The much-awaited ‘The Navhind Times Slumber King Valentine Day Message Contest’ prize distribution contest was held on Friday at GCCI hall, Panaji.
The first prize winner of the contest, Mr Bhupesh Wadji won a Mumbai-Malaysia-Mumbai return ticket. The second prize winner, Ms Beatrice D’Silva won a Mumbai-Singapore-Mumbai return ticket and third prize winner, Francis K won a Mumbai-Bangkok-Mumbai return ticket.
The chief guest of the event, South Goa MP, Mr Francisco Sardinha gave away the prizes to winners amidst the august gathering that included Editor of The Navhind Times, Mr Arun Sinha, General Manager of The Navhind Times, Mr Pramod Rivonkar, Deputy General Manager of The Navhind Times, Mr Vijay Kalangutkar, CEO of Grandis Industries, Mr Melwin Camara and others.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr Francisco Sardinha stated this contest was meant to bring out the best in people. He further mentioned that it is the opportunity given to speak from your heart and there is no age barrier for love.
He added, “There are certain organisations who say that there should not be any Valentine Day celebrations. However, each one of us is free in this secular country as long as we don’t harm anyone. We should not impose our ideas on others. The world today has become a global village and whatever is good in other societies we must try to inculcate in ours and there is no harm in this. It is to bring the best in us out.”
He further congratulated participants and hoped that this contest would reach new heights in the days to come.
Editor, The Navhind Times, Mr Arun Sinha stated that the quality of messages is much better compared to last year. “Now we have original messages written with fluids of the heart. Today we hear that relationships are divided, but through these messages we see a bond that is increasing.”
Mr Melwin Camara mentioned that for the last 12 years Grandis Industries has been associated with The Navhind Times. He also shared that this contest has grown gradually from half-a-page to four pages and hopefully would increase to six or eight pages in the future.