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ICICI (ICd) became the first Indian Company to trade in the New York Stock Exchange in September 1999. The CEO, Mr. VAMAN KAMATH of Mumbai was in NYSE on the inaugural day of the IPO. His company was also profiled in local Newspapers as a leading company with equal opportunity for all employees.

SURESH & USHA SHENOY of Houston, TX started an exclusive travel agency in Houston, TIMES TRAVEL. The travelers are guaranteed honest, efficient, courteous and prompt service.

If you have noticed the full page advertisements in ALL Indian American publications about US Census 2000, two out of four people in that advertisement are Dr. PURANDER MALLYA of Whittier, CA and his daughter, SUVARNA MALIL of Sherman Oaks, CA. They were selected from a pool of thousands of Indian Americans from coast to coast! This advertisement is published to encourage ethnic group's participation in the Census 2000 of the US.

Ms. GEETA HEBLE of Washington Crossing, PA ran the 26.2-mile marathon in Dublin, Ireland on October 25, 1999. She was running the race to raise money for the Leukemia Society of America. She collected more than her goal of $10,000!

Antakshari, a prime-time musical quiz was telecasted in India and for most non-resident Indian viewers, including North America during last several weeks over Zee-TV. SANGEETHA MALLYA, a sales engineer from Dubai, UAE with her teammate, Deepak Soni defeated all other teams from across the world to emerge as the winner of international mega finals held in Goa. She has previously won several school as well as radio singing competitions.

Antakshari tests overall knowledge of Hindi film music, visuals, tunes, lyricists, singers and music directors etc, over decades.

DAMODAR PRABHU of Pittsburgh, PA was invited by several Church groups and Jewish Cultural Center in PA to give a talk on "Essence of Sanatana Dharma" in September 1999.

Dr. NARASINHA R. KAMATH of Flushing, NY appeared on ITV LIVE INTERVIEW SHOW on Oct 11th 1999 (Indian Television Channel 77 in New York). He was interviewed on Indian Classical Music and Instruments such as Harmonium, Flute and Mouth Organ. He also gave a LIVE DEMO on Television by playing short pieces on these 3 Musical Instruments. He also gave explanation of various Classical Ragas. There was also a Live Question and Answer Session with Audience on Telephone and TV which lasted for 40 minutes. This LIVE TV SHOW was well appreciated by TV Audience of tristate area.

Konkani Graduates:

AARTI, d/o Sudhakar & Nandini Mallya of Wanaque, NJ graduated with Masters in Education and has joined Parsippany School District teaching Biology. Aarti is also the school's cheerleading coach.

Dr. VASUDEV PRABHU of Mission Viejo, CA graduated on November 13, 1999 with Masters in Information Technology from American Intercontinental University, Los Angeles.

New Arrivals:

JAY, a baby boy to Rajesh & Sheetal Shenoy of West Hempstead, Long Island, New York on 25th June 1999. Jay's maternal grandparents are Dr. Narasinha R. Kamath and Mrs. Lalita N. Kamath of Flushing, NY and paternal grandparents are Mr. Upendra Shenoy and Mrs. Hemalatha Shenoy of Chembur, Mumbai

MAYA ELA, a 6 lb. 8 oz. baby girl to Ajay & Preeti Nagarkatte of River Forest, IL on September 15, 1999. The paternal grandparents are Shridhar & Normala Nagarkatte of Bangalore and maternal grandparents are Ravi & Suvarni Rao of Hyderabad.

ASHIYANA, a baby girl to Shelly & Suvarna Malil of Sherman Oaks, CA on September 22, 1999 at 5:17 pm. Ashiyana's maternal grand parents are Purander & Anuradha Mallya of Whittier, CA and paternal grand parents are Mathew & Thankamma Malil of CA.

NEHA, a baby girl to Sandesh & Sahana Bhat of White Plains, NY on September 24, 1999. The paternal grand parents are Ananth & Vijaya Bhat of Bantval, D.K., and visiting Neha are her maternal grand parents Suresh & Saroja Kamath of Mangalore (presently visiting Neha).

ROHIT, a 8 lb., 20", baby boy to Ramesh & Aparna Kamath of Houston, TX on October 9, 1999 at 10:33 a.m. Rohit's paternal grandparents are Kakwa Surendra and Nirmala Kamath, Kalyan and maternal grandparents are Mangalpady Niranjan and Muktha Shenoy, Mulund, Bombay.

SHEETAL, a baby girl to Shantaram & Bhagini Shenoy of Lake Mary, FL on October 15, 1999.

CHRISTOPHER MICHAEL, a 8 lb. 1 oz., 21-1/4" tall baby boy to Michael & Sangeeta Tyerech of Ringoes, NJ on October 30, 1999 at 7:26 am. The maternal grandparents are Venkatesh & Ajita Kamath of Northvale, NJ.

Newly Weds:

Chi. DEEPAK, s/o Gopal & Pratibha Bhandarkar of Bayport, NY married to Sow. PROTIMA, d/o Tharanath & Geetha Rao in September 1999 in Mumbai, India. A reception was held on October 24, 1999 at Chateau Briand in Carle Place, NY. The newly weds reside in SF Bay area.

Konkani Happenings:
The Konkani Association of Ontario, Canada office bearers are:
President: Ashok Bhatt
Vice President: Arun Kamat Secretary/Treasurer: Vivek Nayak Jt. Secretary/Treasurer: Vasanth Nayak Food Co-ordinator: Shivdas Pai Jt. Food Co-ordinator: Hemant Tallur Entertainment Co-ordinator: Nandini Bhat Jt. Entertainment Co-ordinator: Kishore Kulkarni Youth Co-ordinator: Maya Kamath Jt. Youth Co-ordinator: Archana Bhatt

The KONKANI SABHA celebrated their annual Diwali party on Saturday November 6, 1999 at the Balaji Mandir in Bridgewater, NJ. The following were unanimously elected as office bearers:
President: Ramesh Nayak
Vice President: Arun Manelkar
Secretary: Narasimha Bhat
Treasurer: Sudha Kamath
Youth rep: Maya Shenoy

The Konkani Association of Ontario, Canada celebrated their annual Diwali party on Saturday November 6, 1999 at Port Credit secondary School, Mississauga, Ont. There was Rangoli competition followed by snacks and entertainment. American Midwest Konkani Association (AMKA) celebrated the Diwali at the Balaji Temple in Aurora, Illinois on the evening of November 6, 1999.

The evening began with Aarti (Jaya Jagadisha Hare). This was followed by a program of music and dance by the children of AMKA members. The participants included Nisha Chittal (Bharata Natyam), Namita Kamath (Violin), Seema Kamath (Poem), Ashwin Kini (Song), Rupika Menon (Dance), Manish Nayak (Talk), Rajiv and Vinny Nayak (Violin), Meeta Rao (Bharata Natyam), Kunal Savkur (Trumpet), Kushal Savkur (Talk), and Devyani and Namrata Sirur (Song and Dance).

All enjoyed a delicious and sumptuous authentic konkani style dinner cooked by the ladies of AMKA..

The Houston area Konkanis celebrated their annual Diwali Party on Saturday November 13th 1999 at Viceroy Party Hall in Houston. The function was sponsored by Vasudev & Shobha Shenoy of Houston, TX and was well attended.

The Konkani Association of Michigan held its Diwali function on November 13, 1999 in Rochester Hills, Michigan. About 105 people attended. The program started with the invocation by Anil Shanbhag. Pandurang Bhakta explained the significance of Diwali. This was followed by an appeal for members to volunteer to become bone marrow donors on behalf of Mithun Kamath. Hopefully, a match will be found soon. We also held, for the first time, a holiday food drive for the needy in the Detroit area, which was donated to a local food bank. We hope this will become an annual event. The entertainment program followed and included: Deepak Bhandarkar on violin; a Hindi song by Geetanjali Suratkal; piano by Varun Bhandarkar and Sheila and Anita Mallya; a song on the harmonica by Umesh Kulkarni; a Konkani song by Satish Kamath; Anita Mallya on flute; Mikey Oommen on guitar; Suchitra Bhakta on piano; and Hindustani classical songs by Shamal and Srirammohan Beltangady. We also had a skit performed by members and a fancy dress show with the children. The program ended with a children's sing along of Christmas songs and "It's a Small, Small World" with the whole audience participating.

The program was followed by a sumptuous Konkani dinner prepared by the members and included vegetable pulau, chicken curry, mixed pickle, channa chole, tomato salad, boondhi raita, thendle bibbo upkari, samosas and pita bread. For dessert, we had jilebi, laddu, peda and pineapple ambrosia. The evening ended with a vote of thanks by the outgoing president Vasudev Mallya and the outgoing secretary Pandurang Bhakta. Finally, the new office bearers for year 2000 who were elected earlier in the evening were introduced. They were:

President: Divaker and Usha Pai
Secretary: Krishna and Padmini Nayak
Board Members:
Srinivas and Prabha Baliga
Manjunath and Sheela Prabhu
Gurudutt and Mona Sashital
Ajit and Rekha Pai
Balakrishna and Indu Pai

The Konkani Association of Southern California (KASC) celebrated their annual Diwali party on Sunday November 14, 1999 at the City of Arcadia Community Center in Arcadia, CA.

The Konkani Association of Ontario, Canada arranged a Satya Narayana Pooja on Sunday November 21, 1999 at Sanathan Mandir at Woodbine & 16th Avenue in Unionvoille, Ont.

Konkani gathering in Florida: A few Konkanis gathered at Dr. Mukund Kini's house in Ft. Myers on 11/27/99 and discussed many Konkani happenings over delicious Konkani food topped off with our own "dalithoi" and "kultha kadi". Konkanis from as far as Miami & Tampa were present and discussed forming an association of Konkanis of Florida and meeting at different locations at regular intervals. Mr. & Mrs. Srinivas and Gauri Kini have eagerly agreed to host the next meeting at their house on Saturday Jan 15, 2000. Their address is 17912 Sparrow's Nest Dr., Lutz, FL. 33549. & Phone # is 813- 963-3294. Any Konkani who is able to come is welcome. We want a much bigger response this time around to make this a big success. Please spread this word to your friends & relatives who may have missed this news. We need to know an approximate number so we can prepare for a nice and memorable meeting. So please call the Kinis as early as possible and tell them YES. Tell them you are bringing your family and also some other friends. We hope to see many of you there. After this we will have our next meeting at Drs. Uday & Ira Dash's house in Bonita Springs on April 15, details of which will be given in the next news release.

The BALIGA family, Subramanya & Chitra have relocated from Bethesda, MD to 516 Orange Street, New Haven, CT 06520-0181. Their new telephone is (203)-562-7566.

The NAGARKATTE family, Ajay & Preeti, with their newborn girl, Maya Ela have relocated from Chicago, IL to 1000 Keystone Avenue, River Forest, IL 60305. Their new telephone is (708)-488-0031.

The PRABHU family, Dev & Sudha with their son, Varun, have relocated within Irvine, TX to 3225 Marquette Dr., Flower Mound, TX 75022. The telephone remains the same at (972)-607-1058.

The KAMATH family, Anantha & Sucheta, together with their sons, Kunal & Rahil, have relocated from Dorechester, MA to 9 Baron Park Lane, #11, Burlington, MA 01803. Their new telephone is 781-229-4985.

The PRABHU family, Pundalik & Vijayalaxmi have relocated from Kingston, Ont. To RR 1, Glenburnie, Ont., Canada K0H 1S0. The new telephone is (613)-531-3211.

The RAO family, Nithyanand & Geethanjali, have relocated from Bridgeton, MO to 106 Hillside Lane, Belleville, IL 62223. Their new telephone is (618)-234-6506.

The PAI family, Sadanand & Hymavathy have relocated from Burr Ridge, IL to 6501 Stone Cross Terrace, Santa Rosa, CA 95409. Their new telephone is (707)-538-2498.

The KUDVA family, Ashok & Shanti, with their son, Ryan, have relocated within Hendersonville, NC to 605 Carriage Commons Dr., Hendersonville, NC 28791. The new telephone is (828)-698-7119.

The PAI family, Ganesh & Samhita with their daughter, Anisha, have relocated from Bensalem, PA to 2009 Fairmont Dr., Jamison, PA 18929-1440. Their new telephone is (215)-918-1074.

The PAI family, Gopi & Sheila, with their daughter, Seema, have relocated within Germantown, TN to 1851 Johnson Rd., Germantown, TN 38139-3593. Their telephone remains the same at 901-753-8051.

The BALIGA Family, Ragavendra & Jayashree, along with their son, Anoop, have relocated from Brookline, MA to 180 Lake Village Dr, # 201, Ann Arbor, MI 48103. Their new telephone is (734)-332- 9203.

The BHANDARKAR family, Ramchandra & Dipti, have relocated from Southfield, MI to 44730 Dunbarton Dr., Novi, MI 48375-3915. Their new telephone is (248)-374-9751.

The KAMATH family, Divakar & Sandhya, have relocated from Palatine, IL to 440 Glencrest Dr., Barrington, IL 60010. Their new telephone is (847)-271-9771.

The PRABHU family, Dr. Sumanth & family have relocated from San Antonio, TX to 14421 Willow Grove Circle, Louisville, KY 40245. Their new telephone is (502)-254-3112.

The KAMATH family, Narasinha & Lalita have relocated within Flushing, NY to 41-08 169th Street, Flushing, N.Y. 11358. Their new phone is (718)-939-1385.

The SAVGUR family, Srinivas Bhandary & Rashmi have relocated from Fremont, CA to 40 Richview Rd, PH 7, Toronto, Ont. M9A 5C1, Canada. Their new telephone is (416)-242-6531.

25th Wedding Anniversary:
DILIP & VINOO BHANDARKAR of Media, PA celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary with friends and families in October 1999 in Media, PA.

GANESH & SEEMA BHAT of Malba, NY celebrated their 25th Wedding Anniversary with family and friends on November 25th 1999 in New York.

Welcome to America:
The KAMATH family, Harish & Radha, togetherwith their kids Reshma & Rahul, have migrated to the US. Their new address is 34-15 Ravens Crest Dr., Plainsboro, NJ 08536. The telephone is (609)-275-7490.

The SHENOY family, Subraya & Shamala have migrated from Kuwait to the US. Their temporary address is 36 Oakland Road, Princeton, NJ 08540. The telephone is (609)-279-0844.

Return to India:
The NAYALKAR family, Suresh & Jyoti of Sugarland, TX will relocate to Pune, India.

Mrs. PREMALATA KALLIANPUR (69), passed away after a brief illness, in Mumbai, India, on May 11, 1999. Khabbar sends heartfelt condolences to her son, Chaitanya Kallianpur and family of Randolph, NJ.

Sri NARSING CHANDAVARKAR passed away on September 10, 1999. Khabbar sends heartfelt condolences to his son, Jaidev Chandavarkar & family of West Lake Village, CA.

Shri SHANKAR PRABHU, 62, passed away on Monday, October 4, 1999, at the Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. He came to the US for a liver transplant but died because of several complications due to a failing liver. His body was flown back to Mangalore, where his last rites were performed as per his wish. Khabbar sends heartfelt condolences to his niece, Neela Kamath and family of Houston, TX.

Mr. B. H. GOPALKRISHNA PAI (64) of Altamonte Springs, FL died of stroke on Saturday October 9, 1999. Khabbar sends heartfelt condolences to his wife, Shanti of Altamonte Springs, FL, daughter Meeta & son- in-law, Kyle and family of Cleveland Heights, OH, nephew Sadashiv Pai & family of Houston, TX, nephew Narendra Pai and family of Kendall Park, NJ and niece, Aruna Kamath & family of Eden Prairie, MN.


Obituary-Martyrdom of one of Our Brave Soldiers in J&K (Appeared in konkani-net in Oct., '99) It is with deep regret and a great feeling of profoundness that I record the death of a Brave great soldier at Jammu and Kashmir. Lt. Col. Ajit Bhandarkar of Rashtriaya Rifles. (Madras Regiment), A GSB who hailed from Bangalore , was killed in an encounter at Surankot near Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. His Body was brought home to Bangalore on Late Sunday Night.
On receiving Clues about some militants in a forest in Surankot in the Doda sector of Jammu, Lt. Col. Bhandarkar rushed to the area with his team at around 3.30 PM(IST) on Saturday Afternoon. In the ensuing Gun Battle, Lt. Col. Bhandarkar killed five militants before falling to the enemy bullets.
Three Jawans were also killed in the encounter along with him. Thirty Nine year old Bhandarkar is survived by his Parents , Two Brothers , Wife Namrata and Two Sons, Nirbhay(7) and Akshay (5).. One of his brothers Lt. Col. Arun Bhandarkar ,is also in the Army, and is currently serving in Jhansi. His Father Mr. U.V.Bhandarkar , is a Former Div. Manager of New India Assurance.
by A.Nagesh Nayak