UK: Philip Fernandes jailed for using fake passport – “common practice in Goa”
17 Mar: Wiltshire Gazette & Herald (UK). Philip Fernandes, 47, from Goa who came to Britain
and landed a job on a false passport has been jailed for a year. He bought a false
Portuguese passport and identity card in Germany for 1,500 Euros but was arrested
at his place of work, which was Del Monte … he indicated that it was common practice
among those in Goa … Fernandes, of Manchester Road, Swindon had been a farmer in
Goa and had struggled to provide for his family … he could have applied for a
Portuguese passport but the process takes a long time … Judge Charles Wade said he
wanted to send a message to others in the country that it has to stop. 440 words.
Vasco. Goa. LURDINA FERNANDES E BARRETO: Wife of Arscenio.
Mother of Martha/Romualdo Pereira, Antonio/Esta (UK), Francisco/Flavia (UK),
Elsa/Pawan, Flavia (UK), Hipolito/Brenda, Wilson/Fatima (UK). Grandmother of Dr
Danny (UK)/Dr Mithsu, Adv Michelle, Janice, Hazel, Flanna, Hayden, Clive, Shanon, Shusha.
18 Mar: Fatorda, Goa. CONCEICAO FERRAO. Mother of
Artur/Immaculate (London), Romaldo (London), Mary/Philip (London), John (Babin)/Dorothy
(London), Lourdes/Seby (Delhi). Grandmother of Marc/Anushka, Warren, Leon,
Steven/Maria, Paul/Audrey, Caji/Pearl, Melvin, Tobias, Armando (all in London ).
Great grandmother of Stephany, Serena, Joshua (all in London).
14 Mar: Agassaim, Goa. PIEDADE ELIZA RODRIGUES.
Wife of late Miguel. Mother of Antoneta/Baptista. Grand mother of
Rosana/Edward (Merces), Michael/Saira (UK).
11 Mar: UK:
ALBERT DIAS (Born 1929; ex-Malawi & Santa Cruz, Goa).
Husband of Ivy Ann. Father of Tanya/Dako and Alison/Ravi. Son
of late Hipolito/late Quiteria. Brother of Alice/late Philip,
Martha/Francis, Paul/Yolanda, Clara/late Jose, Lucia/Pascoal,
Leo/Zelma, Telma/Ivo, Raul/Angelica and Yvette/Oscar.
11 Mar. Brussels, Belgium.
AUGUSTA SALEMA MASCARENHAS. (ex Colva Goa & Portugal).
Wife of the late Armando Mascarenhas. Mother of Tereza and Milu.
North Harrow, London, UK. REINA DE SOUSA (ex-Nairobi, nee Ferrao
aged 76), following a long illness. Beloved wife of Reinaldo de
Sousa. Loving mother of Emile and Nicky. Mother-in-law to Carol
and Tim. Devoted grandmother to Joseph and Annie. Reina graduated
from Bombay University at the tender age of 18. She was the youngest
Headmistress in Kenya. In England she rose to be the head of the
Accreditation Department of the Institution of Electrical Engineers.
Funeral Mass will be held on Wed. 26 Mar. at 10.00 am at St. Luke's
Church, Pinner, Middx. Charitable donations to St. Lukes' Hospice,
Kenton Road HA5 3EX. Condolences to
17 Feb: Toronto, ALEXANDRINA (DRINA) FERNANDES (ex Siolim, Goa / Nairobi - in her 100th year). Beloved wife of the late
Peter Fernandes (Barclays Bank, Nairobi). Loving mother of Bella (Benny),
Danny - (Clara) and Stella(Gerry) (all in Toronto). Drina will be greatly
missed by her grandchildren Brian, Bevan, Clayton (Cheryl), Donovan, Shelley
and Wesley. Proud great grandmother of Vanessa. Fondly remembered by her
many nieces and nephews. Interment: Assumption Cemetery, Mississauga,
Ontario, Canada. Condolences to
Engaging India: Just how safe is Goa
13 Mar: FT. … the main beach and bar areas in the Baga-Calangute
strip attract some foreign tourists who see Goa as simply another
destination in which to seek a hedonistic high. For their part, some
of the more lawless local elements – the gangsters and touts – see the
foreigners as walking bags of change to be taken advantage of,
or worse. 964 words.
Foreign visitors most vulnerable to Goa's thriving drug scene
13 Mar: BBC. The average foreign tourist to Goa these days is a
British citizen, usually on a budget holiday, staying for a little
more than a week in one of more than 2,400 hotels, guest houses and paying guest
homes that dot this tiny Indian state … The only statutory warning for the
tourist, quips a local, is: If you walk the wild side in Goa, be
prepared for the worst consequences. 953 words.
Late travel deals
13 Mar: The Times (UK). Flee Britain on Easter Day for a guaranteed
fortnight of sunshine in Goa for just £419. This offer with Cosmos
includes a flight from Gatwick and B&B at the Valentine Retreat in
Candolim. 0871 4238560.
UK media draws flak for putting India in negative light
14 Mar: PTI. The British media which is giving blanket coverage to the
murder of 15-year-old Scarlett Keeling in Goa has drawn flak for its
negative reporting deriding India and Goa, with angry readers accusing
it of making too much of the case. Many readers point out that the
Indian news media do not pass similar judgments on British society
when Indian citizens die in Britain. 491 words.
For foreign tourists, Goa offers cheap thrills
14 Mar: Times of India. They arrive in Goa like white chicken and leave
golden-brown. They pass a lovely week eating, drinking and sunbathing,
and all for less than five pounds a day. Goa may be one of the most
expensive spots in India, but for the foreign tourist it is still
luxury on the cheap.
Despite bad press, Britons say Goa is still a great place
14 Mar: Rediff. Goa has received some bad press in the British media after
the death of teenager Scarlett Keeling, but there are many there who
continue to repose faith in the delights of its sun and sand.
Tour operators say there has not been any let up in holiday bookings
in Goa. Many Britons follow the daily reports on television and newspapers,
but have not changed plans to hop on to chartered planes to Goa due
to the incident. 459 words.
British love for Goa unaffected
14 Mar: News Today. Tour operators say there is no decline in holiday
bookings in Goa as Britons tracked the probe in the suspected sea side
murder of British teenager Scarlett Keeling.
Reality intrudes in the search for paradise
14 Mar: The Independent (UK). Five years ago, I ended a Goa
love affair with a nasty itch … 938 words.
Flights a Goa
14 Mar: Loughborough Echo (UK). East Midlands Airport has launched flights
direct to Goa, the airport's first Indian Ocean destination. This new
addition is already proving to be the hottest destination at EMA, in
the first month of service 99 per cent of the seats were taken.
Scarlett’s death is not an isolated case
15 Mar: Daily News & Analysis (DNA). Scarlett Keeling’s is not
an isolated case as Goa Police would have us believe. DNA has
learnt the police are also investigating a murder committed in
August 2007 on the same lines of a 15-year-old Canadian
girl … 417 words.
Goa: No more a tourist haven?
15 Mar: NDTV. The Scarlett Keeling murder case may have shattered
that very image. But for foreign tourists who are already in Goa,
has the perception of Goa as a tourist haven changed?
Goa on death bed
15 Mar: MidDay. Over 75 foreign tourists have died on Goa’s beaches
since last year, 31 of them under mysterious circumstances … 369 words.
Dozens of suspicious death cases in Goa to be reinvestigated
15 Mar: Daily Mail (UK). The deaths of at least four Britons in Goa
could be reinvestigated after police admitted covering up the
death of Scarlett Keeling …
The land where the hippy trail reaches a historic impasse
15 Mar: The Guardian. Adventurous travellers have found many things
in Goa. Evelyn Waugh came to Goa in December 1952. "The scenery [is]
delicious ... the people soft and friendly," he wrote to his wife … The
explorer and translator Richard Burton, there in the 1840s, found it "a
worse than useless colony" filled with drunk, lazy men, and abundant
evidence that religious conversion and miscegenation led to "the utter
degeneracy of the breed". Graham Greene arrived in 1962 to write a
piece called Goa the Unique … at a party one night Greene was
offered Benzedrine, a recreational drug and took some … 1266 words.
Editorial: Clean Up Goa
15 Mar: Times of India. It's a famed beach-holiday destination, easy-going
and affordable. With its rich cultural and religious traditions, Goa
offers a heady mix of the old and the new. However, over the years,
it has also become an attractive hang-out for socially dysfunctional
people … The people of the region should come together to clean up
their home … 431 words.
At Anjuna beach, an air of siege
16 Mar: In Goa, the signs of a hash-laced decay are everywhere.
Undercover cops at nightclubs, regular incidents of molestation of
foreigners at night and the worst scenario for the wannabe hippie:
fake LSD … 351 words.
German molested at Cavelossim
16 Mar: Herald. The safety and security of foreign women tourists on
Goan beaches came to the fore again on Saturday, after a young German
woman became the latest victim of molestation on the Cavelossim-Zalor
beach stretch. 384 words.
Goa government to clean up coastline
16 Mar: The Hindu. In the wake of the alleged drugging and murder of a
British teenager, the Goa government has undertaken a clean-up drive
on its coastline. 370 words.
Goa: Destination For Drug Addicts
16 Mar: Navhind Times. Editorial. One thing we should never forget in
the Scarlett murder case is the easy availability of drugs at Anjuna,
and by implication, at other beaches of Goa. 736 words.
Drugs: Scarlett case a tip of the iceberg
16 Mar. Navhind Times. Scarlett Keeling’s rape and murder has opened
a virtual Pandora’s box as the media attention, local, national and
international have brought the seedy underside of the Goan tourist
trade and the underlying drug trade under spotlight in sharp contrast
to the usual singing praises of Goa’s pristine coastline as well as
its thriving nightlife. 1185 words.
Tickets are Goa going, gone!
18 Mar: Leicester Mercury. Flights to an Indian resort have been a success,
airport managers say.East Midlands managers said 99 per cent of seats
had been snapped up since flights to Goa started last month
£318 - 14 Nights in Goa ex Nottingham
19 Mar: Travel Zoo.
GOA NEWS HEADLINES
Liquor consumption on the rise in state
14 Mar: Sources in the know, say that the number of illegal bars well
could be double the number of licensed bars in Goa. The Assistant
Commissioner of Excise … 222 words.
Goa bans land sale to foreigners
15 Mar: CNN-IBN. Amending a 100-year-old act, the Goa government
has decided to ban the sale of land to foreigners in the state.
More than 300 cases of agricultural property being sold to foreigners
have come to light, many of them also cases of Foreign Exchange
Management Act (FEMA) violations … The amended law would effectively
stop foreign tourists from making Goa their homeland.
Govt to amend Registration Act to keep foreigners off land in Goa
15 Mar: Navhind Times. The Law Minister, Mr Dayanand Narvekar has said
that Goa would bring in an amendment to The Registration Act, 1908, to
curb wholesale registration of sales of properties (particularly to
foreigners) and empower sub-registrars to verify the bona fide of documents
of sales of property before registration. This would also prevent
illegal sale of properties, he added. 328 words.
Can foreigners be banned from buying land in Goa?
15 Mar. Herald. While Law Minister Dayanand Narvekar has announced that
the government has decided to ban foreigners from buying properties in
Goa, the ground reality may be different. 330 words.
Goans opine sale of land be restricted to non-Goans too
16 Mar: Herald. In wake of the government decision to ban the sale
of land to foreigners, cross section of people including the political
leaders and advocates are of the view that the same should be extended
to the people from other States in India. 716 words.
‘Keep Indian land sharks off limits too’
16 Mar: Herald. Eminent cardiologist and social activist, Dr Francisco
Colaco has demanded that the government not only ban the sale of land
to foreigners but all outsiders too, including land sharks from Delhi
and elsewhere … 408 words.
Rare hip replacement surgery conducted at GMC
16 Mar: Navhind Times. Doctors at the Goa Medical College and Hospital
have developed an expertise in a new technique called cement-in-cement
revision hip surgery and used it in conducting a rare surgery using the
implants from the earlier total hip replacement surgery which failed …
The process costs around Rs 20,000, a fraction of cost one otherwise
would have to incur to buy new implants. 324 words.
Goa police 'in drugs clampdown'
17 Mar: BBC. Police in Goa say they have arrested at least 40 people
in an operation against drugs dealers. 262 words.
IN THE NEWS
First Catholic Church Opens in Qatar
14 Mar: Fox News. … A few days ago, Lourdes Carvalho and her elderly
mother attended what they prayed would be one of their last morning
services in the makeshift chapel. The 38-year-old housewife from Goa, India,
was born in Qatar and grew up attending underground mass in neighbours'
homes. She said: "We have been waiting for this for such a long time
and we are feeling very hopeful, because finally we will have a proper
place of worship." 667 words.
Let's kill him and rape his wife, screamed the mob …
16 Mar. Mail on Sunday (UK). … Goa may have a reputation as a hedonist's
paradise but it has a dark and violent side. Many local men regard
Western bikini-clad women as little more than prostitutes and have a
seething resentment of tourists … 1621 words.
Claremont Group launches First Goa development
18 Mar. Birmingham Post. More than 100 members of Birmingham's property community
joined property investment company Claremont Group at a cocktail party. The event marked
another landmark year for the Edgbaston-based firm, which included the launch
of its First Goa development.
SCARLETT KEELING DEATH
Video: Sun, Sand & Murder
From Rosario da Cunha: I feel all Goans should view this discussion
programme. It features Scarlett’s mother, Dr Oscar Rebello, Remo Fernandes, etc.
Scarlett case: The missing men
13 Mar: NDTV. While the Goa Police battles with the charges of a grand
cover-up, the role played by four men, who were part of the teenager's life
till minutes before she died, is under the scanner. They are Placido Carvalho,
known as Shanaboy in local circles; Edwin Nunes, the sarpanch of Anjuna
and the owner of Curly's shack, which Scarlett used to frequent; Mike
Masala an alleged eye-witness and Murali, reportedly a relative of a
deceased Bollywood music baron, 365 words.
Mothers and monsters
14 Mar: The Guardian (UK). … the treatment of Fiona MacKeown, the mother of the
15-year-old murdered on a Goa beach, has plumbed new depths of harsh
judgmentalism. ... In the media's hands, Fiona MacKeown has become a
scapegoat for the middle classes … 663 words.
Scarlett Keeling's mother summoned in Goa
15 Mar: The Telegraph (UK). The mother of Scarlett Keeling, the British
teenager raped and murdered in Goa, was last night summoned for police
questioning amid allegations that she was negligent.
Corruption has become a way of life: Vahanvati
16 Mar: The Hindu. Observing that corruption has become a way of life,
Solicitor General of India Goolam Vahanvati spoke of the recent murder of
British teenager in Goa and controversy related to her autopsy report.
"What action we took against those who filed the first autopsy
report which found nothing wrong?" she asked.
Tourist 'saw Scarlett on beach'
16 Mar: BBC. A British tourist in Goa, Michael Mannion, aged 35, from
London, has said that he saw Scarlett Keeling on the beach with a man on
top of her on the night she was killed. He named the man as Samson
D'Souza, one of two men arrested by local police. 452 words.
Scarlett’s mother wanted to settle in Goa
16 Mar: Malaysia Sun. Murdered British teenager Scarlett Keeling's
mother says she loves India but has abandoned plans to settle down in Goa
for safety reasons. 'I don't feel safe here. I am sure there are many people
in Goa who want to see me dead,' Fiona MacKeown told the Observer newspaper
in an interview published Sunday … 251 words.
Casual sex, drink and drugs: The disturbing last days of Scarlett Keeling
16 Mar: Daily Mail (UK). Murdered schoolgirl Scarlett Keeling was living a
hedonistic life of sex, drugs and alcohol in the holiday haven of Goa in the
weeks before her death … now the final chapter of the tragic teenager's life
can be told in her own words, through details in a diary found by police …
Scarlett's diary was discovered during a search of the cabin she was sharing
with tour guide Julio Lobo in a village called Siolim. 1544 words.
Scarlett's mom accuses Goa minister of mafia link
16 Mar. CNN-IBN. Continuing her attack on the Goa Police and politicians,
Fiona Mackeown, mother of slain British girl Scarlett Eden Keeling, has
accused the Goa Home Minister and state Director General of Police of
being in nexus with drug mafia. 331 words.
“Mackeown’s charges baseless”
16 Mar: The Hindu. Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik on Saturday described
the charges made by Fiona Mackeown, mother of British girl Scarlett Eden
Keeling, against him as “irresponsible.” He said it was high time the
government probed her background and sources of income.
Goa govt says UK must check Fiona's background
16 Mar: NDTV. Goa's Home Minister has said the British government must
look into the background of Fiona Mackowen, mother of murdered teenager
Scarlett Keeling ... 300 words.
Scarlett mother 'feels harassed'
16 Mar: BBC News. Dozens of journalists have descended on a corner
of India to follow the investigation into the murder of British teenager
Scarlett Keeling, as many questions about her death remain unanswered. 751 words.
Legal experts deride Scarlet murder theory
16 Mar: Herald. Even as the police claim they have solved the Scarlet
Keeling case, legal experts now say police investigations into the teenager’s
death may not stand in a court of law against the two arrested persons … 421 words.
Goa to oppose re-issuing visa to Fiona Mackeown
17 Mar: PTI. The Goa government will write to the Union Home and External
Affairs ministries asking them not to re-issue visa to Fiona Mackeown,
mother of slain British girl, Scarlett Eden Keeling, for her anti-state
campaign and her shoddy background. 423 words.
Michael Mannion speaks out
17 Mar: Daily Mail (UK). Michael Mannion, 35, known as Masala Mike, today
told how he was left "shocked and appalled" after witnessing his friend
Samson D'Souza attack 15-year-old Scarlett. Mannion, a carpenter from
London, is to be questioned by police in Goa following his decision to
come out of hiding and hand himself in … Mannion was staying in Goa with
D'Souza and his French wife Cecile after meeting the couple six years ago
on a previous trip to India. 942 words.
GOANET HIGHLIGHTS BY CORNEL DACOSTA
I have often said that Goanet is a repository of a
wide range of opinions on an equally wide range of topics. This
week, we seem to have a surfeit of 'heavyweight' articles that
have been difficult to select in order to keep to the confines of
this weekly column. Hopefully, readers of the Goan Voice (UK) will
be encouraged to read the many excellent articles that have been
impossible to include but a sample of which is provided here.
There has been an ongoing discussion among a fair number who have
been arguing that we need to find the means to confine the paradise
of Goa to people of Goan origin. Clearly, making this a reality,
even if possible, is highly problematic but I want to draw attention
to an outstanding article titled Xenophobes and Patriots, by Santosh
Helekar, a Goan physician, scientist and researcher working in America.
He makes the point that "taking a separatist or segregationist line,
maintaining the racial, casteist or cultural purity of the Goan
population deserves nothing but condemnation...for the notion of
purity is is the figment of an impure mind. No such state has ever existed
in our history, nor is it desirable from a biological standpoint because
endogamy has taken its toll on our stagnating gene pool." In contrast,
Helekar sees "the welcome development of the younger generation forging
matrimonial ties with an ever widening circle of humanity,
ignoring all geographical boundaries."
Two rather "rotten underbellies" seem to have come to the fore
over the Scarlett Keeling rape and murder on Anjuna beach, Goa.The
British press and the Western media have referred to the "rotten
underbelly" of Goa tourism. At least one strident Goanetter has retorted
with a reference to the "rotten underbelly of white society---breakdown of
families and their drug use...and this rotten situation/behaviour is no
longer confined to their own geography." Well, is the "rotten underbelly" of
caste in India exempt from this Goanetter's perspective especially as it is also
a major 'export'? Also, can a Goan who chooses to live in the "rotten white
society" he seemingly so despises have much integrity in his pronouncements?
Hopefully, GV(UK) readers will wish to throw some light on the "rotten white
society" so depicted (and in which we live of course), when young Goan
people choose to happily integrate into it through marriages, partnerships
and all aspects of social and cultural life.
Finally, if not yet sufficiently challenged by the above, do read the debate
between Fr. Ivo da C. Souza and Dr U.G. Barad on the essential difference
between Hinduism and Henotheism. This topic may sound a bit like rocket science
but the discussion is presented in such a way that understanding it is made
relatively simple by the two writers, and of course, with the Easter break
before us, we may have more time to read the more 'heavyweight' articles on
Goanet at this time of year!
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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.
Sun 4 May. 12:30pm- Cortalim Union (UK) 30th Jubilee
Celebrating the Feast of Sts. Philip and James at Irish Centre, Pretoria
Rd, London N17. Holy Mass followed by the social. Music provided by Nite
Life. Also hosting the May Queen and May King. Smart dress essential. For
tickets, (includes snacks, meal & desert): adults £12.00; Youth (11-17yrs) =£6 Children
(2-10yrs) =£2.50, under 2 free. For further info call Maria 0208-803-5146,
Melissa 0208- 888-0393
Sun 11 May. Margao Union UK – Feast of THE HOLY
SPIRIT. Mass at St. Boniface Church, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting, at 1.30pm.
thereafter a get-together at the Church Hall. Price including snacks and
buffet £ 10.00. Band “DIMENSION”. Contact: Bella-020 8372 1253, Rosalind-020 8767 8652,
Lucas-020 8967 7471, Agnela-020 8646 6996
Sat 31 May. 7pm. GOA Anniversary and
Wandsworth Civic Suite. Crowning of May Queen and May King. Music
by Mellow Tones and Nite Life. Further details from Norma Menezes
Rahim 020 8771 4457 Rosy De Souza 020 8677 0390 Rose Remedios 020 8658
7769 Claire De Souza 01784 421421 and Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322.
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