Newsletter. Issue 2008-39. September. 25, 2008
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Selma Carvalho: An Early Tarvotti Life.
16 Sep: GoaNet. Selma writes, “I have a theory that if you separate the Goan from the Sea, he’ll wither away. All of our history ebbs and flows with that vast, undulating expanse of blue water. One does not look at the sea with tired eyes but always with hope and anticipation.” She goes to London’s Docklands, trying to trace the invisible footprints of a Santan Costa, who set sail in 1914, onboard the Wartern and docked at London Port. A tale of early tarvotti life onboard British ships, involving discriminatory wages, makeshift altars onboard and untimely deaths. 1119 words. Click here.

Savio Carvalho: Challenges remain in northern Uganda
17 Sep: Daily Monitor (Uganda). A new Oxfam report on Northern Uganda raises concerns about its future…Mr Savio Carvalho, Oxfam’s Country Director in Uganda said that the international community needs to assist the people … For full text click here.
For a video clip of a report by him click here.
Savio Carvalho traces his Goan roots to Ucassaim. He attended St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and UCL, London. He has been with Oxfam since 1997. For a profile of him click here.

Scotland: Philomena de Lima: New Director of UHI PolicyWeb
18 Sep: The Times Higher Education Supplement (UK). Sociologist Philomena de Lima has been appointed the new director of the Inverness-based research centre UHI PolicyWeb. The centre focuses on public policy in rural and remote areas. Ms de Lima, a senior researcher at UHI since 2004, is an associate director for the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships at the University of Edinburgh….
Philomena de Lima is the daughter of Nelly and the late Victor of Entebbe and she has two sons. For links to more information about her click here.

Canada: Goan community featured in artist’s new project
18 Sep: South Asian Post, Canada. Sharmila Samant was in Canada to undertake research with the Goan communities in Toronto, Mississauga and Vancouver for a project titled Kathajaal: A Web of Stories. An exhibition at Centre A showcases seven works by Samant. It will continue through Oct. 18…240 words. Click here.

Scotland: Bosco Santimano: Heart patients given culinary aid
19 Sep: BBC. Cardiac patients at the Astley Ainslie Hospital in Edinburgh will be urged to choose a healthy diet and ingredients to prevent future health problems. Chef Bosco Santimano, from Peebles, will be passing on expert advice during the informal 90-minute lessons… The 39-year-old runs Peebles-based You Can Cook… [Alert by Albano Fernandes, London]. 357 words. Click here.
For another article in the Peeblesshire News of 19 Sep. click here.
For further information on You Can Cook log on to or email

Rayney granted access to police documents
19 Sep: West Australian. Prominent Perth lawyer Lloyd Rayney has been granted access to selected police documents relating to a charge he faces for allegedly phone tapping his wife Corryn, who was later found dead… Judge Macknay renewed Rayney’s bail conditions until his next court appearance on October 31 when a trial date may be set. 239 words. Click here.

Montreal; Cheryl Braganza: When women's cause transcends gender
19 Sep: Montreal Gazette. Cheryl Braganza is the Keynote speaker at the McGill's South Asian Women's Association dinner tonight. She is a native of Mumbai who has lived in Montreal for 40 years. Braganza is an accomplished pianist and artist whose work is on posters publicizing tonight's event… Braganza was a perfect fit because the group has decided to raise awareness of South Asian women through art. 663 words. Click here.
For a profile and sample of Braganza’s works click here.

Keith Vaz faces sleaze inquiry
20 Sep: Daily Mail (UK). Keith Vaz, chairman of the influential home affairs select committee, urged the High Court to delay proceedings involving a friend from whom he and his family had received lavish hospitality. 3381 words + Comments + Photos. Click here.

Keith Vaz urged to quit key Commons job
21 Sep: The Observer (UK). Keith Vaz, the influential Labour MP, is facing pressure to step down as chairman of the home affairs select committee following claims that he wrongly intervened in a court case on behalf of a firm run by a close associate… 794 words. Click here.

Keith Vaz will ask sleaze watchdog to investigate his own conduct
22 Sep: The Telegraph (UK). Keith Vaz, the Labour MP facing allegations of interfering in a court case, will ask for a formal parliamentary sleaze investigation into his own conduct. 499 words. Click here.

Toronto: Darius D'Souza: cricket ambassador
25 Sep: Globe and Mail (Canada). …The "Mayor's XI" cricket team were honoured for a triumphant run at an event this summer in England, the sport's birthplace…. The team had six wins and one draw Mayor David Miller presented a city plaque to team captain Darius D'Souza, 18… Mr. D'Souza is a top-flight amateur player from Mississauga… Click here.


23 Sep: Auckland, New Zealand. FRANKLIN CORREA. Husband of late Alzira. Father of Loy/Thelma, Savio/Ninette, Lisa/Helgi. Funeral Friday 26 Sep. in Auckland.

22 Sep: Mississauga,Toronto. ANTHONY (TONY) MANUEL NAZARETH (ex-Mombasa). Husband of Myrna (nee Abreu). Father of Melanie. Brother of Michael, Dora, Irene and Alina. Condolence messages can be sent to: In lieu of flowers, mass offerings or donations to Don Bosco. For visitation (25/9) and funeral (26/9) arrangements click here.

21 Sep: Altinho/Saligao, Goa. LIGIA COLACO E FERNANDES. Wife of late Salvador. Mother of Doris/Joaquim Vaz (London), Francisco, Hazel/Niels Mascarenhas.

21 Sep: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. STEPHEN MARIANO FURTADO. Husband of late Alexandrina. Beloved father of Fr. Aloysius, Peter/late Iowa, Joe/Flavia, Dennis and Freddy/Annette. Funeral Mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral on Friday 26 Sep.

20 Sep: Goa Velha. AGNELO FRANCISCO FERNANDES. Loving husband of Rosaria. Loving father/father-in-law of Cassiano/Jennifer, Macklina/Nazareth, Kleasy. Loving brother-in-law of Perpetua/Graciano, Luiza Maria/Antonio, Salu Francis/Anna Maria, Reginaldo/Maria, Fr Andrew (Society of Pilar), Loving Grandfather of Maniza and Nashwin.

19 Sep: Vancouver, Canada. TOME JOSE MIRANDA (born 1931, ex Saligao, Bombay, Mombasa and Ontario). Beloved husband since 1966 of Cynthia (nee Azavedo). Father of Charmaine, Trevor and Terence. ‘DearPa’ to his grandchildren: Nyah, Sophie, Kyan, Alexa and Yvonne. A celebration of his life will be held at St. Francis Xavier Church in Mill Bay on Mon. Sept. 22 at 3 pm. Condolences to
Tom was a teacher, in Mombasa: Goan High School (1958-1964); MIOME (1964-1969) and in Simcoe, Ontario

19 Sep; Calata, Majorda, Goa. REV FR ANTONIO JERVIS GRACIAS PEREIRA. Son of late Jose Rogaciano Gracias Pereira and late Maria Josefina Rodrigues. Brother of Thomas/Tereza, late Rev Dr Nicholau, late Francisco/Maura.

19 Sep: Colva, Goa. AVITO PROTO CARVALHO. (Ex–Portugal). Beloved husband of Maria Lia Rodrigues. Brother of late Anna Maria/late Francis Baretto, late Rosarinho Carvalho/Valencia, late Filomeno Carvalho/Maria, Alice Carvalho.

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: Laguna, California. GERSON E. COELHO. Beloved husband of Thelma (Nee Campos). Loving father/father-in-law of Keith/Janette Boyle, Evelyn/Dr. Peter Da Silva. Dear grandfather of Elliott, Phillip, Lauren and Alexa. Funeral on 20 Sep.

17 Sep: Houston, Texas. FRANCIS (FRANK) ALPHONSO. (Born in Calangute, Goa; Formerly of Taylor Instruments, Toronto; ABB, Toronto and US. Husband of Iona Father of Neil and Carey (Casey) Pile. Brother of Alick (Maria) Alphonso, Kathleen (Wayne) MacLeod, Daphne (Rico) D'Costa, Wency (Geoffrey) Keast. For more details click here.

16 Sep: London, UK. EDWIN (EDDIE) CARVALHO (Born 1934). Loving and loved husband of Lily. Father of Deborah, Audrey and Terence. Brother of Peter and Ruby. Father-in-law of Mario, Radha, Joanita. Granddad of Dahlin / Declan / Jonathan / Jordanne/ Keegan & Kaelyn. Funeral on 25 Sep at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Kent.

15 Sep: Benaulim, Goa. AVELINA (AVY) REBELLO. Wife of late Lucas. Mother of Angelo/Gracy (Kuwait), Jerson/Alina (Bahrain), Blossom/late Tony Alphonso, Aggy/Lucita (Kuwait). Grandmother of Maple/Leo (Bahrain), Zeus, Venus (Australia), Zelia, Lovella, Rhys (Kuwait). Great grandmother of Leroy.

4 Sep: Calgary, Alberta, Canada. ASTOR TILAK PINTO (formerly Nairobi and Mombasa). Beloved son of the late Antionio Theofilio "AT" and Sylvia Pinto (Nairobi, Kenya). Younger brother of Ashley (Kim). Uncle of Jozanne (Peter) Pricca, Jacqueline, Kenya-Jade. Grand uncle of Sienna Pricca (all of Calgary Canada). His soul now rests in eternal peace. Condolences to


Tourism evolving as mainstay of Goa's economy
18 Sep: UNI: Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat has said the tourism industry is evolving as the mainstay of Goa's economy, surpassing mining. Click here.

Financial crisis to affect inbound tourism
19 Sep: Business Line. The New Year and Christmas fervour in Goa and other foreign tourist destinations in India are likely to dampen this year…Travel industry experts say the inbound tourism in India will slump by 20-30 per cent in 2008 compared to last year… 429 words. Click here.

Medical tourism may take a hit
19 Sep: Times of India. Hospitals in Goa engaged in medical tourism foresee a 50% fall in arrival of foreigners this season…There’s been a steep decline in bookings by foreign patients at the Apollo Victor hospital, from 200 last year to 20 this year due to Goa’s image sliding from bad to worse… 292 words. Click here.

Canada, Australia travel advisories blacklist India
19 Sep: Herald. The governments of Australia and Canada have issued travel advisories asking their citizens to avoid travel to India… Goa annually gets around 3000 Canadian tourists and around 6000 Australian tourists… once a government advisory is issued the citizens are not entitled for travel insurance… 511 words. Click here.

Officials calm even as malaria, dengue spread
19 Sep: Times of India. Malaria deaths have equalled last year’s statistics and could rise further as on an average, 200 persons are detected with falciparum every month. However, Dr Deepak Kabadi, deputy director of health says, “These are just sporadic cases. Most persons detected with malaria or dengue are migrants, while malaria among locals is low.” 608 words. Click here.

Goa beaches get facelift on cleanliness drive
20 Sep: PTI. Intending to spread awareness among people about litter-free beaches, Indian Coast Guard's Goa region organised a massive beach cleanliness drive on Saturday. 187 words. Click here.

Russian charter flight deferred to November
20 Sep: Times of India. The first charter for this season, Minar from Moscow, scheduled to land on September 28 has been postponed for November…It could be for differing reasons such as high hotel tariffs … there has been a 20-30% rise in room tariffs in Goa…Rising fuel prices …the air ticket that cost $800 just a few months ago, now costs double… 328 words. Click here.

Sunburn Festival, Goa, 28-30 Dec. Candolim
20 Sep. Music News (UK). Sunburn is the new three day festival held at Candolim Beach, Goa; a cosmopolitan meeting place of international cultures…This is the second year of the event originally headlined in 07 …Of all the festivals around the world none can claim to be as exotic as this…Goa is the place to rediscover modern rave culture in a free-spirited and untainted environment…278 words. Click here.
For the Sunburn Festival website click here.

Cops on Anjuna cleansing drive
21 Sep: Times of India. Wild, drug-powered parties on the beach with loud music blaring through the night in Anjuna, marked on the world tourist map as the hippie haven in the sixties and seventies, may be a thing of the past this season… 253 words. Click here.

Bizarre Foods: 2 Video clips
21 Sep: The Star-Ledger (New Jersey). "Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern" (Tuesday, 23 Sep. 2008. 10 p.m., Travel Channel). The intrepid eater travels to Goa, a state in India influenced by Portuguese, Arabic and native cultures. Eating year-old, unrefrigerated fish, he says, "Wow! That stuff is foul!" For an unrestricted video clip (2m. 03s.) of the fish segment click here.
For a trailer of the programme Click here.

Travel: The big story: Goa
21 Sep: The Sunday Times (South Africa). Goa is a paradise accessible to one and all, regardless of age, shape, colour, size or species. Hippies came in the ’60s and refugees from the real world have fled here ever since… “Come to Goa! Change your mind! Change your way!” Photos + 2072 words. Click here.

Mumbai cops raid Anjuna drug dealer
21 Sep: Times of India. Officials of the Mumbai and Anjuna police raided the house of an alleged drug dealer, Dudu on Saturday night. The Israeli, who has been living in Anjuna since the late 90s, has been taken into custody for interrogation. His name figures in the list of 248 drug peddlers operating in Goa released by the National Narcotics Control Board in 2005… Click here.

Rains delay tourist season in Goa
23 Sep: Economic Times. Goa tourism department is worried over continuing rain in the coastal state which has further delayed the tourist season here. 199 words. Click here.

Mumbai Doctors head to Goa for sun, sand and surgeries
23 Sep: Hindustan Times. Some Mumbai doctors heads to Goa at weekends attracted by the foreign tourists and NRIs who combine vacations with medical treatment…Nicholas Antao, orthopedic surgeon at Holy Family hospital, Mumbai also conducts surgeries in a Goa hospital… 275 words. Click here.

Goa the land of sun, sand and surgeries
23 Dec: NDTV. Sun, sea and surgeries - medical tourism has been steadily adding to international tourist arrivals in the holiday state Goa for close to five years now. Recent trends indicate that the number of foreigners and NRIs looking for a nose job or thinner thighs has almost doubled in the last two years… 322 words. Click here.

Goa: 15% drop in foreign arrivals anticipated
23 Sep: Navhind Times. The upcoming tourism season may not augur well with at least 15 percent drop projected … there is about 25 per cent decline in the arrival of charter flights and tourists from Scandinavian countries and United Kingdom … the on-line visa issuance system was proving to be cumbersome … 419 words. Click here.

Show cause to firm for having foreigner as assistant director
24 Sep: Herald. A show cause notice has been served to a company for incorporating a foreigner as an assistant director to buy a property. The British national is alleged to have fraudulently misrepresented his nationality and set up a real estate company in partnership with two Goan entrepreneurs to construct a big residential complex… 358 words. Click here.

Shack owners want timings extended
24 Sep: Times of India. The Shack Owners’ Welfare Society (SOWS)-Goa has submitted a memorandum to the tourism minister asking for shack timings to be extended till midnight. They also suggested that soft and relaxing music should be allowed to be played at decibels not audible beyond the shack… 476 words. Click here.

Drunken tourists to be sent back
25 Sep: Times of India. The immigration department of the Goa police has claimed that many passengers, particularly from Russia, arrived under heavy influence of alcohol and create a nuisance in the arrival bay. Immigration reserves the right to send them back … Click here.

Expect drop in foreign arrivals only
25 Sep: Herald. Will they or won’t they come in the same numbers as before. Or, will they simply arrive later than usual. Herald attempted to find out the ground facts about the arrival of the foreign charters after media reports said at least one charter was postponed… 416 words. Click here.

Hotels offer 20% rebate to foreign tourists
25 Sep: Times of India. Twenty per cent discounts by starred and large hotels, and last year’s rates by small and medium hotels are carrots dangled before foreign tourists by the Goa tourism industry for the coming season…260 words. Click here.

Travel: Feature article: Goa Grows Up
Oct 2008. Condé Nast Traveler. By Shoba Narayan. Once a hippie haven where even India's tightly chaperoned teens could turn on, tune in, and drop out, Goa has lately gone upscale. Shoba Narayan returns to a scene from her youth and finds that Goa (like the author herself) has only gotten better with age … [link by Frederick Noronha via GoaNet]. Click here.


UK: Win a trip to India
23 Sep: Express & Star. …Flights are with Jet Airways and departs out of Heathrow Airport on December 16 and returning back on December 24, 2008…. Click here.


Goa: Property Records
Survey Maps of Property Goes Digital
19 Sep: Navhind Times. Browse the internet and chances are that you will come across many advertisements directed at overseas Goans towards offering service to sorting out property matters…496 words. Click here.
Can We Save What is Left of What is Ours?
19 Sep: Navhind Times. …Touts with money and bulldozing powers have come to the fore to prey on people with unclear titles to their lands… 577 words. Click here.
There is Dire Need for Property Indexing'
19 Sep: Navhind Times. 894 words. Click here. Knowledge is Power
19 Sep: Navhind Times. Property Records, 254 words. Click here.

Panaji constitutes Enforcement Squad
20 Sep: Navhind Times. To maintain public hygiene, sanitation and cleanliness, the Corporation of the City of Panaji has constituted an Enforcement Squad which will ensure that no person urinates or defecates openly in any part of the city, besides sleeping, loitering, squatting, spitting, smoking or performing any act resembling nuisance in the public places … 204 words. Click here.

Goa was the next target of Delhi terrorists
21 Sep: The Delhi Police has revealed that Indian Mujahideen had planned serial blasts in Goa. Click here.

Video + text: Aires Rodrigues: “Education minister forged documents”
22 Sep: CNN-IBN. Goa Education Minister Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate has been pulled up by Aires Rodrigues, Utt Goenkara spokesperson for lying on oath. He has claimed that the Minister lied about his educational qualifications …The minister meanwhile is not batting an eyelid… 499 words or 1m. 53s. Click here.

Sesa Goa in 100 Million-Ton Expansion
22 Sep: Business Times (New York). Vedanta Resources plc recently announced plans for an eight-fold increase in the iron ore production capacity of its Indian subsidiary Sesa Goa Limited (BOM:500295) (Panaji, Goa) to 100 million tons per year over the next five years. Vedanta will make initial investments of about $700 million in Sesa Goa to attain production of 25 million tons per year by 2010… 185 words. Click here.

Video: Jason Keith Fernandes: Issues From the Heart of Concrete
23 Sep: You Tube. Frederick Noronha interviews Jason Keith Fernandes, academic and activist. He dwells on the issues of concrete monstrosities springing up in the heart of Goa, the impact they have on lifestyle and the total lack of infrastructural planning to sustain this sort of urbanization. 10m. 16s. Click here.

Draft Goa Regional Plan 22021: Disincentives to NRI Housing
23 Sep: Times of India. Salient points: … NRI Housing: Many crave for “second homes” in Goa. But these apartments, row villas or houses are locked for most part of the year. Task Force has suggested disincentives in the form of higher taxes for the first five years... Click here.
Draft RP out, it’s your call now. Click here.
What next? Click here.
‘People have to give sensible suggestions’ By Dean D’Cruz. Click here.
Connectivity and Synergy. Click here.

Weekly Update
25 Sep: Times of India – Goa edition. Weather: Max = 30.5; Min = 23.8. Humidity 80% to 96 %
Exchange rates £= 85.19; $ = 45.91; Euro = 67.62


Hinduja Group keen to invest in Goa, meets CM
18 Sep: Zee News. The Hinduja Group has evinced interest in investing in Goa in the healthcare, auto or media sector. The group led by Prakash Hinduja today met Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat today and discussed its investment plans in the state. Click here.

Flushed out for failing to flush
18 Sep: BBC. Many people in India do not have access to flush toilets or other latrines. But under new local laws, representatives are obliged to construct a flush toilet within a year of being elected. Those who fail to do so face dismissal. The law making toilets mandatory has been introduced in several Indian states as part of the "sanitation for all" drive by the Indian government. 385 words. Click here.

Bahrain: Pakistani woman fighting for her Indian rights
18 Sep: NewsTrack India. Amy Agnes D’Silva is tired but tough, confused but courageous to fight for her right for Indian citizenship. The Pakistani married Indian Trevor Louis D’Silva on June 19, 1981 and is residing in Bahrain for the past 38 years. D’Silva had first submitted her application for an Indian passport following the marriage at the Indian mission here. But she claims, an embassy official turned down the application as he said- “the marriage would not last for five years.” 595 words. Click here.

Fashionable, naturally!
19 Sep: Daily News & Analysis. There has been a new addition to Wendell Rodricks’ studio in Goa. However, the unique thing about this venture is that he goes au naturel. The fabrics stocked are woven, dyed and sewn by villagers. And the clothes are dyed with guava leaf, pomegranate, red sandalwood and other shrubs… 326 words. Click here.

Recipe: Goan Style - Patolyo (Rice Packets Steamed In Turmeric Leaves)
20 Sep: My Diverse Kitchen…people in Goa make Patolyos (or Patoleo or Patoli) filled with a coconut jaggery mixture for special occasions… Hindus on the eve of Ganesh Chathurthi, while Roman Catholics for local feasts such as the Feast of Our Lady of Assumption, Sao Joao Feast or Konsachem Fest. In both communities, Patholyos are also sent with the groom’s family as part of the “vojem” (trousseau)… Photos + text + discussion. Click here.

FN Souza: Spend
20 Sep: National Post (Canada). Crisis? What crisis? As stock markets crashed from Wall Street to Moscow, the loudest sound in Christie's auction room in New York this week was the murmur of rich people cutting deals. Within two hours, the South Asian modern and contemporary art auction grossed US$12.6-million, including US$28,000 for a drawing by Francis Souza that had been forecast to sell at US$3,000… Click here.

EU renews India WTO drinks case
22 Sep: BBC. The EU said that taxes remain high in some of India's largest markets for alcohol, including Goa and Maharashtra and has reopened a complaint to the World Trade Organization (WTO)… in Goa, a special duty applies to imported wines and spirits… internal taxes are applied only to imported wines and spirits… 226 words. Click here.

Hockey: Nairobi: JKUAT 6; Goan Institute Blues 1
23 Nov: The Nation (Kenya). The national hockey league entered the final stages with five matches played at the weekend… Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) thrashed Goan Institute Blues 6-1 in a one sided campaign. Allan Odhiambo drew first blood in the 10th minute but Christo Desa replied a minute later for the Blues. That was all the Blues managed … Click here.

India shocked over remarks by Oscar Fernandes
23 Sep: India Today. Industry on Tuesday reacted with shock and horror over remarks by Labour Minister Oscar Fernandes that lynching of a CEO in Delhi on Monday should serve as a warning to managements… 237 words. Click here.

India: Church trusts abet multi-crore land grab
23 Sep: Daily News & Analysis. Custodians of church properties across India are being led into temptation by the large tracts of prime land lying in their care …Mumbai is the hotbed of dubious land-grabbing, with properties belonging to Christ Church at Byculla and Afghan Church in Colaba being among the hotly contested sales…740 words. Click here.

Is corruption endemic to India?
24 Sep: Times Now. Corruption in India seems to be getting from bad to worse. The 2008 Transparency International (TI) Report places India is the 85th most corrupt nation in the world. Last year it was 72nd … The most corrupt sectors in India is the police closely followed by the political establishment and the lower judicary… For full text click here.
For the full TI 2008 survey Click here.


Videos + text: India: Attacks on Christians: Centre may intervene
19 Sep: CNN-IBN. The Central Government is getting ready to intervene in those Bharatiya Janata Party-ruled states where Christians come under attack…The Centre is also planning a ban on the Bajrang Dal… Click here.

India: Nun Says Police Beating Helped Her Appreciate Her Faith
20 Sep: UCAN. Sister Selma says the beating she endured at the hands of policemen in Mangalore has helped her appreciate the persecution her forefathers suffered for their Catholic faith…Sister Violet D'Souza from the Maids of the Poor congregation, who was also beaten by the police, asserted "nothing can shake" the faith of Mangalore Catholics… 601 words + photo. Click here.

Toronto: Mammoth rally to protest Human Rights Violation in India
Dwayne Menezes
20 Sep: An estimated 500 people were gathered in the Square of City Hall on Sept. 20th … This protest was well covered by the local media. Hundreds signed petitions addressed to: The High Commissioner of India, the Prime Minister of Canada and the International Human Rights Commission… Dwayne Menezes a youth activist from London, U.K., spoke of the horrific crimes committed against the innocent Christians … Photos and text. Click here.

Mobs stone 3 churches in south India
21 Sep: International Herald Tribune. Vandals attacked three churches in Bangalore on Sunday, shattering windows and overturning furniture, news reports said …Mobs attacked at least 20 other churches elsewhere in Karnataka last weekend. 266 words. Click here.

India: Bishop Agnelo Gracias welcomes government's tough steps
21 Sep: Daily News & Analysis. Agnelo Gracias, the auxiliary Bishop of Bombay has said the Centre's advisory to Karnataka in the light of the recent attacks on Christians is an indication that the government is serious about protecting the minorities… Bishop Gracias was speaking on a variety of issues concerning communal harmony and, the role of the Bajrang Dal… The India church is being tested, he said, and that it is times like this that bring out the best in people, in organisations. 579 words. Click here.

Italy's church asks EU to aid "hunted" Christians
21 Sep: Reuters (UK). Italy's Roman Catholic bishops urged the European Union on Sunday to treat the persecution of Christians overseas as a humanitarian emergency after deadly attacks on Christian churches and homes in India. They demanded that violence against Christians must be on the agenda of an upcoming summit between the EU and India. 260 words. Click here.

Konkani Catholics of London unite in solidarity
23 Sep: Eucharistic celebrations and a meeting was organized by the Konkani Catholics of London on Sunday 21st of September 2008 at the St. Anthony’s Church Edgware, London, to unite in solidarity with the Christians in India in General and particularly in Costal Karnataka…A memorandum to be submitted to the Honourable Prime minister of India was signed by the 230 people present. 40 photos + text, 386 words. Click here.

Anti-Christian attacks flare in India
24 Sep: The Christian Science Monitor. On Monday, stone-throwing mobs vandalized two churches, bringing the number of church desecrations in Karnataka to more than 20 in a week… Now, Christian leaders fear this injustice may soon ignite violence within their own communities… 858 words. Click here.

Church 'at risk' in Indian state
24 Sep: BBC. An Indian government team has criticised the government of southern Karnataka state for not doing enough to stop attacks on churches and clergymen. 344 words. Click here.

Bush under pressure to condemn India's response to anti-Christian violence
24 Sep: The Times. President Bush is under pressure to use a meeting with India's Prime Minister tomorrow to press for urgent action to halt the anti-Christian riots that continue to sweep the subcontinent. Tensions remain at crisis point in several parts of India. 610 words. Click here.


Main accused in Scarlett case granted conditional bail
22 Sep: PTI. Goa Children's court today granted conditional bail to Samson D'Souza, the main accused in the British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling death case…The court while granting bail today said there is nothing to indicate that Samson was responsible for Scarlett's death… 244 words. Click here.

CBI to challenge Samson D’Souza’s bail
23 Sep: Times of India. CBI To Challenge Children’s Court Order In HC Today. The Children’s Court on Monday granted conditional bail to Samson D’Souza, accused in the alleged rape and murder of British teenager Scarlett Keeling…However, the CBI has decided to move the high court on September 23 against the order… Click here.

Is Scarlett case coming apart?
24 Sep: NDTV. Is the infamous Scarlett Keeling case coming apart? Both the men accused of raping and murdering the British teenager in Goa this February, have been granted bail. 150 words. Click here.

Scarlett Keeling: Fears Case Will Go Unsolved
24 Sep: 10:09 AM. Daily Mail (UK). Samson D'Souza has been bailed by Goa Children's Court, prompting fears that the killers will never be found…Fiona MacKeown states that she still has faith in the CBI… Keeling family lawyer Vikram Varma said that the bail is a worrying indictment of the Indian justice system…The CBI say they are still collecting evidence and do not have a clear idea who the killer is… 650 words + comments. Click here.

Bail for man accused of Scarlett Keeling murder
25 Sep: The Guardian (UK). Samson D'Souza, 29, accused of raping and murdering British teenager Scarlett Keeling was released on bail from an Indian jail yesterday… A lot of evidence has been tampered with or destroyed …A local organisation brought charges of negligence against Fiona MacKeown This is clearly an attempt by the Goa government to tell Fiona, 'if you come here, we will arrest you'… 763 words. Click here.

Scarlett case: Tussle over organs
25 Sep: Deccan Herald. …Seven months after she was found dead, a tussle over Scarlett’s organs has held up her burial in the UK…. an official request made to the Goa government for the release of Scarlett’s organs had been turned down on the basis that the investigations are complete. The coroner’s office in the UK, which is conducting an inquest into Scarlett’s death, told Fiona her body would not be released till it carries out its own forensic tests on the organs… Click here.


In a continuing discussion about "why we hate", several Goanet contributors seem to have taken the mantle of amateur psychologists to address this issue. However, there is a seeming assumption that there is a lot of hate all around us. The theme unfortunately does not seem to be sufficiently problematised but is taken as a given. Goan Voice (UK) readers could well throw more light on this issue, and for a start, I would argue that we generally love others much more than we hate them--for otherwise, life for many would be simply intolerable.

Linked to the above point, much has been written about the periodic outbursts of communal violence in India and in particular, the violence in the state of Orissa against the Christians. Many explanations have been provided for such violence but the one that particularly caught my eye was contained in the following macro consideration to the issue by Selma Carvalho who wrote ..."India's problems with communal discord will continue to plague her for a long time to come. Not because there are tangible reasons for it, but simply because India does not have the political spine to curb an inherent human desire to hate and maim that which is weak and not in a position to protect itself." There is much food for thought in the above quote, irrespective of whether one agrees with it or not and once again, GV (UK) readers are encouraged to respond to Selma's view as above.

There has been welcome further discussion of Goan tiatrists of earlier times in Goa. One piece, among others that seemed to stand out was by Domnic Fernandes in his response to Valmiki, Joe, Francis and Ayres in which he recounts the significant contribution of tiatrist stars like Miguel Rod, Tony Sax, Rom Tony, M.Boyer, Alfred Rose and Young Menezes--to name but a few. It is the Hindu and female roles that Domnic particularly tells us about in his inimitable style.

Sebastian Rodrigues illustrates how with the continuing monsoon in Goa, some wells are full to overflowing. Yet, in mining areas like Siridao, the wells are almost totally dry because so much water has been pumped out to meet mining needs. Sebastian offers a sombre picture of the situation and to find this click here.

Finally, in an informative article submitted by Cecil Pinto but originally by Richard Owen, titled 'Pope urges crackdown on reported visions of Mary' we are told that the pontiff seeks greater scrutiny on reported visions of Mary, the mother of Jesus in many parts of the world.

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By Lira Fernandes

TRAVEL: Panasia. Travel Channel
Fri 26th Sep. 13:30 to 14:00. Macau.

ARTS: The Verb. BBC Radio Three
Fri. 26th Sep. 21:15 to 22:00. Poet Daljit Nagra discusses contemporary Indian poetry.

DOCUMENTARY: Seven Islands and a Metro. Channel 4
Sun 28th Sep. 23:45 to 01:45. Documentary on Mumbai.

DOCUMENTARY: Ross Kemp: A Kenya Special. Sky 1
Fri. 26 Sep. 21:00 to 22:30. Repeated same time on 27 Sep: In a gripping special Ross visits Kenya to investigate the Mungiki, said to be Africa's most deadly organisation. The photo shows the founding member and acting Mungiki leader, Charles Ndungu. To check out the synopsis, photos and video clips click here.

DOCUMENTARY: Ross Kemp Meets the Glue Kids of Kenya. Sky1
Mon 29th Sep. 22:00 to 22:30. This special investigates the devastating poverty the street children of Kenya live in as they survive on rubbish dumps.

TRAVEL: Travel Sick. Bravo 2
Mon. 29th Sep. 22:00 to 23:00. India. Grub Smith visits India where he has to wash an elephant's genitals, become a human furnace, exorcise his fat demons, appease the rat gods and assist in a Hindu funeral.

COOKERY: Step Up to the Plate. BBC 2
Tue. 30th Sep. 16:30 to 17:15. Three queens of Indian cuisine from Ipswich do battle with Paul Rankin and John Burton Race.

DRAMA: Mother's Journey. Propeller TV
Tue. 30th Sep. 22:30 to 22:44. A young Indian woman struggles with her violent husband and her new life in England.

FILM: Black Friday. Channel 4
Thu. 2nd Oct. 01:05 to 04:05. Banned on its original release in 2004, the film centres on the 1993 terrorist bombings in Mumbai when 12 bombs left 300 dead.


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.

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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