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Newsletter. Issue 2004-18. Sep. 04, 2004
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Immigration To Canada
Wait Time Rises Sharply - As much as 4 years
From: http://www.weeklyvoice.com/CNews/?CNewsID=526782
Edited Excerpts
On the face of it when the Canadian government brought down the points from 75 to 65 for admission to the country, the general immigration community was happy at this concession. But it may have had an unexpected consequence in the sense, now there are hundreds of thousands more qualifying that this sheer number is acting as a drag on the process. According to recent media reports from India, the while earlier the files took anywhere from 18 to 20 month, they take up to 53 months..
Immigration Wait Time Rises Sharply.....
However, the immigration professionals still remain optimistic. One expert was quoted as saying, "Canada has a stable immigration system and it will remain attractive for professionals who are not in a hurry to migrate. The processing time now has been raised to 53 months but the applicants get a permanent residence easily after that."
Canada will continue to aim for a 60/40 balance between economic and noneconomic immigrants. This means that approximately 60 per cent of the people selected in 2004 are expected to be in the economic class,which is comprised of skilled workers, business immigrants, live-in caregivers and provincial nominees, as well as their dependants.
The balance of the newcomers would be in the family class and the protected persons class, as well as cases decided on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

Dual Indian Citizenship At $400 A Piece
http://www.weeklyvoice.com/CNews/?CNewsID=526791
Edited Excerpt
Indian government has issued a notification under which people of Indian origin (PIO) would have to pay Rs 12,500 (roughly $400 Canadian each) to secure Indian overseas citizenship.
A dual citizen would enjoy all rights of an Indian citizen, except the right to employment in government service and exercising franchise or holding a constitutional post.
The citizen will not be required to have a visa while visiting India and can also buy property and enjoy equality with non-resident Indians (NRIs) in economic, financial and educational fields besides having an overseas Indian passport.

LORNA mesmerizes Toronto audience with her powerful voice.
Konkani Show - "GOENCHO MONTRI" on Saturday August 21th, 2004 Excerpts from review by Silviano Barbosa. Published on Goanet:
http://www.goanet.org/pipermail/goanet/2004-August/109108.html
Canadian M.P., Derek presented Lorna with a "Lifetime Achievement Award", along with Merit certificates to Dominic, Ben Evangelisto and the maestro Norman Cardoso, who comprised Lorna's touring group....
Unfortunately it was not a sell-out crowd, which is rather surprising. But then again it was hard to organize such an event within two to three weeks. Goan audience in Toronto was lucky to have Lorna and her troupe here all the way from Goa. Aggie Rodrigues, who organized Lorna's tour in Toronto worked very hard on this event and we thank him for making it possible for us to see Lorna live on stage. Aggie, in his speech said he always wanted to bring Chris Perry and Lorna together in Toronto, Canada.....
The show was excellent and phenomenal. The music was excellent with some local musicians on drums, acoustic guitar, a base guitar, a trumpet and a saxaphone and of course Maestro Norman Cardoso from Goa. ....
The local singers did quite a good job filling in for Lorna in between her songs. Although the difference was like day and night, it was expected. After all, Lorna is the legend. But the local content did keep their standard in tact, although one or two songs lacked the finesse. But they had the popular support from the clapping that you could hear, support well deserved to keep local talent going. Local songs included "Boom Boom","Render", "Heart in Goa", a trio tribute to Alfred Rose (was little off) and Cecilia Zhang(good), a song about local little girl found murdered in Toronto, with a caution to child molestors.

Canada - Spousal Abuse Cases On The Rise Among South Asians
From: http://www.weeklyvoice.com/CNews/?CNewsID=526781
By Ritika Mohan
All talks of women empowerment and equal rights for the superior sex notwithstanding, the rising graph of 'Women abuse' year after year portrays quite a contrary picture.
As per the information available more than 200,000 women have been physically or sexually abused by their husbands or common-law partners in the past year. The menace of Wife abuse has assumed prime concern especially amongst the South Asian community, where the much prevalent evil has sabotaged the family ties and virtually left many women emotionally shattered. And what more- statistics reveal that the number of victims is, unfortunately, rising.
According to Statistics Canada's National Survey on Violence against Women, three in ten females currently or previously married, or living in a common-law relationship in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence at the hands of their current or former husband or common-law partner. As per the records the highest rates of wife assault are among young women and men (18 and 24 years) and among marital or common-law partnerships of less than two years.

Goan Soccer League 2004 - Toronto Results of  Intervillage Quarter-Finals Played August 29, 2004
Loutulim Goatees  5   Aguada Waves   0 
Calangute All Graphics  1   Parra S.C.   0 
Bogmalo S. C.  4   Aldona Shooting Stars   2 
Margao Simba  4   Navelim   0 
 
No# Date Time Field Home Score Visitor Score
2004050  September 12, 2004   12:00   1  Bogmalo S. C.  --   Loutulim Goatees   -- 
2004051  September 12, 2004   01:45   1  Margao Simba  --   Calangute All Graphics 

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