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Federal government appeals B.C. decision striking down euthanasia laws
Written by Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News: Saturday, 14 July 2012 10:29


Ottawa- The federal government has announced it will appeal the June 15 British Columbia Supreme Court Carter decision that struck down Canada's laws against euthanasia and assisted suicide.


Goa Foundation & Save Goa Campaign Lauded In the British Houses of Parliament
Early day motion 409


  • Session: 2012-13

  • Date tabled: 16.07.2012

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British parishes work to involve Catholics in Olympics
Written by Simon Caldwell, Catholic News Service | Sunday, 15 July 2012 11:55

Manchester, England - A "family triathlon" was a novel idea; as far as Colm Hickey was aware, it hadn't been tried before.

It would involve teams of three people from the same family, each of whom would compete in one of the three categories of the event — either cycling, running or swimming — against other families.


Immigrant parents are gradually accepting interracial relationships
By Nirushan Sivagnanasuntharam | July 16, 2012

When Praga, of Tamil heritage, entered into a relationship with Ken, a Caucasian Canadian, she knew she would have a difficult time when it came time to tell her parents. Delaying that inevitability, they, at first, kept their relationship quiet. When she felt the time was right to tell them about Ken, she arranged to have her brother and brother-in-law present. Ken waited at a convenience store nearby.


Canada and the U.S. launch new technology to reduce border wait times

Fort Erie, ON, July 17, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., Member of Parliament for Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the installation of new technology at the Peace and Queenston-Lewiston Bridges to help people cross the border faster.


Canada Issues Record Number of Visitor Visas

Brampton-Springdale MP Parm Gill applauded a Customs and Immigration Canada report that Canada has issued a record number of visitor visas this year. Since January, Canada has issued 500,000 visitors visas; up from approximately 450,000 this same time last year.


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DEBATE: Western Ghats... and Goa: It’s too late, too little
Carmen Miranda, Hindustan
Posted July-14-12 on
The views expressed by the author are personal

The recent nomination of the Western Ghats as a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco) World Heritage site, if nothing else, has created awareness of a world-class biodiversity hotspot in India, which is in need of protection. With this, a battle is won but the war continues. The arena is the Western Ghats where the war rages on between business and political interests on one side and civil society and environmentalists on the other.


Occupy Will Be Back
Published on Monday, June 18, 2012 by
by Chris Hedges

In every conflict, insurgency, uprising and revolution I have covered as a foreign correspondent, the power elite used periods of dormancy, lulls and setbacks to write off the opposition. This is why obituaries for the Occupy movement are in vogue. And this is why the next groundswell of popular protest—and there will be one—will be labeled as “unexpected,” a “shock” and a “surprise.” The television pundits and talking heads, the columnists and academics who declare the movement dead are as out of touch with reality now as they were on Sept. 17 when New York City’s Zuccotti Park was occupied. Nothing this movement does will ever be seen by them as a success. Nothing it does will ever be good enough. Nothing, short of its dissolution and the funneling of its energy back into the political system, will be considered beneficial. (Photo by Paul Weiksel, All Rights Reserved)


The CBC should refocus its mandate on information and culture

Montreal, July 19, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The CBC president's recent declaration that "Canadian content and culture would be the single 'biggest failed promise' of a purely free market broadcast model" represents a point of view that should guide the revision of the crown corporation's mandate. Indeed, this mandate, which has not been altered for at least two decades, needs to be updated in order to clearly reflect this mission, according to the author of a new publication by the Montreal Economic Institute (MEI). Yves Rabeau, associate professor at UQAM and the author of several articles and works on the media, points out that a public broadcaster must first and foremost concentrate on providing what is less easily available and what private competitors do not provide.

People Places and Things

Does Goan Oneness Wane on Moving Abroad?‏
By Armand Rodrigues

Why do Goans interact differently with fellow-countrymen who may have had some acculturation in dissimilar surroundings? To understand this paradox, it is necessary to examine the reasons why Goans ventured into environments outside their own and how their outlooks evolved in dissimilar orbits and over different time spans.


The God particle: An ethical invitation - July 15
To:  | July 15, 2012 | By: Rudy Fernandes of Mississauga

Your Star columnist, Stephen B. Scharper, has correctly pointed out that "the Higgs boson is one of the final puzzle pieces in understanding the standard model of physics — a theory that relates how fundamental particles interact with the primordial forces of nature.Peter Higgs proposed such a particle in 1964 to explain why some particles, such as electrons and quarks (the building blocks of protons) have mass, while others, such as the light-carrying photon particle, do not".


"Heresy: Ten Lies They Spread About Christianity" joins Canadian bestseller list

July 14, 2012. ( Michael Coren is the bestselling author of fourteen books that include biographies of H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis, and J.R.R. Tolkien. He is also the author of the Canadian national bestseller “Why Catholics are Right” which sold more than 50,000 copies.


Book Review: [Goanet] Goanet Reader: Clothing up Goa beyond nationalist, Orientalist, racist frameworks (Jason Keith Fernandes)
From: Goanet Reader goanetreader at  | Wed Jul 18 06:42:40 PDT 2012

Clothing up Goa beyond nationalist, Orientalist, racist frameworks (Note: 1900 word article)
A story of how the choice of style makes a difference
Jason Keith Fernandes jason.k.fernandes at

Released early this year, Wendell Rodricks' book*Moda Goa: History and Style*, a work that presents a history of Goan costume, clothing and accessories, has garnered a good amount of unstinted praise from the popular press. This review will not however follow suit, but will attempt a more critical position on this work.


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News Clips from Goa

Parrikar's 'reckless' schemes would burden economy: Rane
PTI Panaji | 16 July 2012

Goa's main opposition Congress party today expressed its worry over financial repercussions of Manohar Parrikar–led government's populist schemes which were declared in the state budget.

Participating in the discussion on the budget, Leader of Opposition Pratapsinh Rane termed the schemes as "reckless" and "unrealistic" saying they would further burden the sagging financial condition of the state.

State government review Goa's tourism policy : Goa development council
Murari Shetye, TNN Jul 13, 2012,

Panaji: Goa 2035 Vision and Road Map prepared by the Goa Golden Jubilee Development Council (GGJDC) has recommended that the state government review Goa's tourism policy and evaluate its impact on the Goan culture and heritage.

Goa legislative assembly congratulates Soprano Patricia Rosario
TNN | Jul 17, 2012,

Porvorim: Members of the Goa legislative assembly on Monday congratulated Goan musician Patricia Rosario for having been awarded the prestigious fellowship of the Royal College of Music, London. The resolution was moved by St Andre MLA Vishnu Surya Wagh.


Goa Assembly monsoon session begins
Posted: 11 Jul 2012

The Goa Legislative Assembly’s first full-fledged monsoon session begins on Thursday after Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar returning to treasury benches after seven long years. Around 1400 questions, 10 resolutions and 8 bills will be tabled during the 20 working days of the assembly. The session will continue till August 8.


Goa Plan for 2012-13 finalized

New Delhi, July 11 (IBNS) The Annual Plan for the year 2012-13 for the state of Goa was finalised here on Wednesday at a meeting between Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and Goa Chief Minister ManoharParrikar.

India's South Goa Water Polluted With Mining Runoff

India's South Goa Water Polluted With Mining Runoff. India's South Goa Water

The Magical Ghats
Published on: July 7, 2012 - 23:34 | By Bhiva P Parab

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has tagged 39 places as World Heritage Sites in the Western Ghat region, which include tiger reserves, national parks, wildlife sanctuaries and reserved forests in Maharashtra (4 sites), Karnataka (10 sites), Kerala (20 sites) and Tamil Nadu (5 sites). The decision to include these various sites was taken by a 21-nation panel of the World Heritage Committee (WHC). The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the official world heritage advisory body on nature in its recommendation did not include the Western Ghat as four of the sub-clusters were not contiguous as contended by India and many did not have buffer zones.

News Clips from India

Top 6 Indians who can win a medal in London Olympics
Jul 15 2012

Winning an Olympic Medal! – The ultimate dream that any athlete can have. The days are getting closer and closer as we take a look at the Top 6 Indians who can win a Medal in London. This time, we are no pushovers. This time, we will come back with more medals than all the medals we have won so far in all the Olympic Games put together. Let us keep the dream alive.


Paes keen to carry Wimbledon form to Olympics

India’s tennis star Leander Paes says his Wimbledon performance is the perfect platform to serve up success at Olympics

After a successful Wimbledon, India tennis ace Leander Paes can’t wait to be back at the same venue for the London Olympics’ tennis events that kick off on July 27.


Ready to serve: Leander Paes prepares to serve during a men’s doubles match at Wimbledon recently. Pic/ Getty images


Music gets a Western slant
July 10, 2012 | Mumbai Dhara Vora

Music lovers can look forward to an eclectic line up of performances and workshops at the third edition of Con Brio Piano Music Festival that kicked off recently

For two years, piano competition and festival Con Brio has been giving several young Indian musicians a platform to learn and perform alongside international pianists. Started by pianist Parvesh Java (right), in association with music store Furtado’s, the third edition of Con Brio will feature performances for lovers of pure Western Classical and those who prefer diverse music.

Flautist Shirish Malhotra (seen here with pianist Mark Troop) will be one of the local artists performing at Con Brio this year


Inexpensive paper-based diabetes test now in India
Last Updated: Friday, July 13, 2012,14:11

Washington: Scientists have designed a new, inexpensive paper-based device for diabetes testing to help patients in rural areas of developing countries, like India. The device was described in the latest episode in the American Chemical Society`s (ACS`) award-winning Global Challenges/Chemistry Solutions podcast series. Based on a report by Jan Lankelma, Ph.D., and colleagues in ACS` journal Analytical Chemistry, the podcast is available without charge at iTunes and from