Newsletter. Issue 05. February 27, 2010


Newsline Canada
People Places and Things
News Clips From India
News Clips From Goa
Goan Voice UK
Health & Wellness
Classified Adverts
Subscribe to Goan Voice
Contact Us
Links & Reference Section
Newsletter Archives

Our Sponsors

Proprietor: Antonio Mascarenhas
Address: Main Road,Baga Calangute
Telephone: 91-832- 2277418
Click for details
Financial Group

Everest D'Souza
Financial Advisor




Walter Hayde

REMAX Professionals Inc. , Brokerage
1645 Dundas Street West, Mississauga,  Ontario L5C 1E3.
Cell # (416) 561-6999
Bus # (905) 270-8840

D'Costa Financial Group

Francis D'Costa

5871 Highway 7 East, Third Floor Markham, ON L3P 1A3
Tel: 905.471.0572
Fax: 905.471.8572
Cell: 416.880.0928
Toll-free: 1.800.97DCOSTA

Shooting Stars & Images

Hi Def -Digital Video, Film & DVD Productions


Weddings,Conventions,Office Seminars, Stage Plays,Private
Parties, All Anniversaries,
Birthdays, Indoor/Field Soccer

From $ 1,500

Uvy Lopes, CTC
1 Concorde Place Suite #507 Don Mills, Ontario M3C 3K6
Tel: 416-449-9117
Fax: 416-449-3459


2 Green Spring Drive Scarborough, Ontario MIV 2BI
Tel: (416)292-1653
Fax: (416)292-0776


Newly Arrived Shipment of Spices & Pickles Directly from Goa

We have just received a fresh shipment from Goa - limited quantities - of :
squid mole .........$ 3.75 200 gms
king fish
mole........3.75 200 gms

mackarel mole .......3.75 200 gms
mackarel para ........3.75 200 gms
Bombay duck para...3.75 200 gms
prawn balichow....3.75 200 gms
prawn curry masala.3.50 100 gms
coconut/toddy vinegar......5.75 750 ml
sorpotel/cafreal/recheado paste....3.50 200 gms
....and much more.

If you wish to place an order or require further i
nfo, pls. call 905-270-9165
…for pick-up.
.. First come first served basis while quantities last.
Also Goan Party Snacks *packed Goa Sausages

Thank you
Evelyn De Souza

Tel: (905) 270-9165
Fax: (905)275-2703


Newsline Canada

Canada Jubilant

  • Wins most Gold Medals (14) in 2010 Winter Olympics

  • Canada Wins Gold Medal in Ice Hockey

Sidney Crosby scores Overtime Winner – beats USA
Updated: Sunday, 28 Feb 2010, 6:33 PM EST
Paul Peck

VANCOUVER (WIVB) - Sidney Crosby beat Ryan Miller in overtime to give Canada a 3-2 win and the Olympic hocky gold medal. Crosby's goal came 7;40 into the extra session off a pass from Jarome Iginla.


Canada’s Ken Pereira with world elite field hockey players at India Gate
Photos forwarded by Rudy Fernandes

On February 26, the Captains of the twelve teams participating in the 2010 FIH World Cup were gathered in front of India Gate, an emblematic landmark of Delhi. They posed for an historic picture around the coveted World Cup trophy. For more on the FIH World Cup Click here

Click to enlarge

The Canadian Team was represented by its Captain Ken PEREIRA.
For profile of Ken see:


Vancouver 2010 Debacle - Indo-Canadian, Chinese communities upset

Watch The Colbert Report – interview with Ujjal Dosangh | ( Feb 19 2010 )
The Colbert Report : February 22, 2010 | (02/22/10) Clip 2 of 4

Vancouver: The Indo-Canadian and Chinese communities want representation at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics as they felt ignored at the opening ceremony. Both communities make up 30 per cent of the Greater Vancouver area.


Brother André of Montreal made a saint by Pope
Friday, 19 February 2010 | Written by Catholic Register Staff,

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI will create six new saints Oct. 17, including Blessed Andre Bessette, the first Canadian-born man to become a saint. Brother Andre founded St. Joseph's Oratory of Mount Royal in Montreal and was known for his intense piety, famed for miraculous cures and praised for his dedication to building the shrine to honour St. Joseph.

At a press conference at St. Joseph's Oratory, Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte called the announcement “the best thing that could have happened this year for the Church of Montreal.”


Canada's aging population to add to budget woes: official
(AFP) –

OTTAWA - The Canadian government's current fiscal structure is not sustainable, due largely to an aging Canadian population, the parliamentary budget officer warned Thursday in a report.


Over half of Canadians see no appropriate age to retire and think retirement age is a personal choice: RBC Poll

One-third of working Canadians will never retire

TORONTO, Feb. 22 /CNW/ - More than half of Canadians (57 per cent) feel there is no appropriate age for retirement and deciding when to retire is a personal choice, according to the 20th Annual RBC RRSP Poll. Nearly one-in-three Canadians (31 per cent) who are still working say they will never retire and one-quarter (26 per cent) think the term 'old' depends on how you feel.


The statements, opinions, or views in the articles may not necessarily reflect that of the Goan Voice Canada.


Goa is No Rape Capital
Armstrong Vaz (India) | 23 February 2010

India’s smallest state has been in the news for all the wrong reasons. The recent rape of a 9-year-old Russian girl in Goa’s Morjim village has resonated far beyond the beaches of this former Portuguese colony.


Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games: Whitest opening ceremony ever?
February 13, 2010 | By Alden E. Habacon

Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

Overall, I thought the opening ceremony was pretty impressive visually. But I've got say, other than our beloved Governor General Michaëlle Jean, the incredible display of aboriginal culture, a lightning-quick shot of Patrick Chan, a few Asian-looking dancers, the performance of Measha Brueggergosman and Portuguese-Canadian Nelly Furtado, and a black Mountie...this was by far the whitest-looking opening ceremonies.


What Does it Mean to be a Citizen?

The question of what does it mean to be a citizen has no simple answer. On a purely definition based description, what it means to be a citizen is that a person is a legally recognised inhabitant of the country they live in – in the UK, this means they pay taxes and are entitles to the help of the benefits and NHS systems. However, in practice, answering the question what does it mean to be a citizen is far from easy. As new rules and tests for people wanting British citizenship show, being a citizen is about far more than a legal status. It is about understanding and accepting – and being a part of the culture, rather than an observer from the outside.

People Places and Things



By Muriel Lucas.

This quaint and cosy Restaurant, easy to find location, is situated at 5004 Timberlea Blvd.,at the corner of Eglinton & Tomken, in Mississauga, Ontario.

Owners, Yvette and Edwin DaCosta, immigrated to Canada from Nairobi, East Africa, way back in 1989 and presently reside in Scarborough, Ontario. Edwin worked for the Provincial Government for 20 years as an Assistant Accountant, until retirement. New to the Restaurant scene, and with a lifelong dream of one day owning a traditional family Restaurant, which delivers an exotic taste of Goa, with a combination of East European and South East Asian delites, finally came to pass, when they proudly celebrated their opening night in November 1999, with about 48 people in attendance, with an array of exotic dishes, that satisfied everyone’s palates.  

Click to enlarge

The Galaxy features a bright atmosphere with a T.V. display featuring live international soccer games, while you wine and dine. Their premises are available for private functions for up to 50 people comfortably. Catering is also available for all occasions at affordable prices. One can also enjoy full bar facilities, and a variety of appetizers for starters.


Brain man Ralph Martins, 52, named Australian of the Year
January 28, 2010

Here's some good news from Australia for a change. Indian-origin researcher of Alzheimer's disease Ralph Martins, 52, was named Australian of the Year 2010 by the Government of Western Australia for his role in identifying the Alzheimer's-causing protein in the brain. Born to Indian parents from Goa, Martins is now collaborating with researchers in India. He says, "I won because of the contribution I made to the field over 26 years."
- Compiled by Nishat Bari


Langar for Haiti Earthquake Victims
Wednesday January 27, 2010

Singhs in Haiti are My Heroes

Amritpaul Singh Sikh Aid team cooks langar to feed 500 Haiti earthquake victims.
Like many of you whenever I read about the overwhelmed tragedy of the Haiti earthquake victims, I feel helpless and get choked up feeling as though I shall weep. I imagine a similar feeling prompted Harcharan Singh and Amritpaul Singh to leave the comfort of their homes in Brampton, Canada and join the Sikh Aid team as volunteers in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. After arriving in Haiti they collected two trucks loads of supplies and made a 30 hour trip to the Sikh Aid camp. Upon arrival they immediately set up a tent in the midst of the rubble and began preparing food for 500 earthquake victims.

Edgar Silveira of Quebec and Vasco – on YouTube


2010 Fiat 500: Look what's coming to Canada

The Fiat 500 doesn’t take up much space on Italy’s country roads, nor in its congested cities. Will Canadians take to it here as a Chrysler subcompact?

Special to the Star
ROME - The rumours have been rife. Speculation, spurious. And the anticipation palpable. Since Fiat took a controlling interest in Detroit's then-bankrupt Chrysler back in June of this year, fans of Italian cars have been in a tizzy about what may actually go on sale here in Canada. Now, if all goes according to plans announced just this week (see AutoNews, W4), it looks like Fiat's mechanicals will underpin the majority of Chrysler vehicles in the coming years. But before most of those cars arrive in 2012, a North American version of the Fiat 500 will go on sale here about a year from now.

Goan Archives – Photo of the week

Click for flyer

Engagement Wishes

Goan Voice Canada is pleased to congratulate Karuna Kersarkar on her engagement to Paresh Kanekar, which took place on February 7 2010 in a Goa

Karuna, daughter of Mr. Madhukar & Meena of Assagao Goa, has been responsible for designing and displaying the pages of Goan Voice Canada’s website for the past 3 years continuous at the offices of Demerg Inc. in Panaji. Her fiancee Paresh hails from Vasco-da-Gama.

The happy couple plans to marry on Sunday, May 16, 2010 at 12:35 PM. Wedding ceremony will take place in Maratha Bhawan Hall, Porvorim Goa.

Congratulations from Goan Voice Canada
John J. D’Souza, Uvy Lopes & Muriel Lucas

News Clips from Goa

[Goanet] Talking Photo: King of Mangoes Rs.1500 for 12
JoeGoaUk | Sat, 20 Feb 2010 | 01:58:14 –0800

King of Mangoes Rs.1500 for 12


Margao: Konkani Literary and Cultural Convention Held
Monday , February 22, 2010 12:24:54 PM (IST) | Daijiworld Media Network - Margao (VA)

Konkani Literary and Cultural Convention

Margao, Feb 22: Dalgado Konkani Akademy organized the Second Konkani (Roman Script) literary and cultural convention at Ravindra Bhavan, Kudchodem, here on February 20 and 21.

Goa should focus only on tourism: Arcelor Mittal honcho
Mr Andrzej Wypych, the HR director of Arcelor Mittal, the Poland-based world's largest steel maker company on Saturday said that Goa should refrain from welcoming any industrial investments, and must solely concentrate on developing tourism as an industry to generate revenue. The HR director of ArcelorMittal, who is currently in Goa on a leisure trip told 'The Navhind Times' that Goa can easily survive without further industrial production units. 'Goa has a gift of nature and it should be preserved at any cost,' Mr Wypych observed, pointing out that the industrial business should be left to other parts of India. "I wish this area doesn't have any industrial investment,' he reiterated. [NT]
Israeli drug lord held in Anjuna
Keeping up the pressure on drug peddlers in the state, the Anti Narcotics Cell (ANC) yesterday cast its net on a big fish, an Israeli, David Driham alias Dudu, who was found in possession of drugs worth around Rs 3.80 lakh. The 34-year-old Israeli, against whom several cases are pending, was nabbed in Anjuna with 144 escsasy tablets (55 grams), heroine powder (5 gms), cocaine (6.5 gms) liquid LSD (7.30 gms) and Charas (1.65 kilograms), the value of which works to around Rs 3.81 lakh. [GT]
Centre puts freeze on fresh mine clearances
In a major development on the mining front, the Central government has decided to freeze environmental clearances (ECs) to the new mining proposals and said it was mooting a comprehensive environmental impact assessment of all mining activities in the State. In a letter to Chief Minister Digambar Kamat, the Union Minster for Environment and Forest has stated that the ministry has decided to freeze ECs to new proposals until the mining policy for the State is finalized. [H]
Labourer stoned to death over petty issue near Sada waste plant
In a gruesome incident, a labourer was brutally killed by his colleagues by smashing his head with stones over a petty issue after abducting him during the wee hours on Monday.According to the deputy superintendent of police, Vasco, Mr Mahesh Gaonkar, the deceased has been identified as L Gopal and was working with C Raja Company, based at Headland-Sada. The company is engaged in coal handling at MPT. [NT]
A Real estate agent's eyeing ancestral Goan houses
In what could be described as nuisance and intrusion into their private life for the local people, especially those living in old houses in coastal areas, the A real estate agent's on the move have been calling at their door steps and enquiring whether the houses were for sale and promising best return. A number of people both in North and South Goa told " The Navhind Times " that they were visited by some people, some young and others of middle age, who wanted to know whether they would sell their properties for attractive returns. The "agents" speak in chaste Hindi and English, they informed. [NT]
One voice: Russians, go back
Villagers of Morjim, yesterday, spoke in one voice against the increasing influence the 'bad-viced' Russians are exerting in their village. Villagers at the gram sabha held, yesterday, placed firm their demand that they be disallowed to conduct business and those currently doing so illegally be stopped with an iron hand. [GT]
Vegetable cultivation on the upswing in Bardez
Goa may be buying vegetables from the neighbouring states and this may be a reason for high prices. Nonetheless Bardez of late has been witnessing an upswing in the cultivation of vegetables.There has been an increase of 15 per cent in vegetable cultivation in Bardez this winter compared to last winter. This is mainly due to various government schemes that have been availed of by the cultivators resulting in an increase in area under cultivation. [NT]
National Seminar on ‘Nanotechnology and Its Impact on Society’
Thu Feb 18 01:36:39 PST 2010

Dear Sir,I will be grateful if you please publish the enclosed in your issue and oblige.

With many thanks and kind regards, Yours sincerely, Dr. (Fr.) Walter de Sá PRINCIPAL St. Xavier's College of Arts, Science & Commerce, Xavier nagar, Mapusa - Goa - 403507 - INDIA.

Farmers stage dharna at Quepem 

To highlight the plight of farming community in the State, farmers from Goa under the banner ‘Goenchea Xetkarancho Ekvott’ staged a dharna at Quepem Municipal Council Garden on Sunday.

News Clips from India

St Xavier’s School as a museum
By Manoj R Nair | Posted On Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 02:32:39 AM

St Xavier’s School at Dhobi Talao, which is celebrating its 140th anniversary, is truly a treasure trove, with 3,000-odd collection of preserved birds, animals and reptiles. Also, the broken propeller of S S Fort Stikine that fell in the school compound after the Victoria Docks Explosion in 1944

A broken piece of a ship’s propeller that fell in the compound during the 1944 dock explosion is displayed in the quadrangle of St Xavier’s School at Dhobi Talao.


Indian Navy Inducts Russian-made MiG-29K Fighter Planes
See Video:

2/19/2010 12:19 PM ET The Indian Navy on Friday inducted four Russian-made MiG-29K "Air Dominance" fighter planes into its fleet, which will eventually be deployed on an aircraft carrier being refitted in Russia. With this, the Indian Navy has joined an elite club of navies across the world having the MiG-29K aircraft in operation.  Speaking at the induction ceremony in the western Indian state of Goa, Defense Minister A K Antony said "coupled with the future inductions of aircraft carriers, our Navy's capability will see a quantum jump."


Bharti Airtel to buy Kuwait-based Zain telecom's mobile operations in Africa
New Delhi, February 15, 2010 |

Bharti Airtel today said it has offered USD 10.7 billion (nearly Rs 50,000 crore) to buy Kuwait-based Zain telecom's mobile operations in Africa, in a deal that would catapult India's largest private telecom firm in the league of world's top 10 operators.


Canada's Canpotex sells potash to India at $370/t – Contract worth $2.2 billion
By: Liezel Hill | Published: 19th February 2010

TORONTO ( - Canpotex, the offshore marketing company for Canadian potash producers Potash Corp, Agrium and Mosaic, has inked a new supply contract with Indian buyers for the second quarter, it announced on Friday.

Indian factory output rises 16.8%

India's industrial production has risen at its fastest pace in more than a decade, providing further evidence of the country's strong economic recovery. Factory output rose by 16.8% in December compared with a year earlier, much faster than analysts had expected.

All India government office links
All government office related links are available.


Fatal error: Cannot re-assign auto-global variable _POST in /home/goanvoi/public_html/2010/issue05/classes/test.class.php on line 54