Informing, educating and entertaining – this is the role of every media, and ‘Raknno’ though being a Konkanni Weekly by nature has strived to keep its readers abreast with the times. The last two decades have been specially significant for Raknno, by publishing a variety of articles, news-features, news-analysis and media criticism, it has gained the loyalty of the people.  Raknno has stolen the show by its sensible and wide coverage on agricultural, scientific, medical, legal, economical, political, religious, cultural, educational, social and career guidance issues. Constant innovation and creativity have been Raknno’s forte. Humour, satire, serialized novels, short stories and special pages for children, youth and women have been promoting literature and the habit of reading. It is recognized by number of  institutions and associations for its mission of awareness through magazines and  promotion of language and literature. It is recognized by institutions like Akhil Bharath Konkanni Parishad Goa, Dr T. M. A. Pai Foundation Manipal, Karnataka Konkanni Basha Mandal  etc. It has been honored by the South Kanara District Administration with ‘Jilla Rajyotsava Prashashthi’ in 2007 for the cause of promotion of literature.


As a publishing house, Raknno has been publishing both fiction and non – fiction books (titles).  Having 107 titles and a CD to its credit till date, it has tried to give knowledge on variety of issues through  Konkanni books in Kannada script. “Kanun Darshan” a book on legal awareness by Mr Shirthady William Pinto published by Raknno in June 2006 has seen a record sale with 4 editions within a span of 4 months.  6th edition was published in November 2009.


Raknno has grown from strength to strength with increase of staff both in the office and in the field.  Raknno experiments novel ways and means to reach more and more readers with quality information, awareness and entertainment. It is the largest read Konkanni Weekly.

Two things have shaped the course of Catholic Christians in the Diocese of Mangalore:  First, the Eucharistic congress held in 1938 and the second a Konkanni Weekly newspaper started to commemorate the same event in the very same year.  Started by Msgr Sylvester Menezes, this Weekly has grown to become the mouth piece of the Konkanni people representing their thoughts, feelings, hopes and aspirations. Today, it is the largest circulated Konkanni Weekly throughout India, Gulf and European Countries. Raknno has broken all barriers of caste, creed and community by its approach through modern responsible journalism. Raknno today enjoys three distinct dimensions, that of an Institution, a News Paper and a Publication.


From a modest beginning ‘Raknno’ grew steadily for the past 71 years.  In this course ‘Raknno’ has transformed from a mere Weekly newspaper to a powerful institution among Konkanni speaking world.  Raknno further has scaled new heights in Konkanni Journalism & social commitment. The 20,000 Brochures published by Raknno created awareness among people about the Land Reforms Act introduced in 1973.  It promoted Relief Funds in aid of the victims affected by floods, Kargil, tsunami etc.  These and other similar trend setting examples affirm Raknno’s commitment to social causes affecting people.  All through Raknno has been the official voice of Mangalore Churchesand the Konkanni people.

Raknno became the first Institution to systematically take up the challenge of training young budding writers. Journalism in Konkanni has been defined by Raknno and its professional outlook. In fact Raknno has been Instrumental in the flowering of fresh talents in Konkanni.  Often Raknno has joined hands with Sahitya Akademi New Delhi as well as other regional literary institutions as to organize literary fiestas. In 2007 Raknno has instituted the ‘Raknno Journalism Scholarship’ through which it gives annual scholarships  to students who do post graduation in Journalism through any regular  university.


The Raknno was on the web in the year 1998.  Now it is available again together with Kajulo children’s Magazine on www.raknno.net free of cost.


‘Kajulo’ published by Raknno is a Konkanni Magazine meant exclusively  for the children.  It presents light but informative and entertaining reading as per the taste of the children in the form of stories, fun pages, cartoon stories, quizzes, competitions, etc.  It has completed 11 years (1998-2009) of its publication.  Since last 5 years it organizes Children’s’ Fiestas (KAJULO POROB)  in different localities having joined hands with the local institutions and people.


Tel.: 0824-2444118, 2422426 Fax: 0824-2444154 Email: raknno@sancharnet.in, raknno@gmail.com

Raknno Weekly, Kodialbail P.O., Mangalore 575 003.  Website:www.raknno.com