Monday, August 4, 2008

Indian Football Referees Association (IFRA) - Kuwait now in its 28th year !!!

IFRA Annual General Body Meeting

The 27th annual general body meeting of the Indian Football Referees' Association (IFRA) - Kuwait will be held on Friday, August 8, 2008 at 9:30 a.m.
at the Avanti Palace Restaurant, Salmiya - Kuwait. Please note the change in venue accordingly. All members are requested to be present.

IFRA was formed on December 5, 1980, by a group of Seven-7 expatriate Indians, qualified as referee and the members of Bombay and Goa Referees' Associations, later called as, the Founder Members, with the blessings of The Kuwait Football Association.

The Association was then headed by (late) Mr. Jerome Pascoal D'Mello, (popularly known in India and Kuwait as J.P). Ex-FIFA Referee and Member of Asian Football Confederation Referees Committee and Ex-Hon. Secretary and member of Bombay Referees' Association, as President, until his departure to India in 1986. J.P. D'Mello, who lived in Andheri East, Bombay, left for his heavenly abode in 1994. He was succeeded by Vice-President, Dominic Monserrate, a member of Goa Football Referees' Association, for a brief period as President in 1987. Apolinaris Ejechial D'Souza (A.E. D’Souza), a member of Bombay Referees' Association since 1964, and the Founder Hon. Secretary from 1980 to 1986, a Member of the Board of Examiners from its inception, took over the reins of the Association, as President and Chairman of the Board of Examiners in March 1988.

The association Trains and Recruits new Referees, as its members, and provide services for the supervision of Football matches for both Indian and other Expatriate Tournament Organizers since 1980. The association which provided its services to various other tournament organizers prior to the formation of the Kuwait Indian Football Federation (K.I.F.F.) in 1984, controlled all Expatriates Indians Football activities at the famous expatriate “Al-Sour Ground” at Kuwait City, also provides its services to KIFF to supervise its Four (4) Regular, Five(5) 7-A-Side and One 9-A-Side Non-Regular Tournaments and the J.P. Memorial Rolling Trophy -KIFF League. Also to others since 1998, such as, the tournaments organized by the United Malayalee Organization (a group of 13 Indian Malayalee Associations in Kuwait), Biman Bangladesh Tournament-organized by Biman Bangladesh Airlines-Kuwait and Expatriate League-Organized by Expatriate European/Arabs in Kuwait. Now in its glorious 28th year and still continuing in their love of football and sports, the Indian expatriate community have gained a lot from IFRA and its members.

I.F.R.A. is the only Recognized and Registered Expatriate Qualified Football Referees' body in Kuwait, being Registered with the Indian Embassy in Kuwait. The Football Association and The Referees' Association - U.K., who provide/supply with the "Laws of the Game"/Refrees Charts and other necessary referees' accessories. The Bombay Referees' Association, provides the association members with the "Soccer Magazine" and other relevant information of latest changes of the Laws of the Game, etc. The Certificates issued by IFRA to its members are recognized in India, by all State Referees' Associations.

A link to the activities and a brief history on Indian Football Referees' Association (IFRA)-Kuwait can be viewed at
http://www.goa- goa/sports/ ifra.htm

Countdown to GULAB Silver Jubilee Celebrations in Kuwait (15th August to 19th December 2008)

Countdown to GULAB Silver Jubilee Celebrations in Kuwait:

Konkani lovers in Kuwait in coordination with the Gulab Working Committee (GWC) under the auspices of Kala Mogui Kuwait (KMK) is all set to kick off GULAB Silver Jubilee celebration on August 15, 2008. The much-awaited event will be held in 3 phases from the 61st India's Independence Day to 47th Goa's Liberation Day. The event will be inaugurated at the hands of the Gulab Working Committee (GWC) under the leadership of Domingos Araujo, president of Kala Mogui Kuwait.

Fr. Teo Fernandes, parish priest of Our Lady of Arabia Church-Ahmadi, will preside and declare the celebrations opened on August 15, 2008 at 3.45 pm sharp at Mashra Al Hawally Auditorium, followed by the commemoration of India's Independence Day, a raffle draw in support of GULAB, and a presentation of a Konkani drama "GHORABEACHE VANTTE" written and directed by Mario Menezes (Tragedy King) to commence at 4.15 pm sharp. Mario Menezes, the director with continuous super hits and a Gulab Award 2006 winner for best script and direction, will accompany his full troupe of artistes, singers, and musicians from Goa; the best child artiste Gulab Award 2007 winner 'Baby Rioma,' Rosy Alvares, Agnes, Comedian Joana, Lawry Travasso, Mario de Vasco, Edisson, the king of mimicry 'Sheikh Amir' and musicians: Augusto de Panchwadi and James. To book your gate passes, contact Raja Stores (Kuwait City) Tel. 2412970, M&M Confectionery (Salmiya) Tel. 5619946,
(Abbasiya) Tel. 9106617, (Fahaheel) Tel. 9884681, (Khaitan) Tel. 9391452, (Farwaniya) Tel. 9540232.

Gulab - the popular Konkani language monthly magazine published in Goa since 1983 - has 40,000 readership in India, the Gulf States, US, Canada, U.K., Australia and other countries. It has onboard prominent writers covering social, cultural, arts, among others issues and is considered a family magazine by Konkani lovers.

Gulab Silver Jubilee celebrations will continue with a "Konkani Variety Show" scheduled for October 9, 2008 (Thursday) at 6.15 pm. The entry is free. For details, contact 4726524 from 6.15 pm to 8.15 pm or email: gulabq8@gmail. com. A special issue of "GULAB" and a colorful souvenir will be released to mark this unique occasion which will focus on Goan and Mangalorean organizations in Kuwait and prominent personalities among the community. A Konkani Literary Awards Ceremony will highlight the yeomen services and recognition of all those who supported "GULAB" and the common binding link between the Konkan people – Goa's
State Official Language - Konkani.

The concluding part of Gulab Silver Jubilee Celebrations will be held on December 19, 2008 at 4.15 pm to commemorate Goa's Liberation Day with yet another programme for the Konkani lovers. For your free passes and further details, watch out in Kuwait's newspapers and the Internet media. The organizers look forward to your support and cooperation. For details on subscriptions, Advertisements for GULAB magazine or how you can assist in any way, please feel free to contact Gulab authorized representative in Kuwait: Domingos Araujo on 9391452 or email

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