Mangaluru: Five eminent personalities of Mangaluru-origin were conferred with Rachana Awards 2016 by Bishop of Mangaluru HE Dr. Aloysius Paul D’Souza in a glittering ceremony held at the Milagres Jubilee hall on Sunday, December 4.The eminent achievers who received the prestigious Rachana Awards were Corrine Rasquinha – Rachana Woman of the year (Founder of White Doves & Life Social Activity, Mangaluru), Vincent D’Souza – Rachana Agriculturist of the Year (Innovative Agriculturist, Kokkada, Mangaluru), Vivek Aranha – Rachana Entrepreneur of the Year (CMD, Rosary Educational Group, Pune); Allen C.A. Pereira – Rachana Professional of the Year (Former CMD, Bank of Maharastra) and Martin J. Aranha – Rachana N.R.I. Entrepreneur of the Year (MD, CEO, Globe Link West Star Shipping LLC, Dubai).
All the awardees were ceremoniously welcomed into the hall in a procession with Milagres Brass Band leading them. They were accompanied by governing body members of the Rachana Awards namely President Gilbert D’Souza, Secretary Eulalia D’Souza, Convener of the awards Dr. Norman Mendonca, Guests of Honour Bishop of Mangaluru Dr Most Rev. Aloysius Paul D’Souza, Ivan D’Souza (MLC Karnataka Legislative Council) and J.R. Lobo (MLA South Mangaluru).
Gilbert D’Souza accorded a hearty welcome to the guests of honour offering floral bouquets which was followed by the awards ceremony.
All the awardees were thankful to the Rachana Committee for selecting them for the awards and were grateful for the love and affection showed by the people of Mangaluru.
On the occasion, Bishop Dr. Aloysius D’Souza was honoured for completing 50 years of priesthood.
J.R. Lobo, Ivan D’Souza and Bishop Dr. Aloysius D’Souza spoke on the occasion and congratulated all the awardees and requested the youth of Mangaluru to get inspired from their achievements.