Kumari Express youtube channel has interviewed the Guinness Record aspirant Rejana from Thoothoor. Rejana has won many prestigious records tiles such as Asia Book of Record, India Book of Record, Kalam’s World Record, Champion Book of World Records, Vajra World Records. The interview below
Eminent personalities from Thoothoor, Mrs. Reetha teacher, Mrs. Cantry teacher, and Mrs. Maria Magdalena teacher were awarded first of this kind special award titled 'Lifetime Achievement Award of Thoothoor'. Lifetime Achievement Awards were given to them on 27th Dec during the Art and Cultural Festival in Thoothoor in recognition of their extraordinary services for the various social and spiritual development of Thoothoor parish with unparalleled commitment and sincerity. Mrs. Reetha teacher received the award directly from Rev. Fr. Pancretius, while Dr. Albaris received the award on behalf of Canty teacher and Mr. Rajan received the award on behalf of his mother Maria Magdalena teacher.
Mr. Anish Christ (Dubai) is sponsoring Thoothoor.COM website for the year 2021, and Mr. Jeen Cyril (USA) will be sponsoring Thoothoor.COM website for the year 2022. Special thanks to Mr. Johannan Lazer, the 2020 sponsor.Click here to see the sponsorship History
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As announced earlier NLT conducted its 5s football tournament for the age group 40+ at the 5's football-court near the Kalyana mandapam on 29th December. From the received registrations, 6 teams were formed such as Brazil, France, Argentina, Portugal, England, and Germany. The tournament was scheduled as leagues, semifinal, and then the final. At the end of the tournament, Team-England won the championship and Team-Portugal won the Runner-up trophy. All the individual awards were also won by players belonging to the winning team such as Mr. Disayas (Best Player of the Tournament), Mr. Joseph Lopez (Top Goal Scorer), and Mr. Jagatheesh (Best Goal Keeper).
Thoothoor parish is all set to unleash the Art and Cultural Festival, which is scheduled to be held today, 27-12-2020. The event will start in the morning with many traditional games followed by a public stage event in the evening. All sections of people in Thoothoor will demonstrate various arts and cultural programs during the evening public event.
Maria Jijo from Thoothoor has participated in the 'Mr.New Olymbiya 2020' and won the Gold medal in the 65kg Category. He also has secured 4th position in the 'Champion of Champions' competition, which was the cross-category competition among all the Gold medal winners. 'Mr.New Olymbiya 2020' - Kanyakumari District Level Body Building Championship held at Nagercoil on 20th Dec 2020 by Kanyakumari District Bodybuilding Association. Competition conducted for 'under 50, 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 85+ kg' categories.
Let us congratulate Jijo for this outstanding victory that came just days after he secured the top 10 contestants position in the 65kg category at Tamilnadu state level on Dec 12th.
Netaji Library is conducting the General Body Meeting on 27-12-2020 at 11 AM. The GBM will be held at the Netaji Library building. Bylaw draft discussion and Executive committee vacancies filling are part of the agenda. All general body members are requested to attend this meeting without fail.
On the eve of Christmas, Netaji Library is hosting two programs. The first event is the Quiz competition for students from 27th Dec - 1st Jan, for which students are requested to register their names on or before 23rd December. The second event is the 5s Football Competition for senior footballers (40+) on 28th Dec, for which those who are interested are requested to register their names on or before 23rd Dec. More details on these events can be availed by contacting the respective phone numbers provided along with the announcements.
The dead body of Mr.Sesaiyan from Thoothoor is retrieved by the coast guard at Trissur sea.
Indian Coast Guard spotted the bloated body floating off the Thrissur coast and retrieved it. Later, Sesaiyyan’s family rushed to the spot where the body was kept and identified the body based on the wearing found on the body. Read more at the below link.
A fisherman from Thoothoor, Mr.Sesaiyan aged 69, goes missing from the fishing boat in which he went for fishing along with 11 others. They left from Cochin shore on 7th December night in the mechanised boat named ‘Jego’ owned by another Thoothoor fisherman. When others wake up on 8th December while they were 25 nautical away from Cochin, Mr.Sesaiyan was not found in the boat. They immediately reversed their boat back on their traveled route and searched for the missing person. They also informed the incident to fisheries officials and the searching is going on.
Thoothoor forane level catechism quiz competition was conducted on 29-11-2020 at Vallavilai. All the 8 parishes in the forone participated in this bible quiz in which Poothurai Catechism team won the first prize. Thoothoor and Vallavilai Catechism teams won the second and third prize respectively.
Below is the message from the Thoothoor Catechism team coordinator, Mr. S. Antony sir. Thoothoor St. Thomas Forane Church, Catechism students won second prize cup and cash award of Rs. 3000/- in the Thoothoor Forane level bible Quiz competition held on 29.11.2020 at Vallavilai. The first prize was missed by a very low margin mark. I congratulate the following hard working Catechism students of the team participants. Harni Chris (Leader), Hepzi (Asst. Leader), Reni Benedita (Asst. Leader), Hailey Chris, Jershin, Maglin Victor, Jovitha, and Allen So Victor.
As the Co-ordinator of the team I express my sincere gratitude to the following teachers who sacrificed their valuable time and energy for the welfare of the Catechism students and Thoothoor parish. Dr. J. Albaris sir (Headmaster), Mr. Jacob sir, Mr. Joseph sir, Mr. Satharak sir, Mrs. Lithia Sabu Tr, Mrs. Shyla Tr, Adv. Jaqueline Tr, Mrs. Santhiya Tr, Mrs. Ancy Tr, Mrs. Saji Lalu Tr, Mrs. Benilda Tr, Mr. S. Antony sir (Coordinator).
My thanks are due to the parish priest Fr. John Dall, Asst parish priest Fr. Carvin Roach, Fr. Rejeesh Babu and brothers. I also extend my thanks to all the Catechism teachers for their prayer for the students and special thanks to Bella teacher for her help. Thanks to Almighty God.
Thoothoor.COM has completed 19 years of service and enters the 20th year as of 1st Dec 2020. It gives us the utmost satisfaction for being able to maintain a good spirit throughout the 19 years of our journey with the help of many well-wishers. Thank you very much our visitors, and news administrators for every support. Thanks to 2020 sponsor Mr. Johannan Lazer. Please visit About-Us page for the full list of sponsors since 2001.
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The 2017 Ockhi disaster is one of the worst disasters in the history of fishermen in which more than 500 fishermen believed to be lost lives. This includes 146 fishermen from Thoothoor forane region alone. Ockhi started as a normal depression on 28th November 2017, intensified as a deadly cyclone on 30th November, and caused massive destruction in Sri Lanka, Lakshadweep, India, and The Maldives until it officially weakened on 6th December.
Fishermen activists, organisations, parish committees, and people across the affected coastal region are observing these days in remembrance of the victims.
In his latest blog, Nigin Binish from Thoothoor is says, 'As a vulnerable community, people who depending on sea for survival facing a lot of complex issues on their day to day basis'. He says we are surrounded by high risk challenges at every level of our life. Few challengings issues according to Nigin are 1. growing number of people addicted to drug or alcohol, 2. using sea as an open dump yard ..... [read full]
Mr. J. Dennis from Thoothoor (Dennis Viyapari, aged 80) passed away. He was suffering from age-related ailments for a long period and succumbed to death in the morning hours on 24-11-2020.
His contributions to our society were huge. He had contributed to the founding of St. Jude’s College by offering his land when the founder fathers struggled to show enough land to get approval. He is a footballer and one of the founder members of Netaji Library Thoothoor. He is one of the early fish merchants from our region who helped the catches of our fishermen to reach wide markets and yield improved prices. He was also the first postman of the Thoothoor post office.
The funeral will be held at Thoothoor St. Thomas Forane Church at 4 PM on 25-11-2020.
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Netaji Library Thoothoor is launching an online portal on 22nd Nov 2020, the Christ the King Feast Day. This portal will have membership services such as registration, profile, identity card, and many more. The inauguration is scheduled to happen at 8 PM on 22-11-2020 at Netaji Library and also on Zoom app. The first female IT professional from Thoothoor Mrs. Mary Celia Fernandez, the first male IT professional from Thoothoor Mr. Sabu John Bosco, and Thoothoor.com founder Mr. Joseph Xaviour will attend the event as guests to inaugurate the services. Zoom meeting details below: Meeting url: https://zoom.us/j/96364340840?pwd=UW9hTTU2WjZLZnZ3NkVTK2E0dlR6dz09 [Meeting ID: 963 6434 0840 ; Passcode: k09wyH]
Thoothoor parish is celebrating Christ the King feast from Monday, 16th November to Sunday, 22nd November. On the first day, festival flag was hoisted followed by a Holy mass. Next 4 days, there will be evening services and mass. On the 6th day morning, the first holy communion mass will be held for the first time since the lockdown in which many kids will receive the first communion sacrament. On the feast day, the feast mass will be held at 10 AM.
Thoothoor is becoming colourful for the festival with lightings across the parish, seasonal sweet & toys shops along the beach road, and fun games for kids between the church and bus-stand locality.
Mr. Theesmas (also known as Thomas, aged 84) from Thoothoor expired yesterday, 14th November 2020 in a hospital in Trivandrum while undergoing treatment for Covid related health difficulties. He was tested positive for Covid-19. The body was brought to Thoothoor St. Thomas Forane Church cemetery today, 15th Nov at around 4.30 PM and buried with proper rituals and prayer by the parish priest who was on PPE kit. During the funeral, the dead body was handled by specially trained Covid health workers who were on PPE kits. Very few close family members were allowed to participate in the funeral at a safe distance. All the family members of the deceased are tested negative for Covid-19.
Tamilnadu Chief Minister Shree. Edappadi K Palanisamy appreciated Rejana from Thoothoor for the record titled 'Mahatma Gandhi portrait carved on pencil lead' in the Indian Book of Record 2021. Rejana is working as the drawing teacher at St. John's Convent School at Thoothoor. Visit the below link to know more about the record.
The dead body of Fredy from Poothurai who went missing at Thengapattanam-Erayumanthurai harbour is found floating near Enayam in the evening today, 6th October. The body is sent for post mortem.
People expressed their extreme anger against the government's inactions in addressing the issues that are causing such repeating accidents in the harbour. Some experienced fishermen also claimed that unless these issues are sorted out with the utmost priority, our fishermen will abandon the Thengapattanam-Erayumanthurai harbour and find alternatives for their livelihood.
Today, 05-11-2020 early morning, when a country boat (vallam) with few fishermen attempted to exit from the harbour mouth for fishing, a huge wave hit their vallam in which 36 years old Fredy from Poothurai was thrown out into the sea. Others tried to rescue him by jumping into the sea when the wave slightly calmed down but he could not be traced. The rescue operation continued for the whole day with the help of diving specialists from Enayam and Tuticorin. But the body could not be traced until 8 PM.
Losing fishermen and searching for the dead body is becoming a routine in this harbour. The government also is unfortunately very slow in understanding the seriousness of the issue in spite of staging many protests and giving memorandums.
Following the indefinite protest at Chinnathurai junction by the Alaigal Organization which is the combined association of Thoothoor forane villages, district government officials conducted a discussion with the protesters in which it is decided to end the protest and directly meet the chief minister with a positive hope for solutions to most of the problems. The major demands were rectifying the defective Thengapattinam-Erayumanthurai harbour, providing Ockhi equivalent relief to the victims, stopping the check dam, and providing subsidised kerosene and diesel to all boats and country boats.
Based on that, a team consist of Fr. Hamlet, Fr. Ansal, Fr. Rajeesh Babu, Adv. Jose Bilbin, Mr. Eugene, Mr. Dileep Jose, Mr. Jaya Singh went to Chennai and met the Chief Minister Shree. Edappadi K Palanisamy, the fisheries minister Mr. Jayakumar, the TN’s Delhi Special Representative Mr. Thalavai Sundaram, and the Chief Secretary of Tamilnadu in separate meetings. Other ruling party political leaders were also present during these meetings. The government gave assurance to the team that the demands will be addressed very seriously and appropriate resolutions will be announced within a week.
Combined Thoothoor forane fishermen movement called 'Alaigal' is starting an indefinite protest from 3rd Nov with various demands including fixing of the life-threatening harbour defects, giving justifiable relief for the victim’s family, withdrawing the poorly planned check dam, issuing subsidised kerosene and diesel for everyone. Fishermen from Erayumanthurai to Neerodi will participate in this indefinite protest at Chinnathurai junction which will be started at 9 AM on 3rd Nov 2020.
On account of All Saints Day, special Oppis Prayer was offered at the cemetery in St. Thomas Forane Church on 01-11-2020. All the tombs in the cemetery were heartened with flowers and candles in remembrance of the departed souls.
All souls Day services will be offered on 02-11-2020 as usual, and the tombs will be blessed by the priest with holy water.
Thoothoor St.Thomas Forane church Catechism teachers Quiz team secured first prize gold cup and a cash award of Rs. 5000 in the Forane level Quiz competition held on Friday, 30-10-2020. The winner team consist of Mrs. Lithya Xavier (group leader), Mrs. Thonamary, Mrs. Pushpam Lawrence, Mr. Jacob, Mr. Satharak, Mrs. Shlya, Mrs. Santhiya, Mrs. Ancy, Mrs. Benilda, and Mr. S. Antony (Coordinator).
The quiz team coordinator Mr. S. Antony sir expressed the team's sincere thanks to the parish priest Rev.Fr. John Dall, asst. parish priest Rev. Fr. Jim Carwin, Catechism headmaster Dr. J. Albaris, all office bearers of Catechism association. He also extended thanks to all the Catechism teachers for their sincere prayer and encouragement for this achievement, and also Rev.Fr. Rethish for his guidance.
In Thengapattinam-Erayumanthurai harbor, a country boat with 5 fishermen overturned while crossing the harbor mouth in which 1 fisherman from Vallavilai Mr. Yesudasan went missing while others escaped by swimming back fighting the tough waves. Later the dead body of 53 years old Mr. Yesudasan is recovered. A report below...
In his latest blog, Nigin Binish from Thoothoor is recalling his nationwide walk. This blog is about how he got the inspiration for doing such an adventurous footwalk and the various thought process and the groundworks he had undergone before the start of the travel.
Merry Production has released a very entertaining short film 'Minor Kunjugal'. The movie has two parts such as Part1 & Part2 which were released on two different days. A good mixture of multiple exceptional skills from youths and kids from our own soil can be felt in this movie. Truly entertaining.
Direction - Romaxin Robert; Executive Producer - Damin Johny; Producer - Merry Ben
Others who worked in this movie are Cast (Daniel, Shylo, Stoniker, Ronald Jenifer, Joy, Viniston, Jesintha, Lucian, Minto Merlin, Raju, Rajan, Erayuman Sagar, Rispin Raj, Geethan, Robia Robi, Ruban, Sajan); Dubbing Artists (Merwin Raj, Felcith, Anulgan, Jeffrey, Sanjay Jose, Jenkins Angelow, Jino, Dharson, Franko, Bistro Franko, Damin Johny, Akhil, Joffin, Joyal, Alfrin); Casting (Yuvan Jayaraj); Costume Designer (Satheesh Alex); Red Wine VFX (Joseph Ajay); Helecam Operator (Manoj); Colorist (Andal Devos); Music Mixing (Romario); Assistant Directors (Yuvan Jayaraj, Rosalin Robert, Satheesh Alex, Ronald Jenifer); Story (Romaxin Robert); Cinematography & Edit (Romaxin Robert)
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.