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    Appointment Lt Gen YVK Mohan

    Appointment Lt Gen YVK Mohan

    Lt. Gen. Yenduru Venkata Krishna Mohan, senior most serving Lieutenant General amongst three services (Army, Navy and Air Force) from both Telugu states, has been appointed him as General Officer Commanding 9 Corps.

    Presently, he is serving as the Assistant Chief Integrated Defence Staff (Joint Operations) at HQ Integrated Defence Staff, New Delhi.

    Conferred with the Sena Medal and Vishisht Seva Medal.

    He is an alumnus of Korukonda Sainik School, Andhra Pradesh National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla, Pune and was commissioned into 7th Battalion of 11th Gorkha Rifles in 1981 and had served in varied terrains like Siachen Glacier and Indo-China border at Sikkim, a press release said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Hyderabad / by Special Correspondent / Hyderabad – January 10th, 2018

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    Showing the way: Kakarala Prasad and his wife Uma Devi at Venkataraghavapuram near Gudivada in Krishna district on Monday. | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

    Showing the way: Kakarala Prasad and his wife Uma Devi at Venkataraghavapuram near Gudivada in Krishna district on Monday. | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

    He now focusses on telemedicine centre in native village

    In 1959, Dr. Kakarala Prasad, son of K. Bhaskara Rao and Venkata Subbayamma, passed out of the ZP High School Vennanapudi, which hardly had basic infrastructure, with a Secondary School Leaving Certificate.

    Fifty-nine years later, on Monday, Dr. Prasad, a native of Ramapuram (now Venkata Raghava Puram, also birthplace of legendary actor Akkineni Nageswara Rao) was at the same school in the neighbouring village interacting with the students and the staff. It is now a “Success School” and offers Telugu and English mediums of instruction. The school is all praise for the veteran doctor because of his contribution to its development over three decades.

    The school has buildings for classrooms, kitchen and laboratories and even a newly inaugurated cycle stand developed with his contributions.

    It is the first school in the State to get G+1 building with the contribution of Dr. Prasad under Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu’s Janmabhumi programme in 1998. The school, named after his father, was inaugurated by Mr. Naidu.

    Much before that, Dr. Prasad, who has been practising in the U.S. for the past 41 years as paediatrician, gave away his five-acre land and house in Ramapuram for a clinic developed by him. The clinic was later upgraded as Primary Health Centre by the government and is still the only healthcare solution for many villages nearby.

    “This is an addiction. Once you do something for your village you feel like doing more and more of such activities,” Dr. Prasad sums up about his service. He also funded road development and sanitation projects in Ramapuram.

    At 74, he came all the way from the U.S. to visit the PHC to inquire about the infrastructure required for setting up a telemedicine centre.

    “It was my friend Bhanu Prasad who introduced me to the joy of helping others. When we were studying in Vijayawada, we gave free food for engineering students. Now we [friends’ circle] are running a charitable trust in his name that has a fund of ₹50 lakh,” Dr. Prasad says.

    “In a bid to give back to my village, I paved the way for the clinic. Now I am going to meet the Health Minister to seek help for a new building for the Kakinada government hospital which has become congested. The alumnus of the Rangaraya Medical College (RMC) are ready to fund half of the ₹40-crore project,” Dr. Prasad, who graduated in medicine from the RMC, says.

    Dr. Prasad is also involved in philanthropical activities in Ohio where he has been living for the past several decades.

    Apart from voluntarily teaching paediatrics at the University of Toledo, Dr. Prasad also provides scholarships to students there.

    His services were recognised by the Telugu Association of North America (TANA) recently and he received the prestigious Dr. Guthikonda Ravindranath Award for Community Service through initiatives like Adopt-a-village, Adopt-a-child and others.

    His wife Uma Devi and children also joined him in the development of the village. The PHC in Ramapuram does not have a resident doctor since long and telemedicine centre is seen as a solution to the problem.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Tharun Boda / Venkata Parhava Puram (Krishna District) / January 09th, 2018

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    Association of Lady Entrepreneurs of India (ALEAP) will hold an international conference for women entrepreneurs with focus on innovation, incubation and industrialisation here from January 17 to January 19.

    Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu, Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu and SAARC Secretary General Amjad Hussain B. Sial will attend.


    The objective of the conference is to educate women entrepreneurs on emerging technologies, innovative products and business models and trade opportunities for rapid industrialisation.

    Persons of national and international repute in the field of incubation and innovation, domain experts and others will share their experiences, case studies and success stories.

    The conference would provide an excellent platform for information, inspiration and interaction, said ALEAP local coordinator G. Srinivasa Rao.

    Details could be obtained by dialling 9247839834.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – January 04th, 2018

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    City youth Naga Sravan Kilaru has been selected for the National Youth Award 2015-16 by the Union Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports for his efforts in empowering and driving youth towards social service and strengthening democracy.

    Mr. Sravan heads Vijayawada Needs U (VNU), an NGO here and has attended various international youth conventions.“I am informed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Government of India, that I am honoured with the National Youth Award. The award will be presented by the President of India on January 12 at the opening ceremony of the National Youth Festival,” Mr. Sravan told The Hindu.

    Mr. Sravan said the award was making his responsibility towards strengthening advocacy for youth rights and democracy, more. The six-day youth festival will be held in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

    Youth working in the fields of entrepreneurship, health, research and innovation, culture, human rights, art and literature and others get selected for the award.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / Staff Reporter / Vijayawada – December 28th, 2017

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    With the help of her girl students, whom she used to teach music, Mrs. Cousins worked on the tunes for ‘Janaganamana.’

    He sang something like a piece of geography… and in the second verse a list of the religions in India…

    Author of the anthem: Rabindranath Tagore.

    Author of the anthem: Rabindranath Tagore.

    The National Anthem was written by Rabindranath Tagore as early as in 1911 and was sung at the annual session of the Indian National Congress at Calcutta on December 27 that year. But it was in Besant Theosophical College, Madanapalle, where Tagore stayed for a few days in February 1919 that the now familiar tune was set. It was Margaret Cousins, wife of educationist, James H. Cousins, who composed the tune for ‘Janaganamana.’ Dr. James Henry Cousins was then the Principal of the Madanapalle College that was established by Dr. Annie Besant.

    Tagore was on a tour of South India and was much tired when he reached Bangalore in the last week of February 1919. On the advice of C.F. Andrews, he decided to rest at the Theosophical College in Madanapalle, about 120 km, south-east of Bangalore.

    Besides several firsts of national importance, Madanapalle also had a first grade college started by Annie Besant in 1915. Besant’s involvement in the freedom movement prompted the Government to cancel its affiliation to Madras University. Undaunted, Dr. Besant named the college “Wood National College,” after Prof. Ernest Wood, educationist and a close follower of Dr. Besant. She got it affiliated to the National University at Madras, which was newly organised by the Society for the Promotion of National Education, (SPNE) for which Rabindranath Tagore was the Chancellor. When it was suggested that the quiet atmosphere at Madanapalle College as the right place to rest, Tagore was only happy for he felt that he would be with the staff and students of the college affiliated to the National University. Tagore also felt happy to be in the company of Dr. Cousins whose poetry in English he always admired.

    Song set to tune

    Rabindranath Tagore’s stay in Madanapalle College became momentous because the song ‘Janaganamana’ was given the melody of the musical tunes with which it is now sung all over the country. Till then the song never had a uniform tune. People were signing it as they liked in varied ways with great regional variations.

    It was the practice with Dr. and Mrs. Cousins to hold informal meetings with the college community on every Wednesday night after dinner called “sing song fun session”. It was usually a programme of healthy hilarity and fun. Tagore, who joined the gathering asked if he might sing one of his poems.

    Writing about how the song was first heard by them as sung by Tagore himself, Dr. Cousins recounted thus: “In a voice surprisingly light for so large a man, he sang something like a piece of geography giving a list of countries, mountains and rivers; and in the second verse a list of the religions in India. The refrain to the first verse made us pick up our ears. The refrain to the second verse made us clear our throats. We asked for it again and again, and before long we were singing it with gusto: Jaya hai, Jaya hai, Jaya hai, Jaya Jaya Jaya Jaya hai (Victory, victory, victory to thee).”

    The large assembly gathered that night was overjoyed at listening to the song ‘Janaganamana’ from Gurudev himself who penned it. Mrs. Cousins, who was highly gratified at the rich thought content of the poem, decided to give suitable tunes to it. She was herself a musician having taken a degree in music from the University of London. The next day, she discussed with Tagore on the notations and the general theme of the song. Tagore explained the nuances of the poem and indicated broadly the “swara” for the song.

    With the help of the girl students of the college, whom she used to teach music, Mrs. Cousins worked on the tunes for ‘Janaganamana.’ She carefully studied the meaning of each line of the song and composed the musical notes. When she was ready with the final version of her composition, she spoke to Gurudev and briefed him on the swara she composed. With the staff and students assembled in the same classrooms, where Tagore sang it the previous day, Mrs. Cousins with the help of her students, to the accompaniment of a few simple musical instruments and in the presence of Tagore, rendered the entire song to the tune she composed.

    The assembled audience was thrilled when Tagore spoke a few words appreciating the melody of the tune and the efforts of Mrs. Cousins in composing it. Thus the poet had approved the tune making it as the final form of his popular Bengali song, ‘Janaganamana.’

    About this event, Dr. Cousins in his autobiography states: “It made literary history and carried the name and thought of Tagore into the minds and hearts of millions of young in schools and colleges and outside them and ultimately gave humanity the nearest approach to an ideal national anthem. It happened, as so many great events of the spirit do, without anticipation and without collusion.”

    English translation

    It was during his stay in the college, that Tagore also translated ‘Janaganamana’ into English. For a few days, early in the mornings, basking in the winter sun, Tagore sat on a stone-slab under the Gulmohar tree in front of his cottage and went over his Bengali song. ‘Janaganamana,’ line by line finding the equivalent words in English. He wrote in his own beautiful handwriting and named it as the “Morning Song of India.” At the bottom of the translated version, he signed his name, dated it as February 28, 1919 and presented it to Dr. James Cousins.

    Later when the College was in financial crisis due to the withdrawal of grants by the government of Madras consequent to the participation of the faculty and students of the college in the Home-Rule agitation started by Dr. Anne Besant, the “Morning Song of India” document in Tagore’s handwriting was sold to an American art collector for a fabulous but undisclosed price. The money thus collected was added to the college fund. However, a photocopy of it was made before the original left the country forever. This copy is preserved in the Madanapalle Theosophical College now.

    Tagore, having fully refreshed and recouped, left Madanapalle on March 2, 1919, to continue his South Indian tour. It is said that before leaving, he called the Madanapalle College ‘Santinikethan of South.’ In 1937, when a fierce controversy raged over the selection of the National Anthem, it was James Cousins who fervently pleaded that ‘Janaganamana’ should be confirmed officially as the National Anthem of India. He wrote, “The poem would become one of the world’s precious documents… From Madanapalle, ‘Janaganamana’ spread all over India and is admired in Europe and America.”

    Tagore’s ‘Janaganamana’ was declared the National Anthem, as Dr. Cousins assiduously pleaded during his lifetime, when India became a Republic on January 26, 1950.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Features> Friday Review / May 15th, 2009

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    Tryst with glamour world Kamala Poojitha | Photo Credit: Special Arangement

    Tryst with glamour world Kamala Poojitha | Photo Credit: Special Arangement

    Miss Vizag winner Kamala Poojitha shares her experiences of walking the ramp for the first time

    A daily dose of yoga and eating right are the mantra that recently crowned Miss Vizag Kamala Poojitha follows. The 20-year-old who won the beauty pageant this year feels that the platform boosted her self confidence in many ways.

    Not only that, it has altered her future plans as well. While academics still remains her top priority, Poojitha plans to channelize all the limelight she is getting in a positive way.

    “I want to explore a career in acting and will be applying for a diploma course in theatre and acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London,” she says.

    Poojitha won the title after competing with 22 others in the finale of the contest. The contestants were given a grooming session by experts. The long journey of The Miss Vizag contest has not only grown bigger with time, it has provided a platform to many girls from middle-class families, lifting their dreams to the next level. For majority of the participants, the contest had been their first tryst with the fashion world.

    “The experience was great. We had a wonderful bonhomie backstage as most of us were walking the ramp for the first time. In fact, winning the crown was a big surprise for me!” exclaims an excited Poojitha. A final year student of B.Com, Poojitha believes in leading a healthy lifestyle. “I practice yoga from my childhood. When it comes to food, I rarely eat outside and always prefer home-cooked food. Fruits are an important part of my diet,” she says.

    So how did she prepare for the beauty pageant? “It was more of a mental preparation for me. Instilling the self-confidence was important for me as I knew that would reflect on stage as well. I made sure that I was on a healthy diet all along. The grooming sessions and choreography classes helped me to present myself on the ramp,” she says.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Life & Style> Fashion / by Nivedita Ganguly / December 16th, 2017

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    Tessy Thomas receiving the Dr. Pinnamaneni and Smt Seethadevi Foundation Award in Vijayawada on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

    Tessy Thomas receiving the Dr. Pinnamaneni and Smt Seethadevi Foundation Award in Vijayawada on Saturday. | Photo Credit: CH_VIJAYA BHASKAR

    Advises students to draw inspiration from Abdul Kalam at a college here

    ‘Missile Woman of India’ and Director of Advanced Systems Laboratory (ASL) Tessy Thomas was presented the Dr Pinnamaneni and Smt. Seethadevi Foundation award here on Saturday. Foundation Managing Trustee C Nageswara Rao and trust member and daughter of Pinnamaneni Venkateswara Rao after whom the awarded is named, Ch Sudha, presented the award.

    The Missile Woman now shares the award with distinguished scientists like A.P.J.Abdul Kalam— who was also her mentor, M.S.Swaminathan and Prof C.N.R. Rao.

    Prof V Ramalingaswami and Sribhashyam Appalacharyalu were the first to be conferred the award in 1989. The other eminent persons who received the award include V Kurien, Lata Mangeshkar, S.P.Balasubramanyam, R.K Laxman, K.J.Jesudas, Karan Singh, B.G.Verghese, Ramanand Sagar, Sudha Murty, E.Sreedharan, Zakir Hussain, Y.V.Reddy and Changati Koteswara Rao.

    The Gramapragathi Puraskaram was presented to the Swacha Sundara Challapalli Udyamam represented by doctor couple D R K Prasad and Padmavati.

    Earlier the Missile woman spoke to the students of the V.R. Siddhartha Engineering College, Kanuru.

    She asked the students to ensure a strong hold on the basics of engineering, mathematics and physics to be successful in any area.

    Sharing her experiences of working along with former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on the missile technologies, she urged the students to take Abdul Kalam as their role model and work hard for the overall growth of the nation.

    She stressed on the need to be skilful in the latest technologies such as cloud computing, big data analytics, Internet of Things and cyber security as there were many opportunities across the nation in both public and private sectors.

    Space technologies

    Students were all charged up after listening to her talk and actively participated in the interaction that primarily centred around missile and space technologies.

    President of the Siddhartha Academy N. Venkateswarulu, vice-president C. Nageswara Rao, Principal A.V. Ratna Prasad, CSE HoD V. Srinivasa Rao and heads of other departments M. Suneetha and PVRL Narasimham were present.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – December 16th, 2017

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    Kidambi Srikanth | Photo Credit: NOAH SEELAM

    Kidambi Srikanth | Photo Credit: NOAH SEELAM

    The Assembly on Saturday passed a resolution approving the appointment of Guntur-born Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth as Deputy Collector.

    The Council of Ministers resolved, vide resolution CR No. 429-2/2017, dated November 2017, to provide employment to him in a post in Group 1 services (Deputy Collector) of the State in appreciation of his outstanding performance in badminton.

    Four titles

    Srikanth won four super series titles – Indonesian Open, Australian Open, Denmark Open, and French Open – in one year, and he was the only Indian and fourth player in the world to achieve the feat.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – December 02nd, 2017

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    Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Image: Reuters

    Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Image: Reuters

    Microsoft Founder Bill Gates on Friday said he was really excited at meeting Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu for the first time over 20 years ago.

    Addressing the valedictory of the three-day AP AgTech Summit 2017, the Co-Chair of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation recalled his meeting with Naidu who was then chief minister of undivided Andhra Pradesh.

    “I was told that there is someone who believes in digital technology even more than you do. It was hard to believe but when we met, he had his digital equipment — computer — and he had the vision to make government better by using advanced tools,” said Gates.

    He also revealed that they agreed and today they have reached a milestone as they can use dashboards for agriculture and health. He also referred to the use of Microsoft app Kaizala by the state government for its activity.

    “It’s been a real journey over these 20 years, making that vision a reality. I expect it to accelerate and in the years ahead will move very quickly,” said Gates.

    Earlier, Naidu in his speech revealed how he managed to get an appointment with Gates for 10 minutes but the latter spent 40 minutes with him. “I made a presentation through a laptop and I was the first Indian politician to do so,” the chief minister claimed.

    Naidu explained how he convinced Gates to set up Microsoft’s development centre in Hyderabad. “Not only Microsoft opened its development centre in Hyderabad but Satya Nadella who is from our place became Microsoft CEO.”

    Terming Gates as a great personality, the chief minister said he was spending the money he earned to help people around the world.

    source: / First Post / Home> Tech> News Analysis / IANS / November 20th, 2017

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    C. Narayana Reddy won the Jnanpith award in 1988. | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

    C. Narayana Reddy won the Jnanpith award in 1988. | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal

    CiNaRe was known for his use of Telugu in its pure form, and would not be swayed by filmmakers on the use of the language.

    Eminent poet, litterateur and Jnanpith awardee C. Narayana Reddy, popularly known as CiNaRe, passed away in the early hours of Monday, aged 85. He was taken to a hospital following health complications and was declared dead.

    CiNaRe, born on July 29, 1931 in Hanumajipet of erstwhile Karimnagar district, studied till his graduation in Urdu because Telugu as a medium was not available during the Nizam’s rule. However, because of his intense love for the language he taught himself Telugu and it was only during his degree that he took the option of Telugu as a paper. CiNaRe went on to do a post-graduate degree and a Ph.D on ‘Modern Traditions of Telugu’.

    It was the late N.T. Rama Rao, who wielded the megaphone in film Gulebakavali, who gave CiNaRe his break as a lyricist. He wrote all the songs in the film, including the hit ‘Nannu dochukunnavate .. Vannela Dorasani.’

    CiNaRe was known for his use of Telugu in its pure form, and would not be swayed by filmmakers on the use of the language.

    He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1977 and the Padma Bhushan in 1992. His compilation of poems, titled ‘Viswambhara’, got him the Jnanpith award in 1988. In 1997, he was nominated as a Member of the Rajya Sabha. His academic distinctions include serving as a professor of Osmania University and as Vice Chancellor of the Telugu University.

    Former Governor K. Rosaiah pays homage to C Narayana Reddy in Hyderabad.   | Photo Credit: K.V.S Giri

    Former Governor K. Rosaiah pays homage to C Narayana Reddy in Hyderabad. | Photo Credit: K.V.S Giri

    Among those who condoled with the death of CiNaRe were Governor of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, Ch. Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister of Telangana, K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Those who visited the family residence and paid their respects included former Governor of Tamil Nadu, K. Rosaiah, Ministers K.T. Rama Rao, G. Jagadheeshwar and actor Venkatesh.

    His last rites will be performed on Wednesday.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> Books> Authors / by Suresh Krishnamoorthy / Hyderabad – June 12th, 2017

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