Ravindra Bhavan, Baina now open

The Ravindra Bhavan at Baina was inaugurated on 12th Dec. This centre that would provide state of the art facility for music, dance and theatre fulfils a much felt need of this port town. This project commenced in 2007 and went through several hiccups and delays that has resulted in cost overruns. Nevertheless the final outcome will benefit the artistes …

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Year end musings

We are almost at the end of another eventful 365 days. Perusing the archives of our publication to revisit the salient features that peppered the year gone by was an interesting exercise. People and activities have been making the neighbourhood interesting and eventful. Though there is a general belief that this town is not the ideal location for business, the …

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Urban Farming in the our neighbourhood

Brinjals, beans, bananas, bottle gourd, basil., tapioca, tomatoes, chillies, capsicum, cluster beans, drumsticks, snake gourd, yam, ladies finger, pumpkin, flat beans. All this and more are the fresh veggies that Mrs.Hema Unny grows in her kitchen garden. Hema discovered and developed her green thumb after moving to her independent home at phase II Rangavi Estate, Issorcim in March 2012 She …

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Nature’s Pride at Khollant

Nestled amidst swaying palms, with a little stream flowing by, birds chirping in the bushes and fields around the place – truly a location that Mother Nature would be proud of. The restaurant Nature’s Pride at Khollant is an ideal getaway for a relaxed dining experience in the lap of nature. The decor and ambience complement the surroundings. This spacious …

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All Goa Veterans State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament 2013

Vasco TT Veterans Association will conduct their 1st Sunny Bay All Goa Veterans State Ranking Table Tennis Tournament 2013 in association with Directorate of Youth & Sports Affair of Goa at the Vasco Table Tennis Academy (VTTA), Mehta Hall, Vasco da Gama on Sunday December 01, 2013 from 9.30 am onwards. The event is Vasco’s top and the 7th tournament …

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Celebrities Visit Vasco

Oscar nominee Bombay Jayashri   Bombay Jayashri Oscar nominee for Best original song and singer in Life of Pi was hosted by citizens of our neighbourhood Mr T G Sundaram and Hema Sundaram. She was in Goa for the Master Class- Music in Cinema for the International Film Festival of India Hema Sundaram says, “Jayashri is family, my husband’s niece …

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Take 5 – With former Navy Chief-Admiral Arun Prakash

Navy Day is around the corner. A time when the maritime sentinels of the nation celebrate, integrate and showcase the Navy to the populace at large. Admiral Arun Prakash PVSM, AVSM, VrC, VSM, served as Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy and Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee from 31 July 2004 to 31 October 2006. On retirement he …

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Butterfly Man -Meet Parag Rangnekar

We have in our midst a young man who is passionate about preserving and documenting the environment and has been going about this with dedication and perseverance for over two decades. Since childhood Parag has been a keen observer of the flora and fauna around him. Two months of school vacations in Amboli, at the family house, provided additional opportunity …

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Laurels and morals

There have been several instances in recent history where we have seen individuals of high standing who have won accolades for their professional achievements or leadership, plummet to the very depths of depravation or moral turpitude. It is therefore, quite evident that social standing, financial strength or executive power has little bearing on moral character. The common fallacy is to …

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Royal Navy warship, HMS Bulwark, docks at Mormugao

A Royal Navy ship, HMS Bulwark (L 15), arrived on a diplomatic visit to Goa on 06 Nov 13. After interacting with the Indian Navy at Goa, HMS Bulwark departed on 10 Nov 13. The magnificient warship, carrying a crew of almost 500 personnel, was berthed at Mormugao Port. The ship is an Assault Helicopter carrier Landing Platform Dock (LPD). …

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Nuture the Future

Tomorrow is Children’s Day. A day dedicated to recognising that a bright future for the nation, society or community lies in nurturing the present young generation. Every year our publication delves into the thoughts, ideas and aspirations of these young minds through a special Children’s Issue. This year’s team has 25 enthusiastic young reporters who have begun putting this issue …

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Ashadeep’s Perault D’Silva’s brace brings Goa gold in special football nationals

Goa has won the Gold at the recently held Special Football Nationals at Haryana. The chief architect of this victory was our own Perault D’Silva of Ashadeep who scored two glorious goals.

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Third Division Football League (Mormugao Zone)

Chicalim Youth Club beat Cross Boys Sports Club, New Vaddem 4-1 in the Third Division Football League (Mormugao Zone) organised by the Goa Football Association and played at the Chicalim Panchayat ground. Chicalim were leading 2-0 at half-time. Sadik making his debut put Chicalim ahead with a great goal. Playmaker Rahul Naik who was in his elements today consolidated the lead …

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Taekwondo Academy of Vasco Gold medal winners go to 33rd National Junior Taekwondo Championship

Students of Taekwondo Academy of Vasco (Under – 17 years) who have won Gold medal at the 22nd All Goa State Taekwondo Championship, 2013 held at P. J. N. Multipurpose Indoor Hall, Margao – Goa from 16th August to 18th August 2013, will be participating at the 33rd National Junior Taekwondo Championship 2013 to be held at Rajiv Gandhi Indoor …

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New Director BITS Pilani Goa Campus takes over

The BITS Pilani Goa Campus saw a change of guard on 12th Aug ’13 with Prof. Sanjeev Kumar Aggarwal taking over as Director BITS Pilani Goa Campus from Prof K.E. Raman. The Vasco Watch had a tete a tete with Prof Aggarwal. After his Post Graduation in Physics from the Univ. of Delhi he pursued his M.Tech and thereafter obtained …

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Writer’s Block II

This is the second time in 14 years that I am afflicted with that dreaded WB syndrome – The Writer’s Block syndrome. The Damocles sword of the deadline clutters the mind and anaesthetises the intellect. Sifting topics that range from NOTA, LoC, Power of Ten and some others, randomly occur in this befuddled state. Attempts to remove the cobwebs in …

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The COOJ Suicide Prevention Listening Helpline

COOJ Mental Health Foundation is a registered Charitable Trust (since 2000) that works towards promoting mental health and providing for psycho-social rehabilitation services in Goa. Recognising that the rate of suicides in Goa is a disturbing issue, COOJ has been addressing this concern since last year wherein they have been promoting suicide prevention awareness in the state. Deciding to pursue this …

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Physio Dr. Amanda – Drug free, surgery free, pain relief and healing with no side effects

Have an arthritic knee, a sports injury, pre or post partum problems, diabetic wound that is not healing or a host of other conditions that seem persistent? Perhaps, what you need is proper physiotherapy to alleviate your problem. Dr. Amanda Coutinho (P.T.), has set up her fully equipped physiotherapy centre at Alto Chicalim that meets the needs of almost all …

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From mouse to mike Nadeem Ahmed – a cricket commentator in the making

Sports commentary has morphed into a speciality that adds that vital spice to the game, especially since the TV viewers of the game now number in millions all across the globe. A computer engineer who is an aspiring young cricket commentator from our neighbourhood, Nadeem Ahmed, has been steadily climbing the rungs of the cricket commentary firmament through sheer passion …

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Lionel wins State Level Photography Contest 2013

Lionel Angelo Nunes of Class 8, Regina Mundi High School, Chicalim, won the 1st prize, in the School Category, at the State Level Photography Contest 2013, on the theme “Sports in Goa” organized by the Sports Authority of Goa (SAG). The aim of the Competition was to popularize and propagate sports culture in Goa by getting rare sports photographs, in …

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Ongoing State Senior Selection Chess Championship – 18th to 22nd Sept 2013

State senior Chess Championship 2013 commences at Multipurpose Hall SAG Sports Complex Chichalim Vasco. Tournament is organized by Murmagao Taluka Chess (MTCA) in auspicious with Goa Chess Association and Sports Authority of Goa. All together 82 participants have taken part in this championship from different Taluka’s of Goa which includes 39 rated players. This is a selection tournament for the …

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ATTENTION ALL LPG CONSUMERS!

Last Date for availing subsidy benefit extended to November 30th!

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Knowing Your Onions

My domestic help and gardener have stopped buying onions. It has been over a month since they last tasted this pungent bulb. I elaborated for them the genesis and reasons that have led to this situation. I attempted to explain to them the nuances of the macro economic factors that were part of the cause. I also touched upon the …

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Rim Jhim 2013 Celebrations

  The rains are still here. Reluctant to give way to the onset of drier days. It has been a wonderful monsoon and we celebrated Rim Jhim 2013- Songs, Verse, Art, Dance, Stories all revelling in the joys of rain. Peacocks and sketches by the students of Govt. High School, Mangor, brightened up the walls. An evening of neighbourhood camaraderie. …

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Salgaocar FC to launch community outreach program on September 15

Salgaocar FC will launch its football community outreach program on Sunday, 15th Sept at the Regina Mundi Ground in Vasco Da Gama. The Programme is open to boys and girls from 6 to 11 years of age and aims to develop technical skills, inculcate the sporting spirit and a love for the beautiful game. For a token registration fee of …

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