Newsletter. Issue 07. March 26, 2011


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Canadian Citizens Have Responsibilities as well as Rights

New Canadian Citizenship Study Guide Released
By Arthur Weinreb | Published Mar 15, 2011

The new citizenship guide focuses on not only rights but responsibilities of citizenship and emphasizes Canadian values, institutions and history.

Health Experts Detail Radiation Symptoms
VOA News March 17, 2011

U.S. health experts monitoring Japan's nuclear crisis are seeking to explain health risks from radiation exposure, while cautioning that radiation levels measured this week at the Fukushima-Daiichi power plant in northern Japan have not yet reached a critical level.

Ontario voters want postsecondary education to be a high priority

TORONTO, March 21 /CNW/ - Almost three quarters of Ontarians want universities and colleges to be a high priority for the Government of Ontario, according to a new poll released today. At the same time, many Ontarians are concerned about the affordability of postsecondary education, particularly young Ontarians between the ages of 18-24.


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

Should Konkani be forced on reluctant primary schools? Two views...
From: on behalf of Goanet Reader ( | Sent: March 20, 2011 | To:

Medium of instruction: a boon or bane?

Dr. Pratap Naik, S.J. (Director) | Thomas Stephens Konknni Kendr | Alto Porvorim, Goa - 403 521

"Mother tongue" is a misleading term. As a linguist, I question this term because what will be the mother tongue of a child who has lost its mother or parents at the babyhood?


Fight Portuguese dropout rate, school trustees say
March 08, 2011 | Louise Brown | Education Reporter

Two Toronto school board trustees are calling for a task force to tackle the 34 per cent dropout rate among students of Portuguese background, including a possible Portuguese alternative school.

Portuguese school: It won’t fix the problem
March 13, 2011

Every time a group of students, whether it’s boys or children from poor neighbourhoods, is identified as struggling academically it seems someone calls for a special school just for them.

People Places and Things

Goan Tid-Bits 0f Bygone Days
By Armand Rodrigues

Dozing under a banyan tree in the noon-day sun, one's thoughts can stray well into the past, in Goa. Some flashbacks are presented below.


  • From time immemorial, panaceas for all ills have been our potent local brews. Whether made from fermented coconut tree toddy, the juice of cashews (the fruit) or unusual plums called "jambul", the preventative and curative attributes of these liquors are legendary.

Top Band “The Syndicate” to perform at the 11th Annual May Queen Ball On 28th April in Qatar

Leading Indian band ‘The Syndicate’ will perform at the May Queen Ball pageant in April.

The annual event is usually held in the first half of May but this year it has been advanced “to ensure that it does not clash with the silver jubilee celebrations of the Indian Community Benevolent Forum (ICBF),” Goan Welfare Association president Simon D’Silva said.

600,000 Rosaries En Route to Madrid
Rome Reports TV News Agency | Newsletter 15-03-2011

March 15, 2011. 7 tons of prayer beads will arrive in Madrid in late April. The rosaries will be one of the gifts distributed in the souvenir packs WYD pilgrims will receive. The 600,000 rosaries are being donated by "Family Rosary Apostolate," an organization that promotes this devotion.

Official website for WYD Madrid 2011 merchandise is launched

March 20, 2011. For anyone who was waiting to buy their World Youth Day gear in Madrid, the wait is now over. Thanks to the the website, the official merchandise for the event is now on sale.

News Clips from Goa

O'Luv Performs at "Mirchi Sound Check"
Sunday, March 27, 2011

Photo: O'luv Performs on the Comb with Varun and the two timers

This photo courtesy to the group "RADIO MIRCHI 98.3FM GOA"

Radio Mirchi 98.3 FM presented the ‘Mirchi Sound Check’ on 24-25-26 March, 2011 at the serene Poolside of Hotel Fidalgo wherein the stars shone the brightest on the ‘hot’ 24th night, dressed in a sizzling red n black number, the undisputed Pop star of Goa, Olavo Rodriguez (O’Luv) stretched out his finest, one after the other.

KTC to ply Volvo buses on Goa, Bangalore route
Herald Reporter | Margao, March 22

There’s good news in store for Goans traveling to Bangalore by the KTC. After Mumbai and Shirdi, the KTC will ply a Volvo bus on the Goa-Bangalore route, beginning from March 31.

Support for English surges
Herald Reporter | Margao, March 22

While the parents are demanding grants to elementary schools offering English as the medium of instruction, the issue was debated in the on-going budget session of the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday.

Toyota Etios set to woo entry-level sedan market
Herald Business Desk | Panjim

Toyota, with the launch of the Etios, is targeting the entry-level sedan market with an aggressive entry price of around Rs 5.25 lakh. The car has been specifically designed keeping in mind India and other emerging markets and will take on well-established models like Maruti Dzire, Tata Indigo and Honda City.


Life jackets made compulsory for fishermen in Goa

Panaji, Mar 13 (PTI) Fishermen at sea on trawlers or canoes in Goa will now have to compulsorily wear life jackets.

Brother & Sister Win Tiatr Awards in Goa
Mario writes

Gemma and Ashely are the children of Mario and Sheela Fernandes of Divar

Gemma excelled at Konkani and with in a year she started acting in tiatr's.Today she is the holder of the best child artiste award in a negative role, at the First Children Tiatr competition org by the Tiatr Academy, Goa. She has also won the best child artiste award at the First Popular Tiatr competition (For Professionals) also org by the Tiatr Academy, Goa, besides many other awards in the last few year.

Cane Bamboo of Goa

Cane and Bamboo have a very close and old relationship with mankind. Cane and bamboo craft is believed to be the oldest creation of man and is considered to be the oldest craft which was initiated in Goa region by a community called Mahars. The Mahars introduced items such as valli, which is still used for washing rice and grains, patlo means a basket which is used for multi purposes and it is available in many different sizes, mats or chicks used as curtains or sun protectors and furniture. These craftsmen mainly made cane items which were of use to fishermen during catching of fish and also fabricated a Dalli in which they could store the dry grains and other food items.

Goa's Funeral Managers Provide A to Z Solutions
First published :Wednesday, August 25, 2010 | By Mayabhushan Nagvenkar

Panaji, Aug 25 (IANS): Does the phrase 'last nail in the coffin' give you the shivers? Then you should meet the folks who solemnly kneel over the wooden casket with a raised hammer. The undertakers or 'caxiæpoundokar' as they are called in Goa have moved up in social order over the years.

News Clips from India

India’s future lies in its naval power: expert

IANS/Mumbai: With the scene of global strategic rivalry slowly shifting to the Indian Ocean, India’s geopolitical future lies in its naval power, contrary to the country’s traditional emphasis on its army, says Parag Khanna, leading American geo-strategist, author and founding director of the Global Governance Initiative at the New America Foundation think tank.“In terms of geopolitics, India’s influence is still very limited... what underpins that is the reality that India is not going to be what initially was thought and hoped it would be - a land-based continental rival to balance China,” Khanna said.“Now, India is seen as much more of a naval power - overseeing and having a strategic role with respect to the Indian Ocean and the trade routes there.

Every 12 hours, one farmer commits suicide in India
By Dipankar Paul, India Syndicate, 10/03/2011

The numbers are stark and in your face: According to The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data from 2009, more than 2,16, 000 farmers have killed themselves since 1997. Add the figures for 1995, 1996 and 2010 and the total crosses 2,50,000. That is, two farmers a day for the past 15 years.

Gates, Buffett want rich Indians to ‘give more’
Publish Date: Sunday,20 March, 2011, at 10:51 PM Doha Time | AFP/New Delhi

Two of the world’s richest men, software pioneer Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffett, are set to visit India this week to persuade the country’s super-wealthy to part with more of their cash.

Mittal, Ambanis lead Indians' global rich-list
Wednesday March 16 2011 | By Arun Kumar

Washington - Fifty Indians, including L.N. Mittal, the Ambani brothers and Azim Premji, have made it to the Forbes list of World Billionaires 2011, as Indians, Chinese, Russians and Brazilians raced to catch up with Americans.