Singapore, 3 October 2011 – tabla!, the newspaper for the Indian community in Singapore and a publication of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH), marked its third anniversary with the launch of the tabla! Community Champion Award.
The award, supported by the State Bank of India, is presented to a member of the Indian community who has done distinguished work with the less fortunate in Singapore.
Dr Jimmy S. Daruwalla, an orthopaedic surgeon, is the inaugural tabla! Community Champion Award recipient. He was recognised for his efforts and contributions as the President of the Dyslexia Association of Singapore (DAS). He received his award this afternoon from the event’s Guest-of-Honour, Ms Indranee Rajah, Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC.
Dr Daruwalla was part of the team that set up DAS in 1991 and has been its president since its inception. Today, DAS operates nine learning centres in Singapore, catering to the needs of 1,849 students. The award also comes with a donation of $10,000 from State Bank of India and tabla!
Accepting the award, Dr Daruwalla said he was greatly honoured by the recognition from the Indian community and hoped it will raise awareness about dyslexia among Singaporeans.
This afternoon’s event, held at the SPH News Centre Auditorium, was attended by over 200 members of the Indian community, including business leaders and professionals from all walks of life.
Mr S. Chandra Das, Chairman of SPH’s Tamil-language flagship newspaper Tamil Murasu, welcomed the gathering with an update on tabla!'s good performance and strong support by readers and advertisers since it's launch in October 2008. The paper was launched by Tamil Murasu Pte Ltd for the wider Indian community in Singapore. Mr Das also spoke of how Tamil Murasu had also enjoyed record high sales in the last financial year.
Mr Das also introduced the tabla! Community Champion Award and explained the reasons for setting up this award."We felt it was time to establish an annual award to be presented to a person from our Indian community with a distinguished record of working with the less fortunate in Singapore. Someone who selflessly devotes time and effort in addition to his or her job or profession. An unsung hero, so to speak."
Mr Pradeep Paul, Editor of tabla! said: “We are, after all, a newspaper for the Indian community in Singapore and we take pride in celebrating every achievement by members of that community. This award is given to a person who has a distinguished record of working with the less fortunate in Singapore."
Commending tabla! in honouring Dr Daruwalla, Mr K. Kesavapany, who is the Director of the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies said: “Started as a community initiative by the Rotary Club of Raffles City, Dr Daruwalla got together a small group of friends to form the Dyslexia Association of Singapore. Over the years, he has built it into one of the most active social organisations in Singapore. Thanks to his sustained and single-minded championing of the cause of dyslexia, thousands of Singaporeans and others afflicted with this impairment have their problems dealt with."
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tabla! was launched on 10 Oct 2008 by Tamil Murasu Ltd, a subsidiary of Singapore Press Holdings. It is published every Friday. There are 30,000 copies printed and they are distributed free at all 7-Eleven outlets, as well as Indian schools, banks, business parks and selected condominiums. tabla! is also delivered to homes for $2 a month.
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