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Mushtifund’s Panjim boys to represent India in Japan

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PANJIM: Two local lads, Sumukh Pinge and Rishikesh Kalghatkar, will do Goa proud (yet again) by travelling to Japan as a part of a study tour to Japan, having recently been crowned the National Champions of the Fuel Saving League Quiz 2015.
Students of Mushtifund High School, the duo is set to depart to Tokyo, Japan on Friday to participate in the study tour organised by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) under the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, Government of India.
Pinge, the more outspoken of the unassuming duo is excited about the opportunity he has been provided with, saying, “It took us three rounds to get here, but the hard work has paid off.”
PCRA’s endeavour, ‘Fuel Saving League Quiz’ was conducted in 35 cities across the country. An extremely competitive event, the turnout exceeded five lakh students in sheer numbers of participants.
The Panjim round alone saw 20 teams make an appearance at the table, with Mushtifund High School eventually being declared winners. Having reached thus far, the boys were selected to participate in the western finals along with teams of other schools from the states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. These included the likes of Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Ahmedabad and Surat, with the western finals being held at St Stanislaus School, Bandra-Mumbai.
The team from Goa coasted through this segment with a comfortable margin, earning itself the title of ‘Western Vigilants’ of India and booking a place in the National finals. The participants in the National Finals were Mushtifund High School-Panjim, Delhi Public School-Noida, Delhi Public School-Ranchi, Oxford International School-Gwalior and Presidency School-Bengaluru.
After being declared national champions, Mushtifund High School’s participants earned more than just a study trip to Japan and a title they can be extremely proud of. Rishikesh Kalghatkar, the quieter member of the squad says, “We have won a Scholarship of Rs 1 lakh per year until graduation. For those who missed the telecast of the quiz on the Doordarshan network, a video of the same is now available on PCRA’s YouTube channel.”
Scheduled to be held from June 14 to 19, the aim of the study tour is observational in nature, with a focus on the environment and fuel conservation practises and policies of Japan. The students will visit the Urban Waste Generation Plant in Tokyo, as well as the Yokohama Smart city to experience the latest technology in the world. PCRA has also arranged a visit to Suzuki Plaza, Hamamatsu and the famous Miraikan – National Museum of Emerging Sciences.


Portuguese consulate to celebrate its national day

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PANAJI: In a bid to celebrate Indo-Portuguese ties and culture, the Portuguese consulate will organize an art exhibition at the consul general's residence. Themed 'Balcao', the exhibition will be organized to commemorate Portugal's National Day or Dia de Portugal, de Camoes e das Comunidades Portuguesas', the consulate said.

"The best way to promote relationships between Portugal and India is to promote culture, promote art. Culture exists without borders," consul general Rui Carvalho Baceira said at a press conference.

The art exhibition will feature 30 paintings from 18 artists expressed through oil paint, water colours and acrylic paints. Three sculptures and one video installation will also feature in the exhibition. Some of the artists whose work will be featured include Aadhi Vishal, Diptej Vernekar, Francis D'Souza, Harshada Kerkar, John Pereira, Kalidas Mhamal, Kedar Dhondu, Ramdas Gadekar, Shilpa Naik, Subodh Kerkar, Vitesh Naik etc. The exhibition has been curated by Subodh Kerkar.

"We want to promote and highlight the influence of Portuguese culture and art on Goan life," Baceira said.

A balcao is unique characteristic of Indo-Portuguese architecture, especially houses in Goa. This balcony of sorts became a place for the residents and guests to gather, talk and watch the world go by.

With this metaphor in mind, the consulate has decided to title the exhibition 'Balcao', providing people a chance to come together and watch how traditional Indian architecture and Portuguese architectural language came together to become a symbol of modernity and liberation, Baceira said.

The exhibition will be inaugurated on June 10 and will be open to the public from June 11 to June 14, from 5pm to 7pm. The Portuguese consulate celebrates its national day every year and invites noted dignitaries and luminaries across fields to join in the celebrations.

Vaz appointed Labour party vice-chairman

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LONDON: One of Britain's longest-serving Indian-origin member of parliament, Keith Vaz, has been appointed as vice-chairman of the Labour party.
The Party does not have a leader at present with Ed Miliband resigning after the recent election debacle.
This effectively makes 58-year-old Vaz the top man in the party at the moment.
Vaz has been an MP since 1987 was re-elected from his Leicester East stronghold at the May 7 general election.
He received 61% of the votes. Vaz was first elected MP in June 1987 and has been re-elected as a MP six times.
Born to Goan parents in Aden, Yemen, Vaz who also serves as the chair of the influential home affairs select committee in the House of Commons was educated at Cambridge University where he studied law and then became a solicitor.
Vaz has his roots in Anjuna. His sister Valerie Vaz is also a Labour MP.
Vaz said "I am delighted to have been appointed as vice-chairman of the Labour Party. After coming through a difficult election, it is time for the party to regroup and bring fresh new ideas to the table. Playing a part in that process is a source of great pride for me".
Vaz has been appointed by acting leader of the opposition Harriet Harman.
His appointment clearly follows Labour's interest in garnering the all-important Indian origin support in the future.
The Indian community has been growing in prominence year by year. In 1987, there were only two members of Indian origin in both the houses of parliament. Today, there are over 25 - over 10 times.
Recent data showed that up to a million ethnic minority votes helped put David Cameron back into Downing Street.[H]

Android maps 3 Goan techies

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 PANAJI: Scarcity of employment opportunities has often prompted Goans to leave the state in search of better opportunities. Bucking this gloomy brain drain are Prajyot Mainkar, Mangirish Salelkar and Nigel Quadros who put Goa on the global technology map from their sunny home, which anybody would agree, is not known to feature very high on the information technology map.

Bound by their love for technology, the three entrepreneurs have represented their passion and Goa at international events such as the Google I/O developer conference, android developers' meet, CeBIT, AnDevCon among many others.

The chief executive officer of Androcid Media, Mainkar designs mobile applications for a living and in his free time masquerades as the manager of the Goa android users group, which is a part of Google's developer group. Incidentally, the Goa android users group is one of the oldest android developer community in India.

The BITS Pilani and Mushtifund high school student was one of the key speakers, and the only Indian, at the android developers' meet in Ankara, Turkey, on May 25 before he flew to San Francisco to join the Google's I/O developer conference on May 28 and 29.

In recognition of his caliber, Google itself sponsored Mainkar's trip to San Francisco for the I/O developer conference. Google's I/O developer conference is an exclusive event for developers where Google showcases its latest technology and future projects that the internet behemoth is working on.

In recognition of his immense skill and hold over the android platform, Mainkar has also been called to speak at Droidcon India, GDG DevFest, Silicon India Mobile Conference and many more in the past.

Joining Mainkar in putting Goa on the global tech map, Salelkar, the chief executive office of Umang Software Technologies went all the way to Hannover in March to showcase his company's work. Umang was the only Goan company among 3,300 global companies that featured at CeBIT. CeBIT, the largest computer trade fair, was spread over 4.5 lakh sq metres and is considered a barometer for state-of-the-art technology.

The latest and also the youngest to come onto the international scene is android guru, Quadros who has been selected as a media sponsor for AnDevCon (Android Developers Conference), one of the largest international android conference. AnDevCon will be held in Boston in July. The 22-year old Divar resident, is the editor in chief of Androguru, a portal for exclusive android app reviews and gadget reviews.

Despite Goa not being known for its IT industry, the tiny state shelters a lot of big IT companies under her wing, which is evident in the recognition that these three entrepreneurs have received.

Russian national nabbed for creating ruckus at FRRO

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ANAJI: Panaji police arrested a Russian woman for allegedly creating a ruckus at the foreigners regional registration office (FRRO), in Panaji, over the non-extension of her temporary visa to stay in Goa.

Pfeifer Dina, currently a resident of Arambol, had arrived in Goa during the Nepal earthquake as her Nepal-bound flight had been allowed temporary landing in Goa.

Police said that when an FRRO officer informed her that there was no provision to extend the temporary visa, she allegedly started misbehaving at the office. Police arrested the accused under Section 354 for assaulting a government servant while discharging his or her lawful duties. The accused has been remanded to 14 days judicial custody.[TOI]


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