A book introduction meeting to introduce the book titled 'Indian Marine Fisheries Bill 2021' authored by Fr Antony Claret was held on 16-10-2021 at Chinnathurai St. Jude's Library. Chinnathurai parish priest Fr Tony presided over the meeting. Writer Erayuman Sagar welcomed the guests and the participants. Ms. Tiny Christopher from Thoothoor and Mr. Albert Saveriyar from Vallavilai spoke about the book. The book author Fr Antony Claret delivered the acceptance speech. Writer Jaquiline Mary delivered the vote of thanks to the guests and the participants. The meeting was attended by many people including community activists and leaders of various organizations from across Thoothoor region. More photos are attached in the below album.
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Thoothoor parish released the exterior architectural design of St. Thomas Community Hall on 10-10-2021 in the BCC general body meeting. The chief architect Ar. Jorim Oristo of Ellis & Jorim Architects has designed this beautiful exterior architecture keeping cruise ship as the theme. After multiple stages of discussions between the architect and the construction committee members, the design is accepted for execution. Currently, the combined construction committee is executing the ongoing works in full swing. The combined construction committee consists of the construction committee, parish council, and finance council. Let us unite to fulfill our combined ambition.
Kadarkarai Ilakia Vattam is presenting the Kadarkarai Viruthu 2021 to identify and reward the best coastal (Neithal) writers. For nominations, please submit 2 copies of your book that was published in 2020 to the address given below. The award categories include the best poem, best article, best novel, and best story. The award includes memento, cash-award, and certificates. , Please send 2 copies of the published books to the address:- Mr. Iraiyuman Sagar, ‘Nava Jeevan Illam’, Erayumanthurai, Poothurai PO - PIN 629176, Kanyakumari district, TN, India. (Mob 7558162827)
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The TNSA Football League finals for both the U14 category and the U16 category will be commenced from 3 PM on 2nd October 2021. Thoothoor Netaji youtube channel is live webcasting this match and the prize distribution function. The webcasting link is given below. Also, the invitation is attached.
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The TNSA Football League semi-finals are ongoing and the first semi-final will be played between Chinnathurai and Thoothoor B in the U14 category. Thoothoor Netaji youtube channel is live webcasting this match. The webcasting link is given below.
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In the ongoing NLT's first 11s TNSA Football League for Under 14 and Under 16 age categories, the initial round of matches was completed yesterday. The semi-finals will start today, 27 September 2021. The U14 teams qualified for the semi-finals are Thoothoor-B, Neerodi, Eraviputhenthurai, and Chinnathurai, The U16 teams qualified for the semi-finals are Chinnathurai, Vallavilai, Marthandamthurai, and Thoothoor-A. The Live Updates on TNSA Football League can be obtained from the TNSA FB page, which can be reached upon clicking the below scorecard image.
On account of International Migrants (pravasi) Day, Trivandrum Arch Diocese Auxiliary Bishop Rev. Christhudas has sent his video message for all migrants who are working far away from their birthplace. Watch the video below for his message. A pastoral letter from the Auxiliary Bishop is attached here.
Access the below link for the Aug-Sept 2021 edition of Kadarkarai bi-monthly magazine.
Kadarkarai bi-monthly magazine was started in order to collaborate coastal articles and news into a single forum and deliver the same to all coastal people as a trusted piece of information. People behind this are a handful of visionary activists and scholars from the fishermen community. A print edition of this magazine costs Rs. 30/- per one edition and the e-copy is currently distributed to people free of cost. Those who are interested to engage with the Kadarkarai magazine team for contributions or providing support can contact the publisher cum editor, Mr. Sagar Vincent on 7558162827.
The regionally famous Thoothoor Velankanni Matha feast will be celebrated on 6th, 7th, and 8th September by Thoothoor parish by following the government covid regulations. The festival flag hoisting will be held on 6th Sept, Monday at 6 PM. The Vesper ceremonies will be held on 7th September at 6 PM, and the feast mass will be offered on 8th September at 6 PM. All these celebrations will be held at Velankanni Matha Shrine.
The festival committee has arranged for live telecasting and webcasting of these 3 days celebrations via the Nila TV channel (Channel #142 on TCCL, #204 on SCV, also on Nila TV Android App), Nila TV YouTube Channel, and the www.thoothoor.com website. To view these, please follow the TV channel and the below Live Webcasting Link as per the given schedule.
Fr. Shabin has taken charge as the priest-in-charge of Thoothoor parish on 29th September, Sunday. It is learned that the Arch Bishop does not want to send any parish priest in the current situation, and hence has sent an in-charge priest to take care of spiritual services and to create a peaceful atmosphere in the parish. Fr. Shabin would try to create amicable cooperation among the parishioners in order to bring the parish back to its normal for which he is wholeheartedly seeking the cooperation of all parishioners. Fr. Shabin hails from Kollemcode and was ordained as a priest in 2009. He was serving in the Poovar parish before assuming charge as the priest-in-charge of Thoothoor parish. Let us unite and support Fr. Shabin in this mission.
Earlier on 27th July, the parish priest and the assist parish priest left the parish because of some unwanted incidents in the parish. Since then many memorandums have been submitted to the Arch Bishop and the Vicar Forane by parishioners mentioning their opinions on the above incident. To bring the truth out, the Arch Bishop set up a 3 member inquiry commission in which more than 70 memorandums were received from individuals and various organizatons of Thoothoor. After receiving the report from the inquiry commission, the Arch Bishop has sent a pastoral letter to Thoothoor parishioners which was read out at the Church during the mass on 16th August. As the latest development, the Arch Bishop has deputed Fr. Shabin to take charge as the priest-in-charge of Thoothoor parish to take care of spiritual services and create a peaceful atmosphere in the parish.
Netaji Library Special General Body Meeting is scheduled to be conducted on 5th September 2021 at 11 am in the NLT building. Final approval of By-laws and NLT Registration process are the main agenda of this meeting.
All NLT members and well wishers are requested to attend this important meeting without fail.
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Thoothoor Netaji Football Academy, TNSA has launched its Facebook page to establish a dominant presence in the digital platform. Earlier the academy was started on 2nd October 2020 as an integral part of NLT, Netaji Library Thoothoor. Let us all unite and support this Facebook page.
Six Indian fishermen including one A Varghese from Chinnathurai, who were stranded in Iran after they were deserted by their Iranian employer, returned to India safely on Sunday. Other fishermen were D Arumugam of Viluppuram, A Ezhumalai of Cuddalore, R Sathish and A Chelladurai of Thanjavur, and Y Justin of Thiruvananthapuram. President of INFIDET, P Justin Antony, who was coordinating the effort ..... [read full]
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Thoothoor Netaji Sports Academy (TNSA) is conducting its first 11s TNSA Football League for Under 14 and Under 16 age categories. This league that was started on 15th August 2021 at Thoothoor Pius XI HSS ground will continue till 2nd October 2021. All the 8 coastal villages in Thoothoor forane region participate in both U14 and U16 categories and they are eager to win the championship. This is the first 11s youth league in Tamilnadu and TNSA becomes the first academy in Tamilnadu to start this for the youth. League fixture attached below.
There are 9 teams in each category along with 2 teams from Thoothoor in both categories. The top 4 teams from each category will qualify for the semi-finals. Winners in each category will receive an ever-rolling trophy. All players from the winner and the runner-up team will receive individual trophies. The top goal scorer will be awarded, and all participants will receive certificates.
Mr. Jemald Vincent from Thoothoor received an honourary doctor award titled Doctor of Humanity from the Good News International University at Chennai. Jemald received this award on 16th August in the honouring ceremony held at Chennai on 16th August. Good News International University is committed to honour men and women in recognition of their work in their own field of interest globally. This award was given to Jemald Vincent in recognition of his many humanity services over more than the last 2 decades. Certificate link attached.
NLT celebrated the 75th Independence Day of India ina grand manner within the limit of all Covid restrictions. Thoothoor PHC hospital doctor and son of soil Fr. Lithin were there the chief guest of the event. Retired Army, Navy, Airforce, and BSF personnel from Thoothoor have been honoured during the function. Fishermen union representatives were invited for the function as special invites in honour of their tall contributions to the development of NLT. Prizes were distributed to the winners of all competitions held on behalf of the independence day including the Marathon and Arts competitions.
It is truly refreshing to that few youths are doing valuable services for society by being a model for others rather than just speaking. The mission that a team of youths from Neerodi to Erayumanthurai have started on 5th September 2020, has reached its 50th week as of today, 14th August 2021. This volunteer team includes youths from all 8 villages in this Thoothoor forane region. Their primary mission is to create awareness among people on keeping the beach clean and also become a model themselves by doing what they say. Learning this team's enthusiasm and energy, Colechel DSP Thiru. Thangaraman participated in the 50th week function organised at St. Nicolas Street Beach in Chinnathurai. After the function, the DSP also joined the team in the cleaning work. Words are not sufficient to appreciate the DSP!
Today is the last day for the crowd-funding initiated by 'Orutharum Varela' Divya Bharathi to support her upcoming documentaries. Let us help her, whatever small or big the amount is. The crowdfunding link is given below...
All fishermen organisations in the Kanyakumari district are coming together to stage a united protest against the proposed Indian Marine Fisheries Bill at District Collector’s Office on 9th August. According to fishermen activists, this bill is against the traditional fishing practice and will take away all the benefits the fishermen have in doing the fishing.
On August 4, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of St. John Vianney, patron of priests. On account of this, LiFFA conducted a one-day inter-forane 5’s football tournament among the forane priests on 4th August at the Subzero Turf Court at Vallavilai. 6 teams from Thiruvanandapuram Arch Diocese such as Thoothoor Forane, Pulluvil Forane, Kovalam&Pettah Forane, Palayam Forane, Valliathura Forane, and Kazhakuttam&Puthukurichy Forane participated in the tournament. Kazhakuttam&Puthukurichy Forane and Thoothoor Forane met in the final and Thoothoor Forane won with a goal of 3 against 1 and to secure the Championship. More photos in the below link.
Thoothoor Forane players were Fr. Baby Bevinson, Fr. Rajeesh, Fr. Dony, Fr. Assisi, Fr. Alex, Fr. John Dall, and Fr. Soosai Antony (Murialdo). Chinnathurai parish priest Fr. Dony scored a total of 11 goals in the tournament.
Advocate Edwin Jerome from Thoothoor passed away on Sunday 1-8-2021 in Chennai. He suffered a heart attack in the night on Sunday and died within an hour after reaching the hospital. His body is being brought to Marthandam and the funeral services will be held at Marthandam St. Xavier's Church at 10 AM on Tuesday 03-08-2021.
Adv. Edwin Jerome is the elder son of Late Mr. Jerome (Police) and Late Mrs. Jalasteenammal (Teacher) from Thoothoor. He was the first advocate from Thoothoor and paved the way for many others to follow. Adv. Edwin Jerome was a fishermen activist in spite of his poor health. His strong arguments were instrumental in the National Green Tribunal issuing notices against the Parakkani check-dam which is seen as an anti-fishermen project.
Admission started at St. Jude's College Thoothoor for the UG, PG, and M.Phil courses. Aided courses available are BA in History, BA in English, B.Sc in Mathematics, B.Sc in Physics, B.Sc in Botony, B.Sc in Zoology, B.Com. Self-finance courses available are B.Sc in Computer Science, B.Com, MA in English, M.Sc in Mathematics, M.Com, M.Phil in Mathematics, M.Phil in Commerce, and M.Phil in English.
Those who are interested can apply online via the college website given below...
Fishermen from Neerodi to Erayumanthurai joined at the Inspector of Fisheries Office (IF Office) at Thoothoor on 24th July to conduct an attention-seeking protest. Demands include dropping the fisheries bill, rectifying the issues in Thengapattinam-Erayumanthurai harbour, AD office in Thoothoor region, Deicel subsidy for all, RT phone, and many more. Kingfisher Vallam Owners Association arranged for this protest in which fishermen activists and fishermen from Neerodi to Erayumanthurai participated. Detailed report on the below link.
Mr. Robin (53) from Chinnathurai and Mr. Soosai Thadeuse (43) from Eraviputhenthurai died in a road accident near Puthukkadai while they were on their way to Muttom harbour on a two-wheeler. Earlier they had boarded the Muttom harbour after fishing due to the worst condition of the Thengapattinam-Erayumanthurai harbour. The tragic incident happened when a lorry hit with their bike in a turning, in which Soosai Thadeuse died on the spot and Robin died after reaching the hospital.
Fishermen activists have claimed that unless the Thengapattinam-Erayumanthurai harbour is rehabilitated on an emergency mode, there would not be any end to such incidents.
The CCTV footage of the harbour mouth tragedy on 17th July in which one fisherman from Enayam Puthenthurai died, is recovered. In this footage, the two country-boats were seen entering the harbour. Out of these, one boat was overturned by a suddenly formed wave causing one death and many injuries including irreversible damage to the boat. The reason for such deadly waves is due to the sand accumulation found around the harbour mouth. Our fishermen are demanding continuous dredging facility in the harbour, and rectification for the defective construction of harbour mouth.
Another harbour death occurred at Thengapattinam-Erayumanthurai harbour on 17th July. In this incident, a country-boat overturned near the harbour mouth while they were attempting to enter the harbour after finishing their fishing. Out of the 7 people in the country-boat, Mr. Antony Briteen Raja (32) from Enayam Puthenthurai died while others escaped with minor to major injuries. Report below...
Rev. Dr. Baby Bevinson has taken charge as the Vicar Forane of Thoothoor Episcopal Vicariate in July 2021. He took oath in the Bishop’s house on 1st July and assumed office on 3rd July. Fr. Bevison is the son of Mr. Anthony Adimai & Mrs. Barbaral from Poothurai and also has served as the parish priest of Thoothoor for 4 years between June-2014 and May-2018.
Prior to this, the earlier VF Fr. Joseph Baskaran released himself from the post. Thus, the Neerodi parish priest Fr. Tony Hamlet had been taking care of the VF responsibilities.
Let us welcome Fr. Bevinson and provide all our cooperation for doing his job efficiently.
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Thoothoor Netaji team won the championship in the Neerodi Turf League 2021 by beating the Poovar team in the final. Football fans celebrate this victory as a more precious one as the win came from a tournament where 24 best teams from coastal Kanyakumari and Trivandrum region participated to win the championship. A short video...