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"Gomant Vibhushan Award" the prestigious highest State Civilian Award was presented to "Shri Lambert Mascarenhas" a renowned Goan personality, for his contribution in the field of Literature on the eve of his 100th Birthday on September 16, 2014 in a special award presentation ceremony organized by the Directorate of Art and Culture, Government of Goa at DMK Kala Academy, Panaji-Goa at the hands of Shri Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister, Government of Goa.

The Award ceremony was attended by the Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly Shri Rajendra Arlekar, Minister for Art and Culture, Shri Dayanand Mandrekar, Leader of Opposition, Shri Pratapsingh Rane, and other dignitaries.

On this occasion an audio Visual Documentary on the life Achievement of Shri Lambert Mascarenhas was screened.

Mr. Lambert Mascarenhas was born in Goa in the year 1914. He completed his primary studies in Portuguese and Latin, and left for Poona to continue his studies in English. After graduating from St. Xavier's College, Bombay, with a Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Literature, he joined the Monday Standard as a Junior Reporter and then worked as a Sub-Editor at the Bombay Sentinel under the great journalist and Editor Mr B.G. Horniman who was a passionate advocate for the Independence of India .

He then joined the Onlooker as Assistant Editor, before becoming the Editor of the Goan Tribune (Bombay-1956-61), espousing the cause of Goan Liberation from Portuguese Rule. He was arrested and sentenced to prison by the Portuguese Government in Goa's Freedom. Working in exile in Bombay for the next couple of years, he returned to a free Goa in December, 1961 and became the Editor of the Navhind Times-Goa's first English newspaper, published by the house of Dempo's. After three years at this newspaper he founded his own monthly magazine Goa Today, now in its forty-eight year of publication.

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Government of India conferred upon Wendell Rodricks a prominent fashion designer from Goa its fourth-highest civilian award the Padma Shri.
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Gail Nicole Da Silva from Goa selected as the second runner up of miss India 2014
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