. Excise duty cut on computers and mobile phones. .

9 July. Navhind Times. Budget fails to cheer up Goan industry. Speaking to The Navhind Times, the chairman of Goa unit of the Confederation of Indian Industry, Mr Cosme Menezes said, “Goa has totally lost out in this budget”. .

9 July Times of India. Two ministers and one MLA of BJP government were arrested by the police on Thursday after they surrendered following alleged charges of criminal trespass, intimidation and ransacking of a hotel belonging to the wife of a Congress worker Tuesday morning. They were later released on bail.

10 Jul. Hindustan Times. NHS waiting list prompts more patients to seek cure in India.,00430005.htm

10 July. Times of India. An ad luring tourists to Goa could just have gone overboard with its sexual innuendo. "Go Goa Everything included!" tickles the quiet hushed inquiries just exactly what does "everything' include.

11 Jul. The Navhind Times. The Navy claims that Dabolim airport has been still underutilised by civilian flights, particularly the slots between 6 pm and 6 am.

12 July. Navhind Times. Goa’s Minister of Law, Mr Francis D’Souza, has said that he owns moral responsibility for the ransacking of Matthew Braganza’s Mandarin hotel in Mapusa.
For a video clip (Windows Media Player required) of the attack on the hotel see:

12 July. Times of India. To dispel the bitter feelings about the Navy in the minds of some Goans, the Navy has launched a concerted campaign to educate locals about its services to the state, including upgradation facilities at Dabolim airport.

12 July. Cyber India Online. BSNL to set up Wi-Fi hotspots. The Rs 260 crore project is expected to commence in another two to three months and the guidelines are currently being worked out.

13 Jul. Kerala Next. Book Review: Postal History of Portuguese India. New book captures Portuguese Goa's fascinating postal history.

14 Jul. Mid-Day (Mumbai). Valerie Pereira’s Green side dish (chicken) and Esme D’Silva’s Goan fish curry.

14 Jul. Navhind Times. Goa’s Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar announced that the government plans to crack down on the rave parties in the Goa.


8 Jul. Somerset Guardian. Angela Fraser, who lives in Clevedon with her husband Doug visit Goa every year where they support children's homes, night shelters and a school. Click here

9 July. The Guardian. Scheme to process NHS clinical tests in India. The government is considering shipping blood and urine samples from NHS patients to India for clinical tests in order to cut costs. "There seems to be great comfort that the quality standards might be matching or better than in the UK." 787 words. See:,3604,1257362,00.html
See also 9 Jul. BBC. Indian op woman dodges NHS wait. See:

10 Jul. The Independent (UK). 9 Cellars. 1-3 York Place, Edinburgh (0131 557 9899).
As many rooms as a cat has lives, and purring with sophistication. The menu's short, the dishes from all over India. Goan fish curry and pork vindaloo as you've never tasted them.

10 July 2004. The Guardian. Headline: The long goodbye. By William Dalrymple. Excerpt: "We were ruled from Portugal for over 451 years. The result of this is that we are completely different from other Indians. Although we are now under Indian occupation, I feel awkward when I cross the border into India."… Dona Rosa led me out onto her long veranda. "It was the Indians that did it," she said. "Them and the hippies. Between them they destroyed the morals of the younger generation." For full text, (2320 words) click here.
The earlier article, 3496 words, At Donna Georgina’s by William Dalrymple is at:

12 Jul. BBC News. 'Shocking' racism in jobs market. 12 Jul. BBC News. A BBC survey showed ethnic minority applicants still face major discrimination in the jobs market CVs from six fictitious candidates - who were given traditionally white, black African or Muslim names - were sent to 50 firms by Radio Five Live. White "candidates" were far more likely to be given an interview than similarly qualified black or Asian "names".

12 Jul. The Guardian. George Fernandes, India's former defence minister was twice strip-searched at Washington airport while on official business. He appears to have quietly swallowed the post-9/11 humiliation, recounting his experiences only in New Delhi this February to a private US group.,3604,1258977,00.html

14 Jul. Hindustan Times. Foreign nurses are reportedly being trafficked from China, India and the Philippines to work as bonded labourers in Scottish nursing homes. A research commissioned by the United Nations agency the International Labour Organisation, to be published later this year, has also found widespread abuse among overseas nurses in Scottish care homes.,00430005.htm

14 Jul. Hindustan Times. A former ambassador for NRIs criticised the proposal to impose tax on interest earned by NRIs from NRE deposits as regressive.,00430005.htm

14 Jul. Hindustan Times. India is showcasing a 'Namaste India' event in Rome from 9-18 July. Excerpts: A special exhibition on the heritage of Goa and tasting sessions of Indian wines will be part of the event… An exhibition of pictures by well-known photographer Binoy Behl on the unique cultural heritage of Goa, titled "Velha Goa", has also been organised during the festival.

14 Jul. Reuters. The Kenya's government is arrogant, greedy and instead of fighting corruption "eats like a glutton," Britain's ambassador said in a rare, blistering attack that led to him being summoned by the foreign minister. For details click here.

14 Jul, Arab Times. Kuwait NRIs plan to protest Indian govt decision on tax. Excerpt: Julio Cardozo, General Secretary of Goan Overseas Association informed the Arab Times that his organization in conjunction with the Goan Welfare Society will hold a meeting today (Wednesday) to thrash out the NRI tax issue at length. "We want to study the issue in depth before making a decision," he added. For details click here.

15 Jul. Arab Times (Kuwait). Lawyers must not act for Canada immigration. By Francis A. Clifford Cardozo. Comprehensive article on Canadian immigration and highlighting some Goan cases. 2958 words.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sat 17 Jul. 3.00pm. Tiatr, Tiatr. “BHOGSONNEM” written and directed by renowned and popular, award winning singer and composer “Young Perry.” At Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. All songs originally composed. Tickets: Bella Fernandes 020 8352 0373 or Rosy D’Silva 020 8352 9450.

Fri. 20 Jul. 6.30 – 8.00 pm. The British Library. Chasing the 'brown Pound'. The British Asian community numbers some two million with an estimated annual spending power of over £10 billion. But what are the opportunities and challenges in reaching the British Asian Consumer? Hear from some of those already tapping into this enormous potential market.

Sun 18 Jul. Goan Heritage U.K presents "GOENCHO MONTRI" Konkani Musical show with Lorna, the Nightingale of Goan Konkani stage; famous comedians Domnic, Ben Evangelisto & Jr. Nelson and musician Norman. Venue Copland School Hall, High Road (Cecil Ave. corner), Wembley at 2.P.M. For tickets: Fr. Oliver Antao 020 8563 9102, Tony 020 8795 1121, Babit 020 8764 2268, Felix 020 8450 2129, Jimmy 020 8450 5623.

Sun. 25 July G.O.A. GOAN FESTIVAL in conjunction with Goan Organisations at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.15 pm. Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 - 8337 8022. For stall applications: Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sun 8 Aug. Goan Heritage U.K presents "GOENCHO MONTRI" Konkani Musical show with Lorna, the Nightingale of Goan Konkani stage; famous comedians Domnic, Ben Evangelisto & Jr. Nelson and musician Norman. Venue Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Dedicated to World Goa Day. For tickets: Fr. Oliver Antao 020 8563 9102, Tony 020 8795 1121, Babit 020 8764 2268, Felix 020 8450 2129, Jimmy 020 8450 5623.

Mon. 30 Aug. G.O.A. SPORTS DAY at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. For offers of help: Peter Rodrigues 020 - 8399 4883. For stall applications: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457


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