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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

P N Shanbaug Elected President of Konkani Bhasha Mandal

Election for the executive body of Konkani Bhasha Mandal Mumbai was held for the first time this year. P N Shanbaug got elected as president as his was the only nomination filed to that position. The general body by voice vote elected veteran banker John D'Silva as the vice president.

Election to the committee members posts was necessitated as none of the candidates were prepared to withdraw the nomination papers. Senior members' efforts to have a smooth unanimous election did not succeed.

Interestingly, most of the new faces in the field got elected. The elected members are Ancy Paladka, Joy Paladka, P N Shanbaug, Cyprian Albuquerqe, Leo Fernandes, S S Kodkani, J B Moraes, Joe DSouza, Sheela Kolambkar and Lawrence D'Souza.

The new committee met and elected other office-bearers as follows:

Secretary: Joy Paladka
Tresurer: Leo Fernandes
Chairman: J B Moraes
Asst. Secretary: Ancy Paladka
Asst. Treasurer: Sudhir Kodkani

Konkani Bhasha Mandal is the oldest Konkani organization which was founded on April 5, 1942. The body got revived in 1992 and was registered in 1995. Since then this is the first time that elections were held to this organization to choose their committee members.

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