Newsletter. Issue 2005-01. Jan 06, 2005
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UK: New Year Honours: MBE: Philomena Mendonca (ex-Kampala).
31 Dec. Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Headline: >From a refugee to an MBE for teacher. Excerpts: A teacher who was thrown out of her country 30 years ago has received a top honour from the Queen. Philomena Mendonca (61) was one of 60,000 Asians ordered to leave Uganda by the tyrannical president, Idi Amin, in 1972.
She came to England with her husband and two children before settling in Peterborough. She has been working as a teacher at Sacred Heart Primary School, in Bretton, since 1974. Today, after hearing that she had become a Member of the British Empire (MBE) for her services to education, Mrs Mendonca, of Holdfield, Ravensthorpe, said: "I really feel honoured to receive this. It's wonderful. I feel that I owe my parents and all the people who have touched my life. "It's been a struggle coming to a new country, but the people who I work with and who live near us have become like a family." [Philomena Mendonca, Tel: 01733 268 751, lived in Kampala and attended Kololo Secondary School there.] For full text click here.

UK: New Year Honours: MBE: Major George Francis Correa (ex-Mombasa)
31 Dec: For services to the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund: George Correa, Welfare Secretary. George Correa, was born in Mombasa Kenya in 1937 and studied at the Goan High School there. He received his basic training in the 4th Kings African Rifles in Uganda in 1958 and at the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst U.K. (1959-60), where he was awarded the Silver Cane, for best overseas officer cadet.
After his studies he returned to II Kings African Rifles, Nairobi and Nakuru. He transferred to the British Army on Kenya' independence and rose through the ranks to Major. His postings took him around the world, including Borneo in 1965-66 in the war with Indonesia, British Army of The Rhine Germany on staff of the Armoured Division, Hong Kong, Northern Ireland and others. In early retirement he was invited for a few years to serve in the Sultan of Oman's Land Forces and worked in Oman from 1980- 1987. On return to the UK, he first worked in the Ministry of Defence in London from 1988-1994 after which he became the Welfare Secretary of the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund, a job he continues to do to this day. He now resides in Salisbury and Beckenham in the U.K.
See Also: 5 Jan: Salisbury Journal. MBE for Royal Artillery work.
Note: It is hoped to display a photograph of George Correa next week

Tsunami: Dr Joel Almeida flies to Disaster Zone
31 Dec: Wiltshire Times. A Trowbridge doctor will spend the coming months helping with relief work for communities hit by the tsunami. Dr Joel Almeida, who lives in Wingfield Road with his British wife and three children, flew to India today. Dr Almeida left India in the 90s to work for the World Health Organisation before settling in the UK to focus on music and song writing. He believes the best way to raise money will be through music.
He is part of a group called Dr JSM with three Indian musicians, which has just released an album Turn On The Dreams. He also plans to release a single in March, after appealing to pop stars such as Jamie Cullum and Katie Melua to join together with Dr JSM. For full text click here.
1 Jan: Bath Chronicle. Doctor Plans Next Band Aid In Wake Of Disaster. 534 words. Joel Almeida, of Trowbridge is planning a Live Aid-style fund-raising drive … He has been asked to work in Nagapattinam, where nearly 7,000 people have been killed - almost half the total Indian casualties…" For full text click here.

Toronto: Chris D'Souza: The new face of diversity.
1 Jan: Toronto Star. Chris D'Souza knew some people would have a problem with him before he took the job as equity officer of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board in June 2003. Because of his brown skin, some people have had a problem with D'Souza since he was born in Toronto 39 years ago. He's never let his experience of racism steer his life. However at a workshop …"One of them claimed that discrimination has always been part of Canadian society. They said it was a normal process by which people are acclimatized to a new country.”
If there's one big influence in D'Souza's life, it's his dad, Percy, who left India at 37. "He taught me about human rights. He lived and breathed what he said. He rose above discrimination. He realized people are afraid of what they don't understand." 447 words. For full text click here

People we would like to see in 2005
30 Dec: East African Standard. … the beautiful Eve D’Souza, whose style remains pure…
[Eve D’Souza (ex-Mombasa) is a presenter on Nairobi’s Capital FM's Hits Not Homework]. For a profile of her click here

People To Watch in 2005
2 Jan. Star-Ledger (NJ, USA). Francisco D'Souza Age: 36 Town: Weehawken Occupation: Outsourcer As one of the youngest chief operating officers of a global information technology company, Francisco D'Souza believes in growth. In the coming year, he plans to take on the world. Born in Nairobi, Kenya, with degrees from the University of East-Asia and Carnegie Mellon, D'Souza is well equipped to deal with the international ambitions of outsourcer…
Time magazine named D'Souza one of its people to watch in international business. Named COO last year, D'Souza has turned his sights east. Cognizant is building a facility for 6,500 software professionals in India and is actively courting China. For full text click here.


5 Jan: Toronto, Canada. SOCCOR CARVALHO (ex-Dar es Salaam) Husband of Anita. Father of Maria Funeral mass on Sat. 8 Jan. at the Merciful Redeemer Church, located at Erin Centre/Glen Erin Drive, in Mississauga. Time of the Mass is yet to be established due to another funeral mass already scheduled. Enquiries to Patricia Pereira 905-569-2423

3 Jan. Clapton, London. JOAO ROSARIO DINIZ (ex-Nairobi - Carpenter - MOW). Husband of late Antonette Diniz (ex-Nairobi). Loving father to Andrew/Albina, Mary/late Justino D'souza & Vincila/Peter Carvalho. Granddad to Amanda, Aidan, Tiffany, Tanya, Tyrone, Tyraa, Sean & Ryan. Condolences to
The Funeral is on Fri. 7 Jan. at 0915hrs. at St. Scholastica's Church, 17 Kenninghall Road, Clapton, London E5 8BS. Burial at St. Patrick's cemetery, Langthorn Road, London E10 followed by wake at the Church Hall.

2 Jan. Edmonton, London. ISMENIA FERNANDES (ex-Nairobi). Wife of Late Guilherme (Kenya Breweries). Loving mother to Gilbert/Theresa; Yvette/Edwin; Yvonne/Andy & Godfrey. Condolences to
Funeral is on Fri. 14th Jan. at 1.00pm at St. Edmunds Church, Hertford Road, Edmonton, London N9. Burial at Edmonton Cemetery, Church Street, Edmonton, London, N9 at 2.30pm.

2 Jan. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. XAVIER D'SOUZA (Zapata). Husband of Anna. Father of Cliff & Ophelia. Funeral service was on Wed. 5 Jan.

2 Jan. Mapusa, Goa. ARTHUR AVELINO COUTINHO (ex- Islington, London). Husband of Elizabeth. Father of Seneca, Amanda, Pepet (Canada) and late Claton.

23 Dec: Siolim, Goa. MARIA FILOMENA MENDES. Wife of late Jeronimo Diego Mendes. Mother of Isabel/John D'Souza(London) and Helen/Michael Pereira (London) . Grandmother of
Stephanie/Carl Hillier (California) & Sharon.

24 Dec: Cheam, Surrey, UK. MARIA ANICETUS BRAGANZA (nee DeSouza; Saligao /Lindi, Tanzania). Wife of Quirinus Braganza. Mother of Bridget, David, Henry, Catherine and Richard. Condolences to
Funeral on Fri. 14 Jan. 10am at St Joseph's Catholic Church, 1 Montem Road, New Malden, Surrey KT3 3QW ( and then burial at Kingston Cemetery. The family is asking for donations to the British Red Cross in lieu of flowers.

24 Nov. London. BEN FERNANDES (ex-Nairobi). Brother to Albert (ex-Nairobi/Dar es Salaam) Brother-in-law to Marlene (nee Figueiredo). Condolences to

Chicago: LIAM ANDREW ARDEN, age 2. Beloved son of Patrick and Esther, nee D'Souza; loving grandson of Joan, nee Collins and the late John W. Arden of Glenview and Vera, nee Sequeira and the late Eddie D'Souza of Bombay, India. Funeral mass, Tuesday 4 Jan. 11 a.m. at St. Ignatius Church, 6559 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Catholic Relief Services for Tsunami relief efforts appreciated. For information 773-764-1617. Published in the Chicago Tribune on 3 Jan 2005 click here


Tourism industry plays down fallout
30 Dec: Gulf Times (Qatar). India’s sunshine state Goa on the western coast escaped damage and officials there dare hope the tidal wave could benefit the local industry. “Goa is absolutely safe. No tourist has left due to fear of tidal waves. In fact, we are receiving many inquiries from tour operators who were supposed to take charters to Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia,” said Goa Tourism Minister Mathany Saldanha. For full text click here

Search for bodies continues at Velankanni
30 Dec: Malayala Manorama. Faced with colossal damage to life and property after the Tsunami struck this pilgrim village, authorities are still searching for bodies, which might be buried under collapsed buildings or under the sea sand. Though the authorities of the Shrine of Our Lady at Velankanni, which normally attracts a huge number of pilgrims during the Christmas week, claimed that only 700 deaths had occurred on Sunday, villagers say that the toll might be higher than that as the church was crowded on that day. For full text click here

Goa put on high alert
30 Dec: Chennai Online. Goa has been put on high alert after the Centre today warned of another tsunami in the Indian Ocean and all fishermen living along the coastal areas have been asked not to venture into the sea. For full text click here

Mercy Flight For Rescuer
30 Dec. Herald Express (Devon). Anita Edgar of El Shaddai was flying out to India today to set up relief centres for children whose lives have been devastated by Asia's ocean bed earthquake. The El Shaddai Charitable Trust Ltd - also known as Street Child Rescue India - has founded children's homes and schools in Goa, rescue centres in Panjim, Margao, Gujarat and other Indian states. For full text click here

India faces criticism on tsunami
31 Dec. BBC.

Disaster opens India's eyes
31 Dec: International Herald Tribune.

Tsunami disaster hits Indian tourism
2 Jan. India Express. A week after Tsunami, its effects on Indian tourism sector have started showing. The jolt has been given, tour operators say as foreign tourists have started cancelling their trips to popular destinations Goa and Kerala.

Govt to change its slogan for tourism promotion in Goa
3 Jan. Navhind Times. The government will soon change its slogan for tourism promotion from ‘Goa - 365 days of tourism’ to ‘Goa - 365 days of natural calamities-free tourism’ for attracting visitors to the state.

Goa emerges as alternative tourism destination after tsunamis
4 Jan: Channel News Asia (Singapore). Goa, on India's west coast, has emerged as an alternative destination for thousands of international tourists who survived the devastating tsunamis in Indonesia, the Maldives and Thailand. In the past week, Goa has seen a sharp increase in arrivals, as tourists continue their vacations, or transit home.

How Pilar Fathers braved tsunami in the Andamans
4 Jan: Navhind Times. The Pilar Fathers who have been working for over four decades in Andaman and Nicobar had harrowing tales to tell about the tsunami that hit the islands on December 26 last.

We ran for life
5 Jan: Navhind Times. Fr Anuj Kumar of Society of Pilar has been with the St Anthony Catholic Church located at Hutbay, Little Andamans for the last three years. He is one of the survivors who braved the tsunami waves and managed to return to Goa on January 3. He shares some of the horrifying experiences he had in Car Nicobar, worst hit by the Tsunami.


Goa: Corrupt officials: Citizens can lodge complaints online
31 Dec: Navhind Times. With the launching of its website wherein citizens can lodge complaints online, the state vigilance department is expecting more members of the public to blow the whistle on corrupt government servants. “Anybody can log in at and register as user under his own id and password,’’ the director of vigilance, Mr Ashwini Kumar said. Even if an anonymous complaint gives all the facts properly, the department will take cognisance of the case and investigate it. In any case, the identity of the complainant will remain confidential.

'Gomantak Vishwa Sammelan in Goa from Jan. 3
31 Dec: India Daily. About 500 delegates, including around 100 Non-Resident Indians (NRIs), will participate in the three-day 2nd Gomantak Vishwa Sammelan to be held here from January 3. These would be a face-to-face interaction with the Chief Minister and Leader of the Opposition. Eminent personalities of Goan origin who have made a mark in their chosen fields would be felicitated.

Masses, parties usher in New Year
1 Jan: Navhind Times. Midnight masses in all parishes of Goa, a flurry of dine-and-dance parties, fireworks and other celebrations across the state ushered in the New Year 2005 in Goa, erasing the tsunami-fears that brushed the state as late as yesterday.

Oh Carol!
1 Jan. The Hindu. Carol D'Souza breathes new life into Konkani music. Santosh Menezes released Carol's maiden album Hi Sobai on Christmas Eve. It features nine Konkani numbers that Carol herself has written, composed and sung. It also features "Come Back to India", a number which implores the non-resident Indians to come back to their motherland.

Exposition of relics of St Francis concludes
3 Jan: Times of India. The 16th exposition of the sacred relics of St Francis Xavier concluded at old Goa on Sunday with over 2.2 million people having visited the Se Cathedral during the 42-day period for venerating the Saint.

Air Sahara flights to Europe in Sept
5 Jan: Financial Express. With the Indian government opening up international skies for private domestic airlines, Air Sahara has drawn up a major expansion plan to offer non-stop flights from several Indian cities to London. London would be the only destination in Europe to which the airline will operate flights from September onwards.

Parrikar withdraws CD on Goa liberation
5 Jan. Hindustan Times.,000900040002.htm

British tourists allegedly molested in Goa
5 Jan. NDTV. A group of four British tourists has alleged that their two daughters were molested on December 30 while they were staying in a five-star hotel in Goa. For full text click here.

Move to shift Goa airport opposed
5 Jan: Times of India. Goans living in the Gulf are up in arms against the Goan government decision to shift its airport from Dabolim in the heart of the state to Mopa in the north.

Dangerous currents. By Maria Aurora Couto.
6 Jan: The Hindu. History and memory need to be recovered by both the Hindu and Catholic communities of Goa but not with crude productions that distort and telescope unrelated events to create divisive hatreds. 1316 words.

The Overseas Goans Convention - 1
Godfrey Gonsalves provides a critical look at the proceedings of the 3 day Gomant Vishwa Samelan (Overseas Goans Convention) held in Goa 3-5 Jan 2005. Click here for Day 1; Day 2; Day 3.

The Overseas Goans Convention - 2
6 Jan: Navhind Times. The chairman of the NRI Goa Facilitation Centre, Mr Chandrakant Keni said that a delegation of the facilitation centre would make a presentation during the Pravasi Bharati Day, a convention of the non-resident Indians, to be held at Mumbai, later this week.

Reviews of Goa Books and more …
From Frederick Noronha: Check out the new site: for reviews of just about any Goa book.


Goanet is a great medium for exciting controversy and the following would confirm this view:

Much provocation has been aroused by the Goa Government slogan 'Goa-365 days of natural calamities free tourism'. Indeed, it has incensed some people who think the slogan is truly disgusting in the light of the recent Tsunami.

The Airports Authority of India has come under attack for shoddy provisions at many airports and on internal flights. However, there has been support for the government decision to allow private Indian carriers to fly overseas. A clear case, with comparative data, has also been made for a substantial increase in the provision of international airports in India.

Much controversy has been generated on the wisdom, or not, of imposed closures of discussions which have gone on for a prolonged period on Goanet.

Whether parties in Goa, on New Year's Eve were in good taste, or not, following the disaster in Asia on Boxing Day generated varied comments.

Other issues discussed 'furiously' were on global warming and on the controversial CD released for viewing in schools.

Finally, and non controversially, Teotonio R. de Souza's account of his key editorial role (with web site details) in starting a new scientific journal of the Faculty of Human and Social Sciences attached to the Universidade Lusofona de Humanidades e Tecnologias in Lisbon, is clearly, a major contribution to scholars and non scholars too.

Please visit the Goanet archives at To subscribe to Goanet send an email to


Woman raising villagers' hopes
30 Dec: The Evening Chronicle (Newcastle). Retired teacher Vera Russell has raised nearly £10,000 for people living around Thingera in Nepal. Vera began her fundraising journey after a trip to the Indian resort of Goa five years ago. She struck up a friendship with a young waiter called Sitaram from a beach shack in the resort and to repay her for teaching him to read in English, he invited Vera to visit his village in Nepal. For full text click here

Religious hatred
31 Dec. The Independent. Letter to the Editor from John Pinto of Birmingham. Sir: Sorry Mr Naqvi (letter, 27 December), but many of us from the Sub- continent live in this country because we treasure the rights to freedom of speech, secularism and tolerance of the UK. All these rights need constant renewal and vigilance to be safeguarded from assault from government and various interest groups. However, we oppose the misguided proposed law on incitement to religious hatred because experience on the Sub-continent shows that politically organised religious groups will use it to stifle criticism of debate and threaten the opponents of their agendas.

Obituary: The Rev Jacques Dupuis. Jesuit theologian criticised by the Vatican
1 Jan. The Independent (UK). Jacques Dupuis, priest and theologian died in Rome 28 Dec. 2004. Ordained priest in November 1954, Dupuis taught systematic theology in India for the next 25 years. He also served as a theological adviser to the Indian bishops. Drawing on his experience living and working as a theologian in India, in daily contact with Hindus and members of other faiths, Dupuis explored how Christianity should meet the challenge of religious pluralism. He argued that non-Christian religions play a positive role in God's plan and saw the great religions as vehicles of revelation and salvation, although maintaining that all salvation is ultimately from Christ. 718 words.

We were all getting so much abuse; I was too scared to go out
2 Jan: The Sunday Mirror. Pooja Shah the EastEnders actress, who plays Kareena Ferreira, won’t be sad about her character’s departure…The Ferreiras were brutally criticised for being unrealistic as an Asian family and their dull storylines were blamed for causing millions of viewers to turn off. “The worst moment was in August when Ray Panthaki, who plays my brother Ronny, was glassed in a club after someone started calling the Ferreiras rubbish.” … In the meantime, Poona’s character Kareena has had a sexy make-over. 1040 words. For full text click here

Kuwait: Crystal Focus Club holds Christmas party.
3 Jan. Kuwait Times. Crystal Focus Club held their Children's Christmas party at the Shaab Leisure Park recently. Hundreds of children aged between five and 14 enjoyed a variety of games and amusements provided by the club, officiated by DJ Loyola.. The Crystal Focus Club is a social entertainment group in Kuwait. It was established in June 2002 with just a total strength of six dynamic ladies from Goa. 474 words.

Obituary: Shobha Gurtu - Vocalist without peer
3 Jan. The Independent (UK). The classical vocalist Shobha Gurtu belonged to that rare category of singers who mastered the art of simultaneously singing with their voice and eyes… On her marriage to Vishwanath Gurtu, she took the name Shobha Gurtu and left her Goan name Bhanumati Shirodkar behind.

UK: Army restricted ethnic recruits
4 Jan: BBC News: The British Army secretly restricted the number of recruits from ethnic minorities for 20 years, newly released official documents show.

Tsunami: Montreal: Fundraiser this Saturday
3 Jan: Montreal Gazette. Flora Marlow, first woman president of the National Association of Canadians with Origins in India, is helping to organise a fundraiser this Saturday at St. Ignatius of Loyola's church hall. "People are just so generous and everybody would like to do their bit," she said. Tickets to Saturday's fundraiser are $20. For information, call Flora (nee Almeida) Marlow at (450) 477-9949 or Norbert Pinto at (514) 421-0543.

UK: Ethnic mix is set to increase, says media report
6 Jan: Hindustan Times. More and more Asians are entering British boardrooms, once the preserve of grey-haired white men wearing old school ties…Trinity Mirror's finance director is Vijay Vaghela, who was born in Kenya and came to Britain in 1974. Dipesh Shah, whose family came from Uganda, has been named the chairman of Northern Ireland's electricity group Viridian. Another Ugandan-born Hanif Lalani is the newest Asian to be elevated to become finance director with £450,000 a year salary packet at the British Telecom. Muslim Investment banker Naguib Kheraj has replaced a white as director at Barclays…,00430005.htm



Sun: 9 Jan: Nat. Geographic: 9pm (120mins) Predator Programme.
Focusing on the Killer Tigers & Leopards of India

Mon. 10 Jan: ITV: 2pm (30mins). Wish You Were Here Today.
This episode includes Chris Tarrant and his family taking a holiday in Tanzania.

Mon 10 Jan to Fri 14 Jan: CBBC. 11:50am (20mins daily). Zig Zag
A series of 5 programmes looking at different aspects of Kenya

Tues: 11 Jan: Channel Five: 7.15pm (45mins) Divine Designs: Spitafields (Part 2)
A look at the history of this diverse London district, taking in the arrival of the Jewish immigrants, whose community was gradually replaced by the arrival of the Bengalis in the 1960’s.

Wed: 12 Jan: Channel Five: 8.00pm (60mins): Snake Hunter
Search for the King Cobra. India is the destination and the snake eating king cobra, the quarry.

Thurs: 13 Jan: Channel 4: 10.00pm (100mins): Yasmin
A sharp and moving drama, telling the tale of a Muslim woman in a northern town and how the attacks of 11 September change her life. Written by Simon Beaufoy (of The Fully Monty) it is a cocktail of wit and surprises, eventually taking on a heartbreaking quality. Archie Panjabi stars as Yasmin, a plain speaking council worker who has been forced into a marriage with her goatherd cousin from Pakistan. Contains strong language and adult themes.


Between the Ears
Sat: 08 Jan 05, BBC Radio 3. 10:30pm (30 mins)
Mixed race children are Britain's fastest growing ethnic group, but how do they see themselves? This programme explores the joys and the challenges of mixed race identity.

Tues: 11 Jan: BBC Radio 4: 8.00pm (40mins) Don’t call me Asian
The notion of a single Asian community has finally been exploded by 9/11 and the subsequent war on terror. Sarfraz Mansoor investigates what dangers lurk when religion replaces race as a means of self identification.

Wed: 12 Jan: BBC Radio 4: 11.00am (30mins) The Indian Particle Man
The story of Professor Satyendra Nath Bose, the Indian physicist, after whom the Boson particle has been named.


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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

Sat. 5 Feb. 4pm onwards. Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. The first Red & Black Evening Goan carnival event in the UK. Live bands. Entertainers. Spectacular Carnival taste and atmosphere. Dress: Strictly red & black combination Adults £15, children £5 (inclusive of buffet meal by Bernie's Kitchen). Please contact 020 8932 9375/ 07957206169 or 020 8640 6589 or Flyer at

Sun. 6 Feb. Mungul Union (UK) celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at White Hart Lane School Hall, White Hart Lane, London N22. Live music by "KARIBU" and Disco. Mass at 12.30 pm. For tickets and details, contact Rosy D'Silva 020 8352 9450 and Rosalind Rebello 020 8767 8652.

Sat 12 Feb. YLGS Valentines Party "Goans n' Roses" at The River Suite, Walkabout Temple from 8pm-2am. NEW MEMBERS 18+ WELCOME! Tickets £8. Music by Say One Do One. For more info contact Alison Braganza, Events Manager at or on 07799 586793

Sun. 27 Feb. 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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