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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Udupi: Pangala Parish emerges overall champion of 12th ICYM Inter-Parish Konkani Singing Competition
Udupi: Pangala Parish emerges overall champion of 12th ICYM Inter-Parish Konkani Singing Competition

Pangala Parish emerged as the over-all Champions of 12th ICYM inter-parish konkani singing competition held on Sunday the 25th October 2015 at Sabha Bhavan of St. John Evangelist Church. Petri Parish bagged the second and Barkur

Udupi: Preparations underway for mega Interparish Konkani Singing Competition at Pangala Parish
Udupi: Preparations underway for mega Interparish Konkani Singing Competition at Pangala Parish

Under the guidance of Rev. Fr. Leslie D’Souza, ICYM Pangala Unit of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pangala is organizing Inter-Parish Singing Competition for the 12th consecutive year. All the previous singing competitions were held

Travelogue: My unforgettable Tour of Scenic Canada
Travelogue: My unforgettable Tour of Scenic Canada

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

Importance of communication skills at home, office or overseas
Importance of communication skills at home, office or overseas

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.. [By Francis Saldanha]

Travelogue: A Memorable Cruise to Alaska
Travelogue: A Memorable Cruise to Alaska

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...[By John V Tauro]

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