Newsletter. Issue 2006-05. Feb. 02, 2006
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Jerome Mendes: Hindu – Catholic Co-existence in Goa.
20 Jan: Herald. Consul General of Portugal in Goa Dr. Pedro Adao voiced happiness over the close harmonious co-existence between the Hindus and Catholics in the State during a visit organized by Jerome Mendes proprietor of Leonoras at Verna to the temple at Old Mardol which has been re-built. Dr Adao later visited the hospital-cum-retirement home for the senior citizens, which has been built by Mr Mendes. [Info from Gabe Menezes]. For text click here.
For a photograph and GVUK profile of Jerome Mendes click here.
For the hospital-cum-retirement home website see

UK: Sanjay Lobo appointed Legal Director of
23 Jan. The Lawyer (UK). Internet travel company has named Sanjay Lobo as legal director following the July 2005 takeover by US travel technology giant Sabre Holdings … Lobo was head of legal for Travelocity Europe, Sabre's flagship company … Lobo plans to bring more corporate and employment work in-house and rely less on external counsel … Lobo heads a team of three, which besides himself comprises IP solicitor Sophie Williamson and litigation barrister Rachel Howell. For full text, 184 words click here.
Sanjay was born in London, traces his Goan roots to Parra and is the son of Sashi (ex-Tanzania) and Rita Lobo (ex-Nairobi); grandson of Jerry and Rose Lobo who now live in Orwell, Cambridgeshire. Sanjay earned his LLB from University College London in 1997, where he was also awarded the Mishcon Award for academic achievement.

Tennis: Paes' double delight at Australian Open
26 Jan: It was a day of twin wins for Leander Paes as the Indian ace first stormed into the doubles final and then followed it with a straight set victory in the mixed doubles to book a semifinal berth in the Australia Open here today. 374 words. Click here.
Leander Paes was born in Goa on 17 June 1973. In an India Express interview, Leander said, “Grandpa actually designed this home [in Velim] for us. He was quite a man. He came over from Arusha, in Tanzania. He was a great doctor and when the Indians were asked to leave from there, he got a boat with his brother and sailed to Goa.” For the text of the interview click here.

UK: Dr Joseph Britto: Web-based diagnosis to help course of treatment
27 Jan: Business Line. `Isabel' certainly hopes to become a virtual Google for diagnosis, where an online search with the patient's symptoms gives the doctor a list of diagnoses to evaluate before deciding on the course of treatment. `Isabel' is a clinical decision support system aimed at reducing and managing diagnosis errors at the point of care, says Dr Joseph Britto, co-founder and CEO of Isabel Healthcare Inc. Dr Britto was recently in India to promote the system to healthcare institutions … Manipal Hospital has installed it. Click here.
For a GVUK profile and photograph of Dr Britto click here.

Seraphino Antao: The Fastest Ever Goan.
28 Jan: The Age (Australia) Kenya's first Commonwealth Games gold medals were won by a sprinter. Seraphino Antao, a tall, lithe athlete from the Goan community in Kenya's major port city of Mombasa, surprised the Commonwealth's best to win the 100 yards and 220 yards in Perth in 1962 … These days, Antao lives in Lewisham, in London's south-east. As an athlete, he spent a lot of time in England. …
He was ranked third in the 100 and second in the 200 in the world by Track & Field News. Antao was born in Mombasa in October 1937. The family lived in several towns, as his father worked for the railways. Photo Nick Lockett. 752 words. Click here.
For the GVUK Seraphino Antao profile click here.

Toronto: Derek Saldanha: Me and My Money
28 Jan: The Globe and Mail. A merchant marine in his native India, Mr. Derek Saldanha, 48, had no desire to head back out to sea when he emigrated to Canada. Spurred on by a family member who was already running two coffee-shop franchises, and liking the idea of being his own boss, Mr. Saldanha became a franchisee in the mid-eighties of what then was a new and little known operation, M&M Meat Shops, and today still owns and runs two outlets near his home in Burlington.
Blue-chip stocks are now a central focus of Mr. Saldanha's portfolio … Rate of return: “Over five years I've achieved a 13-per-cent compounded rate of return” … “I felt I didn't have enough information, but I didn't have time to do my own investigations.”
Derek Saldanha was born in Bombay and traces his Goan roots to Saligao. For text click here.

Melbourne: Player ban for threat to kill umpire Gerald Pinto
29 Jan: Sunday Times (Australia). Heatherton Cricket Club coach and vice-captain Daryl Rose, 33 has been banned for 10 years for threatening to kill umpire Gerald Pinto, 49 … heavily built Rose told Pinto he was "going to f--- kill you" in a tirade from the sidelines on Jan. 14 … Slight Pinto said it was his most frightening moment in seven years and 100 games of umpiring. Pinto said yesterday: "He (Rose) said, 'I know what sort of car you've got. I know where you live. I'll catch you and I'll get you'. They were personal and physical threats …” 380 words. Click here.
Gerald Pinto, was born in Hyderabad and traces his Goan roots to Betim. He is a Mechanical Engineer.

Jonathan D’Souza appointed General Manager of BAT (West Africa Central)
30 Jan: Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra). Excerpts: Mr. Jonathan D’Souza, a Ugandan, is the new General Manager of British American Tobacco in charge of West Africa Central … Jonathan D’Souza joined BAT in1993 as a systems analyst and a computer programmer after graduating with first class honours in Statistics from Makerere University. In 1998, he was appointed IT Services Manager in Kenya. He was then transferred to the Headquarters in London as IT Manager in the Finance Department. He is married with three children. 585 words. Click here.

Victor Menezes to Pay $2.6 Million to Settle Insider Trading Probe
31 Jan: Bloomberg. Victor Menezes, Citigroup Inc.'s former head of emerging markets, agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle a federal insider-trading probe, his lawyer said. Menezes, 56, didn't admit or deny the claims as part of the settlement. The investigation focused on Menezes's sale of $29.8 million in Citigroup stock on March 28, 2002, 18 days before the largest U.S. bank announced a $2.2 billion loss in Argentina. Menezes sold 597,000 Citigroup shares that day, an SEC filing showed. Menezes retired from New York-based Citigroup a year ago. 205 words. Click here.

Pakistan Goans & Sports
31 Jan. The Statesman (Calcutta). … Anthony De Mello, the godfather of modern Indian cricket, founder secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India, and later its president and originator of our national championship, Ranji Trophy, hailed from Karachi. The Goan community from Karachi have also produced a hockey Olympian for Pakistan, right half Jack Britto, who represented the country at the Helsinki Games in 1952. However, today, the extant Goans here are not so interested in sport, claims a local scribe. Nobody wants to train hard. They would rather socialise and have fun, claims Walter Fernandes, veteran reporter of Business Recorder. Click here.
Mafalda de’Sa adds: Jack Britto continued his Hockey in Malawi and played Cricket & Badminton for Malawi as well. He is now an octogenarian, lives in Wimbledon, UK and still plays Badminton.

Dr. Simão Nascimento de Sousa feted
1 Feb 2006. Environment International. Vol.32 no.2: The International Workshop on Marine Pollution and Ecotoxicology was organized to felicitate Dr. Simao Nascimento de Sousa, Deputy Director, NIO who was born at Corlim, Goa … This issue has a bio of Dr de Sousa (p.148) and the proceedings of the Conference, including papers on Carambolim lake (p.208-218), Mandovi estuary (p.229-234) and the River Princess (284-291). Click here.

Canada: Field Hockey: Men's Commonwealth Games Team Announced
Included in the team: Robin D'Abreo West Vancouver FHC; Wayne Fernandes G.O.A Reds; Ken Pereira G.O.A Reds;
Louis Mendonca - Team Leader Thornhill, ON. For photos and brief bios, check the site below

Europe: Soccer Officials Look to Fight Racism
1 Feb. Reuters (UK). Calls for tougher sanctions and European-wide legislation to tackle the problem of racism in soccer were at the top of the agenda at a UEFA conference in Barcelona on Wednesday … "I was horrified to see English footballers abused here when they played in Spain," said Claude Moraes, A UK member of the European Parliament. "The most horrifying thing was that middle class, professional people, families and young people were involved and they felt it was normal. This is a human issue which can be addressed by legislation, implementation and enforcement. Only by enforcement will the racists get the message." Click here.

Australia: Caji DeSouza and the Uganda Open Squash Championship Trophy
Caji DeSouza, who now lives in Queensland, Australia, was the Ugandan Squash champion and a representative of the Ugandan Squash Association and was in possession of the Open Squash Trophy from the time he left the country in 1972. Al Mathias a former Ugandan international recently suggested that the trophy be handed over to Austin Malcolm who won the Open championship for seven years consecutively from 1953 to 1959.
Al Mathias tracked down the late Austin’s wife in the UK who indicated that their son lives in Australia. Caji met Austin Malcolm’s grandchildren when attending the Australian Open Tennis in Melbourne in January 2006 and handed over the trophy to them. [Does anyone have information about the present location of the M.R. D’Souza Gold Cup?] .

Unusual dishes are a passage to Portuguese India: By Linda Bladholm
2 Feb: The Miami Herald. Ayesha D’Mello was born in Gujarat, in western India, to parents from Goa … Ayesha only learned to cook when she moved to Canada to attend university … She and her Goan husband, Bruno, recently moved with their two children to Pinecrest from the San Francisco Bay area due to his job transfer ... At a recent get-together for their new neighbors, they serverd potato chops, Rechad, Shrimp curry, Pork vindaloo and Bebinca. 594 words. Click here.
Goan Okra: Recipe by Linda Bladholm
2 Feb: The Miami Herald. This spicy, slightly tart dish goes well with steamed rice and any meat or seafood curry. 202 words. Click here.

UK: Swindon: The Sharp end
2 Feb: Swindon Town. Football could bypass future generations of black and Asian prospects unless a generous backer steps forward … funding for the current project runs out in March 2007 … currently 250 children receive coaching each week … “We also have a group of Goan youngsters and run an anti-racism workshop to help raise awareness around Wiltshire. If we are forced to pack up, all these youngsters will have no structured football sessions.” 705 words. Click here.


28 Jan: Parra, Goa. ELVIRA DE SOUZA (ex-Mombasa). Wife of late Ildefonso de Souza (ex Headmaster of Goan School, Mombasa). Loving mother of Leela/Archie (Goa), Jeanette/Arthur (Aus), Camillo/Yvette (UK), Joseph/Gwen (Aus), Damien/Nancy (Goa) & Comas/Margaret(Aus). Funeral on Thursday 2nd Feb at St. Anne's Church Parra, Goa. Condolences to

28 Jan: Siridao: INACIO PINTO: Husband of Cristalina, father of John Manuel/Joana (Paris), Francis Cruzinho/Maria Caitana, Agnelo (Ex-Sesa Goa)/Filomena (Paris), Dr Isabel/Dr Gustavo (UK); grandfather of Jerillee/Raoul (UK), Cheryl, Lorettee, Ambika, Anita (UK), Gordon (Paris), Nash (Paris), Reuben (Paris) and Arlinda. Funeral on 29 Jan at 4 pm at Siridao. No condolence visits.

27 Jan: Lisbon. DR ORLANDO DA COSTA (ex-Margao). Husband of Inacia. Father of Antonio/Fernanda, Ricardo/Claudia.
28 Jan: Jornal de Notícias. (Portuguese). Orlando de Costa, 76, died yesterday after a long illness. Born in Mozambique and raised in Goa, he came to Lisbon for university studies in 1947 and stayed on, writing and opposing the Salazar dictatorship, with the result that for a time his works were banned and he was imprisoned.
Orlando was the father of the current minister of the Internal Administration, António Costa and of journalist Ricardo Costa. The funeral is at 6pm today. 254 words. Click here.
For the tribute by Teotonio R. de Souza click here.

25 Jan: Chicalim, Goa. Mrs. DAISY CARVALHO (Ex Dar- Railway Qtr Changombe). Wife of Sabine. Mother of Damian, Shevonne and Shawn. Sister of late Carmen/Cliff, Brigitte/Rafael and Annie/Alex. [Info from Claudette Martins].

22 Jan. Montreal, Canada. LESLIE D'SOUZA (ex Karachi) Beloved husband of Joanna. Loving father of Gerry/Jessie, Wendell/Mavis, Maryanne/Christopher and Warren/Sharla. Brother of Bella Miranda.
Visitation: Fri. Jan. 27 pm: 2 – 5; 7-9. Feron's Funeral Homes, 1010 Shevchenko Blvd. LaSalle.
Funeral: Sat. Jan. 28 9.30am. Trinity Church, 7780 Champlain Blvd. [Bishop Power], LaSalle. For full details and Condolences click here. [Info. from Felix D’Sa in Montreal]

Obituary: UK: Edmund Pereira
28 Jan: The Pharmaceutical Journal (UK). WISEMAN JOSEPH EDMUND PEREIRA, MRPharmS, aged 71, of Grove Gardens, Enfield, Middlesex. Excerpts from the Obituary by Peter Troughton: Edmund, as he was always known, originally registered in Britain in 1959 before working for Hawse & McGeorge in East Africa, initially in Kenya and then at a later stage in Kampala, Uganda. The regime of Idi Amin resulted in Edmund and Lucy moving to Enfield … it was a privilege to have known Edmund … A wicked sense of humour, a genuine care for others and an ever-present courtesy are characteristics that marked Edmund as special and which we shall all miss. Deepest sympathy goes from all his friends to Lucy, Rebecca, David and family. Click here.


Lisbon to Goa Direct Charter Service Announced
18 Jan. Presstur (Portuguese). Soltrópico has announced the launching of charter flights to Goa, between mid July and ends of September with prices from 899 euros for 15 days holidays … the Goa service will be Hi Fly planes in Airbus A330 with 387 seats. The service is expected to attract the ethnic market in Portugal … For Goans the operator may offer a cheaper package with just one night’s accommodation. 311 words. Click here.

Goa For the Cricket
26 Jan: The Times (UK). You have heard about the beaches and hippies in Goa - but what about the England cricket team? They will be playing a one-day international there on April 3 against India, and a ticket and transfer to the game is included in a fortnight's holiday with Jewel in the Crown. Prices start from Pounds 629 with B&B and flights from Gatwick or Manchester on March 23. 01293 533338

Make holiday money go far
27 Jan: The Scotsman. According to money-saving expert Martin Lewis of, the vital part of holiday booking is haggling, especially when it comes to Teletext deals … "For instance my vacation choice is a four-star all-inclusive holiday for two to Goa leaving three weeks after my call and the price advertised is £529 per person. Airport transfers and plane food make it a total of £566 each. I call another operator asking if it can beat the price, which, shaving a few quid off, I tell them is £535 per person. They replied they would do it for £520. "Repeating this process three times the price soon dropped to £485 per person. Then I shifted to Teletext ads stating 'we will beat any quote'. These companies then knocked the price to £452. Click here.

Goa carnival to attract tourists
27 Jan: Zee News. A three-day Goa carnival would be held from February 25 to 28, with float parades planned in important cities of the state, including Panaji. "In Panaji, we expect at least 50,000 people to witness the float parade and the crowd will comprise a sizeable number of tourists who would come to Goa specially for the carnival", Surendra Furtado, Chairman, Panaji Carnival Committee said. Click here.

Fumes and Friendship: Mumbai to Kerala by train
28 Jan: The Telegraph (UK). Rosemary Behan takes the train from Mumbai to Kerala … the exquisite Goan landscape: deep forests, paddy fields and palms, woodsmoke from tiny villages and children playing … 809 words. Click here.

Mumbai to Goa by Kingfisher Airlines
29 Jan: Take Back the Times. Retired Journalist Ken Reich (L.A. Times for 39 years), writes about the Kingfisher Mumbai to Goa flight and of his experiences in Goa. 477 words. Click here.

Susegad Mode In Goa
1 Feb: Hindustan Times. Goa has more churches than sinners, more musicians than audiences, and by the look of it, more tourists than locals. Its popularity as a holiday destination for foreigners and Indians alike continues to do a Vertical Charlie. Where else are the girls totally comfy in skimpy clothes? [The article focuses on Pousada Tauma, Siolim House and Mandrem. 811 words. Click here.


Republic Day Parade: Goa Comes To Delhi
27 Jan: The Hindu. … The colourful Goan float had the audience on their feet swaying to its foot-tapping music. It depicted some of the popular festivals including `Sangodd,' `Zagor,' `Bonderam' and `Shigmo Mel' … For photo and text click here.

Telemedicine project inaugurated
29 Jan: The Hindu. The KLE Society launched its Telemedicine and Tele-health project on Wednesday. Under the project, online medical services will be extended to the patient through telemedicine. KLES Goa Liaison Office, Goa, and KLES's ICCU, Hubli, will start delivering services with immediate effect.

Goa wakes up, boards the IT bus
29 Jan: Daily News & Analysis. After several hiccups over the past 10 years, the Goa government looks set to revive the state’s only IT enterprise called IT Habitat. And, state IT minister Dayanand Narvekar is a man in a hurry. Click here.

Salesians Donate Mobile Classroom to Goa
1 Feb. Agencia Fides (Spanish). To celebrate the centenary of the arrival in India of the followers of Don Bosco, The Salesians have provided a mobile classroom for areas of Goa without schools. 370 words. Click here.


There is a stirring piece titled Stand up. Speak up. It is by Ethel Da Costa. In her words, it is about "taking stock as citizens, exercising our right to information, awareness and empowering the younger generation as responsible custodians of their community." A fine piece, yet again, from Ethel in her distinctive style.

A lively debate is on-going about the role of Goan Associations in the Goan Diaspora. At heart, the issue is whether current Goan Associations are continuing practices which were appropriate in past decades, or whether their pervasive insularity prevents Goans from making inroads into the mainstream of societies. Do we have a view on this issue as Goan Voice (UK) readers?

The Goa Knowledge Commission is taking a critical look at education and in particular, for its employment generating capacity. It is keen to draw upon many opinions, suggestions and ideas from all and sundry. Its website is worth visiting and for posting inputs on its bulletin board.

Attempts to undertake a digitised/computerised Land Survey of all properties in Goa are proving to be surprisingly difficult. An informative piece by Valmiki Faleiro explains how old and new maps seem to be at considerable variance with each other. His advice to us is to hold on to our old maps done on tracing paper!

An amazing list of names like Goa or sounding like Goa has been presented by Frederick Noronha. According to his long list, apart from our very own Goa, it is to be found in Botswana, Kinshasa Orientale, Spain, Indonesia, New Caledonia, Norway, Russia, Chad and so on. Any sceptics of this unusual brand of knowledge need only to refer to Goanet to be persuaded that our Goa is the best of the lot of course, but is by no means alone by name!

Finally, if anyone can, Domnic Fernandes can! Previously, Domnic provided very unusual detailed accounts of many facets of Goa of old. So fascinating were such accounts that he was prevailed upon to publish a compilation of his substantial articles. Now, we have one more of his gems--The Good Old Days of Radio.

More details can be found at the Goanet archives at Or to subscribe to Goanet, send an email to


UK: Sex for visas scandal
12 Jan: Croydon Guardian. Excerpts: Young girls working at the visa centre looking for a little bit of fun used to proposition Australian and New Zealand men and then talked about it casually in the tea room … female asylum seekers threw themselves at staff in a bid for visas … women paraded like contestants in a beauty pageant … 471 words. Click here.

Floyd Cardoz: Cook with sun-fresh citrus
25 Jan: Times Union (New York). … "Citrus is a wonderful thing to cook with," said chef Floyd Cardoz of Tabla, a restaurant offering "new Indian" cuisine in Manhattan's Flatiron district … Some of the citrus-enhanced dishes he has put on the menu recently include crab cakes made with lime zest and juice … Text, 1703 words, Click here.
For the Floyd Cardoz profile and recipe of his award winning crab cakes click here.

Nightlife: Goan Culture at Wandsworth Palais
25 Jan: Time Out (London). Seekers of psychedelic trance, enlighten yourselves: it's now easier to find great trance parties in London than it is in Goa. The infamous Christmas and New Year raves in Goa just weren't happening this year, part of a long-term decline in Goa's informal party scene. Police clampdowns have ensured that most of Goa's nightlife action, once driven by demob-happy Israelis, has moved on from trance parties to more conventional Indian-run club nights. Goa's rave culture of the 1990s is being replaced by top-dollar clubs such as Club Cubana, which is hugely popular with rich Indians down from Mumbai. If you're looking for trance parties, you're better off looking in Wandsworth on Sat Jan. 28 … The party kicks off at 9am and finishes at 6am, so you'll have plenty of time to bump into those fun-loving Israelis that you met in Arambol over Christmas.

London: Met chief accuses media of racism
26 Jan: BBC. Metropolitan Police chief Sir Ian Blair has accused the media of "institutional racism" in its reporting of murders. The head of London's police said murders in minority communities appeared "not to interest the mainstream media". Click here.

A Church devoted to love and charity. By Father Raymond J. de Souza
26 Jan: National Post (Canada). Pope Benedict declares love his mandate in his first encyclical, God Is Love, released yesterday. Man, he said, has a natural desire to love. A first encyclical has added importance, as it usually indicates the principal direction of a new pontificate. 1025 words. Click here. [Fr Raymond D'Souza is the son of Greta (ex-Mombasa) and Cedric D'Souza (ex-Uganda and Nairobi) of Calgary, Canada].

Taxi Driver's Pool Death on Holiday
26 Jan: Cornish Guardian (UK). Denis Carne, 56, a taxi driver from Cubert died after drowning in a swimming pool while on holiday in Goa in March last year … An ambulance had been requested and a doctor had been found who came and assessed Mr Carne. When no ambulance arrived the holidaymakers carried Mr Carne to a waiting taxi which took him and his wife to hospital, where Mr Carne was confirmed dead ... the hotel management had been made aware about the lack of first aid equipment … 365 words. Click here.

Deacons are fine, but what are the priests doing?
27 Jan: Cybernoon (Mumbai). Two deacons were appointed on Sunday; does this mean the priests take a back seat? Click here.

Curry: A Biography
28 Jan: The Age (Australia). Bebinca was a Goan adaptation of a Portuguese sweet - coconut milk, eggs and jaggery (palm sugar lumps) - that travelled through India, on to Malaya, then the Philippines, coming to rest in Hawaii as butter mochi. India was a mere transit lounge for the dish. Click here.

Dinesh D’Souza labelled a neo-Nazi
28 Jan: Lakeside School has canceled an appearance by conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza after complaints from a group of teachers and some parents. D'Souza, a Hoover Institution fellow and former Reagan administration policy analyst, was scheduled to speak in March on U.S. foreign policy and Iraq at, but faculty members objected after reading some of his writings on race-related issues. A Lakeside staff member wrote, "Even if an intention was simply to offer diverse viewpoints, I wouldn't want to offer a forum to a neo-Nazi either." Click here. See also

Hymns of success
29 Jan: Deccan Herald. ‘Think Again’, the first Indian compilation of gospel music, was the initiative of Mumbai-based media company known as Ozone Media which was headed by Brian D’Souza, ex-member of the band called Dementra. He grouped 14 bands in India and compiled 14 Gospel songs on a CD. These songs can be downloaded free from the website Click here for text of article.

'Britain keen to prevent reverse brain drain to India'
29 Jan: Manorama online. UK is keen to prevent the reverse brain drain of British Indians, who were returning to India to set up businesses, Immigration Minister Tony McNulty has said. India has currently become the most attractive destination and “our efforts are to prevent bright Indians youths from leaving this country. We want them to contribute to the growth of this country,” he said. Click here.

The actress, the virgins and the lads' mag in India
29 Jan: The Observer (UK). Wealthy young Indian men are being targeted by a 'culturally tweaked' British publication. Click here.

The Way We Eat
29 Jan: The New York Times (Magazine). Recipe for Baked Goan Fish with Fresh Green-Chili Chutney. 380 words. Click here.

Medical tourism takes wing as Americans seek out vacation-surgery getaways
29 Jan: Los Angeles Times. Exceprts: Medical tourism, as it's called, isn't new… but now, some facilities outside the U.S. are aggressively marketing their services, courting American travelers with the promise of cheaper medical care and a nice vacation. India, South America, the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia and Europe are among destinations listed at, a website that provides information on countries that promote such journeys. The Louisiana-based site, launched in 2005, gets 70,000 hits a month, says Dr. Andrew Gomes, chief executive and founder. He says the site's organizers are working on setting standards for which organizations should be listed.
For full text, 1393 words click here.
Dr Gomes is from Uttar Pradesh originally but his father's side of the family from a few generations back was from Goa.

President of Portugal to inaugurate St Francis Xavier Exhibition
30 Jan: Agência Ecclesia (Portuguese). The President of the Republic, Jorge Sampaio, will inaugurate on 1st Feb. an exhibition on “St Francis Xavier – his Life and Times” as part of programme to mark the 5th centenary of the birth of the Saint. The exhibition will run in Lisbon till 17 Apr. 2006 and will have 250 items.
For the exhibition website see
For text of article click here.

Portugal Exports Beer to Goa
30 Jan: Agência Financeira (Portuguese). Sagres and Imperial Portuguese beers are to be marketed initially in Goa which has with a high consumption of beer per capita. It is hoped to widen distribution later to other parts of India. 308 words. Click here.

UK: ITV jets to India with new drama
30 Jan. Guardian (UK). ITV is to explore the perils backpacking in a new drama called Losing Gemma, in which two friends go to India and only one returns. Based on the first book by novelist Katy Gardner, Losing Gemma is set against a backdrop of India's top tourist destinations. Holby City actress Rachel Leskovac plays Gemma, a needy girl who is thrown together with hardened travelling partner Esther (Alice Eve) … the two-part thriller will start a six-to-eight week location shoot in Goa, Delhi and Agra at the end of this month. 316 words. Click here.

The Indian American Dream. By V. M. de Malar
30 Jan: The Herald. When I first went to the United States of America, way back in 1977, there were just 200,000 Indians in the whole country … Fast-forward twenty-five years, and America is awash in Indians and we’re still heading there in as large numbers as they’ll let in. From 200,000 to 1 million in well under two decades, then another doubling to comfortably over 2 million in the 1990’s, there are now officially more Indians in the USA than in any country other than the homeland …

New Zealand: Lobbying for Asian voices on health
31 Jan: New Zealand Herald. Health experts are setting up a foundation to lobby for Asian health interests at Government level … The trustees are Dr de Silva … and Ruth de Souza, a nurse and researcher at the Centre for Asian and Migrant Health Research at Auckland University of Technology. Over the next two decades, New Zealand's Asian population is projected to increase from 270,000 people to 670,000. Most of this growth will be in Auckland. Dr de Silva said it was already known that Asian disease rates climb with acculturation. Asians with chronic disease tended to seek medical help late, she said, and women did not have mammograms and cervical screening tests at the rates of other population groups. 309 words. Click here.
For a photo of Ruth see

India: Attack on Bishop “barbaric”
31 Jan: Indian Catholic. Church leaders in India today condemned the attack on Bishop Thomas Dabre of Vasai and three priests allegedly by pro-Hindu activists during a public function to open a hostel for tribal children in a village in Maharashtra.
Deploring the incident, Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Ivan Dias termed it “a barbaric and unwarranted outburst of violence.” Click here.

Bebinca: Recipe by Linda Bladholm
31 Jan: The Miami Herald. Multi-Layered Goan Cake called bebinca, this is the cake no Goan celebration is without, Traditionally served for breakfast with spiced chai … Most egg-yolk desserts in the former Portuguese colonies had their start in convents, where the egg whites were used as glue for the gilding on altars … 544 words. Click here.

How Curry, Stirred in India, Became a World Conqueror
1 Feb: New York Times. Excerpt: Portuguese brought carne de vinho e alhos, or pork cooked slowly in wine vinegar and garlic. Local cooks in Goa, Portugal's trading headquarters, reinterpreted the dish. They fashioned an ersatz vinegar from tamarind, and threw in lots of spices, especially chilis. Thus vindaloo, a corruption of vinho e alhos, was born, and with it a new traditional Indian food. Click here.

India’s airport sell-off triggers strikes
2 Feb: Financial Times. India’s long-awaited airport privatisation contracts on Wednesday triggered strikes by 22,000 airport workers who face job cuts when private operators take over the running of the country’s two biggest airports. Click here.

Gangsters, guns and corruption trial: The Dirty Harry of Bombay
2 Feb: New Zealand Herald. He is an idol in India, a policeman who made his name gunning down gangsters and boasts of killing 83 men in just four years. But now Daya Nayak is in the dock himself … Although he continues to live in a crumbling apartment block in official police accommodation, Indian newspapers have reported that the investigation found he also owned a flat in Switzerland, a fleet of tourist buses and "probably" owns two hotels at a holiday resort in Goa. 1839 words. Click here.

Hooters set to cheer India
2 Feb: Economic Times. The All-American Hooter girls will be in India, finally. A recent Delhi High Court ruling allowing women to work as bartenders in pubs and bars has got the Hooters of America excited. Famous worldwide for the trademark cheerleader waitresses in hip-hugging orange shorts, sneakers and white socks, spicy American food, beer and TV sports, the Atlanta-based restaurant chain has zeroed in on Goa and Bangalore for its India venture. The Hooter girls, as the women servers of the restaurant chain are popularly called, will fly down from the US to train their Indian counterparts. 416 words. Click here.

Lovelorn In Goa
6 Feb: India Today. Book Review of The Girl By Sonia Faleiro, Viking/Penguin Price: Rs 250. Excerpts: The Girl is unabashedly sentimental … the real treat of this book: the dazzling and often strangely dark visual imagery … what really engages here is the gloomy, monsoon-drenched richness in the descriptions of Goa, its Portuguese Catholic ethos … 723 words.
Read the reviews, hear the author, look at her photos, buy the book…

Association of Parents of Indians Resident Overseas
6 Feb. Outlook. Aging parents of NRIs form support groups to make friends and influence people … parents of NRIs have banded together into formal associations … they meet every month … bring out newsletters and directories of members; and in times of need provide a rock-solid support network. At a more practical level, they provide lists of recommended vital service providers, hold lectures and workshops on typical concerns, organise overseas visits … Now, an all-India body called the Association of Parents of Indians Resident Overseas (APIRO) has been mooted for greater synergy among these associations. 648 words. Click here.

UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Sat. 4/2: UKTV History: 7.30pm (30mins) Sex, Race & Empire
Ruling Passions. Mixed race children who encountered prejudice from both sides of the family.

Sat. 4/2: BBC 3: 9.10pm (110mins) Bend It Like Beckham
Yet another chance to see the comic tale of a young Asian girl, who joins the local semi-professional football team but opts not to tell her traditionalist parents, who want her to go to law school and settle down with a nice Indian boy.

Sun. 5/2: Channel 5: 11.35pm (30mins) Arthur's Trip to India
The teenage son of former ‘Blue Peter' presenter Peter Duncan, embarks with his family, on a journey around India. After months of planning, the family arrives in Delhi, to find bustling street markets and bazaars and visit India's largest mosque.

Sun. 5/2: BBC 2: 1.25pm (15mins) Kenyan Athletics Feature
A look at the state of distance running in Kenya, for so long the dominant force in athletics, but now at a crossroads following their worst ever world championships.

Mon. 6/2: Sky Movies 10: 5.00pm & 11.00pm (120mins) Bride & Prejudice
Another chance to see the lavish Bollywod makeover of Jane Austen’s classic story, in this colourful romantic comedy.

Mon. 6/2: Channel 5: 11.00pm (60mins) Nazi hate Rock
Award-winning documentary-maker Donal MacIntyre investigates the hate-filled world of the white power movement, and how the music of racist bands is funding global racism and aiming to reach a new generation of rebellious youth.

Mon. 6/2: Channel 5: 12.00 midnight (40mins) The Race Hate Debate
A panel discusses the issues raised by the preceding programme.

Wed. 8/2: BBC 2: 11.20pm (30mins) Desi DNA
Asian arts and lifestyle magazine. A look at why four British Pakistanis have decided to put their lives on hold and fly out to Pakistan to help victims of last year's devastating earthquake. There's a sneak preview of a new BBC 2 drama, Bangla Nights Banquet, and there's music from rap singer Ms Scandalous.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sat. 25 Feb. 4 pm to 10:30 pm at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon. Traditional Red & Black evening to celebrate Goan carnival, partly in aid of PEACE HAVEN. Enliven yourself with live bands - Level 4 and Chicco. Dress - Red & Black combination. Tickets (inc. Buffet & snacks) adults £15.00, children 4-12 years £5.00. contact- 0208 932 9375, 0208 640 6589, 0208 681 8716 or email:, or

Sun. 26 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 "MAZ & CO" and Disco by "FANTASY". Mass at 12.30 pm. For tickets and details, contact by email,


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