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India takes care of its own- Crisis brings country together as never before Government quick to offer help to ailing neighbours
Jan. 17, 2005. 08:31 AM

NEW DELHI - The India that Prime Minister Paul Martin will see when he touches down here tonight is a changed country.
Indeed, it hasn't been the same since the Dec. 26 tsunami.
It's not just that tidal waves tore apart much of its coastline. What's different is how the devastation has brought the country together, galvanizing national pride as never before.
Within minutes of the disaster striking, navy and air force units swung into action - not only to rescue survivors on India's devastated east coast and remote islands, but also to help other affected countries from Sri Lanka to Indonesia.
By the time foreign governments and aid groups rushed in with traditional offers of help, India was ready with an answer: Thanks, but no thanks.
Nor was India in a mood to let foreign dignitaries make a fuss about the damage. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan was politely turned down when he requested a visit to the affected coastal state of Tamil Nadu, and Canada's Prime Minister was also discouraged from making the trip.
Long seen as a country in perpetual need - afflicted by perennial cyclones, droughts and earthquakes - India is emerging as a regional power with pretensions to global influence. The support India seeks from countries like Canada is no longer financial, but political - as New Delhi tries for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council to match its heightened regional clout.
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A big thank you [ to all] for supporting the fundraising event
Flora Marlow <floramarlow@yahoo.ca>
I would like to thank everyone who participated in every way, to help out in the fundraising efforts for the tsunami disaster relief. There were approximately 400 people at the event on Saturday the 8th of January. We raised $ 23,176.00 in total. We gave the cheques and money to the Canadian Red Cross on January the 10th to Mrs. Ginette Archambault.
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On behalf of the Canadian Red Cross, I would like to thank everyone for all their help.
Every action made for the good of our fellow man will make this world a better place.

Flora Marlow
President of The National Association of Canadians of Origins In India ( NACOI )
Tel: (450) 477-9949 855 Des Roses, Mascouche, Quebec J7L-2Z8

Charity Dance In Aid of The Tsunami Relief
On Saturday 05th Feb 2005. Organised by Goan Charitable Organization. For full details click here.

News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha

‘Goa 4 Tsunami relief show’
The “Goa 4 Tsunami relief Show”, a variety entertainment programme was held in aid of tsunami victims on January 15 at the Big Foot dance floor at Loutulim. For the large number of visitors, who stream in to watch the miniature Goan village at Ancestral Goa, the extra bonus was in the form of a lovely exhibition of a number of paintings by Goa’s prominent painters. Displayed too were beautiful photographs besides the cartoons done by cartoonist Alexyz, who also did on-the-spot caricatures.
The morning session also featured an artisans’ camp with interaction, and display and sale of handicraft items. As the sun dipped, the place began pulsating to the throb of music by a couple of top bands, besides entertainment by popular spot singers, tiatrists, magicians, face painters, et al.

Dr Verenkar kidnapped and killed
Dr Shrikant Verenkar, a highly respected and prominent physician, was kidnapped by masked assailants in the bustling port town of Vasco da Gama on January 17, while he was on his routine morning walk at 6.10 am. His body was found later in the day lying under a mango tree at the Cuelim hill in Cansaulim. The motive for murder is suspected to be a case registered against Ryan Rudolph alias Rocky Fernandes (27) at the Vasco police station, in connection with the ongoing marital conflict with his wife Sarika Verenkar. On following day police traced the red Maruti van, used by the accused in the crime, while Ryan Rudolph alias Rocky Fernandes (27) was nabbed at an office at Marine Drive in Mumbai that same night. Ryan, a resident of Porvorim, is claimed to be a motocross rally participant, a recruiting agent and computer sales agent, given to a flamboyant lifestyle.
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Goa is a safe destination
In the wake the tsunami tragedy some sources spread rumours that tourists are fleeing Goa, while the calamity did not affect the state. World Tourism Organisation says, “The compensatory factor evident in the shift of tourist flows is twofold – geographical and seasonal. For full details click here.

‘Best state of the states’
The pavilion displayed by the department of Science, Technology and Environment, Government of Goa at the 92nd session of the Indian Science Congress held at Nirma University, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, from 3rd to 7th January 2005, has won the prestigious “Best State of the states” award. The State of Goa had participated in the “Pride of India” Science Expo along with other states under the theme ‘Health Technologies as the Fulcrum for Development of the Nation’. The Goa pavilion attracted a large number of enthusiasts comprising of scientists, doctors, students, teachers and the general public. This is the second consecutive year for Goa to win an award at the ISC.

Scheme for rural garbage disposal
Will the burgeoning problem of garbage blow over with the Directorate of Panchayat initiating a novel scheme called ‘Rural Garbage Disposal Scheme 05’ to address the mega issue of garbage disposal in rural areas? The scheme launched from January 21 ensures collection, transportation, segregation, professing and disposal of garbage in the panchayat areas, wherein government will bear 98 per cent of the cost during the initial three years of introduction of the scheme, while balance 2 per cent expenses will be the responsibility of the designated village panchayats. However, one has to wait and watch for the scheme’s eventual success.


Excerpt From the Toronto Star
January 11, 2005. De SOUZA, VIRGINIA MARIE (Virgie). Peacefully at McCall Centre in her 89th year. Beloved wife of the late Frank De Souza, loving mother of her daughters Margaret, Irene Gracias and husband Mark, Delphine Francis and husband Errol, Joan Francis and husband Tom. She will be greatly missed by her grandchildren Jeannine and husband Chris, Jacqueline, Karen and husband Jerome, Gavin, Dwayne and Kyle. Proud great-grandmother of Hannah. Fondly remembered by many cousins, nephews and nieces.

People Places and Things

Nairobi: Ian Fernandes appointed managing director of Nation Broadcasting Division

19 Jan: The Nation (Nairobi). Mr Ian Fernandes has been appointed managing director of Nation Broadcasting Division, taking overall charge of Nation TV and Nation FM. Mr Fernandes, 37, has been the managing director of KTN and worked with Standard group in various senior positions for 11 years. [Ian Fernandes is Chairman of the Nairobi Institute Centenary Committee -
http://www.nicentenary.com/ For full text click here

MELISSA D’SOUZA was invited and flown to England to play for the New Year’s Eve 2004 Dance. The function was organized by Owen Pires, and held at Winston Churchill Hall in Pinn Way, Ruislip, Middlesex. The night was filled with a special elegance as each guest was treated to a glass of champagne upon their arrival and served a delightful variety of hors d’oeuvres. A sit down dinner initiated the evening at 8:00 p.m. Non-stop dancing took over by 9:00 p.m. to the live music and entertaining styles of Melissa D’Souza and Owen Pires. For full text click here

For listing of events in 2004 please click here

Saturday 05th Feb 2005
Event: Charity Dance In Aid of The Tsunami Relief
Organised by Goan Charitable Organization
Venue At the Claireport Place, Banquet & Convention Centre
65 Claireport Crescent (Hwy. # 427 N. & Finch)
Etobicoke, Ontario M9W 6V5
Time From 6:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Tickets Deadline for Ticket Sales: February 1st, 2005

Saturday 23rd April 2005
Event: 30th Anniversary celebrations
Organised by Aldona Association 2005
Venue Maple Banquet hall Mississauga
Time 5.30pm.

Our email address is aldonaassociation@yahoo.ca

Tickets Will be on sale from Feb 01, 2005.

Sunday June 26th - Sunday July 3rd, 2005
Event: Zanzibar SJCS Reunion
Organised by St. Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar

Zanzibar SJCS Reunion
A reunion of former Students of St. Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar, is planned for the week of June 26 - July 3, 2005 in Toronto, Canada. Initial plans include a dinner dance on Saturday, July 2, a picnic on July 3, a tour of Niagara Falls and a shopping expedition in the Toronto Area sometime during the Reunion Week.
If you would like more information and would like to get on the mailing list please write to me asap. Jo Birkmeyer jbirkmeyer@yahoo.com


Commander Hall Activity
From "Anthony Saldanha" <robet@pathcom.com>
We are pleased to advise you that starting on Thursday, January 20, 2005 the Toronto East Goan Seniors Association will be holding the following activities for members, their families and friends at the Commander Park Arena, located at 140 Commander Blvd. Scarborough, south of Huntingwood just past Brimley going East, from 6 p.m. to approx. 10 p.m. Please note that TTC buses to this location only run at peak hours. However, ample parking is available at the Arena.
Since this will be our first activity meeting, the committee would like as many of you to attend so that we may get some input from you regarding the future activities to be held i.e. bridge, whist drive, truque, bingo, etc.
The program for January 20th, is as follows:
(a) 6.00 - 7.30 p.m. Bridge, Truque - We have purchased new card tables and other materials.
Also, if members need more info about bridge/truque contact Romero at 905-884-9688.
(b) 7.30- 10 p.m. Bingo and Sing-a-long
© Soft drinks, coffee and tea will be available at 50c each.
These activity meetings will be held every alternate Thursday, commencing Jan.6, 2005 until April 28, 2005"

Health & Wellness

Study Backs Meat, Colon Tumour Link
A Hamburger a Day
Other research has shown a connection between meat and colon cancer, though some findings have been mixed. The new study, by the American Cancer Society, strongly supports a link. It looked at 150,000 Americans, who reported their meat consumption in 1982 and again a decade later. Nearly 10 years after that, in 2001, people who had said in both surveys that they ate the equivalent of a hamburger a day were 30 percent more likely to have cancer of the lower intestine than those who ate little or no meat. For full text click here
Breast Cancer Study
With breast cancer -- the most common cancer in women and the second most common cancer killer in females, after lung cancer -- several studies have said fruits and vegetables lower the risk. But some researchers say those studies are flawed, either because they are small or ask about diet after women learn they have cancer. For full text click here

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