Newsletter. Issue 2006-28. Jul. 13, 2006
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UK: Amancio D'Silva: Death anniversary
From Dr Luis Dias: The 10th death anniversary of Amancio D'Silva, the renowned Goan jazz guitarist, will fall on 17 July 2006. For more details, please visit
The GVUK supplement on Amancio D’Silva has been updated to include a tribute by Michael Costa Correa and links to free music downloads. Click here.

Aggie De Souza faces fraud trial
13 Jul: Sutton Guardian. A former Sutton Council employee is due to stand trial for fraud after allegations of corruption at the local authority were made by The Sun newspaper. Agnello De Souza, 67, of Mulgrave Road, Sutton, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police public sector fraud and corruption team in 2004. … He is due to appear at Croydon Crown Court on August 22. For full text, click here.
For a photo and full story click here.

Quebec: Norbert Pinto, Joe & Daphne Fernandes of Stardust Trio
6 Jul: Courrier Laval (Quebec). The Stardust trio has provided the lively dancing, listening, and singing music for many of Legion 251 Sunday evening events … “We have a lot of fun playing here,” says Norbert Pinto, guitar player and singer. “The people enjoy dancing, singing, and having a good time, and they’re not shy to loosen up a little and tear up the dancing floor.
It’s such a good atmosphere, a pleasant ambiance for all and it’s not uncommon for even someone in a wheelchair to dance to the beat of our tunes! Daphne, Joe and I are always glad to play here.” Click here for full text.
The Stardust Trio were in Karachi prior to emigration to Canada. They also play for hospitals, senior homes, and fundraising events.

Nairobi: Johnny Rodrigues: The mysterious world of magic
9 Jul: East African Standard. Sadique considered becoming a magician after watching Johnny Rodrigues, Kenya’s renowned magician performing on KBC on a programme called ‘Kiini Macho’ … His big break came when he finally met Rodrigues when he was performing at the Carnivore … Rodrigues took a keen interest in him and decided to mentor him … Sadique says that because of his relationship with Rodrigues, he was now able to perform more advanced magic, and to become more professional in his shows. 1670 words. Click here.

UK: Ruby Fernandes: Don’t duck out of fun chance to fundraise
11 Jul: Wandsworth Guardian. Thousands of plastic ducks are set to head down the Thames on Sunday, July 30, at 2pm. The race will raise money for an elderly peoples' care home, Nightingale House, in Balham. The ducks can be adopted for £10 each and there is an impressive array of prizes … for more information go to or call Ruby Fernandes on 020 8673 3495. For full text, 210 words, click here.
[Ruby, ex-Panjim, is married to Hilary, ex-Nairobi].

UK: Terror 'sting' trial: jury out
12 Jul: BBC. The jury in the Old Bailey case of three men accused of trying to buy Red Mercury for terrorism has retired to consider its verdict. Roque Fernandes, 44, of De Havilland Road, Edgware; Dominic Martins, 45, of Du Cros Drive, Stanmore, and Abdurahman Kanyare, 53, of Milling Road, Edgware, all north-west London, deny any involvement in terrorism. For photo and text click here.

Canada: Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Ex-Students
The Dr. Ribeiro Goan School Ex-Students in Toronto, Canada, are inviting all former students and staff to join us for our gala dinner-dance on Sept. 16, 2006. For a list of detailed week-long festivities starting on Wednesday Sept. 13 check out and Get in touch with us at:
Committee: Delphine Da Costa (President) 905-452-1295; Claire Fonseca (905-712-9441); Eugene Pereira (905-793-9342); Xavier Carvalho (905-794-0630); Ida Gomes (905-275-6022); Maurice Dos Remedios (416-383-0573), Norman Da Costa (905-452-1295).


11 Jul: Bombay. LOUIS SEQUEIRA (Blast victim). Husband of Clara. Father of Ashley and Serena. Funeral was on 13 July at Our Lay of Lourdes Church, Orlem.

10 Jul: Candolim, Goa. LINO DIAS. Husband of Liban. Father of Josephine/Gabby (London), Franklin/Mario & Camilo.

9 Jul: Scarborough, Ont., Canada. AGNES (Aggie) FERNANDES (ex-Karachi). Wife of the late A.C. Dear mother of Patsy (Patrick Lobo), Toni (Pat Fonseca), Terry (Art Cabral), Francis (lnez), Gina (Chris Guppy) and the late Mary Anne (Alban Vellozo). She will be lovingly remembered by her 15 grandchildren and 10 great- grandchildren. For full details click here.

6 Jul: Scarborough, Ont. Canada. CLARENCE D'CUNHA (aged 83, ex-Bombay Police). Will be sadly missed by his widow Isabel, children Colin (Miriam), Greville, Clarissa and granddaughter Chiara. For full details click here.

2 Jul. Lisbon, Portugal. MARIA MARGARIDA PONCE E MASCARENHAS. Beloved wife of Dr. Viberto De Mascarenhas. Funeral was on 4th July.


Acron Exhibitions in the UK & USA
Meet Acron, Goa's property developer at London (Olympia) 14-16 July; Leicester, 22-23 July; Birmingham, 29 Sep – 1 Oct. Edison, New Jersey (26-27 Aug); Chicago (30-31st Aug) and San Jose, CA (3- 4 Sep.). For details click here. Email:


Scoring a goa. By Serena Lyle
7 Jul. Malay Mail. Goa was quite bereft of the free-love atmosphere that I had eagerly anticipated … Goa’s heyday of beach raves with chillums and the psychedelic music that became famous worldwide as “Goa trance” is past … Goa’s slightly naïve atmosphere and its peculiar IndoPortuguese mix worked its magic on me … Hispanic in nature, and Indian by birth. This is the amalgamation that makes up Goa, and one every traveller to this laid-back destination should aim to experience. 1365 words. Click here.

Dudhsagar waterfalls: Wilder side of Goa
7 Jul: New IndPress. 362 words. Click here.

Cruising sails into a different market
8 Jul: The Daily Express (UK). A cruise holiday doesn't have to mean the Caribbean … Fred Olsen Cruises: Ocean Odyssey, from new operator Indian Ocean Cruises, sails from Goa to off-track Indian coastal destinations including Mormugoa, Mangalore, Cochin, Tuticorin and Trivandrum. It also calls at the Lakshadweep Islands and Colombo on Sri Lanka. Fourteen nights' round-trip in October from £940pp, cruise only.

No more guides at Bom Jesus
8 Jul: Daily News & Analysis. For years, they have brought groups of tourists into the 15th century Bom Jesus Basilica to show them the relics of St Francis Xavier. But from Tuesday, tourist guides have been banned from within the famous cathedral … Yvonne Lobo, a tourist from England, says, “I was so put off by the noise. I am amazed how tourists let their camera flashlights go off as though we were on the beach.” 384 words. Click here.

Tours banned from Xavier Basilica, guides upset
10 Jul: Spero News. (Texas). A recent ban on tour guides inside Bom Jesus Basilica in Old Goa, which holds the relics of Saint Francis Xavier, has brought relief to some people but dismay to guides and others. The basilica rector maintains that the ban, which took effect July 2, will help maintain decorum and a sense of reverence inside the 401-year-old church, but guides, tourists and even some priests say the decision is unfair. Click here.

Tourists flood to Goa for deadly monsoon
9 Jul: The Sunday Times (UK). The Indian monsoon, which claims hundreds of lives each year and causes floods and devastation throughout the sub-continent, is becoming a tourist attraction. Holidaymakers are flocking to Goa, traditionally a winter playground for British package tourists and the Bollywood elite, to witness its spectacular tropical storms and torrential rainfall. 593 words. Click here.

Two international airlines to operate scheduled flights from Goa
12 Jul: The Hindu. AirLanka to start its flight from October and Condor from November … International airlines including Gulf Air, Virgin Atlantic and Delta are willing to start scheduled flights to Goa. 459 words. Click here.


Most advanced knee replacement surgery now possible in Goa
8 Jul: Herald. Apollo Victor Hospital in Goa, today announced the launch of Rotating Platform High Flexion Knee (RP-F), the world’s largest technological advancement in knee replacement surgery in Goa. 518 words.

Football: Coach Bencherifa's passage to India
8 Jul: Today (Singapore). Karim Bencherifa called time on his Woodlands Wellington career but it did not take long for the job offers to start pouring in Offers came from Malaysia, Indonesia, Oman and East Bengal but he has plumped for Churchill Brothers Sports Club of Goa. He said, "I will be flying off to Goa on Sunday and will start pre-season preparations on Monday."

Konkani in Roman script: Pride of Goa. By Prince Jacob
9 Jul: Navhind Times. 586 words. Click here.

Equal status sought for Roman script of Konkani
9 Jul: The Hindu. The demand to accord official status to Roman script of Konkani is gaining momentum ahead of the State Assembly election … The Goa Catholic Church has so far kept itself out of the controversy. 555 words. Click here.

Goa put on high alert
11 Jul: NDTV. Goa has been put on alert following serial bomb blasts in neigbouring Mumbai, police said. Click here.

Goa: Church wants voluntary HIV test before marriage
11 Jul: Indian Catholic. The Goa government proposes a law to make HIV tests mandatory before marriage, but the Church in Goa says the law may cause unintentional injury and couples should be counseled to have voluntary HIV testing. 888 words. Click here.

Roman Catholic Church backs HIV test before marriage
11 Jul: Mumbai Mirror. The Roman Catholic Church in Goa has come out in support of compulsory HIV test before marriage, saying it would promote a healthy society. Click here.

Church balks at mandatory AIDS testing
11 Jul: Catholic World News. Click here.

Steel bridge across Zuari proposed
11 Jul: The Hindu. The Goa Government assured the tourism industry in the State that it would explore the possibility of building a steel bridge across the Zuari river in South Goa following the closure of Zuari bridge which was declared unsafe recently. 579 words. Click here.

Industrial units should have 80 per cent local employment
11 Jul: New Kerala. Industrial units in Goa should employ 80 per cent of its workforce from the local populace failing which no industrial subsidy would be disbursed to them, Goa Industries Minister Luizinho Faleiro today said. 209 words. Click here.

Employ 80% Goans or lose subsidy
12 Jul: Navhind Times. The Industries Minister, Mr Luizinho Faleiro today served an ultimatum to the Goan industries to ensure that at least 80 per cent of their employees are the sons of the soil, and emphasised that those not adhering to this condition would fail to receive any financial assistance under the Capital Investment Subsidy scheme. Click here.

25 foreigners blacklisted: DGP
12 Jul: Navhind Times. The Goa police have blacklisted 25 foreign nationals comprising Russians and Israelis involved in drug trafficking. Also, three persons residing at Anjuna, a Yemeni national, a German and a Briton were deported in June. Click here.

Hotel rivalries lead to murders on the coastal belt
13 Jul: Daily News & Analysis. Goa's coastal belt has seen hotels and restaurants mushrooming in recent years. Rivalries among hotel owners have also grown alongside. Some have even resulted in murders. In July alone, two hoteliers have been murdered. Click here.

Govt to set up super-speciality cardiac unit in state soon
13 Jul: Navhind Times. The Goa government is to soon set up a super-speciality cardiac unit on the 5,000 square metres land, which has been identified in the vicinity of the Goa Medical College Hospital complex … the orthopaedic department at the GMC hospital was overburdened and an additional unit would be provided. Click here.


Goa 2100: the transition to a sustainable RUrban design
Apr 2006: Environment and Urbanization. Vol. 18 no.1. pages: 51-65. This paper describes how the city of Panjim (capital of Goa, in India) and its wider region could meet the multiple goals that sustainable development requires - combining high quality living conditions, a successful economy, and sustainable levels of resource use and waste generation. It outlines the methodologies used and describes the changes needed in the use and management of water and land, infrastructure, buildings and transport systems, and in the governance framework needed to underpin such changes. Click here.

Porque deve conhecer Goa?
29 Jun: Diário Económico. (Portuguese). Que melhor lugar para se deixar inebriar pela febre de empreender senão ir a Goa ou alguma cidade próxima como Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, ou Hyderabad? 616 words. Click here.

No gizmos any more for Indian sleuths
6 Jul: Rediff. The Intelligence Bureau has barred the use of mobile phones with cameras and Bluetooth connectivity and computer devices like pen drives by its operatives, sources said. Click here.

Seychelles: Goan troupe impressed with public support
8 July. The Nation. … Goan music is similar to the rhythmic beats of Seychellois music … “The Seychellois must come and visit Goa. It is similar to your place and I am sure you will all like it,” Elvis Goes said. Photo and text, 271 words. Click here.

Book Review by Aminatta Forna
8 Jul: The Guardian (UK). Tony D'Souza's Whiteman, the story of an aid worker's confrontation with Africa, impresses Aminatta Forna. Jack Diaz is the archetypal white man. He sets out for Africa full of idealism, embarks on a series of misadventures, goes native and departs, damaged but forever touched by the mystery of this unknowable continent. We have met his type in many forms: missionary, adventurer, colonial officer, settler, diplomat, journalist and now in his postmodern incarnation as a youthful, optimistic aid worker. Africa does that to people … To order Whiteman for £9.99 with free UK p&p call Guardian book service on 0870 836 0875 or go to 1024 words. Click here.

Women who Travel for Sex: Sun, Sea and Gigolos
9 Jul. The Independent (UK). The men are young, gorgeous and up for it. No wonder Western women see a Third World holiday as the gateway to casual sex - sometimes in exchange for cash … Nirpal Dhaliwal, author of the recent novel, Tourism (which satirises older white women turned on by young brown flesh), says "Women enjoy casual sex and prostitution, too, but with far more hypocrisy. They help themselves to men in the developing world, kidding themselves that it's a 'holiday romance' that has nothing to do with the money they spend. Go to any Jamaican beach and you'll find handsome 'rent-a-dreads', who get by servicing Western women - lots from Britain. I've seen similar things in Goa." Click here.

Heartbroken couple hope inquest will provide comfort
10 Jul: South Wales Echo. Johanne Rees, of Penarth, whose only child, Arun, died 10 days after she gave birth is hoping an inquest today will give her some answers … Ms Rees lives with her partner of eight years, Arun's father Sharikrishnan Govekar, 36 … Mr Govekar, a restaurateur in his native Goa, said: 'This was our only chance to have a family. 360 words. Click here.

Party image stops many goin' to Goa
11 Jul: Sydney MX (Australia). Goa is campaigning to improve its image as a party destination in a bid to attract families and upmarket tourists. "Dubious activities" such as child abuse have led tourism authorities to try and brand the state as a family destination … in a bid to attract upmarket tourists, Goa is going ahead with a plan to set up a golf course on Goa's Betul-Naqueri-Quittol plateau … 503 words.

Drugs backpacker given 10 years
12 Jul: BBC. A backpacker has been jailed for 10 years in India despite claiming she was tricked into becoming a drugs mule …
Daisy Angus, 26, received the sentence from a Mumbai court for possessing and attempting to smuggle 10kg of cannabis out of the country. Angus from Bournemouth, Dorset, was asked to carry a case by a companion, but later confessed to her father she thought it may have held drugs.
[Her father John has worked in India for many years for the underprivileged. He said his daughter had been naïve. She took a year off. She went to Goa and was sucked in by these Israeli guys.”] For full text click here.

The Hippies rediscovered in Benaulim.
13 Jul: L’Hebdo (Switzerland). Excerpts (machine translation). …Benaulim, a small town of peasants… Jim deplores that Goa resembles more and more to a gigantic mall: there is stores everywhere … For photo and text, 1782 words (in French), click here.
For a machine translation click here.


Material from a research paper titled "Child Prostitution and Sex Tourism--GOA" is presented by Goanet. The material is from a paper by Julia O'Connell Davidson and Jacqueline Sanchez Taylor, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester, UK. In turn, there have been several posts responding to the research article. This material is definitely worth reading as it offers perspectives on women and sex in Goa and other tourist resorts in a fairly novel way for traditional religious Goa.

Interesting material on the roles and functions of journalists has emerged recently. One key question is whether there is such a thing as an objective journalist? Do find out about this and other intriguing questions in this pretty intelligent discussion/debate.

Find out why Roman Catholic bishops in the USA recently voted to change the wording of many prayers and blessings that Catholics have recited at daily Mass for more than thirty-five years, thus yielding to Vatican pressure for an English translation that is closer to the original Latin.

Can you believe that historical Old Goa is increasingly becoming a place where garbage is dumped? Aires Rodrigues provides us interesting insights in his article "Old Goa Is Not Goa's Dustbin." Hopefully, Goan Voice (UK) readers will wish to retrieve Old Goa's historic and religious charm and serenity by contacting Aires via Goanet about ways and means to reclaim Old Goa from the garbage dumpers.

Finally, Goa's economic prosperity has increasingly made it a strong labour market and people from other parts of India invariably seek work in Goa. However, this has generated anger among some Goans in Goa and in the Goan Diaspora. Indeed, some have argued that, poverty is being imported into Goa through migrant workers. Others have suggested that migrant workers should not get the vote as they can be exploited by those who have pecuniary interests in Goa. Do find out much more about this issue and do contribute to the debate by getting on to Goanet.

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UK: TV HIGHLIGHTS By Mafalda de’Sa


Sat. 15/7: BBC 1: 11.30pm (30mins) Sport Relief 2006
The Last, Ever, Ever Footballers Wives. (With Laila Rouass) followed by All Out For India - the Sport Relief Cricket team with some X-rated moments from their tour to India.

Mon. 17/7: UKTV Food: 9.30pm (30mins) Rick Stein's Fruits of the Sea
Rick Stein makes a spicy Goan seafood curry for all his staff. (Repeat)


Fri. 21/7: BBC Radio Four: 2.15pm (45 mins) Afternoon Play. Me and My Man. By Bettina Gracias.
A comedy in which Lal and Paul are a odd couple who run their own dry-cleaning shop. For a synopsis Click here. Non-UK readers can listen live or listen again for 7 days after broadcast - click here.
Bettina Gracias, traces her Goan roots to Assolna. Her mother is Austrian and her father is Goan. Her grandfather, Luis Gracias, used to be in Kenya. She has written seven radio plays for the BBC and is currently developing a series with BBC Radio Berkshire called 'The Plot'. For more info about Bettina Gracias,  click here.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Indian Ocean: Cultures in Contact
14 Jul: 2pm to 6pm. Menzies Room, Institute of Commonwealth Studies, 28 Russell Square, London WC1.
Highlights: The Western Indian Ocean through Chinese Eyes by Cliff Pereira.
Goan Folk Music and Dance by Anthony (Oboe) Noronha and Joao Paulo Cota. For full details click here.

Sat. 15 Jul. G.O.A. Ruby Summer Bash for 13 to 17 year olds. 7 pm to 11pm at ATC Hall, South Wimbledon. Disco – Say One Do One. Contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457, Alison Braganza 07799 586793, Rosy De Souza 020 - 8677 0390 or any member of the Social Committee.

Sat. 15 Jul. 3.30 P.M. Archbishop Lanfranc High School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Konkani Dramatic Association proudly presents Tiatr "TUMCHEA MOGA PASSOT" Written and Directed by the King of Tiatr, Rose Ferns. Producer Xavier Soares de Swindon. First European tour, with artistes from Goa. For tickets please telephone Judy on 0208 7632606 or 07949403741, Nina Pinto 0208 7670663 or Cornelius Monteiro 0208 6818716.

Sun. 23 Jul. G.O.A. Goan Festival in conjunction with Goan Organisations at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.15 pm. Contact: Diego Pinto 020 – 8767 0663 Alfred Rebello 020 – 8337 8022. For stall applications: Bernie Gracias 020 – 8723 1322. Coach to the GOA Goan Festival from Harrow & Wealdstone/Edgware - Return fare £6 payable in advance by 20th July. Departure: 11am Mass 12:15 Contact: Amelia 0208 861 2073

Sun. 30 Jul. Tivimnenses Association. Annual Social. Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Commencing with Holy Mass at 12:30pm. Dancing to Maz & Co. Details from Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457, Ingrid De Souza 020 8005 3872, Savio Pereira, Helen D’Souza 020 8304 5585, Elu Pires 020 8654, Ronald Fernandes 020 8303 3386, Roland DeSouza 020 7485 7878. Email

Sun. 30 Jul. 11.30 A.M. Copland Community School, Cecil Avenue, Wembley, Middlesex, HA9 7DX. Konkani Dramatic Association proudly presents Tiatr "TUMCHEA MOGA PASSOT" Written and Directed by the King of Tiatr, Rose Ferns. Producer Xavier Soares de Swindon. First European tour, with artistes from Goa. For tickets please telephone Damacian Moniz 02083761609 or 07940501196, Mr. Francis D'Silva on 07908591759 or Mr. Antonio Fernandes 02084529406 or 07976522509.

Sat. 5 Aug. G.O.A. Ruby Senior Citizens Outing – Day Trip to Brighton. Pick up points Greenford, Tooting and Norbury. Contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457, Rosy De Souza 020 - 8677 0390 or any member of the Social Committee.

Sun. 13 Aug. South East Goans Summer Sizzler 12-7pm. Hurstmere School, Hurst Road Sidcup, Kent. Food Stalls £30 each. Food, music dancing & sports. Come and enjoy the festival. It was good last year and will be even better this year. Contact Chris 01322 400 732 or Ron 0208 303 3386


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