Newsletter. Issue 2008-23. June. 05, 2008
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London: Indo-Jazzwise: Stephano D'Silva
29 May: Time Out (London). Indo-jazz showcase, Pizza Express, Friday, Saturday …the first minglings of Indian rhythms and jazz harmonies in the 1950s was one of those happy lab accidents that gave musicians a whole new chemistry set to play with … on Friday gifted guitarist Stephano D'Silva, son of cultish '60s guitarist Amancio, revisits his father's sublime modal inventions. For details click here. Click here.
For the GVUK Amancio D’Silva supplement, click here.

Nairobi: Colin Azavedo: Firm signs contract with Google
26 May: The Nation. Wunderman Kenya general manager Colin Azavedo and Joe Mucheru, Google East Africa Leader, discuss the finer details of a deal that will make Wunderman the first mainstream agency in East Africa to book ads for its clients on the Google advertising network… [Also reported in the Standard, Kenya– click here.].

Scotland: Herman Rodrigues: Business ban for restaurant
31 May: BBC. A former restaurant boss caught with mouse droppings in his Edinburgh premises has been banned from managing any food business for six months. Herman Rodrigues pleaded guilty to five charges against him and his business, Indi Foods Ltd, after his restaurant Suruchi broke food hygiene regulations. He will need court permission before he can manage a restaurant again…Indi Foods was fined £1,800 in 2006 for failing to control cockroaches and rodents … 394 words. Click here.

Diandra Soares: The spotlight is shifting
31 May: The Hindu – Metroplus. Threatened by Bollywood and pigeonholed by the media, models are a worried lot. “People don’t expect that I can enter the kitchen and cook well,” laments Diandra Soares… Diandra, who is a mentor on Channel V’s Get Gorgeous-V, agrees that most youngsters don’t know that modelling and acting are two different worlds with special requirements… 794 words. Click here.
For the Diandra Soares Fashion TV video profile, 3m.55s, click here.

GoaNet CyberMatrimonials – Sample listings
1 Jun: GoaNet: Sample listings this month:
Goan girl in her 40's who is homely seeks Goan man from the U.K. for friendship and marriage.
29 year old, fair, slim, 5.0' with good character, settled in Canada, working for a Pharmaceutical Co.
Goan Bachelor age 39 years, with sober habits and settled in the UK is seeking for a suitable life partner.
Goan bachelor, 31, 5'10", med complexion, settled in Australia, seeks alliances
For details and more selections click here.

Melbourne: Fr Alderick D’Cruz: $500 'insult' to victim
1 Jun: Melbourne Herald Sun, Australia. A priest convicted of the indecent assault of a teenage girl has been fined only $500. The Catholic Church acknowledged Father Adelrick D'Cruz abused five other girls from the same extended family, but then asked if they minded if he held a mass for their relative…The decision has been criticised as an insult to the girl and other sex abuse victims… 356 words. Click here.

Lloyd Rayney: Guidelines
1 Jun: Sunday Times (Perth). The WA Police Union has called for guidelines for nominating ``prime suspects'' following the controversial naming of barrister Lloyd Rayney… Mr Rayney, a prominent former prosecutor, was named in September as the ``prime'' and ``only'' suspect in the unsolved murder of his wife, Corryn. He has not been charged with the murder, which he vehemently denies, but has faced public ignominy and a substantial loss of earnings. 150 words.

Claude Moraes MEP: EU role in outlawing discrimination
3 Jun: The Guardian (UK) … A comprehensive race equality directive already exists, with comprehensive EU and national laws on gender discrimination being in existence for many years… the European commission is about to make an announcement on the "horizontal anti-discrimination directive", which would extend protection under all of these headings in the provision of goods and services. 279 words. Click here.
Claude Moraes is President of the EU Intergroup on Anti-Racism and Diversity… For the Claude Moraes website click here.

London: Ruby Fernandes: Tarby judges old folk talent
3 Jun: South London Press. Comic Jimmy Tarbuck is one of the judges at a talent contest being held in an old folks' home. A top prize of £250 is up for grabs at Nightingale House, in Nightingale Lane, Balham, on June 22. Call Ruby Fernandes on 020 8673 3495 or email for an application form.

Hawaii: Sav D'Souza join the staff of the Times
4 Jun: Molokai Times. Sav D’Souza comesto this island with diverse experiences and perspective … he has traveled worldwide, bringing the cultures of India and Nairobi together with an English upbringing. For full text click here.
Sav D’Souza obtained a degree in Politics and Literature at the University of East London in 1999 and then went on to get his Masters in Journalism at the University of Westminster… For a profile of him click here.

Roy de Souza: Zedo will develop social media websites
5 Jun: Daily News and Analysis. Ad serving network Zedo has decided to develop ad networks for social media websites, too…“Increasingly, we’ve noticed that conversations are happening on social media sites about products that people want to buy,” Roy de Souza, founder and CEO, Zedo, said. “These users are relatively young, they’re brand conscious and, most importantly, they buy things online.”… The San Francisco based firm currently manages about 25 billion online ads per month… 451 words. Click here.
For the GVUK Roy de Souza supplement click here.


11 Jun: First Death Anniversary: EVANGELINA MONSERRATE (Ex- Mombasa). A Smile for all, a heart of gold, One of the best this world could hold, Never selfish, always kind, A beautiful memory left behind. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday 11th June 2008 at 7.30pm at the Holy Family Catholic Church, Trelawney Avenue, Langley, Slough SL3 7UD England. Family & Friends please accept this as the only intimation. Enquiries to

4 Jun: Bicholim, Goa. JOAO DE SOUZA MENEZES. Brother of Joaquim/Leonor (Portugal), Olivia/Raul (Portugal), Late Carlos/Armissa and Jose Alberto/Agusta Lidia Francis, Charles/Emira Raul/Luizilha Fatima, Prizonio, Carma, Ermelinda Lourdes Xavier Bernadete/John (London).

3 Jun: Bandra, Mumbai. FLORY REMEDIOS (Ex-Saligao, Goa). Wife of late Nicholas Joseph. Mother of Robert/Beulah (New Jersey); Nancy/Winston Ferns and Joyce.

1 Jun: Bogmalo, Goa. WALTER ALVITO INACIO CAETANO RODRIGUES. (Born 1944). Husband of Sally. Father of Michelle/Alok C Sudhakar (USA), Mikail. Brother of Roldao/Lenny (Holland); Oscar/Emma, late Luzie Alice/Gillu (UK), Jacinta/Julius, late Lawrence.

31 May: Porvorim, Goa. RICHARD FRANCIS LOUZADO (Born 1952 Mombasa. Ex-Bahrain; Ex-Goa State Hockey player.). Son of late Preciosio do Rosario and Rita Louzado. Husband of Lidia. Father of Preciosio, Rita and Dominic Savio. Brother of Maria Leta Menezes, Robert Louzado and Lafira Vaz. Condolences to

29 May: Mississauga: DR BENITO FERNANDES. (Age 82; ex-Mumbai). Beloved husband of Celine. Loving father of Deidre (Hilary Vieira), and Daylan. Proud grandfather of Jedannah and Alana Vieira. Visitation at Neweduk Funeral Home – “Mississauga Chapel” on Friday. A Funeral Mass will be held on Sat. May 31st at St. John of the Cross Roman Catholic Church at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Assumption Catholic Cemetery. For photograph and full details click here.

23 May: Pilerne, Goa. MARIA DOLOROZA GONSALVES E NORONHA. Wife of late Jose. Mother of Angelica/late Lazarus D'Mello, Apolinario/Maria (Qatar), Jesus (Bebe)/Succorinha (London), Victor Hugo, Sucurinha/Agnelo Fernandes and Bosco.

13 May: Toronto. MARY (MAISIE) GRACE LLOYD-JONES. (Aged 87; ex-Bombay, nee D’Souza). Wife of late Arthur (1965) and Jim (1988). Mother of Trevor (Jenny). Sister of Rudolph D'Souza of Toronto and Margaret (Ronnie) Aguiar of Toronto. Daughter of late Stella and late Peter D'Souza. Viewing on June 7th at Trull Funeral Home. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Catherine of Siena, 1099 Danforth Ave. at 10 a.m. Condolences may be sent to the funeral home. Click here.

Taleigao. Goa. SANTANA FERNANDES E DA SILVA. Wife of late Jose Lecoadio. Mother of John/Julia, Paullina/Loreto (Paris), Diego/Mary (UK), Alexander/Anita, Cristina/Joe and Maria/Anthony (Paris).


The Difficulties of Retiring in India
29 May: Global Visas… Indian law prohibits foreigners from living there permanently… Each year over 3000 foreigners apply for extensions to stay in the coastal area of Goa … But the Goa home department have been rejecting these applications … as a result India has been labelled as hypocrites by critics. This is because the government constantly vie for easier visa rules for their citizens going abroad but do not reciprocate this when it come to retirement permits… options are slim for those wanting to purely retire says Brian Palmer of 375 words. Click here.

Goa – Scoping out the Cuisine
29 May: American Chronicle (Calif.). …Goa is truly a foodie´s paradise … Goan cuisine largely draws from Hindu, Konkani, and Dutch [sic] influences to create a cuisine style unique to Goa …You can stick to local Goan liquors like Goan Port Wines or Cashew Feni …465 words. Click here.

London: End of Visa shambles at last
30 May: Eastern Eye (UK). Plans to revamp the Indian visa systems got off to a shaky start last week, with applicants queuing outside the wrong location… It is expected that lot of people will be using the facility of online application … A service charge of £6.90 is added to the existing visa fee … Click here.
For full details of the new Visa arrangements, see

Tourism industry expresses reservations Visa outsourcing
31 May: PTI. Goa's tourism industry expressed reservations over the decision to outsource the visa process. “The High Commission should not discontinue the existing system till the outsourcing process is fine tuned so as to avoid inconvenience to the visitors,” Ralph D'Souza, president, travel and tourism association of Goa told PTI…However, reports from London suggest that the new centres will have facilities for submitting applications online and payment by credit card. 324 words. Click here.

UK: Dual status can be a passport to new riches
31 May: The Times (UK)….India does not allow dual nationality. However, the children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren of a person born and permanently resident within India's 1935 borders who hold a non-Indian citizenship are persons of Indian origin (PIOs) and have certain rights associated with citizenship. These include the right to buy property in India and make it easier to invest in Indian companies. Purchase of a “PIO card” (£215) allows visa-free travel to India for 15 years from issue. PIOs can acquire overseas citizenship of India (OCI), which is not a full citizenship, for permanent visa-free travel. Click here.

Malaria likely to affect tourism in Goa
31 May: New A recent gush in cases of malaria along South Goa's coastal belt has become a matter of grave concern for tourists, locals and authorities similarly…statistical data cannot be obtained as most cases are reported to private clinics…In view of an increased risk of malaria transmission, TropNetEurop has been recommending malaria chemoprophylaxis medication to all travelers to Goa since 2007…369 words. Click here.

Air India: Ti-weekly Goa/Dubai flights from June 17
1 Jun: Economic Times. 248 words. Click here.

Casinos meant for the rich: Sardinha
1 Jun: Herald. South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha has said that that the casino concept is not new to Goa and that the tourists do not come to Goa to sleep. In the evenings they want to spend their time and those who are rich are the ones who play in the casinos, the poor will not go there, he said…418 words. Click here.

UK: Outsourcing of India Visa applications
1 June: India Digest. As a major step towards upgrading visa services, the High Commission of India, London, and the Consulates General of India in Birmingham and Edinburgh would be outsourcing the collection of visa applications and their delivery … 766 words. Click here.

Scuba Diving in Goa.
2 Jun: Times of India. Paul Fernandes says the time to take the plunge is now… 1573 words. Click here.

Dip in foreign tourists
5 Jun: NewIndPress. …The murder of Scarlett, a 15-yearold girl, in Goa a few months ago was cited as a reason for this situation. Most of the foreign tourists left Goa for their countries after the incident… 167 words. Click here.


Goa Property: DoE issues notices to foreigners
29 May: Navhind Times. The Directorate of Enforcement has initiated show cause notices against the foreigners who have allegedly bought properties in Goa in violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act… The legal experts, however, feel that these property purchases are not in violation of FEMA, Mr Vikram Varma, a lawyer, who will be defending six cases of Britons, Russians and Italians before DoE, said the Union government has cleared hundred per cent foreign direct investment (FDI) in tourism sector and Goa investments are in that sector... For full text, 536 words, click here.
For a confidential assessment of your case by Mr Varma, without obligation, write to him at
Photo shows Mr Varma with Fiona MacKeown, his client.

Video: Churchill Alemao opposes land ban on foreigners
31 May: Goa 365. PWD Minister Churchill Alemao announced that he would not support the Government’s plan to ban sale of land to foreigners… Churchill said about 1million Indians [not Goans as reported elsewhere] population is residing in the UK… Click here.

Foreigners, go home
1 June: The Telegraph (Calcutta). Goa, which thrived on the presence of foreigners has had enough of them. After Scarlett Keeling’s brutal death questions are being raised on how foreigners have been allowed to stay on for long periods in the state and had no difficulties in extending their visas…Yet foreigners have added value to Goa in their own way. Many of them are creative people though they tend to stick together … For full text click here.

Banned from buying houses, foreigners opt for long lease
2 Jun: Times of India. With the state government 'banning foreigners from buying properties in the state', local builders have fine tuned their strategies and are promoting five-year leases among tourists and some are organizing road shows and exhibitions in UK to attract customers to Goa… "Purchasing of property by foreigners has come to a standstill and it's difficult to execute any deed of sale as the procedure is no longer simple…” said advocate Vikram Varma.499 words. Click here.

Foreigners must be allowed to purchase property in Goa
2 Jun: Arab Times (Kuwait). Churchill Alemao says foreigners should be allowed to buy properties in Goa … Last month he said that the Goa government would auction off properties owned by foreigners… Alemao clarified that the state government will only confiscate properties of foreigners who bought them in violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA)… Alemao observed that there is a formidable Goan Diaspora in the UK and many have bought properties there and as such foreigners should also be allowed to do the same in Goa. 617 words. Click here.

Caranzalem flats shatter Rs 1cr barrier
2 Jun: Times of India. Flats in upcoming projects in the Caranzalem area with an uncluttered view of the sea are going for a minimum of Rs 1 crore. The price spirals as one moves up the floors. Those with a clear view of Miramar beach are pegged at Rs 1 lakh per sq m… the 7th and 8th levels and it's a whopping Rs 1.59 crore for the 159 sq m three-bedroom flats on offer….with outsiders, foreigners and NRIs wanting such homes sea view apartments have become expensive… 310 words. Click here.

NRIs Property Rights Under Threat
2 Jun: Navhind Times. Letter to Editor from Maria Silveira. …The problems faced by Goa are partly due to the majority of the highly educated who have left to make fast money abroad…Do the NRIs not realise that if Goa enacts the long-needed protectionist policy towards property ownership, a residency of 15 years would be suggested. These NRIs will not qualify to own property in Goa; they will not even be able to transfer property to their names, left to them, on the deathbed of their relatives…219 words. Click here.

Unified Goan Policy on Foreigners Buying Property
3 Jun: Herald. By Steven O’Connell of Candolim. If a crime has been committed by foreigners buying property in Goa, should not the builders and advocates be held accountable in equal blame ... Secondly, why not pass a state law that prevents Goans from selling to non Goans? … 292 words. Click here.


UK: Food Lovers India Competition
3 Jun: Food and Travel. The winners will travel the sub-continent for two weeks, taking in fascinating sights and sampling a variety of Indian specialities, from Gujarati vegetarian thali to Goan fish curry. Closing date: June 30, 2008. For details click here.


Mormugao Port: The Golden Gateway to Goa
Research in Maritime History Numb 35 (2007). pp. 43-56 Mormugao Port: The Golden Gateway to Goa. By Monteiro, J.G.R. Paper presented at the Conference “Making global and local connections: historical perspectives on port economics” held at Kotka, Finland, Aug. 2006. Click here.

Mystifying Myths Still Followed in Contemporary Goa
22 May: Navhind Times. By Christina Viegas. … Baby has colic? Hold a teaspoon of Feni over a candle flame till the alcohol smokes, then rub it around the navel of the baby … What are you women frequenting beauty parlours for? Mix some malai from the milk, haldi powder and besan to a paste and rub it into your skin to make it sparkle … beaten egg yolk, sugar and honey, would strengthen us absolutely and we hardly got any colds…Goan women continue with their age-old traditional cures that have been scrupulously handed down the generations. To conclude on a humorous note, if your second toe is longer than your main toe it supposedly means that you will bully your hubby. 486 words. Click here.

Goans Continue with Curative Herbs
22 May: Navhind Times. By Shoma Patnaik. Neem, turmeric, aloe-vera , amla and kokum - common enough names to an individual, yet, they are just a few of the things had by an average Goenkar, as medicines these days…Looking at the mushrooming of ayurvedic clinics, spas and massage centers all across the state, it is clear that our early system of medicine is booming. 511 words. Click here.

Video: Magazine Goa Contacto
27 May: RTP (Portugal) This episode features the architecture of the old Goan buildings. It is mainly in English. For a link to the programme, 31m. 30s. Click here.

Goa govt gives go ahead for new greenfield airport
30 May: PTI. The construction of a new greenfield airport in Goa got an impetus on Friday with the state chief minister Digambar Kamat-led committee deciding to give teh go ahead for the controversial project at Mopa in north Goa… 177 words. Click here.

Goa celebrates statehood day today
30 May: All India Radio. Goa is celebrating its statehood day today … Goa gained statehood on May 30, 1987; thus becoming India's 25th state. Click here.

Alarming increase in divorce cases in Goa
30 May: Times of India. Goa registered 384 divorce cases—or a little over one annulment a day—last year. Five months into 2008, 129 divorces have already been registered. In paradise on earth, marriages are ending in divorce at an unprecedented rate. 399 words. Click here.

Turmoil in GBA over letter leak
30 May: Times of India. Confusion prevailed within the ranks of the Goa Bachao Abhiyan over its 'official release' criticising the interim report of the task force on regional plan 2011… GBA weathered a big storm in controlling diverse forces within its ranks to coalesce into a movement to ensure the scrapping of RP 2011, but can it survive the rift caused by the 'press release'? 399 words. Click here.

New forum formed to save Goa
31 May: Navhind Times. Prominent Goan personalities, including Wendell Rodricks, Hema Sardesai, Prajal Sakhardande and others have urged Goans to be united and save Goa and its identity. They have inaugurated a new forum, Goan Solidarity for Change (GSC)… 531 words. Click here.

Water woes in Calangute
31 May: Times of India. Calangute has been getting little or no water supply for the past fortnight… questions have also been raised on the safety of the well water for consumption. Dr Joe D'Souza — former professor of microbiology, Goa University, has stated that the wells in Calangute are ‘contaminated by human and animal waste'… the accepted Coliform Bacilli count per 100 ml of water is said to be 10 units; However, the count at peak of tourist season it was as high as a shocking 1800 units… 282 words. Click here.

Goan Sausages: Wood smoked and ready to go!
31 May: Times of India. Antonio D’Silva from Goa Velha is famous for his traditionally-made Goan sausages…Such is the fame of Antonio D’Silva’s family business that thousands of sausages are sent to Dubai, London, Paris; anywhere in the world where there are Goans. He reveals, “The true test of a good Goan sausage is that it should be edible raw.” 586 words. Click here.

Goa: Ill-treated wives prefer to separate
1 Jun Times of India. Middle aged women who are ill-treated or harassed by their husbands and in-laws may not seek divorce in Goa, but are certainly looking forward to separation. 520 words. Click here.

Russian deaths: Officials await news from Goa govt
2 Jun: Times of India. Russian officials in Mumbai are still clueless about cases of Russian homicides in Goa and are awaiting communication from the Goa government. Four Russians, it is alleged, had died under mysterious circumstances in Goa…The latest case that has the Russian authorities worried is the sudden disappearance and death of 26-year-old Sergey Kochinkov, whose highly decomposed body was found on April 13, 2008, at Mormugao harbour…445 words. Click here.

Tomazinho Cardozo: ‘Konkani tiatr is definitely improving’
2 Jun: Times of India. By Cyril D’Cunha. Veteran tiatr artiste Tomazinho Cardozo is an ex-Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly, an educationist and a columnist for newspapers. Being among the best in the entertainment industry, he answered a few questions for Goa Times. 787 words. Click here.

Centre refuses to denotify SEZs of Goa
2 Jun: PTI. The Commerce Ministry in a letter to the Goa government has said that there is no provision to denotify approved and notified Special Economic Zones (SEZs)…The Goa government under immense public and political pressure had decided on December 31 last year to scrap 12 SEZs…212 words. Click here.

Goa will pursue dropping of SEZs: MP
3 Jun: PTI. The Goa government will convince the Centre to denotify three Special Economic Zones (SEZ) in the state, Rajya Sabha member Shantaram Naik today said. Click here.

Threat to re-launch stir against SEZs
4 Jun: The Hindu. The Goa SEZ Virodhi Manch has threatened to re-launch its agitation if the State Government fails to get three special economic zones (SEZs) de-notified…193 words. Click here.

Mankurad mango prices take a nosedive
4 Jun: Navhind Times. …The king of mangoes was being sold at Rs 350 per dozen till about a week ago, but sudden availability of the fruit in market in large quantity has pushed down its price to Rs 100 per dozen. Initially when the fruit entered the market this year, it was being sold for Rs 800-900 per dozen. Click here.

Knee joint surgery now affordable
5 Jun: Herald. Knee joint pain due to ‘Osteoarthritis’ is a very common problem after fifties…Dr Sandeep Adke; Orthopaedic and Ilizarov specialist from Solapur has made it affordable at Rs 40,000… Dr Adke has been trained in “Ilizarov” technique from “Russian Ilizarov Scientific Center Kurgan, Russia; where the technique was originated… 371 words. Click here.

Weekly Update
5 Jun: Times of India – Goa. Exchange rates £= 83.92; $ =42.93; Euro = 66.34
Weather: .Mainly cloudy sky Max = 32.7C; Min = 25.3C. Humidity 72% to 76%


Scarlett Keeling: Mother 'fears cover-up'
30 May: BBC. Results of tests to check if Scarlett had been raped are expected in the next few days…. Fiona MacKeown has claimed the Indian authorities had tried to cover up what happened because the culprit was a "powerful" person…. They had some of Scarlett's internal organs… She said: "I believe they won't give me her organs because they don't want them to be tested over here. And if this evidence has been tampered with, it would confirm my worst fears that it is being covered up."… 485 words. Click here.

200 Unnatural Deaths in Goa Await Test Report
2 Jun: ThaiIndian (Thailand). By Frederick Noronha. Investigations into nearly 200 cases of unnatural death in Goa have been bogged down mainly on account of delays in receiving viscera test results of the bodies, conducted in laboratories outside the state. Cases have been pending from as far back as April 2006… Nearly 32 of the 'viscera test pending' cases pertain to foreigners…. 510 words. Click here.

A Goan tiatr on Scarlett Keeling's memory
3 Jun: MeriNews. By Armstrong Vaz, Goan tiatrist, Roseferns, has released a play called Goenkara –Tum Ragar Zainaka (Goan – You do not get angry) in Scarlett Keeling’s memory… 713 words. Click here.

Goa police files chargesheet in Keeling case
4 Jun: Hindustan Times. Goa police on Tuesday filed a chargesheet in a court against Samson D'Souza and Placido Carvalho who were arrested for raping and murdering Scarlett Keeling … The 287-page chargesheet submitted to the court has testimonies of 87 witnesses in the case including … "The CBI may take over the case any time. All the formalities are completed," Goa Chief Secretary J P Singh said… 272 words. Click here.

Scarlett Keeling Film: A question of distaste
4 Jun: 7Days (Dubai). In a recent letter to 7DAYS, the writer lamented the fact that a Bollywood director is considering cashing in on the tragedy of the rape and murder of British teenager Scarlett Keeling in Goa…Anthony Frantzis, the head of marketing for SAE International, the creative media and communications technology institute in Dubai says “It is utterly distasteful and a gross exploitation of a horrible situation.”… 930 words. Click here.

Scarlett Keeling was not raped, says report
4 Jun: Times of India. British teenager Scarlett Keeling may not have been raped on the night before her death. Top police officials revealed that the report of swab samples from the British teenager proved negative for the presence of sperm…The report came even as the police on Saturday filed a provisional chargesheet seeking to try the accused for offences including rape and murder… 344 words. Click here.

Scarlett Keeling case: Circumstantial evidence established: Police
4 Jun: Times of India. …The Goa police on Wednesday said that the rape charges are being established on circumstantial evidence… Goa police officials confirmed that the CBI is in the final stages of taking over the case…292 words. Click here.

Scarlett Keeling: probe falling apart, says lawyer
4 Jun: Boston Globe (USA). The mother of a British teenager murdered in Goa fears the case against her daughter's killer is falling apart after a forensic test failed to find evidence of rape, her lawyer said on Wednesday… Keeling's mother Fiona MacKeown has repeatedly complained about the police handling of the case. "I think the case is falling apart with all evidence being tampered by the police," Vikram Varma her lawyer said. 430 words. Click here.

No narco test on Scarlett case accused
5 Jun: Times of India. The Goa police's request to subject Samson D'Souza, the main accused in the Scarlett Keeling murder case, to narco analysis, brain mapping and psychological evaluation tests has been rejected by the children's court.because the police had failed to disclose the reasons for the tests. 248 words. Click here.

Police still say Scarlett raped
5 Jun: BBC. Police still believe the British girl murdered in India was raped, despite new forensic tests which found no evidence for this… Vikram Varma, the lawyer acting for Scarlett's mother Fiona MacKeown, has claimed forensic evidence may have been tampered with, fearing it could jeopardise the case against the two men in custody… 521 words. Click here.

Goa police: Swab test results are immaterial
5 Jun: Deccan Herald…Superintendent of Police Bosco George told Deccan Herald that they were not in the least surprised by the swab result. The victim’s body was in the water for so long, it was expected that all traces would have been washed off... Click here.


London: Times of India acquires Virgin Radio for £53 million
1 June: Times of India. Virgin Radio is one of UK’s biggest broadcasters with an estimated 2.7 million regular listeners. It has an FM license for London as well as a national AM license. 612 words. [Ed: I live in hope that British Asian stations will provide a diet other than non-stop music]. Click here.

The Ontario-Goa Student Exchange Program
1 Jun: OMG. A consortium of universities has initiated a collaborative university student exchange program which will enrich the quality of education of select students in Ontario and in Maharashtra and Goa… Goa, with significant antecedents of Portuguese culture, is an influential center of arts, music, dance and cuisine…The OMG program also breaks new ground in that scholarships are awarded for students going in both directions… Click here.

St. Francis Xavier’s relic made a rare visit to Baltimore
1 June: Baltimore Sun: … In 1614 Xavier's right hand and forearm was severed at the elbow and sent to Rome … In November 1949, the relic was taken to Baltimore… The 1949 visit of the relic was a very rare thing and St. Francis Xavier has special significance for Baltimore. The visit was spoken of for years afterward… 807 words. Click here.

Canada: Immigration: Language test spells trouble for newcomers
2 Jun: Toronto Star. …IELTS is the standard for proving English proficiency in Britain and Australia and is already used in Canada for foreign students wanting to go to university. Canada plans, via amendments to its immigration rules, to make it the standard for everyone, no exemptions. 881 words + sample test. Click here.

What's hot: Healthy Indian summer food
2 Jun: The Sun (UK): Check out for low-fat Indian meals such as Goan pork kebabs, Goan spiced pork and Goan pork burgers … Click here.

Mumbai: A Goan Ripple in Dhobi Talao
2 Jun: Times of India. Roana Maria Costa visits some of the 30-odd Goan clubs in Jer Mahal Estate, a stone’s throw from Metro theatre and St Xavier’s College… There are 200 Goan clubs in Mumbai spread over Dhobi Talao, Chira Bazaar, Crawford Market, Dockyard, Mazgaon and Dadar…1106 words. Click here.

Indians in Portugal. By Daniel Rebello
3 Jun: Navhind Times. Unlike the 1.2 millions Indians in Britain now, the Indian diaspora in Portugal barely numbers 60,000… Not included in this list are Portuguese citizens of Goan origin, who number nearly 100000. The Goans who originally came to Portugal as far back as the 18th century were the elite…The reason for these Goans not having a separate identity in Portugal is itself evidence of their total integration into Portuguese society,.. 686 words. Click here.

Immigration from India: The Solution to Global Skills Shortages?
4 Jun: With most western countries suffering from an aging workforce and a lack of skill there is a global shortage of talent - Immigration of Indians is the current solution… In 2005 45 000 immigrants came to the United Kingdom from India and about 15 000 received UK citizenship last year…499 words. Click here.


Under Portuguese rule in Goa, the Goans had access to different kinds of citizenship according to Antonio Menezes. Find out more about this issue on Goanet and particularly about the varying privileges the Goans had in different historical periods upto the present day.

The 'Sheer Size of Land Deals' is the title of an informative article supplied by Vidyadhar Gadgil that also appeared in the Herald newspaper of 3/06/08. This article is about a particular land dispute in Loliem, Canacona, between real estate brokers in Delhi and Goan brokers in Alto Dabolim. The complexity of the case is most intriguing and interesting in itself but even more so is the size of the land under consideration for development--2 lakh square meters. So too are the plans for a mega structure on such land.

In similar vein, Selma Carvalho, from London, provides a critique of planning/development visions in Goa that state that "each village will be a republic, run by a Panchayat, guarded by guards appointed by the village and each villager will suffer death in the defense of his village's honour." There is so much more from where this came from and perhaps if President Ronald Regan were still alive, he would be tempted to say "Goa, you ain't seen nothing yet!"

Until relatively recently, an NRI (Non resident Indian) groom would have been deemed a prize catch for a marriageable young woman from India. However, this seems not to be so today. To read an interesting exploration into this theme sent to Goanet by borg costa (sic), click here.

Finally, in contrast to the above article, Joe (JoeGoaUK) tells us in his own inimitable style why the [Catholic] Goans continue to leave Goa in significant numbers. He provides details of a survey he carried out that, indicates that the quest for new pastures away from Goa has a clear attraction and rationale. This information corresponds to a certain extent, to the very rosy picture of the UK presented recently, to fellow Goans in Goa, by Goa politician Churchill Alemao during his current visit to the UK. In Alemao's statistical portrayal, even if somewhat lost in translation, the Goan numbers in the UK are huge, and moreover, the Goans here are worth millions through property ownership. However, there has been a 'corrective' response to Alemao by yours truly and Goan Voice (UK) readers are requested to comment on what are deemed to be realistic estimated figures for Goan numbers in the UK and information about their residential circumstances.

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REALITY SHOW: My Super Sweet 16. MTV ONE
Fri 6th Jun. 09:00 to 09:30. Texas. Sisters Priya and Divya throw a joint birthday/graduation bash and they want the best Indian-themed party there is.

HEALTH: Yoga. Diva TV
Sat. 7th Jun. 10:00 to 10:30. Indian Summer. Exercises for health and fitness.

Sat. 7th Jun. 14:30 to 15:00. India's Motoring Revolution. Chris Morris explores India's ambitious plans for a new generation of low budget cars, and a modern road network on which to drive them.

DOCUMENTARY: Bombay Railway. BBC 4
Sun. 8th Jun. 19:00 to 20:00. Dreams. Chef Jagdish Paul Raj runs a successful catering business on the train to Goa and is trying to expand his business.

NEWS: Asian Network Report. BBC Radio Asian Network
Mon. 9th Jun. 18:30 to 19:00. A special report from the BBC Asian Network.

DOCUMENTARY: Ross Kemp on Gangs. Sky One
Tue. 10th Jun. 22:00 to 23:00. Moscow. Ross travels to Russia to infiltrate a brutal gang of Neo-Nazi skinheads. Contains racist language and images of strong violence.

Thu 12th Jun. 22:40 to 23:10. The Metropolitan Police's Operation Maxim targets immigration crime and today's programme follows officers as they discover a highly organised illicit passport and ID factory hidden in a terraced house.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun.15 Jun. Siolim Union (London) celebrates the feast of St. Anthony of Padua at Archbishop Lanfranc School Hall, Mitcham Road, Croydon CR9 3AS. Commences with Holy Mass at 12noon followed by dancing to the music of Maz and Co. Licensed Bar. Tickets which include snacks and lunch cost £10 for members & £12 for guests. Children under 12 free admission (meal tickets £3). No tickets will be sold at the door. Dress: Strictly Formal Contact: Edwin Athayde 020 8679 5514, Eugene Fernandes 020 8665 4773, Tony Fernandes 020 8540 3566.

Sun 29 Jun: Benaulim Association celebrates the feast of St John the Baptist at Woodside High School Hall (formerly Known as White Hart Lane School) opp The New River Sports Centre, White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London N22. Holy Mass at 12.30 followed by a social gathering and dancing to the music by Maz & Co. Tickets: Members £8.00, Guests £10.00, Children 8 - 16 £4 and Under 8 FREE. For tickets and further information please contact Josephine 0208 967 7471, Mary 0208 803 9752 or Santan 0208 952 9365

Sun 6 Jul: Bakuli (Uganda) Reunion. 10th anniversary of the reunion at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Surrey CR9 3AS from 1.00pm - 8.30pm. Live music by Mustang and disco by DJO. Tickets, which include a meal and snacks, are £13.00 for Adults and £6.00 for children 2 -12. The event is open to all. For tickets and further information please contact Tony Lobo 020 8542 0528 or Reg Da Cunha 020 7732 2659 e-mail

Sun. 6 Jul. The Aldona Association will be celebrating the Feast of their Patron, St. Thomas at St.Edmund's Church Hall Croyland Road, Edmonton N9 7BZ on 6 July 2008. Mass will commence at 12.00pm followed by dancing to the music of Maz 'n'Co. Ticket cost includes snacks and a meal, Members £10.00, Guests £12.50 and children 5-16 yrs £6.00. You can download an application form from our website: or email: For further details contact Jude-020 8360 4102, Les-020 8440 8832 or Tino-0162 8680 529.

Sun. 13 Jul. G.O.A. Golf Open at Blue Mountain Golf Course, Bracknell. Further details from: Jacinto D'Silva 020 - 8723 1233, Menino Mascarenhas 01784 211832

Sun. 27 Jul. G.O.A. Goan Festival in conjunction with Goan Organisations at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.15 pm. Contact: Herbert Fernandes 01277 651052, Alfred Rebello 020 – 8337 8022. For stall applications: Bernie Gracias 020 – 8723 1322


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