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There's more of
presence of Indo-Canadians in various parties
Conservative Party of Canada's Rahim Jaffer, 34, first
elected from the province of Alberta to the Canadian
Parliament in 1997, believes if his party could win a
majority in the January 23 elections, it would reform
the immigration system and mend relations with the
powerful neighbour to the south. And that's not just an
empty election promise, he emphasizes, because he has
been working on it for years in the Opposition.
In this 39th election, his party, led by Stephen Harper,
is fielding almost the same number of South Asians as
the Liberal Party of the beleaguered Prime Minister Paul
"Since the last election, more and more people have
become more familiar with our leader (Stephen Harper),
with our party, and many of our policies, and I think
that is having a positive impact," Jaffer told News
India-Times in an interview.
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Now Canadian Goan Snowbirds can have Dual Citizenship
OVERSEAS CITIZENSHIP OF INDIA (OCI)
To respond to a longstanding
demand of persons of Indian origin who are now nationals
of other countries, the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
had announced, on the occasion of the Pravasi Bharatiya
Divas 2005, the Government of India’s intention to grant
dual citizenship to such nationals of certain countries,
the laws of which permit such a facility for their
citizens. This has now been given legal backing by the
Indian Parliament with the approval of Citizenship
(Amendment) Act 2005. The Scheme is called “Overseas
Citizenship of India”. 2. Under the said scheme, a
Registration Certificate, like an Indian passport though
in a different colour, will be issued to the applicant.
A multiple entry, multi-purpose OCI ‘U’ (Universal) visa
sticker will be pasted on the applicant’s foreign
These two documents will have the applicant’s
photograph, and all the necessary security features.
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border crossing initiative is a step in the right
Council Warns that More Action Must Be Taken on
US-Canada Cross Border Initiatives
VANCOUVER, Jan. 17 /CNW/ - The Council of Tourism
Associations of BC (COTA) welcomes news of US border
crossing initiatives to encourage travelers from the US
to Canada, but warns that it may not be enough to
address border crossing issues.
In an advisory released this morning, the US Department
of State and Department of Homeland Security outlined a
secure, less expensive passport card for US land
borders. The card, which will be issued in late 2006,
will serve as an alternative to the traditional
passport, which is more expensive.
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urges withdrawal from Iraq
CBS anchor Walter Cronkite has urged U.S. news anchors
to call for an end to the war in Iraq.
His appeal, made during an appearance before North
American TV critics in Pasadena, Calif., called to mind
his 1968 conclusion that the Vietnam War was unwinnable.
Cronkite, then known as "the most trusted man in
America," had returned from a visit to Vietnam during
the Tet offensive when he briefly set aside his
objectivity to talk about the war. His verdict was that
the war was unwinnable and that the U.S. should exit.
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have two National Days ?
countries have one National Day. India has two - January
26 and August 15.www.nri-worldwide.com
- the portal for Non-Resident Indians (NRIs) explains in
detail the significance of these two days.
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interesting Non-Resident Indian (NRI) site in an on-line
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Excerpts of messages posted on Goan Tanzanite
by George Pinto & Jo (Joanita Gonsalves) Birkmeyer
Date: Wed, 11 Jan 2006 02:12:39 -0800 (PST)
From: George Pinto
Subject: Waking up in non-Goa
It might be that most Goans (locals and NRGs) are asleep
to the changes happening in Goa. Last week I was finally
served by a Goan waiter in Goa after several days of
eating out. Where have all the Goan waiters gone? I asked
one restaurant owner (a non-Goan) why there were no Goan
He said they took too much time off and were unreliable. I
did not see any Goan waitresses which is another story
I would like to think that Goan waiters have moved up the
perhaps to more skill full and better paying professions
and jobs. Alas, that is probably not the case as we
slumber in the land that once was Goa.
Jobs and economic opportunity should be open to all (Goans
but there is something terribly wrong when the ratio is
absolutely lop-sided against Goans. Regards, George.
Sent: Thursday, January 12, 2006 10:38 PM
Subject: [goans_tanzanite] Goa, India
George: Your posting (of Jan. 11, see below) reflects the
anguish that many of us feel over Goans relinquishing Goa
When my family and I visited Goa in 1998, my uncle was
lamenting the fact that Goa was no longer GOAN. He's been
living in Goa ever since his retirement sometime in the
If memory serves me right, Goa was "annexed" in 1961 -
that's over 45 years ago. I recall that when this happened
there was very little resistance by the locals. Over the
years there appears to be very little sentiment for a
separatist identity, except perhaps from us expats.
The Goan Diaspora began over 100 years ago. There are more
Goans worldwide than in Goa itself. Despite their "susegad"
reputation, Goans have been tremendously successful
But observations like you noted and those that I observed
for myself, makes me feel that perhaps it is time for us,
NRGs, to accept the fact that Goa is now an integral part
of India and is going to share with India a future that is
common to the nation. Right now this future for India
looks extraordinarily bright. Undoubtedly, Goans will play
an important role in this - not only in Goa and other
states in India but also in the other countries that they
are residents of.
Let us hope for the best for all of us. Jo (Joanita
News Clips from Goa
by Joel D'Souza
'Parish partakes in mission of
Jan 18: Archbishop-Patriarch Filipe Neri Ferrao on Wednesday
(Jan 18) reminded the catholic community that a parish is a
place where the faithful grow in faith and take part in the
mission of the universal Catholic church. He was delivering
his homily during the Eucharistic Celebration to mark the
elevation of the Holy Family Chapel at Alto-Porvorim to that
of a Church. The new parish of the Holy Family, which
comprises the nine zones of the erstwhile parishes of
Socorro, Salvador do Mundo, Penha da Franca, Reis Magos and
Pilerne, will now be part of the Mapusa deanery. The Holy
Family Chaplain Fr Anand da Gama Pais was appointed the first
parish priest of the newly erected Holy Family church. (H)
Goan students lack
competitive spirit: education secretary
PANAJI, Jan 18: Making his observations on
education scenario in Goa, the Education secretary, Mr Santosh
Vaidhya, today said the "signs of weaknesses" in state
education system include poor performance of local students in
competitive examinations like civil service, GIM and JEE,
disparity between books of the Goa Board and those prescribed
by the National Council for Educational Research and Training,
and also non-competitive attitude as visible form the recent
opposition to Goa common entrance test. Mr Vaidya, in his
presentation on the second day of the conference on the theme
'Universalisation of secondary education - role of boards of
school education' said competitiveness which is required in
modern-day education is lacking in Goa. (NT)
MEMBERS WANT DR WILLY TO STEP DOWN
Heated arguments broke out among the office-bearers of the
Nationalist Congress Party over the functioning of the Rane-led
government with some members even demanding the resignation
of both, Deputy Chief Minister Dr Wilfred de Souza and
Agriculture Minister Mickky Pacheco from the ministry. As
members demanded that a leader having guts be appointed as
the NCP president, Dr de Souza stoutly refused to resign
either from the Cabinet or as the state president, assuring
them their problems would not be resolved by such a drastic
Goa Carnival to attract tourists
three-day Goa Carnival would be held from February 25 to 28,
with float parades planned in important cities of the state,
including Panjim. "In Panaji, we expect at least 50,000
people to witness the float parade and the crowd will
comprise a sizeable number of tourists who would come to Goa
specially for the Carnival," said Surendra Furtado, Chairman,
Panaji Carnival Committee. (GT)
'20-year-old girl killed in mishap
Uday Shirodkar, 20, a resident of Shiroda and a student of
Goa College of Music, Altinho, was killed after she was
thrown off a two-wheeler and collided against a roadside
electricity pole at Neura yesterday evening. According to the
police, Shama was returning home after attending the two-day
Yuva Mahotsav at Pilar. Shama, a talented artist was studying
in BPA First Year, harmonium. She was immediately rushed to
the GMC College and Hospital where she was declared dead.
Sant Andre MLA and 11th Goa Yuva Mahotsav reception committee
chairman Francis Silveira, Fr Agnel College principal Fr
Frederick Rodrigues and KBM president Bhiku Naik jointly
expressed their deep condolences on the sad demise of Shama
Shirodkar. Immediately, after the news of the tragic accident
reached the mahotsav venue, the organisers wound up all the
remaining programmes. (GT)
message from 1967 Opinion Poll
The fortieth anniversary year of Goa's historic and unique
Opinion Poll begins from today. If Goa, despite all its
political and social problems and conflicts, has still
managed to attain developmentally the first rank in India,
then the credit goes to all those stalwarts who worked
untiringly to clinch the verdict of India's first and only
plebiscite in favour of Goa's separate political
identity...... But the Goa of 2006 is absolutely different
from Goa of 1967. The innocence has ended. The age of greed,
socially sanctified corruption and mutual suspicion has
begun. If Opinion Poll victory was all about Goa's unique
identity, then today it is being auctioned. Nostalgic
celebrations would not wipe out the tears from the eyes of
the women of Saleli or would help to declare the Dhangar/Gouly
community as Scheduled Tribe or guarantee gainful employment
for the one lakh educated unemployed. The message from
Opinion Poll 1967 was clear - deserve the victory, qualify
for it, by proving yourself worthy of the separate and unique
identity for which people of one blood fought so bitterly.
But somewhere on the way Goa and Goans have permanently lost
their mission after 1967.
Events in Canada - 2006
25th Feb 2006
Red & Back Carnival Dance
Kipling Acres on Sunday, February 19th at 2.00 p.m.
looking into Long Term Care Homes for Seniors
June 17th, 2006
Michael Power high school - Etobicoke, Ontario
Michael Power high school -
Konkani Tiatr "KIDD"
written by : Ben Evangelisto (Goa)
Directed by:Marshal Fernandes
Sunday, July 23rd, 2006 - 12.00 noon
Calangute Association Canada
of Patron Saint Alex
Saturday,September 16, 2006
Dr.Ribeiro's Goan School Ex-student's Committee -
Saturday, September 23rd, 2006 - From 6.00 P.M. To 1.00
Calangute Association Canada
December 3rd 2005 To December 3rd
Francis Xavier Jubilee Year Celebrations
Greater Toronto Area Events
Saturday July 8, 2006
Family Picnic at Erindale Park, Mississauga
June 10, 2006
Villagers of Siolim Association - Greater Toronto Area
Celebration St Anthony's Feast
Sunday October 1, 2006
Social at Claireport Place
FW: ST. FRANCIS
JESUIT JUBILEE YEAR - 1st Event - FOOD/CRAFT FAIR MAY
If anyone is interested in
setting up a Stall at the Food/Craft Fair,being held at
Brebeuf College High School (Bayview/Steeles area -
accessible by TTC) on May 14th, 2006, in conjunction with
the St. Francis Jesuit Jubilee Year Celebrations and
sponsored by the combined Associations of:
Goan Overseas Association (GOA)
St. Francis Xavier Senior's Club
The Canorient Christian Association of Metropolitan Toronto
The Canorient Seniors Club of Toronto
The Manglorean Association of Canada (MAC)
Please mail your cheques in the amount of $25 directly to
Fr. Daryl Miranda.
The cheques are to be made payable to Cardoner Jesuit
Fr. Daryl Miranda, S.J.
7 Howland Avenue
Canada M5R 3B2
CELEBRATE GOA in
"George Pinto" <email@example.com>
CELEBRATE GOA is a one day
festival to be held at the India Community Center in
Milpitas, California, on Sunday, March 19, 2006 from
11:30am-3:30pm. Goa Sudharop, a non-profit volunteer
organization, is coordinating the event which will showcase
certain cultural aspects of Goa. There will be cultural
performances by Goan children, adults, Portuguese and
Konkani groups. The event is meant to promote greater
awareness of Goa and Goan culture in the San Francisco Bay
Area community. In addition, the event will showcase work
done in the Goan non-profit sector.
The one-day event is open to all (Goans and non-Goans).
Goans will enjoy reliving some of their cultural traditions
and non-Goans will have an opportunity to learn about Goa's
During the month of March a Goa exhibit organized by Goa
Sudharop will also be held at the India Community Center (http://www.indiacc.org/)
which is located at 555 Los Coches Street, Milpitas, CA
All are invited, admission is free. Lunch and tea (optional)
will be served at a nominal cost. Please mark your calendars
and we look forward to seeing you.
We urge other Goan organizations and associations around the
world to organize similar CELEBRATE GOA events.
Goa Sudharop World G.O.A.N. network.
Konkani Tiatr "KIDD"
Written by: Ben Evangelisto (Goa)
Directed by: Marshal Fernandes
Date: June 17th, 2006
Location: Michael Power high school - Etobicoke, Ontario
For more information, please contact Marshal Fernandes at
Places and Things
Majority of Canadians Are Making Their Homes and Cars Smoke-free
Survey Results Released by Canadian Cancer Society
TORONTO, Jan. 12 /CNW/
- When asked if anyone has smoked in
their homes in the past week, almost four out of five (78 per
cent) Canadians reported that their homes had been smoke-free.
This included 48 per cent of homes with one or more smokers and
94 per cent of homes without smokers.
These results come from a new national survey released today by
the Canadian Cancer Society on the eve of National Non-Smoking
Week (January 15 to 21). The survey also found that the majority
of Canadians don't allow smoking in their vehicles.
Seventy per cent of Canadians who have one vehicle say they
never allow smoking in the vehicle.
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Corporate Canada Keeps Lid On "Glass Ceiling"
Only 4.6 Per Cent of Top
Executive Officers Are Women, Search Firm Finds
TORONTO, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Fewer than 5 per cent of the top-paid
executive officers in Canada's largest publicly-traded
companies are women, according to leading executive search firm
Rosenzweig & Company.
"We've heard a lot of talk over the past decade or so about
women breaking through the glass ceiling," says Jay Rosenzweig,
Managing Partner of Rosenzweig & Company. "But clearly these
numbers speak volumes as to how much action - or inaction - has
occurred in filling the highest executive positions with women.
There remains great hesitancy to give women the keys to the Top
executive officer jobs."
Ride like hell
Got a bike that needs a haul or a change of attitude for a new
lease of life? Rahul Alvares finds just the right man in
Calangute who does it right.
He has ripped the rusty 350 cc Enfield down to nuts, bolts and
bones. Every system - digestive, circulatory, nervous and
excretory - has been separated and placed neatly in greasy
bags in a corner of his garage. Now all that's left is the
thick chassis of the bike and the headlight holder which,
devoid of its bulb, is staring at me like the hollow eyes of a
skeleton. The man whistling nonchalantly as he tussles with
the heavy engine of the motorbike is Doctor Joe; the most
famous Bullet mechanic in Goa.
Watercolors by Edgardo de Montreal
My watercolors are a dance and poetry of color on paper,
shapes and the sensual, delicate touch of a water, color-laden
brush on paper. I love paper, all kinds of paper and love how
color and shapes behave on different kinds of paper....My art
is inspired by the things I see around, the dirty snow, the
sky, and Rue Ste Laurent, Montreal, where life is constantly
in motion; new arrivals in Canada to the old and memories of
Goan country side where I was brought up.
My inspiration is: There is art everywhere (seen on a
billboard in Montreal).
See profile of Edgardo at
Health & Wellness
Canadians getting dangerously
fatter, study says
Canadians are having a hard time cutting the fat, so much
so that the rate of the most dangerous form of obesity has
risen to its highest level in 13 years, a new study
The number of morbidly obese Canadians increased from 0.3
per cent to 1.3 per cent between 1990 and 2003, according
to the study by researchers at Queen's University in
The study is published in the Canadian Medical Association
Journal released Tuesday.
Health Canada measures obesity with the body mass index
(BMI), which is calculated using weight and height. A
person is considered overweight if the BMI is over 25, and
obese if it exceeds 30.
According to Statistics Canada, about 5.5 million adult
Canadians (or 23 per cent of the population) and 500,000
children under 17 (eight per cent) were obese in 2004.
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Majority of Canadians Are Making Their Homes and Cars
Survey Results Released by Canadian Cancer Society
TORONTO, Jan. 12
/CNW/ - When asked if anyone has smoked in their homes in
the past week, almost four out of five (78 per cent)
Canadians reported that their homes had been smoke-free.
This included 48 per cent of homes with one or more
smokers and 94 per cent of homes without smokers.
These results come from a new national survey released
today by the Canadian Cancer Society on the eve of
National Non-Smoking Week (January 15 to 21). The survey
also found that the majority of Canadians don't allow
smoking in their vehicles.
Seventy per cent of Canadians who have one vehicle say
they never allow smoking in the vehicle.
For full text
Professional Services sector facing business challenges
resources, increased competition and client demands
HALIFAX, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - The first major study measuring
the success and risks facing Canada's Professional Service
industry, a key economic sector, forecasts ongoing
success, but also points to warning signs that must be
addressed if the sector is to capitalize upon its present
According to a study conducted by Research Dimensions and
released by Grant Thornton LLP, Canada's law firms,
engineering firms, architectural firms, consulting,
marketing research and advertising firms are showing signs
of stress from increased competition, lack of skilled
employees and increased customer demands.
For full text
Corporate Canada Keeps Lid On "Glass
Only 4.6 Per Cent of Top Executive
Officers Are Women, Search Firm Finds
TORONTO, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - Fewer than 5 per cent of the
top-paid executive officers in Canada's largest
publicly-traded companies are women, according to leading
executive search firm Rosenzweig & Company.
"We've heard a lot of talk over the past decade or so
about women breaking through the glass ceiling," says Jay
Rosenzweig, Managing Partner of Rosenzweig & Company. "But
clearly these numbers speak volumes as to how much action
- or inaction - has occurred in filling the highest
executive positions with women. There remains great
hesitancy to give women the keys to the Top 5 executive
Women represent more than half the Canadian population and
46.6 per cent of the workforce.
For full text
Aspirin protects women from stroke, men from heart attack
based on: Journal of American Medical Association
Taking aspirin can reduce
cardiovascular risks, but protects men more from heart
attack and women more from stroke, according to a research
led by Dr. Jeffrey Berger, of six randomized clinical
trials of aspirin involving over 95,000 patients.
The results showed that aspirin use lowers women's risk of
suffering a stroke by 17% while reducing men's chances of
a heart attack by 32%."
Taking aspirin protects men and women in different ways.
Taking aspirin does significantly reduce cardiovascular
risks, but protects men more from heart attack and women
more from stroke, according to a new analysis.
Researchers led by Dr. Jeffrey Berger, a cardiologist at
Duke University Medical Center (Durham, North Carolina) in
the U.S., combined results from six different randomized
clinical trials of aspirin, involving more than 95,000
patients with no prior heart problems.
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