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Historical Background of St. Lawrence Basilica, Attur-Karkala

Historical Background of St. Lawrence Basilica, Attur-Karkala

Following the declaration by Pope Francis elevating the shrine of St. Lawrence at Attur-Karkala to the status of Minor Basilica on 26 April 2016, preparations are underway for the Proclamation and Dedication of this shrine as Minor Basilica on 1 August 2016 in the presence of Cardinals, Bishops, priests, religious men and women and a large number of devotees of St. Lawrence. With this mega event, the pilgrimage centre will be viewed in the new light as Minor Basilica. As the Diocese of Udupi has woken up to the unique occasion, and the diocesan authorities have been putting in all their energies...[By Dr. Eugene D’Souza]

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St.  Lawrence Basilica: Significance of Basilica in the Catholic World

St. Lawrence Basilica: Significance of Basilica in the Catholic World

It is a matter of great pride and honour to the people of the Udupi Diocese that one of the prominent historical shrines in the diocese dedicated to St. Lawrence at Attur-Karkala has been elevated to the status of Minor Basilica by Pope Francis in a Decree issued on April 26, 2016. St. Lawrence

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Sr. Mary Leonette A C: Fifty Years of Memorable Journey in Apostolic Carmel

Sr. Mary Leonette A C: Fifty Years of Memorable Journey in Apostolic Carmel

On 3 May 2016, Sr. Mary Leonette (Leena Elizabeth Barboza) completed 50 years of religious life in the Apostolic Carmel congregation known for its pioneering work in the field of education. Being born in a large family, that too in the family of late Salvador Barboza,the first sacristan of St. Lawrence Church, Moodubelle who was instrumental along with the first parish priest late Fr. Casmir Fernandes in the building of the first church, Sr. Mary Leonette had a sound religious background in nurturing her vocation...[By Dr. Eugene D’Souza]

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Achyuta Acharya of Durganagar, Shankarpura: A Master Craftsman who served the community with dignity

Achyuta Acharya of Durganagar, Shankarpura: A Master Craftsman who served the community with dignity

I was just relaxing after my lunch at my residence and then I saw a frail old man walking with an umbrella in front of my house. I wondered where this old man was coming from in the afternoon in the hot sun. When he walked right in front of my house I immediately recognized who he was. The steel man, a legend and popularly known as ‘Kodapatte Acharyyane’-Achyuta Acharya whom I knew since my childhood. I knew that he is my neigbour since I went..[By Alphonse Mendonsa]

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Kitta...The Cat (Article Dedicated to Cat Lovers)

Kitta...The Cat (Article Dedicated to Cat Lovers)

I was inspired by Philip Mudarth’s Face Book posting to write this article on our cat Kitta. Below was the picture he posted. Philip wrote-I filmed this cat and pigeon "tease" in Mauritius. I think they behave same everywhere. He (Kitta) walked into our house around four years back on a summer day…and we did not chase him away. He slept leaning main door of our house in order to get some cooling from the lean gap of the door. Within a day he was allowed to enter the home. Immediately he walked upstairs and straight jumped on to bed and got himself almost buried inside the comforter...[By Ronald Saby]

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AAP government slashes VAT in its second budget

AAP government slashes VAT in its second budget

The Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Monday presented a "zero-tax" Budget which slashed the value added tax (VAT) on a wide range of goods to bring down prices of consumer products such as green vehicles, watches, readymade garments, shoes, schoolbags, and common-use items such as namkeen, farsan, sweets etc....[By Philip Mudartha]

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Mrs. Ranjani Hegde: Memorable journey from a dedicated social worker to Panchayat President

Mrs. Ranjani Hegde: Memorable journey from a dedicated social worker to Panchayat President

It is a matter of great satisfaction for a person, especially for a woman hailing from village and farming background to aspire for higher education, venture into social work, enter politics and eventually occupy the seat of honour and power in the village panchayat and carry on good governance in the interest of the villagers. On the occasion of International Women’s Day celebration, Bellevision.com found such a woman in Mrs. Ranjani Hegde who by her social work, determination and dedication carved a niche for herself in the village of Belle-Kattingeri, entered electoral politics in village panchayat, got elected twice as the member of the Belle Grama Panchayat.. [International Women’s Day Special]

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When the sun shines, make hay? No, make power and more

When the sun shines, make hay? No, make power and more

We have been using solar radiation for generations, mainly as day-light during the day; provide heat to ourselves and living organisms and sunshine for drying our laundry, various food items and agro-products on household scale. Just imagine the amount of electricity we saved due to sunshine! But, solar power is about the generation of electricity from solar radiation using equipment and technologies. The concept goes back to the discovery of photovoltaic effect...[By Philip Mudartha]

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The most entertaining spectacles in world cricket, ICC World cup Twenty20!

The most entertaining spectacles in world cricket, ICC World cup Twenty20!

The game of cricket has been the most popular among all kinds of sports in India for the past several years. As the saying goes, “Indians eat cricket, sleep cricket, dream cricket and live cricket”. The popularity of the game is so huge that it is often compared to religion in India as well. Hence, the influence of cricket on the Indian society is quite big that Indian cricket enthusiasts smile, cry, become angry and manifest sorrow with every achievement or failure of the Indian..[By Francis Saldanha]

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Ek Saal, Kejriwal: the honest politics marches on

Ek Saal, Kejriwal: the honest politics marches on

On 14th February 2015, Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stormed the Assembly election to win 67 seats and to form the government in Delhi-NCT state. On Sunday, the AAP government completes one year in office. Its anniversary celebrations include public Q&A session with the cabinet taking questions from the people, aptly labelled "phone pe charcha". However, Kejriwal and his supporters in the India against Corruption...[By Philip Mudartha]

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Of Power Cuts, the criticism, and an alternative response of positive action

Of Power Cuts, the criticism, and an alternative response of positive action

The promise was that the state will get uninterrupted power from 1 January 2016. But, households in the coastal districts, especially in villages the power situation is grim, despite mild weather during this winter. It would get only worse during the summer as refrigerators and air-conditioners kick in. The reported power shortage in Karnataka is 1,000MW, with demand at 8,500MW outstripping supply at 7,500MW. The stability of the grid is managed by load-shedding...[By Philip Mudartha]

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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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