Newsletter. Issue 2006-39. Sep. 28, 2006
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New York: Deepa Fernandes: Host of WBAI’s “Wakeup Call"
The Record (NJ). International journalist Deepa Fernandes is the host of WBAI-FM's (99.5) "Wakeup Call," Monday through Thursday editions. Listeners may know Fernandes, a Harlem resident who has won multiple awards for her radio reporting …
Deepa was born in Mumbai, the daughter of Sylvie & Joe; sister of Sujatha. She began her career in Sydney, Australia working as a daily news reporter. She then proceeded to Latin America before moving to the US. Her first book, Targeted: National Security and the Business of Immigration is due out in Jan 2007
Deepa can be heard on Wakeup Call Mon – Thu (6-9 am EST) online at
For archives see
For a GVUK profile of Deepa and details of her forthcoming book click here.

Dr. Darrell DeMello: Clinical Trials in India
19 Sep: Star-Tribune. … Next month, Alquest will begin its first clinical trial in India, involving 80 patients in Hyderabad and Mumbai, using a device made by a Minneapolis start-up called ScyFix … When ScyFix's president, Dr. Darrell DeMello, approached Alquest regarding a possible clinical trial involving the company's device, the talk turned to India. DeMello, a native of Goa said he has helped establish and grow businesses in India and elsewhere …
DeMello now holds the dual title of chief business development manager for Alquest India … clinical trials can be done in India at 75 percent of the cost of doing them in the United States … 1132 words. This and other articles are linked at
Dr Darrell DeMello is the eldest son of Francisco Carlos aka Frank or Chico Melo and Louisa of Benaulim, Goa. He went to Loyola High School followed by Chowgule College, Margao and qualified at St John's Medical College and Hospital, Bangalore. He is a proud Goan and makes regular trips there. For his bio see

UK: Aggie De Souza: Ex-council worker denies fraud charges
21 Sep: Wimbledon Guardian, UK. A former Sutton Council employee has pleaded not guilty to fraud charges after allegations of corruption at the local authority were made by The Sun newspaper. Agnello de Souza, 67, of Mulgrave Road, Sutton, pleaded not guilty to misconduct in a judicial or public office, obtaining property by deception and attempting to obtain property by deception at Croydon Crown Court last Tuesday. De Souza was working as an assessment officer in the asylum seeker support service at Sutton Council when he was the subject of an undercover investigation by The Sun. He was arrested by the Metropolitan Police public sector fraud and corruption team in 2004 and is due to stand trial at Croydon Crown Court on January 8, 2007. For text click here.
For the background to the case follow the links at the url below.

UK: Michelle DeSouza: Joined Up Action Against Domestic Violence
22 Sep: West Yorkshire Police (press release), UK. A Home Office initiative is launching in Leeds today in a bid to tackle domestic abuse by working with high-risk victims … Michelle DeSouza of Leeds City Council's Domestic Violence Section said; "MARACs will support victims in addressing safety issues and can help in a number of ways from offering better security at the victim's homes, counselling, health issues through to criminal prosecutions … Anyone seeking support or advice about domestic abuse should contact the National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000247 for 24 hour support, or you can also visit Women’s Aid on
For full text of article, 546 words, click here.

US & Aus: Kersten Fernandes: Best Man Ends up in Jail
25 Sep: Hartford Courant (Connecticut, US). Kersten Fernandes, a 29-year-old man who had flown in from Sydney, Australia to be the best man at his friend's wedding got himself arrested - twice - and ended up missing the wedding … problems began about 2:50 a.m. when he and four others were highly intoxicated and began pounding on doors along a street because they could not remember the address of the house they were living in.
Fernandes was arrested and charged with breach of peace … He was told by the family they no longer needed his services for making a mess in their neighbourhood. For text, 558 words, click here.

26 Sep: Hartford Courant (Connecticut, US). The best man from Australia who ended up missing his friend's wedding because of his arrest on two charges was fined $99 and ordered to pay $890 to clean up a cell in the South Windsor jail … "There have been a lot of people laughing about this," Kersten Fernandes, self-employed web designer said. "Hopefully some day I'll be able to laugh about it, too.” For text, 434 words, and another photo click here.

US: California: Goan family killed in car accident
26 Sep: San Jose Mercury News. On Friday night a car driven by Vaciliki Papademetriou, 43, hit the family of three, then smashed through a hedge, a utility pole and the espresso sign before skidding through the parking lot inside a Santa Clara shopping center. The dead are Sharina and Mekson Fernandes and their 3-year-old son, Nash. Sharina Fernandes, 26, had been teaching preschool at Monticello Academy for the past five months … Mekson Fernandes, 29, was an independent commercial truck driver … Monticello Academy is raising money to help with the funeral expenses … The family's only relative in the Bay Area is a cousin, Eulogio Lino Pereira of Santa Clara, is making arrangements to return the Fernandes' bodies to India … the couple had moved from Goa to the Bay Area four years ago. … Donations on behalf of the Fernandes Family Benefit Fund may be sent to Wells Fargo account No. 7038442971 or mailed to Wells Fargo, 2792 Homestead Road, Santa Clara, Calif. 95051. 662 words. Click here.

Memorial service planned for family
27 Sep: San Jose Mercury News. Services will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary, 466 N. Winchester Blvd., according to family members. 451 words. Click here.
For the Mercury News book of condolences click here.

US: Kevin D’Souza Homicide
26 Sep: Citizens Voice, PA. Kevin D’Souza had written home in late 2005 telling his family he wanted to “turn around his life,” his mother, Sheila said. D’Souza never got that chance. He was stabbed 20 times shortly after that letter was written, Joshua “Smoke” Bradshaw, 17, pleaded guilty to murdering him … D’Souza was stabbed to death during a botched drug sting run by the county and the state attorney general’s office. As a police informant, D’Souza met with Bradshaw to buy crack cocaine in Wilkes-Barre, according to court records … Sheila D’Souza who lives in Florida said she is raising her son’s 3-year-old daughter, who won’t stop asking, “When is my daddy coming home?” 498 words. Click here.

John McDonnell, first candidate in race to succeed Tony Blair, is married to a Goan
26 Sep: The Guardian (UK). John McDonnell, Labour MP for Hayes and Harlington, is the first candidate in the race to succeed Tony Blair … McDonnell goes sailing on the Norfolk Broads with his second wife Cynthia [nee Pinto], a Goan from Kenya, and their 10-year-old son Joseph. "It's a way for us to do something together," he says.
John & Cynthia (nee Pinto) were married in 1995. Click here.

Keith Vaz Hosts Ethnic Diversity Party
26 Sep: The Evening Standard (London). Cherie Blair, the Prime Minister's wife was the chief guest at a fringe event held to celebrate the Labour party's ethnic diversity. Mrs Blair - 52 last Saturday - was also presented with a cake and was treated to a rendition of happy birthday from party host Keith Vaz and watching guests … She was presented with three Chinese porcelain figurines as a birthday gift which Mr Vaz said signified 'health, wealth and prosperity' … Ministers to attend the event included Hazel Blears, John Reid, David Miliband and Jack Straw, who delighted onlookers by dancing to a Bollywood song. 372 words.

Henrietta Moraes’ picture expected to fetch more than £6m

28 Sep: The Evening Standard. A picture of Henrietta Moraes by Francis Bacon is expected to fetch more than £6 million when it goes on sale at Sotheby's in New York in November. Bacon met Mrs Moraes, former wife of poet Dom Moraes, in Soho in the Sixties and she became one of his favourite subjects. Another depiction of Mrs Moraes was auctioned for £3.55 million in 2002, a world record at the time. Bacon has been described as the greatest British artist since Turner. For text and image click here.
For links to more information about Henrietta Moraes click here.

Goan Voice UK Donations
Please contribute towards the service by making your cheque payable to Goan Voice UK and post it to 1 Onslow Gardens, London N10 3JT. Other payment options are detailed at the link below. The same page also lists the contributions so far received. Donations above £20 received by 30 Sep. 2006 will also be listed here.
£25: A. Gouveia; Monica Tellis.


25 Sep: Vasco, Goa. JACOB DOMINGO REBELO [JACKDOM]. Husband of Rosalina. Father of Maggie/Anthony, Annie/Franklin, Tony/Juliet, Olivia/Anthony, Nazareth/Maria, Fatima/Agnelo, Hillary (U.K.)/Carmin.

24 Sep: Vasco, Goa. ANTONIO GONSALVES. Husband of Severina. Father of Respecio, Matilda/Elenterio Antao, Jennifer/Jason Fernandes, Domnick, Thereza (London).

21 Sep: Abbey Wood, London. LIRA DE BRITO (ex-Kisumu, Kenya). Wife of Joaquim. Mother of Henrietta, Ivan, Eric, Fred, Angelo and Angelica.
Funeral on Fri 29th Sep. Mass at 10:00am at St Benets Catholic Church, Abbey Grove, Abbey Wood, London SE2 9EU. Cemetery service at 12:00 at Hillview Cemetery, Wickham Street, Welling DA16.

Reception thereafter at St Benets Church Hall. 27 and 28 Sep for viewing at the Co-op Funeral Service, 202 Bexley Rd, Northumberland Heath, Erith, Kent, DA8 3HF. Ashdown Funeral Services (previous viewing venue) will forward flowers, etc. to the Co-op. Donations to the Stroke Association Condolences to

21 Sep: Florida. DR. VICTOR GRACIAS. Husband of Zinia Costa. Son of late Sebastiao / late Ana de Noronha. Brother of Carlos/Jean, Lucy/late Alberto da Costa and Abel/Fatima Couto.

15 Sep: Colindale, London. BLASCO FERNANDES (aged 54, ex Nairobi). Former husband of Laura. Father of Jonathan. Son of the late Jose and late Rosita Fernandes. Brother/brother-in-law of Brita/Camilo Leitao, Brenda/Eric Rodrigues, Bryan/Margaret Fernandes, Boris Fernandes. Funeral on Fri. 29 Sep. Mass at 13:00 at St Sebastian and St Pancras Church, Hay Lane, Kingsbury, London, NW9 0NG. Cemetery service at 14:15 at Hendon Cemetery, Holders Hill Road, Mill Hill, London, NW7 1NB. Reception thereafter at St Matthias Church Hall, Rushgrove Avenue, Colindale, London, NW9 6QY. Condolences to:


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Poker Classic Comes to Goa.
21 Sep: Online Casino News. (London). Asian Poker Classic (APC) is bringing poker to India with a $1million prize pool … APC will be held in Goa, India from March 1-4, 2007 at the breathtaking InterContinental, The Grand Resort Goa … Over two hundred players are expected to attend the ground-breaking event so is offering satellite tournaments for chances to win $7,500 packages to join them in Goa … Goa has magnificent scenery, incredible temples and fabulous beaches … 442 words. Click here.

Glenn Howells plans Goa holiday scheme
22 Sep: Building Design (UK). Glenn Howells Architects is planning a luxury holiday development near Dabolim airport, Goa, its first project outside the UK. The brief envisages between 800 and 1,200 villas and apartments built on the 60ha site. The heart of the proposed development is a village green surrounded by a 7-star, 250-suite hotel, shops, restaurants and conference facilities … The scheme is aimed at international investors as well as the market in second homes for the expanding Indian middle-class. The brief also calls for a single residential palace for a buyer who demands "the biggest and best". Since Goa law does not allow permanent structures within 200m of the seafront, Bansal's team is designing timber huts to serve as meditation centres close to the water. 228 words.

Tourist Hotspots at Risk of Closure
22 Sep: The Independent (UK). Gloomy predictions of extreme heat and destruction of some of the world's leading holiday destinations were made yesterday in a Future of World Travel report assessing the impact of the dangers of mass tourism and climate change. It has predicted that in a little more than a decade global warming will erode Goa's beaches. Click here.

Something to Declare
23 Sep. The Independent (UK). On 5 October the price of a standard British passport rises from £51 to £66. If your application is in before then, you qualify for the lower rate.
Destination of the week: meat-free around the world
23 Sep. The Independent (UK). Rose Elliot, author of Veggie Chic (Hamlyn, £16.99) has revealed her favourite destination for vegetarian travellers. "South India - Goa in particular. Most of the population are vegetarian, which makes it very unusual and exciting. For a pound you can get a wonderful spread, with fantastic curries and masala dhosa - crispy pancakes filled with potato curry." 212 words. Click here.

Govt Mulls Charging Fee from Foreigners at Hospitals
23 Sep: Herald. Goa is considering charging foreigners a fee for treatment and other services at government-run hospitals particularly Goa Medical College Hospital at Bambolim. 315 words.

Baywatch comes to Goa
23 Sep: Times of India. Well, it won't quite be Pamela Anderson who'll save you if you are drowning off a Goa beach, but close. The added attractions on Goa beaches now are women lifeguards. Goa has decided to appoint 100 more lifeguards, including 20 women, to keep the beaches safe … However, these women won't be any calendar girls. They will be the hardy women from the local fishing communities which dot the areas. They will wear swimming costumes, but “they'll be decently dressed. These are not women one can misbehave with.” Click here.

Goa's answer to 'Baywatch' unveiled
24 Sep: The Independent (UK). … women lifeguards have been hired for treacherous beaches off Goa … they won't be Baywatch-style bikini-clad posers, but they will wear one-piece bathing costumes, a rare sight in conservative India where women commonly wear saris when they take a dip in the sea. The guards will also be fully trained in resuscitation and life-saving techniques, and have a good knowledge of the local tides. 220 words. Click here.

Ethical Travel
25 Sep: USA Today. "How would you know that this beautiful hotel is on land snatched from fishermen, for which they weren't compensated?" asks Tricia Barnett, an ethical travel advocate in Britain, in her foreword to "The Ethical Travel Guide." "How would you know that the water in the pool and shower are depleting local people's resources and that their access to water is limited to two hours a day, as in villages in Goa [India]?" Click here.

Take the kids to Ibiza
26 Sep: The Times (UK). Meanwhile, the north coast, around the hippy hangouts of San Carles and Portinax, gives you a sense of Ibiza as the Goa of Europe. The beaches in this area — Cala Boix, Benirras, Cala Xuclar — are gorgeous, laid-back, safe, unbuilt-upon, and generally dance culture free, except perhaps for the odd chill-out tune permeating the back of one of the beach bars (this I could handle). Click here.

Here's everything you can do in Goa
26 Sep: Times of India. On World Tourism Day today, the Times Of India is launching Times Goa Guide, a unique book that serves a dual purpose – that of a travel guide as well as a city guide … this book will cost you half the price of any other Goa guide available in the market today … it will be available at all leading bookstores across the country very shortly. 381 words. Click here.

Third World flights
27 Sep: Times of Malta. We were in Mumbai, India (supposedly a Third World country) and we decided to fly to Goa for a few pleasant days break. At first we were going to get the cheapest flight available but in the end we thought we would go the whole hog and be extravagant, so we flew with Kingfisher Airlines … Five-star service with a smile and efficiency for the return fare of 6440 rupees which is equivalent to £73.66 sterling … 233 words. Click here.

Three International Airlines to operate flights to Goa
28 Sep: The Hindu. Three international airlines will operate their scheduled flights to Goa beginning this tourist season. TransAir will start operating once a week from October this year a flight between Moscow and Goa, Sri Lankan Airlines will start flights between Colombo and Goa twice a week from the end of next month and Condor will operate two flights a week — one from Munich and one from Frankfurt — to Goa and has also unveiled its plans to continue its scheduled flights round the year beginning April 2007. Click here.


Goa: 250th anniversary of Abbe Faria
22 Sep: Commissioner for NRI affairs, Mr Eduardo Faleiro has said, we should never forget those Goans who attained eminence in the course of our history under whichever political regime they might have lived … Abbe Faria is perhaps the most renowned Goan ever … Mr Faleiro was speaking on the occasion of 250th anniversary of Abbe Faria, the father of hypnotism … Thereafter, a documentary film on life of Abbe Faria was screened on the occasion. Click here.

Goa Tourism. By Dr J C Almeida
24 Sep: Navhind Times. How far has the present hysteria to promote Goa as a tourist destination helped the people of Goa? Unlimited and uncontrolled tourism have already generated in Goa several perverse activities such as prostitution and paedophilia, illegal money circulation, thefts, murders, alcoholism, gambling, illegal sale of drugs circulation, which have destroyed the youth of our Goan families … 2197 words. Click here.

Goa to double hospital bed strength by next year
25 Sep: The Hindu. Struggling with the huge patients' inflow in State owned hospitals, the Goa Government would spend Rs 200 crore for infrastructure development and double the number of hospital beds in the next year. 246 words. Click here.

Goan Catholic has record collection of Crosses
25 Sep: Indian Catholic. Maendra Alvares, a pious Catholic in Goa, who has the largest collection of unique crosses from across the world, is all set to enter soon in the Limca Book of Records. He has a total 500 crosses. 414 words. Click here.

Stacy Sequeira crowned ‘Teen of Goa’
26 Sep: Navhind Times. Stacy Sequeira of St Thomas High School was crowned ‘Teen of Goa’ at the ‘Teen of the Year’ contest organised by ‘Teenager’ magazine which was held at Don Bosco Oratory, Panaji on Sunday. She was closely followed by Desiree Alemao of Don Bosco Higher Secondary School and Jovito d’Mello of SFX College, Siolim. 301 words. Click here.

Lata Mangeshkar turns 77
28 Sep: CNN-IBN. Legendary playback singer Lata Mangeshkar celebrates her 77th birthday on Thursday … The Mangeshkar family has its roots in Goa. But today the state does not have any monument in memory of this family … The music researchers in Goa have expressed a deep concern over the issue. They believe that the Mangeshkar house was a heritage site and it should not have been demolished. In fact, the houses of many other legendary artists native to Goa are also not been properly preserved. For full text, 277 words, and links to two videoclips click here.


Nina’s Heavenly Delights
15 Sep: The Guardian (UK). A new British film depicts a young Asian lesbian whose family is so accepting that her mum plays matchmaker. The film releases in the UK on 29 Sep. 1240 words. Click here.
Watch the trailer at

Why is a Hindu temple like a Soho phone box?
18 Sep: The Times (UK). Excerpts: The Hindu temples of central and southern India can be startlingly erotic … DNA testing has confirmed that upper-caste females in India are genetically indistinguishable from lower-caste females, because pretty hoi polloi girls have always been imported into the palaces. But the upper-caste males of India -who are the descendants of the Aryan conquerors of 5,000 years ago, have never allowed male proles to marry their daughters, and they remain genetically distinct. For full text, 732 words, click here.

Football: Mariano Barreto ordered to pay Ghana $83,000
21 Sep: BBC. Fifa has confirmed to the BBC that it has ordered Portuguese coach Mariano Barreto to pay the Ghana Football Association (GFA) US$83,000 in compensation for quitting his post two years ago. Barreto signed a two-year contract to coach the Black Stars in January 2004 but left nine months later citing lack of co-operation from the GFA … Barreto coached the Black Stars and took the under-23 team to the Olympic Games in Athens. He joined Portuguese side Maritimo immediately after quitting Ghana. Click here.
Mariano Barreto was born in Ribandar, Goa and moved to Mozambique when aged 3 before moving to Portugal.

UK: Reservoir ramble in aid of Indian animal charity
22 Sep: Plymouth Evening Herald. A sponsored walk Plymouth has raised £1,000 to help an animal charity in Goa which helps stray dogs. Wembury dog trainer Ken Stephens is planning to revisit the International Animal Rescue charity in Goa next February with his wife Ann, and wanted to take out £1,000 to help with its work … Ken is keen to take as much money with him as possible to help the charity, and is inviting more donations or sponsored challenges. Contact Ken on 01752 862793. 236 words. Click here.

Manchester, UK: Restaurant review: Luso
22 Sep: Manchester Evening News. Luso’s owners Carlos and Jane Cortes promise their new restaurant - the city's first Portuguese, will range into the gastronomic territory of former provinces such as Brazil, Japan and Goa, hence the vindaloo which costs £13.95. The name is a garbled pronunciation of Vinhos e alhos, wine and garlic. The Portuguese loved to marinate meat in wine vinegar and garlic, pork by preference. The Goans, still thrilled by chillis, adopted it and fierily spiced it up. Luso, 63 Bridge Street, Manchester. 0161 839 5550. Click here.

Scotland: Tony Desa shows he's a hot favourite
23 Sep: Evening Express. (Aberdeen). Antonio Tolentino Desa grew up in a place that sounds like paradise. But 38-year-old Tony, head chef of the Shahbaaz Tandoori on Rose Street, gave it all up to come to Aberdeen. Tony, whose wife Sandra and baby daughter Andrea still live in Goa, stayed there until he was 27. Tony now hopes Sandra and baby Andrea will be able to join him in Aberdeen soon … He said: "I visit them in Goa but I would like to buy a house in Aberdeen for us all. I would like Andrea to go to school here." 453 words. [Tony is from Merces, Bardez] Click here.

Saffron: Gold spice. By Bryan Webb
23 Sep: Daily Post (North Wales). Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world and is one of the most charming and pleasant flavours. It takes 20,000 crocus stigmas to yield just 100 grams … Some of the best saffron comes from India - a couple of years ago on holiday in Goa I was visiting the markets and was amazed to see saffron so cheap. Out of curiosity I bought some, and when I returned home it was of exceptional quality - my only regret was I should have bought more at that price.

Shopping for animal welfare
24 Sep: Financial Express … check out online marketplace eBay India, which is selling memorabilia of some of India’s loved film stars, all in the name of charity. Partnering with the Goa Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GSPCA), eBay India expects millions of its visitors to do some serious bidding … The array of interesting memorabilia has been uploaded keeping in mind the World Animal Week (October 4-10) … All the proceeds from the auction will be used to treat injured street and wild animals in our hospital and for the upkeep of abandoned animals.” 615 words. Click here.

Edwin Fernandes: Travel: The cutting edge.
25 Sep: The Statesman (India). It was a nail-biting journey, albeit with some funny incidents. Edwin Fernandes writes on his memorable trip to the USA and back. … At the JFK Airport New York the immigration officer spotting the crucifix in his coat pocket waved him through assuming he was a priest … However, when leaving he had forgotten about the artists knife in his hand luggage and it was found when the bag was searched at the airport … Click here.

Book Review: “The Gift of the Holy Cross by Lino Leitão”
25 Sep: Pakistan Christian Post. Review by Evelyne Delgado-Norris. In contrast to the tropical and exotic images of Goa as a popular beach resort and refuse (sic) for many First World tourists in search of spiritual escape, Lino Leitão takes the reader on a what he views “a fictional” journey about the everyday struggles of the Goan people under colonial Portuguese and later Indian rule. 1,222 words. Click here.

'She taunted me, I lost it'
26 Sep: Express India. Three months ago on her birthday, Isabelle Dessoy, a secretary with the Belgium Embassy, took her driver Vijay Pal Chaudhary to Goa. Last year, both had gone on a week’s excursion to Bangkok and Singapore. Chaudhary also regularly accompanied her to the elite parties held in Delhi’s five-star hotels and health clubs … On Saturday night, this “trusted aide” stabbed her at least 22 times in her Delhi residence resulting in her death … Click here.

Kenyan murder trial stirs racial tensions
25 Sep: Channel 4 (UK). The trial of a white Kenyan aristocrat accused of killing a black Kenyan has stoked racial and class tensions in the east African country. Click here.
For the latest news about the trial click here.

Indian mangoes set to go West
27 Sep: Hindustan Times. India's trademark fruit is set to go global. The time may not be far when branded Indian mangoes find their way to large American and European stores such as Harrods and WalMart. Japan is also beckoning the fruit … If all goes well, the US markets should open up for India by December 2006 … Australia is considering the entry of Indian mangoes … 418 words. Click here.

Childline’ to help children in distress in India
27 Sep: Indian Catholic. India’s Ministry of Women and Child Development has launched an innovative service for children—a toll free telephone help line for children in distress in 72 cities across the country. 450 words. Click here.

5ive are now 4our
28 Sep. Daily Mirror (UK). The 5ive boys are back … J said: "If we flop, we'll sell our cars and houses and move to Goa." Now there's a reassuring promise... Click here.
For the 5ive home page see


Significant numbers of deaths on Goa beaches in recent months have created an urgent need for an adequate supply of lifeguards. This time, the new lifeguards will be women and about 100 will be recruited mainly from the local fishing communities who have a good knowledge of the unpredictable sea. Any comparison with the TV version of Baywatch in California may not be appropriate we are told!

There has been much discussion about the prevalence of breast cancer in Goa/India. Useful advice has been provided about coping with this disease and is definitely well worth reading. The incidence in women (and some men) may be rising.

"DNA testing has confirmed that upper-caste females in India are genetically indistinguishable from lower-caste females, because hoi polloi girls have always been imported into palaces. But the upper-caste males of India--who are the descendants of the Aryan conquerors of 5000 years ago have never allowed proles to marry their daughters, and they remain genetically distinct." Such information on Goanet is drawn from The Times (UK), 18 Sept 2006. As caste has been discussed a great deal in Goa, DNA testing may surprise us all with scientific testing that has not been available in the past.

How much homosexuality exists in Goa and what are Goan attitudes to this taboo topic? A lively and informative debate is currently taking place on Goanet that throws unexpected light on this issue.

A lively discussion on Goanet tells us about how Amrit Kaur (36), the third daughter of India's Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, is taking on George W Bush and his administration. Amrit's is a legal battle in association with the American Civil Liberties Union. The group is fighting the US Government over Abu Ghraib and the matter of recent profiling of Arabs, Asians etc., on what Amrit calls "Washington's anti-brown discrimination." The irony is that her father is working hard at developing closer links with America.

Finally, there is an opportunity to find out a great deal about Stigmata. In brief, "of reputed miraculous powers, perhaps non is more popularly equated with saintliness than stigmata, the wounds of Christ's crucifixion allegedly duplicated spontaneously upon the body of a Christian." This article on Goanet is substantial and well referenced.

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Drama: Bradford Riots. More 4.
Mon. 2 Oct. 21.00 - 22.35. Neil Biswas' drama telling the story of one of the worst riots in Britain experienced by the residents of Bradford's Manningham area on 7 July 2001.

Film: drama: Heat of The Sun. ITV3
Tue: 3 Oct. 00:05 to 02:05. Private Lives (Part 1). Three-part drama in which a former Scotland Yard detective is despatched to Nairobi to help set up a new criminal investigation unit.

Documentary: Indian Finishing School. Channel 4. Parts 1 & 2
Tues. 3 Oct. 2.50 - 3.50. Uncouth Brits are sent to a tough finishing school in India.
Wed. 4 Oct. 2.45 - 3.35. A formal dinner has been arranged. Will the students pass or disgrace themselves?

Documentary: Diet Doctors: Inside & Out. Channel 5.
Tues. 3 Oct. 20.00 - 21.00. Could you be pre-diabetic? Looking at the health epidemic which increasingly affects young adults and could develop into full blown diabetes.

Documentary: Ghetto Britain: 30 Years of Race. More 4
Wed. 4th Oct. 21.00 - 22.00. An exploration of racism in Britain 30 years after the passing of the Race Relations Act and the issue of multiculturalism.

Documentary: Playing the Race Card. More 4.
Wed. 4th. Oct. 22.00 - 23.00. Journalist Nirpal Singh looks at the backlash to the racism in Britain of 30 years ago and looks at what it means to be a member of an ethnic minority community.

Documentary: Dispatches: the Data Theft Scandal. Channel 4.
Thurs. 5 Oct. 21:00 to 22:00. Identity theft and call-centre security lapses that allow personal financial details to be stolen and traded illegally for huge profits in India, the world's new call-centre capital.

Film: Lamhe: Channel 4
Fri 6 Oct. 00:50. A man refuses to acknowledge his love for a woman much younger than him, especially as she is the daughter of a woman he loved many years ago. Director Yash Chopra. In Hindi with English subtitles. 1991.


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SOLD OUT! 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.

Sat. 14 Oct. 2:30 pm. Croydon. Tiatr Tiatr. SOUMSAR SUDHORLO at St. Andrew's (CoE) High School, Warrington Road, Croydon, CR0 4BH, Written by M. BOYER and directed by Anil Kumar. Cast from Goa: Anil Kumar, Joe Rose, Sabina, Sucoro de St Cruz, Fatima, Sonia, and Ben Evangelisto and top artistes from London: Jr Nelson, Jimmy, Rosita, Perry, Victor de Verem, Master Calron etc. For tickets contact Nina Pinto 020 8767 0663, Judy 020 8763 2606, Romeo 020 8349 3844, Eusebio Pinto 020 8304 9089/07941354756. Caetano Braganca 020 8453 1803/07016285619 or Joe Fernandes 02083432682/07958578568.

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

Sat. 21 Oct. 2:00 pm. Swindon. Tiatr Tiatr. SOUMSAR SUDHORLO at PCC Hall. Swindon, Written by M. BOYER and directed by Anil Kumar. Cast from Goa Anil Kumar, Joe Rose, Sabina, Sucoro de St Cruz, Fatima, Sonia, and Ben Evangelisto and top artistes from London: Jr Nelson, Jimmy, Rosita, Perry, Victor de Verem, Master Calron etc. For tickets contact Xavier 01793322661/07838384374 or Tutush Braganza 07748425442/07748438876.

Sun. 22 Oct. 2:30 pm. Wembley. Tiatr Tiatr. SOUMSAR SUDHORLO at Copland Community School Hall, Cecil Avenue, Wembley, HA9 7DX. Written by M. BOYER and directed by Anil Kumar. Cast from Goa Anil Kumar, Joe Rose, Sabina, Sucoro de St Cruz, Fatima, Sonia, and Ben Evangelisto and top artistes from London: Jr Nelson, Jimmy, Rosita, Perry, Victor de Verem, Master Calron etc. For tickets contact Caetano Braganca 020 8453 1803/ 07916285619, Egito Ricardo 020 8908 5827/ 07956589631, 020 845 05623/07932369111 or Joe Fernandes 020 8343 2682/ 07958578568.

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. 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.


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