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Self-esteem and respect for the elderly in our society

Self-esteem and respect for the elderly in our society

As the saying goes like, treasure the wisdom of old age, learn from elder people and be wise. It used to be that the elders were the most revered members of any community, tribe or family. Particularly in our society the elderly in our lives were held in high esteem and they were often sought out for advice about love, marriage, home remedies for illness and life itself. As important members of our families, old folk were not only a source of advice and guidance...[By Francis Saldanha]

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Monsignor Matthew D’Souza of Belle Parish celebrates 50 Years of Priestly Ordination

Monsignor Matthew D’Souza of Belle Parish celebrates 50 Years of Priestly Ordination

On 7th November 2015, St. Joseph’s Cathedral, Lucknow was lit beautifully along with the neighbouring building’s in it compound which included the Cathedral School, Bishop’s house and the Parish centre on the Eve of the Golden Jubilee Celebrations of Four of its now retired Priests who would be completing 50 Years of Priestly Ordination on 8th November. The Four Jublinarian’s; Monsignor Matthew D’Souza, Rev.Fr.Ignatius Martis, Rev.Fr. Mark Pinto and Rev.Fr.Henry D’Almeida were Ordained on 21st December 1965 ..[By Lester Martis]

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Travelogue: Vung Tau –VIETNAM,   A Perfect Holiday Destination

Travelogue: Vung Tau –VIETNAM, A Perfect Holiday Destination

It was my second visit to Vietnam on business. This time around it was Vung Tau, 2 ½ hours by road or 1 ½ hours by ferry from Ho Chi Minh city Airport, I opted by road. Vung Tau enjoys a spectacular location on the peninsula, with ocean on three sides gives a refreshing break in life. Oil is big business here and oil tanker movement and petro dollar dominates the economy resembling Aberdeen or Texas to some extent. It is a city of broad boulevards...[By Ronald Saby]

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Moodbidri: An interview with Dr Mohan Alva, at the sideline of upcoming Alvas Nudisiri

Moodbidri: An interview with Dr Mohan Alva, at the sideline of upcoming Alvas Nudisiri

Alvas Nudisiri that was launched why common man cannot contribute in promoting Kannada and its distinct culture that is not only the domain of mere government and academy. It’s the concept envisioned by renowned Dr M Mohan Alva to enliven the splendour of Kannada cultural hierarchy. Dr Mohan believes the need of the hour is to explore new depending on the needs of prevailing times. Therefore, this year’s Alvas Nudisiri, themed on Karnataka: explore newness. Here is the interview with Dr Alva that focuses on the theme in detail.

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Udupi: Pangala Parish emerges overall champion of 12th ICYM Inter-Parish Konkani Singing Competition

Udupi: Pangala Parish emerges overall champion of 12th ICYM Inter-Parish Konkani Singing Competition

Pangala Parish emerged as the over-all Champions of 12th ICYM inter-parish konkani singing competition held on Sunday the 25th October 2015 at Sabha Bhavan of St. John Evangelist Church. Petri Parish bagged the second and Barkur Parish bagged the third place in over all championship. In total 18 parishes competed in the tough competition held for seven categories i.e. for the age group of..

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Udupi:  ICYM Pangla is fully geared up for the Mega Inter-Parish Singing Competition this Sunday

Udupi: ICYM Pangla is fully geared up for the Mega Inter-Parish Singing Competition this Sunday

As planned ICYM Pangala Unit is fully geared up for the mega Inter-Parish Singing Competition to be held on Sunday the 25th October 2015 at 2.00pm on diocesan level. The Parish Priest of Kalatur Parish Rev. Fr. Francis Cornelio will be the Chief Guest of the day and he will inaugurate the grand event. Fr. Francis Cornelio is a great composer of many konkani devotional hymns and has been coordinating with one of the konkani well-known singer Melwin Paris and together they have brought out dozens of konkani devotional CDs.

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Udupi: Preparations underway for mega Interparish Konkani Singing Competition at Pangala Parish

Udupi: Preparations underway for mega Interparish Konkani Singing Competition at Pangala Parish

Under the guidance of Rev. Fr. Leslie D’Souza, ICYM Pangala Unit of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pangala is organizing Inter-Parish Singing Competition for the 12th consecutive year. All the previous singing competitions were held successfully and this year being the 12th year, preparation for the event is much more as a large number of entries from most of the parishes of Udupi Diocese are expected. The air is filled with enthusiasm, the media banners are out, the huge banner in front of the St. John the Evangelist Church, Pangala..

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Travelogue: My unforgettable Tour of Scenic Canada

Travelogue: My unforgettable Tour of Scenic Canada

On July 27 a group of senior citizens flew from Mumbai Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport by Lufthansa airline. After nearly 8 hour flying we landed at Frankfurt airport and then we proceeded from Frankfurt for nearly 9 hour flight and landed at Pearson International airport in Toronto, Canada. After immigration formalities, our tour manager guided us to collect our bags and we proceeded to our hotel...[By John V Tauro]

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Importance of communication skills at home, office or overseas

Importance of communication skills at home, office or overseas

Your ability to communicate defines you as a person. You can be the most knowledgeable person around, but if you cannot share your ideas and if you cannot communicate, your knowledge may not mean much. Good or effective communication skills are very important, both in a social circle as well as at the work place. Communication skills play a key role in our life in so many ways: Making a good first impression, expressing you very clearly and concisely, attracting audience to your ideas and presentations are some of the important ingredients of good communication. [By Francis Saldanha]

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Udupi:  Joyous atmosphere and devotion marks Monthi Festh celebration

Udupi: Joyous atmosphere and devotion marks Monthi Festh celebration

Joyous atmosphere and devotion marked the celebration of the Feast of the Nativity of Virgin Mary (Monthi Festh) in St. Lawrence Church, Moodubelle on Tuesday, 8 September 2015 at 8 am. Children in the best of dresses carrying plates filled with varieties of beautiful flowers assembled in front of the Grotto. The members of the Parish Pastoral Council lined up in front of the Grotto with the bundles of new paddy to be blessed. Parishioners gathered around the Grotto in a semicircular formation.

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Fr. Clement Mascarenhas:  A life in the service of education from an ideal teacher to a responsible Correspondent

Fr. Clement Mascarenhas: A life in the service of education from an ideal teacher to a responsible Correspondent

Being a priest, Fr. Clement Mascarenhas began his professional career as a teacher and proved to be an ideal teacher winning the confidence and admiration of thousands of students who still fondly remember him as their mentor and guide. With an experience in teaching coupled with administrative ability he rose to the position of headmaster and later principal of PU College in some of the prestigious secondary and higher secondary educational institution spread across the then undivided Mangalore Diocese. Having served in the educational filed in different capacities for a long period of 30 years.. [Teachers’ Day Special]

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The Yettinahole Project: What the governments and politicians are hiding?

The Yettinahole Project: What the governments and politicians are hiding?

Yettinahole is ridgeline in Sakleshpur Taluka of Hassan district, where several western flowing streams drain the monsoon rainwaters into Netravati River, which is the main lifeline of Dakshina Kannada district. Karnataka Neeravari Nigam Ltd (KNNL) envisaged a project to divert a major portion of the rainwater through a system of canals, man-made reservoirs, pumping stations, and piping networks to east flowing streams in order to increase..[By Philip Mudartha]

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Importance of communication skills at home, office or overseas

Importance of communication skills at home, office or overseas

Good or effective communication skills are very important, both in a social circle as well as at the work place. Communication skills play a key role in our life in so many ways: Making a good first impression, expressing you very clearly and concisely, attracting audience to your ideas and presentations are some of the important ingredients of good communication. Making new friends and gaining confidence among your friends and peers and developing better relationships are quite important for one who seeks success in life.

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Travelogue: A Memorable Cruise to Alaska

Travelogue: A Memorable Cruise to Alaska

Travelling and tourism has been one of my favourite pastime since I retired few years ago. Even when i was in active service in Kuwait, i used to make it a point to visit different countries in Europe. After retirement, I developed an interest in those regions which are not visited commonly by conventional tourists. Few months back I had visited Morocco in North West Africa. Since long I had a great desire to visit Alaska, the icy state of US...[By John V Tauro]

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A tribute to People’s President, APJ Kalam Sir

A tribute to People’s President, APJ Kalam Sir

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (APJ) Abdul Kalam died on 27th July 2015 of cardiac arrest while he was delivering a lecture to his students at IIM Shillong. The news shocked the nation. The social media was flooded with mourning messages, adulatory tributes, and a few stray and muted reactions of dissent that he was not that great a scientist...[By Philip Mudartha]

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