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Meet the South Asian Canadians in Trudeau’s New Cabinet
By Suryatapa Bhattacharya

Canadian Governor General David Johnston and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pose for a photo with Trudeau’s cabinet after being sworn in at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Ontario,, Nov. 4.
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When Canada’s new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, introduced the top members of his administration on Wednesday, he said he was presenting a cabinet “that looks like Canada.”


Liberal victory signals shifts at home and on international front
By Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News | October 30, 2015

Ottawa - The Liberal majority in Parliament signals some important shifts for Canada, both at home and on the world stage.

“For those who hold to an orthodox Christian perspective applied to contemporary moral social issues, such as euthanasia, prostitution, religious freedom issues, conscience rights, there is good reason to be concerned,” said Cardus co-founder and executive vice president Ray Pennings. “To use the religious language, it’s about the idolatry of the individual and individual choice.”


Bishops worldwide plead for climate change action
Cindy Wooden for Catholic News Service | International | October 27, 2015

'We are heading for disaster,' cautions Cardinal Gracias of Mumbai

'We are heading for disaster,' Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai said at an Oct. 26 Vatican news conference held to sign a document appealing for action on climate change. (Photo by CNS)

Catholic bishops from around the world came together in signing an appeal for government leaders to reach a "fair, legally binding and truly transformational climate agreement" at a summit in Paris.

Indian Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Mumbai, president of the Federation of Asian Bishops' Conferences, signed the appeal Oct. 26 at the beginning of a joint news conference at the Vatican.
The appeal, Cardinal Gracias said, was a response to Pope Francis' letter on the environment and an expression of "the anxiety of all the people, all the churches all over the world" regarding how, "unless we are careful and prudent, we are heading for disaster."


OHRC welcomes Renu Mandhane as new Chief Commissioner
October 30, 2015

Toronto – Ruth Goba, Interim Chief Commissioner, today welcomes Renu Mandhane as the OHRC’s new Chief Commissioner effective Monday, November 2, 2015.

“Ms. Mandhane comes to the position with internationally recognized expertise in human rights issues. She is the former executive director of the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law, and a long-time advocate for the advancement of women's human rights. I know she will further the vital work of the OHRC as she takes up this exciting new challenge to protect and promote human rights for all Ontarians.”


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Ottawa - Snowbirds beware: The federal government will use its planned border exit-tracking system to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in social benefits now going to people who shouldn't receive them due to absences from Canada.

Kenya's 91-day Treasury bill yield jumps to 22.492 pct
Thu Oct 22, 2015, GMT

Nairobi Oct 22 (Reuters) - The weighted average interest rate on Kenya's 91-day Treasury bill rose to 22.492 percent at auction on Thursday from 22.133 percent at last week's sale, the central bank said.


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U of T Mississauga Seminar - “Shattering the Silence: India's Authors Protest Recent Murders”

Right in the middle of busy a work day (Wednesday, Oct 21st, 2015), I received an email from a friend about an India related event happening in my neighborhood. The event titled An Evening with Ashok Vajpeyi, was hosted by Centre for South Asian Civilizations at University of Toronto. Simply knowing that most of the Centers of South Asian Studies are typically Anti-India/Anti-Hindu, it peeked my curiosity. I knew from the news headlines, that there is an anti-Modi campaign of intellectuals in India to return literary awards. Knowing about the Indian media’s bias against Hinduism, it made me wonder: How come someone is invited to University of Toronto, with such good timing. Who paid for travel expenses? Who are the anti-India, anti-Hinduism players in my town? With these thoughts, I moved around some items on my schedule to participate in the event.


The aspirations of Goans are fairly low: Usha Albuquerque
Posted by: Navhind Times October 29, 2015 in Buzz

Delhi-based Usha Albuquerque, a readily recognised face on National television, has a lot of learning and experience to share from her stint in the media. Speaking to NT BUZZ she tells us how Goa is a very talented state, but lacking in motivation.

The aspirations of Goans are fairly low. I think a large part of that comes from the reluctance to empower themselves with good solid learning.
-Janice Rodrigues I NT BUZZ

If you are a person born in the 70s or 80s, and if you’ve watched Doordarshan, the name Usha Albuquerque will ring a bell. To mind will come the image of a news reader with short cropped hair and an impeccable English vocabulary. After a stint with news reading and interviewing the high profiled of the Indian society, she moved on to documentary film making with a focus on education and careers. Her interest in careers gave her the impetus to step into the world of career counselling, and setting up Career Smart counselling centres in New Delhi.


Divided, Canada stands to lose what makes it great
Naheed Nenshi | Article by: the Mayor of Calgary | Oct 26 at 3:20 PM
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This past summer, I took my mother and my sister’s family, and we all went to Tanzania. Our little group ranged in age from 6 to 75, and we were exploring our roots. We saw the house my mum grew up in and the hospital where my sister was born. We saw lots of elephants. I also stood on the shores of Lake Victoria, in Mwanza, and gazed across the water. Had my parents been born on the other side of the lake, instead of being immigrants from Tanzania in 1971, they would have been refugees from Uganda the following year – pushed out by the bloody purges of Idi Amin.

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Sri Lanka's First Cardinal on road to Sainthood
Beatification committee has evidence of several miracles

Catholics offer flowers at the statue of Servant of God Thomas Benjamin Cooray Oct. 29 at the National Basilica of Our Lady of Lanka, on his 27th death anniversary. (Photo by Niranjani Roland)

Niranjani Roland, Tewatta -Sri Lanka-October 30, 2015

Catholics in Sri Lanka believe they now have evidence of alleged miracles to proceed with the beatification of the country's first cardinal.


Cardinal Gracias to LGBT People: ‘Church Embraces You, Wants You, Needs You’
Robin Viegas
robinviegas@hotmail.com  | Oct 26 at 10:08 AM

Below is the next installment of Bondings 2.0’s reports from the Synod on Marriage and Family in Rome. New Ways Ministry’s Executive Director Francis DeBernardo will continue to send news and commentary from this meeting. Previous posts can be reached by clicking here.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias is Archbishop of Bombay, the head of India’s National Conference of Catholic Bishops, and a member of Pope Francis’ Council of nine cardinal advisors from around the globe. In the last few years, he has emerged as one of the leading international advocates for better pastoral and civil care of LGBT people. He was the only religious leader in India who opposed an initiative to recriminalize LGBT people, has urged his priests to be more sensitive in their language about LGBT people, spoke out for better pastoral care during last year’s extraordinary synod, and met with the Chair of Quest, the United Kingdom’s Catholic LGBT group.


Why Francis Newton Souza matters

Francis Newton Souza lived the last years of his life in a New York apartment, the floors of which had risen with the debris of forgotten canvases, ...

Francis Newton Souza lived the last years of his life in a New York apartment, the floors of which had risen with the debris of forgotten canvases, art tools and unremarkable stockpiles of everyday life. Around this time last year, Mint Lounge published a moving piece by Goan writer and journalist Vivek Menezes about his visit to the artist in that apartment in the late 1990s, and how, while helping to clean up the space, he stumbled upon a painting by the other great Indian modernist painter V.S. Gaitonde. “Gai” had signed it, and presented it to Souza.


Tanzania launches project to pipe natural gas to capital ...

Oct 12, 2015 - Tanzania launches project to pipe natural gas to capital ... businessman Aliko Dangote in southern Tanzania close to its natural gas fields.

DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzania has initiated a $1.33 billion project to pipe natural gas to its commercial capital, Dar es Salaam, and help relieve chronic power shortages in the city, the president's office said in a statement on Sunday.


Book Review - Destiny: Step into Your Purpose
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#1 New York Times bestselling author T.D. Jakes teaches readers to find order in the steps of life and have the courage to say yes to destiny. We all have a destiny. Finding the courage to drive past the challenges, pains, and even the shortcuts of life to the deeper purpose of living is to thrive in one’s divine destiny. Most people have sensed destiny pulling them to just the right place or person. Whether it is the spouse you meet, or the children you bear, or the promotion you receive, everyone has a purpose to pursue. Sometimes it is understanding our destiny that helps us accept what on the surface appears to be failure. In DESTINY, T.D. Jakes shares insight to help readers play the roles they were designed for. Expanding on his #1 bestseller Instinct, Jakes reveals that instinct is the first step to the destiny that awaits.

News Clips from Goa

Centre gives green nod to Rs 3,000 crore international airport in Goa

Rs 3000 crore approx $480 USD

The greenfield airport, to be developed in four phases, will have annual passenger capacity of 13.1 million within 30 years, by 2045PTI | 29 October 2015, NEW DELHI: The Centre on Wednesday gave green nod for development of Rs 3,000 crore new international airport project at the Mopa village in Goa.

The greenfield airport, to be developed in four phases, will have annual passenger capacity of 13.1 million within 30 years, by 2045. It will serve both the tourism and business markets.


Dramapur panchas file complaint over hot-air balloon landing
By Team Herald | 27 Oct, 2015,

Margao: Three Dramapur-Sirlim panchas filed a complaint with the Margao police over the landing of a hot-air balloon in the village.

"We would like to bring to your notice that a hot air balloon with six people on board landed in the field areas of Dramapur early morning. The people were later questioned by locals as it could have caused serious damage to a residential area of the village or State at large,” reads the complaint filed by panchas Dominic Noronha, Bernard Rebello and Netty Ferrao. They have requested that the matter be treated as urgent owing to security concerns. They added, "As concerned panchas, we would like to bring our concerns to your attention to ensure the safety of our village and State at large.”


First Ever Double-Decker Shatabdi on Goa-Mumbai Route: Suresh Prabhu
All India | Indo-Asian News Service | Updated: October 23, 2015

Panaji: The country's first double-decker Shatabdi train will soon run between Mumbai and Goa, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu said today.

Speaking at a function organised by Konkan Railway Corporation Ltd here to lay the foundation stone for the George Fernandes Institute of Tunnel Technology, he also said that efforts would be made to start a Rajdhani train from Goa to the national capital.


Indian Govt attempt to protect overseas Goans’ lands draws just 22 responses
Lisa Monteiro | TNN | 31 October 2015, 2:00 PM IST

To prevent manipulation of land records and execution of fraudulent sale deeds of land belonging to non-resident Indians, the commission for NRI affairs had decided, early last year, to create a databank of all landed properties of NRIs and OCI cardholders willing to register their properties with the commission.

Panaji: To prevent manipulation of land records and execution of fraudulent sale deeds of land belonging to non-resident Indians, the commission for NRI affairs had decided, early last year, to create a databank of all landed properties of NRIs and OCI cardholders willing to register their properties with the commission.


Tourists feel the sting as jellyfish invade coastline in Goa
Times of India

Panaji: A surge in jellyfish bloom on some beaches is drawing attention and concern, as a few cases of some tourists and swimmers being stung by ...

European-styled plant unsuitable for Goa, say locals
Times of India

Saligao sarpanch, Eknath Oraskar stated that the panchayat is not opposing the plant, but does not want it as a facility for entire North Goa ...

Vedanta to export over 5.5 mln tonnes iron ore from Goa this year
Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide

Vedanta Ltd (VDAN.NS) expects its iron ore exports from Goa to be much higher than its permitted mining capacity of 5.5 million tonnes in the fiscal  ...

Here's Why I Have Decided To Buy My Dream Home In Goa!

Goa, is every traveller's paradise! There's really no place in India better than Goa. It has everything; beautiful and secluded beaches, wide roads  ...


Sausages and India: the Glory of Goa
October 27, 2015, IST Vikram Doctor in On My Plate | India, Lifestyle | ET
IndiatimesThe Times of IndiaThe Economic Times

[The news that the World Health Organisation has deemed that consumption of processed meats like sausages and bacon has really significant risks for developing certain kinds of cancer has come as a shock to many food lovers. A lot more needs to be understood about the study, but there does seem to be good evidence for drastically reducing, if not eliminating consumption of products like sausages from our lives. But before we say goodbye to the meat stuffed joys of sausages, let’s remember the role they have played in India and with Indian food. Here’s a piece I wrote in 2007 looking at the history of sausages in India]


The Salesian Story in Goa: From the War to the Fields (Fernando do Rego)
Compiled by Fernando Do Rego |

One of the most popular Catholic religious Orders in the world is the Salesians of Don Bosco. The Salesians of Don Bosco (or the Salesian Society, officially named the Society of St. Francis de Sales) is a Roman Catholic religious institute founded in the late nineteenth century by St. John Bosco to help poor children during the Industrial Revolution.

News Clips from India

India has long way to go to match China's role in Asia-Pacific: UN report
Tuesday, 3 November 2015, IST | Agency: PTI

India has a "long way" to go before it matches China's role in the Asia-Pacific region's trade and investment flows and the country's success will depend on its ability to speed up implementation of necessary structural reforms, a UN report said.

India has a "long way" to go before it matches China's role in the Asia-Pacific region's trade and investment flows and the country's success will depend on its ability to speed up implementation of necessary structural reforms, a UN report said.

The Asia-Pacific Trade and Investment Report 2015 by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific said India faces various structural bottlenecks, including delays in project approval, ill-targeted subsidies, a low manufacturing base and low agricultural productivity, difficulty in land acquisition, weak transportation and power networks, strict labour regulations and skill mismatches.


India to emerge as largest cotton producer
Sunday, 1 November 2015 Agency: PTI

Cotton output in all major producing countries in the year, barring India, has been anticipated to be lower than the previous season. With domestic trade estimating cotton production at around 400 lakh bales, India is expected to emerge as the largest cotton producer in the world in 2015-16.


India-Africa Forum Summit 2015

The India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS) is a celebration of the close partnership between Africa and India. It is an acknowledgement of our shared history as well as our future prospects. From our struggle against colonialism and apartheid, we have emerged to jointly accept the challenges of a globalizing world. Even as we combat with common threats - the threat from international terrorism; the scourge of poverty, disease, illiteracy and hunger; the challenge of climate change - and collectively promote the socio-economic advancement of all our people, we believe that India and Africa traverse the same path, share the same values and cherish the same dreams.

A vibrant India and a resurgent Africa have a vision of a close partnership. A partnership that is anchored in the principles of equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit.This vision takes us beyond our strong bilateral relationships, our close ties with regional economic communities and aims to develop a new paradigm of cooperation which takes into account Africa's own aspirations for pan-African institutions and development programmes.

India-Africa Forum Summit: Africa invites India to do business
Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Published:October 31, 2015 12:30 am

PM Narendra Modi on Thursday described India and Africa as bright spots of hope and economic opportunity and offered technology and credit to match rival China at a summit with more than 40 African leaders.

PM Modi on Thursday described India and Africa as bright spots of hope and economic opportunity and offered technology and credit to match rival China at a summit with more than 40 African leaders. (Source: AP)

From seeking help in fighting terror group Al Shabab to inviting India to do business in diamonds, African leaders discussed a wide range of issues with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the third India-Africa Forum Summit.


Malaysia plans to bring in English teachers from India
By PTI | 21 Oct, 2015, 04.28PM IST

Malaysia plans to recruit trained English teachers from India soon to help improve the competency levels of local teachers in schools in rural areas.

Kuala Lumpur: Malaysia plans to recruit trained English teachers from India soon to help improve the competency levels of local teachers in schools in rural areas, Education Minister P Kamalanathan has said.


India may need to import 10 MT of pulses to tame prices: Study
Press Trust of India | New Delhi November 1, 2015

India may have to import 10 million tonnes of pulses in the current fiscal to plug the domestic demand-supply gap and rein in prices, an Assocham study has found.

India had imported 4.4 million tonnes of pulses in 2014-15.

"Considering deficit in the rainfall for 2015-16, it is expected that the production of pulses for the year would decrease slightly to 17 million tonnes as against 17.2 million tonnes in 2014-15," the paper noted.



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Health Strategy for Canadian Seniors is Crucial for Canada's Future

Canada's Seniors Are Not Getting Anything Close to the Health Care They Deserve and Our System Must Adapt in Fundamental Ways to Serve Them Better

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - October 24, 2015) - The former president of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is calling on Canada's new government to put a seniors strategy in place by 2019, in advance of the next fixed election date, because "Canadians are tired of excuses" and are demanding action.


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Baycrest Health Science publishes caregiver’s guide to coach families through the challenges of dementia

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The gold standard for dementia care in Canada is the Baycrest Health Sciences Centre.

The former Jewish Home for the Aged has blossomed into a teaching hospital/long term-care residence, housing one of the world’s top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience. It has a centre for memory and neurotherapeutics, outpatient clinics and support programs for caregivers and spouses. It is affiliated with the University of Toronto. It partners with other institutions such as Canada’s National Ballet School (to provide dance class for seniors with dementia). Over its 97-year history, it has become a repository of expertise on brain health and aging.


Mangaluru: Jerardin D’Souza holds talk on Dementia

Mangaluru, Oct 29: "On Tuesday October 27, I went to the hall at Hotel Woodlands where we generally meet and found no one. I then called chairman Surendranathan who told me that the talk is on Wednesday October 28 at Saffron Boutique Hotel.

WHO report on meat as possible carcinogen to be reviewed: Health Canada
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EDMONTON – Health Canada says it will review a new WHO report released Monday that lists processed meats and red meats as possible ...

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