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New Engineering College in Bantwal
35% seats for konkani linguistic minority

The Dakshina  Kannada district will have yet another engineering college,taking the total number of such colleges in the district to six.The Canara  Engineering College at Benjanpadavu in Bantwal taluk ,sponsored by Canara Highschool Association and Affiliated to Visvesvaraya Technological University,was inaugurated by Union Minister for Power Suresh Prabhu on Monday, 8th October.

It offers three IT related courses-Electronics and communication, Computer Science and Engineering , and Information Science and Engineering.

The principal Mr R,S. Shanbagh said, so far the trust had spend Rs 6 crore and planned to invest another Rs13-15 crore .Those who completed pre-university or its equivalent with a minimum of 50 % in physics , chemistry and mathematics or diploma holders in engineering with a minumum of 50% in the final examination are eligible.50% of seats are reserved for those who have passed the common entrance test (CET) ,35% seats for konkani linguistic minority & 15% for those students who are under the management quota , administrative officer Y . R .Rao said.

 News By Mareena Gonsalves, Barkur

KCO bags two prizes in National level singing

Konkani Cultural Organization – Abu Dhabi bagged two prizes in the All UAE level singing competition organized by Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha on Friday 12th October 2001 at Abu Dhabi Social Centre.

 KCO Bagged the First Prize in the Group Category for their Kannada song “Suggi Kala Bantu”.  The KCO group was led by the versatile singer Mrs Renny Lobo consisting of Mr. Robert D’silva, Lavina Rodrigues, Ida Fernandes, Mr. Bennett D’Mello and Mr. Vivek Serrao.

 K.C.O. also received a second prize for the tulu duet song “Ei Bayyada Porthanaga” sung by Mrs. Renny Lobo and Mr. Vivek Serrao.

 The tulu song “Amma”  sung by Mrs. Renny Lobo was much appreciated by the audience and was requested to repeat once again on popular demand from the organizers and the audience, after the prize giving ceremony.

 This is the first time K.C.O. as an Organization, is participating in the competition organised by Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha. 

 Mr. B. R. Shetty of New Medical Centre Group awarded the winners with certificates and gifts.

 With the winning of this competition K.C.O. has added another feather in their cap. (Our Abudhabi Correspondent)

“I will continue singing until my last breath” – says Wilfy Rebimbus

Honour for

 I will continue singing until my last breath” said ‘Konkann Kogull’ Wilfy Rebimbus on receiving an appreciation award from Mangalore Konkans during a ‘Wilfy Nite’ musical extravaganza at Al Nasr Leisureland on October the 11th in front of a packed audience.  The announcement to say it is my last show in Dubai was made in an entirely different context considering the present nite form.  It does not mean that I will stop singing.  An artiste  cannot say this.  As long as konkani people are with me these shows either in this current nite form or altogether in a different form, will continue” he further clarified referring the news appeared in and other print media.  The felicitation function was organised to honour the great konkanni artist who is into konkanni music for almost 42 years now.   

Mr. Valerian Peris President of Mangalore Konkans presenting Memento to Wilfy.

 The sponsors and Co-Sponsors of the show were also felicitated during the occasion.  Surprisingly, Mr. Walter Nandalike – the web master of was also called on to the stage.  He was honoured for his great contribution to konkanni through the electronic media and for bringing together all konkanni people dispersed around the world, under one umbrella.  Representatives of Sponsor and Co-Sponsors, Wilfy Rebimbus, Meena Rebimbus, Fr. Cyprian D’Souza – Assistant Parish Priest of Dubai St. Mary’s Church, Walter Nandalike, Mr. Valerian Peris - the  President of ‘Mangalore Konkans’ & Vice President were on the dais.  Wilfy’s 33rd musical album was released by Fr. Cyprian D’Souza on this occasion. 

Mr. Walter Nandalike receiving Memento from Fr. Cyprian

 It was a memorable evening with Wilfy and his group – Meena, Vishwas, Prem Kumar, Sandria and Claud D’Souza - singing some of the old as well as new numbers.  He sang the popular song ‘Philomena’ twice on repeated requests from the audience, which touched many young and broken hearts.  ‘Sureachim Kirnam’ sung by Vishwas, apart from the melody, talked about the poet in Wilfy.  Meena’s song on the subject ‘time’ talked about philosophy and advised people to stick to time.

 The dances added more glamour to the show.  Sudhi and Jyoti’s dance for the song ‘Singari’ was well appreciated by the crowd.  The dances by Deepak were choreographed very well and succeeded in depicting the true meaning of the songs. 

 ‘Phokanam’ by Dolla, Claudy and their group brought in hilarity among the audience. Dolla’s acting once again talked about the great talents (including some magical tricks) of this great stage artiste. Above all, a new face - Mr. Prem Alvares (son of konkanni literateur Mr. Victor Alvares), showed that he has got lot of potential in him to become a great performer of the stage very soon.

 The entire show was compered very well by Mr. Manohar Pais.  His efforts to make the show more lively is commendable.              

 MR for

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Photographs by Thomas, Kanajar & MR

Ms. Tressy Rodrigues presenting token of appreciation to Meena

Mr. Manoher Pais, Compere of the show

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