Monday, January 30, 2012


Anisha Martis

NORTHERN ARABIAN VICARIATE, JANUARY 30, 2012: St. Therese's parish in the Vicariate of Northern Arabia organized a programme for all the couples married in 2011. The triple objective of this event was to provide spiritual nourishment through the Eucharist; to increase the involvement of the couples in the Parish activities and to foster a fellowship between the couples. This event will be organized every month for couples celebrating wedding anniversaries in the following years.

The programme commenced with Holy Eucharist celebrated by the parish priest.  A power point presentation on 'Effective Communication in Marriage' was screened by the main celebrant who emphasized on how to live a good married life that is pleasing to God. After the Eucharist, we had the fellowship programme. Fr. Joy welcomed all the couples and delivered his inspiring message on marriage and fidelity. This was followed by the distribution of sumptuous snacks.

Thereafter, there was a power point presentation on various activities held in the Parish, so as to invite the young to get more involved in the activities conducted by the church and work in joyful service for God's kingdom.

The games were planned and conducted by Amira and Anisha, assisted by the Family Cell and the Salesian Cooperators. All the volunteers pitched in to ensure a smooth, timely and enjoyable programme. Mr. Edward did a wonderful job with the mike, motivating all the couples to get into the groove. The first game was an ice breaker which involved exchanging of cards while introducing themselves. The next game was the news paper dance which brought the couples close to each other. The last game was finding the Groom, which was very hilarious.

The couples enjoyed themselves and were extremely grateful to the parish for organizing the programme. The next programme will be in the month of February for all the couples who were married in the year 2010.


NERUL, JANUARY 30, 2012: The Republic Day is a very important day in the history of India. The true meaning of freedom is realized only on the day the Constitution came into force. The students of Don Bosco Senior Secondary School put up an interesting programme on this important day.
The Staff and students from classes VI – IX assembled in the School Hall. The Chief Guest, Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, an eminent personality in Navi Mumbai, was escorted into the hall accompanied by the Manager and the Principal. The programme began with the School Morning Prayer and the School Anthem. The flag was then hoisted while the gathering reverently saluted it and sang the National Anthem. A flag song was then sung in Hindi. The Manager felicitated the Chief Guest with a bouquet and a memento. Fr. Anthony Fonseca, Principal then spoke a few words of introduction about the Chief Guest Mr. Sanjeev Kumar, member of Education Board of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
Before leaving, the Chief Guest addressed the gathering speaking about the importance of Hindi as our National language. Bilal from Class V then delivered an inspiring Speech in Hindi. This was followed by glimpses of the various states of India by the Pre-primary students depicting National Integration. A skit on the Quit India Movement enlightened all on the various atrocities the Indians faced before independence and the founding of the Quit India Movement. A `Quavvali' exhorted all to do something, however small, for our country.
The programme ended with a beautiful song and dance. This melodious musical composition evoked strong feelings of patriotism and respect for our country. Teacher Neeru and Teacher Sumitra were in-charge of the programme. Fr. Anthony Fonseca then thanked the students and teachers for a wonderful programme and commended them on their performances. Sweets were distributed to the students on this joyous occasion. Jai Hind.


BIS Correspondent

BORIVLI, JANUARY 30, 2012: The parents, students and teachers of Don Bosco Borivli wait eagerly during the days of the Novena of Don Bosco. Everyday as a token of Love, the Statue at the Entrance of the school is decorated by the parents and students under the able guidance of the staff and supervisors of the school.

All of the decorations are stunning and glamorous. One of these in particular, this year, caught the attention of everyone. It was the Chocolate Tribute to the Great Saint by the students and parents of Standard IX B. The entire decoration was made up of Chocolates.

Thanks to the coming of the Casket of Don Bosco to our school the Knowledge and Love for Don Bosco has reached great heights. LONG LIVE DON BOSCO!

Saturday, January 28, 2012


Aarti Joshi

ANDHERI, JANUARY 28, 2012: Continuing its work towards attaining a vision of 'Child Friendly' society, Don Bosco Balprafulta organized an awareness rally on the occasion of Republic day involving more than three hundred children from urban slums and schools.
Number of children carried banners and placards with 'Awareness on Child Rights', 'Let me live', 'Stop child labour', 'Right to education' written on them. The rally started with a loud slogan 'Bharat Mata ki Jai!!!', 'Vande Mataram!!!' and subsequently went on with the slogans on their rights and created awareness among the people on issues of children.  Children also sang songs Like 'Hum Honge Kamiyab..' with zeal and enthusiasm. 
The rally started from 'Andheri Meghwadi Police Station with slogans and songs on child rights on the road upto their destination at St Domnic Savio School Campus, Andheri. 
Two short skits by the boarders of Dominic Savio and by the slum community children were presented at the Dominic Savio school hall. These skits gave a simple message to the children that 'Rights comes with the Responsibilities. Rights and Responsibilities are two sides of the same coin. As Mahatma Gandhi correctly said Rights without Responsibilities is one of the 'Seven Blunders of the World' which are considered as roots of violence.

A Community Leader and Social worker from the slum community was invited to motivate children to do their best to become good citizens.
All the children actively participated in Rally and enjoyed the program.


scar Lobo

PUNE, JANUARY 28, 2012:  It was a very proud moment for us at the Sacred Heart Parish, Yerwada (Pune) when we got to know that our Principal Fr. Donald Fernandez, sdb was chosen, this year, to receive the prestigious Bharat Vidya Shiromani Award-2011 instituted by the Indian Solidarity Council, New Delhi for his outstanding achievements and excellence in the field of education.
The award was conferred to him on January 21, 2012, at the Indian Society of International Law, New Delhi, by His Excellency the Ambassador of Tunisia, Mr. Tarek Azouz, in the distinguished presence of Chief Justice Mr. O.P. Verma, Former Election Commissioner Mr. Dr G.V.G. Krishnamoorthy and Former Governor Bishmanarain Singh. He was also awarded the Rashtriya Vidya Gaurav Gold Medal.
The Shiromani Institute is a Non Profit NGO founded in 1977 by the prominent people of Indian origin to honour Indian achievers and Resident and Non Resident Indians with Bharat Shiromani Awards - a gesture of popular recognition of their outstanding achievements in their chosen field.
The Award is being given in different categories like Armed Forces, Information Technologies, Medical, Education, Judiciary, Science, Banking, Politics, Public Sector, Services, Social Work, Journalism, Cinema, Fashion, Sports, Arts and Culture, Business, Industry and any other recognized category.
The awards have a rare tradition of being presented by some of the highest placed dignitaries. The Bharat Shiromani Awards were first presented by the then Defence Minister Shri Jagjiwan Ram in 1977.
The deserving personalities are chosen on the basis of their comparative merit, high caliber and commitment to national progress and human welfare. Bharat Shiromani Awards aim at the renewal of our rich heritage and great historical traditions.
The Institute promotes the ideal of national unity, religious tolerance and communal harmony. So, while selecting the Awardees, their contribution towards promoting this ideal in different ways is given due consideration. Through these awards the institute tries to project secularism at its best as to revitalize unwavering faith in national unity and human brotherhood.
In his acceptance speech, Fr. Donald thanked the organizers for bestowing on him this unique award, and said that this recognition would propel him to try and touch new heights in the field of education.

Friday, January 27, 2012

BIS #2775 ENTREPRENET 2012 - GROW WITH INDIA A Convention for Christian Entrepreneurs

Fr. Joaquim Fernandes sdb
MUMBAI, JANUARY 27, 2012: ENTREPRENET 2012 organised by Dimensions Mumbai and Kanara Entrepreneurs Global had a grand opening at the Intercontinental the Lalith, Mumbai. The theme of the convention is "Grow With India" The dignitaries included His Eminence, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, Dr Mrs. Indu Shahani, Sheriff of Mumbai, Mr. Gul Kripalani, Convention President, Mr. Christopher John, Earnest John group of Companies, Mr. Albert D'Souza, Chairman Model Co-operative Bank, Mr. Ivan Fernandes, Chairman, Kanara Entrepreneurs Ltd. Global and Mr. Freddy Mendonca, Chairman, Dimensions, Mumbai.

His Eminence, Cardinal Oswald Gracias prayed over the gathering and delivered his inspiring message.  He stressed that Entrepreneurs have been given talents and we need to multiply it for the benefit of society. He prayed to the Almighty for His presence during the two days of the conference as Entrepreneurs participate, deliberate, discuss and plan the future of self and country. He mentioned to the participants that this event was path breaking.  Excelling in whatever we do should be the goal and we should not be shy of achieving success. He emphasized on ethics in business and to do whatever we could for the needy. He concluded with his blessings and wished the event a grand success. A Souvenir was released by His Eminence, Cardinal Oswald Gracias on this auspicious event.
Mr. Gul Kripalani, President of the Convention, welcomed the gathering. In his welcome address, he mentioned that hard work should not only benefit the country, but also the world. He requested the Community to be united in Christ, rather than divided by denominations. Joining hands will strengthen the community and the country as a whole.  He concluded saying, India needs us and we need India.
 The Chief Guest, Dr. (Mrs.) Indu Shahani, Sheriff of Mumbai in her motivating address quoted Thomas Friedman, "It is morning in India", the headlines in an American newspaper on the day the US President, Barack Obama was leaving to India from the US. It is truly morning in India, she said, because fifty per cent of the Indian population is under the age of twenty five years. The young people of India are the new mornings and will be the biggest asset of our country. If India has to make progress in its economy, Entrepreneurship should focus on Corporate Social Responsibility. She gave two good examples of young people who began doing business with a cause. Dhruv Lathra's Miracle: a courier service company employing hearing impaired persons. And Sweta who started an Ambulance service through the free toll number 1298 through cross subsidies and has got tenders to run her services in Kerala and other parts of the country.

Mr. Prabhu Guptara, Chairman and CEO of several companies and organizations delivered a scintillating keynote address on Emerging India-The Growth Story.   He enumerated the global perspective scenario and the great depression of 2009 in the USA.  The whole crisis of the Eurozone currency and the downslide in global markets and its effects on Europe.  India and China are the emerging markets in South Asia and the GDP of both the countries touching eight to nine per cent.  He discussed the issues for the Emerging India.

At the 'Presidential Dinner' on January 13, 2012 evening awards for Entrepreneurial Excellence were presented to distinguished Christians people:

Lifetime Achievement Award to Mr. Christopher John of Earnest Group

Mr. Christopher John has led the 'Earnest John Group of Companies' into diversified fields such as Construction, Mining, Shipping, Infrastructure and built the iconic 'EARNEST HOUSE', a building in the heart of Nariman Point.  More such landmark constructions and property developments were conceived and implemented across Mumbai City.  The 'Earnest John Group' has developed into a huge conglomerate and is well established in it's chosen fields.  The Group has involved itself in various initiatives and forums, in a relentless mission to promote India on a Global platform.
Currently the Group has diversified into Port Development and is in the process of building one of the largest Ports in Maharashtra – at a cost of at Rs.10, 000 crores.  The Group intends to develop twelve more Ports around the world. This Global Citizen believes in giving back to Society at large and therefore Corporate Social Responsibility is an integral part of his business philosophy.
The Entrepreneur of the Year Award to Mr. Albert D'Souza of Printania Pvt. Ltd. and Aldel Educational Trust

Not content with initiatives in business he has immersed himself in the Educational, Co – operative and Social Service sectors. He is the Chairman of Model Co-operative Bank Ltd and Vice Chairman of Christian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and is the key figure in the establishment of St Francis Engineering College, Borivali, Mumbai; St. Xavier Engineering College, Mahim, Mumbai and Don Bosco Engineering College, Kurla, Mumbai. He serves as Executive Committee Member in these Colleges and is also associated with the several engineering and management colleges besides serving as the Executive Committee member of Karuna Hospital, Borivali, Mumbai and Advisory Board Member of Holy Family Hospital, Mumbai.

Two years ago he established the Aldel Education Trust and started two educational institutions namely, St. John College of Engineering Technology and St. John Institute of Pharmacy and Research in the St. John Educational Complex at Palghar, Thane Dist of Maharashtra. A new Institute, St. John Institute of Mgmt. and Research is his recent addition.

The Woman Entrepreneur Award to Dr. Ms. Francin Pinto

Dr. Francin Pinto is the Founder-Director of Garbage Concern Welfare Society established in 2005. The enterprise laudably provides employment for school dropouts.

She is also the Proprietor of three-S 'Envosolutions' since 2006 - an initiative that provides systematic site specific solutions in Water Management, through Rainwater Harvesting, Waste Water Recycling and Waterless Urinal Concepts.  

She is the winner of numerous awards such as:

·         'Most Pro – active Environment NGO 2006 – 07' by the Municipal Corporation Of Greater Mumbai

·         'Woman Achiever' by Maanch Environment Action Group

·         'Environment Dedication Award' for planting 45000 plants in Mumbai by the Lion's International.

The Award ceremony was being held against a backdrop of a fashion show by the redoubtable Wendell Rodricks group and an evening of entertainment led by Rahul Saxena with music by Ron and his Rockstars.