Newsletter. Issue 2007-45. Nov. 08, 2007
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Chriselle Almeida: When Kiran Met Karen
1 Nov: Shooting in New York later this month, is When Kiran Met Karen, a feature film with Chriselle Almeida in one of the lead roles as Kiran. Purva Bedi had been tipped to bag the role which sparked controversy since it features a lesbian relationship. For text and videoclips click here.
Chriselle Almeida was born in Bombay and the family moved to US when she was 14. She is the only child of Dr Rochelle Almeida (NYU professor and literary scholar) and Llewellyn Almeida, an international banker. She enjoys reading- especially South Asian writers and loves Indian food. She has visited Goa “many many times … my family and I go to the Goan Christmas dance in New Jersey every year …” For her website with more photos, resume etc. click here.
For a video clip demonstrating her acting prowess click here.

Will Sarah-Jane Dias be the next Miss World?
1 Nov: Rediff. … Sarah-Jane Dias is all set to represent India at the beauty pageant that will be held on December 1 in China. For the former veejay born in Mumbai and brought up in Muscat, winning the crown will be a challenge indeed … she studied sociology at the University of Mumbai, enjoys authentic Chinese cuisine and has a particular penchant for Peking Duck. Click here.
For a video clip (4 mins) click here.
For the Sarah-Jane Dias website click here.

Dr Agnelo Fernandes: GP2GP transfer halves records admin
2 Nov: GP (General Practitioner). GP2GP software designed to send patient notes electronically between practices when patients move areas, has now been installed in 2,000 practices after its national launch in June 2007 … Dr Agnelo Fernandes, a GP in Croydon, south London, who started piloting the system in his practice over a year ago, said in that time they have not had any problems with the software … 425 words. Click here.
For the GVUK Dr Agnelo Fernandes supplement, click here.

UK: Vernon Pereira: Band lives on
2 Nov: Birmingham Mail. Friends and fans of Midland band Possessed are holding a get-together on Friday November 9 at the Manor House, Hall Green Road, West Bromwich. Three members of the group, singer Terry Davies, guitarist Vernon Pereira and bassist Mick Reeves were killed in 1976 in a road accident … For a photo and links to info about Vernon Pereira click here.

Audrey Fernandes-Satar: Inspired by a beast of burden
2 Nov: The West Australian. The donkey is not typically first on the list of inspiration for most artists. But for Audrey Fernandes-Satar, the oft-ridiculed beast of burden has inspired her to produce a series of sketches recording her observations on the movement and anatomy of the animal … Fernandes-Satar, an international artist, recently spent six weeks at Murdoch Universitys vet school studying and sketching the movement of donkeys, dogs and horses. The fruit of her labour is on public display in the vet school until Dec 7 as part of a program run by the universitys Veterinary Trust … Fernandes-Satar, now based in Fremantle, was born in Goa and has lived and worked in many countries over the years including Mozambique, Portugal and England. 427 words. For a brief profile of Audrey and example of here work click here.

Profile: Mafalda Veiga: Voice from Goa
3 Nov: Diario de Noticias. Ana Mafalda da Veiga Marques dos Santos was born in Fatima, Portugal in 1965 in a family originally from Margao, Goa. Mafalda issued her first CD, Pássaros do Sul, in 1990. She is the daughter of Manuel Bruto da Costa and Maria da Conceição Pimenta de Aguiar da Veiga … She married in 1990 and has a son. For full text, 517 words, in Portuguese, click here.
For the Mafalda Viega home page click here.
For more information about her, with links to audio and video clips, click here.

Middle East: Goan emigrants issues to be tackled
4 Nov: Arab Times (Kuwait). Commissioner for NRI Affairs Eduardo Faleiro will visit Kuwait from Nov 7-9 as part of his official tour to different Gulf countries where he will interact with Goan emigrants and meet officials of the local government to discuss emigration issues … he will also attend the Goa Day celebrations organized by the Goan Welfare Society on Nov 9 and participate in a seminar arranged by the society. After visiting Kuwait, Faleiro he will visit Qatar, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Muscat by the end of November and early December. 426 words. Click here.

Corryn Rayney Murder: Underworld figure grilled for eight hours
4 Nov: The Sunday Times (Perth, Aus). Police investigating the Corryn Rayney murder have raided the house of an underworld figure, seizing many of his belongings for forensic testing. He has been accused of murder in the past and was a defendant in a case that was handled by Mrs Rayney's lawyer husband, Lloyd. He is understood to have been questioned by detectives for more than eight hours about whether he was involved in the death of Mrs Rayney … 504 words. Click here.

Corryn Rayney Murder: Alibis clear two in questioning
5 Nov: the Mercury (Tasmania). Police investigating the murder of Supreme Court registrar Corryn Rayney have questioned a former security guard acquitted of murder and a man acquitted of paid thuggery. Click here.

Jane Pinto: New generation of Kenyan table tennis officials
5 Nov: ITTF. Nairobi was the home for an ITTF Level One Coaches Course at the Parklands Sports Club. The course was led by Croatia’s Branka Batinic, the 2006 World Veteran Women’s Singles champion … “The organisation was very good with Kenyan table tennis legend, Jane Pinto being the Chair of the Organising Committee”, said Branka Batinic. “Furthermore, she is building a new committee, people with new ideas, new blood which promises well for the future.” 398 words. Click here.

Jason DaSilva: Vote for his film in the quarter finals
5 Nov: Thanks to your support Jason’s short film Olivia's Puzzle got through the first round. From Mon 5 Nov to Sun 11 Nov. you can vote for it in the quarter finals stage. To do so, check it out at the link below. Then, 1: Click on the right-hand bottom side that says "Click Here to Launch the Competition". 2: In the “Watch This Week’s Finalists” panel select the 9th figure from the left. 3. While the film is being played or afterwards, select “Rate this film” and then follow the prompts. Rate it with up to 5 stars. You can vote once from each email address you have.
Click here.

World Wide Non-Resident Goans Dinner Dance – Goa - 19 Jan. 2008
5 Nov: “We still call Goa home" is the theme of the grand Inaugural Dinner Dance organized by the Alliance of Goan Overseas Associations … It is being organised by Tony Colaco , Australia; Antonio Mascarenhas, Canada; Benito D’Souza and Rene Baretto, both UK and Vivian D’Souza – USA. Shri Edward Faleiro will be the guest of honor for this event. All funds raised by the event will be donated to a deserving Goan Charity.. For full details click here.

Gregory Fernandes Murder: Uncle makes visit to nephew’s shrine
5 Nov: Daily Echo (UK). Fr Diogo Fernandes was not prepared for the sight he witnessed in the centre of Fawley. Part of the village square has become a shrine to Gregory Fernandes, 32, who was racially attacked by a gang of about 20 youths … Father Fernandes sank to his knees and wept as he viewed the floral tributes that had been left near the scene of the assault. "Greg, Greg, why can't you come back to us?" he cried. 482 words. Click here.

Gregory Fernandes Murder: Attack victim honoured
5 Nov: Lloyd's List (UK). A huge crowd turned out in bad weather last weekend to pay their respects to Gregory Fernandes, who lost his life in an unprovoked attack … Stella Maris chaplain Patsy Foley was first on the scene … Finod Appa, the surviving seafarer, spent over a week in England following the attack, awaiting repatriation. This gave him an opportunity to come to terms with what had happened to him and to keep in contact with his distressed family back home in Goa. Fr Patsy has set up a trust for Gregory and Finod’s families back in India in response to the generous offers from locals who were shocked at Gregory’s murder, which it is hoped will help them cope with the financial hardship they are now suffering. 229 words.

Anyone cares?
6 Nov: Herald (Editorial). Does the Goa government care for its people? What happens if a Goan is in trouble overseas – what does the government do in such a situation? Does it turn a blind eye and pay no attention to the situation or does it extend all support to the family of the concerned Goan? It is more than obvious that the Goa government, who ever it is in power, just does not care? … a case in point is the incident of Gregory Kiran Fernandes of Agonda, who was killed in England after a racist attack … The Gregory incident just shows how racist we Goans are. 574 words. Click here.

Dead sailor's uncle travels to UK
6 Nov: BBC. Father Diogo Fernandes, the uncle of Gregory Fernandes killed in a racist attack in Hampshire has travelled to the UK to meet police investigating his nephew's death. For photo and text, 316 words, click here.

Commissioner for NRI affairs “not aware of the brutal killing”
7 Nov: Navhind Times. The people in Fawley have expressed shock and sorrow over the death of Gregory Fernandes … Surprisingly, the state authorities, including those in the office of the commissioner for NRI affairs, were not aware of the brutal killing of the Goan youth. 624 words. Click ehre. [Ed: Odd considering that the NRI Commissioner is on the circulation list for the weekly newsletter and sends me complaints when his Press releases are not featured here!]

Savio and Hilary Rodrigues: Mortgage debt rises with costs
6 Nov: Toronto Star. When Savio and Hilary Rodrigues decided in October 2006 to buy a home, they ended up paying an eye-popping price of more than $700,000 for a 21/ 2- storey home. Yesterday, the Toronto Real Estate Board reported the average home price in the Toronto area is now $394,646, up 11 per cent from a year ago, although, like the Rodrigues family, you can count on paying a lot more if you want to live downtown. Today’s generation of new homeowners are spending and taking on debt that their parents couldn’t imagine. 1108 words. Click here.

Bahrain: Troupe to play 'Peace' role
7 Nov: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain). A troupe of 20 Goan dramatists will be flown into Bahrain later this month to perform a popular new play. The "tiatr," or play, entitled Amkam Xhanti Dhi (Give Us Peace) will be staged at 8pm on November 22, at the Sea Shell Hotel, Adliya. Click here.


6 Nov: London. MARIA NOEMIA DO ROSARIO NAZARETH. Wife of Alirio. Mother of Alina/Prof Tom, Allan/Lynne, Derek/Liz and Yvonne/Mervyn. Grandmother of Ben, Gill, Jamie, Jack, Julia, Joe, Sophie, Max and Lily. Sister of Henriqueta/late Alvaro. Sister-in-law of late Amorito, Alves/Ramona, late Fr Antunes, Fr Armindo, late Laura/Richard, Judy/Mathew and Alfeu/Alice.

4 Nov: Merces, Goa. HILLARY KEAGAN PIRES (Born 1989). Son of Francis (UK)/Succorina. Brother of Herman and Hazekiah.

1 Nov: Mississauga, Canada. JOHN GILBERT DE SOUZA. (Born 1942, ex-Nairobi and Mombasa). Husband of Violet. Father of Monika, Stephen. Son of Bertha and late Nelson. Brother of David, Philip and Norma. John, or Gilbert, as he was known had recently retired from Rogers Communication. He exuded an inimitable sense of humor and was a devout Catholic with active participation of “Couples for Christ” and his Rosary prayer group. The funeral service was at St. Patrick’s Church on Nov. 5. Condolences to

1 Nov: Mississauga, Canada. MARIA ETELVINA DASILVA. (Born 1917). Beloved wife of the late Manuel DaSilva and much loved mother of 11 children, 14 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Loving mother of Manuel and Eduard; Leontina and Alberto; Dolores & Germano; Zulmira and Emanuel; Angelo and Odete; Leonor and Joe; Elvira and Manuel; Doralice and Mario; Carlos and Beverley; Adalberto and Rosa and the late Estela. Visitation at the Turner & Porter Peel Chapel on Sunday. Funeral Mass will be held on Mon Nov 5 at 9:30 a.m. at Christ the King Church, Mississauga. Interment St. Mary’s Cemetery. For full details and to send condolence messages select the link below. Click here.

30 Oct. Margao, Goa. ALVITO NORMAN COLACO (ex-Nairobi). Brother of Abilio (Los Angeles), Arnaldo (Sydney) and Araujo (Los Angeles). [Info from George Pinto]. Condolences to


UK: Restoration of Postal Visa Applications to India from 5 Nov.
1 Nov: The High Commission of India, London, has decided to restore receiving Indian visa applications through Royal Mail special delivery service w.e.f. November 05 2007. Please allow minimum 10 working days for processing of postal applications excluding postal transit. The general information for application by post is given at the link below. Click here.

Malaria advice for travellers to Goa
1 Nov: National Travel Health Network and Centre (UK). There has been a rise in malaria among residents in Goa in the first six months of 2007 with 788 cases compared to 240 during the same period in 2006. There has also been a cluster of malaria cases among UK travellers who visited Goa between December 2006 and March 2007 and cases of other European travellers as recently as August … Malaria prevention tablets are recommended for travellers visiting Goa, particularly those visiting areas north of Panaji and those who will be remote from medical care. 546 words. For full text including recommendations check the link below. Click here.

A festive swing
2 Nov: Daily News & Analysis. … Goa will witness two festivals. The Big Chill which is a three day music, art and relaxation festival like last year is expected to draw some big names; the talks are still on … Another addition is the PDM Entertainment & Smirnoff Sunburn Festival (dance festival) which is a highlight this year; the fest kicks off in Goa from December 27-28 2007 onwards and goes on till January 2-3 and features a long list of artistes from all around the world. Some of them include Above & Beyond (Anjunabeats UK), Axwell (Axtone Sweden), John 00 Fleming (J00f recordings UK), Arno Cost & Norman Doray (Serial records France), Sergio Flores (Defected Austria), DJ Pearl (Submerge India) and Jaytech (Anjunabeats Australia) … Click here.
The Smirnoff Sunburn Festival flyer carries the Govt. of Goa Tourism logo. Will the 10 pm curfew be imposed? For the Festival details, click here.

Travel: Five of the best winter beach escapes
3 Nov: The Guardian (UK) …3 Goa: The Captain's House is a Portuguese villa on a private spit of land connected to the mainland by a 60m bamboo footbridge near Arambol. There are also a collection of boutique studio tents among the coconut trees, where turtles come to the beach to nest in winter. The Captain's House sleeps six from £546 per week; tents £182 per week. Click here.

Sun Travel
3 Nov: The Sun (UK) India’s smallest state is no longer the preserve of backpacking hippies. Try seven nights B&B at the two-star O Pescador Hotel on Dona Paula Beach for £419 per person. Flight departs Gatwick on November 24. Call 08450 702 530 or see

Whistle-stop wonders
3 Nov: Gulf News (UAE). By Marie-Louise Olson. The sand was warm and I dug my toes in deeper. The tiny bubbles from the waves swirled around my feet and tickled my toes before being sucked back into the ocean. A local refreshment was tingling my tongue and I happily took another sip as the warm rain began to patter around me. The coconut trees swayed silently and I sighed in content — I was in Goa … Photos and text 1421 words. Click here.

Christmas and New Year Escapes
4 Nov. Sunday Times (UK). Go to Church in Goa. Christmas and New Year are the busiest – and most expensive – times to visit Goa, but with good reason. The weather is perfect, with sunny skies and gentle sea breezes. The easy-going Goans celebrate Christmas with charm, and new year with boozy gusto … it’s worth wandering into a local village to attend midnight mass. You’ll be overwhelmed by the warmth of the welcome and might find yourself invited to stay on for a tea party … New Year sees allnight parties with international DJs and small gatherings of locals setting off fireworks and burning effigies of Father Time on beach bonfires. 168 words. Click here.

Goa: Shack owners: Expedite allotment process
6 Nov: The All Goa Shack Owners Welfare Society today decried the month-long delay in allotment of shacks and has urged the Department of Tourism to expedite the process. The allocation was originally scheduled for 21 Nov. and has now been brought forward by a week. 305 words. Click here.

Bollywood galaxy of stars to descend on Goa
7 Nov. Khaleej Times (UAE). Hundreds of thousands of tourists descend on Goa during the winter months, attracted by the surf, the sun and the sand. But besides the salubrious climate, the tiny state also has a lot to offer tourists. Click here.


British couples knock at High Court door
1 Nov: Gomantak Times. Two British couples, Clive/Norma Pegg and Anthony/Carol Horwood, who are working in India have petitioned the High Court of Bombay at Goa alleging that they were victims of government "red tapism", as they are not being allowed to purchase property in Goa, despite completing 182 days in the country. Foreigners now wanting to purchase property in Goa have to go through a long and stringent procedure. Though the Court dismissed the petition it has given the Goa Government three months to resolve the matter failing which the petitioners are at liberty to approach the Court again. For full text click here.

Goa: All foreigners not bad
3 Nov: Herald. By Soter D’Souza. The recent tirade against foreign nationals in Goa may be popularly acceptable to the locals but the ancient Goan houses and land purchased by foreign nationals have been carefully preserved and even further beautified in many instances … It appears more likely that under the excuse of foreign exchange regulation violations, paedophilia and drug trade these vested interests seem to be scheming with politicians to get hold of this remaining land that is in the hands of foreign nationals and wipe out the traces of this Goan heritage and architecture . It perhaps would be better that foreigners are allowed to purchase the ancient houses and the land rather than letting it to be plundered by unscrupulous, greedy, insensitive and destructive local real estate developers … 307 words. click here.

Houses by the Sea
4 Nov: Indian Express. The villas and ancestral beach houses are no longer the most premium property in Goa. “Apartment sales, not so popular earlier are quickly rising in numbers … there is greater security in gated communities and better amenities on offer in serviced apartments … a significant percentage of buyers are those investing in their “fourth or fifth” home … many developers blame the scrapping of the Regional Plan for the high prices on account of a the promised supply suddenly drying up … The market for affordable middle class housing in Goa is wide open … Photos and text, 892 words. Click here.

Goa: Realty Boom
5 Nov: Economic Times. Real estate is one of the fastest growing sectors in India and the states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Goa are actively transforming the realty landscape in the country … From beaches to state of the art buildings, Goa has come a long way! Goa is not only a flourishing state but the beauty of the city has attracted an enviable amount of investments in real estate. Reputed builders such as Parsvanath and DLF are all set to give Goa a complete makeover with large office spaces and shopping arcades. Market experts anticipate that property prices will shoot up considerably in Goa within the next few years … Click here.

In Fashion
5 Nov: Economic Times. Ratna Jain, the Delhi-based fashion designer with labels such as Tantra, is now foraying into real estate with eight acres of unspoilt luxury villa complex at Hollant Beach in Goa. ET learns that the fashionista is calling her newfound land Devasthali, meant only for connoisseurs of luxury.


Goa to review SEZ policy
1 Nov: Economic Times. The Goa Government will review its special economic zone (SEZ) policy taking into consideration advantages and disadvantages of setting up tax-free commercial enclaves and opposition from certain quarters. "Whatever decision (on SEZ) is taken, it will be reasonable and in Goa's interest," state Chief Minister Digamber Kamat … 253 words. Click here.

Goa firm launches print-on-demand option for authors
2 Nov: IANS. A firm in Goa has launched a cheap and hassle-free online publishing service which allows people to create their books themselves and on their own terms. CinnamonTeal Print & Publishing Services have started what they claim is India's first Print-On-Demand (POD) service … Leonard and Queenie Fernandes, who started the venture, told IANS they felt India's culture and linguistic diversity was well suited for such services, catering to very small, niche audiences … Such books may range from a compilation of your mother's recipes to your research reports to corporate manuals … 516 words. Click here.

Congress wins South Goa election
3 Nov: 1202 hrs. Times of India. Congress candidate Francisco Sardinha won the Mormugao Lok Sabha seat by a margin of over 40,000 votes. While Sardinha polled 118,583 votes, Wilfred Mesquita could get only 77,681 votes for the BJP. The seat fell vacant after the then Congress MP Churchill Alemao resigned on May 8 this year to join state politics. Click here.

Football: 6 more Goans selected for Manchester
3 Nov: Navhind Times. The Manchester United Soccer Schools pilot talent search programme announced the names of six more footballers along with four Goan coaches who will travel to UK next summer to receive further coaching … The six players selected today are: Raymond Rodrigues, 15, Brandon Fernandes, 13, John Pereira, 11, Reagan Pereira, 13, Daryl Endro, 13 and Cassius Cardozo, 15. The four coaches are Paul Bast (Ribandar), Mario Aguiar (Divar), Avinash Johnson Costa (Benaulim) and Shekar Kerkar (Aldona) … 520 words. Click here.

New super speciality hospital commissioned in Goa
3 Nov: Herald. A new 180-bed super speciality hospital, NUSI Wockhardt Hospital, was commissioned in Goa, marking a new chapter in health care in the State … It will have four fully equipped operation theatres of comparable international standards and facilities such as Cardiac Cath lab, comprehensive diagnostic facility, trauma care and dedicated cardiac ambulance … 225 words. Click here.
For the GVUK Health Tourism guide click here.

The last tango in Goa?
3 Nov: Hindustan Times. The feni-'n'-games are on schedule. Despite thunderclaps that Goa would not be the venue for the great big film festival any more, it is. From Nov 23, the beach land will be the host-with-the-most for the 10-day-long 38th International Film Festival of India - called IIFI by friends, well-wishers and relatives … In principle, the shift from Delhi to Goa made sense. But now, the snoop squad in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting is leaking info that the fourth consecutive fest in Goa could well be its last one - if the state co-organisers and the Entertainment Society of Goa don't pull up their socks. 876 words. Click here.

Keith Vaz “Big personalities make Goan politics interesting”
3 Nov: Navhind Times. Mr Keith Vaz, a British MP of Goan origin, is a regular visitor to the state. Agnelo Pereira of ‘The Navhind Times’, spoke exclusively to the Labour Party leader on a range of issues, including Goan politics. 965 words. For excerpts select the link below. Click here.

Wendell Rodricks: The Goan touch
3 Nov: The Hindu. Wendell Rodricks gave Indian fashion a new perspective with his relaxed resort look … A quintessential Goan who treasures he tugged to the limelight bikinis, sarongs and “humble cottons” … He has been to places, like to the Prêt a Porter Salon in Paris this year. The all-white Goa Spa collection won some rave reviews … But Rodricks has often gone beyond his designer identity to lend his voice for causes especially the Save Goa campaign. “I became an activist unwittingly. Living in a small village, I can see the ominous effects of progress. As a conscious citizen if lending my celebrity status helps, I should,” winds up Rodricks … 483 words. Click here.
For the Wendell Rodricks website click here.
For a video clip of his show (1m 29s) click here.

Football: Passage to India: United take first steps to wake sleeping giant
4 Nov: Independent on Sunday (UK). India is football's final frontier, a vast, untapped market of potential talent which one day could play as big a role on the world sporting stage as the subcontinent does in cricket McClair says the growing popularity of the sport is evident in Goa, where the strong Portuguese influence makes it more likely you will see kids wearing a Ronaldo shirt than a Rooney one. "You see the majority of youngsters – and a lot of adults too – walking around in football shirts …” 656 words. Click here.

Jennifer Lopez to visit Goa?
4 Nov: Times of India. Arti Chabria may soon share the stage with Jennifer Lopez. But if you expect the girl to go all modest about it, here's news. "I have been approached by the organisers of the Miss Bikini 2007 event in Goa [mid Dec 2007]. I have heard that Jennifer Lopez will be a part of the event. Am I excited? Well, I'm sure it'll be a pleasure for JLo to share the stage with me too," laughs Ms Chabria. Click here.

Fisherfolks up in arms against non-Goan fish sellers
5 Nov: PTI. It virtually rained fish in Panaji market when two groups of fisherfolk clashed early on Monday morning. Fish, Goa's favourite delicacy, was strewn all over the tiny market in the state capital when two groups, mostly comprising of women, entered into a squabble. A group, dominated by Goan fisherfolks, are striking for last two days condemning Corporation of city of Panaji's (CCP) apathy to take action against those non-Goan fisherfolk to sell wholesale fish … The situation is still tense in Panaji fish market … Click here.

Goa to showcase its filmmakers, actors at IFFI
5 Nov: The Pioneer. Goa is all set to silence the usual criticism surrounding it for being the permanent venue of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). The State, which has always been ridiculed for 'not having a film culture', will showcase its legendary filmmakers, cinematographers, actors and musicians who ranked top in Hindi film industry. Click here.

Konkani filmmaker flays red-tapism; goes on exile
6 Nov: PTI. Goa's national award winning Konkani film producer Rajendra Talak today declared his self-imposed exile from Konkani films to protest against bureaucratic red-tapism in film financing. 219 words. Click here.

International film festival in Goa not open to public
7 Nov: Hindustan Times. Sorry, public not allowed. For the first time in the 38-year history of the International Film Festival of India, the common moviegoer will be denied access to films unspooling at the 10-day event in Goa, kicking off on Nov. 23. Click here.

Goa villagers intensify protests against SEZs
7 Nov: The Asian Age. By Pamela D’Mello. Villagers from rural Goa have intensified their agitation against SEZs in Goa, dragging state officials to several sites and demanding stoppage of work in two areas. 356 words. Click here.

Video: Investigation: ICICI's car loan recovery racket in Goa
7 Nov: CNN-IBN. As one walks along the streets of any major city in Goa the one thing that stands out is the number of shiny new cars. But not everything is nice and bright about the transport scene in Goa … For text and video link click here.


India to offshore consular services in Canada
2 Nov: Times of India. India has decided to outsource the consular services in order to facilitate the issuance of visas. Click here.

USA (New Jersey). Rotary Clubs sponsor cultural exchange trip to Goa
3 Nov: Daily Record (USA, NJ) The Rotary Clubs in District 7470 are seeking four outstanding young adults to visit the Goa region on the western coast of India for a monthlong, expense-paid cultural exchange trip … The Rotary Foundation provides roundtrip airfare and local Rotarians in the host country provide meals, lodging and group travel in their district … Persons interested in applying must be between the ages of 25 and 40 and employed full time in a recognized business or profession for at least two years. Deadline for application is Nov. 15. For more information or an application, call Frank Geraghty at (908) 213-0055 (days) or e-mail fgeraghty at

Canada: Attacks on Asian anglers spark probe
4 Nov: Toronto Sun. Racism may be at the heart of attacks against Asian-Canadian fishermen … Fishermen have complained they are being ambushed and shoved into the water at several popular angling spots around Toronto … But some rural communities have said they are plagued by illegal fishing by Asians … 372 words. Click here.

Barcelona: Photographic Exhibition
5 Nov: La Vanguardia. From Thursday 8 Oct: De Mumbai a Goa. Fotografías de Julián Ortega realizadas en la India. Casa Àsia. Av. Diagonal, 373, Barcelona (inauguración, 19.30 h).

Audio: Ugly Desi
5 Nov: BBC. Konnie Huq goes behind the scenes of British fashion industry to find out why no British Asian has made it as a supermodel. 30 mins. Click here.

Canada wants more skilled workers from India
6 Nov: PTI. Recognising India as a “key source country” for skilled workers, Canada announced opening of a “referral office” in India to scout for talented people who could contribute to its economic growth. Diane Finley, the Canadian Immigration Minister, said on 6 November. Around 30,000 Indians went to Canada last year. Click here.

Perth: Aus: Bombay to Goa Restaurant
6 Nov: Western Suburbs Weekly (Perth, Australia). A Deepawali Celebration banquet will be held on November 11 at Bombay to Goa Indian Restaurant, Cottesloe. Reservations must be made by calling 0403 006 586 or 9385 3562.

Keith Vaz Fury at Gordon Brown over 'Jobs For Brits'
7 Nov: Daily Mail (UK). Gordon Brown was last night accused of pandering to right-wing extremists in an extraordinary attack by one of his most senior MPs. Keith Vaz attacked the Prime Minister over his 'illegal' pledge to create 'British jobs for British workers' … The attack is surprising because Mr Vaz is traditionally a loyalist. Labour MPs felt he could be relied on not to make trouble for the Government over contentious policies including immigration, crime and anti-terror laws. 265 words. Click here.


Francisco Sardinha of the Congress Party handily won the recent election for the South Goa parliamentary seat. Goanetters exchanged some volatile messages both pre and post elections. In between the exchange of opinions and rhetoric from both sides, there was the oft heard refrain that irrespective of who won the election, Goa will be sold to the highest bidder.

High-speed Broadband connections are being installed in all villages in Goa and so some skepticism was expressed regarding the quality of service available. However there were others like Dr Pascal who stated he had "decent" service in Panjim. Appears the urban areas have better service than the rest of Goa.

Farah Zia, an editor from Pakistan visited Goa to attend a conference. She shared some of her thoughts in an article that included: "three days in Goa offered a perfectly microcosmic view of the state itself as of India"…….." Having read so much about women riding Vespas, they still surprised me when I saw them for the first time in Margao"…." A young woman carrying a younger brother and an old mother on the back of the scooter seemed such a simple way to empower women in cities, without much fuss."….."The taxi-drivers listen to good music"

Dinesh D'Souza's recently released book, "What's so Great about Christianity" and his subsequent debate with Christopher Hitchens, an atheist, in New York drew a lively exchange on the success or lack thereof that Christianity brought to people around the world and whether Christianity did succeed in civilizing some societies.

News reports included a report on a Portuguese group on a pilgrimage to Old Goa; Manchester United's talent hunts in Goa that will bring Goan soccer players to the home of the Red Devils;

Goanetters were also introduced to another Goan artist, Tony Fernandes of Montreal, Canada. Tony obtained a degree in Psychology from London University, U.K before discovering the artist in him.

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DOCUMENTARY: Leoncie Interview. BBC Radio Essex also online.
Sat: 10th Nov. 13:30 – 14:00. From the Leoncie website “Leoncie is like a Fiery Sauce of Ripe Goan Chillies and an Exciting kick of Strong -Goan- Cashew Feni. She is Intoxicating!” For bio, photos, audio and video clips click here.
To listen to the programme online click here.

COOKERY: Madhur Jaffrey's Flavours of India. Goa. UKTV Food
Sun 11th Nov. 11:00 to 11:30 Madhur Jaffrey visits the famous state of Goa, where the marriage of Portuguese and Indian food is one of the happiest in the world, as the authentic vindaloo demonstrates.

DOCUMENTARY: Nirvana-by-Sea. BBC Radio Four
Sun 11th Nov 11:45 to 12:00. James Maw visits the Ghat at Patcham, the funeral pyre built for the cremation of Indian Army soldiers of the First World War, which still stands high above Brighton on the Sussex downs.

DOCUMENTARY: A Place in France. Discovery Travel and Living
Sun 11 Nov. 15:30 to 16:00. Nigel plans to earn some much-needed cash by opening an Indian restaurant in the sleepy backwaters of southern France.

FILM: Rang De Basanti. Channel 4
Mon 12th Nov. 01:20 to 04:25. The story of four graduates from Delhi University whose lives change forever when the idealistic Sue enlists them to take part in a docu-drama on India's past revolutionaries and their fight for independence.

DOCUMENTARY: Situation Critical. National Geographic
Mon 12th Nov. 22:00 to 23:00. Assault on Entebbe. In June 1976, a flight from Israel is hijacked by terrorists. They demand the release of 58 prisoners or the hostages die. Will the Israeli government co-operate?

TRAVEL: Travel Spies. Discovery Knowledge
Wed 14th Nov 05:30 to 06:00. Temple of The Kama Sutra. Examines the intricate designs of 11th-century sculptures at the Khajuraho temple in India, which are provocative, even by today's standards.

DOCUMENTARY: Underworld. Discovery Knowledge.
Wed 14 Nov. 20:00 to 21:00. India's Sunken Cities. Was the Indus Valley a very early source of civilisation? Discover the rich legacy of India's prehistoric past

DOCUMENTARY: Around the World in 80 Treasures. UKTV History
Thu 15th Nov 00:00 to 01:00. India. Dan Cruickshank travels to Calcutta, Jaipur and Agra.

FILM: Guru. Channel 4
Fri 16th Nov 01:05 to 04:15. Guru follows the life of ambitious Gurukanth Desai on his rise to power as a successful business magnate in late 50s India.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

CANCELLED: Sun. 11 Nov. Rev.Fr. Oliver Antao, Farewell Party.

Sun 18 Nov, Navelim Union Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary will be celebrated at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, Streatham London SW16 2HY. For further details contact Selwyn Ferrao 0208 933 8362, Daniela Fernandes 0208 764 9419, Amelia Gomes 0208 861 2073 and Leonard Mergulhao 01634 261160.

Sun: 25 Nov. Fr. Agnelo Commemoration Mass at St. George’s Cathedral, Southwark, London at 3pm. This year marks the 80th Anniversary.

Sun. 2 Dec. G.O.A. Feast of St Francis Xavier at St Boniface Church, Tooting. Contact: Alfred Rebello 020 – 8337 8022, Diego Pinto 020 – 8767 0663

Sat. 15 Dec. G.O.A. Children’s Xmas Pantomime. Dick Whittington at Fairfield Hall, Croydon at 12 noon. Contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020- 8771 4457 or Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322.


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