Decennial celebrations OF Mangalorean.com on Sunday, 9 June, 2013


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Mangalore: The popular media company across the globe, Mangalore Media Company (www.mangalorean.com) held a press meet at the press club, Urva here on June 7.
 
Addressing the media persons Organizing Committee Secretary of Decennial celebrations and legal adviser ,Anil D’Souza said that Mangalorean.com will be completing ten glorious years. As part of the decennial year the management, staff and the team members of Mangalorean.com will be organizing a celebration at Milagres Jubilee Hall on Sunday, 9 June, 2013 at 6pm sharp.

He further said that to mark the completion of ten years of its fruitful functioning, ten eminent personalities and achievers from three major faiths, who have rendered enormous, but selfless service to the poor, the downtrodden and to the community will be felicitated. The achievers to be felicitated seen in the above photograph (from top left) are : Leo and Laveena Rodrigues- Best Mangalorean NRI Entrepreneur Couple; Dr M Mohan Alva- Best Mangalorean Patron promoting Art and Culture; Bajpe Abdul Khader Mohideen- Best Mangalorean Community Leader; Grace Pinto-Best Mangalorean Educationist; Rohan R Monteiro- Best Mangalorean Youngest Entrepreneur; Kashim Ahmed-Best Mangalorean Social Activist; Subramanyeshwar Rao-Best Outgoing Police Officer; Seeliya Simmith-Best Mangalorean Young Achiever, and ’Management Team’ of Jeevadhan HIV/Aids Centre-Best Mangalorean NGO. Books and other stationery will also be distributed to the needy school children on the occasion.

He further said that to mark the completion of ten years of its fruitful functioning, ten eminent personalities and achievers from three major faiths, who have rendered enormous, but selfless service to the poor, the downtrodden and to the community will be felicitated.  Books and other stationery will also be distributed to the needy school children on the occasion.
 
He also said that Bishop of Mangalore Rev Dr Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Former Vice-Chancellor of Yenepoya University, Dr Sayed Akheel Ahmed, and eminent Orthopaedic surgeon Dr M Shantharam Shetty will be the guests of honour on the occasion.
 
Mangalorean.com team members Joseph Pereira, Michael Rodrigues (Udupi) and Alfie D’Souza were also present on the dais during the press meet.
 
History of Mangalorean.com    
 
According to Roshan, the founder of Mangalorean.com, it started with a burning desire in him "to give something to his community".  Utilizing his expertise in computer technology and armed with the unstinting support of a loyal friend, Queenie Mendonca, he set about designing and developing a website for Mangaloreans around the globe. The project started from scratch and took almost five months to complete. When it finally settled in web-space, it had just 8 columns - Marriages, Kitchen, Subhashai, Mangalorean Voices, Mangalorean Star, News, Calendar and Chat.  Because of unavoidable circumstances, real-time chat was discontinued and EYT (Express Your Thoughts) was introduced.
 
There has been no looking back since then.  More and more members joined Mangalorean.com - articles and reports were contributed and new columns were introduced.  The launching of ‘Messenger’,  a tool that allowed members to protect their identity while they communicated, brought about a significant transformation.
 
Konkani Zone was then launched and it remains to this day the pride of M.Com and one of its most popular zones. Kannada section Katha Sangama was introduced in 2007, in response to a demand from voracious readers and writers of Kannada. By then, Inner circle, Classifieds, Captured Moments, Youth Corner, Travelogue, In my opinion and Mangy Humour have all been added and our members have contributed beneficial articles regarding Health Beat, Science Vision etc.
 
In December 2009, almost six and half years after starting the website, its founder Roshan D’Souza had to pursue higher education in the USA, and he decided to pass on the ownership to any of the interested Team Members who had stood by him over the years in making Mangalorean.com the best Mangalorean web portal.
 
Besides, the time zone difference made it difficult for Roshan and Queenie to update news from Mangalore and Udupi on time, the then-team member Violet Pereira along with her husband Joseph Pereira came forward and took the challenge.  Violet Pereira took over hundred percent ownership of www.mangalorean.com and she opened the first office in Mangalore on January 21, 2010 which is registered under Mangalore Media Company. On September 15, 2011,  mangalorean.com opened its branch in Udupi.
 
Ever since, they have made steady progress and worked day and night to cover events and update news and features promptly. Fatima Education Trust started by Violet Pereira has been helping the poor and ailing students to continue their education or to get medical treatment.
 
Our Team worldwide includes members from various places like Mangalore, Udupi, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and of course, the USA. All our dedicated Team Members have stood firm with M.com all these years to update news and features from the places they are stationed in.
 
Mangalorean.com has without doubt achieved what it initially aimed to do. It has not only brought Mangaloreans closer to each other, but has also made a sincere effort to preserve Mangalorean ethos, culture, language and tradition. We feel that, even though the journey so far has not been easy, it has been entirely worthwhile, bringing with it a complete sense of satisfaction and pride. What has been appreciated by our readers far and wide is that the portal has not shown any leanings towards any faith or community in particular nor any preference to or bias against any political ideology. It has desisted from becoming a mouthpiece for anyone but is only trying to be a voice for those who need to be heard.
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