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]
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 flight from London..[By Ronald Saby DSouza]
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.
Shirva: Historic Horekanike Procession marks the beginning of Centenary celebration of Our Lady of Health Church
The unprecedented historic Horekanike procession on Thursday, 29 January 2015 from 4 pm to 6pm marked the commencement of the Centenary celebration of Our Lady of Health Church, Shirva. There was overwhelming participation by not only the parishioners of Shirva but also from other parishioners within the Shirva Varado and also from neighbouring parishes such as Moodubelle and Udupi. Other organizations such USWAS from Dubai, SWAK from Kuwait and Tempo and Rickshaw Owners and Drivers Association and individuals also participated in the horekanike procession.
As the Church dedicated to Our Lady of Health at Shirva-the Mother Parish of Belle, Mudarangadi, Shankerpura, Pernal, Pamboor, Kalatthur and Yermal, completes a century of its inauguration and blessing by the then Bishop of Mangalore, Most Rev. Paul Perini on 9 February 1915, it would be interesting to know the historical background of the foundation of the church.The origin of Christianity in South Kanara comprising of the present districts of Udupi and Dakshina Kannada. [By Dr Eugene DSouza]
Since independence, India’s progress has been exceptional and notable in many ways. Various stalwarts in their own capacity have strived for the progress and development of our nation. India has witnessed increasing economic growth, improved literacy rate and substantial improvement in various sectors. India is seen amongst the fastest growing economies in the world over the last couple of years.