Municipal Elections And the Role of a Citizen

Municipal elections to the 11 municipalities in Goa are scheduled to be held on 25th October 2015. By the time, this article is published, the Government would have  probably officially declared  the total  number of wards , the  wards reserved for  women and also the wards reserved for OBC category. Importance – Municipal elections play a very important role in …

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Akshaya Sundararajan – striving to heal with compassion

Akshaya Sundararajan of our neighbourhood, is an active member of a group called the Healers. “The Healers” is an initiative started by Crishnaa Verencar studying in the Third Year at the Chowgule College of Arts and Science. It all began when Crishnaa accompanied her mother to the SGPDA market in Margao and saw cows munching on plastic waste while green …

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Aman Srivastav and Sanskriti Dawle – Bitten By The Innovation Bug

The BITS Pilani Goa Campus on the outskirts of our neighbourhood is an enclave where achieving technical excellence is the mantra. Reputed corporate organisations and industries throng the campus placement sessions offering lucrative monetary packages to recruit those graduating and entering the job market. But there are some students who consciously veer off the road well-travelled and courageously prefer to …

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Journeying On – Vasco Watch completes 16 years in print

“Success is not final and failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.” – Winston Churchill. Our publication now moves into its 17th year in print. The quote above is in many ways synonymous with our endeavours.When we published the first issue in Aug 1999, what we aimed at was to enjoy the journey and make …

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PCCE Students fabricate higher efficiency air conditioning system

Final year Mechanical Engineering students of Padre Conceicao College of Engineering Chandrakant Raikar, Carlton De Souza, Chetan Sawant, Edgar Pereira and Pristen D’Costa have designed and fabricated a “Hybrid Geothermal Air Conditioning System” which increases the efficiency of an Air Conditioner thereby reducing the power consumption by the system and reducing the energy bills thus resulting in savings in the …

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MES Student tops CA Common Proficiency Test in Goa

A first year Commerce student of MES College, Mr. Carl Figueredo excelled at the CA- CPT (Chartered Accountant Common Proficiency Test) in Goa held in June 2015. Out of 198 candidates that appeared for this examination, 20 have been successful. Carl is a resident of Chicalim, and has received guidance for this test from CJ Academy, Vasco. The Principal, Dr. …

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St. Joseph’s Institute excels at Taluka Level Inter School Chess Tournament

St. Joseph’s Institute, Vasco-da-Gama romped in with 3 out of the 4 Titles at the Taluka Level Inter School Chess Tournament held at Chicalim Sports Complex, Chicalim on July 07th and 08th. In the Boys U-14 yrs, the Team consisting of Master Anirudh Parsekar, Master Sahil Desai, Master Swayam Naik, Master Akhilesh Nigalye and Master Rudresh Phadte scored 10 match …

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Kismet and Karma have brought Pam Handa to our neighbourhood

People with artistic inclinations have always found the serenity, ambience, culture and life style of our State an elixir for their aesthetic sensibilities. This was precisely what made Pam and Dr. P.K. Handa relocate to our neighbourhood in February this year, after retirement from active professional pursuits. Pam Handa is a writer by passion. Having spent her prime years in …

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Igniting young minds

The passing away of Dr. Abdul Kalam and the subsequent spontaneous outpouring of public grief, accolades, reminisces of poignant interactions with him and the feelings of irreparable loss, were but the recognition of the strength of character and calibre of the departed soul. My family and I were fortunate to have had a brief personal interaction with him. It was …

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Creativity, Invention and Corruption

The morning’s paper carried an article wherein the man behind Infosys, Narayanmurthy, lamented that there has not been a single invention from India in the last 60 years, of any real consequence, to delight the global community . None of the higher institutes of technical learning have produced any earthshaking new product or processes he stated. Institutes in the West …

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Narayan Bandekar – President GCCI elaborates on the trade and industry scenario and his vision for the GCCI

Shri Narayan R Bandekar, Chairman and Managing Director NRB Group of Companies, needs no introduction to the citizens of our port town or state. He has contributed significantly towards various projects and activities for the betterment of the quality of life of our town. Now elected unanimously for a second term as President Goa Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the …

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Hobby Connections

People get connected in various ways – through residential enclaves, educational institutions, social organizations and clubs, profession, sport and the like. In most cases the age group of the individuals being connected is the same or within a very small range. But there are some activities that transcend the age barrier and cause connections between two individuals of very dissimilar …

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The Encyclopedia Man – Meet Harnarain Singh Myer

Now at the ripe age of 85, Harnarain Singh Myer, a senior citizen of our neighbourhood recounts his journey through the production of several encyclopaedia. While the prime years of his life were spent in the management of tea plantations in West Bengal, his passion for collating and presenting information lay dormant. Right from his school days he was involved …

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Shipping Management Students of MES College Excel at Goa University Exam

The students of MES College of Shipping Management Course have excelled with a passing percentage of 97% at the April 2015 Goa University’s Graduation Examination. This year’s results are very promising with 2 distinctions and 18 first classes. These graduates have a promising future since the Shipping industry is in need of trained manpower. 90% of world’s Exports are handled …

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Coloured Corners

The nation is being blitzed with news of notices with varied coloured corners being issued against individuals for misdemeanours they are alleged to have committed. The word “Corner” has somehow always had a negative connotation. Right from nursery, when children who are troublesome are asked to stand in a “corner” as punishment. “Dark corners” are for those hiding from the …

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Three’s a Company @ Roland Garros by Nitin Bandekar

When one hears about Roland Garros – there’s just one name that shouts out – Rafael Nadal. The King of Clay. Things are looking quite ominous this year for Nadal ever since he has returned back after missing out on a lot of tennis last season due to injury, something that he himself says ” I take every match as …

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Regina bags Golds at National Masters Athletic Championship

Regina Dourado, an accomplished veteran athlete of our neighbourhood, bagged 2 Gold Medals in 400 and 800 mtrs and 1 Silver in 1500 mtrs in recently held 36th National Masters Athletic Championship 25th to 29th April 2015 at Bambolim Athletic Stadium, Goa.

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Shamani Joshi scores second place in all Goa XII arts

It is for the first time that an Arts Student is the overall first in the Taluka in the XIIth examinations. Shamini Joshi’s performance is all the more creditable as Arts subjects are descriptive and assessment is very subjective unlike Science stream subjects like maths and physics or commerce subjects like accountancy where the right answer gets full marks. Shamani …

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Monsoon Musings

Pre monsoon showers are already here and the real monsoon clouds will envelope us in the coming fortnight. Preparations for the rains are on full swing with plastic tarpaulin traders seeing the usual brisk sales as people hurry to get ready for the showers. An interesting message is doing the rounds through various Whatsapp groups. It exhorts people to save …

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Citizen’s Force Does Work

Yes many hands make work light. It just needs a positive attitude and sincerity of purpose. A living example is the sapling plantation initiative of the Jagrut Nagrik Manch. 30 saplings were planted on the periphery of the Chicalim SAG ground in Aug 2014. Assistance for digging pits was given by Premanand Nanoskar, Councillor MMC. The monsoon aided the initial …

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Keep fit with Anu Saxena

Keeping fit and living healthy is high on the priority list of most folks today. This involves doing some daily exercise routines. It is also important that the exercise regimen is tailored to one’s personal fitness requirements and is taught by experienced instructors. Anu Saxena who has had a long stint in this neighbourhood several years ago is an experienced …

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Tectonic Shifts

Just a few centimetres of movement in the tectonic plates is enough to cause cataclysmic effects on the surface of the earth’s crust. While these are physical environmental changes ,what is of greater need are tectonic shifts in several aspects of our daily lives. Civic discipline, corruption, traffic discipline, gender equality are just a few of the things that need …

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Waxing eloquent on fabric with Batik

Batik is the art of creating designs on fabric using wax as a dye resist. Repeated waxing and dyeing of the fabric ultimately creates unique, exquisite designs on fabric. This is an art that has been practiced in various parts of India for centuries. Geeta and Mohan Mayenkar – the husband wife duo are the only artist couple in Goa …

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MES College sets its sights on wider academic horizons

The Murgaon Education Society’s College of Arts and Commerce at Zuarinagar, is the only college in the Mormugao taluka. This institution has been striving to provide relevant and quality academic facility for the students of this locality. In keeping with this aim, the college is in the process of obtaining certification of the National Assessment and Accreditation Council (NAAC) – …

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Unusual vocations – Rajat helps you to cross your dog

We live in an age of super specialisation. Getting to be a super specialist requires years of academic grind followed by years of experience in the super special field. However there are also some niche fields that have a very small number of individuals who are adept at it. They hone their skills in their chosen field by sheer hard …

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