Goa News Clips
The Mangalore-based Konkani cultural organisation Mand
Sobhann has taken Konkani into the Guinness Book of
World Records, for the longest non-stop group singing
session, lasting 40 hours. The effort broke the earlier
record, set by Brazilian group Communidade Evangelica
Luterana Sao Paulo, which sang non-stop for 36 hours on
3 and 4 July 2004.The marathon singing session, which
began at 6am on Saturday and ended at 10pm on Sunday,
featured 44 troupes comprising 1,711 singers. They sang
645 songs during the session, without repeating a single
composition. And, unfortunately, of the 44, just two
troupes were from Goa. Surely an effort like this
merited better participation. Congratulations, Mand
Sobhann, you have made Konkani proud.
Sesa Goa Selected As
Top Indian Company In Mining Sector
NT Business Desk
Panaji, Jan 21: Sesa Goa Ltd has been selected as the top
Indian company in the mining sector for the Dun and
Bradstreet – American Express Corporate Awards 2007.
Dun and Bradstreet publishes ‘India’s Top 500
Companies’, which includes India’s most well-respected
and high performing companies on the basis of various
financial parameters. The companies considered for the
award were the top 500 companies as covered under the
The criteria for ranking used are total income, net
profit and net worth. It includes both private sector
companies as well as public sector enterprises (PSEs)
that are listed on stock exchanges. The companies were
short listed on the basis of their market,
capitalisation on the BSE and the NSE.
For the past five decades, Sesa Goa Ltd, an iron ore
mining company of the Vedanta group has been involved in
iron ore mining, beneficiation and exports besides
diversifying into the manufacture of pig iron and
Goa Plans Study On Out-Migration
Porvorim (Goa) : Goa
is planning to have a migration monitoring study
shortly, with the state having a long history of skilled
as well as unskilled jobseekers moving out and settling
overseas. The state's Commissioner for NRI Affairs,
Eduardo Faleiro, said Goa University's department of
sociology was being approached for the study.
"Migration has long been important to the people of Goa.
We need to adopt a scientific approach towards
understanding migration," Faleiro said at a function
held at the Xavier Centre of Historical Research here.
"We also need to understand what is the implication of
(out) migration for Goan society and the economy. Goans
have migrated before, during and after colonial times,"
said Faleiro, a former union minister who became Goa's
commissioner for NRI affairs after his term in the Rajya
Sabha ended. He pointed out that migration - whether to
remote places like Myanmar decades ago, or to the Gulf,
which he recently visited - involved both highly
qualified people and unskilled job seekers from Goa.
Faleiro also announced plans for a Know Goa Programme
that would bring 10 young people "in the 20s and 30s"
back to Goa each year to study the life here and in one
other state of India. "We would focus on young Goans who
have never been back home," he announced. For a range of
complex historic reasons, Goan out-migration, especially
going abroad, has come largely from the Catholic
population in the state.
December is the time when a number of expatriate Goans
from across the globe head home, in keeping with the
peak tourist season that is also a time for Christmas
festivities. Over the past few days, an online network
of largely Goan expatriates called goanet.org held its
annual reunion in this state, and felicitated an
eight-year-old Goan international chess champion, Ivana
Furtado, during the event.
During the weekend, the GoaSudharop.org, another
not-for-profit organisation meant to encourage local
initiatives back home, held a discussion and debate on
critical issues facing Goa. Speaking during a panel
discussion at the function addressed by Faleiro, ad
professional Cajetan Vaz suggested that Goan migrants
retained their links with home, when they kept ties with
the "three pillars" of their language, food and music.
Writer Vivek "VM" Menezes said a significant bit of Goan
prosperity was based on migration. Besides remittances
of money and ideas, expatriate Goans had been early
adopters, adapters and cultural brokers, he said.
Goa shivers in cold
NT Staff Reporter
Panaji Jan 28 The city yesterday recorded the lowest
temperature in 63 years, with the mercury touching 15.5
The Goa meteorological department sources informed that
the severe cold wave being experienced by north India
has travelled down to Goa and the state is in the grip
of cold since last couple of days. It was also informed
that the city had experienced a temperature of 15.8
degree Celsius in the winter of 1981, while it was all
time low in 1945 when the mercury dropped down to 14.4
Though the city recorded 15.5 degree Celsius temperature
yesterday, the villages around the state, especially
those near the water bodies and arecanut plantations may
have experienced cold with the temperature reaching as
low as 11 to 12 degree Celsius, the sources maintained.
The sources further maintained that the temperature
could still come down during next few days, before
advent of the summer.
Vasco based V3 Entertainment and Event Management staged
"Amche Anvdde", a Konkani musical event at the Baina
beach from 6.30 pm onwards. The vast audience was
treated with yet another signature event of wholesome
entertainment in tune with the traditional Goan ethos.
The show brought together for the first time Goan
musicians who have excelled in the Bollywood Industry
and famous singers who have enthralled Konkani music
lovers all over the world.
heartland' betray Eric Ozario?
PANJIM: For Eric
Ozario, who single-handedly catapulted Konkani into the
Guinness Book of World Records, it was sheer hard work
all the way. Instances abounds of how he faced bouquets
and brickbats. And that too, unfortunately, from a
section of Goan Konkaniwadis, he says.
[Nilesh Khandeparkar, GT]
Meet challenges of
demographic trends: state finance commission
PANAJI, Jan 28:
The second Goa State Finance Commission, headed
by Mr Alban Couto, in its report and recommendations
submitted to the Governor, Mr SC Jamir, at Raj Bhavan
today morning, has called for strengthening the legal
and institutional framework to meet challenges and
pressures of demographic trends and to carry out
priorities and programmes. [NT]
Konkani Flag Stands
High on Global Scene
Mandd Sobhann Smashes Brazil
Marathon Singing Record...
MANGALORE, Jan 27:
History has been created today! Mandd Sobhann has done
it! 'Konkani Nirantari', a singing marathon of multi
singers, broke the existing record of 36 hours in the
name of 'Communidade Evangelica Luterana Sao Paulo' of
Ulbra, Brazil, by singing for 40-hours non-stop in
Konkani. In what can be called the most anxious,
nail-biting time of the evening, the wait for Keith
Pullin, the chief adjudicator of Guinness World Records
to announce the record never seem to cease.
official valedictory programme started after a
stupendous music performance which was also the last
performance of Konkani Nirantari by Mandd Sobhann group
which comprised of members of Mandd Sobhann, Kalakul
along with Kuwait representative Rony D'Cunha. But no
one gathered was bothered about anything other than
chief adjudicator Keith Pullin's decision and when
finally the compere handed over the mike to Keith Pullin
to announce his decision there was pin-drop silence in
the entire arena. Keith began his address thus, "It's
amazing….everyone has done wonderful job. I have
experienced something inexplicable in these last couple
of days...Your effort has been outstanding to say the
least and that has been recognized by Guinness Record…
Book 'Follow Me' to
Nascimento J. Mascarenhas is set to release his fourth
book entitled ' Follow Me' on 30th, at the J.M.J.
Hospital Hall, behind Clergy Home, Porvorim. The book is
self published and will be released at the hands of Most
Rev. Filipe Neri Ferrao, the Archbishop of Goa and
Daman. "Follow Me" deals in two chapters, with the
arrival of the Franciscans in Bardez, and their
evangelisation of entire Bardez Taluka. The second part
deals with the parish priests of the parishes of Bardez
The book has a foreword by Fr. Francisco Caldeira,
Editor of the Pastoral Bulletin 'Renovacao'. Joel
D'Souza has profiled the author. The book, an effort in
compiling the work of unsung heroes, contains both old
and new black and white photographs of the churches in
Bardez and the front cover design is by another
journalist, artist and Konkani writer Pio Esteves, of
Agacaim. Fr. Nascimento J. Mascarenhas, has earlier
authored and published three books - ‘Proclaimers of
God’s Kingdom from Goa to Lisboa’ in 2001, A Paen to
Ophthalmologist Dr. Prof. Claudio Raimundo da Gama
Pinto’ in 2002 and ‘Mormugao’s Rich Heritage’ (2005).
[Daniel F de Souza]
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