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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hetvi Prabodh Sethia wins All India Radio Gazal Competition

Hetvi Prabodh Sethia from Vasco-da-Gama, Goa has achieved National recognition by winning the 1st Place in the All India Radio Gazal Competition. After clearing the audition rounds for the Competition at the State level, Hetvi Sethia entered the National round and has emerged First. Hetvi got her training from Mr. Sharad Mathkar. She has trained under him in Hindustani Classical …

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A rubble dump gets transformed by the Fernandes’

  This is just a small patch in front of Maria and Augusto Fernandes’ home in Sada. It was an unsightly clutter of rubble and other rubbish till very recently. Their son, Terrance one day decided to do something about it. Their daughter’s upcoming wedding was an added incentive to act on that piece of space. So Terrance set to …

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Meet the oldest resident of Chicalim- Catarina Da Costa

Catarina Julia Brigida Da Costa will turn 95 this February and has the distinction of being the oldest resident of the Chicalim village. Born on 13th Feb 1920, Catarina hails from Candolim. She lived in Africa in Dar- e- Salam for some years before marriage, where she did her schooling and learnt to speak Swahili fluently. She married in 1941 …

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Fashioning a career in the designer garment world – Meet Puja Mapxencar

All of 23 years – but with her head on very firm shoulders – Puja Mapxencar of our neighbourhood has forayed into the world of fashion design. Born in Germany, where her family resided for over 3 decades and where her grandfather was a very respected surgeon, Puja came to India when she was in the 1st standard. She did …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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