Newsletter. Issue 2008-17. April. 24, 2008
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Floyd Fernandes: Death announcement
15 Apr. Auckland, New Zealand. FLOYD FERNANDES. (Aged 16). Dearly loved son of Jennifer and Francisco. Brother to Janice. Grandson of Henriqueta. A service will be held at the Elm Christian Church, Howick on Sat 19 Apr at 11 am followed by private burial. Condolences to
The Fernandes family moved to NZ six years ago from Bombay. They trace their Goan roots to Cuncolim

1500 attend the Floyd Fernandes Funeral
19 Apr: New Zealand Press Assoc. A simple brown teddy bear sat in Floyd Fernandes' casket today as the 16-year-old student was farewelled by hundreds of friends, family and schoolmates … There were about 1500 mourners, Radio New Zealand reported … Floyd's father, Francisco spoke of a son who loved to compete with him … His mother Jennifer told mourners God had taken back the treasure he had given the family … Floyd was buried in a private service which was by invitation only as the family asked for privacy.

Funeral: Media Reports
TV 3 video clip 3m. 01s. Click here.
One News video clip 2m. 57s. Click here.
You Tube video clip 4m. 59s. Click here.
For a photographic album with 25 photos, click here.
For links to more information click here.

Rayney’s dad: “Let my grandkids talk to me”
15 Apr: The West Australian (Perth). The father of murder victim Corryn Rayney has raised questions about why her estranged husband, prominent Perth lawyer Lloyd Rayney, has refused to co-operate with police by blocking detectives from speaking to their two daughters … Mr da Silva said he was heartbroken that the close bond he shared with the girls now appeared to be fracturing. He said it had been a tradition for them to join him for Sunday lunch at his home in Willetton but in the eight months since their mother died they had not visited once. “We are seeking legal advice to find out why the kids are not speaking or allowed to visit us,” Mr da Silva said … 753 words.

Corryn Rayney murder: children's rooms bugged, says father
18 Apr: Perth Now. Lloyd Rayney has accused police of bugging the bedrooms of the his children … He claimed that they do not want to be interviewed yet again … The statement also responded to comments made by his father-in-law, Ernest da Silva, who told the media he had not seen his granddaughters. "Mr da Silva has declined invitations to spend time with Caitlyn and Sarah,'' the statement said. 311 words. Click here.

Police won’t deny bugging Rayneys
21 Apr. The West Australian (Perth). Police have refused to deny they bugged the rooms of murder suspect Lloyd Rayney’s children while the family were on holiday overseas. In a statement last week, Mr Rayney claimed police had intimidated his daughters, Caitlyn and Sarah, by bugging their rooms and photographing them on a recent overseas holiday … Mrs Rayney’s sister, Sharon Coutinho, said she was saddened Mr Rayney had deepened her father’s agony by stating publicly he had made no effort to contact his granddaughters. She said Ernest da Silva, 72, longed to see his granddaughters but felt he could not because he does not want to see Lloyd … Mr Rayney has previously said that claims Mr da Silva had been denied contact with his grandchildren were wrong and hurtful. 461 words. Click here.

Video: The Alison De Silva Red Tie Affair of 12 Apr
18 Apr: From Brendan Abreu, Toronto. The Alison De Silva Red Tie Affair was held in Toronto on 12 Apr. This special event was in honour of an amazing young girl, Alison. She was inspirational to many of the people around her and touched many hearts because of her simple need to make a difference in the lives of others. Some video clips are being put together. To view a sample video clip, 6m. 45s click here.
For a brief profile of Alison De Silva click here.

Laila Rouass Gets Primeval
18 Apr: Eastern Eye (UK). Former Footballer’s Wives star Laila Rouass will be making her long-awaited comeback to television with a starring role in ITV’s science-fiction drama “Primeval” … her film “Shoot on Sight”, directed by Jag Mundhra, will be released in June. Click here.
For the GVUK Laila Rouass supplement click here.

Bernie de Souza's motivating factor
19 Apr. Birmingham Post. It took some courage for Bernie De Souza a 22-year-old physical education teacher to tell Daley Thompson, Britain's best all-round athlete to "be a bit more polite"… Bernie’s father was a RAF engineer born in Kenya whose family were originally from Goa, while his mother was a South African of Caribbean descent … Mr De Souza, a member of the Professional Speakers Association runs his own company, Global Training 4U… 1733 words + photographs. Click here.
17 Apr: Coventry Evening Telegraph (UK). Bernie De Souza fits the profile … 491 words. Click here.
Bernie is the son of the late Effie (died 1992), who was born in Nairobi in 1941 and who drove from there to the UK in a VW beetle in 1960. Bernie, is a Public Speaker and is available by appointment. He will be at Waterstone’s Leamington Spa on Tue. 13 May 2008 6-7pm to launch his new book, Your Success Is ... Hidden In Your Daily Routine. (Global Training 4U, £9.99). For details click here.
For the Bernie De Souza website click here.

Hema Sardesai: “’Tis a shame!!!”
19 Apr: Planet Bollywood. Hema Sardesai is without a doubt one of India’s finest singers. The lady from Goa with a mellifluous voice has been singing since the tender age of 8 and has already lent her voice to over 50 films … She also has a beautiful heart—she refuses to compromise her values for success and devotes a lot of her time to social work … 1034 words. Click here.
The Hema Sardesai website is at For links to more info. including Wikipedia bio, MP3 clips etc, click here.

Asha Bhosle: The Voice of Bollywood, in the Flesh
19 Apr: New York Times. Ms. Bhosle, who turns 75 in September, is probably the most recorded singer in history. As the voice of Bollywood musicals — called a playback singer, because actresses sing and dance while her vocals are heard — and a queen of South Asian pop, she has recorded more than 12,000 songs in a career that dates to 1943. (One of her few rivals is her older sister, Lata Mangeshkar, another hugely prolific playback singer,) … “I sing everything,” Asha Bhosle told an adoring audience at Carnegie Hall on Thursday night. She performs on Saturday at the Circus Maximus Theater at Caesars Palace in Atlantic City … 568 words. Click here.
Asha’s father was born in the village of Mangeshi in Goa. The Asha Bhosle website is at For links to more info. including Wikipedia bio, MP3 clips etc, click here.

Karl Coutinho: Man well-grounded after life at sea
19 Apr: New Brunswick Home News Tribune (USA). Karl Coutinho is 23 years old and a student at the New Jersey Medical School … He has a sister, Jasmine, now aged 25 … Karl was born in Goa and for the first six years of his life travelled the world since his father was captain on a container ship … The family moved to USA on Christmas Day in 1990 and home was a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn where the entire family slept on a mattress on the floor … His plans include becoming engaged to his girlfriend within the next year and practicing medicine in Newark when he graduates. 1190 words. Click here.

Rev. Earl Fernandes: A quiet Pope
20 Apr: The Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio, USA). Pope Benedict’s visit to America is packed with eternal truth like an overstuffed suitcase … "He's a very kind gentleman like somebody's grandfather," said the Rev. Earl Fernandes of Mount St. Mary's Seminary, who knows Benedict from three years in Rome studying moral theology. Click here.
The Rev. Fernandes left the University of Cincinnati's medical school and joined the seminary in 1997. He says, “I had been hiking with him 12 years earlier." For a profile of Rev. Fernandes click here.

Ohio: Bertram deSouza: Ohio’s Attorney General should go
20 Apr: The Vindicator. By Bertram deSouza. Ohio’s Attorney General Marc Dann should have learned some lasting lessons from the corruption probe that brought down dozens of public officials in the Valley in the late 1990s. 1163 words. Click here.
For a photograph and profile of Bertram de Souza (ex-Uganda), click here.

Goa: Aires Rodrigues : Goa’s Advocate General should go
20 Apr: Herald. A public meeting organised by Aires Rodrigues on behalf of Utt Goenkara here today demanded that the Goa Government should immediately sack Goa’s Advocate General Subodh Kantak in connection with the controversy over AG’s bills. 203 words. Click here.
For a photograph and profile of Aires Rodrigues (ex-Canada and UK) click here.

Toronto: Edith & Edwin Fernandes
20 Apr: Toronto Star. Edith & Edwin Fernandes. Happy 50th Anniversary April 20 2008. From your children Kevin and Cheryl Fernandes and their children Joshua and Kaitlyn Denise and Claire Rodgers and their children Kimberley and Leanne Wendy and Dominic Rodrigues and their sons Adam and Abraham Serena and Patrick Rosario.

Uganda: Manuel Pinto is Dead
20 Apr: Sunday Monitor (Kampala). Former Kakuuto MP Emmanuel Pinto died after his grey Mercedes Benz hit him in the chest as he pushed it … "The car killed him at his home in Muyenga. He was repairing it, but forgot to lock the handbrake. When he pushed it back, since it was on a slope, it overpowered him," a relative said … Pinto is survived by a wife, Maire, and children … For text click here.
[Info. supplied by Mark Mascarenhas of Hamilton, Ontario (Ex-Entebbe): Manuel Pinto was the son of Frank Pinto who hailed from Pomburpa-Olaulim, Goa, and who married and settled in Uganda in the 1930's.]

Uganda: Public Mourns Emmanuel Pinto
22 Apr: New Vision (Kampala). There was an outpouring of grief at the funeral service of Emmanuel Pinto, 65, at Rubaga Cathedral… His son, Dr. Martin Pinto said his father showed them the road to salvation. Felix Gaetano Pinto, the younger brother of the deceased was overcome with grief and cut his eulogy short. Pinto taught at St. Cyprians School Lugonza in 1960 and served in many organisations before he went into exile in Kenya in the 1970s … 265 words. Click here.

Uganda: Manuel Pinto Was a Patriot - Museveni
22 Apr: New Vision (Kampala). The former internal affairs minister and Kakuuto MP, Manuel Pinto, was a nationalist and patriot, who valued the welfare of other people regardless of their religion, tribe and political affiliation, President Yoweri Museveni said at Pinto's burial … Pinto passed away last week after being run over by his vehicle at his Kampala home … 361 words. Click here.

Dubai: Andrea D'Souza: Discrimination in multicultural city
20 Apr: Gulf News. (UAE). Race, gender, age or religion - the traits that characterises us as individuals are also the things that make others discriminate against us … Andrea D'Souza, a marketing executive from India, 22, said: "I have never been discriminated against in shops but I usually find myself being offended by taxi drivers who do not bother to give me the time of day … Click here.

Dubai: Joel Fernandes: Pack it!
20 Apr: Gulf News (UAE). Joel Fernandes, an employee with a large hypermarket chain in Dubai has come full circle in his efforts to cut plastic bag usage … he makes it a point to stop checkout counter staff from using more bags than necessary. He says, “I pack my own bags when I go to the supermarket, and I make sure I use just one or two, not dozens.” 158 words. Click here.

Edgar Furtado sues US Gov. Agency for $10 million Edgar Furtado sues US Gov. Agency for $10 million
21 Apr: Edward Furtado a Goa native and former employee of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency at Boston is suing the agency and the Department of Homeland Security for roughly $10 million. He alleges that he was discriminated against by the agency’s Boston port director … Furtado, who now lives in Georgia and works for UPS, claims he was singled out on account of his race … he said he fled to Georgia with his wife and 6-year-old son out of fear in 2007 … Last summer, Furtado claimed that he was physically abused and dragged by the ear for several yards in front of fellow agency employees … 407 words. Click here.

Seraphino Antao raced a cheetah. Who Won?
21 Apr: Kenya-London News. It is seldom that one comes across a legend as humble as Seraphino Antao. His living room is decked out, wall-to-wall with newspaper cuttings of his glory days on the athletics track in the early 60s. He is the man who swept the sprint double at the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Perth-1962 … Seraphino Antao came to settle in the UK about 40 years ago. He travels to Kenya quite often still has friends and family in Mombasa and Nairobi. He lives in South East London. 1373 words. Click here.
For the GVUK Seraphino Antao Supplement, click here.

Sotheby's London Presents its Annual Indian Art Sale
21 Apr: Art Daily. Sotheby’s annual sale of Indian Art in London will take place on Friday, May 2, 2008. The sale will present important works by key figures such as Francis Newton Souza … The Red Road (see photo) has an estimate of £250,000-350,000 … Souza described the landscape into which he was born as “a beautiful country, full of rice fields and palm trees; bells…” There can be little doubt though that Souza’s traditional Goan upbringing was as much a source of his deepest anguish as of his best work. [The photo shows the Red Road – Porvorim to Calangute - at the Saligao Church junction] Click here.

UK: Claudius D'Silva vs. NATFHE: Race Discrimination Case
21 Apr: Personnel Today magazine. Dr Claudius D'Silva, a senior lecturer in the Chemistry department at Manchester Metropolitan University, took the university to the Manchester Employment Tribunal in 2005. His case centred on allegations that university managers failed to respond to complaints of racial harassment and had treated white colleagues differently. He then brought a case against NATFHE (now known as University and College Union), his trade union … Click here.
Manchester Employment Tribunal condemns Institutionally Racist culture at Manchester Metropolitan University. Click here.
For a photo and profile of Dr D’Silva click here.

Gautam Dantas honoured in US
22 Apr: Times of India. Mumbaikar Gautam Dantas has done it again. The former St Mary’s. Mumbai student, who went to the United States for research won a prize for the best scientific paper of 2004. Four years later his unexpected finding of bacteria that eat antibiotics, has been published in the highly-respected magazine, Science. The discovery came about almost by accident … Dantas, the son of Karl and Amla Dantas says: ‘‘I am happy that my work is path-breaking.’’ Click here.

Kuwait: Football: Goa Rolling Trophy
23 Apr: Arab Times (Kuwait). The XV edition of Goan Overseas Association Rolling Trophy, sponsored by Bassem International Trading Company (Charles D’Sa) completed the second round matches on April 18, 2008. The tournament is played under the auspices of the Kuwait India Football Federation (KIFF), at the Salmiya Grounds. 590 words. Click here.

Melbourne: Oscar Lobo: Take Five
23 Apr: Moorabbin Glen Eira/Kingston Leader (Aus). This week we spend five minutes with Oscar Lobo, an East Bentleigh resident and prominent Goan identity. Q: If you could change one thing, what would it be? A: There should be more focus on family values and sprinkle it with a good measure of spirituality. Q: What would you do with $1 million? A: I would give a proportion back to the community and distribute the rest to the family … Q: How do you spend you weekends? A: With family and friends at social gatherings, reading newspapers and business magazines. For a profile of Oscar Lobo click here.


22 Apr: Brampton, Canada. ROQUE CABRAL. (Ex-Nairobi, Kenya). Beloved husband of Rosie (nee Silveira). Dotting daddy of Charmaine-Nicola and Marion-Frances. Brother to Armanda/Michael (Nairobi), Markus/Sara (London), Manuel/Agnela (London), Walter/Mary (London) and late Philomena wife of Mario Cardoso (London). Brother-in-law to Maria/Charles (Leicester), Theresa/Lony (Canada) & Lina/Austin (Canada). Uncle to Fiona, Savio, Melissa, Mervin, Marilyn, David, Richard, Jordan-Lee, Cynthia, Jason, Kristen, Aaron, Michael, Marcellus & Melina.
Visitation at The Simple Alternative Funeral Home, 1535 South Gateway Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L4W 5J1 on Tuesday 29th April between 1.00pm to 4.00pm and 6.00pm to 9.00pm. Funeral Service on Wednesday 30th April at 10.00am, St Francis Xavier Church, 5650 Mavis Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5V 2N6. Burial at Assumption Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Road, Mississauga, Ontario L5T 1N4. Donations can be made in Roque’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society. Condolences to

21 Apr: Saligao, Goa. FELICIA MARIA COUTINHO DE NORONHA (aged 76, nurse & matron, ex-Brazil, Uganda, Bombay, Bangalore, Hubli, Belgaum, Nerul). Wife of AXF (Tony Brazileiro) Noronha. Mother of Americo (Ricky)/Clare and Frederick (Rico)/Pamela. Beloved grandmother of Riza and Aren. Sister/in law of late A.G.E. (Gerry) Coutinho (London) and Cecilia (Southampton/Sangolda), Natty/Marshall Rodrigues (Southampton/Colvale), George Coutinho and late Elizabeth Coutinho. Passed away peacefully after a brief illness.
Funeral on Tue. Apr. 22. Leaves residence near Lourdes Convent, at Sonarbhat, Saligao at 4.00 pm for Mass at St Cajetan's Chapel Arrarim, Saligao followed by burial at Saligao Cemetery. In lieu of floral tributes, please consider a donation, however modest, to Mother Teresa's orphanage at St Inez. Condolences to or

19 Apr: Lisbon (Odivelas). ANTONIO BOSCO FERNANDES (Ex-Banco Nacional Ultramarino). Husband of Madalena. Father of Helder.

19 Apr: South Africa. CELINA FERNANDES E BAKSH (ex-Panjim). Wife of Dr Ray Baksh. Mother of Suhail and Bilal. Daughter of late Inocencio/late Helena. Sister of late Edilda, Florencio/Gloria (Portugal), Leta/Eddy, Angelica/Antonio, late Tome/Auta, Sonica/Jaj (London), George/Malusha, Branca/Remy (Australia), Evaristo/Norma.

18 Apr: Newcastle, UK, ALDRICH BOLTON PEREIRA (2nd Officer, Norwegian Navy) Born 1982. Son of Timothy/Ana Ubaldina. Brother of Evans Jesus. Grandson of late Manuel Xavier/late Maria Arcangela, Nephew of Bertha/Domnic, Richard/Antonette, Francis/Judy (UK).

17 Apr. Barnet, London. EDMUND FERRAO (born 1918 ex-Premier Bookshop, Nairobi). Loving husband of late Elvira (died 26 Mar. – see below). Adored parents / parents-in-law of Edgar and Odette, Euclid and Rosalind, Eric and Helen, Sandra and Charles. Cherished grandparents of Stephanie, Ben, Andrew, Annabel, Elliot, Nathan, Trisha, Fiona, Jason and Austin. Funeral Mass arranged at 10.00 am on 30 April 2008 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church , 373 Bowes Road, New Southgate, London, N11 1AA. Followed by the burial at the Hendon Cemetery, Holders Hill Rd, London NW7 1NB. In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorial contributions may be made by offerings to Don Bosco. Click here. Condolences for the family may be offered at

26 Mar: Barnet, London. ELVIRA ROSEMARY FERRAO (born 1924. ex- Premier Bookshop, Nairobi). Details as above. Funeral was on Monday 14th April.

16 Apr: Bandra, Mumbai. OSCAR ANTHONY D’SOUZA (aged 80). Husband of Gwen. Father of Aston/Marissa (Canada), Godwin/Charmaine (Qatar), Heater/Brian Jacinto

16 Apr: REV. FR. DOMNIC ALMEIDA. (Born 1942). Ex-Principal of Don Bosco Borivili, Andheri and Lonavala. Holy Mass at St John Bosco Church, Borivili, on 18th April at 10:00 am followed by burial at Sewri Cemetery.
For an appreciation by Bosco D’Mello of Toronto click here.

10 Apr: Toronto. PAUL (Pauly) MORAES (Born 1949; ex Uganda). Pauly was greatly loved by his devoted wife, Audrey, adoring children, Tiffany, Ashley and Devaney as well as an admiring and enormous extended family. Funeral was on 16 Apr. For a photograph and full details click here.

2 Apr. Toronto. LAURA MARIA DEGRATIUS MORAES, (nee Gomes; born Entebbe, Uganda; 1945.) Beloved wife of Hipo. Cherished mother of Charlotte. Brother of Pio/Lolita of Oakville; Mel/Angela of Hamilton. Predeceased by her loving parents Miguel and Christina Gomes. Sister-in-law to Leo/Sheila Moraes of Richmond Hill; the late James Moraes; George/Carmen Moraes of Burlington and the late Paul/Audrey Moraes of Nobleton. Daughter-in-law of Eva/late Timothio Moraes. Funeral was on 5th Apr. at St. Gabriel Roman Catholic Church, Burlington Ontario Condolences to


Goan Holiday
18 Apr: Asia News (Thailand). Double page holiday feature. India’s beach paradise is not only perfect for soaking up the sun, sand and sea, but it’s also great for dirt-cheap food, parties and shopping. Click here.

Goa: Russian's Death - Report Confirms Ante Mortem Injuries
19 Apr: DaijiWorld. Forensic examination on the dead body of a 29-year-old Russian found dead in a guest house at Vagator has raised suspicion as to the cause of his death. The report confirms eleven ante mortem injuries on the body of Kabanov Valdimir … Though Goa police have refrained from making any statements, prima facie they had claimed that the death may be due to drug overdose. 249 words. Click here.

Sex rackets thriving in Anjuna, Vagator
19 Apr: Navhind Times. While on the one hand unnatural deaths of foreign tourists are bringing a bad name to Anjuna, on the other a racket that is cropping up is the sex racket that is thriving in the name of massage parlours in Anjuna, Vagator. 302 words. Click here.

Old spice
20 Apr: The Telegraph Sunday Magazine (Sydney, Australia). Ayurvedic medicine is old hat in India, but the rest of the world is just discovering the restorative benefits of this ancient practice … Goa has long been known as a utopia for alternative health, and the state of Karnataka is establishing itself as the yoga retreat region. Escapism, the healthy way, has never looked or felt so good … Double page feature spread. Click here.

Sex trade growing with tourism in Goa
20 Apr: Navhind Times. Anyone and everyone who has an average IQ will agree to the fact that tourism, which is an important aspect of Goan economy, has of late released its “not so desirable” by-products; sex-linked services and their disastrous repercussions on the local population being one of them. 866 words. Click here.

Improvements sought on safety of British tourists in Goa
20 Apr: From Fiona Mackeown: The British High Commission has spoken to both the Goan and Central Indian authorities with the aim of working together to improve the safety of British tourists in the state – through improving communication and information to tourists, and through developing an exchange of best practice on forensics and policing.

Tales from Goa.
20 Apr: Deccan Herald. Holidaying in Goa off season makes things a wee bit better than they could’ve been mid-December. The hotel rates are slashed to half of what they are during “season”. You will not suffer bumping into hairy, large men or trampling the teensy toes of ultra-noisy tots with every step you take. The crowd was just fine and the weather went an extra step to make life fabulous for hubby dearest and me … 920 words. Click here.

Goa Govt proposing to scrap beach beds and umbrellas
21 Apr: Herald. Shackled by the problems caused by beach encroachers, a proposal has been mooted by the State’s Tourism ministry to scrap beach deck beds and umbrellas. 370 words.
[Ed: It is a shame that the Govt. does not clamp down on illegal sun beds instead of banning them]. Click here.

Travelers take risks — and sometimes die
21 Apr: Seattle Times. … It's almost as if visitors, and even authorities, are out of touch with reality. It took the recent murder of a 15-year-old British girl to finally get authorities to crack down on crime in the picturesque Indian state of Goa, where at least 126 foreign nationals have died in the past two years. Put differently, I could have stood at the airport with signs that said, "Don't Goa There!" No one would have paid attention … Click here.

Maria and Chalston make a go in Goa
21 Apr: Goteborgs-Posten. Feature spread in Swedish. Maria from Sweden and her husband, Chalston D’Souza run a small hotel called Chalstons in Calangute. Click here.

Police trying to ‘kick the happiness out of Goa’
22 Apr: The National (UAE) … It may not be getting any easier for the foreign party contingent, many of them having stayed in Goa for decades. Police are increasingly pressuring for baksheesh, a bribe, or arresting them outright. They’re trying to kick the hippies out of Goa and open it up for package tours … 612 words. Click here.

Sweden to promote Goa for medical tourism
23 Apr: Herald. Sweden-based Swedish Venture Capital Institute is tying up with hospitals and hotels in Goa and Mumbai to send medical tourists from the Scandinavian countries … 239 words. Click here.

Invest in properties back home: Alemao
24 Apt: Arab Times (Kuwait). Churchill Alemao, the Goan Cabinet Minister urged NRIs to invest in properties back home, even as he said that the Goa government passed a law banning the sale of land to foreign nationals. He added that the Goa government is going to confiscate the properties presently owned by foreigners and auction them off. … He also said that the Goa government has passed a law which safeguards the properties of NRIs. 1104 words.Click here.
[Ed: The Goa Govt. does not have the power to confiscate properties owned by Foreign Nationals. Also NRIs who are Foreign Nationals are next in the firing line]


New parallel taxiway for Dabolim airport approved
18 Apr: Navhind Times. The Union Minister for Civil Aviation, Mr Praful Patel has cleared a proposal for a new parallel taxiway for the Dabolim Airport, according to the president of the Goa unit of the Nationalist Congress Party, Dr Wilfred De Souza … Dr Wilfred also said that he spoke to the minister about great inconvenience caused to thousands of Goan NRIs because of the discontinuing of the Goa-Dubai flight and added that the Minister had promised to look into the matter. 309 words. Click here.

Aldona: Signature campaign against hill cutting gains momentum
18 Apr: Herald. The Aldona Bachao Abhiyan (ABA) has already collected over 1,000 signatures in an ongoing drive to request the Chief Town Planner to deny any permission for hill cutting activities at Carona-Aldona. The petition has also been put online and has garnered over 70 signatures in just two days. For text of article, click here.
To sign the petition click here..

Goa: Narvekar & Co to stand trial in fake ticket scam
18 Apr: Herald. Seven years after the infamous 2001 fake ticket scam rocked the State, Law Minister and Goa Cricket Association Chief Dayanand Narvekar and eight others will have to stand for trial … The fake cricket ticket case had rocked the State on April 6, 2001 during the India-Australia ODI match at the Nehru stadium, when hundreds of cricket fans with genuine tickets were denied entry into the stadium. 380 words. Click here.

The shrink-wrapping of Goa. By Rahul Goswami
19 Apr: InfoChange. Real estate developers have allied with politicians in Goa to create a brand new economy. Already under pressure from dwindling land resources and poor, scanty infrastructure, Goa’s rural population is being left out of any socio-economic gains. Goa’s chief minister and senior administrators have become adept at parading a dubious set of indices to pretend that high literacy, overflowing bank deposits and stunning scenery make the year-round holiday destination India’s most coveted living space. Today, Goa’s midland villages are anything but that … 2713 words. Click here.

Obscene video clip forces two Goa girls to suicide
19 Apr: PTI. Close on the heels of the Scarlett Keeling murder case and the news of an international sex racket, two college girls - who were allegedly blackmailed through an obscene video clip purportedly featuring them - have committed suicide in Ponda. The incident occurred a month ago but went largely unreported. It was finally taken up by the state opposition BJP that sought an intervention from the National Commission for Women. Click here.

The famous Goan Mando
20 Apr: Deccan Herald. The Mando is a song that attracts people of all communities. It is a love song, sung by Goan Catholics, accompanied by Ghumat and the romantic strings of violin. 244 words. Click here.

Unchecked migrant influx will erase identity
20 Apr: Herald. Former Deputy Chief Minister of Goa Ramakant Khalap said that the massive influx of migrants into Goa will soon turn it into another Singapore, where one hardly gets to see an indigenous Singaporean; the same could happen here … Dr Rajan Parrikar, a Goan who has lived in the United States of America for over 20 years, said that the Goan identity is unique and is found nowhere else in India. He lamented that undesirable filthy-rich outsiders are cutting hills and putting up huge constructions … 345 words. Click here.

Saligao citizens express concern over influx of migrants in village
20 Apr: Herald. Saligao citizens vociferously protesting against the massive influx of migrant labourers at the recent Gram Sabha meeting held recently warned that the peace of the village would be threatened if the antecedents of these labourers were not checked. 378 words. Click here.

Terror-hit US ship in Goa
21 Apr: the Telegraph (Calcutta). An American warship attacked by suspected suicide terrorists in the Gulf is embedded in a British flotilla that begins exercises with the Indian Navy off Goa from Monday. The 12-day exercise is the third in the series of the Konkan drills between the Royal Navy and its Indian counterpart …The British force is commanded by Commodore Tom Cunningham and includes HMS Illustrious, HMS Westminster and hunter-killer submarine HMS Trafalgar … 307 words. Click here.

Goa crime branch to probe MMS scandal
21 Apr. PTI. The Goa government has transferred the investigation into the MMS sex scandal to the State Crime Branch from the local police … A month ago two college girls had allegedly committed suicide but the police registered a case only on Sunday. Since one of the two girls was below 16-years-old, the case was also registered under the Goa Children's Act … 212 words. Click here.

Efforts to tow away River Princess fade
21 Apr: Herald. The eight year long efforts to re-float and tow away M V River Princess vessel off the Candolim-Sinquerim coast is grounded further as the government is moving for a termination of the third contract in the last eight years … Click here.

Rudolf Schwartz Training Institute in Goa
22 Apr: Nordwest-Zeitung (Germany). In 1991 Rudolf Schwartz established a training institute in Goa following his holiday there from Germany. Since then thousands of young people were able to get trained. “Many former students are now well-heeled doctors, engineers, lawyers and teachers,” writes 59-year-old Jacob Mathew, a retired school principal, who together with his wife head this aid organisation in Goa. Currently, 856 students attend the facility … For text click here.
For the website of the Training Institute click here.

Footsteps of a Goan Revolution
23 Apr: Gomantak Times. By Jason Keith Fernandes. Politics, it has been said, is the last refuge of scoundrels. In the days following the uprisings in Carmona, Siridao and Aldona, another fact has also been thrown into sharp focus; Law too, is the last refuge of scoundrels. Not for the first time, following the direct actions of residents concerned with the mutilation of their immediate environment, the ‘developmental’ interests involved (and they are Goan!) have mobilized the Law to cow down the popular protests that are thankfully becoming a part of Goan public life … 836 words. Click here.

Goa vulnerable to drug trafficking
23 Apr: Middle East Times (Egypt). India's Interior Ministry has said the tourist-friendly state of Goa has become vulnerable to drug trafficking and drug abuse … the government has taken steps to check, detect and prevent illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs. The measures include improved coordination among drug-enforcement agencies, increased international cooperation, strengthening of anti-narcotic efforts in Goa and special training for drug-enforcement officials in dealing with drug smugglers … Click here.


Goan charity director visits Blackpool
17 Apr: This Is Lancashire. Dr Nishtha Desai, who is the director of Children's Rights in Goa, India, made a flying visit to Blackpool after a chance meeting with Chief Inspector Neil Chessell on the beach, while he was on holiday. Dr Desai was in the country as part of an exchange visit organised by Essex University, but managed to fit the trip north into her schedule. She said: "…I see many similarities between Blackpool and my state as we also have a large transient population and a lot of tourists and migrant workers coming to find employment as well as a problem with alcohol abuse." … Ch Insp Chessell said: “It was a great opportunity for us to exchange ideas with Nishtha about how we ensure vulnerable young people are safe and protected within our communities…” Photo and text, 351 words. Click here.

Toronto: Arthur D'Souza feelin' the stress
18 Apr: Toronto Sun. Torontoians could be scrounging for alternative travel plans on Monday if TTC workers go on strike … Arthur D'Souza, 62, who takes the TTC from north Scarborough, wasn't taking any chances yesterday. He bought GO Transit tickets, refusing to drive his car downtown during a job action. "That would be another torture," he said. "It will affect everybody I know. It's sort of harassment of passengers, taking passengers for ransom." Click here.

Recipe: Goan Prawn Curry
19 Apr: The Australian – Magazine. p.64. By David Herbert. A typical Goan curry has a thin sauce and should be a lovely orange colour (from the turmeric). It has a moderate heat and is deliciously spiced with cardamom, ginger, tamarind pulp and coconut milk. Click here.

Indian restaurateurs in Britain take to streets
21 Apr: PTI. Indian restaurants owners are currently struggling to deliver orders due to severe staff shortage. New immigration rules prevent the owners from recruiting chefs from the Indian sub-continent … This crisis is scheduled to hit the streets of London on Sunday as thousands of chefs, owners and consumers stage a three-hour protest against restrictive immigration rules … 590 words. Click here.

Toronto: Goan vindaloo sausage
21 Apr: Toronto Star. The Indian Rice Factory restaurant has been spicing up Toronto's food scene for 38 years …menu offerings include Goan vindaloo sausage, quail and lobster tail. Elk will soon be added... Click here.

Why British Asians don't care about the arts
21 Apr: The Independent (UK). Yasmin Alibhai-Brown. I disappointed my relatives back in Kampala when I decided not to be a doctor or lawyer, and to devote myself to literature instead … British Asians today still don't get the arts, and don't want to either … My generation of East-African Asians were taught to appreciate Rembrandt, Monet, Moghul miniatures and the Pre –Raphaelites … Utterly focused on making good, Asians became adamantly philistine, and the richer they get, the more determined they seem to keep it that way … Wealthy Asians are frightfully mean when it comes to the arts … 1713 words. Click here.

Lisbon: Museu do Oriente: free admission 9-11 May
21 Apr: RTP News. The Museum of the East, which will be inaugurated on 8 May, will have free admission 9-11 May. The museum, located in Doca de Alcântara, in Lisbon, has a cultural program which includes music, dance and film …Music and traditional dances of Goa is part of the inaugural program with free entry … This museum is a project of the Fundação Oriente … The normal price of entry to the Museum of the East is 4 euros … Click here.

UK: Goa charity couple's burglary heartache
21 Apr: Lancashire Evening Telegraph (UK). A man hoping to help street children in Goa has had his charitable efforts ruined after a burglar stole his savings in a raid on his home. Ken Burrows had saved hundreds of pounds to set up a charity fund for orphans in Goa but lost it all when thieves targeted his former home in Alexander Close, Clayton-le-Moors … Anyone wishing to offer help to Mr Burrow's fundraising efforts can do so by contacting the Lancashire Telegraph … 404 words. Click here.

Uganda makes a point with Indian origin envoy
23 Apr: Times of India. Uganda's new high commissioner to India is Nimisha Madhvani … she was 13 years old when Asians were forced to leave the country; in August 1972 … Nimisha's mother, Meena, returned to Kampala just a month after Idi Amin fled the country in 1979. … 848 words. Click here.

Recipe: Goan shrimp xec-xec
23 Apr: Epicurious (USA). This dish is full of tamarind, cumin, coriander, and roasted coconut. The spices meld with the tomato to form a flavorful sauce that clings to the shrimp … Click here.

Editorial: Indian Hockey’s Decline
24 Apr: Navhind Times. India’s men’s hockey team failed to qualify for the Olympics for the first time in eighty years; then the country’s women’s hockey team also failed to qualify for the Olympics; and then the secretary general of the Indian Hockey Federation, Mr K Jyothikumaran was caught on camera accepting a “bribe” to include a young player in the national team. Hockey, from national game, has become a national shame. 463 words. Click here.

The immigration debate in the UK and Canada
24 Apr: Economic Times (India). In UK and Canada - immigration policy is currently a hot topic. … Labour MP from Leicester East Keith Vaz, has opposed the recommendations of the House of Lords committee … London-based lawyer Maria Fernandes who is principal of Fernandes Vaz Solicitors and chair of the Ethnic Minority Citizens Forum feels that the House of Lords report has relied on very flimsy evidence in reaching its conclusions … Meanwhile, in Canada too there are various shades of opinion on the proposed new immigration Bill among the Indo-Canadian community … 1411 words. Click here.


Scarlett's mother to challenge organ removal
18 Apr: Western Morning News (UK). Fiona McKeown, the mother of Scarlett Keeling is to challenge the Indian authorities over what she believes were illegal practices in her daughter's post-mortem examination … Now she has been told that the removal could be illegal. She said: "I am going to return to India where I shall be challenging the authorities over this. I still do not understand why they had to remove so many of her organs, especially her uterus. And I have now learned that there are other parts of her body missing. How would they feel if it was their child that was being mutilated in such a horrific way?" 269 words. Click here.

Editorial: Scarlett Keeling’s Missing Organs: Experts’ in invective
18 Apr: Herald. According to two Swedish forensic ‘experts’, the two autopsies carried out in Goa on the body of the British teenager Scarlett Keeling were “absolutely illegal”. Now, do we have to hear from ill-informed European doctors, who have little knowledge of the forensic procedures used in India, less of the specific procedures used in this case, and nothing at all of Indian law, about how autopsies ought to be conducted? … 571 words. Click here.

Scarlet Keeling tragedy inspires film
20 Apr: Herald. Bollywood thrives on controversy, and even before investigations into the death of British teenager Scarlett Keeling are over, a Bollywood film based on the tragic episode has been announced. Prabhakar Shukla, an ad film maker-turned Bollywood director, says he is going to direct Rave Party, a Hindi film based on the Scarlett episode in Goa. However, little else is known about the film, and Shukla is not willing to give any details. Click here.

Scarlett Keeling’s death brings darker side of Goa to the fore
22 Apr: The National (UAE). By Christian Cotroneo in Goa, India and David Sapsted in London. Chandrakant Parsekar will be forever haunted by the memory of the first tenants he welcomed at the guesthouse he built above his restaurant on the main road at Siolim, a small town in northern Goa. Julio Lobo was a 25-year-old Indian tour guide. Sharing his room, after her mother left her alone to go travelling with her own boyfriend and six other children, was 15-year old Scarlett Keeling. 1266 words. Click here.

Scarlett Keeling case: Deliberate botch-up by Goa Govt?
23 Apr: Times Now. There is a strong possibility that the investigation into the Scarlett Keeling case could hit a dead end. Highly placed sources have said that the Center may not accept the Goa Government's demand for a CBI probe into the case … a procedural lapse is holding things up … the Goa government has said there was no cover-up and that the body parts were "preserved for investigations" … Police had said that Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho had drugged her while former raped her twice and when she went unconscious left her to die in the shallow water … 408 words. Click here.

Scarlett Keeling asked for a funeral 'party'
23 Apr: The Daily Mail (UK). Scarlett Keeling, the British teenager murdered in Goa, wrote a letter a year before she was horrifically raped and murdered saying that she wanted her life to be celebrated when she died … Her mother, Fiona MacKeown was devastated to learn that Indian doctors had removed Scarlett's uterus, kidneys, stomach and part of her liver … "I didn't give permission for anything to be taken from her body," she says. “ Initially I wanted to go there to retrieve the organs but then I heard that the Goa Medical College have already destroyed them, again without my permission … 1,232 words. Click here.


"Rapes, Murders and Suicides in Goa" is the title of an article by Cederico Dacosta. The above theme features in several other Goanet posts and there is a heartfelt quest for answers to the current lawlessness in Goa and the implications of this for life in general and also for the tourist industry.

There are several posts about Remo (Goa's renowned musician) who will be playing "a free concert to create awareness on global warming." Some Goan scientists are also being approached to throw light on this phenomena--but of course, there are others who seriously question the very issue of global warming, and likewise--global cooling. A fear has also been expressed about rising waters flooding the Goa coastline. Goan Voice (UK) readers are encouraged to engage in this discussion.

Venantius Pinto has supplied Goanet an article by Diana Appleyard, titled "Sun, Sand, Sex and Stupidity: why thousands of middle-aged women are obsessed by holiday Gigolos." There is much information and mature introspection in this article and it is also quite an eye-opener.

A long and substantial article by Dr Saktipadia Ghose is titled "Violations in Goa in normal growth against government Norms." This is code for violations against children who deserve a duty of care from adults. Much is expressed about the shabby treatment of many children in Goa/India and Dr Ghose is particularly keen to receive responses from readers about the content of his article.

Comments on the Pope's recent visit to the USA have featured widely on Goanet. In particular, note was made that the Pope had acknowledged the fact that some Catholic clergy engaged in sexual crimes against young people. Such acknowledgement was welcomed with the hope that that other crimes and unsavoury practises relating to Catholic Church personnel will also be acknowledged in the future.

The continuing quest for a "Goan Identity" has generated several posts on Goanet. Of particular interest are those that claim that "A Goan is a person who has roots in Goa." Further, details are provided about those that are included and not included within this definition.

Finally, Plastino D'Costa provides us an interesting piece on Why Goans Run Away From Goa. There is much reflection on the seemingly intense desire of many Christian Goans to 'escape' from Goa for greener pastures elsewhere. Plastino provides some clinical analysis as to why this has been so, for so many, over many past decades and what might be done to reduce or stop such an exodus of talented people from Goa.

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COOKERY: Rhodes Across India: Goa. UKTV Food
Sunday 27th Apr: 15:30 to 16:30 Gary Rhodes and his team visit a fish and veg market and learn the tricks of buying their wares. Gary does something he confesses he would never do back in old blighty - eat a pork vindaloo! Will it blow his head off, or is the real thing something completely different? Repeat.

FILM: To Walk With Lions. Five
Saturday 26th Apr. 16:00 to 17:55. A follow up to Born Free. Chronicles the life of George Adamson up to his brutal murder by poachers in 1989.

TRAVEL: Kenya. BBC Radio Four
Monday 28th Apr. 11:00 to 11:30. First of two programmes in which Mike Wooldridge explores what lay behind the conflict that erupted in Kenya last year.

DOCUMENTARY: The UN's Rotten Core. BBC World Service Radio
Monday 28th Apr. 11:30 to 12:00. Report on evidence of trading in guns and gold between militia in Congo and Pakistani and Indian UN peacekeepers.

DOCUMENTARY: Asian Network Report. BBC Radio Asian Network
Monday 28th Apr. 18:30 to 19:00. Symbol-ed Out. Should schools allow religious symbols to be worn? And why do some schools have a liberal approach to uniform policy while others are far more rigid.

HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Secret Files of The Inquisition. UKTV History
Monday 28th April -Thursday 1st May 20:00 to 21:00. The End of The Inquisition. For more than 500 years, Christians waged a ruthless campaign against heresy, using secret courts, torture and public executions to stamp out the enemies of the Catholic Church. This docudrama miniseries reveals the horrifying events of these dark ages.

CONSUMER: Silver Treasures of India. QVC
Wednesday 30th Apr. 10:00 to 11:00. Handcrafted silver jewellery produced and designed in India, inspired by India's culture and architecture. Most of the large, bold pieces feature gemstones such as moonstone, garnet and amethyst.

FILM: Earth. Sky Movies Indie
Wednesday 30th Apr. 12:30 to 14:40. A Parsi family in Lahore see their Muslim and Hindu friends violently divided as partition follows British withdrawal from India. 1998. Director: Deepa Mehta

MOTORING: Rally-Raid Story. Motors TV
Wednesday 30th Apr. 21:00 to 22:00. A documentary retracing the history of African Rally-Raid competition from the Nairobi-Capetown-Nairobi event in 1950 to what became the East African Safari and Safari Rally in the 1960s


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

SOLD OUT Sun 4 May. 12:30pm- Cortalim Union (UK) 30th Jubilee Celebrating the Feast of Sts. Philip and James … Holy Mass followed by the social. Music provided by Nite Life. Also hosting the May Queen and May King. Smart dress essential.

Sun 4 May. 2pm. Croydon. Archbishop Lanfranc School Hall, Mitcham Road. Wembley Goans U.K presents “American Ghorkar” Konkani Tiatr. A Tribute to Alfred Rose. PROFESSIONAL CAST FROM GOA. The artistes are: Director, Menino De Band; Legendary Rita Rose, Antonette De Calangute, Comedy Queen Janet, London Favorite Kenny, Bab Andrew, Goans Choice Francis De Tuem, Rising Star Master Junior Chico, Master Character Ben Evangelisto and the Guinness Record holder, Norman Cardozo. Contact Nina Pinto 020 8767 0663 or Tony 020 8795 1121, 0783 4639 420. For flyer click here.

Sun 4 May. Saligao Association (UK) Celebrates our patron, Mae de Deus, with Holy Mass at 12 noon followed by May Feast function till 8pm at the Ursuline High School, Crescent Road, Wimbledon SW20 8HA. Enjoy good music with the sounds of MeloTones & Disco plus children's entertainment and good food with lunch, snacks & afters by the popular Viva Goa !, Formal dress please. Tickets are (£18 (adults), £16 (11-18yrs), £11 (2-10yrs), under 2 free, ALL WELCOME. Contact Zemira 01895 259947, Lucia 0208 670 4023, Ros 0208 542 0528 or go to

Sat 10 May. 6 pm. Swindon. Punjab Community Hall. Wembley Goans U.K presents “American Ghorkar” Konkani Tiatr. A Tribute to Alfred Rose. PROFESSIONAL CAST FROM GOA. The artistes are: Director, Menino De Band; Legendary Rita Rose, Antonette De Calangute, Comedy Queen Janet, London Favorite Kenny, Bab Andrew, Goans Choice Francis De Tuem, Rising Star Master Junior Chico, Master Character Ben Evangelisto and the Guinness Record holder, Norman Cardozo. Contact Peter Bala 0751 553 1092. For flyer click here.

Sun 11 May. Margao Union UK – Feast of THE HOLY SPIRIT. Mass at St. Boniface Church, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting, at 1.30pm. thereafter a get-together at the Church Hall. Price including snacks and buffet £ 10.00. Band “DIMENSION”. Contact: Bella-020 8372 1253, Rosalind-020 8767 8652, Lucas-020 8967 7471, Agnela-020 8646 6996

Sun.11 May BMX REUNION (Ex Students of Britto's, St Mary's and Xavier's) 1.30pm to 8pm at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Proceeds will go to worthy causes. Everyone is welcome. For tickets contact - Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322, Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457, Ilona Fernandes 020 8300 5347, Proto Carvalho 020 8640 3135, Jaime Rodrigues 020 8684 0456, Liz Coutinho 020 8647 6387. For the flyer click here.

Sun 18 May. 2 pm. Wembley. Copland School Hall. Wembley Goans U.K presents “American Ghorkar” Konkani Tiatr. A Tribute to Alfred Rose. PROFESSIONAL CAST FROM GOA. The artistes are: Director, Menino De Band; Legendary Rita Rose, Antonette De Calangute, Comedy Queen Janet, London Favorite Kenny, Bab Andrew, Goans Choice Francis De Tuem, Rising Star Master Junior Chico, Master Character Ben Evangelisto and the Guinness Record holder, Norman Cardozo. Contact Tony 020 87951 121, 0783 4639 420 or Felix 020 8421 5542, 0798 545 7108. For flyer click here.

Sun. 18 May. Goan Chaplaincy Day. Thanksgiving Mass at 1.15 pm followed by a social get together at Archbishop Lanfranc School Hall, Mitcham Road, Croydon. CR9 3AS. Music by Rainbow's End. Tickets: Adult £15.00* Child £ 7.50* *Early Bird Discount (Adult £ 12.00/ Child £6.00) if completed form and cheques are received latest by Wednesday, 30th April 2008. For forms and other information please contact the Goan Chaplaincy on 020 8665 2176. Tickets include snacks and food. Email-
Donations and Raffle Prizes will be greatly appreciated. Cheques should be addressed to 'Goan Chaplaincy'

Sat 31 May. 7pm. GOA Anniversary and May Ball. Wandsworth Civic Suite. Crowning of May Queen and May King. Music by Mellow Tones and Nite Life. Further details from Norma Menezes Rahim 020 8771 4457 Rosy De Souza 020 8677 0390 Rose Remedios 020 8658 7769 Claire De Souza 01784 421421 and Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322. For full details click here.


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