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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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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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Panjim: March 20, 2003

Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar has assured all possible assistance to
the Goans working in the Gulf Countries in view of the Iraq war that has
broke out.

"Mr. Parrikar said he was closely monitoring the situation in the gulf
countries and was in constant touch with the Union Government taking up the
cause of Gulf Goans in providing assistance to those in need," an official
Department of Information release said here.

The CM was also further quoted saying that he was also in touch with the NRI
Cell set up in this State to supplement efforts to assist those in need..

Parrikar appealed to the families of Goans working in the Gulf countries to
maintain "a calm composure" in view of the war, stating that his government
was working in all areas to ensure safety to lives and property of their
breadwinner.

Goa has a significant proportion of its population working as expats in the
Gulf region. There are however no accurate figures or reliable guestimates
about the numbers of Goan expat workers in the Gulf region.

During the 1990 Gulf War, the figures of Goans based in Kuwait -- the
world's second-largest exporter of petroleum -- ranged from a low of about
8,000 (the official estimate) to as many as 25,000, living in that small
Arab state among its total population of 2 million.

The latter figure was put out by expat groups based there.

INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE reports from New Delhi: An inter-ministerial group
set up by India to monitor the Iraq crisis concluded Thursday that there was
"no cause for panic" for the safety and security of 3.5 million Indians
living in the Gulf region.

The Crisis Management Group, headed by R.M. Abhyankar, secretary (Asia and
North Africa) in the external affairs ministry, made a comprehensive review
of the situation in the wake of the U.S.-led attacks against Iraq.

External affairs ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said the group took stock
of the feedback received from Indian embassies in Gulf countries and came to
the conclusion that there was "no cause for panic" at present.

At the same time, the government was prepared for any eventuality should the
need arise, he said in response to queries whether evacuation of Indian
nationals was being contemplated.

Officials from the labour, defence and petroleum ministries participated in
the meeting.

The group's control room was fully functional and in contact with Indian
embassies in Gulf countries.

Sarna stressed that Air-India flights that brought Indians back from Kuwait
on Thursday were not part of any evacuation measures. "They were normal
commercial flights," he said.

Air-India had arranged additional flights as schools in Kuwait had closed
and Indian employees were returning with their families, he said.

Four Air-India flights were despatched to bring from Kuwait some 1,200
Indians who had sought help to come back.

Two of the flights carrying 750 Indians landed in Mumbai on Thursday
morning, one before and another shortly after the U.S. started bombing
Baghdad.

Sarna further said in response to questions that India was in touch with
international interlocutors on the Iraq crisis.(ENDS)
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injuries in an accident.
If the one truly wants to prevent unnecessary suffering to both themselves
and their families members, they should put their personal safety first.
A number of medical studies have proved that wearing helmets do limit the
number of injuries. More riders wearing helmets would cut the number of
serious injuries and stop the unnecessary drain on the medical resources.
If the government wants to encourage safety they should
1) Educate the people as to why they think that helmets make for safer
travel
2)Provide subsidised helmet purchase and look into the manufacture of a
helmet which is more suitable for the hot weather

3)Enforce a stricter driving policy and improve the roads in Goa.

Helmets should also regularly be checked, as impacts be it in a collision or
just dropping it does weaken the shell_ and having a shoemaker stick it
together does not help.


Francis Dias
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"It's one of those campaigns that has taken so very long. Over two decades
ago when the authorities attempted to make helmets compulsory I was
compelled to move the Courts. My contention was that if the Sikhs were
exempt from helmets why not I. It definitely does not take much brains to
protect your head. And if the Sikh can, why not I. Come what may, I
resolved never to wear a helmet and I stuck to my guns.

It is a pity that in spite of Goa having many other problems it took over
twenty years to finally resolve the helmet controversy. Every year during
the Road Safety Week the helmet manufacturers religiously take the
opportunity to push their business interests. It is a relief that now the
Government notification exempts those riding under the speed of 40 km from
wearing helmets. This should lay the helmet controversy to rest. Will it?"
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recieved their latest Telephone Directory.

The persons who have taken new telephone connections
from 1.1.1999 have not been provided Telephone
Directories till date.

The CD Rom Telephone Directory updated to 30.9.2002
was made available but even before the CDs could reach
the Telephone Offices or Customers Service Centres
they were declared to be exhausted.

A Telelphone Directory 2002 is believed to be released
in December, 2002 though none have seen them but it is
stated to be exhausted.It is also learnt that due to
prefixing the telephone Number 2 the same was ordered
for re-print. Some others state that owing to change
of status transformation to Bharat Sanchar Nigam
Limited the delay is caused. There are others who
allege that owing to the upgradation of the tele lines
optical fibre et al the delay is taking place.

Whatever be the reason there is nothing reliable
coming from your office.

It takes letters over a year to be replied and some
queries have not been replied.

We would appreciate if a copy of the Telephone
Directories List distributed is made available for
inspection, and also a list of CD Roms sold to
subscribers in Goa as there is an apprehension that
insufficient copies have been made available and just
to tide over the criticism from the subscribers .

You are aware that Maharashtra Telecom Circle ranks as
No 1 among the Telecom Circles in the country and this
is mainly due to the fact that the highest revenue
comes from Goa Telecom District as against the other
Districts in the Maharashtra Circle.

Please confirm this statement.

Goa also has highest teledensity 14% telephone
connections and over 1.25 lacs subscribers as against
2%to 3% of the entire Maharashtra Circle.

Yet the customers in the State are not given the
service we deserve.

This apparently is because Goans are nowhere and the
non Goans have been dominating the top heirarchy and
even the key positions in the Telecom Circle from
linesman onwards.Mind you they do not possess any
qualifications that a Goan cannot qualify for and the
the so called senior engineers now telecom officers
etc have only training at the Yeshwantra Chavan
Institute in Maharashtra.

We therefore request you Sir to present a white paper
on the Goa Telecom District and make a case for Goa to
be upgraded into Goa Telecom Circle.

With this white paper we can over night solve the
Telephone woes of consumers and can get aperiodical
updated directory

This is an urgent request because none of the
helplines can assist the consumer in Goa either
because they record false messages or are inoperative.

We seek your immediate clarification on the above and
the exact date the Directory will be available.

Yours faithfully
for SOUTH GOA PUBLIC INTEREST ACTION GROUP
Regd NGO 171/GOA/2000
sd/-
Terence Mazarelo
PRESIDENT.


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and a pirate. Therefore, his reasons for enlistment of the Portuguese help
was purely out of political and monetary gain rather than motivated by a
sense of moral conviction against perceived atrocities.
And while the Portuguese confiscated and destroyed much
property, (including during the inquisition) there are no historical
accounts of wanton human killing.
Portuguese accounts themselves have proudly described the massacres of the
Muslims following the capture of Goa. During later years, especially the
period of inquisition, this extended towards all non-catholics.

Dr. Teotonio D'Souza or Jorge Noronha can correct me if I am wrong.

Regardless, I think it would be prejudicial to base a conclusion of right
or wrong on such simplistic analyses. When we look back into historical
accounts, all we are left with is the result and not always the events
that led up to them or state of the mind and mood of the people that shape
such events.

Whatever the Portuguese, Hindu or Muslim past of Goa, we must accept their
legacy as a part of history and preserve this to the best of our
abilities.

The Portuguese rule of Goa may have been traumatic but there still remains
an obligation on us to preserve this part of our history. This does not
mean that we should ape the Portuguese, but rather try and preserve their
architecture and literary works.

Over the years, I expect Goa to further get submerged within the greater
Indian identity. However, if we preserve these instruments of our past,
our future generations can look back and understand the road they
took to get where they are.

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The Case Against US Adventurism in Iraq
By Noam Chomsky

The most powerful state in history has proclaimed that
it intends to control the world by force, the
dimension in which it reigns supreme.
President Bush and his cohorts evidently believe that
the means of violence in their hands are so
extraordinary that they can dismiss anyone who
stands in their way.

The consequences could be catastrophic in Iraq and
around the world. The United States may reap a
whirlwind of terrorist retaliation -- and step
up the possibility of nuclear Armageddon.
Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and company are
committed to an "imperial ambition," as G. John
Ikenberry wrote in the September/October issue of
Foreign Affairs -- "a unipolar world in which the
United States has no peer competitor" and in which "no
state or coalition could ever challenge it
as global leader, protector and enforcer."

That ambition surely includes much expanded control
over Persian Gulf resources and military bases to
impose a preferred form of order in the region.

Even before the administration began beating the war
drums against Iraq, there were plenty of warnings that
U.S. adventurism would lead to proliferation of
weapons of mass destruction, as well as terror, for
deterrence or revenge.

Right now, Washington is teaching the world a
dangerous lesson: If you want to defend yourself from
us, you had better mimic North Korea and pose a
credible threat. Otherwise we will demolish you.

There is good reason to believe that the war with Iraq
is intended, in part, to demonstrate what lies ahead
when the empire decides to strike a blow though "war"
is hardly the proper term, given the gross mismatch of
forces.

A flood of propaganda warns that if we do not stop
Saddam Hussein today he will destroy us tomorrow.

Last October, when Congress granted the president the
authority to go to war, it was "to defend the national
security of the United States against
the continuing threat posed by Iraq."

But no country in Iraq's neighborhood seems overly
concerned about Saddam, much as they may hate the
murderous tyrant.

Perhaps that is because the neighbors know that Iraq's
people are at the edge of survival. Iraq has become
one of the weakest states in the region.
As a report from the American Academy of Arts and
Sciences points out, Iraq's economy and military
expenditures are a fraction of some of its
neighbors'.

Indeed, in recent years, countries nearby have sought
to reintegrate Iraq into the region, including Iran
and Kuwait, both invaded by Iraq.
Saddam benefited from U.S. support through the war
with Iran and beyond, up to the day of the invasion of
Kuwait. Those responsible are largely back at
the helm in Washington today.

President Ronald Reagan and the previous Bush
administration provided aid to Saddam, along with the
means to develop weapons of mass destruction, back
when he was far more dangerous than he is now, and had
already committed his worst crimes, like murdering
thousands of Kurds with poison gas.

An end to Saddam's rule would lift a horrible burden
from the people of Iraq. There is good reason to
believe that he would suffer the fate of Nicolae
Ceausescu and other vicious tyrants if Iraqi society
were not devastated by harsh sanctions that force the
population to rely on Saddam for survival while
strengthening him and his clique.

Saddam remains a terrible threat to those within his
reach. Today, his reach does not extend beyond his own
domains, though it is likely that U.S.
aggression could inspire a new generation of
terrorists bent on revenge, and might induce Iraq to
carry out terrorist actions suspected to be already in
place.

Right now Saddam has every reason to keep under tight
control any chemical and biological weapons that Iraq
may have. He wouldn't provide such weapons to the
Osama bin Ladens of the world, who represent a
terrible threat to Saddam himself.

And administration hawks understand that, except as a
last resort if attacked, Iraq is highly unlikely to
use any weapons of mass destruction that it has -- and
risk instant incineration.

Under attack, however, Iraqi society would collapse,
including the controls over the weapons of mass
destruction. These could be "privatized," as
international security specialist Daniel Benjamin
warns, and offered to the huge "market for
unconventional weapons, where they will have no
trouble finding buyers." That really is "a nightmare
scenario," he says.

As for the fate of the people of Iraq in war, no one
can predict with any confidence: not the CIA, not
Rumsfeld, not those who claim to be experts on
Iraq, no one.

But international relief agencies are preparing for
the worst. Studies by respected medical organizations
estimate that the death toll could rise to the
hundreds of thousands. Confidential U.N. documents
warn that a war could trigger a "humanitarian
emergency of exceptional scale" --
including the possibility that 30 percent of Iraqi
children could die from malnutrition.

Today the administration doesn't seem to be heeding
the international relief agency warnings about an
attack's horrendous aftermath.
The potential disasters are among the many reasons why
decent human beings do not contemplate the threat or
use of violence, whether in personal life or
international affairs, unless reasons have been
offered that have overwhelming force. And surely
nothing remotely like that justification has come
forward.

Noam Chomsky is a political activist, professor of
linguistics at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology and author of the bestseller "9-11."
He wrote this article for the New York Times
Syndicate.




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A Public Statement
March 25, 2003

A cowardly, yet horrendously brutal, killing of innocent people has shattered the Kashmir Valley
again.

In the nightly hours of March 23, twenty-four men, women and children were gunned down by unknown
attackers in the village of Nadimarg (Pulwama). The victims were all Hindu Pandits of Kashmir.

We in SANSAD (South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy) and in INSAF (International South
Asia Forum) utterly condemn this savage act, this crime against humanity.

When members of any particular community are subjected to brutal killings - whether they are Sikhs
in Punjab, Christians, Dalits, Tribals and Muslims in Gujarat and elsewhere, the fragile secular
and democratic make-up of the Indian society goes through another challenging test.

For over twelve years now, the people of Kahmir have been subjected to a never-ending vortex of
violence. The entire people have been turned into helpless victims of the terror inflicted by the
contending forces, while their genuine aspirations for peace, dignity, and democratic rights of
self-determination remain crushed.

It is very unfortunate that every time there is some movement toward normalization of social
relations, some movement toward peace in the entire region, it becomes disrupted by such wanton
and melicious acts of interruption. It is obvious that there are vested interests who do not want
the Kashmir problem to be solved.

That the secular and harmonious aspects of the Kashmiri society have yet not been destroyed is
indicated by the manner in which the entire community in the village of Nadimarg came together to
mourn the deaths of the innocents. Muslim men and women wiped their own tears and those of the
survivors of the Hindu families.

''We don't believe this could happen here,'' said Khatija Bano, a Muslim housewife. ''I am
shocked. Why will anybody kill these poor people? They had nothing to do with anything. They were
struggling like all of us for two meals a day here in this far off village,'' she said. ''They had
not left the village because they had always felt safe here. It is their home like it is our
home''.

It is noteworthy that Muslim, Christian, Sikh and the democratic/secular organizations have
strongly condemned this ghastly act, and have demanded from the Government of India and of Jammu
and kashmir to find the culprits, and to take the necessary steps in bringing security and a sense
of dignity to all the people in Jammu and Kashmir.

We in SANSAD and INSAF join these voices of sanity, and of goodwill.

Hari Sharma
sharma at sfu.ca
President, SANSAD (South Asian Network for Secularism and Democracy0
President, INSAF (International South Asia Forum)




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For whatever it's worth the answer is a big NO. I want to be free ....
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Neither the conqueror nor the colonialist gave you that choice. Hence
you did not directly answer the question. You naturally want to be free
because you do not want to be invaded. I wonder if we should pose the
question to the Iraqi people? Their answer (like mine) will likely be:
Does it make a difference?
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for the knowledge of the public.

On the land admeasuring 50 m2 surveyed under Chalta
Nos 257 (11m2), 258 (31m2), and 259 (8m2) of PTS 238
,recorded in Book No:24 of City Survey Margao Salcete
there is a small chapel "Capelinha de Santas Almas"
or little chapel of Holy Souls" managed by "Confre da
Fabrica da Capela (now Igreja ) da Nossa Senhora da
Graca de Margao" .

The Chapel is located on Francisco Luis Gomes Road
commonly known as Old Station Road, near Afonso de
Albuquerque Market, New Market Margao Salcete Goa

It is bounded on the East by shop of Ananta Xete
Quessoncar,on the West by Municipal road No.8, on
South by cross road (esquina) or municipal passage on
North by Municipal road.

The land is not registered in the Land Registration
Office, but enrolled in Land Revenue Office under
Matriz Number 48 & 61.

The " loja No. 01" EXCLUDING verandah and passage on
the eastern side was vide agreement of lease dated
01.02.1956 granted on lease for a period of 3 years to
one RAMA GANESSA NAIQUE (alias Rama Ganesh Naik) on an
annual rent of Rs 182 payable in monthly instalments
to carry out the business of frames and glasses.

Some of the relevant clauses enumerated below are
highlighted:

clause 03 ; the lessee shall not sublet the area or
renounce any rights which may have accrued under the
Decree No:49 dated 22.7.1913;

clause 06 : the lessee shall not carry out in the
area any improvements, nor bore any holes on its
walls, without the written consent of the lessor:

clause 07 : the improvements or works which the lesee
may voluntarily make and without consent of the first
party, shall not be removed by the lessee and shall
belong to the lessor except those which are not fixed
on the walls or can be removed without any damage;

clause 09: the lessee shall not place in the verandah
passages or places which lie between the doors, boxes,
cupboards or tables for the sale tobacco cigarretes
pipes cigars or other articles , and in case he wishes
he shall obtain permission and also pay another Rupees
three per month;

clause 11: One Prabacar Voicunto Sinai Edo ( alias
Prabhakar Voikunth Sinai Hede) stood as surety and
principal payer for the security of the conditions
stipulated in the present contract;

Finally it is also agreed that the rent fixed shall
be amended in harmony with the final decision of the
valuation which is being applied for in terms of para
3 of Art 20 of the Diploma No: 1409 dated 14.2.1952.

The agreement is made on loose sheets without the
stamp duty as the lessor are exempted from it in terms
of Art 6 ot the Concordata and of Art 11 of the
Missionary Agreement between the Holy See and Portugal
dated 7.5.1940

The above lease agreement was thereafter renewed from
time to time.
It is not known whether on the name of Rama Ganessa
Naique .
The date of death of original lessee Rama Ganessa
Naique (alias Rama Ganesh Naik ) is also not on
record nor are the names of his legal heirs .

However on 25.1.1967 a Deed of extension of lease
for another three years (earlier one expired on
31.12.1966) was signed by :

an ALLEGED legal heir of the lessor RAMA GANESSA
NAIQUE (alias Rama Ganesh Naik) viz one Chandrakant
Babu Naique son of Babu Naique (Babu Naik) resident of
H.No: 75 Near Metropole for the same loja No:1 but on
a monthly rent of Rs.20/- The present occupants viz:
Ramdas, Vijay and Vinay are sons on Chandrakant Babu
Naik.

Also vide similar agreements dated 25.1.1967,loja No;
2 (West) was leased to Mr. Gangaram Sonaili, to
Shantaram Santu Redkar, verandah (North) and Ramdas
Vaman Falari shop undescribed (?)

Later vide agreement dated 18.6.1981 Verandah on west
was leased to Barnabe George .

On 19.11.1989 on the penultimate day of campaigning
for the Goa Legislative Assembly elections there was a
fire in the chapel and all (except loja No 1 )
surrounding tenements were partially or considerably
destroyed leaving no scope for conduct of business as
per situation ante.

Reconstruction and rehabilitation was necessary but
before the plans were drawn one Shantaram Santu Redkar
occupying verandah North,commenced repairs without
permission of the Cofre of Fabrica de Capela (now
Igreja) da Nossa Senhora de Graca.

Apprehending that others would follow a regular civil
suit No:273/89/D was filed in the Court of Civil Judge
Junior Division at Margao by the Confre (lessor) for
permanent injunction restraining all the occupants
from carrying out any repairs without their consent
and permission.

However the issue was resolved under "Consent terms"
20.12.1989 that in lieu of the lessees agreeing to
carry out the repairs themselves in accordance with
the plan and directions of the Confre without the
right to any of the structures: the rent paid by
them was enhanced to Rs. 260/- per month

That fresh agreements were to be executed within ten
days of the Consent terms i.e. by 31.12.1989 on
earlier terms but with enhanced rent and that in the
event the Confre decides to construct a new storied
buiding in the premises after next two years i.e. by
20.12.1991 the lessees would vacate the same but
offered premises of identical area in the new complex
on enhanced rent .

In 1997 it was noted by the Confre (lessor) that the
lessee of loja No1 had without permission of both
lessee and municipal authorities

" constructed two walls on the verandah of the premise
admeasuring 0.60 mts length and 2.20 mts height and
fixed a rolling shutter to the said walls and also
converted the verandah into a room. That a table was
placed on the road side outside the premises and sold
lottery tickets "

He was then following a complaint from the Parish
Priest asked by the then Chief Officer Mr. K. A.
Satardekar vide Margao Municipal Council letter
No:1/344/96-TECH/Illegal/345 dated 25.2.1997 to show
cause notice under section 184 and 193 of Goa
Municipalities Act 1968 why action deemed fit
including demolition should not be effected.

There was also a direction to the Market Inspector to
take action and remove the table with the lotteries
from the road side ( passage used for assembly of
those
venerating near the chapel) and stop such business
being carried out outside the premises.

On a letter dated 5.5.1997 by Parish Priest to CO
MMC.. The unauthorised structures were demolished.
However each time the same was reconstructed by the
lessee.

In the Chapel religious activities like ragular
prayers, visits, lighting of candles "ladainah" are
carried out by the business community and other
faithful.

The lessee continued to obstruct the passage made free
by MMC for the faithful to have acess to the
Chapel.and
several letters from the Parish Priest of Our Lady of
Grace Church to both CO Margao MUNICIPAL Council ,
10.12.1997 11.12.1997 25.03.1998 ending with a plea
on 11.7.1998 by the lessor, before the High Court of
Judicature of Bombay Panaji Bench to remove the
illegalities within the precincts of the Chapel
following a similar order in Writ Petition 148/97 to
all Municipalities to remove illegal encroachments in
the in public places and on road widening areas.

The Margao Municipal Council issued a show cause
notice dated 25.2.1997 since no reply was forthcoming
the illegal construction of walls and the rolling
shutters were demolished by the High Court order on
21.8.1997.

A footpath and a front verandah were left open for
the devotees.

However this part was covered with a wall and a
rolling shutter.

Following a visit of the lessor the Parish Priest of
the Our lady of Grace Church, on 4.8.2000 the lesee
viz sons of late Chandrakant Babu Naik) filed a Civil
Miscellaneous Application for temporary injunction
before the Civil Judge Division Margao directing the
Hounourable Court to ensure that the lessor should
REFRAIN from entering the premises of the lessee or
evicting them other than by due process of law and to
avoid causing any kind of damage to goods displayed in
the premises which includes the verandah and passage .

It was the contention of the lessee that after the
death of their father late Chandrakant Babu Naik
on 18.4.1996 the present lessees were carrying out the
business of fixing of frames for photographs pictures
etc sale of lotteries . That the rent payable during
th Portuguese regime was Rs.20/- but subsequent to the
fire in November 1989 the same was enhanced to Rs.260
plus Municipal tax of Rs.22/- after due permission was
granted by the lessor. That they have been paying the
revised rent regularly and not in arrears of any
amount due to the lessor.

That in view of this the lessee are entitled for
eviction only under the provisions of the Goa Daman &
Diu Buildings (Lease Rent and Eviction) Control Act.

However the Confre provided evidence that The Form S.T
IV certificate of Registration for a dealer states
that business is only for manufacturing Retail/Resale
of "glasses & mirrors sheets" and that he keeps one
wearhouse Behind Miranda Hospital for the manufacture
for sale of "photo frames" as on 26.7.1996.

A separate notice No:1/33/2000-TECH/Illegal/1010 dated
24.8.2000 was issued by Chief Officer Margao
Municipal Council stating that following inspection on
10/8/2000 it was found that the verandah which is
expected to be a through passage for movement has been
enclosed by constructing a wall and making a room
admeasuring 2.60 m x 1.80 m wide with plywood door.
At present activity of trading of lotteries with the
said space of verandah. That the illegal encroachment
is being carried out without obtaining prior
permission of this office which is in contravention of
section 184 of the Goa Municipalities Act 1968 .
Hence to show cause why the same should not be
demolished.

Besides the Civil Miscellaneous Application
No:515/2000/E suit for temporary injuction restraining
the lessor from interfering in the suit property the
Regular Civil Suit No 213/2000/E was awaiting
disposal .

In the absence of the lessee being unable to provide
the details of actual premises leased out the above
suit for temporary injunction was dismissed.

Yet vide another Notice No:1/22/2000-TECH/Illegal/1507
dated 1st November, 2000 the lessee was called to
adduce evidence on 17/11/2000 before the Chief Officer
MMC. Finally following a letter dated 24.9.2002 and
7.1.2002 from the lessor to the Chief Officer Officer
vide letter MMC/TECH/F-109/2002-03/3385 dated
1.11.2002 noted

"that the passage (verandah) in front of the Chapel
Santas Almas is occupied by the shopkeepers and the
Church is accepting rent from the occupiers . For
any construction being made in the passage you may
approach the Renmt Controller."

The lessor denied this in his letter dated 23.1.2003
but the Chief Officer is silent till date.

Following a public outcry and representattions made
the Collector South Goa District inspected the site
and his observations noted.

The lessee however continues to have restored the
illegal structures and converted it into a full
fledged shop and continues the sale of lotteries in
the premises unauthorisedly.

The moot question is how come the Municipal
authorities who themselves have noted the violations
on several ocassions allowed the structure to
continue.

Is there a political interest ? or is this issue used
to stir up emotional sentiments and create a communal
turmoil.

The MLA Margao has been given a representation on this
issue.

Will the authorities please advise the course of
action to be followed in a democratic set-up.

To tourists visiting the commercial and cultural
centre of Margao city it is disgusting to see the
edifice of the Chapel being surrounded by cobblers
shop garment store and now illegal vending of
lotteries.in utter disregard to religious sentiments.

It would be advisable if the Hon'ble Urban Development
Minister and thrice elected MLA from Margao Digamber
Kamat who has otherwise been instrumental in upgrading
the St Sebastian Chapel at Aquem into a Church
providing land for a cemetry to the people of Aquem
and now aspiring to have a separate cemetry for the
parishioners of Our Lady of Grace Church to see that
the illegal structures are demolished.

Further it would be advisable to work out an amicable
settlement with the present occupants to shift all the
premises in the vicinity of the Chapel and relocate it
elsewhere. This is not beyond the capacity of the MLA
and the parishioners would be grateful to such an
endeavour.

Alternatively the Goa Government and well meaning
citizens of Goa both within and settled outside could
suggest a way out in restoring the sanctity of the
Chapel as a place of worship respecting the emotional
sentiments of the faithful.




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PANJIM, April 5: Journalism research of Goan origin Manjiri
Virginkar-Papproth has recently completed a PhD on the impact of economic
liberalization on the Indian media and the "beginnings of the information
revolution in the country".

Titled 'The Information Revolution in India and the Communication Policy:
Media, Politics, Society (July 1991-May 1996)', the thesis also tries to put
the development communication used by the Indian government in its actual
perspective.

Virginkar-Papproth moved to Europe in 1992 to do a Masters in Communication
Sciences. "Since the subject really interested me, I decided to continue
with a Ph.D. Here, I was encouraged by my grandfather Prof. D.B. Wagh, my
grand mother, my uncle and my parents," she told this journalist recently in
an interview.

She studied in Goa till her eleventh standard, then in Mumbai's Ruia College
and in Bombay University.

She has been working in the Siemens Business Services as a consultant for
knowledge management/information gap in the organization. "In future, I
would like devote myself to research on closing information gaps enabled by
modern web-based technologies," she adds.

In the heartland of Europe, where English is not the main language, what was
the university environment like?

"There were students from a lot of countries studying a lot of different
subjects, which was indeed an encouraging environment. I stayed in a student
housing complex called 'Cite Internationale Universitaire de Paris'," she
added.

Here many countries had buildings for its students. As for the language, she
had started to learn French while in India. "This certainly helped me since
my entire thesis was done in French," she adds.

How does the media there compare with the situation here?

Opines Ms Virginkar-Papproth: "The press in India and in Goa is equally
challenging and critically monitoring the ruling parties like the press in
Europe and thus a very good example of the Anglo-Saxon press."

If she had the chance to work on a media-related research subject in Goa,
she would probably zero in on the digital divide and its effects, she says.

"In the present information age, this gap is all the more evident due to the
differences in buying power. Those who can afford to buy the most modern
technology, become even richer in information, while those who can't are
becoming poorer in information," she adds.

"Studies in Europe did give me a chance to get a different perspective of
the media field. While working as a journalist in India, I was well informed
about the current topics. But the studies here gave me the possibility to
learn subjects like media management, geopolitics," she adds.

She adds that her PhD gave her the chance to "learn something new every
moment". Or, as she puts it, "It was a great experience. I am glad that I
decided on the right topic and of course decided to continue my studies
after an intermediate professional experience in India."

Manjiri Virginkar-Papproth <manjiri at virginkar.de> is currently based in
Munich in Germany. (ENDS)
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MOST SALESIANS from the province have their birthdays in January, some serve
in places as distant as Ethiopia and the Solomon Islands, and there are some
174 priests in the Salesian Province of Mumbai.

These details are contained in a recently-published Salesian directory that
offers detailed links to the Order's various houses -- nine in Goa, four in
Karnataka, eight in Gujarat, one in Rajasthan, three in Madhya Pradesh,
thirteen in Maharashtra and 11 more in various parts of Mumbai.

Besides this, there is also one in Salmiya-Kuwait, at the Indian English
Academy School. Set up in 2002, this has been attached to the Mumbai
Provincial House though it falls within the Diocese of Kuwait.

The Salesian Province of St Francis Xavier, Mumbai has the sixteenth century
Basque missionary saint after whom it was named as it patron, and was
erected in January 1972.

It currently has provincial commissions for youth, education and culture,
evangelisation and cathecatics, group experience, vocation orientation and
promotion and marginalised youth.

Besides, it has special teams to work with its technical schools, social
communications, social developments, and Salesian past pupils.

This directory also contains a detailed who's who of the Salesian Sisters
which has provinces in Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Mumbai, Guwahati and
Shillong.

In keeping with the shifting approach in modern-day communications, email
links are available for most Salesian centres across the country, as this
directory shows.

Some innovative projects have been taken up by the Salesians over the years.

In Fatorda, Goa the Salesians run a technical institute that offers formal
technical courses (welding, fitters, electrician, electronics, computer
operator and programming assistant), computer courses and non-formal courses
too.

Another centre, called the Don Bosco Crafts Institute at Loutolim, also in
South Goa, is meant for offering "functional vocational courses exclusively
for school drop-outs".

Quite a number of Don Bosco institutions currently run centres for the
National Open School, that makes education accessible to the poor,
educationally-weak and marginalised.

Don Bosco's Panjim, a prominent educational institution in Goa, has recently
launched its college (offering a Bachelor's in Computer Applications degree),
continues with its night-school and houses facilities for the Childline-1098
which assists children in distress.

Don Bosco's Agro-Ed complex in Sulcorna, Goa runs a far and dispensary. In
Sindhudurg's Bosco Udyogshala, girls can learn cutting and stitching. Bosco
Snehalaya in Baroda runs a street children's project. In Baroda's
Chhotaudepur area, the Don Bosco Gaam runs a career development centre.

Tuition classes, rural development work, watershed projects, hostels for
boys, Marathi medium high schools, computer academies and typing institutes,
coaching classes, and even bhajan mandals are some of the other activities
undertaken by various Salesian institutions in this province.

Don Bosco Maritime Academy in Kurla offers the ATS course for youngsters
looking forward to a career at sea. It also houses the Don Bosco Institute
of Technology, with an engineering college teaching computer engineering,
electronics & telecommunications, IT, and audio recording studio. See more
details at http://www.donboscotech.com
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'pavement khelwadis' (play centres). It also has a 'street community
college'.

Salesians and confreres from this province also reside in places ranging
from Bangalore to Delhi, Guwahati and Kolkata, and overseas -- Italy, the
US, Canada, Ethiopia, Philippines, the Solomon Islands and Sri Lanka.

Currently this province, spread over western India, has a total of 174
priests, eight deacons, 22 brothers, 77 clerics, and 18 novices. (ENDS)
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etc....Everything with a value was put on a flat-bed
and driven to Iraq.

There are a number of GoaNetters living in Kuwait. Some
of them had to flee Kuwait with absolutely nothing.
Others stayed behind and weathered Desert Shield and
Desert Storm / Gulf War. Maybe some of these silent
GoaNetters from Kuwait could get to the keyboard and
tell us about life in Kuwait from 02Aug, 1990 to 26Feb,
1991 ?? If and how the Iraqis terrorized people in
Kuwait and how Goan lives were uprooted ? You don't
suppose the Iraqis were distributing food and water to
people living in Kuwait the way the US is trying to do
in Southern Iraq ??

Desert Storm was a good thing for Goa and Goans. It
restored the livelihood to thousands and thousands of
Goans who could go back to their jobs in Kuwait. The US
may have achieved their "ulterior" objectives and in
doing so, so did a multitude of Goans. God Bless the
USA !!

And talking about regimes that lie - every regime lies
- the Americans, the Kuwaitis, the Saudis....... The
Iraqis have been lying for 12 years....First they
denied their WMD plans .... and when the evidence is
placed on the table they flatly refuse to
co-operate...and when they are backed into a corner and
threantened with force - they accept. The cheat and
deceit has been going on for 12 years. That's normal !!
Nobody is going to given-up their ill-gotten gains
easily.

It was Saddam Hussein's son-in-laws, 2 of them, that
defected to Jordan in 1996, where they were de-briefed
by UNICOM (and probably others), that led the UNICOM
teams to Iraq's WMD locations. For the preceding 5
years the Iraqis rejected their existence. And when
confronted with the evidence the Iraqi leadership
turned-around and blamed the son-in-laws for running a
clandestine WMD program.

I don't see how we can give Saddam Hussein the
benefit-of-the-doubt !!

Best wishes - Bosco

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PANAJI (Goa), April 18: After hitting panic buttons on Thursday morning,
the tourism hub of Goa launched an official damage-control exercise,
arguing that it was "not possible to say with full certainity" that the
state was home to India's first SARS case or not.

Late night Thursday, the Goa government said the 32-year-old marine
engineer suspected to be suffering from SARS showed a "mismatch between
the clinical findings and the laboratory findings".

Earlier in the day, the small state made headlines on websites across the
globe, when international news agencies quoted the Pune-based National
Institute of Virology (NIV) as saying their lab had confirmed the man
from Goa was suffering from Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

Chief minister Manohar Parrikar also announced in the morning that
Prasheel Warde (32) was detected to be India's first SARS patient.

But by evening, both he and health minister Dr Suresh Amonkar were
calling for a second-test and said they would be approaching the
Delhi-based NICD, National Institute of Communicable Diseases.

The patient, a marine engineer who had recently visited Hong Kong and
Singapore in end-March, was being "considered cured" pending
reconfirmation, the state government maintained.

Two experts of the Delhi-based National Institute of Communication
Diseses (NICD) were in Goa, and scheduled to see the patient later
Thursday evening.

Earlier in the day, Indian health minister Sushma Swraj said the engineer
had tested positive for SARS, leading to panic buttons being pressed and
TV journalists rushing to otherwise neglected Goa.

Prasheel Warde (32) was traced from the central Goa village of Dhavali,
around 15 kms from here.

Varde had sailed to Hong Kong around March 26, reached Singapore on March
30 and was back in Goa via Mumbai on April 1. After developing fever on
April 8, he visited a private doctor in Vasco the next day, and was
admitted to the state's tertiary hospital, the Goa Medical College.

On April 11, his body-fluid samples were sent to the National Institute
of Virology in Pune -- as tiny Goa lacks advanced testing facilities.
Since 48 hours lapsed without his fever recurring, officials cite WHO
guidlines for his discharge from hospital.

But in the meantime, the positive report came in from the NIV in Pune.

"The patient had a fever of 100 F which is not considered high fever. He
had no other signs or symptoms of SARS as laid down by WHO which are
cough, shortness of breath and difficulty in breathing. However, since he
was in countries included by WHO as being countries affected/reported
with SARS, the Goa Medical College Hospital by way of abundant precaution
decided to keep him in the isolation room," said an official press
release from the Goa government.

But, the state government said that on the evening of April 16, "a
message was received from the Union Health Ministry that the samples of
the patient had tested positive". Doctors and staff have been asked to
wear masks, and the isolation ward of the GMC have been cordoned off."

"The GMC Hospital is therefore totally safe for other patients," the
government assured.

It added: "The patient is not suffering from any clinical symptoms of
SARS and he appears to be hale and hearty. He is otherwise perfectly
normal".

The marine engineer's wife had also been with him on board the ship. No
family members have reported any clinical symptoms, and there appears to
be a "mis-match between the clinical findings and the laboratory
findings" said the official late-evening statement. It argued: "It is
therefore not possible to say with full certainity that the patient has
SARS."

But, it added, "abundant precautions" were being taken. It said the name
of the patient was being released as a "conscious decision" so anyone who
came in contact with him, if suffering from symptoms, could approach the
medical authorities.

Given the international publicity of SARS, a desperate search was
launched for Varde, who was located through the local MLA and convinced
to get re-admitted at the GMC's special isolation unit. Late evening,
journalists saw seasonal mangoes and flowers being sent into his guarded
room.

In the wake of media-fuelled over-reactions over SARS, the possibility of
untrue scares is not ruled out, and some uncertainity still surrounds
this case. Eitherway, it could have an impact on Goa's fragile and
sensitive tourism sector, and unconfirmed reports said the reports could
have already affected some hotel stocks Thursday.

Cases of SARS and the countries in which they appear are posted on the
WHO website every evening in Geneva, on http://www.who.int

Reports reaching here suggest that one month after the World Health
Organization declared Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) a global
threat to health, officials from the organization say the disease remains
poorly understood. But there have also been warnings that it
could be the first severe new disease of the 21st century with global
epidemic potential.

On April 16, Indonesia and the Phillipines joined the earlier 18 nations
with reported cases of SARS. Till Tuesday, WHO reported some 2,890 cases
of SARS in 20 countries, including 116 deaths and 1,373 individuals
confirmed to have recovered from the respiratory illness. (ENDS)
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Panaji, Apr 18:Prashil Vardhe was this afternoon discharged from the
isolation ward of the Goa Medical College hospital, and asked to quarantine
himself at home, until results of the second test from the National
Institute of Communicable Diseases arrived on Monday.

Doctors from NICD and the central health ministry okayed his discharge, said
Goa Health Secretary Ms Rina Ray.

"Doctors have reached the conclusion that Mr Vardhe fell into the category
of the 90 % of cases where suspected SARS patients do not exhibit any severe
symptoms and hence are not carriers", said Ms Ray.

"since the incubation period as recommended by WHO guidelines is over, the
patient has no physical symptoms, there was no need to quarantine him in the
hospital", Ms Ray said. "One cannot say that India has reported the first
SARS case" she added.

While the patient has been asked to quarantine himself at home, for abundant
precaution, the NICD will review the position after his second blood test
results.

Ms Ray said the incubation period at the outermost date got over on 10
April from 30 March, when Mr Vardhe was last in Singapore and could have
possibly picked up the virus.

Since then no one else has approached health authorities with signs of SARS
symptoms, Ms Ray said, concluding that this iteself ruled out any cause of a
contagion. Mr Varde himself only reported a 100 degree F temperature as the
only symptom.

A second check would establish further if NIV, Pune's first finding of the
coronavirus in Mr VArdhe's blood sample was accurate, she said.(ends)
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Headline: Indian Bride Tests Positive for SARS

By JEEJA PUROHIT Associated Press Writer



An Indian bride was taken to a hospital straight from her wedding ceremony
Monday after she and some family members were confirmed as SARS patients,
and doctors quarantined the groom, the wedding guests and the priest.



It is the first major occurrence of severe acute respiratory syndrome in
India, where the only previous confirmed case was released from hospital in
a day.



The bride's 29-year-old brother - India's second confirmed SARS case -
tested positive for the illness after traveling to India's Maharashtra state
on April 8 from Jakarta via Singapore for the ceremony, said Subhash
Salunke, director of medical health services in the state. Salunke had
earlier said the man had come from Singapore.



The man had been screened twice for SARS during the journey - in Singapore
and on a stopover in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad, said
P.P.Gaekwad, a health official in the municipal corporation of Pune town,
where the wedding was taking place.



The man, a cloth merchant based in the Indonesian capital, admitted himself
to a hospital in Pune city in the western Maharashtra state April 17 - four
days after he developed symptoms.



He was confirmed Monday as a SARS patient after two tests, and doctors were
studying whether he could have spread the disease to anyone because of the
delay in reporting the symptoms.



Within hours on Monday, his mother and sister were also confirmed to have
the highly contagious respiratory illness. The bride was taken away from the
Methodist church in Pune immediately after the ceremony. All were kept in
isolation in a hospital.



Salunke said the groom, the priest and approximately 25 guests were being
quarantined in private apartments where the guests had been lodged for the
wedding.



Pune is about 100 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Bombay, the state
capital and India's financial hub.



No one has died of the disease in India, but Singapore has reported 16 SARS
deaths and the disease has been spread previously by air travelers.



Last week, a marine engineer was confirmed as India's first case of SARS,
but he was discharged from a hospital in the western Goa state and asked to
quarantine himself at home.



The government said Monday that it has asked all airlines to sanitize
aircraft coming from SARS-affected nations.



Worldwide, at least 218 people have died of the virus and more than 3,800
are affected, health authorities say.





Eds: Ramola Talwar Badam in Bombay, India, also contributed to this story.

=======================

The Hindustan Times report is at
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_238429,0008.htm
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What an evil neighbor? You ask for help and we give
it. This article is directed to Canadian Goans who
think America is evil.
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1035781107372&call_pageid=968332188492&col=968793972154



C.Dias,
I do not think there is anyone in Canada who thinks
"America is evil." There are a whole lot, however, who
think that the current administration is evil.

In fact, we fully expect to be included in the "axis
of evil," now that the first case has been reported
of an American who visited Toronto and returned to the
US with SARS :-)

Mervyn


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from http://www.justjazz.8m.com. Orlando explains the reasonable price
as being due to the fact that this was a live recording, meaning
costs were kept low. See his http://www.agnelav.com or
http://www.dulpod.com

Earlier, Colin's Latino band 'Obligato' also put out another
CD (http://www.hullocheck.com) featuring Donna Noronha and
Amalia Gomes (vocals), Joshua Noronha (guitar), Carlos
Gonsalves and Cedric Viegas (percussion), Julius Fernandes
(keyboardes), Colin D'Cruz on bass and Lester Godinho (drums).

There's so much talent around, that you never know where it exists.
One met Colin after accidentally (yes!) mentioning him in a report
featuring Goans listed in the 'Limca Book of Indian Records'. Colin
was, surprisingly, based at Calangute for part of the year.

One only hopes that we could do more to give a higher
profile to the musicians Goa produces, of all strands.
One also wishes that musicians could donate at least a
tiny of their fraction of their work to collaboratively
build a free-from-copyright MP3 CD. It may not bring them
money; but it surely could help further popularise
Goan music in a digitalised world. Any takers? FN

%T Just Jazz
%S Live In Concert
%M Belinda Oliveira (vocals), George Fernandes (piano), Colin
D'Cruz (bass), Lester Godinho (drums)
%I Angel AV, A9 Neugi Nagar, Portais
%C Panjim, Goa
%D 2003
%O Stereo CD
%U http://www.justjazz.8m.com or http://www.angelav.com
%K Jazz
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Panaji: Life Insurance Corporation's pension scheme worked out with the Goa
government for an estimated Rs 2000 million, has been sharply critiqued by
opposition, who demanded that the scheme's financial and other documents be
made public.

The much publicised populist Dayanand Social Security Scheme, announced as a
pre-election measure in 2001, has benefitted the Life Insurance Corporation
far more than the state or its beneficiaries, opposition leaders said here.

Goa has paid LIC a Rs 400 million premium on the scheme, but only Rs 110
million has been disbursed thus far. Paying premiums based on calculations
that people would live until 78 was absurd when life expectancy is calculated
at 62 for an average Indian, Congress MLAs pointed out, questioning the
scheme's financial management.

Earlier queries were raised about commissions that have accrued from the
scheme. Besides, funding for similar populist schemes seen more as vote
bank creation handouts, has doubled the state's public borrowing by Rs 9000
million in just two years of the current BJP regime.

An embarassed government claimed negotiations were still on with the LIC to
lower premiums rates, and refused to divulge details yet.

Of the 65,000 applicants so far, surprisingly routed through MLAs rather
that the state's offices, some 30,000 have started receiving the Rs 500
monthly stipend, with a promised 5 % annual hike.

Officially, Goa claims 54,000 people live below the poverty line --- 4 % of
its population. But the DSS dole is designed to extend to a wide swathe of
weaker self employed persons in agriculture, plantation, fishing, and
transport sectors --- whose numbers could run into lakhs.

Bogus applications have already become a major concern. 20,000 more
applications than the estimated state's population in the qualifying 60 plus
age group were received, government conceeded, promising to run a
door-to-door survey to ascertain genuine candidates.

Meanwhile, opposition reiterated its charge that implementation is
being selectively slowed down for their nominees.

Last week Congress MLAs pointed to discrimination against minority community
applicants whose baptism certificates were rejected as independent proof of
birth dates --- never a problem under earlier regimes. (ENDS)

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