Maharashtra Elections – Final list of candidates for Vasai


Here is the final list of candidates for the Vasai (133) constituency.

Name Party Symbol
Tambe Vinod Vishram Bahujan Samaj Party Elephant
Furtyado Michael Poshan Indian National Congress Hand
Swapnil Santosh Nar Maharashtra Navnirman Sena Railway Engine
Thakur Hitendra Vishnu Bahujan Vikas Aaghadi Whistle
Adv. Sadashiv Yadavrao Hatkar Bahujan Mukti Party Cot
Arvind Vijaykumar Upadhyay Independent Auto Rickshaw
Manvel J. Tuscano Independent Gas Cylinder
Vivek Raghunath Pandit (Bhau) Independent Bat

This list is an extract from

Maharashtra Elections 2014 – Candidates for Vasai


Here are the candidates in fray for the Vasai (133) constituency for the Maharashtra Vidhansabha Elections 2014

  1. INC – Michael Furtado
  2. BJP – Chandrashekhar Dhuri
  3. N/A – Vivek Pandit
  4. IND – Shivaji Sule
  5. IND – Roger Dias
  6. IND – Manuel Tuscano
  7. BVA – Hitendra Thakur
  8. BVA – Pravina Thakur
  9. BSP – Vinod Tambe
  10. IND – Arvind Upadhayay
  11. BMP – Sadashiv Hatkar
  12. MNS – Swapnil Nar

More details on the EC website –

Update: According to Vinod Tawde, Chandrashekhar Dhuri will withdraw to support Vivek Pandit.

Documentary On Vasai Tourism


The Vasai-Virar Mahanagar Palika has created a documentary on Tourism in Vasai. This 40 minute documentary is written by Sanjay Parab and voiced by Makrand Anaspure and Sheetal Kale. It was commissioned on the 27th of December 2013 with an initial budget of Rs. 9,50,000.

The documentary explores the various places in Vasai such as Vasai Fort, Arnala Fort, the beaches in Vasai, Jivdani Temple, St. Gonsalo Garcia Church, Vajreshwari Mandir, Tungareshwar, Kaman Fort, Vagholi Shani Mandir, Nirmal Shankaracharya Mandir, Giriz Hira Dongri Dutta Mandir, Sopara Buddha Stupas and other places were captured in the video.

Thirst – Prayer For Youth


“Thirst” is a meditative Prayer for YOUTH, started in Manickpur in 2013.

THIRST Prayer – for Youth – completes ONE year. We offer this prayer for all the youth of Vasai Diocese, especially Youth of Manickpur Parish in THANKSGIVING to God for this grace of Prayer Service for last one year. This prayer service is organised by the Manickpur Youth Choir, specially chosen and called from among the Youth to work for the Youth and Hoping to be the Power House of Spirituality among the Youth. We pray during this prayer that “Our Youth may LOVE Jesus more and more and SERVE Humanity in and through the Church. May God bless all our Youth.

You are invited for this prayer – on Saturday 22 March, at 8:00 PM in St. Michael’s Church, Manickpur, Vasai.

Speeches on Parliamentary Democratic System


Samarthan an organization that strives to undertake consistent and dedicated efforts toward the establishment of a just society, as envisaged by the Constitution of India is conducting an event where eminent speakers will be speaking on Parliamentary Democratic System. Here is the list of speakers at the event.

  1. Ex Chief Minister and Speaker of Loksabha Manohar Joshi
  2. Senior MLA and Leader of BJP Sudhir Mungantiwar
  3. MLC and spokesperson for Shivsena Dr. Neelam Gorhe
  4. Senior MLA and Ex Minister Nawab Malik, Senior Leader of NCP
  5. Ex Minister Govindrao Adik
  6. Principal Secretary Of Legislature Dr. Anant Kalase
  7. Joint Secreatry U.K.Chavan

Venue: YMCA Hall, Manickpur Vasai (West).
When: Sunday, 2nd February
Time: 9AM onwards

Malcolm Dias – First Vasaikar in the NDA


Malcolm Dias, 18, worked hard for months preparing for his goal – to join defence services. On Saturday, he became the first person from Bhuigaon village in Vasai to crack the National Defence Academy entrance exams, ranking 220 on the merit list.

“After my class X board exams, I knew I wanted to join the defence. And so, I did not choose engineering or medicine as my career. My aim was to serve the country and my family members supported me throughout. They worked hard to provide me with good education,” said Malcolm.

“My first preference is to join the Air Force and Navy would be my second option,” he added.

Malcolm’s father Elias, a lab assistant in a Kandivli school, is a proud man. “I am happy that Malcolm has worked hard to join the National Defence Academy in Pune. We are proud that he has become the first person from Vasai to crack the NDA exams,” said Elias.

Around 3 lakh candidates appeared for the exams, out of which, 469 candidates were selected.

RIP Suruchi Baug :-(


Amar Mhatre writes about the ignorance that’s killing Vasai’s Suruchi Baug. Its time we ask a few questions on the rapidly dwindling Vasai ecosystem.

Aptitude Tests – 2013 – Update: Cancelled

Eduation, Events

Once again, the Manickpur Education Welfare Fund has organized Aptitude Tests for school students from class 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12th. Here are the details.

Aptitude tests help to map a student’s personality and aptitude, and can provide
him/her with a sense of direction. If a student takes the aptitude tests when
he/she is in 9th standard to 12th standard, they can identify areas that need to be
improved upon, so that they increase their competence for a career of their
choice. Aptitude tests, can inform students of their proficiency in verbal and
numerical ability, abstract and mechanical reasoning, spatial reasoning, speed
and accuracy, and guide them towards possible and suitable career options
provided they are guided by experienced counselors.

Manickpur Education Welfare Fund is conducting Aptitude Assessment Tests in
association with St. Michael’s Church, Manickpur to help the students in career
planning. The tests will be conducted by a team from Prafulta Counseling Centre,

The cost of doing aptitude tests is Rs. 600/- per students, but Prafulta Counseling
centre has offered to do the tests for a nominal rate of Rs. 450/- for each student.

Details of which are as follows:

Date: 20th and 27th April 2013 (both days compulsory)
For: Students of Class 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12
Time: 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Registration: Last date for registration is 15th April 2013 (Limited seats)

Update: The tests have been cancelled due to an unforeseen event.

Royston Harold Dias plays into the IPL


Royston Harold Dias from our very own Manickpur has been selected to play with the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL. He is a very talented left-arm fast-medium who has played for Mumbai Under-19 team.