|Dubai: Sabitha Mathias and Jeevan Vas Sing their Way into GVOM-3 Finals - 9/29/2012
Dubai, Sep 28 : In a scintillating contest that saw some of the voices of UAE vie for a spot in the finals of 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore - 3', Sabitha Mathias of Udupi emerged victorious among the women contestants and Jeevan Vas of Ujire among the men. The two beat their fellow contestants in the semi-final round held here on Friday Septmeber 28 at the Gems School, Dubai.
Unlike in the other Gulf countries, in UAE each of the semi-final contestant was offered two songs, a slow and a fast one. Three judges chose the winners after some top-class performances from the singers. Competition was tougher in the female category as all of them gave extraordinary performances for both slow and fast numbers.
The event started at 6 pm with a prayer song by Mangalore Konkans group followed by Gulf Voice of Mangalore theme song.
Alwyn Pinto, a well-known artiste and senior member of Mangalore Konkans gave a brief introduction on the contest and welcomed everyone.
Roshan D'Silva, one of the best comperes around UAE with plenty of experience in conducting such shows, was the master of ceremony.
Dr Prashant Raj from Mangalore, Nephie Rod Pradhan from Mumbai and Rony D'Cunha from Kuwait were in the panel of judges.
Laila, Crecilla, Sabitha, Nisha, Asha and Thelma were the female singers, and Alwyn, Prashant, Robin, Anil, Preeth and Jeevan were male semi-finalists.
Soon after the competition in both slow and fast categories in male and female sections, president of Mangalore Konkans addressed the gathering and expressed his gratitude to sponsors of the event, Raju Fernandes, SPPE , Specialized Power Products, UAE, media partner Daijiworld and all those who worked for the event. He made special mention of Lawrence Pinto and Louis Rodrigues of Kuwait who are the founders of this show.
After the break, top class entertainment was presented for an hour non-stop by the visiting artistes who were also the judges. Nephie, Dr Prashant and Rony rendered some popular numbers like 'Korun Kanthara' 'Char Disancho Sansar', 'Hav Tuzo Mog Kartha', 'Mog Tuzo' and so on
At the end, the much-awaited result was announced by compere Roshan. James Mendonca and Aboline D'Cunha along with the judges were present on the stage while felicitating the winners. A huge round of applause and cheer burst out among the audience as soon as the results were declared.
Now the winners will contest for the coveted 'Gulf Voice of Mangalore' title at Doha on October 19, 2012.
|Eighth Regional Catholic Youth Convention inaugurated in Belthangady - 9/29/2012
Belthangady, 29 Sept 2012: Dr Henry DíSouza, Honorable Bishop of Bellary Diocese, has called upon the youth to materialize the vision of a strong society by breaking barriers of caste and creed.
He was speaking after inaugurating the three-day Karnataka Yuvajanotsava 2012, the eighth Regional Catholic Youth Convention on September 28, Friday at the Holy Redeemer Church premises Belthangady, under the aegis of the Youth Commission of Karnataka Regional.
Catholic Bishopsí Council and Youth Indian Catholic Movement of Belthangady Diocese. Bishop Rev Fr. Henry DíSouza said the main aim of the convention was to inculcate leadership qualities in the youth. He also exhorted the younger generation to be harbingers of change. The youth should develop a strong will power and pave the way for a change for the good, just as the crusade against corruption by Anna Hazare gave a new direction to the war against the social evil, he observed.Earlier, hoisting the Convention flag,Rev Fr Lawrence Mukkuzy, Honorable Bishop of Belthangady Diocese, said the nation can flourish, prosper and progress on expected lines when youth engage in constructive works without going astray. They should have a great vision for their nation, he added.
A large number of young delegates added grace and grandeur to the convention. Students of Kalpataru College presented a prayer in dance form, while the Convention theme song ĎOndaagona Vishwada Nirmaanakkeí which was also presented in a dance form by students of Sandesha College, mesmerized the audience.
Rev Fr Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, Bishop of Puttur,Fr Franklin DíSouza,National Director of Youth Commission , Fr James DíSouza. Parish Priest of Holy Redeemer Church, Fr Jose Variyaparambil,Fr Zobi,Youth Representatives Brijesh,Joslin Vas, Richard ,Ramson menezes ,Sanny ,and others were on the dais.
Immanuel Santosh, President of Karnataka Regional ICYM, welcomed the gathering. Anusha, Vice President, proposed the vote of thanks.
|Kaup: Heart Awareness by Manipal Sand Arts - 9/29/2012
Kaup, 29 September 2012: Artists Srinath Manipal, Venki Palimaru and Ravi Hirebettu from Manipal Sand Arts who always spread awareness on preserving good health through their programs and arts in various media giving information to people, created a ďHeart AwarenessĒ sculpture in sand on Friday, on the occasion of World Heart Day, at Kaup sea beach.
Throughout the world 1.70 crores of people die every year due to heart related diseases, which is the second most cause for the untimely death. This figure will reach to 2.5 crores by 2030. The intention of this sculpture is to give this information, said these artists of Sand Arts.
World Heart Day was created in 2000 to inform people around the globe that heart disease and stroke are the worldís leading cause of death and the number is rising every year. Together with its members, the World Heart Federation spreads the news that at least 80% of premature deaths from heart disease and stroke could be avoided if the main risk factors, tobacco, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity, are controlled.
Worldwide activities such as public talks and screenings, walks and runs, concerts or sporting events are organized worldwide by members and partners of the World Heart Federation. This year in continuation from our 2011 theme of home heart health we will make 2012 the year of cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention among women and children because: Women/children and CVD are not synonymous:
CVD is commonly considered an ďolder personsĒ and a ďmanísĒ disease Women underestimate their CVD risk; even though almost half of the 17.3 million annual deaths occur in women Children are particularly at risk, since they have little control over their environment and can be limited in choices to live heart-healthily.
Unless action is taken to enable heart-healthy activity, the children of today are at increased CVD risk later in life. Women / mothers are often the gate keeper to their familyís health hence a key influencer in keeping their hearts healthy.
Heart is the most important organ of our body. People through their irregular food habits, uncontrolled deposition of fat in the body and lack of exercise is causing the damage to heart. With these things in the background the art has been prepared as if the heart is pleading to protect itself form all these bad habits, in order to spread awareness among the people .
|Dubai: Bellevision UAE bags the Little Flower Mukamarís Sadhan Puroskar Award - 9/29/2012
Dubai, 28 Sep 2012: Bellevision Association baged the most prestigious Puraskar Award for the best association in U.A.E. The award was given away in a glittering ceremony during celebration of their 2nd anniversary and Sadhan Puroskar program staged at the India Club here on grand Friday.
The Parishioners of Mukamar gathered in large number for the grand ceremony which began at 12 noon. Godwin Corda former President of Little Flowers Mukamar welcomed the gathering and requested Rev. Fr. Victor DíSouza, Parish Priest of Mukamar Parish especially flown from Mangalore for the great occasion to invoke Godís blessings on todayís event.
Asha Correa entered the stage with a big bang and had audience awaked the audience and proceded with conducting the entire event. Hazar moila thavn Aileaum by Mukamar theme song sung beautifully by Mukamar Committee members. Followed by a beautiful dance by Jenica and Janisa and Renisha, Bollywood fusion dance by Samantha, Danica & Betina
Various spot games were conducted by Asha Correa and kept the audience active and engaged with the program.
Sadhan Puraskar an award for the best organization in U.A.E. was conducted by Dayan DíSouza of Mukamar. The award was selected among the 25 associations exists in U.A.E who cater to the various needs of their community members here in U.A.E and back home in Mangalore that includes charitable deed, educational assistance to under-previlaged children, needs of the patients, hospitalization, and financial assistance to the treatment of patients, Sports activities/tournaments, cultural activities and various community services. Estimated 25 associations were enrolled for this competition and three were finally were finalized for the prestigious award. The three finalist were USWAS Shirva, Bellevision and Famad Pernal. The prominent Konkani figure, writer Stan Ageira was the chief judge and he honoured for his didection to scruitize the report sent by all the associations. He was felicitated on the occasion.
During the Sadhan Puroskar award ceremony, the well-known personalities were invited on the stage during the Puraskar were Rev. Fr. Victor D;Souza (Parish Priest of Mukamar), Ms. Jean Colaso (Wife of Ronald Colaso),Melwin Rodrigues (Poet), Walter DíSouza Nandallike (Daijiworld), Walter DíSouza declared the winner of Sadhan Puraskar is Bellevision Association of Moodubelle Parish of Mangalore. The winners were recognized for Charity, sport events, Konkani Kavitha Fest (National Level) CD creation, volley-ball & Throw-ball tournament. The presidents of Bellevision Association namely Ronald DíSouza, Ronald Sabi DíSouza and Elias DíSouza were invited on the stage award was presented by Rev. Fr. Victor DíSouza, and cheque for Rs. 25,000 was presented by Ms. Jean Colaco.
The two runners up of the award winners USWAS Shirva and Famad Pernal leaders were also invited on the stage and were felicitated with Mementos, Citation and cash cheque of Rs. 10,000 each.
Also on the occasion Byndoor association which started before any organized existed in U.A.E i.e. 23 years ago were recognized and their leaders were felicitated with memento and citation.
Mewin Rodrigues spoke on the occasion and praised for Little Mukamar for they have recognized other associations. He cited the selfless service of the flowers to the numerous occasions. He said same way Little Flower of Mukamar rendered its services in a very big way and large organizations. Fr. Victor DíSouza also spoke on the occasion and praised Mukamar association for their kind support to various associations and recognizing them. He also thanked Mukamar for inviting for this grand occasion to be with them to celebrate the 2nd anniversary and Sadhan Puraskar.
There was also a surprise felicitation was done and that was none other than Dayan Mukamar not only by Mukamar association but all Konkani community of U.A.E. for this unselfish work for various associations, creating of Daijibubai and support to various Konkani organization.
Dayan and his wife Lavina and children were ceremoniously taken in a procession to the stage and accorded a grand welcome by audience and the guests.
The President of Little Flower Mukamar Reshma DíCruze read the Manpatr to Dayan DíSouza Mukamar. The felicitation ceremony was conducted by another prominent personality, MC in U.A.E. Donny Correa. Dayan was presented with Manpatr, Floral bouquet, traditional shawl and fruit basket.
The memorable Konkani melodious songs rendered by many Konkani famous singers of UA.E. namely Mario Rego, (Mog, Havn Mog Kortam) and Rony Byndur (Wilma Maria R), Nisha Sequeira from Urwa Mangalaore (Kaliz Lashta) sung beautifully and won the hearts of the audience. The one man band was provided by Russell Sequeira and supported by Anil Cardoza. Also Joined in singing by Haris Serigar normally singing in Kannada and Tulu and today he sang ever shine song from Konkaani film Mog Thujo Axello from Mog ani Maipas. Bangar tu moje (by Rony Byndur & Nisha Sequeira. Sanne Udelam (Joseph Mathias), Russel Sequira (Don Teen Vorsan) entertained the audience. Joseph Mathias and Roy Byndur sang evergreen Henry DíSouza (Ami Dogi Sezara).
A brief stage programme was held to felicitate the all the sponsors, artists, musicians and supporters.
A raffle draw was held during the occasion and the remaining unsold Raffle tickets were auction and went to the highest bidder Joseph Mathias of Merit Freight.
The event ended with a Baila dance which has large audience dancing to the fast Konkani numbers.
|ಸೈಂಟ್Ě ಮೇರೀಸ್Ě ದ್ವೀಪ ನೋಡ ಬನ್ನಿ ! - 9/29/2012
ವಿಶ್ವವಿಖ್ಯಾತಿ ಪ್ರವಾಸಿತಾಣ ಮಲ್ಪೆಯ ಸೈಂಟ್Ě ಮೇರಿಸ್Ě ದ್ವೀಪಕ್ಕೆ ಇದೀಗ ಯಾನ ಆರಂಭಗೊಂಡಿರುವುದು ಪ್ರವಾಸಿಗರ ಪಾಲಿನ ಒಂದು ಸದವಕಾಶವಾಗಿದೆ.
ಪ್ರವಾಸಿಗರನ್ನು ಕರೆದೊಯ್ಯುವ ಯಾನದ ಬೋಟನ್ನು ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥಾಪಕರು ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಸಜ್ಜುಗೊಳಿಸಿದ್ದು ಇಲಾಖೆ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಪರಿಶೀಲನೆ ನಡೆಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಗುರುವಾರ ಯಾನದ ಬೋಟನ್ನು ನೀರಿಗಿಳಿಸಲಾಯಿತು.
ಸೈಂಟ್Ě ಮೇರಿಸ್Ě ದ್ವೀಪಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರತಿನಿತ್ಯ ಯಾನದ ನಿಗದಿತ ಟ್ರಿಪ್Ě ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ 10.30 ಮತ್ತು ಆಪರಾಹ್ನ 3.30 ಕ್ಕೆ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಪ್ರವಾಸಿಗರ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿದಂತೆ ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ 8.30 ರಿಂದ ಸಾಯಂಕಾಲ 5.30ರ ವರೆಗೂ ಬೋಟಿನ ಸೇವೆಯನ್ನು ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ಬೋಟಿನ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥಾಪಕರು ಕಲ್ಪಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಆದರೆ ಕನಿಷ್ಟ 30 ಮಂದಿಯ ಆವಶ್ಯಕತೆ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. ಪ್ರಯಾಣ ದರ ಒಬ್ಬರಿಗೆ 100 ರೂಪಾಯಿ ಇದ್ದು 3 ರಿಂದ 10 ವರ್ಷದೊಳಗಿನ ಮಕ್ಕಳಿಗೆ 50 ರೂಪಾಯಿ ವಿಧಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಪ್ರತೀ ವರ್ಷ ಬಂದರು ಇಲಾಖಾಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳಿಂದ ಬೋಟನ್ನು ಪರಿಶೀಲನೆ ನಡೆಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಬೋಟಿಗೆ ಸುಣ್ಣ ಬಣ್ಣ ಬಳಿಯುವುದಲ್ಲದೆ. ಲೈಫ್Ěಬಾಯ್Ě, ಲೈಫ್Ěಜಾಕೆಟ್Ě, ಪ್ರಥಮ ಚಿಕಿತ್ಸಾ ಸಲಕರಣೆ, ಬೆಂಕಿ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣ ಬಾಕ್ಸ್Ě ಮುಂತಾದ ಮುಂಜಾಗ್ರತಾ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಗಳನ್ನು ಅಳವಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗಿದೆಯೋ ಎಂದು ಪರಿಶೀಲನೆ ನಡೆಸಿದ ಬಳಿಕ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳಿಂದ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಪತ್ರವನ್ನು ನೀಡಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.
ಪ್ರವಾಸಿಗರಿಗೆ ಉತ್ತಮ ಸೇವೆಯನ್ನು ನೀಡಲಾಗುವುದರ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಮುಂಜಾಗ್ರತಾ ಕ್ರಮವಾಗಿ ಬೋಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ರಕ್ಷಣಾ ಸೌಲಭ್ಯವನ್ನು ಅಳವಡಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಚಿತ್ರನಟರಿಂದ ಹಿಡಿದು ರಾಜ್ಯ ಹಾಗೂ ಕೇಂದ್ರಮಟ್ಟದ ನಾಯಕರು ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಪ್ರಶಂಸೆ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ ಕಳೆದ 25 ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ಸೇವೆ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸು
ತ್ತಿರುವ ರಾಜರಾಜೇಶ್ವರಿ ಬೋಟಿನ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥಾಪಕರಾದ ಸದಾನಂದ ಅಮೀನ್Ě ಮತ್ತು ಗಣೇಶ್Ě ಮಲ್ಪೆ ಅವರು.
ಮಲ್ಪೆ ಕಡಲ ಕಿನಾರೆಯಿಂದ ಕಂಡು ಬರುವ ಸೈಂಟ್Ě ಮೇರೀಸ್Ě ದ್ವೀಪದ ಸುಂದರ ನೋಟ ಪ್ರವಾಸಿಗರನ್ನು ಮಂತ್ರ ಮುಗ್ಧ ಗೊಳಿಸುತ್ತದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಅಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಹೋಗುವುದು ಹೇಗೆಂಬ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಇಲ್ಲದವರಿಗೆ ಇದೀಗ ಈ ಬೋಟ್Ě ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ವರವಾಗಿ ಪರಿಣಮಿಸಿದೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದರಲ್ಲಿ ಅತಿಶಯವಿಲ್ಲ.
|Kundapur: Dead Dolphin at Maravante Beach Sparks Curiosity - 9/29/2012
Kundapur, Sep 29: Maravante beach at Trasi here was thronged by curious locals after a dead dolphin was found on its shores.
The carcass was spotted at the beach on the evening of Friday September 28.
The dolphin weighed around 100 kgs and measured around 6 foot in length.
It is believed that the dolphin may have died four days ago and that the carcass may have swept ashore on Friday.
PSI Sampath Kumar of Gangolli and his team, coastal security personnel with the help of volunteers from 24x7 helpline buried the carcass near the shore.
|Udupi: KCCCI Launched Amid Glittering Ceremony - 9/29/2012
Udupi, Sep 29: Karavali Christian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCCI), Udupi was inaugurated by John D'Silva, founder president, Mumbai Christian Chamber of Commerce and Industry at Mandavi Court here on Friday September 28.
Fr Fred Mascarenhas blessed the new premises.
Capt John Prasad Menezes, former president, Canara Chamber of Commerce, preside over the function which was held at Hotel Kediyoor, while John D'Silva, Mumbai, Industrialist Pramod Madhwaraj, Udupi, Roy Castileno, president, Rachana, Denis D'Silva, state convener of IFKCA, Renny Fernandes, vice-president of Small Scale Industry, Manipal, Louis Lobo, president, IFKCA Udupi, Dr Neri Cornelio, secretary, IFKCA, Udupi, Alwyn Quadros, general secretary, KCCCI Udupi and Jerry Vincent Dias, president, KCCCI, Udupi were present on the dais.
Jerry Dias in his introductory address outlined the the necessity of launching KCCCI in Udupi. Explaining the aims and objectives of KCCCI, he said, "Today Christian businessmen are lagging behind in comparison to others. They don't know each other and what they are into, so there is a need to bring all Christian businessmen under one roof and take them to the mainstream of society, which is the main aim of KCCCI," he said.
"Today, a large number of Christians are based in the Gulf or European countries. We start business abroad but not in our motherland, mainly because of miscommunication and lack of proper information. Even if anyone attempts to start a business here, others will talk him out of it," he said.
"To overcome all these things we are on the way to build a strong organization to support each and every person in the Christian community," he declared.
John D'Silva in his inaugural speech said that small businessmen do not get enough opportunities in the state and national level organizations. Hence, KCCCI will enable all businessmen in the district to be part of the association.
"In the coming days KCCCI can institute awards and hold seminars. As we are among the minority, there are several government schemes to start any business or project. Even nationalized banks will give their support. In two or three years Canara Chamber of Commerce will conduct it second convention, for which KCCCI can give its full support," he said.
Roy Castelino said that now Dakshina Kannada and Udupi are being divided in all forms. "Earlier we had one MP constituency but later it was divided into Udupi and Mangalore. Now recently Udupi became a new diocese. When we do business we have to do it on a wide scale. One person alone cannot fight for his rights but when we are in a group or association we can work together and share our difficulties and solve our problems," he said.
"The future of a new organization can be determined by the nature of its first president. Today KCCCI is lucky to have a person like Jerry Dias to lead the way. The association will surely reach great heights in the coming days," said industrialist Pramod Madhwaraj.
"In foreign countries there is value for sincerity, but not in India. For instance, a procedure like land conversion takes two or three years. Power will be generated in our district but soon it will go to other parts of the state and people in the district will suffer," he added.
"Christians are innocent in nature. If someone in the community faces problems in his business then the KCCCI should stand with him and give him support to bounce back," Madhwaraj said.
"I am proud to say that in Udupi, after Syndicate Bank I pay the highest amount of tax to the government. The best way to earn more is by donating; by doing charity work we get rich returns," he added, assuring his full support and cooperation to KCCCI.
Capt John Prasad Menezes in his presidential address said, "We businessmen pay tax to our country and create jobs, and hence we are part of the India's economic growth.
"In the 1990s we had two car companies, a few banks, one airlines and so on, but after the reforms in those years the economy of the country grew," he said.
Stressing that FDI would be beneficial to the country, he said, "The raw materials will be from our country, manufactured in the country, supplied by Indians and the end user too will be Indians. If FDI is allowed, we can create 10 million jobs every year. This is needed in a country like India."
Businessmen from Udupi district and Mangalore attended the event.
President of KCCCI, Udupi Jerry Vincent Dias welcomed the gathering, general secretary Alwyn Quadros proposed the vote of thanks and treasurer Robert Furtado compered.
|Udupi: Irrational Wait for Ration Cards Evokes Public Ire - 9/27/2012
Udupi, Sep 27: From August this year, the deputy commissionerís old office has been exclusively issuing the Udupi taluk-level ration cards at Bannanje. At the same time the government has plans to invest Rs 3 crore to construct a mini Vidhana Soudha after demolishing the existing building. Caught in between these plans are the public who are facing tough times.
The Karnataka food and civil supply and consumer affairs department has invited applications for fresh ration cards in the state and the facility is also available online.
The registration procedure for ration cards is a grueling task although here is no prescribed time limit for the application.
Udupi is not heavily populated, but the queues leading up to the registration office seem endless. When a person applies for a ration card, the expected time and return rate is unnecessarily delayed as the office creates hassles for the applicant. This is coupled with the fact that a huge crowd waits in line.
Jagadish Udyavar, who first approached daijiworld with this issue, said, "Those who have applied for a ration card through online channel would receive an SMS informing them that their card is ready for collection. But when they go to the old DC office to collect it, after waiting in long lines for several hours, they are told to bring their tax payment receipt, electricity bill and affidavit showing that they do not hold any other cards or to check if their names have been deleted for their old ration card etc."
What's worse, applicants have to stand in never-ending queues for hours together without even basic facilities like drinking water, fan or even a chair to sit on. Sairambha (65), an applicant from Barkur waiting to receive his ration card, was faint standing in the queue all day. His failing health made things worse, but he had no choice but to wait.
Another applicant, Laxmi Poojari (65) from Kokkarne, Udupi said, "I built a new house about five to six years back and since then I have been trying to apply for a ration card, but itís no use. I am all alone, and running after this. My condition just worsens; I canít stand for long especially in the long queue without any benches for people like us... itís so suffocating here."
Laxmi also added that there was a mother with her two children in the queue, who, with no water facility at the office, offered her bottle of water."
Mamatha (40), an appicant from Brahmavar who has been visiting the office tirelessly since September 12 blamed the application system and its process. She told daijiworld, "There was a minor change in my husbandís name, but the officials want my husbandís photo and a letter from the panchayath for the same."
She was in tears while stating that even after providing all the required details she has not been allowed to submit the application and continues the long waits in the queue.
Sandeep (15) has been standing in the queue missing out on his classes. A student of Malpe PU College, he says, "I am standing in the queue since 7 in the morning, but I am fine with it. I am furious with how the government system functions. There are hundreds of people coming in here on a daily basis, but there are only two computer systems for this section and even lesser staff, so the work is delayed and the line is at a standstill."
Sushma (28) from Manipal blames the officials for not maintaining the queue system. She complains saying that although there are police surrounding the area they do not help in controlling the queues or even to maintain a balance in the crowd. Sushma says that she has been waiting in line from morning and her husband has called numerous times, but the line hadn't moved an inch from the time she joined in.
There are no other facilities and only the customary ďmay i help youĒ desk is available. However, on thorough scrutiny of help desk, it was learnt that the job of the receptionist is carried out by the public themselves.
Prasad Bhandari, a lecturer from Brahmavar questions as to why the public have to pay Rs 20 to the government, when they do not get the card laminated. ďThe officials are returning the card along with the lamination paper. We expected them to laminate as we pay for it," he added.
Considering the responsibilities of the panchayat members, they should provide and guide the public about the documents required for the ration card, but instead the panchayats only direct the applicants to the taluk office.
Questions arise as to the regulations and the responsibilities of the officials, and why the common man is always made to suffer.
Regarding these issues, food inspector Seetharam Shetty said that the office timing is 8.30 am to 9 pm and every day 150 to 200 cards are being delivered.
"A total of five computers are functioning, and the staff have not taken leave for weeks. The staff is sufficient, but the major problem is power supply," he added.
The food and tribunal section issues will be solved within 3 days. There is a token section constituted and with proper documents, the ration cards will be ready the very next day, he said.
"House tax and RR number is compulsory, if they donít have these documents we send them back. We have to follow the rules. From September 15, not a single applicant has been sent back without the ration card. The staff return home at 8.30 pm or 9 pm, we are dedicated to our workĒ, he added.
Arun Kumar, deputy director (Food and Civil Supplies, Udupi Dist) said, ďWe had appealed through the media that the new ration card is a continuous process, one could apply for it at any time and maintaining a long queue is unnecessary. Ration cards are meant for ration purposes only but people have a wrong perception that it is an important document like the voter ID or passport."
He further said, "I agree that lamination is our duty but people who stand for a longer time get irritated to wait any further, so they choose to do it themselves instead."
He also added that during the ration card application process, it is the card holderís responsibility to know the procedures, through the panchayat.
For any correction before taking the photograph of the card holder, the officials confirm if the information is right or wrong.
"We will provide the basic facilities at the earliest and a provisional fan will be placed," he assured.
|Mangalore: 'Yuvajanotsava' State Convention to Bring Young People Together - 9/26/2012
Mangalore, Sep 26: 'Yuvajanotsava 2012', the eighth Regional Catholic Youth Convention based on the theme, ĎTransformed by Faith Ė Transforming the Worldí, will be held at Beltangady from September 28 to 30, said Bishop Dr Aloysius Paul DíSouza.
He was addressing a press meet at the Bishop's House, Kodialbail here on Wednesday September 26.
The convention is being organized by the youth commission of Karnataka Regional Catholic Bishop's Council and in association with ICYM Beltangady diocese
Bishop Dr Henry DíSouza of Bellary said that around 5,000 young leaders from all over Karnataka are expected to participate in this convention. "The two-day leadership programme will be held on September 28 and 29 with 1,500 youth leaders taking active part," he said.
He said there will also be a peace march on September 30 wherein 5,000 youths will participate.
The convention will be inaugurated by MP Nalin Kumar Kateel at 11 am on September 28 and Vincent Pala will flag off the peace march.
Archbishop Bernard Moras of Bangalore, Bishop Aloysius Paul DíSouza, Bishop Lawrence Mukkuzhy, Bishop Geevarghese Mar Divannasios, Bishop Henry DíSouza, Catholic Bishops of Karnataka, DR M Veerappa Moily, union minister for corporate affairs, MP Oscar Fernandes, MLA K Vasanth Bangera, Ronald Colaco, industrialist, Narayan Rao, president of Beltangady town panchayat among others will grace the occasion.
On the occasion, outstanding young achievers like Roshan Ferrao (body builder), Sabitha Monis (academia), Cajetan Dias (creative arts), and Jose Jacob Bangalore (new media) will be honored with Karnataka Yuva Catholic Ratna Awards.
Fr Ronald DíSouza, diocese ICYM director, Roy Castelino, Nelson Monis, diocese ICYM president, Sheldon, secretary, Fr Francis Rodrigues, Elias Fernandes, Sushil Noronha among others were present.
|Sharjah: Karnataka Sangha to Host Mayura Cup on Nov 23 - 9/26/2012
Sharjah, Sep 26: Karnataka Sangha Sharjah, registered under Indian Association Sharjah, will host a grand 'Mayura Cup 2012' tournament on November 23 this year at Wanderers Sports Club, Sharjah, to mark their decennial celebrations.
The mega event will include throw ball for both ladies and men, volley ball, kabbadi and cricket tournament for men. Many teams and spectators are expected to participate in this mega event.
Special guests from UAE as well as from India are expected to arrive and inaugurate the event. During the tournament, Karnataka Sangha Sharjah has decided to hold Karnataka Rajyotsava Day celebration in a special way.
The tournament will start at 8 am sharp and the organizers will gave away plenty of prizes along with various trophies. Further, as part of this mega event there will be cricket tournament scheduled to be held on Friday September 28 at Zabeel cricket ground.
Interested teams (expect for cricket) are requested to register their participation in advance and mail to Karnatakasanghasharjah@gmail.com on or before October 31.
For more information contact organizers:
Nityanand Ė sports secretary on 050 7940446
Jeevan Kuckian - joint sports secretary on 050 8052172
Raju Bhandary Ė general secretary on 050 2837866
Shashikant Ė joint secretary on 050 7261312
Yadav Kotian Ė vice-president on 050 7697310.
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