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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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    Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Telugu Society (APNRT Society) CEO Ravikumar Vemuri who was kick-started his 25-day tour from Texas, US, to promote Andhra Pradesh as an apt place for investment, said Telugu people from all fields took part in the campaign.

    So far Houston, Dallas in Texas and Georgia in Atlanta were covered. He said a large number of Telugu people from IT, medical fields, including CEOs of companies, are being addressed during the campaign.

    The campaign will be held in all 21 cities of the United States.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Staff Reporter / Vijayawada – June 03rd, 2016

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    Hyderabad  :

    From Karlapalem to Madison, his journey as a leader is awe inspiring. Whether it is at college or job or business or now in American leadership, Hanu has always been in the forefront and proved that integrity and honesty pay off. As Hanu Karlapalem gets busy with his work for the upcoming polls, he gets talking.

    “Madison, Alabama is my home. I have been living here for more than 16 years, the longest I ever lived in any city. This city gave me so much. Now it is my turn to give back”, says Hanu who clarifies his intentions to not politicise his leadership.

    “I am not a politician, but I am a visionary and a leader.  I do not want any political affiliations for now.  So, my choice is to be the CEO of the city and work towards its betterment. Thus, I decided to run for the office of Mayor and serve the people of Madison, Alabama to create positive long term sustainable results”, says Hanu, who hails from a Karlapalem, Guntur district.

    “Karlapalem is my last name too. We are six siblings and our parents made sure we had quality education. My father was well respected as a principal, mathematics teacher, farmer and investor”, he adds.

    Hanu is a graduate of Delhi College of Engineering and pursued MS in University of Alabama, Hunstville. After his graduation and before moving to the USA, Hanu established a business in air ionisation and air purification systems, industrial and commercial lighting and oil reclamation in Hyderabad during early 90s. “I lived in Hyderabad until I moved to the USA. I had branches of my business in Visakhapatnam too. But I had to wind up everything as my wife and I decided to move to the USA”.

    “Even before I moved to the US, one of my dreams was to study at a university in the US and receive a Master’s degree. I can happily say that I achieved that dream through my wife, Vidya’s support.

    “We have been married for 21 years. We have no children, but we devote as much time as possible in supporting many causes that help under-privileged children. She works for a global company and is my pillar in this journey”.

    Currently he is busy with informal personal meetings. “We attend Yard sales, events and interact with the public and tell them about my campaigns. People have started recognising me and often tell me that they see my signboards. We also have social media activities where we interact with the citizens. I have campaign staff who work for me,” he adds.

    When asked about his motivation to become a leader, “In my fifth grade, I stood first in my class. My father appreciated me. But he said something that still motivates me. He told me that, I am a topper in just Karlapalem. Once, I step out of this village, I will see more competition and more responsibility. Winning outside is also essential. These words still remind me the high standards that my father set for my life,” he reminisces.

    About his political journey, Hanu agrees that it is not easy for an Indian American to run for office and be at the forefront of the US politics. “I must say, I have been getting a lot of support and encouragement from people of Madison. That is my driving force”, he adds.

    Hanu’s vision for Madison is to become the ‘Number one Small City in America’ that boasts vibrant economy, fosters small businesses and innovation, creates business and job opportunities, and provides high quality education. “My plan is to provide VALUE (Vision, Accountability, Leadership, Unity, and Ethics) and put the city on the path to become number one Small City in America. I am proposing Start Up Madison (SUM),  transparency portal with open data policy for open government, Vision Board, Veterans Support Board etc,” shares Hanu.

    “More than me, I think Vidya is sacrificing a lot to support me in the election process. I have to sacrifice my business income, but if I am elected I will receive salary as the Mayor who is considered as a full time CEO of the city,” he adds. Hanu is confident that if he is elected, he will be a proactive, communicative, innovative and inclusive Mayor that people will appreciate.

    source: / The New Indian Express / Home> Cities> Hyderabad / by Swathi Sririam / May 31st, 2016

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    A city orchestra team, Supreme, has performed in Malaysia recently and enthralled the Telugu audience there.

    The orchestra has gone to Malaysia at the invitation of the Malaysia Telugu Cultural and Welfare Association (PKKTM) of Kuala Lumpur to perform in the Mother’s Day celebrations.

    It has also presented Ghantasala Gaanamaala and during the function, son of Ghantasala, Ratnakumar was felicitated and he had also sang a few songs rendered by his father, informed Sekhar, head of the orchestra, at a press conference here. Badamgir Sai, a cultural promoter and others also spoke.

    The programmes were conducted by the Telugu Welfare and Cultural Association president Jagadeeswara Rao, District Councellor of Gobank district Letchumunan, association’s vice-president Krishna Murthy, other members A. Appanna, Appala Naidu and S.B. Letchu, president of Telugu Foundation Datto R. Kantha Rao, Akku Naidu, former president of Malaysia medical association A. Krishnamurthy Appala Naidu, president of Telugu Intellectuals Association Prakasa Rao while Raman Rao hosted the team.

    The orchestra consisted of singers Sekhar, Madhu, Rani and Nandita, instrumentalists Someswara Rao, D. Rajesh, Kalki Sreenu, Kannaji, Karuna Prasad, Vicky and Shyam.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatanam / by Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – May 30th, 2016

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    January 28th, 2016adminNri's / Pio's

    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu launching the website of the AP Non-Resident Telugu Corporation in Tirupati on Wednesday. Ministers Ganta Srinivasa Rao, B. Gopalakrishna Reddy, and P. Narayana, and TANA members Komati Jayaram and Satish Vemana are seen.—Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu launching the website of the AP Non-Resident Telugu Corporation in Tirupati on Wednesday. Ministers Ganta Srinivasa Rao, B. Gopalakrishna Reddy, and P. Narayana, and TANA members Komati Jayaram and Satish Vemana are seen.—Photo: K.V. Poornachandra Kumar

    Naidu declares open Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Telugu Corporation

    Andhra Pradesh has thrown its doors wide open to the Telugu diaspora and is all set to embrace the community with open hands.

    The Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Telugu (NRT) Corporation was formally declared open by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu here on Wednesday. He also launched the corporation’s website and mobile application.

    Endowed with rich resources, both economic and knowledge, the Telugus have always been in the forefront to contribute to their motherland.

    While the Janmabhoomi programme, during the previous TDP regime, proved to be a success in roping in the NRIs, the present regime had come up with new, transparent, adaptable, and a predictable platform so that the system functioned within the governmental framework.

    Support assured

    Mr. Naidu assured all help from the government for the non-resident industrialists and entrepreneurs coming forward to invest in their State.

    He expected the smart village programme to get the much-needed shot in the arm with the involvement of the NRTs.

    Mutually beneficial

    Ministers Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy (Environment and Forest), P. Narayana (Municipal Administration), and Ganta Srinivasa Rao (Higher Education), and TANA office-bearers Satish Vemana and Jayaram Komati hoped that the corporation would act as a mutually beneficial platform to facilitate cultural exchange between the State and its citizens living outside.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / Staff Reporter / Tirupati – January 28th, 2016

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    October 18th, 2015adminLeaders, Nri's / Pio's, World Opinion

    Telugu man, Aditya Yellepeddi, with origins from Guntur-Krishna districts is contesting the Federal Elections of Switzerland to be held there on Sunday (Monday in India).

    Mr Aditya’s parents are both from Guntur (Brodipet and Arundelpet). His father, a doctorate from IIT Madras, moved to Switzerland and Aditya was born there.

    “Several of relatives still live in Vijayawada, Guntur and Hyderabad. There may be a relationship with Ms Padmasree Warrior, who shares the family name,” Mr Aditya said.

    He is contesting for the National Council, equivalent to our Lok Sabha, as a candidate of the Centrist Democratic Party (PDC/CVP).

    Born and brought up in the country he studied in Switzerland and USA (MIT). He is being officially endorsed by the State Chamber of Commerce (CVCI) and the Swiss Bankers Association as an ambassador for a strong economy. After his education in the USA, Mr Aditya worked for a while in Luxemburg with various health care and financial companies.

    He is currently working at an international Investment Group based in Geneva with various interests in healthcare, IT and consumer products. “I regularly come to India (Hyderabad) to meet executives and officials and engage in discussions to promote the local/regional/state economy,” he said.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Venkataramana Rao / Vijayawada – October 18th, 2015

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    Orlando, FL :

    India Network Foundation a US based non-profit organization announces grand opening of a mineral water plant at Krishnapatnam, Andhra Pradesh that will provide safe drinking water to about 3000 villagers. The plant was designed and executed by India Network Foundation and will be managed by the villagers themselves. The water plant provides 1000 liters of treated drinking water per hour and will be supplied to villagers every day. India Network Foundation, sponsor of award winning health insurance program for visitors coming to the United Statescontributes to several community projects helping elementary schools in rural Indiaand drinking water projects in remote areas. A small village Krishnapatnam worked hard to complete building for the project to start the mineral water plant within one month of award of the grant by the India Network Foundation.

    The Drinking water projects taken by the India Network Foundation provide high quality equipment, and training to local villagers. who have to manage the project on their own. The Foundation plans to help many more rural villages where community wholly participates for the benefit of everyone.

    India Network Foundation also sponsors India Network visitor health insurance  plans for visitors coming to the United States, and Travel grants to researchers presenting research at national and international conferences. In India, the Foundation has been helping schools with maps and other educational equipment, and constructing several schools in Bhuj, Gujarat, India in the past. Recently, Foundation has launched an initiative to provide clean drinking water to villagers living in remote rural areas. The first such project, Mineral Drinking Water Project in Krishnapatnam village, Andhra Pradesh, India sponsored by the Foundation has been commissioned today. The plant will provide 1000 liters per hour of good quality drinking water to villagers at a nominal cost .The project involves partnership with local community and their willingness to provide a shelter, and electric connection while the Foundation will help with equipment and training.

    Dr. KV Rao, Founder and President of India Network Foundation stated that the Foundation philosophy of providing direct help to end beneficiaries is challenging but very rewarding. Even after many years the foundation continue to receives letters of appreciation for help rendered to families of Indian soldiers died or injured in Kargil war and from school teachers that benefitted from map projects. Foundation encourages members in the United States to take advantage of its vast experience and knowledge in providing direct end user benefitting projects.

    source: / / Home> Newswires / PR Web, Orlando- FL / February 26th, 2015

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    Former students of Fort Catholic Girls High School celebrating their reunion on the school campus in Visakhapatnam on Friday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam / The Hindu

    Former students of Fort Catholic Girls High School celebrating their reunion on the school campus in Visakhapatnam on Friday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam / The Hindu

    Old students of 1977-2013 batches of Fort Catholic Girls High School meet for the first time to raise funds for the Hudhud-hit institution. For many, it was the perfect moment to rejoice as the event brought the old friends from different parts of the globe together, including the U.S., the U.K., and Singapore.

    A group of women were busy posing for selfies with the newly-designed cut-out that had a faceless image of a schoolgirl. Peals of laughter echoed at the venue as friends met to make merry after a long time.

    There was excitement in the air as old pals, from 1977 to 2013 batches, met at Fort Catholic Girls High School to celebrate their reunion for the first time. Apparently, what united them after such a long time was their love for the school. “We came to know that some of the classrooms have become roofless post the cyclone Hudhud that damaged the city beyond its recognition. The reunion has been organised to raise funds and bring the 162-year-old school back to its feet,” says Lakshmi Kamal, who belonged to the 1995 batch.

    For many, it was the perfect moment to rejoice as the event brought the old friends from different parts of the globe together, including the U.S., the U.K., and Singapore.

    “In 1977, the scenario was entirely different. We were adept at giving the students their space and be strict when it comes to studies,” says Rupali Banerjee, a retired geography teacher. What was initially a five-member group has now grown up to a network of 216 members.

    “We have been in touch with each other through Facebook and WhatsApp. This is a result of our two-month hard work,” say Beena, Neelima, and P. Anuradha.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / by Rani Devalla / Visakhapatnam  – December 27th, 2014

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    December 22nd, 2014adminArts, Culture & Entertainment, Nri's / Pio's
    VIJAYAWADA, ANDHRA PRADESH, 21/12/2014: A dancer at her best at Chaitanya Sraanthi, a programme organised by Telugu Associaion of Norh America, in Vijayawada on Sunday. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar / The Hindu

    VIJAYAWADA, ANDHRA PRADESH, 21/12/2014: A dancer at her best at Chaitanya Sraanthi, a programme organised by Telugu Associaion of Norh America, in Vijayawada on Sunday. Photo: Ch. Vijaya Bhaskar / The Hindu

    The Telugu Association of North America (TANA) organised a Chaitanaya Sravanthi in a grand fashion here on Sunday.

    School and college students enthralled the audience with their performances. The students presented dance forms of various States in classical and semi-classical style. Folk dances like Lambada by students from Guntur, and a classical dance on Vrindavana theme were a few to mention.

    The dance depicted the multi-dimensional aspects of Krishna including the kaliya mardana. In yet another interesting portrayal, the important events in Indian independence movement evoked patriotic sentiments.

    A blend of yoga and dance was a major attraction. The students of VMR Municipal School in the city were at their best as they showcased different asanas laced with dance postures. Impressed by their performance, Friends Foundation announced a cash reward of Rs. 25,000 to five students of the group. A musical concert by singers Prudhvi Chandra, Sravana Bhargavi and Revanth was among other highlights.

    Venkat from Proddutur in Kadapa district demonstrated his skills in lip-reading, singing and dance. He sang songs based on clues given in tunes by his father. The father-son duo entertained the crowd by singing and humming. TANA gave him special slot with a view to encourage him.

    TANA president Mohan Nannapaneni, secretary Satish Vemana and members Rajani Akurti were present.

    source: / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by G. V.R. Subba Rao / Vijayawada – December 22nd, 2014

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    AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu

    AP Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu


    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu appreciated the efforts of Gitam Alumni Association of North America (GANAM) on Monday for its initiation to rebuild Tenneti Park located near Kilasagiri.

    The CM expressed satisfaction on this new initiative to convert the park into a major tourist attraction.

    The CM said that he was confident that the Gitam University and its Alumni network would implement the project successfully as they planned.

    GANAM initially donated Rs 60 lakh to the project.

    source: / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation> Current Affairs / DC  / November 18th, 2014

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