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DIVO Sahitya Puraskar-2009 presented

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Madam Grace Pinto, Director Ryan International Schools Inaugurating New website www.sezariworld.com

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Most. Rev. Bishop Percival J. Fernandez, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Bombay lighting the traditional Lamp (Samay)

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Mr. Albert W. D'Souza, President addressing the gathering.

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Madam Grace Pinto speaks

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Most. Rev. Bishop Percival J. Fernandez, Auxiliary Bishop, Archdiocese of Bombay felicitated by Mr. Johnson Therattil

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Fr. Baptist Pais receiving 'DIVO Sahitya Puraskar 2009' from President Mr. Albert W. D'Souza

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Mr. Kenny Zuzarte receives 'DIVO Sahitya Puraskar 2009' from Chief Guest Mr. Lawrence D'Souza of Blue Star fame

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Mr. Felix D'Souza Malwani receives 'DIVO Sahitya Puraskar2009' from Mr. Antony Sequeira of Arcadia fame

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Mr. Victor Concessao receive 'DIVO Life Time Achievement Puraskar2009' from Mr. Herry Rebello, Caravan travels

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Madam Grace Pinto receiving a memento from Mr. Lawrence Coelho, Editor DIVO

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Mr. Walter Lasrado, Sub-editor DIVO, presenting a memento to Mr. Albert W. D'Souza

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Mr. Lawrence D'Souza, Chief Guest receives a Memento form DIVO Sub. Editor Mr. S. Lobo

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Mr. Naveen Kulshekar, Sub-editor DIVO, presenting a memento to Mr. Henry Lobo, Chairman CCCI

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Adv. Pius Vas receives a Memento from Mr. Lawrence Coelho, Editor DIVO

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Most Rev. Bishop Percival J. Fernandez releasing the Souvenir

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Fr. Ivan D'Souza, Asst Parish Priest, Mira Road receiving DIVO Sahitya Puraskar Smarak 'Maria Jayanthi Prize 2009' from Mr. Stevan L. D'Souza

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Mr. Rons Bantwal receives Floral Boquet from Madam Grace Pinto

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Mumbai July 25: The coveted DIVO Sahitya Puraskar-2009 Awards were presented to Rev Fr Baptist Pais, Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Church, Andheri East, Mr Kenneth Zuzarte, well-known Singing Star of Mumbai and Mr Felix D'Souza, Malwani, Konkani Activist and the Divo Lifetime Achievement Award was conferred on Shri Victor Concessao, Konkani lyricist and singer in a glittering function held at the colourfully decorated Francis Fernandes Cascia Matov, in honour of Comedy King Francis Fernandes-Cascia at Dr Visveshwarayya Smarak Mandir, Karnataka Sangha Hall, Matunga, West, Mumbai-400016.

Many dignitaries and eminent Konkani persons attended this auspicious function

Shri Lawrence Coelho, Editor of DIVO and the The Secular Citizen welcomed the gathering and delivered the keynote address.

Madam Grace Pinto, Administrative Director of Ryan International Group Inaugurated the New web site www.sezariworld.com by clicking the mouse which was shown on a giant screen set up for the purpose. Addressing the gathering she said that the need of the hour is to motivate and inculcate the Christian values in our younger generation and hoped that the new web site will go a long way in achieving that goal.

Shri Albert W D'Souza, Printania fame and Chairman of Aldel Education Trust and Model Co-operative bank Ltd., presided over the function. He applauded the steps taken by DIVO in recognizing and giving a proper direction through various workshops in Mangalore and Mumbai to the young generation of the Society and wished the newly inaugurated website al the best and requested the audience to support the same.

Auxiliary Bishop of Mumbai Archdiocese Bishop Percival J Fernandes along with other guests inaugurated the function by lighting the traditional Lamp and later released the Souvenir on the occasion. Addressing the gathering, Bishop Percy ,as he is fondly known, said that Divo through its various activities has succeeded in winning the loyalty and love of the Konkani readers and wished them very best in their new endeavour.

Lawrence D'Souza, MD., Blue Star Elevators Private Ltd was the Chief Guest who was all praise for the activities conducted by DIVO and The Secular Citizen and also publishing the two papers on a regular basis without missing a single issue. He also wished the very best to their new venture www.sezariworld.com.

Bishop Percival Joseph Fernandes and Shri Charles Lobo, Post master General, Foreign Mail were felicitated on the occasion. Smt Veena D'Souza, Smt Flora D'Souza Jerimeri, Smt Tressy Peris, Smt. Shanti Barboza, Lydia A D'Souza and Pamela D'Souza read the citations.

DIVO P. D'Souza Memorial Award-2009 was given away to Jacinta D'Souza and Ligoury Lobo, and Divo Sahitya Puraskar Smarak Maria Jayanti Prize-2009 was presented to Mrs Cecilia D'Costa, Vikhroli and Rev Fr Ivan D'Souza, Asstt Parish Priest, Mira Road.

Shri John D'Silva (Eminent Banker), Shri Henry Lobo, President of CCCI, Shri Agustinho G. Fernandes, Businessman, Shri Harold Rebello (Harry of Caravan Fame), Adv Pius Vas, Shri Peter D'Souza, Shri Raymond Lobo, Shri John Sequeira, Shri Johnson Therattil and Smt Alice J Therattil, Mr. V. P. Lobo, Shri Steven L. D'Souza, Shri Antony Sequeira were present as Guests of honour.

Lawrence D'Souza Kamani introduced the guests and compered the Programme along with Naveen Kulshekar, Sub Editor of Divo; Smt Suzanne Coelho, Publisher DIVO and Shri Walter Lasrado honoured the guests. Shri S. Lobo, Sub-editor proposed the Vote of thanks.

The programme started with a Prayer dance by Mathias sisters followed by a skit "Dotty" by Naveen Kulshekar and Dolphy Menezes, Kalyanpur. In the Second part there were songs and dances by the children and Victor Concessao and Kenny.

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