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Sunday, July 31, 2005

‘Konkani Day' to be celebrated on August 20

The Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy is celebrating `Konkani Day' on August 20 in association with other organisations. August 20 is celebrated every year to mark the inclusion of Konkani in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution, according to a press release from Dugappa Kajekar, Registrar of the academy here.

Dr Kajekar said around 30 Konkani organisations are expected to participate in the programme to be held at Don Bosco Hall here. Various subcommittees such as reception committee, publicity committee, rally committee, literary committee and cultural committee have been set up for the purpose.

The president of the academy, Eric Ozario, will supervise the proceedings.
Louis J Pinto, head of Mandd Sobhann; Eric Crasta, editor of Rakkno; and Aloysius D'Souza, faculty, St Sebastian High School, will head the various committees. The programme will begin with a flag-hoisting ceremony at the Padua High School grounds at Nanthoor here at 10 am.

A team of 100 volunteers will visit various Konkani organisations as part of rally and reach the venue of the function at 5 pm. A lecture on Konkani language and literature will also be held.

A brochure highlighting the benefits available to Konkani community owing to its inclusion in the Eighth Schedule of the Constitution will be released.

For details, contact Dr Kajekar, Registrar, Karnataka Konkani Sahitya Academy, MCC Building, Lalbagh, Mangalore 575003 (Ph: 0824-2453167).

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