Newsletter. Issue 2008-06. Feb.07, 2008
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Manuel Mascarenhas: Kuoni recruits ex-Cook director
1 Feb: Travel Trade Gazette UK. Kuoni UK has appointed a former senior Thomas Cook Signature director to head up a new sales division, as part of a company-wide shake-up. Manuel Mascarenhas, former sales and marketing director, will join as sales director on February 11 … The new sales division will include the operator's call centre, agency sales channel and retail outlets … Mascarenhas is also a former online marketing director at, sales director at Thomson Holidays and UK leisure sales manager at British Airways …
For a GVUK profile on Manuel Mascarenhas (ex-Uganda) click here.

Hong Kong: Zubin D’Souza: From the frying pan to the bed
31 Jan: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). In time for Valentine's Day, chef Zubin D'Souza is offering a lusty lesson in the art of aphrodisiac cooking. The cooking class will use ingredients and recipes derived from the Kama Sutra and is designed to get you and your partner hotter than vindaloo. "I am releasing a book later this year called Khana Sutra based on aphrodisiac Indian foods," he said. "Khana is 'food' and sutra is 'the art of'. There are two aspects of Indian aphrodisiac. One is to increase libido and the other to increase virility … 312 words. Click here.
For details of Zubin D’Souza’s Good Goan Cookbook click here.

Goan chef dishes out food-for-sex tips
6 Feb: Daily News and Analysis. …Broadly speaking, Zubin D’Souza says, there are two kinds of aphrodisiacs: those that are based on physical resemblance to body parts – bananas, cucumber, avocado (all of which resemble male genitalia), oysters (which resemble the female genitals) – and those whose ingredients can stimulate sexually – such as aniseed, almond, nutmeg (all of which are sexual stimulants for women) … 452 words. Click here.

Lisbon cautious on passports
1 Feb: Goa Plus. By Cyril D’Cunha. The Consul-General of Portugal, Paulo Neves Pocinho, based in Panaji, has the unenviable task of answering a load of queries regarding issuance of Portuguese passports to Goan applicants … Goans who chose to settle in Portugal had integrated very well, some of them were occupying high civilian positions … Goa held a unique position of being the only country among the former Portuguese colonies wherein those born before 1961 and of Goan parentage, were permitted to apply for citizenship … 438 words. Click here.
For the GVUK Portuguese Nationality Supplement click here.

Azores: Obituary: Sacuntala de Miranda
1 Feb: Diario dos Açores. Historian Secuntala de Miranda has died. She was born in 1934 to a Goan father and Açoriana mother. Between 1960-75 Secuntala de Miranda was exiled in London where she graduated in Sociology and actively took part in the fight against the dictatorship of Salazar and in the Trade Union movement in the UK. 515 words. Click here.

Tanzania: Why Mbeya’s Saint Francis School excels in exams
3 Feb: Tanzania Sunday News. Saint Francis Girls' Secondary School in Mbeya excelled in the National Form Four Examination producing ten of the top female students. But how come that all ten students came from the same school? This question does not surprise Sister Juliana DeSouza, the Headmistress of Saint Francis when she talked to the 'Sunday News' on Friday … Sr DeSouza advises other secondary schools to recruit enough members of staff, especially teachers. A library with all relevant books, well equipped laboratories and discipline are other ‘ingredients’ which may make students perform well in their examinations, says the Catholic nun. 740 words. Click here.

Tony D'Souza Explains How To Research Your Novel
4 Feb: The Publishing Spot. In Tony D'Souza’s new novel The Konkans, we follow the lives of a family of Konkans--an Indian ethnic group that converted to Catholicism centuries ago. What research did he do? “God, I read everything, about the Goan Inquisition, about Vasco da Gama, Francis Xavier, about the ships of those days, the food, the commerce, people's understanding of the world, of the ethnic groups of India, of their religious beliefs and cultural practices …” Click here.

Cincinnati: Dr. Leo D’Souza accused of sex crimes
5 Feb: Cincinnati Enquirer. A grand jury Tuesday indicted Dr. Leo D’Souza, 66, of Clifton, on four charges of gross sexual imposition and sexual imposition relating to five patients. D’Souza denied any wrong-doing…. If convicted on all counts, D’Souza faces up to 20 years in prison. 479 words. Click here.

Eddie D’Sa: Australians buy Naked for 500 Million
5 Feb: (Norway). Australian marketing company, Photon is buying Naked, the advertising company for 500 million Norwegian krone [approx £47 million]. Eddie D’Sa was responsible for starting the Nordic and Central/Eastern Europe division of Naked, in August 2004. … Photographs and text in Norwegian, 921 words. Click here.
[Eddie D’Sa was born in Rotherham, Yorkshire, UK, in 1970. He is the son of Robert & Shanti. His grandfather was Anthony D’Sa, a tiatr actor and musician from Cuncolim in Goa. For a brief profile of him click here.

Constantino Hermanns Xavier: Portugal is attracting skilled immigrants
7 Feb: Economic Times. Portugal has about 70,000 PIOs and NRIs … Constantino Hermanns Xavier, a researcher and expert on the Indian diaspora in Portugal says that a large number of Indians emigrated to Portugal from the African countries after they got their independence … The success of Indians in Portugal is now drawing yet another wave of skilled Indian immigrants to the country … “The people of Goa, up to the third generation, can exercise the option to become citizens of Portugal even now …” he points out...Goans are mainly Catholics and socio-culturally well integrated in the national mainstream in Portugal … 1049 words. Click here.


6 Feb: Arpora, Goa. LINO FERNANDES (ex- Standard Chartered Bank Mombasa, Kenya). Beloved husband of Odette. Loving father of Glyn/Joyce and Minette. Son of late Caridade and late Eufemia. Son-in-law of late Anthony and Antonieta Pais. Brother/brother-in-law of Tim/Grace, Phila, Sylvie/Francis, Navaro/Catherine, Angelo/Celia. Funeral Mass was on 7th Feb. at Holy Trinity Church, Nagoa-Arpora. Condolences to

5 Feb: Margao, Goa. SIVILIA CARMELITA MENDES. Sister of Januario/Umbelina, Jose/Helena (Portugal), Candida/late Vincent Carneiro. Aunt of Effie/Cecil, Louis/Patsy (Australia), Felix/Inacia (USA), Umbelina/Melson, Wendy (London), Armando, Brenda, Michael, Ricardo/Ruby, Mario/Rosario, Alfredo/Sabina (Portugal), Ciril, Agnelo and Sarita (Portugal).

4 Feb: Shiroda, Goa. XAVIER FERNANDES. Beloved husband of late Gloria. Father of Catherine / Felix, Deodita / Jimmy (U.K.), Sr. Piedade (H.C.), Lizberth / Johnny (Kuwait), Francisca / Francis, Sr. Carmel (Pune), Agnelo, Brigitha / Rosario.

3 Feb: Abbey Wood, London. JOAQUIM DE BRITO. (Ex-Kisumu, Kenya and Goa). Husband of the late Lira De Brito. Father to Henrietta, Ivan, Eric, Freddie, Angelo and Angelica. Passed away peacefully. Funeral arrangements to follow. Condolences for the family to

2 Feb: Mapuca, Goa. WILLIAM FARIA (WILLY). (Born 1925; Ex-Grindlays Bank, Zanzibar and Ex-National Bank of Commerce, Tanga). Husband of Leticia. Father of Freddy Faria. Brother of Lawrie/Ruby Faria (Zanzibar), Agnes Faria e Britto/Remed Britto (Mapuca), Clara Faria (Mapuca). Brother-in-law of Dominic (Goa), late Robert Dias (UK), Emy Cardozo (Goa), Aida Barretto (Goa), Estrelina De Souza (Portugal) and Gregory Dias (Malawi). Condolences to

1 Feb: Vasco, Goa. SANTANA RODRIGUES E D'CUNHA. Wife of Manuel. Mother of Carmina/Luis Lobo, Andrew/Teresa, Lucia (UK)/Mary Wilma, Jose Miguel(UK)/Livia.

31 Jan: Perth, Aus. PHILOMENA (MEENA) MARIA MONIZ (ex-Nairobi). Wife of the late Captain Roque Moniz. Mother of Marc and Rainda. Sister of Irwin and Julian Nazareth. Condolences to For the death notices click here.

26 Jan: Highbury, London, UK. Antonio Benidicto Valentino LULU FERNANDES, (aged 81 yrs; ex-Nairobi). Father of Jennifer (Canada) and Louise (Leicester). Brother of the late Sabino Fernandes and brother-in-law to Rosy Fernandes (Leicester). Funeral Service on Fri 8 Feb. at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 25 Mere Road, Leicester, LE5 3HS at 12.00am followed by the burial service at Gilroes Cemetery, Groby Rd, Leicester, LE3 9QG. Viewing from 7.00 p.m. at the Church on Thu 7th Feb.

Lino Leitao’s Funeral
2 Feb: From Edgar Silveira. Twelve photographs Lino's funeral service in Montreal can be found at


Continuing importation of falciparum malaria from Goa into Europe
31 Jan: Eurosurveillance Vol.13. no.5. By T Jelinek. A case of falciparum malaria acquired in Goa has recently been reported regarding a Swedish woman in her fifties … This provides more evidence of the continuing risk of falciparum malaria infection in Goa. … Since Dec 2006, 19 malaria cases imported from India have been reported, among which 13 were explicitly identified as coming from Goa … Since last winter, five more cases have been reported over a period of several months … Anyone who becomes unwell while on holiday or shortly after their return should seek immediate medical attention. 547 words with references to further links. Click here.

Travel Trends for 2008
31 Jan. Tamworth Herald (UK). Both Turkey and Goa will have bumper years as 'value for money' destinations - because, says Platon Loizou at Jewel in the Crown Holidays, nearly two million households must find an extra £1,000 a year on repayments when their fixed rate mortgages expire. Says Mr Loizou: ''We have strong demand for 14-nights' B and B in Goa in spring from around £429."

Goa assault highlights India rape concerns
1 Feb: BBC. By Chris Morris. … On average across India there are 53 rapes a day, and recently released government statistics suggest that it is the fastest growing crime in the country. Now, a series of attacks on women tourists, and a string of serious sexual assaults caught on camera, have pushed this often hidden issue into the spotlight. 905 words. Click here.

Security alert after sex attacks on tourists
1 Feb. New Zealand Herald …Tourism officials said the cases of rape and molestation underlined the pitfalls faced by Western women travelling in India where they were generally presumed to be promiscuous. Goa's reputation has particularly suffered … locals said matters were exacerbated by Westerners flouting local custom by wearing revealing clothes in public and organising open house ``rave'' parties where alcohol and drugs were freely available. 433 words. Click here.

India buys cricket's crown
2 Feb: Daily Telegraph (Australia). In 1989 India lured Australia to the subcontinent for another meaningless one-day cricket tournament. The Australians did not really want to be there till they got to Goa “we rolled into Goa, the postcard-perfect vacation destination ... The beaches were pristine, blighted only by what appeared to be a mass whale beaching but which, on closer inspection, turned out to be hundreds of bloated and anaemic Russian tourists roasting quickly on the sand. Paradise also had another handicap. All communications were down. The telephone system had collapsed …” Click here.

Tourism in Goa hit by curbs on noise
2 Feb: Asian Age. By Pamela D’Mello. Stricter implementation of noise pollution rules from January 1, 2008 has sent Goa’s booming entertainment industry into a flap … musicians have complained about being treated as petty criminals while wedding celebrations are being wound up early … Click here.

Pack And Go
3 Feb: People (UK). Bags packed but nowhere to go? Snap up a last-minute bargain... Goa (7nts, r/o) February 22, Manchester, £469, Direct Holidays (0871 664 7764,

Goa is no longer a pleasant winter destination
4 Feb: Herald. Star Letter by Lee Ryan. I would like to add my voice to various mails and articles concerning tourist difficulty with visas, and their disappointment with the way Goa has deteriorated in the past years. 524 words. Click here.

Last Minute Deals: Flight Deals
6 Feb: Birmingham Mail. … a two-week flight to Goa - departing Manchester on February 16 - costs just £289. Call 0844 499 4448,


Latino touch to rule Goa carnival
1 Feb: Asian Age. By Pamela D’Mello. Carnival festivities in Goa are to have a latino touch as Mumbai’s Brazilian consulate partners with the organisers … The star attraction, a float and tableaux parade begins on February 2. "A discovery of Brazil" tableaux … Some seventy floats and performers are expected to participate … 136 words. Click here.

Video: Rio comes to Goa this carnival
3 Feb: NDTV. Its carnival time again in Goa and there is colour, loud music, fun, frolic and carnival revellers danced along the streets on Saturday … this year for the first time Brazil participated in the Goa carnival. 2m. 5s. Click here.

Claire Soares: Rio goes Carnival crazy
5 Feb: The Independent (UK). By Claire Soares. Gyrating geishas, a plastic surgery addict and a woman sporting a glue-on G-string were among the thousands of dancers parading through Rio de Janeiro's Sambadrome yesterday … Viviane Castro, a dancer, went into the record books for wearing the smallest ever G-string, just 4cms wide and kept in place with glue … 196 words. Click here.
For a video clip of Viviane Castro at Rio click here.
For the GVUK Claire Soares supplement click here.

Tourism ministry takes stock of ‘flop’ Panjim float parade
6 Feb: Herald. Days after the samba, fun and frolic, the tourism ministry is taking stock of the Panjim Carnival parade which they admit was a flop … 380 words. Click here.

Goa: Foreigners dance to Carnival tunes, nude!
6 Feb. Herald. Goa’s carnival may have very little resemblance to the one in Brazil, but it is the foreigners at Arambol beach who showed what Rio is all about when, on Monday afternoon, a group of around 100 foreigners danced in nude and semi-nude … there wasn’t a single cop around … 215 words. Click here.

Goa BJP demands apology over insult to Indian flag at Carnival
7 Feb: Times of India. Insult to the Indian national flag on Brazilian Float during Carnival parade here has snowballed into a major controversy in Goa … The Brazilian Float, participating for the first time in the parade, had the tricolour installed on it upside down. The error was later corrected … Click here.


Way To Goa
Could you represent the United Kingdom at the World Sudoku Championship in India? The World Sudoku Championship will be held in a fabulous and exotic location - Goa, India - between April 14-17, 2008. Three winners of our special two-part online competition will make up the UK team … Winners' flights, accommodation and all meals will be provided. Entry is free and simple and closes Fri 22 Feb. Click here.

Win a trip to India for two
Imaginative Traveller has teamed up with Gulf Air to give away a spectacular 16-day Rajasthan Explorer tour, complete with flights. Entries close 3pm, Friday, February 15, 2008. Click here.


SEZ developers go out to win over Goans
1 Feb: The Economic Times (India). Three companies; Cipla, K Raheja Corp and Peninsula Land, whose SEZ projects were scrapped by the Goa government, have joined hands to take on the Digambar Kamat government. Besides launching a PR exercise to win over Goans, the three companies are exploring legal options as well. Plans are on to hold exhibitions, distribute pamphlets and educate people about the proposed projects … The Companies are also looking at legal options … 420 words. Click here.

Sports: Portugal to sign agreement with Goa
1 Feb: Record (Portugal). The President of the Olympic Committee of Portugal (COP), Vicente Moura, arrives in Goa on Saturday accompanied by former Olympic champion Rosa Mota and officials of the University of Oporto, to sign an agreement with the Don Bosco College of Physical Education, Panjim. Click here.

UK launches Resource Guide on developing Infrastructure
2 Feb: UNI. As Goa emerges as a world tourist destination Chief Minister Digamber Kamat today underlined the need to strengthen tourist infrastructure in the state to meet the requirements of growing amount of tourists. Mr Kamat was speaking after policy Chairman of the city of London Michael Snyder joined CII to launch a 'Resource guide for Indian Public Private Partnership (PPP) '' in south Goa. Click here.

Islamic terrorists planned blasts in Goa
2 Feb: The Hindu. Islamic fundamentalists planned serial blasts on the Goa beaches, interrogation of a terror suspect has revealed. Foreign tourists, especially Israelis, were the targets … Click here.

After scrapping SEZs, Kamat now tries to woo industries
2 Feb: Economic Times. After scrapping all three approved SEZs owing to large-scale public protests, Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat now wants industries to come and set shop in the state … He was speaking at a seminar organised by CII in collaboration with the City of London Corporation … 381 words.

Apollo Victor to expand health care facilities in Goa
2 Feb: Navhind Times. Besides the Margao facility, Apollo Victor Hospital is to set up another state-of-art health care facility in or around Panaji … Mr Victor Albuquerque disclosed that 20 per cent of the patients in his hospital were foreigners and that he was hoping to promote medical tourism round the year. He further said that he has already opened offices in United Kingdom and Germany and was planning one in Kuwait … 614 words. Click here.
For the Apollo Victor Hospitals website click here.

Video: Plans for serial blasts in Goa foiled
3 Feb: CNN-IBN. Three men suspected of being terrorists have been nabbed for planning blasts at important IT and tourist spots in Bangalore and Goa … they had planned to set off blasts after 30 January. 0m. 45s. Click here.

Hint of reshuffle in Goa cabinet
5 Feb: 15:32 hrs IST. PTI. Congress and NCP leaders on Tuesday hinted at a possible reshuffle in the Goa cabinet in the next few hours. Click here.

Cabinet reshuffle plan runs into rough weather
7 Feb: Navhind Times. The implementation of the plan appears to have run into rough weather. Click here.

Centre helpless in removing River Princess
6 Feb: Herald. The Indian Central Govt. is helpless in removing the vessel grounded eight-years ago off Sinquerim beach in Goa. Director General of Maritime Shipping Kiran Dhingra admitted that the vessel was posing a threat to marine environment as well as the tourism sector … 352 words. Click here.

Goa and the Right to Information (RTI) Act
6 Feb: Herald. By Frederick Noronha. The RTI Act is empowering the people in ways one could have never imagined … Those who are in the know use the law to dig out all kinds of information. But, unfortunately, we don’t share it or make it available to others … The government deserves credit for making it easy to submit applications … We should play our part to ensure that a good law doesn’t fall into disuse, just because we didn’t play our role… 670 words. Click here.

Rosa Mota enthusiastically received in Goa
6 Feb: Comité Olímpico de Portugal. Rosa Mota, Portuguese Olympic champion attended a presentation with about two thousand students of Don Bosco School, Goa, where she was enthusiastically received and replied, in English, to dozens of questions from the auditorium … On the occasion, the Chief Minister, Digambar Kamat, announced the intention of Goa to apply to hold the third Lusofonia Games, 2013. For full text and a photograph click here.
For additional information click here.

Bird flu hits National badminton camp
7 Feb: The Hindu. Can you believe this? The major casualty of bird flu is the scheduled National badminton camp due to be held in Goa and Chandigarh. However, scarcity of shuttles (made of the birds’ feathers) forced the cancellation … Click here.

Video: Bali-like' terror plot foiled in Goa, state on alert
7 Feb: 15:27 IST. CNN-IBN. The Goa government has revealed that terrorists were planning Bali-like terror attacks in the state … However, the plan was dropped because of logistical problems … the suspects were targeting the famous discotheque on Baga and Israeli tourists … The Chief Minister of Goa Digambar Kamat has assured tourists that security has been stepped up. 0m. 57s Click here.


Ant that a shame! Dare duo get bugs
27 Jan: The News of the World (UK). Two barmy brothers travelling the world doing dares dreamt up by the public have hit the skids - after suffering food poisoning. Lee and Lindsay Vine, of Kirkcaldy, Fife, had tummy bugs after their latest challenge in Goa - they had to cut down a red ant nest and eat the angry critters live on a sandwich. Lee, 32, said: "Ants were crawling out of Lindsay's mouth and he was sucking them back in."… Channel 4 is filming Lee and Lindsay, 27, for a series starting in October. For photo and background article, click here.

Pilote suspendu pour avoir fumé dans le cockpit de l'avion
30 Jan: Crash-Aérien. Le Directoire de l'Aviation Civile Générale indienne a suspendu un pilote de la compagnie aérienne low-cost indienne SpiceJet qui a été pris à fumer dans le cockpit de l'avion durant un vol à destination de Goa (Inde). Text in French and photo. Click here.

UK: Tiffin - Box of Delights
30 Jan: The Guardian (UK). Day in, day out, we eat dreary working meals out of soggy cardboard, leaky plastic and squeaky polystyrene. So, asks Iain Aitch, can the Indian-style tiffin box be the answer to our lunchtime woes? … tiffin boxes give the Indian meal a healthy makeover in a neat package, which can be bought hot to eat immediately, or easily reheated in the office or at home … The modern tiffin box is often made of plastic rather than aluminium or steel, and can obviously hold any foodstuff you please … last summer, Habitat and Aria both launched colourful plastic takes on the traditional containers, which made for perfect packed-lunch or picnic accessories. 916 words. Click here.

Pune turns a hot spot for fashion
1 Feb: Daily News & Analysis. A few months ago, Goa-based fashion designer Wendell Rodricks opened shop in Pune to find to his rising consternation that his line was sold out in three hours flat! "I hadn't imagined such a quick sell!"

Kidney transplant racket had spread to Goa
1 Feb: IANS. Eleven persons who ran an illegal kidney transplant racket for almost a decade have so far been arrested … The kingpin Amit Kumar alias Santosh Rameshwar Raut might have escaped abroad, probably to Canada. Police sources said the scam had spread its tentacles in Jammu Kashmir and Goa … the countries from where patients came for kidney transplants included Saudi Arabia, the US, Britain and Canada … 674 words. Click here.

Toronto home to 'Dr. Horror'
3 Feb: Toronto Star. While police forces around the world search for the Indian doctor who scammed hundreds out of their kidneys, his wife and children remain barricaded behind security doors at their Brampton home. Dr. Amit Kumar dubbed "Dr. Horror" by the Indian media is alleged to be the kingpin of an underground kidney trafficking ring. Indian police believe the ring illegally harvested kidneys from as many as 500 unsuspecting Indians. Interpol has issued warrants for his arrest. [It has been reported that scam had spread its tentacles to Goa]. Photo and text, 829 words at Click here.

Video: Toronto: Francis D'Souza: On the trail of “Doctor Horror”
4 Feb: City News (Toronto) … Doctor Horror’s real name is Dr. Amit Kumar. He's wanted by the international crime organization Interpol for what they say are some ghastly acts - kidnapping reluctant patients and forcing them to give up their kidneys. The doctor is the subject of a worldwide warrant … He's been seen in Brampton as recently as Christmas and his family lives in a home in the Goreway Drive and Sandalwood Park area … 1m. 36s. Click here.
For a profile of Francis D’Souza click here.

Americans in Canada transfixed as parties pick candidates
2 Feb: Guelph Mercury (Canada). … The amazing thing about Canadians is they seem as well informed about these races as Americans … One of those people is Diane Nalini de Kerckhove, a Guelph jazz musician and physics professor … She's involved in Canadian politics -- she stood as a delegate for Bob Rae at the last Liberal leadership convention -- but admits she's never followed American politics this closely. The Diane Nalini website is at click here.

UK seeks Indian views on visa changes
2 Feb Times of India. In the first initiative of its kind, Britain’s Immigration Minister Liam Byrne launched a "consultation" process with the Indian authorities and civil society on the UK's controversial proposed visa changes … he is leading a six-strong party of Asian politicians, businessmen and community leaders to Delhi, to kickstart an extraordinary new process of international consultation. 589 words. Click here.

Court Battle Begins Over Disputed £300,000 Paintings
5 Feb: Press Association National Newswire. (UK). A dispute over the ownership of two valuable paintings by a leading avant-garde Indian artist has gone to the High Court. Lawyer Aziz Kurtha and dealer Michael Marks both claim title to the works by Francis Newton Souza - Head Of A Portuguese Navigator and Chalice With Host - together worth about £300,000. Dr Kurtha claims he bought them from Goan-born Souza in New York in 1982 and that they have been stolen, while Mr Marks says he bought them in good faith in January 2006 … The hearing is expected to last most of the week with judgment reserved to a later date. 599 words.

Canadian cops on kidney doc's trail
5 Feb: Times of India. The hunt for Dr Amit Kumar, the alleged kingpin of a multi-crore kidney racket, has spread to a quiet neighbourhood in Brampton in Canada after it was discovered that he had bought a $610,000 home on Pali Drive last year. A woman believed to be his wife and two young children live there now, neighbours told Toronto Star … 552 words. Click here.

Death: Uganda Cricket Association
5 Feb: Daily Monitor (Uganda). UGANDA CRICKET ASSOCIATION. It is with great sadness that the members of the Cricket Community announce the untimely death of the Uganda Cricket Association. The Association was murdered in a Kangaroo Court that was held at Lugogo Cricket Oval on Sat. 2 Feb. 2008. Burial took place soon after. Click here.

Mumbai: Where the streets have no name
6 Feb: Daily News & Analysis. The residents of Dr Viegas Street in Mumbai have taken umbrage over a Chandrakant Bavle sign that has replaced the Dr Viegas Street sign, which they claim was an important landmark in the locality … “The street was named after Dr Accasio Gabriel Viegas, who was a resident of this area and offered great services to the city. His statue stands at Metro, ” said Myrna Chaves, who was among the first to notice the street sign missing on April 17, 2006. She comes from a family that has given the city two mayors — Dr Jos Alban D'Souza and Dr J Leon D'Souza. 347 words. Click here.

Chinese pomfret in short supply
6 Feb: Indian Express. The fish is caught along the Indian coastlines and shipped out to China … the origin of the name Chinese pomfret is said to have arisen from the demand for this variety in China. The demand peaks for the Chinese New Year celebrations leading to prices rising in India. 365 words. Click here.

Boston, Mass. Show probes artistic flow between India, Portugal
7 Feb: South Coast Today. Indo-Portuguese art represents a dynamic cultural exchange between East and West. Furniture, textiles, and religious items, made to order in the Indian Subcontinent, fused forms and styles. They are the subject of "Luxury for Export: Artistic Exchange between India and Portugal around 1600," a new scholarly exhibition at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, opening Friday and on view through May 4. For more information, visit 767 words. Click here.

Calgary: John Fernandes: Plenty of grads -- but they're leaving Alberta
7 Feb: Calgary Herald. Ed Stelmach's pledge to "graduate an additional 225 doctors annually over the next four years" demonstrates a lack of understanding of the real issues with physician supply … 297 words. Click here.

Old Coins from Goa – Live Auction on 8 Feb.
8 Feb. 10am: Online and at St. James Auction, The Cavendish Hotel, 81 Jermyn Street, London SW1Y6JF. Lot 967 - 969. Old coins from Goa (1820 – 1857). Click here.


In a substantial article, Reena Martins debunks the myth "that women do not sexually abuse male children--or so it's widely believed." There is much in this article that draws on the expert evidence of psychiatrists, doctors, lawyers, and the police. This is an unusual article that is well written and highly informative.

Three companies, Cipla, K. Raheja Corp and Peninsula Land, whose Special Economic Zone (SEZ) projects were scrapped by the Goa Government, have joined hands by launching a PR exercise to win over Goans and they are exploring legal options as well. There are plans to hold exhibitions, distribute pamphlets and educate people about the proposed projects. The companies are willing to promise job reservations and set up training centres to develop required skills among the youth.

The issue of Evolution versus Creationism has gone a step further than in the past on Goanet. Respected scientists and Churchmen have taken up the cudgels and provided contrasting explanations endeavouring to persuade adherents to their respective causes.

Last week, we depicted the spirit of indigenous Goan youth who have powerful aspirations to work on board ships plying the high seas. This week, Glenn Costa, in an article titled Migrants, Vital Elements in the Construction Industry spells out an alternative picture of a major shortage of skilled workers with a willingness to work hard that leads to a huge demand of skilled labour from states like Bihar and Utter Pradesh. Indeed, details are provided of major building projects undertaken in recent years in Goa that could not have been completed but for skilled labour from outside Goa.

Nathuram Godse assassinated Gandhi on Jan, 30, 1948 at one of Gandhi's prayer meetings. As invariably happens, following a political assassination, there are many theories for such deaths. Yet, the assassins are sometimes deemed to be heroes for performing a "greater good" in the interests of a nation. On Goanet, we have many contrasting views about Gandhi's contribution, or not, to the good of India including whether or not, Godse was a "misguided patriot" who should be better understood today.

Finally, for those unable to visit Goa for the Carnival, do visit Goanet sites for many beautiful pictures of this annual event.

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DOCUMENTARY: Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld. Dave
Sat 9 Feb. 15:30 to 16:00. Jeremy Clarkson investigates the motoring culture of India, one of the most dangerous places on earth to drive and a country where a driving test may only cover a distance of 200 yards!

TRAVEL: India Top 5 Beaches. Travel Channel
Sun. 10 Feb. 10:00 to 10:30. In this episode we capture the leisure opportunities in Andaman, feel the Portuguese atmosphere in Diu, visit Kovalam a beach in Kerala and end in Lakshadweep and Goa where we enjoy the full moon rave parties and sprawling flea market.

GARDENING: Around the World in 80 Gardens. BBC 2
Sun. 10th Feb. 21:00 to 22:00. Monty Don visits some gardens: this time in India.

NEWS: Asian Network Report. BBC Radio Asian Network – also online
Mon. 11th Feb. 18:30 to 19:00. Fast Fashion Nation. This investigative documentary follows the short life of a cheap t-shirt from sweat shop to high street to landfill, to discover the real cost of 'fast fashion'.

SERIES: A Dollar a Day. BBC Radio Four – also online
Tue 12th Feb. 09:30 to 09:45. The tradition in India of younger family members caring for the elderly can no longer be relied on.

DOCUMENTARY: Uncovering Pakistan: The Britistanis. BBC Radio Four – also online
Wed. 13th Feb. 11:00 to 11:30. Navid Akhtar explores the lives of British Pakistanis, looking at issues of family, religion, ambition, racism, pathways to success and national identity.

SITCOM: Goodness Gracious Me. BBC 7
Fri. 15th Feb. 22:30 to 23:00. The heart-stopping passion of Brief Encounter in India and a Muslim Woody Allen. The first all-Asian sketch show began in 1996.


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Sun. 23 Mar. Konkani Dramatic Association proudly presents 'Easter Dance' at St John’s Church Hall, Bourne Hill, Palmers Green, London N13 4DA. From: 2.30 p.m. - 9.00 p.m. Music provided by Nite Life. Tickets, (includes buffet meal): adults £10.00 Children £5 (5-16, under 5 free). Dress: Formal (Strictly NO Jeans or Trainers). For tickets & further details call the following: Antonio - 0208 4529406 / 07988896904; Judy - 0208 76302606 / 07949403741; Domacian - 0208 3761609 / 07940501196; Rosy - 0208 8352 9450; Johnny - 0208 7693168

Sun 6 Apr. 1pm – 8.30pm. Charity Dance in aid of Osteoporosis Brittle Bone Disease. Venue: Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3AS. All proceeds will go to St. George’s Hospital Tooting. Featuring Music by Dimensions Band. Disco by ‘Say One Do One’. Plus Cabaret shows. Admission: Adults - £13 with food; Children (4-10 yrs) - £5 with food. For tickets, please contact: Derrick Pereira – 020 8952 8899; Clare D’Souza – 01784 421421; Irene Mendonca – 020 8767 2762; Hazel Rodrigues – 020 8357 6776; Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322.


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