Mangaluru: Swathi Mangala, a resident of Jeppu Mangaluru, emerged as the winner of the prestigious 'Best Personality' title in the fourth season of the Mr & Mrs UAE International beauty pageant held in Dubai, UAE. Swathi has been residing in Dubai since 2012 and has actively participated in various activities in the city.

The Mr & Mrs UAE International 2023 event took place on May 7 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Canal View. The competition featured a total of 31 talented contestants who were divided into three different categories. The Gold category comprised 11 participants between the ages of 24 and 37, while the Platinum category consisted of 10 participants aged between 38 and 50.

Additionally, there were 10 male participants competing for the Mr UAE International title.

Prior to the finale, the contestants underwent three days of intensive training at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Canal View. On the day of the event, the morning session showcased the contestants' talents, during which Swathi Mangala mesmerized the audience with her exceptional yoga skills. Being a dedicated practitioner since 2006, she effortlessly demonstrated her expertise on stage.

Later in the evening, the participants participated in the ramp walk and questionnaire rounds, which included various segments like the ethnic round, coordination set round, western wear round, and gown round.

Swathi Mangala, competing in the Gold category, triumphed as the winner of the 'Mrs Best Personality' title. She was bestowed with a sash, certificate, and an exclusive gift hamper from the renowned Turkish brand, Flormar, as recognition for her remarkable achievement.

The Mrs UAE International beauty pageant is an esteemed event organized under the patronage of the UAE government. The pageant is presented by being muskaan, a foundation founded by Mrs. Meena Asrani in 2019 with the aim of empowering women. This particular beauty pageant focuses on encouraging married, separated, and divorced women to step out of their comfort zones and exhibit their beauty, talent, and confidence on an international platform.

Expressing her joy, Swathi Mangala stated that her journey from being a finalist to securing the title of 'Mrs Best Personality' in the Mr and Mrs UAE International 2023 beauty pageant was an incredible experience and a cherished memory that she would forever hold dear.

Swathi Mangala holds an MSc in Clinical and Counseling Psychology from SDM College, Ujire. In Dubai, she is employed by a property development company. She is a devoted mother of two children, while her husband works for ENBD Bank.

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Mangaluru: The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has appointed Anwar Manila as the social media committee coordinator of the Dakshina Kannada District Non-Resident Indian (NRI) cell of the KPCC. The appointments were made through an order issued by KPCC President DK Shivakumar on Saturday.

In addition, the party has also appointed Vice President of non-resident Indians forum and All India Congress Committee’s Indian Overseas Congress (IOC) secretary in-charge Dr. Arati Krishna as the chairperson of the KPCC NRI Cell.

Anwar, a non-resident Kannadiga residing in Dubai for the past 18 years, has been an active member of the Congress party for a decade, particularly within its social media unit. He is also serving as the member of the social media unit of INCAS. In 2019, he served as a member of the publicity committee for the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, attended by former AICC president Rahul Gandhi in the UAE.

Alongside, Anwar has also been actively serving in social, religious and educational fields and is also recognised by several non-resident Kannadiga organisations.