Newsletter. Issue 2008-45. November. 06, 2008
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Golden Oldie: Benegal & Neville Pereira with Barack Obama
22 Feb. 2007. Goan Voice UK. Senator Barack Obama has generated unusually high initial excitement with his announced intention of seeking the Democratic nomination for the US Presidential Election in November 2008. Benegal & Neville Pereira, two brothers who were brought up in Kisumu, Kenya and have for the past two decades been living in New Hampshire (NH), USA -- were able to meet with the Senator when he made an opening campaign stop at Concord, NH. They are the sons of the late Eddie and Yvonne. Benegal is a pharmaceutical business executive based in NH, while Neville owns and runs the Capital Grill restaurant in Concord. Click here.

Vancouver: Anne-Marie DeSouza: Leaping America's racial chasm
6 Nov: Times Colonist (BC, Canada.). .. I, like many others cried as Barack Hussein Obama became the first African-American president of the United States… As a visible minority, I have experienced my share of racism here in Canada first-hand, from the overt -- getting beaten up with two of my brothers after school by classmates because we were Indian, while the rest of the school (it was Catholic too, I might add) watched and taunted us with racial expletives, to the covert. Even with a low unemployment rate and a degree, I sat through 60 interviews before I ended up taking a job at a gas station to get by… 250 words. Click here.

Ian Fernandes: How Kenyan media covered Obama's election
5 Nov: Editors Web Blog (USA). President Kibaki has declared a public holiday in Kenya to celebrate…The Editors Weblog spoke to Ian Fernandes, the head of Nation Media's Digital Division, about how Kenya's leading newspaper, the Daily Nation, followed the campaign… Fernandes reports that 50% of the Daily Nations' readership is from the Kenyan diasporas across the USA and Europe… 833 words. Click here.

Video + Text: Tanzania: Richa Adhia: Pageant ignites ethnic debate
8 Sep: CNN. Jim Clancy reports on the ethnic resentment after The Miss Tanzania pageant's most controversial year. Richa Adhia faced a chorus of criticism throughout her one-year reign as Miss Tanzania -- not because of anything she did, but because of her Indian heritage. [Link provided by Gabe Menezes]’ Click here.
For a transcript of the programme click here.
Richa (Rachael) Adhia is the daughter of Sarcarcia (nee) Fernandes and Deepak Adhia; granddaughter of Xavier Fernandes of Pemba. For links to more information about her click here.

UK: Petition to Condemn the religious violence in India
27 Oct: We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Condemn the religious violence in India and call on the Indian government to stop the violence and address its causes. Deadline to sign up by: 17 Nov. 2008 – Signatures to date: 20. You must be a British citizen or resident to sign the petition.
Ask your friends to alert their contacts.
To sign the petition click here.

Freida Pinto arrives at Odeon, Leicester Square, London
31 Oct: Evening Standard. Freida Pinto attends the closing night screening of 'SlumDog Millionaire' during the BFI 52nd London Film Festival, at the Odeon West End on October 30, 2008 in London, England. It was her visit to the UK. Click here.

Lloyd Rayney: Phone-tapping trial rests on seized files
31 Oct: The Australian. The case against prominent Perth lawyer Lloyd Rayney over charges he bugged his wife's phone in the weeks before her death rests on seized computer files, a court heard today… Ms Rayney's father Ernest Da Silva and her sister Sharon attended the hearing today and left court looking drained and exhausted. They declined to comment… The trial has been set down for four days starting on March 3 next year. 419 words. Click here.

London: Albert Pinto: Hibernation is over
1 Nov: The Statesman. Indians in London and its suburbs will have the rare opportunity of watching Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai… Albert Pinto is a young, flashy Goan Christian who works in a motor garage. Ambitious and assertive, he feels greater oneness with his rich clients than people from within his own class… For more details, click here.
Sat, 8 November 2008, 8:00 pm. Screening of Albert Pinto Ko Gussa Kyon Ata Hai, with English subtitles, at Watermans, 40 High Street, Brentford, TW8 0DS. To book, £7.50, call Watermans Box Office on 020 8232 1010 or click here.

Marinella Proença; Goans of Canada & UK
2 Nov: Times of India. Marinella Proença spent time with the Goan communities in Canada and London and returned with a plea: youngsters needn’t flee their land if the powers that be pursue reasonable development… she writes about the Goans of Vancouver, Montreal, Toronto and London… 860 words. Click here.

Keith Vaz: Labour split on immigration
2 Nov: The Sunday Telegraph. Labour has been plunged into a deepening row over immigration as Keith Vaz, a senior MP, publicly took issue with a minister's pledge to cap the number of migrants coming to Britain. Keith Vaz said it was "totally untrue" that Labour would seek to restrict the number of foreign workers entering the country, as suggested by the immigration minister Phil Woolas. 828 words. Click here.

Keith Vaz: “UK Goans have maintained their identity”
3 Nov: Times of India. Keith Vaz, who was recently in Goa says, “Goa is the number one tourist destination for so many people…We have many Indians in the UK, but it’s mostly the Goans who have maintained their identity. They cook the same food, they have their Goan meets regularly and they are as hospitable abroad as they are in Goa.” 489 words. Click here.

London: Exhibition of Paintings by Goa Artists
Margaret Mascarenhas
Tue. 4 Nov to Fri. 7 Nov. Nehru Centre, 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF. Curated by Margret Mascarenhas, the best-selling Goa-based novelist, curator, collector and passionate promoter of art, this exhibition includes distinguished artists emerging from Goa. The Exhibition will be inaugurated by Rt. Hon. Keith Vaz, MP at 6.30 pm on Tue. 4th Nov. For further information, please call 020 7937 1342 or click here.
For Rene Barreto’s photographs (50) of the inauguration, click here.

Rishad D’Cruz: UK-based Goan film director
4 Oct: Times of India. Rishad D’Cruz, winner of the special jury prize at IFFI 2004… He says, “Yes, I miss Goa a lot. I hope to come down again in November to shoot a film about a woman raised in Goa. She balances two jobs. The film focuses on the psychological effect this has on her… I’m also working on a documentary film of a body builder, his rise to fame, the titles he’s won in London and his move to Hollywood… 482 words. Click here.

UK: Leicester Parish celebrates 125 years
4 Nov: Leicester Mercury. The parish community of Sacred Heart in Mere Road, Leicester, is preparing to celebrate its 125th anniversary. "The late 60s and early 70s saw the Goans and many West Indians settling alongside the Irish, Polish, Latvians, Italians and English… A book which traces the highlights of Sacred Heart's past, Faith Built on Love, has been published and costs £5. For more information contact Mr Keller on (0116) 241 3768 or

Sun. 9 Nov: G.O.A. EGM/AGM at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon at 2pm – OPEN TO MEMBERS ONLY


9 Nov: 2:00 pm. Month's Mind. FR ARTHUR MORAES. Goan Community Centre. At the Shrine of Our Lady of Vailankanni, Goan Community Centre, Keston Road, Tottenham, London N17. Enquiries to Grace Coutinho,

4 Nov: Merces, Goa. FILOMENA FERNANDES. Relict of Ubaldo. Mother of late Terezinha/late Teodorio Coutinho, Socorinha/Vincent Dias, Ivo/Flory (Bahrain), Martinho/Liby, Angelo (Bahrain)/Vanessa, Diogo/Lourenca (London), Francis (Bahrain) and Simon.

1 Nov: Guelph, Canada. TERENCE BARRETTO (ex-Nairobi). Loving husband of Isabella (nee Rodrigues, ex-Moshi). Cherished father of Shane and Lyndon. Beloved son of Victor and Mena and much loved brother of Sue Maya (Luis), Joe (Jean), Fiona Pires (Roy) of Australia. Family and friends will be received at the Gilbert MacIntyre & Son Funeral Home, Guelph on Tue. Nov 4, 2008. Mass and celebration of his life will be held at Holy Rosary Church, Guelph at 10:30 a.m. Wed. Nov 5th. In lieu of flowers, offering of Masses would be greatly appreciated. Condolences to For full details click here.

31 Oct: Nairobi. ROSEBELLE FERNANDES TELLES (Ex teacher at the Oshwall Academy, Nairobi). Wife of the late Tony Telles. Sister of Oswald Fernandes (Australia), David & Lawrence Fernandes (Bombay), Julie Lopes Pereira (New Zealand) Phyllis Healey( Australia) & Joyce Simpson (UK). Info: Goan Welfare Society, Nairobi.

31 Oct. Brampton, Ont. Canada. MANUEL CONCEICAO (ex-Nairobi). Husband of Eliza (ex-Tanga). Loving father of Karen, Neil (Elizabeth), and Sarah. Greatly missed by his sisters Delilah Clinton (Edwin), Lolita Henriques, Sheila D'Souza (Cyriaco), and Shirley Hill (Keith). Visitation at Ward Funeral Home, Brampton, on Sunday on Monday. Funeral Mass on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Brampton. Interment to follow at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, Mississauga. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. Email condolences may be sent to: For full service details click here.

31 Oct. Bristol, UK. ALFRED PEREIRA (ex Standard Bank, Mombasa). Husband of Fatima. Father of Audrey, Alison and Alyna. Funeral details to follow. Condolences to
The Funeral Mass at St Bonaventure’s RC Church, Egerton Road, Bishopston, Bristol on Fri. 7 Nov. at 10.30am. Committal at Canford Lane Cemetery at 12.15pm followed by refreshments at the Church Hall. The family request no gifts of flowers. Any donations to the MacMillan Cancer Support Charity which has been so supportive and caring in the last months of Alfred’s life would be much appreciated.

31 Oct: London, UK. DR DIGAMBER MANGESH SALKER (ex- Chorao). Husband of Sushma. Father of Sonal, Poonam and Amit; Brother of Kalavati, Latika, Susheel, Kumud, Vanita, Milan and late Yeshwant Salker.

29 Oct: Socorro, Goa. ANDRE SAVIO JAMES D'SOUZA. (Born 1973). Husband of Milagrin. Father of Clarissa. Brother of Mathias/Annie (Scotland), Francisco/Avril (Scotland), Carmin/Alex, Suzan/late Charles and Milagrin/Marcos

28 Oct: Candolim, Goa. CLOTILDA OLIVIA FERNANDES. (Born 1933, ex-Mombasa). Wife of late BI Fernandes (Bonny). Mother of Flavia, Gemma, Anne, Patricia and Savio.

28 Oct: Farnborough, UK. MILA VAZ (Born 1931; ex Nodera, Goa; ex Headmistress of the Goan School later St Francis Xavier’s School, Dar es Salaam). Husband of John. Mother of Mario, Jason/Donna, Ralph, Avril and Winston. Grandmother of Gina, Chyvonne, Cheryl, Jennifer, Jack, Anna, Nodera. Sister of Julie Mendes (nee Noronha). Mila Vaz was at the St. Francis Xavier’s School, 1953 to 1966; St. Veronica’s School, London and St Joseph’s Academy, London, 1966 to 1991
The funeral service will be held on Fri. 14 Nov. at St Anthony’s Church, 2 Genoa Road, London. SE20 8ES, at 10.30am. and then at Beckenham Crematorium, Elmers End at about 11.45am. Condolences to

27 Oct. Erith, Kent. ESMERALDA (ESME) MASCARENHAS (Aged 69; born Nairobi; nee Alphonso). She will be deeply missed and never forgotten by husband Felix, her six children and all her family members. Her funeral will be held at Our Lady of the Angels Church, Carlton Road, Erith, Kent on Fri. 7 Nov. @ 11.00a.m. May Her Soul Rest In Peace with our Heavenly Father above. Condolences to

21 Oct: Harrow, North London. FELICIDADE SEQUEIRA (Born 1917, ex-Mombasa and Aldona). Wife of late Lino Sequeira of Saligao. She leaves behind her 4 children, their spouses and 8 grandchildren. Her funeral took place on the 29 Oct. Condolences to

20 Oct. Macclesfield. Cheshire, UK. EMILE RODRIGUES (Born 1944, ex-Mombasa and Aldona). He is survived by his children Denzil and Leah, and his wife Meriel who he married only last year. His funeral took place on the 27th October. Condolences to


Bizarre Bazaar
30 Oct: South Asian Post (Canada). Tourists, both from India and abroad, are steering clear of the resort state of Goa following a series of crimes, state Tourism Minister Francisco Pacheco said in a letter to Home Minister Ravi Naik. The recent unpunished beachfront rape of a minor German girl by two young local men of influence, as well as the botched handling of the murder case of British teenager Scarlett Keeling have affected the image of the seaside state. Click here.

Russians are coming, but want value for money
31 Oct: Herald. Although Goa is just a six-hour flight from Moscow, the State will have to get its act together if it intends luring Russians to its sandy shores with more of them seeking value for money and better infrastructure… Russians don’t bargain, they just want value for money... 320 words. Click here.

Holiday prices slashed to sixth of value
1 Nov: The Daily Telegraph (UK) Page 1. Holidays are being sold for as little as one sixth of their original price as the financial crisis threatens to decimate the travel industry… The good news for those still prepared to travel is that there will be an increasing number of bargains, such as a two-week winter sun break in Goa for £234, including flights, being offered by First Choice holidays. Click here.

Goa to witness 5% increase in Russian tourist's arrivals
3 Nov: Times of India. Global meltdown not withstanding, Goa will still record a 5 % increase in the number of Russian tourists this year… “If this trend continues, Russia may overtake the UK and get to the number one slot in tourist arrivals in Goa,” said Elvis Gomes, the state’s tourism director… 343 words. Click here.

Trouble in Paradise: Holiday hotspots that turned into danger zones
3 Nov: Irish Independent. …The recent rape of a 14-year-old German girl in the beach resort has rocked a country already marred by the rape and murder of British teenager, Scarlet Keeling… Police in Goa are also investigating the death of a 65-year-old Australian tourist who was violently killed after complaining of poor service in a restaurant at Calangute… Click here.

Offshore casino in rough waters
5 Nov: Business Line. A Mumbai-based company’s plan to set up an offshore casino, Maharaja, in Goa seems to be the first major casualty of the State Government’s decision to stop issuing new licences … A 70-m long Panamanian vessel, costing $25million, had been undergoing refurbishment for the purpose… 352 words. Click here.

UK to Goa: Flight Only Deals
5 Nov: Charterfilghts. Gatwick to Goa, 6 Dec 7 or 14 nights, £351 return. 29 Nov 7 nights, £391 return.
Manchester to Goa, 9 Nov 14 nights, £241 return. 29 Nov 14 nights, £261 return
East Midlands to Goa, 8 Dec 14 nights, £295 return.
Please visit or call 0845 045 0237.

Goa 7-Night: £279. 14-Night: £339. Depart East Midlands
5 Nov: Travel dates: Until Mar, 2009. The Co-operative Travel is offering a 7-night bed-&-breakfast holiday to Goa for just £279 per person or 14 nights from just £339 per person. Stay at the 3-star Palmarinha Hotel in the popular resort of Arpora. The bustling resort of Baga is just a few kilometres away. The price is based on 11 November, departing East Midlands. Weekly flights also available from three UK regional airports. Call 0845 266 9214 and quote Tzoo for this exclusive deal. Click here.

Goa 7-Night: £245. Depart Manchester
5 Nov: Travel date: 9 Nov. Monster Travel is offering a 7-night break to the popular Indian destination of Goa for just £245 per person. You'll fly from Manchester on 9 November, staying at the Village Royal hotel on a half-board basis. The hotel is located in a peaceful area of Calangute. To book with Monster Travel, call 0800 280 2562. Click here.

Goa: Music after 10 pm if Mickky has his way
5 Nov: Times of India. Protests from sections of the tourism industry after a high court directive banned the playing of loud music after 10 pm, led state tourism minister Francisco ‘Mickky’ Pacheco to state that his ministry will undertake an exercise to earmark areas popular among tourists and relax music timings in those localities… 595 words. Click here.

World's top affordable beach resorts
5 Nov: Sydney Morning Herald. $189. In 2003, Mumbai fashion photographer Denzil Sequeira opened up his ancestral compound, Elsewhere (Goa; +91 932 602 0701;; minimum one-week stay), to paying guests. Four colonial beach houses and three candy-coloured tents sit at the water's edge; for the most affordable option, book the latter, outfitted with a muslin-draped four-poster bed, modern bathroom, private lanai (porch) and your own wooden pier… Click here.

Russians call for better infrastructure in Goa.
6 Nov: Navhind Times. The Russians have called on the Goa government to develop the infrastructure … the beaches in Goa are very beautiful, but full of garbage… the number of Russian tourists will go up by 30 per cent over the last season to 10,000…the government should consider liberalising the visa policy… 572 words. Click here.


NRI segment to make debut at Goa film fest
30 Oct: IANS. A special non-resident Indian (NRI) film segment will make its debut at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), due to be held in Goa. The organisers have short-listed six of the 25 films received till date…The IFFI opens in Goa Nov 22 and will conclude on Dec 2… 300 words. Click here.

Bringing home the ‘new’ Portugal
31 Oct: Times of India. The Portuguese Cultural Festival is set to kick off on November 1 with Portuguese food, wines, music, dance and artefacts on the stage in Goa for all to sample and get a taste of the “new” Portugal. Besides bringing a 22-member cultural troupe and fado singers, there will be Portuguese chefs flown down for the festival… 449 words. Click here.

Goa BJP plans protests against casinos
31 Oct: IANS. Calling them 'dens of vice', the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) plans to launch a campaign against casinos in the tourist hub of Goa in November… Goa is India's only state to have off-shore casinos. 145 words. Click here.

Hearing in defamation case against Aires Rodrigues adjourned
1 Nov: Navhind Times. The defamation case filed by Mr Subodh Kantak against Mr Aires Rodrigues came up for hearing before the Judicial Magistrate First Class at Panaji on Friday… the court disallowed certain statements under section 54 of the Indian Evidence Act on the ground that in criminal proceedings, the fact that the accused person has a bad character is irrelevant. 372 words. Click here.

Panaji seeks govt help to handle waste
1 Nov: Times of India. In a significant development, the Corporation of the City of Panaji (CCP) has expressed its inability to handle garbage management in the city and sought the government’s intervention in overcoming the crisis for the peak season ahead with tourism season and IFFI 2008 … 271 words. Click here.

Nun’s rape: Orissa suspends five policemen
1 Nov: Indian Catholic. The Orissa government suspended five policemen on Friday in the case connected with the public rape of a Catholic nun during the anti-Christian violence in the state. 198 words. Click here.

Lending life to a dy(e)ing art
1 Nov: Daily News & Analysis (Mumbai). Artist Ruby Jagrut paints a riot of colours on her canvas with an assortment of natural dyes extracted from regular food items… Ruby also feels that a lot of art connoisseurs from the West are appreciative of this traditional form of art. She says, "I have a store in Goa. I have found that many foreign artists and tourists are regular clients of artworks that mirror our strong cultural heritage." 541 words.

English medium schools in demand in Goa
2 Nov: Times of India. While eight government primary schools mostly offering education in the Marathi medium were shut down in 2007-08, as many as 38 non-government primary schools, nearly all of these imparting education in English medium, opened last year… six new private English medium schools were set up in the state during the year… 449 words. Click here.

Chat, E-Mail, Blog in Konkani!
3 Nov: Navhind Times. Lipikaar is Indian language software, which allows you to work offline as well as online in fifteen Indian languages, including Konkani…It costs around eight hundred rupees, and can be easily downloaded from the website…the browser add-on is available for free. Using this, one can create emails, blogs, scraps, comments, chats and search in your favourite language on any website… One can test the way the software works by visiting and typing in the interactive box provided on the website in ones own language. 279 words. Click here.

Goa and Brazil: Two of a kind
3 Nov: Times of India. Brazil and Goa may be miles apart but share a rich cultural ethos. Professor Luis Antonio e Fernandes Cardozo, curator of an exhibition taking place in Panaji, talks at length about the similarities the two former Portuguese territories share… The people are warm, friendly and laid back. 614 words. Click here.

Goa needs more centres to fight alcoholism
3 Nov: Times of India. The problem of alcohol addiction is fast assuming serious proportions and urgent measures are needed to resolve the same by setting up more detoxification and rehabilitation centres in the state. 725 words. Click here.

2009 Goa Boat Show dates announced
3 Nov: International Boat Industry Magazine (UK). Next year's Goa International Boat Show (GIBS) is to take place from January 16-18 in Panaji alongside MARINEX'09, an exclusive shipping and maritime event… More than 100 international brands will be represented… Premium stalls are priced at an early bird rate of US$125 per sq m. Click here.

Editorial: Culture and colonialism
5 Nov: Herald. The decision by a group of freedom fighters to oppose the upcoming Semana de Cultura Portuguesa, a fortnight of cultural and business events between Goa and Portugal, though well intentioned, seems to be a little misplaced. The bad old days are long gone; Goa has been free for nearly 47 years now. We ought to be able to deal with our former colonial masters with confidence, and on an equal footing today… 702 words. Click here.

Football: Goan Derby Ends In Thrilling Draw
6 Nov: (UK). A super comeback by defending champions Dempo SC saw them cancel Churchill Brothers three goal lead and share the points in a second round I-League encounter at the Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Goa. 359 words. Click here.

Weekly Update
6 Nov: Times of India (Goa) Weather: Max = 33.0; Min = 22.0. Humidity 72% to 90%
Exchange rates £= 76.04; $ = 47.69; Euro = 61.30


Aires Rodrigues hints at naming more culprits
31 Oct: Navhind Times. The advocate of the mother of the German girl, Mr Aires Rodrigues on Thursday said that the girl is ready for medical examination and would depose before the police and also expressed apprehensions that more names are likely to be revealed by her on the occasion. 273 words. Click here.

Goa police probing business deals of rape victim’s mother
31 Oct: IANS. Goa police are probing the business activities of a German woman who has accused the kin of two state cabinet ministers of raping her minor daughter. Superintendent of police, Atmaram Deshpande has asked for more information about a villa, placed on rent on an online portal, by the German researcher-mother. 303 words. Click here.

Cops may seek Facebook help for Rohit’s profile
31 Oct: Times of India. Goa Police may approach social networking website Facebook to retrieve the de-activated profile of Rohit Monserrate, accused in the rape of the minor German girl. 256 words. Click here.

German rape victim deposes before magistrate
1 Nov: 20:09 IST. IANS. More than a fortnight after a rape complaint was filed with the Goa police, Bela Naik, a judicial magistrate recorded the statement of a minor German girl on Saturday…The 14-year-old was on her own in the magistrate's chamber for over an-hour-and-a-half even as her mother and her lawyer waited outside. The lawyer claimed that the girl was also willing to undergo a medical test as and when the police wanted… 424 words. Click here.

German Rape Case: the mystery thickens
1 Nov: In deposing to the Court, the girl names only Rohit Monserrate. 5 Nov: Times of India. Aires Rodrigues has demanded that the girl’s statement be recorded again as she did not state in her statement before the magistrate all that she had told him. “She has only named Rohit Monserrate but there are also others involved in the offence that she has not named,” said Rodrigues. Click here.
5 Nov: Herald. “There are more persons involved in the case, but only my son has been targeted”, said Babush Monserrate. Click here.
Is Monserrate therefore admitting the involvement of his son?

Video + text: German minor gives statement in court, finally
2 Nov: Times of India. The 14-year-old German girl allegedly raped in Goa recorded her statement before a court in Mapusa on Saturday. She gave a five-page statement, recorded in-camera over one-and-a-half hours. Afterwards the girl, who has reportedly had a number of fights with her mother over the issue, came out and hugged and her. Both of them broke into tears in the courtroom… Aires Rodrigues said he had informed the police to go ahead with her medical examination, which has been scheduled for Sunday morning. 279 words. Click here.
For a videoclip, 0m.55s, click here.

German girl undergoes medical test
2 Nov: NDTV. The German minor girl, who was allegedly raped in Goa, has undergone a medical test at the Goa medical college. Her lawyer has said that doctors have confirmed rape… the girl has apparently spoken in fluent Konkani. The accused Rohit Monserrate also gave a statement to the police on Saturday. 148 words. Click here.

Video + text: German girl was raped, claims lawyer
3 Nov: Times of India. Highly-placed sources claimed that the doctors refrained from forming any opinion regarding "recent sexual intercourse" … Aires Rodrigues claimed that the doctors told him that the girl had been raped… Police confirmed receipt of the medical report but refused to divulge any details… 398 words. Click here.
For the Times video clip, 1m. 47s. click here.
For the NDTV video clip, 2m. 0s. click here.

Rohit Monserrate and Joshua De Souza depose
3 Nov: Navhind Times. … On Saturday, Mr Rohit Monserrate and Mr Joshua De Souza, the son of the Mapusa BJP MLA, Mr Francis De Souza, deposed before the police and gave their statements… 438 words. Click here.

German consul general takes serious view of minor’s rape: lawyer
3 Nov: IANS. The German Consul General Walter Stechel has taken a ’serious view’ of the rape of a minor German girl allegedly by the kin of three Goa ministers and will visit Goa on Sunday to review the probe status, the victim’s lawyer said Monday… the lawyer also slammed the police and the state hospital authorities for treating a minor rape victim with ‘callousness’. 425 words. Click here.

“Girl had been supplied with drugs and oral contraceptives”
3 Nov: Deccan Herald. … the case could embroil quite a few highly-connected youths in Goa… Aires Rodrigues said that the mother had also asked for drug tests to be done on her daughter. He said the 14-year-old had been supplied with drugs and oral contraceptives…141 words. Click here.

Congress accused of scuttling probe into German's rape
3 Oct: IANS. The Congress party scuttled police investigations into the rape of the 14-year-old German girl in which kin of three Goa ministers are the suspects, counsel for the victim Aires Rodrigues said on Monday… "If this is the way the police are going to behave, we will be compelled to place this factual position before the Bombay High Court bench in Panaji during the hearing Tuesday," he said… 435 words. Click here.

Goa education min’s son Rohit on the run?
3 Nov: TimesNow TV. Goa police on Monday (November 3) issued a fresh summons to State Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate's absconding son Rohit Monserrate in connection with German minor rape case, after he failed to appear before the court. Yesterday the father had said that his son Rohit would co-operate with the police … For photo and text, 319 words click here.

Rohit Monserrate may surrender
4 Nov: Asian Age. By Pamela D’Mello. Goa education minister Atanasio Monserrate’s son, Rohit, who allegedly raped a German minor girl, is likely to surrender before the state police on Tuesday… Joshua D’Souza, 19, son of legislator Francis D’Souza, was questioned by the police … The case could drag many more rich youngsters from Goa’s party and clubbing scene … Click here.

Video: Rohit Monserrate Surrenders
4 Nov: NDTV. The son of Goa's Education Minister Babush Monserrate, Rohit, who is accused of raping a minor German girl, has surrendered at the Calangute police station in Goa. According to sources, the victim in her statement to a magistrate on Saturday said she had consensual sex with the minister's son, a charge which was denied by the accused in his statement to the police. 1 min 57 sec. Click here.

Text + Video: Goa rape: Rohit Monserrate surrenders
4 Nov: 13:43. Times of India. Goa education minister Atanasio Monserrate's son Rohit, who allegedly raped a German minor girl, on Tuesday surrendered at Calangute police station. 163 words. Click here.

Associated Press: German girl accuses Indian minister's son of rape
4 Nov: International Herald Tribune. A state minister's son was arrested Tuesday nearly a month after he was accused of raping a 14-year-old German girl in the south Indian state of Goa, local police said…This was the second alleged rape of a European minor in Goa this year… 298 words. [This report will get featured worldwide]. Click here.

German rape case: Goa police arrest Rohit Monserrate
4 Nov. at 1716 hrs IST: Indian Express. Goa Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate's son Rohit was on Tuesday arrested… "Rohit was placed under arrest at 1510 hours as we have found variance in his statement on November 1 and today," Superintendent of Police (North) Bosco George said… The Education Minister, who is also booked for abetment of the crime, said he will move heavens to prove that his son is innocent… Police sources said they have zeroed in on Rohit as the victim has not mentioned any other name in the statement… 346 words. Click here.
For a NDTV video clip 1m. 57s. click here.

Video + text: Rohit cools heels in Calangute lock-up
5 Nov: Times of India. … Rohit was arrested after the German girl revealed that he had sex with her at Bambolim in his Audi car…. SP (North) Bosco George said, “Rohit is being treated like any other accused. There is no special treatment being meted out to him.” … 298 words. Click here.

Goa rape: “Victim has not given complete information” claim
5 Nov: Times of India.… Aires Rodrigues demanded that the minor's statement be recorded again. "We have requested the police to again take the statement of the girl as she hasn't given complete information. She has only named Rohit Monserrate but there are also others involved in the offence, which she hasn't named," said Rodrigues. The mother had also filed a complaint against Goa PWD minister Churchill Alemao's nephew Warren, charging him with sexually exploiting her daughter. Click here.

Pressure on CM to sack Babush
5 Nov: Times of India. Chief minister Digambar Kamat is under pressure from party colleagues to sack education minister Atanasio Monserrate from the cabinet following the arrest of the latter’s son Rohit in connection with the rape of the minor German girl… Sources close to Monserrate say the education minister will not resign of his own accord and is prepared to adopt a confrontational attitude, daring the chief minister to sack him. 424 words. Click here.

I met Rohit at Miramar hotel: Girl
6 Nov: Times of India. The German minor reportedly met Rohit through mutual friends at a Miramar hotel about 4-5 months back. … Rohit then took her for a drive in his Audi to Bambolim and asked to have sex with her she said. She claimed that she initially refused, but when he kept on insisting, she consented… Rohit Monserrate has denied any physical relationship with her… 520 words. Click here.


Digambar Kamat gave go ahead for the attack on me: Aires Rodrigues
4 Nov: IANS. Aires Rodrigues alleged Tuesday that Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat had given the 'green signal' to Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate for the brutal attack on him. “The meeting (at the chief minister's home) happened two days before the attack. Those who were witnesses to this incident include Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes, Superintendent of Police Bosco George and Health Minister Vishwajeet Rane,” Rodrigues claimed… Leader of Opposition Manohar Parrikar has also claimed that the 'green signal' for the attack on Rodrigues had come from the chief minister's residence. 310 words. Click here.

Digambar Kamat is “Surprised and amused” by Aires’s allegations
4 Nov: Zee News. Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat today said that investigation into German minor rape case has been and will be "without any political interference". He also refuted allegations levelled by Aires Rodrigues. "I am surprised and amused to know that this sort of allegations are levelled against me. I don't have any rivalry with Rodrigues," Kamat reacted… 296 words. Click here.


A cuisine of many flavours
30 Oct: Express Buzz. Chef Urbano do Rego from the Taj Holiday Village in Goa is at the Gateway Hotel, Bangalore … A recipe for Camaron Tigre Con Cilantro is included in the article. 707 words. Click here.

Leicester’s link-up in India is a real Goa!
31 Oct: Leicester Mercury. Leicester City's ground-breaking trip to Goa on the west coast of India has been described as a "life-changing experience". Craig White, the manager, said it was the trip to an orphanage which had a profound effect on the party… although the delegation were keen to explore Goa's cultural and social life, the main focus was to develop stronger bonds with the Goan FA… 788 words. Click here.

Canada: Rohit Sehgal: Can't hedge this
31 Oct: Globe & Mail (Canada). Rohit, 62, chief investment officer of DundeeWealth's Dynamic Funds, ranked as the second best in the world: It had produced an annualized return of 60.2% over the previous three years … "I wasn't a typical immigrant," Sehgal says. "I spoke well, and I presented myself well.” … He recently bought a home in a gated community in Goa … He gets to visit a few times a year on business, but would like to spend more time there. One of his ambitions is to raise money to build a school in Goa for underprivileged children… 4809 words. Click here.

Mumbai: Vindalho, vigour mark East Indian festival
31 Oct: Times of India. The Bombay East Indian Association is holding its annual food and cultural festival at the St Andrew's School grounds in Bandra… popular staples of vindalho and sorpotel were quickly mopped up with red appas (bhakri) made of rice flour… There were also complaints at the "westernisation'' of the some of the more fiery dishes… 784 words. Click here.

Thousands Attend Burial Of Orissa Priest
31 Oct: Indian Catholic. The Church in Orissa bade a tearful farewell Oct. 31 to Father Bernard Digal, a victim of anti-Christian violence in the eastern Indian state. Some 5,000 people attended the funeral of the 47-year-old priest, who had died three days earlier, 62 days after Hindu fanatics beat him severely… 599 words. Click here.

Family convinced Goa gangsters killed Stephen Bennett
2 Nov: Sunday Mercury (UK). A new inquest into the murder of Stephen Bennett a Midlands holidaymaker killed in Goa could disprove the official account of how he died… His relatives have now prepared a bombshell dossier for a coroner who will preside over a fresh inquest in Cheltenham on November 12…Indian police documents state Stephen was hung with a leather strap, rather than the sari of the woman he had allegedly sexually harassed… Stephen's family carried out a private investigation into the death… 525 words.

Goan maids in Kuwait complain of harassment
3 Nov: Times of India. Goan maids employed by Kuwaiti families have complained against the rise in harassment by their sponsors and have also claimed that they are sometimes exploited and ill-treated with long hours of work and low salaries… 1004 words. Click here.

Bijaya Jena plans to cast Andy Garcia in her next film
5 Nov: Daily News and Analysis. Bijaya Jena’s next film is in English and called Goan Sonata. It is set in pre-liberation Goa and is a story of Adrian Grey, a British travel writer who falls in love with Maria, a woman of Indian Portuguese origin. “There are no films as such set in pre-liberation Goa. I had to a lot of research at the Goan library… Photo and text, 402 words. Click here.

London: A culinary globe in a few blocks
6 Nov: Toronto Star. There may have been a time when the Brits' four basic food groups were "fish, chips, boiled and fried," but an influx of immigrants has utterly transformed the food scene in England. Ethnic minorities comprise about one-third of London's population… 941 words. Click here.


Another film based Scarlett Keeling Murder
31 Oct: IndiaGlitz. There has been so much speculated about the storyline of 'Goa' … Inspired from the true incident that happened this March in Goa, in which a man was charged with the rape of British teenager, the film revolves around the rape case of a girl in which the lead stars of the film get caught innocently for the crime they did not commit and how they acquit themselves by spotting the real culprits 169 words. Click here.

CBI team to meet Fiona in London
2 Nov: Times of India. The CBI, which is investigating the high-profile rape and murder case involving British teenager Scarlett Keeling, has decided to send a team to London to record the statement of the victim's mother… 281 words. Click here.

CBI to return Scarlett’s organs
3 Nov: Times of India. The Central Bureau of Investigation, which is inquiring into the rape and murder of British teenager Scarlett Keeling, has agreed to hand over the girl’s organs to her mother Fiona Mackeown on receipt of the chemical examination reports… The CBI letter added that some of the organs were preserved for a period of three weeks and thereafter destroyed as per the existing protocol, it being "hazardous" to preserve them… 442 words. Click here.


With reference to road traffic violations and other violations in Goa observed by the public, Richard Cabral asks whether such violations ought to be notified to the authorities or not? His somewhat cynical question is prompted by his observation that, when it is pointed out to the Sarpanch about any "irregularity or illegality" the response tends to be "but nobody complained". "The food and drugs inspector will tell you the same. The police will also say the same and it goes on." Cabral therefore believes in the need for the people and the authorities to be proactive in reporting infringements of the law.

In a substantial article by Sebastian Rodrigues, titled 'Eco-friendly vs Eco-hostile development in Goa' our attention is drawn to the substantial ecological damage done to the environment in Goa, particularly by the mining industries that dump waste products in the rivers and elsewhere. "Besides mining, tourism and the construction lobby, it is the automobile industry that is responsible for large scale ecologically undesirable development" according to Sebastian. Further, that "the scientific establishment has been bought off largely by industry bent upon generating large scale eco-hostile development projects...and the media is then roped in to manufacture consent for its acceptance." For more details, click here.

News on Goanet about issues arising in Portugal and its former colonies is not that frequent but we are drawn to an article by Mario de Queiroz titled "Angolagate Bribes in Local Banks". Essentially, this is an account of the sale in illegal arms and how this trade has been financed through Portuguese banks.

There have been articles well removed from Goa and unsurprisingly, the American election has generated several questions around which there have been inevitable debates between supporters of Obama and of McCain. By the time Goan Voice (UK) readers read this, the results of the election will be known but it will be interesting to see what follow-up there will be on Goanet on the election outcome.

Finally, we have from Gerald Castelino, a Catholic from Mysore in India, an impassioned plea that over the coming Christmas season we ought not to celebrate and spend money excessively. Rather, his suggestion is that we ought to use available monies to help those who have suffered much in places like Orissa, Karnataka and elsewhere, in the anti-Christian atrocities in India this year.

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TRAVEL: Globe Trekker. Travel Channel
Saturday 8th Nov. 06:00 to 07:00. Indian Ocean Islands. Ian Wright travels to the paradise islands of Mauritius, Seychelles and Reunion.

TRAVEL: Globe Trekker. Travel Channel
Saturday 8th Nov. 10:00 to 11:00. South India (Part 7). Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Lakshadweep

DRAMA: Sharpe's Peril. ITV1
Sunday 9th Nov. 21:00 to 22:30. Conclusion of the two-part drama.

COOKERY: Indian Food Made Easy. BBC 2
Monday 10th Nov. 20:30 to 21:00. Keralan Cuisine. Anjum Anand hits the road to show how regional flavours of the Indian subcontinent can be found up and down the UK.

DOCUMENTARY: Take Away My Takeaway. Channel 4
Wednesday 12th Nov. 10:00 to 10:30. When Indian food lover Rouni orders her favourite Indian takeaway, she finds out she is going to be swapping her council flat in Milton Keynes for the spice markets of Delhi.

DOCUMENTARY: Take Away My Takeaway. Channel 4
Thursday 13th Nov. 10:00 to 10:30. Kerala. Indian takeaway fanatic Jack from Wales is in for a bit of a culture shock when he hits the palm tree-lined shores of Kerala

DOCUMENTARY: India with Sanjeev Bhaskar. BBC 2
Thursday 13th Nov. 23:20 to 00:20. Mystic River. Episode 3. Sanjeev Bhaskar finds out how the country's ancient traditions still shape life today and how today's young Indian professionals are reconnecting with the spirituality of their forefathers.

DOCUMENTARY: An Island Parish. BBC 1
Friday 14th Nov. 03:25 to 03:55. There is no Indian food on the Isles of Scilly, so it's a big night for Paulie and Toby, who are trying to introduce curry on the menu at the Seven Stones, the only pub on St Martin's.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sun. 9 Nov: G.O.A. EGM/AGM at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon at 2pm – OPEN TO MEMBERS ONLY

Sun. 16 Nov. Navelim Feast at Bishop Thomas Grant School, Belltrees Grove, SW16 2HY. Music by Rainbow End. For tickets contact Vincent Fernandes 020-8764-8780; Violet D’Silva 020-8642-3283; Loy Rebello 020-241-9246 or Selwyn Ferrao 0208-933-8362.

Sun. 30 Nov. G.O.A. Feast Of St Francis Xavier at St. Boniface Church, Tooting Broadway, London SW17. Contact: Alfred Rebello 020 – 8337 8022

Sat. 6 Dec. G.O.A. Xmas Pantomime – Peter Pan at Fairfield Halls, Croydon – 2pm. Contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 – 8771 4457, Bernie Gracias 020 – 8723 1322

Sun. 7 Dec. North London Goans invite you to celebrate the Feast of St. Francis Xavier at Woodside High School Hall (Formerly White Hart Lane School, Opp. New River Sports Centre), White Hart Lane, Wood Green, London, N22 5QJ. Holy Mass at 12:45pm.Followed by a social gathering. Music by LEVEL 4
For tickets contact any of the following: - Tony Gomes 020 8245 1364, Seby D'Silva 020 8245 5463, Joe Telles 020 8443 1014, Oboe Noronha 020 8340 0439, Cos Fernandes 020 8888 8659, Meredith Soares 020 8803 4173, John Fernandes 020 8881 4579, Frank Mendes 020 8888 1400 or Bernadette Dias 020 8361 9417


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