Newsletter. Issue 2008-03. Jan.17, 2008
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Video: Rebels, NCP threaten to pull down Goa government
17 Jan. 10:55 GMT. IBN. “Developments expected in the next two hours.” 2m. 55s Click here.

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 Three NCP legislators and Independent MLA Vishwajit Rane said late on Wednesday night that they had withdrawn support to Goa’s Digambar Kamat government.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, click here.

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. Click here.
For the latest TV news (usually every half hour) on NDTV, click here.
For the latest news in the print media click here.


Non-Resident Goans to celebrate Reunion Nite on Jan 19

Tony Colaco
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. Click here.
For details of the Reunion Nite click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

UK: Louella Fernandes: Geography lessons for online retailers
9 Jan: 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. Click here.
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 click here.
Louella Fernandes writes frequently on IT topics. For a selection of other articles by her see click here.

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 click here.
For a photo and brief bio of Dr Monteiro click here.

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 click here.
For a video clip with Ian Fernandes click here.

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 click here.

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. Click here.

For the GVUK Tony Fernandes supplement click here.

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. Click here.

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 Cartwright.
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, click here.

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 university
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 … Click here.

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. Click here.

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 click here.
The Tabard Theatre is at 2 Bath Road, London W4 1LW. For more info click here.

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, click here.
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 click here.

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. Click here.

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 … Click here.

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. Click here.


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 Basil.
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: or 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. Click here.

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 Cedric.

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 click here.

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.

Hot spot
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 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;

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. Click here.


Goa Carnival: Property Fair in Mumbai
12 Jan: Economic Times., 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. Click here.

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. Click here.


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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

Video: Goa rape worrying state, national tourism industry
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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

Video: Goa No Longer Safe?
14 Jan: NDTV. The victims speak out. 2m. 55s. Click here.

“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. Click here.

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. Click here.

India acts to keep groping hands off tourists.
15 Jan: Straits Times (Singapore). ... 724 words. Click here.

Epidemic of rape targets local women and tourists in India.
15 Jan: South China Morning Post (Hong Kong). 472 words. Click here.

Concern over rising sex attacks at hotspots.
15 Jan: Sydney Morning Herald. Click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

'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. Click here.


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. Click here.

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. Click here.

For the GVUK Aires Rodrigues supplement click here.

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. Click here.

The Gulf-Bound
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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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 … Click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

Paradise regained?
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. Click here.


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 … Click here.

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 for details. 375 words. Click here.

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” For full text click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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, click here.
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 click here.

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. Click here.
For a video clip of the new car click here.

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 click here.
The Goa Nightclub is an Indian stunning looking new hot spot of Hollywood. For a video clip of the interior click here.

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. Click here.

Dennis Pinto: Media coverage of post-election unrest in Kenya
12 Jan: 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. Click here.
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 click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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. Click here.

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! Click here.

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. Click here.

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 where details of more than 200 groups of professionals have already been collected. Click here.


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 sainthood.

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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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.

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.


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.

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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