Sunday, August 7, 2011

Thursday, August 4, 2011




                                                   By: Walter Menezes

His slogan, Swaraj is my birthright and I shall have it, fired the hearts and minds of a nation thirsting for freedom.
Lokmanya Tilak, India’s tall leader was remembered at a solemn and impressive function organized by Sanguem Quepem Patrakar Sangh (SQPS) on August 1, 2011 at Sarvadoya High School Hall, Curchorem. SQPS was established in 1983 and the function coincided with the 28th Anniversary Celebrations of the sangh.

As in the past, this year too, SQPS honoured two distinguished Government servants and a journalist and felicitated meritorious students from Curchorem who excelled in the SSC and HSSC Examinations.

Agnelo A Fernandes, Deputy Collector and Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Quepem Sub-Division was honoured with the Late Pundalik Tukoba Naik Memorial Award while Kalpana A Nayak Karmali, X-Ray Technician of Curchorem Health Centre received the Late Suvarna Suhas Sanvordekar Memorial Award. Both these awards are given every year to two best government servants from Sanguem and Quepem talukas. Marathi writer and columnist Vijay Narayan Kapdi was the recipient of the ‘Patrakar Mitr Award’ instituted in memory of Late Gajanan Shenvi Borkar.

Sarvanand Sawant Dessai and Vithal Audienkar, Educational Programme In-Charge and Advisory Board Member respectively of SQPS were also honored on the occasion.
Shyam Satardekar, Curchorem MLA and Chairman, Goa Tourism Development Corporation was the Chief Guest while Alifa Fernandes, Chairperson, Curchorem-Kakoda Municipal Council was the Guest of Honour. Eminent writer and journalist, Vishnu Surya Wagh was the Keynote Speaker. SQPS’s Founder President Chandrakant Parsekar presided.

In his address, Vishnu Wagh spoke about the disturbing trends that one noticed in today’s era of journalism and went on to add that many times, more than the Chief Editor, it was the Advertisement Manager who called the shots, even going to the extent of influencing the outcome of the newspaper pages.

Vartahar, a special issue published by SQPS was also released.

Meritorious students who were felicitated included Priya Singh, Prachi Jaiprakash Mahale, Esha Eknath Sinai Bhangui, Deepika Subhash Naik, Tejal Kamlaksh Gaonkar, Smita Gawas Dessai, Cynia Nilesh Chari, Saish N Raut Dessai, Elaine Valansa Fizardo, Akhil Jaiwant Sinai Bhangui (all students of SSC) and Siddhi Ashok Gaunekar, Shravani Devidas Gurav, Shingadi Dixita Bhairu and Kapil U Naik (all students of XII).

Earlier in the day, All Goa Devotional Singing Competition was also organized by SQPS which received enthusiastic response from participants.

Pic DSC_0689: Best Govt. Servant Award: Agnelo A Fernandes receiving the Late Pundalik Tukoba Naik Memorial Award from Vishnu Surya Wagh. Shyam Satardekar, Curchorem MLA, Alifa Fernandes, Chairperson, Curchorem-Kakoda Municipal Council and SQPS President Prahar Sanvordekar and Founder President Chandrakant Parsekar are also seen.

Pic DSC_0697: Kalpana A Nayak Karmali with the Late Suvarna Suhas Sanvordekar Memorial Award.

Pic DSC_0706: Vijay Narayan Kapdi smiles after receiving the Patrakar Mitr Award.

Pic 4: Award winners, meritorious students and participants of Singing Competition with guests and SQPS members.