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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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