Newsletter. Issue 2007-10. Mar. 08, 2007
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Francisco D’Souza: The Future of Globalized Services
23 Feb: Sandhill. Software vendors must embrace new global business disciplines that will form the basis for the next generation of competitive advantage. 1845 words. Click here.
6 Mar: NewIndPress. Cognizant president and CEO Francisco D'Souza pressed the NASDAQ opening bell precisely at 8 pm IST (9.30 am EST) today 6 Mar. Click here.
Francisco D’Souza was born in Nairobi in1968, the son of Sushila and Placido D'Souza. For links to more information about him. Click here.

Melbourne: David De Souza: Pilot's on a higher plane
26 Feb. Bayside Leader (Australia). David De Souza is an experienced pilot with his own plane and the time to help others less fortunate than himself through the Angel Flight service -- a charity that co-ordinates free non-emergency flights for financially and medically needy people. "For me it is a personal feeling of achievement as I get a huge sense of putting things into perspective," Mr De Souza said …
He has been with the service for just over a year, and made six mercy flights so far. In his next mission he will undertake a March trip to Mildura to help a poor family come to Melbourne for leukaemia treatment. David’s “day” job is a sea pilot with the Melbourne-based Port Phillip Sea Pilots. Some of his leisure time is spent flying his Cessna 182T.
David moved to Melbourne from Bandra, Bombay 26 years ago. He is married to Debbie and they have an 18-yr old son Keith who is studying physiotherapy at Monash Uni. Click here.

London: Neil D’Souza performs at the National Theatre
26 Feb: Neil D’Souza is in the cast of The Man Of Mode at the National Theatre, London 26 Feb. to 19 Apr 2007. He plays the part of Mr Smirk. Meryl Fernandes is also in the show. Neil trained at the University Of Ulster and RADA. Some of his performances – Stage: RSC, Midnight’s Children, A Little Princess, Skeleton. TV: Happiness, The Bill, Absolutely True. Films: My Sweet Home. Radio: Goan Flame, The Red Oleander.
His first play – Small Miracle – will be produced at the Mercury Theatre Colchester and in London in June 07.
Neil was born in 1970 in Teddington, Middlesex. He is the son of Rosie D'Souza (born Bombay, nee Serrao) and Abraham Basil D'Souza (born Mangalore); brother of Karl.
For a profile of him Click here.

UK: Melanie Carvalho: Buy into the tomorrow people
27 Feb: Independent Extra (UK). How do you know which emerging artists to watch out for? The ARTfutures art fair gives the contemporary art collector a chance to buy work by the stars of tomorrow. A team of curators, led by Jeni Walwin, hand-pick a thousand or so works by 120 up-and-coming artists and showcase them in a selling exhibition, with prices ranging from £500 to £5,000. …
"It's not just focused on bright, new talent," says Walwin. "There is work from more established artists - but I'd point to two artists who may become very popular over the next few years. Melanie Carvalho, whose paintings of unusual flora and fauna of Scotland subvert romantic landscapes … The ARTfutures show is in London, 8-14 March 2007 - see Carvalho was born in Zambia in 1969 but grew up in Bromley, Kent. Leo, her father was born in Velsao, Goa and her mother, Barbara was born in London. For some images of her work Click here.
Melanie had had a small book published recently called Expedition, a journey in search of tropical Scotland, which mentions Goa. For a review of the book click here.

UK: Vindalho beats steak and kidney pudding as favourite English dish
28 Feb: PR Leap. The choice of an Indian recipe from Mignon Johnson was unanimous by all five judges of a cook-off broadcast on UKTV Food. The pork vindalho was cooked by celebrity chef Antony Worrall-Thompson for the show, The People’s Cook Book … Mignon runs The Saffron Kitchen … Her pork vindalho recipe will be included in a book of the series, which celebrates home cooking … the recipe was handed down by Mignon’s mother … Mignon will be attending the Exeter Food Festival on Mar 30 to Apr 1 … More information about The Saffron Kitchen and the pork vindalho recipe is available from Mignon and husband Andrew Johnson by telephoning 01984 656931 or emailing or by visiting the website Click here. For full text 631 words Click here

UK: Hockey: Sanderstead 2 Goan 1
2 Mar. Croydon Advertiser. Sanderstead were unable to repeat their 8-0 thrashing of Goan earlier in the season, but they still took the points last Saturday. Click here.

Patricia Rozario: Faultline
2 Mar: Eastern Eye (UK). Feature article: For the first time ever, choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh and classical Indian Soprano Patricia Rozario have come together in a dance piece, Faultline. Currently touring Britain, the performance focuses on the tensions and contradictions of a restless Asian youth. For the text Click here.
Faultline performs on Tue 6th & Wed 7th Mar @ Southbank Centre,

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London. For a video trailer click here. For a GVUK profile of Patricia Rozario, Click here.
Patricia Rozario: BBC Radio 3. 11 Mar 2007. 17:00 to 19:00 Sean Rafferty's guests are choreographer Shobana Jeyasingh, soprano Patricia Rozario and sonic artist Scanner ahead of the new work Faultline. To listen to the programme online before 12 Mar . Click here.

Toronto: Cesar Correia: Infolink bounces back
2 Mar: Prime Newswire. Infolink Technologies Ltd. announces that on March 6 the Company's shares will recommence trading after being directed to cease doing so in Oct 2004 … Cesar Correia, a former officer and director of the Company, and still a controlling shareholder and co-founder of the Company, remains Manager of Operations of Infolink … Founded in 1995, Infolink employs a proprietary communication mix that integrates e-mail, fax, and voice broadcast technology to create the most powerful, cost-effective communication and information solutions. E-casting(tm), Voicecasting(r) and Certified Disclosure(tm) are Trademarks of the Company. For text click here.
For a photograph and brief profile of Cesar Correia in GVUK issue 2004-25 click here.

Manuel D'Souza: Romancing a New Stone
4 Mar. Time. An ambitious jewelry upstart is dusting off the 20th century's greatest promotional coup in its bid to make tanzanite the next hot rock … geologists are convinced that it occurs in only one place in the world: in a little place called Merelani, about 30 miles east of Arusha … Tanzanite was not "discovered" until 1967 … Manuel D'Souza, an Indian tailor living in Tanzania who was a hobbyist prospector, helped bring it to the attention of Tiffany, and the New York City jeweler signed on for an exclusive … 2301 words. Click here.
New and Hard to Come By
24 Jan. 1969, Time … Among the first to realize its value was a Goanese prospector named Manuel de Souza, who stumbled across a pocket of crystals in Tanzania in the summer of 1967 … De Souza and his four sons now stand guard over their claims with shotguns … 472 words. Click here.
For the GVUK profile of Manuel D'Souza Click here.

Joy Fernandes: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: London 8 Mar. to 21 Apr.
4 Mar: The Times (UK). Tim Supple’s thrilling pan-Indian Shakespeare caused raptures in Stratford last year … For Joy Fernandes, an English-literature graduate who plays a poised and deeply serious Bottom, it concerned movement. “I was a straight actor,” he says, “so it was a challenge for me to find the physical dimension Tim needed.
We’ve all had to learn new skills.” … none of the cast expressed reservations about their performance: “You know, we wrote the Kama Sutra,” says Archana Ramaswamy, a classically trained dancer, who plays Titania and Hippolyta. “And in our temples, you see half-naked statues everywhere.” … a quivering Quince paying considerably less attention to Bottom’s new donkey’s ears than to the giant protuberance, in the form of a large aubergine, that dangles louchely between his legs … A Midsummer Night’s Dream runs at the Roundhouse, London NW1, from 8 Mar. to 21 Apr. 1383 words. Click here.
For a video trailer, booking details etc. see
Joy recently founded Mumbai’s Attic Salt Theatre - a group that specialises in the serious business of comedy. He is also a regular on television and in films.

London: Concert on 8 Mar. Harvey de Souza director
8 Mar. 7pm. Academy of St Martin in the Fields & Southbank Sinfonia. Harvey de Souza director. Programme to include Stravinsky Concerto in D for String Orchestra; Pulcinella Suite; Bizet Symphony in C.
Harvey (and his brother Ralph) de Souza are originally from Mumbai.
They were awarded scholarships to attend the Yehudi Menuhin School in England …
Harvey led the Academy in performing the music score of From Hell the movie about Jack the Ripper starring Johnny Depp. Click here.

Florida: Seema Desai: A Fork on the Road
8 Mar: Miami Herald. Renaissance woman Seema Desai loves to entertain colleagues from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine with regional specialties … A post-doctoral associate in UM's department of microbiology and immunology, Desai has been involved in pediatric HIV/AIDS research since 1988. She is a Saraswat Brahmin, member of a priestly upper class from Goa …
For a recent dinner party, she cooked a mixed menu of dishes from Bengal, Goa, the Konkan Coast … The meal began with glasses of Goan sol kadi … Goan grated cucumber and yogurt salad seasoned with oil-sizzled black mustard seeds and chopped green chiles with peanuts added for crunch. Links to her recipes - Eggplant with Shrimp and Fish Curry with Coconut. Photo and text, 533 words, Click here.

From Nina Pinto: Friends of Ven. Fr. Agnelo (UK)
28 Mar: By order of the Managing Committee notice is hereby given of a General Meeting of the Association of the Friends of Ven. Fr. Agnelo (UK) to be held on Wednesday 28th March 2007 at St. Boniface Social Club, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting SW17 at 7.15pm. AGENDA: 1. Chairman’s Report; 2.Treasurer’s Report including Seminarian Fund Report; 3. Election of Office Bearers: a) General Secretary; b) Publicity Secretary; c) Three Members. Enquiries to


6 Mar. Mombasa, Kenya. XAVIER FERNANDES. Husband To the late Josepha. Father to Tony, Sally and Norbert. Funeral service on Thu 8 Mar. at the Holy Ghost Cathedral at 3.00 p.m. followed by the burial at the Mbaraki cemetery. Condolences to [Info from Maureen De Souza]

5 Mar: Parra, Goa. ISIDOR J. FERNANDES. (Born 1927 ex-Nairobi). Husband of Maria. Father of Edmund/Manuel, Sheila/Melvyn (UK), Sandra/Ferdinando. Grandfather of Ronson, Reanna, Jessica, Jason, Jenelle, Zale and Zien. Funeral was on 7 Mar.

3 Mar: Harrow Weald, Middlesex, UK. MARIA ROSARIA DA CUNHA (nee D’Mello ex- Moira and Mombasa). Wife of late Joaquim Da Cunha (ex-Mombasa) Mother of Roy, Jenny, Cressy and Lynette. Funeral to be held at St. Joseph Church, 191 High Road, Harrow Weald, Middlesex, HA3 5EA on Thu 8th Mar at 5pm. Condolences to
Tel. 020-8863 7461

1 Mar: Mitcham, Surrey, UK. JOAQUIM CAETANO CAMILO SEQUEIRA. “J. C.” (aged 84 years, ex Moira, Goa & Nakuru/Kenya). Husband of Philo. Father of Zeph & Estella/Peter Begley. Brother of Eugenia Borges & the late Gravetina Pinto. Grandfather of Thomas & Patrick. Uncle of Alba, Tony, Godfrey, Elizabeth, Yvonne, Donald, Louisa, & Nita.
Funeral on Thu 15 Mar at 11am at St Michael Catholic Church, Fern Avenue, Mitcham, CR4 1LS. Interment at London Road Cemetery, Mitcham CR4 3LA. Donations in lieu of flowers: cheques payable to the Alzheimer’s Society - send to Donald S. Drewitt & Sons, 49/51 Upper Green East, Mitcham. CR4 2PF. Condolences to

1 Mar: Los Angeles, CA. ELVIRA SILVEIRA (born 1934, nee D’Souza, ex-Dar es Salaam). Wife of Peter. (ex-Gestetner, Dar). Mother of Steve, Chris, Gina, Carmen and Savio. Funeral on Sat. Mar 10 at St. Finbar Church, 2010 West Olive Avenue, Burbank, CA 91506 at 11.00 a.m. California time. Condolences to or [Info from Antu Braganza].

28 Feb: Colindale, London. IGNATIUS JOSEPH FERNANDES (ex East African Railways & Harbours, Kisumu/Dar es salaam/Mombasa). Husband of Crescy. Father of Casmiro & Loy/Milly. Funeral at 10:30am on Fri 9 Mar. at SS Sebastian and Pancras Catholic Church, 22 Hay Lane, Kingsbury, London NW9 0N. Condolences to

26 Feb: Stockwell, London. SEBASTIAN LOBO. Husband of Carmelina. Father of Lena. He will be greatly missed. Funeral to be on Thu. Mar. 8 at St Francis de Sales Church, 26 Larkhall Lane, London SW4 6SP, then at Lambeth Cemetery. Condolences to

28 Feb: Candolim, Goa. JOSEPH TEOFILO GONSALVES. (born 1953). Husband of Zulema. Father of Zanita and Zelina. Brother of Mathew/Lourdes, Eusebio/Amelina, late Higino, Peter/Irene, Mathelene/Sebastian (Zanzibar), Clara/Camilo (UK), Antonette/late Tolentino and Justina/Constancio, Milagres/Leticia Palha, Gregory/Rosy, Arantelo/Joyce (Qatar).

26 Feb. Toronto. MARIA IDINHA GEORGE. (ex-Kampala). Wife of the late C. J. George. Mother of Edith/Celly, Essie, Elma/Louis, Eurema/Roland and Greta/Vivian. Grandmother of eight grandchildren and spouses, and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral was at Mississauga on Mar. 1. [Info from G.O.A, Toronto,]

25 Feb: Porto Portugal. CONSTANCIO SARDINHA (born 1941) Husband of Rainah. Father of Luis Filipe and Rui Manuel.

24 Feb: Tanga, Tanzania. JIMMY LOBO. Son of the late Mr. & Mrs. Pinto Lobo of Tanga. Brother of Tessie /the late Eddie de Souza (Dar-es-Salaam), Alex/Guity Lobo (Toronto), Julianna/the late Carry Almeida (Goa), Mary/Luis Pereira (Toronto), Annie/Vivian Texeira (England), Victor (Australia), and Wendy/Philip de Souza (Washington). He will be sadly missed by all of his nieces, nephews and their children. Funeral was held at St. Anthony’s Cathedral, Tanga on 25 Feb. Condolences to:


Goa villas & apts. for sale
Acron, Goa's reputed developer will be exhibiting in London and Birmingham 30 Mar to 1 Apr.. 2007 For details see or email:


Indian railways wakes up to the 21st century
27 Feb: The Times (UK). “Travelling by train in India has always been a once in a lifetime event” 735 words. Click here

Goa takes a gamble to attract richer tourists
3 Mar: The Times (UK). Since Western hippies first arrived in Goa in the 1960s it has been redolent of psychedelic drugs, full-Moon parties and free love. Now Indian local authorities, fed up with backpackers and rivers, are trying to revamp the former Portuguese enclave by developing a gambling industry that they hope could one day rival Macau’s? … Five more offshore casinos have been given licences and five are under discussion, according to Goa tourism officials. 490 words + Discuss the article Click here

Parental origins cause hold-up over tourist visas for India
3 Mar: The Telegraph. A family were told by the Indian High Commission it was possible to obtain tourist visas on the day of application at its offices in London. The father was not granted a visa since his parents were born in Pakistan. They had to cancel the holiday to Goa which cost almost £2,500 and their travel insurance would not compensate them. The Telegraph advisory service verdict: “I hope your experience will serve as a warning to others who might find themselves in a similar situation.” 456 words. Click here.

Late Deals
4 Mar: Daily Star. GOA: Thomson offer seven nights room only at the 3T Royal Goan Beach Club Royal Palm, Benaulim, self-catering from £403 per person. Depart March 25 from Birmingham International. Includes accommodation, return flights and transfers. Call 0870 550 2555 or visit
4 Mar. The Sunday Mirror. £389. Save £265 on a holiday to Goa. Fourteen nights' B&B at the two-star Abalone Resort in North Goa costs from £389pp including flights from Manchester on March 10. Details: 01293 533338,

Oman Air offers cruise and land-tour holiday to Goa
5 Mar: Gulf News. Oman Air Holidays has launched a "Fly 'n' Float" package that offers a mix of cruise and shore-based holidays in India, according to a statement by the national airline … The package costs 268 Omani riyals (Dh2,680) per adult … 250 words. Click here

6 Mar: The Times (UK).
Pete Berkeley and his wife Cheryl are bumped once, then almost bumped again on their way home from Delhi to London. 552 words. Click here.

From hippy hang-out to casino capital
7 Mar: BBC News. On the entertainment cruise ship, Caravela, the atmosphere is electric. A Russian belly dancer shakes her body on one end of the floor. On the other, a Caribbean band sings effortlessly. Goa is on the road to becoming the casino capital of South Asia … But there are mixed feelings about the new tag … "We see it as a problem. The church has apprehensions about the multiplication of casinos," said Father Loila Pereira, the spokesman for the state's influential Catholic Church. 856 words. Click here.

Goa – Heritage of the flower children
7 Mar: Der Spiegel. Travel article, in German, with 5 photographs. 1145 words. Click here.

Goa: The Lost Paradise.
7 Mar: Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (Germany). Travel article in German. 726 words. Click here.

Goa Trading Freak Flag for Cash Bag?
7 Mar: Radar Online (New York). Goa, the hippy party capital of India has been issuing casino licenses which have even outpaced Al Qaeda threats … locals are unhappy with this development, criticizing casinos as "criminal" and "prostitution-oriented." They obviously haven't been keeping abreast of the news or may actually prefer Goa's reputation as a "pedophile's paradise." Click here.

Late travel: If you like the heat, get going to Goa
8 Mar: The Times (UK). The tourist season in Goa will soon draw to a close as the weather becomes a little too hot … as the heat rises, the prices drop so now is the time to book … Goaway offers flights from Gatwick and Manchester from tomorrow, March 16 and 23 and weekly from April 6 from £199 return -and packages for a week from £320. Bargain Holidays has a fortnight from March 24 in the popular resort of Calangute from £499 … Jewel in the Crown has end-of-season offers at the four star Haathi Mahal Hotel leaving from Gatwick on April 20, 21, 27 and 28 and return two weeks later to Heathrow. With B&B the price is reduced to £619. -020-7258 7800; ; -0870 0672352. 246 words.


Australia (Sydney): Goan Overseas Association NSW Inc. Jan – Mar 2007 Newsletter is now out. 8 pages. Click here,

Goanet CyberMatrimonials – Mar. 2007. 23 notices – for example: Single Goan male, graduate, well settled, UK based, 47, seeks Goan woman aged 30 to 45. Click here.

G.O.A. Toronto has a page of links to International Goan websites. Check which is the most popular – click here.


Research Articles on HIV/AIDS and Malaria in Goa
1. Journal of Communicable Diseases Volt 38; No 1 (2006) pp. 74-78 Sexual Risk Behaviours and HIV/AIDS Awareness among Males in a Rural Community in Goa Vaz, F. S.; Ferreira, A. M.; Konkani, M. S.; Mothered, D. D.
2. Journal of Communicable Diseases VOL 38; No 1 (2006) pp. 115-117 Determinants of Hospital Stay among Malaria Patients at a Tertiary Care Hospital in Goa Velim, A. P.; Konkani, M. S.; Mothered, D. D.; Vaz, F. S.

Video: Lorna's Bebop: The New Nike Commercial
1. Mar: Sonia Faleiro Blogspot. The Konkani song Bebdo (Drunkard), which plays during the new Nike cricket commercial has come in for as much curiosity and praise …It's a wonderful song, warm, rich and powerful, and influenced by the jazz masters of the time. To watch it (2:02mins), Click here.
For the article written in September 2003 by journalist Naresh Fernandes narrating the story of Lorna, and the origins of the song. Bebdo Click here.
To download the song (Quick registration required), Click here.

Goa... Going... Gone! Real estate booms
2 Mar: Daily News & Analysis … Meera, a real estate broker in the US, moved to Dona Paula two years ago … DLF is planning to build a mall in Panaji's Patto area whereas Parsvnath Builders and a clutch of other builders want to turn Goa's picturesque locales into vast housing colonies with health clubs, tennis courts, malls, hospitals, and schools - in short, complete townships. 397 words.
Starry, starry beaches
2 Mar: Daily News & Analysis … Then there is the doctor who lives in Goa most of the time but he travels to London every few months on work … Greg Acuna, who relocated from Los Angeles, and has since written a book and is exploring setting up an animation studio says: "Goa has an international vibe, I love living here." 328 words. Click here

Love for Goa: Remo calls for artistes’ political lobby
3 Mar: Asian Age. By Pamela D’Mello. Goa needs a "political lobby" of professionals and those who care to fight political corruption, communalism and a system which is unfair to the citizens, popstar Remo Fernandes said. Making an unusual appeal, Goa’s most popular musical icon said, "Artists need a political lobby," as he outlined the crises many face and stressed the need to build a "love for Goa" … We need a Gandhi," Fernandes said, but declined to take on the role of a political leader. "I can be the marching band for the army," pointing out that his music had sought to rouse people in campaigns for the Konkani language, or the Regional Plan, seen as widely damaging to the Goan environment … 417 words. Click here.

Court convicts Australian of charges of sexually abusing young boys in Goa
3 Mar: International Herald Tribune. A court on Saturday convicted an Australian of sexually abusing young boys in Goa. Warner Wulf Ingo, 44, faces a maximum of life sentence in prison. Ingo was an important link in a pedophile racket which operated under the garb of an orphanage. CBI investigators said "at least 14 to 15 more" Western tourists were involved in the racket, including suspects from France, Sweden, Australia, Germany, Thailand and Britain. 341 words. Click here.

Child sex tourist jailed in Goa
7 Mar: BBC. A court in Goa has sentenced Warner Wulf Ingo 10 years in jail for sexually abusing children. He was found guilty of sodomy, unnatural sex with minors, abduction and criminal conspiracy. Child rights activists say sex tourism is threatening to become the darker side of life in Goa's tropical paradise. Goa's government has said the issue is being hyped, but in a report last year, the UN said Goa was a "major destination" for children trafficked for paedophiles, and that sex tourism in the state was "significant". 311 words. Click here.

Paedophile found in New Zealand
8 Mar: The Dominion Post (NZ). Eoghan Colm McBride, 68, was sentenced to seven years' jail in Goa for sex offences against destitute orphaned children in Goa - part of a child-sex racket. Police confirmed that they are not monitoring him because he was jailed overseas … it appears international news reports that he is wanted by Indian police for skipping bail while on parole are incorrect. 190 words. Click here.

Help arrives for Goans aspiring to go overseas
3 Mar: Economic Times. Goans scouting jobs overseas will now be able to use the service provided by the Goa government … Retired Naval officer Vice-Admiral (Retd) John C De Silva will head this agency … Goa is one amongst the few Indian states which has a high rate of migration abroad. 210 words. Click here.

Tripartite pact signed to conserve Reis Magos fortress
3 Mar: Herald. In a major step towards conservation of 550-year old Reis Magos fortress, a tripartite agreement was signed today between the Goa government, Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage and Helen Hamlyn Trust (HHT), UK … Lady Hamlyn, chairperson of the Helen Hamlyn Trust is donating Rs 3.5 crore for the project … As per 2004 estimates, the restoration work was to cost around Rs 3 crores … Lady Hamlyn who lives in Goa said it’s “my gift for Goa” … 450 words. Click here.
17 Nov. 2002. Sunday Telegraph (UK). Lady Hamlyn, widow of publishing tycoon Lord Hamlyn, offered to pay £300,000 to restore Goa's 16th century Reis Magos. Her offer has been rejected by the Goa Government. “I am furious and baffled at what they have done,'' she said. Lady Hamlyn. Click here. 672 words.
11 Dec. 2002. Indian Express. Everyone loves a good fight. Click here.

Topic of Capricon
4 Mar: Times of India. Jug Suraiya writes from Ucassaim, the little village which is a 10-minute drive from Mapusa. The Capricon (sic) is the local pub and he describes the current topics of conversation there. 660 words. Click here

Video: In Goa, Holi gets a tribal touch
4 Mar: CNN-IBN. Away from the hustle-bustle of Goa's beaches crowded with tourists, there is a small village called Gokuldem. Its local tribe continues to celebrate Holi in a centuries-old way, called Shigmo. 1:31 mins. Click here

Convention centre to come up in Goa
5 Mar: The Hindu. DLF Group, a real estate and construction major, has bagged the contract for constructing around Rs. 400 crore (approx £47 million) international convention centre of the Goa Government coming up at Dona Paula near here … The centre will be completed in 18 months. This will be a Public Private Participation (PPP) project on 25 acres of land. Click here.

Two Aussies charged with murder in Goa
6 Mar: Sydney Morning Herald. Two Australians of Indian origin were arrested on Monday in Goa on charges of murdering a waiter at a beachside eatery, a senior police official said. The suspects were identified as 29-year-old Amardeep Singh and Jaswinder Singh, 26, both accountancy students at the University of Melbourne. Click here

Goa connection: Rave parties in the drug web
6 Mar: NDTV. … Up market nightspots in Saligaon, Anjuna, Arpora, Morjim and butterfly island in Palolem - all part of the rave circuit, which is now spreading to other cities in India. The Goa connection has been driven by a successive wave of drug peddlers. In the 1980s Nigerians and Kenyans … in the early 90s Israelis … In 2002 Russian druglords made their entry . Click here

Catholic Church campaign confronts political corruption in Goa
7 Mar: UCAN. By Bosco de Souza Eremita. As a state election nears in Goa, a Church campaign against corruption appears to have emboldened people to challenge corrupt politicians … The campaign began in December, when Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao of Goa and Daman alleged that the elected representatives of people are out to sell the state to "the highest bidder." 813 words. Click here.

Goa: Rane presents please-all state budget
8 Mar: Navhind Times. The Chief Minister, Mr Pratapsingh Rane today presented a ‘please-all’ budget for the financial year 2007-08 levying no new taxes on the common man in an attempt to woo the electorate towards the Congress-led coalition, ahead of general election to the state assembly. Click here.


Fund-raiser for orphanage
1 Mar: Nottingham Evening Post (UK). An Asian extravaganza dinner dance at Blotts Country Club will help raise vital funds for Shakti Anand on Saturday, March 24. Tickets cost £40 per person. Registered as a UK charity in 2006, the orphanage is planned for the countryside of Goa, with £100,000 needed to build a school and accommodation for 100 children and 30 staff and sponsors. To attend the dinner and dance or to help with donations, contact Shira on 07974 813890 or For more information see For text of newspaper article Click here.

Asthma attack kills traveller
1 Mar: The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald (UK). David Lord, 33, has died in Goa after suffering an asthma attack on a jungle trek. He was in Goa with his girlfriend Lena Rotas, 26. The two had given up their jobs and sold many possessions to go on a seven-month round-the-world trip together when the tragedy struck. The asthma attack developed quickly into a heart attack and he died within five minutes on February 23. 389 words. Click here.

Richard Zimler: In search of the silenced
2 Mar: The Independent (UK). Richard Zimler has won global acclaim for his novels about the Portuguese Jewish diaspora. He stormed the bestseller lists in two continents with The Last Kabbalist of Lisbon … The book yoked its sketches of secret lore to a meaty and moving historical saga which introduced the Zarco dynasty of Portuguese Jews. Zimler never harboured plans to write a series but Zarcos returned, first in Africa and then, battling the Inquisition, in the Goa of his Guardian of the Dawn. Now, in The Seventh Gate (Constable, £7.99), the family takes a fourth bow … 1655 words. Click here.
The Richard Zimler website is at
Read the first chapter of his Goa book at

The Fantastic Four help the orphans
3 Mar: Portsmouth News. The youngsters, known as the ‘Fantastic Four’, created a business to sell handmade silver jewellery … All profits from the successful venture – part of the Pompey star Linvoy Primus’ Enterprise Challenge – were donated to orphans in Goa. For more information on the charity visit 156 words. Click here

Air passenger helped subdue violent drunk
3 Mar: Yorkshire Post. David Green was on a Thomsonfly flight from Manchester to Goa when he leapt to the aid of the crew to tackle a violent and abusive passenger. The flight was diverted to Abu Dhabi where the passenger was off loaded. 534 words. Click here.

Iqbal Malhotra, filmmaker, made these crabs for Shilpa Shetty
4 Mar: Business Standard. The last time Iqbal Malhotra, filmmaker, made these crabs was a year ago - for Shilpa Shetty. Shilpa, a friend of Malhotra's wife, was home for dinner, and being a Mangalorean wanted seafood. So Malhotra cooked her the crabs - a really simple Creole preparation … the painter Souza, for instance, whose works the Malhotras avidly collect, loved his prawn curry … Malhotra grew up in Mumbai with a Goan cook … 552 words. Click here.

Karachi: Jazz
4 Mar: Dawn. Karachi seems to have caught the jazz bug … While Jason was the youngest member of the group, the other three were senior musicians, and one would hazard a guess that they were all members of the Goan community, one of this city’s many ethnic, linguistic and religious minorities. Among other things, this community is known for producing talented musicians, many performing with some of the most successful local pop and rock acts. Click here

Quebec: Boisclair flips on labour support
4 Mar: The Globe and Mail (Canada). Embattled Parti Québécois Leader André Boisclair has suggested that his party has some candidates from ethnic minorities who stand a chance of success, citing long-time sovereignty activist François Rebello in La Prairie, and the actor Pierre Curzi in the riding of Borduas. Both men are second-generation descendants of immigrants: Mr. Rebello's father is from Goa and Mr. Curzi's father is Italian. Click here

Mumbai: Waste not, want not in the £700m slum
4 Mar: The Observer (UK). Dan McDougall reports from the chaos and filth of Dharavi in Mumbai, where a recycling industry is helping thousands claw a way out of poverty. See the extraordinary pictures in our audio slideshow. 1598 words. Click here

Canada: An Indian Wedding
4 Mar: The Province (Vancouver). Page D4. Weddings in Goa from $2500.
For the website Click here.

Tony D’Souza wins Florida Book Award
5 Mar: Sun-Sentinel. Sarasota resident Tony D'Souza's debut novel Whiteman about a young American relief worker in a Muslim village in Africa's Ivory Coast beat out satirist Carl Hiaasen's Nature Girl for the top award in general fiction in the first Florida Book Awards. Click here.

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown: The real reason for all the white faces at the BBC
5 Mar: The Independent (UK). Jonathan Ross notices and minds that most black folk in the BBC are silent suppliers of food, clean floors, functioning machines and cabs: "How many black people have they got working on proper shows there?" he asked. "You know the BBC still haven't come up to speed. I mean, they are trying, bless them." Click here

On the Internet, community radio becomes a reality
5 Mar: DNA - Daily News & Analysis. Nagesh Pai is the founding chief of Radio Idli, Mumbai's first community Web radio project … When it began in January this year, Radio Idli just had 10 members. Today, it reaches an audience of more than 4000 Saraswats with Konkani as their mother tongue and has contributors from Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Kochi, the UK and the US … Pai’s programmes on Radio Idli include songs, chat shows, interviews and spoofs - mostly in the Konkani language … He says, “I would love to see Radio Idli as a setting example of a community unifier. A platform through which members interact, help each other and grow together." 660 words. Click here
Radio Idli is at

Chicken cafreal; Hamburgers. the Floyd Cardoz recipes
7 Mar: San Jose Mercury News (California). Recipes taken from "One Spice, Two Spice" by Floyd Cardoz with Jane Daniels Lear (William Morrow )
Chicken Cafreal: 315 words. Click here.
Hamburgers. 341 words. Click here.
For the GVUK Floyd Cardoz Supplementclick here.

Kenya: Anglo Leasing ghost returns to haunt Govt
8 Mar: East African Standard. The Anglo Leasing saga is back to haunt its architects during an election year … The Kamani family at the centre of the alleged scam has interests in flower farms, infrastructure, telecommunications, project financing, real estate, cotton, Diani Reef Beach Resort in Mombasa and Radisson Whitesands Resort in Goa, India. Click here.

Britain hikes visa fees
8 Mar: Herald (Goa). Britain on Wednesday announced a hike in visa fees for Indian and other non-European Union citizens in various categories and a raft of measures to deny work, benefits and services to illegal immigrants. £750 pounds for the ‘indefinite leave to remain’ visa … £400 for Highly Skilled Migrants Programme (HSMP) visa … £99 for the student visa … 369 words. Text at

London: Tongues on Fire - Asian Woman Film Festival
9 Mar: Exclusive screenings of the films Water, Provoked and Namesake will be part of the annual Tongues on Fire which runs from 9-31 March. … The Namesake, a film by the acclaimed director Mira Nair about an Indian family who move to New York in the 70s. Water is Deepa Mehta's Oscar nominated film set in India during the 1930s … The domestic violence film Provoked, directed by Jag Mundhra and starring Aishwarya Rai and Naveen Andrews, will premiere on 18th March at the ICA. Some other screenings include Nina's Heavenly Delights, Hiding Divya and Dor. For the Festival website see


Much has been commented on schooling and education in Goa in recent weeks. However, in a kind of synthesis re the various issues raised, Miguel Braganza provides a substantial and well written commentary titled---The Question of Schooling/Education and the Problem of Generalisation.

Many thousands of Goans have left Goa, especially the Christians, for economic reasons over recent centuries. This process shows no sign of abatement and new 'pastures' are constantly being explored. However, rather strangely, those working in the Gulf in the Middle East region appear to be maligned by some and an interesting discussion has emerged on Goanet on this issue.

Goa Research Net has an interesting article about the thoughts of Dalit scholar and journalist, Chandra Bhan Prasad. In reporting from Goanet, "His latest idea is the anti-thesis of the saying---'language is the cradle of civilisation.' Prasad suggests that, the ethnic languages of India are carrying forward ---generation after generation ---the prejudices and biases of casteist Indian minds." The article is excellent and 'a must read' in challenging stereotyped thinking on a perennial issue. Hopefully, Goan Voice (UK) readers will analyse the content in the article and provide commentary to Goanet.

Is access to a good college education in Goa/India and a degree on completion, merely a conduit or a passage to the West? A debate on this paradoxical issue is ongoing on Goanet and once again, GV(UK) readers are encouraged to contribute to this debate.

At perhaps a more mundane level but with some considerable passion has been the debate about the use of fingers, spoons, knives, forks and chopsticks in different eating environments. In particular, rather unusual observations have been reported about European and American variations in the use of cutlery. Clearly for some among the Goanet readership, there is more than meets the eye on this 'vexatious' issue!

Finally, do read a humorous but insightful short piece on Goan Pretensions by Selma Carvalho. Hopefully, GV(UK) readers could add to the fascinating insights and details provided by Selma.

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DRAMA: The Saturday Play. Zubeda. BBC Radio Four
Sat 10 Mar. 14:30 to 15:30. Epic love story set in rural India at the turn of the last century.

DOCUMENTARY: Private Passions: BBC Radio Three
Sun 11 Mar. 12:00 to 13:00. Michael Berkeley's guest is historian William Dalrymple.

DOCUMENTARY: Ages Apart: BBC Radio 4
Mon 12 Mar. 20.00 to 20.30 Different generations of immigrants from different ethnic backgrounds are brought together.

DOCUMENTARY: The Last Days of The Raj. Channel 4 – also online
Mon 12 Mar. 21:00 to 22:35. The Last Days of the Raj. Drama documentary charting the six months leading up to independence in India in 1947.

Thu 15 Mar. 23:20 to 23:50. Asian arts and lifestyle magazine. Includes alternative Indian cinema and the top Asian wedding planners.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sat. 14 Apr. 6.45-11.00 pm South East Goans presents "Carnival de Goa". An evening of fun and entertainment with Maz & Co. at Hurstmere School Hall, Hurst Road, Sidcup, DA15 9AW. Adults - £11, children 6-12 yrs £5, under 5's free. Meal and free drink on entry included in the ticket price. Contact: Ron 0208 303 3386, Chris 01322 400732, Dom 07854490617, Tat 0208 316 1473.

Sat. 21 Apr. – TIATR, TIATR, Goan Cultural Society proudly presents a Konkani Tiatr “GIRESTKAI” written & directed by Goa’s Radio Star, Anthony Marques, at St John’s Hall, Bourne Hill, Palmers Green, London N13 at 3.00pm. For details contact:- Bella – 020 8372 1253, Ida – 020 8881 2921, Camilo – 020 8801 3637 & Marques – 01628 783889.

Sun. 29 Apr. – TIATR, TIATR, Goan Cultural Society proudly presents a Konkani Tiatr “GIRESTKAI” written & directed by Goa’s Radio Star, Anthony Marques, at Archbishop Lanfranc Hall, Mitcham Road, Croydon at 2.00pm. For details contact:- Nina – 020 8767 0663, Cornelius 020 8681 8716, Bella – 020 8372 1253, & Marques – 01628 783889.


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