Peter Nazareth Enlivens Classes with His Multi-cultural Heritage
Feb 2008. The Iowa
Source (via GoaNet) … On a cool night during the dry season in Uganda, Peter Nazareth
had a dream. He awoke, wrote it down, and included it in his first novel. Days after
its release, Nazareth’s dream became reality and the Asians were expelled from Uganda …
Today he is a professor of English at the University of Iowa … Nazareth’s mother is
the eldest of 14 children. Nazareth’s grandfather, Mathias Francis Gomes, had
three children with his first wife. Most of Gomes’s 17 offspring are now married
to people of different cultures … 1588 words. [Feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org].
For full text click here.
Canada: Stephen Lobo: Little Mosque on the Prairie
Mervyn Lobo wrote to Goans Tanzanite group that Stephen Lobo (ex-Tanga, Tanzania) appears
in the new series of Little Mosque on the Prairie (Wed 8pm on CBC). The photograph is a
still from the first episode broadcast on 13 Feb.
For more about him check out the Stephen Lobo Goan Voice UK supplement. Click here.
For the Stephen Lobo website with filmography, demo reel, photo gallery,
press clippings and contact details see www.stephenlobo.net/
The demo reel is compulsive viewing! Click here.
Thomas Pereira: Norway: Football: Viking
Rogalands Avis (Norway). Viking FC is in training. Thomas Pereira and Maurice Ross
will be in the team playing on Friday. Click here.
Thomas is the son of Kirstin and Austin Pereira (ex Masaka, Uganda). He is
married to Hanne and they have three sons. For his profile click here.
For the Thomas Pereira Wikipedia entry click here.
For the Times of India article – Norway’s Soccer Goan Viking
Anil de Sequeira: Pupils learn all ingredients for good health
Bath Chronicle (UK). Hundreds of children from 20 schools and colleges were served up
with healthy eating messages last week at Bath Spa University … Subject leader Dr
Anil de Sequeira said: "The university has a long tradition of providing
vocationally- orientated food and nutrition courses that train tomorrow's food
and nutrition professionals. "We see our role in the broader scheme of education
in the industry, providing advice and support to food businesses, as well as
high-calibre graduates to work in them." 174 words.
Dr Anil de Sequeira is the son of the late Erasmo (MP from 1967-77) and
Maureen de Sequeira (Moira, and grandson of Goa's legendary politician, Jack de Sequeira).
He has been in the UK since 1990 and is currently Subject Leader: Food Studies at Bath
Spa University. For a profile of him
Carol Vaz returns to Dubai
15 Feb: Khaleej Times (UAE). Dubai is regarded a materialistic haven, a shopper’s
paradise. But Carol Vaz, a wheelchair-bound young woman’s story proves that Dubai cares …
Six years ago she left Dubai in a coma, at 15, the innocent victim of a horrific car
accident … Her distraught parents quit their jobs and took her to Mumbai … a miracle
did happen, and Carol slowly emerged from her deep slumber … She was now confined
to the house and bound to the wheelchair. But she has come back to Dubai! 1675 words. Click here.
Dr. Francis J. Pinto: Pharming Announces Annual Results 2007
PharmaLive. Biotech company Pharming Group NV announced its financial results for
the year ending 31 December, 2007 … * Cash position of € 65.3 million compared
to € 31.3 million in 2006 … "In 2007, the Company made good progress on the development
of several products and developed new research initiatives," said Dr. Francis J. Pinto,
CEO of Pharming …
Dr Francis Pinto was a Director of Glaxo when based in London. India Business
Insight, Aug 22, 2000 reported that "he has planned to devote his time to a
non-profit organisation in Goa. He has proposed to start a children's museum.
He is engaged in a big teaching programme and healthcare activity in Goa"
Mississauga: Chris D'Souza: It's not how it looks, students hear
15 Feb: Mississauga News. More than 1,000 Grade 7 students from the Dufferin
Peel Catholic District School Board attended a Diversity Forum today at the
John Paul ll Cultural Centre … The diversity forum was initiated four years
ago after Les Storey, principal of Christ the King school, along with Chris
D'Souza, the Equity and Diversity officer at DPCSB … The Board-wide
initiative mirrors the fact Mississauga is one of the most diverse cities in
the world, said D'Souza. “We live in neighbourhoods that are different ethnically,
different faith groups and have different immigrant status,” D'Souza said.
For a photo and profile of Chris D’Souza and family
Collien Fernandes @ 2008 "Echo" Music Awards
15 Feb: Berlin, Germany. Collien Fernandes received rapturous media attention
when she arrived at the "Echo" Music Awards. To check the links
For the Collien Fernandes Wikipedia profile
For the Collien Fernandes official website with photos, video clips, news, music downloads
Australia beckons Indian youth
16 Feb: Merinews. By Armstrong Vaz. The USA has been the dream destination for
Indians for decades. But with the falling US dollar, Indians have been exploring
other countries to study and settle in the long run, and Australia is one
country, which is enticing Indians in recent years … 1093 words.
Eva Fernandes: Having a Baby? Relax
16 Feb: Bristol Evening Post. Eight years ago Eva Fernandes launched a shop
called Born (www.borndirect.com) in Bristol. It is, she says, an "all natural,
one-stop centre for babies and mums". Now, Eva is throwing her weight behind a
new project which claims to give women a more rounded approach to their pregnancy by
offering holistic antenatal support. The Relaxed Birth and Parenting course has a
team of experts … For more information, click here. …
For text of article, 715 words
has shops in London, Bristol, New Zealand and online. Eva was born in North London,
the third daughter of East African refugees who fled Idi Amin's dictatorship in 1970.
She writes, "The first home I remember was a bedsit with 1 room for all 5 of us to
sleep in with a kitchen attached and shared bathroom/toilet … Her parents, Glorio and
Antoinette Fernandes live in London and are ex-Nairobi (Eastleigh/Pangani) They trace
their Goan roots to Verna (father) and Benaulim (mother). For more about Eva
Canada: Troy DeSouza: The chickens are cock-a-doodling all the time
17 Feb: Times Colonist (Canada). Elizabeth Cooper is packing up about 35 live
chickens to head for the provincial Interior after losing a court battle over the
roosters' crowing … Troy DeSouza, the lawyer acting for the Capital Regional District,
said the roosters crow all day, creating a real disturbance. "They are cock-a-doodling
all the time … It's one of those things: You have to live with your neighbours," he said.
For a photograph and profile of Troy DeSouza click here.
Sylvia Fernandes: VisitBritain hosts road shows in India
18 Feb. 2008: Express TravelWorld. The tourism agency of Britain, VisitBritain hosted
its annual roadshow in Ahmedabad, Pune, Nagpur and Goa. Says Sylvia Fernandes, the
board's representative, "We want to extend our reach to less serviced regions and
create more awareness about the United Kingdom … Fernandes added that the aim of the
workshop was to sell more of British products to the travel trade … For full text,184 words,
Sylvia Fernandes, 28, traces her Goan roots to Saligao. Her hobbies include dancing, swimming and reading
Goans explore Europe through Portuguese citizenship
19 Feb: MeriNews. By Armstrong Vaz. Thousands of Indians from the Portuguese
colonies have gone to Europe and settled there after acquiring Portuguese citizenship.
A Portuguese citizenship, gives them passage to work and settle anywhere in Europe
as European citizens … For most Goans the most favoured destination is UK.
Rough estimates indicate that there are more than 50,000 Portuguese Goans in England … 858 words …
Illegal migration to USA - its pitfalls
19 Feb: MeriNews. By Armstrong Vaz …if there are a few Indians trickling in
through the legal channels there are thousands who slip into USA through
dubious means … For the Indians jumping ship the first job in the US is working
at a gas station owned by Indians or Bangladeshis or in a motel … 1047 words.
Uganda: Cricket: Texeira
20 Feb: The Monitor (Uganda). By Vali Jamal. A fortnight ago, the Aga
Khan and Muslim XI cricket hero Guste came into my restaurant to do an
interview of his memories of cricket then for a magazine I am doing on Ugandan
Asians. We remembered the names of famous players from different sides like
John McAdam of the Europeans, Texeira of the Goans …
Liz Hurley pays Violet D'Souza 'slave-wage'
20 Feb: The Mirror (UK). Liz Hurley and her husband Arun Nayar have
gagged Violet D'Souza, 31, who was brought over from India and paid as
little as £1.20 an hour. Violet was due to make the slave-wage allegations
at an employment tribunal tomorrow but she was understood to have been
offered a five-figure settlement … they allegedly paid Violet just 8,000
rupees a week … after working for four years, she was fired without notice
last August … she was given shelter in London by her aunt, Fermina D'Souza,
who works for another family in London … Nayar is believed to have brought
Violet over from Mumbai, where she already worked for his wealthy
textiles family. 738 words.
Liz, the servant and a tricky legal claim
20 Feb: Daily Mail (UK). Elizabeth Hurley and her husband Arun
Nayar have been at the centre of a racial discrimination claim from their
former housekeeper …
For links to other reports of this case
16 Feb: Santa Cruz, Goa. MARIA PALMIRA CARMINA DO REGO (Born 1926).
Relict of Braz. Mother of late Agnelo/Martha, Anja/Luis (Canada) and Auta/Diogo
(Canada). Grandmother of Reagan, Rachel, Norbert, Trevor, Darlene,
Charlotte, Brian and Edwin.
15 Feb: Corlim, Mapusa, Goa. ROSA FLORINDA BARRETTO VAZ (MAI).
Wife of late Pedro Vincent Vaz. Beloved Mother of Valentino/Delia,
Thomas/Juliet, Lawrence, Siprosa/Amyot Da Costa (UK).
15 Feb: Toronto. CHARLES “STAN” PINTO. (Born 1918,
ex Air India). Beloved husband of Joyce of 60 years. Loving father
of Sandra and Michael Abrahams (Toronto) and Patricia and Nigel Chaves
(Melbourne). Greatly loved grandfather of Nadia (Rohit), Karina (Tim),
Rohana, Joshua and Tanya. Lovingly remembered by his sister-in-law,
Molly and sisters Audrey, Melba, Ludy, Joan, Gloria and brothers Burvy
and Austin and their families. Visitation on Feb 19 at the Highland
Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at St. Luke's Catholic Church, Thornhill,
on Wed. Feb. 20 at 12 noon.
14 Feb: Toronto. ENID BARBARA MIRANDA. (Age 82).
Loving wife of Michael. Mother to Michael/Lynne and Richard.
Grandmother of Christopher, Brittany, Jonathan and Michelle. Visitation on
Feb 18 at the Highland Funeral Home. Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. on Tuesday
at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church, Scarborough.
For photograph and full text
Death: Dr Tony deSouza: Journey from El Alamein to Juhu
14 Feb: Juhu, Mumbai. DR. TONY DESOUZA (aged 93). Beloved husband of Dr
Marie. Father of Crystal/Mario, Charmaine/Derrick, Derek/Sheila. Funeral was on 16 Feb.
19 Feb: Daily News & Analysis. … Tony deSouza led a remarkable life. He was
part of the battle of El Alamein, where the Germans, under Erwin Rommel,
were defeated. Under British Field Marshal Montgomery he fought in Sicily; his
final posting, before returning to Mumbai, was in Burma where he fought against
the Japanese … Dedication to his patients and the community did not stop the
doctor from enjoying life … 636 words.
14 Feb: Navelim, Goa. JOAQUIM ROSARIO GOMES
(Born 1918, Ex-Nairobi). Husband of late Erodiana D'Silva. Father of
Sienna/late Phillip Nunes, Winnie, late Helen, Patrick/Cynthia,
Prexedes/Celia, Monica/Venino Furtado. Brother of Veneziana/late
Sebastiao, late Anselmo/Juliana, Lusitano/Nifa.
13 Feb: Pomburpa, Goa. JOAQUIN VICTOR PEREIRA.
(Born 1949). Husband of Mirelle. Father of Maria and Chantal (Holland).
Brother of Rosy and Luis Fernandes, Agadina and Franklyn Pereira (UK).
Feb: London. UK. CAITANO FRANCISCO MASCARENHAS (ERNEST). (Born 1930).
Husband of Flora. Father of Mathew/Presley and Libia. Funeral service
4 pm on 18 Feb to Our Lady of Assumption Church, Sarzora, Goa.
16 Feb: The Nation (Nairobi). Big gap to be filled. Top honours
may have eluded JOSEPH GEORGE as an outstanding football and hockey
player or an athlete of note, but his death, recently, has left quite
a big gap in the fraternities of the three sports in Kenya and United
Kingdom. As a young promising player, George, who died last week aged
67, played football for Goan Institute against English professionals,
stationed in Kenya in the early 1950s and twice featured in Kenya's hockey
squad. George, a qualified civil engineer, played hockey for Loughborough
College in Britain and was a fine defender. He represented his college
team in the game for several years. In Kenya, George and his elder brother
Saude, a sports journalist, represented the country in hockey for many years.
Saude later played hockey for Kenya at the Olympic Games in Rome and Tokyo.
Max, 19, hits the road
14 Feb. The Guardian (UK). … I fly into Mumbai today, but will move
down to Goa pretty sharpish and chill there for a few days - a nice, slow
introduction hopefully … I have already experienced my first taste of India [when
I applied for my visa] - and I only had to go as far as Aldwych. The Indian High
Commission (London) is a funny place … 689 words + comments.
Colva Beach Stalemate
14 Feb: Herald. A stinking creek; clogged drains, stray dogs and
cattle loitering on the beach and complaints of tourists about the mess
welcomed Tourism Minister, Mickky Pacheco to Colva beach as he conducted
an inspection on Wednesday noon. However, he was quick to blame the Finance Minister for the ugly situation … 410 words.
A Goa vacation with initial complications
14 Feb: NGZ Online (Germany). Goa was my dream goal since my
childhood after reading of Heinz Helfgen adventures there, on a
bicycle in the 50's. Now I had the chance of a short holiday there …
Hotels to display ‘appeal’ for identity proof from tourists
15 Feb: Herald. Hotels all over Goa will now display an appeal or
advisory formulated by Goa Police at their reception counters requesting
guests to furnish an identity proof or some native reference before checking in. 452 words.
Visas to India: The electronic bureaucrat
16 Feb. The Economist (UK). At 6.15 am outside the Indian High Commission
109 people are sleepily waiting for the visa section to open … the passport
and its owner must be physically present. The £30 ($60) fee must be in
cash; the visa form must be filled in by hand and authenticated with a
signature and a photograph. The procedure has scarcely changed in 60 years.
The 500 people waiting at 8.30am, when the visa office opens, should get
their visas by noon, though on busy days stragglers may be told to
collect it the next day. Applying by post is possible, but may take weeks … 1460 words.
Goa’s Second Boom
16 Feb: Berliner Zeitung. The former hippie stronghold is on the way
to a high-quality mass destination for the Indian middle class … 1246 words.
Indian mission in UK to outsource visa process
16 Feb: Times of India. With a rising number of people from Britain queuing up
to visit India, the Indian High Commission will outsource the Visa Application
Process from May this year. VFS Global, the company that handles the Visa
applications for the British High Commission in India will handle applications
said Acting High Commissioner Asoke Mukerji. On an average the High Commission
issued 500,000 visas in a year, the same as the British High Commission
issues to Indians wishing to visit the UK. 267 words.
16 Feb: South Wales Echo. Goa: Kuoni (01306 747 008) offers seven
nights’ B&B in a four star hotel from £579 from Apr 19, with other
reduced prices on deps Mar 8-April 19.
16 Feb: The Sun (UK). Goa is 35oC - 14 nights' B&B at the three-star Hotel
Palmarinha, Calangute, is from £519pp, leaving Manchester on Feb 23. See
cosmos.co.uk or call 0871 423 8560.
Goa is a real goer
17 Feb: Sunday Times (Perth) … Goa was impressive. It did not appear so
busy, noisy and jammed with people, and you could even see the clear,
blue sky … Goa still has its fair share of poverty, traffic problems,
half-finished roads, open-air urinals, etc. However, all this is compensated
for by the apparent spaciousness and a general pleasant holiday atmosphere
which would easily assist in acclimatising travellers to India … 645 words.
Rob Da Bank: Me and my travels
17 Feb: The Observer (UK). Rob Da Bank, DJ and festival organiser
writes: My idea of paradise is a guesthouse in Palolem in Goa called Bhakti
Kutir. It's a wicked place run by a German couple, half in the jungle,
half by the beach. They have a healthy wholefood ethos and a swami who does
meditation every day. We went a couple of years ago and it was just brilliant.
Goodbye Goa. By David Jenkins (UK)
18 Feb: Herald. This letter is from a very sad tourist. My wife and I have been
coming to Goa for 10 years every winter. But this will be the last time we spend our
money or our time in Goa. 317 words.
Competition: A week for two in Kerala
18 Feb. The Guardian. Vote for your best trip and enter our £25,000
prize draw. What were the highs and lows of your travels last year?
The Observer Travel Awards honour the best in the business, based entirely
on your verdicts … The prize includes breakfast, transfers and flights,
and must be taken between 1 April and 30 June or 1 August and 30 September. Value: £2,250.
GOA NEWS HEADLINES:
Goa gets £156m from the Central Government
14 Feb: Navhind Times. The central government today allocated Rs 1,220 crore
(approx £156m) for the development of infrastructure in Goa to host the National
Games to be held in 2011 and also for construction of internal roads. 297 words.
Captivating music video on Amchem Goem
14 Feb: Navhind Times. Goa with its beaches, backwaters, greenery,
temples, churches, mosques, Shigmotsav, Carnival, traditional dances, various
art forms and achievers who made their mark in various fields thus taking
the state to a new height, came alive in ‘Sobit Amchem Goem’ music video
released on 13 Feb. The CD presents a visual musical rendering of
Goa’s secular fabric … For text, 483 words,
For a videoclip (1m. 57s) of the trailer,
High incidence of breast cancer in Goa worries doctors
15 Feb: The Hindu. Medicos in Goa have expressed the need to commission
a study on high incidence of breast cancer in the state and work out a
strategy to curb the disease … Goa has an average of 1000 cancer
patients every year, and 70 cases per lakh population, which is much
higher than the national average of 50 cases per lakh … 256 words.
Goa: Not immune to ‘hate-outsider’ syndrome
15 Feb: Indian Express. Goa’s local population is slowly turning against
the influx of “outsiders” who threaten the local way of life. In fact,
it is not the short-term visitor from the West who is facing the cold
shoulder, but people from other parts of the country. “Bhaile” is the
mildly derisive term employed by Hindus and Catholics alike
on “outsiders” who are unable to fit in … 653 words.
Unseasonal rain takes Goa by surprise
16 Feb: Herald. The unseasonal rain in some parts of the State and a
sudden rise in the temperatures in the last two days is due to the
cloudy weather conditions and the trough formed in the upper level of
the region, says the Meteorological Observatory of Goa, Altinho.
Deprived of jobs, Goan youths log out for greener pastures
16 Feb: Economic Times. Growing public protests that have stalled many
development projects in Goa now seem to be taking a heavy toll on its
economy. With no new industry setting up shop here, the Goan political class
is worried about increasing unemployment that has triggered a talent exodus
from the state. 411 words.
Goa to have 40 knowledge centres
16 Feb: The Hindu. The Goa Government has decided to make knowledge of
information technology (IT) mandatory for government employment and proposed
to set up 40 knowledge centres in towns and villages cross the State to
impart training in information technology.
Goa’s Corrupt Sub-Registries
17 Feb. Herald (via GoaNet). Valmiki Faleiro writes about his experiences
regarding the Government officials who are responsible for the registration
of property documents … “There is this latest spin in the hands of Goa’s
Sub-Registrars. In the face of the purchase of land by foreigners, the
government has issued a caution circular to Sub-Registrars. Even if a
foreigner of Indian origin is party to a deed Sub-Registrars now ask for a
copy of the PIO (Person of Indian Origin) Card. This is patently bad. PIOs
from only a few select countries are entitled to PIO Cards … What happens
if you never found the need to apply for one? … 775 words.
Maria de Lourdes Bravo da Costa Rodrigues: The Goa That Was
17 Feb: Navhind Times. Remembering Goa,’ authored by Maria de Lourdes
Bravo da Costa Rodrigues, is a compilation of thought-provoking articles,
Reflections on feasts, festivals and fairs in `amchem Goem’ of yesterdays,
the summer holidays, the picnics, the urge to visit the beauty saloons, the
jardim slide, the travel by ferry, the Goan cuisine and several aspects
related to Goa, leave a tinge of disappointment in the mind of the reader
about the present … 474 words.
The photo shows Maria who is the Circulation Librarian at Panjim Central
Library and is from the album by Rajan Parrikar of the Library. To check out
the other photographs in this breathtaking album,
Remo: Concert sans loud music
17 Feb: PTI. By Rupesh Samant. Advocating the need to enjoy concerts
and music without disturbing the locality, renowned pop singer, Remo Fernandes,
will hold a concert in Goa on Feb. 19, on a small sound system … The concert
titled "Goa: Keep Heaven Clean" aims to promote cleanliness on Goan beaches
and to respect neighbouring people's sound privacy … Nostalgic about the
past, Remo said "our parents generation danced all night long to Johnson
and His Jolly Boys without a single microphone or loudspeaker. Unfortunately
of late our hearing and sensitivity for music as been jaded by
excessively and unnecessarily loud sound systems." 426 words.
17 Feb: NDTV. Govt may issue postage stamps on Remo Fernandes …
For the GVUK Remo Fernandes supplement click here.
India is irresistible!
17 Feb. Daily News & Analysis. Francesca Smith, Model. She says, “My
family moved to Goa six years back and almost three years back, I came to
Mumbai with my boyfriend. Living here has been a great experience.” … She
doesn’t let stress get the better of her. “When I am not working, I am off to
Goa. I feel that’s very important considering life in Mumbai can get
hectic at times when your body asks for that much-needed break,” she says.
Locals thrash Russian for desecrating cross
19 Feb: Herald. Vitaly Golabovsky, a Russian in his mid-thirties was
brutally assaulted by locals at Arambol on Monday, after he allegedly
desecrated a cross near the beach. He was mercilessly beaten by a
mob and is currently undergoing treatment at a hospital … no arrests
have been made so far. 151 words.
Japanese expats in Goa on terror hit list
19 Feb: Deccan Herald. Along with the Americans in Karnataka and Goa,
Japanese expats were also reportedly on the hitlist of the terrorists
suspects arrested last month. 398 words.
Video: Goa MLA held for attempted murder
20 Feb:16:03 IST. CNN-IBN. Monserrate was seen arguing with police
officers and instigating the crowd. Former Goa minister and MLA Babush
Monserrate has been arrested for attempted murder after his supporters
attacked a police station on Tuesday night … 1m.22s. Select the link
Taleigao MLA and wife arrested in Goa
21 Feb: The Hindu. Atanasio Monserrate and his Jennifer Monserrate
were remanded to police custody for seven days on Wednesday following their
arrests in the violent mob attack on the Panaji police station on
Tuesday night. Police have registered FIRs against 524 people including
24 known persons and the search was on for the accused allegedly involved
in the attack … Around 32 policemen were injured, six of them seriously …
The village of Taleigao on the outskirts of the city continued to be tense
but peaceful on Wednesday … the Police claimed that a mob of over 700, led
by Monserrate, gathered at the police station after two rival gangs
clashed on Tuesday. 338 words.
Editorial: Atanasio Monserrate: A Pampered Superman
21 Feb: Navhind Times. The mob violence at the Panaji police station
was a show of strength by Mr Atanasio Monserrate, MLA from Taleigao. Or,
we may be wrong: it was a show of power – power over everything. It was
aimed at sending a message out to the world that Mr Monserrate is
the most powerful man in Goa … 608 words.
IN THE NEWS
Flipping Out at the Berlin Film fest
14 Feb: The Jerusalem Post. The Berlin International Film Festival,
which began yesterday and which will run until February 17, will have a
strong Israeli presence. An Israeli documentary being shown in the
Forum section is Yoav Shamir's Flipping Out which looks at the phenomenon
of burned-out soldiers who head to the drug-rave scene in Goa and northern
India after their discharge …
Bar girls turned escorts enjoy life kingsize
14 Feb: Sify News. They used to entertain at Mumbai's dance bars. But
after the government clamped down on these home-grown pubs three years
ago, many bar girls have taken to playing business companions and
wives for a fee … Bankers, business executives, doctors, cricketers and
even senior police officials are among the people taking bar girls as
companions to places like Goa … The girls said business companions are
charged anything between Rs.30,000 and Rs.45,000 as payment for one
month of "outside assignments". Perks like gold and silver jewellery,
saris, dresses and sweet packets also are there … 635 words.
Should Leicester have a Statue of Gandhi?
14 Feb: Leicester Mercury. … Leicester East MP Keith Vaz wants to
erect a statue of former Indian leader Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in
Leicester … He wants a 7ft to 9ft-tall bronzed statue of the Indian
leader on a patch of green land near Friends Tandoori, at the corner of
Belgrave Road and Donaldson Road … The majority of people writing to the
Leicester Mercury Mailbox page seem to prefer a statue of someone who
was from Leicester, rather than a great Indian leader with no link to the
city … The campaign, meanwhile, rolls on. No planning application has
been submitted to the city council yet but the search has begun
for a sculptor. 1333 words.
Kenya: James Kanyotu buried with the country’s most kept secrets
14 Feb: Nation (Kenya). Kenya’s longest serving spy master James Kanyotu
has passed on at 71, taking with him Kenya’s best-kept secrets about some
of the most gruesome and trying moments in the nation’s history … Kanyotu
oversaw the organisation play its hidden hand in some of Kenya’s most
critical and trying historical moments such as the assassination of
leading politicians like Pio Gama Pinto … Photo and text.
Valentines Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra ‘caught’ in Goa!
15 Feb: Herald. There was definitely love in the air all over the country today
and Goa was no exception. Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra were caught by journalists
at the Dabolim airport on the morning of Valentine’s Day, onboard a flight from
Mumbai. When they stepped out of the terminal they were rattled on being confronted
by the media and scooted back inside. Shilpa has recently acknowledged that she
is dating Raj Kundra, a small time producer and her business manager of sorts,
after having denied it for a long time. Click here.
Britain rejects former generals' view on multiculturalism
15 Feb: IANS. The British government and senior Asian MP Keith Vaz have
strongly rejected a report that is said to reflect consensus by a group of
retired generals that Britain's multicultural society is to blame for
problems of terrorism and extremism. The report by the Royal United Services
International, the country's oldest military think tank, says Britain is
becoming a soft touch and a "fragmenting, post-Christian society" with a
"misplaced deference to multiculturalism", all of which undermined the fight
against extremists … Goan-origin Vaz, who came to Britain at the age of 14,
said the retired generals did not appear to have examined multiculturalism
and "see what benefits it has given the country" … 549 words.
‘Indian caste system created by British"
15 Feb: India Interacts. The Hindu Council UK (HCUK) has claimed that
caste discrimination does not exist in Britain - and that caste, in any
case, was created by the British in India … The Council claims that Labour
Party MPs Rob Marris and Jeremy Corbyn, “who are lobbying the Department of
Communities and Local Government to legislate against caste discrimination,
may have been misled by Christian groups who want, quite simply, to "save"
people from the ‘falsehood" of Hinduism and convert people to Christianity."
How did Sanjay Dutt buy Goa house?
15 Feb. There has been much media attention in India given to the
wedding in Goa last week of Bollywood superstar Sanjay Dutt and his partner
Manayata. Mid-Day, 15 Feb. carries photographs of the two properties
in Gogol and Aquem that they claim to have lived in for the last six
months. It has been reported that the marriage certificate has been revoked …
For a Wikipedia profile of Sanjay Dutt
Sanjay Dutt’s marriage in trouble
19 Feb: Times of India. All is not well in Sanjay Dutt’s married life.
Close friends of the actor say that he has now realized why Manyata
wanted to marry him in Goa … as per the marriage laws of Goa, if a
Goan female domicile certificate holder gets married in Goa, 50 % of
the property of the male member is attributed to her name … 285 words.
UK, Canada & Tanzania: Healthy passage to India
15 Feb: New Statesman (UK). Britain has been in high-level
discussions with India about the possibility of flying NHS patients there for
treatment to cut waiting times … Last year, some 150,000 foreigners
travelled to India and paid for their own treatment. But the health
services of some countries do send patients considerable distances for
treatment. Tanzania is one. In the past five years, nearly 200 Tanzanians
have travelled to India for heart surgery. Canada is another. Patients can be
reimbursed for treatment abroad, provided they have approval from the
provincial authority. 689 words.
India: Banda sisters
15 Feb: The Guardian (UK). In one of India's poorest regions, hundreds
of pink-clad female vigilantes are challenging male violence and
corruption … The Gulabi Gang was formed two years ago. Gulabi means pink,
and refers to the electric shade of the uniform worn by the 500-plus
members, who hail from Banda's arid villages. The women have become
folk heroes, winning public support for a series of Robin Hood-style
operations … The gang has stopped child marriages, forced police officers
to register cases of domestic violence and got roads built by dragging
the official responsible from his desk on to the dust track
in question. 1224 words.
16 Feb: Irish Times. It's hardly the first country you think of for wine,
but India has a growing number of reliable producers … Portuguese settlers
also played a role in Goa. They kept their meat in barrels of wine that
was heavily doused with mashed garlic and spices, a style they referred to
as vin d'alho, or garlic wine - later more widely known as vindaloo …
Online: Short Film: Where's Sandra?
16 Feb: From the Director, Paromita Vohra: It is a film about a
stereotypical figure of the Indian Catholic woman - Sandra from Bandra …
At the most literal level, this film is about the Christian women of
Bombay who created a certain space for women in general. They were the
earliest women in Bombay to enter the workforce, which was part of
the reason for the unease around them and for the sexual stereotyping
that they received. But they also embodied a certain spirit - of fun,
of pleasure and a certain chutzpah … The film includes comments by
Jerry Pinto and Eunice de Souza, etc 18 minutes. To watch the film,
Boris Johnson wants to be Mayor of London
16 Feb: The Globe and Mail (Canada). The atmosphere at Cadogan Hall had
rapidly descended the staircase of civility … Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, a
journalist also on the panel at Cadogan Hall who says she was abused
by the audience for criticizing Mr. Johnson, sees something more sinister
beneath the exterior. “There's a very serious right-winger under this
man's charm and buffoonery and it needs to be seriously examined.” … 2644 words.
For video clips of the debate
USA: Rahul Shrivastav: Worked his way through the ranks
17 Feb: Centre Daily Times (PA, USA). Rahul Shrivastav got his first
job as a butler in Goa … Aged 30, he is now banquet manager at The Penn
Stater Conference Center Hotel. He has been in State College a little
more than two years, having obtained a bachelor’s degree in hospitality
at schools in India and Australia. “I had hospitality in my heart and
I wanted to serve people,” he said. 790 words.
Migrants face hard choices in Canada. By Meena Menezes
17 Feb: Gulf Daily News (Bahrain). A once proud man hangs up his
business suit to clean lavatories, to feed his family. A successful journalist
trains for a job in a supermarket, while others from skilled or senior posts
do anything from driving cabs to working in factories, to make ends meet.
The first taste of life in Canada can be bitter, as new arrivals must
take any job they can get to support their families. 2489 words.
Mumbai: 10,000 march against Gorai SEZ
18 Feb: Times of India. Over 10,000 people marched to the gates of
Essel World at Gorai to protest against the Special Economic Zone
coming up in the area … The government has initiated plans to acquire
over 5,000 acres of land for the SEZ … Gordon D’Souza, vice-president
of Mumbai Catholic Sabha, said the demonstration symbolised the
feelings of the people in the area and more protests were being
planned in the coming months. “We are talking to other organisations
in the state and will come up with a combined protest
shortly,’’ he said. 327 words.
Easter opening for Qatar’s first church
18 Feb: The Peninsula (Qatar). The consecration of Qatar's first church
will be celebrated on March 14. Cardinal Ivan Dias from Vatican will lead
the consecration ceremonies … Meanwhile, a debate has been raging in
several Arab dailies in Qatar … Photos and text 487 words.
Oscar Lobo: Live, Streaming - Konkani Music from Melbourne
18 Feb: From Oscar Lobo (Melbourne) via GoaNet. Konkani music will be played on
Thu. 21 Feb. between 11.00 am and 11.30 am (Midnight to 00:30 GMT) on the
respected 3CR Community Radio 85.5 AM. Konkani songs are also expected to
be played on Tuesdays (starting 19 Feb.) between 12 to 2.00 pm (subject to
schedule of songs for that day) as part of the programme, "Music Sans
Frontieres". You can access the broadcasts via the internet –
live streaming or podcast. Go to
Print-On-Demand Publishing Service Launched in India
18 Feb: PTI. CinnamonTeal Print & Publishing Services [Margao Goa]
has successfully launched India's first Print-On-Demand (POD) service …
Self-publishing now becomes unbelievably simple … Queenie Fernandes
and Leonard Fernandes, the co-founders of CinnamonTeal are very
enthusiastic about their prospects … 568 words.
Anglican Archbishop Embraces Sharia Law. By Dinesh D'Souza
18 Feb: TownHall.com. Atheists can break out the champagne: there really
are some wacky religious people out there. One of them seems to be Rowan
Williams, the archbishop of Canterbury … 931 words.
Bestselling author Dinesh D'Souza's new book What's So
Great About Christianity has just been released.
For the Wikipedia profile of him “D'Souza was born in Bombay to
parents from the state of Goa …”
For the Dinesh D’Souza website click here.
Book Review: The Konkans
19 Feb: Christian Science Monitor (USA) … The Konkans, the second novel by
Tony D'Souza (author of award-winning "Whiteman") is less a novel and more a
series of interconnected short stories, set in India and Chicago in the 1960s
and '70s, that pivot around three central characters: Francisco's mother
and father, and his uncle Sam. 879 words.
21 Feb: The New York Times. 308 pages. Harcourt. $25.
Like ''Whiteman,'' Tony D'Souza's first novel, ''The Konkans'' has a whiff of
memoir to it … Settling into the suburbs of Chicago, they confront the tangled
relationships of race, class and especially family. When asked the stock
questions about Hinduism, Sam, for one, is fond of saying, ''I'm not
that kind of Indian.'' …
Keith Vaz MP hosts special reception in honour of restaurateur Sanjay Anand
19 Feb: Asian News. A special celebration was held at the House of Commons
by Rt. Hon Keith Vaz MP in recognition of the MBE that was awarded to
restaurant aficionado, Sanjay Anand … ‘The Brilliant Hotel’ in Nairobi was
where Sanjay’s late father made his name with his exceptional and unmatchable
cooking talent. Madhu’s Brilliant restaurant opened in the UK in 1980 …
The rest as they say is history … The chefs cook some of the Anand
signature dishes, Punjabi cuisine with a unique Kenyan Asian twist.
Photo and text, 917 words.
A New Role for Bollywood's Bardot
20 Feb: New York Times. Mallika Sherawat, the actress known in some
circles as Bollywood’s Bardot, has been cast as an ascetic who befriends
Jesus of Nazareth in “The Aquarian Gospel,” a Hollywood film based on the
legend that Jesus visited India, Reuters reported.
For the Mallika Sherawat website
Migrants must pay a tax to enter UK
20 Feb: The Telegraph (UK). Foreigners coming to Britain are to face a new
"immigrant tax" under Government plans to try to make them help pay for
the schools and hospitals they use, ministers are to announce. Jacqui Smith,
the Home Secretary, will announce the plans which include a
'points system' for those seeking British citizenship … 922 words.
Hong Kong: Godfrey Fernandes: Knifing charge reduced over 'psychosis'
20 Feb: South China Morning Post. Godfrey Fernandes, 25, a steward
with a shipping company, was charged with wounding a 77-year-old woman
at the Prince Margaret Hospital. His defence counsel briefed the court
about the findings of psychiatrists, who said Godfrey was psychotic and
could not control his actions … Fernandes had worked for four years as
a steward in a shipping company and was diagnosed with psychiatric
problems when aboard a ship to Hong Kong. His company sent him to
the hospital's emergency unit. His workmates helped him pack his
belongings, which included a fruit knife. 402 words.
Mumbai: The Jazz files
21 Feb: Express India. A new play explores the plight of Mumbai’s
long forgotten Goan musicians … set against the backdrop of the
late 40's, it breaks barriers of time and space and traces the lives
of composers and musicians like Mickey Correa, Chic Chocolate, Anthony
Gonsalves, Lucila and George Pacheco, who created and sustained
Mumbai's jazz era from the 1930s until the 1960s. 519 words.
Britain to woo young Indians away from US
21 Feb: Zee News. The UK-India Business Council (UKIBC), the
lead group promoting bilateral trade between India and Britain, on
Wednesday launched an initiative aimed at wooing young Indian business
executives who are looking at America rather than Britain as their
preferred business partners. 345 words.
Nuns launch plans to fight trafficking of women
22 Feb: National Catholic Reporter (USA). Superiors general of about
35 women’s congregations based in India have drafted a plan to fight the
trafficking of women and children … The meeting on trafficking followed
the four-day annual plenary of the women’s section of the Conference of
Religious India. At the annual meeting, several participants expressed
concern over gender discrimination within the church. Some said women
religious are treated as “just decorators,” … Chavanod Sr. Evelyn Monteiro,
a theologian, observed that one reason for male domination in the
church has been women’s lack of competence in theology …
Sr. Jyothi Fernandes, who directs Mater Dei theological institute
in Old Goa, wrote a position paper on the subject … 598 words.
GOANET HIGHLIGHTS BY CORNEL DACOSTA
The State of Goa, a location for relatively 'small'
daily English newspapers is abuzz to the news that, a substantial
long established daily paper---the Times of India (ToI), will enter
the Goa market. This is seen by some as a mixed blessing. At
one level, it could lead to the demise of papers like the Navhind
Times, the Herald, and the Gomantak Times among others. On the
other hand, the ToI may provide a major boost to Goa. This is what
one Goa journalist (Frederick Noronha) had to say in his substantial
Open Letter to the ToI..."one only hopes that the arrival of the
Times of India to Goa could be an opportunity for the local
media to wake-up to the possibilities of reader-driven, truth-driven
journalism...but then, the experiences of other cities where the
ToI has set up shop (Bangalore, Pune, Chandigarh) hasn't been a
happy one." Find out more about this issue and perhaps even
convey our views as readers of the electronic Goan Voice (UK)
that is now increasingly read worldwide.
The Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary in Goa provides a relatively
safe habitat for many wild animals. While much wildlife the
world over faces destruction by man to the point of extinction,
it is good to know that leopards in the vicinity of Bicholim (that
do cause some havoc to the locals from time to time), have been
regularly trapped by the Forest Department and then released in Bondla.
How seriously do the 5 star hotels along the Goa beach take
their responsibility for cleaning up the mess left by their
tourist clients? Lionel Messias states that apart from a photo-opportunity
at the start of the tourist season, Goa's beaches are dirty 24/7
throughout the tourist season. This is despite the millions of
taxpayers' rupees allocated for cleaning the beaches from Pernem to Canacona.
Frederick Noronha (as above), is keen to discover as much as
possible about recent Goan migration to Swindon in England and would
particularly like to hear about this from UK Goans. Hopefully, our
readers will contribute further to the excellent GV(UK) Swindon
supplement available at
Oil rich Qatar is in the throes of a controversy about the building of
Christian churches on its territory where an estimated 100,000
residents are Christian workers from abroad, and further, that only
200,000 are native Qataris in a population of 900,000. According to
Simon D'Silva, "while some indigenous traditionalists quote Prophet
Mohammed as saying that, no two religions will come together in the
[Islamic] Arabian Peninsula, others argue that this injunction applied
specifically to Mecca and Medina---Islam's holiest cities in Saudi
Arabia." Indeed, two points are worth noting: a) that places of
worship for various religions are a fundamental human right guaranteed
by Islam and, b) once Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church opens in
Qatar at Easter in 2008, Saudi Arabia will be the only Arab nation
in the Arabian Peninsula that bans Christian churches.
Finally, Goanet informs us that, there will be 40 Knowledge Centres
established in Goa soon. The Goa Government has "decided that, knowledge
of Information Technology (IT) will be mandatory for government
employment." These IT Centres will be located in towns
and villages across the State.
More details can be found at the Goanet archives at http://lists.goanet.org/pipermail/goanet-goanet.org/
Or to subscribe to Goanet, send an email to email@example.com
UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS By Lira Fernandes
RELIGIOUS: Faith and Music. ITV1
Mon 25th Feb. 00:15 to 00:50. Cliff Richard tells how he
put his career on the line to profess his faith in God. Born
Harry Webb in India, Cliff arrived in the UK with his parents
at the age of eight, and as a teenager was determined to
become the British Elvis.
DRAMA: Afternoon Play. BBC Radio Four
Mon. 25th Feb. 14:15 to 15:00. Jess and Sandeep's
friendship crosses the racial divide in Bristol. Jess is
black and Sandeep is Asian. When Sandeep's father's shop is
burnt down by two masked black men, community tensions rise
and their friendship is put to the test.
NEWS: Desi Pubs. BBC Radio Asian Network
Mon 25th Feb. 18:30 to 19:00. Two Pints of Lager and a
Plate of Chicken. Bobby Friction goes on a personal journey
to see how and why Asian-owned 'desi' pubs make such an
impact on the community and what it is that makes them so different.
CHAT SHOW: Night Waves. BBC Radio Three
Mon. 25th Feb. 21:45 to 22:30. David Edgar talks about Testing
the Echo, his play about a group of immigrants preparing to
take the new British citizenship exam.
MAGAZINE PROGRAMME: Desi DNA. BBC 2
Wed. 27th Feb. 23:20 to 23:50. Asian arts and lifestyle magazine.
DOCUMENTARY: Indian School. BBC 2
Wed. 27th Feb. 23:50 to 00:20. Spiritual Journey. The students
of the two schools are preparing to celebrate Diwali.
DOCUMENTARY: Analysis. BBC Radio Four
Thu. 28th Feb. Time: 20:30 to 21:00. Is the prosperity in India
filtering down to the mass of the population or simply creating
a larger gulf between the rich and poor.
DOCUMENTARY: A Race Apart. BBC Radio Four
Fri. 29th Feb. 11:00 to 11:30. Sarfraz Manzoor talks to
American students from two different universities who have opted
for a racially segregated education, whether black or white.
for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon
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.
Sat 31 May. 7pm. GOA Anniversary and
Wandsworth Town Hall Contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim
Telephone 020 8771 4457.
FOR LATER EVENTS SEE http://www.goanvoice.org.uk/