Launch of ‘Amchi Khobor’ News Magazine & KCA Website

July 23, 2016


The Kanara Catholic Association has a new Managing Committee who has taken it upon itself to revive the “Mangalorean Review” published several decades ago.  The man who took the initiative and the driving force to start the news magazine was Mr Eric D’Sa, who put together a fine Editorial team, who in turn selected the name of the news magazine AMCHI KHOBOR, meaning ‘Our News’.  It will carry useful and interesting information about our community, our history and our heritage. Besides it will feature an outstanding Mangalorean who has done yeomen service to the community in Mumbai, as well as happenings and event of the core-committees. The launch of this magazine took place at a function held on July 23rd, 2016, at the KCA Community Hall in Bandra.

The portraits of earlier Presidents Mr Mark Vaz and Mrs. Terry Vaz were honourably placed in prominence near the dais.  On the dais were Chief Guest, Bishop Percival Fernandes, the Editor, Freddy Mendonca with the Guests of Honour, Mr and Mrs Winston Vaz, flanked by Dr. Kranti Farias and Dr. Jeanette Pinto both who are on the Editorial Board. They were all felicitated with floral tributes.
The function started with a welcome address by the Vice-President of the KCA, Ms Clara Menezes and the function was compered by the Hon. Secretary of the KCA, Mr Praveen Pereira.  He invited Mr. Freddy Mendonca to give the Introductory talk.  That was followed by Dr. Kranti Farias who spoke about the contribution of some of the earlier stalwarts of KCA, and appreciated them for their sacrifice & dedication. Thereafter, Dr. Jeanette Pinto spoke about Dr. Anil D’Cruz, who was profiled in the inaugural issue, praising his dedication to his work and admiring his humility.
Bishop Percival was then invited to speak. He congratulated the Managing Committee for this initiative at a time when communication is the key to progress.  He also mentioned how happy he was to see that the KCA had been revived and expressed his desire and interest to remain connected with it.  He was happy to be part of the programme.
Thereafter The guest of honour Mr Winston Vaz was requested to release AMCHI KHOBOR’.  It was a great moment for the gathering who cheered the initiative. The cover page reflected the coastline of Mangalore with a clump of coconut palms and a picture of people praying for peace. It was designed by Seedon D’Souza. 

Thereafter Bishop Percival was invited to launch the website.  It was another auspicious moment, which called for a loud round of applause!

The function ended with a Vote of Thanks followed by refreshments served to the all the guests.

Dr. Jeanette Pinto
Editorial Board

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