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

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    Visakhapatnam:

    As you take a left from the main road in the suburb of Kurmannapalem to enter the 19,704-acre campus of the Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, you will fell a discernible drop in temperature. One wonders how a sudden dip in temperature in this area is possible given that steel is made by smelting iron ore in blast furnaces at a temperature of over 900 degrees Centigrade.
    The answer, according to Pramod Kumar Mahapatra, general manager (law and administration) of RINL, the corporate entity of Visakhapatnam Steel Plant, lies in the fact that more than 50% of the integrated steel plant area is covered by a dense forest.

    The steel plant is surrounded by the Nadupuru reserve forest and other hills on the south-western side, and the Bay of Bengal on the eastern side, which helps in lowering the temperature of the area, Mahapatra said on Tuesday.

    “Production of steel generates heat, but the surrounding greenery controls pollution and creates a unique ecosystem in which normal temperature is lower by 3 to 4 degrees Centigrade than in the municipal areas of Visakhapatnam,” Mahapatra told TOI.

    According to him, the RINL invested Rs 468 crore in pollution control measures when the steel plant’s capacity was 3 million tonnes per annum (mtpa). The investment rose to Rs 1,283 crore when the plant’s capacity was raised to 6.3 mtpa.

    “These investments constituted 5.45% and 10.26% of the total project cost. Further, an amount of Rs 285 crore is being spent on environmental management every year,” he said.

    An area of 6,700 acres is under green cover, constituting 34% of the total area of 19,704 acres under the control of RINL-VSP.

    A total of 5.3 million trees have been planted in the area, though actual tree wealth is much more in view of the natural propagation of species due to stoppage of biotic and non-biotic interference in the steel plant area.

    source: http://www.timesofindia.indiatimes.com / The Times of India / News> City News> Visakhapatnam News / TNN / December 28th, 2017

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    The Andhra Pradesh Industrial Infrastructure Corporation (APIIC) Limited has won ‘Silver Skoch Technologies for Growth’ award for maintaining end-to-end transformation in allotment of industrial lands.

     

    APIIC is exploring the industrial land through online portal and providing building permits through Auto-DCR software, which was linked to single desk portal and the entire process, would be tracked on the government’s dashboard.

    APIIC Managing Director Babu A. has said the corporation has processed more than 200 applications through the portal in the last few months, and praised the officers and staff for achieving the award.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> National> Andhra Pradesh / by Staff Reporter / Vijayawada – December 25th, 2017

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    Ramesh Hospitals Managing Director P. Ramesh Babu and ISRO senior scientist Murthy Remilla on Saturday announced the formation of Andhra Pradesh(A.P.) chapter of the not-for-profit organization Telemedicine Society of India (TSI).

    TSI-AP will work with the State government in rolling out telemedicine facilities with a specific focus on the rural areas.

    Addressing mediapersons here, Dr. Ramesh Babu, who will be heading TSI State chapter as the President, said there was an estimated shortage of six lakh doctors in the country and an expansion of the telemedicine network would largely bridge that divide.

    The scientist said that after successfully demonstrating the proof-of-concept technology through pilot projects, ISRO was helping the States in catching up with the revolution through multiple agencies like TSI.

    Mr. Murthy added that many doctors were willing to render free service through telemedicine. Since it was practically impossible to fill the resource (scarcity of doctors) gap, the government could expand the nascent telemedicine network based on the A.P. Fibrenet as the backbone for achieving better patient outcomes.

    Conference

    Dr. Ramesh Babu and Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences (NTRUHS) Vice-Chancellor C.V. Rao told the media that the TSI would be organizing its annual medical techno-science conference TeleMedicon – 2018 in Amaravati tentatively from November 1 to November 3.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Staff Reporter / Vijayawada – December 23rd, 2017

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    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu with SECM CEO A. Chandra Sekhar Reddy in Vijayawada on Friday.   | Photo Credit: HANDOUT

    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu with SECM CEO A. Chandra Sekhar Reddy in Vijayawada on Friday. | Photo Credit: HANDOUT

    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu congratulated the State Energy Conservation Mission (SECM) for winning the National Energy Conservation Award – 2017 in the State Designated Agency category.

    He told Principal Secretary (Energy) Ajay Jain and SECM CEO A. Chandra Sekhar Reddy to step up their efforts for expanding the energy conservation and energy efficiency activities that play a crucial role in building a Green Amaravati.

    Showing the award at the Amaravati Deep Dive Workshop, Mr. Jain said that it was for the third consecutive year that the SECM won the distinction.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Staff Reporter / Vijayawada – 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: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Vijayawada – December 16th, 2017

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    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu pressing a button to inaugurate the ‘digital village’ at Bandarupalli in Guntur district, during the 101st Founder’s Day celebrations of Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. | Photo Credit: arranged

    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu pressing a button to inaugurate the ‘digital village’ at Bandarupalli in Guntur district, during the 101st Founder’s Day celebrations of Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) in Visakhapatnam on Saturday. | Photo Credit: arranged

    Takes part in KVB’s 101st Founders’ Day in Vizag

    Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu dedicated the first ‘digital village’, facilitated by the Karur Vysya Bank (KVB), at Bandarupalli in Guntur district, remotely from the city, on Saturday.

    The Chief Minister participated as the chief guest at the 101st Founders’ Day of the KVB here.

    The KVB has adopted Bandarupalli, a remote village without banking facilities, and set up a digital branch there.

    Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Naidu said the visionary leadership of its founders in identifying the banking needs of the local community in Karur (Tamil Nadu) and thereby earning the trust of the people has put the Karur Vysya Bank (KVB) on a firm footing.

    He called upon the authorities of the KVB as also other banks to shift real-time online systems to provide the best services to the public. While appreciating the bank for contributing ₹1 crore from its CSR fund to Visakhapatnam district, the Chief Minister said other corporates should also contribute to the benefit of the community.

    KVB Chairman Swaminathan traced the origin and growth of the bank during the last 100 years. Founded by M.A. Venkatarama Chettiar and Athi Krishna Chettiar with a capital of ₹1 lakh in Karur in 1916, the KVB today emerged as a major bank in the private sector with 760 branches in 18 States and three Union Territories, in addition to over 1,700 ATMs and 500 Cash Deposit Machines (CDMs).

    The bank has the second largest customer base in Andhra Pradesh after TN.

    MD and CEO of KVB P.R. Seshadri said the bank was providing free wi-fi facility in Bandarupalli village, facilitating online payments and digital banking and provision of micro ATM s at commercial establishments in the village.

    KVB Director Suryanarayana spoke.

    Ministers Ganta Srinivasa Rao and Sidda Raghava Rao and Visakhapatnam MP Kambhampati Haribabu were present.

    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> States> Andhra Pradesh / by Special Correspondent / Visakhapatnam – December 16th, 2017

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    Lalita Vaswani, vice-president of World Birdstrike Association (South Asia), and Raman Emani, Director of BirdGard India Pvt Limited, briefing the media in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. | Photo Credit: C.V.Subrahmanyam

    Lalita Vaswani, vice-president of World Birdstrike Association (South Asia), and Raman Emani, Director of BirdGard India Pvt Limited, briefing the media in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday. | Photo Credit: C.V.Subrahmanyam

    The first regional South Asian conference of the World Birdstrike Association (WBA) will be held in Visakhapatnam from Dec 11 to 13.

    The conference, supported by the Government of Andhra Pradesh, will deliberate on the problem of birds and wild animals posing a threat to aircrafts, particularly during landing and take-off of flights, Lalita Vaswani, Vice President of WBA-South Asia and WBA Member Raman Emani told the media here on Wednesday.

    They underlined the importance of creating awareness on the issue of bird strike among all stakeholders including farmers, town planners, organisations for the protection of nature and environment, apart from civil aviation authorities, military, aircraft and aerodrome operators at the regional, national and global levels.

    The stakeholders or their representatives from various countries would participate in the conference and deliberate on the issue and the measures being taken in their respective countries to tackle the problem. The meeting would provide a platform for exchange of ideas and practices being adopted at various airports across the globe to eliminate or minimise the risks.

    Ms. Lalita said that the deliberations made at the conference would be sent to the authorities concerned for implementation. The WBA conference in Mexico in 2014 had decided to strengthen regional cooperation with all stakeholders within a global framework in close cooperation with the national authorities. The Bird Strike Committees of Australia, Central and South America, Europe and North America were already cooperating on a regional level.

    Replying to queries, Mr. Raman said that the measures to reduce bird hits include: passive measures like prevention of dumping of wastes in the proximity of airports, not to allow tress close to the airport as they attract birds and keeping the grass low. The active measures include: bird repellents and lasers.

    “The water bodies, marshes and trees, close to the airport, provide the perfect setting for birds and other animal species to feed and rest,” he said.

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    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Visakhapatnam / December 07th, 2017

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    December 7th, 2017adminRecords, All, Science & Technology
    A team of Andhra Hospitals doctors addressing a press conference in Vijayawada on Thursday. | Photo Credit: V RAJU.

    A team of Andhra Hospitals doctors addressing a press conference in Vijayawada on Thursday. | Photo Credit: V RAJU.

    ‘Every year 7,000 newborns in State are suffering from heart ailments’

    Andhra Hospitals is all set to launch Andhra Children’s Heart Institute to treat heart diseases prevalent among infants especially the new borns, according to P.V. Rama Rao, Chief of Children’s Services here on Thursday.

    Speaking to media persons he said that India-born paediatric cardiologist Vikram Kudumula, who had spent more than a decade serving the Glenfield Hospitals at Leicester in the UK, has agreed to join Andhra Hospitals as a full-time consultant.

    “We have started treating heart ailments in children for the past two years and had performed around 215 surgeries with 100 per cent success rate. For every for two months we are having a team of doctors coming to city from various parts of the world performing complicated surgeries. This initiative is a team effort”.

    “As many as 40 professionals along with local paediatricians and cardiologists are striving hard to bring children back to normal”.

    He said for one week until December 2, thirteen doctors from United Kingdom have come to city and they will perform 14 free heart surgeries. “The team include paediatric interventional cardiologist, paediatric cardiac surgeons, paediatric cardiac intensivists, anaesthetist, perfusionists and nurses”.

    Dr. Rao said the team was performing complicated surgeries which include Atrial septal defect with complications, ventricular septal defect, patent ductus arteriosus, total anomalous pulmonary venous drainage and fallot’s tetralogy.

    Dr. Vikram said that every year 7000 newborns in Andhra Pradesh were suffering from heart ailments and appreciated Andhra Hospitals for coming up with the idea to launch a children’s heart institute.

    Andhra Hospitals Managing Director P.V. Ramana Murthy said that Healing Little Hearts, a team UK team, has come more than ten times to city and was planning to more surgeries with the support of the Andhra Pradesh Government.

    Dr. Sanjiv Nichani, Dr. Guido Oppido, Dr. Giovanbattista Capozzi, Dr. Capucine, Dr. Sharmila, Dr. Muntaz Alessandra, Dr. Srimannarayana and Dr Dilip were present.

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    source: http://www.thehindu.com / The Hindu / Home> News> Cities> Vijayawada / by Special Correspondent – Vijayawada / December 01st, 2017

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    November 30th, 2017adminRecords, All, Science & Technology

    Manipal Hospital unveiled state-of-the-art exclusive transplant and medical ICU in the city on Wednesday.

    Minister P. Pullarao and NTR University V-C C.V. Rao take a look at the transplant and Medical ICU block after inauguration of Manipal Hospitals. (Photo: DC)

    Minister P. Pullarao and NTR University V-C C.V. Rao take a look at the transplant and Medical ICU block after inauguration of Manipal Hospitals. (Photo: DC)

    Vijayawada:

    Manipal Hospital unveiled state-of-the-art exclusive transplant and medical ICU in the city on Wednesday. The facility was inaugurated by Prathipati Pulla Rao, civil supplies minister and Dr C.V.  Rao, Vice-Chancellor, Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences here. The medical ICU has 11 beds, each in a separate room, transplant ICU has 6 beds with the latest air lock lobby in the patient room. Isolation has been designed in a way to prevent airborne-infections. The minister appreciated the management for upgrading the hospital with new equipment. “The facility has a built-up area of 6,500 square feet. The patient cubicle area is 100 square feet. Transplant ICU has 6 beds.”

    Dr Sudhakar Kantipudi, unit head, Manipal Hospitals, said, “Our aim is to provide excellent services in healthcare sector. Many people are suffering from severe health problems needing transplant.” The transplant and medical ICU play a major role in supporting a surgery or a transplant and having state-of-the- art unit makes a huge difference. We are happy to take this positive step for the people of Vijayawada.” Dr Srinivasan, senior surgeon, Dr  Srinivas Rao T, Consultant Critical Care, and Dr. Manoj Kumar, chief of clinical services were present

    source: http://www.deccanchronicle.com / Deccan Chronicle / Home> Nation>Current Affairs /  November 30th, 2017

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