Greece is a member state of European Economic Community (EEC) since 1981. In 1993, member states of ECC formally became European Union (EU). But, EU did not have a common currency. Greece, like other member states, had its own national currency drachma and central bank. In 1999, EU implemented European Common Currency Mechanism. Its European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters in Brussels issued a new currency called Euro. Greece completed withdrawal of drachma from circulation at a swap rate of 340.75 to 1 Euro by 1st January 2001.. [By Philip Mudartha]
BJP is not INC. No doubt, INC had been the refuge of ruling classes. Indira Gandhi was an aberration. Rajiv Gandhi onwards, all Congress-led governments have compromised. The result is a phenomenon called crony capitalism. The scourge is corruption scandals. In state capitals, the leftist governments in Kerala and West Bengal as well as those by state parties (Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal, both offspring of DMK, etc.) have made compromises with the ruling classes even as proclaiming themselves as pro-poor and economically disadvantaged.. [By Philip Mudartha]
The turf war between Chief Minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor (LG)Najeeb Jung threatens to mar the occasions of 100-days in office of AAP government in Delhi National Capital Territory (NCT) and 365 days in office of NDA government at centre. While LG has sought to guard his absolute control on Delhi Police and Bureaucrats, CM has sought to shake the established system and expand his role such that LG is reduced to be a figure head.. [By Philip Mudartha]
Morocco is a Constitutional Monarchy in the north western Africa on the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean sea. Its capital is Rabat and the largest city is Casablanca.As i was interested to explore this country, I joined the group of 25 senior citizens from Maharastra. We boarded the Emirates Airline at Mumbai International Airport which flew to Dubai. Soon after landing in Dubai airport we were transported to terminal 2 to board the aircraft Boieng B777 300 to Casablanca. After 7 hours 30 minutes flight we landed at Casablanca Mohammad V International Airport. [By John V Tauro]
I had two friends from Iceland during 1994 to 1998, whom I used to meet twice a year in UK during business meetings. Due to famous recession in Iceland a decade ago, I lost their business contacts and meetings. I happened to speak to one of them few months ago and decide to explore Iceland along with my family. Two weeks back we went to London and other parts of UK and moved on for 5 days of experience in Iceland. It was 3 hour ten minutes..[By Ronald Saby DSouza]
It is often said that Gold is pure and precious metal on earth. Though costlier metals than Gold are available in the market people still believe in the sanctity of gold. This may be the reason people buy gold on the auspicious day of Akshaya Tritiya, use gold for mangalsuthra and even for gift purpose to our beloved ones. But attain this status, the metal has to stand the tests of fire. Joseph Mathias of Merit Frieght is one among the precious metals.. [By Alphonse Mendonsa]
Starting the life with humble beginning and believing in his own ability to shape his destiny, this young man from Moodubelle has achieved considerable success in his career as a businessman and political activist. Besides these fields, he has been active in socio-cultural spheres and has earned a name for himself. This young and dynamic person is Rajendra Shetty-, presently President of Belle Grama Panchayat whose term will end in June 2015 or as and when the elections to the Grama Panchayats would be announced most likely in the month of May 2015..[By Dr. Eugene DSouza]
Andaman is certainly blessed with beautiful landscape, turquoise blue waters, pristine beaches and natural wealth. Having visited over 40 countries in the past, I had fixed my mind to visit this chain of islands in the Bay of Bengal.It’s an archipelago of 572 Islands, which is spread over about 780 km. from North to South in Bay of Bengal. The most important islands in the group are the North, Middle and South Andaman – popularly known as ‘Great Andaman’. These three islands are seperated from one another by narrow straits [By John V Tauro]
In the fast paced modern world when people consider themselves lucky to live beyond 70 years and consider each passing year as the ‘bonus’ from the Almighty God and many a times have to take the support of medicines and regular hospitalization, meeting a person who is 106 years old and still in good physical and mental health manifesting contentment and peace is something just unimaginable. I had the opportunity of meeting this grand-old ‘young’ man-Joseph Menezes of Magandadi, Balkunje who happens to be a relative of Mrs. Rita D’Sa, wife of William D’Sa (Willie Master) of Moodubelle... [By Dr. Eugene DSouza]
This weekend I had a privilege to walk around Boulevard around Downtown Dubai near Business bay and was thrilled see more than 250 antique, classic and modern cars on both sides of the posh road and locality. These cars attracted crowds of all ages with family ambience and festival of cars and two wheelers. Majority cars were American manufactured; however large numbers of other cars were also seen... [By Ronald Sabi]
It is but rare that one comes across a young person in modern times who would not only be willing to join priesthood but choose a faraway country as a field of missionary activity. However, incidentally, I was amazed to know that one priest, a native of Moodubelle has come on holidays from Brazil and wanted to know about him and the country where he has been serving as a missionary. Hence, I made it a point to fix an appointment with Fr.Edward Fernandes and have detailed interaction with him so as to know about his formative years, training as a priest and his missionary service in Brazil.
Gardening has always been a passion with me since I moved in to my company accommodation since several years now. We all know that nature has great solace to offer. At the beginning of the winter season nothing could deter me indulging in to my favorite past time hobby in the gulf - Gardening. By converting a small patch in front of my house in to a bountiful green flower garden and not even my long working hours in the office or my other sporting activities or the inclement weather in the Gulf would not dampen my spirits and love for nature...[By Francis Saldanha]
Konkani music has witnessed incredible growth over the years. Talented lyricists, composers, music arrangers and singers have been constantly working to enrich Konkani music. This time it’s getting even bigger. An upcoming sensational Konkani musical album ‘Hero – Only Yours’ will feature an acclaimed bollywood playback singer. The album, set to release on April 10 is expected to set a new benchmark in Konkani music. The bollywood’s most sensational and mesmerizing singer Kunal Ganjawala of ‘Bheege Hont’ fame has lent his melodious voice to a Konkani song for the first time.
The Indian Catholic Youth Movement (ICYM) Moodubelle Unit celebrated fortieth anniversary (Ruby Jubilee) of its foundation on Sunday, 8 February 2015 with the Udupi Diocesan Level ‘Yuva Konkani Festh’ from 9 am to 5 pm with holy mass, grand procession, innovative inauguration, varieties of competition, appreciative valedictory function and declaration of winners. Around 700 ICYM members representing different parishes into five deaneries participated in the ‘Yuva Konkani Festh’.
Udupi/Shirva: Centenary of Our Lady of Health Church celebrated with solemn thanksgiving mass, felicitation and community meal
The Centenary of Our Lady of Health Church, Shirva was celebrated on Saturday, 31 January 2015 in a memorable manner with solemn thanksgiving mass offered by four Bishops-Most Rev. Dr. Aloysisu P. D’Souza, Bishop of Mangalore as the chief celebrant, Most Rev. Dr. Gerald Isaac Lobo, Bishop of Udupi, Most Rev. Dr. Antony Fernandes, retired Bishop from Bareily and Most Rev. Dr. Pius D’Souza, Bishop of Ajmer along with Msgr. Batist Menezes, Vicar General of Udupi, Rev. Fr. Riachard Coelho, former parish priest of Shirva.