Prof Mendes calls for inclusion of Braganza in History subject
MARGAO: Prof Sushila Sawant Mendes called for the inclusion of Luis de Menezes Braganza in History subject curriculum. She stated that Historiography had become north India centric.
She was delivering a lecture under the aegis of the Gomantak Vidya Niketan, Margao.
Speaking further, Mendes said, Menezes Braganza was a free-thinker
who questioned traditions and dogmas. His concept of free-thought was discussed, which holds that individuals should not accept ideas proposed as truth without recourse to knowledge and reason. Prof Mendes stated that in the Portuguese colonial period the Church and the dictatorship of Salazar were both opposed to free-thought. The Church banned his newspaper, 'Pracasha', added Prof Mendes.
Mothers of priests feted at Calangute
CALANGUTE: Seven Mothers of Priests from Calangute were felicitated at the hands of Parish Priest of St Alex Church, Calangute Rev Fr Cipriano D’Silva on Mothers’ Day at Calangute. The seven Mothers who were felicitated on the occasion were Betty Pereira Mother of Fr Benjamin Pereira from Agar Vaddo, Celia Joana Souza Proenca of Fr Mariano Goes Souza Proenca and Fr Diogo Goes Souza Proenca from Porba Vaddo, Joaquina Sebastiana Mascarenhas of Fr Peter Simon Mascarenhas from Gaura Vaddo, Bailia Anita Braganza of Fr Xavier Braganza from Naikka Vaddo, Fatima Pereira of Fr Roque Pereira from Porba Vaddo, Catarina Fernandes of Fr Oliver Fernandes from Gaura Vaddo and Martha Fernandes of Fr Pio Fernandes.
Fr Cipriano D’Silva presented a token and a shawl while being welcomed with a bouquet of flowers.
The Catechists along with catechism students put up a entertainment programme.
Earlier, a Holy Eucharist was held to mark the Feast of Mount Mary which was presided over by Rev Fr Manuel Dias as the main celebrant along with Parish Priest of Calangute Rev Fr Cipriano D’Silva and Asst Parish Priest Fr Norbert Lobo. Bro Melvin Fernandes led the choir.
Cansaulim school ex-students hold meet on jubilee celebrations
CORTALIM: The ex-students of St Thomas High School, Cansaulim, met on Saturday to discuss the golden jubilee celebrations and other issues concerning the school.
A core team of ex-students comprising Fanisha D’Costa, Flavia Fernandes, Margaret Fernandes, Custodio Almeida, Seema R Chimulker, Olivia Saldanha, Dr Marconi Correia, Dr Samson Correia, Dr Fraddy D’Souza and Allabakash Chikodi was formed on the occasion. Ex-teacher Marta Almeida also attended the meeting.
Headmistress Antonieta Noronha stressed on the need for collaboration of ex-students, PTA and teachers in the school functioning, to develop students into productive members of society. A few ex-students shared their memories of their school days.
The management thanked all ex-students who attended the meeting. A register has been kept in the school office for those ex-students who would like to register their names.
Earlier, school Manager Fr Sertorio Rodrigues welcomed the gathering and informed the plans for the golden jubilee celebrations.
Bakery course conducted at Cansaulim
CORTALIM: The free one day bakery course for women organized by CAC Sports & Social Club, Cansaulim, in collaboration with Park Hyatt & Spa received a good response.
In all, 98 women attended the course.
Bakery Chef Nelson Fernandes of Park Hyatt and his colleagues demonstrated the art of making bakery products like bread rolls, cakes and pastries at the make-shift bakery unit specially put up at the T B Cunha Sports Complex, Cansaulim.
All the participants were awarded certificates by Nelly Rodrigues, president of Goa Mahila Shakti Abhiyan. Rodrigues appreciated the efforts of CAC Sports Club and Park Hyatt and complimented them for coming up with such useful courses for women.
Delip Barreto, President of CAC Sports Club, proposed the vote of thanks.
Echocardiology workshop held
PANJIM: Vrundavan Shalby Hospitals at Mapusa organized its first Echocardiology Workshop. This was attended by 25 physicians and clinical cardiologists from all over the country. The main aim of this workshop was to produce large number of physicians who can perform echocardiography in large numbers so that many patients get properly diagnosed. The workshop was conducted by Dr R Alegasan from Chennai, the most senior, knowledgeable and respected echocardiographer in the country. Dr Alegasan taught in detail how to diagnose various conditions of the heart and its various defects. He gave a detailed account of his vast clinical experience.
Khaunte distributes food grains
PANJIM: Porvorim MLA and Chairman Porvorim Yuva Welfare Trust Rohan A Khaunte distributed food grains to people in his constituency on the eve of Chaturthi. As an initiative taken by him every year he has been distributing food grains and will continue to do so in future. The MLA has conveyed his best wishes to all families in the constituency.
Bhartiya Sanskrutik Mandal Ganesh
PANJIM: Bhartiya Sanskrutik Mandal, Porvorim, a North-Indian pioneer social and cultural organization will be celebrating Ganesh utsav by holding its programme at Azad Bhavan, Porvorim, on September 20. People from all over Goa will be attending pooja on the occasion.
ART-Excel course for children
PANJIM: The Art of Living Goa Chapter, here, is organizing the ART-Excel (All Round Training for Excellence) course for children during Ganesh vacation. This course is designed by H H Sri Sri Ravishankar and presented in a practical and fun-filled format. It appeals to children of all backgrounds aged between 8 and 12 years. It helps children to gain good personal skills and gives way to their best natural potential. During the course participants will have the joy of learning yogasanas, pranayam, and sudarshan Kriya, and values of health, hygiene and harmony. Those interested, may contact Dr Kocherla on 9423319692/9322674840 or report directly at the venue at NIO Colony, Dona Paula.
Offer at Creative Impressions
PANJIM: Creative Impressions, Goa’s only eco-friendly modular kitchen designers, is celebrating eco-Ganesh with gifts for all who refer or bring clients looking for a wood-free eco-friendly modular kitchen, wardrobe, vanities, etc. At Creative Impressions wardrobes are total wood-free, water-proof and termite proof suited for Goan climatic conditions. For details, call 9822127845.
Ganesh discount at Sahu Marketing
PANJIM: Goans can now avail of world-class furniture at Sahu Marketing. The full product range of chairs, dining sets, office furniture, bedroom sets, sofa sets, wardrobes and mattresses are on display at Mohiddin Towers, Opposite Hotel Manoshanti, here. Sahu Marketing has completed a decade in the furniture business. Its proprietor Rajendra Prasad Sahu says his motto is to provide quality furniture and good service at very economical rates. It is offering a special discount on the eve of Chaturthi with free home delivery.
Rajbhasha award for GSL
PANJIM: The prestigious Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Award for the year 2010-11 was presented to Goa Shipyard Ltd by President of India Pranab Mukherjee in an impressive ceremony held at Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi, recently. GSL secured third position in the C-region category for its persistent effort in promoting the official language policy of the Centre. Indira Gandhi Raj Bhasha Shield for public sector undertakings was instituted in the year 1986-1987 and is given every year for A, B and C regions by the Department of Official Language, Ministry of Home Affairs, for their outstanding achievement.
Rosary HSS wins street play contest
PANJIM: Our Lady of the Rosary HSS, Dona Paula, claimed the first place in the inter HSS Tiswadi taluka street-play competition organized by Dempo HSS of Commerce, Miramar, held at the Clube Tennis de Gaspar Dias hall. Dempo HSS of Arts and Science, Miramar won the second place and Dempo HSS of Commerce, Miramar bagged the third place. In the elocution competition, the Shyamli Singbal of Dempo HSS Arts and Science stood first, Seema Naik of VVS Kukallekar HSS, Old Goa was second and third Vaishnavi Bhandiya of Mushtifund HSS. In the poster competition, Prem Shirodkar of Dempo HSS Arts and Science was adjudged first, Sarvesh Parulekar (R & P Salkar HSS, Chorao) second and Sofia Dhamani (Don Bosco HSS, Panjim) third.
Welfare benefits to seafarers
PANJIM: Trustees of the NUSI/ITF Trust For Indian Seafarers, Chairman Capt N Hiranandani, Maruti D Rethrekar, Abdulgani Y Serang, Mohammed Khan distributed cheques for financial assistance to seafarers and their families from Goa, recently. Capt Hiranandani announced that more schemes for the benefit of seafarers and their family members are being envisioned and would be announced in the near future. The cheques were distributed at a function held at NUSI Branch office in Pulvaddo, Benaulim. Statistics of the last five years shows that an amount of Rs 4.48 crore has been distributed to 826 seafarers and their families towards financial assistance for major medical complications alone, states a press release issued here. NUSI General Secretary-cum-Treasurer Abdulgani stated that NUSI was the only union in the whole world which gave equal benefits to the serving as well as retired seafarers and their families.
New committe of QCCAN
PANJIM: Quepem Civic and Consumer Action Network recently in its general body meeting elected a new executive committee with Dr Mahendra A Bale as its President. The other members are: Secretary Marcus D’Cunha, Treasurer Jeorjito V Da Costa, Joint Secretary Salvy Miranda and Members are Jose Colaco, Jose Carvalho, Espee Dourado, Shanti Pawaskar and Caitano Pinto. At the meeting, it was decided to conduct monthly meetings every second Sunday at 5 pm. The other programmes in the offing are a medical camp this month, police-public interface in October and a tiatr in November.
Ward opened at CMM Polyclinic
PANJIM: Ex-Chief Secretary of Goa Dr J C Almeida opened a ward named after Pascoal & Maria Menezes Benevolence Foundation at the CMM Polyclinic, here, recently. Dr J C Almeida is the advisor to the foundation. Former CM, Dr Wilfred de Souza, was also present at this low-key function, along with many doctors who practiced in the past at the polyclinic, which was founded in 1964. Cesar Menezes, Chairman of the Cosme Matias Memorial Trust informed that the new ward was meant to extend medical help to the needy. Others present on the occasion were Dr Ana Karena, Dr Susheela Fonseca, Dr Irene, Dr Jose Philip Alvares and Dr Oswald de Sa. Ralph De Souza, Chairman of the Goa America Heart Foundation, expressed that the foundation needed a good base as it aspired to facilitate the best in heart care through funding from Goan doctors practicing in the USA.
POWER LINE WARNING
The newly erected 11-KV Ring Main Units along with HT cables of 300 sq mm and 95 sq mm of 11-KV Raia underground feeder passing through Arlem, IBM and Barebhat areas have been test charged and will remain charged henceforth. Public is hereby cautioned to keep away from this equipment/cables as any contact is highly dangerous to human life.
Two arrested for stealing four pigs at Navelim
MARGAO: On a complaint lodged by Filipinha Furtado of Mandop, Navelim on Monday, the Margao police arrested Robert Anthony Gomes, Curtorim, Menino D’Souza, Chandor and Caetano Fernandes of Benaulim for theft of five pigs. In her complaint, Furtado alleged that the three accused with their common intention caught five pigs four male and one female belonging to complainant worth Rs 20,000. An offence under section 379 read with 34 IPC has been registered and further investigation is in progress with PSI Diogo Gracias.
Cheating accused brought from Delhi
MARGAO: Margao police brought one Vijay Ashok Kumar (34), resident of Rahadganj, New Delhi from Sangli, Maharashtra and placed him under arrest on charge of cheating on Tuesday. Police said that accused Kumar on pretext of providing tour to Germany had collected and amount of Rs five lakh in January last and gave customers false visas due to which the customers could not go on tour. A complaint to this effect was filed by one Shailesh Bandekar, Margao. Police have registered offence under section 475, 468, 471 & 420 IPC against Kumar and further investigation is in progress. Meanwhile there was an attempt of theft at Betalbatim village panchayat but the culprits failed in their attempt informed Colva police
German couple rescued at Baga
CALANGUTE: A couple from Germany was saved at Baga Beach on Tuesday. According to Dhristi reports, the couple was swimming in a non-swim zone against safety advice. Suddenly, the couple drifted seaward due to a rip current and struggled to swim ashore. Lifeguard rushed towards the victims and secured them and brought them safely to shore.
Two held for running prostitution racket, girl rescued
MARGAO: With north Goa police acting tough against prostitution along the coastal belt, the pimps seems to have shifted their activities to South, with the Margao police arresting two persons and rescuing of a victim girl late Monday night. The accused Ruksar Katoon Alam, a native of Thane-Maharashtra, presently residing at Miramar and Riches Patel, a native of Ahmedabad, but currently residing at Taleigao have since been remanded to five days police custody. The duo were apprehended by a Margao police team headed by Police Inspector (PI) Sudesh Naik and rescued a 28-year-old victim girl hailing from Nagpur, Maharashtra. Acting on a tip off, the police arranged a decoy customer, who contacted the accused woman to provide a girl at a hotel in Margao. “At around 8.30 pm, AT 8.30 pm Ruksar along with Patel came with girl to deliver to customer when the two accused were apprehended’, PI Sudesh said. The accused are believed to have brought the victim girl to Margao on pretext of providing job on casino and pushed her in prostitution. Police said the accused duo were found to be carrying out prostitution activities close to school and religious place in Margao thereby living on the earnings of prostitution. An offence under section 4, 5, 6 and 7 of Immoral Traffic (Prevention) Act, 1956 has been registered against the duo who are kept in custody. Further investigation is being carried by Margao PI Naik.
Property worth Rs 10,000 destroyed in Ponda fire
PONDA: Property worth Rs 10,000 was destroyed in a fire at Ponda Urban Cooperative Credit Society, Ponda, on Tuesday afternoon.
According to Ponda Fire personnel, the incident occurred at about 2 pm and the fire personnel managed to save property worth Rs 50,000.
Source informed that luckily no staff was present in the premises. However, after returning from lunch, one of the staff members noticed fumes and alerted the manager. A fan, a chair and cabin compartment was damaged in the fire.
Concrete Day celebrated
MARGAO: Concrete Day was celebrated by the Indian Concrete Institute, Goa institute at the seminar hall, government Polytechnic, Panjim. Eng R G Hegde, HOD Civil Engineering department, welcomed the guests and Eng P B Norohna, Chairman, Goa Centre spoke about ICI, its activities and importance of Concrete Day. Chief Guest Eng Luis Fernandes, Principal, government Polytechnic appreciated such interactive programs between the institution, teaching staff and students and suggested formation of students’ chapter. Two technical talks were delivered on the advancement in Ready mix concrete and scientific management of Municipal solid wastes.