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TSTT 2014 Indian Arrival Day Celebrations - Laying The Foundation Today For Tomorrow

Members of the TSTT Executive Management Team and TSTT Indian Cultural Association (TICA) admire a rich display and virtual museum of traditional Indian items at TSTT's 2014 Indian Arrival Day Celebrations: L-R Rakesh Goswami, Executive Vice President Government & Enterprise Services, Emily Harridath (Red top), Harigobin Jhinkoo, Executive Vice-President of Human Resources, Everald Snaggs, TSTT Chairman and TICA member Natalie Chadeesingh (Green top)
‘Kal Shurru Hota Hai Aaj’ or ‘Tomorrow Starts Today’ was the theme of TSTT’s Indian Arrival Day Celebrations held on May 23rd 2014 at the Cipero Work Centre, San Fernando.  Organized for the 15th year by the TSTT Indian Cultural Association (TICA), there were constant reminders throughout the evening’s celebrations that the future is largely determined by what we do today.  The function featured an exquisite Indian decor and offered various Indian delicacies.  Attendees learned about the history of the Indian Diaspora in Trinidad at a rich display and virtual museum which included a model of the Fatel Razack ship which brought the first Indian Indentured labourers from India to Trinidad in May 1845, musical instruments, traditional and modern cooking utensils, religious items and clothing. 
 
The evening’s proceedings had a strong showing by TSTT employees and their children as 8year-old Kyle Ali did a beautiful pan rendition of the National Anthem.  He was followed by inter-faith prayers done by 11-year old Tyriq Jackson (Christian prayer), brother and sister team of 11-year old Nishtha and 8 year-old Vheer Samnarine (Hindu prayer) and 10-year old Majid Khan (Muslim prayer). 6-year old Jeda Beharry performed a solo dance item and then joined the rest of the Trinidad Multi-Cultural Dance company who ranged from 6 to 9 years. 8-year old Ronald Dasrath sang with his uncle Jaggart Mohammed, an employee of 15 years from the Princes Town/Matilda Work Centre.  The evening continued with other performances of song and dance and ended with the presentation of several prizes of phones and top-up cards all donated by bmobile.
 
TICA is a group of TSTT employees which promotes the awareness of East Indian culture. President Mahadaye Ramlagan has 32 years of service. During her opening remarks, Ramlagan discussed the evolution of Indian culture in Trinidad and Tobago and compared it with that of TSTT.  “When I joined the company in 1982, there was only plain old telephone service or P.O.T.S.  As TSTT continues to lead in telecommunications services, we have progressed with the addition of Internet service, the launch of mobile services and now to the 4G services of today.”  
 
Ramlagan continued, “I am sure you will agree that the hard work of previous employees has paid rich dividends. We are indeed laying the foundation today that will make us all proud tomorrow hence our theme Kal Shurru Hota Hai Aaj.”
 
Executive Vice-President of Human Resources, Harigobin Jhinkoo commended TICA for organizing the event and shared  that  the theme ‘Tomorrow Starts Today’ has also been embraced as the theme of TSTT’s 5-year strategic plan to transform the Company into a strong, profitable and growing business that delivers the most value and hassle-free service to its customers.  Jhinkoo added, “For TSTT, this truth is showing up more and more in the things we do. Earlier today we launched our Fibre-to-the-home programme in Tobago. We are building a better tomorrow for our customers in Tobago and today’s event was definitely a key milestone in that journey.”  Jhinkoo then reminded attendees of the recent launch of BLINK’s LTE 4G broadband pilot in 4 remote locations in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as the Cumana ICT Centre and the country’s first Gigabit  Community in Chaguanas and noted that TSTT is certainly on the move building a better tomorrow for all the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago.
 
TSTT’s Indian Arrival Day Celebrations was well attended and several members of the TSTT senior management team were present including TSTT Chairman Everald Snaggs, Vinood Radge Coomar, Executive Vice President BLINK Sales, Service & Tobago Operations (Ag) and Rakesh Goswami, Executive Vice President Government & Enterprise Services who delivered brief greetings.  
 

Members of the TSTT Executive Management Team and TSTT Indian Cultural Association (TICA) congratulate 6-year old Jeda Beharry of the Trinidad Multi-Cultural Dance Company who performed a solo dance item at TSTT's 2014 Indian Arrival Day Celebrations.  
 L- R Everald Snaggs, TSTT Chairman, Harigobin Jhinkoo, Executive Vice-President of Human Resources,  TICA Secretary and his wife Rajendralal and Dianne Mongru (who are also the God parents of Jeda Beharry) and Jeda Beharry and Rakesh Goswami, Executive Vice President Government & Enterprise Services
 
 

4-year old Amy Seegobin and 8-year old Ronald Dasrath, winners of the Best Dressed Girl and Boy categories at TSTT's 2014 Indian Arrival Day Celebrations, flanked by TICA member Natalie Chadeesingh and Harigobin Jhinkoo, Executive Vice-President of Human Resources
 

Rakesh Goswami, TSTT’s Executive Vice President Government & Enterprise Services presents Shivanna Ramraj, with the prize for Best Dressed Female
 

Salim Ali-Bocas (right) pictured with his son in his arms, receives the grand door prize of a Samsung Ace from Vinood Radge Coomar (left), Executive Vice President BLINK Sales, Service & Tobago Operations (Ag)