Swindon: Residents get ratty over rubbish collection
29 Dec: Swindon Advertiser. Swindon residents say
the streets have been infested by rats since
the council substituted the weekly refuse
collection to fortnightly … "We have a large
Goan population around here with big
families all living in one house - as is their
culture. They create more than one wheelie bin
full of rubbish in a week …” Photo and text 370 words.
London: Rising toll of stressed workers in Square Mile
1 Jan: Daily Mail (UK). City-based
psychiatric practices have seen a surge in referrals
over the past 12 months as more employees in the
Square Mile seek advice on coping with stress,
anxiety and depression … Dr Stephen Pereira, a
consultant psychiatrist in the City for over 20
years, said: "They are able to go forth and do
what they do best, working hard and keeping long
hours. But in certain situations when difficulties
arise and there are work-related pressures,
underlying predispositions are triggered."
For a brief profile of Dr Pereira
Marksans to acquire UK's Bell & Co
1 Jan: Business Standard. Mumbai-based Marksans
Pharma is acquiring UK's pharmaceutical company
Bell, Sons & Co (Druggists) for an estimated $20-30
million … Marksans Pharma executives would not
comment on the deal, saying it will be concluded
late tonight India time. The company's managing
director, Mark Saldanha, was not available for
comment. Mark is the brother of Glenn Saldanha,
managing director of Glenmark, one of the country's
largest research-based pharmaceutical companies. 308 words.
Glenmark has a manufacturing plant in Verna, Goa.
For a profile of the Company and the Saldanha family
Qatar: Rosario Fernandes dies in road accident
2 Jan: Gulf Times (Doha). Rosario Fernandes was
fatally knocked down by a vehicle in the Old Airport
area a few days ago, community sources said. Fernandes,
believed to be in the mid-30s, was working for a
private company … Arrangements are being made to fly
the body home. The deceased hailed from the state of Goa.
Dar es Salaam Institute
2 Jan. From Ray deSouza: Members of the Dar Institute
will be interested in the link to the discussion on the
building. It gives a well deserved credit to Africa's
foremost architect Anthony Almeida.
Goa plans study on out-migration
2 Jan: IANS. Goa is planning to have a migration
monitoring study … The state's Commissioner for NRI
Affairs, Eduardo Faleiro, said Goa University's
department of sociology was being approached for
the study … Faleiro also announced plans for a Know
Goa Programme that would bring 10 young people in
the 20s and 30s' back to Goa each year to study
the life here and in one other state of India… 417 words.
Australia: Larry Mendonca: Take the
baked beans tip
2 Jan: Herald-Sun (Melbourne). Cricket: The Indians
will win and it comes down to the same theory that
sees us taking baked beans to India … The best
Indian restaurant arguably in the world is Surjit's
in Sydney and my spies tell me the Indians have been
eating there three times a day. They feel at home,
unlike Melbourne where they couldn't find a restaurant
of similar quality. That has been the problem for
all prominent sporting persons since the untimely
demise of Larry Mendonca's Rajah Sahib restaurant
because of a couple of mouldy chutneys. Food aside,
and I did survive the Rajah Sahib experience …
For the GVUK Larry Mendonca supplement
UK: Jo-Ann D’Costa: Wanted Down Under
3 Jan: BBC1: 9:15 - 10 am. Series in which British
families are given a look at life in Australia
ahead of possible migration. In this episode a
new life in Australia has huge appeal for a young
family from Crawley. Doubts arise concerning
their budgeting. They spend a week in Perth
finding out what it would be like to live there.
The family in question consists of Wayne Manuel,
Sienna and Jo-Ann D’Costa. Wayne is the son of
Derek and Sandra; brother of David and Peter.
Jo-Ann is the daughter of Tony and Sally [both
ex-Nairobi]; sister of Wendy. Jo-Ann was
previously featured in GVUK issues 2001-40 and 2002-37.
If you missed the broadcast watch this space
for info of the programme repeat which should
be within a few weeks.
Chance to run in London Marathon
3 Jan: Independent Catholic News. …There are still
some guaranteed places available in the Jesuit
Missions allocation of runners for the Flora
London Marathon. This will be taking place on
Sunday 13 April 2008 … For more information,
contact Alan Fernandes on 020 8946 0466 or
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit
www.jesuitmissions.org.uk 140 words.
UK: Ilona de Souza: Heart of Gold
3 Jan: Kentish Express (UK). Since Ilona de Souza
was a bowel cancer patient at the William Harvey
Hospital earlier this year she has worked to raise
funds for vital new equipment. Now she has presented
the £1,770 proceeds plus £465 donated by friends
towards buying a £3,500 heart monitor. For photograph and text
Sky-Brooke D’Costa Stephenson. Born 18th December,
2007 to proud parents Louise and Tim and Grandchild
to Jason D’Costa and Yvonne Gomes.
2 Jan: Socorro. Goa. BRIGIDA RODRIGUES E
FERNANDES. (Born 1931, ex-Kampala). Wife
of Nelson and late Diogo X Rodrigues.
Mother of Aloysius/Teresa Rodrigues,
Albert/Janet Rodrigues, Clarence/Lavita
Rodrigues, Elaine/Thomas Rocha and Colin/Monica
Rodrigues. Grandmother of Daniel and Robert,
Philip and Miriam, Charlene and Lance, Joanne
and Warren and Clive. Daughter of late Luis
Sebastiao/late Maria Josephine Fernandes,
Sister of late Bernard and late Acacio/Clarissa.
Aunt of Saphira/Raydon.
1 Jan: Loughton, Essex, UK. JOHN DE SOUZA (aged 82, ex Police, Dar-es-Salaam; keen
football and hockey Player). Husband of Martha.
Father of Gladys, Doris, Reg and Frank. The
Funeral will be at St Edmund of Canterbury
Church, Traps Hill, Loughton, Essex IG10
1SZ at 12.15pm on Monday 14th Jan. 2008 and
thereafter at Forest Park Crematorium. Condolences to
31 Dec: Dar es Salaam. THOMAS
(TOMMY) PHILLIP DE SOUZA. (Ex-Zanzibar,
Vancouver and Goa). Husband of Yvonne. Father
of Gerard/Josette, Michele/Douglas, Jacqueline/Godwin,
Caroline, Elaine/Dr Zelio, Bosco/Michelle,
Savio/Ruby. Grandfather of Lycette, Bernadette,
Victoria, James, Nolan, Calvin, Derek, Chelsea,
Zaneta, Kevin, Rebecca, Steve and Molly. Brother
of late Joseph/Fara, late Eugene/Theresa, Dina/late
Joseph. Funeral to be held in Goa, date to be
31 Dec: Mississauga, Canada.
CAPT. JOSEPH MARTIN FURTADO. Beloved
husband of the late Clytie. Loving father
of Joel (Ingrid), Wendy (Michael) Hessing,
Cherished Grandpa of Angelica, Chrisann, Jessica,
Emily and Sophie. Dear brother of Josephine
(Eric) D’Souza, Letty (Joe) Fernandes, Eric (Lydia)
and Jenny (Agnelo) Azavedo. Visitation on Thursday.
A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Francis Xavier
Roman Catholic Church, 5650 Mavis Road on Friday,
January 4, 2008 at 10 a.m. Cremation. In lieu of
flowers, donation to St. Michael’s Hospital.
For a photograph and full details
30 Dec: Malaga, Spain. DAVID
SUTCLIFFE (DAVE). Husband of Lumena Pinto.
Father of Richard and Chelsea.
28 Dec: Mombasa, Kenya. MRS
OLIVE FERNANDES. Wife of the late Dr. Apolinario
Fernandes. Mother to Ivan/Desiree. Sister to Dr
Albert Fernandes, Gladys, Effie, Ivy and Reina.
Grandmother to Vince. Funeral on Sat. 29 Dec.
10.30 a.m. Viewing of the body at the Holy Ghost
Cathedral. 11.00 a.m. Holy Mass followed by the
burial at the Mbaraki Cemetery. Condolences to
email@example.com [Info from Maureen de
28 Dec: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
NIFA FERNANDES. Wife of Late Joe Fernandes.
Beloved Mother/Mother in law of Natasha &
Brian D'Souza. Sister/Sister in law of
Christie, Norman, Freddy/Benny Fernandes
(Dar es Salaam), Hilda/Jacint Pereira,
Late Mark/Jenny Fernandes, Annie/Late Sunny
Mandrick (Leicester), Margaret/Nap Gomes (Arusha).
[Info from Doreen Gomes].
27 Dec: Mississauga (Canada). ALTHEO
D'MELLO (Age 85, ex-Nairobi). Husband of
Adelina (Bashu). Father/father-in-law of
Elizabeth/Ernest; Ezechiel/Jennifer; Errol/Belinda.
Cremation was on 29 Dec. Condolences to:
24 Dec: Streatham, London. REMEDIOS
FERNANDES (Ex-Malawi, born Cansaulim 1913).
Husband of Late Rafael Maria Fernandes
Father of Bertha,( Portugal)/Agnelo; Celis/Mary-Ann;
Pio/Mena, Lisa/Joe; Late Martha/Chris,
Grandfather of Steven, Greta, Gerry, Vera,
Jolyne, Olivia, Sarah-Anne, Gareth, Daniel
and Great Grandfather of Heilder, David, Sylvia,
Maria, and Jody.
The Funeral Mass is at 11.00 a.m. on Friday
11 Jan. The Church is St Bartholomew's, on
159 Ellison Road in Norbury SW16 5DE – British
Rail to Streatham Common or Norbury. The Burial
Ceremony will be at Figgs Marsh Cemetery on
London Road, Mitcham, Surrey. Condolences to
22 Dec: Markham, Canada.
MARY DE SOUZA (Age 54). Wife of Hugh
de Souza (son of Louisa & the late
Rosario de Souza). Mother of Richard, Martin,
and Nicola. Visitation at Chapel Ridge Funeral
Home 8911 Woodbine Rd, Markham Dec 27, 2-4pm,
6-8pm. Funeral Mass Dec 28 at St Justin Martyr
3898 Hwy #7 E, Unionville at 10.20am. Condolences to
firstname.lastname@example.org For details
Fribourg, Switzerland. DR BOSCO DIAS.
Husband of Irene. Father of late Nadine, Jeanette/Markus,
Raoul. Grandfather of Luc. Brother of Dr Patrick/Irene
(Germany), late Plautilia, Tecla/Emiliano, late Zenone,
late Lia/Tony D'Souza, Joao de Brito/Eunita,
Celso/Agnes, Goretti/Joe Dias.
Gatwick to Mombasa: £239 return
Dep. 12 May for 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 weeks.
Mumbai or Delhi to Goa: Flying gets
cheap in peak season
27 Dec: Times of India: … for the first time in
years, peak-season ticket rates have hit rock
bottom …The best indicator of low rates are the
fares to Goa … For December 31, the lowest fare on
offer on the Delhi-Goa route is Rs 4,024 (taxes
included, Spice Jet) … The coveted December 31
seat on Mumbai-Goa begins at a low of Rs 2,525 (
Air Deccan) … Last year, the Mumbai-Goa fares for
December 31 had touched Rs 15,000… The reason for
the unexpected downslide is the error of judgment
on the part of the travel industry. Airlines’
projections for this year were higher, and thus
fares were raised. But there were no takers.
Three isn’t a crowd in Goa capers
29 Dec: Daily News & Analysis. With the year’s
end approaching, businesses in Mumbai are flourishing,
and the sex business is no different … A growing
trend among married couples is to hire gigolos and
male escorts …These couples form groups and hire a
couple of gigolos and take them to places like Goa …
most of the swinging couples are from the middle- and
upper-middle classes, and in the age group of 35-50 years.
Escorts come at a discount this season
29 Dec: Daily News & Analysis … for instance,
one couple who plan to have an orgy in Goa with
some of their friends, are hiring three gigolos this
year at a total cost of Rs30,000.
Going to Goa?
29 Dec: The Sun (UK). Seven nights' B&B at the
three-star Blue Beach Hotel, in Baga, is from £474
per person. Departs Gatwick Jan 12 -log on to
or call 0845 070 2530.
29 Dec: The Sun (UK). We have rounded up 12 fun-filled
excuses to travel the globe -one for every month of the year …
Christmas in Goa is celebrated in real style as the 16th
and 17th century churches are decorated in pretty lights
and the locals come out to decorate their houses and shops.
And when you are done with the festivities, why not head
down to the beach to soak up some sun and top up your tan.
Cost Free. Getting There: Seven nights room-only at the
Mobor Beach Resort in Goa costs from £599 per person
including flights and transfers. Call 0871 664 7625 or
go to airtours.co.uk.
Bombuy, buy, buy!
30 Dec: Mail on Sunday. Sarah Turner gets carried
away on a shopping adventure in India … Goa is all
about lifestyle, I was told, and shopping in Goa is
all about lifestyle stores, the sort of all-round deeply
tasteful shopping that tends to make you feel bad about
your own rather inferior lifestyle … Wendell pops out
into the shop for a break as I'm lusting after a
bright-blue cashmere scarf lined in silk and, in an
admirably honest way, tells me that it isn't my colour …
This week’s Travel Deals
30 Dec: The Sunday Telegraph. … Thomas Cook
(0845 070 2530; www.thomascook.com) has b & b at
the three-star Blue Beach Hotel in Baga available
with departures from Gatwick on January 12.
Return to the hippie stronghold of Goa
30 Dec: Berliner Morgenpost (Germany) … For most
Indians, however, Goa is paradise where brash people
from Bombay or New Delhi recover … 675 words.
Not quite paradise, but still beautiful
1 Jan: Sydney Morning Herald (Aus). Goa. Not
surprisingly, the beaches aren't as quiet and
untouched as they were half a century ago. Waves of
visitors, both local and foreign, have created a
thriving tourism industry that's seen constant construction
of new hotels, restaurants and souvenir shops … Shops
selling popular German dishes, English and Israeli fare
and imported beer line the dusty streets, and you'll be
hard pressed to find a beach shack or hotel that sells
a typical Goan breakfast … 575 words.
Drop in tourist inflow during
2 Dec: Navhind Times. Tourism industry in Goa appears
to have been hit by various unforeseen problems …
Elvis Gomes is back as director
2 Jan: Herald. After virtually being hounded
over the M V River Princess issue, Elvis Gomes
appears vindicated in the matter with the State
government reappointing him as the Director of Tourism …
Hordes of domestic tourists force
foreigners to ‘flee’ Palolem beach
3 Jan: Herald. The popular Palolem beach became the
hub of activity for thousands of domestic tourists
from all over the country, pushing foreign tourists
towards nearby beaches like Colomb, Patnem and Agonda,
to escape the rampaging domestic revelers during the festive season.
THE KENYA ELECTION CRISIS:
Kenya: We must strive to
detribalise our political allegiances
24 Dec: The Nation. Since Independence Kenyans of
Asian descent have been accused of sitting on
the political fence, of not actively engaging in
politics and of only working for themselves and
not for the country. Not any more …
Kenyan Asians flock to Arusha
27 Dec: The Guardian (Tanzania). Kenyans of
Asian origin have flocked to Arusha-the Tanzanian
region bordering neighbouring Kenya, in fear
of a possible breakdown of law and order during
the general elections, a survey has established. 536 words.
Kenya Elections: Kibaki declared
30 Dec: The Standard (Kenya). The Electoral Commission
of Kenya has declared President Mwai Kibaki the winner
of the 2007 polls … Kibaki garnered 4,584,721 votes,
Odinga 4,352,993 … Meanwhile, an official from the
Electoral Commission of Kenya (ECK) has come out in the
open and declared that the poll body is rigging the
elections in favour of President Mwai Kibaki …
Kenya: 10 Portuguese tourists located
31 Dec: Portugal Diário. The Embassy of Portugal in
Nairobi is in contact with 10 Portuguese tourists on
vacation in Kenya … Around two hundred of persons with
Portuguese passport, majority of them Goans,
are in the country …275 words.
Safety fears for Britons in Kenya
31 Dec: The Press Association. Britons in Kenya
have spoken of fears for their safety as the death
toll in the post-election riots escalated.
Kenya on the verge of a complete
1 Jan: The Nation (Kenya). …The simmering power struggle
between your two camps, which has been waged since 2002,
has brought Kenya to the verge of a complete melt-down…
Tanzania alert on possible influx
1 Jan: The Guardian (Tanzania). The government said
yesterday that it had stepped up security on the country’s
border with Kenya due to growing tensions and civil strife
in the neighbouring country, following last Thursday’s
disputed presidential election results. However,
Tanzania will close the border as a last resort …
Kenyans flee election violence
1 Dec: Journal Chrétien (France). The number of
refugees flocking into Uganda after escaping the turmoil
in the wake of Kenya’s presidential elections has hit 800...
Kenya violence targets Gujaratis
2 Jan: Times of India. Ever since post-election riots
broke out in Kenya, the Gujarati diaspora there has
been living in fear. Although no lives have been lost,
there has been massive damage to property and businesses
owned by Indians, particularly Gujaratis … Amit Shah,
who lives in Nairobi, said the situation was grim on the
outskirts of the capital. "The riots have resulted in
massive damage to Indian properties … 258 words.
Indians in Kenya are safe
2 Jan: Times of India. Indians in Kenya are safe said
Minister of Overseas Indian Affairs Vayalar Ravi on
Tuesday. The minister said no ethnic Indian has been
targeted during the rioting that has engulfed Kenya …
400 Gujaratis who apparently were forced to take shelter
in a Swaminarayan temple in Kisumu … Though Kenyans of Indian
origin amount to only about one per cent of the
country's population, they have significant economic
interests, especially in the retail sector. 263 words.
Gujaratis caught in Kenya violence
2 Jan: Daily News & Analysis. … offices and factories
belonging to Gujaratis had been looted and their
houses attacked by local residents … “We have
locked ourselves in the house. We are not able
to talk with anyone as our mobiles and landlines
are not working properly. We are also out of
touch with the outside world as the government
has banned all TV channels.” 571 words.
Gujaratis in Kenya on tenterhooks
2 Jan Times of India. 198 words.
Kenya violence hits Indian expats
2 Jan: NDTV.
Indian PM urged to help violence-hit
expats in Kenya
2 Jan ANI.
Father Raymond J. De Souza: Tribalism’s
latest stalking ground
3 Jan: National Post (Canada) … My parents were
both born in Kenya, studied there and married there.
They left in 1969 for Canada, thinking there would be
limited opportunities for them in the new Kenya, and
fearing the worst. The worst never really did come to Kenya,
though much malfeasance did, and the people who stayed on
suffered greatly. For those who love that country and
its beautiful people, their fervent prayer must be,
even now, that the worst will not come, and that the evil
loosed upon the land will be chained.
For a selection of video clips
For the latest news
THE ORISSA ATTACKS ON CHRISTIANS:
A Christian-Hindu Clash in India
27 Dec: Time. The violence that has wracked
India's eastern state of Orissa over the past few
days seems, at first glance, to be purely religious.
On Christmas Eve and Christmas day, Hindu nationalists
attacked churches and convents and set fire to
houses belonging to Christians, killing one
person and injuring at least two dozen more. Since
then, more than forty Christian houses have been set
ablaze despite curfews and increased police patrols.
More Christians Killed as Orissa
30 Dec: Christian Post. The violence that began in the
Indian state of Orissa on Christmas Eve continued
through Friday, with arson attacks killing at least
nine more Christians. Furthermore, at least 50
churches and institutions have been destroyed or
desecrated as a result of the attacks. According
to the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News),
seven Christians were killed Wednesday in the eastern
Indian state, including five who died when Hindu
radicals attacked houses and a seminary …
Catholic Bishops demand CBI inquiry
into Orissa violence
31 Dec: Times of India. The apex body of Catholic
Church on Monday demanded a CBI inquiry into the
Kandhamal violence, alleging that it is not satisfied
with the judicial probe ordered by the Orissa government.
The Catholic Bishops' Conference of India (CBCI) is also
demanding adequate compensation for those attacked by
suspected saffron activists and punishment for the perpetrators.
Archbishop condemns Orissa incidents
1 Jan: Times of India. … Archbishop of Patna
Archdiocese William D'Souza, in a message on Monday,
expressed pain over burning of 20 churches, four convents
and eight hostels besides attacks on villages and houses …
GOA – THE SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE (SEZ) OPPOSITION:
Video: SEZ: Will PM end the stalemate?
27 Dec: IndiaTimes. 2m. 19s.
Goa CM proposes to scrap SEZ
30 Dec: PTI. A task force headed by Goa Chief
Minister Digamber Kamat on Sunday recommended
the scrapping of Special Economic Zones (SEZs)
in the state terming them ''detrimental to the
overall interest of Goa.''
“SEZs will reduce Goans to minority”
30 Dec: Business Standard. Former MLA and
Minister Mathany Saldanha who is leading an
anti-SEZ agitation in Goa, talks to about his
warning to tourists to leave the state. 869 words.
Video: New Year gift for Goa:
SEZs to be scrapped
31 Dec: CNN-IBN. The Goa government has decided
to scrap 12 out of the 15 Special Economic Zones
proposed in the state. Capping the row over
the SEZs on New Year’s Eve, Goa Chief Minister
Digamber Kamat said his government will soon
write to the Centre to scrap eight proposals
pending for approval while the other four,
which have already been approved, will not be
denotified by the state government …
Aires Rodrigues: Utt Goenkara to
expose the corrupt people on its website
31 Dec: UNI (United News of India). Addressing
a press conference here today on New Year's eve,
Utt Goenkara Spokesman Adv Aires Rodrigues
claimed that Utt Goenkara has played a pivotal
role in scrapping of the Goa Regional Plan 2011,
fighting rampant corruption, battling SEZs and
IT parks, raising voice against police atrocities
and standing by the common man (Aam Aadmi).
He said ''Utt Goenkara'' has resolved not to
rest till all the real estate scams in the name
of SEZs, IT parks and Food parks are totally
scrapped and the men behind them are exposed.
The Utt Goenkara website is at
Goa bets on all-inclusive growth
1 Jan: Economic Times. Having turned its back on
SEZs, the Goa government is now working on a new
development model that will envisage all-inclusive
growth and allow the tiller of the land to earn a
share of profit that real estate developers make
by creating modern townships. 390 words.
Mathany finds fault with terminology
of SEZs decision
2 Jan: Navhind Times. The Chief Minister had that
“the government has decided to do away SEZs”,
stating that they were not feasible in the present
form. Mathany Saldanha said the use of the
terminology “not in the present form” leads to ambiguity …
Video: It's Congress vs. Congress in
Goa SEZ battle
2 Jan: CNN-IBN. The new twist in the Goa SEZ
battle sees a case of odd politics: the Congress
government in Goa is now at loggerheads with the
Congress-led UPA at the Centre. Just days after
Goa CM Digambar Kamat announced his decision to
scrap the projected 15 SEZs in the state, the
Commerce Ministry has refused to denotify the three
SEZs that had been notified earlier in Goa … 1m. 39s.
Goa rapped over economic zones
3 Jan: Financial Times (UK). India's commerce
ministry yesterday disputed a decision by the
state of Goa to scrap plans for special economic
zones, highlighting controversy over industrial
development in India. 328 words.
GOA NEWS HEADLINES
Centre to help upgrade Goa's infrastructure, says PM
27 Dec: PTI. The Centre will offer whatever support
is required to improve not only Goa's knowledge
sector but also the tourist state's infrastructure,
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Thursday. 560 words.
Toronto GoaNetters Award for Ivana Furtado
28 Dec: Navhind Times. Goanetters in Toronto presented
a cheque for Rs 20,000 to Ivana Furtado for winning
the World Under-8 chess event in Turkey recently.
The award was presented by Bosco D’Mello, vice-president,
at a function to mark the international year end meet
of Goanetters at Mira Mar. Fr Ariosto Coelho, Mariano
A Pereira, Eustaquio Santimano, Marlon Menezes, Roy
Pimento, Cipriano Fernandes, Rajan Parrikar, Jerry
Fernandes, Ana Maria Goswami, Melinda Powel, George
Pinto, Vivek Menezes, Nacimento Caldeira and Cecil
Pinto were among those present.
For a photograph by JoeGoaUK
Video: 2007 Goa News Review
28 Dec: Goa 365. Excerpt: At the Global Goan
Convention Aisha de Sequeira attempts to table
a motion against the Regional Plan 2011 and is
compelled to stage a walk out … 9m: 45s.
Goans giving up traditional occupations
28 Dec: Navhind Times. … Goans have increasingly
been shying away from traditional occupations like
carpentry, haircutting, coconut plucking, etc. But
if these jobs were given a dignified touch, Goans
would take these up and protect the traditional skills …
Goa goes broadband with PM's click
28 Dec: Economic Times. Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on Thursday inaugurated the Goa government-sponsored
broadband network — the first of its kind in the
country that looks to integrate all state - and
taluka-level departments and all households through
optic fibre cables. 439 words.
Goa tense as New Year nears
29 Dec: Economic Times. This New Year eve, expect
Goa to be on its toes, thanks to the agitation
against SEZs and the threat to tourists to avoid
year-end bash. All this has forced the state
government to pull up its socks and deploy additional
security personnel along the beaches as a precautionary
measure. The state government has roped in the
Central Industrial Security Force to man Goa’s
vast coastline …
Karnatka: Protest against Goa Government
29 Dec: NewIndPress. Protesting activists in
Belgaum burnt the effigy of Goa Government for
its alleged atrocities against Kannadigas living in
Goa … They stated that the Goa Government was ill-treating
Kannadigas by not allowing Kannadigas to take their
permanent residence there. More than 1.5 lakh Kannadigas
are residing in Goa and they are being deprived of
educational, social and political rights.
The concrete family tree
30 Dec: Daily News & Analysis. It is fun to write
about Goa. Everyone has a take on the sunshine land.
Goans lament their sunny paradise has become a grab-land,
with filthy-rich outsiders gobbling up farms, flats
and mansions. Outsiders feel guilty about turning a
virgin paradise into a realty show, but continue to buy
property. 705 words.
Glam Gods in Goa
30 Dec: Mumbai Mirror. Major Bollywood players and
telly actors have chosen Goa over other exotic
locales, this holiday season…
Tourism: The Hen that Lays the
30 Dec: Navhind Times. By Mário Cabral e Sá. But
the problem did not originate with the anti-SEZ
campaign or the former tourism minister, Mathany
Saldanha’s ultimatum to tourists to quit Goa by
December 28, if they want to stay out of harm’s way.
A Treasure Trove of Konkani Proverbs
30 Dec: Navhind Times. By Pio Esteves. ‘Vozram,’ a
book of Konkani adages, has recently been released
by Isidore Dantas with the sole aim of preserving
the wise sayings for the future generations. The
book is a compilation of thousands of adages from
newspapers and books, besides assistance taken from
Konkani books, ‘Konknni Oparichem Bhanddar,’ and
‘Ajichea Supati Moti’. All the proverbs have been
classified in alphabetical order. Each maxim with
an interpretation in English and cartoons by the
popular cartoonist, Alexyz …
Are you in Goa to celebrate New Year?
31 Dec: Economic Times. From hippie huts, trance music
and late night rave parties; Goa has grown to become
the ultimate New Year holiday destination in India.
The sky is clear, the sun warm, but there’s a chill
breeze scented with salt and palm; sure to rejuvenate
you more than any spa can do. 577 words.
Security stepped up as tourists
flock to Goa
31 Dec: Indian Express. As Goa plays host to a
record number of tourists this time, the state
Government has pulled out all security personnel at
its disposal amidst fears that a section of activists
opposed to the proposed Special Economic Zones may
disrupt the New Year celebrations.
Goans in Goa have a Negative Mind Set !
3 Jan: Herald. By Brig(Retd) Ian da Costa, … I would
employ a Ghanti and that is the raw truth. Because he
works harder. He is regular for work till the job is
done. He would work even on holidays. He would arrive
on time for work and would also leave on time. He will
not ask for an advance of wages. He would be grateful
for receiving any thing in excess of his wage like a
cup of tea, a glass of water or a cigarette …
New Year Breaks in Goa
1 Jan: NDTV broadcast live transmissions of New
Year parties at the Vijay Mallya Palace and Baga
Beach in Goa.
Revellers flood Goa beaches to ring in the New Year
1 Jan: Times of India. Thousands made merry as
state's roads got blocked and beaches flooded with
revellers who came down to this coastal tourist
destination to ring in the New Year.
The sun never sets in Goa!
2 Jan: Times of India. Asia’s first electronic music
festival – Sunburn Festival Goa 2007 continues to
seek out the best new electronic dance music from
up across the globe. The festival saw more than
6,000 people from all over the world on Candolim
Beach, Goa, on December 28 and 29, 2007. 309 words.
Business Line: Goa Special
3 Jan: Business Line. Digambar Kamat, Goa’s Chief Minister,
on what his Government is doing for the common man.
Goa’s Finance Minister says spending on social
security schemes is on the rise.
‘Solving long-pending land cases priority’ says
Goa’s Minister for Revenue and Civil Supplies.
Public transport, water priorities: The Public
Works Minister has ambitious plans.
‘We are giving special training and sensitising
the police.’ Goa’s Home Minister is keen on modernising the force.
I want to provide comprehensive medical care’
The Health Minister speaks on a series of initiatives.
IN THE NEWS
Bosch, the German Company establishes
a production unit in Goa
27 Dec: Der Tagesspiegel (Germany). By Ingrid Mueller.
From its new offices in Verna, Goa, Bosch is set to
conquer the Indian market. 1076 words.
India's new rich love to spend freely
27 Dec: BBC. This is the season for conspicuous consumption.
Christmas is traditionally the time when shoppers all
over the world head for the stores to spend their hard-earned
cash on presents for themselves and their families.
And in India, it's no different.
From Russia with Long Legs
27 Dec: India Today. Blonde, blue eyed and white
skinned. These long-legged beauties are everywhere …
25-year-old Irina came four years ago from Moscow to
meet friends in Goa. What started off as a love for
partying, became a way to make some extra cash and
do what she likes best—dance. … Thirty five-year-old
Nathalie—half Indian and Belgian—visited her
grandparents in Goa, only to stay back. From
selling clothes in a flea market she has now
moved on to arranging foreigners for film songs.
But she has been called many times by the police
wanting to know whether her work also extends to
supplying women for “pleasure”.
Hover And Out
27 Dec: India Today. Over half of the Navy’s fleet
of Sea Harriers has crashed leaving a void in its
air defence capability … The spate of crashes came
to the attention of Right to Information (RTI)
activists Hari Kumar P. and Frederick Noronha who
petitioned and successfully obtained a list of the
crashes from the navy. “The crashes have been occurring
with worrying frequency in Goa and seemed to have
escaped any national debate,” says Noronha …
Lotts Of Prezzies
27 Dec: Daily Star (UK). Dean Hardman scooped £6.7million
on the Euromillions draw in November 2006 … The
holiday - £24,000 "I've paid for my whole family
to go on a two-week all-inclusive in Goa next year.
I'm a regular - I've been there eight times already.
I just love the place, “says Dean.
Brainy boys use skills to aid orphans
28 Dec: Portsmouth News (UK). Four boys aged 15-16
flew out to Goa in India to see how the money they
helped to raise in a charity appeal would be spent.
They spent a week visiting orphanages such as Shallom
House and deprived communities in Goa … The trip was
a just reward for the team who were highly praised
for their business plan. 365 words.
Best films of 2007
28 Dec: The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Film critic
Duane Dudek selects his ten best films of the year …
Milwaukee- based filmmaker Chris Smith's "The Pool"
was filmed in Panjim, the capital of the Indian state
of Goa, and captures the physical and emotional
geography of a place and its people in a culturally
specific way that never suggests it was made by an
outsider … "The Pool" won a jury prize at this year's
Sundance Film Festival, and has been nominated
for a Spirit Award.
New Zealand: TV Highlights for 29 Dec.
29 Dec: New Zealand Herald. Sat. 29 Dec. 12:00 Midday.
TV2. Working Holiday. A Wellington DJ finds the tables
turned on him when he is sent to Goa, India, with no
clue as to what awaits him when he arrives.
Pregnancy becomes latest job
outsourced to India
30 Dec: USA Today. … Health experts expect to see
more Indian commercial surrogacy programs in coming years …
Celina Jaitly: 'I'm young, I can
rectify my mistakes'
1 Jan: Hindustan Times. Bollywood actress Celina
Jaitly plays an Anglo-Indian girl from Goa in the
new film Hello Darling … “People have pre-conceived
notions about her. They think she's a fast girl
because of the way she speaks,” she says …
Australia: TV: Curry on regardless
2 Jan. Herald-Sun. (TV Guide). Gus Worland hosts a
new six-part TV series, An Aussie Goes Bolly, which
sees him brave the hottest curry, shed a few kilograms
and return from a one-day international cricket series
with a fresh look at cricket through Indian eyes …
He treats viewers to the scenic wonders of India
including Mumbai, Bangalore and Goa … “One thing you
don't want to be doing is having to use the toilets
in some of those cricket grounds”… On FOX8, Monday,
8.30pm. Duration: 1 hour. 692 words.
Whiff of Goa in Mumbai
2 Jan: Mumbai Mirror. This is the time of the
year when we reactivate the Mumbai–Goa hotline
with a particular vengeance. Thousands of Mumbaikars
zoom off to this tiny state for a temporary
respite from their mad city. Is it only the beach
parties that pull them to Goa? Or a deeper nostalgia? 601 words.
Zubin Mehta dreams of a music
school in India
2 Jan: Times of India. The greatest music conductor
of our times Zubin Mehta wants to give India a
world-class school of western music …
No Indians, please!
2 Jan: Rediff. … individual beaches in Goa are now,
quietly, turning into the purview of intrepid
entrepreneurs from certain countries. For instance,
the beach we were on was apparently the Russian zone.
Shortly northwards was a strip that was resolutely
Italian with some Belgians thrown in. And to the south
was a famed beach run by the Israelis seeking oneness
with themselves using organic products in little pipes …
keeping the locals at bay from 'foreign property'
was the job of the locals themselves … 1274 words.
1 Jan: Nottingham Evening Post (UK). Pupils in Notts
have been developing links with a school in India.
Pierrepont Gamston Primary and Rushcliffe School
welcomed visitors from Our Lady of the Rosary School
in Goa. Four teachers spent a week sitting in lessons
and working alongside teachers.
How Chili Peppers came to India
3 Jan: Village Voice (USA) … chili peppers arrived
in India in the 16th century. Those chilies came
via the Portuguese, whose west-coast colony of
Goa was responsible for the most notorious use
of chilies in India: vindaloo. It was originally
made with pork, which was possible because Goa
was an island of Catholicism in a Hindu sea …
2 NRI women molested in Mumbai
3 Jan: Herald. In a shocking incident, two NRI women
were molested by a mob of about 70 men during New
Year revelries near Juhu beach … In a replay of a
molestation of a woman by revellers at the Gateway
of India exactly a year ago, the women went through
the 15-minute ordeal outside a five-star hotel before
the police rescued them after being alerted by media
photographers at the scene. The photographers captured
the incident on the camera. For text
For a video clip
For video clips of a discussion, “Face the Nation:
Are Indians sex starved?”
GoaNet Highlights by Cornel DaCosta
We couldn't really start the New Year
amidst all the many good wishes to readers
of the Goan Voice (UK) and of Goanet, without
receiving the exciting news about the 2008 Toronto
International Goan Convention to be held at the
University of Toronto, July 21-27. The theme
for this major event is 'Goan Identity and
Networking Today'. Early notification about
this grand Convention is most welcome. It
permits many people to make arrangements to
attend it. For further information please visit
Philip Thomas has presented his concern about
developments and change in Goa. In his words,
"what we find is that Goa is fast becoming a sort
of "neverland" where "naysayers" are valued if
they can drum up the hoi polloi to stop some big
project or two in its tracks... then they can even
aspire to lead the state or rule the roost. It's a
kind of Gandhigiri..."
Do find out from an informative article by Cip
Fernandes about the Overseas Citizenship of India
(OCI) Scheme. The scheme has generated much interest
and to date some 2 million OCI certificates have been
issued. GVUK readers will no doubt want to discover
detailed information about this scheme and how it
may be relevant to them. Please also visit
The theme of Insiders and Outsiders continues
on Goanet ever so vibrantly. There are ever so
many posts about insiders and outsiders from
different parts of the Goan Diaspora and Goa itself.
Hopefully, GVUK readers, and particularly from
the UK will have their own versions of being or
not being outsiders in the UK. Goanet would be most
happy to receive such contributions.
Communal attacks, particularly on Christian
Churches have made much news on Goanet and also
about how Church leaders have urged the Indian
Prime Minister for police protection to Christians.
In addition to details about the above, a number
of posts have explored the underlying reasons
why there are so many such tensions in India today.
Finally, perhaps at the start of the New Year,
we might reflect on the words, from Goa, of
Rajan Parrikar in his post on The Nuisance of
Tourism which says, "why should we, the rest of
the citizenry, not involved in, or beneficiaries
of, the tourism industry bear the nuisance and
intrusion in our lives that come with it? At what
point do the economic benefits of tourism that
accrue (to the relative few) outweigh the concomitant
nuisance value and ills? What kind of controls
should we demand of our Government?
More details can be found at the Goanet archives at http://lists.goanet.org/pipermail/goanet-goanet.org/
Or to subscribe to Goanet, send an email to email@example.com
UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS By Lira Fernandes
ENTERTAINMENT: Five Star Insider.
Discovery Travel and Living
Fri: 4th Jan: 06:30 to 07:00. Oberoi Udaivilas, India.
The palatial Oberoi Resort in Udaipur captures the
romance and splendour of a royal era.
TRAVEL: Indian Rendezvous. Discovery
Travel and Living
Sat: 5th Jan. 06:00 to 06:30. Mumbai. Actress
Sushma Reddy introduces Mumbai from the
spectacular Hanging Gardens; a metropolis
fuelled by entrepreneurial energy, determination
TALK SHOW: The Big Questions. BBC 1
Sun: 6th Jan: 10:00 to 11:00. A series of moral,
ethical and religious debates on topical issues,
hosted by Nicky Campbell and Sonia Deol from Tonbridge
School in Kent. On the panel are Guardian columnist
Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, talkshow host James O'Brien
and Rabbi Yitzchak Schochet.
SERIES: Clash of the Worlds. BBC 1
Mon: 7th Jan: 01:10 to 02:10. Looks at the Indian
Mutiny of 1857 in which both sides committed
atrocities in the name of their faiths.
ENTERTAINMENT: Five Star Insider.
Discovery Travel and Living
Mon: 7th Jan: 06:00 to 06:30. Angus enjoys a unique
Tanzanian safari across the Serengeti.
TRAVEL: Rough Guide to Beaches. Channel five
Mon: 7th Jan: 19:30 to 20:00. This programme
focuses on beach holidays including a marine
safari in Watamu in Kenya.
DOCUMENTARY: Films for a New India.
BBC Radio Four
Tue: 11:30 to 12:00. Second of two programmes in
which Hardeep Singh Kohli explores the world of
Indian independent cinema.
FILM: Bend It Like Beckham. BBC 3
Thu: 10th Jan: 20:00 to 21:50. Comedy drama about
a young Asian woman who joins the local semi-professional
football team but opts not to tell her traditionalist
family, who want her to go to law school and settle
down with 'a nice Indian boy'.
DOCUMENTARY: Extreme Pilgrim. BBC 2
Fri: 11th Jan: 21:00 to 22:00. Peter Owen Jones
has been a vicar in the Church of England for 14
years. He travels to the Kumbh Mela festival on
the river Ganges and goes to live in a cave on the
for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon
Sat. 5 Jan: G.O.A. Goan
Extravaganza at Wandsworth Town Hall.
Wandsworth High Street. Time 7pm. Black
Velvet and Say One Do One in attendance.
Dress Strictly Formal. For tickets please
contact Norma Menezes Rahim on 020 8771
4457 or Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322
Sun. 20 Jan. 2:00 pm. Mass
for Fr Agnelo at St John Fisher Church, 207
Cannon Hill Lane, London SW20 7DB, followed
by tea/coffee in the hall next door. Nearest
Sun. 3 Feb. VIVA GOA
Traditional RED & BLACK
evening in WEST London -
Old Actonian Assoc. Sports Club, Gunnersbury
Drive, Ealing, W5 4LL. Music by – “LEVEL 4” and
"CHICO." Doors open 2.30 onwards. Limited admittance;
tickets £10/adults & £3/child. Contact Francis/Norman
on 0208 932 9375/ 07957206169/ 0208 647 1887
Sun: 3 Feb: Mungul Union
(UK). 30th Anniversary.
Feast of our Lady of Mount Carmel at St Ignatius
College, Turkey Street, Enfield, EN1 4NP. Band:
"Rainbow's End". Disco "Nite Life". For tickets
and details, please contact Rosy D'Silva - 0208
352 9450 or Rosalind Rebello on 0208 767 8652;
firstname.lastname@example.org. Members note
cut-off date 13 Jan. Public transport to Hall:
Buses 217 from Turnpike Lane or 121 from Wood Green.
Overhead train from Liverpool St. Station to Turkey St.
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