Khabbar is the North American Quarterly Newsletter that has been catering to the social and cultural needs of the Konkani community in North America for over 40 years.
TThe brainchild of Dr. Vasudev Nayak (Mays Landing, NJ), Khabbar, was a newsletter for Konkani Sabha in the mid-'70s to publish news items for Konkani families in the tri-state area of NY/NJ/CT. The previous editors were Ravindra Nayak (Flanders, NJ), Damodar Baliga (Brooklyn, NY), and Nina Padukone (New York, NY). It was Nina who coined the name "Khabbar" to this Newsletter. Mr. Vasanth Bhat took over in the early '80s as the Honorary Editor.
The popularity of our Newsletter has gained acceptance nationwide. So, in 1987, Khabbar became an independent Newsletter serving the social and cultural needs of the Konkani Community in North America.
And, from the Year 2000 onwards, the electronic version, eKhabbar, was started on www.ekhabbar.com. The ekhabbar was published on the website a quarter after the hard copy of Khabbar was mailed to all the families. Khabbar reached over 2,160 families in North America.
All subscribers and designated unofficial "Official" Khabbar correspondents sent the news such as Child's academic achievement, promotion, obituary, etc. The Khabbar correspondents gathered information on the basis "If it did not appear in Khabbar, then it did not happen in North America!".
NAKA board decided to publish the Khabbar in 2021 after Mr. Vasanth Bhat decided to retire from the service of publishing the Khabbar newsletter. We are thankful to Vasanth mam for the fantastic service over the years in publishing the Khabbar newsletter with love, dedication, and extreme attention to detail for OVER 40 YEARS!
Subscribers are encouraged to pay the dues for the current year and/or past arrears.
Students used to get Khabbar free as long as they maintained their mailing address current. Also, Konkani community and religious leaders all over the world get complimentary copies of Khabbar. And, from Year 2000 onwards, the electronic version, eKhabbar is FREE. Log on to www.ekhabbar.com. The ekhabbar will be on the web a quarter after the hard copy of Khabbar has been mailed to all the dues paying families. We plan to keep the same rules for eKhabbar on MyNaka website.
Khabbar reaches over 2,160 families in North America. In the beginning the circulation rate was around 250.
Normally, friends introduce Khabbar to the Konkani families in North America. A complimentary copy of Khabbar will be sent to the new Konkani family and that name goes into the Khabbar Mailing List. Once, a name gets in the mailing list, that name stays there irrespective whether the family pays the dues or not. The family must request that their name be deleted from the list.
All subscribers and designated unofficial "Official" Khabbar correspondents send in the news (Child's academic achievement, promotion, obituary, etc). The Khabbar correspondents gather news on the basis "If it did not appear in Khabbar, then it did not happen in North America!". In the beginning this was a major task but, nowadays, most of the news items pour in voluntarily. Moreover, articles of interest pour in on a regular basis. Khabbar makes extra efforts in publishing Konkani success stories, Konkani Charity efforts, etc.
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