Newsletter. Issue 2005-10. Mar 10, 2005
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Indian families are stronger than the culture of death, says Bishop Gracias
8 Mar. Asia News (Italy). According to Mgr Agnelo Gracias, Auxiliary Bishop of Mumbai, the family in India is resisting the attacks of a culture that wants to isolate and humiliate it as the basis of society and as a gift from God. Bishop Gracias, who chairs the Family Commission of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI), spoke to AsiaNews from Ranchi (Jharkhand state) where the CCBI is holding its 17th Plenary Assembly with the theme of the ‘Family: Good News for India’ as its main focus.

Rock bid to hit £10k target
4 Mar. Wiltshire Times. Loud music and head banging are on the menu tomorrow night as a tsunami fundraising concert is set to rock revellers. The concert is being filmed and recorded on the evening by Trowbridge firm Media Inventions as the group bid to reach a £10,000 target. This week £1,000 was sent off to the South Indian Federation of Fisherman Societies. Fellow organiser Kurt Paulus said: "SIFFS was brought to the attention of the WRTA fundraisers by Dr Joel Almeida, who is well known in getting people in the region back on their feet.” For full text click here.

Relief for affected Fishermen
4 Mar. Bath Chronicle. The Wiltshire Rocks Tsunami Appeal (WRTA) has sent its first donation to help survivors of the tsunami disaster. The organisers are channelling the funds directly to specific projects in the affected areas. Musician Dr Joel Almeida, who is a key figure in the WRTA, has raised awareness of the plight of the fisherman. On Wednesday, he will be giving a talk about his experiences at The George pub in Bradford on Avon, from 8pm. To donate, call 0845 6129630. For text click here.

Variety of cultures set to come into focus

7 Mar. Evening News – Edinburgh. Excerpts: Herman Rodrigues came to Scotland from India 15 years ago and was amazed to be lumped simply as "Asian". He says, “You have communities which have come from East Africa, the West Indies and Mauritius who call themselves Asian." He is now director for Edinburgh restaurant chain Suruchi, but has a passion for photography, having spent more than a decade chronicling the lives of "Scottish Asians". Now 40 of Herman's photographs are going to go on show in India as part of a British Council exhibition in Chennai.

IT Management: Take the lead on Sarbanes-Oxley
8 Mar. Computer Weekly. US financial reporting law can be used as a catalyst for better management, says Ashley Braganza. For text, 480 words, click here.
For Ashley Braganza’s brief bio see

French film director seeks to trace Goan roots
9 Mar: Navhind Times. Two years ago, a Goan-born French national, Mr Domingo Fernandes directed an Indo-French film produced by Flying Film Productions. He now plans to produce and direct another film, in Konkani, called, Out Of My Country, I Love You. An Italian star has been trained to speak in Konkani while the rest of the cast are Goans settled in France and England. This film will be shot entirely in Paris. It is scheduled to be released next month.

Uvy Lopes provides a moving account of the funeral of Neves Menezes. For the text and an enlarged photograph, see


7 Mar: Goa Velha. ANTONIO GONSALVES. Husband of Arcanja. Father of John Manuel/Filu, Margaret/Mauricio (UK), Jacinto/Antonette, Perpetua/Victor, Matilda/Jose

7 Mar: Bambolim, Goa. BRIGIDA DE SOUSA (Born 1932) Wife of late Guilherme Jeronimo. Mother of Urbano /Mary, Lena/Jerry, Lazarus/Janet (UK), Bashu/Succorine, late Ursula, Derrick (UK) and Classey.

27 Feb: Aldona, Goa. AGNELO VICTOR FRANCIS LOBO. (Born 1949). Husband of Joanita. Father of Adrian and Jovita. Brother of Accasio/Franskin Lobo (UK) and Rosy/Julius Esteberio.

26 Feb: London. ROQUE PACHECO (ex Eldoret-Kenya, born 1930; came to London in 1976). Brother of Vincent/Eliza Pacheco. Funeral Mass at 10am on Fri 11 Mar at St Edward the Confessor, 700 Finchley Road, Golders Green, NW11 7NE. Thereafter Cemetery 11am at St Pancras & Islington, High Road, East Finchley, N2 Condolences to


Rags and riches in glorified Goa. By Justine Hardy
4 Mar: Financial Times. They call them ‘raggy-taggys’, with that Goan knack for finding words both onomatopoeic and visual for everything from bhang to crocheted bikinis – the latter being ‘ladee teabags’…In Goa, the ladees in teabags are snobs…Da Costa and D’Cruz families by the dozen saw the market opportunity that came with their permanently 1960s visitors. They started to open up bars, seafood restaurants, cheap hotels, beach huts and bakeries where the raggy-taggys could get chocolate cookies and croissants, and so achieve almost a complete escape from rice, dhal and the rawness of the subcontinent. 956 words. For full text click here.

Resort on wheels starts to roll across India
5 Mar. Montreal Gazette. For decades, backpackers knew that the secret to India's soul was learned by riding its trains. Unfortunately, the accommodations on such trips could often be unappealing. The famous Palace on Wheels, a luxury train that shuttles every week between New Delhi and the tourist sights of Rajasthan, has offered a sightseeing alternative. Now there is competition. The 21-car Deccan Odyssey leaves Mumbai every Wednesday morning for the beaches of Goa, the former Portuguese colony that boasts some of the oldest cathedrals (and some of the most crowded nightclubs) in Asia. The fare, which includes sightseeing packages, is $350 U.S. a night ($295 U.S. a night May through August). The 46 cabins resemble hotel rooms - each has a private bathroom and a widescreen plasma TV.

India: Tourism: Cosmetic Surgery
9 Mar: News Today (India). Beauty and wellness industry needs to be identified with proper definition of categories and standardisation of numerous services in the country as feeling and looking fit and healthy goes beyond superficial cosmetics, said Union Minister of State for Tourism Renuka Choudhury. She was speaking at the first wellness exposition, Beauwell Indian 2005 (8-9 March).

UK: My Travel tries to fly through turbulence.
9 Mar. Financial Times. My Travel, the tour operator based in Manchester needs some good news following last year’s £911m pre-tax loss. The good news is that numbers are picking up. Frances Tuke of ABTA says that other markets that are not well covered by My Travel are becoming more popular. "Our members are going longer haul," she says. "Goa is sold out for this winter, Bali is back and the United Arab Emirates is doing well."

Busy at work?
9 Mar: Evening Standard (London). Your colleagues may be staring intently at their computer screens. But research published today suggests they are just as likely to be planning their holiday. The report shows that the average British worker spends 14 hours scanning the net for travel information every year. The current key destinations for work-time surfers are Goa and Prague. analysed where the most popular last minute - pre-Easter - breaks are being booked, and found that holidaymakers desperate for sunshine are booking up breaks in Goa, Banjul and Luxor.


Mr Francisco Sardinha, the pro tem Speaker of the Goa Assembly addresses the Press after the 4th March 2005 Session

Goa Government dismissal
4 Mar: BBC: The Indian cabinet has recommended dismissal of the government in the western state of Goa. The decision was taken hours after Congress Chief Minister Pratap Singh Rane won a controversial vote of confidence. The vote was tied at 16-16 but Mr Rane won the vote of the acting speaker. The speaker had earlier disqualified a legislator supporting the BJP alliance, reducing its strength in the house. India's Home Minister Shivraj Patil told journalists in Delhi that what had happened in Goa was unacceptable.

Centre’s decision on Goa stuns parties
5 Dec: Deccan Herald. Rane expressed hope that the Congress-led coalition can return to power after the by-elections to vacant seats.

Pro-tem Speaker casts a coup in Goa
5 Dec: Deccan Herald. Congress Chief Minister Pratapsingh Rane just about made it through the confidence vote in the Goa House on Friday, managing 17 votes to the Opposition BJP’s 16, in a sitting that lasted less than 10 minutes.

President's rule ends political turmoil in Goa.
5 Mar: Gulf News (Dubai).

Goa Cong leaders approves President's rule
5 Mar. Express India.

Goa CM invites president rule
6 Mar. Gulf Today (Dubai).

Goa Cong leaders upset with Centre's decision
6 Mar. Rediff.

Goa in crisis: A tale of three men in a boat
7 Mar. Economic Times. It’s been one crazy month for Goa. The state has seen the demise of two governments and the imposition of President’s Rule. Now, it’s back to susegado, at least for the moment.

Goa back to old unstable political days
8 Mar: The Economic Times. Excerpts: After a hectic month of political upheavals that saw two governments tumbling and ushering of a spell of President's rule, coupled with suspended animation of the state assembly with half its term to go, Goa is suddenly back to being "susegado" (at its leisurely pace) at least for the moment…Mr Manohar Parrikar's craftily cultivated image of a stable chief minister in this politically volatile tiny state lay in tatters.


Goa: Obscene objects case: Kashmiri acquitted
3 Mar: Herald. Farooq Ahamed Sultani was charged with storing and marketing obscene objects in his shop at Calangute. A team of police officers raided the premises and seized various obscene and other lascivious objects and figurines. The prosecution claimed that the accused indulged in displaying and selling of obscene and lascivious metal objects at a distance of 3 to 5 metres from the public road and the observance of this objects would create impure thoughts in the minds of people who pass by the road or enter the shop as customers which is against the decency and morality of the Indian society. He was acquitted.

The kokum’s vast medicinal properties
5 Mar: Times of India. The kokum, a small, reddish plum-like fruit that grows in the hills of western coastal India is getting researchers excited over its reported medicinal properties, including fat and cholesterol reduction.

Princess of Thailand on Goa visit
7 Mar. NDTV. Princess of Thailand Maha Chakri Sirindhorn arrived in Goa on a three-day visit. For full text click here.

Goa: International Women’s Day: Women rally together to combat injustice.
8 Mar: Navhind Times. Bailancho Saad, the women’s collective, today took out a rally in Panaji to mark International Women’s Day, which will be celebrated tomorrow. The rally started at Dr Ambedkar Garden and ended with a public meeting at Azad Maidan.

Croatian Speaker’s son drowns in Goa
8 Mar. NDTV. The Speaker of the Croatian assembly, Vladimir Seks arrived in Goa today along with his wife Anica Resler-Seks to identify the body of his son. The deceased, 25-year-old Domagos Seks had gone missing in Goa on February 25. For full text click here.

Jaggary’s medicinal properties
9 Mar: Navhind Times. Jaggary (gur) is loaded with proteins and the natural goodness of vitamins and minerals like iron, calcium, zinc, copper and chromium. It has been traditionally used in Ayurveda due to its medicinal properties like blood purifying. Studies have proved that regular consumption of jaggary helps one breath easier and counter pollution naturally. It is recommended for all those exposed to pollution including industrial workers and traffic policemen. Too much of refined sugar may lead to decalcification or removal of enamel from the teeth, however jaggary poses no harm at all.

Rape victim, accused tie knot in court
9 Mar. Navhind Times. A courtroom in Orissa turned into an impromptu wedding hall as a rape victim tied the knot with the man who had assaulted her four years ago. The guests at Monday’s wedding were the judge, police officers, lawyers and relatives of the couple. The couple, however, will have to wait a while before they can lead a normal married life. This is because the groom has yet to be released from jail.

Recent Items of Interest on Goanet by Cornel DaCosta

Eddie Verdes presented a reflective post on the theme of Revenge. It should make many of us think, and think again, before taking actions which are unwise.

With reference to International Women's Day, on March 9, several contributors have discussed what women want. Goanet does help greatly to get to the bottom of this important question.

A posting "Don't let secularism become a doctrine of hate" delves deeply into a fascinating exploration of life in the Indian Republic.

Legal advice about buying property in Goa (with information about a number of websites) could be very useful for those seeking property in Goa.

A fascinating account of those Goans who perished on the high-seas in WW2 is provided with reference to the work of Cliff J Pereira, Melvyn Misquita and others.

Films which have caused concern to the Catholic hierarchy are presented in a brief historical account under the theme of Sins Without Redemption by C.M. Pant.

An account of the film India: The Lotus and the Cross raises interesting issues on 'Inculturation' i.e. how Hindu rituals and symbols are intermingling into the practice of Christianity in India.

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Resort rage on the ramp
28 Feb: The Telegraph. Fashion: Fleur Xavier models a Wendell Rodricks creation at the Seagram’s Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2005.

Recent immigrants suffer most under EI system
1 Mar. Toronto Star. Many newcomers can find only part-time and temporary jobs.

Toronto: Joyce D'Souza: Easier to call former teachers.
4 Mar. The Toronto Star. Letter from Joyce D'Souza, Toronto: Excerpt: As a new immigrant, I think I can vouch for the fact that retired teachers are depriving me of an income as these teachers are placed on both a long-term and short-term basis. For full text click here.

New Maharaja goes Goan
3 Mar: The Hook. (Charlottesville VA). The new owner of the Maharaja, Jonathan De Costa is an ambitious 27-year-old native of Goa. De Costa's familiarity with Goan ingredients is particularly evident in his new daily specials. His new drink specials are exotic enough to transport anyone in snow-bound Charlottesville to a sunny Goan beach. The "Goan Toddy Tapper" is a coconut-rum concoction. When I asked Chef J what was considered cocktail hour in Goa, he gave me an attractive answer: "All day long you can sit on the beach and drink these cocktails."

Mumbai Catholics prefer to go abroad By: Lajwanti D'Souza
3 Mar: Mid-Day. The Catholic community in Mumbai has witnessed a strong migration to the West in recent times. USA is no longer a hot favourite. Canada, Australia and New Zealand are the new destinations. Bandra resident Maria D’Souza’s daughter Suzanne is settled in London and she is planning to move base shortly. “My daughter has a good job and her life is more comfortable there than it would have been here. She calls me every day, so I do not miss her presence here.” 505 words.

Indian Catholics object to film on priestly "Sins"
4 Mar: Reuters UK. Christians in India will step up protests against the screening of "Sins", a Bollywood film that shows a Catholic priest in a cassock and cross having sex with a woman half his age, a religious group has said. For full text click here.
For a review of the film see:

High life isn't all glamour and glitz for trolley dolly Michael.
7 Mar. Stoke Sentinel. Some of the pressures of life as a trolley dolly - or air steward - are revealed on digital channel LIVING tv's new docusoap featuring Excel Air. It includes the trials and tribulations of team leader Michael Smith, who combines life at home, in Park Road, Warrington, with the runways of Barbados, Grenada and Goa. "The crew came with us to a number of destinations around the world and filmed me elephant-riding in Goa and getting in a very drunken state - which I am dreading seeing on the TV." Trolley Dollies runs on weekdays at 7pm from Mon. 21st Mar. to Fri. 15 Apr. For full text click here

Jinja Gravediggers Tell of Burying Amin's Victims
7 Mar: The Monitor (Uganda). Excerpts: Some of the Jinja Cemetery gravediggers had their quiet retirement interrupted recently when their faces suddenly appeared in the national newspapers. They buried many prominent Ugandans as Amin's reign of terror proceeded apace through those troubled '70s. Wilson Lukenge said, "We buried all sorts of people there: Indians, Abagowa (Goans), whites, clergymen, soldiers and bamasikini [the destitute]." Text, 2,580 words (to be continued next week) at

UK: CRE boss accused of apartheid schooling
8 Mar. The Independent. Trevor Phillips has been accused of stoking up an "educational apartheid" by suggesting that black schoolboys should be taught separately from whites in a bid to improve their academic performance. Some of the strongest criticism came from Keith Vaz, the Labour MP for Leicester East - the constituency with the largest percentage of ethnic minorities in the country, who said: "This will be a huge mistake. If the state education system is failing Afro-Caribbean boys, then it has to be up to the education system to provide the extra resources within the mainstream classroom. Segregation of the kind proposed will have disastrous consequences for the education system ... It will create educational apartheid."

Trevor Clarke’s Goa
9 Mar: Shepparton News (Australia). Trevor Clarke writes, “Goa is now often overrun in the busy season by English backpackers. Most of these backpackers are looking to psychedelically get out of their trees while they are still paid the dole into their internationally accessible bank accounts back home. The main difference I noticed in Goa wasn't the colour of people's skin, but the traditional cultural entertainment and lifestyle the locals enjoyed compared with the globally-popular soccer and rave parties the visitors pursued.” Photo and text at the link below.

Jean Rodrigues calls for an end to violence against women
9 Mar: Indian Express. On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Jean Rodrigues, wife of UT Administrator Gen S F Rodrigues, today stressed on the need for a consistent endeavour to eliminate discrimination against women and to end all forms of violence against women and girl child.

Falsely accused priest arrested in Gujarat
9 Mar. Asia News (Italy). Hindu fundamentalists persuade a woman to press charges against a Jesuit priest. Two months ago the same woman had cleared him of the same charges.

Cancer Genetics; New mutations found in breast cancer patients from Goa
10 Mar. Women's Health Weekly. Excerpts: S. Hedau and colleagues at the Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology, New Delhi report they've identified new BRCA1, BRCA2, and p53 germline mutations in breast cancer patients there…They reported that "two sisters from a single family out of eight families from Goa with Portuguese colonial origin showed presence of founder Ashkenazi Jewish BRCA1 mutation… Hedau and coauthors published their study in Breast Cancer Res Treat, 2004;88(2):177-186).
[The Jewish Goan connection has been explored in Richard Zimler’s new book “Guardian If The Dawn” which is set in Goa – see]

Where Portugal meets India
10 Mar: Inner-West Weekly (Sydney, Australia). Nestled among the suburban houses of Dulwich Hill, Portugal meets India at Saffron. Brothers Savio and John Abranches opened Saffron two years ago. "We try to specialise in Goan food because there are so many Indian restaurants out there," John Abranches said. The signature dish is Goan fish fry (rechard) a whole pomfret or mackerel split down the middle, stuffed with home-made masala paste and pan-fried. "Nobody does that in Sydney," Mr Abranches said. The two brothers have a new dish in mind for autumn the elusive chicken cafrial for which they'll be putting the hard word on Savio's mother-in-law. The recipe is not found in any cookbooks, so they are relying on the passing down of an old family recipe.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa

Sat.12/3: Channel 4: 7.15pm (60mins) Immigration on Trial. A debate on the hot topic of whether immigrants put a strain on public services or contribute to the economy and enrich the diversity of our culture. Participants include writer Darcus Howe, Easy Jet founder Stelios, and former Chief Inspector of Schools, Chris Woodhead.

Tues.15/3: BBC 2: 11.20pm (50mins) Marrying My Cousin. Over half of British Pakistanis marry first cousins. Non-Pakistanis may find this union shocking, but Neila Butt grew up knowing her marriage would be arranged and married her cousin eight years ago. This is her story.

Wed.16/3: BBC 2: 8.00pm (60mins) What the Ancients did for Us. The Indians: From town planning to plastic surgery, numerals to Yoga, the discoveries of the golden age of India have had a lasting impact on the modern world. Adam Hart-Davis celebrates true pioneers in human history by recreating the achievements that have come from India. Fascinating viewing.

Fri. 18/3: BBC 2: 7.00pm (30mins) Pensions Panic – All Worked Up. Can we make our pensions work of us or must we work until we drop? The second in the two part Money Programme report.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 13 Mar. From 12 till 8pm. Fund Raising Dance for Children's Hospitals. Sacred Heart Church Hall, Edge Hill, Wimbledon, SW20. Adults £12, Child (5-10 years) £7.50 Meal inc. Music by Say One Do One. Tickets: Suzy 01753 675072, Milo 0118 957 4937; Jane 0208 543 5454, Felix 0208 640 4151 Dress Formal. Donations Welcome.

Sun. 13 Mar. 5.00pm - The Asian Chaplaincy. Konkani Mass will be celebrated at Our Lady & St Christopher's Catholic Church, 32 High Street, Cranford, Middlesex

Sun 20 Mar G.O.A. Singles Carrom Tournament - Men’s & Ladies Singles: (Entry fee 3.00) Children: 7-12 Singles: (No entry fee) Venue: HSBC Sports Club, Lennard Road, New Beckenham BR3 1QW. (Time: 10.30 am) - Contacts: Richard Fernandes 020 – 8300 5347, Assumption Gomes 020 – 8641 5995, Viju DeSouza 01784 – 430547, Desmond Britto 020 – 8543 4352, Lazarus Rato 020 - 8767 0342.

Sun. (Easter) 27 Mar. G.O.A. Strictly Come Dancing at Lola Jones Hall, Greaves Place, Tooting. Jive and Freestyle Disco Competition. Dark Star in attendance. Further details from - Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457, Bernie Gracias 020 - 8723 1322

Sun. 17 Apr. YLGS El Shaddai Fundraising Dance. at Bishop Thomas Grant School. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.00 followed by Dancing & Slave/Talent Auction. Music provided by Breakthru, Maz & Co and Guava Groove! Food & Drink will be on Sale. Special Guest Speaker, Keith Vaz MP. Contact Alison Braganza at or on 07799 586793. For Tickets, Info & updates check the flyer at

Sun. 24 Apr. 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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