Toilet Troubles

Making the neighbourhood Swachh . One of the most essential facilities for ensuring a clean neighbourhood is the availability of clean and well maintained toilets for the public….

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Meet Damien Carvalho – Master of Ceremonies – A.K.A MC/DC

You are having that special birthday party, or anniversary or even your wedding reception. Everything is arranged for décor, catering, service, the bar etc., etc. There is however that one ingredient that will make the occasion a memorable one or just another get-together—the host for the evening – or the “MC”. The person who makes everything gel together – creates …

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Who is responsible?

We see lot of things on the roads and say to ourselves who is responsible for this substandard and inferior quality work but do we take up these issues with the concerned authorities if not then we are equally responsible for the sad state of affairs? We see the wires (rolled up) hanging on the electric poles on the streets …

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Sitar Recital Held At Bhavan’s Narayan Bandekar School

SPIC MACAY in association with Kendreya Vidyalaya No.1 held a sitar recital in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Narayan Bandekar School on 19-07-2016 SPIC MACAY kick started its Indian classical instrumental music 2016 in Goa at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Narayan Bandekar School. It was an awe-inspiring ‘Miya Malhaar’ with the rain gods opening its doors and playing its rhythm with its heavy …

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Of gossip and the grapevine

The incessant rains over the last fortnight spawned some interesting nuggets of gossip in our neighbourhood village. Our maid lives in the village down the road in a very picturesque and serene ambience amongst coconut plantations and paddy fields. A couple of days ago in the course of her chatter with the lady of the house (LOH), she revealed that …

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Keen on making Music Production your career path?

Neil Fernandes – the music whiz of our neighbourhood is now a certified Music Producer. Having completed a very high level gruelling course in Music Production, Composition and Recording at the well-known True School of Music, Mumbai, he is brimming with plans to share his expertise and guide others keen on taking this career path. He recently held a detailed …

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Inclement weather brings out inadequate preparation

The monsoons come every year at the same time. Every year various spots around town suffer when the rains hit due to incomplete works, insufficient preparatory work or sheer neglect. When will this annual cycle of troubles change. Several citizens have written in highlighting the woes that citizens are facing in different parts of the town. The authorities will hopefully …

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Garbage Clearance problems in Vaddem

We thank Ms. Deepali Naik, the Chief Officer of Mormugao Municipal Council for acting promptly on the complaint of non-clearance of garbage in a storm drain at Merces Chapel Road in Vaddem. The choked drain caused the overflowing water to enter our house on the ground floor. It would, of course, have been appreciated had the Council done the pre-monsoon …

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Vasco Boys in Goa U-17 Football Champions’ Team

Ribhav Sardesai student of St. Joseph’s Institute Vasco, Nikhil Gurung of Our Lady of Candelaria, Baina, Vasco and Ameya Kanadikar of Navy Children’s School, Chicalim represented Goa in U-17 football at the 61st National School Games 2015-16 organised by School Games Federation of India at Karim Nagar, Telangana from 7th June to 11th June 2016. In all 25 states of …

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100% “IDI” needed

This has nothing to do with foreigners or their money. We need 100% IDI – Individual Direct Investment – in our communities and neighbourhoods. Individuals need to invest directly for the betterment of their quality of life through clean, corruption free, efficiently run cities, towns and villages. Investment begins at home! We need to invest in terms of our own …

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MES College – treading a new path towards quality higher education

The Murgaon Education Society’s College of Arts and Commerce is the only institution of higher learning in our neighbourhood. Over the years this institution has been on an ascending graph, both in terms of physical infrastructure as well as academic courses and co-curricular activities. Being the only graduate studies institution of this taluka, catering to the large student population of …

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Monsoon Melodies

The last couple of days has seen the skies opening up and showers providing a welcome relief from the sweltering heat. But, what I look forward to more than the cooling showers, is the arrival of the monsoon orchestra that somehow as if by magic arrives at the small pond in my garden for the evening concerts. Come sundown and …

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Taking the road less travelled – Prutha Parab & Vaibhav Naik

Another generation of young citizens will soon arrive at a significant crossroad in their lives. Choices will have to be made that will determine what course their future will take. While the majority will opt for the tried and tested options of career and stream – whether by own choice, peer pressure or family compulsions – there will nonetheless be …

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Farewell to the Sea Harrier and Induction of Mig-29K Aircraft in INAS 300

The illustrious and unique Sea Harriers of Indian Naval Air Squadron (INAS 300) were given a befitting farewell in a function organised at INS Hansa, Goa.  The function was attended by Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Sunil Lanba, Flag Officer Commanding in Chief Western Naval Command, serving and retired Officers and Men of the Indian …

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Giving the Healing touch through Reiki, Crystal and Colour therapy

Meet Chandra Monie – a senior citizen of our neighbourhood who is a Reiki practitioner and also uses crystal and colour therapy as an adjunct to her healing therapy. As the populace experiences afflictions that modern mainstream medicine seems unable to alleviate – they turn to alternate therapies to find solace and healing. The credence that such alternative forms of …

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Waiting for…

The board exams are over but now the waiting for the results and its concurrent tensions and anxiety begins. Those toddlers who have applied to enter at the lowest rung of the academic institutions are waiting for their names to appear on the select list to begin their twelve-year grind. We have also now reached that phase of the year …

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Home going

May is the month when families make that annual “return to the roots” trip. It may be the ancestral home where the grandparents stay or their home town to their original abode. With family dynamics changing rapidly, affordability and facility to travel increasing significantly, many opt for a holiday to places within or out of the country during the holiday …

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Goa Police undertakes Road Safety Special Drive against traffic violations

The Goa Police will be undertaking a Road Safety Special Drive against traffic violations w.e.f. 15/04/2016 to 30/4/2016. During the Special Drive, besides other violations the violation of not wearing a Helmet will be rigorously implemented on all Goan roads. The exercise is being done to ensure road safety and reduce accidents to save precious lives on the roads of …

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Illusionist Clifford – Making a magical switch in profession

When you have a passion for something – it probably first becomes your hobby. But as the bug for that bites deeper, you get to a stage when you want to live and breathe every moment in that activity. You then take the plunge – give up a good well-paying secure job – much to the chagrin of many around …

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Summer Hols

Yes, it’s that time of the year most awaited by school kids. Summer holidays – a long break from the school routine. In the days gone by, children used their own inventive minds and imagination to play games and share unforgettable moments with neighbourhood pals. But times change – there are now a plethora of summer camps and other organised …

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Vasco Railway Station third cleanest ‘A’ class station

Vasco railway station has been declared the third cleanest ‘A’ class railway station amongst over 8000 railway stations across the country. This was based on a survey commissioned by the railways under the Swachh Railways – Swachh Bharat Mission. The Station Manager Mr. P.C. Chacko and the Health Inspector Mr. Awadesh Kumar were felicitated for this achievement by the Hon’ble …

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Rajani Bhat – bringing you the joy of vegetarian cooking

An Insurance Agent, a Travel Agent, a tutor for maths and science, assisting her husband in managing the gift shop, “ Goa Shopping Centre”. You would think that this is more than a handful to keep anyone tied up for the day. However Rajani Bhat thinks otherwise. She does all this and still finds the time and energy to pursue …

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Weathering Water Woes

An article in the newspaper a few days ago informed that the water crisis in Mormugao would take another week to be resolved. A few days ago on a post on some WhatsApp group highlighted a very simple innovative way in which a school in Pimpri, near Pune, overcame a chronic water shortage. The students were instructed to empty the …

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Violation of Child Rights

The news item that the Goa State Commission for protection of Child Rights has suo-moto reacted to the news item dated 12th Jan 2016 titled “CANINE FEAR GRIPS PANAJI/SUBURBS” and has taken up the issue with the government, brings a faint light at the end of a long dark tunnel that has gone on for far too long It is …

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Visual Pollution

Citizens would have surely noticed that there has been a sudden spurt in the number of hoardings and advertisement boards throughout the main localities of the neighbourhood. While the need to generate revenue through such avenues is an acceptable strategy- it should not however be at the cost of marring the aesthetics of a precinct or the ambience of a …

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