Newsletter. Issue 16. August 04, 2012


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Meeting on Special Status for Goa Held in Toronto
Photos courtesy Albert Fernandes

Summary of notes taken at the meeting supplemented by after-meeting historical facts.

Special Status for Goa is being sought in India with the news that an all party representation from Goa will be made with the Central Government on the urgent need to give "Special Status For Goa" with respect to preserving its prized identity.

As many Goans abroad are unsure of what this means, a meeting was called on July 25, 2012, at Square One - Mississauga, to discuss this and other issues. The meeting was coordinated by Mr. Eddie Rodrigues, of Toronto who spends a considerable time every year in Goa at his Calangute village.


‘Save Goa’ campaign at British Goan fest
Published: July 24, 2012 in Gulf News

Estimated crowd of over 9,000 turned up for this mega event

London: A record crowd of an estimated 9,000 British Goans attended the annual British Goan Festival in Hounslow, the organisers said. Two British MPs, Keith Vaz and John McDonnell, were among the VIPs at the event organised by The Goan Association (UK).


Goan Festival Held Successfully At Cranford Hounslow
Sunday - Jul 22, 2012

London: The annual Goan Festival was held at Cranford grounds, Hounslow yesterday on 22nd July 2012 Sunday. The event was organised by the Goan Association UK. Though the event started about forty five minutes late it went on very smoothly till the end of day with people enjoying the utmost. The event was attended by a huge crowds in thousands, people from all around UK.


Heavy lifting ahead if premiers' words are to mean something

Canada's only green-labour organization says we're in this together

Halifax, July 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Blue Green Canada, the country's only national voice that brings workers and environmentalists together, said some heavy lifting is ahead if the premiers' energy promise today will matter.


Provincial economies in for a bumpy ride in the short term

Ottawa, July 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Weakening growth in emerging markets, Europe's fiscal and economic woes, and sluggish job creation in the United States are weighing on growth in the provincial economies. Despite the global economic uncertainty, The Conference Board of Canada's Provincial Outlook-Summer 2012 forecasts solid growth in Western Canada this year and next. Central and Atlantic Canadian economies will slowly gain traction over the same period.


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


An Entrepreneur’s Take On India’s Organized Chaos
Amir Wald

Editor’s Note: The following is a guest post by “entrepreneur around the world” Amir Wald. In this post, Wald explores some of the challenges of managing a start-up in a country where disorder is an integral part of the way the country runs.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly attributed Nir Eyal as the author. Again, the essay was written by Amir Wald.


Why are Goans not given a chance to help in the state's growth?
TNN | Jul 24, 2012, | Letter in Times of India

Being a Goan and having an internationally spread out business, I have on more than one occasion addressed the chief minister and the tourism department of Goa with regard to factors that affect or can affect the growth of the state. It was indeed very surprising to read that chief minister Parrikar is requesting industrialists from Mumbai to invest in the aviation sector in Goa, although there are a number of well renowned individuals associated with aviation who are Goans.


Special Status for Goa? A far cry!
Posted By Cleofato A Coutinho | 30 Jul '12 13:13

Demand for special status is normally made on the economic ground whereby states demand special economic pacakage. But herein Goa our demand for special status is barring sale of property and houses to those not of Goan origin. Whether such a demand can be met in the teeth of some provisions of the Constitution which are of fundamental nature is the question to which nobody bothers to pay attention.

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Our Lady predicted many of the Church’s woes in the 1600s
Source | By William Oddie on Thursday, 26 July 2012

In apparitions to an abbess, Our Lady of Quito predicted the current malaise of the Church and of society with uncanny accuracy, but she also promises restoration. But first, there would be a total corruption of morals in society; this would affect the Church, too

Posted on July 27, 2012, Quito: I was leafing through the current issue of The Flock, the newsletter of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice when I came across an article by the redoubtable Mrs Daphne McLeod about Our Lady of Quito—otherwise known as Our Lady of Good Success—who appeared several times to Mother Mariana, Abbess of the convent of the Immaculate Conception in Quito, Ecuador, at the end of the sixteenth and the beginning of the seventeenth centuries.


Book Launch – “Go Beyond The Classroom”
Message from Nairobi - GOAN WELFARE SOCIETY

The GWS is very proud to announce that our very own member Mrs Maura Abranches has published a book on education "Go Beyond The Classroom".

Congratulations Maura for sharing your story with us, well done!

"Go Beyond The Classroom" is now available in bookstores.  There will be a book signing event at our World Goa Day celebrations on Sunday the 19th of August at the Goan Gymkhana.  Books can be purchased through M-pesa 0727 018 205 at ksh. 1000/-, details of delivery will be given to you after payment. For those who cannot find the books in stores please contact Lily-Anne on 0724 479832 for a copy at Kshs 1,000/-


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July 2012 Issue Is Now Available Online.

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Deepa Mehta, Mira Nair bring Indian voices to Toronto film fest
By Nicole Sperling

Deepa Mehta and Mira Nair first met in a swimming pool in Amritsar, India, when they were children, not knowing at the time that they would become two of India's most influential filmmakers. Now the two women, who are eight years apart, will be coming to the Toronto International Film Festival in September to screen their films.


British "David" Takes On Billion-Dollar U.S. "Goliath" For Share of U.S.'s Growing Online Genealogy Market

  • launches into U.S. July 24; seeks to become go-to site for Americans of British and Irish ancestries

  • World's second largest genealogy company takes on its biggest rival, with help of 1,000 unique record collections and 75% annual growth

SAN FRANCISCO, July 26, 2012 /CNW/ -, a British-owned family history website, is launching this week into the growing U.S. genealogy market.


‘Overcrowding to blame for Sacred Heart’s (Former Mombasa Goan School) poor results’
Updated Thursday, June 28 2012 | By Patrick Beja

Situated at the intersection between Archbishop Makarios and Liwatoni roads is the Sacred Heart school, Mombasa. We arrived at the Goan school recently during the feast of the sacred heart of Jesus.

News Clips from Goa

Goa to probe if excessive mining causing cracks in houses
Thursday, July 26th 2012, 07:21 AM

Panaji, July 26 - After cracks developed in land and houses of a town in Goa, the state government has suspended mining in the area and ordered a detailed investigation to see if excessive mining caused the damages, a minister said Thursday.

Goanet Reader: Affordable housing: no easy way out over a vexing problem (Eduardo Faleiro)
Eduardo Faleiro |

There is a genuine concern in Goa about the non-availability of land to the sons of the soil, particularly those belonging to the lower and middle income groups. In Panjim and some other areas, the cost of land may go up to Rs 100,000 per square metre and in Salcete, Bardez and Tiswadi no land below Rs. 2000 per square metre is available except perhaps in some very remote areas.

Goa will not get power from Kaiga, says Manohar Parrikar
TNN Jul 28, 2012, 04.35AM IST

Porvorim: Chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Friday said that Goa will not get power from the Kaiga nuclear plant at Karwar, even as he said two companies have approached the government to set up a gas-based power plant in Goa.

Goa, Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar talks tough on new liquor licences
TNN | Jul 29, 2012,

Panaji:  From next month, the state government will put a freeze on all new liquor licences for both, retail as well as wholesale outlets, in residential colonies in Goa, chief minister Manohar Parrikar said on Saturday.


From: [Goanet-News] Goanet Reader: Rule of One
(Devika Sequeira, in Herald Review)‏
Devika Sequeira |

An intriguing story has been doing the buzz in media circles here. An ambitious new BJP minister from South Goa who accepted a gift for an official favour received a visit from a party functionary. Acting on instructions from the chief minister, the BJP man asked the embarrassed minister to make over the 'gifted' amount to the party treasury.


Code of Comunidades, English Translation
Frederick FN Noronha fredericknoronha1 at
Sat Jul 28 09:54:19 PDT 2012

There's an official translation -- into English -- of this, a copy of which was shared with me by Anand Salgaokar <anand.salgaokar at> for which, many thanks.

See the document here
A PDF of the document, the full 237 pages, can be downloaded by those who have a Facebook Account

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India bans Russian and Israeli tourists from forming enclaves

Indian tourist resort of Goa will not allow the existence of private enclaves created by foreigners, especially Russian and Israeli tourists.

State Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar told the state legislative assembly that from the coming tourist session starting in October, the monopoly of any area by the foreign nationals will not be tolerated. There have been many complaints in the past against the presence of so called restricted areas. Most of them are located in the villages in north Goa. Entire neighbourhoods in many of these beach villages have become virtually foreign territories where the entry of locals is banned or heavily restricted.

News Clips from India

Pranab Mukherjee sworn in as India's 13th president

New Delhi: Pranab Mukherjee was sworn in as India's president at a function replete with traditional grandeur and ceremony at the Central Hall of Parliament here Wednesday. Mukherjee was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice of India S.H. Kapadia at 11.28 a.m. In a ceremony lasting about 30 minutes, Mukherjee became India's 13th president - taking over from Pratibha Patil as the new occupant of Rashtrapati Bhavan.


Second blackout in India in two days leaves 670 million without power
By Frank Jack Daniel

New Delhi (Reuters) -
Half of India's 1.2 billion people were without power on Tuesday as the grids covering a dozen states broke down, the second major blackout in as many days and an embarrassment for the government as it struggles to revive economic growth.


Deficient monsoon to put pressure on growth: Confederation of Indian Industry
Sunday, July 29th 2012

New Delhi, July 29 — Deficient monsoon is likely to worsen macro-economic situation and put further pressure on economic growth, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said.


Chilli used by Indian army in weaponry is hot property for poor farmers
Helen Pidd in Khetri, Assam | Sunday 29 July 2012 15.30 BST

Military's demand for bhut jolokia, once the world's hottest chilli, is offering thousands of Assam farmers a way out of poverty

"Look at this," said Dr Anuj Baruah, holding up a vial containing a few drops of rusty red liquid. "With this I could make you senseless." His nose started twitching; his eyes watered. "Oh dear. I think I may have got some on my fingers," he said, looking remarkably unconcerned that his skin had touched something the Indian government has developed into a biological weapon.