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Bosconians celebrate centenary

Don Bosco alumni India with chief guest Gen.(Rtd) J.J Singh, governor of Arunachal Pradesh, chairman organising committee and Lok Sabha MP, Sanjay Takum and world delegate Fr. Jose Pastor with delegates from all over the country at the inauguration of the national congress cum centenary celebrations of the association at state Banquet Hall, Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh on January 29.
Published on 7 Feb. 2011 12:29 AM IST
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Don Bosco Alumni India national congress cum centenary celebrations of the World Confederation of Don Bosco alumni was held from January 29 to 31 at the Arunachal Pradesh state Banquet Hall, Itanagar.
The event hosted by the Dimapur Provincial Federation was attended by about 150 registered life members and numerous unregistered Bosconians from the Provinces of Bangalore, Chennai, Dimapur, Guwahati, Kolkata, Mumbai, Panjim and Konkan and Trichi.
The governor of Arunachal Pradesh Gen. (Rtd) J.J. Singh was the chief guest at the inaugural function, while the speaker of the state assembly Wanglin Lowangdong was the chief guest at the closing function.
The three day event facilitated interactions among delegates from all walks of life, and from different castes, creed and culture but linked by the same alma mater.
The event that featured sharing of nostalgias, experiences, visions and missions as Bosconians, exotic local foods and drinks, cultural dances and songs and local Tourism of Itanagar city culminated with a rally on the theme “Review, renew and return to Don Bosco to usher in a century of peace and national integrity”.
The rally was flagged off jointly by Wanglin Lowangdong Assembly Speaker and Sanjoy Takam, member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) who was also the chairman of the organizing committee of the event.
The August gathering of Bosconians, many of whom are distinguished personalities, was exhorted to be partners in the mission of Don Bosco for a better world, by the distinguished guests that also included the World Delegate of Don Bosco Alumni Rev. Fr. Jose Pastor Ramirez sdb from Rome, South-East Asian Regional Rev. Fr. Maria Arokiam sdb, Dimapur Provincial Rev. Fr. P. James, National Delegate Rev. Fr. K. J. Louis sdb, Swamiji Yogeshwaranand of Rama Krishna Mission, Bishop of Itanagar Rt. Rev. John Thomas, Archbishop of Guwahati Rt. Rev. Thomas Menamparampil, Bamang Felix MLA and vice-chairman of organiszing committee and a host of other dignitaries.
The chief guest of the closing function released the adopted “Resolutions of the National Congress, Itanagar 2011”, while the video DVD of the entire proceeding of the event was released by Viswanathan, the oldest and differently-abled member of the association from Chennai Province.

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