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]
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.