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Newsletter. Issue 2004-08. April. 17, 2004
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by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

Anjuna cliff crumbling into the sea
Nature has marked out a slice of the magnificent cliff at the Anjuna coast, with a commanding view of the sea, for erosion this monsoon. The process which began half-a-dozen years ago, is progressing gradually at the St Anthony Praias Vaddo, just a few metres away from Menino Fernandes’ Victor Guest House at St Anthony Praias Vaddo, which overlooks the cliff.
There is a rock jutting out of the sea about 50 metres away from the cliff base, and that is up to where the land existed once. The sea move menacingly inwards and Menino’s family and that of his neighbours live in fear. His modest guest house too will soon be abandoned by the guests who fear that the land may cave in at any time, judging by the deep crack which shows over a length of almost five metres. Neither the Tourism nor anyone in the government cares, despite the place being inspected by the local MLA, who is also a minister in the BJP cabinet. They claim that about Rs.3.5 crore will be needed to erect a protective barrier or a breakwater. “If the government can spend so many crores on the film festival why can’t they spare Rs.3.5 crore to ensure that we can live safely?” asks Menino.

Tiatr needs further improvement
The president of the Goa Konkani Akademi, Mr Pundalik Naik, while addressing the participants of one-day workshop on ‘Tiatr Script Writing’ said that while tiatr is the most popular dramatic form of Goa and has developed tremendously in its 112-year history, it still needs to improve to come on par with other stages of the country. “In order to achieve this, the tiatr artistes have to first improve the standard of tiatr scripts, “Mr Naik said. According to a press note, the “Tiatr Script Writing” workshop was organised by Kala Mogi of Candolim, as part of its Silver Jubilee celebrations in collaboration with Kala Academy, recently.

“Down To Earth Jazz Festival”
To commemorate World Earth Day, at three-day “Down to Earth Jazz Festival”, with an intriguing mix of food, art and opinion thrown in, is to take place from April 22 to 24 at Campal, Panjim. Think Geek brings Jazz music to Goa and the event is being co-ordinated by journalist Ethel da Costa.

Cong flays Naidu's church outburst
The President of Goa Pradesh Congress Committee (GPCC), Luizinho Faleiro, has strongly condemned the outburst of Venkaiah Naidu, National President of BJP, against the Goa Church for urging people to vote for secular parties. Addressing a press conference on Thursday here, Mr. Faleiro said, “I can understand such an outburst in other parts of India, because that is BJP’s culture’’. But perhaps Naidu, he said, has forgotten that he was on Goan soil where communal and religious harmony and friendship is hallmark of Goa.

Parrikar awarded 13th rank by top CEO’s
Notwithstanding the relentless criticism he is subjected to from certain quarters back home in Goa, Manohar Parrikar has done Goa proud. In a survey carried out by research firm TNS India for the daily ‘Economic Times’ which polled 100 CEO’s from the top ET-500 list of India’s largest companies, Goa Chief Minister scored 13th rank and has joined the ranks with such politicians like Chief Ministers Chandrababu Naidu of Andhra Pradesh, SM Krishna of Karnataka and Sheila Dixit of Delhi, who are ranked 9th in the list.

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