With the completion of the concrete roofing for St. Thomas Community Hall in Thoothoor, the construction work has reached a new phase where interior works are the next set of works to be started. Currently, the cement plastering for the roof and few other slabs are going on which is part of the final set of works on the civil side.
To do the complete interior design for the community hall including all advanced aspects, the construction committee has started looking for an interior engineer. Most of the plans are already determined as a raw concept, but a proper interior design is essential to approach the remaining work effectively in terms of cost and quality. If some of you know somebody who is talented with good experience, please contact the construction committee secretary Mr. Jelestin (7598416848).
The state public works department (PWD) is constructing a check dam across Thamirabarani River at Kanyakumari district without obtaining environmental clearances, claim fishermen referring to official documents. After appeals to several government agencies, the group recently moved the National Green Tribunal, which has formed a committee to look into the allegations. Despite Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) warning, construction activities were taken up in full swing amid Covid lockdown.
Refer the below URLs for the full report on this, and to know more about this checkdam
Prominent Neithal writer, Kurumpanai C. Berlin is publishing his 21st book titled, 'NEITHAL CHOLLAGARAATHI' meaning Neithal Word Dictionary. In this book, the author is bringing together all the forgotten or fast disappearing traditional information that were popular until recently among the Neithal people who are spread across the coastal line of Tamilnadu. These collections include traditional slogans, customary songs, customary games, proverbs, entertainment practices, details of fishes, various diversities, equipment for the living and for earning, common glossaries, and many other historical collections which are intimately related to our parents or grandparents or ancestors.
NLT's 2019 Netaji Award winner, Mr. Berlin must have put a lot of effort to bring together such a wide variety of information in one book. Please book your copy by contacting him over his phone/WhatsApp number (9443558685) which costs Rs.350/- per copy. You may please feel free to contact him for booking or to share your opinion or suggestions.
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Poothurai SJB U16 KIDS PREMIER CUP-2020 One Day Football Tournament was held on Saturday, 10-10-2020 with around 15 teams from the region. The final match between Netaji Thoothoor and SBFA Poovar ended in draw (1:1), followed by a tie-breaker which also ended in draw. Hence toss of coin was used to decide the winner, in which SBFA Poovar won the Winner’s trophy and Netaji Thoothoor won Runner-up trophy. Netaji Thoothoor won two more individual awards such as Best Goal Keeper (Sijosh) and Best Defender (Rakshit). Netaji Thoothoor team players are Sijosh (GK), Rakshith (C), Susen, Croffin, Prebhu, Dose, Libosan, Jeevan, Habrial Danial, Kabrio, Jemarshin. Former Tamilnadu team captain Mr. Raegon from Thoothoor was the Team Manager for the Netaji team.
This victory proves that the newly launched Thoothoor Netaji Sports Academy will play a big role in shaping these players and guide them to higher success in their individual careers as well as bring many more collective win.
The students of Pius XI HSS +2 1994-1995 batch have made a smart classroom facility for their school, Pius XI Higher Secondary School Thoothoor. When these students thought of doing something for the school, the former HM Mr. Benedict gave this idea of setting up a smart classroom to raise the standard of the school in pace with the world. The inauguration ceremony of this smart classroom held today, 06-10-2020 was facilitated by Thoothoor Episcopal VF. Rev. Fr. Joseph Baskaran, School HM Mrs. Jenoba, Thoothoor asst. parish priest Fr. Jim Carvin Roach, Chinnathurai parish priest Fr. Dony, and the 1994-1995 batch mates Fr. Jees Reymond, and SI of Police Mr. Arulappan. Former HM Mr. Benedict, teachers of Pius XI HSS have also participated in the event.
Another gesture was that these batch mates have dedicated this facility to their classmate Late. Mr. Antony Xavier Alby who died of cancer a few years before. The family members of Antony were also present in the event.
Beslin Borgia's slogan, 'Cherishing Togetherness via Football' was one among the Top-10 winning slogans in the 2016 Slogan Competition of Thoothoor.COM that was conducted in association with NLT on account of the Silver Jubilee One Day Football tournament. Now NLT has picked this slogan for its newly launched 'Thoothoor Netaji Sports Academy' by replacing the word Football with Sports to match with the goal of the Academy. Congratulations Beslin Borgia!
Those who are interested to see all the Top-10 winning slogans can refer the below link (URL)
After a long wait, finally, the dredging vessel has arrived in Thengapattanam-Erayumanthurai harbour today, 01-10-2020 to undertake the harbour deepening work especially at the harbor estuary (harbour mouth) where many fishermen died in the past due to huge sea waves. The reason for such huge wave in the harbour mouth was believed to be because of the huge sand formation in the harbour and since then our people were demanding for dredging vessel to deepen the depth of the harbour.
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NLT’s Thoothoor Netaji Sports Academy inauguration will be held on 2nd Oct at 9 AM at the library premises. The invitation is attached below. The inauguration ceremony will also be live webcasted via Thoothoor.COM Facebook page. Those who are interested may, please connect with this FB page and join the live webcast (link below).
As already announced, trials were conducted for Under-16, Under-14, and Under-10 trainee batches for Thoothoor Netaji Sports Academy which is to be launched on October 2nd. Selection list will be announced by Netaji Library before the lauch of the academy. The participants of these trials in the below photos, click to enlarge.
INFIDET (International Fishermen Development Trust) conducted a free awareness event to the students of Thoothoor region on “How to prepare for the UPSC Examinations” at Chinnathurai. SACA Program (Students Anti-Corruption Ambassador Program) recently launched by INFIDET was also explained to the students. The academic achievers were honoured with individual plaques and certificates. Jinny who passed the Group II Examination conducted by TNPSC was felicitated at the event.
In his keynote address, Assistant Commissioner, City Crime Branch, Tirunelveli, Mr Raju spoke on “No substitute to hard work” and suggested the efforts required to eradicate corruption from the society. Fr. Dony Paul, Prof. Paniadimai, Retired Head Master Mr. Benedict, St. Anne’s Convent Superior Rev. Sr. Santhi Flora felicitated the winners. INFIDET Founder President, Mr. Justin Antony thanked all the dignitaries and the attendees of the event.
On 21-09-2020, South Writers Movement (Therku Ezhuthalargal Iyakkam) has demonstrated a protest in front of the Collector's Office in Nagercoil demanding to withdraw the Parakkani Check-dam which is being constructed on Thamirabarani river in Thegapattanam-Erayumanthurai harbour violating the regulations by the National Green Tribunal (Thesiya Pasumai Theerppayam). Representatives from other organisations including ADSGAF participated in the protest. ADSGAF is fighting this legally in court and below attached is the Notice by Adv. Edwin Jerome who is the legal counsel for the applicant.
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Netaji Library Thoothoor (NLT) is all set to start 'Thoothoor Netaji Sports Academy' on 2nd October to professionally train and guide football aspirants from Thoothoor in three categories such as Uunder-16, Under-14, and Under-10 with 25 participants in each categories. For this, NLT is conducting selection trials on September 25-27, 2020 in which boys from Thoothoor who have born in the year 2006 or later are eligible to participate. Those who are interested shall register their names by visiting NLT office along with their age proof document (aadhaar or school-id card) on or before Thursday, 24-09-2020. More details in the below banner.
Today, 13th September Sunday, Catholics all over the world are celebrating Pothukkalam (Ordinary Time) 24th Sunday. In the video tagged in the below URL, Fr. Shynish Bosco is sharing Inspiring thoughts for this day. Visit the video link for the message.
Fr. Shynish Bosco is a native of Thoothoor and also the secretary of Trivandrum Arch Bishop.
The gospel preaching of Fr. Joseph (Director, Assisi Press, Nagercoil) during Velankanni Matha feast mass in Thoothoor on 8th September 2020 was received effectively by many devotees who attended the feast mass in person, through Nila TV telecasting, and through www.thoothoor.com webcasting. Thoothoor parish priest Fr. John Dall thanked Fr. Joseph for this very impressive message on Mother Mary at a time when many are questioning the importance that Catholic Church is giving to Mother Mary.
Merry Productions has released a Musical Video titled VEERAVAN (soldiers of ocean). The music and the visuals gives a different feeling to watch. Concept - Damin Johny; Cinematography - JK Photography; Editing - Romaxin Robert; Producer - Merry Ben;
NLT General Body Meeting was conducted today, 07-09-2020 as planned and new office bearers and executive members were selected. The new office bearers are Mr. Victor Dennis (President), Mr. Christin Barnabas (Secretary), Mr. Maria Sajen (Treasurer), Mr. Darjilin (Vice President), Mr. Antony Xaviour Amalraj (Joint Secretary), Mr. Soosai Antony (Sports Secretary). Apart from this, 10 library executive members, 5 sports executive members, and 5 finance executive members were proposed. The responsibilities were transferred to the new office bearers immediately. More updates regarding the GBM will be published later. Former and newly elected office bearers and executives in the below photo.
Thoothoor Velankanni feast festival will be celebrated on 6th, 7th, and 8th September by following the government regulations which are in place. The flag hoisting will be held on 6th Sept, Sunday at 6 PM. Vesper will be celebrated on 7th at 6 PM, and the feast mass will be on 8th September at 6 PM. All these celebrations will be offered at Velankanni Matha Shrine.
Since the feast is being celebrated by following government regulations, the festival committe has arranged for live telecasting of these 3 days celebration via NILA TV (Channel: 142) and for the live webcasting through www.thoothoor.com website. The LIVE WEBCASTING LINK below.
The General Body Meeting (GBM) of Netaji Library Thoothoor (NLT) will be held on 07-09-2020, Monday at 1.30 PM at NLT. The meeting will be conducted with due adherence to all government regulations for the Covid situation. After the initial GBM announcement of GBM and the later decision to postpone the same to December, NLT received certain proposals from some of the general body members. Based on this, various options were discussed among the executives and senior members of NLT in which it is decided to conduct the meeting on the same date as announced initially with a change in time and venue.
Please find the updated GBM Notice, and the meeting Agenda in the below URL. Selecting new office bearers and executives will be a main agenda of this meeting. Request all members to attend this meeting.
Today, 6th September Sunday, Catholics are celebrating Pothukkalam (Ordinary Time) 23rd Sunday. In this video, Thoothoor Assistant Parish Priest Fr. Carvin Roach is sharing Inspiring thoughts for this day.
A meeting was held at Nagercoil among Tamilnadu Government Delhi Special Representative Thiru. Thalavai Sundaram, Kanyakumari district Collector Thiru. Prashant M. Wadnere IAS, Nagercoil Superintendent of Police Thiru. V Badri Narayanan IPS, parish priests of 7 parishes in Thoothoor forane, political representatives, and fishermen associations representatives to discuss various problems of Thegapattanam-Erayumanthurai harbour.
Erayumanthurai village had many demands to be fulfilled before opening Erayumanthurai side of the harbor for full operation. Finally, an agreement has arrived in the meeting such as immediately starting the deepening work in the harbor estuary (HARBOUR MUGA DWARAM), constructing Erayumanthurai road immediately in high quality, strengthening the riverside wall at Erayumanthurai to protect the riverside houses, constructing groyne (THOONDIL VALAIVU) to protect Erayumanthurai shore. Read more at the below URL.
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Today, 30th August Sunday, Catholics are celebrating Pothukkalam (Ordinary Time) 22nd Sunday. In this video, Fr Shynish Bosco is sharing Inspiring thoughts for this day. Please listen to this 6 minutes video message.
Kanyakumari Member of Parliament Dr. Vasantha Kumar succumbed to Coronavirus in a private hospital in Chennai yesterday, 28th Aug 2020. He was under treatment for Covid-19 since August 10. To pay homage to the MP, a photo of Dr. Vasantha Kumar is kept in the tribute table in Netaji Library Thoothoor.
Dr. Vasantha Kumar was a Special Guest of NLT during 2017 football tournament and encouraged the tournament with a congratulatory message apart from sponsoring the digital platform for the tournament.
Very. Rev. Fr. Joseph Baskaran has taken charge as the Vicar Forane of Thoothoor Episcopal Vicariate on 17-August-2020. Before this, he served as the VF of Anchuthengu Forane as well as the parish priest of Mampally parish. Earlier during 2006-2007, Fr. Joseph Baskaran has served as the parish priest of Thoothoor parish too.
Our outgoing Vicar Forane, Rev. Fr. Andrews Cosmos (right) has served as the VF of Thoothoor Episcopal Vicariate since July-2017. He has now taken charge as the Rector of St. Vincent Minor Seminary, Mangalapuram, Trivandrum.
Due to Covid regulations, there were no sent off and welcome ceremonies planned or held in the Ferone. Let us extend good wishes to Rev. Fr. Andrews Cosmos for success in his new charges. Let us also welcome Fr. Joseph Baskaran and provide all our cooperation for his services in our forane.
Trivandrum Arch Bishop His Grace Most Rev. Dr. Soosa Pakiam has sent official letter to all Priests and Religious of the Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum by correcting the controversial information printed in 'Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum - Directory 2019'.
This official letter states that the way these institutions described in the directory is wrong, and all these institutions such as Pius XI Higher Secondary School, Pius XI Primary School, and Infant Jesus Matriculation School will be included in the Thoothoor parish title and the directory will be edited. Also, the directory is withdrawn from the Archdiocese website for correction. People expressed their gratitude to the Arch Bishop for doing the correction and awaiting for a permanent solution to all other demands the parish has mentioned in their request.
New fish selling and loading points at the Erayumanthurai side of the Thengapattinam-Erayumanthurai harbour is operational for last several days and because of which flow of vehicles are more. But there are no sufficient road infrastructure build to balance the increase in the traffic. The already narrow Erayumanthurai land area is in danger because this. So Erayumanthurai people along with other likely minded people and organizations are protesting with their various demands. Read the report at URL-1, and watch the below video to understand the demands in detail.
Trivandrum Archdiocese's official directory 'Latin Archdiocese of Trivandrum - Directory 2019' is carrying some controversial information’s in terms of describing Thoothoor parish. People in Thoothoor believe that this is a planned conspiracy executed by ill minded people at the cost of risking the reputation of the Arch Diocese. Memorandum has been given to Arch Diocese for permanent solution.
Since this is a matter of sensation and parish-rights for the people of Thoothoor, people believe that all these issues along with their demands will be resolved in an amicable manner at the earliest.
The government primary school in Thoothoor was in the verge of being closed due to no students. The school was functioning with just 1 student and 1 teacher in the last year. When this sole teacher died, the only student joined another school and thus government was in preparation to close the school. Few socially responsible people joined together and brought more students this year to give new life to the school. Watch a media report below...
The General Body Meeting (GBM) of Netaji Library Thoothoor (NLT) will be held on 07-09-2020, Monday at 10 AM at the open venue around the NLT premises. The meeting will be conducted with due adherence to all government regulations based on Covid situation, and the arrangements will be done by evaluating the then situation and instructions.
Please find the GBM Notice and the meeting Agenda in the below URL. Selecting new office bearers and executives will be a main agenda of this meeting. Request all members to attend this meeting.
In the e-Seminar on 23/06/2020 by St. Jude's College Thoothoor Tamil department, Dr. Sajeen Arulees spoke about the History and Culture of Kanyakumari Neithal people. This seminar is very informative with good collections of messages about the history and culture of our people. Dr. Sajeen from Thoothoor is a research scholar and works as a Professor in the PG and Research Department of History at Kumbakonam Government Arts College.
NLT celebrated India's 74th Independence Day on 15-08-2020 in a simple way. Thoothoor parish priest Fr. John Dall hoisted the national flag in the presence of few well wishers and NLT executive members. Some photo below...
A Malayalam portal UTHARA KAALAM has published an article about 'Covid in Coastal Kerala and the Role of Religious Leaders', in which they have extensively highlighted the Corona coordination activities that happened in Thoothoor village under the leadership of the parish priest Fr. John Dall. They have also specified that the Covid prevention model used in Thoothoor is most effective and can be re-applied in many other Coastal villages in Kerala which are suffering from this pandemic. Read this article in the below link (it is in Malayalam).
The 07-08-2020 Thengapattanam-Erayumanthurai harbour accident that killed 1 fisherman from Marthandamthurai when their mechanised fishing boat overturned inside the harbour has become a sensational topic for our people. The other 10 fishermen in that Chinnathurai mechanised fishing boat were saved by the timely intervention of a country boat and its 5 crew members. This country boat is owned by Mr. Vincent and the other crew members were Mr. Rajan, Mr. Daclees, Mr. Hamlet, and Mr. Justin, all from Thoothoor. They took high risk to save these fishermen in the midnight hours when it was highly raining in additional to heavy tides.
Upon knowing this, people appreciated them for this courageous rescue operation even by risking their own lives. MNM Party President Shri. Kamal Haasan tweeted an appreciation message along with a request to the government.
Merry Productions has released a short documentary in which Mr. Sesadimai, president of Thoothoor Deep Sea Boats Association is explaining various aspects of why Thengapattanam-Erayumanthurai Fishing Harbour is in a bad state and causing many life and material losses to our fishermen.
Anxious fishermen across Thoothoor and Enayam region staged an indefinite protest at Chinnathurai junction on 08-08-2020. Chinnathurai Boat Union has made arrangements for this protest in which fishermen organisations from all villages, parish priests, parish council representatives, fishermen activists, women, and the general public joined and raised their voice against the improper construction of the harbour. Many politicians and social activists participated in this protest and extended their support.
Tamilnadu government special representative in Delhi Thiru. Thalavai Sundaram, Assistant Superintendent of Police Thiru. Vishwesh B Shastri IPS (ASP), Fisheries Divisional Director (DD), and many government officials and politicians have visited the protest site and assured for immediate action on the demands. Based on these assurances, the organisers ended the protest for time being. Below is a photo from the protest spot.
A mechanised fishing boat lost its control and half-overturned due to high tide in the Thengapattanam-Erayumanthurai harbour today 07-08-2020 in the early morning hours, in which 3 fishermen and the fishing-net were thrown into the sea. They were rescued by another country boat which was passing by, but one fishermen named Mr. Ignacious (42) from Marthandamthurai went missing. The boat with the remaining 8 fishermen struggled in the tide and could not move further on its own as the net got stuck in the engine, they all were asked to jump in the sea and rescued. Later the boat is toed away from that spot with the help of another boat. In the morning, the dead body of Ignacious was found by people along with the fishing-net of the same boat. People believe that he may have been probably trapped inside the net which blocked him from escaping.
This is the 3rd such death in Thengapattanam-Erayumanthurai harbour in the recent days. Our people earlier hoped that only country boats have to be careful and mechanised fishing boats will not have any such problem because of the size. Today’s incident proved clearly that the current state of Thengapattanam-Erayumanthurai harbour is not safe for country boats as well as mechanised fishing boats. Our people are highly worried about such pathetic condition of the harbour and are discussing the way forward to get immediate compensation and to protect the fishermen and our sole livelihood.
After more than 4 months of holiday, fishing boats have started going to deep sea. Even in the month of March, our boat owners did not get good prices for their catches due to lockdown related shipment restrictions and hence forced to sell them at throw-away prices. Thus altogether 5 months have passed for our fishermen without income.
Due to such financial pressure, few boats have started going to sea this week in spite of there is no clarity on how they will sell their fishes on their return. They are going with a good hope that the current situation will change before they return.
St. Jude's College Thoothoor Tamil department had organised an e-Seminar in which Dr. J. Albaris spoke about Kanyakumari Neithal Land people's life and the History of Mukkuvar. This e-Seminar is very informative for our people to know our history and earlier life. Dr. J. Albaris from Thoothoor is a very senior research scholar in History, retired Professor, and currently the Principal of St. Jacob College Trivandrum. Please watch this to know our history.
Fishermen across Tamilnadu coastal villages from Neerodi to Pazhaverkadu joined together to protect Thengapattanam-Erayumanthurai fishing harbour and demonstrated black-flag protest on 31-07-2020 from wherever they are. Fishermen from various coastal places participated in this first of this kind protest. Our people in Dubai held the similar protest from there. Below collection contains the photos and videos from various locations.
All fishermen across Tamilnadu coastal villages from Neerodi to Pazhaverkadu have decided to participate in the black flag protest on 31st July 2020 in support of the demands raised by Thoothoor and Enayam region fishermen to protect the Thengapattanam-Erayumanthurai harbour. Since it is the lockdown time, there will be no gathering of people for this protest, instead all fishers across the state will participate in the protest by placing black flags in their houses, fishing boats, country boats, and common places. Let us unite to protect Thengapattanam-Erayumanthurai harbour!
Netaji Library Thoothoor has attained 100 Golden Member Registrations. Golden Membership scheme was introduced by Netaji Library in 2018 based on an idea proposed during the Idea Hunt event of Thoothoor.COM website. (Refer this idea at URL-2 below or in the Idea Bank section).
NLT implemented this idea to fulfill both the purposes such as helping NLT in its annual basic functioning and creating a space for all non-residential and residential well-wishers to come together through a genuine platform for NLT. As of today, a total of 100 well-wishers have registered as Golden Members. Details of this scheme in Tamil can be referred at URl-3.
Those who are interested to know more about this can please contact Mr. Maria Vijayan (Whatsapp/Phone: 9489751380) and get yourself registered as a Golden Member of NLT.