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Take ownership, It’s up to You.

Together We Can Courtesy: reinventingnutrition

Together We Can
Courtesy: reinventingnutrition

Five billion say thank you across the world
One million people in fields where they toil
Five billion say thanks to their chosen God
Five billion people, but can we applaud?
Five billion eyes see the world’s plight
As one million icebergs disappear from sight
Five major continents trying to save One million trees from the feller’s blade
One summer night we remember and share
One more heart who will preserve it and care
Don’t wonder what you can do
Take ownership. It’s up to you.

-Dorothy Skinner

Happy World Environment Day

Official theme of 2014 World Environment Day

Official theme of 2014 World Environment Day

WED is the opportunity for everyone to realize not only the responsibility to care for the Earth and to become agents of change.

How will you make your voice heard this year for the environment? The call this year is to recognize that we all face the same challenges and are connected and united by our common goal of a sustainable and prosperous life for all on this planet. The call is to raise our voice in solidarity with one another, particularly with the citizens of the small island states. Whether it is to  organize clean up campaigns, food waste reduction initiatives, walk-to-work days, plastic bans, art exhibits, tree-planting drives, concerts, dance recitals, recycling drives, social media campaigns and different contests  – every action counts. When multiplied by a global chorus, our individual voices and actions become exponential in its impact.

Register your activity today !

Highlights of Lok Sabha Election, Goa 2014

Finally the much awaited 16th Lok Sabha elections in two Parliamentary Constituencies of Goa have ended on a high and successful note. Here are some highlights with facts & figures:

Photo credit: Anzil

Photo credit: Anzil

 Parliamentary Constituencies

  • Goa has just two Members of Parliament (MP) seats from two Parliamentary Constituencies North Goa and South Goa.
  • In 2004 there were 16 candidates, in 2009 there were 18 and this year 2014 there were 19 candidates in contention for 2 Lok Sabha seats in Goa.
  • Polling Date: Initially 17th April 2014 later changed to 12 April 2014.
  • Interestingly North Goa is smaller by area but larger by size of Electorate (5,92,920)
  • Whereas South Goa is just the opposite, larger by area but smaller by size of Electorate (4,64,579)
  • Polling was held at 1,622 polling stations spread across 1,152 polling station locations in Goa.

Goa’s Total Population v/s Total Electorate v/s total EPIC holders

  • State’s total population  is 14,94,198 people
  • State’s total electorate consists of 10,57,499 electors (as on 2ndJanuary 2014) i.e: 10,57,499 electorate  = 1.57+ million electorate.
  • State’s total EPIC holders are 10,33,188 people.

(*Electorate: All the people of the area who are entitled to vote in an election.)
(*EPIC:Elector’s Photo Identity Card )



Data source: CEO, Goa; Data as on 02.01.2014


Date source: CEO, Goa; Data as on 02.01.2014

What’s New?

  • 12.11% (1,28,111 electorate) are in the age group 18-25.
  • 35.05% are in the age group 25-40
  • Women constitute 50%. (5,28,799 electorate)
  • 28,646 new young voters were eligible to vote during the 16th Lok Sabha.
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  • Goa recorded a whopping 76.82 % turnout , compared to 55% in 2009 and 58% in 2004.
  • Previous Lok Sabha polling record was 61 % in 1998.
  • North Goa recorded 78.60%  whereas South Goa recorded 75.14%
  • For the first time since the last two Lok Sabha Elections (2004 & 2009) women voters have outnumbered men.
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Highest Voting %

  • Sankhali (Sanquelim) Constituency  recorded highest voting percentage of 84.27% in North Goa.
  • Followed by Sanvordem Constituency with 84.27% in South Goa.
  • It is noted that the highest turnout is from the mining belt. Sankhali & Sanvordem are the two major hubs of mining activity.

Lowest Voting %

  • Both South Goa Constituencies Cuncolim & Benaulim Constituency recorded the lowest turnout of 62% and 65% respectively (*Non verified report)

Now that voting is finally over and the EVMs are safely stored at Bal Bhavan in Panaji and Kare College of Law at Margao, one can only speculate & wait till 16th May 2014 to declare the winners & losers of Lok Sabha Election 2014.






39th Tiatr Competition 2013

For all the Tiatr Lovers…
39th Tiatr Competition 2013 organised by Kala Academy of Goa will commence on Sept. 23 and end on 30th Dec. 2013. Here’s the schedule.

Photo courtesy: Joegoauk

Photo courtesy: Joegoauk

Photo courtesy: Joegoauk

‘Boat-making Art’ at Majorda

Yesterday, 8th September, is celebrated as Mother’s Day in the Catholic Parishes to commemorate the birthday of Our Holy Mother Mary. Apart from this, the people of Majorda, Goa, celebrate this feast in a unique way. Here, this Feast is celebrated to pray for the sailors in the Sea working on ships. The Konkani Hymn, “Doriachea Tara Noman” is often sang on this occasion. It is believed that a few years ago, there was an apparition of Mother Mary with her Divine Son Jesus, in Vailankanni and Bandra (Our Lady of Mount Mary). There was also similar incident that occurred in the West Bengal – at the Bandel Church. And so, significantly Mother Mary is depicted along with the Ship. At Majorda, after many years, the ‘Boat-making Art’ on this occasion has been revived this year. Thanks to the Parish Priest of Mother of God Church, Majorda, Fr. Ave Maria Afonso for carrying forward the tradition.

Photo credit: Peter Pereira

Photo credit: Peter Pereira

Info: Inaciojose Gomes

“Goa”: A creative graphic design

"Goa" a creative graphic design by Vishant Naik Chawdikar Photo credit: Vishant Naik Chawdikar (pinterest)

“Goa” a creative graphic design by Vishant Naik Chawdikar
Photo credit: Vishant Naik Chawdikar (pinterest)

Mary Dsouza receives Dronacharya Award

Mary Dsouza, India’s First Female Olympian and Double International was yesterday (31st August 2013) awarded the Dhyan Chand Award (India’s highest award for lifetime achievement in sports and games) by the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Congratulations Mary you are a true inspiration, your’s is a story that needs to be told…

Mary Dsouza receiving the Dronacharya Award from the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee Photo source: President of India

Mary Dsouza receiving the Dronacharya Award from the President of India, Pranab Mukherjee
Photo source: President of India

The Traditional Dantem (grinding stone)

Photo credit: Joel D'Souza

Photo credit: Joel D’Souza

“The scene appears quite dated since we have not seen Goan women convert rice or wheat into flour on the traditional dantem, grinding stone. But the old Goan atmosphere was created at the large compound of Our Lady of Socorro Church in Socorro, Goa, India, on August 15, 2013, to mark a unique event called “Patolleanchem Fest”. The emphasis appeared on old and healthy ways of communal harmony through song, dance, food and rustic scenes. The theme was rice, with nearly 20 types of preparations from rice.”