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"Cruz was born in Trivandrum, India, and immigrated to Canada in 1994."
Her maiden name was Fernandez.

It is truly disgraceful how little it takes now for Americans to show their
true colours. This is not the only case I have heard of. This one just got
more profile.

It is red-neck time now in the USA.

Tim de Mello
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From: "Neal Pinto" Reply-To: goanet at goanet.org To: goanet at goanet.org
Subject: [Goanet] ??INS-deported Canadian a Goan?? Date: Fri, 14 Feb 2003
18:35:22 -0500 (EST)
The following article (attached below) is about a Canadian woman by the
name of Berna Cruz who INS officials deported to India. Is she a Goan?
Neal Pinto GoA-BoY at excite.com http://www.nealpinto.com
----------------------------------------------------------- OTTAWA ASKS
U.S. ABOUT CLAIM OF 'DEPORTED' CANADIAN
http://ca.news.yahoo.com/030214/5/rtnu.html
OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada said on Friday it would press Washington to probe
the case of a Canadian citizen who said U.S. officials destroyed her
passport at Chicago's O'Hare Airport and put her on a plane to India.
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same!!
check out Air Travel Guide phone 08454582666.
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PROGRAMME SCHEDULE FOR THE MONTH-LONG PROGRAMME

Date Time Venue Issue

10th Feb 3pm to 5 pm Bhagwati School, Dalit women-Rising f=
rom Shadows =20
Pernem =20

14th Feb 2pm to 5 pm Ideal School, Pilgao, Whither Self Help Gr=
oups?
Bicholim =20

16th Feb 9am to 5.30pm Multipurpose Hall, Old Countering Violenc=
e:
GMC, Panaji Vitalizing Sh=
elter Homes
Learning =
Self-defense
=20
17th Feb 3pm to 5pm T.B.Cunha Hall, Panaji Women in Employment=09

19th Feb 9am to1pm Panjim Municipal Hall Empowering Women in Loca=
l
Self =96G=
overnment

20th Feb 3pm to 5pm Margao Municipal Hall Combating Communalism

21st Feb 10.30am to 1pm Janata Vachanalaya "Naka-Bandi" for Traff=
icking=20
Marmagoa Municipal in Women and Children
Hall, Vasco=09
=20
23rd Feb 10am to 5pm Caritas Hall, Panaji Reviewing Family Laws

24th Feb 3pm to 5.30 pm Mapusa Municipal Hall Detoxifying Alcohol=
Policy

26th Feb 2.30pm to 5.30pm Caritas Hall, Panaji Engendering Education

28th Feb 2.30pm to 5.30pm T.B.Cunha Hall, Panaji Towards Healthy Women

8th March, 3p.m onwards all roads to Azad Maidan public program to commem=
orate International
Women's Day=20

We are also organizing a week-long Women's Film Festival in the various t=
heatres of Goa commencing
from the 1st of March.=20

On 8th March, a public programme will be held at Azad Maidan, Panjim from=
3 p.m. onwards to
commemorate International Women's Day.=20

We look forward to your participation.=20



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between the house and the public domain, the verandas - a feature
added only in the early 20th century, windows traditionally made
of oyster shells and later of glass and yes, doors wide enough
for a horse and in some cases even elephants to pass through with
ease, traditional Goan homes have varied facets.

It is indeed fascinating to uncover the various influences that
went into the making of the homes we live in today, sometimes
without even a second thought. But, what is even more fascinating
is the lives of those who reside in these 'palacios' of the past.

The coastal villages of Calangute and Candolim boast of a large
number of old-style heritage houses. Standing almost serenely,
more than 500 years after it was built, is the Proenca House
tucked away near the busy Calangute market junction. It is not
easy to miss this two-storied house, painted a bright yellow and
rust. With its Hindu-style inner courtyard, this house pre-dates
the Portuguese invasion. Magnificent frescos still adorn the
walls of the first floor landing. There is even undocumented
belief that the warrior-king Shivaji once stayed at this house.
The well-maintained voluptuous furniture is a testament of the
history living within the regal rooms and the current inmates, Dr
Alex Porenca and his three brothers.

If history oozes out of the Proenca House, the 200-year old Casa
Voiz Alex in is an imposing structure, along the
Calangute-Candolim main road and a regular in films and books.
Its current owner, Ms ___ Gomes is a fine example of a gritty old
lady who, single-handedly, spares no means to see to it that her
home still reflects the glory days of its past.

The house used to receive a stream of tourists including those
from the nearby Taj Aguada. However, being alone in the huge
mansion, Ms Gomes has now stopped the practice, following a
robbery that resulted in the loss of an exquisite ivory
statuette. In true blue-blooded nature, the good lady shows great
pride in owning the magnificent structure. She speaks of the time
when a foreign tourist, awed by its magnificence, recreated the
structure in oil paint, presenting her with a copy. "Never leave
a room closed," she warns. "That would spell the doom of the
house." In the absence of sunlight, termites hold sway over the
antique wood, she explains.

Living in the busy state capital, surprisingly, can also be a
thrill as Mr Wali de Lima Fernandes learnt. Originally from
Charao, he moved into his present two-storied home in the quaint
Latin quarter of Fontainhas in Panaji before his schooling days.
Now, he possesses an almost living bond with the house and one
can see the pride in his eyes as he speaks of his ancestral home
two rooms of which were used to exhibit paintings of prominent
Indian artists during the recently held Fontainhas Festival of
Arts.

...the complete story at
http://www.navhindtimes.com/stories.php?part=mag&Story_ID=021583.
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Panaji, Feb 19: Tourist brochures declare it an emerald paradise, but
fluttering polythene and the ubiquitous plastic bottles littering the
state's countryside bespeak a mounting problem.

In a bid to control the menace, authorities have declared a ban on the sale
of polythene bags below 40 microns, declared some plastic free zones and
recently contracted out waste plastic collection from the state's highways.

But NGOs insist that much more needs to be done. They want three
multinational mineral water and soft drink companies resposible for
distrubuting 50 % of all PET bottles in the state, to fund a recollection
and crushing programme.

"We estimate it would cost the companies a mere Rs 3 lakh annually, but they
are not cooperating" complains Dr Claude Alvares of the Goa Foundation.

Plastic bottle usage has escalated with tourism bringing in 14
lakh annual visitors in addition to the consumption patterns of its equal
number of residents. NGO led campaigns to clear beaches of plastic litter, a
solitary crushing and collection centre still fall far short of an effective
solution.

Meanwhile, growing urbanisation is also turning garbage management into a
nightmare, pitting villages against urban municipalities, spawning protests
and endless litigation.

Last week, MLAs of at least two constitutencies wrangled over location of
dumping grounds, as the not-in-my-backyard syndrome has scores of villages
protesting.

Goa's five major cities generate around 100 truckloads of garbage
daily, 50-60 % of which is estimated to be plastic and non-degradable
waste.Outlying villages are loathe to lend their space and environment for
urban garbage, while municipalities have failed to find workable solutions.

Outlying dump sites for Panaji, Mapusa and Margao cities all face hostility.
Residents of Saligao likewise are protesting dumping mainly from the
booming touristic township of Calangute which houses over 600 hotels and
restaurants, but has no garbage management plan.

The only city (Vasco da Gama) which seperates and decomposes garbage using
microbes, generates 600 tonnes of compost. Environmentalists however are
angered that the state's agriculture department is importing compost from
SAngli and Miraj, putting the city's scheme into jeopardy.

Last week they pulled out of a government committee, when authorities
reallowed manufacture of polythene bags below 20 microns, after persistent
lobbying from small scale manufacturers.

In Goa's 183 villages, livestock and natural decomposition take care of
organic waste. But plastic poses the perennial problem, with only a few
villages managing to collect it seperately, in the absence of enforced
household segregation.(ends)
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hand-woven fabric, wood carving and other souvenirs, backwater holidays, and
a lot more... Kerala is hawking its wares on the tourism front.

It recently chose to showcase its many faces in Goa -- a destination which
has probably been through it all, and where tourism 'happened' quite by
chance or accidents of history.

Goa's beach-destination rivals, both coastal Maharashtra and Kerala, have
been talking about avoiding the pitfalls this state has seen in the tourism
image it has created over the years.

Haphazard cluttered growth in some areas, damage to the environment, erosion
of natural resources, the 'sand-surf-sex' image, and hostility to tourism
from a section of the population are realities Goa cannot shrug off easily.

"Kerala gives importance to sustainable development of tourism and is home
to some of the best eco-tourism projects of the world," said Kerala
department of tourism director Alkesh Kumar Sharma.

Kerala claims to have fared well despite the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade
Centre that impacted tourism worldwide. Official statistics claim a "record
growth rate" of 11.37% growth in international tourist arrivals in 2002,
touching 232,000 foreign visitors.

Many tourists from Goa -- specially charter-tourists from UK and elsewhere
in Europe -- have been visiting Kerala. But some hoteliers here argue that
charter companies are deliberately opening up other markets in India, so
that they could further hammer down local prices, as witnessed in Goa.

In Goa, political instability causing conflicting policies, the powerful
hotel lobby that has served its own interests rather than build a common
brand, and short-sighted politicians and officials more interested in
foreign junkets have all probably conspired to stunt the growth of tourism
to its true potential and in a healthy direction.

BJP chief minister Manohar Parrikar, while carrying on many of the former
Congress policies even on contentious issues like casinos, has been careful
over which 'face' of Goa has been projected.

This reflects in reorienting the Republic Day float at Delhi; or similarly
re-writing the projection in a set of series of CDs on Goan tourism.

In Goa, tourism got launched almost by accident, as it were, just when
Portuguese colonial rule ended in a highly publicised military action in
1961, the hippies were beginning to launch their flower-power protest in the
late 'sixties, and Bollywood soon projected a certain image of Goa.

Charters came to Goa in 1987, though some see it as having brought in 'cheap'
tourists. The Taj group's siting of the state's first luxury hotel in 1973
also boosted Goa's profile somewhat, while the hosting of the CHOGM in 1983
added to Goa's profile.

But, despite official attempts to claim credit, much of the attraction here
has been the friendly nature of this small state, which is open to both East
and West and deal with the world in a friendly manner.

Kerala cites other studies which shows that it gets "just about as many
(international) tourists" as Goa and that "price is very much a part of the
equation, but not all of it as it almost invariably is in Goa's case".

Comparing its product with Goa it also argues that the "global Kerala brand"
may be "younger than its Goan counterpart, but it is likely to be far more
resilient". (ENDS)
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more likely to appear on the Amway list of promises is
promotional cassettes and books rather than more products. The
promotional material is designed to help an Amway distributor
?sell, sell, sell.? The basis for this activity is propounded by
American, Bill Britt. He and another American, Dexter Yager, run
two of the most successful ?systems? under the Amway banner. It
is said that about 90% of Amway?s products move through these two
systems.

In India, what is being discussed is the Bill Britt system. The
Advocate newspaper in the USA reported that to follow Britt?s
system is to spend hundred of dollars a year on motivational
tapes. Amway distributors are told that ?spending money to buy
these tapes is the key to building a large successful Amway
business.? Therefore, it is likely that new products peddled by
Amway distributors will not be more soap but more hope in the
form of these motivational materials.

One USA based distributor, an Indian (who has since left the
business), told me that these tapes were meaningless and were
sold to people by convincing them that they weren?t doing well
enough. He said that the tapes would become an item for sale and
Amway distributors will be selling them to each other in a self
feeding frenzy. I asked a Bangalore salesperson about this. He
said : ?Yeah, we?ve got that covered. We will buy one set and
make many copies of it an pass it around for free. This is
India, man.?

Exactly. That is exactly my problem with a business which makes
people hand over their savings to Amway to buy themselves a dream
and then try to create parallels between the growth of Amway and
the growth of the church to justify themselves. Bill Britt is
reported to be unashamed to use God to promote the Amway trade.
He reportedly said once that he sponsors a system
set in place by Jesus. ?There was a man that sponsored twelve
people 2000 years ago and I?m in his group. Because he sponsored
twelve and he taught us sponsoring, he now has one-and-a
half-billion people in his organisation. So I think we have a
pretty good precedent of what sponsoring is all about.? (All we
have is the Shankaracharya who keeps to himself most of the
time.) Even with all the two-paise philosophy that foreign Amway
distributors can throw at Indians, it falls to the sensible ones
to try and understand the hidden agenda and separate the lure of
lucre from the realities of returns. That may happen, if not
immediately, then later. After all, this is India, man.

And What Of Products
=================
Most Amway salespeople agree that the present range of six
products is not sufficient to generate usage of Rs. 1500 a month.
They expect more products will be added. I asked the Amway
officials when they would release more products, what products
and at what price. One employee said he had absolutely no idea
and wouldn?t tell me anything even in the vaguest detail because
he hadn?t been told anything himself.

I mentioned this to a distributor. It distressed him
considerably and he told me that he would call Amway ?and give
them a royal bollocking?. How could he be made to wait to earn
his PVs? According to the Bill Britt system, he should soon
retire to his counting house.

Steven Beddoe contradicted his Bangalore office. He said that
Amway plans to launch new products every three months. By
August, a laundry detergent. By October, a hand cream soap. By
December, a toothpaste. (Bye, Bye Colgate Palmolive?)

Another Mathematical Conundrum
=========================
In the course of conversation, Beddoe mentioned that Amway
maintains Rs. 28 crores worth of product stock. I asked him how
many months worth of inventory that represented. He consulted
with his finance man said, nine months. That works out to a sale
of Rs. 3.1 crores per month. At the stated average of Rs. 1500
per Amway distributor per month, it works out to 20,667 users. A
mere 20,667 Amway users for the whole of India? With many more
people than that having paid up the Rs.4200?

Summary
=======
If all Amway did was to manufacture and sell their products
through door-to-door salespeople there would be no problem. The
choice of purchase is left up to the individual. By asking for
deposits from buyers in the beginning and again every year, it
looks like Amway seeks to build a captive consumer base. Once
someone has paid Rs. 4200 to Amway, he is naturally disinclined
to buy Nivea hand cream instead of Amway Gly-Honey hand lotion.
The element of personal choice is thus prejudiced.

By involving their ?distributors? in a complicated system of
down-the-line commissions (which most of them showed no signs of
comprehending), they are given the impression that there is a
limitless market for Amway products. The truth is that the
market share for Amway is as limited as the market share for any
other product. Traditional retail trade is not about to
collapse. And because of the expensive price structure, the
growth of the market is restricted to the very wealthy.

Calling this ?an opportunity to use world class products? is a
bit like calling the purchase of a Mercedes Benz for Rs. 25 lakhs
an ?opportunity?, when an efficient Maruti 800 for one-tenth of
that price will do nicely. With all these constraints, telling
people of profit mechanisms tied into several thousand people
buying Rs. 1500 worth of Amway soaps every month seems laughable
in a country where entire families lead their lives on less
money.

Transplanting an American operation into India is downright
dangerous under the circumstances. The per capita GDP in the US
is $26,980. The per capital GDP of India is US$ 340. (Source :
Barclay?s Bank Economics Department.)

The cost of becoming an Amway distributor in the USA is US$ 120.
In India, they have simply multiplied this by 35 and made it Rs.
4200/-


I Have Seen The Light ?
And If You Haven?t, You?re Not My Friend
==============================
The parallel with an evangelist (with the light in his eyes who
gives you unsolicited advice about Jesus, equally, the
all-American Hare Krishna selling you the Bhagavad Gita) is
inescapable. You can recognise him in a minute. His opening
lines run something like this : ?I have a wonderful way for you
to make a lot of money with little effort.? : Tell such a person
: ?Oh, you?re talking about Amway, aren?t you?? And watch his
expressions fail him immediately. He squares his shoulders and
gives you his complete attention.

He is the Amway distributor. He is in your face. He looks
directly in your eyes and gesticulates in your peripheral vision.
You can?t look anywhere but at him. Nothing matters to him but
you. You are the next cog in his wheel of fortune. He expects
that you will be lured into his web of promises. The promise
that he has the ability to make you a millionaire. The promise
that you will not just get a life, but a lifestyle. That your
good fortune can be willed to your children and that you and your
progeny will live off what he will describe to you as ?residual
income?. His evangelism is complete.

I overheard one distributor tell his wife : ?I think so-and-so
will soon become a convert?. His ability to make money depends
on your signing up. Your ability to make money depends on who
you can get to sign up and thus the web expands.

In Bangalore, the growing tribe of Amway salespeople have
inspired all kinds of emotions in non-Amway distributors. The
?I-have-seen-the-light? evangelism is all but alien to our
society and it inspires dread in many.

Writer Ajit Saldanha said : ?When I see an Amway sales guy, I
leap like a nimble mountain deer out of his path.?

Hotelier Rishad Minocher said : ?I laugh at them. At least a few
dozen people have tried to ?convert? me.?

A fashion designer said of her friends : They get very excited
about this whole thing. But it?s not for me. I will not be seen
selling detergents.?

Another lady working for a media relations company complained
that one of her colleagues has stopped doing any office work :
?He uses the office phones to prospect for Amway business and
ties up al the lines. Normally a very dumb fellow, he is
emotional about Amway and his own livelihood matters to him no
longer.?

US$ 120 does not represent anything close to a risk even for the
lower income American. Rs.4200 exceeds the monthly income of
most Indians. And a 250 ml shampoo for Rs. 315 is unspeakable
for all except the richest among us. One Amway employee said
that they did not want the Indian middle class to get hurt but
that Amway could not possibly check into the economic background
of every sign up. Bullshit. Even small finance companies in
India have the mechanism to look into the backgrounds of their
borrowers. That is because they themselves would get hurt if the
borrowers failed. The reason Amway does not look into the
background of their distributors is because Amway will not get
hurt if the distributor fails. (They are taking his money up
front).

Quite correctly, I think, Amway should not worry itself about the
fate of people who willingly sell the family silver to become
Amway distributors. After all, who is anyone to say that the
Indian middle class knows not what is does. (Steven Beddoe made
the gratuitous offering that he felt Indians are not dumb
people.) And what Amway is doing is to tell all their prospects
that they could make pots of money. But with the full knowledge
that many of them will not. The Latin phrase, ?caveat emptor?
simply means ?let the buyer beware?.

But what if nobody is a buyer and everybody is a seller ? with
soap in their hands and hope in their hearts?
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SYMPOSIUM AT GU
. . . .

Could someone suggest to the University authorities that instead of calling
our University by the name "Goa University", it should be called "University
of Goa".

I think the acronym "U of G" sounds better than "GU" - for obvious reasons.

Am I too sensitive???


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Ranchi, Feb 25 (IANS) As five rebel ministers turn the screws on Chief
Minister Babulal Marandi, his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is working
overtime to split an opposition group to save the coalition government.

Marandi is focusing all his energies on trying to lure away three
legislators of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD).

Party sources said if Marandi succeeded in his mission to engineer
defections from the RJD, his government would not be reduced to a minority
even if the five rebel ministers from the Samata Party and Janata Dal-United
(JD-U) walked out.

At present Marandi's BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government
enjoys the support of 44 legislators in the 81-member house. If the rebels
walk out, the NDA would be reduced to a minority of 39. But the RJD
defections would again bring it back to a slim majority of 42.

Political analysts said the deferment of the Poreyahat assembly by-election
scheduled Wednesday because of a police strike had come as a reprieve for
Marandi because the BJP looked headed for defeat.

A defeat in the by-poll would have added to pressure on Marandi from allies
and from within his own party. Already there are two rival factions active
in the state BJP, one headed by Welfare Minister Arjun Munda and the other
by federal Coal Minister Karia Munda.

Meanwhile, the rebel ministers of the Samata Party have threatened to demand
separate seating in the assembly if the crisis is not resolved.

The four Samata ministers and one of the JD-U have sought Marandi's
resignation by the end of this month for ostensibly failing to root out
corruption.

"If the present crisis deepens, we will demand separate seats in the
assembly from Speaker Inder Singh Namdhari," Bachha Singh, one of the rebel
Samata ministers, told IANS.

"We are accountable to the people of the state. What we will answer them in
the assembly elections in 2005? Development is not taking place and has been
confused with the reservation and domicile issues," he added.

Singh was the most vocal opponent of a policy to make only those whose
ancestors' names figured in the region's land records of the early 20th
century eligible for government jobs.

Violent protests over the policy last year made the government tone it down
to say domiciles would get preference. But a court rejected even this
moderated domicile policy.

The only Samata Party minister in Jharkhand who has not rebelled is Ram
Chandra Kesari, a close associate of the chief minister.

The Samata Party top brass has failed to end the rebellion in Jharkhand,
with the state ministers saying preserving the NDA in power at the centre
was not their job.

Party sources said the rebel ministers might even form a separate group if
the central leaders try to impose their will. They admitted that the rebels
had the support of Railway Minister Nitish Kumar, who has developed
differences with party chief and Defence Minister George Fernandes over
Bihar politics.

--Indo-Asian News Service
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Panaji (GOA) :The ruling BJP's attempt to re-engineer the state's assembly
constitutencies to its benefit while decimating opposition segments, has
led to the opposition crying foul.

Some have accused the local BJP government of skewing the exercise and
providing "biased inputs" to the Central Delimitation Commission, set up
under a Central 2002 Act.

Goa's geographical areas are strongly divided by religious and caste lines,
and the re-drawing of electoral constituencies could give contenders for
power an edge.

This was seen after the last delimitation in 1988 undertaken when the
Congress was in power shortly after Goa became a seperate state in 1987.

The rearrangement now seeks to carve out new sectarian vote banks,
fragmenting Congress strongholds and consolidating the ruling BJP areas to
its advantage, MLAs complain.

The new draft delimitation exercise presented by the Goa government and
approved by the Central delimitation commission headed by Justice Kuldeep
Singh will come up for discussion before the commission's associate member
body followed by other hearings for objections.

This consists of mainly BJP MLAs, in a 40-seat Assembly where the BJP won
just 17 seats in the May 2002 elections.

"With 6 BJP MLAs and MPs and only a single Congress MLA on the associate
committee, its appointment is patently illegal and skewed," complains former
Congress CM Luizinho Faleiro. He took his plaint of "dispropotionate
representation" to the Commission, on being turned down by the Speaker.

Meanwhile the draft being circulated here, appears to have left untouched
only three BJP segments of Panaji (represented by the BJP Chief Minister for
the past two terms), Margao (won by BJP second ranking minister) and Fatorda
(another BJP-held seat).

Two Congress-held segments have been completely reorganised altering their
old names, while one in Pernem, won by articulate Congressman and its
honorary Viscount Jeetendra Deshprabhu, has been reserved for Scheduled
Castes, which could sideline the Congressman who won by surprise in this
long non-Congress seat for two terms.

In other areas, Christian aboriginal groups have been split across segments,
thus possibly diminishing the chance of block-voting by a section that feels
strongly disempowered in contemporary Goa.

The current exercise has refuelled speculation that the state may see a
mid-term poll. Analysts believe the BJP could make calculations to target a
majority, so it doesnt have to depend on disparate allies to rule the tiniest
state assembly in the country.

It now heads a four-party shaky coalition, and appears to have even
antagonised some of them in the proposed redivision.

Objections are likely to be raised mainly from the affected opposition
segments, but almost all consist of geographically contiguious areas,
weakening any legal argument.(ends)
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Panaji (GOA) :The ruling BJP's attempt to re-engineer the state's assembly
constitutencies to its benefit while decimating opposition segments, has
led to the opposition crying foul.

Some have accused the local BJP government of skewing the exercise and
providing "biased inputs" to the Central Delimitation Commission, set up
under a Central 2002 Act.

Goa's geographical areas are strongly divided by religious and caste lines,
and the re-drawing of electoral constituencies could give contenders for
power an edge.

This was seen after the last delimitation in 1988 undertaken when the
Congress was in power shortly after Goa became a seperate state in 1987.

The rearrangement now seeks to carve out new sectarian vote banks,
fragmenting Congress strongholds and consolidating the ruling BJP areas to
its advantage, MLAs complain.

The new draft delimitation exercise presented by the Goa government and
approved by the Central delimitation commission headed by Justice Kuldeep
Singh will come up for discussion before the commission's associate member
body followed by other hearings for objections.

This consists of mainly BJP MLAs, in a 40-seat Assembly where the BJP won
just 17 seats in the May 2002 elections.

"With 6 BJP MLAs and MPs and only a single Congress MLA on the associate
committee, its appointment is patently illegal and skewed," complains former
Congress CM Luizinho Faleiro. He took his plaint of "dispropotionate
representation" to the Commission, on being turned down by the Speaker.

Meanwhile the draft being circulated here, appears to have left untouched
only three BJP segments of Panaji (represented by the BJP Chief Minister for
the past two terms), Margao (won by BJP second ranking minister) and Fatorda
(another BJP-held seat).

Two Congress-held segments have been completely reorganised altering their
old names, while one in Pernem, won by articulate Congressman and its
honorary Viscount Jeetendra Deshprabhu, has been reserved for Scheduled
Castes, which could sideline the Congressman who won by surprise in this
long non-Congress seat for two terms.

In other areas, Christian aboriginal groups have been split across segments,
thus possibly diminishing the chance of block-voting by a section that feels
strongly disempowered in contemporary Goa.

The current exercise has refuelled speculation that the state may see a
mid-term poll. Analysts believe the BJP could make calculations to target a
majority, so it doesnt have to depend on disparate allies to rule the
tiniest
state assembly in the country.

It now heads a four-party shaky coalition, and appears to have even
antagonised some of them in the proposed redivision.

Objections are likely to be raised mainly from the affected opposition
segments, but almost all consist of geographically contiguious areas,
weakening any legal argument.(ends)
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Panaji: Four shows into his new play "Bhagvya Maticha Manus (Son of the
Saffron Soil) and its already stirring a hornet's nest within some circles.

Enfant terrible of Goa's Marathi stage, former editor, writer cartoonist and
iconoclast Vishnu Surya Wagh has this time taken his sharp comment straight
into the realm of contemporary politics.

His latest production, also featuring himself, is a scarcely disguised take
on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and the "compromise and get ahead"
politics of the BJP --- elsehwere in the country and in Goa, a state the
party has ruled since October 2000.

The two hour long play depicts the ultimate disillusionment of a "Rashtriya
Sankritirakshak Sanghantana" worker --- a conscientious medico called
Shantanu Sarang.

After years of selfless work with the organisation, he finds that his former
mentors have become intoxicated with the spoils of power and wealth, their
espoused "high principles" dumped in the new era of political fixing and
coalition politics.

"I wrote this play because the party is in power. Though people have begun
to see their real face, not many would like to talk about it" says writer
Wagh, former editor of the Goa based Marathi daily "Gomantak".

"Like in any organisation committed to ideals, a section of their workers
are now beginning to feel isolated. Their preachers no longer practice what
they have been preaching about patriotism and the new culture in politics" ,
says Wagh, whose own political search has taken him from the Maharashtrawadi
Gomantak Party, the Congress to the fringes of the Shiv Sena Goa unit now.

Staged by the Sri Krishna Sangathi troupe, Wagh's production is currently
doing the rounds at temple feasts and sammelans, and has stayed low profile
thus far. By contrast, his 1996 production "Tuka Abang Abang", was banned by
Maharashtra's then Shiv Sena government.

Wagh's dramatic interpretation was that the works of the seventeenth century
Maharashtrian social reformer, Tukaram, were actually destroyed by the then
Brahminical elites, who ultimately murdered him. This was seen as highly
controversial and "against the myths that were woven around Tukaram after
his deification".

"I don't write to be controversial, but to create public opinion, to make a
statement about something I feel strongly about," says this former student of
history and linguistics, with 20 plays in Marathi and Konkani to his credit.

But controversial he remains --- as maverick in his politics as he's
brilliant in his creativity, even critics acknowlege. Still in his late
thirties, Wagh has worn many hats --- student activist, cultural activist,
former vice chairman of Goa's prestigious Kala Academy, associate of Goa's
Bahujan Haturli math -- to add to his many other roles.

His second script this year though not yet dramatised, is no less
contentious, depicting the rebellion of a young swami at an upper caste
math, who tries to change the way things are done, but faces opposition from
mahajans.

"Vairajya Math" is Wagh's comment on the running of the two
'upper caste' maths in the state, who he says remain aloof from the lives of
common people and the ills of society.(ends)
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I hope this is the end of the matter.

G.D.P. per capita countries in mentioned in contention.

India 2,443
Macau 17,235
Norway 27,557
Switzerland 28,421
U.S. 35,831
U.K 22,801
Portugal 15,795.


Of the above countries which countries are in the G7 considered the
richest
countries in the world?

Also Macau is richer than Portugal, what does that mean?

Hope this settles the issue once and for all.
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3 convicted in London for smuggling new fad drug from Goa

Ketamine concealed in rose water bottles

Devika Sequeira

DH News Service

PANAJI, Mar 13

A pain-killer rarely prescribed here, some in the medical fraternity have
not even heard of it. Ketamine, the new fad drug on the beaches of North
Goa, is nonetheless the latest rage among hip Western tourists who frequent
the rave party circuit in Goa.

So much so, that large quantities of it is being smuggled directly from Goa
into Britain, disguised as rose water, London police officers investigating
the case, told 'Deccan Herald'.

Three men have so far been convicted in London for illegally importing
Ketamine into England. The latest sentence was awarded by the Kingston upon
Thames Crown Court last week.

Among those convicted is a British national Richard Widger, who was awarded
an 18 month sentence, and Italian Marco Siddi, who has been given the
maximum two-year term by the British court.

Portuguese national Bruno Veiga was sentenced to a year's jail term for his
role in the "conspiracy to import Ketamine into the UK". His conviction was
handed out on March 7.

The Ketamine being smuggled into England originated from the Anjuna Beach
area, and was being cleverly packaged in 500 ml bottles of rose water,
London police sources said. Ketamine suspends in rose water.

"This is one of the first prosecutions in the U.K. for such offences, and
the sentence given will hopefully send out the right message. We are led to
believe there is a perception among the party people in Goa that Ketamine is
legal in the U.K. This is not the case and many such prosecutions will
follow," a British police source said.

A team of police officers from London would be flying down to Goa soon to
conduct more investigations, he said.

An anaesthetic agent, prescribed ususally in post-operative care, Ketamine
can produce hallucinations and a feeling of well-being, a doctor said. A 10
ml vial of the Ketamine Hydrochloride injection costs Rs 110 in Goa.

But the drug's misuse by foreigners in Goa is common knowledge to
pharmacists here. Two leading pharmacies in Panaji said they had stopped
stocking Ketamine because they were being constantly "harassed" for the drug
by foreigners. It has become one of the most abused drugs in Goa in recent
times, they said.

"We've stopped selling it, but pharmacies in Anjuna and Baga have huge
stocks of it," said one pharmacist who at one time also stocked Ketamine in
tablet form.

According to a senior Goa police official once posted in the Anti-Narcotics
Bureau, Ketamine has been "doing the rounds" in Goa's rave parties in the
last two years. Those using it as a hallucinogen either put a few drops in
the eyes for a "quick, short high", or inhale it by adding some drops to a
cigarette.

Because the drug is not included in the banned substances list of the
Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, there is little the
police can do if someone is caught with Ketamine. Its other advantage is
that it is hardly detectable after being used, he said.

The maximum sentence for smuggling a drug like Ketamine into the UK is two
years. London police sources said they were hoping to convince their
government to get Ketamine placed on the Misuse of Drugs Act 1968 Schedule,
which would make convictions more stringeent./ends

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3 convicted in London for smuggling new fad drug from
Goa

Ketamine concealed in rose water bottles

Devika Sequeira

DH News Service

PANAJI, Mar 13

A pain-killer rarely prescribed here, some in the
medical fraternity have not even heard of it. Ketamine,
the new fad drug on the beaches of North Goa, is
nonetheless the latest rage among hip Western tourists
who frequent the rave party circuit in Goa.

So much so, that large quantities of it is being
smuggled directly from Goa into Britain, disguised as
rose water, London police officers investigating the
case, told 'Deccan Herald'.

Three men have so far been convicted in London for
illegally importing Ketamine into England. The latest
sentence was awarded by the Kingston upon Thames Crown
Court last week.

Among those convicted is a British national Richard
Widger, who was awarded an 18 month sentence, and
Italian Marco Siddi, who has been given the maximum
two-year term by the British court.

Portuguese national Bruno Veiga was sentenced to a
year's jail term for his role in the "conspiracy to
import Ketamine into the UK". His conviction was handed
out on March 7.

The Ketamine being smuggled into England originated
from the Anjuna Beach area, and was being cleverly
packaged in 500 ml bottles of rose water, London police
sources said. Ketamine suspends in rose water.

"This is one of the first prosecutions in the U.K. for
such offences, and the sentence given will hopefully
send out the right message. We are led to believe there
is a perception among the party people in Goa that
Ketamine is legal in the U.K. This is not the case and
many such prosecutions will follow," a British police
source said.

A team of police officers from London would be flying
down to Goa soon to conduct more investigations, he
said.

An anaesthetic agent, prescribed ususally in
post-operative care, Ketamine can produce
hallucinations and a feeling of well-being, a doctor
said. A 10 ml vial of the Ketamine Hydrochloride
injection costs Rs 110 in Goa.

But the drug's misuse by foreigners in Goa is common
knowledge to pharmacists here. Two leading pharmacies
in Panaji said they had stopped stocking Ketamine
because they were being constantly "harassed" for the
drug by foreigners. It has become one of the most
abused drugs in Goa in recent times, they said.

"We've stopped selling it, but pharmacies in Anjuna and
Baga have huge stocks of it," said one pharmacist who
at one time also stocked Ketamine in tablet form.

According to a senior Goa police official once posted
in the Anti-Narcotics Bureau, Ketamine has been "doing
the rounds" in Goa's rave parties in the last two
years. Those using it as a hallucinogen either put a
few drops in the eyes for a "quick, short high", or
inhale it by adding some drops to a cigarette.

Because the drug is not included in the banned
substances list of the Narcotics Drugs and Psychotropic
Substances (NDPS) Act, there is little the police can
do if someone is caught with Ketamine. Its other
advantage is that it is hardly detectable after being
used, he said.

The maximum sentence for smuggling a drug like Ketamine
into the UK is two years. London police sources said
they were hoping to convince their government to get
Ketamine placed on the Misuse of Drugs Act 1968
Schedule, which would make convictions more stringeent.

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Panaji: They may be man's best friends, but currently Goa's estimated one
hundred thousand stray dog population has sharply divided public opinion in
this state.

Five years after the High Court stopped municipalities from having healthy
strays shot on the streets for "a 25 paise a tail-fee" --- a growing number
of vocal citizens want civic authorities to either impound or euthanise what
they say is an increasingly unmanageable population of mongrels.

The 1998 order, petitioned by the People for Animals NGO, had then led to
civic bodies starting an ABC-RV (animal birth control-rabies vaccine)
programme with assistance from animal welfare associations (AWAs), including
the International Animal Rescue.

"Since 2000, the programme has covered 20,000 dogs ---14,000 have been
neutered, 4000 unhealthy strays have been euthanised, and around 2000 pets
have been vaccinated" claims PFA convenor Norma Alvares.

Citizens banded together under the two year old People for Elimination of
Stray Troubles (PEST), however feel the programme is working far too slowly
to be effective.

"An ABC-RV programme can only be effective if 70-80% of the dog population
is covered within a six month period, before the next breeding season
commences", argues PEST's legal counsel Aires Rodrigues. Otherwise the cycle
repeats itself, with more strays on the streets.

Besides, in the absence of a large enough dog pound, volunteers, staff and
finances, AWAs are releasing treated strays back onto the streets,
endangering motorists and pedestrians , resulting in some deaths, PEST
argues.

The "problem" has polarised opinion and monthy magazine "Goa Today" ran
a story dubbing it a Canine Cancer. The magazine said 22 persons died of
rabies in the past six years, while 13,000 have been bitten --- 2000 dog
bites a year --- incidentally one of the higest rates of dog bites in the
country.

Last year PEST went to court to press municipalities and panchayats to invoke
existing laws "to keep strays off the streets", and a provision under the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act that allow euthanisation.

AWAs represented by Alvares in court are opposed to this. "How can you pick
up any healthy dog off the street and put it into a gas chamber", she asks.
"Strays are on the streets because there is garbage and bins, and because
people put them there. Some of them have loose owners who feed them scraps"
she says arguing for a wholistic approach and more time for the ABC programme
to eventually bring down numbers.

While canines are being targetted, human mismanagement of the environment is
being condoned. Municipalities and village panchayats, have miserably failed
to implement a licensing policy, that would require all pets to be vaccinated
and neutered unless owners pay higher breeding fees.

Meanwhile, PEST was partly successful in its legal plea. A division Bench in
January asked the Chief Justice to constitute a larger bench to reexamine
the legal issues involved to see if any further steps could be taken to deal
with the situation.(Ends)

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1) It's Emblica officinalis
2) If the manufacturer has prepared the candy without resorting
to high temperature drying, it should also contain a fair amount
of Vitamin C.
Ajit

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"Frederick Noronha (FN)" <fred at bytesforall.org> wrote:

"WHAT'S THIS? IS IT a sweet?"

"No, it's dry fruit," said the hotel-owner.

Amla Candy is a new product available in outlets in Goa. It is priced at Rs
4 and includes a nutritive value (per 100 g) of 293 kcal energy, 70 gm of
carbohydrates, 0.8 gm protein, 538 mg Vitamin C, 0.20 mg of calcium of 0.15
gm of fat.

It is marketed by Kamdhenu Pickles and Spices Ind Pvt Ltd (Krishi Bhavan,
1379 Bhavani Peth, Pune 411042, Pune tel 26357991) and manufactured and
packaged by Nandlal Fruit Processor at Tal Maval, Pune district tel 02114
24977.

It's a tasty product, containing one large-sized amla and sugar. The plastic
packing seems a bit excessive (and environmentally unfriendly), but as a
non-technical person, my first reaction was that this is an interesting (and
tasty) product. FN
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Freelance Journalist : Goa India 403511 : software we refer to
Ph 0091.832.409490 : Cell 0 9822 122436 : freedom, not price.
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The mid-night hour maybe coming. But our work does not stop. Please take a moment, go through the
link, find the english version, and register your concern.

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PANAJI (Goa), March 17: Indian deputy prime minister Lal Krishna
Advani and defence minister George Fernandes witnessed manoeuvres conducted
by the Navy's aircraft carrier INS Viraat off the Goa coast Monday morning.

Also present for the manoeuvres were several politicians -- both federal
ministers and members of the Parliamentary Defence Consultative Committee
and the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Defence.

Later in the day, Advani accompanied by Fernandes left Goa for Delhi on a
special aircraft from Naval enclave of Goa's lone Dabolim airport, which
also functions as one of the country's premier naval air station.

They were seen off by local politicians from BJP-ruled Goa.

Advani arrived Goa on a two day visit on Sunday. During his stay here, he
met with BJP partyworkers on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar, who has headed the
first-ever BJP minister in this cash-strapped state, has requested the union
Government to extend special category status to Goa on the lines of Himachal
Pradesh and Uttaranchal for its "economic and industrial development".

A formal request to this effect was made to Dy. Prime Minister, Mr L.K.
Advani by Parrkar, during the former's visit to Goa, the chief minister
announced here.

Parrikar announced this at a buyers-seller's meet, Interface 2003, organised
by local bodies of industrialists including the Goa Small Industries
Association (GSIA), National Small Industries Corporation, Small Scale
Service Institute and Government of Goa in state-capital Panaji on Sunday.

Parrikar said that an industrial policy would be announced soon, so as to
give a "very clear direction" to the industrial growth of Goa. Frequent
political uncertainity in this small state of 1.35 million has seen its
industrial and other policies repeatedly changed over the past decade.

Parrikar said the new Industrial Policy will give "clear and more powers" to
the Government to "lug the loopholes"in the process of industrial
development and "acilitate fast pace of industrial growth in (the) right
direction", the state government's Department of Information announced
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Panaji: Traditional fishermen are beginning to react strongly to high speed
water sports activity on some beaches of this touristic state, which they say
disturbs their fishing grounds and nets.

On Monday, a 400 strong group of fishermen and their families, incensed over
an operator running a speed boat on the Nerul bay in North Goa, burnt her
beach shack "Wave Rider". In the fracas, the shack's British owner Ms Maureen
Chapman and her daughter Laura sustained injuries, as did some of the
fishermen's crowd.

Police registered cases against both groups for yesterday's violence.
Nothing was left of the thatched palm shack.

In January, fishermen attacked and stopped operations of a new Rs 2 cr water
sports facility promoted by Raymonds industrialist Gautam Singhania in the
same area. The club was offering jet skies, banana rides, jumpy rides and
water skiing in a mainly fishing bay.

On the intervention of the local MLA, authorities had ordered stoppage
of all water sports in the area until further notification.

"We had asked them to stop plying the boat. Jet skis and high speed boats
operate with 140 hp engines as against the 15-40hp outboard engines of
country craft. It completely disturbs our occupation", justifies Ambrose
Mendes, from one of the 70 odd households in the fisherman's ward at the
small but scenic Nerul bay.

Tourism minister Francisco Pacheco has promised to regulate and license
water sports activity in specific areas only, even as traditional
fishermen from neighbouring Candolim-Calangute also began demaning a ban.

Tourism activities though a major industry here over the past few decades,
has often conflicted with older occupations and local communities. The Nerul
bay itself has morphed from a near inaccessible fishing and farming ward
into high value real estate with fancy bungalows overlooking the bay,
and capital Panaji situated across the wide river.(ends)

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