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India PM Visit to Canada
Press Release | March 25, 2015

"The National Alliance of Indo-Canadians (NAIC) will host a community reception for honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his official bilateral visit to Canada.

This event will be held at Ricoh Coliseum on Wednesday, April 15th evening in the city of Toronto.  Over one million Canadians trace their roots to India and Prime Minister Modi's remarks at this gathering represent an extraordinary moment in the bilateral relationship between the two countries.


PM to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Canada
Ottawa, Ontario- 25 March 2015

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, will visit Canada from April 14 to 16, 2015, making stops in Toronto, Ottawa and Vancouver.


Bill C-51: What it is and controversy behind it
By Julia Alexander, QMI Agency | First posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Prime Minister Stephen Harper. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

What is Bill C-51?

According to the Government of Canada, Bill C-51, also known as the Anti-terrorism Act, 2015, was designed to, “encourage and facilitate information sharing between Government of Canada institutions in order to protect Canada against activities that undermine the security of Canada.


Supreme Court rules Quebec infringed on Loyola High School's religious freedom
The Canadian Press Posted: Mar 19, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: Mar 19, 2015

Montreal school wanted to opt out of Quebec's ethics and religious culture course

Quebec law says that all schools must teach the ethics and religious culture course in a "secular and morally neutral way." (Radio-Canada)

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that Quebec infringed on the religious freedom of a Catholic high school in Montreal by requiring it to teach the province's Ethics and Religious Culture program.


Rich Nations Criticized Following UN Disaster Risk Agreement
By Henry Ridgwell | March 19, 2015

Delegates meeting in Japan have agreed on a new framework for reducing the human and economic toll of disasters around the world. But critics say rich countries are shirking their responsibilities to help poorer nations deal with climate change.


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As a Christian, suddenly I am a stranger in my own country, writes Julio Ribeiro
Written by Julio Ribeiro | Updated: March 17, 2015 1:29 pm

Is it coincidence or a well-thought-out plan that the systematic targeting of a small and peaceful community should begin only after the BJP government of Narendra Modi came to power last May?

There was a time, not very long ago — one year short of 30, to be precise — when only a Christian was chosen to go to Punjab to fight what then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi termed “the nation’s battle” against separatists. I had accepted a “demotion” from secretary in the Union home ministry to DGP of the state of Punjab at the personal request of the prime minister.


Arise Goan brethren, your land needs you
15 Mar, 2015, 01:05AM IST

It is Sunday evening and the sun is still quite high in the sky. A group of senior citizens sits at the corner of a beach. They can’t go any further as a hotel has blocked access to the rest of the sandy shore. Once upon a time, in their youth, these men had played football on the sand and drew the ramponn bringing in fish they sold making their living off the sea and its resources. Today the beach is off limits and the fish have disappeared from the sea.


Lee Kuan Yew (LKY): The passing of a giant*
― By: Lim Sue Goan | Wednesday March 25, 2015

*This is the personal opinion of the writer and does not necessarily represent the views of Malay Mail Online.

March 25 ― Following the death of modern Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew, the Chinese world will have lost a truly revered politician.

Although LKY has left us, he has nevertheless left behind a rich legacy of his wisdom, policies and systems that are poised to benefit the future generations.


Lee Kuan Yew is dead‏
A commentary by Ed D’Sa | Eddie ( | March-23-15

Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore's first prime minister and architect of the tiny Southeast Asian city-state's rapid rise from British tropical outpost to global trade and financial centre, died on 22 Mar 2015, aged 91. As the Hindu put it, Mr. Lee combined market-friendly policies with strict controls over the press, free speech and his political opponents. He was hailed by some as a visionary and criticised by others as authoritarian.

People Places and Things

Saint Joseph Vaz - Celebration of Canonization
Holy Mass celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Dr., Mississauga, ON.
Saturday, March 21st, 2015




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Pomp and ceremony was the order of the day on Saturday March 21 when a large number of Goans and Sri Lankans gathered at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Mississauga to celebrate the canonization of their first saint.


Taxman Nipping At Your Heels ?
By Armand Rodrigues

Nothing is as certain as death and taxes. The dreaded tax season is upon us now. But, how did it all begin?

Taxes are as old as the hills. Thirty-five centuries ago, a writer in Sumer (Iraq today) engraved this on a tablet: “ You can have a lord, you can have a king, but the man to fear is the Tax Collector” ! The Pharoahs of Egypt amassed great riches from taxes. So did the Romans. Tax evaders were beaten and some crippled for life ! Peter the Great of Russia had a tax on beards—to promote a clean look. We have come a long way since then. We are a civilized and law-abiding people.


Going online for the first time — at age 82
By: Caitlin Dewey The Washington Post, Published on Sat Mar 14 2015

A growing body of research shows the benefits for seniors of being connected to the Internet, despite technological challenges.

Research shows seniors who go online are better educated about their health, less isolated and more independent.

Kerstin Wolgers made it through 82 years on this earth without ever once checking an email, watching a YouTube clip or sending a tweet. But last week, as part of a crash course that introduced her to the Internet for the first time, the former Swedish actress did all three — plus googled, Instagrammed, Wikipedia-ed, shopped, video-gamed ... even online dated, eventually.


Mitsubishi Heavy takes step toward long-distance wireless power
Takashi Nishioka and Shoji Yano, Nikkei staff writers

Tokyo -- Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' wireless power transmission system is expected to have a broad range of applications, from transportation to offshore wind turbines. It may even make space-based solar power generation possible. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries' experimental wireless power transmission system lights up the letters MHI, on a receiving panel at its Kobe Shipyard and Machinery Works.

The Japanese heavy equipment maker said Thursday it has succeeded in transmitting electricity wirelessly in a Feb. 24 test at its Kobe Shipyard and Machinery Works in Japan's western Hyogo Prefecture. Two large panels, 13 meters high and 8 meters wide, were set 500 meters apart on a pier. One was a transmission unit, the other a receiver. The system successfully converted 10kW of electricity into microwaves, which were sent to the receiver and converted back into electricity, which lit up lights on the panel. The test set a record for wireless power transmission in Japan both in terms of the power supplied and the transmission distance.


The doc who blooms where he is planted
Sun,15 Mar 2015

The year was 1961 and the place, England. Thirty four years young, Dr Wilfred de Souza had everything going for him; a double FRCS from England and Edinburgh, the love of an English rose named Grace and the promise of a brilliant medical career in Europe. But having spent seven years in England, he returned home to Goa with his wife to serve the motherland.


Book Review - Sankoll
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Sankoll, a novel by Bonaventure D'Pietro, one of Konkani's great novelists, dwells on the theme of Goa's bygone traditions in Christian marriages. This novel is a departure from the signature style of the writer who is well-known for writing thriller novels in Konkani. Often referred to as the James Hadley Chase of Konkani literature, D'Pietro has a unique novel to offer to his fans and lovers of Konkani in the form of Sankoll.

News Clips from Goa

Christians feel intimidated, unsafe: Archbishop

Panjim: Christians in many parts of the country feel intimidated and unsafe, said Archbishop Filipe Neri Ferrao on Saturday. In an exclusive interview with Herald, Archbishop Ferrao touched upon the attacks on the Christian community in the country and expressed his concern and anguish.

22 Mar, 2015, He said that Christians are ‘called to be instruments of peace, promoting harmony’ but when peace and harmony are threatened by communal discord, they need to ‘raise their voice against the various manifestations of this deadly malaise and work unitedly against it’.

Indian Navy surveillance aircraft crashes in Goa; two officers on-board missing
The Indian Express

“Last known position of the dornier was 25 nautical miles south South West off Goa. One survivor has been rescued. Full scale search and rescue ...


Goa on the "Hit List" with Julio Ribeiro?
V M Sun, 22 Mar 2015 05:13:41 -0700
(Times of India)

If anyone knows what it feels like to be on a "hit list" it is India's longtime "top cop", Goa's own Julio Ribeiro. The Padma Bhushan award winner was repeatedly targeted for assassination by Sikh militants during his tenure as director general of Punjab police during the bloody insurgency years of the 1980s. Both he and his wife Melba were injured in one attack by the Khalistan commando force in Jalandhar. Later, Sikh militants wounded him again in Bucharest in 1991, where he was serving as India's ambassador to Romania.


Goa may resume iron mining in two months after green nod

Iron ore mining in India's biggest exporting state, Goa, could begin in two months after the environment ministry lifted a ban in place since 2012 as part of a crackdown on illegal mining, a state official and a company source said. ...

Hindustan Aeronautics Limited to Explore Goa as Helicopter Manufacturing Hub

New Delhi: Bengaluru-based Hindustan Aeronautics Limited has been asked to examine the feasibility of making Goa a hub for manufacturing helicopters, said Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar…

Bonanza for Goa travellers: Drop in Russian tourists leads 5-star hotels
- Economic Times

Mumbai: Russia's annexation of Crimea and the sharp decline in oil prices are reason for cheer among local visitors to Goa but they worry Krishani Chhatwal...

'Total mining ban was an overreaction by Goa govt'
- Times of India

Panaji: Justice MB Shah Commission found illegalities in the case of 90 mining leases in Goa, but the BJP government in Goa and the Congress government at the Centre went overboard and stopped all mining operations in Goa in a game

Beef an essential part of the minorities' cuisine in Goa: CM Laxmikant Parsekar
- Economic Times
BJP ruled Goa would not ban beef as it is an essential part of the cuisine of minority communities in the state, chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar told ET, adding that it had taken several years for his party to earn the trust of the state's

Airport runway work forces rescheduling of Goa flights
- Times of India

New Delhi: Holidayers who have booked air tickets to Goa this summer break should get ready for a change of plans. The defence authorities have decided to recarpet Goa airport's runway due to which schedule commercial flights will be allowed only ...


Global Village Called Goa
Vivek Menezes

Warts and all, an alternate idea of India is steadily burgeoning in the country's smallest state…
Every weekday morning in Goa, a visibly anxious crowd starts milling together at the side of Panjim's old, tree-lined Largo Afonso de Albuquerque, now renamed Azad Maidan. Soon after 9.30 am, twin lines begin snaking past the colonnaded entrance to the state police headquarters, towards the Foreigner Regional Registration Office. One comprises the stream of foreign citizens from every part of the world who seek visa extensions and permission to stay on longer in the state. The other line of petitioners is made up of Goans about to surrender their Indian passports, one of the final steps to migrating abroad.

Goa Shipyard Seeks Foreign Tie-up for $5.3 billion Navy Order for Mines Counter-Measures Vessels
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India's Goa Shipyard Ltd (GSL) has decided to tie up with the foreign yards for the technology transfer required to create these high-tech ships, after bagging the deal to build Mines Counter-Measures Vessels (MCMVs) for the Indian Navy.

Chairman and managing director (CMD) of GSL Rear Admiral (retired) Shekhar Mital said that the building of 12 MCMVs by the GSL would start after 3 years, following the approval of Defence Acquisition Council and finalisation of the contract.


Goa’s remote municipality shows way for plastic waste disposal

Panaji, Mar 13 (PTI) The non-recyclable plastic waste in Goa will now become a source to generate fuel, thanks to an initiative of state’s one of the most rural municipal councils at Pernem. Pernem Municipal Council has entered into an agreement with a Tamil Nadu based firm, M K Aeromatics, to set up a plant that will generate furnace oil, met coke and wax from the non-recyclable plastic that is usually strewn on the roads.


Relief from affidavits for govt schemes?
NYOOOZ | Mon,09 Mar 2015

Panaji: Filing an affidavit may soon be a thing of the past. Deputy chief minister and state law minister, Francis D`Souza on Sunday said he will move a proposal before the cabinet to accept self-declaration by an individual in all government departments. Terming the process of filing affidavits as time-consuming, D`Souza also said the occasional unavailability of stamp papers adds to the inconvenience of those desirous of obtaining certificates or applying for schemes.

News Clips from India

Christians stage vigil against atrocities
TNN | Mar 18, 2015, 06.08AM IST

Patna: In a massive show of solidarity, 1,000-odd Christians in the city staged a silent candlelight vigil at the city's Buddha Smriti Park on Tuesday evening in protest against the recent atrocities involving community members as victims.

Hundreds of Students Caught Cheating in India
by VOA News | March 20, 2015

FILE - Indians climb the wall of a building to help students appearing in an examination in Hajipur, in the eastern Indian state of Bihar, March 18, 2014.

More than 500 students in an impoverished Indian state have been caught and expelled for cheating on the ongoing state school-leaving examinations.


The Water Man of India Wins 2015 Stockholm Water Prize

Stockholm, Sweden, March 20, 2015 /CNW/ -Rajendra Singh of India is named the 2015 Stockholm Water Prize Laureate, for his innovative water restoration efforts, improving water security in rural India, and for showing extraordinary courage and determination in his quest to improve the living conditions for those most in need.

Mr Singh, born 1959, lives and works in the Indian state of Rajasthan. The results of his work are without equal: in close cooperation with local residents, he and his organization have revived several rivers, brought water and life back to a thousand villages, and given hope to countless people.


Unseasonable rains pose risk to crops, inflation – Jaitley

New Delhi (Reuters) - India's unseasonable rainfall has damaged some crops and could stoke food price inflation and some shortages, though surplus stocks of foodgrains would help the country cope comfortably, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said.


The First Indian: Story Of The First Indian Solo Circumnavigation Under Sail’
By Cdr. Dilip Donde on Saturday 28th March at 7 P.M.

Books Literati - Goa Sat, 21 Mar 2015 01:32:16 -0700

The First Indian: Story of the First Indian Solo Circumnavigation under Sail’

Elias Patel Will Be In Conversation with Cdr. Dilip Donde

On 27 Apr 2006, Cdr Dilip Donde volunteered for ‘Project Sagar Parikrama’, an endeavour that involved building a sail boat in India and circumnavigating the earth alone in the boat. As he candidly admits in his book, he volunteered for the project out of sheer passion and with absolutely no idea of what he was getting himself into. But as he soon discovered, he wasn’t alone in his ignorance on the subject; it was shared by over a billion Indians. Essentially by volunteering for this project, Cdr Donde had thrown himself in the deep end of the pool without bothering to enquire about swimming lessons. However, he did manage to keep his head above the water and that is what his book is about. Over 170 people had completed a solo circumnavigation till then, so in a way Cdr Donde was treading a somewhat beaten path. The crucial difference was that he was trying to do it in India, with an almost total ignorance of the subject, an inherent inertia against anything new and an intransigent and quixotic bureaucracy.



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Mary Sequeira, wife of the late Crispin Sequeira passed away peacefully on March 21, 2015 at the age of 85. Mary is survived by her three children Mike (Mazatlan), Mervyn (Victoria) and Melissa (Rob)in Kelowna, BC. Grandchildren Ashton (Dana), Stuart (Christina), Elliott, Mark and Nikki. Great grandchildren Chloe,  Brooklyn, Emma & Izaiah.

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Health & Wellness

Canadian immigrants are in better health than citizens - until they stay a while
Posted By News On March 19, 2015 -

Research has shown that the health of immigrants is generally better than that of citizens of their host country, at least on their arrival and for some time afterwards. But a team of researchers in Montreal has found that this is not true of all groups of immigrants; children and older people, for example, may be exceptions. "Our analysis suggests that immigrant health policies should not be 'one size fits all' in type, and that they need to take account of immigrants' ages and the indicators of the health problems they are vulnerable to", according to Zoua Vang, Professor of Sociology at McGill University and Alain Gagnon, Director of the Demography Department at the University of Montreal. They are joint authors of a research report being presented today in Ottawa at the conference of the Population Change and Lifecourse Network.


Earth's Own welcomes Health Canada approval of claim linking protein-rich soy food to lowering cholesterol levels

Canada's pioneering dairy alternative beverage company encourages Canadians to consider fortified soy beverages as part of a healthy diet.

VANCOUVER, March 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Earth's Own Food Company Inc., together with Canada's soy producers, is welcoming Health Canada's approval of a health claim linking the consumption of protein-rich soy food to lowering cholesterol levels. Earth's Own, a pioneer of the dairy alternative category in Canada, is the maker of So Good brand of fortified soy beverages, and So Nice organic dairy alternatives including organic soy beverages. Recommended in Canada's Food Guide, fortified soy beverages are considered the most complete dairy alternative and the only one recognized by Health Canada as a suitable alternative to dairy milk due to its nutritional benefits.


Canadian Government boosts investment to help internationally educated health professionals work in their field

More access to healthcare services for Canadians including in remote communities
VANCOUVER, March 20, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, the Honourable Alice Wong, Minister of State for Seniors, on behalf of the Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of Health, announced $1.8 million in federal funding to support bringing internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) into the health workforce of Canada's western and northern regions. Today's announcement follows an almost $8.4 million commitment announced by Minister Ambrose in Toronto last week to help IEHPs across Canada work in their field.


Health Benefits of Soybeans Confirmed
By Ray Baynton on March 20, 2015 8:38am

It’s an announcement that opens up tremendous opportunity for growth in the Canadian soybean and soy food industries.

That’s according to Jeff Schmalz of Soy 20/20.

He’s talking about Health Canada’s approval of the health claim linking the consumption of soy food to lowering cholesterol levels.

Schmalz says the announcement means that claim can now be included on packaging to help consumers make healthy food choices.


10 Foods to Promote Prostate Health

While awareness about cancer should be shared by both of the sexes, a number of surveys show that women are generally more aware and knowledgeable about their risk for certain cancers than men. However, there are a number of cancers that men should know about and actively care for, one of them being prostate cancer.


Canadians Resort to Medical Tourism in Dramatic Wave
March 20, 2015 at 8:13 am

Fraser Institute Study Shows Record Numbers Seeking Treatment Abroad

More than 52,000 Canadians traveled abroad in 2014 to receive non-emergency medical treatment — an increase of 26 percent from 2013, according to a study released on Tuesday by the Fraser Institute.

Waiting times may be driving Canadians to seek treatment elsewhere, the report suggests. (Wikipedia)

The March 17 report by the Vancouver-based public policy institute, entitled Leaving Canada for Medical Care 2015, estimates that 52,313 people crossed the 49th parallel to seek medical attention last year, compared with 41,838 in 2013.


Who is the typical victim in Ontario fatal road collisions?
OPP Releases Ten-Year Data

ORILLIA, ON, March 23, 2015 /CNW/ - The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has released profile data associated with the more than 3,500 road deaths that have resulted from collisions on OPP-patrolled roads over the past ten years (2005-2014).

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