Newsletter. Issue 03. February 04, 2012


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Prime Minister Stephen Harper signals looming reforms in Immigration
January 26, 2012

Davos, Switzerland Ottawa will transform the country’s pension system to curtail government costs, but details won’t come until the budget, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday.


Stephen Harper’s Attack on Old Age Security
Posted on January 26, 2012

Toronto – Liberal Seniors and Pensions critic Judy Sgro made the following statement today on the future of Old Age Security:


Media Statement from Prime Minister’s office on increasing age for Old Age Security.
From: Alerte-Info-Alert [PMO] | Sent: Friday, January 27, 2012 11:46 AM
To: Alerte-Info-Alert [PMO]

Old Age Security

Media are speculating that the federal Government may make changes to Old Age Security. Our Government is committed to ensuring the retirement security of Canadians. The Harper Government will ensure that seniors maintain ALL the benefits they currently receive.


Goan Woman dies in US jail after hunger strike
Jan 29, 2012,

Chicago/Panaji: Lyvita Gomes, 52, who was being held at a Chicago jail for allegedly failing to show up for jury duty, died in custody after a 15-day hunger strike. The former airline trainer for Delta Airlines, died in Lake County Jail on January 3, according to the Chicago Tribune.


Top archbishop 'denounces Vatican corruption'

A top Vatican official who is now the envoy to Washington denounced corruption and waste in the management of the Holy See in letters to Pope Benedict XVI, Italian media reported on Wednesday.


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

Canadian Immigration: Broken Homes, Broken Promises
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No One Is Illegal-Toronto responds to 2011 Immigration report

In another sly public relations tactic, Minister of Immigration and Multiculturalism Jason Kenney has announced that Canada will give permanent residence to 25,000 parents and grandparents in 2012, a 60% increase from 2010. In addition, on December 1st, the heroically named Parent and Grandparent Super Visa will come into effect, allowing long-separated loved ones to visit their children and grandchildren in Canada for up to 2 years.


The dark underbelly of Goan society in London
Posted on GoaNet by: Carvalho elisabeth_car @ 
Wed Jan 18 03:33:56 PST 2012

Everytime I take on a Konkani-English interpreting job, I am convinced nothing will surprise me. Over the course of the last three years, I have seen it all; child molestation, domestic violence, aggravated assault, drunk and disorderly conduct, stabbings, illness, extreme poverty, joblessness, theft, people forsaken in hospitals: I have seen it and sat through hours of enfolding sadness as the tales are recounted to doctors, social workers, police officers and interpreted by me. Yet, each case manages to creep into the recesses of my consciousness and I come away more confused about Goan society than ever. I am deeply troubled today by a recent case and all the piteous misery it has managed to ensue in so many lives.

People Places and Things

Brampton, Ontario named Canada’s most vulgar city on Twitter
By Chase Kell

If the late George Carlin were still alive to show interest in real estate north of the border, the city of Brampton just might have a new claim to fame.

Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus blames education system for driving young to be mundane
World | Updated Jan 29, 2012 Press Trust of India

Davos: Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus on Sunday blamed the education system for driving the young to be very mundane and detracting them from pursuing social objectives. Speaking at the World Economic Forum, he said that money is now the king, becoming an "intoxication in the system".


Ethnic-focused nursing homes put a Canadian face on filial piety
Dakshana Bascaramurty | From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 7:53PM EST | Last updated Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012  EST

Eighty eight year old Sui Tin Ho is photographed in her room at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in Mississauga, Ont. on Jan 16 2012. Ho has been living at the centre, which supports the Chinese community with Cantonese speaking staff and activities, for a year. The kitchen staff also prepare meals catering Asian cuisine and diets as well. - Eighty eight year old Sui Tin Ho is photographed in her room at the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care in Mississauga, Ont. on Jan 16 2012. Ho has been living at the centre, which supports the Chinese community with Cantonese speaking staff and activities, for a year. The kitchen staff also prepare meals catering Asian cuisine and diets as well.


Sharon Mazarello Sings the Canadian Nation Anthem in Konkani

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Soon its gonna be Carnival Time in Goa - video clip of 

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New African Union Headquarters Opened, African Leaders Praise China
By Seble Teweldebirhan

Addis Ababa, January 31, 2012 ( -
The African Union has inaugurated its new headquarters in Addis Ababa . China’s senior political adviser Jia Qinglin, standing in for Premier Hu Jintao, officially opened the new $200 million Chinese-built headquarters. The building, in the heart of Addis Ababa, covers 52,000 square meter land. It took three years to build.

News Clips from Goa

Indian iron ore mining mess - Goan NRIs campaign against illegal mining
Thursday, 26 Jan 2012

IANS: reported that e Goan diaspora worldwide is spearheading a campaign to shame the state and central authorities into reining in illegal and indiscriminate mining in Goa, timing it just ahead of assembly polls.

No blanket ban, but illegal mining must go
Friday, January 27, 2012 | Ramesh Babu, Hindustan Times | January 27, 2012

If the BJP returns to power, IIT Bombay graduate Manohar Parikkar (56), a protégé of the late Pramod Mahajan, will be the main contender for the CM’s post. It was Mahajan who brought this small-time entrepreneur to politics in the 1990s. Illegal mining and under-development are the issues that the former Goa CM has taken up this time.


Goa casinos deny possibility of being used as fronts
Posted: 27 Jan 2012 06:49 AM PST

The casino operators in Goa today refuted the suggestion that casinos could be acting as fronts for money-laundering or for funding the terrorists. The operators, at a joint press conference here, said the annual report by Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) of Union Finance Ministry had been misquoted in this regard. Shrinivas Nayak of Casino Pride said the trade had always been wary of dubious-looking transactions, and the authorities were kept in the loop about anything fishy.

5,000 students throng Goa Yuva Mahotsav at Quepem
TNN | Jan 30, 2012,

Margao: Over 5,000 students and youth attended the two-day 17th Goa Yuva Mahotsav at Government College in Quepem that began on January 28.

Two Goans get Padma recognition
Times of India

Panaji/Margao: Two illustrious Goans-famed cartoonist Mario Miranda who passed away on December 11, 2011 and intellectual Jose Pereira-finally received recognition for their body of work as both were included in the list of Padma awardees on the eve of

News Clips from India

India still a foreign investment hot spot: E&Y
Published on Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 11:30 | Source : Reuters

Foreign direct investment in India is set to swell in coming years as investors stomach a lack of transparency, poor infrastructure and policy paralysis in their search for growth, professional services firm Ernst & Young (E&Y) said in a report.

Big-hearted Gesture: Humble Man Gifts 34 Houses to Poor

The new colony was blessed by Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D Souza, Bishop of Mangalore Diocese. Rohan Monteiro Managing Director of Property Infra Tech India Pvt


Changing lifestyle giving rise to heart ailments in India
DNA / Rajesh Rao / Monday, January 23, 2012

Doctor Ravindra Kulkarni is a renowned cardiologist from Pune who has founded Just For Hearts, a city-based organisation that works for prevention of lifestyle diseases such as obesity, heart ailments, diabetes and stress. Having a rich experience as a consultant in medicine and cardiology, he is associated with National Heart Institute, Deendayal Memorial Hospital and Moraya Multispeciality Hospital. He speaks to DNA about the education and training in cardiovascular intervention in India.


India to enter into agreement with US Institute

Chicago: India will provide a $ 500,000 grant to the prestigious Art Institute of Chicago, where Swami Vivekananda delivered a landmark address on Hinduism in 1893, as part of initiatives to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the 19th century luminary. The agreement to this effect will be signed during Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee's two-day visit to the city that will also see an agreement with the University of Chicago


After $35 tablet computer, pacemakers may be next
Reuters | By Ben Hirschler

Davos, Switzerland (Reuters) - A huge banner in Davos trumpets India's launch of a $35 tablet computer and U.S. group Medtronic Inc is hoping to launch a similar low-cost revolution in medical devices like pacemakers.


What is India?

The following is the text of a speech delivered by Justice Markandey Katju, chairman of the Press Council of India, at Jawaharlal Nehru University on November 14, 2011.

(Sent by A. Rodrigues with the comment “An Interesting read”.)
Caution 23 pages, 13,000 words