Newsletter. Issue 23. November 10, 2012


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Canadian Prime Minister in India
November 6, 2012

The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh meeting the Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Stephen Harper, at the ceremonial reception, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi on November 06, 2012.


Stephen Harper urged to guard against Sikh extremism threatening India

New Delhi — Prime Minister Stephen Harper assured his Indian hosts Tuesday that Canada favours a “united India” — an apparent strike at those Canadian Sikhs who advocate the creation of a separate state, Khalistan, in the nation’s Punjab region.


Canada to admit up to 265,000 new immigrants in 2013, says Jason Kenney
Wed, Oct 31st, 2012

Toronto: Canada plans to admit between 240,000 and 265,000 new immigrants in 2013, according to Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney.


Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will admit up to 55,300 persons in the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) category in 2013.

Moving to a Fast, Flexible Just-in-Time Immigration System
Toronto, November 2, 2012 - Today, Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced that by the end of 2013, Canada’s immigration system will be transformed from one that was plagued by backlogs into one that is fast, flexible, and responsive to the labour market.


Canada's jobless youth are getting a fair shake
Source: CGA-Canada

CGA-Canada report says youth unemployment shows positive trends and the big issue is underemployment

Vancouver and Ottawa, Oct. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - The Certified General Accountants Association of Canada (CGA-Canada) today released a report on youth unemployment in Canada arguing that the situation is not as dire as commonly perceived. Despite the challenges experienced by unemployed youth in Canada, hardship caused by joblessness during the most recent recession and recovery was more moderate compared to that of the recessions in the early 80s and 90s.


Study: How the older unemployed look for work, 2006 to 2010

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Older unemployed workers spent as much time on average looking for work as their younger counterparts did during the four-year period from 2006 to 2010.


The Government of Canada announces support to project highlighting Canadian-Italian contribution to Canada

Ottawa, October 25, 2012 - Funding aimed at raising awareness of the contributions of Canadians of Italian heritage in the development and settlement of Canada was announced today by Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation and Member of Parliament for Vaughan, on behalf of Citizenship and Immigration Canada.


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Barack Obama’s win heralds the rise of multicultural America
Star Columnist -
Published on Wednesday November 07, 2012 | in Toronto Star | Haroon Siddiqui

Says Haroon Siddiqui: 'Blacks and Hispanics and other minority voters can no longer be ignored.' (Nov. 6, 2012)

For all its faults, waning world power and deep domestic divisions, America is still capable of miracles.


Radio Broadcast - Truth in Politics: On Bullshit's Harry Frankfurt, plus Dan Gardner

On CBC Radio – The Sunday Edition hour 3 – November 4, 2012 – Click to Listen

Untruth is so ubiquitous in contemporary politics that some analysts say we're now in an era of post-truth politics. Others might call it balderdash, humbug or malarkey

George Washington was famous for saying, "I cannot tell a lie." President Lincoln was known as Honest Abe.

So what would they make of the half-truths, twisted truths, exaggerations, whoppers and garden variety lies that seem to be accepted as rhetorical weapons in today's politics?

The Pulitzer Prize-winning website,, has had its hands full fact-checking the various claims and attacks made by the Democratic and Republican campaigns.

People Places and Things

Demerg Systems India relaunches

Mr. Tim de Mello (Managing Director - Demerg Systems India) the owners of GOACOM, is delighted to announce that has been re-launched with a host of new and improved features. This prestigious occasion was inaugurated by Guest of Honour Mr. Nilesh B. Fal Desai - Director (Department of Information technology, Govt. Of Goa) with a welcome speech by Francis Xavier D' Souza - (Manager - Corporate & E-governance) and duly taken by a presentation Speech by Mr. Mohnish Ghodekar - (Project - Manager).

Its initial launch was in 1995. It is Goa’s oldest running portal. With over 2 million visitors per month, GOACOM has responded to feedback from its readers and website users and re-designed the site to better reflect the needs of its readership. with a host of improved features including: in-depth news of Goa, a one-stop shop for What’s On in Goa and new features like GOACOM radio and an educational supplement Called Fun Stuff For Kids.


The 3rd issue of Exotic Goa is packed with 34 Pages of interesting reading

Alexyz Fernandes - Toons that Brighten the day.
Saint Anthony Church, Siolim
The Goan Overseas Association, Toronto, [G.O.A.]


  • NitroDroid 2012 - organized by SPM Software’s

  • A monsoon date with Wilderness

  • Lusofonia Festival 2012

  • An evening with Sonia Shirsat & Gonzaga Coutinho

  • Royal bank of Scotland - Earth awards

  • Events and Happenings

  • Pure Magic - Music Band.

  • Above the Rice-fields of Pilerne’ - By Marianne Furtado de Nazareth

  • Need of a friend - by Prudencia

  • Truthfulness - Doreen Gonsalves

  • Forgive, forgave, forgiven - Doreen Gonsalves

  • Goencho Opari - Rabindra Pimenta, Curtorim - Goa

  • Pure Magic - Music Band

  • Sahil Follows the Legacy of his Grandfather,

  • Legendary “Lube”.

  • Goan Cuisine - Tendlins Caldinho

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Sonia Shirsat, a Goan Fadista enthralls the Goan-Portuguese audience in Mississauga (Toronto) Canada!
Posted on Goanet by: Silviano Barbosa | Sun Nov 4 2012

Sonia Shirsat gave a thrilling performance in front of a sold-out audience on November 3rd, 2012 for the Inter-Cultural Evening at the Portuguese Cultural Centre in Mississauga.

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Photos by Mary Silveira – visit her blog :An evening with Sonia Shirsat and Gonzaga Coutinho …A Brilliant performance on November 3rd, 2012 at the Portuguese Cultural Centre in Mississauga in Toronto, for more pictures do have a look at my blog…. Love you all.

Accompanying Sonia were great musicians from Portugal and Canada.


Diwali at Queen’s Park: Premier McGuinty lauded as `closest friend’ of India
Published On: Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012

Toronto: Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty came in for praise for his role in promoting India-Ontario relations and being one of the `closest friends and supporters’ of India at the Diwali celebrations at Queen’s Park here on Thursday.


Australia in the Asian Century White Paper

Executive summary
Executive summary (1.6 MB PDF)

Asia’s rise is changing the world. This is a defining feature of the 21st century-the Asian century. These developments have profound implications for people everywhere. Asia’s extraordinary ascent has already changed the Australian economy, society and strategic environment. The scale and pace of the change still to come mean Australia is entering a truly transformative period in our history.

Within only a few years, Asia will not only be the world’s largest producer of goods and services, it will also be the world’s largest consumer of them. It is already the most populous region in the world. In the future, it will also be home to the majority of the world’s middle class.


New Book Release

MORE MATATA: Love After the Mau (Matata Books, 2012) released Author Braz Menezes. This is the Sequel to Just Matata: Sin, Saints and Settlers  (Matata Books, 2011) and (Goa1556, 2012). Both Matata Books are available on Amazon Books in the UK, US, Canada, France, Spain, Germany and Italy. An e-book version is available through Amazon-Kindle stores (including India), Nook books, and kobobooks worldwide.

For further information, please contact 


Mohammed Hanif Podcast – CBC Writers & Company

Pakistani writer, Mohammed Hanif, is the author of a dark, subversive, funny - as he says - "alleged novel", "A Case of Exploding Mangoes", about the death of General Zia. His latest book, set in today's Karachi, is called "Our Lady of Alice Bhatti".

A new novel from the author of "A Case Of Exploding Mangoes", which was shortlisted for the "Guardian" First Book Award and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Set in downtown Karachi, it follows a young nurse with a special gift, who's caught between religions, bureaucracy and the caste system. Download Mohammed Hanif Podcast [mp3 file: runs 00:52:41]

Excerpt from Guardian Review:
At first, his second novel seems to have far more intimate pretensions than its predecessor.

News Clips from Goa

Bringing alive the City of Old Goa

US archaeologist is exploring the creation of colonial space in Old Goa

A camera mounted on a helikite (a modified water balloon attached to a hybrid kite) makes its way over the terrain in Old Goa, capturing low aerial photographs. The equipment assists archaeologist Brian Wilson in his historical and archaeological study of Portuguese colonial expansion in Goa, with a focus on Old Goa. Brian Wilson has been in Goa as a Fullbright-Nehru scholar for the last nine months exploring the creation of colonial space in Old Goa since the Portuguese occupation of Goa in 1510 till the city was supposedly abandoned in the 17th century. The research will find expression in a dissertation that will mark the last step of his PhD in Anthropological Archaeology.

Goa to go ahead with 4/6 laning of NH 17, 4A
Times of India

Panaji: The Goa government on Friday conveyed to the Union ministry for road, transport and highways that it is going ahead with the detail project report (DPR) on the expansion of NH17 and NH 4-A. Speaking to STOI, PWD secretary R K Verma confirmed ...

48 panchayats appeal to SC to restart mining in Goa
Times of India

Margao: Forty eight panchayats and four municipalities have written a letter of appeal to the chief justice of India, Supreme Court (SC), in connection with the writ petition filed by Goa Foundation requesting that the government authorities be allowed ...

Doha: Archbishop of Goa Visits Our Lady of Rosary Church

Doha, Nov 2: Our Lady of Rosary Church, Qatar and the Konkani Speaking community of Qatar were blessed and privileged to have Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferraro, Archbishop of Goa and Daman amidst them. Archbishop Filipe while returning from Rome after …

Goan dispora can apply for overseas citizenship of India cards in state
Posted: 03 Nov 2012 04:26 AM PDT

From December 1 this year, Goans settled abroad can now visit their home state without going through Delhi’s administration. The ministry of home affairs has decided to delegate the powers of granting of overseas citizenship of India (OCI) cards to foreign citizens of Goan origin to foreigners regional registration office (FRRO) Goa from December 1.

Goa illegal mining battle now in Supreme Court
Posted: 03 Nov 2012 12:35 AM PDT | Courtesy: smetimes

Away from the mining dust-lined bowels of the Goan hinterland, the fight against mining will now be fought in the stately interiors of the Supreme Court of India.

This is a battle that promises to be gritty. Nearly a month after imposing a month-long ban on mining in Goa, the Supreme Court Friday began to hear arguments that will go towards deciding the fate of mining in Goa, which has been beset with controversy for the last few years. The ban on mining in the state followed a petition by civil society activist Prashant Bhushan and Claude Alvares, who runs the Goa Foundation, an NGO that focusses on environmental issues.

‘Mining taking heavy toll on Goa’s wildlife’
Posted: 31 Oct 2012 01:52 AM PDT | Courtesy: Zee News

Incessant digging that had been taking place around Goa’s forests in search for iron ore has taken a heavy toll on wild animals and other species, according to environmentalists.

News Clips from India

Canada India Foundation well represented in the delegation accompanying Prime Minister Stephen Harper to India

Toronto, ON, November 5, 2012 – Several Charter Members of Canada India Foundation (CIF) are part of the strong delegation of parliamentarians and representatives of business and Indo-Canadian community, accompanying Prime Minister Stephen Harper on his 6 day visit to India, starting November 5, 2012.


Bangalore: James D’Souza releases book “If Only I Knew…” on Bethany Founder Fr Mascarenhas
Friday, November 02, 2012 11 | From:

Bangalore, Nov 2: A new book on the servant of God Fr Mascarenhas, written by James D`Souza was released at a simple yet meaningful ceremony at Bethany provincial house, Kachakanahalli, Bangalore Friday November 1, the feast day of All Saints.

The book titled “If Only I Knew…” was released by S Jayanathan, vicar general of the Archdiocese of Bangalore in the presence of Sister Lillis BS, assistant superior general, the author James D`Souza and his family, religious sisters, members of Bethany Lay Association and a good number of well wishers.

Mangalorean Fr Pius D'Souza Appointed Bishop of Ajmer

Yet another priest, Fr Pius Thomas D'Souza born at Agrar on May 4, 1954, who was ordained priest for the diocese of Lucknow on March 28, 1982, has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI as the new Bishop of Ajmer (Rajastan State) on November 3...


All cash, no dash: Impotency hits demand for Kerala NRI grooms
Posted on Goanet by: Gabe Menezes | Thu Nov 1 2012 | By Joseph George

Published Thursday, November 01, 2012

Once considered a prize catch for women back home in Kerala, non-resident Indian (NRI) grooms from the Middle East are now unable to raise the same kind of excitement back home.


IAEA inspects India's Rajasthan atomic power plant
Updated 30 October 2012, 22:02 AEST

The international nuclear watchdog is inspecting one of India's main reactors after a series of leaks exposed workers to dangerous levels of radiation.


U.S. blames Imran Khan of using Toronto detention for 'political reasons'
Peshawar, Fri, 02 Nov 2012 ANI

Peshawar, Nov. 2 (ANI): Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan used his recent detention in Toronto by U.S. authorities for political mileage, according to U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Richard Hoagland.