From Yoshita Singh
New York, Oct 30 (PTI) Noted Indian-American hotelier Sant Chatwal is expanding his luxurious New York ”Dream Hotel” chain in India, with a new project in Goa set to open in 2013.

Chatwal said he is also looking at Jaipur, Mumbai and New Delhi to set up the Dream Hotel.

“The Dream Hotel in Goa will offer a unique experience for Indians as well as to the foreign travellers,” Chatwal told PTI here.

He said the project in Goa, which will cater to international traffic and have a private beach among other facilities, will open in 2013.

The economic growth in India makes it the perfect destination for the Dream boutique of luxury hotels, he said.

Earlier this year, Chatwal had announced plans to set up 50 new hotels in India in five years as part of a major expansion into South Asia in partnership with the Wyndham Hotel Group.

Chatwal”s New York headquartered Chatwal Hotels & Resorts currently runs two hotels in India and has already finalised nine sites for the planned India expansion starting with a 200-room hotel in Jaipur.

Pak Tea House
October 21st, 2011 |

Pride of Goans. Pride of Karachi. A Vestige of Great Goan Legacy. Walking past Karachi Goan Association entrance is like entering a wormhole, jumping into a universe which is oblivious to cacophony of competing voices out on Saddar road. Goan Association Hall is a landmark which still plays an active role in Karachi’s social scene. The entrance opposite Karachi Grammar School is a humble one and trees, as old as the Gymkhana, shadow the front facade, or is it the back. Never-mind both are equally impressive.

In 1886, Goans started the Goan Portugese Association which was later renamed as Karachi Goan Association. The task of designing was entrusted to a relatively unknown architect known as ‘Moses Somake’. The same man went on to make his mark on Karachi the way no one else did. The hall immediately became a center of social life of Goans in Karachi. It hosted all kind of events for the community. In the beginning it did not have a boundary wall and it graced the sorrounding area. At its peak it held ten days of celebrations where the top Goan bands performed. During World War II the KGA was turned into Senior Officers Club for US Army.

On a regular day you will find few janitors moping the floor, which has characteristic prepartition tiles. The furniture too has been preserved well. The main hall does not have much of seating area but special arrangements are made for Tambola nights and other social events. There is a statue of Mr Cincinattus in the hall. He had been the President of the KGA for a decade and has a residential neighbourhood, Cincinattus Town, Now Garden, to his name. To the right a small part of the hall is used for hosting table tennis tournaments. there is a small library in the left section which also showcases trophies from different eras. To the left is the billiard room. The adjacent room is used for playing cards. Move out and take the staircase which leads to a big dance floor which has been used for a variety of purposes. The hall is used for holding Christmas, New year and Easter gatherings and has been rented members for ceremonies and commercial shooting. The congregation of the hall has dwindled over the years but it remains a social hub for the community.

A seperate post is needed for what Goans have done for Karachi. The thriving community of 1850s has been migrating for pastures green abroad. There are only about 15,000 goans still living in Karachi. KGA celebrated 125 years of existence this year. Mr. Menin of Goans of Pakistan wondered how would it look like when they celebrate 150 years of its existence in 2036. The Karachi walla sincerely yearns for a better promise for KGA and Goans. They make a vital part of pluralistic Karachi social fabric. The enterprising community has contributed more than its share and we can’t afford to lose them.

A lot of Goans may have left but they have taken a small piece of Karachi with them. Brian Gonsalves, a Goan from Karachi who now lives on the Island of Margarita, Venezuela, wrote to Goans of Pakistan, “My House in Venezuela is called ‘Pakistan’ – how is that for patriotism!!”

Dear Mr. Colaco,
I am grateful to you for your communication of Sunday, 25 September informing me about the new committee that was elected following the 34th Annual General Meeting of the Goan Overseas Association (NSW) Inc. We have taken note of the names of the persons and would be grateful if email contact details could also be provided.
I look forward to working closely with you and the other committee members in the promotion of the Goan community in New South Wales. Please do not hesitate to contact me.
With regards,
Amit Dasgupta
Consul General of India

Hi Tony,
Congratulations on being elected as the head of the committee.
The GOANZ committee wishes you all the best and keep in touch.
Regards to you and family.
Corvin Carvalho
GOANZ (NewZealand)

From: Gladys & Malcolm Sequeira []
Sent: Sunday, 25 September 2011 11:30 PM
Cc: Malcolm Sequeira
Subject: Re: Sydney Australian Goans elect a new Committee at the 34th Annual General Meeting of the Goan Overseas Association (NSW) Inc. on 25 September 2011
Dear Tony,
On behalf of the Management Committee of the GOA WA, please accept our heartiest congratulations on your election as the President of the new GOA NSW committee. Please also convey our congratulations to the other members of your committee. We certainly look forward to working together with your association and other goan associations to foster and preserve our rich Goan heritage, tradition and culture.
I look forward to meeting you in the future.
Kind regards to yourself and your family.
Malcolm Sequeira
President – GOA WA

26th September 2011

Dear Tony,

My heartiest congratulations to you on being elected our President for the GOA NSW for a second time and I hope that you will never be taken over by anyone else. You do know that I am your staunchest and strongest supporter and you will always have my assistance in this regard. We both share the same passion i.e. our birthright, our culture, our family values and all that is GOA.

You have worked so hard to put Goa on the map not only in Sydney and throughout Australia but also throughout the world. With all the research you do for us, endless hours of correspondence and sharing of ideas and thoughts is what has made us such a popular community in this country. Please feel free to call on my support at any time because I am just as passionate and would love to see us grow.

Good luck to you Tony and to your Committee and I am confident that with your guidance and sympathetic approach the GOA will flourish from strength to strength.

Best wishes to you and the family.
Maggie Soares

Dear Tony
Congratulations on your appointment as the President of GOA, we are extremely pleased to hear the good news. We need leaders like you to bring together goan community and work for the betterment of the community. wish you and your executive committee a successful year ahead, You have my support when needed, please let me know.

will be in touch.
warm regards
Joe & Alcina


Dear Tony
On behalf of Ruby and myself, please accept our heartiest congratulations on being re-elected once again the President of Sydney Goan Association/ We wish you and the Committee all the very best of luck.
We look forward to work with you Mr. President and the Committee.
The Press Release has been forwarded to Goan Voice in Canada and UK. Have also sent copies to Herald , Navhind Times in Goa. Goanet etc.
With all best wishes.
Ruby & Antonio Mascarenhas

Dear Tony
Hearty congratulations Mr. President. Your commitment to and involvement in the GOA is commendable.
Frank and Ronette Gomes


Dear Tony
Hearty Congratulations Keep up the Good Works my special wishes to good friend Abel Do Rosario-Treasurer
Wilson Coelho

Dear Tony ,

Congratulations. The Goan Association of Aust. will be pleased to see a dynamic
President leading the oldest Goan Association in Australia once again.
We extend our hand of cooperation in an endeavour to forge closer relationship between
yourselves and the various Associations in Australia.

Kind Regards,

Alvito Coutinho.
Gen. Secretary,
Goan Association of Australia.
Congratulations Tony – you are a gem to take this task on again, but feel confident you will take the GOA forward in leaps & bounds.
I am sure Navelim association will be supportive of your endeavours.
I hope the new Committee will also listen to the ”voice” of the members.

Personally I will give my support wherever I can.
Kind regards
Mona Dias
Dear Tony

Congratulations on your election as President. We will support you and your team as best we can as the Association is important to us and it would be pleasing to see it grow from strength to strength.

Best of luck.
Lalita Mathais
Hi Tony,
Congratulations on being the president of GOA. Hope you will be able to re-vitaize the group.
Good luck.

Stanley D’Cruz

President – Manglorean Catholic Association of Sydney


Dear Tony,

Thank you for the email with this year’s two main events being celebrated by GOANSW.

Congratulations on your appointment as President yet again.

Well done and it will only be for the best of the GOANSW organisation.

Both the flyers are so inviting and colourful.

We living in the South West are pleased that the events will be on our turf.

We will certainly join in the celebrations.

Trust you have your full complement of office bearers.

All the very best.


Ralph Colaco


Hi Ralph

Congratulations on becoming the GOA Social Secretary.  Well done.

The flyers are beautiful and attractive and I am sure the members will all support the functions.

Hazel Nazareth


Hi Tony,

A hearty congratulations to you and all your new committee, from Mum, Alison and I, on once again taking up the challenge of leading the GOA for the next couple of years. I look forward to seeing and participating in the wonderful initiatives I am sure you will foster.

Kind regards,

Nicole D’Souza


Dear Mr President, VP, Director and MPs,

Congratulations everyone, especially to Tony, Alwyn and Roy, the natural director !
Hole in one and all in one !!

Will miss the fun and best of luck for the future.

Best regards,
Bruno D’Souza


Mkurugenzi !

Hongera !    will catch up some time later, just flat out today.

Salaams to mama mtoto !  na wa toto !

Kwaheri !

Chris Da’ Costa
Operations Manager Victoria
Specific Freight Pty Ltd



Heartiest Congratulations on behalf of the Committee for Union of Navelim
Your interest and dedication to the betterment of the Goan community in NSW is well known to us all — we will support you as the occasions arise
With every good wish

Warm regards

Tony & Gloria Vaz


Hello Tony ,
Congratulations on the new appointment.
All the very best for the year ahead

Sherwin Nazareth


Hi Tony and the New Committee

Congratulations and all the very best to you and all. WE are extremely happy to have this wonderful team on board for the next term. Well done and good luck.

We are looking forward to the end of year program- and functions to come. You have our full support and will work together to make this a grand success.

All the best once again

Rachel, Norman and family


Hi Tony,

A big congrats to you for being back at the helm….as spoken might not be able to be at all the functions because of the kids…but the most important thing will keep my membership updated as we have to see that our kids know our culture is carried forward for generations to come..

cheers and God Bless

Thomas and Elfreda


Dear Tony,
Congratulations on being elected President once again. it is your dynamic leadership that keeps us ticking.

Roque and Rowena Noronha



We would like to congratulate you on your recent appointment as G.O.A. President.

We have every confidence in your ability to take the Association forward and make it a ’force’ among the Indian Associations here in Sydney.

We look forward enthusiastically to some great times ahead in the association. Please pass on our best wishes to your committee too.

Best Regards
Mark & Eva Fonseca
19 Oct 2011


Dear Tony

Congratulations on your election a President of the Goan Overseas Association.
Joe and myself wish you and your team all he best in the year ahead.
Looking forward to seeing you soon

Joe and Lourdes


We would love to hear from you.

Contact us and send in your message via email. Thanks.

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By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar, IANS,

Panaji: Contradicting Goa Chief Minister Digambar Kamat’s claim that there was no illegal mining in the state, the union mines ministry has confirmed illegalities in nearly 50 percent of the operational mines.

In a letter, dated Oct 25, Joint Secretary, Mines G.Srinivas told state Mines Secretary S. Kumaraswamy to shore up measures to curb illegal mining in the state, rocked by a mega illegal mining scam, which the opposition has pegged at Rs.25,000 crore.

“Taken on a mine level basis, 44 mines had had exceeded the said 20 percent target production limits,” Srinivas has said in his letter, a copy of which is available with IANS. Goa has nearly 100 operational open cast iron ore mines.

The letter confirming illegal and excessive mining in Goa comes on the heels of constant denials by Kamat – the minister of mines for 12 years – that illegal mining is marginal.

The Congress led coalition government in Goa has come under fire from the opposition over the scam.

The union mines ministry has also asked Goa’s department of mines and geology (DMG) to conduct special field trips to establish whether mining in Goa’s 100 odd operational mines is being conducted in accordance with the provisions of the forest conservation laws.

Anti mining agitators have complained that a majority of the mining operations fringing forest and wild life sanctuaries in Goa are brazenly flouting environment and forest norms.

“The ministry is of the view that mining operations should take place only with appropriate clearances, including, wherever required, under Forest (Conservation) Act 1980. In order to ensure compliance, you may like to issue directions to field units of the DMG to undertake the requisite inspections including follow up earlier inspections, so that there are no violations in this regard,” Srinivas wrote.

“The DMG may also simultaneously prepare a list of such mining leases that have sought renewal but are pending environment and forest clearances and are operating under deemed extension, to ensure that such mines adhere to a mining plan,” he said.

The mines ministry has also asked the state government to keep track and maintain an inventory of low grade iron ore reject dumps, which in the recent past were being illegally excavated and exported to China, which had opened markets to low grade iron ore to fuel its infrastructure projects.

To check large scale transportation of illegal ore, the union ministry has also asked the state to evolve a system of transit passes during transportation to ensure that the ore being ferries was legitimately extracted.

“In respect of operating mines, since an approved mining plan document is available with the state government, it is also necessary for the state government to introduce a check on the source of the ore and to introduce a system for allowing movement of minerals only through issue of transit passes after ensuring that not only royalty is paid for the mineral sought to be transported, but also after ensuring that the total minerals moved are accounted through the approved mining plan,” the letter said.

Goa exported 54 million tons of iron ore in the last fiscal.

(Mayabhushan Nagvenkar can be contacted at

October 28, 2011 | Business | Written by Akshita

Mumbai, Oct 28: Get ready to throw ripe red tomatoes at each other in the verdant green climes of Goa with the waves from the Arabian Sea in the background.

Seen on Discovery Channel and recent Bollywood film ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara’, Spain’s famous Tomatina festival is being brought to India for the first time in a big way, an organiser said here Friday.

The event, titled ‘Sundown Tomatia Festival Goa-2011′, is expected to attract hordes of tourists from India and abroad Nov 5 at a private seaside resort, Club West End, in north Goa, said Ginu Joseph, director of the Mumbai-based Chrysolite Media Pvt. Ltd.

‘The festival is conceived by actor Rahul Raj Singh, his colleagues at Magnum Opus Films, with the support of Spain Consulate in Mumbai and Goa’s tourism department,’ Joseph told IANS.

The 12-hour event will see more than 30,000 revelers in typical Spanish fashion lunging tomatoes at each other, jumping and dancing. Water jets will spray cool water from different sides, with the choicest of menus to keep the participants in healthy, fighting spirits, he said.

Though the number of truckloads will be finalised on the basis of the number of participants – currently estimated at over 30,000 – Joseph promised ‘there will be enough for all to enjoy the most memorable festival of their life’.

The mega-event will be followed by a two-night musical extravaganza, the Sundown Beach Party at La Calypso resort on Baga Beach.

‘A line-up of over a dozen national and international DJs will keep the crowds on their feet for two nights of beach party with dance and music and good food,’ Joseph said.

According to Joseph, the event will attract celebrities from Mumbai besides Indians and foreigners holidaying in Goa for the Diwali vacations, and the locals.

Asked what would follow next? ‘Probably a bull-fight festival in February!’ said Joseph smilingly.

In September, the Karnataka government had declined to permit the tomatoes festival in Bangalore and Mysore after protests by social activists and citizens.