Wednesday, 19 March 2008


Guys, you've read about this spat between Miguel Braganza and Preetu Nair?
There's one valid point that Preetu makes in her comment, while responding to Miguel.
"Fortunately, readers are quick to realize that much of what goes on in the tourist paradise of Goa goes unreported because a few local journos and their editors play host to the corrupt system."
Preetu is bang on in her claims that some local journos and editors are hand in glove with the corrupt system and its rich tourism fringe. This post is dedicated to one such coastal journo who over the years has managed to use an English language newspaper as a ready nursery for his 'planted' stories, i.e. whenever he files them. There is a bigger profit to reap if you are not filing stories too... we'll come to that later. But first allow us to substantiate Preetu's point.
Some days ago, this story appeared in the Gomantak Times.
The story appears to be a manifestation of what exactly Preetu seems to have been alleging.
This is the controversial story....

Calangute MLA cracks
whip at ANC cops
PANJIM: Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes has become a hero and saviour for an elderly foreigner, after he directed the Anti Narcotic Cell (ANC) cops to return the money they allegedly robbed from her.
It is reportedly learnt that this English lady came down to Goa on a holiday and put up at a hotel in Candolim. Late one evening, while she was dining at a restaurant and puffing away on her cigar, a pair of cops in civil clothes suddenly accosted her and ordered the elderly lady to follow them.
The two men then took her to a dark corner and frisked her on suspicion that she was smoking charas. Finding nothing on her person, they then checked her wallet and discovered 800 Euros. The duo then frightened the daylights out of the English lady and threatened to get her arrested on charges of smoking narcotics. The elderly woman pleaded and cried that she was innocent, but the cops were unrelenting.
The cops then did the unthinkable. They struck a bargain. They made the lady cough up the 800 Euros and also promise not to report the matter to any authority. The ANC cops then did the vanishing trick, leaving behind an uncontrollably weeping Britisher.
After she re-entered the restaurant wailing, other guests surrounded her and inquired what the matter was. On learning about the incident, they informed the restaurant owner. And a delegation of foreigners and local from the area called on the Calangute MLA and narrated the incident to him.
Fernandes then immediately directed the Calangute police to inquire about the case. On probing into the matter, the Calangute police found out that the duo were from the ANC.
The MLA immediately summoned the notorious cops and after giving them a severe dressing down, asked them to apologise to the British lady and give her money back. And the cops shamefully did as they were ordered.
Speaking to GT, Fernandes said: “I will not tolerate such nonsense in my constituency, as such incidents will severely affect tourism in the area. I made sure the erring cops returned the 800 Euros to the Britisher." "If the ANC officers are serious about doing their job, then they should swoop down on the drug dealers, who they are well aware of, and nab them," the Calangute MLA added.

Read it? Its been a long time since we've featured a plug, that plumbs such depths. But one thing you've got to admit, this plug really makes no bones about it. It announces itself to you right from the first line.
We'll come to the loopholes in the story soon.
The only obvious drift of this story is to glorify Calangute MLA Agnelo Fernandes. To offer guys like Agnelo (or any other MLA whose righteousness matches or surpasses Agnelo's) an opportunity to abuse a newspaper is criminal. Who filed this story? The byline say GT TEAM? Was it really filed by more than one person? If more than one person was involved, where is the secondary input. From the looks of it, the story at best is a 'one conversation' wonder... If it is not a team story and filed by a solitary chap, why is the story credited to the GT TEAM?
We were just making our way into the story. Now, allow us to point out to the issues we have a problem with in this story.
1) Does an MLA have the power/authority to give the cops a 'dressing down'?
2) Does an MLA have the power/authority to 'settle' criminal cases?
3) Where is the quote of the woman who was harassed? She has a name, doesn't she?
4) Why aren't the notorious cops named?
5) Why has no quote been sought from the police department, considering the story's claims that the cops had not only sought bribes, but also attempted to plant drugs on the tourist.

Preetu claims that stories are blocked by journos who play host to a corrupt system, there are times when one finds percentage in filing such plugs too.
The facts of this story are suspect. The intent of the journalist/s who filed this story is suspect. Why Gomantak Times carried this story is suspect.
The news editor Ashley or the editor Derek need to ask themselves, how this slipped through.
Or maybe its too late cause the fella/s who wrote this have already slipped into the Times of India.
Like we've been saying guys... Preetu really raised a valid point. Hope we have carried it some distance forward.
(COMING UP SOON... another manifestation of Preetu's concerns A coastal journo's 'campaign' against Coastal Regulation Zone violations and the art of blackmail)

If you are convinced with what we’ve written out here, do call these numbers and speak your mind to these guys. Place your protest on record. Or you could also call them, if you want to listen to their side of the story... here are some numbers...
Gomantak Time editor Derek Almeida -- 08322422701/2 or write to


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pen Pricks has only one pass time. Attack Herald. I will recommend to Raul Fernandes that he employ the entire team that runs the blog Pen Pricks to stop this constant badgering. True Herald is not a professional newspaper, but come on guys; you are trying to shoot a wounded soldier. All you guys cut your teeth in Herald. Or do you guys split in the same plate that you have eaten from.
Why cannot Pen Pricks find fault with Derek and GT? Is Derek above board? One can only smell the rat with the conspicuous absence of Derek from most posts. In our opinion Derek is no great writer. He has been able to build a halo around him.
So Pen Pricks please do us a favour and ignore the sins of Herald & NT and concentrate on the howlers of GT & Derek.
That I am sure will make more sense and pleasant reading.

20 March 2008 at 01:37  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can we have the telephone numbers and personal email addresses to Derek and Ashley (like you provide in the case of Herald & NT). We shall like to talk to them.................

20 March 2008 at 01:50  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about the infamous dugged caption of the Navhind Times. Penpricks has not commented for mistakenly accusing the paper of a grammatically incorrect caption that did not even appear!!

20 March 2008 at 12:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Civil war in GT?

So now the GT hacks that run penpricks are targetting one of their own colleagues...

Grow up.

20 March 2008 at 15:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about giving Derek's and Ashley's mobile numbers like you have given Ashwin's and Sinha's?

Or does self-flagellation have its limits?

20 March 2008 at 15:10  
Blogger Lone Ranger said...

Now, this is going too far. It's clear that the people who operate under the cover of penpricks are disgruntled staffers of all three Goan newspapers. If you have a bone to pick with the editors why don't you call them up on those personal numbers you flaunt? What's the point of inciting others to do so? I'm sure I have worked with some of you. I know what you guys are made of. You are the reason the Goan newspapers have been reduced to garbage. You guys are great with research and proofreading these newspapers. Why don't you start one of your own and show them how it's done. For starters, reveal your identities.

20 March 2008 at 15:57  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shut up Amstrong! Go plagiarize Korean papers! Quit posting here as 'Lone Ranger'

21 March 2008 at 10:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey anon

From using the words "Damn it" in previous posts, you have now started using "shut up".

21 March 2008 at 21:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not only Agnelo. Parrikar too caught officer Sahoo allegedly red handed. Parrikar assumed the role of the judiciary and let him off the hook.

Perhaps Parrikar realised that a certain percentage was being sent higher up. Going up this ladder would have perhaps landed him in the mouth of the snake as in a snake-and-ladders game. Bringing down his government.

21 March 2008 at 22:10  
Blogger cuncolkar said...

Hello, people without any faces or names( the one who posted the comment may be one or tow persons) you should reveal your identity, i am not the one who who has posted the comment.
whatever i have to say i will say under my name. lets that be clear.
I have not issues to settle in Goa with former colleagues like some people have i believe with some people.

22 March 2008 at 12:18  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey 'cuncolkar': That's not your name.

Are you Armstrong?

22 March 2008 at 21:41  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha

24 March 2008 at 08:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much was this author (Penpricks) paid by ANC? Did he share the booty with his editor?

24 March 2008 at 21:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Fortunately, readers are quick to realize that much of what goes on in the tourist paradise of Goa goes unreported because a few local journos and their editors play host to the corrupt system." is absolutely true....most crimes along this costal belt go unrecorded. a small eg..for over a year people had to put up with rave parties and traffic all evry night by the vanilla lounge bar, which was partnered by the mla. several request to the gt and navindh to take up the issue whent unnoticed, letters regarding this issue were never printed...but yes gt staffers were found partying there regularly while the paper gave huge coverage to this club...fair enough,but being fourth estate it shd have also voiced the plight of the people, never mind that the club had no licenses from any department... it was only the herald who took up the issue. for that we are grateful to the paper. mind u no one is certain who the land belongs to ...wish journos like preetu and lionel m could give us more info as land along this belt is being usurped openly.

12 September 2008 at 14:26  

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