Newsletter. Issue 2005-03. Jan 20, 2005
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Nairobi: Ian Fernandes appointed managing director of Nation Broadcasting Division
19 Jan: The Nation (Nairobi). Mr Ian Fernandes has been appointed managing director of Nation Broadcasting Division, taking overall charge of Nation TV and Nation FM. Mr Fernandes, 37, has been the managing director of KTN and worked with Standard group in various senior positions for 11 years. [Ian Fernandes is Chairman of the Nairobi Institute Centenary Committee - For full text click here.

UK: Asians yet to gain job equality
20 Jan. The Guardian. The majority of government departments are failing to appoint a fair number of Asians to jobs on powerful public bodies, says a survey published today…
The worst was the Northern Ireland Office, with four Asians in 1,002 quango posts available; at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, five out of 788 posts went to Asians, - 0.63% of the total, when Asians make up 3.96% of the population.
The survey of quango appointments since May 2004 was compiled by Labour MP Keith Vaz, with the help of the public sector union Unison.,11374,1394292,00.html

Tony Fernandes joins ranks of young global leaders
17 Jan: The Edge Daily (Malaysia). AirAsia’s chief executive officer Tony Fernandes has joined the ranks of 237 of the world's elite leaders and individuals selected to be part of the first ever Forum of Young Global Leaders. For the full article click here. For a profile of Tony Fernandes, click here.

Canada: Waterloo: Horace Coelho
15 Jan. 2005. Kitchener-Waterloo Record. Meet the Community Editorial Board: Horace Coelho of Waterloo was born and raised in Bombay. He was educated in economics by the Jesuit Fathers at the University of Bombay's St. Xavier's College before attaining his law degree. After some years as a lawyer, he switched to a marketing career that brought him to Canada.
He has now found a fulfilling career in local real estate [Coldwell Banker – see Horace is married to Rita (nee Fonseca, ex-Assagao, Goa) and they have three grown children].


The Funeral of ROSANA LOURDES RODRIGUES will be at the Church of Our Lady & St Philip Neri, 208 Sydenham Road, Sydenham, London SE26 5SE on Tuesday 25 Jan. 2005 at 11.00 am, followed by cremation at Honor Oak Crematorium, Brenchley Gardens, London, SE23 3RD (entrance at the corner of Brenchley Gardens/Brockley Way). Thereafter at the Church Club in Watling Grove, Sydenham, London SE26. Family flowers only.
If desired, donations can be made to - “The D’Almeida Charitable Trust” (Charity Registration Number: 1058480) and sent to - 26 The Avenue, Coulsdon, Surrey CR5 2BN. (Please consider making your donation under the Gift Aid Scheme. If you require information on this please contact Chris Moniz on 020 - 8660 6063). (This Charitable Trust was set up for medical research purposes by Rosana’s late brother Abe Francis Almeida).
Death: 11 Jan: Sydenham, London, UK. ROSANA LOURDES RODRIGUES (ex Nairobi). Wife of the late Martin. Mother of Dr Peter and Bernie/Flavio Gracias. Grandmother of Martin Gracias. Condolence messages to

19 Jan. London (Wembley). DR SHEILA SRIPAD RAICAR. Wife of late Sripad Sitaram. Mother of Manoj, Rajan and Rajas Digambar Salkar.

16 Jan: Clevedon, Avon, UK. JOE SEQUEIRA (aged 98, ex-Mombasa). Husband of Grace. Father of Millie/Reis. Grandfather of Neil, Charlene & Glyn. Condolences to Grace Sequeira, 3 Knightstone Mansions, 4 Hill Road, Clevedon, BS21 7NE, UK or
Read the appreciation by Mervyn Maciel and articles from The Guardian and the Taunton Times at Funeral details will be published at

14 Jan: Saligao. TERESA DIAS. Wife of late Edward Dias. Mother of Stella/Edward Martins (Canada) and Anthony/Ezilda. Sister of Damansio/Livy, late Bella, Patrick/Lucy (London), Celine/Atanasio Pinto (Bangalore), Pascoal Joao/Norah (USA).

13 Jan: Dar-es-Salaam/Nuvem: LUIS CAETANO DIAS (Born 1922) Husband of Blanche. Father of Kenneth/Corrine, Dr Steven/Dr Avril, Freddie/Serena, Alison/Francis Quadros.

11 Jan. Milton, Ont. Canada. NATALINA D'MELLO. Wife of late Anacleto D'Mello (aka Demmy D'Mello - ex-Kuwait). Mother of Denzil, Debbie, Daphne and Donita.
Funeral Wed. 19 Jan. at 11:00 am, Holy Rosary Church, 139 Martin Street, Milton, ON L9T 2R3. Condolences to


Personal taxi for £45 per week
15 Jan: The Guardian. Excerpts: We've been driving around Goa for the last week in grand style. We've hired our own personal taxi - a Maruti minivan, plenty large enough for five - and our own personal driver Michael. It cost about £45 for the whole week, and Michael takes us anywhere, from remote beaches during the day to raves at night. He's driver, guide, interpreter and temporary childcare all sitting behind the same steering wheel. 305 words.,8922,1390533,00.html

Treat foreign tourist as god
19 Jan: Indo-Asian News Service. Foreign tourists visiting 'Incredible India' can expect to be treated like god and not as gullible victims to be fleeced at will in the not too distant future. This is what the tourism ministry's ambitious initiative plans to achieve. The first phase of the project will include Goa. By April 1 next year, 26,000 taxi drivers will be trained in the finer points of etiquette.

Champneys (UK) opens Spa in Goa
19 Jan: Leisure Opportunities (UK). Excerpts: Champneys Goa has nine treatment rooms, a hair salon, steamrooms, a sauna, manicure and pedicure areas and yoga studios. The spa will offer a mix of traditional Indian Ayurvedic treatments at the 255-room luxury resort. Therapists from the four UK Champneys health resorts are currently training local staff to administer the range of western treatments. For text click here.
Check out the Goa Resort website at >Resorts> Champneys Goa


Revival of Indian hockey?
13 Jan. MidDay. Indian hockey never had it so good in terms of opportunity to take it to a new level: glamour, cash, exposure et al. “Don’t start with a bang and end with whimper,’’ remarked Olympian Merwyn Fernandes, who figured in the 1980 gold medal-winning team in Moscow, the last time India won an Olympic medal.

Goa: Philip D’Souza held for Wendy McHugh’s death
14 Jan: Navhind Times. The Anjuna police today arrested 34-year-old Philip D’Souza from Calangute on suspicion in connection with the alleged mysterious death of a British national, Wendy Lina Bridget McHugh
The police further informed that he used to take up odd jobs in the hotels or shacks at different places on the coastal belt and that he was last seen moving along with the deceased at Club Cubana, Arpora on January 8.

India launches cheap broadband
15 Jan: The Peninsula (Qatar). MTNL and BSNL, India’s state-run telecom giants are offering existing fixed-line customers 256 kilobytes per second (kbps) broadband connections for Rs500 ($11) a month. For full text click here

Aishwarya Rai’s feeling adventurous
15 Jan: Indian Express. After the bra strap that didn’t stop peeking out in Raincoat, now the actor is all cleavage and kohl in Shabd. The photograph shows how Rai’s favourite make-up man Mickey Contractor created a new look for her latest film in which she plays a fine arts professor residing in Goa.

Goa University develops GOALNET linking 22 college libraries
15 Jan:

Xacuti or baboti?
16 Jan: Financial Express. [Basics of Goan food and listing of the best Goan restaurants in Goa]. 942 words.

HIV spreading at alarming rate in Goa
16 Jan: Navhind Times.

Youth must be sensitive to Goan culture: Parrikar
16 Jan: Navhind Times. The Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Parrikar said that there was an urgent need to create sensitivity among the local youth to preserve Goan identity and rich culture of the state.

Sweet Without Sugar
16 Jan: Business Standard. Here’s some good news for all those with a sweet tooth and who have a tough time keeping the high calorie goodies at bay. Rita D’Souza who already has written quite a few cookery books (Goan Kitchen, Pickles and Chutneys of India) to her credit and who is also working with a leading news channel on a programme on ‘Secrets of the Best Chefs in India’, has decided to experiment with the novice concept of sugar free desserts.

Souza retrospective marks Delhi art gallery's 50th anniversary
16 Jan: Indo-Asian News Service. On view are 38 works in a variety of media by the late Goan artist, F.N. Souza.

Blessed Joseph Vaz remembered
17 Jan: Navhind Times. Thousands of devotees flocked to the Sanctuary of Blessed Joseph Vaz, Sancoale, to observe his 294th death anniversary.
For a brief profile of Blessed Joseph Vaz click here.

Vasco doctor kidnapped, later found dead
18 Jan: Navhind Times. A political leader and well-known physician of the city, Dr Srikant Verenkar (61) was found dead today after being kidnapped by some masked abductors in broad daylight. The police suspect involvement of Dr Verenkar’s son-in-law, Mr Ryan Fernandes in the abduction and subsequent death of the doctor which has been condemned by political parties in the state.

Son-in-law main suspect in doctor murder
20 Jan: Navhind Times.

Goa's heading for a debt trap, warns CAG report
18 Jan: Economic Times. Goa is “gradually getting into a debt trap”, as per the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

Beauty Pageants Booming in Goa, but surely at a price
19 Jan: GoaNet. By Bindu Vaz.

UK Company to salvage River Princess from Goa
19 Jan: Gomantak Times.

Feasibility study of Mopa airport entrusted to French firm
20 Jan: Navhind Times.


An interesting proposition has been generated by Antonio. He suggests that as Spain had annexed Portugal between 1580 and 1640, those responsible for the excesses committed on the Goan people in the name of conversion to Christianity, were the Spaniards and not the Portuguese. Most certainly, this is an interesting proposition and worth pursing, even if some of the dates provided by Antonio, do not quite help to fully support his assertion.

An open letter to Goa Chief Minister, Mr Parrikar, by Ethel Da Costa has many stinging criticisms, including the following..."while Tsunami ravaged the seaside villages of hapless people down South, North Goa was ravaged by a wave of trance beats high on mind-altering narcotics, as part of Christmas and New Year celebrations. Everybody had a blast, got stoned and left the mess for the locals to clear". In sum, we have a very scathing attack on Goa's rave parties and corruption in the name of tourism.

Frederick Noronha's contribution...India's Intelligent Secular face of the Idiot Box : Rajdeep Sardesi, provides many insights on the media in Goa and the rest of India.

An interesting discussion has begun on the question ...Why would a Catholic priest, a religious man, be impressed with the spirit of secularism? Further, commentary on The History of Catholic Celibacy and the view that in the past, priests had many concubines which became too costly for the Church, raises interesting issues as well as a guide for further reading on this topic.

Finally, 'funny matrimonial ads' was a useful antidote to some heavy political commentary on Goanet. Hopefully, readers will make their own funny contributions to the ads to date.

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Dual Citizenship Offered to All Overseas Indians
13 Jan: India West (USA). By Eugene Correia. Delegates to the 'Pravasi Bharatiya Divas 2005' burst into a thunderous applause when Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in his inaugural address, announced the government's decision to extend dual citizenship to people of Indian origin living in all countries. For full text click here

Football: Prayers could be the answer
14 Jan: Peterborough Evening Telegraph. Excerpts: Dan Holyoak is back in Stamford’s team after returning from on a month’s trial with a team in Goa, where the local players said prayers. He feels Stamford's run of bad luck might be transformed by turning to the gods. The Goan club has offered him a contract paying in the region of £2,500 per month. He feels he will ultimately turn it down due to the huge cultural differences. "The conditions there and the way of life was not what I expected. I can see why it is a great place to visit, but to live there is something else.” 544 words.

Goans to host six-a-side soccer clash
16 Jan: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain). Goans will conduct a one-day six-a-side soccer tournament on Friday at the open soccer ground next to East Riffa Stadium. The tournament is in preparation for the forthcoming Goan inter-village League for the Father Felicio Diniz Trophy. For full text click here

Goa singers enthral Kuwait audience.
17 Jan. Kuwait Times. Excerpts: Konkani Heritage Kuwait (KHK) held their Grand Heritage Musical Show '05 directed by Fidelis Fernandes at Hawally this week…Young pop sensation Veeam Bond Braganza delighted the audience with her melodious voice… Writer, musician Bonaventure D'Pietro gave a special musical presentation on stage…Roshan sang beautiful solos…Comedians Prince Jacob and his brother Humbert had the audience in laughter…Kuwait-based husband and wife team Roney and Jasmine D'Cunha sang a beautiful romantic song while Roney teamed up again with Vishwas Remimbus and were given a thunderous applause. Sanny de Quepem, Marcus Dominic and Bab Agnelo made the evening a memorable one with solos and duets…359 words

UK: CRE wants law change for more black MPs
17 Jan: The Guardian. The Commission for Racial Equality yesterday called for political parties to be brought under the scope of the Race Relations Act to ensure more minority MPs in parliament.,11374,1392002,00.html

UK: Pak-origin British worker gets £63,000 compensation
18 Jan: Hindustan Times. A Pakistani-origin woman worker at a racial equality centre in Britain has won 63,000 pounds in compensation after her boss forced her to cook fish curries and chapattis for him.,00430005.htm

UK: Indian “marriage” racket busted
18 Jan: Hindustan Times. 25 NRIs jailed for fake marriage racket in UK
18 Jan. Hindustan Times. Marriage sham could jeopardise genuine cases.,00080001.htm



Sat 22/1: UK Style. 07:00 am (30 mins). Indian Garden. Uma is so ashamed of her untidy backyard. Sven incorporates an understated ethnic theme which suits Uma's love of travel and Indian family background.

Sat 22/1: Channel 4: 7.00pm (120mins): Tsunami Relief Concert Live. From the Millennium Stadium Cardiff, the fund raising concert for the victims of the Indian Ocean tragedy. The concert is a sell out with 65000 people expected to attend

Sun 23/1: Nat Geographic: 6.00pm (60mins): To Love Honour and Obey. The tragic case of Jaswinder Kaur Sindu who married below her caste, with tragic consequences.

Mon 24/1: Channel 4: 9.00pm (60mins): The Wave That Shook the World: An Equinox Special. Experts discuss the science behind the tsunami and reveal their fears that the countries bordering the Indian Ocean will suffer again.

Mon 24/1: UKTV History: 10.00pm (60mins): Churchill: Into the Wilderness. A costly political blunder – Winston Churchill’s opposition to Indian independence, a misjudgment that kept him out of power for years.

Mon 24/1: Sky Travel. 11:00 pm (60 mins). Rituals of the World. Documentary discovering the meanings behind some of the world's most famous rituals, from a funeral service on the River Ganges in India to hunting with Masai warriors.

Tues 25/1: BBC2: 11.20pm (30mins) Desi DNA considers the furore leading to the closure of ” Behzti”, a play controversially depicting murder and sexual abuse in a Sikh temple.

Wed 26/1: BBC 1: 7.30pm (30mins): Asia- One month On. George Alagiah is in Sri Lanka for this special report on how survivors are coming to terms with the devastating effects of the tsunami.

Wed 26/1: History Channel 10.30pm (30mins): Great Crimes and Trials. Gandhi’s assassination.


Sunday 23/1: BBC Radio 3: 9.30pm (45 mins). The Strange and Violent Case of Mr Biswas. Glasgow was home to a sizeable ethnic population but, as the race riots of 1919 demonstrated, there was an underlying tension which led to some startling and disturbing events.

[From Eddie Fernandes: As Mafalda will be holiday from 28 Jan to 13 Feb, I would be grateful for a volunteer to cover the period. Please email me ASAP]


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sat. 29 Jan. Charity Dance on Behalf of St Diogo’s Association. Proceeds raised for the Tsunami appeal. From 6 till 11. Bishop Thomas Grant School, Streatham. Bring your own drinks. Tickets Children 2-12 £5, 13-18 £7 and all Adults £10 Tickets includes a meal. Music: Say One Do One. Jane Gracias 0208 543 5454 and Gilbert Fonseca 0208 670 1955

Sun. 30 Jan. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sat. 5th Feb. 4 pm onwards. Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon. Red&Black Evening with live bands and entertainers, spectacular carnival event. Don't miss arrival of King Momo, crowning of Red&Black Queen & more. Prizes to competitions from Cidade de Goa, Marriott Resorts, Goa Tourism & more... Mood setters Joan and Edwin. Dress code strictly Red& Black combination. Hurry up - early bird extended to 15th January. Please contact 020 8932 9375/ 07957206169 or 020 8640 6589. Check flyer at

Sat. 5th Feb. 3pm to 10.30 pm. "Goa Goes Rio" Viva Carnival!! Join us to have a swell time on the 5th of Feb 05 from 3 to 10.30pm at St. Sebastian Church Hall Hay Lane, Kingsbury, NW9 0NG.Live band "LOW LEVEL" in attendance, King Momo Procession, Fancy Dress Competition and loads of prizes and surprises. Dress: Fancy and Funky. Adults £10.00 (inclusive of dinner), family discounts available so rush!! For more information contact: Maria - 07782879676, Sabina - 02086214673 or email on Check 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 20 Feb. GOA Fundraising Function For Tsunami Victims at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Commencing with Mass at 12 noon, followed by a social and cultural programme. Offers of help to Diego Pinto 020 8767 0663, Cornelius Monteiro 020 8681 8716. Donations by cheque payable to 'GOA (UK) Ltd' to 76 Middleton Avenue, Greenford, Middlesex UB6 8BS.

Sun. 27 Feb. 5.00pm - 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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