Newsletter. Issue 09. April 28, 2012


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Economic Growth and Prosperity the Focus of Immigration Changes

Montreal, April 20, 2012 — Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney spoke at the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations and outlined how a transformed immigration system would benefit the Canadian economy.


Indian immigrants' 3rd child more likely to be a boy
By Annie Burns-Pieper, CBC News | Posted: Apr 16, 2012

Ratio of 136 boys to 100 girls raises issue of selective abortion

New research confirms that significantly more boys than girls are born as third children to women from India raising families in Ontario. The research was inspired by a controversial editorial published earlier this year about the prevalence of sex-selective abortions.


U.S. women religious group 'stunned' by Vatican's latest move
Apr. 19, 2012 | By Joshua J. McElwee

The largest leadership organization for U.S. women religious says it was "stunned" by the announcement Wednesday that the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had ordered it to reform its statutes and had appointed an archbishop to oversee its revision.


Top employers recognize skilled immigrants key to economic health

TRIEC and RBC announce winners of 6th Annual Immigrant Success Awards

Toronto, April 26, 2012 /CNW/ - The Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) and RBC are recognizing top employers who are leading the way in integrating skilled immigrant talent in the Greater Toronto Region labour market at the 6th Annual Immigrant Success (IS) Awards today.


US President Barack Obama sounds alarm bell on jobs

Washington Sounding an alarm bell over the challenge from "hungry" Indian and Chinese students, US President Barack Obama has asked Americans to focus more on science, mathematics and technology to ensure that "jobs of future" stay within the shores.

Asian Development Bank warns of rising inequality
Last Updated: Tue, 24 Apr 2012 21:42:00 +1000

Sen Lam, Asia Pacific

The Asian Development Bank has warned the region about rising financial inequality.


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The Challenge to the Church in Goa: Revivalism or Renewal?
Fr Desmond de Sousa CSsR | | From GoaNet Reader

Will the Church in Goa continue to operate as a decrepit, colonial Church or become transformed into a vibrant, indigenous Church?

Society in Goa is passing through an unprecedented metamorphosis akin to a caterpillar becoming a butterfly. Like other institutions in society, the Church in Goa is convulsed by the need for radical change to fulfill her mission in society. The Goa Church Synod (February 2002) articulated the direction of renewal. But has the renewal lost out to revivalism?


Social skills are crucial for your health.
Excerpts from an article entitled The Dangers of Loneliness | By
Hara Estroff Marano, published on July 01, 2003 | Message posted on Goanet by:
Con Menezes of Australia

Friendship is a lot like food. We need it to survive. Psychologists find that human beings have a fundamental need for inclusion in group life and for close relationships.

Friendship is a lot like food. We need it to survive. What is more, we seem to have a basic drive for it. Psychologists find that human beings have fundamental need for inclusion in group life and for close relationships. We are truly social animals.

People Places and Things

Apr. 2012. Goanet.Femnet. First issue out now.

Some highlights: I HaveA Dream By Betsy Nunes. Discovering My “Goan” Heritage Again by Carmennée Nazareth now Marcia DoRosario. Victoria by Colleen D’Souza. NotQuite Over The Hill, More On Top Of It! By Mafalda-Anne (Mafie) Desa.

Voices Of Resilience by Jaya Earnest. On Death And Grieving by Dr.Belinda Viegas…

6 pages with photos and bios of the editorial team.

Peeling layers off the Goan Society
Published on: April 10, 2012 - 22:55 | By Arti Das | NT BUZZ

To build a preconceived image or idea of Goa is quite easy given the fact that tourism has placed it on the world map. Additionally its colonial past adds to its exotic face value. However, in reality, it is a complex society, which has embedded under, various layers.

The Goans of Karachi
Observes By Ammar Shahbazi

When the new state of Pakistan was formed, the Goans were at the forefront of cultural life of the city of Karachi.or Kolachi

The wooden dance floor is covered with a film of dust. Giant Victorian arches line the walls, and the ceiling -- held up by rectangular trunks of thick wood -- holds electric fans dangling on fat, rope-like wires. The edges are taken over by spider-webs. Decaying it may be, but the dance floor of the Karachi Goan Association Club still smacks of splendour.

Peace seekers gather on Kenyan plain
Apr. 16, 2012 | By Tom Roberts

A lone figure visits a likeness of the Buddha at Mekena Hills on the Laikipia Nature Conservancy in Kenya, during the Global Peace Initiative of Women conference in March. (Photos Margaret K. Lynch)

Nairobi And Laikipia Nature Conservancy, Kenya  -- A pressing reality of the 21st century is that an ever-diminishing globe will require an ever-expanding degree of tolerance and cooperation among an astounding array of differing convictions -- religious and political among the most contentious -- if we’re ever to approach anything resembling world peace. We simply can no longer ignore or avoid the other.

News Clips from Goa

Industries panel cries foul over Goa Industrial Development Corporation plots’ illegal allotment
Posted: 22 Apr 2012 05:14 AM PDT

The Goa State Industries’ Association (GSIA) has once again submitted a complaint to the Panaji police regarding the illegal allotment of Goa Industrial Development Corporation (GIDC) plots and requested that an FIR be registered. The Panaji police inspector has forwarded the same to SP (North) for his opinion.

Goa receives 910 charter flights this season
Posted: 21 Apr 2012 03:54 AM PDT

Despite challenges from Southeast Asian countries in the tourism sector, Goa this season recorded 910 charter flight arrivals compared to 900 last year. Swapnil Naik, Director – Tourism, Goa, said, “We have received 910 charter flights till mid-April and will continue to receive them until the first week of May.”

Former Goa ministers told to fight litigations on own expenses
Posted: 19 Apr 2012 08:49 AM PDT

A circular issued by the Manohar Parrikar government to this effect this week states that there is no “justification” in providing state-paid counsels for the ministers fighting their personal cases.

Goa-Parrikar to be judged only after 100 days: Oppn
Posted: 19 Apr 2012 12:41 AM PDT

The Congress in Goa has decided to allow BJP Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to complete 100 days of this tenure before commenting on his capability to govern the state. ”The Congress is not weak as an Opposition as projected in the media. We have been in Opposition in the past and know our responsibilities,” Leader of Opposition Pratapsingh Rane told reporters emerging from the first ever Congress legislative party meeting for the current tenure.

News Clips from India

The 'Missile Woman' behind Indian test launch
25 April 2012 –

New Delhi (April 24, 2012): Hailed as a trail blazer in male-dominated India, Tessy Thomas (pix) juggles domestic duties with her day job -- as the country's top ballistic missile expert. Thomas was project director for the Agni V long-range nuclear-capable missile which was test-fired last week in a major military advance that will give India the ability to hit all of rival China's cities for the first time. Celebrated as "Missile Woman" in the local media, she has lent a new and unusual face to the secretive world of India's Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).


Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable missile

Pakistan has successfully test fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile.

It comes less than a week after India tested a long-range missile, and nearly a fortnight after North Korea's controversial launch of a rocket. The exact range of Pakistan's missile was not revealed, but a Defence Analyst, Retired General Talat Masood, says intermediate range ballistic missiles can reach targets up to 3,000 kilometres away.

Mumbai’s Catholic Museum

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There's no doubt, Mumbai is a busy city. At least 15 million people live here, in what's know as India's commercial capital. Catholics make up a small percentage, but despite being a minority, the religious heritage is strong. In fact, the city recently opened its first Christian art museum with relics that date back to the 16th century.


Cardinal Oswald on the Benedict XVI’s 7 years & the Indian Church
April 19, 2012 by admin

India, April 19, 2012: Before with John Paul II, and especially today with Pope Ratzinger, the Church in India has changed from being a “needy” Church to one that “goes” on mission. The Archbishop of Mumbai Cardinal Oswald Gracias traces the path of the Indian Church in the years of the papacy of Benedict XVI: New Evangelization, the World Youth Days, religious freedom, schools and service among the poor and needy.

Today marks the seventh anniversary of the pontificate of Benedict XVI. For the occasion, the Church in India and its 18 million Catholics offer special prayers and liturgies in all the monasteries, chapels and religious institutions of the country. In New Delhi, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Mumbai and president of the Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), presides over a solemn Eucharistic celebration at the Apostolic Nuncio. Concelebrating with him Msgr. Salvatore Pennacchio, Nuncio in India. Below is a reflection by Cardinal Gracias on the pontificate of Benedict XVI, and how the Church in India has taken on his mandate:


Catholic priest cures snakebites with ayurveda

Fr Augustine has cured over 10,000 patients with snakebites successfully.

April 19, 2012, A Syrian Catholic priest in Karnataka is using Ayurveda to cure snakebites. Though not a physician by profession, Fr Augustine has cured over 10,000 patients with snakebites successfully in the last two decades.


No to forced conversions to Islam and marriage without consent, says Justice and Peace

Catholic activists urge the Supreme Court to stop violations and protect abuse victims. They appeal on behalf of three young Hindu women forced to marry three Muslim men against their will. In a "male dominated, violent and bigoted environment," women cannot truly exercise free will.

Islamabad (AsiaNews) - In a press release sent to AsiaNews, Fr Emmanuel Yousaf Masi and Peter Jacob, respectively the national director and executive secretary of the Catholic Church's National Commission for Justice and Peace (NCJP), call on the Supreme Court of Pakistan to stop forced conversions, protect the victims of abuses, ensure justice and enforce respect for human rights. In the statement, the Christian activists urge the highest court in the land to reopen the case of three young Hindu women (Rinkel Kumari, Asha Haleema and Lata) who were forced to convert to Islam and marry three Muslim men.


Norberto Paulo Sebastião Lamas - An Appreciation
By Goan Voice Canada, with files from family and friends of the late Norberto Lamas

On Sunday April 29, 2012, family and friends will gather in the Church Hall of THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD Parish for the celebration of the life of the late Norberto Lamas, husband of Veronica Lamas, who passed away in Goa on March 4, 2012. At the celebration he will be remembered for many accomplishments, in particular:

  • As a pioneer in the Toronto Goan Community. Norberto was among the first to arrive here in 1965, several years before the immigration regulations were revised to enable those from the developing world to find a home in Canada. His journey to Canada unknowingly landed him in Halifax, a long way off from his friends who awaited his arrival in Toronto. As money was a constraint, he had no choice but to spend the night in a cold bed at the YMCA before heading off in the morning on a 24-hour train trip to Toronto. At the time there were only a handful of Goans, each determined to make a happy life for their family in Canada. In time, the Goan community slowly grew to the hundreds, a far cry from the thousands of today. Norberto’s pioneering spirit provided much assistance to many new Goan immigrants by way of accommodation, job referrals, jobs and sharing his knowledge of the ins and outs of settling in Canada. Norberto and his family obtained Canadian citizenship in 1971.