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Padma Shri conferred on Prasad Sawkar

NEW DELHI (UNI), Mar 29: The majestic Ashok Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan reverberated with thunderous applause as 53 eminent citizens including former chief justice of India, Mr Justice (retd) VN Khare, noted actor Konidala Chiranjeevi, well-known architect, Mr Charles Correa, herbal cosmetic queen Shahnaz Hussain, litterateur Dinesh Nandini Dalmia, Malayalam poetess Sugathakumari, Ghazal king Pankaj Udhas and Prasad Sawkar received the Padma awards today. While Mr Charles Correa got the Padma Vibhushan (science and engineering) Prasad Sawkar received the Padma Shri (art). (NT)

"New avenues for tourism in Goa".
PANJIM, Mar 29: Goa should focus on promoting planned medical tourism, according to the professionals in the tourism and health sector. Demerg System India, a company offering web-based solutions, today organised a convention at Panjim titled "New avenues for tourism in Goa". Tim D'Mello, Managing Director of Demerg Systems, said, "Goa needs to take the lead and show what health tourism means. Goa is a natural magnet for tourists from the West. However, in Goa, medical tourism is not at par with some of the metros, D'Mello felt. Pamela Mascarenhas, Deputy Director of Tourism said that during conferences in the UK, the department informed that Goa has the medical facilities. Demerg systems plan to organise a conference on health tourism in April 2007 to discuss various aspects of medical tourism in Goa. (H)
Shigmo in Panjim


My designs are a tribute to modern Dance: Wendell
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MUMBAI (IANS), Mar 29: Ace fashion designer Wendell Rodricks used the platform of the ongoing Lakme Fashion Week here to pay tributes to Isadora Duncan - the pioneer of modern dance. Calling his presentation "Isadora in India", Rodricks showcased clothing that was reflective of the culture of dance in the country. "...My clothes are just that, clothing for dance - wearable and simple and yet dramatic." (NT)

Marna Catholics show the way

SIOLIM: While a huge and cry is being raised over the inconvenience cause by religious places lying by the roadside, a path-breaking decision taken by a section of the Siolim parishioners to relocate a quaint roadside chapel dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows played an important role in strengthening the religiosity of the residents of Cruz Vaddo and Noronha Vaddo. Letting better sense prevail and inspired by the guidelines of the Synodal document, it was decided that the chapel be relocated in the same property. The new chapel, built on the same strip of donated property, is much more spacious and well away from the main road. The chapel was designed by Arch Agnelo D'Oliveira, while Alec Madeira executed the construction work. (GT)

PANJIM: Vaibhav Vaingakar, a police constable, allegedly shot himself to death, at Mary Immaculate High School in Panjim. The 28-year-old constable, who was attached to Bicholim police, was posted in the North District Reserve Line Force and was on duty at Std XII examination papers evaluation centre. According to Panjim town PI Mahesh Gaonkar, Vaibhav picked up his .303 service rifle, rested the handle on the wall and thrust its muzzle onto his chest. A wooden stick was used to pull the trigger. Vaibhav chose this extreme step because he felt he was a failure in life. The bullet passed through his body and zipped across the room and ricocheted off a pillar. Vaibhav left behind two notes: one addressed to his parents stating "I am extremely sorry and nobody is responsible for this. I have no right to live." The second note, addressed to his brother-in-law, said, "What have I thought and what am I living. Nothing came true and nothing I've got, but only dreams I had of the future. I'm lonely, I've nobody with me, only dreams." Early next morning at around 7 am, the school watchman, Ibrahim Khan, was shocked to see a policeman lying in a pool of blood. (GT)

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