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Top Goan Band To Perform At May
Published: Sunday, 8 April,
2007, 08:47 AM Doha Time
members perform at a show
THE Goan Welfare Association (GWA) of Qatar will
organise the May Queen Ball, a dinner dance, at the
Diplomatic Club on May 10.
Top Goan band Forefront is to play during the 7th
annual May Queen Ball. The highlight of the event will
be the crowning of the May Queen by Bollywood stars
attending the function. The names of the stars were
being finalised, GWA president Simon D'Silva said.
Forefront has held many performances in India and
abroad and was featured on the MTV channel. The band's
first album titled 'Always By Your Side'" was a hit.
The band will play in Kuwait on May 3 for the summer
ball, organised by Goan Cultural Centre in Kuwait.
Goa's top host Updesh Swar will be flown to Doha to
compere the show.
The May Queen Ball has been getting better each year
with the support of sponsors and participants, Simon
GWA had always tried to organise events keeping the
traditional Goan hospitality, cultural heritage and
music in mind, he added.
The celebrities who have crowned the May Queen in the
past include Bollywood stars Aftab Shivdasani, Asrani,
Rajeev Khandelval, Sameer Dharmaadhikari, Indian pop
and rock star Remo Fernandes, and Indian ministers.
Proceeds from the events were offered to charities
like the Gujarat Earthquake Fund, the Prime Minister's
Relief Fund, Child Relief and You (CRY), Girl Child
Orphans and other social causes.
Participants to the contest should contact the
organisers for forms and invitation cards, Simon said.
First-time contestants will be treated as guests.
Tickets are priced at QR125
for adults and QR75 per child
Sarah - Jane Dias
Wins Miss India crown
Mumbai girl Sarah Jane Dias was crowned 'Miss India
World', Puja Gupta 'Miss India Universe' and Puja
Chitgopekar 'Miss India Earth' at a glittering awards
function of the coveted beauty pageant. Sarah, who is
a Veejay and a model, won the title beating 24 other
contestants in the finals of the event.
The first runner-up was Puja Gupta and Puja
Chitgopekar the second runner-up, an official of the
event organiser Pantaloons said.He said the pageant
this year had decided to declare the 'Miss India
World' as the official winner.
The event was judged by several celebraties including
Bollywood actors Sanjay Dutt, Priyanka Chopra,
director Subhash Ghai and model Ujwalla Raut and went
for almost two-and-a-half hours.
In the final round, the five
finalists had to answer to the question - "If you had
to convince a rural woman to participate in the Miss
India contest, how would you do it?"
Nairobi attracts virtual offices
April 5, 2007, 12:00 am
By Kenneth Kwama
Kenya is proving to be an attractive destination for
investors with a significant number of new entrants
over the past one year seeking a stake in the
country’s growing economy.
The most prominent high-profile investor this year has
been British tycoon Mr Richard Branson of Virgin
Group, but there have been other major international
companies who have made a quiet entry, attracted by
opportunities in an improved investment climate.
"We have seen a renewed interest by investors in Kenya
over the past one year" says Mr Alex Andrewes,
Executive Director Eden Square Business Centre (ESBC),
which caters for local and international businesses
seeking to break into or expand into the East African
Serviced office specialist, ESBC has witnessed
phenomenal growth since its inception one year ago and
now has a stable of 45 clients based at the
prestigious Eden Square Building along Uhuru Highway
opposite Riverside Drive near Westlands.
The centre is opening another location next month at
the newly built Landmark Plaza opposite Nairobi
Hospital. "Most of our clients are foreign companies
and local start up businesses," says Andrewes adding:
"The fact that we are doing well is a reflection that
the underlying economy is doing well and that
investors are showing confidence in the growth of
ESBC specialises in serviced offices, meeting rooms,
Virtual Office packages and administrative support
services that allow companies to focus on their core
businesses without wasting time and resources needed
to set up new offices.
Back by popular demand
99 TEGSA Members and Guests
enjoyed an evening of Whist, which proved to be a
The evening started with the service of delicious and
sumptuous plate of snacks served with Tea and Coffee –
this kept the members energized and in high spirits
and ready for an evening of whist.
Everyone enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and welcomed
the opportunity to say Hello to friends and
Our sincere thanks to Joe Lobo and Christine Rodigues
who organized and ran the Whist enjoyed by all. 19
Tables were filled quickly and even a couple of novice
players decided to pay - were made to feel comfortable
and quickly adapted to the game. After 15 games of
Whist – prizes were handed out – compliments of Joe
and Bonita Lobo.
The evening ended with a round on Bingo and the crowd
parted on a very happy note.
Voice designed and compiled by
Demerg Systems India for
Silverline Technologies Ltd.,
Campal Trade Centre, Next to Military Hospital, Campal,