Newsletter. Issue 2006-37. Sep. 14, 2006
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London: Palms of Goa restaurant opens third branch
Palms of Goa already have two branches – in 4 Meard Street, Soho, London W1F 0EF and 12 Charlotte Street, W1T 2LU. Following the blessing of the premises by Bishop Aloysius D'Souza, the third branch opens on 15 Sep. at 160 New Cavendish Street, London W1M 7FJ (Next to BT Tower), tel. 0207 580 6125. Proprietor Eugene Dias offers Goan Voice readers 20% of their food bill till Dec 2006. Password is Goan Voice.

UK: Dr Anil de Sequeira: £400m of meals go in the bin
5 Sep: The Daily Mirror (UK). Households bin 50,000 tonnes of food worth £400million a year, a scientist claimed yesterday … Dr Anil de Sequeira told the BA Festival of Science in Norwich that time- temperature indicator labels on food could cut waste. The labels, used in France, change colour if a chilled food is not stored at the right temperature. Dr de Sequeira, of Bath Spa University, said. "If you go shopping on a hot summers day and store your chilled food in the boot of your car and then go to the pub for an hour the food you take home will not be the same quality." Click here.
Dr Anil de Sequeira, is the son of late Erasmo and Maureen (Moira, and grandson of Goa’s legendary politician, Jack de Sequeira). His Father, late Mr Erasmo de Sequeira was a member of the Indian Parliament from 1967 to 1977. Dr Anil de Sequeira has been in the UK since 1990 and is currently Subject Leader: Food Studies, Department of Biology and Food at Bath Spa University. For a profile of him click here.

Bea de Souza: Art Scenes Duel Across the Atlantic
7 Sep: New York Sun. Excerpt: The director of the Agency Contemporary, Bea de Souza, whose gallery is on the East End, said the area is the equivalent of "New York's Chelsea." A whitewashed gallery with unfinished wood-panel floors, the gallery moved in 13 years ago "with the pigeons," Ms. de Souza said … Full text at
Gallerist Bea De Souza has two galleries, The Agency Gallery in London and Onetwenty in Ghent. She is the daughter of Alberto and Hilde de Souza. For links to more information about her click here.

UK: Cricket: Headline: Vintage Fernandes' Magnificent Seven
7 Sep: Surrey Mirror. Cricket: … Jason Fernandes bowled cleverly and efficiently to maintain a tight opening spell taking the first four wickets, cleaning up two and trapping a further lbw … Fernandes soon had the game turned on its head as he bowled the No 7 … Skipper Fernandes said he was delighted with the teams all round attitude in the game and obviously extremely pleased with his seven wicket haul. 357 words.
Jason was born in the UK and was Captain of Newcastle University Badminton team. He is an Insurance Underwriter for Markel and is the son of Patrick (Mungul) and Regina (Benaulim). Click here.

Canada: Hillary Rodrigues sees gold and green in berries
8 Sep: CBC News. Hillary Rodrigues who has spun his love of Newfoundland berries into a successful line of wines is planning to bring a more potent product to market … A dentist who in 1993 founded Rodrigues Winery, which exports dessert wines made from the berries, Rodrigues has been developing Natural Newfoundland Nutraceutical for years … He says, "We're going to make a platform of juices to combat conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular [disease] and cancer," For text, 453 words, click here.
Dr. Hillary Rodrigues,, was born in Tanga, Tanzania, the son of Pedro Francisco and Lourds; brother of Celino, Raul, Francis, Bernie, Blanch, Olive and Alda. He attended school in Bandra, Mumbai and Arusha, Tanzania before going to the UK in 1960 for his “A” levels followed by Dentistry at Kings College London. He emigrated to Canada in 1974 and founded Newfoundland’s first winery and distillery. His community work includes serving as mayor of the town of Whitbourne and chair for Community Futures, and for the Community Advisory Committee’s Green Plan. He is married to Marie-France and they have two children, Lionel who works with him and Vanessa who works for the Federal Govt. For the Rodrigues Winery website see

Tennis: Paes & Damm win US Doubles Crown
9 Sep: BBC. Sixth seeds Martin Damm and Leander Paes took the US Open men's doubles title with a shock win over the top seeds … Paes won his fourth Grand Slam doubles title and Damm his first. For text and photo click here.
Leander Adrian Paes (born 1973) is currently one of the most successful Indian tennis players on doubles circuits. He was born in Goa. His mother, Jennifer, was a renowned basketball player and his father, Vece, [ex-Arusha, Tanzania], represented India in the 1972 Munich Olympics.
For the Leander Paes home page click here.

Next Goa convention to expand NRI list
9 Sep: Asian Age. Goa’s newly formed NRI commissionerate said its next overseas Goan convention scheduled for early January 2007 would include representatives from lesser known Diaspora communities in Sudan, Ethiopia, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Finland and Colombia … the Goa commissionerate is attempting to build a database and website to link people of Goan origin that have migrated in the past 150 years. Commissioner Eduardo Faleiro has asked non resident Goans, including from other parts of the country to register themselves at this email address:

Portugal Slaps More Curbs on Passports for Goans
10 Sep. Deccan Herald. By Devika Sequeira. New regulations recently brought in by the Portuguese government will shut the doors on many in Goa who have queued up for years to acquire a Portuguese passport … Portuguese passports will henceforth be issued only to those who hold a Portuguese identity card or an old Portuguese passport … the new rules are not legally valid but are being implemented under pressure from the European Union to make it “extremely difficult” for Indians to apply …there about 24,000 applications pending … A senior Congress leader described the new regulations as “racially biased” and aimed at keeping coloured people from taking up jobs in EU countries. 396 words. Click here.
For comments by Paulo Colaco Dias click here.

Kampala, Uganda. World Goa Day. By Marcie Mehta
10 Sep: GoaNet. This year the small Goan community of Kampala chose to celebrate WGD with a picnic at Kisubi beach, a lush green patch of paradise on the beautiful shores of Lake Victoria … PS If you have any comments, compliments or constructive suggestions for us you can email them to me and I will be happy to pass them on to the "Goans of Kampala". 642 words. Click here.

Banks promise speedy remittances
10 Sep: The Hindu. The public sector banks in the State have promised to streamline, regulate and provide adequate facilities for speedy remittances from foreign centres to accounts maintained in India by Non-Resident Indians (NRI) hailing from Goa. The issue was deliberated upon at a meeting of bankers following the request made by Goa Commissioner for NRI Affairs Eduardo Faleiro. Click here.

Steroid-rage killer drops deportation appeal
11 Sep: Daily Telegraph (Australia). Steven Anthony DeSouza, 34, who punched a woman to death in a Sydney stairwell will be deported to his native Britain on his release from jail. He cancelled his Federal Court challenge to Canberra's decision to revoke his visa. For text, 338 words, click here.
For further information about the case see GVUK 2006-27.
Link GVUK 2006-27 to

London: Bishop Aloysius D’Souza Celebrates Montifest in UK
11 Sep. Daijiworld. By Raymond Menezes. Mangaloreans celebrated the feast of Nativity in the company of Bishop Aloysius D'Souza, on 10 Sep. Entrepreneur Richard Lobo, Christine and family were the hosts for the occasion which was held in Lobos' garden on downtown Salmon Street. Over three hundred community members took part in the event. For text, 244 words and photos click here.
For links to illustrated features of the celebrations in various countries: UK ( Liverpool & Sunderland), Canada, Middle East, etc. click here.

London: Haringey: Home to a diverse collection of ethnic groups
12 Sep: Daily Mail (UK). Haringey postcode of N15 — south Tottenham — is the most ethnically mixed in Britain. The area is home to 105 ethnic groups and boasts residents from as far away as Hong Kong, Goa, Ethiopia and Malaysia. Click here.

UK: Football: Swindon Goans lose 0-7
12 Sep: Swindon Advertiser. … Top scorers in the division were Pembroke, who banged seven past Goan Swindon without reply. For 11 photos of the game click here.

UK: Swindon Grants Awarded for 2006/07
Goan Association Swindon - £5,930. Representative forum for Goan community. Youth activities. Informal advice / support for newly arriving members of the community. Open access cultural activities to promote the Goan culture. Click here.
Goan Association Swindon received £1,867 in 2005/06. For a GVUK profile of Swindon’s Goans click here.

Remo Wows Elite Audience in Brazil
13 Sep: IANS. Belting out some of his popular hits, Indian rock singer Remo Fernandes wowed a select audience in the Brazilian capital Tuesday night, bringing otherwise protocol-conscious ministers and ambassadors to the floor. Remo, accompanied by his band Pappadams, initially began by singing slower Goan folk songs and Portuguese songs … 411 words. Click here.

London: Ethnic Media: Jobs, Careers & Prospects Fair
Thu 21 Sep to Fri. 22 Sep. 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Byron Hall at Harrow Leisure Centre, London. Free Entry. The show will provide a CV clinic and skills forums. The Business Start-up area will offer advice from how to write a business plan to securing funding. For further information please call 020 7650 2000 or click here.

Sonia Faleiro: Goa Unseen
Sep: 2006. Travel + Leisure South Asia. … The post-Liberation children of Goa, like myself, have now reached adulthood … So who are we, this new generation of Goans? … We urge our elders to relive their memories, lay open the picture books of their souls … [Some of the people she meets are:] Georgina Figueiredo, an octogenarian and her septuagenarian sister Maria Lourdes; Sridhar Tamba, an octogenarian lawyer in Panjim; Ermelinda Cardozo who worked in over 30 silent films; writer and historian Mario Cabral e Sá … For photos and full text 3,674 words, Click here.
From GVUK 9 Nov 2001: Sonia Faleiro has been selected by the British Council to pursue an MSc degree in writing and culture, at the University of Edinburgh, for the academic year 2001-2002. Ms Faleiro (daughter of MP Eduardo Faleiro) is a journalist … [Earlier this year Eduardo Faleiro was appointed Commissioner for NRI Affairs, Govt. of Goa and Sonia Faleiro published her first novel, The Girl. Read the reviews, hear the author, look at her photos, buy the book…

Ruth DeSouza: Multicultural Mental Health in New Zealand.
Aug. 2006. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health. Vol.5 (2). Sailing in a new direction: Multicultural mental health in New Zealand. The paper deals with the services to support the mental health of Asians in particular. For full text see


10 Sep: Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. RODNEY D'MELLO (born 1967). Husband to Dr Brenda Sequeira. Father to Nathan (Bariki) & Amber (Malaika). Only Son of Adolf & Evelyn (Ex Car & General Dar. And Ex Tanga. Brother to Tina (Dar.) & Janice (Australia). Son in Law to Xavier & Amelia Sequeira; Brother in Law to Francis & Selma. Condolences to Brenda, +255755295465 (Rodney Was Killed In A Road Accident. He studied in the UK at one time).
The date of the Funeral Mass has been changed to Thu 14 Sep. at 3pm at St Peters Church and thereafter the funeral at Kinondoni cemetery. Condolences to Brenda, +255754295465 or
A Mass has been offered for the soul of the late Rodney De Mello on Sunday September 17th at 1.30pm. The Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier Church, 5650 Mavis Rd. Mississauga.

10 Sep: New York. OZZIE STEVENS. Husband of Teresa Stevens. Father of Sunita and Anil Stevens, son-in-law of Mary Fernandes, father-in-law of Christopher Meyers, brother of late Olaf Stevens, Aida Britt, Yvor Stevens, Zita Concessio, Bruno and Chico Stevens. The wake will be held on 13-14 Sep. at Edward D. Lynch Funeral Home, Long Island City. The final farewell will be held on Fri Sep 15 with a funeral mass at 10 a.m. at St. Raphael's Church, Long Island City. [Info from Rene Barreto].

8 Sep. Kingston on Thames, Surrey, UK. GUILHERMINA DE SA FERNANDES (aged 94, ex Zanzibar and Nagoa, Goa). Wife of late John Fernandes (John Police). Mother of Astrid/Leo D’Souza (UK), Late Alan, Alexander/Annabelle (UK); Aloysius /Flavia (USA). Funeral Mass at 1.00pm Mon. 18 Sep. at St Agathas RC Church, 1 Wyndham Road, Kingston Upon Thames KT2 5JR (car park at the rear). Cremation at 2.20pm at Kingston Crematorium, Bonner Hill Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, KT1 3EZ followed by Wake at Kingsmeadow Stadium, 422a Kingston Road, Jack Goodchild Way, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, KT1 3PB. Condolences/enquiries to

8 Sep: Nairobi, Kenya. REMY VITOR. Husband to Merlene Vitor. Father to Vernon and Michelle. Father-in-Law to Elaine. Grandfather to Kayla. Brother to Vera Dias of UK and Mark Vitor of Canada. Funeral will take place on Wed. 13 Sep. Mass at 2.00pm at St. Francis Xaviers Church Parklands, Nairobi. Burial at the Langata cemetery thereafter. No flowers please - all donations to the Spinal Injury Unit. [Info from Dr. Joyce Shamshudin].

7 Sep: Ilford, Essex, UK. GWENDOLINE FIGUEIRA. Wife of the late William Figueira. Mother of Erica. Mass will be held on the 13 Sep at 10.00 am, St Cedds Church, High Road. Goodmayes, Ilford. Essex. Cremation at City of London Cemetery & Crematorium Aldersbrook Road, London, E12 5DG. Condolences to

Toronto: Leopold Gracias: First Year Death Anniversary mass
Memorial mass - A First Year Death Anniversary mass will be held for the late LEOPOLD GRACIAS on Saturday, October 7th, 2006 at 9.00 a.m. at Sts. Martha and Mary Parish, 1870 Burnhamthorpe Rd. East, Mississauga, Canada. The mass will be celebrated by Fr. Carlito DeSouza (followed by refreshments in the church hall). You are all welcome.


UK: Matrimonial
Humorous bachelor, 5'-10" tall who has a progressive outlook with a pleasing personality, fond of music and travelling, seeks alliance with a cheerful, intelligent girl who will be in her late thirties - preferably living in the U.K. Please write to


UK: Bobby de Souza
Flights and Holidays to Goa and the rest of India, Late availability and Bargain prices


Goa set to be gambler's paradise
8 Sep: NDTV. Ten new offshore casinos and Goa is set to become a gambler's paradise but casino companies are already asking for more. Viejas Enterprises, which clocks revenues of over $600 million from casinos, retail shopping malls and entertainment parks in the US, says that India should follow the Chinese model to set up casinos in designated areas. "If you create wealth in the country, it is important that the wealth stays in the country. Therefore, the government should designate few backward areas for casinos," said Moti Vyas, CIO, Viejas Enterprises … Click here.

Goa govt not keen to have too many casinos
8 Sep: Navhind Times. The Chief Minister, Mr Rane has said that his government is not keen on having a large number of floating casinos in the state; even as he expressed doubts whether all those who have sought permission would actually start the business … he expressed doubts about all those who have applied and paid processing fees of Rs 10 lakh each would start the business … 366 words. Click here.

In Goa, watch out for dust - and diarrhoea. By Alice Miles
9 Sep. The Times (UK). Taking a toddler to Goa . . . Spend five days and nights in a dusty town with a toddler struck by Delhi belly and you will never want to see India again. In a child not out of nappies, it is shit on a quite epic and distressing scale. And that’s just for the mother. Goa looks lovely, but I overlooked one obvious thing before deciding to go there: it’s in India. India might look pretty, but nowhere does poo on the streets, poo in the food, poo on the beach like an Indian village. 933 words. Click here.

Goa: Plan to construct new airport
9 Sep: Hindustan Times. Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Praful Patel on Friday said that the Centre had decided to construct a new airport in Goa … Click here.

Goa to build global cruise terminal
9 Sep: Economic Times. Goa is to soon set up an International Cruise Terminal at Aguada beach in north Goa. The terminal to be built by UK based firm Ocean Cruise (which operates cruise liner Star Cruise) will also have a marina to dock small boats and yacht cruising along the western coast. Click here.

UK: Flights to India
9 Sep: The Journal (Newcastle, UK). As air fares to India have practically halved in a couple of years, the nation has joined the list of mainstream long-haul travel destinations. With non-stop return flights starting at around £300, against £550 in 2004, Jet Airways, Virgin, BMI and India Air have added a vast amount of capacity to routes long dominated by British Airways and Air India … Somak Holidays carries 22,000 travellers a year to India, 17,000 of them to Goa (and they predict that in 2009 the total will be double that). Click here.

Goa gears up for party season
13 Sep: Business Standard. Goa — known for its vibrant nightlife and vivacious culture inherited from the erstwhile Portuguese rulers — is gearing up for the party season from September-end to the New Year-eve bash along its picturesque beaches. 450 words. click here.

Book Review: Getting Married in Goa
13 Sep: CNN-IBN … From the customs and traditions involved in all weddings of different communities to family planning, from how to choose the wedding venue to marriage registration and helplines - Getting Married in Goa is a collection of articles that explain everything … Replete with Goan anecdotes, the book talks how to set up a home together, how to keep the magic in a relationship alive and how to lead a wealthy wedded life … In Goa, especially among the Catholics, Saint Anthony is supposed to come to the rescue of young girls who cannot find a suitable match … 560 words. Click here.

Goa a hit hub with Delhi biggies
14 Sep: Hindustan Times. …What’s interesting is that Goa — the land of Hawaiian shirts, topless beaches and dirt-cheap alcohol, is the new hub of Delhi biggies who are buying permanent homes there … Prices in Goa have tripled over the last year and likely to double over the next … prices are going off the rails … So have you got your holiday home on the beach yet? 374 words. Click here.

Moscow to Goa $625 return
14 Sep: Moscow Times (page 21). Goa via Bombay only $625. Purchase 14-20 Sep; Travel 21 Sep to 20 Dec. Cosmos Travels, 15 Narodnaya Str. Moscow. Tel 495 956 6082. email

Denmark to Goa
14 Sep: Ekstrabladt. Denmark. (page 29). Scanway,, offers Goa from 5.899


Retailers Push up Goa Land Prices
7 Sep: India Business Insight. Goa is expected to witness an influx of major brands, with real estate companies like DLF, Gera Developers and Parsvanath planning to set up office-cum-shopping malls in the State. Branded retailers are also contemplating exclusive showrooms in Goa … Goa got a brand image from the hosting of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI) in Dec 2004. 266 words. Click here.

Goa to set up 3 coastal police stations
7 Sep: Economic Times. It’s the swanky Baywatch style of policing in Goa now; armed with boats to chase the bad guys entering the state through its vast coastline. The Goa government has decided to set up three coastal police stations along coastal towns of Vasco da Gama, Mobor and Siolim, besides having the anti-terrorist squad in place … “This is a special police station with two boats each for patrolling the coasts,” said Goa deputy CM Wilfred D’Souza … Goa has always been considered a soft target for terrorism. A militant was caught some months ago entering Goa with 1 kg RDX, two Russian made hand grenades and two electronic detonators. Click here.

Wendell has a bonjour
8 Sep: Indian Express. Goan designer Wendell Rodricks is celebrating another French connection. The designer has just styled a shoot for Raymond Weil watches with an international crew. ‘‘We discovered this super hot Brazilian model Natalya Costa,’’ says the designer. ‘‘She is splendid.’’ This isn’t the first time the designer has styled for a Swiss watch. The same company had booked him for Swatch and Breguet last year. Click here.

Trouble brews up for Ramani in Goa
8 Sep: Goa Police may now be waiting for a report from the Delhi Police to probe into socialite Bina Ramani’s property dealings in Goa. She was arrested on Wednesday in Candolim and had made Goa her abode The Candolim (Saipem) house, which the socialite bought, cost her around Rs 2.5 crore. She also owns a plush boutique in North Goa while her daughter, who is a designer, owns a restaurant in Goa … Ramani is married to a Canadian and holds a British passport … Meanwhile Ramani has been remanded to four days police custody by a Delhi Court. 306 words.

Please clarify for foreigners. By Duncan Bergin, UK
8 Sep: Herald. Letter: “I am from the UK, and followed all the rules in order to purchase two properties in Goa which will be run as a letting business (bank account opened, business visa acquired, company incorporated). I am now worried if I have inadvertently missed something. I am also told the construction is delayed, as the local planning authority is not approving the plans due to the recent controversy about foreigners. This was intended to be the beginning of something which would become much bigger- now I am wondering if I have made the correct decisions.”

Let's book a room at the mall
9 Sep: Rediff. If shopping, watching cinema and eating out are some of the options that Indian malls offer today, very soon people will be travelling with their suitcases and booking rooms in hotels housed within malls … Parsvnath Developers has projects in the pipeline including a Rs 200 crore (Rs 2 billion) project in Goa with at least 400,000 sq feet of space … Click here.

Goa: Former sex workers find new occupation. By Frankey Fernandes
9 Sep: NDTV. Two years after they were forcibly evicted from their homes, the former commercial sex workers of Goa's Baina beach have found a reason to hope: a rehabilitation scheme called WISH (Women Initiative towards Self Help) under which an industrial laundry unit has been started … forty girls will be employed and finally become owners of the unit …

Deadly drugs hit new designs in Goa
10 Sep: Herald. It is well-known that Goa has become a hub for designer drugs … ecstasy tablets costs Rs 800 each … Another favourite, Ketamine which is easily available over the counter in Goan pharmacies. 521 words.

Open Gay Pub in Panjim
10 Sep: Hindustan Times. The wealthier among India’s gay community are thinking “exotic” these days and making a beeline for the Caribbean, the Maldives and Zanzibar but St Petersburg has emerged as a hot destination across the community, because “it is cheap and exotic”. Then there is old favourite Amsterdam, and newly popular Dusseldorf and Morocco … in the domestic circuit Goa has an “open gay pub” in Panjim, something not too many “straight travellers” are aware of … there is, which claims to help with travel itinerary … London-based Arvind Gupte says, “For a vacation we go to Goa or Pondicherry.” 462 words. Click here.

Goa govt appeals people to conserve energy
11 Sep: PTI. With two major power stations facing a breakdown, the Goa government has appealed to the people to conserve energy. 186 words. Click here.

Goa: Save Goa Front Meeting.
11 Sep: Herald. At a well attended meeting at Institute Menezes Braganza hall, SGF convenor Adv Aires Rodrigues castigated the Government on issues of corruption, pollution, indiscriminate sale of land to foreigners, etc. … Adv Rodrigues assured the gathering that the Front would go all out to preserve the Goan identity, root out corruption and prevent the further degeneration of Goa’s cultural and moral fabric.

Goa: Rabies threat sends shivers around
11 Sep: Herald. … The State authorities seem complacent in tackling the problem … Number of dog bite cases reported by the health services are alarming with 2674 dog bite cases in 2004 and 5123 cases in 2005.

Gen-X aspires for quality life
11 Sep: Herald. Recently, the youth in Goa have undergone a lot of heavy criticism, however the State should be proud to know that there also exists a huge section of socially aware and goal-oriented youth very much alive here, who know precisely what they want and how they intend to achieve it … According to many youngsters, tourism is the main factor, which is causing their gullible fellow youth to go astray. It has brought in the drug culture, free sex, AIDS, paedophilia, prostitution etc. 539 words.

India's Best and Worst States
11 Sep: India Today. … An average Goan is 11 times richer than an average Bihari. Goa has the highest per capita income in India and Bihar the lowest … Goa has the best primary education system among all big and small states.

Dutch school prefers Goa over Gujarat for maritime institute
11 Sep: The Economic Times. India's first full-fledged maritime institute of a global stature, which was to come up in Gujarat, is all set to berth at Goa's shores. 418 words. Click here.

Goa: White trash, desi detritus
13 Sep: Daily News & Analysis. … Goa is famous for its tolerance but blue-collar tourists and just plain white trash types are stretching it to the limit. In the end, they spend less than tourists from other parts of India, who are equally obnoxious … Our retreat is threatened by white trash and desi jerks. The locals in Goa are too busy to care; they are either applying for visas to Dubai, Canada and Australia or selling heritage properties to developers. 772 words. Click here.

eBay ropes in stars for stray animals
13 Sep: Business Standard. eBay has joined hands with the Goa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA) to auction the special belongings of Bollywood stars to treat animals both stray and wild. The auction is to be held in Goa from October 4 to 16. 354 words. Click here.

Committee to probe foreigners buying property
14 Sep: Herald. The State Government has constituted a committee to go into the cases wherein immoveable property has been bought by foreigners without fully conforming to the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) … The committee has been given 60 days time to submit its report to the Government. 506 words.


Goans affected by Gulf war to receive compensation
8 Sep: Navhind Times. More than 200 Goans families affected by the Gulf war will receive compensation ranging from Rs two lakh to Rs 50 lakh which has been awarded by United Nations Compensation Commission following the initiative of Mr Eduardo Faleiro, state commissioner for nor-resident Indian (NRI) affairs. Click here.

Canada turning its back on God, Pope says
9 Sep: Globe & Mail (Canada). Pope Benedict sparked a debate about the place of religious beliefs in Canadian politics yesterday, telling Ontario bishops Canada has excluded "God from the public sphere" with laws supporting same-sex marriage and abortion. 707 words. Click here.

Book Review: Edna Fernandes: Holy Warriors
10 Sep. Sunday Tribune. Penguin/Viking. Pages 332. Rs 450. Journalist Edna Fernandes, of Indian origin and brought up in London, journeys into the heart of Indian fundamentalism, as she terms it, and comes out with a long list of intolerance and radicalism that has gripped large segments of the Hindu, Muslim, Christian and Sikh population … The country’s 24 million Christians are also put under the microscope … In Goa, "a nascent movement among the Catholic community is calling for the Church to admit to the atrocities committed in the name of faith and for Goan Christians to view their history in context," … her fresh and languid style of telling a story for the modern generation can capture any reader’s interest. 921 words. Click here.

NRI students will not be discriminated against: Ravi
10 Sep: Navhind Times. Non-resident Indian students studying in India will soon be given equal rights, including in fees and opportunities, as other students, the Overseas Indian Affairs Minister, Mr Vayalar Ravi said. 546 words. Click here.

Religious Icons are the New Homewares
10 Sep: Sunday Magazine (Australia). … Kerry Williams, owner of Hail Mary I'm Home in Sydney's Surry Hills, caters to those with a Catholic taste. Her Jesus and Mary paraphernalia includes statues in sandalwood from Goa ($190) …

11 Sep: Daily Star (UK). Denise Van Outen on the train from Brighton to London experimenting with a Goan Fish curry rather than his usual chicken special …

London: Theatre: The Trouble With Asian Men
To 23 Sep. Soho Theatre. Macho men or metrosexual guys? Mummy’s boys tied to the apron, or husbands under the thumb? … lifts the lid on the modern-day Asian man in this revealing, thought-provoking and often hilarious show … you might just recognise someone you know … Admission £10+

Bombay: Come all ye faithful to the Bandra fair!
14 Sep: Cybernoon (Mumbai). Whoever said the charm of Bandra fair no longer exists needs to visit it this year … delicacies that the fair offers … even the spicy Goa sausages served with bread! You see people from all communities … Other popular stalls are the one selling the Goan sweets … Click here.


Are there many parallels between Hindu rituals and Catholic ones in Goa? And are such rituals particularly evident at marriage and funeral services? Goanet seems set to explore this issue in depth and Goan Voice (UK) readers are most welcome to make a contribution to this issue.

With so many historical artefacts being stolen from churches and other places in Goa to be sold internationally, is it time that a well-planned scheme to preserve this aspect of the Goan heritage? Does the government of Goa need to play an active part in not only retaining what exists but also considering the purchase of what has been appropriated as China does today? And how can Diaspora Goans help in setting up a good museum for Goa? One suggestion is that a start could be made by the creation of a cyber-museum. Goanet is keen for as many ideas as possible on this theme.

Is Goa India's Florida or even Las Vegas? An interesting debate is on-going on Goanet on the implication of large numbers from India and elsewhere descending on Goa to start businesses. How will all this change Goa significantly?

Finally, find out about the differences between science and religion on Goanet. Once more, a lively debate has begun on this theme.

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Political: Political Bollywood. BBC Radio Four (Also online)
Fri. 15 Sep. 23:30 to 00:00. Politics, and political history of Bollywood.

Travel: Dream Destinations. Travel Channel
Sat 16 Sep. 19:00 to 19:30. Seychelles.

Gardening: Garden Invaders. UKTV Style Gardens
Sun. 17 Sep. 16:00 to 16:30. The team build an Indian style beach hut in rural Oxfordshire.

Documentary: The Real Brick Lane. BBC Asian Radio (Also online)
Mon. 18 Sep. British Bangladeshi Monica Ali won nothing but praise for her novel Brick Lane. But attempting to film it in Brick Lane was another story!

Chat Show: Night Waves. BBC Radio Three. (Also online)
Tue. 19 Sep. 21:30 to 22:15 (45 minutes long). Discussion of the fascinating relationship between Bengali poet Rabindranath Tagore and Gandhi.

Special interest: Book Box. Channel 4. (Also online)
Wed. 20 Sep. 04:30 to 04:45. Grandpa Chatterji from Calcutta visits UK.

Talk Show: Thinking Allowed. BBC Radio Four. (Also online)
Wed 20 Sep. 16:00 to 16:30. Laurie Taylor explores the reality of racism in rural areas of Britain, the forms it takes and the ways in which it can be challenged.

Political: Political Bollywood. BBC Radio Four. (Also online)
Friday 22 Sep. 23:30 to 00:00. Post independence, Bollywood focussed on Hindu/Muslim hatreds, women's rights, the politics of town versus countryside and the abject hypocrisies of Indian society.

Film: The World of Yash Chopra: Channel 4
Fri. 22 Sep. 01:05 to 04:40 Love story between an Indian man and a Pakistani woman. Subtitles, 2004.


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Sat. 10 Sep. G.O.A. Ruby Whist Drive from 1pm – 7pm at St Boniface Social Club, Tooting. Contact: Diego Pinto 020 - 8767 0663, Felix Pereira -

Sat. 30 Sep. G.O.A. Ruby Shopping Extravaganza. Day Trip to France. SOLD OUT

Sun. 1 Oct. Majorda Union. Feast of Our Lady of Boa Morte. White Hart Lane School Hall, Wood Green, London N22. Contact Bernadette Dias 020 8361 9417 or Cajie Braganza 020 8888 5093.

Sat. 14 Oct. G.O.A. Ruby Ladies in Red Soiree at 7pm at Lola Jones Suite, Greaves Place, Tooting. Contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 - 8771 4457, Claire D'Souza 01784 421421, Marina Viegas 020 - 8656 4217 or any member of the Social Committee. For the flyer click here.

Sun. 15 Oct. Colva Union, 33rd Anniversary of the Feast of Infant Jesus. Venue: Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, Streatham, SW16. Mass at 12.30pm followed by the Social. Tickets: Adults: £12. Children up to 12 years: £5. For Tickets contact: Bento Fernandes (020) 8672 0283; Hilary Dias (020) 672 5528; Fiona Fernandes (020) 8489 1183; Arlene Fernandes (020) 8930 7679

Sun. 22 Oct. G.O.A. (UK) Ruby Veterans Badminton Tournament. 40+ tournament consisting of Mens, Ladies & Mixed for the 40th Anniversary. Members Only. (all players must be GOA UK members) Entry to tournament now closed.

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


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