Newsletter. Issue 2008-38. September. 18, 2008
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Red Chillies in the Diaspora. By Selma Carvalho
Selma Carvalho
17 Sep: Selma writes, "when my grandmother married my grandfather, she brought with her a curry recipe from the foothills of Ponda, which no one else in the family has since been able to replicate in its precise ratio of coconut cream to red chilly spice." This week, Selma, meets Godfrey Menezes and Jude Pinto of Konkan restaurant to discover how well red chillies have fared in the UK Goan diaspora. 499 words. Click here.
Konkan Restaurant Special Goan Voice Offer to end of Nov. 2008: Two Main Courses for the price of one.

Morel D'Souza: Ex-mayor with get up and Goa
12 Sep: Kent Messenger. Morel D'Souza was born in Nairobi… In 1965, he and four brothers and three sisters joined thousands from Kenya who made the journey to Britain that year with little more than the clothes they stood up in…after taking exams at evening classes, he went in to accountancy in London… Although his Goan roots are still very important, the desire to celebrate the multi cultural nature of Maidstone today drove him to launch the Maidstone Mela…1095 words. Click here.
For the GVUK Morel D’Souza supplement, click here.

Edwin Pinto: Sole Satisfaction. By Nicole Suares
12 Sep: Times of India. Shoe designer Edwin Pinto lets art and fashion mingle freely when he designs his dreamy footwear… He started off as a tailor and when he first told his parents, who came from a family of doctors, that he wanted to stitch clothes they freaked out…What drives him to experiment with new ideas? Edwin elucidates, “Perhaps, it was my early childhood days growing up in Africa. For the first 10 years, I didn’t go to school… For text, 688 words, click here.
Edwin Pinto, was born in Singida, Tanzania, the son of Dr Luino and Aurea Pinto and moved to Goa in 1968.

Keith Vaz and Shahrokh 'Sean' Mireskandari
12 Sep: Daily Mail (UK). The Rt Hon Keith Vaz MP, chairman of the House of Commons home affairs select committee is facing new questions on his judgement about his links to Mireskandari who is alleged to be a crook. 2531 words. Click here.

Keith Vaz under pressure over letter
14 Sep: The Observer (UK). Keith Vaz, chairman of the parliamentary home affairs select committee, is facing pressure to explain why he failed to declare an interest when intervening in an official investigation into the business dealings of a close friend. 545 words. Click here.

Toronto: Lewie Gonsalves: Voluntourism catching on
13 Sep: Guelph Mercury …a growing number of tourists are giving back to the countries they visit, said Lewie Gonsalves, president of Toronto-based exotic tour operator Worldwide Adventures. "People want to be more than just camera-carrying tourists who take pictures and go home," Gonsalves said… Click here.
Lewie Gonsalves is the son of Ben (ex-Dar es Salaam) and Grace (nee Colaco, ex-Zanzibar). He lived in the Defence Colony, Porvorim, Goa. He started his company in Australia and moved to Canada 20 years ago. Click here.

Mississauga: Freida Pinto: Toronto Film Festival Award
14 Sep: Globe & Mail. Freida Pinto, 23, who co-starred in Slumdog Millionaire and who has relatives [Aunt and cousins] in Mississauga, Ont., was on hand to accept the audience award… Click here.
For a video clip of Freida accepting the award and revealing that she finally received her visa to Canada four hours before the flight departed. Click here.
Slumdog Millionaire is the closing film at the London Film Festival, 30 Oct. 2008. Tickets £25 each. Click here.
For a trailer of the film, click here.

Mumbai: Bishop Agnelo Gracias Presents Excellence Awards
15 Sep: DaijiWorld. The Christian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) meeting was held on September 13, at Hotel Kohinoor Continental. Bishop Agnelo Gracias was the guest of honour, who presented the excellence awards … For photographs and text click here.
Bishop Agnelo Gracias is ex-Mombasa; brother of Zita Fernandes (London), Zelia Pereira (Lisbon) and Flavio Gracias (President, Goan Association, UK).

UK: Mary Fernandes 'too old' to be told how husband drowned
16 Sep. Enfield Independent. …Mary Fernandes, 62, said she was not given the details of Enfield council’s investigation into the death until 11 months after the incident in Southbury Leisure Centre pool on September 12, 2007… She commemorated the one-year anniversary of his death with a mass and family gathering at her home in Alexandra Road, Ponders End… A report into the death says that 78-year-old Wenceslaus Fernandes went to an over-50s swimming session, got into difficulties and could not be revived… Hornsey Coroners Court say it has only received part of the information and cannot set a date for an inquest until it has received it all…406 words. Click here.

Lloyd Rayney sues for defamation over police comments
17 Sep: Prominent Perth barrister Lloyd Rayney is suing the West Australian Government after police named him as the prime suspect in his wife's murder… his lawyer says that strangers take his mail out of the letterbox and write the word `killer' on it and put it back in his letter box… his children are teased, he has been taunted and treated as he goes in the street and his everyday business… 489 words. Click here.

UK: Karen Michelle Pinto: The sound of success
17 Sep: The St Helens Reporter (Merseyside, UK). A talented musician attained a grade seven in the violin – the day after she scored straight A*s in her GCSEs. Karen Michelle Pinto, 16, excelled in all nine subjects, while finding the time to play the piano and violin to such a high standard… Her proud mum, Maria Pinto, is a consultant pathologist at Whiston Hospital… 314 words. [Alert by Lorna D’Silva]. Click here.

Football: Bahrain: Goans for Doha clash
17 Sep. Gulf Daily News (Bahrain). The Bahrain Goans will field a team in the Gulf Goans Soccer Tournament to be held in Doha beginning on October 3. The tournament is being organised by the Goan Welfare Association in Qatar, and teams from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Bahrain, and the host country are expected to take part. 177 words. Click here.

Toronto: Cassandra Fernandes: Muted voices deserve to be heard
18 Sep: Toronto Star. Toronto City Councillor Pam McConnell is leading a charge to attract young women to municipal politics. Cassandra Fernandes, the city staffer working on the day-to-day creation of the campaign, said candidates were chosen unseen, without face-to-face interviews. There was some apprehension about whether they'd deliver a diverse group. She needn't have worried… Click here.
Cassandra Fernandes is staff lead, Consultant, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, 416-392-3834. She presented a Roundtable Discussion of Labour Force Integration and Respect for Diversity within the Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination. For a report of that click here.


18 Sep: Melbourne, Aus. RODNEY AUGUSTINE LOBO ( Born 1959, Nairobi). Husband of Sandra. Father of Bianca & Gregory. Son of Paul & Sarah Lobo. Brother of Gavin/Tanya Lobo, Mertle/Christo Desa. Son in law of Joaquim & Lily Lisboa.
Brother in law of: late Derrick/Michelle Lisboa; Christine/Dominic Gomes; Mark and Brian Lisboa. Cremation and funeral on Saturday, 20/09/08 in Melbourne, Australia. Condolences to

17 Sep: Mumbai. ELSIE DIAS. Wife of late Michael. Mother of Sr Celine Marie, Aston/Carmen, Adrigh/Marie Carmen (Spain), Faye/Ivan (Malawi), Freeda/Percy (Texas), Franzina/Lenny. Funeral on Fri. 19 Sep.

16 Sep: Nairobi, Kenya. HIPOLITO CORDEIRO. Beloved husband to Melba (ex teacher at Parklands and Oshwal Jain Primary School). Father to Arnold, Albert/Farida, late Arthur, Anthony/Elaine, Arlene/Reuben, Arlet/Noel. Loving Grandpa to Vanessa, Alexandra Kinzah, Raymond, Liam, Nicholas, Aidan, Catherine, Amanda and Adrianna. Brother to Carry, Bridget Correia, late Anacleto. Funeral service at St Francis Xavier Church Parklands on Friday Sep 19 at 12.30 followed by a cremation at Hindu Crematorium, Kariokor. No flowers please. Condolences to

13 Sep: Siolim, Goa. PETRONILA ISABELLA (BELLA) PEREIRA. Wife of late Diago Joao. Mother of Santan/Alda (UK), Virginia/Lucas, Joseph/Noemi, Margaret/Cajie (Sharjah), Sera/late Lawrence and Tony.

13 Sep: Tivim, Goa. CAPT ALOYSIUS STANISLAUS GOMES (ex Indian Airlines). Husband of late Olivia. Father of Jennifer-Jane, Henrika/Stanley and Cheryl-Anne/Gregory (California).

12 Sep: Majorda, Goa. ANGELICA SOUSA E VALLADARES. Wife of late Jovino. Mother of Umbelina/Francis, Tecla/late Salvador, Fr Amandio (Aldona), Luiza/late Felix (Australia), Hermete/Annabel (Australia), Mariano.Flora.

10 Sep. London, UK. SOPHIA FERNANDES (ex-Nairobi, Kenya), Wife of Late Raymond Fernandes (US Embassy, Nairobi). Sister of Ida Moraes, (London, UK). Mother of Hilary (USA), Maria/Anto D’Souza (Australia), Anthony/Apolonia, Elizabeth/Rosario Remedios (London, UK), Greg/Yvonne (Canada), Ronald/Loraine, Bernadette (London, UK). Condolences to

7 Sep: Sutton, Surrey. MARGARIDA CLARA D'ALMEIDA (Ex Nairobi). Wife of late Nolasco D'Almeida. Beloved mother/mother-in-law of Cedric & Merlyn. Grandmother of Marietta & Miranda. Funeral service at 11.00am, on Friday 19 September 2008 at St Gregory’s Church, 306 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield. London SW18 4EH. Burial at Putney Vale Cemetery followed by reception at St Gregory’s Church Hall. Condolences to

6 Sep: Verem, Goa. PETER SANTANA COELHO. Brother of late Mariquinha/late Souza, late Abilene/late J.B.Gonsalves (USA), Joseph/late Opurtuna Coelho (Canada), Severina/late Manuel Mendes, Sabina/late Micheal Rodrigues & Josephine/Manuel Coelho (U.K).

28 Aug: Downey, California. MARY A. RUSSELL (born Maria Agusta Delfina D’Mello in Kisumu, Kenya, 1911). Daughter of Francisco and Eugenia Barreto D’Mello. Wife of late Lactancio Francisco Fernandes. Mother of Maria, Raymond and Ruby. Services in her honor will be held Tuesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Downey at 11 a.m. For an obituary, 231 words, select the link below. Click here.

1 Aug. Downey, California. RUBY HILDA BIRD (born 1930, Nakuru, Kenya). Daughter of Lactancio Francisco Fernandes and Maria Augusta D’Mello Fernandes. Wife of Sydney Bird. Mother of Gary. She signed up as a Wren in the British Navy at age 17 during World War II … Services in her honor will be held Tuesday at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Downey at 11 a.m. For an obituary, 184 words, click here.


VFS Global: Visas With Tears
12 Sep: Daily Trust (Abuja, Nigeria)…in spite of the out-sourcing of consular duty to an Indian firm, VFS Global Services by the British Embassy, Nigerians, irrespective of status, still go through harrowing experiences to get a visa to travel to Britain. Prospective travelers still have to wait in endless queues for travel documents and are treated with undisguised contempt… Click here.
VFS Global also handles UK visa applications to India.

Why Goa's jungle is a shade better
13 Sep: The Guardian (UK). By Gemma Bowes. Away from the hurly-burly of the coastal resorts, a new clutch of inland boutique retreats are keeping Goa's original bohemian spirit alive… 1059 words. Click here.

‘Each shack should be permitted 20 deck beds’
14 Sep: Times of India. The Shack Owners’ Welfare Society of Goa has decided to request the government to allow 20 deck beds per shack, at least for the next season… the government allowed five deck beds per shack last year, 10 deck beds per shack will be permitted this year. 308 words. Click here.

Busy season ahead for Dabolim airport
15 Sep: Times of India. If charter arrivals be the yardstick, this tourist season promises to be bustling, despite doomsday prophecies because of a global economic slowdown…Predicting a busy season, airport director Paul Manickam confirmed that for the moment over 800 charter flights are scheduled for a Goa landing… expected are charters from UK, Russia, France, Israel, Belgium, West Asia and, for the first time, Portugal…Last year, 763 charter flights landed in the season… 460 words. Click here.

Candolim and Calangute to rid beaches of hawkers and beggars
16 Sep: Times of India. Stung by criticism regarding Lamanis and beggars invading Goan beaches during the peak tourist season, the Candolim and Calangute panchayats are bracing up to rid beaches of this menace in the upcoming tourist season. 483 words. Click here.

Incredible India braces for a lean ‘busy’ season
17 Sep: Economic Times. The recent bomb blasts in New Delhi are set to have a significant impact on travel… The European Union countries and the US are expected to issue Travel Advisories in a day or two - travel insurance is not covered once an advisory is issued. Also charters to Goa are getting delayed in the wake of American recession and now the blasts says Thomas Cook… To make it worse, India is becoming a high-tariff destination, keeping many foreign tourists at bay… 294 words. Click here.

Dabolim airport can be a traveller’s nightmare
17 Sep: Times of India. In the air planes go round in circles waiting for a vacant runway to land on and taxi to their bays. On land taxis and private vehicles fight for limited parking space. That’s the situation at Dabolim airport, India’s seventh busiest international airport, located in the world’s third most preferred tourist destination… erratic power supply…there are just two toilets each for ladies and gents in the international departure section… 737 words. Click here.

Indian property takes its toll
17 Sep: Property wire (UK). Less than a year ago India's property market was one of the most exciting in the world… A number of non Indian UK property investors are being given dubious advice…the local state government is clamping down…The ownership of some property is now in doubt… it is hoped that there will be more transparency and reform in the real estate sectors in India…1666 words. Click here.

Realty summit to focus on planned urban development
17 Sep: India PR Wire. About 300 delegates from India and abroad have descended on Goa to draw up a blueprint for planned urban development and healthy growth of realty sector in the country…To be unveiled by Goa chief minister Digambar Kamat, the event will showcase about 1,000 commercial and retail spaces for prospective investors, customers and other stakeholders. 691 words. Click here.

Goa faces bleak future on tourism front
18 Sep: Economic Times. …There is a decline of 20-25% in the number of tourists … Unlike the 700-odd charters that were booked last year, only 500 have been confirmed so far. Hotel bookings have shrunk this time with 60% room occupancy; a sharp drop from the 90% seen till 2002… An average two-week holiday costs $1400 in Goa, $650 in Thailand and $500 in Egypt... 595 words. Click here.

Terror attacks delay Goa’s chartered flight season
18 Sep: PTI. …The first chartered flight which was supposed to land Moscow on Sep 27 has cancelled its trip … in October there are 14 landings expected but many of them are not confirmed… out of 800 slots booked at Dabolim airport this season, 500-odd are confirmed. 243 words. Click here.


Celina Jaitley: Goa house robbed
11 Sep: Eastern Eye (UK). Celina Jaitley the actress has had contents from her house in Goa robbed. She says, “My 150 year-old house in Moira village called Casa de Francis Celina was robbed and my security guards and workers have been missing since then. A report has been lodged with the police.” Click here.

Cheeky Security Man.
A security man at Heathrow airport got a little too personal in his questions to Celina Jaitley… he saw the many bottles and creams of cosmetics and asked her where she applies all those creams… Celina lodged a complaint and the man was removed from the counter. Click here.

Education minister of Goa is a 'dropout'
12 Sep: Deccan Herald. By Devika Sequeira. Goa’s Education Minister Babush Monserrate finds himself in an embarrassing predicament after an activist lawyer Aires Rodrigues on behalf of local NGO debunked his claim of having passed the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) from Mumbai…The minister said the claim was an attempt to stop him from proving what a good education minister he could be. He said he is prepared to face an enquiry. 270 words. Click here.

Experts to help chart Goa’s future
12 Sep: Times of India. The government has constituted a new ‘Professional Advisory Group’ to work on a vision of Goa as a First World State in the next five years. The 15-member Professional Advisory Group (PAG) includes Naseer Munjee, chief secretary J P Singh, architect Charles Correa, planner Edgar Ribeiro, Prof Om Mathur and other professionals… 471 words. Click here.

Book Review: Once Upon a Time in Aparanta
12 Sep: India Today: Sudeep Chakravarti had the courage to follow his dream. Once Upon a Time in Aparanta is the result. Aparanta, the Land at the Horizon, is Goa, and Chakravarti's book-a tale of two cousins-is a requiem for a paradise lost and an impassioned plea for it to be regained… 400 words. Click here.
The book is published by Penguin. Price: Rs 250, Pages: 220.
For more reviews of the book, click here.

Recipe: Stuffed Crabs. By Melinda Pereira Kamat
13 Sep: Times of India. Melinda Pereira Kamat discovers that the detailed procedure involved in preparing stuffed crabs seems to pale in comparison to the moment the delicious meat touches one’s tastebuds… Click here.

Goa: Detectives comb streets for cheating spouses
13 Sep: Times of India. By Joaquim Fernandes. The private eye is snooping around the streets of Goa, peeping through keyholes, listening at corners and looking to trap an unfaithful spouse… Some of the agencies in Goa are Cobra Detectives, Constant Security Services and Alert Security and Allied Services… 380 words. Click here.

Dr Yadav Death: Dad plans to move court
14 Sep. Times of India. With the Goa police refusing to lodge a first information report (FIR) even a month after the body of 26-year-old army doctor Manu Yadav was found hanging in the bathroom of his official residence in Altinho, his father is now planning to approach the Court for justice…451 words. Click here.

Book Review: Vivencias Partilhadas or Lives Shared
14 Sep: Herald. By Dr. Helga do Rosario Gomes. ‘Vivências Partilhadas’ (Lives Shared) is a compilation of finely crafted short stories by the late Profa. Maria Elsa da Rocha. The book is published by Oscar Jose Noronha for Third Millennium, Goa (148 pp., Rs. 250, ISBN 81-903648-6-3). 778 words. Click here.

Goa to host 36th National Games in 2011
15 Sep: PTI. The Goa Chief Minister and President of Indian Olympic Association have signed a contract awarding hosting right of 36th National Games in 2011 to the coastal state… Rs 500 crore funds have been sanctioned by the Central Government. 36o words. Click here.

Editorial: Konkani or English, parents should decide
15 Sep: Herald. The medium of instruction at the primary level of education in Goa has been a matter of debate for quite a long time. It’s been seventeen long years and the issue still haunts parents and students alike. 645 words. Click here.

‘Goa for Goans’ demands scrapping of ration cards
16 Sep: Herald. A new organization formed under the banner of “Goa for Goans” to protect Goan identity and culture have demanded scrapping of ration card system and deletion of migrants from the electoral rolls. 397 words. Click here.

Residents' Sheer Love for Angling
16 Sep: Navhind Times. Some things are quintessentially Goan. For instance, the Goan’s love for fishing. Despite rapid strides into urbanisation, residents continue to be enamoured of traditional past-time, fishing; a sport that soothes even as it excites. Click here.

Delhi cops to train Goa cops to fight terror
16 Sep: Times of India. The Goa government has decided to strengthen the anti-terrorism Special Branch of the police in the state to meet any threat. 319 words. Click here.

Tension grips Benaulim village
17 Sep: PTI (Press Trust Of India). Tension gripped South Goa's coastal village Benaulim after a mob opposing a mega housing project in the village attacked the houses of head-woman and other panchayat members over the arrest of their two leaders… Sensing trouble, police released both the leaders and increased security of the area. 192 words. Click here.

Weekly Update
18 Sep: Times of India – Goa edition. Weather: Max = 30.0; Min = 22.6. Humidity 90% to 96%
Exchange rates £= 82.80 ; $ = 46.34; Euro = 65.84


UK: Getting into publishing day
9 Sep: Penguin. Getting into Publishing is Penguin Group’s annual open day for students and graduates, particularly those from ethnic minority backgrounds with an interest in Publishing, to learn more about opportunities at Penguin and in publishing. Thursday 20th November 2008; 10am - 2pm. Location: 80 Strand, London, WC2R 0RL. To attend: Please send a CV to by 31st October 2008. Click here.

Video: Bollywood acting class hits UK
11 Sep: BBC. The UK's first official Bollywood acting school has opened in Ealing, London. Bollywood actor and star of 'Bend it Like Beckham' Anupam Kher, has been introducing new pupils to Bollywood culture, and explaining what it takes to become an actor. 2m. 11s. Click here.

‘India should ban UK doctors’
11 Sep: Hindustan Times. Ban UK doctors in India. That’s how the country’s doctors have responded to the UK’s Migration Advisory Committee banning fresh recruitment of Indian doctors November onwards… 291 words. Click here.

Cyber Sutra: India's online eroticism
11 Sep: The Independent (UK). Now known for strict conservatism, India was the birthplace of erotica, famed for its sensual literature and carvings. Andrew Buncombe looks at a modern expression of an ancient urge. 1299 words. Click here.

Centre checkmates Casanova NRIs
13 Sep: Herald. In a concerted attempt to checkmate the Non-resident Indians (NRIs) and overseas Indians deserting their wives after marriage, the Centre has decided to enforce compulsory registration of their marriages and help women fight their cases in India and abroad…501 words. Click here.

Cupid’s cuisine
14 Sep: Times of India. Forget strawberries and chocolates, you can use almost anything from your kitchen cabinet to put the spark back into sex … 545 words. Click here.

East Indians: Message in a bottle
14 Sep: Daily News and Analysis. … Wilfred Pereira looks up from a pamphlet he has published on the history of the East Indians. “We are called East Indians. There is a story behind it,” he says … 1099 words. Click here.

Ohio: Rex D'Souza: Experience India
14 Sep: Zanesville Times Recorder. Visitors looking for a bargain price to visit the orient have the opportunity to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a foreign land without the hassle of leaving the country at the 10th annual India Festival at Veterans Memorial. Columbus, Ohio, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20… An international orchestra lead by Rex D'Souza will perform later in the evening. Rex was one of finalist of Fame Gurukul, a popular singing talent show on Indian TV … Click here.
For the Wikipedia profile of Rex click here.

India's Sidis, a forgotten diaspora of Africans
15 Sep. The East African. By WMJ van KESSEL. The history of the Sidis of India goes back many centuries. Indians with African features are known as Sidis or Habshis. Their ancestors are said to have been taken to India as slaves, domestic servants, concubines, palace guards and soldiers, or ventured there as sailors and free merchants. 1787 words. Click here.

Mumbai: Crowds keep September date with Bandra fair
15 Sep: Times of India. Despite the driving rain and niggling fears (the serial blasts in Delhi were all too fresh in people's minds), nothing could keep the crowds away. Click here.


Orissa Christians recount harrowing experiences
11 Sep: Catholic News Service (USA) …Church activists have confirmed that 28 Christians, most of them Catholics, have been killed by Hindu mobs … two dozen priests in Kandhamal parishes are on the run… The photo shows Cardinal Oswald Gracias listening to Father Edward Sequeira speak of being assaulted in Orissa. 675 words. Click here.

Violence against Christians increasing in India
12 Sep: Canadian Christianity. As rampant violence by Hindu extremists was escalating against Christians in India, the head of a major Indian ministry gave his assessment of the situation. 1054 words. Click here.

Orissa, the drama of the refugees
13 Sep:, Italy. By Nirmala Carvalho. Despite the reassurances by the government of Orissa, which calls the situation "under control", Hindu fundamentalist violence continues against Christians. 558 words. Click here.

Orissa: In the name of God
13 Sep: Tehelka. Vijay Simha examines the consequences of lessons taught by men of religion, among the desperately poor in Orissa. Text and photos. Click here.

Mayhem in Mangalore – 9 Churches attacked.
14 Sep: Photos. Click here.

Attacks on Christian Prayer Centres, Institutions around South Kanara
14 Sep: 23:30. DaijiWorld..... Photos + 2 video clips. Click here.
14 Sep: When it seemed as if things could not get worse, the police lathi charged and tear gassed the crowd that had gathered together to protest against the church attacks this morning. 1455 words + 100 photos. Click here.

Videos: Mangalore tense as cops, protestors clash
15 Sep: CNN-IBN. In Karnataka, Christian groups have called a bandh in Mangalore and Udupi and gathered at prayers halls in the bustling commercial centre to protest the attack on churches and prayer halls on Sunday. 2 video clips. Click here.

Mangalore: Churches under attack: Sangh Parivar has successfully done it!
15 Sep: Photos. Click here.

Mangalore: Bundh Total, Roads Blocked, Security Forces Keep Vigil.
15 Sep: 08.48. DaijiWorld. Photos + 6 video clips. Click here.
15 Sep: DaijiWorld. Mangalore: Black Sunday Leaves Behind Many Unanswered Questions… Video clips, photographs and text. 14 Sep: 23:30. DaijiWorld..... Photos + 2 video clips. Click here.

Video + text: Orissa: 20 feared dead as Hindu-Christian riots spread in India
16 Sep: CNN-IBN. Three weeks after an apparent misunderstanding sparked a confrontation, deadly Hindu-Christian riots continue unabated in the remote east Indian state of Orissa. Click here.

Video: Mangalore strife needs a healing touch soon
16 Sep: 23:52. Communally sensitive Mangalore which is seeing a divide between Hindus and Christians is a culturally diverse place. Click here.

Goa: Communal violence in Orissa and Mangalore condemned
17 Sep: Times of India. In one of the largest assemblies in recent times, over 7,000 people from all corners of the state converged on Azad Maidan, Panaji … they braved the fierce sun and later pouring rain to listen to the speakers … Among them was the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Rev Filipe Neri Ferrao, religious and political leaders who came to express their solidarity with the victims. Photos and text, 855 words. Click here.


Fiona MacKeown to file written reply to notice
12 Sep: Navhind Times. Ms Fiona Keeling, the mother of the British teen found dead on Anjuna beach who was served with a notice by the director of Women and Child Development, Mr S Gadkar asking her to appear personally before him on September 12, will be filing a written reply to the notice, informed sources. 327 words. Click here.

Fiona Mackeown given Sept. 18 deadline
13 Sep: UNI. The Goa Child and Women Development Department today gave the last opportunity to Fiona Mackeown, mother of slain British teenager Scarlett Keeling, to show cause as to why action should not be taken against her for violation of provisions of the Act. Ms Mackeown failed to appear before the Director of the Department, Sanjiv Gadkar, following which the matter was adjourned till September 18. Mr Gadkar noted that action will be taken against her in accordance with law if she failed to respond. Click here.

Petition against Fiona adjourned to Sep 29
16 Sep: Indian Law News. The High Court has adjourned hearing to September 29 on the petition filed by Utt Goenkara spokesperson Advocate Aires Rodrigues to investigate role of Ms Fiona Mackeown in the death of her minor daughter Scarlett Keeling. Public Prosecutor C A Ferreira informed the court that Advocate Rodrigues could file a formal complaint against Ms Fiona with the police to enable them act. 238 words. Click here.

Fiona refuses to return to India
16 Sep: Western Morning News (UK). Fiona MacKeown was served with a notice to appear before the Indian authorities last Friday. The notice required her to return to India to answer complaints that she had left Scarlett in unlawful custody… Mrs MacKeown said that her lawyer had said she faced arrest if she went to India…137 words. Click here.


Marshall Mendonca and Ancy D’Souza kept Goanet readers updated on the carnage left behind following the violence in Orissa. A troubling article voiced the concern of the Sikh community, who feel vulnerable and fear becoming the next victims of the Sangh Parivar’s thuggery. In the midst of Christian angst, one Laluram Salvi, on Goanet, provided rationalization often spouted by the right-wing fundamentalist groups. Reading these rationalizations, it becomes obvious that nefarious elements have been busy indoctrinating impressionable youth, with an ideology of victimhood and creating their own version of what constitutes India’s “national ethos”

If one thought the situation couldn’t possibly get worse, over the weekend, news arrived that Bajrang Dal activities had attacked churches in Mangalore. Bajrang Dal are the self-appointed custodians of Hinduism from the perceived onslaught of “conversions”. Respect for an individual’s right to practice the faith of his choice, is lost on them. The irony is, they attack the most vulnerable sections of society; the impoverished and the outcast who for centuries have largely been ignored, when not being persecuted on account of their caste status, by the very people who now seek to prevent the “corruption” of their souls. The Christians, one of the most peace loving communities in India, are ill-equipped to deal with the sort of organised mayhem orchestrated by these vile extremists. Soter D’Souza, a well-known activitist, wrote on Goanet, “What is most surprising is that hardly any Goan literary person or artist from among the liberal Hindu community of Goa has bothered to collectively bring together like-minded people of their community to voice concern over this madness. The convenient excuse that Hindus do not have a hierarchical and organised set up like the Catholic church is no excuse.”

Another interesting discussion ensuing on Goanet, is the role Hindu seafarers might have played in Goa’s maritime history. Despite restrictions placed on Brahmin Hindus from embarking on careers at sea, I find a record of a Nadkarni who sailed the seas in the early 1900. This topic led to the examination of origins of Goan surnames. Presumably, Nadkarni has been misinterpreted, by breaking up the word into “nad” meaning “bad” and “karni”, meaning “deeds”, hence interpreted as the “doer of misdeeds”. But this is a distortion of the etymology of this surname whose roots lie in its historical significance. Follow the discussion to find out where exactly the origins of this illustrious surname lie.

*Cornel DaCosta is on vacation.

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By Lira Fernandes

FILM: The Guru. ITV1
Sat 20th Sep. 22:15 to 23:15. A young Indian dance instructor who heads for New York and ends up cast in a porn movie.

TRAVEL: Goa and Maldives Holidays. Sky Real Lives
Sun. 21st Sep. 09:00 to 09:30. Treat yourself to a holiday of a lifetime to the sun drenched shores of Goa and the Maldives.

TRAVEL: Maldives and Goa. Thomson TV
Sun 21st Sep. 14:00 to 14:30. Join us as we explore the paradise islands of the Maldives and the varied landscapes and traditions of Goa. The prices are also just as amazing.

FILM: Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara. Channel 4
Mon 22nd Sep. 01:00 to 03:00. A college lecturer is forced to retire when he begins to show signs of dementia.

ARTS: Freedom's Daughter. BBC 7
Mon. 22nd to Fri. 26th Sep. 13:15 to 13:30 daily. The touching correspondence between the young Indira Gandhi and her father Nehru. Read by Nina Wadia and Paul Bhattacharjee. In 5 parts.

DOCUMENTARY: Ross Kemp: A Kenya Special. Sky1
Mon. 22nd Sep. 21:00 to 22:30. In a gripping special Ross visits Kenya to investigate the Mungiki, said to be Africa's most deadly organisation.

FILM: Ae Fond Kiss. BBC 1
Mon. 22nd Sep. 23:20 to 01:00. Drama set in Glasgow about a young Muslim man and an Irish Catholic woman who encounter strong opposition after beginning an affair. Dir. By Ken Loach.

FILM: Saaransh. Channel 4
Thu 25th Sep. 01:00 to 03:30. Drama.


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

Sat. 27 Sep. SE Goans Belgium day trip. Shopping, seaside, site seeing. Contact Sharon Pinto 01322400732

Sun. 28 Sep: Mapuca Feast at Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey. Begins with Holy Mass at 12.30 p.m. Musical entertainment provided by Maz & Co. Tickets: Members: £11.00. Guests: £13.00. Children (under 12 years): £5.00. Dress Code: Jacket and Tie essential. For tickets and further information contact: Eusebio Pinto (Mobile) 07941 354756 or 020 8304 9089 (after 7 p.m.) or Freddie DeSouza (Mobile) 07956 649633.

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.


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