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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
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.
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]
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]
Na kha-unga, nakhanedoonga (I will not eat, nor will I let others eat).Narendra Modi’s lofty announcements to Indian diaspora in USA, Australia and Canada sound hollow within a fortnight of his completing one year in office. His government is already grappling with credibility crisis. Every night, private TV channels dole out juicy details of involvement in various scandals and alleged corruption cases. As the beautiful and powerful of the land engage in screaming matches against each other’s’ position, the nation, according to Arnob Goswami of Times Now, wants to know all about Lalitgate...[By Philip Mudartha]
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]