Newsletter. Issue 06. March 13, 2010


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Canada's economic growth picks up
Russell Padmore | Business reporter | BBC World Service

Canada's economy grew at an annual rate of 5% during the last quarter of 2009, its fastest pace of expansion in nine years, according to official figures.

The figures underpin claims the economy is recovering quickly from the fallout of the global downturn. It comes after data for the previous three months showed growth of 0.9%, on an annualized basis. The country's economy was boosted by rising consumption, government spending and property investments. Canada's economy has rebounded strongly like its neighbor, the US.


"In a highly competitive, knowledge-based global economy, we're not going to succeed in Ontario by pulling stuff out of the ground," said McGuinty
Ottawa - The Canadian Press and Globe and Mail Update | Published on Thursday, Mar. 04, 2010  | 4:28PM EST | Last updated on Thursday, Mar. 04, 2010 | 5:25PM EST

Highlights from Thursday's federal budget for 2010-11:

  • Total spending of $280.5 billion, up $12.8 billion over last year.

  • Deficit of $49.2 billion.


Study: Projections of the diversity of the Canadian population 2006 to 2031

By 2031, between 25% and 28% of the population could be foreign-born. The South Asian population, which would still be the largest visible minority group, could more than double from roughly 1.3 million in 2006 to between 3.2 million and 4.1 million. By 2031


Canadian Federal Budget highlights 
05 March | 2010 08:43:00

CBJ Mar 5 - Finance Minister Jim Flaherty released Canada’s Budget 2010 (March 4), revealing the country’s action plan to address our biggest needs. Predictably, number one on the list was financial stimulus for our continued climb out of the recession. The budget aims to contribute to the recovery and sustain Canada's economic advantage now and for the future.


Budget Takes Step In RIGHT Direction - Doesn't Go Far Enough

TORONTO, March 4 /CNW/ - Today's budget measures are a good step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to put Canada back on the road to sustainable economic growth.


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


The Changing Canadian Workplace
Don Drummond | SVP & Chief Economist

The landscape of the Canadian workplace has changed dramatically over the past few decades. Regardless of whether or not we, as a nation, are ready for it, macroeconomic and demographic trends and new workplace standards have changed the definition of a “traditional” career. Employers and workers must face this new paradigm with  a different toolset than that which has been used up to this point. This study will investigate these trends and the challenges that they present. Primary of such trends is the looming retirement of the baby boomer generation. With more than a third of the entire labour force preparing to retire over the next two decades or so, this represents one of the most significant shifts in the workplace seen in the last half century.

People Places and Things

Goans don't read enough or write enough...
Partying, eating, dancing and sports are what Goans love –

Ben Antao (Frederick Noronha, Gomantak Times)
Goanet Reader Thu, 11 Mar 2010 02:10:03 -0800

Ben Antao was a journalist in Goa (The Navhind Times), Bombay (Indian Express) and in Canada, and is an active writer in the world of both fiction and non-fiction. Recently, he edited a book of expat Goans in Canada, and shares with FREDERICK NORONHA some of his insights into the world of Goans, writing and publishing.

FN: Tell us about the book? How would you describe it briefly?
'Goa Masala' is an anthology of stories (both fiction and non-fiction) by Canadian Goans with a Goan flavour. The book seeks to record for posterity the memories of senior Canadian Goans who have made Canada their home in the past 50 years or so. The project was initiated for 55 Plus Goan Association of Mississauga, Ontario, by Rudi Rodrigues, 60, a talented painter and design artist, whom I got to know during the 2008 International Goan Convention in Toronto.


Khell - Khell-Tiatr Ani Carnival - An Explanation
By Eddie Verdes | Monday, February 15, 2010

About Eddie A die hard fan of konkani Music, with collections of over 4000 konkani songs. Click here to view complete profile

The good old days here is a short account of the zomni khell during the Intruz (Carnival) in my village, Chinchinim.


Immigrants in Britain to be taught to queue
( Feb 15 2010 )

London: Britain plans to educate immigrants on the art of queuing properly to help them integrate into the society, a media report said Monday. Foreigners applying to settle in the country will have to learn about the revered British practice of forming a queue for everything from buses to sandwiches, Daily Mail reported on its web site.  The "art of queuing" may also be included in the test on aspects of the British way of life required for foreign nationals applying for citizenship, the report said.


Montreal - Giant ship-themed stage gives Boa Goa a big punch
By VICTOR SWOBODA, | Freelance March 6, 2010

Dancers rehearse Boa Goa at the Cinquieme Salle of Place des Arts, in Montreal, Monday March 1st 2010.
Photograph by: (THE GAZETTE/Allen McInnis) Click here to read more

The first thing that strikes one about the latest contemporary dance/theatre work by Montreal creator Paula de Vasconcelos is the set. It's immense.


UAE, South Korea sign nuclear deal to build plants in the UAE
By Ahmed A. Namatalla, Staff Reporter, Gulf News | Published: 14:26 | December 27, 2009

South Korean consortium to design, build and help operate four civilian power plants in the UAE


Abu Dhabi: A South Korean consortium won a Dh75 billion ($20.4 billion) contract to build nuclear reactors in the UAE, beating more favoured American and French companies for one of the Middle East's biggest energy deals.


Book Launched in Mumbai - Curry is Thicker Than Water

A first collection of stories by Dr. Jasmine D’Costa

  • Paperback: 136 pages

  • Publisher: Book Land Press; 1 edition (Mar 15 2009) $11.35 at Amazon

Dr. Jasmine D’Costa was born in India and moved to Canada in 2004. As an academic and banker for 25 years, Jasmine was published in academic journals, business magazines and books on international relations, trade, investment, corporate finance and banking.In Canada, Jasmine D’Costa has pursued a career in writing and acting. She now lives in Toronto and brings to the Canadian writing landscape an arresting new voice.

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News Clips from Goa

Pope names Goan priest in Eucharistic Congress
Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday appointed Fr Theodore Mascarenhas, SFX, official of the Pontifical Council for Culture, as member of the pontifical committee for International Eucharistic Congresses for a period of five years. Fr Mascarenhas, a Pilar priest who is currently based in Rome, is incharge of the Departments of Asia, Africa and Oceania at the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture. Hailing from Camurlim-Salcete, Fr Mascarenhas was awarded the doctorate in sacred scripture at the Pontificio Instituto Biblico, Rome-Italy in June 2003. [H]
Tourism road show inaugurated at Baga-Calangute
Sujit Banerjee, Secretary, Union Ministry of Tourism has called upon the stakeholders in the tourism sector to educate the travellers and also join hands with civic authorities to keep destinations in the country clean and hygienic, adopt solid waste management practices, encourage alternative energy sources and protect, fragile mountain ranges from the impact of unrestricted growth. Inaugurating the third Domestic Tourism Road Show jointly with Chief Secretary Sanjay Srivastava at Baga-Calangute, Banerjee said, every one has to keep a vigil in ensuring that the forest land and animal corridors do not shrink because of the pressures of unplanned tourism activities. [GT]
Parrikar for independent inquiry into cops’ alleged links with drug peddlers
The Leader of the Opposition, Mr Manohar Parrikar on Monday said that the police involvement in drug trade racket is a very serious issue and that the entire case should be investigated thoroughly by an independent agency in an impartial manner. Speaking to reporters informally in Panaji on Monday afternoon, Mr Parrikar said that the government should lodge an FIR against the suspended police officials and added that they should be arrested and an independent inquiry should be carried out. He said the drug peddlers operating is a different issue while cops using police machinery for selling drugs is a serious issue. [NT]
Steffi Cardozo selected for Yashadamini Puraskar
Directorate of Women and Child Department, Government of Goa have selected Common Wealth Games 2010 probable Athlete and the officer of Sports Authority of Goa, Steffi Cardozo from Candolim for Yashadamini Puraskar 2010 for her meritorious achievements at the National and International level in the field of Sports. Steffi represented the Country in South Asian Games in seniors at Colombo, represented two times for India (Goa) for Lusofonia Games at Macau and Portugal respectively and has also won the International Silver Medal at the ATE- SALWAN, International meet by creating a new national record in the (U-18) category, Steffi also created another 2 National New meet records. [GT]
Leopard creates panic in Bicholim
A leopard attacked a dog at Wavti-Vathadev, Bicholim, there by creating panic among villagers on Saturday night. According to villagers, the leopard strayed near the residence of one Pandurang Gawde from Wavti-Vathadev and attacked the dog sleeping outside the house. "The incident occurred at about 12.15 am, when my wife and son were sleeping in the house," Gawde told Herald. "I had gone out for bhajan in the adjoining village when the incident happened," he added.[H]
Union Minister for Tourism Kumari Selja tells locals to keep up Goa’s friendly image
Herald Reporter | Panjim, March 6

Admitting that some incidents against foreigners has marred Goa’s image to certain extent, the Union Minister for Tourism Kumari Selja today called on locals to be more vigilant and more tourist-friendly. “Goa I know is the most tourist-friendly state in India but unfortunately some incidents have marred its image internationally,” Selja said while addressing the gathering after laying the foundation stone for the mega circuit project for tourism, financed by the Central government.

Goa cracks down on drug-fuelled parties (AFP)

PANAJI, India - Organisers of parties and festivals in Goa will now have to seek state government approval to hold events, as part of a crackdown on illegal drug use in the Indian holiday resort state.

Russians Face Flak in Goa
Posted: 11 Mar 2010 | 06:50 AM |PST

Russians are facing a backlash in Goa with allegations of organised crime, illegal land deals and even claims that they are “corrupting the minds” of locals in India’s popular resort state. There have been a number of outspoken attacks against them since the start of the year, when a Russian businessman was blamed for killing a taxi driver in Morjim village, in north Goa, sparking public protests.

News Clips from India

Bombay Archdiocese Trains Priests To Go Digital
Published Date: March 1, 2010

MUMBAI, India (UCAN) — The archdiocese of Bombay, the largest diocese in India, is training priests in its 119 parishes to use online and digital media to communicate the Gospel. “It is part of the ongoing formation for our diocesan priests and Religious priests working in parishes,” said Father Gilbert de Lima, dean of the St. Pius X College, the archdiocesan seminary.


New scheme for unemployed Non-Resident Keralites soon
( Feb 27 2010 )

Thiruvananthapuram: A scheme for Non-Resident Keralites (NRKs), who lost their jobs within two years of migration to the Middle East because of the global economic slump, will be launched in the coming financial year, Kerala Governor R.S. Gavai said Wednesday.


This woman suckered us, said Nixon of Indira Gandhi: Book
( Mar 02 2010 )

New Delhi: "She suckered us. Suckered us. this woman suckered us." So said an enraged US president Richard Nixon of Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi after learning that war had broken out on the subcontinent on Dec 3, 1971, and Indian forces had made a decisive push towards then East Pakistan that it recognised as Bangladesh three days later.


"My Name Is Khan" ' is Shah Rukh's top seller in US with record haul
Excerpt from South Asian Observer | ( Mar 02 2010 )

Washington: "My Name Is Khan" has set a new all-time career record for Shah Rukh Khan by becoming the Bollywood star's top-grossing film in North America with total sales of $3,635,000 after 17 days of release. The film Sunday surpassed Khan's old record of $3,597,372 for 2007's "Om Shanti Om" and continues to play in 119 theaters across the US and Canada in its third week of play.


India - Food price inflation rises to 17.87%
IANS, Mar 4, 2010, 01.17pm IST

NEW DELHI: India's annual food price inflation based on wholesale prices rose slightly to 17.87% for the week ended Feb 20 from 17.58 the week before, as per official data released Thursday.


Now, strawberry will be a fruit for all seasons
Nikhil Deshmukh, TNN,| Mar 4, 2010 | 05.47am IST

PUNE: The Mahabaleshwar strawberries will now be available in the Indian market year round, thanks to modern technology and the initiative taken by the All-India Strawberry Growers’ Association. To begin with, dried strawberries will be launched in the Pune, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Chennai markets in the next two months, and they will be priced at Rs 125 per kg, association chairman Balasaheb Bhilare told TOI on Wednesday.


World's cheapest EV: Tata Nano electrifies Geneva show
Mar 04, 2010

The Nano EV of the Indian carmaker Tata is displayed on March 3, 2010 during the third press day at the 80th Geneva International Motor Show at Palexpo in Geneva. Tata Motors said at the  Geneva Motor Show on March 3 that it aimed to put its low cost Nano on sale in Europe in 2010- 2011 and build a reputation as a builder of The world's cheapest car, transformed into the world's cheapest electric car, went on display at the Geneva Motor Show.

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