Newsletter. Issue 2008-40. October. 02, 2008
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This issue is brought to you a day early as Thursday 2 Oct. is a Public Holiday in Goa.


Miss Tanzania World: Richa Adhia talks about her Goan roots
26 Sep: Times of India. Richa Adhia, 20, was Miss Earth Tanzania 2006 and later, Miss Tanzania World 2007…the victory in Dar-es-Salaam was fraught with racial undertones…Richa was in Goa connecting with her family roots in Calangute… She says, “Goa is so similar to Tanzania where we always remind each other in Swahili to go pole, pole (means go slow and easy).” 551 words. Click here.
Richa (Rachael) Adhia is the daughter of Sarcarcia (nee) Fernandes and Deepak Adhia; granddaughter of Xavier Fernandes of Pemba. For more info about her, click here.
For more photos of her click here.

Dr Francis Pinto retires as CEO of Pharming
26 Sep: International Business Times. Biotech company Pharming Group NV announced today that after serving with the Company for almost seven years, Dr Francis Pinto will retire from his current position as CEO. He has agreed to remain associated with Pharming and temporarily fulfil a non-executive position to ensure an orderly and smooth transition. He is succeeded by Sijmen de Vries, MD, MBA. Click here.
Dr Francis Pinto was a Director of Glaxo when based in London. India Business Insight, Aug 22, 2000 reported that "he has planned to devote his time to a non-profit organisation in Goa. He has proposed to start a children's museum. He is engaged in a big teaching programme and healthcare activity in Goa"

Toronto: Wendy Dias and David Anselm: South Asian couture
27 Sep: The Globe and Mail. Indiva, 144 Yorkville Ave., Toronto. Bling in the sun has come to Toronto courtesy of India. So it's uptown we go, to Indiva, Yorkville's newest boutique owned by Wendy Dias and her brother, David Anselm. It is the first in Toronto to specialize in Bollywood saris, Maharani bridal gowns and the most runway-worthy daywear the subcontinent has to offer. 778 words. Click here.

Illinois: Catherine D'Souza: Would you have surgery to prevent cancer?
28 Sep: Peoria Journal Star. After genetic testing showed Catherine D'Souza carried the gene that causes both breast and ovarian cancers, the 38-year-old woman decided to have her breasts and ovaries removed. "I'm afraid that if I had cancer I could die and my kids would have to grow up without me," D'Souza said. 1334 words. Click here.

Charmaine Coutinho: Africa’s dazzling vision
28 Sep: The Sunday Times (UK). A solar energy project in the Sahara could also benefit Europe… The British solar power industry is beginning to catch up. Charmaine Coutinho, 26, is a product marketing analyst at Solar Century in London. She left Cambridge University with a degree in geography … She works with Solar Century’s new product development team…“Your voice is taken seriously here. Everyone’s opinion counts.” … 855 words. Click here.

Non-Resident Goans want seats in professional colleges
29 Sep: Times of India. The special NRI cell for Goa has requested an increase in the number of MBBS seats reserved for non resident Indians at the Goa Medical College, lowering the course fees, and seat reservation at Goa Dental College… the fee for a MBBS seat is Rs 22.5 lakh (reserved) and Rs 1.35 lakh (general)… engineering colleges in Goa is around Rs five lakh, while for a local candidate, the fee is around Rs 48,000…. 326 words. Click here.

Australia: Philip Lobo: Court fight over Indian hospital demolition
29 Sep: The Age (Australia). Philip Lobo, the notorious owner of two Australian colleges for international students is fighting a court battle in India over claims he wants to demolish a church-owned hospital for private gain…Mr Lobo lives between Dubai, Singapore, Sydney and India. Mr Lobo claimed to have a PhD from a university whose postal address was a laundromat in London. 439 words. Click here.

Canada: Elections 2008: Troy DeSouza
30 Sep: Times Colonist. MP Keith Martin hoping to win his sixth election race in Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca. He believes the NDP and Greens will split the left vote, and so views Troy DeSouza, a 39-year-old lawyer of the Conservatives as his main competitor… Click here.
The Troy DeSouza website is at

Australia: Jenny D'Souza: Cancer journey film
1 Oct: The Gold Coast Bulletin (Australia). When Jenny D'Souza was first told she had cancer she thought it must be a mistake. Then 28, the Gold Coaster had no way of knowing what lay ahead in her battle against non-Hodgkin's lymphoma… Mrs D'Souza, now mum to non-identical twins Christian and Nicholas, said it had been 10 years since she went into remission… Lymphoma Australia is producing a DVD featuring some patients, including Mrs D’Souza. 243 words.


30 Sep: Toronto. DARREN D’SOUZA. Tragically taken from us the early hours of Tuesday morning, September 30, 2008 at the young age of 20 years. Beloved son of Felix and Barbara D’Souza. Much loved brother of his older brother Dwayne and younger sister Daniella. Dear grandson of Ida and the late Michael Madeira. Nephew of Anette and Romero Fernandes; Tony and Jeanette D’Souza; Cherylanne and the late Max D’Souza; Luis D’Souza; and Rosemary and Paul Fernandes. Cousin of Minyola Fernandes; Bradford and Alistair D’Souza; and Evelyn and Marilyn Fernandes. Darren will be sadly missed by a number of family and friends around the world. Friends may call at the Turner & Porter “Peel” Chapel, 2180 Hurontario Street, Mississauga (Hwy 10 N of the QEW) from 2-4 and 7-9 pm on Friday. Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 9:30 am at Christ the King Roman Catholic Church, 3495 Confederation Parkway, Mississauga. Interment Assumption Cemetery.

27 Sep: Panjim. BERNARDO CAITANO DE SOUZA (Born, 1933; died in Mumbai), Husband of late Celina. Father of Cheryl-Anne/Richard Coutinho (Canada), Richard/Dr Rochelle Mascarenhas (USA), Darryl/Vanessa Soares. Grandfather of Jonathan, Krystle, Reuben, Rylan, Dynise, Serena.

26 Sep. Slade Green, Kent, UK. TEOTONIO (Theo) CARVALHO (Born in Nairobi; aged 58). Beloved husband of Nuna and father of Trevor. Brother to: Jack, Antoinette/Morel, Greg/Joan, Catherine/Stephen, Johnson/Fatima. Brother-in-Law to: Natty, Angelo/Ambrosia, Felly/Cyril, Severina/Austin, Angelica/Denis, Filomina, John/Divina and Francisco/Vinette. The funeral details are: Wednesday, 8th October, Mass at 11.00am at Our Lady of Angels Church, Bexley Road/Carlton Road, Erith, Kent DA8 1DN followed by burial at Hill View Cemetery, Wickham Street, Welling, Kent, DA16 3DA. Following the funeral, there will be a wake held at the Belvedere Social Club, 29 Nuxley Road, Belvedere, Kent, DA17 5JQ and all are welcome. In lieu of flowers, you may make a donation in the collection basket at the back of the church and the family will send it to a worthy charity. Condolences to:

26 Sep: Toronto. CYNTHIA STELLA VAZ. (Age 58). Beloved mother of Malcolm and Darryl and his wife Susan. Visitation at Turner and Porter “Neweduk” Chapel, on Wednesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, on Thursday, October 2 at 11 a.m. Interment Assumption Cemetery. For photograph and full details click here.

24 Sep: Socorro, Goa. ISABEL SANTANA BELLA (BUSU) FERNANDES (Born 1928, Mumbai). Relict of John Joseph. Mother of Agnes/Assis Martyris (Canada), Florence/Paul Mendes, late William/Maria, Sylvia/Vincent Fernandes (Canada).

24 Sep: Navelim, Goa. LOURDINA C BAPTISTA. Wife of Manuel Rosario. Mother of Theresa/Anthony Marques (London); Sister of Milagrino Pires/Conception, Sacramenta/Emiliano Gonsalves. Grandmother of Alert and Bliss.

20 Sep: Montreal, Canada. LANCELOT (LANCE) MENDONCA (Born 1927). He is survived by his beloved wife Beryl (Saldanha), his children Kerry (Maura), Neale (Lise), Gail (David) and Mark (Maria), his ten grandchildren, his many relatives and friends. Visitation: 3955 Cote-de-Liesse, Ville St-Laurent, on Fri Sep 26, from 5 to 9 p.m. Funeral service at 11 a.m., on Sat. Sep 27 at St-John Fisher, 120 Summerhill Ave, Pointe Claire. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Lance to the charity of your choice. Info from Felix D’Sa (Montreal).

17 Sep. Mitcham, Surrey, UK. SEBASTIAN ALVARES ( Born 1921, ex-Nairobi). Husband of Maria Zefferina Alvares. Brother of Charlie, Catherine, late Serge, Mary & late Martin. For viewing please contact Fred Paine Funerals, Morden, phone 0208 542 1214. Funeral service Fri. 10 Oct. at Boniface Church, Tooting, SW17 at 11.30 am. Burial at London Road cemetery at 1pm followed by refreshments at the Church hall. Donations and contributions to go to Alzheimer’s Charity and McMillan Nurses.

Nairobi, Kenya. From the Goan Welfare Society, 27 Sep: It is with great sadness and shock that we announce the sudden & tragic death of BOSCO DeMELLO which occurred this week in Nairobi. Bosco was an elderly retired bachelor (70 years plus) who lived on his own in the city centre. He previously worked for Vetcare (Kenya) many years ago. The Goan Welfare Society is requesting any members with information to his next of kin to contact immediately


Regional Plan 2021 may hit hotels dealing with charters
26 Sep: If the recommendations of the Task Force for Regional Plan 2021 are implemented in toto, hotels dealing with charters will have to pay a cess, and ‘no deck bed policy’ may have to be enforced. 444 words. Click here.

Alex von Moltke: Emigration: the great escape
27 Sep: The Telegraph (UK). Antiques dealer Alex von Moltke plans to settle with his family in Goa and set up a decorating business… Goa is unusually strict when it comes to foreign home-ownership - you usually have to be resident in Goa for at least 182 days per year to qualify. "I can rent a five-bedroom Portuguese colonial mansion for £300 per month," Alex says. "Private education for my children will start at £24 a month. Why would I stay in Britain during a recession?" 458 words. Click here.

It's better in Goa!
27 Sep: Times of India. On World Tourism day, Nicole Suares speaks to those in the tourism industry to find out how they are coping up with the new challenges ahead…577 words. Click here.

UK: Late deals
27 Sep: Daily Post (North Wales). Goa: Monarch (0871 423 8642) 14-nights' B&B at two star hotel in Candolim, ex- Manchester Nov 7, for £569.
27 Sep: The Sun. Head to Goa this winter for a bargain price. Temperatures of 30C are the norm and the rainy season is over. Seven nights B&B at the Hotel Prazeres in the resort of Candolim in Goa is from £569 per person, including flights from Manchester on November 7. Call Cosmos on 0871 423 8560 or visit

Alarm bells ring as tourism losing the Goan touch
28 Sep: Herald. Goan boys take up jobs in the tourism sector just for getting some experience and use it as launching pad to go abroad…A Goan, makes the guests comfortable in a very natural way… the drug trade is heavy in North Goa and sexual promiscuity is also on the rise… 573 words. Click here.

Post-hippy heaven Goa has survived …
28 Sep: The Sunday Telegraph (UK). ..The presence of Indian tourists in Goa, something that was missing nine years ago, was reassuring. There had always been something odd about a place that seemed the sole preserve of Westerners… 984 words. Click here.

Goa: Katie Holland: “We would never move back to England”
28 Sep: Times of India. The past few years have seen an increase in the number of foreigners seeking work in India…A professional bellydancer from England, Katie Holland has been teaching and performing in India for the past two years… She quit England because of its high cost of living and the strenuous work hours. "In Goa, we have time with the kids," she says. "We would never move back." Click here.

Shacks, sand and season
30 Sep: Times of India. …In the past, there have been complaints about Goans getting treated as second-class citizens by those who run shacks on the beach; being discouraged from entering shacks, getting poor or no service and being dealt with rudely. Hopefully, this is a thing of the past… 595 words. Click here.

Goa police to tighten noose around beach shacks
1 Oct: PTI. Goa police has decided to tighten noose around the beach shacks to control all the illegal activities, including drug trade beginning from this tourist season. 560 words. Click here.

£459 -- Goa 14-Night Bargain Break
1 Oct: TravelZoo. Depart London or Manchester to Goa. Travel dates: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Nov & 6 Dec. You'll stay at the Park Avenue Hotel in Calangute on a bed-and-breakfast basis. Book by 8 October. You can also depart on 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 January for £40 per person more. Click here.


UK companies should set up shop in Goa
27 Sep: Navhind Times. The Indian-UK Business Promotion interaction observed that Goa is a vibrant, investor-friendly state, and can help the UK-based companies to set up and run their units successfully. Mr Lester Pinto, the MD of Betts India Pvt Ltd, a UK company, said they started their toothpaste production operations in 1997… The future economic prosperity will only come from UK companies exploring opportunities overseas it was stated. 516 words. Click here.

Dictionary for Romi Konkani in offing
27 Sep: Times of India. The advisory board of the official language cell has recommended the use of Konkani in the Roman script by government servants. “We are planning to start work on creating legal terminology, a thesaurus and dictionary immediately and they will be made available within six months,” official languages director Menino Peres said… It was also decided to host a website for the directorate of official languages, which will be in English, but contain information and articles in Konkani. Click here.

Cops: Goa nightclubs sitting ducks for terrorists
28 Sep: Times of India. Nightclubs in the state will continue to rock, but under the glare of security. Calling discotheques and other entertainment venues, "sitting ducks for terrorists", the police have issued notices asking them to strengthen security or face consequences, which could lead to imprisonment… 326 words. Click here.

The most scathing cuss word in the world is 'human being'
28 Sep: Daily News & Analysis. … pigs clean up and eat up the mess that we make and leave around, including, as in many traditional Goa houses, being the disposers of human excreta (in case some of you are unaware, many old Goa houses had latrines that dropped human excreta straight into the pigs pen, and the cleaning creature would dispose of it in a trice. The fact that they then got slaughtered... Oh. Never mind.) Click here.

Goa: 4 picnickers die at 3 different beaches
28 Sep: Times of India. Even as Goa observed World Tourism Day on Saturday, four picnickers drowned at three different beaches in Goa. 222 words. Click here.

State tourism department allots 305 shacks
29 Sep: Navhind Times. The tourism department on Sunday allotted 305 shacks, both in North and South Goa, out of a total of 556 applications received by it … Last year, 258 shack licences were granted … 358 words, Click here.

1,840 pawned Goan gold packets still unclaimed
29 Sep: Navhind Times. At least 1,840 packets of pawned Goan gold at the Portuguese Banco Nacional Ultramarino Bank taken to Portugal in 1961 are now in the custody of the State Bank of India … Sources say that the reasons for the gold not being claimed include people having lost their receipts, disputes due to fragmentation of families and also the gold could have been pawned to money lenders. 249 words. Click here.

Goa: Land priced between Rs 25 to Rs 2,500
29 Sep: Times of India. New land prices for registering sale documents will be effective once the rates approved by the cabinet on Thursday are notified. The Goa government fixed the minimum land rates for urban, coastal and rural areas to be indicated while registering sale documents… 803 words. Click here.

India in line to become drug hub
30 Sep: The Australian. Law enforcement authorities have warned that India is becoming one of the world's largest transit points in the global drug market … West African drug cartels had established large presences near the popular tourist region of Goa…. The cartels are shipping cocaine, heroin and pseudoephedrine to rich Western markets in Europe and Australia… 361 words. Click here.

Goa Regional Plan 2021
30 Sep: Cecil Pinto via GoaNet. Goa Regional Plan 2021. (Interim Report) available for. download - 3.8 mb. Click here.

‘Over 250 drug dealers in Goa’
30 Sep: Times of India. David Driham aka Dudu, picked up by the Mumbai cops on September 20 from Anjuna, has revealed that there are more than 250 people dealing in narcotics in the state… 524 words. Click here.

Goa police cry harassment by lower judiciary
30 Sep: IANS. It is police versus in judiciary in Goa. Superintendent of Police (North Goa) Bosco George in a confidential letter to the District and Sessions Judge (North Goa) notes: ‘Harassment in court over petty matters has strained relations between the police officers and the court…” Senior police officials echoed the contents of the letter… 307 words. Click here.

India imposes ban on smoking
1 Oct: FT (UK). India will mark the anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday Thursday by banning smoking in public places, offices and restaurants across the country. …The restrictions will also cover public transport, shopping malls and even parks, with a fine of 200 rupees for transgressors. 440 words. Click here.

Goa BJP accuses Dr Wilfred de Souza of faking affidavits
1 Oct: IANS. The BJP Party (alleged that Wilfred de Souza, president of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had misled the Election Commission with fake affidavits, claiming that he had not only faked his age but had also failed to mention three fixed assets owned by him … Click here.

Weekly Update
1 Oct: Times of India – Goa edition. Weather: Max = 31.9; Min = 23.0. Humidity 77% to 09%
Exchange rates £= 85.27; $ = 46.96 ; Euro = 67.96


Singapore: Quentin Pereira. Community Chef
25 Sep. Time Newsmagazine. According to 36-year-old chef Quentin Pereira, there is one kind of cooking — Eurasian — that has been overlooked in Singapore… Seven years back, Pereira set up a food-court stall to replicate recipes passed down from his grandmother through his "Sunday cook" dad…The style is mostly Indian (going back to Portuguese Goa) with Malay additions… 479 words. Click here.
The Quentin Pereira website, includes his menu with items like Meaty cutlets, Vindaloo and Prawn Curry

The Pool: US Film Release
26 Sep: San Francisco Chronicle. Drama. (In English and Hindi with English subtitles. At the Lumiere in San Francisco and the Shattuck Cinemas in Berkeley.)…The setting is Panjim in Goa. Venkatesh is a tall, lanky and street-savvy teen who labors at a hotel and hustles extra cash with the help of his short, 11-year-old pal, Jhangir… 328 words. Click here.
For the official website with trailer, reviews, etc. click here.

Holidaymaker's Drugs Souvenir
27 Sep: Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, UK). Michael Lowes was prescribed Valium by his GP for post-traumatic stress. But when he was on holiday in Goa, he came across the drug on sale freely behind the counter. He bought 5,000 and posted them off to his UK address…. He pleaded guilty to improperly importing a Class-C controlled drug and was given a conditional discharge for 12 months." 406 words.

Ex-President Thabo Mbeki comes to life
28 Sep: The Times (South Africa). Exit interview with Mr Thabo Mbeki of Riviera Mansions, Johannesburg. Q: With your political career over, what’s next for you?
A: I’m off to the Rio Carnival in February. Zanele will meet me later in the Bahamas for a bit of snorkelling and then we sail for Goa where we shall dance the night away at one of those naughty full moon trance parties I’ve read about on the Internet. Click here.

A cultural mix in classical Iberia
28 Sep: Sunday Telegraph (Australia). Today's Portugal is well served by legacies of its colonial past … Portugal cultural mix may discombobulate at first: being handed a flyer for an Indian curry joint in Lisbon's Restauradores strip by a Goan bloke speaking perfect English…

HyperCity opens first Argos store in Mumbai
28 Sep: Business Standard. HyperCity Retail India has launched its first HyperCity - Argos, a catalogue shopping retail format, in Mumbai … Consumers can shop in three ways: place their orders over the phone, visit the stores or browse the entire range online at The retailer is planning to offer 4,700 products through the concept. 321 words. Click here.


Attack on churches: Indo-Americans in White House protest
26 Sep: Times of India. A group of Christians of Indian-origin held a prayer vigil in the US coinciding with the India’s Prime Minister visit to White House to protest the ongoing violence against the community in Orissa and Karnataka. Click here.

Text + Video: Hindu suicide squad spells out its mission
26 Sep: CNN-IBN. Days after the first attack on churches, the streets of Mangalore wore a deserted look. The fear of a new and little known outfit – the Sri Ram Sena, a self proclaimed army of God started by radical thinker Pramod Mutalik – kept residents indoors… ”there are 1,132 members in the suicide squad.” Click here.

India's remote faith battleground
26 Sep: BBC. Anti-Christian riots have rocked several parts of India over the past month. The BBC's Soutik Biswas has travelled to a remote region in the eastern state of Orissa, where it all began, to investigate the complex roots of the conflict…1143 words. Click here.

EU-India Summit: Recent attacks against Christians
26 Sep: Amnesty International. Amnesty International urges the EU to discuss India’s attacks on religious minorities at the EU-India Summit taking place in Marseille on 29 Sept…Indian authorities should become more effective in preventing and investigating the on going attacks on its Christian and Muslim minorities …Amnesty International welcomes the inclusion of the recent attacks against Christians in the Summit’s discussions but hopes that the EU will not stop here…. 404 words. Click here.
To check on the latest developments click here.

Julio Ribeiro: The testimony of one Christian
28 Sep: Times of India. Julio Ribeiro writes: … I am disappointed with the BJP. The party has not come out strongly against the atrocities heaped on the Christians of Orissa and Karnataka…. I admire the teachings of Christ. Love, compassion, justice are universal values taught by all religions that the VHP and the Bajrang Dal, SIMI and the IM should try and imbibe. If they do not they should stop calling themselves Hindus or Muslims. 870 words. Click here.
For a profile of Julio Ribeiro click here.

Christians protest attacks by Hindus in India
28 Sep: International Herald Tribune. Hundreds of Christians held a rally Sunday in the Indian capital to protest recent attacks by Hindu hard-liners that have left dozens of Christians dead and thousands homeless in several Indian states… 494 words. Click here.

An old testament. By George Menezes
30 Sep: Hindustan Times. The mindless and brazen attacks against Christians are not new. The difference is in the dimension. Today, at any excuse, Hindu fundamentalist organisations let loose their goons on the community with the police acting as mute spectators. In most cases, the reaction of the church and the community is nothing more than to provide the victims with aid and prayers… 797 words.
George Menezes was a member of the Pope’s Laity Council and a member of the BJP’s National Executive Council Click here.

Indian PM faces EU ire over 'massacre' of Christians
30 Sep: Times of India. The European Union on Monday ticked off Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his government's failure to prevent what it called a "massacre" of Christians in Orissa and Karnataka… 463 words. Click here.

Religious violence in Orissa
30 Sep: The Guardian Weekly (UK). Father Bernard Digal, 46, a Roman Catholic priest, tells the harrowing tale of the night he was attacked and left for dead… 903 words. Click here.

India's conversions controversy
30 Se: BBC. Anti-Christian riots have rocked several parts of India over the past month. The BBC's Soutik Biswas travels to a remote region in the eastern Orissa state, where it all began, to explore the touchy issue of religious conversions. Click here.

Orissa curfew after fresh clash
1 Oct: BBC. Curfew has been imposed in some parts of a troubled region in the eastern Indian state of Orissa after a fresh clash between two communities. A woman was killed and 12 others were injured on Tuesday when tribals clashed with Christians … 320 words. Click here.


Keeling Murder: “Fiona doesn’t seem to be interested in the case”
27 Sep: Herald. Samson D’Souza, the main accused in the alleged rape and murder said, “Scarlet’s mother blew up the issue and now I hear she wants to make a movie. She doesn’t seem to be interested in the case but is more bent on an offer of a movie to be made on her daughter.” 280 words. Click here.

Samson D’Souza: I left Scarlett comatose on the beach…
28 Sep: Mail on Sunday. (UK). Samson D’Souza accused of raping and murdering Scarlett Keeling on a beach has admitted leaving her there semiconscious - but insisted he was not responsible for her death… he claims he was tortured into a confession by police …he hopes to settle in France once he is formally cleared… 997 words. Mail on Sunday photo. Click here.

Scarlett case: HC will decide on Samson's rearrest
29 Sep: PTI. The High Court will decide next Monday on the CBI's application to cancel Samson's bail given by the Goa Children's court… 235 words. Click here.

Goa Minister's son “linked to Keeling and Bennett murders”
30 Sep: The Mail (UK). Roy Naik, the son of Goa’s Home Minister Ravi Naik, was involved in the murders of Scarlett Keeling and Stephen Bennett in Goa it has been claimed … A detective named Naik on Indian television after the death of 15-year-old Scarlett …British police are reviewing a file containing evidence said to implicate Naik as the key figure in both cases…Goan police are protecting Naik’s gang because of his father’s political status…621 words + comments. Click here.


That a Goan Minister's son, Roy Naik may be involved in the murder of Scarlett Keeling and Stephen Bennett seems really bizarre but as reported on Goanet, this point is made by Matthew Drake of the Daily Mail (UK) on 30/9/08. It may be unbelievable but worth reading about. Click here.

Averthanus L. D'Souza informs us that "For the first time in the history of Goa, we now have the final draft of the Regional Plan which has been prepared professionally and diligently by a team of professionals". Goan Voice (UK) readers will recall that following much rancour, the previous draft of the Regional Plan 2011 was unanimously rejected by the citizens of Goa. Averthanus is very positive about the new Plan and and has claimed that the Task Force that has generated the Plan "has maintained its primary focus on the balanced and integral development of the State of Goa".

Likewise, Averthanus L.D'Souza has provided a detailed and informative account titled Understanding Hinduvata. The key element in this post is the clarity provided over the difference between Hinduism and Hinduvata. The claim is made that "Hinduism is a highly respected religion of long standing" but that "Hinduvata is a clearly distinguishable "political" ideology which is straining to concoct a "national identity" based on the Hindu religion. Hinduvata is a clearly fascist political movement, which has drawn much of its inspiration from European fascism and German Nazism." In the light of the upheavals in Orissa, this article is timely and definitely well worth reading.

Finally, on Goanet, we have a delightful account by Francisca Fatima Da Costa of when Loyola High School, Margao, presented Live Gospel Music. The performance was held on 18/9/08 and in which a cast of 45 boys [pupils of the school] displayed their musical talents including a number who dressed as girls. Loyola High School has sustained its high prestige over the years and a certain nostalgia for it exudes from me as my late father was a former pupil there a long time ago.

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By Lira Fernandes

COOKERY: Market Kitchen. UKTV Food
Sat. 4th Oct. 09:00 to 10:00. Cyrus Todiwala makes an Indian version of shepherd's pie using spices, spinach and meaty mutton.

COOKERY: The Naked Chef. UKTV Food
Sun. 5th Oct. 09:30 to 10:00. Curryfest. Jamie Oliver cooks up an Indian extravaganza for his mates.

RELIGIOUS: Benny Hinn – Uganda. God UK
Sun. 5th Oct. 11:00 to 14:00. Benny Hinn's international crusade held in Kampala, Uganda

FILM: Life in a... Metro. Channel 4
Mon. 6th Oct. 01:15 to 03:50. Anurag Basu's bittersweet film set in Bombay. The cast includes Shilpa Shetty. In Hindi with English Subtitles, 2007

TRAVEL: Panasia – Goa. Travel Channel
Mon. 6th Oct. 13:30 to 14:00. Goa is home to magnificent beaches, imposing churches, and some of the friendliest people in Asia… Sian Richards also finds out how to prepare Goa's aromatic seafood curry and washes it down with feni…

TRAVEL: Paul Merton in India. Channel five
Wed. 8th Oct. 21:00 to 22:00. Paul Merton enjoys a course in etiquette … he visits a temple devoted to rats and participates in a huge religious ceremony.

FILM: The Stranger. Sky Arts
Thu. 9th Oct. 23:45 to 01:45, Satyajit Ray's final film before his death. A well-off Indian family receives a surprise, and initially unwelcome, visit from a man claiming to be a long-lost uncle.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

1- 5 Oct. 2008. Croydon & Wembley. Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service. Led by Rev Fr. Augustine Vallooran of Potta, Kerala. Schedule:
CROYDON: St. Marys Catholic Church, 70 Wellesley Road, Croydon, CRO 2AR. 1st Oct: 1.30 pm - 5.30 pm. 2nd Oct 1.30pm -5.30 pm. 3rd Oct: 1.30pm - 5 pm.
WEMBLEY: St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 329 High Road, Wembley HA9 6AG. 3rd Oct: 6pm - 9pm. 4th Oct. 2pm - 8pm. 5th Oct 2pm - 8 pm. Contact: Maryann Dias. Phone: 0750 455 2168

Sat. 11 Oct. G.O.A. Black & White Ball at Colliers Wood Community Centre. Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 8771 4457, Jacinto Fernandes 020 8542 5427

Sun 12 Oct: 35th Uganda Reunion. Archbishop LanFranc School, Croydon. Starts at 12 noon and ends at 7pm. Maz & Co are playing. Adults: £15; children: £5. Contact Christine DeSouza after 9 pm on 020 8310 2332.

Sun. 26 Oct. G.O.A. Trook Tournament. At ATC Hall, South Wimbledon. Contact: Jacinto Fernandes 020- 8542 5427

Sun. 26 Oct: Colva Union, 35th Anniversary of the Feast of Infant Jesus. St Boniface Catholic Church, 185 Mitcham Road, Tooting, SW17 9PG. Mass at 1.30pm in the main church followed by the Social in the Hall. Tickets: Adults: £12; Children up to 12 years: £5. For tickets contact: Arlene Fernandes 0208 930 7679; Agapito Gouveia 0208 648 0350; Ames Fernandes 0208 672 4753; Alfie Fernandes 07860 152 939; Bento Fernandes 0208 672 0283; Fiona Fernandes 07908 125 765; Hilary Dias 0208 672 5528; Rose DeSouza 0208 677 0390.

Sat. 1 Nov. G.O.A. French Shopping Extravaganza. Contact: Norma Menezes-Rahim 020 – 8771 4457, Bernie Gracias 020 – 8723 1322

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.


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