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Warren Saldanha Among Scholarship Winners
(Edited excerpt from the weeklyvoice.com)
Warren Alec Francis Saldanha (St. Michael's College School) from Misssissauga, was one of the twelve young Canadians in the GTA area winning the Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation's Millennium Excellence Awards. The awards recognize community involvement, demonstrated leadership abilities, innovative thinking, and academic achievement.

The Canada Millennium Scholarship Foundation is a private and autonomous organization established by an Act of Parliament in 1998 with an endowment of $2.5 billion to help Canadians meet the challenges of a rapidly changing economy and society by creating opportunities for them to pursue their post-secondary education.

Warren's list of academic awards is impressive in itself, but his catalogue of community involvement is even more so. This young man has dedicated himself to empowering people by helping them gain the skills they need to achieve their full potential. As a member of a missionary trip to Haiti, Warren volunteered at health care centres and malnutrition clinics in Port-au-Prince, and because he was exposed to great suffering, it strengthened his resolve. Consequently, upon his return, he started the Literacy Club to provide free peer tutoring services for a nearby elementary school, as well as a drug and alcohol committee to help raise awareness of this issue. Aiding others in discovering their talent has been very satisfying for Warren, as has the experience of sharing his own. An avid musician who is proficient on the piano, cello and trumpet, he and his siblings have performed as a trio musical ensemble, bringing chamber music ñ and joy ñ to hospitals, churches, retirement and nursing homes and fundraisers. This remarkable young man will be pursuing business studies at the University of Toronto.

Canada: Patricia D'Souza wins awards
From:http://www.goanvoice.org.uk/
2 Jul. Nunatsiaq News (Canada). Former Managing Editor Patricia D'Souza came first in the best features page competition for her story on the memorial service held for Joamie School last July. She also won the prize for best photo essay, for pictures of a gathering of Nunavut and Nunavik elders. [Patricia D'Souza is now editor of THIS magazine - see http://www.track0.com/ogwc/archives/000353.html]

Tid-Bits from Indo-Asian News Service
http://www.eians.com/
Parrots are London's new immigration problem London, London has an immigration problem of the bird kind -- thousands of wild parrots originally from India and Brazil have been swamping the parks and gardens of the British capital's leafy suburbs.

Kerala plans world-class seaport with NRI help Thiruvananthapuram, After the country's first privately funded international airport at Kerala's coastal town of Kochi in 1999, efforts are now on to build a world class seaport with help from cash-rich non-resident Keralites (NRKs).

India is Asia's second largest investor in Britain London, India has emerged as Asia's second largest investor in Britain with an impressive 47 percent increase in foreign investment projects in the last fiscal, official statistics showed Wednesday. India to launch European satellite
New Delhi, India's department of space has signed a contract with a German firm for the commercial launch of a European scientific satellite on an Indian rocket.
Indian Air Force pilots to be trained in Britain
New Delhi, A total of 75 Indian pilots will be trained in Britain over the next three and a half years on the Hawk trainer jets that are to be inducted into the Indian Air Force (IAF) in the near future.
Going into the gentle arms of death - voluntarily Jaipur, A 92-year-old businessman, belonging to the Jain community, died here Wednesday after he voluntarily chose to die by starvation.
Economic Survey lists five major challenges for Indian economy New Delhi, Curbing inflation, sustaining high economic growth, boosting the farm sector, expanding industry and containing fiscal deficit are five major challenges for India, the government's Economic Survey has said.

Villagers rescue Canadian nun left for dead Chennai, People in a Tamil Nadu village rescued a 47-year-old Canadian Buddhist nun who had been left for dead in a field by a gang of robbers, who had also attempted to rape her.

Quality education key to India's development: Azim Premji (INTERVIEW) Bangalore, IT czar, Wipro chief and India's richest man Azim H. Premji has a singular prescription to transform the country from a developing nation to a developed one -- improving the quality of education currently being imparted.

Indian American tops national essay contest
Washington, Indian American Vivek Viswanathan has bagged the first prize of $10,000 college scholarship in this year's National Peace Essay Contest, sponsored by the US Institute of Peace (USIP).
Sikh traffic agent vindicated by US body New York, New York's Human Rights Commission (HRC) has ordered the New York Police Department (NYPD) to reinstate its traffic agent Jasjit
Singh Jaggi and allow him to wear a turban while on the job.

Indian Bank Offices make fewer mistakes
HSBC in row with UK union over report on outsourcing
Bank says offshore centres make fewer errors than UK staff

By NEIL BEHRMANN IN LONDON
http://business-times.asia1.com.sg/story/0,4567,121523,00.html
HSBC has infuriated Unifi, the UK finance union, by claiming that offshore Indian and Malaysian offices make fewer mistakes than British staff. Research by the operations division of the bank found that UK staff made 50 mistakes for each million transactions, compared with only eight mistakes by workers in the Indian and Malaysian centres that service HSBC.


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