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FKCA Awards to Pascal Nazareth, Melvyn Rodrigues, Raphael Sequeira


FKCA Awards to Pascal Nazareth, Melvyn Rodrigues, Raphael Sequeira

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Bangalore, Jan 8: The Bangalore-based Federation of Konkani Catholic Associations (FKCA), a premier umbrella organization representing Konkani Catholics of Karnataka and world-wide, has announced the names of its prestigious FKCA Award Winners for the Year 2013.

FKCA started in 1998 in Bangalore has grown into a giant organization with global reach. As many as 26 associations of Konkani Catholics in different parts of Bangalore, Mysore, Chikmagalur, Hassan and other places besides 9 in different countries including USA, UK, Canada, Kuwait, Qatar and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in U.A.E. have been affiliated to FKCA so far.

The FKCA has instituted 3 awards to honour Konkani Catholics for their achievement and services not only to the community but the country in different fields. The 3 awards are: Lifetime Achievement, Professional Excellence and Entrepreneur of the Year.
 
The awards will be presented at the annual Federation Day of FKCA at St Joseph’s Indian High School Grounds in Bangalore on January 27 at 6 pm. Former External Affairs Minister of the Government of India, S M Krishna, will be the Chief Guest at this year’s Federation Day function, which will have Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee President Dr G Parameshwar and Leading Philanthropist and Chairman of International Federation of Karnataka Christians’ Associations Ronald Colaco as the Guests of Honour. The Archbishop of Bangalore, Dr Bernard Moras will be presiding over the function, said FKCA Chairperson Aida D’Cunha.

Valerian R Fernandes, Immediate Past Chairman of FKCA, announced the names and details of the award-winners. The details are as follows:

Lifetime Achievement Award to: Former Indian Ambassador and ex-Director General of Government of India’s Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi, Pascal Alan Nazareth.

Professional Excellence Award to: Eminent Konkani poet and writer Melvyn Rodrigues, who is also the Director-Operations, Daijiworld Media Pvt Ltd, the leading English news portal linking west coast of India and rest of the world.

Entrepreneur of the Year Award to: Prominent Mangalorean Raphael Sequeira, who has carved a niche for himself with his business acumen and enterprising spirit by establishing and running three companies – Reliable Clothing Pvt Ltd, Reliable Spaces Pvt Ltd and Reliable Business Solution & Services Pvt Ltd – in India’s financial capital of Mumbai.

 

About the Awardees


Lifetime Achievement: Pascal Alan Nazareth

 Pascal Alan Nazareth, who was educated at St Aloysius College, Mangalore, and Loyola College, Chennai, joined the Indian Foreign Service in May 1959 and had served in India’s Diplomatic Missions in Tokyo, London, Rangoon and Lima before his first Ambassadorial appointment in 1979. He has served as Consul General of India in New York and Chicago, Ambassador/High Commissioner of India to Egypt, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize, Ghana, Liberia, Upper Volta and Togo.

He had served as Director General of The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), External Affairs Ministry of Government of India, New Delhi during 1982-85. After his retirement in May 1994, Ambassador Nazareth had served as Guest Lecturer at National Defence College, New Delhi, Banaras Hindu University and National Institute of Advanced Studies, Indian Institute of Management and CMR Institute of Management Studies in Bangalore. He had also lectured in foreign universities like East West Centre and University of Hawaii at Honolulu, UC Berkeley, Stanford, American, Yale, Columbia and New York, MIT in USA, El Collegio de Mexico, Uppsala University in Sweden, Ateneo and Philippines Universities, Asian Institute of Management, Manila, Udayana and Shiyarif Hidayatullah Universities, Indonesia, Universities of Trinidad and Tobago and of West Indie at Port of Spain.

Founder and Managing Trustee of Sarvodaya International Trust, Ambassador Nazareth is the author of ``Gandhi’s Outstanding Leadership” published in 2006 and released by the then Prime Minister Late I K Gujral. It has been already translated into four Indian languages and in Spanish and Portuguese with translations into Kashmiri, Urdu, Arabic, Chinese, Korean and Russian languages. He is the recipient of the U Thant Peace Award, which has been conferred on such eminent personalities like Pope John Paul II, the Dalai Lama, Mother Teresa, Michael Gorbachev, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

 

Professional Excellence: Melvyn Rodrigues

 Melvyn Rodrigues did his BBM and MA and involved himself into Konkani literary field by serving as the Sub-Editor of Konkani journals Mithr, Jhelo, Jivit and Udev during 1984 to 1989 and also the Editorial Staff of the Konkani Lexicon Project from 1988 to 1991. After moving to Dubai in search of better prospects, he joined the leading international quality assurance firm, Drake and Scull International, Dubai, as Manager from 1994 to 2000 and moved to Lootah BCGas LLC, Dubai, as Lead Quality Auditor from 2000 to 2007.

Proficient in Konkani, Tulu, Kannada, Hindi and English, Melvyn Rodrigues started his Konkani literary career with the publication of his article for the first time in 1978 in the then leading Konkani weekly, Poinnari, at the young age of 16 and had his first short story and poem published in Konkani weekly, Mithr in 1983. The folk songs sung by his grand-father, late Pascal Fernandes, and the poetry of leading Konkani writer C F DeCosta, who himself was a winner of the Sahitya Academy in 1989 for his collection of poems, ``Sounshyachye Kaan,” turned out to be a big influence on his emergence as a Konkani poet of repute. The hundreds of interviews that he had to carry out for the Konkani lexicon project further helped in learning the basics of linguistics and lexicography.

A prolific Konkani writer and poet, he has several books of anthology of poems, essays and short stories and albums to his credit with 50 songs penned by him being tuned by various music composers and sung by leading Konkani singers. His collection of poems, ``Prakriticho Paas,” received the Sahitya Academy Award for the year 2011, which was presented in New Delhi, last year. He has received several awards from Karnataka State Konkani Sahitya Academy, Konkani Bhasha Mandal, Goa, All India Konkani Parishad, Mandd Sobhann, Daiji Dubai, Dr T M A Pai Foundation and various other organizations.

Founder-member of Daiji Dubai, a forum of Konkani writers in UAE, he has been serving as the Director-Operations, Daijiworld Media Pvt Ltd, a leading news portal linking the West Coast of India and the rest of the World, since 2007. He is also the founder-president Kavita Trust, which is dedicated to promotion of Konkani poetry, and Editor of Konkani poetry portal, www.konkanipoetry.com and co-founder of Mandd Sobhann, Konkani cultural organization.

 

Entrepreneur of the Year: Raphael Sequeira

Raphael Sequeira, who hails from the remote Karambithil village in coastal Dakshina Kannada district, left for Mumbai in 1977 in search of a better future and also to continue his studies after his graduation in B.B.M. in Dharmasthala Manjuanatha College, Ujire. He did his M.A. while working in a leading Chartered Accountancy firm between 1978 and 1984.

Sequeira, who was born in June 1956, started his own Garment Export company – Reliable Clothing Pvt Ltd – in 1984 at the young age of 28, for exporting Garments to Europe, Germany, England, Belgium, France and Greece as the main markets. Started with 50 employees in 1984, presently has about 900 employees producing about 5500 garments daily and having an Export Turnover of about Rs 50 Crores for the year. The company has emerged as a Government recognized Star export house.

In 2006, he ventured into Real Estate business by starting a company Reliable Spaces Pvt Ltd in Navi Mumbai constructing IT Parks and leasing to MNCs and Corporates. The Company is planning to venture into Residential and Hospitality sectors.

His latest venture is in the high profile Information Technology Services sector by starting Reliable Business Solution & Services Pvt Ltd in October 2010, which is expected to create employment for about 5000. The Company has centers at Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi, which provides outsourcing facilities to Telecom, IT, Banking, Insurance and Healthcare sectors. The Company plans to open facilities in the US and Europe by the end of 2013.

Thus, within a short span of 28 years since moving to Mumbai after his graduation, Raphael Sequeira has emerged as a successful Entrepreneur providing direct employment to about 5,000 persons and indirect employment of thousands of others.


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  • vincent miranda, bangalore/moodbidri

    Wed, Jan 16 2013

    Mogachya Pascalaam,Melwinaam ani Raphaelaam, Devachi vinchnaar Besanva sodanch tumcher Asson.

    Dev Borem Korum tumka

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  • Sr. Jacientha r. Sequeira, fFatima Convent Hubli

    Thu, Jan 10 2013

    Congratulations

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  • FR FELIX MONTEIRO, BADYAR, MANGALORE

    Thu, Jan 10 2013

    DEAR MR MELWYN RODRIGUEZ AND OTHERS-CONGRATS. YOU DESERVE THIS PRESTIGIOUS HONOUR. THANKS FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION.

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  • Ron Roche Cascia, Mangalore- Abu Dhabi

    Wed, Jan 9 2013

    Dear Melvyn,
    Many Many Congratulations on winning the prestigious FKCA award for Professional Excellence.
    Regards,
    Ron Roche Cascia & Fly

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  • CGS, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 9 2013

    Three cheers to Mr.Pascal Nazareth,
    Mr.Melwyn Rodrigues and Mr.Raphael
    Sequeira on bagging the prestigious
    FKCA Awards. Special cheers to Melwyn Rodrigues,the poet par excellence!

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  • M.Krishna Pai, Mulki, Mulki

    Wed, Jan 9 2013

    Pascal Allan Nazareth S/o Justice Pascal Ambrose Nazareth originally hailed from Pilar near Shirva in Udupi District. He is an alumni of St.Aloysius College & Loyola College, Madras where he did his Honours in Economics. He was my classmate in Loyola College and was a brilliant student besides a gold medalist.He stood first in the Indian Foreign Service Examination.

    Congratulations Mr. Nazareth.

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  • Ivan Saldanha-Shet, Mangalore-Rosario

    Wed, Jan 9 2013

    Dear Alanbab,Melvynbab and Raphaelbab, My humble and admiring CONGRATS to each one of you! There is no doubt that your dedication and hard work towards your beliefs and principles plus the grace of the LORD has brought you the hiets.May you be blessed abundantly now and in the future too. GOOD WISHES! Warmly!-ijss.

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  • Austin Prabhu, Nantur/Chicago

    Wed, Jan 9 2013

    Congratulations to Pascal Nazareth, Melvyn Rodrigues, Raphael Sequeira on receiving FKCA 2013 Awards. Your hard work and dedication earned this award. Keep up the good work. God bless KCA and all award winners.

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  • hillary d'silva, mira road / niddodi

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Congratulations to all the Winners, the deserving ones...
    Specially Melwyn baab tuka chaar salaam. wishing many more awards for your excellent work.....
    -prasann-niddodi

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  • President and Members, Konkan Bells - Belthangady Varado Association - UAE

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Dear Melvyn,
    Congratulations on being nominated to be a recipient of FKCA award for the year 2013.
    You are well deserved for this award,May god bless you and wishing many more awards to receive you in future life.
    President & members - KBBVA - UAE

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  • severine d souza , madanthyar/bangalore

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    congratulations Raphael i am your classmate in guardin angel pry. school and in GOVT High school punjalkatte.

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  • Mark Denis Dsouza, Niddodi/sharjah-U.A.E.

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Congratulations,Melvyn Rodrigues on confirming FKCA Award,wish you good luck in all your endure,also cograts to Pascal Nazareth and Raphael Sequeira for thier achevements.
    Mark Denis D'souza

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  • Molly Pinto, Badyar/Muscat

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Congratulations to all being honoured by FKCA. Especially Mr. Raphael Sequeira. May God Bless you more awards and we wish you all the best in future endevours.

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  • ADRIAN GOMES, SHIRVA / KUWAIT

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Congratulation Melvyn Rodrigues on being chosen for the Professional Excellence Award. All the very best in your future too.
    best regards

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  • lydia dsouza, vamanjoor/mangalore

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Congratulation dear Melvi

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  • Walter Dantis, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Many Congratulations to Melvyn Rodrigues for winning this prestigious award!

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  • President & Members, Little Flower Mukamar / Dubai,

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Congratulations to all being honoured by FKCA. Especially Mr. Melwyn Rodrigues. May God Bless you more awards and we wish you all the best in future endevours. God Bless...

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  • FranyPamela Santos, Jeppu/Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS to you all being honored by FKCA. Especially our dear Friend Mr.Melwyn Rodrigues and our Family Member from Madanthyar Mr.Raphael(Noppa Dattu) Sequeira. Indeed, it is your hard work in your respective fields had earned you awards and simplicity. May God bless you more awards and I wish you all the best in future endeavors.....Best Wishes from Alice Rodrigues & Fly Bejai.

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  • Rons Bantwal, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Our Dearest Mr. Melvyn E. Rodrigues, Heartly Cogratulations for Winning Federation of Konkani Catholic Associations's Professional Excellence Award-2013. and also Winner of Entrepreneur of the Year Mr. Raphael Sequeira and Others. Salute to Sri Valerian R. Fernandes, Immediate Past Chairman & Team of FKCA.

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  • Rony & Aboline D'Cunha, Koppa - Dubai

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Dear Melvyn,
    hearty felicitations on being nominated to be a recipient of FKCA award for the year 2013.
    Also congratulate Mr.Nazareth and Mr.Sequeira for their contribution towards our dearest Konkani mai bhas. May God grant all of you perfect health of mind & body to continue your noble work.

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  • Juliet Misquith, Riyadh, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Congratulations! You truly deserve it.

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  • Arun D'Souza, Palimar / Riyadh

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Congrats dear Melvyn, You deserve it... May God Bless You All....
    Cheers to FKCA....

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  • Alexis /Reena Castelino, Makale /Qatar

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Congratulations to Melvyn Rodgigues on winning FKCA awards.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Thanks to Federation of Konkani Catholic Associations (FKCA)
    Your support and encouragement will
    definitely help and enhance the confidence of the community in particular and Country in general.

    Scriptures commands: you should bless the one whom I have blessed so that you too will be blessed!

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  • WILFRED TAURO & FAMILY, MADANTHYAR,DUBAI

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    CONGRATULATIONS to you all being honoured by FKCA. Especially our dear friends Melwyn Rodrigues and our old friend, parishioner from Madanthyar Mr.Raphael Sequeira. Indeed, it is your hard work in your respective fields had earned you awards and simplicity. May God bless you more awards and I wish you all the best in future endevours.

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  • THERESA LOBO, Mukamar-Sharjah

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Congratulations to Pascal Nazareth/Melvyn Rodgigues and Raphael Sequeira on winning FKCA awards. You all deserve such awards. May God bless you all and many more awards to receive in the future.

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  • Reny Asha Fernandes, Mudarangadi/Dubai

    Tue, Jan 8 2013

    Dear Congratulations FKCA Award winners.Specials wishes to Melwin Rodrigues.

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