takes care of its own- Crisis brings country together
as never before Government quick to offer help to ailing
REGG COHN ASIA BUREAU
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
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
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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big thank you [ to all] for supporting the fundraising
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.
behalf of the Canadian Red Cross, I would like to
thank everyone for all their help.
action made for the good of our fellow man will make
this world a better place.
of The National Association of Canadians of Origins
In India ( NACOI )
(450) 477-9949 855 Des Roses, Mascouche, Quebec J7L-2Z8
Dance In Aid of The Tsunami Relief
Saturday 05th Feb 2005. Organised by Goan
Charitable Organization. For full details
Clips from Goa
Joel D'Souza & Fred Noronha
4 Tsunami relief show’
“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.
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 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. For
is a safe destination
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
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.
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.
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.
Places and Things
Ian Fernandes appointed managing director of Nation
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 -
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OF GOA BEATS IN ENGLAND
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
For listing of events in 2004 please click
Saturday 05th Feb 2005
Dance In Aid of The Tsunami Relief
||At the Claireport
Place, Banquet & Convention Centre
65 Claireport Crescent (Hwy. # 427 N. & Finch)
Etobicoke, Ontario M9W 6V5
p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Ticket Sales: February 1st, 2005
Saturday 23rd April 2005
||Will be on
sale from Feb 01, 2005.
Sunday June 26th - Sunday July 3rd, 2005
Joseph's Convent School (later Tumekuja School), Zanzibar
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
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.
program for January 20th, is as follows:
6.00 - 7.30 p.m. Bridge, Truque - We have purchased new
card tables and other materials.
if members need more info about bridge/truque contact Romero
7.30- 10 p.m. Bingo and Sing-a-long
Soft drinks, coffee and tea will be available at 50c each.
activity meetings will be held every alternate Thursday,
commencing Jan.6, 2005 until April 28, 2005"
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
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