Newsletter. Issue 2006-43. Oct. 26, 2006
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NRI Goan Website Launched
Statement of Shri Eduardo Faleiro, Commissioner for NRI Affairs at his Press Briefing on October 26, 2006: Our website was inaugurated today by Chief Minister Shri Pratapsingh R. Rane. It is intended to be a channel of communication between the Office of the Commissioner for NRI Affairs and the entire Goan diaspora … This Office should now be contacted at the following address: For the full text of the Press release click here.

Montreal: Yasmin D’Souza: New study denies MMR-autism link
20 Oct: Financial Times (UK). The final nail in the coffin of the belief that the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine is associated with autism in children seems to have been hammered home by a new Canadian study … careful analysis by Yasmin D'Souza, a graduate student in Dr Ward's laboratory, of the techniques used in the molecular study, revealed errors that led to false identification of the measles virus … For full text click here.
For the link to the full text of the research paper click here.
Yasmin D’Souza was born in Montreal, the daughter of Francis (ex-Nairobi) and Leila (nee Nasser, ex-Mombasa); brother of Jonathan who was born in London. D’Souza’s work has been acclaimed worldwide. Our congratulations to her.

UK: Dr Caje Moniz. Blood Tests
12 Oct: The Guardian (UK). Obtaining reliable results is something Dr Caje Moniz understands well. He took a biochemistry degree before qualifying as a doctor, and is now the clinical director of the department of clinical biochemistry in London's Kings College Hospital, a clinical specialist consultant on bone disorders … Kings College Hospital is opening a state-of-the-art laboratory with a robotic track system featuring large automated centrifuges and analysers. For full text of article click here.
Dr Cajetan Moniz was born in Nairobi and went to Dr Ribeiro School there, then Sacred Heart Mombasa followed by Strathmore College Nairobi. His medical studies at Westminster were followed by 3 months at Goa Medical College where he lectures when visiting on annual holidays. He is known in the international circuit for his work in Osteoporosis and Bone research. Dr Moniz is married and has 2 children working in London. His wife is a consultant biochemist and head of a department in another hospital. Despite an active life-style he is a keen gardener and paints and regularly exhibits his watercolour and oil works with the Medical Art Society.

Terry Vaz: ‘Lynx’ with Music.
14 Oct: Navhind Times. Terry is the co-founder of Goa’s popular band ‘Lynx’. He sings and plays the guitar along with his brother, Jude Vaz. Terry was born into a musical family -- his father trained Church choirs, and led his own band in East Africa, in which his mother also sang. His journey as a musician began when he was 10 years old … 686 words. Click here.
Terry is the son of Angela and Gabriel Vaz (ex-Tanga, Tanzania); brother of Kevin (Perth, Aus), Marion (Toronto) and Jude (Mapuca).
To listen to Lynx and other Goan bands click here.

Germany: Collien Fernandes: Dancing on Ice
16 Oct: Digital Fernsehen (Germany). MTV host Collien Fernandes (24) kicked off with the first programme of her new TV series, Dancing On Ice. The estimated audience was 5.21 million … Click here.

Samir Sadekar: Imli's Executive Chef
17 Oct: Metro (London). Tiffin lunches have taken London by storm this summer. Imli, sister of Michelin-starred restaurant Tamarind aims to meet the demand by offering reasonably priced set menus. Imli’s executive chef Samir Sadekar, who hails from Goa, says that the concept of tiffin can be compared to that of Spanish tapas. As in Tapas tiffins hold a variety of dishes with small portions which allow the customers to enjoy different flavours at affordable prices.
Samir Sadekar is from Porvorim, Goa and has been in London for 4 years – 3 of them with the Tamarind and one with Imli. Check out his page at
Imli is currently offering a chance to win a two-week holiday to Goa for 2 persons in a five star hotel – click here.

Blair 'Bullied' by Keith Vaz in the UK
18 Oct: (U.S.). Keith Vaz, Member of Parliament for Leicester East, called for a discussion of Rockstar Games' Bully (Canis Canem Edit in the UK) in today's Prime Minister's Question Time … Blair admitted that he "hadn't seen the game himself," with one of his famous smiles, which caused laughter in the Commons. He answered Vaz by agreeing on a meeting to discuss the issues raised. Click here.

UK/Gibraltar: Lygia Monteiro: Empower Yourself - Think Positive
19 Oct: Vox Online. Facilitated by Lygia Monteiro, a workshop 'Empower yourself - think positive' has been organised by the Brahma Kumaris and sponsored by the Alwani Trust will take place in Gibraltar on 26 Oct … Lygia, a school teacher by profession, is the Head of Biology in a North London Secondary School and also a qualified Therapeutic Counsellor.

Lygia has been studying and teaching meditation for more than 10 yrs and based on her experiences, she now speaks enthusiastically on a variety of related topics and regularly runs courses and gives lectures on personal development subjects, such as self confidence, stress free living and meditation. Full text at
Lygia traces her Goan roots to Loutolim. She conducts workshops worldwide. All courses are offered free of charge and as a service to the community – details can be found at If you wish to find out more, check the website for what is on offer.

Kenya: Chris Diaz: A New 'Marketing Course' Launched
20 Oct: Coastweek: Jaffery Institute has launched a new course on the Chartered Institute of Marketing - an internationally recognised marketing qualification. … The CIM Kenya Chapter President is Chris Diaz … Click here.
Chris Diaz is the son of James and Linda Diaz; brother of Martin. He attended Allidina Visram High School, Mombasa, University of Nairobi (B.Com Hons) and is a Chartered and Fellow Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK., Diploma in Marketing UK and Masters in Science, Cardiff. Last year he moved from Cooper Motors Mombasa to Nairobi as Director of CMC Motors Group Ltd and GM Land Rover Kenya.

Bangkok: Patricia Rozario: Evening Of Arias;
20 Oct: Bangkok Post. "An Enchanting Evening of Songs and Arias with Patricia Rozario" at the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit on Oct 25 and 27. In this recital, the internationally acclaimed Indian soprano will perform works by Handel, Schubert, Verdi and Mozart. She will be accompanied by the gifted concert pianist, Mark Troop. Born in Bombay, Patricia graduated from London's Guildhall of Music before winning the School's Gold Medal and the Maggie Teyte Prize … 214 words. Click here.
For the GVUK Patricia Rozario supplement click here.

Melanie Carvalho: Mobile art gallery pops into school
21 Oct: Aberdeen Press & Journal. A mobile art gallery will visit schools throughout Aberdeen later this month. The work features large collages of fantasy landscapes by Melanie Carvalho … The gallery will be visiting Kincorth, Torry, Bankhead, Oldmachar and Bridge of Don Academies. Click here.
Melanie Carvalho was born in Zambia in 1969 but grew up in Bromley. Her father is from Goa, and her mother is English. For a sample of her work click here.
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Royal reward for Keith Vaz
21 Oct: Leicester Mercury. An MP has met the Queen at Buckingham Palace to be made a member of Her Majesty's Privy Council. The symbolic role means Leicester East MP Keith Vaz will now be referred to as the Right Honourable Gentleman in House of Commons debates. A place on the Privy Council is a traditional accolade, usually awarded to cabinet ministers or high-ranking opposition politicians, recommended by the Prime Minister. At a ceremony last week, Mr Vaz kneeled before the Queen at Buckingham Palace and kissed her hand … He said: "It was a fascinating ceremony and a tremendous honour to be appointed to the Privy Council." Click here.

Richard Rozario, Principal, Mississauga Secondary School has made exercise mandatory
23 Oct: Toronto Star. … when the school opened in September 2005, Rozario and his team took its motto - "Be fit to learn and learn to be fit" - and embedded it in a creative timetable that makes exercise mandatory for all 1,000 students. Twice a week for 45 minutes, they're required to participate in some form of physical activity ranging from hoops and floor hockey to four square and it's all done during the school day. Teachers are expected to lead the charge … Photo and text, 912 words.
Richard Rozario was born in Karachi. His parents were born in Calcutta and Karachi. Click here.

Melbourne: Larry Mendonca: New court battle for ex-curry king
24 Oct. Herald-Sun. Former curry king Larry Mendonca is back in court to face claims he kept crusty chutneys and other mouldy food at his once-famous eatery. Mr Mendonca, whose curries have been eaten by international stars including Cher, Mick Jagger, Elton John and Serena Williams, is facing multiple charges over food practices at his now-closed Rajah Sahib Tavern and Tandoori Grill. The Case continues. 240 words. For the GVUK Larry Mendonca supplement click here.

Norway: Soccer: Thomas Pereira: Goan Viking
24 Oct: Times of India. Thomas Pereira, a nifty footballer of Goanese descent, has broken new ground in Norway. He plays for Viking FK, who made European headlines after sending Chelsea crashing out of UEFA Cup in 2002-03 and has represented Norway eight times … Pereira says his roots go back to Benaulim in South Goa. “My father was a teacher who left India for Africa in the Sixties. Later he came to Norway in 1972.” … “My finest football moment is winning the FA Cup in 2001,” he says …
The footballer of Goanese origin has never been to India. But that could change in future. “I would like to visit India and see the place where we originally came from.” Soccer-serious Goa would look forward to that. 407 words. Click here.
Thomas is the son of Kirstin and Austin Pereira ( ex Masaka, Uganda). He is married to Hanne and they have three sons. For his profile click here.

New York: Floyd Cardoz: The Beat Goes On at Tabla
25 Oct: New York Observer. Floyd Cardoz, the chef at Tabla, has just come out with his first cookbook, One Spice, Two Spice (William Morrow). His book is subtitled American Food, Indian Flavors, and that’s what his restaurant is about, too … Mr. Cardoz, grew up in Goa and Bombay … For text 696 words, click here.
To order the book (published 24 Oct), click here.
Next promotion of book: New York: Macy’s Thu Oct 26: 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
For the GVUK Floyd Cardoz supplement click here.

Toronto: Dr. Colin Saldanha: Hospitals lagging behind growth
25 Oct: Globe & Mail. Health-care services in the 905 region around Toronto have failed to keep up with population growth, Health Minister George Smitherman admitted yesterday … Strong Communities Coalition member Colin Saldanha, a family physician in Mississauga and secretary for the United Way of Peel Region, told reporters at Queen's Park he witnesses the effects of the health funding gap all the time … Click here.
Dr. Colin Saldanha immigrated to Canada in 1981 following completion of his medical degree at the University of Karachi in 1979. … For his photo and bio click here.


24 Oct: Toronto. PATRICIA RODRIGUES. Wife of Les. Mother of Sarah, Melissa and Christian. Visitation at Ogden Funeral Home on 27 Oct. Funeral Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Markham on 28 Oct. For details click here.

24 Oct: Mombasa, Kenya. MRS. KASHIBEN VAISHNAV. Mother of Shashi D'Silva. Mother-in-Law of Tony. Grandmother of Anita, Sharon (Pinky) and Joe (Billy). [Info from Maureen de Souza]

23 Oct. Bracknell, Berkshire, UK. MALONEY KAPUR (nee Costabir, ex-Nairobi). Wife of Sunil. Daughter of Edmund & Myra Costabir, of Verna. Sister of Ulric, Deborah & Victoria. Daughter in law of Hari and Anne Kapur (Navelim, Goa). Sister in law of Sapna & Ashutosh Ghanekar and Crispina Costabir. Funeral details to follow. Condolences to

22 Oct: Benaulim. Goa. ARNALDO MONTEIRO (Ex Port Accounts Officer, Mombasa, Kenya). Husband Of Late Thereza. Father Of Maria/Egbert, Laura/Mario (Canada), Piety/Sandra.

22 Oct: Washington, Virginia, U.S.A, DR. CELIA MELO FURTADO PEREIRA. Wife of Thomas Aquino Pereira (retd. World Bank, USA). Mother of Divya, Geeta, Leela and the late Tara.

21 Oct: Heston, Middlesex, UK. RAUL BLAISE COSTABIR (Ex Nairobi). Husband of Eulet. Father of Melissa. Brother of James, Agnelo, Hazel, Peter, Irenio and John. Funeral details to follow. Condolences to

19 Oct. Salvador Do Mundo, Goa. RICHARD DESOUZA (aged 80, ex Zimbabwe & UK) Brother of Anna Regina (Antonette). Cristina, Bertha, late Vincentinho & Lucy. Uncle of Mario, Genevieve, Maria Gorretti, Fatima & Mathias and late Edgar. Funeral was on 20 Oct.

17 Oct: Mumbai, India. BERTIE PEREIRA (Born 1927) ex. Tanga (National and Grindlays) and Dar (National Bank of Commerce, Clock Tower Branch) later Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait at Bahrain. Bertie was the beloved husband of Elvira Fernandes (Pemba/Zanzibar) and loving father of late Hilary (Larry), Trevor and Eunice Rebello. Condolences to

17 Oct: Tivim, Goa. MARIA ARCANGELA COSTA E PEREIRA. Relict of late Joao (Peter). Mother of Eric (UK), Errol/Glynis (UK), Esther/Antonio Lobo.

15 Oct: Mapusa, Goa. SALVADOR CAMILO FERNANDES. Husband of Audrey. Brother of Patsy/Oseas Dias, Joanita/Lumen (UK), late Saturino, Sylvester/Sophie and Simon/Janis.

15 Oct: Castledermot, Carlow, Ireland. FELIX FERNANDES (ex-Karachi). Husband of late Melba (nee Leonard). Father of Lloyd and Aaron. Son of Bertha and brother of Elaine, Jennifer, Candida and Vincent.

The family of BLASCO FERNANDES would like to thank you for the prayers, words of comfort and kind support you provided to us. We appreciate all those who were pallbearers, sent flowers or a card, provided personal services, made a donation or just thought of us on the day. Please know that our family finds healing in knowing others loved Blasco and cared.
Love all you hold dear, precious is the time you share. Do not wait for tomorrow, for tomorrow may not be. May God keep you and bless you.


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Air Slovakia London to Goa Flights
19 Oct: Air Travel World. Air Slovakia has been sold to Indian businessman Harjinder Singh Sidhu for an undisclosed price estimated to be around $30 million … Sindhu's airline, which will take on an Indian name and reportedly market itself to Indians, is planning twice-weekly flights from Vienna to Goa, Cochin, Jaipur and Amritsar and eventually to London, Amsterdam and Mumbai. Long-haul flights will be aboard Air Slovakia's two 757-200s. It also has one 737-200. Click here.

Lufthansa to expand services
20 Oct: The Hindu. Lufthansa Passenger Airline, whose operations in India have increased in recent years, is keen on expanding its services to more areas including Goa and Kochi. Click here.

Travel: Late deals
21 Oct: Mirror If you can fly from Manchester leaving Nov.11, Odyssey Holidays is offering one week in Goa from only £329pp, saving £327. The offer is for seven nights at the two-star Sunshine Park Hotel in a peaceful area of Candolim. Return Manchester flights, transfers and breakfast included. Call 0870 429 5090.

The world's top secret beaches
22 Oct: Sunday Times (UK). Twenty years ago, Benaulim in Goa had one bar, a waiter called Gracious, and pigs hovering under the guesthouse long-drops. Today, there’s a 140-room Taj Exotica, a string of bars along the beach and trinket-sellers mumbling “lovely jubbly”. If that’s broadening the mind, I’ll stay at home, thanks. Better still, I’ll find the new Benaulim. Hop over the state boundary into Maharashtra, for example, and the Konkan coast has the sort of beaches Goa grew fat on — without the techno-raves. Click here.

Deals of the Week
22 Oct: Sunday Mirror. £471: Get an extra week free in Goa - 14 nights' B&B at the two-star Resort Village Royal near Calangute from pounds £471pp incl flights from Gatwick (or Manchester from pounds 541) on Nov 3. Details:

bmi pulls Heathrow-Mumbai service
24 Oct: The Times (UK). bmi has discontinued its daily Heathrow-Mumbai service indefinitely, blaming a long-term technical problem on the A330 aircraft that it uses on the route … Traffic on the Heathrow-Mumbai has been growing dramatically. Last year, 725,000 passengers flew on the route, up from 448,000 the year before … The intense competition has led to a price war on the route. Before the new services were introduced, a business class return cost £1,700 and an economy return £485. Flights are now regularly available for £1,300 and £300 respectively. Click here.

Condor operates twice a week to Germany
24 Oct: Herald. German airline Condor has officially announced commencement of commercial flights between Goa and Germany … Condor which was the first charter flight to Goa in 1984 has created history again as it’s the first scheduled commercial operators into and out of Goa …

Air Slovakia plans Goa, Stansted, Toronto, San Francisco … links
24 Oct: Business Weekly (UK). London Stansted Airport has opened up a portal to Asia following the sudden acquisition of Air Slovakia by London-based Punjabi, Harjinder Singh Sidhu. He said, “From Bratislava we plan to go as far as the Maldives and Goa. We hope to hear about that within the next four to six months. Toronto, Canada, and San Francisco, too.” Prices for a return flight from Stansted to Amritsar, excluding taxes, start at a reasonable £295. Sidhu said: “We are not the cheapest or the most expensive, but we have both economy and business class. We provide people with what they need.” Click here.

Beatrice & Cecil Pinto: Renew your Wedding Vows in Goa
25 Oct: Renewals etc. If you're a happily married couple and visiting Goa then perhaps now is a good time to renew your wedding vows. Alternatively if you've never been to Goa then maybe now is the best time to visit this idyllic laidback paradise, and renew your wedding vows at the same time. Details and rates at:

New taxi fare on the cards
25 Oct: Navhind Times. The state government is planning to issue a notification giving approval to increase taxi fares to Rs 400 per 20 km … the government had recently hiked the taxi fares for the tourist taxies - the Maruti Omni tourist taxis were allowed to charge Rs 10 per km … Click here.

First out the door
26 Oct: Mirror (UK). Holiday giant First Choice is axing up to150 head-office staff after taking a pounding this summer … Despite the set back, bookings for the winter are up with sales to long-haul hot spots 39 per cent higher than last year. The top three destinations are Florida, Goa and Dominican Republic.


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Archbishop greets Goans on Diwali
20 Oct: PTI. Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao has joined the whole Catholic community in Goa and Daman to greet the Hindus on the joyous occasion of Deepawali. "This ancient festival reminds us of the victory of light over darkness, truth over untruth, good over evil and life over death. In brief, it signifies renewal of life," Archbishop said in a release here. Click here.

Taj Group sets up its first business hotel in Goa
20 Oct: Economic Times. The Taj Group of Hotels is setting up its first business hotel in Goa, at Panjim. The company has entered into a management contract with Kamat Construction and Resorts for construction of the resort, which is to be completed by ’07. This is Taj’s first venture into a business hotel in Goa. Currently, the company has two luxury hotels in north and south Goa. Click here.

Sofitel Cabo de Rama to be built in South Goa
20 Oct: Travel Business Review. The Sofitel Cabo de Rama has been signed by The Accor Hotel group and is to be developed by Uniworth Resorts, a member of the JB Group of Hong Kong. Sofitel Cabo de Rama is to be located in South Goa. It is to have 300 rooms and a destination spa, and is scheduled to open in 2009.

Goa: Police arrest two foreigners caught possessing cocaine
21 Oct: Navhind Times. The Anti-Narcotic Cell of the Goa police today caught red-handed two foreign nationals with cocaine weighing 29 grams and worth Rs 1,45,000 at Calangute … The arrested were 36-year old Johny Young from the Bahamas and Lucky Chukwuemeka, native of Nigeria Click here.

Why the Miss India Crown Eludes Goans. By Roana Costa
22 Oct: Navhind Times. After Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai created history in 1994 by winning both the Miss Universe and Miss World titles respectively in the same year, the perception of the Indian society to beauty pageants did a 360-degrees turn. Mothers suddenly stopped shying from their daughters wearing swimsuits and started grooming them to become the next Miss India … Why has Goa had for more than a decade now, a dry spell at this prestigious pageant? Goan girls have come a long way since Reita Faria, but why are they shying now? Click here.

Goa Govt awards contract for removal of River Princess
23 Oct: Navhind Times. The government has finally awarded contract for removal of River Princess, the ill-fated vessel that ran aground in June 2000, to M/s Jaishu Shipping Company of Gujarat… the vessel would be removed within six months and the government will pay Rs 5.5 crore … Click here.

Russian Mafia's building it up in Goa
25 Oct: The Economic Times. The National Security Council (NSC) has said the Russian mafia is making huge real estate investments in Goa. The NSC is also uneasy about foreign investment in SpiceJet, Orascom Telecom Holdings, Huawei, Dubai Ports World (DPW) and Great Wall Airlines … 494 words. Click here.

Goa: Renting of houses to strangers prohibited
25 Oct: Herald. In a bid to check terrorist elements infiltrating into Goa, the State administration has prohibited renting or sub-letting of housing property and sale of second hand motorcycles to strangers before their antecedents were verified by the local police, with immediate effect. The prospective tenants and buyers of the vehicles have to submit their particulars to the local police station house officer for verification and clearance before the transaction, according to the authorities.


Uganda: A star is reborn. Travel article by Janet Tappin Coelho.
14 Oct: The Independent. The backdrop of a new film, Uganda is an unspoilt wilderness waiting to be explored. No wonder it's reinventing itself as a top eco-tourism destination … over the past six years, Uganda has taken significant strides towards attracting overseas guests, with the number of tourists to protected areas increasing by about 15 per cent annually … The Last King of Scotland was filmed in Uganda last year and will go on general release in the UK from 12 January 2007. 2587 words. Click here.

Returning to my Mombasa
14 Oct: Vancouver Sun. Isabel Nanton finds her childhood home still charming and filled with friendly people … Years ago, as it still is today, Mombasa/"The Coast" was the place to go for annual family holidays. 1858 words. For page 1 click here.
For pages 2-3 click here.

Sex tourism enters syllabus
20 Oct: Times of India. The recent boom in the Indian tourism industry is not all about smiling faces and beautiful places. It has a harsh aspect too. In a daring attempt, IGNOU textbooks on tourism studies will now feature chapters on the rising commercialised sex tourism in cities like Delhi, Goa and Rajasthan … A lot of single European women travellers are escorted by young Indian men at tourist destinations including Delhi, Goa and Rajasthan. And these men, for want of money, often have dalliances with them. Similarly, a number of women also fly to certain tourist spots at peak season for extra money …

The Essential Jomo Kenyatta
20 Oct: The Nation (Nairobi). … Kenyatta had a good command of English. In 1926 the Kikuyu Central Association had been contracting him to translate and draft the association’s letters. He would be paid not in cash but in the form of beer and costly Goan spirits … Click here.

A rally that puts Goa on the map.
21 Oct: Financial Times (UK). It was the last place I expected to find a yacht. I was in the Indian state of Goa three weekends ago at the tail-end of the monsoon season and as I wandered around Panjim, the dilapidated capital near the coast, there was no mistaking the sight of yacht masts etched against the sky … Twenty-nine yachts with 70 crew of 11 nationalities joined up for the first 4,000-mile rally, starting in Turkey in October last year and ending in Goa in April. The second Vasco da Gama rally is planned for 2007-2008. 714 words. Click here.

UK: Veetee targets spicy rice fans
21 Oct: The Grocer. Veetee is targeting a more discerning rice consumer with four premium products to add life to basic curries or chilli con carne. Its premium, brown and organic basmati rice variants, along with Goan red & wild rice, will be available from mid-November, priced at £1.49 to £1.79 … the Goan rice has high levels of iron, zinc and fibre, with a nutty taste.

Pitfalls of medical tourism. By Jeremy Seabrook
22 Oct: The Statesman (India), About 150,000 foreigners visited India last year for health care. Among these were about 400 Britons … the post-operative recuperation in the hotel in Goa or the Himalayan resort. India has four doctors for every 10,000 people, while Britain has 18 and the USA has 27.73 per cent of allopathic practitioners working in cities. (The author lives in Britain). 1166 words. Click here.

Delhi: Exhibition: Myth and Memory
22 Oct: Economic Times. Bodhi Art presents ‘Myth and Memory’, a portrait of Goa by Prabuddha Das Gupta, the renowned painter. The photographs include Francis and Bobby D’souza in their Bedroom, Chandor House, Celina Nazareth and Gertrude Paes in their Living Room and more. Bodhi Art, B-25 Qutab Institutional Area. Show on till October 28.

UK: Race boss claims EU migrants are bigots
23 Oct: Evening Standard (UK). Thousands of white immigrants from eastern Europe are deeply racist, the head of the race relations watchdog has warned. Speaking about the tensions in British communities, Trevor Phillips said many arrivals from former Soviet countries displayed prejudice against black people. "Some eastern European people have attitudes to black people that date back to the Fifties," he told BBC television. "And that is not acceptable." Click here.

India: Sting journalism under fire
23 Oct: BBC News. … five years ago when people all around India applauded a start-up news and views site,, for exposing corruption in weapons deals and showing politicians and army officers taking bribes from journalists posing as middlemen. Now, with 40-odd news channels vying for viewership in India's raucous media scrum and cheap secret cameras flooding the grey market, sting operations have become essential fodder in the news mix. Click here.

Bon Appetit editor discusses food trends
24 Oct: Napa Valley Register (California). Barbara Fairchild, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine was in Napa … In her talk she mentioned a number of changes that she has seen in her time with the magazine … Beyond Asian food, which is getting to be mainstream, Fairchild now is seeing Moroccan influences coming to the fore, along with Indian food — particularly from the Goa … Click here.

'Irreverent' comedian India bound
25 Oct: BBC Shazia Mirza, the young British Muslim female comedian - is to perform in the Indian states of Maharashtra and Goa … Next month's tour is part of a programme funded by the British Council, aimed at young people in India. Click here.

Expat relocation a new niche business
26 Oct: Business Standard. With increasing numbers of expats and ethnic Indians arriving on postings in India, a business opportunity has opened up in relocating them from the West to India … Sebastian D’Souza of Crown Relocations adds that in a typical case of a senior level executive moving in from the US, “the services would include immigration assistance, preview visits, shipment of household goods, home search, orientation once the person moves in and helping with the settling in process.” The average billable revenue for this package, he says, would be Rs 10-12 lakhs. Click here.

Kenya: A Lost World. Feature article
26 Oct: The Guardian (UK). The furore surrounding Tom Cholmondeley, accused of shooting two black people on his land, has thrown the spotlight on Kenya's 30,000-strong white community. Despite 40 years of black rule, many white Kenyans lead hugely privileged lives - and some still own vast swathes of the country. Chris McGreal on life in 'Trigger Happy Valley'. Click here.

Rachel repays love in Goa
26 Oct: Redhill And Reigate Life (UK). Rachel Akers (25) is flying to India to help poverty stricken children in Goa. She originally went to India three years ago … Her £2,000 living costs for the six-month trip have been raised through donations and charity events. She will be working with a Christian charity called El Shaddai and leaves on October 28. "I always wanted to go back and now I feel the time is right," said Rachel, "There's a lot of poverty … It's a completely different way of living." 227 words. Click here.

Mystery death in Goa
26 Oct: Hereford Times (UK). Sarah Elizabeth Allen, of Henry Street, Ross-on-Wye, was found in a Goa hotel room with no obvious signs of internal injury … she had a history of heroin addiction and was found in a room containing needles scattered on the floor on February 18, 2004. Dr Rodrigues, from the Foresenic Medical College in Goa recorded that her death was a result of natural causes due to a lung problem. But Dr Mark Hayes, a Hereford pathologist who undertook a second post mortem on February 27, 2004, said: "There were some puncture marks on her body and these could have been due to the use of drugs, but it was not possible to be certain about the cause of death." Coroner David Halpern recorded an open verdict.


Domnic Fernandes, the 'doyen writer' of some of the most fascinating and informative accounts about Goa of yesteryear has produced even more for us to read on Goanet. One is on the uses of cowdung, and another, in two parts, the whole process of match making for marriage. Uncharacteristically, I wish to provide my personal endorsement that Goan Voice (UK) readers will be amazed by Domnic's knowledge in such fields and his ability to provide very unusual historical insights.

From New Delhi, we learn that the National Security Council (NSC) has said that, the Russian mafia is making huge real estate investments in Goa. In a document detailing potential threats to national security, the NSC said that the mafia is using the real estate route to pump money as the sector comes under automatic approval requiring little scrutiny. GV(UK) readers may find this situation rather alarming and further details are available at

Linked to the above article on Goanet, is a plea in another article-- "Save Goa, Burn the 'Narkasur' of Regional Plan--2011." It calls for all Goans to wake up to the reality of much destruction in Goa by developers who are hand in glove with local politicians.

Ritana Books in New Delhi have launched a new book titled Abbe Faria: The Master Hypnotist who Charmed Napoleon. It is written by Diogo Mesana Fernandes and details about the book are available from Goanet.

Portuguese speakers, especially from Brazil, where many millions speak the language, appear to be pretty rankled. Their concern is that, although more people speak Portuguese than French, German, Italian or Japanese, it is deemed internationally as a "minority language" and whose leading novelists, poets and song writers tend to be overlooked.

Finally, much has been written about a "Hindu Mass" held in Toronto, Canada. The theme has aroused much interest and controversy on Goanet.

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Radio: Documentary: The Brahmin and the Lady. BBC 7. Also online
Sat: 28 Oct: 13:00 to 14:30. The extraordinary love affair between Edwina Mountbatten and Pandit Nehru set against the chaos and bloodshed on India in 1947.

Radio: Documentary: East Going West. BBC 7. Also online
Mon: 30 Oct 18:00 to 18:30. Mark Tully invites the people to give their perspectives on the countries he has reported form over the years.

Radio: Documentary: Inside Asian Porn. BBC Asian Network. Also online
Mon: 30 Oct 18:30 to 19:00. The truth about the multi million pound goldmine that is the Asian porn industry - and how Asian women willing to bare all have become gold-dust. Click here.

Radio: Comedy: Masala FM. BBC 7. Also online
Mon: 30 Oct. 22:30 to 23:00. Comedy from Meera Syal, Nitin Sawhney, Sanjeev Bhaskar and Nina Wadia as 'your local Asian station' toughens up its act

History Documentary: Victorians Uncovered. History Channel
Tue 31 Oct: 22:00 to 23:00. Sex and the Empire. As Britain's influence in India grew, once relaxed attitudes to interracial relationships hardened, particularly after the Indian Mutiny of 1857.

Radio: Drama: Jallebies and Tea. BBC 7. Also online.
Wed: 1 Nov. 13:00 to 13:45. Asha, recently arrived in London from India, is lonely left on her flat all day long. Then some extraordinary visitors appear.

Film: Dil To Pagal Hai. Channel 4
Fri 3 Nov. 01:50 to 5:00. Romantic musical comedy centred around the lives four young lovers. 1997.

Radio: Entertainment: Asha. BBC 7. Also online.
Fri. 3 Nov: 13:00 to 13:45. An elderly Anglo-Indian woman recounts her life since leaving India in the 1940s.

Radio: Comedy: Comedy's Coming Home. BBC 7. Also online.
Fri 3 Nov: 18:00 to 18:30. Kulvinder Ghir, star of Goodness Gracious Me, visits India, which is not renowned for its stand-up comedy. He starts a comedy club at the Taj Mahal Hotel.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 29 Oct. G.O.A. Ruby Trook Tournament at the ATC Hall, South Wimbledon. Contacts: Jacinto Fernandes 020 - 8542 5427, Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663

Sun 5 Nov. GOA Ruby Mass for Deceased Members at 1pm at ATC Hall, 192 Merton Road, South Wimbledon, followed by a three-course meal (advance booking only) £6.50 per person - Please book by 2nd November 2006. Contact: Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663; Alfred Rebello 020 8337 8022

Sun. 5 Nov. G.O.A. Ruby Veterans Badminton Tournament at Wimbledon Racquet & Fitness Club. London SW19: A 40+ Doubles tournament consisting of Mens, Ladies & Mixed: Members Only. (all players must be GOA UK members) Contact: Steve & Maf de’Sa 020 8330 0998. Entry to tournament now closed: no entries will be accepted on the day.

Sun. 12 Nov. St. Diogo's Association (UK)/Guirim/Sangolda. Annual Social at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Rd. Croydon. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.15p.m. Contact: Apolonia DeSouza 020 8686 1876, Jennifer Fernandes 0127 765 1052

Sun 19 Nov. Navelim Union Feast of our Lady of Rosary Will be celebrated at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, Streatham London SW16 2HY. For further details contact Selwyn Ferrao 0208 933 8362, Daniela Fernandes 0208 764 9419, Michelle Staussi 0208 241 0082, Leonard Mergulhao 02085144661

Sun. 3 Dec. G.O.A. Ruby Feast of St Francis Xavier being celebrated for the first time at St Boniface Church, Tooting. All are welcome to the Mass at 1.30pm and there is no charge. Please do come and enjoy listening to the beautiful choir. The church service will be followed by a Social in the adjacent Parish Hall for which tickets will be required. Adults (17 years and over): £3.00. Children (12 – 16years): £2.00. Under 12 years: “free”. Food and drink will be on sale. Contact: Alfred Rebello 020 – 8337 8022, Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663

Sun. 10 Dec: G.O.A. Ruby Children’s Pantomime - Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs at Fairfield Halls, Park Lane, Croydon, Surrey CR9 1DG Reporting time: 11.30am. Tickets in advance only. Tickets: Members - £10, Non-Members - £14. Parents are welcome to accompany their children at the same rates. Price inclusive of refreshments and entertainment. Please bring a gift to the value of not more than £10 for your child. CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS – 14 Nov. For tickets contact: Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322, Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457

Sat. 16 Dec. St. Diogo's Association (UK) Guirim/Sangolda. Children's Christmas Pantomime "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs" at Fairfield Halls, Croydon at 12.00 noon sharp, followed by Christmas Party with refreshments, games and distribution of presents by Santa Claus. Please report at 11.15a.m. For details contact: Apolonia DeSouza 020 8686 1876, Jennifer Fernandes 0127 765 1052


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