GOA GOVERNMENT CRISIS
Video: Rebels, NCP threaten to pull down Goa government
17 Jan. 10:55 GMT. IBN. “Developments expected in
the next two hours.” 2m. 55s
Goa Govt in trouble, four MLAs quit
17 Jan: Asian Age. By Pamela D’Mello. Three NCP
legislators and Independent MLA Vishwajit Rane said
late on Wednesday night that they had withdrawn
support to Goa’s Digambar Kamat government. Elections
in June 2007 gave the Congress 16 MLAs, the NCP
three, BJP 14, SGF two, MGP two, Independents two
and UGDP (now unattached) one. Mr Kamat heads a
coalition with the NCP, SGF and one Independent,
Mr Vishwajit Rane. For full text, 704 words,
CM Kamat speaks to Pawar, claims Govt is safe
17 Jan: Zee News. Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat
tonight said his government his safe and faced no threat and
that NCP supremo Sharad Pawar had assured him that his party
MLAs in Goa will not withdraw support.
For the latest TV news (usually every half hour) on NDTV,
For the latest news in the print media
Non-Resident Goans to celebrate Reunion Nite on Jan 19
13 Jan: UNI. World Alliance of Goan Overseas Associations
(WAGOA) will organise a grand 'Non-Resident Goans
Reunion Nite’ in Goa on January 19. About 500
NRGs will participate … Disclosing this to media
persons here today, WAGOA General Secretary Tony Colaco
(Australia) said they plan to organise week-long Goa
festivals at different places all over the world during
the year. There are according to an estimate more than
500,000 Goans spread across all the continents. 182 words.
For details of the Reunion Nite
Meet of overseas Goans
15 Jan: Times of India. Goans spread worldwide are expected to
converge in Panaji on January 19 as part of the meet organised
by the World Alliance of Goan Overseas Associations (WAGOA), an
umbrella organisation of 45 groups. "Goans were among the
first Indians to migrate from the country," said Tony Colaco
who also heads Goans Overseas Association at Sydney. He addressed
a press conference in presence of WAGOA Convenor Rene Barretto
and others … Chief Minister Digamber Kamat along with
NRI Commissioner Eduardo Faleiro will be present at the
function on 19 Jan. 245 words.
Non-resident Goans’ reunion
16 Jan: Navhind Times. The Non- Resident Goans’
Re-union Nite is being held at Mandovi Riviera, Panaji
on January 19. Mr Tony Colaco said the main purpose of
the function is to popularise and promote Goan cuisine,
tradition and culture besides finding social issues in
the Goan society and resolving them … Mr Colaco
has appealed to the Goans to attend this event and
express their solidarity with the efforts … 329 words.
UK: Louella Fernandes: Geography lessons for online retailers
9 Jan: Silicon.com. Despite the broad reach of the
internet, successful online traders need to focus
tightly on individual customers. One way of doing
that is to identify exactly where they are located,
says Quocirca's Louella Fernandes. 1,188 words.
Louella Fernandes is a Principal Analyst working
with Quocirca, with a remit covering enterprise
printing, business intelligence and geo-locational
tools. For a photograph and brief bio
Louella Fernandes writes frequently on IT topics.
For a selection of other articles by her see
Journalists: Agents of public dialogue
10 Jan: Herald. Dr Basilio Monteiro, professor of
International Communication for Development, St. John’s
University, New York will speak on the role of journalists
at the workshop on ‘Journalists: Agents of public dialogue -
Promoting sustainable and progressive development to be
held at Hotel Mandovi, on January 16, between 10am to
12.30 pm. For text
For a photo and brief bio of Dr Monteiro
Kenya: Ian Fernandes: New Appointment
11 Jan: The Nation (Nairobi). Mr Ian Fernandes becomes
the new managing director, Nation Digital Division. Mr
Fernandes has a background in the fields of television
and information technology and joined the NMG from
The Standard Group. "As managing director of the
Broadcasting Division, Ian has been responsible for
positively changing the fortunes of the division both
financially and growing its audience and market share,"
said Mr Gitahi, group chief executive officer …
For photo and text
For a video clip with Ian Fernandes
Tony Fernandes: Battle to rule the skies
13 Jan: The Daily Express (UK). … The new long-haul
low-cost airline AirAsia X hopes to link Kuala Lumpur with both
Stansted and Manchester for an average of £200 return.
The brainchild of former music industry executive Tony
Fernandes, the new airline is a spin- off from Air Asia,
the continent’s biggest budget carrier …
However, he faces a race against time to find aircraft.
Tickets to and from the UK were expected to go on sale
in February, ahead of flights at the end of the year …
If the no-frills airline succeeds, it could force
traditional carriers to concentrate on premium
customers. For text
14 Jan: Today (Singapore). Sweet Success
for Fighter. Thanks to his vision, cheap travel will be
available on Feb 1 on S'pore-KL route. 1243 words.
For the GVUK Tony Fernandes supplement
Corryn Rayney Murder: Civil liberties chief interviewed
14th Jan: The West Australian. Council for Civil Liberties
chief and former Claremont mayor Peter Weygers has been
quizzed by police investigating the murder of Supreme
Court registrar Corryn Rayney after receiving an
anonymous tip-off that he had been involved in Mrs
Rayney’s death last year … Police
investigating the murder also raided the Rayneys’
Como home last week when scientists were brought
in to collect plant samples from the front garden.
It is understood the police hope to match them to
vegetation retrieved from Mrs Rayney’s grave
in Kings Park. 342 words.
UK: Roscoe Fernandes: On the move
14 Jan: Nottingham Evening Post. Employment solicitor,
Roscoe Fernandes has joined Nottingham law firm
Berryman. Mr Fernandes acted for Anna Coulombeau
in 2007, when he won one of the first tribunal
cases involving adoption rights when she was unfairly
dismissed by Enterprise Rent-a-Car after she expressed
an intention to take adoption leave. He joins Berryman
after three years in the Nottingham office of Freeth
Roscoe Fernandes was born in Reading, UK
in 1980, the son of Manuel Douglas Ignatius
Fernandes and Priscilla Augusta Ora Fernandes
who were both born in Zanzibar. For a photograph
and brief profile of him in GVUK 2007-17,
Ralph de Souza: Endellion Quartet
14 Jan: The Northern Echo (Newcastle, UK). The Endellion
Quartet, one of the hottest names on the string quartet
circuit, gave a polished performance in the intimate
surrounds of Gateshead … The evening was rounded
off with Beethoven's String Quartet Op 18 No 1. It
smouldered with passion. Violinist Ralph de Souza was
no second fiddle, as he bolstered up the livelier
passages with playing of supreme sensitivity.
Ralph de Souza was born in Bombay and began violin
lessons with his father at the age of five. He
came to England to study at the Yehudi Menuhin
School and continued at the Curtis Institute
in the USA …
UK: Priyanka De Souza wins place at top
15 Jan: Leicester Mercury. Leicester High School,
an independent girls school has congratulated three
pupils who have been offered places at Cambridge
University … Priyanka De Souza has an offer for
engineering at Pembroke College …
Melbourne: Oscar Lobo: Goan for great award
16 Jan: Moorabbin Glen Eira Leader (Aus). Prominent
Goan resident Oscar Lobo has been honoured with the
Victorian Award for Excellence in Multicultural Affairs.
Mr Lobo co-ordinates the Melgoan group. ``I think we
should not live in pockets of ethnic groups, we
should make ourselves known to mainstream Australia,''
Mr Lobo said. ``In the Goan community we need to
celebrate our cultures and not keep it within ourselves,''
Mr Lobo said. 327 words.
UK: Aileen Gonsalves: Theatre - Reviews -
16 Jan: Time Out (London). Joanna Norland’s play,
Lizzy, Darcy & Jane is on (till 2nd Feb.) at the Tabard
Theatre, London. It is based on the best bits of
'Pride and Prejudice' … Aileen Gonsalves is an
instantly loveable Jane, though she's far more excitable
than any of Austen's heroines …
Aileen Gonsalves was born in Nairobi, Kenya. Her
parents are Pam and Don Gonsalves and she is married
to Matthew Stibbe. For the Aileen Gonsalves website
The Tabard Theatre is at 2 Bath Road, London W4 1LW.
For more info
Short Story: Rosie's Theme. By Peter Nazareth
16 Jan: GoaNet. My father was born in Goa, my mother
was born in Malaysia, and I was born in Eastern Africa.
I am now living in America. What is my nation? For
text, 5,647 words,
The short story was published in the Jerry Pinto-edited
anthology 'Reflected in Water'. Dr Peter Nazareth
(ex-Uganda) is Professor of English and African-American
World Studies at the University of Iowa. For a
profile of him
Kampala: Ex-Godinho School land
sold to BMK
17 Jan: New Vision (Uganda). Buganda Road Primary School
land in central Kampala has been sold to a local investor
according to the school’s management committee …The move
threatens the existence of the School, one of the oldest
and most prominent schools in the city. Founded in the
early 1930s by a Goan Indian family, the school was later
donated to Kampala City Council. 755 words.
Buganda Road School
13 Jan: Daily Monitor (Uganda) Norbert Twine wrote:
I feel shame that this formerly high profile school
is in such a state of disrepair …
Get up and Goa: How footballers from Goa are
making a life abroad
17 Jan: Sportingo (Israel). By Evaristo Coutinho.
Players from Goa are making a life for themselves
in outposts all over the world … Former Goa footballer
Denis Cabral has become a Portuguese citizen and is
now en-route to England to set up his base … The rough
estimate is that 50-80,000 Portuguese Goans are now
based in England … Other Goan players who have come
to the UK include Hercules Gomes midfielder Arnold
Alfonso, goalkeeper Anthony Cardozo, striker Praveen
Fernandes and Edmundo Fernandes. And Anthony Baretto
has kept in touch with football as a steward at
Newcastle United … 403 words.
15 Jan: Mississauga, Canada.
JOS DIAS. (Ex Bastora, Goa;
Nairobi, Kenya and Slough, UK). Husband of the
late Bastiana (Basta). Father of Flavia (Laz) and
Felix (Barbara). Grandfather of Ryan, Lianne and
Carla. Brother of Eusebio, Thomas, Raymond and
the late Florence Dias. Sympathies to:
14 Jan: Enfield, Middlesex, UK:
ALEX ALVARES. Passed away
suddenly. Father of Aaron. Son of the late
Joaquim and the late Lucy Alvares from Mombasa.
Brother of Edward/Ivy and Antonette (Nan)/late
Funeral on 1st Feb. at 11am at Catholic Church
of Our Lady & St Michael, Crown Rise, Garston,
Herts WD25 0NE, followed by burial at North Watford
Cemetery, North Western Avenue, Garston, at 12.30pm.
Flowers can be delivered to: M K Ginder & Sons,
172 St Albans Road, Watford, Herts WD2 4AS. Condolences to
13 Jan: Harrow, Middlesex, UK.
SABINA “ROSIE” MONICA DE SOUZA
(nee D’Mello). Beloved wife of Manuel. Mother
of Jarvis and Jolynne, Daughter of Ursulo and
Juliana D’Mello (ex-Mombasa/Anjuna). Sister
of Felix (Anjuna, Goa), Joanna (High Wycombe,
UK) and Angelo (Spain).
The funeral will take place at 10am on Friday 25th
January 2008 at St. Theresa of the Child Jesus
Church, 22 Boniface Walk, Harrow, Middx HA3 6PU and
thereafter at 11.30am at Pinner New Cemetery,
Pinner HA5 5RN. No flowers please, but a donation
can be made in the church hall to Ovarian Cancer
Action and/or St. Luke's Hospice, Kenton Grange,
or directly to the respective websites:
www.stlukes-hospice.org Condolences to
13 Jan: Porvorim, Goa.
LT CDR ANTHONY FRANCIS CRASTO, IN
(RETD). (Born 1916). Husband of Elvira. Father of
late Egbert, Olga/Dicky Maladen, Allen/Elsie
(USA), Ivan/Julian (Australia).
12 Jan: Scarborough, Canada.
ANNIE D'SOUZA (age 91).
Beloved wife of the late Dennis. Loving
mother of Marie (Barry) Duke and Joe (Lalita)
D'Souza. Dear sister of Amelia Wallis. Annie
will be sadly missed by her niece Dorothy
(Ian) Taggart, extended family and friends.
Resting at the Paul O'Connor Funeral Home
on Mon. Jan. 14. Funeral Mass on Tue. morning
at 10:30 a.m. in Precious Blood Church.
Interment Pine Hills Cemetery.
11 Jan: Denmark. NOREEN NAZARETH
ANDRADE. Beloved wife of Gil. Loving mother
of Ray and Dan. Sister of late Doris/lat Noel,
late Nelson/late Maria de Lourdes, late Celia/late
11 Jan: Vasco da Gama, Goa.
LUIZA PERPETUA RODRIGUES. Wife
of Marcelino. Mother of Hubert, Jacqueline/CA
Elson, Esther/Simon, Malcolm (UK)/Petra, Fatima/Glen.
10 Jan: Richmond Hill, Ont. Canada.
ALMA BERTHA PINTO (nee CARDOZA,
ex-Candolim Goa). Beloved wife of Austin Pinto
and loving mother of Derek (Nouna) and Christopher.
Dear grandmother of Angelique. Will be sadly
missed by brothers Noel (Hazel), Arthur and
sister-in-law Janet and her many nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by her brother Ronnie and
sisters Sheila Pinto and Hilda Dias. Visitation
on Tue. Jan. 15. Funeral Mass on Wed. Jan. 16 at
Our Lady Queen of the World Roman Catholic Church.
For photograph and full details
9 Jan: Kentucky, USA.
C.P.G. (CHARLES) FERNANDEZ
(ex Santa Cruz, Mumbai). Husband of Florine. Father
of Annette, Noel & Charmaine. Funeral was in
USA on 10 Jan.
Fri. 18 Jan: Scarborough, Ont. Canada. Month’s Mind Mass
There will be a Mass for the soul of
EMILIANA (EMY) MATILDA (MATTU) D’SOUZA (nee Mathias;
Ex White Stores, Kuwait; Born 1965. Died Dec.
17, 2007) on Fri. Jan. 18th at 7.30pm at Rose of
Lima Church, offered by her sorrowing husband Donald
Mathias, son Mark Mathias (8yrs old), Father-in-law
Marcel Mathias, Mother-in-law Philomena Mathias,
sister Linette Martis, Brother-in-law Wilfred Martis,
Nephew Rahul Martis and Niece Natasha Martis. The
church is located at 3216 Lawrence Avenue East,
Scarborough, Ont. M1H 3C2. Tel: 416-438-6729.
Shake off New Year blues by escaping to the Sun
11 Jan: The Evening Standard (London). Travel agents
and tour operators are taking record bookings as
millions of Britons rush to escape the winter gloom
and talk of a recession … Long-haul destinations
such as Goa and the Gambia are proving
particularly popular as people can enjoy
Caribbean settings without paying the same price.
Luxury For Less
12 Jan. Daily Mail (UK). How can you get a fabulous
holiday at a fraction of the cost? GOA: for £1,355
at the Leela … Make use of the spa or golf course or
luxuriate in the tranquillity of the hotel's lagoon
and palm groves... OR £435 at Nizmar Resort, Calangute
where you'll be close to the beach, night bazaars
and all the seasonal celebrations … 361 words.
12 Jan: The Sun (UK). Goa is 32DegreesC.
14 nights' B&B at three-star Palmarinha Resort
starts from £599 pp, from Gatwick on Feb 17. See
Firstchoice.co.uk or call 0871 664 9011.
Goa flight-only £359
13 Jan: The Sunday Telegraph (UK). The return
flight is available for seven-night stays and
departs from Gatwick on January 20. Book through
Avro (0871 423 8564; www.avro.co.uk).
Wish you were here?
15 Jan: The Guardian (UK). More of us than
ever are booking into health retreats - but are
the results really worth substituting relaxing
holiday bliss for early rises, enemas and gruelling
exercise regimes? We sent Jane Wenham-Jones to
the Ayurvedic Natural Health Centre, Goa. Excerpts:
By day seven my cholesterol has dropped to 2.5
from nearly 4 (UK GPs recommend keeping it below
five). I have lost 3lbs and fellow inmates agree
my skin is clearer, hair shinier and I look better
groomed (eyebrow threading in downtown Calangute
costs 40p) … Since I got home I have not eaten any
meat. I still feel calmer and the weight has stayed
off too. 504 words.
GOA REAL ESTATE:
Goa Carnival: Property Fair in Mumbai
12 Jan: Economic Times. Magicbricks.com, one of the
leading realty portals in India, is organising Goa
Carnival, a property fair for investors at World Trade
Centre, Mumbai. The carnival, starting on January 12,
will showcase all kinds of properties from Goa and
will be represented by 25 developers from Goa.
DLF, Hilton plan first branded
residential hotel in Goa
12 Jan, Economic Times. Residential hotels are
all set to debut in India. Such hotels combine the
flexibility of a vacation home with the service of
a hotel. 472 words.
Goa's land prices soaring
13 Jan: Economic Times. Goa attracts lot of investment
for holiday homes both by non-resident Goans (NRGs),
NRIs and domestic buyers mainly from north India …
Land value in Panjim has doubled in the last one year
while other places across the state have seen a
steady 20% increase. Prices for an apartment in Goa
range from Rs 20 lakh to Rs 80 lakh. Residential
villas cost Rs 75 lakh and more … 747 words.
THE GOA SEX ASSAULTS:
Govt alarmed, to review security of foreign tourists
11 Jan: Hindustan Times. Alarmed at frequent reports
about crimes against foreign tourists, particularly
molestation of women, the Centre has decided to
convene a high-level meeting on January 24 … 406 words.
Russian doctor molested at Goa beach
12 Jan: Times of India. … In a reminder that the police
need to be more vigilant, a 27-year-old Russian tourist,
a doctor by profession, has alleged that a proprietor
of a shack at Uttorda beach in South Goa outraged her modesty.
Goa police looking for two who assaulted Finnish woman
13 Jan: PTI. Police are looking for two brothers who are
absconding after allegedly threatening a woman from
Finland in South Goa … In another incident involving a
foreigner one Samson D'costa from South Goa was arrested
for allegedly assaulting two British women. 201 words.
British woman assaulted, raped
13 Jan: Navhind Times. Putting a blot on Goa,
a 32-year old British woman today complained to Panaji
police that she was brutally assaulted and raped by
an unknown person on a thickly wooded hill
late last night. 505 words.
Video: Goa rape worrying state, national
13 Jan: CNN-IBN. … Goa has long been considered among
the safest tourist destinations in the country but now,
the state has been shamed by assaults on two women
tourists in three days. The Centre is now alarmed by
the slew of such incidents and has decided to review
security measures at tourist spots. India’s Tourism
Minister is to meet the tourism secretaries of
various states on January 24.
British Rape Victim to Help Police Identify Culprit
13 Jan: News Post India. The British tourist who was
raped in the tourist destination of Goa Friday morning
has agreed to stay back and assist the police in
tracing the culprit … The victim was staying in Goa
for the past three months.
Video: Goa sex assaults: Suspect's
sketch released; Victims speak out
14 Jan: Times Now.TV. Goa police has released a
sketch of the accused in the case … He is in his
late 20’s. dark complexion, 5’ 5” tall … As news of
more women being sexually abused hits the headlines,
more and more women who would otherwise perhaps have
kept their ordeal to themselves - are coming out
narrating their horror stories … 1m.28s.
Video: Goa No Longer Safe?
14 Jan: NDTV. The victims speak out. 2m. 55s.
“Electronic media had sensationalised the incident”
14 Jan: UNI (United News of India). … Releasing a
copy of the sketch to media persons here, Goa Home Minister
Ravi Naik regretted that a section of the electronic
media had ''sensationalised'' the incident and tarnished
the image of Goa as a tourist destination. The police
were also trying to trace the origin of some of the
websites promoting Goa as a hub for sex tourism. 169 words.
Goa Police promises to crack rape case in 2 days
14 Jan: IBN. After a British tourist filed a police
complaint claiming that she had been raped in Goa,
the police have promised to "crack the case" in
two days flat. 524 words.
Rape of foreign tourists shames the nation!
15 Jan: MeriNews (India). Not only women tourists
from abroad, our own women are not safe in our country.
As a Lucknow girl rightly puts it, “Women are not safe
anywhere-in the womb, in their homes, with family, with
in-laws, in prison, on the streets or public places”. 768 words.
India acts to keep groping hands off tourists.
15 Jan: Straits Times (Singapore). ... 724 words.
Epidemic of rape targets local women and tourists in India.
15 Jan: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). 472 words.
Concern over rising sex attacks at hotspots.
15 Jan: Sydney Morning Herald.
Rape case: 60 persons interrogated
16 Jan: Navhind Times. The Police are working hard
to achieve a breakthrough in the rape case of a British
national … So far 60 persons who look like the guilty
person have been summoned.
Sexual assaults on foreigners threaten Indian tourism
16 Jan. The Times (UK) … Local officials say that
the problem is caused partly by the rapid increase
in the number of foreigners visiting Goa … 642 words.
'Sensitise men to make tourists feel welcome'
17 Jan: IANS. In a country that believes in the adage
“a guest is like god” an increasing number of women
tourists are being sexually harassed. Rights groups,
lawyers and women feel the problem lies in the public
mindset and things can only improve by sensitising men.
GOA NEWS HEADLINES
Aires Rodrigues seeks action against IT Minister
10 Jan: The Hindu. Aires Rodrigues has stated that
Utt Goenkara, a socio-political outfit has served a
legal notice to register a First Information Report
(FIR) against Minister for Information Technology
Dayanand Narvekar in connection with the controversial
Information Technology Habitat project.
Court dismisses Goa Health Minister's plea
11 Jan: UNI. The Court today dismissed Goa Health
Minister Vishwajeet Rane's application seeking a
stay of the trial against him in the alleged threat
to kill NGO ''Utt Goenkara'' spokesman Adv Aires
Rodrigues. Directing that the trial should go ahead,
the Magistrate adjourned the matter for hearing
to January 14.
Criminal Trial of Goa’s Health Minister Begins
15 Jan: DaijiWorld. The criminal trial of Goa's
health minister Vishwajeet Rane in the threat to
kill "Utt Goenkara" spokesman Aires Rodrigues
case has begun. Aires Rodrigues stated that the
threatening call was made to him by the health
minister on account of Utt Goenkara exposing the
acts of omission and commission by the accused
Vishwajeet Rane. The court adjourned the trial
to 25th January at 2.30 pm. 455 words.
For the GVUK Aires Rodrigues supplement
It’s official, Goa wants all SEZs in state to be scrapped
11 Jan: Financial Express. The Centre has received a
formal communication from the Goa government seeking
de-notification of 3 special economic zones (SEZs)
as well the latter’s decision to withdraw
recommendation for 4 other SEZs, which had received
the board of approval’s formal nod.
11 Jan: Navhind Times. The commissioner of NRI
affairs, Goa, Mr Eduardo Faleiro announced that
the Goa government would amend the Goa Registration
of Tourist Trade Act 1982 to curb recruiting
agents from sending anyone abroad illegally.
CNN-IBN Indian of the Year: Vote for Oscar Rebello
11 Jan: CNN-IBN. One of the six nominations is
Oscar Rebello. The citation reads: “His ‘Save Goa’
movement led the Goan community's protest against the
government's Regional Development Plan. And when
Rebello took to the streets to fight for Goa's forests
and hills, thousands followed, forcing the government
to scrap the controversial Plan.”
Goa: PETA chief locks horns with
Sardinha over bullfights
11 Jan: Herald. South Goa MP Francisco Sardinha has
earned flak from the worldwide Chief of the People
for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for his
election promise to legalise bullfights in Goa.
Speaking in Goa, PETA’s founder worldwide Chief Ingrid
Newkrik says it’s a matter of shame for Sardinha to
base his election campaign on the promise to legalise
the banned bullfights.
All systems Goa! Teenage star plans to put
Indian football on world map
11 Jan: Sportlingo. By Evaristo Coutinho. Joshuah Vaz,
19, is the first youngster from Goa to train with a
Portuguese club. He is to spend a five-year period in
Portugal with Vitoria Sport Clube in Guimaraes, close
to Opporto. FIFA are planning to give the game a
boost on the sub-continent. FIFA president Sepp Blatter
says, “The Goans love their football and put in their
work and money to see the football dreams of their
fellow Indians flourish on the football field.” 589 words.
Goa’s seething undercurrents
12 Jan: Business Standard. Goa is going through
an uncertain season. Depending on whom you listen
to, it’s been good, bad or will definitely get
worse ,,, Charter flights are fewer this year …
Under Goa’s pellucid blue skies, rippling green
paddies and waving palms, there are other threatening
signals of how the development debate, even in a
prosperous and cosmopolitan state, can take dangerous
turns. A strong sense of regionalism is growing
into a seething undercurrent of Goa-for-Goans.
The unchecked construction, soaring land prices
and increased migration of recent years are making
Goans question the motives of outsiders buying
large tracts of land and turning their state
into a playground of the rich and famous. 678 words.
Mormugao port to invest Rs 1,000 crores for expansion
12 Jan: Economic Times. Goa’s Mormugao Port Trust
(MPT), which accounts for nearly 40% of the country’s
total iron ore exports, plans to invest over Rs 1,000
crore for boosting capacity that will help ease
congestion and allow bigger ships to dock
at the port. 398 words.
Falling out of Flavour
13 Jan: Hindustan Times. It’s not so easy to find the
perfect vindaloo, the cafreal, galinha or the sorpotel
at the beach shacks … But the shacks have everything
from the good old Chinese to Lebanese, Indian,
continental, and even Israeli stuff … Part of the
problem, it seems, is Goans themselves … the Goan is
all for sossegad (a laidback attitude). They have sold
off their lands to foreigners, who have taken over
completely … 750 words.
Dr Wilfred D'Souza: No change in Goa
NCP leadership at present
13 Jan: UNI. Amid reports of seething anger against the
president Dr Wilfred D'Souza in Goa, the Nationalist
Congress Party (NCP) general secretary Tariq Anwar today
ruled out any immediate change in the leadership of the
party though it was aware of some bickerings in the
party ranks against the former Chief Minister … The former
surgeon said that the party would not take ''the drastic
step'' of withdrawing support to the Digambar Kamat
government at any stage. 301 words.
Babush Monserrate willing to join NCP
13 Jan: UNI. In a significant development, political
heavyweight and unattached legislator from Taleigao,
Atanasio (Babush) Monserrate, supporting the Digambar
Kamat Government, has expressed his willingness to
join the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP). 209 words.
Why Goa’s plan on SEZs failed to work
13 Jan: Asian Age. By Pamela D’Mello. Goa’s New Year’s
Eve announcement scrapping all its SEZs may have come
as a shock to the nation, making it the first state
government to take that decision. But in the region
itself, where protests had been escalating for past
months, the writing had been on the wall for some time …
Famous doctors to be invited to Goa Medical College
14 Jan: Navhind Times. The Health Minister, Mr Vishwajit
Rane said that renowned doctors from India and abroad
would be invited to conduct surgical workshops in the
Goa Medical College as well as to teach the students.
Kidnapped baby rescued, 3 arrested
14 Jan: Herald. In a meticulously planned and well
executed inter-State operation, Goa Police successfully
rescued the 18-month-old baby girl who was kidnapped from
Candolim arresting three persons, including the maid …
On Friday night Mrs Maria De Souza had lodged a complaint
at Calangute police station that her baby Maraya De Souza
was kidnapped by two persons … 352 words.
Goa: Open heart surgery performed
on UK patient
15 Jan: Navhind Times. As part of medical tourism,
Vivus SMRC Heart Centre, Chicalim has successfully
conducted a coronary artery bypass graft surgery (open
heart surgery) on a tourist from UK, Mr David Wood. 337 words.
Price hike of Budweiser beer in India
16 Jan: The Economic Times. Anheuser-Busch is set to
increase the price of its flagship Budweiser beer, in
India, to cut down losses… It is believed that the price
of Budweiser in Goa could move up to Rs 45 from Rs 40 currently.
10 NRIs among 12 killed in Goa road crash
16 Jan: Kalinga Times. At least 12 people, including 10
non-resident Indians (NRIs) from Britain and France, were
charred to death and 10 other people seriously burnt in
Goa when the tourist bus in which they were travelling
collided with a tanker filled with acid, leading to an
explosion and fire Wednesday afternoon … all the victims
were NRIs of Gujarat origin. They were returning to places
like Vapi and Daman after holidaying in Goa … 353 words.
Goa may be asked to compensate SEZ developers
17 Jan: Business Standard. The Board of Approval for
Special Economic Zones may ask the Goa government to
pay compensation to the developers of the three notified
zones in the state for scrapping these projects.
Philip Morris' Goa advert violates
Tobacco Control Act
17 Jan: Scoop (New Zealand). An advertisement board
placed at a kiosk in Panaji near Hotel Lucky by Philip
Morris blatantly violates the Indian tobacco control Act …
"This advertisement is, at the onset, reckless contempt
of the law" said Dr Shekhar Salkar, General Secretary of
National Organization for Tobacco Eradication
(NOTE India) … 624 words.
27 Jan: Business Today (India). …The efforts of the SEZ
protestors seem to have worked … Charles Correa, renowned
architect and Vice Chairman of the Goa SEZ Task Force
recommends increased investment and upgradation of
physical infrastructure, rather than the implementation
of unpopular SEZs in Goa. 832 words.
IN THE NEWS
Engaging India: Mystifying malfunctions
10 Jan: Financial Times. Engaging India is an
online column analysing the issues, trends and
forces behind the business and politics shaping
India and its impact on the world. Engaging India
appears Thursday. This week: Things break
frequently in India, often in mystifying ways …
Picking a name for our child
10 Jan: Daily Mail (UK). By Pol O Conghaile. I am Irish
and having a “difficult” name it was no mean task to
decide what to call our baby girl … Because our
daughters maternal grandmother was from Goa, I took
a notion to scour the internet for lists of Goan
Portuguese and Hindu names, throwing up Ana Maria,
Sienna and Louisa amongst others. But we knew too
many Annas; Sienna was scotched because of actress
Sienna Miller; and Louisa proved a perfect example
of a name that sounded fine until you bent down
and said Hello Louisa into a bump. In the end we
settled for Rosa. 1146 words.
UK: ITV Desperate For Asian Acting Talent
11 Jan: Eastern Eye. ITV is so desperate to find
young British-Asian actors that it has taken the
extraordinary step of holding X-Factor-type auditions
for Britannia High, a new prime-time drama. ITV
wants an ethnically diverse cast of 16- to 18 year-olds
to star in the eight-part drama series … The drama
series will rehearse from mid May and will be filmed
between June and December 2008. The producers are
holding open auditions at the London Welsh Centre
in Central London this weekend. E-mail
email@example.com for details. 375 words.
Tai Shani: Pleased to freak you
11 Jan: The Jewish Chronicle (UK). … Tai Shani, 31,
grew up in Goa with her “hippy” parents … She uses
video, photography, music and physical theatre to
relate ideas about gender, sexuality and violence. Her
short film The Kitty Genovese includes disturbing
footage of a woman being attacked, while her photograph
Natural Woman shows a portrait of a victim who is badly
battered and bruised. She says, “I have had a very
nonconformist upbringing and it has given me the
freedom to be unrestrained in the pursuit of
my vision … Watch videos and listen to music on
my website at www.taishani.com.” For full text
Violence in Kenya: A plague in paradise
11 Jan: Rediff. By T P Sreenivasan, Indian High
Commissioner to Kenya. The industry that flourishes
most in Kenya is the security industry. Every house
is a fortress, with high walls, electric fencing
and armed guards. Most homes proclaim on large
notices the presence of Mbwa Kali (fierce dog) to
chase intruders away … 1,197 words.
Indian doctors among many attacked on duty in Britain
11 Jan Times of India. Indian and Indian-origin
doctors working in the National Health Service (NHS) are among thousands of doctors in Britain
who were physically or verbally attacked by patients
last year but choose not to report the abuse,
according to a report. Research by the British
Medical Association (BMA) shows that one in three
doctors in Britain has been victim of such
attacks in clinics.
Brazil: Maharaj: Restaurant review
11 Jan: Divirta-Se. Elson de Barros Gomes Junior
and his son, Leonardo have opened a new restaurant
Maharaj in Belo Horizonte, Brazil … The chefs Viviane
Azavedo and Luciana Coelho will be joined by two
others who worked at the Taj group … Maharaj is at
Rua Paraíba, 523, Funcionários. (31) 3055-3836. For
text, 689 words, in Portuguese,
Elson Gomes is the honorary consul of India. His
grandfather was a gem trader who migrated from Goa
in 1920. For a photograph of him in GVUK 2007-9
Corners cut on cost – and safety with the Tata Nano
11 Jan: The Times (UK). While it is the price of the
Nano that will make headlines, it has had safety
campaigners raising questions about the impact – quite
literally – that this car will have for drivers and
pedestrians. India has 8 per cent of the world’s
vehicle fatalities and less than 1 per cent of
its cars … 349 words.
For a video clip of the new car
Goa Nightclub Brings Out Stars
11 Jan: Celebrity Gossip. Everybody who is anybody was
at the trendy Goa nightclub last night. It truly was
a one-stop shop for paparazzi looking for some sizzling
shots. The Hills girls Lauren Conrad and Audrina
Patridge were in the house, blowing off a little
steam and adding a bit of youth to the celebrity crowd …
In addition, Paris Hilton and sister Nicky were both
in attendance ... For photos and text
The Goa Nightclub is an Indian stunning looking new
hot spot of Hollywood. For a video clip of the interior
India: a numbers game.
12 Jan: Business Day (South Africa). By Lesley Stones.
I've been to India twice before, and both times I
promised I'd never go back. It wasn't just the dirt
and dust, nor the smell as men routinely used the
pavements as a public urinal. It wasn't just the flies
and mosquitoes. … The only good reports I've heard
are from travellers who visit Goa. Which is akin
to visiting Sandton and declaring your love for
Africa … 1148 words.
Dennis Pinto: Media coverage of
post-election unrest in Kenya
Toronto Star and 15 Jan: Financial Times (UK): By Dennis Pinto:
As a Kenyan
living in New York and the owner of a major safari
outfitter operating in East Africa, last week I turned
to any and all resources to keep me informed about
the unfolding situation … The entire country was not
"burning" as portrayed in the media. The violence
was taking place almost exclusively in the city
slums or in remote areas … 233 words.
Dennis Pinto is head of Micato Safaris in the US.
The company was formed in 1966 by Felix and Jane
Pinto. For a recent profile and photo
Kenya: Uncertainties in the Shadow of Unrest
13 Jan: The New York Times. … Micato Safaris has been
arranging for many of its clients to bypass Nairobi --
where riot police used tear gas and water cannons on
Jan. 3 to turn back crowds who tried to rally -- and
instead has been flying travelers directly to the
game parks by chartered aircraft. It has also posted
its own staff members at Nairobi hotels to assist
guests scheduled to spend the night there …
Dr Anil D’Souza: Pune, city of ‘software spines’
13 Jan: Express India. It was a term he coined a
couple of years ago, but it’s a phenomena that Dr
Anil D’Souza, orthopaedic surgeon has been
observing for almost a decade now, ever since he
moved his practice from Mumbai to Pune. He calls it
the advent of ‘software spines.’ … “its happening
mostly with those who log in long hours on the
computer,” says D’Souza … D’Souza feels change in
work style and exercise is the only long-term answer. 582 words.
UK may allow NHS patients to travel to
India for medical treatment
14 Jan: Hindustan Times. Britain may soon permit
patients at its state-funded National Health Service
to travel to India for speedy and cheaper medical
treatment. The issue was discussed between India’s
Health Minister and British authorities in the UK and
the "response" was positive. At present, NHS patients
can have treatment at places within three hours flying
and India has requested that the flying limit
may be lifted … 267 words.
Indians in Kenyan city fear second wave of looting
15 Jan: Ottawa Citizen. Many of the 2,000 or so Indians
who call Kisumu home have returned after fleeing in
the fiery days that followed the election. And now
they are preparing for it to happen again … the Hindu
community is forming its own security force. … The
older generation is taking it all in stride, but the
youth aren't. 661 words.
Madonna gets an Indian ‘Fever’
15 Jan: Times of India. Madonna is all set to
incorporate a number of Indian beats into her
upcoming album … will her Indian-centric video
feature the sea and sand of Goa, where she went on
the last leg of her Indian holiday? Madonna is all
set to give us ‘Fever’ once again!
World’s longest singing marathon in Konkani
16 Jan. New Ind Express. India is set to create history
on January 26 and 27 by breaking the existing Guinness
world record of 36 hours marathon singing of Brazil.
A total of 44 groups with around 1,500 singers will
sing 600 Konkani songs one after another for a
non-stop 40 hours as per Guinness World Records
norms … teams from Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore, Mysore,
Mangalore, Udupi and singers from the Gulf will
participate in the mega event. 308 words.
Info on Indian diaspora just a click way
17 Jan: Times of India. The Indian Government on
Wednesday launched a web portal to enable professionals
of Indian origin in the US exchange ideas and forge
partnerships. Minister for Science and Technology
Kapil Sibal launched www.piousnetwork.com where details
of more than 200 groups of professionals have already
GOANET HIGHLIGHTS BY CORNEL DACOSTA
The projected 15 Special Economic
Zones (SEZs) in villages across Goa have now
been deemed untenable and effectively the
project has been scrapped. This is a substantial
victory for the protesters who had major concerns
about the potential flood of more than a million
workers into the State. The fear was that the influx
would corrupt the culture and marginalise the
local people. Further, that the unbridled use
of land and natural resources would adversely
affect Goa's farmers, ecology and the environment.
Find out about Goa Sudharop, a non-profit
USA based organisation working for the development
of Goa and Goans worldwide. This is not a
charity as such but a development organisation
that includes some charity. Details of the funds
raised and the work undertaken and monies spent
are available at
To what extent is the claim true that, "little
is known about Goan born saints with the
emphasis typically on European saints who
came to Goa through colonial history?" Two
potential saints are Blessed Vaz and Ven. Fr
Agnelo and one can discover what efforts are
being made for them for their early passage into
Our attention is drawn to the book by Vasco
Pinto titled Rise and Demise of Estado da India.
In a review by Cyril D'Cunha of the second of
six volumes, references are made to the "Portuguese
discoveries, the Treaty of Tordesilhas that
divided the world between Spain and Portugal and
of the armadas coming to India." There are some
excellent rare photographs in the book and it is
available for Rs 395 via Goanet.
Sadly, the tourist haven that is Goa does face
mishaps from time to time. There have been several
attacks on persons and even one reported rape. A
brief cautionary note of advice to tourists and
others has been offered by Terence Mazarelo,
President of the South Goa Public Interest Action
Group (SGPIAG). There is useful advice that
can help avoid the kind of reported incidents to date.
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UK: TV & RADIO HIGHLIGHTS By Lira Fernandes
DOCUMENTARY: Arrange Me a Marriage. BBC 1
Sat. 19th Jan. 03:35 to 04:35. Indian arranged
marriage fixer Aneela Rahman helps Claire Wallace
to find her ideal man.
DRAMA: The Saturday Play. BBC Radio Four
Sat. 19th Jan. 14:30 to 15:30. Jonathan Smith's
love story is set in England and India during WWII.
ENTERTAINMENT: Road Raja. Sky Three
Tue. 22nd Jan. 00:00 to 01:00. Armed with their
Indian driving licenses, our celebs face a taxi
challenge. Who'll earn the most cash as a Mumbai cabbie?
COOKERY: Coconut Coast. UKTV Food
Tue 22nd Jan. 05:00 to 05:30 Keralan Breakfast.
Reza Mahammad discovers that Keralans
love to breakfast!
HISTORY DOCUMENTARY: Lost Worlds. History Channel
Tue. 22nd Jan. 21:00 to 22:00. Kama Sutra: A
Tale Of Love. 1000 year-old erotic carvings
cover the ruins of temples that still soar above
the Indian jungle.
MAGAZINE PROGRAMME: Desi DNA. BBC 2
Wed. 23rd Jan. 23:20 to 23:50. New series of
the Asian arts and lifestyle magazine. Includes
a look back at the Southall riots in 1979.
DOCUMENTARY: Indian School. BBC 2
Wed. 23rd Jan. 23:50 to 00:20. Series about
two secondary schools in Pune, India.
TRAVEL: Earthwalkers. Travel Channel.
Fri. 25th Jan. 07:30 to 08:00. Mumbai, India.
First time traveller Rob from Australia
experiences life in this exciting city.
DOCUMENTARY: Unreported World. India. Channel 4. Also Online
Fri. 25th Jan. 19:30 to 20:00. Exposes the
horrific plight of the country's 170 million Dalits
who are at the bottom of India's caste system
and are some of the most oppressed people on Earth.
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
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;
email@example.com. 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.
Sun 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 – 01784 421421;
Irene Mendonca – 020 8767 2762; Hazel Rodrigues –
020 8367 6776; Bernie Gracias 020 8723 1322.
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