Newsletter. Issue 2004-37. Sep 30, 2004
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25 Sep. The Times of India. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met with Indian-American corporate honchos during his US visit. Singh asked former Citibank honcho Victor Menezes to head a panel to suggest steps to strengthen foreign investment. The target: to raise foreign investment from the current level of around $ 5 billion a year to $ 15 billion. For the text of the article, see For a profile of Victor Menezes by Fred Noronha, see

London: Terror suspects includes Goan Banker
26 Sep. BBC News. Excerpts: Police holding four men arrested on suspicion of a terrorist plot to buy radioactive material have been given more time to question them. Three of the men were arrested at a Brent Cross hotel on Friday and a fourth in a north London house.According to the News of the World, meetings were held with men hoping to supply the radioactive material to their Middle Eastern buyer. Gary Thompson, associate editor of the News Of The World said the story followed covert investigations by its reporter Mazher Mahmood.
[It was reported elsewhere that the gang consisted of a banker originally from Goa, India, his "sidekick" from Mozambique, a Somalian and a man from Saudi Arabia. The banker is "married with two young children."

25 Sep. Birmingham Post. Amancio D"Silva - Integration (Universal 986 689 3) £8.99. Guitarist D"Silva, who died in 1996, reminds us that there’s nothing new about world jazz as, in the company of trumpeter Ian Carr and saxophonist Don Rendell with Dave Green on bass and Trevor Tomkins on drums, he tackles tunes called Ganges, Jaipur, Maharani and others, all influenced by his Goan background.

G.O.A. Toronto: New website
Toronto Goans have launched their redesigned website at Check it out for the latest news, their quarterly magazine Pulse, photographs of recent events and much more.


27 Sept. Assolda, Goa. ROSALINHA (ROSA) MASCARENHAS. Wife of Xavier. Mother of Peter (Edu), Pascoal, B Thomas, Frank, Jacinta, Rita, Archangella, Filomena (UK), Lourdinha, Bena and Fatima (UK). Mother-in-law of Peter, Uday, Nicholas (UK), John (UK), Tony, Ragunath, Maria, Agnes, Leena and Filipina.

26 Sep. Mississauga. Canada. PETORNILLA (PETTY) BARRETTO (aged 76, ex-Tanzania). Wife of the late Rio Barretto. Mother of Michael/Brenda and Millie Roberts. Funeral at 10am on 2 Oct, St Bernadette Catholic Church. Followed by interment at Christ the King Cemetery. [Info from Doris & Oscar Demello].

25 Sep. Sydenham, Kent, UK. ABE FRANCIS ALMEIDA (ex Nairobi). Brother of late Stanley, late Lydia, late Nolasco, Rosana, Eva, Bella, Ida, Zia and John Eli. Funeral details to follow. [Abe Almeida worked for the Civil Service in Nairobi and his last posting was in Mombasa. In the UK he worked in the accounts department at Scotland Yard before he retired].
Funeral on Friday 8th October 2004 at 11am at the Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Philip Neri, 208 Sydenham Road, Sydenham, London SE26, followed by private cremation. Family flowers only. Donations if wished to the 'D'Almeida Charitable Trust' (for research into lesser known medical conditions). Please send donations to Francis Chappel & Sons, 41 Sydenham Road, London SE26 (Tel: 020 8778 6658). Enquiries and condolences to tel 020 8723 1322.

25 Sep. Vancouver, Canada. MALVINA JOSEPHINE ATHAIDE (born 1955, ex- Dar-es-Salaam, nee Cordeiro). Wife of Dileep. Mother of Jacinta, Lucas, and Olivia. Daughter of Florrie and Venancio. Sister of Maura (Francisco), Merlyn (Oswaldo), Mavis (Pralad), May and Milena (Leslie). Malvina worked as a casual R.N. most recently at Vancouver General and G.F.Strong. Funeral at 10 am on Sep. 29 at Sacred Heart Church, Ladner, followed by Internment at Gardens of Gethsemani, Surrey. Condolences to

25 Sep. Guirim, Goa. EUPLIO MICHAEL CRESCENCIO D'SOUZA (Ex Post-Office, Dar-es-Salaam). Husband of Lucia. Father of Gislain/Lourdes, Lester/Vera. Grandfather of Gwyneth, Roseanne, Kariel and late Brianna. Brother of Ema/Lucas & Lourdes.

24 Sep. Tolworth, Surrey, (UK). SIMAO ANTERO RODRIGUES (ex-Eldoret, born 1916 Verna, Goa). Husband of Francisca Da Cruz. Father of Peter, Adelaide, Delfina/Colin, Francis/Joana. Grandfather of Annette, Craig, Davinia and Mark.
Funeral on Mon. 4 Oct. Mass at 11.00 am at Our Lady Immaculate, 401-403 Ewell Road, Tolworth. Burial at Surbiton Cemetery, Lower Marsh Lane, Kingston upon Thames. Condolences to

23 Sep. Margao, Goa. ALVITO FURTADO (born 1948, ex-Mombasa). Husband of Deomira. Father of Michelle and Nicola. Son of late Emerquinho/late Maria Consolacao. Brother of Linda/Harry, Lira/Exano (UK), Clara/Socorro, Agnello/Sarita, Gracie/Tony(Nairobi), Zemira(U.K), Olga/Des , Ivy/Francis, Wanda/Romeo. Condolences to

18 Sep. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA. MARIA PIA DeBRAGANZA (nee Alphonso) Wife of Noel, her husband. Mother of Ninoska and Agostinho Joel. Born in Goa, India, Pia received her Masters' in Education and History before immigrating to the United States with her family. Miss Pia was the successful owner and operator of Children's World South, a preschool in Fort Lauderdale, and will be greatly missed by all the children and their parents. Sister of Aduzinda/Rufino Dias, Bento, Maximiana/Paul Fernandes, Timotio /Rita, Helen Fernandes/Ross, and Tina. From 24 Sep. South Florida Sun-Sentinel,


25 Oct. Belfast Telegraph. Odyssey Worldwide: £328 for a week at the two-star Park Avenue Hotel at Calangute in Goa, including return Gatwick flights on October 16, transfers and seven nights' with breakfast. Tel 0870 429 5090, [Current online price is £290]

25 Sep. The Independent. Goa. Package holiday bargain-seekers have taken over from backpackers. Before the "longhairs" arrived, the Portuguese ran Goa as a colony. Even though it was annexed by India in 1962, Goa has a big Christian community. Visit Old Goa for the best old churches, Panaji (Panjim) for a curious mix of Portuguese and Indian architecture, and the beaches for the Indian Ocean. From Gatwick flights cost £1,069 including transfers; from Manchester, £1,089, both on Excel Airways.


Goa Govt to regulate nursing homes and pathological labs
26 Sept. Navhind Times. The government will soon introduce bills to regulate nursing homes as well as to curb the mushrooming pathological laboratories around the state.

Around 3000 aged Goans may be suffering from dementia
26 Sep. Navhind Times. A study of only two Goan villages, Mandur and St Cruz, has revealed a prevalence of 2.9 per cent cases of dementia among people over the age of sixty.

Skybus falls from sky
26 Sep. Times of India. One person was killed and two others injured today when the Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd's Skybus Metro dashed against a pole on the track during its trial run at Madgoan in Goa.

Sports: Goan delegation for Portugal
26 Sep. Navhind Times. Dr Susana de Sousa, Director of Youth Affairs, will lead a 7-member delegation to participate in the 10th Congress of Sports Sciences and Physical Education of Portuguese-speaking nations, to Porto, Portugal, from Sep. 27 to October 1. The Goan Football Assoc. is represented by Mr Savio Messias [ex-Mombasa] and Mr Jovito Lopes, See also

Wooing tourists the Goan way
27 Sep. Deccan Herald. By Devika Sequeira. Younger Goan travel operators like Norman de Souza are bringing dynamism into the leisure business in Goa rarely seen in the large chain operators. A charter with tourists from Greece, Portugal and Spain could begin operations by August 2005 …the Mediterranean charter will run through for nine months. Most of the long-haul flights into Goa operate for barely five months in comparison. 461 words.

Shacks on Goa beaches to be better regulated this season
27 Sep. Business Standard. Only 228 shacks are to be licenced against 282 last year. The licence fee has also been hiked this year Rs 30,000 for the northern ones and Rs 20,000 for the southern ones. Last year’s amounts were Rs 20,000 and Rs 15,000, respectively. These shacks will have garbage disposal arrangements, mobile toilets and at least one person trained in life saving techniques. For full text click here

Bon Appetease
27 Sep. The Telegraph (Calcutta). By Victor Banerjee. A look at the similarities between Goans and Bengalis – laid back attitude, love of football, fish, and music. Includes a recipe for Sausage Pulao.

Glenn Saldanha in record licensing deal.
27 Sep. Financial Times. Glenmark Pharmaceuticals will receive $190m over five years from Forest Laboratories of the US after signing the biggest ever licensing deal between an Indian drugs maker and a global pharmaceuticals giant. The deal will see Forest develop Glenmark's asthma molecule which is ready for early clinical trials. "We can only take innovation so far because the risk profile (of molecules) rises through clinical trials," said Glenn Saldanha, chief executive of Glenmark. 338 words. [For a photo and profile of Glenn Saldanha see issue 2004-33]

Goa expects 400,000 more tourists this year.
28 Sep. The Pioneer. Goa expects four lakh more tourists to visit the State this year. The rise is being attributed to two major events - exposition of St Xavier's relics and the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) - lined up for the year end.For full text click here.

Bharti Teletech Launches Cordless Phones
29 Sep. Financial Express. Bharti Teletech is launching the 2.4 GHz band cordless phone range of six models, in likely to hit the market by October. These will be priced between Rs 1,195 to Rs 4,995 and are being manufactured out of the company’s plants in Ludhiana and Goa.

A lot to look forward to at Goa Film Festival.
29 Sep. The Hindu.

Child Abuse: What No One Talks About
29 Sep. India Times. The Goa Expose by Tehelka. This is a story about children in the age of 8-13 being abused by those aged 50 and above. The most shocking thing that comes out of this sting operation which Tehelka did that the lawmakers like police, special branch, etc. and bureaucrats working in the Directorate of Women and Child Welfare are not even sticking to basic rules to protect children.


Born in India, marry in UK
25 Sept. Times of India. Migration of young brides and grooms from the Indian subcontinent to Britain for arranged marriages has touched an all-time high.

All India Catholic Union Elections
25 Sep. Hindustan Times. John Dayal has been elected as the president of the All India Catholic Union (AICU). Dolphy D' Souza is the new vice president, Eugene Gonsalves has been appointed its honorary treasurer and Elias Vas of Goa its secretary general.,000600010001.htm

Richard Zimler’s next novel is set in Goa
25 Sep. The Sydney Morning Herald. Richard Zimler’s next novel is set in Goa, India, where the Portuguese took the Inquisition. "I'm incredibly passionate and obsessed with my subject," he says, "but when I'm writing I know I'm exactly where I'm supposed to be." His bestseller, The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon was published in 20 languages. For more about Zimler check the link below.

Equal work, unequal pay
25 Sep. Gulf News (Dubai). Equal pay for equal work seems to be a myth here - your passport, apparently, holds the key. S.M. Kumar, an IT engineer, was offered a monthly wage of Dh4,000 while working in his home state of Goa, on the west coast of India. He thought his dream had come true. Dh4,000 meant Rs52,000. Only when he arrived in the UAE did he realise he had been hoodwinked. His Arab counterpart with the same qualifications, skills and experience was being paid Dh7,000, and his Western colleague still more - Dh10,000. 1490 words.

Efforts of Indian doctors being ignored, says BMA
25 Sep. Hindustan Times (UK). Three quarters of a key group of hospital doctors, most of whom qualified in India, believe their skills and hard work in the UK are not adequately recognised.,00430005.htm

25% of Asian football fans face racism
25 Sep. The Guardian.,,1312404,00.html

Bahrain: Art Exhibition features Boys from Goa.
26 Sep. Gulf Daily News. (Bahrain). Faika Al Hassan painting of two Indian boys, who she met when she was visiting Goa is one of the items on display at the Dar Albareh Art Gallery, Adliya until October 7. For full text click here.

UK: TV Soap: EastEnders
26 Sep. People (UK). EastEnders star Dalip Tahil who played romeo Dan Ferreira has launched an astonishing attack on the soap. He said, “The Ferreira family were left running around with silly storylines. A lot of pre-planning, at least six months, went into bringing the first Indian family into the show.” 591 words

Let's all go on a Goan holiday!
26 Sep. Calcutta Times. Excerpts: Most of the 2,000-odd Goans of this city make it a point to holiday at least once a year and visit their native land…In 1911, the Goans formed a club called the Goan Association of Bengal which was earlier known as the Indo- Portuguese Association… Joel Braganza (19) said, "I go to the disco but I also attend our community programmes. I may not know Konkani, but I am proud to be a Goan.",curpg-1.cms

London: Terror suspects includes Goan Banker
26 Sep. BBC News. Excerpts: Police holding four men arrested on suspicion of a terrorist plot to buy radioactive material have been given more time to question them. Three of the men were arrested at a Brent Cross hotel on Friday and a fourth in a north London house…According to the News of the World, meetings were held with men hoping to supply the radioactive material to their Middle Eastern buyer… Gary Thompson, associate editor of the News Of The World said the story followed covert investigations by its reporter Mazher Mahmood.
[It was reported elsewhere that the gang consisted of a banker originally from Goa, India, his "sidekick" from Mozambique, a Somalian and a man from Saudi Arabia. The banker is “married with two young children.”

Indian call centres... the inside story
27 Sep. Evening Standard (London).

There's no OfficeMax in Kuwait City. Just Felix
28 Sep. Hampton Roads Daily Press - Newport, VA, USA. Excerpts: For supplies, soldiers visit Felix D’Souza, a businessman reputed to have everything from jewelry to computers. Felix, word has it, is the man to know in Kuwait. Felix said he came to Kuwait City 28 years ago. "I'm originally from India," he said. "But the jobs there were no good. I came here searching for work." 740 words. For full text click here.

The nightingale of India turns 75

28 Sep. BBC News. Bollywood diva Lata Mangeshkar, who has sung over 50,000 songs in 20 Indian languages, has turned 75. One of her closest colleagues looks back at her extraordinary career. For full text see: For an account of Lata Mangeshkar’s Goan links see

Top Goan band to make waves
29 Sep. Gulf Daily News (Bahrain).
Goa band to kick off Bandra Fair tomorrow
29 Sep. Bahrain Tribune.

Mumbai's macho men taught how to treat women
29 Sep. Independent Online (South Africa).

UK: British Asians invade primetime Channel 4 slot
29 Sep. Thu. 7 Oct. TV Programme. 9pm -11.05pm. Channel 4. The Great British Asian Invasion. A documentary which explodes all the popular generalisations about British Asians. It serves as an entertaining and irreverent user's guide to the community that reveals how the professions and businesses that are lumped together as Asian are each the preserve of a different community, and each have a strange story to tell. With the aid of archive footage and personal reminiscences the film explains the diversity of Britain's Asians.

Telecommuting rises in U.S. executive ranks
29 Sep. Ottawa Citizen. Globalization is making telecommuting increasingly inevitable, as more managers supervise workers in different cultures and across different time zones. Francisco D'Souza chief operating officer of Cognizant, a Teaneck, New Jersey, information technology services outsourcing company, spends about five hours each day working from home, beginning work at 6 a.m. and ending close to midnight. About 70 per cent of its 13,000 employees are based in India. He estimates that he spends 25 per cent of his time travelling just to meet with employees and deal with situations -- such as performance reviews -- that can't be handled by phone or e-mail. "I spend a lot of time on the phone, but ultimately I'm on a plane a lot," he says. For a photograph and profile of Francisco D’Souza see issue 2004-26.

The best Autumn cookbooks by Jenni Muir
30 Sep. The Independent (UK). Sausage and Mash by Fiona Beckett. One of the best curries I've ever had was a cured sausage and lentil dish from Goa, so this clever collection of local and international recipes resonates with me. Covering everything from sausages with chunky chips to Chinese-style sausages with stir-fried greens, Fiona's book is both fun and sensible and will make a great present, especially for the chaps. Absolute, £17.50.

Bombay on the line for Brits
30 Sep. Birmingham Post. In the latest twist in offshoring trends, Indian firm GTL is to recruit British graduates to work in its Bombay call centres at £150 per month. For full text, 757 words, click here.

Book Review of Portugal: In Search of Identity by Carmo D’Souza
Sep – Dec. 2004. World Literature Today Vol. 78:3–4 Review by Peter Nazareth (University of Iowa) of Portugal: In Search of Identity. By Carmo D’Souza. 2003. 136 pages. Rs90. Excerpts: Nisha from Cochin and Maria from Goa travel to Portugal to research Portugal’s identity…They discover sossegado, native to Goans, a state of mind that can lead to new discoveries of the individual and national psyche. Full text at


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Thu. 7 Oct. TV Programme. 9pm -11.05pm. Channel 4. The Great British Asian Invasion. . A documentary which explodes all the popular generalisations about British Asians.

Sun. 17 Oct. 2pm to 8pm. Help A Poor Child (HAPC) Helpers Bottle Party. Lola Jones Suite, Garratt Lane, Tooting. Tickets: £4.00 (including food). Music by Say One Do One. Contact details: email: Tel: 020-8952 8899.

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. 24 Oct. 2.30pm Croydon/Thornton Heath Novena Mass for the Beatification of Ven. Fr. Agnelo De Souza at St Mary's Catholic Church, Wellesley Road, West Croydon. For details please contact Felix Tel: 020 8686 1876, Anthony Tel: 020 8689 6447 and Simon Tel; 020 8240 0148.

Sat. 30 Oct. G.O.A. Trip to Belgium and France. £25 each. Bruges for sightseeing and lunch then Calais for shopping. Further details from Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457 Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sun 31 Oct. G.O.A. Snooker Singles Knockout Tournament. 9.30 am – 5.00 pm Venue: The Royal Surrey Snooker Club, 1/9 Abbotsbury Road, Morden, Surrey (Opposite Woolworths). Entries by email to Felix Pereira, by 10th Oct.

Sun. 31 Oct. The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex.

Sun. 31 Oct. The Uganda Reunion is celebrating its 31st Anniversary. Social from 1pm till 7pm. Music provided by Maz &Co. Location: Wandsworth Town Hall, Wandsworth High Street, London SW18 2PU Ticket Prices -Adults: £15, Children Under 13 : £5 (All Prices Include A Meal and Snacks) Please Contact Christine De Souza 020 8310 2332 For Tickets. All Welcome.


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