Is history… well, history? The Vasco Clock Tower

Our approach to being conscious of the past is contradictory. While the history syllabi in schools keeps burgeoning with more and more detail and trivia (quantity being confused for quality?); a sense of preservation of history and heritage on the ground does not seem to be a part of the conscious or subconscious thought process. Little wonder that the few …

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Your Neighbourhood Acupressurist

Having passed his Post Graduate Diploma in Acupressure Therapy from Indian Board of Alternative Medicine, Kolkata he has opened his clinic at Commerce Centre in Ponda. He recently took advance training in Acupressure at Indian Institute of Acupressure at Kolkata, for upgrading his skills. He makes home-visits thrice a week to treat the patients on prior appointments when patients are …

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JCI Dabolim Celebrates Road Safety Week

JCI Dabolim, Celebrated ‘Road Safety Week’ in association with the ‘Traffic Cell of Vasco’ at Alto Dabolim- Bogmalo Junction and at Airport Junction. Present on the occasion were the P.I. Traffic Cell Sudesh Narvekar, JCI Dabolim President Ganesh Lamani and others. Various cards, pamphlets were handed out and prizes were distributed to the riders who identified the correct traffic signs. …

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Pursuing her passions – Mamatha Prasanna

That time of the year is around the corner when another batch of eager raring to go youngsters will be jettisoned from the protected cocoon of their institutions into the big bad real world. The mantra to be disseminated is “Pursue your passion”. Don’t get mired in mundane mediocrity. Mamatha Prasanna’s journey of blossoming into a lenswoman is an apt …

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Shore Based Test Facility Commissioned at Goa

India, on 28th Jan, joined yet another elite group of nations when the Shore Based Test Facility (SBTF) was commissioned for Indian Navy at INS Hansa, Goa. This is the third such facility in the world, after the United States and Ukraine. SBTF is primarily used for flight testing of naval aircraft that operate from aircraft carriers. Initially conceptualised for …

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It is time to save Vasco’s Heritage Clock Tower!

The Vasco Clock Tower is one of the last few heritage structures remaining in our Port Town. The Vasco Watch had earlier appealed to the citizens to voice their support for a petition to the MMC to take necessary action to restore this heritage structure. The Goa Heritage Action Group has now also written to the MMC to initiate action …

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Patriarch of the Joshi family – Shri Vasant Joshi leaves for his heavenly abode

The glorious innings of Vasco’s prominent son Shri Vasantrao Joshi came to an end on 28th Dec 2013. A former legislator of the Vasco constituency (1972), Shri Vasant Joshi was an individual who endeared himself to the citizens of this town. A visionary who set up much needed educational facilities in this neighbourhood, the Murgao Education Society, which began in …

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Seeing Stars – Astronomy picks up in Vasco

The Association of Friends of Astronomy (Goa), an NGO that has been active in the field of popularising Astronomy in the state for the last 30 years, set up its 7th chapter in Goa at Vasco in May 2013. It has been slowly but steadily been building up the interest of Vascoites towards the thrilling hobby of Astronomy. An evening with …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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YMCA – Battle of the Shuttle 21 & 22 Sept

The YMCA, Vasco badminton tourney is here again! Read for more details and to download the registration forms.

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Free cappuccino for Vasco Watch readers at Ruta’s World Café

Ruta’s World Cafe offers Vasco Watch readers a Free cappuccino along with a regular order. To avail of this offer carry along a copy of our Special 14th Anniversary Issue(published on 29/08/2013) . It will certainly be a satisfying experience that will make you go back for more. Elegant, cosy ambience and a menu that’s in a class of its …

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