A slice of France in Mangalore!

By Roydon D’Souza
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Team Mangalorean, Mangalore

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Mangalore, 06 July, 2010: The Mangalore Chapter of Alliance Française de Bangalore (AFB) was launched at the Eric Mathias of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) here on Tuesday at 4:00 pm.

Mr. Philippe Martinet, Cooperation and Cultural Counselor, Embassy of France in India was the Chief Guest. Mr. Chiranjiv Singh, Former Additional Chief Secretary, Govt. of Karnataka, Mr. Nino Ciccarone, Director of Institute, Rev. Dr. Richard Rego, HOD Media Studies, St. Aloysius College were the guests present on the dais. Fr. Swebert D’Silva, Principal – St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) presided over the function.

The Mangalore Chapter of Alliance Française de Bangalore (AFB) was inaugurated by lighting the traditional Indian lamp by the guests. This is AFB’s third chapter in Karnataka. The first is in Mysore, second in Manipal which was inaugurated yesterday. Alliance Francaise, with 22 Centres across the country, is now spreading its wings with the establishment of these Chapters. Its plans to establish its centres in Belgaum and Gulbarga by next year.

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M’lore: Candle light vigil for air crash victims

Mangalore, May 26, 2010: There will be a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Air Crash that took place in Mangalore on May 22nd 2010.

All those who wish to participate in the vigil are requested to meet at 5 pm sharp at the Jyothi Circle on Sunday, May 30th 2010. There will be a procession from this meeting point, up the lighthouse hill road to finally converge at the St. Aloysius College grounds where prayers will be conducted for the victims and their grieving families.

Appropriate security arrangements will be provided by the Mangalore Police.

Please support this vigil and be there at the venue to show your solidarity and sympathy to the families of these victims. Thank you.

First man who landed in Mangalore: Airport is fine

War hero Vonthibettu Prabhakar Hegde made the first-ever landing in Mangalore, 59 years ago. His passenger: India’s first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru . He tells Rajul Hegde the airport is tricky but not unsafe.

War hero and pioneering aviator Vonthibettu Prabhakar Hegde won’t forget December 25, 1951, for as long as he lives.


On that day the retired wing commander, now a spry 84, then an air force flight lieutenant, flew India first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru on the first-ever flight to Mangalore airport (then called Bajpe Aerodrome) on a DC-3 (Dakota).


Talking about the maiden flight from his home in Bangalore, Wing Commander Hegde told us, “When I landed for the first time at Bajpe, they were just digging and levelling the hill to build the runway. So it was just a non-tarmac, level ground, there was no airport as such. But the DC-3 is a small aircraft and it was easy for me to land it.”


On being asked Nehru’s observation or if he commented on the airport or the landing, he said,  “He would not comment on the technicalities of the flight or landing because he knew we were experienced. He just shook hands and thanked us after the landing.”


He adds, “Nehru came to campaign for India’s first democratic elections. There was hardly any equipment at the airport to help during the landing. It was not difficult for me to land on a table-top ‘runway’ because I was experienced in flying to Kashmir, which had a similar airport.”


When asked about Saturday’s air crash in Mangalore, he says, “This talk about it being a dangerous or unsuitable airport has no basis. The airport has functioned without a major mishap for nearly six decades. It just cannot suddenly become a ‘dangerous’ airport. If anything advances in technology and equipment has only made flying safer.”


The veteran aviator says, “The plane could have crashed due to an error of judgment while landing. Or it’s possible the captain allowed the co-pilot, who was also experienced, to land. Something must have gone wrong and before they could act or correct it, the plane must have crashed. Now they have recovered the black box and I hope they get more information and causes of the crash will be clear.”


When asked if landing in Mangalore is difficult, he said, “I don’t think so. But yes it is a tricky airport because it’s a table-top and doesn’t have flat ground around it. But experienced pilots can land easily on table-top airports.”


Wing Commander Hegde flew for the Indian Air Force for 24 years and retired in 1968. He was awarded the Vir Chakra, India’s third-highest gallantry award, for outstanding services rendered as an IAF squadron leader during the Kashmir operations in the Indo-Pakistan War of 1947.


Image: Wing Commander V Prabhakar Hegde when in service | Photograph courtesy: Geeta Shetty
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M’lore: SAC (Autonomous) results to be announced on 24th May 2010

By Roydon D’Souza, Team Mangalorean / SAC News Service

Mangalore, May 19, 2010: St Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore; The results of the End Semester Examinations held in the month of April 2010 are likely to be out on 24th May 2010 reports the Official blog of St Aloysius College. “Probably, they will be out on 24th May 2010” reads the report.

“One question that keeps coming again and again from the students is: when are the results going to be?” says Fr. Richard Rego, Media Academian/Director SARANG 107.8 Community Radio, St Aloysius College.

The hard work and efforts of over 4000 students of the college will be public following the official announcement of the End Semester Autonomous Results on Monday evening.

The annexure along with the results will be officially published on www.staloysius.edu.in (Official College Portal) and on www.mangalorean.com (The Leading News Portal Serving Mangaloreans Around the World !)

International launch of Apple iPad scheduled on May 28th

By Roydon D’Souza (TTZ)

Apple in its official announcement on 7th May 2010 affirmed that iPad will be officially available in global markets from May 28th onwards. The tablet is anticipated to be rolled out in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland and Britain. Pre-orders for the tablet, however, will begin this Monday, May 10th.

In the initial month of domestic sales in the US, Apple moved more than one million units. With the strong initial interest in the US, it is believed that the global arrival will prove just as significant, with overall sales estimates for the iPad this year expected between four and five million units. Adding up more curiosity to the tablet around the world is the fact that its launch had been delayed a full month – from late April to late May – on higher than expected demand issues. Continue reading

Mangalore’s Largest Mall ‘City Centre’ inaugurated with pomp

By Roydon D’Souza, Team Mangalorean, Mangalore
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Mangalore, April 25, 2010: The City Centre which is stated to be the largest mall in the coastal and Malnad region was opened today with much fanfare. The biggest mall of Mangalore, the second biggest mall of Karnataka and India’s 10th largest mall “City Centre” is another feather in the cap of Mangalore’s glistening landscape. Mangaloreans are all set to embrace the new mall culture and the life is going to move in a faster pace in the city.

City’s who’s who were there for the inauguration. The rich and the famous of the city were there to enjoy the fanfare and provided the much needed star attraction to the opening ceremony. More importantly the middle class customers outnumbered the VIPs by thousands. The inaugural honours were done by the 94- year old Nonagenarian Rajayogini Mahatapaswini Dadi Jankiji, Chief of Brahma Kumaris, World Headquarters, Mount Abu. Minister for Ports and Environment and District-in-charge Minister Krishna J Palemar and Nitte University Chancellor N Vinaya Hegde were the chief guests on the occasion.

The programme started with invoking God’ blessings by the way of a prayer song and followed by the lighting of the traditional lamp by the guests on the dais. Ms. Giselle D Mehtha, Ex. IRS welcomed the gathering.

In her benedictory address Dadi Jankiji said the City Centre Mall will be a beacon of light for the people of Mangalore. It will radiate exuberance, consumerism and increase the prosperity of the people of this city.

She said people seek happiness in their day to day life and this Mall will provide it and give them peace and happiness. But at the same time the people should show some degree of patience, love and tolerance towards others, which will improve the society.

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Degree Day and Traditional Day celebrated at St. Aloysius College

By Roydon D’Souza, Team Mangalorean, Mangalore

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Mangalore, March 19, 2010: The students of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore celebrated the Degree Day and Traditional Day with a great enthusiasm and gusto on March 12, 2010 at the college grounds.

The programme began at 1:15 P.M with invoking of God’s blessing with a prayer song by the college choir. Melrick Crasta, Deputy Speaker of the Students’ Council welcomed the gathering.

Rev. Fr. Francis D’Almeida, Vice- Principal presided over the inaugural function. Dr. Richard Gonsalves, Staff Coordinator of Students’ Council; Prof. Ronald Pinto, Vice-Principal – Science Block; Prof. Lourdswamy, Vice-Principal – PG Block were the dignitaries present on the dais.

Darryl D’Souza, President of Students’ Council; Jeeth Lobo, Secretary of Students’ Council and Daphny D’Souza; Joint Secretary of Students’ Council were present. A floral welcome was given to all the dignitaries present on the dais. Ms. Keerthana Gadiyar, Speaker – Students’ Council presented the Annual Students’ Council Report for the academic year 2009 – 2010.

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M’lore: SAC holds symposium on Drug Development and Nanotechnology

By Roydon D’Souza, Team Mangalorean, Mangalore

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Mangalore, March 18, 2010: Post Graduate Department of Analytical Chemistry of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore organized a One Day State Level Seminar on ‘Trends in Drug Development & Nanotechnology’ on 18th March 2010 at the Eric Mathias Hall.

The seminar began with invoking of God’s blessing with a Prayer song led by the PG students of Analytical Chemistry. Dr. Richard Gonsalves, Coordinator welcomed and introduced the guests to the gathering.

Dr. B.S. Holla, Professor of Chemistry, SDM Institute of Technology was the Chief Guest of the program. Rev. Dr. Leo D’Souza SJ, Director, Laboratory of Applied Biology, St. Aloysius College presided over the inaugural function.

Dr. Ivan Pinto, Head of Dept. of Chemistry; Dr. Richard Gonsalves, Coordinator of M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry and Ms. Jenice Jean Goveas, Student Coordinator of of  M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry were the dignitaries present on the dais. A floral welcome was given to all the dignitaries on the dais.

Addressing the gathering, the Chief Guest – Dr. B.S. Holla said that “There are a lot of challenges for youngsters, and it is up to you – what you want to become. Sky is the limit; you can even turn out to be Nobel Laurels. But in order to achieve success we have to overcome the constraints which we come across in our daily life”.

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M’lore: St Aloysius College bids nostalgic farewell to final year students

By Roydon D’Souza, Team Mangalorean, Mangalore

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Mangalore, March 17, 2010: The Management of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) and the faculty of Department of Computer Sciences & B.C.A. organized a farewell function for the outgoing students of B.C.A. today at 3:25 P.M. in the College Auditorium.

Fr. Francis D’Almeida, Vice Principal / Campus Minister presided over the function. Prof. Ronald Pinto, Vice Principal- Science; Prof. A.M. Narahari, Registrar of Evaluation; Prof. Lourduswamy, Vice Principal- PG Block; Mr. Ashok Prasad, Dean of Dept. of Computer Sciences and Mrs. Premalatha, Class Guide, III BCA were the dignitaries present on the dais.

Mr. Ashok Prasad, Dean of Dept. of Computer Sciences welcomed the gathering and a floral welcome was given to all the guests present on the dais.

The farewell function was inaugurated by placing the candles on a display stand. The dignitaries, students along with the lecturers placed the lit candles on the display stand, symbolizing ‘sacrifice’ – just as a candle melts and ‘new direction’- light shows the path by diminishing darkness.

The farewell was emotional and nostalgic which was evident from the fact that Clarissa, Student of III BCA was choked with emotions while expressing her thoughts.  One could imagine how the memories of the incipient stages of the College and their academic struggle must have flooded her memory making her speechless momentarily.  She soon regained her composure and thanked every one for being a part of her most cherished memories.

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AICUF Day celebrated at St Aloysius

By Roydon D’ Souza, Team Mangalorean, Mangalore

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Mangalore, March 14, 2010: The AICUF Unit of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous), Mangalore along with the other units of Mangalore and Udupi regions celebrated the AICUF Day here in the College Auditorium on 14th March 2010.

The programme began at 1:00 P.M., Rev. Fr. Walter Andrade SJ, Administrator / Finance Officer of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) was the Chief Guest and Rev. Fr. Francis D’Almeida SJ, State Advisor of AICUF Karnataka State / Vice Principal of St. Aloysius College (Autonomous) presided over the function.

Prof. Manoj Lewis, Animator of AICUF Karnataka State; Animators of AICUF SAC Unit – Mr. Prashanth Alison and Mrs. Ashwitha D’Souza; Mr. Milton Peres, Secretary AICUF SAC Unit and other office bearers of AICUF units of various colleges were present.

Welcoming the gathering and the guests, Rev. Fr. Francis D’Almeida SJ, State Advisor spoke about various upcoming events of AICUF. He also presented the plan of action for the upcoming National Convention that will be held in Loyola College, Chennai (AICUF Head Quarters) from 3rd to 6th June 2010.

According to the AICUF constitution only the president and secretary of each AICUF Unit can attend the National Convention. Amendments to the AICUF constitution and important future decisions of AICUF India will be taken during this convention.

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