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GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
December 28, 2004

TSUNAMI TOLL RISES TO 24,000: Armed forces and other state agencies mounted
rescue and relief operations on a war footing across the coastal areas of
South and South East Asia which were swamped on Sunday (December 26) by
tsunamis that left nearly 24,000 people dead - more than 7,100 of them in
India alone. (GT)

NO LIFE LOST: Quick thinking by the Captain of Ports and Tourism Department
helped in minimizing the damaged caused by aftershocks of the tsunami. As
reports of the disaster and erratic water conditions trickled in, both the
departments issued warning to boat operators, shack owners and alerted all
emergency departments. As a result, all waterborne operations were halted
well before water levels rose. Speaking to GT Elvis Gomes, who heads both
the departments said, "The fact hat nobody lost their lives is enough proof
that our warnings were effective." (GT)

FOUR KIDS RESCUED: In a heroic effort, a foreign tourist and a tourist
policeman save the lives of four children who were dragged into the sea on
December 26 evening after the Tsunami waves caused the Arabian sea to swell
at the Morjim beach, where the kids had gone for a picnic. (H)

TSUNAMI EFFECT AT BETIM: The river water level rose at around 2.30 pm and
gushed into the residence of Air Force Officer Sq Ldr Oswald de Abreu, which
is on the banks of the river Mandovi at Betim. The impact of tidal wave was
so severe that the right hand side of the compound wall collapsed. The
chairs which were kept on the verandah were also washed away. Mr Abreu had
gone out in the morning and the house was locked..Mr Abreu told Herald that
the river water level at Betim had been rising since the last two to three
years, possibly due to the reclamation of land on the Panjim bank of the
river Mandovi. (H)

IN CANACONA: Hundreds of panic-stricken people took shelter at the Canacona
KTC bus stand, after huge waves lashed the coastal belt of Palolem, Patnem
and Talpona late Sunday evening. (H)

SEA CONDITION STABLE: Satisfied with the stable condition of the sea and the
tides over the last 24 hours, the Captain of Ports withdrew the notice it
had issued to mariners and the general public to stop operations along the
coast but cautioned that unpredicted changes and surges in the tidal wave
pattern may occur without any warning in the next 48 hours. (NT)

ARCHBISHOP EXPRESSES SHOCK: Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao expressed shock at
the extent of the destruction caused by the Tsunani in South East Asia on
Sunday. (GT)

'ENTIRE NIGHT ON A HILL': "I spent the entire night on a hill dreading the
prospect of an earthquake. Now that all appears to be safe, I have returned
along with my family members," said a villager as he heaved a sigh of
relief. That was on the night of 26 December. Panicky at the prospects of an
earthquake striking the area, some residents from all over the coastal areas
of Canacona like Patnem, Pansulem, Char Rasta, Kindlebag had left with their
families to safer destinations in the interiors of Canacona. Waiters from
shacks, Nepali cooks, walked 35 km all the way to Margao.About 75 per cent
of foreign tourists who had fled to safety that night returned to the
shacks, tents and hotels. Some of them were even seen taking a stroll on the
Palolem beach while others were busy cleaning the shores off the dirt swept
away by the mighty waves which had lashed Palolem on the night of 26
December. Four shacks and one kiosk apart from some canoes and fishing
trawlers faced the brunt of nature's fury.No fish was sold in Canacona.
Rumour monger had a field day. "Waters are rising. The end is near," they
said. (Santosh Gaonkar in GT)

GOA SAFE ALTERNATIVE: Even as the Tsunami disaster wreaked havoc on the
industries of popular destinations like Thailand and Lanka, foreign tour
operators are looking to Goa as an alternative. While an estimated 200
foreigners were killed in Sri Lanka alone, similar figures were projected
from Thailand, another popular charter tourist destination, which receives
several times the volume of tourists that Goa receives. As tourists in those
countries struggle to return home, cancellations are expected to severely
affect their tourism industries. In an attempt to minimize loses, travel
companies are looking to offer Goa as an alternative destination. But it has
placed the State in a piquant situation as there are not enough rooms to
offer. There were charter flights from Holland and Belgium that landed both
at Goa and Thailand. "They wanted to know if they could offer Goa instead of
Thailand as an alternative destination," says travel and Tourism Association
of Goa vice president Ralph de Souza. (Reuven Proenca in GT)

NIO TO STUDY TSUNAMI: National Institute of Oceanography has constituted a
three-member panel to analyse the tsunami disaster and the study is expected
to take about a month. (GT)

SAKAL GROUP (GOMANTAK TIMES) APPEALS FOR HELP: Responding to an immediate
need to help alleviate some of the incalculable suffering caused in coastal
Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar, the Sakal Group of
Publications has launched a relief fund with an initial contribution of
Rs.10 lakh. Sakal Group requests the readers to donate generously towards
the relief fund.All cheques/demand drafts maybe drawn in favour of Sakal
Relief Fund and sent to Chairman, Sakal Relief Fund, C/o Gomantak Times
Office, Gomantak, Bhavan, St Inez, Panaji, Goa. (GT)

QUERIES FROM NETTERS: We have been receiving messages from worried overseas
netters requesting for information about the after-effect of the tsunami and
whether we could contact the persons named by them. We would like to inform
everyone that everything is safe and sound, and except for some people at
the Palolem beach, nothing of serious concern has happened in Goa as a
result of the tsunami, as the above items indicate. (Joel D'Souza)

EXCEPT BJP: All political parties in the state, barring the BJP, raised
objections either regarding the contents of the film on Goa's freedom
struggle or the attempt to show it to school children. Governor SC Jamir had
convened an all-party meeting at Raj Bhavan to find a solution to the
controversy kicked off by the film. The leaders of the political parties
expressed their views and most of them wanted the government to withdraw the
VCD from circulation. (GT)

PORTUGUESE GLORIFIED TRAITORS, SAYS SHIRODKAR: Prakashchandra Pandurang
Shirodkar, former Director of Archives and a noted historian says,
"Conversions undertaken by missionaries are a part of Goan history. This is
a fact which cannot be denied." Elaborating further, Shirodkar refers to the
Cuncolim episode where some villagers were brutally slain by the Portuguese.
"The Hindus had killed the missionaries in protest against their blatant
efforts to convert a majority of Hindus in Cuncolim. The Portuguese later
branded these very missionaries as martyrs. Not stopping at this, the
Portuguese later summoned the Cuncolim villagers to their headquarters and
killed them treacherously. In our eyes, these villagers are martyrs as they
had to pay for their life at the hands of the Portuguese." (By Nilesh
Khandeparkar in GT)

A DEBATE: The committee formed by the Goa government on the production of
the documentary on Goa Freedom Struggle has urged it to hold a special
screening for freedom fighters to clarify any doubts retarding the film.
(GT)

EXPOSITION TO CLOSE ON JAN 2: The Exposition of the sacred relics of St
Francis Xavier will come to a close as scheduled on January 2. Rector of Bom
Jesus Basilica informed that January 1, would be the last day for the
veneration as such, there would be no veneration on the concluding day of
the Exposition on January 2. On January 2, the procession carrying the
casket from the Se Cathedral will commence at 8.30 am, followed by a
Pontifical Mass, after the casket reaches the Bom Jesus Basilica. Archbishop
Emeritus Raul Gonsalves will be the main celebrant for the Mass, while the
Archbishop of Gandhinagar (Gujarat) Stanislaus Fernandes will deliver the
homily. (H)

SECY ACCUSED OF PARALYSING PANCHAYAT ACTIVITIES: The entire functioning of
the Salvador do Mundo panchayat has been affected, as not a single meeting
of the panchayat body has been conducted since October. Panchas Prabhaker
Naik and Teresa Fernandes alleged that the panchayat secretary went on a
spree of adjourning the fortnightly meetings of the village body on dubious
grounds. (H)

MAN DIES IN MISHAP: A person hailing from Boca de Vaca in Panaji, and
identified as Vinayak T Raut (50), died in a fatal accident at De Mello
Vaddo, Anjuna when he was knocked down by a Yamaha motorcycle, while
crossing the road at 2.45 pm. (NT)

"SAY FUJI" CARNIVAL IN GOA FROM THURSDAY: Jindal Photo Limited will organise
the fun-filled and entertaining annual "Say Fuji" Carnival at the Calangute
beach from 30 December, following grand success at Ooty and Kolvalam. The
four-day event will start from 2.30 pm onwards daily. The carnival feature
interesting games and entertainment options for the whole family. Prizes to
be won include Fuji caps pens, notebooks, film rolls, photo frames and other
memorabilia. (GT)

SEMINAR ON CLASSICAL MUSIC: A two-day national seminar on the topic 'Past,
Present and Future of Indian Classical Music' will be organised by Samraat
Sangeet Academy, at Ramnath temple campus, Ponda, on January 8 and 9. (NT)

FREE E-TEXTS ONLINE: Way back in 1971, Michael Hart decided it would be a
really good idea if lots of famous and important texts were made freely
available to everyone who wanted them, across the globe. Since then, the
professor and his brainchild - Project Gutenberg - has been joined by
hundreds of volunteers who share his vision. Over three decades later,
Project Gutenberg (http://gutenberg.net) has crossed 12,000 books, which are
available for easy download for anyone with access to the Internet.
(Frederick Noronha in GT)

BEAT SHOW AT VASCO: The Stars of St Andrew, Vasco, will organise their 13th
annual beat show "Musical web 2005" near Auto service Vasco on January 1,
2005, from 7 pm onwards. The bands to perform include Forefront, The Big
City Band, Purple Rain and Pure Magic. (H)

RAJARAM AWARDED: Konkan Railway Corporation Managing Director Bojji Rajaram,
who pioneered the concept of Skyrail and played a major role in the
construction of Konkan Railway, was on December 27 awarded the FICCI Annual
Award, 2003-04, for his outstanding contribution to knowledge-based
industries. Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented the award having a cash
component of Rs. One lakh to Rajaram for promoting individual, corporate and
institutional initiatives in economic, social and scientific areas. (GT)

S P O R T S

ANOTHER FOOTBALL TRAGEDY AVERTED: Close on the heels of Cristiano Junior's
death, the Goa Football Association got another wake-up call when Mundvel
Sports Club goalkeeper collapsed on the field during a Second Division
League play-off match against ABC Benaulim at Varca ground, a day after the
Christmas festivities. Fortunately for the Association, and the game in
general, another embarrassment was avoided after the goalkeeper, Alex
Fernandes, was given timely resuscitation by his colleague, Darryl Netto.
(GT)

D E A T H S
26 Dec: Vaddem/Mapusa: REMIGIO GODINHO; husband of Natty, father of
Tony/Irene, Leslie/Joanita (Mumbai), Ivan/Glynis (USA); grandfather of
Rochelle and Russel.
27 Dec: Velim: EROL CM MAZARELLO; husband of Nora, son of late
Inacinho/late Lourdina; brother of Ellis/Eilda, Eishen/Lourdes and
Ency/James.
27 Dec: Betalbatim: NOLASCO DIAS (Ex-Indian Navy & Vocalist, AIR): son of
Pulqueira/Dr Bossuet, husband of Irene.
26 Dec: Britona: JOSE FILIPE RODRIGUES; husband of Anna Maria, brother of
Gonsal/Santan/Laura.
26 Dec: Curtorim: ANA JOQUINA D'MELLO: wife of late Alex, mother of
Baptista/Maria, Steven/Bella, Anceto/Natty.

G O A W E A T H E R
Max temp: 33.8 degC; Min temp: 19.2 degC; Relative Humidity: 81%
Weather: No effect of the tsunami on the vacation weather prevailing in
Goa.

Courtesy: GT=Gomantak Times; NT=The Navhind Times; H=Herald;
WE=Weekender.

JOEL D'SOUZA,
Assagao, Bardez, Goa.
Joel D'Souza
2004-12-28 04:55:10 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
December 28, 2004

TSUNAMI TOLL RISES TO 24,000: Armed forces and other state agencies mounted
rescue and relief operations on a war footing across the coastal areas of
South and South East Asia which were swamped on Sunday (December 26) by
tsunamis that left nearly 24,000 people dead - more than 7,100 of them in
India alone. (GT)

NO LIFE LOST: Quick thinking by the Captain of Ports and Tourism Department
helped in minimizing the damaged caused by aftershocks of the tsunami. As
reports of the disaster and erratic water conditions trickled in, both the
departments issued warning to boat operators, shack owners and alerted all
emergency departments. As a result, all waterborne operations were halted
well before water levels rose. Speaking to GT Elvis Gomes, who heads both
the departments said, "The fact hat nobody lost their lives is enough proof
that our warnings were effective." (GT)

FOUR KIDS RESCUED: In a heroic effort, a foreign tourist and a tourist
policeman save the lives of four children who were dragged into the sea on
December 26 evening after the Tsunami waves caused the Arabian sea to swell
at the Morjim beach, where the kids had gone for a picnic. (H)

TSUNAMI EFFECT AT BETIM: The river water level rose at around 2.30 pm and
gushed into the residence of Air Force Officer Sq Ldr Oswald de Abreu, which
is on the banks of the river Mandovi at Betim. The impact of tidal wave was
so severe that the right hand side of the compound wall collapsed. The
chairs which were kept on the verandah were also washed away. Mr Abreu had
gone out in the morning and the house was locked..Mr Abreu told Herald that
the river water level at Betim had been rising since the last two to three
years, possibly due to the reclamation of land on the Panjim bank of the
river Mandovi. (H)

IN CANACONA: Hundreds of panic-stricken people took shelter at the Canacona
KTC bus stand, after huge waves lashed the coastal belt of Palolem, Patnem
and Talpona late Sunday evening. (H)

SEA CONDITION STABLE: Satisfied with the stable condition of the sea and the
tides over the last 24 hours, the Captain of Ports withdrew the notice it
had issued to mariners and the general public to stop operations along the
coast but cautioned that unpredicted changes and surges in the tidal wave
pattern may occur without any warning in the next 48 hours. (NT)

ARCHBISHOP EXPRESSES SHOCK: Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao expressed shock at
the extent of the destruction caused by the Tsunani in South East Asia on
Sunday. (GT)

'ENTIRE NIGHT ON A HILL': "I spent the entire night on a hill dreading the
prospect of an earthquake. Now that all appears to be safe, I have returned
along with my family members," said a villager as he heaved a sigh of
relief. That was on the night of 26 December. Panicky at the prospects of an
earthquake striking the area, some residents from all over the coastal areas
of Canacona like Patnem, Pansulem, Char Rasta, Kindlebag had left with their
families to safer destinations in the interiors of Canacona. Waiters from
shacks, Nepali cooks, walked 35 km all the way to Margao.About 75 per cent
of foreign tourists who had fled to safety that night returned to the
shacks, tents and hotels. Some of them were even seen taking a stroll on the
Palolem beach while others were busy cleaning the shores off the dirt swept
away by the mighty waves which had lashed Palolem on the night of 26
December. Four shacks and one kiosk apart from some canoes and fishing
trawlers faced the brunt of nature's fury.No fish was sold in Canacona.
Rumour monger had a field day. "Waters are rising. The end is near," they
said. (Santosh Gaonkar in GT)

GOA SAFE ALTERNATIVE: Even as the Tsunami disaster wreaked havoc on the
industries of popular destinations like Thailand and Lanka, foreign tour
operators are looking to Goa as an alternative. While an estimated 200
foreigners were killed in Sri Lanka alone, similar figures were projected
from Thailand, another popular charter tourist destination, which receives
several times the volume of tourists that Goa receives. As tourists in those
countries struggle to return home, cancellations are expected to severely
affect their tourism industries. In an attempt to minimize loses, travel
companies are looking to offer Goa as an alternative destination. But it has
placed the State in a piquant situation as there are not enough rooms to
offer. There were charter flights from Holland and Belgium that landed both
at Goa and Thailand. "They wanted to know if they could offer Goa instead of
Thailand as an alternative destination," says travel and Tourism Association
of Goa vice president Ralph de Souza. (Reuven Proenca in GT)

NIO TO STUDY TSUNAMI: National Institute of Oceanography has constituted a
three-member panel to analyse the tsunami disaster and the study is expected
to take about a month. (GT)

SAKAL GROUP (GOMANTAK TIMES) APPEALS FOR HELP: Responding to an immediate
need to help alleviate some of the incalculable suffering caused in coastal
Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar, the Sakal Group of
Publications has launched a relief fund with an initial contribution of
Rs.10 lakh. Sakal Group requests the readers to donate generously towards
the relief fund.All cheques/demand drafts maybe drawn in favour of Sakal
Relief Fund and sent to Chairman, Sakal Relief Fund, C/o Gomantak Times
Office, Gomantak, Bhavan, St Inez, Panaji, Goa. (GT)

QUERIES FROM NETTERS: We have been receiving messages from worried overseas
netters requesting for information about the after-effect of the tsunami and
whether we could contact the persons named by them. We would like to inform
everyone that everything is safe and sound, and except for some people at
the Palolem beach, nothing of serious concern has happened in Goa as a
result of the tsunami, as the above items indicate. (Joel D'Souza)

EXCEPT BJP: All political parties in the state, barring the BJP, raised
objections either regarding the contents of the film on Goa's freedom
struggle or the attempt to show it to school children. Governor SC Jamir had
convened an all-party meeting at Raj Bhavan to find a solution to the
controversy kicked off by the film. The leaders of the political parties
expressed their views and most of them wanted the government to withdraw the
VCD from circulation. (GT)

PORTUGUESE GLORIFIED TRAITORS, SAYS SHIRODKAR: Prakashchandra Pandurang
Shirodkar, former Director of Archives and a noted historian says,
"Conversions undertaken by missionaries are a part of Goan history. This is
a fact which cannot be denied." Elaborating further, Shirodkar refers to the
Cuncolim episode where some villagers were brutally slain by the Portuguese.
"The Hindus had killed the missionaries in protest against their blatant
efforts to convert a majority of Hindus in Cuncolim. The Portuguese later
branded these very missionaries as martyrs. Not stopping at this, the
Portuguese later summoned the Cuncolim villagers to their headquarters and
killed them treacherously. In our eyes, these villagers are martyrs as they
had to pay for their life at the hands of the Portuguese." (By Nilesh
Khandeparkar in GT)

A DEBATE: The committee formed by the Goa government on the production of
the documentary on Goa Freedom Struggle has urged it to hold a special
screening for freedom fighters to clarify any doubts retarding the film.
(GT)

EXPOSITION TO CLOSE ON JAN 2: The Exposition of the sacred relics of St
Francis Xavier will come to a close as scheduled on January 2. Rector of Bom
Jesus Basilica informed that January 1, would be the last day for the
veneration as such, there would be no veneration on the concluding day of
the Exposition on January 2. On January 2, the procession carrying the
casket from the Se Cathedral will commence at 8.30 am, followed by a
Pontifical Mass, after the casket reaches the Bom Jesus Basilica. Archbishop
Emeritus Raul Gonsalves will be the main celebrant for the Mass, while the
Archbishop of Gandhinagar (Gujarat) Stanislaus Fernandes will deliver the
homily. (H)

SECY ACCUSED OF PARALYSING PANCHAYAT ACTIVITIES: The entire functioning of
the Salvador do Mundo panchayat has been affected, as not a single meeting
of the panchayat body has been conducted since October. Panchas Prabhaker
Naik and Teresa Fernandes alleged that the panchayat secretary went on a
spree of adjourning the fortnightly meetings of the village body on dubious
grounds. (H)

MAN DIES IN MISHAP: A person hailing from Boca de Vaca in Panaji, and
identified as Vinayak T Raut (50), died in a fatal accident at De Mello
Vaddo, Anjuna when he was knocked down by a Yamaha motorcycle, while
crossing the road at 2.45 pm. (NT)

"SAY FUJI" CARNIVAL IN GOA FROM THURSDAY: Jindal Photo Limited will organise
the fun-filled and entertaining annual "Say Fuji" Carnival at the Calangute
beach from 30 December, following grand success at Ooty and Kolvalam. The
four-day event will start from 2.30 pm onwards daily. The carnival feature
interesting games and entertainment options for the whole family. Prizes to
be won include Fuji caps pens, notebooks, film rolls, photo frames and other
memorabilia. (GT)

SEMINAR ON CLASSICAL MUSIC: A two-day national seminar on the topic 'Past,
Present and Future of Indian Classical Music' will be organised by Samraat
Sangeet Academy, at Ramnath temple campus, Ponda, on January 8 and 9. (NT)

FREE E-TEXTS ONLINE: Way back in 1971, Michael Hart decided it would be a
really good idea if lots of famous and important texts were made freely
available to everyone who wanted them, across the globe. Since then, the
professor and his brainchild - Project Gutenberg - has been joined by
hundreds of volunteers who share his vision. Over three decades later,
Project Gutenberg (http://gutenberg.net) has crossed 12,000 books, which are
available for easy download for anyone with access to the Internet.
(Frederick Noronha in GT)

BEAT SHOW AT VASCO: The Stars of St Andrew, Vasco, will organise their 13th
annual beat show "Musical web 2005" near Auto service Vasco on January 1,
2005, from 7 pm onwards. The bands to perform include Forefront, The Big
City Band, Purple Rain and Pure Magic. (H)

RAJARAM AWARDED: Konkan Railway Corporation Managing Director Bojji Rajaram,
who pioneered the concept of Skyrail and played a major role in the
construction of Konkan Railway, was on December 27 awarded the FICCI Annual
Award, 2003-04, for his outstanding contribution to knowledge-based
industries. Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented the award having a cash
component of Rs. One lakh to Rajaram for promoting individual, corporate and
institutional initiatives in economic, social and scientific areas. (GT)

S P O R T S

ANOTHER FOOTBALL TRAGEDY AVERTED: Close on the heels of Cristiano Junior's
death, the Goa Football Association got another wake-up call when Mundvel
Sports Club goalkeeper collapsed on the field during a Second Division
League play-off match against ABC Benaulim at Varca ground, a day after the
Christmas festivities. Fortunately for the Association, and the game in
general, another embarrassment was avoided after the goalkeeper, Alex
Fernandes, was given timely resuscitation by his colleague, Darryl Netto.
(GT)

D E A T H S
26 Dec: Vaddem/Mapusa: REMIGIO GODINHO; husband of Natty, father of
Tony/Irene, Leslie/Joanita (Mumbai), Ivan/Glynis (USA); grandfather of
Rochelle and Russel.
27 Dec: Velim: EROL CM MAZARELLO; husband of Nora, son of late
Inacinho/late Lourdina; brother of Ellis/Eilda, Eishen/Lourdes and
Ency/James.
27 Dec: Betalbatim: NOLASCO DIAS (Ex-Indian Navy & Vocalist, AIR): son of
Pulqueira/Dr Bossuet, husband of Irene.
26 Dec: Britona: JOSE FILIPE RODRIGUES; husband of Anna Maria, brother of
Gonsal/Santan/Laura.
26 Dec: Curtorim: ANA JOQUINA D'MELLO: wife of late Alex, mother of
Baptista/Maria, Steven/Bella, Anceto/Natty.

G O A W E A T H E R
Max temp: 33.8 degC; Min temp: 19.2 degC; Relative Humidity: 81%
Weather: No effect of the tsunami on the vacation weather prevailing in
Goa.

Courtesy: GT=Gomantak Times; NT=The Navhind Times; H=Herald;
WE=Weekender.

JOEL D'SOUZA,
Assagao, Bardez, Goa.
Joel D'Souza
2004-12-28 04:55:10 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
December 28, 2004

TSUNAMI TOLL RISES TO 24,000: Armed forces and other state agencies mounted
rescue and relief operations on a war footing across the coastal areas of
South and South East Asia which were swamped on Sunday (December 26) by
tsunamis that left nearly 24,000 people dead - more than 7,100 of them in
India alone. (GT)

NO LIFE LOST: Quick thinking by the Captain of Ports and Tourism Department
helped in minimizing the damaged caused by aftershocks of the tsunami. As
reports of the disaster and erratic water conditions trickled in, both the
departments issued warning to boat operators, shack owners and alerted all
emergency departments. As a result, all waterborne operations were halted
well before water levels rose. Speaking to GT Elvis Gomes, who heads both
the departments said, "The fact hat nobody lost their lives is enough proof
that our warnings were effective." (GT)

FOUR KIDS RESCUED: In a heroic effort, a foreign tourist and a tourist
policeman save the lives of four children who were dragged into the sea on
December 26 evening after the Tsunami waves caused the Arabian sea to swell
at the Morjim beach, where the kids had gone for a picnic. (H)

TSUNAMI EFFECT AT BETIM: The river water level rose at around 2.30 pm and
gushed into the residence of Air Force Officer Sq Ldr Oswald de Abreu, which
is on the banks of the river Mandovi at Betim. The impact of tidal wave was
so severe that the right hand side of the compound wall collapsed. The
chairs which were kept on the verandah were also washed away. Mr Abreu had
gone out in the morning and the house was locked..Mr Abreu told Herald that
the river water level at Betim had been rising since the last two to three
years, possibly due to the reclamation of land on the Panjim bank of the
river Mandovi. (H)

IN CANACONA: Hundreds of panic-stricken people took shelter at the Canacona
KTC bus stand, after huge waves lashed the coastal belt of Palolem, Patnem
and Talpona late Sunday evening. (H)

SEA CONDITION STABLE: Satisfied with the stable condition of the sea and the
tides over the last 24 hours, the Captain of Ports withdrew the notice it
had issued to mariners and the general public to stop operations along the
coast but cautioned that unpredicted changes and surges in the tidal wave
pattern may occur without any warning in the next 48 hours. (NT)

ARCHBISHOP EXPRESSES SHOCK: Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao expressed shock at
the extent of the destruction caused by the Tsunani in South East Asia on
Sunday. (GT)

'ENTIRE NIGHT ON A HILL': "I spent the entire night on a hill dreading the
prospect of an earthquake. Now that all appears to be safe, I have returned
along with my family members," said a villager as he heaved a sigh of
relief. That was on the night of 26 December. Panicky at the prospects of an
earthquake striking the area, some residents from all over the coastal areas
of Canacona like Patnem, Pansulem, Char Rasta, Kindlebag had left with their
families to safer destinations in the interiors of Canacona. Waiters from
shacks, Nepali cooks, walked 35 km all the way to Margao.About 75 per cent
of foreign tourists who had fled to safety that night returned to the
shacks, tents and hotels. Some of them were even seen taking a stroll on the
Palolem beach while others were busy cleaning the shores off the dirt swept
away by the mighty waves which had lashed Palolem on the night of 26
December. Four shacks and one kiosk apart from some canoes and fishing
trawlers faced the brunt of nature's fury.No fish was sold in Canacona.
Rumour monger had a field day. "Waters are rising. The end is near," they
said. (Santosh Gaonkar in GT)

GOA SAFE ALTERNATIVE: Even as the Tsunami disaster wreaked havoc on the
industries of popular destinations like Thailand and Lanka, foreign tour
operators are looking to Goa as an alternative. While an estimated 200
foreigners were killed in Sri Lanka alone, similar figures were projected
from Thailand, another popular charter tourist destination, which receives
several times the volume of tourists that Goa receives. As tourists in those
countries struggle to return home, cancellations are expected to severely
affect their tourism industries. In an attempt to minimize loses, travel
companies are looking to offer Goa as an alternative destination. But it has
placed the State in a piquant situation as there are not enough rooms to
offer. There were charter flights from Holland and Belgium that landed both
at Goa and Thailand. "They wanted to know if they could offer Goa instead of
Thailand as an alternative destination," says travel and Tourism Association
of Goa vice president Ralph de Souza. (Reuven Proenca in GT)

NIO TO STUDY TSUNAMI: National Institute of Oceanography has constituted a
three-member panel to analyse the tsunami disaster and the study is expected
to take about a month. (GT)

SAKAL GROUP (GOMANTAK TIMES) APPEALS FOR HELP: Responding to an immediate
need to help alleviate some of the incalculable suffering caused in coastal
Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar, the Sakal Group of
Publications has launched a relief fund with an initial contribution of
Rs.10 lakh. Sakal Group requests the readers to donate generously towards
the relief fund.All cheques/demand drafts maybe drawn in favour of Sakal
Relief Fund and sent to Chairman, Sakal Relief Fund, C/o Gomantak Times
Office, Gomantak, Bhavan, St Inez, Panaji, Goa. (GT)

QUERIES FROM NETTERS: We have been receiving messages from worried overseas
netters requesting for information about the after-effect of the tsunami and
whether we could contact the persons named by them. We would like to inform
everyone that everything is safe and sound, and except for some people at
the Palolem beach, nothing of serious concern has happened in Goa as a
result of the tsunami, as the above items indicate. (Joel D'Souza)

EXCEPT BJP: All political parties in the state, barring the BJP, raised
objections either regarding the contents of the film on Goa's freedom
struggle or the attempt to show it to school children. Governor SC Jamir had
convened an all-party meeting at Raj Bhavan to find a solution to the
controversy kicked off by the film. The leaders of the political parties
expressed their views and most of them wanted the government to withdraw the
VCD from circulation. (GT)

PORTUGUESE GLORIFIED TRAITORS, SAYS SHIRODKAR: Prakashchandra Pandurang
Shirodkar, former Director of Archives and a noted historian says,
"Conversions undertaken by missionaries are a part of Goan history. This is
a fact which cannot be denied." Elaborating further, Shirodkar refers to the
Cuncolim episode where some villagers were brutally slain by the Portuguese.
"The Hindus had killed the missionaries in protest against their blatant
efforts to convert a majority of Hindus in Cuncolim. The Portuguese later
branded these very missionaries as martyrs. Not stopping at this, the
Portuguese later summoned the Cuncolim villagers to their headquarters and
killed them treacherously. In our eyes, these villagers are martyrs as they
had to pay for their life at the hands of the Portuguese." (By Nilesh
Khandeparkar in GT)

A DEBATE: The committee formed by the Goa government on the production of
the documentary on Goa Freedom Struggle has urged it to hold a special
screening for freedom fighters to clarify any doubts retarding the film.
(GT)

EXPOSITION TO CLOSE ON JAN 2: The Exposition of the sacred relics of St
Francis Xavier will come to a close as scheduled on January 2. Rector of Bom
Jesus Basilica informed that January 1, would be the last day for the
veneration as such, there would be no veneration on the concluding day of
the Exposition on January 2. On January 2, the procession carrying the
casket from the Se Cathedral will commence at 8.30 am, followed by a
Pontifical Mass, after the casket reaches the Bom Jesus Basilica. Archbishop
Emeritus Raul Gonsalves will be the main celebrant for the Mass, while the
Archbishop of Gandhinagar (Gujarat) Stanislaus Fernandes will deliver the
homily. (H)

SECY ACCUSED OF PARALYSING PANCHAYAT ACTIVITIES: The entire functioning of
the Salvador do Mundo panchayat has been affected, as not a single meeting
of the panchayat body has been conducted since October. Panchas Prabhaker
Naik and Teresa Fernandes alleged that the panchayat secretary went on a
spree of adjourning the fortnightly meetings of the village body on dubious
grounds. (H)

MAN DIES IN MISHAP: A person hailing from Boca de Vaca in Panaji, and
identified as Vinayak T Raut (50), died in a fatal accident at De Mello
Vaddo, Anjuna when he was knocked down by a Yamaha motorcycle, while
crossing the road at 2.45 pm. (NT)

"SAY FUJI" CARNIVAL IN GOA FROM THURSDAY: Jindal Photo Limited will organise
the fun-filled and entertaining annual "Say Fuji" Carnival at the Calangute
beach from 30 December, following grand success at Ooty and Kolvalam. The
four-day event will start from 2.30 pm onwards daily. The carnival feature
interesting games and entertainment options for the whole family. Prizes to
be won include Fuji caps pens, notebooks, film rolls, photo frames and other
memorabilia. (GT)

SEMINAR ON CLASSICAL MUSIC: A two-day national seminar on the topic 'Past,
Present and Future of Indian Classical Music' will be organised by Samraat
Sangeet Academy, at Ramnath temple campus, Ponda, on January 8 and 9. (NT)

FREE E-TEXTS ONLINE: Way back in 1971, Michael Hart decided it would be a
really good idea if lots of famous and important texts were made freely
available to everyone who wanted them, across the globe. Since then, the
professor and his brainchild - Project Gutenberg - has been joined by
hundreds of volunteers who share his vision. Over three decades later,
Project Gutenberg (http://gutenberg.net) has crossed 12,000 books, which are
available for easy download for anyone with access to the Internet.
(Frederick Noronha in GT)

BEAT SHOW AT VASCO: The Stars of St Andrew, Vasco, will organise their 13th
annual beat show "Musical web 2005" near Auto service Vasco on January 1,
2005, from 7 pm onwards. The bands to perform include Forefront, The Big
City Band, Purple Rain and Pure Magic. (H)

RAJARAM AWARDED: Konkan Railway Corporation Managing Director Bojji Rajaram,
who pioneered the concept of Skyrail and played a major role in the
construction of Konkan Railway, was on December 27 awarded the FICCI Annual
Award, 2003-04, for his outstanding contribution to knowledge-based
industries. Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented the award having a cash
component of Rs. One lakh to Rajaram for promoting individual, corporate and
institutional initiatives in economic, social and scientific areas. (GT)

S P O R T S

ANOTHER FOOTBALL TRAGEDY AVERTED: Close on the heels of Cristiano Junior's
death, the Goa Football Association got another wake-up call when Mundvel
Sports Club goalkeeper collapsed on the field during a Second Division
League play-off match against ABC Benaulim at Varca ground, a day after the
Christmas festivities. Fortunately for the Association, and the game in
general, another embarrassment was avoided after the goalkeeper, Alex
Fernandes, was given timely resuscitation by his colleague, Darryl Netto.
(GT)

D E A T H S
26 Dec: Vaddem/Mapusa: REMIGIO GODINHO; husband of Natty, father of
Tony/Irene, Leslie/Joanita (Mumbai), Ivan/Glynis (USA); grandfather of
Rochelle and Russel.
27 Dec: Velim: EROL CM MAZARELLO; husband of Nora, son of late
Inacinho/late Lourdina; brother of Ellis/Eilda, Eishen/Lourdes and
Ency/James.
27 Dec: Betalbatim: NOLASCO DIAS (Ex-Indian Navy & Vocalist, AIR): son of
Pulqueira/Dr Bossuet, husband of Irene.
26 Dec: Britona: JOSE FILIPE RODRIGUES; husband of Anna Maria, brother of
Gonsal/Santan/Laura.
26 Dec: Curtorim: ANA JOQUINA D'MELLO: wife of late Alex, mother of
Baptista/Maria, Steven/Bella, Anceto/Natty.

G O A W E A T H E R
Max temp: 33.8 degC; Min temp: 19.2 degC; Relative Humidity: 81%
Weather: No effect of the tsunami on the vacation weather prevailing in
Goa.

Courtesy: GT=Gomantak Times; NT=The Navhind Times; H=Herald;
WE=Weekender.

JOEL D'SOUZA,
Assagao, Bardez, Goa.
Joel D'Souza
2004-12-28 04:55:10 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
December 28, 2004

TSUNAMI TOLL RISES TO 24,000: Armed forces and other state agencies mounted
rescue and relief operations on a war footing across the coastal areas of
South and South East Asia which were swamped on Sunday (December 26) by
tsunamis that left nearly 24,000 people dead - more than 7,100 of them in
India alone. (GT)

NO LIFE LOST: Quick thinking by the Captain of Ports and Tourism Department
helped in minimizing the damaged caused by aftershocks of the tsunami. As
reports of the disaster and erratic water conditions trickled in, both the
departments issued warning to boat operators, shack owners and alerted all
emergency departments. As a result, all waterborne operations were halted
well before water levels rose. Speaking to GT Elvis Gomes, who heads both
the departments said, "The fact hat nobody lost their lives is enough proof
that our warnings were effective." (GT)

FOUR KIDS RESCUED: In a heroic effort, a foreign tourist and a tourist
policeman save the lives of four children who were dragged into the sea on
December 26 evening after the Tsunami waves caused the Arabian sea to swell
at the Morjim beach, where the kids had gone for a picnic. (H)

TSUNAMI EFFECT AT BETIM: The river water level rose at around 2.30 pm and
gushed into the residence of Air Force Officer Sq Ldr Oswald de Abreu, which
is on the banks of the river Mandovi at Betim. The impact of tidal wave was
so severe that the right hand side of the compound wall collapsed. The
chairs which were kept on the verandah were also washed away. Mr Abreu had
gone out in the morning and the house was locked..Mr Abreu told Herald that
the river water level at Betim had been rising since the last two to three
years, possibly due to the reclamation of land on the Panjim bank of the
river Mandovi. (H)

IN CANACONA: Hundreds of panic-stricken people took shelter at the Canacona
KTC bus stand, after huge waves lashed the coastal belt of Palolem, Patnem
and Talpona late Sunday evening. (H)

SEA CONDITION STABLE: Satisfied with the stable condition of the sea and the
tides over the last 24 hours, the Captain of Ports withdrew the notice it
had issued to mariners and the general public to stop operations along the
coast but cautioned that unpredicted changes and surges in the tidal wave
pattern may occur without any warning in the next 48 hours. (NT)

ARCHBISHOP EXPRESSES SHOCK: Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao expressed shock at
the extent of the destruction caused by the Tsunani in South East Asia on
Sunday. (GT)

'ENTIRE NIGHT ON A HILL': "I spent the entire night on a hill dreading the
prospect of an earthquake. Now that all appears to be safe, I have returned
along with my family members," said a villager as he heaved a sigh of
relief. That was on the night of 26 December. Panicky at the prospects of an
earthquake striking the area, some residents from all over the coastal areas
of Canacona like Patnem, Pansulem, Char Rasta, Kindlebag had left with their
families to safer destinations in the interiors of Canacona. Waiters from
shacks, Nepali cooks, walked 35 km all the way to Margao.About 75 per cent
of foreign tourists who had fled to safety that night returned to the
shacks, tents and hotels. Some of them were even seen taking a stroll on the
Palolem beach while others were busy cleaning the shores off the dirt swept
away by the mighty waves which had lashed Palolem on the night of 26
December. Four shacks and one kiosk apart from some canoes and fishing
trawlers faced the brunt of nature's fury.No fish was sold in Canacona.
Rumour monger had a field day. "Waters are rising. The end is near," they
said. (Santosh Gaonkar in GT)

GOA SAFE ALTERNATIVE: Even as the Tsunami disaster wreaked havoc on the
industries of popular destinations like Thailand and Lanka, foreign tour
operators are looking to Goa as an alternative. While an estimated 200
foreigners were killed in Sri Lanka alone, similar figures were projected
from Thailand, another popular charter tourist destination, which receives
several times the volume of tourists that Goa receives. As tourists in those
countries struggle to return home, cancellations are expected to severely
affect their tourism industries. In an attempt to minimize loses, travel
companies are looking to offer Goa as an alternative destination. But it has
placed the State in a piquant situation as there are not enough rooms to
offer. There were charter flights from Holland and Belgium that landed both
at Goa and Thailand. "They wanted to know if they could offer Goa instead of
Thailand as an alternative destination," says travel and Tourism Association
of Goa vice president Ralph de Souza. (Reuven Proenca in GT)

NIO TO STUDY TSUNAMI: National Institute of Oceanography has constituted a
three-member panel to analyse the tsunami disaster and the study is expected
to take about a month. (GT)

SAKAL GROUP (GOMANTAK TIMES) APPEALS FOR HELP: Responding to an immediate
need to help alleviate some of the incalculable suffering caused in coastal
Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar, the Sakal Group of
Publications has launched a relief fund with an initial contribution of
Rs.10 lakh. Sakal Group requests the readers to donate generously towards
the relief fund.All cheques/demand drafts maybe drawn in favour of Sakal
Relief Fund and sent to Chairman, Sakal Relief Fund, C/o Gomantak Times
Office, Gomantak, Bhavan, St Inez, Panaji, Goa. (GT)

QUERIES FROM NETTERS: We have been receiving messages from worried overseas
netters requesting for information about the after-effect of the tsunami and
whether we could contact the persons named by them. We would like to inform
everyone that everything is safe and sound, and except for some people at
the Palolem beach, nothing of serious concern has happened in Goa as a
result of the tsunami, as the above items indicate. (Joel D'Souza)

EXCEPT BJP: All political parties in the state, barring the BJP, raised
objections either regarding the contents of the film on Goa's freedom
struggle or the attempt to show it to school children. Governor SC Jamir had
convened an all-party meeting at Raj Bhavan to find a solution to the
controversy kicked off by the film. The leaders of the political parties
expressed their views and most of them wanted the government to withdraw the
VCD from circulation. (GT)

PORTUGUESE GLORIFIED TRAITORS, SAYS SHIRODKAR: Prakashchandra Pandurang
Shirodkar, former Director of Archives and a noted historian says,
"Conversions undertaken by missionaries are a part of Goan history. This is
a fact which cannot be denied." Elaborating further, Shirodkar refers to the
Cuncolim episode where some villagers were brutally slain by the Portuguese.
"The Hindus had killed the missionaries in protest against their blatant
efforts to convert a majority of Hindus in Cuncolim. The Portuguese later
branded these very missionaries as martyrs. Not stopping at this, the
Portuguese later summoned the Cuncolim villagers to their headquarters and
killed them treacherously. In our eyes, these villagers are martyrs as they
had to pay for their life at the hands of the Portuguese." (By Nilesh
Khandeparkar in GT)

A DEBATE: The committee formed by the Goa government on the production of
the documentary on Goa Freedom Struggle has urged it to hold a special
screening for freedom fighters to clarify any doubts retarding the film.
(GT)

EXPOSITION TO CLOSE ON JAN 2: The Exposition of the sacred relics of St
Francis Xavier will come to a close as scheduled on January 2. Rector of Bom
Jesus Basilica informed that January 1, would be the last day for the
veneration as such, there would be no veneration on the concluding day of
the Exposition on January 2. On January 2, the procession carrying the
casket from the Se Cathedral will commence at 8.30 am, followed by a
Pontifical Mass, after the casket reaches the Bom Jesus Basilica. Archbishop
Emeritus Raul Gonsalves will be the main celebrant for the Mass, while the
Archbishop of Gandhinagar (Gujarat) Stanislaus Fernandes will deliver the
homily. (H)

SECY ACCUSED OF PARALYSING PANCHAYAT ACTIVITIES: The entire functioning of
the Salvador do Mundo panchayat has been affected, as not a single meeting
of the panchayat body has been conducted since October. Panchas Prabhaker
Naik and Teresa Fernandes alleged that the panchayat secretary went on a
spree of adjourning the fortnightly meetings of the village body on dubious
grounds. (H)

MAN DIES IN MISHAP: A person hailing from Boca de Vaca in Panaji, and
identified as Vinayak T Raut (50), died in a fatal accident at De Mello
Vaddo, Anjuna when he was knocked down by a Yamaha motorcycle, while
crossing the road at 2.45 pm. (NT)

"SAY FUJI" CARNIVAL IN GOA FROM THURSDAY: Jindal Photo Limited will organise
the fun-filled and entertaining annual "Say Fuji" Carnival at the Calangute
beach from 30 December, following grand success at Ooty and Kolvalam. The
four-day event will start from 2.30 pm onwards daily. The carnival feature
interesting games and entertainment options for the whole family. Prizes to
be won include Fuji caps pens, notebooks, film rolls, photo frames and other
memorabilia. (GT)

SEMINAR ON CLASSICAL MUSIC: A two-day national seminar on the topic 'Past,
Present and Future of Indian Classical Music' will be organised by Samraat
Sangeet Academy, at Ramnath temple campus, Ponda, on January 8 and 9. (NT)

FREE E-TEXTS ONLINE: Way back in 1971, Michael Hart decided it would be a
really good idea if lots of famous and important texts were made freely
available to everyone who wanted them, across the globe. Since then, the
professor and his brainchild - Project Gutenberg - has been joined by
hundreds of volunteers who share his vision. Over three decades later,
Project Gutenberg (http://gutenberg.net) has crossed 12,000 books, which are
available for easy download for anyone with access to the Internet.
(Frederick Noronha in GT)

BEAT SHOW AT VASCO: The Stars of St Andrew, Vasco, will organise their 13th
annual beat show "Musical web 2005" near Auto service Vasco on January 1,
2005, from 7 pm onwards. The bands to perform include Forefront, The Big
City Band, Purple Rain and Pure Magic. (H)

RAJARAM AWARDED: Konkan Railway Corporation Managing Director Bojji Rajaram,
who pioneered the concept of Skyrail and played a major role in the
construction of Konkan Railway, was on December 27 awarded the FICCI Annual
Award, 2003-04, for his outstanding contribution to knowledge-based
industries. Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented the award having a cash
component of Rs. One lakh to Rajaram for promoting individual, corporate and
institutional initiatives in economic, social and scientific areas. (GT)

S P O R T S

ANOTHER FOOTBALL TRAGEDY AVERTED: Close on the heels of Cristiano Junior's
death, the Goa Football Association got another wake-up call when Mundvel
Sports Club goalkeeper collapsed on the field during a Second Division
League play-off match against ABC Benaulim at Varca ground, a day after the
Christmas festivities. Fortunately for the Association, and the game in
general, another embarrassment was avoided after the goalkeeper, Alex
Fernandes, was given timely resuscitation by his colleague, Darryl Netto.
(GT)

D E A T H S
26 Dec: Vaddem/Mapusa: REMIGIO GODINHO; husband of Natty, father of
Tony/Irene, Leslie/Joanita (Mumbai), Ivan/Glynis (USA); grandfather of
Rochelle and Russel.
27 Dec: Velim: EROL CM MAZARELLO; husband of Nora, son of late
Inacinho/late Lourdina; brother of Ellis/Eilda, Eishen/Lourdes and
Ency/James.
27 Dec: Betalbatim: NOLASCO DIAS (Ex-Indian Navy & Vocalist, AIR): son of
Pulqueira/Dr Bossuet, husband of Irene.
26 Dec: Britona: JOSE FILIPE RODRIGUES; husband of Anna Maria, brother of
Gonsal/Santan/Laura.
26 Dec: Curtorim: ANA JOQUINA D'MELLO: wife of late Alex, mother of
Baptista/Maria, Steven/Bella, Anceto/Natty.

G O A W E A T H E R
Max temp: 33.8 degC; Min temp: 19.2 degC; Relative Humidity: 81%
Weather: No effect of the tsunami on the vacation weather prevailing in
Goa.

Courtesy: GT=Gomantak Times; NT=The Navhind Times; H=Herald;
WE=Weekender.

JOEL D'SOUZA,
Assagao, Bardez, Goa.
Joel D'Souza
2004-12-28 04:55:10 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
December 28, 2004

TSUNAMI TOLL RISES TO 24,000: Armed forces and other state agencies mounted
rescue and relief operations on a war footing across the coastal areas of
South and South East Asia which were swamped on Sunday (December 26) by
tsunamis that left nearly 24,000 people dead - more than 7,100 of them in
India alone. (GT)

NO LIFE LOST: Quick thinking by the Captain of Ports and Tourism Department
helped in minimizing the damaged caused by aftershocks of the tsunami. As
reports of the disaster and erratic water conditions trickled in, both the
departments issued warning to boat operators, shack owners and alerted all
emergency departments. As a result, all waterborne operations were halted
well before water levels rose. Speaking to GT Elvis Gomes, who heads both
the departments said, "The fact hat nobody lost their lives is enough proof
that our warnings were effective." (GT)

FOUR KIDS RESCUED: In a heroic effort, a foreign tourist and a tourist
policeman save the lives of four children who were dragged into the sea on
December 26 evening after the Tsunami waves caused the Arabian sea to swell
at the Morjim beach, where the kids had gone for a picnic. (H)

TSUNAMI EFFECT AT BETIM: The river water level rose at around 2.30 pm and
gushed into the residence of Air Force Officer Sq Ldr Oswald de Abreu, which
is on the banks of the river Mandovi at Betim. The impact of tidal wave was
so severe that the right hand side of the compound wall collapsed. The
chairs which were kept on the verandah were also washed away. Mr Abreu had
gone out in the morning and the house was locked..Mr Abreu told Herald that
the river water level at Betim had been rising since the last two to three
years, possibly due to the reclamation of land on the Panjim bank of the
river Mandovi. (H)

IN CANACONA: Hundreds of panic-stricken people took shelter at the Canacona
KTC bus stand, after huge waves lashed the coastal belt of Palolem, Patnem
and Talpona late Sunday evening. (H)

SEA CONDITION STABLE: Satisfied with the stable condition of the sea and the
tides over the last 24 hours, the Captain of Ports withdrew the notice it
had issued to mariners and the general public to stop operations along the
coast but cautioned that unpredicted changes and surges in the tidal wave
pattern may occur without any warning in the next 48 hours. (NT)

ARCHBISHOP EXPRESSES SHOCK: Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao expressed shock at
the extent of the destruction caused by the Tsunani in South East Asia on
Sunday. (GT)

'ENTIRE NIGHT ON A HILL': "I spent the entire night on a hill dreading the
prospect of an earthquake. Now that all appears to be safe, I have returned
along with my family members," said a villager as he heaved a sigh of
relief. That was on the night of 26 December. Panicky at the prospects of an
earthquake striking the area, some residents from all over the coastal areas
of Canacona like Patnem, Pansulem, Char Rasta, Kindlebag had left with their
families to safer destinations in the interiors of Canacona. Waiters from
shacks, Nepali cooks, walked 35 km all the way to Margao.About 75 per cent
of foreign tourists who had fled to safety that night returned to the
shacks, tents and hotels. Some of them were even seen taking a stroll on the
Palolem beach while others were busy cleaning the shores off the dirt swept
away by the mighty waves which had lashed Palolem on the night of 26
December. Four shacks and one kiosk apart from some canoes and fishing
trawlers faced the brunt of nature's fury.No fish was sold in Canacona.
Rumour monger had a field day. "Waters are rising. The end is near," they
said. (Santosh Gaonkar in GT)

GOA SAFE ALTERNATIVE: Even as the Tsunami disaster wreaked havoc on the
industries of popular destinations like Thailand and Lanka, foreign tour
operators are looking to Goa as an alternative. While an estimated 200
foreigners were killed in Sri Lanka alone, similar figures were projected
from Thailand, another popular charter tourist destination, which receives
several times the volume of tourists that Goa receives. As tourists in those
countries struggle to return home, cancellations are expected to severely
affect their tourism industries. In an attempt to minimize loses, travel
companies are looking to offer Goa as an alternative destination. But it has
placed the State in a piquant situation as there are not enough rooms to
offer. There were charter flights from Holland and Belgium that landed both
at Goa and Thailand. "They wanted to know if they could offer Goa instead of
Thailand as an alternative destination," says travel and Tourism Association
of Goa vice president Ralph de Souza. (Reuven Proenca in GT)

NIO TO STUDY TSUNAMI: National Institute of Oceanography has constituted a
three-member panel to analyse the tsunami disaster and the study is expected
to take about a month. (GT)

SAKAL GROUP (GOMANTAK TIMES) APPEALS FOR HELP: Responding to an immediate
need to help alleviate some of the incalculable suffering caused in coastal
Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar, the Sakal Group of
Publications has launched a relief fund with an initial contribution of
Rs.10 lakh. Sakal Group requests the readers to donate generously towards
the relief fund.All cheques/demand drafts maybe drawn in favour of Sakal
Relief Fund and sent to Chairman, Sakal Relief Fund, C/o Gomantak Times
Office, Gomantak, Bhavan, St Inez, Panaji, Goa. (GT)

QUERIES FROM NETTERS: We have been receiving messages from worried overseas
netters requesting for information about the after-effect of the tsunami and
whether we could contact the persons named by them. We would like to inform
everyone that everything is safe and sound, and except for some people at
the Palolem beach, nothing of serious concern has happened in Goa as a
result of the tsunami, as the above items indicate. (Joel D'Souza)

EXCEPT BJP: All political parties in the state, barring the BJP, raised
objections either regarding the contents of the film on Goa's freedom
struggle or the attempt to show it to school children. Governor SC Jamir had
convened an all-party meeting at Raj Bhavan to find a solution to the
controversy kicked off by the film. The leaders of the political parties
expressed their views and most of them wanted the government to withdraw the
VCD from circulation. (GT)

PORTUGUESE GLORIFIED TRAITORS, SAYS SHIRODKAR: Prakashchandra Pandurang
Shirodkar, former Director of Archives and a noted historian says,
"Conversions undertaken by missionaries are a part of Goan history. This is
a fact which cannot be denied." Elaborating further, Shirodkar refers to the
Cuncolim episode where some villagers were brutally slain by the Portuguese.
"The Hindus had killed the missionaries in protest against their blatant
efforts to convert a majority of Hindus in Cuncolim. The Portuguese later
branded these very missionaries as martyrs. Not stopping at this, the
Portuguese later summoned the Cuncolim villagers to their headquarters and
killed them treacherously. In our eyes, these villagers are martyrs as they
had to pay for their life at the hands of the Portuguese." (By Nilesh
Khandeparkar in GT)

A DEBATE: The committee formed by the Goa government on the production of
the documentary on Goa Freedom Struggle has urged it to hold a special
screening for freedom fighters to clarify any doubts retarding the film.
(GT)

EXPOSITION TO CLOSE ON JAN 2: The Exposition of the sacred relics of St
Francis Xavier will come to a close as scheduled on January 2. Rector of Bom
Jesus Basilica informed that January 1, would be the last day for the
veneration as such, there would be no veneration on the concluding day of
the Exposition on January 2. On January 2, the procession carrying the
casket from the Se Cathedral will commence at 8.30 am, followed by a
Pontifical Mass, after the casket reaches the Bom Jesus Basilica. Archbishop
Emeritus Raul Gonsalves will be the main celebrant for the Mass, while the
Archbishop of Gandhinagar (Gujarat) Stanislaus Fernandes will deliver the
homily. (H)

SECY ACCUSED OF PARALYSING PANCHAYAT ACTIVITIES: The entire functioning of
the Salvador do Mundo panchayat has been affected, as not a single meeting
of the panchayat body has been conducted since October. Panchas Prabhaker
Naik and Teresa Fernandes alleged that the panchayat secretary went on a
spree of adjourning the fortnightly meetings of the village body on dubious
grounds. (H)

MAN DIES IN MISHAP: A person hailing from Boca de Vaca in Panaji, and
identified as Vinayak T Raut (50), died in a fatal accident at De Mello
Vaddo, Anjuna when he was knocked down by a Yamaha motorcycle, while
crossing the road at 2.45 pm. (NT)

"SAY FUJI" CARNIVAL IN GOA FROM THURSDAY: Jindal Photo Limited will organise
the fun-filled and entertaining annual "Say Fuji" Carnival at the Calangute
beach from 30 December, following grand success at Ooty and Kolvalam. The
four-day event will start from 2.30 pm onwards daily. The carnival feature
interesting games and entertainment options for the whole family. Prizes to
be won include Fuji caps pens, notebooks, film rolls, photo frames and other
memorabilia. (GT)

SEMINAR ON CLASSICAL MUSIC: A two-day national seminar on the topic 'Past,
Present and Future of Indian Classical Music' will be organised by Samraat
Sangeet Academy, at Ramnath temple campus, Ponda, on January 8 and 9. (NT)

FREE E-TEXTS ONLINE: Way back in 1971, Michael Hart decided it would be a
really good idea if lots of famous and important texts were made freely
available to everyone who wanted them, across the globe. Since then, the
professor and his brainchild - Project Gutenberg - has been joined by
hundreds of volunteers who share his vision. Over three decades later,
Project Gutenberg (http://gutenberg.net) has crossed 12,000 books, which are
available for easy download for anyone with access to the Internet.
(Frederick Noronha in GT)

BEAT SHOW AT VASCO: The Stars of St Andrew, Vasco, will organise their 13th
annual beat show "Musical web 2005" near Auto service Vasco on January 1,
2005, from 7 pm onwards. The bands to perform include Forefront, The Big
City Band, Purple Rain and Pure Magic. (H)

RAJARAM AWARDED: Konkan Railway Corporation Managing Director Bojji Rajaram,
who pioneered the concept of Skyrail and played a major role in the
construction of Konkan Railway, was on December 27 awarded the FICCI Annual
Award, 2003-04, for his outstanding contribution to knowledge-based
industries. Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented the award having a cash
component of Rs. One lakh to Rajaram for promoting individual, corporate and
institutional initiatives in economic, social and scientific areas. (GT)

S P O R T S

ANOTHER FOOTBALL TRAGEDY AVERTED: Close on the heels of Cristiano Junior's
death, the Goa Football Association got another wake-up call when Mundvel
Sports Club goalkeeper collapsed on the field during a Second Division
League play-off match against ABC Benaulim at Varca ground, a day after the
Christmas festivities. Fortunately for the Association, and the game in
general, another embarrassment was avoided after the goalkeeper, Alex
Fernandes, was given timely resuscitation by his colleague, Darryl Netto.
(GT)

D E A T H S
26 Dec: Vaddem/Mapusa: REMIGIO GODINHO; husband of Natty, father of
Tony/Irene, Leslie/Joanita (Mumbai), Ivan/Glynis (USA); grandfather of
Rochelle and Russel.
27 Dec: Velim: EROL CM MAZARELLO; husband of Nora, son of late
Inacinho/late Lourdina; brother of Ellis/Eilda, Eishen/Lourdes and
Ency/James.
27 Dec: Betalbatim: NOLASCO DIAS (Ex-Indian Navy & Vocalist, AIR): son of
Pulqueira/Dr Bossuet, husband of Irene.
26 Dec: Britona: JOSE FILIPE RODRIGUES; husband of Anna Maria, brother of
Gonsal/Santan/Laura.
26 Dec: Curtorim: ANA JOQUINA D'MELLO: wife of late Alex, mother of
Baptista/Maria, Steven/Bella, Anceto/Natty.

G O A W E A T H E R
Max temp: 33.8 degC; Min temp: 19.2 degC; Relative Humidity: 81%
Weather: No effect of the tsunami on the vacation weather prevailing in
Goa.

Courtesy: GT=Gomantak Times; NT=The Navhind Times; H=Herald;
WE=Weekender.

JOEL D'SOUZA,
Assagao, Bardez, Goa.
Joel D'Souza
2004-12-28 04:55:10 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
December 28, 2004

TSUNAMI TOLL RISES TO 24,000: Armed forces and other state agencies mounted
rescue and relief operations on a war footing across the coastal areas of
South and South East Asia which were swamped on Sunday (December 26) by
tsunamis that left nearly 24,000 people dead - more than 7,100 of them in
India alone. (GT)

NO LIFE LOST: Quick thinking by the Captain of Ports and Tourism Department
helped in minimizing the damaged caused by aftershocks of the tsunami. As
reports of the disaster and erratic water conditions trickled in, both the
departments issued warning to boat operators, shack owners and alerted all
emergency departments. As a result, all waterborne operations were halted
well before water levels rose. Speaking to GT Elvis Gomes, who heads both
the departments said, "The fact hat nobody lost their lives is enough proof
that our warnings were effective." (GT)

FOUR KIDS RESCUED: In a heroic effort, a foreign tourist and a tourist
policeman save the lives of four children who were dragged into the sea on
December 26 evening after the Tsunami waves caused the Arabian sea to swell
at the Morjim beach, where the kids had gone for a picnic. (H)

TSUNAMI EFFECT AT BETIM: The river water level rose at around 2.30 pm and
gushed into the residence of Air Force Officer Sq Ldr Oswald de Abreu, which
is on the banks of the river Mandovi at Betim. The impact of tidal wave was
so severe that the right hand side of the compound wall collapsed. The
chairs which were kept on the verandah were also washed away. Mr Abreu had
gone out in the morning and the house was locked..Mr Abreu told Herald that
the river water level at Betim had been rising since the last two to three
years, possibly due to the reclamation of land on the Panjim bank of the
river Mandovi. (H)

IN CANACONA: Hundreds of panic-stricken people took shelter at the Canacona
KTC bus stand, after huge waves lashed the coastal belt of Palolem, Patnem
and Talpona late Sunday evening. (H)

SEA CONDITION STABLE: Satisfied with the stable condition of the sea and the
tides over the last 24 hours, the Captain of Ports withdrew the notice it
had issued to mariners and the general public to stop operations along the
coast but cautioned that unpredicted changes and surges in the tidal wave
pattern may occur without any warning in the next 48 hours. (NT)

ARCHBISHOP EXPRESSES SHOCK: Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao expressed shock at
the extent of the destruction caused by the Tsunani in South East Asia on
Sunday. (GT)

'ENTIRE NIGHT ON A HILL': "I spent the entire night on a hill dreading the
prospect of an earthquake. Now that all appears to be safe, I have returned
along with my family members," said a villager as he heaved a sigh of
relief. That was on the night of 26 December. Panicky at the prospects of an
earthquake striking the area, some residents from all over the coastal areas
of Canacona like Patnem, Pansulem, Char Rasta, Kindlebag had left with their
families to safer destinations in the interiors of Canacona. Waiters from
shacks, Nepali cooks, walked 35 km all the way to Margao.About 75 per cent
of foreign tourists who had fled to safety that night returned to the
shacks, tents and hotels. Some of them were even seen taking a stroll on the
Palolem beach while others were busy cleaning the shores off the dirt swept
away by the mighty waves which had lashed Palolem on the night of 26
December. Four shacks and one kiosk apart from some canoes and fishing
trawlers faced the brunt of nature's fury.No fish was sold in Canacona.
Rumour monger had a field day. "Waters are rising. The end is near," they
said. (Santosh Gaonkar in GT)

GOA SAFE ALTERNATIVE: Even as the Tsunami disaster wreaked havoc on the
industries of popular destinations like Thailand and Lanka, foreign tour
operators are looking to Goa as an alternative. While an estimated 200
foreigners were killed in Sri Lanka alone, similar figures were projected
from Thailand, another popular charter tourist destination, which receives
several times the volume of tourists that Goa receives. As tourists in those
countries struggle to return home, cancellations are expected to severely
affect their tourism industries. In an attempt to minimize loses, travel
companies are looking to offer Goa as an alternative destination. But it has
placed the State in a piquant situation as there are not enough rooms to
offer. There were charter flights from Holland and Belgium that landed both
at Goa and Thailand. "They wanted to know if they could offer Goa instead of
Thailand as an alternative destination," says travel and Tourism Association
of Goa vice president Ralph de Souza. (Reuven Proenca in GT)

NIO TO STUDY TSUNAMI: National Institute of Oceanography has constituted a
three-member panel to analyse the tsunami disaster and the study is expected
to take about a month. (GT)

SAKAL GROUP (GOMANTAK TIMES) APPEALS FOR HELP: Responding to an immediate
need to help alleviate some of the incalculable suffering caused in coastal
Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar, the Sakal Group of
Publications has launched a relief fund with an initial contribution of
Rs.10 lakh. Sakal Group requests the readers to donate generously towards
the relief fund.All cheques/demand drafts maybe drawn in favour of Sakal
Relief Fund and sent to Chairman, Sakal Relief Fund, C/o Gomantak Times
Office, Gomantak, Bhavan, St Inez, Panaji, Goa. (GT)

QUERIES FROM NETTERS: We have been receiving messages from worried overseas
netters requesting for information about the after-effect of the tsunami and
whether we could contact the persons named by them. We would like to inform
everyone that everything is safe and sound, and except for some people at
the Palolem beach, nothing of serious concern has happened in Goa as a
result of the tsunami, as the above items indicate. (Joel D'Souza)

EXCEPT BJP: All political parties in the state, barring the BJP, raised
objections either regarding the contents of the film on Goa's freedom
struggle or the attempt to show it to school children. Governor SC Jamir had
convened an all-party meeting at Raj Bhavan to find a solution to the
controversy kicked off by the film. The leaders of the political parties
expressed their views and most of them wanted the government to withdraw the
VCD from circulation. (GT)

PORTUGUESE GLORIFIED TRAITORS, SAYS SHIRODKAR: Prakashchandra Pandurang
Shirodkar, former Director of Archives and a noted historian says,
"Conversions undertaken by missionaries are a part of Goan history. This is
a fact which cannot be denied." Elaborating further, Shirodkar refers to the
Cuncolim episode where some villagers were brutally slain by the Portuguese.
"The Hindus had killed the missionaries in protest against their blatant
efforts to convert a majority of Hindus in Cuncolim. The Portuguese later
branded these very missionaries as martyrs. Not stopping at this, the
Portuguese later summoned the Cuncolim villagers to their headquarters and
killed them treacherously. In our eyes, these villagers are martyrs as they
had to pay for their life at the hands of the Portuguese." (By Nilesh
Khandeparkar in GT)

A DEBATE: The committee formed by the Goa government on the production of
the documentary on Goa Freedom Struggle has urged it to hold a special
screening for freedom fighters to clarify any doubts retarding the film.
(GT)

EXPOSITION TO CLOSE ON JAN 2: The Exposition of the sacred relics of St
Francis Xavier will come to a close as scheduled on January 2. Rector of Bom
Jesus Basilica informed that January 1, would be the last day for the
veneration as such, there would be no veneration on the concluding day of
the Exposition on January 2. On January 2, the procession carrying the
casket from the Se Cathedral will commence at 8.30 am, followed by a
Pontifical Mass, after the casket reaches the Bom Jesus Basilica. Archbishop
Emeritus Raul Gonsalves will be the main celebrant for the Mass, while the
Archbishop of Gandhinagar (Gujarat) Stanislaus Fernandes will deliver the
homily. (H)

SECY ACCUSED OF PARALYSING PANCHAYAT ACTIVITIES: The entire functioning of
the Salvador do Mundo panchayat has been affected, as not a single meeting
of the panchayat body has been conducted since October. Panchas Prabhaker
Naik and Teresa Fernandes alleged that the panchayat secretary went on a
spree of adjourning the fortnightly meetings of the village body on dubious
grounds. (H)

MAN DIES IN MISHAP: A person hailing from Boca de Vaca in Panaji, and
identified as Vinayak T Raut (50), died in a fatal accident at De Mello
Vaddo, Anjuna when he was knocked down by a Yamaha motorcycle, while
crossing the road at 2.45 pm. (NT)

"SAY FUJI" CARNIVAL IN GOA FROM THURSDAY: Jindal Photo Limited will organise
the fun-filled and entertaining annual "Say Fuji" Carnival at the Calangute
beach from 30 December, following grand success at Ooty and Kolvalam. The
four-day event will start from 2.30 pm onwards daily. The carnival feature
interesting games and entertainment options for the whole family. Prizes to
be won include Fuji caps pens, notebooks, film rolls, photo frames and other
memorabilia. (GT)

SEMINAR ON CLASSICAL MUSIC: A two-day national seminar on the topic 'Past,
Present and Future of Indian Classical Music' will be organised by Samraat
Sangeet Academy, at Ramnath temple campus, Ponda, on January 8 and 9. (NT)

FREE E-TEXTS ONLINE: Way back in 1971, Michael Hart decided it would be a
really good idea if lots of famous and important texts were made freely
available to everyone who wanted them, across the globe. Since then, the
professor and his brainchild - Project Gutenberg - has been joined by
hundreds of volunteers who share his vision. Over three decades later,
Project Gutenberg (http://gutenberg.net) has crossed 12,000 books, which are
available for easy download for anyone with access to the Internet.
(Frederick Noronha in GT)

BEAT SHOW AT VASCO: The Stars of St Andrew, Vasco, will organise their 13th
annual beat show "Musical web 2005" near Auto service Vasco on January 1,
2005, from 7 pm onwards. The bands to perform include Forefront, The Big
City Band, Purple Rain and Pure Magic. (H)

RAJARAM AWARDED: Konkan Railway Corporation Managing Director Bojji Rajaram,
who pioneered the concept of Skyrail and played a major role in the
construction of Konkan Railway, was on December 27 awarded the FICCI Annual
Award, 2003-04, for his outstanding contribution to knowledge-based
industries. Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented the award having a cash
component of Rs. One lakh to Rajaram for promoting individual, corporate and
institutional initiatives in economic, social and scientific areas. (GT)

S P O R T S

ANOTHER FOOTBALL TRAGEDY AVERTED: Close on the heels of Cristiano Junior's
death, the Goa Football Association got another wake-up call when Mundvel
Sports Club goalkeeper collapsed on the field during a Second Division
League play-off match against ABC Benaulim at Varca ground, a day after the
Christmas festivities. Fortunately for the Association, and the game in
general, another embarrassment was avoided after the goalkeeper, Alex
Fernandes, was given timely resuscitation by his colleague, Darryl Netto.
(GT)

D E A T H S
26 Dec: Vaddem/Mapusa: REMIGIO GODINHO; husband of Natty, father of
Tony/Irene, Leslie/Joanita (Mumbai), Ivan/Glynis (USA); grandfather of
Rochelle and Russel.
27 Dec: Velim: EROL CM MAZARELLO; husband of Nora, son of late
Inacinho/late Lourdina; brother of Ellis/Eilda, Eishen/Lourdes and
Ency/James.
27 Dec: Betalbatim: NOLASCO DIAS (Ex-Indian Navy & Vocalist, AIR): son of
Pulqueira/Dr Bossuet, husband of Irene.
26 Dec: Britona: JOSE FILIPE RODRIGUES; husband of Anna Maria, brother of
Gonsal/Santan/Laura.
26 Dec: Curtorim: ANA JOQUINA D'MELLO: wife of late Alex, mother of
Baptista/Maria, Steven/Bella, Anceto/Natty.

G O A W E A T H E R
Max temp: 33.8 degC; Min temp: 19.2 degC; Relative Humidity: 81%
Weather: No effect of the tsunami on the vacation weather prevailing in
Goa.

Courtesy: GT=Gomantak Times; NT=The Navhind Times; H=Herald;
WE=Weekender.

JOEL D'SOUZA,
Assagao, Bardez, Goa.
Joel D'Souza
2004-12-28 04:55:10 UTC
Permalink
GOACOM DAILY NEWS CLIPPINGS
December 28, 2004

TSUNAMI TOLL RISES TO 24,000: Armed forces and other state agencies mounted
rescue and relief operations on a war footing across the coastal areas of
South and South East Asia which were swamped on Sunday (December 26) by
tsunamis that left nearly 24,000 people dead - more than 7,100 of them in
India alone. (GT)

NO LIFE LOST: Quick thinking by the Captain of Ports and Tourism Department
helped in minimizing the damaged caused by aftershocks of the tsunami. As
reports of the disaster and erratic water conditions trickled in, both the
departments issued warning to boat operators, shack owners and alerted all
emergency departments. As a result, all waterborne operations were halted
well before water levels rose. Speaking to GT Elvis Gomes, who heads both
the departments said, "The fact hat nobody lost their lives is enough proof
that our warnings were effective." (GT)

FOUR KIDS RESCUED: In a heroic effort, a foreign tourist and a tourist
policeman save the lives of four children who were dragged into the sea on
December 26 evening after the Tsunami waves caused the Arabian sea to swell
at the Morjim beach, where the kids had gone for a picnic. (H)

TSUNAMI EFFECT AT BETIM: The river water level rose at around 2.30 pm and
gushed into the residence of Air Force Officer Sq Ldr Oswald de Abreu, which
is on the banks of the river Mandovi at Betim. The impact of tidal wave was
so severe that the right hand side of the compound wall collapsed. The
chairs which were kept on the verandah were also washed away. Mr Abreu had
gone out in the morning and the house was locked..Mr Abreu told Herald that
the river water level at Betim had been rising since the last two to three
years, possibly due to the reclamation of land on the Panjim bank of the
river Mandovi. (H)

IN CANACONA: Hundreds of panic-stricken people took shelter at the Canacona
KTC bus stand, after huge waves lashed the coastal belt of Palolem, Patnem
and Talpona late Sunday evening. (H)

SEA CONDITION STABLE: Satisfied with the stable condition of the sea and the
tides over the last 24 hours, the Captain of Ports withdrew the notice it
had issued to mariners and the general public to stop operations along the
coast but cautioned that unpredicted changes and surges in the tidal wave
pattern may occur without any warning in the next 48 hours. (NT)

ARCHBISHOP EXPRESSES SHOCK: Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao expressed shock at
the extent of the destruction caused by the Tsunani in South East Asia on
Sunday. (GT)

'ENTIRE NIGHT ON A HILL': "I spent the entire night on a hill dreading the
prospect of an earthquake. Now that all appears to be safe, I have returned
along with my family members," said a villager as he heaved a sigh of
relief. That was on the night of 26 December. Panicky at the prospects of an
earthquake striking the area, some residents from all over the coastal areas
of Canacona like Patnem, Pansulem, Char Rasta, Kindlebag had left with their
families to safer destinations in the interiors of Canacona. Waiters from
shacks, Nepali cooks, walked 35 km all the way to Margao.About 75 per cent
of foreign tourists who had fled to safety that night returned to the
shacks, tents and hotels. Some of them were even seen taking a stroll on the
Palolem beach while others were busy cleaning the shores off the dirt swept
away by the mighty waves which had lashed Palolem on the night of 26
December. Four shacks and one kiosk apart from some canoes and fishing
trawlers faced the brunt of nature's fury.No fish was sold in Canacona.
Rumour monger had a field day. "Waters are rising. The end is near," they
said. (Santosh Gaonkar in GT)

GOA SAFE ALTERNATIVE: Even as the Tsunami disaster wreaked havoc on the
industries of popular destinations like Thailand and Lanka, foreign tour
operators are looking to Goa as an alternative. While an estimated 200
foreigners were killed in Sri Lanka alone, similar figures were projected
from Thailand, another popular charter tourist destination, which receives
several times the volume of tourists that Goa receives. As tourists in those
countries struggle to return home, cancellations are expected to severely
affect their tourism industries. In an attempt to minimize loses, travel
companies are looking to offer Goa as an alternative destination. But it has
placed the State in a piquant situation as there are not enough rooms to
offer. There were charter flights from Holland and Belgium that landed both
at Goa and Thailand. "They wanted to know if they could offer Goa instead of
Thailand as an alternative destination," says travel and Tourism Association
of Goa vice president Ralph de Souza. (Reuven Proenca in GT)

NIO TO STUDY TSUNAMI: National Institute of Oceanography has constituted a
three-member panel to analyse the tsunami disaster and the study is expected
to take about a month. (GT)

SAKAL GROUP (GOMANTAK TIMES) APPEALS FOR HELP: Responding to an immediate
need to help alleviate some of the incalculable suffering caused in coastal
Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Andaman and Nicobar, the Sakal Group of
Publications has launched a relief fund with an initial contribution of
Rs.10 lakh. Sakal Group requests the readers to donate generously towards
the relief fund.All cheques/demand drafts maybe drawn in favour of Sakal
Relief Fund and sent to Chairman, Sakal Relief Fund, C/o Gomantak Times
Office, Gomantak, Bhavan, St Inez, Panaji, Goa. (GT)

QUERIES FROM NETTERS: We have been receiving messages from worried overseas
netters requesting for information about the after-effect of the tsunami and
whether we could contact the persons named by them. We would like to inform
everyone that everything is safe and sound, and except for some people at
the Palolem beach, nothing of serious concern has happened in Goa as a
result of the tsunami, as the above items indicate. (Joel D'Souza)

EXCEPT BJP: All political parties in the state, barring the BJP, raised
objections either regarding the contents of the film on Goa's freedom
struggle or the attempt to show it to school children. Governor SC Jamir had
convened an all-party meeting at Raj Bhavan to find a solution to the
controversy kicked off by the film. The leaders of the political parties
expressed their views and most of them wanted the government to withdraw the
VCD from circulation. (GT)

PORTUGUESE GLORIFIED TRAITORS, SAYS SHIRODKAR: Prakashchandra Pandurang
Shirodkar, former Director of Archives and a noted historian says,
"Conversions undertaken by missionaries are a part of Goan history. This is
a fact which cannot be denied." Elaborating further, Shirodkar refers to the
Cuncolim episode where some villagers were brutally slain by the Portuguese.
"The Hindus had killed the missionaries in protest against their blatant
efforts to convert a majority of Hindus in Cuncolim. The Portuguese later
branded these very missionaries as martyrs. Not stopping at this, the
Portuguese later summoned the Cuncolim villagers to their headquarters and
killed them treacherously. In our eyes, these villagers are martyrs as they
had to pay for their life at the hands of the Portuguese." (By Nilesh
Khandeparkar in GT)

A DEBATE: The committee formed by the Goa government on the production of
the documentary on Goa Freedom Struggle has urged it to hold a special
screening for freedom fighters to clarify any doubts retarding the film.
(GT)

EXPOSITION TO CLOSE ON JAN 2: The Exposition of the sacred relics of St
Francis Xavier will come to a close as scheduled on January 2. Rector of Bom
Jesus Basilica informed that January 1, would be the last day for the
veneration as such, there would be no veneration on the concluding day of
the Exposition on January 2. On January 2, the procession carrying the
casket from the Se Cathedral will commence at 8.30 am, followed by a
Pontifical Mass, after the casket reaches the Bom Jesus Basilica. Archbishop
Emeritus Raul Gonsalves will be the main celebrant for the Mass, while the
Archbishop of Gandhinagar (Gujarat) Stanislaus Fernandes will deliver the
homily. (H)

SECY ACCUSED OF PARALYSING PANCHAYAT ACTIVITIES: The entire functioning of
the Salvador do Mundo panchayat has been affected, as not a single meeting
of the panchayat body has been conducted since October. Panchas Prabhaker
Naik and Teresa Fernandes alleged that the panchayat secretary went on a
spree of adjourning the fortnightly meetings of the village body on dubious
grounds. (H)

MAN DIES IN MISHAP: A person hailing from Boca de Vaca in Panaji, and
identified as Vinayak T Raut (50), died in a fatal accident at De Mello
Vaddo, Anjuna when he was knocked down by a Yamaha motorcycle, while
crossing the road at 2.45 pm. (NT)

"SAY FUJI" CARNIVAL IN GOA FROM THURSDAY: Jindal Photo Limited will organise
the fun-filled and entertaining annual "Say Fuji" Carnival at the Calangute
beach from 30 December, following grand success at Ooty and Kolvalam. The
four-day event will start from 2.30 pm onwards daily. The carnival feature
interesting games and entertainment options for the whole family. Prizes to
be won include Fuji caps pens, notebooks, film rolls, photo frames and other
memorabilia. (GT)

SEMINAR ON CLASSICAL MUSIC: A two-day national seminar on the topic 'Past,
Present and Future of Indian Classical Music' will be organised by Samraat
Sangeet Academy, at Ramnath temple campus, Ponda, on January 8 and 9. (NT)

FREE E-TEXTS ONLINE: Way back in 1971, Michael Hart decided it would be a
really good idea if lots of famous and important texts were made freely
available to everyone who wanted them, across the globe. Since then, the
professor and his brainchild - Project Gutenberg - has been joined by
hundreds of volunteers who share his vision. Over three decades later,
Project Gutenberg (http://gutenberg.net) has crossed 12,000 books, which are
available for easy download for anyone with access to the Internet.
(Frederick Noronha in GT)

BEAT SHOW AT VASCO: The Stars of St Andrew, Vasco, will organise their 13th
annual beat show "Musical web 2005" near Auto service Vasco on January 1,
2005, from 7 pm onwards. The bands to perform include Forefront, The Big
City Band, Purple Rain and Pure Magic. (H)

RAJARAM AWARDED: Konkan Railway Corporation Managing Director Bojji Rajaram,
who pioneered the concept of Skyrail and played a major role in the
construction of Konkan Railway, was on December 27 awarded the FICCI Annual
Award, 2003-04, for his outstanding contribution to knowledge-based
industries. Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented the award having a cash
component of Rs. One lakh to Rajaram for promoting individual, corporate and
institutional initiatives in economic, social and scientific areas. (GT)

S P O R T S

ANOTHER FOOTBALL TRAGEDY AVERTED: Close on the heels of Cristiano Junior's
death, the Goa Football Association got another wake-up call when Mundvel
Sports Club goalkeeper collapsed on the field during a Second Division
League play-off match against ABC Benaulim at Varca ground, a day after the
Christmas festivities. Fortunately for the Association, and the game in
general, another embarrassment was avoided after the goalkeeper, Alex
Fernandes, was given timely resuscitation by his colleague, Darryl Netto.
(GT)

D E A T H S
26 Dec: Vaddem/Mapusa: REMIGIO GODINHO; husband of Natty, father of
Tony/Irene, Leslie/Joanita (Mumbai), Ivan/Glynis (USA); grandfather of
Rochelle and Russel.
27 Dec: Velim: EROL CM MAZARELLO; husband of Nora, son of late
Inacinho/late Lourdina; brother of Ellis/Eilda, Eishen/Lourdes and
Ency/James.
27 Dec: Betalbatim: NOLASCO DIAS (Ex-Indian Navy & Vocalist, AIR): son of
Pulqueira/Dr Bossuet, husband of Irene.
26 Dec: Britona: JOSE FILIPE RODRIGUES; husband of Anna Maria, brother of
Gonsal/Santan/Laura.
26 Dec: Curtorim: ANA JOQUINA D'MELLO: wife of late Alex, mother of
Baptista/Maria, Steven/Bella, Anceto/Natty.

G O A W E A T H E R
Max temp: 33.8 degC; Min temp: 19.2 degC; Relative Humidity: 81%
Weather: No effect of the tsunami on the vacation weather prevailing in
Goa.

Courtesy: GT=Gomantak Times; NT=The Navhind Times; H=Herald;
WE=Weekender.

JOEL D'SOUZA,
Assagao, Bardez, Goa.

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