Newsletter. Issue 2008-43. October. 23, 2008
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Canada: Rowena Pinto: The darker side of tanning
7 Oct: Globe & Mail. New research by indicates that consumers are not being warned about the potential health risks of artificial tanning according to the Canadian Cancer Society…. "The results of our study were very disturbing," said Rowena Pinto, senior director of public affairs at the society's Ontario branch, which commissioned the study. "Some type of legislation and enforcement is required." 895 words. Click here.
Rowena was born in Montreal though her grandparents were from Goa and her father grew up in Pakistan.

Toronto: Kevin John Pinto: The bank robber was a banker
16 Oct: Times Colonist (Canada). Kevin John Pinto turned himself in after reports in Canadian newspapers and TV reports. Media outlets as far away as England and Bahrain also have covered the case. Pinto appeared in bail court today for the third time since his arrest … His lawyer had told reporters he plans to fight the charges… “There is an excitement attached to some crimes," said Margaret Beare, a professor at Toronto's York University.” 502 words. Click here.

Vancouver: Dean Saldanha: Internet gamers Scrabble for title
16 Oct: 373 words. Calgary Herald. Scrabble players from across Canada and the United States will arrive in Calgary this week to challenge for the Western Canadian title over three days starting Friday… The third-ranked player is Dean Saldanha from Vancouver, who competed at the World Scrabble Championship in Mumbai, India, last year and finished 13th at the 2005 worlds in London… Click here.

John D’Souza: Pride of Australia 2008 Winner
17 Oct: The Advertiser (Adelaide). The winner of the 2008 Community Spirit award is John D’Souza, 69. Since arriving in Australia from India 34 years ago, John has been heavily involved with St Vincent De Paul and Rural Australians for Refugees… For the medal presentation video clip click here.
From GVUK 12 Feb 2004: Days after John D’Souza migrated with his young family to Australia from India, he went to buy meat for the evening meal and got chatting to the local butcher who promised to help him find a job. In exchange, John had to promise to go to a meeting of the local conference of the St Vincent de Paul Society …

Australia: Barney Fernandes: War hero feels aviation is ‘very safe’
17 Oct: The Hindu. Wing Commander Fernandes is closely connected with the Gandhi-Nehru family and is currently settled in Western Australia where he runs a major pilot training school. He has been involved in pilot training for the last 41 years… 266 words. Click here.

Canada: Troy DeSouza Election recount
17 Oct: Times Colonist. Lawyers for Conservative candidate Troy DeSouza say they will launch a formal request for a recount after he lost to Liberal Keith Martin by 68 votes … Photo and text, 404 words. Click here.

UK: Roland Saldanha must destroy 200 tons of fish
17 Oct: The Telegraph (UK). Roland Saldanha has been ordered to destroy 200 tons of "revolting" fish after inspectors found it was seven years out of date…. The food destruction order is the biggest of its kind ever imposed in England… trading standards officials are trying to recall the products… Roland Saldanha, managing director of Allan Rich Seafoods, claimed the maggot-ridden fish had already been condemned and was destined to be processed into fish meal. 439 words. Click here.
From GVUK 2004-8, 26 Feb. 2004: Roland Saldanha has just opened a Fish Bargain Warehouse at 32 Acre Lane, Brixton, London.

Citadel creates capital position for Rohit D'Souza
21 Oct: Financial Times (UK). Citadel Investment Group, best known for its hedge funds, has hired Rohit D'Souza, formerly a top executive at Merrill Lynch, to spearhead its push into the capital markets business. Mr D'Souza, 44, rose rapidly at Merrill to become head of equities and alternative investments, including hedge funds. He quit in March this year… Mr D'Souza will be based in New York… 373 words. Click here.

UK: Anthony D'Souza’s 1955 arrival at Liverpool recorded
21 Oct: Liverpool Daily Post. The online, digitalised and cross-referenced list of passengers arriving by sea between 1878 and 1960 was launched today … Present at the launch was Anthony D'Souza, 53, from Hayes, Middlesex, who works at the National Archives arrived at six months old on Nov. 23, 1955 in Liverpool, accompanied by his mother and his uncle, from Karachi. His father followed later … the family, originally from Goa were refugees from the violence following the partition of India … 963 words. Click here.

UK: Prof Nandita de Souza: The test that can catch women's cancer early
21 Oct: Daily Mail (UK). More than 100 lives could be saved every year by a new screening technique for cervical cancer, British scientists say. The new technique, developed by the Institute of Cancer Research and London's Royal Marsden Hospital, is called 'diffusion weighted imaging'… Lead researcher Professor Nandita de Souza said … “'The quality of the information from the images produced using this new method has allowed us to identify and define smaller tumours more accurately, helping us to make decisions on surgery.” 357 words. Click here.

Evidence appeal in Corryn Rayney murder
23 Oct: The Australian. More than 100 staff at Perth's Kings Park have been asked to help major crime squad detectives identify a small leather torch holder found near the grave of former Supreme Court registrar Corryn Rayney, whose body was found buried in the park's bushland in August last year. 489 words. Click here.

Keith Vaz: ‘Indians have done a lot for Britain’
23 Oct: Times of India. A revision of the points based system for managing migrations to the United Kingdom by Britain, and stricter handling of illegal migrations from India by the Indian government are what Keith Vaz, British MP and chairman of the home affairs select committee desires…‘India’s best friend in Europe is the UK’… 798 words. Click here.


21 Oct: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. FELECIA DIAS. Wife of Glennie Dias. Mother of Jennifer/Munir (Burundi), Lorraine, Fr. Mario and David of Dar es Salaam. Sister of Betty/Sylvester De Souza (Ottawa), Joseph/Monique De Souza (Lyon, France), Agnes/Paul Fernandes (Bandra, Bombay). Funeral at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Dar es Salaam, at 3.00 p.m. 23 Oct. Condolences to [Info from Anthu Braganza].

21 Oct: Arusha, Tanzania. PELEGRINO FERNANDES (passed away in Nairobi). Husband of Merciana, (Arusha Tanzania). Beloved father/father in law of Jennifer & Roy/Monica. Grandfather of Farzana, Faraz, Alistair & Lionel (Canada). Funeral will be announced at a later date. Condolence to the family at: [info from Doreen Gomes].

20 Oct: Kuwait: FELIX CAETANO GOMES: Husband of Grace. Father of Dr Svitlana, Aster/Ashley, Kiyomi. Brother of Mussolini/Vecilda, Gaudencio/Geraldine, Praxy, Bellini/Maria.

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20 Oct. 2007. Death Anniversary. GREGORY FERNANDES (Born 1975, ex-Agonda, Goa). Gregory died as a result of the brutal attack in the streets of Fawley, Hampshire, UK. Son of Floriano and Angelina. Brother of Sunita and Domnick. Nephew of Reverend Fr Diogo Fernandes. Extended family of Karen and Cliff Young. From Karen: May the Lord protect your land, our land, and peace loving people all over the world.
For links to Gregory Fernandes, click here.

18 Oct: Mombasa, Kenya. ROSE NAZARETH. Wife of the late Arthur. Mother of the late Alfred (Tinky) Nazareth, Late Priscilla, Late Conrad Nazareth, Danny Nazareth (Msa), Rosemary Daniels (UK) and Jacquelin Tomaschko (Msa). Sister in law to Barbara Rooke (Msa). Aunty to Marie De Souza (UK), Blanche Lobo (UK), Myrna Nazareth (Canada), Belinda De Souza (Canada), Alvito Abreu (Canada), Jennifer de Souza (Msa), Andrew Abreu (Msa), Vivian Lobo (USA), Peter Abreu (Canada), Wilma de Souza (Nbi), Johnny Rooke (Msa), Cliff Rooke (South Africa), Susan Duff (Nbi), Charlotte Roser (Nbi) and Ruth Jensen (Denmark). Funeral Arrangements to follow. Info from Maureen De Souza (Msa). Condolences Postal address
J. Tomascko, P.O. Box 99057, Mombasa Kenya

18 Oct: Toronto. DOREEN JOAN LOBO (nee Cardozo). Wife of the late Sylvester Lobo. Much loved mother of Derek (Celia), Sharon (George), Sandra (Brian), Rodney (Julie), Daphne (John) and Jennifer (Geoffrey). Grandmother of Vanessa, Kevin, Rebecca, Jason, Teanna, Isis, Dylan, Amara and Emily. Survived by sisters Iris and Ida. Visitation at Newediuk Funeral Home, Kipling Chapel, on Tue. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Marguerite D'Youville Church, Brampton on Wed. at 10:30 a.m. Interment Assumption Cemetery. If desired, donations may be made to Parkinson Society Canada. Click here.

Funeral Details: Fr Arthur Moraes
10 Oct. London. FR ARTHUR THOMAS MORAES (Born 1929). Funeral Fri. 24 Oct. at 12.00 noon. St. Anslem’s Church, 9 Tooting Bec Road, London SW17 8ES. Burial at Putney Vale Cemetery at 2.30 pm. The funeral wake to be held to celebrate his life at St Anslem’s Church Lower Hall. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate Mass intentions or donations to the charity “Daddy’s Home for Disabled Children”, Margao, Goa.

Thank you from the Theo Carvalho Family
26 Sep: Slade Green, Kent, UK. TEOTONIO (Theo) CARVALHO (Born in Nairobi; aged 58). Nuna (wife), Trevor (Son) with the Carvalho/Fernandes families say a heartfelt thank-you to everyone for your messages of support, kindness, sympathy cards, floral tributes, Masses, donations and all who helped in anyway, especially those who were with us at the funeral on 8th October. The donations received in lieu of flowers will be given to The British Heart Foundation and Children in Need. Condolences to:


Lord Meghnad Desai on Goa
16 Oct: Times of India. Writer and economist, Lord Meghnad Desai, member of House of Lords of UK has a luxurious holiday home in Loutolim, Goa. “Goa and our home here offers us the serenity that Kishwar, my wife, and I were looking for,” says the Lord. What does he think of the current economic scenario in Goa? To check it out, click here.

Taxi and tour operators at it again
17 Oct: Times of India. The tourist taxi operators and the tour operators from South Goa are on a collision course once more… It is the grudge of the taxi drivers that the tour operators strike a deal with the hotel guests for conducting tours thus preventing them from operating their business. 569 words. Click here.

Party over for Kerala, Goa beaches this year
17 Oct: Times of India. Instead of the sun shining on the beaches of Kerala and Goa this winter, the global meltdown is likely to cast a dark shadow over the Malabar and Konkan coasts. With wary travellers — international and domestic — cancelling trips following the meltdown, the tourism industry in Kerala and Goa is seeing a slowdown days ahead of the peak November-December season. Click here.

Goa Law & Order: Impact on Tourism
17 Oct: Navhind Times. The Home Minister, Mr Ravi Naik was asked if attacks on tourists would affect the tourist inflow. He relied in the negative. He said that the print and electronic media are now active and that every incident occurred is shown across the world. “I therefore appeal to the tourists who are visiting Goa to follow the rules and act accordingly, but it was often observed otherwise,” he lamented. 281 words. Click here.

Dylan Lewis: I love Goa
17 Oct: Herald-Sun (Australia). …A typical day there would consist of swims at the perfect beach, writing a few songs with a borrowed guitar, reading a bit of something relevant like Shantaram, drinking gin, eating beautiful vegetarian curry, drinking more gin and having a night swim to cool down at the end of the day. Then some more gin. I love Goa. 240 words. Dylan Lewis broadcasts on Nova 100, 9am to noon, weekdays.

Deep gloom hits holiday operators
18 Oct: Huddersfield Examiner. …Platon Loizou, managing director of Jewel in the Crown Holidays. "Business has practically ground to a halt…. Last week our winter bookings for Goa were running at about half the level of a year ago…”

Travel: Price Busters
18 Oct: Mirror (UK). Save £383pp on a week's holiday in Goa, staying at the three-star Nizmar Resort close to Calangute. The new price is £475pp including return Manchester flights on November 1, transfers and seven nights with breakfast. Call 0844 576 2386 or visit

Just Goa
19 Oct: The Sunday Telegraph. 7 Nights £439. Monarch Holidays (0871 423 8642; ) has b & b at the two-star Prazeres Hotel in Candolim, Goa. Return flight included departing from Gatwick on November 29.

X’mas airfares to Goa from within India to double
20 Oct: Herald. Those planning to fly to Goa around Christmas are in for a nasty surprise. Even those who book the tickets now, more than two months in advance, are being asked to pay nearly double the regular fare. The minimum from Mumbai to Goa is Rs 3,228, while the maximum is at Rs 23,910 (all fares inclusive of taxes)… 250 words. Click here.

Tour Operators Offering Discounts to Boost Occupancies
20 Oct: Economic Times. Indian tour operators are offering value-for-money travel packages as foreign tourists cancel bookings to destinations like Rajasthan, Kerala and Goa …“Things have hit such a low that tour operators are even hardselling Goa and Kerala, which have been the two most expensive tourist spots in the country,” said a senior executive … 430 words. Click here.

Your Say: Pick of the Week
20 Oct: The Times (UK). You told us the places you love and hate when we suggested 20 hot holiday destinations… M Howroyd writes: I am rather glad you have left out Goa. Travel writers seem to think it somehow passe. Good, keep it that way. Click here.

Tourist Visa nightmare in India
20 Oct: Global Visas. Travellers in the UK applying for tourist visas for India have been experiencing nightmare situations, with delays and cancelled holidays the result of outsourced visa application companies. Since May this year the Indian High Commission in London has been outsourcing visa applications with premium rate call centre help lines charging as much as £1 per minute… One British tourist had to cancel his holiday to India when he still had not received his visa after 14 working days. 326 words, Click here.

Drastic drop in Goa rentals
21 Oct: Times of India. A month ago, it would have been nothing but a dream to get a single-bedroom fully furnished apartment at Miramar for a monthly rent of Rs 7,000. Today it is a reality. A 3BHK in a prime locality like Dona Paula which cost Rs 30,000 per month till recently is now finding it difficult to get even Rs 18,000 … 280 words. Click here.

The Ten best things about India
21 Oct: The Independent (UK). By Andrew Buncombe … 4. The appropriately-named Sublime restaurant in the Goan coastal town of Anjuna Beach… Click here.

The Loot open it’s first store in Panaji
21 Oct: India Business Insight. The Loot, a multibrand store of garments, footwear and accessories, has launched its first outlet in Panaji, Goa. The store retails Kappa, Bossini, Adidas and Nike brands. It also sells global brands like Banana Republic, Gap, Old Navy and Mercedes.

'This doesn't look like Diwali'
22 Oct: Times of India. The ripples of the global economic slowdown have hit Goan shores, dampening the Diwali (27 Oct.) spirit … sales have fallen by over 50%... the low tourist inflow could be one of the factors behind this …“Nearly 10% of our buyers during this period last year were NRIs or foreigners. Many NRIs and foreigners own apartments in Goa and furnish them when holidaying in the state.” 407 words. Click here.

Late deals
22 Oct: The Times (UK). Monarch Holidays has a week's B&B in Candolim, Goa for £ 365 with a flight from Manchester on November 1. 0871 4238642. Click here.

2nd Sunburn Festival, Goa. 27th - 29th Dec 08
22 Oct: Dance Nova. Sunburn is the new three day festival held at Candolim Beach, Goa; a cosmopolitan meeting place of international cultures… Of all the festivals around the world none can claim to be as alluring as this…Goa is the place to rediscover modern rave culture in a free-spirited and untainted environment…‘Defected In the House – Goa 08’, a compilation mixed by India’s newest and brightest talent, DJ Pearl will be distributed around the world. 271 words. Click here.

Air India to fly Goa-Dubai five times a week
23 Oct: Herald. Come Oct 26, Air India will commence direct scheduled flights from Goa to Dubai , five times a week.
The two non-operational days are Wednesday and Friday. 242 words. Click here.

Retirement: Take your pick: Hills or beaches
30 Oct: Money Today (India). Ask people where they'd like to retire and chances are that most of them would want to head for the hills or beaches…. Many retirees want to buy property in Goa but the legality of ownership makes it a complicated affair. So even at an attractive rate of Rs 2,100 per sq ft, senior citizens are not advised to buy here… 1216 words. Click here.


English Chiropractic brings pain relief to many in Goa
17 Oct: MeriNews. By Armstrong Vaz. Dr Alison Bale and Martin Bale are a British doctor couple who have been coming to India since 2000. Nineteen months back they started a practice in Margao, Goa. Chiropractic aims to correct the alignment of the bones of the spine and other joints, restore nerve function, alleviate pain and promote self-healing and health… 1150 words. Click here.
For the clinic website, see
For the Alison Bale Goan Crazy blog see

Joel D’Souza interviewed by Frederick Noronha
18 Oct: You Tube. Journalist Joel D'Souza has been linking Goa and cyberspace for over a decade now. He talks about his experiences there and the pressures too. Joel is best known for his Newsclips. 8m.10s Click here.

Goa no more a paradise: Remo Fernandes
18 Oct: NDTV. Lately Goa has gained a reputation for serious crimes like murder, rape and drug trafficking. Now Remo Fernandes, who is among the state's most popular icons, says he's had enough and he wants to leave… 329 words. Click here.

Recipe: Bangdo Recheado. By Melinda Pereira Kamat
18 Oct: Times of India. Who doesn’t love a well prepared dish of bangdo/mackerel recheado? The word recheado in Portuguese means to ‘filled up’. It is a very common dish in Goan houses … 775 words. Click here.

Video + Text: Cheryl D'Souza: Good? Bad? Ugly?
19 Oct: You Tube. By Hartman de Souza. Why they put four women in the jug. On 11 Oct. in Maina, Quepem, 46 year old Cheryl D'Souza, her 9 year old daughter Aki and her 84 year old mother Dora were manhandled by locked up in Quepem police station… 9m. 55s. Click here.

Football: Leicester U-14 boys arrives in Goa
20 Oct: Herald. “Good shower and sleep and the boys are ready to prove their soccer skills against Goan players,” said optimistic but visibly tired looking Allan Brichenall, who arrived with his U-14 boys in Goa after a 20 hour long journey from UK… 334 words. Click here.

Right wing organisations call for Goa General Strike
20 Oct: PTI: The Hindu right wing organisations in the state have given a call for Goa bandh on Monday to protest the recent incidence of desecration of idols in the state… Goa government has taken the strike call seriously and prohibited processions, demonstrations, bandh, strikes, road closures and forcible closure of shops and other establishments on the day … 205 words. Click here.

Leicester city match against Guardian Angels in Goa cancelled
20 Oct: UNI. The match between Under-14 Leicester City Football Club and Guardian Angle School Goa scheduled to be played today at Nehru stadium Fatorda in Margao, has been cancelled following the General Strike. 189 words. Click here.

Goa observes near total General Strike
21 Oct: Navhind Times. The bandh called by the Mandir Suraksha Samiti and supported by the Bharatiya Janata Party was near total and largely peaceful on Monday barring some stray incidents of violence in the state. The Samiti had called for the daylong shutdown protesting the desecration of Hindu religious icons in the state… 581 words. Click here.

Goa Children’s Homes are in dismal condition
22 Oct: Times of India. Children, whether in conflict with law or in need of care and shelter are “locked-up” at the government run children’s home — Apna Ghar, where conditions are pitiable. 484 words. Click here.

Mario Miranda: Life is funny after all
23 Oct: The Hindu. His fine strokes have immortalised his ‘absurd vision.’ His full frames shout with the life of Goa, Bombay, Paris and Tokyo. Meet cartoonist Mario Miranda. Age has not weathered his face but it has hobbled his walk. This 1926-born artist is now out with his latest book, ‘Mario de Miranda,’ published by Art India (Architecture Autonomous). 497 words. Click here.

Football: Leicester on talent hunting mission to Goa
23 Oct: Herald ‘We want to establish strong football relations with Goa’ disclosed Keith Vaz MP of Leicester City at a press conference in the city on Wednesday. Mr Vaz is in Goa in connecting with the visit of Leicester City Football Club with the main mission of spotting young football talent… 364 words. Click here.

Weekly Update
23 Oct: Times of India (Goa). Weather: Max = 35.1; Min = 24.2. Humidity 69% to 86 %
Exchange rates £= 80.51; $ = 49.26; Euro = 63.42


Video: German mother awaits justice for daughter
16 Oct: NDTV. The road ahead to justice for the victim's mother seems to be a long and a hard one. "My daughter just turned 14 in July," said Fadela Fuchs, mother of victim. One SMS message reads “Make sure you don’t get pregnant” … Fadela's daughter has shut herself on the first floor of a villa… 1m.40s. Click here.

Police issue look-out notice against Goa Minister's son
16 Oct: Press Trust Of India. …The issuance of look-out notice means Rohit would not be allowed to leave the country… the mother said she spent last evening with her daughter watching the movie "Babylon AD", which is likely to help girl psychologically to come forward and depose before police. 321 words. Click here.

Video + Text: Goa rape fallout
17 Oct: CNN-IBN. There has been a definite political fall-out of criminal charges of abetment of rape, against Goa Education Minister, Babush Monserrate. The Digambar Kamat government is now in serious trouble with a group of MLAs demanding a change of leadership… 1m.26s. Click here.

German girl wants mother to withdraw the complaint
17 Oct: Asian Age. By Pamela D’Mello. … The 14-year-old girl refused to give a statement to the police, and submit to a medical examination. She told counsellors who went to assist the police that she wanted her mother to withdraw the complaint… 301 words. Click here.

Politics may hinder probe in Goa rape case
17 Oct: NDTV. Goa's latest scandal now threatens to become Goa's latest political crisis … on the streets of Goa there is anger. Citizens have been rallying for action against Monserrate. "The whole of Goa is still on the boil. The government is still not addressing the issues that are crucial," said an angry citizen. 227 words. Click here.

Goa minister's wife in soup over German girl's rape
18 Oct: NDTV. Fadela Fuchs said that on October 3, Jennifer had visited her house along with two other women… Mrs Fuchs has given the police a piece of paper in which she claims Jennifer personally wrote down her name and mobile numbers. Fuchs is now demanding that Jennifer be booked for threatening her to withdraw the complaint. 389 words. Click here.

German rape victim's mother hits back
18 Oct: Times TV. Fadela Fuchs made an emotional appeal saying her daughter was going through a traumatic time… 465 words. Click here.

German girl refuses to testify
18 Oct: Zee News. With the teenaged German girl, who was allegedly raped by Rohit Monserrate, not coming forward to depose before the police, the investigations into the charges have hit a roadblock… Police sources said their attempt today to get the girl for medical examination turned futile as she tried to run away from the police jeep and had to be taken back to the home … 293 words. Click here.

Goa cops defer rape probe against minister's son
18 Oct: 1230 hrs IST. PTI. "We have deferred Rohit's arrest till we get the statement from the girl or we get her medically examined," Superintendent of Police (North) Bosco George said. 196 words. Click here.

German rape case: Victim likely to give statement soon
19 Oct: PTI. The German girl, who was allegedly raped by the son of Goa Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate, will give her statement in the rape case soon, the lawyer representing her mother has said. 222 words. Click here.

German girl is mentally ill: cops
19 Oct: Herald. In a sensational revelation the police today claimed that the girl has a past history of psychiatric disorder and the mother’s statement can be considered as prima facie case… 248 words. Click here.

German girl is scared of Monserrate family: Aires
20 Oct: Navhind Times. Mr Aires Rodrigues, the lawyer for the German research scholar, on Sunday said the scholar’s minor daughter was scared of the Monserrate family fearing that her deposition before the police might put her and the family in more trouble. 339 words. Click here.

Where is Rohit Monserrate?
20 Oct: Times Now. Rohit Monserrate, the 21 year old son of Goa Education Minister Babush Monserrate, is still eluding the Goa police after police booked him for raping, outraging modesty, abatement of crime and sending lewd messages to a 14 yr old German minor girl in Goa… 221 words. Click here.

Police to probe if Goa minister is sheltering rape accused
21 Oct: IANS. The Goa police will probe a complaint from Aires Rodrigues that Rohit Monserrate was being sheltered by Public Works Department Minster Churchill Alemao … “We have received information that Alemao has sheltered Rohit in one of his properties in south Goa,” Rodrigues charged… 396 words. Click here.

Did Minister's son rape German girl?
22 Oct. Express India. The Goa Police will review the rape case against Goa Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate’s son as the victim, a German minor, is not deposing before the police…The case had triggered a political row with some ministers and legislators demanding a change in leadership in the Congress-led government. 259 words. Click here.

German mother gives consent for medical probe of her daughter
23 Oct: Times of India. With the minor German girl refusing to give her statement or undergoing a medical examination, the girl's mother has given her consent … However, the police are in a fix on whether to go ahead with the medical examination without the consent of the minor girl…. 350 words. Click here.

German rape: Mother accuses Alemao’s nephew
23 Oct: Rediff. In another twist to the German minor rape case, the girl's mother on Thursday told police that State Public Works Department Minister Churchill Alemao's nephew, Warren Alemao, had also sexually abused the 14-year-old girl along with Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate's son Rohit. Goa rape: Mother accuses minister's nephew. 302 words. Click here.


Video: Aires Rodrigues Protest Meeting 16 Oct.
17 Oct. Herald. An open forum, ‘We Shall Overcome’, of concerned citizens deriding the attack on Adv Aires Rodrigues and Prajal Sakhardande called for a judicial inquiry… the three-hour long marathon meeting was moderated by Dr Oscar Rebello... the meeting heard 51 speakers. For text of article, 358 words, click here.
For a video clip, 9m.12s by JoaGoaUK. Click here.

Attack on Aires Rodrigues: Arrested Persons moved to hospital
18 Oct: Asian Age. By Pamela D'Mello … three persons arrested in the attack on Aires Rodrigues, were shifted to a hospital when they complained of being ill…. The police said they would pursue the case against Rohit Monserrate, 21, for allegedly raping a German minor girl, despite the minor's reluctance to give a statement … the police claim that there was enough evidence in the SMS messages and the statement given by the minor's mother … 305 words. Click here.

Assault on Aires Rodrigues: 5 held
18 Oct: IANS. Five people have been arrested from the hill station of Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra for Monday's assault on Aires Rodrigues … they are Jenito Godinho, Santosh Shinde, Sandeep Pujari, Michael Jhonson Chakkal and Anison Nunes from a resort in Mahabaleshwar Friday… 296 words. Click here.

Press Council's guidelines go for a toss in Goa
18 Oct: MeriNews. By Jenny Coutinho. The PCI guidelines have been openly flouted in case of the German girl, who was sexually abused. The media plays watchdog to society but there is no one to watch the media itself. 886 words. Click here.

The loss of innocence. By Dr Oscar Rebello
19 Oct: Times of India. Much has been said and written about the colourful and controversial Aires. I’ve even been witness to the nauseating refrain, at times, that Aires had it coming — as if obsession with a point of law that Aires displayed, is somehow punishable in this atrocious manner. 554 words. Click here.

No breakthrough in Aires Rodrigues attack case
20 Oct: The Times of India. Though the police arrested five persons for Monday night's attack on advocate Aires Rodrigues and historian Prajal Sakhardande, they admitted that they are yet to achieve a real breakthrough … A police official said, "Zinito [Cardoz] is the main suspect. Investigations have revealed that his car was used in the crime and they were in Goa on Tuesday. They left for Mahableshwar on Tuesday night." 404 words. Click here.


Chelsea CEO Kenyon to visit Goa next week
17 Oct: Times of India. Chelsea chief executive Peter Kenyon will visit Goa early next week and help take the English club’s fledgling relationship with Indian football forward… “Chelsea has developed a good relationship with Indian football. We hope to take it forward when Kenyon visits Goa on Monday,” AIFF general secretary Alberto Colaco told TOI on Thursday. India coach Bob Houghton will also be there. 145 words. Click here.

Goa Home Minister's son not involved in Scarlett case: Police
17 Oct: PTI. A day after an NGO alleged involvement of Goa Home Minister Ravi Naik's son Roy in the murder of British teenager Scarlett Keeling, police today gave him a clean chit in the case. "We have investigated the Scarlett case and Roy Naik does not figure in that case," Superintendent of Police Bosco George said. 225 words. Click here.

India must protect its Christians
17 Oct: The Times (UK). By Dr Michael Nazir-Ali, Bishop of Rochester. The real cause of the violence against Christians in India is the fear among extremist Hindu movements that many "untouchable" and "tribal" people will turn to the Christian faith because of the appalling treatment they receive from their caste-ridden communities… Christians in Orissa are, however, rapidly running out of cheeks to turn… I have already suggested a fact-finding mission by an international delegation of religious, political and civic leaders… 332 words. Click here.

Praying is not enough
19 Oct: Times of India. Seldom has the Christian community in India felt its cross so onerous … Christians are getting angry, nervous and frustrated that despite raising decibels for the first time, nothing seems to be happening at ground level. They're also wondering what their Church-the axle of this community-is doing about it… 935 words. Click here.

Indian Christians apply for UN stateless status
20 Oct: Spero News (Texas). By Nirmala Carvalho. Even while Christians in Orissa are still facing persecution, the Indian government is shutting down refugee camps. With no where to go, Indian Christians appeal to the UN for refugee status and for aid denied by India… 968 words. Click here.

Audio: UK Asians hunt for bone marrow donors
20 Oct: BBC Asian Radio. Nikki Bedi asks why that there are not enough Asian bone marrow donors on the register in this country: if you are white and need a bone marrow transplant you have a 75% chance of finding a matching donor, but if you are Asian it’s just 25%! 30 minutes. Click here.

Pakistani Christians Stand with Victims of Violence in India
21 Oct: Catholic Online. Pakistani Christians expressed their solidarity towards their brethren in India. They strongly condemned the anti-Christian violence perpetrated by Hindu fundamentalists and called on the United Nations to protect the lives and properties of minorities in India… 306 words. Click here.

Indian adventure for Croydon father and son
21 Oct: Croydon Advertiser. David Green. 53 and his son Brett are motoring through Indian forests as part of a fundraising adventure of a lifetime… They left their home in Leicester Road, Croydon to brave mountain trails and wild bison in an old Austin from Goa to Tamil Nadu… 264 words. Click here.

UAE: Savio Fernandes: Sammy the Shark gets drawn to attention
21 Oct: Gulf News. (Dubai). Sammy is a whale shark that was caught and is kept in a fish tank in Dubai. There has been a massive campaign for its release with her own badge and song. Now comes a dedicated cartoon strip by Savio Fernandes, a freelance cartoonist… 343 words. Click here.

Kenya: Ian Fernandes: Nation Website enhanced
22 Oct: The Nation Media Group has relaunched their websites in order to combine online and print resources… over 200,000 articles form the last ten years have been uploaded …Ian Fernandes, the managing director of National Digital Division commented about the changes … Click here.

Gujaratis survived Idi Amin
22 Oct: Times of India. It was 36 years ago that dictator Idi Amin threw out 55,000 Indians, majority Gujaratis, lock, stock and barrel from Uganda… But thousands of Gujaratis returned when next Ugandan president Museveni invited them to return to his country… 399 words. Click here.

Aussies unsure of which way to turn
23 Oct: The Courier-Mail (Aus). Australia has been forced into an abrupt rethink of their fast-bowling strategy after their crushing defeat in the second Test … Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke is having a break from cricket for a few days. He will rejoin the squad at the weekend after spending time off with fiancee and model Lara Bingle in the pretty Indian coastal city of Goa. Click here.


There has been much on Goanet about an official bandh (strike or closure) of commercial and other activity because of recent damage to Hindu idols in temples and also to Catholic places of worship. Although the bandh was probably a major success in Goa last Monday, there were incidents where at least one hotel, the Navtara, owned by Carlos Tavora remained open and ended up paying a high price for such bravado in Mapuca, Goa. It suffered much damage from marauding crowds. This event has been discussed by many but is summed up sucintly by JoeGoaUK in his article 'Shame! Goa Police could not handle this single incident in Goa.' For details click here.

The Nehru Stadium at Fatorda, close to Margao, is an impressive structure intended to bolster football in Goa. Almost three decades ago when the stadium was built, through much support from Mr Monte Cruz, the then Sports Minister of Goa, it reflected the strong enthusiasm for football in Goa. Indeed, this was somewhat epitomised in a large banner at the stadium that said "Goans Love Fish, Fenni and Football." However, we now have an article by Freddy Fernandes title 'Goan Football Lovers Disappointed' in which he laments the greater attraction now for cricket rather than football in Goa. Indeed so disappointed is he that he seeks whatever kind of support he can obtain to keep the love of football alive in Goa.

The latest sad news from Goa is that at the Goa College of Pharmacy, "State-of-the-art equipment purchased in 2006 at a cost of Rs 52 lakh for use at the Goa College of Pharmacy is lying unused." For more details, click here.

Finally, Ethel Da Costa who has contributed much to Goanet, has produced a book of 52 poems titled 'Eve's Revenge: Stories of Nemesis'. In her own words, " the collection put together over the years are stories of my life and the journeys women and men walk and live through their spiritual and emotional evolution." The book is published and distributed by Broadway Book Centre and available in English and Marathi versions.

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COOKERY: Delhi Belly – Party Food. UKTV Food
Sat. 25th Oct. 05:30 to 06:00. Presented by 'Goodness Gracious Me' star Sanjeev Bhaskar.

DOCUMENTARY: Adoption Stories. Discovery Home and Health
Sat. 25th Oct. 09:30 to 10:00. Adoption is discouraged in India, but a second generation Indian-American couple decide to adopt a child from an orphanage in Mumbai

FILM: Abar Aranye. Channel 4
Mon. 27th Oct. 01:40 to 04:05. Goutam Ghose's tribute to Satyajit Ray's Days and Nights in the Forest, imagining the same characters many years later. In Bengali With English Subtitles, 2003

DOCUMENTARY: Journey Home. BBC 1
Mon. 27th Oct. 23:50 to 00:20. Journey Home follows a year in the life of the Mankoo Family, who originate from Kenya but have lived in London for the past 30 years. It's the family's mutual dream to venture on the life changing journey to India.

TRAVEL: Paul Merton in India. five
Wed. 29th Oct. 21:00 to 22:00. Series following Paul Merton as he travels through India. Paul is in Hyderabad and Bangalore.

DOCUMENTARY: India with Sanjeev Bhaskar. BBC 2
Thu. 30th Oct. 23:20 to 00:20. Bombay Dreams. Episode 1. Mumbai, Bangalore and Kerala.

FILM: Yatra. Channel 4
Fri. 31st Oct. 00:30 to 02:30. Goutam Ghose's intriguing film Yatra which is about a train journey. In Hindi with English Subtitles, 2006.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

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.

Sun 26 Oct. St. Diogo's Association (UK) Guirim/Sangolda. Annual Social to celebrate the Feast of our Patron Saint Diogo at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Rd., Croydon. Starts with Holy Mass at 12.15 followed by a Social. For further details contact: Apolonia DeSouza: 020 8686 1876; Evan D'Souza: 020 8427 8569; Gilbert Fonseca 020 8670 1955.

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.

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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