Newsletter. Issue 2008-02. Jan.10, 2008
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Zanzibar: John da Silva – Artist and Conservationist

3 Jan: Der Spiegel (Germany). Zanzibar has a turbulent past. John da Silva is concerned about its future … He has lived there for more than 60 years having arrived there from Goa. He knew the last Sultan for whom his father made clothes. He became an artist, toured Europe and became one of the most famous residents of the island. “Tourism has corrupted the youth. Nobody now wants a real job,” he says … 1158 words.
For the German original click here.
For an English machine translation, click here.
[Ed: Two years ago I was on a cruise that included a two day visit to Zanzibar. Having heard of the legendary John da Silva, I rounded up a few of my fellow passengers to help to track him down and prevail on him to give us a guided tour of the Stone Town. It was by far the most memorable guided tour I have ever had. The photograph is one I took of him]

UK: Gregory Fernandes death still a mystery

4 Jan: Daily Echo (Southampton) …The delay in pinpointing the cause of death is preventing Mr Fernandes' family from claiming his body and returning it to Goa … His uncle, Father Diogo Fernandes revealed that his nephew had been due to return home to attend the Christmas wedding of his cousin in Bombay. "There will have been no Christmas for his parents - they are in such agony," he said… For full text, 429 words and discussion click here.
For details of the G.O.A. (UK) Gregory Fernandes Memorial Fund click here.

Cayman Islands: Goans Celebrate Feast of St Francis Xavier

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4 Jan: Cayman Net News. In a show of solidarity, more than 500 Goans came together in celebration of Goa’s patron saint, St Francis Xavier on Sunday, 2 December at the St Ignatius Loyola Hall … for the very first time in Cayman, a special mass was celebrated by Fr Alex Crasto in Konkani … The event culminated with a Konkani drama entitled Mhozo Ugdass Korat, which was written and directed by Rafael Noel … 266 words. Click here.

Emmanuel D'Silva: You can offset your carbon footprint

4 Jan: The Times of India. …Take a cue from what Emmanuel D'Silva has done to get a zero-carbon footprint … He has calculated his carbon footprint and offset this by donating money to a cause of growing trees whose seeds can generate biofuel … D’Silva who is an environmental economist and has previously worked at World Bank in Washington, DC has a chock-a-block travel schedule throughout the year. His total carbon footprint is 25 tonne of CO2 per annum. To offset this, he donates Rs 10,000 to a village to plant trees … He has set up a vermicompost pit in his housing complex in Mahim. Mumbai, where he recycles about 1.5 tonne of waste every two months … Full text at the link below. [ED: Emmanuel D’Silva was a frequent visitor to London in the 1990’s and the promoter of the Computers for Goa Schools project]. Click here.

Corryn Rayney Murder: Police raid the Rayney home again

5 Jan: The West Australian. Detectives raided the home of murder victim Corryn Rayney yesterday for the third time in 4 1/2 months, employing scientists to collect plant samples from the front garden … Mr Rayney is believed to be in England visiting family with his two daughters … Ernest da Silva, Mrs Rayney’s father recently broke his silence about her murder, saying his family still hoped police would catch her killer. He would not say whether he wanted Lloyd Rayney to let police re-interview his daughters. He said he did not want to put any pressure on the girls. For full text, 571 words, click here.
For links to video clips with background to the case, click here.

UK: Video: BE MY MAN by Sophia de Souza

5 Jan: You Tube. Sophia de Souza, a New Artist Creating a Sensation in Manchester UK
Sophia de Souza, 25, was born in Goa … She writes, “It was written for all those Sexy Ladies around the world who are looking for their special MAN” For the video clip click here.
The Sophia de Souza website is at

Australia: David Sequeira: Adored abroad, ignored at home

5 Jan: The Canberra Times … Canberra artist David Sequeira told ABC Radio recently that while he could exhibit and sell elsewhere, he didn't sell in Canberra and had given up trying. Instead he makes art here but shows and sells interstate and overseas …
The David Sequeira home page is at

New York: Talwar Gallery: Allan deSouza Recent Works
6 Jan: India Art News. Jan 11 to Feb. 23, 2008 at Talwar Gallery, 108 East 16 Street, New York, NY 10003.
Allan deSouza is a professor of New Genres at the San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA. He was born in 1958 in Nairobi and raised in England. For text click here. For a photograph of him and links to his works click here.

Scotland: Harry Fernandes: My View
6 Jan: Scotland on Sunday. Harry Fernandes, Resident manager at the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh interviewed says, “I never came to Scotland for the weather. Why would you if you are from the west coast of India? I have grown to like it and the cold does not bother me. I cycle to work so it does not matter if it is raining, snowing or windy … 276 words. Click here.

UK: Dr Jayant Vaidya: Smoking age 'should rise to 21'
7 Jan: BBC. Dr Jayant Vaidya is calling for the age at which people can buy cigarettes to be raised to 21. He also wants the tax on cigarettes to rise … He said that in Goa where he was born, raising the smoking age to 21 has led to a considerable drop in the number of tobacco-related diseases. 265 words. Click here.
For the GVUK Dr Vaidya supplement, click here.

Swindon: Holy Rood School has 85 Goan students
8 Jan: Swindon Advertiser. Holy Rood Junior School is today celebrating 40 years at its Upham Road base. The Catholic school first opened in 1899 on Groundwell Road but was found to be too small … It has a wide mix of children from all over the world. To reflect that, the school has teaching assistants who are Goan, Italian and Polish and also has six Polish students and 85 Goan students … Click here.

Whozzat guy with Madonna? It’s James D’Silva!
10 Jan: Daily News & Analysis. The tall, well built man kissing Madonna is James D’Silva and he’s a London-based Pilates instructor … James, who trained as a ballet dancer in his native Goa, went to England 21 years ago. He turned a yoga instructor and later discovered Gyrotonics … James has been accompanying Madonna to all her outings … There are unconfirmed reports that Madonna might make a trip to Goa to meet James’ mother. For full text click here.
For the GVUK James D’Silva supplement click here.

Canada: Diane Nalini on CBC TV on Thurs. 10 Jan
10 Jan: CBC TV. 8pm EST repeated CBC Newsworld at 10pm EST. Diane Nalini is to appear on “The Nature of Things.” The programme focuses on how we perceive music and Diane will be featured at the beginning and end of the programme accompanied by Vanessa Rodrigues and Tim Nolan, and also singing with Dan Levitin.
Diane Nalini’s mother is a Goan. Her website is at


7 Jan: Mapusa, Goa. CATHERINE PIRES. Wife of late Adolph. Sister of Gabriel Alphonso (UK), Joaquim Alphonso and Thereza Paul.

6 Jan: Toronto. IVAN ST. CLAIR SEQUEIRA, LL.B., Q.C. (age 80). Husband of Doreen. Father of Neil (Phillipa), Denise (David) and Donovan. Grandfather of Danielle, Ivan and Cameron. The family would like to welcome you to visit the home on Friday, January 18th, 2008, from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Ivan St. Clair Sequeira (ex-Uganda [Chief Magistrate] & UK; Moira, Goa). Emigrated to Canada in 1967. He was appointed Queens Counsel in 1981; was Legal Advisor to Goan Overseas Association, Toronto. For full details click here.

6 Jan: Toronto. ALFRED GEORGE MICHAEL DE SOUZA. (Aged 87; ex-Santa Cruz, Bombay. Died after a courageous fight with cancer and after having just celebrated his sixty-first wedding anniversary on 5 Jan). He is survived by his wife Mildred, daughters Deirdre (Arzheimer), Sharon (Bradwell), Shauna (Whitehead), and Tara, son Brad, grandchildren Jessica and Trevor Whitehead, and Sisters Mabel (Oliveira) and Yvonne (Gonsalves). Predeceased by brothers Deryck and Brian, sister Joy (Pereira), son-in-law Tim Whitehead and granddaughter Sian Bradwell. Following cremation, a memorial Mass will be held at St. Martin De Porres church at 2 p.m. on Fri. January 11. Published in the Montreal Gazette, Toronto Star and Times of India. Click here.

6 Jan: Agassaim, Goa. MARIANA RODRIGUES. Wife of late Domingos. Mother of Santan/Francis (Piquen) (UK), Joao (UK)/Izabel, Francisco (Abul)/Rosy (UK), Conceicao Rodrigues. Grandmother of Michael/Elsie, Bella/Phillip, William/Vellan, Zelia/Mario, Molwin, Domnic, Sweedle, Frazer, Meliza, Royfer (all UK).

4 Jan: Vancouver, Canada. LORRAINE MIRIAM ANTOINETTE PEREIRA (Born 1944). She will be missed by family, friends and colleagues all over the world, touching so many lives with her vivacious spirit and exceptional talents … A private memorial service will be held at a later date … For photo and text click here.

4 Jan: Agassaim, Goa. JOAO ALVARO DIAS DO ROSARIO (Saiba). Husband of Francisca. Father of Bradley (Celebrity Cruises)/Sunita, Jacklin. Brother of Cruz/Bella (UK), Esperanca/Nicolau, Fransquina/Jose Marie.

4 Jan: Australia. JOSEPH FERNANDES. Husband of late Anita Rangel. Father of late Milagres. Brother of late Aninha, Jack/Therezine. Uncle of Lucy, Linda, Olga.

3 Jan: Merton Park, London. CYRIL FRANCIS JOHN MONTEIRO (ex-Nairobi). Super husband to Virginia Cacilda Monteiro (nee D’Souza). His three sons Clifford, Colin and Clive and their families love and miss him. The funeral is on Fri. 25 Jan. at 10am in St John Fisher Church, 207 Cannon Hill Lane, London SW 20. The family request no floral tributes, but if you would like to make a donation this would be much appreciated and will be sent to the Pilar Seminary, a cause very close to Cyril’s heart. Please send the donations to: Canute d’Aguiar:- 52 Monkleigh Road , Morden, Surrey, SW20 4EW UK Condolences to

3 Jan: Velim, Goa. ETELVINA ASSUMPTA D’SILVA. (Aged 81, Ex-Morogoro, Tanzania). Beloved wife of Late Joseph Liborio D’Silva. Loving Mother of Late Frankie/Alba, Romeo/Marie, Edwin/Yolanda, Bryan/Goretti. Loving Grandmother of Sandra/Jesse, Aubrey-Ann/Christopher, Genevieve, Alvin, Ashton, Daniel and Lisa-Marie. Great-Grandmother of Sabrina and Robin. Condolences to:

2 Jan: Parra, Goa. FANQUITO (FRANCISCO) BENEDITO DE SANTA TERESA DO CARMO QUITERIO SOUZA. Husband of Melba (Ex-Kenya). Father of Marina/Wilson, Zita, Selwyn and Glenn/Elvina. Grandfather of Zara, Andrea, Elton, Serena and Krysla. Brother of late Antonio, Celine/late Philip. Brother-in-law of Chris/Uma (UK), Rev Dr Ayres, Yolanda/Derek and late Roland.

19 Dec: Mumbai. ANASTACIO GERONIMO EDUARDO (Gerry/Jeronimo) COUTINHO (Born 1930; ex-Nerul-Bastora (Goa); Hubli (India); Nairobi (Kenya); Southampton and London (UK). Died after brief illness in Mumbai, en route to Goa. Ex-Husband to Cecelia Mascarenhas and father to a large family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Son of late Luis David Coutinho and late Joquina Claudina D'Souza (Belgaum and Hubli). Brother to Natividade (Natty) Rodrigues (ex-Uganda, Southampton) and Felicia Coutinho de Noronha (Goa), late Elizabeth and the long-missed George (Georgie). Brother-in-law to Marshall Rodrigues (Southampton), Tony Noronha (Goa), Felix Mascarenhas (London), Romeo Mascarenhas (Southampton), and the late Victor Mascarenhas. Uncle to Milton Rodrigues (London), Jude Rodrigues (Leeds), Americo Noronha and Frederick Noronha (Goa). Remains to be interred at Hubli cemetery later in January 2008. Condolences to

UK: Noel D’Costa: First Year Death Anniversary Mass
22 Feb 2008 at 7:30 pm. First Year Death Anniversary Mass at Our Lady Immaculate Church, 401/403 Ewell Road. Tolworth. Surrey KT6 7DG (
Noel Salvador D’Costa [ex-Nairobi] was the son of Bertha D’Costa and the late Joseph D’Costa. Brother to Tony, Jason, Victor, Thelma and Norbert. Father to Joseph and Emily. Enquiries to Thelma,


New kids on the block
1 Jan: Express Hospitality. The Alcon Victor Group recently launched Devaaya Ayurveda Retreat in Dewar, Goa … Phoenix Group Global recently launched a Portuguese-themed resort called Country Inns & Suites at Benaulim, Goa … Click here.

Nordic tourists cancel Kenya holidays and opt for Goa
4 Jan: Earth Times (UK). Leading travel operators in the Nordic region have suspended charter flights to Kenya in the wake of violence sparked by disputed elections … Tourists due to leave for Kenya next week were offered compensation or rebooked to alternative destinations. "Many selected Thailand, Gambia or Goa" Click here.

Damn all bliss
5 Jan: Deer Spiegel. The Coast from Goa to Kerala is a Wellness Centre. Thousands go there to combine a holiday with spirituality … For the German original click here. 1284 words.
For an English language machine translation click here.

Thrifty fifty
5 Jan: The Guardian (UK). Guide to 50 hotels under £50 … Goa, India. Combining Portuguese colonial grandeur with traditional Goan design, the Vivenda Dos Palhaços is a 100-yearold mansion in the quiet village of Majorda in south Goa. The specialties of Jibby, the Keralan chef, include iced gazpacho topped with lobster and drizzled in paprika oil. Guests can hitch a lift in their customised tuk-tuk to the longest beach in Goa. • 0091 832 322 1119,, doubles from £49.70 B&B.

Bring me (winter) sunshine
6 Jan: The Sunday Times (UK) … there are thousands of winter-sun holidays waiting to be sold, and that’s why they’re slashing prices by as much as 45% … In Goa hotel rates tumble after the peak new-year period. At the four-star Club Mahindra hotel, on Varca Beach, a week, B&B, departing on January 12, has been reduced from £840 to £629 by Jewel in the Crown Holidays (0870 067 2352). Two-star packages start at £369. Click here.

Goa: Featured Holidays
6 Jan: Sunday Sun (Newcastle, UK). Goa . . . £759: Seven nights relaxing at the four-star Majorda Beach hotel on a bed and breakfast basis with return flights from Manchester airport departing January 25. To book, go to Goa . . . £909: Stay at Coconut Grove, a delightful and modern property just 250m from Betalbatim Beach, which is locally referred to as Sunset Beach. Depart on March 7, 2008. Prices start from £909 per person for 14 nights on a bed and breakfast basis and include return flights from Manchester with Monarch Airlines. For more information or to book, go to or call 0208-423 3000.

Late deals
6 Jan: The News of the World (UK). Goa £539, eight nights half-board at the three-star Hotel Estuary Island in Poover, from Gatwick, Feb 15. See www. or call 08450 70 25 30.

Overpriced Goa suffers slump in peak season
6 Jan: Deccan Herald. By Devika Sequeira. Hit by a 20% slump in arrivals, the New Year party ended in a damp squib for thousands of hotels and tourism stakeholders in Goa this season … The confusion over visa processing in India’s High Commission in London, overpriced accommodation and air fares and the anti-SEZ agitation all combined for a negative impact on Goa’s tourism industry. Charters from the UK registered a drop of nearly 10% because of the visa problem … Click here.

Russian tourists stranded in Goa to return home
7 Jan: ITAR-TASS (Russia). A large group of Russian tourists stranded in Goa, India, because of a charter flight delay is returning home … They had hoped to get back home by Christmas Eve but repairs to the plane took longer than expected … The flight might be on the way to Russia any time now. Click here.

Indian Ocean Cruises: Infrastructure inroads
8 Jan: The Economic Times. The London-based Foresight group promoted by London-based NRI, Ravi Mehrotra is to operate luxury cruises in the Arabian Sea around the Lakshadweep Archipelago … This season started in October and will continue until mid-May … the company may have to cease cruise operations in India due to the lack of infrastructure at Indian ports … Meanwhile, Foresight's proposal to the government of Goa to develop a yacht marina on build operate and transfer basis is also on the back-burner. The government has not given the clearance so far owing to bureaucratic in-fighting. It appears that the central government, although they like the project, are not able to push it through in Goa government circles, a frustrated Mr Mehrotra said. 667 words. Click here.


Violence and Cynical Foreign News Crews
5 Jan: the Nation (Kenya). As a Canadian, Arno Kopecky gives his impression of what he has seen in Nairobi during the riots this week. Click here.

NRIs in Kenya: shaken but safe
6 Jan: IANS. … Kenyan Indians have not been targeted directly, injured or killed except by accident or being on the fringes of action … Most Kenyan Indians hold Kenyan passports and so they cannot just leave the country to settle abroad … lots of Kenyan Indians go abroad on 'holidays' just before the elections to avoid the tension … Goans and South Indians are found in smaller numbers …Kenyan Indians prefer to go to Britain, Canada or the US where they have their children or relatives and very few come to India … Kenyan Indians are estimated to be around 100,000 today but were three or four times this number when the country became independent. 852 words. Click here.

Gujaratis lose Rs 500 crore in Kenya violence
6 Jan: Times of India. Kenya-based Indian business community, mostly Gujaratis, is estimated to have suffered losses worth about Rs 500 crore or one billion shillings in the ongoing ethnic violence there, which is reported to be ebbing now. Business establishments owned by Indians were looted and charred by the rioters, particularly in Kisumu. According to the officials at the Indian high commission office in Kenya, Indians businesses have suffered the most in Kisumu. 479 words. Click here.

Keith Vaz wants Britain to create haven for Asians fleeing Kenya
8 Jan: Indo-Asian News Service. Keith Vaz, Britain's senior-most Asian lawmaker, Tuesday urged the British government to ensure that Britain keeps its doors open to Asians fleeing the violence in Kenya. His call to British Foreign Secretary David Miliband came amid the first evidence that large numbers of Asians have either left or are in the process of leaving strife-torn Kenya, where business establishments owned by them have been torched and looted … Kenyan newspapers say many Asians have fled in chartered flights to the capital Nairobi and to neighbouring Uganda - ironically, the very country that expelled its thriving Asian community in the early 1970s - some en route to Europe or the US. 974 words. Click here.

Ian Fernandes: Kenyan media choose peace
9 Jan: The Times (South Africa). Kenya’s media has been careful to avoid inflaming tensions during the national crisis … "Our focus was first on peace … “ said NTV managing director Ian Fernandes whose channel is part of the Nation media, the largest private media group in the region … “We refrained from mentioning the ethnicity of either the victims or the culprits,” he added … 649 words. Click here.
For more about Ian Fernandes, click here.


Video: Centre can review all Goa SEZs
3 Jan: CNN-IBN. The Centre vs State tussle on SEZ's in Goa, seems to be going in favour of the state for the time being. 0m. 54s. Click here.

Left in Cong lurch, Cipla SEZ begins packing up in Goa
5 Jan: Indian Express. The SEZ planned by Cipla is a deserted place now. While the security officer in charge denies entry inside the complex, citing an ongoing court case, virtually no work is on inside … “It is sad that other states are wooing industries and Goa does not want them.” 991 words. Click here.

Now, Congress defends SEZs in Goa
5 Jan: Times of India. A Congress Party spokesman has justified the Centre's policy on SEZs claiming it had been a response to the growth impulses of the economy … Coming in the wake of Kamat's successful pressure on the Union commerce ministry to review the cases of the already approved three SEZs in the face of popular protests in the state, the Congress statement appears to be an effort to reconcile the positions of the Centre and the state. Click here.

Goa CM refuse to comment on the Cogness stand of SEZ
5 Jan: PTI. Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat, whose government has scrapped all SEZs in the state, today declined to comment comment on the Congress stand that the industrial enclaves were meant to provide employment to local people. Click here.

Mad Goan mandate
6 Jan: Indian Express. It is more than a little strange, one would think, to reverse a policy that is drawing investments to your state that others are envious of. But in Goa, it seems, anything goes. Witness the Goan government's sudden rejection of special economic zones (SEZs) … 403 words. Click here.

Resist anti-SEZ pressures in Goa
7 Jan: Business Standard. The New Year gift from Goa was the decision not to allow any Special Economic Zones (SEZ) to come up in the state. The Commerce Secretary responded by pointing out that there is no provision under the law to denotify SEZs. The Commerce Minister, however, said that the Centre can review all SEZs in Goa … 546 words. Click here.

How Goa CM persuaded Centre to halt SEZ plans
8 Jan: Business Standard. When Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat came to Delhi last week, he was in a “dangerous” mood and threatened to resign … “I can quit and return home. But I will not fight my own people,” he had said. 526 words. Click here.


Corporate giant to set up Football Academy in Goa
4 Jan: Bharti Enterprises and All India Football Federation (AIFF) have signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" to launch the first major public-private partnership to establish a world-class football academy in Goa … AIFF secretary Albero Colaco said two state governments - Haryana and Goa – had offered land for setting up the academy. But ''it has been decided to set up Bharti-AIFF academy at Goa,'' he added. The academy, which will be built on the lines of club academies in Western Europe, will be a residential cum educational academy. 543 words. Click here.

Photographer gives image makeover to Konkani 'tiatr'
4 Jan: Earth News (UK), By Frederick Noronha. … the minority Catholic elite in Goa look down on tiatr as being too plebeian for their tastes. Now, a portrait photographer is attempting to change that image. Literally. Alex Fernandes, a photographer of Goan origin who grew up in Mumbai and worked in the Gulf, has taken it upon himself to exhibit the portraits of some of the best tiatrists. Fernandes, 44, is showcasing his portraits of tiatrists at a bookshop in north Goa this week … US-based scholar Pramod Kale has written about the Konkani stage, explaining the relevance of the tiatr in Goa's cultural and historical evolution. 467 words. Click here.
For a sample of some of the photographs click here.

Supreme Court allows 16 Goa iron ore mines to restart
4 Jan: Reuters. The Supreme Court on Friday allowed 16 out of 18 iron ore mines in Goa to restart after stopping about a month ago because of doubts over work permits. Click here.

Goa: Over 2000 protest renewal of mining licence at Velim
4 Jan: Navhind Times. Thousands of residents thronged the Church complex at Velim and prevented the Goa State Pollution Control Board officials from carrying out the scheduled public hearing over the renewal of licence for bauxite mining lease to a private concern. Click here.

Mental disorders in adolescents in Goa
4 Jan: The British Journal of Psychiatry vol.192: pages 45-51. The study relates to adolescents aged between 12 and 16 years old in Goa … Adolescents from urban areas and girls who faced gender discrimination had higher prevalence. There was also a link with ‘non-traditional’ lifestyle (frequent partying, going to the cinema, shopping for fun and having a boyfriend or girlfriend), difficulties with studies, lack of safety in the neighbourhood, a history of physical or verbal abuse and tobacco use. Having one’s family as the primary source of social support was associated with lower prevalence of mental disorders.
Conclusions: The current prevalence of mental disorders in adolescents in our study was very low compared with studies in other countries. Strong family support was a critical factor associated with low prevalence of mental disorders, while factors indicative of adoption of a non-traditional lifestyle were associated with an increased prevalence.
For a summary or full text, including discussion, select the link below. Click here.

Netted up for the new year
4 Jan: Goa Plus. Goa will become the first state in the country to be fully connected with a high bandwidth. But what does this mean to the people of Goa? … The fourth phase will be a wireless connectivity … Text, 396 words at the link below.
Click here.

Goa the new destination for Paedophiles
5 Jan: Schweizmagazin (Switzerland). The organization "Childrens Rights in Goa" has reported hundreds cases of paedophilia and sexual exploitation of children by tourists. The problem has been ignored by the Goa government. 580 words. German text. Click here.

Orlando Noronha: Creating wonders with little polished tiles
6 Jan: Navhind Times. Orlando Noronha won a scholarship from Fundacao Oriente and left Goa for Portugal to learn the Portuguese guitar. There he got interested in tile painting and today he is the leading tile painter in Goa. 795 words. Click here.

Goa's Kaju Feni in the process of getting patent.
7 Jan: Indian Express. The efforts to get patent rights for the famed Kaju Feni seems to be finally bearing fruit. A team of officials visited various distilleries in Goa last week … Goa today has a roaring business of feni with more than 2,000 distillation outlets and a handful of modern factories working overtime … The Government expects certification by first week of May. 363 words. Click here.

Feast of Reis Magos
8 Jan: Herald. The small, sleepy hamlet of Reis Magos is situated on the banks of the Mandovi River across Campal in Panjim … The quiet and sleepy village comes alive on January 6 every year, It is one of only three places in Goa, where the unique feast of the three kings is held, the other two being Chandor and Cansaulim, legend of the Three Kings. Click here.

Pilot project to develop municipal areas in Goa
8 Jan: The Hindu. Goa is all set to undertake a pilot project to chalk out a model development plan for six villages and three municipal areas of the State. It will be a ‘dry test’ for the State Regional Plan 2021. It will empower people through local self-governance. The Project expected to be ready by April 2008 … 413 words. Click here.

After the New Year Celebrations…
8 Jan: Navhind Times. … Across cities - in Mumbai, Delhi or Kolkata, women had a tough time in crowds, with men behaving sickeningly. In streets, private bashes, nightclubs and even celebrity events they were touched, groped or stroked by inebriated men in a celebratory mode. Comparatively, the feminine sex had an easier time in Goa … 521 words. Click here.

Winds of political change blow over Goa
9 Jan: Herald. Goa’s political scenario suddenly seems to be hotting up again as moves are reportedly on to destabilise the 7-month-old Digambar Kamat government. Click here.

Asian schools chess championship: Double Gold for Goa
10 Jan: Navhind Times. Double world Under-8 champ Ivana Maria Furtado claimed the gold jointly with Sri Lankan Jayaranthna … Another Goan, Cyrus Pereira of Guirim, also won the gold jointly with Mirzaie Saleh in the boys Under-11 category … It was a historic day for Goa, as for the first time in the annals of chess, two players had been declared champions in an Asian schools event. Click here.

Goans Fishing in Stagnant Waters
10 Jan: Navhind Times. It is one of our traditional occupations that is gradually losing its place in our overall economy. Each year brings more and more grim news to the fishing community as rampant over-fishing or pollution takes its toll on the catch. The consequence: A sharp increase in fish prices, in recent months, with the nutritional food going out of the reach of the common man. Click here.

Craftsmen display exquisite art at Panaji expo
10 Jan: Fibre2Fashion. Panaji is ready for a handicraft and handloom exhibition at Gasper Dias Club … artisans from all over the country will be displaying their art and craft. Over hundred stalls would be under one roof. Click here.


'India needs greater NRI participation'
3 Jan: Times of India. India is seeking a greater engagement of NRIs in the country's development process so as to boost its economic growth and strengthen the bonds of the overseas Indians with their mother nation. Click here.

Tony D'Souza Explains How to Publicize Your Book
3 Jan: Publishing Spot. What happens after you publish your first book? Not much, unless you're willing to do a lot of work Novelist Tony D'Souza told us something similar when he stopped by for an interview. He single-handedly arranged a book tour, dinners with magazine editors, and interviews with bloggers. Nobody magically publicized his book and the majority of the work fell on his shoulders. Click here.

UK: Call India – Free 200 minutes
Reliance India Call now offers UK to India call service for 3.9 p per min on weekdays and 3.7p per min at weekends from UK landlines. Register for the service by 31 Jan. 2008 and get 200 minutes call to India free. You can also use the service from call boxes and to other parts of the world. For details call 0-800-373-9636 or check the link below. Click here.

Portugal: New Indian Vegetarian Restaurant in Leiria
4 Jan: Leiria Economica. A new restaurant, Cardamomo, has been opened in Leiria. It is run by Nuno Sequeira who was raised in Goa and Patricia Rodrigues. Lunch is 8 Euros and Dinner 15 Euros. Photo and text click here.

UK row on Indian doctors returns to centre-stage
5 Jan: Times of India. Senior British Indian doctors have accused the UK government of unfairly whipping up a fear psychosis of a sort once again by portraying Indian medics as poised to take away thousands of specialist medical training jobs from locals. The new row comes as 9,000 highly-prized specialist jobs are advertised by Britain's department of health, with the gloomy caveat that at least half of them may go to non-European Union doctors, most of whom belong to India. Click here.

The birth of the Australian Indian: Goan boys network in Canada
5 Jan: NewIndPress. The Australia Indian Solidarity Group Incorporated (AISG), organised a forum on ‘political consciousness amongst Australian Indians’ in Melbourne … The trigger was apparently the recent Federal elections in which all of the dozen Australian Indians and those boasting Indian ancestry who contested, lost … A medical practitioner, who unsuccessfully contested the November election in a constituency from Victoria, pointed out that the lack of barriers forced the independent Indian to live in isolation and eschew the ghetto-mentality of the other ethnicities … Another candidate said that none of the Indian publications took note of his candidature but he was interviewed by a Goan boys network in Canada, forcing an observant to recount with great relish, the oft-heard story of the Indian crabs in a basket that kept pulling each other down. 1044 words. Click here.

Insulting calls from Britons make Indian operators sick
6 Jan: British callers may be infuriated when they discover that the company they are telephoning has moved its customer service centre to India. But their frustration is as nothing compared with the heart attacks, ulcers and insomnia afflicting those on the other end of the line … 729 words. Click here.

UK: Bishop warns of no-go zones for non-Muslims
6 Jan: The Sunday Telegraph (UK). Islamic extremists have created "no-go" areas across Britain where it is too dangerous for non-Muslims to enter, one of the Church of England's most senior bishops warns today. The Rt Rev Michael Nazir-Ali, the Bishop of Rochester and the Church's only Asian bishop, says that people of a different race or faith face physical attack if they live or work in communities dominated by a strict Muslim ideology … Click here.

The £1,290 car delights Indians but horrifies the green lobby
6 Jan: The Observer (UK). After years of secret preparation, the world's cheapest car will be unveiled in Delhi this week - delighting millions of Indians as much as it is horrifying environmentalists. At 100,000 rupees (£1,290), the People's Car, designed and manufactured by Tata, is being marketed as a safer way of travelling for those who until now have had to transport their families balanced on the back of their motorbikes. Photo and text. Click here.

Jesuits to vote for 'Black Pope'
7 Jan: The Telegraph. A conclave to elect the new "Black Pope" begins in Rome on Monday, with Jesuits from around the world gathering to choose a leader. The nickname refers to the simple black vestments worn by the Jesuits and to the power the leader holds. The new head could be from the developing world as of the 218 voters, only 64 are from Europe … Father Lisbert D'Souza of India is one possibility … The leader should be named this month. 219 words. Click here.

Gigolos speak out in conservative India
7 Jan: BBC. Male sex workers or gigolos comprise a shadowy group of people in India. Click here.

Bonhams holds first Middle East auction
8 Jan: AME Info (UAE). Bonhams, the international fine art auction house established in the UK since 1793, will hold its first Middle East auction sale in Dubai this March and including India's Francis Newton Souza … Founder of India's Progressive Artists' movement in 1947, Francis Newton Souza is internationally-renowned as an articulate genius, augmenting his disturbing and powerful canvases with his sharp, stylish and provocative prose. His 1955 work 'The Elder' - with an estimated value of US $240,000-300,000 - will be a highlight of the Bonhams Dubai auction. Click here.

India: Real estate sector seeks special residential zones
8 Jan: Sify. The real estate industry seeks introduction of special residential zones (on the lines of Special Economic Zones), to ensure affordable housing in the country. “We need SRZs across India with these zones patterned on the lines of SEZ Act entailing similar approvals, the board structure, and monitoring and execution, and also similar concessions in terms of direct, indirect taxes and octroi, amongst others,” Kumar Gera, Chairman of Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI), said … Click here.

Orissa violence 'worst ever in India's history'
8 Jan: Religious Intelligence (UK). The recent violence in Orissa, India, is the worst ever to occur against the country’s Christian community in the history of democratic India, a report from the All India Christian Council (AICC) has claimed. For text click here.
To view the entire Fact Finding Report, click here.

The Brits Abroad...
8 Jan: Around Town. According to one major tour operator in the UK, some holidaymakers are just never satisfied. Here are the most bizarre and customer complaints received: 1. "On my holiday to Goa in India, I was disgusted to find that almost every restaurant served curry. I don't like spicy food at all." Click here.

Donna's mission helps to bring joy to children
9 Jan: Northants Evening Telegraph (UK). As her 50th birthday present Donna Wilder was taken to Goa but her holiday turned into a mission to help the children there. She now plans to visit it twice a year to help tackle poverty. She said: "I would recommend anybody to go to Goa. It opened my eyes and eight weeks later we were back. It has changed my way of thinking and stopped me wasting money. I appreciate everything I have now.” She is appealing for anyone with mobile phones and football clothing to donate to call her. If you have anything to donate please call Mrs Wilder on 07737267714. Photo and text, 357 words. Click here.

`Stop violence against Christians' rally on 10 Jan, in Orissa
9 Jan: Indian Catholic. A “Stop Violence Against Christians Rally” is being held in on January 10, 2008 … The violence allegedly began when Christians in a village in Orissa began to celebrate Christmas Eve. The next day a Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP)-affiliated group called for a strike and VHP members began attacking Christians across the state … 264 words. Click here.

Couple to start new life abroad after attack
10 Jan: Middleton Guardian. Terry Malone who had every bone in his face broken has vowed to start a new life in India – helping others. Brave was beaten to a pulp when he went to the aid of a woman attacked outside a pub but he is now hoping to start again working with poor youngsters in India … Mr Malone and long-term partner Joan Roberts, 50, now plan to take a trip to Goa to visit some of his family. For photo and text click here.

Football: National Coach Houghton Impressed By New Faces
10 Jan: News Post India. Impressed by many of the new faces in the I-League, Indian coach Bob Houghton is set to include some of them among the probables for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Challenge Cup … He returned to Goa after an extended holiday back home in South Africa … Houghton, a former midfielder with English Premier League club Fulham, has attached huge importance to the tournament, … “We will have an exposure trip to Portugal in July to prepare for the championship”, said Houghton. Click here.


The annual Mando Festival ("a colourful form of Konkani music") gets underway at 5 p.m. at the Kala Academy in Panjim, Goa on Jan 7, 2008 and at the Narcinva Damodar Naik Hall in Margao on Jan, 9, 2008 also at 5.p.m. For further information, please visit

Tourism in Goa is clearly a mixed blessing and Goanet posts illustrate this point very well. For an account of protests about the worst effects of tourism in Goa, do read an article by Cecil Pinto titled United Goa Tourists' Association. This article first appeared in the Gomantak Times on Jan 3, 2008. Part of the charm with Cecil's article is the humour when describing the various tourist groups in Goa.

Carnival 2008 is not so far away with all the varied festivities during the last three days before the start of Lent. However, an unusual article by Miguel Braganza traces the political issues that have faced Carnival over the past years.

According to F. Noronha, Konkani tiatr is "financially lucrative and vibrantly popular, but the century-old traditional Konkani drama form of tiatr is still looked down upon by those who matter. Post-colonial culture in Goa has given step-motherly treatment to art forms influenced by the West. Even the minority Catholic elite here looks down on tiatr as being too plebian for their tastes." However, this state of affairs is going to be rectified by portrait photographer, Alex Fernandes. Find out more about F. Noronha's 'thesis' and excellent analysis regarding Konkani tiatr.

Finally, many Goan Voice(UK) readers have lived in East Africa before settling in the UK and are clearly horrified by the news and images of violence in Kenya on our TV screens. There is much need for help and appeals for such help have already appeared in the media. One such appeal from Dr Joyce Shamshudin appears on Goanet and offers of all kinds of assistance are welcomed by her.

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DOCUMENTARY: Arrange Me a Marriage. BBC 1
Sat: 12th Jan. 02:05 to 03:05. Traditional Indian matchmaker Aneela Rahman helps Brits find love in just four weeks. Sally Cox, 40, is the original 80s power woman who is set up on a blind date.

DOCUMENTARY: A Day For Nature. Travel Channel
Sat. 12th Jan: 11:00 to 11:30. Goan Wild. Richard Hall meets John Hicks who is solely responsible for cleaning up Goa's stray dog population.

TRAVEL: A Fork in Africa. Travel Channel
Mon: 14 Jan: 18:30 to 19:00. Zanzibar.

SERIES: Clash of the Worlds. BBC 4
Mon: 14 Jan: 20:00 to 21:00. Mutiny. The story of the Indian uprising in which both sides committed atrocities in the name of their faiths.

DOCUMENTARY: Moguls of the Taj Mahal. Discovery Knowledge
Mon: 14 Jan: 20:00 to 21:00. The remarkable story of the Moguls who reigned over India for nearly 200 years, including the illiterate Akbar the Great, who declared himself a god.

COOKERY: Coconut Coast. UKTV Food
Wed: 16 Jan: 05:00 to 05:30. East Meets West. Reza Mahammad spends the day in Cochin with a European couple who run a very stylish boutique hotel.

COOKERY: The Best... UKTV Food
Wed: 16 Jan: 17:00 to 17:30. This show focuses on pork dishes including pork vindaloo. From the programme notes, “This one definitely not a traditional Indian meal, but doesn't it sound interesting?”


See for help in locating Archbishop Lanfranc School, Croydon

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 tube Morden/Wimbledon.

Sun. 3 Feb. VIVA GOA ENTERTAINMENT presents 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; 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.

Sat 6 Apr. 1pm – 8.30pm. Charity Dance in aid of Osteoporosis Brittle Bone Disease. Venue: Archbishop Lanfranc School, Mitcham Road, Croydon, Surrey CR9 3AS. All proceeds will go to St. George’s Hospital Tooting. Featuring Music by Dimensions Band. Disco by ‘Say One Do One’. Plus Cabaret shows. Admission: Adults - £13 with food; Children (4-10 yrs) - £5 with food. For tickets, please contact: Derrick Pereira – 020 8952 8899; Clare D’Souza – 020 8543 5454;
Irene Mendonca – 020 8767 2762; Hazel Rodrigues – 020 8367 6776.


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