Newsletter. Issue 2004-33. Sep 02, 2004
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28 Aug. Navhind Times. Headline: I have always liked cinema: T-Bush. Excerpts: T-Bush from Nagoa-Verna, has brought Goa to the film world. He graduated in fine art from Goa University and has a diploma in film making from London Film School. Adeus My Love, his full length Konkani film is in pre-production. It is set in Portugal, France, London and Goa. The film is targeted for all age groups.
T-Bush's, short English film entitled, The Letter is currently in production. For full text see: For the T-Bush website see:

UK: Calling All Hockey Players.
From Glyn Albuquerque: GOAN Hockey Club, ( runs 2 men's teams, playing in the Surrey Hockey League. We are a friendly, welcoming club, mixing a good standard of hockey, with plenty of time for socialising. We need more players including a goalkeeper from the London area. A sponsor is also required for numbered hockey shirts for the 1st team. Please call Glyn on 020 8 680 2401 or e-mail

Forthcoming Auction. 23 Sep. 2004 New York. Christies. Ten paintings by Francis Newton Souza (1924 - 2002): Estimates: 3,000 - 130,000 U.S. dollars. From the sale notes: Born into a religious Catholic family in the small town of Saligao in Goa, Souza spent most of his childhood years exposed to the religious ideologies and rituals of the Catholic faith. Details at the link below.

31 Aug. The Irish Examiner. Indian coup for Irish drug company. Tipperary-based pharmaceutical manufacturer Clonmel Healthcare has completed the sale of two drugs from its portfolio to the Indian specialist Glenmark. Glenmark said the drugs had a potential market in the United States worth €40 million. The company also hoped that the acquisition of the drugs would bring forward the US Food and Drug Administration's inspection of its plant in Goa, on India's west coast. For text click here.
Mr. Glenn Saldanha, (aged 34), MD & CEO, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, is a B.Pharm from Bombay University. His other educational qualifications include an MBA from New York University's Leonard N.Stern School of Business (US). He has worked for Eli Lilly in the US and was a Management Consultant with Price Waterhouse Coopers. He has served SmithKline Beecham, Rhone Poulenc Rhorer, Astra, Merck and Johnson and Johnson, among others. The company has a manufacturing plant in Verna, Goa. For a profile of the Company and the Saldanha family, click here.

Donations/Subscriptions received:
£100: Bernie & Flavio Gracias; Melba & Tom Correia. £35: Lucy Collaco. £30: Paul De Mendonca. £25: Maria Fernandes; Melvyn Martins; Stafford Laurente (Canada). £20: Alyson Fernandes; Betty Braganza; Bosco Saldanha; Brian D'Sa; Carmel Rodrigues; Conrad DeSouza; Felix Pereira; Freddy Lubin; Gregg Carvalho; Indira Fernandes (Aus); John Coutinho; M Fernandes; Matthew Fernandes; Michael Pereira; Minguel Fernandes; Mona Dias (Aus); Natty Gonsalves; Neville Moniz; Norma Menezes Rahim; Paul Fernandes; Peter Machado; Philomena D'Cunha; Rick Coelho; Sylvano Pinto; Thomas Pereira; Tony De Nazareth; Trevor de Sa; Uniece Barros; Wigberto DeSouza


UK: Win 2 Airline Tickets To India
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Christies also have on 16 Sep. London. Lot Number 202. A pair of Portuguese colonial ivory-inlaid rosewood side chairs. Mid-18th century, possibly Goa. Estimate £10,000 - £15,000. For photo & details, click here

22 Sep. London. Book: FONSECA, José Nicolau Da: An Historical and Archaeological Sketch of the City of Goa (Bombay, 1878) and other books. Est. £800 - £1200. Click here

22 Sep. London. Book: BURTON, Richard Francis: Goa and the Blue Mountains (London, 1851) and other books. Est. £20,000 - £30,000. Click here


29 Aug. Bexleyheath, UK. FLORENCE DIAS (ex-Nairobi). Husband of Martha. Father of Cedric. Brother of Jose, Raymond, Thomas and Eusebio. Brother-in-law of Rose. Funeral arrangements to be announced here shortly. Condolences to

28 Aug. UK. LOUIS BENNY FERNANDES. (Ex Tanga, Tanzania & Nairobi). Husband of Jessica. Father of Eugene and Manuela (UK). Brother of Christalina (Goa), Catherine D'Costa (UK), Davis, (Canada), Eugene (UK) Late Victor Fernandes (UK). Condolences to or

27 Aug. Margao, Goa. MARIA CONSOLACAO FURTADO (ex Mombasa). Relict of late Emerquinho. Mother of Linda/Harry, Lira/Exano (UK), Clara/Soccoro, Agnelo/Sarita, Gracie/Tony (Nairobi), Zemira (UK), Olga/Des, Alvito/Deomira, Ivy/Francis and Wanda/Romeo. Condolences to

27 Aug? Saligao NOLASCO D'SOUZA (ex-Dar-es-Salaam). Husband of Martha. Father of Audrey/Savio, Kenneth/Jennifer, grandfather of Alyeska, Anouska and Alisdair.

27 Aug. Toronto. FABIAN D'SILVA (Ex Zanzibar , Dar-es-Salaam, Nairobi). Husband of Silvana. Father of Joseph and Trevor. Funeral Mass at St. Leo's Church, 277 Royal York Road on Mon., August 30, 2004 at 10 a.m. Interment Assumption Cemetery. Condolences to

26 Aug. Brampton, Canada, VICTOR ANTHONY CARDOZO, (Born 1939). Husband of Rosita. Father of Dolcette (Andrew), Dwen (Cora), Derwyn (Velda), Darryl (Kelly). Brother of Philo (Francis). (He was a Colonel in the Kenya Army, and a former President of the 8th Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Ex-Students).
Funeral on Fri. 3 Sept. 10 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, 5650 Mavis Rd., Mississauga. In lieu of flowers, donations in Victor’s memory may be made to Missionaries of Charity (Mother Teresa of Calcutta), 185 Dunn Ave. Toronto, Ontario M6K 2S1. Full details and condolences click here.


23 Aug. Deccan Herald. World Goa Day in Bangalore. The taste of Goa in Bangalore. Excerpt: It was one big party at Opus on Saturday night when Goans of the City congregated to have a good time on World Goa Day. Francisco Saldanha, president of the Karnataka Goan Association raised a toast to World Goan Day.

25 Aug. Business Standard. Headline: Wedding planners bring in the moolah for Goa hotels. Excerpt: While nearly 75 per cent Goan families have some members living abroad, this particular business is driven by NRIs from all along the coast… each wedding costs anywhere between Rs 30-50 lakh … only the fireworks of these designer weddings can cost from Rs 25,000 to Rs 2 lakh… The wedding business is bringing in around Rs 1,000 crore to the state according to the president of Tourism Committee Ralph de Sousa. He says, “These weddings are not only pushing up the hotel business but also bolstering such businesses like decorators, catering and flower supplies. It has got a multiplier effect on every other business.” 513 words click here.

25 Aug. Deccan Herald. The Karnataka Government has received calls to take immediate measures for ensuring proper rehabilitation of the Kannadiga families in Goa, who were displaced during the Goa government’s drive against encroachments, at its Baina beach area in mid-June.

27 Aug. Navhind Times. A super-speciality cardiac unit is to be set up at the Goa Medical College (GMC) hospital, including a full-fledged ultra-modern cardiac cath-lab equipped to undertake angiography, angioplasty, bypass surgeries as well as paediatric cardiac surgeries, within the next six months.

27 Aug. Navhind Times. The Goa government is taking concrete steps to actualise within the next three years a 24 x 7 public water supply system in Goa. The secretary of the public works department, Ms Debashree Mukherjee, has just returned from New Delhi where she was invited to make a presentation before the World Bank towards financing of such a 24 x 7 water supply system in the state.

27 Aug. Times of India. The Goa government is showcasing its science centre as one of the many places to visit during a holiday.

28 Aug, The Economic Times. Goa fears investments may drop as tax holiday ends. 612 words.

29 Aug. Times of India. Konkani magazine to document life of film personalities. A local Konkani monthly magazine Bimb will document Konkani speaking Indian film industry personalities for its special Diwali issue. Shyam Benegal and Girish Karnad are among the many Konkani speaking personalities in the industry.

29 Aug. Goa fishermen worried. Fishermen here are agitated after a local court banned fishing in the seas till mid August in view of the breeding season.

29 Aug. The Navhind Times. Charters important for Goa’s tourism industry: Churchill. The South Goa member of Parliament, Mr Churchill Alemao has strongly objected to the closure of the Dabolim airport for charter flights by the Naval authorities saying that this move would have an adverse effect on the tourism and hospitality industry in the state.

29 Aug. The Hindu. Decline in nesting of Olive Ridleys turtles. in Goa. Come September, the entire Goa lines up to welcome lakhs of tourists. However, residents in this tiny village look forward to a different kind of guest, who regularly visits them every year.

30 Aug. Express Hotelier & Caterer. The Goa government claims that tourists have had enough of the beaches in Goa and they would prefer something different - something more cultural, something more religious, something more heritage in nature. The move is to make Goa a holistic tourist destination..

31 Aug. Navhind Times. Former Congress MLA Isidore Fernandes joins BJP.

31 Aug. Times of India. Live in India, NRI style. NRIs are returning. With them, they are bringing the international lifestyles to India.

31 Aug. Economic Times. Inbound charters are set for 20-25% growth over last year, with UK continuing to be the largest source market, followed by Russia, Germany and other European markets. Going by slots blocked at the airport, there will be about 29-30 charters a week for the six-month spell, which at an average load of 200 passengers per flight, translates to around 1,50,000 tourists in all categories.

1 Sep. San Motors has found export markets in Malta, Cyprus, Bahamas and the UK for its Storm coupe. It is the cheapest convertible available in the foreign markets at £9,000, the Storm has been able to provide a niche market to women in these countries, who want the air in their hair and sun in their eyes. The car is manufactured in Goa but the capacity is just six cars a day in two shifts. The company will gear up production if there is greater demand.

1 Sep. Goa: Luxury resorts: Monsoon holiday packages valid to the end Sept. 2004.

1 Sep. Gunaah. Alan John Water, a British national, is wanted here in India in connection with a child sex abuse case. Water’s accomplice, Duncan Grant, who is also wanted in the same case, has been nabbed in Tanzania. Police sources say that the duo lured street children by promising them holidays to Goa or abroad and were also offered gifts like new cycles. For full text click here.

1 Sept. CIOL. The IT bodies in Goa lament upon the absence of an IT policy for the state, which has been a major impediment to projecting the state as an IT destination.


22 Aug. Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung. Travel article in German. Substantially about Mario Miranda. 1675 words and photos. For the German original, click here. For an English machine translation, click here.

26 Aug. The Cornishman. Roger White who now lives in Goa six months of each year is selling off his business, 'White’s Oriental Rug Warehouse’ in Cornwall. For full text click here.

27 Aug. Gulf Daily (Bahrain). Cassius Pereira, President of the Young Goans Club responds to the criticism.

28 Aug. St. Louis Review, Missouri. Local India Carmelites serve 'as far as we can'.

28 Aug. Straits Times, (Singapore). Young, educated, middle class and a... call girl. Excerpt: 'Since the money is good we can have a cool time - weekends in Goa or even travel abroad. The girls know there is a price to be paid.

28 Aug. The Christchurch Press (New Zealand). With a new British law soon to be established allowing special-lane privileges for cars carrying two or more passengers, a new camera is being trialled that counts the number of passengers being carried. The machine emits an infra-red beam which tells the difference between cardboard cut-outs, plastic dummies and real people, says inventor Dr Leon Lobo. [Check the Leon Lobo's home page at]

30 Aug. National Public Radio (USA). Third-World Workers Risk Lives for High Pay in Iraq. Ivan Watson: “One year later, however, Joe says he does not want to go back to India, where he earned just $60 a month as a shopkeeper in Goa.”
Joe: “ Sixty dollars, so now I'm getting $1,000. I am very grateful and so now I am used to the bombs and this position. I make good money over here, and my family is very happy.”

30 Aug. Dawn. Karachi: Denationalization stirs new controversy. The controversy over the denationalization of two city colleges has brought to light a wide diversity of opinion within the Christian community on the government decision, with one side hailing the move and the other questioning the authority of the Catholic Board of Education.

31 Aug. The Mirror. Actor Ray Panthaki, Ronny Ferreira in the BBC soap, was minding his own business when he was glassed by a yob. He collapsed to the floor with blood pouring from his face after the unprovoked attack. 472 words.

31 Aug. Arab Times (Kuwait). Kuwait: Air Fares to India rise after Sept 1. Flights to the Goan sector for November and December are booked out, says a source at a travel agency. The source attributed this fact to the upcoming International Film Festival which will be held in Goa, followed by the exposition of St Francis Xavier. A lot of international tourists are expected to visit Goa at this time, adds the source.

1 Sep. Herald Express (South Devon). Christobelle Fernandes is 20 years old and disabled. Her ankles are as thin as thumbs when she was first found by South Devon charity workers just months ago. Now volunteer Sally Maher, of Newton Abbot, is appealing for help. She wants to take a child's-size wheelchair for Christobelle. Her parents dote on her but live in extreme poverty.
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Sally, 39, helped to set up Novi Survat, a charity which supports a number of community aid projects in Goa together with Clive Baker of Exmouth. They are appealing to anyone who can donate a child's-size wheelchair, (a second hand one would be great), or for donations towards the purchase of such a wheelchair.
Further details and all inquiries regarding the work of Novi Survat can be obtained from Clive Baker, 31 Foxholes Hill, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2DQ. Tel: 01395 276148 Email: Their website, goes live today (Thurs.). Full text of the article, 571 words click here.

1 Sep. The Guardian. Dalip Tahil, who played Dan Ferreira family in EastEnders has spoken for the first time about the immigration wrangle that could lead to his deportation, blaming poor legal advice and opposition from British Asian actors for his predicament. 653 words.,,1294566,00.html

1 Sept. Parramatta Advertiser (Australia). Headline: Why don't you Goan and enjoy it. Text: Travel to India through a display of photos, textiles and the stories of Sydney's Goan community at the Janmabhoomi-Karmabhoomi exhibition hosted by the Parramatta Heritage Centre. Translated as motherland-karmaland, Australian descendants of India's western state and of Hindu and Muslim backgrounds share how their cultures interact with the contemporary Australian way of life. Topics include food, national dress and how it feels to be Goan in Australia. The exhibition is open from 9am to 5pm until October 10. It's free. Inquiries: 8839 3324.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 12 Sep. TROOK TOURNAMENT at the ATC Hall, South Wimbledon. Contacts: Jacinto Fernandes 020 - 8542 5427. Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663.

Sat. 11 Sep. 1.00 pm. Goans in the British Merchant Navy. A free guided 45 minute talk featuring displays at the National Maritime Museum relating to the role of Goans in the British Merchant Navy is to be conducted by researcher Cliff Pereira. The venue is the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. If you intend to come along, please email or phone 020 8306 2067 indicating the numbers attending. Note: Free entry to talk, museum and the observatory.

Sun. 12 Sep. Feast of Mount Mary at St Agnes Catholic Church, 35 Cricklewood Lane, London NW2 1HR. Mass at 12:00 noon followed by Social with the “Jolly Boys” in attendance. Contact Zeferin Silveira 020 8795 1256 / 4796 0023 696 OR Tony Gonsalves 020 8795 1121 /0771 1681 473.

Mon. 13 Sep. to Fri. 17 Sep. 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm. 5 day Evangelistic and Healing Retreat. Led by Fr Augustine Vallooran VC of Potta. St George’s Cathedral, Southwark, Lambeth Road (opp Imperial War Museum), London SE1. Call, after 6.30 pm 020 8472 3967 or 020 8286 0203.

Sun. 26 Sep. Feast of St Jacinto. St Michael’s Hall, 37 Bounds Green Road, London N22 8HE. Mass at 1.30 followed by social gathering with Nite Life in attendance. Tickets – Adults: £8; 12-16: £4; 3-11: £2. For tickets contact Regina 020 8808 7091; Felicity 020 8245 4897; Agnelo 020 8577 8528.

Sun. 26 Sep. 4.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sat. 9 Oct. G.O.A. TRIP TO FRANCE. Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sun. 24 Oct. Colva Union. 31st Anniversary Feast of Infant Jesus, Bishop Thomas Grant School, Beltrees Grove, Streatham, London SW16. Mass at 12.30 p.m. Music by ‘Say One Do One’ Tickets includes meal: Adults £10; Children £3 (up to 12 years). For tickets contact Bento Fernandes 020 8672 0283; Ames Fernandes 020 8672 4753; Arlene Fernandes 020 8930 7679 or email

Sun. 31 Oct. G.O.A. SNOOKER TOURNAMENT at Archbishop Lanfranc School. contacts: Felix Pereira 0208 - 640 4151 Glyn Albuquerque 0208 680 2401


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